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Survey: Black millennials are more religious than other millennials

Black millennials are more religious than other members of their generation, according to a new analysis from Pew Research Center.

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The analysis, based on data from the Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study, revealed that 64 percent of black millennials are highly religious compared to 39 percent of nonblack millennials. Religious commitment was measured by a four-item scale which includes belief in God, self-described importance of religion, prayer and worship attendance.

More than half of black millennials (61 percent) said they pray daily compared to 39 percent of nonblack millennials, while 38 percent of black millennials said they attend religious services at least weekly compared to 25 percent of nonblack millennials. 

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Black millennials are also more likely to read scripture outside of religious services than nonblack millennials and 61 percent of black millennials said they feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least weekly compared to 50 percent of nonblack millennials. 

Millennials as a whole (the generation born between 1981 and 1996) are generally less religious than other generations, according to a number of recent surveys from Pew Research Center. This pattern is also seen among black millennials when comparing them to older black Americans.

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Black millennials are less likely than older blacks to say they pray daily, attend religious service weekly or that religion is very important to them. They are also less likely than older blacks to read scripture outside of religious services or report a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least weekly.

A previous analysis from Pew Center showed that older African Americans are also more likely than younger black adults to be associated with historically black Protestant churches -- 63 percent of the Silent Generation (born between 1928 and 1945) compared to 41 percent of black millennials.

Only one aspect of religion seems to transcend demographics. Respondents in all of these groups are about equally likely to report feeling a deep sense of wonder about the universe.

Wu-Tang Clan member gives monster shout-out to Dayton bar’s warning to ‘parents and prudes’

If you need proof that a downtown Dayton business ain’t nothing to (bleep) with, turn to RZA’s Facebook page. 

The member of the legendary hip-hop squad Wu-Tang Clan gave The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton, a shout-out for the record books on Friday night. 

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As we first told you in December,  the bar’s owners, Gus Stathes and his  fiancée Sara Levin, are major Wu-Tang fans.

They launched Wu-Tang Wednesdays with the following posted warning:

“Dear Parents and Prudes,  We will be playing unedited hip hop all day today for Wu-Tang Wednesday. Due to the nature of the music, there may be language which may offend you or your kids.  Unless of course you take parenting advice from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in which case — WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN.”  

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The Barrel House’s notice somehow made it to RZA and he responded by posting a photo of the Barrel House’s  sign on his official Facebook page with the  sentence “Wu Tang is for the children.”

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Dayton gridiron hero LaVar Glover on walking away, playing golf and building bridges after the NFL 

While his college football teammates were shaking it up and shutting down bars, Dayton football hero LaVar Glover was sharing a bedroom with the 15-year-old brother he was trying to set on the right path. 

Glover, now the director of self-sufficiency at Community Action Partnership, talked to Amelia Robinson about his unconventional life for the latest episode of the “What Had Happened Was” podcast. 

>>This former NFL player is tackling Dayton community problems head-on

They dished about card games and Glover’s decade-long football career. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers before being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions before playing for the Arena and Canadian Football leagues. They also talked about his childhood in Dayton and how he coached kids in Kettering and gave up his foster program. Now Glover tries to help people build bridges to successful futures.

 

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ABOUT THE PODCAST

“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

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CATCH UP ON PAST EPISODES

Episode 13: 

Dayton’s mysterious walled falls, a phantom driver and how Dayton became the ‘Gem City’

 

Episode 12: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering

Episode 11: Radio pioneer and DCDC leader on burning crosses and fighting for herself

EPISODE 10: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom 

EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker

EPISODE 8 : Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger

EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan

EPISODE 5:  Watch for 10,000 ‘leprechauns’

EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side

EPISODE 3: All funked up with Ohio Players’ Diamond Williams

EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head

EPISODE 1: The Rubi Girls explain

Carillon Park’s baby bald eagle takes her first flight — and we have the pictures!

A baby bald eagle that hatched at the end of April at Carillon Historical Park took its first flight this week. 

Jim Weller, the founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, has been keeping an eye on the bald eagle family since January and witnessed the first flight of the eaglet dubbed, Flyer. 

