Troy-Miami County Public Library is excited to announce the addition of a Seed Library! The Seed Library is a chance for community members and library cardholders to have access to FREE seeds to grow a variety of plants, including vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The creator of this project is a new edition to the Troy-Miami County Public Library staff, Pam Ade, our full-time reference librarian. Pam is a knowledgeable gardener and encourages patrons to visit her at the information desk with any planting and growing questions. Thank you to Sow Right Seeds, Holmes Seed Company, Fedco Seeds, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company who donated the seeds to start this project. Stop in and browse the available selection in our re-purposed card catalog located by the front doors. Take seeds to the Circulation Desk for checkout. All you need is your library card. 

The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 West Main Street in Troy, Ohio.  For more information, call the library at 937-339-0502 ext. 115. Library cards are available to any Ohio resident. Get all the information by visiting: https://www.tmcpl.org/content/library-cards.

Troy City Council voted Monday, Dec. 5, to extend the city moratorium on cultivating, processing or dispensing medical marijuana now permitted by state law to allow time to review options and implement local regulations.

The council this summer was among a number of area communities approving a 180-day moratorium on implementation of the state law that went into effect Sept. 8. State rules and regulations are being developed. The law allows local governments to limit or prohibit medical marijuana activities.

The council in November rejected a proposal that would have prohibited cultivating, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana within the city limits.

The question of what local regulations should be implemented will go back before the city planning commission. The commission previously recommended council ban cultivating and processing but allow up to five dispensaries to operate in specific business districts. Before the council vote, that recommendation was amended to call for a ban on all activities.

In other action Monday, council approved the city’s 2017 appropriations ordinance, which outlines how money will be spent in city government.

Council also approved continued support of three organizations. The Troy Recreation Association, operator of the downtown Rec for youth will receive $29,000 next year. The Troy Main Street program will receive $55,000 and the Troy Development Council will receive $125,000.

The council discussed the appropriations and the agency funding in work session Nov. 28.

The budget recommendation document stated the 2017 budget would maintain basic services by continuing current staff levels, replacing one ambulance and replacing two regular trash packer trucks with automated models. With the purchase of the automated trucks, new trash containers would be purchased for residents similar to the containers used in the recycling program.

Council also voted to approve a proposal to vacate an alley between West Main Street and West Water Street. The alley runs between the county Safety Building and the Masonic Building. No one spoke in favor or against the proposal at a public hearing last month. 

This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, federal, state, and local law enforcement has a message for you:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across region will be out in force now through January 1, 2017—actively searching for drunk drivers. The facts are grim: in December 2015 there were 94 fatal crashes in Ohio involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher; 13 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. On average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involves drunk driving.

“It’s time for all drivers to get the message,” said Sgt. Jeff Kramer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, “that drunk driving isn’t a victimless crime. You could kill yourself or someone else, or get a DUI and go to jail.” It’s illegal in every state to drive over the limit of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL). And it might not take as much alcohol as you think to get there. So the safest approach is to only drive sober. If you plan on drinking at a holiday party, bar, or restaurant, let someone else do the driving – a sober friend, a taxi or public transportation. 

As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police will be increasing the number of patrols, setting up roadblocks, and using local media to reach all drivers. There are many ways to get home safely after drinking.  Designate a sober driver ahead of time, or call a friend or family member

In addition to reminding all drivers to drive sober, David Garcia Manger of the Injury Prevention Center at Miami Valley Hospital is calling on everyone to be alert. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police right away—you could save a life. If someone you know is about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them get home safely. “We’ve got to work together to make our roads safer this December and year-round,” David said.

Dayton area drivers, should follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

• Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash.

• If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

• If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or Arrive safe. 

The Troy Rotary Club and Brukner Nature Center were part of an article featured in the February 2016 issue of the international magazine, “The Rotarian.” Both Rotary and Brukner have been important supporters of the Mutinda Wildlife Education Center in Kangundo, Kenya. Led by Preston Mutinda, the wildlife center offers programs to promote the appreciation and understanding of Kenya’s diverse wildlife. He began the center after serving a three-month internship at Brukner Nature Center in 1998. Troy Rotary has provided over $40,000 to help build the center, assist the community and develop programs.

Distributed globally, The Rotarian features many stories each month that cover programs and projects Rotary clubs support. The article on the Mutinda Wildlife Education Center will help bring more awareness of the program to the area communities in Kenya. For more information on the wildlife center, visit their Web site at www.prestonsafaris.com/communitycenter or their Facebook page at Mutinda Wildlife Education Center.

Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including the annual Shoe Project, Troy After Prom, and support of summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and Waco Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.

Troy City Council heard comments on a proposed 0.25 percent, 10-year income tax increase for recreation and park facilities from seven people Monday, Dec. 19, before holding a resolution and ordinance that would place the request on the May 2 ballot to a first reading.

The resolution and ordinance will appear again on council's agenda Jan. 3 for a second reading with an emergency provision.

