‘Show Some Love’ campaign about to kick off with Charity Fair

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

            The Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff and Charity Fair provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. (Skywrighter file photo)
The Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff and Charity Fair provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. (Skywrighter file photo)

The annual celebratory Charity Fair and Campaign Kickoff supporting the Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The kickoff is open to all Department of Defense, federal, U.S. Postal Service and Veterans Affairs employees.

The event will include more than 80 charitable organization information booths with information, subject matter experts, giveaways and mementoes. Food trucks outside the building will be available for purchasing lunch for a modest price.


Using the national CFC theme of “Show Some Love”, the campaign will seek to raise at least $1.5 million, said Susy Himelhoch, Miami Valley CFC volunteer executive director. In 2016, the local effort was the third-largest CFC e-pledge campaign in the world, she noted.

The formal part of the campaign runs through Nov. 22. Payroll deductions will be made from January to December 2018.

“We are pleased to be able to support the charitable organizations that will be part of the Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign,” said Rebecca Westlake, 88th Air Base Wing vice director and chair of the MVCFC’s Board of Governors.

Ray Otto of the 88th Logistics Readiness Squadron is serving as the campaign’s chair. Col. Rick Johns of Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command is this year’s vice-chair; Master Sgt. Fanny Wright is his CFC action officer. Other leadership includes loaned executives Airman 1st Class Jeremy Tobar of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Chantaé Gray of the 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. School of Aerospace Medicine.

Donations in any amount are greeted by the charities with gratitude, Himelhoch said, because the needs are so vast and recent disasters and other events mean the charitable organizations need to replenish their supplies.

The wide spectrum of CFC-approved charities also includes the fine and performing arts, environmental causes and veteran and animal welfare, Himelhoch pointed out. Donors may give to any CFC-approved charity, no matter where it or the donor’s duty assignment is located.

New and sweeping regulations, initiated in 2012 by the Office of Personnel Management and authorized by Congress, have introduced changes to the pledging system. Cash and checks are no longer being accepted; because of that, fundraisers are no longer being conducted. Instead, e-pledges and credit and debit pledges are being emphasized, and awareness events are being held.

The CFC provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally, Himelhoch said.

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Georgia teacher’s request for funeral: Backpacks with school supplies

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Georgia Teacher Asks For School Supplies Instead Of Flowers At Her Funeral

After decades of service to her students, one metro Atlanta teacher had one final lesson to impart.

Tammy Layne Waddell died June 9 at Northside Hospital Forsyth after a prolonged illness. At her funeral June 12, dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies lined the pews.

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The donated supplies were Waddell’s last request to honor her lifelong passion for helping children in need, according to her family.

“My cousin, a teacher, wanted backpacks with supplies brought to her funeral instead of flowers for needy students,” Brad Johnson said on Twitter. “Serving others to the end.”

Johnson shared photos of the backpacks and of Waddell’s fellow teachers, who served as honorary pallbearers at the funeral, he said. 

Over her career, Waddell worked as a paraprofessional and a teacher at Sawnee Elementary, Cumming Elementary and Haw Creek Elementary in the Forsyth County school district, according to her family.

Johnson’s initial tweet has since been shared more than 2,500 times, garnering praise for Waddell and her legacy as an educator.

Former students who left condolences on an online guestbookdescribed Waddell as a compassionate and inventive teacher who encouraged students to do their best. 

“The best teacher ever I’ve ever had,” one student wrote.

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Local police, firefighters escort body of fallen Highland County firefighter to coroner’s office

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Firefighter's body escorted to morgue

Fire crews out of Highland County are thanking local first responders for escorting the body of a fallen firefighter.

Paint Creek Fire District firefighter Joe Patterson died in an accident Sunday afternoon. Patterson was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured. He was taken by MedFlight to Kettering Hospital, where he died.

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Branden Jackman, Paint Creek Joint EMS and Fire District spokesperson, said due to Highland County’s location between Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Patterson was taken to Kettering Hospital by MedFlight.

Patterson died from his injuries, and local first responders escorted his body from the hospital to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

“We can’t thank them enough,” Jackman said. “Dayton and Kettering really went above and beyond. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts. It’s awesome to see the brotherhood kick in ... there are no department boundaries. At that point, we’re all firefighters.”

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Patterson had been with the district for three years. He was married and had step-children, Jackman said. 

“Joe was just one of those good-hearted people,” he said. “You never saw him mad. You never saw him upset. He was just a good-hearted person.

Memorial details have not been finalized.
Firefighter escorted to morgue after accident

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Women try to grow ranks in orthopedics, their smallest field

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:35 AM

            Dr. Jennifer Jerele. CONTRIBUTED
Dr. Jennifer Jerele. CONTRIBUTED

Julie Bishop doesn’t meet the stereotype of an orthopedic surgeon.

