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Yellow Springs’ intimate Art and Soul Fair Art: Dylan Engler’s “erosion” glass bowl By Lisa Bennett Famous French  Artist, Edgar Degas once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Degas, one of the founders of the Impressionism, believed that being able to use art to reach people was as […]

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Angels of Christmas

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Custom trees and wreaths benefit Dayton Children’s fundrasier Photo: A Grinch themed tree up for auction at the Sugarplum Festival of Trees By Lisa Bennett Prior to 1960, children faced the very real possibility of dying before they reached puberty. Diseases like polio and pertussis claimed the lives of thousands of children. Malnutrition, accidental deaths, […]

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Schisms and Sparks

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Dayton Theatre Guild examines faith and family in “The Christians” Cast of “The Christians” rehearsing (l-r) Steve Strawser, Richard Young, Thor Sage. Photo: Rick Flynn By Lisa Bennett “The Christians” takes a raw look at what it means to be a community. When I was a kid, my family had a routine. Every Sunday morning […]

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Country stardom fast-track

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Up-and-comer Jackie Lee at Oddbody’s Photo: Country singer, Jackie Lee, takes the stage at Oddbody’s this Friday By Lisa Bennett The early 1920s was an interesting time in American history. World War I was officially over, the country was becoming more urban than it was rural, and inventions like home refrigeration, penicillin, and radio were […]

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Haunted Troy

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The region’s paranormal hotbed Photo: Patrolmen John Stager (left) and Craig Synan (right) with Jack the Ripper (Tom Sowers) By Lisa Bennett Crisp autumn  leaves adorn sidewalks like works of colorful art and the comforting scents of cinnamon and spices dally outside coffee shops and bakeries. October is as a refreshing break from the heat […]

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Boos and brews 

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Ohio Craft Brewers Association serves up scares at Ale O’Ween 2016 Ale O’Ween contestants for “Day of the Dead” costume contest. Photo: Jim Witmer By Lisa Bennett Like many traditions before it, Halloween has seen changes in how it is celebrated over the years. What used to be a night of bobbing for apples (or […]

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Street legal

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Dayton’s golf cart grand tour Photo: Touring Carts are safe and legal. They meet all Highway Traffic Safety regualtions for low speed vehicles. By Lisa Bennett When my editor, Ashley, asked me to cover a story about a golf cart tour of Dayton, it sounded like fun; but I have to admit I was a […]

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2 miles of terror

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Yellow Springs heritage comes out to scare The haunted WPA ampitheatre in Yellow Springs is home to some of the mysteries. Photo: Robin Heise By Lisa Bennett One warm summer day about a century ago, a young woman walked out along a trail in search of berries to pick. She meandered about the trail, blissfully […]

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Look! Up in the sky!

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MUFON seeks UFO truth In 2014, two fisherman lost three hours of time in Salt Fork Lake, Ohio; photo: Ohio MUFON By Lisa Bennett UFO’s. Aliens. Crop Circles. It’s the stuff that fantastic fiction is made of. Could any of it be real? An intrepid group of researchers here in Ohio called MUFON (Mutual UFO […]

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Island in the sun

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Discover Troy’s Treasure Island Park Photo: The Troy Treasure Island Boathouse, built by E.A. Hobart in 1949 By Lisa Bennett What do the Rocky, Assereniet, and La Rushes Rivers all have in common? They are all the same river, also known as the Great Miami River. At 160 miles long, the Great Miami is an […]

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The beautiful struggle

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Beadwork exhibition journeys from South Africa to Dayton Artwork: “My Mother Peach Tree” by Zondlile Zondo By Lisa Bennett  What is beauty? It is a titillating, age-old question that has undoubtedly sparked debates for millennia. For some, beauty is simply happiness. For others, it is a spiritual state akin to “oneness.” In general, beauty is a […]

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Bathing in beer

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A World A’Fair celebrates folk medicine at the Dayton Convention Center By Lisa Bennett Photo: Experience A World A’Fair with performances and food May 19-21 at Dayton Convention Center; photos: Scott Stoisenberg Long before modern medicine emerged, people from all walks of life often used home remedies, passed down through generations to heal the sick. […]

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Steeped in history

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YS Arts Council overhauls tea time with ‘bling! tea’ By Lisa Bennett Photo: Historical fashion expert Bill White talks ties and hats at YS Arts Council Elevenses or afternoon? Both refer to tea: the delightful, hot beverage steeped in a surprising and rich history. While many of us here in America tend to think of […]

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Matter matters

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Physicist, artist Lisa Randall questions the universe at UD By Lisa Bennett Photo: Lisa Randall unpacks the concept of dark matter, which she says may have influenced a comet that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs millions of years ago; photo: Eui Sung   What if? Those two simple words have likely been the […]

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Darkness beckons

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Gaze at the stars with Miami Valley Astronomical Society at John Bryan State Park By Lisa Bennett Photo: Amateur astronomers gather at John Bryan State Park to view the skies; photo: Glenn E. Johnson   Darkness—it beckons the far reaches of imagination and taunts us with nightmares both real and intangible. Though darkness sometimes shields […]

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Patchwork peace

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Enter Janet Bear McTavish’s Peace Quilt Labyrinth at Middfest International By Lisa Bennett Photo: The entry panel of the Peace Quilt Labyrinth, the product of Janet Bear McTavish and a team of 62 working day and night for 22 months A young soldier, weary from unending brutality on the battlefield, made his way slowly up […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]