A Michigan photographer took a breathtaking photo of a marriage proposal at Yosemite National Park last week. Now, he’s trying to find that couple and is asking for help on social media, WOOD-TV reported.
Matthew Dippel of Grand Rapids was on a road trip in California with a friend and was hiking near Taft Point when he decided to stop and take pictures, WLIX reported. That’s when he saw the marriage proposal and quickly snapped a photograph.
"I looked at my camera right after to make sure that I actually got it and I was wowed. That's an incredible shot," Dippel told WOOD.
Dippel and his friend walked to Taft Point and tried to find the couple, but they had already left.
Dippel asked several people, but no one knew who they were, WLIX reported.
"I walked over there to go try to figure out who the couple was. I asked maybe 20-25 people and nobody knew who they were," Dippel told WOOD.
"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” Dippel told WOOD. "It's a very cherished moment that hopefully they can see this photo and be able to relive that moment on that cliff.”
Candy isn’t the only treat being given for free this Halloween.
Though there’s still a few days until the ghoulishly festive holiday, some of the best fast food freebies are those leading up to it. Be warned: you might need a costume or a coupon code to qualify for the deal. Read on for the best bargains at chains around the country.Chipotle
It’s that time of year again. Chipotle is bringing back their Boorito deal for anyone who dresses up. Grab a burrito, bowl, salad or tacos for $4 at participating stores, or get the same deal through the Chipotle app or online (for both pickup and delivery) by using the code BOORITO.The Cheesecake Factory
Customers who order from the chain restaurant through DoorDash from Monday, October 29 through Wednesday, October 31 will receive a complimentary slice of either the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake or Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake. All you need to do is order $30 worth of food through the DoorDash app or website—which offers delivery in over 300 cities across the United States—and enter the code TREATORTREAT at checkout.Krispy Kreme
Instead of candy, the sweet chain is handing out a free doughnut to any customers in costume on October 31.
Thirty one days of sweet, spooky cocktails! Don’t worry, you wallet is safe. Applebee’s is serving Dollar Zombie Rum cocktails throughout the month. Made with rum, pineapple, passion fruit, cherry and lime, the cocktails are survived with a gummy brain to set the living-dead theme.Baskin-Robbins
In honor of their “Celebrate 31” promotion, the ice cream shop is selling any regular or kid-sized scoop for $1.50 on Halloween. All flavors are included in the deal.
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The kids are alright! This child-friendly family restaurant is allowing kids to eat for free at the restaurant with the purchase of an adult meal on Halloween. A few other restaurants offering this deal includes Carrrow’s Restaurant, Chicken Salad Chick and Joe’s Crab Shack.Chili’s
Pumpkin season has been welcomed with $5 margaritas at this Tex-Mex food chain. For the entire month of October, Chili’s has introduced “The Great Pumpkin” margarita made with Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Pumpkin Spice syrup, Fresh Sour and Captain Morgan rum.
In a matter of a few weeks, a hop on a Flyer will make the trip from downtown Dayton to the University of Dayton and entertainment destinations in between a lot easier, officials say.
>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Downtown Dayton will get free shuttles
Jessica Olson, communications manager for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, said “The Flyer” will make it simpler for UD students, downtown workers, residents and visitors to get to destinations like the Oregon District, RiverScape and Brown Street while avoiding parking hassles.
The free circulator bus service will be launched during a party beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday Nov. 9 at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.
Olson said there is a need for the service.
“We think the city of Dayton is in a period of regrowth,” she said. “I think it is a really good time to capitalize on that growth.”
WHEN CAN YOU RIDE THE BUS?
The first rides will leave from the stop at Courthouse Square. The specially designed buses will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to midnight.
WHERE WILL IT GO?
Olson said there will be 70 stops on the route — one on each side of the street.
Three will follow a route that loops from Main Street to Front Street, Monument Avenue to Main, Main to Fifth Street and Fifth to Jefferson Street.
Jefferson becomes Warren Street. Warren soon after becomes Brown Street.
From Brown, The Flyer loops from Irving Avenue to Frericks Way to Lowes Street and back to Brown Street.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Trips on the eco-friendly buses eqquiped with television screens are free of charge.
HOW OFTEN WILL A BUS COME?
