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Published: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 6:19 AM
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — As Christine Corbitt quickly approached her due date, her stomach was undeniable.
“Towards the end of my pregnancy, I was like, 'Oh my gosh. She’s just so huge,'" Corbitt said.
Indeed, Carleigh Brooke Corbitt was huge. At 13 pounds, 5 ounces, she was the largest newborn Dr. Eric Edelenbos has ever delivered.
2) We were there for Carleigh's 3-week checkup today. She's happy, alert and has gained 5 ounces. pic.twitter.com/CygehZAqnn— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 5, 2017
“When the baby was coming out, I was like, 'Is this baby ever going to end?' Everybody in the room kind of just stopped during the delivery and was like, 'Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh,'” he said.
We were there as mom and baby went for their three-week checkup. Carleigh was decked out in pink and white and didn't fuss a bit. She’s clearly happy and healthy, but struggled with gestational diabetes early on.
“I’ve had nine and 10-pound babies and I figured maybe she'd be 10 pounds. I’d have another 10-pound baby, but she was a surprise,” Corbitt said.
3) Carleigh's mom is used to big babies (her first two were 9 and 10 pounds), but Carleigh was a surprise to say the least. pic.twitter.com/hQpq6ji7IJ— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 5, 2017
4) Carleigh's newborn pictures are so cute! Her personality is already shining through. pic.twitter.com/PqkTTkLUfn— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 5, 2017
Carleigh had to stay in the NICU for a bit while her blood sugar levels were checked and she got the all-clear. The Corbitts say a number of media outlets have contacted them about Carleigh's large entry into the world, but ActionNewsJax officially gave her her TV debut.
As for Christine, she plans on taking some much-needed rest – for good this time.
“I’m done. I’m done. No more babies for me,” she said with a smile.
5) In case you're wondering, yes, Carleigh's mom had a c-section.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 5, 2017
6) Carleigh's doctor says the past couple of years, babies have been having a higher birth weight, due to an increase in Diabetes.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) June 5, 2017
Published: Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
— From childhood playground games to picnic pastimes, Dayton Sportcial combines fun and recreation with camaraderie and community building.
Sportcial — the brainchild of Raph Carranza and PJ Falter — organizes a variety of leagues, tournaments and special events in and near downtown Dayton.
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Leagues that are currently under way include:
• Kickball (Kettering Field)
• Cornhole (Dayton Beer Company)
• Volleyball (Lohrey Recreation Center)
Leagues that are coming soon:
An eight-week skee-ball league gets under way at DK Effect on May 2 and a seven-week Wiffle ball league starts on May 16 at Bomberger Park.
How it got started
It all began in 2015 after Carranza and Falter played on a softball team together for the first time.
“We started talking about playing in another league that was more social but, after asking around, we found out that a previous league had closed up shop,” Carranza said. “Having moved around a lot, we agreed that the easiest way to make friends was through fun games. We decided then that we should revive the idea.”
Since its inception, more than 600 unique players – 1,500 total registrants – have participated in one or more of the many Sportcial leagues.
“We find that a problem with a lot of adult leagues is competitiveness,” Falter said. “Don’t get me wrong, competition can be fun, but our primary goal is connecting people and building community. We find that by really focusing on sports that are not mainstream, people are put at ease, don’t fear embarrassment, and are more likely to let go and have fun.”
How you win in Sportcial?
Carranza and Falter share how they gauge Sportcial’s success:
How well did we connect people?
“We’ll see people who play or played on different teams having a drink or working together on a project around town. We have some very inspiring people that play in our leagues and they are doing great things in the community. Through our leagues and events, people have a low-pressure way of connecting and finding others who have similar motivations. Seeing the personal and professional relationships grow let’s us know we are succeeding – we just had our first engagement of two players that met in our league.”
How well did we create community?
“Dayton is our home. All of our leagues and bars are downtown – that’s on purpose. Our players drive from Springfield to Springboro to play, and we want to showcase our city. We’ve had players tell us they didn’t particularly care about downtown, but now love coming downtown, and have even moved downtown. The city of Dayton is making some big strides, and we’re happy we can show off all the great things going on downtown.”
How well did we build business?
“The success of the businesses we bring our party to is our success. We bring 100-plus people to a bar on a weeknight. One of our bars experiences a 167-percent increase in sales when we’re there. That is awesome, but an even more telling impact is seeing Sportcial shirts out on the town after our events and, even more so, them coming back to that bar when we aren’t there. We also spend our money locally. In addition to for-profits, we push the success of organizations that align with our mission. UpDayton, Generation Dayton, city of Dayton, and Brigid’s Path are some of the groups that we work with.”
GIVE IT A TRY
May 2: Skee-ball
May 16: Wiffle ball
May 16: Sportcial Golf: Basics, Bogeys and Beers
June 4: Industry League
June 13: Cornhole: Recreational J
une 14: Cornhole: Competitive
June 14: Ultimate Frisbee: For Starters
June 21: Kickball
For those who want the fun with less commitment – one-day events that can fit into most people’s schedule that involve some sort of game that takes you outside of your comfort zone.
