Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Donate Now!


New! Just in time for that December 31 tax deadline... you can now donate to the St. Anne's Hill Historic Society online! We are a 501(c)3 organization. Just click here:

The feature can also be found on our website. The folks at have helped generate millions of dollars for non-profit organizations all over the country. Check it out!


Monday, December 28, 2009

An Old Map

Just for fun, here is an interesting old map of the St. Anne's Hill neighborhood prior to the construction of Ohio Route 35 through the city. Today, the highway runs along what was then called Richard Street.

Highlights include Stivers High School, Ruskin Elementary School, and Bomberger Park - all of which are still important community assets.
Sharp-eyed readers will also notice some of the surrounding streets were taken for urban renewal areas as well.

Thanks to Gordon for providing the photo!

To see more photos and maps, try clicking here to see some of our older blog topics, or click this link to our website.

Do you have old maps and photos to share? Let us know!

PS. Don't forget - our next monthly meeting is Tuesday, January 5th at 7 pm!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thanks and Congrats

Big thanks to all who supported our holiday home tour! We sold well over 700 tickets for the 3-day event. There were dozens of volunteers and several generous sponsors who help make it all happen. Our neighbors at the Liederkrantz and the High Street Gallery were also key community partners. The tour is our biggest fundraiser for our 2-year budget cycle, so everyone seemed happy that it all came together again for another great tour.

This is a bit late, but I also wanted to recognize Stivers School for the Arts for once again being recognized in U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top high schools. Due to a data glitch, they were the only school from the Dayton region that made the list. Here is the press release from Dayton Public Schools:

December 10, 2009
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release

Stivers honored by U.S. News & World Report for second year Dayton high school for the arts among best in America for 2010

Stivers School for the Arts ranks among America’s best public high schools for the second year in a row and has moved up from bronze to silver, according to U.S. News & World Report in a study released Dec. 9.

“It’s wonderful news,” Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Stanic said. “Principal Erin Dooley, her staff, students, parents and the seedling Foundation are to be commended for their work.” Dooley, who heard the news from a parent as the school day began, was taken by surprise, but cited arts integration as one of the many factors she believes contributes to effective teaching and learning at Stivers.

“Our arts program provides opportunities for students to be creative, to be expressive, to pursue their passion, and to develop the whole person. That has a major impact on learning,” Dooley said.

The Dayton high school, located at 1313 E. Fifth St., is the only school in Montgomery County to receive the national honor this year and is one of only six schools in Ohio to be named a 2010 Silver Medal School. Nationally, Silver Medal Schools comprise 2.5 percent of the 18,743 schools analyzed in the study.

Criteria used to judge schools include the degree to which they serve all students across different ability levels, academic performance as measured by state achievement tests, and the degree to which students are prepared for college as measured through Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.
We're number One! Go Stivers!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

In the news


The St. Anne's Hill "Dickens of a Christmas" holiday home tour is only a week away! We've sold hundreds of tickets, but still have more available. Please help us spread the word.

The tour has already been featured in the Oakwood Register and the Dayton Daily News. Look for another article next weekend as well!

For more information, visit our website or read the other blog entries about the tour, below.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Have you seen this? Tell us what you think!

Our "Dickens of A Christmas" Tour is now being advertised on the new electronic billboard along Route 35, just east of downtown. Thanks to our new tour sponsor, Key-Ads!

Note: We actually blogged about the new billboard back in January.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Here's another great holiday activity to enjoy in our neighborhood!

Dayton Liederkranz Turner presents:

Christkindlmarkt 2009

Dec 5th - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dec 6th - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Here’s a great opportunity for you to start the Christmas season with a wonderful event to help with your Christmas gift giving needs. We invite you to experience the centuries old German Christmas Market here in Dayton!

Quality vendors will offer hand carved European style Santas and cookie molds, handmade bath soaps and accessories, hand crafted ornaments, German collectible items, antiques, children’s books in German and English, embroidered items, jewelry, gifts, raffle items and more.

The kitchen will be open with homemade Goulash soup, bratwurst and more. We will have European pastries, desserts, homemade German cookies, specialty Kaffee, and Glühwein. Don't miss the woodcarving demonstrations by David Bignell.

The public is invited and admission and parking are free.

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner

1400 E Fifth St, Dayton OH 45402


Monday, November 23, 2009

Tour Video!

The St. Anne's Hill "Dickens of a Christmas" Tour is rapidly approaching! Check out this great new promotional video produced by our friends at DATV in Dayton.

