Area briefs

Cemetery cleanup upcoming

MONROE TOWNSHIP — Residents and families are advised that the 2016 annual fall cleanup for Maple Hill Cemetery and all other Monroe Township cemeteries will take place the week of Oct. 30 by cemetery staff.

All decorations that are to be saved must be removed by Oct. 29. Fall items may be put back on gravesites Nov. 6. All artificial arrangements must be in a non-glass vase, hanging devise or a monument saddle. Please permanently mark the deceased name and contact person on the bottom of a saddle so identification can be made if it is blown off the monument.

The cemetery prohibits the placement of landscape rocks around monuments, glass containers, wire, toys and figurines. These are maintenance and safety issues and interfere with mowing and or trimming. These items will be removed.

Gingerbread house decorating contest opens

TIPP CITY — Nothing says Christmas like an old-fashioned gingerbread house! This year’s Gingerbread House Decorating Contest sponsored by the Tipp City Area Arts Council and Tipp Monroe Community Services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1-4 p.m. in the basement of the Township Building located at the corner of Main and Third Streets.

Four-person teams may be comprised of children and/or adults, however, all-children teams must be accompanied by an adult. Form your team and get registered online at or at Tipp Monroe Community Services during working hours.

Entry fees are $35 for new teams (includes the cost of your Gingerbread Cottage) or $20 for returning teams (who already have purchased a Gingerbread Cottage).

Icing and houses are included in the entry fee but teams must provide their own candy and other edible decorations. No pre-made elements are permitted.

Judging will start at approximately 3 p.m. with prizes awarded for overall cohesive design, originality/uniqueness, and Christmas/holiday spirit.

Call (937) 667-8631 for more information.

Entrance ramp to close

TIPP CITY — On Oct. 25, ODOT will be closing the south bound entrance ramp at 8:30 a.m. from State Route 571 to I-75 to make repairs to asphalt at the top of the entrance ramp. The closure will be at Mile Marker 68 and the closure will be from 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25th until 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Contact the city of Tipp City at 667-6305 with any questions about this closure.

TROY — The Friends of the Troy- Miami County Public Library will sponsor their semi-annual fall book sale Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

A members-only preview night will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. New memberships may be purchased at the door that evening or ahead of time at the library. The cost is $5 per individual and $9 for a family.

A great selection of books, puzzles, DVDs, special titles, and a large selection of old books are available with prices starting at 25 cents. Sunday is $1 per bag of books and all specials are half- price.

All proceeds will be used for the Summer Reading Club, literacy efforts, and special purchases for the library. For more information call (937) 339-0502 or go to

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