December 22-28, 2014 - -

2014 New Years Eve Guide HERE

(Click HERE for Miami County Obituaries & HERE for Archived News) 

Troy Man First in Region to Undergo Medical Procedure
(Article from Weekly Record Herald)

Miami County Real Estate Transactions 
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Veterans Voices to Feature WASPs
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Surprise Gift for Piqua Junior High Students
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Covington BOE Considers Student Drug Testing
Two Dogs Perish in Troy Fire
(Article from WHIO) 

Bethel Grad to Start at Bowl Game
(Article from the Troy Daily News)

Tipp Schools Discuss Facilities 
(Article from the Weekly Record Herald)

(Click HERE for all recent news stories in Miami County)

Monday, December 22

                                            Special Events                                          

Frozen Holiday Party at the Troy McDonald's (FREE)
TROY - The Scott Family McDonald's in Troy will host a Frozen Holiday Party from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday. Along with $1.99 Happy Meals, guests can enjoy cookie decorating, face painting and a visit from Elsa and Anna (so bring your camera)! Guests can also register to win a stuffed Anna or Olaf and other Frozen goodies. Be sure and wear your favorite Frozen costume! The event is free.

The Nutcracker at the Schuster Center (LAST NIGHT)  
DAYTON - The Dayton Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Schuster Center in Dayton. The Dayton Ballet performs the musical while the Dayton Philharmonic provides the music at this dazzling holiday show. Tickets range in price from $11 to $72 and can be purchased HERE.

Ice Skating at Hobart Arena - Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Sunday
TROY - Public Ice Skating will take place from 1-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 1-3 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Friday; 2-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Saturday; and 2-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Sunday at Hobart Arena. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for senior citizens 60 and older; and $5 for children 14 and younger. Skate rental is $2.50. For a full schedule of open skating times this month, click HERE. Hobart Arena is located at 225 Adams St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-2911.

Santa at the Miami Valley Centre Mall - Open Daily (FREE)
PIQUA - Children can visit and have their picture taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 24. Visits with Santa are free while there is a charge for photographs. For more information, call (937) 773-1225.

Santa Claus Lane in Ansonia - today and tomorrow (FREE)
ANSONIA - Santa Claus Lane is held at the York Woods, 6129 Reed Road in Ansonia - home of the Darke County Steam Threshers Association - from 6-8 p.m. today and tomorrow. This is a drive through light display and there is no charge to get in. Donations are very much appreciated to keep this event running. Keep an eye out for Mr. and Mrs. Claus! For more information, click HERE.

Outdoor Ice Skating at RiverScape MetroPark in Dayton - Open Daily
DAYTON - Outdoor Ice Skating will be hosted at RiverScape MetroPark daily through Feb. 28. Hours through Jan. 3 are 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 1-8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 111 E. Monument St. in downtown Dayton. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $2 and children 3 and younger are free. A concession stand with hot drinks and food is on site as is an outdoor fireplace. For complete details, click HERE.

North Pole Express with the LM&M Railroad (LAST DAY)
LEBANON - The LM&M Railroad in Lebanon will host its North Pole Express at 7 p.m. Monday. For $20.50 for adults; $15.50 for seniors 62 and children 5-16; and $8.50 for children 2-4, guests will take an hour train ride (roundtrip), visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, receive a small gift, be entertained by Santa's elves and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. To plan your visit and purchase tickets, click HERE.

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill - Open Daily through New Years Day
CLIFTON - The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is open from 5-9 p.m. daily through New Years Day at 3711 Clifton Ave. in Clifton. The cost is $10 per person and free for children 7 and younger. The display features 3.5 million lights, including a 100-foot "waterfall" of lights, a miniature village, Santa's Workshop and a Santa Museum, hot chocolate and cider and a special light show with music every hour. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the lights come on at 6 p.m. Parking is free and dinner is available. For
more information, click HERE.

Caroling Catastrophe - Mayhem & Mystery at the Spaghetti Warehouse
DAYTON - The Spaghetti Warehouse will host the Mayhem & Mystery Dinner Theatre from 7-9 p.m. Monday at 36 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. For $25.95 per person, guests can enjoy a full-coursed dinner and an interactive murder mystery show, which is titled "Caroling Catastrophe" - a holiday whodunit complete with caroling! For a full description of the show, click HERE. Reservations are required by calling (937) 461-3913.

