Your Good-Better-Best Guide to the Grocery

Published: Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

One of the best things about supermarkets can also be the most confusing: all the choices! When walking from aisle to aisle, it can be overwhelming to look at all the products in each section. Just think of all the choices when you’re looking at the entire wall of cereal or a large cooler packed with tiny yogurt cups! Trying to find the best item—especially when you're trying to eat healthier or watch your intake of calories, fat or sodium—is not always a walk in the park.

Within each section of the grocery store, you'll find plenty of healthful foods that can help you reach your goals. But sometimes you have to make a food choice based on budget constraints, availability or taste preferences that isn't ideal. Not to worry. This "Good, Better, Best" guide will help you make the best possible choices on your next trip to the store. If you're new to eating healthy, start at the bottom and work your way up to the top of the lists over time. Even if all you can afford is in the "good" category, you're still doing pretty well. If you prefer the taste and texture of the "better" item to the "best" choice, that's OK, too. Or maybe you're facing a hotel breakfast buffet or trying to find something healthy to eat at a party and all you'll find is the "good" choice. No matter what your situation, you'll still be able to make the best possible choices by using this simple guide.





2% milk

1% milk

Skim milk

It has 3 fewer grams of fat than whole milk, yet still offers calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and protein for your body. It's a useful stepping-stone as whole- and vitamin D-milk drinkers make the healthy transition to low-fat dairy.

With a mere 2 grams of fat per cup, it slashes the fat found in 2% milk by more than half. This lower-fat version of milk still has 30% of the daily dose of calcium, as well as vitamin D.

It's fat-free, yet provides about the same amount of calcium and protein as higher-fat options. This is the best choice, especially for heavy milk drinkers. Skim milk may take some getting used to because it’s thinner, but it has lower amount of saturated fat and your heart will love that.






Low-fat + fortified

Plain nonfat Greek

Low-fat yogurt is made with skim or low-fat milk, which cuts calories and fat but still provides calcium and protein. Beware of added sugar (plain yogurt, flavored with fruit or topped with whole-grain cereal is your best bet).

A great up-and-coming trend in the yogurt aisle is supplementing yogurts with vitamin D. There aren’t many food sources of vitamin D, which helps in immunity and cancer prevention, so this is a great way to get an extra dose.

This plain, thick, smooth yogurt has 21 fewer grams of sugar and 60 fewer calories than it's fat-free, flavored counterparts but still leaves in a great amount of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Get our expert recommendations for the best yogurts.





Whole grain

100% whole wheat

Light 100% whole wheat

Bread "made with whole grains" usually contains a mix of refined flour and whole grain flour. It has a lighter texture and taste than whole wheat, making it a good choice for people who are transitioning from white bread to 100% whole-wheat bread. While it's lower in fiber, it is usually enriched with vitamins and minerals.

Bread made with 100% whole wheat doesn't contain any refined or enriched flour. It's less processed and higher in fiber than white bread and whole-grain breads. Make sure "whole wheat flour" is the first ingredient on the label or else it's an imposter!

This combines 100% whole wheat with calorie control. Some of the whole-wheat varieties can pack up to 100 calories per slice. Light whole-wheat bread can help you cut up to 130 calories from your sandwich if you're watching your weight. Here's how to pick the best bread.





Cereal without marshmallows, bright colors or clusters

Whole-grain cereal

Whole-grain cereal that's low in sugar

If you're going to eat cereal, avoid those made like desserts (with marshmallows, clusters, chocolate flavors and bright colors). Cereals that meet these criteria are enriched with vitamins and minerals (better than nothing), but they are highly processed, full of sugar--sometimes up to two tablespoons per serving--and seriously lacking in fiber.

A cereal made with whole grains is a better choice, but don't believe anything you read on the front of the box. Look for whole grains to be the #1 ingredient on the nutrition label and make sure there is at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Kashi Cinnamon Harvest and Kashi Autumn Wheat are good options that contain 6 grams of fiber per serving.

The best cereal is made from whole grains and very little sugar (5 or fewer grams per serving). Grape Nuts and Total are good examples. If you’re used to cereal with more sweetness, add fresh berries or sliced fruit to help you get your 5-a-day. Get SparkPeople's top cereal picks here.





Durum wheat pasta

Whole-wheat pasta

Omega-3 enriched whole-wheat pasta

Standard spaghetti noodles, made from durum wheat, aren't inherently unhealthy. They're slightly less processed than semolina pasta and contain some protein and plenty of carbohydrates for energy. But durum wheat flour is refined and stripped of important nutrients like fiber.

Whole-wheat noodles contain more fiber and protein per serving, while providing energy-giving carbohydrates. Load them up with vegetables and low-fat tomato sauce for a nutritious meal.

