Local bike trails attracting worldwide attention

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:16 PM


            Amy Dingle, left, director of outdoor connections for Five Rivers MetroParks, and Janet Bly, general manager of the Miami Conservancy District, said the area’s outdoor trails and waterways drew the 2017 International Trails Symposium. The symposium will be May 7 to 10. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
Amy Dingle, left, director of outdoor connections for Five Rivers MetroParks, and Janet Bly, general manager of the Miami Conservancy District, said the area’s outdoor trails and waterways drew the 2017 International Trails Symposium. The symposium will be May 7 to 10. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The 2017 International Trails Symposium is coming to Dayton May 7 to 10, investing what organizers expect will be $1 million into the region and showcasing what a Five Rivers MetroParks director calls “the outdoor adventure capital of the Midwest.”

The American Trails bi-annual symposium was attracted to Dayton by what Janet Bly, Miami Conservancy District general manager, called the nation’s largest network of paved outdoor trails.

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About 500 visitors from 42 states, Washington, D.C., and 11 countries are expected at the symposium, which will feature paid workshops and classes, as well as free recreation, indoors and out. (For a full schedule, or to register for events, visit americantrails.org.)

What unites those coming to Dayton is more than love of the outdoors, Bly said.

“Some of it is love of the environment,” she said. “They see the economic impact of trails and are really trying to promote that in their own communities. And they’re wanting to see what other communities have done.”

Mike Passo, executive director of American Trails, said he and fellow organization leaders liked what they found when they visited the area in November 2016.

He said they found the region and its assets “compelling,” citing in particular what Passo called “an amazing trail system” — with more than 300 miles of interconnected trails, rivers, connections to the trail systems of other cities and more.

“It’s really quite amazing,” Passo said in an interview Friday. “There are activities and energy being put into the (Miami Valley) trail system here that just aren’t happening in other parts of the country.”

But Dayton offered something beyond outdoor assets, trails and waterways that other cities don’t have, he said: Persistence by proponents of Dayton. Passo in particular mentioned Amy Dingle — Five Rivers MetroParks director of outdoor connections.

Said Passo: “They just wouldn’t take ‘No’ for an answer.”

Dingle and Bly said they began making their case for Dayton to the American Trail board in 2015, when the symposium was held in Portland.

Board members were surprised at what they heard, the women said. Then they were intrigued. The area’s aviation heritage sites also were a draw.

“The story really goes back to 2008 and maybe 2006,” Dingle said. “It became really a dream of MetroParks. When we were starting to go into the economic recession, losing all the manufacturing … We said, ‘Wow, we have all these amazing amenities that we need to let the public know we have.’”

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INSIDE LOOK: $1.7M home with indoor pool for sale in Washington Twp.

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

1658 W. Alex Bell Road
1658 W. Alex Bell Road

An Italian-inspired home on West Alex Bell Road is for sale for $1.7 million in Washington Twp.

The home, located at 1658 West Alex Bell Road, sites on more than seven acres of land — overlooking thickly wooded areas and Hole’s Creek. The architecture of the home features multiple arches, wide limestone columns, walls of windows and glass doors.

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The home offers 6,130 square feet of space with an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and a guest home with a private driveway. There are also 50 sconces around the home, including custom-made ones in the foyer. The kitchen also has a six-burner gas cooktop with double ovens under a counter and a custom-built wine rack. The side buffet counter offers a wet bar and upper display cabinets.

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)
1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

Price: $1,695,000

Directions: West on Alex Bell Road, left before Chartwell Drive

Highlights:About 6,130 sq. ft., 3-plus bedrooms, 3 full baths, gated estate, 7.6 acres, indoor pool, Italianate architecture, 1998 ranch, study, addition in 2003, multi-purpose room, 7 fireplaces, patio, screened porches, veranda, custom-designed lighting, attached 3-car garage, updated ranch guest house with 4-car garage

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Dozens of Joe's Crab Shack restaurants abruptly close

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Over 40 Joe's Crab Shack Locations Close Without Warning

Dozens of Joe’s Crab Shack locations across the United States abruptly closed without warning amidst its parent company’s bankruptcy proceedings.

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Calls to a location in Duluth, Georgia, went unanswered Thursday afternoon, and restaurant review site Yelp deemed it closed based on user feedback. The Gwinnett site is also not listed on the company’s website.

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The Duluth location was included in a list of the 41 locations that closed without advance warning to employees, originally reported by Consumerist. The list included restaurants in nearly 20 states, including Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.

Joe’s Crab Shack’s parent company, Ignite Restaurant Group, did not return a request for comment. Ignite filed for bankruptcy in June. Landry’s, Inc. won an auction this month to acquire Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern and Tap brands from Ignite for $57 million.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk and WSBTV.com contributed to this report.

Moraine-based wholesaler celebrates growth, new office

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:43 PM

Besides Miamisburg’s 200,000-square-foot distribution center, seen here, Winsupply has similar centers in Middletown, Conn., Aurora, Colo. and in Prince George, Va. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
Besides Miamisburg’s 200,000-square-foot distribution center, seen here, Winsupply has similar centers in Middletown, Conn., Aurora, Colo. and in Prince George, Va. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Moraine-based Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has opened a new Winsupply company in Franklin, Tenn., its fifth new company of 2017.

Winsupply of Franklin will serve plumbing contractors in one of the fastest growing markets in the United States, and throughout greater Nashville, the company said Friday.

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The construction and industrial goods wholesaler operates on a unique business model, sharing risk and equity with partner companies — more than 580 of them — in 45 states.

The newly announced location has a new 3,000-square foot plumbing showroom, Winsupply said.

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Wright State gets grant for opioid addiction training

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:07 PM


            Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has been awarded a $499,095 grant toward the school’s primary care curriculum and a $80,000 supplemental grant for medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has been awarded a $499,095 grant toward the school’s primary care curriculum and a $80,000 supplemental grant for medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

An $80,000 federal grant will help train local phyisicians on medically assisted treatment of opioid addiction.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was awarded it to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, along with a $499,095 grant toward the school’s primary care curriculum.

The one-year supplemental grant toward medically assisted addiction treatment will help Binder and an interdisciplinary team to develop elective coursework in opioid use disorder and medically assisted treatment.

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“In Ohio, unintentional drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death. In Montgomery and Greene counties, unintentional drug overdose rates increased by more than 100 percent since 2010,” said Dr. S. Bruce Binder, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Binder is the principal investigator of the supplemental grant.

“By expanding the number of trained physicians, nurses and physician assistants to provide medical assisted treatment, we can more effectively address the opioid epidemic in Montgomery and Greene counties in addition to the rural counties affiliated with the Wright State University-Lake Campus in Celina,” he said in a statment from Wright State.

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The interdisciplinary team working on the grant project includes faculty members from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and the Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research in addition to the Wright State College of Nursing and Health, Wright State School of Professional Psychology and the Kettering College Physician Assistant Program.

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