“It happened in a split second,” said Weller. “I said ‘there she goes, there she goes.’” 

A gust of wind eased Flyer from her nest at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday as she was "wingercizing," hopping up and down in her nest to gain strength. 

“She tried to grab the branch of a nearby tree, but the small branch gave way under her weight and she was forced to release it,” Weller said. “She then made a large semicircular left turn as she lost altitude.” 

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Flyer landed on the ground and Weller stayed after the park closed to make sure she was safe. 

“The Glen Helen Raptor Center suggested that I watch for mom and dad to care for her and just after six, mom arrived and perched on a tree near where Flyer had secluded herself,” Weller said. “Knowing that mom was there, I then left the park giving mom and eaglet space without human presence.” 

Baby Flyer’s parents, Orv and Willa, built a nest in January directly above Wright Hall, home to the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane. The location the pair chose for their nest at the park is a rare chance for the public to watch bald eagles up close. 

For 70 years, bald eagles were absent in Dayton. The last-known nest was abandoned in 1938, Weller said. It wasn’t until 2008 when a pair later named Cindy and Jim appeared near Eastwood MetroPark.

Weller believes there is a good chance Flyer is the granddaughter of the pair. Cindy was electrocuted and died in 2016. 

As Flyer took the first flight, “I thought to myself, Cindy would be proud to see her granddaughter flying off like that,” Weller said. 

Weller initially didn’t see any signs of Flyer when he returned Wednesday but in the afternoon heard the eaglet calling from the heavy underbrush on the hillside above the park. 

The following day Flyer was spotted on the rooftop of the park’s James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center. “Her presence on the rooftop proved that she could fly with enough strength to rise several stories high.” Weller said. “After several hours she flew the entire length of the park and landed on the ground near the park entrance on Carillon Boulevard.” 

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She continued to make short flights and navigated back to the transportation center “which proved she remembered her way back and that she could negotiate her way as she flew,” Weller said. 

She eventually took up a perch in a tree near the nest she was born in. “Eaglets will eventually return to the nest as that is where food has magically appeared all their lives,” Weller said. 

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There’s still time to watch the bald eagle family as Flyer stretches her wings and becomes more independent. 

“She is learning much about flying and landing,” Weller said. “She will most likely stay in the trees of the park for a week or two as she hones her skills. Mom and Dad will continue to bring her food until they have taught her to fish on her own in August and September.” 

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BALD EAGLES? 

Jim Weller, founder of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers, posts photographs and stories on the blog, eastwoodeaglewatchers.wordpress.com. 

He can be found many weekday mornings at Carillon Historical Park sharing his knowledge about bald eagles with visitors. He recommends bringing a pair of binoculars to watch the eagles or a camera with a telephoto lens for photographs. 

WANT TO GO?

Where: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. 

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Admission: Adults: $8 (ages 18-59), Senior: $7; Children (ages 3-17): $5. Children under 3 and Dayton History members: free 

More: For information about Carillon Historical Park call (937) 293-2841.

Why ‘Star Wars’ and ‘True Blood’ star was in Yellow Springs — and what her famous friend Dave Chappelle told us about it

Janina Gavankar has her hands in many pots — acting, writing, technology and gaming, orchestrating percussion — to name a few. Yesterday, however, she had her hands full of fresh water from the Yellow Spring — Yellow Spring’s namesake. 

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“It was better than Evian. It was so clean. I wish I had a water bottle so I could’ve filled it up. That was the first thing I did (in Yellow Springs) and it made me really happy,” Gavankar said. 

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Gavankar, born in Joliet, Illinois, is an American actress and musician best known for her roles as Iden Versio in “Star Wars Battlefront II,” Luna Garza in “True Blood,” Shiva in “The League” and her most recent role as Val in “Blindspotting.” 

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Guided by her good friend — comedian and Yellow Springs resident Dave Chappelle — the famed duo also spent Thursday sipping nitros at Dino’s Coffee and gabbing about the exclusive screening of Blindspotting they would attend that evening at the Little Art Theatre. 

Thursday evening, Chappelle hosted a sold-out, pre-release screening of “Blindspotting” with Gavankar in the small Yellow Springs theater that seats just over 110 people. 

