5 events you have to check out this weekend

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 1:24 PM
Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

Those looking for something different won’t have a hard time finding it this weekend.

Here are some of the area’s most unique annual events and a few we hope will return:


Teams with mud behind the ears — really the mud will be everywhere — will compete in the the 23rd annual Mud Volleyball for Epilepsy. Today (Friday, July 12) is the last day to register.

Spectators can watch the annual fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio for a $5 donation. The mud will begin flying at 7 a.m. Saturday at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., in Dayton. Call 937-233-2500 or click here


The Rubi Girls are showing what’s in their closets. The drag troupe will have an open house at its new clubhouse, 1207 Wayne Avenue, in Dayton, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

The campy performers have raised more than a million dollars for HIV and Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues since forming in the 1980s.

The open house is a fundraiser. The Girls will be accepting a “whatever you can do to help” donation at the door.


A whole lot of country and virtually no rock & roll will draw thousands to Fort Loramie for Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake.

Click here to see some very patriotic clothing we spotted at the concert Thursday.

Music begins at 4 p.m. today and noon Saturday. Call (937) 295-3000 or click here.

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Kellie Pickler will be among those to perform today. Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Chris Cagle, Dustin Lynch and Jana Kramer will take the stage Saturday.

Upcoming band Blackjack Billy, which includes Fairmont High School grad Patrick Cornell, will perform Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Salon stage. Daily general admission ranges from $109 to $119. Click here for more info.


A chicken wing battle is going down Saturday, and the returning champ plans to come out with 10,000 wings flapping and covered in Sweet Hot Damn and other sauces.

Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St. in Xenia, won five out of six categories — the people’s choice Best Damn Wing and the judges panel’s Best Wing and best sauce for Sweet Hot Damn included — at last year’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival.

It will square its wings up against birds cooked up by eight other local restaurants during this year’s Kickin’ Chicken from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering.

Admission is free and there will be music. Restaurants will sell two to three wings for $2 and sides for $1, $2 or $3 each. Click here to see what’s on the menu.


The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (De-FI) will celebrate its launch with a party — “Fashion in the Mystic Garden” — Saturday at SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 W. River Road, Dayton.

A runway show will feature 9 designers.

General admission tickets are $45 each. There will be free shuttle from University of Dayton Arena beginning at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m with the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

The organization hopes to foster Dayton’s fashion industry.

Read: Can Dayton become a fashion industry center?

So what are you doing this weekend? Let us know below.

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

Vasectomy didn’t stop Georgia couple from having a baby anyway

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10:21 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

            Vasectomy didn’t stop Georgia couple from having a baby anyway

You might remember the story of a Georgia woman, who was quite surprised to learn she was pregnant because her husband had had a vasectomy.

Well that couple has now welcomed their fourth child.

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 Back in August, Tim Brummel posted a video on YouTube about the couple’s unlikely pregnancy.

The video starts with Tim explaining how he surprised his wife, Rachel King Brummel. He said for a few days, she had been "acting pregnant," feeling a bit nauseated, hungry and tired. They thought it was impossible, since Tim had recently undergone a vasectomy.


But when Tim called the doctor, he found out it was possible.

Before bed one night, he disabled the water in the house so that the toilets wouldn't flush. The next morning, he tested Rachel's urine in the toilet with a home pregnancy test when she wasn't around.

He broke the news to her with a card, flowers and the positive test.

Tim says there are not too many secrets these days – and that he’s happy to announce their son was born on Feb. 23.

The delivery went smoothly and both mother and baby are healthy and doing well.

They named him Merrit Andrew Brummel.

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“We had found out that the name Merrit meant ‘the little famous one’ and it just seemed to fit,” Tim said.


Tim said that even though Merrit may not have been in their plans, the couple is grateful for him and knows God has something special in store for him.

Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 4:45 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

            Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

A dog named Bear spent most of his 15 years of life chained in a yard, until a non-profit animal rescue organization stepped in.

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USA Today reported Friday that a lab mix named Bear was rescued by Guardians of Rescue, which was able to convince the dog's owners to surrender him.

"We received a call about a dog in need of a dog house," Robert Misseri, the founder and president of GOR, said in a statement, according to ABC News."But when we got there, it was even worse than that."

WNBC reported Jan. 23 that as the rescue group broke Bear's chain, he walked up to his rescuers wagging his tail. Soon after, the dog, who a spokesperson for GOR told ABC News had arthritis and heartworms, was taken to a vet for treatment and groomed.

His rescuers took Bear to the beach for the first time and treated him to a puppuccino after he was groomed and vetted.

Kerrie Rosenfeld adopted Bear Jan. 29 and posted a Facebook video with her new pup, beaming with pride and gratitude.

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"I'm so happy to welcome him into my family. I'm going to spoil him and love him for the rest of his days," Rosenfeld said. "He deserves the best life ever and I am blessed to be his new mommy and get to show him what it's liked to be loved and wanted and needed."

