Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Oxford community adjusts to virus by going virtual

Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.
COVID-19 has sparked changes to the Oxford community. From parks to the area’s workforce and schools, significant modifications have been made to promote social distancing and help mitigate the pandemic. As a result, community engagement has gone virtual.


Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Students leaving early hurts local businesses

Miami University closing amid the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected Oxford’s economy. Many local businesses are declining due to a lack of demand provided by students who left before the semester was over.
                                                        The city is looking to assist these small businesses and attract customers.

Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Kids come together to raise money for charity

Several local elementary schoolers have begun making and selling crafts to the community in an effort to raise money for charity. Titled “The Bunny Group,” the students came up with the idea on their own in the hopes of helping other kids.

Voters should request Ohio primary ballots through mail

The Ohio Legislature made the decision to eliminate in-person voting for the Ohio primary election. Ballots must be requested until April 25. Ballots must be postmarked by Monday April 27.

Students going home poses new challenge for census in Oxford

In the wake of COVID-19, many students left campus and returned to their hometowns. Meanwhile, this year’s federal census is underway. Local organizations are adapting to new challenges to account for students.

Local school board goes virtual after passage of new Ohio law

As the state of Ohio implements new requirements for the way that people do their jobs and conduct business, schools continue to adjust to the changes. That includes Talawanda, which recently made the decision to hold Board of Education meetings live online in order to keep board members and community members safe.

News Briefs

Miami University helps flatten the curve of COVID-19

By social distancing, Americans are helping flatten the curve of COVID-19 by lessening the number of individuals who come into contact with others. The CDC recommends to clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces throughout the day to fight against the virus. Highly touched surfaces include door knobs, tables, chairs, light switches, laptops, phones, remote controls, sinks and toilets.

If a person is ill, it is recommended to routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom, and to allow someone else to clean the common areas outside of those designated rooms. Most household disinfectants are safe to use during this time.

The CDC recommends using gloves while cleaning and to reuse the gloves only for cleaning. Surfaces should be cleaned free of dirt before using disinfectant. The EPA has released a list of disinfectants that will help to kill COVID-19. A bleach solution can also be prepared by using 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Alcohol based wipes are recommended for electronics with at least 70% of alcohol for disinfection. Use gloves when handling a sick person’s laundry and be sure not to shake the laundry when handling.

The best preventative measure to combat the virus is to continue frequent handwashing and to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. It is recommended to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, preparing or eating food, after contact with animals and before providing routine care for someone.

Johns Hopkins Medicine states it is not necessary to wear a mask if a person does not have a respiratory illness. People with the virus on their hands can also still touch their face even if they wear a mask. It is not advised to stock up on masks and it is recommended to donate N95 masks to hospitals who take care of respiratory illness patients.

Miami University donated personal protection equipment to health care facilities. The university labs donated 125,000 gloves and 750 goggles. Art studios were able to collect 196 N95 respirators. Research and innovation were able to gather 3,130 surgical masks, 1,100 surgical caps, 782 goggles and 216 N95 respirators.


Some recreational activities still available during the quarantine

Though Oxford residents, along with the rest of Ohio, are currently hunkered down at home due to the stay-at-home order instated by Gov. Mike DeWine, options remain open to pass the time around the Oxford area.

According to the order, heading outside to get some fresh air is permissible, as long as social distancing is followed. Most parks around the state remain open while playgrounds have been closed down to contain the spread of the virus.

Activities that are available in the Oxford area include the following:

Hueston Woods State Park: All trails, forests and nature parks remain open. For a map of trails to check out, click here.

Oxford Area Trails: Routes including the covered bridge, the bluffs by Peffer Park and much more are all free and open to the public. For more information on the Oxford area trails, click here.

Oxford Community Park: Though the playsets are closed, paths, baseball fields and soccer fields at Oxford Community Park are open.

While most of the city is shut down to curb the spread of COVID-19, family groups are still permitted to walk the Oxford Area Trails and paths in Oxford Community Park. Walkers must remain at least six feet apart unless they are in family groups like this one. Photo by Susan Coffin.


For more information regarding recreational opportunities for Oxford residents during quarantine, go to the Oxford Parks and Recreation website.

Community organizations support residents during the quarantine

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to keep Oxford residents at home, community organizations are finding new ways to support those in need in safe ways.

Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services, or TOPSS, has made a few changes to its services to support social distancing. Rather than the choice model that allowed customers to shop for themselves at the pantry, volunteers are shopping for customers and bringing them out to the customers or delivering food to them in their homes to respect social distancing.

TOPSS serves more than 100 families per week.  The center is asking for personal items and food donations. These can be delivered to the pantry, 400 W. Withrow St.,  from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. If anyone in the community wishes to volunteer to pack boxes, sort donations or make deliveries, they can email Director Ann Fuehrer at director@topss.org.

For elderly members of the community, Oxford Seniors’ Meals on Wheels program is continuing deliveries of a week’s worth of frozen meals to its current patrons. Oxford Seniors is extending its services to any older Oxford adult in need. Due to the scope of the recent closures, normal eligibility rules have been relaxed.

Beyond groceries, Oxford Seniors also offers prescription pick-up and delivery, as well as other essential item deliveries. For those who can shop for themselves, but need assistance with transportation, volunteer drivers are able to pick up one resident, or a couple living together, to take them to Kroger during its senior shopping hours Monday through Thursday. Most volunteer vehicles are wheelchair accessible. For these volunteer driver services, the program is asking residents to schedule in advance by calling the senior center, or 513-523-1717.

The Meals on Wheels program is also thinking ahead. Should their new normal delivery routine be interrupted, the volunteer staff recently created boxes of ingredients that can be used to make up to 14 lunches if needed.

Both community organizations have seen an increase in donations since the start of this crisis and encourage donations to be made directly or through St. Mary's BackPack Program.


Lane Library has Teen Writing Contest during the isolation

Lane Library is offering online activities and contests to cure the cabin fever many people may be feeling during this time of isolation.

From now until April 30, the library will be accepting the short story and poetry entries from teens ages 12 to 18, as a part of its Teen Writing Contest. Entries will be separated into two categories, ages 12 to 14 and 15 to 18. The entries must be typed, double spaced and sent as a pdf, Google document, or Word document in an email attachment. There is a limit to one poem or short story per person, and an entry cannot exceed 2,000 words or five pages, according to the Library website. The work must be original and not previously published. Prizes will be awarded to each age category.

  • First Prize: $25 Amazon gift card
  • Second Prize: $15 Amazon gift card
  • Third Prize: $10 Amazon gift card

Submissions must be emailed as an attachment to teenswrite@lanepl.org. Participants should receive a “thank-you” email within 48 hours of their submission. Participants can contact Celeste Swanson (c.swanson@lanepl.org) with any questions or concerns.

An awards ceremony is planned for 6 p.m. May 16, at the Hamilton Lane Public Library.

Some transportation services to stop during online class period

The Annex apartment complex, 1562 Magnolia Dr., which caters to Miami University students, sent out an email letting residents know it has canceled shuttle service between the complex and the campus through the summer.

"In trying times, doing the right thing is often the hardest but this will not only limit the opportunity of exposure to you as our residents, but our drivers as well," the Scion Group, owner of the apartments, said in the message. "The overall well-being of everyone must be the priority." The Scion Group is the group that owns the complex.  

Shuttle service will recommence in the fall when in-class lectures begin. The full fall schedule will be released in late July, according to the message.

The Lime scooters, which are used by many in Oxford, will be winding down and pausing services in all markets except for South Korea. "Lime continues to closely monitor developments around the world and remains in coordination with health and regulatory authorities in more than 25 countries," CEO Brad Bao said on the company website.

Lime said it has enhanced its cleaning methods and increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting its scooters. It is distributing hand sanitizer in all its offices and warehouses and all mechanics and operators in the field are required to wear gloves and wash their hands regularly, the site said.

Some transportation services remain in operation.

Executive Transportation, a limousine operator that provides service to Oxford, remains open for business. "We are here for you and open for business," president Tammy Bravo said. "During this time, we know many of you have concerns. Your health and safety is our top priority, and we are following strict cleaning procedures for your protection."

The Uber website states that "a company that moves people is asking you to not move." They encourage their customers to stop moving.  They are also pledging 10 million free rides and deliveries of food for frontline healthcare workers, seniors and people in need around the world.

Their website provides information for drivers and delivery people. These include cleaning supplies for your car, "Leave at door" delivery, supporting public health authorities, etc.



LaRosa’s Buddy Card sales to benefit its employees

LaRosa’s Family Pizzerias announced a new program Friday that will provide financial relief to its employees during the coronavirus pandemic while offering a promotion to its customers.

LaRosa’s, founded by Buddy LaRosa in 1954, has 65 pizzerias throughout Greater Cincinnati, including one in Oxford. Like all other restaurants in Ohio, LaRosa’s dining rooms and bars have been closed since mid-March, under the state order banning group gatherings in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. LaRosa’s continues to fill carryout and delivery orders, but about 4,000 of its employees have been affected by the dining room closures, according to a company press release.

The new program is selling $10 LaRosa gift cards, known as “Buddy Cards,” with 100% of the proceeds going to the affected workers. The LaRosa family started the relief fund with a $100,000 donation and will match the customer purchases of the card up to $250,000, according to the press release

The cards may be purchased at a LaRosa’s or online.

“This is just the right thing to do,” Michael LaRosa, CEO of LaRosa’s, Inc., said in the release.  “We are going to get through this together and that means all of us helping in any way we can.”

The Buddy Card is a popular promotion that has helped hundreds of groups and organizations to raise funds who have sold them over the past nearly 30 years. It features 14 ‘buy-one large pizza and get a large cheese pizza free’ offers for pick up and dining in, and is valid for a year.

Now until LaRosa’s dining rooms open again, customers can use any active Buddy Card -- newly purchased or one that is months old -- just like they usually do. LaRosa’s will not deduct any other offers from the Buddy Card, the company said.

Local yoga business holds online exercises during pandemic

While everyone is cooped up because of coronavirus restrictions limiting group gatherings, Root Yoga, 22 W. Park Place, Oxford, offers a way to exercise and relieve stress from home. The studio hosts daily live yoga sessions on its Facebook page, all of which are free and available to anyone.

Root’s instructors are volunteering their time to teach these online classes. However, the Root website lists several ways patrons can donate to maintain studio expenses while it remains shut down. The classes range from 45 to 60 minutes, and the class schedule is available on the website.

Root was founded in 2015, and has 1,200 followers on its Facebook page. Wednesday’s free, online session attracted 200 views, according to the company.

Friday, March 20th, 2020
CORONAVIRUS
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Oxford hospital has first positive test of Covid-19

                                                                      McCullough-Hyde Hospital has had its first case of novel coronavirus. Ohio                                                                       Governor, Mike DeWine, is taking unprecedented action to help control the                                                                        spread, including postponing Ohio's primary election and closing bars and                                                                        restaurants.

Oxford officials adjust services due to coronavirus outbreak

Oxford city council is taking serious precautions to protect themselves and Oxford residents during the coronavirus health crisis. Tuesday will be the last day for Oxford city officials to meet in person. For the time being, all council meetings will be held online for the public to view. The Oxford Fire Department and Police Department are also taking serious precautions for safety reasons. All public events have been canceled through April 6.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Talawanda Schools helps children with food insecurity get food

While school is no longer in session due to coronavirus safety precautions, Talawanda School District is providing meal kits for children in the Oxford community. Its Summer Harvest Program began earlier this week. Meals on                                                                                     Wheels will also continue to service its recipients.

Oxford businesses suffer financially from sudden closures

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has modified many regulations to help deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Any location with the possibility of having over 10 people inside has shut down. In Oxford, where many affected locations are small businesses, owners are beginning to wonder if they will be able to recover or if the shutdown will force them out of business permanently.

Local churches live-stream services amid health crisis

Local houses of worship have canceled weekly meetings due to COVID-19. However, religious congregations remain active in the Oxford community. They have modified the traditional church model by sending out cards, making phone calls and holding small prayer services.

International students face tough choices: Stay or go home

When Miami University gave students a five day notice to move out of dorms or apply to stay, international students were faced with a tough choice. Uncertainty surrounds both options. Students do not know when they will return to Oxford if they leave, but if they stay they do not know when they will next return home, either.
Letter to Community

Miami faculty denounces rhetoric by president: Viruses know no borders

Miami University's Global and Intercultural Studies Department has written a letter to students and the community addressing and denouncing President Trump's rhetoric toward the novel coronavirus.

Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Pandemic changes primary election date

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine pushed the state primary election back from March 17 to June 2, to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Eric Corbin, deputy director of the Butler County Board of Elections, believes the later date may lower voter counts. Others think county results may change due to students being absent from Oxford.




News Briefs

Oxford Observer takes one week off for spring break

The Oxford Observer is taking a one-week break starting March 23, the week of Miami University’s spring break. 

The Observer’s news staff consists of Miami students, so while they are on a break, we will be also.

We will return with our regular weekly posting on Friday, April 3. In the meantime, keep sending your comments, press releases and news tips to Oxfordobservereditor@gmail.com.



Walmart and Kroger adjust hours during coronavirus pandemic

The supermarkets that provide basic staples and medicines to shoppers in Oxford and around the country are altering operations as people seek to stock up paper products, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer as concerns over the coronavirus pandemic intensifies.

Residents have been crowding supermarkets to buy groceries amid fears of a spreading epidemic and shortages after President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13.

