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Lessons learned from Capitol Hill: Dayton students get first-hand look

Published: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 @ 7:54 AM

Thanks to DP&L support, students from the Dayton area are able to experience first-hand the government at work and how it affects local communities.
Thanks to DP&L support, students from the Dayton area are able to experience first-hand the government at work and how it affects local communities.

Ian Dollenmayer began his first year at the University of Dayton (UD) in much the same way that many freshmen do: as an undecided major.  

After all, how can you be expected to know what you want to do with the rest of your life at 18 years of age? However, his undecided status didn’t last long. 

“I took an American Political Systems course my first semester at UD, and I never looked back. The only thing that changed was how I wanted to apply my political science degree,” explained Dollenmayer. “A genuine love for government work blossomed during my time at UD, due in large part to my coursework and experiences.”  

Those experiences included internships with UD’s Office of Government and Regional Relations and with the federal government in Washington, D.C.  

But one internship, in particular, would help set the course for his professional life after college: the University of Dayton Statehouse Civic Scholars program

Ian Dollenmayer (center, blue shirt) with the 2015 UD Civic Scholars

“I’d gotten to know (former) Governor Taft and Eileen Austria, and they told me about UD’s Statehouse Civic Scholars program. Both encouraged me to apply,” said Dollenmayer. “I had experienced government at the federal level, and I saw this as a great opportunity to learn about government at the state level. So, I applied and was lucky enough to be one of 12 students chosen for an internship at the Statehouse in Columbus.” 

Locally funded programs introduce students to state and federal government

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders -- especially students who have an interest in government and politics and who might someday influence legislation that affects the Dayton region.  

Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) understands that cultivating knowledge of government, the legislative process, and how it impacts the local community and the businesses that operate there can benefit the Miami Valley area in the future. That’s why, since 2011, the company has supported the UD Statehouse Civic Scholars program, arranged for networking opportunities, and sends two students from the Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) to the Dayton Region Community Fly-In. Both programs provide local students with the opportunity to interact and work side-by-side with state and federal government representatives.  

The 2017 University of Dayton Civic Scholars

University of Dayton Statehouse Civic Scholars program

Eileen Austria is the owner of EFA Solutions, a consulting firm of which the University of Dayton is a client. She manages the statehouse internships that are awarded through the University’s Civic Scholars program, now in its sixth year. 

Every year, Austria and Taft select 12 students for the eight-week internship in Columbus, beginning in May and wrapping up in July. To be considered, students must have at least at 3.0 GPA and be enrolled full-time at the University of Dayton.  

Statehouse scholars receive:

  • Three hours of internship credit
  • A fellowship stipend 
  • Housing at Capital University, which is in close proximity to the Statehouse
  • Opportunities to network with Ohio statewide officers, legislators, lobbyists and more, including a luncheon with elected officials hosted by DP&L 

Placement opportunities include highly desirable offices in state government, such as the Attorney General, Auditor of State, Secretary of State, and House Speaker Communications team, just to name a few. Dollenmayer’s placement was with the Office of Budget and Management.  

“The state passes a new budget every two years,” explained Dollenmayer. “I was lucky enough to be there at the end of the last budget cycle, so I had the chance to experience first-hand what it’s like to pass a new budget.”  

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DECA students attend Dayton Region Community Fly-In in Washington D.C.

Each year, in an effort to educate the community about the federal government and to promote the exchange of ideas between Washington officials and community leaders, the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) hosts the Dayton Community Fly-In event in Washington, D.C. Dayton has one of the largest and oldest ongoing community-wide programs in the U.S. that takes civic leaders to the nation’s capital. 

“Every year, DP&L pays for two students and a chaperone from our school to be a part of the Dayton Region Community Fly-In,” said Dave Taylor, deputy superintendent for DECA.  

A committee is responsible for choosing which two DECA students will receive the opportunity. Their decision is based primarily on student performance (GPA), as well as recommendations from teachers and the administration. The students must be in their junior or senior year of high school. 

DECA students Jocelyn Martin (left) and Muhammed Ndao (right) with Ohio senator Rob Portman

“For us, this is a major, mind-expanding opportunity for our students, who return from D.C. with their view of the world completely reformed and reshaped in some way. We are eternally grateful for this opportunity, which would not be possible without the funding from DP&L,” said Taylor.  

This unique experience helps to develop a stronger tie to the community at-large for these high school students, encouraging them to pursue a higher education, be involved in their community, and gain an understanding of the many issues that can affect their job, their company and the field they choose. 

