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Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Art

Kettering’s Art on the Commons announced See page 2

Block Party

The City of Kettering held its annual event See page 3

Wright Library holding ‘Food for Fines’ OAKWOOD — Wright Memorial Public Library is planning a “Food for Fines” campaign beginning Friday, June 1 through Friday, June 15. Up to $5 in fines will be waived for every 1 non-perishable food item donated. All food items collected will be donated to The Foodbank, serving Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. “This is an opportunity for patrons to wipe their overdue fines clean and do something helpful for their community,” said Ann Snively, Director. All non-perishable foods will be accepted. The Foodbank is most in need of hearty soups, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, canned meats, rice and beans, evaporated and powdered milk, puddings and custards, canned fruits, vegetables and juices, pastas and sauces, hot and cold cereals, and baking mixes. Please no glass containers, unlabeled, perishable, or expired/damaged items. There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that may be cleared. Fees for lost or damaged items are not eligible. The “Food for Fines” campaign is being held as a way to encourage patrons to return overdue items and clear their accounts in advance of the library beginning to use a collection agency specializing in recovering unreturned library materials. Additional details regarding this new program are available at the library. Wright Library is located at 1776 Far Hills Avenue. The Library’s hours of operation are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

INDEX News Pages 2&3 Opinion Page 4 Family/Life Page 5 Obituaries Page 6 Record Page 6 Sports Page 7 Classifieds Pages 8-10 Fairmont page Page 11 Oakwood page Page 12

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Times photos by Bill Duffield and Ken Jarosik

Oakwood, Fairmont hold graduations Oakwood and Fairmont high schools held their graduation ceremonies this past week. At top left, an Oakwood student departs the stage at the Dayton Convention Center after receiving her diploma. At top right, a Fairmont student celebrates by raising a ‘passport’ overhead. At bottom right, the family of Fairmont grad Kaela McDaniel showed their pride on their chests. More photos on pages 11 & 12.

Education bill draws responses from legislators By BILL DUFFIELD Times editor bduffield@tcnewsnet.com KETTERING — The State Senate and House of Representatives will soon be coming together with the education of Ohio’s youth at stake. Senate Bill 316 has been passed by the Senate and is now awaiting what changes will be coming in the House. But how close are those two governmental bodies from agreeing? The bill, which went to the House last week and was being discussed in what Rep. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) described as an “informal committee,” would include changing the grading system for the state’s school report cards and also calls for a “third grade reading guarantee” that would hold students back if the student could not read at grade level. The student would also receive remedial instructions. “The Senate set the point of retention,” State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) said. “The House doesn’t agree with that.” Lehner continued that the standards students and schools will be held to is changing. “By 2014, the common core standard will have to meet the national standard,” she said. “We put into code (the numbers) needed to be proficient without saying that that will change. That’s not

Sen. Peggy Lehner

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Rep. Jim Butler good. That could mean a large number of retentions – 65 percent. “In two years, proficiency will be limited. We felt it is imperative to make the changes before handing out the punishment. The goal is to get them ready – not to retain students.” She added that part of this change definitely involves the teachers. “Teachers, in general, are not trained to teach reading,” Lehner said. “We have to have teachers get the training and have a proficiency rating in teaching reading. That will not happen overnight. But we want to give students and schools the opportunity to succeed.” Lehner said the Senate plan would call for 90 minutes a day set aside for reading in the See BILL, page 2

Alter and Fairmont were were well represented at the OHSAA State Track and Field Meet. At top, Alter’s 4x400 girls’ relay team of Erika Rogers, Austin Borton, Caitlin Mershad and Olivia Albers finished third in the state. Borton and Albers also teamed with Kyly Borton and Alex Groene to take second in the 4x800 relay. Albers also took second in the 1,600-meter run. Fairmont junior Natalie Uy (right) finished 7th in the Division I long jump with a best effort of 17-feet, 2-inches. Look for more on page 7 Photos by Shawn Bauman

Fire damages apartments OAKWOOD — Oakwood Safety Department crews were on hand to fight a kitchen fire in the 2800 block of Shafor Blvd. at approximately 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 31. As of 11 a.m., crews were in the process of clearing the scene. Shafor Blvd. was blocked between Brydon Rd. and East Dr.

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