Bugged? Here’s why mosquitoes in the Dayton area may be more plentiful -- and vicious

Published: Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Having a mosquito problem is one that you don't want to have. Here is a brief descrption of how they grow and what you can do to prevent the problem.

You’re minding your own business when the attackers come into your backyard like bloodthirsty thieves in the night.

They attack arms and legs, elbows and even toes with tube-like mouths.

Mosquitoes are creepy jerks alright. 

And Suzanne Mills-Wasniak of the Ohio State Extension's Montgomery County office said you might be onto something if you think there are more of these potentially life-threatening pests in the Dayton area than normal.

Conditions have been right for prolific mosquito breeding, Mills-Wasniak , the extension’s educator for agriculture and natural resources, told this news organization.  

>> MORE: 5 ways to stop mosquitoes from attacking you

“We’ve had a lot of rain and that’s going to be a major cause of increased breeding,” she noted. 

BREEDING POOLS

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Thus far this year, WHIO Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the area has seen about 34 inches of rain, eight more than average. 

“That is a lot,” he said. “We’ve had a wet June and July.” 

There is a spot of good news. Elwell said the summer has been cooler and not as humid. 

>> MORE: 5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

“They would be even worse than they are,” he said. “Warm, muggy evenings is what they love.” 

He also says rainfall numbers are trending down for August.

THIS IS NOT AN EPIDEMIC 

Things aren’t cut and dry. 

Whether you have more mosquitoes or not might be a matter of where you live and how well you control potential breeding grounds, according to Tom Hut,  Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County’s Bureau of Special Services’ supervisor.

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“The hot spots can kind of shift through the summer,” he said. “It’s not any worse than any usual summer. Mosquito rely on standing water to breed.”

More than itchy skin is the risk. 

Seventeen of the 123 mosquito traps that have been set during the 2017 mosquito season have tested positive for West Nile. 

Hut said that is about three times less than tested positive during the 2012 West Nile epidemic.

>> MORE:  Worst of West Nile likely past, CDC says 

YOU ARE NOT DEFENSELESS 

There are also no known human carriers of the Zika virus, which is transmitted from humans to mosquitoes to humans, Hut said. 

Tom Hut,  Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County’s Bureau of Special Services’ supervisor, with mosquito traps.(Photo: Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County’s)

That said, Hut said Asian tiger mosquitoes (aedes albopictus) are known carriers of Zika and other viruses. West Nile can cause inflammation of the brain.

>> MORE: Zika threat a boon for local mosquito-control companies

Hut encourages people to take mosquito bite prevention seriously.

That includes wearing mosquito repellent (carry it in your car), long sleeve and pants and removing standing water. 

Check gutters, downspouts and catch basins  for standing water and remove old water out of bird baths at least weekly. 

Hut said mosquitoes don’t typically venture far from where they hatch. 

The only live a few weeks and can go from egg to adult in seven days. 

Even very small containers like bottle caps can be mosquito nurseries. 

“It doesn’t take much water to attract a mosquito to lay her egg,” he said. 

TIPS TO AVOID BEING BITTEN BY MOSQUITOES, FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

• Clothing will help protect you from mosquito bites. When possible, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks in addition to repellent when outdoors. 

• Repel mosquitoes when going outdoors during mosquito season by using repellents that contain an EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET or picaridin. Follow the directions on the label. 

• Treat items such as boots, pants, sock, and tents with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing and gear. Follow label directions. 

• Be aware of peak mosquito hours. Mosquitoes are most active and biting during the early morning and late evening hours. If outdoors at dawn or dusk, take extra care to use repellent and wear protective clothing. 

• Keep window and door screens closed and in good repair to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

• Mosquitoes rest in tall weeds. Keep weeds cut short to help deter mosquitoes. 

• Avoiding mosquitoes doesn’t mean kids have to stay inside in front of the TV. Get them outside and playing, but remember — a couple of seconds applying an effective repellent to exposed skin and clothing will help everyone stay healthy. Follow the directions on the label.

 

BREAKING: Appeals court reduces restaurateur Eva Christian’s prison sentence

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Eva Christian renews her fight to get prison sentence reduced

The Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals issued a ruling this morning, Friday Oct. 20, that — if it stands — will reduce the length of imprisoned former Dayton restaurant owner Eva Christian’s sentence.

