Outdoor decor store opens in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 11:20 AM


A new outdoor decor and gift shop has opened in Beavercreek.

Cobabe Wild Bird and Gift opened in early October at 3787 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek, and will celebrate with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. with the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce. The store offers high quality wild bird seed, outdoor items and a “fun, unique selection of wild bird related gift items.”

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The store, owned by Skyler and Ryan Cobabe, will feature new merchandise each season. The store is located across from the Knollwood Garden Center and next to The Wood Box.

“They also believe that birding can be for enthusiasts and those who just enjoy nature while drinking a hot cup of coffee on their back porch. Another thing They would like to accomplish is making people aware of groups such as the National Audubon Society, whose conservation efforts have helped save countless species of animals worldwide, while doing what we can to contribute,” said Dawn Mader, operations manager for the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce.


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Wages lawsuit against Fuyao gets bigger

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Fuyao Glass America workers Dustin Sparkman, left, and Deraesha Stewart work as a team to clean and check windshields in the Fuyao Moraine plant in this October 2016 photo. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Fuyao Glass America workers Dustin Sparkman, left, and Deraesha Stewart work as a team to clean and check windshields in the Fuyao Moraine plant in this October 2016 photo. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

More plaintiffs are seeking to join what could become a class-action lawsuit against Fuyao Glass America, at a time when the company is facing a plant unionization effort by the United Auto Workers.

Attorneys filed in Dayton’s federal court Wednesday seeking to have Connie Childress join a lawsuit against Fuyao, a lawsuit first filed in June.

The suit seeks to recover what are alleged to be unpaid wages and overtime owed to Fuyao production workers in Moraine.

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The automotive glass maker is fighting the lawsuit and has said that any allegations by the plaintiffs that they were not properly paid are “without merit.”

The filing on behalf of Childress came just days after a similar filing on behalf of Jennifer Mayabb, who also seeks to join the lawsuit against a company that has proven to be one of the Dayton area’s fastest growing manufacturers.

The suit was first filed in June and now has at least five plaintiffs.

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Originally filed by Julia Staggs, a former employee of Fuyao, Staggs has argued that she and other “similarly situated” Fuyao employees are owed for alleged unpaid wages and overtime.

The plaintiffs want certification of the action as a class-action lawsuit. Attorney for Fuyao are arguing against that.

“Plaintiffs’ motion is a bid to have this court rubber stamp conditional certification without evidentiary support and despite the fact that plaintiffs brought individualized claims with widespread differences between them and among potential class members,” attorneys for Fuyao said in a filing with the court earlier this month.

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They added: “Plaintiffs’ proposed class is a disorganized collection of over 1,500 individual claims, lacking any possibility of efficient case management. Plaintiffs’ own statements demonstrate the complexity of the proposed class (and sub-class) and varying allegations regarding unpaid time.”

Messages seeking comment were sent to attorneys for both sides.

Fuyao Glass America has about 2,000 employees in Moraine, at what the company says is the world’s largest automotive glass factory. About 1,500 of those workers are hourly production workers.

Area farmers struggle with harvest following strange weather

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:30 AM

Watch a soybean harvest in the autumn twilight from the air

The weather in recent weeks has been strange and difficult for area farmers. Brisk September days. Warm, humid October nights. Drought — then almost constant rain.

The temperature last Sunday afternoon dropped some seven degrees in just one hour.

“Harvest has slowed down significantly in the last 10 days,” said Sam Custer, educator for the Ohio State University Extension in Darke County. “We have had rain events every day for the last ten days. This has brought the soybean harvest to a standstill and greatly slowed down the corn harvest.”

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In Darke County — a rural community of about 52,000 residents and nearly 1,700 farms, according to the U.S Census — Custer estimated that farmers are about 45 percent harvested on soybeans and 15 percent so far for corn.

Darke County has nearly 340,000 acres devoted to farming, according to the Census. That’s more farmland than Miami County (which has more than 184,000 acres devoted to farmland), Montgomery County (over 124,000 acres), Butler (over 146,000 acres) and Warren (over 106,000 acres).

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Strange weather this fall really has been nothing new — at least this year, Custer said.

