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Dayton man wins big on ‘Live with Kelly’ during sixth appearance

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Scott Walker from Dayton, Ohio, was Tuesday's Trivia Contest on Live with Kelly.

We might as well nickname Scott Walker “Winnie McLuckie.” 

The retired Dayton street maintenance worker has been called to play the “Live with Kelly” trivia contest a whopping six times in the past 11 years.

He’s won grand prize trips three of those times.

The part-time Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum security guard’s last victory came on the morning of March 14. 

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His seven-night, six-day trip to the all-inclusive Buccaneer resort in St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands is valued at $9,500. 

LIVE with Kelly airs 9 a.m. Monday to Friday on WHIO-7.

Walker has been enjoying the ride, which has also included trips to St. Lucia and the Bahamas.

“It is just kind of surprising to to me that they keep calling,” Walker said. “It seems like they call every year or every two years.”

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This time around, Walker correctly guessed that actor Stanley Tucci made martinis for “Live” host Kelly Ripa and guest host Michael Weatherly of CBS’ “Bull.”


Dayton resident Scott Walker took a trip he won to St. Lucia on Live! with Kelly in January. Photo: Scott Walker(Photo: Scott Walker)

Since retiring, entering to be on the contest and watching and recording the show has been part of his routine.

“It is almost like an addiction,” he said.

If  “Live with Kelly” happens to call -- as it has those 11 times -- Walker reviews his recording and takes notes. 

He noted that the contest often relates to the show’s first guest. 

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Walker won a trip to St. Lucia  on “Live!” last year, and went on that trip alone in January after his companion could not make the trip. He said he made friends and had a great time.

He and his now-late wife Connie went on the trip he won to the Bahamas.

“She always called it her happy place,” Walker said.

Walker is also a frequent K99.1FM contest winner. 

Like this news organization, K99.1FM  is a Cox Media Group Company.   

Scott Walker and his late wife Connie took a trip to the Bamahas in 2013 that he won on Live! with Kelly. Photo: Scott Walker.(Photo: Scott Walker.)

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Why THIS is the weekend to go to Blind Bob’s 

Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

Some Dayton-area venues for local music.

Blind Bob’s is getting to be a big boy. 

The bar at 430 E. 5th St. in Dayton’s Oregon District will celebrate its ninth anniversary with a weekend of music and drink specials from Aug. 25 to 27.

Friday's lineup:

-Cadaver Dogs


-The Jasons

-Red Hot Rebellion!

Saturday’s lineup:


-The Flips


-Black Sire

Sunday’s lineup:  

-Lia Menaker

-Zack Sliver

-Kyla Meainous

-Nolan Taylor.

All shows are $5, 21+, and start at 9pm. Blind Bob’s kitchen will be open for normal hours and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm.

>> MORE: Meet the real “Blind Bob”

The restaurant and bar specializes in live music from local and national acts. 

Bob Mendenhall, now a retired Social Security administrator, and his wife Lisa, a gardener by trade, opened Blind Bob’s at the former site of Nite Owl nightclub in 2008 at the urging of their son Nate. Then the recession hit.

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“We pretty much kept the lights on by kids who came through here and wanted to buy PBR and a shot of Jameson,” Bob told this news organization in 2015. “I made a vow to myself right then, I was going to keep the price of beer like PBR down to the absolute minimum, as low as I can, in homage of those kids who got me through that first winter.”

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The family also owns Lily’s Bistro near Bob’s in the Oregon District. 

“It's important to celebrate life's milestones and the bar's birthday is definitely a big event to the Blind Bob's crew,” Nat Mendenhall said. “When we first opened we knew what we wanted to do, but we were new to running a venue and restaurant and success wasn't guaranteed. By our third anniversary we started to realize that we just might be able to achieve our goals. Now at nine years in it's still a challenge to keep up in an increasingly competitive market, but we keep doing our best to put out great food and to keep having great live music.”   

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More info on Blind Bob’s anniversary bash on Facebook.

