Area briefs

Soccer coach to offer skills

WEST MILTON — Hone your soccer technique and play a game on the Milton-Union Public Library’s front lawn with a special presentation by Milton-Union soccer coach Sara Carter. Carter will share her expertise at the library from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

The program will include information on rules, players and positions. Weather permitting, Carter and the group will go outside to practice techniques and play the game. And of course, there will be soccer-related crafts as well.

Carter has been playing soccer for 28 years, including teams at Milton-Union High School, The Ohio State University, and adult women’s leagues. Three years ago, she began coaching with the Milton-Union Rec Council with the 4- to 5-year-olds.

“I’m now entering my fourth year of coaching and have moved up to the 6-7 age group in West Milton, and just love teaching the young ones the game of soccer,” Carter exclaims.

This program is geared towards kindergarten through fifth graders. For more information, call (937) 698-5515 or visit

Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.

Realtors raise money for animals

TROY — Last year Coldwell Banker helped more than 20,000 dogs find homes as part of their #HomesForDogs campaign and partnership with the Adopt-a-Pet organization.

To get involved locally, realtors at the Troy office held a “Grillin’ and Chillin’” event to raise money for animal rescue groups on July 7. Both the Miami County Animal Shelter and DREAM 4 Pets were present to promote their adoptable pets and accept donations.

By selling $2 lunches, which included a hot dog, chips and a drink, realtors were able to raise more than $450 in just two hours. Troy Community Radio broadcasted live to support the cause and helped drive a lot of the donations — they even had local businesses place bulk orders over the phone.

Representatives from both the Miami County Animal Shelter and DREAM 4 Pets accepted $228 each from the Coldwell Banker office manager, Linda Gabbard.

Open house, grants event set

TROY — The Future Begins Today will have a ribbon cutting and open house, along with the Last Dollar Grant awards, on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

The events will be held at the nonprofits new location, 305 W. Staunton Road, next to Troy High School.

The ribbon cutting and open house will begin at 4:30 p.m. and light refreshments and tours will be available. Parking is available from the Adams Street entrance at the Troy High School weight room lot, the Ferguson Drive lot or across the street at Troy Memorial Stadium.

In case of inclement weather, the open house and grant awards will be held at Troy Junior High School following the ribbon cutting.

For more information, contact director Natalie Rohlfs at or call (937) 332-0467.


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