September 29 - October 5, 2014 - - Your Guide to Local Living

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

Evans of Tipp City Named Philanthropist of the Year
(article from Dayton Daily News)

News Center 7 Reporter to Speak at Milton Library
(Article from Dayton Daily News)

Piqua Arts Council Announces More Awards
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Tickets Available for Sunday's Home Tour in Troy
(Article from Dayton Daily News)

Visitors from Dominica See Piqua as 'God's Country'
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Hot Air Balloon Fest Returns to Troy this Weekend
(Article from My Miami County)

Piqua Man Looking for Help in Providing Bikes to Less Fortunate this Christmas
(Article from My Miami County)

Masked Man in West Milton Protests Bullying 
(Article from the Sunday Record Herald)

Troy Man Gets 17 Months for Soliciting Sex from Teens
(Video from WHIO)

Two Tipp City Churches Assist with "Hope Over Heroin" 
(Article from the Troy Daily News)

Miami County's Most Wanted
(Article from the Troy Daily News)

Miami County Commissioners Extend Parenting Classes with Funding
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Free Antiques Seminar at theTroy-Hayner Cultural Center October 9th
(Article from My Miami County)

Deadline for Seniors and Graduates to Submit Scholarship Applications Nov. 1
(Article from My Miami County)

Time to Register for County Science Day Competition
(Article from Weekly Record Herald)

Flu Vaccines Become Available
(Article from Troy Daily News)

4-H Paper Clover Campaign Launches
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Moseley Named UVMC Employee of the Year
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Friends of the Piqua Library to Hold Oktoberfest
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Deputies Stop Suspected Drunk Driver in Ludlow Falls After Crash
(Article from WHIO)

Pitsenbarger Memorial Making Headway in Piqua
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Miami County "Watchdog" Site Questions Troy Murder Case
(Article from Miami County Watchdog)

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(Click HERE for this Weekend's Calendar of Events)

Tuesday, September 30

                                           Special Events                                           

Pasta Fest at Beppo Uno
PIQUA - Beppo Uno's Tuesday Night Pasta Fest features all-you-can-eat pasta, salad and garlic bread for $10.95. Guests first choose from four pastas (spaghetti, penne, fettucini or rigitoni) and then from seven different sauces (see HERE), or add meatballs for $2.99. Gluten-free penne is also available for $3 more. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. For reservations, call (937) 615-1100.

Tapas Tuesday at La Piazza
TROY - Tapas are perfectly portioned foods served on small plates (at small prices) and are meant to be shared with other dinner guests. Each Tuesday evening, La Piazza serves a variety of Tapas menu items. The Tapas can start a meal or finish it. The regular menu is also available. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and offers indoor and patio seating. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. To preview the menu and for additional information, click HERE.

Wing Night at Mojos Bar & Grille
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille will now host Wing Night every Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. The wings are available on Tuesdays only and includes wings with Asian, Buffalo, Honey, Mustard and BBQ sauce and is $6.99 for six wings and $9.99 for 10 wings. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172. For more specials and events at Mojos, click HERE.

50 Cent Coneys at the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy
TROY - From 4-11 p.m. on Tuesdays, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy serves 50 cent Coneys. The tavern is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy.

Vegan Tapas & Craft Beer at the Yellow Springs Brewery
YELLOW SPRINGS - For $40, guests to the Yellow Spring Brewery from 
7-9 p.m. Tuesday can enjoy vegan taps centered around fresh, locally sourced ingredients while listening to Brewmaster Jeffrey McElfresh discuss each food and beer pairing - while also enjoying food and drink. The Yellow Springs Brewery is located at 305 N. Walnut St. Suite 5. For more information, call (937) 767-0222.

Tequila Tuesday at the Leaf & Vine
TROY - The Leaf & Vine hosts Tequila Tuesday every week; offering $1 off all tequila shots and tequila mixed drinks, including Patron, Jose Cuervo, Bad Juans, Milagro and 1800. The Leaf & Vine is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and opens at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (937) 332-0773 or click HERE.