The film — “a story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland,” according to the movie’s site —  was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and is being released today, July 20, only to a select number of theaters. Its official release date is Friday, July 27. 

“It’s bad ass Janine,” said Chappelle as he joined his friend during an interview with Dayton.com at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs. “One of the things that this movie she’s in deals with is how it’s traumatic to be a witness to that (police shooting). It’s a great movie. As cathartic in the way that art is. It resonated and I think there’s people around here, in this town in particular, that will be very moved by this.” 

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ABOUT THE FILM

Extremely and — “unfortunately” — topical and timely, “Blindspotting” was written and produced by high school best friends whose own experiences and those of their closest friends, shaped the movie. Although quick to say the movie was not autobiographical to its directors, Gavankar said this was a very special project that she was passionate about bringing to Yellow Springs for a special screening. 

We sat down with Gavankar to ask her why she is “so incredibly moved” to be showing her film in our area:

Why did you choose Yellow Springs for this exclusive screening of your film that hasn’t even been released, yet?

GAVANKAR: “Dave saw it at a private screening I had, and he said he wanted to bring it here. Being from the Midwest, Joliett, Illinois, I grew up without access to films like this (independent) either. It means a lot to me to be able to bring it here. Dave made sure this happened ... Because Yellow Springs is not a place that is necessarily going to have access to this film unless we’re lucky enough that it becomes a ‘hit’ this weekend. This is an indie film; it was made from very little money, in a very short amount of time. That means we don’t have a huge marketing budget and we don’t get to just get shot into a million theaters. 

Why are you so excited about this screening in particular? 

GAVANKAR: “I’m excited to go. I looked up photos online and I heard it was about 120 seats and it’s cozy and I’m just so excited. I’m more excited about this screening than some of the New York screenings that we’ve had. ... It’s emotional for me. I’m just so moved by the fact that this community was so receptive to even having it for one night. ... Also, again, I’m from the Midwest; it’s a whole culture. 

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What part of who Janina is as a person comes through in Val, the most?

GAVANKAR: “What I decided was to attach my personal experience as a child of immigrants to Val. There’s an unsaid understanding to uphold the sacrifices that our parents made just by giving us this life. ... Ironically, the room of the director and the two producers were either immigrants or children of immigrants. So it was a very emotional meeting. That was really what I wanted to infuse her with.ye

As an actor, I’m not actually interested in playing anybody close to me. What was the point of being an actor if I wasn’t going to turn into other people? But ironically, in this case, I think this character might be closer to me than any other character I’ve played thus far.”

Can you explain the meaning of “Blindspotting”? 

GAVANKAR: Rubin’s Vase-- have you seen this figure of a vase, but also two faces? That concept is, my character comes up with these mnemonic devices to remember these psych terms she’s learning, so she calls it blind-spotting, because you have a blind spot for one thing. Nobody is just one thing. But when you look at a person or photo, your brain is trained to see one thing first. Even though there’s more than one thing. So that’s the concept and that is what we hope everybody does when they look at this film and watch it. We hope that you look further. I have seen this thing over 10 times and I still catch things that I never caught before. It’s a really special project. 

 

With you having so many diverse talents, where did this fire come from that has made you have so many passions?

GAVANKAR: Boredom. I have no chill. I have zero chill. I’m one of these people that gets anxious with 15 minutes of free time. So I have to put it into something or I’ll go crazy. I’m sure many people identify with that. Being an artist, making things, is my way of communicating myself.

What would you say to younger girls who don’t know where to focus their passions?

GAVANKAR: Diversify. Try many things with all of your might. Because at some point, you’re going to figure out where you’re needed. It’s not just about what you’re good at, but it’s where you’re needed. And that’s why so many people end up in different careers than what they studied. That’s kind of the dream is not just figuring out what you’re passionate about, but where you’re needed in this world and where you can help in the most distilled way. Nobody is stuck with anything. ... You just better be about it. 

What is something people don’t know about Janina? 

GAVANKAR: “I really wanted to be a blue man. I hung out with them last night by the way. I played with the drummer. It was amazing. I wanted to be a blue man when I grew up.  

