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Summer is back in the Miami Valley so it’s time to get out of the house and play. We’ve compiled a list of some of Dayton’s best summer events, including concerts, festivals and more. By the Editors

JUNE/JULY 2019

5 LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER By Eric Harmon

6 DIALOGUE

Tweets, posts and letters from our readers.

7 UPFRONT

Jaxon corn meal mush a staple of the Gem City for more than 100 years. By Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti

8 COMMENT

The Human Race Theatre Co. continues casting showstoppers. By Jim Bucher

10 HISTORY

Bald eagles raising their young in Carillon Park near historic airplane. By Leo DeLuca

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Kids learn more than lines at Centerville’s Town Hall Theatre. By Val Beerbower

26 THEATER

The arts are flourishing in Dayton thanks in no small part to the Victoria Theatre Association. By Kevin Michell 4

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Downtown Hamilton offers shoppers chance to buy unique items. By Laura Leavitt

MIDWESTERN TRAVELER

31 Indiana destinations offer a mix of both new

and classic attractions. By Corinne Minard

74 ENTERTAINMENT

The Dayton Celtic Festival is set for its 18th year July 26-28. By Eric Spangler

76 RECREATION

NFL celebrating Dayton’s role in historic beginning 100 years ago. By Beth Langefels

39 Northern Michigan offers visitors scenic beauty 78 EDUCATION and one-of-a-kind experiences at every turn. By Eric Spangler

Franklin’s Bishop Fenwick High School reaps the rewards of unifying events. By Kevin Michell

44 Paducah, Kentucky, offers a chance to escape 81 LIVE WELL DAYTON while being just a road trip away. By Corinne Minard

46 An Indiana resort town contains incredible year-

round events and attractions. By Kevin Michell

DAYTON HOME

50 Logan AC & Heat Services keeping Ohioans happy for half a century. By Tim Walker

53 Learn to purge first and then arrange what’s left. By Eric Spangler

Summer activity brings sports medicine challenges. By Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti

86 NONPROFIT

Family benefits from a range of programs and services at United Rehabilitation Services. By Ginny McCabe

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here has been a lot of news recently about the federal probe within the city of Dayton and its contracts with local businessmen. A “culture of corruption in Dayton-area politics” exists, according to an investigator. It is undoubtedly not what we would have wanted to happen within our own community. It’s also something we should not take lightly and much is still to be learned about how far this will go. Will there be more arrests? These things tend to bring down more people as testimony unveils more illegal activities. We will talk about assessing our actions and the systems of checks and balances. There will be talk about transparency and, yes, when you have the FBI knocking on your door you might ask if there is a choice in that matter. I bring this up because I fear we might, in all these discussions, put more weight and time on what the perceptions are for our community to those not living and/or working here. The real challenge sits not with the possible convictions of these alleged crooks but with our local leaders—both young and those more mature in years—and how we can cultivate their passions. If we take our eye off continuing to offer them a sense of their ability to participate in progress much of what has been accomplished in the last decade, especially in the urban core, could quickly dissipate. This thing will all play out and be on our news stream for some time, yet I would encourage us all to keep those in our own community close and our collective wins front and center.

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DAYTON ›› CONTRIBUTORS Jim Bucher has covered every local business, nonprofit, higher education institution and family event across the Miami Valley on WDTN Channel 2 for more than 25 years. Honors include induction in the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame and as a “Dayton Original” from the city of Dayton. In addition to his column here in Dayton Magazine ‘Buch’ handles marketing and PR with his business Buchtvguy.com.

Leo DeLuca’s writing has been featured by Ohio Magazine, Aviation for Women, Pitchfork and more. DeLuca is also a radio reporter for WYSO and WVXU. His work has won several awards.

Beth Langefels has been a freelance writer in the Dayton area for more than a decade, publishing in the Dayton Daily News, the Vandalia Drummer News and the Dayton B2B Magazine. She works for the Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association as the communications and marketing director.

Laura Leavitt is a writer and editor living just north of Cincinnati in Hamilton. She specializes in writing about sustainable living, food/drink, nonprofits and small businesses.

Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti is a writer, speaker and owner of Hilltop Communications. She is the author of four published books, including Fast, Cheap, and Good: Sustainability, One Choice at a Time. She and her husband, Dan, have lived in Dayton for more than 20 years and are active ballroom dancers.

Ginny McCabe is a best-selling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher. Her work may be seen in publications like Journal-News and Reuters. Her books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins & Standard Publishing. She has spent decades covering topics like news, business, real estate and entertainment. She serves on the board of Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

Timothy Walker is a 51-yearold writer who lives in Dayton with his wife, Elizabeth, their two children and a houseful of dogs. He was born and raised in West Virginia and he sold his first story in 1988. In his spare time he enjoys writing and reading weird fiction, offbeat films, jazz music and cooking chili. He is also an ordained minister.

Val Hunt Beerbower lives in Dayton with her husband, Mike. A graduate of Ohio University, Beerbower’s career in print and digital media spans more than 12 years. The couple spends their time updating their centenarian home, cruising bike paths and rivers, and taking in the vibrant downtown Dayton scene.

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DAYTON ›› UPFRONT

A Dayton Tradition Jaxon corn meal mush a staple of the Gem City for more than 100 years BY JENNIFER PAT TERSON LORENZET TI

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f you are like many Midwesterners you may enjoy a breakfast of fried corn meal mush topped with warm maple syrup. Or, maybe you prefer polenta, used as a base in many savory recipes or simply broiled with cheese and topped with marinara sauce. Whether you prefer savory or sweet, whether you call it mush or polenta, if you’ve had this tasty, versatile product you’ve probably had Jaxon. With nearly a century of operation in Dayton this family owned and operated company is a Midwest tradition. It all started in 1896 when Cyrus Jackson watched his wife, Theresa, preparing corn meal mush for Sunday dinner and then pouring the leftovers into pans to cool and fry for breakfasts. He thought the product was good enough to sell and he soon had a thriving local business that he ran with his three oldest sons. By 1924 third son, Lloyd, was inspired by the manufacturing climate in Dayton and he moved his family and the mush business to the area, where he worked out of the garage outside their home. The business quickly outgrew this location and it moved nearby to the corner of Delphos and Oakridge, where it weathered the Depression selling not just mush but a variety of other products, one of which was a mango relish featuring green and red peppers (“mangoes” to many Midwesterners) and cabbage. At this time Lloyd changed the spelling of the company name

to Jaxon to grab more attention. When Lloyd’s eldest son, Dick, took over the business, he concentrated mainly on mush production, preferring to keep the business on a scale that he could run with his family. He did so until 1976 when sons Lonn and Barry took over, moving the business to its current Webster Street location in 1980. During this time the company took its current name of Dik Jaxon Products Co. Inc. Today, fifth generation Matt Jackson runs the family business, and a visit to the factory shows the care and concern for quality that has characterized the mush production for over a century. The entire factory gleams and even the few pieces of apparatus that have been in use for decades look as clean and new as the day they were purchased. The product is now cooked in a stainless steel kettle, packed, and cut into individual rolls called “chubs.” These chubs are quickly cooled and then moved to

TOP: Jaxon corn meal mush has been made in Dayton since 1896. ABOVE LEFT: Matt, Lonn and Barry Jackson ABOVE RIGHT: Lloyd Jackson, circa 1920s, in a 1910 company truck.

packaging and refrigeration. This method of production allows for Jaxon to make a product that has no preservatives, says Matt Jackson. The product is also non-GMO, gluten-free and free of food allergens, fat and sugar, making it a healthy and economical option for meals. It is also an extremely versatile product, used to make savory piecrusts, cobblers, main dishes and, of course, breakfasts. Jaxon is an example of the kind of business on which Dayton is built; it is a strong, family owned operation with a long tradition of serving Dayton, the Midwest and beyond. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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Sailing Along

The Human Race Theatre Co. continues casting showstoppers BY JIM BUCHER

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t’s summer and time to be thankful. This can happen more than once a year at Thanksgiving, you know. First, I give thanks for our great city and region, one-of-kind Air Force museum, the awesome downtown redevelopment and our rush hour traffic that is just that … about an hour. But I’m most thankful for the thriving arts community in the Miami Valley and, most importantly, The Human Race Theatre Co. It’s sort of like a canoe next to a gigantic ocean liner with the big guys next door at the Victoria Theatre and across the street at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. You see, it’s been sailing along for 33 years now producing off-the-hook, fun, entertaining and thoughtful productions. However, this isn’t your grandpa’s theater. “In 1979, the late Marsha Hanna, Scott Stoney and myself founded Illumination Theatre—a theater dedicated to illuminating greats works of literature,” says Kevin Moore, president and artistic director of The Human Race Theatre Co. “Working as a semiprofessional group

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without a home we were hosted by almost every local existing university and community theater,” he says. Then in 1982 Moore and company met with Suzy Bassani and the troupe became the in-school theater arm for Muse Machine. However, Moore said jobs took them elsewhere for about four years. “Suzy reunited us when she invited Scott and I back from NYC to help put together The Human Race. Being the mid-80s in New York this seemed like a good opportunity for a while,” he says. “The attraction was finally having financial support behind our theater endeavors in Dayton. We knew we could finally make a difference—provide jobs for the talented theater professionals who would have to leave the area to get work,” says Moore. Much like Illumination Theatre, The Human Race Theatre Co. had no home in the beginning. The first production was at the Victory Theatre in September 1986. After that, several theater programs were performed in schools. “I was the first employee and worked in the Bassani home, then out of my briefcase in the Muse Machine’s office at Memorial Hall. It was then that we started to remodel the Biltmore Space and created our theater, rehearsal space and offices from 1988-1991,” Moore says. From there the Human Race Theatre Co. was born and soon moved to the old Met-

