Area briefs

Cemetery accepting farming bids

PIQUA — Forest Hill Cemetery & Arboretum is now accepting bids for those wishing to farm some 26 acres of farm land located within the cemetery grounds. The cemetery will be doing a cash rent or lease operation with the tenant. A farm cash lease agreement for viewing is available both in the office located at 8660 State Route 66, Piqua, or online at

First preference will be given to those within the City of Piqua or Washington Township. Bids need to be received by Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Craft, baking workshop set

TROY – Children in grades K-3 are invited to take part in a Holiday Craft & Cookie Baking Workshop, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Ohio State University Extension, Miami County Meeting Room.

Youth will bake cookies and make four craft projects. Any crafts not completed during the two-hour timeframe can be taken home to complete.

The cost of the workshop is $5 for 4-H members and $7 for non 4-H members. Space is limited. The registration deadline is Monday, November 21.

For more information, contact O. S. U. Extension, Miami County at (937) 440-3943.

Holiday workshop slated

TIPP CITY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will hold a workshop on Holiday Arrangements at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series on Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. The session will detail step-by-step instructions on how to construct holiday arrangements and each participant will create their own centerpiece. We will cover the basic design principles and learn how to “shop” your own garden for free materials. Wiring and bow creation will also be covered.

The session is limited to 25 participants and will be held at the Monroe Township Meeting Hall in the lower floor at 4 E Main St. in Tipp City. The cost is $15 and pre-registration is required by Nov. 23. For more details contact the Extension office at (937) 440-3945 or by email at Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Ft. Rowdy gun raffle planned

COVINGTON – The Fort Rowdy Gathering is holding a Christmas gun raffle, with the drawing to be held on Dec. 20.

The gun is a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, .45 caliber automatic, suitable for open or concealed carry.

Tickets are $10 each, and only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets may be purchased at Siegel’s Country Store in Covington, from any Fort Rowdy Board member, or from Uniforms Plus in Piqua. Charge card purchases are accepted at Uniforms Plus. For more info, contact Annette at (937) 214-1599.

You must be at least 21 years old to purchase a ticket. The winner will be contacted via phone. Winner must be in compliance with federal and state laws and applicable local ordinances.

All proceeds benefit the Fort Rowdy Gathering. Check out the Gathering’s Facebook page or visit

United Methodist blood drive set

TIPP CITY — Tipp City United Methodist Church will host a blood drive Monday, Nov. 28 from 3-7 p.m. in the Great Hall, 8 West Main St.

Community Blood Center is thanking donors with the “Buckeye Strong Blood Donor” ceramic coffee tumbler, free to everyone who registers to donate.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Beginner watercolor classes offered

TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s Mary Coleman Allen Art Academy offers Watercolor for Beginners and Beginning Oil Painting (Still Life) with Artist and Instructor Donna Pierce-Clark. Classes begin on Nov 22.

“You can learn to paint with confidence,” says Instructor Donna Pierce-Clark. Students will gain an understanding of color theory and mix lovely color combinations for still life objects, reflections, shadows, and highlights. The class fee includes all the necessary paint. Canvas, as well as several other supplies will also be provided. You will need a few extra supplies that are available at Brower’s Office Supply in Troy. Please see the supply list along with dates, times, fees, and registration information at

See Donna’s paintings at: