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Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs, Ohio, sold to employee and spouse for $4.5 million

In Local News on April 27, 2022 at 10:48 pm

Yellow Springs, OH – April 27, 2022 – The stylish Mills Park Hotel, located at 321 Xenia Avenue, in downtown Yellow Springs, Ohio, has been sold to an employee and his spouse. Ryan Aubin, the marketing manager for the hotel since 2019, and his husband, Alex Price, have purchased the property and business for approximately $4.5 million. The Dayton couple was one of several parties who made offers when the owners first announced their intent to sell nearly a year ago.


Mills Park Hotel was the project of developer Jim Hammond and his family, who have owned and operated the property from the start. Construction was completed in 2016 and forever changed the look of the small, eclectic, Greene County village. The 28-room, 31,000 square-foot southern-style hotel, with its sprawling front porch and grand foyer, rises three stories and houses a restaurant, gift shop, banquet hall, fitness room, and conference space.

The hotel’s design was modeled after the 19th Century home of William Mills (1814-1879), an early settler who first came to Yellow Springs in 1827. While the original home no longer exists, every attempt was made to incorporate its charm and style into the hotel. Some of the furnishings were even built from trees that grew on the property.

According to Aubin, the community and hotel staff have been very encouraging. “Obviously, there are questions, but everyone has been assured all along that Alex and I do not intend to change anything,” he said. “We just want to build on the great product that the Hammond family started.”

Mills Park Hotel Marketing Director, Ryan Aubin (seated), and his husband Alex Price, are the new owners of the property located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The couple plans to continue the great service that made the hotel a success since it opened in 2016.

Mills Park Hotel is ranked in the top 2-percent of properties on Hotels.com and Expedia. It is a favorite of destination travelers who want to experience the relaxed, diverse charisma of the village, yet be only footsteps from great outdoor adventures, museums, performing arts, and the Dayton area’s many historic attractions.

Aubin and Price intend to continue to offer a unique experience for guests and keep the hotel a shining star in the community. “We’ve got an amazing staff that cares about how wonderfully our guests are treated,” Aubin said. “We do everything we can to make them feel like they are staying in a presidential suite but with the personal touches of a bed-and-breakfast.”

For reservations or booking information, visit millsparkhotel.com. Media inquiries should be directed to their publicist, Gery Deer at GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., (937) 902-4857 or gdeer@gldenterprises.net. Video story available at https://youtu.be/8JI27CBo2Fw.

Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce presents, “Bourbon & Blues,” April 8, at The Mall at Fairfield Commons

In Local News on March 31, 2022 at 9:55 am

The Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce proudly presents, “Bourbon & Blues” from 6 – 9 PM on Friday, April 8, 2022, at The Mall at Fairfield Commons (2727 Fairfield Cmns, Beavercreek, OH 45431). The event is open to the public and is located on the upper level of the former Elder-Beerman storefront, on the northwest side of the mall. Tickets are $30 for chamber members and $40 for non-members and are available by scanning the QR code included with this article, or from the chamber’s website, www.beavercreekchamber.org/bourbon-blues. All proceeds and generous support by, “Blues Sponsor,” Wesbanco, and, “Supporting Sponsor,” Tru by Hilton, support the Beavercreek Chamber’s ongoing community initiatives.

Bourbon & Blues is a bourbon-tasting event full of great food, entertainment, and prizes. It will feature bourbon tastings from Indian Creek Distillery, delicious appetizers from local restaurants including Casa Nunez, Melt, and Flyby BBQ, and desserts provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes and Church Street Cookies. Additional beverages will be available as well, courtesy of BJ’s Brewhouse.

Other entertainment includes a painting performance by Raise Your Brush and chances to win some great raffle prizes. Local vendors will also be there showcasing a variety of area products and services.  

For more information, contact Wendy Rodgers or Chris McClure at the Chamber office at (937) 426-2202 or info@beavercreekchamber.org.

The Green Team BNI referral marketing group to hold visitor event April 13.

In Local News on March 29, 2022 at 7:07 pm

DAYTON, OH – The Green Team Chapter of Business Network International (BNI), will host a professional networking event and visitors’ day during their weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 13th, from 7:30 to 9:30 AM at The Galleria, 4140 Linden Avenue in Dayton. The free, no-obligation session is open to all entrepreneurs, business managers, and salespeople in the Dayton/Miami Valley region.

The purpose of BNI is to help members create a wide-reaching, reciprocally profitable referral system free of internal competition, something unavailable from other professional networking options. Founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI now has more than 10,600 chapters worldwide that have earned its nearly 300,000 members more than $19 billion in revenue. The Green Team BNI Chapter is one of 17 in the Dayton, Ohio region.

