New Washington Twp. brewery aims for spring opening

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 6:50 AM

New Washington Twp. brewery aims for spring opening

A new Washington Twp. brewery is entering the final stretch of construction work ahead of a projected opening later this spring.

“We’re still looking at late spring or early summer,” said Chris Tarkany, co-founder of Heavier Than Air Brewing Co. with his brother Nick. “May, optimistically. June, realistically.”

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The Tarkany brothers have attended informal gatherings of founders of other Dayton-area breweries. They said the local craft brewing community has been supportive, offering advice and guidance as they navigate the obstacles that craft breweries must overcome before opening.

“Everything’s coming together,” Nick Tarkany said. “Hopefully we will be at AleFest and joining in on the Dayton Beer Week festivities as the latest addition to the Dayton brewery community.”

Heavier Than Air Brewing Co. is located at 497 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in the Normandy Square Shopping Center, east of the Dayton Mall. The two founders are getting an assist from two of Nick’s sons, Ben and Nick Jr. The idea for the brewery came from Ben.

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The new brewery will have about 10 taps, will seat about 40 and will employ about five. As befitting its name, Heavier Than Air will have a aviation theme — in part because the Tarkany family has strong aviation ties going back to the early 1940s in the Dayton area, Nick Tarkany said.

In building out the space, the Tarkanys are utilizing geothermal and other innovative technologies to make the brewery and the brewing process itself extremely energy-efficient in its heating, cooling and water usage, the brewery founders said.

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Heavier Than Air’s plans call for serving other Dayton-area breweries’ beers in addition to its own, and for offering its beers to area bars and restaurants. The tasting room will offer a limited food menu, and will allow customers to carry in food.

To keep up with the new brewery’s progress toward opening, check out the Heavier Than Air Brewing Facebook page.

Owl turns routine oil change into real hoot

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.
Salem NH Police Department
An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.(Salem NH Police Department)

A mechanic in New Hampshire attempting to perform an oil change Friday found a surprise guest on the car's engine.

An Eastern Screech owl was discovered on the engine, according to a Facebook post by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department. 
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Police said the owl was friendly and easy to handle, but did appear to be a bit lethargic. While the car owner told police they had no idea how the bird got in the car, it's believed the owl sought the car's engine for warmth, or perhaps while chasing a mouse.

The owl, which police named Shazam, was taken to On the Wing, a wildlife rehabilitation center.

2-month-old boy found dead at Dayton home

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

Dayton 2-month-old found dead in home

UPDATE @ 2:25 p.m.

The child found dead this morning was 2 months old, according to a Montgomery County Coroner’s investigator.

The investigator also said the Dayton child’s name is spelled Silas Snyder. An autopsy has not yet been performed, he said, and a preliminary cause of death is not available.


A 3-month-old boy was found dead this morning on a love seat inside his home.

Police and medics were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to the 600 block of Bowen Street after a woman said she found the baby unresponsive.

The baby, identified as Sylas P. Snyder, was pronounced dead at 8:37 a.m. and was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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According to a Dayton police report, the mother told police when she got home from work at midnight Sylas was asleep on a love seat so she lay down on a couch to sleep. At 3 a.m. when she checked on him, she said he was fine.

The baby’s grandmother said she checked on Sylas around 8:30 a.m., and found him on his belly. She rolled him over, noticed he was cold to the touch and immediately called 911, according to the report.

The infant’s death remains under investigation.

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No injuries reported in Franklin house fire

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

            Franklin fire engine / FILE
Franklin fire engine / FILE

Franklin firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1100 block of South Main Street early Saturday afternoon.

The fire at the two-story single-family house was called to 911 about 12:16 p.m.

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Dispatchers said that no injuries were reported in the blaze.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Crews battle fire in Dayton home; 1 injury reported

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:50 AM

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire.

UPDATE @9:51 a.m.

Fire officials said a child escaped injury and a woman suffered burns to her feet in a Dayton house fire.

The fire in the first block of South Westview Avenue was contained to a bedroom, according to officials. The cause is under investigation.

The woman and two-year-old child were in the front lawn when they arrived on scene.

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At least one person has been injured after a fire broke out in a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire. 

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First units on scene said one person inside the home was injured and requested to a medic to the scene. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

Firefighters also reported smoke showing from the structure when they arrived, according to initial reports. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more.