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Troy 5th at GWOC Payback, redemption … of all the storylines at the Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament, one stood out beyond the rest. See Sports, Page A6.
Hydrant flushing begins this week TROY — The annual flushing of the fire hydrants in the Troy water distribution system by Troy Fire Department personnel will begin. The area being flushed this week will be the northeast section of Troy, bounded by East Staunton Road, Stonyridge Drive, TroyUrbana Road and North Market Street, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This flushing may disturb sediment in the water mains, resulting in a brief period of “brown” water. If you experience this, flush your faucets for a few minutes and it will clear up. There is no safety issue, as the chlorine residual in the system is maintained during this process. The city recommends avoiding doing laundry if you notice hydrant flushing in your immediate area. Residents and business may experience temporary water pressure fluctuations. Businesses or factories with automated fire protection (sprinkler) systems may have such systems’ alarms triggered with the potential pressure fluctuations. If there are any questions contact Tim Ray or Jeff Monce at the Troy Water Plant at 339-4826.
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For every mother, it’s the little things that mean the most: butterfly kisses, first words, ear-to-ear smiles. But for Kristy and Chris Stager, those signs of affection and adoration are signs of just how far their 2 1/2-year-old daughter Bailey has come. In the early morning hours of Oct. 26, 2011, Bailey was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center after she was found in the middle of a seizure. Her temperature registered at a staggering 107.1. Twelve hours later, she was transported to Dayton Children’s, where doctors performed several medical tests before diagnosing her with the exceptionally
rare disease Acute Necrotizing Encephalopathy in Childhood. She is the seventh case in the U.S. — and the only to live. Chris and extended family met with the neurologist to hear the exact diagnosis, but Stager chose to stay with Bailey rather than endure the specifics of her daughter’s diagnosis. To this day, Stager has not seen the MRI results. “The question I didn’t want to ask was the only question I wanted an answer to: ‘Will she live?’” Stager recalled. “But I said, ‘We’ll do whatever we can. We’ll deal with it.’”
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Kristy Stager embraces her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, • See BAILEY on A2 Bailey, at their Troy home Thursday.
Job Expo draws big crowd Companies pleased with response BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Troy Strawberry Festival committee awarded Connor Haywood and Willow Isabella Miller the 2013 Little Mr. and Miss Strawberry titles Saturday during the pageant that took place in the ballroom of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Festival queen Rachel Marie Zelnick, left, junior miss Tabitha Sexton, center, and committe chairman Sally Riechert stand in the background.
Just being themselves Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry titles awarded BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer email@example.com The littlest members of the Troy Strawberry Festival’s royal court behaved more like court jesters than regal royalty during the annual Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry contest Saturday. The sweet Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry contest turned the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s
TROY ballroom into a comedy club as Connor Haywood, 6, and Willow Miller 5, both of Troy, were crowned as the Troy Strawberry Festival’s Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry. Little Miss Strawberry Willow Miller tried to coax her grandmother on the stage during her interview, which captured the
hearts of the judges as 30 children sang, danced and told jokes during the pageant Saturday afternoon. “My favorite thing is right now — because I got a trophy, that’s why,” Willow said. The 6-year-old is the daughter of Dennis and Tina Miller. Willow proudly showed off her sweet strawberry dress as she clutched her trophy. Willow said she plans to start a • See LITTLES on A2
