MetroParks deal includes Olympic relationship

Published: Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 10:10 AM
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

MetroParks announces Olympic rowing relationship

Five Rivers MetroParks today announced an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee and USRowing that designates Dayton Regional Rowing as a Community Olympic Development Program.

The goals include training future Olympian rowers, increasing visibility for high school rowers who want to compete in college and raising awareness with businesses about quality of life offerings locally.

The newly formed Dayton Regional Rowing is a partnership between MetroParks, the Dayton Boat Club and Greater Dayton Rowing Association.

Dayton Regional Rowing is the only USOC and USRowing sanctioned Community Olympic Development Program for rowing in the nation and one of 12 development programs in the country.

The mission of Dayton Regional Rowing is to provide lifelong personal development and active lifestyles for Miami Valley youth through the sport of rowing, as well as to enhance high-quality intermediate programs for youth to maximize their potential in the Olympic sport of rowing, the group said in a prepared release.

Supporters said the agreement will develop athletes and enhance the sport of rowing in the Dayton region, which MetroParks officials called the “Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest.”

Glenn Merry, USRowing CEO, said the designation meant a “certificate of approval and seriousness” behind the grassroots efforts of the teams to train Olympic competitors. He added the designation was different from resident centers where top athletes train before trying to get onto the Olympic team. Instead of training athletes who are already at the Olympic level, the program would train athletes to become Olympians, Merry said.

“This is about developing the base and future Olympians,” Merry said.

FiveRivers Metroparks Executive Director Becky Benna said the designation could bring more awareness about the Dayton region to companies.

“This is another great opportunity to be able to promote to people and companies all the great things we have,” Benna said.

Benna added the partnership could help get more children and adults outside for recreation.

Greater Dayton Rowing Association head coach Abbey Beach said the designation could help her team become more visible to the community and to colleges looking to attract athletes into their rowing programs. Beach said five of the six seniors on the team were headed to college to row.

Sen. Sherrod Brown donates pay during shutdown

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:53 PM

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following the weekly Senate luncheons on Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington, DC.
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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following the weekly Senate luncheons on Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington, DC.(Getty Images)

Under relentless attacks from Republicans for blocking a vote on a bill that would have kept the federal government open, Sen. Sherrod Brown said he would donate his paycheck during the shutdown to an Ohio diaper bank which helps low-income families. 

Brown, D-Ohio, announced the move in a statement Saturday on the first full day of a partial shutdown of the federal government. Senate Democrats have insisted that any spending measure provide legal protections for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA. 

Senate Republicans Friday night could not muster 60 votes to force a floor on a bill that would have kept the government open for the next four years and extend a children’s health program which provides coverage to nearly 220,000 low-income Ohio children. 

Even though Brown is a supporter of the program – the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP – he sided with 43 other Senate Democrats to block passage of the temporary spending bill. 

Senate Republican candidates Jim Renacci and Mike Gibbons assailed Brown’s move. Blaine Kelly, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party quipped “that’s the least he can do after flip flopping on CHIP and putting the health insurance of a quarter million Ohio children at risk.” 

Earlier in the week in a conference call with Ohio reporters, Brown indicated he would support a separate vote on DACA instead of tying it to the spending bill. 

If the Senate does not agree to a spending bill Sunday, hundreds of thousands of federal workers – including as many as 13,000 civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton – would face a furlough. 

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, however, would continue to be paid. In addition to Brown, Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, asked that his pay be withheld during the shutdown. Latta voted for the bill that passed the House Thursday to keep the government open and extend CHIP. 

Mail will still get delivered, the post offices will remain open, the Army, Navy and Air Force operate as usual, and Americans receive their Social Security checks. Medicare and Medicaid continue to function.

Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:34 PM

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. This year's U.S. flu season got off to an early start, and it's been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. This year's U.S. flu season got off to an early start, and it's been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)(Ted S. Warren/AP)

A 12-year-old boy from Michigan who vomited during dinner one night, went to an urgent care facility the next night and had a flu test come back negative tragically died the very next morning.

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Michael Messenger’s family can’t believe how quickly their world was turned upside-down, losing a son and a brother who had been so full of life in just a matter of days.

The timeline of Messenger’s symptoms, evaluation and death has his mother Jessica Decent-Doll urging other parents not to wait if they see signs of flu.

“Don’t wait, it’s all I can say. This flu or whatever is going around this year is unbelievably dangerous,” she told the Times Herald.

Messenger vomited during dinner Jan. 9, was taken to an urgent care the next evening where he was cleared for flu and administered anti-nausea medication and was found unresponsive at home in bed the morning of Jan. 11.

An hour and a half later, he was declared dead at a hospital.

Decent-Doll said her son’s vital signs were deemed normal at the urgent care center and that the family was advised to give him fluids.

By 9:15 a.m. Thursday, it was clear Messenger’s life was in grave danger.

“I ran upstairs, and I sat with him, and I tried to get him to respond to me, but there was no response, nothing,” Decent-Doll said. “It’s indescribable, it really is.”

The grieving mother said that her son had just gotten a flu shot in December and that he “never stopped, ever. He loved science. He loved his family.”

Kristen Ervinck started a GoFundMe to help the grieving family:
"Mikey was so full of life and so energetic he lit up the room with his smile," it read.

The GoFundMe raised more than $12,000 as of Saturday. 
At least 30 children have lost their lives to the disease this flu season.

Michael Messenger's funeral was Thursday. His family is still waiting for the results of his autopsy.

Light showers overnight; weekend ends on warmer note

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:20 PM

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

A few light showers can be expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. “We’re not anticipating much rain to fall, but there will be a few showers from time to time,” he said. Overnight temperatures 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

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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: More rain is expected, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s. 

Tuesday: Colder air returns. Highs likely will be in the upper 30s early in the morning, then temperatures will fall throughout the day. There is a chance for some snow whhowers or flurries. 

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

Wednesday: It will be another cool day under partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 30s. 

Outdoor Outlook(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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

Suspect indicted in Coldwater stabbing death

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:13 PM

Grand jury indicts Francy Majo for Coldwater murder

A 19-year-old Coldwater man is charged with murder in the death of a woman in her apartment earlier this month.

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A Mercer County grand jury returned the indictment Friday against Francy Majo. He is accused of killing 47-year-old Sandra Renner Jan. 3 on North Elm Street in Coldwater.

Sandra Renner(Contributed)

Majo was arrested the next morning. According to police, Majo said he stabbed Renner to death.

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Majo remains held on $1 million cash bond and is due in court Jan. 26 for arraignment.