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Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Supporters are trying to convince the Trump administration to nominate Dayton aviation history sites and Ohio American Indian sites, including the Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County, for World Heritage Site status, a move that many believe would boost the state’s tourism industry.
The Ohio History Connection and other partners are working with lawmakers, such as Sen. Rob Portman, to get the Trump administration’s support.
“Of particular interest to my home state of Ohio are three sites that were placed on the United States’ UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2008, almost a decade ago,” Portman said last month in a letter to Trump. “The Dayton Aviation Sites, Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks and Serpent Mound all contain universal cultural value, from the place that turned the airplane into a reality to the earthworks and mounds from ancient cultures that hold immense ceremonial, spiritual and cultural value.”
The Trump administration is withdrawing from UNESCO, the United Nation office that makes World Heritage Site designations, which is key to establishing the sites as global tourist attractions and to preserving them.
In the Jan. 18 letter, Portman, R-Ohio, supported the U.S. Department of State withdrawal from UNESCO, called for “fundamental reform in the organization” and questioned “continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
But Portman urged Trump to use the country’s status as a “non-member observer”’ to “strongly support” the process for the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, along with a bid seeking status for the Hopewell and Serpent Mound sites — a bid that includes the Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County.
The UNESCO withdrawal is effective at the end of the year.
In addition to Fort Ancient, the group bid includes the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Hopewell Mound Group, Seip Earthworks and Mound City Group in Ross County, plus High Bank Earthworks and Hopeton Earthworks and Newark Earthworks State Memorial in Licking County.
“Several sites in Ohio are poised to join the extremely prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, with more than 1,000 other properties around the globe, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Stonehenge. World Heritage inscription is based on stringent criteria, and signifies outstanding universal value to humanity. Making the list helps ensure a site’s permanent preservation, enhanced understanding, deeper appreciation, and increased tourism,” according to World Heritage Ohio, a group promoting the bid.
World Heritage Ohio includes the Ohio History Connection, NPS Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, representatives from Dayton Society of Natural History, convention and visitors bureaus, the OSU Newark Earthwork Center, American Indian tribal citizens and “other interested stakeholders,” according to Emmy Beach, public relations manager for Ohio History Connection, the state government’s historical preservation arm.
Resolutions of support have been adopted by the Seneca Nation and the Intertribal Council of Oklahoma, which includes the Shawnee, Eastern Shawnee, Miami, Seneca-Cayuga, Quapaw, Peoria, Ottawa and Modoc Tribes and Wyandotte Nation.
Projections of a 10-fold increase in attendance at Fort Ancient, from 25,000 to 250,000 a year, are based on the effect at other World Heritage locations.
Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs has completed research for a market study of the economic value of World Heritage designation for the sites.
“The study will be used to help us and our project partners—especially communities in Licking, Ross and Warren counties—understand the potential economic impact of World Heritage. The study will guide us toward building sustained, positive economic impact that benefits the whole region,” Beach said.
The report is to be presented in March in Lebanon, but no details were available last week, Beach said.
It was unclear if Portman had received a response to his letter to the president, part of the latest push to get the Ohio aviation and Native American spots approved.
Beach said the state office was unaware of Portman or any other area lawmakers, including congressmen Steve Chabot, Brad Wenstrup and Steve Stivers so far receiving a response to letters of support to Trump or Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
“We seek the Department of the Interior’s official invitation for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to be the next World Heritage nomination prepared by the U.S. That is the next official milestone,” Beach said in response to questions about the effort. “We are encouraging elected officials to share their strong support for the nomination with the Department of the Interior and other key individuals in the federal administration.”
The Trump administration is expected to stop paying UNESCO dues, required to qualify it for membership.
“The United States is a party to the World Heritage Convention (an international treaty), whether we are dues-paying members of UNESCO or not, so UNESCO and World Heritage are not inextricably linked. In the 1980s, the United States pulled out of UNESCO but remained an important party to World Heritage, and several U.S. sites were inscribed during that period. The decision (by the Trump administration) should not adversely affect designation,” Beach added.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
DAYTON — PHOTOS: Images from the Air Show
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skies | Cincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic Team | Jet-powered WACO biplane | Tuskegee Airmen P-51C Mustang | Oracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |
Saturday’s lineup of feature acts included: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The F-18 generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation in Vandalia.
2:55 p.m. Jet Waco
The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.
2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora
This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication
CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service by participating in the air show.
2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight
2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor
This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.
1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker
Sean Tucker, who flies the Oracle biplane, is one of the world’s best aviators, is recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight. Did you know he learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying? He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.
1:30 p.m. Redline Airshows
The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.
1:20 p.m. B-17 Movie Memphis Belle
The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress World War II heavy bomber.
1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing
The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.
12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights
The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.
12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here
The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.
Noon: Redline Tease
The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team gives a hint of its performance to come.
Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.
The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.
Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:09 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — A major thoroughfare in Huber Heights will be closed for two days.
Bellfontaine Road will be closed Monday and Tuesday between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road for instillation of a new water main across the roadway, according to the city.
There will be no local through access, but there will be local access to homes and businesses in the area, primarily from the Taylorsville Road side, said Clerk of Council Anthony Rodgers.
Traffic will be detoured to Brandt Pike.
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Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM
SPRINGBORO — Police are seeking the public’s help to find a missing endangered teen.
Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.
Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.
She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.
Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
DAYTON — The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend.
Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate.
The park-and-ride service will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles leave approximately every 10 minutes.
Round-trip cost is $3 and free for children 5 and younger. Cash is the only payment method accepted.
The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location.