Dayton museum director stepping down 

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

The Apollo Observatory at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. CONTRIBUTED
Staff Writer
The Apollo Observatory at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

The long-time president of a local museum will step down at year’s end. 

Mark Meister, the president and CEO of the The Dayton Society of Natural History, 

will retire on December 31 of this year.

Mark Meister, CEO and president of The Dayton Society of Natural History will retire Dec. 31, 2017. The organization includes Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Parkand the Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve. He started with the society in 2000.(Submitted)

The 64-year-old has led the organization that includes the Boonshoft Museum of DiscoverySunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park and the Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve since 2000.

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Meister will consult the organization through March.

Before coming to Dayton, Meister was the Executive Director of the Archaeological Institute of America in Boston. Prior to that, he directed museums in Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, and Connecticut. 

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Under Meister’s leadership, the society says: 
→The Caryl D. Philips Space Theater became the first planetarium in the world to combine Digistar 4 full-dome video capability with the Christie Mirage 3-D system in 2012. The planetarium re-opened in October after a four-week refurbishment project. 

The Sun Room, NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration and the only Science on a Sphere in Ohio opened at the Boonshoft with major federal agency support. 

→ The Wild Ohio Zoo was renovated in 2010 and was rebranded the Discovery Zoo.

The zoo changed its range of animals from Ohio to worldwide.   

Rosie the groundhog was reluctant to come out of her cabin IN 2012, despite coaxing from Mark Meister, left, president and CEO of the Dayton Society of Natural History, and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery animal keeper Melissa Proffitt. It was still decreed that Rosie saw her shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart/Chris Stewart)

→ SunWatch’s 1988 visitor center and museum was renovated in 2005 and 2006.  

→ The museum assumed operations of Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve in Oregonia, a National Historic Landmark, in 2009.

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Meister founded the Dayton Regional Science Festival in 2011 at the Boonshoft and oversaw the rejuvenation of the museum’s summer camp program.

Meister served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including  the Dayton Sister Cities Committee, the Dayton Council on World Affairs, the Dayton Chapter of Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was president of the Dayton Rotary Club. 
He has been co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation since 2007 and was named the Ohio Museum Professional of the Year by the Ohio Museums Association in 2008. 


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Man hears ‘boom, boom, clack’ before tree falls on vehicle in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

A large tree has fallen on top of a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton after a batch of heavy rain moved through the area Tuesday afternoon.

Two large trees were apparently struck by lightning this afternoon as a batch of heavy rain moved through the area.

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A large tree fell on a Jeep on La Belle Street in Dayton, and across town, a branch believed to weigh 2,000 pounds landed atop a vehicle in the 100 block of Five Oaks Avenue in Dayton.

A 2,000-pound branch fell from a tree during heavy rain Tuesday, June 19, 2018, on Five Oaks Avenue in Dayton.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

Sidney More was headed to the store this afternoon, driving on Five Oaks Avenue.

“I stopped at the stop sign and I heard a big boom, boom clack! And then I see a big light come down and then hit this tree.

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“There was like a little fire when it hit the tree and then the tree fell,” he said. “That’s when it hit the street. It fell  hard and fast.”

More said he backed up and went back home. “I did not go to the store. I did not want to take no chances.”

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Lightning is reportedly the reason the tree on La Bell Street toppled.

Crews were working to remove the tree from the road. 

No injuries were reported in either incident.

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CareFlight more than an ambulance in 35th year: ‘We have a daughter,’ dad says

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:14 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:02 PM

CareFlight more than an ambulance in 35th year

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service and will be participating in the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend. 

The service began in 1983 as the first air medical program in the region and the 65th civilian air ambulance program in the nation to fly critically ill or injured patients. 

"We have a daughter today," Buzz Seilhamer told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald on Wednesday. "CareFlight gave us our daughter back." 

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Seilhamer recounted the night when he received a phone call that his daughter had been in a vehicle accident in Jamestown and had to be taken to a hospital by CareFlight. 

She was in a hospital three months, he said, and he believes the air medical service not only saved her life but also served as a wake-up call. 

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"CareFlight brought her into the realm of reality," Seilhamer said, and offered his daughter a look at how serious situations can become. 

