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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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On the Beat 09/15

Buch gets a tip By Jim Bucher Boy, did I get an earful, or rather an inbox full of responses from my column on tipping in the Aug. 18 edition of Dayton City Paper. It seems I touched a nerve or two. Most people were in agreement that service industry workers survive on tips, but […]

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On The Beat: 09/08

FLOC Anti-bullying rally kicks off By Jim Bucher I remember being a scrawny kid; in grade school, I was pushed around by guys bigger than me, which in most cases was just about everybody. Bullying was a part of school life. Now, it wasn’t all the time, but occasionally it was worrisome. That part of […]

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On the Beat: 09/01

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it: the Internet By Jim Bucher This just in from the OHMYGAWD department… I was going through some old papers and came across a printed email from a segment I did while working on local television called, “Hey Buch, What’s Up With That?” I took questions from viewers […]

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On the Beat: 08/25

Montgomery County Fair time again By Jim Bucher What is it about the aroma of a certain food or a particular smell that conjures up so many wonderful, vivid memories? That’s what happens to me every year, a few days before Labor Day weekend, at the Montgomery County Fair. Corn dogs, funnel cakes, sausages, hamburgers, […]

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On the beat: 08/18

Please tip your waitstaff By Jim Bucher   This is a subject I’ve wanted to write about for quite some time: Tipping. Many tip generously, some tip little; others leave absolute zilch. I was always taught to leave a tip based on great service from a waiter or waitress. But why do some tip and others […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]