Blessing of the Bikes

Reverend Kenneth Stewart, pastor of Greene Street United Methodist Church here in Piqua, Ohio gave our Annual “Blessing of the Bikes” today at noon at the Gazebo.  This kicks off the City of Piqua’s Bike Month which begins on May 1st, 2016.  



What follows is Pastor Kenneth’s prayer…

“God who is Father, Son, and Spirit; the unseen companion through all our many journeys, we praise you this day for the strength to ride, the air that fills our lungs, a great city with which to enjoy, and all your creative wonders.

As we embark on a new season of riding, we seek your blessing for our safety, for joy, for health, for beauty, and for adventure. We pray that we would find even more beauty and wonder in your creative order, whether from birds singing a new song to a hidden gem found in the cleft of a rock. May all the wonder and richness of your creation give us all the more reason to pause and say thank you for the world in which you have made; a world you have offered to us as a gift to celebrate and care for.

As we ride alone, may your presence bring peace and provide meaningful time for prayer and conversation with you. As we ride with family and friends, may our relationships grow to deeper places where the depth of your love is discovered.

As we move with the land, with all its twists and turns, hills and valleys, may we be ever-mindful of your steady faithfulness and your unchanging grace, poured out for all to enjoy.

We thank you for the warm sun on our brow and the cool breeze offered by a shaded trail. We praise you, merciful God, for the strength to ride and for all who maintain our pathways. We pray, Great God of refuge, for an accident-free year of riding, both for those on foot and those behind the wheel and those on two wheels.”  Amen!

May we all get out and enjoy our wonderful path system during this Bike Month!

Eye on the City – April 2016

One of the things that has always hit me funny is what many folks here in our community say when speaking about Piqua…they say, “Well, you know it’s just Piqua.”  

The truth is how we speak affects how we think.  If we say “It’s just Piqua” that is what we will believe.  But I want us to turn that around and suggest that we all say, “This is Piqua!”   Because this is positive and holds much more truth than the former saying.  So, let me share with you what I see when I say “This is Piqua!”




Ryan King, local runner and owner of Can’t Stop Running Company did Piqua proud this past month running the Boston Marathon!   The training and determination it takes to complete a Marathon is true dedication.  Wow!  Way to go Ryan! 





Our own Piqua Show Choir known as The Company, under the direction of Mr. Tom Westfall won Grand Champions this past month as one of their companions.  Wow!!! What an amazing group of talented young people!




Also this past month our Piqua Arts Council raised over $50,000 in this years “Dancing With The Piqua Stars!”  Thanks to our 6 Star Dancers the money raised will help to promote the Arts here in our wonderful community!  Wow!!! Thanks to those 6 Star Dancers, and Rick and Judy Bowerman of RJ Ballrooms, who gave of their time and talents!






Over the past 10 weeks, dedicated teachers, staff and administrators at Piqua Central Intermediate School have been giving of their time to hold a Run Club after school for the 6th grade class.  They do this with no extra compensation.  They do this because they love the kids and want to teach them healthy choices!  Wow!!!  Thanks to these dedicated folks, our children are being taught the importance of physical fitness and daily exercise!  



Bike Piqua is a local chapter of Bike Miami Valley and was founded by local biking enthusiasts in the Spring of 2015.  Bike Piqua’s main focus is to advocate, promote, and create opportunities for all forms of bicycling here in Piqua and the Miami Valley.  Bike Piqua has been very active in promoting May as Bike Month here in our community.  This is a National event  that takes place in many communities throughout the US.  National Bike Month was established by the League of American Bicyclists  in 1956.  In our community, Bike Month gives us a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try here in our community!  Wow!!! Thanks to these amazing, active citizens who encourage us to get out and get moving on our wonderful path system! 

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Mainstreet Piqua hosts a Community Clean-Up Day the first Saturday in May and has for over 7 years.  This is a time where Citizen Pride can be seen throughout our community as there are people all over the city picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks, and doing some over-all sprucing up.   Civic organizations, scout troops, local garden clubs, and other groups come together working side-by-side doing all they can to make Piqua an even better place to live!  WOW!!!  Now that is what I call a gift to the community you live in and a wonderful way to give back!


Finally, I would like to mention the recent walking tour that was held of our Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment Projects.  What a night we had and it was SO well attended!  It was an exclusive opportunity to get inside these historic structures and take the first look at our plans to redesign them as public spaces.  Wow!!! It was an amazing evening and the Piqua Pride was flowing as we moved from building to building and heard about the visions for the future.


Yes, my friends, THIS IS PIQUA!  So the next time you hear someone in our community say…well, “You know, it is just Piqua”…you can say with Piqua Pride that “Our community is moving forward as a leader in the Miami Valley of what is to come!”  Yes, THIS IS PIQUA! 



