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Published: Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 10:55 AM
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrated its 36th annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet April 13 during which 566 volunteers were honored.
Richard Isaacks of Xenia, Ohio, was selected as the Museum Volunteer of the Year for 2017 for his dedication and excellence in serving the museum and the U.S. Air Force.
Nominated by the Restoration Division, Isaacks was commended for providing the services of an upholsterer, welder, woodworker and sheet metal fabricator. Among his many accomplishments, Isaacks designed and built jack stands for the V-22 Osprey, fabricated the crew seat cushions for the XC-142A and he designed and built a better seat cushion for the museum’s F-16 cockpit simulator to enhance the visitor experience.
Isaacks devoted many hours toward completing projects for the B-17F Memphis Belle to meet the deadline to move the aircraft to the World War II Gallery in preparation for the exhibit opening. These projects included sewing together the canvas covers for control columns, rudder and vertical control surfaces, as well as using original Boeing drawings to fabricate a tail wheel cover.
Other Volunteer of the Year nominees included Charlie Cooper (Research Division); Jim Flesher (Control Tower and Nissen Hut); Robert Fluck (Special Events Division); Jack Hampshire (Operations Division); Janet Johnston (Cold War Gallery); Barry Kolano (Fourth Building and Information Desk); Fred Korner (Early Years and WWII Gallery); Wendell Miller (Volunteer Resources Office); Martha Parker (Officers’ Spouse’s Club); Paul Pleva (Education Division); John Schell (Air Force Museum Foundation); Bill Schulke (Friends Desk); and Bob Wiser (Korea and Southeast Asia War Galleries).
In addition, Museum Director retired Lt. Gen. Jack Hudson introduced a new award this year – the Director’s Volunteer Award. The recipients of this award are selected at the discretion of the director and are considered to be deserving of special recognition. The inaugural recipients of the Director’s Volunteer Award are Bobbette Fluck and Jack Hampshire of Huber Heights, Ohio; and retired Maj. Gen. Charlie Cooper of Centerville, Ohio.
Additionally, 12 volunteers received special recognition by receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is awarded to those who have completed 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service. Those volunteers included John Bowling; Bob Brant; Ginny Bumgarner; Jon Frank; John Griest; Barry Kolano; Al Majo; Art Powell; Byron Sherwood; Beverly Smith; Tomi Suazo; and Ted Valley.
Mike Fitzsimmons of Laura, Ohio, was recognized for 30 years of service. Jim Flesher of Tipp City, Ohio, and Mark Young of Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia, were both recognized for 35 years of service. Martha Parker and Shirley Smith, both of Centerville, Ohio, were recognized for 40 years of service.
In total, the museum acknowledged 105 volunteers for reaching milestones of 1,000 to 26,000 hours of volunteer service. Overall, volunteers contributed 112,716 hours of service to the museum in 2017, representing more than $2.7 million dollars in assets to the Air Force.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
FAIRFIELD, Butler County — Officers are on the scene of a shooting in Fairfield.
The shooting was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive.
A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.
Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:12 AM
— Skylar Rodriguez was born three months early on Nov. 22, 2017, and only given 24 hours to live.
"Her kidney wasn't working. Her liver's enlarged. She couldn't breathe on her own," her grandmother, Cindy Washington, said Wednesday.
The newborn was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease known as mucopolysaccharidosis type VII.
Her mother, Hunter Howard, said they are one of the first cases in this part of the United States.
"They told us there are only 150 people in the whole world that have this," Howard said.
The disease is also known as MPS7 or Sly syndrome. Patients with it are missing a key enzyme needed for healthy body function.
Body tissue and organs are damaged because of the disease. The result is a very short life expectancy for the now 7-month-old.
"At this point, they're saying that she won't live a year," Washington said.
Skylar's family said they have received world-class care at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center while coming to grips with their new reality.
"I'm thankful, there couldn't have been a better team to take care of Skylar," Washington told us.
But the clock is ticking with no cure for MPS7.
Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for MPS7. It's an enzyme therapy drug.
However, the family's being told it will cost them $200,000 per year.
That's money they don't have, and the family is left hoping Medicaid will agree to cover the cost of treatment.
"Skylar needs it now, 'cause that medicine just might save her," Washington said.
They are left to wait for an answer about treatment and said they'll cherish every moment they have for now with Skylar.
"She's the light of my life, and I would never want that to dim," her mother said.
Doctors are allowing Skylar to leave the hospital on July 5.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:18 AM
TODAY: Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off.
SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night.
SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry.
MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine.
TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
— Two people were arrested in Idaho after a toddler who was unrestrained in a car seat fell out of a moving car -- and the driver did not stop his vehicle, KTVB reported.
Police in Boise said they received a call at 7:53 p.m. on June 15. According to witnesses, the car’s back seat flew open as the driver made a right turn. The 2-year-old child and the car seat spilled onto the road, KTVB reported.
A witness retrieved the boy -- who was not buckled into the seat -- off the road. The child suffered bruises to his left cheek and was taken to a hospital, the television station reported.
Moments later the driver of the car -- Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, 57, of Boise, returned to the scene and dropped off the boy’s mother, Ashley Pantoja, 25, also of Boise -- and drove away, police said.
Officers later discovered that two other children were in the car and were not properly restrained, KTVB reported.