Get Away at the Hampton Inn in Sidney - Indoor Pool, Hot Tub & Hot Breakfast for $85
SIDNEY - Take a break from the busy holiday season with a standard room at the Hampton Inn in Sidney. Call (937) 498-8888 and mention's My Miami County's Manager Special and enjoy an indoor pool and hot tub, a hot breakfast, in-room movies and games. The cost is only $85 - a huge savings. This offer is good through Dec. 30 only and you must mention My Miami County to receive the offer. To preview the hotel, click HERE. Make reservations at the above number. The offer is good on Friday and Saturday nights and for a price can be upgraded to a hot tub suite!

Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights - Open Daily
CINCINNATI - Along with millions of lights on display throughout the Cincinnati Zoo, guests to the Festival of Lights can enjoy light shows on Swan Lake, S'mores-N-
More, Madcap Black-Light Puppet Shows, visits with Santa, strolling entertainment, themed areas, the North Polar Express train rides, Fairyland and more. Admission is $15 and the park is open from 4-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Bridge at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Bridge for intermediate-to-advanced players is hosted from 1:30-3 p.m. Monday at the Tipp Library. The program is free. To sign up, call Beth at (937) 667-3826 Ex. 216.

                                           Dining & Nightlife                                       
(Click HERE for the New Dining Guide)

Breakfast & Lunch
All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza serves its all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for $8.95. Guests can dine on nine different items, as well as all-you-can-eat salad and bread with house-made herb butter. The buffet features pizza, vegetables, a potato item, soups and more. For today's buffet menu, click HERE.

Breakfast at Bakehouse Breads - Monday-Saturday
TROY - Serving exquisite breakfast items, including the Bakehouse Breakfast Club, Baked Egg Souffle, French Toast and Frittatas, Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co. serves breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Monday-Saturday. For a full menu, click HERE. They are located at 317 Public Square SW in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-8100.

Italian Subs, Pasta and Primi at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Along with award-winning pizza, Beppo Uno in Piqua has a great selection of Italian subs, pasta and primi. Subs include the Classic, Italian Beef, Tuna & Green Olive, Mediterranean Vegetable, Ham & Provolone, Garlic Com Pollo and Italian Meatball. The past menu features everything from spaghetti and fettucine alfredo to baked ziti, rigitoni and pasta beppo. Additionally, the Primi menu includes bread sticks and garlic bread, cheese ravioli, Tuscan potato skins and Meat Balls Francesca. To view the full menu, click HERE. To place an order, call (937) 615-1100.

Hamburger Meal at the Little York Tavern Troy
TROY - Along with famous pizza, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday's special is a hamburger meal for $5.50. To view the full menu, click HERE.

Five Wings and Fries for $5.25 at Hinders in Tipp City
TIPP CITY - All day Monday, patrons can enjoy five famous wings with sauce of choice and french fries for $5.25 - dine-in only. Hinders is located at 902 W. Main St. in Tipp City and can be reached at (937) 667-4433. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight on Mondays.

11 Butter Burgers at Culver's in Troy - Open Daily
TROY - Along with a huge menu and amazing custard treats, Culver's offers 11 different signature Butter Burgers. To see all 11 burgers, click HERE.

Z's $6 Lunch Specials
PIQUA - From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Z's offers five $6 lunch specials. Options are: Breaded Tenderloin, Hamburger, Pulled Pork, Steak Sub and Fish Sandwich. Each meal is served with a drink and chips. Z's is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in downtown Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.


Barley Breaded Wing Special at the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy
TROY - From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy offers its popular Barley Breaded Wings (8 of them) for $3.95. The same special is also offered from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays. The tavern is located at 118 W. Main St. in
downtown Troy.

Beppo Uno Specialty Pizzas - Open Daily 
PIQUA - Beppo Uno takes pizza to new heights with its Specialty Pizza selection (see HERE). Whether dining, carrying out or by delivery, Beppo Uno's pizzas are prepared with detail and generous portions. Specialty pizzas include: the Classico, Grande, Vegetarian, Carne, Chicago Style Pan Pizza and Margherita. Pizzas are offered in four different sizes and can be complimented with subs, pasta, salads, Insalata and Zuppa and even wine. To view the full menu, click HERE. To place an order, call (937) 615-1100.

