New Year’s Eve: How cold temperatures will impact local events

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:05 AM

NYE plans in Miami Valley move indoors ahead of freezing temps

The bitter cold temperatures forecast for the Miami Valley region New Year’s Eve has local event organizers making contingency plans for outdoor events.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT AUSTIN LANDING:

The New Year’s Eve event at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. was moved inside to the Hilton Garden Inn to ensure that volunteers and attendees at the festivities are not exposed to the elements while ringing in the New Year.

“We want to be safe,” said Sarah Gillenwater, director of marketing for The Pink Ribbon Girls, the organizers of the Austin Landing event.
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Fireworks at the Austin Landing event were cancelled as a result of moving the event inside, Gillenwater said.  The organization will instead plan to use the fireworks during a 2018 event to be determined, she added.

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NEW CARLISLE NEW YEAR’S EVE:

Event planners with the New Year’s Eve event in New Carlisle said they expect some changes as a result of the cold.

“Horse drawn carriage rides will probably not make it due to the cold weather and not bringing the animals out,” said Mike Lowery with the Heritage Flight Festival Committee, which organizes the New Year’s Eve tradition.

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The event is still scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 and end at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, but organizers are anticipating a smaller turnout, because of the cold, and suspect some people may come for a shorter period of time.

“Assume the large crowds won’t show up as early and maybe people will come up 11, 11:30, watch the ball drop and then head back home,” Lowery said.

YELLOW SPRINGS NEW YEAR’S EVE:

The downtown New Year’s Eve celebration in Yellow Springs is still scheduled to go on as planned, however city officials are making plans to make sure people attending stay safe and have options to stay warm.

“We will urge everyone to dress appropriately during the event,” said Colin Altman, Fire Chief for Miami Twp. Fire and Rescue.  “People will be able to sit in an ambulance or fire truck to stay warm if needed.”

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Altman added that the department is looking into streaming the event on its Facebook page, so people not wanting to attend can still witness the ball drop during the event.

Hot chocolate will also be distributed to attendees by the fire department, Altman said, and fire crews also will observe the crowd for any signs of emergencies related to cold temperatures.

The Yellow Springs event begins at 8:30 p.m.

Gradual weekend warm-up; Possible light showers to cause slick roads

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

A mild evening is expected in the Dayton area, with rain returning Sunday & Monday.

Increasing clouds are expected this evening. Overnight we’ll keep an eye out for a few light showers as rain chances increase, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will drop into the middle to upper 30s. 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Warmer finish to weekend
  • Wet Sunday into Monday
  • Colder with snow possible Tuesday

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Sunday: We’ll experience cloudy skies with a chance for drizzle and fog. A few light showers will be possible as temperatures climb into the mid 40s.

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5-Day Rain Chances(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>>5-Day Forecast

Monday: It’ll be mainly dry to start the day, but rain chances increase late morning into the afternoon. Gusty winds will be likely as temperatures soar into the lower 50s. 

Tuesday: A colder, blustery day with the chance for a few passing snow showers or flurries. Highs will be in the mid-30s, but will feel like the teens and 20s. 

5-Day Temperature Trend(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Wednesday: Some sunshine make a return, but it will still be breezy and cold in the upper 30s. 

Outdoor Outlook(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Thursday: Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s under partly cloudy skies. 

Few thousand turn out in support of Women’s March

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:38 PM

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An estimated few thousand people descended on downtown Dayton to support equality.

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The 2018 Women’s March drew people across the region.

The event at Courthouse Square is being organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.

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In downtown Dayton

The rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality.

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Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people. This year’s event occurs in the midst of the #MeToo movement and the same week as the sentencing for former U.S. Gymnastics team Dr. Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually molesting dozens of young girls under his care.

According to the event’s Facebook page: “We want to encourage continued resistance, collaboration and participation in 2018 mid-term elections in order to elect representatives who will fight for our rights and the future of our democracy.”

Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

SCENE: Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

A cracked vessel holding molten steel ignited a large fire at AK Steel in Middletown this morning.

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said the crew of about 60 firefighters from four departments have now cleared the scene. One firefighter/paramedic was taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Lolli said the molten steel ignited other equipment and the building when it poured out.

“There was a fire at AK Steel at the basic oxygen furnace and the vessel that stores hot, molten steel somehow split open and ignited a fire in one of the buildings,” he said.

Lolli said it will take several weeks to determine what exactly happened and damage estimates at this early stage are impossible to predict.

Fire departments from Middletown, Franklin, Monroe and Liberty Twp. responded to the scene. Lolli said AK Steel’s fire crews will handle any hot spots that might flare up this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.:

The fire at AK Steel in Middletown is now out, according to Middletown’s Facebook page. 

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m: 

Fire crews have been on scene of a structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over two hours, but appear to have the situation under control, according to dispatch.

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The incident was initially reported as heavy smoke coming from the structure in the 3400 block of Lefferson Road around 8:30 a.m.

Officials battled the fire that included molten metal reportedly flowing through the building and the second floor concrete collapsing at one point, causing crews to be removed from the first floor, per reports. 
No word on injuries. 

We are still working to learn what caused the fire’s start.

UPDATE @ 9:23 a.m: 

Crews continue to battle a massive fire at AK Steel in Middletown that occurred Saturday morning.

The address to the fire has been updated to the 3400 block of Lefferson Road, according to officials.

We are still working to learn details on the fire and will keep this story updated. 

INITIAL REPORT

Multiple fire crews are responding to the 1800 block of Crawford Street on a structure fire at AK Steele in Middletown, per initial reports. 

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., and is reportedly escalating.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Local NAACP members, church leaders stay encouraged in light of hospital closing

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Local NAACP and church leaders said they are encouraged by “assurances” by Premier Health in the wake of the planned closing of Good Samaritan Hospital.

A community forum on the issue set for Feb. 10 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is one reason for that encouragement, said Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward. 

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The community must “find a pathway forward,” said Corey Cunningham, founder and senior pastor of The Inspiration Church on Philadephia Drive. 

Foward and Cunningham expressed those concerns this morning at a news conference three days after officials from Premier Health - the hospital’s parent company - announced the closing of the hospital that has been a northwest Dayton anchor for nearly a century. 

Premier CEO Mary Boosalis said Wednesday Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northeast Dayton neighborhood, where it been located on Philadelphia Drive since the late 1920s. 

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Boosalis called the closing a “most difficult but necessary decision.” It was one that shocked many in the community and Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said “we are gravely concerned about an exit of that anchoring presence.” 

Premier said its goal is to offer all employees other positions in the company. But that isn’t much solace for the neighborhood around the massive complex, which was first constructed in 1928 and added onto many times since.