DP&L and Vectren Energy Fair inspires students to be energy efficient

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 7:53 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 7:53 AM

The Dayton Power & Light and Vectren Energy Fair teaches elementary students how to become more energy conscious.
The Dayton Power & Light and Vectren Energy Fair teaches elementary students how to become more energy conscious.
Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair 2017

Lights, thermal cameras and plenty of excited reactions! The DP&L and Vectren Energy Fair was an illuminating experience as hundreds of students from all over the Miami Valley gathered on the University of Dayton River Campus earlier this month for the annual Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair.  

Facilitated by the Ohio Energy Project (OEP), the Energy Fair allows 100 high school students to teach younger students, through hands-on exploration stations, about how energy is a part of their everyday lives, and ways to become more energy efficient. This year, high school instructors came from Twin Valley, Twin Valley South, Oakwood, Greenview, McClain, Valley View, Lehman Catholic and the Dayton STEAM Academy. Nearly 300 younger students in grades 4-6 were in attendance from Troy Christian, Kemp, Russia, Ascension, J.E. Prass, and Edison.

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“Someday these students are going to be grown-ups and paying their own bills,” said Kara McMillen, DP&L residential program manager. “We at DP&L get really excited when we have the opportunity to educate our future customers on energy efficiency and saving money.”  

During the five-hour event, students explored the Energy Carnival, rode the Energy Bike, and experimented with a thermal camera. They learned about the six different forms of energy and the ten sources of energy. Hands-on activities introduced concepts such as: light refraction and reflection, forces and motion, electric circuits, sound waves, appliances and electricity, sound and pitch, and thermal energy.  

Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair 2017


The Energy Fair is unique and effective because of its “kids-teaching-kids” model. High school student leaders prepared for the fair by attending an Energy Summit, to learn how to teach energy lessons in a way that will excite and engage their younger counterparts.  

“For our high school leaders, being a part of the Energy Fair and teaching the younger kids helps to build their self-confidence, their social skills and comfort level with public speaking,” said Catherine Ackerman, a science teacher at Twin Valley South High School.  

In turn, younger students get to learn about energy and energy efficiency in a fun, engaging way from high school role models, reinforcing lessons from the classroom.  

“This is our third year at the Energy Fair,” said Jennifer Cain, fifth-grade teacher at Edison. “Seeing science in action makes all the difference. The students are totally engaged -- they’re learning and not even realizing it -- and they look up to the older kids so much, they really want to impress them.” 

More importantly since coming to the fair, she’s noticed an improvement in her students’ test scores. “The learning definitely is transferring,” noted Cain.  

Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair 2017

Energy in action

Learning about energy in the classroom can be fun, but literally seeing it in action is thousand-watt excitement. Boundless “kid” energy pedals the Energy Bike, powering incandescent light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs. The students can actually feel the difference in energy efficiency, many even working up a sweat trying to light up the less-efficient bulbs.   

“It was really cool to see how energy is transferred from pedaling the bike to turning on the different kinds of light bulbs,” said Devon Delaet, a fifth-grader at Russia.  

Erin Tebbe, a sophomore at Twin Valley South High School and two-time teacher instructor for the fair, was one of four girls selected by Ackerman to actually build the Energy Bike through an annual program hosted by Dayton Power and Light -- wiring everything, from start to finish.  

“Building the Energy Bike was such a great experience,” said Tebbe. “I’m really proud of and love being able to share it with the younger kids. They seem to really have fun with it.”  

Ongoing commitment to energy efficiency

The Energy Fair is part of DP&L and Vectren’s School Education Program, facilitated by OEP throughout the school year. The school program is part of DP&L’s ongoing commitment to help customers be “Savings Champions” by learning how to save energy and money. In addition, DP&L and Vectren will award $1000 scholarships to three area high school seniors who are interested in careers in energy. 

Did you know DP&L offers discounts on energy-efficient LED light bulbs, rebates on heating and cooling systems and smart thermostats, and free appliance pickup and recycling? Learn more about how you can be a Savings Champion at savewithdpl.com.

Santa Claus visits babies in local NICU

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

Santa Claus paid a visit to the NICU of the Miami Valley Hospital tonight to spend time with its infants.

The early holiday visit started at 6 p.m. at the Berry Women's Center Building. 

The NICU "elf" was there to take photos with Santa and the babies. MVH has approximately 30 to 40 infants in its NICU. 

According to the hospital, Santa's visit has been a positive experience for families over the years as they celebrate their babies first Christmas.

Slow warming trend to begin Friday into the weekend

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Finally a quiet day after several rounds of snow earlier this week.

Clouds will break as we head through the evening hours. Temperatures will drop through the 20s.RELATED: Outage Report


  • Clouds break tonight, cold
  • Few passing flurries north Friday
  • Temperatures back to near normal this weekend

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TONIGHT: Expect more clearing as temperatures fall into the upper teens.

TONIGHT: Expect more clearing as temperatures fall into the upper teens.

FRIDAY:  More clouds arrive. Cool and breezy with a few flurries possible across the northern Miami Valley. Highs will be in the lower 30s.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

SATURDAY: Skies will be mostly sunny with more seasonably temperatures rising into the lower 40s. It will be breezy.

SUNDAY: Clouds increase with showers developing. Temperatures will rise into the lower 40s.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

MONDAY:Clouds will linger with a chance for a few early morning showers. Highs will be in the lower to middle 40s.

TUESDAY: Skies will be mostly cloudy with highs in the middle 40s.

House fire on Wellington Drive in Dayton causes extensive damage

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:19 PM

FROM SCENE: House fire on Wellington in Dayton

UPDATE @ 6:16 p.m.: The house fire on Wellington Drive caused extensive damage, a Dayton fire battalion chief said. 

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, at the back of the home, the battalion chief said. 

A woman and two children who are the residents were not home when the fire broke out. There are no reported injuries. 

South Smithville Road remains shut down until further notice.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Fire causes major damage to house in Beavercreek 

UPDATE @ 5:51 p.m.: South Smithville Road at Linden Avenue is shut down in both directions because of the house fire on Wellington Drive.


Crews are on the scene of a structure fire, in the 3000 block of Wellington Drive, where people are possibly trapped. 

Dayton fire crews are searching the two-story building right now, we're hearing. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:42 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75
ON SCENE: Car flips into ditch on I-75

RELATED: Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • Smithville Road is closed in both directions at Linden Avenue in Dayton, as of 5:50 p.m., after crews are called to a house fire on Wellington Drive.
  • SB U.S. 68 at Deer Run Road south of Urbana, roadway is partially blocked as of 4:30 p.m. after vehicle struck a guardrail, overturned. Driver’s injury is minor.
  • On Upper Bellbrook Road at Feedwire Road in Bellbrook, traffic lights are down causing traffic to be backed up. 
  • On Springboro Pike and E. Dorothy Lane Road in Moraine, crash reported around 7:20 a.m. The northbound lane of Springboro Pike was shut down. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road close to Upper River Road just west of the Great Miami River, closed this week for railroad work. Expected to be closed for three to four days. Detour route signs will be posted at the site. 
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503


  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202


  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.