The Human Race Theatre Co. has a growing reputation and national recognition for excellence in theater. ropolitan store next to the Victoria, which was converted into a living, breathing arts community with The Loft Theatre, offices and rehearsal areas. So, what are Moore’s most memorable productions? “I’d have to say for me are our very first; Count Dracula, Children of Eden, From the Mississippi Delta, Beautiful Thing, West Side Story, August: Osage County, Caroline or Change, Tenderly and, of course, everything this season,” he says. Now, the The Human Race Theatre Co. is not without controversy, presenting Cloud Nine, Angels in America and Take Me Out, all adult-themed including some nudity and language. But to this writer it’s theater of the mind. You want to be challenged outside the box, your comfort zone. Many times experiencing a show we had some lively and frank discussions at the water cooler, or in my case a pop machine that stole your money. “I am drawn to stories that move me somehow—laughter, tears, anger or any combination. These are the stories that affect us, make us think and maybe change our perceptions. By constantly freshening the pool of actors, directors and designers I believe we keep the product fresh and constantly challenging. If it gets too easy


The Human Race Theatre Co. offers discounts for students, military and seniors to help keep ticket prices affordable.

we are doing it wrong,” Moore says. The new kid on the block who just jumped on board is executive director Katherine “Kappy” Kilburn, who has roots in Middletown. She’s not only thrilled to be back in Ohio, but likewise steering this iconic Dayton tradition. “This theater has so much rich history in not only the work it does but in the Dayton

community. Most of my career has been producing new work and fostering the advancement of emerging artists. (The Human Race Theatre Co.) does smart and challenging work at extremely high production values. I wanted to be a part of the team that keeps that going for many years to come. And wow, do I love The Loft (Theatre)—so intimate and beautiful,” Kilburn says. Unlike “pretend” on stage, Kilburn knows behind the scenes it won’t be smooth sailing and choppy seas is on the horizon for “The Race.” “Finances are a challenge across the country for not-for-profits. Corporate support has slowed as companies move or close. Philanthropy has changed in general. Ticket sales only cover a portion of our annual budget, but I have to say I’m very proud of (The Human Race Theatre Co.) for our ticket pricing. Because of initiatives such as our Pay What You Can night, discounts for students, military and seniors, price is not a deterrent to enjoying our shows,” she says. But the show will go on and the 2019-2020

season looks to be first class. “The audience can expect some amazing stories of strong, passionate, powerful and sometimes flawed women who made a difference. And for any of our male audience members who might feel left out in many cases there’s strong, passionate men supporting these outstanding women,” Moore says. “They will be regional and area premieres—recent New York productions— that you can see for a fraction of what you would pay to see them in NYC,” he says. For Moore it’s 33 years and counting and looking out to the vast horizon. “I hope to see it thriving and growing. I hope to see new audiences supporting with their money and their attendance. I hope to see a Regional Tony Award on display in The Loft (Theatre) lobby when I attend shows as a regular, and happily retired, audience member.” The ship and her crew continue to sail right along. n Cheers! Buch

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Symbolic Return Bald eagles raising their young in Carillon Park near historic airplane BY LEO DELUCA

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ayton has been synonymous with flight since Wilbur and Orville Wright first flew on Dec. 17, 1903. Over the years the city has honored its most famous sons in myriad ways. But the crown jewel of these commemorations is arguably Orville’s restoration of the original 1905 Wright Flyer III for Carillon Park. Housed inside Wright Hall, a building Orville helped design, the 1905 Wright Flyer III is the only airplane designated a National Historic Landmark. Serendipitously, in January 2018 two bald eagles began constructing their nest in a towering Sycamore tree behind Wright Hall—a national symbol of flight perched high above a national symbol of flight. The bald eagles, affectionately named Orv and Willa, arrived in the heart of winter. With the leafless trees against the cold slate sky, the couples’ giant nest was in full view. It was a phenomenal sight. “I’ve seen grandparents jumping with

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excitement right next to their grandchildren,” says Carillon Park volunteer eagle expert Jim Weller. “Bald eagles were endangered until June 28, 2007, so people of all ages are seeing them for the first time.” But this wasn’t always the case. For centuries—long before the Wright brothers’ arrival—f light was commonplace along the Great Miami River. “When the Second Continental Congress designated the bald eagle as our national symbol on June 20, 1782, an estimated 100,000 nesting eagles inhabited the wilderness of modern-day America,” says Weller. “The Ohio Territory was prime eagle habitat.” Fast-forward to the early 1960s and that number had plummeted to less than 500. In 1938 Dayton’s last known nest—located at the old Herman Street Bridge near McCook Field north of downtown—was abandoned. And by 1967 the bald eagle was endangered in 43 of the lower 48 states. Conservation efforts, stronger federal protection laws and the banning of DDT, a pesticide adversely impacting eagles, all aided recovery. In 2007 the bald eagle was delisted as an endangered species. There are now more than 20,000 nesting

A pair of bald eagles, affectionately named Orv and Willa, are raising three eaglets in a nest at Carillon Park.

bald eagles across the lower 48 states. Here in Dayton, after a 70-year absence, bald eagles returned in 2008. After their inaugural mating season, it was uncertain whether Orv and Willa would return to Carillon Historical Park. But like clockwork, on the first day of autumn, they began constructing their nest. Dayton’s favorite feathered couple gave birth to three eaglets at the beginning of April 2019. “It’s been really fun to have the bald eagles. A total surprise,” says Vice President for Museum Operations Alex Heckman. “It’s brought a lot of visitors to Carillon Historical Park to learn about Dayton’s tremendous history. And we’re delighted the return of bald eagles to the Miami Valley is now part of that narrative.” n


DAYTON ›› SCENE Kettering College Spring Into Health 5K

Kettering College hosted its 11th annual Spring into Health 5K run/walk on Sunday, April 7, at the Kettering College of Medical Science campus. The annual event is a fundraiser for Dayton’s Good Neighbor House and for the college’s Physician Assistant Student Professional Development Fund. This event has generated $59,067 in donations to the Good Neighbor House since its beginning.

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Runners navigate the 5K route at the Kettering College of Medical Science campus.

Runners and walkers raised money for Dayton’s Good Neighbor House and Kettering College’s Physician Assistant Student Professional Development Fund.

Kettering College hosted its 11th annual Spring into Health 5K run/walk on Sunday, April 7. DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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DAYTON ›› SCENE Profile by Sanford Opens First Dayton Area Location in Springboro

Profile by Sanford, a nutrition and weight-loss service, recently opened the first Dayton area location at 722 N. Main St. in Springboro. Officials with the city of Springboro and Springboro Chamber of Commerce, along with friends and family, attended the opening dedication on March 16. Profile by Sanford offers one-one-one coaching, personalized weight-loss plans, healthy food options and technology for tracking weight-loss progress. Tom Hegge, franchise owner, and his wife, Alie

Springboro Mayor John Agenbroad dedicates the grand opening with Profile by Sanford staff.

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Chamber Conducts its Annual Membership Meeting

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce conducted its 113th Annual Membership Meeting at Sinclair Conference Center on April 16.

The chamber awarded several volunteers and member businesses, including, from left, Stephanie Smith, Helen Jones-Kelley, Antoinette Hampton, Kenya Taylor and Stacy Thompson Speare-Hardy.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed more than 500 people to its membership meeting.

The chamber awarded the Soin Award for Innovation to GlobalFlyte Inc., which created a multimodal communication software for first responders.

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DAYTON ›› SCENE Montgomery County Educational Service Center Awards Scholarships

The Montgomery County Educational Service Center announced the winners of the Franklin B. Walter Scholarship in a special ceremony at the Marriott by the University of Dayton on April 9. Each school district in Montgomery County selected a senior recipient based on criteria such as awards, activities, an essay, attendance, GPA, ACT/SAT scores and staff recommendations. Each nominee, one per high school, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Montgomery County Educational Service Center. The scholarship award is named in honor of Franklin B. Walter who served as state superintendent of education for Ohio from 1977 to 1991.

Dayton Public School scholarship recipients

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Recipients along with their teachers and family attend the ceremony.

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The Designers’ Show House and Garden serves as a stage from which to celebrate Dayton’s fascinating history and the talents of some of the area’s finest interior design professionals. Twenty area interior design firms have come together for this year’s extreme home design makeover giving this Tudor mansion a contemporary feel while honoring its architectural tradition. The Leland Manor was planned and constructed between 1926 and 1932 by famous Dayton inventor and manufacturer George H. Leland and his wife, Hazel. The festivities kicked off May 2 with the Salar Soirée, a special party that offered the first look at the redesigned Leland Manor.

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Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Annual Spring Dinner

Riverside Councilwoman Sara S. Lommatzsch was selected as the recipient of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Arthur D. Haddad Regional Steward Award. Lommatzsch received the award April 18 at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Annual Spring Dinner, which was conducted at the Marriott ~ University of Dayton.

Brian O. Martin, Sara S. Lommatzsch and John J. Beals

The Annual Spring Dinner is a way for the commission to express its thanks to the elected officials of the Miami Valley region.

More than 370 invited guests attended the Annual Spring Dinner.

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DAYTON ›› SCENE Look at Life Conference

The three-day Look at Life Conference at Bethany Theological Seminary April 25-27 brought together presenters and attendees to discuss life through the eyes of both faith and science. Topics included “The start of the universe,” “The start of life on earth” and “Human existence.” A half-dozen experts in the fields of science, philosophy and theology spoke at the conference.

Presenter John Walton, renowned scholar on the Old Testament and professor at Wheaton College

Panel discussion with conference organizer and Bethany professor Russell Haitch (with mic), John Walton and other seminary professors.

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Attendee Ingrid Rogers and presenter Katie Miller-Wolf, professor at Indiana University East

Local artist Lynn Morrow painting a scene during the keynote presentations.


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A Little Ovation KIDS LEARN MORE THAN LINES AT TOWN HALL THEATRE BY VAL BEERBOWER

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hough its first “productions” were reserved for political pageantry today Town Hall Theatre stages aspirations for future generations. Nestled in Centerville’s historic downtown area, situated just across the street from the stone house of Wilbur and Orville

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Wright’s great uncle, Asahel Wright, Town Hall first debuted in 1908. The facility hosted town meetings, graduations and Grange activities, and continued to provide the backdrop for local government until 1985. Township officials deliberated transforming Town Hall into a performing arts center before the historic landmark was turned into the All Children’s Theatre in 1991. The facility underwent renovations between 1992 to 1996 resulting in a newly refurbished auditorium, lobby and rehearsal room, as well as the installation of an accessible ramp entrance and restrooms, a dance studio and scene shop. For nearly 30 years, Town Hall Theatre not only has entertained audiences but

The Town Hall Theatre in Centerville has entertained audiences and engaged the developing minds of children gracing its stage for nearly 30 years. engaged the developing minds of children gracing the stage. Operated by the Washington Township municipal government, Town Hall Theatre connects young talent to the broader theater community through professionally trained artists as directors, designers and educators, as well as adults engaged as actors to help guide the children on stage. More than 400 volunteers donate their time and talents to encourage these kids. For parents like Amy Kress the level of professionalism means a world of difference.


