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“Accessorize, Economize and Socialize” at Greene Community Health Foundation’s 4th annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop, October 27th

The Greene Community Health Foundation’s 4th annual Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Schindler Banquet Center in Xenia.

The Fashion Swap ‘N Shop is just that…a chance for women to come together to “swap” clothing and “shop” with a variety of businesses, just in time for the holidays. Clothing swaps are becoming more and more popular as Americans from every tax bracket are cutting back how much they spend on clothing in local retail shops. And with the focus on living “greener”, it’s a great way to recycle unwanted fashion items from outfits to accessories, such as jewelry, purses and shoes.

Women are invited to bring up to 5 gently-used, upscale and consignment-worthy clothing items of all sizes on hangars, including accessories to swap with other women. The event, featuring a luncheon, chair massages, fashion show and basket raffle, also boasts close to 30 different women’s home-based businesses including Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Gem City Feng Shui, Scentsy, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Silpada, Velata Fondue and many more. Goody bags filled with various items will be provided to each guest, courtesy of Security National Bank. Nathalie Basha of WDTN-TV’s Living Dayton will be the guest emcee for the event.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Clinic Cupboard housed at the Greene County Combined Health District in Xenia. This cupboard contains basic over-the-counter medical supplies, baby necessities and personal products for GCCHD clients in need throughout Greene County. All remaining clothing from the swap will be donated to Community Action Partnership of Greene County.

Reservations are due by Wednesday, October 19 and are $30.00 per person or $25.00 per person if reserving 4 or more women together. The event is sponsored by Miami Valley Hospital, Simply W.O.M.E.N. Dayton, The Greene, WDTN-TV, Mini University, Inc., Security National Bank, Evergreen Children’s Center and Lori’s Loft Upscale Consignment Boutique. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 or email her at The brochure with a reservation form is available on the website,

Free, Public Business Showcase Spotlights Local Professionals

More than 20 local business leaders invite the residents of Greene, Montgomery and surrounding counties to attend the 2012 Greater Dayton Professionals Business Showcase. Free admission and open to the public, as well as business professionals, the showcase runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3520 Pentagon Park Blvd. in Beavercreek.

Visitors will have the opportunity to network, enjoy complimentary refreshments, register to win door prizes and receive special offers from participating businesses. Exhibitors include Marty Walling Construction, LLC, Vitas Hospice, Murphy’s Autocare and Tire, Hartzler Digital Media, Matulka Insurance Agency, Manning & Associates CPAs, and Gorman’s Specialty Group, just to name a few. Local entrepreneur and author Greg McAfee (McAfee Heating and Air) will be on hand from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. to sign copies of his book, It’s (My) Your Dream.

According to the organizers, the event is designed to introduce the public to a resource of business owners dedicated to supporting each other and the community. “Our business showcase is a way to demonstrate how local companies can work together to succeed and support the local economy,” says GDP public relations coordinator Gery L. Deer, creative director of GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing.

At 6:30 p.m., Deer will give a brief keynote address touching on the ways consumers can benefit from buying local for everything from landscaping to car insurance.“Locally owned businesses offer the community a variety of competitively positioned products and services often dismissed by consumers because of misconceptions,” he says. “Local buying should be more than a slogan and we want to show people the advantages of doing business in your own community.”

The Greater Dayton Professionals is one of 23 Dayton area chapters of BNI (Business Network International), the international referral organization started by networking guru Dr. Ivan Misner in 1985. With more than 6,000 chapters world-wide the goal of BNI is to help members develop a profitable referral network free of internal competition, something unavailable from chamber organizations or service clubs.

The Greater Dayton Professionals chapter of BNI meets every Thursday morning, from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. at City Barbeque, 2330 B N. Fairfield Rd. in Beavercreek. The group still has several open occupational categories and welcomes visitors to attend any meeting.

Door prizes for the showcase have been provided by The Wine Loft, Cherry House Café, Fox and Hound, My Favorite Muffin, and Friesinger’s Fine Chocolates. Promotional considerations provided by GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing.

For more information and a complete list of participating businesses, including a downloadable flier, go online to Pre-registration is requested but not required.

