Popular Kettering bar closing; owners cite ‘greed’

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 11:31 AM

Joe Tellmann (center) and his band will perform at Dayton Blues Society’s annual Christmas Party & Jam at the Phone Booth Lounge in Kettering on Saturday, Dec. 3. CONTRIBUTED
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Joe Tellmann (center) and his band will perform at Dayton Blues Society’s annual Christmas Party & Jam at the Phone Booth Lounge in Kettering on Saturday, Dec. 3. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

The owners of a popular Kettering bar cite “greed” as the reason they will close their bar that dates back to 1964 in its current location. 

Jack and Betty Wilderman announced the January 20, 2018 closure of The Phone Booth Lounge, 1554 E. Stroop Road, on Facebook Saturday 

They say negotiations with property owners Agust and Lou Ella “Susie” Thorbjornsson have failed.

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Reached by phone Monday, Mrs. Thorbjornsson said the Wildermans offered to pay $278,000 for the building and land, far less than the amount she believes they agreed upon.

The contract the Wildermans signed nearly 5 years ago specifies that the property and building would be purchased for $620,000, she says. She disputes the Wildermans assertion that the sale was optional. 

“They notified us the first time in August and they gave us two choices, neither of which we wanted: take what (they) were offering or they would move,” Thorbjornsson said. “I just feel they have not followed the contract to the letter. Maybe I am being a little picky, but a contract is a contract.” 

The club has darts and pool tables and features live music Friday and Saturday nights. 

Messages were left on Facebook and on Jack Wilderman’s cell phone seeking comment. 

The Facebook post from the Wildermans reads:

******* IMPORTANT NOTICE******** 

As of February 1st it has been 5 years since Betty and I bought the business, The Phone Booth Lounge. When we bought the business, we did so with a 5 year lease with the option to buy the property upon completion of the Lease. We are saddened to report that negotiations with the owners of the property have fallen apart. They are asking 250% more than the appraised value of the property. To meet these demands would be a financial disaster for Betty and me. We are announcing today that the Phone Booth Lounge will close on January 20th, 2018. Betty and I are searching for a new venue to continue the name and second home to so many The Phone Booth Lounge. We have come so far in 5 years, we hate to end it at this location, but greed has over shadowed the success of what Betty and I have built. We have so many people to thank for this success. But just keep in mind, we will prevail and be better than ever. We will post any updates as they arise. 

Thank you for your support 

Jack and Betty

The tenative value of the land and building is listed as $243,690 on the Montgomery County Auditors website. 

The Phone Booth Lounge was founded in 1964 and had multiple owners before the Thorbjornssons purchased it in 1985. 

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They operated it for 27 years before turning the business over to the Wildermans. 

“We really enjoyed the people and we enjoyed making sure everyone was taken care of and had a good time,” Mrs. Thorbjornsson said. 

She did not immediately know what will happen to the space if the Wildermans leave. 

“I think once you enter into a contract you should honor that contract,” Thorbjornsson said.  

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Daytonian wins SAG award, is front-runner for an acting Oscar 

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

If Allison Janney wins the Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya” she will be the first Daytonian to win this one of the top acting prizes. Video by Amelia Robinson

If history is a predictor, a Daytonian will the one to beat in one of the top categories at the upcoming Academy Awards. 

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For her role in “I, Tonya,” Oakwood-raised movie and television star Allison Janney nabbed the best supporting actress award at Sunday night’s Screen Actor Guild Awards ceremony.

Jonathan McNeal, a Dayton film expert and manager of Neon Movies in downtown Dayton, says there is crossover between SAG voters and Oscar voters. 

More than that, Janney has won the Golden Globe and other major supporting actress awards for her role in the film.  

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“She is certainty the front-runner,” McNeal said. “The only other person in contention is Laurie Metcalf for ‘Lady Bird,’ but I think it is really Allison’s. She is the best thing about ‘I, Tonya’.”

Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow, Jan. 22 at 8:22 a.m. The ceremony is held in March. 

If she is victorious, Janney, who slayed Sunday in a figure-loving, silver paillette-covered gown, will be thought to be first person from the Dayton area to win an Oscar for her acting. 

That said, the Miami Valley has been represented at the Academy Awards several times through the years. 

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🌟 Yellow Springs resident Julia Reichert has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary.

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🌟 Springfield’s John Legend won the best original song Oscar in 2015 for his song  "Glory" with Common from the film "Selma.” 

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🌟 Wright State University graduate  Hannah Beachler was the production designer for the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight.”

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🌟 New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident J. Todd Anderson has created the story board for about 20 Coen brothers movies since 1987’s "Raising Arizona." He worked on the Academy Award-winning films “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Janney, the star of CBS’s “Mom” which airs weekly on WHIO-TV, plays LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother, in the dramatic dark comedy “I, Tonya.” 

In September, the former Miami Valley School student was inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame. She told this news organization she’d place that hometown award next to her major acting statues and recognitions.

McNeal said Janney’s mom, Macy, who she praised as a role model in last Sunday’s edition of “Parade” magazine (an insert in the Dayton Daily News), is a Neon regular. 

He hopes to open “I, Tonya” at the movie theater located at  130 E Fifth St., in early February.  

"I feel like I'm Khaleesi's warrior shaman." — Allison Janney, on her gown, on E! Live from the Red Carpet(People Magazine)

First NASA space walk of 2018 scheduled for Tuesday

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

WATCH: Space to Ground - Prepping for a Spacewalk. Video courtesy of NASA.

Since December 1998, there have been 205 spacewalks at the International Space Station. 

The first spacewalk of 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday morning. 

NASA will be streaming the walk live, which begins around 7 a.m. 

According to NASA, American and Japanese astronauts will carry out these spacewalks in January to repair a robotic arm on the space station. 

Mark Vande Hei of NASA will lead the walk along with Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai. 

WHIO will live stream the spacewalk Tuesday. 

Last year, there were nine U.S. spacewalks. 

The most recent was Oct. 20 and lasted for six hours and 49 minutes.

U.S. Air Force Museum temporarily closed during shutdown

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is temporarily closed, effective Jan. 20, 2018 due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. 

If the museum reopens by Jan. 27, 2018, the Reds Caravan event will continue as planned. 

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Please watch the museum's website, www.nationalmuseum.af.mil, and local media outlets for information about when the museum's normal operations will resume. 

 For information about Air Force Museum Foundation please contact them at (937) 258-1218 or foundation@afmuseum.com. The Air Force Museum store, operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation is available online at http://store.airforcemuseum.com

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Hundreds of people had trekked inside the world’s largest military aviation museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m.

The fallout was the latest from the federal closure expected to affect thousands of workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimated 27,000 military and civilian personnel.

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The Omnimax Theater at the Air Force Museum has the largest movie screen in southwest Ohio.

National Park Service interpretive centers near Huffman Prairie where the Wright brothers perfected the airplane, and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton, were among NPS sites closed Saturday in the region because of the shutdown, although the two properties were open to traffic.

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WHIO-TV’s Malik Perkins contributed to this story.

Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

WHIO Weather Camera Network caught a possible meteor Wednesday night in Miamisburg.

Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS.

Meteorites from Michigan meteor. Photos from WDIV ClickonDetroit.com

“We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.”

VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

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According to a report from WDIV-TV in Detroit, another team from Longway Planetarium and the Farmington Community Stargazer also recovered a meteorite and planned to share more details about its discovery Friday.

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WDIV-TV reported the meteorites were found near Charlotte, Michigan and near Whitmore Lake.