Meet the Dayton Civic Leaders award winners

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The 2017 Dayton Civic Leaders award winners will be honored at the Boa & Bow Tie Ball on Friday, April 28, 2017.
The 2017 Dayton Civic Leaders award winners will be honored at the Boa & Bow Tie Ball on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Dayton, Ohio is home to more than 300 registered nonprofit organizations, and at the heart of them all are volunteer leaders, many of whom are young professionals. These emerging leaders make a sizable impact on the community in many ways. 

JDRF, in partnership with Generation Dayton, will recognize some of the community's standout volunteers at the Boa & Bow Tie Ball at the Dayton Masonic Center on April 28, 2017.

The Boas and Bow Tie Ball will take place Friday, April 28, 2017.

The Dayton Civic Leaders Awards were designed to recognize emerging leaders ages 21-45 within the local philanthropic community who have exhibited leadership and success within their designated nonprofit cause.

The six recipients of the 2017 award were selected among a competitive pool of applicants by a leadership committee of Dayton-area CEOs who are behind the fundraising efforts of the Boa & Bow Tie Ball, which seeks to raise over $145,000 for JDRF Southwest Ohio.

"We received a substantial number of nominations for the 2017 Dayton Civic Leaders award, and are honored to recognize six deserving recipients," said Samantha Redden, JDRF Dayton Development Coordinator. "Young leaders are an essential part of what we do at JDRF, so I know firsthand how critical they are to the work of nonprofit organizations."

This year’s winners will be recognized at the Boa & Bow Tie Ball, and each will serve as a model during the event's unique live bow tie auction. In addition to recognition of the 2017 Civic Leaders recipients, JDRF will also honor their own Volunteer of the Year recipient, Diane Schoeffler-Warren.

What about the Boa & Bow Tie Ball?

The ball is a unique cocktail party that is the first of its kind in Dayton, and will feature entertainment, food and spirits stations with celebrity bartenders, a silent auction, and live bowtie auction. 

More information and tickets for the Boa & Bow Tie Ball can be found at

Meet the 2017 class of Dayton Civic Leaders:

Lauryn Bayliff. CONTRIBUTED

Lauryn Bayliff works for Dayton History and spends much of her time raising funds to educate the public of Dayton’s history. Not only does Lauryn work to preserve the community’s past but she’s also focused on the future. Lauryn has participated in Leadership Dayton, Tipp City Restoration & Architectural Board of Review, Generation Dayton, Association of Fundraising Professionals and more. She is dedicated to the city of Dayton and also her hometown, Tipp City.


Jen Cadieux is one of Dayton’s most involved young professionals. Jen works for the Downtown Dayton Partnership and has served on many different boards in the Dayton area. Some of her most recent involvement includes Levitt Pavilion Dayton, UpDayton, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Generation Dayton, Junior League of Dayton and the Downtown Dayton Plan, Activated Spaces, Pop Up Shop Committee. Jen spends much of her free time giving back to our local community.


AJ Ferguson took on UpDayton’s Director role in 2015. He spends his time with UpDayton supporting other organizations dedicated to growing and changing Dayton. AJ works to engage the people of Dayton to build up the community and make it more attractive to college students and other young professionals. In addition to his job with UpDayton, AJ volunteers for a handful of other non-profit organizations including United Way, Greater Dayton Conservative Fund, and Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District among others.


Jerod Frenzl recently moved to Dayton through AmeriCorps. Quickly he started giving back to the community with his volunteer efforts and his job with Rebuilding Together Dayton. Jerod serves as Generation Dayton’s Community Service Chair and is one of their most involved members. Not only does he dedicate his time to the community but also spends much of his efforts recruiting other young professionals to give back to Dayton.

