Area briefs

C.R.O.P. Walk set for Oct. 11

WEST MILTON — The Milton Union Council of Churches is organizing the annual community CROP walk for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 beginning at the Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton

It is a 3-mile walk.

The community is invited to raise funds for CWS/C.R.O.P. C.R.O.P. is Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.

Call (937) 698-5161 for more information.

Donations may be sent to CWS/CROP to MUCC Treasurer, 65 Sandstone Lane, West Milton, OH 45383.

Twenty five percent of all donations will remain in Union Township for the Christmas food baskets.

FFA members participate in conference

PLEASANT HILL — On Saturday Sept. 12, the Newton FFA chapter’s first year members participated in the Statewide Greenhand Conference held in Versailles.

Each year first year members gather to make new friends, play leadership and cooperation games, and learn more about FFA. The Greenhand conference was organized by the Versailles FFA chapter and several of the Ohio State FFA officers attended. This year the Newton FFA first year members that attended the Greenhand Conference were Alicia Dunning, Nicolas Lesley, Kacie Tackett, and Parker Waters.

The Newton FFA is under the direction of adviser Mrs. Jessica Helsinger and is a satellite program of the Upper Valley Career Center.

Diabetes program seeks participants

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is currently enrolling participants for an eight-week program on diabetes education, support and self-management. Each session will concentrate on various topics to help participants to establish good habits and learn how to manage their pre-diabetes or diabetes symptoms. The program is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes.

This program is free for those who qualify through referral. It includes educational seminars, free personal training and membership with the Miami County YMCA during the program and for 6 months after participants graduate. The class will be held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 6 at the YMCA’s Piqua branch, 223 W. High St. This program is possible through funding from the United Way.

To register for the program or for more information, contact Heather Sever at the Miami County YMCA at 773-9622 or