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Thursday, April 17

Special Events

Maundy Thursday Community Service (FREE)
PIQUA - The Westminster Presbyterian Church of Piqua invites the community to this Maundy Thursday service taking place at 7 p.m. tonight. The church is located at 325 W. Ash St. and can be reached at (937) 773-0564.

Historical Village Open House - Thursday & Sunday (FREE)
HILLIRAD - The open house includes tours led in period costumes which include visits to the chapel, covered bridge, one room school house, log cabin, voting wagon, caboose, Hilliard Station, barn, granary, and museum. Displays and demonstrations round out the evenings at the Historical Village in Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia in Hilliard. Thursday evening's events take place from 6-8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more details call (614) 876-5880.
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PIQUA - Do you dread the "air puff" test? Dr. Littlejohn, O.D. offers a comfortable, puff-free alternative. Call today to schedule your air puff-FREE eye exam, (937) 606-2772. Dr. Littlejohn's office is conveniently located at 8090 Looney Rd. in Piqua across from Home Depot, next to Winans. Or, visit them online at www.Buckeyedoc.com.

Dayton Dragons Game 
DAYTON - The Dayton Dragons will face the Kane County Cougars at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

The Dayton Dragons face off against the
Kane County Cougars tonight at 7 p.m.
(Photo from www.milb.com)
Dining & Nightlife

Ladies Night at Mulligan's Pub (FREE)
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub hosts Ladies Night every Thursday. Guests can enjoy $2 tall domestics, $1.75 domestic bottles and $3 well drinks. The pub's new menu is also available. For more information on Mulligan's, click HERE. They are located at 110 W. High St. and can be reached at (937) 606-2819.

Pork Tenderloin Thursdays at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - From 3-7 p.m. every Thursday, the 311 Drafthouse hosts Pork Tenderloin Thursdays. This sandwich is only available between these times and is one of the most popular menu items at the pub. Guests can also take advantage of Happy Hour prices during this time. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, click HERE.

$3 Well Drinks at the Leaf & Vine (FREE)
TROY - Start the weekend early with $3 well drinks at the Leaf & Vine. The Leaf & Vine is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 332-0773. For more information and events, click HERE.

Thursday Lunch at Mojos Bar & Grille
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille is now open for lunch on Thursday! The restaurant is open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Menu highlights at Mojos includes: BBQ Pork Sliders, Grilled Portobello sandwiches, a Monte Cristo, three dinner salads, Buffalo Goat Cheese and Scotch Eggs. To see the full menu, click HERE. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172.

All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - Known as the "Best Lunch Deal" in the area, La Piazza offers an all-you-can-eat Lunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $8.95 per person, guests can feast on 10 different items each day, including soups, a pizza, vegetables, an Italian dish, cold salads and more - plus endless salad and bread with herb butter. To view today's menu, click HERE. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

The Comeback Special at the 311 Drafthouse - Monday-Friday
PIQUA - Come in for lunch Monday through Friday at the 311 Drafthouse in downtown Piqua and bring your receipt back after 3 p.m. for a free appetizer. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua and can be reached at (937) 615-9705. To view the pub's full menu, click HERE.

Italian Cuisine at La Piazza
TROY - La Piazza is open for dinner seven days a week. The restaurant's menu (see HERE) features everything from Brushetta, Calamari and Chicken entrees and four signature burgers to specialty pizzas and calzones and pasta and grilled dishes. Save room for dessert, including a monthly feature, Carmel Nut Brownies and hand-dipped Spumoni Ice Cream. To view the full dessert menu, click HERE. La Piazza is open for dinner from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4-9 p.m. on Sundays.

Pizza, Pasta, Primi, Subs and More at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Beppo Uno is a fine-dining restaurant in Piqua that not only offers some of the most sought-after pizza in the area, but also pasta dishes, Italian subs and insalata, zuppa and primi menu items. To view the full menu, click HERE. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Carryout and delivery are available by calling (937) 615-1100. Delivery is available from 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Mexican Night and Happy Hour at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub, 110 W. High St., offers a different special each night of the week. Thursday night is Mexican night and features a different Mexican dish each week. Additionally, the pub has happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. with drink specials including $1.75 domestic bottles, $2 tall domestic drafts and $3 well drinks. Mulligan's can be reached at (937) 606-2819 or visit them online at www.mulligans-pub.net.

Karaoke at Dunaway's Beef N' Ale (FREE)
TROY - Dunaway's Beef N' Ale hosts karaoke every Thursday starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Along with karaoke, guests can dine a menu with nearly 100 items and a full bar. Dunaway's is located at 508 W. Main St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 335-8608.

Mojos Thursday Nights - $1 Off All Wine & $3.50 Well Drinks
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille is open for dinner and drinks from 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays. Along with the full menu being available for dinner patrons, all guests can enjoy $1 off all wines and $3.50 well. Menu highlights at Mojos includes: BBQ Pork Sliders, Grilled Portobello sandwiches, a Monte Cristo, three dinner salads, Buffalo Goat Cheese and Scotch Eggs. To see the full menu, click HERE. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172.

Live DJ and Happy Hour at LeDoux's (FREE)
TROY - LeDoux's hosts DJ Macua on Thursday nights and, from 5-7 p.m., guests can enjoy $2 Bud Light tall boys, $1 Bud Light drafts and Jell-O shots and $2.50 Modelo, Tecate, Corona and Dos Equis, as well as half-price appetizers when mentioning My Miami County. LeDoux's is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy.

The Brewery in Troy features a live DJ every Thursday night
from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday Night Karaoke/DJ Music at The Brewery (FREE)
TROY - The Brewery in downtown Troy hosts Thursday Night Karaoke/DJ Music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is no cover charge and drink specials are available throughout the evening. The Brewery is located at 111 W. Water St. and can be reached at (937) 339-8595.

Karaoke at Tony's Bada Bing in Tipp (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Tony's Bada Bing in downtown Tipp City hosts karaoke to 10 p.m. on Thursdays. There is no cover charge.

$1 Drafts at Harrison's 
TIPP CITY - On Thursday evenings, the bar at Harrison's Restaurant in downtown Tipp City serves up Miller Lite and Bud Light drafts for $1 each; Blue Moon and Amberbock drafts (16 once) for $1.50. Dinner specials for the evening include a single cabbage roll with mashed potatoes and rye bread for $6.99. Harrison's is located at 106 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 667-5223.

Karaoke at Huber Heights Cadillac Jacks (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS - Cadillac Jacks, 7720 Old Troy Pike (St. Rt. 202) in Huber Heights will host karaoke from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday. There is no cover charge.

Menopause: The Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theater - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common, except a black lace bra ... and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Menopause: The Musical is a "hilarious musical parody set to classic times from the 60s, 70s and 80s." Join the sisterhood and laugh out loud in this salute to the women who are experiencing "the change." Adult content. The show will take place at La Comedia Dinner Theater in Springboro at 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $55 to $71, which includes a deluxe all-you-can-eat buffet. Children 11 and under are $30. For ticket information, click HERE.

Scene75 - Wednesday-Sunday
VANDALIA - Scene75 offers everything from Blacklight Mini-Golf and Indoor Go-Karts to Spin Zone Bumper Cars and Min-Bowling, plus the largest arcade in Ohio. Additionally, there is food, restaurants and a bar, among other features. The entertainment center is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Weekly hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Trivia Night at TJ Chumps in Englewood (FREE)
ENGLEWOOD - TJ Chumps, 559 S. Main St. in Englewood, hosts Trivia Night from 7-10 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge and guests have access to a full dinner menu and drinks. There are prizes for each round, as well as the overall winner. For more information, call (937) 836-4300.

Musician's Co-Op at the Oregon Express (FREE)
DAYTON - The Oregon Express hosts a public Musician's Co-Op starting at 9 p.m. every Thursday at 336 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton. Guests can bring an instrument and join other musicians for a night of jamming and music-making. There is no cover charge. For more information, call (937) 223-9205.

The Generations Big Band at Jazz Central
DAYTON - Jazz Central will host The Generations Big Band from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday at 2931 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton. The cost is $5. This event takes place every third Thursday of the month.

Open Mic Night at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern hosts Open Mic Night from 9-11:30 p.m. every Thursday at 430 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. There is no cover charge and all types of music and musicians are welcome. For more information, call (937) 938-6405.

Open Mic Night at the Trolley Stop (FREE)
DAYTON - The Trolley Stop hosts Open Mic Night starting at 9:30 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge. The Trolley Stop is located at 530 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District and can be reached at (937) 461-1101.

Relaxing Recreation

Piqua Library Lobby Exhibit (FREE)
PIQUA - This month's lobby exhibit at the Piqua Library is titled "The Johnston Family is Everywhere" and highlights the spread of this founding family across the country. The exhibit is open during library hours, which are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Men 30 and up can join in a game of basketball at the Avenue
in Tipp City every Thursday from 8:30-10 p.m.
Men's Basketball 30 and Up (FREE)
TIPP 
CITY - Men over the age of 30 are invited to play pick-up basketball on two indoor courts at The Avenue, 6759 S. County Road 25-A in Tipp City. Games are played continuously from 8:30-10 p.m.

Troy and The Hayner House Exhibit - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - "Troy and The Hayner House" is a free exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center that explores the 200-year history of community and the 100-year history of the mansion. The Hayner is open 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (937) 339-0457 or click HERE.

Yarn Circle (FREE)
PIQUA - The yarn circle takes place in the Founder’s Room on the second floor at the Piqua Library, 116 W. High St. Bring your latest project and join in the crocheting, knitting, needlepoint or any other “yarncraft” starting at 7 p.m. For more details call the library at (937) 773-6753.

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open Bowling is available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday at Troy Bowl, 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can eat at a concession area with a full kitchen, play video games and pool and visit the full bar with beer and spirits. In case there are leagues, always call in advance at (937) 339-3315. This number also has pricing information. Shoe rental is $4. For more Opening Bowling times, click HERE.

Open bowling takes place at Miami Lanes in
West Milton and Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua tonight.
Open Bowling at Miami Lanes in West Milton - Wednesday-Sunday
WEST MILTON - Miami Lanes, 1159 S. Miami St. in West Milton is open for bowling from 5-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The bowling alley accepts cash only. For more information, call (937) 698-5706.

Movies 5 & Cinemark Theatre - Open Daily 
PIQUA/TROY - Movies 5 in Troy and Cinemark Theatre in Piqua are open daily. Click HERE to find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see. 

Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462.

For Children & Families

Morning Story Times at the Piqua Library (FREE)
PIQUA - Morning story times include: stories, music, crafts, puppet shows, and fun in the Children’s Department. At 10:30 a.m. two sessions run at the same time: Toddlers and Infants (Birth to 35 months), and ages 3+. Register by calling (937)773-6753, or stopping by the library.

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Thirsty Thursday at Jumpy's Fun Zone
TROY -  Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy hosts Thirsty Thursdays from 3-8 p.m. The fun center offers unlimited laser tag for $15 (add unlimited jumping for $5) and unlimited jumping for $7, plus free small drinks or slushies with each paid laser tag game. Stay and play with video games, a concession area with pizza, pretzels and other food. Please remember to bring socks!!! Jumpy's is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's from Main Street. For more information, or to plan your visit, click HERE.

The Easter Bunny at the Miami Valley Centre Mall (FREE)
PIQUA - The Easter Bunny will be available to meet with children for free during regular Mall hours and to take photographs for a small fee.

4th Annual Homeschool Art Exhibit (FREE)
TROY - The exhibit will be available to the public in the multi-purpose room of the Troy Library, 419 W. Main St., from April 6 through April 26. For more information, contact Olive at 937-339-0502 ext. 123.

Tiny Thursdays at the Dayton Art Institute
DAYTON - Children ages 2-5 and their caregiver can take part in Tiny Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Dayton Art Institute. The program is $8 per child and includes movement activities, gallery tours and a make-and-take art project. The theme for this month is "Flowers Abound." For more information, call (937) 223-5277.

