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Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Dayton, Ohio is home to more than 300 registered nonprofit organizations, and at the heart of them all are volunteer leaders, many of whom are young professionals. These emerging leaders make a sizable impact on the community in many ways.
The Dayton Civic Leaders Awards were designed to recognize emerging leaders ages 21-45 within the local philanthropic community who have exhibited leadership and success within their designated nonprofit cause.
The six recipients of the 2017 award were selected among a competitive pool of applicants by a leadership committee of Dayton-area CEOs who are behind the fundraising efforts of the Boa & Bow Tie Ball, which seeks to raise over $145,000 for JDRF Southwest Ohio.
"We received a substantial number of nominations for the 2017 Dayton Civic Leaders award, and are honored to recognize six deserving recipients," said Samantha Redden, JDRF Dayton Development Coordinator. "Young leaders are an essential part of what we do at JDRF, so I know firsthand how critical they are to the work of nonprofit organizations."
This year’s winners will be recognized at the Boa & Bow Tie Ball, and each will serve as a model during the event's unique live bow tie auction. In addition to recognition of the 2017 Civic Leaders recipients, JDRF will also honor their own Volunteer of the Year recipient, Diane Schoeffler-Warren.
What about the Boa & Bow Tie Ball?
The ball is a unique cocktail party that is the first of its kind in Dayton, and will feature entertainment, food and spirits stations with celebrity bartenders, a silent auction, and live bowtie auction.
More information and tickets for the Boa & Bow Tie Ball can be found at www.BoaBowTieBall.org.
Meet the 2017 class of Dayton Civic Leaders:
Lauryn Bayliff works for Dayton History and spends much of her time raising funds to educate the public of Dayton’s history. Not only does Lauryn work to preserve the community’s past but she’s also focused on the future. Lauryn has participated in Leadership Dayton, Tipp City Restoration & Architectural Board of Review, Generation Dayton, Association of Fundraising Professionals and more. She is dedicated to the city of Dayton and also her hometown, Tipp City.
Jen Cadieux is one of Dayton’s most involved young professionals. Jen works for the Downtown Dayton Partnership and has served on many different boards in the Dayton area. Some of her most recent involvement includes Levitt Pavilion Dayton, UpDayton, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Generation Dayton, Junior League of Dayton and the Downtown Dayton Plan, Activated Spaces, Pop Up Shop Committee. Jen spends much of her free time giving back to our local community.
AJ Ferguson took on UpDayton’s Director role in 2015. He spends his time with UpDayton supporting other organizations dedicated to growing and changing Dayton. AJ works to engage the people of Dayton to build up the community and make it more attractive to college students and other young professionals. In addition to his job with UpDayton, AJ volunteers for a handful of other non-profit organizations including United Way, Greater Dayton Conservative Fund, and Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District among others.
Jerod Frenzl recently moved to Dayton through AmeriCorps. Quickly he started giving back to the community with his volunteer efforts and his job with Rebuilding Together Dayton. Jerod serves as Generation Dayton’s Community Service Chair and is one of their most involved members. Not only does he dedicate his time to the community but also spends much of his efforts recruiting other young professionals to give back to Dayton.
Cory D.D. Miller was recently voted as one of Dayton.com’s best local celebrities. Cory works for CH Dean and stays well connected in the Dayton area. He’s been involved with many different Dayton organizations and programs including Leadership Dayton, UD Alumni Mentor Program, Crayons to Classrooms Board Member, Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Dayton History Bell Board Member and many others. Cory also started the Beavercreek Young Professional Group.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:07 PM
LEBANON — It could be the first outdoor bike park of its kind completed in Ohio.
A growing number of mountain bikers, freestyle riders and stunt bicyclists already know about the Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park, off the Ohio 48 Bypass in Lebanon.
The grand opening for the 45-acre park, built atop a closed landfill, is scheduled for Saturday, June 2.
Last week, riders were trying out the beginners’ level pump track during a preview event.
“There’s all kinds of different opportunities out here,” said Mike Stautberg, president, Atrium Medical Center Foundation said, as riders wove around the track, trying to preserve momentum without pedaling. “It’s going to be a very unique opportunity for Warren County and our entire region.”