WHO IS EXPECTED TO USE THE SHUTTLE MOST?
Olson said ridership is expected to be similar to that of CBUS, Central Ohio Transit Authority’s downtown circulator that travels from Columbus’ brewery district, its downtown and Short North Arts District.
Riders are expected to be mostly students, residents of downtown and its surrounding historic neighborhoods and business people, she said
CareSource and Premier Health are sponsors of the Flyer.
Employees of those large downtown employers will be encouraged to use the shuttles from parking lots, Olson said.
The vast majority of the cost to operate the shuttles — 23-seat buses previously used to transport seniors — will be covered by RTA. Newer buses are now used for the senior service.
Olson said the city, Downtown Dayton Partnership and the University of Dayton have also been involved in the project.
UD is stressing that it wants students to experience more than campus life while in Dayton, Olson said.
WHAT AREAS WILL BE CONNECTED?
The Flyer shuttles will provide links between CareSource’s headquarters; Victoria Theatre; the Schuster Center; Courthouse Square; Dayton Convention Center; Dayton Dragon games at Fifth Third Field; the Dayton Arcade; the Levitt Pavilion at Dave Hall Plaza; Miami Valley Hospital
Premier Health’s headquarters; RiverScape MetroPark; Sinclair Community College; The University of Dayton; the historic South Park neighborhood and the historic Oregon District.
The Flyer shuttles will not travel down Fifth Street in the Oregon District, but will still make accessing the neighborhood’s restaurant, bars and nightlife easier, officials said.
There will be stops near Fifth and Jefferson and Sixth Street and Jefferson at the start of the entertainment area.
HOW TO GO TO THE LAUNCH PARTY?
WHAT: RTA’s The Flyer launch party
WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.
WHERE: Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton
It’s generally understood that the “trick” part of trick-or-treating is something rarely touched upon, but this year might be different if you live in certain cities.
In some parts of the country, kids are facing serious consequences for going door to door in search of candy past a certain age on Halloween — like in Chesapeake, Virginia, where they can face fines and even up to six months of jail time for trick-or-treating over age 13, according to ABC6 Action News.
Kids over age 12 or past seventh grade could be hit with misdemeanor charges in Newport News, Virginia, while many North Carolina towns enforce comparable cutoff age plus a curfew of 9 p.m., the outlet reports.
In southern New Jersey, ABC6 notes, this trick-or-treating curfew is even earlier — at 7 p.m. — with a legal age restriction of 12 in the Upper Deerfield Township area of the state.
Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Parents newsletter.There shouldn’t ever be an age limit to Trick or Treat,it’s an ageless tradition!— Peggy Wilson (@purpleviolets21) October 10, 2018 I’m mad they’re putting an age limit and pressing charges for kids over 12 on trick or treating. I’d rather kids trick or treat than act crazy doing God knows what— Lani ???? (@lanii97) October 16, 2018
Predictably, a firestorm has been ignited online as parents and kids-at-heart alike have taken to social media to express their outrage over the laws and invite folks beyond the “age limit” to come on over.
“I don’t care how old you are; you got a costume? You get candy at my house!” one Twitter user quipped in response to the laws, while another remarked, “There shouldn’t ever be an age limit to Trick or Treat, it’s an ageless tradition!”
“I’m mad they’re putting an age limit and pressing charges for kids over 12 on trick or treating,” said a third. “I’d rather kids trick or treat than act crazy doing God knows what.”
One particularly generous woman wrote, “If you come to my house on trick or treat you get a treat -No Age Limit! Last year I tipped the pizza delivery lady with cold hard cash and a full size candy bar. 🍫🎃🕷🕸??👻”
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Other Twitter users made even more thought-provoking points about some trick-or-treaters who are a little bit older than most of the other kids.
“I don’t trick or treat anymore. But what about kids with special needs? And tbh I’d rather have older kids knocking on my door asking for candy than potentially getting into trouble with drugs, drinking, pranks that go too far, etc.,” one pointed out.
An Indianapolis woman who works as a caregiver for adults with special needs wrote, “There shouldn’t be a limit. I work with adults with special needs and so many of them get so excited for Halloween. Yes, they may be over 12, but mentally some of them are that age or younger and they should be allowed to trick or treat like anyone else.”
