Area briefs

Road to close

TROY — Urbana Road will be closed for a bridge replacement starting at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Nov. 20. The location of the closure is between State Route 589 and Lost Creek-Shelby Road.

Poster contest under way

MIAMI COUNTY — Elementary school students in the third, fourth or fifth grade during the 2020-2021 school year are invited to enter the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest.

The contest is sponsored by the Richard Montgomery Chapter and is open to students attending public, parochial, private, or accredited home schools in Miami County.

Cash awards are presented at the national society, state society and at the local chapter level. The theme for the poster shall be “Revolutionary War Person or Persons.”

Posters will be judged for theme expression, originality, evidence of research, artistic merit and creativity, neatness, visual presentation, and accurate reflection of the historical person. Contest entry is due by Dec. 1. Complete rules and other information about the contest can be obtained by on the National Society of SAR website at or by contacting chapter president Steve Kaplan at

Clunker clean-up offered

CASSTOWN — Get rid of those old, unused vehicles, boats, motorcycles, campers, and farm equipment while benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Through April 1, 2021, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA is ridding communities of unneeded vehicles and farm equipment. At no cost to you, RMHC will pick up the vehicle or equipment donation and tow it to the nearest auction location. All donations must have a certificate of title.

Have the ME FFA chapter code (OH0182) ready when calling 800-332-8201 to schedule a pick up. By participating in this program, your donation will help keep RMHC families with sick children near each other while receiving the care they need.

Please contact call Chloe Gump and the ME FFA Chapter for more info or help with the process at 937-335-7070 x3212. Let us know if you have something to donate! Just takes a phone call and they do the rest! Free removal and you get a tax credit!

Milkweed seeds sought

MIAMI COUNTY — Due to their value as pollinators and In an ongoing effort to restore monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) populations, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) and local Soil & Water Conservation districts like Miami SWCD are once again seeking public involvement to collect common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) seed pods from establishedplants through Oct. 30.

The seeds will be used to establish new plantings and additional habitat for the monarch butterfly throughout Ohio.

Seed pods from the common milkweed should be collected only when the pods are brown-grey in color and when the center seam pops with gentle pressure. Seeds in green pods will not be viable and cannot be used. If possible, use a brown paper bag or cardboard box, plastic bags may entrap moisture.

Because of COVID 19, you may leave your collections under the small porch at the front door of the office at 1330 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

Call Linda with any questions at (937) 335-7645.