Spring Celebration @ EnterTRAINment Junction (Daily through May 18)
CINCINNATI - Celebrate Spring at EnterTRAINment Junction with  scavenger hunts for the whole family, including bunnies and chicks hidden in the world’s largest indoor model train display. Buy one do-it-all admission and get half-off a second do-it-all admission, plus receive a ticket for a free return visit valid until May 18. Experience the Train Journey and as your travel through the world's largest indoor train display, play in the kid's play area, engage in the interactive railroad museum, and explore the expo center. Also, visit the A-Maze-N funhouse which includes 5 hilarious mazes. EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Court and can be reached at (513) 898-8000. For admission costs and hours visit their website at www.entertrainmentjunction.com.
The Piqua Library will be
showing Mary Poppins
tonight at 6 p.m.

Family Movie Night (FREE)
PIQUA - From 6-8:15 p.m. the Piqua Library, 116 W. High St., will show the classic film Mary Poppins in the Louis Room. Bring friends and snacks to this fun evening. For more details call the library at (937) 773-6753.

Princess Package at Giacomo's Salon & Spa in Troy
TROY - Little girls 10 and under can have their own special pampering at Giacomo's Salon & Spa, 221 S. Market St. in downtown Troy. There are four different "Princess Packages" available. The first is "You Go Girl!" which offers shape and polish fingernails, shape and polish toe nails and a party style for $35. Next is the "Pretty Princess" featuring a mini facial, mini manicure and mini pedicure for $50. The "Sparkle & Shine" package features a mini-manicure, makeup application (sheer or glittery) and a party style (of the hair) for $40. Finally, the "Darling Diva" package provides for a mini facial, mini manicure, mini pedicure, makeup application and a party style for $70. The spa is open 1-9 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. These packages must be booked, which can be done by clicking HERE or calling (937) 332-7075.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Open Daily
DAYTON - The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton has more than a dozen exhibits and play areas for children and families to enjoy - from an indoor zoo and huge play area with three-story slides to educational, interactive exhibits that require children to touch and learn. Throw in daily laser light and 3-D shows in The Dome and an entire day can be spent at the museum. The museum is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children 3-16. Children 3 and under are free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Discover Brukner Nature Center
TROY – Families can spend a full day exploring Brukner Nature Center. Along with trails that cover hills, the Stillwater River valley and other natural terrain, the Center has an historic log cabin, an outdoor, live animal exhibit with an eagle, owls, a fox, bobcat and other animals and an indoor exhibit area – also featuring live animals. The Center has a bird-viewing vista, as well as a ground-level vista that attracts squirrels, chipmunks and other wildlife. To plan your visit to Brukner Nature Center, located on Horse-Shoe Bend Road west of Troy from St. Rt. 55, click HERE.

Now is a great time to get out and
explore all that Carriage Hill has to offer.
Visit the Farm Animals at Carriage Hill - Open Daily (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS – With more than 11 miles of hiking trails, a living history farm with a variety of farm animals and exhibits to see, a lake for fishing and a variety of programs offered each week, Carriage Hill Farm MetroPark in Huber Heights is a free way to spend quality time with children. The park is open daily and there is no admission. A gift shop has candy, sodas, lemonade and other treats. On weekends, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, canning classes, pony and horse rides and more are offered at the farm. For a full calendar of events at Carriage Hill, click HERE.

United States Air Force Museum – Open Daily (FREE)
DAYTON – The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free. Located at 1100 Spaatz St. in Dayton, the museum explores the entire history of the United States Air Force and flight. Visitors first explore the early years of the Air Force and can see early aircraft and exhibits on the brave men and women who first took to the skies in defense of the country. The museum then follows the development of aircraft and pilots and includes exhibits on World War II, the Korean War and Southeast Asia, the Cold War and the Missile and Space Gallery. The museum also features a moving exhibit about the Holocaust, as well as a variety of other flight and Air Force-related topics. To plan your visit to the museum, click HERE. The IMAX theater is also located at the museum. See information below…

New IMAX Movies at the Air Force Museum – Open Daily
DAYTON – A great experience for families to enjoy any day of the week (morning/afternoon) is the IMAX Theater at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. The museum is free to visit, so paying $7.75 for adults; $5.75 for students; and $4.50 for children 3-7 years old is not a bad deal for enjoying a full day of flight and history. Current shows Air Races 3D at noon; Fly Me to the Moon 3-D at 10 a.m.; Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Air Aces: Wing Walkers at 2 p.m. For details and complete listings, click HERE.
Feature Articles 

