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Miami Valley Haunted Houses and Haunted Attractions

Published: Friday, September 19, 2003 @ 10:02 AM
Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 @ 4:35 PM

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Haunted Houses

Melissa's Pub & Grub Haunted House 5440 Intrastate Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays in October starting Oct. 2 from 7 to 11 p.m. Description: This is at Players Sports Club. All proceeds go to the Roads to Recovery charity. Prices: $8 per person.

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The Haunted Junkyard

Dates: Open every weekend in October from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Description: A half-mile walk of horror through a working salvage yard. Voted one of the Miami Valley's most unique haunts. Prices: $10 for adults. For more info Go to their Web site at www.thehauntedjunkyard.com

Sidney Ohio's Haunted woods 2232 W Russell Rd, Sidney, Ohio 45365

Dates: Opens at dark Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 31 Description: The Sidney Haunted Woods is Shelby County's number one haunt for all ages. meet some of the greatest killers in the world and of your worst nightmares. Take a stroll along the 1/2 mile trail through the dark woods and plunge straight into horror. (handicap accessible.) Prices: $9 per person, children under 12 $7, children under 5 are free. free parking and free candy. group prices available for 8 or more. Additional info: Lockington firehouse will be hosting their annual hayride at the Sidney Haunted Woods this year. For more info call (937)498-9528

Slash Moraine 3800 Main Street, Moraine, Ohio 45439

Dates: Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30 Description: Splash Moraine is one of the Miami Valley's newest and scariest haunted attractions. Splash Moraine Water Park's beaches will be turned into swamps. It will feature more than 10 different scenes in the eight-acre park. All ages are welcome; however, ages 10 and under must be with an adult. Prices: Regular Admission (13+): $7; Child Admission (12 and Under): $3; Moraine resident admission (w/ID Card): $2.50 Additional Info: Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be Mostly Ghostly Matineek! with the lights on and non-scary monsters for children who may not be ready for the full Splash Moraine experience. Admission is $2. For More Info: 937-535-1095.

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center 3319 Milan Road; Sandusky, Ohio (2.2 miles N of Rt 2 on Rt 250)

Hours: Sept. 2009 - Sunday - Thursday 12-4 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 12-10 p.m. Oct. 2009 Monday-Wednesday 12-4 p.m. Cost: $11 Adults; $6 ages 9 & under Web site: www.ghostlymanor.com www.xd3dtheater.com

Land of Illusion Haunted Theme Park Address: 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45402 4 Terrors to choose from: Middletown’s Haunted Trail, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Killer Klowns and Temple of Terror. Dates: Sept. 4-Nov. 1, 2009 Days: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Hours: Fri/Sat - Dark to 2 AM; Sun. - Dark to 11:30 PM Open Rain or Shine. Line up areas are under roof so you can stay dry. Prices: Range from $15.00 for 1 terror to $30.00 for all 4 terrors. Express Passes also available. Purchase tickets at gate during normal hours of operation. ATM available on-site. Multiple terror tickets can be used on different nights throughout the season. They do not have to be used all in one night.

Website: www.thelandofillusion Parking: $3.00 per car. Parking lot is gravel-cars don’t get muddy. Parking proceeds are donated to Somerville Volunteer Fire Department, Madison Athletic Group, and Southwestern Ohio K-9 Search and Rescue.

Haunted Cave at Lewisburg Swishers Mill Road, Lewisburg, Ohio

Dates: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Friday & Saturday ONLY Hours: 7 pm to midnight Price: $11 for adults; Children 10 and under $5 Get a coupon for $1 off online Web site: www.hauntedcaveatlewisburg.com

The Chambers Of Horror 1601 S. University Blvd, Middletown, Ohio In the old Cambridge Inn building in Middletown

Dates: Sept. 12 - Nov. 1, 2009 Days: Friday and Saturday Hours: Friday: 8 pm to Midnight; Saturday: 8pm to 1am Rain or Shine! If you're in line by midnight, you can go through Prices: $10.00; $1 off coupon available online Web site: www.thechambers.org

