Area briefs

Mum sale set for Sept. 19

PIQUA — The Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association (PCHDA) has decided a Holiday Home Tour in 2020 is just too risky with the continued uncertainty of COVID 19 and instead will host a mum fundraiser this fall. Mums will be large (up to 24-inch across) and are available in assorted fall colors. This being the charter year for the sale, quantities will be limited, and sales will be first-come, first-served. PCHDA hopes to expand the sale in the future and offer pre-sale orders.

Mums will be $10 each.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 19, mums will be arranged along Ash Street in Piqua on the sidewalk between Caldwell and North Downing streets (across from Westminster Presbyterian Church). Customers can hand-select their mums and the PCHDA will have volunteers available to help get them to their car. Anyone purchasing more than five mums will be offered free delivery within Piqua later that same day. Payment methods are cash or check (payable to Piqua-Caldwell Historic District) and customers are encouraged to wear masks.

Proceeds from this sale will support the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District where aluminum cast historic markers are being placed to help increase awareness of the rich history behind the historic homes. PCHDA also aspires to partner with the city of Piqua to install historic district street signage to identify the district as specified in the National Register of Historic Places to encourage an increase in heritage tourism within downtown Piqua.

Meals offered

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will offer meals throughout the rest of the week

On Thrusday, Sept. 17, BLTs with chips and a pickle will be offered for dine-in or carry-out. Serving begins at 6 p.m. and will cost $5.

On Friday, Sept. 18, cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, roll and dessert will be offered for dine-in or carry-out. Serving begins at 6 p.m. and will cost $9

Breakfast, dine-in or carry-out, will be available from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. The menu includes made-to-order eggs, toast, biscuit and gravy, bacon and/or sausage and a pancake for $6.

On Monday, Sept. 21, spaghetti and garlic bread will be offered for $5 and will be available from 6-7 p.m.

Call (937) 667-1995 to place your order for any carry-out order.

Girl Scouts on the farm planned

PIQUA — Celebrate the season with the Girl Scouts on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Johnstron Farm & Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua.

Girls will learn about the history of Native Americans and the Miami Erie Canal by touring the farm and homes. Participants also can ride the canal boat.

Girls in grades kindergarten through eighth grade participate for free and adults are $8.

The schedule is as follows:

Grades kindergarten through first — Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Grades second and third — 1:30-3 p.m.

Grades fourth and fifth — 3-4:30 p.m.

Canal boat rides leave at 12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m. and participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.

Masks are required at this event.

Spaces are limited, sign up at (9419) 225-3049 or

Science course offered

TIPP CITY — Tipp Monroe Community Services is offering a 12-week course that will walk students in grades fifth through 12 through the process it takes to conduct authentic research-based science projects. This includes, developing and “owning” the question, researching literature, forming a hypothesis and all the steps involved down to making an oral and visual presentation.

Upon conclusion of this course, students will have individualized projects they can use for multiple science/STEM competitions including the State Science Day Qualifying event.

There will be a kick-off at Monroe Township Building and each week following, the classes will alternate between live classes at the Township Building and live Zoom classes from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 for 12 weeks (no class week of Nov. 23). The instructors are Martin English and Angela McMurry.

The cost of the course is $18 resident and $20 nonresident. For more information or to register and pay, visit

Drive through to benefit D.R.E.A.M.

TROY — Help support Miami County D.R.E.A.M. pet rescue’s fundraiser by attending the “Benefit Night” event at Skyline Chili, 1775 W. Main St., Troy, from 5-9 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24. Skyline Chili will donate 20 percent of purchases made by supporters who present the flier. Order at the drive through or place a carry-out order at (937) 335-7005 due to limited dining room space.

The flier is available online at and the Event page at

Funds raised are used to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs in Miami County and beyond.

Riverside to host virtual self-advocacy conference

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, also known as Riverside, will host a virtual conference from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 25 from via Zoom.

“My Story, a Journey into Self-Advocacy” is the theme of the conference, which is designed to encourage people with developmental disabilities and increase their knowledge of ways to advocate for themselves. Guests at the event will hear about many accomplishments of other self-advocates and learn discover ways to strive for their own goals and make their communities a better place to live, work and play — together.

Those interested in attending can log in directly at Registration is not necessary.

Riverside is hosting the conference in collaboration with Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Preble and Shelby County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. This is the fifth year the regional group has hosted the conference.

For more information or details on how to sign into the conference, contact Krista Smith at 937-310-3260 or

Film series to start

TROY — It’s fall and time for the new season of films at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center to begin. This season begins with the 1948 Abbott and Costello classic, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

All films are free. This season in order to guarantee social distancing, pre-registration is necessary. Call Leona at (937) 339-0457 to pre-register. Facial coverings are required in the Hayner Center.

The film stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as freight handlers whose lives erupt into pandemonium when they encounter Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman. This is an unrated family friendly comedy horror film. Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi, and Glenn Strange also star in this film.