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Early this spring, I was working in my greenhouse, pinching back stalky plants, when I accidentally broke off a long stem of a geranium plant.  I placed that stalk in a tall, clear vase half full of water and put on the kitchen table.

This simple bouquet soon gave birth to a squiggly mosquito larva that added an extra interest to breakfast time.

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

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"

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.
City of Beavercreek Facebook page

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.

Beth Wentz and Timothy Walker spent weeks in a hotel followed by months in a mobile home. Their search for a new home was slowed by a tight housing market last year, among other factors, they say.
Timothy Walker

As WYSO remembers the 2019 Memorial Day tornado disaster and its impacts, we return to one of last year's hardest-hit Miami Valley communities: tight-knit Northridge. Beth Wentz and Timothy Walker raised their two children in the area as longtime homeowners in their first house together. On the night of the storm, Wentz and the kids clung together in the basement as a massive EF4 twister destroyed the house all around them. Walker had just started on third shift at a Clayton warehouse when his sister-in-law called.

A year after the tornadoes, many homes in and around Dayton are still in various stages of repair.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

A year ago today, 19 tornadoes touched down in Ohio, destroying homes and businesses in rural and urban areas alike. The largest of those tornados passed through the City of Dayton and several neighboring communities. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds has been talking with people in some of the hardest-hit communities to see where they are today.