Area briefs

By Melody Vallieu

February 26, 2014

Safety scholarships offered

MIAMI COUNTY — The goal of the Miami County Safety Council is to help reduce Workers’ Compensation premiums by enhancing worker safety and health. This is done through education programs for both adults and students. For the past three years, the safety council has awarded scholarships to promote safety in the workplace.

The council is offering three different scholarships this year to be used towards a safety oriented program where a Miami County student learns about safety or health. This could include business management, industrial management, medical career or social services.

A student enrolled at Edison Community College will receive $500; $500 will go to a student enrolled in an accredited college of choice; and $250 will go to an adult student enrolled at the Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division. The deadline for applications is April 1.

Applications can be obtained through Piqua Chamber of Commerce or online at and click on “Safety Council” and then “Scholarships.”

Newton to perform comedy

PLEASANT HILL — The Newton High School Drama Club will presents “North Woods Nonsense,” by Andrew Ross at 7 p.m. March 7-8 on stage in the cafeteria. This family-friendly comedy is sure to please all who attend.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Call the high school office for tickets and more information at (937) 676-2002.

Y annuounces fitness classes

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA, Piqua Branch is offering new fitness classes this winter starting March 3.

Registration is under way for members and begins Feb.27 for nonmembers.

• Tabata: Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm and Saturday from 9-9:45 a.m.

Tabata is a 4 minute training session that consists of eight intervals of exercises at a very high intensity 20 seconds and then resting for 10 seconds. The types of exercises with be both cardio and strength training and will encompass the entire body.

• Muscle Confusion; Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-5:15 p.m. at Edison College

Keep your bodies guessing by adding variety to your strength workout with plyometrics, intervals, power yoga, free weights, stability ball, core building exercises and other resistance based exercises.

• Endurance Advanced Group Cycling; Sundays from 1:30-3 p.m.

Looking for a challenge on the bike now that it’s too cold to ride outside? Test your endurance during this 1 1/2 hour long cycling class, and push yourself to the limits. This class is designed for the advanced rider.

• Sunday Spin & Lift: Sundays from 4-5 p.m.

A combination of group cycling and strength training with free weights. Burn calories while you tone muscles.

• Barre classes: Monday and Wednesday from 6-6:45 a.m.; Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:15 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday from 11:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Ballet Barre based workouts are the newest trend for toning and shaping the body. Barre classes can be a great way to build up core strength, sculpt the lower body or just break up a training rut. Space is limited for this class.