Bellwether Horse Farm Offers Great Summer Camps For Kids
By Sheryl Roadcap
My Miami County Feature Writer
TROY - Jennifer DeMaro is living her childhood dream and, at the same time, making the dreams of local children come true with the help of horses.
Jennifer DeMaro has had a love of horses
since she was a child. At Bellwether Horse
Farm, she is sharing this dream with
young people.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap)
Although DeMaro still holds a regular full-time job, in the summer of 2012 - after 30 years of being surrounded by and having a love of horses - her family began Bellwether Horse Farm, located at 2720 Peebles Road in Troy.
Before 2012, DeMaro's dreams had been a bit deferred as she raised her family, earned a Master's Degree, built a career in government and served in the United States Air Force for eight years.
Now in its second season, DeMaro said the goal of Bellwether Horse Farm is to provide the community with a place to “foster a special bond between people and horses,” and where children can come during the summer for a safe, fun and nurturing environment that promotes confidence, teamwork, responsibility and leadership.
DeMaro said the farm's objective is to “get the kids comfortable (with horses and riding) by working from the ground up." Among the various programs available, "Fun With Horses" is for children five to eight years old and is a hands-on, on the ground class that has the aim of getting children comfortable around horses before moving on to mounted guided activities.
Children as young as five-years-old can get involved
with programs at Bellwether Horse Farm in Troy.
The next step is the “Horsemanship Camp,” which is for children ages eight and older and is a five-day camp that includes equine games and hands-on activities, such as grooming, bathing the horses, tacking up a horse, lunch, classroom instruction, special guest speakers and/or special demonstrations and private riding lessons. While encouraged, DeMaro said students in this program do not have to have prior experience. The program is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during various weeks this summer. 
“I liked grooming the horses and leading them around,” said Regina, a past, young camper.
Another previous camper, Amelia said, “Riding was a ton of fun and it was really fun cleaning the hooves!”
Debra Klaben said of her experience with Bellwether Horse Farm, “Bellwether Farm is fantastic! The horses are so friendly and Tommy and Jennifer make learning about horses fun for everyone. (Jennifer) provides a safe and nurturing environment for her students and she gives each student individual attention by keeping her groups small. Just the best place to experience the world of horses, and life on a farm!”
DeMaro said that the camp sessions are filling quickly, and that many are repeat campers, so although there still are spots available, interested campers should reserve their place sooner rather than later. There are various programs and offerings available for all stages of learners at Bellwether, and no prior experience is necessary. For more information on Bellwether Farms, visit www.bellwetherhorsefarm.comor check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bellwetherhorsefarm. The farm can be reached at (937) 623-4258.
Carried Away Salon and Spa Delivers Relaxation  
Prom Special and Ladies Night Out Among Upcoming Events
By Sheryl Roadcap
My Miami County Feature Writer
PIQUA - Ever have one of those, ‘Calgon, take me away days? Well, a visit to Carried Away Salon and Spa in Piqua may just be the ticket to restoration.
Located at 114 W. Ash St., Carried Away Salon works to provide quality customized services that fit the needs and desires of its customers.
The salon recently passed its two-year anniversary date and also the one-year mark at its current location where salon owner Carrie Armes said she offers a full range of spa services that are not commonly found in this area.
Carried Away Salon and Spa offers
relaxing services not found at other
spas in the region.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap)
One of the distinctive features at Carried Away Salon is the “Blue Room” - a calming space that contains a laydown shampoo-bowl (see photo). What this means is that when customers are getting their hair shampooed, they will enjoy this relaxing stage of the “hair design” even more as they literally lay down on a table/bed similar to a massage table, with their head resting on the neck rest and down into the shampoo-bowl. The intent is to increase the tranquility by lying down in a calming environment created by the soothing blue ceiling and walls around them.
Another unique feature at the salon is full body-waxing, which is available for both women and men. Armes said it is hard to find a salon/spa in this area that is willing to provide this service for men, and they are finding that “there is a demand, so why not? My esthetician has just the right combination of personality and professionalism to make every client feel at ease."
The salon and spa aims to cater to all of the senses and indulge customers’ experience from beginning to end. They proudly use and promote Aveda hair products, which is notorious for its pleasing scent, as well as professional results that are 97 percent organic, and is alcohol free. And other than a new hair design or body wax, one can also get a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure, as well as airbrush makeup done at the shop. The salon has six stylists available to do various types of services - from color, perms and extensions, to even working with dreadlocks.
Carried Away Salon and Spa is noted for being “very open and friendly” and helps make special events, such as weddings or prom, even more memorable. In the next couple of weeks the salon will be running a prom special that includes airbrush makeup, a up-do hairstyle and a mani/pedi polish change for $79. The offer will be good from April 21 through May 3.
Tammy Mayberry of Troy said, “The team at Carried Away is a professional staff. They treated my daughter-in-law's wedding day as if it was one of their own family members’. From hair and makeup to getting our nails done, we were completely
The Blue Room is an added relaxing touch at
Carried Away Salon and Spa in Piqua.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap) 
satisfied. They took the stress off of us and made it a special day. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we will be back with another bridal party next year when my other daughter gets married."
Denise Uhlenbrock, owner of the Piqua School of the Arts, said she has been very pleased with Carried Away Salon.
“When planning performances for my drama and dance events, Carried Away Salon and Spa is an exciting venue for my dancers. Whether age three or 13, the team at Carried Away always makes them feel like 'stars.' It is such a relief knowing that Carrie and her creative team can bring my visions to reality through hair and makeup," she said.
With all of the services designed to offer relaxation and a renewal, if customers are unable or uninterested to wait for the prom package, Armes said her current special will “get you ready for Easter.” It is running now through Easter and is $5 off a pedicure, $5 off of a paraffin dip and/or $5 off of a partial hair-foil. Also, on April 18, the salon is hosting a Ladies Night Out event to coordinate with the upcoming Relay for Life in Troy. This is an evening when ladies can choose any spa service at regular price, but 30 percent of the service cost will be donated back to American Cancer Society, which sponsors Relay For Life events throughout the United States and Canada.
“So it’s a fun night out for them (customers) and a good way for us to give back too,” Armes said.
Regardless of a whether a customer is coming in for a special package or just to relax, Armes said she allows each person to tailor the packages according to their needs. The more services customers want, the better deal they're going to get.
The salon even has packages for young guests, including its ballerina birthday package. So whether it’s a wedding party or a prom preparation, Carried Away Salon and Spa is ready to help make it a special event.
For more information on the salon's services, visit www.carriedawaysalon.wix.com or call (937) 606-2552.
Easter Tradition at Winans Gives Back to Community
Chances Sold For 'BIG MAX' to Benefit Girls on the Run
By Matt Bayman 
PIQUA/TROY - In 1961, Max Winans introduced chocolate to his family's confection business with the founding of Winans Carriage House Candies in Piqua.
With this addition, it wasn't long before holidays became a special time at the store, including Easter.
"Dad always made one 20-pound (chocolate) Easter Bunny to display in his Piqua retail store - hoping to sell it, but primarily for the enjoyment of customers during the busy Easter season," said Laurie Winans Reiser, who, along with her husband, Joe, is the fourth-generation owner of Winans Chocolates and Coffee.
Today, the giant chocolate Easter Bunny is named BIG MAX and, along with being on
Purchase chances to win BIG MAX - 20-pounds of
chocolate and three-feet tall - at any Winans location
in Miami County and help support the local
Girls on the Run.
display and for sale at Winans locations, is the focus of an annual event that benefits local charities.
"Joe and I wanted to do something on an annual basis that would recognize my father, so the BIG MAX mold was dug out of storage to begin the tradition again," Laurie said. At the same time, Laurie and Joe asked for the community's assistance in giving back to some important organizations in the community, and the idea of "Big Max Gives Back" was born.
The public can purchase chances to win BIG MAX. Money raised from chances sold will benefit Piqua/Troy Girls on the Run - an organization that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy and confident using fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.
Winans Chocolates and Coffees is very supportive of the sport of running.  They host local running groups in their downtown Piqua and Troy stores on Saturday mornings - offering free coffee after the run. Also, Joe and Laurie were at the finish line in Boston last year and said they feel that supporting Girl's on the Run is supporting the spirit of the Boston Marathon as well.  Joe will be running the Boston Marathon this year (the day after Easter) as an invited guest based on an entry he wrote about how last year's marathon impacted his life and his running.
Tickets for BIG MAX are available at all Winans locations in Miami County, as well as at Can't Stop Running in Piqua and Up and Running in Troy. The cost to enter is $2 for one chance, $5 for three chances and $10 for seven chances. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 19 -  the day before Easter! 
In 2013, six local organizations benefited from BIG MAX. They were Miami County CISV, Hospice, Johnston Farm, The Troy HS Musical, St. Patrick's School and Piqua Catholic Schools. A total of $1,300 was distributed to these organizations.
Winans has made 11 BIG MAX's for Easter this year, but already three have sold!!!
Giant chocolate Easter Bunnies are just one of the candies being made for Easter at the Winans chocolate factory in Piqua.
In fact, when it comes to making chocolates for holidays, Laurie said Easter is more challenging than Christmas.
"Easter is more intense than Christmas because it is not as spread out.  People buy their Easter Chocolates for three weeks - with the concentration of purchases in the last three days - so that makes for a lot of activity to keep our 11 stores stocked," she said.
The Winans chocolate factory in Piqua is currently busy making fresh cream eggs, which come in Butter Cream, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mousse, Caramel Nut, Salt Caramel and Cookie Dough, to name a few. Newer items for Easter include chocolate-covered Peeps and Nutter Ducks, which have a new and different set of eyes that make them a fan favorite.
Laurie said people receiving Winans chocolates for Easter is a more than 50-year tradition.
"There are so many family stories and annual traditions wrapped up with our chocolates that we have fun on Easter morning thinking of the family traditions being made and celebrated," she said. "There are 50-year-old men and women who have received the same Winans Bunny from their mother every Easter of their life - and that is a strong tradition!!"
To view more of Winans chocolates, candies and coffees, visit www.winanscandies.com.
Ramblings of a Bleached Blonde Mind: TV Snob 
By Karen Kelly 
Columnist
I like to pretend that I am one of “those” people who doesn't watch T.V. I tell myself that it’s not important – that it is not a mainstay of my life, that - certainly - my own life is much more interesting than anything that is on the tube. (Or maybe I should say flat screen now?)
Truthfully, that really is what our lives are like half of the year. Honest.  When the weather is warm, we are always outside, chatting to neighbors on the porch, drinking wine by the campfire, walking the ‘hood or eating outside – al fresco. No time for television. We are too busy “living”!
Karen Kelly
But the other half of the year is another story. Our (one and only) television sits in what we call the parlor. It’s a very cozy room in our very old home.  It has a fireplace (complete with a 200-year-old mantle) and a comfy couch sectional, worthy of both of us stretching out. (Quite a feat since my husband is 6’6”.) There is plenty of room for both of our four-legged furry friends to cuddle with us and a nice table and ottoman for snacks and wine. It’s so comfortable that we could live there for days. I say this because this past winter we kinda did. Our lovely room is the perfect room to hibernate in. It has pocket doors and, when they are closed, the room stays toasty warm. There were a few times the outside temperature measured well below zero, but it didn’t bother us - we were happily nestled in our cozy hideaway. 
We spent the evenings snuggled under blankets watching the goings on of zombies, Olivia Pope, Mrs. Hughes and Anna Bates, Rachel, Kurt and Santana, Reylan Givens and Ryan Hardy. We binge-watched shows and made mini-marathons out of the long cold days. Until the unthinkable happened. Our television went kaput. It stopped. It died. It didn’t even cough or give us a clue – it just left us. 
Thinking this was a sign, I refused to purchase another one. We were still cold and we were still holed up – but we made good use of the time. We read, listened to music and talked. I know, right?  I was enjoying being the pioneer woman. Until I started going through withdrawals. Facebook posts drew me in on updates of "Walking Dead" and "Downton Abbey." Friends would talk about "American Idol" at dinner - asking us what we thought of the cute little blonde country singer. Finally, we caved and watched a few episodes of "House of Cards" on our iPad with Netflix.  When friends came over for dinner and wanted to catch the score of a game, they gasped when I said our TV died and we decided not to get a new one. They felt so sorry for us that the next day they brought over one of their spares. And so it began - again.
The weather was still bitterly cold. We still hibernated in our comfy parlor, doggies lounging on the top of the couch or in front of the fireplace. But there was one difference. This television was small. It was the size of a small desktop computer screen. We had to pull it up close to the sofa so we could see it and hear it. I realized then I was an addict. I’d complain about the tinny sound. (“Leah Michelle sounds much better than that when she sings!”). I complained about the small screen. (“Downton Abbey really is so much larger than that!”) I never realized I was a TV snob pretending to be a free-spirit that could take or leave the antics of "Modern Family." I thought I could live without knowing what crazy things the Chance family would do on "Raising Hope." And I really didn’t think I’d care if the walkers took over the entire state of Georgia. But oh how wrong I was.
I guess the clincher was when my three-year-old granddaughter was over and we were watching her favorite Disney movie for the thousandth time.  “You have a really small TV, Mimi. I like ours better. It’s bigger.”  Seriously?  From a three-year-old? 
That led to the breaking moment - a moment that I may live to regret - for – well - at least 8 years (or however long a new television lasts). We were sitting in our cozy room, watching the falling snow outside (yet again) and squinting at Ryan Hardy trying to figure out if Joe Carroll was really alive, when I spoke up.
“Sweetie, I want you to get us a new TV. And when you do, get the largest big-ass screen TV you can find that will fit in this room.”
He fell off the sofa. After all, these words were coming from the “we really don’t need a TV” girl. The “I want to make sure our TV can hide in a cabinet so nobody can see it” girl. 
When he got up off the floor, he asked if he could A.) get that in writing, and B.) have me speak into the record feature of his phone and repeat what I just said.
I went on a short girl trip last week. It didn’t take him long. I had a quick layover in Atlanta when I got the text. He’d  bought his dream TV. The “stars and moon aligned and it was on sale” television. The big-assed screen TV I told him to buy. I’d been gone 4 hours. I had no intention of telling him that I smiled when I read the text. I never shared with him that I wanted so badly to call my son and tell him to tell my granddaughter that our new TV was larger than her daddy’s.
A part of me wants to stay smug and pretend that television still is not a part of my life. If this Ohio winter will ever actually end, I won’t be watching it for at least another 6 months anyway. But in the meantime, I am thrilled that I can actually see the Dowager Countess of Grantham’s nose hairs and Reylan Givens crinkly, sparkling brown eyes. I can hear the cast of "Glee" sing Foreigner songs in surround-sound, and savor the crispness and color of the Disney cartoons. However, I vowed I’d never admit to my husband that I am thrilled to death with our mammoth big-assed screen television. I refused give away the fact that I was in awe at the new technology that has invaded our household. I thought I had him fooled. At least until last night. I was busted. My husband got home late from work and walked in on me as I was lounging on the sofa, snuggled with the dogs, watching Oprah interview her latest guru. I was enthralled. (I also wanted to call her and tell her that she should not allow her shows to be shot in high definition TV, because they make you look twice your normal size, but hey, it seems she’s past that weight obsession.) I had the sound up and I was reveling in the colors.  (Her show was shot on location at her home in Hawaii.  Of course it was.) 
“What are you doing?”  Dang, busted.  I shot straight up out of the couch. 
“Nothing”. 
“You were enjoying our new television set, weren’t you?  You love that big-assed screen, don’t you?”
“Nooo”.  That came out much whinier than I intended.  Of course  I started to get defensive, but then I caved. “OK, I confess. I am glad you bought the big-assed screen television. I am glad that I can actually see that Jennifer Lopez has wrinkles. I love watching the life-like zombies shuffling across the screen like they are right here in our room.  You did good, honey, you did good.” 
What I may never live down is not the fact that I now own a small movie theater, but that I admitted to my husband he was right.  Maybe, once the weather turns warm and we let the TV rest for six months, he will forget that I caved in. Right. And Mary from Downton Abby is actually nice. Sigh.  

Meet the Candidate Night Set For April 24
TROY - A Meet the Candidate night will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at the Troy Jr. High School cafeteria, 556 N. Adams St. The event is sponsored by Leadership Troy Alumni and will last 90 minutes.
The event will feature candidates with opposition facing the voters in Troy and Concord Township in the primary election, including candidates for Common Pleas Court Judge, Miami County Commissioner, Ohio House of Representatives 80th District, Ohio Senate 5th District and for U.S. Congress 8th District.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Doors open at 7 p.m. and written questions from the audience will be accepted.
The emcee for the evening will be Tom Dunn and Mark Puthoff will be the timekeeper. 
Leadership Troy Alumni includes residents of the Troy area who, since 1984, have successfully completed an extensive program designed to increase the quality and quantity of men and women capable of accepting leadership roles in community organizations.





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Sunday, April 13

Special Events

The Association in Sidney
SIDNEY - The Association will perform their No. 1 hits "Windy," "Cherish" and "Never My Love," among other hits, including "Time for Living," "Along Comes Mary" and "Everything That Touches You" at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sidney High School. Admission is $19. For more information, click HERE. While the concert is sold out, some seats will be open on a first-come-first-served basis!

The Easter Bunny at the Miami Valley Centre Mall (FREE)
PIQUA - The Easter Bunny will be available to meet with children for free during regular Mall hours and to take photographs for a small fee.

Taste of Greene County at the Nutter Center
FAIRBORN - The Taste of Green County will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nutter Center in Fairborn. More than 20 restaurants, bakeries and caterers will offer desserts, appetizers, soups and salads, barbecue meals and more. Admission, which includes unlimited tastings, is $18 at the door. For more
information, click HERE.

Brukner Woodcarving & Art Show
TROY - Brukner Nature Center will host its annual Woodcarving & Art Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy. The event features some of the top carvers and artists in Ohio who show and sell works ranging from fine art, collectibles and chip carvings to decoys, caricatures, miniatures and wildlife. Admission is $3 for children 13 and older and free for those under 12. For more information, call (937) 698-6493.

From Sheep to Shawls at Carriage Hill Farm - Saturday & Sunday (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS - From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Carriage Hill Farm in Huber Heights will host From Sheep to Shawls. Sheep played an important role on any 19th century farm. Watch as the sheep at Carriage Hill are sheared for the spring at 2 p.m. Help card wool and watch as fabric is dyed using traditional methods. Guests can also hear about the spinning process and factory production of wool. Spinners and weavers will process the wood into yarn. The program is free and open to all ages. Carriage Hill Farm is located on State Rout 201, just north of I-70.

The Three Musketeers at Edison
PIQUA - The Edison Stagelight Players will perform the bard's comedy "The Three Musketeers" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Robinson Theater at Edison Community College in Piqua. The show has everything from comedy and action to adventure and drama. On his journey to Paris in 1625, D'Artagnan is determined to join the ranks of the musketeers responsible for protecting King Louis XIII. He soon finds himself fighting alongside Athos, Porthos and Aramis - the Three Musketeers who live by the motto "all for one, one for all!" The four of them outwit, duel, unmask and intricate love affairs in this classic tale. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students and $3 for seniors. Those 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door.

