P R O C L A M A T I ON – Kids to Parks Day

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WHEREAS, May 21st, 2016 is the sixth Kids to Parks Day organized and launched by the National Park Trust; and

WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day empowers kids and encourages families to get outdoors and visit America’s parks; and

WHEREAS, it is important to introduce a new generation to our nation’s parks because of the decline in Park attendance over the last decades; and

WHEREAS, we should encourage children to lead a more active lifestyle to combat the issues of childhood obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia; and

WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day is open to all children and adults across the country to encourage a large and diverse group of participants; and

WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day will broaden children’s appreciation for nature and the outdoors; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim May 21st, 2016 as:

KIDS TO PARKS DAY

and urge all residents of the City of Piqua to take the children in their lives to a neighborhood, state or national park

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 21st day of May 2016.

        KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

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PROCLAMATION – Police Week & Police Officers Memorial Day

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WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Piqua Police Department; and

WHEREAS, there have been 15,725 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2016, resulting in approximately 13,824 injuries; and

WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1791, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty, including three members of the Piqua Police Department-Lt. Noah Studebaker, Patrolman Jan Mulder II, and Detective Robert Taylor; and

WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, 252 new names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this spring, including 123 officers killed in 2015 and 129 officers killed in previous years; and

WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be honored during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of May 13, 2016; and

WHEREAS, the Candlelight Vigil is part of National Police Week, which takes place this year on May 15-21 NOTE: Because May 15, 2016 falls on a Sunday, some events will take place before the official dates of Police Week 2016; and

WHEREAS, May 15th is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of all fallen officers and their families and U.S. flags should be flown at half-staff; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Piqua formally designates May 15-21, 2016, as Police Week in the City of Piqua, Ohio and publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio on this 17th day of May 2016.

KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

P R O C L A M A T I O N -National Nursing Home Week 2016

I had the joy this week to visit Piqua Manor Nursing Home and give a Proclamation for National Nursing Home Week.  I give thanks for all our citizens who are residents of the skilled nursing care centers and those who work in the skilled nursing care centers located here in Piqua.  

WHEREAS, we honor and respect our elders and citizens of any age with physical or intellectual disabilities who reside in skilled nursing care centers in the City of Piqua; and

WHEREAS, skilled nursing care centers throughout our area are holding events in observance of National Nursing Home Week, May 8th to May 14th, using this year’s theme of “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart;” and

WHEREAS, I urge all citizens to visit a loved one, family member or friend residing in any care setting and offer a kind word, a personal touch, and time spent participating in various activities as a way to help in all walks of life in need of our continuing love and support; and

WHEREAS, my administration is committed to quality health care, we take this moment to embrace the spirit of the theme; “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart.”  Let’s join all residents, patients, caregivers, nurses, other staff and visitors in celebrating their special week; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, declare the week of May 8th through May 14th, 2016 as National Nursing Home Week, a week to honor our vulnerable citizens who receive care, or the dedicated ones giving care.

 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 8th day of May 2016.

KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

Proclamation – Motorcycle Awareness Month

WHEREAS, safety is the highest priority for the highways and streets of our Villages, Cities and State; and

WHEREAS, motorcycle riding is a popular form of transportation and recreation for over two-hundred thousand people across the State and millions across the Nation; and

WHEREAS, in an effort to make motorcycling in Ohio a safer and more enjoyable sport, motorcycling organizations from around the state are now planning a collective venture to promote MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS; and

WHEREAS, all motorcycle organizations, clubs, dealerships, groups and highway safety officials in our state, should join ABATE of OHIO, Inc. and the Motorcycle Ohio program, in actively promoting safe operation, increased rider training, improved licensing efforts, and motorists awareness; and

WHEREAS, during the month of May, all roadway users should unite in the safe sharing of the roadways throughout the State of Ohio.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim the month of May, 2016 as

MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH

in the City of Piqua and State of Ohio and urge all members of our community to join in recognition of this significant occasion and achievement of motorcycle organizations and enthusiasts.

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.

        KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

Proclamation – Piqua Kiwanis 80th Anniversary Celebration

WHEREAS, May 9, 2016 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Piqua Kiwanis organization; and

WHEREAS, the Piqua Kiwanis Club received their Charter from the Kiwanis International on January 22, 1936; and

WHEREAS, Kiwanis is local organization of community-minded individuals dedicated in supporting children and young adults in the Piqua area; and

WHEREAS, Kiwanis is dedicated to helping the youth of our community through service projects such as: The Eliminate Project, awarding scholarships, supplying plaques for the annual city spelling bee, supporting the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign and the Salvation Army Summer Lunch Program, the Piqua Halloween parade, sponsoring the annual New Teachers Luncheon, Camp Courageous, providing infant carriers for UVMC, sponsoring youth groups: Key Club at Piqua High School, Builders Club at Piqua Junior High, K-Kids at Springcreek Primary, Washington Primary and Piqua Central Intermediate as well as holding the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day and Kiwanis Peanut Sale Fundraiser; and 

WHEREAS, the City of Piqua benefits from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers; and

WHEREAS, the City of Piqua would like to recognize and thank the Piqua Kiwanis Organization for everything they do for our Community.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim Monday, May 9, 2016 as

PIQUA KIWANIS 80TH ANNIVERSARY DAY

in the City of Piqua and urge my fellow citizens to thank the Kiwanis Organization for being an important part of 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 9th day of May 2016.

KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

P R O C L A M A T I O N – ARBOR DAY 2016

WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and

WHEREAS, the holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and

WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and

WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, lower our heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and

WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products, and

WHEREAS, trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and

WHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2016 as

ARBOR DAY IN THE CITY OF PIQUA

and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and

FURTHER, I urge all citizens to plant and care for trees to gladden the heart and promote the well being of this and future generations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 5th day of May 2016.

          KATHRYN B. HINDS, MAYOR

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PROCLAMATION OF MAY AS BIKE MONTH and the week of May 2, 2016 to May 6, 2016 as BIKE TO WORK and BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK in Piqua, Ohio

WHEREAS, for more than a century, the bicycle has been an important part of the lives of most Americans; and,

WHEREAS, today, millions of Americans engage in bicycling as an environmentally sound form of transportation, an excellent form of fitness, and as a quality family recreation activity; and,

WHEREAS, Piqua hosts events such as a the annual Bike Blessing, Bicycle Rodeo, Bike to Work/Bike to School Week, Piqua Bike Challenge, Moonlight Stride and Rides, and the Groovy Gourd Bike Tour, encourages local and visiting bicyclists to enjoy the Great Miami River Recreational Trail, the Piqua Recreational Trail system, and all of our beautiful community.

WHEREAS, these bicycling activities and attractions have a positive impact on Piqua’s economy and tourism industry and to stimulate economic development by making the city attractive to businesses and citizens who enjoy the out of doors and healthy lifestyles; and

WHEREAS, creating bicycle-friendly communities has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life, to boost community spirit, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion; and,

WHEREAS, the League of American Bicyclists and local advocacy organizations like Bike Piqua are promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Piqua benefit from the availability of a complete transportation system that includes facilities dedicated to the safe and convenient movement of bicycle traffic:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Piqua Commission hereby proclaims, the month of May as BIKE MONTH, and the week of May 2, 2016 to May 6, 2016 as BIKE TO WORK and BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK in Piqua, Ohio. 

KATHRYN HINDS, MAYOR OF PIQUA, OHIO

WOTVC – Eye on the City – April 2016

Click on the link below for my first episode of Eye on the City as seen on our local TV station WOTVC.  

In “Eye on the City” I am talking about how we as a community are Moving in the “Move Piqua” segment.  This episode focuses on the 6th grade Run Club at Piqua Central Intermediate School.  

There is another segment called “This is Piqua” where I want to remind people to not say “Ya know, it is just Piqua” and turn it around and say “THIS IS PIQUA!” because there are awesome things happening here!  This segment highlights May at Bike Month here in our city and I talk to City Planner – Chris Schmeising one of our many Bike champion here in Piqua.  

My final segment is called “Piqua Now” where I will highlight what is happening right now here in our community.  Because economic development is something I hear many citizens ask me about, I thought it would be good in this episode’s segment for me to talk to City Manager – Gary Huff and get his thoughts on economic development.  So click the link below and join me for my FIRST episode of EYE ON THE CITY!  ~ YOUR Mayor Kazy Hinds.

First Episode of “Eye on the City”