Dayton plans to build an outdoor bike park near Welcome Stadium, but it is still in the design stage. Online searches indicated that in Columbus, the Gaters Bike Park is under development, so far featuring a 1/4-mile single track.
The nearest place for the range of experiences available in Lebanon — even on a smaller scale — is across the Ohio River in Burlington, Ky., according to Dave Huff, designer of the bike parks in Lebanon and the England-Idlewild Bike Park in Kentucky.
“Beyond that, there is nothing,” Huff said last week in a phone interview. “I think the next closest is Terra Haute, Ind. Then the next one I think is in Chicago.”
Lebanon’s $220,000 park features pump tracks, jumps and mountain bike routes all connected by a perimeter trail.
It marks the culmination of more than two years of planning begun by the city’s park board.
“You know how long we’ve been working on this?” said K.C.Stallings, a Lebanon resident and bike shop owner who participated in the park board planning process approved by the city council.
Stallings envisioned a time when riders along the Little Miami trail, part of one of the longest trail networks in the nation, will turn off at Lebanon, “check out the pump track and then head into downtown for lunch.”
In addition, there are hopes of drawing international cyclocross events to the park, off the Ohio 48 interchange at Interstate 71, and riders from the region looking for a place to pedal a pump track, jumps or mountain bike trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.
“It’s also just an amazing park. It’s free to the community,” Stallings added, before riding off into the park.
Local cyclocross aficionados are looking for places to ride since the former Kingswood Golf Course in Deerfield Twp. became the embroiled in an ongoing development dispute.
The next step in Lebanon’s plan calls for completion of a connection with the city’s trail system, enabling residents to pedal all the way to the park near the end of Turtlecreek-Union Road.
“Over 30,000 cubic yards was hauled in to construct the mountain bike trails, jump lines, pump tracks and other features that make this park unique. Features vary depending on ability, with there being many opportunities for beginners all the way to more advanced riders,” City Manager Scott Brunka said in an email update on the project.
In addition to the hospital and its foundation, which were the primary sponsors, Brunka expressed appreciation to sponsors including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Trek Bicycles, Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA), the Harmon Civic Trust, Lebanon Rotary, Mane Inc., Lebanon Optimist Club, Infinit, LCNB, REI and Greensite.
The park includes a parking lot, but additional parking for the grand-opening will be available in the Home Depot/ Rural King parking lot, across the Ohio 48 Bypass. A bike drop-off will be set up in the parking lot and shuttles running from there to the park.
Riders will also be able to ride from event parking to the park.
Grand opening, June 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park, off the Ohio 48 Bypass in Lebanon.
475 E. Turtlecreek-Union Road
Lebanon, Oh 45036
For information, contact the City of Lebanon Parks & Recreation Department
50 S. Broadway, Lebanon
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
— Smoked jalapeno tequila, anyone?
Just as craft beer has taken off in the last decade, so has the craft cocktail. One of the most intriguing books I've come across in a long time is Matthew Biancaniello's "Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails."
— just be extremely careful using a torch. And trust me, you don't want to drink that jalapeno-infused tequila straight.The Mayan Campfire is a fun and unusual cocktail, sure to spark some conversation
(adapted from "Eat Your Drink")
2 ounces tequila
3 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup
1½ teaspoons smoked jalapeno tequila (recipe follows)
Enough large-size marshmallows to cover top of glass (4 to 6)
In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, chocolate syrup and smoked jalapeno tequila with ice. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Place the marshmallows on top and slowly toast them with a small kitchen torch. Be very careful not to apply the flame for too long on any one area near the rim of the glass. The whole process should take less than 10 seconds.
SMOKED JALAPENO TEQUILA
10 smoked jalapenos
1 (750 ml) bottle 123 Organic Reposado (Dos) Tequila
Place the jalapenos in a quart-size jar and pour in the tequila. Cover and let sit in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least 2 weeks. Strain back into the bottle. This infusion becomes so strong with smoke and spice that it is intended to be a tincture and not consumed on its own. It will keep in a cool, dark place for at least a year.
Thirsty for more? Check out other must-try cocktails from Biancaniello's book at MyDaytonDailyNews.com.
Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
— Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion.
That should be no biggie, according to experts at the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension.