Daytonian Of The Week: Nora Vondrell of SICSA

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

Daytonian of the Week: Nora Vondrell
Daytonian of the Week: Nora Vondrell(Contributed)

If the pups and kittens of Dayton were able to cast their vote for who they want to see chosen as Daytonian of the Week, we think this is who they would’ve picked.  

Nora Vondrell, Executive Director of SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, has been commander-in-chief of the safe haven for homeless animals in Dayton for six years. Vondrell’s adult life has been dedicated to working for change, and to giving a voice to those without one.  

Her heart’s capacity for compassion and her leadership has grown SICSA to the 1.4 million dollar non-profit organization it is today— truly fulfilling her passion and giving a voice to the animals who can’t speak for themselves. 

Daytonian of the Week: Nora Vondrell(Picasa)

What was life before SICSA? 

I grew up in Clark County, between Columbus and Dayton. I graduated from Wright State with a bachelors in social work and my first job was working for Montgomery County Children Services. In my head, I thought I would always be in child welfare.

I was then recruited to Daybreak Youth Center for eight years. During that time I met my husband, moved to St. Anne’s Hill and we had our son there. St. Anne’s Hill is just a wonderful neighborhood, full of very lovely people. Very much front porch living. Now we live in Washington Township, our kids, 16 and 14 years old.

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[I] got my masters in public administration at UD ... I’d been working very hard to make change on a micro level for many years and felt like I could move closer to a macro level.

Did you have pets growing up? 

I did not have pets when I was younger and always wanted them. In addition to working here, my family is a foster family, and I just brought back five puppies that we have fostered over the last two weeks. So I thought, you know what, I want to count and see how many fosters we’ve had, and we’ve had over 36 fosters in our home.

You have to pick, are you a dog or cat person? 
I don’t know if I could choose! Cats and dogs just tend to be so different ... they certainly bring different things to your life.

What has been the most rewarding time for you here? 

We see tiny little miracles every day. I remember one of my first ‘oh my goodness’ moments was when I was an employee and I did a rescue. 

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They were rescued dogs from a breeder up in Shelby County. They had raided a facility and they were asking everybody around the network to help. We went to the Shelby County Fairgrounds, and you go in there and there was over 100 dogs in all kinds of conditions. Our vets said, ‘Nora, only take eight, maybe 10,’ I think the deal was. We got there and the condition of these animals were just horrific. You see those conditions of a puppy mill and you’re so angry, you’re so mad and you just want to take them all. We came back with 16 to 20. And it’s just because we knew we were gonna be able to give them a better life.

How does adopting an animal change someone’s life?

There are scientific statistics across the board that say having an animal reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, increases your positive mental health — we know those effects. We used to go to a cancer center because there were stats that said when patients receive their treatment, being able to pet an animal makes it a more positive experience for their body to accept the medication and the treatments.

Is it sometimes hard to not get too attached to the animals at SICSA knowing they’re going to leave? 

You do get attached to them, but I also know if I took every one of them home, they would not be able to get the attention that they will get if they go home in one or two animal families.

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We did this whole bucket list on Rembrandt, a hospice adoption, or an animal we know won’t be around for very long. He was adopted by the sweetest couple who had another dog with the same disease, and they crossed off their bucket list together. He lived for two years with his family before he passed away and I swear it was because this family loved him and just worked really hard to give him the best time.

What mood would you say that you’re in when you come into work in the morning? 

This is a 1.4 million dollar organization. The lives of 1,700 animals and the jobs of 40 employees and all the other services we provide. So of course it’s going to be stressful. But is it a heck of a lot easier to go in and get to have a ‘kitten break’ or a ‘puppy break’? Yeah, that makes my job a heck of a lot easier.

What are some of your favorite Dayton spots?

