Area briefs



Tire recycling event postponed

TROY — The 2016 spring tire recycling, sponsored by the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, has been postponed until Sept. 7.

Registration will start in August.

Miller speaks on book walk

TROY — Rachelle Miller, director of Troy-Miami County Public Library, spoke to the Optimists about the Story Book Walk scheduled to be installed at the McKaig/Race Park. The Story Book Walk will include 20 permanent signs — or stations — that follow the walking trail that loops around the park. Each station will include two pages of a picture book. There will also be stations for the cover and for suggested activities and literacy information.

The stories will change periodically so families can return and take a new walk. This will also allow children to get physical activity while reading a book — a great concept for children who love to learn but have trouble sitting still. Through its other programs, the library has learned that stories delivered in an unusual way can sometimes be the catalyst for making reluctant readers more interested in reading and library staff hope the Story Book Walk will inspire Troy’s youth to love reading.

The library has done previous temporary story book walks at Brukner Park, behind the library. These were well-received, so library staff approached city staff about making the Story Book Walk permanent. Installation of the Story Book Walk is scheduled for May. The McKaig/Race park was considered an ideal location because of its proximity to area schools and neighborhoods.

The first book chosen for the Story Book Walk is “Take Me Out to the Yakyu,” by Aaron Meshon. The story follows a little boy and his grandfathers as they take in baseball games in America and Japan—a sport beloved in both countries—and learn about the rich, varying cultural traditions. The story was chosen because of the park’s international connection with Troy’s sister city Takahashi, Japan.

FFA team competes

CASSTOWN — Tyler Bashore and Lane Davis recently competed in the District Agricultural and Power Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) Career Development Event hosted at Coldwater High School. Tyler and Lane are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.

During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors. They had to identify the problems and fix them in less than 15 minutes. Prior to the contest they took a test over tractor maintenance and repair.

The team placed 12th in the district out of 20 teams.