Nightmare On Valley Street 4355 Valley St; Dayton

Dates: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Fridays and Saturday's Hours: 7 pm to midnight Cost: $12; $2 off coupon available online (FREE Parking, Concessions and Vendors on site)

Panic Box Spookhouse and Kruegers Korn Maze 6995 Springfield-Jamestown Road (Ohio 72), Springfield, Ohio

Dates: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Friday & Saturday Hours: 8 pm to Midnight Price: Panic Box Spookhouse -- $10; Kruegers Korn Maze -- $10; Both -- $16 (No refunds) Visit the Web site for coupons!! Web site: www.creepyminds.com

Haunted Hayride and Black Bog 6070 Springboro Road, Lebanon, Ohio Bull Run Farm

Hours: Dark til' Done Dates: Sept. 25 - Nov. 1, 2009 Cost: $12 Hayride; $8 Bog; $16 Combo Miscellaneous: There are concessions, bonfires, bicycle stunt show and pumpkins. Description: Experience the award-winning haunted hayride and the new Black Bog. Located on over 50 acres of natural woodlands along Bull Run Creek, the 30-minute tractor drawn haunted hayride brings a new look and feel this year. First wagon goes over hill 1/2 hour after sundown, ticket office closes at 11:30 p.m. and will run until the last ticket holder rides. Web site: www.bullrunfarms.com

The Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride 1251 Dalton Road, Wilmington, Ohio

Dates: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Every Friday & Saturday Hours: Dusk to Midnight Description: The fields of Clinton County will come alive this October with screams of horror as fire breathing semi's chase unsuspecting victims on a bus ride. Cost: Haunted Hollow Ride - $12; Slaughter Hotel - $10; Nightmare Penitentiary $10; Combo Price: all 3 attractions $20 per person ages 6 and older. 5 years & younger free with paid adult. VIP passes $30/person. Weather Permitting -- check Web site for updates Free Parking Web site: www.wilmingtonhauntedhollowride.com

Zane Shawnee Haunted Caverns 5094 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, Ohio

Dates: Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 9-31, 2009 Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight Price: $8 for adults $5 for children 12 and under Enter if you dare. See what lurks below the ground at Zane Shawnee Caverns & Southwind Park. For More Info: 937-592-9592 Web site: www.zaneshawneecaverns.net

Massacre Mill Haunted Trail 6129 Reed Road, Ansonia, Ohio

Dates: Friday and Saturday nights in October Hours: Dark until Midnight Cost: $10 per person For More Info: 937-833-2593

Silver Lake Night Fright Haunted Trail 4720 S. Scarff Rd, New Carlisle, Ohio (Interstate 70/Ohio 235)

Dates: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Days: Friday & Saturday (Not for small children: designed to scare 10-years and up) Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight Prices: $11.00 (Discounts on website) Website: www.silverlakebeach.com

Dark Pumpkin 7039 Preble County Line Road, Germantown, Ohio

Date: Fridays and Saturdays, opens at dark until midnight: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2008 Description: They've come...and brought something with them that could destroy us all. Aliens have landed and released a deadly virus...military personnel, doctors and scientists have all become infected...the virus has INVADED their minds and turned them into vicious, psychotic killers. Can you make it through the gauntlet of infected humans without being infected or killed? That's not fog you see...it's the virus you breath. If you do become infected...the only cure is to stop breathing... Price: $10/person; Parking is $2/car with all proceeds going to the Gratis Township Rescue Association.

Halloween- or Fall-Related Activities

Parent and Preschooler: The Awesome Pumpkin Possum Creek MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Description: We will read a pumpkin tale, have fun doing a pumpkin craft and do some other activities with pumpkings. Best of you, you'll get to eat some pumpkin treats. Then, we'll go outside to the pumpkin patch and find the perfect pumpkin to take home to decorate. Reservations required and limited, beginning Sept. 15. Prices: 3-6 years old free For more info call(937) 276-7062 Passport to Nature.

