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3 reasons why this ancient site near Dayton is seriously worth visiting

Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

Fort Ancient, the Hopewell Earthworks site and National Historic Landmark could soon be a World Heritage Site.

In the Dayton area, you don’t need a DeLorean to experience what our region looked like thousands of years ago.

From 1000-1750 CE, according to, Native Americans believed to be descendants of the Hopewell culture lived and flourished in villages settled along the Ohio River. One of the most well-preserved sites remaining is Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve, a National Historic Landmark near Lebanon. 

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Here are three reasons this site is a must-visit if you’re in the area.

1. It’s pure history -- and there’s MUCH more than meets the eye

Visitors Matt Berger, left, and Kristen Wickert observe a mound at Fort Ancient that is astronomically aligned with the Winter Solstice. Fort Ancient Earthworks outside Lebanon are one stop on the Ancient Ohio Trail, a system of Native American heritage sites a retired UC professor is turning into a global tourist attraction.John Hancock, a retired architecture professor at UC, is also helping put together the application for Fort Ancient, managed by the Dayton Society of Natural History, and other Ohio sites to be designated as a World Heritage Site. But the Ancient Ohio Trail is a separate initiative designed to draw tourists to Ohio. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Ceremonial platform mounds built by the Hopewell Native Americans scatter the trails of Fort Ancient, showcasing the natural and archaeological features of Southern Ohio.

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Earthen walls stand strong on either side of the road as visitors enter the preserve, remembering a time when this region was home to a civilization vastly different than our own.

2. It could soon be a World Heritage Site (and one of the few in the U.S.)

Three-fourths of the calories consumed by the ancient Fort Ancient people who lived along the Great Miami River 800 years ago came from corn. CONNIE POST / STAFF(Connie Post)

The significance Fort Ancient has to this region is so great, that the site could soon become a World Heritage Site — joining the likes of only 23 other World Heritage Sites in the U.S., including Yosemite National Park.

3. Events are held year-round

The prehistoric site not only has a museum you’ll want to get lost in as you see firsthand, what our predecessors created so long ago, but year-long events are scheduled— bringing some of the most forward-thinking scholars and natural history educators to Southern Ohio. 

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Just a few of the events planned for 2018 include guided wild flower hikes, observing the summer solstice as the ancient people did 2,000 years ago, maple syrup tutorials and many others. 

Example of dugout canoe used by Fort Ancient Indians. Make sure you wear your life jacket on this boat. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

Want to go?  

WHAT: Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve 

WHERE: 6123 State Route 350, Oregonia 

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9 must-try sandwiches in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Must try sandwiches

Few things in life are better than a well-made sandwich. The cheesiness, the meatiness, the crunchiness, the toastiness...the list goes on. 

Luckily for us, there's a slew of sandwiches to try in the region. Here's a list of 9 must-eat sandwiches in the Dayton area. 

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The Ruck 

The Ruck at the Dublin Pub is the No. 1 seller. It features smoked beef brisket, covered in house-made Guinness BBQ sauce, sauteed onions and cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll. Don’t forget a side of cheese fries.

Address: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Thurs-Sat 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m., Sun 11 a.m - 12 a.m.

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The Champ 

The Champ at Canal Street Arcade & Deli is a doozy, stacked with grilled roast beef, corned beef, baby Swiss, horseradish cheddar, sauteed red onion, banana peppers and Thousand Island dressing on hot-pressed bread. They also have fantastic vegetarian options for those less inclined to eating meat.

Address: 308 E. First St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

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Smokey the Bear

Charlie’s Deli & Catering’s sandwich has Lebanon bologna, mesquite smoked turkey, smoked sharp cheese, Woeber’s smoky bacon mayo, and jalapenos on a toasted pretzel roll.

Address: 429 Troy St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Brother Reuben 

With lean top round of corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on light rye bread. “Every bite is a bit of wonderfulness,” says Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering owner Chip Pritchard.