Cory D. D. Miller. CONTRIBUTED

Cory D.D. Miller was recently voted as one of’s best local celebrities. Cory works for CH Dean and stays well connected in the Dayton area. He’s been involved with many different Dayton organizations and programs including Leadership Dayton, UD Alumni Mentor Program, Crayons to Classrooms Board Member, Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Dayton History Bell Board Member and many others. Cory also started the Beavercreek Young Professional Group.

Lauren Williams. CONTRIBUTED
Lauren Williams works for Capital Senior Living. In addition to her full time job, she has willing stepped into major event leadership roles in the community including chairing Masquerage benefitting Equitas Health in 2015 and taking the lead for Generation Dayton’s GenD Day in 2014. Lauren has also served numerous committee roles with other special events in Dayton including the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day, Paw Patrol’s Foster Program, and Junior League of Dayton. 

5 coffee shops you may not know about but should

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 6:00 AM

We all need that quick pick-me-up from time-to-time.

And some of us need it every day, multiple times a day.

Whether we need a caffeine boost, a place to meet up with good friends, a place to host a wedding reception, and have a business meeting or simply to be inspired, Dayton easily offers over a dozen coffee shops to choose from, each having their own artistic, chic, cozy or modern ambiance. 

Below are a handful of coffee shops that all offer something a little different that make them worth a visit.

 1. Lot No. 1

Rustic, chic and historic

9 E. Main St., Lebanon | Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photos by Sarah Olsen


As the oldest building in Lebanon, the 200-year-old building includes a chic retail shop, outdoor patio, along with an upstairs seating space inspired by wooden furniture and rustic décor. The 6-month-old coffee shop is owned by a mother and daughter pair.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


“I think we have a fun and inviting atmosphere; it’s relaxed,” said owner Kristen Ponchot, daughter of Dee Alexander, who both have renovated a block of businesses in Lebanon.

 Lot No. 1 is faith-based and offers an organic bean by a local roaster.

What to try: The most popular drink is the caramel macchiato and vanilla latte. Drinks range from $1.85 to $4.65. Their pastry pocket is similar to a Pop-Tart but has unique fillings such as a pineapple and rosemary to their most popular flavor of blackberry thyme.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


2. Curious Styles and Coffee Shop

Stylish, peculiar and vintage

16 S. Main St., Miamisburg | Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo by Sarah Olsen

More than just a coffee shop, Curious Styles and Coffee Shop also includes a wine collection and a boutique.

“I just wanted to do something a little different,” said Melanie Wild, business owner.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


 Different is just that. With a variety of Wild’s favorite styles, Curious Styles and Coffee Shop sells clothing, jewelry, bags, tables and chairs and more. Her bags collection is U.S.-made and made from repurposed military canvas and tents.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


What to try: One of their most popular drinks includes the Iceberg, a blended espresso with the customer’s choice of flavor. The Red Eye, includes a blend of coffee and two shots of espresso. Unique flavors include toasted marshmallow, gingerbread, butter rum and English toffee. The price of drinks range from $1 to $5. Beans are from a local roaster.


3. Dino’s Cappuccinos

Italian, colorful and music-inspired

225 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs | Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo by Sarah Olsen

Owned by a musician, Dino Pallotta, Dino’s Cappuccinos is rooted in Italian and music décor, an inviting environment with bright colors and black-and-white musician-inspired art.

Photos by Sarah Olsen


Dino’s has more than 30 coffee flavors to choose from for frozen, iced or hot coffee drinks.

“It’s a good place to make new friends and connect with new people,” said Kelsey Wallen, a barista at Dino’s who started as a regular customer describing the atmosphere of Dino’s.

“Everyone here knows your name, and if they don’t, they will,” said Paul DeLaVergne, a loyal customer of Dino’s Cappuccino’s for 16 years since its opening. DeLaVergne enjoys the coffee and music.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


On a good day, rumor has it that customers may see actor Dave Chappelle stop in for a visit.