The Town Hall Theatre connects young talent to the broader theater community through professionally trained artists as directors, designers and educators. “Theater builds confidence, cooperation and great character in kids,” she says. “It’s just like any other sport or activity—you get out what you put in.” Kress’s daughters, Katie, a sophomore at Centerville High School, and Sarah, who is in sixth grade, have grown up—quite literally—with Town Hall Theatre. Kress says her oldest daughter was fascinated with live performances since she was just a toddler and Town Hall Theater provided not only means to enjoy the productions but an opportunity to meet cast members. “As soon as she was old enough, maybe kindergarten, there was a class for parents and kids together at Town Hall that we did,” Kress says. “And as soon as she hit first or second grade (Katie) started taking the classes needed to audition.” Kress says Katie’s first play was Camp Rock and then-second-grader Katie was determined to make a good impression. “I heard they were doing a Disney show and nothing was going to stop me from auditioning,” Katie says. “I remember being handed junior musical scripts and I treated it like holy texts.” Katie’s debut as Rosie Day in that production successfully passed the theater bug to her little sister, who watched raptly in the house. It took a little more encouragement for Sarah to step into the limelight, but first

she gained confidence behind the curtain. “My sister had done many shows and I finally got the guts to do crew,” Sarah says. “I crewed for a few more shows and that’s when I started to audition. I was really nervous but excited to be a part of the show.” Katie agreed that nerves come into play when performing, but mastering public speaking turns out to be a skill with applications off-stage, as well. “Stage fright is (a challenge) you overcome,” she says. “But the skill of speaking on command about a topic with confidence is one that has come in handy for many school projects.” Interpersonal skills also shine brighter through acting, according to Katie. Working in a team environment with other people, both kids and adults, can prove to be challenging yet rewarding when delivering the finished, polished product. “(Actors) are constantly forced to pretend we are friends, family or romantic interests with people that sometimes we don’t like very much,” she says. “You learn to put up with it, be professional and make friends. This is a skill that is hard to find outside of theater and makes you extremely employable.” Kress concurs that the discipline required of the kids (and adults) nurtures relationships and helps participants develop those “soft skills” sought in the modern workforce. “There has to be a ton of dedication and work outside the theater to really be good at this,” she says. “It is so important to have a place for kids to learn these skills of working with others,” Katie says. “This is an environment where you have to be a family in order to make it

happen. It taught me discipline and a new standard of learning for myself.” Parents aren’t the only ones giving Town Hall Theatre a standing ovation. Time and again residents of Washington Township continue their support through passage of a levy and the organization continues its run as part of the Washington Township Recreation Center family. The most recent levy passage will fund upgrades to the facility, including new windows and HVAC system. “The theater has since defined its place in Dayton, dedicating itself to the presentation of exceptional theater for young people, reflective of models set forth so successfully by national organizations,” says Lynn Sellers, recreation supervisor for Washington Township. “Now in its 27th season, the program relies on two producing arms to put on a nine-show season. The Mainstage Series is the premiere series featuring adult actors performing with young people of a wide range of ages. The Showcase Series is our educational series with performers in grades 2-6.” The public is invited to reap the benefits of their subsidized investments. The 20192020 season will kick off with the Showcase Series in August followed by the Mainstage production in September. The kids and volunteers all work hard to put on a great show, and the seats aren’t just reserved for family members. Support from the community validates their efforts and pushes them to succeed, according to Kress. “It’s a lot of hours to put in and neither of my kids is ever dragging their feet about going to rehearsals,” she says. “If they don’t work on their own and have that internal drive then this is a really hard activity.” As each show changes, one consistent is the life lessons that stick with the children after the curtain drops. “Town Hall Theatre is a great experience,” Sarah says. “It has changed me in the best way possible to make new friends express myself and embrace myself.” n

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ust a stone’s throw away from downtown Dayton’s riverfront stands a cultural institution that is still going strong after over 150 years. Through the years, the Victoria Theatre Association has grown well beyond the building on First and Main that gives it its name. In 2003, the association celebrated the opening of the Schuster Center at the old Rike’s Department Store location at Second and Main. Just last year the PNC Arts Annex opened, adding yet another venue for theater, artistic performances, education and other cultural events. This is just a sliver of the Victoria Theatre Association’s work in building Dayton’s artistic scene for audiences and performers alike. The efforts to add new venues and maintain existing ones are at the heart of the association’s mission, says Victoria Theatre Association President and CEO Ty Sutton. “We want to provide tremendous spaces

TOP: The PNC naming gift toward the new Arts Annex is announced and the logo is revealed. ABOVE: Dave Melin, PNC regional president of the Dayton Market, talks to a TV station at the media event in early December. for artists to create,” Sutton says. “We want to be the go-to organization for arts and entertainment programming and that means really diversifying our programming.” That has led to a concerted effort to provide a wide array of shows and events at Dayton’s arts centers. April’s conference and festival for the International Association of Blacks in Dance sent a buzz through the city with its vibrant performances, workshops


ABOVE: Ty Sutton, Victoria Theatre Association president and CEO RIGHT: The sign goes up on the new PNC Arts Annex at the corner of Second and Ludlow in downtown Dayton. and related programming. The Victoria Theatre and the Schuster Center will be hosting evenings in June with actor Rob Lowe and comedian Maria Bamford as well as putting on Broadway musical Waitress. But of equal focus to the Victoria Theatre Association is its growing education and engagement programming. “Our education offerings are growing and we are delving into a variety of programs for all ages that are participatory and engaging,” says Sutton, adding that the association has just scratched the surface of what it hopes to do. This summer, the PNC Arts Annex will host four summer camps for young people interested in the performing arts. June holds the Broadway Preview Summer Camp—where students in grades six through 12 will learn songs and choreography from next season’s touring Broadway shows—and one specific to the show Waitress—which will be performed concurrently at the Schuster Center—for students in grades nine through 12. The Waitress Summer Camp, which will run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 24 through 28, is a special opportunity while the touring company is in town. “They will work with cast members in the show,” says Gary Minyard, vice president of education and engagement for the Victoria Theatre Association, “they’ll go see the show and then on Friday, the last day of camp, they’ll do an informance—an informal performance—that’ll be for all their friends and family.” A brand-new summer camp program takes place in July. Students in grades five through 12 can participate in the Disney’s Frozen Jr. Summer Camp, which will feature two simultaneous two-week camps July 8- 19, one for performance and

production and the other for the technical aspects of costuming, sound and lighting. The camps will finish with a series of four performances of the musical at the PNC Arts Annex, with the technical camp students running the show and the performance students doing their thing on stage. This new theater education offering has the entire association excited about participating and instilling the joy of performance in Dayton’s youth. “We’re all about adventure and trying new things and doing the best we can,” says Minyard, who was artistic director of the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre before joining the Victoria Theatre Association. Minyard will direct the show with Victoria Theatre Association Director of Education and Engagement Leah Thomas handling music responsibilities. The association has also added summertime half-day camps for younger children between 7 and 11 years old and is doubling the number of six-week classes they hold in the autumn while continuing to develop opportunities for people of all ages who are interested in the arts and theater. “I feel like our role in the community is to provide opportunities and entry points at all ages,” Minyard says. “We try to make it affordable, we try to make it accessible. Making sure that people feel welcome, that they feel invited into our spaces. That’s really important to me.” Summer at the Victoria Theatre Association promises some great cinema events as well. The association is bringing back its Cool Films series once again, which will

run from July to early September. The series, which has been running for over 20 years, kicks off with cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite on July 12 at the Schuster Center. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with stars Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries. July will also feature a four-film Alfred Hitchcock marathon on the 14th and a weekend featuring two Robert Redford films—Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which was released 50 years ago, and All the President’s Men—on July 19 and 20, both at the Victoria Theatre. Cool Films events there will also feature a performance from the house Wurlitzer organ before screenings. “We’re keeping the tradition of seeing a film in this kind of a theater with a balcony and boxes on the side,” says Sue Stevens, the association’s vice president of marketing and communications. “And yet at the same time we’re also reaching out to new audiences.” The 2019 Cool Films series wraps up with a special night on Sept. 8. The Princess Bride will be screened before an evening with Westley himself, Cary Elwes, reminiscing on the film’s classic scenes and behindthe-scenes stories. The finale will be held at the Schuster Center. All in all, the association’s initiatives seem to promise a bright future for the arts in Dayton and the city on the whole. “We try to have an impact on quality of life,” says Sutton. “We want downtown Dayton—and our venues—to be known as the destination for both arts and entertainment programming.” n DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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ith Indiana right next door, many of us have taken advantage of the Hoosier State as a vacation destination. Those who haven’t visited in quite a while, though, may be surprised at all the new attractions in the state and by how fun the classic draws remain. Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and French Lick all have something new this summer to entertain adults, couples and the whole family.

