Area briefs

Remembering the Bradford Fire

BRADFORD — The 100th Anniversary of the Bradford Fire will be honored with an open house at the Bradford Public Library on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The walk through display will feature photos from Bradford before the fire, with its bustling business district; photos and artifacts from the fire and days following and photos of Bradford after the tragedy.

The fire, which destroyed over 40 businesses and a dozen homes, started late on Aug. 3, 1920 at the Arnold Lumber Company, forever changing the village.

In addition to the walk through display, Bradford Fire and rescue will have one of their engines and Darke county resident, Mel Hocker, will have his 1922 Model T Ford on display. Each family attending will also receive a free smoke detector as supplies last.

Blood drives set

MIAMI COUNTY — Ginghamsburg Church will host a community blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 8 at 6759 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City.

Piqua Harley-Davidson also will host a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1501 E. Ash St., Piqua.

Community Blood Center is seeking new donors to help meet the demand for blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors must make an appointment and wear a face mask.

Schedule your donation at or call (937) 461-3220.

Find ‘Masked Milty’

WEST MILTON — Put on your walking shoes and be on the hunt for Milty, an offering of the Milton-Union Public Library.

Across West Milton in 15 different locations is an image of Milty sporting his face mask. Find all locations to be entered into a prize drawing. Find the bonus unmasked Milty and receive a piece of candy on the spot.

Pick up a sheet at the library to track your journey. Entries must be received by the end of the day on Monday, Aug. 30. Drawing will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Contact the library at (937) 698-5515 or visit for more information.