What to try: Popular coffees include their Caramel Snowstorm, mixed with caramel and white chocolate, and their Milk Way, an espresso with caramel and chocolate. Other drinks include the Buckeye mocha and Chocolate Buddha. Drink prices range from $1.75 to $6.50. The buttermilk donut is their most popular pastry.


4. Warehouse 4 Coffee

Artistic, bright and contemporary

335 S. Dixie Drive, Vandalia | Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Photo by Sarah Olsen


With bright white walls and shiny, silver kitchenware, Warehouse 4 Coffee captures a modern twist to the common “welcoming” feel of a coffee house.

Professional photos from local photographers of young and old are arranged throughout the walls. Warehouse 4 Coffee focuses on the community and supports local entrepreneurs. They also purchase their coffee beans and bread from local businesses.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


Warehouse 4 Coffee was previously run as a candy shop. Now, the three-year-old shop promotes using the best brands available for their food and drinks including transitioning to Boar’s Head for premium meat and cheese.

It will soon be in the process of reconstructing the coffee bar and kitchen and adding a drive-thru and patio.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


What to try: Their most popular drinks include an iced coffee cold brew and their lattes. Their price of coffee ranges from $1 to $4.25.

“I think we have one of the best cold brews I’ve ever had,” said barista Travis Tarter. He recommends trying their buttermilk biscuits and the Counter-Cultural and Wood Burl coffee, the latter roasted in Dayton. 

>> RELATED: On the Menu: Coffee and lunch at Warehouse 4


5. Grounds for Pleasure

Cozy, welcoming and expressive

115 E. Main St., Tipp City | Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Photo by Sarah Olsen

Grounds for Pleasure is adorned with leather chairs and couches, Van Gogh paintings and cozy décor making it feel like a home away from home.

Photo by Sarah Olsen


Since opening three years ago, it draws many regular customers for its friendly staff and warm environment.

Their most popular coffees are their raspberry truffle and Snickers latte. Other drinks include their banana cream pie and chocolate monkey house specialties. In addition to coffee, they sell smoothies, pastry and breakfast sandwiches.

Photo by Sarah Olsen

6 reasons why you're not losing weight – even though you're trying

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

If you're having a hard time losing weight, here are some questions to ask yourself Do you snack between meals? How active are you? Is your weekend diet too relaxed? Do you drink enough water? How are you sleeping? Are your medications part of the problem?

How many friends or colleagues have said to you they're trying to lose weight in the past week? Or perhaps you're that friend or co-worker.

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We often tell others – and ourselves – that we're aiming to shed a few pounds, but we don't see the results we'd like. If this describes you, you're certainly not alone.

The latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that more than 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese. Furthermore, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that approximately half of overweight and obese adults say they are trying to lose weight.

Many of these people try for months or years, often failing to see the results they'd like. If this problem sounds all too close to home, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Little Debbie snacks might be undergoing a chance in product.(Jeff Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)

1. Do you snack between meals?

You may think you're careful about counting your calories. You eat a balanced diet, and not too much.

But while your meals may be healthy enough and not too large, what about the snacks you eat between them?

Dr. Melina Jampolis, a board-certified physician nutrition specialist, recently wrote for CNN, saying that many of her patients have calorie "amnesia."

"People frequently forget about the little things during or between meals that add up calorically and can interfere significantly with weight loss," Dr. Jampolis writes.

To remedy this problem, Dr. Jampolis recommends keeping a precise calorie journal. This way you'll know exactly how much you're consuming and where you can cut back.

2. How active are you?

Even if you're eating healthy, you may not be nearly active enough. If you're one who drives to work, sits all day at a desk, drives home, sits on the couch and then crawls into bed, you may want to re-examine how much you're moving.

While 10,000 steps is usually the recommended daily minimum for healthy adults, if you're trying to lose weight, this may not be nearly enough.

According to a 2014 report in U.S. News and World Report, an analysis of some 10,000 people (who on average lost 66 pounds and kept them off for at least five years) revealed that they increased their number of daily steps by about 4,000 on average. They maintained this routine for at least 16 weeks, but even that only brought their weight down by an average of just over 3 pounds.