The Green Team BNI is one of 17 chapters in the Dayton/Miami Valley region – and they’re growing!

Gery Deer is the founder and creative director of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., a public relations and media firm in Jamestown, Ohio, and president of The Green Team BNI chapter. “In April of this year, my business celebrates 25 years, largely due to the professional connections and financial benefits of my BNI membership,” Deer said. “Our visitors day offers the opportunity to make new contacts and experience, first-hand, what profitable networking looks like.”

Along with a global networking opportunity, BNI members have access to regular webinars and support material to help sharpen their skills in everything from sales to public speaking. During each weekly meeting, members and visitors follow a specific agenda and are offered the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group and give a one-minute sales presentation. At this special visitor event, there will also be a special discussion about referral marketing in general and detailed information on the value of BNI.

Using the organizational philosophy called, “Givers Gain,” members exchange qualified, referrals rather than cold leads. “When members exchanged referrals in BNI, the giver has already communicated with the subject beforehand,” Deer explained. “Qualifying the referral before passing it, rather than giving a cold lead, nearly assures a closed sale.”

At present, the Green Team BNI Chapter is looking for applicants to fill a host of classifications including landscaper, home inspector, health insurance provider, property title agency, massage therapist, and more. Visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards and invite others as well.

A brief visitor orientation will be held immediately following the business meeting. For more information visit the chapter’s website www.thegreenteambni.com or contact chapter Visitor Host, Mark Myers, at (937) 545-8587 or by email, mmyers@usavingsbank.com.

Fundraiser for Jamestown Youth Cheer April 23rd

In Local News on March 21, 2022 at 5:33 pm

Greene County Blanketed In Light Flurries Friday Evening

In Local News on January 29, 2022 at 12:24 pm

GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. signs an industry-diverse list of new Dayton area clients.

In Local News on December 27, 2021 at 5:29 pm

December 27, 2021 – Jamestown, Ohio -GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. (GLD (http://gldcommunications.com)), founder, and creative director, Gery Deer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerydeer/), has announced his firm has signed several new, high-profile local clients to kick-off an aggressive start to 2022. The new clientele adds to an already industry-diverse book of business that serves non-profits to mortgage lenders and launches an anniversary first quarter for the privately-held, Greene County, Ohio-based public relations and media communications firm.


“We’re excited to be working with local organizations, which are mostly underserved by regional agencies who are often too busy trying to make a name with big, out-of-state clients,” Deer said. “Our PR and media services have a national reach, but I prefer to focus our work here at home, to maintain low overhead low and put our resources into serving the clients. I think clients deserve effective work, at a competitive cost, from a hometown agency that understands both their mission and their audience.”


As a result, GLD has turned its attention to the Dayton region, with work that varies both in industry and scope. In mid-December, the company became the public relations (PR) agency of record for the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association. The non-profit organization helps to preserve and protect the wetlands and in Greene County, Ohio region through conservation, education, recreational opportunities, and stewardship. 


Additionally, the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce has also been signed as a technology and media communications consulting client. The agency assists with media production and technology issues and will play a role in the development and production of the chamber’s annual meeting in March.


Lastly, Young’s Jersey Dairy will be a featured title sponsor on the agency’s house production, “3-2-1 PROFITS – THE PODCAST (http://321profitspodcast.com).” Dan Young and his son John will be featured as part of a 2-part premiere of the program’s second season, dropping January 15th. As part of this project, GLD will serve as a media consultant for a proposed podcast from Young’s covering agricultural and related industry topics.

GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., was founded in 1997 by Gery L. Deer of Jamestown, Ohio, as part-time information technology and public relations firm. Less than a year later, the company had a full-time volume of sales and annual revenue that far outstripped Deer’s previous day job. Media Director Julie Barth joined the firm in 2019 to head up the audio-video department and helped to expand the firm’s capacity for full media production, including the development of several in-house productions, such as, “3-2-1 PROFITS – THE PODCAST.”

GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd.
Creative Director, Gery Deer


Thanks to its creative structure and fully-remote staff, the agency was already positioned to thrive during the pandemic and continued throughout to service and onboard new work. Deer announced this latest list of work as the company prepares to launch its 25th-anniversary celebration that will run through Q1 of 2022. The commemoration will include a series of specially-themed public relations and audio-video production packages leading up to an exclusive live event in March and the relaunch of one of the company’s original services (TBA), and a few other surprises.


For more information or to learn more about GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., please call 937-675-6169 or visit gldcommunications.com (http://gldcommunications.com). Full details on services and promotions through the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw7_eJBwiE8&t=36s

Third Dose For Immune-Compromised Individuals Available at GCPH

In Local News on August 31, 2021 at 8:45 am


XENIA, OH – Greene County Public Health (GCPH) is providing the 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine only
to those individuals who are immune-compromised who have had either Pfizer or Moderna. At this time, it is
not recommended for an additional dose for those who received the J&J vaccine.