Early Morning Discovery Hikes - Fall Foliage in Greenville (FREE)
GREENVILLE - Enjoy the fall foliage at nearby Shawnee Prairie Preserve during this guided hike at 8 a.m. Tuesday at 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. in Greenville. Hikers will also bird watch, identify wildflowers, trees and fungi and enjoy nature. For more information, call (937) 548-0165.

Fall Harvest at Fulton Farms - Open Daily
TROY - Fulton Farms is displaying its fall harvest, which includes blackberries (including pick-your-own), apple cider, apples, pumpkins and gourds, mums, cauliflower, broccoli, organic produce and more. Stop back on Saturday and Sunday for pick-your-own pumpkins and a fall fun area, hayrides and more. Fultons is located at 2393 St. Rt. 202 between Troy and Tipp City and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For an up-to-date crop report, call (937) 339-8246 or click HERE.

Call My Papaw Littlejohn Today!
PIQUA - At the office of Dr. Littlejohn we want you to look and see great!  We also want you to feel good about your eyewear purchase. We carry Wear & Share
eyewear that provides a pair of eyeglasses to faith-based optical missions with every pair purchased. Are you an animal lover?  ASPCA is benefited with every purchase from our Claws N Paws line. No matter what brand you choose from our large selection of designer eyewear, we donate a portion to the Miami County Health Partners for every pair sold. It feels good to give back! Call the office of Dr. David Littlejohn today to schedule your yearly eye exam (937) 606-2772.  We are conveniently located at 8090 Looney Road in Piqua. Dr. Littlejohn and his wonderful staff look forward to seeing you soon!

Halloween Shopping at the Apple Tree Gallery - Monday-Saturday
PIQUA - The Apple Tree Gallery in downtown Piqua has an entire floor dedicated to Halloween. It includes one-of-a-kind and unique decorations, as well as decorative pieces, such as Halloween silverware rings, salt shakers and lighted decorations, figurines and more. On the bottom floor of the shop, located at 405 N. Main St., there is a section for Vintage Halloween, which contains collectible items from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. The Apple Tree Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

                                        Dining & Nightlife                                        


Soups at Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co.
TROY - The Bakehouse Cafe serves two freshly made soups daily - one is always a vegetarian option. To find out what the two soups are today, click HERE.

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.

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.

Pork Tenderloin Meal for $6 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. Tuesday is a Pork Tenderloin meal for $6. To view the full menu, click HERE.

Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials at the 25A Diner in Troy
TROY - The 25A Diner in Troy offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. To see what's in store for today, click HERE. The diner is located at 1469 S. County Road 25-A.


Extra Large, Two-Topping Pizza, Breadsticks and a 2-Liter for $20.99 at Beppo Uno
PIQUA - Click HERE for a coupon good for the above offer at Beppo Uno in Piqua. To place your order, call (937) 615-1100.

$2.50 Off Mulligan's Reuben Sandwich
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub has one of the best reuben sandwiches in the Miami Valley. On Tuesdays starting at 5 p.m., patrons can take $2.50 off the pub's reuben. The regular menu and two full bars also are 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.

Wing Tuesday at BW3s in Troy 
TROY - BW3s in Troy offers 50 cent wings (dine in or carryout) every Tuesday. Those who dine in can also enjoy $2.50 tall Bud Lights, plus bar trivia, video games, table games and more. BW3s is located at 2313 W. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 440-9016.

40 Cent Wings at Harrison's (Dine-In Only)
TIPP CITY - On Tuesdays only, and while dining in, enjoy 40 cent wings at Harrison's Restaurant, located at 106 E. Main St. The restaurant can be reached at (937) 667-5223. For more special events at Harrison's, click HERE.
Dollar Night at Hickory River Smokehouse
TIPP CITY - From 3-9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City hosts Dollar Night. Guests can dine on Pulled Pork Minis, Baby Back Ribs and french fries for $1, as well as $1 domestic bottled beers. Hickory River Smokehouse is located at 135 S. Garber Dr. and can be reached at (937) 669-2271.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs & Free Wings at Company 7 BBQ
ENGLEWOOD - Company 7 BBQ offers all-you-can-eat ribs and five wings for $19.99 on Tuesday nights. The meal starts with the five wings and is followed by a half-slab of ribs, choice of two sides and a cheese muffin. Your server will bring additional ribs to your table for as long as you last! The offer is good from 5-9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 1001 S. Main St. in Englewood and can be reached at (937) 836-2777.