"As a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them and often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction," the extension noted. Venomous snake bites are rare and you can readily take steps to treat them. If you're an avid gardener, you may even want snakes in your slice of the great outdoors, since they diet on rodents and insects and can actually help protect you from garden pests.
Not buying it? You can try to keep snakes out of your home life. Just understand that even the best measures are not 100 percent foolproof, according to America's Wetland Resources, which is based in the South.
"There are no magic or absolute solutions," AWR asserted. "There are no poisons or repellents that work, though some new 'breakthrough' is occasionally advertised. Horsehair ropes and trails of mothballs have consistently tested negative, and pest control operators have no answers."
Seal crevices. Closer to your home, seal the openings where snakes like to set up house. "Check the clearance of door bottoms, weep holes, openings where pipes enter, cracks and spaces under eaves," AWR recommended. "Don't neglect storerooms and sheds."
AWR added that sealing enough openings to make a difference is much more difficult if you own a raised wooden home.
Tidy up the yard. Snakes might choose to live on your property or simply travel through, according to AWR. You want to make your property as inhospitable as possible, so concentrate on ridding it of any places snakes would consider good spots to hide. Remove debris, from piles of boards, tin, sticks and leaves to flat boats on the ground and piles of bricks or stone, AWR advised, and keep vegetation cut back.
Stop serving the snake's preferred menu. It's a win-win. When you take away potential hiding places for snakes, the spots where rat and mice families like to congregate are also eliminated. But take this one step further, AWR advised, and take further steps to get rid of the rodents that snakes like to snack on. You may want to involve a pest control agent, but you definitely want to practice anti-rodent hygiene, including not leaving pet food out for more than an hour or so, closing trash cans tightly and securing compost in a sealed container.
Combat the climbers. If limbs from a neighbor's yard hang over your fence, snakes may use them as an entry to your place. Consider working with your neighbor to get them trimmed.
Consider the snake-proof fence. If you live in an area where one or more venomous snakes are common, you may want to invest in a snake-proof fence, according to NCSU. "Small areas where children play can be protected from all poisonous and most harmless snakes with a snake-proof fence," it noted. "However, the cost of the fence may make it impractical to protect an entire yard."
Make a fence by burying 1/4-inch mesh wire screening 6 inches underground and building it up 30 inches, instructed NCSU.
"It should slant outward at a 30-degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Tall vegetation must be removed along the fence, both inside and outside."
It's costly, but you can snake-proof the entire yard with a concrete chain wall that extends six inches or so below the surface, noted AWR.
"If you already have a wooden fence and the boards are very close together, a good solution is to snake-proof the bottom."
One fairly cheap way is to use 1/4-inch hardware cloth cut in strips wide enough to overlap the bottom of the fence so it can be tacked securely and extend down into a narrow trench six inches deep.
AWR added another word of caution for either snake-proof fence design (spoiler alert: it's nightmare inducing.) "Many snakes climb by looping over objects and the above described design may virtually eliminate their entry," it noted. "Others, however, can crawl up vertical surfaces if they are rough, such as the trunk of a tree or a brick wall (including the side of a house)."
To overcome this creepy climbing capability, you can place a foot-wide ledge made of wood or metal flashing along the outer side at the top. "This structure makes the snakes lean out away from the wall and it will lose its grip and fall."
After all this snake talk, AWR does have one bit of great news. "Snakes are rarely abundant in any one location."
And if all your efforts fail and snakes do make their way into your yard, AWR recommended the ultimate failsafe.
Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:53 AM
— No April Fool’s Day joke here: Dayton turned the big 222 this year on April 1.
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On that date in 1796, Dayton, now the county seat of Montgomery County, Ohio, was founded by settlers from Cincinnati led by Samuel Thompson up the Miami River.
Two other parties led by George Newcom and William Hamer arrived four days later by land.
That year, Dayton Township an area containing what is now in parts of current Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties, was formed, according to the National Park Service.
Native American groups did not live in what is now Dayton, but used it as a hunting ground, the park service says.
In honor of Dayton’s 222 birthday, we asked Facebook users and others to help us come up with a list of 222 things the Dayton area should be proud of.
Here’s that list in no particular order (we could have gone on and on):
2) An abundance of local artists
3) David Hurwitz and the book mobile truck
4) We brought the nation flight and are the land of funk.
