Archive | October, 2016

When Death Becomes her Debt


Dayton Region’s Affordable Funeral & Cremation Options Offer Hope By Tim Walker Photo: (l-r) Jerry, Zerilda, Christian, Jordan, Brandy Daniels, and their mother Cans sit ready to collect donations of spare change at a local cash register. Crowdfunding accounts, registered on and similar websites, are accompanied by photos and stories, which tug at your heartstrings and […]

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Tooth decay

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Wright State professor exhumes forgotten histories By Wright State Media Team Photo: Wright State anthropologist Amelia Hubbard reads teeth to learn about past peoples; photo: Will Jones Teeth aren’t used just for chewing food or smiling. For Wright State anthropologist Amelia “Amy” Hubbard, teeth tell stories about the lifestyle, family, and cultural influences of earlier […]

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On the Beat: 10/25

‘The ghost lady’ Haunted Ohio’s Chris Woodyard by Jim Bucher   OK, it’s time to put this whole ghosts, goblins, and spirits from beyond stuff to rest. I mean come on already, there’s no such thing as… WAIT… What was that? Remember the cowardly lion in Wizard of Oz with his panicky delivery, “I do […]

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On Your Marc: 10/25

A life too short By Marc Katz   I spoke to Elijah Chatman the morning he died 43 years ago. He wasn’t sick and I can’t remember a word he said, except it probably was entertaining. I was gathering preview material for the Dayton Public League basketball season, about to begin, just a week after […]

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From the depths


Philadelphia’s Surgeon rises at Cloverdale By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Surgeon’s Josh Mustin, JT Wieme, Lydia Giordano, and Sean Bolton; photo: Jauhien Sasnou Some of the most innovative, engaging, and just plain good music is often found on the fringe of popular music radars. This is especially true when it comes to extreme metal, a genre […]

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Ghostly Encounters & Around


Local authors tell Troy’s ghost stories By Matt Clevenger Photo: Elks Lodge, 17 W. Franklin St., reportedly haunted by several ghosts; photo: Matt Clevenger To most observers, downtown Troy looks like an ordinary business district, filled with life and bustling with perfectly normal everyday activity. But the community has another, darker side as well; originally founded […]

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Destination: Americana


On the road with Terry Glass’s Route 66 By Joyell Nevins Photo: ‘The Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma,’ on Route 66 by Hugh Davis was an anniversary gift for his wife, Zelta, in the early ’70s; photos: Terry Glass Terry Glass of Tipp City got his kicks on Route 66—and you can see part of his […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 10/25

Life or death Trump versus America’s Queen of Death By Mark Luedtke   I confess to mixed feelings about Trump’s campaign for president. On the one hand, I have no interest in the self-aggrandizing blowhard and lecher with the comical comb-over who advocates protectionism and sticks his foot in his mouth every time he opens […]

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Last Suppers


By Paula Johnson Photo: Nibbles’ Maria Walusis would serve her Grammy’s holiday turkey dinner In keeping with this issue’s theme, I thought I would ask a few chefs and notable personages to imagine what their last meal would be like. I asked them to think about what they would eat, whether it would be in a […]

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Watch out for the look of death


What we learn about death portrayed on-screen By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in ‘Psycho’ Blood and gore, that’s what attracts us, right? Everything from the gruesome kill shots to the slashing stab wounds, we’re in it to watch the life bleed away from that anonymous collection of young victims. But, reel […]

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When there’s a will…


Legal ways to cope with death By Steven Strain   I think I had an average progression when it comes to experiencing death.  First there were the family pets: a goldfish, a hamster, the family dog. Then came the elderly family member, my grandfather, to be exact. I was 3 or 4, and it didn’t […]

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‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’


Malian musicians persevere against jihadists By Matt Clevenger In 2012, extremist groups captured an area larger than the UK in North Mali, instituting Sharia law and effectively banning most forms of music. Facing imprisonment, and in some cases death, bands and performing artists disappeared from the embattled territory almost overnight, going underground or fleeing to […]

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Engraving darkness


Dayton death metal scriptures By Mike Ritchie Photo: Johnnie Wallace (left) and Colin Glover of Engraved Darkness; photo: Mike Ritchie Engraved Darkness has been around close to a decade. With the dripping black eyes of vocalist/guitarist Johnnie Wallace leading the charge, their current incarnation, helmed by Wallace, includes Forces of Nature’s Jimmy Rose on guitar, […]

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Debate Forum: 10/25

The Death of Garden Station? City eviction of Garden Station plants seeds of doubt By Sarah Sidlow It might be fair to say the City of Dayton and the folks involved with Garden Station won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year. Reminder: Garden Station is an art park and community garden at Wayne Avenue and […]

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Sultans of Swing, baby

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Baseball, jazz, and short fiction flush the floor at Wright State’s Flapper Ball By Joey Ferber Photo: Director of Wright State’s CELIA Hank Dahlman (left) and Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at one of the Sultans of Swing games Wright State University is hosting a unique triangulation of American history. Its Spring Sultans of Swing Spring […]

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From sisters’ homes to funeral homes

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Schlientz & Moore, Westbrock keep Wayne Avenue alive By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Present Director Mark Westbrock’s great-grandfather Ben (right) helms Westbrock Funeral Home’s fleet of vehicles, circa 1920 Wayne Avenue is always a thrilling drive for me. Whether I’m southbound heading home to Walnut Hills from downtown or driving north with an incredible view of […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]