Kroger and Walmart are struggling to keep up with the demand for paper products and cleaning supplies. Both chains, which have stores in Oxford, began implementing purchase limits on key products and adjusting their operating hours on Thursday, March 19. The adjusted operating hours will give employees time to restock the shelves and sanitize the stores every evening, according to the company websites.

Walmart’s US stores’ daily hours now are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Every Tuesday, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping experience for customers aged 60 and older, from March 24 to April 28. This will begin one hour before the store opens.

Due to high demand, Walmart is limiting purchases of cases of water, toilet paper, disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to one of each item at a time.

Kroger’s new daily hours are 7 a.m. to 9.p.m. and the store will provide extra hand sanitizer at cashier stations and food service counters. Residents can buy up to three paper products and cleaning supplies per order in Kroger.

“We believe that everyone deserves to have access to fresh, affordable food and essentials, especially in times of uncertainty. That’s why our teams are working so hard to keep our stores clean, open and stocked,” according to Kroger’s official website.

City Council makes parking free for the foreseeable future

Oxford City Council approved a resolution Tuesday to make Uptown parking free for the foreseeable future. This is an effort to encourage Oxford residents to visit the restaurants remaining open for take out and delivery services throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

The two hour time limit will still be enforced during this period, therefore Uptown employees are encouraged to park on side streets to leave the free spots open for potential customers. Council members said they hope this will help support the local businesses during the governor-decreed shutdown.

 Parking will be free at Uptown meters during the coronavirus emergency. Observer file photo


The ongoing trial of “smart” meters and parking-payment kiosks located in several spots Uptown also will be held in abeyance while the free parking is in effect, according to the city administration.

Census postpones field operations, city encourages online reporting

The U.S. Census Bureau has postponed its 2020 field operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension, as of now, is going to last two weeks. The Census Bureau is going to spend the two weeks searching for ways to protect workers from the possibility of being exposed to the virus as they interact with the public in an attempt to get a complete count of the population.  

In the meantime, the public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Residents also can respond by phone or mail.

In late May, census workers around the nation are scheduled to begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count.

At Tuesday’s Oxford City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Bill Snavely made a plea for all Oxford residents to fill out the forms online or send them in by mail. A complete count is important to a town such as Oxford, he noted, because various federal funds are distributed to local communities based on population figures. 

“I did it and took about 10 minutes,” Snavely said of the online form. He also noted that the faster you turn in your household’s form, the more money it saves the Census Bureau. If you turn it in soon enough, “nobody has to come to your door,” Snavely said.  

The Census officially kicked off last week, and as of the morning of March 18, more than 11 million households had responded, across the country. Invitations to participate in the census will continue to go out to households that have not yet responded.


Miami Preserve offers housing for displaced students

Miami Preserve, a student apartment complex located at 271 Reagan Place, is having an immediate move-in special for students displaced from on-campus housing, according to a notice posted on the Miami Preserve website.

For the remainder of March, housing at Miami Preserve is free. April and May rent will be $400 each month, and June and July rent will be $200 each month. Free parking also will be provided for immediate move-ins. Residents will also be able to keep their apartment for the upcoming academic year, if desired, according to the promotion.

Heavy rain causes partial Bonham Road closure

High water caused by heavy rain prompted the closing of Bonham Road between Shadowy Hills Drive and Leonard G. Howell Park about 7 a.m. Friday, according to Oxford Police.

Police issued a warning that drivers should pay attention to barricades in flooded areas and not attempt to drive through standing water on roads or parking lots. More rain is predicted throughout the coming week, according to the National Weather Service, and flooding in low lying areas is a possibility.

Friday, March 13th, 2020
CORONAVIRUS

Virus impacts schools by moving classes online;
Four COVID-19 cases now positive in SW Ohio

The impact of the coronavirus on life in Oxford continues to evolve almost hourly. Four cases were confirmed Friday morning in nearby West Chester. Residents find themselves adapting to online-learning and the cancelation or postponement of most major events. Some of the latest news: Miami announced Friday its classes will remain online for the rest of the spring semester and Lane Library will close until April 6.
a fact box with all information about how local area is impacted by the coronavirus.

Coronavirus puts an end to local, national sports seasons

Miami University’s men’s basketball team will not get a chance to play in the Mid-American Conference Championship due to coronavirus concerns. Sports organizations like the NCAA, NBA and MLB have either postponed or canceled all athletic events.

Board of Elections changes Election Day procedures due to virus

Due to the spread of COVID-19 Virus, Election procedures for the Ohio Primary will be adjusted to maximize safety. The election will be Tuesday, March 17 and voting booths will contain hand sanitizer along with other cleaning supplies to limit the spread of germs.  Some polling stations in Butler  County also have been changed to move them away from retirement centers. The latest to ask for an absentee ballot is noon Saturday.

Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

54th annual Maple Syrup Festival cut short at Hueston Woods State Park due to state-wide order

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the second weekend of the 54th annual Maple Syrup Festival at Hueston Woods State Park has been canceled. Ohio has announced that gatherings with more than 100 people are prohibited. Last week, participants were able to hike the park and learn about the production of maple syrup from tree sap.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Elementary school lunch program provides girls with female mentorship and career exposure

Miami University professor, Erin Beckloff, shares the letterpress community with young girls. Her student organization, “She Became,” is aimed at building female confidence and providing mentorship. She aims to give girls insights into a variety of career opportunities.

Entities combine efforts to educate students about 2020 census

The 2020 census officially begins April 1, but flyers have already started being sent to homes. Local changes to how the census is collected is intended to make it easier for students to be counted. One of the largest changes will be in how on-campus Miami students will be counted.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Miami extends Martin's contract by five years

Chuck Martin, Miami's head football coach, has signed a five-year contract extension, ensuring him his position through 2025. The contract renewal is expected, following the RedHawk's MAC Championship and bowl-eligibility during the 2019 season. With a salary of $550,000, Martin will continue to be Miami's highest paid employee.

News Briefs

Police arrest three for stealing packages from homes

Oxford Police arrested three suspects in a string of package thefts on the north side of the city. 

In all, 11 packages were stolen in a three-day period that resulted in more than $1,600 worth of missing goods. Two 17-year-old juveniles and one adult, Jace Griffin, 18, were arrested on March 3 for these thefts, according to police reports.

After a video of one of the thefts was posted on Facebook, the mother of one of the juveniles called police to report that she recognized her truck, driven by her son, in the video. After confronting her son, she said he admitted to stealing the packages with his friends.

Originally, the thefts began as an extension of the juveniles’ game of “ding door ditch,” before they recruited Jace to drive their car, according to police reports.

After stealing the packages, the boys kept some for themselves, destroyed some packages and threw others out their car windows or in a dumpster at Hawks Landing Apartments. The stolen goods ranged from Kendra Scott jewelry, to a stuffed animal pig, to ice filter cartridges.

All three suspects were cited on theft charges. In its weekly Weekend Update posted on Facebook, Oxford police praised the mother of the one juvenile for calling the police and urging her son to do the right thing and tell the story. 

Miami University Art Museum remains open despite coronavirus concerns

Despite the suspension of all in-person classes at Miami University because of the COVID-19 virus, the Miami University Art Museum announced Thursday it will remain open and operational. Normal gallery hours will continue. However, the museum will be closed on Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28, due to spring break.

In addition, the museum has added hand sanitizer in the lobby and is continuing “frequent cleaning and sanitization practices” throughout the rest of the museum.

More information about the art museum’s plans for COVID-19 prevention can be found here.


Oxford Seniors shows documentary about climate change

Oxford Seniors offer a free showing of “The Human Element,” a 2018 documentary about the effects of climate change on everyday life, 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, at Oxford Senior Center, 922 Tollgate Dr., Oxford.

The event is sponsored by Green Energy Ohio (GEO) and the Oxford Seniors Ecology Club. 

For more information, call Oxford Seniors at (513)-523-8100. 

 


City starts collecting yard waste weekly through November

During the months of March through November, Oxford residents can dispose of their brush, branches and other yard waste by tying it in bundles with natural fiber cord or twine and leaving it at the curb on trash collection days.

The yard waste bundles should be no longer than three feet and weigh no more than 50 pounds each, according to city guidelines. Residents are asked to limit their yard waste to no more than six such bundles per week, and to set them apart from regular trash for pickup.

Grass clippings are not accepted through the yard waste program. Rumpke Waste Removal will accept bagged grass clippings along with regular trash. 

To have your waste picked up make sure it is not bundled into trash bags and avoid wire and or plastic ties. If you do not have these specifications, your trash will not be picked up. 

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
special report

Coronavirus causes abrupt changes to life in Oxford

Although no local residents have tested positive for thecoronavirus, Oxford and Butler County are feeling the impact of it on everydaylife. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has said all K-12 schools must close for threeweeks. On Wednesday, Ohio ordered Miami and all other state universities to convert all classes to online presentations and Talawanda Schools areplanning to start remote learning  next Wednesday. Oxford will provideresidents with an update on the city's response in a video conference at 11a.m. Friday. The primary election Tuesday also will have some new pollinglocations as Butler County moves away from using senior citizens centers aspolling places.
Friday, March 6th, 2020
CORONAVIRUS

Oxford prepares for health emergency as cases rise

Miami University extended restrictions on university-related travel to South Korea, Italy and Iran, advising staff to refer to CDC guidelines. Talawanda will institute a flexible attendance policy to allow sick students to stay home. Thorough hand washing is recommended to avoid the illness.
It is recommended to first wet your hands with running water, apply soap and lather for 20 seconds on all surfaces including the back of her hands, wrists, fingers and between your fingers. That is approximately the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Rinse well and turn off running water with your arm. Video by Emma Hendy

Students lose study abroad program due to spread of virus

A study abroad program in South Korea was canceled due to the coronavirus. Two Miami University students were participating in the program, and now the university no longer sponsors the trip. The director of communications at Miami stated that it is up to the university to fix the problem, but both students still fear the cancelation will negatively affect their education.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Council honors Kyger for 30 years of service

March 5 is now considered “Alan Kyger Day” in Oxford. The economic development director and former mayor was honored for his 30 years of service to the city. He was first elected to city council in 1987 and has served Oxford since. Current Oxford Mayor Mike Smith proclaimed the local holiday.

Good Samaritan policy helps MUPD gain national recognition

The Miami University Police Department ranked ninth of top 25 campus police departments, according to the National Campus Safety Summit. The Good Samaritan policy, which allows students to get help for others without getting in trouble for violating alcohol policies, led to the department’s nomination.
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American-Iranian journalist shares with Oxford harrowing experience of time in Iranian prison

Jason Rezaian, an American-Iranian journalist who was imprisoned in Iran for espionage, came to Oxford to speak about his new book and what he learned from his                                                                                     experience. He met with students from the Media, Journalism, and Film (MJF)                                                                                     department, followed by a standing-room-only public Q & A.
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Miami football players flex skills for pro scouts

On Monday, scouts from NFL teams watched Miami University players workout. Samuel Sloman, Miami’s kicker, is considered one of the top kicker prospects in the country. Sloman remains optimistic that he has an opportunity to make it into the league, even though kickers are rarely drafted.

News Briefs

Time to spring forward with Daylight Savings this Sunday

This Sunday, March 8, marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time for 2020. With a spring forward, on Sunday morning at 2 a.m., all clocks should be set forward to 3 a.m.

This change means that the sunrise and sunset will be one hour later Sunday than on Saturday. This time will stay in place until Nov. 1, when the clock will "fall back" to Eastern Standard Time.


Oxford sporting events March 6-12

Sports in Oxford this week

The Miami RedHawks:

March 6:

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Men), Carbondale, Illinois

Baseball vs Milwaukee, Oxford, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Ohio, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Hockey at Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 7 p.m

March 7:

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Men), Carbondale, Illinois

Hockey at Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 7 p.m.

Golf vs Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, Scottsdale, Arizona

Softball vs Eastern Illinois vs. Green Bay, Oxford, Ohio, 12 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Ohio, Athens, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Baseball vs Milwaukee (Game 1), Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Softball vs Eastern Illinois, Oxford, Ohio, 2:30 p.m.

Soccer at Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Softball vs Green Bay, Oxford, Ohio, 5 p.m.

Baseball vs Milwaukee (Game 2), Oxford, Ohio 

March 8:

Golf vs Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, Scottsdale, Arizona

Softball vs Eastern Illinois vs. Green Bay, Oxford, Ohio, 10 a.m.

Softball vs Green Bay, Oxford, Ohio, 12:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Milwaukee, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Softball vs Eastern Illinois, Oxford, Ohio, 3 p.m.

Tennis at Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, 5 p.m.

March 9:

Men's Basketball vs TBA First Round, MAC Tournament

Women's Basketball vs TBA First Round, MAC Tournament

March 10:

Baseball at Wright State, Dayton, Ohio, 3 p.m.

Softball at Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, 4 p.m.

March 12:

Swimming and Diving vs Zone Diving Championships, NCAA Zone Diving Championships, Lexington, Kentucky

Baseball vs Penn State, Oxford, Ohio, 6 p.m.

The Talawanda Brave:

March 7:

Varsity Wrestling, at District Tournament

Comedy show with trained dogs comes to Hall Auditorium

“Mutts Gone Nuts,” a comedy performance involving trained dogs, is showing at Miami’s Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave., 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. 

Dogs do tricks in “Mutts Gone Nuts.” Photo from Miami University

The family-friendly show includes Frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, “magic dogs,” and Sammie, a dog that the show claims can talk. The canine cabaret’s nine dogs were all adopted from shelters and rescues.

Tickets for the event are available at the Miami Box Office’s website, or by phone at 513-529-3200. Adult tickets are available for $15; senior tickets are $14; and youth/student tickets are $10.

Police chief clears up misconception about local storm-warning system

Monday’s deadly tornadoes in Tennessee prompted Oxford Police Chief, John Jones, to deliver a reminder at Tuesday’s city council meeting about how the local storm-warning system works.

“A common misconception here in Oxford that we seem to get is that the weather sirens are going to warn people for a tornado,” Jones said. The sirens are activated through the Butler County Sheriff’s office in Hamilton for tornado warnings when there have been confirmed tornado sightings. “They are not meant to wake you up at night in your home,” Jones said.

The Tennessee tornadoes struck in the middle of the night when most people were asleep. Sirens had gone off, but many did not hear them. Authorities in Tennessee said Thursday that at least 25 deaths attributable to the storm had been confirmed.

Jones suggested people invest in a weather alert radio or a weather alert app for their cell phones, both of which can be put on a bedside table when you are asleep and would be more likely to rouse you than an outdoor siren.

Jones also suggested people develop a storm safety plan so they know what to do if they do hear an alert. Generally, that means going to a basement. “Do some pre-planning. Find out if your apartment has a basement or other areas where you can shelter,” he said. He also warned people living in mobile homes that they should get out of the homes and shelter elsewhere, such as a nearby basement or in another solid building.

The Butler County warning sirens are tested at noon on the first Wednesday of every month, but Jones explained that the sirens can have some discrepancies. While folks in Hamilton may see a funnel cloud and sound the siren, it could be sunny and nice in Oxford at the same time. Oxford police can trigger the warning if funnel clouds were sighted here that were not visible in Hamilton, he said.

In any case, the chief warned, if you hear the sirens, seek shelter immediately.

State park plans 54th annual Maple Syrup Festival

Hueston Woods State Park holds its 54th annual Maple Syrup Festival during the first two weekends in March -- Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, and again Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15.

Participants will have a chance to hike through the "Big Woods," have the chance to make their own maple syrup, exhibits about reptiles, foxes and birds.

The highlight of each day is the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hueston Woods Lodge, 5201 Lodge Road. It is $5.50 for children under 10 and $7.50 for adults.

Hayrides and nature tours run each day from noon. to 4 p.m. at the Hueston Woods Beach. Nature Center Exhibits will be shown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park’s nature center.

League of Women Voters host public meeting about upcoming census

The League of Women Voters of Oxford will host a public meeting to explain the upcoming federal census at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Oxford Presbyterian Church Seminary, 104 E. Church St.

At this meeting, the city of Oxford, as well as Miami University officials, will discuss the steps they are taking to ensure they receive a complete count of residents. Additionally, they will discuss how this census will spend $600 billion in funding. This will also determine how many seats Ohio has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

During the last few weeks of March, census packets will be mailed to each U.S. residence describing how to respond: online, phone or mail. From March 3 to April 1, census workers will go to shelters and food kitchens to count people experiencing homelessness. Official census kickoff is April 1, and at this point, every household should respond to the census within the following 30 days. Census workers will visit on-campus residence halls, senior centers and other group settings to obtain accurate counts. The workers will begin visiting any household that hasn't responded throughout the course of May to July.

"It is critically important that every person who resides in the U.S. be counted so that dollars and House seats may be properly apportioned," said Kathleen Brinkman, communications director of the League of Women Voters in Oxford.

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Party officials work to get out vote for Ohio primary

Ohio voters will decide the fate of candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Senate District 4, Ohio House of Representatives District 53, and Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals. Seven Democrat candidates vie for the presidential ballot as Trump runs unopposed as Republican. Local Democratic PACs and College Democrats withhold endorsements until after primary.
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Harriet Tubman one-woman play visits Oxford

The Oxford Community Arts Center hosted a children’s play about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Monday, Feb. 24. The play tells the story of Tubman’s life through song, soliloquy and storytelling. The show is presented by the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  
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Sharefest returns to Oxford for the 16th year

The event, in which students donate furniture and food they no longer need as they leave campus, is set for the middle of May. This year, Sharefest will accept furniture, appliances, houseware and clothing along with nonperishable food items. Donations will benefit the needy in Butler County and food pantries in the greater Cincinnati area. 

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Police officer embraces her unpredictable job

Oxford Police Lt. Officer Lara Fening is the public information officer for the department who created the “Weekend Update'' postings on Facebook. She has spent 24 years with the Oxford Police Department, which has given her many problem solving skills. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2018 for saving the life of a driver in a burning SUV.

Myaamia Center works to preserve the indigenous language

The very grounds that Oxford is built on once belonged to the Myaamia tribe. The Myaamia Center continues its efforts to preserve the tribe's language.  Kara Strass, director of tribe relations for Miami offers "Love and Honor" in this video.
Video and story by Paige Scott

News Briefs

School board gives thumbs up to Talawanda superintendent

The Talawanda school board unanimously approved a new three year contract for Superintendent Ed Theroux Monday night.

The new contract begins Aug. 1, and will pay Theroux $125,766 per year, said Holli Morrish, director of communications for the school district.

Ed Theroux. Submitted by Talawanda Schools


Theroux started at Talawanda in 2018. Since then, he has overseen and taken on many issues and debates such as a mascot change, an elimination of pay-to-play, an implementation of new safety measures and he now is advocating for reform with legislation regarding public school funding and evaluation.

“He is also a courageous person, willing to take on the advocacy work needed in this time to fight for the best for our students,” said Morrish, Talawanda’s director of communication. “I admire him for taking on the tough issues we face.”

Teen Card Gaming Club to host tournaments Saturday

Teens aged 12-18 are invited to join the Teen Card Gaming Club at the Oxford Lane Library, 441 South Locust St., from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29.

The free event will host tournaments using library game cards for Magic the Gathering and Pokemon. Participants also are welcome to bring their own card games to the tournament.

The leap day tournament will include chances for participants to win prizes as the club concludes its winter season.




Weekly Oxford sports roundup

The Miami RedHawks:

Feb. 28:

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Women), Buffalo, New York

Synchronized Skating, US Synchronized Skating Championships, Providence, Rhode Island

Cross Country Track at MAC Indoor Championships, Akron, Ohio

Softball vs Iowa, THE Spring Games, Madeira Beach, Florida, 4 p.m.

Baseball at UAB, Birmingham, Alabama, 5 p.m.

Softball vs Florida Atlantic, THE Spring Games, Madeira Beach, Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Hockey vs Omaha, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

Feb. 29:

Cross Country Track at MAC Indoor Championships, Akron, Ohio

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Women), Buffalo, New York

Synchronized Skating, US Synchronized Skating Championships, Providence, Rhode Island

Tennis vs Winthrop, Huntington, West Virginia, 1 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Akron, Oxford, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Softball vs South Alabama, THE Spring Games, Madeira Beach, Florida, 1:30 p.m.

Baseball at UAB, Birmingham, Alabama, 2 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Softball vs Middle Tennessee, THE Spring Games, Madeira Beach, Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Hockey vs Omaha, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

March 1:

Tennis at Marshall, Huntington, West Virginia, 11 a.m.

Softball vs Florida Gulf Coast, THE Spring Games, Madeira Beach, Florida, 11:30 a.m.

Baseball at UAB, Birmingham, Alabama, 2 p.m.

March 2:

Golf vs Colleton River Collegiate, Bluffton, South Carolina

March 3:

Golf vs Colleton River Collegiate, Bluffton, South Carolina

Baseball vs Wright State, Oxford, Ohio, 6 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 7 p.m.

March 4:

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Men), Carbondale, Illinois

Women's Basketball vs Bowling Green, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

March 5:

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Men), Carbondale, Illinois


The Talawanda Brave:

Feb. 29:

Wrestling, Sectionals Tournament, Lakota East High School

Hockey vs. Upper Arlington, OHSAA District Tournament, Columbus, Ohio


The Miami Makos:

Feb. 28-Mar. 1:

Ohio Senior Circuit Meet, Miami University Recreation Center, Oxford, Ohio

Oxford police arrests two underage students

The Oxford police station is not the best place to take your date after a night out, as two teens  learned early this past Sunday.

At 2:49 a.m. Feb. 23, the city police dispatcher summoned officers to investigate voices she heard coming from an exterior stairwell just outside the dispatch office in the police station at 101 E. High St. Police found Stefan Petrovic, 19 and Gianna Evans, 18, in the stairwell, which leads to a lower level entry into the building.

The two were asked to show IDs, and were each found with fake IDs. Petrovic had two fake IDs, one from Michigan and one from Ohio. Petrovic’s real ID stated that he is from Illinois.  Police then asked Petrovic what they were doing in the stairwell, and he told them they were kissing. Police smelled an odor of alcohol on Petrovic, and confirmed via dispatch that both the Michigan and Ohio IDs Petrovic had were fake.

Evans presented police with an ID from Pennsylvania under the name Allison Gardner, and a debit card with her actual name. Police asked Evans where she was from, and she replied with Cleveland, Ohio. This, along with the name, did not match the ID. Evans told police she was visiting a friend, and went to school at Cleveland State University. Police then told her that she was at the police station and then began asking her questions to identify.

They asked her for her date of birth and she responded with Jan. 30, 2019, which would have made her 13 months old. On further questioning, she told them that the friend she was visiting lived in the dormitory with the stairwell where she and Petrovic had been kissing.

According to the police report, she then said the ID she had presented did not belong to her, and that the name on the ID was the person she came with and that they were the same age. Dispatch confirmed that the ID she gave to police was a fake, and her real date of birth was Aug. 13, 2001.

Police informed Evans and Petrovic they were at the police station, not a dormitory, and everything was captured on a security camera. They both stated that nothing happened, and Evans again claimed that her friend lived in the building where they were. They were both told, again that they were at the Oxford Police Station, blocks away from any Miami University dorms.

Petrovic and Evans both were both arrested and issued summons for disorderly conduct and underage drinking. They were then taken by police back to the dorm where Petrovic lives and the dorm where Evans’ friend actually lives, and were released into the custody of friends.

North side of Oxford experiences porch pirates

Porch pirates have stolen packages from residences on the north side of Oxford in recent days, according to the Oxford Police Department.

Police reported Thursday they have three suspects in the case, but had not yet filed charges against anyone and the thefts remained under investigation. 

Several Oxford residents have caught images of the people stealing their packages with systems like the Ring doorbell, according to police.

Rachel Kevdzija, a senior at Miami University, had her and her roommates’ packages opened in their apartment lobby earlier this month. Normally packages are left inside the front door of the building in a small lobby watched with cameras, but the cameras were broken at the time of the theft. Kevdzija's package, a class textbook, was opened and left alone. Her roommate's package, a jacket, was opened and the item was stolen. The stolen property was eventually found in a suitcase left behind their apartment building on High Street.

OPD requests that any resident has packages missing or believes their packages were stolen contact Detective Shelly Sikora at 513-524-5290.


Formerly imprisoned Iranian-American reporter to visit, speak in Oxford

Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter imprisoned in Iran for 544 days before being released in 2016, visits Oxford next week for several Q & A sessions about his journalistic work and his imprisonment.

Before his arrest, Rezaian was a Post reporter in Tehran covering elections and negotiations. He and his wife were detained in July 2014 and remained in Evin prison until January 2016.

Rezaian will speak to Miami University students at 3 p.m. Tues., March 3, in 141 Hughes Hall. He will also speak about his book, “Prisoner,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Lane Library, 441 S Locust St.

Friday, February 21st, 2020
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The Makos swim team is making moves

The Miami Makos swim team has some of the best young swimmers in the nation. Standout athletes include Anna Gregg and Maren Peterson, who both rank in the top 100 nationally for multiple events. Coach Chris McKinney attributes the young swimmers' success to their dedication.
mental health

Social media users can help police prevent potential suicides

Last Sunday, Oxford Police responded to an attempted suicide in College Corner. The anonymous call was made by a Facebook user who noticed a concerning post. The local incident has garnered attention for social media awareness.

Resources for people struggling with mental health or suicide

For those struggling with mental health, hotlines, websites and counseling services are available. Those who may be contemplating suicide or battling mental health issues can find a list of resources here.
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Dunkin' Donuts also partners with Beyond Meat

Dunkin’ Donuts released a plant-based sausage sandwich for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. This release is in response to a national demand for meal alternatives that are diet-friendly and sustainable.

Oxford Community Arts Center displays Mustang in light show

The artistic use of light enhanced this colorful rendition of a Ford Mustang that only seemed to be driving through the spectrum this past week. The Mustang was displayed in front of the Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S. College Ave. The car was one of several “light” exhibits on display in the center’s second annual "Ox Wow Light It Up" show, that began Feb. 14 and ends Friday, Feb. 21. Video by David Wells
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After four years in Oxford, Miami basketball player finds himself longing for family, Serbia

Milos Jovic and his father are from Serbia, but they are both living far from home to be a part of the game they love-- basketball. Jovic plays for the RedHawks while his dad coaches in China. Even from thousands of miles away, the two find ways to stay connected.

Enjoy Oxford refocuses efforts to promote events to locals

Enjoy Oxford is redirecting its focus from offering guidance to promoting local events. The organization's most recent event, Conquering Cabin Fever, was a smashing success according to Executive Director Kim Daggy. Enjoy Oxford recently revamped its website, which can be viewed here.
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Local woman dies after crash into garbage truck

The first fatal crash in Oxford Township since 2018 involves a car driven by a woman from College Corner and a Rumpke garbage truck. The accident happened at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on Stillwell-Beckett Road. Police reports that glare from the sun might have played a role in the crash. The 50-year-old woman's car ran into the back of the truck, which was stopped to pick up trash.

News Briefs

Miami professor speaks about people of color's impact on history

Yvette Harris, of Miami University’s Psychology Department, will speak on the impact of people of color on American History at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Oxford Seniors’ Great Room, 22 Tollgate Drive, Oxford.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Yvette Harris will speak at Oxford Seniors event. Photo provided by Oxford Seniors

Oxford Seniors’ mission is “Dedicated to Serving Senior Adults and Strengthening

Community,” has sponsored a public event during African-American History month since 2009 to promote inclusion and diversity. 

The evening includes social time to encourage personal interaction. Light refreshments will be served.

One-woman show portrays Harriet Tubman’s life

The Miami University Performing Arts Series presents “Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground,” 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave. 

The free event will retell the story of Harriet Tubman’s historic role in smuggling slaves out of bondage on the Underground Railroad during the mid-1800s.

The one-woman performance, starring Cincinnati actress Brandi Langford-Sherrill, will be audience interactive as attendees follow Tubman’s story.

Upcoming Oxford athletic games

Feb. 21:

Softball vs UNLV, UTC Tournament, Chattanooga, Tennessee, noon.

Softball vs UNLV, UTC Tournament, Chattanooga, Tennessee 2 p.m.

Baseball vs Purdue Fort Wayne, Oxford, Ohio 3 p.m.

Tennis vs Xavier, The Club at Harper's Point - Cincinnati 7 p.m.

Hockey at #7/7 Denver, Denver 9 p.m.


Feb. 22:

Cross Country Track at Alex Wilson Invitational, South Bend, Indiana 

Softball vs Saint Francis, UTC Tournament, Chattanooga, Tennessee 12 p.m.

Softball vs Southern Illinois - Edwardsville, UTC Tournament, Chattanooga, Tennessee 4 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Kent State, Kent, Ohio, 1 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Akron, Akron, Ohio 4 p.m.

Baseball vs Purdue Fort Wayne, Oxford, Ohio 4 p.m.

Tennis vs Western Kentucky, Hamilton, Ohio 4 p.m.

Hockey at #7/7 Denver, Denver 9:07 p.m.


Feb. 23:

Softball vs Saint Louis, UTC Tournament, Chattanooga, Tennessee 9 a.m.

Baseball vs Purdue Fort Wayne, Oxford, Ohio 1 p.m.

Soccer vs Dayton, Oxford, Ohio 3 p.m.


Feb. 25:

Baseball at Dayton, Dayton, Ohio 3 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Kent State, Kent, Ohio 7 p.m.


Feb. 26:

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Women), Buffalo, New York

Women's Basketball at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 7 p.m.


Feb. 27:

Swimming and Diving vs Mid-American Conference, MAC Championships (Women), Buffalo, New York

Men's Basketball vs Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio 7 p.m.


Talawanda Brave:


Feb. 22:

Wrestling at SWOC Championship, Ross High School 9 a.m.

Oxford Community Arts Center to debut new musical

The Oxford Community Arts Center will kick off “Bingo, The Winning Musical,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21.

The show follows a group of bingo players who are hyper-focused on winning its weekly games. The show promises stories of love, friendship and competition along the way. The musical will be performed Feb. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and March 1.

Tickets are $16.74 each and can be purchased at the door, at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., or by calling the Box Office at 513-523-6228.

City grants Oxford Farmers Market temporary permit to sell wine

Once again, you will be able to taste samples of wine this year at the Oxford Farmers Market.

Oxford City Council approved a temporary permit allowing the Hanover Winery to provide sipping samples of its wine in their booth at the market, and to allow the sale of sealed bottles of wine for consumption elsewhere. The temporary permit is needed and was granted last year because the winery does not have a regular liquor license to sell wine at the market. State law allows cities to grant such temporary permits to registered farmers markets, said Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director.

“We’re very fortunate to have a registered, award-winning, local farmers market,” Kyger said. 

Hanover Winery will distribute samples of 0.25 ounces, with a maximum of four samples per person, and the only consumption of wine will occur under its tent. Customers must be 21 and older to sip the samples. 

The Oxford Farmers Market, located just north of Memorial Park in uptown Oxford, is open from 10 a.m. to noon every third Saturday of the month during its winter season, which lasts through April. The next Oxford Farmers Market will be Saturday, Feb. 22. 

Correction

A story in the Observer posted on Feb. 7 gave an incorrect year for when Oxford became a city. The community was first laid out in 1810 and achieved city status in 1971.


Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Forgotten building on South Elm Street to become space for innovation startups

Miami University and the City of Oxford vote to turn an old building into a magnet for investment and promotion of the  arts. The goal for the "creativity hub" is to pave the way for rural communities across America to focus on the arts and innovators in their communities.

Doctoral student puts a unique spin on sustainability

Schwab Family Farm

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.


Biology doctoral student, Jesse McQuigg, puts a unique spin on fibers and sustainable living by donating her wool creations to charity and reducing waste and pollution by only eating locally grown food products. By sourcing various types of wool, McQuigg talks about her passion for spinning and weaving as she tends to her one acre garden and chickens. Photos and story by Lexi Scherzinger.

Miami job fair to connect students to local, national careers

Miami University hosted a job and internship fair Wednesday, Feb. 12. The goal of the fair is to give students the chance to talk to potential employers. Local, national and even international businesses set up shop to speak to students. But, even with over 250 businesses present, some students outside the business school felt their prospective fields were not represented.
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Local Rose Challenge provides masks for China

The Chinese Information Association, a Miami student organization, is celebrating Valentine's Day in a unique way this year -- by sending medical masks to China. The student organization is selling roses to raise the funds needed to purchase the surgical respirator face masks, which are designed to prevent the spread of diseases like coronavirus.

National Weather Service to host local Skywarn Spotter training

Local Butler County residents will be given the opportunity to join the weather watcher program. Trainees will learn how to report hazardous weather conditions and protect their communities.

Local schools deal with impeachment and acquittal in classes

President Trump's impeachment and acquittal have impacted all Americans, youth included. Both high schools and colleges are trying to provide a healthy environment for students to discuss the nation's polarized political state.

News Briefs

Miami University women’s basketball program supports women with cancer

The Miami women’s basketball team once again is supporting Luna Cares, a non-profit that helps women with cancer, with proceeds from the team’s 1 p.m. home game against Ohio University. 

Over the last five years, Miami has raised over $120,000 for Luna Cares. Game proceeds include purchasing Miami apparel items, participating in the silent auction at the game, or contributing to the wellness baskets at the game for newly diagnosed patients.

The contributions to Luna Cares is part of Miami’s Love.Honor.Care Initiative. Miami President Greg Crawford and Renate Crawford thanked employees for their work at Miami by giving away free tickets to university employees and their families for the One Miami Weekend basketball and hockey games Feb. 14-15. 

Miami hockey will play Western Michigan 7:05 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. The men’s basketball team will play Northern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15, following the women’s game against Ohio.


Oxford Community Arts Center opens new exhibit

The Oxford Community Arts Center opens its new exhibit called Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Local Reflections of a Global Issue Friday, Feb. 14 to inspire discussion on climate change. The exhibit runs through March 1.

Mother Nature seemed to weep in this painting from a Talawanda Middle School eighth-grade class that was part of last year’s Changing Climate art show at the Oxford Community Arts Center. Oxford Observer file photo


The center hopes the showcase will inspire reflection, questions and interpretations of climate change into the daily life of communities. The pieces displayed represent the analysis and experiences of artists who have felt the impacts of climate change.

The exhibit’s opening night reception will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., as part of the Second Friday Celebration of the Arts, at the center, 10 S. College Ave. 

Nutrition Author and alumni Karman Meyer returning to Oxford

Karman Meyer, author of “Eat to Sleep,” will be giving an in-store talk, food demonstration and tasting at Moon Co-op, 512-519 S. Locust St. in Oxford on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m.  

Meyer is a registered dietician/nutritionist and an alumnus of Miami University. Meyer’s book, “Eat to Sleep,” provides information on natural solutions for getting a better night’s sleep. The book also highlights foods that will provide you with better sleep, gives recipes, provides a food and sleep log, nutrition advice and information on the relationship between food and sleep. The book is on sale at Moon co-op.

The event is free for all. For more information contact Moon Co-op at 513-280-5020.

Oxford sports for the coming week

Miami RedHawks:

Feb. 14

Swimming and Diving at Louisville Invitational, Louisville, Kentucky

Cross Country Track at USA Track and Field National Championships, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cross Country Track at Grand Valley State Big Meet, Allendale, Michigan

Synchronized Skating Tri-State Championship (Collegiate), Mentor, Ohio

Hockey vs Western Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

Baseball at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15

Swimming and Diving at Louisville Invitational, Louisville, Kentucky

Cross Country Track at USA Track & Field National Championships, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cross Country Track at Grand Valley State Big Meet, Allendale, Michigan

Women's Basketball vs Ohio, Oxford, Ohio, 1:00 p.m.

Baseball at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, 3:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs Northern Illinois, Oxford, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Tennis at Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 5:30 p.m.

Hockey vs Western Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

Feb. 16

Golf vs Michigan State, Bluffton, South Carolina

Baseball at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, 1:00 p.m.

Talawanda Brave:

Feb. 14

Boys Basketball at Ross, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19

Bowling, tournament at Colerain Bowl

Feb. 20

Bowling, tournament at Colerain Bowl



Pianist to perform recital at Oxford Community Arts Center

Miami University Assistant Professor of Piano, Frank Huang, will perform a selection of contemporary and classical works in a recital, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave. 

Huang has performed at esteemed venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Żelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), the Holland Music Sessions and St. Martin in the Fields (U.K.).

 Previously, Huang has played with the Peru National Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra. He also collaborates with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in recitals.

 Before teaching at Miami, he was a faculty member at the College of Wooster and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 His Sunday concert is free and open to the public. It will include a wide range of works, including romantic and contemporary styles as well as compositions by Schubert, Meitner, Rzewski, Messiaen and Beethoven.


Pedestrian gets in police car, interrupting a routine traffic stop

A routine police traffic stop was interrupted early Saturday when a pedestrian, having had too much to drink, hopped into the back seat of the police car.

According to the Oxford Police report, Officer Matt Wagers had pulled up alongside the pedestrian, Nicholas Pieseski, 20, who he had seen walking south on Oxford Reily Road near the intersection of West Chestnut Street, using his cell phone as a flashlight. According to the report, Wagers was questioning Pieseski because he seemed lost and confused.

Just then another vehicle ran a stop sign at the nearby intersection. Wagers stopped talking to Pieseski and sped after the car, pulling it over a short distance away. The officer called for backup to deal with Pieseski. While Wagers was out of his cruiser dealing with the pulled-over driver, Pieseski walked up the road from where he had been left, opened the door and got into the back seat of Wager’s parked police car.

Officer Adam Price arrived at the scene, observed that Pieseski appeared glassy-eyed and smelled of alcohol, the report said. When asked for identification, Pieseski provided one ID and then another. One set belonged to him, and the other to his older brother, according to the report.

Pieseski was able to tell police his Oxford address but was unable to say exactly where he was in Oxford at that moment. Police cited him for disorderly conduct and underage drinking and drove him to his home on West Central Avenue.

Rumpke garbage truck crash leads to OVI charge

A garbage truck going the wrong way down a one-way alley led to an operating a vehicle under the influence charge against the driver of another vehicle, according to Oxford Police. 

It all started at 2:53 a.m. Saturday when police responded to a call from a Rumpke driver, that he had scraped the back of a car that had been backing out of a parking place in the alley between North Beech Street and West Park Place. 

The truck had been traveling eastbound through the alley, which is one-way westbound, according to police. 

But upon arriving, Officer Mark Ledermeier noticed that the driver of the 2016 Mazda SUV, Michael P. Moore, 26, appeared to be intoxicated. Ledermeier had trouble performing field sobriety tests and was taken to the police station where a breathalyzer determined his blood alcohol content was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit, according to the police report.

Moore, whose address was listed on the report as Powell, Ohio, was charged with Operating Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs and his license was suspended. The Rumpke driver was cited as well.

Local offices and local schools will be closed for President's Day

Monday, February 17 is President’s Day, a national holiday which, depending on what state you live in, honors George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, some combination of those three, or all people who have held office. In Ohio it is known as President’s Day, but some states refer to it as Presidents’ Day. 

In honor of the holiday, all Oxford city offices will be closed on Monday, as will most banks, the United States Postal Service and state and county offices. Talawanda Schools, which are closed today, stretches the holiday into a four-day weekend by also being closed on Monday. 

Miami University will not be closed on Monday, and Rumpke will pick up trash and recycling in Oxford on its regular schedule.


Friday, February 7th, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

City Council votes to eliminate polystyrene usage

The Oxford City Council voted to eliminate the  use of polystyrene items over the next two years. Polystyrene  breaks into small pieces after its use and that can harm animals and pollute waterways. Miami and many chain restaurants have already stopped using the material, which goes by the brand name Styrofoam.

RecycleMania returns to campus for an eight-week period

Miami University has joined in a national recycling competition named RecycleMania to help people have an opportunity to recycle. The University will also join the event Race to Zero Waste and improve people’s recycling awareness.

Council discusses sustainability, economy and housing at retreat

City Council members and department heads hosted their annual retreat earlier this week. Time was spent reviewing the goals from 2019, but the main focus was how to make a difference in 2020, like improving sustainability and affordable housing.
CORONAVIRUS

Miami still concerned about virus despite negative tests

CDC test results confirm the two isolated Miami students did not have the coronavirus. The university continues to support about 25 students who have been unable to leave China. Oxford community leaders condemn racial discrimination associated with the virus.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Global and local fears cancel Chinese New Year festivities

Local pastors speak out in solidarity with international students, who are feeling the effects of the public's fear and anxiety about the coronavirus.
Schwab Family Farm

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve. Check out our story and details on each photo here.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Oxford evolves from wooded area to a college town

The city of Oxford has changed a lot over the years. Before all the famous landmarks we have today, it was mostly uninhabited woods. By 1830, Oxford claimed 700 residents, but it didn’t become a city until 1960. Even today, the city continues to grow and evolve.

Obituary
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Miami literature professor helped set up study center in Europe

John R. Romano came to Miami University in 1961 and taught English at Miami for 30 years. He was part of the team to set up the European Study Center, the predecessor to today’s John E. Dolibois European Center. By his family, he is remembered as a great storyteller and contributor to arts programs on WMUB.  He died at age 88.

News Briefs

Police charge Somerville man after domestic disturbance 

A domestic disturbance in an Oxford apartment complex led to assault and abduction charges against a Somerville man.

Jack Stapleton, 50, remained in the Butler County Jail Thursday night.

Jack Stapleton is facing assault, abduction and menacing charges. Photo provided by the Butler County Sheriff Department

The incident began Friday, Jan. 31, when Oxford Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at the Parkview Arms apartments, 5032 College Corner Pike. Upon arrival, the police encountered Carla Harvey, 45, who had a noticeable eye injury and a torn pant leg. Harvey told police that Stapleton was barricaded in apartment 35, with weapons, and was holding Kristen Gabbard, 38, in there with him.

According to the Oxford Police report, Harvey said she had been in her apartment with Gabbard when Stapleton entered and started fighting with her. A neighbor, Maya Thompson, had come to the door and managed to talk Stapleton into letting Harvey and her son out of the apartment. Thompson then called the police.

After multiple attempts by police to talk Stapleton into giving up, the front door opened and Gabbard was allowed to leave but Stapleton stayed inside. Gabbard and Harvey said he had told them he would kill them and their families if they tried to call for help.

Eventually, Stapleton went to a window in another part of the apartment and officers were able to enter through the front door and subdue him, according to the report.

He was charged with two counts of abduction, two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of assault. Butler County Jail records indicate he also is being held without bond for a parole violation for an unspecified offense that occurred in Preble County.



Miami men’s and women’s basketball teams face MAC opponents

Both Miami men’s and women’s basketball battled Mid-American foes this week, with the women picking up a 70-67 win against Bowling Green Monday and a 92-83 win Wednesday against Toledo. The men dropped to 9-13 on the season after a tight loss to Western Michigan Tuesday.

Despite a career-high 20 points from freshman Dae Dae Grant and a 10-0 Miami run to open the game, the Broncos weathered every storm the RedHawks threw their way as they battled their way to a 64-60 victory.

With a chance to tie the contest with under 30 seconds to play, Grant missed a free throw, allowing Western Michigan to secure its third MAC win of the season.

The women, on the other hand, pulled out a nail-biter Monday at home thanks to Lauren Dickerson, who eclipsed 2,000 total points in her college career with 21 points on the night. Dickerson is only the second player in program history to score more than 2,000 points in her career. She also had seven assists Monday. 

Though the Falcons fought with the RedHawks all night, Miami held on to the lead for the final two minutes of the contest, shooting 66% from the free-throw line to keep the game out of Bowling Green’s reach.

Dickerson played a large role once again Wednesday, scoring 23 points in Miami’s win over Toledo. Freshman Peyton Scott led the team in scoring with 28 points, while Savannah Kluesner went for 21 points in the high-scoring game.

The women’s team will take on Central Michigan Saturday at home while the men will travel to Athens to face Ohio.

Local sports in action for this week

Miami RedHawks:

Feb. 7:

Track at Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Indiana.

Softball vs Evansville, Rosemont, Illinois, 1:30 p.m.

Softball vs Loyola University Chicago, Rosemont, Illinois, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 8:

Track at Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Indiana.

Softball vs Western Illinois, Rosemont, Illinois, 1:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Central Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Ohio, Athens, Ohio, 3:30 p.m.

Softball vs IUPUI, Rosemont, Illinois, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 9:

Softball vs Omaha, Rosemont Tournament, Rosemont, Illinois, 11 a.m.

Feb. 11:

Men's Basketball at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Feb. 12:

Women's Basketball at Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois, 7 p.m.

Talawanda Brave:

Feb. 7:

Boys basketball at Northwest High School, 7:30 p.m.

Hockey at Moeller, Northlands Ice Center, 6 p.m.

Feb. 8:

Boys basketball at William Henry Harrison High School, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball at William Henry Harrison High School, 6 p.m.

Feb. 9:

Bowling, tournament, Northwest Lanes, 9 a.m.

Feb. 10:

Bowling v. Middletown, Eastgate Lanes, 4 p.m.

Feb. 11:

Boys basketball at Eaton High School, 7:30 p.m.

Montessori school hosts 11th annual trivia night

McGuffey Montessori School hosts its 11th annual trivia night, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Oxford Community Arts Center on 10 S. College Ave. A silent auction will also be held among the competition for family and friends.

Teams of eight should be formed to compete among those who are 21 or older. If a participant is not able to find a team, they will be placed on a team after purchasing their ticket. Ticket prices are $30 per person. All proceeds benefit the McGuffey Montessori School.

Teams are asked to bring a “picnic” dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., while beer and wine will be sold at the event. Coffee and dessert will be complimentary. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the most creative theme for its table. Themes in the past year have included Chinese New Year and Lumberjacks. Child care will be offered from 5:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. at the school. Students and non-McGuffey students 5-years-old and up will be watched. Visit the school’s website for tickets.


Celebrate Valentine's Day with Oxford arts center

The Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., will host Second Friday, a celebration of the arts, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14.

The free event, sponsored by The Elms Hotel, will include live music, art exhibitions, open third floor studios and an art shop. The music is sponsored by Jack and Sally Southard.

For more information, contact the Oxford Community Arts Center at info@oxarts.org or call 513-524-8506.


Ohio governor to speak at spring graduation

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will be the commencement speaker at Miami University’s spring graduation ceremony, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Yager Stadium, Miami President Gregory Crawford announced Wednesday.

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine, a 1969 Miami graduate, was elected to be Ohio’s 70th governor in 2018. He previously served as Ohio attorney general, U.S. senator, lieutenant governor and as congressman from Ohio’s seventh District.

DeWine’s wife, Frances, is also a Miami graduate. The couple has eight children, four of whom are Miami graduates, and four grandchildren attending Miami, according to the university.


Friday, January 31st, 2020
Coronavirus

Miami students in isolation, a small part of world crisis

With two students presenting flu-like symptoms, the coronavirus frenzy has made its way to Oxford. While awaiting results from the CDC, Miami officials are stressing frequent hand washing and good hygiene. The virus, which started in Wuhan, China, has almost 10,000 confirmed cases worldwide.

Letter to the editor: Oxford faith community stands with international students

Local pastors speak out in solidarity with international students, who are feeling the effects of the public's fear and anxiety about the coronavirus.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Talawanda’s band program wants to be heard

Talawanda’s band program spoke to the school board about its marching band, concert band, recruitment of new members and funding. The band is working on ways to boost the visibility of the band by offering an event similar to athletics signing day.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Talawanda Schools updates tobacco policies

New policies were introduced at Talawanda’s Board of Education meeting involving tobacco use. These policies would prohibit the possession or use of any tobacco or e-cigarette product on school grounds by both students and faculty as well as administrators.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Man drives stolen vehicle to police station 

When 37-year-old William Hixson arrived at the Oxford Police Station in the early hours of Thursday, Jan. 23, a concerned officer invited him to McDonald’s to grab a bite to eat before a friend picked him up. However, instead of ending the night with burgers and fries, Hixson wound up with criminal charges relating to the possession of stolen property after officers discovered the car that he was using had been reported stolen.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Miami Art Museum hosts three new exhibits

Miami’s Art Museum and Sculpture Park opened three new exhibits  Tuesday, Jan. 28 called the Myaamia Ribbonwork, Circling ‘Round, and Desire Conflict & Exchange. The showcase will be shown through Saturday, June 13. The admission is free and the art museum, located at 801 South Patterson Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

New city regulation will limit where flyers can be tossed at homes

A new city ordinance will go into effect early next month, banning unsolicited flyers from being tossed in local resident’s yards. City Manager Doug Elliot said only the placement, not the distribution of materials will be affected. Organizations will have to distribute flyers specifically to the doors of residents or within mailboxes.

News Briefs

Marshall Elementary reconstruction approved to begin

After months of renegotiating prices, the Talawanda Board of Education is signaling to contractors that the Marshall Elementary School reconstruction project is approved to begin.

Marshall, 3260 Oxford Millville Road, will be the last school in the district to be renovated. The estimated 42,000-square-foot building will include three classrooms for each grade level and improvements such as air conditioning and upgraded computers. Students will remain in the existing building as the construction occurs adjacent to it.

Charlie Jahnigen, vice president of SHP Leading Design, and Ben Posey, project manager at Robertson Construction, presented an update of the project’s price estimate to the board  Monday, saying that they had eliminated nearly $500,000 in costs by re-examining bid packages. The bids from more than 20 subcontractors were accepted on Nov. 21.

The next step is for Jahnigen and Posey to notify subcontractors that the construction will proceed, and the prices will be locked in. Construction is scheduled to begin on March 2, south of the existing gym, which will be renovated, and running east to west in relation to Oxford Millville Road. 

RedHawks weekly sports roundup

Here are the RedHawks sporting events for the week of Jan. 31 - Feb. 6:

Jan. 31

Track and Field, Indiana Relays at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Synchronized Skating (Senior Team), French Cup in Rouen, France

Tennis, 5 p.m. at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

Men’s Ice Hockey, 8:07 p.m. at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Feb. 1

Track and Field, Indiana Relays at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Synchronized Skating (Senior Team), French Cup in Rouen, France

Men’s Ice Hockey, 7:07 p.m at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Synchronized Skating (Collegiate) vs. Synchro Illinois in Oak Lawn, Illinois

Swimming and Diving vs. Xavier University, 1 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio

Women's Basketball vs. Bowling Green, 2 p.m. at Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Men's Basketball vs. Northern Illinois, 4 p.m. at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois

Feb. 3

Women's Basketball vs. Western Michigan, 7 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio

Feb. 4

Men's Basketball vs. Western Michigan, 7 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio

Feb. 5

Women's Basketball vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio

Professor reinstated after AAUP contests firing over hallucinogenic plant

Due to an alleged violation of the university’s drug-free workplace policy, Miami Conservatory director, Dan Gladish, and anthropology professor, John Cinnamon, were terminated last April, according to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The Conservatory on Miami’s Hamilton campus was home to an iboga plant before a botany student discovered the plant’s potential hallucinogenic properties. Following this discovery, the student shared with a university employee that she was growing her own at home with the intent to use it for such purposes. After hearing the student’s agenda, Catherine Bishop-Clark, dean of Miami’s regional campuses, notified Miami University Police Department (MUPD). As a result, the student was suspended by the university and MUPD confiscated the plant, but chose not to press criminal charges against Gladish or the student. 

After the termination of Gladish and Cinnamon, who originally gave the conservatory the iboga seeds, the Conservatory manager Brian Grubb was also forced to resign. After this decision was made, the Miami chapter of the AAUP petitioned the school to reverse the decision. 

Gladish has since been reinstated, however the Miami AAUP chapter is still awaiting the results of Cinnamon’s case.

Friends of the Oxford Lane Library to hold monthly book sale

The Friends of the Oxford Lane Library have its monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the library, 441 S. Locust Ave.

The sale includes fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and specialty items, all at bargain prices.

Proceeds from the sale support various programs at the library.

Friday, January 24th, 2020
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Larger recycling bins become available
to Oxford residents starting this month

City residents can request larger 65-gallon recycling carts at no additional cost. The bigger bins with lids will allow residents to recycle more and keep recyclables from spilling out into the streets. The city sent out fliers to residents eligible and the bins will start appearing on city streets soon.

Oxford stresses importance of counting students for 2020 census

2020 is not only a presidential election year, but a census year, too. Oxford City Council members are notifying all citizens, especially students, to respond to the mailings that will soon be sent out by the Census Bureau. Those interested can also find employment opportunities collecting census data.

Miami's entrepreneurship program ranks high nationally

The entrepreneurship program was ranked in the Princeton Review among the Best 50 Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurs. The major has quadrupled in students within the past four years. Miami is the only program in the nation to incorporate Startup Weekend into its curriculum to encourage students to create change. Miami entrepreneurs have taken leadership positions such as the CEO of Chipotle, Credit Karma and Uber.
Schwab Family Farm

Miami architecture faculty to help preserve bridge

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Black Covered Bridge was built to give farmers easy access to local saw and grist mills. Check out our story here. Photo by Halie Barger

Miami architecture faculty to help preserve bridge

The roof of the Black Covered Bridge was designed to keep rain and snow from rotting away the wooden structure. Photo by David Wells

Miami architecture faculty to help preserve bridge

The bridge is an historical landmark. Now closed to motorized vehicles, it is part of the Oxford Area Trails System for hikers and cyclers. Photo by David Wells

Miami architecture faculty to help preserve bridge

The Black Covered Bridge originally was a single span, but the mid-stream support seen here was later added when the bridge started to sag. Photo by David Wells

Miami architecture faculty to help preserve bridge

Many of the structural timbers on the bridge are a foot thick and more than 12 feet long. Photo by David Wells

Miami architecture faculty to help preserve bridge

The Austin-Magie farmhouse, across Morning Sun Road from the bridge, was one of the most successful hog farms in the area. The house is part of the grant project being done by the Miami University Department of Agriculture. Photo by Halie Barger

Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Faith-based fitness group celebrates anniversary

When Miami gerontology major, Josie Rader, started combining her workouts with her love of Christ, she did not expect it to grow into a successful business. Now, seven years later, Rader and her Faith & Fitness program provide free exercise classes to seven locations statewide. 

News Briefs

Police department will purchase new utility vehicles

Oxford will buy three 2020 Ford Interceptor Utility Vehicles for the police department.

The city council agreed at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21 to a contract with Lebanon Ford to buy the vehicles. Police Chief John Jones said the budget for the three vehicles is $141,000—$96,834 for the basic purchase and the rest for special police upgrades that will be installed.

Jones said the new vehicles will replace three models from 2008.

Miami Rec Center offers free fitness classes

The Miami Rec Center will host its Group FIT Free Week next week. Between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2, all group fitness classes at the Rec Center and at the Chestnut Fieldhouse are free for the public without prior registration.

Class times are listed online and the fitness department recommends attendees arrive 20 minutes early to secure a spot in the class.  


Local experts to host Owl Prowl Night

Naturalists will lead an Owl Prowl Night Hike through Butler County’s Indian Creek Metro Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.

The tramp starts at the Mayer Picnic Shelter, 6500 Springfield Road, Oxford. Owls often hunt at night and experts from Hueston Woods State Park will lead the way through the woods, demonstrating how to call the owls in from the forest.

Participants are urged to dress for the weather. The event is free, but space is limited, so interested persons are asked to register by calling the park at (513) 867-5835, Ext. 302.

City council adopts new family pass for aquatic center

Oxford City Council has changed the 2020 season pass fees of the Oxford Aquatic Center, altering the description of who is eligible for family passes to include up to four people living together in a household at a common address.

Four-person households are defined in the ordinance has having one, but not more than two adults 18 or older. All children on a household pass must also have a parent or guardian listed on the pass.  

The new ordinance changes an earlier directive that said season passes would be available for individuals only. That resulted in more than 100 online complaints from people saying the individual-only passes made the rates too costly for larger families and did not reflect diverse household structures, said Casey Wooddell, director of the department of parks and recreation. 

The cost of a household passes are $210 for Oxford residents and $231 for non-residents. Additional adults, ages 18 to 59, will be $100 each for Oxford residents and $110 each for non-residents. Additional children, ages 2 to 17, will be $80 each for Oxford residents and $88 each for non-residents. Additional seniors, ages 60 and older, will be $80 each for Oxford residents and $88 each for non-residents. Additional children under 2- years-old will be free, according to the new ordinance. 

Council adopted the new rates Tuesday, Jan. 21. Several councilmembers said they had been thanked by members of the public for revising the rates.

City Manager Douglas Elliott said the season passes make up about 30% of fees collected by the aquatic center, with the rest coming from day-passes. 


Miami Little League has signups for T-ball, baseball and softball

It’s never too early in the year to start thinking about baseball. The deadline for online registration in the Miami Little League is Sunday, Feb. 16, at https://www.facebook.com/miamilittleleague/.

Miami Little League T-ball, baseball and softball is open for boys and girls, ages 4 to 18.

Player evaluations are mandatory for those in the 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, softball/coach pitch programs and the minor and major baseball programs. Evaluations will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Talawanda High School gym. Details on the evaluation times for various programs and age groups can be found at the Facebook site above.

Miami eliminates 40 staff positions

Miami University is eliminating 40 jobs from the school’s payroll, effective July 1, University President Gregory Crawford announced Thursday.

In an email sent to all Miami employees, Crawford said the cutbacks were being made so the university can “increase our investment in student scholarships and new academic programming.”

The email went on to say that department and division heads would be notifying the affected workers in the next few days. Outplacement assistance and job counseling will be available to those losing their jobs, Crawford’s message said. 

The message did not say how much money the moves will save the university. In a follow-up email, University Provost Jason Osborne said the cuts would include eight staff members from Academic Affairs, including one from the Oxford campus and seven from the regional campuses. 

Friday, January 17th, 2020
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Oxford continues discussions whether
to ban single-use plastic containers

With the city's commitment  to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy last year, Oxford is focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing negative environmental impact. However, a proposed ban on single-use plastic, polystyrene, was tabled in city council and will be considered by the city's environmental commission Jan. 23.

U.S., Butler County feel effects of flu season, which is at its peak

Flu season is at its peak and  local and national organizations are reminding people how to stay healthy this winter. Washing hands, coughing into sleeves, properly disposing of used tissues and seeing a doctor during the early onset of sickness can all help reduce flu symptoms and the spread of the disease. The CDC also wants to remind people it is not too late to get vaccinated.

City considers options for Western Knolls development project

After getting public input on what to do with the city-owned acreage on the southwest end of town, a consultant will be hired to do a comprehensive housing study for further analysis. The city council would like to add affordable housing, commercial offices and single family homes at the location.
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Enjoy Oxford helps residents beat the winter blues

Cabin Fever can be side effect of winter weather, but Oxford will help cure those winter blues with four days of events to get you out of the house. Events include a “Ninja Obstacle Course,” hot chocolate, football, cornhole, water sports and ice skating. Enjoy Oxford will be hosting events Jan. 17 through 20.
Obituary
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Professor was passionate about politics, chess

Political Science professor emeritus Clyde Brown taught at Miami for 20 years. He died in December and will be remembered for his commitment for teaching and his passion for politics. He also was an avid chess player.

Poet Laureate
Signs from the Butler County Progressive Political Action Committee.

Poetry is language and aesthetics

Dave Lucas writes his final piece of “Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry” remarking on the idea that poetry is more than poems. The literature is mysterious in that it enables readers to push past hard times and experience language in a new perspective.

News Briefs

Talawanda school board swears in new members and elects leader

The Talawanda Board of Education elected Chris Otto to serve as its president for 2020, and Mary Jane Roberts to be vice president. The selections were made during the board’s annual organization meeting Monday, Jan. 13. Otto and Roberts both are veteran members of the board.

Talawanda District Treasurer Mike Davis swears in Chris Otto and Mary Jane Roberts as president and vice-president of the Talawanda Board of Education, Monday, Jan. 13. Photo provided by Talawanda School District

Otto, re-elected to the board last November, succeeds Mark Butterfield as president. Butterfield did not seek re-election to the board. Roberts also served as vice-president last year.

Otto, first elected in 2015, is senior director for university advancement, finance and business services at Miami University. Roberts is a retired special education teacher and principal from the district, who has been on the board for 10 years. Otto and Roberts each have children who  graduated from Talawanda High School.

Talawanda District Treasurer Mike Davis swears in Kathleen Knight-Abowitz, Chris Otto and Rebecca Howard as members of the Talawanda Board of Education Monday, Jan. 13. Photo provided by Talawanda School District

Otto, along with newly elected board members Rebecca Howard and Kathleen Knight-Abowitz, were sworn in for their new terms on Monday.

The next meeting of the board will be 7:30 p.m., Jan. 27, at the high school.

Playhouse performs ‘Stuart Little’ at Community Arts Center

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s “Off the Hill” productions are coming to Oxford Sunday, Jan. 26, to perform “Stuart Little.” The show is free and begins at 2 p.m., at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave.

This performance is created by Joseph Robinette and is adapted from the book by E.B. White. It tells the story of a mouse trying to make it in a big city.

CBS News correspondent to join Miami board of trustees

Jeff Pegues (Miami ’92), chief justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News, is scheduled to become a national member of the Miami University Board of Trustees in February, according to the university.

CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues will become a Miami University Trustee. Observer file photo

Pegues is a three-time Emmy Award winner and in recent years has led CBS coverage of terrorist attacks, school shootings and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. His 2018 book, “Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy.”  Speaking during a visit to Miami University shortly after the book’s publication, he said Americans should treat Russia’s interference in our elections as a crime, not politics.

Pegues, who played football while a student at Miami, was the commencement speaker at the university’s spring 2019 graduation ceremony. “This is home. I grew up on this field,” he told the graduates during the ceremony at Yager Stadium.

Miami is governed by a 17-member board of trustees. Eleven members, including two enrolled students, are appointed by the governor and must be Ohio residents. The board selects the other six as national members, described on the university website as “notable, highly-respected alumni residing outside the State of Ohio.”

Talawanda starts registration for next kindergarten class

Registration for Talawanda kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year is now open for any child in the district who is 5 years old or will be turning 5 on or before Aug. 1. Registrations must be done by appointment only, and the dates vary by school location.

To schedule an appointment, parents should call or go to the school office. Those registering a child must bring to the appointment: the child’s certified birth certificate; immunization records; certified-court stamped divorce decree with custody records (if applicable); a copy of a parent’s driver’s license; a copy of the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Evaluation Team Report (ETR), if applicable; and proof of Talawanda residency. All students will be required to have a physical before the first day of school. Physical forms will be included in the registration packet and are required to be filled out by a physician.

Registration Dates and information sessions are:

Bogan Elementary Registration is April 14

An informational meeting for Bogan will be at 6:30 p.m. April 7, at the school.  


Kramer Elementary Registration is April 21

An informational meeting for Kramer will be at 7 p.m. April 16, at the school.


Marshall Elementary Registration is May 4

An informational meeting for Marshall will be at 6:30 p.m. April 28, at the school.


If you cannot attend a registration date, you should call the particular school office, complete all of the required forms and provide all of the required documents to the applicable school before May 8, according to the school district.

Lane Library to host chili cookoff

Sample what may be the best chili cooked up in Oxford 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Oxford Lane Library’s Chili Cook-Off and Tasting Event.

The event is open to all, and you can still register to enter your chili by picking up a form at the Library, located at 441 S. Locust St.

The competition will be judged by members of the Oxford Fire Department. Questions about the event should be directed to Connie Van Frank at c.vanfrank@lanepl.org or Kevin Sequeira at k.sequeira@lanepl.org.

Hueston Woods hosts Winter Bird Watch

This is a good time to check out birds that didn’t go south for the winter in the Hueston Woods Winter Bird Watch at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18.

The tour begins at the park’s nature center, 6301 Park Office Road. One of the Hueston Woods’ naturalists will lead participants on an hour-long search for some of the many species of birds that are around this time of year, including red-tailed hawks, from which the Miami University mascot gets its name.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. The park has some sets of binoculars that will be available, although it is suggested that people who have their own should bring them.

Friday, January 10th, 2020

City Council considers outdoor refreshment area

City council will consider a proposal created to allow residents to carry alcohol in open containers uptown and walk through the area with them. The proposal is limited to Miami’s summer and winter terms when there are fewer students in Oxford. The proposal is still in preliminary stages as it was first mentioned during December's city council meeting.

Farmer J-term consulting experience program moves to Chicago

The FSB winter program has been in Cincinnati for the past two years, but this year's session is in Chicago as more businesses are located there. The students will get a taste of what it is like to be a consultant in the two week program.
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Miami students feel impact of Australia wildfires

Students on study abroad trips this winter term in Sydney and New Zealand have been told to avoid jogging, hiking, or biking outside to avoid exposure to smoke. Students say one day can be sunny skies and the next could have reduced visibility and strange smells.
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Parking meter experiment gets mixed reviews

“Smart” meters went up the first of the year that allow the use of credit cards to pay. It does come with a higher cost as $1 is the lowest the credit card will charge. Parking for an hour uptown used to cost 50 cents an hour, but now cost $1 an hour. The council will decide whether to use the “smart” meters once the trial period is over.

Talawanda High School student dies in car wreck over winter break

The high school offered grief counseling for its students after the death of Bryce Hizer, who was a freshman. Hizer was a passenger in a car that crashed in Franklin County, Indiana. The accident also injured four others in the car, including the driver. The accident remains under investigation.
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Lane Library presents LEGO building contest

The contest will have two age groups of 5 and under and 6 through 11. Library frequenters will vote on the creations for first and second place to win a $50 and $25 gift card to a LEGO shop. Team creations are allowed and there is no theme limitations except the creation must be original work. 
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Psychology professor will be remembered for his many roles at Miami

John Czaja started his career at Miami in 1985 in charge of animal care, patents and development a community network. He also became the associate director of the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS). Czaja saw value in undergraduate research and cared about the personal success of each student.

Friday, December 13th, 2019
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Miami football claims MAC title

Miami’s football team claims the Mid-American Conference championship title for the 16th time in history. In the first half of the game against the Central Michigan, the Chippewas had the lead over the Redhawks 14-10 until the Redhawks came back in the second half, winning the game 26-21.
Miami will play Louisiana  Jan. 6 in the Lending Tree Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
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Miami students teach Spanish to first graders

Students enrolled in Miami’s Spanish 111 course have been visiting Kramer Elementary to speak in Spanish on topics such as seasons and families. Professor David Motta believes languages should be taught at an early age to allow the child to converse easily. Foreign languages are not offered at the elementary level in the Talawanda School District.
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Miami University enrollment continues to rise

Nationwide, college enrollment numbers are going down as the prices rise. Miami University, however, is one of the schools who is witnessing an opposite trend with student enrollment increasing each year.

Hueston Woods lodge renovations includes a new roof

Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center is set for a $3.3 million renovation project this coming year, which will include a new roof. This will be the first major renovation since 1999 when an elevator was installed. The roof is set to be completed by October, 2020.

TRI Center turns weight room into center for teens in city

The women’s weight room at the Talawanda Recreation Incorporated Center is being transformed into a center where teens can go after school and on the weekend. The center will have study tables and video game centers. It should open by the end of February.
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Lane librarian reviews book on minimizing screen time

This week’s book review is of Digital Minimalism. If you’re looking to reduce your time on technology, this is the book for you.

Oxford Police warn students about animal abuse over winter break

Oxford Police arrested a student after his dog was found dead due to dehydration and starvation. There are several local kennels available to students that can take care of animals while their owners are away for winter break.
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Students in reporting class leave 'Miami bubble' to write about city

With the end of the semester coming, the Oxford Observer says goodbye to the reporters who have been here since this August. A new class of reporters will take over the Oxford Observer in January.

News site takes holiday as students leave for break

With winter break approaching, most students will be heading home for a few weeks. The Oxford Observer is mainly edited and written by Miami students, so it too will be taking a break.  The news site will return Jan. 10 during Miami's winter term.

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Holiday Fest got Oxford into the holiday spirit


Oxford held its annual Holiday Festival this past weekend filled with ice skating, a craft market, carriage rides and, of course, Santa Claus.


The Observer’s Marla Chavez Garcia was there to capture it all on video as the community got into the holiday spirit.


Vaccine clinic offers last chance for children's flu shots

The last day to get your children vaccinated for the flu at the Butler County flu vaccine clinic is Tuesday, Dec. 17. To schedule an appointment call (513) 887-5253.

The clinic is open for scheduled appointments from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Fridays, at 301 S. Third St., Hamilton.

It participates in a “Vaccines for Children” program that allows the clinic to provide vaccinations at a low cost to prevent disease and promote good health in the community.

Bring a record of your shots, as well as an insurance card. Medicaid, Buckeye, CareSource, Molina, Paramount, UHC Community are accepted as well. The charge for people without insurance is $10 per shot with a $40 maximum per visit/per child.


Pamper yourself and help others

Get a holiday manicure and help the needy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in the cafeteria of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 2550 Millville Ave., Hamilton.

Manicures on a Mission will cost $10 and all proceeds will go to help the needy of the community. A wide variety of colors and finishes will be available.


Greeks join sustainability movement in off-campus housing

Several fraternities at Miami University have joined the movement to support sustainability in off-campus housing. Partnering with #GreeksGoGreenMU, a campaign led by members of a University American Studies class at Miami, Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Gamma Delta, and Sigma Chi fraternities have signed up for recycling services for their off-campus chapter houses.

With the large number of occupants in each house, the implementation of recycling practices is a huge step towards off-campus sustainability efforts. Now equipped with recycling bins, these chapter houses are leading the charge for eco-consciousness and setting a golden example for other fraternities and off-campus residents.

While the university has its own commitments to sustainability and recycling on campus, off-campus sites such as fraternity houses, are not covered by Miami’s policies. #GreeksGoGreenMU’s vision calls upon off-campus students to make eco-smart decisions in their homes.



Rumpke schedule on delay during holiday weeks

Rumpke waste and recycling services in Oxford will be on a delayed schedule during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to the city of Oxford.

Pick up service will be done normally Monday, Dec. 23 and Tuesday, Dec. 24. Rumpke will not have service on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25. Wednesday customers will be serviced  Thursday, Dec. 26. Thursday customers and Friday customers will then also be delayed by one day, according to the schedule.

Regular service will occur  Monday, Dec. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 31. Rumpke will not have service on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. Wednesday’s customers will be serviced Thursday, and pickup for Thursday and Friday customers will be delayed by one day that week.



Miami Sports Schedule


Most students may be going on winter break, but Miami University’s sports teams are still competing. Here is the Miami sports schedule from Dec. 15 through Jan. 25.

Dec. 15

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

Dec. 17

Women’s Basketball at Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 18

Men’s Basketball at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 21

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

Dec. 22

Women’s Basketball vs Evansville, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Dec. 30

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

Hockey at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio, 7:07 p.m.

Jan. 4

Women’s Basketball vs Buffalo, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Men’s Basketball at Central Michigan, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 2 p.m.

Jan. 6

Football vs Louisiana (LendingTree Bowl), Mobile, Alabama, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 7

Men’s Basketball at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Jan. 8

Women’s Basketball vs Northern Illinois, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Jan. 10

Men’s Basketball vs Buffalo, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Hockey at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 9:37 p.m.

Jan. 11

Women’s Basketball at Central Michigan, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 1 p.m.

Hockey at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 8:07 p.m.

Jan. 14

Men’s Basketball vs Kent State, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Jan. 15

Women’s Basketball at Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 7 p.m.

Jan. 16

Tennis at Florida Gulf Coast, Fort Myers, Florida, 10 a.m.

Jan. 17

Cross Country & Track at Vanderbilt Invitational, Nashville, Tennessee, All Day

Tennis vs Liberty, Fort Myers, Florida, 10 a.m.

Synchronized Skating Exhibition at Miami Hockey (Senior), Oxford, Ohio, 6:30 p.m.

Hockey vs North Dakota, Oxford, Ohio, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 18

Swimming and Diving at Bowling Green (W), Bowling Green, Ohio

Synchronized Skating Midwestern Championships, Wichita, Kansas

Cross Country & Track at Vanderbilt Invitational, Nashville, Tennessee, All Day

Men’s Basketball at Ball State, Muncie, Indiana, 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs Kent State, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Hockey vs North Dakota, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m. (Blue Line Club Autograph Night)

Jan. 20

Tennis at Purdue, West Lafayette, Indiana, 10 a.m.

Jan. 21

Tennis at Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 11 a.m.

Men’s Basketball vs Akron, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Jan. 22

Women’s Basketball at Akron, Akron, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Jan. 24

Cross Country & Track at Gladstein Invitational, Bloomington, Indiana, All Day

Synchronized Skating Leon Lurje Trophy (Senior Team), Gothenburg, Sweden

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

Hockey vs Denver, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.

Jan. 25

Synchronized Skating Leon Lurje Trophy (Senior Team), Gothenburg, Sweden

Cross Country & Track at Gladstein Invitational, Bloomington, Indiana, All Day

Women’s Basketball at Ball State, Muncie, Indiana, 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs Eastern Michigan, Oxford, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Hockey vs Denver, Oxford, Ohio, 7:05 p.m.







Friday, December 6th, 2019

Oxford Councilor seeks to ban some food containers

Oxford wants to ban polystyrene to improve the health and safety of community members. This chemical is used to make many of the cups and containers at fast food restaurants in Oxford.
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Miami alum turned admissions counselor competes in the Miss America pageant

Caroline Williams graduated from Miami with a degree in theater and music. She became Miss Ohio in 2019 and will compete later this month in the Miss America pageant.  Williams is working at Miami as an admissions counselor and is working to make “Text 911” an initiative in Ohio.

ACT allows students to retake individual portions in fall of 2020

The ACT is a standard application requirement for many colleges and universities in the United States. It has four sections of the test including math, science, writing, and reading. Students who previously wanted to retake the exam were required to retake all of the sections instead of just the sections they tested poorly on.
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Oxford to test softening techniques on city water

Oxford plans to use $500,000 of the 2020 budget to lower the levels of magnesium and calcium that the water supply contains. This will lower the amount of stains that the water causes over a period of time in bathtubs and sinks according to Whirlpool. Oxford hired a company to test for different techniques and hope to have a permanent solution by 2021.
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City considers new 'smart' parking meters

Oxford will test "smart" parking meters Uptown that allow payments to be made by credit card or with a smart-phone app for a limited time after the first of the year. The new meters will be tested  for 60 days after holiday free parking is over on Jan. 2. The trial will be provided with no cost to the city. City staff is recommending that parking rates be raised from 50 cents to $1 an hour.
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Former RedHawk now cheers on his old team from the sidelines

Former RedHawk Alex Rimko had to hang up his cleats for health reasons, but continues to support the football team.  The Sports Leadership and Management major is always in the stands with his chest painted red and white to support the team.

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Lane Library debuts exhibition space for local art

A watercolor exhibit is now on display in the Oxford Lane Library. Local watercolorist, Sharon Bogan, will have eight pieces on display for three months. The artist quit her job to stay at home to focus on her love for painting. Bogan received two degrees from Miami and worked for a non-profit as the director. Bogan now has time to paint and work on her watercolor technique. The artist splits her time between Oxford and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

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Oxford rents out the Senior Center for another five years

Oxford City Council renewed the lease of the Oxford Seniors center, 922 Tollgate Road, for five years Tuesday, for an annual rent of $1.

That rent is a reduction from the $4,400 annual rent Oxford Seniors had been paying the city, but under the new agreement, the seniors will provide their own housekeeping services and supplies, which previously had been handled by the city. The city will continue to provide building and grounds maintenance, according to the agreement.

The new lease runs from January 2020 through Dec. 31, 2024. 

The center connects the community with the city’s elderly population, hosting programs, meals and other services.


Miami sports schedule Dec. 6-12

Dec. 6

Synchronized Skating Dr. Richard Porter Classic, Ann Arbor, Michigan, TBA

Cross Country/Track at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio, All Day

Swimming and Diving vs. U.S. Open, Atlanta, Georgia, All Day

Swimming and Diving vs. Miami Invitational, Oxford, Ohio, All Day

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


Dec. 7

Swimming and Diving vs. Miami Invitational, Oxford, Ohio, All Day

Swimming and Diving vs. U.S. Open, Atlanta, Georgia, All Day

Synchronized Skating Dr. Richard Porter Classic, Ann Arbor, Michigan, TBA

Football vs. Central Michigan (MAC Championship), Detroit, Michigan, noon.

Men’s Basketball at Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, 2 p.m.

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


Dec. 8

Synchronized Skating Dr. Richard Porter Classic, Ann Arbor, Michigan, TBA

Women’s Basketball at Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2 p.m.

RedHawks play in MAC Championship Saturday

The Miami football team travels to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan to play against Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference Championship game at noon this Saturday, Dec. 7. Miami (7-5, 6-2 conference) comes earning the MAC East division bid and Central Michigan (8-4, 6-2 conference) won the MAC West division.

Neither team has made the MAC Championship game since 2010, which was the year Miami won the title. The teams come in with different momentum. Miami has won six of its last seven but lost at Ball State 41-27 last Friday.

The RedHawks were up 27-14 at halftime before quarterback Brett Gabbert was pulled out of the game as an injury precaution. The week before, Miami made what should’ve been an uninteresting game interesting against a winless Akron team before eventually winning 20-17. Central Michigan on the other hand, comes in hot. The Chippewas beat Toledo last week and won six of its last seven games.

As of Thursday, the Chippewas were 6.5-point favorites for the title game. Miami has only been favored in three games this season, so this underdog role comes as no surprise to them.

Nine RedHawks earned All-MAC honors this week when the league office announced the teams Wednesday. Brett Gabbert was also named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year. He’s the third RedHawk to earn the award including Ben Roethlisberger (2001) and Deland McCullough (1992). The award winners are as follows:

First-team: Tommy Doyle, Doug Costin, Kyle Kramer

Second-team: Kameron Butler, Maurice Thomas (kick returner), Sam Sloman

Third-team: Danny Govlevske, Myles Reid, Emmanuel Rugamba

Oxford plans four-day event in January to conquer cabin fever

Organizations all across Oxford have banded together to put on a four-day event, Jan. 17-20, to “Conquer Cabin Fever.”

With the holidays passed and the cold weather staying, this time of year tends to be a bit quiet for people around town. This event is put on to get the people of Oxford out and participating in the various planned activities fit for the whole family, according to Enjoy Oxford.

On day one, there will be a ninja obstacle course sponsored by the Oxford Parks and Recreation Department. This is a free event in Uptown Park, where kids of all ages will compete in various physical activities for prizes.

On day two, sponsored by Enjoy Oxford, there will be a sled dog and snowshoes demonstration at the TRI Community Center, 6025 Fairfield Road, Oxford. Participants can meet real sled dogs and try on snowshoes. This is also a free event!

Also, sponsored by the Oxford Community Arts Center and the Miami University Museum, there will be a Chocolate Meltdown Fundraiser at the arts center, 10 S. College Ave., with treats, a raffle, activities for children, an art exhibit and a chocolate bar with chocolate liquors, wines and beers for the adults. For this event, coupons for sampling can be purchased for $1 each and adult entry tickets (13 and up) will be $10 at the event.

On day three, sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce, there will be a free Football Conference Championship Game viewing, where Mobile Game Party, a mobile game theater, will be available at the Uptown Park. There will be beer from Books & Brews available for purchase.

Finally, on day four, the whole family can enjoy all that the Miami Rec Center has to offer, from swimming, to rock climbing, to basketball and for the day, a giant slide and inner tubes. This will cost $4 for Rec members and $9 for non-members. There will also be ice-skating at Goggin Ice Center for $7.50 with free skate rentals.


Miami ensembles will present ‘Ceremony of Carols’

“A Ceremony of Carols,” will be presented at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Friday Dec. 6, at Kumler Chapel, 650 Western College Drive, Oxford.

Performances by the Miami Choraliers, the Miami University Chamber Singers and special guest harpist Jacquelyn Davis, will feature a variety of sacred choral works.

Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the Miami University Box Office.

Puppets to perform 'A Christmas Carol'


Madcap Puppets perform an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford.

A Madcap Puppets adaptation of a Christmas Classic will be performed Monday. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Community Arts Center


The Madcap performers bring this holiday tale to life with the help of giant puppets.

The event is free and open to the public.


Friday, November 29th, 2019
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Council names Mike Smith Oxford mayor

A long-standing member of Oxford City Council, Mike Smith, was named the city’s newest mayor on Tuesday night at the city council meeting. His platform will focus on the housing crisis and sustainability. His term will last two years.  Smith replaces Kate Rousmaniere, who was term-limited from running for re-election. Newly-elected councilor Bill Snavely was selected as vice mayor.
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Announcer brings  voice, Santa looks to Goggin

Scott Shriver has been the public address announcer for Goggin for more than 20 years. His booming voice and careful preparation make him successful in working at Miami after teaching at Talawanda.  Shriver also will be Santa Claus for the Oxford Holiday Fest.
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Oxford welcomes holidays with annual festival

Oxford’s holiday festival will be Dec. 7. Activities include live music, pictures with Santa and ice skating. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., starting at Oxford Community Arts Center and ending at Memorial Park.

Consumers gear up for local, national Black Friday shopping day

The national shopping holidays, Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are upon us. While making plans, be sure to check out the list of deals on books and Oxford’s own “Shop Small Shop Local” campaign.

A poem can enact or sense a work of art

The Greek term ekphrasis means the art of describing a work of art. In this week’s story by the Ohio Poet Laureate, he uses the term to describe poetry and comments on how we connect with things around us.

Ohio's Poet

Oxford foundation approves grants for fall

The Oxford Community Foundation has approved 11 grant requests to a number of programs and projects in the area. The grants are to “improve, enhance and sustain the quality of life” in Oxford. The  grants will go to schools, the arts and social programs.

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Oxford organizes annual all-you-can-eat chili supper

The annual Oxford Kiwanis Chili Supper, which benefits children’s programs in Oxford, takes place 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Talawanda Middle School Cafeteria. 

The Kiwanis host its annual Chili Supper on Thursday. Poster provided by the Kiwanis.

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat event are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 11. In addition to various types of chili, the menu includes cole slaw, drinks, cornbread and brownies. 


Work off those extra Thanksgiving calories at Hueston Woods Turkey Trot


The Hueston Woods Turkey Trot, a three-mile hike from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, is a good way to work off some of those extra calories packed on during Thanksgiving.

Participants in the free event should gather at the Hueston Woods Nature Center, 6301 Park Office Road, or the drive to the trailhead. The hike will then go through an open forest of the Big Woods Nature Preserve along the shores of Acton Lake and end at the dam. 

Hikers are advised to wear appropriate footwear and to bring some water to drink along the way.


Author to speak about abolitionist goal of educational freedom

An abolitionist goal of educational freedom is the subject of a lecture by Bettina L. Love, award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory & practice at the University of Georgia, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the Wilks Theater of Miami University’s Armstrong Student Center, 550 E. Spring St., Oxford. 

Bettina L. Love

The program describes Abolitionist Teaching as being built “on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.”

Love is a researcher in the area of hip-hop education. Her work deals with how teachers and schools work with parents and communities to build civically engaged schools rooted in social justice.  

The event is free and open to the public.


Family Fun at the Miami's Aquatic Center Nov. 30

Miami hosts an Aquatic Center Family Fun Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, at the center, 750 S. Oak St., Oxford.

Participants will be able to walk across the rolling water log, try out kayaking and canoeing skills in the pool, zoom on the water slide, try Discover Scuba or climb the rock wall. All levels of swimmers are welcome and life jackets are available. 

The cost of the event is $4 for members and $9 for non-members.

Miami teams to face off against Ball State, UConn and Northern Kentucky

Miami sports schedule Nov. 29 - Dec. 5

Nov. 29

Football at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, noon

Hockey at UConn, Hartford, Connecticut, 4:05 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs Liberty, Miami, Florida, 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 30

Hockey at UConn, Hartford, Connecticut, 4:05 p.m.

Women’s Basketball at Miami (FL), Coral Gables, Florida, 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 3

Men’s Basketball vs Northern Kentucky, Oxford, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Dec. 5

Volleyball vs First and Second Rounds

Swimming and Diving vs Miami Invitational, Oxford, Ohio



Lions Club sells Christmas trees in uptown park lot

The Lions Club of Oxford will have its annual Christmas tree sale in Memorial Park, uptown, through Saturday, Dec. 21.

The tree lot is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from noon until 8 p.m. Sundays.

The lot will be closed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, to clear the way for Oxford’s Holiday Festival. However, trees can still be purchased when the lot is closed by placing money in the drop box located in the building under the park pavilion.



Sportswriters Association honors Talawanda coach, players

Talawanda High School football coach Larry Cox won coach-of-the-year honors from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association after guiding the Brave to a 7-3 record during his first season with the team.

Coach Larry Cox


The Brave’s season was a big turnaround from the 5-35 record the team had suffered through during the previous four seasons. Before coming to Talawanda, Cox was head coach at Lakota West High School for 21 years.

The sportswriters association also recognized five Talawanda players in year-end honors announced last week. Senior linebacker Dalton Norris was first-team defense, sophomore running back Deondre Bothast-Revalee was second-team offense, senior running back Terell Wills was second-team offense, senior lineman Nathan Fox was second-team offense, and senior wide receiver/free safety Luke Richardson was second-team defense.


Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Mayday Gun Range in Oxford appeals to
Miami University international students

International students at Miami University enjoy going to the Mayday Gun Range in Oxford. The range translated the instructions for firearm use into two Chinese languages and has found students from the Asian country enjoy spending Friday nights there.
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Miami Football's kicker up for national award

Samuel Sloman is a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza award, which is an award for the best collegiate placekicker in the nation. Former winners have gone on to have successful NFL careers. Sloman, who started out as a soccer player, says the key to his sucess are his long snapper and and punter/holder. Sloman has made 19-23 field goals, including a long of 53 yards, which led to the win over Ohio University.

City council will meet to elect new mayor, vice mayor Tuesday

With Mayor Kate Rousmaniere and Vice Mayor Steve Dana leaving their posts, city council will vote Tuesday to select a mayor and vice mayor. Council also will swear in those who won election earlier this month.
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Local organizations partner to help families in need

The Family Resource Center teams up with Crossroads Church and Gaslight Brewhouse to help feed families in need this Thanksgiving. They are expected to serve 200 to 300 families dinner.  

Church hosts feast for community

Grace Pointe Church served families a special dinner last Sunday as part of its outreach in Oxford. Several other churches and charitable groups also feed people on a regular basis. See the schedule in the story for details.

Tom Turkey to be honored for Thanksgiving

Tom Turkey is one of 46 million turkeys in America doing there service for Thanksgiving. He passed away just in time for the big day weighing in at 18 pounds. He attended school at National Turkey Federation to become the ideal meal, but was not chosen to be pardoned.  His dinner will be Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.

Observer staff offers recipe recommendations

Recipes include sweet potatoes, a spinach and artichoke bomb, candied yams, cheesy scallop potatoes, mashed potatoes, chicken wings, green bean casserole, butternut squash soup and margaritas.

Democratic debate takes on issues, but has little local participation

The fifth democratic presidential debate in Atlanta Wednesday night was "the most substantive debate" according to Steve Jamison of the Butler County Progressives Group. The next debate will be Dec. 19.
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Judith Herold, active member of the community, dies at age 73

Wife and Mother, Judith Herold dies at age 73 after many years of being an active citizen of the oxford community. She was involved in the Oxford Presbyterian Church and P.E.O international, along with being an active swimmer and gardener.

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Former assistant professor sues Miami for discrimination

Natosha L. Finley, a former assistant professor at Miami University, filed a $5 million law suit in federal court against the university Wednesday for racial and gender discrimination.

Finley, an African-American woman who came to the university in 2009 through a diversity recruitment program, does research in structural biology, biophysics and NMR-based metabolomics dealing with  the metabolic profile of a cell. Finley claimed Miami denied her tenure and denied access to sophisticated laboratory equipment she needed for her research. 

The lawsuit alleges that her white colleagues were only required to write one or three articles as lead authors to receive tenure, while she was required to write five scholarly articles. She completed the articles, but alleged here lack of access to the needed equipment restricted her research.  

Finley applied for tenure at Miami twice, the first time in 2017 and the second in 2018. She was denied tenure both times. In 2018 she appealed her denial to the university’s committee of faculty right and responsibilities, but the appeal was denied.

 “Miami does not comment on pending litigation, but denies it acted unlawfully,” said Claire Wagner, Miami’s director of university news and communications.  “Miami follows well-established tenure and promotion procedures that include reviews by a department faculty committee, the department chair and the dean,” Wagner said.

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton, Finley seeks reinstatement at Miami, plus court costs, back pay and damages.

The Knolls host annual Holiday Bazaar

The Knolls of Oxford hosts its annual Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Knolls, 6727 Contreras Road.

The event will be held in the Commons Auditorium at The Knolls and will feature an array of gifts and crafts from vendors such as Cheesecakes by John and Usborne Books and more. 

There will also be chances to win raffle prizes from local companies including Skipper’s Pub, Apple Tree and The Elms.

Bowl-eligible RedHawks defeat Akron

Miami beat Akron (0-11) on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Yager Stadium 20-17 behind a school-record 12 sacks. With the win, the RedHawks (7-4, 6-1 Mid-American) clinched a bowl game appearance. The win also means the RedHawks finish with a 5-0 record at home this season, the first undefeated home record since 2004.

The RedHawks went into halftime with a 17-3 lead over the Zips but Akron returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown by Akron with 4:29 left in the third quarter to bring the score to 17-10. 

Miami Kicker Sam Sloman connected on a 23-yard field goal that ultimately was the deciding score, but at the time it brought the game to 20-10. On the ensuing drive, Akron drove down the field and scored a 34-yard touchdown to make it 20-17 with 13:17 to go.

On the next possession, Miami went three-and-out and handed the ball back to the Zips, which gave them a chance to take the lead. Freshman linebacker Ivan Pace Jr., who had a record-breaking night for himself with six sacks, had back-to-back sacks to force Akron to punt with 4th-and-31 looming.

With the Mid-American Conference East division title locked up, and a trip to Detroit for the MAC championship game on Dec. 7 coming up, the RedHawks will travel to Muncie, Indiana to take on the Ball State Cardinals (4-6) at noon Friday, Nov. 29.

Miami RedHawks sports schedule for Nov. 22-28

Winter sports are in full swing this week, with women's and men's basketball and volleyball hitting the court and hockey taking the ice. Check out the upcoming events:


Nov. 22

Hockey at #18 Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, 8:07 p.m.


Nov. 23

Women’s Basketball at Bradley, Peoria, Illinois, 2 p.m.

Volleyball vs #4 Ball State/#5 Ohio/#8 Kent State (MAC Tournament Semifinals), Bowling Green, Ohio, 4:30 p.m.

Hockey at #18 Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, 8:07 p.m.


Nov. 24

Volleyball vs TBA (MAC Tournament Championship), Bowling Green, Ohio, 4:30 p.m.


Nov. 25

Men’s Basketball vs Drake (Gulf Coast Showcase), Fort Myers, Florida, 1:30 p.m.


Nov. 26

Men’s Basketball vs Northeastern/South Alabama (Gulf Coast Showcase), Fort Myers, Florida, 11 a.m. or 5 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs UIC, Oxford, Ohio, noon


Nov. 27

Men’s Basketball vs Wright State/Weber State/Murray State/La Salle (Gulf Coast Showcase), Fort Myers, Florida, TBA


Free parking for Uptown meters from Dec. 6 through the end of the year

The city of Oxford will offer up a holiday present – free parking at uptown meters – from Dec. 6 through Dec. 31.

The measure, adopted by the council at its Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting, is designed to encourage shoppers to patronize uptown stores during the holiday shopping season. The free parking is an annual tradition that has been done for many years, Police Chief John Jones said.

Jones said even though the parking will be free, officers still will be enforcing two-hour parking limits on the spaces. That enforcement is to ensure that people, including employees of local businesses, don’t clog up the free spots by parking their cars in them all day and leaving little room for the shoppers.

Oxford employees to see cost-of-living raise

Oxford city employees will get a 3 percent cost-of-living raise in 2020, thanks to an ordinance passed by the city council Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The raises come out of the city’s general fund, which is generated through local income taxes, parking meter revenue and other city fees, said Jessica Green, assistant city manager.

“The cost of living adjustment is a part of the city salary ordinance, adopted each year,'' she said, “as it accounts for changing inflation.”

Tuesday’s was the final regular council meeting for Mayor Kate Rousmaniere and Vice-Mayor Steve Dana. Rousmaniere was term-limited and Dana chose not to run for re-election. The other council members offered congratulations to the two and thanked them for their years of service.

Newly elected councilors Bill Snavely and Jason Bracken, as well as re-elected Councilor Glenn Ellerbe, are scheduled to be sworn in Nov. 26. 

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 & Brews 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

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Oxford Observer wants to hear your stories. Your traditions, maybe your non-traditions, your fondest memories, and your special recipes.

For the next couple weeks leading up to the holiday, the Observer wants to share the things that make Thanksgiving memorable to the community of Oxford.

You can send your recipes, traditions, or your “alternatives,” to communityeditor@oxfordobserver.org. Please include a daytime telephone number so that one of our reporters can call you back for an interview. Also, look out for our Facebook page, The Oxford Observer, and follow our upcoming posts about submissions!

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.