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Spring into Miamisburg

Hometown celebration kicks off with annual Spring Fling festival By Emma Jarman Photo: The kettle corn is just one veteran Spring Fling vendor We did it. We survived a winter that included not one, but two polar vortexes, weeks of subzero weather, calamity day extensions, salt shortages, bursting water pipes and grey skies that seemingly lasted […]

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How it’s really done

Idle Hour Ranch sets the exotic animal standard By Emma Jarman Photo: Sam the Giraffe playing around If you get off Interstate 75 at exit 73, just three miles west of Troy, Ohio, you might see a few things. There’s a lot of open space, a few trees, wooden farmhouses, barns and silos dotting the skyline; […]

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‘A community of learners’

UD Stander Symposium celebrates community and education By Emma Jarman Photo: University of Dayton students perform at the Schuster Center in 2012 during the Stander Symposium; photos courtesy University of Dayton  The Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium means many different things to many different people. For some University of Dayton students, it’s a day to showcase […]

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Setting the standard

Schuster Center celebrates 10 years of inspiration and innovation By Emma Jarman Photo: Marian and Dr. Benjamin Schuster signing the girders of the Schuster Performing Arts Center in 2003; photo credit: Andy Snow Dayton’s Schuster Performing Arts Center does more than just make Dayton home for artfully-minded residents; for many, it is home. The Dayton Philharmonic […]

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In the face of Disaster

Dayton Visual Arts Center presents Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show By Emma Jarman Photo: “Home of the Brave” by Guustie Alavado; cast glass on wood & acrylic The setting is ironic. Titled Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show, the exhibit sits peacefully on the second floor of the Dayton Convention Center. Softly lit and simply hung around the […]

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Claus for celebration!

The Christmas Lights at Clifton Mill By Emma Jarman Eleven months out of the year, Clifton, Ohio, is just like any other small town. There’s a waterfall, a coffee shop, a stoplight and a few historic buildings with limited historic significance; though, in this case, even that is a stretch since the Village of Clifton […]

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When (Dr.) “No” means “Yes”

DAI’s final Prime Time Rental Series event celebrates 50 years of Bond, James Bond by Emma Jarman Imagine playing legendary international man of mystery James Bond in any one of the 22 epic films that have premiered through the last 50 years. Do you become part of a brotherhood, like Playboy bunnies or cancer survivors? […]

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The fruits of hard labor

Seeds of good intention sprouting a community farm experience at Hidden Valley Farms By Emma Jarman PLANTING THE SEEDS By noon, he’s put in a full day’s labor but is only half done. A bandana worn linen-soft, folded in a sloppy triangle, covers his face from his long, lower eyelashes to the top of his […]

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Speed tasting!

The Taste at Fraze dishes out 25 years of local cuisine By Emma Jarman Have you ever wondered what the Fraze tastes like? If you answered no, then I’m with you. But there are a number of restaurants in the Miami Valley I am curious about that will be showcasing their fare at this year’s […]

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Raise your mugs

GermanFest Picnic returns to Carillon Park By Emma Jarman In the beginning, when America was not yet a melting pot, but a salad bowl, not yet indiscriminately fused as a culture, but pocked with outcroppings of ethnic settlement, Dayton had beer – beer and the beginning of a long history with deep German roots. The […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]