Area briefs

Nominations sought for educator award

TROY — The Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Advisory to Education Committee is seeking nominations for its 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year award. To qualify, a nominee must be a professionally certified educator residing and/or working within the Troy area, who has made a significant contribution to the Troy community and the field of education.

The Educator of the Year Award will be presented at the Troy Area Chamber’s annual Recognition Banquet on Nov. 17. At the banquet, The Troy Foundation will also present an award of $1,000 to the recipient. $500 will be given to the teacher to use for classroom materials and/or field trips, and $500 being placed in the Principal’s Fund at the building in which the teacher teaches, to be used as the school sees fit.

Nomination forms are available at the chamber and on the chamber website at . To place a name for nomination, complete the Nomination form or the online fillable form, include a brief synopsis of the nominee’s qualifications and submit to the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce by May 31, 2016, drop off at the chamber or send to 405 SW Public Square, Suite 330, Troy, OH 45373; FAX to 339-4944; or email to

Rain barrel workshop set

LAURA — Union Township Workshop will be holding a Rain Barrel Workshop on Thursday, April 28th at the Union Township Office/Garage at 9497 Markley Road, Laura.

The workshop cost is $45 and includes your rain barrel kit and 55 gallon food grade barrel. This workshop is limited to 25, so please understand that preference will be made to Union Township residents.

Make a reservation by calling (937) 698-4480 or emailing or call Linda Raterman with Miami SWCD at 335-SOIL or emailing

Superhero Saturday event planned

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Robinson Branch is offering a Superhero Saturday event on Saturday, April 30, for youth in first through sixth grade. This will be a fun filled night with gym games, swimming, the bounce house, and a movie. Come dressed as your favorite superhero or create your own powers and persona to participate in the superhero games. Pizza and lemonade will be served during the movie. Drop off begins at 7 p.m. and pick up is at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Register at the Robinson Branch or over the phone at 440-9622). For more information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

Ruby Ball still has reservations

TROY — Reservations are still available the formal dress ball being held at the Hayner to commemorate it’s 40th anniversary.

The April 30 Ruby Ball will have a 1940s theme with Tom Daugherty’s Swing Shift band in the ballroom. Starting at 6:30 p.m. you can learn a dance step or two in the East Room with Hayner’s new ballroom dance instructors, Cindy and Ronnie Mullins. Delightful hors d’oeuvres designed by Starry Dreams catering will adorn the Study. Have your formal portrait taken in the Solarium by professional photographer Keith Stoler as our gift to you. Waltz upstairs to the second floor for a variety of wine from The Winery at Versailles. A World War II exhibit installed by the Miami Valley Veterans Museum will be in the parlor as well as a fashion exhibit in the upper hall. The iconic 1940s Rainbow Room is Greg Roger’s inspiration for the ballroom décor. Float around the dance floor to the Swing Shift trumpet, trombone, sax and drums as those velvety vocals fill the room with that smooth Big Band sound. Share a champagne toast with will be at 8:30 p.m. to help celebrate the next 40 years of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.

Reservation fee is $35 per person. You can make your reservations by mail with a check or online at

For more information regarding these free events and to receive a complete listing of Hayner Events, call 339-0457 or visit for complete details.

Tai Chi to be offered

PIQUA — Tai Chi for Beginners starts Tuesday, April 26 and will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Piqua branch of the YMCA.

Registration for the spring session is under way. During this class, participants will learn a series of postures and slow continuous movements to relax, improve your balance and increase muscle tone. Tai Chi is said to boost your memory and release stress.