Archive for December, 2009

>First Warning Weather Alert

>From Dayton’s News Source: Winter Weather Advisory for all of the Miami Valley from 6PM tonight until 6AM Friday due to Freezing Drizzle and Snow. Cold air along with gusty winds will drive wind chills near zero by Friday night and below zero over the weekend.

[thanks to ABM]


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>"Shutting the barn door after….."

>It was summer of 2003. I waited at the gate at Spokane Airport for my flight home. Then security decided to pick two people for “wanding”. I (a 60ish Grandmother) was one and the other was a five year old small boy in his tiny shorts and t-shirt. We had to again remove our shoes and sandals and submit to the wand. Meanwhile three Muslim ladies in burqas filed unmolested and unwanded onto the ramp to the airplane. Only their eyes could barely be seen under the drapery, one guesses that they were women but who knows?

Fast forward to the morning December 26, 2009. Ft. Lauderdale airport. Another gate. I had just learned about the terrorist attempt at Detroit. I’m betting the passenger manifest has been scanned for suspicious names. Seven airport cops surround us. They pull out two young men to wand and pat down. One young man is black the other is middle-eastern looking. No old ladies or little kids this time. This is the day after the Christmas Day Amsterdam to Detroit terrorist attempt. The lesson here is that if the precautions taken on December 26th had been taken on December 25th the terrorist would never had made it onto Flight 253. Yes, it is profiling. But I doubt if Al Qaida could convince any old ladies to assemble bombs in their laps. Or find five year-old kids with baggy enough pants, or the engineering skill necessary to cause trouble. Common sense just HAS to prevail, doesn’t it?



>GCBL to sponsor Bengals charity basketball game

>Once again, Greenville Citizens Baseball League (GCBL) is sponsoring the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Greenville Area Allstars Basketball game. It will take place Saturday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM at the Greenville High School. Tickets are $8.00 presale and $10.00 at the door. Tickets are availabe at The Flower Patch, 104 Rhoades Avenue, Greenville.

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>Best Christmas gift ever? (by Kathy Beam)


Christmas Day was a little extra special at our home this year. On Tuesday, 2 days before Christmas, I began to search for Bengals tickets for Sunday’s game. I decided to try EBay. I was outbid several times for tickets when finally found 4 tickets from someone in Dayton. I emailed him to see if they would be here by Christmas and he assured me they would. The tickets arrived Christmas Eve. Since our boys were very young, our family has been Bengals fans. We have been through all the good and the bad and the very bad….. We stuck by our beloved Bengals. On Christmas day, we wrapped each ticket in a Bengals sock hat and gave it to our boys. Their faces were priceless. Three grown men had smiles from ear to ear. So on Sunday the trip began at 7:30 am packing up the cooler, food, beverages 🙂 the footballs, blankets, and they were off to Cincinnati for the day. They arrived and the party began. They had excellent seats and kept quite warm with all their Bengal apparel on. What a day it turned out to be – Division Champs and finally a winning season. Dad was so proud to have his sons with him on a great wintery Bengal day!

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>When this website was started, I envisioned people from the community submitting stories of purely local interest. Especially events that the local paper won’t cover, like 7th grade basketball games, family reunions, etc., that citizens themselves would prepare and submit. The Platt story below is exactly what was envisioned, and judging from the comments, it is what the readers want too. Don’t be afraid to write your own article and submit it.

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>Snow emergency *** cancelled on 12/29

>As of 2:00 PM on December 28th, 2009, Darke County is under a Level 1 Snow Advisory/Emergency due to blowing and drifting snow. Level 1 is when all roadways are hazardous. Extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary. Road crews are making good progress; however, many roads are still extremely slick and snow covered.

Travel is not being limited at this time; however, blowing and drifting snow is causing some roadways to become slick and hazardous.

Thank you for your patience during these extremely trying times. [DCSO press release composite]

UPDATE: As of 8:30 AM on December 29, 2009 Sheriff Toby L. Spencer has cancelled all snow emergencies for Darke County.

Many roadways remain slick and hazardous and extreme caution is urged if travelling.


>Volunteer opportunity


Do you love to read the paper? Getting involved has never been easier!

HandsOn West Central Ohio needs a volunteer to clip media from local newspapers about HandsOn West Central Ohio, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The volunteer will need to date and label from which paper the article has come and mail it to our office. This flexible position may be completed from the comfort of your own home. All materials are provided by HandsOn West Central Ohio. Volunteers must have legible handwriting and be able to work on their own. Volunteers should be at least 13 years old to serve in this family-friendly position.

“Volunteers in this position allow our staff to focus on other projects,” says Nicolette Winner, HandsOn West Central Ohio Director. “Recording the milestones of our program help us better communicate our program’s impact to the community, secure additional grants and more.”

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002 ext. 211, or visit HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, Darke County Commissioners, Lydia E. Shaurer Trust, Harry Stephens Trust and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

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