Please visit our website at for tickets or information!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Another great event by our friends at the Liederkranz!

If you are a purveyor of good beers, you don’t want to miss our upcoming Bierfest beer tasting on Friday, November 20th! Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for Gemütlichkeit before the tasting begins at 7:00 p.m. You’ll have a chance to sample 10 beers in many varieties, both German and Winter Craft. This event will be led by beer aficionado and Liederkranz Member Mike Schwartz, who will inform us on the beers while we make our taste buds happy. It’s a guaranteed good time! Email John Koerner to pre-register. Pre-registration price for members is $13 & $15 for non-members. $18 at the door.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

HILLstoric Photos

We stumbled on these remarkable photos of the neighborhood. Thanks to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) for posting them online!

(Then: Tommy's. Today: NY Pizzeria!)

Do you have photos to share? Let us know!

Check out this online tour of our neighborhood and see how times have changed.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Holiday Tour

Tickets are now available for the 2009 "Dickens of a Christmas" Holiday Home Tour!

For more information, click here to visit our website.

Tickets are already going fast, so don't delay.

Neighborhood volunteers are still needed.

Stay tuned for more information!

Piano Concert

Found a postcard promoting an upcoming concert at Stivers...

Stivers Piano Department Proudly Invites you to:
The Four Pianists - In Concert!
November 12, 2009, 7 P.M.
Stivers School for the Arts
Concert Hall 1313 E. Fifth Street

This is a nice opportunity to support our neighborhood school!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Banners!


Great news! The new banners are now going up along Fifth Street in St. Anne's Hill. The banners were funded by a small grant from the City of Dayton. Take a look!

Thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers who pursued the grant and installed the banners. They will be another great tool to promote the neighborhood.

If you would like to learn more or volunteer, please stop by our next regular meeting on Election Day - Tuesday, November 3rd. The evening will begin with the annual potluck dinner at 6:30 with the meeting to follow at 7 pm. As always, we will be in the Liederkranz building at the corner of Fifth and High.

See you then!


Monday, October 19, 2009


More fun and news from our neighbors!

Welcoming Wednesdays

October 28th is the kick-off for Welcoming Wednesdays. The Dayton Liederkranz Turner Rathskeller will be open from 7:00pm to 10:30pm for members and guests. On the 28th there will be a special event, an informal German Wine Tasting featuring five wines for a nominal fee! Admission to members is free, guest pay $1.

Contact Rick Ordeman at 558-6993 or for additional info.

Come enjoy the GEMÜTLICHKEIT!

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner

1400 E Fifth St, Dayton OH 45402


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Even More Art!

Here's an update from the Dayton Society of Sculptors and Painters, located on High Street in St. Anne's Hill:

DSPS Annual Member Show at 48 High Street Gallery

All St. Anne residents are invited and welcome to all DSPS gallery openings and shows held at 48 High Street Gallery.

Our next show is our annual judged member show featuring the best works by DSPS members. It will be open on Sunday, October 4 and run through October 18, 2009; gallery hours limited to Saturday and Sunday 1-5 PM for this free public exhibition. Opening reception to be held on Sunday, October 4 from 1-5 PM; awards presented at 3 PM.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

So you think you can Dance?

More art on the Hill!

DAYTON — The city’s department of recreation and youth services has teamed with Culture Works to launch a series of arts programs for children, teens and adults.....

SMAG Dance Collaborative: A bi-weekly teen urban dance program for teens 13 to 17, which will meet for six to eight weeks at the Dayton Bomberger Teen Center, 1306 E. Fifth St. The program, with up to 25 participants, will expose youth to the fundamentals, history, and forms of contemporary dance....

The story was reported in the Dayton Daily News.

Dance, dance, dance!

Gala, Part II

Recently, we wrote about the 35th Anniversary Gala that is coming up this weekend. It marks the creation of the historic district in 1974.

This week, the Dayton Daily News featured a brief article about the event.

Past and present neighbors can still send their RSVPs and register for the festivities.

See you there!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Guitar Hero?

Here's some news of more artistic talent coming from St. Anne's Hill!

Guitar Player Magazine Superstar Finalists
August 24th, 2009

Guitar Player Magazine has announced its top ten finalists in the Guitar Player Superstar Competition for 2009.

Guitarists from all over applied, and the editors of the magazine whittled them down to these ten finalists:

So what does that mean for Steve? Well, read on!