An associate professor of clinical orthopedics at Ohio State University, she is petite at 5-foot-5 and about 120 pounds. But she is also one of several female faculty members at the medical school, which has a higher rate of women than the field at large, making the program almost “gender blind,” she said.

“No one says, ‘Are you a woman?’” she said. “They say, ‘Are you good?’”

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Many hope that type of mentality soon spreads through the entire field. Women make up the smallest percentage of practitioners in orthopedic surgery than any other medical specialty, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. It’s a field considered more physically demanding, which changes the perception of who will be such a surgeon.

Women are rare enough that when Dr. Jennifer Jerele meets patients, they usually assume she’s someone else.

“You say, ‘Hi,’ and they’re on the phone, and they say, ‘Hold on, the nurse is here,’” said Jerele, an orthopedic surgeon at Premier Orthopedics.

Less than 4 percent of orthopedic surgeons in Ohio are women, according to the AAMC. Orthopedic surgeons treat conditions of the musculoskeletal system, which include bones, joints and muscles, and surgeries can involve forcefully maneuvering joints into place and the use of equipment such as bone saws.

Women in the field say better awareness and more female role models could increase their numbers. Misconceptions that orthopedic surgery takes too much physical strength and that it doesn’t allow women to spend time with their families might stop more women from specializing in orthopedics, they said.

The biggest step is changing orthopedic surgery’s image, Jerele said.

“Every specialty of medicine has a stereotypical image of the typical person who goes into it,” she said. “For orthopedics, it’s usually the big jock guy.”

Orthopedics is one of the highest-paying medical specialties, with surgeons averaging $443,000 per year, according to Medscape’s 2016 physician compensation report.

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Women tend to be underrepresented in the highest-paying specialties and overrepresented in lower-paying fields such as primary care. On average, they make $105,000 less per year than their male peers, according to the report.

Women are aware of the benefits of orthopedics, Jerele said, but they weigh other factors. They consider how much time they want to spend with their families and how long they want their residencies to be.

“When you get into residency, it’s around the time you would usually start a family,” she said. “You kind of have to put things on hold. It’s not very family-friendly.”

She said people might assume the work takes brute strength, but technology such as robotics and arm slings make the work less strenuous.

In a 2016 survey of over 200 female orthopedic surgeons, about 70 percent cited lack of mentorship in medical school or earlier as a barrier to women entering the specialty.

Elizabeth Dulaney-Cripe, an orthopedic surgeon at Far Oaks Orthopedists, is the only female surgeon in her office, but she said a nearby surgeon has been a “fantastic” mentor to her.

She came into the field because she finds it rewarding to fix what’s broken. Her mother is a nurse, and she pushed Dulaney-Cripe to be a physician.

At medical school at the University of Cincinnati she was treated like “just another med student,” she said.

The physical nature of the work does challenge her. During a hip replacement on a larger patient, for example, she can’t just yank on the hip to remove it. She finds other ways to get the job done.

“You have to be smarter than (someone stronger),” she said.

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Jerele had her own role model – her father, who is also an orthopedic surgeon. He brought her into the operating room with him, but she initially thought the specialty wasn’t for her. She changed her mind in medical school.

The best advice Jerele received in medical school was to look for “female-friendly” residency programs. She said it’s also helpful to maintain a network of female colleagues to seek out advice.

Jerele has found that having a sense of humor has helped her succeed. Most of her male coworkers have been respectful, and perspectives of people outside the hospital pose the biggest challenges.

“All in all, you have to kind of not take it very seriously,” she said. “You have to roll with the comments … It’s a balance. You fit in the boys, but you also demand respect.”

Jerele has seen good efforts to increase the number of women practicing orthopedic surgery, but she still wants to see more.

“It’s a great job. I love what I do,” she said. “Hopefully we can get more ladies involved so I can have some more companionship.”

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Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson? 

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

It’s been nine years since the sudden death of Michael Jackson, and his adoring legion of fans, collaborators and family have honored the King of Pop with tributes, music and films ever since his death on June 25, 2009.

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In his 50 years on earth, Jackson accomplished such feats as producing the best-selling album of all time, “Thriller,” and revolutionizing pop music with his chart-topping music, signature dance moves and music videos, with his iconic video “Thriller” becoming the first music video by a black artist to receive heavy rotation on MTV.

The music and story behind Jackson’s life has been entrenched in pop culture and studied by not only his fans but the general public.

However, beyond the infamous scandals and legendary music, there are some interesting, little-known facts that only Jackson’s devoted fans would know.

Take the quiz below to see just how much you know about the King of Pop.

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