Gourds and Ghouls Festival 2009 Wegerzyn Garden MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 10 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description: This FREE family-friendly event features all the makings of a ghoulish celebration: hay rides, great music, a mammoth pumpkin, Swamp Thing and the Trolls, spooky stories and even a pum[kin catapult competition. There is music, face-painting, and not-so-scary trolls in the Swamp Forest. You can even get your picture taken with a 300-pound pumpkin. Prices: Free For more info call Wegerzyn MetroPark at (937) 277-6545

Pumpkin Carving Twin Creeks MetroParks

Dates: Oct. 15 4 - 6 p.m., 7 - 9 p.m. Description: Carve a jack-o-lantern to put on display in the Halloween Tales and Night Hike porgram. Try your hand at a complex pumpkin pattern or assist your young artist with their pumpkin. Pumpkins may be taken home after the program on Oct. 17. Reservations required, but limited. Prices: All ages free For more info call (937) 855-7717 or register online.

MoMBAween Holiday Celebration and Night Ride Huffman MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 17 4 - 10 p.m. Description: Come and join the haunted fun at MoMBA, Five Rivers MetroPark Biking Area. Festivities include a campfire, hotdog roasting, food and drinks, pumpkin carving, scavenger hunts, games and crafts, and a 8 p.m. night ride. Bring a potluck dish or a dessert if you'd like to share. You are welcome to dress in costume. Mountain bikes are provided to those who do not have them for the night ride -- so get your lights ready. Reservations recommended, but not required. Bring Your Own Pumpkin! For more info call (937) 277-4374

Halloween Tales and Night Hike TwinCreek MetroPark

Dates: Oct. 17 7 to 8:30 p.m. Description: Arriving at the event, walk from the parking lot and follow the candlelit trail to the lodge for refreshments. Continue to the amphitheater where you will hear friendly Halloween Tales by Stephen Hollen. Finish the evening with a short, self-guided walk on an enchanting jack-o-lantern lit trail. Prices: Free For more info call (937) 855-7717

Ohio Renaissance Festival Renaissance Park, Harveysburg

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day from Sept. 5 to Oct. 25 Prices: $19.99 adults; $9.99 ages 5-12; free for kids younger than 5. Online discounts available. Additional info: Lockington firehouse will be hosting their annual hayride at the Sidney Haunted Woods this year. For more info call (513) 897-7000 or visit www.renfestival.com.

Lebanon Antiques, Arts and Artisans Show Warren County Fairgrounds, 660 N. Broadway St., Lebanon.

Date: Oct. 3 and 4 Time: Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $8. All proceeds from the event benefit the Warren County Historical Society museums. Description: In its 65th yearm the Lebanon Antiques Show is expanding to include artists and artisans as well as music, food and educational demonstrations. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in early American life. With support from Early American Life magazine, the show will feature dealers of investment-quality antiques as well as period artists and artisans. Pottery workshops also available. For more information: (513) 932-2636 or www.lebanonantiqueshow.com.

40th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Waynesville Main Street

Date: Oct. 10-11 For more information: www.sauerkrautfestival.com

Iams Homestead Pioneer Harvest Fest Iams Homestead, 349 S. Broadway, Trotwood, Ohio 45426

Date: Oct. 10 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Antique tractors and farm equipment, demonstrations and displays. For more information: (937) 837-5387

Harvest Jamboree Possum Creek Metropark, 4790 Frytown Rd., Jefferson Twp.

Date: Oct. 17 Time: 10 a.m. For more information: (937) 268-1312 or www.metroparks.org/harvest.

2009 Little Miami Watershed Festival Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, 4020 Clarksville Rd., Waynesville

Date: Oct. 17 Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information: (513) 897-1050

Kids Fall Festival Shelby County Court House Square, 101 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney.

