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

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.

RELATED: Date set to open River Run in downtown Dayton

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.’”

FIVE NEW BUSINESS READS

City of invention: Dayton remains a cradle of creativity

Green County firm lands work with SpaceX

Soin award honors Dayton robotics start-up

Company’s grand opening to bring TV program to town

OHIO IMPACT: More Ohio Kmart, Sears stores to close by September

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:26 AM

Sears Holdings will close 20 more Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S., on top of the 245 closings already announced early this year — and the latest round of cuts will affect Ohio locations.

The company announced the latest closures to store employees early this week, according to Business Insider. The new list of closures include Sears department stores in in Sarasota, Florida; Roseville, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Overland Park, Kansas, among others, according to the report.

» STORE CLOSINGS: 9 things that happened in retail in June

Three Ohio stores made the list, but none of them were located in Southwest Ohio. In March, the company warned there is “substantial doubt” that the stores can continue to survive, according to an ominous warning filed in a report with the Security and Exchange Commission. The company lost $2.2 billion in sales last year.

» RELATED: Kmart, Sears stores to close in Ohio

The new list of closures include:

— 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

— 1601 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL

— 9701 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS

— 5715 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA

— 4575 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego

— 126 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD

» RELATED: Are Sears and Kmart closing near you? Company issues somber notice

— 17318 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown, MD

— 32123 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville, MI

— 14250 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, MN

— 1640 Route 22, Watchung, NJ

— 1425 Central Avenue, Albany, NY

— 4000 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY

— 601-635 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY

— 7875 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, OH

— 6950 W 130th Street, Middleburg Heights, OH

— 3408 W Central Avenue, Toledo, OH

— 650 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI

— 300 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX

— 9570 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX

— 5200 South 76th Street, Greendale, WI

Dayton airport sees decrease in airport traffic

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 1:31 PM


            FILE

Passenger traffic at the Dayton International Airport decreased by nearly 3,000 passengers last month compared to the same time in 2016.

Approximately 93,244 passengers flew by way of the Dayton airport in May, compared to the more than 96,224 who traveled during the same month in 2016. Approximately 405,659 travelers have flown from the Dayton airport so far this year, compared to the 416,023 passengers who flew in the same time period last year.

It was the last full month of service for Southwest Airlines at the Dayton airport, and 10,189 travelers flew with the air carrier in May. That was about 1,000 less than the same time last year. Southwest halted services in early June, in favor of adding services at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

» Dayton Airport director’s plan to lure passengers: Bigger planes, more flights

Dayton saw an increase in passengers who flew with Allegiant Air, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of service at the airport. Approximately 3,853 passengers flew with the low-cost carrier in may, compared to the 2,758 passengers who flew Allegiant in May 2016. Part of that increase can be attributed to new routes added at the Dayton airport, including a new flight to Myrtle Beach that started on May 24.

While Dayton saw an overall slight decrease in passenger volume, some larger airports continue to thrive. More passengers flew out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport last month than ever before.

Local traffic was up more than 16 percent year-over-year with 323,049 originating passengers, compared to 278,344 in May 2016, representing 44,705 new travelers coming through CVG’s front door. That’s more than any other month in the airport’s 70-year history.

» RELATED: 5 tips for booking cheap flights

“At CVG, we’re embracing what’s next and planning for a bright future, as we work to continue breaking records by growing both passenger and cargo operations, and lowering airfares,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer for CVG. “The new activity and additional landed weight will enable CVG to continue lowering its landing fees, benefiting all carriers while ensuring we remain a great place to do business. CVG is operating its business in a very strategic way, and we’re seeing tremendous results.”

» RELATED: After Southwest departure, what’s next for Dayton airport?

In May, CVG offered nonstop service to 47 domestic and five international destinations, more than any other airport in the Tri-State region. CVG passengers, on average, are paying $170 less per round-trip ticket than they were two years ago.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers: 3 things to know

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:08 AM


            FILE

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opens its first Dayton-area location today at 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp.

Raising Cane’s joins an increasingly competitive chicken-restaurant market, with most of the recent growth focused on Dayton’s south suburbs.

CHECK OUT THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RAISING CANE’S

Record travel expected for July Fourth weekend in Ohio, U.S.

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

FILE

A record-breaking number of travelers will hit the road in Ohio and across the U.S. for the July Fourth weekend, crowding highways and airports.

More than 44 million Americans and nearly two million Ohio residents will travel for the holiday weekend, according to an analysis by AAA. That’s the highest July Fourth travel volume on records, and represents a nearly 3 percent increase compared to 2016.

The holiday travel period is defined as Friday to Tuesday. This year, approximately 1.9 million Ohio residents plan to celebrate the holiday over the long holiday weekend. More than 1.6 million plan to drive to their destination, an increase of more than 3 percent compared to last year.

» RELATED: New travel, insurance center opens in Beavercreek

“Based on traveler intent, we are on pace for record-setting travel this summer” said AAA spokesperson Cindy Antrican. “Enthusiastic Miami Valley area travelers are joining in the travel frenzy as well”.

The top travel destinations here locally?
  1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  2. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  3. Ft Walton Beach/ Destin – Florida Panhandle
  4. Hershey, Pennsylvania
  5. In and around Ohio