Address: 2318 E. Dorothy Ln., Kettering

Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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El Meson's Cuban sandwich(Source: El Meson)

The Cuban

El Meson’s signature South American flavors make their Cuban a sandwich staple. Choose pork, chicken or fish and top it off with cheese, pickle, mayo and mustard on a Cuban pressed roll.

Address: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon-Thurs 4:30 - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30 - 10 p.m.

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Ladder 11  

The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is the restaurant’s namesake and No. 1 seller. It has hand-cut Romanian pastrami and corned beef, topped with hand-cut coleslaw and homemade Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye bread.

Address: 936 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m - 1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork

Trolley Stop’s dish features pulled pork with their own bourbon BBQ sauce, house-made apple cole slaw, pickles and chipotle mayo on a pretzel bun.

Address: 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Loose-meat sandwich

Maid-Rite’s one and only — a perfectly seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun. 

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Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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The Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque at Coco’s Bistro, located at 250 Warren St. in Dayton. Submitted photo

Italian grilled cheese

Coco’s Bistro makes the list for their panko-breaded sourdough bread with a delicious four-cheese blend between the slices: Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina and white cheddar. And of course creamy tomato bisque for dipping.

Address: 250 Warren St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m - 11 p.m., Sat 5 - 11 p.m.

Did we miss one? Tell us which sandwich you’d add to the list in the comments or drop us a line:

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PHOTOS: This cozy, close-to-Dayton getaway came with such breathtaking views, we didn’t want to leave

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

This luxurious 'Hill of a View' cabin in Hocking Hills is the perfect getaway for families and larger groups

Even though spring has officially sprung, a look out the window tells you otherwise. The season for getting cozy and comfy in your flannels is not over yet.

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So to ensure we are only recommending the finest of getaways to our readers, we took it upon ourselves to coop up for a night in the Hill of a View Cabin in Hocking Hills. You’re welcome.

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The scenic two-hour drive to Hocking Hills was almost part of the getaway itself. Windy roads took us near cliff-faced walls topped with tall pines that eventually gave way to our rustic destination. To commence the beginning of our retreat, we plopped down on the porch swing, and could clearly see why it was named “Hill of a View.” 

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(Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort)
(Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort)

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A wide wrap-around porch had enough seating for our whole crew, overlooking two small man-made lakes, rolling Appalachian hills, impressive rock formations and a picturesque ranch across the way. The view of the forest from the hot tub was a solid 10/10 and personally my favorite porch amenity. 

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After a couple of quality hours melting away stress in the hot tub, you can bet that we headed down the stone path to the fire ring below for s’mores.

(Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort)


The Hill of a View cabin is spacious in every sense. Three levels boast room for 13 guests to sleep comfortably, including three bathrooms. Very clean and smelling of sweet pine, the cabin had everything we’d forgotten at home.

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With all the options of where to sleep, I had a luxurious queen bed all to myself. Talk about waking up on the right side of the bed. I woke up under the warmest of fleece cabin blankets while the sun poked through the trees into my room and the smell of freshly-brewed coffee wafted in from the kitchen. 

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(Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort)

The day was spent playing rounds of pool and enjoying the view with some cold beers in the game room and mini bar downstairs.

(Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort)

Of course, making tasty appetizers for the group was a breeze with the cabin’s roomy kitchen, which featured a center island bar with stools for everyone.

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Other great features we weren’t expecting: an outdoor seasonal shower, a grill on the deck and a huge master bedroom (DIBS!) with a walk-in glass tile shower — not to mention hiking trails right outside our back door.

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Overall, our stay at the Hill of a View cabin was everything we were looking for in a nearby getaway. We returned to Dayton bright-eyed and smelling of bonfire and a good time.

To check availability of the Hill of a View Cabin, see pricings and to book online, visit Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort’s website.