As for Ian Dollenmayer, after graduating from the University of Dayton in the spring of 2016, he returned to the Statehouse, where he currently works as a legislative aide to Senator Matt Huffman. And while he doesn’t see himself returning to the Miami Valley area, he says that he will always be a champion for and seek to make a difference in the place he once called home. 

“I will always have a connection and affinity for the Miami Valley area,” said Dollenmayer. “I’ll always consider it my home-away-from-home.”  

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:56 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report.

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Gettysburg Avenue and Hoover Avenue in Dayton, pedestrian strike reported around 7:50 a.m. 

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    Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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    Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY

    • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
    • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
    • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
    • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
    • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
    • Airport Access Road South between US 40 and I-70, Lane closure April 2 - 27. One southbound lane will remain open. 
    • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.

    GREENE COUNTY

    • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

    WARREN COUNTY

    MIAMI COUNTY

    • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
    • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 

    DARKE COUNTY

    • SR 49 between Hollansburg-Sampson Road and Arcanum Bears Mill Road, Lane closure April 16 - May 16. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of portable signal.
    • SR 716 between Washington Street and Water Street, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 22. The official detour is SR 705 to SR 364 to SR 119

    MERCER COUNTY

    • SR 49 between Frank Road and Winkler Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE April 9 - 22. The official detour is SR 49 to SR 707 E to SR 118 N to US 33 W to SR 49
    • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
    • SR 49 between Menchhofer Road and SR 219, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 30. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 118 to SR 219
    • SR 707 between Taylor Road and Lewis Street, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is US 127 north to SR 117 east 

    SHELBY COUNTY

    • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
    • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
    • SR 66 between Basinburg Road and Mason Road, ROAD CLOSURE April 9 - May 11. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 47 to I-75 to SR 29 to SR 705 to SR 66

    CLARK COUNTY

    • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
    • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

    • Upper Valley Pike between State Route 296 and Lippincott Road, ROAD CLOSURE, starting April 16 for approximately four weeks.

    LOGAN COUNTY

    • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 
    • SR 235 between Township Road 93 and Township Road 250, ROAD CLOSURE April 30 - May 4. The official detour is SR 366 to US 33 to SR 385 to SR 117/SR 235.
    • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
    • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

    AUGLAIZE COUNTY

    • SR 197 between Township Road 117A and Ridge Street, Lane closure April 2 - May 3. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of temporary signal.
    • SR 116 between Hesse Road and Baker-Wright Road, Lane closure April 2 - 30. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of temporary signal.
    • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
    • US 33 between SR 65 and Center Street, Lane closure April 16 - May 9. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of temporary signal.

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    Plans move forward for new mid-priced hotel in Beavercreek

    Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:55 AM

    

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    A rezoning request has been approved by leaders in the city of Beavercreek on plans to build a Holiday Inn Express.

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    City Council approved the rezoning request and the concept plan for 2.4 acres of vacant land that sits on the west side of Esquire Drive, north of the intersection with Lakeview Drive.

    City leaders have stipulated that the hotel should have no apparent rear; dumpsters should be enclosed on three sides with material matching the main building; and any building must be set back at least 50 feet from western property line and 40 feet from the eastern side, according to a city staff report.

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    A Holiday Inn Express is a hotel chain under the InterContinental Hotels Group that focuses on providing limited services at a mid-priced hotel rate.

     

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    One in custody after OSP pursuit on I-75 in Miami County

    Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

    Pursuit on I-75 in Miami County ends in arrest

    A pursuit that occurred on northbound I-75 in Miami County ended with one suspect in police custody, officials say. 

    OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police investigate reported robbery at Piqua Kroger

    The pursuit started at the 67 milemarker and ended at the 73 milemarker early Friday morning, per initial reports.

    The pursuit did not end in a crash and no injuries were reported, per officials.

    Police also reportedly had someone at gunpoint on a ramp near where the pursuit ended.

    We’re working to learn if a passenger reportedly fled, as officials were reportedly looking for an individual in the area where the pursuit ended. 

    We’ll continue to update this story with more details. 

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    Police investigate reported robbery at Kroger in Piqua

    Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:34 AM

    SCENE: Robbery reported at Kroger in Piqua

    Piqua police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Kroger on Covington Avenue late Thursday night.

    OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Woman threatens to shoot officers, arrested after standoff

    According to officials, an individual dressed in all black entered the store around 11 p.m., demanded money from a cashier, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The robber did not display any weapons during the incident and no one was harmed. 

    Police are unsure if the person left on foot or in a vehicle.

    The incident remains under investigation at this time. 

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