Friday, November 15th, 2019
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Oxford elected officials wary about
influence of local PAC after election

The Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee has endorsed across multiple  elections over the past five years, and all  those they have endorsed have gotten elected. Some are concerned of the impact the organization may have on future projects.
Obituary
Rick Ludwin

Remembering Rick Ludwin:  Miami alum and NBC executive

Miami University distinguished alumnus, Rick Ludwin, died after many successful years as an NBC executive. Ludwin is well-known for his work with “Seinfeld” and “Saturday Night Live.” Locally, his name is on the TV studio in Williams Hall, where he started his career in a variety show. Ludwin graduated from Miami in 1970.

Federal grant paves way for passenger train and bus connections

A 4.5 million federal grant awarded through the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments will be used for an Oxford passenger train service and house buses that will connect Miami students to the outside world. The goal is to have this project completed between 2022 and 2024.
Schools
Rick Ludwin

Talawanda teachers fill classrooms, empty wallets to support students

On average, Ohio teachers spend $459 on school supplies, and more for their students. The school does not qualify for funding from local non-for profits leading teachers like Betty Williams to spend hundreds of dollars of her own money for her students and the classroom.

Assistance programs help students achieve

Many students at Talawanda schools struggle to stay focused in class due to lack of nutrition. New programming event, FAFSA day, is put in place to help high school students come up with a plan to find affordable college opportunities.  

Best Buddies organization holds annual fashion show in Oxford

Best Buddies, an organization that pairs college students with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities held its second annual fashion at Brick Street Bar and Grill Sunday afternoon. The show was designed to increase community awareness of the disabled. This years show was a huge success and will continue to make an impact in future years.
Book review
David Halliwell

'Gideon the Ninth' is thrilling with romance and a dose of scary

David Halliwell has written a review of the new book “Gideon the Ninth,” the book that has received great reviews from sources like Amazon and Goodreads. Halliwell describes the books twists and turns and the way it always keeps you wanting to read more.

News Briefs

Bowl eligible RedHawks to face Akron at home

The Miami RedHawks football team beat Bowling Green 44-3 Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Yager Stadium. The win means the RedHawks (6-4) are bowl eligible and have a firm grip on first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division.

The Miami defense started the game off strong with a 79-yard interception returned for a touchdown by defensive back Mike Brown just over a minute into the first quarter. The RedHawks took a 10-3 lead into the second quarter and behind two long touchdowns on back-to-back plays by wide receiver Jalen Walker and running back Jaylon Bester. Miami went into halftime with a 37-3 lead. Tight end Quentin Hardy tacked on a five-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter and the game finished 44-3. 

Quarterback Brett Gabbert completed nine of 15 passes for 225 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Bester had nine carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Miami dominated Bowling Green and outgained the Falcons in total yards 425-275, passing yards 238-90 and rushing yards 187-185.

Miami takes on a winless Akron team at Yager Stadium next Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the final home game of the 2019 season. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Oxford City Council to approve 3% cost of living raise for city employees

Oxford City Council is expected to approve a 3% cost of living raise for all city employees at its Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting.

According to Assistant City Manager Jessica Greene, “the cost of living adjustment is a part of the City Salary Ordinance. This ordinance is adopted each year as it accounts for changing inflation.”

The funds for this adjustment are accounted for in the budget each year.

The ordinance had its first reading Tuesday, Nov. 5. Nov. 19 is  the second and final reading.  

Council also has also allocated money in the salary ordinance toward hiring an additional police officer.  As of right now, the position isn’t filled, so the funds act as a placeholder in the budget, Greene said.

Updated Miami University sports schedule for Nov.15 - 21

Nov. 15

Women’s Basketball vs South Alabama - Corpus Christi/South Alabama, (Preseason WNIT) Mobile, Alabama, 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.

Cross Country/Track at NCAA Great Lakes Regionals, Madison, Wisconsin, 12:30 p.m.

Hockey vs No. 6Minnesota Duluth, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

Synchronized Skating Exhibition at Miami Hockey (Senior), Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.


Nov. 16

Men’s Basketball vs Alabama A&M, Oxford, Ohio, Noon

Volleyball vs Western Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Hockey vs No. 6 Minnesota Duluth, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

Synchronized Skating Exhibition at Miami Hockey (Collegiate), Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

Blue Line Club Skate with the Hawks, Postgame Hockey


Nov. 20

Men’s Basketball vs Central State, Oxford, Ohio, Noon

Women’s Basketball at Eastern Kentucky, Richmond, Kentucky, 7 p.m.

Football vs University of Akron, Oxford, Ohio, 7:30 p.m.


Nov. 21

Volleyball vs TBA (First round MAC Tournament), Bowling Green, Ohio, time TBA.

Court cases in hazing incident at Miami continue after arraignments

The hazing and assault cases against the 18 members of Miami University’s Delta Tau Delta chapter continue in Butler County Area Court, following arraignments Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Fourteen of the 15 defendants present Tuesday entered non-guilty pleas. At the Butler County Area I Court in Oxford, however, each case was continued, and the men will be back in court for preliminary hearings 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec. 13.

One defendant who did not enter a plea, had his case continued until Dec. 10 as well. Three others did not appear for various reasons and also had their cases continued until Dec. 10.

In all, the defendants were charged with 68 misdemeanor counts of assault and hazing. The charges stem from a March incident in which a fraternity pledge reported he was blindfolded, held against his will, forced to drink large amounts of alcohol, forced to take illegal substances and was beaten on the buttocks with a spiked paddle.

The names of those charged are: Andrew Michael Brinkman, Hugh Walker Webster, Michael Keen, Liam Joseph Newcomer, James MacKeigan, Joshua Karl Plaster, Tyler Joseph Glowaski, Conner Richard Meek, Alex Joseph Niezyniecki, Scott Charles Sidner, Nicholas Griswold, Jason Londa, Grady McMichen, Samay Lakshya Pahouja, Nicholas Carmichael, Benjamin Grossheim, Bennett William Faloni and Jonathan H. Raush.

Miami University found the fraternity in contempt of the university’s code of conduct in August, closed the fraternity house and suspended the chapter from campus until 2034.

'The Inventive Princess of Floralee' debuts Friday at Miami University

Miami University’s Family Performance Series is sponsoring “The Inventive Princess of Floralee,” 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave.

The performance is produced by The Know Theatre of Cincinnati, in conjunction with their Theater for Young Audiences Tour. The 45-minute play was created for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. The audience will follow Princess Floralee through her adventure in searching for the kidnapped king who is being held by a wicked witch.  

The purpose of this play is to make kids “think like scientists,” according to the sponsors. Throughout the play, the audience will need to help the princess solve math, engineering, science and dance challenges. This will enable the princess to use her brains and find her father in the land Scalenfell.

Admission is free.

Books and Brew has holiday card making workshop Monday

Learn to make your own holiday cards during a workshop 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Books & Brews, 107 E. Church St., Oxford.

The chalkboard at Books & Brews advertises the upcoming holiday card workshop. Photo by Abby Jeffrey

A $25 fee covers materials and instructions. There is limited seating and interested persons are asked to call 513-255-9281 to reserve a spot.


Friday, November 8th, 2019
2019 Election

Three Miami University staff members win seats on Talawanda school board

On Tuesday, November 5, Rebecca Howard, Kathleen Knight-Abowitz and Chris Otto won the three available seats on the Talawanda Board of Education. The three have multiple priorities as newly elected officials: To bring the residents in rural areas further into the conversation, to understand the budgeting for the school year, and to bring the school assessment back from a C to a B rating.

Oxford elects two new councilors and one incumbent

 With 18 percent of the registered voters in Oxford casting ballots, voters re-elected Glenn Ellerbe and added former Mayor Bill Snavely and Miami grad student Jason Bracken. In  area township races, Nick Schwab won in Reily Township and former Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere won in Oxford Township.

Browns Backers meet at Mac & Joe’s to watch football

Jim and Geri Schick have been members of the club for 30 years as it has moved from the Stadium Bar & Grill, to Brick Street Bar & Grill, and eventually settling at Mac & Joe’s. Jim Schick has been lifelong fan and he and his wife make the trip each week to meet up with other Oxford area Browns fans as they remain hopeful that the Browns will turn the season around. 
Entertainment

Game Night at Books & Brews:
Playing Dungeons and Dragons makes strangers into friends

The Oxford restaurant was the location for a specialty event was staged by Miami’s theater department to explore relationships formed in the fantasy game. The local restaurant also  has much more than just books and brews, hosting weekly trivia and Karaoke.

Books & Brews provides Oxford with different type of hangout

Last June, Ann Kamphaus opened Books & Brews, an Indianapolis based operation, in Oxford as a mix of a bookstore and a bar. Kamphaus reflects on the development of the establishment while patrons reflect on what they admire about the place.
Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Customers bustled from booth to booth Saturday, getting in some early Christmas shopping at the Oxford Seniors’ annual Holiday Market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

The camaraderie of a homemade bean soup and cornbread luncheon is always a popular part of the annual Oxford Seniors’ Holiday Market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Linda Brown unhooks a stained glass tree ornament that was picked out by a customer on Saturday. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Ellie Marcum (left), a long-time member, and Ingrid Schreiber, orchestrator of the show, stand in front of some of the handmade quilts that were on sale. Photo by Lauren Shassere.

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Stained glass classes led by Linda Brown (far right) are among the most popular classes offered by Oxford Seniors during the year. At Saturday’s show, Brown and family members Stacy DeHart (center), and Claire DeHart (left), worked the stained-glass booth on Saturday. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market
The stained glass booth had pre-made items for sale and took orders for personalized items such as those pictured here. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Amy Devine sold hand-crafted holiday decorations made from wood scraps and book pages at her booth. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Some of the handcrafted items that Ellie Marcum sold at her booth at Saturday’s craft market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

A selection of handmade purses and clutches were among the craft items on display at Saturday's annual Oxford Seniors Holiday Market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Oxford Seniors hosted their annual holiday craft sale and bean soup luncheon, Nov. 2, at the Seniors’ center, 922 Tollgate Dr. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Miami University and The Knolls renew partnership for 5 years

Relationship started in 2005 to build relationships between students and the residents of the retirement community. The programs included are the award-winning Opening Minds through Art program where students work on art with residents with dementia.

Interfaith Center opens exhibit on Mother Teresa

The Interfaith Center has received multiple paintings of Mother Teresa and is putting them on exhibit to help honor her memory and all of the great things that she did in her lifetime. The paintings -- on loan from the Museum of Spiritual Art -- will be there through April. The center  hopes to achieve more partnerships with other museums and create future exhibitions honoring other renowned public figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.

Empty Bowls luncheon raises awareness, money for needy families

Founded in Oxford in 2002, Empty Bowls is an annual luncheon that returns each year in order to spread awareness about families in need. For a $10 entry fee participants will receive a meal and a bowl with all profits going to families in need. This year will include a performance by the Oxford Music Academy, Miami’s Best Buddies and a first-ever door prize donated by Cincinnati's Rookwood Pottery.

Lane Library's book clubs

Oxford's Lane Library offers multiple book clubs over the next several months. These include book clubs for historical fiction, book clubs to go with beer, and mother-daughter book clubs.

Book review: 'The Honey Bus'

The first of Oxford Observer's reviews of books in collaboration with Oxford Lane Library. The first review will be for “The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees,” reviewed by librarian Sarah Gifford.

News Briefs

Miami University Sports Schedule for the Week of Nov. 8 - 14

Nov. 8

Synchronized Skating Synchronized Fall Classic (Senior Team), Irvine, California.

Field Hockey vs #1 Kent State vs #4 Ball State/#5 Longwood, Oxford, Ohio, 11:30 a.m.

