Could Niagara Falls completely freeze this winter?

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 2:25 PM

Given the plunging temperatures, local residents predict that Niagara Falls could freeze completely this winter, just as it did in January 2014.

Days of bone-chilling temperatures in Canada have not frozen Niagara Falls yet, but locals predict the waterfalls could come to an icy halt this winter if the present cold snap continues. 

A polar vortex brought Arctic temperatures to some parts of Canada on Wednesday, including the country's capital Ottawa, and other major cities such as Toronto and Montreal. According to the Canadian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, cold weather in Toronto on Thursday smashed a 57-year-old previous record low, with the temperature at Toronto's Pearson International Airport falling to minus 22 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning. 

Given the plunging temperatures, local residents predict that Niagara Falls could freeze completely this winter, just as it did in January 2014. 

 Days of snow and thick white mist have turned the area around Niagra Falls into a crystal palace, however, rushing water could still be seen flowing over the edge of the waterfalls on Friday. 

 Many tourists, who continued to brave the bitterly cold December temperatures to enjoy the natural beauty of the falls, believe the coldest month of the year is actually January. 

 "It's particularly cold today and this week," said a tourist. 

 "The winter before, that's no like that. But this time, there's a special time, because really, really hard for us. It's really, really cold," said another tourist. 

 A few days of extremely cold weather is not enough to freeze the rapids flowing over Niagra Falls. However, if the arctic blast continues, Niagra Falls could freeze in January 2018. 

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A few showers and below average temperatures to start the weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

Few showers arrive late Friday.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Quiet and cool tonight
  • Increasing clouds, slight chance for showers Friday night
  • Temps to drop back below average for the weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Mostly clear skies are in the forecast with temperatures dropping back into the mid-40s by morning.

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Friday: The day will start with lots of sunshine. Some clouds will arrive in the afternoon. There will be the chance for a few passing showers in the evening and then again later Friday night. Temperatures will reach the mid-60s.

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Saturday: Expect quite a bit of clouds with a slight chance for a passing shower or sprinkle. It will be breezy and noticably cooler. Highs will top out in the lower 50s.

Sunday: Sunshine returns with temperatures beginning to rebound slowly. There will likely be frost to start the day before temperatures reach back into the middle 50s.

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Monday: Sunny skies are in the forecast with a chance for some patchy morning frost. Afternoon temperatures will climb back into the upper 60s.

Tuesday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures soaring into the mid-70s.

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Dunbar basketball fiasco: Dayton superintendent says, ‘We owe an apology’

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:37 PM

WATCH: DPS Basketball brawl at center of OHSAA lawsuit

Dayton Public Schools was wrong about the central fact in its recent court fight with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the district admitted Thursday, meaning Dunbar’s boys basketball team was improperly reinstated to the postseason tournament in March, eliminating two other teams.

As a result, Dayton announced in a joint statement with the OHSAA that Dunbar’s boys basketball team is banned from 2019 postseason, DPS’ existing districtwide probation from a football scandal is extended through June 2020, and Dunbar High School’s probation is extended through 2022.

RELATED: Five key issues in end of Dunbar-OHSAA fight

DPS also will pay OHSAA’s court costs stemming from its March lawsuit against the group. Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said she does not know exactly what that amount will be, but she believes, based on information from the OHSAA, that it will be less than $10,000.

“We owe an apology to Bishop Fenwick High School, Thurgood Marshall High School and the OHSAA,” Lolli said. “We have taken corrective measures to address the situation. We appreciate the OHSAA’s cooperation and compassion during this situation. We know that removal of Dayton Public Schools’ membership in the OHSAA was an option.”

RELATED: Fenwick AD on Dunbar announcement: ‘Everyone knows that we got the bad end of the stick’

Brief timeline

On Jan. 10, a wild brawl erupted at the end of the junior varsity game between Dunbar and Thurgood Marshall. Many players left the bench — a violation requiring a two-game suspension — but Dunbar never followed through on suspending its bench players, meaning they were technically ineligible.

On Feb. 23, one of those bench players participated for a few minutes in Dunbar’s varsity blowout win over West Carrollton to open the postseason tournament. Five days later, the OHSAA disqualified Dunbar from the tournament for using that ineligible player, and put Thurgood Marshall, the team Dunbar had most recently beaten, into their place.

MARCH 6: Judge puts Dunbar back in basketball tourney

MARCH 7: Dayton schools, OHSAA still in war of words

DPS sued the OHSAA on March 2 to put Dunbar back in the tournament, and on March 6 used video to argue the player in question could never be seen going onto the court during the Jan. 10 fight. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Michael Krumholtz said there wasn’t evidence to support OHSAA’s move. He reinstated Dunbar in the tournament, taking Thurgood Marshall out.

Dunbar’s boys defeated Middletown Fenwick on March 7, then lost to Woodward in the district final March 10.

