The Great Miami River is part of a National Water Trail & Piqua is Celebrating!

NATIONAL WATER TRAIL DESIGNATION PROCLAMATION CEREMONY – 8/6 at 5:30 – LOCK NINE

National WaterThe City of Piqua is pleased to invite community members and officials from throughout the region to join in recognizing the recent designation of the Great Miami Watershed Water Trail as a National Water Trail System. The water trail includes the Great Miami, Stillwater and Mad rivers and is the only national water trail in Ohio.

The National Water Trails System is a distinctive national network of exemplary water trails that has been established to protect and restore America’s rivers and waterways and increase access to outdoor recreation. “Our world-class network of national trails provides easily accessible places to enjoy exercise and connect with nature in both urban and rural areas while also boosting tourism and supporting economic opportunities in local communities across the country,” says U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

In coordination with the Miami Conservancy District and Ohio’s Great Corridor officials, the City of Piqua will be hosting a proclamation ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the significance of the water trail designation. The ceremony will be held at Lock Nine Park in Piqua, Ohio on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from state and federal agencies will be in attendance to join local officials in recognizing the water trail designation.

The proclamation ceremony will take place in conjunction with an annual river festival that epitomizes the growing interest in our communities to reconnect with the Great Miami Riverway. There will be canoe races and paddle play activities on the Great Miami River from midafternoon until early evening, with a break in the action during the time the ceremony takes place, followed by live music, food and beer tasting, and the display of river fire rings during the evening hours.

For more information about the river festival please visit Down the River- Down a Beer

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National Night Out August 2, 2016

“National Night Out” is an annual community-building campaign that promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  Last year we had around 5 neighborhood events throughout the community, but this year we had 12!  It was wonderful to see folks come out and enjoy the beautiful evening and spend time with their neighbors.  I was able to go to a few neighborhood gatherings as I traveled around before our Commission meeting with Deputy Chief Marty Grove in Piqua Police Departments Tactical Response Vehicle.  

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Eye on the City – July 2016

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As a city one of our greatest assets is our citizens, because it takes great citizens to make a great community.  Recently one of our local citizens along with his staff started a movement to support our police officers here in Piqua following all of the violence that has happened recently towards those in law enforcement in our country.  It is true that what happened in Dallas and in many other places here in our country still has us all reeling!  

Thanks to Jim Oda, the Director of our Public Library, and his dedicated staff; a campaign to support our police department began.  Directly after the horrific tragedy in Dallas, Blue Ribbons were placed on the large columns directly outside the library.  Shortly after that I began promoting through my blog “Eye on the City”, Facebook, & Twitter the “Sea of Blue” campaign, because I believe that our Piqua Police Department needs to hear from ALL citizens that we support them and give thanks for ALL they do to keep us safe.  It is true that our police officers put themselves in harms way daily for us, the citizens of Piqua.

In the “Sea of Blue” campaign, I am asking ALL citizens to show their support of our Police Force by creating a “Sea of Blue” throughout our community. I am encouraging folks to hang blue ribbons on a tree, a post, a light fixture, your car, any where they can be seen.  By doing this our police officers will know they are appreciated and supported by the citizens they serve and protect. 

It is wonderful for me to see blue ribbons pop up throughout our community in front of homes, businesses, on trees in the boulevards, on lamp posts, and in many other places.  Yes, a “Sea of Blue” is happening and I thank the citizens of our community for showing the love and support they have for our police officers.

This past Friday I did a “ride along” with our police department to show my support as mayor, but also to get a bird eyes view into their job.  I rode with 2 of our officers – Lieutenant Marcos Rodriquez and Officer Todd Voskuhl.  As we travelled throughout our city, we chatted and I got a bit of a taste as to what their daily job entails.

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Lieutenant Rodriquez & Officer May

The first thing that popped out to me was how they differ from our fire department. Now I knew some of this after chairing the Safety Service Levy Campaign a few years ago.  At that time I worked closely with both departments and other citizens working hard to get that Levy passed and I heard time and time again about how firefighters are perceived and how police officers are perceived.  Yes, both jobs are very different. 

When you see our fire department they are coming to help and many of us see them as heroes because they “save the day” as they come to help fight a fire or attend someone who needs medical attention and could be in harms way.  They bring in the “jaws of life” and get people out of cars. After this happens we all want to hug them and shower them with praise and thanks.

Well, think about this from a police officers perspective.  Their job is to “serve and protect” and many times this means giving tickets for speeding, for failing to stop at a stop sign, or for driving with a suspended license.  As I was “riding along” this past Friday, we did pull over someone who was driving a bit questionably as they stopped in the road where there was not a stop sign.  It turns out that they were driving without a license and were ticketed for that.  I can tell you that as the passenger got out and they changed places so the passenger could drive that neither one of them gave Lieutenant Rodriquez a hug or high five.  He was doing his job, but I would believe he was not a welcome sight to the one that received the ticket. 

