Miami County news: Piqua gets bike friendly designation


City recognized as bicycle friendly

The city of Piqua has received its first designation of Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.

A bicycle friendly location recognizes those making efforts to provide a bicycle friendly environment. Designations available range from honorable mentions to bronze, silver, gold, platinum or diamond. Piqua was awarded a bronze designation. NANCY BOWMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Book will focus on village history through photos

The village of Pleasant Hill sesquicentennial committee is compiling a pictorial history of the village. The book will feature old and newer photos. Anyone with photos they would like to share is asked to contact the committee.

The coffee-table style book is being sold pre-publication for $37.50. The order deadline has been extended to Dec. 1.

Patron supporters also are being sought for the book. Histories of businesses, churches, organizations, schools and families can be published on the pages.

For more details on the book and/or requirements and costs for a patron page, contact Ruthann Beck at or call 937-698-3165. NANCY BOWMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Archery range receives statewide award

The Miami County Park District has received statewide recognition for its archery range at Garbry Big Woods Reserve that opened this fall.

The recognition comes from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association as part of its 2015 Annual Awards of Excellence. The Miami County archery range received a first place in the capital improvements projects, up to $1 million category.

The range features four shooting lanes and a 12-foot elevated platform. NANCY BOWMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Holiday ornament recognizes Aerovent Fan

Piqua’s industrial heritage will continue to be honored by Mainstreet Piqua with the ninth Made in Piqua holiday ornament. This year’s ornament recognizes the Aerovent Fan Company and depicts a side view of the building on Aerovent Drive. The brass ornaments are packaged in boxes specially produced by the Piqua Paper Box Co.

The ornaments are $12 each.

The ornaments are available at the Mainstreet Piqua office, 326 N. Main St., as well as Readmore Hallmark, Apple Tree Gallery and Tapestry Angel. NANCY BOWMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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