4 cycling events in Dayton that you don’t want to miss

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Become part of the strong cycling community that has developed here in Dayton by attending these four events coming up in May 2017. (Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission)

The Miami Valley is home to the nation’s largest paved trail network. Over 340 miles of multi-use trails, connecting schools, parks, and attractions, provide residents the opportunity to explore our region. You can become part of the strong cycling community that has developed here in Dayton by attending these four events coming up in May…

  1. Miami Valley Cycling Summit | Friday, May 5: Held at the Wright State University Student Union (3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.) on Friday, May 5, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the Miami Valley Cycling Summit is free and open to the public. Registration is required at cyclingsummit.com. By bringing together local advocates, elected officials, community staff, and national speakers, the Miami Valley Cycling Summit creates an open discussion to shape the future. National experts will detail how cycling can benefit numerous aspects of our community, region and nation. The event is hosted by Bike Miami Valley, with the help of a local coordinating committee, and is supported by a variety of park districts, city, county, and regional governments, and visitors bureaus. Immediately following the summit, a “grassroots social” will be held at The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Dr., Beavercreek, on Friday, May 5, at 5 p.m. 
  2. Miami Valley Cycling Summit Century Ride | Saturday, May 6: A fundraiser for Bike Miami Valley, the Century Ride will be held on Saturday, May 6. Starting at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center (120 Fairground Road, Xenia) at 6 a.m., the ride is along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Bike either 62 or 100 miles, with awards to those who complete the ride. Early registration is $25, and onsite registration is $35. Click here to learn more and to register
  3. American Trails 2017 International Trails Symposium | Sunday, May 7: A free public event associated with the American Trails International Trails Symposium will be held at the Dayton Convention Center (22 E. Fifth Street) from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The Dayton area is widely recognized as the Outdoor Capital of the Midwest, which is why the city was selected as host for this year’s symposium. The public is encouraged to attend this free event to discover, learn and celebrate trails. Click here for more information about the free public day event. 
  4. Five Rivers MetroParks Bike-to-Work Day | Friday, May 19: Come to Riverscape MetroPark (237 E. Monument Ave.) from 7-9 a.m. on Friday, May 19, for a free pancake breakfast in celebration of Bike-to-Work Day. Whether you’re a seasoned cycling commuter or a first-time bike rider, gather to share the culture and the fun of biking to work. Groups of riders from the same business or university may want to participate in the Team Challenge. There will be live music, exhibitor booths, tours of the bike hub, and a photo booth. The first 500 riders to register and check in onsite will receive a prize, courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks and presenting partner MVRPC. More details are available at MetroParks.org.
To plan your own trip on the regional bikeway, check out the newly updated www.MiamiValleyTrails.org. There, you can access a visitor guide, as well as a trail map that shows where to park, trail access points, and restroom locations along the way. If you’d like a paper map of the regional bikeway, please contact the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission at (937) 223-6323.

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.

RELATED: Lovelace announces final term

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.

RELATED: Lovelace leaves office as citys longest-serving commissioner

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.

OVI checkpoint planned for Friday in Butler County

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

Monroe police officer Doug Leist gives a field sobriety test to a man stopped during an OVI checkpoint Early Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 along OH-4 in Monroe, Ohio.  Monroe police, along with Middletown police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, participated in the checkpoint.  Staff photo by Nick Graham
Nick Graham/MIDDLETOWN JOURNAL

The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Fairfield Friday night. 

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The OVI checkpoint will be conducted on northbound Ohio 4 near Symmes Road from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. 

Officers, deputies, and state troopers will also conduct saturation patrols in the area. 

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1 injured in 2-car crash in Sidney

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 5:54 PM

A two-car crash Sunday, May 28, 2017, sent one person to a local hospital at Kuther and Wright roads in Sidney. RHETT DZIECH / CONTRIBUTED

A two-car crash this afternoon in Sidney sent one person to Wilson Memorial Hospital.

A driver on Wright Road at the T intersection with Kuther Road around 4:10 p.m. apparently failed to yield at a stop sign while turning left. The driver turned into the path of another car headed south on Kuther Road. 

One vehicle had to be towed, Sidney police Sgt. Josh Divens said. 

The at-fault driver is expected to be cited for a stop sign violation, the sergeant said.

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Park Layne Car Wash sign found miles away after tornado

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 3:59 PM

Yet another business sign caught up in Wednesday night’s tornado that hit Park Layne was found miles away.

WATCH: Traffic camera captures Park Layne tornado

The sign for Park Layne Car Wash, 548 McAdams Drive, was found intact approximately 6 and a half miles away on Ohio 202 near Ohio 571.

RELATED: Tornado sends part of Park Layne Sunoco sign to other county

On Thursday, Troy resident Jeff Welbaum found in his backyard a jagged piece of a Sunoco sign that blew off from the Park Layne gas station at 2131 S Dayton-Lakeview Road.