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Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— After a blustery day of hiking at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, our jaws were more tired from dropping in awe than our legs were tired from the trek.
Clifton Gorge is a 268-acre preserve in Yellow Springs, protecting “one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state,” according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Two miles of the Little Miami Scenic River runs parallel to the preserve’s hiking trails, cascading sharp waterfalls along the glacially carved route.
So far, 2018 temperatures have stayed put well-below freezing — stopping waterfalls in their tracks, covering foliage in glistening snow and creating a true winter wonderland. Check out these photos and see for yourself why your frozen cheeks are a worthy price to pay for these views:
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WHAT: Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve
WHERE: 2381 State Route 343, Yellow Springs (0.25 miles west of Clifton at the east end of John Bryan State Park)
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— One of Tipp City’s daughters plays the object of Jennifer Aniston’s son’s affection in a newly released movie.
Carrie Wampler, 21, plays Army medic Jenny Smith in the Alexandre Moors directed film “The Yellow Bird.”
Wampler has appeared in a number of TV shows and in commercials since her family made the permanent move to Hollywood about a decade ago so Carrie and her siblings, Phillip and Christina “Cricket” Wampler, now 19 and 17, could act professionally.
RELATED: Tipp City siblings get their shot at Hollywood fame (July 31, 2010)
“The Yellow Bird” is Carrie’s first big-screen movie.
Her scenes were filmed in Morocco with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” star Alden Ehrenreich as Brandon Bartle and Tye Sheridan as Daniel Murphy.
“Moracco was such a culture shock and fascinating,” said Wampler, the daughter of Holly and Chris Wampler.
The recently released Iraq War action drama revolves around two young soldiers played by Ehreneich and Bartle and their mothers, Aniston and Toni Collette.
Jason Patrick is also in the film released in select theaters on June 15.
It is available on DirectTV and other streaming platforms.
Being part of the movie was an experience she says she cherishes.
“They definitely brought out the best of my character,” Wampler said. “They were the best.”
Wampler had a recurring role as “Brooke” on The Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally." She has guest starred on shows such as NBC's "Parks and Recreation," "Surviving Jack," "Instant Mom" and "Malibu Country."
Many of Wampler’s family members still live in Tipp City, her grandmother Merrily Swisher included.
Wampler said she will always love Tipp City and all of the Dayton area even thought she and her siblings have gone full throttle with acting careers in Hollywood.
It hasn’t always been easy or glamorous.
“It is defiantly not a sprint. It is a marathon,” Wampler said. “(People) don’t know how hard everyone is working toward their goals.”
Wampler, who recently appeared with Jason Ritter in the Funny or Die web series “Tale of Titans,” said she’d love to have a role in a TV comedy series.
“I am not comparing myself to other people’s careers,” she said. “I want to climb my own ladder.”
Despite the pressures and temptations that can often come with Hollywood, Wampler said she, her siblings and parents remain tight and focused.
“It is a Team Wampler thing,” she said. We are not competitive. We still root for each other.”
All three Wampler children still live with their parents as they continue to pursue their goals. Cricket is a high school senior.
Carrie Wampler said it has been a slow climb, but one she is enjoying.
“If you are in it for the wrong reasons, it would be disappointing,” she said. “If you love the craft of it, you will never be disappointed.”
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:01 AM
— Happy Father's Day!
Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.
Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:
1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround
I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps.— Jack's Dad (@DaddingAround) June 12, 2018
But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it.#dadjokes
2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR
Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged. #dadjokes— NPR (@NPR) June 17, 2018
3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns
"It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure"#FunnyThingsDadsSay— Puns©_By_Chris (@chrismakespuns) June 13, 2018
4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x
Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere. #dadjokes— Mat Best (@MatBest11x) June 8, 2018
5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt
Two peanuts were walking down the street.— Matt Fawcett (@Fawcett_Matt) June 13, 2018
One was a salted.#dadjokes
6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy
If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?#dadjokes— First Jimothy (@First_Jimothy) June 15, 2018
7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles
I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime. #dadjokes— Sandra (@HouseofBoodles) June 13, 2018
8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie
How do you find Will Smith in the snow?— Eddie (@ProducerEddie) June 14, 2018
Look for the fresh prints!!!! 😂😂 #DadJokes
9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309
* passing a pasture *— Guy McPerson (@GuyMcPerson309) June 13, 2018
"OMG! That cow is amazing!!!!"
"Why is that, Dad?"
"She's outstanding in her field."
10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38
You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose. #FunnyThingsDadsSay— Johnsense af⚾👍😃😈☯😇 (@Johnsense38) June 13, 2018
Published: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 @ 6:32 AM
WRENTHAM, Mass. — A Massachusetts mother thought her worst nightmare had come true when she was told that her daughter had been kidnapped while on vacation.