These players will perform in front of a packed audience and a panel of world-famous guitarists including Elliot Easton (The Cars), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson/Jeff Beck), Steve Lukather (Toto) and Greg Hampton, (producer of Alice Cooper, Ronnie Wood, Lita Ford). The host of this year’s event is Brendon Small, co-creator of Metalocalypse.

The celebrity judges will evaluate each original performance, and rate each contestant on technique, creativity, charisma and overall vibe. At the end of the night, the 2009 Guitar Player Guitar Superstar will be crowned, along with two runner-ups.

The story was also featured in the Dayton Daily News.

Good luck, Steve!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Anniversary Gala

In case you haven't heard by now, the St. Anne's Hill Historic Society is celebrating its 35th anniversary since the neighborhood was established as an official historic district in 1974.

There is a weekend of fun events scheduled for September 18-20, 2009. Neighbors both past and present are invited to join the festivities! We are expecting guests from near and far.

On Friday, there will be a special cocktail reception for the neighborhood. Then on Saturday, there will be a formal Gala Event and dinner at the one-and-only Bossler Mansion. Both events begin at 6:30 p.m.
Space is limited and both events require an RSVP.

If you are a current or former member of the neighborhood and would like to attend these events, please contact the historic society for more information or stop by our next meeting on Tuesday, September 1 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Liederkranz building on High Street.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Theater Guild

St. Anne's Hill is an important part of the arts community in Dayton. The Dayton Theater Guild has relocated to a new location just a few blocks away from our neighborhood. Not only can we walk to art galleries and Stivers School for the Arts, but we will soon have great community theater as well.

Here's some background from the Dayton Business Journal:

The Theatre Guild is moving from its location on Salem Avenue into the former Dayton Gym Club at 430 Wayne Ave. — an increase of space from 2,700 square feet to 30,000 square feet.

The all-volunteer theatre guild has produced more than 400 plays with volunteer casts, crews and administration since 1945. The organization was located for more than 45 years on Salem Avenue.

So please consider supporting our local arts district and check out the Guild's opening act!

The guild’s first show of the season “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” compared to the Real Housewives of Paris, France, will debut at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Give Peace a Chance!

Friday's Dayton Daily News had another nice article that highlighted a new neighbor in St. Anne's Hill. Check it out!

The Missing Peace Art Space opens Sept. 4 at 234 S. Dutoit St. in a 1900 carriage-house building that stood vacant and trashed for years. Near Fifth Street and across from Stivers School for the Arts, the two-story structure has been beautifully renovated by Steve Fryburg and Gabriela Pickett and their friends.

Now here is the best part....

Next, there is the possibility of bringing a fresh new perspective to the St. Anne’s Hill district, with the addition of a new art gallery. With Stivers and the High Street gallery nearby, and the Front Street artists’ colony a stone’s throw away, it would be neat to see this neighborhood emerge as a livelier, busier Dayton art spot.

“St. Anne’s Hill wants to become more of a culturally active area with the arts,” Pickett said. “We think we’re part of that.”

Keep your eyes here for more great things happening on the Hill!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Still a Beacon


St. Mary Catholic Church is just 'round the corner from our St. Anne's Hill neighborhood on Xenia Avenue. This weekend, they are celebrating their 150th anniversary. The Dayton Daily News just published a great piece about the church.

Here are a few lines about it's place in Dayton's history:
A century and a half ago, Xenia Avenue was known as “Dutch Boulevard” for the German Catholic immigrants who settled in near East Dayton and founded its brand-new parish, St. Mary.In 1906, they built a magnificent Romanesque church that 70 years later would grace the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Mary was built in 1906 by Dayton’s Requarth Lumber Co. for $127,951.60 — less than the average suburban home of today. Its current replacement value is about $30 million...
Like many churches, they are facing financial challenges...
Deeper cleaning, like refinishing the bronze communion gates and resurfacing the marble holy water basins, will have to wait until the parish can raise more money. The congregation already has spent $60,000 over the last two years, and will spend that much again, for repairs needed prior to repainting the interior and original frescoes, a project estimated at between $350,000 and $500,000.
Please read the article and take a moment to learn more about our shared history. There is no doubt that many of the residents of St. Anne's Hill have taken refuge in this church over the last 150 years.


Friday, July 31, 2009

New Addition

new addition to the neighborhood? Yesterday, the City of Dayton Landmarks Commission reviewed a proposed addition to the home at 40 High Street. By unanimous vote, they approved the homeowner's plan to convert a portion of their back porch into a new bathroom.

