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Cover your perennial flowers this weekend, snow coming Monday

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 4:04 PM

            Perennial flowers could be at risk this weekend with colder temperatures expected.
Perennial flowers could be at risk this weekend with colder temperatures expected.

This weekend’s low temperatures will mean gardeners will want to cover perennial flowers.

Temperatures will be in the teens early Saturday, bringing a cold burst of weather to what has been a relatively warm winter, said StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

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“It’s been basically a month since we’ve had temperatures this cold,” Vrydaghs said. “I know a lot of people might have plans this weekend. Some people may have their perennials coming up, and they might want to think about covering up those plants to protect them from this harsh, cold weather.”

The National Weather Service also recommends bringing plants inside, if possible.

“Due to the unseasonably warm temperatures of the past several weeks, some vegetation may already be vulnerable to these cold temperatures,” the service said in a statement. “Protect sensitive plants by bringing them indoors if possible. Those with agricultural interests are advised to protect tender vegetation.”

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Clouds will increase through the day Saturday with the slight chance of a passing flurry, mainly south. Temperatures once again will stay below normal with highs in the lower 30s. The cold will return again Saturday night with lows back down in the teens, Vrydaghs said.

High pressure arrives Sunday, bringing mostly sunny skies back to the region. But Vrydaghs said this sunshine will not help to warm us though, as highs only reach into the lower 30s after a cold start in the teens.

Clouds increase Monday as an Alberta Clipper approaches from the northwest. This will bring the chance of scattered snow showers to the area, Vrydaghs said. Some rain may mix in from the south as temperatures climb into the middle 30s by the afternoon.

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CareSource: Downtown Dayton construction fire ‘no reason to delay’ completion of new offices

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

The new CareSource building under construction caught fire sending up black smoke that could be seen miles from Dayton

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. (March 22):

A CareSource spokeswoman said the organization does not anticipate today’s fire at the new CareSource building to delay the completion or opening of the new building.

“The new CareSource office location is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019 and at this time there is no reason to delay the completion and opening,” said Fran Robinson, spokeswoman for CareSource.

>>WHAT HAPPENED: CareSource building under construction catches fire on the roof

Robinson said the fire at the construction site at First and Jefferson streets did not effect operations at any of its other four office locations in downtown Dayton.

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“At no time was the fire a danger to any downtown office location or staff,” Robinson said.

Robinson said approximately 2,000 staff work in Dayton for CareSource.

>>NEW DETAILS: What is the new CareSource building under construction? 


The spokeswoman for CareSource spoke with our team about how Thursday’s downtown Dayton fire at the new CareSource construction site on Jefferson Street is impacting the company’s operations.

Fran Robinson said, “We want to let people know that our operations are not affected. Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings.”

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“Our support lines are open and operational.” added Robinson.

“I think that the official word of what happened to cause the fire at the new construction site will have to come from the Fire Chief,” said Robinson.

>>NEW DETAILS: What is the new CareSource building under construction? 


The new building was set to open in the spring of 2019 is expected to house 650 employees.

“We will have to access whether or not today’s fire will impact the construction timeline after the damage is surveyed,” said Robinson.

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Women fighting to clean up Dayton neighborhood win award

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

Two women who are fighting to take back their neighborhood from drug dealers and to clear away dumped garbage and dilapidated housing are being honored tonight by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.

Victoria McNeal and Lynn LaMance, both of Dayton, were highlighted this month in Dayton Daily News stories about five mysterious deaths of women whose bodies were found in yards and alleys of neighborhoods off North Main Street in Dayton.

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“We are going to give them the Jo Columbro Environmental Award, which we hope will help them with the work they are doing in their communities,” said Susan Hesselgesser, league executive director. “These women are a ray of hope (and) maybe our award will lead to more support for them in the future.”

McNeal and LaMance patrol the neighborhood and alleyways, picking up trash, reporting open vacant buildings that need boarded, painting over graffiti, and talking to prostitutes about getting help for drug addiction. LaMance regularly emails property owners about dilapidated buildings needing repaired.

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“I saw the vacancy and I saw the blight. I kept looking for someone to do something,” said LaMance. “I looked around at the city, then I looked around at my neighborhood association. And I didn’t see anybody doing anything. So I said I can do these things.”

The Dayton Daily News investigated the deaths of five women, four of whom were found within blocks of each other on Ernst, Hudson and Norman avenues, and the fifth on Superior Avenue, between June 2017 and January 2018. The coroner declared three of them to be homicides, one an overdose and one an undetermined cause of death. Dayton Police continue to investigate and Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information .

