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KMO chamber announces 2008 board members

The Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce announces the 2008 roster of members on the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council for 2008. They are as follows:

Executive Committee

President:  Ron Testa, Time Warner Cable
Vice President:  Steve Reeves, P&R Communications Service, Inc.
Secretary:  Jason Woodard, Miller-Valentine Group
Membership Chair:  Darla Cade, Heartland Federal Credit Union
Treasurer:  Duane Kruer, Goldshot, Lamb & Hobbs, Inc. CPAs
Past President:  Ron Johnson, Stewart Johnson & Associates
Executive Director:  Ann-Lisa Rucker

Board of Directors

Toni Perry Gillispie, AT&T
Kevin Jones, Robert K. Jones Insurance Agency
Greg McAfee, McAfee Heating & Air
Beverly Morris, Kettering Heath Center
Elizabeth Riley, Insignia Signs, Inc.
Rich Toronto, Dayton Power and Light
Richard Valentine, Fifth Third Bank
Jeff Walker, Walker Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Dayton
Paul Wichmann, GMVM Moraine Assembly
Diane Stevens, Dayton Daily News

Advisory Council

Michael Davis, City of Moraine
Gary Froelich, Froelich Law Office Co. LPA
Gregg Gorsuch, City of Kettering
Bill Kugel, WPAFB
Dr. Robert Mengerink, Kettering City Schools
Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo, Oakwood City Schools
Aaron Vietor, City of Moraine
Jay Weiskircher, City of Oakwood
Erika Whiting, Heartland Federal Credit Union

The Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce is a working association of over 850 businesses, professionals, and industrial people committed to the area’s economic future. The success of the Chamber is directly reflected in the collective leadership of the members.

Achievement of our Chamber’s goals will ultimately affect the lives of all citizens in our region. Since 1957, the Chamber of Commerce has been the voice for business and will continue to serve our growing membership with quality benefits and programs

8 named YWCA Women of Influence recipients

The YWCA Dayton will honor seven local women at its annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon, to be held March 13, at the Dayton Convention Center. In addition, a special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Lynnette Heard, Executive Director, Office of the President, University of Dayton.

The 2008 Women of Influence honorees are:

Beth Adelman, Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Vicki Braun, Executive Director, Oak Tree Corner

Debbie Lieberman, President, Montgomery County Commission

Deborah Norris, Vice-President, Workforce Development & Corporate Services, Sinclair Community College

Claire Renzetti, Ph. D., Professor, University of Dayton

Norma J. Ross, President, Bob Ross Buick-GMC-HUMMER & Ross Motor Cars Mercedes-Benz

Georgie Woessner, General Manager, Dayton Public Radio

The YWCA Dayton Women of Influence honorees are women in the greater Dayton community who have made a positive influence on the lives of others, as part of their careers, as volunteers, as role models or mentors. Nominations were solicited from the community, and the honorees were selected by a panel of community leaders.

The Women of Influence Luncheon serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the YWCA Dayton. Tickets for the luncheon are $65 per person. Call the YWCA Dayton at 937-461-5550 x179 or visit for more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities.

OHS Alumni Association seeks nominees

“Successes are often attributed to one’s roots.  Oakwood and its alumni have deep and far-reaching roots full of many accomplished and amazing alumni.”

- Jean (Mahle) Ireland OHS Class of ‘81

The Oakwood High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce the OHS Distinguished Alumni Award.  The Alumni Association developed the award’s criteria, nominating and voting processes, and induction standards for this annual award.  The Oakwood Board of Education, at the May 2007 meeting, approved the Distinguished Alumni Award and process.  We are now accepting nominations with the first induction ceremony to be held in conjunction with the City of Oakwood’s Centennial Celebration being held in the Summer/Fall of 2008.  The exact date of the induction ceremony will be determined soon.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is a wonderful way to acknowledge fellow OHS Alumni who have made significant accomplishments in their career and community. Contact the Oakwood Board of Education at 297-5332.

