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Rare Remaining Ohio Underground Railroad Site Finds Second Life In Springfield

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad ferried enslaved African Americans in the South to freedom in the northern United States and Canada. And Southwest Ohio, bordering the slave states of Virginia and Kentucky, played an especially important role in the clandestine network.

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Poor Will's Almanack: January 15 - 21, 2019

Sometimes the last days of Deep Winter carry a great thaw. One day I went out to the river in the warmth of such a thaw, when cumulus clouds sped across the sky in gusts of the southwest wind, and the water of the river was shining with low, brisk waves of silvers, blues and grays. The oaks of the far bank were black against the bright sky. Up the hill, patches of yellow Osage glowed like the flush of expanding spring buds. Below the trees, hardy green chickweed, wild onion, garlic mustard,...

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After nearly 50 years on the air at WYSO, the Duffee brothers are giving up their weekly radio gig, A Country Ramble (you'll still hear them from time to time helping out with other shows)

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The Mortgage Crisis and Appraisers

Jul 24, 2009

When a house is for sale, an evaluation is done to determine its value before a loan is made.  Appraisers are trained to make judgments about the value of properties with "boot-on-the-ground" inspections. In the past, a few appraisers were influenced by over zealous brokers and lenders. Now there are new guidelines in place. But are they protecting the consumer or making money for the lender?

Facing Foreclosure on Grange Hall Road

Jul 23, 2009

For people in the Miami valley who are in trouble with their mortgage payments, a phone call to the lender is often the first step to some sort of a solution.  Many major banks have agreed to work with the Home Affordable Modification Program which was designed to help homeowners stay in their homes. But sometimes when phone calls go unanswered and communication is delayed, foreclosure will proceed.

People facing foreclosure are obviously dealing with a very difficult situation.  Though people are finding assistance through the 211 help line and other services, some people feel they have no choice but to leave their homes and sometimes, their possessions behind - before the foreclosure process is even complete.  What's left is a neighborhood dealing with an empty house and a new set of new problems which affect everyone on the street. WYSO's Jerry Kenney discovered such a neighborhood near his home in Miami Township.  Here's what he found...

Financial Fitness

Jul 21, 2009

Community organizations around the Miami Valley are offering foreclosure counseling and financial literacy classes.  In Clark County, the foreclosure rate continues to rise and experts say it is likely to for the foreseeable future, WYSO's Juliet Fromholt has the story of what one Springfield organization is doing to educate people about their mortgages, their homes and their Financial fitness.

Foreclosures Affect Those Who Can Afford Mortgages

Jul 20, 2009

The Dayton neighborhood in which Harriet Parker and her husband, Oscar, live has neatly trimmed lawns and block after block of ranch style houses. She's raised four children in this well kept home. Now, she watches her young grandchildren there during the week. She's not sure how long she'll be able to continue helping her kids with daycare, especially after she received a letter informing her that she owed nearly $92,000 in a balloon payment to her lender.

Thursday night, Wilmington officially became a "Green Enterprise Zone". It adopted the plan in response to DHL moving its operations and taking more than 9000 jobs elsewhere. That's where Mark Rembert and Taylor Stuckert come in. They're two recent college graduates who put aside their plans for the Peace Corps to help save their hometown by helping Wilmington go green.

World Cafe Remembers Levon Helm

Jul 7, 2009

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

Joan Kroc was the widow of the founder of the McDonald's Corporation. When she died, she left money to the Salvation Army to build nearly 30 community centers across the country, including Dayton. More than five years later, though, many of them have yet to be built. This week, the New York Times reported that only four of the Salvation Army community centers are complete. Many others are unfinished or haven't yet started construction, and they're finding it difficult to complete their financing. Joan Kroc left 1.8 billion dollars to the Salvation, But the state of the U.S.

Cedar Bog

Apr 22, 2009

On the mile long boardwalk in Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, it's hard to believe you're still in Ohio. Site manager Eric Doerzbacher says this ecosystem has been untouched since the end of the Ice Age.

Tomorrow night Cityfolk's celebration of Dayton born pianist/composer Billy Strayhorn comes to an end. Rounding out the week long tribute will be a performance from the Stivers School for the Arts Jazz Orchestra. Jerry Kenney reports on the student's at Stivers and how they're learning a legacy.

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