Area briefs

Rain gardens topic of event

TROY — The next Coffee with the Master Gardener volunteers will be from 10-11:30 a.m. April 7 in the extension meeting room at 201 W. Main St., Troy.

Rain gardens will be the topic. Rain gardens are a way to capture runoff and utilize it to beautify your landscape, preserve clean rain water, and create a habitat for beneficials and prevent local flooding a water pollution. Identify areas of your landscape that have the greatest potential to make an impact, ways in increase absorption of water in your driveway or sidewalk and learn what plants make the biggest impacts in the seven smallest spaces.

The fee is $10 per person and includes beverages, refreshments and handouts.

The deadline for registrations is April 3 by check or credit card at OSU Extensin, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373.

Call 440-3945 or email or visit more information.

Thompson places at expo

MARYSVILLE — Junior showmen competed in the showmanship contest at the 2017 Ohio Beef Expo, held March 18 in Columbus. The competition, sponsored by Show Bloom and Cattle Visions, featured five age divisions, with awards totaling more than $5,000. Judging showmanship were Jim and Mary Bloomberg of Illinois.

In Senior Showmanship, Kassidy Thompson 0f Miami County placed fifth.

Wildlife food plot workshop set

GREENVILLE —The Division of Wildlife in cooperation with the Darke County Soil and Water District will be conducting a free Deer Wildlife Food Plot Workshop on April 10 at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Stat Rooute 502. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. Topics will be soil fertility, soil sampling, seed selection and best places to locate a food plot. Other topics can be discussed if questions are asked.

This is a reservation-only event and will be limited to 50 people. Registration deadline is April 5 at 4 p.m. at or call the Darke SWCD at (937) 548-1752 or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Court, Greenville.

Intro to Beekeeping class offered

TROY — OSU Extension will host Intro to Beekeeping from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 19 geared towards those that are interested in beekeeping, but need more information to get started. Topics to be covered: equipment, costs, bee biology and how it relates to the colony, bee nutrition, where to get bees and other information.

The session will be held at the Extension Meeting room on the ground floor of the Old Courthouse in Troy at 201 W. Main St. Early bird registration is $10 and due by April 14. Late registration is $25 per person. For more details, contact the Extension office at 440-3945 or by email at or visit for more information.

Two hours of continuing education are available for Master Gardener Volunteers.

Edison to host RN to BSN fair

PIQUA — Edison State Community College is hosting a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information Fair on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Emerson Center at the Piqua Campus.

Current nursing students and practicing nurses are invited to learn about the opportunities available to them in pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Representatives from 10 universities will be available to share information about their completion programs and to guide interested nurses toward their next steps for enrollment. This event gives prospective students the ability to obtain information about many programs in one visit. The faculty and administration at Edison work collaboratively with all of the represented universities to provide for a smooth pathway to the BSN degree.

Edison State encourages graduates of the nursing program to plan for their future educational and career goals and this is an excellent opportunity to do so. Nursing students currently in the capstone class will graduate in May and applications are being accepted now through July 31 for students interested in beginning Edison’s nursing program in Spring semester of 2017.

For more information, contact Edison Associate Professor of Nursing Rick Roberts at


The Pleasant Hill History Center will hold its first program of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the center, 8 E. Monument St.

Martin Stewart, a Troy resident and well-known author, will give a presentation based on his book, “Redemption: The 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War.” This is a short story of the Civil War Regiment raised in Miami County.

Stewart did extensive research of the 71st OVI for his book, from its inception in February 1862 at Camp Tod at the “original Miami County Fairgrounds” to its final service in San Antonio, Texas, in November 1865.