Date: Oct. 24 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Description: Costume judging, trick-or-treating at the downtown merchants, free activities at Amos Memorial Library For more information: contact Cindy Stangel, (937) 492-9122

Harvest Bazaar First Presbyterian Church, 125 Wilson Park Dr., West Carrollton

Date: Oct. 31 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Description: Accepting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. For more information: (937) 847-8685

Corn MAiZE Meadow View Growers -- 755 State Route 235, New Carlisle

Date: Sept. 18 - Oct. 31, 2009 Hours: Monday thru Thursday -- Groups by reservation only; Fridays -- 7pm until 10pm and Saturdays -- 3pm until 10pm Cost: Adults (ages 12 and up) -- $8; Children (ages 6-11) -- $6; 5 and under -- Free with adult For More Info: 937-845-0093 or visit the Web site: www.meadowview.com

Great Pumpkin Hunt Faigrounds Recreation Center, 210 Fairground Road, Beavercreek, Ohio

Date: TBA Hours: TBA Description: Youth ages 4-10 with adult companion can bring their favorite flashlight and hunt for pumpkins filled with treats and goodies. Games including the hilarious Wrap-A-Mummy will be played and refreshments will be provided. For More Info: Call Greene Co. Parks at 937-562-7440

Howl-O-Ween Dog Pawty Scout Burnell-Garbrecht Dog Park, 210 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio

Date: Oct. 25, 2009 Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Description: Dress up your pooch in some great Halloween duds and join us along with our friends for a howlin' good time. Costume contests, the best dog radio voice, bobbing for hot dogs, vendors, and much more will make this day a fun one, paws down. $5 parking donation. For More Info: Call Greene Co. Parks at 937-562-7440.

Incredible Maize of Warren County Bunnell Hill Rd., Warren County, Ohio

Date: Sept. 25 - Oct. 31, 2009 Times: 6 p.m. to midnight Where Getting lost means having FUN!! Activities: Challenging The Incredible Maize, Hayrides, Picnic area, Kiddie Korner (including Wagon Train Rides), Kiddie Maze, "Billy Bob" golf chipping, face painting, bonfires and much more. Price: Ages 12 to adult $10.50; ages 4-11 $8, ages under 3 are FREE. Senior Citizens (65 UP)$8 Web site: www.incrediblemaize.com or call 513-932-6396

2009 Bradford Pumpkin Show Bradford, Ohio

Date: Oct. 6-10, 2009 Description: 81st Annual Bradford Pumpkin Show. Midway rides, games & concessions and much, much more. Don't miss out on the confetti. No confetti on Wednesday. Web site: www.bradfordpumpkinshow.org

Salem Church of God Pumpkin Patch Festival 6500 Southway Road (just off I-70) Clayton, Ohio

Dates: Oct. 22, 2009 Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: FREE Description: A Family-oriented event being offered to the community free of charge. The festival is in celebration of the harvest time when communities traditionally rejoiced in the blessings of their labors. Activities are free and appropriate for children through 6th grade. Activities include pony rides, hayrides, carnival-type games, inflatables, and snacks such as roasted hot-dogs, popcorn and cotton candy - all free to the community and EVERYONE is welcome. NO registration is needed & event is held rain or shine (inside & outside activities)! For more information call Salem Church 937-836-6500. Web site: www.salemchurch.org

Ghost Walk Downtown Greenville, Ohio

Dates: TBA Times: TBA br/> Cost: TBA Description: Ghostwalk is expanding this year to include Arcanum's own tales of the unknown. Groups will form simultaneously at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville and at the Arcanum City Building; local actors will guide folks through the towns sharing stories that are based on Rita Arnold's books Ghosts of Darke County. Discounted tickets will be available to those who want to experience both walks, making the most of a haunted weekend. Tickets are available in October at Ann's Gifts and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, or call DCCA in advance at 937-547-0908. Web site: www.centerforarts.net

Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Hayride and More Dream Acres Farm, 11704 Camden-Darrtown Road

Dates: Sept. 26 - Nov. 1, 2009 Description: As we celebrate our 6th year in the agricultural entertainment business, the 8-acre maze is a Down on the Farm theme. Enjoy the hayride, select your fall decorations-- pumpkins, corn stalks, fall flowers and then grab a snack at the Snack Shack. Farm animals, arts, and crafts and games will make your fall afternoon fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy a Kids Zone with a kid-sized corn maze, games, pedal tractors and bouncy inflatables. Hours: Sat. -- 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sun. -- 1-6 p.m. Available weekdays for group outings. Price: Adults: $5; Age 6-11: $3; and under 6 are free.