To be considered for the third dose, an individual must meet one of the following criteria:


• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (20 milligrams or more of prednisone daily or an
equivalent) including:


o alkylating agents
o antimetabolites
o cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive
o transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs
o tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers
o other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory


• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Moderate or severe immunodeficiency such as DiGeorge or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
• Received a CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant and are within two years of transplant or
taking immunosuppression therapy
• Received a solid-organ transplant and are presently taking immunosuppressive therapy
• Undergoing cancer treatment – solid tumors and hematologic malignancies

GCPH holds a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday of each week from 2:00 – 3:30pm at its main office
located at 360 Wilson Drive in Xenia. You can visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to schedule a time,
or simply stop by our clinic on any Thursday during the above hours. Be sure to bring your COVID-19
vaccination card with you to your appointment.


For more information about Greene County Public Health, please call 937-374-5600 or visit the website at
www.gcph.info.

18th Annual London, Ohio Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour is “A Go” for June 12, 2021

In Local News on May 8, 2021 at 8:29 am

Pandemic safety plans allow much-loved ride to take place in 2021

May 8, 2021 – London, OhioFMCPT (Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails) in London, OH, has announced that after a 2020 pandemic-related layoff the Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour is back again for 2021.

The 2021 Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour actually consists of four different routes: 21-mile, 44-mile, and 66-mile rides, plus a 100-mile “Century Ride.” All rides kick off between 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM from the Prairie Grass Trailhead located behind the Madison County Senior Citizens Center at 280 West High Street in London. The courses will wind through Madison, Clark, Fayette and Greene Counties, featuring flat to gently rolling terrain.

Working with the local health department, pandemic safety protocols have been developed to allow everyone to ride safely. Pre-registration (available until June 7th) is only $35 and includes: detailed tour maps, identification number, support services, food stops using pandemic safety measures, a $5 discount on official Tour tee shirts, map and GPS tools including FIT, GPX, and PDF downloads for registered riders, and an FMCPT membership through 2021! Safely pre-packaged food items will be provided at rest stops and include granola bars, fresh fruit, water, and sports drinks such as Powerade or Gatorade. Plus, the 66-mile and 100-mile routes also pass through several small communities where facilities and items are available for your purchase.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

IMPORTANT: All registrations received after 8:00 PM, Monday, June 7, including in-person on the day of the Tour, will be $50.00. After 12:00 noon on Friday, June 11, registration will only be available at the sign-in desk on Tour morning, Saturday, June 12 – credit cards, check, money order, or cash.

Founded in 1999, the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization staffed by an all-volunteer team dedicated to supporting the Madison County Park District and the City of London. FMCPT works to provide superior trail and park experiences for our community and visitors along the Ohio to Erie Trail as it passes through Madison County going from the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Being a part of the Great American Rail-Trail has also allowed for national exposure bringing recognition and acclaim for FMCPT’s efforts from far beyond local borders. For more information or to become a supporter, go to https://fmcpt.com/.

Memorial Day Weekend Century Ride in Dayton to Support Wounded Warriors

In Dayton Ohio News, Health, Local News, Sports News, Travel, Uncategorized on April 12, 2021 at 10:57 am

Dayton, Ohio – April 12, 2021 – On Memorial Day Weekend, avid cyclists and casual riders alike are invited to participate in the Dayton Century Ride, a 50 and 100-mile bike ride to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This is the second year for the event and there is no cost to participate, however organizers are hopeful participants will encourage family and friends to sponsor their ride and donate to the Wounded Warrior Project campaign. https://communityfundraising.woundedwarriorproject.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=3976

The event begins at 8am on Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Starting point will be at the Creekside Trail near the intersection of Springfield St and N Smithville Rd. Participants will follow the Creekside Trail to Xenia where it meets up with the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

Riders will continue south to Cartridge Brewing, located right on the bike trail and a perfect 50 miles, one way. Participants can either have friends and family pick them up at Cartridge Brewing after a well-earned rest around noon or head back north to complete the full 100-mile century ride.

“The first ride was completed in 2020 by a few Air Force officers while stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB,” explained Mark Adams, one of the event organizers. “We hope to make the ride a staple event of the Dayton area, growing in number and impact as the ride becomes better known. We hope you join us on this great ride for a great cause!”

All proceeds support life-changing programs that empower, employ, and engage America’s injured Veterans. Thanks to the generosity of those who donate, warriors and their families never pay a cent for these services.

