Area briefs

Hetzler retires

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Air Force Lt. Col. David F. Hetzler has retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving honorably for 28 years.

Hetzler was last serving as instructor mission crew commander with 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

He is a 1988 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, Tipp City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998 from Park University, Parkville, Mo.

Titterington to speak

TROY — Patrick Titterington, director or service and safety for the city of Troy, will share his supervision of day-to-day affairs in Troy at 9 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum.

Following breakfast, put on by the Fort Pickawillany Society Children of the American Revolution, Titterington will update veterans and guests on his position. Titterington is in his 11th year in the position and has been in public service for 30 years, including 22 years in city management.

Titterington earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He also is a board member of the Ohio Municipal League and the Ohio City/County Management Association. Titterington is a past president of the Dayton Area Mayors and Managers Association. He has been a member of Rotary International for 20 years and is a past president of the Troy Rotary Club.

With wife, Kathy and his daughters Sarah, Amanda, and Maegan, Titterington resides in Troy.

The breakfast is free and an elevator is available to reach the second floor,.

Herbs topic of series

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “All About Herbs and Preserving and Saving Seeds” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series at 10 a.m. Aug. 4.

Elaine Richards, Master Gardener Volunteer, will share her experiences growing herbs. She’ll also share recipes for incorporating herbs into baked goods and other food items. Then, she’ll share preservation how-to’s including saving seeds, drying and preserving flowers.

The session will be held in the Extension Meeting Room on the ground floor of the Old Courthouse in Troy. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by Aug. 2. For more details, contact the Extension office at 440-3945 or by email at The session is limited to 20 people.

Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Registration to open

TROY — Open registration begins Aug. 1 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Sign-up your 5–12 year-old homeschooled student for a morning or afternoon of discovery (9:30-11:30 a.m. or 2-4 p.m.).

Staff naturalists have developed hands-on educational lesson plans, using live wildlife and outdoor exploration. Classes are on the third Wednesday of the month September-May. The fee for these programs is $2.50 for BNC members and $5 for non-members. Payment is due at time of registration (cash or check). All fees are due at time of registration. Deadline for registration and payment is the Monday prior to the program. Payment can be made each month or for all sessions at one time (non-refundable).