The addition will be built by Beaver-Vu Construction from Beavercreek. They are best known for new home construction, but apparently will do small jobs like this as well. The exterior of the new addition will match the rest of the house.

The Landmarks Commission helps maintain the integrity of Dayton's historic neighborhoods. It consists of citizen volunteers who review situations like this to make sure that any changes to the historic buildings are appropriate to the neighborhood.

This is more proof that people are still investing in St. Anne's Hill! The only question is.... will it be done in time for the Christmas tour?


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ruskin, Part II

Hot off the presses, here's another great article about Ruskin Elementary from the Dayton Daily News. The new school has created a community garden for the kids. An excerpt:

The Ruskin prototype is a 40-feet-by-40-feet garden that contains tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, squash and other vegetables. Local kids involved with Street Peace, an after-school program overseen by Ruskin teacher Julie Mcglaun, donated $1,000 in seed money to get the project off — or into — the ground.

Yet another reason why Ruskin is a great asset for our neighborhood!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ruskin & UD

Thanks to an anonymous source (... okay, it was me), we learned that the summer edition of the University of Dayton alumni magazine featured an inspiring article about Ruskin School (p 16).

The school is located just across the McClure Street bridge in the Twin Towers neighborhood, but also serves the children of St. Anne's Hill and the surrounding area.
Here is an excerpt:

That children and teachers were spending from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on their spring-break days in school preparing for standardized tests had much to do with the school becoming an intrinsic part of the neighborhood. A sign in a commons area proclaimed: “Change the Streets. Study.” A message being sent to the students, said Devon Berry, a 2007 UD master’s in education grad and Ruskin principal, was, “Nobody wants to send kids to a school with poor test scores.” If the students achieve, then people want to move into the neighborhood, and the streets indeed change.

What's the connection to UD? Besides the Principal being a UD alum, Ruskin School is supported by the University of Dayton's "Fitz Center for Leadership in the Community" and they work closely with the parents and teachers at the school. Their programs at Ruskin make them an important partner in our community.

Side note: this page has a great summary of how the new Ruskin School was built, as told by the architects, with an impressive investment of over $10 million by Dayton Public Schools.

So anyway, please take a moment to read this great article from UD Magazine about an important asset for our neighborhood.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Pizza Time!

St. Anne's Hill is proud to welcome a new restaurant to our community!

New pizza restaurant opens in Dayton
By Mark Fisher [Dayton Daily News]

Friday, June 12, 2009

The New York Pizzeria Restaurant has opened at 1430 E. Fifth St. at LaBelle St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill Historic District. The dine-in or carryout restaurant seats 20 and also offers free delivery within five miles.

This is the second location for New York Pizzeria, which operates an eatery at 498 E. Main St. in Trotwood. Co-owner Raman Ispakhev said he and his family wanted to open the second location because they live in the neighborhood. The new restaurant opened earlier this week, but is still awaiting outside signage, Ispakhev said.

The New York Pizzeria’s menu includes pizzas, calzones, wraps, subs, sandwiches, wings, pasta dinner entrees, and fried chicken and seafood entrees. The restaurant also bakes and sells loaves of Turkish bread for $2 a loaf.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (937) 222-0321.

Don't forget to check out the great events going on this month, too.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More Art on the Hill

Here's another example of the growing arts district in St. Anne's Hill. Dayton Public Schools unveiled a new outdoor sculpture at Stivers High School for the Arts on Tuesday. According to the Dayton Daily News website:
The sculpture was created by students under the direction of [Jason] Dryden and fellow adjunct Justin Teilhet. It was cut from a 6-foot by 8-foot piece of quarter-inch plate steel weighing more than 400 pounds.
The sculpture is located in front of the school on East Fifth Street.

Side note: Stivers' teacher Jason Dryden is also a founding member of the incredible folk-rock band, Sleepybird.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

June Treasures

Here's a quick rundown of neighborhood events in June! Note - most of the text below was plagiarized, just so you know. Have fun!

Friday, June 5 - Opening Reception, The Art of Ryan Venys
K12 Gallery for Young People • 510 E. Third StreetDayton, Ohio 45402
6-1o pm. Exhibit on display through June 30.

Saturday, June 6
- Plein Air Day, High Street Gallery
The Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptor's member artists will be working outside painting and drawing in the beautiful and scenic St. Anne's Hill neighborhood. They will be working from 9 am to 4 pm. Residents are encouraged and invited to watch and ask questions. A showing of the works created will be on display during the December Christmas tour. For more info, contact Walt Murch, 254-4311, President of DSPS.

