Dayton’s 2nd Street Market: 3 in 4 vendors will open to test Sundays

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:51 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

The calendar will say Sunday, but it will feel a lot like Saturday at the 2nd Street Market this summer when the market tests out expanded hours.

Three out of four market vendors have committed to opening on Sundays during a 13-week pilot program that starts at the beginning of June, said Jimmy Harless, manager of the 2nd Street Market.

Most of the market’s major vendors will be open for business, and every type of seller will be represented on Sundays, including three outside farmer vendors, Harless said.

Pavilion vendors, who sell crafts, art, jewelry and other creations, also will have a strong representation, and musicians will be present, playing for tips, Harless said.

“We’re going to offer pretty much everything we offer on Saturday,” he said. “It’ll have more of a Saturday feel with the outside market, with music for entertainment.”

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Some vendors who plan on being open on Sundays include Caffeine Carl, the Flowerman, KJB Farm, the Olive Tree, the Chef Case, Crepe Bohème, Spice Rack & Bulk Foods, Cheeky Meat Pies, Tim’s Gifts N More, New World Alpaca Textiles, Dayton Urban Green, Animal Snackers Bakery, Arepas & Co. Express and Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

“We are so excited and so ready for this,” said Azra Kaurin, owner of Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

Five Rivers MetroParks’ pilot program, if successful, could lead the market to not only bring back Sunday hours in 2018 but also possibly expand its hours of operation further, officials said.

Success will be measured by attendance, feedback and vendor participation.

For this year, pulling Friday attendance figures on a Sunday would be an achievement, said Amy Forsthoefel, Five Rivers MetroParks’ research and analysis manager.

That equates to about 1,000 to 1,200 people every Sunday.

It’s unclear if the market will be able to reach that benchmark, but officials expect Sundays to feel a lot more like Saturdays than either Thursdays or Fridays.

Saturdays draw about 5,000 visitors during the peak parts of summer.

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For years, the buzz around the market was that vendors would love the opportunity to open on Sundays.

Now that they have that chance, vendors have lined up to participate in the pilot program, which runs June 4 to Aug. 27.

Customers also have expressed lots of interest in Sunday hours. The market will soon learn if customers’ enthusiasm matches the vendors.

Longest-serving Dayton commissioner dies

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:15 PM

Dean Lovelace, former Dayton City Commissioner

Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton City Commissioner, died this morning.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley confirmed that Lovelace has died.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” she said. “His legacy will always be here, not only locally but nationally, his efforts fighting for the economically disadvantaged in our community.

“It was an honor serving with him as mayor and city commissioner,” Whaley said.

He left the commission Jan. 3, 2016, for health reasons after finishing his sixth term. His political career spanned more than two decades, and in the 1980s he ran the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in Dayton.

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Lovelace, who was in his early 70s, was known as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy and vulnerable residents in the city, friends and peers said.

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Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin said Lovelace would take up issues no one else would, such as predatory lending, earned tax income, about holding banks accountable, and he also was instrumental in the dialogue about race in the city, she said.

“It is such a loss to the community. Dean Lovelace was such a fighter even through his illnesses,” she said. “He believed in what he believed and he acted on it, but he never forgot the little people.”

In addition to his 22 years on the commission, Lovelace retired in 2009 after a 25-year career at the University of Dayton, where he was director of the Dayton Civic Scholars program.

Funeral plans have not been announced.

Flood advisory in effect for several counties

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:55 PM

Flood Advisory

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UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m.

A flood advisory for Auglaize and Mercer county is in effect through 11:45 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service.

UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.

A flood advisory is in place through 11:30 p.m. for Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties, issued by the National Weather Service.

UPDATE @ 7:05 p.m.

A flood advisory is in effect until 10 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service.

FIRST REPORT

A flood advisory is in effect until 9 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall. Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses will occur. In addition, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches will experience minor flooding, the NWS reported.

Water rescue underway for man who loses kayak in Dayton

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:04 PM

Dayton crews are launching a boat to rescue a man tonight who apparently lost his kayak in the Great Miami River.

According to initial reports, the man is not in distress but requires assistance to get out. He is reportedly on an island in the middle of the river, not far from a kayak water feature.

The incident was reported in the 600 block of West Third Street.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

Trump quickly finds voice on Twitter after returning from foreign trip

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:36 PM

Back after a nine day overseas trip, President Donald Trump returned to a familiar plan of operations on Sunday, as he used Twitter to jab at his critics and the news media, vowing to push ahead on his legislative agenda in the Congress, and making clear he wants a crack down on leaks from the U.S. Government.

“Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!” the President said early on Sunday morning.

Here are some things to look for with Mr. Trump back at the White House:

1. The President isn’t going silent on Twitter. Despite some news reports while he was gone that aides have tried to limit Mr. Trump’s time on social media, @realDonaldTrump was doing more than just highlighting White House talking points, as he issued a series of tweets on Sunday morning and later in the evening that plowed familiar ground. The Twitter barrage started softly – “Big win in Montana for Republicans!” the President tweeted about Thursday’s special election victory for the GOP – but then the President revved his engines. “Fake News is the enemy,” Mr. Trump said, as he took aim at the news media.

2. Will the President be firing White House leakers? Another story that broke while Mr. Trump was gone was one that said three leakers inside the White House had been identified, and that the President would be getting rid of them once he returned to the U.S. No names were revealed, but it has resulted in plenty of rumors across the political spectrum, especially more from conservative figures on social media, who publicly pointed the finger at aides whom they argued are not reliably supportive of the President. While those stories have circulated, Mr. Trump floated a different possibility – that maybe there aren’t leaks after all.

3. Don’t forget the Trump Agenda in Congress. The President on Sunday pressed two of his biggest agenda items, tax cuts and overhaul of the Obama health law. One interesting note was that Mr. Trump seemed to argue for more spending in a GOP health plan that is now before the Senate. “I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere,” the President tweeted. “ObamaCare is dead – the Republicans will do much better!” For now, Senators still haven’t forged a deal that can get a majority – that will be their focus when they return to work on June 5. Asking the Republicans to spend more government money on health care does not seem to be a GOP priority, as Mr. Trump tweeted.

4. The President presses for tax reform. In his Sunday tweets, Mr. Trump also used the bully pulpit to call for action in the Congress on tax cuts and tax reform. While both the House and Senate have held some introductory hearings, no real details have been handed out – other than one page of bullet points from the White House. While the President says it is “ahead of schedule,” Congress cannot act on a tax package until lawmakers finish action on health care overhaul. Despite his tweet, Mr. Trump’s tax plan has a lot of details that are TBD – and it’s not even clear that Congress can act on tax reform this year.

5. Is the White House readying a “War Room” While the President jabbed at the press over leaks, he didn’t give any hints on whether there would a shakeup in his own communications team, which has been reported by a number of news organizations, saying the White House is ready to set up a rapid response team to deal with stories about the Russia investigation, and other matters for top staffers. The Russia story didn’t go away with Mr. Trump in Europe, and it won’t be easy to sidestep once he is back at the White House.

6. Will Spicer be out? Or just to the side? While the President was overseas, there were reports that Mr. Trump was ready to make major changes in how the communications team deals with the press. The White House has denied that Press Secretary Sean Spicer will be pushed out, but his job security has been the subject of roller coaster rumors for the past four months; we could see more of Sarah Sanders at briefings. There have also been rumblings about making major changes in the White House briefings, maybe even doing away with the televised daily briefing. That would certainly make some news.