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Set in stone: Celebrating pottery in the Miami Valley

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Inaugural Clay Fest to take place later this month in Kettering Piece by Niehaus Lentum; photo: courtesy of Rosewood Arts Centre By Timothy Walker When you mention the art and craft of pottery to the average person, a variety of images may spring to mind: spinning wheels, muddy hands focused on molding decorative pots, which […]

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Before Hamilton there was Washington

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In the Heights examines what makes home, home Debra Cardona as Abuela Claudia and Justin Gregory Lopez as Usnavi; photo: Rich Ryan By Terri Gordon When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show “Hamilton: An American Musical”—a rap, hip-hop and rhythm-and-blues laced musical—hit Broadway, people were surprised by its meteoric success. They shouldn’t have been. If they’d been paying […]

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Forged in fire

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Local blacksmiths host international convention in Troy Photo: Most blacksmiths still rely on handtools and other traditional methods By Matt Clevenger Flames, molten metal, razor-sharp blades, and temperatures over 1,000 degrees; it sounds like something straight out of Dante’s Inferno. But it’s just another day at work for the highly skilled blacksmiths at the Southern Ohio […]

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Mimosa soaked hours

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Weekends are for brunch in Dayton By Paula Johnson  “In thousands of years, historians may regard modern brunch as the terminal stage of a soft civilization in decline. Now, however, there is no more important social meal, which is less about sustenance and more about making a destination of leisure” –Joshua David Stein, writing for […]

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Words Behind Worlds : Local Children’s Authors Tell Their Stories

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Big Ideas, Small People Photo: Illustration by Jed Helmers Tales of Local Children’s Authors By Tim Walker If you’re a book lover like I am, then chances are your love of reading began during childhood. You may think back to a parent or grandparent who loved to read to you at bedtime, or maybe you […]

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More than a market

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Regional farmers’ markets bring community to Dayton Fresh tomatoes for sale; photo: Centerville Farmers’ Market By Tara Pettit Most of us are aware of the obvious benefits a local farmers’ market brings to a community. It gets people out, helps local farmers, and promotes healthy eating – overall, a positive addition to any community that decides to […]

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Debate Forum: 8/15

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 Titillating conversations Should public female nudity be legal? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow Does anyone remember  Chelsea Handler posing topless on a horse in an imitation of a photo of Vladimir Putin? Instagram does, probably. Twitter probably also remembers all of the nude Chelsea Handler photos they had to remove because of its policy […]

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Dayton in Dirndls

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Germanfest Picnic puts down new roots at RiverScape Photo: Polka dancers at Germanfest By David Nilsen The Germanfest Picnic, Dayton’s largest celebration of the city’s rich German heritage, will be coming to downtown Aug. 11–13. Held for years at Carillon Historical Park, the 2017 picnic will be the first edition of the popular event to […]

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Techno Queen

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Nicole Moudaber reigns at Masque By Gary Spencer Every creative force has an origin story. Some musical artists have journeys so remarkable they stand out like dollar bills in a penny-infested wishing well. One such stand-out is DJ/Producer Nicole Moudaber, who, while creating her own music for only about a decade, has become a magnetic […]

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Ready for takeoff

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Wright Image Group looks to the skies to stake Ohio’s Triumph of Flight monument Photo: 3D rendering of America’s newest monument By Karen Ander Francis “It was little more than a powered glider,” says Curt Nelson, USAF Col. (Ret.), dismissing the Wright Brothers’ 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as an early attempt to […]

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Working Pets

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My stepbrother Baloo has held the annual Pet Issue baton for too long. So now it’s my turn. Though he’s not yet retired, he sleeps a lot more than I do! And that’s the point. Who gets to sleep at work? We do! For some stupid reason I have yet to understand, our human makes […]

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Alternative Routes

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The medical tourism trip to Michigan Photo: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) an active compound in marijuana, sometimes used medically to reduce pain, nausea, the effects of PTSD, and other symptoms By Matt Clevenger Ohio legislators approved medical marijuana last year with the passage of House Bill 523, which established the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and set up […]

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County Crossroads

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Montgomery County Fair says goodbye, hello By Tim Walker Mention summer to any longtime resident of the Buckeye State, and a few scenes might quickly come to mind: fields of growing corn, sudden thunderstorms, farmers markets, fireworks, and—of course—a trip to the county fair. Attendees at this year’s 165th Montgomery County Fair, however, will find […]

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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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Primary Catalyst

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Innovate into the music industry at GROOVE U photo: Jared Sawaya By Gary Spencer There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to post-high school education: your traditional four-year university and shorter-term educational institutions that focus on a specific field or trade (ITT for example). One field of study that’s often debated is […]

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The Circus Is Back In Town

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The Shuster Center turns big top with ‘Circus 1903’ By Terri Gordon Once billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed for the last time in May. It was the end of nearly 150 years of dazzling acrobatic acts, animal exhibitions, and sideshows. For those who grew up in […]

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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 […]