5) The 1.5 trillion gallons of water known as the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer
6) Dayton Dragons
7 ) Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the state’s largest employers.
8) We have some of the best festivals in the Midwest.
9) The cash register
10) All of the visual arts
11) Zoot Theatre Company
12) Roller skating Elvis
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13) Paul L. Dunbar and his house
14) Brunch in the Oregon District
15) Great historic neighborhoods
16) Cheez-it brand crackers were born here
17) So many restaurants
19) The Ohio Players
20) Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is in the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood
21) Dayton History at Carillon Park
22) Dayton Flyers basketball
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23) Lisa Adams Bratton shares the same birthday as Dayton
24) Roger Troutman and Zapp
25) The number of patents by capita (so many patents)
27) Did we mention Orville and Wilbur Wright?
28) Dayton Wiener Dog Races are a thing
29) The Miami Conservancy District protects, preserves and promotes quality and quantity of our water.
30) We thrived after the Great Flood of 1913.
31) Dayton Visual Art Center’s great Art Auction
32) You can get nearly anywhere in the Miami Valley within 15 or 20 minutes.
33) Good people live here
34) The Breeders
35) Wonderful suburbs
36) The Root Beer Stande keeps going.
37) Five Rivers MetroParks
38) White Allen has been around since 1935.
39) The Dayton Art Institute is about to turn 100 years old.
40) The Dayton International Peace Museum
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41) Dayton loves parks
42) Esther Price Candies
43) The Pine Club’s bone-in ribeye
44) Link Dayton Bike Share
45) Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is fabulous.
46) Smales Pretzel Bakery
47) Dayton Sewing Collaborative
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48) SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
49) Lower costs of living
50) Scene 75
51) Dayton solves problems and completes projects
52) The Dayton Peace Accords, the general framework for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
53) Beer in brewing
54) The Miamisburg Mound, one of two largest conical mounds in eastern North America.
55) Stivers School for the Arts
56) Dorothy Lane Market
57) Dayton Celtic Festival
58) Thrifty Boutique
59) Guided by Voices
60) Robert Pollard won’t stop making great music
61) Did we mention all of the breweries?
62) Wu Tang is forever at Barrel House
63) Downtown Dayton is alive, well and booming
64) Dayton’s fantastic chefs
65) Schuster Performing Arts Center
66) Dayton is within an 8 hour or less drive of at least 10 “major cities.”
67) Belle of Dayton Vodka
68) Square-cut pizza
69) Ducks at RiverScape MetroPark
70) The Victoria Theatre
71) MJ’s on Jefferson
72) Chamberlain Tomato Co. on Gettysburg Avenue
73) St. Patrick’s Day is at The Dublin Pub and Flanagan’s Pub
74) The Lincoln statue at Courthouse Square
75) Fantastic food trucks
76) Dayton Children’s Hospital
77) The work of upDayton
78) Huffy bike company
79) Small businesses can make it.
80) The Dayton Air Show
81) The Little Exchange
82) Dayton Ballet
83) The Neon movie theater
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84) 4 Paws service dogs
85) Marion’s Piazza
87) The Boonshoft Musuem of Discovery
89) The Human Race Theater
90) Welcome Dayton and all of our diversity
91) The Dayton LGBT Center
92) A World A’Fair
93) Dayton Philharmonic
94) K12 Gallery and TEJAS
95) Neal Gittleman
96) Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute
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97) The Deweese Ridgecrest neighborhood
98) Dayton Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox
99) TedxDayton spreads ideas worth sharing
100) The Troy Strawberry Festival
101) Italian Fall Festa at Bella Villa Hall
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102) The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center
103) WYSO is 60
104) The pop top
105) The burgers at Slyder’s Tavern and Tank’s
106) The National Museum of the United States Air Force
107) Rev. Cool brought punk to Dayton
108) The RiverScape River Run
109) Dot’s Supermarket has all the meat
110) Miles and miles to hike
111) Our inventions have changed the world
112) Food that rivals grub found in much larger cities