Pizza Special at Al's Pizza in Troy
TROY - Buy two or more 14-inch pizzas and get $2 off each pizza at Al's Pizza, 13 S. Weston in Troy. To place your order, call (937) 335-2100. Click HERE for more information.

Two for $20 Menu at Applebee's in Troy
TROY - Receive two entrees and one appetizer for $20 at Applebee's in Troy. To view the menu, click HERE.

Paella, Stuffed Gnocchi and Shredded Zucchini Cakes at Basil's on Market in Troy
TROY - Basil's on Market features a variety of unique menu items, including Paella (fresh mussels, shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage tossed with tomatoes, peas, peppers, with tri-colored pasta in a saffron broth), Gnocchi (filled with herbed asiago cheese over basil's house marinara) and Zucchini Cakes (over heirloom tomatoes, on top grilled asparagus covered with fresh mozzarella evoo and fresh ground sea salt and pepper). Basil's is located at 18 N. Market St. in downtown Troy. For more information, click HERE.
Dine on the Upper Deck at Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City
TIPP CITY - Enjoy lunch or dinner, or relax with a cocktail, on the Coldwater Cafe's private outdoor deck. The deck is open after 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To plan your visit, click HERE.

The Greenfire Burger at the Greenfire Bistro in Tipp City
TIPP CITY - Among many dishes, the Greenfire Bistro serves the Greenfire Burger. The burgers is hand-pattied and seasoned with sweet rice wine and ponzu sauce and topped with sesame spinach. It is served with brown sugar-butter sweet potato fries and wasabi mayo. The Greenfire Bistro is located at 965 W. Main St. To plan your visit, click HERE.


$1 Off All Craft Bottled Beer at MoJos Bar & Grill
TROY - Starting at 4 p.m. on Mondays, MoJos Bar & Grill offers each of its craft bottled beer at a $1 discount. For the menu and more specials at MoJos, click HERE.
Tuesday $3.11 Craft Pints at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - From 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, the 311 Drafthouse offers $3.11 craft beer pints. 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.

New 5-4-3-2-1 Happy Hour at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza is introducing a new Happy Hour called 5-4-3-2-1. Bar patrons can get discounts of $5 to $1 off appetizers and drinks from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

Karaoke/DJ Music on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Brewery (FREE)
TROY - The Brewery in downtown Troy hosts Karaoke/DJ Music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. There is no cover charge and drink specials are available throughout the evening. The Brewery is located at 111 W. Water St. and can be reached at (937) 339-8595.

Open Mic Session at the Dublin Pub (FREE)
DAYTON - The Dublin Pub hosts Open Mic Sessions at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at 300 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. Bring an instrument, play solo or join with other musicians for a jam session. The event is free. For more information, call (937) 224-7822.

Electronic Dance Music at The Therapy Cafe (FREE)
DAYTON - Every Tuesday night, The Therapy Cafe hosts Electronic Dance Music night. There is no cover charge and the music starts at 9 p.m. The Therapy Cafe is located at 452 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton.

Trivia with a Twist at Bolts Sports Cafe in Englewood (FREE)
ENGLEWOOD - Featuring music vides, Youtube clips and regular trivia questions, Bolts Sports Cafe in Englewood hosts Trivia with a Twist from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday at 910 S. Main St. There is no cover charge and prizes are awarded to winners. 

Triv Free or Die Hard at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern in the Oregon District hosts Triv Free or Die Hard from 7-9:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The trivia game is centered around pop culture and guests can win prizes. Food and drinks are available throughout the evening. Blind Bob's is located at 430 E. Fifth St. and can be reached at (937) 938-6405.

Open Mic Night at The Dublin Pub (FREE)
DAYTON - The Dublin Pub hosts its Open Mic Night starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Guests can bring their own instruments and perform with other musicians or solo. Accordingly, there's also a Irish Session. There is no cover charge and all types of music and styles are welcome. The Dublin Pub is located at 300 Wayne Ave. and can be reached at (937) 224-7822.

