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Master Gardener Volunteer program offered

Do you love gardening? Do you like to share information?  You could become an Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Master Gardener Volunteers are members of the local community who take an active interest in the care of lawns, trees, shrubs and gardens.  They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and share their knowledge with others. What sets OSU Extension Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners and garden clubs is their special training in horticulture and willingness to educate our community. In exchange for their training, Master Gardener Volunteers contribute time to our community, representing Ohio State University Extension.

If accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer program, participants will attend a local training course. The program offers a minimum of 50 hours instruction on horticulture topics including lawns, ornamental trees and shrubs, insect, disease and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers and water conservation. A manual is included.  In the first year, 50 hours of volunteer service is required.

Individuals with an interest in both gardening and volunteer service are potential participants for the program. No previous formal training is necessary.

Participants will become knowledgeable about a wide array of gardening subjects.  The practical training is
designed to increase your confidence and horticultural skills which enables you to assist the public with questions and problem solving garden concerns.

To obtain an application packet, contact the OSU Extension Montgomery County Office at (937) 224-9654 or send an e-mail request to The application deadline is November 1.  Classes will be held at the OSU Extension Office, located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

In consideration of rising fuel costs and conservation, we will hold full-day sessions on Tuesdays beginning March 3 through April 28, 2009 for a total of nine weeks. There is a one-time fee of $140 per person. Scholarships are available.

Fashion made Fabulous by Marsha

Looking to update your wardrobe, or enhance the look you already have?  Then sign up today!  Marsha McDonald is a Fashion and Style consultant.  She will help you design a fabulous new style just for you, or enhance your already wonderful sense of fashion. This is a two-day course for men and women ages 16 and up.  Marsha attended Sessions Modeling School, etiquette school, and modeled for 20 years both photo and runway.  This is a must class for anyone who wants to be “Fabulous!”

Day 1 - Saturday, Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fashion/Style What do they mean to you?  Clothes Bring at least two outfits and accessories (no more then 5 outfits) to find out if how to improve or update the look. Hair styles What hair style is best for you?

Day 2 - Saturday, Sept. 27 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Shopping field trip (must have own means of transportation) to Stein-mart in Town & Country or Elder-Beerman on Dorothy Lane, determination to be made day one, for shopping.  Marsha will help make fabulous choices.

Call the Oakwood Community Center, 298-0775 or stop by 105 Patterson Rd. to sign up today!

Alterfest Calendar

This coming Labor Day Weekend, The Alter High School Booster Association will present the 28th Annual Alter Family Fun Fest 2008.  Activities will include the AlterFest 5K and Family Fun Run, a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, children’s games & rides, raffles, popular LIVE music, world famous Clydesdales, great food and FUN.  New highlights to this year’s festival include an expanded Sports bar area and a Guitar Hero III Tournament. 

Admission is free and open to the public.  Free parking is available.  Come and bring the whole family and join us for a FUN filled weekend!!  For more information visit  Alter High School is located at 940 E. David Rd., Kettering, Ohio  45429.

The entertainment schedule is as follows:

Saturday August 30

12:00 p.m.  – 12:45 p.m.  Opening Ceremony
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Irish Dancers
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guitar Hero Tournament Registration
2:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.  The Johnson’s
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Fries
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. This Side Up

Sunday August 31

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Guitar Hero Tournament 1st & 2nd Rounds
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Bonneville
5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Spungewurthy
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Shadowlife

Monday Sept 1

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Guitar Hero 3rd and Final Rounds
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Velvet Crush

Boonshoft Gala slated Sept. 6 at museum

As members of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Associate Board, Oakwood residents Kim and Will Allen, Lynn and Andy Denka, Tim and Sandy Davis, Bev and Kirk Johnson, Julie and Vipal Patel and Cynthia Ronan, along with Don Augenstein II of Kettering, are playing key roles in the upcoming Boonshoft Gala, the Museum’s annual benefit, this year supporting the traveling outreach program, Exhibits-To-Go.

“Exhibits-To-Go is really a unique program and a great opportunity for students in Kettering and Oakwood to experience the museum in their classroom,” said Associate Board Member Lynn Denka. “The kids get great exposure to topics outside of the normal learning experience with this program and it gives them important insight into careers,” added Associate Board Member Andy Denka.

The goal of the gala is to raise $60,000 to support the Exhibits-To-Go program, providing $1 for each of the 60,000 children who will benefit from a classroom presentation this year alone.

The black tie Boonshoft Gala will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m. – 12:00 midnight at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton. Individual tickets are $175.  Corporate tables, accommodating up to 20 to 10 guests, are available for $2000. There are 380 seats available on a first-reserved, first-confirmed basis. To purchase tickets or for more information: Call 937-2 75-7431 ext 136 or 146, or visit www.Boonshoft

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Schantz Avenue project underway

On Aug. 18, work will begin on the city of Oakwood’s Far Hills Avenue and Schantz Avenue Improvement Project.  The project accomplishes four important objectives:  1) It improves roadway safety by adjusting the lane alignment of Far Hills Avenue and eliminating several unnecessary jogs in the curb line between Rubicon Road and Sawmill Road; 2) it improves pedestrian safety by increasing the distance between the sidewalk and roadway through addition of tree lawn green space in several areas along the east side of Far Hills Avenue; 3) it widens Far Hills to accommodate a center left turn lane between Schantz Avenue and Springhouse Road; and 4) it creates an intersection with a traffic signal at Springhouse Road that will serve as the community’s roadway connection to the Old River sports fields and the new residential development.

Construction work will take place on Far Hills Avenue between Rubicon Road and Sawmill Road and on Schantz Avenue between Rubicon Road and Kramer Road.  The project will begin on Far Hills Avenue with the placement of traffic control barrels and signs, some roadway demolition, and storm sewer improvements.  Work will necessitate lane closures but at least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.  The lane closures will start on the southbound side of Far Hills and will then move to the northbound side.  The most disruptive work will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

All work on the roadway project is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving. The city will do everything possible to expedite the construction and to mitigate the impacts on pedestrians and motorists.  Please contact Bart Bornhorst, the project inspector, or Kevin Weaver, the city engineer, at 298-0777 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work.

Oakwood Police beginning weekend OVI patrols

The Oakwood Public Safety Department will participate in the second phase of the statewide traffic safety campaign, the follow-up to “Click It or Ticket,” which took place in late May of this year. The second phase is “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit – Under Arrest.” The department will have designated OVI patrols each weekend beginning Aug. 15 through the Labor Day Weekend.



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