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Little Exchange Open House raises $27,700

The Little Exchange Foundation President Judy Gottman , and Lois Maher, chair of this year’s Holiday Open House announce record breaking sales.  The Holiday Open House was held Sunday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and in those six hours, The Little Exchange had gross receipts of more than $27,700.  The Little Exchange is located at 45 Park Avenue (off Route 48 South aka Far Hills Avenue) in Oakwood and donates its proceeds to Dayton Children’s Medical Center.  The size of The Little Exchange’s annual donation to Dayton Children’s largely depends on the continued success of the holiday shopping season.

“Hundreds of volunteers donate thousands of hours to operate The Little Exchange. The success of the Holiday Open House serves as the kick-off to The Little Exchange’s Rooms With A Reason,”  said Judy Gottman, Little Exchange president. Selections of distinctive ornaments and decorations, unique children’s gifts and apparel for infants to boys and girls size 4T, See’s Chocolate of California, holiday merchandise, teacher and hostess gifts along with great presents for everyone on the
gift list are featured. Complimentary gift wrap and local delivery is provided by volunteers.  Chair Lois Maher added, “We are so pleased with the results of the Holiday Open House because it represents so much hard work by so many volunteers and so much support from the community.”

The Little Exchange is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, call 299-1561 or visit

M.K. Brown named to 2009 Leaders Council

Martin K. “Bo” Brown, a Financial Consultant and Branch Manager at the 580 Lincoln Park Boulevard office of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., has been named to the firm’s 2009 Leaders Council in recognition of providing outstanding guidance and service to the investing public and exemplary professional growth.

Leaders Council honors are presented only to those financial advisors who demonstrate an extraordinary level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.

Brown, who joined Raymond James in 1983, has more than 25 years of financial and investment experience.  He offers a comprehensive range of financial planning and investment services for individuals and businesses.

Think TV and CET to merge into one organization

ThinkTV (Greater Dayton Public Television) and CET (Greater Cincinnati Public Television) have announced that the organizations will merge to form a new regional public television and media corporation.  David Fogarty, the current president of ThinkTV, will be named President of the combined organization.

Under the new, merged non-profit corporation, ThinkTV and CET will retain their identities and continue their locally based services to the Greater Dayton      
and Greater Cincinnati communities with staff and facilities in current locations.
“We believe strongly that in today’s non-profit and media environment, a shared regional vision for CET and ThinkTV offers the best opportunity to grow local programming and educational services,” said Bryan Dunn, chair of the CET Board. “Shared leadership is an important step in that regional vision, and we are highly confident in David Fogarty’s abilities to lead the new organization.”

ThinkTV Board chair, John Danis noted, “ThinkTV and CET bring together complimentary strengths.  ThinkTV16 and 14 provide the most watched public television service in Ohio.   CETconnect .org has developed as an innovative, internet-based community resource expanding opportunities for local content and interactivity.  ”

ThinkTV and CET are the licensees of public television  stations WPTD/16, WPTO/14 and WCET/48, which serve the greater Dayton and Cincinnati communities.  

MVITA Exporting 101 seminar Nov. 13

MVITA (Miami Valley International Trade Association) announces that it will hold a morning seminar in Dayton covering the Basics of Exporting on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Marriott Courtyard at UD Arena (Exit 51 – I-75).

This seminar is an introductory program geared for companies considering international trade, companies new to exporting and companies with employees with new responsibilities in international trade.  It will address the key issues in selling and shipping internationally.

The program will be presented by a team of experts with practical experience in all of the steps in the export process. This seminar is sponsored by FedEx, Frost Brown Todd LLC and Export Credit Consulting, LLC.

Lunch will be provided for the participants.  The fee for the seminar is $75 for MVITA members, $ 95 for non-members and $40 for students.

For more information, call MVITA at 937-226-8482 or e-mail:
MVITA is a local non -profit organization that promotes international trade, both exporting and importing.

Blood drive at OCC Nov. 15

Story of a ‘superhero’…

Polly Petricola is a superhero. No, she doesn’t have the ability to fly or super-human strength; she saves lives by donating blood.

After helping to organize a blood drive at the Oakwood Community Center for five years, Polly has stayed involved with the drive by donating when the Community Blood Center comes back every 8 weeks.

“My husband and I both had medical emergencies where donated blood was necessary to our survival. I am happy to be able to help someone else in need now,” said Petricola.

Petricola, the president of AdProducts of Dayton, has donated nine gallons (71 times) through Community Blood Center to help save local hospital patients. Join Polly in donating at the next Oakwood Community Center drive on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oakwood Community Center is located at 105 Patterson Rd. Anyone who registers to donate has the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the Nov. 22 OSU vs. Michigan game!

Required to donate: A picture ID, be 17 years old (16 with parental consent form), weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health. 

East Drive Fall Festival

Halloween began early this year for the children in the 300 block of East Drive. On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, fourteen children, some in costume, trekked from house-to-house for fun activities such as caramel apple dipping, stuffing a creepy hand treat, biting donuts on a string, face painting and running egg races. To wind down the afternoon, the children gathered for a story, The Lonely Scarecrow. “Please bring a dish to share” were the instructions for the backyard supper which followed at the home of John and Michele Wilson. A cauldron of chili was waiting for kids and parents alike as the evening wound down.  

Gingerbread home contest seeks entries

The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area’s most creative decorators to compete in the fourth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest on Friday, Nov. 28. Located inside the Old Court House in downtown Dayton, entries will be judged and displayed for public viewing, one day only, during the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights from 4-9 p.m.

Stir up your icing and imaginations! All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in this free contest by entering a gingerbread house in the Youth (12 & under), Teen (13-17), Adult (18+), or Professional category. Entry forms and a complete list of contest rules are available in PDF format at  Forms can be submitted to the Downtown Dayton Partnership at 40 N. Main Street Suite 1360, Dayton, OH 45423 or to  Entry forms are due by Friday, Nov. 14.  

Get rolling and win dough! Traditional houses, replications of buildings, a purchased kit, or even cardboard are permitted (as long as all exposed surfaces are covered with edible material). First place in each category will receive a sweet prize package featuring a variety of items. Also one amateur and professional house will be selected as the “Best Houses on the Block” and each will win a $500 cash prize.

Contest entries need to be delivered to the Old Court House between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, Nov. 28. They will be judged from 2-4 p.m., and the winners will be notified by telephone. All contest winners will have the opportunity to be recognized on the Main Stage in Courthouse Square before the tree lighting ceremony at 8 p.m.

For more information on the contest and other Dayton Holiday Festival activities, call (937) 224-1518 or visit

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


Relay for Life Chili Cookoff nets winner

Our people’s choice winner, who was selected by the number of vote tickets received was Sharon Stephens’ Buckeye Chili.  Her Relay team will receive the $56 for 56 votes plus all the donations we received at the door.  Each team’s entry gets the dollar amount of votes received.

We raised over $400 towards the 2009 Oakwood Relay For Life, which will be held July 10-11 at Mack Hummon Field at Oakwood High School.

Here is Terri’s recipe:

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 box of organic chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp white pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
3Tbsp canola oil
2 15oz cans great northern white beans
2 41/2 cans chopped green chilies
1 10 1/2 oz can cream of chicken soup
3 Tbsp. jalapeno pepper (to taste) I like it hot
3 Tbsp cilantro 1 tsp salt

Put chicken in glass baking dish, pour in 1 cup chicken broth, cover and bake at 350 deg-1 hour.

Remove chicken, reserve broth. Cut chicken into small pieces and season with pepper. Sauté chicken in oil with garlic 2-3 min. Add reserved broth and all remaining broth and ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 min.

To serve~ ladle chili into bowl and garnish with crushed tortilla chips and grated mozzarella cheese if desired.

Holiday Food Drive taking donations

The City of Oakwood Holiday Food Drive continues through Sunday, Dec. 14.  

Donations will benefit the Red Cross Emergency Food Bank. Collection boxes will be available at the OCC, 105 Patterson Road and the City Building, 30 Park Avenue.

Share your blessings with others.

Oakwood GOP meets Nov. 14 at Woman’s Club

Pictured, left to right: Newly-elected Republican Council of Oakwood officers Mary Lou Nelson, corresponding secretary; Jeannine Phlipot, recording secretary; Judy Stolle, treasurer; Sue Finley, vice-president; Jan Crosby, president.

University of Dayton Professor Dr. John Putka will discuss election results with members of the Republican Council of Oakwood at their Nov. 13 luncheon meeting at the Dayton Woman’s Club.

According to President Jan Crosby of Kettering, membership in the group is open to any Republican women of voting age residing in Montgomery County by payment of yearly dues.

The object of the organization is to bring women together for the purpose of advancing and perpetuating the Republican Party’s principles and to provide opportunities for political activity and education.

For more information call 395-1216.


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