Fine Italian Dining on the Square at La Piazza - Open Daily
TROY - From Antipasti, 8 salads, sandwiches and pizza to more than a dozen specialty pasta dishes and a dozen more grilled items, La Piazza has one of the most diverse, desired menus in the Miami Valley. Click HERE to preview the entire dinner menu. Highlights include Trout Almondine, Cioppino and Osso Bucco di Maiale on the "Grill" menu; Gnocchi, Smoked Chicken Rvioli and amazing Tortelloni on the "Pasta" menu; Mediterranean, Primavera and La Casa pizzas and calzones and Caprese, Salad La Piazza and Caesar with Chicken salads. To start your meal, try the Steamed Mussles, Calamari or Tuscan Quesadillas! During the holidays, La Piazza offers beautiful views of the decorated downtown - all from your candle-lit table. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. on the Square.

Gourmet Pizzas at Fox's Pizza Den in West Milton - Open Daily
WEST MILTON - Order in or dine at Fox's Pizza Den in West Milton and try one of nine Gourmet Pizzas, including the Taco Pizza, Barbecue Chicken, Meat Supreme and Bacon Double Cheeseburger Pizza. The West Milton store is located at 19 N. Miami St. and open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. To order your pizza, call (937) 698-6000.

Flat Iron Steak Special & Sangrias at Harrisons in Tipp
TIPP CITY - Choose a 6-ounce flat iron steak with baked potato and green beans for $6.99 (add a second steak for $10.48) and enjoy $3 house sangrias at Harrison's Restaurant, located at 106 E. Main St. in downtown Tipp City. For more information, call (937) 667-5200 or click HERE.

Monday Combo Special at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - From 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, the 311 Drafthouse offers a nine-inch pizza, a basket of winged hotties and a pitcher of domestic beer for $15. Additionally, during this time, domestic pints are $1.50 and well drinks are $3. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. For more information, click HERE.

$2 Off Build-Your-Own Burger or Chicken Sandwich Basket at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Mulligan's Pub takes $2 off its Build-Your-Own Burger or Chicken Sandwich Basket. The regular menu and two full bars are also available. Mulligan's is located at 110 W. High St. and can be reached at (937) 606-2819. For additional specials and entertainment, click HERE.

50 Cent Boneless Wings at Frickers
TROY - On Mondays, the Frickers location in Troy (and all locations) offer 50 cent boneless wings. Frickers is located at 1187 Experiment Farm Road and can be reached at (937) 335-2900. For more specials and the menu, click HERE.

All-You-Can-Eat Wings at Smokey Bones in Vandalia
VANDALIA - The Smokey Bones restaurant on Miller Lane in Vandalia hosts All-You-Can-Eat Wings starting at 9 p.m. on Mondays. The cost is $10.99. For more information, call (937) 415-0185.


Free Billiards and $5 Bud Light Pitchers at The Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy
TROY - The Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Additionally, on Mondays, bar patrons can enjoy $2 Bud Light Tall Boy Drafts and $5 Bud Light Pitchers and play pool at no cost until close. The restaurant is located at 116 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

$1 Domestic Bottled Beer at the Leaf & Vine
TROY - The Leaf & Vine serves $1 domestic bottled beers all night long on Mondays starting at 4:30 p.m. and lasting until 1 a.m. Patrons can also dine on appetizers and try a cigar from the largest walk-in humidor. The pub has an enclosed outdoor patio, a jukebox and a great selection of wine and spirits. The Leaf & Vine is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 332-0773. For additional weekly specials, click HERE.
Half Price Appetizers & Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. at MoJos Bar & Grille - Monday-Thursday
TROY - MoJos Bar & Grille has some of the most unique, tasty appetizers (and menu items) in the Miami Valley. From 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, patrons can enjoy these appetizers for half price, while also getting discounts from the bar. Appetizers include: Beer Battered Green Beans with Asian sauce, Vegetarian Egg Rolls, Scotch Eggs, Loaded Beer Cheese Fries and Buffalo Goat Cheese. Wash down the appetizers with $2 domestic bottled beer and take $1 off cocktails and $2 off all draft beer. MoJos is located at 109 E. Main St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 552-9172. To preview the full menu, click HERE.