Saturday, June 20
- St Anne's Hill "Trash N' Treasure" Sale
Annual neighborhood-wide yard sale. Plan to browse, eat, drink and enjoy all day. Several neighbors will sell food and beverages. More than 30 garage/yard sales last year, and every year gets bigger!

Other "historic" events of note.....

Saturday, June 27
- South Park "Trash to Treasure" Sale
Neighborhood yard sale begins at 8 am.
Maps will be available at the corner of Wayne and Park.

Sunday, June 28 - Dayton View Triangle Home & Garden Tour
12 to 6 pm. $10. Tour begins at 1810 Harvard Avenue.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Urban Nights

Residents of St. Anne's Hill are lucky to live just minutes from Downtown Dayton. Check out these great events this weekend!

The 36th annual World AFair
When: 5 to 11 p.m. May 15; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 16, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 17.
Where: Dayton Convention Center
For more info:

Presale tickets are available from all Kroger stores, AAA Miami Valley, Siebenthaler Garden Center, La Llama Place in Yellow Springs, the Second Street Market in Dayton and all participating member organizations.

Presale admission is $5 for adults and seniors and $3 for youth (6-18). Door sales are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for youth (6-18). Active military personnel are admitted free of charge.


urban nights: may 15, 2009!
Walk on downtown's creative side!

Get ready to rock at our spring Urban Nights event on Friday, May 15, from 5 to 10 p.m. More than 25,000 people are expected to pack the streets, so come down and join us!

What is Urban Nights?

Businesses and restaurants offer special discounts, artists and galleries open their doors to the public, musicians and entertainers of all kinds perform throughout the center city, and downtown’s most impressive urban living options are open for tours. More than100 creative places and spaces will be a part of the event, including locations throughout downtown, the Oregon Arts District and the Wright-Dunbar Business Village.



May 15, 16 & 17th

Visit for a complete list of all the great films and events taking place with this year's FilmDayton Festival!!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Another FYI for the neighborhood... this one came courtesy of our email tree.

BIERFEST! A Celebration of Summer Style Beers
FridayMay 29th, 2009 6:00 p.m.

Come enjoy the next edition of the Liederkranz’s highly successful beer tasting parties. Sample some 10 different German and Craft Summer Style Beers in our Authentic Rathskeller. Our Sampling Tour will begin at 7:00 p.m. led by Liederkranz member, Mike Schwartz, beer aficionado, home brewer, and owner of Belmont Party Supply, Dayton’s leading purveyor of fine beers.The Bierfest will include free snacks and door prizes. Food, including the famous Liederkranz brats, a variety of beers, and other drinks will be available for purchase.

Preregister for a Discount
$13 Members $15 Guests
Contact John Koerner to preregister 937.429.9251
Price at the door $18
Admission for Designated Driver is FREE!

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner1400 East Fifth Street • Dayton, Ohio 45402


Thursday, April 30, 2009

More Art on the Hill

An FYI.... and another great example of the growing "arts district" we have in St. Anne's Hill!

SPAVA, the four day Stivers Performing and Visual Arts Festival, begins this Thursday, April 31.

The Ceramics Department Fundraiser on Friday Evening, Soup Dressed Up, is $10. (keep the bowl)

Tickets for the musical Little Shop of Horrors (Friday & Saturday) are also $10.

All other events are free.

Half hour tours of the buildings will be conducted hourly on Saturday commencing at 1:00 pm.

For details call Cissy Matthews @ 542-7427 or view the SPAVA web site at:

Friday, April 24, 2009

May Days


This Saturday, April 25 is the St. Anne's Hill monthly social event. This month's event is the Soup 'n Salad dinner. Stop by and visit our hosts on McLain Street and bring your appetite!

Anyway, there are three great Dayton events coming up for the weekend of May 1-3. Check it out!

May 1 - Light up, Dayton! No, it's not a rally for smokers. It's a photo contest sponsored by the Dayton Daily News and the Downtown Dayton Partnership. All downtown buildings are asked to keep their lights on for the evening of May 1 for a photo contest. You can help show Dayton in the best possible light. Check out the view from St. Anne's Hill!

