Class to teach basic safety tactics for women

WEST MILTON — West Milton’s Keith Carter primary message to women outside their home? Don’t make yourself an easy target!

Being aware of your surroundings and knowing escape tactics are two of the main goals of the Milton-Union Public Library class “When You Can’t Reach Your Pepper Spray: Women’s Survival Techniques.” The hands-on course will be taught by Carter and his associates, William Caldwell and Lacario Johnson, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26.

Carter has worked in military and law enforcement for more than nine years. He has served with the Perry Township Police Department, the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital Police Department, served an Asian and European tour of duty with the United States Army, and is now a deputy at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson and Caldwell are both federal firearms defense tactic instructors with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The men will provide useful information and guidelines to avoid potentially dangerous situations in parking lots, alleyways and other areas. They will bring safety equipment to demonstrate with as well. The equipment comes courtesy of the business 3G Tactical in Tipp City.

The instructors will also teach basic strikes and escape tactics to get out of a dangerous situation, and work through possible scenarios with the students.

“These moves are very basic, very easy, stuff they can practice at home,” Carter said.

The class is open to women ages 18 and up. Minors are welcome with a parent or guardian in attendance. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. Pre-registration is required as participation is limited.

To register or for more information, call (937) 698-5515. Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.

Troy residents graduate Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University has announced the names of recent local graduates.

• Nathaniel E. Ebert of Troy received a bachelor of arts is liberal arts during the 2015 spring semester.

• John Hinders of Troy received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering during Purdue University’s 2015 summer session.

Nature photography workshop set

TROY — On Oct. 10 from 1-4 p.m., mark your calendars to join renowned Ohio photographers, Tim Daniel and Nina Harfmann for a hands-on nature photography workshop.

If you’ve ever missed that “perfect” shot, this combination classroom/fieldwork program is designed to help you. Topics covered indoors will include photography basics as well as composition and helpful techniques for capturing the very best wildlife and wildflower photos.

Weather permitting, BNC’s wildflower display and wildlife ambassadors will provide the perfect opportunity for you to practice your skills.

Tim Daniel is a lifelong resident of Ohio and has been a photographer with the Ohio Division of Wildlife for 17 years. Tim’s photography has been featured in local and national publications and used in ODNR publications such as Wild Ohio magazine, social media, websites and brochures. Nina Harfmann is an Ohio photographer, writer and naturalist. Her photography has become widely published, receiving awards at both the local and state level.

The fee for this hands-on workshop is $25 for BNC members and $35 for non-members (cash or check).

Pre-register by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.