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Rummage sale

PIQUA — The annual rummage sale, sponsored by the Mission Committee at St. Boniface and St. Mary Parishes, will be held on July 9 and 10 in the Caserta Center, 218 S. Downing, Piqua. Sale hours are Saturday, 9 a.m to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the rummage sale benefit the parishes’ missionaries in Chile and Guatemala and their twinning project in Dominica. A variety of household items, toys, holiday decorations, etc. will be for sale. There will be home-baked goods, a food-stand, a purse/scarf/jewelry boutique, and complimentary religious items.

Donations are still being accepted. Anyone wishing to make a donation may drop sale items off at the St. Boniface Parish garage (310 S. Downing) Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call Don Stonerock, 773-2400, to arrange pick-up.

Casstown church offers reading program

CASSTOWN — Casstown United Methodist Church will be offering its annual reading program again this summer for youth entering Kindergarten through sixth grade, thanks to the “Live Free” grant provided by the Miami Valley District of the United Methodist Church.

The summer program, which highlights reading skill development lead by college students and church members, will also include crafts, games, music and tips for healthy living. A tasty, healthy lunch and an afternoon snack will also be included.

Todd Rappold, Superintendent of Miami East Schools supports the work the church is doing with this program. “We encourage all kids to maintain their academic skills over the summer. Reading is a key skill for students of any age.”

The program will be offered every Tuesday for six weeks, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Casstown UMC, 102 Center St. in Casstown.

For more information or to register, call Pastor Maggie Sykes at (937) 339-4828 or visit to download the registration form from the Children’s Ministry page.

Bluegrass Festival of Bands fundraiser

TIPP CITY – This night of great music will be held at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, located at 18 East Broadway Ave. in Tipp City, on Saturday, July 16, from 6-10 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tickets are on sale now at for $7.00 or you can purchase your tickets at the event. This event was originally created to support the Crossroads Praise Team, but due to the devastating fire the Tipp City community suffered, Crossroads has decided to share the proceeds with the local businesses and families that have been affected.

Involved in this fire were two apartments that were a total loss located above Browse Awhile Books, all tenants did escape with the exception of a beloved family pet. Browse Awhile Books along with its neighbor, Merchant31 clothing store, suffered major fire damage as well.

Live Bands & Soloists that will be performing include: The Polk Berry Pickers, The Grace Brothers, Crossroads, Colin Richards, and Ian Liverani. With special guests World Class Violinist and Fiddler John Kelly and Heather Dorsten. ConneXions Café will be serving brats, pulled pork sandwiches, green beans, potatoes, ham, and homemade pies. To learn more about this even please go to