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Look inside this FABULOUS Oregon District ‘church house’ all decked out for Christmas 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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The "church home" at 30 Van Buren Street was featured in the 2017 Oregon District Candlelight Tour.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

A little Christmas magic sure goes a long way. 

Todd and Teri Carver, the new owners of 30 Van Buren St., the historic former church we told you was up for sale back in 2015, proved just that during the Oregon District’s 2017 Candlelight Holiday Tour. 

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The couple’s house was among five featured during the annual event.

Here are a few images we captured:

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The "church home" at 30 Van Buren Street was featured in the 2017 Oregon District Candlelight Tour.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The "church home" at 30 Van Buren Street was featured in the 2017 Oregon District Candlelight Tour.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The Oregon Historic District sparkled for visitors during its annual Candlelight Holiday Tour that takes place Dec. 4 to Dec. 6. The funds raised through ticket sales support neighborhood projects. AMELIA ROBINSON / STAFF(Amelia Robinson)

The "church home" at 30 Van Buren Street was featured in the 2017 Oregon District Candlelight Tour.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The "church home" at 30 Van Buren Street was featured in the 2017 Oregon District Candlelight Tour.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The "church home" at 30 Van Buren Street was featured in the 2017 Oregon District Candlelight Tour.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Trees cleared at Centerville site before bat population returns

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:51 PM


            Hallmark Campus Communities, the developer of the Gateway Lofts, a 360-unit multi-family development along East Alex-Bell Road near Chardonnay Drive, has completed an extensive tree-clearing project designed to help with completing the development. The project had to be finished prior to bats relocating to the area for the season. TY GREENLEES/STAFF
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Hallmark Campus Communities, the developer of the Gateway Lofts, a 360-unit multi-family development along East Alex-Bell Road near Chardonnay Drive, has completed an extensive tree-clearing project designed to help with completing the development. The project had to be finished prior to bats relocating to the area for the season. TY GREENLEES/STAFF(TY GREENLEES/STAFF)

A company building a 360-unit housing development in Centerville has cleared about 20 acres of trees for the project, work it needed to finish this month because of rules regarding a bat.

Hallmark Campus Communities is developer of the Gateway Lofts – a multi-family development along East Alex-Bell Road near Chardonnay Drive.

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It cleared approximately 20 acres of forest between East Alex Bell Road and I-675, with about 15 acres of woodlands included in that, according to Maureen Hodgson, community resources coordinator for the city of Centerville.

Hallmark officials said the tree clearing on the planned apartment complex needed to be completed by early April due to requirements by the Army Corps of Engineers to mitigate the impact on the Indiana bat and Northern long-eared bat populations that are present in the development area. The bats traditionally settle into the area after April for mating, so trees could not be cut down after then.

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According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Northern long-eared bat and Indiana bat are federally listed as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

A spokesman for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said the bats made the endangered species list due to white-nose syndrome, which is a fatal fungus that wakes up bats during winter, when there are no insects to consume.

Will Kirk, who is the project manager for the development, said the plan for Gateway includes 14 walk-up apartment buildings that will include 256 one-bedroom units and 104 two-bedroom units.

Apartment buildings will be either two or three-stories, depending on their location in the development. A clubhouse with a swimming pool is to be located near the Alex-Bell entrance. A secondary entrance to Gateway will be from Loop Road at Versailles Drive.

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These Dayton kids made a real ruckus in the Oregon District and left people cheering

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:32 PM

Stivers School for the Arts students took part in a New Orleans-style second line to raise awareness of DVAC’s 24th Annual Art Auction.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
Stivers School for the Arts students took part in a New Orleans-style second line to raise awareness of DVAC’s 24th Annual Art Auction.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Oregon District diners simply were not ready. 

A dozen or so rambunctious Dayton kids roamed up and down the district 

and in and out of its restaurants, bars and shops Thursday evening.

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The Stivers School for the Arts students swayed and stepped to the theme from the HBO show “Treme” that two classmates played on a trombone and a trumpet.   

The New Orleans-style second line of student artists was led by Eva Buttacavoli, the executive director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center.

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They carried some of the artwork included in DVAC’s 24th Annual Art Auction, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 

444 W Third St., downtown Dayton. 

Tickets for the event are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 

INFO & TICKETS: daytonvisualarts.org | 937-224-3822

We were with the students as they made a ruckus in the name of art in a handful of Fifth Street businesses that included  Bonnett’s Book Store; Blind Bob’s; Lucky’s Taproom, Goodwill, Lily’s Bistro and Corner Kitchen.

Buttacavoli gave away free tickets to surprised diners and shoppers along the way. 

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How hometown and home state inspire rising country artist Clark Manson

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



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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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 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.

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What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:24 AM

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Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events.

But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know:

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1. When did Earth Day start?

The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 22 million people across the country came out in support of environmental reform.

"That day left a permanent impact on the politics of America," Gaylord Nelson wrote in the April 1980 edition of the EPA Journal. "It forcibly thrust the issue of environmental quality and resources conservation into the political dialogue of the nation.

"It showed political and opinion leadership of the country that the people cared, that they were ready for political action, that the politicians had better get ready, too. In short, Earth Day launched the environmental decade with a bang."

Since then, celebrations have only grown. This year, organizers estimate more than one billion people in 192 countries will participate in events the world over. The day is celebrated each year on April 22.

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2. Is there a theme for Earth Day 2018?

This year, organizers are focusing on curbing plastic pollution.

"Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics," the Earth Day Network, which partners with tens of thousands of organizations in 192 countries to organize Earth Day events, said on its website.

The organization also said it "will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems."

Read more here.

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3. How are people celebrating?

In Tokyo, thousands of people will attend beach cleanups, concerts, art exhibits, classes and other events coordinated by the Green Room Festival, according to the Earth Day Network. In India's Karnataka state, a "no plastic" event will feature workshops led by "organizations that are champions of environmental sustainability in fields including electric vehicles, solar power and zero-waste living," the network said. Cleanups also were scheduled in Palm Beach, Florida; New York; New Jersey and other locations across the United States and worldwide.

Read more here.

4. What are businesses doing?

Google marked Earth Day with a "video doodle" featuring primatologist Jane Goodall. 

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“It is so important in the world today that we feel hopeful and do our part to protect life on Earth," Goodall said. "I am hopeful that this Earth Day Google Doodle will live as a reminder for people across the globe that there is still so much in the world worth fighting for. So much that is beautiful, so many wonderful people working to reverse the harm, to help protect species and their environments. And there are so, so many young people, like those in JGI’s Roots & Shoots program, dedicated to making this a better world. With all of us working together, I am hopeful that it is not too late to turn things around, if we all do our part for this beautiful planet.”

Read more about the doodle here.

Apple also joined in on the celebrations, announcing on April 19 that "for every device received at Apple stores and apple.com through the Apple GiveBack program from now through April 30, the company will make a donation to the nonprofit Conservation International."

In addition, Apple "debuted Daisy, a robot that can more efficiently disassemble iPhone to recover valuable materials," according to a company press release.

“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social Initiatives, said in a statement. “In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”

Read more here.

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5. How can I get involved?

There are multiple ways to get into the Earth Day spirit, from participating in a local event to changing your bills from paper to paperless. Here are some suggestions from the Earth Day Network:
  • Urge your local elected officials or businesses to make a substantial tree planting commitment by starting a letter-writing campaign or online petition.

  • Lead a recycling drive to collect as much plastic, metal, and glass as possible.

  • Pick up trash at a local park or beach.

  • Set up a screening of an environmentally themed movie. Consider supplementing the screening with a speaker who can lead a Q&A following the film.

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