Area briefs

PIH offering ‘Getting Ahead’

TROY — Partners in Hope of Troy will offer “Getting Ahead,” a program for individuals and families.

Participants will investigate the hidden rules of social class and learn about the resources necessary to be self-sustainable. Earn while you learn, as particiapants will receive $10 per hour in gift cards for each session. The program runs weekly on Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 23 at the Hobart Community Kitchen, 25 N. Mulberry St. for 10 weeks.

Those interested, call 335-0448 or stop in the office at 116 W. Franklin St, Troy.

Nominations sought

PLEASANT HILL — Newton Local Schools are currently taking nominations for the Newton School Hall of Fame.

The deadline for these nominations is March 1, 2017. Forms and guidelines for nominations are available in the superintendent’s office or you may go online to get form at our school website Eligible nominees would be current or former certified staff members, non-certified staff members, community members, Board of Education members, and alumni of Newton School. Induction into the Hall of Fame will be announced at our annual Alumni Banquet which will be held this year on Saturday, May 13.

For more information, contact Newton School at (937) 676-2002.

Grant deadline approaching

TROY — The deadline to submit a quarterly grant request is Wednesday, Feb. 15 by 4 p.m. for the upcoming meeting in March.

Grants are available to organizations with a 501(c)3 that benefit citizens of the Troy City School District. Applications and guidelines are available on the organization’s website or for more information call (937) 339-8935.

Pruning class planned by Master Gardeners

TROY — The OSU Miami County Master Gardener program is offering a six-week pruning class every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. starting Feb. 22.

Class topics will include tree biology and how it relates to pruning, pruning equipment and care, techniques and pruning for specific landscapes. Students are asked to bring their pruning shears to the Feb. 22 class to learn how to properly sharpen them. The class includes in-class instruction and on-site pruning of shrubs and small trees using a variety of pruning equipment. The class will be taught by Miami county Master Gardener volunteers, including an ISA Certified Arborist.

The classes will meet at the Ohio State Extension office, located on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse, 201 W. Main S., Troy. The cost of the class is $40 for the public and $30 for out-of-county Master Gardener volunteers.

Registration can be completed by visiting or calling the Miami County Extension office or mailing a check payable to OSU Extension to the address listed above. Registration is limited and the class fills quickly. The deadline to register is Feb. 15.

For more information contact Amanda Bennett at (937) 440-3945 or email Information can also be found by visiting or our Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.