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New Washington Twp. brewery aims for spring opening

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

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.

Kettering mayor named new board member for state group

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

            Don Patterson, mayor, city of Kettering

Kettering Mayor Don Patterson was appointed as a board member to the Ohio Mayor’s Alliance, after receiving nomination from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Whaley nominated Patterson after informing the membership she was stepping down from the board in preparation for her gubernatorial run.

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“Mayors and elected leaders from different parts of the state need a forum to communicate, share ideas, and better understand the differences that sometimes divide us,” said Patterson. “The Ohio Mayors Alliance provides that forum, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

The Ohio Mayors Alliance is a bipartisan organization comprised of mayors from among Ohio’s largest cities by population.

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Dayton Air Show: Thunderbirds to resume flights, pilot still hospitalized

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:33 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m. (June 26):

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will resume flying operations today, June 26 after the squadron departs Dayton for its home station at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The team will hold routine practices Tuesday.

"Capt. Gonsalves remains in the hospital and is surrounded by loved ones," said Lt. Col. Jason Heard on Facebook. "I have full faith and confidence in our team to conduct the mission safely, we look forward to returning to flying operations."

UPDATE @ 9:47 a.m. (June 26):

The Thunderbirds will be taking off at 10:30 a.m. and the injured pilot is expected to be staying at the hospital for a couple more days, officials announced this morning.

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves has had two surgeries, but his injuries are less serious than initially thought, according to officials. 

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The damaged plane will be staying here locally and once able, it will be transported to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, officials said.

UPDATE @8:30 a.m. (June 26)

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves continues to receive treatment at Miami Valley Hospital.

A condition for Gonsalves was not available.

>> Air Show draws large crowds despite Thunderbirds crash

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (June 25)

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves remains a patient at Miami Valley Hospital after he was extricated from an F-16 that overturned on the runway Friday at the Dayton International Airport.

Gonsalves Tweeted Saturday a picture of himself in the hospital bed stating, “Thanks for all the love and support. I'm doing okay. More to follow, I'm thankful for all our friendships.”

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was the passenger in the F-16. He was extricated from the aircraft and taken to the hospital where he has since been released.

Friday’s mishap forced the Thunderbirds to cancel their performances at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds commanding leader, said Friday’s ‘mishap’ is under investigation and what caused it has not been determined.

Heard said upon landing after a “single-ship familiarization flight,” the fighter jet overturned on the runway and sustained damage, temporarily trapping Gonsalves and Cordova in the aircraft.


As the Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off Saturday some visitors came to the show, unaware of Friday’s Thunderbird crash and cancellation of their performance Saturday.

Michael Werchowski, 44, brought his 11-year-old son, Miles, hoping to see the Thunderbirds, but didn’t know they weren’t performing until he arrived at Dayton International Airport.


It was the first air show for both.

“We’ve never seen a Blue Angels or Thunderbirds show before, but it is what it is,” Michael Werchowski, who drove in from Powell near Columbus for the show.

Miles didn’t seem fazed.

“I’m just here to see planes,” he said.

A two seat F-16 Thunderbird jet overturned at the airport after landing Friday, trapping the pilot and passenger until they were freed by first responders. 

RELATED: Thunderbird jet crashes ahead of Vectren Dayton Air Show

Both were hospitalized and reported in good condition. One team member has been released. The Thunderbirds have not yet made an announcement on whether they will perform at Sunday’s show.

Charles and Theresa Cooper, both 60, moved to New Lebanon in December after 40 years in California. The two grew up in the Miami Valley.  

“I’ve never been to the air show,” Theresa Cooper said. “I’ve never come. “It’s pretty exciting.”  

The couple were driving near the airport Friday when they spotted emergency vehicles and heard about the Thunderbird jet mishap.  

“So sad,” she said.  

Charles Cooper said he wanted to come to the air show anyway partly because of the region’s heritage as the birthplace of aviation. “Living in California, you don’t realize how much this region has to offer until you come back,” he said.

Gary and Linda Kish drove four hours from St. Clairsville near Wheeling, W.V., with two grandchildren, Jayden, 6, and Weston, 4, but weren’t deterred from coming when they heard the Thunderbirds canceled the Saturday show.

“We were eating ice cream when we heard about it,” Jayden said.

“It’ still a good time,” said Gary Kish, 64. “We’re just glad (the two Thunderbird two members) are OK.”

“What are you going to do?” asked Linda Kish. 

Vacant house damaged in morning fire

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:06 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

Marshall Gorby/Staff

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a Monday morning fire at a vacant house on Fountain Avenue in Dayton. 

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Initial reports indicated the fire was found on the outside of the structure, but firefighters did not indicate if they believe the blaze was suspicious. 

No injuries were reported. 

Additional details were not available. 


Dayton firefighters have responded to a reported house fire on Fountain Avenue Monday. 

>> Read the latest local stories in the Miami Valley 

Crews were dispatched to the first block of Fountain Avenue around 9:55 a.m. in Dayton on reports of flames showing from a structure. 

Initial reports indicate the structure is vacant and the fire was found mostly on the outside of the structure. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Dayton’s Nan Whaley one of Politico’s ‘7 mayors to watch’

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:29 AM

            Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at a press conference announcing the city’s lawsuit against makers and distributors of opiate medications. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley received some national attention this week when Politico named her as one of seven U.S. mayors who are rising stars.

Politico published an article about America’s 11 most interesting mayors, which included a sidebar about seven mayors to watch. Whaley was among the “mayors going places,” a list that included Ron Corbett, mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, Ga.; Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.; and Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, Calif.

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“As a blue mayor in a red-leaning state, Whaley, 41, has implemented a universal preschool program and paid family leave, attracted new investments to her Rust Belt city and taken pharmaceutical companies to court for contributing to the opioid crisis,” according to Politico. “Now, Whaley is juggling both a mayoral re-election campaign and a bid for governor.”

RELATED: Read Politico’s article here

Whaley actually is running unopposed for a second term as mayor, freeing up her time to take a stab at becoming the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Politico said it surveyed dozens of national and local political junkies to identify leaders who are compelling for their stories and the fights they are waging.

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