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Beaver Creek Wetlands Association Volunteer Rally offers opportunities, outdoors and in.

In Local News on February 4, 2023 at 1:57 pm

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association will hold a Volunteer Rally on Sunday, February 25th, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton Xenia Rd. in Beavercreek. The event is intended to provide information and answer questions for those interested in volunteer opportunities with the organization. Registration is now open at beavercreekwetlands.org/event/volunteer-rally and current volunteers are encouraged to bring a friend.

Beaver Creek Wetlands Association is a member-supported, non-profit organization established in 1988 and works to protect and restore wetlands and other natural areas in the Beaver Creek watershed in Greene County, Ohio. Since it was founded, the organization has preserved and protected more than 2,400 acres of land.

According to staff, volunteers are the backbone of BCWA efforts to care for this diverse ecosystem while simultaneously educating the community about the role it plays in maintaining clean drinking water. This Volunteer Rally will give people a better understanding of the opportunities offered and how they can partner their skills with the needs of the wetlands to benefit the entire community.

“This event is a great opportunity for those interested in volunteering with us,” said Beth Edsall, Outreach Director. “Participants will have a chance to talk to the land management team, committee heads, and other volunteers and learn more about different ways they can make a difference to this vital part of our environment.”

For the leaders in our community, BCWA offers many opportunities on their board of directors and various committees. Educators will enjoy helping with hikes and programs geared toward all age groups. For those who love gardening, many opportunities include seed collection, planting, and invasive plant removal. A lifelong learner might want to help the environment. Volunteers can also learn a variety of new skills, like plant identification and driving a tractor.

Opportunities are mostly for adults, but BCWA also offers options for youth organization projects, such as 4-H or scout projects, as well as high school and college students in need of service hours. Most volunteer positions are for outdoor tasks, but there are several indoor opportunities available.

For more information and to find the registration link, once again, please visit www.beavercreekwetlands.org.

GCPH to conduct community focus groups to develop a plan to address healthy eating and active living policies through HEAL grant funds.

In Local News on January 23, 2023 at 4:29 pm

XENIA, OH – Greene County was awarded a 1-year mini-grant called Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL). The focus of this grant is to build capacity for healthy eating and active living policies within various Greene County communities. The grant cycle, which runs from July 1 – June 30, will focus on the jurisdictions of Fairborn, Xenia, and Jamestown.

The first step in the process is to complete a Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Assessment, reviewing the current policies in each jurisdiction to identify gaps and opportunities. The results of the assessment will later be shared with members of the community to better understand the priorities of that community and work to develop and implement strategies that directly address those priorities. Community engagement is all about ensuring that those most impacted by challenges and inequities have an equal voice in designing and implementing solutions.

Currently, each community is conducting focus groups to explore this subject and begin to come up with a plan to implement those strategies. If you live in one of these communities, you are invited to participate in one of these free events.

Refreshments will be served at each event.

Jamestown

• January 24, 6:00pm – Jamestown Community Library, 86 Seaman Drive, Jamestown

Xenia

• January 26, 1:00pm – Xenia YMCA, 336 Progress Drive, Xenia

• January 31, 6:00pm – Xenia Community Library, 76 E. Market St., Xenia

Fairborn

• February 13, 1:00pm – Fairborn Community Library, 1 E. Main St., Fairborn

• March 1, 5:30pm – Abiding Christ Lutheran Church, 326 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn

These events are open to the residents of each community. Should you have questions about the focus groups, please contact Loressa Gonyer at lgonyer@gcph.info or call her at 937-374-5655.

Street Fair Returns to Downtown Yellow Springs, Ohio October 8

In Local News on July 25, 2022 at 5:09 pm

July 26, 2022 – Yellow Springs, OH – The Yellow Springs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce invites the public to Experience Yellow Springs with the return of the Yellow Springs Street Fair from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, October 8th, 2022. The popular event will feature two music stages, a beer garden, live street performers, more than 200 vendors, and a wide variety of unique shops and restaurants in the beautiful village of Yellow Springs. The street fair is free and open to the public.

Registration is now open for craft and food vendors, as well as music and entertainment providers. Downtown businesses will be given booth space options close to their shops and other local vendors will have preferential location options as well. But space is limited, and deadlines are approaching. The local vendor registration deadline is July 31st, and the overall vendor registration deadline is August 29th.

Prior to the pandemic, Yellow Springs Street Fair has been held twice a year, spring and fall, attracting as many as 15,000 visitors in a single day to the small Greene County village. “After 2 ½ years and 5 canceled street fairs, the Chamber is excited to welcome back this classic Yellow Springs event,” said Jason Bailey, Vice President of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “Our team and the Village of Yellow Springs are diligently planning to ensure a safe return of Street Fair with hopes that it provides the opportunity to experience the art, culture, and community of Yellow Springs!”

