Air pollution advisory extended

Published: Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 7:41 AM
Updated: Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 7:25 PM

An air pollution advisory for ground-level ozone issued for Clark, Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties has been extended through Saturday.

The forecast includes extremely hot temperatures, sunny conditions, and light winds, and these components often lead to higher concentrations of ground-level ozone being formed and may lead to elevated air pollution levels.

The Air Quality Index reading is anticipated to be approximately 111 on Saturday, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission said Friday afternoon.  Any reading at 100 or higher is deemed "unhealthy for sensitive groups," the agency said.

Smog forms when sunlight mixes with emissions from vehicles. Any air quality index reading at 100 or higher is "considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, " according to the regaionl planning agency.

The regional planning commission is asking residents to avoid driving when possible, if necessary only pump gas only after 6 p.m. and avoid accelerating and idling for long periods of time. For more precaution, limit the use of gasoline powered equipment around the home and only mow the lawn after 6 p.m.

For more, contact the MVRPC at (937) 223-6323 or the RAPCA at (937) 225-4435.

According to Dr. Robert Fink, a lung and pulmonary care specialist at Dayton Children's Medical Center, a combination of heat, humidity and air pollution can have severe effects on asthma patients and those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

"The heat and the humidity make it feel hard to breathe, but the air pollution makes it feel a lot worse," Fink said. "Air pollution will increase asthma symptoms and it can trigger a severe asthma attack."

Fink advises those sensitive to the heat to stay inside cool, air-conditioned areas and drink plenty of water during the heat wave.

Meantime, an Excessive Heat Warning for the entire Dayton area will remain in effect through 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said Friday's official high at the Dayton International Airport was 101, which set a record for the day. Other records set in the region for the day were 99 degrees at Columbus and 104 at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Simpson said he is expecting the Dayton-area temperature to reach 103 degrees, and it will be the first time since 1936 if the temperature surpasses 102. The humidity will make it feel like 105 degrees to 110 degrees.

If this week's forecast holds true, the heat wave will end after 11 days of temperatures of 90 or above and that will approach some of the hottest stretches on the record books, Simpson has said. According to the weather service, the Dayton area has had 11 consecutive days of temperatures at 90 degrees or higher six times, most recently in September 1973.

In August 1900, there were two 11-day stretches and the most consecutive days at 90 or above was 19 in 1901, according to the weather service.

"Three more days above 90 are expected. Last Thursday's 102 may be challenged as the highest of this stretch the next two days," Simpson said.

Clouds and thunderstorms could bring the area some relief from the heat on Sunday. Starting Monday, a cold front will move into the area to bring drier and cooler air.

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Four local teens qualify for Olympic trials

Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM

InfoSource--Dayton Daily News

Patrick Mulcare (Springboro) and Cliff Goertemiller (Oakwood) set Ohio records and joined Dayton Raiders teammates Brett Mackenzie (Tipp City) and Colin Kanzari (Beavercreek) in qualifying for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials during last week’s Junior National Championships at Stanford University.

Mulcare and Goertemiller both set their records in the 15-16 boys division. Mulcare was timed in 4 minutes, 26.30 seconds for the 400 intermediate medley. He placed eighth.  Goertemiller was timed in 15:44.69 to reset the state mark in the 1,500 free. He placed sixth.

Their efforts count as state records because they are registered as Ohio swimmers.

Also qualifying for the Trials at Omaha, Neb., were Mackenzie (4:30.24 in the 400 IM, 19th) and Kanzari (2:20.68 in the 200 breaststroke, 16th).

Other Raiders to participate in the National Championships were Jack Pohlmann (Beavercreek), Josh Quallen (Wilmington), Brock Turner (Oakwood), Alex Osterhage (Centerville) and Henrick Pohlmann (Beavercreek).

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.