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In Local News, Media, Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 10:13 am
The Brothers & Co. Bus, NOAH'S ARK

The Brothers & Co. Bus will be in Jamestown and Cedarville this Saturday with candy for Beggars Night!

Jamestown/Cedarville – Jamestown music and variety group, The Brothers & Co. Entertainers, will hit the road to pass out Halloween candy during Beggars Night hours in Jamestown and Cedarville Saturday evening.

The activity is meant to provide additional entertainment and an additional safe Trick-or-Treat option for the kids and adults while encouraging family-friendly entertainment.

“Offering family-friendly entertainment is a big deal with us,” said Brothers & Co. magician and bass singer Jim Karns of Fairborn. “Bringing the bus into town gives us the opportunity to help kids have a great Halloween night and encourage family activities.”

While candy supplies last, ghosts and goblins can visit The Brothers & Co. bus, Noah’s Ark, in Jamestown between 5:30 and 6:00 PM and in Cedarville from 6:15 until 7:00 PM. The group will also be appearing in concert at the Cedarville Opera House at 7:30 PM on Saturday November 13th. For more information visit the band’s website at http://www.thebrothersandcompany.com.

Halloween: A Night for Treats, Not Tragedies

In Local News, Media, State News, Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

(Xenia, OH) – Did you know that on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year?

Kids will be out this weekend trick or treating while it is dark – making it harder for drivers to see them and because they’re excited about getting candy, they may not be watching out for cars.

Parents and drivers both need to do their part to help kids stay out of the emergency room on Halloween. Emphasize safe pedestrian behaviors to kids before they go out trick-or-treating.

Parents should also remember that costumes can be both creative and safe, so look for ways to use reflective materials.

Drivers must slow down and watch out for trick-or-treaters, especially around crosswalks and driveways.

Top tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween

For parents and children:

  • Choose light-colored costumes that can be seen in the dark.
  • Decorate your children’s costumes with reflective materials.  Give them flashlights and glow sticks to carry in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
  • Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Slow down and stay alert – watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so choose non-toxic face paint, make-up, and wigs instead.

For drivers:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
  • Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. so be sure to turn on your full headlights.
  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.


While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers.

Beggars Night date and times for Greene County are as follows:

  • Beavercreek and Beavercreek Township       10/30, 6-8pm
  • Bellbrook                                                        10/30, 6-8pm
  • Cedarville                                                       10/30, 5:30-7pm
  • Fairborn                                                          10/30, 6-8pm
  • Jamestown                                                      10/30, 6-7:30pm
  • Xenia                                                              10/30, 6-8pm
  • Yellow Springs                                               10/30, 6-8pm


These safety tips have been provided by SafeKids USA.  Learn more at www.safekids.org.   For more information on the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, call Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 or email her at lfox@gcchd.org.


There Is Life After Bullying

In Children and Family, Education, Health, National News, Opinion, psychology, sociology, Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

dih-logo-SEA recent survey indicated that 77 percent of elementary and middle school students reported that they had been the victims of a bully at some time. The information also revealed that more than half of bullying incidents go unreported.

The recent suicides of several teens that had been tortured by bullies because of their sexuality have prompted a flood of media attention to the problem. I am concerned, however, that the public and the media are forgetting about other groups who have always been the targets of bullying including those with physical and mental disabilities, the impoverished and various ethnicities. I can relate to these issues – I know how they feel.

I was born with a serious congenital birth defect that had me in and out of the hospital for the first 20 years of my life. A multitude of medical issues combined with just being physically smaller than other kids my age made me the perfect target for bullies.



Oddly, none of my health problems were openly visible to anyone around me. Virtually everything people knew about me was total conjecture and inaccurate rumors with no factual basis. Unfortunately, facts and reason rarely work with people who are terrified of anyone who is different – whether the differences are obvious or not.

As if I didn’t have enough to contend with at the hospital, at school I was pushed, called names, kicked, hit, had my book bags ransacked, my lockers vandalized and my musical instruments thrown around on the school bus – all to the complete oblivion of school officials. In fact, some stood right there while it all happened, literally choosing to ignore it.

While the majority of the adults around me were supportive and helpful, there were a few who were downright cruel. Teachers, coaches and bus drivers are in a unique position to bully under the guise of maintaining order and discipline. *Despite what the party line might be, each teacher or administrator has his or her favorites – athletes, star students, and so on – who will always get preferential treatment. After all, these adults want (and desperately need due to a horribly low level of self esteem) to be liked by the students as much as the other kids.

A perfect example of this kind of ignorance came in my sixth grade year. I was out of school with a simple case of chicken pox. Noting my absence during roll call, the teacher told the rest of the class they shouldn’t get too attached to me because I had a serious disease and wouldn’t live to see my 15th birthday. With that thoroughly incorrect announcement, the rumors went viral.

