ICYMI: 5 uplifting stories in the Miami Valley

The peek of Brood X is upon the Miami Vally. A great place to check the show is at Woodland Cemetery near U.D. Jim Noelker/staff
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The peek of Brood X is upon the Miami Vally. A great place to check the show is at Woodland Cemetery near U.D. Jim Noelker/staff

Here are the top five stories about those in the Miami Valley making a difference.


Ohio woman with cancer sings, wins ‘Golden Buzzer’ on national talent show

Ohio woman gets gold buzzer on AGT. Photo from Nightbirde Instagram
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Ohio woman gets gold buzzer on AGT. Photo from Nightbirde Instagram

An Ohio woman with cancer sang an original song, winning over the audience and the judges with her story and talent.

Jane Marczewski lives in Zanesville, about 55 miles east of Columbus.

She performs under the name of Nightbirde, and she sang an original song that earned her Simon Cowell’s “Golden Buzzer,” which advances her past other rounds and into the live competition.

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True love still exists: Dayton couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

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If you ask Ron and Faye Duncan about celebrating 70 years of marriage, they will ask you to pinch them to make sure they aren’t dreaming.

The Duncans, both lifelong residents of Dayton, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Wednesday.

Ron, 90, and Faye, 88, started dating in 1950. The couple met when Ron was in eighth grade and Faye was in fifth grade. Ron described the first time he saw Faye was on the playground at recess during his eighth-grade year. He laid eyes on her, and ever since he said he always gave her “goo-goo” eyes.

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Dayton presents keys to city to public health officials: ‘You saved the city’

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Wednesday hugs Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper during the city commission's first in-person meeting in 15 months. Whaley presented Keys to the City to Cooper and two other officials with Public Health -- Dayton & Montgomery County. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Wednesday hugs Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper during the city commission's first in-person meeting in 15 months. Whaley presented Keys to the City to Cooper and two other officials with Public Health -- Dayton & Montgomery County. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Wednesday presented Keys to the City to three public health officials who she credited with helping save the community during the coronavirus crisis.

Ceremonial and symbolic keys were given to Jeff Cooper, Michael Dohn and Terra Williams for the roles they played in combating the spread of the virus and helping get community members vaccinated.

“For me, it’s a really big deal to give a key,” Whaley said. “They saved us.”

This honor was well deserved because of their “amazing” public service, commitment to data and science and all of the advice they provided city leadership during a once-in-a-century emergency, Whaley said.

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Kings graduate entering National Guard hopes to ‘help children that were like me’

Kings High School graduate Savannah Gehler comes from a divided family that saw her take an early leadership role in supporting herself along with her siblings. Gehler has enlisted in the Army National Guard and plans to study to be a child and family counselor. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)
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Kings High School graduate Savannah Gehler comes from a divided family that saw her take an early leadership role in supporting herself along with her siblings. Gehler has enlisted in the Army National Guard and plans to study to be a child and family counselor. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)

Kings High School graduate Savannah Gehler knows how to handle hard times because her family has been through hard times.

“When I was 9 years old my parents split up and my father went to jail. Which led to my mom having to raise us three children alone,” said 18-year-old Gehler.

She had to pitch in to help care for her 10-year-old sister as part of extra responsibilities. That greatly affected her path.

Every spring produces extraordinary high school graduates from our area, and even though it was an historic pandemic school year of many changes, that remains the same. Recent weeks have seen thousands of seniors graduating and celebrating in commencement events across Butler and Warren counties.

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COMMUNITY GEMS: Nominate someone who’s doing something great for your community

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The Miami Valley is a compassionate community, full of people who help each other in big and small ways every day.

This month the Dayton Daily News is launching a new initiative called Community Gems that will highlight and honor people who give their time and effort to improve the lives of their neighbors and community. The six-month-long series will highlight and recognize people who make the community better and through their small acts add positivity and goodwill throughout the region.

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