As I sat in the car, watching this traffic stop unfold and at a few other times on my “ride along” when officers were called to houses for disturbances and complainants, I have to admit that my blood began to race a bit as they walked into situation after situation of the unknown.  And the truth is that they do this each and every day!  What dedication and love of the job they have to keep doing this time after time again.

I finished up my “ride along” with Officer Todd Voskuhl, who was born and raised here in Piqua.  He told me stories of growing up in Candlewood with his brother, who is also in law enforcement.  In the stores that Todd shared with me of his childhood and growing up, I was reminded that behind these uniforms they wear lies someone just like you and me.  They have the same dreams and fears as we do, and still they go to work day after day and put on the uniform unknowing what will be next.  

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Officer Voskuhl & some of his family

We talked about his wife and family, Todd has 3 young children, and how they have dealt with the tragedy in Dallas.  I thought about my own son and how he would react knowing that one of his parents was in a job where people were shooting at them as they tried to do what they were hired to do.  How do you make sense of that as an adult, but as a child I can only imagine it is even scarier! 

Todd said they have open conversations about what happened in Dallas and together they watched the TV coverage of it and talked about what happened and the feelings that his children had because of it.  Even so, I still wonder why these innocent children have to even think about this at their young age.  

You know, there was a time that law enforcement was a career that was respected and one that was held in high honor.  My Uncle trained law enforcement officers at the local Junior College in the community I grew up in, and I can remember him talking proudly about his students and where they ended up after graduation. As a child, I found myself looking at police officers and wondering if my Uncle Larry might have once been their teacher.  Yes, there was a time when we honored authority and held the job of police officer in very high esteem.  

I pray that we can get there once again, Piqua…not only here but throughout our country!  Our Police Officers are here to “serve and protect” and we need to be behind them with “love and support.”  May the “Sea of Blue” continue to roll through our community showing our love and support to those who do SO much to keep us safe here in our community! 

Story Time with Mayor Kazy Hinds

Parents – Bring your children to “Story Time with the Mayor”                  THIS Friday (7/29) at 10:30 AM at Lock 9 Park &                                               THIS Saturday (7/30) at 9:00 AM Fountain Park (by the playground).

LET’S GET READING PIQUA!

 

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A Sea of Blue to Support our Force!

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Jim Oda and the staff at Piqua Public Library have been a great role model for our community as they have shown their support of our Police Force with the BLUE RIBBONS they hung on the columns at the entrance of the Library.  

The Piqua Police Department needs to hear from ALL CITIZENS that we support them and give thanks for ALL they do to keep us safe, because daily our Police Force put themselves in harms way for us, the citizens of Piqua.

So, I am asking ALL citizens to show their support of our Police Force by creating a “Sea of Blue Ribbons” throughout our community.  Hang them on a tree, a post, a light fixture, your car, any where they can be seen.  This way our Police Force will know they are appreciated and supported by the citizens they serve and protect.  

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P R O C L A M A T I O N – CISV (Children’s International Summer Village) Day!

 

WHEREAS, the City of Piqua will be host to several CISV delegates the week of June 19th, 2016 through  July 14, 2016; and

WHEREAS, CISV International is a global organization dedicated to educating and inspiring our youth for peace through building intercultural friendship, cooperation and understanding and was founded in 1950; and

WHEREAS, delegates from Brazil, Canada, China, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Italy and from the USA

WHEREAS, the theme of this year’s Village is: Box of Chocolates Village with CISV’s focus being on sustainability in which they will learn about chocolate and coffee production; and

WHEREAS, the children visiting will be learning about educational principles, programs and activities in this innovative, fun, non-formal peace educational program; and

WHEREAS, some of the principles will be to appreciate the similarities between people and value their difference, to support social justice and equality of opportunity for all, to encourage the resolution of conflict through peaceful means; and to support the creation of sustainable solutions to problems relating to our impact upon each other and the natural environment; and

WHEREAS, these principles then tie directly into the four educational content areas and each area is addressed and taught using the experiential learning cycle; and

WHEREAS, conversations about Diversity, Human Rights, Conflict and Resolution and Sustainable Development will all be discussed and from there, resolution ideas will be formed; and

WHEREAS, CISV educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world and the City of Piqua wishes to welcome the delegates to our hometown of Piqua, Ohio. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim July 14, 2106 as 

CISV DAY 

in the City of Piqua and ask our citizens to welcome all the delegates to our community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 14th day of July.

KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR