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ME choir participates in choral festival

CASSTOWN — On Oct. 4-5, students from Miami East High School participated in the Mad River Choral Festival.

The two-day event was hosted by Wright State University and included students from throughout the Southwest Region of Ohio. These students, who were nominated by each of their schools, gathered to rehearse in a mass choir. This honor choir performed music from the OMEA’s AA, A and B list. Dr. Hank Dahlman directed the grand finale concert Monday night. Miami East High School choir students who attended were: Blaine Brokschmidt, Hannah Carpenter, Gabrielle Lozano, Kaytee Macy, Braden Redick, Miranda Rike, Kyleigh Tulanko and Duncan Schmackers.

High school students were also treated to performances from the university chamber singers and the acapella group.

College planning night set

WEST MILTON — There will be a college planning night at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Milton-Union High School auditorim.

Guest speakers for the evening will be admissions representatives from the University of Dayton, Wright State University and Edison State Community College. The will provide general information about college comparisons and selection, admission processes, campus visits and more. There will be a forum for students’ and parents’ questions and concerns.

For more information, call the high school guidance office at (937) 884-7951.

Beitzel honored for service

TROY — The Ohio Senate recently honored Doug Beitzel of the Troy Lions Club with an official commendation.

Senator Bill Beagel, on behalf of the members of the Senate of the 131st General Assembly extended special recognition to Beitzel upon receiving the Leadership Award from the Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation. For the past six years, Beitzel has served as the Lions district chair for the Foundation and assisted in the Foundation’s fund raising and grant distributions. The Eye Research Foundation has been supporting research on numerous eye diseases at a variety of Ohio institutions. These diseases include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. The Senate noted that Beitzel “combined civic concern and dedication with selfless initiative” and that by, “willingly giving of your time, energy and abilities, you have striven to better the world around you … and we salute you as one of Ohio’s finest citizens.”

Beitzel, who is visually impaired himself, is a past president of the Troy Lions Club and has been a member of the local club for 15 years. The Troy Lions Club is a non-profit community service organization serving Troy, Covington, Pleasant Hill, Tipp City, and surrounding areas of Miami County since 1942. Their primary mission is vision health. For more information see the Lions website: or call (937) 335-7345.

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