May 2 - Town Hall Meeting entitled "Roads, Rivers, Parks, and Planes." This event is the 2nd in a series sponsored by the City of Dayton Department of Planning. On May 2, City Hall staffers will lead a discussion about infrastructure and capital investments in our great city. It starts at 9 am at the Convention Center, just down the street from St. Anne's Hill. Parking and admission are free!

May 3 - Ultimate Open House - The Dayton Area Board of Realtors is sponsoring a regional open house day for everyone selling a home in the Dayton area. If you're in the market, stop by and see some great houses for sale in St. Anne's Hill!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Balcony Blues

It looks like Stivers will see more construction, according to the Dayton Daily News:

School district officials say the balcony's slope prevents a full view of the stage, and there are other architectural problems that could cost up to $2 million to fix.....

Home to 850 students in grades seven to 12, Stivers continues to use the lower part of the theater, which seats 400, but not the 200-seat balcony.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Most Metro


I've been meaning to recommend some of the great local blogs around Dayton, but it looks like DaytonMostMetro has it pretty well covered. Check out their great list of Dayton Blogs. They were kind enough to include us on their list.

The MostMetro site has been doing a great job of leading the ongoing discussion about the Dayton region, including where we have been and where we are going. Their membership includes business leaders, investors, students, homemakers, and even a few city officials. Truly, this is a diverse group of people who are passionate about our great city.

There's lots of original content, too.
This page gives a nice introduction to the concept of a "Greater Downtown" area, which includes our neighborhood and many of the other historic districts.
Their latest article looks at the state of education in Downtown Dayton.

So thanks to the gang at MostMetro for thinking of St. Anne's Hill!
Let's keep the conversation going and highlight all the great things happening in Dayton.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Town Hall Meeting

From a City of Dayton press release:

Vacant to Vibrant: Town Hall Explores Urban Beautification

Dayton residents and businesses are invited to participate in a public discussion focused on conversion of vacant lots and properties into useful and attractive community assets.

The “Vacant to Vibrant” event is the first of several upcoming Dayton Beautiful Town Hall meetings and is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at the Dayton Convention Center (22 E. Fifth St.).

Session topics include maintenance and landscaping alternatives, homeowner land acquisition opportunities, and visioning new green spaces for neighborhoods. Admission is free, and passes for Transportation Center parking will be provided.

Future Dayton Beautiful Town Hall topics include “A Pedestrian- and Bicycle-Friendly Dayton” and “The Future of Historic Preservation.”


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

State at Stivers


Hearing on Strickland plan for schools set for Dayton
By William Hershey
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

An Ohio House subcommittee on Monday, March 16, will hold a hearing in Dayton to review Gov. Ted Strickland’s education reform plan.

The Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Finance Committee will meet at 4 p.m. at the Stivers School for the Arts, 1313 E. Fifth St. The hearing is open to the public.

Those submitting written testimony for committee records, should supply it to 24 hours in advance, a press release said. For questions, call 614-466-1790.

Strickland has proposed an “evidence-based” method of funding and overhauling schools which he says will make the system constitutional. Critics have raised doubts, however, about whether there is enough money in the budget to fund the plan and about how state money is distributed among schools districts. Backers of charter schools also have raised objections.

“This hearing will be an important outlet to discuss the future of education in Ohio,” Rep. Clayton Luckie, D-Dayton, a Finance Committee member, said in a press release.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009


As a reminder, please submit your membership dues! For only $6, you can support a full year's worth of activities with the St. Anne's Hill Historic Society. This includes social events, public gardens, and neighborhood improvement projects.

Here is what our organization's constitution says:

ARTICLE 4 A. There shall be three classes of memberships:
1) Voting Member
2) Associate Member (non-voting)
3) Business Member

B. Definition of Voting Member:
Voting memberships are open to any individuals interested in the goals and principles of the Society, who reside in or own property in St. Anne's Hill and whose dues are current. Each voting member shall be entitled to one vote.

C. Definition of Associate Member:
Any individual interested in the goals and principles of the Society who is not a resident or owner in St. Anne's Hill.

D. Definition of Business Member:
Any firm or corporation in or adjacent to St. Anne's Hill interested in the goals and aims of the Society and whose dues are current. Business Member may be chief executive officer, owner, or designated representative and is entitled to one vote.

For more information or to submit your payment, please contact Fred or one of the Board members.

And thank you for your support!


Friday, February 27, 2009

New House?

This week, the City of Dayton Landmark Commission reviewed a very special case. The owner of the vacant lot at 155 High Street is proposing to rebuild his childhood home, which reportedly burned down in the late 1970's. The Landmark Commission is responsible for reviewing any major structural changes to properties located in Dayton's registered historic districts, such as St. Anne's Hill.

