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Where the streets have a name

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The curious origins of Dayton street names at Wright Library The brickyard may be long gone, but Brown Street remains. By Joyell Nevins  |  Photos by Michael Morris Did you know that Stanley Avenue was named after a former king and queen of the gypsies? Or that Booher Lane’s namesake’s mother was the first person […]

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Working in tandem

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Local artists collaborate on new works Stratum Panels (L-R): 26 and 22 by Amy Kollar Anderson and Kate Huser Santucci By Joyell Nevins What happens when two artists who both embrace nature and the power of details, but work with different colors and materials, come together in the design process? The result is a new […]

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Cello there

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Cello Springs Festival’s Yellow Springs homecoming Cellist (l-r) Alicia Randisi-Hooker, David Skrill, David Smith, and Miriam Liske-Doorandish performing at Emporium Wines By Joyell Nevins For a musical generation, the people who participated in Friends Music Camp (FMC) through Olney Friends School experienced a symbiosis between teacher and learner, professional and amateur. “There was a special […]

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Grass strains

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Paddle faster, hear bluegrass at Tipp City’s Canoegrass Photo: Listeners float near one of the two stages where bluegrass will blast at Canoegrass in Tipp City By Joyell Nevins Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass! So goes the tagline under the unofficial music video for the annual Tipp City festival, which this year goes from Aug. […]

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Nature’s calls

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Fort Ancient honors Hopewell culture in this summer’s activities By Joyell Nevins Experience history, nature, and Native American culture at Fort Ancient, east of Dayton in Washington Township, this summer. Fort Ancient is actually not a fort at all, although it is designated a national historic site and is in consideration for a World Heritage […]

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#ChalkAboutIt: Bringing Pavement to Life

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Rainbow Road: Nearly 30 artists take over The Greene for Life Essentials Photo: Craig Houdeshell; Artwork: Jennifer Chaparro By Joyell Nevins “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” —Edward Everett Hale […]

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Open, full house

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Try out city living at Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Housing Tour By Joyell Nevins Photo: Try out downtown Dayton living at Downtown Dayton Partnership’s annual Downtown Housing Tour May 20 Have you ever considered living in downtown Dayton? It might be more enjoyable and plausible than you think. Get a glimpse of downtown life and see […]

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Saving the Victory, part 2

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The rescue mission continues with the Victoria Theatre Association, live theatre By Joyell Nevins Photo: Richard Benedum, chairman of the UD Department of Music, conducts ‘Handel’s Messiah’ in December 1983; photo: D. Altman Fleischer In the early 1970s, the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, known then as the Victory, faced extinction due to lack of […]

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Sport of the Arts: Thousands celebrate 40th Winter Guard International Competition

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Athletic Art 40th Winter Guard International Competition takes over Dayton By Joyell Nevins   Color guard—that’s just that “twirling thing,” right? Dayton, you must be trippin’. Combine gymnastics and dance, throw in a wooden rifle or sabre, add a set design made to travel (including a performance floor), and don’t forget the giant flag. Make […]

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Saving the Victory

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Growing with the grassroots Victoria Theatre movement By Joyell Nevins Photo: Patrons leave Dayton’s Victory Theatre in March 1980 after a performance by Vincent Price as Oscar Wilde; photo: Dayton Daily News   R. Buckminster Fuller once said, “And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person […]

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Slavery beyond the South

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Historian Margaret Newell exposes New England’s native slavery at SunWatch By Joyell Nevins Photo: Historian Margaret Newell holds Benjamin Church’s sword, used in King Philip’s War; photo: Anita Kent Think you learned all you need to know about the history of American slavery in high school? Think again. History professor Margaret Newell expounds on the […]

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Turning a prison into a town

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‘Digging Amache: The Archaelogy of a Confined Community’ at SunWatch By Joyell Nevins Photo: (l-r) Duncan Kelly, Carlene Tinker, Anita Miller, and Stephanie Skiles review artifacts included in ‘Digging Amache,’ at SunWatch Feb. 18 Several weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep certain groups out of the United States, as a […]

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Stripped ‘Down to Nothing’

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Hilaree O’Neill fights her way up the mountain on screen and in person at the Victoria By Joyell Nevins Photo: O’Neill is the first woman to scale two 8,000-meter peaks in 24 hours The credits roll and the scene opens: two tents are pitched on a mountain peak and the wind whips around them. As […]

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Lady Injustice

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Troy rivalry takes turn for the worse By Joyell Nevins Photo: Lady Justice atop the Miami County Courthouse gazing over Troy, as she was intended tophoto: Mike Ullery The entire city of Troy is wringing their hands at the moment and looking to their northern neighbors. The iconic female statue of justice has been perched […]

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Travelin’ man

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Mechanicsburg author willing to go anywhere for his craft By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Shonkwiler kicks off his first book tour for “Above All Men” in a small, mining ghostown. What would bring a kid from Mechanicsburg, a town with one stoplight, to West Virginia, California, New Mexico, and beyond? “I follow what lets me […]

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It’s OK, Dayton–We’re Here Now

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New local web series pokes fun at the Gem City By Joyell Nevins Photo: Caley Rose as Jen shoots the opening of We’re Here Now at downtown’s Cannery Lofts Get ready for another ode to Dayton—this one from a non-Daytonian, actually. A new web series by Sixteen 37 Productions places three New York City fish […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]