BINGO & Taco Tuesday at Lucky's Taproom and Eatery (FREE)
DAYTON - Lucky's Taproom and Eatery hosts free BINGO starting at 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 520 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton. Guests can win prizes while enjoying beer and tacos during Taco Tuesdays. Meat, fish and vegan options are available. For more information, call (937) 222-6800.

                                          Arts & Leisure                                           

Knitting and Crochet Group at the Bradford Library (FREE)
BRADFORD - If you love crafts and enjoy any type of needle or crochet activity, join
the group at the Bradford Library, 138 E. Main St., from 6:30-8 p.m. These sessions are instructional, so new people interested in this craft are very welcome to attend. More experienced yarn lovers bring projects with them. For more information, call the library at (937) 448-2612.

1913 Flood Photo Exhibit - Daily through October 11
PIQUA - Now through October 11, the Piqua Library lobby will house a display of photos taken by professional photographer and author Andy Snow. These "before & after" images show the devastation right after the flood of 1913, alongside a modern photo taken from the same vantage point. These images were used in Snow's book "A Flood of Memories", which is a centennial commemoration of the great 1913 flood. These works were recently on display at the Dayton Art Institute. The library's lobby exhibit will focus on the photos of Piqua and its surrounding area. For more information call (937) 773-6753.

Creative Expressions Beyond The Classroom: Works Of Troy Visual Art Teachers - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - The Troy Hayner Cultural Center's current exhibit celebrates the artwork of over 20 past and present art educators representing Troy City Schools, Troy Christian and St. Patrick Elementary. School children's talent and creative thinking is developed by art teachers who encourage their students to reach their potential through creative problem solving projects. Many of our teachers are artists in their own right creating from a variety of mediums including paintings, watercolors, mixed media, sculptures, wood block prints, photography, ceramics, stained glass and more. This exhibit will remain at the Hayner through October 5 and can be seen during regular business hours. The Hayner is located at 301 W. Main St. For more information call (937) 339-0457.

Movies 5 & Cinemark Theatre - Open Daily 
PIQUA/TROY - Movies 5 in Troy and Cinemark Theatre in Piqua are open daily. Click HERE to find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see. 

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.

                                  For Children & Families                                     

Story Time at the Covington Library (FREE)
COVINGTON - From 9-10 a.m. and from 10-11 a.m., children ages 3-5 years old can enjoy storytime at the Covington Library, 102 E. Spring St. For more information call the library at (937) 473-2226.

Story Time at the Bradford Library (FREE)
BRADFORD - There are stories, music, and hands-on activities from 11 a.m. to noon during story time at the Bradford Library, 138 E. Main St. For more information call
the library at (937) 448-2612.

Jack O' Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction - Open Monday-Saturday
WEST CHESTER - Jack O'Lantern Junction will be open at EnterTRAINment Junction from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Nov. 2. There will be Halloween fun for the whole family. First walk-thru the trick or treat maze and see kid-friendly ghosts, skeletons and more. Stop and color, or see Halloweenville, the miniature animated display. Plus come and enjoy the area's only indoor Pumpkin Patch, where kids get a free mini pumpkin. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Tiny Tots at the Milton-Union Library (FREE)
WEST MILTON - Every Tuesday from 1-1:30 p.m., the Milton-Union Library, 560 S. Main St., has Tiny Tot's for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers. There will be stories, finger plays, songs, movement, crafts, and other fun activities. To contact the library call (937) 698-5515.

Preschool Story Hour at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The Tipp Library will host preschool story time and a craft for ages 3-5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today. Parents are encouraged to attend with the child. The program is free, and registration is required. Call (937) 667-3826 to register.

Preschool Storytime at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - The Troy Library will host toddler story time and a craft for ages 4-5 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today. Parents are to remain on library premises, but not on the storytime room. The program is free, and registration is required. Call (937) 339-0502 to register.