Manavision adds HD editing and digital audio

Oakwood business ManaVision, Inc. unveiled the company’s major expansion today. The expansion doubles the award-winning video and multimedia company’s studios.
“ManaVision is excited to introduce our 2008 expansion to our corporate, broadcast and commercial clients,” said Sam Manavis, owner.“The expansion took several months to complete, and includes a new HD edit suite and digital audio recording capabilities, as well as an overall upgrade to the facility’s infrastructure. Our video production talent has a vast array of creative tools available to them, and we are very pleased to see our clients and their projects already reaping the benefits. It’s a logical extension of our under-one-roof services. Now clients who take advantage of our Avid editorial, DVD authoring, graphic design and animation capabilities can fill their post needs in the Final Cut room,” Manavis said.

The latest investment enables the company to meet increased editing demand from corporate and commercial clients.

ManaVision creates video, interactive presentations, podcasts, animation, websites, online media, and just about anything else that takes advantage of digital technology.

Financial/investor workshop Jan. 16 - Feb. 20 

Edward Jones financial advisor Ron Solada will host a six-week workshop titled “Financial Workshop for Individual Investors” starting Jan. 16 through Feb. 20. The class will provide an in-depth look at the many different types of investments available to and suitable for investors who are working or retired.

Classes will meet once a week from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will be held at 3602 Wilmington Pike, Kettering. The enrollment fee is $15 per person, which includes all course materials.

For more information or to enroll contact Ron Solada at 293-7473.

Children’s book on Charles Kettering released

Charles F. Kettering held over 140 invention patents and now is the subject of the Awesome Americans book series by Children’s Historical Publishing (CHP). “Boss Kett,” as he was known in his day, helped found Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, Kettering Medical Center and the DELCO division of GM. He also made some of the most significant advancements to the automobile, from the self-starter to the automatic transmission.

“Mr. Kettering left a remarkable footprint on the community that shares his name. He was one of the greatest inventors in U.S history. I am humbled to welcome readers to the inspiring world of this city’s namesake” wrote Donald E. Patterson, Mayor of
Kettering, who penned the dedication for the book.

The book was made possible by Virginia W. Kettering Fund. Joyce Reid Kasprzak, executive director of Children’s Historical Publishing spearheaded the project. Illustrations were done by artist Leonard Williams of Waynesville, authored by Kelly Munsee of Dayton, and researched by Curt Dalton of  the Montgomery County Historical Society. The teacher’s guide was written and researched by Elois Henderson.

The books are available at Barnes & Nobles, Borders, Carillon Park, Blue Turtle, Boonshoft Museum and others. These books and teacher guides follow the Ohio State Standards. For more information about how your school or organization can obtain these books contact Joyce Reid Kasprzak at 937-643-0502 or

OJHS student story featured in national magazine

Sarah Manavis, an eighth grader at Oakwood Jr. High School, had a feature article, “Glimpse in the Past,” published in the January/February 2008 issue of New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and their Dreams. The magazine is a bi-monthly publication that brings girls’ voices to the world.

Sarah co-authored the article with another young contributor, Margaret Linderman from Brooklyn, New York. The two girls interviewed their mothers and grandmothers on what life was like for them as young people. They compared and contrasted the differences between how the world is now, and how it was for their mothers and grandmothers.

To the question “What were middle and high school like?” Sarah’s mother Maureen remarked that “we really didn’t have cliques, just individual friends. We had tons of sleepovers – a lot more than girls today usually have.”

Grandmother Elaine was asked what she did with friends for fun? “Every Friday after school, my friends and I would go to the Soda Fountain, which was a candy and ice cream shop.” She further gave a brief description of the difficulties of living during the Great Depression. Sarah likes spending time with her sister, Tia, her best friend, Emi, and writing music. Sarah is also a member of the New Moon Girls Editorial Board, who selected Sarah’s article for the current issue.

Sarah is the daughter of Sam Manavis and Maureen Blandford.

Scouting News_________________________________

Toothbrush Trooper

Girl Scout Olivia Halverson, a fourth grader with Troop 2518, earned a badge by collecting 120 toothbrushes.  Olivia was encouraged by her troop leaders, Karen Gillingham, Libby Lovette, and Marilyn Reed to earn badges on her own, thus promoting independence.  