Ready-to-eat salads sold at Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Whole Foods and 7-Eleven are being recalled due to possible salmonella and listeria contamination.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced more than 2,800 pounds of the salads may have been compromised from food suppliers GHSE, Prime Deli Corporation, Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc., and GH Foods CA.
The following products have been recalled: Walmart’s Marketside brand Fiesta Salad with Steak, 7-Eleven Bistro Southwest Style Salad with Bacon, Trader Joe’s Mexicali Inspired Salad with Chili Seasoned Chicken, Mary’s Harvest Southwest Chicken Wrap with Rib Meat, 365 by Whole Foods Market BBQ Style Chopped Salad with Chicken, 365 by Whole Foods Market Chicken Fajita Salad, GH Foods CA’s Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken and BBQ Style Salad Kit with White Chicken.
Each of these salads contains corn that has potentially been contaminated and the products were all produced earlier this month.
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There is also a current salmonella outbreak linked to chicken products, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has not been able to name a specific brand associated with it.
The CDC reported on Wednesday that 92 people have been infected with a strain of the bacteria, which is resistant to multiple types of antibiotics. Of the infected people, 21 were hospitalized but no deaths have been reported.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Though most people recover without treatment, young children and older adults are at a greater risk.
Jay Leno makes his return to Fox’s Last Man Standing as Joe n this two-minute clip from Friday’s new episode.
We won’t spoil how it goes, but the scene also features Tim Allen’s Mike Baxter and Jonathan Adams’ Chuck and is a Halloween-themed episode.
Leno plays Joe, an employee at Baxter’s Outdoor Man store, and has appeared in nine previous episodes of show during its run on ABC.
Friday’s episode, “Bride of Prankenstein,” is set on Halloween night: “Mike and Chuck work late to set up a security system at Outdoor Man and find the perfect target to prank when Joe (guest star Jay Leno) arrives at the store. Meanwhile Mandy, Kyle, Kristen and Ryan hold a séance.”
Since its return, Last Man Standing has ranked as the highest-rated show on Friday night: See our Fall TV’s 10 biggest winners and losers rundown.
A Dayton event has grown into its fitting name, the Urban Yoga Movement.
With roots planted by two Dayton individuals who are known for getting the community flexing and moving, the growing Movement is coming into its fourth year and growing in popularity.
More than a yoga meet-up, the Urban Yoga Movement is a day-long event involving the entire Dayton yoga community. Yoga can be an intimidating practice to take up. Where do you begin? How do you find your “people?” Alex Keller, founder of Alex Keller Yoga, and Tom Helbig, founder of Tomfoolery Outdoors— an outdoor recreation adventure company, met and collaborated at just the right moment to help solve that problem.
Keller and Helbig met during one of Keller’s yoga classes she instructs at Toxic Brewing Company. The pair saw eye-to-eye and began to plan.
“We both believe that Dayton has a lot to offer and wanted to create an event that highlighted Downtown Dayton and the yoga community so we started Urban Yoga Movement, Keller said. “It is a day full of yoga classes taught by instructors from several different studios. We offer two classes at the same time just in different rooms. One is usually a physical practice and the other is either a lecture or meditation.”
Guests will enjoy a day of active and educational sessions focused on a variety of disciplines of yoga, meditation and wellness of the mind, body and soul.
Moving around different venues each year, the event has been able to highlight some of Dayton’s hidden gems within the urban areas, Keller said. This year, the event will be hosted at the brand new Brightside Music & Event Venue.
Between all the yogi happenings during the retreat, music, food and a social will add to the ingredients to make it a “transformative” day.
There are a number of registration options and costs:
- By November 4 : $40 lunch and gift included
- By December 2: $45 lunch and gift included
- By December 20: $55 deadline for lunch included
NO Lunch option fees
- By November 4: $30 NO lunch included
- By January 4: $35 NO lunch included
- At event: $45 NO lunch included
AM ONLY registration fees - 8 am - 12:30 pm
$25 online/$35 at event
PM ONLY registration fees - 2:15 pm - 5:45 pm
$25 online/$35 at event
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Urban Yoga Movement
WHEN: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5
WHERE: The Brightside, 905 E. Third St., Suite B, Dayton
INFO and TICKET INFO: Facebook
At times, Abby Cates feels like she’s been living a “double-life” since securing a spot on the hit TV series, “The Voice.”