Field Hockey vs #3 Ohio/#6 Appalachian State/#7 Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball at DePaul, Chicago, Illinois, 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball at Akron, Akron, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Hockey at #10 North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 8:37 p.m.


Nov. 9

Synchronized Skating Synchronized Fall Classic (Senior Team), Irvin, California.

Men’s Basketball vs Wright State, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Volleyball at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 5 p.m.

Hockey at #10 North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 8:07 p.m.


Nov. 13

Men’s Basketball at Purdue Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 7 p.m.

Football vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 8 p.m.


Nov. 14

Volleyball at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio, 6 p.m.


Miami football beats Ohio; Bowling Green is up next

The Miami RedHawks beat the Ohio Bobcats 24-21 in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 6. The game was the 95th edition of the rivalry between the two teams known as “The Battle of the Bricks.” The RedHawks lead the series with the Bobcats 53-40-2.

Miami (5-4) earned an important third straight Mid-American Conference win in a back-and-forth game that saw kicker Sam Sloman convert a 53-yard field goal to win the game with 3:48 left to play. Miami running back Jaylon Bester ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Jack Sorenson added three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.

On the defensive end, Miami held the high-powered Ohio offense to just 21 points on 374 yards. Linebacker Ryan McWood led the way with 13 tackles and defensive lineman Doug Costin added seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

The win means that Miami moves to first place, ahead of Ohio (4-5). Miami now controls its own destiny going forward with games against division opponents Bowling Green (3-6), Akron (0-9) and Ball State (4-5) still left on the schedule. In order to be eligible for a bowl game, the RedHawks need just one more win.

Next week, Miami plays Bowling Green at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at home at Yager Stadium.

Oxford events planned for Veterans’ Day 2019

Oxford remembers and honors the communities veterans this weekend and on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

The city is partnering with Miami University, Talawanda School District and Empty Bowls to collectively show support for all those who have served and are currently serving.

The Empty Bowls Luncheon will be held at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9.

There will be a veterans’ breakfast at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 located at Talawanda High School, 5301 University Park Blvd.

At 11 a.m., Monday, Oxford Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Veterans Day ceremony in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, to pay tribute to veterans and those currently serving in the military.

Books at the Blocks, a reading program for children, will be hosting an event at 6 p.m. on Monday, at the Parks and Recreation pre-school, 6025 Fairfield Rd. This free event, with the theme of “Our Heroes with Local Veterans,” will feature veterans reading books to children. 

U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard, the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations (the second highest rank in the Navy), will speak at 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Monday, at Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave. The subject of her talk will be: “Essential to Innovation: Diversity, the Not-So-Secret Weapon.”

Howard also was the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three-star and four stars in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the first African-American woman to command a ship in the Navy. She is a veteran of operations and has experience in NATO peacekeeping, Indonesia tsunami relief, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. In 2009, she was the leader of the counter-piracy task force that rescued civilian Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates.


Miami offers free blood pressure checks

Free and confidential blood pressure checks are available to anyone interested, courtesy of the Miami University Benefits and Wellness Team.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the checks are offered from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., in the lower level break room of Roudebush Hall, 501 E. High St., Oxford.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the checks are offered from 3 - 4 p.m., in room 128 D of McGuffey Hall, on Spring Street.

No registrations are needed for the procedures.

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital auxiliary plans holiday gift sale

The Auxiliary of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital will hold its annual Holiday Gift Extravaganza, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in the lobby of the hospital, 110 N. Poplar St., Oxford.

The event will feature, Christmas gifts, baby gifts, purses, cards, jewelry and a bake sale.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for $1 each or six for $5. 

The auxiliary is a volunteer group that provides services and assistance to the hospital’s patients, staff and the community.

Friday, November 8th, 2019
2019 Election

Three Miami University staff members win seats on Talawanda school board

On Tuesday, November 5, Rebecca Howard, Kathleen Knight-Abowitz and Chris Otto won the three available seats on the Talawanda Board of Education. The three have multiple priorities as newly elected officials: To bring the residents in rural areas further into the conversation, to understand the budgeting for the school year, and to bring the school assessment back from a C to a B rating.

Oxford elects two new councilors and one incumbent

 With 18 percent of the registered voters in Oxford casting ballots, voters re-elected Glenn Ellerbe and added former Mayor Bill Snavely and Miami grad student Jason Bracken. In  area township races, Nick Schwab won in Reily Township and former Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere won in Oxford Township.

Browns Backers meet at Mac & Joe’s to watch football

Jim and Geri Schick have been members of the club for 30 years as it has moved from the Stadium Bar & Grill, to Brick Street Bar & Grill, and eventually settling at Mac & Joe’s. Jim Schick has been lifelong fan and he and his wife make the trip each week to meet up with other Oxford area Browns fans as they remain hopeful that the Browns will turn the season around. 
Entertainment

Game Night at Books & Brews:
Playing Dungeons and Dragons makes strangers into friends

The Oxford restaurant was the location for a specialty event was staged by Miami’s theater department to explore relationships formed in the fantasy game. The local restaurant also  has much more than just books and brews, hosting weekly trivia and Karaoke.

Books & Brews provides Oxford with different type of hangout

Last June, Ann Kamphaus opened Books & Brews, an Indianapolis based operation, in Oxford as a mix of a bookstore and a bar. Kamphaus reflects on the development of the establishment while patrons reflect on what they admire about the place.
Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Customers bustled from booth to booth Saturday, getting in some early Christmas shopping at the Oxford Seniors’ annual Holiday Market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

The camaraderie of a homemade bean soup and cornbread luncheon is always a popular part of the annual Oxford Seniors’ Holiday Market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Linda Brown unhooks a stained glass tree ornament that was picked out by a customer on Saturday. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Ellie Marcum (left), a long-time member, and Ingrid Schreiber, orchestrator of the show, stand in front of some of the handmade quilts that were on sale. Photo by Lauren Shassere.

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Stained glass classes led by Linda Brown (far right) are among the most popular classes offered by Oxford Seniors during the year. At Saturday’s show, Brown and family members Stacy DeHart (center), and Claire DeHart (left), worked the stained-glass booth on Saturday. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market
The stained glass booth had pre-made items for sale and took orders for personalized items such as those pictured here. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Amy Devine sold hand-crafted holiday decorations made from wood scraps and book pages at her booth. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Some of the handcrafted items that Ellie Marcum sold at her booth at Saturday’s craft market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

A selection of handmade purses and clutches were among the craft items on display at Saturday's annual Oxford Seniors Holiday Market. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Schwab Family Farm

Oxford Seniors raise money at the Holiday Market

Oxford Seniors hosted their annual holiday craft sale and bean soup luncheon, Nov. 2, at the Seniors’ center, 922 Tollgate Dr. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Miami University and The Knolls renew partnership for 5 years

Relationship started in 2005 to build relationships between students and the residents of the retirement community. The programs included are the award-winning Opening Minds through Art program where students work on art with residents with dementia.

Interfaith Center opens exhibit on Mother Teresa

The Interfaith Center has received multiple paintings of Mother Teresa and is putting them on exhibit to help honor her memory and all of the great things that she did in her lifetime. The paintings -- on loan from the Museum of Spiritual Art -- will be there through April. The center  hopes to achieve more partnerships with other museums and create future exhibitions honoring other renowned public figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.

Empty Bowls luncheon raises awareness, money for needy families

Founded in Oxford in 2002, Empty Bowls is an annual luncheon that returns each year in order to spread awareness about families in need. For a $10 entry fee participants will receive a meal and a bowl with all profits going to families in need. This year will include a performance by the Oxford Music Academy, Miami’s Best Buddies and a first-ever door prize donated by Cincinnati's Rookwood Pottery.

Lane Library's book clubs

Oxford's Lane Library offers multiple book clubs over the next several months. These include book clubs for historical fiction, book clubs to go with beer, and mother-daughter book clubs.

Book review: 'The Honey Bus'

The first of Oxford Observer's reviews of books in collaboration with Oxford Lane Library. The first review will be for “The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees,” reviewed by librarian Sarah Gifford.

News Briefs

Miami University Sports Schedule for the Week of Nov. 8 - 14

Nov. 8

Synchronized Skating Synchronized Fall Classic (Senior Team), Irvine, California.

Field Hockey vs #1 Kent State vs #4 Ball State/#5 Longwood, Oxford, Ohio, 11:30 a.m.

Field Hockey vs #3 Ohio/#6 Appalachian State/#7 Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball at DePaul, Chicago, Illinois, 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball at Akron, Akron, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Hockey at #10 North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 8:37 p.m.


Nov. 9

Synchronized Skating Synchronized Fall Classic (Senior Team), Irvin, California.

Men’s Basketball vs Wright State, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Volleyball at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 5 p.m.

Hockey at #10 North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 8:07 p.m.


Nov. 13

Men’s Basketball at Purdue Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 7 p.m.

Football vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 8 p.m.


Nov. 14

Volleyball at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio, 6 p.m.


Miami football beats Ohio; Bowling Green is up next

The Miami RedHawks beat the Ohio Bobcats 24-21 in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 6. The game was the 95th edition of the rivalry between the two teams known as “The Battle of the Bricks.” The RedHawks lead the series with the Bobcats 53-40-2.

Miami (5-4) earned an important third straight Mid-American Conference win in a back-and-forth game that saw kicker Sam Sloman convert a 53-yard field goal to win the game with 3:48 left to play. Miami running back Jaylon Bester ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Jack Sorenson added three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.

On the defensive end, Miami held the high-powered Ohio offense to just 21 points on 374 yards. Linebacker Ryan McWood led the way with 13 tackles and defensive lineman Doug Costin added seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

The win means that Miami moves to first place, ahead of Ohio (4-5). Miami now controls its own destiny going forward with games against division opponents Bowling Green (3-6), Akron (0-9) and Ball State (4-5) still left on the schedule. In order to be eligible for a bowl game, the RedHawks need just one more win.

Next week, Miami plays Bowling Green at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at home at Yager Stadium.

Oxford events planned for Veterans’ Day 2019

Oxford remembers and honors the communities veterans this weekend and on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

The city is partnering with Miami University, Talawanda School District and Empty Bowls to collectively show support for all those who have served and are currently serving.

The Empty Bowls Luncheon will be held at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9.

There will be a veterans’ breakfast at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 located at Talawanda High School, 5301 University Park Blvd.

At 11 a.m., Monday, Oxford Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Veterans Day ceremony in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, to pay tribute to veterans and those currently serving in the military.

Books at the Blocks, a reading program for children, will be hosting an event at 6 p.m. on Monday, at the Parks and Recreation pre-school, 6025 Fairfield Rd. This free event, with the theme of “Our Heroes with Local Veterans,” will feature veterans reading books to children. 

U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard, the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations (the second highest rank in the Navy), will speak at 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Monday, at Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave. The subject of her talk will be: “Essential to Innovation: Diversity, the Not-So-Secret Weapon.”

Howard also was the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three-star and four stars in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the first African-American woman to command a ship in the Navy. She is a veteran of operations and has experience in NATO peacekeeping, Indonesia tsunami relief, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. In 2009, she was the leader of the counter-piracy task force that rescued civilian Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates.


Miami offers free blood pressure checks

Free and confidential blood pressure checks are available to anyone interested, courtesy of the Miami University Benefits and Wellness Team.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the checks are offered from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., in the lower level break room of Roudebush Hall, 501 E. High St., Oxford.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the checks are offered from 3 - 4 p.m., in room 128 D of McGuffey Hall, on Spring Street.

No registrations are needed for the procedures.

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital auxiliary plans holiday gift sale

The Auxiliary of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital will hold its annual Holiday Gift Extravaganza, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in the lobby of the hospital, 110 N. Poplar St., Oxford.

The event will feature, Christmas gifts, baby gifts, purses, cards, jewelry and a bake sale.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for $1 each or six for $5. 

