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Beavercreek

Website........................................................... www.ci.beavercreek.oh.us

A lovely suburban community of approximately 27 square miles, Beavercreek is located just a few miles south of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It has gently rolling terrain, trees, forests, farmland and modern housing. The median value of owner-occupied housing units according to the U.S. census was $176,800 in 2007-2011. These homes are on spacious lots with open area for future development. Beavercreek’s population is approximately 45,000. It is located in Greene County east of Dayton and was selected as one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2007.

The City of Beavercreek is governed by a city charter with seven council members, which includes the mayor. Beavercreek Township, which includes the city, is governed by three elected trustees. Beavercreek has a police department and a full-service suburban fire department. The fire department is administered by the township and the police department is administered by the city.

Public facilities are available for most sports, such as Little League, baseball, football, tennis, skateboarding and soccer. There are recreation clubs, soccer fields, private swim clubs, and commercial facilities for tennis and bowling. There are more than 20 parks in Beavercreek and many state facilities nearby. Beavercreek Golf Club has been ranked as one of the premier public courses in the state of Ohio.

The Mall at Fairfield Commons features more than 130 specialty shops. The Greene Town Center offers plenty of retail and restaurant options and also includes office space and luxury apartment dwellings. Fairfield Crossing, Beavercreek Towne Center and the Shoppes of Beavercreek provide additional shopping opportunities for this growing community.

Beavercreek Schools are among the best in the state of Ohio. The Beavercreek City School district has earned 12 consecutive “Excellent” academic ratings from the Ohio Department of Education. The district comprises eight schools: five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Students as a whole exceed national averages on all standardized tests including ACT and SAT scores. Beyond public schools, the surrounding area also has many private and parochial schools, including one of the largest co-educational private Catholic high schools in the state, Carroll High School. The Beavercreek area has many options for further education past high school, including the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Central State University, Wilberforce University, Cedarville College, and Clark State and Sinclair community colleges.

For more information on Beavercreek, go to www.beaver?creek?chamber.org .

Bellbrook

Website............................................................. www.cityofbellbrook.org

The City of Bellbrook was settled in 1816 and was named for one of its founders, Stephen Bell, who helped form part of what is now the “old village” area. The second part of the city’s name refers to the many local waterways, which include the Little Sugar Creek, the Sugar Creek and the Little Miami River which enhance the local scenery.

Bellbrook is proud of its well-planned and desirable neighborhoods which offer a range of housing from custom-built single-family homes on large lots to luxury apartment and condominium units. Also noteworthy has been the construction of new housing developments near the downtown area which help support new restaurants and specialty shops in the old village business district.

Bellbrook, with a population of approximately 7,000, is unique in Ohio because it is one of four out of 250 cities in the state which do not levy a local income tax. In spite of the low tax burden, the services provided by Bellbrook’s fire, police and service departments rank among the best of any municipality in southwest Ohio, regardless of size.

Bellbrook’s Fire Department provides some of the best small-city fire and paramedic services in the state, utilizing full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighter/paramedics with round-the-clock staffing. With the existing fleet of state-of-the-art firefighting apparatus and medics, the Bellbrook Fire Department will undoubtedly maintain its reputation as one of the best small-city departments in the state.

The Police Department helps keep Bellbrook’s crime rate at the lowest level in the area through a combination of comprehensive neighborhood patrol, neighborhood and business watch programs, and a wide range of public education programs. The Police Department is staffed by qualified and experienced personnel, well-trained on a wide range of topics, including homeland security issues.

The Service Department is responsible for all of the city’s public works including the operation of the 9,200-customer water system which serves all of Bellbrook and portions of Sugarcreek Township. The Service Department also provides some of the best snow removal services in the area and administers an annual street maintenance program.

Bellbrook also owns the Bellbrook Historic Museum, Winter’s Library and over 30 parcels of parkland and open space throughout the community including the charming “turn-of-the-century” Bellbrook Park downtown, the large playfields at Sackett-Wright Park east of town, and the basketball and tennis courts at Petrikis Park along State Route 725.

The legislative and policy-making body of the city is comprised of a mayor and six council members elected at large on a nonpartisan basis. The council hires a professional city manager who operates the city on a day-to-day basis.

Students in Bellbrook attend Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools, an award-winning district with an elementary school, an intermediate school, a middle school and a high school.

Cedarville

Website..................... www.cedarvilleohio.com

The village of Cedarville is conveniently located between Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. It is within 30 minutes of the nation’s finest antique shops, premier bikeways and numerous historic attractions. The village settlement was originally called Newport’s Mill, then Hanna’s Store, then the Burgh. The first official name was Milford, however, because of confusion with another Milford (near Cincinnati), the village at last adopted the name Cedarville to reflect its then-abundance of cedar trees.

The Cedarville Opera House, center of community life in the late 19th century, was originally constructed in 1886, only to be destroyed by fire within the year. The current structure was finished in 1888. It is a third-scale replication of the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. In 1984 the Cedarville Opera House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each year, a full array of programs including music, theater and literary recitals are held for the enjoyment of the public.

One of the annual highlights in the village is the CedarFest celebration, held each Labor Day weekend. The festival is held in memory of Cedarville native James H. Kyle, who as a member of the United States Senate, helped establish Labor Day as a national holiday. The celebration includes cornhole tournaments, a parade, food and rides.

The village is home to Cedarville University, a Christian university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs. It provides 3,400 undergraduate students with more than 100areas of study, including a Master of Education option. Other area colleges include Central State University, Wilberforce University, Antioch College and Wittenberg University.

Historic Clifton Mill is just five minutes down the road and wonderful hiking can be found in nearby Indian Mound Reserve, which features a cabin from the 1800s. Bicyclists can explore the Ohio-to-Erie Bike Trail, which passes through the village, becoming the Prairie Grass Trail of South Charleston. Within walking distance of Cedarville University, downtown Cedarville offers you small shops and quiet relaxation.

For more information on Cedarville, visit the Cedarville Area Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.cedarvillechamber.com .

Centerville and Washington Township

Websites... www.centervilleohio.gov/centweb ,

www.washingtontwp.org

Centerville, founded in 1796, is one of the oldest communities in Ohio. The heart of the city has been designated as an architectural preservation district to retain and maintain its historic heritage. From its early beginning as a small crossroad and stagecoach-stop farming community, Centerville is now a high-quality, modern residential community.

Centerville is located in Washington Township in the southern half of Montgomery County, about six miles south of Dayton. Although the city and township are separate political entities, they are often accepted as a single residential community and together they cover nearly 32 square miles. Centerville’s population is approximately 24,000.

An extensive variety of housing is available, ranging from apartments and condominiums to luxury housing. Houses range in price from $150,000 to more than $1 million. Centerville is also home to Bethany Village and St. Leonard, both nationally accredited senior living communities with cottage and garden homes, apartments, assisted living and long-term nursing care.

The hustle and bustle of business activity exist side by side with quiet, tree-lined streets, community and neighborhood parks, plus nature areas and swim clubs, attractions that complement available tennis and basketball courts, as well as baseball, football and soccer fields. The 50,000-square-foot Washington Township Recreation Center provides opportunities for both active and passive recreation, possessing a natatorium with two indoor swimming pools. Centerville is also home to the nationally recognized Golf Club at Yankee Trace, a 27-hole championship facility with a country club atmosphere.