Also, I’m a writer. People sometimes get confused when they see a female actor. They get confused. What do you mean you’re also a writer?  What do you mean you’re also a musician? But nobody’s just one thing. Yeah, people don’t really know that part yet, but I hope to earn the right to have everybody know that first. Just showing up to act is something I’ll do as long as people ask me to do it. But it’s time to evolve.”

What was George Clinton doing in downtown Dayton?

One of the funkiest men on planet Earth landed the Mothership Connection right in the center of the Land of Funk on Thursday. 

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Before headlining a concert that night at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway with Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton paid a visit to the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center, 113 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District. 

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David Webb, the museum’s CEO and president, told this news organization that Clinton said he enjoyed the museum and pledged to donate artifacts and memorabilia. 

The Funk Museum celebrated its grand opening earlier this year. 

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The funk music genre put Dayton on the map as the Land of the Funk in the 1970s and '80s, thanks to a stable of groups that included the Ohio Players, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, Zapp, Faze-O, Heatwave, Sun, Slave and Lakeside.

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

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

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

Here’s why birds are being painted along downtown Dayton bridge 

Jes McMillan’s plan is going up with the birds.

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The owner of Crane Studio Market and founder of the nonprofit Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton along with a crew that includes Vincent DetrickIleana Del Campo-GrayKate Edmondson and Amy Dallis are painting a mural on the train overpass near the intersection of  Keowee and First streets. 

When complete, the mural will feature flying birds and the words: “East Dayton Arts District.” 

As we told you in April, McMillan hopes to market the area near the bridge, drawing attention to the art galleries and studios in the area.

 

The swath of Dayton bordered by East Monument Avenue, North Findlay Street, Xenia Avenue, Wayne Avenue and Webster Street includes Color of Energy Gallery, Missing Peace Art Space, Stivers School for the Arts, High Street Gallery, Crane Studios Market, TL Brown Photography, LLC, city wide studios, Gem City Catfe, Yellow Cab Tavern, Hamilton Dixon’s studio, Dayton Society of Artists, Proto BuildBar, Marsha Pippenger’s gallery and the Front Street Building and the Davis-Linden Building, both of which include numerous art studios and creative spaces.

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A recent winner of UpDayton’s Summit for her ideas for an opioid memorial, McMillan said she hopes the mural is complete by Tuesday, July 24.

The street near the bridge is blocked to vehicle traffic. 

Funds for the project were donated by the East End Community Services and collected during a fundraiser at Fifth Street Brewpub, McMillan said. 

“This is an intense paint,” she told this new organization. “It is going to last forever.”

The opioid memorial has morphed from a wall to a three-dimensional installation. 

McMillan said the project is being supported by a list of organizations that include the University of Dayton; UpDayton; East End and Mission of Mary farm.

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It’s located at a site inside of Lincoln Hill Gardens, a five acre site in the Twin Tower neighborhood at the former site of Lincoln Elementary School at 401 Nassau St., McMillan said. 

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Downtown Dayton salon wants you to be ‘blown away’ by its new products  

 A millionaire’s question stuck in Joshua S. Ladner’s mind: why don’t you have your own products? 

Ladner said the well-known woman (he asked that she remain unnamed for her privacy) raved about his shop, Salon J. Ladner at 45 S St Clair St. in downtown Dayton, as he did her hair. She asked why it wasn’t selling its own products. 

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“She kind of opened the door and put it in my brain,” Ladner, a stylist for 10 years, said. “(I thought) ‘you can totally do this’.”

Two years after beginning to research the idea, Ladner, his husband Vince Ladner (a retired Air Force chief master sergeant) and sister Jessica Lippy launched Blown Away by J Ladner last weekend. 

“We really tried to focus on creating higher-end products at an affordable price,” Joshua Ladner said. “I hope everyone is ready to be blown away by J Ladner.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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The line includes products ranging from $17 to $24 each. 

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Ladner said the products were not tested on animals and are alcohol and paraben free. 

“These products have your back,” he said. 

“I want them (staff members and customers) to know that anything is possible,” Ladner said. 

The Ladners opened  Salon J. Ladner shortly after moving to Dayton from Tampa, Fla. five years ago. Its tagline is “Join the Hair Journey. 

“Hair is the one accessory we have every day,” Ladner said. “Get up and slay your life.” 

WHAT IS BLOWN AWAY BY J LADNER? 

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You Do Hue Violet Shampoo works for natural blondes, highlighted, or gray hair to restore bounce and resilience. Refresh your color to help prevent dull hair.  

Grape Seed Extract helps prevent split ends and contains antioxidant properties for healthier looking hair.”• You Do Hue Violet Conditioner

 Descriptions: “Tones highlighted, blondes and gray hair.

You Do Hue Violet Conditioner adds brilliant color and highlights with shine and body. May also be used as a deep color enhancement conditioning treatment.

Grape Seed Extract contains antioxidants for healthier looking hair and scalp.”

• Jetsetter Shampoo

Description:  “Replenishing antioxidants nourishes and protects.

The secret to transform hair is made from Marula Oil to rebuild and revive dry damaged hair weakened by everyday stress. A mild sulfate free and paraben free cleanser that gives instant hydration with humectants and pro-vitamin B-5 for shine and softness. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients. 

 Marula Oil nourishes hair and skin 

 Argan Oil conditions, softens and adds shine 

 ProVitamins B5 antioxidant adds shine.”

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• Jetsetter Conditioner

Description:  “Strengthens and Hydrates. 

A gentle and soap free conditioning creme that delivers intense hydration with botanical extracts for extra moisture and conditioning. 12 Bio-nutrients for strengthening and instant detangling for smooth and frizz free tresses. The high level Oleic Acid found in Marula Oil is essential to maintain healthy skin and hair. 

Vitamins A, E, C and aloe, helps to soothe scalp.

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Down N Dirty removes oily patches around the hairline and blends effortlessly with your natural color. Give your thirsty strands a break and promote full, touchable, natural-looking hair with this unique volumizing dry shampoo. Good for all hair types.”

The perfect time (and place) to learn about the life of famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley

The Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum in Greenville tells the story of “Little Miss Sure Shot,” the world-renowned sharpshooter from Darke County.

“She’s real, she’s a down-to-earth person,” said Dr. Clay Johnson, executive director of the Garst Museum. “Even though she was an international superstar, she was really deeply rooted to the values of small town America and I think so many people can still relate to that today.”

Born Phoebe Anne Mosey just north of Greenville in 1860, Oakley’s early life took a tragic twist after her father died, leaving a desperate widow with seven children.

Out of necessity, Oakley picked up her father’s old muzzle loader when she was 8 years old to provide food for the family. She was such a good shot, she could put a bullet through a small animal’s head to preserve the meat.

Despite her best efforts to help her family, she was sent to a county home at age 10 and then hired out to an abusive family. She escaped two years later and reunited with her family.

Honing her shooting skills, Annie sold game and birds she shot to area stores and restaurants, earning a reputation for her skills. A Cincinnati hotel keeper arranged a shooting contest between Oakley and Frank Butler, a professional exhibition shooter. Annie was just 15 and Butler was 25.

The rules were simple. Twenty-five birds would be released, and whoever shot the most would be the winner. Butler shot 24 of the 25 birds, but Oakley triumphed, shooting all 25. She won the contest and Butler’s heart. The two married a year later and began a life performing together in stage shows and circuses.

Artifacts at The Annie Oakley Center illuminate the personal and professional life of Oakley, who would become a trailblazer for women.

“We try and take the myth out of the woman as much as possible in the exhibit and just show what she was really like,” said Brenda Arnett, who has worked at the museum for 14 years.

Eight of the rifles Oakley used during her career are displayed, including a shotgun that weighs only six pounds and was custom made to the proportions of her body by British gun maker Charles Lancaster.

Black-and-white film footage captures Butler quickly tossing targets into the air as Annie skillfully shoots each one in rapid fire succession.

Cindy Aukerman of Union City, Ind., recently visited the museum with her great-niece, 11-year-old Alexis Stump. “I want her to know she wasn’t a cartoon figure, she was a strong woman,” said Aukerman. “We talked about how Annie made her own way at a time when there weren’t a lot of options for women.”