The auxiliary is a volunteer group that provides services and assistance to the hospital’s patients, staff and the community.

Friday, November 1st, 2019
2019 Election

Council candidates make presence known

With the Nov. 5 city council election upcoming, all the candidates are trying to make their presence known across Oxford. Some are engaging voters on social media, while others are going door to door. Some even want to encourage student involvement.

Talawanda Board of Education candidates head into elections

The Talawanda Board of Education election day is near and the final six candidates are in their last week of campaigning. There are only three seats available and the elected officials will have to address current issues concerning school start times, budget and the recent decline in the state report card rating.

Advocate tells audience they are heard through their votes

If you don't use your vote, you might lose it, voters's advocate Camille Wimbish told and Oxford audience on Monday. In September, Ohio almost purged 235,000 voters from the rolls because they were thought to be deceased, living out of state or being a duplicate registration. It was later found that 40,000 of those registrations were valid and should not be removed.

Here's what you need to do to vote on Tuesday

The registration for next week's election has passed but the deadline to vote in the Ohio primary is in February.

Rec Center instructor motivates classes with humor

Kelly Halderman is a successful fitness instructor due to her charismatic personality and ability to foster uplifting workout environments. Halderman strives for entertainment during her fitness classes and loves to do so by telling personal stories.

Miami University cuts ties with off-campus housing website

Miami University plans to stop using MiamiOHOffCampus.com for off-campus housing because it says the site is not widely used and may open the university to unnecessary liability. But Oxford Mayor Kate Rousmaniere argues the site provides a valuable connection for the city and the thousands of students who live off campus.
Good reads

Residents recommend books in honor of National Book Month

In honor of National Book Month, a holiday celebrated by The National Book Foundation every October since 2003, citizens in the Oxford community speak of their most recommended books. These range from history books to thriller stories to uncomfortable, but nonetheless fascinating coverage of serious issues.

The Bookmobile delivers the library on the go

Fran Meyers visits 22 schools each month with the Lane Public Library bookmobile. She also visits  orphanages, apartments, senior homes and trailer parks during summer months.

Miami University Art Museum honors Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer is coming back to Miami University with the “Freedom Summer, Then, Now and the Future” conference. It will be held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2. The free and open to the public conference will include speakers, performances, panel discussions and a film screening of “Reading Freedom Summer.”

News Briefs

What do YOU love about Thanksgiving? Please share with us!

Share your Thanksgiving traditions with us

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We look forward to hearing what you love about Thanksgiving.

The “Enchanting Asia” final program tells the history of the Philippines

Lane Library presents the final program in its free “Enchanting Asia” series, “The Philippines: Then & Now,” 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Oxford Lane Library, 441 S. Locust St.

Allan Winkler, retired historian and professor emeritus of Miami University, will chronicle the history of this island nation from its liberation from Spain to its significance in the WWII Pacific Theatre and its volatile internal politics. Learn how this former U.S. colony has had a major influence on American policy and culture.

Lane library hosts gently used book sale

Interested in adding a new book to your collection, or feel like getting ahead of holiday shopping? Well, you’re in luck!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, you can stop on by the Friends of the Lane Library’s gently used book sale.

Located in the library lobby, 441 S. Locust St., the sale will feature new and old books of all genres. In addition, if you’re interested in getting involved with the “Friends,” this will be a great time to get to know some of them, and obtain membership information.

Former President of Kosovo speaks on leading Balkan Nation

Atifete Jahjaga, a former president of Kosovo, is scheduled to deliver a public address on her experiences and perspectives of leading the Balkan nation, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4,  in room 100 of Miami University’s Laws Hall, 551 E. High St., Oxford.

Jahjaga, 44, was the third president of Kosovo and the first woman to hold the office, serving from April 7, 2011 through April 7, 2016.

Her speech is part of the Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by Miami’s International Studies program. The event is free and open to the public.

45th annual Hefner Lecture, “A Hyena’s Tale,” tells the truth about hyenas

“A Hyena’s Tale,” by Kay Holekamp, distinguished professor of integrative biology and director of the Michigan State University’s interdisciplinary program in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior, is the subject of the 45th annual Hefner Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in room 102 of Benton Hall, 510 E. High St., Oxford.

In her talk, Holekamp will debunk myths about hyenas a describe her 30-year study of the animals. She will recount a story of how her fascination was sparked during a tour she and her husband were taking in Tanzania when a pack of hyenas ran down a wildebeest next to their car.  

The lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a reception at the Hefner Museum, in Room 106 of Upham Hall, following her presentation.

Performing Arts Center showcases Auksalaq, a climate change opera

Auksalaq, A Climate Change Opera presented by Miami’s Performing Arts Center and The Humanities Center, opens 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave.

Auksalaq is the Inupiat word for melting snow and ice.

Composer Matthew Burtner and media artist Scott Deal created the opera with a team of scientists, visual artists, and cultural leaders to provide what they consider to be a sobering commentary on global climate change.

Tickers are free for this event. More information about the opera is available at the Auksalaq website.

Friday, October 25, 2019

New Talawanda coach rebuilds team at the core

Talawanda’s new Football Coach, Larry Cox, is determined to change the culture within his team. Cox has changed several aspects of the football program, including the length of practices, emphasizing weight-lifting to prevent injuries and most importantly, the attitude of his players. Striving for goals that go beyond the scoreboard, Cox wants his players to take ownership of their performance and be above the success of any single player.

Two Butler County medical marijuana dispensaries open

With the legalization of medical marijuana in 2016, pot has been sold in dispensaries in Ohio since January of this year. Now two stores have opened in Butler County -- one in Seven Mile and another in Monroe.
Fall in Oxford

Halloween event draws kids, puppies to Uptown Park

Oxford Parks and Recreation held a family friendly trick-or-treat, parade, and pet costume contest for Oxford residents Thursday night. The event included activities such as face painting and games. The pet costume contest was a great hit and the whole event drew a large crowd.

Halloween events continue throughout the next week

Miami and Oxford kick off Halloween this weekend. Here is a listing of events that are safe for family and friends.

Miami's Haven helps to decrease drug related arrests

A program that helps people with addiction called Haven, which started at Miami University in 2017, appears to have helped  decrease non-alcohol drug arrests in Oxford. The Haven at College is a national organization that collaborates with universities to provide substance abuse and mental health services to college students and college-bound individuals. Miami's program is the first in Ohio.

Oxford charges Miami student with animal cruelty

Miami student Zichang Li pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of cruelty to a companion animal, after police said her pet rottweiler had been locked in a cage in her apartment without adequate food or water over a period of weeks.

'They That Matter' exhibit opens at Hiestand Galleries

Larry Winston Collin’s new exhibit “They That matter” is now open to the public for viewing at the Hiestand Galleries on Miami University's campus. This showcase brings light to victims who have faced racism and  injustice throughout 21 portraits. The exhibit is free and will be on display until Nov. 21.
Entertainment

‘Modern Love’ on Amazon brings original love stories to life

‘Modern Love’ is a new Amazon Prime original that is based on the original New York Times column. It features acclaimed actors like Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and Andy Garcia to tell these love stories.

News Briefs

Hueston Woods State Park hosts honeysuckle cut

Hueston Woods State Park hosts its fall honeysuckle cut, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the park’s nature center, 6301 Park Office Road.

The public is invited to help battle this invasive species which chokes out native plants. Volunteers will cut and weed so that native vegetation can reclaim the land throughout the park.

The event is free and water and snacks will be provided throughout the day.


This week’s RedHawk sport schedule

Miami RedHawks schedule: Oct. 25-31

A light week filled with lots of away matches after a busy home schedule for last week’s Family Weekend, here’s a look at the schedule this week for the RedHawks.

Oct. 25

Field Hockey at Ohio, Athens, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball at Ball State, Muncie, Indiana, 7 p.m.

Hockey at Colgate, Hamilton, New York, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26

Swimming and Diving at Eastern Michigan (W), Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2 p.m.

Football at Kent State, Kent, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Hockey at Colgate, Hamilton, New York, 4 p.m.

Volleyball at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 8 p.m.

Oct. 27

Field Hockey vs UC Davis, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Soccer vs Kent State, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Oct. 30

Radio Schedule vs Hawk Talk with Coach Martin, 6 p.m.

Oct. 31

Soccer vs Ball State, Oxford, Ohio, 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs Findlay (Exhibition), Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Ohio Voice director to speak at Miami about voter rights

Camille Wimbish, election administration director of Ohio Voice, will be the keynote speaker for the presentation “Protect the Vote: Voter Suppression and Rights in 2020,” 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Leonard Theater of Miami’s Peabody Hall.

The presentation is the latest installment of the lecture series sponsored by the Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund for Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights. There will be a reception after the speech.

The League of Women Voters will be setting up a voter registration booth for those in attendance.

Oxford Seniors hosts annual Holiday Market next Saturday

Oxford Seniors hosts its annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the organization’s headquarters, 922 Tollgate Drive, Oxford.

The event features handcrafted gifts from local artisans, homemade baked goods, knitted and crocheted items, stained glass and more. 

The center’s Top of the Hill Café will be open during the market, offering a Bean Soup Luncheon for $3.50. 

Lane Library celebrates Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights

Oxford’s Lane Library will celebrate Diwali, the traditional Hindu Festival of Lights, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the library, 441 S. Locust St.

The public is invited to come and learn about the customs, rituals, and traditions that mark this celebration of good over evil, and to enjoy a mini street fair.

The event is free of charge and part of the library’s Enchanting Asia series.

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Ohio Democratic debate draws locals to watch party

Oxford residents attended a party at LaRosa's to watch the 12 candidates who want to be the Democratic nominee for president debate at Otterbein University near Columbus. The event organizers were happy to have a good crowd at the party, where residents watched the three-hour debate on a big-screen TV.

Forum hosts candidates for city, school board, township elections

The League of Women Voters hosted the candidates for city council, board of education, and trustees at the Knolls of Oxford. About 100 people attended the event, where the candidates spoke in small groups about the issues that are most important to them.
Schwab Family Farm

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Michael and Julie Schwab were raised in Oxford and have been operating their family farm market just outside of town for the past six years. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Michael, Julie and their six children run the operation along with help from Michael’s father, Dave Schwab. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

The Schwab family horse is on duty at the market and is happy to eat out of a customer’s hand.  Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Ebony the llama and Penny the donkey are the main attractions of the petting zoo at the Schwab Family Farm Market. And they are always ready to pose for selfies. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Jason and Robin Abbitt and family, raise bees and honey, among other things at their Abbitt Family Farm near Oxford, and were selling their sweet stuff in a booth at the Schwab’s Fall Fling last weekend. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Son A.J. Schwab (on the tractor) led the barrel train ride around the fields last weekend at the Schwab Family Farm Fall Fling. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

Members of the No Bull Pulling Team demonstrated the power of a lawn tractor by pulling enormous loads in a tractor pull demonstration. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Family farm market kicks off fall season

And of course there were pumpkins! What would a farm’s Fall Fling be without a pile of everyone’s favorite orange vegetable? Photo by Lauren Shassere

TriHealth gains total ownership of McCullough-Hyde

TriHealth is investing $7 million toward improvements to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital after gaining full ownership in a new agreement. TriHealth is a Cincinnati-based health service network that previously owned 60 percent of the Oxford hospital.

Library hosts author of book about 'Bourbon King'

On Oct. 21, author and professor Bob Batchelor will speak about his new book “The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius.” The event will be at the Oxford Lane Library and is hosted by the Friends of the Oxford Lane Library.

Uptown festival showcases Asian culture, cuisine, performances

The Asian American Association and Bangladesh Student Association will host the annual Asian Cultural Festival at Uptown Park Friday, Oct. 18.

