Friday, March 30, 2012

Third Year and Now Region Wide!

Dayton Mayor Gary D. Leitzell has announced details of the third annual Municipal Employee Appreciation Week, running Sunday, April 1, through Saturday, April 7, 2012. During this week, municipal and public employees of local governments throughout the region will receive special discounts at a variety of local businesses when they show their ID badges. Participating businesses include:

Airway Billiards, 2611 Needmore Road—10% on food
All Cuts Barber Shop, 3405 West Siebenthaler Avenue—10% discount
Angel Heaven, 11 N. Miami Street West Milton—10% discount
Baker’s Heating & Cooling, 2500 N. Main Street—10% discount
Barnsider Restaurant, 5202 N Main Street —15% discount (April 1 only)
Butler’s Concrete LLC, 937-835-3194 or 937-307-3856—10% discount
Cachet-G! E., 133 E. Third St.—10 to 20 % discount on regular priced items excluding cosmetics
Champion Auto Service, 1524 Milburn Ave.—10% discount
Christopher’s Restaurant, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane—10% discount
Color Tile and Carpets Plus, 3609 Linden Ave.—10% discount
Computer MD, 937-436-2972/937-604-5452—10% discount
Desserts By Ann K, 600 E. Second Street—10% discount
Dayton Grand Hotel, 11 S. Ludlow Street—10% discount on rooms
Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.—10% discount
Randall Dwillis Massage Therapy, 8529 N.Dixie Dr.--$10 off massage services
Ghostlight Coffee, 1201 Wayne Ave.—free size upgrade (coffee and tea)
Goodyear Tire, 21 Otterbein Ave.—10% discount
Goodyear Tire, N. Main Street—10% discount
J Gumbo’s, 1822 Brown Street—10% discount
Main Hardware, 3016 N. Main Street—10% discount
Mary Ann’s Kitchen, 3651 Salem Ave.—10% discount
Mendelson’s, 340 E. 1st St.—10% discount
Ohio Automatic Transmission, 3164 Salem Ave.—10% discount
Patterson Chase, 460 Patterson Road—15% discount
Pepito’s, 2412 Catalpa; 3618 Wilmington Pike—10% discount
Price Clothing Store, 4th & S. Jefferson St.—10% off on men’s clothing
Rut’s Eatery, 32 James H. McGee Blvd.—10% discount
St. Anne’s Violin Shoppe, 1500 E. Fifth Street—20% discount
Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, 200 E Fifth Street—10% discount
Submarine House, 3598 Salem Ave.—10% discount
Top Of The Line Salon & Barber, 2836 Salem Ave.—10% discount
Top of The Market, 32 Webster St.—10% discount
Towe’s & Associates CPA’s, 415 S. Miami St., West Milton—25% discount
Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill, 126 N. Main St.—15% discount
Upper Deck Tavern, 2652 Blanchard Ave.—10% discount on all entrees
Xclusive Cuts, 4321 N. Main St.—10% discount

This particular week was chosen because Dayton was settled on April 1, 1796.

“Employee Appreciation Week is a way of acknowledging the hard-working men and women who serve the citizens of this community,” Mayor Leitzell said. “Dayton’s small business community really stepped up to show our local government employees how much their work is appreciated, whether it’s plowing streets during the winter, filling potholes in spring, patrolling neighborhoods, or addressing citizen concerns. We hope this small gesture—which won’t cost taxpayer’s a cent—conveys a big ‘thank you’.”

During this time, Mayor Leitzell asks all citizens to show their appreciation for the entire region's civil service workers by waving and saying “thank you.”

Municipal Employee Appreciation Week was put together with the assistance of Mr. William Pace, volunteer public liaison to the Mayor.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Keeping Up

It was always my intention to keep up regular posts on this sight but it seems that my time is extremely limited these days. My wife and I still home educate our daughter, the house repairs have slowed down tremendously but are still happening and this part time Mayor role still absorbs an average of 30 hours a week. In reality it is more, because whenever I am out in public, including grocery shopping, I am at work because people recognize me and want to talk.

The big event this past week was the visit to by two of the most powerful people in the free world. We had the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom arrive at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Air Force One as part of a diplomatic visit. The President wanted to take Prime Minister Cameron to the NCAA First Four basketball game on opening night at the University of Dayton Arena.

I was one of only six dignitaries invited to greet the pair as they exited the airplane. We had the Governor of Ohio, an Air force four star general, a three star general, a colonel, the mayor of Cincinnati and myself lined up to shake hands and make small talk with the two VIPs.
So everyone wants to know what we talked about. Not much I am afraid. I simply welcomed the pair to Dayton and acknowledged that they had arrived in excellent weather. I also stated that I hoped that they would enjoy the basketball game. The President made a comment about this being a good region to the Prime Minister who confessed to me that he had never been to see a basketball game before so this was a new experience for him.

Following this event I attended the Niagara Foundation Abrahamic Traditions dinner event at the Turkish American Society facility at 2601 E. Fourth St. I had committed to attending this event several weeks earlier and I am known in the community for keeping appointments that I commit to.

Some have criticized me for not going to the basket ball game with the president. Well, the truth is this. The White House could only secure a certain number of seats at the game for the visit, the secret service, students and the governor were invited. I was not provided a ticket. So I certainly did not brush off the President. The citizens at the dinner event certainly did not expect me to show up, but I did as promised. The citizens of Dayton employ me. Not the White House.