NEW DETAILS: Rockin’ hootenanny planned for legendary Dayton bar owner 

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Michael "Mick" Montgomery at a 2003 Wood Guthrie show at Canal Street Tavern. Montgomery died on Jan. 13, 2018.(Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood)

Sharon Lane was crying and bleeding the first time she met Michael “Mick” Montgomery. 

They were on the playground at Fairport Elementary School and Lane, then 5 years old, had just fallen off the jungle gym and busted up her knee. 

“And then he came over and took my hand and said ‘you need to go see your teacher’,” Lane recalled of the then-third grader. “I just thought he was special. That was a simple gesture. I thought he was a ‘good big boy’.” 

Lane said her regard for Mick deepened after she began managing Canal Street Tavern, the legendary Dayton bar and music venue he opened in late 1981 at 

308 E. First St., in Dayton’s downtown. 

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“If he loved you, he would do anything for you,” she said of Mick. 

Mick died Saturday morning of natural causes at Kettering Medical Center. 

Funeral services for the 71-year-old are set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Tobias Funeral Home, 3970 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek. 

Canal Street Tavern-style hootenanny will be held that day starting at 6 p.m. at 

The Brightside Music and Event Venue, 905 E. Third St., Dayton. 

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Canal Street shut down after one final show Nov. 30, 2013. 

Canal Public House took over the former Canal Street space when the club closed. That business lost its licence in March 2016. 

Mick Montgomery surrounding by former employees at the closing of Canal Street in 2013.(Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood)

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5th Street Wine & Deli rebranded itself and opened in the space as Canal Street Arcade and Deli in June 2017. 

Musicians and music fans are invited to attend the free celebration. 

Friends and family members say Mick brought hundreds of national acts to Dayton and provided a showcase for local talent. 

Lane said there were few things Mick loved more than music and that was expressed by the work he did to present in his beloved and intimate listening room. 

The club was simple, she said, noting it had a wooden floors that probably should have been replaced. 

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Canal Street’s bathrooms were notorious for being anything but modern.

A sign at Canal Street Tavern taken at the bar's closing party.(Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood)

The crowd wasn’t fancy and neither were the drinks. 

“It was a good drink in a clean glass,” Lane said.  

Those things didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. 

“He always put music first. He put it before making money. He certainty put it before alcohol,” Lane said. “He wanted music to be the focus of that club and it was.” 

Lane, a noted Dayton musician, started hosting Canal Street’s musician’s co-op that first year it was open and was its manager the 10 or so years that followed. 

Before his passing, Mick was set to revive the co-op the first Friday of each month at Hannah’s, 121 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton, starting at 9 p.m. Feb. 2, 2018. 

Lane will now step in for the friend she considered a big brother. 

“Mick has fought a long hard battle being sick,” Lane said. “I said, ‘go on brother, you’ve been a strong man.’” 

WYSO host Tod Weidner, a local musician and former co-op host, said Mick changed his life. 

Wiedner was among the local musicians who shared stories about Canal Street at 

Canal Street Stories: A Celebration and Reunion on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Yellow Cab Tavern. 

Mick, a Yellow Cab fan,  was there for the event and over the moon. 

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“It was really nice that we were able to give him a night,” Weidner said. “ I am glad he got to bask in the adulation.” 

Weidner said he was naive the first time he walked into Canal Street as a 21-year-old contestant in the Dayton Band Playoffs, then an annual battle between local bands. 

Weidner’s band, the Rehab Doll, was creamed 130 to 30 by the far more popular band Walaroo South. 

Tod Weidner, Jamy Holliday, Mick Montgomery and Sharon Lane on stage at Canal Street Stories: A Celebration and Reunion from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 6, 2017.(Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood)

Despite the loss, the Ludlow Falls native was hooked on Canal Street. 

“I fell in love with the place immediately. It was a very welcoming room,” he said. “It wasn’t much to look at. It was a weird little room and it was dark, but it had a mojo to it. A room takes on the magic of the people that played there.” 

The club hosted everything from folk, blues and country rock to bluegrass, indie rock and punk. Canal Street also drew well-known acts, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Los Lobos, The Del McCoury Band, Leo Kottke and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. 