Weekend brings Miami families, economic impact to Oxford

Family Weekend is one of the five impact weekends in Oxford, bringing families and friends of Miami students to town. The city and university have events and activities planned for family fun from Friday to Sunday.
Ohio's Poet

Poet discovers poetry that seems to be God’s divine language

Cleveland Poet, Dave Lucas, writes a thought-provoking column about language from religion.

News Briefs

Howl at the moon with the Oxford Community Arts Center

Oxford Community Arts Center hosts its sixth annual Howl at the Moon: A Spooky Family Arts Night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The community-friendly event at the arts center, 10 S. College Ave., will include an artist, craft and vendor fair in the main ballroom. It will also have a haunted house, games, face-painting, cider and snacks.

The event is free and open to the public. The various activities will be hosted by volunteers from the community and Miami student organizations. An animal display will allow participants to experience barn owls, snakes and other critters close up.

For additional information contact the offices at 513-524-8506, email info@oxarts.org, or visit the website at www.oxarts.org

Miami has public skate night at Goggin Ice Center

Miami will have public skating from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at  Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St.

General admission is $9.25; $8 for high school students and younger; and $5.75 if you have a student ID. Skates may be rented at the center for $3.50.


Miami sports raise awareness for cancer this Family Weekend


Miami athletics are in full swing this weekend for Family Weekend. It’s also Cancer Awareness weekend to raise awareness for cancer research and raise funds for patients and families through Swoop’s Stoop at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Oct. 18

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Field Hockey vs Longwood, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Swimming and Diving at Zip Classic, Akron, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Cross Country/Track at Cardinal Classic, Muncie, Indiana, 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball vs Eastern Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Soccer at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Hockey vs Ferris State, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.


Oct. 19

Swimming and Diving at Zip Classic, Akron, Ohio

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Cross Country/Track at Pre-Nationals, Terre Haute, Indiana, 11 a.m.

Football vs Northern Illinois University, Oxford, Ohio, 2:30 p.m.

Hockey vs Ferris State, Oxford, Ohio, 8 p.m.


Oct. 20

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Golf vs Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, Vero Beach, Florida

Soccer at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 2:30 p.m.


Oct. 21

Golf vs Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, Vero Beach, Florida


Oct. 24

Soccer vs Ohio, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Football team to support cancer awareness

The Miami RedHawks football team will host Northern Illinois Sat., Oct. 19 as a part of Family Weekend. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Yager Stadium.

Last Saturday, Miami (2-4) lost to Western Michigan (4-3) 38-16 at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The RedHawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Broncos scored 21 in the second quarter and never looked back. Offensively, the RedHawks were led by Jaylon Bester who had 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and James Maye who had five catches for 76 yards. Last week, Northern Illinois (2-4) beat Ohio 39-36.

Miami players’ chose ribbons for their helmets denoting the fights against various cancers as part of Cancer Awareness Weekend. Photo provided by the Miami Athletic Department

Last season, Miami beat Northern Illinois 13-7. This weekend is cancer awareness weekend for Miami athletics. Funds are being raised to support patients and families through Swoop’s Stoop at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. For the second year, the football team will be wearing unique helmets that will feature a colored ribbon of their choice to symbolize how they’ve been affected by cancer.

The helmets and uniform will be shown on ESPN’s “Geared Up” segment this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Free Goat Yoga session this Saturday

Reserve Run Family Farm offers a free Goat Yoga session from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the farm’s barn, 2850 Lanes Mill Road, Oxford.

Led by coach Jaimie Ross, the session will include a 45 minute yoga class and 15 minutes of interaction with the goats.

Reserve Run limits the course to 20 participants, to ensure everyone has enough space and time to interact with the goats.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Hope Solo: A champion for change, equality

The national women’s soccer player spoke at Miami this week as part of the University Lecture Series. She is fighting for women’s players to have equal pay and opportunities and is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation. During her visit she also signed autographs and mingled with fans, saying she hopes to inspire the next generation of athletes to continue the fight for change.

Democratic debate in Ohio next week to highlight top 12 candidates

The Butler County Democratic Party is hosting another watch party at LaRosa’s Pizzeria Tuesday to watch the next debate over who will become the Democratic candidate. The Ohio debate will be at Otterbein University. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are the two front-runners, with Bernie Sanders in third place.

Lakota, Talawanda districts implement new safety measures

With more than 61 mass shootings on school grounds across the nation, local school districts are taking preventative measures. Talawanda created a safety committee that includes emergency services, law enforcement, key staff and the Butler County School Emergency Director. The classrooms have also been updated with blacked out window covers and new entry and exit card readers that have been added in the past year.

Kettering Health breaks ground for medical building

The new $4.5 million building will include services of gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics and cardiology. This may be only the start of Kettering Health Network in Oxford as they look to expand with changing health care.

Resident fights ash borers with Chinese wasps

Oxford resident, John Kinne is looking to eliminate emerald ash borers by importing Chinese wasps. The emerald ash borer has devastated ash trees all over the nation. The Ohio Division of Forestry which is part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources assisted Kinne during August with the distribution of two species of the Chinese wasp on his property.

Police arrest local teen after shooting in a drug deal gone wrong

Police charged Benjamin Thomas Hizer II  with felonious assault and aggravated robbery. He was arrested a day after police said he shot a 17-year-old boy. Hizer is currently in Butler County Jail and the victim is at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is expected to recover. Police said the shooting may have been linked to a drug deal.
OBITUARY

Jack Reilly, psychologist in Oxford for 40 years, dies at age 77

The Vietnam War veteran created a series of guided audio programs to help people overcome test-taking, speech-making and sleep anxiety. He will be remembered by his family for his support and his many hobbies, which included music, golf, bird-watching, gardening and cooking.

News Briefs

Miami Art Museum to host Day of the Dead celebration

The Miami University Art Museum will host a Day of the Dead celebration Tuesday, Oct. 15, to coincide with one of the museum’s current exhibitions – Life Cycles: Death Exhibition.

This exhibition features pieces of art representing death and memorial traditions of more than 20 cultures, including the Day of the Dead.

The Day of the Dead, or in Spanish, Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday, traditionally celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. The holiday involves family and friends gathering to pay tribute to a lost friend or family member in support of their spiritual journey. The celebration was depicted in the animated Disney Pixar movie "Coco."

An essential part of the holiday is the ofrenda, a collection of objects placed on a ritual display. These objects can include food, photos, flowers and calaveras de azúcar which are colorful skull heads made out of sugar set as decorations.

A presentation from Imix Hernandez De la Rosa, a Miami Spanish instructor who will talk about the reality and myths of the holiday will be at 6 p.m. The celebration will follow at the Miami Art Museum and will include food, music and face painting.

Miami Employee Benefits and Wellness offers free blood pressure checks

Free blood pressure checks are available from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in room 128 D of McGuffey Hall, on the Miami University campus.

Checks will be performed by students who have been trained by the university’s benefits and wellness team. No registration is needed and the checks are free, quick and confidential.

Miami Film Studies, Farmers Market screen farm documentary

A free screening of the film, “Biggest Little Farm,” will be shown from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in room 001 of Upham Hall on the Miami University Campus.

The 2018 film, is a personal documentary that follows couple John and Molly Chester through failures and successes as they make 200 acres of desolate scrub outside of Los Angeles bloom into a successful, sustainable farm. The independent film was shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals last year.

The showing is hosted by the Miami Film Studies program in collaboration with the Oxford Farmers Market.

Miami hosts lecture on perfecting the perfect cup of joe

Want to know what really goes into creating your morning cup of coffee?  Ivette Perfecto of the University of Michigan will tell you all about it in a free public lecture from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in room 128 of Pearson Hall on the Miami University campus.

Perfecto’s talk is Miami’s annual Roger E. Wilson Lecture in botany.

Perfecto is the co-author of “Coffee Agroecology: a new approach to understanding agricultural biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable development.”

RedHawks face Western Michigan in second MAC matchup


The Miami RedHawks football team will travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan, Saturday, Oct. 12 to take on the Western Michigan Broncos.

In the RedHawks’ last game two weeks ago, Miami (2-3) beat Buffalo (2-3) 34-20 at Yager Stadium. Buffalo jumped out to a 14-3 lead before Miami scored 31 unanswered points. 

Offensively, the RedHawks were led by Jaylon Bester who had 24 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Mike Brown had two interceptions for the RedHawks, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Last year, Miami lost 40-39 to Western Michigan. The game will be the RedHawks second in  Mid-American Conference play. Western Michigan lost to Toledo 31 -24 last Saturday.

Kickoff is at noon at Waldo Stadium.



Miami University weekly sports schedule

Miami University sports will have the following schedule Oct. 11-17:

Oct. 11

Field hockey at Kent State, Kent, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Ice hockey vs. New Hampshire, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.


Oct. 12

Football at Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12 p.m.

Swimming and diving vs. Michigan State, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Swimming and diving vs. Cincinnati, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball at Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois., 7 p.m.

Ice hockey vs New Hampshire, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.


Oct. 13

Field hockey vs. Virginia, Oxford, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Soccer at Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois, 3 p.m.


Oct. 14

Baseball vs. Western Carolina, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.


Oct. 17

Tennis at ITA Ohio Valley Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Fraternity members face charges from hazing incident

Butler County Grand Jury referred the case against Delta Tau Delta brothers to the Oxford Area Court. Charges include assault and hazing, which are both misdemeanors. Some of the 18 students will face multiple counts of each.

Police report new scams targeting students, adults in Oxford

It is recommended to not answer calls from unknown numbers or give money to organizations that have not been verified. Scammers are targeting the elderly and students in telecommunications scams and asking for money/gift cards in exchange for identity theft protection.

Miami names soccer venue Bobby Kramig Field for former coach

Former Miami soccer coach Bobby Kramig was inducted into the Cradle of the Coaches  for his decorated coaching career and last week the university named the soccer field after him. Kramig guided both the men’s and women’s soccer programs to multiple titles and helped launch community soccer programs in Oxford.    

Uptown bars party with a nod to the environment

Businesses in Oxford have started using paper straws, or no straws at all to become more environmentally conscious. However, rates of commercial recycling in town are still low and more could be done. Students also are taking a closer look at lowering their carbon footprint.
Groundbreaking

Construction for Phase II of Oxford Area Trail System underway

Phase II of the Oxford Area Trail System broke ground this week and will connect Coal Ash path off of Ohio Route 73 near DeWitt cabin and travel under the highway and behind Miami’s Western campus, and under US 27 to end at Peffer Park. The phase will cover about 1.3 miles, and will cost the city $2.3 million. This 10 year trail project will eventually encircle the entire city of Oxford.

Community, students enjoy the paved trails around Oxford

People of all ages bike and hike on the first phase of the accessible Oxford Area Trails.

Beekeeper painting disappears from campus cottage

In 2011, a painting of Lorenzo Langstroth (a bee-keeping legend) went missing from the Langstroth Cottage. Now, eight years later, it’s still missing and it doesn’t seem like people care to find it, even though it has a lot of historical significance.

Miami plans to change employee healthcare provider in 2020

Miami University will make the switch from United Medical Resources (UMR) to Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield in 2020 for employee healthcare. The university said the networks have 99.2% match in coverage, though some faculty and staff fear there may be gaps in coverage. Open  enrollment will continue through Oct. 31.
Travel

Kosovo tourism keeps the artful craft of making silver filigree jewelry and decor alive

A Miami student studying abroad writes about filigree,  an art form that requires intense focus and training to form and shape metal strands together to make jewelry and other decorative pieces. The craft comes from the Balkans and is a part of Kosovo tourism.

News Briefs

Soccer star to speak about equality in sports

On Monday, Oct. 7, Soccer star Hope Solo and Paul Daugherty, columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, will speak at Miami University’s Hall Auditorium from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., as part of the University Lecture Series. 