April 22: Day at the Races
May 20: Dayton Dragons Game
June 10: Skydiving
June 24: Ice cream bike ride
July 22: River Float
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Perhaps the best way to experience nature’s beauty and appreciate our natural resources in the Dayton area is through our robust networks of parks.
Beyond the recreation and connection with nature, they’re also key to some of the region’s top investments in conservation, reforestation and preserving and protecting wildlife -- and they all boast unique features.
Here’s our guide to Dayton’s beautiful MetroParks.
Aullwood Garden MetroPark
Location: 955 Aullwood Road, Englewood
Why visit: Perfect for history buffs, here you’ll find a burr oak tree with a 1913 flood watermark, and a twin sycamore aged when Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492.
Carriage Hill MetroPark
Location: 7800 E. Shull Road, Dayton
Why visit: If you love fishing and trails, add this park to your must-visit list. Oh, and if you want a taste of Dayton’s past -- visit their blacksmith shop, woodshop, historic house and bank barn where you’ll find historic breeds of farm animals.
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Location: 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton
Why visit: With over a dozen specialty gardens, including a Butterfly House with native butterflies and moths, this MetroPark has so much to explore. There are also 2.5 miles of trails and a Tree Tower that rises 46 feet high for an incredible view.
Deeds Point MetroPark
Location: 510 Webster St., Dayton
Why visit: Calling all bird watchers, this park has a variety of migratory and resident birds can be seen here, including bald eagles. The park has a bronze statue of Wilbur and Orville Wright as a fixture along the trail, and an aviation timeline exhibit. The park also has a monument — Dayton Peace Accord — that symbolizes the agreement for peace between Bosnia and Herzegovina struck in Dayton on Nov. 21, 1995.
Location: 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton
Why visit: Are water sports your call to the wild? Here you can boat, paddle, kayak, canoe and fish. There are also numerous scenic trails that connect to many others in the area.
Location: 4361 National Road, Vandalia
Why visit: This park blends scenic and sporty. Forest areas, wetlands and woodlands, grasslands, rivers and 12 miles of trails are all within reach. Follow a boardwalk into this wet area that supports an unusual population of trees including black ash, swamp white oak and pumpkin ash. This wetland has been dedicated as a State Natural Landmark in recognition of the occurrence of pumpkin ash, a tree rarely found in Ohio.
Location: 7101 Conservancy Road, Germantown
Why visit: Looking to camp among rare species of plants and animals? The park’s 22 miles of camping-friendly trails are for you. Don’t miss the “Window on Wildlife” with benches where visitors can sit, watch and listen to native birds through microphone-equipped windows.
Hills & Dales MetroPark
Location: 2655 S. Patterson Blvd., Kettering
Why visit: Great for hiking beginners and families, this walkable park features hills and ravines covered in mature and young hardwood forest, spring seeps and associated small wetlands. Don’t miss the “Staged Gates” landscape sculpture.
Location: 4439 Lower Valley Pike, Dayton
Why visit: Looking for a new spot to walk or hike? This 110-acre grassland is one of the largest prairie remnants in Ohio, which is maintained and restored in partner with Wright Patterson AFB. There are various trails and paths to explore, most of which connect to others in the area.
Location: 101 E. Helena St., Dayton
Why visit: This park offers a unique opportunity to explore nature, bird watch and walk trails. There is also a playground area, interactive waterplay system during summer and a bandshell for live music.
Possum Creek MetroPark
Location: 4790 Frytown Road, Dayton
Why visit: This is one of the largest and most diverse planted prairies in Ohio. In striving to become a leader in sustainable innovation, here you can help grow a garden in the approximately 100 community garden plots. Walking and hiking trails are plentiful, and fishing and ice fishing are also available.
Location: 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
Why visit: Diverse in both recreation and wildlife, this spot is a must-visit to experience fun and exploration in nature. Free summer weekend concerts, parent and preschooler programs, major community festivals and an ice skating rink. The Dayton Inventor’s River Walk includes seven invention stations along Monument Avenue and Patterson Boulevard that celebrate Dayton inventions. Bike and kayak rentals available. Daytonian Paul Laurence Dunbar’s famous poems are etched in stone at the top of the staircase at the west end of the park.
Location: 4178 Conference Road, Bellbrook
Why visit: Here you’ll find 550-year old white oaks, a planted prairie, scenic bird walks, meadows, and Sugar Creek. Be sure to snap a few photos in the “living tunnel” created by the large arching branches of Osage Orange trees, which date back to the 1800s.
Location: 50 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton
Why visit: Get active in nature! Located at the juncture of Wolf Creek and the Great Miami River in Dayton, this small park is an excellent place to watch wildlife, walk trails, skate, run, bike ride and fish.
Location: 2000 State Route 40, Vandalia
Why visit: This park has unique history and typography. Wooded ravines, massive rock outcroppings, historic ruins and the Great Miami River make this large 1,300-acre park a must-visit. There are also approximately 13 miles of scenic trails. Available activities include fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing.