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The League will honor McNeal and LaMance at its annual Dangerous Dames of Dayton fundraiser, which will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail Kettering.

This year the Dangerous Dames award will be given to Deborah Feldman, president and chief executive of Dayton Children’s Hospital and former Montgomery County Administrator, and Lucinda Williams Adams, an Olympic gold medalist and retired teacher and administrator for Dayton Public Schools.

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CLOSER LOOK: What’s the building that caught fire in downtown Dayton?

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:49 PM

The new CareSource building under construction caught fire sending up black smoke that could be seen miles from Dayton

UPDATE @ 1:32 p.m. (March 22):

The vice president for the company constructing the new CareSource building in downtown Dayton said all employees and construction workers are accounted for and there were no injuries in the fire this afternoon.

“We had an incident on the roof of the building,” said Troy Erbes, Vice President with Danis.  “Some roof insulation caught on fire.”

>>PHOTOS: CareSource construction site on fire

Erbes said they are still working to determine what caused the fire to start.

“Now we’re in the investigation state,” Erbes said.


CareSource planned to open its new downtown Dayton campus in the spring of 2019.

The company had started construction last year on what is to be the first newly constructed office tower in downtown Dayton in a decade. 

>>TRENDING: Latest information on building fire in Downtown Dayton

The six-story CareSource Center City is the first newly constructed downtown office project underway since the nonprofit - a fast growing Medicaid managed care company - broke ground on its Main Street headquarters. 

The building, with construction led by Danis, will be at the site of the former Patterson Co-op High School on the 100 block of East First Street. 

Around 12 p.m., a fire is reported at a CareSource building on construction at 134 N. Jefferson St. Traffic is being impacted at First and Main streets.

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It will have the space to house 800 employees from CareSource, have a similar design to its headquarters and is intended create a walkable, campus like environment for its employees. 

CareSource, which now has about 2,000 employees in downtown Dayton, has been rapidly growing in recent years into a nonprofit with more than $7 billion in revenue and members in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and now Georgia, which it just expanded into this year.

>>RELATED: Construction on track for newest downtown office tower

The insurer has become a major employer in Dayton, anchoring downtown with its employment base. It struck a deal with the Ohio Tax Credit Authority late last year to increase its job-creation commitment to 1,920 jobs by 2019 — including current positions being filled and the new jobs promised — raising the company’s annual payroll in Dayton to more than $129 million. 

Along with its 230 N. Main St. headquarters, CareSource bought a building it had been leasing called Ballpark Village, across from Fifth Third Field.

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Did you know that Dayton once had a UNICORN bar?

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.
Source: Shutterstock
This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.(Source: Shutterstock)

Yaaaas, my mystical queen and kings, what you’ve heard is true. 

Downtown Dayton DID have an unicorn bar

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But as co-owner of the Century bar Diane Spitzig remembers, the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge wasn’t exactly firing rainbows from where the sun don’t shine. 

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“It was just a bar,” she recalled. 

The small corner bar was at 100 E. Third St. next to the Century in what has been rebranded downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District

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From what we can tell from a search of state records, it was incorporated in 1984 as Unicorn Lounge. 

Its official closing date is listed as March 9, 2004. 

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The name at least was ahead of its time, as unicorns are all the rage these days. 

Local resident and musician Aarika Voegele hung out at the bar with her brother. 

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“They were always real nice,” she responded on Facebook. “I remember a wooden bar that stretched (through) the place, and it being somewhat packed with regulars. If I remember correctly, there was a jukebox towards the back. It was a very mellow bar, from my experience.”

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As some recalled, the bar owned by John Demetriades had a neon unicorn head in its window.

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Little evidence of the Unicorn could be found in the Dayton Daily News archives. 

Articles uncovered point to difficult times in the Unicorn’s final years.

A 1999 story involved two brothers attacking a bartender. 

In an a 2002 article about the city’s objections to the renewal of its liquor permit and those of about a dozen other businesses, it was reported that the Unicorn’s owner insisted that crimes around the bar were unrelated to the business. 

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The space that formerly held the Unicorn was the site of the Dayton Circus art event in 2009.

Since there is no Unicorn for us to visit today, we can only imagine the shenanigans that could be going down there at this very moment.

The Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge was closed long before this photo was taken, but we have our imaginations.(Photo source: Shutterstock)

The Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge was closed long before this photo was taken, but we have our imaginations.(Photo source: Shutterstock)

This photo is not from the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge, but we can image.(Source: Shutterstock)

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