The plans call for a 2-story brick home with a metal roof. The plans presented to the Landmark Commission appeared to be a faithful reproduction of the original home, based on historical photographs and the owner's personal recollections.
Interestingly, the owner noted that Josie Street was originally an alley before Route 35 was built.

The Landmarks Commission made several minor but important suggestions to help recreate the original character of the home, such as the size, shape, or materials of the windows, doors, and eaves. Overall, they were very supportive of the plans, as is the Board of Directors for the St. Anne's Hill Historic Society.

The next step will be for the owner to revise his plans according to these suggestions, and then submit them for building code and zoning code reviews. There may be some issues with setbacks, fire codes, and lot lines but it appears the plan was generally acceptable to the City's Planning Department.

According to informed sources, this is the first new home proposed for St. Anne's Hill in many, many years. Since it will be an accurate recreation of the original structure, it should be a great addition to the neighborhood.

Stay tuned to this blog for more news about this exciting development!

Friday, February 20, 2009

CBCB Social

This month's social will be held at Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers downtown (33 South Jefferson) on next Saturday the 28th at 6:30. Please RSVP by Thursday the 26th.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Library Workshops


The Dayton Metro Library is presenting a series of gardening programs this April. Your own Matthew Allison will be one of the presenters. If you have questions about the programs, you can contact the library's main switchboard at 463-BOOK.

Tue Apr 14

7:00 p.m.

Main Auditorium

Small Yard Landscaping

Matthew Allison of Malachi Landscaping in St. Anne's Hill

Narrow side yards, need for privacy, lots of shade, & limited space are all challenges to the owner of a small yard. Matthew Allison, resident of St. Anne's Hill and owner of Malachi Landscaping specializes in designing for the urban landscape. Come take a look at his latest renovation of a McPherson Town yard and he'll offer ideas for your landscaping challenges, too.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

German Club News

Fasching (Masquerade Ball) 2009

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner will celebrate Fasching with a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 7:30 - 11:30pm. Alte Kamaraden will provide our music entertainment for the evening. The majority of those attending come in costumes of all kinds with a parade of costumes and prizes.

** Wear a costume and get $1 off at the door! Costume Parade for the Prince & Princess at 8:15 Prizes awarded for Most Original, Best Single, Best Couple, and Best Group. **Food & beverages will be available for purchase. The Prinz and Prinzessin preside over the ceremonies and welcome everyone to fun.

Fasching, Fasnacht, and Karneval all describe a season of celebration in Germany and in Catholic countries. This pre-Lenten period is celebrated with parades, masks, costumes, food, drink and all kinds of tomfoolery. It is a time of the "fool" who, from behind his/her mask, can say and do outrageous things with impunity.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Billboard?

Also from the Dayton Daily News:

City wants feedback on giant billboard for commuters

Monday, January 26, 2009

DAYTON — City officials want to know what residents think of a proposed mega, electronic billboard along U.S. 35 that would include a gateway feature welcoming commuters to the city.

"We need to make sure people know about this, before it surprises them one morning on the way to work," City Planner Tony Kroeger said.

Dayton-based Key-Ads Inc. has asked the city for waivers from height, setback and distance from residence requirements for the proposed 396-square-foot billboard to be located on U.S. 35 at Todd Street, near Linden Avenue.

This is a privately funded project, with no tax dollars being used to support it. The billboard would be located on the north side of the highway in an industrial area.

"It truly would be state of the art, with the newest digital technology," Nick Keyes, Jr., vice president of Key-Ads.

The company, a family-owned business operating in Dayton since 1955, plans to allow some public service messages on the billboard and they would have the ability to quickly post Amber Alerts.

Two public meetings have been set to discuss the proposed sign. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6:15 p.m. at the Southeast Priority Board, 2160 E. Fifth Street. The city of Dayton Plan Board will have the proposed billboard on its agenda at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Key-Ads initially agreed to remove a billboard at Hoover and Verona in exchange for the waivers, but the Plan Board felt removal of that 72-square-foot billboard would not result in an equitable exchange for the new one.

The Plan Board also expressed concern that the billboard would affect a major view of downtown from the highway and that it would be visible from homes on Carlisle Avenue.

"We designed the billboard to be a part of the vista," Keyes said. "The nearest home is across the highway 300 feet away."