5-4-3-2-1 Happy Hour at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Bar area at La Piazza, patrons can enjoy the 5-4-3-2-1 Happy Hour. The numbers equal: $5 off select bottles of wine; $4 off select appetizers; $3 off glasses of house wine; $2 off well drinks and draft beer; and $1 off bottled beer! La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

$1 Off Draft Beer at MoJos Bar & Grille - Mondays
TROY - From 4 p.m. to midnight on Mondays, guests at MoJos Bar & Grill can take $1 off all draft beers. MoJos is located at 109 E. Main St. in downtown Troy and is open for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and lunch starting at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information, call (937) 552-9172. To view the full menu, click HERE.

Trivia at Bunkers in Vandalia (FREE)
VANDALIA - Bunkers hosts live Trivia every Monday night at 7 p.m. with Todd Moore. The trivia is four to five rounds of questions, videos and musical clips. After every round, one team will earn a $5 Bunkers gift card. There are also some other fun specials each round. The game is free to play and guests can enjoy the full
kitchen and drink specials at the bar. Bunkers is located at 893 E. National Road in Vandalia and can be reached at (937) 890-8899. To view the menu, click HERE.

Buzztime Trivia at BW3s in Troy - Open Daily
TROY - A fun way to spend your lunch break or evening is by playing Buzztime Trivia at BW3s in Troy. With a new gaming system, patrons no longer have to have a view of the TV screen to play against other players in the restaurant. Trivia and other games are available at any seat in the house. Enjoy food and drinks while competing or just playing around. BW3s is located at 2313 W. Main St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 440-9016. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Buzztime can be played at any time during these hours.

Vino to Go at Beppo Uno in Piqua
PIQUA - Beppo Uno discounts its wine selection every Monday, including
significantly lower prices for carryout wines. All wines from the restaurant's wine menu are available at discounted prices for dine-in and carryout. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. in Piqua and can be reached at (937) 615-1100.

10 Wings & Pitcher of Beer for $13 for Monday Night Football at The Brewery
TROY - For Monday Night Football, The Brewery serves up 10 wings and a pitcher of beer for $13. The Brewery is located at 111 W. Water St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-8595.

$25 Dinner & A Movie at the Sunrise Cafe in Yellow Springs & Little Art Theatre
YELLOW SPRINGS - The Sunrise Cafe and the Little Art Theatre offer a $25 Dinner & A Movie special on select Monday evenings. The cafe offers a three-course meal and the movie at 7 p.m. For details, click HERE. For reservations, call (937) 767-7211.

                                        Arts & Leisure                                                

Edwardian Christmas Exhibit at the Hayner - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - The current exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is called "Edwardian Christmas" and features the extreme paper cut snowflakes of Dr. Thomas Clark, of Ann ArborMichigan. After a successful career as a surgeon, Clark has become well known as “Dr. Snowflake." From a distance his framed artwork appears to be a wall of interesting and intricate snowflakes. Upon closer inspection, one finds that each is a unique fantasy of holiday symbolism, including elves, Santa, candy canes, Christmas trees and, most amazing of all, the entire story of the Nativity. In honor of the 1914 origins of the Hayner mansion, along with viewing the snowflake art, visitors can see what local designers and decorators have created at the mansion by bringing Edwardian grace and style to every corner of the facility, including seven Christmas trees. The Hayner is located at 301 W. Main St. and is open 7-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (937) 339-0457 or click HERE.

Autumn Equinox Exhibit "Curious Critters" at Brukner Nature Center - Open Daily
TROY - From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Brukner Nature Center will have on view its Autumn Equinox Exhibit "Curious Critters." The exhibit features animals photographed against plain white backgrounds. The photographs are for sale and the money will support Brukner's Wildlife Ambassadors. Admission, which includes access to the indoor and outdoor attractions at Brukner, is $2.50 or $10 per family and free for members. Brukner is located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road and can be reached at (937) 698-6493 or online HERE.

Interurban Railway Exhibit at the Piqua Library (FREE)
PIQUA - Stop by the Piqua Library between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday to see a free exhibit in the lobby about Interurban Railways and how they impacted Piqua.

Movies Theater Listings & Trailers
PIQUA/HUBER HEIGHTS - Click HERE to view movie listings at Cinemark Theater in Piqua, Mayflower Arts Center in Troy, Rave Cinemas and Danbarry Cinema in Huber Heights, as well as IMAX. My Miami County's Movie Listing page also has links to all of the latest movie trailers and quick access to all of your favorite theaters.