Toddler & Me Storytime at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - The Troy Library will host toddler story time and a craft for ages 2-3 and their caregiver at 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. today. The program is free.


3D Fiber Lashes!
Call in the morning to learn more about Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, which go on like mascara, are water resistant and easily wash off. A local distributor is Cherie Ganger, who can be reached at (937) 710-1215, or online at

Shopping at the Miami Valley Centre Mall - Open Daily
PIQUA - The Miami Valley Centre Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guests can shop, dine and enjoy a new children's play area and games. To plan your visit, click HERE.

50% Off on Return Visit to Olde Red Barn
WEST MILTON – If you make a purchase at the Olde Red Barn, present your receipt on your next visit and receive 50% off. This deal lasts until the end of the year. The Olde Red Barn is the place to find unique antiques and interesting vintage pieces at reasonable prices. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 937-698-0219.

Antiques and Crafts Available at Trash to Treasures Antiques
TIPP CITY – Trash to Treasures Antiques located at 7130 S. County Road 25 A is the place to find quirky and repurposed antiques at negotiable prices. Browse through items such as gourd crafts, antique furniture, and antique toys. Treasures can be found inside and out. The store is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, and opens by appointment the rest of the week. For more information, call 937-667-2637. The owner can also be reached on her cell phone, 937-313-2294.

Rent a Tandem Bike and More at Becky’s Bike Rentals
TIPP CITY – Rent a bicycle and explore the beautiful Miami County. Becky’s Bike Rentals operates out of Crossroads Consignments at 42 S. Second Street. Choose from an Electra Townie, Huffy Skyliner, and for the adventurous twosome, a Worksman Tandem. For rates and more information, call 937-506-8729.


Mark's Toys for Tots Bike Drive Seeks Community Involved
Program Aims to Provide Bicycles to Less Fortunate  
By Matt Bayman
PIQUA - Bicycles play a major role in children's lives, especially in a community like Piqua, which has some of the most developed bike paths in the region.
With the holidays fast approaching, local businessman Mark Reedy and his wife, Gay, father, Jim and business associate, Charlene O'Leary, are teaming up with local businesses and individuals to help less fortunate families have bicycles for their children at Christmas.
"The joy of watching a child receive a bicycle as a gift at Christmas is pretty hard to
beat," Mark said. "They're also great for exercise and having fun with friends."  
Through November 30, Mark's Toys for Tots Bike Drive is accepting donations from area residents and businesses, which will provide bicycles to families in Piqua, Covington, Bradford and Fletcher. A suggested donation is $80, which is the average amount needed for each bicycle, but any donation amount is appreciated.
Mark is working with the local Marines and their Toys for Tots program for the distribution of the bikes at Christmas time.
"We are already excited by the energy of those involved early in the project," he said. "This looks like it's going to be a very popular activity to get involved in for the great people of the Piqua area."
To donate to Mark's Toys for Tots Bike Drive via Paypal, click HERE or visit Donations also will be accepted in person at Mark's business office - Thrivent Financial - located at 429 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua.
Those who give $80 to Mark's Toys for Tots Bike Drive will have their name placed on the donated bicycle - if desired. The bicycles will be on display throughout downtown Piqua, and during Piqua's Holiday Parade, will be displayed on a float.
Mark said he encourages local businesses to get their employees involved in the drive and that he is available to meet with company representatives to help in any way. To reach Mark, call (937) 778-1353.
Mark said he appreciates all of the help he's received from those contributing financially, volunteers and corporate and anonymous donors, as well as the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Piqua, the City of Piqua, Positively Promoting Piqua, the Miami County YMCA, the Piqua Daily Call, WPTW radio, the Piqua Walmart, the Piqua Arts Council, My Miami County and the Piqua Post.

