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Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies slay it in Lip Sync Challenge 

Challenge accepted and mic dropped. 

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies jumped  lip first into the police lip sync challenge  started about a month ago by Alexander Mena,  a deputy from the Bexar County sheriff’s office in Texas. 

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Officers from around the nation have taken the challenge, lip syncing to songs ranging from Diana Ross’  “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

Montgomery County deputies Nicholas DeVore and Craig Eaton took on “Whatever it  Takes” by Imagine Dragons. 

DeVore handles the bulk of the lip syncing, but Eaton holds his own in the head bopping department. 

Reba McEntire is coming to Columbus

Tickets are almost sold out to see Reba at the Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fair. 

  • Date: Thursday, July 26th 
  • Time: 7:00 PM 
  • Location: Ohio State Fair  
  • Ticket Prices: $55, $65 
  • Get Tickets  

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George Clinton is headed to Dayton for a FREE concert this week

The atomic dog  is coming to the land of funk to put one nation under a groove. 

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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will headline a free, outdoor concert Thursday, July 19, at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Boulevard in Dayton. 

Bring your flashlight. 🔦 

WHAT IS CLINTON KNOWN FOR? 

Clinton’s hits include “Atomic Dog,” “Do Fries Come with that Shake,” “(Not Just) Knee Deep”  and “Erotic City.”

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With Parliament his hits include “Bop Gun,” “Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop,” “Chocolate City” and “Up for the Down Stroke.”

Funkadelic  songs include “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Maggot Brain” and “Freak of the Week.”

WHAT TIME DOES THE SHOW START? 

Dee Troxell, Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway’s director of marketing, said the doors open at 6 p.m. for the summer concert series show. 

“Get here early,” she said.  

As many as 1,500 people have attended other concerts held at the racino. 

Dayton band LYD featuring Yolanda Drake will open the show at 6:30 p.m.

Neo funk band MojoFlo of Dayton will hit the stage around 7:30 p.m. 

Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will begin around 9 p.m. 

HOW WILL SEATING WORK?

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A stage will be set up on the track and there will be chairs, bleacher seating and standing sections.  

Arrive early to get the best seats. Bleachers and chairs are available but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, it will be standing-room-only.

Troxell said that this concert offers a good chance to see Clinton perform before he retires in 2019. 

It is fitting that he will perform here, she said. 

“Dayton is a city that is known for old school and funk,” Troxell said. 

Concertgoers will enter through the gaming floor so people are encouraged to bring their ID. It is a 21 years and older event. 

The band Foghat is scheduled to perform at the racino Friday, Aug. 17. Gates open at 6 p.m. and Foghat performance is set to start around 9 p.m. 

WANT TO GO 

WHAT: George  Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic 

When: Thursday, July 19. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Clinton performs around 9 p.m. 

Where:  Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, 777 Hollywood Boulevard in Dayton. 

Cost: Free

More information: hollywooddaytonraceway.com

This truly Odd Fellow was the first person buried at Woodland 

Nearly 175 years after his death, Allen Cullum is remembered by the weeping willow and three chains representing “Friendship,” “Love” and “Truth” carved into his head stone. 

On July 11, 1843, Cullum became the first person buried at Woodland Cemetery, according to information provided by Angie Hoschouer, marketing director for the graveyard located at 118 Woodland Avenue in Dayton. 

Founded in 1841, Woodland will mark the 175th Anniversary of its first first burial at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.

The event is open to the public. Those interested should RSVP by contact Angie Hoschouer at 937-228-3221 ext. 111 or ahoschouer@woodlandcemetery.org. 

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Here are three things to know about Cullum. 

He was an literally an Odd Fellow

According to the staff at Woodland, the three chains on Cullum’s headstone were marks of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an international fraternity that traces its roots back to the 17th century in England.

During the ceremony Wednesday, Woodland and the IOOF will honor Cullum with a tribute featuring the IOOF Honor Guard from the Grand Lodge of Ohio, IOOF. 

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The Odd Fellows started when small groups of the working class people banded together in England and used some of their wages to create a common fund that was for people to turn to in times of sickness, loss of work or death — not only for themselves but to help total strangers, Hoschouer says. 

At that time, such behavior was considered odd and thus those who were helpful became known as “Odd Fellows,” Hoschouer said. 

The IOOF formed in America in 1819 when Thomas Wildey, a British Odd Fellow, ran an ad in a local paper calling for other Odd Fellows to meet him in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Eight years after Cullum’s death, the IOOF became the first national fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the Rebekah Degree in 1851. 

