7 things we cannot wait for this spring

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Looking for a summer spot that has all the features of a perfect patio? Check this out! (Image provided by TJ Chumps)
Looking for a summer spot that has all the features of a perfect patio? Check this out! (Image provided by TJ Chumps)

Well, it’s officially spring. But unfortunately, we’re still waiting for consistent sunny days!

So for now, we will dream about these 7 things that signal springtime in Dayton!

Inside the Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum Metropark on Springboro Pike. CONTRIBUTED

1. A WALK IN THE PARK

There's no better way to welcome spring than with a beautiful hike through nature. The Dayton-area has an overabundance of scenic parks and trails, and they each offer something a little different. If you’re just interested in taking in some beautiful scenery, we recommend a walk through the paths at Cox Arboretum or a walk through the beautiful Charleston Falls. Looking for a more rigorous hike? Try the trails at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs.

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A view from the fountains at The Greene in Beavercreek. CONTRIBUTED

2. A DAY SHOPPING OUTDOORS

Sure, shopping is a year-round activity. But there’s nothing like the feeling of spending an afternoon at The Greene enjoying a bit of the outdoors while watching the fountains, sipping a beverage on one of many fantastic restaurant patios or just breezing in and out of your favorite stores. If you want a more unique shopping/dining experience, head to Yellow Springs instead. The village is known for its unique shops and dining destinations, including Ha Ha Pizza, The Winds Café, The Sunrise Café, Peach’s Grill and the Yellow Springs Brewery.

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Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 flavors of creamy, delicious homemade ice cream. Heaven! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

3. ICE CREAM!!!

Sure, you can eat ice cream anytime you want. But ice cream can also be an experience. Especially if it’s at Young’s Dairy!! Spend the day at the dairy barn and see animals, impress your date by showing off your skills in the batting cages or take in a game of putt-putt golf. If you’re hungry, you can grab a casual lunch at The Dairy Store or some comfort food at the Golden Jersey Inn. End your day with a delicious ice cream treat with Young’s homemade ice cream. We recommend the Buckeye sundae. It’s a peanut butter and chocolate lover's dream.

>> RELATED: 7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton

4. PATIO DRINKING AND DINING!!!

One of the best parts about spring is taking your dining and drinking experience outdoors. Dayton area bars and restaurants have some amazing patios to grab a quick drink or a full meal. Here are a few of our favorite patios: El Meson in West Carrollton, The Winds Café in Yellow Springs, The Trolley Stop and Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District, Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton, Basil’s Dayton with a river view and The Dublin Pub in the Oregon District.

>> INTERACTIVE MAP: Best patio dining in Dayton

You know spring has arrived when Dragons baseball begins. Heater and Gem and the rest of the Dragons will play at home Sunday through Friday. (Source: Contributed)

5. A DAY AT THE BALLPARK

A true sign of spring and warm weather is Dayton Dragons baseball. A Dragons game should be on everyone’s Dayton bucket list. Even if you aren’t into baseball, Dragons games offer a fun experience for all ages. It’s the perfect setting for a family outing, to enjoy a beer and baseball with friends or even a date. The Dragons’ home opener is set for April 6th.

>> RELATED: How to make the most out of a Dragons game

Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies

6. FOOD TRUCKS!!!!

Oh, sweet heavenly food trucks. A sure sign of spring is when you can get your paws on a Fat Cat Burger from McNasty’s, devour a bite-sized mac and cheese croquette from Hunger Paynes, or feast on a Pig Apple sandwich from PA’s Pork.

>> RELATED: Dayton food truck guide

Take a spin on one of the more than 300 miles of connected trails in the Miami Valley. CONTRIBUTED

7. A SCENIC BIKE RIDE

One of the best things about living in the Dayton area is a wonderful, interconnected system of bike paths that allow you the flexibility to take a short ride or basically bike across the entire Miami Valley. This is the perfect activity if you want some quiet reflection time while getting some great exercise, or something you can do alongside friends and family. Choose your own biking adventure with more than 300 miles of trails in the region.

>> RELATED: 10 things to know about Miami Valley bike trails

7 dessert recipes to boost Easter meals

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

WARMINSTER, PA - APRIL 18:  Pink and yellow Marshmallow Peeps are seen April 18, 2003 in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Just Born, the manufacturer of Marshmallow Peeps, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marshmallow Peeps, and now produces more than one billion individual Peeps per year. Last Easter, more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies were consumed by men, women, and children throughout the United States. Strange things people like to do with Marshmallow Peeps: eat them stale, microwave them, freeze them, roast them and use them as a pizza topping. Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies come in five colors. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
WARMINSTER, PA - APRIL 18: Pink and yellow Marshmallow Peeps are seen April 18, 2003 in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Just Born, the manufacturer of Marshmallow Peeps, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marshmallow Peeps, and now produces more than one billion individual Peeps per year. Last Easter, more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies were consumed by men, women, and children throughout the United States. Strange things people like to do with Marshmallow Peeps: eat them stale, microwave them, freeze them, roast them and use them as a pizza topping. Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies come in five colors. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)(William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

For those who are running late or need some different ideas for desserts to bring to Easter get-togethers, we’ve got you covered. 

