The beard police: Dayton officers can go unshaven for good cause

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 6:06 PM


            A clean-shaven Dayton police officer. But officers can grow beards this month in exchange for a charitable donation. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
A clean-shaven Dayton police officer. But officers can grow beards this month in exchange for a charitable donation. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Beards are usually a big no-no at the Dayton Police Department. That’s because growing out the facial hair violates department dress code.

But Dayton officers can give their razors a rest this month during “No Shave October” (not to be confused with Movember, when many men nationwide choose to grow out moustaches for fun or to raise awareness of male health issues).

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The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 44 was granted permission by the city to allow its union members to get fuzzy on the face in return for a $50 donation to the Pink Ribbon Girls (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

Community members may notice that officers on patrol are a little furrier than usual.

But don’t expect to see beards that are overly elaborate. The city requires officers’ beards to be neatly kept.

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The Pink Ribbon Girls is a non-profit organization that assists women across Ohio in their fight against breast cancer by providing meals, cleaning services, and rides to treatment appointments.

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New Carlisle Purple Heart City celebration

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Purple hear t event

A celebration took place earlier today at the New Carlisle Fire Station to celebrate the city being designated a Purple Heart City. The city will post signs at the entrances to the city designating that it’s a Purple Heart City.

The city of New Carlisle was named a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2014, according to Mayor Ethan Reynolds. The honor means the city has many veterans who served in the armed forces.

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“Our city is very close to the base and many young men and women go in and serve the military,” said Reynolds. “Unfortunately, some have been wounded and this is a way for us to honor them and show them respect.” 

The idea for the event came after a citizen, David Bauer--a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient--came to him and asked about why the city didn’t celebrate being named a Purple Heart City when it happened.

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The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces wounded in combat with an enemy force, or posthumously to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces killed in combat. 

Making sure people know that New Carlisle is a Purple Heart City should be a priority, said Bauer. “This is for our veterans.”

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Four people displaced after Piqua house fire

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:37 PM

PIQUA HOUSE FIRE

UPDATED @ 9:40 p.m.:

Four people--one male, one female, and two children--were displaced after a house fire in Piqua, Captain Paul Brown confirmed.

Initial reports stated that a woman in a wheelchair was stuck, screaming in the house when neighbors assisted her out safely. Two children got out safely as well.

No one was injured, and the damage estimate is roughly $45,000 for the structure and its contents.

FIRST REPORT: 

A two-story house fire left the inside with extensive fire damage, according to the Northern Bureau Chief for WHIO-TV Steve Baker.

Crews were dispatced at 4:50 p.m. to 524 First Street in the Shawnee Section of Piqua.

There are no apparent injuries, but the American Red Cross is on scene to help displace the family.

It is unsure of how many people are being displaced.

The County Fire Investigator is also on scene helping to determine the cause of fire.

The fire damage estimate is unknown.

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New Premier Health Urgent Care locations coming Monday

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

Huber Heights and Troy announced new Urgent Care Center openings during two open houses earlier today and yesterday, according to a release.

The Premier Health Urgent Care in Huber Heights is located at 8290 Old Troy Pike and the Premier Health Urgent Care in Troy is located at 1843 W. Main Street, with both officially opening on Monday, June 25.

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Each location will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. every day of the week, and will be staffed by local advanced practice providers.

These two new locations will handle a variety of health care needs from minor illnesses to injuries. Providers will also be able to conduct school and sports physicals, administer vaccinations, diagnostic testing, X-rays, and more.

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Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait in the comfort of their own home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available through the convenient registration at self-check-in kiosks. Individuals who check-in on-site may leave to run errands while they wait for their time to arrive, and be alerted through mobile devices when their appointment is getting close so they don’t risk losing their spot in line.

For more information on Premier Health Urgent Care, visit PremierUrgentCareOH.com.

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Amateur Radio "Field Day" held in Huber Heights

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 6:19 PM

Members of the Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club are currently participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Cottonwood Park located at 6000 Fishburg Road. The event lasts until past dark and is open to the public.

Since 1922, ham radio operators across North American have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communication network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

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“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Communications Manager for the American Radio Relay League David Isgur. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

Anyone can become a licensed Amateur Radio operator, and with clubs such as Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club, anyone can get involved right here in the Miami Valley.

For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact larry Sack--N8QNM--at LSACKN8WNM@gmail.com or 937-974-1971, or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

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