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Program connects Miami Valley veterans with civilian jobs

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:36 AM

If you value your freedom, thank a veteran. American freedom comes with a price that millions of military personnel and veterans have paid serving our country. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there were about 22 million veterans living in the United States as of 2014. 

This Veterans Day Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley and some local businesses are doing more than just thanking veterans.  

Together with veteran support agencies in the Miami Valley and local employers, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley has formed the Veterans and Employers Connection, a collaborative partnership founded in 2014 to assist with the successful employment of veterans in the civilian workforce. With a goal to place 5000 veterans in meaningful and gainful employment by 2020, The Connection is well on its way. 

“At the end of our inaugural year, we had 30 member employers on board and had helped place 103 veterans in jobs,” said Roger Baldridge, vice president of business services for Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. 

Today, The Connection is 78 members strong and has successfully placed over 1600 veterans in jobs. 

“The military teaches veterans a lot of great skill sets that employers really want, such as a strong work ethic, the ability to work effectively as part of a team, and having a passion and dedication to achieving a mission,” said Lance Detrick, president of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. “However, we know that, for a variety of reasons, veterans sometimes struggle to successfully reenter the civilian workforce.” 

The Veterans and Employer Connection provides assistance with resumes and offers interview coaching and preparation for veterans seeking employment. An important part of this process is helping veterans translate military skills and language into the civilian work environment.  

Through the partnership, employers committed to hiring veterans have access to a pool of veterans with diverse skills.  

Larry Nash

Larry Nash knows the benefits of The Connection firsthand. A former Marine and field radio operator, Nash moved back to Dayton to take care of his ailing father and needed some support to get back into the workforce.  

With the help of The Connection, Nash landed a job as a janitor with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, cleaning buildings through a contract for the county.

“I’m most impressed with the closeness of employees,” Nash said about his current position. “It’s more like a work family, than a work opportunity.” 

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is no stranger to the benefits of providing meaningful employment locally to people in need. In fact, as part of its mission of helping people with disabilities and other needs to become independent, GESMV employs 586 people with disabilities and 83 veterans throughout a workforce that’s more than a thousand strong. 

The Connection honored Crown Equipment Corporation as member of the year for employing twice as many veterans as any other connection member.

Crown Equipment Corporation also knows that veterans make great employees. Worldwide, Crown employs over 600 veterans, 26 of whom are employed right here in the Miami Valley. The Connection honored Crown as member of the year for employing twice as many veterans as any other connection member.   

“We’ve had a lot of growth,” said Randy Niekamp, vice president of human resources for Crown Equipment Corporation, with regards to how they have been so successful with placing so many veterans in positions. “We’ve really had success transitioning well from military bases.”  

“Veterans make great employees,” he added. “They are dedicated, and they have great leadership and technical skills.” 

If you are a local employer looking to support veterans, consider becoming a member of The Connection. If you’ve never hired a veteran, you can learn more and receive support as you help a veteran get back to work after their service.  

The Veterans and Employers Connection provides free assistance to veterans in need of employment. Join GESMV, The Connection and their commitment to helping anyone who has officially worn the uniform, regardless of length of service, category of discharge or any other employment barrier.  

With your help, even more veterans can have access to services to help them get a job right here in your community when you donate securely online at

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM

FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water
FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water

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.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More 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.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:34 PM

Multiple chances for rain this week are leading to some flooding concerns in the Dayton area.

Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight as rain approaches toward daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • More rain mid-week
  • Flooding possible the next few days

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

FRIDAY: The chance for rain returns again Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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Forum: Solutions to Ohio opioid crisis should be ‘self-sustaining, repeatable’

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

Opioid forum in Wilmington

Dozens of people who are personally impacted by the opioid crisis gathered Sunday in Wilmington to discuss the issue in a unique forum hosted by Your Voice Ohio

The conversation inside the municipal building on North South Street involved medical professionals, first-responders, parents who have lost children to opioid addiction and recovering addicts, among others. 

The next forum in the series is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Layfayette Room, 133 S. Fayette Street South, in Washington Court House. 

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Your Voice Ohio is a collaborative of more than 30 news organizations in the state "trying to figure out how we better represent the people of Ohio and get their issues in front of the public policymakers," said YVO Director and Editor Doug Oplinger

Oplinger said he is impressed with the Wilmington community, where "there's a sense of ownership" among people who want to find a solution to the opioid crisis. 

"We want people first of all to see shared values, shared solutions that they can act on," Oplinger said. "But we also want to help journalists come in contact with their people better and be better representatives of those folks so that there is a bond that develops between journalists and citizens. That they see themselves together as solving problems, as joined in democracy. Sounds a little lofty, but this is what democracy is about." 

Robert Eustace, of Beavercreek, who works for a company near Wilmington, said he's been personally touched by the opioid crisis. A family member suffered from addiction and most recently a 20-year-old neighbor died of drug-related causes. 

He said he's an advocate of "asset based community development," an integrated approach that brings together volunteers, professionals and those who need help. 

"There's something healthy about work," Eustace said. 

"You've got all these buildings that need to be torn down. You've got all these people just sitting around … put them into work programs … This is how we can turn this into not only a thing to help them but it becomes self-funding, it builds the community. Like Joseph said, that which a few meant for evil has turned out for good." 

Creating programs that are self-sustaining is important, but it's also important to design programs that are "repeatable," said Micah Steele, who is on the front lines fighting the opioid epidemic by working to provide housing and programs for at-risk adults at Nest Recovery Homes in Wilmington

"If we can design a program that's repeatable so that maybe someone from another city … we can go here you go. Here's the steps to take. Here's the curriculum. Here's the process. Solve the problem in your community," Steele said. 

Shane Jones, of Wilmington, said he's a recovering alcoholic. He said he attended the forum because he wants to help other people, an act which he sees as pivotal in staying clean and sober. 

Jones said Wilmington has seen better days. 

"There's more homeless people here now than when I was growing up. Everywhere you look there's someone riding a bike with a backpack," Jones said. "Wilmington really needs help." 

Jones said he hopes the people who attended the forum Sunday now have a better understanding of addiction. 

"There's not a relapse left in me," he said. "If people want to get help, they really need to do it before it's too late. The bottom line is if you don't want to get clean and sober, you're not going to do it until you're ready."


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Injury crash reported I-75 northbound in Dayton

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Crews have responded to an injury crash on Interstate 75 northbound near West Second Street.

The far left lane was shut down around 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic has slowed in the remaining lanes.

We are on the scene working to learn more.

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