Council member Robin Oda asked council Monday to hold first readings on both the resolution and ordinance.

Oda said she thinks the public should be allowed to decide on the tax but she would not support the staff request for the council to suspended council's normal three readings and vote Monday as an emergency measure.

Patrick Titterington, city service and safety director, said the emergency action would help ensure the city is able to meet all requirements for filing for the May 2 ballot by a Feb. 1 deadline at the Miami County Board of Elections.

The income tax proposal was brought forward just weeks after council voted Nov. 7 to pull from the Nov. 8 ballot a property tax to pay for a list of recreation/park projects proposed by the Operation Recreation 2020 Committee. The request was withdrawn because of a misplaced decimal point in ballot language.

The property tax would have raised $1 million a year for 10 years.

The proposed income tax would generate $2.57 million a year to pay for the list of projects proposed by Operation Recreation along with a second sheet of ice near Hobart Arena.

At Monday's meeting, council again heard from several supporters of various Operation Recreation projects including the ice rink and soccer fields and improvements to Miami Shores Golf Course and the Senior Citizens Center. Proponents talked about the need for more facilities and how many of those facilities – more soccer fields, ball fields and ice – could be used to host tournaments and other events to bring visitors and their money into the community.

Opposition was voiced by Bernie Vogel, who said he lives outside of Troy but pays city income tax, and city resident Lester Conard.

Vogel said the tax increase was "huge," would be taxation without representation in his case and in his mind the proposal was being rushed after the property tax request was dropped. "It doesn't seem right to me to come back a month later with an income tax," he said.

Conard said he was concerned for several reasons, including the Troy schools reported interest in asking voters to support a school levy, also in 2017.

Before council's discussion, Council President Marty Baker asked for clarification on whether those promoting the tax would be required to file a campaign finance report with the elections office. None was filed for the Operation Recreation campaign for the withdrawn tax request.

Councilman Bobby Phillips, who also leads the Operation Recreation committee, said his understanding was the committee didn't need to file a finance report or designate a committee treasurer because it wasn't a political action committee.

The proposed project list in the new Operation Recreation proposal includes:

Duke Park: A nine-field baseball/softball complex; three youth soccer fields; improvements of infrastructure to consolidate park maintenance operations; expanded parking; added park entrances; and other park enhancements.

Miami Shores Golf Course: Complete renovation of clubhouse; install outdoor practice driving range.

Hobart Arena: Construction of second ice rink to north of arena

Senior Citizens Center: Repair/renovations to roof, siding, foundation, doors, windows and concrete; restoration of shuffleboard courts; parking lot resurfacing.

The new Give Where You Live Miami County is reaching out to those who want to support local nonprofit organizations.

Give Where You Live is based on the giving circles concept through which individuals wanting to help come together to make a larger impact on a selected nonprofit each quarter.

Coming off of a season opening loss at Indian Lake, the Troy Christian girls’ basketball team hoped that a home opener against Jefferson would get them on the winning track under first year coach Tony Ferraro.

It didn’t take the Eagles long to answer that question last week as they dominated the Broncos 70-14 behind a game high 25 points from senior post player Hailey Peters.

“I thought we had a good practice the day before and concentrated on moving the ball and reversing the ball side to side and distributed the ball well,” said Troy Christian coach Tony Ferraro. “

“Hailey had 25 points and 10 rebounds, she was working on moving without the ball,” Ferraro added. “She started to realize backdoors and use her target hands. Our girls were looking for her.”

Troy Christian came out fast, building a 10-2 lead in the first two and a half minutes. Peters controlled the paint scoring six of the ten, while Kenley Blake and Kathryn Lee helped build the lead.

Jefferson battled in the opening quarter, as they cut the deficit to 12-6 with five minutes left in the opening quarter before Troy Christian controlled the rest of the quarter.

The reeled off 13 consecutive points including seven from Peters, to build a 25-6 lead and put the game away early.

Sara Earhart also added four points in the run, and when Peters scored early in the second period they built a 19-point lead.

Peters continued her dominance in the paint and when Blake recorded a steal and layup, Troy Christian led 32-8.

Jalyn Forrer also got into the act, as the sophomore buried a three and two ensuing free throws with 1:18 left, and the Eagles went into the half comfortably in front 39-11.

In the second half, the Troy Christian defense didn’t allow a field goal in the third period, and only gave up three points in the second half.

Cara Salazar and Blake both pushed the lead out in the third period, as the Eagles enjoyed a 57-12 lead heading to the fourth.

Also for Troy Christian, Lee added 15 points and 15 rebounds, Blake scored 12, Salazar dished out eight assists and Lavy had six.

“We are realizing who our girls are for each role, it’s a learning process,” Ferraro said. We talked about roles early in the year, and they are starting to learn things.”

“Kathryn did a great job going to the boards. She had seven offensive boards and that is important for us. She is coming back from an ankle injury and took pride in her rebounding more than he scoring.” 

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