This group has the best Airbnb rating performance in Ohio (and is making good money, too)

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:56 PM


            Airbnb says 17 percent of Dayton hosts are senior citizens. This home in the South Park neighborhood rents on Airbnb starting for about $99 per night. CONTRIBUTED
Airbnb says 17 percent of Dayton hosts are senior citizens. This home in the South Park neighborhood rents on Airbnb starting for about $99 per night. CONTRIBUTED

Airbnb says senior citizen hosts in Dayton and around Ohio are making good money as hosts with the room renting company.

The company said more than 800 seniors in Ohio share their homes for supplemental income through its platform. In 2017, they earned a combined $4.6 million, it said.

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The numbers were released as part of Airbnb’s first report on Ohioans 60 years or older who are hosts on the platform “providing authentic neighborhood experiences to guests from throughout the world.”

Airbnb said across the entire state, seniors are the best-rated hosts of any other age demographic, earning 5-star reviews at a 91 percent rate.

The rate of Ohio seniors sharing their homes through Airbnb has grown 35 percent year-over-year.

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The typical Ohio senior earns about $6,000 annually in supplemental income through home sharing.

“Airbnb is a platform that can help Ohio’s senior community earn income to supplement their retirements or fixed incomes,” stated Will Burns, Airbnb’s Midwest policy director. “This was the case for my own mom, who hosted out of her home in Cleveland, and our hope is that the home sharing trend continues to serve as an economic engine for these passionate hosts.”

Dayton and Toledo had the highest percentage of seniors as hosts, with seniors reprsenting 17 percent of total hosts in both cities.

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Columbus was home to the highest-earning senior hosts, with a typical senior host earning $10,000 annually — $4,000 more than any other age demographic in Columbus, according to Airbnb. Columbus senior hosts also earned the most combined income compared to other Ohio cities, with a $500,000 in combined income in 2017.

Cleveland senior hosts were the most frequent hosts, with guests on average 130 days per year.

Cincinnati experienced 48 percent year-over-year growth with regards to the number of active senior hosts, which was the highest rate of senior host growth.

Including all ages, Ohio Airbnb hosts earned more than $29 million last year. Hosts in Dayton made about $800,000.

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Mason urgent care center to hold open house ahead of opening

Published: Sunday, July 08, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Premier Health will hold an open house this month for its Mason urgent care location at 7450 Mason Montgomery Road. This site is the seventh location to open across Southwest Ohio.

The Premier Health Urgent Care in Mason will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 before officially opening to patients July 23.

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The urgent care location will handle a variety of health care needs from minor illnesses such as sinus infections, earaches, allergies and pink eye to injuries such as fractured bones. Providers will also be able to conduct school and sports physicals, and administer vaccinations. Diagnostic testing for the flu, pregnancy and strep can be done on-site as well as X-rays.

The location will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. Each Premier Health Urgent Care will be staffed by local advanced practice providers, which are physician assistants and nurse practitioners who work under the close supervision of a physician.

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Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait in the comfort of their own home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available through registration at self-check-in kiosks. Individuals who check-in on-site may leave to run errands while they wait for their time to arrive, and be alerted through mobile devices when their appointment is getting close so they do not run the risk of losing their spot in line.

For more information on Premier Health Urgent Care, visit www.PremierUrgentCareOH.com. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG

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Democrats appear at Good Sam for Medicaid expansion support

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Ohio House District 40 candidate Ryan Rebecca Taylor, center, speaks in front of Good Samaritan Hospital. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF WRITER
Ohio House District 40 candidate Ryan Rebecca Taylor, center, speaks in front of Good Samaritan Hospital. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF WRITER

Ohio Democrats gathered in front of Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday to advocate for Medicaid expansion support.

The Dayton hospital is poised to close 12:01 a.m. Monday, and the hospital’s emergency department has already closed.

Local Democratic candidates said erosion of Medicaid expansion could lead to more hospital closings as that burden of care covered under the state-federal insurance program instead becomes unpaid hospital bills and lost revenue.

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Premier Health, which operates Good Samaritan, has said the hospital is closing because it isn’t sustainable to maintain two hospitals five miles from of each other when health care is shifting to outpatient settings and the population in Dayton is falling.

Premier did not endorse the event outside of the hospital.

Premier said in a statement following the event that the Dayton area is one of just a few large metropolitan areas in the United States that lack a public or university-operated hospital, which help cover the community cost of caring for Medicaid patients, and that combined with a “low per-capita level of local levy support for health services” underscores why area hospitals need Ohio’s Medicaid expansion to remain in place.

“However, Medicaid expansion was not a factor in the decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus on Philadelphia Drive. Instead, Premier Health is doing its part to address the excess number of inpatient beds across the entire Dayton region,” Premier stated.

But Ohio Democrats still highlighted it Friday as a symbol of how curtailed Medicaid expansion could harm hospitals because they said it shows an example of a hospital closing and how that affects a community.

David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, said Good Samaritan is “symbolic, unfortunately, of what might happen if we don’t get it right in November.”

“This November we have on the ballot a group of candidates like the candidates here today who are fighting for things like Medicaid expansion, they are fighting for people with pre-existing conditions,” he said. “On the other side we have opponents who have voted again and again against Medicaid expansion.”

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Besides Pepper, those in attendance included Ohio Senate District 5 candidate Paul Bradley, Ohio House District 40 candidate Ryan Rebecca Taylor, Ohio House District 41 candidate and Dayton Public Schools Board Vice President John McManus and Ohio House District 42 candidate Zach Dickerson.

Mike DeWine, Republican candidate for Ohio governor, recently said he would support keeping Medicaid expansion but would want reforms like work requirements.

As Ohio Attorney General, DeWine had previously challenged the Affordable Care Act and its provisions, including Medicaid expansion. His Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray, supports Medicaid expansion.

About 700,000 low income Ohioans are covered under the expansion of Medicaid.

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Harry Potter festival coming to Ohio

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

Real-Life Diagon Alley Gets Magical Holiday Touch

The magical world of Harry Potter is coming to Ohio.

Ohio-Made Getaways is hosting “A Magical Getaway: Celebrating Potter Palooza” in Lancaster on Aug. 3 and 4. Fairfield County District Library’s community-wide celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter is a two-day getaway with plenty of fun activities for wizards and muggles of all ages.

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Lancaster is less than two hours from Dayton. Guests pick up a Marauder’s Map at the visitors center at 205 W. Main St. The festival includes:

• A wizarding costume contest at the library on 2 p.m. at 219 N. Broad St.

• Wizard Rock Band Tonks & the Aurors concert at 3 p.m. at the Downtown Bandstand at 3 p.m. on Friday

• Quidditch Demonstration at Rising Park at 203 E. Fair Ave. at 10 a.m. on Saturday

• Hogwarts Herbology class, where you will create and tend to your very own magical mandrake plant to take home and watch grow

• Visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop at the First Presbyterian Church (222 N. Broad St.)

• Art and Clay offers a“Mischief Managed” dinner plate painting project with a fun and simple design

• Two Broke Artists lead a Harry Potter Youth Painting Class.

Learn more.

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Retailer at The Greene warns customers about credit card processing issue

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

The Greene Town Center seen from the air

A retailer at The Greene Town Center alerted customers about an issue with transactions being processed correctly at its store.

Jake’s Toggery, a clothing retailer, sent an email to customers alerting them about an issue with their credit card processor. NCR Merchant Solutions told the retailer that transactions made at two locations of Jake’s Toggery did not process correctly.

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The two impacted stores are Jake’s Toggery at The Greene in Beavercreek and Jake’s Toggery Polaris in Columbus. If a customer made a purchase at one of these store locations from June 21 to July 17, the purchase has not shown up on their credit card statement. The retailer said NCR Merchant Solutions is working to reprocess each affected transactions, which should hit accounts soon, according to the email.

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“We recognize how concerning seeing an unrecognized or forgotten transaction from several weeks ago might be, but please rest assured that our servers and systems are secure, and that at no time would any of your information have been compromised,” the email stated.

NCR Merchant Solutions has issued the following statement: “We sincerely apologize for this issue and are hoping to get all corrected soon.”

Jake’s Toggery also has a location at the Liberty Center in Liberty Twp. 

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