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DAYTON ›› MIDWESTERN TRAVELER FORT WAYNE Fort Wayne’s newest attraction is located right in the heart of its downtown. Opening soon, the new Promenade Park creates a welcoming, communal environment on the riverfront surrounding its three riv-

ers—the Maumee River, St. Marys River and St. Joseph River. The new area will feature a park, amphitheater, treetop canopy trail, restaurant, playground and more. “[The rivers] have always been very natural, available for kayaking, canoeing,

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paddle boarding…but this development will make a real park and attraction right in the heart of downtown on the rivers,” says Kristen Guthrie, vice president of marketing and communications for Visit Fort Wayne. These new attractions will make it easier for visitors of all ages, skill levels and interests to enjoy the rivers. For example, the lawns are reinforced so that wheelchairs can use them. The new picnic areas will have entertainment like ping pong tables and cornhole for those not interested in the water. And the new Doermer Kids Canal gives kids the opportunity to play with water in a safe environment. “It’s kind of exciting to see how people will use it in different ways and enjoy it in different avenues,” says Jessa Campbell, marketing and communications coordinator for Visit Fort Wayne. The park will open with a bang, as the opening celebrations cover three days, June 21-23. Events are being added to the schedule


regularly, but throughout the weekend visitors will be able to see fire dances, learn how to kayak and attend a live butterfly release. While the park brings something new to the region, families can also find fun at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. “Our No. 1 attraction is the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo,” says Guthrie. “It’s just a really wonderful zoo and it is really built so that a child can enjoy it very easily. You don’t have to lift them out of the stroller, they can see everything, but yet it has all the animals and things you love.” The zoo has several sections—such as the Australian Adventure and African Journey—and each has its own ride and hands-on activity. “It’s lots to do but [with] a footprint that’s manageable for families,” adds Guthrie. The zoo first opened in the 1960s, but it has continued to add new attractions. New this year is the updated Monkey Island and a new river otter exhibit. “They do new things every summer to keep it contemporary but it is certainly a

The Slippery Noodle Inn is the oldest bar in Indiana. soft spot for people in the Midwest who know and love this zoo,” says Guthrie.

INDIANAPOLIS In Indianapolis, adults can mix old and new attractions for a fun weekend without the kids. On the classic end of the spectrum, visitors can stop by St. Elmo Steak House for high-quality steaks and fiery shrimp cocktail. First opened in 1902, the restaurant brings a touch of history to its

high-end menu. The Slippery Noodle Inn, the oldest bar in Indiana, mixes live music, food and drink with some history. The bar first opened in 1850 and was formerly a brothel. It was a way station on the Underground Railroad, has a pressed tin ceiling that was installed in 1890 and even has bullet holes from gangster John Dillinger. And don’t forget the duckpin bowling! At the Fountain Square Theatre Building,

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DAYTON ›› MIDWESTERN TRAVELER visitors can take part in this old-fashioned pastime after visiting the local vinyl shops, restaurants and cafes. The city has plenty of newer things to do as well. Bluebeard, named after Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, uses books to inspire the restaurant’s theme—checks are given out in old library books. Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is known to frequent the restaurant. Another unique, new restaurant/bar is the Inferno Room. The Polynesian-themed bar features drinks like the Skull & Bones, Singapore Sling and The Fog of Thor and cuisine like fried plantains and Spam sliders. The bar also boasts more than 400 artifacts from Papa New Guinea, so there is always something to look at. Between meals, couples can take in the art at Newfields, the campus of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Featured exhibits include the Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture, the Funky Bones sculpture and a pop-up teahouse near exhibits on Japanese culture.

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DAYTON ›› MIDWESTERN TRAVELER FRENCH LICK The French Lick and West Baden area is known for its classic entertainment. The French Lick Resort’s two hotels were built in the early 1900s and retain much of their historic charm. The resort offers guided tours to hotel guests and visitors alike, and everyone can use the restored trolley to travel between the two. “Those two hotels are iconic—that’s why people come here,” says Kristal Painter, executive director of Visit French Lick West Baden. The resort is also known for many of its amenities. The resort offers carriage rides every evening, horseback riding and bike rentals and is home to three championship golf courses—the Pete Dye Course, Donald Ross Course and Sultan’s Run. One of Painter’s favorite features, though, is targeted at kids. “They offer Kids Fest activities, so those are themed activities throughout the year they offer the kids. Kiddos can stay and do those activities by themselves so mom and dad can sneak away and have some alone time or go to

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French Lick Resort offers carriage rides each evening. the casino, dinner, something like that, or parents can stay and participate in those activities as well,” says Painter. Outside the resort, families and couples can find many new things to do in the region. Adults can enjoy the French Lick Scenic Railway’s new dinner train service

starting in August. The train also offers a bourbon-tasting trip in September and an adult chocolate tasting throughout the summer. Kids, on the other hand, can take the Dinosaur Adventure Train June 22-23 and 29-30, where they’ll meet live reptiles, dig for fossils, play in a bounce house and more.


For something to do together, families can head to Wilstem Ranch. There, families can have up-close encounters with elephants, giraffes and kangaroos. The 1,100-acre ranch’s newest attraction is the Grizzly Bear Encounter, where guests get to meet Jeff “The Bear Man” Watson, who’s been featured on

At Wilstem Ranch, guests can have up-close encounters with elephants, giraffes and kangaroos. shows like Animal Planet’s Project Grizzly and Discovery Channel’s Porter Ridge. “You get to interact with him, see him do some of his fun Jeff Watson bear stuff and then you’re learning education stuff as well. Kind of like national park educa-

tion and safety and things like that. So it’s a really cool once-in-a-lifetime kind of encounter where you’re going to learn about Bob and Screech, the two bears, [and] how to stay safe in bear country,” says Painter. n

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Peninsula is watching ships pass through the Soo Locks and taking the Soo Lock tour, which takes visitors right through the busiest locks in the world. For those who are looking for a complete wilderness getaway Nemacheck recommends Isle Royale National Park, an archipelago in Lake Superior. Other top attractions in the Upper Peninsula are Mackinac Island and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, he says. Petoskey, nestled along the shores of Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, is a wonderful resort community packed full of history, Victorian architecture and beautiful, sweeping views. Some of the “must-see” attractions in Petoskey are the plays, operas, discussions and classes that are open to the public during the summer months at Bay View Association, Lavender Hill Farm in Boyne City, Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs, the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Little Traverse Conservancy

Northern Michigan offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, like paddleboarding. preserves throughout the Petoskey area and the new Great Lakes Center for the Arts, says Diane Dakins, assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. The Petoskey area is also near to Charlevoix’s Earl Young homes, also known as “mushroom houses,” and the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, one of the first DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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DAYTON ›› MIDWESTERN TRAVELER 10 official dark sky parks in the country, she says. Another great place to view the beauty of the stars and the Milky Way galaxy is on the eastern side of northern Michigan in Alpena. There visitors can explore three Dark Sky Preserves that are protected from artificial light pollution— Negwegon State Park, Rockport State Recreation Area and Thompson’s Harbor State Park, says Mary Beth Stutzman, president of the Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Alpena is known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, a place to relax, rejuvenate and restore,” she says. Visitors can spend some time kayaking over 19th century shipwrecks in Lake Huron, hiking or biking on groomed trails, wine-tasting with friends downtown, or fishing on inland lakes or on Lake Huron, says Stutzman. “Restaurants in the area offer the Catch & Cook program, where you can take in the fish you catch and they will prepare it for you for dinner,” she says. “Alpena is the hub of a four-county region serving as the

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Paducah stays busy all summer thanks to its many events, including its Riverfront Concert Series.

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hanks to its many summer events, Laura Oswald, director of marketing for the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, says Paducah is ideal for those looking for a quick weekend getaway. “One of our favorite summer events is our Riverfront Concert Series on our riverfront,” she says. “We are right here on the Ohio River where the Ohio and Mississippi come together. There’s a really beautiful setting on our riverfront for concerts.” Held June 6, June 22, July 4, July 20, Aug. 1 and Aug. 17, each evening features performances from two musical acts. Each concert is free and attendees are invited to

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bring their own chairs and dinner. While the concert series has proven to be popular, it’s not the only event this summer. “This year we are going to have a Shakespeare in the Park event at Bob Noble Park,” says Oswald. The Market House Theater, which is entering its 56th season and is considered to be one of the top community theaters in the country, will be performing Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a charming romantic comedy, July 12-14. “This will be a way to kind of celebrate theater and get outdoors and kind of switch up that venue and experience from what they do year round,” adds Oswald. Other events this summer include the Independence Day Celebration (which incorporates the Riverfront Concert Series), Paducah 48 Hour Film Project and Paducah Dragon Boat Festival. In between events, visitors can still find plenty to do in Paducah. Oswald recommends starting with the city’s Wall-to-Wall Murals. More than 50 murals are painted on Paducah’s floodwall, illustrating the city’s history and creativity. “That can be a jumping off point to going throughout the town and experienc-

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ing other attractions. There’s a Civil War Museum, the Hotel Metropolitan [and] the Coke Plant, which is a kind of new landmark that’s in restoration,” she says. “Just a couple of blocks up you have the National Quilt Museum, which is an international fiber art museum.” Another way to explore the cit y is through its food scene. Sara Bradley, the runner up of the latest season of Top Chef, owns The Freight House, Paducah’s first farm-to-table restaurant. “That’s certainly a must experience and kind of a gateway to get people who are into food and foodie culinary experiences to see what Western Kentucky cuisine is all about,” says Oswald. Other standouts include JP’s Bar and Grill, a restaurant with a New Orleans vibe located on Market House Square, and Paducah Beer Werks, Paducah’s awardwinning brewery. n


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he towns of French Lick and West Baden Springs are nestled in southern Indiana’s Orange County, set in a 25-square-mile square cut out of the Hoosier National Forest’s northern arm. There, visitors can find a plethora of natural, historic and modern entertainment in and around the French Lick Resort. The resort contains, among many other tourist attractions, the landmark French

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Lick Springs and West Baden Springs hotels. Both are over 100 years old and the former has an interesting connection to the Dayton area—the French Lick Springs Hotel was sold in 1901 to Thomas Taggart of Xenia, whose family oversaw the property’s early 20th century heyday until late 1946. Befitting an institution and tourism destination that has been around for well over a century, the French Lick area has seen its share of ups and downs. After a group led by the Cook family bought the resort in 2005 and began a new set of renovations it and the surrounding community are on

The West Baden Springs Hotel was once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” because of its large dome and atrium spanning 200 feet.

the upswing once again. “With the resurgence at the resort and guests coming in to check out both French Lick and West Baden Springs hotels,” says Kristal Painter, executive director for Visit French Lick/West Baden, “it just gave the opportunity for additional tourism-related businesses to pop up in the area. It’s more of a thriving community now.” After West Baden Springs Hotel was brought back to life—it hadn’t operated in more than 70 years prior to its May 2007 reopening and was recognized as the best mid-sized historic hotel in the country just 10 years later—to pair with the renewed French Lick Springs Hotel, the area has flourished. The resort employs almost 1,700 people and the community around it has added more jobs as new businesses emerge to serve the increased influx of tourists to the area. The area’s busy season now stretches from early spring all the way through Christmas.