Five major shopping centers and more than 500 retail outlets with an even mix of upscale boutiques and national retailers are available to residents. There are churches of various denominations, many fine restaurants, plus the charm and down-to-earth friendliness that belong to everybody’s hometown. Miami Valley South Health Center in Centerville ensures families throughout the area have easy access to comprehensive medical services, including life-saving emergency care and advanced diagnostic technology.

The Washington Centerville Public Library has two convenient branches that support lifelong learning and further diversity in the community. The library is the ninth busiest library in the state of Ohio and offers the 22nd largest collection in the state.

The Centerville City Schools are well-recognized for having an outstanding program for the city’s students. The Centerville City Schools have earned the “Excellent” rating from Ohio’s Local Report Card 13 years in a row. With more than 8,000 enrolled students, the Centerville City School District consists of one high school, three middle schools, six elementary schools and two primary village schools (kindergarten and first grade). The district also offers an alternative high school and preschool. The district is known for its academic program, special services and extracurricular offerings in math, science, reading, arts, drama, music, volunteer opportunities and athletics. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.

For more information about Centerville, please contact the City of Centerville at (937) 433-7151, 100 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville, OH 45458.

Dayton

Website......................... www.cityofdayton.org

Dayton has long been known to the world for the history-impacting innovations born here — from Wilbur and Orville Wright’s flying machines, to Charles Kettering’s automobile self-starter, to the poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the witty writings of Erma Bombeck.

Today, Dayton’s cooperative spirit is still alive in the more than 140,000 residents who live, work and play in the city. From vibrant downtown Dayton to its charming, unique neighborhoods, citizens are working together to make the city a friendly, safe and progressive place to call home.

Hard work has paid off. Dayton can boast of its award-winning, internationally recognized arts programs, including the Dayton Opera, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria Theatre, the Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Several museums are located in Dayton as well, including the Dayton Art Institute, Carillon Historical Park, the High Street Gallery, the Dayton Visual Arts Center, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, the Dayton International Peace Museum and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park.

Residents, business and government work hand in hand in the city’s 65 neighborhoods to create affordable, attractive housing. Dayton’s neighborhood system is a strong one, guided by a long-established network of Priority Boards, neighborhood associations and watch groups. Whether you want a beautiful vintage home in one of Dayton’s historic districts, a modern home in a new development, a starter home on a quaint tree-lined street or a downtown condominium or loft apartment, Dayton offers a neighborhood for virtually every taste and price range. In addition, the neighborhood festivals, clean-up projects, picnics and special events make the areas much more than places to live, but friendly places to call home. Neighbors can also boast of a unique magnet school program in its public school system and the academic excellence of the University of Dayton — the largest private university in Ohio and one of the 10 largest Catholic universities in the nation. In addition, Sinclair Community College is an affordable, long-standing downtown anchor which is one of the most affordable colleges in the nation.

Those who work, live and play here joined forces to revitalize downtown Dayton. Several projects added to the growth and vitality of downtown, including the addition of a Minor League baseball team and stadium (the Dayton Dragons), the Schuster Performing Arts Center, which celebrated its 10th anniversary March 1, 2013, and the beautiful RiverScape MetroPark along the Great Miami River, which opened to a crowd of 50,000 May 19, 2001.

At the heart of the city is the Courthouse Square, a popular gathering spot for downtown workers, shoppers and visitors. Throughout the week, food vendors, lunchers and shoppers fill the square to soak in the sun, meet with friends and enjoy the noontime entertainment often taking place. The spot also boasts various holiday celebrations and many of the city’s special events. For evening entertainment, dine at one of the restaurants or enjoy live rock, soul, blues, jazz, rap and folk music or outrageous comedy at one of the many bars and clubs which showcase both local and national groups.

Englewood

Website........................ www.englewood.oh.us

There’s so much about Englewood that appeals to its 13,500 residents: beautiful homes to suit every budget, an abundance of parks and recreational opportunities, easy access to major interstates and an international airport, and an outstanding education system in the Northmont school district which received an “Excellent School” rating from the state for more than 10 years in a row. The city continues to grow with new families, new businesses and new parks, while maintaining its reputation as the Miami Valley’s “Open-Space Community.”

Carefully developed in 6.2 square miles, Englewood has retained its small-town atmosphere, especially in its renovated downtown area, while offering the modern amenities of shopping centers, grocery stores, banks and other numerous businesses. The city is located seven miles north of Dayton along the scenic Stillwater River.

Englewood is one of the most desirable places to build a home in the Miami Valley. Englewood’s new and expanding residential developments include Millwood, Millwood Meadows, Englewood Village Commons Section 2 and Windpointe. There are also many beautiful, established neighborhoods bedecked with full, mature trees, wide sidewalks and smiling faces who quickly become friends. The city maintains a number of parks, each offering a variety of recreational amenities, including playgrounds and play equipment, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and volleyball courts, bike paths and walking trails. Englewood’s Centennial Park contains a water sculpture feature for children to splash around in, and a catch-and-release fishing lake. The city is also home to Englewood MetroPark, a 2,000-acre nature reserve offering hiking trails, fishing and horseback riding. Adjacent to Englewood is the Aullwood Audubon Center, a wildlife conservation area operated by the National Audubon Society.

Englewood’s Earl Heck Community Center, renovated in 2008, is a popular gathering spot for indoor activities, such as aerobics, arts and crafts, senior citizens’ activities and much more. Englewood also coordinates a variety of community events, including the Englewood Festival, an annual Easter Egg Hunt, Youth Art Fair, Sister City Club with Billerbeck, Germany, and holiday gatherings.

Englewood is located on Interstate 70 near Interstate 75, only four miles west of Dayton International Airport. The city is serviced by Regional Transit Authority, the Miami Valley’s bus provider.

Englewood youth receive a quality education in the Northmont City Schools district. Known throughout the Miami Valley for its outstanding curriculum and extracurricular activities, Northmont is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education. Students consistently score above the state and national averages on American College Tests, Scholastic Aptitude Tests and the Ohio Survey Test of academic ability and achievement. There are six elementary schools, one middle school and one high school serving approximately 5,600 students in the district.

Englewood is also home to the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, a vast educational complex on 180 acres, offering high school and adult vocational, technical and academic courses in more than 50 skill-development programs.

Englewood is less than 30 minutes from some of the finest colleges and universities in Ohio, including the University of Dayton and Wright State University. In addition, Englewood is home to a branch location of Sinclair Community College, a partnership with the Englewood YMCA.

The city operates under a council/manager form of government adopted by charter in 1970. Highly skilled and trained professionals provide fire and police protection 24 hours a day. Excellent health care is available in Englewood at Good Samaritan North Health Center, an outpatient medical facility.

For the latest information about Englewood contact the Englewood Government Offices at (937) 836-5106.