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Below we have listed a few recipes that are sure to be a hit: 

Peeps

Make use of seasonal peeps to add extra decoration and make your dessert stand out.  

» Easter brunch guide in Dayton area 

» Roundup of Easter egg hunts in Dayton area



Hot Crossed Buns

Hot crossed buns isn’t just a song a you had to play on that recorder in fifth grade, but a traditional treat this time of year. A 12th-century monk was the first to mark the buns with a cross when he was baking them on Good Friday. The buns gained in popularity in England until they became a symbol for the holiday weekend, according to Smithsonian.com.



Easter Bunny

No Easter is complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny. With these sweet treats family members and children are sure to have a hoot. 



Rice Krispie Nest

Add some color to your dessert table with these festive colorful nests. 



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Marshmallow Bark

For those who have a sweet tooth and love four-ingredient recipes, this is the one for you.



Chocolate Lasagna

Any family get together is not complete without having a little chocolate (or a lot). This dish is sure to have your family talking for years to come. 

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35-pound cat joins adopted family for adorable wedding photos

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 8:52 AM

Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.
Humane Rescue Alliance
Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.(Humane Rescue Alliance)

The cat formerly known as Symba has had a busy time since he went viral in June for his eye-popping girth. 

The 35-pound orange tabby has since been adopted by a couple who got married on July 8.

Like many wedding guests, the cat, now named Vito, wanted to look his best. His new owners have placed him on a strict diet and a regular exercise regimen.

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The newlyweds posed with Vito in a series of photographs taken by Kristi Odom. Vito still has a ways to go to reach a healthy weight, but he looks like he's happy and content in his new home. 

35-pound cat named Symba seeking forever home

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.
Humane Rescue Alliance
Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.(Humane Rescue Alliance)

Staff at the Humane Rescue Alliance in the nation’s capital say they’ve seen a lot, but Symba is a first.

The 35-pound orange tabby cat is drawing lots of attention on social media.

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Symba is six years old, sweet, mellow and available for adoption, according to Humane Rescue Alliance officials. They posted photos of the portly feline on their social media pages on Thursday. The cat will need owners who are dedicated to helping the overweight cat shed some pounds. 

The cat's weight loss regimen has already started. In a tweet posted by the Humane Rescue Alliance, Simba is introduced to an exercise wheel, where he gingerly takes a few steps before taking a break.

6 reasons we love all the construction in downtown Dayton 

Published: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Downtown Dayton: New and upcoming projects

Surely you’ve noticed all the banging and beeping in and around downtown Dayton. 

It is the sound of construction, which is music to our ears.

>> Construction boom: 10 downtown Dayton projects 

There are large development projects like CareSource’s new office tower and housing developments like Delco Lofts, but much of that banging and beeping relates to restaurants and attractions.

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>> CareSource to buy office tower

Here’s a rundown of some recent projects  and those we are most looking forward to.

🏗️ MUDLICK TAP HOUSE

Where: 135 E. Second St. (the former Club Aquarius space)

When will it open: Soon (TBA)

🏗️ CANAL STREET ARCADE AND DELI 

Where: 308 E. First St. (the former home of the much-beloved music venue Canal Street Tavern)

 When will it open: The restaurant, bar and game room opened Wednesday, June 28.

Canal Street Arcade and Deli held a preview party on Tuesday, June 28. The restaurant an bar are located in downtown Dayton near Fifth Third Field.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

🏗️ THE FUNK MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND EXHIBITION CENTER 

Where: 113 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton’s Fire Block District

When will it open: Construction in progress. The nonprofit seeks donations of display cases and other materials.

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Dayton artist Delora Buford-Buchanan put clothes on the funk. Video by Amelia Robinson

🏗️ LOCK 27 BREWING 

Where: 329 E. First St. in the Delco Building near Fifth Third Field

When will it open:  Soon; the brewery is hiring employees now 

>> Dayton’s newest brewery now hiring, gearing up to open

Sneak peek inside Lock 27 Brewing in downtown Dayton

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🏗️ 416 DINER 

Where: 416 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District 

When will it open: Friday, July 7; there will be a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting

>> 7 things you should know about the new diner opening in the Oregon District

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🏗️ KETTE’S KANDIES SPIRITED TREATS

Where: 10 S. Jefferson St. behind Century Bar in the Fire Blocks District

When will it be open: Late fall

Joseph Head of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. File photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

🏗️DAYTON METRO LIBRARY’S NEW MAIN BRANCH 

Where:  215 E. Third St. 

When will it open: Aug. 5 

Two hundred people — elected officials, levy supporters and children from the The Dayton Metro Library Summer Challenge reading program — will hold the ribbon during a ceremony at noon on Aug. 5. That date is when the new library will be open to the public.

There will be a community festival outside of the library featuring local entertainers from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

>> Street festival, massive block-long ribbon cutting part of Dayton Metro Library opening