SEN. BROWN CONTINUES 88-COUNTY ROUNDTABLE TOUR IN DAYTON WITH COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS
As the Senate Prepares to Consider Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation, Brown Discusses Economic Development, Education, and Other Issues that Affect the Miami Valley
DAYTON, OH –As the Senate prepares to debate bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Dayton today to hear from Ohio families, businesses, and community leaders for a conversation on immigration. Held at the Ahiska Turkish American Community Center of Dayton, the roundtable was aimed at determining how immigration reform can be structured to maximize American economic prosperity, provide a path to citizenship with fair and rigorous requirements, impose tough sanctions on employers who break the law, and secure our borders.
“Our country makes meaningful progress when students, families, and business owners tell their stories and call for meaningful change,” Brown said. “Citizen-advocacy has always helped move America forward. To fix our broken immigration system, it will take efforts in Congress, and energy from southwest Ohio.”
Participants discussed high-skill (H-1B) and low-skill (H-2B) visas, family-based visas, and immigrant visas for STEM graduates, among other issues.
TOURISM FOR THE HANDICAPPED DIGS DEEP IN OHIO
West Liberty, Ohio – May 28, 2013 – Ohio Caverns is a favorite memory for many Ohioans but with an aging population, caving was impractical – until now!
Simply pull into the parking lot, adjacent to the picnic pavilion. Park in front of the restrooms with ramped entry and then take a leisurely and scenic stroll down to the new section of caverns. This is where you gain access to a subterranean exploration that is now a handicap accessible adventure. The project was 10 years in the making.
The new entrance provides a beautiful photo opportunity from the pedestrian bridge showcasing a spectacular backdrop. The different layers of dirt, shale, limestone and chert pop from the rock wall. It was the bottom of a sinkhole. More than 2,000 cubic yards of material were removed including several tons of mud, silt and rock which had to be dug by hand.
“It is so rewarding to see folks with disabilities, whether they are veterans or retirees, flash a broad smile when they find themselves cave-dwelling,” said Eric Evans, owner/manager of Ohio Caverns. “Disabled visitors marvel at the unlikely adventure. They share memories of the last time they visited and the many stairs you had to climb, hiding behind a door, from inside the non-descript, main building.”
The handicap accessible entrance is at the foot of a very gradual, sloping, 800-foot serpentine ramp overlooking the beautiful Mingo Valley. Not only that, the handicap accessible entrance features a never before seen section of caverns. There are different tours that branch into Ohio’s largest and most colorful, public cave system. Not all of them are handicap accessible. But they all loop back so families can reconnect no matter which tour they take. Ohio Caverns, already known for unique offerings, is now a memory that can be shared or relived for anyone, including those with special needs such as wheel chairs.
Some other distinct characteristics and offerings at Ohio Caverns include the Crystal King – the largest and most perfectly formed pure white crystal stalactite found in any cave. Other rare stalactites found here are called helactites. These resemble straws hanging from the ceiling but somehow defied gravity, twisting in weird directions. One of the more intriguing formations is the “Old Town Pump,” which looks just like it sounds, right down to the dripping water. These are the only known caverns in the country where dual or double formations are found. There’s even an authentic wooden gem mining sluice, outside, where visitors can pan for minerals. Bags of rough are available inside the gift shop. Not only are gemstones and minerals found while sifting through the rough, but fossils and arrowheads, too.
The anomalies found throughout this natural wonder have mystified visitors for 115 years since its accidental discovery. No wonder it’s been dubbed one of the six best caves overall in the US, as well as America’s most colorful caverns. This rural Ohio treasure spans 35-acres and hosts family reunions, scout troops, and other outings large and small. Ohio Caverns is open year round. Call 937-465-4017 or visit www.ohiocaverns.com for more information.
WEEC SPORTS – THURSDAY 5-30-13:
THE DIV. 3 REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TRACK MEET AT PIQUA WEDNESDAY HAS MARION LOCAL 1ST AS A TEAM AFTER DAY 1, RUSSIA 2ND IN GIRLS. MINSTER IS 1ST AS A TEAM IN BOYS, FAIRLAWN 2ND. WEST LIBERTY-SALEM’S 4X800 TEAM OF JASMINE SMITH, ALYSSA STRICKLAND, SHAWNDA HENAULT AND MEGHAN VOGEL ADVANCES IN GIRLS TO STATE, MOST EVENTS WERE PRELIMINARIES FOR SATURDAY’S FINALS, YET RYAN SPICER OF ANNA WINS THE REGIONAL IN THE BOYS DISCUS THROW AT 159 FEET,5 INCHES, SAYS FINISHTIMINGRESULTS.COM.
AT THE DIV. 1 REGIONAL TRACK MEET AT DAYTON YESTERDAY, MOVING ON TO STATE THE TIPPECANOE 4X800 TEAM OF SAM WHARTON, JAKE GRABBOWSKI, JAX TALBOT AND MICHAEL HALL. WAYNE FIRST AS A TEAM IN BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS ACTION AFTER DAY 1, TROY 3RD AS A TEAM IN BOYS, BRIANNA JUMPER OF WAYNE WINS A REGIONAL TITLE IN THE DISCUS THROW, TOSSING IT 130 FEET, 4 INCHES. THE DIV. 2 REGIONAL TRACK MEET AT DAYTON TODAY.
BASEBALL: CLEVELAND 5 CINCINNATI 2. 7PM TONIGHT: CINCINNATI AT CLEVELAND.
NHL PLAYOFFS: CHICAGO 2 DETROIT 1 OT, BLACKHAWKS MOVE ON TO PLAY THE L.A. KINGS IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS AFTER OVERCOMING A 3-1 DEFICIT VERSUS THE RED WINGS.
NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 5 8:30PM TONIGHT: INDIANA AT MIAMI, SERIES 2-2.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL REGIONAL SEMIFINALS: TRIAD 7 NEWTON 5, NO. 1 DIV. 2 GREENVILLE 3 FAIRFIELD UNION 1, COACH JERROD NEWLAND’S LADY GREEN WAVE WILL PLAY THE WINNER OF TONIGHT’S REGIONAL SEMIFINAL (5PM) OF KENTON RIDGE VS. HAMILTON ROSS AT MASON! TONIGHT AT 5PM: COVINGTON VS. MARION LOCAL AT TIPPECANOE MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WINNER WILL PLAY THE LADY CARDINALS IN A DIV. 4 REGIONAL FINAL! 5PM TONIGHT: MIAMI EAST VS. BATAVIA CLERMONT AT WRIGHT STATE.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL REGIONAL SEMIFINALS TODAY AT UD: 2PM: TIPPECANOE VS. FRANKLIN, 5PM: JONATHAN ALDER VS. SPRINGFIELD SHAWNEE, SAYS OHSAA.ORG. 5pm TONIGHT AT XENIA’S ATHLETES IN ACTION FIELD: HAMILTON BADIN VS. CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, RUSSIA VS. ARCANUM AT CARLETON DAVIDSON IN SPRINGFIELD TONIGHT AS WELL.