Young’s Jersey Dairy Celebrates 31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Our Weekend Picks.pngWith the weather warming up to the mid to high 50’s this Easter Sunday, it’s a wonderful time to take a road trip. Celebrating their 31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday, Young’s Jersey Dairy, just outside of artistic and picturesque Yellow Springs, is a wonderful destination for your Easter festivities.

Those familiar with Young’s Jersey Dairy will know that they are a locally famous for their fresh creamy ice cream and other dairy products. Since 1869, this Dayton region landmark has been a family owned and operated business. While the retail operation started 1958, with simple self-serve bottles of milk made available to the public, they have grown to be a well-rounded destination for family entertainment. From full service dining options, to their fresh baked bakery goods, to Udders and Putters (an 18-hole farm theme miniature golf course), to batting cages, a driving range and Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral, there is something for all age groups.

This weekend’s annual Easter egg hunt will focus on the fun for the younger age groups of children 10 and under. For this free event that is held rain or shine, the dairy hard boils and dyes over 4,000 eggs.

On the day of the event, there are three separate egg hunts with the groups divided by age. The first hunt starts promptly at 2:00 pm and is for little ones ages 4 and under. At 2:15 children ages 5-7 will begin their hunt and the third hunt starts at 2:30 and is for those who are ages 8-10. Young’s website suggests arriving 10 – 15 minutes early in order to find the line and to be prepared when it’s time for your age category to begin hunting. Paper bags will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own Easter basket from home.

Joining the festivities of the day will be Barnabe, Young’s mascot. Even though he is a cow, he will be sporting his bunny ears for the occasion. He’s happy to pose for pictures so you can capture the moment.

After the Easter egg hunt is over you are welcome to make your way over to the barn yard. For just a few cents, folks young and old, can feed the baby goats.

Remember there is so much to see and do at Young’s Jersey Dairy, that whether you go for the ice cream, the miniature golf, the baby goats or the Easter egg hunt, itself, you are sure to have a memorable and fun day. For directions, click here.

From all of us at Barker, Beck, Collins & Kronauge, may you have a Happy Easter!

Decluttering Tips

The wintery weather outside, belies the fact that spring is just around the corner and with it, the chance to freshen and spruce up our homes. One great way to begin your spring cleaning is to clear any clutter that may have accumulated over the past seasons. One of the hardest parts of de-cluttering is figuring out where to begin. 

Here are some suggestions to move you toward having your shelves, tables and/ or closets visible, usable and organized. Keep in mind that no matter what state your home is in now, everything in it falls into one of three categories: Keep It, Toss It, or Pass It Along.  Begin with one room or one corner of a room.<img style="margin: 5px; width: 175px; float: right;" alt="EvelynGiggles.jpg" src="” />

1. It is easiest to begin clearing a room by purging it of the Toss It items, first. With a trash bag in hand, toss anything that obviously does not have any life or purpose left in it. (i.e. old newspapers, dead plants, non-business related receipts, used food packaging, broken items, or items stained beyond repair.  You get the idea.)

2. Next, go through the room and collect anything is still functional, but no longer serves you  and your current lifestyle or tastes. These are perfect for your Pass It Along pile. (Great examples of this would be DVD’s you’ve watched once, but wouldn’t watch again, clothes that are the wrong size or items from a hobby that you no longer have any interest in doing.) Put all of the items a box or boxes to be taken to a local charity, saved for the neighborhood garage sale or sold on E-Bay or Craigslist.

3. For some items that you sort, you may not have to do much thinking to figure out if it belongs in the Toss It, Pass It Along or Keep It category.  For other items, here are some questions to keep in mind that may help you with your sorting:

  • When was the last time I used this? If it was over 1 year ago and it is still in good repair, pass it along. There is no point of owning something, if you do not use it.
  • Why am I keeping it? Does it have sentimental value? If the answer is yes, is there another way to retain the happy memories of the item without keeping the item itself? Would a digital photograph of the item suffice in evoking the happy memories?
  • When really puzzling over an item, ask yourself a question: If I lost this item or it was stolen, would I replace it? If it wouldn’t be a high priority to replace it, maybe it is time to let the item go.
  • Once you have a good  Pass It Along pile gathered, one of your options is to take it to a local charity. Here are two of the many available choices in the Cincinnati/Dayton Region. Remember that your donated items are tax deductible, so ask for an itemized receipt.