Get more nutrition per bite with whole-wheat noodles that are enriched with omega-3’s. Commonplace in most supermarkets, they provide all of the goodness of whole-wheat pasta with an added dose of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.





Chicken or turkey slices

Low-sodium lean meats

Whole cuts of meat (preferably homemade)

Buying lean deli meat cuts like chicken or turkey is better than bologna, salami and processed meats, which are higher in fat and sodium and contain nitrates, which are believed to be carcinogenic.

Low-sodium lean meats are better choices for your sandwiches. Look for a low-sodium version of your favorite lean lunch meat (such as turkey or chicken).

Purchasing your own skinless chicken or turkey breast to grill or bake, then slice is the best way to go. It's lower in salt, less expensive, and won't contain any of the additives of processed or packaged meat slices--and you can cook it yourself to reduce the fat and calories, depending on your method.

With all the options in the grocery store, it’s easy to find items to feel good about buying. But remember: Healthy eating isn't about perfection. All foods do have some merits and even if you can't eat ideally all the time, that's OK. By striving to make the best choices from what is available to you, you'll make a real difference in your health!

This article has been reviewed and approved by SparkPeople resident expert Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian.
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How to keep snakes out of your yard

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

Woman Bit By Copperhead Snake At Longhorn Steakhouse

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.

» RELATED: It’s the season for snakes: When should you worry?

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.

» RELATED: How Atlantans can identify venomous snakes this summer 

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."

But there are still plenty of valid ways to limit, or possibly eliminate, a slithery presence in your yard, garden or home. Here are five tips from the pros on how to keep snakes out of your yard:

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.

Lawrenceville approves $253,061 for upgrades to the Lawrenceville Lawn. Courtesy City of Lawrenceville(For the AJC)

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.

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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.

» RELATED: Largest venomous snake in U.S. spotted swimming in waters off Florida Keys

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. 

» RELATED: Photos: Georgia’s venomous snakes and how to identify them

"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)."

» RELATED: Veterinarians say snakebites are up among pets

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. 

"The best thing you can do for yourself and family is to teach everyone to respect snakes and to be on the lookout for them," according to the  AWR website. "Remember, don't touch it with your hands. Use a shovel to place the snake in a deep bucket with a cover. The chances of your encountering a venomous species is remote, but possible enough to always by careful!"


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222 things to love about Dayton

Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

Dayton is teeming with great things to do. Here are some of our favorites in downtown Dayton. Video by Amelia Robinson

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.

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Two other parties led by George Newcom and William Hamer arrived four days later by land.

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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.

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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): 

David Hurwitz has given away hundreds of books with his decorated white pickup truck. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

1) 2nd Street Market

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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.

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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.

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9) The cash register

10) All of the visual arts

11) Zoot Theatre Company

12) Roller skating Elvis

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Who is Dayton's roller skating Elvis? (Video by Amelia Robinson)

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

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17) So many restaurants

18) The Century bar downtown is nationally known

19) The Ohio Players

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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)

>> MORE: 5 geeky facts you may not know about Dayton

26) Bill’s Donuts in Centerville

Bill's Donut Shop order ready in the box on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Centerville. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

27) Did we mention Orville and Wilbur Wright?

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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.

>> A look back at the Great Dayton 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

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35) Wonderful suburbs

36) The Root Beer Stande keeps going.

37) Five Rivers MetroParks

38) White Allen has been around since 1935.

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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

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44) Link Dayton Bike Share

45) Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is fabulous.

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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

>> MORE: These 10 projects reshaped downtown Dayton in 2017

Construction crews were back to the work at the new CareSource building in downtown Dayton Friday a day after a fire on the roof Thursday.

52) The Dayton Peace Accords, the general framework for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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53) Beer in brewing

54) The Miamisburg Mound, one of two largest conical mounds in eastern North America.

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55) Stivers School for the Arts

56) Dorothy Lane Market


57) Dayton Celtic Festival

58) Thrifty Boutique

59) Guided by Voices

>> What’s new with two of Dayton’s most legendary rock bands?

60) Robert Pollard won’t stop making great music

61) Did we mention all of the breweries?

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62) Wu Tang is forever at Barrel House

63) Downtown Dayton is alive, well and booming

64) Dayton’s fantastic chefs

These Dayton women cook said some of the best food in the city. Video by Amelia Robinson

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

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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

>> Lincoln sculpture unveiled at Dayton’s Courthouse Square

75) Fantastic food trucks

>> Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events this spring

76) Dayton Children’s Hospital

77) The work of upDayton

78) Huffy bike company

>> Huffy brand started in Dayton in 1800s: What you need to know

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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The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton's new marquee was installed on Feb. 19, 2018. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

84) 4 Paws service dogs

85) Marion’s Piazza

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86) Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand

87) The Boonshoft Musuem of Discovery

88) WDAO

89) The Human Race Theater

90) Welcome Dayton and all of our diversity

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91) The Dayton LGBT Center

92) A World A’Fair

93) Dayton Philharmonic

A fusion of design and color illuminates the K12 Gallery & TEJAS building, 341 S. Jefferson St. in Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF

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

>> Dayton’s funk museum is now open

103) WYSO is 60

104) The pop top

Slyder's Swiss bacon cheeseburger with fries. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

105) The burgers at Slyder’s Tavern and Tank’s

>> RELATED: Your ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

106) The National Museum of the United States Air Force

107) Rev. Cool brought punk to Dayton

>> What you need to know about about The Rev. Cool Carter 

108) The RiverScape River Run

109) Dot’s Supermarket has all the meat

110) Miles and miles to hike

>> 12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby

111) Our inventions have changed the world

112) Food that rivals grub found in much larger cities

>> RELATED: The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

113) The Longest Table brings people together

>> PHOTOS: The Longest Table Dayton

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

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121) Kayaking on the Great Miami Valley River

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122) The tacos at El Greco’s Pizza Villa on Salem Avenue

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123) Activated Spaces program is filling downtown buildings

124) Yellow Springs Street Festival

125) Fronana

>> 3 must-try Fronana flavors

126) The new Dayton Metro Library is amazing

127) Yellow Cab Tavern is keeping local music alive

>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the first Yellow Cab food truck rally of the year?

128) Art Street

129) Dayton Music Festival

130) Water Street District

131) Front Street is an experience like none other

>> What are the Front Street galleries like 

132) Summer Concerts at the Rose and Fraze

133) Carillon Tree of Light Illumination

134) Oregon Express

135) Rubi Girls

136) Press coffee shop

>> Dayton coffee shop named ‘Best in Ohio’ by Food & Wine magazine

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

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144) Trolley Stop

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145) Masquerage

146) Dayton Regional Walk of Fame

147) Dayton’s Engineer Club

148) Zombie Dogz has dog and tots

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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

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155) Square One Salon spread Dayton stories

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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

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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

Actor Tom Hanks holds up a piece of cut ribbon after participating in a ribbon cutting for the new Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures at Wright State University Tuesday. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

164) Wegerzyn MetroPark is fabulous

165) Jazz Central

166) Pedal pub wagons

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 of  2017

167) Hauntfest on Fifth

>> PHOTOS: Hauntfest on Fifth 2017

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

We take you inside of North Dayton Garden Center with center co-owner Rick Kossoudji . Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

175) North Dayton Garden Center

>> The story behind North Dayton Garden Center’s legendary jingle


176) The Pink Ribbon Girls

177) Artemis Domestic Violence Center and the YWCA Dayton

178) Equitas Health was founded here

>> Dayton’s party of all parties gets a new date, new venue 

179) Dayton Inspires cleanups

180) Mikesell’s Snack Food Company

181) All of the Oregon District businesses and restaurants

182) Dayton’s Inventors Riverwalk

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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) gives you what to do, know and love

187) Antiquing in Waynesville

188) All the things in Yellow Spring

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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

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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

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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

Phil Donahue at a charity auction with Erma Bombeck. Donahue and Bombeck were neighbors in Centerville. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(Contributing Writer)

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

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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

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Man delivers own baby on side of highway after wife goes into labor

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 8:05 AM

Father Delivers Own Daughter on Side of Highway

A Lowell, Massachusetts, man had a special delivery to deal with on the highway: his own baby.

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Samuel Beyene's wife Rahel Estifanos called him at work Wednesday morning, saying she was having contractions.

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"We start driving, and all of a sudden, she says, 'Oh my God, something is pushing. Something is coming out,'" Beyene said. "I say, 'OK, we’re almost there. We have 10 minutes to go.' She says, 'No, no, no, Sammy, you don’t know there's something coming out.' And I look down and I see the head."

Before they could make it to the hospital, Beyene pulled over on the side of Route 93.

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Wilmington police dispatchers told Beyene on the phone that they were on their way, but their new baby, Lidya, was impatient.

"Slowly but surely, I pull the baby up," Beyene said. "All of a sudden, the baby is in my hand."

The mother and baby are happy and healthy, resting at Winchester Hospital. 

Now that the stress is over, Beyene can joke about the situation.

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"We're gonna give her a little nickname, 93, at the bottom," Beyene said. "Lidya 93, since she was on the highway."

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You've got to try this smoky, sweet campfire cocktail

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Smoked jalapeno-infused tequila is the secret to this spicy Mayan Campfire.
Connie Post
Smoked jalapeno-infused tequila is the secret to this spicy Mayan Campfire.(Connie Post)

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."

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The Mayan Campfire is a fun and unusual cocktail, sure to spark some conversation  just be extremely careful using a torch. And trust me, you don't want to drink that jalapeno-infused tequila straight.

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(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)

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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.




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.

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