But the French Lick Resort is at the center of it all, with its two historic hotels, a world-class spa at each of them, the 51,000-square-foot French Lick Casino, three golf courses, horse stables, heated outdoor pools and seven restaurants and lounges. A 50,000-square-foot addition to the resort should be completed by the end of the year and will add 56 luxury rooms, a sports bar and additional meeting spaces. When summertime is in full swing, the resort is the site of many events and attractions for visitors to enjoy. The French Lick Scenic Railway is a crowd favorite. Scenic train rides happen every weekend in the summer as well as on most Tuesdays and some Thursdays. The route runs 10 miles south into the Hoosier National Forest before returning to French Lick on the same tracks in reverse. The railway also offers themed trips. One of the newest offerings, the Dinosaur Adventure Train on June 22, 23, 29 and 30, takes families to a fossil dig led by members of Indiana University. There, kids and parents can learn about paleontology while also enjoying live reptile encounters, bounce houses and more. For families looking for a more recent historical thrill look no further than the Wild West Hold-up train rides on the first and last week of July. This two-hour, all-ages trip follows the same path as the scenic rides but will occasionally encounter a roving gang of bandits on horseback looking to steal the train’s payroll strongbox. November and December may be a ways off, but Painter advises visitors to buy their tickets for the train’s Polar Express ride as soon as possible. The wintertime journey runs during the last two months of each year and seats fill up quickly, with some riders buying their tickets for the following season as soon as they get off the train. But summertime is the focus for now and with it comes Father’s Day in June. French Lick offers a lot for dads and their families to enjoy, not least of which are the resort’s legendary golf courses. The Valley Links Course is the oldest, commissioned in 1907 by Taggart and designed by Tom Bendelow. It has since been converted into a family friendly, nine-hole course great for beginners and young ones. The Donald Ross Course, originally known as The Hill Course, is the elder statesman of the two 18-hole golfing spots. Over

its 102-year history it has hosted multiple professional championship events and was restored in 2005, winning Golf Magazine’s best restoration award in 2007. The new Pete Dye Course opened in 2009 and is known for its iconic and challenging design. For non-golfers and their families Wilstem Ranch and Patoka Lake offer incredible relaxation and unique attractions. The 1,100-acre Wilstem Ranch features cabins, horseback riding, ATV tours and more, but its main draw is the animal encounters that began in 2016. Families can get up close and personal with an elephant or giraffe, meet Jeff Watson’s famous grizzly bears Bob and Screech, or encounter kangaroos, reptiles and other animals that were given a habitat there after the Ringling Bros. Circus was shuttered. Painter’s personal favorite is the giraffe encounter, which allows for interaction from high and low. “You’ll see it from the ground to appreciate the height of the giraffe,” she says, “and then you’ll go upstairs for the educational encounter where you’re kind of face-to-face with it so you can get those up close pictures.”

TOP: The French Lick Scenic Railway is a crowd favorite. ABOVE: Visitors to Patoka Lake can rent houseboats and enjoy the scenic views.

About a half-hour south of French Lick and Wilstem Ranch is Patoka Lake, where visitors can enjoy the sprawling 9,000-acre body of water while staying in one of the floating cabins on the waterfront. “Lots of hiking opportunities surround this entire area,” says Painter. The pristine nature around the lake allows for wildlife viewing, cruises and plenty more outdoor fun. Fans of potent potables and dining will love the options in the French Lick area. Patoka Lake Winery, French Lick Winery and Spirits of French Lick all offer locally crafted libations, including some unique liquor such as absinthe and aquavit. Food lovers have a cornucopia of dining options, particularly those on the Indiana Tenderloin Lovers culinary trail that stops at 33 Brick Street, German Café and Hagen’s Club House Restaurant in French Lick. “You can’t come to Indiana and not have a tenderloin,” Painter says with a laugh. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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DAYTON HOME ›› HEATING AND COOLING

Years of Comfort Logan AC & Heat Services keeping Ohioans happy for half a century BY TIM WALKER

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different range of problems, especially in the Midwestern spring and the fall—I can’t think of a single Ohioan who hasn’t been tempted to use both the air conditioning and the furnace in the same week, thanks to Mother Nature’s fickle temperament. Thankfully, residents of Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus have Logan AC & Heat Services to depend on for all of their residential air conditioning and heating needs. “We are a residential replacement HVAC company,” says Amanda Kinsella, marketing director for Logan AC & Heat Services. “So we deal specifically with homes. Our service technicians are experts at home heating and cooling and we’ve been in business for decades, since 1969.” For 50 years, Logan AC & Heat Services has been there for local families, holding up its end of the bargain and keeping Ohioans warm in the winter and cool in the summer no matter what the conditions

Logan AC & Heat Services was founded by Joe Logan Sr. in 1969.

are like outdoors. “Dayton is our home,” Kinsella says. “And we love it here. Sometimes, it’s not so much what we do for the community— we are simply in the business of making people feel completely comfortable in their homes. But we’re just so grateful that so many homeowners have turned to us for help over the years and have helped us grow from a small business into something really great.” Logan AC & Heat Services was started in 1969 in Dayton by Joe Logan Sr. who, after decades of ownership, sold the company in April of 2002. Jim Meyer has been owner and president since then and Meyer is surrounded by his family while at work: his son Jason Meyer serves as sales manager for the company, his daughter Ashley Pleiman is vice president of HR and finance, and his daughter Sandy Heckman serves as vice president of administration and strategic accounts.


Logan AC & Heat Services has been named the No. 1 residential Trane dealer in the state of Ohio.

Jim Meyer brought decades of experience in his chosen field to Logan AC & Heat Services—he had spent 25 years in the HVAC engineering and marketing fields prior to buying the company and within two years of taking over the reins he had begun an expansion into new markets and territories. “It’s true that Dayton has always been our home market,” says Kinsella, who has been with the company for 12 years. “But we also now offer services to the greater Columbus metro area as well as the greater Cincinnati area. So again, although we’re celebrating 50 years of business this year and over the course of that time we have grown into those other markets—Dayton is still our home base,” she says. Logan AC & Heat Services has been named the No. 1 residential Trane dealer in the state of Ohio and the second largest residential volume Trane dealer nationwide. In addition to Trane, the company also partners with HVAC manufacturers Mitsubishi Electric and Rheem to provide customers with multiple choices when it comes to heating and air equipment, and the company has won numerous awards and accolades over the years for its service and professionalism, including an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Elite Diamond Contractor Status as a residential dealer of Mitsubishi Electric ductless cooling and heating systems, a 2018 Super Service Award from Angie’s List (the company’s eighth in a row), and the “Best Contractor to Work For” Award from HVACR NEWS Magazine.

With over 150 people currently employed by the company, Logan AC & Heat Services is able to offer a wide variety of services and products to keep its many customers satisfied. From traditional installations and repair services, to annual maintenance plans, which offer regular service calls and equipment checks, to emergency services when that furnace or A/C gives up the ghost on you at the worst possible time, Logan has it all covered. “We have a strong team of installers, service technicians, ad men, salesmen and customer-care specialists,” says Kinsella. “Everybody really plays a part in putting together a cohesive communication plan, along with the hands-on job when it comes to installing, servicing and maintaining residential heating and cooling systems.” In addition to its many other services, Logan operates a website (logan-inc.com),

which features comprehensive information about the company, its history and the products and services it offers customers. Product lines are explained in detail and maintenance appointments can also be made online. Logan AC & Heat Services also has three brick-and-mortar locations in Ohio in order to better serve its customers across the state. The home office is located in Vandalia, at 9181 North Dixie Drive. The Columbus satellite office is located in Hilliard at 3601 Interchange Road and the Cincinnati-area office is located at 11264 Grooms Road. If you’re in need of residential HVAC repair or installation, Logan AC & Heat Services is prepared to take care of all your needs in a timely and cost-effective fashion, and they’re a quick phone call away at 855-396-7951. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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Get Organized

Learn to purge first and then arrange what’s left BY ERIC SPANGLER

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o you’ve finally decided it’s time to organize the closet in your bedroom, or your garage, storage room, pantry, basement, etc. But it seems so daunting. There’s just so much. Where do you even start? Start with taking a deep breath, says Tami Doling, owner of Silver Lining Organizers. Then prepare to dive right into the project. “Commit to making a change in your life for the better,” says Doling. That commitment means being able to get rid of items, she says. And that starts with taking everything out of the space you want to organize and then deciding whether to keep each item or “purge” it by donating it or throwing it in the trash, says Doling. “You just don’t want to keep moving things from one building to another,” she says. “You want to purge first and then only organize what you want to keep and use.” When she is hired to help someone organize deciding what to keep is the one part of the process that only the client can do, she says. “That’s all they do, they just sit

there and decide what they want to keep and not keep,” Doling says. “Then I take away the donations and the trash.” While the client is deciding what to keep and what to purge Doling also works on organizing what’s left by asking the client how they actually use the space. “And then I give them tips so that they can maintain that space when I’m gone.” Although it’s difficult in the beginning, she says that deciding what to get rid of actually gets easier as the process goes along. “There’s no use having something in your closet or wherever that you don’t use and so many other people can use it,” she says. “And you make space in your room and in your life for what really matters.” Although Doling doesn’t make the final decision on whether to get rid of an item or not she does help clients make that decision easier. “I always ask them, ‘When’s the last time you used it?’ And they just look at me, and then we put it in the donations.” A good tip to help people decide if they use items like clothes frequently is to

Tami Doling, owner of Silver Lining Organizers, says one of the keys to organizing a space is to get rid of items that are never used anymore. put all the clothes on hangers on the rod backward. “Then every time you wear

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2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s RIDESHARE Program.

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One gas card will be given away each month on the last Friday of the month. Go to www.MiamiValleyRideshare.org or call 1.800.743.SAVE and register for a chance to win a $40 gas card courtesy of MVRPC’s RIDESHARE Program.

