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McCollum – Smith

Sarah McCollum and Robert Smith were united in marriage on July 12, 2008 in Sacramento, CA.  The bride’s uncle, Rev. William G. Naumann, officiated the ceremony.

Sarah is the daughter of Mike and Diane McCollum of Sacramento and Robert is the son of Bob and Holly Smith of Oakwood, OH.  Rob is a 2002 graduate of Oakwood High School and both he and his bride are graduates of Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, MI.

Sarah is presently a third-year student at University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.  Rob is an account manager for ChemStation in Stockton, CA.

Following a Mexican cruise, the newlyweds have made their home in
Roseville, CA.

OSEF welcomes new director Karen Gillingham

The Oakwood Schools Education Foundation is pleased to welcome their new director, Karen Gillingham.  An active school and community volunteer, Karen and her husband, Duke and their four children have made Oakwood their home for the past four years. In addition to her passion for education, Karen brings experience in sales, relationship marketing and client satisfaction to this position.  

Pursuing its mission, “Enhancing Excellence through Philanthropy,” the Foundation provides significant annual support for quality initiatives including teacher and administrative grants, scholarships, and special wish list items.  Students and faculty experience diverse and distinctive opportunities, which go above and beyond the reach of the district’s normal operating budget.

For more information on the Oakwood Schools Education Foundation or to contact Karen, please call 297-5332.  

Lewis joins Sigma Beta board

During their recent national convention in Phoenix, Wendolyn W. Lewis of Oakwood was elected to the national executive board of Sigma Beta Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Beta is a national philanthropic organization which supports many national, primarily health related, causes while their individual chapters are dedicated to supporting various community needs.

Wendy, a member of Delta Psi Chapter, supports her chapter’s local work with the Battered Woman’s Shelter, Care House, Daybreak, The Other Place and several senior citizens’ centers.  The chapter earns their money by selling Poinsettias during the holidays, hosting various jewelry and cooking related house parties and selling T-shirts.  Lewis, a lifetime resident and Oakwood grad, says the chapter is always open to new ideas and will try anything to make a buck for charity.

The main focus at Sigma Beta’s national convention it to select recipients for its charity grants.  Speakers this year were Christine LeBlanc, Executive Director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, Kristin Connor, Executive Director of CURE
Childhood Cancer and Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue, MD PHD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Iacobuzio-Donahue described the progress of their ongoing research of how pancreatic cancers spread to other organs, and pointed to the invaluable help of the sorority over the past five years.  Through their research, Johns Hopkins has discovered that there is not one, but two types of pancreatic cancer.  Sigma Beta awarded a $25,000 grant to support clinical trials to determine the more appropriate treatment regimens for these two types of cancer.

Sigma Beta is well represented in the Miami Valley with five chapters in Dayton, Kettering and Miamisburg.  For more information, please visit

Buckreus merits Pinnacle award

Realtor Cindy Buckreus, associate partner with Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors in Dayton, OH, has been awarded the “President’s Sales Club” Award of Pinnacle of Performance designation from the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR). Award criteria for the Pinnacle of Performance designation involved $7.5 million in sales/ commercial leases or 100 sale/lease transaction credits.

Buckreus was recognized at the President’s Sales Club Dinner during OAR’s annual convention held Sept. 14-17 in Columbus. OH.

Ellen Kooser wins OAR Award

Congratulations To Ellen Kooser and TEAM KOOZ of RE/MAX Victory @ the Greene for winning the prestigious 2008 Ohio Association of Realtors Presidential Award of Excellence.

Kooser is a longtime Oakwood resident.  She and her husband Kelly own Team Kooz Ltd along with business partner and Oakwood resident Diana Munn.  Kelly and Ellen Kooser are the parents of Alex, (10th grade), Dylan (9th grade), and Mason 7th grade.  Scott and Diana Munn are the parents of Ian (10th grade).  Our business is based on friendship, ownership, and respect.  “We work as a full service team”, says Munn.

“I am proud that we won this award as a team in this very difficult market.  But one reason we have been successful and continued to grow year after year is because we treat real estate as a full-time job.  We answer our phones from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.  We keep our sellers updated with weekly updates and we send feedback immediately after realtor showings.  No other realtor offers the service we do!  On top of all the service, we support our community!”

Ellen’s first year in Real Estate she won Rookie of the Year from her former brokers. Five years later, Team Kooz continues to grow, double their sales, and provide award winning service year after year. 

Happy 100th Birthday Mary Belle Timmons!

Mary Belle Timmons was born Nov. 3, 1908 and grew up in Indiana. She attended business school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.  After graduating, Mary Belle performed office work and was a homemaker: enjoying sewing, baking, and cleaning.  Mary Belle loves dancing especially ballroom dancing and square dancing.  She has an incredible sweet tooth, craving cake, cookies, and ice cream. A glass of Coke with ice, however, is what really hits the spot.  Mary Belle loves kids and hugs. If anyone would like to send their birthday wishes to Mary Belle, please send a card to Karen Haverland at 1701 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419.