Who Was Mrs. Dyche? A Local History Mystery
By Judy Deeter
Miami County Historical Writer
TROY - Sometimes people appear in Troy historical records for a brief moment; then just seem to disappear. Such is the case of a Mrs. Dyche.   
Though she was a well-known woman in Troy at the start of the Civil War in 1861, there is nothing about her in the records of the 1870s. I often wondered, “Who was she and what happened to her?”  When I asked several local historians that question, they had no answer.  A few months ago, I took on a project to find this lady and learn why she was forgotten.  
We encounter her in Troy history on February 15, 1862, an extremely cold day in
This photograph depicts the 1862 flag presentation on the Public
Square in downtown Troy.
(Photo courtesy of the Local History Library) 
Troy. Snow covered most of the Public Square. Nevertheless, a large crowd had gathered on the East Main Street side of the Square to watch a farewell ceremony for the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was about to leave town to fight for the Union in the Civil War.
The 71st OVI stood next to Allen’s Hall in the northeast corner of the Public Square.  Allen’s Hall, now known as the Saidleman-Coleman-Allen Building, was built just before the war in 1855. During the Civil War, it served as a military recruitment center and armory.
Mrs. Dyche was among the crowd.  The ceremony was particularly important to her.  A regimental flag that she (with help from her friend Miss Powers and the Troy Ladies Aid Society) had obtained for the 71st OVI was presented to the regiment.  It was a very emotional event.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, there had been a great deal of excitement about it. The Troy Times newspaper had written an article in its Thursday edition (February 13, 1862) prior to the ceremony which said: “We presume this will be one of the most imposing and impressive military displays ever seen in the county. It will be no idle pageant, these men assembling to receive their colors ‘by angel hands to valor given,’ for they are in a few days to enter the field where the fight is now daily thickening and the storm of battle is coming on with augmenting fury.”  
Those in the crowd knew that the soldiers of the 71st — their friends, neighbors, and sons — might not return from the battlefield alive. (In fact, many did not.)
It was on that day that Mrs. Dyche’s name went into the Troy history books. A newspaper account of the ceremony says that a stirring presentation address was given by Chaplain W.W. Lyle of the 11th Regiment, a response by Col. Mason of the 71st OVI, and then cheers for Mrs. Dyche — several “God bless hers.”  
Trojans gave grateful praise for her work to obtain the flag for regiment.  A photograph of the event is at the Local History Library in Troy.  A note typed on to the picture says that during the ceremony Mrs. Callie Dyche sang the “Star Spangled Banner” from a balcony.
Mrs. Dyche may have been related to John M. Harker, the wagon master for the 71st OVI.   Unfortunately, Mr. Harker, who was about 62 years old and had been a member of the Troy City Council, never made it to the battlefield.  He died of pleurisy at Paducah, Kentucky.  Word of his death was supposed to have arrived in Troy before his body.  However, the telegraph sent ahead to tell the family did not arrive in Troy in a timely manner.  The family only got word of his death only a short time before his remains arrived in Troy.  There was great sadness in Troy over his death.
Mrs. Dyche began life in 1836 as Caroline A. Harker.  The earliest record we find of her is in the US 1850 census where she is a 14 year old girl living in the household of (Rev. George) Mifflin Harker in Clermont County, Ohio.   She may have been their daughter, though this is not confirmed.  
Rev. Mifflin Harker was well-known in southwestern Ohio and the Midwest in the mid-19th century as an abolitionist and circuit riding preacher.  Some stories say that he, his wife and five children came to Miami County in 1835—when Caroline was just a few months old.  He first rode for the Methodist-Episcopal Church, but left the church over slavery issues in 1843 and then rode with the Wesleyan Methodist Church.  The family moved from town to town, often living near towns on the Underground Railroad.  Harker was originally a Quaker and may have had some connections with those in the Quaker faith to know the location of the Underground Railroad towns.  In those days, towns of the Underground Railroad were kept secret.
When Caroline was about 19, she married D. D. Dyche in Miami County on February 14, 1855.  The marriage did not last long.  Records show that in 1860, she was a young widow in Troy.  It is believed that she married was a man named Darwin Dyche, who died on May 24, 1859 at the age of 33.  He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.
In the 1860 US Census, she is listed as a music teacher living in the household of Rebeca (Harker) Culbertson and Catherine Harker.  They were certainly her relatives, but how the ladies are related to her are not known.  Mrs. Dyche was known by family and friends as “Callie”.  In online records of the 1860 US Census, her name appears as “Collie” Dyche.
