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Obituary: Dr. Francis Bandoh-Aidoo

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Dr. Francis Bandoh-Aidoo

Dr. Francis Bandoh-Aidoo was born in Bekwai (Ashanti), Ghana of Ghanaian parents. He lost his parents at an early age and was raised by his grandmother and aunt. His parents were highly educated and therefore he aspired to be the best he could be in life. He was destined for greatness, faithfully serving the Lord and being lead by the Holy Spirit to make decisive decisions. Ranking high in exams in high school and college were some achievements he spoke about. Obtaining his first job in Ghana as an accountant was thrilling for him for he had gained experience working amongst people. He often spoke of his beloved siblings, whom he learned from. A very unique man was Dr. Aidoo. It was hard for us to grasp where he was coming from at times because of his excellency and being a disciplined individual. We had to accept the fact that he was a strict man who wanted the best for his family, so he did things his way.

Upon leaving Ghana in his early twenties, he took a big leap to move to England to pursue his education as a certified public accountant. He also studied law and received different credentials in business.While studying in London, he met his wife who was a nursing student. It was a real love story for them, for they fell in love, got married and had two children. He started working for a company, importing and exporting goods. That was part of his business experience.  Dr. Aidoo wanted to do more with his knowledge, and that’s when he moved to the United States. He believed the United States to be the land of opportunity. Years later, his wife conceived their third child. He had a creative idea of manufacturing hair care products because of people’s need for solutions to receding hair lines and hair breakage problems. He made products for all hair types. The products had now become a company. First it was known as Afriq A Fro, then Ancestral Hair Care Products, and now Aidoo Aid. He researched enzymes and alkaloids and how they could be used to effectively help hair grow. He started his trial and testing procedures with two adopted brothers Peter and Rocco Guerriero. Together, they never thought he would fail and encouraged his courageous reputation. To this day, that teamwork legacy constructively stands for Dr. Aidoo’s legacy to be embarked. His coworkers and family continue to believe in his vision of promoting his hair products. His children will inherit his company with dignity and respect of attaining what Dr. Aidoo so valued.

This is a short summary of this wonderful and clever man whose life was of the essence. He was an interesting individual and his family believes his legacy will live on. We love you and will miss you Dr. Aidoo.Thank you for reminding us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, so do it!

It’s Back! Route 66’ Crusin’ Announces 2017 Line Up

ONTARIO, CA-  Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion has announced the entertainment line-up for next month’s event. The public is invited to attend the 5th Annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, a three day Cruisin’ Classic Car Show on September 15th to 17th. Come as a family, food or retail vendor, bring your classic car, or come to stroll along historic tree lined Euclid Avenue to admire the beauty of these fabulous vehicles from yesteryear.

“We are thrilled to announce the entertainment line-up for our fifth annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO. “This year we have added themes to our live concerts making it fun for the classic car owners, families, and attendees. We are happy to welcome some of the iconic DJ’s in the business to Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion as well.”

ENTERTAINMENT

Live on Stage at Ontario Town Square

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

5:00pm – 10:00pm Let’s Cruise – Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion begins with Aloha Friday 5:00pm – 9:00pm Visit Uncle Joe’s Garage at the R. Jack Mercer Bandstand

7:00pm Local dance studios present Hawaiian themed dancing

8:00pm Uncle Joe with The Sound and will award the “ugliest Hawaiian Shirt Contest winner” 8:15pm – 10:00pm Surf City All Stars – A Tribute to the Beach Boys

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

9:00am – 10:00pm Let’s Cruise

10:00am – 6:00pm Visit with the KLOS team including DJ Jim Daniels at the R. Jack Mercer Bandstand 7:30pm Award presentation for Classic Cars, winner of the 50/50 announced

8:00pm – 10:00pm Blood, Sweat, and Tears with Bo Bice – Classic Rock

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

9:00pm – 1:00pm Let’s Cruise

9:00am – 11:00am Breakfast with Britain’s Finest – a Beatles Tribute Band

“This annual event, held on the third weekend in September, is free to the public and encompasses approximately twenty” “two city blocks with cars and hot rods parking and cruisin’ for three days along the streets of downtown Ontario, California. This family friendly event is located on Euclid Avenue and the downtown streets near the Ontario Town Square, Ovitt Family Community Library, and Ontario City Hall located at 303 East “B” Street, Ontario, CA 91764. Last year The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion proved to be a huge success with over 200,000 car enthusiasts and spectators. Get”
“ready to rumble Southern California – the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion will be coming town soon!”

Omnitrans Riders Can Now Pay by Phone

PurchaseScrnFinalSAN BERNARDINO, CA- Now Omnitrans riders can pay their bus fare with a smartphone as the San Bernardino Valley’s transit agency launches a new mobile fare payment partnership with Token Transit. 

To go cashless, riders first download the free Token Transit app, and then set up an account tied to a credit or debit card.  Purchasing and activating a pass takes seconds.  Upon boarding, riders just show the driver their phone displaying an active pass, and take a seat.

“We are excited to offer this convenient fare payment option to enhance the customer experience,” said Omnitrans CEO P Scott Graham.  “Paying by phone makes taking transit easier for both new and current customers.”

Over 20% of non-riders surveyed in spring 2017 indicated that the ability to pay by phone was an amenity that would entice them to use Omnitrans. The transit agency already offers real time arrival information and online trip planning via smartphone through the free Omnitrans mobile app and the agency’s mobile-friendly website, www.omnitrans.org.

The Token Transit app is available at Google Play or the App Store. Also, texting “TOKEN” to 41411 will generate a download link.  All fare categories are available for mobile purchase including single-ride, one-day, 7-day and 31-day passes for full fare and reduced fare customers.

“To encourage customers to give it a try, we are offering half off their first 7-day or 31-day pass purchase through December 31, 2017,” said Wendy Williams, Director of Marketing and Planning.  

Regular bus fares are $1.75 for a single ride, $5 for a 1-day pass, $18 for a 7-day pass and $55 for a 31-day pass. Discounted fares are offered for seniors age 62 and up, people with disabilities, military veterans and youth age 18 and under. Details at www.omnitrans.org.

Aside from the convenience for customers, on board mobile fare transactions are four to five times quicker than inserting bills and coins into the fare box.  This helps keep buses running on time.  About one-third of Omnitrans boardings involve a cash transaction currently.  As customers switch from traditional paper passes to mobile fares, the agency will be able to save on printing and outlet distribution costs.