A YMCA wanted to use an outdoor pool in the winter, so it added a giant bubble dome

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Butler County residents aren't letting frigid cold keep them from outdoor and indoor fun.

There is now a tropical paradise available under a giant plastic wrap, and more Lakota YMCA members are wading in to get a break from the brutal cold.

Butler County’s largest rubberized swimming pool is now bathing swimmers in a 84 degree atmosphere while the thermometer outside struggles to rise into the teens.

The Liberty Twp. YMCA invested $500,000 in the 25,000 square-foot-dome, which was opened in November.

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“It’s 13 degrees outside, but 84 in here,” said John Schaller, chief executive officer of the YMCA, as he stood poolside in the outdoor swim area that traditionally was drained for every winter until now.

It may be the coldest so far this winter outside but inside Liberty Township’s Lakota YMCA giant, new pool dome it’s a balmy 84 degrees. The pressurized, 25,000-square-foot bubble is the largest in Butler County and has now doubled the water capacity offerings of the YMCA for year around aquatic fun.(Michael D. Clark)

“The palm trees (rubber facsimiles) are up in the … beach area of the YMCA pool, and you can just see by the happy faces that this is a great retreat for the families in our area for the community to get out of the cold and get into a beautiful setting for indoor water play,” Schaller added over the din of an artificial waterfall and real-life, playful laughter of kids splashing around.

“It’s just been a spectacular addition to our Y,” he said.

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The 25-meter pool features eight lanes for competitive swimming and a zero-depth beach entry for senior citizens to participate in Silver Sneaker fitness programs. In addition, all of the other pool features, such as the water slide, will be able for year-round use.

Karissa Tejada, mother of three young swimmers, paused between splashes to rave about the new cold-weather option for fun.

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“This is awesome. It’s the end of December and 11 degrees outside and we can be in here enjoying the beautiful pool … and the kids are having a good time,” said Tejada.

Schaller explains the dome comes with its own weather monitoring station to assure the pressurized bubble, which holds 1.5 pounds per square inch of air pressure more than the outside atmosphere, remains stable.

When wind speeds increase to a point that they might jostle the dome, the automatic atmosphere control increases air pressure to stabilize the bubble.

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And sensors along the dome’s top also register any buildup of snow or ice and the computerized environmental system will then modulate the internal air pressure slightly up and down to break up and push off any icy crust.

“We’ve had a great response to the indoor dome so far and it’s allowed us to double the amount of water we offer to our members, community and schools (area swim teams),” Schaller said.

“It’s allowed us to offer a variety of more aquatic services to our members and the community.”
It may be the coldest so far this winter outside but inside Liberty Township’s Lakota YMCA giant, new pool dome it’s a balmy 84 degrees. The pressurized, 25,000-square-foot bubble is the largest in Butler County and has now doubled the water capacity offerings of the YMCA for year around fun.(Michael D. Clark)

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Vacant house fire in Harrison Twp. considered suspicious, officials say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

Fire on Lodell Avenue

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: A vacant house fire that occurred on Lodell Avenue early Tuesday morning is considered suspicious, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Brookville firefighters rescue trapped dog in Perry Twp. culvert

The structure, located in the 2100 block, was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just after 1 a.m.

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No other nearby homes were affected as a result of the fire.

No injuries were reported as crews extinguished the flames.

Damage estimates were not immediately available as the fire remains under investigation. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are responding to the 2100 block of Lodell Avenue on a reported fully involved structure fire that occurred early Tuesday morning.

Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m. at a structure that is reportedly vacant. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details. 

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Dog missing since Sunday rescued from Perry Twp. culvert

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:10 AM

Dog rescued from storm drain

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.

Brookville firefighters rescued a family pet stuck in a drainage ditch after a neighbor reported hearing a dog barking.

Crews responded to the ditch on Air Hill Road, near Keener Road in Perry Twp.

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“We did find a small 30- to 40-pound dog that was trapped about 40 feet in the storm drain,” Brookville Fire Capt. Jim Hart said. “We utilized a portable stretcher and two of my guys were able to crawl into the storm drain, and the dog was thankfully pretty friendly and we were able to get her put on top of that stretcher and use the rope system to pull her out.”

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The 17-year-old dog was stuck and had potentially been there for about a day, Hart said.

The dog’s family took her home following the rescue.

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m.

A dog was pulled from a 48-inch culvert.

The dog was described as about 17 years old and deaf and had been missing since Sunday.

The dog’s owners took their pet home.

FIRST REPORT

A rescue operation is underway after a dog was found trapped in a 48-inch culvert.

Crews are on scene near the intersection of Keener and Air Hill roads, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The dog, described as possibly a yellow Labrador retriever, is reportedly 45 feet down.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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

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Woman reportedly attempts to steal occupied vehicle, crashes at Dayton gas station

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Woman crashes at Dayton gas station

A woman reportedly attempted to steal an occupied vehicle, and as a result, crashed into two other vehicles at a Dayton gas station Tuesday morning.

Officials responded to Sunoco gas station, located at 1502 Wayne Ave., on reports of a crash around 12:45 a.m., per initial reports.

Dayton police say the woman reportedly jumped inside the driver seat of a parked vehicle that was occupied with one passenger. Due to the passenger not knowing the woman, an argument reportedly ensued and she attempted to pull off in the vehicle.  She then reportedly hit two other vehicles in the parking lot before fleeing on foot. 

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The woman was reportedly tackled to the ground by people nearby at the gas station until police arrived. 

She was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, officials say. 

No word on if she will be taken to jail or cited for the incident. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

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

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Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and NEWS 95.7 WHIO.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • In the 1500 block of Wayne Avenue in Dayton, crash reported around 12:45 a.m. 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • 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.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 235 north, RAMP CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • 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
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 235 north at the I-70 interchange, ROAD CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • SR 4 south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure July 9 - 27. Two southbound lanes will remain open. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • 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

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Tipp City) and Eldean Road, Lane closures June 18 - Aug. 31. One lane will remain open at all times. These closures will not be in effect Friday mornings - Sunday afternoons. 
  • 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 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - Aug. 31. 

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Palestine Union City Road and Fisher Dangler Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE July 23 - Aug. 14. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 47 to Indiana SR 28 to Indiana SR 32 to SR 571.
  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - Aug. 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lightsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - Aug. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

MERCER COUNTY

  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 48 between Russia Versailles Road and SR 66, Daily lane closures July 3 - 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • 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.  

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 - Aug. 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

  • SR 560 between SR 29 and US 36, Daily lane closures June 25 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers.
  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - Aug. 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • SR 540 between US 33 and CR 25S, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 235 between T-192 and T-47, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers.
  • SR 117 between SR 274 and T-37, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between 7 a.m and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers. 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

  • SR 196 between SR 67 and Auglaize County Line Road, Daily lane closures June 19 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers. 
  • 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. 

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