Before the band Phish became popular, it played Canal Street to a crowd of just 17 people. 

“The more I traveled playing music, the more I knew I took it (Canal Street) for granted,” Weidner said. 

Mick, Weidner said, was an evangelist of good music and strived to “hip” others to new artists and sounds. 

“I literally owe him everything,” he said. “I was a complete musical tadpole before I played Canal Street.” 

Before Canal Street, Weidner likened his music knowledge to looking through binoculars backwards. 

Afterward he said it was like seeing in cinerama. 

“Any eclectic knowledge I really have about music I have to credit to Mick and Canal Street,” Weidner said. “It was really great exposure to things I would never have seen. It was such a education every time I walked in there.” 

Chris Montgomery, the eldest of Mick’s three children, said he knows it is cliche, but he is blown away by the expression of love for his father. 

Chris said he was about 13 when his dad, at the time an art teacher at West Carrollton High School, bought the spaces that would be Canal Street from the red-haired owner of Evelyn’s Corner Cafe. 

Mick Montgomery and his son Eli outside of Canal Street in 2013.(Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood)

Chris said his father, a guitarist, filled his world with music. 

“He wasn’t a business man,” Chris said. “He was more about the musicians than growing an empire or making a huge amount of money.” 

The Oregon District home Mick rehabed is filled with CDs, albums and cassette tapes. 

“He usually listened to it all,” Chris said. “He would want to tell everybody about it, in his own words, “ ‘turn them on to it’.” 

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Chris, now a deafblind education specialist at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Texas, said his dad passed down a love of music. 

“I grew up playing music at Canal Street,” he said. “I can’t imagine a world without music. It is very much a part of my being.” 

Mick was extremely proud of his children and even as he grew ill, took steps to make sure they spent time together, his son said. 

Mick’s daughter, Hannah Montgomery, is studying law in Washington, D.C. His son, Eli Montgomery, lives in Dayton. 

The Dayton native’s list of survivors also include siblings Dennis Montgomery of Minnesota; Kathy Holt of Alaska and Patti Montgomery of Florida. 

“We loved him a lot,” Chris said. “He was not a typical dad, but we wouldn’t have wanted any other dad.” 

Mick left Dayton in 1967, a year after Chris was born. 

Mick Montgomery surrounding by former employees at the closing of Canal Street in 2013.(Photo courtesy of Jan Underwood)

The 21-or-so-year-old ended up on the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco, ground zero of the counterculture. 

Jamy Holliday, a long-time Canal Street manager and member of the seminal Dayton bands Mystery Addicts, Haunting Souls and Luxury Pushers, said Mick’s time in San Francisco and time in the1960s folk scene influenced the listening room he created in Dayton. 

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“He respected musicians,” Holliday said. “He was always very supportive of providing a stage where the accomplished and the not-so accomplished could play the same stage.” 

Mick, Holliday said, was about music being a unifying force. 

Holliday was an eyeliner-wearing 17-year-old with a 14-inch mohawk when he first started working at Canal Street as a doorman for shows ranging from bluegrass to rock. 

Canal Street hosted the Women’s Series in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The yearly series featured lesbian and other feminist performers. 

Holliday said there were few problems because it was about the music. 

“He really did believe that music was an equaling and leveling instrument,” Holliday said of Mick. He sacrificed himself. He ate, slept and breathed Canal Street Tavern.” 

Former Dayton Daily News photographer Jan Underwood took thousands of photos at Canal Street during its more than three decades of operation. 

Mick wanted Canal Street to be a listening room in the purist sense of the term. 

Underwood said that all changed the night in 1984 that Jim “Rev. Cool” Carter, a longtime WYSO DJ, brought the cow punk band Rank and File to Canal Street’s stage. 

“We started handing table and chairs fire brigade style off the dance floor,” she said. 

She said those who frequented Canal Street were a family. 

“I took my son there when he was young because it was a safe place go,” she said. 

“If someone was drinking too much, they were not able to stay and ruin the night for everyone else.” 

Underwood said music was Mick’s life, and he wanted to share that love. 