Enon

Website............................ www.enonohio.com

Enon is located northeast of Wright-Patterson along State Route 444 in a quiet setting of Clark County. The “Enon Mound” was built by Adena Indians and is located next to the Government Center on East Main Street. The mound is the second largest of its kind in the state of Ohio and is recognized as a National Historic Site. Settlers Park is located at the corner of Main Street and Xenia Street with a beautiful white gazebo and old-fashioned lights.

The community provides a well-rounded sports program including Little League, soccer and peewee football. Numerous churches, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Lions Club, Lioness Club, Keenagers and VFW are among the volunteer and community organizations available. Special events in the Village of Enon consist of Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades, Fourth of July community picnic, Apple Butter Festival and Christmas tree lighting.

Fairborn

The “Wright” Location

Website......................... www.ci.fairborn.oh.us

On Jan. 1, 1950, when the villages of Fairfield and Osborn combined for their mutual benefit, the City of Fairborn was chartered. While teamwork is not a new concept, the concept of a shared community envisions combining the efforts of the City of Fairborn, the Fairborn City Schools, Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce, Bath Township, Greene County local businesses and citizens to establish direction for the Fairborn area. The ability to work together toward collective goals will continue to establish Fairborn as a driving force in the Miami Valley region.

Choosing the perfect home is a monumental decision and Fairborn has a home just right for anyone. From patio and historical homes, to residential estates and condominiums in a wooded setting, the mixture of housing choices has never been better. With ongoing developments under construction, ranging in price from $110,000 to $300,000, Fairborn offers an affordable dream home for everyone.

Learning is a journey for life, and nowhere in Ohio does that journey offer more opportunities than the City of Fairborn. From preschool to Ph.D. programs, education is the golden thread that binds the community together. Fairborn takes great pride in the accomplishment of the students and constantly looks for innovative ways to expand their educational opportunities. As students pursue career opportunities, Wright-State University is there to provide more than 100 undergraduate degree programs and more than 80 graduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs focusing on all aspects of academic and professional excellence. Students have the opportunity to follow their educational dreams, confident that they will be well-prepared for a successful career in the highly competitive job market.

With 686.57 acres of parkland consisting of 18 parks, a 36-acre nature reserve and a regional bikeway, Fairborn has a special commitment to recreational areas and preserving green space. In addition to recreational opportunities, numerous nonprofit organizations cater to organized sports and activities for youth. As the home of the Ervin J. Nutter Center, an internationally known 11,000-seat arena, Fairborn is proud to be the region’s entertainment leader. The Nutter Center offers a variety of entertainment ranging from Wright State Raiders (Division 1) basketball to the nation’s top country and rock entertainers, as well as concerts, the circus, theatrical performances and ice shows. There is an evening of fun waiting for everyone at the Nutter Center.

Fairborn is so much more than housing, education, recreational activities and entertainment; it is the next great development frontier of Interstate 675. The Dayton-Yellow Springs Road and State Route 235 interchanges provide prime residential, industrial and commercial development sites. A central location and low property taxes offer competitive and reasonable land values and ample development opportunities. Fairborn is one of a very limited number of municipalities that has rail service (no passenger service).

Fairborn is one of the few communities in the region with a thriving downtown. The success of the downtown shopping area is primarily due to the unique mix of shops attracting patrons from throughout the region looking for that special something you can’t buy at the mall. For additional shopping, Fairborn offers the convenience of being within minutes of the Mall at Fairfield Commons and the Greene Town Center. Clearly Fairborn is a diverse, full-service community focused on the future. The ability to look ahead, yet preserve the best aspects of the past, sets Fairborn apart from other communities. Find out for yourself what makes Fairborn a great place to live, work and play. For additional information, call the city at (937) 754-3030 or the Chamber of Commerce at (937) 878-3191.

Both Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State University provide Fairborn with a stable economy and continue to grow each year, with employees and students. Fairborn has what every community wishes for to promote growth and development: location, location, location. Fairborn is located 15 miles from an international airport, 12 miles from a county airport and is served by Interstates 70, 75 and 675, and State Routes 35 and 235. A low crime rate and high service with the police department along with many community programs is an asset to Fairborn. In addition, the four fire stations with superior fleet and equipment allow for quick response times. There are more than 40 churches of most all denominations in Fairborn. Truly, Fairborn is a full-service city. Visit the city website at www.ci.fairborn.oh.usand the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce website at www.fairborn.comor e-mail chamber@fairborn.com.

Huber Heights

Website.................................... www.hhoh.org

Situated in the northeastern part of Montgomery County and southern Miami County, the City of Huber Heights sits on the crossroads of Interstate 70 and Interstate 75. Huber Heights is within five minutes of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and just minutes from the Dayton International Airport. Huber Heights is served by the Regional Transit Authority. Huber Heights’ location is the ideal place for residents and businesses to thrive.

With a diverse population of almost 40,000 residing on a land area of 22 square miles, Huber Heights offers all the conveniences and amenities desired by all age groups and lifestyles. Without having to leave the city, residents enjoy access to quality shopping and dining, medical facilities and recreation. A wide variety of employers, including retail, industrial and service providers, have made Huber Heights their home.

Huber Heights has a very diverse economy and housing market with housing available at all price levels and for all lifestyles. The city offers an array of options from traditional brick ranch homes to upscale developments. There are also great rental options throughout the city, including freestanding homes, attached apartments and condominiums with rent starting at around $500 per month.

Huber Heights City Schools is in the process of building several new schools. The schools are situated throughout the neighborhoods and in walking distance for many students. Additionally, St. Peter’s Catholic School, a preschool through eighth grade Catholic school, is also located in Huber Heights. Those seeking higher education are well-served in Huber Heights. There are more than a dozen colleges and universities within a reasonable drive of the community, and a branch of Sinclair Community Colleges in the city limits.

Recreation opportunities abound in Huber Heights. The city has a branch of the Montgomery County Public Library and numerous park facilities, organized youth athletic programs, a state-of-the-art YMCA, swimming pools, aquatic center and a senior citizens center. A popular attraction in Huber Heights is the 900-acre Carriage Hill MetroPark, which takes visitors back to 1880s farm life and offers miles of hiking and horse riding trails. Visitors to the 1,300-acre Taylorsville MetroPark, on the west edge of the city, can enjoy an afternoon of biking, picnicking, fishing and canoeing along the Great Miami River.

Many diverse places of worship are spread throughout the community. There are also numerous civic and community organizations to join.

For more information contact the City of Huber Heights, 6131 Taylorsville Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424, on the Web at www.hhoh.orgor by phone at (937) 233-1423.

Jamestown

Website...................... www.jamestownohio.us

Jamestown is located in Greene County, combining small-town charm with progressive thinking to create a community that is perfect for growing families. With a population just under 2,000, Jamestown offers a high quality of life in a rural setting, with quick access to major cities and other urban communities. Surrounded by rolling farmlands, the village features several restaurants and quaint shops. It is just 60 minutes away from Columbus and Cincinnati and only 30 minutes from Dayton. It is also within 15 minutes of major shopping malls.