In response to these concerns, Key-Ads modified their application to offer three proposals, each including the removal of multiple billboards so that the waivers could be granted for the U.S. 35 sign.

Governor Visits Stivers

From the Dayton Daily News:

Strickland to visit Stivers on Thursday

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

DAYTON — Gov. Ted Strickland will visit Stivers School for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 29, a day after his State of the State speech in which he is expected to lay out his plans for education reform and funding, a Dayton school official said.

Strickland is scheduled to tour Stivers at 1313 E. Fifth St. for 45 minutes beginning at 5 p.m., said Jill Moberley, spokeswoman for Dayton Public Schools. Strickland's office declined Tuesday to confirm the visit.

In December, Stivers made U.S. News & World Report's annual list of America's best public high schools, capturing a bronze award. It joined three other high schools in Montgomery County that made the list — Centerville, Oakwood and Dayton Early College Academy, a Dayton district-sponsored charter school developed in partnership with the University of Dayton.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Stivers Fundraiser


Stivers hosts special fund-raiser at local restaurant

A local restaurant has teamed up with Stivers musicians to create a unique fund-raiser that's food for the spirit and stomach!

Coco's Bistro, 515 Wayne Ave., will host
Savor Your Sunday, a special brunch series featuring performances by young musicians from Stivers School for the Arts. The restaurant will be open especially for the occasion, and Coco's chefs are crafting a special menu for the brunches. A different group from Stivers will perform each Sunday.

The schedule is:
Feb. 1: String Quartet
Feb. 8: Chamber Choir
Feb. 15: Jazz Trio
Feb. 22: Concert Pianists

The brunches will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $30 per person; $20 of this is a tax-deductible donation to the seedling Foundation, which supports the arts at Stivers.

U.S. News & World Report recently named Stivers one of the nation's best public high schools. All funds raised during the Sunday brunches will support arts instruction at the school.

Only 100 seats are available each Sunday. Advanced reservations are required; call 228-COCO (2626).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Education News

Our neighbhors at Ruskin Elementary and East End Community Services are seeking voluteers and tutors....

East End Community Services partners with Ruskin Pre-K-8th Elementary School in East Dayton with the goal of helping all students achieve academic success. In April students in grades 3-8 will take the Ohio Achievement Tests to determine degrees of proficiency in Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Writing as defined by the Ohio Department of Education. East End is supporting Ruskin’s teachers in preparing children for the test by making ourselves available for one-on-one tutoring. We are recruiting others to join us in tutoring children – particularly in the areas of Reading and Math.

If you can spare an hour a week, after 2:00 until 5:00 we can match you with a child at Ruskin. The child’s academic needs have been assessed, and a tutoring plan has been tailored to meet the needs of the student. You will attend an orientation program that includes information about how to effectively tutor a child, and you will be equipped with a tutoring kit that includes flashcards, worksheets, and other academically relevant materials. Prior to being matched you will need to go through a background check that takes just a few minutes of your time.

Please contact Stephanie Smith at East End Community Services for more information and to receive an application form. Thanks for considering this opportunity to change a child’s life.

Stephanie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
East End Community Services
937 259-1898
624 Xenia Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45410

Also, the new STEM regional school is now taking applications! We got this note from one of our neighbors in South Park:

Do you have a child who is very interested or gifted in the fields of Science, Engineering and Math? The New Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) is taking applications through March 2nd for the new class of 9th graders that will start in August.

This is a public school and is hosted by Wright State University and the Air Force Research Lab, with additional support from the University of Dayton, Clark State University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). It will serve Greene, Montgomery and Clark Counties.

Here is the school's website - as well as a few great articles about this school and the other six that Ohio has created this year. These articles explain how these schools are key to helping Ohio migrate from an industrial age to an information age economy.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Mayor

Announcement - Dayton's Mayor Rhine McLin is expected to attend our next meeting on February 6, 2009 at 7 pm. Everyone in the St. Anne's Hill neighborhood is welcome to join us and bring a question for the Mayor. She is running for a third term this November.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Website Data

Happy New Year! Our first meeting of the year is tonight at 7 pm in the Liederkranz building at the corner of Fifth and High Streets.
The St. Anne's Hill Historic Society will continue working hard to represent our neighborhood in 2009. Here's some year-end data about the St. Anne's Hill website!
St. Annes Hill Historic Society Site Summary
Visits Total ....................... 13,477
Average per Day .................. 6
Average Visit Length .......... 2:04
This Week ....................... 40
Recent visitors by location:
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