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Young toes and orchestral pros

Sleeping Beauty awakens Dayton Masonic Center By Melissa Markham Photo: The Gem City Ballet and Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March; 1 photo: Andy Snow As classic a fairytale as it is a ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a miraculous birth, a bitter […]

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Soul models

Dayton’s other law enforcement squad By Melissa Markham Photo: Street Souljahz leaders Merphie Frazier Marlon Shackelford street souljah [street sohl·jah] – noun 1. A member of a Dayton volunteer task force providing a combination of citizen patrol and youth mentorship to combat the transition of Dayton youth from situations of poverty into lifestyles of crime, drugs, […]

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High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival takes place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 3-5; photo: Heather Taylor As fall’s chill brings our season of fairs and festivals to a gentle close, the city of Troy prepares to host one of the largest, most extravagant […]

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Your other foot(ball)

Dayton World Soccer Games returns By Melissa Markham Photo: Players from team Germany (left) and Burundi (right) fight it out on the field. Photo: Neal (Scooby) Daniels With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just behind us and more teams competing this year than ever before, the anticipation for this year’s Dayton World Soccer Games games […]

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Sex: Believe it or not?

Local Docs Peterson and Jaxson-Jäger bust open sex myths By Melissa Markham Photo: Carol Jaxon-Jäger and Frederick Peterson, both licensed psychologists and sex therapists, talk sex myths Living in a culture utterly saturated with sex, it’s interesting to discover our knowledge on the subject comes nowhere near our obsession. We are not only ill-informed, but […]

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Dayton’s travel(ing) photographer

Bill Franz debuts in Dayton and beyond By Melissa Markham Photo: “Made in America,” by Bill Franz Behind every image lies a story. A simple facial expression captured by a camera’s lens holds endless tales of victory and loss, and there are so many stories yet to be told. What began as a pursuit of a […]

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A Dayton original

One hundred years of the Dayton Canoe Club By Melissa Markham Photo: An early photo of three Dayton Canoe Club Members on the Miami River; photo: William Mayfield Off of Riverside Drive in Dayton, a quiet clubhouse sits inconspicuously on the bank of the Great Miami River. For the past hundred years, members of the Dayton […]

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Earth to Yellow Springs

Building their own home, one tire at a time By Melissa Markham Photo: Workers lay the foundational layers of the earth ship’s back wall; photo: Brian Page As residents of the Dayton area, our reliance on others for survival is uncanny. We depend on grocery stores and restaurants for our food, service providers for our electricity, […]

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Fling into Spring

Miamisburg’s annual Spring Fling returns By John Hamilton Photo: The annual Miamisburg Spring Fling festival takes place May 16-17 in […]

Advice Goddess: 5/5

By Amy Alkon Eat, pray you’ll shut up, love I’ve always been a feelings stuffer, but I’ve been reading about […]

News of the weird: 05/05

By Chuck Shepherd World’s worst sculptor It seemed like a good idea when the village of Celoron, New York, paid […]

The Docket: 05/05

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Donkey wrong Police were flagged down by a […]

Chew on this: 05/05

Thinking differently about dieting By Jayne Powers Two things in life besides death and taxes seem to dominate American culture: […]

The Weight of water

Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, […]