Primary logistical support for the street fair is being spearheaded by the event staff of Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs. The new co-owner of the hotel is Ryan Aubin, a member of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to see such an important event return to downtown Yellow Springs,” Aubin said. “I’m honored to be a sponsor and that our staff has the opportunity to help bring it back, hopefully, better than ever. We hope people will come and make the event as successful as it was before so it can continue.”

Organizers are also asking for volunteers to assist with set-up, tear-down, and festival operation throughout the day. Positions are available all day, from 6AM until 6PM, with short, flexible, shifts. Volunteers receive a free Street Fair t-shirt, and a ticket for one beer or two non-alcoholic drinks at our beer garden.

For more information, visit yellowspringsohio.org, or contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce Event Team by email at info@ysstreetfair.com or call (937)-767-2686.

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.

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

GCPH Warns Residents of Scammers Posing as Public Health Officials, Sharing Information on Vaccine Availability

In Health, Local News, Media on February 11, 2021 at 11:35 am

GREENE COUNTY, OH – Greene County Public Health officials have been alerted to the possibility of people fraudulently contacting residents by phone, text or email posing as public health officials and sharing information on the vaccine or other topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is to ensure that our residents get the official information from our agency and are not scammed.

If you are part of Phase 1B and have pre-registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through our agency, you will receive a call from 937-347-5030 and the caller ID will read as GREENE COUNTY. It will be a recorded message stating the date, time and location of the next available clinic for you to come to receive your vaccine. If you provide your email on the online registration form, you will get an email from bbrooks@gcph.info. If you can not take the call at the time it comes in, it will leave a voice mail for you to check later.

The only place to register for a clinic provided by Greene County Public Health is on our website at http://www.gcph.info. Once on our site, you can click the center blue box that states: Click This Box to go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up Page. Read the information very carefully and then click the link to fill out the form. Once you are on the list, you will remain on the list until you get the call to come to a scheduled clinic. It could take several weeks or even longer, pending vaccine availability, before you receive a call. As a federal asset, the COVID-19 vaccine is free to the public, however, we will attempt to bill your insurance for the administration of the vaccine. There is no fee for you and you will not receive a bill.

There are other vaccine providers in Greene County. There is no affiliation between Greene County Public Health and the other providers. Please visit vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov for the list of other providers which can be sorted by county. You are encouraged to get vaccinated in your home county as vaccine allotment to the counties is based on population. Pending vaccine availability, we are running clinics on Wednesdays from 10am – 3pm and Thursdays from 11am-5:30pm at the Russ Research Center, 2730 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.

In addition, to avoid loss of personal information, we encourage you not to share a picture of your vaccination card on social media as it does contain personal information. For official information on Greene County Public Health, our response to the pandemic, and the vaccine rollout, please contact Laurie Fox, Public Information Officer, at 937-374-5600, ext. 5669 or by email at lfox@gcph.info. GCPH shares this information on several social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also visit GCPH’s COVID-19 FAQ page at healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19.

Tim Sontag retiring from Xenia Shoe and Leather after nearly 40 years.

In Local News on December 27, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Sontag’s last official day will be December 31, 2020.

By Gery Deer

Video: Tim Sontag talks about his life’s work and retirement from Xenia Shoe & Leather Repair.
Video courtesy of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. – Copyright 2020, All Rights Reserved.

Xenia, Ohio – December 28, 2020 – Tim Sontag and Xenia Shoe and Leather Repair have been a dependable fixture in downtown Xenia. After 38 years, he has decided to hang up his leather tools and hand over the reins for a well-deserved retirement. As of January 1, 2021, the new owner will be long-time employee Matt Jopson.

“I found a great spot across from the Greene County Courthouse in downtown Xenia,” he said and opened his doors in June of 1982. At first, the shop was not exactly the warm, welcoming place it is today. “I remember spending the first winter working here,” Sontag remembered. “I was working over a little Kerosene heater fixing shoes because I was worried about the cost of heating it.” 

Tim Sontag (left) and long-time employee turned new owner, Matt Jopson.

When the store next door went out of business, Sontag acquired a Red Wing account and expanded into shoe sales. He later added Birkenstock and other brands to the line and began updating the repair shop into a high-end retail space. One of Sontag’s specialties has been in pedorthics, using footwear to help ease various types of foot, ankle, and heel conditions.

Originally, Sontag worked alone. But soon he brought in some part-time assistants who eventually became full-time employees. Some of his current employees have been with him for more than 20 years. “It’s been a gradual process of growing employee by employee, and customer by customer over many years.”