Gathering at Aukerman Creek and Fall Farm Festival Dates: Oct. 3-4, 2009

Life on the frontier, a soldier’s daily life, the Ohio Valley Civil War Association, the Wild West, farming demonstrations, children’s tractor pull, Higher Visions Bluegrass music, Eaton Community Band, good food, and more, all will take place at The Gathering at Aukerman Creek & Fall Farm Festival at 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days. The even, hosted by the Preble County Historical Society, is a living history timeline event combined with the traditional fall farm festival. Enjoy living history at its finest at the Preble County Historical Center, 7693 Swartsel Road, Eaton, Ohio, located 1 mile NW of Gratis, 6 miles SE of Eaton, accessible off St. Rt. 122. Call 937-787-4256

For more information or visit the Web site: www.pchs.preblecounty.com. Admission is $15 per adult.

Visit the historic and military encampments, hear tales of famous events and leaders, listen to period music, and enjoy the smells of food cooking over campfires. Living history interpreters will portray our rich military history from pre-1776 through WW II and beyond. Individuals and groups, including the Indian Creek Regulators, provide a glimpse into the lives of military, and pioneer ancestors.

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Bare-chested Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London park on ‘Jurassic Park’ anniversary

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

A 25ft statue of actor Jeff Goldblum's in a pose from a scene in the first Jurassic Park movie, which has been created by a TV channel to celebrate the film's 25th birthday, at Potters Fields Park, London, Wednesday July 18, 2018.
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A 25ft statue of actor Jeff Goldblum's in a pose from a scene in the first Jurassic Park movie, which has been created by a TV channel to celebrate the film's 25th birthday, at Potters Fields Park, London, Wednesday July 18, 2018.(Doug Peters/AP)

A 25-foot statue of actor Jeff Goldblum, posing open-shirted in a famous pose from “Jurassic Park” has appeared at Potters Field Park in London.

It honors the 25th anniversary of the release of the first installment of “Jurassic Park” in the United Kingdom, USA Today reports.

The statue depicts Goldblum’s character, Dr. Ian Malcolm, in a famous scene after a run-in with a T-Rex that left him with a broken leg. 

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European telecommunications company Now TV had the statue erected in Potters Field, in front of London’s Tower Bridge, on Wednesday. 

People take photos by a 25ft statue of actor Jeff Goldblum in a pose from a scene in the first Jurassic Park movie, which has been created by a TV channel to celebrate the film's 25th birthday, at Potters Fields Park, London, Wednesday July 18, 2018. Tower Bridge in the background.(Doug Peters/AP)

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Star of TV series, ‘The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,’ coming to Dayton to inspire many 

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.
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Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.(@ 2013 Del Glass All Rights Reserved)

Her two-time Emmy-nominated show, “The Verdict”, may have been a platform for life lessons learned the hard way. However, Judge Glenda  Hatchett isn’t coming to Dayton to serve justice. She’s coming to inspire. 

A TV personality, legal scholar and author, Hatchett is coming to St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church at  10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, as the guest speaker at the church’s Women’s Day Service. The celebrity visit, which has been in the works for almost a year, is open to the public “to hear her powerful message,” according to a press release.

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In 2012, during a service at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco where St. Luke’s pastor, the Rev. Renard D. Allen Jr., was then working, Judge Hatchett left a lasting impact. As soon as he began work at St. Luke, he knew he wanted her to leave the same impact on his new congregation.

“She really can’t be put in a box,” the Rev. Allen said. “It’s her presence — she’s dignified, yet down to earth. She’s classy, but comfortable. She’s highly intelligent and yet, very personable ... That’s what I remembered. She just inspired.”

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Like in many churches, the Rev. Allen said, women, while usually making up the majority of the membership, have not always been allowed space to have their voices heard in a significant way, particularly in the area of worship.

