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5 things to know about the new Duck Donuts coming to the area

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

More than 4,700 people from 39 states traveled and completed the Butler County Donut Trail during its first year, resulting in an economic impact of nearly $1 million for the county.

Duck Donuts is opening its fourth Ohio location this April at 5635 Deerfield Blvd. in Deerfield Twp.’s Deerfield Towne Center.

The franchise specializes in warm, made-to-order doughnuts. Customers may choose from a variety of topping combinations, including traditional flavors such as vanilla icing with sprinkles and more adventurous creations such as maple icing with bacon.

Here are five things to know about the soon-to-open doughnut destination.

1. It offers step-by-step culinary creativity

Duck Donuts experiences start with a signature vanilla cake doughnut. Customers then choose to coat it with options like cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, glazed, icing or bare and then top it with sprinkles, graham cracker, peanuts, shredded coconut, Oreo crumbles and more.

Finally, customers drizzle their creation with hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel, raspberry or blackberry. If you don’t want to customize it yourself, they offer pre-created flavor combos aimed at simplifying the ordering process.

MORE: Milton’s Donuts named sweetest bakery in Ohio

Duck Donut stores feature a viewing area where customers can watch their sweet treats being made.

Duck Donuts is gearing up to open its first Warren County location in Deerfield Twp.’s Deerfield Towne Center. STAFF FILE PHOTO

2. It offers more than just doughnuts

Hungering for more than just a doughnut? Duck Donuts also offers doughnut sundaes featuring a warm doughnut with your choice of coating, topped with a scoop of Breyers Ice Cream and finished with a flavored drizzle.

There’s also breakfast sandwiches, like the OBX Donut Breakfast Sandwich, which allows customers to add egg, cheese, sausage or bacon, and then envelop it between a sliced doughnut. Those looking to dine on an extra-indulgent option may cap off the entire creation off with some glaze and bacon crumbles.

Duck Donuts also serves signature coffee blends Riptide Roast, Light House Blend and Sunset Pier Decaf, with new special seasonal flavors changing throughout the year.

3. The “Duck” in its name is a reference to where it was founded

Duck Donuts was founded in 2006 by Russ DiGilio in the northern Outer Banks seaside town of Duck, N.C. in an attempt to solve a family vacation problem, according to the company. 

“Our family wanted a place to buy warm, delicious, made-to-order doughnuts, and when we couldn’t find one, we decided to start our own,” DiGilio said in a release.

MORE: Butler County Donut Trail adds another stop

Duck Donuts is gearing up to open its first Warren County location in Deerfield Twp.’s Deerfield Towne Center. STAFF FILE PHOTO

4. It continues to expand

DiGilio was continuously approached about franchise opportunities by fans who asked for a Duck Donuts in their community. The first franchise opened in Williamsburg, Va., in 2013. There are now 58 open franchise locations and more than 130 additional contracts in 23 states.

This is the fourth Ohio location for Duck Donuts, following locations in Westerville, Dublin and Dayton.

For more information on an available store manager position, click here.

5. Duck Donuts gives back

Duck Donuts touts its partnership with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, a non-profit organization that aims to provide education, comfort and hope through stuffed ducks, medical play and therapeutic tools.

The national sponsorship ensures that children undergoing treatment for cancer can have access to their own Chemo Duck, a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a chemotherapy port, to help them learn what to expect during treatment and have a friend to share the experience.

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This is how much coffee can keep your heart healthy, study says

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:43 PM

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Scientists believe coffee has several benefits, including protection against liver disease and diabetes. It also may be able to protect your heart, according to a new report.

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Researchers from health institutions in Germany recently conducted a study, published in the PLOS Biology journal, to explore the link between coffee and heart health.

To do so, they used data from a previous study that examined 400,000 people. They also observed caffeinated mice as well as human tissues doused in caffeine. 

They found that caffeine helps a special regulatory protein called p27 travel to the mitochondria, an organelle in cells that produce energy.

The protein was found in the mitochondria of several of the major cells in the heart and helped enhance the function of the mitochondria. It also aided in the protection of the cardiovascular cells.

“In these cells, mitochondrial p27 promoted migration of endothelial cells, protected heart muscle cells from cell death, and triggered the conversion of fibroblasts into cells containing contractile fibers - all crucial for repair of heart muscle after myocardial infarction,” the authors explained.

Upon further investigation, they determined that four cups of coffee can trigger those chain of events that keep your heart from damage. 

“Our results indicate a new mode of action for caffeine," the team said, "one that promotes protection and repair of heart muscle. These results should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscle from damage, including consideration of coffee consumption or caffeine as an additional dietary factor in the elderly population.” 

This isn’t the first study that has uncovered a positive link between caffeine and heart health. 

Upon further investigation, they determined that four cups of coffee can trigger those chain of events that keep your heart from damage. (File photo)

Earlier this year, researchers in Austria published a study that assessed the data of more than 360,000 people with heart issues. They discovered that caffeine may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia that causes an irregular heartbeat.

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Vandalia’s Air Show parade steps off

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:19 PM

The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host a parade on Friday for the Air Show. CONTRIBUTED.
The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host a parade on Friday for the Air Show. CONTRIBUTED.

This is the 40th year for the Air Show parade, and it’s only had to be cancelled twice, with last year being the second time--according to Dan Schweitzer, Parade Chair.

To make sure the weather is going to be in good shape for the parade, Schweitzer checks the radar. If it’s going to rain, the parade is still on, but if it’s going to thunderstorm, then the parade gets called off.

Many people set up chairs outside to see this parade. “These chairs have been there for a couple of days now,” said Schweitzer. “We have like 30 volunteers, and over 70 units in the parade. We got bands, we got drum cores, we got the shrine in the parade. So everyone needs to come out and see us.”

On Friday, the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host an Air Show parade in honor of this year’s Dayton Vectren Air Show at the Dayton International Airport.

The parade will close a portion of National Road and Dixie Drive from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

MORE: Insider’s guide to the Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know before you go

Event organizers had planned for Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight to be the grand marshal for the parade, but Knight died this spring, just weeks after announcing he planned to retire this summer.

Instead, members of the Knight family will will step in as the honorary grand marshals.

MORE: Hungry at the Air Show? Check out these Vandalia-area restaurants

The parade route is James Bohanan Drive at National Road, to Dixie Drive and National Road. Then it continues to North on Dixie Drive to Inverness Drive, according to Hopkins.

For more information about the parade contact Hopkins at (937) 898-5891.

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Report: Gunman demands drugs from Rite Aid in Harrison Twp.

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM


An armed suspect demanded drugs and threatened employees tonight during a robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy.

The robbery was reported around 7 p.m. at the business, 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.

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According to scanner traffic, the suspect threatened: “give me the drugs or I’ll kill you.”

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched, and we have a crew on the way.

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Georgia man admits he had 50 pounds of hydroponic pot in Piqua traffic stop

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:02 PM

Kasheem Hill
Kasheem Hill

A Georgia man who troopers said had 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in his vehicle when stopped on Interstate 75 north of Piqua in January pleaded guilty Friday to felony drug possession.

Kasheem Hill, 26, of Marietta, Ga., was arrested following the stop on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

A patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle after responding to the scene and a probable cause search uncovered the hydroponic pot being carried in duffel bags and a large plastic bag, troopers said. 

Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in either a bath or a flow of oxygenated, nutrient-enriched water.

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Hill waived a grand jury hearing of allegations against him and pleaded guilty Friday to one felony charge in Miami County Common Pleas Court. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled Aug. 10.

Hill was released from the Miami County Jail on a recognizance bond pending sentencing.

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