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Celebrating emancipation

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“Juneteenth is a date set aside to recognize the freeing of the last group of slaves that were held in Galveston, Texas in 1865,” says Emma Andrews, Case Manager at The Wesley Center. She was kind enough to take time out of her day to tell me why this date and its celebration holds such […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and unwind, so that we may reconnect with ourselves and with nature. The rise in self-care has surged since the 1980s, a movement that will not be falling away anytime soon, even though there may be […]

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Adventures under the sea

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Almost every girl at one point or another thought that they were the little mermaid. Except for me. I was the the little mermaid, and you couldn’t convince me otherwise. I do not know what it was about the red-haired adventurer that made me fall in love with her story, but I was hooked instantly. […]

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The draw of downtown living

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Summer events kick off with Downtown Dayton Housing Tour First Place at 330 W. First Street offers residents a prime location, luxurious living spaces, and spectacular views. By Sarah Monroe One of the wonderful things (among many) about living in the city of Dayton and its surrounding areas is that there is no shortage of […]

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Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more “pop” songs, including her self-penned “Wonderland.” By Sarah Monroe There are many things that get better with age: delicious wine, smooth whiskey, tasty cheese and the ethereal voice of Jackie Evancho. She astounded audiences worldwide […]

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BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first mid-life crisis from his girlfriend Susan (Danielle Ruddy), and his best friend Michael (Philip Drennen). By Sarah Monroe What’s the big deal about turning 30? It’s just like turning 20 but ten years later, so […]

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To rule the world

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YouTube’s “Dulcimer Dad” Ted Yoder plays Dublin Pub National Hammer Dulcimer Champion Ted Yoder By Sarah Monroe “My wife basically said ‘Let’s just go down there, compete, forget about the job and act like we’re on vacation. We’ll worry about the job when we get back.’” That’s how Ted Yoder describes his wife Donna’s reaction […]

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Double tenors, double fun

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Brothers Nunziata perform Broadway favorites in Springfield (L-R) Showmen Will and Anthony Nunziata… or is it Anthony and Will? A little help? Photo: Stephen Sorokoff By Sarah Monroe The stage is set and the music has been carefully selected. There is a soft shuffling of feet moving towards center stage as two brothers take their […]

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Oh my cod!

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Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. by Sarah Monroe | photos by Jeremy Daniel Picture this: England, sixteenth century Renaissance. The year is 1595 and the plight of the dark ages is tucked firmly into the grave of the fallen Roman […]

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Magic of the mundane

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Christopher Burk’s “Illuminating the Everyday at Springfield Museum of Art Christopher Burk, Connected—Columbus, Harrison West I, 2016 Oil on panel 8″ x 10″ By Sarah Monroe When we look back at the great artists of our past, such as Claude Monet, Edward Hopper and even Bob Ross, we appreciate their eye for and their interpretation […]

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Plugged In

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]