Area briefs

Bazaar upcoming

CASSTOWN — The village of Casstown will offer a holiday bazaar and chili cook-off from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Casstown United Methodist Church, 102 Center St., Casstown.

The bazaar will include baked goods, handmade items and vendors.

For more information on participating in either event, contact Crystal at

Nominations for citizens, businesses open

TIPP CITY — Nominations are now being accepted for the Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Young Professional of the Year awards presented by the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce. This recognition is awarded annually to businesses and individuals who show a significant, worthwhile contribution to the community.

Businesses nominated must be established for a minimum of three years and be located in Tipp City. Individuals nominated must be residents of Tipp City.

A list of past recipients, 2017 nomination forms and additional information about the award criteria are available at

FFA fruit sales start

CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is now holding their annual fruit fundraiser. The FFA will be selling a wide variety of apples, oranges, pears, pineapples, grapefruit, and peanuts. The fruit is sold in full and half boxes and in gift boxes. They are also offering a variety of cheeses, BBQ sauces and Jack Link’s Beef Steaks.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter will be selling from now through Nov. 10. Delivery will be the first full week in December. FFA members will be traveling throughout the community taking orders, or call (937) 335-7070 ext. 3212.

Blocher to serve on relief team

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University student Maria Blocher of Troy will spend October 14-21 in Houston providing relief to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Blocher will travel with the Cedarville team, who is partnering with Northeast Houston Baptist Church at Farrington Mission, a community center that serves one of Houston’s largest underprivileged areas.

Students will repair damages caused by flooding and strengthen Farrington Mission’s ongoing ministries, which include a large food pantry, clothing closet, men’s basketball ministry and pregnancy resource clinic.

“We want to respond to these situations with the compassion of Christ,” said Brian Nester, director of global outreach. “When Christ saw a need, he sought to meet the need. When people are in dire straits, we need to meet those needs as much as possible.”

Cedarville has established a relief fund to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The fund will cover the cost for students to participate in the trip and finance other hurricane relief efforts. To donate, give online at