The ruling will not result in Christian’s immediate release from the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, where she has served more than five years of what was a nine-year prison sentence for insurance fraud-related charges. The case will now return to the trial court judge, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara P. Gorman, for re-sentencing that is in alignment with the appeals-court judges’ ruling.

>> RELATED: How a local restaurateur fell from grace

That ruling shaves a year off Christian’s maximum sentence. 

Eva Christian at her initial sentencing in 2012, shortly after being convicted of five felony counts following a jury trial. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

If Judge Gorman imposes the maximum eight-year sentence, Christian would still have to serve nearly three more years before release, with a projected release date of May 2020, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections records.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has said it will urge federal officials to deport Christian whenever she is released from prison. Christian was born in Croatia and raised in Germany, and has German citizenship.

>> RELATED: 7 things to know about Eva Christian and why she’s in prison

The appeals court judges agreed with Christian’s court-appointed post-conviction attorney, Brock Schoenlein, that Judge Gorman exceeded her authority when she re-imposed a nine-year sentence to Christian after the severity of some of the five felony counts Christian was convicted of was reduced on appeal. Montgomery County prosecutors had argued that the judge was well within her sentencing rights and urged appeals-court judges to keep Christian’s nine-year sentence intact.

Prosecutors have the option of challenging the appeals court ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court. A spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said late Friday that prosecutors were reviewing the court of appeals decision and would decide within the next few days whether to challenge it.

Christian owned and operated Cafe Boulevard (later Boulevard Haus) in Dayton’s Oregon District for 15 years. The criminal case involved break-ins and a 2009 fire that Christian reported and which prosecutors said were staged in order to collect insurance money: one break-in at her Washington Twp. home and a reported vandalism and fire at what was then her second restaurant, Cena Brazilian Steakhouse in front of the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. A jury convicted Christian in 2012 of five counts related to insurance fraud and running a crime ring.

>> RELATED: Restaurant owner renews fight to get prison sentence reduced (February 2017)

In this file photo from 2009, Eva Christian stands in the window of what was then her Oregon District restaurant, Cafe Boulevard. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

The appeal of Christian’s conviction has taken a slow and circuitous path through the courts, bouncing among the Ohio Supreme Court, the 2nd Court of Appeals and Montgomery County Common Pleas court multiple times.

At her re-sentencing hearing in July 2016, Christian told the judge she was sorry for the pain she caused family, friends and the employees of her restaurants, whom she said she also considered family. She said she didn’t realize four years earlier how much impact her actions would have on those close to her.

>> RELATED:Eva Christian wanted to ‘blow up’ Dayton Mall restaurant

“It has consumed me and is haunting me every day,” Christian said. She urged the judge, “Please give me a chance to be a law-abiding citizen.”

Gorman was not persuaded. The judge noted that Christian tearfully pleaded for leniency four years earlier in the very same courtroom — only at that time, she was still firmly denying that she was guilty of any of the charges against her.

“I don’t know if you’ve really made a change, or if you’re a really good actress,” Judge Gorman told Christian.

Owner of Gilly’s willing to sell downtown Dayton club

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

Some Dayton-area venues for local music.

The owner of an iconic downtown music venue says the future of his business is very uncertain.

Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti, the owner of Gilly’s Jazz at 132 S. Jefferson St., said he has a month-to-month agreement for that property with the city of Dayton.

As much as he would like to continue, Gillotti says he has faced reality. 

“I am 80 years old,” he said. “I don’t have the health or the stamina or the years left or days left.”

Gillotti was robbed and viciously attacked at his club around 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016. He suffered a serious brain injury. 
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He says he has not fully recovered and relies on his wife for transportation. 

His brother helps him run Gilly’s. 

Benefit being planned for attacked business owner Jerry Gillotti of Gilly's. (Source: Archive)

Gillotti says he has entertained four recent offers to sell the business, but none of the offers were good. The business is not officially listed for sale, he said. 

The month-to-month agreement with the city also compromises matters, he said. 

Reached via text, Toni Bankston, the city of Dayton’s chief communication officer, said that Gillotti some time ago told city officials about his plans to eventually sell Gilly’s and have the new owner assume his lease. 

>> MORE: This downtown building is being turned into an event, rock venue 

“The city policy would not allow a new owner to simply assume the lease,” she said. “So we agreed to give the current owner a lease that is month-to-month. This would make it easier if and when the property needs to be turned over.”

Gillotti’s last lease with the city ended in May. 