“I went in there so many times and he’d say you have to check out this act that is coming next week, she said. “You would not be disappointed.”


Mick Montgomery (center) with members of the Davis Rogan Band from New Orleans.(Photo: Jan Underwood)

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Tyra Patterson: Life after two decades in prison

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

Tyra Patterson talks about being released from prison after more than two decades.

The one-bedroom apartment Tyra Patterson must return to each night as part of her probation curfew sits above a Jamaican natural foods store on a bustling street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Family and friends donated furniture, lamps and paintings. A pair of running shoes sits next to the door, waffles from Taste of Belgium are tossed on top of the refrigerator and a journal is placed on a wooden kitchen table.

Little hints of her incarceration show through her habits, when she rolls her clothes into tight, little balls before putting them away in a drawer or when she reaches for a prison-issued bar of soap to wash her face.

Patterson, who grew up in east Dayton, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison at age 19 for the murder and robbery of 15-year-old Michelle Lai on Sept. 20, 1994.

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Now 42, Patterson was paroled on Christmas Day after Lai’s sister — Holly Lai Holbrook — wrote a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in 2016 vouching for her innocence.

Lai Holbrook, who watched her sister get shot that night, told Kasich: “I no longer believe that Tyra participated in the robbery that led to Michelle’s murder. I believe it is wrong for Tyra to stay locked up.”

Various politicians and celebrities — including the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns — got behind Patterson’s innocence claims. Burns posted a Facebook video in 2016 while holding a sign that says “I am Tyra Patterson.”

Just a little more than a month into her new freedom, Patterson — like the thousands of inmates who get paroled from Ohio prisons each year — is transitioning to life on the outside. In 2015, approximately 9,386 inmates were paroled from the prison system and 21,343 were released, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction.

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For many, that freedom will be short-lived. A 2012 study showed an overall three-year recidivism rate for inmates released from Ohio prison was about 30 percent.

Patterson has had some struggles since getting out — Fifth Third Bank, for example, first denied a request to open a bank account because she had only her state-issued ID — but in most respects her story bears little resemblance to the bulk of Ohio’s imprisoned population.

Patterson had prominent people fighting for her release. Most inmates don’t.

In prison, she earned her GED, paralegal certificate, furthered her education through several programs and even learned a little Spanish and Arabic. Before prison, she had a limited ability to read or write after dropping out of school.

And when she left prison she had a good job waiting for her: as a paralegal for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center in Cincinnati, which works to protect the rights of prisoners and those who leave prison.


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3 presidents you'll see honored around Dayton

Published: Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 2:53 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

Sculptor Michael Major of Urbana created this bronze sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln as he looked in 1859 when he spoke on the steps of Montgomery County’s Old Court House. The sculpture was unveiled Saturday at Courthouse Square in front of the historic courthouse downtown Dayton. LYNN HULSEY / STAFF
Sculptor Michael Major of Urbana created this bronze sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln as he looked in 1859 when he spoke on the steps of Montgomery County’s Old Court House. The sculpture was unveiled Saturday at Courthouse Square in front of the historic courthouse downtown Dayton. LYNN HULSEY / STAFF

An 11-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln made of bronze now looks over Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

Here are some other presidents you'll find honored with a statue around Dayton:


Abraham Lincoln 

Courthouse Square, Dayton



The monument, created by Urbana artist Mike Major, was commissioned to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Dayton on Sept. 17, 1859. That day, Lincoln reportedly stood on a box on the curb facing the steps of the Old Courthouse and spoke to the crowd for close to two hours.


President William McKinley


Cooper Park



This statue, located in Cooper Park next to the Dayton Metro Library’s main branch, was dedicated to his memory Sept. 17, 1910.


McKinley was also the governor of Ohio, an Ohio representative in Congress and a soldier in the Union Army.


A plaque on the monument reads, “This monument is a tribute by the citizens of Dayton and the children of its schools.”


President John F. Kennedy


University of Dayton



“Kennedy’s Eternal Flame” is located outside of the Kennedy Union on the University of Dayton campus.


The full-length portrait, which is abstract at the bottom but becomes detailed at the head, is over 8 feet tall.

