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Popular UD bar is literally about to ‘go solar’

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

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.”

>> Flanagan's Pub changes ownership

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. 

>> Solar panels now operating at Antioch

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.

>> 9 must-eat sandwiches in Dayton

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

>> PHOTOS: St. Pat’s lunch crowd at Flanagan’s Pub

“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.”

Michelle Obama appeared at the BET Awards and Twitter can't handle it

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 7:58 AM

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 27:  Former United States first lady Michelle Obama smiles during the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 on April 27, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
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Former first lady Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance via video message at Sunday night’s BET Awards and Twitter is still overflowing with feelings.

>> BET Awards 2017: Show photos

“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” she said as Chance The Rapper was honored with the Humanitarian Award, recognizing his activism and philanthropic work in Chicago. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you, Chance.

>> BET Awards 2017: Red carpet arrivals

“We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper. It has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways,” she continued. “In addition to making some really amazing music Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he’s shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago.”

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The video clip, which highlights Chance’s work with the young people of Chicago and concludes with Obama’s remarks, is online here.

>> Watch the clip here

Twitter users working to process their emotions turned to GIF therapy:

“Time and again he has been standing up, speaking out and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve,” the former first lady concluded. “With these passionate efforts, Chance is showing our young people that they matter, that they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country. Chance, you are an outstanding role model and an inspiration to all of us who care about our next generation. Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves, fulfilling their God-given potential and then reaching back and lifting up other people along the way.

>> BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

“I can think of no greater legacy to leave. And I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight and honored to call you my friend.”

BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:54 PM

The 2017 BET Awards was star studded and filled with appearances from the biggest names in R&B, pop, hip hop and rap.

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Bruno Mars, Remy Ma, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Migos and more artists hit the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

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Here is the full list of winners from the show.

WATCH: Xscape reunites for performance at BET Awards

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 2:33 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  (L-R) Kandi Burruss, Tamika Scott, Tameka Cottle, and LaTocha Scott of Xscape perform onstage at 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)
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Consider the Xscape reunion launched.

>> BET Awards 2017: Show photos

>> BET Awards 2017: Red carpet arrivals

Performing for the first time in 18 years, the original quartet of Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tameka “Tiny” Harris hit the stage at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

>> Watch the performance here

Wearing various forms of sequins and sparkles, the ladies thrilled the crowd with a throwback medley of their '90s-era hits “Understanding,” “Who Can I Run To” and “Just Kickin’ It.”

>> BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

The public return is the first step of the Xscape reunion roll-out.

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Bet you won’t guess which reality star is dating our Luke Kennard?

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:26 AM

A reality TV star is playing in a local grad’s court. 

Savannah Chrisley of the USA Network’s “Chrisley Knows Best” took to Instagram to brag about her hot boo, Franklin High School graduate Luke Kennard. 

  • savannahchrisleyYep y'all...he's my guy 😍 could not be more proud of him!! Thank you for choosing me @lukekennard5 ❤️ #nbabound🏀 #dukenation#myboyfriendishot

The Detroit Pistons picked Kennard 12th in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday. 

>> Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

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Kennard, a 2015 Franklin grad, played two seasons at Duke. 

Chrisley Knows Best premiered in 2014 and follows multimillionaires Julie and Todd Chrisley and their children Lindsie, Chase, Savannah and Grayson and 4-year-old granddaughter Chloe.

>> This ab-tastic Centerville grad cast in new sexy E! TV show 

And we're off!! Today's the day...to where it all changes!!! #nbadraft (Dress, Heels, and bag...all Gucci) @gucci

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