Holidays

Bereavement Group Offers Help And Hope For Holidays

Dec 23, 2014

When a loved one has died Christmas can be a painful reminder of a life that used to be. WNKU’s Cheri Lawson reports on one bereavement group serving Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and Indiana that offers help and hope during the holiday season.

It’s Wednesday afternoon at Lakota East High School. 16-year-old Clara Elam is using sparkling red and green pipe cleaners and miniature gold stars to make a Christmas ornament for her sister. Tears stream down Clara’s face as she remembers 19-year-old Jessica who died earlier this year of pancreatic cancer.

Fireworks at Dayton's Riverscape Park Thursday. 4th of July
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Dayton celebrated Independence Day with 4th of July fireworks at Riverscape Park last night, and tonight look out for fireworks displays in Yellow Springs, Moraine, Englewood and at the Centerville Americana Festival. There are also displays at King’s Island and Waynesville.

Hitting an official show is a good idea, because some experts are recommending against backyard fireworks—saying they may not be legal, and that they can be disturbing or even traumatic for veterans.

Nativity The Pop Opera returns to the Miami Valley this holiday season.  This year's production features new choreography and will star legendary gospel singer Sherman Andrus.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Andrus about his musical legacy and with Nativity's co-creator J. Todd Anderson about this year's production.

Nativity the Pop Opera will be performed December 12-14 at the Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene and on December 15 at The Gathering in Centerville.

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The holiday shopping forecast for the state of Ohio is better than last year’s, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, but the Dayton-area forecast is the worst in the state.

This holiday season Ohio retailers are looking at a 3.5 percent increase in sales compared to 2012. That estimate, produced by the Economics Center for the Ohio retail group “Focus On Ohio’s Future,” lags behind the national forecast of 3.9 percent. And it lags behind the same estimate last year, when Ohio retailers predicted a 4.2 percent increase from 2011.

Law enforcers around Ohio plan more than 9,700 hours of enforcement during the holidays, including 23 sobriety checkpoints statewide.

State crash statistics show 410 people were killed in 379 alcohol-related crashes last year, with 27 of those deaths coming between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

Ohio Republican Party Chair Kevin DeWine and Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern say they are friends but they are usually adversaries when it comes to political issues and candidates.  But now they have issued a joint news release, asking an appeal to Ohioans. 

WYSO Weekend: December 18, 2011

Dec 19, 2011

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 18, 2011 containing the following stories:

-The latest installment of the SOCHE Talks: All of Ohio is Open for Business

-An excerpt of Juliet Fromholt's interview with the Smug Brothers from this week's Kaleidoscope.

-Emily McCord interviews Kelly Fox of Yellow Springs about the village tradition of delivering flour and sugar to widows around the holidays.

Photo by Lynn Adams / Courtesy of the Downtown Dayton Partnership

Tonight is the Grand Illumination in downtown Dayton on Courthouse Square featuring live music entertainment, carnival rides, games, holiday crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread house display.  The tree lighting will be at 7:45pm followed immediately by the Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.  Go to downtowndayton.org and check it out.

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Spring Early, a short story by Scott Geisel, that appears in the newly released anthology Christmas Stories from Ohio. Read by Mary Donahoe. Also available here.

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"Spring Early", a short story by Yellow Springs writer Scott Geisel, that appears in the newly released anthology Christmas Stories from Ohio,  published by Kent State University Press. It appears alongside stories by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, James Thurber and many other Ohio writers.

 

The story is read by Mary Donahoe, a long time Yellow Springs resident and a teacher-arts professor at Wright State University for many years.

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