Twin Creek MetroPark
Location: 9688 Eby Road, Germantown
Why visit: Don’t miss the winding prehistoric Indian mound and scenic hilltop vista. The park has over 20 miles of camping-friendly wooded trails, including seven miles of equestrian trails. Fish, backpack, hike and explore waterways.
Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
Location: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
Why visit: This one you’ll want to the kiddos to. The Children’s Discovery Garden inspires little ones to play and explore texture, creatures, sounds and more. The beautifully planted Forman gardens, community gardens and boardwalk-navigation wetlands make for a great spot to see native birds and wildlife.
Location: 1441 Wesleyan Road, Dayton
Why visit: This 55-acre park features numerous scenic spots, making it a great choice for your next family photo session. The park is the home of Adventure Central, an innovative partnership between MetroParks and Ohio State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development. Here, urban youth learn about the environment and develop life skills through after-school programs, clubs and camps. There is also a playground and fishing available.
Caesar Creek State Park
Location: 8570 E. SR 73, Waynesville
Why visit: Known as one of the state’s premier outdoor recreation destinations, this 7,900-acre park offers more than 40 miles of hiking trails (ranging from mild to extremely rugged) that provide beautiful and striking views of the lake and the surrounding area. There are also opportunities for boating and camping.
John Bryan State Park
Location: 3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs
Why visit: John Bryan State Park is perhaps the most scenic State Park in western Ohio. Long ago, the limestone gorge, a portion of which is a national landmark, was cut by the Little Miami River (a state and national scenic river). On your hike along the 10-mile trail, you can see more than 100 different species of trees and shrubs, 340 species of wild flowers, 90 different varieties of birds, white-tail deer, beaver, coyotes, gray squirrels, fox squirrels -- and even an occasional white squirrel.
Location: 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City
Why visit: Discover uncommon plants and a unique waterfall originating from small underground springs. The 216-acre park features an observation boardwalk near the falls, a limestone cave, wildlife pond, tall grass prairie and nearly 4 miles of trails.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Three years ago, Covington, Ohio-native Clark Manson set out for a music career in Nashville. A bright future in songwriting and performing was ahead of him. Since then, Mason returned home, got married and started a family. But the songwriting and performing have only gotten better.
The country music star has a new single, “Towns Like Us,” coming out May 18. The single is his first solo-written song in years.
We spoke with Manson about what’s new in his life, his music, and how his home state inspires him.
What can you tell us about the growth of your musical career in the last three years?
I feel like the content has grown substantially — from the subject lines of songs to social media. Before, in 2012 and 2013, I was in college and most of the songs I wrote were party songs, because that’s where I was at, at that moment. I’ve grown a lot as a person. I’ve gotten married, and we’re expecting a child. I was in Nashville three years ago writing every day for a publishing company, and have since returned home. I am now writing on my own terms. I’m now a little more of what I want to be, rather than what the industry is wanting. It centers me to write about real-life things.
What can you tell us about the Concert for a Cause that you’re headlining?
Nancy Wilson called me with the idea, and I was immediately interested. Doing a concert to benefit a good charity is something I’ve tried to do more of since I’ve been back in Ohio. It’s one of those things where we can do what we love to do, for a great cause, and a great crowd.
What does it mean for you to support Moms 4 Miracles?
About three years ago was the first time we [Manson’s band] played at Dayton Children’s. We played, visited, and ever since then, we’ve all said “if we could ever do something here, we definitely would.” Also, my mother and grandmother suffer from breast cancer, so I can sympathize on the experience of what these kids are going through - it’s an everyday fight.
What do you look forward to when you’re back in town?
I play a lot of golf around the area at different courses. I also go to a few open mic nights. I go to check out, to hear other people, which can be inspiring for my own writing too.
What currently inspires your writing and performing?
I was driving through Covington, and I noticed everyone was waving – from there I was inspired by this 2-stop light kind of town. It’s a hometown story with a personal twist. People from our area are going to know this is the area I came from, to a T.
How does it feel to be back home?
It’s pretty cool to be able to come to my home state, basically my home area, and live and be able to make music and perform on a national platform. I do make sacrifices not being in Nashville and having to travel, but it feels great to be home doing what I love to do how I want to. We play a lot in the area, especially places I originally started. I don’t want to forget where we started. I don’t want anyone to think, “he’s too big for here;” it’s something I always want to keep up. It’s important to remember where you came from, where you’re going, where you’ve been.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
There is catchy, and then there is catchy.
National companies might have the big bucks, but Dayton-area businesses have proved time and time again that they can be even more memorable on a much smaller budget.
Here are five of the catchiest jingles and slogans created for or by local companies, and are still being used in one way or another.
1) Voss Chevrolet
Key line: Get a Voss.
2) Health Foods Unlimited
Key line: The natural way of caring for you
3) North Dayton Garden Center
Key line: North Dayton, North Dayton, North Dayton Garden Center
4) A Abel
Key line: Because it’s always something
Key lines: “You got a Buddy in the carpet business” and classically, "I don't care about makin' money, I just looooove to sell carpet."