Donations to Goodwill will help to fund programs that help eliminate barriers to opportunities that lead to an enhanced quality of life for individuals and families in our local community.  Click here to find out how to donate.

Habitat for Humanity will take re-useable and surplus, building materials, furniture and/or appliances to sell in their retail outlet. The proceeds go toward funding the local Habitat house construction. To donate materials, find the nearest ReStore location, here.

As always, remember that all of us at the Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Agency are at your service with Trusted Advice and Reliable Solutions.

Dayton’s Carillon Park Unveils “The Great 1913 Flood” Exhibit

Our Weekend Picks.pngFor our Go! Weekend Pick this week, you’ll need to make your way to Dayton’s Carillon Park where, this Sunday, March 23, 2013, its permanent “The Great 1913 Flood” exhibit will be unveiled on the 100 year anniversary of the flood that affected the entire Ohio River Valley.

For those who are unaware of the magnitude and far-reaching effect of that flood, bear in mind these numbers:

  • At the worst of the flood, 14 square miles of downtown Dayton was under 10 feet of swiftly moving water. Many of the original historical buildings in the urban core of the town were destroyed beyond repair.
  • Employees of the NCR (National Cash Register) company built nearly 300 flat-bottomed boats that were used to save thousands of people who had become stranded on their roof top or the upper floor of their home.
  • Even with this extensive rescue effort, over 360 people died.
  • Nearly 1,400 horses died.
  • Approximately 20,000 homes were destroyed.
  • Property damage to homes and businesses, was over $100 million in 1913 dollars (roughly $2 billion in today’s dollars.)
  • It took approximately one year for the clean-up and rebuilding efforts to be completed after the flood.
  • Over $2 million (1913) dollars were contributed by local citizens to fund a comprehensive flood protection plan that would spare the region from further devastation. Those monies were used to create the Miami Conservancy District, headed at the time by Arthur Morgan, an exceptional hydrological engineer.
  • The flood management system put in place by the Miami Conservancy District was created to withstand 140% of the amount water that occurred in the 1913 flood.
  • Since its implementation, the plan of dams, causeways and levees put in place by the Miami Conservancy District has protected the region 1700 times from additional flooding events.

In “The Great Flood Building” at Carillon Park a person will find the opportunity to view original artifacts and experience multi-media presentations that bring to life the story of the flood and survival of its aftermath. Visitors will squeeze into a small attic space like those who were escaping the rising waters and then they will climb into a boat similar to those built by the NCR employees.

Photo Murals, text panels and artifacts accompanied by special effects re-create the story of the event that forever changed the region’s landscape and brought together the city in a solid spirit of community.

Interested in seeing this ongoing exhibit? Here are the particulars:
Where: Carillon Historical Park, 100 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH
When: Opening Saturday, March 23 and ongoing. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission: $8 for adults, (ages 18-59), $7 for seniors, $5 per child ages 3 to 17. Dayton History members are free.

Featured Partner of the Month: KTC Quail Tennis Club

Tennis racket.jpgFor over 40 years, KTC Quail Tennis Club, our featured Partners Page Company of the Month, has provided premier tennis experiences for both beginner and competitive players. 

Family owned and operated, KTC Quail has garnered words of praise from online reviewers. More than one reviewer mentioned the quality of the facilities, the friendliness of the staff and what a welcoming place the tennis center is.

KTC Quail Tennis Club has two separate locations, the Kettering Tennis Center and Quail Run Racquet Club. One of the fortunate perks of having two locations is the membership base allows more playing and learning opportunities for people at the same level.

No matter whether a person is a seasoned athlete or a beginner, under the guidance of KTC Quail Tennis Club’s on staff pros, a person can get the skills needed to improve his game in a fun and social environment.