>> RELATED: Where to see live music in Dayton

The business has operated in the space since 1972. It has hosted a list of artists, including Tony BennettB.B. King and John Lee Hooker

“I’ve had every jazz artist in the world,” he said. 

The Dayton Blues Society recently canceled its winter blues showcase at Gilly’s scheduled for Jan. 13. Gillotti said he could not guarantee his business would still be open. 

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Jerry Gillotti(Staff photo by Darin Pope)

The uncertainty of the month-to-month arrangement has also made it difficult for him to book bands in the future. He would have to front money, assuming the business would still be there. 

“I can’t be tied up with a month-to-month,” he said. 

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Because Gilly’s is a “show bar” as opposed to a traditional bar, Gillotti said he often has to pay acts up to 50 percent in advance to perform. 

Despite his current predicament, Gillotti said he can’t complain. 

I’ve had (45) years, and they have been good years,” he said. “I haven’t made a lot of money to be honest with you, but it is a passion to present the music in the right way.”  

>> Levitt pavilion moves toward construction

Gillotti at his club in 1977.(Contributed)

Oh, my gourd! Celebrate all things pumpkin on Monday

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:01 AM

What could possibly say “fall” more than pumpkins? On Monday, Oct. 23, head out to the Park at Austin Landing for the first annual Pumpkins in the Park with Kettering Physicians Network event. From 3-7 p.m., you and your family can enjoy a FREE event that will celebrate everything pumpkin.

Internationally prominent carvers will be on hand to create amazing pieces of art from giant, 500-pound pumpkins live, while you watch. There also will be a display of more than 50 individually carved pumpkins, and you and your family can try your own hands at pumpkin art by visiting the carving station. 

If you’re feeling exceptionally crafty, you can sign up for the pumpkin carving class being conducted by master carver Chad Hartson, who recently was a finalist on Holiday Cake Wars as part of Team Winter Wonders. Pumpkins and carving tools will be provided to participants, and the class starts at 5 p.m. Although the class is currently full, you can check the sign-up page here to see if any openings come up.

Additional family fun includes free face painting, glitter tattoos, bounce houses, photo booth and giant games. Kettering Sports Medicine will host a tug-of-war for those who want more active fun, and Kettering Physicians Network will be on-site to provide health information, blood pressure checks, giveaways and more. Other artists will be decorating sidewalks and parking areas with a Chalk Art in the Park display, and Ranger Vic will pop in for a visit with the kids.

Host Austin Landing is giving away 300 pumpkins, on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure you show up early for yours. Bring the whole family out for an evening of fall-themed fun at Austin Landing!

WANT TO GO? 

    WHAT: Pumpkins in the Park with Kettering Physicians Network

    WHEN: Monday, Oct. 23, from 3-7 p.m. (rain date: Wednesday, Oct. 25)

    WHERE: The Park at Austin Landing (10400 Innovation Dr., Miamisburg)

    HOW MUCH: FREE

Cedarville University students use fall break to aide Hurricane Harvey victims

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:49 AM

Thirty Cedarville University students are in Houston to provide relief for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Using their fall break to give back, the students are in Houston for one week, in which they left their campus on Oct. 14 and will return on Oct. 21.

RELATED: Month after Harvey, debris piles show recovery takes time

The students have partnered with Northeast Houston Baptist Church at Farrington Mission in repairing damages caused by flooding, as well as strengthening Farrington Mission’s ongoing ministries, which include a large food pantry, clothing closet, men’s basketball ministry and pregnancy resource clinic. 

Texas native and sophomore nursing major, Isabella Bierman, believes the trip is fulfilling in more ways than one.

“This experience connects everything that I hold dear about nursing. Physically helping people in their time of need, when they can’t do it for themselves fully”, said Biermann. 

RELATED: Hurricane Harvey recovery: Cedarville sending 30 students to Houston 

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 and dropped 40 to 61 inches of rain in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana to set all-time U.S. tropical cyclone rain records. There were also 77 confirmed fatalities.

“We want to respond to these situations with the compassion of Christ,” said Brian Nester, Director of Global Outreach at Cedarville. “When Christ saw a need, he sought to meet the need. When people are in dire straits, we need to meet those needs as much as possible.”

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Cedarville established a relief fund to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma when the natural disasters first occurred. The fund also covered the cost for the students to participate in the trip, as well as finance other hurricane relief efforts.

The university strives to continue relief efforts by exploring plans to send two additional teams of students to  Florida and the Dominican Republic in the fall to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.