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City compiling Centennial time capsule 

The Oakwood City Council met on Monday evening with councilmember William Duncan absent but excused. The Holiday Decorating Awards were handed out. The winners were congratulated and given memorabilia folders with pictures of their respective homes and businesses commemorating their efforts along with a round of applause from those attending the meeting.

In the visitor segment, new director of the Dayton Philharmonic, Paul Helfert, introduced himself as new to the Dayton area, and had a very optimistic outlook for the Philharmonic and the upcoming season. He mentioned that last year alone, the DPO played 67 concerts with an audience of 250,000 patrons.
Oakwood Centennial Committee Co-Chairs Madeline Iseli and Richard Good along with Oakwood Film Committee Chair Harrison Gowdy were on hand to be recognized and to have their Centennial responsibilities “dissolved” by the reading of a proclamation enumerating the numerous tasks and events undertaken. Vice Mayor Carlo McGinnis asked Mayor Judy Cook to step up to the podium along with the three chairs and receive recognition for her efforts as well.

After the proclamation was read, Mayor Cook announced that in addition to time capsules having been made by Oakwood schools for opening 100 years from now, the city has compiled their own sheaf of documents and publications for inclusion in a time capsule of their own to be opened during Oakwood’s Bicentennial. Among the items included are: a copy of the 2008 City Budget; the 2008 Annual Report, a copy of the historical documentary books The Far Hills and the centennial Oakwood: From Acorn to Oak Tree; a That Day in May program; a Sugar Camp development brochure and an Oakwood business district promotional brochure among others. Madeline Iseli then came to the podium to offer a number of historical documents and desiridata from Dayton and Kettering officials as well.

The next formal meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.


Stocks on the block until Jan. 31

There is a glimmer of hope that one of Oakwood’s favorite stores will not close on Jan. 31 as is scheduled, and owner Mike LeMaster  hopes that the glimmer becomes a reality.

Stocks, the upscale men’s clothing store located near the corner of Far Hills Avenue and Peach Orchard Drive, has been a fashion showplace for the well-dressed man. It was introduced to the area as a second location for Cincinnati’s Stocks store, which is located in Hyde Park.

LeMaster purchased Stocks, Hyde Park in Cincinnati in 2000.  Because of Hyde Park’s similar demographics to Oakwood, they saw Oakwood as the perfect location for a second operation and opened the Far Hills store.  Sales growth has remained steady, especially considering the sluggish economy. Over the years, which lines are carried has been modified to more clearly reflect the tastes and pocketbooks of Oakwood’s male population.

“We cut way back on the Canali, Hickey Freeman lines, for example, whose suits can cost up to $1200 - $1800. We also introduced such lines as Polo, LaCosta and Tommy Bahama. Demographics have changed. Hyde Park buys more of the expensive clothes,” LeMaster said. “Dayton is not the same town as Cincinnati when it comes to buying clothes.” But even with that fact, the store’s sales is not a factor in its closing.

LeMaster has entered another life phase. At 66 years old he wants to simplify his life. “I’m retired now and live in Florida most of the time,” he said. “I would love to see the store stay open, and that may come about.” He has had inquiries about the business from four interested potential buyers. “Right now we have a $280,000 clothing inventory in the store,” he said. “I would be willing to sell for $200,000.”

He plans to keep the Hyde Park store open unless it becomes a necessary component of a deal to buy the Oakwood store. Annual sales for both stores is $1.1 million, with this year’s sales for the Oakwood store reaching $500,000.

LeMaster is a long-time entrepreneur. Not only has he been in the clothing business – he started years ago with ownership of six Gentry shops. He also started RETS Tech Center on Loop Road in Centerville. Although he no longer owns the business, itself, he still retains ownership of the property in which the school is located.

If a buyer does not come through, Stock’s will be missed by the many who bought the perfectly-fitted suit, shirt, sport coat or whatever, under the keen eye of Darrin Callup who has managed the store for five of its seven years in Oakwood. Hopefully, another entrepreneur will find a proper “fit” with Stock’s ownership.

“There’s a 50-50 chance it will be sold.” Callup said.

Jacks notch 4th place at Troy Invitational

The Oakwood varsity wrestling team rocked in Troy Saturday at the annual Troy Wrestling Invitational Tournament.  Oakwood was among 16 teams from all over Ohio competing in a pool style tournament that ran all day in tough competition.  When all was said and done Oakwood took fourth place behind Troy, Northmont, and Covington - who finished first second and third place respectively ahead of our Jacks.  An amazing display by our Lumberjacks at one of the most challenging events of the season!

Team Captain Dan Kendig goes for the pin.

All of our wrestlers fought hard and for a fistful of them it paid off well with two silver medals, 1 bronze and 2 fourth place finishes for a fantastic finish on a long day. Highlights of the event included our Kevin Lee at 103 pounds who seized Silver in an amazing performance.  Lee who was top seeded at the tournament pummeled challengers each as they came.  Moving into semi-finals Lee then pinned fourth seed freshman Marcus Windsor from Wayne in a gripping battle to progress to finals where he faced third seeded Graham freshman Ryan Taylor. The match was intense and Lee wrestled with stealth and precision but slipped to Taylor by decision 18-6. Great performance!

Senior Daniel Jacobs at 112 pounds was also top seeded and dropped all opponents during regular rounds one by one with his overpowering style. Progressing to semi-finals he then threw down Riley McCormack of Troy by major decision 13-5.  Moving into finals undefeated - Jacobs lost his only match 0-7 to Heiss of Miami East in a nail biter to clinch Silver for the day. Wow!

At 125 pounds, Senior Brandon Bustillo, who was seeded third, wrestled in a stacked bracket throttling opponents from Troy, Graham, and Northwestern during the day’s pool wrestling. Moving into semi-finals Brandon lost his only match in final seconds by one point to second seed Zane Goldberg of Miami East. Undeterred Bustillo then slammed fourth seed Matt Breish of Covington to secure Bronze in an exciting finish. Awesome!

At 130 pounds, fourth seeded sophomore Alex Kooser handily won his first three matches which put him into the semi-finals against top seed and last years champion and state qualifier Blake Stradling from Troy . It took triple overtime to decide this scoreless thriller handing Kooser only his second loss of the season! Kooser then lost a tough match against Quisenberry of Kenton Ridge to grab a 4th place spot on a spectacular day. Outstanding!

Sophomore Jameson Kordik who was fourth seeded at 140 pounds had an amazing rally pinning three consecutive contenders during regular matches.  Moving into semi-finals Kordik – always exciting to watch - lost a close one to Northmont foe Tyler Scarberry. Then, moving on to the final round Kordik lost his second match of the day to Witherspoon of Shawnee to clinch the fourth place spot.  Congratulations Jameson!

Other placers in consolation rounds included Jake Horlacher at 215 pounds who won fifth place and Noah Roberts at the 189 weight class who grabbed a seventh place spot.

What a performance for our Jacks! Next week Oakwood will work their magic at the Bellbrook Invitational at Bellbrook High School on Saturday Jan. 10 at 10 a.m..  All are welcome so make the trip and support our wrestlers!  Go Jacks!

January 6, 2009
Volume 18, No. 1

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