The Mason resident has been balancing a blossoming music career in L.A. while finishing her senior year of high school at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
Last week, “Blind Auditions” aired on “The Voice.” Once Cates started singing Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful,” Kelly Clarkson almost immediately slammed her big red judge’s button to claim Cates as a member of her team for Season 15.
Fans and family backstage were jumping with excitement, however, it’s a long road ahead for the 17-year-old and former Centerville resident who grew up singing and acting. She lived in Centerville up through the eighth grade and is an alumni of Town Hall Theatre in Washington Township.
“It’s kind of fun. I feel like I’m living two different lives. I kind of feel like Hannah Montana. Because on one hand, I feel normal,” Cates said. “Like I’m doing normal stuff in my senior year like going to football games and doing classes and stuff like that, but I’m also doing part homeschool because of ‘The Voice.’ ... So it’s kind of a double-life scenario.”
The dream to sing in front of others has been taking shape since the first grade right here in the Dayton-area, Cates said. While attending Primary Village South in Centerville, Cates had a taste of the spotlight during a solo performance in first grade.
“I realized people actually kind of like this.” Then, ever since the young starling took it to the “big stage” in second grade at her first show at Towne Hall Theatre, the dream has been “nonstop.”
“The Voice” is Cates’ first mega platform to let her talent shine. More than 100,000 fans had already been following her online on her Instagram account. Since 2014, Cates has been singing and playing instruments in her bedroom, which helped her grow a fan base. It was actually her online followers who began encouraging her to audition for something bigger, like “The Voice” or “American Idol.” It turned out that “The Voice” producers had plans to contact her directly — “skipping” the very beginning audition lines in a sense.
“I was kind of thinking about it and always had it in the back of my mind and then ‘The Voice’ reached out to me to come audition for them,” Cates said. “I was like ‘oh, it’s meant to be. I have to do it.’”
Now that her music career is reaching a new level, Cates’ online fan base continues to grow.
“I’m really excited for them to finally see,” Cates said. “... Just seeing something come to fruition — not just filming in my room and uploading it online. It’s reaching millions of people on national television. So it’s even cooler to have this bigger platform to work with.”
Although Cates is limited in how much she can disclose, she said the next two rounds of the show have been filmed. “The Battles” round will continue to air next week on NBC. Between episodes, the teen has been jet-setting back and forth between Ohio and L.A.— filming and training with “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson.
“I’m excited for everyone to see my “Battle” and hopefully my “Knockout” (Round 3) if I make it through,” Cates said. “I’m just so excited that everyone’s supporting me, and I’m glad to be representing Cincinnati and Dayton.”
Attention Disney fanatics, your travel wish list just got a little longer!
Walt Disney World announced on Thursday its plan to build a new, “nature-inspired” hotel at its Orlando Resort that will open in 2022. The property will sit on the shores of Bay Lake between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
The venue will be a “mixed-use” facility with roughly 900 rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas. Many of the accommodations will reflect the outdoorsy theme of the hotel.
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“Walt Disney World is in the midst of our most significant expansion in the last two decades,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort, in a press release. “We continue to add new attractions, new lands — and these beautiful accommodations will be right in the heart of all that magic.”
The resort, which has yet to be named, will be the 16th Disney Vacation Club.
Projects slated to debut in the next few years also include a complete revamp of the Coronado Springs hotel and the new Riviera Resort near Epcot, both coming in 2019.
Disney also has “an immersive Star Wars-inspired destination” in the work, that will open at Disney Studios in Orlando, and a similarly ambitious new land, Pandora – the World of Avatar, coming to Animal Kingdom in May 2017.
“We’ve never written a song together,” Evans, 33, tells PEOPLE, chuckling at the seeming absurdity. “It’s crazy. We’ve worked on a couple things a little bit, like giving each other advice on sections of my songs or her songs, but we’ve never sat down with a blank page and two guitars.”
So how have the two singer-songwriters, who celebrate their first year of marriage in December, managed to avoid that?