So why don’t parents get more involved? Most of the time, parents have no idea what is going on. I never talked about it much. I doubt my parents ever knew how bad it really was.

In the end, I won. Eventually, I realized that it wasn’t my fault that people couldn’t deal with me. At the ripe old age of 43, my health is good, I’m a successful writer and entrepreneur and, despite my sixth grade teacher’s prediction, I am still here.

I carry no anger or malice towards the kids who spent so much of their time trying to better themselves by humiliating me. Oddly enough, a couple of them have already preceded me in death. As for those who are still with us, I actually feel sorry for them and genuinely hope they grew up to succeed in life. The adults, on the other hand, were the true villains.

It was nearly impossible to keep my personal issues private in a tiny farm town where everyone gossiped about things they didn’t even understand. I can’t imagine what kids today are going through as every detail of their lives are posted online for all to see – especially those struggling with personal identity issues.

Sadly, bullies are not just in school and, as I pointed out, adults can be just as bad as kids. A bully can be someone who abuses or oversteps her authority as a supervisor at work, a civic official or a teacher who ignores the academic struggles of a student in class because he or she is not one of the star athletes. Bullies are everywhere but you don’t have to take their abuse.

If you have been the victim of a bully, try to forgive them. They are small, sad and hopeless people who have nothing but pain inside. Forget trying to reason with them, it never works.

Whatever you do, don’t lower yourself to their level. Walk away. Turn off the computer. Seek out help and surround yourself with people who care and who will support you. None of these pathetically insecure people is worth your dignity … or your life.


In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Family Solutions Center Announces Addition of New Psychiatrist
The Family Solutions Center in Beavercreek, Ohio has a new child and adolescent psychiatrist on staff. As part of FSC’s comprehensive treatment team, Theresa Blachly-Flanagan, M.D., assesses each patient and helps to direct the level of care needed.
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In Uncategorized on October 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

Something Old is New Again November 13 at Cedarville Opera House
On Saturday, November 13 as The Cedarville Opera House and GLD Enterprises and Productions presents The Brothers & Co. Entertainers Variety Show. The fun filled family show begins at 7:30 pm and includes music, comedy, magic and much more.
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In Uncategorized on October 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Whatever Happened to a Neutral, Fair and Balanced Press?
Newspapers and other media who support a candidate can no longer be considered fair or impartial.
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In Uncategorized on October 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

North Dayton Accounting Firm Celebrates 30 Years of Service
North Dayton accounting firm celebrates 30 years of service with ribbon cutting and reception at their main office beginning at 5:30pm, Oct. 21.
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“Accessorize, Economize and Socialize” at Greene Community Health Foundation’s 2nd annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop, October 23rd

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

(XENIA, OH)—The Greene Community Health Foundation’s 2nd annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Schindler Banquet Center in Xenia.

The Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is just that…a chance for women to come together to “swap” clothing and “shop” with a variety of businesses.  Clothing swaps are becoming more and more popular as Americans from every tax bracket are cutting back how much they spend on clothing in local retail shops. And with the focus on living “greener”, it’s a great way to recycle unwanted fashion items from outfits to accessories, such as jewelry, purses and shoes.

Women are invited to bring up to 5 new or consignment worthy clothing items of all sizes, including scarves, shoes, hats and jewelry to swap with other women.  The event, featuring a luncheon, style show and silent auction, also boasts over 30 different women’s home-based businesses including Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Arbonne, Longaberger Baskets, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Premiere Jewelry, Creative Memories, Avon, Scentsy, Thirty-One, PartyLite, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Lia Sophia Jewelry, BeautiControl, and many more.  Goody bags filled with various items will be provided to each guest.  One of the many items on the silent auction block this year is a 5 day-4 night stay in Cancun, Mexico, provided by Dreamtrips.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Clinic Cupboard housed at the Greene County Combined Health District in Xenia.  This cupboard contains basic over-the-counter medical supplies, baby necessities and personal products for GCCHD clients in need throughout Greene County.  All remaining clothing from the swap will be donated to Community Action Partnership of Greene County.

Reservations are due by Monday, October 18 and are $30.00 per person or $25.00 per person if reserving 4 or more women together.  The event is sponsored by Beavercreek Pediatric Dentistry, WDTN TV, Dr. Katherine Lin, IHS Pharmacy, MVP Video Creations, CJ’s Boutique, Evergreen Children’s Center and Greene Giving.  For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 or email her at lfox@gcchd.org. The brochure is also available on the website, http://www.gcchd.org.

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

School Districts Need to Engage Residents Who Do Not Have Children
Financially-strapped school districts need to connect with the majority of their residents – those with no children enrolled there.
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In Uncategorized on October 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Greene County Business Group Announces New Leadership
Local business networking organization names new leadership team for the upcoming year.
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