The original sculpture was made of cement and marble by William Joseph Thompson in 1964 and was recast in bronze by John Leon in 1998.

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Eliminations and changes to RTA routes go into effect

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:23 AM

Big changes to Dayton RTA start on Sunday

The Greater Dayton RTA’s route changes, eliminations, and fare adjustments went into effect Sunday.

RTA had a recent sales tax revenue loss that reduced its annual revenues by $4.6 million, according to Greater Dayton RTA’s Communications Manager Jessica Olson.

>>RTA changes: Will your route be eliminated or timetable altered?

According to Olson, the sales tax losses were a result of a federally-mandated change to Ohio’s taxation of Managed Care Organizations in Ohio.

Minor adjustments were also made to improve the agency’s quality of service for its customers, communities, and businesses, Olson said.

Customers can visit for more information about route and fare changes.

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Below is a list of changes made to RTA routes, according to Olson:

Eliminated Routes: X1A, X1B, 40, 41 and 61. 

RTA Connect service additions: The RTA Connect on Demand service will now encompass areas previously serviced by Routes X1A, X1B, 40 and 41. Maps of these new RTA Connect on Demand stops can be found at 

Eliminated Saturday and Sunday service: Routes 23 and 60 will no longer have Saturday or Sunday service. 

Eliminated Sunday service: Routes 11 and 22 will no longer have Sunday service. 

Route 1: The weekday eastbound trip from Wright Stop Plaza at 4:21 has been eliminated. The westbound weekday trip from the Student Union to Wright Stop Plaza (WSP) at 4:57 a.m. has been eliminated and will now start at WSP at 5:18 a.m. 

Route 4: The weekday eastbound trip from Gunther at Hoover to Wright Stop Plaza at 3:54 p.m. has been eliminated. A new weekday eastbound trip from Gunther at Hoover to WSP will be at 3:08 p.m. 

Route 8: The time point that was previously Germantown at Edwin C. Moses on all service days in both directions will now be moved to the Mound St. at Germantown stop. 

Route 9: Time adjusted by 1 to 3 minutes on multiple weekday trips in both directions between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Time adjusted by 1 to 2 minutes on multiple Saturday and Sunday trips in both directions between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The weekday southbound trip from Free Pike at Arlene to Germantown at Derby previously at 7:46 a.m. will now be at 6:46 a.m., and the return northbound trip from Germantown at Derby to Wright Stop Plaza previously at 8:50 a.m. will now be at 7:50 a.m. 

Route 12: The weekday southbound trips from Wright Stop Plaza at 4:38 a.m. and Benson at Fairview at 5:36 a.m. have been eliminated. A weekday southbound trip from WSP at 5:56 a.m. has been added.

The weekday northbound trips from WSP at 4:58 a.m. and Woodman Center to WSP at 5:22 a.m. have been eliminated. A weekday northbound trip from WSP at 5:49 a.m. has been added. 

Route 16: The following departure times for weekday northbound trips have been changed: Main at Franklin from 5:08 a.m. to 5:06 a.m.; Costco at Feedwire from 7:33 a.m. to 7:31 a.m.; Wilmington at Smithville from 8:59 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The weekday southbound trip time from Sheets/Montgomery changed from 5:53 a.m. to 5:51 a.m. 

Route 18: The times of trips in both directions have been adjusted by 1 to 3 minutes between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The times of all Sunday trips in both directions are moved forward 1 minute between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. 

Route 19: The times of trips in both directions have been adjusted by 1 to 3 minutes between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, and between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The times of all Sunday trips in both directions are moved forward 1 minute between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. 

Route 22: All Sunday service has been eliminated. The weekday northbound trip from Main at Franklin at 4:14 a.m. and the return trip from Town Center at York Commons has been eliminated. The weekday northbound trip time from Main at Franklin changed from 5:24 a.m. to 5:22 a.m. 