I love my Saint Anne’s neighborhood. I think all the efforts going into the Metroparks Riverfront plan, that’s just fabulous. Of course I love Deed’s Point Metropark, they have the only dog park in Dayton, so of course that’s one of my favorites. [Old] Scratch Pizza is my new favorite downtown Dayton haunt. I just love their pizza. I could go on and on and on. 

>> Daytonian of the Week: Beth Miller

What do you love about life in Dayton?

Dayton has a spirit. I haven’t lived very many places, but Dayton seems to have a spirit that no matter what comes our way, we don’t let it hold us down. We’re small but mighty. People always say that ‘Dayton is the smallest big town that I’ve been in.’ Everywhere else it’s six degrees of separation; here it’s like two or three. 

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Yeah, we have some struggles ... It feels like a lot of people aren’t just whining about it, they’re doing something about it, and that is amazing.

Kennedy family members arrested after loud party, noise complaints 

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

Two members of the Kennedy family were arrested over the weekend near the family’s compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.  Matthew Kennedy pleaded not guilty to disturbing the peace Monday in Barnstable. His daughter, Caroline, will be charged at a later date.
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Two members of the Kennedy family were arrested over the weekend near the family’s compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.  Matthew Kennedy pleaded not guilty to disturbing the peace Monday in Barnstable. His daughter, Caroline, will be charged at a later date.(Tim Gray/Getty Images)

Two members of the Kennedy family were  arrested in Massachusetts after complaints about a loud party and fireworks.

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Barnstable police said officers responded to a home near the family compound in Hyannis Port early Sunday morning on noise complaints.

Police say Matthew "Max" Kennedy, 52, and his daughter, Caroline R. Kennedy, 22, were taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and violating the town's noise law. They were later released on their own recognizance.

Matthew Kennedy pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Monday in Barnstable District Court.

Caroline Kennedy will be arraigned at a later date. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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Matthew Kennedy is an author and the ninth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.

Chrissy Teigen says ‘I have to fix myself’ when it comes to alcohol

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

Chrissy Teigen reveals she struggles with alcohol in a new interview with Cosmopolitan.
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Chrissy Teigen reveals she struggles with alcohol in a new interview with Cosmopolitan.(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/Getty Images for Tony Awards Pro)

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen revealed Wednesday in an interview with Cosmopolitan that she struggles with alcohol abuse.

“I was, point blank, just drinking too much. I got used to being in hair and makeup and having a glass of wine,” the “Lip Sync Battle” host said. “Then that glass of wine would carry over into me having one before the awards show. And then a bunch at the awards show. And then I felt bad for making kind of an ass of myself to people that I really respected. And that feeling, there’s just nothing like that. You feel horrible. It's not a good look for me, for John (Legend, my husband), for anybody.”

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USA Today reported that Tiegen has posted videos of herself while she was drunk before. One video posted in February showed Legend helping her take off her jewelry after the Grammy Awards show.

Tiegen told Cosmo that her family has a history of alcohol abuse and that she “can't just have one drink.”

She and her husband, who are parents to daughter Luna, 16 months, have gone on a series of vacations before they begin in vitro fertilization treatments as they try to have another child. Luna was conceived via IVF in 2015.

“We're going to try to have a child. This is for us to try to get in the zone of ‘Let’s travel. Let’s be away together. Let’s see our closest friends,’ and then we’re going to have to do something super hard, which is the IVF process, all over again.”

Tiegen, who revealed her struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety in March, said that “alcohol is like the least thing that helps.” She takes “a number of medications” for depression and anxiety, according to Cosmo.

During a recent trip to Bali, she abstained from alcohol completely and didn’t miss it. 

“I would wake up feeling amazing, she said. “My skin felt amazing. I was just so happy.”

Now that she is back home in Los Angeles preparing for another vacation. Teigen may not drink at all, but it will be a challenge: as a sposkesperson for Captain Morgan and Smirnoff, drinks are often free and plenty at events.

“I used to think it was kind of nutty to have to go totally sober, but now I get it,” she said. “I don't want to be that person. … I have to fix myself.”