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80-year-old Washington Twp. man still a kid at Carillon’s Rail Fest

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

            Washington Twp. resident George Vergamini helps put on the Carillon Park Rail Festival, which is June 23-24 this year.
Washington Twp. resident George Vergamini helps put on the Carillon Park Rail Festival, which is June 23-24 this year.(CONTRIBUTED)

Each June, the sounds of trains and family fun emanate from Carillon Park’s Rail Festival.

The two-day event, which is being held this year Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, has always had much appreciated help from its biggest fan — Washington Twp. resident George Vergamini.

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Vergamini, 80, said he feels like a kid when attending the event, which features miniature train rides, live steam engines, model train displays, historical displays, train merchandise and rail vendors.

He explained that his loves for trains can be traced back to his roots as a kid growing up in upstate New York.

“We had a railroad that ran right behind our house,” he said. “I just loved hearing them and watching them go by. I guess I am still a kid at heart when I get a chance to see all of this again at the Rail Fest.”

There were more than 7,000 attendees at last year’s Rail Fest, according to Vergamini, who says he feels it will be even bigger this year, the event’s 13th anniversary. He received his start at the very first one, and he has not forgotten the experience.

“”It is growing every year,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it this year, and I like that all of family members can come out and enjoy themselves.”

He added that people still want to see vintage trains like the 1898 H.K. Porter Locomotive and the B&O No. 1, John Quincy Adams (the oldest existing American-built locomotive), or a Barney & Smith wooden parlor car.

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“Rail Fest shows that there are so many people that enjoy looking at all of the great things about railroad history,” he said. “Railroads are going strong, and their history is fun to look at.”

Leo DeLuca, media coordinator for Dayton History, said Vergamini “has been a valuable asset to Rail Fest.”

Vergamini said the event itself is valuable to the area and is unique.

“Nobody in the area does a festival like this,” he said. “Rail Fest is something special that everybody should try to attend and they will come away impressed by what they see and experience.”

The event is an effort of the Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society, an independent, all-volunteer, group dedicated to the preservation and education of the rail and steam heritage of the Miami Valley

In cooperation with Dayton History’s Carillon Historical Park Museum and to support the museum’s education mission, the group has built and operates the 1/8th scale Carillon Park Railroad as a working, interactive exhibit..

The 13th Annual Carillon Park Rail Festival is pulling back into the station June 23-24


Free miniature train rides.

Live steam engines.

Model train displays from tiny N-track cars to elaborate G-gauge garden models.

Historical displays.

Rail vendors.

Unique railroad merchandise.

Acclaimed Dayton-born musician Adam Remnant on banjo and guitar.

The Carillon Concert Band: An ensemble of students from approximately over 20 area high schools, with roots dating back to the 1945 creation of the NCR band.


Adults (18-59): $8

Seniors: (60+): $7

Children (3-17): $5

Children Under 3: FREE

Dayton History Members: FREE

Hours of Event

Saturday, June 23, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rail Festival is set against the backdrop of Carillon Historical Park’s transportation collection and picturesque 65-acre campus

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Part of road closes after car crash in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

UPDATE @4:08 p.m.The middle lane is now open in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard after a two-vehicle accident in Beavercreek.

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The right lane and left turn lane remain closed at the intersection of Pentagon Boulevard and the entrance to The Mall at Fairfield Commons.

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Police on scene were unable to tell us what caused the crash.


A part of Pentagon Boulevard is closed after a vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday, according to Beavercreek dispatchers.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard around 3: 40 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate that at least two vehicles were involved and two people were transported to a hospital.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air force open after reported evacuation

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:51 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:02 PM


UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open after an evacuation earlier that day.

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No one from the museum able to comment on the incident was available. 

It’s unknown why the evacuation happened at this time.


We are working to learn more about a reported evacuation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Saturday.

Witnesses are telling us the guests were evacuated around 12:40 p.m.

People were seen waiting outside while several left the museum completely.

We are working to learn more about why the evacuation happened. 

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Ribbon-cutting celebrates new services at Good Samaritan North

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:32 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:36 PM

Officials held a ceremony Saturday for a ribbon-cutting celebrating new services at Good Samaritan Hospital North.

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Officials held a ceremony today for a ribbon-cutting celebrating new services at Good Samaritan Hospital North.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for new services at Good Samaritan North Health Center, which will become Miami Valley Hospital North on July 23, will be held today at 1:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be at the Health Center located at 9000 N. Main Street, according to a release.

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For the first time, this site will offer inpatient beds--a total of 46 private rooms for short-stay inpatient and observation care, including four high-acuity beds. Patients will be able to access advanced, integrated services ranging from non-operative medical treatment to inpatient surgical intervention.

The site will have a dedicated facility for joint and spine care and is also slated to open a cardiac catheterization lab in early fall 2018. The site will also offer 82,000 additional square feet as well as expanded patient and visitor parking.
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Weather again delays major Middletown hot air balloon event

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

            Rain and storms caused the early closure Friday of the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival in Middletown. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
Rain and storms caused the early closure Friday of the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival in Middletown. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Weather is not cooperating this weekend for hot air balloon enthusiasts wanting to take to the skies in Middletown.

The Ohio Challenge competition and glow was cancelled Friday night when strong storms moved through the area. The weather kept pilots from launching again this morning.

The festival portion of the Ohio Challenge is still scheduled for today, and organizers are hopeful current rain will move out before it begins at 4 p.m.

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“The pilots are very eager to launch,” said Kathy Stites, event manager. “If the rains stops, then they can glow, that usually happens about dusk. And there will be fireworks rain or shine.

The challenge is scheduled from 4 to 10:30 p.m. today at Smith Park. In addition to the balloons, there is a car show, a band and vendors filling the park.

As many as 60,000 visitors are expected in Middletown over the weekend for the event, according to Stites.

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