Area briefs

Grant deadline nears

MIAMI COUNTY — Not-for-profit organizations are reminded the next grant deadline for the Miami County Foundation is Aug. 31.

Applicants must provide services directly to the citizens of Miami County. All must be certified federally tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and preferably be a 501(c)(3) organization. Historically, grants have been awarded to human and social service organizations, schools, healthcare providers, libraries, youth and senior groups as well as the arts.

Application forms are available online at or by contacting the office at 773-9012. Guidelines restrict organizations to one grant annually. If you received a grant in the spring, you are not eligible to reapply until the next grant deadline. Schools and on-going humanitarian grant recipients are exempt from this restriction. Successful applicants will receive notification of the fall distribution date.

The foundation was established in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt, founder of WPTW-AM/WCLR radio.

TCC to reopen, hold events

TROY — TCC, a Verizon retailer, is opening its newly remodeled store in Troy at 1833 W. Main St.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, TCC will hold a grand opening event for the Troy community, preceded by a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon Friday, July 31.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Papa John’s Pizza will be on-site providing guests with free pizza, and Cool Critters will hold an educational program about snakes, lizards, geckos, tortoises, rats and rabbits.

In celebration of the new store, TCC will make a charitable donation to Habitat for Humanity of Miami County.

The grand opening coincides with TCC’s national backpack giveaway campaign, School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Now in its third year, TCC will be donating 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children. More than 400 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 3 p.m. Aug. 1 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and other school supplies. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Esight demonstration set

VANDALIA — The Sightless Children Club will have an Esight demonstration at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at 950 Helke Road, Vandalia.

Esight is the only technology in the world that enables the legally blind to see.

Sightless Children Club is a nonprofit parent support group who has members from all over the state of Ohio, including Miami County.

During the Aug. 10 meeting, a 17 year old from Troy will demonstrate his pair of Esight glasses.

For more information, call (937) 454-6970 or (937) 623-3720.