With over 60 adult USTA teams, as well as individual training programs that have produced standout junior, college and adult champions, competitive athletes will find unparalleled opportunities for camaraderie, fun and the chance to show excellence in their sport.

For those who are new to tennis or returning to the game, there are two beginner tennis programs. The Beginner Instructional Program gives a person an opportunity to learn the game through drills and playing with other beginners. Round Robin League Play, gives even those new to the game, the opportunity to play with different partners each week. For both of these beginner programs, membership in the tennis club is not required to participate. So, if you have ever wanted to learn the game, this is the place to come. 

The club also offers Cardio Tennis sessions that are heart-pumping drills set to music with your favorite pros. The class is an enjoyable way to get in your workout in a group environment.

Membership at the club includes access to both facilities. As one Google Reviewer stated “If [someone] does decide to join, it’s like [getting] two clubs for the price of one”.  A point of pride for the club is the quantity of courts available. Between the two facilities, there are a total of 16 indoor, 10 outdoor clay and 4 plexipave outdoor courts. Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a pro shop, 2 racquetball courts, 2 saunas and 2 fitness weight rooms. Each facility offers separate men and women’s locker rooms.

KTC Quail’s mission statement sums up their philosophy. Their goal is to provide a pleasing environment where tennis activities and events encourage friendships, family time, fitness and fun.

From the looks of it, they are accomplishing their goal and the Barker, Beck, Collins & Kronauge Agency is proud to shine the spotlight this month on KTC Quail Tennis Club, our featured Partner of the Month.

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit at These Local Events

Our Weekend Picks.pngWhether St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for you mean jammin’ at a local pub to some tunes while enjoying a liberal dose of green beer or more family-friendly fare like parade watching or shamrock suncatcher making, this weekend has a variety of ways for you to have fun. Our Go! Weekend Picks feature St. Patrick’s Day events and celebrations in the Cincinnati and Dayton region.

Family Friendly
Boonshoft  Museum of Discovery in Dayton is holding ShamROCK ’13 where, teens 14-18, can dance, play laser tag, and compete in Win-it-in-a Minute contests, to name just a few of the activities planned for the evening.  The fun goes from 7:30 – 11:00 on March 16. For more information, click here.

Newport on the Levee
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids with Peek-A-Toy
Help your child find 10 missing leprechauns that are hiding around the Levee by following a scavenger hunt sheet. Your child will get a Peek-a-Toy prize for completing the sheet. Available for children 10 and under. Click here, for additional information.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cincinnati
Ever since 1967, Cincinnatians have celebrated their St. Patrick’s Day Parade come rain, shine or snow. With Honorary Grand Marshal Nick Clooney at the helm , this year’s event will continue its tradition of being a full-fledged parade complete with floats, pipers, step dancers, Irish families and marching bands. The parade kicks off at 12:00 pm in downtown Cincinnati. To see a map of the parade route, click here. 

Here is a more extensive list of family friendly St. Patrick’s Day options for the Cincinnati area.

If your St. Patrick’s Day won’t be compete without some beer (possibly green in color) in a pub atmosphere check out these great links to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at local restaurants/pubs:

Dublin Pub 

Green  Eggs and Ham St. Patty’s Day Blues & Jam Jazz Central 

immie’s Ladder 11 
McGillicutty’s Pub 
The Pub

Claddagh Irish Pub ~ Deerfield Commons
Brazenhead Irish Pub

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

All of us here at the Barker, Beck, Collins & Kronauge Agency hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

When Life Changes, It’s Time to Re-Assess Your Insurance Coverage

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The only sure thing in life is change.  No matter whether those changes are cause for happiness or sadness, it is important to be proactive in regard to the potential risks those changes could bring. A change in lifestyle or in the property you own could very well necessitate modifications in the amount or type of insurance coverage you should have.


If any of the following situations have occurred in your life, it is time to contact us to re-evaluate your insurance coverage:


                You have gotten married.

                You had a new baby.

