Area briefs


Speaker planned

PIQUA — The Randolph & McCulloch Complex by way of the North Star Coffee Station is sponsoring the appearance of Dr. Regina Vincent Williams, a nationally acclaimed author and motivational speaker this Saturday evening, Aug. 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. at 655 N. Main St. Piqua.

Also on tap this Saturday evening will be local entertainer, singer and musician, Decker Jackson. This event is free. The public is invited to attend but limited seating is available.

Watercolor Society Exhibit to return

TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is pleased to be hosting the Western Ohio Watercolor Society’s 2021 Juried Members’ Exhibition. This year’s event features 60 works by 28 artists that employ numerous techniques and contain an array of subject matter. The Opening Reception, which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 2-4 p.m., is a wonderful opportunity to meet many talented local artists. Awards will be announced during the reception on Aug. 22. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The Western Ohio Watercolor Society was founded in 1974 for the purpose of furthering interest in, and adding stature to, the use of watercolor as a fine art medium, as well as to encourage public interest in the medium. In the years since, many renowned and artists have served as president of WOWS, including Elizabeth “Betty” (Garver) Nagy, David Smith, Homer Hacker and Nita Leland, among many others. “No doubt, WOWS holds a long history,” said current President Connie Gifford, “and we believe we were the first watercolor organization in Ohio. We are very proud of the many dedicated artists over the years who worked together with a vision to continue and to further the growth of the organization. We continue to exhibit our watercolors in shows, host watercolor demonstrations during our monthly meetings and invite the public to participate and learn about watercolor.”

For more information, visit or call (937) 339-0457.

Beautification Awards received

TROY — The Troy City Beautification Awards for August include:

Green Thumb awards:

1169 Edgewater – Rick and Dustina Monnier

891 Crossbow Ln – Steve and Carrie Blackburn

2900 Parkwood – Al and Jan Mescher

725 Willow Creek

646 Meadowlane – Wanda Sue and Cleo Elifritz

835 Cayenne Ct – Linda Berrett

1528 Brook Park Dr – Elizabeth Kohler and Todd Murphy

268 Vincent Ave – Patrick and Natosha Schaefer

1463 Skylark

549 Summit – Richard Grant

1143 E. Canal – Dianna Medley

102 S. Oxford – Deb Grant

115 S. Crawford – Stephanie Humphrey

Merit Awards:

518 Maplecrest – Steve and Julie Young

145 S. Short St

114 S. Monroe – Doug and Brenda Boyle

TMCS provides fall preview

TIPP CITY — Tipp Monroe Community Services is gearing up for a fun filled fall. TMCS is a non-profit that offers a variety of youth and adult programs in the area of recreation, education, social services and special events. TMCS publishes their program listings three times per year. The next one will include classes/events for September through December, and it will be mailed the week of Sept. 20. Online registration begins on Sept. 20. Visit to register and for more information.

Katie Sonnanstine, the TMCS program coordinator, is excited that the “program listing will have a new look. It will be larger and contain more information than the previous one.” She also added that, “Several long-time favorites will return this year, including: Run For The Mums 5K, Visit with Santa, and the Halloween Parade and Costume Judging Event.” Many of the regular programs and special events that were canceled or revised last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, will return this year.

Sonnanstine offered a sneak-peak of what to expect in the upcoming months:

• Run for the Mums, a 5k race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the City Park.

• Holiday Gift Giving registration begins Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 12 for families that need assistance. Individuals or groups that would like to sponsor a family should call TMCS at 937-667-8631.

• Visit with Santa, a community event, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Tipp Center. This is a new venue for the event. Santa will be there from 9-11:30 a.m. There will be cookies, music, games, and crafts.

• Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, a community event, will take place on Oct. 18. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. There will also be games.

• Tipp City Lights, a holiday lights driving tour, begins Dec. 3 and runs through the end of December. Last year there were over 100 participants.

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