The lecture, “Fight Like a Girl: The Quest for Equality,” will feature Solo, who is a champion for change in soccer and the world as a whole.

Solo retired from professional soccer in 2016 with the most international appearances (202) and shutouts (102) in women’s professional soccer history. She led the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to the Olympic Gold medal in 2008 and 2012 and the FIFA women’s World Cup in 2015.

Daugherty, author of Fair Game, a collection of his sports columns, has been a sports columnist for the Enquirer since 1994. The 2013 winner of the best newspaper sports columnist and best sports feature writer in the country, according to the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has covered five Summer Olympics and numerous other sporting events.

Ticket distribution began Oct. 2 for the Miami Community and Oct. 4 for the general public. Tickets are free.

League of Women Voters of Oxford host candidates' forum

The League of Women Voters of Oxford hosts a candidates’ forum for those running for offices on Oxford City Council, Talawanda Board of Education and trustees and fiscal officers in Oxford, Hanover, Milford and Reily Townships, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the auditorium at the Knolls of Oxford, 6727 Contreras Road.

Candidates will give short introductions and then spend time at attendee tables answering questions. The event is free and open to the public.

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Miami University weekly sports schedule

Oct. 4

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

Cross Country/Track at Joe Piane Invitational, South Bend, Indiana

Volleyball vs Buffalo, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Soccer at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 7 p.m.

Baseball vs Sinclair Community College (Exhibition), Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

Softball vs Northern Kentucky, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Swimming and Diving vs Akron (W), Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs Akron, Oxford, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Oct. 6

Tennis at Wildcat Invitational, Evanston, Illinois

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin

Field Hockey vs No. 20 Wake Forest, Oxford, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Soccer at Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Hockey vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Oct. 7

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin

Oct. 8

Golf vs Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills, Eric, Wisconsin

Oct. 9

Softball vs Cedarville, Oxford, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Oct. 10

Soccer vs Western Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Volleyball vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Kettering breaks ground for new medical building in Oxford

Groundbreaking for a $4.5 million medical building from Kettering Health Network is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4137 Millville Oxford Road.

The center, which is affiliated with Fort Hamilton Hospital, will be about 12,000 square feet. It will have outpatient services including gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics and cardiology. The facility will have five primary care providers on staff.

According to a release from Kettering, the center is expected to create 20 jobs for physicians, registrations, medical imagers and nurses. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2020.

Clothesline Project brings attention to violence

The annual Clothesline Project to bring attention to the issue of violence against women, children and men, is on display Friday, Oct. 4, on the grass behind Roudebush Hall on Miami’s Central Academic Quad.

The Clothesline Project is a nationwide effort that began on Cape Cod when a group of women hanging their laundry to dry realized that while 58,000 American soldiers died in Vietnam, 51,000 women died during the same period as victims of domestic violence. The displays, being put up all around the country, are T-shirts on clotheslines. Each shirt bears a message from or about a case of such violence.

Clotheslines with T-shirts bearing messages against violence are strung around Miami’s Central Quad. Photo by Yumeng Shen

The displays are done in October to coincide with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Miami’s Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion is putting up the display on campus. 

The same area also has displays of national data on sexual harassment between men and women and transgender people, called The Barriers Project.

The Barriers Project is concerned with attempted rape, unfair sentences of sexual assault and insensitive questions about victims of such crimes.

Audubon Miami Valley hosts its 41st annual birdseed sale

The 41st annual Audubon Miami Valley birdseed sale is underway to benefit environmental education and to help our feathered friends get through the winter.

Online order forms can be downloaded from AMVohio.org. Order pickup dates are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 19, at Shademaker Nursery and Landscape, 7525 Fairfield Road, Oxford

Friday, September 27th, 2019
Politics

Ohio congressmen react to impeachment inquiry

United States Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and Rep. Warren Davidson released statements as a result of  this week’s launch of impeachment investigations against President Donald Trump by the House Democrats.  "We have a responsibility to find out exactly what happened," Brown said. "The Democrat's impeachment inquiry will distract Congress from the bipartisan legislative work we should be doing," Portman said.

Miami Poli Sci chair outlines process to remove a president

Professor  says the U.S House impeaches and the Senate decides whether or not to remove the president from office.

Students create nutritious recipes for food pantry

Miami University students are cooking up nutritious recipes for Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS) to serve to customers, encourage healthy eating, and help the community. Dietetic students have been partnering with the food pantry since 2007 by working with students to help complete their field experience.

Bird scooters may be migrating back to Oxford

Oxford may soon have two more e-scooter companies vying for space on the city streets, according to Economic Development Director Alan Kyger. VeoRide is not worried about the potential competitive market against Lime and maybe Bird. VeoRide has portable rechargeable batteries that could keep the scooters on the streets longer.

Crawford hesitant to sign Climate Leadership agreement

President Crawford has not signed the commitment that was created by a group of college presidents. Crawford has been considering signing on to the commitment but also is weighing whether a plan tailored to Miami  would be better for the university.  Oxford has signed onto a climate commitment plan for cities.

MOON Co-op supports local farms, environment

The Oxford store sells locally-sourced products to help those who do "the right thing for the earth and for their animals" while contributing to Oxford's sustainability goals. The store is run by a group of passionate board members who will have an annual meeting Oct. 3.

Exercise, spend time with puppies at hike-a-thon

A fundraiser for Paws for a Cause this Saturday will include hiking in the Miami University Natural Areas. The group is raising funds to provide a partner dog for a local child. The student group helps with the socialization of service dogs for people in need.
Travel

Miami  study abroad student compares nightlife in Oxford to Kosovo

International studies  major compares Oxford’s student nightlife with what she experienced in the Balkan country this summer. In Prishtina, religion plays a factor in students' decision to drink moderately, while in Oxford the drinking culture is often partying to excess.

News Briefs

Miami RedHawks sports head into league play

The games keep coming as Miami University sports are in full swing the week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. Here’s a look at the week ahead for the RedHawks.

Sept. 27

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, IN

Field Hockey at Appalachian State, Boone, N.C., 3 p.m.

Soccer vs Eastern Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Volleyball at Kent State, Kent, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28

Cross Country/Track at All-Ohio Championships, Cedarville, Ohio

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, Indiana

Cross Country/Track at Buckeye Invitational, Columbus, Ohio, 9 a.m.

Football vs University of Buffalo, Oxford, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Softball vs Wright State, Columbus, Ohio, 12:45 p.m.

Softball vs Ashland, Columbus, Ohio, 3 p.m.

Volleyball at Ohio, Athens, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Sept. 29

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California

Tennis at Hoosier Classic, Bloomington, Indiana

Soccer vs Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Field Hockey at Davidson, Davidson, N.C., 1 p.m.

Sept. 30

Golf at the Bearcat Invitational, Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct. 1

Golf at the Bearcat Invitational, Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct. 3

Field Hockey vs Towson, Houston, Texas, 8 p.m.


Relive high school glory days at '80s themed prom

If you missed your high school prom during the 1980s, or just want to relive that special night, the McGuffey Montessori School and The Oxford Community of Arts Center are hosting a prom for adults, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

The 80s-themed prom will be held at the Oxford Community of Arts Center, 10 S College Ave., giving participants a chance to show off their neon colors and big hair.

A cash bar, balloon arch and your favorite 80’s hits will be part of this nostalgic night. A raffle with prize giveaways will also be included.

The prom will go until 11 p.m., and those who attend must be 21 and older. The admission price is $45 per person with one free drink included. Tickets are available through the prom’s Facebook page.

After Ohio State loss, Miami Redhawks football hosts Buffalo

The Miami RedHawks football team will play the University of Buffalo Saturday, Sept. 28 with a noon kickoff at Yager Stadium.

Last week, Miami (1-3) lost to Ohio State (4-0) 76-5 at Ohio Stadium in front of a crowd of 103,190, the Ohio State Athletic Department reported. The RedHawks started the game fast and picked up a couple of first downs before punting and pinning Ohio State in its own 2-yard line. Two plays later, Myles Reid forced a fumble on Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the backfield that went through the back of the end zone to go up 2-0. Later in the quarter, Miami tacked on a 21-yard field goal by Sam Sloman after a 14-play drive which saw Miami end up on Ohio State’s 2-yard line. Ohio State then scored 76 unanswered points.

The game will start Mid-American Conference play for both teams. Buffalo (2-2) beat Temple 38-22 last Saturday. Last season, Buffalo finished first nin the Mid-American Conference east with a 10-4 record (7-1 in the MAC) while Miami finished tied for second with a 6-6 record (6-2 in the MAC).

The Hueston Woods Halloween Festival returns this weekend

The Hueston Woods Halloween Festival will be for three consecutive weekends starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

The Festival is n the park at 6301 Park Office Road. Friday nights will begin with a movie followed by a haunted trail from 8-11 p.m. On Saturdays, a Campers’ Stew will be hosted by the Friends of Hueston Woods. Participants are asked to bring a can of vegetables to add to the communal soup pot. 

Games, crafts, costume contests, trick-or-treating and Monster Mash dancing will be part of the fun for the three weekends. 

The festival is open to the public, tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children participating in the 7-8 p.m. no-scare festivities.

Get into the fall spirit at the annual Apple Butter Festival

The 55th annual Apple Butter Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 5 and 6 at Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm, 6924 Brown Road, Oxford.

Apple butter-making demonstrations will be from noon to 3 p.m. each day. The festival will also have children’s activities, live music, crafts, spinning and weaving, fall produce.

Admission is $4 for adults free for children 12 and under.

Proceeds from this event support the preservation and educational activities of the Oxford Museum Association.

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Butler County announces first vaping illness

Doctors report cases of severe pulmonary illness related to vaping all over the country, including in Ohio and Butler County. The Ohio Department of Health is  investigating 22 more cases that could be related to vaping/e-cigarettes. The Butler County patient did not purchase the vaping product in Ohio. The United States has 450 confirmed cases of lung-related illness across 33 states.

Talawanda school district receives C grade on state report card

The Talawanda City School District dropped a whole letter grade on the Ohio Department of Education’s report card. The report card ranks Ohio school district’s overall performance by letter grade, and grades different categories to measure success in different academic areas. Talawanda officials say the state grades is one of several measures of success it uses.

Redhawks take on No. 6 Buckeyes for the first time in seven years

RedHawks travel to Columbus for a nice pay check and powerhouse competition when they face off against the Buckeyes. Miami heads into this weekends game being a 40 point underdog to No. 6 ranked Ohio State.

Electric scooters are here to stay

The city of Oxford has passed a permanent program to allow for Lime scooters to stay in Oxford. Scooters will be turned off and removed from the streets at night to help keep students safe. The city hopes their new plan, called Micro-Mobility Shared Transportation Program, will aid in its sustainability efforts.

Service group repurposes items for those in need

The Revamp Service Organization works to help the people and animals of the Oxford area by creating useful projects from repurposed junk. The goal for this year is to raise money for holiday gifts for local youths and to improve the group's relationship with local animal shelters.

Oxford celebrates 14th annual UniDiversity Festival

This Friday the annual Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival is set to kick off with live music, food and traditional dancing. The festival is expecting upward of 1,500 people to attend the event. Oxford has proclaimed Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month.
Building Boom

Miami: Board of Trustees approves new health science building

Miami approved funding for the planning of a new health science center building, with construction and completion to be by 2022. This new building will include the health services center, nursing programs, physicians assistant programs, and speech pathology and audiology programs.

Oxford: Development will bring 25 new single family homes

The unanimous vote approved the construction of the new subdivision of South Farm Development LLC at the west end of Roberts Drive. The cluster development is designed for young professional and empty-nesters.

News Briefs

Students strike to get University to take stand on environment

About 300 Miami University students and faculty as well as community members marched through campus Friday afternoon in protest to call attention to climate change. The group went from President Gregory Crawford' s house on High Street to the Marcum Center where the Board of Trustees was meeting.  

