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Published: Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 10:10 AM
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 12:34 PM
DAYTON — MetroParks announces Olympic rowing relationship
Five Rivers MetroParks today announced an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee and USRowing that designates Dayton Regional Rowing as a Community Olympic Development Program.
The goals include training future Olympian rowers, increasing visibility for high school rowers who want to compete in college and raising awareness with businesses about quality of life offerings locally.
The newly formed Dayton Regional Rowing is a partnership between MetroParks, the Dayton Boat Club and Greater Dayton Rowing Association.
Dayton Regional Rowing is the only USOC and USRowing sanctioned Community Olympic Development Program for rowing in the nation and one of 12 development programs in the country.
The mission of Dayton Regional Rowing is to provide lifelong personal development and active lifestyles for Miami Valley youth through the sport of rowing, as well as to enhance high-quality intermediate programs for youth to maximize their potential in the Olympic sport of rowing, the group said in a prepared release.
Supporters said the agreement will develop athletes and enhance the sport of rowing in the Dayton region, which MetroParks officials called the “Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest.”
Glenn Merry, USRowing CEO, said the designation meant a “certificate of approval and seriousness” behind the grassroots efforts of the teams to train Olympic competitors. He added the designation was different from resident centers where top athletes train before trying to get onto the Olympic team. Instead of training athletes who are already at the Olympic level, the program would train athletes to become Olympians, Merry said.
“This is about developing the base and future Olympians,” Merry said.
FiveRivers Metroparks Executive Director Becky Benna said the designation could bring more awareness about the Dayton region to companies.
“This is another great opportunity to be able to promote to people and companies all the great things we have,” Benna said.
Benna added the partnership could help get more children and adults outside for recreation.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:23 PM
DAYTON — 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."
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."
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 5:44 PM
HOUSTON — The current first lady posed for a picture with former first ladies and past presidents Saturday at Barbara Bush’s funeral.
First Lady Melania Trump is seen in the image, taken by photographer Paul Morse, with the Bushes, Clintons and Obamas.
Trump, who attended the funeral without her husband, is seen standing alongside Michelle Obama.
“It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady,” she said in a statement. “My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.”
It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady. My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 21, 2018
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:40 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:07 AM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 8:52 a.m.:
Deputies have located the missing child at the Dollar General in the 5200 block of North Dixie Drive, according to reports.
Sheriff’s deputies are reportedly looking for an 8-year-old child who is said to have been missing for about an hour.
Officials were searching the area of Kildare Avenue in Harrison Twp. around 8:30 a.m.
We’re working to learn more.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
DAYTON — Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31st 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.
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.