Contest Rules: One entry per person. Only legal U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older, possess a valid U.S. driver’s license and live, work, or attend college in one of the following counties: Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Darke, Preble, or Clinton County, in the State of Ohio, are eligible to enter. Winners can win only once during the duration of the contest. Contest period is January 1, 2019 to December 27, 2019. See www.MiamiValleyRideshare.org for complete details.

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These before and after photos show how Doling is able to transform a closet, left, and office, above, from a disorganized mess to a functional and efficient space.

something put it back correctly so then in six months whatever is still hanging backwards on the rod you haven’t worn.” Doling is also a big fan of using vertical space. One tip to keep countertops clear in the kitchen is to hang a bathroom shower caddy on the side of a kitchen cabinet and use it to store produce, she says.

Organizing a space can be truly uplifting, she says. “I have a lot of clients and they just literally bloom when their space is organized,” Doling says. “Not only do they have a place to come home to, but they feel like this huge weight has been lifted because we often don’t know the costs of what we’re carrying until it’s gone.” n

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By Eric Spangler It’s summer so now is the time to make plans to get out of the house and enjoy all that the Miami Valley offers. We’ve compiled a list of some of Dayton’s best summer events, including concerts, festivals and more. We don’t want you to say “there’s nothing to do” this year, so take a look at the events and take a moment to decide which ones you and your family would like to attend in the next three months.

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nSummer Fun Guide 2019 n The 43rd Troy Strawberry Festival is no ordinary festival. With its 2019 theme, A Berry WACOÂ Weekend, the event guarantees new and exciting ways to enjoy the strawberry. There will be more than 200 arts and crafts exhibiters along with plenty of food vendors to show off their talents to as many as 150,000 people. June 1-2. Downtown Troy. troystrawberryfest.com

The ninth annual Jewish Cultural Festival returns to Temple Israel for a free, family-friendly event celebrating Jewish music, art, food and ritual. The event includes an Israeli-themed petting zoo, more education sessions in new areas of interest and the fifth annual Oy Vey 5K run/walk. June 2. 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton. tidayton.org.

Enjoy a day of a day of hoopla with more than 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, two music stages, a beer garden and street performers throughout town during the popular Yellow Springs Street Fair. A free shuttle service is available along with free and paid parking lots in town. June 8. Downtown Yellow Springs. yellowspringsohio.org/ street-fair

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3 [6/4] Girl Scouts of America Night featuring Aly & AJ at the Rose Music Center.

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[6/8] More than 250 vendors, 65 shops and eateries and two stages will be on hand for the Yellow Springs Street Fair. [6/15] Country music superstar Brett Eldredge at the Rose Music Center.


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nSummer Fun Guide 2019 n You’ll want to look to the skies when the Vectren Dayton Air Show returns for another year. Favorites like U.S. Air Force A-10, one of the toughest aircraft in the Air Force, and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will show their stuff in the air, plus you can explore a variety of aircraft that will be displayed on the ground. June 22-23. Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Drive, Dayton. daytonairshow.com.

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Held each June, Carillon Historical Park’s Rail Festival is a two-day, family fun event featuring free miniature train rides, live steam engines, model train displays, historical displays, train merchandise, rail vendors and much more. June 22-23. 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. daytonhistory.org Cincy 7.5x4.874_April_v1.pdf

Grammy award winning group Little Big Town— consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook—bring their hit songs “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone,” “Little White Church,” “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking” and the best-selling 2015 country single of the year “Girl Crush” to the Fraze Pavilion. June 29. Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard, Kettering. fraze.com 1

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14 [7/8-14] The Montgomery County Fair mixes the fun of a county fair with entertainment like the demolition derby.

15 [7/15-20] The Warren County Fair will be packed with fun thanks to events like a rodeo and drag races.

16 [7/16] Amos Lee and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at the Rose Music Center.

17 [7/17] The Commodores with special guest Touch at the Fraze Pavilion.

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29 [7/28-8/3] The Preble County Fair celebrates 169 years.

30 [7/30] Multiplatinum singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan performs at the Rose Music Center.

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[7/9] Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo bring their music to the Fraze Pavilion.

[7/3] The biggestselling comedy recording artist in history, “Weird Al” Yankovic, comes to the Fraze Pavilion.

[7/6] Grammy Awardnominated and multiplatinum selling band Daughtry at the Rose Music Center.

[7/27] Jake Owen with special guests Gretchen Wilson and Hasting & Co. at the Fraze Pavilion.


nSummer Fun Guide 2019 n Started in 1972 as a sidewalk sale, Centerville and Washington Township’s Americana Festival has grown into a massive annual event that features a mile-long parade, a street fair with more than 300 booths, an antique and classic car and truck show which attracts more than 150 vehicles and more. The event begins with a bang July 3, the night before the festival, with fireworks at the Centerville High School stadium. More than 85,000 people attend the festival each year. July 4. Downtown Centerville. americanafestival.org.

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The Ohio Challenge is more than just a hot-air balloon race. While 20-plus participants race to win the Ohio Challenge Trophy, festivalgoers can take in the car show, watch the balloon glow or fireworks display, take a balloon ride yourself or take in the music, food and rides of the festival. July 19-20. Butler County Warbirds, 2301 Wedekind Drive, Middletown. ohiochallenge.com.

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The Dayton Dragons 5K continues to be one of the biggest races in the Miami Valley with more than 2,000 people participating last year. Participants receive four lawn tickets to a Dragons game, a Dragons hat, a Dragons 5K T-shirt and entrance into the post-race party that will have fruit, water, inflatables, health and wellness booths and more. July 20. Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. daytondragons.com.

The annual Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Tour invites cyclists to pick a route to raise funds for local charities. The tour offers five different routes: one-day options of 28 and 48 miles and two-day options of 60 miles per day, 83 miles per day and 83 miles per day with a 100-mile option on Sunday. Participating charities include United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton, the Alzheimer’s Association and JDRF. July 20-21. Young’s Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs. youngsbiketour.com.

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Did you know? Tap water in Dayton comes from an aquifer that holds 1.5 trillion gallons of water.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo The Righteous Brothers are teaming up with four-time Grammy award winning group The Temptations for a one-of-a-kind co-headline show. Fans can expect a night full of legendary hits, signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies. July 25. Rose Music Center at The Heights, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights. rosemusiccenter.com

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[8/6] Two-time Grammynominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa at the Fraze Pavilion.

[8/2-3] Enjoy the water while listening to live bluegrass music at Canoegrass.

[8/9] Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the Fraze Pavilion.

[8/3] Bad Company with special guest Foghat at the Fraze Pavilion.

[8/24] Tour de Donut challenges participants to bike throughout Miami County while eating as many doughnuts as possible.


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Canoegrass may have moved further north to a new location in 2018, but it still promises a weekend of water fun and bluegrass music. In addition to live bluegrass music, attendees can enjoy the 2-acre pond, a zip line across the water, sand volleyball court and more. Aug. 2-3. Masters Outdoor Retreat, 5486 state Route 47, Houston. canoegrass.com

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The Grammy award winning power country trio Lady Antebellum will stop in Ohio for one night only. The notto-be-missed concert of the summer will feature support by rising country artists Levi Hummon and Kylie Morgan. Aug. 8. Rose Music Center at The Heights, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights. rosemusiccenter.com

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For “Festive Flavors With Flair” head to the 33rd Annual The Taste festival presented by the Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy samples of delicious food from a variety of local restaurants. Aug. 29. Lincoln Park Civic Commons, 675 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. fraze.com

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The Tour de Donut calls itself the sweetest ride in Ohio for reason—it combines a bike race with an doughnut eating contest to create a unique challenge. Riders can choose from 10-, 20-, 40- or 62-mile routes and for each doughnut the rider eats during the ride they can deduct five minutes from their overall time. Aug. 24. 11 N. Market St., Troy. bikesignup.com/Race/OH/ TROY/TourDeDonut

When’s the last time you saw enough stars to make your own constellation? Your first time won’t be your last time. It’s the inspiring serenity that gives our town a certain something that other places just can’t quite capture. For enchanted evenings filled with bourbon, history, shopping and dining, go to visitlebanonky.com. 19LETO12665-1v1.indd 1

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The Tradition Continues

Dayton Celtic Festival set for its 18th year on July 26-28 BY ERIC SPANGLER

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or the second straight year the Dayton Celtic Festival is going to the dogs— Irish wolfhounds, to be exact. That’s because a local group of Irish wolfhound owners will bring their gentle giants—the tallest of all American Kennel Club breeds—to the free festival to share the history of this breed of dog that became a symbol of Irish nationalism during the Celtic Revival. The Irish wolfhounds were so popular with visitors at last year’s festival that the group was invited to this year’s festival as well, says Steve Baldwin, marketing director of the festival. “They were a big hit so they’re going to be back this year,” he says. “Those dogs are so cool.” The Irish wolfhounds are just one of the many cool things to see and do at the 18th annual Dayton Celtic Festival, Dayton’s largest downtown festival with more than 100,000 people attending in 2018, says Baldwin. There’s plenty of music during the threeday festival on July 26-28, including the always-popular Gaelic Storm, along with returning headlining musical acts Scythian, Rory Makem, Socks In the Frying Pan and The Fitzgeralds, and new musical acts Cuig and Doolin’ along with plenty of regional acts on four stages. There are plenty of food options available for those who get hungry during the event, including authentic Irish fare, says

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Baldwin. “And for those who weren’t looking for that there’s everything else … up and down the menu,” he says. Need something to wash down that grub? There are many options for soft drinks, authentic Irish beverages, craft beers and even whiskey. Don’t know much about whiskey but want to learn? Whiskey tasting classes will be conducted in the cultural workshop area during the festival. The cultural area is where visitors can learn all about Ireland, Scotland and Wales from authors, storytellers, knitting organizations, traditional blacksmiths, bakers, rugby organizations and staff members of the Dayton Metro Library’s genealogy department. For those who want to get in the spirit of the event, which runs rain or shine, wear a kilt to the festival and participate in the Parade of Kilts where bagpipers and flag bearers lead the kilt-wearers around the festival grounds. Make sure to bring the kids to this family friendly festival because the Rainbow’s End Children’s Area has games, picture boards, Celtic crafts, tattoos, miniature golf and a castle. Another popular event is the Sunday mass at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the United Irish of Dayton stage in the Five Rivers MetroParks Pavilion. The mass is presented in Gaelic and English and Irish

