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In the face of Disaster

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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!

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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”

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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

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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!

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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

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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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Lend a Helping Paw

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Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association helps those in need with loving animals By Emma Jarman All the animals I’ve ever had have behaved in such a manner that I was almost driven to therapy on multiple occasions. But apparently, while Dickens the miniature schnauzer was dragging my bike down the sidewalk with my shoelaces tangled […]

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A Piece for Everyone

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Diverse Styles at Yellow Springs’ Jewelry Showcase By Emma Jarman It’s no secret the township of Yellow Springs is off the beaten path for many who live, work and entertain in the City of Dayton. Although it’s only about 20 minutes from downtown proper, many see the trip up 675 to be out of the […]

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A Step Towards Equality

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Dayton Allows Domestic Partnership for Same-Sex Couples By Emma Jarman On Wednesday, May 2, the City of Dayton unanimously approved an ordinance that allows couples, regardless of sexual orientation, the ability to enter a domestic partnership and receive benefits including health insurance coverage, hospital visitation rights and pickup privileges for children after school. The idea […]

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The Collective Effort of Theatre

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The Laramie Project Continues at Sinclair By Emma Jarman Theater is one of America’s oldest and most effective escapist pastimes. We watch movies and attend plays to put our own troubles behind and become absorbed in the fantastical yet fictional dilemmas and perfectly timed resolutions of the characters onscreen or stage. But what if there […]

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Surviving St. Patrick’s Day

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If you’ve ever hit the streets of Dayton during its annual Celtic Festival you know this city takes its Irish heritage and holidays seriously. And if you’ve ever taken a peek outside on March 17 — you know St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. The rich Irish culture typically bound inside local Irish hot spots […]

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Woodland Cemetery

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A Must-See Historic Place, for Everyone By Emma Jarman In college, we go there to have a beer atop Lookout Point and watch the sun rise over the Dayton skyline. As new parents, we take our children to hike the wooded grounds, dip their toes in the duck pond and visit Frosty the Snowman’s final […]

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Community Gallery Reflects History

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Yellow Springs Arts Council Presents its Permanent Collection By Emma Jarman Yellow Springs is perhaps the closest thing the Miami Valley has to a utopian artists’ colony. Its thriving arts scene draws people from across the region to experience the folky vibe and organic nature of the eclectic collection of restaurants, bookstores and boutiques lining […]

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Seeing an olive oasis

New olive oil store selling the “best of the best” in liquid gold By Emma Jarman Olive oil is an ancient ingredient, more than 6,000 years old, that has long been held to contain mystical properties. Homer called it “liquid gold.” The ancient Greeks rubbed it all over their bodies (and some people still do!)  […]

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Breaking the seal

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Local stationery boutique, The Envelope, gives creative and custom options to Dayton-area paper lovers By Emma Jarman Remember back in the good old days, before your grandparents were e-mail proficient and your kids knew more about touch screens and iPads than it took you years to discover? Those were the days when birthday parties were […]

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A (dark) force to be reckoned with

Why people love to love Dark Star Books By Emma Jarman Nothing about Dark Star Books is ordinary. Not its expansive collection of new and used books and comic books that turn the quaint store into a cavernous library of titles and treasures; not the old store cat, Bart, who was trained specially to be […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]