“So this is also intended to be a liberating experience for women (who are) a part of traditional congregations that should have their presence, their gifts and their value affirmed, acknowledged, and celebrated,” the Rev. Allen said. “Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Judge Hatchett is an elegant and electrifying speaker with an ability to reach people across racial, gender, political and even religious lines.” 

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Judge Glenda Hatchett to speak at St. Luke Baptist Church

WHEN: 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: St. Luke’s, 2262 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton

INFO: stlukedayton.org

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More than 2,900 board games for sale during HUGE liquidation of Cardboard Crowns this weekend 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Cardboard Crowns is gearing up for a mid-to-late October opening near the Dayton Mall. SUBMITTED
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Cardboard Crowns is gearing up for a mid-to-late October opening near the Dayton Mall. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

We might sound like we’re exaggerating when we say there is a really, really, really big sale happening in Dayton this weekend, but really, it’s in the name.

On Saturday and Sunday, Cardboard Crowns is hoping to sell off its library of games with “The Really, Really, Really Big Board Game Sale!” According to the business, they are currently sitting on more than 2,900 board games for sale. 

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The best part might not even be the selection of games, but that they are priced at just a few dollars and up, “with many great family games being under $10.” 

Included in the sale are about 1,200 games from the owner’s personal collection. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: “The Really, Really, Really Big Board Game Sale!”

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, and noon- 6 p.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: Cardboard Crowns, 147 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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A horticulturist called Plante? Some Daytonians’ names fit them all too well 

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Cinda Plante stands for a photo in front of a bed of flowers at Riverscape Metropark.
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Cinda Plante stands for a photo in front of a bed of flowers at Riverscape Metropark.(Sarah Franks)

As a child playing make believe, you might’ve named your favorite teddy “Mr. Bear” or beloved cat “Mrs. Kitty” because, well, you were just that original. Nevertheless, it was a sign of simpler times. 

These Dayton-area residents have names that fit their occupations so well, we might assume they have a few Mrs. Kittys running around their homes:

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• Cinda Plante, Five Rivers MetroParks horticulturist 

For more than 15 years, Plante has been the horticulturist in charge of making sure RiverScape MetroPark is always ready to impress any passerby.

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•  Adrian Sargent, Five Rivers MetroParks ranger 

It’s all in the name. When Sargent tells you to straighten up, you straighten up.

• Dr. Thomas Hirt, a physician practicing family medicine

You might not want to tell your youngsters the new family doctor’s name before heading in for the next appointment. 

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•  Al Minor, Montgomery County Juvenile Court

Minor has been with the Montgomery Juvenile Court since 1994. As an advocate for youth in many different volunteer capacities, Al is living up to his name in a major way. See what we did there?

• Taryn Filer, Washington-Centerville Public Library librarian 

The newly-married librarian is fully equipped for a successful career with her new last name. 

• Ron Oil, employee at the Auto Hobby Shop at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

As an employee at an Air Force base auto shop, Oil must have instilled confidence in each customer that their vehicle was in good hands. 

• Julie Domicone, founder of Jubie’s Creamery

Fairborn’s newest ice cream shop is cute enough, but the owner’s “ice cream cone name” might be the cherry on top. Domicone graduated from The Ohio State University in May of 2017 and is now following her entrepreneurial dreams. 

Julie Domicone (center) with her parents, Fred and Stacey Domicone.(Contributed)

• David Butcher, founder of Flyby BBQ food truck

We’re willing to bet Butcher’s last name helped inspire his popular Dayton food truck. Flyby BBQ just announced the food truck has plans to open a space in the Mall at Fairfield Commons sometime this fall. 

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• Lemuel and William Doom

The Doom brothers were sold a New Carlisle funeral parlor in 1888, that was then renamed the Doom Funeral Home. The funeral home stood for years, but has since been torn down. Was the building always “doomed”? We have to wonder.

• Forest, tree specialist

Lisa Mendenhall of the Dayton area said a neighbor referred her to a tree repair specialist conveniently named Forest. Reportedly, Mendenhall also hired a Carey Painter for paint work. 

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