Greenview Local School District is Jamestown’s excellent school system, which is small enough (approximately 1,500 students) to give children the individual classroom attention they need. In addition, it is served by the Greene County Career Center, which educates both adults and secondary students. Within 25 miles of Jamestown, there are more than a dozen colleges and universities.

The village has community parks, a skate park, tennis courts, ball fields and other recreational activities. Its available housing can meet almost anyone’s needs — from stately 19th-century homes to the newer homes of Greenwood Estates. It is also contiguous to a large lake resort community.

Jamestown is governed by an elected mayor and council members, has its own police department, and is served by Silvercreek Township volunteer fire department/EMS department.

The community has churches of varying denominations to serve the community and their spiritual needs, as well as several service clubs for all ages, including Scouting and Lions.

For more information on Jamestown, visit the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce at www.jtchamber.com .

Kettering

Website....................... www.ci.kettering.oh.us

The city of Kettering, which is located five miles south of Dayton, dates back to 1955 and has a population of nearly 56,000 people. The city is named in honor of its most outstanding citizen, the famous philanthropist and inventor of the automotive self-starter, Charles F. Kettering.

Kettering City Schools has eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. There are also several private elementary and high schools.

The 145,000-square-foot recreation complex offers an indoor/outdoor pool, water park, indoor, elevated jogging/walking track, fitness room and more.

Lincoln Park, near the Government Center, includes a retirement community, condos, office buildings, a beautiful park and the Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts — a 4,300-seat outdoor summer showplace featuring some of today’s most popular entertainers.

Shopping areas and churches are plentiful. The majority of homes are single-family, but some rental homes and apartments are also available.

The community is served by the Kettering-Oakwood Times newspaper and the Dayton Daily News.

Kettering is home to Kettering Medical Center, recognized as one of the “Top 100 Hospitals” in the country.

For more information, contact the Kettering/Moraine/Oakwood Area Chamber of Commerce, 2977 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, OH 45419, call (937) 299-3852 or visit www.kmo-coc.org.

Miamisburg

Website................ www.mvcc.net/miamisburg

Snuggled along the banks of the Great Miami River, nine miles south of Dayton, you will find Miamisburg, a community of approximately 20,000, offering small-town charm with big-city convenience.

Miamisburg’s plentiful parks and green space total more than 500 acres, offering a full range of recreational opportunities. Included in this complement of parks is the city’s gem, PipeStone, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills that will challenge even the best of golfers. For the less ambitious player, the city also offers the nine-hole Mound course.

An Olympic-size swimming pool, featuring large water slides, provides refreshing leisure at Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center, while a stroll in Sycamore Trails Park with its scenic duck pond is a great way to end the day. A variety of local festivals, artisan shows and events contribute to the strong sense of civic pride found in Miamisburg. Among the most prominent of these is the Starving Artists Show each September held in Library Park, where local artisans offer their crafts and artwork at unbelievable prices. Don’t be late for this show!

City residents are five minutes from the Dayton Mall, the largest regional shopping mall in the area, and to the shops of the Market Square district in historic downtown Miamisburg. While shopping you may want to allow yourself the pleasure of dining at one of several unique restaurants. Choices range from a friendly bistro to a sports bar to a pizza parlor.

Market Square is the historic core of the city and offers a variety of 19th-century homes of various architectural styles. Housing types in the district range from large Victorian homes to single-family dwellings. New residential developments offering a wide range of housing opportunities are also available.

An award-winning public school system has a long history of achievement and community support. Parochial education is also available, as well as the county’s joint vocational training program. For those concerned with higher education, colleges and universities in the area provide excellent opportunities just a short drive away.

The city provides a full range of services to its citizens, including full-time professional fire, paramedic and police protection. Sycamore Medical Center complements the emergency, health and safety package available in Miamisburg.

With easy access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 675, Miamisburg residents enjoy the resources of both Dayton and nearby Cincinnati, 45 miles to the south. Dayton General Airport, a commuter facility, is within a stone’s throw, while the Dayton International Airport is approximately 20 miles north along the interstate. For those who would prefer to stay on the ground, the city is served by a number of countywide bus routes.

For additional information concerning Miamisburg, contact the City of Miamisburg, 10 N. First St., Miamisburg, OH 45342, call (937) 866-3303 or visit www.ci.miamisburg.oh.us.

Moraine

Website........................ www.ci.moraine.oh.us

Strategic location remains Moraine’s competitive advantage. The city is bisected by Interstate 75 and is within 15 minutes of the Interstate 70/Interstate 75 interchange. Two rail lines serve the city and the Dayton International Airport is located 20 miles to the north.

Moraine has discovered the secret of healthy growth. As its business community prospers, its more than 6,000 residents benefit with job opportunities, exceptional public services and low taxes.

Moraine citizens expect and get outstanding public service. Police, fire protection and emergency medical services are provided on a full-time, 24-hour basis. Moraine is a community where children play safely and residents enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. City recreational facilities include civic center, water park, skate park and 13 parks offering outdoor swimming, tennis, baseball, soccer and basketball. The Recreation Department offers a variety of classes and activities which appeal to a wide range of age groups and interests including an after-school child care program.

Moraine is served by three school districts with K-12 education programs as well as charter school options. Several colleges are located within 25 miles of the city.

Moraine has all the amenities expected from a first-class city: a diversity of housing opportunities, access to shopping, dining and entertainment, quality schools, and fabulous parks and recreation. Life in Moraine blends the calm and quiet of a well-managed town and the educational, cultural and recreational resources afforded by its proximity to Dayton. There’s a side to Moraine that you’ve yet to discover in the many “faces” which make up Moraine … the homes, the schools, the services, the economics, the people. For more information call (937) 535-1000.

New Carlisle

Website.......................... www.newcarlisle.net

Established in 1810, New Carlisle has two major state routes intersecting in the middle of the community, State Route 235 and State Route 571, and is only eight miles north of Interstate 70 and 10 minutes from Interstate75. Dayton International Airport is 20 minutes southwest of the city and opens up the world market to the area.

New Carlisle has recently undergone many changes, and has become a progressive, forward-looking community. With eight recent annexations, the city has grown to almost double its size. It is in the midst of the largest period of growth experienced in more than 20 years. This is good news for residents of the city and also the surrounding area, bringing with it the possibilities of new businesses, new industry, more job opportunities and more housing choices.

The city has been working hard on improving the appearance of its downtown, to make it more welcoming to both new businesses and new patrons. Streets are being rebuilt, street lighting has been added, and both new pavers and trees add to the look. Additionally, the water plant, finished in 2006, is state of the art and has the capacity to exceed the needs of the city, well into the future. New housing developments have sprung up, bringing citizens new choices in housing, from modest two-bedroom condominiums to $300,000 family homes and beyond.

New Carlisle has numerous recreational facilities available featuring six baseball diamonds, an amphitheater, three basketball courts, five playgrounds, a skate park, an outdoor, heated swimming pool, four open picnic shelters and three tennis courts. A log cabin, constructed in 2005, is approximately 1,600 square feet and is available to rent for gatherings. It is air conditioned, heated and has ADA-compliant restrooms. Additionally, the city constructed a 3.6-mile multi-use trail in 2009 which starts at the south end of town and ends at West Lake Avenue. All of these make New Carlisle a great place to raise a family and a great place to live.

