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Having spent years performing with bands, Mark Cantwil decided to embark on a solo career as a singer-songwriter.  Cantwil visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope sharing material from his latest album Diggin On You as well as new material.  He talked with host Juliet Fromholt about the transition to being a solo performer, recording and more.

Mark Cantwil will perform at Miami Valley Music Fest, Hog Jam and other festivals this summer.

Lambs grazing at the Antioch College campus farm
courtesy of Antioch College

Reading, writing and root vegetables – that might be the new future for education. Commentator Bob Brecha from the University of Dayton has been noticing a trend among college students when it comes to food security and sustainability.

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "Day's End."

Ohio Laws May Hamper Local Liquor Boom

May 20, 2015
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio is seeing a boom in locally-made products. Communities around the state are enjoying the local coffee scene and the newest craft brew. One of the fastest growing industries is the local liquor scene. But a slew of antiquated rules might be hampering the movement.

Greg Lehman has become an expert at showing off his company.

“We’re running our distillery today. We’ll crash cool it down and once it’s cold then we add the yeast. The yeast doesn’t like it too hot so that yeast will attack the sugar and it will convert the sugar into alcohol,” Lehman said.

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear WYSO's Jazz Night host Dave Barber interview his friend Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's, a jazz club in downtown Dayton.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Renee Wilde.

Springfield's collegiate summer baseball franchise, the Champion City Kings, is starting its second season next week.  The team's first year was a financial and entertainment success and they are looking to build on that.

An average attendance of 544 people per game last season, helped the Kings pump more than $2 million into the local economy. Former pro player and general manager Rick White, believes the franchise will perform even better this year.

Sinclair Receives First UAS Exemption For An Ohio College

May 19, 2015
EmmyMik / Flickr Creative Commons

Sinclair Community College has been granted a Section 333 exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration, which means that Sinclair can operate unmanned aerial systems, or drones, commercially even before broad regulations go into effect. It’s the first community college in the country to get the exemption, which will allow Sinclair to expand its National UAS Training and Certification Center.

Andrew Shepherd, director of unmanned aerial systems at Sinclair College, says operating commercially will open up lots of options.

Bill Would Help Smaller Cities Enforce LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

May 19, 2015

A state lawmaker wants a state panel to help municipalities crack down on sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. 

More and more local government entities are considering LGBT-friendly policies such as adding sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of protected classes. 

State Rep. Michael Stinziano of Columbus says he’s proposing a bill that would enlist the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to help the small municipalities that don’t have the resources to enforce these rules. 

Scott Branson / Flickr Creative Commons

As May grows and moves toward June, the leaves darken and mature and age. The latticework of April flora disappears.

The eclipse of the land beneath the closing canopy erases the dapples of late spring. Under the full crown of the woods, only shade plants blossom: the leafcup, the enchanter’s nightshade, the tall bellflower, the wood nettle, the clustered snakeroot.

Janeal Ravndal reads Joy Schwab's poem, "Lessons."

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