Groundhog Day started with hedgehogs

Published: Thursday, February 02, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Quilliam the hedgehog is new to the Boonshoft, and shared his winter prediction on Thursday

Germans started the tradition of using an animal to predict weather, according to The idea was rooted in the Christian Candlemas Day tradition.

Germans initially used a hedgehog to predict how long winter would last. They continued to use the hedgehog until some of them immigrated to Pennsylvania where they switched to using groundhogs which were prevalent in the state. 

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5 things to love about the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, even if you don’t like sports

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:07 AM

Brutus Buckeye directs the band after Ohio State's win over Michigan

It’s that time of year again — Michigan Week.

Ohio State and Michigan will battle Saturday during the 114th edition of the rivalry. OSU coach Urban Meyer is 5-0 against Michigan, and he’ll move into third on the Ohio State list of most wins against the Wolverines if the Buckeyes win on Saturday. He’s currently tied with his mentor, Earle Bruce, who was 5-4.

But even if you don’t care about sports, there are still plenty of reasons to find the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry interesting. Here are five:

1. Ohio and Michigan have been battling against each other off the field since the 1800s

Issues between Michigan and Ohio started during a dispute in 1835 and 1836. The states argued over ownership of the Toledo Strip, drawing state borderlines.

“This famed rivalry did not get started on the football field, but rather a conflict over the Toledo Strip. The conflict erupted when both Ohio and Michigan claimed Toledo as a part of their statehood petition. After a brief and bloodless battle, Ohio gained the disputed area from Michigan,” Ohio State said on its website.

2. Ohio State once insisted they play against Michigan in a blizzard

Ohio State insisted on playing against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Nov. 25, 1950 during a raging blizzard. On that Saturday, five inches of snow had already fallen before the game kicked off, and it kept falling during the game. Winds gusted to almost 30 mph, creating near white-out conditions at times. It was the worst blizzard to strike Columbus in 37 years.

» RELATED: Waiting out the storm: A look at the blizzard of 1950

3. Ohio State players get some bling if they beat Michigan. 

Ohio State started the “Gold Pants” tradition decades ago. After a victory against Michigan, Ohio State players and coaches receive a gold miniature charm shaped as tiny football pants. “Many former football players recall receiving their Gold Pants as their most memorable part of their careers at Ohio State,” according to Ohio State.

4. Darth Vader went to the University of Michigan

Ohio State fans will say Michigan appeals to the Dark Side, but it’s also the alma mater of Darth Vader — kind of. American actor James Earl Jones, who is famously known for voicing Darth Vader in Star Wars, graduated from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance in 1955. He initially enrolled at Michigan as a pre-med student.

5. Students actually lived in Ohio Stadium

During the Great Depression, OSU Dean of Men Joseph Park found that top students couldn’t afford college and thought the university was missing out on talented applicant, according to the OSU library archives.

» RELATED: 7 numbers to know about the Ohio State-Michigan series

“He identified two locations on campus where about 75 men could live in barracks style: the ground floor of Larkins Hall, to be known as the Buckeye Club, and the southeast tower of Ohio Stadium, to be known as the Tower Club. The next year, 78 men enrolled in the first two scholarship dorms. Throughout the Great Depression, the number of deserving students from poverty-stricken Ohio families far outpaced the supply of housing. In 1935, with support from the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), dorm floors for another 100 students were constructed, suspended from the stadium’s structural supports,” according to OSU library archives.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

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

  • On Rip Rap Road at Little York in Butler Twp., medics were dispatched to a crash reported around 8 a.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • 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


  • U.S. 127 at Ohio 744 will be closed in both directions Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for pavement work.


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 705 between Holthaus Road and Baumer Brandewie Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 8 - 22. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 119 to SR 364

Rock art marks milestones to cancer recovery

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

It has been said that art imitates life, and vice versa. For artist Corrine Bayraktaroglu, a chance decision for a mammogram not only saved her life, but it also inspired a way to use her talents to deal with the difficult process of treatment. Following a diagnosis of stage one invasive breast cancer, Bayraktaroglu began radiation treatments. After her first treatment, she looked down at the small stones lining the medical center parking lot and was inspired. Read the story of how Bayraktaroglu is using her experience and artistic talents to encourage other cancer patients.

Food distribution today for those affected by Food for Less fire

Published: Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 3:32 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 5:08 AM

Foodbank helping Food For Less customers affected by fire

In response to the fire that destroyed Food for Less, The Foodbank is offering help to those affected who qualify for food assistance.

The Foodbank has already held two food distributions for those living in the 45403 and surrounding ZIP codes. The third food distribution is today from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Foodbank, 56 Armor Place.

>> RELATED: Food for Less destroyed by fire

“The Foodbank recognizes the struggles that many families in our community face,” Michelle Riley, the foodbank’s chief executive officer said. “When living on a limited income it is difficult to get the food needed to feed your family. Those impacted by the Food For Less fire face even greater difficulty with the loss of their local grocer.”

RELATED: Dayton grocery fire: Neighbors scramble to find food, way to pay bills

Clients must provide proof of residence and qualify for food assistance.

>> RELATED: Dayton among the worst cities for food hardship