For more information, visit the website at www.newcarlisle.net.

Oakwood

Website........................ www.ci.oakwood.oh.us

In 1913, Oakwood was primarily farmland situated on a hill directly south of Dayton. That year a disastrous flood inundated downtown Dayton and a new kind of advertising began to appear. It reminded potential landowners that Oakwood’s property was “275 feet” higher than the intersection at Third and Main streets in Dayton. Thus began the period of biggest growth in Oakwood’s history.

By 1930, Oakwood had 6,000 people. Numbered among its inhabitants was Orville Wright, co-inventor of the heavier-than-air flying machine. His stately home known as Hawthorn Hill still occupies the corner of Harman and Park avenues.

Since Oakwood is now entirely surrounded by the cities of Dayton and Kettering, the city has reached its maximum size of almost three square miles. With most of the city in residential use, the population of more than 9,000 people has remained relatively constant in the last 20 years. Most Oakwood housing is available at the $95,000 to $275,000 range. Estate homes can range up to $850,000. A variety of rentals are available including apartment buildings, converted duplexes in older homes, conventional duplexes and single-family homes.

Outdoor attractions such as Smith Gardens, Elizabeth Gardens, Loy Gardens, Houk Stream, community parks and tennis courts provide citizens with a wide range of activities.

Oakwood is served by Oakwood City School District, which includes a school for kindergarteners, two elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school.

For additional information, contact the City of Oakwood, 30 Park Ave., Dayton, OH 45419 or call (937) 298-0600.

Piqua

Website............................... www.piquaoh.org

Legend has it that an ancient Indian tribe gave Piqua its unique name after the tribe had burned an enemy warrior in a ritual ceremony. The warrior rose from the ashes of his body, and the amazed Indians exclaimed, “OTATHHE-WAUGH-PE-QUA,” translated as, “He is risen from the ashes.”

The city of Piqua is located in West Central Ohio, 18 minutes north of the Dayton International Airport. Piqua, located in Miami County, has a population in excess of 20,000. North-south Interstate 75 bisects the community and east-west Interstate 70 is just 20 miles to the south. East-west U.S. Route 36 runs through the city.

The Miami-Erie Canal is an important part of Piqua’s history. The canal was opened to Piqua in 1837, and was the super-highway of its time. Today many parts of the original canal are preserved. Visitors to the Piqua Historical Area can see exhibits of artifacts from Ohio’s canal era in the Historic Indian and Canal Museum. Visitors can also take a scenic ride along a restored mile-long section of the Miami and Erie Canal on the General Harrison, a replica of a mule-drawn canal boat. The restored home of John Johnston — Indian agent, canal commissioner, farmer and statesman — can also be toured along with several of the outbuildings.

Piqua is small enough that bank tellers and grocery cashiers can greet their customers by name and big enough to offer an exciting lifestyle, while still holding on to the sense of community and belonging. Ornate Victorian manors, contemporary and traditional homes, efficiency apartments and luxury condominiums are just some of the housing choices available in Piqua. Country living does not mean a long drive to downtown Piqua. A 10-minute drive, in any direction from downtown Piqua, will bring one to a rambling farmhouse or a modern ranch house.

City of Riverside

Website........................... www.riverside.oh.us

Riverside is a suburban community located approximately five miles from downtown Dayton. Its 11 square miles of area virtually surrounds the southern, western and northern boundaries of Area B of Wright-Patterson as well as the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Governmental services for the more than 25,000 residents are provided by an elected mayor, city council and appointed city manager.

Mad River Local School District has a proud tradition of academic excellence in Riverside and offers many special programs to meet the individual needs of all students. The school district has recently completed a major building replacement initiative with the construction of four new elementary schools, two middle schools and senior high school. The district has a total enrollment of approximately 3,500 students. Stebbins High School offers a complete curriculum for students preparing for higher education. A comprehensive career center with programs designed to prepare vocational graduates to be productive members of the business industrial community is also an integrated part of the high school. Stebbins was among the first in the state to offer an Air Force Junior ROTC program, which currently is recognized as one of the best in the nation. Fine parochial elementary and high schools are also within the community.

Public facilities are available for many sports, such as baseball, softball, football and soccer. There are four major parks in Riverside as well as Eastwood Lake, a part of Five Rivers Metro-Parks located along the Mad River, which bisects the city. The city also has a number of shopping and dining options, and the Mall at Fairfield Commons is just minutes away.

There is a wide range of attractive residential opportunities in the City of Riverside. Homes in the Ryan Homes development start at $140,000. Additional housing stock exists throughout the community which meets the needs of a variety of income levels.

Another big bonus to living here is the fact that the residents enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the county. Additional information is available at the Office of the City Manager, 1791 Harshman Road, Riverside, OH 45424 or call (937) 233-1801.

Spring Valley

Website.................... www.springvalleyoh.com

Nestled in the hills of southern Greene County is the tree-lined village of Spring Valley, founded in 1850. In 1995 the ribbon was cut on the Little Miami Scenic Trail, which crosses Main Street and is now the site for biking, jogging, rollerblading, horseback riding and hiking. Nature abounds in beauty and preserved wetlands as the Little Miami River winds its way through farm fields and the valley. Other recreational facilities surround the village including Walton Park, Constitution Park, Frontier Campground, Spring Valley Wildlife Area and a bustling canoe livery. The current population is less than 500.

Spring Valley has many dedicated service organizations, which include the Spring Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Spring Valley ACTS, Spring Valley Senior Center, Spring Valley Lions and Spring Valley Community Library. Spring Valley also has a township volunteer fire department at the edge of the village.

There are several historical gems in Spring Valley. Spring Valley is home to the first cement house in Ohio, formerly the George Barrett Home, which includes a museum on the first floor. Directions for a walking tour of Spring Valley are available at www.springvalleyoh.com.

Spring Valley is also the home of the annual potato festival held the first full weekend in October (www.springvalleyoh.com/potato?festival.htm). The festival attracts thousands of people with live entertainment, a pet parade, a 5K Tater-Trot, potato putt-putt golf, and art and crafts/farmers market booths.

Springboro

Website..................... www.ci.springboro.oh.us

Founded in 1815, Springboro today is a thriving, growing community of more than 17,000. Its location just a short freeway drive from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base makes it popular with Air Force families.

Springboro Community Schools are routinely rated “Excellent” by the state of Ohio, and the system boasts three elementary schools, an intermediate school for sixth grade only, one junior high school and one high school.

Families enjoy Springboro’s six recreational parks. Youth soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and football provide athletic opportunities and families enjoy the many offerings of the Coffman Family YMCA. A paved walking/running trail circles North Park, which also features an outdoor amphitheater. An outdoor summer concert series in the park draws citizens of all ages.

Springboro’s Historic District comprises six blocks of houses built by the founding Quaker families. The village was an important stop on the Underground Railroad, and the historical society’s museum provides a glimpse into bygone days.