Stacks of resumes piled several inches high sat on the tables of companies and businesses at the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce’s first Job Expo at Hobart Arena Saturday. More than 20 Troy companies and businesses and local colleges, trade schools and universities participated in the Job Expo. Dayle Feingold, a staffing consultant representing UTC Aerospace Systems, said she had several resumes tucked away for “definite call backs” from the Job Expo. “It’s been very nice and very successful for us today,” Feingold said. “It’s been very busy and a lot of activity.” Feingold said she was excited to make contact with those who came dressed to impress and had resumes ready at the Job Expo. Feingold is a professional job recruiter based in Florida. “A lot of first impressions of candidates for jobs happen at events like these,” Feingold said. “I had a gentleman who just graduated college and he was wearing a suit and tie and made great eye contact. I could see him in our company as a team player — that first impression is key.” Feingold said a professional appearance and interpersonal skills are key to getting a resume • See JOB EXPO on A2
Maybe Americans agree about more than they know WASHINGTON (AP) — Can we agree on this? Americans still think alike much of the time even if our politicians don’t. To get heads nodding, just say something worrisome about the economy or dismissive of Washington. Almost all Americans con1 sider themselves very
patriotic, believe in God, value higher education and admire those who get rich through hard work. Not much argument there. But here’s the oft-overlooked truth: Even some issues that are highly contentious in the partisan capital have solid public
support across the country. National polls show that 7 of 10 people want to raise the minimum wage. Similar numbers want term limits for Congress, support building the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada and back using government money to make preschool
available to every child. There are toeholds of agreement on big, divisive issues such as immigration, abortion and guns. If those slivers of consensus were the starting point in debates, political compromise might just be possible. Instead, drama and con-
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David Arnett Date of birth: 6/1/85 Location: Piqua Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 Hair color: Brown Eye color: ARNETT Blue Wanted for: Receiving stolen property
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Bailey ■ CONTINUED FROM A1 Doctors do not know what Bailey’s prognosis is, as they have no means of comparison. At the time of the diagnosis, 15-monthold Bailey was operating at the level of a 4-month-old. She now has progressed to about an 8-month-old. And though she still can’t roll over, sit up, crawl or walk, Stager focuses on all the things she can do: holding her head up, drinking from a straw, playing with toys and standing upright with the help of a stander to position her back. “She just rediscovered her tongue last week. We’ll say, ‘Where’s your tongue?’ and she’ll stick it out in the air. She also recognizes the words tongue, deer, hair, nose. She knows how to give kisses and she knows what ‘night night’ means. She doesn’t like that word,”
Date of birth: 7/2/88 Location: Piqua Height: 5’1” Weight: 128 Hair color: Red Eye SILER color: Blue Wanted for: Probation violation — Receiving stolen property • This information is provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. These individuals were still at-large as of Friday. • If you have information on any of these suspects, call the sheriff’s office at 440-6085. • Location identifies the last known mailing address of suspects.
said Stager, who also has an 8-year-old son, J.D. Harvey. Bailey undergoes therapy five times a week, between in-patient therapy at Dayton Children’s and the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development in Piqua and home visits from a Help Me Grow therapist from Riverside. She also has appointments with her pediatrician, Cincinnati Children’s Rehab, Dayton Children’s Rehab, Neurology and Infectious Disease. Stager has chosen to remain optimistic of the future for her daughter, relying on faith and the support of Chris and family and friends. “It’s a positive road,” Stager said. “We try to have her live her life normally, and we take her with us all the time, like to the Reds games.”
The Stagers are looking to purchase a stander for Bailey, priced at about $2,000, which would allow her to stand in place and be pushed. Bailey’s therapist let her borrow one for the day and she loved it, Stager said. On Saturday, the 2013 Baby Bailey Poker Run fundraiser — presented by Bikers for Forgotten Smiles — will take place at 5996 Germantown Pike in Dayton. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the first bike out at 1:15 p.m. Forgotten Breed M.C. and Two Bob’s Inn are hosting the event. Those unable to attend the fundraiser may send checks to Bikers for Forgotten Smiles, 3929 Soldiers Home West Carrollton Road, Moraine, OH 45342. An account is also set up at MainSource Bank called KP4BB (Keep Praying for Baby Bailey).