Hundreds of students protested Friday on Miami's campus to get the attention of President Crawford to encourage him to sign on to the University President's Climate Leadership Commitment. Photo by Sarah Siff.

The Oxford demonstration was one of more than 3,500 demonstrations happening around the world Friday as part of the Global Climate Strike. The Oxford protesters specifically were asking that Crawford sign on to the University President’s Climate Leadership Commitment, according to Cassie Conrad, a Miami student who was one of the organizers of the event and is the president of the Student Group Zero Waste Oxford organization.

Friday’s strike occurred three days before the scheduled United Nations Summit on Climate Change, in New York.

Talawanda Middle School annual craft fair funds field trip to zoo

Talawanda Middle School will have its fourth annual Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

The show, held at the school, 4030 Oxford Reily Road, has free admission and will feature 50 vendors selling crafts, antiques, food and holiday decorations. This year’s event will include a silent auction, followed by a raffle with eight prize winners, according to the school.

“The show was created so we could create a fundraiser that would allow us to give the seventh-graders an opportunity to have a field trip, since the sixth and eighth-graders get field trips,” said Lori Garver, a language arts teacher at the school.

All the proceeds go toward this year’s seventh-grade field trip to the Columbus Zoo.

Miami Redhawks have busy schedule this coming week

The games keep coming as Miami University sports are in full swing the week of Sept. 20-26. Here’s a look at the week ahead for the RedHawks.

Sept. 20

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Volleyball vs. Dayton, Columbus, Ohio, noon.

Field Hockey vs. Ball State, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Soccer vs. Xavier, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Swimming and Diving at Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5 p.m.

Swimming and Diving vs. United States Naval Academy, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Illinois State, Columbus, Ohio, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 21

Football at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Swimming and Diving at Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 10 a.m.

Swimming and Diving vs. United States Naval Academy, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 10 a.m.

Cross Country/Track vs. RedHawk Rumble, Oxford, Ohio, 10 a.m.

Sept. 22

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tennis at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Field Hockey vs. No. 11 Northwestern, Oxford, Ohio, noon.

Sept. 23

Tennis at Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sept. 26

Tennis at Oracle ITA Masters, Malibu, California.

E. College Corner festival includes chicken dinner, classic cars, beer garden

The West College Corner and Liberty Volunteer fire departments, have a chicken dinner festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the firehouse, 112 Union St., West College Corner, Indiana.

In addition to the dinner, the festival includes a classic car show from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a beer garden, music, raffles and children’s games.

All donations are for the benefit of the fire departments.

Darrtown Fall Festival returns this weekend

The annual Darrtown Fall Festival will be making a return from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 20, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 21. The festival will have food, live music, vendors, classic cars and a village parade.

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Democrats gather in Oxford restaurant
to watch presidential candidates in debate

On Thursday night, about 30 people gathered at LaRosa’s Pizzeria to watch the Democratic presidential debate, televised from Houston. The debate watchers discussed the 10 candidates who were part of the debate including their merits and positions.

New Miami program builds community for dementia patients

This month, Memory Café will open up its doors to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Opening Minds through Art, an initiative supported by Miami’s Scripps Gerontology Center, plans on hosting different programs to ensure those with dementia have a safe and fun place to socialize.

Butler County PAC endorses candidates for November election

BCPPAC announces endorsements during Tuesday’s meeting for the candidates in the Oxford City Council and Talawanda Board of Education races for this fall's election. The PAC will provide funds to the endorsed candidates.

Miami Rec Center celebrates 25th anniversary

The anniversary of the Rec will be commemorated Monday, Sept. 16, with free admission  to its facilities. This day will also include giveaways and discounts. The Rec serves as a community gym for Miami students, but also has programs for Oxford residents.

Miami leases Hawks Landing for overflowing dorm capacity

Due to a record-sized freshman class, Miami University was forced to rent out 76 beds from Hawks Landing. In the past 10 years, Miami has had to lease off-campus dorm space four times to accommodate its students. Miami has leased approximately 25% of the Hawks Landing apartments.

Poet illuminates line between math, poetry

Dave Lucas, teacher of a “Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry” class, delves into how his initial hesitation toward math helped him see poetry’s beauty in a whole new light.

Ohio's Poet

Police suspect arson in mobile home fire

Oxford Fire Department respond to an empty trailer home fire Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Miami Mobile Home Park . The department quickly put out the flames.

News Briefs

Oxford City Council meets to discuss law director candidates

Oxford City Council is holding an executive session at 12:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 to interview law firms' municipal law specialists for the position of city law director.

The law director serves as the city’s attorney, providing legal advice to the council and administration. Amy Blankenship, who had held the post since Jan. 1 of this year, has resigned from her law firm to take a full-time legal position with the City of Dayton, Mayor Kate Roumaniere said.

Under Ohio law, non-public executive sessions may be held by public bodies to discuss personnel matters. Council opted to call the special meeting to save time during its next regularly scheduled meeting, the mayor said.

Oxford hosts its 31st annual Masters Games

The 31st annual Oxford Masters Games kicked off Sept. 9 and will continue through Sept. 20. Sponsored by Oxford Seniors, over 100 participants age 50 and up participate in events held at the Oxford Senior Center, Miami University Rec Center and other facilities and nursing homes in Oxford. The oldest participant is 96 years old.

Events include a fitness walk, a 9-ball pool tournament, Wii bowling, chair balloon volleyball, pickleball, darts, horseshoes, shuffleboard, Yahtzee. The closing awards ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the senior center and will feature Miami women’s basketball head coach DeUnna Hendrix as the keynote speaker.
Registration to participate in the Masters games is closed. For more information on the schedule of events, visit oxfordsenior.org.

RedHawks fall sports back in action

Miami’s fall sports are in full swing as the RedHawks Field Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Softball and Football teams are scheduled to play this week. Listed below are all the varsity sporting events from Sept.13-19.

Friday, Sept. 13

Field Hockey at Michigan State, East Lansing, Michigan, 3 p.m.

Volleyball vs North Carolina, Rochester, Michigan, 6 p.m.

Soccer at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Swimming and Diving vs Red & White Meet / Alumni Meet, Oxford, Ohio, 9 a.m.

Softball vs Ohio Dominican, Oxford, Ohio, 11 a.m.

Football at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Softball vs Indiana Tech, Oxford, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Volleyball at Oakland, Rochester, Michigan, 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15

Softball vs Purdue, Oxford, Ohio, 1:15 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Saint Francis, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Softball vs Valparaiso, Oxford, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Volleyball at Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Oxford Methodist Church gathers rummage to help others

The Oxford Methodist Church is hosting its biannual rummage sale from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sep. 13 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m Saturday, Sept. 14.. All proceeds from the event are put towards missions focused on women and children around the world. These missions range from providing better children’s schooling, to helping mothers and feeding the hungry in locations such as Belize, the Congo and India.

Ethel and Clay Hock work the day before the event to put together some last details, ensuring that the sale will run smoothly. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Ethel Hock, chairman of United Methodist Women, has worked with the church in putting together this event for over 40 years. Before her, her mother worked on the sale. Hock said this rummage sale has become an important part of her life and helping others is something that continues to bring her joy. 

“In the past we have raised as little as $18,000 and as much as $28,000 but no matter how much we make it all helps, we have something for everyone here,” said Hock.

Hock now works tirelessly with her husband, Clay Hock, and a team of volunteers to promote the sale, gather donations, organize all donated items into sections, price all items and work the actual event.

The rummage sale is organized into sections such as men’s and women’s clothing, indoor and outdoor furniture, glassware and decor to name a few. Workers from the moving company Two Men and a Truck will be at the event to aid in moving large furniture items. Directly following the event all remaining donations will be picked up by the Salvation Army.

Redhawks Football to compete in Battle of the Victory Bell this Saturday

The Miami RedHawks Football team travels to the University of Cincinnati Saturday, Sept. 14 for the Battle of the Victory Bell with a noon kickoff at Nippert Stadium. 

Last week, Miami (1-1) beat Tennessee Tech 48-17 at Yager Stadium in front of a crowd of 16,022, reported by the Miami Athletic Department. Miami jumped out to a 41-3 lead at halftime behind 152 passing yards and two rushing touchdowns from freshman quarterback Brett Gabbert. Defensively, the RedHawks held the Golden Eagles to negative one rushing yards in the first half and were strong in the second half. Senior defensive back Bart Barrati added an interception which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.

Last week, Cincinnati (1-1) lost 42-0 at Ohio State after beating UCLA 24-14 August 29. In the Battle for the Victory Bell, the oldest current non-conference college football rivalry in the nation, Miami leads the all-time series 59-57-7. The RedHawks look to bounce back and leave Cincinnati with a victory after losing the last 13 meetings against the Bearcats.

Oxford PD receives another drug use prevention grant

The Oxford Police Department received a Drug Use Prevention Grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office for the fourth consecutive year.

The grants were awarded in August and announced recently. Since 2016, the police department has received money from the attorney general to enhance drug use prevention programs in the Talawanda school district. According to the department, the money pays a portion of the salaries of three Oxford officers stationed as school resource officers at the three district schools within city limits: Talawanda High School, Talawanda Middle School and Kramer Elementary School.

The amount has increased each year, starting at $6,236 in 2016 and the award this year is $21,911.96.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Miami Homecoming: Bundy concert, 5K and football

Oxford prepares for a busy weekend when alumni return to Oxford for Miami's Homecoming. It is not unusual for Homecoming to draw at least 2,000 visitors to town each year.  This weekend is filled with activities all over Oxford: From Yager to Uptown Park to Lewis Place.  

Oxford Police show off their upgraded station

The Oxford Police department has made multiple renovations and upgrades to its building. The department hopes the new additions will improve relations with the community and enhance police efficiency and safety.

The newly renovated Oxford Police Station is now completed and available to tour. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Once the Oxford Municipal Building, the iconic white-globed light at the front door clearly proclaims what the building is now. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Officer Matt Wagers sits down in the new squad room to complete some paperwork. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Joann Handley sits in the new dispatch room where she answers calls and greets visitors through a window facing the waiting area. Photo by Lauren Shassere

The station’s new workout room features an array of dumbells, a bench press and various cardio machines. Photo by Lauren Shassere

The renovated station includes office space for the chief and senior officers. Photo by Aaron Smith

Oxford Police Lt. Lara Fening in her new office at the renovated Oxford Police Station. Formerly housed in the basement, the department now occupies the entire building. Photo by Lauren Shassere

Freshman quarterback makes Miami football history

Brett Gabbert became the first Miami freshman in history to open the season as the starting quarterback. He was able to play competitively against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first half of the game in a position his coach said he earned after out-shining his opponents for the starting position at training camp.

Oxford reaches out to residents through biweekly e-newsletter

The new e-newsletter for the city of Oxford that aims to inform community members about municipal activities. Residents can sign up for the twice-monthly letter for city updates about the community.

City council signs promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

This week, the city council of Oxford signed the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. With the help of the local community and their efforts to use energy more efficiently, Oxford can reduce its carbon footprint.

Burger King delivers Impossible Whopper to Oxford

The local Burger King has added the Impossible Whopper to its menu as it spreads nationwide. This vegan alternative has all the fixings of the original Whopper, with less calories, grams of fat and cholesterol.

News Briefs

Geography students help replot Bahamas on map after Hurricane Dorian

Students from Miami University’s Department of Geography and the Geospatial Analysis Center hosted a Bahamas Mapathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in 132 Shideler Hall, to help replot the location of structures destroyed this week by Hurricane Dorian.

The student volunteers helped trace the outlines of buildings on mapping grids so that rescuers on the ground will be able to have a better understanding of where specific buildings stood before the storm, according to a Miami press release. The mapping focused on areas where large numbers of people have been reported missing.


