Area briefs

Bus to make Troy stop

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democrats are highlighting their agenda to put people first with a statewide bus tour, the #PeopleFirst bus, traveling across Ohio to county fairs, festivals, rallies, college campuses, cities and villages in every area of the state all the way to Election Day.

The bus will be in Troy at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 for a press conference at Brukner Park, Troy.

“Our candidates are focused on making sure Ohioans have access to affordable health care, good-paying jobs and quality education — issues that directly impact all Ohio families,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We’re traveling the state to shine light on the GOP culture of corruption in Columbus the past eight years, and to support our diverse team of Democratic leaders we can trust to fix Columbus and make a brighter future for all Ohioans.”

FFA selling fruits and more

CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is now holding their annual fruit fundraiser. The Miami East FFA will be selling Washington Red Delicious apples, Washington Golden Delicious apples, Ohio Red Delicious apples, Ohio Golden Delicious apples, Ohio Fuji apples, navel oranges, clementines, pears, pineapples, pink grapefruit, mixed fruit, and various peanuts. The fruit is sold in full and half boxes.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA is also offering a variety of cheeses, including Colby, Swiss, marble, pepper jack, and horseradish, ring bologna, large and small fruit gift baskets, and barbecue sauces. Additionally, FFA is offering Jack Link’s beef steaks in original or teriyaki flavors.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter will be selling from now through Nov. 9. Delivery will be the first full week in December. If you want to buy fruit, there will be FFA members traveling throughout the community. If an FFA member does not contact you, call Miami East High School at 335-7070, Ext. 3212.

Milkweed pod collection under way

TROY — The milkweed annual pod collection will be accepted through Oct. 31 at the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, 1330 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

Those collecting the pods should wait until they turn yellowish brown, then start checking the inside of the pods. If the seeds are dark brown (not milky brown), then the pod is ready.

If possible, deliver in paper bag of cardboard box, as plastic collects moisture.

Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing and serves as a food source for Monarchs as well as many other pollinator species.

For more information, call Linda at 335-7645.

Peace officer training upcoming

PIQUA — The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 22-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in January and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in June. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by Dec. 4. Physical assessment tests may be completed on either Dec. 5 or 6, with the academy running from Jan. 7 to June 15, 2019.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at or call 778-7865.