Wedding cake-stealing, goose-chasing dog dies after life spent zipping around 

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:34 PM

Zipp, Five River MetroPark's former geese-chasing dog, had died, according to Danielle O'Neill,  his owner.
Photo: courtsey of  Danielle O'Neill

A mischievous pooch known to chase off geese and chomp into wedding cakes at Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroPark has died. 

Zipp, Five Rivers MetroPark’s former goose-chasing dog,  died Friday, according to 

Danielle O’Neill of Stalk and Awe, a  company that manages geese with trained Border Collie dogs. 

O’Neill and her husband Greg adopted Zipp, a Border Collie, after he retired from Cox Arboretum in 2015.

He helped to control the park’s geese for about a decade. 

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Zipp was suffering from Cushing’s disease when the O’Neills welcomed him into their family.

The disorder causes weakness and increased thirst, urination, hunger and panting among other symptoms.

Zipp was supposed to live just six months, but just kept on zipping around the O’Neills’ small farm, Danielle told this organization. 

She says her “sweet boy” befriended a young Brittany Spaniel named Hopper and spent his days watching goats and chicken.

Danielle calls it dog TV. 

There was a big age difference — Zipp was about 14 when he died while Hopper is 3 —  but the dogs were partners in doggie antics, Danielle said. 

“They would run around and take naps,” she said. “He liked to lay under the apple tree and eat all the apples.” 

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Danielle said she and her husband did not want Zipp to suffer.  His health declined in recent weeks. 

Aside from the Cushing’s,  Zipp had arthritis.

The friendly pooch earned his name at Cox Arboretum and chased away thousands of messy geese from the day he began in 2005.

Danielle said stories about Zipp stealing wedding cake from wedding parties are legendary. 

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Zipp had a spacious kennel at Cox, but the O’Neills were his first family. 

 He even had his own Facebook page. 

“He got to run around and be a dog and be spoiled,” Danielle said. “We called him our little zippy tomato.”  

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Township vows to restore veteran tombstones

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

Ron Nocella with American Grave Groomers cleans a grave site at Stevenson Cemetery in Xenia Twp. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF

Veteran graves in two Xenia Twp. cemeteries are being restored as part of a multi-year project to clean and rehabilitate the sites.

“Xenia Twp. in the last three years has started a multi-phase project to clean and restore all of the stones,” said Alan Stock, Xenia Twp. Administrator.

Stock said the township set aside some of its funds to put toward the project and they also received a $5,000 grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ron Nocella, with American Grave Groomers, has been working on restoring some of the gravestones at Stevenson Cemetery on Jones Road.


“We used our biological solution on it.  We cleaned it about six or seven times with soft bristle brushes,” Nocella said as he clean a veterans grave site.  “This stone was actually green and black last week.”

According to Stock, the township has spent between $8,000 and $9,000 on restoration over the last two years and anticpates spending about $10,000 this year.

“We want to be highly respectful,” the township administrator said.

In addition to Stevenson Cemetery, the township also is having work done in Friends Cemetery on U.S. 68.

This historic downtown Dayton building’s design was inspired by spite

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

“Build me a damn bank.” 

That’s what James M. Cox angrily told the architect tasked with designing the Dayton Daily News building when the newspaper publisher was unable to secure a loan to build. 

>> MORE: 5 things to know about Governor Cox

Here are three things to know about the historic downtown building: 

1. A classical style. The building was built in the Beaux Arts classical style and is an example of architectural elegance. 

» READ MORE: This historic building began with, ‘Build me a damn bank’

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2. A double in New York. The Dayton Daily News building is a near-replica of a New York City bank, the Knickerbocker Trust Co., designed by architect Stanford White and built in 1904. The building that Cox’ seemed to mimic, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, was demolished 20 years later. 

3. Can I get some stamps? A lack of signage on the building created confusion for the public, which often mistook the building for a bank or post office. The newspaper staff kept stamps on hand for an elderly woman who would repeatedly come to the newspaper believing it to be the post office.

Psych! You won’t be able to tour Dayton Arcade after all 

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Sorry guys, you’ll likely need to scratch those plans of getting a rare look inside the Dayton Arcade. 

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Young Ohio Preservationists, a state historic preservation group, said it underestimated the number of people would be interested in seeing inside the historic building in the center of downtown Dayton June 3. 

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More than 900 people expressed interest in a tour of the building for an event called “YOP Tour Day: Dayton Arcade.” 

Here is a message on the event’s page:

“We want to extend our sincerest apologies to everyone disappointed that they can't make this particular tour. We're a very small volunteer organization not based in Dayton. We had no idea how overwhelming the interest would be. Additionally, a few tour guides had to drop out last minute, making the cap on attendance even more strict. The cap on this particular tour was set at 25, and with over 900 people vocalizing interest on our event page, we suppose this was the reason many people weren't able to get in. 

There will be additional tours in the future, and we will make sure you all know ahead of time including how many people are limited per tour with as much time to sign up as we can manage. We'll also be sure to post disclaimers that tour restrictions and times are subject to change, so that our attendees will be aware that their plans may be affected. 

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you'll join us for our additional Arcade tours & future events.”

>> MORE: The Arcade: Dayton’s crowning jewel

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First opened in 1904, the Arcade closed for good in 1991.  

NCR makes donation valued at $3 million to Dayton organization 

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) were brought to Dayton to assemble parts of a code-breaking machine. Contributed

Ownership of NCR is coming back to Dayton -- in spirit, at least. 

The company founded in Dayton in 1884 has formally donated 3 million artifacts valued at $3 million to Dayton History based at Carillon Park.

Most of those artifacts have been managed by what is now Dayton History for 18 years, Brady Kress, Dayton History’s President and CEO, said.

“It is huge for (Dayton History) and it is huge for the Dayton region,” he said. “The photo collection is one of the largest collections of its kind in the United States that is still tied to its original owner.” 
>> PHOTOS: NCR over the years in Dayton

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The artifacts donated include more than a million photos, glass plate negatives, advertisements, the first solid state business computer, the first electronic calculator, and furnishings from the home of NCR’s third CEO Edward Deeds, the founder of Dayton History’s Carillon Historical Park. 

“It is a tremendous documentation of the community’s history,” Kress said. “Now we own these collections free and clear.” 

Founded by Dayton luminary John Patterson, NCR left Dayton in 2009 for suburban Atlanta. 

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