There Is Hope For Our Youth Of Today
April 18, 2015, By E.J Larrick, NHS Tennis coach
The Northridge boys tennis team played very well with a short handed roster today. We had 3
players taking the ACT and therefore could not play in the tournament this weekend. The boys were unable to defeat Greenview
and Valley View. Several boys played their best matches so far, but just could not keep up and overcome being without half
of our normal varsity team. However Colman Jepson won the championship and became the first boy to win gold at this annual
tournament. By winning first singles he also became the first overall singles champion from Northridge. These milestones were
overshadowed only by the class with which Colman ended the tournament. The player he defeated from valley view to win the
tournament won the first set against Colman and started suffering from cramps half way through the second set. Colman was
already in the lead and controlling the majority if that set. After winning the second set and beginning a third set he voluntarily
allowed his opponent an extra injury timeout to treat his injuries. By rule a player can only take one timeout for an injury
per match unless the injuries are two or more different injuries. With Colman up 4-1 in the third set his opponent suffered
yet another cramp and could not finish the match. He defaulted the match to Colman. Before we gathered for awards Colman asked
"do you have an extra gold medal for him? He deserves it. He was beating me until he got hurt and then he wouldn't give up
until he couldn't stand up." I told him that unfortunately we only had one gold medal to award for first singles. After I
awarded Colman his first place medal he walked over to the valley view player and gave him the first place medal, shook his
hand and said "you earned this today".
That is pure class and something very few high school athletes would do willingly
and he did do without saying anything to anyone or having anything said to him. The gold medal and the wins truly mean very
little after that moment. I would trade any amount of championships for a moment like that any day.
Today I am one very
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|Dale Herzog, Northridge High School 1973
If you want to put your thumb on the pulse of an economy, one place to look is building trades.
Dale Herzog, Alumnus of Northridge High School in 1973 in Dayton, who heads the Dayton Building & Construction
Trades Council, says many of the approximately 20,000 workers his unions cover in the Dayton area are getting busier with
new construction projects.
When the economy is booming, businesses build, retrofit and refurbish, and that means they
hire construction workers. When the economy is weak, then you see what happened with the recent recession.
The construction industry — business and homes — lost 2.2 million jobs from 2006
to 2010, according to government data. The situation is slowly improving. Still, the industry has recovered just 30 percent
of the more than 2 million jobs lost from 2006 to 2010, the government said in January.
And 2014 was a relatively good year: The industry gained jobs at more than twice the rate of
the overall labor market, USA Today reported in January 2015. Fifty-two percent of subcontractors surveyed reported "an improving
market," according to the Engineering News-Record’s Construction Industry Confidence Index survey, also released in
Dale Herzog, executive director of the Dayton Building and Construction Trades Council, sees
it all, at job sites for commercial buildings, public schools, Central Ohio Honda plants, at the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton
Raceway and elsewhere.
Many of Herzog’s workers, represented by some 18 local unions, are going back to work.
In fact, he needs more of them.
"I cover all the way to Sidney," Herzog said. "I know our people are short."
We recently sat down with Herzog for 3 Questions. What follows is edited and condensed.
Q-1: What is the council? Whom do you represent?
Herzog: "A collection of unions. It’s all the construction
workers across the Dayton area. We cover like ten counties, ten or eleven counties. Anyone from a carpenter, a bricklayer,
plumbers, electrical workers — there are 14 or 15 crafts. …
"All of people have apprenticeship programs that take these kids out of high school. A big
thing right now is the living wage. We start a kid out of high school and into most of our apprenticeship programs. At McDonald’s,
they’re trying to get employees $10 an hour. We start them anywhere from $10 to $12 to $13 (an hour) — up to $15
or $16 an hour, depending on what craft it is."
"I’d say in the Dayton construction trades, we probably have close to 20,000 (members).
It’s hard to say because the economy went bad in 2008 and a lot of people lost a lot of their workforce."
Q-2: Are those trades and crafts getting busier?
Herzog: "Oh yeah. It’s booming right now. We have a shortage
of workers. We just went to the Jobs for Ohio career days they had a couple of weeks ago at the Convention Center (Young Adult
Career Fair, March 4, Dayton Convention Center). … A lot of our crafts were down there. They had some good hits on bringing
people into apprenticeships. You just can’t train them fast enough.
"I don’t know where they think they’re going to get more skilled workers if they
try to do away with the unions. We are the backbone of the workforce. We train the workers."
"We had the casino. We have Good Samaritan North. A lot of that is being done by our people.
We have a bunch of schools. We have … Fuyao. My last count is 85 electricians are working in there (retrofitting Fuyao’s
Q-3: I know you’re steadfast against "right to work" laws,
but why? Are you concerned about the political climate leading to a renewed bid for that kind of law in Ohio?
