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Holly Olivieri

Holly Olivieri

Art show seeks applicants

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church is looking for applicants to take part in the ninth annual art show Oct. 2-4 in the activity center at 201 S. Main St., West Milton.

The deadline for entering is Sept. 14.

The purpose of the show is to share area talent with the public. The show is non-juried. Some pieces may be available for purchase, with transactions handled directly between the artist and the interested party.

A gift from local arts patron Bill Netzley of Netzley Roofing has enabled Hoffman to offer monetary awards again this year.

Awards to be given are $500 for first place, $400 for second place, and $300 for third place. Seven additional awards of $100 each will also be presented. This year there will be a youth category open to current high school students with two $50 awards presented in that category.

Application forms may be picked up at the church office, Really Cool Stuff and The Hen’s Nest in West Milton, and The Hotel Gallery in Tipp City. Forms are also available for downloading from the church 2ebsite at

Olivieri named director of center

PIQUA — Holly Olivieri has taken the helm of Edison Community College’s Early Child Development Center as director as of Aug. 10.

Olivieri of Troy, is a 2004 Wright State University graduate who earned a bachelor of science degree in education with a focus on early childhood education. With over 11 years of direct experience under her belt, Olivieri is enthusiastic about her future at Edison.

“I’m really excited to have the chance to spread my wings and take my career to the next level,” said Olivieri. “Ultimately, I hope to bring innovative thinking and creative activities to the program to help children learn and grow.”

Olivieri joins Edison from Wright Field South Child Development Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where she served as program assistant director for the last five years. Prior to that, she held the position of training and curriculum specialist at the same center. Her previous responsibilities have included teaching, mentoring, curriculum development, budget preparation, coaching, staff training, and administrative duties.

“My own children have gone through this same program, so I understand what is expected of me as Director,” added Olivieri.

Olivieri’s experience with creative curriculum and the accrediting body, National Association for the Education of Young Children will also prove to be valuable as Edison’s ECDC consistently holds approval. In addition to its accreditation, the ECDC recently received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the highest rating in Miami County.

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