A self-guided walking tour brochure is available. Today, the district features a mixture of restaurants, shops, businesses and residences. Cultural and sports venues in both Dayton and Cincinnati are easily accessible via Interstate 75. Annual events include the Hometown Expo in March and Christmas in Historic Springboro, which is held the weekend before Thanksgiving.

For more information contact the Springboro Chamber of Commerce, 325 S. Main St., Springboro, OH 45066; (937) 748-0074; e-mail chamber@springborohio.org; or visit their website at www.springboroohio.org .

Springfield

Website..................... www.ci.springfield.oh.us

Once a manufacturing giant that rivaled Chicago as a maker of agricultural machinery and equipment, Springfield, Ohio is undergoing a renaissance that embraces its past while looking to the future. Located 20 miles northeast of Dayton and 15 minutes from Wright-Patterson, Springfield is strategically located along Interstate 70. The city has a population approximately 60,000.

What makes Springfield stand out are its many arts and cultural opportunities afforded by a number of arts groups and outstanding venues. Foremost among them are the Clark State Performing Arts Center and its 1,500-seat Kuss Auditorium that serves as home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The center also hosts Broadway shows and other top-name entertainment. Summer doesn’t provide a lull in stage productions. For more than 40 years, the Summer Arts Festival, sponsored by the Springfield Arts Council, has attracted residents for a wide variety of free entertainment options in Veteran’s Park. International, national and local performers have graced the stage. Springfield also boasts of its own art museum that provides hands-on learning, rotating exhibits, plus a permanent collection.

Recreational settings are highlighted by Buck Creek State Park, located at the 2,120-acre C.J. Brown Reservoir. Offering fishing, recreational boating, swimming, camping, horseback riding and hiking trails or simply a place to enjoy the outdoors, the park serves as a retreat for residents and visitors. The National Trail Parks and Recreation District maintains two city-owned golf courses, the 36-hole Reid Park and 18-hole Snyder Park. There are also public and private regulation golf courses, including the Don Ross-designed Springfield Country Club and Northwood Hills Country Club. As part of a $17 million building and improvement project, the NTPRD constructed a new baseball stadium, a water park and an ice arena. A group of local horse show enthusiasts were the catalysts behind the 2004 opening of the Champions Center livestock arena at the Clark County Fairgrounds. One of the finest in the state and the Midwest, the arena provides year-round usage, attracting showmen from around the state, nation and, on occasion, the world. The fairgrounds are also home to the monthly Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market and three Extravaganzas in May, July and September, which draw more than 2,000 vendors.

Much of the shopping available in Springfield is concentrated in the northwest section of the city where the Upper Valley Mall and Bechtle Avenue are less than one mile apart. Restaurants abound at both locations or one can opt for more casual dining downtown. There are several coffee shops to perk you up as well.

Springfield/Clark County has two institutions of higher learning. Wittenberg University is an academically selective liberal arts institution just blocks from downtown on a rolling, picturesque campus that is associated with the Lutheran Church. Clark State Community College serves both traditional and adult learners at its downtown and Leffel Lane campuses. The city is served by the Springfield City School District as well as private and Montessori schools. Springfield City School District educates approximately 8,000 students in 15brand-new buildings.

You can find out more by visiting www.ci.springfield.oh.usor phoning the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce at (937) 325-7621. Chamber offices are located at 20 S. Limestone St., Springfield, OH 45502.

Sugarcreek Township

Website............ www.sugarcreektownship.com

Dating back to the early 1800s, Sugarcreek was a major producer of maple syrup and maple molasses. It was also a major center for pork packing, mills and hedge fencing. Each year, the Sugar Maple Festival is held commemorating the once thriving industry. Agriculture continues to be a vital part of the local economy and is maintained as part of the area’s heritage.

In addition to natural scenic beauty, Sugarcreek Township has several recreational areas. The Little Miami Scenic River provides challenges to hundreds of canoe enthusiasts each year. Community parks in the township are operated by the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District and offer play areas, sports fields and picnic areas. The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District Community Center is located in the former Sugarcreek Ski Hills lodge. Sugarcreek MetroPark offers a scenic area to horseback ride or hike. Township community gardens give residents the opportunity to plant their own garden plot.

Sugarcreek Township, with a population of approximately 8,000, is home to a diverse and expanding commercial tax base, breathtaking open-space areas and excellent schools. The township’s government consists of three trustees, a fiscal officer and a township administrator. A fire department with two stations and a police department serve the township as well.

The township is home to a variety of housing options from gorgeous subdivisions encompassing acres of open space to custom-built homes on large acreage tracts. New businesses, including retail stores, restaurants and medical offices, exist within the Wilmington Pike area. Easy access to Interstate 675 and close proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base make Sugarcreek Township a popular destination place.

Beautiful, scenic and picturesque Sugarcreek Township, with its quiet neighborhoods, invites you to join the nostalgia of the past and the enjoyment of a bright future. For more information call (937) 848-8426 or visit www.sugarcreektownship.com.

Tipp City

“A small town where community
pride and caring are still in fashion.”

Website......................... www.tippcityohio.gov

In 1840, John Clark planted the seed that would develop into Tippecanoe City. Situated on the Miami-Erie Canal at what is now State Route 571, the town was established to take advantage of the traffic on the Canal. Clark named the fledgling city “Tippecanoe” to express his admiration for William Henry Harrison whose campaign slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.”

Preserving its rich architectural legacy is important to the residents of Tipp City. The city’s historic canal-era downtown area offers a variety of unique retail and service options from antiques and memorabilia to specialty stores. It offers a unique, true downtown shopping and dining experience.

Proximity to major transportation routes sparked the birth of Tipp City and continues to be the catalyst for the community’s growing popularity. Located along Interstate75, 15miles north of Dayton and just minutes from the Dayton International Airport, Tipp City offers easy access plus an excellent location in the greater Dayton region.

The city park system has parks, bike trails, and a family aquatic center nestled in City Park. The Great Miami River Recreational Trail runs through Tipp City parallel to the Great Miami River and Miami-Erie Canal. This recreational trail connects to Piqua, Dayton, Springfield, Xenia, Middletown and Cincinnati. Several golf courses and other recreational amenities are just minutes away.

Youngsters, oldsters and everyone in between are kept as active as they choose with a host of clubs and organizations in which to become involved. Tipp-Monroe Community Services provides community education, recreation and cultural opportunities for all ages. In late September, “Mum’s the word” as the entire town celebrates the chrysanthemum flower during the annual Mum Festival.

“Excellent” is the word for Tipp City’s schools. Considered to be one of the best school systems in the region, Tipp students consistently score well above average on standardized tests. The $24 million Tippecanoe High School opened in April of 2004 at the northwest corner of Tipp-Cowlesville and Kessler-Cowlesville roads.

Tipp City has many ways to make a home; from houses steeped in history to cozy apartments and convenient condominiums to executive-level showcases in country settings. Housing prices range from $50,000 to $1 million in Tipp City.

For more information about Tipp City, please call (937) 669-8477 or visit www.tippcityohio.gov. The Tipp City Area Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (937) 667-8300 or www.tippcitychamber.org. The Downtown Tipp City Partnership’s website is www.downtowntippcity.org. The city’s Facebook page is “City of Tipp City – Government,” the Chamber’s page is “Tipp City Area Chamber of Commerce” and the partnership’s page is “Downtown Tipp City Partnership.”