“I don’t know,” Evans concedes. “It’s funny. I feel like if we’d written before we’d become romantically involved maybe then it would still work, but there was no time there. It was just ‘all in’ straightaway.”
And it’s that “all in” love story that, more than anything, drives Evans’ album, Things That We Drink To. After all, who needs Ballerini as a co-writer when she’s already serving as the perfect muse? Indeed, the new album has to be one of the most life — and love — affirming releases in country music this year.
“This is my story over the last two years,” Evans says.
It’s an epic story, with or without a musical setting. Sparks first flew between Evans and Ballerini when they met in his native Australia in 2016. Ballerini was Down Under to appear on a country awards show that Evans, already an established artist there, was hosting. But lest you think Evans then followed his love-struck heart to Nashville — surprise — it turns out he’d already moved to Music City, where he’d been struggling to get a professional foothold since 2013.
As his romance with Ballerini caught fire, the love songs soon tumbled out, with no small help from some friends he’d met on another fateful trip back to Australia.
Home for a Christmas visit the year before, he participated in a songwriting camp there, and he was separately paired with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, the event’s superstar tunesmiths who’d been imported from Nashville. Immediately clicking with both, Evans knew how lucky he was.
“That’s not something that happens every day in Nashville for a guy with no publishing deal, no record deal or anything like that,” he says.
Once back home, DeStefano, especially, took Evans under his wing.
“That was kind of when things started to take a turn for me,” Evans recalls, “in terms of just being able to sit with Chris to work out what are the best parts about what I’m doing … He introduced me to a big part of the writing community, obviously, that I wouldn’t have had a chance to meet yet.”
And obviously, DeStefano heard something in Evans’ music that made him want to sign on as the producer of his first American album and have a hand in co-writing all 11 tracks. (Gorley, Josh Kear and Josh Osborne, among other who’s who names, also contributed.) Evans and DeStefano, both accomplished musicians, almost singlehandedly created the accompaniment; only one other instrumentalist, a drummer, appears on the entire album.
The album’s lead-off single, “Kiss Somebody,” hit No. 1 this summer, and it’s also struck platinum. A second single, “Day Drunk,” is now steadily gaining radio adds. Deeper album cuts — from the passion of “Me On You” to the love-at-first-sight playfulness of “Everything Changes” to the sheer exuberance of “Young Again” — are lying in wait for listeners to discover.
The album’s bittersweet title song, “Things That We Drink To,” is special to Evans because it’s a tribute to Rob Potts, his Australian manager who died last year in a motorcycle accident. But Evans considers “Dance With Me,” a heart-throbbing duet with his 25-year-old wife, to be his favorite cut on the album.
He wrote it to Ballerini, in the first throes of new love, while he was sitting in front of his TV waiting to watch her appear on a morning show. “The whole first-verse chorus just came out in, like, 20 minutes,” he recalls. “It was just this magic moment of inspiration and just felt really pure and real.”
A few months later, Ballerini invited Evans to sing harmony on “Unapologetically,” the title cut of her latest album. “On the way to the studio, I was like, ‘Well, if I’m singing on one of yours, would you sing on one of mine?’” he recalls. “And of course she was like, ‘Yeah, that’d be awesome.’”
But which one?
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“Dance With Me” immediately beckoned, but knowing its significance to Evans, Ballerini hesitated. Evans recalls she told him, “I don’t want to mess with that.” Evans felt differently, telling her: “No pressure. Let’s just go into the studio late at night. It will just be Chris [DeStefano], me and you, and if we don’t like it, we don’t like it. But it might be awesome.’”
That night, he remembers, “The second she started singing on that first chorus … it was like goosebumps and hairs on the back of your neck standing up.”
Another standout, “We Dream,” is the final song that Evans wrote, and it turned out to be the “missing piece” of his story. A soaring expression of hope, the song reflects Evans’ own sunny optimism about life and love.
Looking back on his two difficult years in Nashville of “people not calling you back,” he knows what kept him going was the faith in his dreams.
“I don’t know how you can get through that without being optimistic,” he says. “That’s what I’ve always kind of pushed myself to feel — and to appreciate every moment for what it is, no matter what might come next … That’s the feeling I want to leave the stage with every night. And that’s the feeling that hopefully people get when they hear the album.”
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