Pups get playday Saturday at the Oxford pool

Bring your pup to the pool this Saturday, Sept. 7, during Oxford’s third annual Dog Day at the community pool.

This is the first year the event will be at the new Oxford Aquatics Center, in the Community Park, 6801 Fairfield Road. It will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your dog’s toys to play in the pool or grass area.

Dog Day, sponsored by the city’s department of Parks & Recreation, is open to all dogs over four months old. No aggressive dogs or dogs in heat will be permitted and all must be licensed and vaccinated. The cost is $5 per dog with a limit of two per owner.




Oxford commemorates Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Oxford, thanks to a Sept. 3 proclamation by Mayor Kate Rousmaniere. 

The proclamation noted that in Ohio, an estimated 5,340 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and some 1,130 deaths from the disease will occur this year.

About one in nine men will develop prostate cancer.

The proclamation encourages all citizens to join in the observance of this month and to understand the importance of regular medical checkups and screenings.  

Local woman dies in suspected drug overdose

Oxford Police Department said a woman was found dead of a suspected drug overdose Aug. 24 in her apartment on South Locust Street.

Tia Imhoff, 37, was found at 7:41 p.m. by a family member who called the police. Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, according to the police report.

A final ruling on the cause of death will be made by the Butler County Coroner, following an autopsy and toxicology tests.

 


RedHawks take on Tennessee Tech in Homecoming game Saturday

The RedHawks host the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles for Miami’s annual Homecoming game this Saturday, Sept. 7. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Yager Stadium.

Last week, Miami (0-1) traveled to the University of Iowa and lost 38-14 to the No.20 Iowa, Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Miami quarterback Brett Gabbert, became the first true freshman quarterback in Miami history to start the season opener. The RedHawks took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter and trailed by just three at half-time before the Hawkeyes pulled away late in the game. Gabbert tossed two touchdowns and threw for 186 yards and an interception in his debut.

Last week, Tennessee Tech (1-0) took a 12-point lead before rallying from 23 points down in the third quarter to beat Samford 59-58 in an overtime thriller.



Film festival highlights religious movies during month of September

Several religious congregations in Oxford are collaborating on a Faith Film Festival on three Saturdays and one Sunday in September.

The free festival begins Saturday, Sept. 7, with a 6 p.m. screening of the “The Cup,” in the undercroft of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 25 E. Walnut St., Oxford. The movie is a story of two young boys in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery who convince senior monks to hook up a satellite dish so they can watch World Cup soccer matches. 

Each of the four films in the festival highlights aspects of a different religion, said Kate Roumaniere, a member of the organizing group from Holy Trinity.

Subsequent films are “Malcolm X,” dealing with aspects of Islam, to be shown at 6 p.m. Sept. 14, in the undercroft of Holy Trinity; “The Chosen,” dealing with aspects of Judaism, to be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Hillel Center, 11 E. Walnut St., Oxford; and “Entertaining Angels: the Dorothy Day story,” which highlights aspects of Christianity and will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Church Street Presbyterian Seminary, 104 E. Church St.

A meal of homemade soup and bread will be provided at each showing and after the movies, conversations will be encouraged about the religious philosophies and their commonalities.

Roumaniere said the group hopes to make the festival an annual event.


Friday, August 30, 2019

Talawanda schools appoint new director of teaching

After receiving a poor grade on the state report card, Talawanda schools are working to make the system better. A new director of teaching and learning may be the first step in achieving this with a number of new ideas for both students and teachers.

City Council called to act on climate change

On Tuesday, Oxford City Council will address the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Energy, which was brought to the council by the Oxford Community Climate Action Task Force. If the council voted to sign the Covenant, the city would be expected to consider other recommendations from the task force.

Miami student wins grant to study treatment for eye diseases

Phuong Thai Lam,  a student in Miami’s Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology graduate program, recently earned the Young Investigator Student Fellowship Award for Female Scholars in Vision Research from the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. Her research focuses on finding a treatment for glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Donut shop’s closing leaves hole in Oxford retail

Dough-Versity Donuts & Coffee closed after only a year of business. The local donut shop, located on S. Beech Street, served such favorites as Nitro Coffee, the Maple Bacon donut and the Pinecone. The closing leaves Oxford with two donut shops to satisfy your cravings.

Reily Board of Trustee candidates focus on communication

Reily Board of Trustee Candidates Focus on Modern Communication with ResidentsSynopsis: In the race for a seat for the Reily Township Board of Trustees, candidates see the need for new communication. Candidates discuss the modernization the township through social media, electronic newsletters, and an updated website.

Zoology professor leaves legacy on community and at Miami

David F. Wilson was an academic, professor and a family man with  devotion to his students. Wilson died Aug. 17 after a long battle with cancer. After his retirement, Wilson still supported the Oxford community through his efforts including his Boy Scout Troop and the Court Appointed Special Advocate organization.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Mayor Kate reflects as term nears its end

The Oxford Mayor took on her position four years ago and will become an Oxford Township trustee. With term limits, she can not run for re-election on city council. Her fellow councilors will miss her familiar presence and playfulness.

Candidates face off for a seat on the Talawanda Board of Education

Seven candidates compete for three spots on the school board with plans to improve and maintain Talawanda schools.
One is an incumbent and another previously served. They will face five other area residents in the Nov. 5 election.

Oxford City Council urges Ohio to pass ‘red flag’ weapons law

The councilors recommend that the state legislature enact a law that allows a temporary seizure of guns if a threat is perceived. The governor proposed such gun restriction law after a shooting killed 10 in Dayton, Ohio. 

Move-in weekend for Miami students makes an impact in Oxford

It is officially that time of year again when students move back to campus. The largest freshman class in the history of Miami will help fill up Oxford’s hotels, restaurants and streets and help spur the local economy.

Crocodile intimidates children at camp during
their creek adventures in nearby Preble County

A seven-and-a-half-foot-long crocodile was a rare discovery during “creek stomping” in West Alexandria. Ohio Department of National Resources responded and shot the animal. It is assumed that the crocodile was an exotic pet and out grew its original home.

Rec Center offers single-day camps when Talawanda is closed

This is the first time single-day camps will be offered at the Rec after 20 years of summer day camps. The new program is meant to help working parents who need some child care help on Talawanda schools off days.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Oxford Juvenile Arrested for Carrying a Concealed and Loaded Gun

After stopping a 16-year-old male in an alley off College Corner Pike, police found he was carrying a .22-caliber revolver.

First of Ten Pub Runs Draws Four Dozen Participants

Turnout was better than anticipated when Enjoy Oxford commenced its 10-week series of uptown 5Ks at Left Field Tavern. The 49 runners and walkers who showed up for exercise, camaraderie and discounted food and drinks included Miami students and Oxford locals.

Miami Students Build ‘Creativity City’

An entrepreneurship professor who studies how boredom harms companies has developed a weeklong program to give business students a chance to unleash their creativity.

Coalition for a Healthy Community Focuses on Talawanda Youth

A local nonprofit works with the school district to help elementary students learn healthy habits such as getting more exercise.

Changing Minds with Rhymes

Our columnist-poet describes how rephrasing descriptions of our world can help us understand it better.

Ohio's Poet

News Briefs

Residents learn to dance and swing, contra style

The Oxford Community Arts Center believes Oxford is ready to embrace Contra Dancing and is offering lessons. The steps are described as a cross between square dancing and swing. They begin Friday, Sept. 6.

These classes are $7 per person or $5 for students. Participants don’t need to bring a partner or have any dancing experience. Classes will be directed by callers and participants will form long parallel lines and then interact with each other in moves similar to square dancing, says Judy Waldron.

Contra Dancing, soon to be offered at the Oxford Community Arts Center, is described as a combination of Square Dancing and Swing. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Community Arts Center

Contra dancing has been popular in larger cities for years and it is time for Oxford to join the scene, says Waldron. The dancing lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford.

For more information, contact Waldron at (513) 523-1198.

The Friends of Oxford Lane Library hosts summer book sale

The Friends of the Oxford Lane Library will hold its summer book sale from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 7.

Customers will be able to browse through fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, DVDs games, maps and more in the upstairs meeting room at the library, 441 S. Locust St., Oxford. All proceeds go to benefit the library’s collections and programming.

The 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. session Thursday will be a members-only preview. Although the Thursday sale is open only to members of the Friends of the Oxford Lane Library, memberships will be sold at the door for $10 per individual and $25 for families.

On Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., the sale will be open to the general public. On Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the event concludes with a bag sale, at which bargain hunters can pay $3 for a bag of books.

Miami University kicks off the 2019 football season against Iowa

The Miami University Football team travels to the University of Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes for the first game of the 2019 season, Saturday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium.

Last season, Miami finished 6-6 (6-2 in the Mid-American Conference), tied with Ohio University for second in the Mid-American Conference east division. Iowa finished 9-4 in 2018 (5-4 in the Big Ten), tied for second in the Big Ten west division.

Iowa begins the season ranked 20th in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Miami’s Chuck Martin begins his sixth season as the head coach of the RedHawks and is seeking his first winning record with Miami.

Oxford Aquatic Center to feature ‘Finding Dory’ screening

Watch a movie while relaxing in a pool at the Oxford Aquatic Center’s Dive-In Movie, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., this Saturday, Aug. 31.

As part of the center’s end of the summer celebration, the movie, “Finding Dory” will play on a screen while the audience lounges and floats in the pool.

General admission fees are $7 for adults, 18 years or older; $5 for youth 2-17 years.

Vernon McIntyre’s Bluegrass celebrates reopening

Bluegrass guru and local music legend, Vernon McIntyre’s Famous Old Time Music Company is making a return to the Oxford area this Saturday, when he reopens his shop at 1196 Ross Millville Road.

McIntyre was forced to close his doors in 2013 due to some financial hardships, but now after six years he is finally ready and able to return the store to its full glory.

The store has everything you could ask for in a bluegrass shop. It has new and vintage instruments, accessories, lessons, repairs, and appraisals, and due to popular demand, there will also be electronic instruments and accessories.

The grand opening will begin at noon and will have many activities for visitors to partake in including door prize drawings for free instruments, a signup sheet to choose what instrument you want to try in a free lesson, special discounts to celebrate the grand opening, snacks, music, and a special concert by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Talawanda schools appoint new director of teaching

After receiving a poor grade on the state report card, Talawanda schools are working to make the system better. A new director of teaching and learning may be the first step in achieving this with a number of new ideas for both students and teachers.

City Council called to act on climate change

On Tuesday, Oxford City Council will address the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Energy, which was brought to the council by the Oxford Community Climate Action Task Force. If the council voted to sign the Covenant, the city would be expected to consider four recommendations from the task force.

Miami student wins grant to study treatment for eye diseases

Phuong Thai Lam,  a student in Miami’s Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology graduate program, recently earned the Young Investigator Student Fellowship Award for Female Scholars in Vision Research from the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. Her research focuses on finding a treatment for glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Donut shop’s closing leaves hole in Oxford retail

Dough-Versity Donuts & Coffee closed after only a year of business. The local donut shop, located on S. Beech Street, served such favorites as Nitro Coffee, the Maple Bacon donut and the Pinecone. The closing leaves Oxford with two donut shops to satisfy your cravings.

Reily Board of Trustee candidates focus on communication

Reily Board of Trustee Candidates Focus on Modern Communication with ResidentsSynopsis: In the race for a seat for the Reily Township Board of Trustees, candidates see the need for new communication. Candidates discuss the modernization the township through social media, electronic newsletters, and an updated website.

Zoology professor leaves legacy on community and at Miami

David F. Wilson was an academic, professor and a family man with  devotion to his students. Wilson died Aug. 17 after a long battle with cancer. After his retirement, Wilson still supported the Oxford community through his efforts including his Boy Scout Troop and the Court Appointed Special Advocate organization.


