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Local pizza restaurant to shut down after more than 40 years

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:03 AM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Rocky’s Pizza Ring sets closing date in June in Beavercreek

A restaurant that has operated for more than four decades in Beavercreek will shut its doors this summer. 

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“We want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family and for over 40 years of memories,” the owners of Rocky’s Pizza Ring in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center said on its Facebook page in March.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce Rocky’s will be closing on Saturday, June 30, 2018.”

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The restaurant is nestled in the rear of the shopping center at U.S. 35 and North Fairfield Road. The center has struggled in recent years and suffered a major blow when anchor Lofino’s Marketplace shut its doors in May 2015.

When a Facebook reader asked whether the owners had contemplated selling the business of letting someone else take over, the owners replied that they had tried to do just that. “Listed it for sale a year or more ago — no one is interested,” the owners said.

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Facebook commenters expressed their grief over the announcement and promised to come in and order pizza before the closure happens.

The owners of Rocky’s Pizza Ring in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center in Beavercreek have announced the restaurant will shut down effective June 30, ending a run of more than four decades. File photo by Jim Ingram(Staff Writer)

“Definitely a hidden gem in Beavercreek,” one commenter said.

“That makes me so so sad. We will miss you so much,” another commenter said. “You’ve been part of our family for so many years! Hate to see a Beavercreek tradition go.”

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The restaurant has had two sets of family ownership since it opened in the early 1970s.

Brian and Sharon Baltzer opened Rocky’s Pizza Ring’s doors, and current owner Amy Calcutta’s parents purchased it in 1989.

The owners of Rocky’s Pizza Ring in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center in Beavercreek have announced the restaurant will shut down effective June 30, ending a run of more than four decades. File photo by Jim Ingram(Staff Writer)

“I had never even heard of the place,” Amy Calcutta told this news outlet in 2016. “My father worked for Dayton Medical Oxygen and got laid off. I didn’t even know he had the desire to be a pizza place owner/operator. My parents had eaten here a couple times and then, all of a sudden, they came home and said ‘We just bought a pizza place.’” she recalled.

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After 21 years, Calcutta’s parents decided to retire, and decided to leave her previous career of managing medical practices and take over the pizza restaurant.

But the grocery store’s closure dealt the pizza restaurant a body blow.

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“It’s definitely harder,” Calcutta said in the 2016 interview. “In addition to the shopping center not having a huge draw anymore, you pass so many new restaurants and every place that opens makes pizza. But there’s a lot of pride that goes into (my) food. I wouldn’t make everything from scratch if I didn’t think it would be the best that I could offer.”

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Alert canceled: Missing endangered Clark County man found by OSP in West Jefferson

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:27 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:25 PM

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.:

An alert for a missing endangered Clark County man has been canceled.

Clark Pizner was found by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in West Jefferson, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

FIRST REPORT

A missing endangered alert has been issued for a 66-year-old Moorefield Twp. man.

Clark Pizner was last seen around 4 p.m. driving from his residence in a yellow 2002 Jeep Wrangler with a black hard top and brass duck head on the hood with Ohio plate FGG9716, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 220 pounds with blue eyes and brown/gray hair. He was last seen wearing a tan polo shirt, black jersey sweatpants and gray tennis shoes. He wears glasses and has a gray mustache.

He is possibly in need of medical attention, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information on Pizner’s whereabouts or who spots him is urged to call 911 or the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, 937-328-2560.

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High number of cancer cases among Florida high school friends prompts doctor to urge investigation

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:37 PM



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A  Florida oncologist and 2003 Satellite High School graduate is asking questions after she and several of her former classmates were diagnosed with cancer.

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Dr. Julie Greenwalt, of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville battled a rare, aggressive form of appendix cancer.

She first contacted the Florida Department of Health about one year ago to ask the agency to take a closer look at the cancer cases. Her resolve was strengthened after a recent Military Times article about the detection of water contaminates linked to cancer and developmental delays in children at military bases nationwide, including Patrick Air Force Base.

Greenwalt asked Victoria Hicks, a friend and fellow Satellite High School alumna, to discuss her breast cancer diagnosis with the health department.

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"I was 33, and I had no family history," Hicks said. "I went to the doctor nine months before my actual diagnosis and was told it's nothing, it's no big deal, and it grew into an 8-centimeter mass."

Greenwalt said the pattern of cancer diagnoses is concerning.

"I think it's an abnormal pattern that so many young people in their 30s are getting cancer without family history," she said. "I'm not trying to cause any panic, just trying to create awareness that there might be a problem."

Officials with the FDOH said although the agency hasn't launched a formal investigation, it recognizes the importance of gathering and assessing information that could help determine necessary next steps.

Greenwalt said current and former Brevard County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer are asked to contact the county health department's epidemiologist to provide details of their diagnosis and related information.

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Relatives of patients who have died from cancer are also asked to report that information to the agency.

"I just feel grateful to be alive, and I know that God has a plan for my life," Greenwalt said. "(Perhaps) this is part of it -- to try and help figure this out."

She said she plans to organize a community meeting in Satellite Beach to increase awareness.

"I hope now that it's out there, the possibility of people getting screened sooner can help save more lives," Hicks said.

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Non-drinkers have higher risk of death, cancer than those having 1 to 3 drinks a week, study finds

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

Non-Drinkers Have Higher Risk Of Death, Cancer Than Those Having One To Three Drinks A Week

Drinking is associated with several health issues, including hypertension and liver disease. However, those who consume liquor may outlive those who don’t, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from Queen’s Belfast University in Northern Ireland recently conducted a study, published in in the journal PLOS Medicine, to explore mortality and cancer risks among drinkers and non-drinkers. 

To do so, they reviewed data from the US Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial, which examined nearly 100,000 adults in America between 1993 and 2001.

The participants, aged 55 to 74, completed a diet history questionnaire, which listed their alcohol consumption, and were followed up with after about nine years. Analysts also took note of their cancer diagnoses from medical records. 

After analyzing the results, they found that the average lifetime alcohol intake for adults was about 1.78 drinks per week. At a closer look, they discovered that men drank about 4.02 drinks weekly and women drank about 0.80 weekly. 

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They revealed that heavy drinkers or those who have more than three drinks a day have the highest death and cancer risks. However, they found that a person’s combined risk of dying younger or developing cancer is lowest among light drinkers or those have one to three drinks a week.

In fact, light drinkers have a lower combined risk of overall mortality or cancer compared to those who never drink, their research revealed. 

“We had expected light drinkers to be at a similar combined risk to never drinkers, so the reduced risk in light drinkers was surprising,” coauthor Andrew Kunzmann told CNN. “The reasons for the reduced risk in light drinkers compared to never drinkers are still open to debate amongst the scientific community.”

The authors did point out a few limitations. They said they only assessed older adults. Plus, the information they received was self-reported, and they also did not factor in other risk factors for cancer. However, they believe their findings are still strong. 

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“This study,” the team wrote, “provides further insight into the complex relationship between alcohol consumption, cancer incidence, and disease mortality and may help inform public health guidelines.”

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What Had Happened Was podcast: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

Kettering native Sherri Saum
Kettering native Sherri Saum

She didn’t wear combat boots — and maybe that made all the difference. 

Amelia Robinson chatted with actress Sherri Saum for the latest episode of the What Had Happened Was podcast. 

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The world knows Saum best for her role as Lena Adams Foster on the groundbreaking TV show “The Fosters,” but many in these parts know her best as the daughter of former “Dayton Daily News” copy editor Lois Saum of Kettering.  

Amelia and Sherri chat about Sherri’s upbringing in Kettering and how her fashion magazines weren’t exactly safe at Fairmont High School.

They also dished about the Fosters (and what Sherri is doing now), the parking situation in Dayton and the general hotness of Sherri’s husband, Kamar de los Reyes of “One Life to Live” fame. 

Amelia’s grandma Nellie, a major “One Live to Live fan,” would be proud. 

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