Area briefs

Council members offer discussion

TROY — At-large Troy City Council members Bill Rozell, Todd Severt and Lynne Snee will be hosting an “Ask A Council Member” discussion group only to facilitate accessibility and discussion with council members from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in the Bravo Room at Hobart Arena, 255 N. Adams St., Troy.

There is no agenda for this meeting.

While at-large council members may serve on a council committee together, there is no committee assignment to be discussed.

Food series set to begin

TROY — OSU Extension in Miami County is now offering a new monthly food series, GROBucks. The fourth virtual session, “Squash It?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, will focus on pests in the garden. Extension staff will highlight some common garden pests, share strategies to manage them and help you determine whether they are beneficial to your garden.

Staff will also show you how to use a common vegetable in some new and unique ways in cooking, demonstrate preparing foods and share recipes for you to try at home.

Each paid registrant will receive a rain gauge for their home use.

The cost for this session is $7. Pre-registration is required at go.osu.edu/grobucks and click on “Register here.” You will receive an email with the information on how to connect for this event one day prior to the event.

Contact the OSU Extension Office, Miami County at bennett.709@osu.edu or barton.345@osu.edu for more information.

Biplane rides offered

TROY — Open cockpit biplane rides will be offered May 22-23, June 19-20, Aug. 13-15, Sept. 17-19 and Oct. 16-17 at WACO Air Museum Troy,.

Call the museum for more information at (937) 335-9226 or order your certificate at www.wacoairmuseum.org.

Bethel wins seatbelt challenge

MIAMI COUNTY — Bethel High School has won the Safe Communities Seatbelt Challenge.

It was a close competition, according to Miami County Public Health Health Educator Vicky Knisley-Henry, but with a seatbelt usage rate of 96.4%, Bethel beat the reigning 2019 champions, Tippecanoe High School by just 0.9%.

The annual seatbelt challenge is a community engagement opportunity with area high school teens, Knisley-Henry said. The friendly competition sheds light on an important safety issue for not only teen drivers but everyone in the community, she said.

“Wearing your seat belt drastically reduces the risk of being injured or worse if involved in a traffic crash,” Knisley-Henry said.