James “Jim” W. Brown Jr., the owner as well as former CEO of Hartzell Propeller, recently passed away. Brown was a beloved part of the local aviation community, and a large group of Piqua community members and employees have fond memories of him.
Brown passed away at age 84 on Nov. 20. In addition to being a successful businessman; avid pilot; and carrier night-landing, all-weather-qualified fight pilot, he was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Brown was born in New Jersey on Feb. 11, 1933. He attended Princeton University before transferring to and graduating from MIT. He made the transfer so he was able to marry Constance Wright. Constance, his high school sweetheart, was his wife for almost 65 years.
Leading the Business World
Brown bought Hartzell Propeller in 1987. A long-time Hartzell employee, Dean Ward, who is director of Product Support, said he feels that when Brown bought the company, that was salvation for [...]
Chris Draft, a retired NFL player, recently spoke as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Piqua, Ohio. During his career, Draft played with the Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, and Carolina Panthers. Now, he is the NFL ambassador and spokesperson for lung cancer.
Lung cancer has been close to Draft’s heart since 2010 when his girlfriend, Keasha Rutledge, developed stage IV lung cancer. She was previously a dancer with the Charlotte Hornets Honeybees, was getting ready to run a 10K, a non-smoker, and in perfect health, so the cancer came as a surprise. Draft and Rutledge began Team Draft at their wedding in 2011 with the goal of fighting lung cancer. Rutledge died a month later at age 38.
Honoring Locals as Well
The Lung Cancer Awareness Month programming also honored Jeff Meckstroth, the former assistant fire chief of the Piqua Fire Department. [...]
Four women here in the Piqua, Ohio, community were recently honored by the Piqua Rotary Club. These women received the 2017 Pride of Workmanship Award. According to Piqua Rotary Club Chairman, Randi Pearson, since the award began locally in 1999, 90 people have received it. The program began during a Rotary Club meeting in 1975 in Australia. The original goals were promoting vocational service, encouraging a sense of pride for workmanship in every vocation, and allowing Rotary to become involved in the local business community.
It is important to note that the 2017 Pride of Workmanship Award is not the result of competition. It is given to individuals to honor and recognize their commitment and achievement. The Rotary President, Sean Ford, gave each recipient an engraved plaque. Before the presentation, Dr. Doreen M. Larson outlined her thoughts on the importance of hard work as well as how the recipients demonstrate virtues like persistence and dedication.
Those in the Piqua area are probably already aware of the devastating fire that hit the Paul Sherry Chrysler dealership back in March of 2016. Luckily, no one was injured in the fire, but our dealership experienced significant damage. The entire building received damage from either the fire itself or smoke. Since the fire, Paul Sherry has had to move some of our operations around and has been working out of trailers on the site. Since then, we have been working hard on rebuilding the damaged areas and are pleased to announce the significant progress we’ve made, including brand-new construction.
A New Showroom
Just a bit over a year following the fire, Paul Sherry Chrysler’s construction on the new replacement building is nearly complete and the days of finalizing your paperwork [...]