For more information, please call Mark Adams at 815-307-5004, or email mark.adams@alumni.purdue.edu.

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Midpoint for Century or Endpoint for 50 …

Revitalizing Jamestown: New group hopes to bring life back to downtown

In Local News on April 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

By Gery Deer

Editor

Special Report – Revitalizing Jamestown, Ohio. Watch our feature story here!

April 4, 2021 – Jamestown, Ohio – The eastern Greene County village of Jamestown, Ohio, once had a thriving downtown. Over the years, Jamestown’s business district was home to a movie theatre, five-and-dime stores, hardware, and multiple restaurants. Historically, most of the town’s commerce was generated by farming and lumberyards. Gradually, however, as farming slowed and land was sold off, building and plastics manufacturers became the primary employers.

But in the early 1990s two fires ripped through the downtown area, an economic blow from which the village has never completely recovered. And, while some efforts have been made toward revitalization, only the Jamestown Opera House has been fully restored, thanks to the local historical society. As for the rest of the area, urban sprawl, deteriorating buildings, and overwhelming renovation costs have diminished hope for a full comeback. 

However, one local group of idealistic entrepreneurs is a bit more optimistic. Jamestown native Luke Linville and his wife Adrienne, both realtors, returned to the village a year ago and began working on ways to breathe new life into the decaying business district.  

Main Street Jamestown founders/board of directors:
Amber Trotter, Chase Trotter, Adrienne Linville, and Luke Linville

The Linvilles partnered with Amber and Chase Trotter, who were also interested in a revitalization initiative. Together, the group formed the board of directors for Main Street Jamestown, a non-profit organization intended to support local businesses and property owners through grants, donations, and fundraising events.

“There are a lot of people trying to do good here like the Lions Club. We want to make Jamestown a better place and we have a passion for it, having grown up here,” Linville said. “We are trying to make people aware that there are businesses downtown, that there are people who are doing really good down here.”

When the previous owner of Something New florist retired in 2019, Kristine Erwin purchased the building and started renovations. Located at 18 W. Washington St., on the southwest block of the downtown, the flower shop was one of the few structures to survive the fires along that strip, but not without some scars. 

Kristine Erwin, Owner of Something New Faith, Flowers, Finds in Jamestown, Ohio

“The fire took the second floor of this building and so the roof has been leaking for many years,” said Erwin, a retired Greeneview teacher who credits her faith for guiding her to make this new career move. “There was damage to the ceiling and a lot of mold along the outside wall and in the back. We have replaced the plumbing and the heating and next we will be working on replacing the electrical.” 

One of the major issues with the storefront, however, is the old, single-pane windows, which need to be replaced to help with heating and cooling as well as signage and window displays. Fortunately, Erwin met Amber Trotter, who had also opened a new photography studio right next door. Main Street Jamestown had its first project.

As an inaugural event, the group held a fundraiser on March 20th to help Erwin replace two, large storefront windows. Held in the Lions Club lot next door to the flower shop, Main Street Jamestown offered games, a raffle, food and branded merchandise, with all proceeds going toward the Something New window project. Despite a cold but sunny spring day, organizers said the fundraiser was a great success and raised more than $1,500. More information about something Erwin’s shop is available online at www.somethingnewfaithflowersfinds.com.

Linville and his team would like to support area residents as well as downtown businesses. “Of course it starts with the downtown businesses and goes out from there and we hope to help residents as well,” he said. “We want to help with a leaky roof or landscaping or whatever someone may need that we can do. Every effort helps Jamestown look more attractive to people so they will come here and the businesses and town will thrive.”

The organization is busy on social media with regular live videos and event postings, all in hopes of engaging volunteers and raising money for future projects. “Right now what we’re doing is spreading the word,” Linville said. “If you see us post on social media please like and share. The more people we can get to interact with us, the more people who live in the area will be aware of us; even those who come here visiting family or come to the lake (Shawnee Hills) in the summer.”

Main Street Jamestown’s next event is a downtown street fair slated for April 24; information is available on their Facebook page. The organization is also partnered with the non-profit group Greene Giving and tax-deductible donations can be made online at https://greenegiving.ejoinme.org/MyPages/MainStreetJamestown/tabid/1223992/Default.aspx.

For more information on ways to support Main Street Jamestown, contact them on Facebook @MainStreetJamestown, call 937-374-9424, or email mainstreetjamestown@gmail.com.

You can also support Main Street Jamestown by purchasing branded apparrel. The online store is open until April 11th! https://mainstreetjamestown.itemorder.com/sale?fbclid=IwAR0K-FfFdltryPey7pw0LcQY-tk4-ZxJrCUxDZWmLRIYLG-RxQxQsCRWzg8

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