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Ohio’s First Fall League since ‘92
MORE GAMES & LOWER FEES than other leagues 
MEETS ALL OHSAA RULES
CHOOSE from 3 Leagues:
Original FROSTY BROWN FALL BATTING LEAGUE (13-18 yr.)

FROSTY BROWN LIVE PITCHING LEAGUE (HS Only)

FROSTY BROWN ELEMENTARY FALL BATTING LEAGUE (9-12 YR.)

CONTACT: Coach Frosty Brown 937-339-4383 or 937-474-9093
Email: ibrown@woh.rr.com
On the web: www.frostybrownbattingleague.com
www.facebook.com/frostybrownfallbattingleague

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This summer, a local church partnered with GE Volunteers to help bring school supplies to teachers and children in need in Dayton. The project began in 2002 in the greater Cincinnati area when a parent noticed how many usable school supplies were being thrown away at the end of the school year. He pitched the idea of a Used School Supply Drive to GE Volunteers, and the project has been thriving for 12 years.
The idea for the project is simple: donation boxes are placed around schools at the end of the school year, thereby giving children the choice to donate their school supplies instead of throwing them away. The supplies are then collected by volunteers and sorted. In the past 12 years the project has collected approximately $35,000 worth of ‘like new’ school supplies from the Little Miami School District and donated them to local low income schools.
This year, the project experienced its first expansion, and now includes the Tipp City School District. Volunteers from the Tipp City United Methodist Church, along with support from the school board, organized the collection of used school supplies from Broadway Elementary, LT Ball Intermediate, Tippecanoe Middle and High schools.
The ‘like new’ supplies were sorted by the volunteers from TCUMC and on August 15th were taken to Ruskin PreK-8 for donation. The volunteers set up a ‘free store’ where teachers could take any supplies they might need for the coming school year. One teacher said “This is like my Christmas!”. The free store remained open for students and their families, and by the end of the day the volunteers had given away the entire contents of all 32 boxes of supplies, valued at approximately $3,400. Planning for next year’s Used School Supply Drive is already underway.

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Last weekend’s Miami Valley Music Fest held at Troy’s Eagles Campground promoted volunteerism and community spirit through blues, funk, reggae, and rock. Attendees enjoyed live music on four stages, free tent camping, food truck vendors, visual art displays by local artists, dance performances, and informational booths hosted by local charities. And, dancing. Don’t forget the dancing.

Local and regional bands showcased their talent while forgoing appearance fees in support of the event’s charitable focus. The Miami Valley Music Festival Association is a 501(c)(3) public charity, and its past grant recipients include the Cancer Care Center at UVMC, Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Covington Outreach Association, Lincoln Community Center, and the Troy Rec Center.

Giant bubbles, face painting, campfires, and impromptu tea parties in the the delightful Fairy Town made the event family friendly. Those wishing to take home a souvenir found hand-crafted jewelry along with Mitch Barhorst’s stunning custom guitars.

Here, I’ve collected my favorite shots from the Saturday, August 2 shows featuring New Orleans-based headliner Anders Osborne, Youngstown’s popular Jones for Revival, Mike Perkins of Columbus, Indiana’s Glostik Willy, and Dayton-area favorites Will C and F.A.M.I.L.Y.

Did you attend MVMF ’14? Share your favorite moments from the weekend in the comments section, then make a point to attend the festivities again next year.

Face painting at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Face painting at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Mitch Barhorst of Minster, Ohio, displays his handcrafted guitars at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Mitch Barhorst of Minster, Ohio, displays his handcrafted guitars at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Mike Perkins performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Mike Perkins performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Will C and F.A.M.I.L.Y. perform on the DCP Stage at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Will C and F.A.M.I.L.Y. perform on the DCP Stage at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Ryan Mitiska performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Ryan Mitiska performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Spectators of all ages enjoyed the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Spectators of all ages enjoyed the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Andre Ptitchkin performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Andre Ptitchkin performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Gino West performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Gino West performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Jim DeCapua performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Jim DeCapua performs with Jones for Revival at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Face painting was just one of the activities available on the grounds of the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Face painting was just one of the activities available on the grounds of the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Glostik Willy performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Glostik Willy performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Spectators dance as Glostik Willy performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Spectators dance as Glostik Willy performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

The Miami Valley Music Fest takes place in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

The Miami Valley Music Fest takes place in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Glostik Willy performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Glostik Willy performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Bassist Carl Dufrene performs with Anders Osborne at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Bassist Carl Dufrene performs with Anders Osborne at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Anders Osborne performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Anders Osborne performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Fire dancers perform at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Fire dancers perform at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Anders Osborne performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

Anders Osborne performs at the Miami Valley Music Fest in Troy, Ohio, on Saturday, August 2, 2014. (Photo: Andrea Nay)

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Tipp City, Ohio (July 25, 2014)— With an outstanding growth rate of 210 percent, Energy Optimizers, USA, has once again topped the Dayton Business Journal’s list of Fastest Growing Companies in the region.

This is the second consecutive year that Energy Optimizers, USA, has claimed first place on the list. Companies are evaluated based on their average four-year growth from 2010 through 2013. Based in Tipp City, Energy Optimizers, USA, specializes in helping schools and government agencies identify, finance and implement energy saving projects. The company has helped more than 53 school districts free up operational funds by improving energy efficiency and energy conservation. A recipient of the first-round of Governor John Kasich’s Straight A Fund grants, the company also has a strong educational component, setting up Green Teams in each of its partner districts to educate students about energy efficiency and related careers.

Founded in 2009, growth has come quickly for the company, which today employs more than 35 associates. “The single most important thing we have done to continue our strong company growth is to invest in our people,” said founder and President Greg Smith. “It is imperative that we provide a positive culture that allows our most critical asset, our Associates, to personally and professionally achieve their goals.”

Customer focus is also a top factor, noted Vice President of Business Development Belinda Kenley. “Our core company focus is to place the customers’ needs before our own,” Kenley said. “We are driven by customer satisfaction. The fact that we have never had a change order in the history of our company is a testament to our core focus on doing what is right for the customer.”

To date, the company’s efforts have resulted in more than $20 million in vendor-neutral energy savings projects. There’s no sign of that slowing, either. Smith, who was named a “Who’s Who In Energy” in the Columbus, Ohio, market by Columbus Business First newspaper, noted that the company and its associates are not content to rest on their laurels.

“We will continue to focus on our staff and our customers, as well as improving our processes and our quality of work,” Smith said. “I speak for everyone in our company when I say that we are never satisfied with where we are today. Just as we help our clients continually improve how they operate, the same holds true for us.”

About Energy Optimizers, USA

Energy Optimizers, USA works with Ohio school districts and government agencies to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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