PROCLAMATION – Piqua Compassion Network (PCN) 10th Anniversary!



WHEREAS, we are here this evening to thank and congratulate the Piqua Compassion Network on their 10th Anniversary in the City of Piqua; and

WHEREAS, the Piqua Compassion Network is a network of people, both staff and volunteers, devoted to changing lives; and

WHEREAS, Piqua Compassion Network opened in September of 2007 by a group of dedicated volunteers and exists to transform lives by providing Christian hope, education and basic needs assistance to Piqua area residents; they are committed to provide a hand up by empowering individuals to move forward from crisis and poverty; and

WHEREAS, the Piqua Compassion Network aides our community in so many ways such as: finding safe housing options, needed transportation, healthy living and lifestyles information,  utility assistance, prescription assistance for medical emergencies, work boots for employment needs and those are just to name a few; and

WHEREAS, without Piqua Compassion Network helping our local citizens, many residents would be left behind with little to no hope as to how to move forward from a crisis or uprising out of poverty; and

WHEREAS, today and every day we need to be aware of those with needs within our community, to be thankful that Piqua Compassion Network lends a helping hand to those in need, to be thankful they offer encouragement to those in need, to be thankful they offer a kind smile with compassionate understanding to those who are struggling, and mostly we need to be thankful that we are blessed to have Piqua Compassion Network in our Community!

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the City of Piqua, do hereby congratulate Piqua Compassion Network on their 10 year anniversary as we thank their staff and volunteers for their dedicated service to citizens in our beautiful community. 

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 September 2017.




Proclamation – Prostate Awareness Month – September 2017


WHEREAS, Prostate cancer constitutes 19% of all cancer diagnoses and 8% of all cancer deaths,

WHEREAS, in Ohio, an estimated 5,840 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 1,020 deaths will occur; and

WHEREAS, men with relatives-father, brother, son – with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease; and

WHEREAS, Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to get prostate cancer; and

WHEREAS, Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men and the third leading cause of cancer death behind lung and colon cancer; and

WHEREAS, this year approximately 161,360 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone every year – that’s one man every 3.3 minutes and roughly 26,730 will die this year from the disease – which is one man every 20 minutes; and

WHEREAS, 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and African American men are at the highest risk for the disease with a rate of 1 in 6 men.  African American men are 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease; and

WHEREAS, education regarding prostate cancer and early detection strategies is critical to saving lives, preserving and protecting our families; and

WHEREAS, all men are at risk for prostate cancer and we encourage the citizens of Piqua to increase the importance of prostate screenings.

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


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 September 2017.


A Great 4th of July in the City of Piqua!


What a great day in Piqua!  I sure hope that you were able to get out to the City of Piqua’s 4th Fest celebration.  It was such a wonderful day here in our great city!  Fountain Park was buzzing with all sorts of activities, and it was fabulous to see all who showed up for the Bike Parade with patriotic decorated bikes.  I was asked to be one of the judges of the Bike Parade and boy was it tough because there were such amazing decorated bikes that day!  As the parade began and headed towards Hance Pavillon, it was wonderful to walk through the event area that was full of local organizations booths of games, food and fun!  I loved seeing so many of our citizens both young and old enjoying all that was offered there to celebrate our nations birthday.  As always the Piqua Civic Band provided wonderful patriotic music that afternoon in Hance pavilion, and I encourage all our citizens to join them for their summer concert series on Thursday evenings (7/20, 7/27, & 8/3) at 7:00 PM in Hance Pavilion.  

The evening activities were just as full with the concert in Lock 9 Riverfront Park with Mike Perkins and Paradise Island Band providing music completed by the great energy from WPTW’s Joe Laber emceeing the event.  The Food Trucks provided lots of great options to choose from to eat and then of course the fireworks.  People were lined up on the Shawnee Bridge and up and down the riverfront.  It truly was a wonderful day and one that we, as a city, can be proud of because 4th Fest is now a great annual festival that many both from Piqua and outside our community come here to enjoy all there is to offer. 

The day would not happen without the behind the scenes work for many months of our City of Piqua employees.  I especially want to thank Brittany Van Horn, our public relations/special events coordinator for all she did to coordinate and oversee every single minute of the day’s events.  One of my memories as I look back over the day was that everywhere I looked I saw City of Piqua employees everywhere making it all happen.  From having a US flag handed to me at Fountain Park in the morning to having a glow stick handed to me that evening at Lock 9 just before the fireworks.  Both the flag and glow stick were given to me with a huge smile and greeting by a City of Piqua employee.  Thank you, City of Piqua employees for all you did to make the day what it was…a HUGE success!  I can’t wait for 4th Fest 2018, I know it will be even better!  We are very lucky to have such great employees here in the City of Piqua, and I want to offer a HUGE THANK YOU to them for all they do for us, the citizens of Piqua.  THIS. Definitely Is Piqua!