So, if you're serious about weight loss, you'll want to consider starting a regular cardio or gym routine to burn calories at a faster rate.

3. Is your weekend diet too relaxed?

Most of the time when dieting, it's normal to take a routine break, often on weekends.

If you do this, maybe you should examine how much of a break you're giving yourself, according to When you drop your diet Friday evening through Sunday evening – aka all weekend – it might be countering the benefits of your strict weekly discipline.

Remember, a few beers, late night snacks and rich desserts can add up quickly. Try being more disciplined about treating yourself. Maybe just one day a week from now on?

(Jan Willem Geertsma/Freeimages)

4. Do you drink enough water?

Most of us don't realize how important drinking an adequate amount of water is to our health and weight loss.

According to Health Line, a 12-week weight loss study showed that people who drank half a liter (or 17 oz) of water 30 minutes before meals lost 44 percent more weight. Additionally, drinking water has been shown to burn calories at an increased 24 to 30 percent over a period of 1.5 hours.

And remember, drinking other beverages – especially soft drinks, which are loaded with sugar – doesn't provide the same effect.

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5. How are you sleeping?

It may seem unrelated, but studies have shown that inadequate sleep is correlated with obesity.

A survey of scientific studies from around the world revealed that "short sleep duration may be associated with the development of obesity from childhood to adulthood." According to the research, adults who sleep too little have a 55 percent greater risk of becoming obese, whereas children see a disturbing 89 percent greater risk.

RELATED: Here’s what happens to your body when you don’t get enough sleep

6. Are your medications part of the problem?

According to Dr. Jampolis, not all physicians are adequately trained in obesity medicine and nutrition. She cautions that some may inadvertently prescribe medications that lead to weight gain or hinder weight loss.

"Benadryl, Ambien, benzodiazepines, older antidepressant and antipsychotic medications, Paxil, beta-blockers (for high blood pressure), several diabetes medications including insulin, sulfonylureas and thialidazones, and some contraceptive methods, especially Depo-Provera," all have been linked to weight gain.

If you're struggling to lose weight and you're taking one of these medications, you may want to discuss the issue with your doctor.

The questions listed above highlight some of the most commons reasons people don't see the results they desire when trying to shed pounds. 

There are, of course, other possibilities as well. If none of the above seems to fit your situation, you may want to speak with a registered dietitian or your doctor to analyze your specific case.


Fairborn man (and his maroon hat) in new Emilio Estevez movie

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Former U.S. Marshal and Huber Height police officer “Hickory” William Taylor is taking the film industry by storm. Video by Amelia Robinson

When “Hickory” William Taylor was done with law enforcement, he was done with law enforcement. 

“I didn’t want to arrest people anymore,” the former U.S. Marshal and Huber Heights police officer said. “I had 38 years of that, and I was done.”

Instead of tracking down suspects, Taylor now owns Cape House Collectibles in Beavercreek with his wife Kathy. He also dabbles in the film industry as an extra. 

Taylor has appeared in about a dozen films since retiring in 2014. 

His knit, maroon hat has appeared in about five films, including  “Shoes” from Jamestown- based filmmaker Ramsey Stoneburner and Emilio Estevez’s “The Public,” which is set to open Jan. 31 at the  33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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“I was on the set for 14 days, which is a long time for an extra,” Taylor said of Estevez’s film. “We did things in that movie that I never thought I’d do at 60 years old.” 

He didn’t elaborate to prevent spoilers.  

The son of Dayton native Martin Sheen, Estevez filmed “The Public” in Cincinnati. 

Fairborn area resident "Hickory " William Taylor was an extra in the Emilio Estevez film "The Public" filmed and set in Cincinnati.

