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Dayton Air Show parade CANCELED after crash

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 8:54 AM


The City of Vandalia has announced temporary road closures for Friday to accommodate the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Air Show Parade. 

The closures will take place from 6:50 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m., or the conclusion of the parade. 

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North Dixie will be closed from National Road to Northwoods Boulevard, while National Road will be closed from Ranchview Drive to North Dixie. 

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Access in and out of the Skyview Plat will be limited during this time. The Mahle lot gate at the north end of Marview Avenue will be open throughout the duration of the parade, giving vehicles access to Northwoods Boulevard. 

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Friday night’s parade route begins at St. Christopher’s parking lot, travels west to the historic Crossroads of America, turns north on North Dixie and finishes at the Delphi plant on Northwoods Blvd.

Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:15 PM

            Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said.

The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert.

“While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Bryan Bucklew. “It has been above average since it started.”

From Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, the state reported 1,805 people in Ohio were hospitalized with influenza-like illnesses. Of those, 458 of those were in Montgomery County.

For the previous reporting period, Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, the state recorded 1,750 flu-related hospitalizations.

The 2017-2018 numbers for reported flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu have been above the five-year average. While the smaller week to week increase is encouraging to health officials, the flu is unpredictable.

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“It’s been a strong flu season,” Bucklew said. “Our hope would be that instances of flu are lower because of their early start.”

Area hospitals have put restrictions on visitors and local health officials throughout the region have encouraged people to get a vaccine and take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu.

Those restrictions are still in effect, according to Bucklew.

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With influenza being at its highest level in almost all states, other organizations are taking steps to prevent spread of the flu.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, decided to change some Mass traditions to keep parishioners healthy.

TIME said the diocese announced Jan. 18 it is suspending sharing wine during communion and holding hands during Our Father.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops urges “priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion” to practice good hygiene and to instruct church-goers not to drink from the chalice if they are sick.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Miami Valley, has not taken an official position on the matter, with a spokesperson saying that they leave “the running of a parish up to the pastor.”

The University of Dayton is relying on its students to use “common sense” when it comes to Mass and flu season.

“We’re still offering the chalice; we’re not putting out any kind of memo. We are relying on students to stay home if they are sick,” said Kathy Sales, associate director of campus ministry.

Local state House seat drawing lots of candidates for competitive district

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning announced he is running for the Ohio House 43rd District seat. JIM OTTE/Staff
Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning announced he is running for the Ohio House 43rd District seat. JIM OTTE/Staff

The Dayton region’s most competitively balanced Ohio House district is getting plenty of attention with the filing deadline less than three weeks away.

Republican Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning on Friday formally announced he is running for the 43rd House District seat, which is split almost 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.

“I hope to earn your support in the upcoming months, promote a plan to unify our district, and I hope to earn prayers from you immediately,” Henning said in a news release announcing his candidacy.

A Clayton native who has served on the council since 2012, Henning works as a judicial assistant to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Erik Blaine.

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Late Thursday, Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, a Democrat, and Stephanie Garrett, a West Alexandria Republican, both confirmed they are running for the seat, which is now held by State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and includes parts of Englewood, Clayton, Trotwood, western Montgomery County and all of Preble County.

Democrat Ralph Dean Brill of Brookville has also taken out nominating petitions for the seat.

Foley said he will say more about his candidacy at his formal announcement. He had earlier said he would serve out his commission term through this year and but not run for re-election.

Dan Foley, Montgomery County commissioner, speaks at the Engineers Club in Dayton. FILE(Staff Writer)

Garrett, who is president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party, said she became involved in politics because she “wanted to teach my children that they could make a difference. So I got involved in my community and started working with candidates and the Republicans.”

Stephanie Garrett, president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is running as a Republican for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.(Staff Writer)

Henning said he is a supporter of gun rights and opposes abortion rights. He wants to focus on issues important to farmers and small businesses, trying to restore state funding cuts to local governments, and stop “state overreach to local schools.”

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“Columbus should not be determining how your tax dollars are being spent in our community and I will continue to work with Ohio’s Municipal League to see that rural townships and cities are not overlooked any longer,” Henning said.

The filing deadline for the May primary election is Feb. 7.

Rezabek on Thursday announced that he will not seek re-election and will instead run for judge in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division.

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The Ohio House 43rd race and the Ohio Senate 5th, a seat now held by term-limited State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, are considered competitive “swing” districts because their partisan makeup is more evenly divided than most of the region’s districts.

The 5th Senate district includes most of the 43rd District, but is larger, encompassing most of the city of Dayton, west-central Montgomery County, southern Darke County and all of Miami and Preble counties.

