Chauncey, Ohio

I met this lovely family wandering through Chauncey. I don’t know the area very well, so I’m trying to talk to as many people as I can to get a feel for the place.

CHAUNCEY, OHIO—21 March 2017—Dennis Radford holds his grand-niece, Brielle Radcliff (1), while his grand-nephew, Braelon Swiney (5), begins a construction project.

Carriage Hill Fire

Firefighters attempt to stop the fire in Carriage Hill building number 12 on February 26th, 2017. (WOUB / Drake Withers)

Firefighters spray water from the back of Carriage Hill building number 12 as the fire spreads towards the north end of the building. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Bystanders watch the fire from the field behind the Carriage Hill apartment complex. Residents from the adjacent building were also evacuated. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters spray water into the top of Carriage Hill building number 12. The fire spread from room to room, burning most of the interior of the building and destroying almost the entire roof. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters wait during a period of low water pressure, allowing the main water nozzles to take priority. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Bystanders watch the fire from the Carriage Hill parking lot. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Emergency responders continue to fight the fire in Carriage Hill building number 12 as more emergency vehicles arrive from neighboring cities. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters from various departments spray water into Carriage Hill building number 12 from the parking lot. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters break the windows in Carriage Hill building number 12 to spray water directly into the building. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters spray water into Carriage Hill building number 12 from the roof of an adjacent building. The fire was prevented from spreading to any nearby structure, although building 12 was left in ruins. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

River City Blues Competition

Every year there is a blues competition in Marietta, Ohio. I attended this year on behalf of WOUB News; here are some of the photos:

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—Cedric Ridgeway and Luther Trammell, forming a two-piece band called Luther and Cedric “Lightning Blues,” perform at the 25th annual River City Blues Competition.

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—Michael Gough, vocalist and singer for the Gough Martin Blues Band, performs at the 25th annual River City Blues Competition with Gerry Smoot on drums.

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—John Martin plays a solo on the guitar while Gerry Smoot plays drums during the Gough Martin Blues Band’s part of the 25th annual River City Blues Competition.

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—The Gough Martin Blues Band, comprised of Patrick Preston (left), John Martin, Gerry Smoot, and Michael Gough, performs during the 25th annual River City Blues Competition.

Athens, Ohio Water Main Break

A break in a main pipe left the entire city of Athens, Ohio without water for a day. Schools and businesses were closed, and even after the repair the city was placed under a boil-water notice for two days more.

According to Nick Joseph, Division Supervisor for Engineering and Public Works, the rupture was caused by a “water hammer,” a phenomenon which causes more pressure to build up than the pipes can withstand. This site is close to the main water reservoir, Joseph says, and there was a similar rupture near this site about two and a half years ago.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 16, 2017—Pat Casco (left), Jon Young, Glen Goins, and Ryan Brickles wait for a new section of pipe after preparing the location of the water main break. 

ATHENS, OHIO—February 16, 2017—Jon Young (left) and Pat Casco, Engineering and Public Works employees, wade through muddy water to clean off the exposed segments of pipe in prepare it for its repair.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 16, 2017—Ryan Brickles (bottom left) and Jon Young clean off an exposed section of the Athens City water main with Pat Casco (top left) and Glen Goins (top right).

Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge visited our Athens, Ohio campus last week in collaboration with Adyn’s Dream, a non-profit group dedicated to the relief of families affected by cases of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I photographed the event on assignment for WOUB News.

Athens, Ohio—Senior Yoga

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Yoga instructor Linda Cochran leads a class of senior citizens during preliminary stretching exercises. The class brings dozens of seniors to the Athens public library every week, many of whom have attended for years.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Yoga instructor Linda Cochran helps Jelly Huizinga to relax during the opening stages of a class for senior citizens.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Alfred Clapp exercises alongside senior citizens in a weekly yoga class. Clapp attends to assist his mother, Alice Clapp, who resides in an assisted living facility.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Tutty Ice (left) and her friend Pam Boyer hold a difficult position during a senior yoga class taught in the public library.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Nancy Walker lies in a resting position at the end of a yoga class offered weekly to senior citizens. This position opens the chest cavity and facilitates meditation.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Chuck Adkins enters a resting position at the close of a weekly yoga class offered to senior citizens.