Local gas prices continue to surge

Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

DAYTON — Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have risen 18.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in the region. 

• The national average has increased 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.32 per gallon. 

• Gas prices on Sunday were 28.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. 

• The national average has increased 0.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. 

"We long anticipated seeing gasoline prices beginning to rise en masse in the spring, but uncharacteristically, it took until nearly April Fool's Day for it to begin,” said Patrick DeHaan, the senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. “There's no fooling this time. The rally in prices does seem to be more credible as oil and gasoline markets rebound." 

Statewide, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.31, according to The Associated Press who cites Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. 

In Dayton, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.30 with prices stable. The cheapest gas, as of Monday morning, is $2.21 at Sam’s Club located at 6955 Miller Lane near York Center Drive and United Dairy Farmers located at 3026 Harshman Road and Brandt Pike. 

In Hamilton, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.33 with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.17 at Murphy USA located at 3201 Princeton Road and Ohio 4. 

In Springfield, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.30, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.15 at Marathon located at 4000 Springfield-Xenia Road near Sparrow Road. 

"Last Wednesday's weekly report from the Energy Information Administration provided some energy for the storms to develop at gas pumps based on a weak showing in crude oil inventories barely increasing as supply and demand finally sees more balance, pushing oil prices higher,” DeHaan said. “Motorists should expect to see a more sustained upward trend at the pump through Memorial Day, but thankfully the seasonal rise could still be less severe than what we've seen in prior years.”

 

You can track gas prices in your community by downloading the WHIO app and clicking on Pump Patrol.

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Spring is back for the weekend; Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks overnight

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

The chance for rain returns early next week.

Filtered sunshine, but milder for the afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Temperatures approach 60 degrees, which is closer to normal.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds may keep us from seeing Lyrid Meteor shower tonight
  • A quiet day Sunday 
  • Chance for rain Monday - Wednesday 

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening and overnight tonight. Temperatures will drop to near 40 degrees. Because of the few clouds sticking around, it may be difficult to see the Lyrid Meteor shower overnight and early Sunday, but with a few breaks you may be able to see some.

Sunday: We’ll see a little bit more sunshine on Sunday, but once again passing clouds and filtered sun is expected, highs in the middle 60s.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Monday: A dry start is expected, but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and the evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers, highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of Wednesday, highs will be near 60 degrees.

Thursday: Should be a dry day with partly sunny skies and highs near 60 degrees.

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Casa del Sazón open for business despite fire 

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

Tex-Mex restaurant Casa del Sazón notified its patrons via their Facebook page they have resumed normal operations after a fire was put on the premises Friday evening.

The fire department was dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m., after a cigarette was thrown on mulch outside the building. 

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Restaurant manager Armando Soto said no one was hurt, and the only damage caused was to the sidewalk next to the mulch. 

"Thankfully we caught it in time and it only damaged the sidewalk," said Soto. 

"The fire department came quickly and everything is OK,” Soto said. 

The restaurant resumed normal business hours this afternoon.

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University of Dayton and Deca High students help clean up Five Oaks

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

University of Dayton and Deca High School students joined together today for the annual Five Oaks neighborhood cleanup in recognition of Earth Day weekend. 

Located on the UD campus, Deca High is a preparatory school dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of graduating college. 

Bill Marvin, presdient of the Five Oaks Neighborhood Association and UD philosophy professor, said approximately 80 to 100 students came out to help clean up the neighborhood, around 20 of them Deca students. 

"Five Oaks is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city," Marvin said. "A lot of good people come together and it's really good for the community." 

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Members of the community also participate, helping the students with trash pickup, weed pulling, and tree plantings. 

"The more we take care of our common space, the better it is for everybody because we are all in this together, " said Marvin. 

Dona, a junior at Deca, sees the cleanup as an opportunity for herself and her classmates to come together and do something that benefits their community. 

"We don't have to come here, said Dona. "But we are tired of seeing trash everywhere and the neighborhood looking bad. We came here for our younger kids so we could show them that we can do things together that don't just benefit us." 

Cleanup efforts will continue April 22.

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Volunteers help at Five Rivers MetroParks 31 annual Adopt-a-Park

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31 annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day.

Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites. 

Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts. 

"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers. 

“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said. 

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Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release. 

"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler. 

Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. 

To find out more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log on to www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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