State Rep. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, and former State Rep. Gene Krebs of Preble County have both said they are running in the Republican primary.

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No Democrat has formally announced but Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens said he has at least one strong candidate who is interested.


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Wright Patt’s Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine marks 100th

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine reaches its Centennial year

Filled with life-like medical mannequins, dark cargo plane fuselages and a centrifuge that spins humans in circles at high speed, the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine is unlike most schools.

One of the biggest prizes gained at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in recent years, the school marked its 100th anniversary in ceremonies Friday.

The $194.5 million school opened in a sprawling new building at Wright-Patterson in 2011 after eight decades in Texas. The move was part of a base realignment and closure process in 2005 that brought about 1,200 jobs to Wright-Patterson. Most of those were in aerospace medicine and sensors research from sites in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts and New York.

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“We’ve been training flight surgeons for 100 years,” said Col. Alden Hilton, the school’s commander. Today, it also educates flight nurses, enlisted aeromedical technicians, and critical care medical teams, among others.

“These medical personnel are already experienced clinicians,” Hilton said. “But it’s very different to practice medicine in the back of an airplane where it’s dark, very, very noisy and vibration and other movements and what you have with you is all that you’ve got.”

The massive school traces its origins to Hazelhurst Field, N.Y., where it opened as the Medical Research Laboratory of the Air Service in 1918 in the infancy of Army aviation.

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A faculty and staff of about 950 train 4,000 students a year at Wright-Patterson. The school trains airmen in aeromedical evacuations of wounded troops from combat zones to hospitals, has an epidemiology and environmental lab to analyze samples from bases around the world, and researches how to improve human performance with technology as part of the mission of the 711th Human Performance Wing.

Wright-Patterson marked it’s 100th anniversary in 2017.

The base traces its lineage to Dayton’s former McCook Field, an Army airplane engineering research center, Wilbur Wright Field, which prepared airmen for military aviation careers, and the Fairfield Aviation General Support Depot.

Higher water, sewer rates in effect for Montgomery County customers

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

Montgomery County is planning annual water and sewer rate increases, starting with a 14 percent hike to take effect on Jan. 1. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO
Staff Writer
Montgomery County is planning annual water and sewer rate increases, starting with a 14 percent hike to take effect on Jan. 1. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO(Staff Writer)

Customers who receive water and sewer services through Montgomery County can expect to see rate increases reflected in their first bills of the year.

The county announced in November that the combined water and sewer rate would go up by about an average of 14 percent this year.

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Rates will jump another 5.6 percent on average starting in 2019 and each following year through 2022.

This means the average residential customer in the county will end up paying about $8 a month or $24 more in their quarterly bill, according to county estimates.

The Montgomery County system provides drinking water and fire prevention for about 250,000 residents. Most customers are in Centerville, Harrison Twp., Kettering, Miami Twp., Riverside, Trotwood and Washington Twp.

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Over the last eight years, the county has had an average rate increase of 1.25 percent per year, which is a lower increase than the state average of four percent per year.

Montgomery County Environmental Services spokeswoman Brianna Wooten said this was a conscious decision.

“When the Great Recession hit, we were trying to figure out how we could help people. You know people were having trouble staying in their homes at that time, so we decided to hold down water rates until things turned around,” Wooten said.

According to Montgomery County’s Environmental Services director, Pat Turnbull, the rate structure has also changed in the new year. The rate has gone from 20 percent fixed charges to 40 percent and 80 percent consumption-based charges to 60 percent.

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Because of the change in ratio, those with bigger meters will pay more.

“For instance,” Wooten said, “hospitals or a business that have bigger needs and cost more to maintain will pay an appropraite amount for the larger demand they place on the system.”

The county maintains 1,400 miles of water mains and 1,200 miles of sewer mains. The increase will fund maintenance and new construction of these water and sewer lines, county officials said.

Water main breaks have been increasing — there have been more than 50 in Montgomery County since the beginning of the year. On a single day last week, there were 19, said Wooten.

This is not only because of the cold weather but because of outdated infrastructure.

Officials estimate about $750 million, generated from the rate increase, will be spent over the next 20 years to maintain and replace aging portions of that infrastructure.

A project that is in the planning stages is the upgrading of the sewer system on Dryden Road in Moraine. It is scheduled to be finished in Dec. 2021.

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“We are just reaching that point — similar to the roof on your house — when you’re having to patch leaks all the time, you get to a place where it’s time to put a new roof on,” Turnbull said.

Wooten said it is important for customers on autopay to be aware of the change, so that they can anticipate and plan for the change in their bank accounts.