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.”

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R. Kelly evicted from Atlanta homes, owes $30K, court documents show

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:15 PM

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Filings with the magistrate court of Fulton County from Feb. 13 show that the Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two homes in Atlanta. The  R&B singer was renting houses in the city’s Johns Creek neighborhood. The documents show that Kelly owes SB Property Management Global, LLC more than $31,000 in past due rent payments.  

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Online records for Fulton County don’t show any criminal filings against Kelly. A spokesperson for the singer, Trevian Kutti, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Kelly has “no comment at this time” on the dispossessory affidavits filed against him.

When reached by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, Edmond Green of SB Property Management Global, LLC said he could not comment on the filings. The court documents carry Green’s signature as the affiant.

According to the court documents, the homes Kelly has been evicted from are on Old Homestead Trail and Saint Devon Crossing. 

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These were the same homes that were reportedly burglarized in 2017A former associate of Kelly’s, Alfonso L. Walker, was accused of breaking into them and selling many of the items inside. Walker, 50, was arrested in December and charged with theft and burglary.

Court filings show that Kelly paid $3,000 per month in rent at Saint Devon Crossing and $11,542 per month in rent at Old Homestead Trail. The homes are 2 miles apart and have Duluth addresses. The Saint Devon Crossing home is in a cul-de-sac off Rogers Bridge Road. The Old Homestead Trail home is in a gated community off Bell Road. Google images shows a pool and a basketball court behind the home.

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At one time, Kelly rented a third home in Johns Creek on Creek Wind Court. In July 2017, after BuzzFeed published an article claiming that Kelly “held women against their will in a cult” there, Tim and Jonjelyn Savage, of Atlanta, held a press conference outside the home. They said their daughter Joycelyn was “beat” by Kelly and “part of the R. Kelly cult.” Joycelyn later released a video through TMZ saying she was “in a happy place.”

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On Aug. 7, 2017, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office received a file on Kelly from Johns Creek police. The DA — Paul Howard — said his office did not request the file and was not pursuing charges against Kelly, but his office would review the file.

Dexter Bond, a spokesman for the DA’s office, said in an email earlier this month that the Kelly file is still open and under review.

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’Mister Rogers Neighborhood’ celebrates 50th anniversary

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:47 PM

FILE PHOTO: Fred Rogers, the host of the children's television series,
FILE PHOTO: Fred Rogers, the host of the children's television series, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," rests his arms on a small trolley in this promotional portrait from the 1980's.(Getty Images/Getty Images)

It’s been a “beautiful day in the neighborhood” for 50 years.

Feb. 19 1968 was the day that PBS aired the first episode of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” and the lessons that Fred Rogers taught still resonate today with a re-imagined tales of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

According to his official biography from the foundation that carries on his mission of education, Rogers was born in 1928 in the small town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh. After getting a degree in music composition, he was hired by NBC in New York as an assistant producer and eventually a floor director for some of the network’s programming in the ‘50s. But history was made in 1953 when a station in Pittsburgh called WQED asked him to come up with its first schedule. He produced a show called “The Children’s Corner” where he eventually introduced, and performed as, characters like Daniel Striped Tiger, X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat, characters that have found new life on “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” where children now learn the messages from the original Daniel’s son, not in puppet form but in a cartoon one. His belief in kindness led him to a seminary where he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister, but instead of moving to a traditional religious calling his charge was “to continue his work with children and families through the mass media.”

In 1963, he was offered the opportunity to start a show in Canada called “Misterogers.” Three years later, he went back to Pittsburgh and created a new show called “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” which went national 50 years ago, on what would become PBS. He died on Feb. 27, 2003, in Pittsburgh and was survived by his wife Joanne and their two sons and three grandsons.

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But it was the show that helped generations of children who watched him as they grew up. His message of love and kindness still resonates today. When there is a national tragedy, a meme, or video clip, of Fred Rogers telling those suffering or questioning what’s happening to the nation to “look for the helpers” gives those who need it, kids and adults alike, a moment of reassurance that everything will be OK.

The show also helped launch the careers of some current stars.

Michael Keaton, who went by his original name at the time, Michael Douglas, had one of his first jobs working as a stagehand on the show. He helped operate the iconic trolley, CBS News reported. He was also one of the “Flying Zookeeni Brothers,” Parade reported.

Actress Ming-Na Wen, known for her role as Agent Melinda May on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and as the voice of Disney’s Mulan, also appeared on the show.

