For young people across Dayton, September is a time to head back to school and share stories of summer vacation. This fall, some Miami Valley students can brag about building robots … at a new manufacturing camp. The summer camp is part of an effort to spark interest in high-tech manufacturing –– Ohio’s industry faces a shortage of skilled workers. And, as WYSO Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds reports, organizers hope some of this summer’s crop of camp-goers will get excited about working in the field. *This story is part of WYSO’s Scratch series on business and the economy.
The designer of an iconic automobile has come back home to Dayton after years of living in Chicago. Gale Halderman was born in Tipp City. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1950 and then attended art and design classes at the Dayton Art Institute. In this interview with WYSO, Halderman tells the story of how he came to design the Ford Mustang. We spoke to him inside the Halderman Museum in Tipp City. It’s really an amazing space filled with several beautiful, red mustangs and thousands of other mustang memorabilia. You can check it out on Facebook - just type in Halderman Barn Museum.
This week a new season of Dayton Youth Radio began on WYSO and today’s story will likely evoke some very specific childhood memories for you. If you're lucky enough - back in the day - to have had your own room growing up. You may have thought of it as a place of refuge, a place to retreat from the outside world. And so it’s there that Dayton Youth Radio project coordinator Basim Blunt takes us for an inside story.
On Senior Voices this week, we meet Belmont resident Margaret Frey. Now 71 years old, Margaret is long-time advocate for Dayton youth, working at Children’s Service Board or CSB, earning her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Dayton, and serving as a school psychologist for the Dayton Public Schools for many years. She shared her story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Anna Omulo.
On Saturday, September 15th, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will hold their annual Rubber Duck Regatta. That’s when more than 20,000 rubber ducks will take a plunge into and race down the Great Miami River at Riverscape Metro Park—all for a good cause—to support URS’s mission of Miami Valley children and adults with disabilities. This week we spoke with URS Executive Director about the regatta, and how the organizations is better serving their clients following a major expansion.