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As 2014 drew to a close, the Tipp Foundations’ Distribution Committee met for its fourth and final 2014 session to award grants. After reviewing many strong requests for funding, final selections were made. Robots, experiments that go “boom”, and theatre stage design were among the many projects funded. In the end, eight organizations were chosen to receive 15 awards totaling $24,986.37.

The following is a list of the recipients, grant amounts awarded, and the purposes being funded.

Bethel After Prom, $500, supports the parent-led Bethel High School After Prom, which offers an alcohol- and drug-free environment for BHS prom attendees in the Spring of 2015.

Bethel Hope, $993.33, assists citizens of Bethel Township and the surrounding areas in meeting basic needs during times of critical personal downturns. Needs met include food assistance, utility support, help with rent and pharmacy aid.

Bethel Local Schools, $1,126.77, excites 7th and 8th grade students about science through five hands on experiments. Historically popular lab tests, (such as “blowing something up while wearing goggles”), will be among the experiments. It makes us all remember why science was so much fun to learn!

GIVE Medical Ministry, $1,332, purchases medical lift chairs and knee walkers for lending. This equipment assures the safety of those with mobility disabilities. Often the equipment on loan has been gifted through private individuals, but in 2014 the demand exceeded the gifting rate.

Needy Baskets, $2,000, helps this agency meet an expanding demand at the Holiday season.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $3,187.50, replaces current district-wide AED units with modern units.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $2,599, nurtures scientific inquiry for 5th graders through an extended COSI field trip in Spring 2015.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $2,235.50, adds e-books to the virtual library collection of the High School. These e-books represent literature reference sets totaling 295 volumes.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $2,000, trains a teacher for the exciting new Robotics STEM course coming to the mathematics department.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,500, supports the behind-the-scenes work of the theatre program by purchasing a SawStop Table Saw.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $872, strengthens listening skills through the purchase of REDCAT, an audio enhancement system that amplifies teachers’ voices in 2nd grade classrooms. This audio device amplifies the instructor so that students don’t miss important information.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $337.12, increases technology-infused learning through a Technological Media Touch Screen. Study groups of any size will access a multi-function, adaptable touch screen monitor to view the work of each other.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $665.15, serves over 100 Nevin Coppock students annually through interactive books, flash cards, read alongs and phonics based on the Hot Dots Program. This program is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Language Literacy.

Tipp City Parks Department, $2,388, purchases a new picnic table, grill and bike rack in Canal Lock Park. This grant was awarded from the Warren E. Miltenberger Fund, established in 2008 to support public parkland and natural areas.

Tippecanoe Historical Society, $3,250, defrays the costs of major structural repairs on the building that houses some of Tipp City’s historical treasures.

Since 1943, the Tipp City Area Community Foundations has awarded $1,750,319 in grants as of December 31, 2013. Members of the Distribution Committee are Jim Ranft, chair, Heather Bailey, Dave Grim, Claire Cain Timmer and Jackie Wahl. Other trustees include Jesse Chamberlain, Joan Creech, Mike Lightle, Jim McKee and Marilyn Richards.

The Tipp City Area Community Foundations is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation, or how your organization can apply for a grant, please contact Jim Ranft at (937) 667-1270.

For more information about the Foundations’ volunteers, donors and funds, visit the web site at www.tippfoundation.org.

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Tipp Monroe Community Services is holding an ACT Test Preparation class Monday – Thursday, December 8-11, 2014. Emphasis is placed on timing, test makeup, creative guessing and frequent errors. Interested students can learn more about the class by calling 667-8631 or going to www.tmcomservices.org. The class is taught by Dr. Gene Wade.

For more information call 667-8631 or go to www.tmcomservices.org.

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Tipp Monroe Community Services is pleased to announce the winners of the Annual Thanksgiving Coloring Contest. This contest is open to students in grades K-7. Prizes are awarded to First, Second and Third place contestants. Congratulations to these and the other 241 talented artists who entered the contest. It is always a pleasure to see the beautiful pictures these students create.

K & 1st Grade
First Place – Keaton Turner
Second Place – Riley Hogsten
Third Place – Kaylee Armstrong

2nd & 3rd Grade
First Place – Aamah Williams
Second Place – Sophia Perevozchikov
Third Place – Madeline Ranly

4th & 5th Grade
First Place – Jianna Nichols
Second Place – Kelsey McClurg
Third Place – Anna Quinn

6th & 7th Grade
First Place – J.C. Rouse
Second Place – Halie Tanner
Third Place – Simone King

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TIPP CITY, OH – A new store will soon fill an anchor space of 3000 sq ft in downtown Tipp City. That Place on Main will open in time for the Yuletide Winters Gathering holiday celebration weekend event set for Saturday, November 8.  That Place on Main is located at 125 East Main Street, downtown Tipp City.

The Americana themed retailer will carry men’s and woman’s clothing, along with shoes, accessories, some home goods and Tippecanoe spirit wear. Proceeds for all the store logo’d apparel will be donated to the local Tipp City Needy Basket program.

Jennifer White, owner, takes tremendous pride in carrying as much American made, handmade and ethically manufactured merchandise as possible.

“The demand for items to be locally or American made is important to our shoppers,” states White. “We see the need and will try hard to have the products our customers can speak highly of.”

White is a Tipp City native and was previously part owner of Merchant 31 which is also in Tipp City.  The new store hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. During the Yuletide Winter’s Gathering weekend the store will have extended hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.

A ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 4:30 p.m. to help celebrate the opening of the new store.

That Place on Main is located at 125 East Main Street. More information about the store is available by calling (937) 424-6109.