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.

Black Friday shopping: Area stores say they still have deals today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 5:21 AM

Long line at Elder-Beerman

UPDATE @ 2:03 P.M. 

Abby Jump, of Enon, dug through a bin of DVDs at Walmart in Beavercreek. She said she waited to shop this morning, and didn’t go out on Thanksgiving. 

“The Greene wasn’t bad,” she said. “There were some really good specials at Alta. The line was really long.” 

UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.

UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m.

James Maggard, of Franklin, sat on a bench in the Dayton Mall, waiting for his family as they shopped around for gifts. He said they woke up early to go to Toys“R”Us, which he said “wasn’t busy at all.”

“We went to Walmart last night,” he said. “Now, that was awful. I have PTSD and it all came back last night. I told my wife I had to just go out to the car.”

He said a “little old lady” grabbed an electronics item right out of his hand at Walmart. Today has been calm with smaller crowds, he said.  

His daughters plan to go to Barnes and Noble after the Dayton Mall, but Maggard said most of his holiday shopping is already done. “I ordered most of everything online.” 

Kenna Davis and Tera Estep, of Middletown, started their day of shopping at 4 a.m. at the Cabela’s in West Chester Twp.. The lines were so long that they opted out of buying anything at all. 

“It was unreal,” Davis said.

After that, they went to Target, which didn’t have any lines. “We thought it would be jam-packed. 

Sitting in the Dayton Mall with Auntie Anne’s pretzels, the women waited on a bench for Estep’s daughters who shopped in Victoria’s Secret. 

“I’m not a crowd-fighter,” Davis said.

 

UPDATE @ 7:28 a.m. 

UPDATE @ 6:20 a.m.

More than 600 people waited in line for door buster deals at Cabela’s in Centerville. The line was significantly smaller than last year, when more than 1,000 people showed up for the first Black Friday at the retailer’s Centerville location. 

A Cabela’s spokeswoman said one person claimed a free firearm. The store is expected to give away two free firearms today, as well as gift cards and other prizes. 

 

INITIAL REPORT:

Consumers got an early start on their shopping on Thanksgiving, but plenty of retailers will offer special Black Friday deals today.

Black Friday is still expected to be the busiest shopping day of the weekend — with 115 million people expected to do their buying today. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop this weekend, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The numbers include Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday and Cyber Monday.

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Holiday spending in Ohio is expected to grow 2 percent this year compared to 2016, bringing in an estimated $24.1 billion statewide — and people in the Dayton region are expected to spend more than last year. NRF projects that holiday retail sales in November and December this year will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted.

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Black Friday deals: Here’s what we found today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

Black Friday

Shoppers are already out finding the best deals at big box retailers on Black Friday.

Retailers like Target and Walmart opened last night on Thanksgiving, offering major deals for shoppers. Cabela’s opened again at 6 a.m. today, and gave away prizes to the first 600 customers in line.

A two-hour timelapse of shoppers at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, Ohio on Black Friday.

These are the best deals we’ve found so far:

Elder-Beerman announces Cyber Monday deals

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:45 PM


            KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

Elder-Beerman’s parent company, The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., announced its two-day Cyber Monday sale starts on Sunday at 6 a.m. and ends midnight on Monday.

The sales are on all Bon-Ton sites including: bonton.com, bergners.com, bostonstore.com, carsons.com, elder-beerman.com, herbergers.com and younkers.com. Online shoppers can access an exclusive promo code for $50 off a $100 or more online purchase, and shipping is free on any purchase of $25 or more.

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Some of the deals include:

•Up to 70 percent off select outerwear for ladies, men and kids

•$19.97 any size Living Quarters down alternative reversible comforters

•Sharper Image GPS location with camera drone 1080P for $279.97

•Up to 70 percent off a huge selection of dresses

•$39.97 cashmere sweaters for her

•20 percent off select mascaras

•Up to 70 percent off designer clearance handbags

•$19.97 Rampage boots and jackets

•50 percent off FAO Schwarz toys

•Up to 70 percent off clearance fine jewelry

Bon-Ton will continue its Cyber Monday event all week and unveil Cyber Week online deals through Dec. 2.

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Reza’s Roast plans local coffee donation event

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:34 PM


            Reza’s Roast is inviting the public to its “Roast it Forward” event Saturday. CONTRIBUTED
Reza’s Roast is inviting the public to its “Roast it Forward” event Saturday. CONTRIBUTED

A local coffee roaster is looking for your help to donate coffee to area soup kitchens and shelters.

Reza’s Roast, a Fairborn roaster of coffee sourced directly from farmers, is inviting the public to stop by Saturday to its “Roast it Forward” event to buy coffee beans at cost and donate to local organizations.

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For the Saturday event, Reza’s stated it bought inexpensive (but still ethically sourced) green beans to donate to local soup kitchens and shelters.

“Come buy at cost as little or much as you like and we will help you roast and bag it yourself,” the roastery said.

Stop by 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 611 W. Yellow Springs Fairfield Road business to participate.

The business’ roaster can do a batch in less than 15 minutes. Then visitors can take the coffee to donate where they would like or leave it for Reza’s to drop off.

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Not sure where to donate? Reza’s has a list of local organizations that would be grateful for coffee.

There will be free donuts and coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Kids are invited and there will be some children’s activities as well.