Jumping and Laser Tag at Jumpy's Fun Zone
TROY -  Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy is open from 1-8 p.m. on Sundays. The fun center offers unlimited laser tag for $15 (add unlimited jumping for $5) and unlimited jumping for $7. Stay and play with video games and a concession area with pizza, pretzels and other food. Please remember to bring socks!!! Jumpy's is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's from Main Street. For more information, or to plan your visit, click HERE.
Buy-One-Get-One-Free Laser Tag or Jumping on My Miami County (Good Any Time)
For a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for laser tag or jumping, click HERE. The coupon can be printed or shown to the attendant on your SmartPhone. The coupon is good one per family. 

Mozart & the Romantics at the Dayton Masonic Center
DAYTON - Visit the Dayton Masonic Center to see the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra perform at a discounted price and it a beautiful theater at 3 p.m. Sunday at 525 W. Riverview Ave. in Dayton. The cost is $14 and the orchestra will be performing the music of Mozart.

Cincinnati Museum's Asian Culture Fest (FREE)
CINCINNATI - The Annual Asian Culture Fest highlights the rich histories, arts and traditions of ChinaIndiaJapanKoreaTaiwan and Vietnam through an assortment of cultural performances and other activities. There will be demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, workshops, cultural displays and an Asian marketplace. The event is free and takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1301 Western Ave. in Cincinnati. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Wildflower Hike at Glen Helen Preserve
YELLOW SPRINGS - Hunt for spring wildflowers at Glen Helen Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. For a $2 donation, a naturalist will lead a hike along the trails in search of wildflowers. Meet at the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, 405 Corry St. in Yellow Springs.

Memphis at the Schuster Center
DAYTON - Memphis is a Broadway musical with "explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love." Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ in the 1950s who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Tickets range in price from $40-$96 and show times are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. To purchase tickets online, and for more information, click HERE or call (937) 228-3630. For a video preview of the show, click HERE.

Dining & Nightlife

Italian Cuisine at La Piazza
TROY - La Piazza is open for dinner seven days a week. The restaurant's menu (see HERE) features everything from Brushetta, Calamari and Chicken entrees and four signature burgers to specialty pizzas and calzones and pasta and grilled dishes. Save room for dessert, including a monthly feature, Caramel Nut Brownies and hand-dipped Spumoni Ice Cream. To view the full dessert menu, click HERE. La Piazza is open for dinner from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4-9 p.m. on Sundays.

Kids Eat Free at La Piazza
TROY - Kids eat free from La Piazza's Children's Menu from 4-9 p.m. every Sunday. The Children's Menu features pizza, spaghetti, cheeseburgers and grilled chicken breast, among other items. To see the full Children's Menu, click HERE. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

Pizza, Pasta, Primi, Subs and More at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Beppo Uno is a fine-dining restaurant in Piqua that not only offers some of the most sought-after pizza in the area, but also pasta dishes, Italian subs and insalata, zuppa and primi menu items. To view the full menu, click HERE. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Carryout and delivery are available by calling (937) 615-1100. Delivery is available from 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Open Mic Comedy at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton
DAYTON - If you want to do something, there's no reason you shouldn't try, including trying to be a comedian. Every Sunday night starting at 8 p.m., Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton hosts Open Mic Comedy Night. Participants must secure stage time by e-mailing Joanne Viskup at joanneviskup@hotmail. Admission is $7 and the public is welcome to come in to watch, dine on great nachos and beer and possibly even get a surprise visit by a famous local comedian. Wiley's is located at 101 Pine St. in the Oregon District. For more information, call (937) 224-JOKE.

Menopause: The Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theater - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common, except a black lace bra ... and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Menopause: The Musical is a "hilarious musical parody set to classic times from the 60s, 70s and 80s." Join the sisterhood and laugh out loud in this salute to the women who are experiencing "the change." Adult content. The show will take place at La Comedia Dinner Theater in Springboro at 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $55 to $71, which includes a deluxe all-you-can-eat buffet. Children 11 and under are $30. For ticket information, click HERE.

Relaxing Recreation

Other Desert Cities at the Loft Theatre
DAYTON - The Loft Theatre presents "Other Desert Cities" at 2 p.m. Sunday. The family drama is about the Wyeth family's Palm Springs Christmas reunion... "already a tense affair between conservative parents Lyman and Polly - former GOP celebrities - their two grown children and Polly's liberal alcoholic sister, Silda. Any sense of peace vanishes completely when daughter Brooke announces she is about to publish a tell-all memoir that threatens to tarnish her prominent family's past and reopen old wounds." Tickets range in price from $36 to $45 and can be purchased HERE. For more information on the show, click HERE. The Loft Theatre is located at 126 N. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 461-3823.

Troy and The Hayner House Exhibit - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - "Troy and The Hayner House" is a free exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center that explores the 200-year history of community and the 100-year history of the mansion. The Hayner is open 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (937) 339-0457 or click HERE.

Classic Images by Ansel Adams at the Springfield Museum of Art - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGFIELD - A total of 72 images - all black and white - from Ansel Adams are currently on display at the Springfield Museum of Art. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 17 and younger. The museum is located at 107 Cliff Park Road. For more information, click HERE. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.
 
Movies 5 & Cinemark Theatre - Open Daily 
PIQUA/TROY - Movies 5 in Troy and Cinemark Theatre in Piqua are open daily. Click HERE to find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see. 

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open Bowling is available from 1-10 p.m. on Sunday at Troy Bowl, 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can eat at a concession area with a full kitchen, play video games and pool and visit the full bar with beer and spirits. In case there are leagues, always call in advance at (937) 339-3315. This number also has pricing information. Shoe rental is $4. For more Opening Bowling times, click HERE.

Open Bowling at Miami Lanes in West Milton
WEST MILTON - Miami Lanes, 1159 S. Miami St. in West Milton is open for bowling from 3-10 p.m. on Sundays. The bowling alley accepts cash only. For more information, call (937) 698-5706.

Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462.

For Children & Families

4th Annual Homeschool Art Exhibit (FREE)
TROY - The exhibit will be available to the public in the multi-purpose room of the Troy Library, 419 W. Main St., from April 6 through April 26. For more information, contact Olive at 937-339-0502 ext. 123.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Open Daily
DAYTON - The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a great treasure in the Miami Valley. Open daily, the museum has everything, from a huge indoor zoo and play area to dozens of hands-on exhibits. To top it all off, the museum has The Dome, which is one of only two theaters of its kind in North America! The Dome shows 3-D movies throughout the day, which each have an educational theme and are great for children, but still amazing for adults. The museum is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children 3-16. Children 3 and under are free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

United States Air Force Museum – Open Daily (FREE)
DAYTON – The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free. Located at 1100 Spaatz St. in Dayton, the museum explores the entire history of the United States Air Force and flight. Visitors first explore the early years of the Air Force and can see early aircraft and exhibits on the brave men and women who first took to the skies in defense of the country. The museum then follows the development of aircraft and pilots and includes exhibits on World War II, the Korean War and Southeast Asia, the Cold War and the Missile and Space Gallery. The museum also features a moving exhibit about the Holocaust, as well as a variety of other flight and Air Force-related topics. To plan your visit to the museum, click HERE. The IMAX theater is also located at the museum. See information below…

New IMAX Movies at the Air Force Museum – Open Daily
DAYTON – A great experience for families to enjoy any day of the week (morning/afternoon) is the IMAX Theater at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. The museum is free to visit, so paying $7.75 for adults; $5.75 for students; and $4.50 for children 3-7 years old is not a bad deal for enjoying a full day of flight and history. Current shows Air Races 3D at noon; Fly Me to the Moon 3-D at 10 a.m.; Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Air Aces: Wing Walkers at 2 p.m. For details and complete listings, click HERE.

EnterTRAINment Junction and Amazen Funhouse - Open Daily
WEST CHESTER - EnterTRAINment Junction is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The attraction features the world's
largest indoor model train display and is located at 7379 Squire Ct. off of Exit 22 on I-75. Admission is $12.95 for adults; $11.50 for seniors; $9.95 for children 3-12; and free for 2 and under. Admission provides access to the train display, Imagination Junction (a children's interactive play area), the American Railroad Museum and the Expo Center. For an additional $9.95, you can add a visit to the Amazen Funhouse, which includes the Crazy Caper, Mirror Maze, Clown College, Outer Limits (a claustrophobic hall, vortex tunnel and black light room), Curtain Chaos and more. To plan your visit, click HERE.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Open Daily
DAYTON - The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton has more than a dozen exhibits and play areas for children and families to enjoy - from an indoor zoo and huge play area with three-story slides to educational, interactive exhibits that require children to touch and learn. Throw in daily laser light and 3-D shows in The Dome and an entire day can be spent at the museum. The museum is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children 3-16. Children 3 and under are free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Visit the Farm Animals at Carriage Hill - Open Daily (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS – With more than 11 miles of hiking trails, a living history farm with a variety of farm animals and exhibits to see, a lake for fishing and a variety of programs offered each week, Carriage Hill Farm MetroPark in Huber Heights is a free way to spend quality time with children. The park is open daily and there is no admission. A gift shop has candy, sodas, lemonade and other treats. On weekends, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, canning classes, pony and horse rides and more are offered at the farm. For a full calendar of events at Carriage Hill, click HERE.