                You have moved.

                You have a new vehicle or sold an existing one.

                There has been a death in your immediate family.

                You’ve gotten a divorce.

                One of your children has gotten his or her driver’s license.

                One or more of your children have gone away to college.

                Your adult children have become financially independent.

                You’ve remodeled your house.

                You’ve purchased new fine jewelry or artwork.

                You’ve purchased a recreational vehicle, boat, ATV or snowmobile.


You can count on your representatives here at the Barker, Beck, Collins & Kronauge Agency to give you Trusted Advice ~ Reliable Solutions for  all your personal and business insurance needs…. today and, as your life changes.


Call us today at (937) 436-3030.

Seeing Stars and Experiencing History

Our Weekend Picks.pngOur Go! Weekend Picks suggestion for this week will have you seeing stars and experiencing one of Cincinnati’s firsts.


Cincinnati holds many firsts. They were the first municipality to have a fire department, 1853; the first to have a baseball team comprised entirely of professional players, 1869; the first to have a licensed public television station, 1954.


Our Weekend pick will take you even farther back in time to 1842 when The Cincinnati Observatory became the first organized astronomical observatory in the United States. The observatory was the brain-child of Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, a Cincinnati College professor, whose passionate lectures on astronomy ignited the interest of many supporters to initially fund the project.

The observatory also garnered the ardent interest of former president, John Quincy Adams. During his presidency in the late 1820’s, he had unsuccessfully lobbied Congress to create a National Observatory. So, even though he was elderly and in poor health at the time of the dedication of the Cincinnati Observatory, on November 9, 1843, he made the trip and presented the dedication speech. Mount Ida where the Cincinnati Observatory was originally built, was later renamed Mount Adams in his honor. In 1873, The Cincinnati Observatory was moved to its present location on Mount Lookout.


Today the observatory educates the public through educational outreach and presentations to school groups, scouts, and church and civic groups. On most Thursday and Friday nights, they offer an open to the public 30-40 minute presentation and weather dependent opportunity to star gaze through the oldest telescope in the United States. Regularly observed celestial bodies include the Moon, planets, double stars and nebulas.  Participants discover the role that Cincinnati has played in the growth of  astronomy in the United States.


Reservations are highly recommended as the events have a tendency to sell out. Call 513-321-5186 to make your reservations and to confirm start times. Suggested admission donation for Astronomy Thursdays is $5 per person and for Astronomy Friday, $7 for adults and $5 for children under 18. For further information, please visit their website.






7 St Patrick’s Day Recipes

For over 1000 years, on March 17, the Irish have celebrated the religious feast day of St. Patrick. Early Irish immigrants to America brought with them the traditions of their St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  It has become a day of commemorating everything Irish with a preponderance of shamrocks, leprechans, green beer and foods to warm ye ‘ol Irish spirit, whether you are of Irish heritage or not.

With St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, here are some tasty (but healthy) ways to celebrate with traditional Irish foods and a desserts that are green-inspired confections.

The website states that the salmon has been revered by the Irish from as far back in time as when Gaelic chieftains made it the centerpiece of their feasts. Here is a delicious appetizer of smoked salmon with tangy horseradish sauce.

Nothing exemplifies the Irish more than potatoes. While there are many variations of the classic potato-and-cabbage combination, a reviewer says that this Red Potato Colcannon is “F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C”.

At only 200 calories per serving, this Irish Stew with Beef and Guiness, provides a wonderful taste of Ireland that will be satisfying, yet kind to your waistline.

No Irish meal would be complete without a slice of dense warm brown soda bread fresh from the oven. This recipe uses baking soda instead of yeast to leaven it, so it can be a quick and easy addition to your meal.

To end your Irish feast you could either try a Pistachio Pudding Parfait or if you are feeling really adventurous, you could make a St. Patrick’s Day Spinach Cake, with healthful ingredients that will take away the guilt of your sugary indulgence.

To get you ready for St. Patrick’s Day next week, we’ll send you on your way with a traditional Irish blessing.
May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.