Community Voices

The Toys Of Orville Wright

Dec 25, 2017
Flips and Flops, the toy invented by Orville Wright, on display at Carillon Historical Park
Leo DeLuca / WYSO

In late 1878, a father gave his two boys a toy that flew under its own power. It had a small propeller, and made a big impression. Twenty-five years later, one of the boys became the world's first pilot, and never lost his fascination with flight.

Lovely Nalls
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Somethings never change, like the rollercoaster ride of emotions our teenagers face when they fall in love. Here's a story about romance and high school from a student at Ponitz Career Technology Center.

Supporting The Opera Through Education

Dec 18, 2017
The Opera Guild of Dayton brings opera experiences to local schools
Jonathan Platt / WYSO

The Opera Guild of Dayton was incorporated 54 years ago.  Their mission is to support Opera in the Dayton region.  They’ve given more than 2 million dollars to the Dayton Opera, but they do more than raise money – they get school children involved in opera performance.

Dayton's second Longest Table meal took place on the Third Street bridge
Renee Wilde / WYSO

This fall, people from all over the Dayton region came together to for the second annual Longest Table event. Organized by UpDayton, the Third Street Bridge downtown is blocked off to traffic and turned into a community dinner party open to the public, and Community Voices reporter Renee Wilde went to break bread with fellow Daytonians.

It’s a beautiful fall afternoon and the Third Street Bridge spanning the Miami River in Downtown Dayton is lined end to end with long, white, folding tables and chairs, ready for the crowd of people gathered at the far end of the bridge. 

Opioid overdose survivors can experience physical and mental health problems, long after they're revived with naloxone.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In Springfield, most calls to the city’s 911 emergency switchboard are related to an opioid overdose.

Some overdose victims will die. Many others will be saved with the fast-acting overdose reversal drug Narcan.

But, for some surviving overdose victims, that’s not the end of the story. An overdose can leave behind lasting mental and physical scars, advocates say.

The​ ​drug​ ​Narcan​ ​can​ ​seem​ ​like​​ ​magic​.​ ​Just​ ​one shot​ ​of​ ​the​ ​powerful​ medicine ​can​ ​literally​ ​bring​ ​an overdose victim ​back​ ​from​ ​the​ ​dead.​

The Springfield Police Department is hiring to fill an officer shortage with funding from a recent temporary tax increase.
Springfield Police Division Facebook page

The Springfield Police Department has been understaffed for months. But thanks to a temporary tax hike approved by voters earlier this year, the department is again accepting applications. Police officials say the new officers will go a long way toward responding to the city’s ongoing overdose crisis.

Jason Goins / WYSO

The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between wind farms and property.

Honoring The Dead At Dia De Los Muertos Dayton

Oct 26, 2017
Gabriela Pickett runs the Missing Peace Art Space, which hosts Dayton's Day of the Dead Celebration.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Dayton’s Dia de los Muertos celebration is this Sunday, October 29. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican Holiday that has its roots in Aztec rituals that honored the dead.  Today, it’s celebrated in countries around the globe. Here in Dayton, there’s a parade, Mexican songs and dancing, and lots of altars designed to lead the spirits of lost loved ones back home.

It promises to be a good time for both the dead and the living.

The houses in Greenmont Village are known for their flat roofs
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Greenmont Village might be tucked away between Woodman and Patterson, on the border of Kettering and Dayton -- but the neighborhood stands out, because unlike the rest of the area, most of these houses have flat roofs. Some people  joke that they look like sugar cubes or shoe boxes, but in the 1940s when they were built, they were essential housing for Dayton’s defense workers and their families. 

Bollinger Tower, until recently a senior public housing high-rise, stretches upward at the corner of Buttles and High Street in Columbus' Short North district.
Madeleine Fix / WYSO

Bollinger Tower, until recently a senior public housing high-rise, stretches upward at the corner of Buttles and High Street in Columbus' Short North district. The Short North – previously known for urban decay, but now known for art galleries, small businesses, and creative capital - sits between downtown Columbus and the Ohio State University campus along State Route 23 – High Street. The district enjoys public bus lines and vibrant economic growth.