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New Year’s Eve: How cold temperatures will impact local events

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:05 AM

NYE plans in Miami Valley move indoors ahead of freezing temps

The bitter cold temperatures forecast for the Miami Valley region New Year’s Eve has local event organizers making contingency plans for outdoor events.

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The New Year’s Eve event at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. was moved inside to the Hilton Garden Inn to ensure that volunteers and attendees at the festivities are not exposed to the elements while ringing in the New Year.

“We want to be safe,” said Sarah Gillenwater, director of marketing for The Pink Ribbon Girls, the organizers of the Austin Landing event.
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Fireworks at the Austin Landing event were cancelled as a result of moving the event inside, Gillenwater said.  The organization will instead plan to use the fireworks during a 2018 event to be determined, she added.

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Event planners with the New Year’s Eve event in New Carlisle said they expect some changes as a result of the cold.

“Horse drawn carriage rides will probably not make it due to the cold weather and not bringing the animals out,” said Mike Lowery with the Heritage Flight Festival Committee, which organizes the New Year’s Eve tradition.

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The event is still scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 and end at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, but organizers are anticipating a smaller turnout, because of the cold, and suspect some people may come for a shorter period of time.

“Assume the large crowds won’t show up as early and maybe people will come up 11, 11:30, watch the ball drop and then head back home,” Lowery said.


The downtown New Year’s Eve celebration in Yellow Springs is still scheduled to go on as planned, however city officials are making plans to make sure people attending stay safe and have options to stay warm.

“We will urge everyone to dress appropriately during the event,” said Colin Altman, Fire Chief for Miami Twp. Fire and Rescue.  “People will be able to sit in an ambulance or fire truck to stay warm if needed.”

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Altman added that the department is looking into streaming the event on its Facebook page, so people not wanting to attend can still witness the ball drop during the event.

Hot chocolate will also be distributed to attendees by the fire department, Altman said, and fire crews also will observe the crowd for any signs of emergencies related to cold temperatures.

The Yellow Springs event begins at 8:30 p.m.

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Skies clearing tonight, rain moves in Monday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:20 PM

Filtered sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with rain returning as early as Monday.

More clearing is expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. 

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Rain moves in Monday
  • More rain Tuesday/early Wednesday
  • Another round of rain later Friday

5-Day Forecast


Overnight: More clearing is expected overnight. It won’t be as cool, with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s for most of the region.

Monday: After a dry start in the lower 50s, rain is expected to move in headed toward lunchtime. Highs will be in the lower 60s. Periods of rain are expected, but there will be some breaks, especially in the evening.

Tuesday: A few more scattered showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Wednesday: A pre-dawn shower is possible, otherwise it should be drying out. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

County-by-County Weather

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower 60s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but rain returns later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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Old North Dayton celebrates opening of Ahiska Turkish mosque

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

Old North Dayton’s Ahiska Turkish mosque Sunday afternoon celebrated its grand opening.

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The event at the Osman Gazi Mosque, at 1508 Valley St., was open to the entire community, and featured dignitaries from across the globe.

Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St.(CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF)

Celebrations included a picnic in a park owned by the mosque and a prayer service.

The Dayton area has a growing community of more than 1,000 Ashiska Turkish families, according to estimates.

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Two-vehicle injury accident causes I-75 shutdown for nearly 3 hours in Dayton

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:05 AM

UPDATE @ 6:50 a.m.:

The two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on northbound Interstate 75 Sunday morning is under investigation, according to police.

All three of the adult males involved in the crash were taken to an area hospital with unknown conditions, according to Sgt. Cash of the Dayton Police Department.

One of the occupants involved was described as being in “pretty bad shape.”

It was not clear what exactly happened in the Sunday morning crash but the Crash Reconstruction Unit is attempting to piece it together, Cash said.

UPDATE @ 5:28 a.m.:

All of Interstate 75 is now open after a vehicle accident caused a nearly three hour shutdown.

UPDATE @ 5:22 a.m.:

The left two lanes at northbound Interstate 75 are open between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident shut the road down for nearly three hours.

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The right lane remains closed.


Northbound Interstate 75 is closed between State Route 4 and Stanley Avenue after a two-vehicle accident in Dayton Sunday.

Crews were dispatched around 2:45 a.m. to the accident.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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Dayton Duplex fire under investigation

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:45 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

SCENE: Fire breaks out at Dayton duplex

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.:

The fire that started at a duplex in the 200 block of Warren Street in Dayton is under investigation.

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No one was injured in the fire that started in the rear of the two-story building Sunday morning, according to District Chief Brad Baldwin of the Dayton Fire Department.

Baldwin said the fire was well involved when crews arrived.

Flames blew out of the front and sides of the duplex when crews made entry to the front of the first floor, Baldwin said. 

Firefighters tried to control the flames as the buildings on both sides of the duplex were evacuated, according to Baldwin.

It is not yet known what started the fire or if anyone was inside at the time. 

Damage estimates were not yet known but the roof had caved in.


Firefighters are on scene of a working two-story duplex fire where flames were reportedly showing in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched around 6:20 a.m. to the 200 block of Warren Street.

Buckeye Street at Warren Street is closed.

We are hearing reports that adjacent buildings are being evacuated.

We will update this story as we learn more.

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