New Principal Named for Piqua Catholic
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Tri-County Board Resolution Asserts Local Priorities and Planning
(Article from Troy Daily News)
Measures Taken to Combat PED Virus, Not Expected to Effect County Fair
(Article from Troy Daily News)
2 Boys Charged in Damaged Headstones Case, Piqua
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
Miami East HS Holds Relay for Life Fundraiser
(Article from WHIO)
Bradford Lions to Host BBQ Fundraiser April 27
(Article from Troy Daily News)
Journey to Marathon Started at Finish Line in Boston: Winans
(Article from WDTN)
Board of Mental Health Has "Deep Concern" for Lack of Local Support
(Article from the Troy Daily News)
Wood Street Speed Headache Continues in Piqua
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Well-Known Piqua Building to Come Down
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Resident Asks for Support of Piqua City Schools Renewal Levy
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Troy Celebrates National Library Week
(Article from the Troy Daily News)
A Great Meal for a Great Cause in Piqua
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Casstown Landmark Destroyed in Fire
(Article from the Troy Daily News)
Fire Most Likely Caused by Electrical Work
(Video from WHIO)
Bike Path Bridge Part of $300 Million in Projects in the Miami Valley 
(Article from the Springfield News Sun)
Relay for Life Set for Next Month in Miami County
(Article from the Troy Daily News)
New 5K Run Planned in Miami County
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Sheriff's Department Returns Narcotics Detective to Combat Heroin Epidemic 
(Article from My Miami County)
Miami Valley's Most Wanted 
(Article from WHIO)
Winans BIG MAX to Benefit Piqua/Troy Girls on the Run 
(Article from My Miami County)
Troy Hayner Planning Street Festival August 9, and More Before
(Article from My Miami County)
Giving Back to Our Veterans: Dr. James Case
(Article from My Miami County)
Artisans and Crafters Sought for Piqua Taste of the Arts in May
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Bakehouse Bread Owner A Strong Female Leader in Miami County
(Article from My Miami County)
HISTORICAL FEATURE: Troy's Altrurian Club: Women Who Made a Difference 
(Article from My Miami County)
Bike Rental Business Opening in Downtown Tipp City
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
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Giving Back to Our Veterans
Dr. James Case and Staff Host Free Veteran Day for Dentistry
By Matt Bayman
TROY - About six years ago, the staff of Dr. James Case asked him what he wanted for Christmas.
"I really couldn't think of anything so I asked if they would volunteer their time for a day to treat veterans for free," Dr. Case said.
The staff was more than happy to volunteer and the gift turned into an annual tradition that started in Piqua and continued after the office moved to Troy in October of 2012.
"It really has become a yearly tradition and every year it gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better," he said.
Dr. James Case provides free dental care to veteran Jesse
Denlinger on March 17. Dr. Case's office performed free dental
care on 27 veterans - totaling $8,800 in treatment. This is the
sixth year the Troy office has provided this service.
(Photo courtesy of Dr. James Case)
On March 17, Dr. Case and his staff provided free dental care to 27 veterans in the area - totaling $8,800 in treatment. Services each year include cleanings, fillings, extractions and root canals, "Anything we can do in one day," Dr. Case said.
Dr. Case is a 20-year retired veteran of the United States Army, which makes the annual event that much more personal.
"This my chance to give back to the people who took care of me," he said.
Located at 3006 N. County Road 25-A in Troy (in front of Upper Valley Medical Center), Dr. James Case is a full-service dentist office - offering everything from dental cleaning, fillings and root canals to non-surgical gum treatment, wisdom/tooth extraction and crowns.
"We really try to do everything possible for our patients," Dr. Case said.
Born and raised in Butler Township, Dr. Case earned his degree in dentistry and put it to use in the Army. He was stationed in Germany and Europe, Texas, Kentucky, Georgia and Colorado. His wife, Cheryl, is from Piqua and upon retiring from the Army, the couple moved back to Ohio and after working in a couple of area practices, Dr. Case decided to open his own practice in Piqua in 2004.
With a dedicated staff of nine (and a majority that have been with the practice for eight years), Dr. Case's office prides itself on treating patients like family and listening to each of their needs.
"I have such a tremendous staff. We all take a personal interest in each patient that comes in. We try to make them family," Dr. Case said. "We are also a patient-centered practice. We want each patient to come in and discuss anything they want done."
Dr. Case said his job is to talk to patients about their dental needs and to educate them on their options.
"We want the patients to know we work for them. It's not what we want, it's what they want. We are here to give them options to choose from," he said.
To help patients make the right decision, Dr. Case's office uses state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including minimum-radiation x-ray machines and intra-oral photography.
"It's much easier to explain things to a patient (with this technology). They can see the inside of their mouth and we can decide what needs done now and what can wait," he said.  
Dr. James Case's office is always accepting new patients and serves not only residents of Miami County but people living throughout the Miami Valley. To help patients get started - and to learn more about the services they provide - the office has a comprehensive website that can be found at www.piquaohiodentist.com. It includes new patient forms, special offers, a list of services and patient resources. New patients can also call (937) 552-9028.

Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company Owner A Strong Woman Leader in the Troy Community 
By Sheryl Roadcap 
My Miami County Feature Writer 
TROY - Although first impressions are not always accurate, the strong personality of Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company owner Margaret Begg is unquestionably profound and right on. Begg is one of those people who says what she means and means what she says. She is a solid force who built her business by starting it on the side from her work with her husband, to the blossomed, bustling store that it is now located on the Square in downtown Troy. 
Margaret Begg didn't start out making bread as a career, but she's
perfected the skill at the Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company
in downtown Troy.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap/MyMiamiCounty)
Begg’s success with Bakehouse Breads proves that you are never wrong to follow your heart or that you are never too old to pursue your dreams, as she was already 44 when she began studying artisan bread-making at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Despite the ups and downs in the economy, her thriving business shows her strength and resolve as a resounding woman leader in the community of Troy.
Basically, building her bakery was Begg’s third or even fourth career - when you include the years she devoted to raising her children. Begg said she always had a love for baking and was likely drawn to it because of its absence in her Irish home. However, while growing up, her best friend’s grandmother was from Italy, and so while visiting their house regularly she learned a lot about making noodles and bread from her. 
“If you know anything about the Irish cuisine, (you know) they don’t bake. They know how to cook every type of tough meat there is, but no baking. So, the absence of baking in my childhood definitely caused me to peak my interest –on top of my passion for eating good food,” Begg said of how her love for baking began.
Conversely, however, originally Begg went to college to become a photographer in commercial illustration, but derived from that path as she realized it was becoming obsolete with the “digital age” coming along. 
Then in her next venture, she joined her husband, Steve McLain, in his passion to open the former restaurant downtown Troy called Taggarts. Together they owned and ran Taggarts for 10 years before selling it to the people who ran it for the last 10 years that it was open. It was at Taggarts that Begg began baking her own bread for the restaurant, and where she renewed her love for baking. As her desire to bake grew, she began to fall away from the restaurant and instead chose to follow her own passion, which eventually grew into Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company.
Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company serves deli-style sandwiches
and makes fresh bread every day of the week.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap/MyMiamiCounty)
After a year of 12-hour-days of baking and growing her customer-base to a level that obviously required her to move into a larger kitchen, her budding business was initially located in a small space next to the former Taggarts location, and after an additional few years of continued growth, Bakehouse came to reside at its current location. Begg believes in part that her business has been successful because of its location and united efforts of organizations like Troy Mainstreet, Inc. Troy Mainstreet, like other Mainstreet entities, exist to help bring people to the downtown area with the intent for it to grow and thrive.
Executive Director Karin Manovich of Troy Mainstreet said of Begg’s leadership, “Margaret Begg has been a critical part of helping to transform downtown Troy into a regional dining destination. Her culinary skill, business acumen, and marketing sense can be seen in the success of Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company.  Not only has she created a welcoming dine-in environment with quality food, but has developed a vast wholesale business for her signature artisan breads.  Her commitment to local and healthy food is not only apparent at Bakehouse, but also in her involvement with other food initiatives in the area.”
Begg’s influence is widespread in the industry and community in which she works, as the Director of Communications at Stone’s Throw Market Co-op Michele Minehart reiterated in her impression of Begg as one of Troy’s women business leaders.
Minehart said, “I've worked with Margaret in a professional capacity for over a year and have enjoyed our partnership - she's a smart woman, wise with experience whose personality brings humor and practicality to the table. Her heart beats for her community and she's committed, both personally and professionally, to living in a way that encourages growth for the Troy and Miami County businesses, specifically for the downtown. Not to mention the fact that she's a talented baker and chef - she makes art in her kitchen.”Begg is focused upon not only the growth of her business, but the community as a whole, as well. She supports other businesses and encourages a healthy way of life by buying locally and as organically as much as possible for her customers and the well-being of the community. It is apparent that many people in the Troy community respect Begg and her success with Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company, as several people named her as one of Miami County’s women leaders in business. Her commitment to her passion, her determination, her insistence on high quality, her high expectations and tenacity indeed have set her apart, and certainly make her one of Troy’s unique women business leaders. 
Hayner's Centennial Celebration Packed with Events
Hayner Days Festival Scheduled for August 9
By Amy Maxwell
My Miami County Feature Writer
TROY - Highlighting its centennial birthday this year, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is excited about celebrating in “grand” style.
The Hayner Mansion is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. To celebrate,
the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center has dozens of events planned, including
the Hayner Days Festival in August, which will include a carnival midway,
musical entertainment with a laser light show and much more.
(Photo by Matt Bayman/MyMiamiCounty)
In the planning that led up to the centennial, a committee used the theme “A Place for Grand Times” in their vision for the center. Hayner’s Director for the past 23 years, Linda Jolly, said a grand time was had by all during the first centennial event of the year at the Formal Ball that took place March 8. The center is now looking forward to the sold out series of Mrs. Hayner’s Birthday Teas in April and May.
“We are excited to be able to say that people are that excited about the centennial programs,” said Jolly.
The center kicked off their exhibit titled “A Toast to Mrs. Hayner’s House and Town” on February 28 and the exhibit will run through April 20. The exhibit also incorporates the history of Troy as the city celebrates its bicentennial. Also happening in April will be a special edition of the Friday night film series featuring vintage films with the showing of “The Vanishing Virginian,” which features Mrs. Hayner’s granddaughter Natalie Thompson.
The center is also featuring a 5k run, walk and kid’s fun run - The Whisky Run on May 9.
Along with hosting entertainment and art and historic exhibits, the
Troy-Hayner Cultural Center has classes for all ages.
(Photo by Kelle Weaver, courtesy of the Troy-Hayner)
“This will be a fundraiser to help us support the other celebration activities that we are doing throughout the year - particularly, the Hayner Days Festival on August 9, which is a big celebration that we are looking forward to," Jolly explained. "It will be a day full of activities that mixes both history and the excitement of what the cultural center has become today.”
Some of the activities planned for the day include a carnival midway, an antique car show and an event similar to the Antique Road Show, as well as homemade ice cream and other food vendors, historic exhibits and games. The event will be rounded out with an art activity tent, musical entertainment throughout the day, living history guides in the center and several other activities.
Events during the day will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then at 7:30 p.m., the Tom Daugherty Orchestra will perform a concert on the street, which includes a light show grand finale.
Hayner’s centennial year will come to an end with the final celebration in October at the "Roaring Twenties Affair."
Aside from the many centennial events Hayner is hosting this year, it is always a place offering a variety of programs and entertainment. “Performances at Hayner offer a wide variety of musical styles in our intimate spaces - either in the drawing room or the ballroom,” Jolly said. “We generally follow the performances with a reception so that people have the opportunity to meet their neighbors and also to talk with the musicians about their performance and the kind of music and instruments that they play.”
Jolly said the variety of musical styles that the center strives to offer in the performances include bluegrass, jazz, contemporary, classical and folk music. “Just about anything,” she said. “We define culture with the broadest of definitions.”
In summer, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center hosts musical entertainment
in its courtyard in the back of the mansion.
(Photo by Matt Bayman/MyMiamiCounty)
The musical performances are free and open to the public. Jolly added that in the summertime the performances take place in the center’s outdoor space. “We also participate as partners in the Downtown Troy Summer Music Series and host a few of the concerts that take place downtown in Prouty Plaza on Friday nights,” Jolly said.
The center also offers many exhibits throughout the year that are also free and open to the public. “We present about eight temporary exhibitions every year,” Jolly said. “One of them is usually the school art exhibition; they’re always fine art, historic or cultural in nature.” Some upcoming exhibits include a quilt exhibition, as well as a glass and photography exhibition.
Hayner also offers an antique and poetry series and many classes and workshops.
“We try to keep a varied schedule and a variety of opportunities,” Jolly said. “We are a place where a person with any level of experience can come and find additional instruction, enhancement or inspiration. Whether they’re a beginner who just wants to try something new or if they have some special talent and just want to hone a skill, we’ve got that. I personally like the fact that we teach pottery because that requires a little more equipment than the average person has at home just to start on their own.”
Adult and children’s dance classes at Hayner are also very popular and they also offer a summer art day camp for children. Scholarship funding for children’s classes is also offered by the Friends of Hayner through the Keller Memorial Fund.
Jolly invites the public to check out all that the Hayner Cultural Center has to offer.
“While there are a lot of people who are taking advantage of everything we have to offer, there’s also a lot of people who come to town new or even have been here for awhile and the building outside is so imposing-it’s gorgeous- and causes people to hesitate or gives them the impression that it is a place where they maybe aren’t supposed to be, or aren’t dressed good enough or aren’t sure what’s inside so they don’t come in,” said Jolly. “So I would just encourage people to walk through the door because they will see everything we have to offer and how friendly and casual it is.”
The Troy-Hayner is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, click HERE.
The Troy Altrurian Club: Women Who Made a Difference
By Judy Deeter
My Miami County Historical Writer
TROY - After more than 100 years of working to improve life in Troy, the Altrurian Club disbanded in 1997. The membership of this once-flourishing women’s organization had dwindled - and with sadness the decision was made take it out of existence.
The club was founded in 1894. The 1890s are remembered as a time when the lives of women changed greatly. Modern inventions such as electric lighting, home heating, hot and cold running water, home appliances and the telephone made life easier for women. Many wealthier women took advantage of their extra time to pursue cultural activities and women throughout the United States were organizing cultural clubs. The ladies of Troy decided to do so too.  
The interior hall of the Altrurian Club in Troy.
(Photo courtesy of the Troy Historical Society)
In February 1894, 12 women met to informally discuss the idea of forming a cultural club that would improve the lives of Troy citizens. The next month on March 13, 1894, they met at the home of Mrs. Florence Dickey, 221 E. Franklin St. to formally organize. In her book "The Story of the Troy Altrurian Club 1894-1934," Estella Baird Broomhall wrote: “They were broad minded and far visioned women who expressed a desire to form an organization which would not only benefit the individual members, but one that would have the respect and support of the community, and ever prove a power for good through generations to come. Self-seeking and arrogance were to have no place if it could be avoided—only an earnest desire to fit women for leadership in all that would uplift home and community.”  (Note:  This history book was never published. It is a typewritten, bound manuscript that contains original photographs and  includes a manuscript about the club’s effort to start a public library by Mrs. Elsie Duer Paschall. We do not know how many copies were produced.)
At the March 13th meeting, officers were elected and committee members selected to work on programs and a constitution. Mrs. Anna C. Snook was elected as the temporary chairman and Mrs. Mary Craig as secretary.   A name for the organization was also chosen that day.  The women decided to call their new organization “The Altrurian Club.” The name came from a book written by William Dean Howells titled "The Traveller From Altruria." The name for Howell’s “ideal citizen” was an Altrurian. Some sources indicate that the name meant “devotion to others.” 
Estella Baird Broomhall wrote the book on the Troy
Altrurian Club. While it was never published, it provides a
window into the history of the organization, which disbanded
in 1994 after more than 100 years.
(Photo courtesy of the Troy Historical Society)
At some point, club members adopted a motto: “In Essentials, Harmony—In Non-Essentials, Liberty—In All Things, Charity.”   Frances Moore Geiger wrote a club song, simply titled “Altrurian Club Song.”  It was arranged by Mary Frances Schuh.  The club motto is the third verse of the song. 
Women could join the club either as “active members” or “associate members.”  Active members served as officers, committee members, and participated in programs.  Associate members could vote, but were “free from all duties.”
In October of 1894, the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs was organized in Springfield, Ohio.  The Altrurian Club became a charter member of that organization on October 25, 1894.  Through the Federation, they worked for legislation to allow women to vote in local school elections.  (At the time, women did not have the right to vote.)  Eventually, two Altrurian Club members were elected to the Troy Board of Education.   According to Mrs. Broomhall, this was the first time women were elected to a school board in Ohio.
Soon after organizing, they began having weekly cultural programs.  At first they studied encyclopedias, to learn about things of the world:  architecture, history, politics, literature, etc.  Later, musical and dramatic programs were added.  Mrs. Broomhall wrote in her book, “…we took up impersonations and active study of and portrayal of various kinds of drama, discovering much talent in the club membership.”
One of their early fundraising projects was the publication of a club cook book.  It was the result of a club program about food titled “My Favorite Recipe.” The first edition was printed in 1897. One thousand copies were published and soon sold out. One hundred copies of the book were printed with white covers for brides.  The book was reprinted in 1902 and 1910 (and possibly in 1914).  It contains favorite recipes of Troy women in the late 19th and early 20th century—a time when women were still cooking over flames of fire and stirring food without mixers.  Recipes of some of Troy’s most prominent women are included in the book.
One of the best-remembered projects of The Altrurian Club is its work to have a reading room and public library in Troy.   After a club lecture made a profit of $75.00, members decided to use the money to start a library fund.  Profits from cook book sales and activities related to a woman’s edition of the Miami Union newspaper were later added to the fund.  Mrs. Broomhall says that “one of the greatest difficulties they had to overcome were the prejudices on the part of a few in power against the idea of a woman’s club, and petticoat influence or success.”  The women were told it would be impossible for them to establish a library.   After all, there had previously been a town meeting in which plans for a Carnegie Library had been rejected.   Nevertheless, the women did not give up.  It was through the efforts of the Altrurian Club that Troy’s first public library was eventually established.
During the 1913 flood, they prepared food for starving residents at a room in the Troy City Building known as the Market House.  The food they prepared was then put in baskets and delivered to starving residents by men in boats.  Following the flood, a typhoid epidemic struck Troy.  The Altrurian women lobbied local dairy farmers to pasteurize milk as a means protect people from the dreaded typhoid disease.
Through the years, they did everything from preserving parks to working for child labor laws.  They sponsored essays contest for young people, donated artwork to schools, and presented community musical programs and lectures.  The depth and variety of what they did is astounding.
In 1925, Troy resident Charles Long donated his home at 213 East Franklin Street to the club in memory of his late wife Susie, who had been an Altrurian Club member.  It officially became club property in July 1926.  Club members owned and used it until April 1986.  They held all sorts of events at the clubhouse—dances, lectures, and recitals.  Other organizations sometimes used it too.
When the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center opened in the mid-1970s, local groups began having events there.  The Altrurian Club building saw less use.  By 1986, Altrurian Club members decided to sell their clubhouse and use the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center as well. (Apparently it was considered a blessing to do away with the clubhouse.  Members said they were glad to give up paying the big utility bills and having rummage sales and suppers to support it.)
By the mid-1990s, Troy had a fine library, cultural events were in abundance, and with the coming of cable television and the computer internet, anyone could learn about what was going in America and the World.  Goals of the 1894 Altrurian Club members had certainly been met in ways the long ago members could never have envisioned. 
So it was, the members decided to disband their century-old organization.  The last meeting was held on December 17, 1997 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.   The work the Altrurian Club did is part of Troy’s history and heritage.
A copy of Mrs. Broomhall’s Altrurian Club history book, minute books, cookbooks and photographs are part of the Troy-Miami County Public Library-Troy Historical Society collection at the Troy-Miami County Public Library Local History Library, 100 West Main Street in Troy.   Most of the items in the Altrurian Club collection have been archived, but are available for viewing.   Please contact the library in advance if you wish to see them.   The library telephone number is:  (937) 335-4082.  You may also email The Troy Historical Society for further information at tths@frontier.com