The reality of what CareFlight can do quickly becomes evident as its Dauphin helicopters race across the sky. 

The airships have multiple safety features, several technological advances including night vision goggle compatible lighting and weather radar. Each helicopter can move at up to 180 mph. 

"We've transitioned into the kind of aircraft with unique capabilities that no other air medical aircraft service can do, such as transporting two patients at a time," Mandy Via, outreach manager, flight nurse services, told News Center 7's Caroline Reinwald on Wednesday. 

CareFlight flight nurses Stephanie Fitchpatrick, left, and Anna Houser return from a mock crash scene flight to Bradford High School which is part of the program's community outreach. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Via also said that because CareFlight operates as an IFR program, which means the service is flying by instrument. 

"There are times when weather may not allow another air medical provider to go out, but because we are IFR based" (navigating by reference to instruments in the cockpit)... "we can go out and access patients where others can't." 

Via said she estimates that CareFlight has made more than 35,000 patient transports during its 35-year run. 

"We're always looking at how we can improve, how we can deliver the best care for our patients," she said.

Whether it’s traffic updates to and from the air show, or weather reports from Storm Center 7 while you are there, AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO has you covered. You can listen this weekend on-air or in the WHIO app.

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Cedar Care Village Pharmacy plans unveiled

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:50 PM

A new pharmacy with rare educational opportunities took another step forward in Cedarville.

Dozens from the village turned out for a community event Tuesday as Cedarville University unveiled plans for the new Cedar Care Village Pharmacy. 

It will be the second teaching pharmacy in the state of Ohio. 

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Students will be able to “learn not just how to do pharmacy, but how to care and serve and love others,” said Dr. Thomas White, Cedarville University president. 

The pharmacy will fill a void in the village, according to local nurse, LuAnn Ragel. 

“A lot of our clients are elderly and it's difficult to get transportation to pharmacies in the area,” Ragel said, "We did have a pharmacy that worked out quite well for them and when it left, it was quite a loss. So it is nice to have a pharmacy coming back." 

The move is also bittersweet because the pharmacy will be located in the former Cedarville Hardware on North Main Street, which was in business for over 60 years. 

“We hate to lose the hardware store, but this is going to be so wonderful. We’ll be able to get our prescriptions fast like we were before,” said Debbie Cagwin. 

The plans for the pharmacy include a community room, a consultation area, a small hardware section and one feature that delighted many in the community. 

"The fact that there is going to be a soda fountain," said Cagwin. "I know that’s not a health thing, but that’s part of an old style pharmacy." 

The goal is to blend the old with the new, according to Cedar Care pharmacist Joe Ballentine. 

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“We will maintain the historic integrity of the building as much as possible,” said Ballentine. “It will have an old-time apothecary feel to it, but we are going to mix that with cutting edge technology.” 

Cedarville pharmacy student Joel Sweeney spoke at the event and said he is looking forward to getting hands-on experience. 

“This opportunity gives me a chance to invest back into the village of Cedarville and to serve the surrounding community,” Sweeney said. 

The Cedar Care Village Pharmacy will operate as a for-profit tax-paying LLC. 

A grand opening date has not yet been set, but the pharmacy is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a news release.

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Dayton VA nursing home scores low in quality survey

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

            The Dayton VA Medical Center. LISA POWELL / STAFF PHOTO
The Dayton VA Medical Center. LISA POWELL / STAFF PHOTO

The Dayton VA Medical Center nursing home earned one star out of five in the most recent quality rating system, according to the Dayton VA.

Cleveland and Cincinnati received two stars while Chillicothe received a one-star rating, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Nearly half, or 60 of the VA’s 133 nursing homes received a one-star rating, the newspaper reported.

The results were disclosed after USA Today and Boston Globe obtained the internal VA reports, officials said. On average, VA nursing homes scored worse last year then their private sector counterparts on nine of 11 key indicators, including rates of anti-psychotic drug prescription and residents’ deterioration , officials said.

The VA nursing home system overall compares “closely”with private nursing homes despite caring for typically sicker patients,

VA officials reportedly told USA Today.

Sixty VA nursing homes saw improvements in their ratings over last year, and only one had a “meaningful decline” VA spokesman Curt Cashour told the newspaper.

A request for comment was left with a Dayton VA spokesman Monday.


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