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113) The Longest Table brings people together
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114) Our code-breakers helped defeat the Nazis in World War II
115) The NCAA First Four tournament games
116) Sauerkraut Festival
117) Warped Wing Brewery is around the state
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118) The Renaissance Festival
119) Erma Bombeck
120) Woodland Cemetery
121) Kayaking on the Great Miami Valley River
122) The tacos at El Greco’s Pizza Villa on Salem Avenue
123) Activated Spaces program is filling downtown buildings
124) Yellow Springs Street Festival
126) The new Dayton Metro Library is amazing
127) Yellow Cab Tavern is keeping local music alive
128) Art Street
129) Dayton Music Festival
130) Water Street District
131) Front Street is an experience like none other
132) Summer Concerts at the Rose and Fraze
133) Carillon Tree of Light Illumination
134) Oregon Express
135) Rubi Girls
136) Press coffee shop
137) The National Packard Museum
138) The Dayton Art Institute’s hard-working associates board throws a great party
139) Wayne Avenue coffee trail
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140) Young’s Jersey Dairy
141) The Gem City Cat Cafe’
142) Dayton Daily News
143) Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow
144) Trolley Stop
146) Dayton Regional Walk of Fame
147) Dayton’s Engineer Club
148) Zombie Dogz has dog and tots
149) The League of Women Voters
150) Wright State University’s ArtsGala
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151) King’s Island is just a short drive away
152) Dayton Woman’s Club
153) So many fish fries
154) John Henry Patterson statue at Hills and Dales Park
155) Square One Salon spread Dayton stories
156) Little Art in Yellow Springs
157) You might just see Dave Chappelle walk down the street
158) Dayton Junior League
159) Ashley’s Pastry Shop
160) Great shopping at The Greene, Austin Landing, Dayton Mall and the Mall of Fairfield Commons
161) Our Allison Janney just won an Oscar!
162) Miami Valley School
163) Wright State has the Tom Hanks Center of Motion Pictures
164) Wegerzyn MetroPark is fabulous
165) Jazz Central
166) Pedal pub wagons
167) Hauntfest on Fifth
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168) Golf cart tours
169) Generation Dayton
170) Fifth Fridays in downtown Dayton
171) The downtown Dayton gay circuit
172) Legendary Christmas Lights at Historic Clifton Mill.
173) Winans Fine Chocolate and Coffee
174) The Dayton Rotary Club
175) North Dayton Garden Center
176) The Pink Ribbon Girls
177) Artemis Domestic Violence Center and the YWCA Dayton
178) Equitas Health was founded here
179) Dayton Inspires cleanups
180) Mikesell’s Snack Food Company
181) All of the Oregon District businesses and restaurants
182) Dayton’s Inventors Riverwalk
183) PechaKucha Dayton has the 20x20 thing down
184) Walking through Glen Helen on a sunny summer day
185) Fireworks along the Great Miami River downtown
186) Dayton.com gives you what to do, know and love
187) Antiquing in Waynesville
188) All the things in Yellow Spring
189) Local wineries and wine shops are budding
190) Mamma DiSalvo
191) Pub Fries at the Dublin Pub
192) Arcade bars are talking us back
193) All of our fantastic international markets
194) Black Box Theatre
195) We have great golf courses and bowling alleys
196) Oakwood “kids” came up with Fusian
197) Elsa’s Bad Juans
198) Urban Krag
199) Femme Fatale Fitness keeps it sassy and classy
200) Wiley’s Comedy Joint keeps us laughing
201) Nancy Cartwright is Bart Simpson
202) Edwin C. Moses brought home gold
203) The annual Limp Bikzkit show at the Wayne Avenue Sunoco
204) Boston Stoker keeps us awake.
205) Wright State grad Hannah Beachler’s work is all over “Black Panther.”
206) Dayton is there for Dayton
207 ) Phil Donahue made it big here
208) The Masonic Temple is gorgeous
209) All of the churches and synagogue
210) The Dayton Foundation
211) Fifth Street BrewPub is a co-op
212) Gem City Market is coming
213) East Dayton Arts District is happening
214) Tech Town
215) Dayton Collaboratory has big plans
216) The Mural Machine
217) Deeds Point Dog Park
218) The kids at Dayton STEM School
219) Every four years presidential candidates care us, a lot
220) You can get in and out of the Dayton International Airport in a breeze
221) Cox Arboretum is awesome
222) Foy’s keeps us in costumes