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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:01 PM
LIBERTY TWP. — 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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM
HARRISON TWP. — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:10 AM
PERRY TWP., Montgomery County — 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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
DAYTON — 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.
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.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:05 AM
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