The Trotwood Community

Website.............................. www.trotwood.org

Trotwood today is a progressive and welcoming community, a place anyone would be proud to call home. Trotwood is where you can experience the great diversity of excellent housing, neighborhoods, schools, leisure opportunities and a community support network. It is also where you can count on the City of Trotwood’s total commitment to delivering the superior services that make it one of the best municipal governments found anywhere.

Trotwood is ideally located only an hour’s drive from Columbus and Cincinnati; the community enjoys fast and convenient transportation access to and from virtually anywhere. Thanks to State Route 49/U.S. 35 Trotwood Connector, Interstate 70, Interstate 75 and their interchange can all be reached within 10 minutes. The Dayton International Airport’s rapid commuter and shipping access is less than 15 minutes away.

Trotwood’s rich farmland, scenic railway bikeway and picturesque Olde Town district preserve its historic backbone. This first outer ring suburb of Dayton opens up the largely undeveloped northwest Montgomery County region. As the county’s fourth largest population, Trotwood’s approximately 24,000 residents are spread comfortably among 30square miles of small-town charm with urban-suburban amenities.

Its solid median income yields substantial buying power to support its traditional regional shopping hub, offering a wide variety of outlets guaranteed to satisfy any preference. This retail prominence is leading more upscale housing to be built, and has led the city to target large green land tracts for developers. Its residential options range from modern condos, duplexes and luxury apartments to surprisingly affordable single-family homes, like those found within its signature Moss Creek Golf Course Community.

Trotwood’s well-managed recreational facilities and programs, public parks and open spaces are readily available to meet the cultural and leisure needs of any community. Trotwood’s scenic bikeway offers miles of trails through pristine natural settings like Sycamore State Park, which also provides Trotwood residents with 2,300 acres of hiking trails, picnic areas, horse trails, fishing lakes and campgrounds.

Thanks to the Trotwood-Madison City Schools’ $90 million investment, the community now enjoys a state-of-the-art high school, middle school and K-1 school sharing a central campus as well as two brand-new neighborhood-based elementary schools. This school system delivers a powerful variety of progressive educational and highly successful sports programs designed to meet any child’s needs, and its teachers and administrators are among the best found anywhere.

Trotwood is widely known for its cultural freedom and tolerance, and is home to many upstanding and progressive religious institutions as well as being headquarters to the United Theological Seminary. For more information please contact the City of Trotwood at (937) 837-7771 or sriege@trotwood.org.

Troy

Website............................... www.troyohio.gov

Benjamin Overfield built his tavern in Troy in 1808. Today, it stands among many reminders of the community’s heritage. A visit to the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, the Troy Historical Society or the Museum of Troy History is like a walk into the past, a past which has been built upon, but never forgotten.

A complex of parks and recreational facilities stretches for more than two miles along the Great Miami River in addition to the 600 acres of parkland located throughout the city. Beginning with the 18-hole municipal Miami Shores Golf Course, the levy area includes bicycle and walking paths, softball and baseball fields, the 10,000-seat Troy Memorial Stadium, the Troy Aquatic Park, the 5,000-seat Hobart Arena ice skating and sports facility, and Duke Park. This area includes numerous tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, a fitness course, walking track, soccer fields and lots of green space.

In the heart of Troy, the 89-acre Hobart Urban Nature Preserve offers walking trails amongst sculptures. Also located just outside Troy is Brukner Nature Center, an internationally renowned 165-acre nature center that is a favorite for hikers and school programs.

Located just south of Troy is the impressive addition of the Robinson Branch of the Miami County YMCA. This facility is home to a swimming pool, basketball courts, health spa, running track and many programs.

For an exceptional quality of life, Troy has it all. Troy is a home to a number of major national and international companies such as: Goodrich Corporation, Hobart Brothers, F&P America Manufacturing Inc. and American Honda Motor Company Inc.

The first full weekend in June, as many as 100,000 people visit the annual Troy Strawberry Festival, which is one of the largest festivals in Ohio. In addition, Troy hosts the Festival of Nations each August. In the summer, free outdoor concerts in the square feature a variety of musical entertainment. The concerts include performances by the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band and the Air Force Band of Flight. There’s always something to see or do. Take a walk through Public Square, a stroll along the river, a walk in the woods … all without leaving Troy.

For more information, visit the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.troyohiochamber.com .

Vandalia

Website........................ www.ci.vandalia.oh.us

In 1838, a group of westward-bound settlers ran into bad weather and low supplies near what is now the intersection of Dixie Highway and National Road in the center of Vandalia. Even then they recognized the “Crossroads of America” and decided to build their homes there. The title remains very pertinent because the junction of Interstate 75 and Interstate 70 are located within the Vandalia corporation line. The incorporated area of the city is more than eight square miles with a population of more than 15,000.

The Dayton International Airport, located in Vandalia, serves the entire Dayton area with scheduled flights by six airlines. The market accessibility and transportation facilities, including railroads, make Vandalia a favorable location for business.

Vandalia’s Sister Cities Club conducts a three-day Oktoberfest with authentic German music, food, drinks and crafts the weekend following Labor Day. The event is held under tents at the Vandalia Sports Complex, located at 1111 Stonequarry Road.

Housing ranges from small homes, apartments and condominiums to elaborate, single-family dwellings. Vandalia is served by the Regional Transit Authority and is only 10 miles from Dayton.

Vandalia has one of the most active Parks and Recreation departments in the Miami Valley. With 25 parks, a municipal swimming pool and a sports complex, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Opened in 2001, the Vandalia Recreation Center is one of the city’s crown jewels. It is a state-of-the-art facility that offers an indoor water park, a fitness center with advanced cardio training machinery and a 27-foot-high climbing wall. While membership is open to anyone, Vandalia residents pay a lower fee to join.

Cassel Hills Golf Course has been rated as one of the 100 “Must Play” golf courses in the state of Ohio by Golf Styles magazine. The course is situated within the Taylorsville Reserve, offering golfers challenging play and breathtaking scenery.

The Vandalia-Butler City Schools district offers three elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The district has consistently received a rating of “Excellent.” Vandalia also has one Catholic elementary school. More than a dozen churches are available to its residences.

For details, contact the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce, 544 W. National Road, Vandalia, OH 45377, call (937) 898-5351 or visit www.vandaliabutlerchamber.org

Waynesville

Website.................. www.waynesvilleohio.com

Located midway between Interstate 71 and Interstate 75, at the intersection of U.S. 42 and State Route 73, this village of almost 3,000 is 35 minutes southeast of Dayton and less than an hour northeast of Cincinnati.

Waynesville, nestled on a hillside overlooking the Little Miami River, is older than the state of Ohio. Its business district is unique. Many of the buildings date back to the early 1800s and several have been converted into antique and/or specialty shops. Casually stroll the length of Main Street and it’s obvious why Waynesville is known as the “Antiques Capital of the Midwest.” More than 40 antique shops plus specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants are within a five-block area.