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open bowling is available at Troy Bowl from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday at 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can enjoy a full kitchen and bar, billiards and video games. Always call in advance for Open Bowling - in case leagues are playing, at (937) 339-3315.

Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to
midnight on Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462. The bowling alley is located at 8433 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua.

The Crafty Listeners Group (FREE)
WEST MILTON - The Crafty Listeners is a group of women who get together on Mondays from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton Union Library, 560 S. Main St., to listen to an audio book and work on craft projects. All crafters are welcome, from needlework to making greeting cards. The group is always willing to welcome a new member and share their expertise. To reach the library, call (937) 698-5515.

                                For Children & Families                                     

LEGO Club at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The Tipp City Library will host its LEGO Club from 2-4 p.m. Monday.
The library provides the LEGOs and children their imagination and the fun happens! The program is free.

Christmas at the Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction - Monday-Saturday
WEST CHESTER - The World's Largest Indoor Train Display is decorated for the holidays during Christmas at the Junction - open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 7379 Squire Court in West Chester. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Chuck E Cheese
SPRINGFIELD/DAYTON - Chuck E Cheese has two locations close to Miami County and offers children and their guardian a great place to spend an afternoon or evening eating pizza, playing games (never more than a quarter for any game) and watching animatronics perform music. For residents living in the northern part of Miami County, the Springfield location is closer while those in Tipp City and West Milton may find it easier to go to the Dayton location, next to the Dayton Mall. To plan your visit and download coupons, click HERE.


Botox for $11 Per Unit and 20% Off Juviderm at The Vein Treatment & Medical Cosmetic Center
TIPP CITY - Today starts two big specials at The Vein Treatment & Medical
Cosmetic Center in Tipp CitySidney and Greenville. Each location is offering Botox for $11 per unit and 20% off Juviderm through Dec. 23. Both of these can be gifts for the holidays, or just treat yourself! For more information, call (937) 667-2100 or click HERE.

Gift Cards at Giacomo's A Salon and Spa - Open Monday-Saturday
TROY - Stop in Giacomo's between 1-8 p.m. today to pick up a holiday gift card good for hair and spa services. The salon has relaxation packages that includes massage, manicures and pedicures, facials and much more. For more information, click HERE or call (937) 332-7075. Giacomo's is located at 221 S. Market St. in downtown Troy.

25% Off Any One Item at Readmore's Hallmark in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Get your Christmas shopping underway at Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Piqua with this special offer (HERE) good for 25% off any one item in the store, located at 430 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua. This huge store has something for everyone and, simply put, is fun to shop at! The coupon expires on Dec. 24 and some exclusions apply. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reach them at (937) 615-0820.

Organic Produce Delivered to Your Door for Christmas at Fulton Farms
TROY - The Fulton Farms Happy Box makes an excellent Christmas present for people who enjoy eating organic and mostly locally grown produce. Eight different options are available and the produce is delivered to your doorstep once a week. To view options, click HERE or call (937) 552-7529.

Gift Card at MoJos Bar & Grille
TROY - Stop by MoJos Bar & Grille in downtown Troy to pick up gift cards for the holidays. The pub is located at 109 E. Main St. and is open from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company Bake Schedule - Monday
TROY - On Mondays, Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company bakes fresh Raisin-Walnut, Portuguese Corn and Honey Whole Wheat. The store is located at Public Square SW in Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-8100. To see the full baking schedule, as well as the menu and box lunch options, click HERE. Breads offered every day Monday-Saturday are 7-Grain, Baguette, Freance Country, Rustic Italian, Sourdough and Organic Spelt.

Largest Selection of Christmas Ornaments in Western Ohio - Open Monday-Saturday
PIQUA - The Apple Tree Gallery in downtown Piqua is arguably the most unique and festive shop in Miami County. With year-round Christmas, one of the largest selection of ornaments in the Midwest, an entire floor dedicated to Halloween, as well as antiques, collectibles and jewelry - to name a few items, it is a great place to shop for the holidays, or for yourself. The three-story shop is located at 405 N. Main St. and is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a preview of the shop, click HERE.

