Area briefs

Melody Men to perform

PIQUA — The Friends of the Piqua Public Library will present a performance by the Miami-Shelby Melody Men at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the lobby of the library, as part of the Library Lounge Series.

The theme of the event is “In the Good Ol’ Summertime,” and the Melody Men and the Friends of the Library promise to provide an evening of good-old fashioned summer entertainment — four-part harmony in the style of barbershop music, mixed in with their own brand of humor and the history of barbershop quartets and choruses.

The Miami-Shelby Melody Men Chorus consists of over 40 men from all walks of life who share a common love for singing a capella music. It was chartered in 1954, and is co-directed by Brian Phillips and Robert Moore, with Julian Fasano acting as the current president.

The event is free, open to the public, and will last about 40 minutes. The Piqua Public Library is located at 116 W. High St., in the Fort Piqua Plaza.

WWII vets to share stories

PIQUA — Seven World War II Veterans will tell their compelling stories of courage, honor, and strength during a special event held at Edison Community College’s Piqua campus at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

The group will feature Robert Tweed, Harry Christy, Marion Adams, Les Edsall, Bill Brower, Harry Ashburn, and the sole female and oldest of the group Nadine Nagle, 96.

These veterans were active in the Battle of the Bulge, Dachau, the Beaches of Normandy, Stalag VII-A, POW camps in Poland and Germany, the Philippines, and ferrying military as a WASP pilot.

Local group Thienn Snipps is preparing World War II music for the event and will perform a mini concert from 11:30 a.m. to noon, with speakers immediately following.

The coordinator of the event, Dr. Vivian Blevins, is asking community members, schoolchildren, and area college students to submit words of appreciation to these veterans. Her goal is to collect 500 letters or cards to be delivered to the speakers on the day of the program.

Letters may be sent via U.S. Mail to Vivian Blevins at 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH 45356, or emailed to [email protected]

5K race still taking signups

PIQUA — Signups are still being accepted for Harmony Systems and Service, Inc.’s “Tools for Schools” 5K run, which will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at the company’s 1711 Commerce Drive location.

Registration by Aug. 7 is $20, which includes a T-shirt; after Aug. 7, the cost is $25 and there is no guarantee of a shirt. Top finisher prizes will be awarded in several categories, including top three overall (male and female), and top three male and female in seven different age divisions.

To register online, go to

For more information about the “Tools for Schools” 5K Run, contact Cynamyn Williams at (937) 778-1082 or [email protected] More details about the event also can be found on Harmony Systems’ Facebook page.

YMCA to offer diabetes program

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is enrolling participants for an eight-week program on diabetes education, support and self-management. Each session will concentrate on various topics to help participants to establish good habits and learn how to manage their pre-diabetes or diabetes symptoms. The program is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes.

This program is free for those who qualify through referral. It includes educational seminars, free personal training and membership with the Miami County YMCA during the program and for six months after participants graduate. The class will be held on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at YMCA’s Robinson Branch in Troy beginning Aug. 11. This program is possible through funding from the United Way.

Hayner exhibit nearing end

TROY — “From Africa,” an exhibit of African art and artifacts is coming to a close on Aug. 2. The exhibit hosted by the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., is free and open to the public.

Six local collectors of African art and artifacts are contributing to “From Africa.” This popular exhibit has delighted visitors with its African clothing and living ware, masks, paintings, jewelry, batiks, earthenware, and tribal items. The paintings and masks by contemporary African artists are particularly impressive. Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, and West Africa are all represented in the show.

The Hayner Center’s hours of operation are 7-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call (937) 339-0457

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