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Jones - Ellerbrock

Ken and Lorna Jones are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Hallie Elizabeth to John Christopher Ellerbrock.

The wedding took place June 7, 2008 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Oakwood, with the Reverend Gary Eichhorn officiating. Maid of Honor was the bride’s sister, Becky Jones (OHS ’00) and the Best Man was the groom’s friend Adam Mitzel. Other attendants were Erin Rowe (OHS ’98) and Mike Ellerbrock.

Hallie is a 1998 graduate of Oakwood High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in 2002 followed by a masters degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently is a reference librarian with the Greene County library system in Fairborn, OH.

John is the son of Dave and Mary Ann Ellerbrock of Fairfield Township, OH. John graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati in 1997 and received a degree in chemistry from Xavier University in 2001. He was commissioned into the US Army through ROTC and served our country for four years, which included a tour in Iraq. He currently is employed by Nalco Company as a district sales representative.                                  

The couple honeymooned in Maine and currently reside in Hamilton, OH


Wells – Wylie

Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Marcy Wells of Centerville, Ohio are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Marie Wells, to Jonathan David Wylie, son of Mr. & Mrs. David and Brenda (Croghan) Wylie of Acworth, Georgia.

The bride-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Oakwood High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Auburn University in May 2008. She was also an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Anne is a Registered Nurse and is currently practicing at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish in Atlanta, Georgia.

The groom-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia and will graduate in Dec. 2008 from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in History.

He was an active member of Theta Chi Fraternity. Jonathan will immediately pursue his master’s degree in Education in Atlanta after graduation.

The couple will be married on August 29, 2009 at The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel in Landrum, South Carolina. The newlyweds will make their home in Atlanta, Georgia


Operation FALCON cites local safety officer

U.S. Marshal James Wahlrab, left, presents Officer Tom Clingan with certificate for participation in Operation FALCON.

This past summer the Oakwood Public Safety Department participated in Operation FALCON, which stands for Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally. This operation was a joint effort by the U.S. Marshals Service and local law enforcement agencies across the United States. Local officers were sworn in as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals, during the operation, which allowed participating agencies to navigate jurisdictional barriers and boundaries that criminals often hide behind.

Over the course of the FALCON operation conducted across America during the month of June, 19,380 fugitives were arrested and removed from the streets, thus bringing justice to the many victims of violent crime that were affected by these individuals. In the process of FALCON over 25,000 warrants were cleared.

In many cases the fugitives arrested were among the most dangerous, and in many instances had been identified by local police and sheriff’s departments as their “Most Wanted.”

In fact, the fugitives arrested in FALCON this year had a collective total of nearly 94,000 prior arrests. This included 388 gang members; more than 1,000 sex offenders; 161 individuals wanted for homicide and 6,000 more who were wanted on
narcotics charges.  

Oakwood Public Safety Officer Tom Clingan participated in Operation FALCON. Tom served with the Marshals Service working in Montgomery and Greene Counties apprehending wanted persons during the June operation. On Sept. 5, 2008, Officer Clingan was presented with a certificate for his participation in Operation FALCON by U.S. Marshal James M. Wahlrab of the Southern District of Ohio. Marshal Wahlrab, thanked Officer Clingan for his work with FALCON. Marshal Wahlrab also thanked Chief Bebris and the department for supporting the operation and for making our community safer.

Trio marks 9-11 with gift to Islamic community

Last Tuesday, on the tragically-significant date of Sept. 11, more than 200 people gathered at the Dayton Islamic Center in Miamisburg to unveil the new Minbar “pulpit” designed and built by Burt Saidel, Oakwood Register arts reviewer, with help from Harold Prigozen of Temple Israel, and Oakwood resident Dick Cummings, a threesome called  “the God Squad” because of their many crafted efforts that dot churches, synagogues – and now a mosque – in Dayton and beyond.  

Harold Prigozen, Burt Saidel and Richard Cummings with their gift to the Dayton Islamic Society - a Minbar.

Saidel, Prigozen and Cummings have created and built pulpits for Christian churches, Arks of the Covenant for temples and synagogues, and now a Minbar for the Dayton Islamic Society. They also are responsible for many non-religuous gifts to the community, the most visible being the podium used by Neal Gittleman from which he conducts the Dayton Philharmonic.

The construction of the Minbar had particular significance. The welcome and program overview was conducted by Dr. Ramzieh and Wayel Azmeh. Dr. Wayel’s opening remarks referred to the tragedy of 9/11, “the “tragedy in all our hearts. If anything positive can be done on this day, the least must be extending a hand of friendship.” The three were presented with a “Tent of Abraham” plaque, a term which stresses the brotherhood of the three Abrahamic religions – Christian, Jewish and Islamic.

Burt Saidel accepted the recognition on behalf of the threesome, intro
ducing his acceptance with a typical Saidel witticism. “Why did two Jews and a Christian make a Minbar?” Answering seriously, Saidel said “We want to continue to use our talent as much for promoting understanding, and eliminating misunderstanding, among the religions of the world,” noting especially the three Abrahamic religions. “We love doing what we’re doing; and we have fun working together.”

Tuesday’s program was part of a “Tent of Abraham” series presented by the Dayton Interfaith Trialogue; and the  Dayton Mercy Society, whose vision means to promote Islamic values of mercy, justice, peace, human dignity, freedom and equality for all. It included a minute of silent prayer “for the victims and families of 9/11,” a report on the ways of “serving God through serving his children,” by Dr. Aliya Khan, and an explanation of Ramadan by Dr. Luby Abdurrahaman, a pediatric cardiologist. The newly-formed Dayton Peace Choir, under the direction of Jeff Olmsted, performed a short program.

Several noteworthy persons were in attendance. Oakwood Mayor Judy Cook, Doris Ponitz, chair of Dayton a Peace Process (DAPP), and her husband, David Ponitz, former president of Sinclair Community College, Oakwood resident Stuart McDowell, director of WSU Theatre and Oakwood resident Carol Holmes, attorney.

James Free Jewelers opens new location

James Free Jewelers, one of Ohio’s premiere jewelers, announces the opening of their new location adjacent to their previous location at 3100 Far Hills Avenue in Kettering, Ohio.  They opened for business Monday, Sept. 15.  A ribbon cutting ceremony/grand opening ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.

This new building will house a new state of the art showroom, jewelry and watch repair shops, and corporate offices for this family owned retailer that has been in business in Dayton since 1940. “We are so proud to be part of this special community. I am truly grateful for everyone involved in this new building. It was very important to me to keep all the contractors associated with this project from Dayton and we were able to accomplish that.”, said Michael Karaman, president of James Free Jewelers.  

The new store will be 15,000 square feet total. “Now with a showroom double in size from the older building, this will give us even more space for certified diamonds, world famous designers, and Swiss timepieces. Plus you will be able to see our jewelers and watchmakers work on your treasures from our new showroom. I am very excited,” Karaman said.

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September 17, 2008
Volume 17, No. 38

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