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Becker - Wyant

Amy Christine Becker and Jordan Anthony Wyant were married at the Church of the Cross in Kettering, Ohio on March 28, 2009; Pastor John Whitaker officiated. Amy was given in marriage by her parents, Robert and Maureen Becker of Oakwood. Jordan is the son of James and Janet Wyant of Elida.

Attending the Bride and Matron of Honor was her sister, Amanda Hoying of Oakwood. Bridesmaids were Ashlee Daniel of Tampa, Florida and Megan Gibbons of Beavercreek. The Best Man was Justin Wyant from Kettering, brother of the Groom; Jared Hoying of Oakwood and Jeremiah Johnson of Lima were Groomsmen. Ayva Wyant, daughter of the Groom, and Abigail Hoying, niece of the Bride, were flowergirls.

Music during the ceremony was provided by Judy Drake and Lois and Roger Sutherland. Megan Wyant and Lynne Hammaker read passages from Scripture.
A dinner-dance reception was held for the couple and guests at the Beavercreek Golf Club that same evening, Following the wedding, the couple honeymooned on a cruise in the Western Caribbean, before taking up residence in Kettering.

A new venture in motor cycles & scooters

Oakwood investor Jason Liff was bored with real estate. After over 25 years in the business and watching real estate investments tank over the past three years, Liff was looking for a new venture to pursue and when the energy crisis raised its ugly head, Liff had his own heads-up idea – going into the motor scooter business.

“Let’s just say I had a late, late, late midlife crisis,” Liff quipped. “I thought I’d try something new and fresh and scooters seemed like a lot of fun. It combines practicality with pleasure.” With gas prices going up at the rate they were, marketing a two-wheeled mode of transportation that got between 50 and 90 miles per gallon sounded like a good idea.

The result is a black and lime green-highlighted building at 1400 Wayne Ave. with the moniker ‘Moto Scooto.’ Liff obtained distribution rights for two established scooter manufacturers from China - Fly and Linhai – which have been in the business for over 40- and 53 years respectively. Liff also went out and obtained a number of used Italian, Spanish and Japanese motorscooters to round out the stable and a couple of used motorcycles to boot. Among the used motorcycles are some real classics. For example, a ‘72 Honda CB 350, a 75 Kawasaki Eliminator and a ’75 Kawasaki Z-1
for starters.

Jason Liff in front of his newest venture, Moto Scooto on Wayne Avenue.

He located a nearby garage to store them in and set motorcycle repair ace Mahayarrah-Starr Livingstone to the task of making what’s wrong with them right. The result? In addition to 25 new scooters, there are 12 used scooters and 15 reconditioned motorcycles all ready for the street.

“We are basically in the business of selling new motorscooters and repairing, maintaining and selling used motorcycles and motorscooters,” Liff said.

Interested in saving gas? Interested in a little street adventure? Give Jason a call at 535-2222. Tell him Lance sent ya.

OSBA honors Judge Jeffrey E. Froelich

The Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Legal Education Committee today announced Judge Jeffrey E. Froelich is the recipient of the 2009 OSBA Friend of Legal Education Award. This award is given to the bar member who has contributed most to legal education. The award was announced today at the OSBA Annual Meeting in Cleveland and will formally be given to Judge Froelich Saturday during a University of Dayton School of Law alumni association event.

Judge Froelich served on the General Division of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for 14 years and is currently serves on the bench of the Second District Court of Appeals. While on the common pleas bench, Judge Froelich was instrumental in establishing the drug court as well as the court’s victim-offender restorative justice programs.

Prior to common pleas court, Judge Froelich served on the county court for 16 years, as an assistant county prosecutor and was in private practice. From 1976 to 1980, he was an assistant professor of law at the University of Dayton Law School and was the first director of its clinical law department. Since 1996, Judge Froelich has been an adjunct professor at the university, teaching mostly in the criminal procedure area. Many of his classes involve real-world experiences, including inmate panels at local penal institutions.

Of his current involvement with legal education, Froelich said, “It’s invigorating. Not only does it help you to stay absolutely current on the law and to profess the benefits of a logical, fact-based approach to problems and the impact of the law on human beings, but it is an opportunity to learn from the students—the people who will be shaping the law for our children and grandchildren.”

Judge Froelich is a past president of the Dayton Bar Association and makes frequent presentations to the bar, schools, community organizations and at the Ohio Judicial College. He has judged innumerable moot court and mock trial competitions at the law school and has had the opportunity to have several of his former students argue actual cases before his court.

In nominating Judge Froelich, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Katherine Huffman wrote, “My experience observing him interacting with attorneys, litigants, families, students and the community has led me to the conclusion that there is no finer example of an individual dedicated to selfless service to others.”

Judge Froelich is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Michigan Law School. He is active in the community, and has served on the boards of the Family Service Association, DayMont Mental Health Center, A Special Wish Foundation, the Legal Aid Society and the Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association.

Junior golfer aces Troy tourney

Peyton Wheat, 10, won the Troy Strawberry Festival golf tournament in the 12 & Under category at the Miami Shores Golf Course in Troy, Ohio last weekend. Peyton scored a 47 on the nine-hole course.

Peyton is a fourth grader at Harman Elementary School. He is coached by junior golf instructor Jim Rue. Peyton is the son of Patrick and Lisa Wheat of Oakwood.

Little Exchange extends summer hours

The Little Exchange Fine Gifts in Oakwood announces extended hours this summer. The shop will be open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Little Exchange is staffed by volunteers whom assist customers with gift selection along with providing complimentary gift wrap and local delivery. All proceeds benefit The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton with donations over $1.4 million since 1957.

The Little Exchange is located at 45 Park Avenue across from the Oakwood City Buildings off Far Hills Avenue/Route 48. For more information and directions, visit or call The Little Exchange at 937-299-1561.

Marked Observations opens June 5 at Link Gallery

The Link Gallery, 519 East Fifth Street, an art gallery in The Oregon Arts District and home to a group of Dayton’s most notable artists, presents Marked Observations, an exhibit of works by Erin Holscher Almazon and David Leach.

The show opens during the “First Friday” gallery open house on June 5, from 5-10 p.m. The exhibit will feature Holscher-Almazon’s monotypes, drawings and solar plate prints and Leach’s lithographs, screen prints and intaglios, as well as ink, graphite and watercolor drawings.

Mr. Leach is professor emeritus - Wright State University, and Ms. Holscher-Almazon teaches printmaking and drawing at the University of Dayton.

An Artist Reception and Talk will be held on Thursday evening, June 11 from 6:30 -
8 p.m.

NCR Old River to re-open June 7

Under the management of Dayton History, NCR Old River Park will open Sunday, June 7, and continue with a summer schedule of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Labor Day. A preview party is planned on Sat., June 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. for those interested in a sneak peak and would want to support the operation of the park.

The reopening coincides with the 70th anniversary of the park, which first opened on June 3, 1939, for NCR employees and their families under the leadership of then-Chairman of the Board, Colonel Edward Deeds.

“We are so pleased NCR is allowing us to bring this wonderful historic asset back to life and make it available to the community. What a tremendous opportunity it is for us, as the guardian of the NCR Archive, to reopen a place that holds so many memories for generations of NCR employees,” said Brady Kress, President & CEO of Dayton History.

Wright Library...

Summer Reading Clubs start June 5

Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults start on Friday, June 5th and run through Friday, July 31. Sign up, enjoy theme-related performers, arts/crafts, and movies, and win prizes!

Children in grades pre-K-5 can start to “Be Creative @ Wright Library!” with a kick-off party on Friday, June 5 at 3 p.m. Join the Youth Services staff in the Library’s meeting room to sign-up and enjoy some refreshments. And don’t miss The Shazzbots, a rockin’ and quirky combo bringing awesome kids music to the Wright Library lawn on Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m.

Teens in grades 6-12 will kick-off the Teen Summer Reading Club, “Express Yourself @ Wright Library!” with an interactive performance with Poetry Alive! on Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Teens can also enjoy a book discussion group, art/craft workshops, movies, and more throughout the summer.

Adult readers are encouraged to “Master the Art of Reading @ Wright Library!” No registration is necessary. Fill out an entry from for each book, audio book, or digital book read for the chance to win weekly prizes donated from local sponsors.

Questions? Call Wright Library at 294-7171. The library is located at 1776 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

Art around world at library June 9 – July 28

Starting on June 9 and ending on July 28, Wright Library will offer an “Art Around the World” series on consecutive Tuesdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Children entering grades K-3 in the fall can travel around the world with Mrs. Bengson and learn about
the art and music of China, Mongolia, Canada, India, Kenya, Iran, Vietnam, and Russia. Books related to that day’s topic will be available for check-out.

Registration is necessary for this program. As always, children do not
need to live in Oakwood to participate, and parents are welcome to stay. All programs will meet in the Library Meeting Room.

For more information or to register, please contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171.

Jim McCutcheon at Wright Library

The 2009 Wright Library Summer Family Blanket Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. with Jim McCutcheon, an accomplished guitarist and respected music educator known for his enthusiastic and interactive performances with children and adults.

With over three decades of performing experience in the U.S. and abroad, Jim McCutcheon, also known as “The Guitar Man,” will entertain and beguile the whole family by playing a broad repertoire of music using a variety of guitars and other fretted instruments. His website is

The program is free and open to the public. Anyone with questions can call the library at (937) 294-7171.

Volunteers needed at Wright Library

Calling all artists and crafters! Wright Library is looking for adult volunteers to demonstrate their unique art form during weekly Children’s Summer Reading Club art fairs held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. from June 5 through July 31.

If you have a passion for sculpture, painting, sewing, photography, jewelry making, weaving or other art/craft, share your enthusiasm with the next generation.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 294-7171. Wright Memorial Public Library is located at 1776 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood. The web site is



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