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Notice of Commission Committee open house of the public safety training facility

PIQUA - Notice is hereby given that the Commissioners Committee on the Fire Training Facility and Piqua City Commissioners will attend the Open House...

Piqua FD donates fire gear to Upper Valley Career Center

PIQUA - The Piqua Fire Department last week donated dozens of pieces of retired structural firefighting gear to the First Responders Academy at Upper...

Piqua Golf Advisory Board scheduled for April 18

PIQUA - Notice is hereby given that the Piqua Golf Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 4 p.m. The meeting...

Heavy rain leads to flooding on area roads

Please use caution while driving due to high water throughout the area.

Troy City Schools named one of the “Best Communities for Music Education”

TROY - Anyone who has been involved with or seen performances from the Troy City Schools music department knows how talented Troy’s students and staff are, as well as how dedicated they are to the pursuit of musical education and excellence. And now they have been nationally recognized for their efforts. The Troy City Schools have been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in providing music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Troy’s music department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. “This is an incredible honor, and truly says a lot about how hard our students and staff have worked to get to this point,” said Casey Layer, who filled out the formal application. “We are incredibly proud of our music program, which touches the lives of students from kindergarten through high school. We have incredible buy-in from our students and staff. We are also very fortunate to have the amazing support of the district, administrators and, of course, our community. Troy has always been very proud and supportive of our music programs.” Troy’s music education staff consists of: Molly Venneman (band), Casey Layer (band), Rachel Sagona (choir), Stephanie Strope (orchestra), Erik Strope (classroom music), Jenny Hewitt (classroom music), Jerry Nelson (classroom music) and Abigail Greenfield (classroom music). “This is definitely an award we all take pride in,” Layer said. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music: After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school but also to attend college as well.  In addition, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound: young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Troy High School has announced its 2024 prom court

TROY - The prom court for this year's Troy High School has been announced. The prom is Saturday, April 13 at the National Museum...

Piqua street and bike path closing update

PIQUA - The following street and bike path closures updates: Bike Path – From Sunset Drive to R. M. Davis Parkway Lyndhurst Drive –...

Piqua community enjoys solar eclipse safely

PIQUA - The Piqua community welcomed many visitors and enjoyed the solar eclipse Monday afternoon free of any major disruptions or inconveniences. “Having Piqua in...

Community shares solar eclipse photos

We asked to see your favorite total solar eclipse photos...and the response has been tremendous! You can view all the photos from around Darke,...

Downtown Troy Safety and Streetscape Renovation meeting scheduled

TROY - On Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m., a Downtown Safety and Streetscape Renovation meeting will be held at the Red Men Lodge,...