Former Hara Arena (1956-2016) — Trotwood, Ohio

Hara Arena was a 5,500-seat multi-purpose arena located in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Trotwood. The facility began as a ballroom in 1956, added an arena in 1964 and eventually grew to a six-building complex.
Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio Over the course of its 60 year history Hara has been home to many sports teams including the Dayton Jets basketball team and Dayton Gems (1964–1977, 1979–1980 and 2009–2012), Dayton Blue Hawks, Dayton Owls, Dayton Bombers, Dayton Ice Bandits, Dayton Demonz, and Dayton Demolition ice hockey teams and the Marshals indoor football team.  Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio
The original plans did not include an ice rink, but were changed to accommodate the Dayton Gems who were looking for a home arena. By the end of its life in 2016, the complex spanned 165,000 square feet which includes the main arena, four exhibition halls, a conference center, a pub and a golf course.
Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio
On July 29, 2016, it was announced that the facility would close after hosting a final event August 27, 2016 due to ongoing financial issues and a 20-year long legal fight over the unresolved estate of founder Harold Wampler. At the time of the closure announcement, the facility was said to have a $36 million annual impact to the area. The closure forced events, like the annual Dayton Hamvention, to search for an alternative venue. It also forced the Dayton Demolition ice hockey team to cease operations after only one season.
Hara Arena -- Trotwood, Ohio

All That Remains: Salem Mall, Trotwood, Ohio

Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio

Salem Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in the Dayton Ohio area, opening in 1966.  The mall originally was home to 60 stores and was anchored by Rike’s and Sears. In the early 1980s the mall was reworked and now had a capacity for over 100 stores.  By the mid 90s the mall was considered a dead mall A death knell came to the mall in 1998 when both Lazarus and JC Penney pulled out of the mall.
Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio With changing demographis and a general eastward flight of new development in the Dayton area, Salem Mall eventually, battered and beaten closed its doors and on May 6, 2006 demolition on the mall began. Only the Sears building would remain standing. Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio
In October 2013 it was announced that Sears would close its Trotwood location. That building has been standing vacant since.
Former Sears -- Salem Mall, Trotowood, Ohio

Ricoh GX200: I Finally Got U

One great thing about technology and the technology market is the fact that, even though new technology is expensive when it is first released, you can wait a few years and get that same equipment for a fraction of the original cost.
Ricoh 200GX When I first developed an interest in photography I researched the different brands of cameras.  I wanted to find a camera with an excellent reputation that could deliver excellent results.  There were a few that stood out.  I ended up going with a Canon and never regretted that decision.  One of the deciding factors in my chosing the canon was the price.  I stumbled upon a brand of a camera that is quite populat with commercial photographers known as Ricoh.  I had never heard of the brand.  Apparently its about as top of the line as you can get.  But with a price of approaching 700 dollars I knew the Ricoh was way out of my league. Ricoh 200GX
Flash forward to a late Friday night on ebay at home. I stroll across the Ricoh GX200 bundled with the wide angled lens for less than 1/10th of the original price. I went ahead and treated myself.
Ricoh 200GX The first thing I noticed about the Ricoh camera is how well built and sturdy the camera is. It doesnt feel flimsy or cheaply light. Ricoh 200GX
Another really cool feature of this camera is the fact that it has dual power sources. You can either use the lithium ion battery or you can use two AAA batteries.
Ricoh 200GX All of these images are completely untouched and unedited. Ricoh 200GX
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The ebay time machine allows me to induldge myself once again. If you are an amatuer photographer and you enjoy creative photography, I cant suggest this camera enough.
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Indiana War Memorial — Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana World War Memorial
The Indiana World War Memorial Building is the centerpiece of the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza; a five block memorial originally concieved in 1919 as a location for the national headquarters of the American Legion and a memorial to the state’s and nation’s veterans.

The memorial’s design is based upon the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. At 210 feet tall it is approximately 75 feet taller than the original Mausoleum. The blue lights which shine between columns on the side of the War Memorial make the monument easily recognizable. It is the most imposing neoclassical structure in Indianapolis due to its scale and size.
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On September 25, 1989 the Indiana World War Memorial place was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Scott Theatre — Scottsburg, Indiana

Scottsburg, Indiana
The Scott Theater was built and opened in 1947. After closing as a movie theatre it was later renovatated in 2002 and converted into a country music hall named the Scottsburg Jamboree. Later the theater was renamed to Ross Country Jamboree. The theater currently hosts weekly live music performances in the vein of The Grand Ole Opry. The theater has an audience capacity of 500.

The Smallest Kmart In The World — Peru, Indiana

Continuing with my obsession with Kmart and keeping the memory alive, during my road trip through the heart of North Central Indiana, I managed to visit several Kmart stores.  The most notable of those was this location in Peru.

Kmart -- Peru, Indiana
Coming in at just over 28,000 square feet, this is the smallest Kmart left in operation in the entire 600 +/- store chain.   This store opened for business on September 18, 1975. There are a couple of stores in small towns, particularly in the upper midwest and mountain west that are nearly as small as this store.
Kmart -- Peru, Indiana To give you an idea as to how small this store is, the average Walmart Super Center is nearly 170,000 square feet. This store at 28,000 is basically the size of a small grocery store. Kmart -- Peru, Indiana
Kmart / Sears this week announced another round of store closings, including 49 more Kmart locations. Thankfully, this little relic wasnt included on the list and lives to fight another day.

Shields High School Gym — Seymour, Indiana

P1000065 In November of 1937 construction began on a new gymnasium for the Seymour Indiana high school then known as Sheilds High School. The new gym was completed as a WPA project in 1938 and provided the high school and community with a modern, fire-proof gymnasium with a seating capacity of over 3,300. P1000066
The gymnasium continued to serve Shields High School until 1959, when the high school moved to a new campus and changed its name to Seymour High School.
P1000061 Upon the moving of Sheilds High School, the gym, and main school building which use to stand directly beside the gym were transformed into the new Sheilds Middle School. P1000058
The buildings remained in service to the community in this function until 1981 when the new Seymour Middle School opened.
P1000057 The main part of the Sheilds High School was demolished in 1998. P1000062
The gymnasium remains standing on 6th Street to this very day.
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