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goldenrod in the fall
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I wander into the chilly, wet morning of an old farm on equinox, swallows circling above me, crows, blue jays and cardinals and mockingbirds, ground crickets and field crickets and tree crickets accompanying me on my walk.

Common ragweed everywhere has gone to seed. In patches of soil between slabs of old cement and blacktop grow ancient chicory and Queen Anne's lace, horseweed past its best, pink smartweed in large clumps, blushing wild dogwood, small white asters (two tiny bees huddled- one on top of the other - on one aster blossom), tall goldenrod full bloom.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s Attorney General has been doing events around the state in the last few weeks, to bring more awareness to the state’s drug opioid epidemic. That crisis was brought into a harsh spotlight recently thanks to a photo of two Ohioans who nearly died from their heroin use.

Mike DeWine says he has mixed feelings about the East Liverpool police photo that went viral, featuring a couple overdosing on heroin in a van with a four year old buckled in a seat behind them.

 

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, the home of WYSO produced news and features! In today's program you'll hear Dayton Youth Radio, Community Voices, and WYSO’s occasional Arts series, Culture Couch. See the full details below.

Ohio Charter Schools Seek Federal Funding

Sep 19, 2016
Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy at Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

After the state nearly lost millions in federal grant money because of a charter school data scrubbing scandal, it’s now working on creating a system that can identify the best charter schools in Ohio and award them millions of dollars to keep that success going.

The U.S. Department of Education has now agreed to send as much as $71 million, if the state proves it can be successful in helping effective charter schools continue to be successful and expand.

The new novel by Raul Ramos y Sanchez is quite different from his previous books. In his latest effort "The Skinny Years" Sanchez has mined his memories of being a young Cuban immigrant living in Miami during the 1960's. While this fiction has some elements of autobiography they primarily serve to make this story ring true. Sanchez was there and his protagonist, a youth with the nickname of "Skinny" is slowly becoming a man. We follow Skinny's adventures over a ten year period.
 

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

Tonight in downtown Dayton there’s a huge after-work street party! Enjoy live performances and demonstrations in music, theater, dance, puppetry and more. This festival takes place on Main Street between First and Second streets. Food and beer also will be part of the fun. Friday, 5-9pm.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.
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This year’s release of school report cards brought good news to Dayton Public Schools.

The report revealed the district will avoid a 2018 takeover by the state’s academic distress commission. That’s because for the first time ever,  it earned an A rating in the value-added category, which measures student progress.

DPS was on track for takeover because it scored F’s in both that category and in overall performance for 3 straight years.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is the third community clean up effort being lead by Dayton Inspires.  This year's effort will focus on East Third Street.  Zack Silver of Dayton Inspires and Brian Fowls of Keep Montgomery County Beautiful visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming day of service.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 3pm.  More information is at: https://daytoninspires.com/clean-up/

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will open it's 2016-17 season with Vive la France!, a celebration of eight French composers of orchestral music, ballet and opera.  Members of the DPAA, including Dayton Philharmonic conductor Neil Gittleman, joined Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for a preview live on Excursions. 

Vive la France! is onstage Saturday, September 17th at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

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