‘This was his happy place’: Fairfield school hosts ‘Superbubz’ visitation

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:53 PM

A public visitation was held at Fairfield Central Elementary

Walter “Superbubz” Herbert loved his Fairfield elementary school and Thursday saw those who loved the heroic boy and backed his brave struggle against cancer turn out by the hundreds to honor his life.

Walter — the Fairfield Central Elementary first-grader who went by the nickname of “Superbubz” — and for many embodied a superhero’s courage — died Oct. 6 at his home.

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A public visitation for Walter was held Thursday evening at the school.

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

“This was his happy place, so it just made sense that we would offer this and be able to share his happy place with everyone for a final goodbye,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, who was close to Walter and his family.

People were given yellow ribbons to wear, many pinning them to their gray shirts that read “Superbubz.” Therapy service dogs were also on hand to comfort young children.

The boy’s brave struggle and buoyant attitude captured the hearts of the region as he was honored by major area sports stars, police departments, and enjoyed a special early graduation from high school courtesy of Fairfield Schools.

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Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

Walter loved school and superheroes and among his last wishes was to graduate from high school, which he did in a special ceremony at Central Elementary attended by more than 300, including some of his favorite costumed comic book heroes.

That special graduation ceremony “showed how it takes a village to raise a child,” Gallo said Thursday night. “We all came together and were able to help support one another and to fulfill his dreams.”

A funeral service for the 6-year-old will be private and limited to family and friends, school officials have said.

Staff writer Greg Lynch contributed to this report.

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

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Area rivers in flood stage due to recent rain

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

Many rivers in the Dayton area are in flood stages due to all the rain that we've gotten over the last few weeks.

Many rivers are in flood stages due to the recent rains, which included a record-breaking day for Dayton, which saw 1.84 inches of rain Saturday to surpass the old daily rainfall record of 1.63 inches set in 2016.

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With all the rain, the Great Miami River in Dayton is expected to crest around 7 p.m. today at 32.2 feet, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

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Other rivers are considered in minor flood stage, such as the Mad River near Springfield, the Little Miami River near Spring Valley in Greene County and the Great Miami River near Middletown in Butler County. These rivers are expected to recede heading into Monday.

The Great Miami River near Sidney is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Monday, then recede, Collar said.

There are flood alerts over the next couple days.

By Riverscape and whitewater chute
  • Flood Advisory until 3:15 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties
  • Flood Warning through 6 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties
  • Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Butler County near Middletown

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There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.2 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Donkeys rescued from flooded field in Clark County

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

Two donkeys rescued from Highwater Clark county

Two donkeys were rescued early Sunday after being stuck in a flooded field in four feet of water.

Springfield Twp. Fire Department was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike to a report of of the donkeys stuck in a field with water up to their necks, according to scanner traffic.

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Animal rescuers also were called to the scene with additional personnel requested at 5:45 a.m.

A fence was cut and rescue workers walked the donkeys to the road, according to Clark County dispatch. 

The donkeys were not injured but the smaller donkey was restless due to swimming, dispatch said.

The smaller donkey, Poncho, reportedly rested its head on the larger donkey, Eddie, to help keep its head above water.

It is not known how long they were in the water or who their owners are. 

A neighbor took them in their care following the rescue.

Lower Valley Pike was reportedly flooded at the time.   

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Weekend rains set record; How much did you get?

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:50 PM

Flooding Clark county

The rain may be over, but rivers remain in flood stage and some area roadways are closed due to high water, including Lower Valley Pike near state Route 4 in Clark County.

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Dayton set a record with 1.84 inches of rain on Saturday, which broke the old record for daily rainfall of 1.63 inches set in 2016. However, the most rainfall reported in the region was 2.07 inches in Fairfield in Butler County.

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How much did your area see? Following are 24-hour rainfall totals reported in inches as of 12:26 p.m. today by the National Weather Service.

2.07, Fairfield, Butler County

2.05, Eaton, Preble County

1.87, New Lebanon, Montgomery County

1.74, Kettering, Montgomery County

1.73, Centerville, Montgomery County

1.64 Vandalia, Montgomery County

1.6, Tipp City, Miami County

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1.44, Botkins, Shelby County

1.25, Pleasant Hill, Miami County

1.21, Potsdam, Darke County

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Dry time to start the week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

Dry conditions are expected in the Dayton area to start the week.

Partly cloudy skies are expected this afternoon. It will be dry with highs in the upper 40s. Some spots may get into the lower 50s. It also will be breezy with winds gusting over 25 mph at times, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Flood Advisory until 3:15 p.m. for Clinton, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Streams, creeks and rivers may still rise through today
  • More sunshine to start the week
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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