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Soroptimist International of Tipp City and the Upper Miami Valley

proudly present…

Fashion for a Cause

Style Show & Luncheon
Proceeds Benefit Awards & Local Community Projects

Saturday, April 26, 2014
11:15 – 12:00 pm Cash Bar & Basket Raffle
12:00 – 1:00 pm Luncheon
1:00 – 2:00 pm Style Show & Basket Raffle Drawing
The Crystal Room, Club 55
845 West Market Street, Troy OH 45373

Featuring:
Styles for Women in all Walks of Life

Styles By
Merchant 31

Admittance by Advanced Reservation Only
Deadline April 11, 2014

Tickets will be available for purchase through club members, Merchant 31, and Tipp-Monroe Community Services

Donation
$25.00 ($10.00 tax deductible)

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Sunday, April 6

Special Events

Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar & Entertainment at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - The 311 Drafthouse hosts a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar from noon to 2 p.m. every Sunday, followed by live entertainment in the afternoon. The Bloody Mary Bar features dozens of ingredients to create the perfect drink and the regular menu is also available. For more information, call (937) 615-9705. The pub is located at 311 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Click HERE for more information and to preview the menu.

Jumping and Laser Tag at Jumpy's Fun Zone
TROY -  Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy is open from 1-8 p.m. on Sundays. The fun center offers unlimited laser tag for $15 (add unlimited jumping for $5) and unlimited jumping for $7. Stay and play with video games and a concession area with pizza, pretzels and other food. Please remember to bring socks!!! Jumpy's is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's from Main Street. For more information, or to plan your visit, click HERE.
Buy-One-Get-One-Free Laser Tag or Jumping on My Miami County (Good Any Time)
For a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for laser tag or jumping, click HERE. The coupon can be printed or shown to the attendant on your SmartPhone. The coupon is good one per family. 

Waynesville Ohio Spring Peeps Show (FREE)
WAYNESVILLE - A show dedicated to the Easter treat Peeps will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Waynesville. The event is free and features colored, sugar-coated chicks and bunnies that come nestled in rows and in cardboard homes. Guests can visit local shops and vote on their favorite peeps diorama. For more information, click HERE.

Weak Signals Radio Control Exposition in Toledo
This show in Toledo is the largest of its kind in
the world.
TOLEDO - The Weak Signals Radio Control Exposition will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at SeaGate Convention Center401 Jefferson Ave. in Toledo. This is the world's largest exposition dedicated to radio-controlled model aircraft, boats and cars. More than 250 exhibitors representing every major remote control product will be on hand. Admission is $8. For more information, call (419) 826-0444.

Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Show at Hara Arena
DAYTON - Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Show will be at Hara Arena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show features new and used guns, hunting equipment, knives and collectibles. Admission is $8 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Southern Ohio Home & Garden Show in Chilicothe (FREE)
Get ready for spring and outdoor projects at the
Southern Ohio Home & Garden Show in Chillicothe. 
CHILLICOTHE - The Southern Ohio Home & Garden Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Road in Chillicothe. This is the region's largest home show and features demonstrations and displays, products, services and ideas for the home. There will also be featured guests throughout the weekend. Admission is free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Tri-State Gun Show in Lima
LIMA - The Tri-State Gun Show will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway in Lima. The show features guns, knives, hunting equipment and associated collectibles - both old and new - for purchase. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 14 and under. For more information, call (419) 647-0067.

40th Annual Central Ohio Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry Show
COLUMBUS - The 40th Annual Central Ohio Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 4411 Tamarack Blvd. in Columbus. The show is all about discovering the secrets of Ohio's ancient past. Guests of all ages can see featured exhibits, demonstrations, silent auctions, gold panning, dealers with treasures from around the world, free mineral specimens for each child, games and educational areas and more. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 6 and under. For more information, click HERE.

Dining & Nightlife

Italian Cuisine at La Piazza
TROY - La Piazza is open for dinner seven days a week. The restaurant's menu (see HERE) features everything from Brushetta, Calamari and Chicken entrees and four
signature burgers to specialty pizzas and calzones and pasta and grilled dishes. Save room for dessert, including a monthly feature, Carmel Nut Brownies and hand-dipped Spumoni Ice Cream. To view the full dessert menu, click HERE. La Piazza is open for dinner from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4-9 p.m. on Sundays.

Kids Eat Free at La Piazza
TROY - Kids eat free from La Piazza's Children's Menu from 4-9 p.m. every Sunday. The Children's Menu features pizza, spaghetti, cheeseburgers and grilled chicken breast, among other items. To see the full Children's Menu, click HERE. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

Pizza, Pasta, Primi, Subs and More at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Beppo Uno is a fine-dining restaurant in Piqua that not only offers some of the most sought-after pizza in the area, but also pasta dishes, Italian subs and insalata, zuppa and primi menu items. To view the full menu, click HERE. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Carryout and delivery are available by calling (937) 615-1100. Delivery is available from 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10
p.m. on Sundays.

Open Mic Comedy at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton
DAYTON - If you want to do something, there's no reason you shouldn't try, including trying to be a comedian. Every Sunday night starting at 8 p.m., Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton hosts Open Mic Comedy Night. Participants must secure stage time by e-mailing Joanne Viskup at joanneviskup@hotmail. Admission is $7 and the public is welcome to come in to watch, dine on great nachos and beer and possibly even get a surprise visit by a famous local comedian. Wiley's is located at 101 Pine St. in the Oregon District. For more information, call (937) 224-JOKE.

Menopause: The Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theater - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common, except a black lace bra ... and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Menopause: The Musical is a "hilarious musical parody set to classic times from the 60s, 70s and 80s." Join the sisterhood and laugh out loud in this salute to the women who are experiencing "the change." Adult content. The show will take place at La Comedia Dinner Theater in Springboro at 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $55 to $71, which includes a deluxe all-you-can-eat buffet. Children 11 and under are $30. For ticket information, click HERE.