Herzog: "We’re helping the economy. We pump more back into
the economy than we ever take out. Our people all have insurance and they have pensions, and retirements. They’re not
a burden on society. …
"The problem with right to work is it’s not worded right. Right to work is the right
to work for nothing. For less.
"We have to rebut that, because we don’t want Ohio to be that way. And after Senate Bill
5, how it went down, I’m surprised that anybody is putting anything into that. This state does not want right to work.
"The governor (John Kasich), after he sponsored that SB 5 bill, it got shot down so badly,
he told them, don’t bring it to him. We backed Kasich in this last election, as a construction trades council, because
he told us he was not for right to work."
EDITOR'S NOTE - Dale Herzog and the Dayton Building
& Construction Trades were the volunteer builders of the Northridge Alumni Veterans Memorial.
A Church Like No Other
The Grafton Kennedy School on Wagoner Ford Road in Northridge is the home of the First Heavy
Metal Church of Christ. See video here.
Polar Bears Are District Champions
The basketball Polar Bears defeated Cincinnati Roger Bacon for the district championship
March 11, 2015, at University of Dayton Arena 74 to 61. The Bears were down 22 - 7 after the first quarter and 42 - 32 at
the half. They came back in the third quarter to tie it at 51. It was all Bears after that.
When Dayton was Home to the Gypsies
|Bill Sandifer, Class of 1953
Story from Bill Sandifer, Class of 1953
Shifts of 4 days on & 4 days off and during our 4 Days On, we worked 4 hours On and 4 hours Off. We were at a place
called Schneeberg, Germany (Snow Mtn.) and the 2
winters I was there we had our first snow in October and it lasted until May. They used the heavy duty snow machines
to keep our road up the mountain clear. We had WALLS of snow down the road of 18 FEET high and had a base of snow by
December of 80". Even on our days off we often got snowed in and had to stay on the mountain.
We got paid
Hardship Pay for being in such a remote area...so we saved a lot of money.
We all learned how to ski. In April
of '58, I made a Spring Run down the mountain. Got thru the woods ok but just as I was going into the Meadow, I saw
a stump sticking a couple inches out of the snow. No problem with the stump. I hopped over that easily but lost
my balance on the other side. I broke my left ankle and had to have an operation with a metal plate and screws.
Was in Nurenberg Hospital for 3 weeks...then back to the mountain.
While on crutches on the mountain, I ventured out
into the Compound about 9pm one night. The weight of my cast made me fall thru the snow. I went up to my armpits
with my crutches out to each side on top of the snow like wings. I couldn't get myself out. We had 3 dogs and
they came over barking & barking & licking my face. I kept screaming & they kept barking.
about 20 minutes one of my buddies happened to come outside & heard the noise....pulled me out...temp was about 15 degrees.
While in a cast (12 weeks) I didn't pull any duty. Our equipment was up a narrow, circular stairway and I couldn't make
it up there.
And to think we got paid Hardship Pay.....
1985 Alumna to Partner in Opening
Zoup!, a restaurant chain that specializes in soup and also serves sandwiches and salads, will
open its first of four Dayton-area locations this spring at 1028 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) near McEwen Road in
Washington Twp., Kevin Forrer, co-franchisee of the restaurant, said this afternoon, Jan. 26.
The franchise owners are shooting for a May 1 opening, Forrer said. The 2,150-square-foot restaurant
will have 20 to 24 employees and will seat 50 to 55, he said.
Forrer and his wife Karen (NHS 1985), of Troy, and Brian and Patti Wood, of Mason, are the
franchise owners and Dayton-area developers for Zoup! Forrer said Monday the franchise owners are looking to open Zoup! locations
in the Austin Landing (Miami Twp./Springboro) area, the Cornerstone of Centerville (Centerville/Sugarcreek Twp.) area, and
the Mall at Fairfield Commons area in Beavercreek over the next two to three years, for a total of four restaurants in the
Forrer also serves as the supervisor of basketball and football officials for the Greater Western
Ohio Conference (GWOC).
Zoup! offers 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free
options, and also serves made-to-order salads and sandwiches. Customer favorites include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and
Vegetarian Split Pea.
school has purchased a church next to the district’s service center. The Northridge
Local Schools Board of Education voted in favor of purchasing of the First Baptist Church Northridge, 2330 Timber Lane.
The school district wanted the property because it would allow it to have easier access to its
service center, according to Superintendent Dave Jackson. The two-story brick church also sits across the street from Northridge High School, 2251 Timber Lane.