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WHEREAS, sports are a fundamental part of our life as Americans.  They foster our country’s competitive drive, help us stay healthy and teach us what it takes to succeed, not only on the softball diamond or the basketball court, but also in life.  Sports and fitness reflect our national character and they help us unlock our full potential; and

WHEREAS, it is important for all Piqua citizens to understand and participate in physical fitness because it is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.  Regular exercise can produce long-term health benefits; it can help prevent chronic diseases, combat obesity, relieve stress, and increase the chances of living longer.  By making physical activity part of your daily routine, at least 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children, you can put yourself on the path to better physical and mental health; and

WHEREAS, because of the importance in teaching the young citizens of our community the importance of health and wellness, during the 2014-2015 school year, the administration, teachers and staff at Bennett Intermediate School started a Run Club which has now continued at Piqua’s new Intermediate School Piqua Central, known as PCIS; and

WHEREAS, under the dedicated leadership of 6th grade teacher Crystal Ayers, who is an avid runner herself, all 6th graders had the opportunity to be a part of Run Club.  Over 80 children responded and have been practicing after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays since the first day in late February; and

WHEREAS, High School and Jr. High School Cross Country Coach Steve Frazier and the High School and Jr. High School Cross Country teams have been coming over during the 10 weeks of practices to train and run with the 6th graders.  Through their dedication and energy, many 6th graders now love to run; and

WHEREAS, because of these dedicated teachers, PCIS staff and of course Principal Jennie Gearhardt, who is a runner herself, the PCIS Run Club children have learned the importance of regular exercise and invite all Piqua citizens to invest in their own well-being by finding a way to be active each day.  By making daily healthy choices, all Piqua citizens can strengthen their bodies and minds and build a foundation that supports their greatest aspirations; and

WHEREAS, so may we as the citizens of Piqua encourage one another to get involved in sports and fitness activities and together, forge a healthier future for ourselves, our loved ones and the City of Piqua; and

WHEREAS, and now on this last day of practice, April 28, 2016 and knowing that this Sunday, May 1, 2016 the PCIS Run Club will run in the Heroes & Villains 5K which is put on and benefits the Piqua High School and Piqua Junior High School Cross-Country programs, as their final Run Club activity.

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim April 28th, 2016 as


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 28th day of April 2016.









WHEREAS, an African proverb declares “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter” the meaning of which is to recognize the importance of understanding stories from different perspectives; and

WHEREAS, students learn to patriotically, Remember the Alamo or Never Forget 9/11!  But other historical narratives are down played with the expectation to just get over it; and

WHEREAS, a just and righteous GOD commanded his people to REMEMBER and to        establish a memorial of instruction to teach each generation about the Passover experience of how HE delivered them from slavery in Egypt in Exodus 12: 14; and

WHEREAS, it has been established that the first Memorial Day Observance in America  was established by black church people on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC;  and

WHEREAS, on this same day the first Sunday of May being May 1st , the Greater Love  Missionary Baptist Church presided over at its start by Rev. Floyd Murray will celebrate   the 17th  anniversary of its founding under Pastor Montinas Peterson and first having its origin as the African Baptist Church started in 1857 by Jacob Emmons and the Randolph Freedmen in Rossville; and

WHEREAS, in conjunction with a historical anniversary service at Greater Love             Missionary Baptist Church and held with her Randolph instituted sister church, Cyrene   African Methodist Episcopal Church for the purpose of honoring the Randolph struggle     for freedom as an “inclusive heritage”  in doing the RIGHT Thing, and 

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2016 as 

MEMORIAL DAY in the City of Piqua.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed    the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 1st day of May 2016

PROCLAMATION for Autism Awareness Month


WHEREAS, autism, the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, affecting more than three million people, is an urgent public health crisis that demands a national response; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the growing needs of the worldwide autistic community and to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders and the need to provide services to individuals and families who are affected, the United Nations has sanctioned April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day; and

WHEREAS, Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to funding research on autism and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, promotes the awareness of autism worldwide; and

WHEREAS, in light of the growing impact of autism spectrum disorders and the need for greater awareness, Autism Speaks holds their “Light It Up Blue!” campaign on World Autism Awareness Day, designed to increase awareness about autism by asking participating organizations to turn their lights blue; and

WHEREAS, the City of Piqua is honored to take part in the annual observance of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day in the hope that it will lead to a better understanding of the disorder; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH and April 2, 2016 as WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY in Piqua, Ohio to raise public awareness of autism and the myriad of issues surrounding autism, as well as to increase knowledge of the programs that have been and are being developed to support individuals with autism and their families..

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 2nd day of April 2016.