Relaxing Recreation

Troy and The Hayner House Exhibit - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - "Troy and The Hayner House" is a free exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center that explores the 200-year history of community and the 100-year history of the mansion. The Hayner is open 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (937) 339-0457 or click HERE.

Synchronicity at the Dayton Art Institute
DAYTON - The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will present "Synchronicity" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dayton Art Institute. The show is a confluence in time and endeavor in musical, choreographic and institutional performance. Tickets range in price from $25-$45. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

Other Desert Cities - Opening Night at the Loft Theatre
DAYTON - The Loft Theatre presents "Other Desert Cities" at 2 p.m. Sunday. The family drama is about the Wyeth family's Palm Springs Christmas reunion... "already a tense affair between conservative parents Lyman and Polly - former GOP celebrities - 
their two grown children and Polly's liberal alcoholic sister, Silda. Any sense of peace vanishes completely when daughter Brooke announces she is about to publish a tell-all memoir that threatens to tarnish her prominent family's past and reopen old wounds." Tickets range in price from $36 to $45 and can be purchased HERE. For more information on the show, click HERE. The Loft Theatre is located at 126 N. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 461-3823. The show will run Tuesday through Sunday through April 13.

Classic Images by Ansel Adams at the Springfield Museum of Art - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGFIELD - A total of 72 images - all black and white - from Ansel Adams are currently on display at the Springfield Museum of Art. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 17 and younger. The museum is located at 107 Cliff Park Road. For more information, click HERE. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Movies 5 & Cinemark Theatre - Open Daily 
PIQUA/TROY - Movies 5 in Troy and Cinemark Theatre in Piqua are open daily. Click HERE to find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see. 

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open Bowling is available from 1-10 p.m. on Sunday at Troy Bowl, 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can eat at a concession area with a full kitchen, play video games and pool and visit the full bar with beer and spirits. In case there are leagues, always call in advance at (937) 339-3315. This number also has
pricing information. Shoe rental is $4. For more Opening Bowling times, click HERE.

Open Bowling at Miami Lanes in West Milton
WEST MILTON - Miami Lanes, 1159 S. Miami St. in West Milton is open for bowling from 3-10 p.m. on Sundays. The bowling alley accepts cash only. For more information, call (937) 698-5706.

Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462.

For Children & Families

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Open Daily
A water play area is a popular feature for kids at the
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.
(Photo by Matt Bayman/MyMiamiCounty)
DAYTON - The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a great treasure in the Miami Valley. Open daily, the museum has everything, from a huge indoor zoo and play area to dozens of hands-on exhibits. To top it all off, the museum has The Dome, which is one of only two theaters of its kind in North America! The Dome shows 3-D movies throughout the day, which each have an educational theme and are great for children, but still amazing for adults. The museum is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children 3-16. Children 3 and under are free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Princess Package at Giacomo's Salon & Spa in Troy
TROY - Little girls 10 and under can have their own special pampering at Giacomo's Salon & Spa, 221 S. Market St. in downtown Troy. There are four different "Princess Packages" available. The first is "You Go Girl!" which offers shape and polish fingernails, shape and polish toe nails and a party style for $35. Next is the "Pretty Princess" featuring a mini facial, mini manicure and mini pedicure for $50. The "Sparkle & Shine" package features a mini-manicure, makeup application (sheer or glittery) and a party style (of the hair) for $40. Finally, the "Darling Diva" package provides for a mini facial, mini manicure, mini pedicure, makeup application and a party style for $70. The spa is open 1-9 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. These packages must be booked, which can be done by clicking HERE or calling (937) 332-7075.

United States Air Force Museum – Open Daily (FREE)
DAYTON – The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free. Located at 1100 Spaatz St. in Dayton, the museum explores the entire history of the United States Air Force and flight. Visitors first explore the early years of the Air Force and can see early aircraft and exhibits on the brave men and women who first took to the skies in defense of the country. The museum then follows the development of aircraft and pilots and includes exhibits on World War II, the Korean War and Southeast Asia, the Cold War and the Missile and Space Gallery. The museum also features a moving exhibit about the Holocaust, as well as a variety of other flight and Air Force-related topics. To plan your visit to the museum, click HERE. The IMAX theater is also located at the museum. See information below…

New IMAX Movies at the Air Force Museum – Open Daily
DAYTON – A great experience for families to enjoy any day of the week (morning/afternoon) is the IMAX Theater at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. The museum is free to visit, so paying $7.75 for adults; $5.75 for students; and $4.50 for children 3-7 years old is not a bad deal for enjoying a full day of flight and history.
Current shows Air Races 3D at noon; Fly Me to the Moon 3-D at 10 a.m.; Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Air Aces: Wing Walkers at 2 p.m. For details and complete listings, click HERE.

EnterTRAINment Junction and Amazen Funhouse - Open Daily
WEST CHESTER - EnterTRAINment Junction is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The attraction features the world's largest indoor model train display and is located at 7379 Squire Ct. off of Exit 22 on I-75. Admission is $12.95 for adults; $11.50 for seniors; $9.95 for children 3-12; and free for 2 and under. Admission provides access to the train display, Imagination Junction (a children's interactive play area), the American Railroad Museum and the Expo Center. For an additional $9.95, you can add a visit to the Amazen Funhouse, which includes the Crazy Caper, Mirror Maze, Clown College, Outer Limits (a claustrophobic hall, vortex tunnel and black light room), Curtain Chaos and more. To plan your visit, click HERE.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Open Daily
DAYTON - The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton has more than a dozen exhibits and play areas for children and families to enjoy - from an indoor zoo and huge play area with three-story slides to educational, interactive exhibits that require children to touch and learn. Throw in daily laser light and 3-D shows in The Dome and an entire day can be spent at the museum. The museum is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children 3-16. Children 3 and under
See baby animals at Carriage Hill.
are free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Visit the Farm Animals at Carriage Hill - Open Daily (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS – With more than 11 miles of hiking trails, a living history farm with a variety of farm animals and exhibits to see, a lake for fishing and a variety of programs offered each week, Carriage Hill Farm MetroPark in Huber Heights is a free way to spend quality time with children. The park is open daily and there is no admission. A gift shop has candy, sodas, lemonade and other treats. On weekends, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, canning classes, pony and horse rides and more are offered at the farm. For a full calendar of events at Carriage Hill, click HERE.

Troy's Own FM Station Kicks Off
(Article from Troy Daily News)
Music Featured for Piqua Taste of the Arts Event
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Paperweight Exhibit on Display at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
COA Annual 5K Run/Walk Set
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
A Taste of Tuscany Class to be Held at YWCA
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Historical Society Presents Program on John Johnston
(Article from WHIO)
Miami County Woman Injured in Missouri Crash
(Article from WDTN)
Midwest Maintenance Announces New Officers
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Hospice of Miami County Offers New Caregiver Support Group
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
Piqua Firefighter Injured Thursday Released from Hospital
(Article from ABC 22)
Troy Council Committee Wants Voters to OK State Money
(Article from Dayton Daily News) 
Tipp City Applying for Grant to Pave Handicapped Path
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
Piqua High School Students 'Rock Out' at Air Band Fundraiser
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Troy Teen Wants Separate Trial in Murder Case
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
Troy Teen to Be Tried as Adult in Murder Case
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
Piqua Police Reports
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Miami County Preparing for Flooding
(Article from WHIO)
LeDoux's Stabbing Suspect Pleads Guilty 
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Veteran Firefigher Hurt in Small Explosion in Piqua 
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
More on this Story HERE
State Funding will Help Fund Treasure Island Project in Troy
(Article from the Troy Daily News)
Club 55 Closing Due to Lack of Business, Money
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
(Article from My Miami County)
Several Contested Races in Upcoming Election 
(Article from the Sunday Record Herald)
Cookies and Ice Cream Businesses Join Forces in Downtown Piqua
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Miami County Receives $1.3 Million From State for Projects
(Article from the Dayton Business Journal)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from My Miami County)
Heavy Rains Bring Flooding to Miami County, Region
(Article from INCNow)
Piqua Congressman and "Obscure Hero" in Great Moment
(Article from The American Prospect)
Community Invited to Easter Egg Hunt; Over 50,000 Easter Eggs!
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Covington Receives School Building Project Update
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Troy Man Finally Receives Father's World War II Medals 
(Article from WHIO)
Woman's Death in Miami County Jail Ruled Accident
(Article from WHIO)
(Article from My Miami County)
Meet the Candidate Night April 24 in Troy
(Article from My Miami County)
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Featured Articles 

Mulligan's Pub Brings Flavor and Fun to Downtown Piqua
Pub Now Open For Lunch and Hosting Live Entertainment
By Matt Bayman
PIQUA - The first menu item my wife and I tried at Mulligan's Pub won our hearts over. It was an appetizer called Mulligan's Signature Spinach Dip. The sauce is a perfect blend of spinach and artichoke mixed with a tangy garlic cream cheese sauce, but it's the accompanying Pub Pretzels used for dipping that seals the deal.
Mulligan's Pub has an historic setting with vaulted ceilings, two bars and
an open dining area that's perfect for meals and entertainment. 
Pub Pretzels (crispy on the outside and "soft as a cloud" on the inside) are just one of the many exclusive items found at Mulligan's Pub in Piqua. The menu features popular build-your-own-burgers, an amazing reuben sandwich, and wings that can be covered in 10 different one-of-a-kind sauces. There's also pizza, hand-breaded tilapia fish sandwiches, an amazing triple decker club sandwich and the best french fries my wife and I have ever tasted, among other items.
General Manager Ashley Kraft said Mulligan's takes pride in serving homemade, quality food and offering patrons a unique dining experience.
"We offer food and atmosphere that you don't get anywhere else in town," she said. "We also like to keep things new and exciting for customers."
The newest feature at Mulligan's is that they are now open for lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Otherwise, the restaurant and bar are open seven days a week.
The pub also hosts live music every Saturday night - and occasionally on Fridays, and on May 1 there will be live music on Thursdays.
Along with a popular menu, Mulligan's Pub offers different specials throughout
the week, including for lunch and dinner. The pub also hosts live music
on Saturdays, as well as some Fridays and, in the near future, on Thursdays.
The music selection consists of bands that perform covers of classic rock, classic country, modern songs and other popular music.
"We look for bands that play a variety of music," Kraft said. "This has gone over well with our customers."
As the weather warms up, the pub will have live music on its outdoor patio. The patio is a full-service area where patrons can enjoy drinks and food - with or without music.
"There are some exciting things in store for the patio that will led by our Head Chef," Kraft said. This includes beer tastings, wine tastings and a few surprises that will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
Mulligan's Pub has a different menu special each night of the week, as well as Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. daily.
Some of the special include: Pasta Night on Monday; Pork Night on Wednesdays; Mexican Night on Thursdays and Fish and Steak specials every Friday and Saturday night.
"We'll have the Friday fish special through Lent," Kraft said. "And we'll always have the steak option available on Friday and Saturday."
Additionally, on Sundays, the pub offers 50 cent boneless wings and 75 cent bone-in wings, as well as $1 beers and $2 well drinks. Kids also eat free with a paying adult on Sundays.
Kraft said the build-your-own burgers and reuben are thus far the most popular menu items, plus the signature appetizers (including those pretzels!!!)
"The pizzas are going over very well, too," she added.
Last but not least is the atmosphere at Mulligan's. Located on the first floor of the Fort Piqua Plaza at 110 W. High St., the pub was renovated in 2013 to include two bars and a beautiful dining area, which includes high vault ceilings and an open layout that is inviting and comfortable.  
As 2014 continues, Kraft said new specials and entertainment will be unveiled - providing yet another reason for my wife and I to come back for more!
Mulligan's Pub is open 3-9 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
To view the full menu, click HERE. To view the pub's entertainment schedule, click HERE. For more information, call (937) 606-2819.
Mader's Commitment to Customers Awarded and Rewarding 
By Matt Bayman
TROY - The first car Dan Mader ever worked on was a 1961 Dodge Station Wagon that belonged to his parents.
Growing up in Piqua, on many nights when Dan's father got home from work he and his brother would help fix up and repair cars in the family garage, including the old station wagon. It was here that Dan learned a trade that would lead to a respected and successful career in the automobile repair business, culminating with the opening of Mader Transmission & Complete Car Care in Troy in 2008.
"I've been doing this my entire life," Dan said from his office in Troy.
Dan Mader (right) stands with son Tom (middle) and Jamie Ferrance at
Mader Transmission & Complete Car Care in Troy.
(Photo by Matt Bayman/MyMiamiCounty)
By working with his father at home - and at the family's auto parts business in Troy - Dan not only learned the business from the inside out but also the value of treating customers right.
"I've always tried to keep everybody happy. The biggest part of this is being honest with customers," he said.
Dan's commitment to honesty and quality work have been honored with numerous awards, including twice being nominated for the BBB Integrity Award, winning the Troy Daily News Peoples Choice Award three years in a row (2011-2013) and being honored by Miami Jacobs College and numerous websites that track customer satisfaction.
Mader Transmission serves clients throughout the Miami Valley, but as a resident of Troy since the 1960s, Dan said he keeps the community close to his heart.
"I've been a lot of places, but the people of Troy are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet," he said. "I'm also pleased to have customers from GreenvillePiquaSidneyTipp City, Vandalia, DaytonWest Milton... They trust you and that's what makes a difference."
Mader Transmission is a full-service repair shop, which is not common in an industry that largely specializes in one specific area of vehicle repair.
"We can do everything from putting on new windshield wipers and tires to engine repair and transmission. You name it, we can do it. And no job is too small," he said.
Dan credits his experienced staff for the quality of his services and the success of his business. But he also has a trick up his sleeve.
"We have employees of all ages. The younger guys know different techniques than some of the older ones, but the older guys know how to fix parts the younger ones have never dealt with, like carburetors," he said.
To this day, Dan's father, who is in his 80s, remains and expert on carburetors and is called in whenever the issue comes up.
To stay current with the changing automobile industry, Dan and his staff take additional training and schooling, including learning about computer systems that are becoming vital components in most vehicles.
"The companies that supply different parts all have schools for training. We send our employees to these classes. Some (employees) specialize in different areas, but if it's something that everyone is going to work on, they all learn it," he said.
Mader Transmission also keeps up with other areas of the industry, including recycling programs and Internet technology.
"We are 100 percent Eco-Green. There are so many areas where recycling can be done," Dan said, adding "I do this because it's the right thing to do."
Mader Transmission also has one of the most modern and customer-friendly websites in the business. It includes tools that allow customers to see the work that's been done on their vehicles, to receive special promotions and discounts via e-mail and to let them know when they need an oil change or other services, among other features. This is a free service. To view the website and sign up for promotions, click HERE.
While Dan is committed to operating a successful business, he's also dedicated to his community. He is a member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, the Troy
While Dan Mader (right) plays a vital role in the operations at Mader
Transmission & Complete Car Care, he credits his staff for the
excellent service his customers receive. Pictured are (L-R) Steve
McCann, Dan Baker, Steve Honeyman, Jamie Ferrance, Tom Mader
and Dan. (Photo by Matt Bayman/MyMiamiCounty)
Strawberry Festival Committee, the Shriners and Masons, the American Legion, the Eagles Club in Troy and Covington, Elks, Moose Lodge and Troy Fish & Game, to name a few.
Dan was also a board member and president of OVAAA - the largest organization of its kind in the United States for automotive warehouses, jobbers and dealers, and lobbied on their behalf for the automotive field in Washington D.C.
What Dan cherishes most in life, however, is spending time with family and friends, including his two grandchildren. 
Dan said, at heart, he is a "people person," and that when he looks back on his career, it is the friends he's made and the organizations he's helped that stands out as his greatest accomplishments.
"I am very grateful to the customers and friends that have been with me through the years," he said. "It's an honor."
Mader Transmission & Complete Car Care is located at 1421 S. Market St. on the south end of Troy. For more information, or to set up your next repair or maintenance appointment, call (937) 552-7765. 
Riverside’s Naas is One of Miami County’s Women Leaders
By Sheryl Roadcap
For My Miami County
Women hold various, significant leadership roles in Miami County, from city council presidents and teachers, to business owners and directors of numerous charitable organizations. However, some hold inconspicuous, yet key leadership positions.
When thinking of women leaders in Miami County, Terry Naas, one of YWCA’s 2012 Woman of Excellence honorees, certainly fits the bill. 
For the past 15 years, Naas has been the face of the Miami County Board of
Terry Naas (left) has exemplified leadership through many roles in
the community. She retired earlier this year and will leave big shoes
to fill. (Photo provided) 
Developmental Disabilities, also known as Riverside of Miami County, in which she serves as the Community Relations Director. This is an important job in the community because she is the person who works to increase “public awareness of the scope of services” provided by
Riverside “while improving community understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities.”
Naas works hard to shine Riverside’s light throughout Miami County by extending its purpose and credentials to as many public events and outreach opportunities as possible – whether it be through newsletters, parades, festivals, business expos, or speaking engagements. 
This type of work comes natural to Naas, as she has plenty of experience working with the community through her various business affiliations and prior positions. She was the former director of operations and executive vice president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, involved in originating the Leadership Troy program, helped to create the Graduate Academy for Community Leadership at Edison Community College, she's the former manager of the Troy Strawberry Festival, the former director of the United Way, as well as involved in the Women in Networking group and the Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau.
“To do something new and stay fresh and keep a service-attitude in what I do, this (working for Riverside) was a nice marriage," Naas said when asked why she made the change in her career to go to work for the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities after 16 years with the Troy Chamber of Commerce. "I really wasn’t even looking for a job, and it just kind of happened that Riverside was looking for someone who knew the community very well, which I did; who knew a lot of people, which I did, and it was just a natural progression for me to go on. I think the Troy Chamber made then, and still makes now, a huge difference in the fabric of the life in Troy. It was a
Terry Naas (center in red) at the OPI Exhibit in 2012.
natural transference to another organization that makes a huge difference in the life of people with developmental disabilities in the county. So, I look at it as service, no matter where I was in my adult work life." 
As community relations director, she helps to improve the quality of the community of Miami County as a whole. She works hard to get Riverside’s name and awareness of its services for developmentally disabled individuals out there. She says that they participate almost every year in Troy’s annual Strawberry Festival; in parades units and through “rock and rest booths” at several area festivals, where parents can rest and change their babies; they host Leadership Troy and Piqua at Riverside; and go to all of the Chambers’ business expos in Troy, as well.
Colleague and current manager of the Strawberry Festival Heather Dorsten said of Naas’ influence, “I have only known Terry about four years; however, in that time she has been such a valuable resource of information, and a true reflection of leadership qualities. Terry is a past Strawberry Festival manager, a Leadership Troy graduate, past board member, and also a presenter for our February Leadership Troy session on leadership skills and critical issues. Terry is a dynamic individual, and it has been an honor to work with her over the past few years.”
Naas’ reputation and list of colleagues is well-known and far reaching throughout the Miami County community, which is confirmed by State Representative Richard Adams of Troy.
“Terry has been and continues to be a leader who is motivated to serve the community, in addition to her outstanding successes as a professional,” Adams said. “Her participation, abilities and achievement are matched by very few people. If I had a project needing thoughtful leadership with challenges to be addressed, I would think of Terry." 
“I don’t live in the past. It is the here and now, what you can do now going into the future. There is inherent excitement in that for me. While maintaining things is part of life, what is really exciting is the next possibility –where I can be of service, help problem solve. That is what really drives me,” Naas said.
“It’s been my privilege to be part of an active, viable business community in Miami County where I can take the skills I have and apply them every day,” said Naas of her career, which came to a close at the end of February when she retired. Her bright contribution to Miami County will certainly be missed, but has also led the way for other young women leaders to follow. May she now enjoy some time to “smell the roses,” as she put it, with her husband Carl and five grandchildren.
Apple Tree Gallery Hosting Ohio Antique Christmas Meet/Market this Saturday
Information provided by Piqua Mainstreet
PIQUA - The Apple Tree Gallery will host the Ohio Antique Christmas Meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 405 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua.
The public event will allow visitors to browse and shop for rare and unique Christmas and Halloween items, as well as attend lectures given by knowledgeable area collectors who are members of the Ohio Friends of Christmas organization. 
Items for sale include Christmas and Halloween items from the 30s, 40s and 50s, as well as early 1900s Santas, postcards and older Radko ornaments, among many
others.
The event will get underway at 10 a.m. when the marketplace opens. The informational presentations are scatted throughout the day. At 10:45 a.m. local Christmas figurine and ornament designer Elaine Roesle will do a presentation on how to make Christmas crackers. At 12:30 p.m. attendees can enjoy hearing about the history of the feather tree by Karen and Alex Shields. The Shields' are owners of Twins Feather Trees, a manufacturer of feather trees that has received national attention through publications such as Country Living Magazine and Early American Life Magazine.
At 1 p.m. attendees will also have the chance to learn about Christmas "Light Ups" from Joe Besl who has been collecting and researching Christmas collectibles for over 20 years. At 2 p.m. there will be a presentation on the history behind the writing of the famous poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Mike Ciancio. Through the years Ciancio has accumulated an interesting collection of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" books and seeing the different covers makes this presentation very enjoyable and memorable.
The cost to attend all the educational sessions - plus the marketplace - is $5 per person, payable at the door. For a schedule of events and more information about the event, call The Apple Tree Gallery at (937) 773-1801. This special marketplace is being held in conjunction with the Ohio Friends of Christmas' Christmas meet.
Miami County Fair Announces Country Music Lineup
Including Local Clark Manson
TROY - The Miami County Fair and the Troy Foundation announced Sunday that the musical lineup for the 2014 Miami County Fair will feature three country music acts, including Miami County's own Clark Manson.
Headlining the fair will be singer/songwriter Chase Rice. He will be joined by special guest Sam Hunt.
Rice is an interesting man. Along with being a country music star, he is the former starting linebacker for the University of North Carolina, a member of a NASCAR pit
Chase Rice will be the headline act at this year's
Miami County Fair. He will be joined by Sam Hunt
and local Clark Manson, pictured below.
crew and the co-writer of the record-setting, multi-platinum single "Cruise."
Hunt is quickly becoming one of Nashville's most talked about young talents. After finishing his football career as quarterback for the University of Alabama Birmingham, Hunt made the move to Nashville to try his hand at songwriting. Shortly after settling into the Nashville scene, he was given the opportunity to write full-time for a publisher. Hunt made a name for himself in the country music community co-writing Kenny Chesney's No. 1 single "Come Over," as well as upcoming singles "Cop Car" by Keith Urban and "We Are Tonight" by Billy Currington.
Growing up in Covington, Manson wanted nothing more than to become not only a country singer, but a songwriter as well. From the start, Manson was hot, winning the Newport Music Hall Battle of the Bands, advancing to the Texaco Country Showdown State Final, playing the Indiana State Fair… and so it began.
Manson has a nice blend of classic rock swag with Mid-Western country charm to create a dynamite musical concoction that explodes with poppy melodies and rocking guitars. 
Matt Gross, Entertainment Chair of the Miami County Fair states, “This will be a very high energy show featuring headlining star Chase Rice, up and comer Sam Hunt and a very popular home grown entertainer, Clark Manson. Their combined sounds will most definitely resonate with fair goers.”
Tickets will be available on April 5 by calling (937) 335-7492 or going on line at www.miamicountyohiofair.com. Tickets are $12 for stadium seats and $20 for the track. Gate admission to the Miami County Fair is $5 per person age 9 and over. The Miami County Fair will be August 8-14.

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