“I think she’s a role model for lots of people because back then women would just cook and clean while the men did all the shooting,” said Stump, as she compared her own height to a life-sized cutout of Oakley.

Bill Cody, owner of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, heard of the 24-year-old’s shooting skills and offered Oakley a contract to become part of his traveling show.

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She performed in the United States and in Europe in front of royalty and heads of state during her 17 years with the Wild West Show.

In 1900, she came home to Greenville for a performance. A loving cup, presented to Annie at the show and inscribed “To Miss Annie Oakley, from her old home town friends, Greenville, Ohio July 25, 1900,” has a place of prominence within the exhibit.

Annie became friends with Sitting Bull, the Indian leader who defeated Gen. George Armstrong Custer at the Battle at Little Big Horn. The famous chief is credited with giving Annie her moniker, “Watanya Cicilia,” Lakota for “Little Sure Shot.”

Sitting Bull later joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the gifts he gave Annie — ceremonial war clubs, a silver spoon from Custer’s battlefield, and grooved and painted willow arrows — are showcased at the museum.

“During that time period, women who were associated with the wild west were essentially portrayed as very rough and tumble and free and easy with their virtue,” Arnett said. “She was the complete opposite.”

Oakley liked fine things and was a proper Victorian woman in her private life, Arnett said. The beautiful tableware, china and lace she used in her daily life are displayed in cases, as are some of the necklaces and monogrammed broaches she wore. A silk dressing gown designed with roses and leaves that Butler gave to her in 1915, hints at a loving marriage.

After retiring from the Wild West Show, the couple gave shooting exhibitions and made charity appearances. They adopted an English setter named Dave and a photograph of the couple, posing with their pet, is on display.

The dog had nerves of steel and became part of an act to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I. He sat like a statue on top of stool while Oakley took aim and shot an apple off his head.

The couple was heartbroken when Dave was hit by a car and killed. The dog collar he wore is part of the collection. “When I first saw it, I cried,” said Arnett.

Oakley died in Greenville on Nov. 3, 1926. Frank died 18 days later. The couple is buried in Brock Cemetery, 12 miles north of town.

“Darke County is a small county population wise,” said Dr. Johnson, “and to have someone of such grandeur and success is a wonderful symbol of our county. We are very much proud of her.”

WANT TO GO?

Where: The Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville

Hours: Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Next weekend, as Greenville celebrates the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival and The Gathering at Garst, hours will be extended to 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (60+): $9; Youth (ages 6-17): $7 and children 5 and under are free.

More information: www.garstmuseum.org

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The 55th Annie Oakley Festival

The annual event will be held July 27 -29 at the Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville

A parade will kick off the activities Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m. in downtown Greenville.

A variety of events including fast draw and contests, equestrian drill team exhibitions, a Wild West art exhibition and much more will take place over the weekend.

Admission: Free

More information: A detailed schedule of events can be found at www.annieoakleyfestival.org

The gathering at Garst

A celebration of Darke County’s rich history, the gathering features a living history encampment with re-enactors in period clothing demonstrating what life was like from 1750 to 1865. Carriage rides, artists and antique dealers are part of the event.

Where: The grounds of the Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville

When: A candlelight tour kicks off the weekend Friday, July 27 from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and continues Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Free

For more information: www.gatheringatgarst.com or (937) 548-7645

Pickle-flavored cotton candy? Ohio candy store to sell new item

Pucker up! Grandpa Joe’s is offering a new pickle-flavored, sweet treat.

Grandpa Joe’s, which has locations in Miamisburg and Middletown, just added a new sour treat for candy lovers. Co-owner Tiffany Kelly said customers “love their pickles.” The candy shop saw a surge in popularity after introducing pickle-flavored soda at the store.

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Grandpa Joe’s was founded by Christopher Beers in Pittsburgh, and has two locations in Pennsylvania. Tiffany and Bill Kelly opened the third location with Beers in 2017 when a space in downtown Miamisburg became available. Then they added another location in Middletown.

The candy stores have more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas. Flavors include everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that tastes like ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.

The store also offers bulk candy orders and gourmet chocolate candies.

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