New video evidence

OHSAA spokesman Tim Stried said that a few days after Dunbar lost, “multiple people” presented video and photo evidence to OHSAA showing that the player in question actually did participate in the fight. Lolli said Thursday it was cell phone video from multiple people who had been in the stands at the Jan. 10 game.

That means OHSAA had been right that the player was ineligible and Dunbar should have been ousted from the tournament.

MARCH 2: Step-by-step look at Dunbar case, from Jan. 10 to lawsuit

Fenwick Athletic Director Michael Coleman expressed frustration Thursday.

“Everyone knows that we got the bad end of the stick,” Coleman said. “This was really unfair for our kids and community, especially since we can’t go back to what the scenario should have been. Everyone involved could have handled this situation better.”

Neither OHSAA nor DPS would identify the people who presented the better video. This news organization requested that video under public records law, but Lolli said Thursday that DPS officials merely viewed the video with OHSAA staff, and do not have a copy of it. Stried said OHSAA also does not have copies of that evidence, saying individuals showed the videos and photos to Lolli and OHSAA Executive Director Dan Ross at a meeting.

Next steps at DPS

Lolli said embattled Athletic Director Mark Baker has been working on a redesign of the athletic department. Asked whether that meant DPS was committed to Baker as athletic director going forward, Lolli sidestepped the question.

She did say “some personnel changes” will be implemented for the next school year, but would not go into detail. Asked later whether she expected to fire anyone, Lolli said no. That would appear to mean Baker will remain employed, as his athletic director contract runs through June 2019.

MARCH 12: Dunbar JV coach, school athletic director reprimanded

RELATED: Principal, Dayton AD Baker were reprimanded

But coaches and the athletic directors for individual schools work on one-year “supplemental contracts” that are up for review each year. The district could replace some of those staffers without technically firing anyone. Lolli did not comment on that process, adding that it was “yet to be determined” whether Dunbar head coach Chuck Taylor would return for another season.

“We’re making sure that the correct personnel are in place for our athletic program, and the correct expectations are in place,” Lolli said. “We’re making sure we follow the OHSAA rules and regulations as they are written. We will be vigilant in that effort to make sure that the sanctions do not continue to get piled on to the Dayton Public Schools because of infractions that we make.”

Ross praised Lolli but emphasized the need for compliance.

“For the last month, this has been an effort from both sides working together — the OHSAA and Dayton Public Schools,” Ross said. “I commend Dr. Lolli for working hard to do the right thing here and get to the truth. … It has been a pleasure working with her, and we trust that nothing like this will happen again at Dayton Public Schools.”

THE STORY SO FAR

Previously: Dunbar was ousted from the boys basketball tournament for using an ineligible player, then reinstated after a judge ruled in the school’s favor.

What’s new: New evidence shows Dunbar was wrong about the player’s eligibility, and the school has accepted multiple years of probation and a 2019 tournament ban for boys basketball.

What’s next: Dayton Public Schools says it is working on a redesign of its athletic department with “some personnel changes,” but would not elaborate.

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Tick season is here; Here’s some advice to keep yourself safe

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:09 PM

Tick prevention tips
Tick prevention tips

Because ticks are most active in April through September, Greene County Public Health officials want to remind you to take preventive measures against them because they can transmit possibly fatal diseases.

An infected person or animal cannot pass disease  to another animal or person. In Ohio, these kinds of diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Preventative measures include avoiding direct contact with ticks, avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, and walking the center of trails. 

To help repel ticks, use repellents that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin and clothing. Follow the product instructs and avoid applying to hands, eyes and mouth. Use products that contain permethrin for clothing and to treat boots, socks, pants and tents. 

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To find and remove ticks from your body: 

  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors
  • Conduct a full-body check using a mirror
  • Parents, check children’s hair, ears, arms, waist, belly button, behind knees and between legs
  • Examine gear and pets
  • Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill ticks 

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Dogs are susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases, Cats are sensitive to a variety of chemicals, so consult a veterinarian first before applying any insect repellents. 

With the exception of Lyme disease, vaccines are not available for most of the tick-borne diseases that dogs can get. Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect, and signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for 7 to 21 days or more after a bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite. 

Here are some ways to reduce the chances a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets: 

  • Check your pets daily, especially after they spend time outdoors
  • If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away 
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam 
  • Talk with your vet about using tick preventives 

To remove a tick: 

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible 
  • Pull upward with steady pressure. Twisting or jerking can cause mouth-parts to break and remain in the skin
  • Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, or soap and water 
  • Submerse a live tick in alcohol and place it in a sealed container or flush it in the toilet  
  • Never crush a tick with your fingers 

For more, call 937-374-5600. Additional health information can be found at www.gcph.info.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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3-year-old run over, killed by lawnmower in Washington

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:46 PM

(File photo)
(File photo)

A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the child was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish, Washington, deputies said

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Crews responded after reports of a person under a lawnmower. 

Deputies said the was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident. 

According to deputies, the father wasn't under any influence. 

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