Area briefs

Local agencies to host heroin conference

TROY — Our region is among the most heavily hit in the country by the nationwide heroin epidemic. At a conference entitled, “Be Bold: Healing Our Communities,” Steve Justice, of Hope Over Heroin, and Jill Kingston, of Brigid’s Path, will shed light on the impacts of the heroin epidemic here in the Miami Valley, while pointing to the healing work already underway by their own and other agencies.

The conference will focus on the variety of steps individuals can take to become a part of the healing force.

“Be Bold: Healing Our Communities” will take place Saturday, March 25, at First Place (located across from Troy United Methodist Church). Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by brunch at 9 a.m., and speakers and discussion from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference is sponsored by the Miami Valley UMW.

A registration fee of $20 will include brunch for those who register. Registration will be limited to the first 150 registrants. Contact Beth at for more information. Pay online at, or in person at the event.

FFA Member of the Month named

TROY — The March 2017 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Abigail (Abbey) Koontz. She is the daughter of Kevin and Erin Koontz of Piqua. She is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Abbey recently competed in the District 5 FFA Beginning Prepared Speaking Career Development Event with her speech concerning practices in the horse industry. Abbey is also a member of the Equine Management Career Development Events team and plans to compete in invitational and state competitions throughout the spring. Abbey’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program is the production and marketing of horse polo wraps for the protection of a horse’s legs.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.

West Milton financial report available

WEST MILTON — Pursuant to ORC Section 117.38, the cash basis annual financial report for the municipality of West Milton has been completed and is available for review at the off of the finance director, 701 S. Miami St., West Milton.

Local Girl Scouts honored

DAYTON — On March 5, 11 Girl Scouts from the Dayton area received their Gold Award at a special ceremony at the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. They join over a century of Girl Scout alumnae who have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects.

Local award recipients and their projects include Caitlin Justice of Fletcher (“The Cover to Cover Program”) and Wynonna Woodell of Troy (“Changing Tomorrow Today”).

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 can earn. Girls use their vision for change to complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. To achieve it, girls commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement; an innovative approach; project sustainability; and educating and inspiring others.