Area briefs

Transition Fair planned

PIQUA — The Miami-Shelby Special Needs Transition Fair has been set for 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. The fair is aimed at connecting students and parents with available resources for students in high school and beyond.

Representatives from dozens of area agencies have been invited, including the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Wright State University, United Rehabilitation Services, and many more.

The fair will be held at Upper Valley Career Center in Stickley Dining Commons at 8811 Career Dr., Piqua. Please enter through the rear doors.

For more information, contact Niki Luciano at (937) 778-1980 or, or Susan Debrosse at

Safer Ohio phone app available

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) is encouraging the public to download its “Safer Ohio” phone app, Ohio’s multi-function, mobile public safety tool for reporting suspicious activity, requesting emergency or roadside help and monitoring traffic conditions.

The Safer Ohio Phone App is a component of the ODPS Safer Ohio Initiative. This app has the “See Something, Send Something” function, which allows people to report information and send photos of suspicious activity to Ohio Homeland Security. Also available on the multi-functional App is a button for connecting with a 9-1-1 dispatcher, a function which dispatches the Ohio State Highway Patrol or other law enforcement officer to a non-emergency traffic situation, and connection with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s OH-GO application for real-time traffic reports throughout Ohio. If you are experiencing an emergency, you should always call 9-1-1 first.

“Through the Safer Ohio Phone App, anyone in Ohio can provide critical information to our 24/7 public safety intelligence analysts that can potentially save lives and protect critical infrastructure,” said John Born, ODPS Director. “This app also allows another way for the general public to connect with law enforcement to receive non-emergency assistance.”

The user-friendly app is available through the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

Art show set

WEST MILTON — The 10th annual art show will take place at Hoffman United Methodist Church on Oct. 14-16 at 201 S. Main St., one block west of State Route 48.

The show will take place in the Activity Center. The purpose of the show is to provide a showcase for area talent of all ages. The show is non-juried. There is no admittance fee and all three days of the show are open to the public. Some pieces may be available for purchase, with the transactions handled directly between the artist and the interested party.

A gift from local arts patron Bill Netzley of Netzley Roofing has enabled Hoffman to offer monetary awards again this year. Awards to be given are: $500 first place, $400 second place and $300 for third place.

Eight additional awards of $100 each will also be presented. People’s Choice voting from all three days will determine the 10 winners. Voting will conclude at 2 p.m. and the winners will be announced and awards presented at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. A silent auction, featuring pieces provided by the artists, will begin during the preview party on Friday, Oct. 14 and conclude at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Friday evening activites, open to the public, are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Some of the artists will be present to discuss their work. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.