Area briefs

Richard Bleam

Richard Bleam

Beautification winners named

TROY — The Troy City Beautification award winners for July 2015 include:

• Merit

222 Race St.

300 S. Ridge Ave.

501-503 Linwood

22 W. Race St.

• Green Thumb

310 Summit Ave. — David Hassel

542 Shaftsbury

887 Crossbow

1150 Cloverdale — Gary and Virginia Noe

1033 Mayfield Drive — Bruce and Hope Jennings

796 Glendale — Tom and Jodell Nick

1521 Beekman — John and Linda Slonaker

1563 Banbury

375 N. Dorset Road — Chuck and Pam Smith

1375 Fleet — Vickie Almeida

Bleam speaks to Lions

TROY — At a recent meeting, members of the Troy Lions Club, members were informed about fire safety from Richard Bleam, safety adviser for U.S. Family Services.

Bleam’s program centered on making plans now to get out of a house fire alive. He spoke on the common origins of a house fire and steps that can be taken to prevent it. He also updated the club members about the new and different types of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Bob Medley, program chairman for the local Lions Club, said, “His short program was highly informative and packed with helpful suggestions and thought provoking questions about how well prepared we all are for a fire.”

The Troy Lions Club is a non-profit community service organization serving Troy, Covington, Pleasant Hill, Piqua, Tipp City, and surrounding areas of Miami County since 1942. Their primary mission is vision health. The Troy Lions Club also provides scholarships and supports many community programs.

For more information see the Lions website at or call (937) 335-7345.

Head Start taking applications

MIAMI COUNTY — The Kids Learning Place — Head Start program in Miami County is seeking 3-4-year-old preschool children for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. The school readiness program is open at no cost for income eligible families. Head Start also accepts children with special needs, in foster care or homeless

Head Start’s main objective is to organize and provide educational activities for children so that they will develop the necessary skills needed to make the transition to kindergarten. The program uses a curriculum and assessments for all aspects of a child’s development: socio-emotional, cognitive/language and physical. Openings are available in classrooms at our centers in Troy, Piqua or West Milton or in the home base settings.

Head Start services include: education, health, dental, and nutrition services. Also included are services that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and connections to peers and the community. The experienced staff work to help children develop language skills, learn to classify objects, develop abstract thinking skills, develop the large muscles of their bodies, experience a sense of positive self-esteem, demonstrate cooperative social behavior, learn to solve problems, participate in make believe play, develop beginning reading skills, and acquire beginning writing skills.

Parents/guardians can call for application information at (866) 627-4557, the local number is (937) 773-0773, or visit

Council on Rural Services provides education and support, services through Kids Learning Place, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, and Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) in their nine county service area.

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