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Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:45 PM
FAIRFIELD — It’s the second oldest school building in Butler County — opening its doors in 1929 — but today saw Central Elementary begin its journey into dust.
Demolition crews used a giant construction claw to tear away one corner of the former Fairfield school as a small crowd of teachers and residents watched from across Ohio 4.
It was bittersweet for them.
Though the school was outdated, cramped and inadequate for years for the growing, 10,000-student district, so many local residents spent part of their early school years during the school’s 88-year history and it housed many memories.
“It kind of hurt a little bit. It’s very sentimental,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, after watching the large excavator tear down the first walls.
“While we know we have exciting times coming, it’s also a little sad to leave a piece of your history and we have a lot memories that occurred in that building,” said Gallo. “It’s kind of sad to see it go down. It makes it final.”
The sweet part of the bittersweet was hidden from spectator view because directly behind the old Central school stands a nearly-completed, new Central Elementary.
Fairfield City Schools will soon experience what few Southwest Ohio school systems ever have — the district is opening three new schools in early September as part of a historic $80 million building project.
The district is also building the new Compass Elementary across from Fairfield High School and the Fairfield Freshman School on the high school campus.
“A lot of people don’t realize what’s been going on behind the building (Central) and once the building goes down and they see our new school, I think they will be really excited about what the next (school year) is going to bring for us,” said Gallo.
Jill Arent had two children attend the old Central school and while she’ll miss the old school, she’s excited about the new learning facilities that will soon be available to thousands of Fairfield students.
“It’s a new beginning for a lot of kids and a lot of teachers and a lot of new (learning) environments for them to be in so I’m very excited,” said Arent.
“I’m a little remorseful that an icon has to go, but in the same sense to me it’s all a new beginning,” she said.
The demolition will now switch to removal of interior drop-ceilings and other fixtures before resuming the tear down of the remaining exterior walls later this week.
The adjacent Fairfield Freshman School will also soon begin its demolition, said Fairfield officials.
Classes for Fairfield students will be starting later than normal for the 2017-2018 school year due to the demolition and construction work. Usually classes start in mid-to-late August, but for the coming school year they will begin Sept. 5.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:52 AM
HOUSTON — Approximately 1,500 guests are expected to attend former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral in Houston Saturday.
Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.
About 2,500 mourners paid their respect at a public viewing held Friday in Houston, The Associated Press reported.
The service will take place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Jeb Bush will deliver a eulogy for his mother. Longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham will also speak during the 90-minute service and musical selections will be performed, The AP reported. A procession will follow, with burial at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University. The procession will go through Houston’s Memorial Park, which was beloved by the Bushes. Barbara Bush will be buried next to her daughter, Robin, who was 3 years old when she died of leukemia in 1953, The AP reported.
Notable guests will include first lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, The AP reported.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:15 AM
— It will be a chilly morning with temperatures climbing out of the 30s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. There will be some patchy morning frost but will quickly melt after sunrise. Some high clouds build for the afternoon but it will stay dry and mild with temperatures approaching 60 degrees. Clouds will linger through the night but it won’t be too cool. Overnight lows will be near 40 degrees.
Sunday: It will be partly sunny and mild again with temperatures closer to normal in the lower 60s.
Monday: Clouds increase with the slight chance of a few showers south, late. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.
Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers. Highs will drop back into the upper 50s.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM
— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its warning to include all types of romaine lettuce. The warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
The CDC also asks consumers to “not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.”
Additionally, the CDC suggests that consumers throw away any romaine lettuce in the home, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
At least 31 people have been hospitalized, including three who developed a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.
No deaths related to the outbreak have been reported.
The CDC has not yet identified the grower or a common brand, and is urging people not to eat chopped lettuce from the Yuma area.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary, but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Most people get better in five to seven days. Infections can be mild, but can also be severe and even life-threatening.
People started reporting illnesses that are part of the outbreak between March 22 and March 31.
DNA fingerprinting is being used to identify illnesses that are part of the same outbreak. Some people might not be included in the CDC’s case count if officials weren’t able to get bacteria strains needed for DNA fingerprinting to link them to the outbreak.
To reduce your risk of an E. coli infection, you can:
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:09 AM
NEW YORK — A New York City postal worker was arrested Thursday after 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found in his car, apartment and locker, authorities said.
Aleksey Germash, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 16 years, possessed undelivered mail since 2005, WPIX reported. He told investigators he held onto the mail because he was overwhelmed by how much mail he had to deliver. Germash said he delivered “the important stuff,” WPIX reported.
Postal officials said they found 10,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his car, 6,000 in his apartment and another 1,000 in his locker. An investigation began when USPS officials found 20 full bags in his car Wednesday, WPIX reported. He was arrested the following day.
Germash is not the first postal worker to hold onto mail. Agents arrested a Long Island letter carrier earlier this month after they found dozens of bags filled with undelivered mail behind his home.
Earlier this month, an Indiana mail carrier was charged with throwing away or holding onto thousands of pieces of mail. In February, a postal carrier in Florida
refused to deliver packages inside the gates of a nudist resort.