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The film is set in Cincinnati and stars Estevez, Alec BaldwinJena MaloneJeffrey WrightTaylor SchillingMichael Kenneth Williams and Che "Rhymefest" Smith.

The movie centers around a police standoff  with homeless library patrons who have staged a sit-in during a life-threatening cold snap. 

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“I am one of the homeless guys. The movie is about us,” Taylor said about his role in “The Public. “There is no place to go and they are throwing us out of the library.”

The Fairborn area resident, one of a several local actors picked as extras in the movie, said he loved hearing stories from Williams, who joined the extras as they ate. He also said he enjoyed working with Estevez, who called him “Doc” during filming.

“He is just like a neighborhood guy. There was not a bit of pompousness in him,” Taylor said of Estevez.

Taylor said he enjoys the small, but important part he has played in “The Public” and other movies.

Most of the time extras are like furniture. We are the background crowd or a guy eating a hamburger,” he said. “The guys appreciate us because they wouldn’t have a movie without us. It would just be actors talking to each other.”  

Taylor has long been interested in acting.

Before joining the Huber Heights police department at age 20, he was an extra in the “Blue Brothers” when he was 19. 

His son and namesake is now studying theater.

An undercover detective for part of his career, Taylor said law enforcement was not always an easy job.  

He recalled the day he was shot at 23 times by a suspect. 

Fairborn area resident "Hickory " William Taylor was an extra in the Jametown filmmaker Ramsey Stoneburner's "The Shoes. He is in the maroon hat. The movie was filmed in Xenia.

Taylor said he helped following the Oklahoma City bombing and a list of hurricanes that include Katrina and Irma. 

On the set of the upcoming John Travolta film “Gotti,” a biopic about crime boss John Gotti, Taylor said he met John Gotti Jr. and actors playing people he helped transport during his time as a U.S. Marshal. 

After ending a law enforcement career started in 1990, Taylor said he decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing things he enjoyed. 

“I’ve seen so much ick in my life. I just decided I didn’t want to see that anymore,” he said. 

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Taylor played a moonshiner in James Franco’s yet-to-be released “The Long Home” and a chef in a scene shot in this region for the Robert Redford movie “The Old Man and the Gun” with Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacey. 

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Dayton filming has begun for "The Old Man and The Gun.The movie stars Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. Video by Amelia Robinson and Lisa Powell.

Taylor said tons of opportunities have opened up for Dayton actors since Ohio started offering the Motion Picture Tax Credit in recent years.

Everyday people are seizing the opportunity to appear in movies as supporting actors and work behind the camera, he said.

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“There are some super talented people,” he said. “They go work a movie and then they go back to their beauty salon and do hair.”

As for himself, Taylor said the maroon hat helps. 

“My buddies give me crap about it. They say the hat needs an agent,” Taylor said. “You have to stand out and you have to be fearless, too.”

Fairborn area resident "Hickory " William Taylor was an extra in the Emilio Estevez film "The Public" filmed and set in Cincinnati.

Fairborn area resident "Hickory" William Taylor was an extra in "Donnybrook," a Tim Sutton movie film in the Cincinnati area.

5 tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:08 PM

Best ways to protect your holiday packages from porch pirates Online holiday shopping is convenient, but, in some cases, those online deliveries open up opportunities for thieves to prey on packages left at your doorstop. To avoid the threat of "porch pirates," a name for those thieves, you can ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. If you can't receive packages at work or a neighbor is unavailable,  you can try Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a wa

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us – and is especially handy during the holidays – but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.

So beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cyber security.

“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”

They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, the final link in their well-laid plan.

“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” he said.

There are, however, ways around even cyber criminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours where anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family also to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on work days, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safe keeping.

• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.

• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers for that matter – can’t track your location. No need to make it easier on them.

• Set up a live recording video camera aimed at your porch. That could allow you to spot a theft as it happens and alert law enforcement, or at least provide you with video later that might help identify the thieves.