Area briefs

Alumni banquet held

CASSTOWN — The Miami East Alumni Banquet was held on May 13.

Three classes were honored: 1967, 1977, and 1992. The class of 2017, this year’s graduates, were also recognized.

Scholarships, in the amount of $500, were given to 35 graduates in attendance.

Debbie Wilgus, class of 1995, from Miami, Fla., was recognized for traveling the farthest to come to the banquet.

Josephine Hiegel Urick from the Elizabeth School, class of 1935, was given a standing ovation for her attendance at the banquet.

The Casstown Volunteer Fire Department sett up and toke down the tables and chairs and the meal was catered by The Spot in Sidney.

Next year’s Miami East Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 12.

McCoy speaks to Optimists

TROY— Hal McCoy, a member the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a sportswriter for the Dayton Daily News, and the longest-tenured beat writer in Major League Baseball was the speaker Monday, May 15 at The Boathouse restaurant for the Troy Noon Optimist Club.

McCoy spoke about covering the Cincinnati Reds and many of the unusual, humorous, and memorable experiences he has had over the last 50 years. McCoy explained how he coined the phrase “Big Red Machine,” when he overheard a player in the locker room saying, “We are a machine! We are a machine!” McCoy wrote his column about the game and toyed with calling the Reds a machine — a big machine. It finally formed in the story as The Big Red Machine, and it stuck, becoming widely used by the Reds and other writers.

McCoy wrote in his recent book, “The Real McCoy My Half-Century with the Cincinnati Reds,” a plethora of personal stories about the Big Red Machine of the ’70s and the previously untold stories of players’ antics. The book covers McCoy’s early years as a sports writer through his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

To purchase a copy, contact any book store, or book outlet. The publisher is OrangefrazerPress in Wilmington or visit

TROY — Get in touch with your creative side and help Brukner Nature Center celebrate the unique, diverse, and beautiful butterflies found here in Ohio.

Watercolors, photography, doodle art, block prints, stamps, mixed media, all will be accepted.

There is no fee to enter this exhibit, but all works of art must be 8-inch-by-10-inch and fit into a standard glass-fronted frame (provided by BNC). All art must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Each of the 25 selected pieces will be paired with a $1 voting jar in the Heidelberg Auditorium and the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Monarch Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 9.

All art will be for sale for $20, unframed, and available for pick up after the exhibit. All proceeds support the Monarch Celebration and butterfly education.