Butterfly Festival Flutters Into Cox Arboretum

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 @ 2:40 PM
Updated: Monday, June 06, 2005 @ 3:49 PM

Butterfly Festival Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroPark, Dayton, Ohio

Date: June 25-26, 2005 Description: Getting an up-close view of caterpillars and butterflies takes on a whole new meaning at the 2005 Butterfly Festival, where a 22-legged caterpillar is 10-feet long and the wings of a butterfly span six feet. The larger-than-life replications of the festivals guests of honor are among the collection of Waking Dream's eye-catching large-scale puppets that will entertain and delight people of all ages on June 25 and 26 at Cox Arboretum & Gardens MetroPark.

Waking Dream brings a whole new element to the festival, which celebrates the season opening of Ohio's only native Butterfly House. The presenting group, which was funded with grants from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the DPL Foundation, will be holding teacher and student workshops on large-scale puppetry at the Arboretum on Friday, June 24.

Workshops will provide the opportunity to learn about puppetry design and materials, performance technique and audience engagement. Participants will build a large-scale butterfly puppet that will be included in festival performances. Teachers will also discuss ways to tie large-scale puppetry into an educational program.

Butterfly House enables children and adults to view native butterflies in all stages of metamorphosis. Butterfly House features species such as the Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Monarch, Viceroy, Wood Nymph, Silver Spotted Skipper, Giant Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Luna Moth, Cecropia Moth, Pipevine Swallowtail and Buckeye.

In addition to tours of the Butterfly House, the Festival offers a variety of free activities:

The Time Warner Cable Discover & Grow Zone: Youth can explore butterfly and moth life cycles; look at cocoons, wings and antennas under the microscope; dissect flowers; make butterfly crafts; create a giant butterfly mural and participate in other hands-on activities.

Children’s Parade: Children can join Waking Dream in the Butterfly Parade, held at 3:15 p.m. in the gardens. Live Entertainment: Saturday features folk music from Roadblock at 11 a.m. and the Paul Michael Band at 1:30 p.m.; Sunday includes magic by Stan the Magic Man at 11 a.m., jazz by Steven Gregory at noon, The Centerville Community Band at 2 p.m. and TNT Dance Machine at 3:30 p.m. Demonstrations and Tours: Saturday: 11:30 a.m. -- Making a Simple Trellis; 12:30 p.m. -- Tours through Conservation Corner’s natural habitat; 1:30 p.m. --Container Gardening Sunday: 12:30 a.m. -- Tours through Conservation Corner’s natural habitat; 1:30 p.m. -- Designing your own Butterfly Garden; 2:30 p.m. -- Plants for Pennies: Propagating Plants for a Butterfly Garden Butterfly Displays: Displays will feature butterfly gardening and butterfly identification Butterfly Gallery: Vendors, including Greg’s Antiques, the Basket Weaver’s Guild, Devine Gifts and Collectibles, Robbie Designs, Monica Finan, J.D. Hook’s, Usborne Books, The Art Garden, Clowns by Clowns, the Arboretum’s Linden Tree Shop and more, will showcase butterfly-related garden accents, home décor and artwork. Food: Hot dogs, corn dogs, bratwurst, burgers, tacos, nachos and cheese, french fries, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream and other festival fare will be sold. Child ID: MetroPark Rangers will prepare child identification kits, including DNA samples, for parents to use in case of emergencies.

Butterfly Festival activities are free and open to the public. The Festival is sponsored by the DPL Foundation, National City, the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. Additional parking is available in the Bauer School parking lot, directly south of the Arboretum. Also, during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can park at St. Henry’s directly across the street from the Arboretum and catch a shuttle provided by Time Warner Cable to and from the festival. For More Info: 434-9005

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.