Holidays at Hittle's Jewelry in Downtown Troy - Monday-Saturday
TROY - Hittle's Jewelry is locally owned and operated and features everything needed to make the holidays a happy one, from diamond rings, necklaces and bracelets to watches, pendants and earrings. Troy's Oldest Established Jeweler,
Hittle's is located at 106 W. Main St. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and can be reached at (937) 339-3210. The shop offers custom gift wrapping for the holidays and can help guests find the perfect gift for that special someone -assisting with sizing, birthstones and style. To preview the store's merchandise, click HERE.

Purchase a Mutual Fund for Your Children or Grandchildren at Unity National Bank
PIQUA - Give your children or grandchildren the gift that will come back to reward them with a Mutual Fund or other investment from Unity National Bank in Piqua, Tipp City or Troy. Why choose Unity? They are a local bank that gives back to the community and has a long history of honor in Miami County and beyond. To learn more about your options, click HERE.

Troy Funeral Home Was Site of Children's Christmas Parties
By Judy Deeter
My Miami County Historical Writer
TROY - A wonderful Christmas surprise came to the children of Troy in 1925.  That year local undertaker, Wade Shilling, decided to give a Christmas Eve party for the children of Troy at his place of business—his 322 West Main Street funeral parlor.
An unlikely but popular place for a Christmas party for children was at
the funeral home of Troy businessman Wade Shilling.
(Photos courtesy of the Troy Historical Society) 
An open invitation to the party ran in the TROY DAILY NEWS on December 16, 1925.   The invitation quoted Shilling as saying:  “I want all the Boys and Girls of Troy to be at my parlors Thursday Afternoon, December 24th, at 3 o’clock.  I will have a big Christmas Tree—Santa Claus will be there with plenty of good things for all the children.  Now, don’t disappoint me, Boys and Girls, for Wade will be looking for you.  Be on time—please.”
Shilling had grown up in the funeral business.  His father, Townsend Shilling, had been a Troy undertaker with the firm Shilling and Roberts.   Young Wade had learned about the undertaking business from his father.  Back then, the funeral director was known as an “undertaker” and the funeral home as the “funeral parlor.” 
As a young man, Shilling took a course at the Cincinnati College of Embalming.  After he finished the course, he started working with his father.   He worked with his father about 15 years.  Then, he established his own undertaking business.  He was very well known and respected in Troy and Miami County.
Wade Shilling.
The 1925 Christmas party was a great success and became an annual event.  His obituary in the Troy Daily News on August 19, 1938 says:  “He was deeply interested in the welfare of his community and took great pleasure in adding to the happiness of the children of the city at Christmas time by providing treats and entertainment a number of years in succession.”
When planning for his 1926 party, Shilling tried to think of ways to make that party even better.  Troy Daily News on December 8, 1926 reported, “With this idea in mind (to make the party better than his first in 1925) he has been planning for months on just what to get for children that will make them happy and feels he has succeeded in planning a party that will far eclipse the one last year.”
Shilling entertained about 1,500 children at his funeral parlor annually for many years.   He decorated his building with lights, there was always a Christmas tree, and Santa was on hand so children could give him their “last-minute Christmas wishes.”  The children were given fruit and candy as treats.
Even into the Great Depression of the 1930s, Shilling treated children.  In 1932, he gave each child a pound of candy, some nuts and an orange.   That’s about 1500 pounds of candy, 1500 oranges, and a large quantity of nuts.  In the midst of the Great Depression (or for any year), that is a lot of food.   It is reported that Boy Scouts helped to distribute the treats at the 1932 party.
Most years, the parties were he held on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.  The party in 1932 started at 9:30am.  The TROY DAILY NEWS of December 20, 1932 reported, “…the children will be served as rapidly as possible so that none will have to wait long in the cold weather.  The children are urged not come much before the time for the party to avoid waiting outside in the cold.”
The date of the last Christmas party has not been confirmed.  Shilling’s son Joe graduated from Van Cleve High School in 1931 and immediately joined his father in the undertaking business.  As a graduation gift to his son, Wade Shilling changed the name of the business to Wade Shilling and Son.   Joe Shilling also took over much of the work of the funeral parlor following the name change.  Wade Shilling died in 1938.
The funeral parlor Christmas parties that were once an annual Troy tradition;  now they are just a faded memory in the minds of a few.