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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.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
DAYTON — The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Hudson comforters by UGG under recall were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and may contain mold which could pose a risk of infection or respiratory issues in people with a mold allergy or compromised immune system.
The comforters come in four colors: garnet, navy, grey and oatmeal. They were sold between August 2017 and October 2017.
No injuries have been reported.
If you have one don't use it and return it to the store for a full refund. Call Bed Bath & Beyond at 800-462-3966 for more information.
The Multipro Baby Cradle N Swing bassinet sold on Amazon.com poses a fall and entrapment hazard for babies.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the bassinets fail to meet mandatory federal safety standards.
It is recommended that you take the bassinet apart and throw it away. No injuries have been reported.
Amazon has contacted purchasers and issued full refund gift cards.
If you have one of these products and did not yet receive a refund contact Amazon at 888-280-4331.
Two Coldwater Creek snow globe models pose a fire hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports light refraction through the globes may melt or singe things placed near them.
Once incident of damage has been reported.
The Reindeer snow globe has the model number XC7484.
The Vintage charm snow globe contains a silver snowman and has the model number 3WGL120.
They were sold in Coldwater Creek stores and online.
Stop using the snow globes and contact Coldwater Creek at 888-678 5576 to return the product for a full refund.
Fujifilm is recalling some digital camera power adapters because they could shock you.
The adapter plug can break or crack exposing live electrical contacts, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The AC-5VF power adaptors were sold with six Fujifilm digital camera models in stores and online.
Don't use the adapter and contact Fujifilm at 833-613-1200 for a free replacement.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
— Spectrum customers are reporting service interruptions while attempting to use the Spectrum TV app, the company said on Friday afternoon.
“Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the company said on social media.
The issue was first reported by the company around 1 p.m. on Friday.
Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.— Ask Spectrum (@Ask_Spectrum) January 19, 2018
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Spectrum TV Stream customers can watch select TV content through the Spectrum TV app using Roku, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV or other compatible mobile device. Spectrum TV Stream customers can also view programming on SpectrumTV.com.
This news organization has reached out to Spectrum to see if any credits will be offered to impacted customers.
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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:51 PM
— The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is welcoming new board of trustees members while thanking retiring members.
The new chamber board members are:
Doug Anspach, Leadership Dayton chair and partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Doug Barry, president of BarryStaff Inc.; Randy Domigan, director of Brady Ware; Cindy Gaboury, owner of Audio Etc.; Andy Horner, vice president, University of Dayton; Tami Kirby, of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur; Dan McCabe, chair, EPI Foundation; Mary Mierzejewski, chair, Generation Dayton; Anne Marie Singleton, consultant and shareholder, McGohan Brabender; and Steve Tieber, owner of the Dublin Pub
The retiring board members are: Jerad Barnett, of Mills Morgan Development; Niki Chaudhry, Eric Joo, of Schueler Group; Brady Kress, president and CEO of Dayton History; John McCance, McCance Consulting Group, LLC.
The board consists of up to 50 local business leaders who carry out the business of the chamber according to its bylaws. The board meets quarterly in February, May, August and November. Members may serve up to three, two-year terms.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:09 PM
SEATTLE — The monthly membership fee for Amazon Prime rose Friday from $10.99 to $12.99.
Company officials said the annual membership will remain at $99 dollars.
Monthly customers do not get access to Amazon Video, which costs $8.99 a month.
The last Prime subscription hike came in 2014, when Amazon increased its yearly membership from $79 to $99.