Ohioans should consider drive-through trick-or-treating and stay out of haunted houses to avoid catching COVID-19 this Halloween, according to safety guidelines released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health.


"A disaster." 

That's how Joe Rozzi, vice president of sales for Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, describes business these days. What's normally the 90-year-old company's busiest time of year has been cut in half due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A typical Fourth of July usually has lots of flags, fireworks and parades. But this year is anything but typical as the pandemic has benched marching bands, banned floats, and sidelined spectators.

In Montgomery, Ohio — a small suburban Cincinnati community of about 10,000 where lawns are lush green and American flags abound — the annual Fourth of July parade is a long tradition. So when the pandemic threatened to cancel the annual parade, they decided to retool it.

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The city of Montgomery isn't letting COVID-19 steal all its summer fun. Fourth of July parade organizers are turning the annual event upside down this year.

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The crowd-sourced review site Yelp has released lists of the most and least romantic spots for Valentine's Day across the nation, and three area businesses have found themselves in the mix.  

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After a break last year, a favorite Valentine's Day candy is back - but things aren't the same.

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Updated Friday 10:30 a.m.

In ancient times, a beast swept through a village eating crop, livestock and people on New Year's Eve. A wise old man told the villagers the beast fears red, fire and loud firecracker noises. So, villagers put red lanterns and banners at the entrance of their homes and played with firecrackers to scare the beast away.

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It should come as no surprise that the holiday season produces more trash than usual. In fact, according to research from Stanford University, Americans throw away 25% more during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year.

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Cincinnati is looking decked out for the holidays. From the tree at Fountain Square to twinkle lights, well, everywhere—the Queen City is ready to welcome Santa, the new year, or just to add a little light to the darkest days of the year.

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A Miami University professor admits holiday cards and envelopes may not have a huge impact on landfills and recycling streams, but Steve Keller says there are things to watch for to keep the stream clean. He says most holiday cards are simply made of paper, which can be recycled. If there's glitter on the paper, throw it out.

Pro Tips For Low-Stress Air Travel This Holiday

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Most people don't want to be sweaty from running to catch their flight. So, CVG is suggesting travelers arrive two hours early.

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Does your family go overboard for the holiday? Ever try a consumer-free Christmas? Monday on Cincinnati Edition, strategies for encouraging your family to scale back on the gift giving so you can spend more time together this holiday.


Once upon a time, many years ago, I spent Christmas morning in the arraignment courtroom of the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

No, wiseacres, I was not up on charges.

A small nativity, complete with a figure representing newborn Jesus, is on display at the Ohio Statehouse right now. And the private group and lawmakers who want it there say it’s perfectly constitutional.


Doscher’s Candy Company in Newton, Ohio, still makes handcrafted candy canes the old fashion way, using the same recipe for close to 150 years.

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If you come across a string of broken lights as you unpack decorations for the upcoming holiday season, know there is at least one bright spot: you don't have to send them to a landfill. 

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The winter holiday season is in full swing, with plenty of things to see and do in the Tri-State. We asked people on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit for their tips and tricks for improving the entire experience.

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With Christmas around the corner, for those who celebrate, it's time to get our homes and lawns in the holly jolly spirit.

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With AAA expecting Thanksgiving 2019 to be the busiest holiday travel season since 2005, local commuters should also expect to hit some additional road blocks thanks to street closures around Downtown Cincinnati this Thursday and Friday.

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Some people want to avoid talking about politics while they load their Thanksgiving plates this Thursday. In need of another conversation starter? Try your family's history. Doing so can open up a world of information.