Olivia put a flyer on her neighbors’ doors, and put a box in her yard marked ‘Collecting Toothbrushes’. Olivia’s neighbors on Lookout Drive and her friends were very generous. On the last day of her collection, neighbors Kevin and Jane Klose helped her exceed her goal of 100 by donating 20 toothbrushes!

Olivia donated them to the YWCA shelter on Third Street downtown Dayton.  There are currently two shelters there. One is for domestic violence victims and the other is a shelter for women in need.

Next, Olivia intends on collecting laundry detergent for the YWCA women.

Centennial Reflections
Essays from the Oakwood Historical Society

One of the first things that should impress even a casual observer about Oakwood, is the topography. Why is there a ridge slicing through the city which runs on the west of Far Hills Ave. to Patterson and then curls to the right, creating a plateau in the south and east, and valleys in the west and north? Col. E. A. Deeds commissioned a geologist, August F. Foerste, to publish a study in 1915. It was the combined work of the author and Prof. Wm. B. Werthner, who had been studying the south Dayton area since 1893. It zooms in on the gravel ridge extending from Carrmonte and Calvary Cemetery south through Hills and Dales to Holes Creek.

The short version reports that glaciers overwhelmed large parts of the earth’s surface several times. The North American Laurentide sheet of ice, spread from Hudson Bay and covered more than five million square miles from the Artic Ocean, and south to bury eastern Canada, New England, and more than the northern half of the midwestern United States. The last of theses glacial invasions – know as the Wisconsin Stage – began about 70,000 years ago, reaching its maximum 20,000 years ago and ending between 14,000 and 8,000 years ago.

As a glacier forms, melts, recedes, and reforms, it moves along the surface carrying particles which have been ground up by the rocks being carried in this “drift” lake a conveyor belt, changing the underlying surface and depositing debris when it melts. The material deposited is known as “till”. One landform created of till is the “End Moraine”, a ridge or hill up to several hundred feet high created the melting of the end of the glacier. A type of end moraine, called a Terminal Moraine marks the farthest point of advance of the glacier. Every time a glacier paused in its retreat, a new ridge or hill of rocky debris was deposited.

Applying all this to Oakwood, we see the narrow ridges of Terminal Moraines straddling the Dayton Country Club, extending from Carrmonte (West Schantz/ Patteron Blvd.) southeast along Adirondak Ridge and following Patterson Blvd. to Inspiration Point (cor. Ridgeway and Oak Knoll). Another ridge follows Panorama Rd. (Ridgeway Rd.) from Carrmonte to Fairforest Circle, south to Inspiration Point.  

One of the most interesting concepts is the notion put forth by the author that the ridges formed by Gov. Cox’s hill, Moraine Farm, Ridgeleigh Terrace and Delco Dell on the west, and Carrmonte, Adirondak, Panorama, and Frederick Farm on the east, formed a lake known as Locust Valley Lake (Kettering Hospital area). Created by melting of the glacier, water was trapped in the depression formed by the gravel ridges. There would have been an outflow at the lowest point, which would have been north of Dorothy Lane in Moraine, and at the Stroop Rd. entrance to Delco Dell. Try that on your mental GPS !

If you keep in mind some well known local land marks, you can reason the how and why of development of Oakwood described in the first paragraph from a geological view. Remember that the Henry Long Homestead of the Oakwood Historical Society had a substantial gravel quarrying operation in the 1800’s. Same for the Elizabeth Gardens section (Raleigh, Devereux, Woodstock). Extend your imagination to John H. Patterson’s “Far Hills’ and Ohmer’s Lookout Ridge, then to the new Service Bldg. and Hollinger Tenis Courts (which had a gravel operation early on), and to Woodland Cemetery. Then backtrack to Sugar Camp, Carrmonte, and Calvary Cemetery along West Schantz – same thing!

Thus we are the beneficiaries of tens of thousands of years of freezing and thawing, making parts of Oakwood a beautiful area with a geological history of its own.

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January 8, 2008
Volume 17, No. 2

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