The Dayton Celtic Festival features music, food and cultural events for the whole family. This year’s festival will be July 26-28 at RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. dancers and pipers will also be present. For those who need to fuel up for the events on Sunday there’s the Celtic Breakfast at the “Top of the Morn’n Café” located in the beer garden across from the main stage on Monument Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the festival. So why is the Dayton Celtic Festival so popular? “If you have no Irish descent and even if you’re not interested in cultural activities as such it’s just a really fun time,” says Baldwin. “It’s got a nice vibe, a nice energy, it’s always a very pleasant crowd and just a fun, friendly, family time.” n


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A Quirky Look NFL CELEBRATING DAYTON’S ROLE IN HISTORIC BEGINNING 100 YEARS AGO BY BETH L ANGEFELS

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he National Football League (NFL) was founded Aug. 20, 1920, and few people know that the first game was played right here in our hometown of Dayton at Triangle Park in October of that same year. The Dayton Triangles football team was originally organized as a recreational team from three Dayton factories: The Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co. (DELCO), Dayton Metal Products Co. and the Domestic Engineering Co. The team got its name because it played at Triangle Park in north

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Dayton and it was one of the 14 original teams that started it all a century ago. This year the NFL is honoring the towns that hosted those teams. “This is a pretty momentous occasion for us,” says Matthew Shapiro, vice president of event strategy for the NFL. “We are doing a lot of different things. It’s more than looking back. We are also looking forward.” Shapiro says there are three elements to the 100th anniversary celebration, including $10,000 grants given to each of the 13 original towns. Those dollars will be important to help support recreation in the city of Dayton. The NFL also plans to install a state-ofthe-art turf field at a yet-to-be-determined site in Dayton, which will be the only field the city has for its teams. “The NFL grant will go to programming at the football field which will be a huge benefit for us,” says Stephan Marcellus, recreation division manager with the city of Dayton, “We have been using makeshift fields in our parks for years for our flag football teams.” Marcellus says the city also wants to expand its current youth football programs

The Cincinnati Bengals mascot dances with kids in Dayton at the family event on April 27 at Triangle Park. The Bengals had day three of their draft live during this event. to middle school and adults. The city only offers a flag football program because it’s a safer option and parents like it, especially as a first-time option for their kids. “The second big piece for us is day three of the draft,” says Shapiro, “Over the last number of years we have been bouncing around to different team markets to find out what is important to them.” The NFL set up events at each of the 13 original towns. In Dayton, that event was conducted on April 27 at Triangle Park in conjunction with the Cincinnati Bengals draft. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced one of the draft picks live from the event on that day. ”We planned the event and invited people out tell them about the history of the Dayton Triangles,” says Marcellus. “We worked closely with the Bengals and gave out 7,000 free tickets.”


TOP LEFT: Mayor Nan Whaley (left) with the Bengals tiger mascot and Brandon McClain, Montgomery County Recorder TOP RIGHT: A group of football players from Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton attended the April 27 event at Triangle Park in uniform. LEFT: Brady Kress of Dayton History shares the story of the Dayton Triangles, Dayton’s first football team with the 7,000 attendees on April 27 at Triangle Park. Triangle Park was the site of the first NFL game 100 years ago­between the Dayton Triangles vs. the Columbus Panhandles.

Of course, the third component of the NFL donation is the actual turf, which had been planned to be installed at the place where the original team played the first football game a century ago in Dayton. “We want the Dayton community to have a special place on the exact footprint where the game took place, but with new artificial turf and new technology,” says Shapiro. “We hope groundbreaking will begin in the coming weeks.” At least that was the goal. Shortly thereafter local Native Americans raised concerns about the football field being built because they say Triangle Park is also the site of several Native American burial mounds. “This needs to be investigated,” says Guy Jones, a local Native American who says the project should not move forward. “I’m very adamant about this because we don’t know enough about it.” Jones says he has maps that validate the burial grounds at the site of Triangle Park and though some excavations of the site

took place between 1880 and 1920 he says there is no evidence that all artifacts have been moved. “There is one mound left at Triangle Park,” Jones says. “There needs to be something in place in the city of Dayton with regards to archeological historical assessments.” Originally part of the Edwin Best estate also called Idlewild, Triangle Park was created in 1916 by Charles Kettering and Edward Deeds as a recreational park. Jones says maps of Idlewild clearly show the burial grounds. “I don’t have any verification that they are delaying construction, but the city says they are looking into it,” Jones says. City officials later confirmed that the new field would not be installed at Triangle Park after a survey of the site found possible evidence of American Indian artifacts or remains. The city and NFL are now working to find another location for the turf field the NFL wants to donate. The NFL Foundation will be supporting the overall field turf installation and overseeing the grants to the 13 original towns (Chicago had two original NFL teams). Shapiro says the opportunity to look back in history and see how the NFL has grown has been incredible. Dayton is one of the eight cities outside the current NFL markets being honored

where the original teams were located when the NFL was founded. “That tie to Dayton and that piece of history is a nice fit,” says Cincinnati Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. The Bengals originally planned to practice at the field later this year before the burial grounds issue was raised. “We’ve enjoyed going up to Dayton to practice in the past,” says Blackburn. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says anything that shines a positive spotlight on Dayton is great so something like the new field will be a wonderful addition. “We are really excited,” Whaley says. “We hosted the first NFL game and had the first touchdown and that makes Dayton really special. To celebrate that with a field our kids can play on solidifies our relationship with football.” The artificial turf field that is scheduled to be installed somewhere in Dayton is expected to cost about $440,000. “A lot of us that work at the NFL have been honored to be involved in this,” Shapiro says. “It’s been amazing. Even the most avid fans don’t know this part of the history and all these different places. It’s a fascinating, almost quirky look at the NFL that I think we will continue to highlight.” For more information about the NFL 100th anniversary and how you can participate log on to Nfl.com/100 n DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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A Tight-Knit Flock Franklin’s Bishop Fenwick High School reaps the rewards of unifying events BY KEVIN MICHELL

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he 2018-2019 school year at Bishop Fenwick High School saw the student body and administration accomplish some great things, including impressive fundraising and new ways to support one another. It started in October when Chester and Stephanie Yeager provided a $100,000 gift to the school along with a challenge: match that number during Oct. 11’s Day of Giving. Fenwick families came together to do more than that, raising an additional $200,366 on their own. That over $300,000 in funds allowed the high school to add a new, more spacious building for their counselors dubbed “The Nest.” Bishop Fenwick added a third counselor this past school year, allowing greater availability to students. The addition gives students a space not only to meet with counselors more regularly but also to practice testing or conduct club meetings. “All the counselors have enough room so they can have multiple students in their office at a time,” says Natalie Hansman, Bishop Fenwick’s director of marketing and communications, “where before they could literally fit two people in their office and that’s it.” A ceremony was conducted on May 10 to dedicate the new space and honor the Yeager family for its contribution. Around the same time as the Day of Giving, Germantown’s Dupps Co. announced its own generous contribution to the school. The family company, which has strong ties to Bishop Fenwick, provided a substantial gift to help build five new tennis courts. Construction started in spring and the tennis courts are expected to open on Aug. 2 to coincide with the fifth annual

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Bishop Fenwick High School recently raised more than $200,000 during its Day of Giving campaign and combined it with a $100,000 gift from Chester and Stephanie Yeager to build “The Nest,” a spacious facility where counselors meet with students. 1-Fenwick Weekend. This past school year also saw the start of a new initiative to create connections between Fenwick students across age groups. Wednesdays and Thursdays, groups of upperclassmen and their sophomore and freshmen counterparts meet around midday for “Flock Blocks” that encourage peer mentoring and joint activity. “Some days it might be team-building activities, some days it might be service activities, some days it might be going to mass (together),” says Hansman. She points out that the program has already helped with both enrollment and retention of students by making them feel more comfortable in getting involved with others regardless of the class to which they belong. As the summer stretches on, Fenwick’s summer camps are in full swing. There’s a sense of particular excitement this year with football coach Dan Haverkamp—formerly

head coach at St. Xavier High School—and new basketball coach Kelven Moss leading their respective camps in preparation for the next school year’s seasons. The aforementioned 1-Fenwick Weekend will be the culminating summer event before the new school year officially starts. The annual event happens Aug. 2-4 this year and brings together Fenwick alumni and community supporters. The three different campuses the school has had over the last six decades have occasionally hurt alumni involvement, so the event serves to bring alumni from the early days and recent past together as one group to support Fenwick’s continued development. “We’re all one Fenwick, we’re all part of the Fenwick family, we all have the same values,” says Hansman, mentioning that over 3,000 people attend the weekend. “It’s a big weekend for us.” n


LIVE WELL DAYTON ›› SPORTS MEDICINE

Keeping Yourself in the Game Switching to summer sports brings health challenges BY JENNIFER PAT TERSON LORENZET TI

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Helping Artist-Athletes Get Back in Action

Performing arts medicine provides specialized care to artist-athletes

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f you’ve ever been to a ballet, watched a comedian do a pratfall or seen a stuntman dive through a plate glass window in your favorite western, what you may not realize is that you were looking at highly skilled, performing athletes. Dancers and other performing artists can experience the same kinds of physical injury as a linebacker, golfer, basketball forward or hockey player. Sometimes physicians and physical therapists may not understand the nature of this kind of work and the physical stress put on the body in its practice. But one program at Kettering Health Network can provide treatment especially suited to these patients, who have different therapeutic needs and unique range-of-motion requirements to be able to return to daily activity. Carol Fisher is the coordinator of the Performing Arts Medicine program. When starting the program, Fisher set out to see that these “artist-athletes” have access to high-quality physical therapy and injury care. “They really are athletes,” she said. “They have the same types of physical risk of injury that any other athlete might experience.”