Bill Nye the Science Guy appeared on an episode in 1997 to help everyone’s neighbor perform an experiment, Entertainment Weekly reported. The entertainment magazine, compiled a list in 2016 of the top guest stars on the show.

He also introduced kids to various genres of music thanks to guest stars who dropped by like Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma and Tony Bennett, Entertainment Weekly reported.

A special that pays tribute to Fred Rogers and his show, called “Mister Rogers, It’s You I Like, Indewire reported.

Keaton, appropriately enough, is the host of the special that airs March 6 on PBS. He is joined by cast regulars like Joe Negri who portrayed Handyman Negri and David Newell who portrayed Mr. McFeely. He will also be remembers by guests Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg and Sarah Silverman, according to PBS.

Starting on Feb. 26, PBS Kids will run a weeklong tribute to Rogers, PBS announced.

A forever stamp will also honor Rogers this year and is scheduled to be released on March 23, WPXI reported.

And a biopic has been announced in which Tom Hanks has been slated to star as Rogers.

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Céline Dion says her late husband is only man she’s ever kissed

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:43 PM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:   Singer Celine Dion (R) and manager Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Celine Dion (R) and manager Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with The Project, 49-year-old music legend Céline Dion got candid about the 2016 death of her husband and manager René Angélil.

Dion described what it felt like to lose Angélil — who died at age 73 after a cancer battle —after decades of marriage.

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“For three years, my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube,” Dion said. “The only thing I hoped while he was in three years of agony: I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries. He had a little heart attack. It’s so quick; he didn’t even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain.”

“He’s the only man I’ve seen. The only man I’ve loved. The only man I’ve kissed,” the Canadian added.

Angélil — with whom Dion shared sons René-Charles Angélil, 17, and twins Eddy and Nelson Angélil, 7 — died two days before his 74th birthday and days before the death of Dion’s brother, Daniel Dion. As Dion’s longtime music manager, Angélil had always had a role in her life personally and professionally.

Dion has a bronze replica of Angélil’s hand that she brings along to every one of her performances. With two Las Vegas residencies that combined have spanned well over a decade and counting, she’s had many performances with his hand in hers since his passing. 

Dion put her residency on hold during her husband’s bout with cancer, but it was Angélil’s constant support even through his illness that quickly led Dion back to the stage.

“I shake my husband’s hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show,” Dion, 49, told The Daily Telegraph. “Even after he’s gone, I still talk to him.”

A month before Angélil’s death, the longtime couple celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary.

21 years today 💍 21 ans aujourd'hui 💕 #tbt

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“My husband wanted me to go back onstage before he passed; that’s what he wanted the most,” Dion said. “So I went back onstage while he was still alive; he wanted to make sure I could keep going. So I did prove to him (that), yes, I could keep going. I told him I’ve got the kids and that he’s got to trust me, he’s got to relax.

“He taught me so much. He did a great job; what he had been giving to me all his life and all my life will always be with me. He gave me his all. He mortgaged his house to pay for my first album. I guess before he left he wanted to make sure I was fine. I’m trying to prove to him every day I’m fine. Our kids are growing. We feel strong. We’re good.”

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Duchess Catherine sparks outrage by not wearing black at BAFTAs

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)(Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

All eyes were on Duchess Catherine over the weekend when she attended the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTA Awards. Kate Middleton, who is expecting her third child with the Duke of Cambridge, arrived at the Sunday event with Prince William.

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Much like award shows in the United States, attendees at the London event were encouraged to wear all black in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives at this year’s BAFTAs, which are the British equivalent to the Oscars. 

Duchess Catherine opted for a green cap-sleeved gown and coordinating emerald accessories. She wore her hair down in her signature loose curls and carried a black clutch that matched her suede Prada heels. William wore a traditional black tuxedo for the evening.

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The attire of the soon-to-be mom of three didn’t go unnoticed by Twitter users, who were quick to call her out for not supporting the movements by wearing black on the red carpet.

Catherine is expected to stay away from making any public political statements as a member of the royal family, though she has supported women’s issues when discussing mental health and motherhood.

“Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother,” she said last year while introducing a film documentary on mental health and parenthood. 

“It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight,” she said. “You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost.”

Margot Robbie, Selma Hayek and Jennifer Lawrence were among the stars who wore black at this year’s awards show.

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