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Putting names to the faces of drug abuse

By Jim Bucher My column this week was supposed to be Thanksgiving related, but recent events in my life have changed all that. Over this past weekend, three young people I’m acquainted with have died. One died from presumed drug abuse. For the second, drugs may have been a contributing factor. The third died from […]

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Cast your eyes on this… By Jim Bucher If you’re reading this article on Tuesday, Nov. 4, then you still have time. After that date, well, I hope you did. If not, shame on you. I’m talking about voting. I know, I know, I’ve heard every excuse in the book. It’s just mind-numbing. So, with […]

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Remembering Dr. Creep By Jim Bucher Photo: Barry Lee Hobart, aka Dr. Creep (1941-2011) He was born Barry Lee Hobart on June 23, 1941. A native of Middletown, he was the nephew of horror film make-up artist and stuntman Doug Hobart, who hosted a traveling monster show in the 1940s and ’50s. This quite possibly […]

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Living with Alzheimer’s By Jim Bucher The statistics are mind-numbing. As many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease – the most common cause of dementia among older people. One of those 5.1 is my mom, “Cookie.” She’s an awesome person, and she just turned 89. But more on mom later. It’s amazing how […]

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A little here, a little there By Jim Bucher Are you watching re-runs? First, it’s funny how many people come up to me still and say, “We watch you every morning,” or ask, “Buch, what are you doing on TV tonight?” Well, I’m not sure what they’re watching, but I’ve been off Channel 2 now […]

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Fun in the fall By Jim Bucher   With the chilly temperatures upon us and leaves turning vibrant colors, it got me thinking of fun things to do in the fall, right here in our home base.  And of course, you, our loyal readers, have your faves.  I have my personal places, but hundreds of […]

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Meet Ted Rall By Jim Bucher Photo: Don’t miss Ted Rall’s weekly cartoon in the opinion section of Dayton City Paper He’s a columnist, syndicated editorial cartoonist and author who sometimes causes controversies. At one point calling for the resignation of President Obama, he has taken swipes at both parties. Some would say he’s an equal […]

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And the wall came tumblin’ down By Jim Bucher Well, they snuck one by us again didn’t they? Another historical piece of our past is gone. Look, I know we can’t save everything, but it seems like we’re not thinking ahead for the generations to follow… Let me go back a bit. After Wilbur and […]

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Whatchya watchin’? By Jim Bucher I love people in social settings that say, “Oh, I never watch television,” then in the next breath start reeling off a dozen or so of their favorite shows. I admit it, the TV was my babysitter as a kid. “Go watch television!” mom would say when we we’re getting […]

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On the Beat: 09/09

Familiar face takes off on morning radio By Jim Bucher Photo: Catch Dan Edwards in his new spot on FLY 92.9 FM They say life throws curve balls at times – well, for my buddy Dan Edwards, they are pitched relentlessly and he’s not wearing a batting helmet. OK, seriously. Yours truly and Edwards go […]

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Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]

Chew On This: 08/25

More than a study’s findings about soda By Jayne Powers Food pairings have earned their reputations: bread and butter, wine […]

Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add […]

News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all […]

A taste of something local

Taste of Troy spotlights local eateries By Katie Christoff Photo: Taste of Troy takes place Sept. 19 in Downtown Troy; […]

25 years, 25,000 acres

Tecumseh Land Trust, local artists partner in natural landscapes exhibition By Tara Pettit Photo: Steven Walker, The Other Side of […]