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AleFest expanded


With new wine offerings, AleFest hops By Kevin Tucker Photos: Sarah Browning Ever since Col. George Newcom founded his tavern in the city more than 200 years ago, Dayton has had a love affair with suds. And never has that been more evident than with the explosion of the beer brewers that have made the […]

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A tale of two culinary cities


Taste of Troy showcases mom and pop ops By Kevin Tucker Photo: Hit the streets for treats like chocolate shortcake in a cup at Taste of Troy Sept. 10 In Troy, it’s a tale of two culinary cities depending on your geographic location. Popular restaurant chains decorate the landscape near the interstate on the town’s […]

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Secret in Springfield


The fairytale Hartman Rock Garden By Kevin Tucker Photo: Ben Hartman erected the ‘Tree of Life’ at the center of the Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield; photo: Rod Hatfield The Hartman Rock Garden (HRG) can be easily overlooked as it stands stoically behind one of the many nondescript dwellings comprising the southwest Springfield neighborhood it calls […]

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Irish renaissance


Celtic Fest Ohio mixes old and new By Kevin Tucker Like clockwork, festivals of all shapes and sizes materialize annually around the Miami Valley to decorate the landscape come summer and fall. Throw one more fête into the ubiquitous mix this year with the unveiling of the inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio, slated for June 17–19 […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]