Rosenfeld gives Bear the love, attention and safety he needs and shares their adventures on his Instagram page called Bear The Dog: Unchained.

“No Hazing Lady’s” fight against the University of Dayton approaching 14 years

Published: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 @ 7:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 @ 7:31 AM

“No Hazing Lady’s” fight against the University of Dayton approaching 14 years

Elizabeth Thompson knows a lot about the intersection at Brown and Stewart streets.


At least once a week for nearly 14 years, the associate professor of electrical engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has held one of several protest signs near the University of Dayton’s main gate.


The messages have a definite theme: `Stop the Academic Fraud,’ `Hazing Is Not Leadership With Virtue’ and ‘Stop the Hypocrisy’


The neon sign Thompson — among other things IPFW’s faculty adviser for the Society of Women Engineers —  toted Monday read: “Hazing is illegal. Stop the Harassment.”


The university has long rebuffed Thompson’s long list of complaints.


The pivotal claim is that she was given a `B’ in an engineering master’s course when she earned an `A.’


She said she was told the lower grade was given to teach her respect. The ‘B’ was so devastating that it made her cry for weeks.


Before the incident, Thompson had all A’s and a 4.0 grade average. While appealing the grade, she went on to earn her doctorate from UD. She subsequently became a professor at the Indiana university.


Thompson said UD made her an outcast when she complained and has not made an attempt to resolve the situation since January 2000.


University officials have said that Thompson’s claims have been determined to be unfounded despite conferences, hearings and a mediation session at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In 2007, one official said her transcripts couldn’t be changed as she desires.


“She is a graduate and has been part of our campus community; we regret that she has not found closure on this issue,” the university said it in a statement this week .


There has definitely been no closure, but the world definitely has kept spinning.


Since Thompson started her campaign at the intersection of Stewart and Brown streets, and surrounding areas have changed dramatically. NCR is gone. UD has expanded and there are dozens of new shops and restaurants near the corridor.


Slim and petite, Thompson has withstood heat and cold during her protest of actions by the university she calls “unethical, immoral and illegal.”


Others see her as a whack job.


Although she was reluctant to admit it — she maintains most people believe she is ‘fighting the good fight” — Thompson has been the butt of many jokes.


She is known by many simply as the “No Hazing Lady.”


As I reported in 2003, students in the past have held counter-protests, toting signs with slogans that read `I’m her Pimp,’ `Stop the Academic Broad’ and `Get a Life.’


Those students are likely well into their careers by now.


Thompson’s campaign continues.


During the school year she’s out there from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at least once a week. In the summer the mother of two adult children gets started around 11 a.m.


Thompson declined to be videotaped Monday.


She wore sunglasses and a top and matching red shorts. She sometimes uses an umbrella to help protect her skin from the sun.


Thompson still maintains that the university is in the wrong and that she will maintain her fight until justice is served.


“I may not change their minds, but I will not be in complicity by my silence,” she said. “I am taking a stand. I am not in any hurry.”


Like many, I wondered if Thompson has considered how much time she has wasted standing at the intersection of Brown and Stewart.


October will officially mark the protest’s 14th anniversary.


Those years are gone, and UD shows no signs that it thinks it has done anything inappropriate.


Thompson is surely determined and says she has always been.


Wouldn’t that determination be better placed elsewhere?


Thompson says ‘no’ and that it has all worth the fight.


“They have convinced themselves they are not wrong,” Thompson said. “This is the only way to change their way of thinking.”


What do you think?


Should Elizabeth Thompson continue to ‘fight the good fight’ or should she move on?


Share your thoughts below.

Contact this columnist at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

'Father of the selfie' has taken daily photo of himself for 30 years

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

            'Father of the selfie' has taken daily photo of himself for 30 years

A Boston College professor has become the unofficial "father of the selfie" after leading a creative project in which he has taken a photo of himself daily for the last 30 years.

Karl Baden, 64, launched the project on Feb. 23, 1987, according to The Associated Press. He uses the same 35mm camera, tripod, backdrop and lighting for each photo, and tries to maintain the same expression. Baden said taking the photo has become part of his daily ritual.  

Baden said the project touches on the notions of mortality, obsession, incremental change and perfection, according to The Associated Press.

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"As much as I try to make every picture the same, I fail every day," Baden said. "There's always something that's a little different, aside from the aging process."

The photo project is now approaching 11,000 photos and has been featured in gallery exhibits.

While Baden has taken care to maintain his appearance over the years, he underwent chemotherapy in 2001 to treat prostate cancer, which altered his appearance temporarily.

Even while battling cancer, he managed to take his daily selfie. Baden admitted that over the 30-year span, there was one day where he forgot to take a photo: Oct. 15, 1991. He didn't have a good excuse, calling it a "dumb moment of forgetfulness."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.