Willow shared. The Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry contest is sponsored by Main Street Market, which provided each child who participated with a special, light-up medallion as a keepsake for them to take home. Little Miss and Mr. committee Strawberry chairwoman and the pageant’s emcee, Sally Riechert, said she enjoyed each child’s effort and participation, and this year had one of the largest audience turnouts in the contest’s history. “The kids are just awesome — some are real talkers,” Riechert said. “We had an overwhelming turnout this year.” The 2013 Strawberry Festival Queen Rachel
Zelnick said she remembers participating in the Little Miss and Mr. Strawberry Contest as a child. “I did this when I was little — I didn’t win, but it was a good experience,” she said. “I think it’s super that these kids come out and get on stage. It’s fun to see them go up there and be themselves.” First runners-up were Josie Line, daughter of Brenten and Jennifer Line of Troy and Gavin Miller, son of Robert and Valerie Miller of Casstown; second runners-up were Norah Rocke, daughter of Scott and Michelle Rocke of Troy and Tristan Tidwell, son of Aimee Allen of Troy. Best costume went to Kamryn Clint, daughter of Ryan and Meghan Clint of Troy.
“In our neck of the woods there are different opinions,” says Hokse, of Saugatuck, Mich., “but we can talk about them.” The notion of a divided country even divides the academics. Some political scientists bemoan a disappearing ideological center, reflected in the polarization consuming politics. Others dismiss the idea of a balkanized nation of Republicanor Democratic-leaning states. They see instead a laid-back land of mostly moderate, pragmatic voters remote from their highly partisan leaders. Certainly there’s plenty for people to argue about. Last year’s presidential race fanned long-standing debates over the size of government, the social safety net and taxes. Some states have begun recognizing gay marriage; many have imposed constitutional bans. Some are tightening gun laws, while others are
looking to loosen them. Democrat Barack Obama is on track to become the most polarizing president in nearly seven decades of Gallup records. His predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, held the distinction previously, signaling a trend. Gallup says that 7 out of 10 people say Americans are greatly divided when it comes to the most important values. Yet with a few exceptions such as issues of race and gender and views of government, opinions haven’t changed much in a quarter-century of Pew polls tracking political values. “That’s a really critical point that often gets overlooked,” said Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. “It’s easy to assume when we see more partisan polarization that somehow American values are shifting. In most dimensions the way Americans overall look at things is very consistent over time.” While U.S. opinion overall stuck to the middle of the road, the politically engaged became better at sorting themselves into like-minded camps. Voters changed views or changed parties, and increasing numbers left the parties to become independents. Rockefeller Republicans and Reagan Democrats disappeared. The remaining party faithful are more ideologically distilled.
Littles ■ CONTINUED FROM A1 trophy collection with her first-ever award. “This is my first one (trophy),” she said. “I’m going to put it on the top.” Little Mr. Strawberry Connor Haywood, 5, of Troy, said he liked his trophy, too. “This is my second trophy,” Connor said. “I like when you get trophies when you win.” The pair both agreed that their favorite strawberry treat is the berries all by themselves. “The red strawberries are my favorite — with nothing on them,” Connor said. “I like when the strawberries get all squishy and you squeeze the juice out of them like grapes,”
■ CONTINUED FROM A1 pulled from the hundreds of applications that are often submitted at job fairs. “Come prepared to talk to us and share why you would be a good fit for the company,” Feingold said. “We will remember you if you came dressed as though you were interviewing on the spot, which is what you are doing at events like these.” Crown Equipment Corp.’s Jonathan Kebert represented the industrial equipment company at the Job Expo and helped collect “hundreds and hundreds” of resumes on Saturday. “We’ve been really busy all day,” Kebert said. “We are new to the community and I meet people who are looking for a new career opportunity face-to-face.” Kebert also said he enjoyed Friday’s “Career Day” to answer questions from local youth about finding a career path. Local high schools bused in hundreds of junior and seniors to get a real-world career experience in conjunction with the Job Expo Saturday. “It was awesome talking to kids and listening to them talk about their career goals,” Kebert said. Equipment Crown Corp.’s Shelly Busse said Saturday’s Job Expo was a
great opportunity to connect with the Troy community and recruit quality employees for their company. “I think it’s a great way to interact with the community,” Busse said. “It’s a nice way to meet people and get them to come work for us.” Troy Area Chamber Commerce executive director Sabra Johnson said the turnout for the event was “wonderful.” “We had people out here waiting in the lobby before we opened the doors for this event,” Johnson said. “The companies I’ve spoke with have said they were really pleased to see people out here with resumes and interview-ready today. We also saw a lot of on-site interviews, which is really encouraging.” Johnson said she was pleased with the variety of corporations and companies who participated in the Job Expo as well as the turnout from the community. “People were waiting in the parking lot before the doors were open and we love seeing that,” Johnson said. “There’s been such a big variety of people — it’s really impressive.” For more information and to view a list of career opportunities from the Job Expo, visit www.troyohio jobfair.com.
