Area briefs

Covington Elementary closing

COVINGTON — A celebration of the closing of Covington Elementary School will be held on Sunday, April 17. A reception for former and current Covington Elementary School employees will be held in the CES Gymnasium from 1-2 p.m.

Following that reception, an Open House for the public is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Classrooms will be open for your memories of experiences in the elementary building. In the gymnasium will tables of interest featuring yearbooks, Cat’s Meow replicas of all three buildings for purchase, T-shirts to order, various pictures of school events, the new K-8 building and refreshments.

If anyone has memorabilia regarding Covington Elementary School and would like to share with those attending the Open House, please drop off to the school by April 13. Be sure all items have your name on them.

Please plan to attend and enjoy a last memory of Covington Elementary School.

Police Memorial Day planned

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #58 is inviting the public to attend the annual Police Memorial Day Service on May 4, at noon on the Plaza at the Miami County Courthouse. The Miami County Police Honor Guard will open the ceremony with the presentation of the flags.

The Miami County Police Memorial was dedicated in 1999 to Miami County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Officers memoralized are:

• Marshall Harvey Hake, Covington PD, Jan. 12, 1917

• Patrolman George Eickmeyer, Tipp City PD, Sept. 17, 1945

• Lt. Noah Studebaker, Piqua PD, Oct. 17, 1957

• Patrolman Jan Mulder II, Piqua PD, Aug. 11, 1970

• Sgt. William R. Morris, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Nov. 22, 1972

• Detective Robert Taylor, Piqua PD, Nov. 3, 1982

• Sgt. Robert L. Elliott, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Feb. 25, 1987

Women of Excellence noms sought

MIAMI COUNTY — The deadline for nominations for the 20th annual YWCA Women of Excellence and Young Woman of Tomorrow Awards is Monday, May 16, at 5 p.m. or postmarked on May 16. Nomination forms are available at the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St., by phone at (937) 773-6626, or by e-mail to Leesa Baker

The awards, established by the YWCA in 1997, have been given annually to recognize women in Miami County who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in civic and community activities. The honorees must reside, be employed, or be active in Miami County. An individual, a group, or an organization may submit nominations.

The Young Woman of Tomorrow honoree must be between 16-22 years of age as of May 16, 2016.

This year’s honorees will be selected by a committee of impartial judges composed of men and women from throughout Miami County. Awards will be presented at a gala luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20.

PAC focus group to be held

PIQUA — The Piqua Arts Council will hold a Young Professionals Focus Group at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the PAC office, 427 N. Main St. The purpose is to discuss ideas about the types of events they would like to attend and how to design marketing to better reach their demographic. The free event is open to those 30-45 who live or work in Piqua. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

To register, visit

YWCA annual meeting set

PIQUA — Robin Davis, food writer and author, will be the featured speaker for the YWCA Piqua’s 97th annual meeting on Wednesday, April 13. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. followed by a noon luncheon ($6 per person).

A UVMC nurse will be available from 10:15-11 a.m. for free blood pressure and glucose screenings. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

The meeting will include the introduction of new board members. Reservations are required by Monday, April 11, by calling the YWCA at (937) 773-6626.