Area briefs

Rasor celebration cancelled

TIPP CITY — The 75th anniversary celebration for Roger and Glenna (Lesher) Rasor scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Tipp City United Methodist Church has been cancelled. Sadly, Mr. Rasor passed away on Sunday, Oct. 14. See page 2 for an obituary with time and place of visitation and services.

County resident has art in exhibit

COLUMBUS — The opening of the Ohio Veterans Art Exhibition was held Monday at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.

The exhibition showcases the artwork of former service members from all across Ohio and all five major branches of service spanning many different eras and forms of artistic expression. The family-friendly event includes 33 different artworks including sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs.

The month-long exhibit, which is free to all, will run through Nov. 15 and appear in the Art Gallery’s extension in the lobby area of the first floor of the Riffe Center, located at 77 S. High St. in downtown Columbus.

A Miami County resident, Melvin Jackson, USMC, has a piece in the exhibit.

The main lobby of the Riffe Center is immediately accessible from the High Street entrance and is mere feet away from the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame display that is a permanent fixture near the escalators.

Board members sought

COVINGTON — The Fort Rowdy Gathering is accepting nominations for the 2019 board of directors. There are two positions open, each serving a three-year term that need to be filled. Nominees must be a Fort Rowdy Gathering member. Membership is $1 per year and must be paid on or before Nov. 8. Only one member per household can serve on the board.

Nominations may be made at the meeting, mailed to Fort Rowdy Gathering or emailed. The mailing address is Fort Rowdy Gathering, P.O Box 23, Covington, OH45318 and email is

Mailed or email nominations must be received no later than Wednesday Nov. 7.

The election will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Covington City Building.

Fall Back into Fitness Challenge set

MIAMI COUNTY — The Fall Back into Fitness Challenge is a seven-week challenge that runs from Oct. 22 through Dec. 9. Each participant will receive a fall workout plan and nutrition tips to help them set a new goal each week to get through the holiday season. Like the leaves falling from the trees, each participant will drop a leaf in the designated box in the lobby each week once their workouts and weekly goal has been completed. Participants who complete all seven weeks by the end of the program will receive a long sleeve YMCA T-shirt. Also, all the leaves collected will go into a drawing for two grand prizes — a YMCA backpack three personal training sessions.

In order to participate, participants must register and pay a joiners fee: health club members are $15, members are $20, and non-members are $30.

Turn in your “leaves” each week. Make sure to date and put your name on each paper before you turn it in. Goals can be completed in any order.

All the “leaves” turned in will go into the drawing whether the challenge was completed or not.

In order to qualify for a T-shirt, then seven “leaves” must be turned in by Dec. 10.

For more information, contact Kaci Gessaman at the Robinson Branch at 440-9622 or, or Heather Sever at the Piqua Branch at 773-9622 or