With its excellent school system, churches of many denominations, a most progressive public library, convenient shopping area, and outstanding police and fire departments, the Waynesville area is an ideal place to locate a home or business. It also offers medical and dental care, and has connections to all hospitals in the surrounding metropolitan area. More than a dozen colleges and universities are within a 50-mile radius.

Few communities are blessed with such a diversity of recreational opportunities. Caesar Creek State Park offers boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, hunting and swimming. Also, flying, gliding, golf, skiing and tennis are to be found within 15 minutes from downtown. For biking enthusiasts, the Little Miami Scenic Trail winds through Waynesville as well.

Waynesville also is known as the home of the nationally famous Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, held the second full weekend in October, and the Christmas in the Village Celebration. On Sundays during Memorial and Labor Day weekend, visiting antique dealers and shops put on an antique show. For more information, visit www.waynesvilleohio.com .

West Carrollton

Website...................... www.westcarrollton.org

Located south of Dayton along Interstate 75, West Carrollton is a “hometown” community of approximately 13,000. A wide variety of housing styles is available in the city including single-family homes, apartments and condominiums. The city has several shopping areas within its boundaries, and the Dayton Mall is only five minutes from most homes. In addition, the city offers easy access to restaurants, specialty shops, grocery stores, professional and medical offices, a post office and a library.

The city has one of the lowest combined water and sewer rates in the Miami Valley region. The city’s income tax rate is 2 percent, and it has one of the lowest effective real estate property tax rates in Montgomery County.

The city has an aggressive capital improvements program that includes street construction, park development, acquisition of fire apparatus and other public improvements. The city’s parks and recreation department maintains 10 parks and offers numerous exercise and recreation programs for children and adults. The new West Carrollton YMCA supports the family-friendly community.

There are several churches in the immediate area and numerous community organizations.

The West Carrollton Schools district includes the city of West Carrollton and a portion of the city of Moraine and Miami Township. The district operates a high school, a middle school, four elementary schools and the Walter Shade Early Childhood Center. The district is also served by the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC).

For more information contact the City Manager’s office, 300 E. Central Ave., West Carrollton, OH 45449, visit the website or call (937) 859-5183.

Xenia

Website............................. www.ci.xenia.oh.us

Xenia, the name deriving from a Greek word meaning hospitality, is located only 10 minutes southeast of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the gentle rolling hills of beautiful Greene County. With nearly 26,000 residents, Xenia retains its small-town charm and security while offering the conveniences of a big city, with Dayton only 15 minutes away and both Cincinnati and Columbus within an hour’s drive. Housing choices in Xenia range from affordable starter homes to executive-level homes. Whether your preference is new construction in one of many new housing developments, an established neighborhood with tree-lined streets, historical areas or even rural acreage, Xenia truly offers something for everyone.

Education is a priority in Xenia. Xenia Community Schools continue to demonstrate excellence and innovation in program development and performance. Xenia also offers private and parochial schools, and there are six colleges/universities located within Greene County.

Recreation in Xenia includes swim clubs, golf courses, city and county park programs and facilities, a community theater and music concert series. Xenia is the hub of one of the best trail networks in the nation and earned the “TrailTown USA” designation as one of the five best cities nationwide for hiking, biking and skating; was named the “Fifth best place in the nation to live” by the American Hiking Society; and the sixth best place in the United States for active women by Health magazine. It is the international headquarters of Athletes in Action and brings in athletes from all over the world.

For the more daring, Xenia is home to Skydive Greene County, the oldest private jump club in America. Kil-Kare Speedway features NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing and NHRA-sanctioned drag racing.

Shopping in Xenia offers diverse and exciting opportunities with unique shops to explore. There are several regional malls and outlet centers within minutes from Xenia for serious “shop till you drop” types. Xenia, Ohio, City of Hospitality, is a great place to call home. For more information, call the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce at (937) 372-3591, visit their website at www.xacc.com , or stop in at 334 W. Market St.

Yellow Springs

Website................. www.yellowspringsohio.org

Named “One of the 10 Coolest Small Towns in America,” Yellow Springs is an eclectic village of approximately 3,500, known for recreational attractions, wonderful shops, unique restaurants, lively arts and healthful living. The community is culturally diverse, values self-expression, and prides itself on being open, friendly and creative. Green space and farmland create a lovely rural ambience but Yellow Springs is only 18 miles from Dayton and less than an hour from Cincinnati and Columbus.

Founded in the early 1800s, the town quickly became a popular health resort, famous for the curative waters of the yellow spring. An authentic small town, the streets of this thriving community are lined with an eclectic assortment of shops and galleries, as well as a grocery, pharmacy and hardware store. Restaurants offer an eclectic mix of food, art and entertainment. Rich visual and performing arts of all persuasions abound in this vibrant community of artists. Find art all around town, in restaurants and shops, in the Chamber Pot Gallery at the Train Station public facilities; even knitted Textile Totems on the signposts. Several delightful B&Bs and a vintage motel offer overnight accommodations.

Young’s Jersey Dairy, located one mile north of Yellow Springs, touts itself as attracting more visitors than any other venue in the region. The dairy farm has the traditional ice cream parlor, two restaurants, miniature golf, petting zoo, batting cages and driving range. Open year-round, it’s especially a favorite summertime stop.

Yellow Springs offers myriad opportunities for an active lifestyle. The Little Miami Scenic Trail, part of a 190-mile bike trail system in Southwest Ohio, runs through the heart of Yellow Springs. Natural beauty surrounds with the 1,000-acre Glen Helen Nature Preserve, home to the Yellow Spring, Raptor Center and Trailside Museum, along with miles of picturesque hiking trails. Close by is John Bryan State Park for hiking, picnicking and camping, and Clifton Gorge with scenic waterfalls, limestone cliffs and river rapids. Sports amenities include a community center, seasonal swimming pool, fishing pond, playing fields and tennis courts. The 2-square-mile village is walkable and bicycles are a favorite mode of transportation.

Yellow Springs, called the Education Village, values and supports education, offering an array of lifelong learning opportunities. The public school system, recognized as a National School of Excellence, offers a challenging educational environment with small class sizes geared to individual development. A child care center and alternative school offer programs for preschool through elementary. Antioch University Midwest provides innovative programs to adult learners and you can find several other institutions of higher education within a 30-minute drive. Learn to make pottery, play an instrument, write a novel or visit the community library.

Three major industries form an important employment base for the community. There is a tradition of fostering and nurturing small startup businesses with strong support from experienced citizens. A significant number of residents find work locally but Yellow Springs is an easy commute to jobs elsewhere in the region and only 15 minutes from Wright-Patterson. The Center for Business and Education is the home of Antioch University Midwest and a focus location for business growth. A community of artists, Yellow Springs is home to studio and gallery space for artists and craftspeople of all types.

An engaged and active community, there are many arts, religious and service organizations to enjoy. The village has a twice yearly Street Fair and several other festivals and community events throughout the year. A safe community, the town is well-served by its police department. Find yourself here … for the day or for the rest of your life.

For more information about Yellow Springs, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 101Dayton St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387 or call (937) 767-2686.

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