L’Auberge furnishings, equipment to be auctioned

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 2:58 PM

KETTERING — Bidding has commenced on the equipment and furnishings inside the former l’Auberge restaurant, which are being sold through an online auction conducted by Mason-based Worley Auctioneers.

“After 33 years serving fine French cuisine, Kettering, Ohio’s legendary l’Auberge restaurant has closed its doors, and everything from floor to ceiling must go!” reads a sign that was posted in front of the restaurant late last week. “Restaurant equipment, custom wine racks, bar back and counter, antique and contemporary furniture, cool light fixtures and much, much more.”

The restaurant at 4120 Far Hills Ave. adjacent to Town & Country shopping center has been closed since February 2012 after it was foreclosed upon by the Lebanon Citizens National Bank, which still owns the property, according to Montgomery County property records.

Bidders in the “Absolute Online Restaurant Auction” can examine the items up for auction during a “preview day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, and online bidding begins to close at 4 p.m. Jan. 26. The items up for auction include everything from pots and pans to framed artwork to a baby grand piano.

Josef Reif and the late Dieter Krug founded l’Auberge in 1979, transforming a restaurant known as The Inn into a fine-dining establishment. L’Auberge earned a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide the first year it was eligible, and held the rating for 19 years through 2002. The restaurant survived for several years after other highly credentialed fine-dining restaurants such as King Cole in downtown Dayton and the Maisonette in Cincinnati closed.

Dayton native injured in Mardis Gras parade crash

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 12:44 AM

Dayton native injured in Mardis Gras parade crash

A Dayton-area native is recovering from injuries she sustained when a car crashed into a crowd of Mardi Gras spectators in New Orleans Saturday night. 

Kaitlin Greetham, a former Bellbrook Jr. High student, was among a group of nearly two dozen people who were injured while attending the Krewe of Endymion parade. 

Greetham's mother told this news outlet her daughter was injured when the truck drove into the crowd. Her mother says Greetham is conscious and alert as the family awaits x-ray and scan results. 

Greetham, who has worked as a nurse in New Orleans since the early 2000s, took to Facebook Saturday night to let friends now she is alright and recovering in the hospital. Greetham has family currently living in the Dayton area.

Members of a local high school band were also performing during an unrelated Mardis Gras parade in New Orleans Saturday night.

George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara, to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 1:19 AM


            George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara, to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon Wednesday for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in Fort Worth.

Planned Parenthood has often been criticized by conservatives who seek to defund the organization, which provides women's health care services, including abortions.

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While her father has been an opponent of abortion, Barbara Pierce Bush has supported Planned Parenthood on a number of occasions. She also is the founder of Global Health Corps, which, according to its website, seeks to promote “global health equity by connecting outstanding young leaders worldwide with organizations working on the frontlines.”

The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is Cecile Richards, the daughter of Ann Richards, who was the democratic predecessor to George W. Bush as Texas governor. Barbara Pierce Bush and Richards sat down for a New York Times interview last summer in which they talked about the roles that they play, and Bush discussed the moment when she first publicly broke from her father’s stances–by publicly supporting gay marriage.

The 1976 Hyde Amendment prevents federal taxes from funding abortions. However, federal funds are used to cut the cost of women’s health care services such as cervical cancer screenings and STD prevention and medication.

Crowd of 400 attend Obamacare forum in Centerville

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 12:20 AM

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday evening for a forum discussing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

The event in support of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was held at Cline Elementary School in Centerville.

Ella Bowman, now 13, shared her story about being diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer, when she was 7.

Her mother, Colleen Bowman, said her daughter had to have four surgeries, including reconstructive surgery and involved painful skin grafts.

“I had to stay in a cool, dark room and I wan’t allowed to run around,” Ella Bowman said. “I just had to stay in bed and a chair and I wasn’t allowed to have fun with my friends.”

Ella is now 13 and cancer-free. However, after a melanoma diagnosis she requires annual dermatology screens for the rest of her life. She said the ACA protects her, giving her health care coverage even with what would have been considered an insurable pre-existing condition.

“I’ve been writing letters to our state representatives or congressmen, and our senators trying to get my voice heard,” she said. 

Ella’s voice garnered a standing ovation at Saturday’s forum.

Colleen Bowman said she wants lawmakers to know what Obamacare means to their family before changing or repealing it.

“It helps people with pre-existing conditions. It helps medical (coverage payment) caps; both of my children would have  hit medical caps before they hit 18,” she said. Financially, that a huge deal to have to worry about when you’re already dealing with a stressful situation with children you have with existing conditions.”

Lynn Buffington, one of the event organizers, said doctors have seen benefits for their patients since the ACA was enacted.

“One of the doctors that works at the community  health center said before the Affordable Care Act, 40 percent of their patients did not have insurance and now only six percent lack insurance,” she said.

28 injured when truck crashes into New Orleans parade crowd

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

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