“It will allow us to access from what is now our
service center and transportation building directly out onto Timber Lane, which we don’t have access currently,” Jackson said. “We’ll be able to take our buses directly from our
service building out onto Timber Lane, which is where our school buildings are located.” The district currently has to send the buses out through the neighborhood
behind the church in order to get onto Timber Lane. “We
haven’t decided what, if anything, we want to do with the building,” Jackson said.
The district used approximately $225,000 from the
board’s general fund to purchase the property. The purchase also serves another purpose for the district. “This continues our efforts to protect our borders across Timber Lane.
Churches have been purchased often times by charter schools, and we want to protect our borders from opening up charter schools
across the street,” Jackson told school board members. Board members Tina Fiore, Glenn Jones and Margie Lairson voted in favor of the agreement, while
Margie Glock abstained from voting. Mark Brumley, another member, did not attend the meeting.
who has pastored the church for 34 years, said church officials decided to sell
because its dwindling congregation could no longer afford to pay for the church’s operations. “Our congregation is to the point where we just can’t meet the
bills,” Veg said. Twenty years
ago, the church had at least 220 members. Today that membership has decreased to approximately 50. “A lot of the kids have moved away. Young couples have moved away.
We’ve hung on until we can’t hang on any more,” Veg said. The pastor attributed the decline in membership many things, one being the loss of jobs in the
Dayton-area, which he said forced a lot of his younger parishoners to leave the area. Another reason for the decline is larger churches, he said. “There is
just a lot of the bigger churches out here which offer more than what we can do right now,” Veg said. Plus, Veg, who also serves as a chaplain for several fire departments, said
he is retiring as a pastor at the end of the year. The church’s last service was scheduled to take place on Nov. 30, 2014
Bryan Denniston, NHS Class of 1981
Nine years ago, Bryan Denniston of Tipp City was given a death sentence. Diagnosed with
end stage pulmonary hypertension at just 43 years old, Denniston was told to get his affairs in order and to expect he would
live just six more months.
Never-heard Guided by Voices album comes with new
One of Dayton’s best-known bands has its own beer.
Sam Calagione, the founder of the Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery, celebrated the release
of BEER Thousand with a video posted earlier this week on Facebook.
He gave details on how fans can get a never-heard Guided by Voices album.
As legend has it, Calagione says Guided by Voices drank “truck loads of lager beers,”
20 years ago during the recording of its classic album “Bee Thousand.”
Calagione said he listened to the simply made, indie classic while working on plans for his
“DIY is in the blood of Dogfish Head and DIY is definitely in the blood of GBV,”
Beer Thousand, an imperial lager, “is brewed with 10 grains and 10 hop varieties and
clocks in at 10 percent ABV. 10x10x10=BEER Thousand,” according to the Facebook post.
Guided by Voices announced its latest break-up in September and canceled shows.
Guided by Voices formed in 1983 at Northridge High School and disbanded in 2004. The “classic”
GBV lineup regrouped in 2010.
As part of the beer’s release and collaboration with GBV frontman Robert Pollard, Dogfish
is selling 1,000 box sets of six 750ml bottles with a never-released 10-inch vinyl of a 1994 Guided by Voices show. There
are 10 songs on the album.
Mirepoix Pictures Presents NightSong
John Adrian Riley, NHS 1958, and Jeremy Greenwell
star in this new film. Nightsong tells the story
of Kevin Hall, a music journalist who's devotion to his career has put immense strain on his personal life. Kevin doges his
next interview to travel to Appalachia to interview Lester Ervin, a once-renowned folk musician who peaked in the 1960's.
The film examines how the choices we make affect our lives. Though Kevin's journey, we contemplate man's capacity for change
and explore one's need for connection: to our land, to our past, and to one another.
Father and Grandfather In World War II
William E, King and Jack King (1939), grandfather and father of
Judy (1968), Janice (1971), and Joy (1978).
Dayton newspaper 1941 or 1942. Jack was a member of the NHS class of 1939. Heroes...?....you
SAUER TARZINSKI EDUCATION FUND
The Sauer Tarzinski Education Fund, hereafter referred to as
STEF, is dedicated to education enrichment for students of the Northridge Local School system. STEF shall engage in activities
including but not limited to:
Providing funding for teachers to use field trips, guest speakers, demonstrations, assemblies and/or any other purpose
that be of benifit to the education of students of Northridge Schools.
To receive contributions and donations of money, other property or services so that the purposes of STEF may be carried out.
(3) To do all things necessary or incidental to
carry out the foregoing purposes.
always looking for people who want to get involved and help Northridge students. A little time today may help many students
tomorrow. Consider attending one of the STEF meetings.
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Check out these fine wheels owned by NHS alumni. Have a
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|1955 Chevrolet BelAire and 1955 Ford Thunderbird
|Old Northridge High School
|NHS Alumni Car Show
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