News briefs

Volunteers sought for Earth Day

This year on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, local organizations are teaming up to clean area parks for an “Earth Day Initiative.” Volunteers are needed to clean and beautify area parks. Interested groups should meet from 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Eaton High School to disperse to various community parks. From 9:30 a.m. to noon they will be working at the parks. Following the clean up, all participants are invited to a free lunch held at the Preble County Fairgrounds, in Barn One. Lunch is slated to end at 1:30 p.m. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Volunteers are welcome bring their own gloves and work materials, if possible. If interested, contact the Preble County Community Outreach Facebook page or so organizers can get a lunch count. They are asking that groups or individuals volunteer and help.

DD P/F Committee

The Personnel/Finance Committee of the Preble County Board of DD will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the board large conference room, located at 200 Eaton Lewisburg Road. The meeting will be for the purpose of discussing the 5 year financial forecast in addition to any other business coming before the committee.

Lewisburg seeking recipes

The Lewisburg Bicentennial Cookbook Committee is collecting recipes from friends and neighbors. The group will start selling the personalized cookbooks Aug. 17, with all profits going to the Bicentennial Committee. The spiral bound books will feature the donors’ names, so everyone can easily locate their favorite recipes of friends and family. Cost for the books will be $13 per copy. Purchase a copy by calling Diane Shrout, 937-962-4224, email or Dinah Clark, 937-962-2079, email or request forms to use when submitting recipes. The recipes need to be received by May 31.

Guided wildflower walks return to Silvoor

Wildflower walks will be held at 1 p.m. on Sundays until May 14 at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary in Oxford. Meet at Miami University’s Peffer Park shelter, located off U.S. 27. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bentley Brymer at

PCRTA meetings

Preble County Retired Teachers Association President Harold Niehaus announced the dates for 2017 PCRTA meeting as follows: June 13, Sept. 12 and Nov. 14. All meeting dates are on the second Tuesday of the month, and all begin at noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Enterprise Rd., Ingomar, near West Alexandria. All retired educators are encouraged to attend. In addition to socializing and a meal, PCRTA shares news of interest to all retirees, information regarding STRS and ORTA benefits, legislation, local community and school interests, the Tools for Schools initiative, entertainment and much more. For more information, visit the website,

Tornado siren testing

Testing of all sirens in the county will be conducted on the first Wednesday of each month at noon. In the event of inclement weather, sirens will not be tested that month.

NT Kindergarten registration

National Trail Schools will have its kindergarten registration on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Required paperwork can be found on the National Trail Local School website. Registered students will need to be five years old on or before Aug. 1.

Oxford Kiwanis Pancake Day

Oxford Kiwanis Pancake Day is set for Saturday, April 29, from 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Talawanda High School. The meal will include pancakes, sausage and a beverage. Cost is $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Children under 5, free. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member.

Records commission

A meeting of the Preble Educational Service Center Records Commission will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Preble County Educational Service Center Alternative School, 201 E. St. Clair St., Eaton.

Road closing

Beginning April 3, at 7:30 a.m., Roberts Road is closed between Mendenhall Road and 3145 Roberts Road for approximately 5 weeks for a full bridge replacement. This will be closed to all traffic. Stay updated at the closure at

Craft & Vendor Fair

The Valley View Music Boosters will be holding a craft/vendor fair on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Valley View High School gymnasium, 6027 Farmersville Pike, Germantown. The public is invited.

COG meeting

The Preble County Schools Regional Council of Governments will be meeting on Friday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Preble County Educational Service Center, 597 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton. The purpose of the meeting is to review insurance programs and any other business that needs to be brought before the COG at that time.

Relay for Life set

The Preble County Relay for Life this year will be Saturday, June 10, from 3 p.m-midnight at the Preble County Fairgrounds. Organizational meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at Bruce Elementary School in Eaton. Anyone interested in forming a team for this family event and raising money for cancer research is invited to attend the meetings or call 937-733-9534 for additional details. This event allows everyone in the community to celebrate those who have survived, grieve for those lost to cancer and empower others to fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Humane society wish list

The Humane Society of Preble County is always in need of the following items: cat litter (scoopable or non-scoopable), dry kitten food, canned puppy food, Clorox bleach, liquid Lysol or Fabuloso, liquid laundry detergent, air freshener, trash bags (33 gallon or tall kitchen bags), large Nyla bones and fabric softener sheets for dryers. Drop off these much-needed items to the shelter during operating hours. The Humane Society of Preble County is located at 951 S. Barron St, Eaton.

PCESC meetings

The regular monthly meetings of the Preble County Educational Service Center Governing Board will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month, with noted exceptions, at the PCESC facility located at 597 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, at 5:30 p.m. Meeting dates are: April 26 (at the ESC Alternative School;) May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 16 (moved to the third Wednesday;) Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15 (third Wednesday;) Dec. 15 (fourth Friday, time changed to 3:30 p.m.)