Women of Influence nominations being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the YWCA Dayton’s 2009 Women of Influence Awards.  You all know great candidates — your friends, co-workers, bosses, neighbors, or fellow volunteers/board members who work tirelessly to improve our community.

To make a nomination, go to and click on the WOI nomination link.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 21.  Also, mark your calendars now for the 2009 WOI Luncheon scheduled for March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton Convention Center.

2008 Beautification Award Winners

Donald & Anna Langhorne, 300 Volusia

Bill & Ann Frapwell, 400 Hathaway

Ms. Janet Cavender, 4 Spirea/1104 Far Hills

Jenny McKinnon, 405 Corona Avenue

Ruth Etter, 35 E. Hadley

Mr. & Mrs. Everett Jones, 445 Forrer

John & Beverly Jones-Arthur, 329 Monteray

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Wonders, 106 E. Peach Orchard

Mr. & Mrs. William A. Jividen, 223 Oak Knoll

Mr. & Mrs. Drew W. Cronenwett, 2403 Hillview

Mr. & Mrs. Brad Bachman, 211 Northview

James & Jennifer Back, 144 Patterson

Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Delidow, 227 E. Dixon

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Williams, 133 Lonsdale

Mr. & Mrs. Charles McElligott, 236 Telford

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Nolan, 114 Hadley

Ms. Lauren Beach, 216 Hadley

Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Wille, 820 Oakwood

Michael Sanders, 447 Wonderly

Dr. & Mrs. Byron Epley, 568 Hathaway

Mr. & Mrs. Dave Reed, 275 W. Thruston

Tim & Lisa McCauley, 90 Patterson

Mr. & Mrs. Ken Keller, 27 E. Dixon

Oakwood Board of Education, 1200 Far Hills

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jones, 217 Corona

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kipp, 245 Monteray

Ms. Colene Murphy, 244 E. Peach Orchard

Mr. Andrew Denka, Oakwood Corp., LLC, 200 Triangle

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Shane, 301 Fairforest

Mark & Wanda Krebs, 2543 Fairmont

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Wolters, 240 Grandon Road

Mr. Richard Lipowicz, 259 Spirea

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Epley, 54 Beverly

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Trout  101 Forrer

Ms. Robin Lewis, 411 Aberdeen

Andy & Anne Jones, 241 Monteray

Mr. David Brethen, 209 Triangle

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Gentry, 1809 Coolidge

Ervin & Wendi Pavlofsky, 175 Park

Huffman Travel, 2537 Far Hills

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Cahill, 509 Hathaway

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Brewer, 304 Schenck

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas McGrady, 219 E. Dixon

Ms. Jane Schul, 320 Wisteria

Mr. John W. Harrison, 323 Corona

Ms. Sara Feldmiller, 137 Lonsdale

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rice, 312 E. Peach Orchard

Ms. Beth Ritzert, 224 East

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Shafer, 218 Haver

Mr. Robert Smith, 51 Forrer

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hearn, 1115 Oakwood


Safety Department practices extrication training

The Oakwood Public Safety Department recently completed vehicle extrication training at Jim City Auto Salvage in Moraine. Oakwood officers practiced vehicle extrication skills and reviewed techniques for removing trapped occupants out of vehicles involved in traffic crashes. Oakwood resident Jim Worley owns Jim City Auto Salvage and allows Oakwood crews to train at his facility. This facility provides a great opportunity for our officers to train on a wide variety of vehicles.

Officers reviewed equipment and techniques, including new methods of dealing with today’s vehicles, which are considerably different due to lighter materials, crush zones that are designed to protect occupants during a crash and SUV’s which due to their design are more prone to rollovers when involved in a side impact crash.
Oakwood resident Todd Howell, owner of Howell Rescue Systems, provided the department with additional equipment for use during the training. This allowed officers to get more hands-on practical experience with the hydraulic rescue tools and maximize the benefits of the training.

Officers practiced stabilizing vehicles, removing doors, roofs, dashboards and seats to gain simulated access to injured patients. Crews were also given a practical scenario with a 180 pound life size training dummy. The object of this training is to be as realistic as possible. Officers size up the scene, stabilize the vehicle, get an officer inside to evaluate and begin treating the victim. The crew then develops a plan to safely remove the victim based on the type of entrapment and injuries the patient is suspected of having. The vehicle is then removed from around the trapped victim and they are secured to a backboard and removed with full spinal immobilization.

Paramedics will begin care once they can safely enter the car on a serious entrapment. Paramedic care may include cervical spine control, airway management, controlling bleeding, and intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure, pain medications, covering warming, protecting and reassuring the patient during the extrication.  

Knowledge of extrication is yet another skill that Oakwood Public Safety Officers must maintain proficiency with as part of their three main functions of police, emergency medical services and firefighting.


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