The independent shoe and leather repair shop is a dying breed, according to Sontag, but people are moving more toward keeping things longer and having them repaired rather than throwing them away. “I think we offer a personal service in repair and shoe sales and fitting that you just don’t see much anymore, helping people with problem feet or who are just hard to fit.”

That independent spirit has also offered Sontag some great opportunities over the years for custom work. Along with the usual flow of shoe and leather garment repairs, Sontag and his team have been involved in some unique projects over the years as well. 

“We’ve had many odd things over the years,” he explained. For example, “making a custom harness for an elephant, and gloves and mouthpieces for trapeze artists.” He added they have also made custom equipment for scuba diving, equestrians, and specialty designs for the whip training school in Jamestown.

As a lifelong craftsman, the work and the people are what kept him going. “I really enjoy the variety, I enjoy the sort of problem-solving of repair and the craftiness of it, and the satisfaction of the completed job,” he said.“Xenia and Greene County and the greater Dayton area have all been very supportive of us and I really enjoy the customers.”

In his retirement, Sontag said he and his wife would like to travel again, pandemic-permitting, as his two sons live one in Maine and the other in Denmark. He has one grandchild he would like to see more and he has siblings scattered around the country. “I love table tennis and I try to play two or three times a week,” he said. “And my wife and I will probably do more gardening and I love to work with my hands so I’ll probably do some woodworking.” He also hinted that he may return to the shop and help out from time to time. 

As for what’s next for Xenia Shoe and Leather Repair, Sontag and Jopson both agree that customers should not see much of a difference. Both noted there will probably be improvements but the store will go on, as is, with the same group of skilled craftspeople. 

Sontag’s last day as the owner will be December 31, 2020, and he offered this as a final word. “I want to give a huge thank you to all of our loyal customers over the years. We couldn’t have done it without great support from the community, the business community, and everyone who lives here and who has done business with us. Many of them make the conscious choice to support local businesses. All of us here owe a huge debt of gratitude to them, and I think Xenia Shoe and Leather will be a part of downtime Xenia for a long time to come.”

Editor’s Note

TIm Sontag with long-time customer and Jamestown Comet editor, Gery Deer. December 2020.

I first met Tim Sontag in 1989, when I was working on some specialized leather equipment designs and needed a highly-skilled craftsperson to build it. His skill, insight, and friendship over the years have touched so many people and so many parts of my world – including my father. Several years ago, Tim helped me find a special shoe my father could put on by himself given his Parkinson’s limitations.

I’ve also worked with pretty much every one of the talented people in the shop over the years. Each and every time, they’ve come through for me, in one way or another. Tim hasn’t just built a store, he’s created a legacy. He’s leaving his shop in good hands and a nearly four-decade legacy of craftsmanship and community service.

The entire Deer family and our friends and associates want to personally thank Tim for all of his years of great work and friendship. Good luck, sir, and congratulations.

Gery L. Deer, Editor / Founder

Exclusive Home Technology Help available without referral only until Thanksgiving!

In Business, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Senior Lifestyle, State News, Technology, Uncategorized on November 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm

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Jamestown Advertising & PR Firm To Discontinue IT Support Services June 1

In Business, Dayton Ohio News, Economy, Technology on May 21, 2020 at 12:29 pm

JAMESTOWN, OH – May 21, 2020 – GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., a 22-year-old advertising and public relations agency, based in Jamestown, Ohio, has announced it will discontinue the IT and technical support arm of the business as of June 1st of this year. Existing clients will be referred to local resources for continued service or provided with appropriate instructions for in-house technical staff to take over.

GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. merged with its sister company, Deer Computer Consulting, Ltd., in 2015 and continued to service existing tech support clients. Started in London, Ohio, in 1997, Deer Computer offered on-site support for computers and related technology, throughout southwest Ohio. Services ranged from hardware upgrades and software installations to tech consulting and networking support for small businesses. 

Once merged, GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. continued to offer a limited technology service under the parent flag but has moved further away from that to focus more on content marketing, video and audio production, and public relations.

“Deer Computer started as one of the first on-site, in-home technology support firms in this part of Ohio and it’s been a difficult choice to completely phase out that end of the business,” said the founder of both companies and CEO of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., Gery L. Deer. 

“We have had some clients who were with us for nearly 20 years and we have always been grateful for their loyalty and confidence. It is our hope this move will allow us to continue to grow the creative production and content marketing side of our company in-part because of our deep technical experience.”

GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. technology clients can get more information on the change, by contacting their representative. Contact information is available on the company’s official website, http://www.gldenterprises.net.