Greene County Combined Health District Receives $42k in Traffic Safety Grants

Laurie Fox, Greene County’s Safe Communities Coordinator, announced today that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) awarded $41,999.99 in federal traffic safety funding to the Greene County Combined Health District’s Safe Communities program for federal fiscal year 2013.

“Partnerships are critical to the success of any safety effort and we are committed to working with law enforcement and other safety partners to address traffic safety concerns in Greene County,” said Fox. The Greene County Safe Communities Coalition has identified that lack of seat belt use, motorcycle safety and distracted/impaired driving is impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Greene County. To save lives and improve the quality of life for our citizens, the Safe Communities Coalition will use the grant funds to increase awareness about distracted and impaired driving in the local high schools, motorcycle safety, and continue to educate the public on the importance of seat belt use through participation in local festivals, school presentations and other programming.

The funds are passed through OCJS from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers. Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OCJS. The FFY 2013 competitive grant process solicited grant proposals from state agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, political subdivisions and other interested groups within selected Ohio counties and jurisdictions (based upon the number of fatal crashes).

For more information about the Office of Criminal Justice Services and statewide efforts to improve safety on
Ohio’s roadways, log on to

Annual Car Show to Feature Hot Rods and Cool Cars in Support of ‘Holiday Project’

(Xenia, OH) This weekend on Saturday, September 1, hot rods and cool cars will line the streets of downtown Xenia at Main and Detroit Streets to raise funds for the Greene Community Health Foundation’s annual Holiday Project at the Greene County Combined Health District. This event is sponsored by the Greene County Road Runners Car Club.

The 16th annual ‘Christmas for Kids’ Car Show will roll into town on Saturday featuring door prizes, 50/50 raffles and fun for all ages. Registration for cars will be held from 9:00am – 12:00pm and anything on wheels is just $10 per entry. Dash plaques will be provided to the first 100 entries and various awards will be given to selected entries including the ‘Favorite 50’, Best Engine and Best Paint. The show is free to spectators and will be held 9:00am – 3:00pm, rain or shine. All proceeds support the Holiday Project which provides holiday gifts for Greene County families in need. Donations of new toys will be accepted throughout the day.

GCCHD would like to thank the car show event coordinators Adam, Andrew and Sherri Geis, along with many generous sponsors and donors from the community.

For more information on the car show, please contact Sherri Geis at 937-510-1504 or Carol Sue Knox at 937-374-5658 or by email at

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Labor Day

Xenia, Ohio — The Greene County Safe Communities Coalition has joined nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 17–September 3, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The problem of impaired driving is a serious one. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in America fell 4.9% from 2009 to 2010, but the numbers are still too high.

In 2010 alone, 10,228 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re in full support of our local law enforcement agencies that are intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, our local law enforcement agencies will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Laurie Fox, Safe Communities Coordinator.

Across the country, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. According to the latest data, nearly a third of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC above the legal limit – an average of one fatality every 51 minutes in 2010.

The crackdown will include law enforcement officers in every state, Washington, D.C., and many U.S. cities and towns.

The Greene County Safe Communities Coalition applauds our local officers, troopers and deputies for aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and arresting anyone they find driving while impaired — regardless of age, vehicle type or time of day.

“Their message is simple and unwavering: if they find you driving impaired, they will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Fox. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”

According to the Ohio State Patrol, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

“Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. So don’t take the chance. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Fox.

For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at

Greene County Traffic Fatalities Update

The Greene County Safe Communities program reports that as of July 24th, 2012, there have been a total of eight (8) traffic fatalities in Greene County. This compares with a total of eleven (11) traffic deaths for the entire year of 2011.

The top five (5) causes for the majority of these crashes that have resulted in death and/or injury in Greene County are following too closely, failure to yield, failure to control, improper lane change and distractions (i.e. cell phone use/texting). These deaths, while tragic, and injuries sustained were all preventable. Please…park your phone, avoid all distractions, drive sober and obey all traffic signs and signals. The Safe Communities coalition will continue to work with schools, businesses and the general public to provide educational materials and information to keep Greene County citizens safe on the roadways.

The safety of our Greene County residents while they are traveling on the roads is our biggest concern. As we are now on the backside of summer, heading into the fall and winter months, Safe Communities would like to remind all drivers to buckle up, park your phone and drive responsibly or secure a designated driver. Someone cares about you and your life is worth saving!

The Safe Communities program was developed to help communities decrease traffic injuries and deaths, increase safety awareness, decrease the amount of money spent on traffic-related injuries, and increase the number of people involved in keeping communities safe.

The next meeting of the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition is Wednesday, September 26th, 9 a.m. at the Greene County Combined Health District in Xenia with a presentation from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) on “The Power of Parents”. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Laurie Fox at 937-374-5669 or email

Caffeine for K9’s Poker Run to Benefit Greene County Animal Shelter

On Saturday, July 28, fun, food and furry friends are the focus of the first annual Caffeine for K9’s Poker Run to benefit the Greene County Animal Shelter. Contestants will start out at 10:30 am from the Greene County Animal Shelter, 641 Dayton-Xenia Road in Xenia. Entry fee is $25 and the last bike or car is out by 11:30 am.

Like a kind of motorized scavenger hunt, poker run players follow a predetermined course through five Greene County towns. Drivers will collect one card at each of the destination coffee shops in an effort to have the best hand at the end of the journey.

From the animal shelter, motorcyclists and car drivers will ride to Stoney Creek Roasters, 83 N. Main St. in Cedarville, then on to the Spirited Goat Coffee House, 118 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs.

From Yellow Springs they will proceed west to Expressions Coffee House, 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn, finally ending up at 4-Starters Coffee Cafe, 2495 Commons Blvd. in Beavercreek. Each biker / driver will receive free Boars Head hot dogs and coffee. The contestant with the best poker hand at the end of the run will win a flat screen television.

Event organizers Kathy Ramsey and her husband Jim are the owners of 4-Starters Coffee Café in Beavercreek. “The money we take in from the event will be used to purchase needed pet food and supplies for the animal shelter,” Ramsey says. “We want everyone to come out, enjoy the food, music and other activities and support the efforts of the shelter.” Specialties at 4-Starters Coffee Café include locally-roasted gourmet coffee, wine, soups, sandwiches and fresh baked goods.

The Greene County Animal Shelter is a 501c3, non-profit organization operating under Greene County Animal Control to efficiently and humanely implement progressive programs of animal welfare and population control and assist the public with animal related problems.

The facility is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6:30 pm and 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday from. They can be reached after hours by calling the Greene County Sheriff’s office or the local police department.

Amanda Wissinger is the shelter’s administrative support technician. “We are here to help as many animals as we possibly can,” she explains. “Unfortunately we are overpopulated but we do our best to find homes for the animals we take in.”

In addition to the poker run, 4-Starters will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the day including raffles, a silent auction, 50-50 drawing, music, food and more. For more information, contact Jim or Kathy Ramsey at 4Starters Coffee Café by calling 937-320-5866.

Help Greene County Public Libraries Win LEGO Competition

LEGO® DUPLO® and the Association for Library Services To Children (ALSC) have joined hands to celebrate and support local libraries. The most nominated library in the “Read! Build! Play!” project receives $5,000 for books and supplies. The top 200 libraries receive a special LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! toolkit chock full of cutting edge, early literacy programming that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO bricks.

As of Friday afternoon, Fairborn was #84, Xenia was #59, Beavercreek was #71, and Yellow Springs was #109. Visit the LEGO Read! Build! Play! website to vote for your favorite library. Once there don’t forget to scroll down to see all of the interesting information, activities, and downloads.

Old Fashioned Picnic and Baked Goods Auction July 22nd

The Council’s Old Fashioned Picnic and Baked Goods Auction is this coming Sunday from 3-6pm at Palmetto Horse Farm in Bellbrook. We hope you will consider joining us for all or a part of the afternoon and we would very much appreciate you sharing this with others!

It is a fun, family-friendly event and open to anyone who would like to come out. Tickets are available at the Council and the senior centers, but of course you can pay at the gate!

The forecast, at this moment, shows a high of 88, partly cloudy and no rain. We have made arrangements to have more tents than ever, a creative fan set-up to complement the wonderful breezes we have ordered, and plenty of
water/beverage stations!

We have a little bit of something for everyone, and plenty of food for all – hot dogs, grilled chicken, non-mayo pasta salad, baked beans, watermelon, a variety of chips/snacks, cookies/brownies, and ice cream. Without question, you should not leave hungry!

The food will be available from 3 to 5pm, along with games, a few raffle opportunities and the wonderful music of Mack & the Rockets. An intense wiffle ball game will be played at 3:15pm and a buck will get you three
throws at the dunking booth at 3:45pm. At 4:30pm, the knife throwing duo of Kirk and Melodee Bass will amaze us and have us wincing and shaking our heads!

And then comes the Baked Goods Auction at 5pm. Auctioneer Extraordinaire Lee Duteil will once again keep us enter tained as he separates us from a few dollars for some YUMMY homemade treats! We have a lovely variety of jams, sweet sandwich pickles, salsa, and pickled eggs and beets. We have pies, apple dumplings Mississippi Mud Pie, breads and some tasty cookies (snickerdoodles, Andes Mint, spice). We also have three different home brewed beers on the auction block – Vienna Ale, Irish Ale and Caroline’s Gone Red.

And if you cannot join us but would like to bid on an item or two – we can call you during the auction or you can share your ‘bid’ with Caroline Mullin at 376-5486 or . We would be happy to include you in on the fun!

All of the funds raised will be added to our Charitable Account with the Greene County Community Foundation, to be used for programs and services for future seniors and caregivers.

Our appreciation to our sponsors/partners for making this picnic possible ~ Added Touch, Beavercreek Senior Center, Ellie Home Care, Greene Oaks, Home Care by Blackstone, Hospitality Homes, Liberty Nursing Centers of Xenia and Jamestown, Patriot Ridge/Trinity Community, Senior Resource Connection, VITAS Hospice, Wellcare and Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail (376-5486, , ).

Greene County Safe Communities Promotes “Sharing the Road” During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcyclist fatalities increased slightly in 2010 to 4,502, accounting for 14% of total fatalities for the year. This increase in motorcycle fatalities for the year resumes the unfortunate overall increasing trend over the last 13 years, an upward trend that saw only a single one-year decline in 2009, when 4,462 motorcyclists were killed. However, the greatest decrease in the estimated number of injured people is among motorcyclists, with an 8.9% decrease.

In response to this increase, Greene County Safe Communities announced today that it is joining with other federal, state and local highway safety, law enforcement, and motorcycle organizations in proclaiming May as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.” During this time – and during the rest of the year – motorists and other road users are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcycles, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Changing the driving habits of motorists and motorcyclists alike will help decrease the numbers of motorcyclist killed and injured in crashes. Motorcyclists are reminded to make sure that they are visible to motorists, and that they follow the rules of the road. All road users are reminded to never drive, ride, walk or bicycle while distracted.

“As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads,” said Laurie Fox, Safe Communities Coordinator. “And with that in mind, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers of all vehicles, including SUVs, passenger cars and trucks, need to be extra attentive and make sure they ‘share the road.’ A motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a car or truck’s blind spot. Every driver needs to aggressively look for them before changing lanes or merging with traffic.”

Motorists and bicyclists should perform visual checks for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before they enter or exit a lane of traffic, and at intersections. Pedestrians should also get into the habit of scanning for motorcyclists who might be hidden by other traffic.

Ms. Fox reminds all road users that, “Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too. They should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other protective gear.”

Ms. Fox said that a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. She said that research from DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 39 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes.

Ms. Fox offered tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways.

• Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges
of any other motor vehicle.

• Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.

• Visually check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots
before changing a lane of traffic.

• Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.

• Don’t be fooled by a motorcycle’s flashing turn signal – motorcycle signals
are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off.
Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.

• Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a
motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to
maneuver or stop in an emergency.

• Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than

• Never drive while distracted.

Ms. Fox also said motorcyclists can increase their safety by:

• Avoiding riding in poor weather conditions;

• Wearing brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet;

• Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks
no one will see it;

• Combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to them-

• Using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity;

• Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other
drivers; and

• Never driving while impaired.

Our message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: Help to share in the responsibility of keeping all road users safe, and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”

For more information on motorcycle safety, please visit For information on Greene County Safe Communities, please call 937-374-5669 or email