Mayo Hall on South Market Street from the 1970s. This
is where Mrs. Dyche sang in 1869.
(Photo courtesy of the Troy Historical Society) 
Mifflin Harker and his family moved to California in 1861 where a son John was a merchant.  If this was Callie Harker’s parents, then her family was probably gone when the 71st OVI left for war.  (It should also be noted that another of Mifflin Harker’s sons, Oliver Albert Harker (possibly Mrs. Dyche’s brother), lived in Carbondale, Illinois.  There he was a circuit court judge, a lecturer dean of the University of Illinois Law School (1903), and a leading member of the American Bar Association. 
Mrs. Dyche was a very talented vocalist.  Aside from teaching music, she organized musical benefits.  These were given at Mayo Hall on South Market Street.  On Christmas Eve in 1861, her musical benefit was so popular that she was asked to repeat it in January 1862.  Following the January 1862 benefit, the TROY TIMES newspaper of (January 30, 1862) said”…Mrs. Dyche’s Benefit on Friday evening was a perfect success.  If ever I felt that music was pre-eminently a fine art it was while listening to the waves of melody as they rolled over that large and appreciative audience.  I wonder no longer that Mrs. Dyche is a favorite in Troy—for so she would be anywhere.”  Mrs. Dyche was probably about 26 years of age when she organized the benefit.  (The newspaper does not indicate who the benefit was for, but it is believed it was for soldiers and their families.)  Mrs. Dyche was accompanied by her friend and pianist Miss Powers and a Miss Kate Hart who sang songs titled “The Gypsy Countess,”  “Our Union Right or Wrong,” and “Columbia Gem of the Ocean.”  The Troy Times article reports that after the singing of “Columbia Gem of the Ocean”, “…pent up emotion found escape by three cheers given with a will.”
During the war years, Mrs. Dyche continued singing and teaching throughout the area.
She married Capt. William Y. Wiley in Troy on November 5, 1867.  Capt. Wiley was in charge of the United States Arsenal at Indianapolis, Indiana.  It had been authorized by an act of Congress in March, 1863 and work on the arsenal began in August that same year.
Mrs. Dyche now Mrs. Caroline “Callie” Wylie moved to Indianapolis with her new husband and is believed to have become involved with the musical life there.  Tragedy, however, struck less than a year later.  On October 24, 1868—just days before her first wedding anniversary—she died unexpectedly at her new home.
The October 29, 1868 edition of the TROY TIMES said, “Mrs. Wiley is remembered as a lady of more than ordinary amiability and attainments, and her decease will be sincerely lamented by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.  Mrs. Dyche was one of our sweetest singers, and her frequent public appearances in former years, are treasured up as among the pleasantest recollections of what may be called the dawn of music in Indianapolis.  A lady of fine address, pleasing manners, exquisite taste, and unvarying sweetness of character, society has sustained a loss not readily repaired or forgotten.”  She was about 32 years of age when she died.
She was buried at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.   Her listing in the records there is as Mrs. C.H. Wiley. 
Capt. Wiley resigned his commission on October 14, 1870.  He died in 1873 and is also buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.
This is the lost story of the Mrs. Dyche, a woman who people thought would never be forgotten.
Hot Air Balloon Fest to Return to Miami County Fairgrounds Oct. 3-5
TROY - The fall season in Miami County is a great time to be outside to enjoy the crisp air and to discover the many events taking place during this wonderful time of year.
With this in mind, the Miami County Agricultural Society and the Troy Foundation will be hosting the 2nd Annual Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest on October 3-5 at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Among many attractions, the festival will
feature more than 12 colorful hot air balloons, as well as activities commemorating everything autumn.
So much is being planned to make this an event to remember.
Free kids activities will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday October 3 and will include: a rock climbing wall, zip lines, a mini- golf course and free kiddie rides. Adding to this line-up on Saturday and Sunday, the YMCA Robinson Branch will have kids running, jumping and tumbling on an obstacle course. Then on Saturday, October 4, kids will love the horse-drawn wagon rides out to a makeshift pumpkin patch where they can select their very own free pumpkin to decorate. (One pumpkin per child in attendance only while supplies last.) They may also sign up and participate in the Kiddie Tractor Pulls. And from noon to 4 p.m., the festival is bringing COSI to the Balloon Fest. COSI's all-new Science Spot traveling science exhibition will offer a great opportunity to play, explore and learn about science. COSI's Science Spot consists of colorful hands-on kiosks with activities suitable for adults and children. 
