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West Chester’s new Boys & Girls Club ‘one of the best in Ohio’

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

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A community’s collective dream to brighten the future for local youth will soon become a reality as the new $6.8 million Boys & Girls Club prepares to open.

The youth club, which at 30,000 square feet is six times larger than the current youth center on Smith Road, will open for public tours on Dec. 3 and begin operation on Jan. 4, when students at Lakota Schools return from winter break.

MORE: New Boys & Girls Club rising in Olde West Chester

The woman who was one of the main driving forces behind the project recently walked around construction crews finishing up the interiors of the youth club and said the facility is a reflection of area residents’ dedication to the next generation.

Patti Alderson — board director for the club and a top official with the Ohio alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs — is in charge of the private fundraising and solicitation of state grants as officials campaign to raise money toward the project.

Alderson is familiar with many other such clubs around the state and she said the youth of West Chester and Liberty townships will have access to one of the best in Ohio.

“If it’s not the best, it’s darn close to it. We have everything the kids need here,” said Alderson as she stood outside the club, which sits on the site of the former Lakota Union School at 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, across from the post office.

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The youth center is a brick and mortar transformation of the two townships’ love for future generations, said Alderson.

“This club is here because we have a community that cares. We have raised $6.3 million … quite frankly it’s amazing. There is not a community in the state that can do what we’ve done,” she said.

For area youth, which will include students at Lakota Local Schools — the eighth largest school district in Ohio.

MORE: The new club’s Lakota Schools’ connection

Besides a gym and indoor sports, the new center will feature a variety of fun and educational activities and programs as well as a cafe. In the spring, outdoor playground equipment will be installed near an already constructed outdoor basketball court.

The club will also offer community meeting and event spaces for area adults.

The spacious, visually striking, two-story building is also the most visible symbol of a revitalized Olde West Chester business district that lines Cincinnati-Dayton road, just south of the Interstate 75 exchange to West Chester Road.

MORE: Last goodbye to Lakota’s first school to make way for youth club

Alderson said because the new club is so much bigger than the current facility, which serves on average 300 students daily, they can’t yet estimate how many more youngsters and teens will make the center part of their after-school day.

“We just don’t know what all we can do with the club yet,” she said.

West Chester/Liberty. Video at www.journal-news.com

HOW TO HELP

Fundraising continues to cover operations at the new Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.

For more information about the club and how to donate, click here

Tour de Donut to bring ‘wall to wall bicycles’ to downtown Troy

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

A participant in a previous Tour De Donut gets into the spirit of the event by downing a donut. CONTRIBUTED
A participant in a previous Tour De Donut gets into the spirit of the event by downing a donut. CONTRIBUTED

Troy will be hosting Tour de Donut for the second time this August.

The inaugural event in Troy last year brought 2,300 riders, and went through 14,000 donuts.

“The best part is when the cyclists start lining up, there are some just out for fun, but a lot of them are serious cyclists,” said Diana Thompson from the Miami County Visitor’s Bureau. “It’s wall to wall bicycles, singles and tandems.”

Organizers expect about 3,000 participants this year.

Tour de Donut has been running for 12 years in Illinois. It’s a unique bicycle event in which riders visit several donut stops along the course. For each donut the rider eats, and keeps down, five minutes will be deducted from their time.

That’s right — the more donuts a rider eats, the faster their time is.

The event has partnered with Be the Match this year as their official charity partner.

“It was a perfect match,” said Tour de Donut organizer Roger Bowersock. “We try to add something new every year.”

Be the Match is putting on its Bukeye Donut Dash, a 5k beginning in downtown Troy. The Buckeye Donut Dash raises funds to help patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.

“This is a big partnership, everybody wins,” Thompson said. “Because the Tour be Donut has so many followers, many more have donated (to Be the Match).”

The run and the bike event will begin simultaneously, then go their separate ways. All runners and cyclists will then merge back together on Market Street Bridge.

Riders have a choice of riding a 16-mile, 32-mile and 64-mile course through Miami County.

“Our event is casual, it is a lot of fun,” Bowersock said. “It’s something you have to experience to really understand. Most of the people who do it come back.”

Bowersock said the organization will start inviting donut shops in March to compete to be a special stop on the trail, “the Glazer.”

The Glazer serves riders an “over-the-top, overstuffed with goo, etc.” donut worth a 10-minute time reduction. The winning donut shop will be picked at the Troy Strawberry Festival in June.

Before Tour de Donut was held in Troy, it was hosted in Arcanum.

VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:06 PM

Meteorite spotted over midwestern states

The fireball lit up the sky Tuesday just after 8 p.m.

>>Bitter cold temperatures to continue

The dashboard cam video was shared by Mike Austin as he was driving north on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills, north of Detroit, Michigan. 

>>2017 fireball caught on WHIO-TV weather camera

The fireball was also seen from northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario, Canada. 

It is not known whether the meteorite dissipated in the atmosphere or made it to the ground or into Lake Michigan.

Dashcam video shot by WWMT/Kalamazoo photo journalist Zack Lawler in Battle Creek, Michigan.

MONTAGE: Beams of light caused by meteor in Michigan

Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski found dead with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:06 AM

WSU Quarterback Found Dead Found Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Police in Pullman, Washington, say officers have found Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski dead Tuesday in an apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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At about 4:30 p.m., officers responded to an apartment to check on the welfare of a football player who did not show up for practice earlier in the day. 

When officers arrived, they found Hilinkski, 21, deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

Police said a rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a note was found. 

Washington State president Kirk Schulz tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family.”

Former Washington State linebackers coach Roy Manning, who recently left for a position at UCLA, tweeted , “Words can’t describe what I’m feeling right now. My heart is beyond saddened. Please pray for the family and all of us affected!”

Hilinski, from Claremont, Calif., recently finished his redshirt sophomore season for the Cougars.

He started in place of Senior Luke Falk in the Cougars loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl. 

Hilinski played 11 games in his Cougars career, passing for 1,149 yards and seven touchdowns.

Hilinski was the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Changes promised at local school district in wake of racially insensitive basketball jerseys incident

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM

Change coming to Kings School board

Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.

That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.

 MORE: Kings and Mason schools facing outcry in wake of racial incidents

The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.

The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.

McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.

Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.

 MORE: Kings board member and father said he shares responsibility for failing to report racist jerseys

Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.

“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”

He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.

“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.

Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.

Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”

“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.

“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said. 

“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.

Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24. 

Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.

The board will then vote at its Jan. 31 meeting – after interviewing all applicants – on who will fill McKiernan’s seat through his term, which ends December 2019.