It was the first fraternal organization to establish homes for senior members and for orphaned children. 

IOOF lodges purchased cemetery plots for their members in the 19th century and early 20th century. In some cases, lodges established entire cemeteries. 

He died young. 

The Butler County native died at 38. That was not as young as it seemed by modern standards. The life expectancy between 1800 and 1850, the years leading up to the Civil War, was 37, according to the online obituary site Legacy.com. 

His passing was mourned. 

The weeping willow on Cullum’s maker was a common symbol of mourning or grief. 

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Huber Heights man: “I thought I was healthy” 

Anthony Barwick worked out a few times a week and thought he was looking pretty good until he found out about the potentially life-threatening disease living inside of his body.

“I thought I was healthy,” the Huber Heights resident raised in Jefferson Twp. said. “I always thought  people with diabetes were people who were super obese or had obvious health (problems).” 

Barwick was among the lucky. 

There was more than one sign before it all came to a head and Barwick ended up in a hospital bed diagnosed with a diabetes in January.

He was chugging water and could barely see. 

“My eyes got really blurry,” the Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School said. “It was pretty scary.” 

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Sometimes diabetes comes without warning. 

The community and economic development project leader for the Central State University Extension said many men ignore their health. 

“We may have health insurance, but we don’t take advantage of it,” he said. 

With the help of his colleague, Mary Kershaw, an extension program coordinator, Barwick launched  Men Take a Stand for Your Health, a community health fair directed toward men and their concerns that was held June 30. 

Men should take control of their health, he said. 

“The whole point is to get men focused on health,” he said. 

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Barwick said his diet has changed significantly since he discovered he was a diabetic.  He’s cut way, way back on the ice cream and switched to frozen yogurt. 

He said he knows he is not immortal and is taking his health in his own hands. 

I don’t have to be a diabetic. I can get off of it,” he said. “Men, we have to be serious out our health.” 

Omarosa in Dayton today for grand opening and you can see her

The friendships forged in college don’t always last. 

But it turns out that the one Dayton realtor Shannon Jackson and Omarosa Manigault-Newman formed in a Central State University communications class 26 years ago was made out of super strong stuff. 

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“We connected on so many different levels,” said Manigault-Newman, a reality TV star and former assistant and a director of communications in the President Donald Trump administration. “She’s has had my back through good times and bad times and through rough patches.” 

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Manigault Newman, who is often referred to as just Omarosa, will have Jackson’s back today as Jackson and Kurt Jackson — her husband of 8 years and an agent for 25 years — open their HER Realtors office at 1024 W. Third St. in Dayton’s historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood.  

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There will be a 12:30 p.m. flyover in Xenia today at Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport led by Allan B. Taylor, Jackson’s brother, to recognize the neighborhood’s aviation heritage.  

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The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the new office. 

Jackson said she chose the neighborhood partly because it is central located, as her business serves all of the Miami Valley. 

She said she also is happy to contribute to Wright-Dunbar  revitalization. The building also contains the City of Dayton’s Innerwest Priority Board office. 

“I want to see the westside grow and develop, and I want to be a part of it,” Jackson said. 

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The office will have about 10 to 15 agents, Jackson said. 

Manigault-Newman now lives in Jacksonville, Florida and married Pastor John Allen Newman, the senior pastor of The Sanctuary at Mount Calvary, last year. 

An ordained minister herself, Manigault-Newman works with her husband. The Youngstown native studied at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton and the Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce. 

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She said she and Jackson both share a deep connection to their mothers and keep faith as the center of everything they do. 

 “Our marriages are based on hope, faith and love,” she said. “This move into her new physical space is a move so she can help the community more. So people can experience the greatest thing you can as an American and that is to be a homeowner.” 

Women smashing their way into upcoming firefighter challenge 

Women are about to smash a glass ceiling this weekend, and it should come as no surprise. 

These ladies carry hammers and axes.

Jake Preston, the organizer of the annual Hunks and Ladders calendar, said this year’s Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Challenge will be co-ed for the very first time. 

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That means female firefighters will battle for glory at the event set to start at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at The Greene, 4450 Buckeye Lane in Beavercreek. 

Preston said he is excited to have ladies included in the fund-raiser.  

“Why not let our sisters in the fire and EMS services take a crack at it?” he said.  

Firefighters try to woo the crowd as one-by-one they compete in an obstacle course during the challenge. 

The event also will include a performance by the band Stranger, beer sales and other activities. 

Funds raised at the free event and from sales of the 2018 Hunks and Ladders calendar benefit A Special Wish Foundation Inc., Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association and Pink Ribbon Driven.

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Preston is searching for this year’s competitors. 

The fitness challenge is open to all Ohio firefighters. 

Audience members and judges — this writer included — will help select the top 12 firefighters for the 2019 Hunks and Ladders calendar.

A champion will be belted and receive a $1,000 travel gift certificate. The second-place winner will receive a $500 gift certificate and the third-place winner will receive a $250 gift certificate. 

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Hunks and Ladders was started in 1987 as a fundraiser for the burn unit at Children’s Hospital. 

The 1988 calendar was Hunks and Ladders’ first. 

All 118 firefighters featured in the project’s 30 years are featured in this year’s calendar, which is on sale now at the Dayton Firefighters Credit Union, 338 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. 

The calendars also will be sold at the combat challenge in July.  

Through the years, Hunks and Ladders firefighters were recognized by talk show host Oprah Winfrey and appeared on Phil Donahue’s national show. 

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The first combat challenge was held in 2015. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge

WHEN: Begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21

WHERE:The Greene, 4450 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

COST: Free 

INFO: hunksandladders.org or Facebook

Folks behind one of Dayton’s most beloved festivals now serving lunch TODAY 

You don’t have to wait until the dog days of summer to enjoy the tastes of one of Dayton’s favorite festivals. 

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the German club behind Germanfest Picnic set for Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at RiverScape MetroPark, introduced a new Monday lunch a week ago. 

Patricia Kister, a loyal member of the club located at 1400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill historic neighborhood, hipped us on to the lunch and even shared a few pics.

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The lunch to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays—today included — is open to the public.

Carryout meals are available.

The menu includes brats, metts, schnitzel with gravy and a host of Germantastic sides like red cabbage, potato salad, noodles and of course sauerkraut. 

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The club will also have weekly specials, according to a post on its Facebook page. 

Today’s special is rouladen /rotkraut and spätzle. 

On June 18, the club expects to serve linse and spätzle with a salad as a special.  On June 25, it will be  weiß wurst with a pretzel.

Prost to that! 

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WHAT TO GO?

What: German lunch 

Where: Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill historic neighborhood

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays. 

Price: Most meals are $7.50 to $12.50

Contact: FacebookWebsite 

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Oscar winner praises Pine Club as one of ‘America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants’ in Bon Appetit 

One of Dayton’s favorite restaurants got a rather big shout-out from one of its favorite daughters as part of a respected  food magazine’s favorite eateries list. 

Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney, the star of CBS’ “Mom” on WHIO-TV,  praises the Pine Club in a newly published story on Bon Appetit magazine’s website about America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants. 

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“The ambience of The Pine Club hasn't changed a bit over the years; it’s dark and comfortable. Large red booths and a great big wraparound bar create an old-school cool vibe. When I go home to Dayton, I go directly to the Pine Club for a delicious burger and a great salad. The salad dressing has always been my favorite, and sometimes my mother ships me out with a bottle of it so I can bring a little bit of home back with me.”

Raised in Oakwood, Janney won an Academy Award early this year for her role in “I, Tonya.”

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She loves her Dayton grub. She also has given love to Flying Pizza and Ashley’s Pastry Shop’s sand tarts.  

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For its neighborhood restaurants article, Bon Appetit asked 80 people, among them writers, actors, athletes and chefs, to share thoughts about the spots they love the most. 

A magazine spokeswoman said the article is intended to acknowledge the places that keep on keeping on year after year.

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Founded in 1947 at 1926 Brown Street, the Pine Club has certainly done that. 

The Dayton classic has been praised here, there and everywhere for its 20-ounce bone-in ribeye served with onion rings.

It has made more than a few best steak restaurant lists in its time. 

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Last year, The Pine Club was ranked as one of the best steakhouses in the United States in Tastingtable.com’s “United Steaks of America.”

The piece said:  "Serving the best steaks in town since 1947, The Pine Club... has remained virtually unchanged in its 70 years in business, and that's why we love it." 

In 2015, the Pine Club was included in an episode of the Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants.”

In December 2013, it made a list of “10 of the World’s Greatest Old Dining Institutions” by a writer for T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine, joining restaurants in Paris, London and New York City.

>> Top 10 picks for amazing steak in the Dayton area

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