Obama: Help more homeowners WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress must give more homeowners the chance to refinance their mortgages to save money. Obama says more than 2 million people are saving about $3,000 a year after restructuring their loans under his administration but that more deserve the same chance. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama also called on the Senate to confirm “without delay” his choice of Democratic Rep. Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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out any notes of national harmony. Maybe the great division in politics these days lies between Washington and the rest of the nation. Bonny Paulson thinks so. A retired flight attendant in Huntly, Va., she rents a Shenandoah Valley log cabin to travelers. Paulson gets an earful of people grumbling about politicians, but she doesn’t hear much disagreement about the issues. “Washington is more polarized than the rest of the nation,” she says. Judy Hokse, visiting Washington with a group of volunteers serving meals to the homeless, says ordinary people are more entrenched in their political views than they were when she was a teenager in the 1970s. But the political standoff in Washington, she said, “is just way out there.”
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Two decades ago, Republican support for stricter environmental rules was at 86 percent, almost as high as for Democrats. Last year only 47 percent of wanted Republicans environmental tougher rules, Pew found. Democratic support remained high. On family values, it was Democrats who changed. Over 25 years, the numbers of Democrats saying they had “old-fashioned values” about family and marriage declined from 86 percent to 60 percent, while Republicans held steady. Despite the party shifts, stricter environmental rules and old-fashioned values are still endorsed by 7 out of 10 people. Likewise, the abortion debate divides the political parties and fervent activists. Yet most people stand somewhere in the middle. They overwhelmingly say abortion should be legal under some circumstances, especially in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life. At the same time, large majorities support some restrictions, such as a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent for minors. Gun control and illegal immigration? U.S. opinion is torn, with angry voices on all sides. Yet some ideas are getting support from 4 out of 5 people polled: extending federal background checks to all gun buyers, tightening
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security at the nation’s borders, and providing a path to citizenship for some workers who are in the country illegally, if they meet requirements such as paying back taxes. So there’s common ground. But even where people agree on big ideas, some of those ideas may conflict with each other. Republicans aren’t the only ones who say business is the nation’s backbone. Nearly three-fourths of Americans agree. But just as many worry that there’s too much power in the hands of a few big companies — a Democratic-sounding sentiment. Seven in 10 say the poor have become too dependent on government assistance, but even more want government action to make health care affordable and accessible. Details matter. A resounding majority believes that in the United States “the rich just get richer while the poor get poorer.” But there’s no consensus on what, if anything, to do about that. The nation is enduringly optimistic about Americans’ ability to solve problems, but it’s pessimistic about the people who make the rules in government and politics. Majorities believe elected officials are out of touch and harming the nation, and most say they prefer leaders who are willing to compromise, a rarity in Washington now. There’s bipartisan disdain for lawmakers. The divided Congress gets 15 percent approval from Republicans and 13 percent among Democrats, according to Gallup. “If you listen to the people here in town they’re all fed up,” said Debbie Grauel, owner of an independent office supply store in Deale, Md. “Everybody’s for term limits for everybody.” What else can bring a sprawling, diverse, free-spirited nation of 316 million close to agreement? It’s hard to say. Polls rarely measure the mom-andapple-pie stuff. “If there’s something that’s really a consensus, you are not going to find surveys asking about it,” said Tom Smith, director of the giant General Social Survey since 1980.