On Sunday, WACO Air Museum representatives will be out to help kids build their very own kite - then watch them soar!  And at 1 p.m. Sunday, families may visit with animals and representatives from one of the top zoos in the country - the Columbus Zoo. This program will give visitors and their kids the opportunity to learn about the animals that travel with Jack Hanna. Discover where they’re from, what they eat and possibly touch the birds, reptiles and a variety of mammals.
There's also plenty for adults and families to enjoy. A mini- golf course will entertain the entire family, or simply tempt your taste buds and visit the many food vendors that will be available; offering delicious options including: great ribeye sandwiches, elephant ears, caramel popcorn and much more.
If you enjoy classic cars, visit with the Miami Valley Kruzers and the Piqua Antique Car Club all day on Saturday and look for your favorite timeless automobile.
An evening Balloon Glow will be one of many highlights at this year's
Harvest Moon & Balloon Festival in Troy.
There will be plenty of musical entertainment to enjoy throughout the entire weekend as well. On Friday night at 7 p.m., guests can sing along with their favorite oldies with the American Kings. The big show will take place Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and will feature The Floorwalkers. This group is reigning supreme for the third year in a row as the best local band around the Columbus area. With six members cranking out an energetic live show, and a stop at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, the Floorwalkers have maintained a label-free, independent mindset, making them a favorite not only in Columbus, but throughout the Midwest.  While enjoying the entertainment, be sure to visit the ever-popular Beer Garden, which will be open throughout the weekend.
Back by popular demand, the festival will present three area wineries for adult visitors to enjoy a variety of wine tastings. For those who are 21 and older, the Winery at Versailles, the Old Mason Winery and Valley Vineyards invite everyone to sample their wonderful wines.
Other featured entertainment during the entire weekend will be 12 breathtaking hot air balloons that will be launching from the fairgrounds infield and will glow Friday and Saturday evening. Tethered balloon rides will be available for $10 per person Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All launches and tethered rides are subject to good weather conditions with little wind and no rain.
Mike Jess, President of the Miami County Agricultural Society said he is looking positively toward this event.
“In spite of the rain conditions we experienced last year, we still had folks coming out to enjoy all we offered. We received nothing but extremely positive comments from our visitors who encouraged us to continue this outstanding festival.  So we’re planning for bigger and better!” he said.
Volunteers are needed to assist with each hot air balloon crew. Interested individuals should call Diana Thompson, Event Chair at (937) 339-1044 for details and times.
The admission price to the festival is $5 per person. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. RV camping is available by contacting the fairground office at (937) 335-7492. All visitors to the Harvest Moon & Balloon Fest should use the middle fairground entrance gate located off of County Road 25A. The gate will be marked with brightly colored purple flags and banners.
This event is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Troy Foundation, celebrating 90 years of Home. Grown. Giving.

Free Antiques Seminar at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center October 9th
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Dr. Lynn Barnes.
TROY - “Men’s and Women’s Fashions in 1914” will be the topic of discussion at an Antiques Seminar presented by Dr. Lynn Barnes on October 9 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main Street in Troy. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public.
Dr. Barnes, who holds a doctorate degree from The Ohio State University in historic dress of the late 19th century specializing in maritime fashion, will discuss the Edwardian clothing that was worn around the time the Hayner mansion was built. Of particular interest may be the liberating evolution of women’s clothing during the early part of the 20th century.

Barnes has recently relocated to the Troy area from San Diego and San Francisco where she worked as a costume designer, a first person interpreter and a presenter of historic costume exhibits. In addition she has taught classes in related subjects at several universities. She has opened a studio in downtown Troy where she instructs both in music and costume design and fabrication. For more information, please visit or call (937) 339-0457.