News Briefs

Residents learn to dance and swing, contra style

The Oxford Community Arts Center believes Oxford is ready to embrace Contra Dancing and is offering lessons. The steps are described as a cross between square dancing and swing. They begin Friday, Sept. 6.

These classes are $7 per person or $5 for students. Participants don’t need to bring a partner or have any dancing experience. Classes will be directed by callers and participants will form long parallel lines and then interact with each other in moves similar to square dancing, says Judy Waldron.

Contra Dancing, soon to be offered at the Oxford Community Arts Center, is described as a combination of Square Dancing and Swing. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Community Arts Center

Contra dancing has been popular in larger cities for years and it is time for Oxford to join the scene, says Waldron. The dancing lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford.

For more information, contact Waldron at (513) 523-1198.

The Friends of Oxford Lane Library hosts summer book sale

The Friends of the Oxford Lane Library will hold its summer book sale from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 7.

Customers will be able to browse through fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, DVDs games, maps and more in the upstairs meeting room at the library, 441 S. Locust St., Oxford. All proceeds go to benefit the library’s collections and programming.

The 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. session Thursday will be a members-only preview. Although the Thursday sale is open only to members of the Friends of the Oxford Lane Library, memberships will be sold at the door for $10 per individual and $25 for families.

On Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., the sale will be open to the general public. On Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the event concludes with a bag sale, at which bargain hunters can pay $3 for a bag of books.

Miami University kicks off the 2019 football season against Iowa

The Miami University Football team travels to the University of Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes for the first game of the 2019 season, Saturday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium.

Last season, Miami finished 6-6 (6-2 in the Mid-American Conference), tied with Ohio University for second in the Mid-American Conference east division. Iowa finished 9-4 in 2018 (5-4 in the Big Ten), tied for second in the Big Ten west division.

Iowa begins the season ranked 20th in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Miami’s Chuck Martin begins his sixth season as the head coach of the RedHawks and is seeking his first winning record with Miami.

Oxford Aquatic Center to feature ‘Finding Dory’ screening

Watch a movie while relaxing in a pool at the Oxford Aquatic Center’s Dive-In Movie, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., this Saturday, Aug. 31.

As part of the center’s end of the summer celebration, the movie, “Finding Dory” will play on a screen while the audience lounges and floats in the pool.

General admission fees are $7 for adults, 18 years or older; $5 for youth 2-17 years.

Vernon McIntyre’s Bluegrass celebrates reopening

Bluegrass guru and local music legend, Vernon McIntyre’s Famous Old Time Music Company is making a return to the Oxford area this Saturday, when he reopens his shop at 1196 Ross Millville Road.

McIntyre was forced to close his doors in 2013 due to some financial hardships, but now after six years he is finally ready and able to return the store to its full glory.

The store has everything you could ask for in a bluegrass shop. It has new and vintage instruments, accessories, lessons, repairs, and appraisals, and due to popular demand, there will also be electronic instruments and accessories.

The grand opening will begin at noon and will have many activities for visitors to partake in including door prize drawings for free instruments, a signup sheet to choose what instrument you want to try in a free lesson, special discounts to celebrate the grand opening, snacks, music, and a special concert by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mayor Kate reflects as term nears its end

The Oxford Mayor took on her position four years ago and will become an Oxford Township trustee. With term limits, she can not run for re-election on city council. Her fellow councilors will miss her familiar presence and playfulness.

Candidates face off for a seat on the Talawanda Board of Education

Seven candidates compete for three spots on the school board with plans to improve and maintain Talawanda schools.
One is an incumbent and another previously served. They will face five other area residents in the Nov. 5 election.

Oxford City Council urges Ohio to pass ‘red flag’ weapons law

The councilors recommend that the state legislature enact a law that allows a temporary seizure of guns if a threat is perceived. The governor proposed such gun restriction law after a shooting killed 10 in Dayton, Ohio. 

Move-in weekend for Miami students makes an impact in Oxford

It is officially that time of year again when students move back to campus. The largest freshman class in the history of Miami will help fill up Oxford’s hotels, restaurants and streets and help spur the local economy.

Crocodile intimidates children at camp during
their creek adventures in nearby Preble County

A seven-and-a-half-foot-long crocodile was a rare discovery during “creek stomping” in West Alexandria. Ohio Department of National Resources responded and shot the animal. It is assumed that the crocodile was an exotic pet and out grew its original home.

Rec Center offers single-day camps when Talawanda is closed

This is the first time single-day camps will be offered at the Rec after 20 years of summer day camps. The new program is meant to help working parents who need some child care help on Talawanda schools off days.
Friday, August 16, 2019

New Cluster Development Proposal Aims to Attract Young Professionals and Empty-Nesters to Oxford

The development is a subdivision of single family houses on at the west end of Roberts Drive. The Oxford Planning Commission granted its approval of the development as it will now move to city council.
Back To School

Talawanda Students Venture into
New Classrooms With New School Year

Two Kramer Elementary School students are excited for the new changes that come with third and fourth grade. School started Tuesday.
One ninth grader joins the eighth grade in the classroom with the expectation that next year more students will attend.

Reily Township Trustee Faces Opponent in November Election

Nick Schwab, Reily Township trustee, will campaign as usual despite Amanda Tuertscher entering the race. Unlike this race, many candidates in local townships run unopposed in the upcoming election.

Wild Berry Adds a Retail Store, Expands Inventory
of Incense Products at its Factory Location on US 27

Wild Berry has opened a store at its Wild Berry Factory that allows them to add more items for sale. The incense factory opened in 1996 and has expanded to include Internet sales to businesses all over the globe.

Taco Trailer Arrives on Oxford Food Scene

Theresa Martinez, a Middletown resident, spends her days driving around Ohio selling her food and beverages. Momma T's Tacos and Things sells at Miami Preserve on Saturdays and hopes to sell at Miami home football game tailgates.

News Briefs

The Oxford Community Foundation Names New Executive Director

The Oxford Community Foundation has announced the hiring of Betsy Hope as the new executive director of the philanthropic organization.

Hope had been serving as executive director of the Middletown Arts Center and previously served as vice president of the Hamilton Community Foundation, and president and CEO of the Fairfield Community Foundation.

The Oxford Community Foundation manages assets of more than $7 million and has provided more than $3 million in grants and scholarships to various individuals and organizations in the greater Oxford community and Talawanda School District. The Oxford Observer has been among the foundation’s beneficiaries.

As executive director, Hope will work with the non-profit foundation’s board of directors and its committees to provide leadership, communications, financial stewardship and fundraising leadership for the organization.

Hope succeeds Leah Flynn, who resigned in May to take another position.

Amateur Skaters Head to Goggin Ice Center for Lessons

Are you looking to learn how to skate? The Goggin Ice Center will be having its first session of fall group lessons from 6:15 p.m to 7 p.m. every Wednesday starting August 21st until September 25th.

Classes are available for all ages and will go on for six weeks. The classes follow the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. Participants earn certificates after the final test over the six-week period.

The registration fee is $90 which includes skates. Registration can be completed online.

Enjoy Oxford Arranges Weekly Tuesday Night Pub Run

Enjoy Oxford is hosting a free Pub Run every Tuesday night beginning this coming Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Participants should meet at 5:30 p.m., at Books & Brews, 107 E. Church St., and the walk/ run will begin at 5:45 p.m. First-time participants will need to register. The program has two courses, a one-mile course and a three-mile course.

After completing the course, which also ends at Books & Brews, participants can enjoy food and beverage specials. If a participant completes 10 walks/ runs as a part of the Pub Run series, they will receive a free pub run T-shirt. For more information visit the Enjoy Oxford website.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Brings a Classic to the Stage in Oxford

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is performingA Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Uptown Oxford Memorial Park Pavilion. The performance is free.
In case of rain, the performance will take place at the same time in the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave. For more information visit the Enjoy Oxford website.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Facebook Post Leads to Calls for Resignation of Local State Representative

Ohio's House District Representative, Candice Keller, took to Facebook to post the reasons she believes mass shootings are occurring including “homosexual marriage” and “violent video games.” Although many are calling for her resignation, Mike DeWine looks to create a plan on the topic of gun violence.

Two New Candidates File Paperwork for Oxford City Council Race

The fall election for city council will have five candidates, including two residents who filed prior to the deadline this week. Three positions will be on the ballot this November.

Talawanda Mattress Sale Supports High School Band Equipment and Uniforms for the Upcoming Year

Talawanda Band Boosters decides to take some stress off the school budget by hosting a mattress sale for the five types of bands the school has to offer. The fundraiser will give consumers a discount on mattresses and supply students with new instruments, uniforms and more.

New School Year Brings Insight From Talawanda Superintendent

Superintendent Ed Theroux has one year of experience at Talawanda and is ready to be even more effective. After dealing with many changes last year, Theroux said he hopes to improve even more and work his strategic plan for the school.

The Story Behind a Poem
Tempts Readers to Memorize the Words

Dave Lucas suggests that every poet dreams of their poems making it to the level that others might be able to recite them. He explains that knowing a poem is being able to speak it out loud and join in with the company the poem brings.

Ohio's Poet

Annexation of Vacant Land
Changes Speed Limit Near Pool

After the opening of the community pool, pedestrians traffic increased which increased the concern of the speed limit in the area. With the annexation of the new land, crosswalks and the speed limit will be controlled by the Oxford Community Park. 

News Briefs

Red Brick Reunion Porsche Car Show Revs Up the Engines in Oxford

Car lovers won’t want to miss the 6th Annual Red Brick Reunion Porsche Car Show in Oxford’s Uptown Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 and running all day.

Porsches of all types will be on display along High Street. There will be sponsored booths, detailing demonstrations, car club booths, door prizes, street swag and a live band.

The event is free and the entrance to the event will be at the intersection of Main Street and High Street.

Oxford Community Arts Center Presents Finale of Monday Musicale Series

Harvey Thurmer, violin professor at Miami University, and Allan Mahas, an award-winning pianist from Brazil, will perform from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the ballroom of Oxford Community Arts Center located at 10 S. College Ave., Oxford.

This will be the final presentation of the center’s Monday Musicale series of classical music concerts that have been running every Monday since July 22.

Maureen Hickey, an intern for the center, said this series of free concerts is a great way to get musicians from around the tri state-region to become well known to the Oxford arts community. The series is supported by the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

Plein Air Painters of Oxford Invites Painters to Informal Paint Sessions

Paint Out—Plein Air Painters of Oxford, will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Details on where the group will meet and getting on the group’s reminder list, are available by contacting Debra Bowles at Debra@Artistry Farm.com.

If this all sounds a bit vague, that’s because it is meant to be. Plein Air Painters of Oxford is informal group with no board, no officers and no regular meetings, other than these Tuesday morning painting sessions every week during the year except in January and July. The members decide where they will gather to paint each week.

According to the group’s link on the Oxford Community Arts Center’s website, “En Plein Air or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French meaning “open (in full) air,” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.” The idea is that the painters reproduce the visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

The group is open to any interested painter.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Three Candidates Declare for Three Seats on Oxford City Council That Are on the Ballot in Fall Election

Meet the three city council representatives running in the November. The prospective candidates look forward to election day.

Oxford Democratic Debate Watch Party Connects Residents on Important Issues for the Next Election

After the debate Wednesday and Thursday night, Oxford residents shared with attendees their thoughts on the candidates. Residents want to rally together on important issues and work together to find the best candidate.

Plans Announced to Add Median Strip and Reconfigure Crosswalks on High Street in Summer 2020 to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Renovations to roads are already being completed this summer while Miami students are on break. However, next summer High Street will be closed to through traffic for the addition of a median and sidewalks.