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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
WEST CHESTER TWP. — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 11:51 AM
— Thursday, March 1, marked the first day of meteorological spring. Astronomical spring, on the other hand, won’t begin for another few weeks.
Confused? You’re not alone.
Here are some things to know about the two seasons:
What’s the difference?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, meteorologists follow the meteorological seasons based on the annual temperature cycle, whereas climatologists follow astronomical seasons, which are defined by the Earth’s position in relation to the sun.
What are solstices and equinoxes?
Astronomical seasons are defined with two solstices and two equinoxes.
According to the National Weather Service, the summer solstice occurs the moment the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum and when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. The sun is at its highest point in the sky anywhere north of the Tropic of Cancer. This is the longest day of the year in those areas.
The winter solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn and marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Equinoxes, on the other hand, are times of the year when the earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun. On these days, there’s almost an equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes. But days are a little longer at the higher latitudes.
Approximately when do the solstices and equinoxes occur in the northern hemisphere?
Summer solstice: June 21
Winter solstice: Dec. 22
Vernal/spring equinox: March 21
Autumnal equinox: Sept. 22
When does astronomical spring begin?
Astronomical spring begins on the vernal or spring equinox, around March 21.
Which do we typically use to define seasons?
While people have long used the sun’s alignment and other natural phenomena to mark time, meteorological seasons are more closely tied to our calendar than the astronomical seasons. For example, meteorological spring includes March, April and May. Summer includes June, July and August. Fall includes September, October and November. And lastly, winter includes December, January and February.
Meteorological seasons are also more consistent compared to astronomical seasons.
Why do we typically use meteorological seasons for our civil calendars?
The exact dates of the solstices and equinoxes can vary between 89-93 days due to the earth’s elliptical orbit and whether or not it’s a Leap Year.
Due to the consistency of meteorological seasons (each season is roughly 90-92 days long), calculating seasonal statistics from monthly numbers is much easier. According to NOAA, this data is often used to understand trends in agriculture, commerce and more.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
FAIRFIELD — Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Cause of Xenia house fire on Glen Kegley Drive under investigation
Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.
We will continue to update this story as additional details become available.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:14 AM
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Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:23 PM
KETTERING — Lyn Grant has gotten comfortable during the nearly 40 years she has lived in Kettering.
But she's not naive enough to allow her comfort to lull her into unrealistic feelings of safety.
"I've notice the neighborhood changing a little bit," Grant told News Center 7's Lauren Clark on Monday evening. "We had a car stolen once."
To keep tabs on her neighborhood and its surroundings, Grant said she'll probably make use of a new online crime-mapping tool the police department is offering in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions "to be aware, to be on the lookout."
The tool, Community Crime Map, makes information easily available for Grant and her neighbors who want to monitor crime.
According to Kettering police officials, Grant and people like her inspired the department to partner with LexisNexis to create the crime-mapping tool.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Find out what happened to resident who shot an intruder
It's easy to use:
* Either enter your ZIP code or select OH-Kettering from the pull down list of communities
* You can also search by date range and event
* All incidents in the area you select will display on the map by type of crime
* The Data Grid tab displays crime information by incident type, date, location
* The Analytics tab displays graphs and charts of crimes by type, by day of the week and time of day
* In the top right corner of the page, you can sign up for daily, weekly or monthly crime alerts by incident type
Residents also can sign up to receive crime alerts and neighborhood watch email reports of recent crimes from the police department.
Miami Twp. recently contracted with LexisNexis to provide the service. Troy in Miami County and Bellbrook in Greene County are doing the same.
If your community has partnered with LexisNexis, you too can find out crime data for where you live.