As a gymnast and dancer, Fisher experienced her first injury while in high school and ended up seeing many physical therapists. While this was in the late 1970s and early 80s, she said that, even today, health care providers rarely understand what dancers, gymnasts and performing artists really do. Fisher saw an entire group of patients that was either being overlooked or underserved because of a lack of knowledge, so she set out to change that. Targeted Physical Therapy Options Fisher recognized that it was imperative for the physicians and therapists who treated these patients to have a clear understanding of the types of movements involved in dance and other physical performing arts. “Biomechanically, once you see movement of the dancing, you can help them,” she said. “We create programs that simulate what their needs would be.” The Performing Arts Medicine Program has therapists trained in arts-specific equipment for the rehabilitation and performance enhancement of the patient. The program is

available to any dancer, gymnast, cheerleader and other performing artist with an injury that requires treatment. Specialized care can make the difference between resuming their craft or ending it. Patients come from all over the region, including Dayton Ballet, Wright State University dancers and students from many of the dance studios around the Dayton area. The program has even treated older patients, into their 70s, like ballroom dancers. In addition to traditional methods, therapists in the program also utilize other approaches including Pilates and gyrotonic expansion, which is a multidirectional, spiraling machine used to simulate the movements of a dancer. Fisher said the one-of-a-kind program is expanding, now available at several clinics within Kettering Health Network. For more information about this program, visit ketteringhealth.org/sports-medicine/programs/therapy.cfm or call (937) 395-3910 to make an appointment.


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lmost every athlete, even the weekend variety, looks forward to summer. With schedules lightening up and the weather becoming increasingly inviting it is a natural time to move exercise out of the school, gym or studio and go outside. However, an abrupt change in sport or in training routine can mean an increased potential for injuries, sidelining you just when you most want to be active. We spoke to some Dayton-area experts about how to keep yourself and your family on the links, the trails or the bike all summer long.

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER When it comes to switching to summer sports and activities no one is immune to problems that can occur. According to Kyle Dorsten, a certified athletic trainer with Miami Valley Sports Performance, growing bodies can bring their own set of challenges. “With basketball players we are getting lots of long, lean kids that are growing into their bodies,” he says. Continued training in their sport, including cardiovascular work and hip strengthening exercises is important to help them learn

to use their bodies safely and be ready for the coming season. Young women also need to be aware of the challenges they might face as they mature. As girls develop the broader pelvises characteristic of women, the Q angle, or angle between pelvis and knee, increases. This can create problems when jumping and landing, as volleyball players do. These players might spend summer focusing on developing their gluteus maximus and medius, two muscles that help control the hips and therefore protect the knee from collapsing on landing. However, mature adults have their own set of challenges when facing a change in activity level in the summer, whether that is switching from ballroom dance to golf or from the couch to the hiking trail. Dorsten encourages adults to start off slowly as their activity changes in the summer. This might mean starting with nine holes of golf rather than jumping straight to 18. “You don’t rebound as quickly” from a period of inactivity, Dorsten reminds adults. It also means taking steps toward “maintaining overall mobility and strength,” Dorsten says. He recommends cardiovas-

Kyle Dorsten, a certified athletic trainer with Miami Valley Sports Performance, recommends easing into a new activity. cular training, such as using an elliptical machine or a bike, as well as doing exercise to promote strength and flexibility. For golfers, among others, such exercises might focus on maintaining mobility through the DAYTON MAGAZINE . June/July 2019

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Dr. David Buck, Kettering Physicians Network Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, says stretching and warming up are important. hips, shoulders and thoracic spine as well as building core strength. This advice is echoed by Dr. David Buck of Kettering Physicians Network Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Buck routinely sees a number of conditions in his regular practice, including issues like tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, patellar tendonitis and even concussion. Every summer activity seems to take its toll somehow, from tennis elbow to injuries from riding bicycles or playing on trampolines. Buck agrees with Dorsten that a graduated start to the season gives the best chance of preventing injury. “If they know they’re going to switch sports start conditioning (for the new sport) six weeks out,” he says. This is particularly important for those who are not moving from sport to sport but who are moving from a sedentary winter to a summer of more activity. “Go slow and (gradually) increase,” Buck says, warning against being “too aggressive too soon.” Going slow “doesn’t have to be fancy,” Buck says. Conditioning can start as simply as doing resistance band exercises or working with one- to two-pound hand weights. Stretching and warming up prior to activity are also important to preventing injury. But what if, in spite of your good preparation, you find yourself with a sports-related injury? Many of these injuries can be treated at home, Buck says. If you suspect a minor sprain with mild pain and no significant

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swelling or deformity (meaning nothing looks misshapen or out of place) then it is likely something you can treat at home. Try the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and take anti-inflammatory medication to help with both the pain and the swelling. However, if this does not help

or you suspect the injury is more severe it’s time to visit the doctor. By following some common sense precautions athletes of all ages and levels can be ready for a healthy and active summer. What better way to enjoy this beautiful Ohio season than by practicing an activity you love? n

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING AT PREMIER HEALTH For athletes wanting to take their performance to the next level Premier Health Sports and Human Performance offers a variety of programs aimed at improving ability and safety. At Miami Valley Hospital South programs range from Edge Elite, an individualized program aimed at professional athletes or those transitioning from high school to college play, to Knee-Fit, a training program that improves dynamic stability of the knee in movements like pivoting, cutting and jumping. Miami Valley Hospital North offers a similar array of programs, plus Golf-Fit, a program offered by a certified Titleist Performance Institute instructor who looks at a player’s functional abilities with the goal of improving golf swing and overall performance. Additionally, Premier Health offers a camp in Tipp City aimed at high school, college and professional athletes who want to improve speed, power and agility.


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Premier Health’s Sports Medicine Centers are committed to taking a comprehensive approach to caring for you and your loved ones. The multidisciplinary training of our board-certified sports medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, sports-certified physical therapists and strength and conditioning specialists work in collaboration to provide a seamless approach to the treatment of operative and non-operative injuries. Here you will find a well-rounded approach to caring for active individuals and athletes of all levels from little league to the professional. SPORTS MEDICINE SERVICES: • A comprehensive program geared toward diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of operative and non-operative injuries

• Concussion management – including the region’s most Credentialed ImPACT Consultants and ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainers providing specialized treatment before and after a concussion occurs SPORTS PERFORMANCE: • Outcome-based training programs that focus on an athlete’s functional ability • Assessments measuring speed, power, agility and identifying areas of weakness • Seven-week camps for grades 9 through 12 • Endurance training teaching techniques to reduce the likelihood of overuse injuries • KneeFit program designed to improve the dynamic stability of the knee

• Largest number of sports certified physical therapists providing rehabilitation of injuries

• Specialized programs addressing movement patterns, bike fitting, golf and the tactical athlete

• Supportive services including nutrition counseling, massage therapy, and exercise programs

• Sports performance partnerships with Orion Sports Medicine and Enhance U Sports Performance Academy

School and community partnerships: • Athletic training and team physician services for 39 schools including the University of Dayton and Wright State University • Providing free injury assessments and consultation at local YMCA’s, recreation centers, and running stores • First responder education, injury assessment and wellness through our Healthy Heroes program Premier Health’s Sports Medicine Centers are located at Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital North, Miami Valley Hospital South, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center.


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A Comprehensive Provider Family benefits from a range of programs and services at United Rehabilitation Services BY GINNY MCCABE

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nited Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton at the Charles D. Berry Center continues to impact thousands of lives through compassion, care and the scope of specialized services it provides. “(United Rehabilitation Services) is truly the most comprehensive provider of services for people with developmental or acquired disabilities from birth through their senior years as well for their families,” says Dennis Grant, executive director, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton. Myah Owsley of Beavercreek is in the infant program at United Rehabilitation Services. She benefits from the on-site nursing services at United Rehabilitation Services and receives physical and occupational therapies. “Our services have shown that Myah is really blossoming and making progress,” says Grant. Myah, who will turn 2 in August, has special needs. She contacted herpes simplex virus encephalitis from a cold sore when she was 3 weeks old. As a result she has brain damage, severe epilepsy and requires a gastrostomy tube inserted through her abdomen for feeding. Her older brother Gavyn, 4, who doesn’t have special needs, is enrolled in the preschool program at United Rehabilitation Services, which integrates children with and without disabilities. Gavyn will go to kindergarten in the fall. Rachel Owsley, Myah and Gavyn’s mother, says her children have been going to United Rehabilitation Services since May of 2018. “Myah’s doing quite well with everything. She is opening her hands more and is able to kick her legs around more. There’s a lot more mobility there, absolutely,” says Owsley. “For anybody with special needs, even adults, I would recommend this facility to them. They have a wonderful staff and it’s more like family than anything.” Gavyn’s classroom provides him with the structure he needs on a daily basis, such as

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sitting at the table, or cleaning up his area, she says. “It’s just a wonderful center. I wouldn’t take my kids anywhere else,” says Owsley. Myah has also been named as this year’s Rubber Duck Regatta ambassador. United Rehabilitation Services will conduct the 16th A nnual Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser on Sept. 14. United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton offers a wide range of programming and services for children, adults and seniors with developmental or acquired disabilities and other special needs, such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer’s disease. In 2018, United Rehabilitation Services served about 1,500 individuals, along with their families. United Rehabilitation Services offers a full continuum of care for children and adults from birth through their senior years, which encompasses everything from childcare and school-age programs to adult daycare and vocational training. United Rehabilitation Services works with high school students and adults with disabilities on career readiness and job exploration within the community. It also provides parent support for young families and caregiver support for families of older clients. Last year, 14 adults attending United Rehabilitation Services were able to begin seeking employment opportunities in the community with the support of United Rehabilitation Services. “Our employment services program has made some great strides. Our placement statistics in terms of successfully placing people with disabilities on jobs with employers in our community has been 20 percent greater than what the statewide average is. So we are very excited about the fact that we’ve been able to

Myah Owsley receives physical and occupational therapies while attending the infant program at United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton. support that many individuals, helping them to expand their independence,” says Grant. United Rehabilitation Services provides an array of comprehensive services, all under one roof. Since United Rehabilitation Services was founded in 1956 as the Dayton Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy the nonprofit has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals and their families by continually expanding the scope of services to meet the needs of the Greater Dayton community. United Rehabilitation Services focuses on increasing skills, enhancing functional abilities and maximizing the level of independence of those it serves. Celebrating 63 years of service to the community, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton completed a $6 million expansion of its facility at 4710 Old Troy Pike in 2017. The expansion has allowed United Rehabilitation Services to more than double its capacity. n


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