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On The Beat 11/24

Light(s) up your holidays There’s nothing better to get my Christmas spirit burning bright than a couple of annual “Happy Holidays” lighting events. First, it’s the annual downtown tradition celebrated by generations, the Dayton Holiday Festival, kicking off with the Grande Illumination. For those living under a rock this Friday, it all kicks off with […]

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On The Beat 11/17

Yes, Jimmy. There is a Santa Claus. By Jim Bucher Photo: Doc Claus has played Santa in the Dayton area for 50 years   OK, we all know Santa is real, and for you naysayers out there, well, bah humbug. But I’ve always wondered how he can be in so many places at the same […]

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On the Beat 11/10/15

Dayton video is music to my ears By Jim Bucher Photo: “Dayton Music Video” premieres Nov. 17 at Top of the Market   From idea to reality. This story is one I love to write about. You see, an idea sparked imagination, creativity, team work … and it promotes the city and region I and […]

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On The Beat 11/03/15

Memories of the Dayton Peace Accords By Jim Bucher Where were you 20 years ago on Nov. 21? Many here in Dayton and the Miami Valley knew what was happening out at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, yet lots of folks did not. It was a monumental occasion for the warring factions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. […]

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On the Beat 10/27

Too much TV? By Jim Bucher I don’t know about you guys out there in Dayton City Paper readership land, but I love some good TV. No, I don’t let it rule me; rather, I rule it. In other words, “Not a couch potato am I.” What am I, Yoda? But there’s nothing like appointment […]

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On the Beat 10/20

Death has many options By Jim Bucher Many of you know my mom, Cookie Bucher, passed this past July at age 89, just four days shy of her 90th. Then a short time later, I lost my friend long-time Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman. And if that wasn’t enough, a good friend of our […]

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On the Beat: 10/13

Walking dead comes to Dayton By Jim Bucher Tell me if you’ve heard of this one before. There’s a little TV show about the zombie apocalypse called The Walking Dead. The weekly ratings are pretty scary for traditional broadcast networks, tearing up the competition like machine guns to zombies. So, it’s a no-brainer for a […]

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On the Beat: 10/06

The state of health care: a state of shock By Jim Bucher People ask me all the all the time where I get my story ideas for columns in Dayton City Paper. Well, some come from my bizarre mind, others from readers, but most write themselves. Case in point: last week I came down with […]

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On The Beat 09/29

 Halloween: a big, scary business By Jim Bucher I’ve written about this before, just a few years ago. But you know what? Halloween has become even bigger since then! You already know that next to Christmas, Halloween is the biggest holiday for retailers. I remember a time—here I go reminiscing again—when Foy’s Halloween Store in […]

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On the Beat 09/22

Fall festivals and more By Jim Bucher Wow, I’m exhausted. I just took part in “Festival Weekend” in Dayton and the Miami Valley and I can’t eat or drink another thing. First, it was the Italian Fall Festa, then the Greek Festival, the Vandalia Oktoberfest, Miamisburg Artisan Festival, Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, Huber Heights Marigold Festival […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]