All-Day Kindergarten in Kettering

This fall will start the first year of all-day Kindergarten for Kettering Schools. Voters approved the school levy by a ratio of 55 to 45.

The levy will also enhance other areas of the Kettering School system, such as:

  • Security Cameras and Door Barricades
  • Background Checks for Volunteers
  • More Mental Health Services
  • Additional School Resource Officers
  • Expanded Career Readiness Expansion

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8.4.2019

Words cannot truly express the sadness and anger we are all feeling after the events of August 4th, 2019. Here at Dayton Unknown we would like to do our part in paying tribute to the nine victims who lost their lives.

  • Saheed Saleh, age 38

    Saheed Saleh
    A refugee from Eritrea, Saheed was a kindhearted and hard-working family man, working as a forklift operator at DHL, often 7 days a week. Although he didn’t go out much, he decided to go out for a few beers with a friend that night. Saheed is survived by his wife and their five year old daughter.

  • Megan Betts, age 22

    Megan Betts
    Megan was studying environmental science at Wright State and sang in the university chorus. She planned to graduate in 2020. Friends of Megan described her as strange, but in a good way.

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Mark Dennis

Although the Dennis family accepted the coffin with the flag draped over the top, they were not convinced it carried the remains of Mark.

Mark V. Dennis was the youngest son of Charles and Vera Dennis. His father Charles had a sense of humor and decided to give Mark the Roman numeral V as a middle initial since he was the fifth child. Shortly after graduating high school in 1964, Mark enlisted in the Navy, training to be a medic. Mark hoped the medic training would help him in his aspirations to become a missionary after his military service. Although he was initially stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Wasp, he asked to be transferred so he could help with the effort in Vietnam. He was assigned as a medic and acting chaplain to a Marine unit fighting during Operation Hastings. On July 16, 1966, thirteen men boarded a C-47 Chinook helicopter before it lifted in the air. As it was flying over the Quang Tri Province, the helicopter was shot down by enemies.

Mark DennisSource

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Smith Gardens

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


Smith Gardens, located in Oakwood, is an enchanting little garden. In the 1930s the garden was planted by the owners of the land, Carlton and Jeanette Smith and is now a city park. According to the Oakwood Historical Society, in April 1996, Ohio Magazine called Smith Gardens the “finest tiny public garden in Ohio. It’s like a secret treasure on an ordinary side street.

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July 20th, 1969 – 50 years ago

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong, July 20th, 1969

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of men first walking on the moon. The Apollo 11 spaceflight was launched from Florida on July 16th, 1969, and the first man to set foot on the moon was Neil Armstrong, from Wapakoneta – about an hour north of Dayton.

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Lower Miami Cemetery

The Lower Miami Cemetery is located in Jefferson Township on Germantown Street. Land for this cemetery was first sold to the Baptist Church of the Brethren by Eli and Samuel Noffsinger on January 28, 1846. Although formerly owned and operated by the Lower Miami Church, they are now only connected through name.

Originally called Holler Cemetery due to the first families buried there, it became Lower Miami Cemetery in the early 1900s. Many of the people buried there were connected through marriage and church.

Sara’s own personal connection to the cemetery is countless family members buried there. Her genealogy tree can match up with many of the tombstones in that cemetery.

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Happy 4th of July!

Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it,and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. – Joe Barton

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This Day in History – June 27th, 1872

Paul Laurence Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872 in Dayton, Ohio on Howard Street. His parents were former slaves who escaped from Kentucky, then met in Dayton after the war. He published his first works in 1892 while working as an elevator operator. Overall, Dunbar wrote twelve books of poetry, four books of short stories, five novels, and a play before his death in 1906.

My lady love lives far away,
And oh my heart is sad by day,
And ah my tears fall fast by night,
What may I do in such a plight.

Why, miles grow few when love is fleet,
And love, you know, hath flying feet;
Break off thy sighs and witness this,
How poor a thing mere distance is.

My love knows not I love her so,
And would she scorn me, did she know?
How may the tale I would impart
Attract her ear and storm her heart?

Calm thou the tempest in my breast,
Who loves in silence loves the best,
But bide thy time, she will awake,
No night so dark but morn will break.

But though my heart so strongly yearn,
My lady loves me not in turn,
How may I win the blest reply
That my void heart shall satisfy.

Love breedeth love, be thou but true,
And soon thy love shall love thee, too;
If Fate hath meant you heart for heart,
There’s naught may keep you twain apart.