WHAT: Hill of a View Cabin

WHERE: HHCR Office- 15122 SR 664, Logan


(Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort)

The Hill of a View Cabin in Hocking Hills has enough room to sleep 13 guests comfortably.(Hocking Hills Cabins & Resort)

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Brown Street restaurant to launch late-night grub window THIS WEEK

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Butter Cafe has been a popular spot since opening on Brown Street near UD in 2010.

Late night near the University of Dayton is going to be decidedly more delicious in a matter of days. 

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Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St., will launch its late night walk-up window Friday, March 30.  

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The window will serve a limited menu 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 

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If all goes as planned, late nights near the University of Dayton are about to get far more delicious. 

Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton, plans to begin serving a late-night menu, according to co-owner Sarah Dudley

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“We just feel like it’s a need for late night dining around here,” she said. “There’s not many places that have late night dining.” 

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The restaurant hopes to start selling a limited menu from a side window near its parking lot beginning in the next three weeks or so, Dudley said. 

She said the window will be “jazzed up” for its new purpose. 

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Butter hinted at the window last week on its Facebook page:

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Opened in the former location of Dolcessa gelato shop in 2010, Butter serves a variety of  vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as locally grown, free range eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, burgers, salads, baked goods and sandwiches. 

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Initially, the restaurant’s walk-up window will serve a limited menu on weekends from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dudley said. 

Items will likely include Butter’s famed potatoes as well as eggs, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes.

“It will be a scaled-down menu,” she said. 

The restaurant employees about 20 people. Dudley said schedules will be reorganized to fill the weekend breakfast needs.  

“I feel like it will be a lot busier when school is in (session),” she said. 

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6 amazing international food markets in Dayton you have to try

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market's Cubana is a real big Sandwich. Video by Amelia Robinson

While major grocers might have select “international” aisles, there are still many niche ingredients that can only be found at specialty markets. 

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Whether you’re coming to Dayton from another part of the world and craving a taste of home, or you just want to venture from your regular menu — the Dayton-area has plenty of international markets ready to explore. 

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These are some great international markets in our area that could inspire your next global cuisine. If we missed one, let us know -- email us at and we’ll add it to the list.

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🌏 Halal International Meat Market

Halal is the Arabic word meaning permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic laws. This Middle Eastern meat market is a great place to start if you’re new to sampling delicious Halal cuisine.

Location: 1009 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Info: 937-222-1702 

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🌏 Al Basha International Foods

This Halal grocery also has a deli featuring hot shwarma sandwiches. 

Location: 1721 Woodman Dr., Dayton

Info: 937-979-4775

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🌏 La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market

La Michoacana is part of a Columbus-based grocery store chain. It’s called a Mexican market, but a cashier said it sells goods and foods popular throughout South America. The diversity of goods is a major selling point for this Dayton gem.

Location: 748 Troy St., Dayton


🌏 Las Penas Mexican Grocery

This grocery store aims to provide “premium, authentic Mexican food” to the Dayton-area. The stores shelves are packed with authentic Mexican cuisine. 

Location: 215 Byers Rd., Miamisburg


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Las Penas Mexican Grocery & Restaurant is a hidden treasure with fantastic tacos. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF(AMELIA ROBINSON)

🌏 Pleasing Market

This Korean and Japanese grocery store in Fairborn has a huge selection of ingredients and products to help you make your next Asian meal as authentic as it gets in Dayton. I personally recommend the Ginger Biscuit Snacks.

Location: 1352 Kauffman Ave., Fairborn

Info: 937-878-5501 

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🌏 Wise Choice British Foods Gifts & Candies

This authentic British grocer offers a shopping trip the Queen herself would approve of. In 1997, Wise Choice was opened by a couple from Wales, choosing the name ‘Wise’ as an acronym for (W)hales, (I)reland, (S)cotland & (E)ngland. Today, you can place your Wise Choice order online and have your order shipped to anywhere in the world.

Location: 6171 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights


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