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Popular UD bar is literally about to ‘go solar’

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

Flanagan's hopes to set a trend with its solar sandwich. Video by Amelia Robinson and Jim Ingram

A Dayton bar will soon have a 16,500 watt gift from the sun. 

Colin Pohlman, the owner of Flanagan’s Pub has been plugging away on plans for solar rooftop since buying the legendary Dayton bar nearly two years ago. 

If all goes as planned, Icon Solar of Milford will soon begin construction on the 60-panel system soon at the establishment located at 101 E Stewart St. near the University of Dayton.  

The permits were approved today. 

“Within two weeks time we could be operational,” Pohlman said.

He said the company can install the panels in as little as a day.  

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“We pretty much pulled out all the stops. This is going to be an massive array,” Pohlman said. “It going to be impressive when it is done.”

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Pohlman did not disclose the cost, but said the expense was in the five figures. 

The project is expected to pay for itself in about seven years and save the bar roughly 20 percent in its electricity costs annually. 

“Over time, the savings really add up,” Pohlman said.

Flanagan’s is the first bar to take on a solar roof project of this large of a scale, its owner said. 

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Besides saving money, the project also continues in the tradition of giving back, started by pub founder Pat Flanagan, Pohlman said. 

“I think it is also inspiring,” he said. “People like to patronize businesses they know are paying back to the community and the environment.”

Pat Flanagan supported police and firefighters’ causes.  

The solar panel project is partly funded by the sale of hundreds and hundreds of “Solar sandwiches,” a combination of steak on Texas toast topped with provolone, cheddar and nacho cheeses for just $6.50.

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The solar panels are just one of the improvements Pohlman has made to Flanagan's. 

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“We are kind of upgrading at a breakneck pace, but I am always happy to put money back into the building and business to see it succeed,” Pohlman said. 

The last change came yesterday when Flanagan’s closed for a day to replace its old bottle cooler system. 

“The old one was a relic from the ‘60s. I am surprised it survived this long,” Pohlman said. “They were tanks. They were very difficult to get out, but they served their purposes. They were good to us.”

Saudi Arabia ends 35-year ban on movie theaters

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 9:34 AM

Movie screens will be returning to Saudia Arabia after a 35-year absence.
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Movie screens will be returning to Saudia Arabia after a 35-year absence.(Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

A night at the movies will soon become a reality for citizens of Saudi Arabia, as the country is lifting a ban that has been in effect for more than 35 years, CNN reported Monday.

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Early next year, commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement. It expects the first cinemas to open their doors in March.

"This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the Kingdom," Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in the statement.

The government hopes that opening movie theaters will spark economic growth and create more job opportunities, while providing Saudis with more entertainment options, CNN reported.

There are few entertainment attractions in Saudi Arabia. Many of its citizens visit neighboring countries for vacations and leisure time, CNN reported, and the Saudi government wants more of those people to spend their money at home.

The Ministry of Culture said it plans to have 300 cinemas with more than 2000 screens by 2030, CNN reported. The movies need to be subtitled in Arabic, and censorship of nudity is likely, CNN reported.

Novo Cinemas, based in the United Arab Emirates, is already considering the opportunity.

"We are absolutely studying our options to enter the Saudi market ... it's an important market," CEO Debbie Kristiansen told CNN.

75th Golden Globe Awards nominees announced

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:04 AM

2018 Golden Globe Awards Nominees

Stars of the small and big screen are finding out who could be taking home a Golden Globes award as the nominations are announced for the Golden Globes Awards.

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According to Vanity Fair, expected nominees included “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Dunkirk” for Best Motion Picture, Drama. 

For Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, the nominations included “The Greatest Showman” and “I, Tonya.”

On the television drama side, “This Is Us” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are against the likes of “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things ,” while comedy nominations went to “Black-ish” and “Will & Grace.”

A view of signage at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards sponsored by FIJI Water at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)(Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)

The breathtaking Tree of Light and 7 more reasons to visit Carillon Park this holiday season

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

The Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park is transformed into a Tree of Light on Nov. 30, 2016.

One of Dayton’s most famous landmarks will transform once again into the stunning Tree of Light for the holiday season.

The 151-foot Deeds Carillon will be all aglow with 20,000 Christmas bulbs strung from above the top of the bell tower down to the ground. This is the third year for the Tree of Light.

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The Carillon Tree of Light will shine again beginning Nov. 29. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

“A Carillon Christmas” runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, from 5-10 p.m. each night. 

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Dayton History has transformed the Deeds Carillon at Carillon Park into a huge lighted Christmas Tree. The Carillon will be illuminated on Nov. 30 this year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

In addition to the Tree of Light, here are seven reasons to go:  

1) Letters to Santa: You can help your little ones write a letter to Santa at Newcom Tavern, Dayton’s first post office. Then it will be sent to the North Pole.

2) Yummy treats: Bakers in period costumes will be selling yummy homemade gingerbread cookies, hot cider and fresh chestnuts from a hearth oven in the Morris House. Soft pretzels, peppermint swirls, hot dogs, hard cider and beer will be available at Culp’s Christmas Cafe. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available in the Transportation Center. Full-service dinner and house-made brews will be available at Carillon Brewing Co. 

3) Photos with Santa: Have fun taking a complimentary photo with Santa from 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. 

4) Carillon Card Company: Make your own holiday greeting cards on a printing press from the 1930s. 

5) Midnight Express. Take the kiddie train for a ride to the North Pole and back for $1. 

6) Scavenger hunt: Be part of an adventure for $2.50. 

7) Victorian carolers: Singers will be walking around and singing our favorite Christmas carols to get you in the holiday spirit.

>> PHOTOS: Carillon Tree of Light

Want to go? 

WHAT: A Carillon Christmas 

WHERE Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd. 

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 

ADMISSION: $5 for children, $7 for seniors, $8 for adults; free for Dayton History members and children under 3.

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‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

Remembering Steve Reevis

Actor Steve Reevis, who had roles in the movies “Fargo,” and "Last of the Dogmen," died Thursday in Montana. He was 55.

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Ralph Foster, of the Foster Funeral Home, said Friday that Reevis died at a hospital in Missoula. He said he did not know the cause of death.

Reevis was a member of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana and portrayed Native Americans in the films he made.

In “Fargo,” Reevis played the role of Shep Proudfoot, and in “Last of the Dogmen,” he was featured as Yellow Wolf. 

Reevis also appeared in the movie "Dances With Wolves" and the 2005 version of "The Longest Yard." He acted in several television episodes, including "Walker, Texas Ranger," ''Jag" and "Bones."