Trick-or-Treat forecast: What you need to know

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 6:17 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 2:59 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the forecast for some specific cities in the Miami Valley.

Temperatures have trended downward as we approach the end of October, and Halloween night will be no exception, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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It will be dry tonight, but it will be chilly with temperatures only reaching the middle 40s. Normally we should see highs in the upper 50s.

Get your county-by-county weather forecast

Temperatures will keep falling through the 40s during trick-or-treat time. Sunset will be around 6:35 p.m. 

By 9 p.m., most cities will already be in the low 30s. 

Clouds increase for the night, but it will stay dry. Dress the kids in layers.

Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on this weekend's storm system.

A complex storm system will move in to the Dayton area late Friday night, bringing with it a weather mix that will impact most of the Miami Valley this weekend, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay prepared:

  • Heavy rain late Friday night, Saturday afternoon--ponding on the roads and reduced visibility will make driving challenging, and raise your risk of hydroplaning.
  • Winds will be gusting Saturday afternoon and evening. Isolated power outages are possible. Holiday decorations and lawn furniture could be blown around or damaged. 
  • Cold air will move in quickly, a 20-degree drop is expected by Sunday morning. Below freezing temperatures, light snow flurries are possible. Accumulation should not be an issue, but icy spots on roads Sunday morning are possible.

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Dayton grocery fire: Kroger, others offer help to neighborhood

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Kroger helping those affected by Food For Less fire

In response to the recent fire that destroyed the Food For Less on East Third Street in Dayton, another grocer is sponsoring five food distributions for families impacted through The Foodbank’s Mobile Food Pantry.

The first distribution will be Tuesday at The FoodBank, followed by four weekly distributions through Dec. 21 at Laborers’ Local 1410.

“Kroger is pleased to help ease the worries of residents who lost their grocery store in a fire last week with a few options to get much needed food and grocery items,” said Tim Brown, Kroger, Cincinnati/Dayton Division president. “The mobile pantry will be a lifeline to residents who depended on their community store.”

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Distributions are open to those impacted by the fire. Clients must meet household eligibility requirements and provide a photo ID and proof of residence.

Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank, said partners like Kroger and Laborers’ Local 1410 will help ensure East Dayton residents have access to fresh food while they struggle with the loss of the store.

“Dayton is a town full of generous people who care about community,” she said. “Together, we will make life a little easier for our neighbors impacted by this tremendous loss.”

Because the building was a total loss, it could be some time before the cause of the fire is determined, said Dayton Fire Department spokesman Bryan Adams.

“A lot of damage makes it harder to investigate,” he said.

On Nov. 18, Grace Cares, a ministry of Grace Baptist Church in Kettering, in partnership with Kroger, will begin offering free shuttle transportation from the closed Food For Less store to Kroger at 1024 S. Smithville Road. The service will run on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m.

Lutfi Hussein, the owner of Food For Less, said the fire was “devastating.”

Hussein, who also owns the People’s Market on North Main Street, said he is determined to rebuild Food For Less, but future plans will be guided by the amount of any insurance settlement.

“It was never in our mind to put the clients or our customers in any hardship,” he said. “We are as much victims as they are and I hope one day we’ll put it back together — and soon — and be able to have them back again. I understand what they are going through and sympathize.”

Food distributions for families impacted by Food For Less fire

- Nov. 21

10-11 a.m.

The Foodbank

56 Armor Place, Dayton

Note: This is distribution is only open to 45403 zip code and the surrounding communities

- Nov. 29th; Dec. 4, 12, 21

11 a.m.-noon

Laborers’ Local 1410

2228 E. Third Street, Dayton

Note: These are open to anyone in need of food assistance

South Vienna students collect food for needy in Clark, Champaign

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM


            South Vienna School seventh grade student Trinity Ridgeway puts food items in the collection gathered by her peers. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
South Vienna School seventh grade student Trinity Ridgeway puts food items in the collection gathered by her peers. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Students at South Vienna School collected hundreds of cans and boxes of food for people in need in Clark and Champaign counties.

The drive was spearheaded by the student council, seventh-grade student Trinity Ridgeway said.

“We are doing a food drive for our community, for the Nation Chapel Church. They have a food pantry there,” she said. “They get to pick from all this food that we donated.”

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Both the elementary and the middle schools combined on the effort. Students hoped to collect as much food as possible for those in need.

The student council has a relationship with the food pantry, South Vienna teacher and student council adviser Kathy Calhoun said. For the past five or six years, students have been volunteering at the pantry once a month.

“Before this started, we went to the food pantry and realized they were running short on food,” she said. “So we decided to send them more.”

Students took the time to help others, Calhoun said, and have been passionate about it.

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“The kids, when we go, their hearts just widen,” Calhoun said. “Just being there and they get an amazing feeling being able to help out. It does them a lot of good. They get a good feeling for them.”

It was also important to the kids that they do something that helps families in need that live here.

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“It does stay here and it does help out our own families and I think that touches the kids,” Calhoun said. “The kids wanted to do something that we could do around here and we have a great group of kids that like to come and help out.”

The effort put into the drive is rewarding, she said.

“It makes me feel very happy that other people get to eat the food we collected,” she said.

This Dayton store is selling vagina ornaments for your Christmas tree

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District  sells a variety of
Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

There’s one place to go if all you want for Christmas is a vagina on your tree. 

Among the assortment of “girl power” merchandise sold at Heart Mercantile is a line of hang-able, handmade vagina ornaments by artists and Etsy merchants Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez

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The Texans specialize in “making goods with a girl power twist,” Heart co-owner Brittany Smith explained via Facebook Messenger. “Lots of their goods are focused on the strength of women, embracing the beauty of our bodies, women supporting women, and ending rape culture.”

The vaginas (which are vulvas, technically) retail for $30 each.  

>> Beloved Oregon District business Heart Mercantile is expanding, moving (Oct. 4, 2017)

Heart recently moved part of its operations into a larger location in the Oregon District as part of an expansion. 

Gifts and decor is being sold at 438 E. Fifth St., the former home of ReCreate Music. 

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Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Smith and fellow owners Carly BarrettAmanda Hensler and Kait Gilcher will keep the space at 438 E. Fifth St.  Clothing, jewelry, bags and accessories will be sold from the original space.

The company marked its second anniversary on Oct. 2. 

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Several of the goods Heart sells have a pro-woman twist, Smith said. 

Below are a few. (Content warning: some might find language or images offensive.)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez. The women also make breast ornaments.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)
Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photos provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photos provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photos provided by Heart Mercantile)