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Wii party planned

WEST MILTON — Thanks to the Miami County Foundation, Milton-Union Public Library patrons can now enjoy a Wii system in-house and soon check out games to take home. Enjoy the new system at an in-house Wii Party from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

The Miami County Foundation provides support for the community at large in programs in the arts, community development, education, health and human services with the goal to “help people help other people in Miami County.” They refer to themselves as a “savings account” for the community. Fund growth is made possible by donor bequests and founder Richard Hunt’s contributions.

“For Union township nonprofit organizations, churches, and public service agencies like our library, The Miami County Foundation is a major source of support for special projects like our new Wii station and games, as well as the laptops used in computer classes and for in-house public internet use, laptops made possible through an earlier MCF grant,” library director Carol Netzley Coate said. “We are grateful for The Miami County Foundation’s generosity to our community.”

The Milton-Union Public Library was awarded $1,059 by the foundation. Through the aid of library assistant Dori Mort, the library used the grant to purchase a Wii console, four Wii-motes, four steering wheels, guitar, and microphone, all designed for Wii use, and more than 20 games. The library also purchased a 32-inch flat screen TV, 3D projector and cart to use for the Wii system.

The whole setup will be available for various gaming events, both for teen and multi-generational programs.

Join Teen Program Coordinator J.D. Woodward for an afternoon of Mario Kart, Wii Sports and other multi-player games.

Check the shelves in the audio-visual department in the coming months to check out games for Wii and Xbox systems. The library is also accepting donations of the following current video games to bolster its collection: PlayStation 2 or newer, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, DS and 3DS. For more information about the Miami County Foundation, visit

To contact the library, call (937) 698-5515 or visit Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To-Till Day event set

COVINGTON — Ohio No-Till Field Day will be celebrated on Sept. 2 at the home of Dan and Tawni Batdorf, 9291 North State Route 48, Covington.

Speakers will include Don Reicosky, Dave Lamb, Kevin King and a visit from Jason Weller, USDA Natural Resources Conservation service chief.

The morning session will include the latest cover crop information. The afternoon session will feature demonstrations and test plots.

For a complete agenda, visit or visit the Miami County SWCD website at

Registration is due by Aug. 20 and is $40 per person or $65 the day of the event. Those interested can send their name, business/farm name and address, along with a check made payable to Ohio No-Till Council, to the Miami SWCD, 1330 N. County Road 25-A, Troy, OH 45373.