Former Ward Two Trotwood City Councilman Rap Hankins and Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson.
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This month on WYSO, we’re remembering the 2019 Memorial Day tornado disaster. This story brings us voices from Trotwood, where an EF4 tornado destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses, and apartments, and where many city residents are still recovering more than a year later.

Janeal Ravndal reads Jane Kretschman's poem “Writer Walks her Dog”

Carrots from Dayton Urban Grown, a training farm on Xenia Avenue in the city. Founder Lisa Helm says the classes she offers have been packed since the pandemic reached America.
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During World War I and World War II, millions of Americans started Victory Gardens. Today, they’re starting COVID gardens.

Lisa Helm is the founder of Dayton Urban Grown, a farm in the city.

She says she’s been super busy since mid-March when demand for gardening skills and supplies skyrocketed.

“All the major seed suppliers were sold out and had to close for a while because there were so many people buying seeds, and then there was a run on baby chickens,” Helm says with a laugh. “You couldn’t buy baby chickens anywhere!”

In 2002 when I interviewed Amy Krouse Rosenthal she was just beginning her meteoric rise to become the best-selling author of memoirs and over 30 children's books over the next 15 years. Amy became a much beloved writer. She died in 2017.

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Check out the artists in the ARTery gallery. They redirect their focus and energy into creating new art helping create a sense of calm and peace.

The Kettering Rosewood Gallery has Art From Home with new art activities that can be done from your home. Making art is more important than ever and studies show that taking time to be creative has a host of benefits for both adults and children including reducing stress and boosting your mood.

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The Dayton Municipal Court will start hearing eviction cases again beginning June 1. Other courts in the Miami Valley have already started hearing cases.

The Dayton Municipal Court has seen a decrease in eviction filings following Ohio’s stay-at-home order issued in March. In April, the court had less than a quarter of the number of eviction filings compared to the same month in 2019. But some advocates worry there may be a wave of cases to come. 

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "Rainspeak"

Timmy Lien and Blake Leach
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In this final installment of Dayton Youth Radio's Teens In Quarantine miniseries, Fairmont High School students Blake Leach and Timmy Lien talk about life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Timmy Lien

The work online is definitely more reasonable than in class, which I am thankful for. But when I'm done, there is not really anything else to do. I cook sometimes, I can follow recipe, but my diet hasn't really changed since the lockdown.

Lucy Enge and Kayla Wise
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Before the coronavirus pandemic, County Lines producer Renee Wilde met with faculty and students at Wilmington College in Clinton County and heard their ideas about rural life and the prospects for a career in agriculture.

Clubs like FFA, which stands for Future Farmers of America, serve as both social and educational roles in rural communities. Kayla Wise credits FFA for her decision to pursue an agricultural degree. Kayla also never believed in climate change until she took a class at Wilmington College called Individual and Global Policy.

Beavercreek, the morning after the tornados.
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It was a year ago today that 19 tornadoes tore through communities across Ohio. In Beavercreek, many business owners woke up to damage from tornadoes that hit overnight, destroying offices and shops around North Fairfield Road near The Mall at Fairfield Commons.

A year later, some businesses are still fighting to survive.