On the Beat: 4/12/16

Thoughts and things

By Jim Bucher

Let it blow

While writing this column for all my Dayton City Paper Bucher fans, March left like a lion, nowhere near a lamb. And April showers I can deal with, but winter’s icy grip just doesn’t seem to let go. It’s Saturday April 2, and I’m in a national discount chain in Huber Heights that specializes in “odd lots.” Bet you know where I am.

I walk in around 2 p.m. and the weather outside is windy yet delightful, far away from frightful. While perusing the discount aisles the lights in the store began to flicker and sway. You could hear the sounds of gasps from shoppers and more so when the metal ceiling began to creak and groan. At one point I swear it began to rise a little then drop back into place.

The news DNA in me kicked in—I grabbed my phone and began to shoot video. I got it!—stop the presses, let me render and send to the local news stations. Or so I thought. Oops had my setting on photo as opposed to video.

Oh well, you can’t get ’em all.

By this time people were walking at an abnormally fast pace, plus others were running into the store to avoid the sleet and snow blowing sideways.

Yes, sleet and snow. If you were inside under the covers you may have missed it, but if out and about by chance then you feel my pain.

It’s true when they say if you don’t like Ohio weather, give it 10 minutes.

It’s a good thing my toupee was firmly in place with heavy duty Velcro or my wig would have been airborne for sure. By the way if you have a story from that day, send it to me in care of the paper. Would love to hear.

Better butter burger?

Hey, you old timers out there like me. Remember the heydays of restaurants along N. Main Street in Dayton at I-75? Suttmiller’s, Tropics, Upper Crust, Grub Steak and White Tower home of the butter burger?

Well, good news for the latter. Quincy’s on N. Main and Great Miami Blvd. is soon to open its doors serving fish, world famous chicken and house made slaw. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Quincy’s motto is “We make it. You eat it. All is right with the world.”

The restaurant opens very soon and will offer limited delivery to you folks working downtown. We’ll keep you posted.  No word yet if the ‘butter burger’ will make a comeback.

Hakuna matata

You may have seen the commercials and the familiar, catchy music—downtown and the Miami Valley is abuzz with Disney’s The Lion King returning.

I know, I know, getting ahead of myself. It’s not on the Schuster Center stage until June 7 through July 3, but if you’ve never seen it, trust me—you need to.

Did you know that more than 70 million people around the world have enjoyed the phenomenon of The Lion King? Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.

Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals which also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

There is simply nothing else like The Lion King. I was lucky enough to see the original production on Broadway and here at home too. It’s an experience for the entire family that can’t be missed.

For more information, please visit ticketcenterstage.com. 

Gas sass

Question: Why does gasoline go up 30 cents, but drops a few pennies? Think we need a reverse day whereas gas drops 30 and rises a penny. Have any takers out there?

Let’s be fair

There’s some confusion out there regarding the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. First, it’s pretty certain the fair will move from the current location on South Main Street across from Miami Valley Hospital. When that will happen is up in the air. For now, though, the 2016 edition of the Montgomery County Fair will kick-off August 31 through September 5, and the 2017 fair will be at the old S. Main St. location as well.

Hope to see you there. I’ll be the once with the powdered sugar from those delicious Elephant Ears all over my shirt.

One more thing—Fraze Pavilion is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Check back for future DCP issues for all the festivities. Here’s hoping spring which acts like winter is over.

Cheers until next week.


For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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Jim Bucher
For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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