Area briefs

Sheriff’s office receives grant

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services in the amount of $10,000 for inmate containment systems for the marked patrol fleet.

The grant monies are federal dollars administered by the Office of Criminal Justice Services. The sheriff’s office funds a 10 percent match of the total award. The prisoner containment systems are comprised of a hard plastic composite back seat and bars that are fitted over the rear windows of the cars.

This equipment will assist in keeping deputies and inmates more safe as there have been many instances in the past in which combative inmates have kicked rear windows out. Additionally, the hard plastic composite seats are outfitted with seatbelts that allow deputies to seat belt inmates in without having to reach over them and also prevents inmates from secreting contraband or weapons as could be done with standard seats. This funding will allow for eight of the parked patrol fleet cars to be outfitted with the new equipment.

“Our goal is to have the entire fleet outfitted with the containment systems as funding sources become available,” said Chief Deputy Dave Duchak.

Big Read set at library

TROY — The Big Read is an annual celebration of reading and conversation in the Miami Valley. Participants are invited to read “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline then join in discussions taking place March 6 through April 16. You can check out the book at the Troy-Miami County Public Library.

Join staff for “Searching for Birth Relatives” at the Local History Library. This free program is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29; learn how to search for birth parents, relatives, and children who have been adopted using the tools and databases available at the Local History Library. The Local History Library is located at 100 W. Main S., Troy.

The “Orphan Train” book discussion, at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 West Main Street in Troy, Ohio.

Visit for more information or call 339-0502, Ext. 117.

Riverside offers open house

TROY — The public is invited to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at an open house party on Tuesday, March 1 at Riverside Developmental Disabilities.

Guests will enjoy cake, cookies and beverages while celebrating with people of all abilities. There will be lots of games and door prizes for all to enjoy. The open house will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Riverside in the gymnasium, 1625 Troy-Sidney Road, Troy.

Riverside serves nearly 950 people in Miami County with developmental disabilities. Riverside’s mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to live, work and play as full members of our community. Riverside’s vision is to build a community that supports and values people of all abilities. The organization offers service coordination and funding for residential care, adult day services and job training. Riverside also provides case management, early intervention, physical/occupational and speech therapies, recreational activities, Special Olympics programs, community housing coordination and other valuable services to people of all ages who have developmental disabilities.

For more information about Riverside, visit