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Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 1:07 PM
— May 28 marks a year since a child fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, causing zoo officials to shoot and kill Harambe, one of the apes.
Soon, fans of Harambe other gorillas will again be able to visit the famous ape’s former enclosure at the zoo’s Gorilla World.
Changes include new landscaping, an energy-efficient stream and waterfall and a resurfaced outdoor habitat.
A new indoor area will also allow guests to see the gorillas year-round.
“We launched a fundraising campaign to expand Gorilla World in 2015 and have come a long way since we broke ground on the project last fall,” zoo director Thane Maynard said in a news release. “We’re on track to complete the new indoor environment this fall and excited to get gorillas outside in a few weeks.
According to Cincinnati.com, fundraising for the project raised $12 million.
Maynard said Gorilla World, which opened in 1978, had been well-maintained over the years, but the zoo’s “involvement in international gorilla conservation and concern for gorilla well-being at our zoo and everywhere influenced (the) decision to expand and revitalize.”
“We wanted to make it better,” Maynard said.
The zoo installed new barriers at the exhibit after a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. The Cincinnati Zoo is home to at least 10 gorillas.
Zoo officials say the new barriers include wooden beams and knotted rope netting.
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Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:10 AM
HAMILTON — The latest economic-development tool in Hamilton — outdoor drinking of adult beverages as people stroll through downtown — moved closer to reality this week.
Hamilton City Council held the first of two required readings on Wednesday of legislation creating a proposed Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area. The next reading is scheduled for March 28.
The drinking is to start May 1, after a period during which businesses and the community will be taught about the program.
“We’ve been researching the other five cities that have already implemented this in Ohio, along with getting public feedback” from people in Hamilton, Kristin Youngmeyer, a city management fellow, told members of council.
The hours of operation would be noon to midnight seven days a week, a span that city employees say is easy to remember for visitors and residents.
The area would take in areas of the downtown, German Village neighborhood including the new Marcum Park, the Main Street corridor of restaurants and shops and the area of the proposed Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill on North B Street.
The city surveyed affected businesses, property owners, those who put on special events, residents within the area and all city residents in general, said Charla Henderson, another city fellow.
The property-owner survey went out to more than 1,000 residents of the area, because “we really wanted to make sure they were comfortable being part of something like a DORA,” Henderson said.
Another 500 surveys were received online, and that had “overwhelming support,” Henderson said. “About four out of five residents were very much in support of the DORA.”
A similar percentage said they would use the DORA, with about the same percentage approving of the boundaries. Most who disliked the boundaries also “disliked the DORA as a whole,” Henderson said.
Also, four of five said they didn’t oppose the $1 charge for a special DORA cup, which would identify the beverages as ones that had been purchased from an area business. The proceeds are to be used to clean the area and oversee safety programs.
Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 2:27 PM
HUESTON WOODS S.P. — Visitors to Hueston Woods State Park learned about nature, trees and how Native Americans and pioneers made maple syrup this weekend during the Hueston Woods Maple Syrup Festival.
During what one naturalist described as the 52nd annual version of the festival, visitors to the park stood next to what Jenny Richards, a visiting naturalist from Shawnee State Park and a self-described tree hugger, told them was a 350-year-old tulip tree.
Richards told tour groups, who arrived in the woods by hay rides, almost any tree can provide sap that makes tasty syrup, with the nasty notable exception of sycamore trees, according to the late naturalist and wild-food proponent Euell Gibbons.
But maple trees are used because they have the highest sugar content, about 2 percent (with 98 percent water), people were told during the festival. Lids are kept over the buckets to keep out additional water to reduce the amount of cooking time. The longer the syrup is cooked, the darker it becomes, getting away from the beloved amber color.
Richards told one group the sap is “the sweetest, most delicious water ever.”
No trees were harmed in the making of the syrup, naturalists promised.
In one sight visitors had that resembled a science-fiction horror film scene, sky-blue-colored plastic tubes spread through the woods like veins, with sap streaming through them by gravity and converging into larger tubes before pouring into a holding place, before the sap would be processed.
At the “sugar shack,” tour-takers saw the process of evaporating water from the sap to produce a product they tasted before visiting a gift-shop area where they bought syrup, gloves, T-shirts and sweat shirts.
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 9:53 AM
HAMILTON — About 90 people showed up Wednesday to learn about, and offer their ideas for, a proposed year-round market at the abandoned Freight House located east of Hamilton’s downtown.
They showed up for two meetings, at 6 and 7 p.m., at Miami University’s Hamilton campus to hear about the proposed use for the property at 1007 Maple Avenue, located south of High Street.
All ideas were welcome, one of the effort’s leading proponents, Alfred Hall, assured the audience during the first session.
“Our thoughts and ideas are our thoughts and ideas,” he said. “You have your thoughts and ideas.”
One goal of the market, which proponents hope would operate through the week and all year, is to make everybody in Hamilton feel welcome, Hall said: “We feel the best way to do that is through food.”
He envisions a commercial kitchen, where vendors and small companies would have a place to prepare foods that they aren’t allowed to create in their homes for public sale.
Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 4:04 AM
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The executive director of a California holiday display said San Jose's Christmas in the Park has set a Guinness world record, KGO reported.
Jason Minsky said the 600 illuminated Christmas trees in one location set the world record. The paperwork has been accepted by Guinness, KGO reported. It will become official after Christmas in the Park documents all of the trees on video.
The official lighting of the 38th annual Christmas in the Park tree display in San Jose occurred Friday night. The display will remain open through Jan. 7, KGO reported.