Route X5: All Saturday and Sunday northbound trips will now service Austin Landing. The Saturday southbound trip at 7:32 a.m. from 3rd Street at Perry will now begin at Wright Stop Plaza at 7:32 a.m. The Saturday southbound trip time from WSP changed from 8:35 a.m. to 8:31 a.m. Changed the Saturday northbound trips from the South Transit Center at 8:15 a.m. to 8:03 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. to 9:02 a.m. New Sunday southbound trips from WSP have been added at 7:50 p.m., 9:05 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. New Sunday northbound trips from the South Transit Center have been added at 8:32 p.m., 9:47 p.m. and 10:59 p.m. All departure times for Sunday northbound trips from the South Transit Center between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. have been changed by 2 to 7 minutes. 

Route 43: The weekday northbound trips from Wright Stop Plaza at 8:55 p.m. and from Northwest Transit Center at 6:16 p.m. have been eliminated. The weekday northbound trips from WSP at 6:00 a.m. and 6:50 a.m. no longer service Spectrum Brands and Dayton International Airport. The weekday northbound trip from WSP at 6:00 a.m. now services Peter's Pike, N. Dixie and Crossroads Court at Falls Creek and the southbound return trips departs at 6:46 a.m. The weekday northbound trip from WSP at 6:20 a.m. now services Spectrum Brands and ends at Dayton Airport with the southbound return trip departing from Dayton Airport at 7:04 a.m. The weekday southbound trips from the Dayton Airport at 6:36 a.m. and 9:15 p.m., from Procter & Gamble at 6:51 p.m. and from Crossroads Court at Falls Creek at 7:16 a.m. have all been eliminated. All Saturday evening service after 7:30 p.m. has been eliminated. The departure time of the Saturday southbound trip from the Dayton Airport has been changed from 6:49 a.m. to 6:36 a.m. The Sunday northbound trips from WSP at 6:30 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 3:50 p.m. and 10:32 p.m. have been eliminated. Sunday southbound trips from the Dayton Airport at 7:01 a.m., 11:13 a.m., 4:13 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. have been eliminated. 

LS Routes: Limited Service (LS) routes for P.L Dunbar and Thurgood Marshall high schools have been adjusted to match the bell times for the schools.

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Below is a list of fare changes, according to Olson:

Cash Fares: Cash fares for adults (age 13 and up) will increase from $1.75 to $2 per boarding. Senior and disabled fare* will increase from $0.85 to $1 per boarding. Children age 12 and under and 60 inches tall and under will ride free.**

Tokens: Tokens will be eliminated and will not be sold by the RTA or any sales outlet providers. *** For those who currently have tokens, the RTA will continue to accept tokens in its fare boxes through the end of 2018.

Paratransit Services: No changes to cash and ticket prices ($3.50 per boarding) or countywide service prices ($5 per boarding.)

Passes: The weekend and family passes will be eliminated. The day pass has been reduced from $5 to $4. A reduced-fare day pass will now be offered for qualifying customers for $2*. Both day passes can be purchased when boarding the bus by telling the driver you wish to purchase the pass before inserting money into the fare box. There are no changes to the prices of the monthly, monthly senior or disabled, weekly or red and gray school passes.

Transfers: Transfers will be eliminated. Customers who previously rode two trips with transfers (a cash cost of $4) can now buy the day pass for $4 and ride unlimited the day of the pass purchase.

Change Cards: No changes to the current system of providing a RTA change card to customers paying with cash.

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Funerals held for Westerville, Ohio officers shot

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Westerville Police Department is escorted to the funeral service.

A funeral procession and service are planned for two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.

A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, followed by a funeral starting at 1 p.m.

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A procession through the city will follow the funeral. Schools are closed for the day.

The lights are on in preparation to go to Westerville

The two veteran officers were shot after entering a residence early Saturday afternoon. The officers returned fire, wounding 30-year-old Quentin Smith.

Smith has been charged with aggravated murder. He remains hospitalized.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is in Dayton today, said the “entire state” mourns the loss of Morelli and Joering.

“In the days since their passing, we’ve heard stories of their incredible service to their community, their fellow officers and their families. We can never repay them or their loved ones for their service and sacrifice, but today we honor their memory and lift up the entire Westerville community and all those who knew them,” he said.

News Center 7 will have a crew in Westerville and will have the latest online and on News Center 7.

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