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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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Worth The Tipp

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Welcome to Tipp City By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Cover art by Jed Helmers Ask around and you’ll find the most frequently used word to describe Tipp City, the little town that sits just north of Dayton on the Miami River, is “charming.” Founded in 1840, the city took hold as a stop along the developing […]

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Queen to Bishop Six. CHECK!

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Diversity is nothing new in chess By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dave Rutherford considers his next move at Dayton Chess Club; photo: Bill Franz   As a chess neophyte, I was intimidated even by walking into the Dayton Chess Club, housed as it is in the unassuming but remarkably grand Reed-Steffan building in Dayton’s terra […]

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Women in the arts dig them out at Ladyfest Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Lisa Bird of Whiskey for Kids marks a long lineup of rockers at Ladyfest Sept. 2 and 3; photos: Jennifer Taylor Telling a little boy he could one day be a good father may not be as effective as actually showing […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex

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A few lessons they may have skipped in health class by Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin   Disclaimer: This article is meant to serve as a conversation stimulus, which will ideally help lead to a healthier, more fulfilling sex life for you, the reader. To more deeply explore your unique sexual experience, we encourage you to do […]

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Con-dumb?

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The government and abstinence-only sex education By Sarah Sidlow It’s an awkward subject, sex. Especially when you’re talking to a 9-year-old. Or their parents. Where do you begin? What tone do you use? What do you leave out? Luckily, the government is here to help. Since 1981, the federal government has had an influence on […]

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From The D to the DYT

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Mike Stanley lets loose at Wiley’s By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Mike Stanley holds nothing back at Wiley’s June 24 and 25; photo courtesy of Mike Stanley Have you ever been watching standup and thought, “What’s holding this comedian back?” Surely they must hold opinions on some of the bigger issues taking place in the […]

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Special Engagement with Dave Coulier at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin This is far from Dave Coulier’s first visit to the Gem City. In fact, as a hockey-playing kid in Detroit, he used to travel with his home team down I-75 to play the Dayton Gems. “That was a big trip for us,” […]

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Family Ties

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5th generation of pretzel benders on Xenia Avenue By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Smales Pretzel Bakery has been around as long as the airplane. Theoretically, the Wright Brothers could have had a Smales pretzel. In fact it’s likely, considering that Smales (rhymes with “sails”) were the Montgomery County Fair pretzel up until the latter part of […]

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Him of many faces

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Tommy Davidson makes impressions at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Remember the T-1000 from “Terminator 2” and how it was made up of that mimetic alloy that allowed it to instantly transform into whomever it wanted? Tommy Davidson must be made of similar stuff, considering how completely he disappears into impressions, from Sylvester […]

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Battle of the voices

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Dayton’s spoken word collective Metaphorically Speaking turns three By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin If you’ve ever been privy to the intensity of a spoken word poetry slam, you know the spine-tingling effect that the power of well-chosen words can have on your very being. Metaphorically Speaking does just that. A collective of local artists, creatives and […]

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Just a guy

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Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Getting her done

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LARRY THE CABLE GUY WITH JEFF FOXWORTHY AT THE TAFT THEATRE By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know Larry the Cable Guy, the jovial, sleeveless sensation, widely recognized for hollering his supportive catchphrase “Git-r-done!” For this you likely also know Mater, the loveable tow truck sidekick from Cars, the third installment of which is currently in […]

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Cross my heart and hope to Dye

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Jeff Dye at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know that one friend you have who’s always good for a story? It doesn’t even have to be about anything extraordinary, they just have a really engaging way of telling you about daily minutia. If you’re lucky, that friend is something like Jeff Dye, […]

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Who wants to be smarter than a 5th grader?

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Diving head first into the Dayton trivia scene   Trivia Host: “The answer is Ursa Minor.” Husband: “Aw, nuts.” Trivia Host: “Which of course is also known as the Little Dipper.” Husband: “Oh! Nice!” Me: “Told ya so.” There were several told-ya-sos on the night our Dayton City Paper team trouped out to the Buffalo […]

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What a character!

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John Witherspoon at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Witherspoon performs Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Dayton Funny Bone For 40 years, John Witherspoon has been stealing the show with his memorable roles in blockbuster movies, music videos and TV shows. From Willie Jones […]

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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 […]