“The harvest window was going to be long anyway because of the long planting season that was driven by a wet spring,” he said. “Many acres of corn and beans were being either planted or replanted in June.”

An issue with the long harvest will be the “standability” of the crop, he added. Any corn with a weak stalk coming into the harvest because of the spring conditions is very susceptible to weather events. Evening winds have blown some corn over. Wind events in the future will have an effect on the harvestability, he said.

The bottom line? Harvest will be affected, he believes.

“For the harvest that has taken place soybean yields and corn yields across the county I predict will be slightly below average,” he said. “There will be some places that will have very good corn yields.”

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That’s bad news for farmers who are already expected to get low prices for corn and soybeans. Prices are expected to be at $2.80 to $3.60 per bushel for corn and $8.35 to $10.5 per bushel for soybeans.

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Progress report, issued Oct. 16, indicates just 28 percent of the corn crop is harvested in the nation, but well behind the five-year average of 47 percent at the time.

In Montgomery County, farmers are mostly corn and soybean growers. There are some wheat fields and some hay is grown in the southern part of the county, said Suzanne Wasniak-Mills, agricultural and natural resources educator with the OSU Extension in Montgomery County. But the area around Dayton is mostly corn and soybean country.

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Farmers are harvesting now, she said. “So the devil will be in the details — in the yield monitors.”

A yield monitor is a piece of equipment in most combines, calculating the yield farmers get as grain goes through combine machines, she said.

“Things are just all over the board — you don’t know where they’re at,” Wasniak-Mills said. “It depends on the farm and the rain and the variety.”

Weather has been a difficulty for many farmers, she said. Extended soakings and morning fogs all delayed harvest. Last spring presented its own challenges, she said.

Autumn’s first killing frost will stop crop growth, but that doesn’t worry Wasniak-Mills right now. What farmers need more than anything else is to dry out.

“Every season has its own challenges,” she said.

Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks for door latch issue

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

Ford Recalls Over 1 Million Trucks

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.3 million 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America.

In a Wednesday news release, the company said a water shield needs to be added to door latches. Without the shield, the latches could freeze and cause the door to not close or open correctly. 

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“Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions, the door may appear closed, but the latch may not fully engage the door striker with the potential that the door could open while driving, increasing the risk of injury,” Ford said.

Reuters reported that Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said those who have the affected vehicles should get a notice next month. She did not have a time frame for when parts would be available, according to Reuters.

“We take the safety of our customers very seriously. Our decisions are driven by the data available,” Weigandt said in an email to Forbes. “When the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly on behalf of our customers.”

Dealers will inspect door latch actuation cables, which could be bent or kinked without the shields, and repair them at no cost if needed. Dealers will also install water shields over the door latches at no cost to the customer.

The company said it is not aware of injuries or accidents tied to the issue. 

More information can be found at the Ford Motor Co. website.

New area Dunkin Donuts sold

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:47 PM

            The Dunkin Donuts at 1310 Woodman Drive just south of Linden Avenue in Riverside. MARK FISHER/STAFF
The Dunkin Donuts at 1310 Woodman Drive just south of Linden Avenue in Riverside. MARK FISHER/STAFF

The year-old free-standing Dunkin Donuts in Riverside has a new owner.

GOC Realco LLC sold the Dunkin Donuts location at 1310 Woodman Drive to Nathan Nahmias and Joyce Arlene of Los Angeles, Calif., Montgomery County property records show. The sale price is given as $1.962 million.

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Two years ago, Gilligan Oil, a Cincinnati-based Dunkin Donuts franchise, applied for a county building permit to build a home for a new Dunkin franchise near the intersection with Linden Avenue.

The national coffee and breakfast chain has been expanding, and that store was an indication of exactly that. The Woodman Drive store was the Dayton area’s sixth Dunkin’ Donuts shop when it opened last October.

It was the fifth Dayton-area location launched by franchise owner Pat Gilligan, who has been responsible for reinvigorating the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in southwest Ohio, this news outlet has reported. Gilligan has also opened new Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Sugarcreek Twp., Springfield, Kettering, and Centerville.

The Woodman property was sold in July 2016 from Riverside Professional Building LLC to GOC Realco LLC for $250,000, records indicate.