Archive | July, 2016

The Makers


Boston Stoker brews scholarship here & abroad by Jim Hannah   The moment you step into the Boston Stoker warehouse, it hugs you like a warm blanket – the rich aroma of roasting coffee beans. “This is where the magic happens,” says J. Stanton, Boston Stoker Coffee Co.’s director of sales and marketing and a Wright State […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 7/26

From Venezuela to the US By Mark Luedtke Self-serving leftists point to Sweden and Norway as examples where socialism supposedly works while conveniently ignoring places like Cuba and Venezuela where it obviously doesn’t. This is a false argument. Socialism doesn’t work in Sweden or Norway. Sweden and Norway are fascist welfare states much like the […]

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On Your Marc: 7/26

I choose you, Ball of Fame By Marc Katz Pokemon GO? Really? You need a cell phone. You need a location. What the heck are you looking for, anyway? And when you find it, what do you have? “Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokemon with Pokemon GO for iPhone and […]

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On The Beat: 7/26

Who ya’ gonna call…again? By Jim Bucher OK, I’m the first to admit  I  wasn’t really big on a “Ghostbusters” reboot. It wasn’t the female cast, but rather “how dare they even think about touching one of my all-time favorites.” It amazes me how fanatic fans get so hyped-up over a movie. Theatregoers dressed as […]

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Four guys


Eli Young Band in the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand By Ashley Martin Photo: Eli Young Band hits the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand Aug. 4; photo courtesy of Triple 8 Marketing Music is my entire world. I perform it for a living, I listen to it when I am not writing it, record it when I have […]

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Debate Forum: 7/26

Get my good side States weigh public access to police footage Should recordings from police body and dashboard cameras be considered public records?   By Sarah Sidlow Should recordings from police body and dashboard cameras be considered public record? North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says “no.” Last week, he signed a controversial bill into law that many say will make it very difficult for body and […]

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Secret in Springfield


The fairytale Hartman Rock Garden By Kevin Tucker Photo: Ben Hartman erected the ‘Tree of Life’ at the center of the Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield; photo: Rod Hatfield The Hartman Rock Garden (HRG) can be easily overlooked as it stands stoically behind one of the many nondescript dwellings comprising the southwest Springfield neighborhood it calls […]

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Rock and blues say ‘I do’


Tedeschi Trucks Band return to Rose By Tim Walker Photo: Tedeschi Trucks Band rides the Wheels of Soul Tour to Rose July 29,photo courtesy of Tedeschi Trucks Band Derek Trucks may be performing in Canada, but his voice is all Jacksonville and his guitar chops hail straight from the Mississippi Delta. Trucks called the Dayton City […]

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Dine in expectations, carry out surprise


New Carlisle’s 571 Grill and Draft House By Paula Johnson Photo: Loaded Potato Wedges at 571 Grill and Draft House; photo: Paula Johnson My cat, Cecil B. DeMeow (alright, ONE of my cats), doesn’t understand the element of surprise. Daily, he sits under the bird feeder wondering why there are no birds. I watched him, thinking […]

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Rasta taking over


Cliftones’ Cinci-style reggae at Trolley Stop By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Cliftones hail their reggae not too far from home to Trolley Stop; photo: Brian Glass With a grand total of nine band members, the Cliftones don’t just play a venue, they take it over. “It’s a lot of people when we have our whole crew,” […]

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Drawing the big picture of Dayton By Shayna V. McConville Photo: ‘Studio Sunset’ by Terry Welker In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” For centuries, artists have observed—and seen—their surroundings, capturing architecture, texture, color, and structure through quick, onsite sketches. Subjective and […]

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A vacation on the vine

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The gustatory glory of Grand Case By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Waking up in Grand Case, St. Martin; photo: Mike Rosenberg   Two days into 2014, the Sweet Partner in Crime and I stepped off a cruise ship in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Powered by a Fodor’s travel guide and the desire to avoid tour groups, we […]

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The French connection


Can-can across the world at Festival of Nations By Lisa Bennett Photo: Can-can dancer Madame Gigi teaches Gabrielle Dye, dressed in traditional French garb photo courtesy of Amorette Dye Imagine traveling from the far reaches of Bosnia on the Balkan Peninsula to the very southernmost part of Africaa to exotic India and beyond. What would […]

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Woody Allen channels Fitzgerald in ‘Cafe Society’


The director grooves comfortably in this Jazz Age tale By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jesse Eisenberg as Bobby and Kristen Stewart as Vonnie in ‘Cafe Society’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ While known for his signature neuroses, writer-director Woody Allen has been able to couch this fixation in a world (of his own creation) that, at its […]

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Our ‘Fight Song’


Rachel Platten uplifts Fraze By Miranda Brooks Photo: Rachel Platten gives it straight with a little sugar on top at Fraze Aug. 3; photo: Harper Smith  Rachel Platten is enjoying the spotlight, full on and outright – even if she is a bit past what some might consider a power pop princess’s prime. But who are […]

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The Docket: 7/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Compiled by Ehron Ostendorf Pregnancy ploy A woman called in saying she was fighting over child support with her ex. She said she had one child with this man and was expecting their second. They appeared to have an on again off again relationship. The caller accused her ex of […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]