Farmers worried about heavy rain forecast

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 9:59 PM

The prospect of heavy rains this weekend is not filling every farmer’s heart with joy.

Winegrape growers in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio are watching the remnants of Hurricane Isaac with a wary eye, because heavy rains at or near harvest can wreak havoc on the quality of the grapes and on the taste of the resulting wines.

WHIO-TV Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said even though the precise track of the former hurricane is not known, Isaac could dump two to five inches of rain on the area by the end of Labor Day. That would be a good first step toward easing the drought that has bedeviled farmers this summer.

But is also might complicate the harvest of certain varieties of wine grapes that are approaching peak maturity, Ohio winegrape specialists say. Prolonged rain at harvest time can cause thin-skinned grapes to expand and split their skins, which in turn can lead to rot or to unwanted attention from insects. And the water that gorges the grapes can knock the sugars and palate-friendly acids out of balance and dilute the flavors of the resulting wine.

Joe Schuchter, part of the third generation of the family that owns and operates Valley Vineyards near Morrow in Warren County, said vineyard workers there are accelerating the harvest of some grape varieties that have ripened sufficiently. “We’ll pick until the rain starts, and for a little while after, because it takes a while for the grapes to absorb the moisture,” Schuchter said.

The winery’s “vinifera” grapevines — varieties such as chardonnay and cabernet franc that are native to Europe and are most recognizable to consumers — ripen later in the fall and should weather this storm without damage, Schuchter said.

James Brandeberry, owner and winemaker of Brandeberry Winery in Clark County northwest of Yellow Springs, said he intends to leave his grapes on the vine. “They are not ready to pick yet,” Brandeberry said of his seyval blanc, vidal blanc and cayuga grape varieties growing in his estate vineyard. “I’ll take my chances.”

The ground is so dry that a heavy, brief rain may not soak into the ground enough to bloat the grapes, the winery owner said.

Todd Steiner, enology program manager and winemaking specialist at Ohio State University’s agricultural research center in Wooster, said the current rain forecast “is not a vintage-breaker” for Ohio winemakers and grape growers.

“But I wouldn’t want to see too many other Isaacs come through here and settle right over us” in the weeks ahead, Steiner said. “That would break the harvest.”

The Ohio wine and grape industry had an economic impact of $582.8 million, employed 4,000 people, provided a payroll of $124.2 million and contributed an estimated $62 million back in state, local and federal tax revenue, according to the industry’s 2008 Economic Impact report, its most recent impact report.

INSIDE LOOK: $1.7M home with indoor pool for sale in Washington Twp.

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

1658 W. Alex Bell Road
1658 W. Alex Bell Road

An Italian-inspired home on West Alex Bell Road is for sale for $1.7 million in Washington Twp.

The home, located at 1658 West Alex Bell Road, sites on more than seven acres of land — overlooking thickly wooded areas and Hole’s Creek. The architecture of the home features multiple arches, wide limestone columns, walls of windows and glass doors.

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The home offers 6,130 square feet of space with an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and a guest home with a private driveway. There are also 50 sconces around the home, including custom-made ones in the foyer. The kitchen also has a six-burner gas cooktop with double ovens under a counter and a custom-built wine rack. The side buffet counter offers a wet bar and upper display cabinets.

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)
1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

Price: $1,695,000

Directions: West on Alex Bell Road, left before Chartwell Drive

Highlights:About 6,130 sq. ft., 3-plus bedrooms, 3 full baths, gated estate, 7.6 acres, indoor pool, Italianate architecture, 1998 ranch, study, addition in 2003, multi-purpose room, 7 fireplaces, patio, screened porches, veranda, custom-designed lighting, attached 3-car garage, updated ranch guest house with 4-car garage


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Moraine-based wholesaler celebrates growth, new office

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:43 PM

Besides Miamisburg’s 200,000-square-foot distribution center, seen here, Winsupply has similar centers in Middletown, Conn., Aurora, Colo. and in Prince George, Va. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
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Moraine-based Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has opened a new Winsupply company in Franklin, Tenn., its fifth new company of 2017.

Winsupply of Franklin will serve plumbing contractors in one of the fastest growing markets in the United States, and throughout greater Nashville, the company said Friday.

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The construction and industrial goods wholesaler operates on a unique business model, sharing risk and equity with partner companies — more than 580 of them — in 45 states.

The newly announced location has a new 3,000-square foot plumbing showroom, Winsupply said.

Local Winsupply companies meet the needs of local customers while the overall company provides local units with centralized support and goods.

Dozens of Joe's Crab Shack restaurants abruptly close

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Franz Marc Frei/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images
(Franz Marc Frei/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images)

Dozens of Joe’s Crab Shack locations across the United States abruptly closed without warning amidst its parent company’s bankruptcy proceedings.

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Calls to a location in Duluth, Georgia, went unanswered Thursday afternoon, and restaurant review site Yelp deemed it closed based on user feedback. The Gwinnett site is also not listed on the company’s website.

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The Duluth location was included in a list of the 41 locations that closed without advance warning to employees, originally reported by Consumerist. The list included restaurants in nearly 20 states, including Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.

Joe’s Crab Shack’s parent company, Ignite Restaurant Group, did not return a request for comment. Ignite filed for bankruptcy in June. Landry’s, Inc. won an auction this month to acquire Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern and Tap brands from Ignite for $57 million.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk and contributed to this report.

Wright State gets grant for opioid addiction training

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:07 PM

            Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has been awarded a $499,095 grant toward the school’s primary care curriculum and a $80,000 supplemental grant for medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has been awarded a $499,095 grant toward the school’s primary care curriculum and a $80,000 supplemental grant for medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

An $80,000 federal grant will help train local phyisicians on medically assisted treatment of opioid addiction.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was awarded it to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, along with a $499,095 grant toward the school’s primary care curriculum.

The one-year supplemental grant toward medically assisted addiction treatment will help Binder and an interdisciplinary team to develop elective coursework in opioid use disorder and medically assisted treatment.

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“In Ohio, unintentional drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death. In Montgomery and Greene counties, unintentional drug overdose rates increased by more than 100 percent since 2010,” said Dr. S. Bruce Binder, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Binder is the principal investigator of the supplemental grant.

“By expanding the number of trained physicians, nurses and physician assistants to provide medical assisted treatment, we can more effectively address the opioid epidemic in Montgomery and Greene counties in addition to the rural counties affiliated with the Wright State University-Lake Campus in Celina,” he said in a statment from Wright State.

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The interdisciplinary team working on the grant project includes faculty members from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and the Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research in addition to the Wright State College of Nursing and Health, Wright State School of Professional Psychology and the Kettering College Physician Assistant Program.


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