The caller told Patricia Hebner that she needed to pay a ransom or else her daughter would be killed.
It was all a scam, but a very elaborate one that had Hebner very worried about her daughter in Mexico.
“A man came on and said, 'I have your daughter; she's in the back of the van. I'm going to kill her unless you get me some money,'” Hebner said. “There was the screaming crying. It was like, 'Mom, help me, Mom, help me, Mom.’ I said, ‘Victoria, is that you?’”
Hebner kept the scammers on the phone while she went to a neighbor’s home and had them call for police.
“She's claiming that she got a phone number. She wants traced, that somebody may have taken her daughter,” a dispatcher said on a 911 recording of that phone call.
Wrentham police are warning that scammers are now tracking people on social media. An Instagram post from Victoria about going away may have tipped them off.
Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you are still trying to think of an awesome experience to share with your dad, consider an outing in one of your 18 clean, safe MetroParks.
Dads of all ages and interests enjoy spending time in the outdoors and as an added bonus; outdoor experiences in your Five Rivers MetroParks are free (or low cost) and help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Here are seven fun, affordable outdoor adventures to plan with your crew this Father’s Day:
1. Family camp out
Offering both front and backcountry campsites, MetroParks are the perfect location for some family time under the stars. Camp sites are available at Possum Creek, Englewood, Germantown and Twin Creek MetroPark, and can be booked online at org/easy.
Those who want to take the National Wildlife Federation’s pledge to celebrate camping as a way to connect to nature, can camp with fellow outdoor adventurers during the Great American Campout on Saturday, June 23 from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m. at Possum Creek MetroPark. Guests can join Five Rivers MetroParks for an evening of camping, hotdogs, s’mores and hilarious dad jokes around a roaring campfire. $25/family (up to five people). Registration is required and available here.
>>GUIDE: 5 places to go camping around Dayton
2. Hold your horses
Explore the trails at Carriage Hill MetroPark on horseback with your dad. Horse trail rides are one hour long and are guided by experienced MetroParks staff. After the trail ride, admire the many horses at the Carriage Hill Riding Center or visit the historical farm to learn what life farm life was like in the 1890s. Spaces for trail rides are limited and require pre-registration. $30/person. Register online or call (937) 275-PARK.
3. For foodie fathers
While some dads specialize in frozen pizza, many dads enjoy crafting recipes in the kitchen and cooking on the grill. Stop at the 2nd Street Market to pick up fresh, local produce, desserts, meats, breads and more, and then spend some quality time with your dad creating the perfect summer meal. Those looking for last minute goodies and kitchen staples can visit the Market on Father’s Day thanks to Sunday hours, which will continue through the winter holidays. Learn more about the Market’s offerings at org/localfood.
>>RELATED: Big changes coming to 2nd Street Market
4. Gone fishing
Grab your fishing gear and head to Possum Creek MetroPark for a classic outdoor dad activity—fishing! Fishing at Argonne Lake does not require a license and is free-of-charge to park visitors. After spending the day at the lake, visit the farm animals or hike through the remnants of the Argonne Forest amusement park. Check out more locations to fish in your MetroParks here.
5. Hit the trails
Fathers who enjoy the spending time outdoors will love backpacking the 22-mile Twin Valley Trail (TVT). Just 30 minutes from downtown Dayton, the TVT offers a backpacking experience reminiscent of other wilderness trails and features beautiful hills, babbling brooks, abundant wildlife and more. The TVT combines the existing network of trails in Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks to create a longer, more integrated trail system totaling over 43 miles throughout 2,600 acres. Backpackers can spend all day on the trails or choose to embark on a shorter hike. To plan your TVT adventure, visit org/tvt.
6. Plan a paddle
Celebrate Father’s Day on the water with a peaceful float on the Lagoon at Eastwood MetroPark. For dads who want a longer paddle with some whitewater action, the seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark through the RiverScape River Run into downtown Dayton is the perfect paddling adventure. If you want to try something new on the water, consider attending Try Rowing Olympic Day on Saturday, June 23 at Eastwood MetroPark from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event allows participants to try the sport of rowing and connect with local rowing resources.
7. Get centered with yoga
For dads who could use some time to de-stress, consider attending a Saturday yoga session during Fitness in the Park on June 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at RiverScape MetroPark. Tori Reynolds of Speakeasy Yoga guides participants through this free workout under the RiverScape Pavilion. This class is for all skill levels. Bring your own water and a mat. After your yoga session, treat your dad to lunch at the 2nd Street Market or rent bikes from RiverScape Rentals and explore the nation’s largest paved trail network.