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On The Beat 11/24

Light(s) up your holidays There’s nothing better to get my Christmas spirit burning bright than a couple of annual “Happy Holidays” lighting events. First, it’s the annual downtown tradition celebrated by generations, the Dayton Holiday Festival, kicking off with the Grande Illumination. For those living under a rock this Friday, it all kicks off with […]

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On The Beat 11/17

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Yes, Jimmy. There is a Santa Claus. By Jim Bucher Photo: Doc Claus has played Santa in the Dayton area for 50 years   OK, we all know Santa is real, and for you naysayers out there, well, bah humbug. But I’ve always wondered how he can be in so many places at the same […]

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On the Beat: 10/13

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Walking dead comes to Dayton By Jim Bucher Tell me if you’ve heard of this one before. There’s a little TV show about the zombie apocalypse called The Walking Dead. The weekly ratings are pretty scary for traditional broadcast networks, tearing up the competition like machine guns to zombies. So, it’s a no-brainer for a […]

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On the Beat: 10/06

The state of health care: a state of shock By Jim Bucher People ask me all the all the time where I get my story ideas for columns in Dayton City Paper. Well, some come from my bizarre mind, others from readers, but most write themselves. Case in point: last week I came down with […]

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On the Beat 09/15

Buch gets a tip By Jim Bucher Boy, did I get an earful, or rather an inbox full of responses from my column on tipping in the Aug. 18 edition of Dayton City Paper. It seems I touched a nerve or two. Most people were in agreement that service industry workers survive on tips, but […]

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On The Beat: 09/08

FLOC Anti-bullying rally kicks off By Jim Bucher I remember being a scrawny kid; in grade school, I was pushed around by guys bigger than me, which in most cases was just about everybody. Bullying was a part of school life. Now, it wasn’t all the time, but occasionally it was worrisome. That part of […]

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On the Beat: 09/01

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it: the Internet By Jim Bucher This just in from the OHMYGAWD department… I was going through some old papers and came across a printed email from a segment I did while working on local television called, “Hey Buch, What’s Up With That?” I took questions from viewers […]

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On the Beat: 08/25

Montgomery County Fair time again By Jim Bucher What is it about the aroma of a certain food or a particular smell that conjures up so many wonderful, vivid memories? That’s what happens to me every year, a few days before Labor Day weekend, at the Montgomery County Fair. Corn dogs, funnel cakes, sausages, hamburgers, […]

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On the beat: 08/18

Please tip your waitstaff By Jim Bucher   This is a subject I’ve wanted to write about for quite some time: Tipping. Many tip generously, some tip little; others leave absolute zilch. I was always taught to leave a tip based on great service from a waiter or waitress. But why do some tip and others […]

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On the beat: 08/11

Socializing in a social media world By Jim Bucher   PUT THE PHONE AWAY! How many times have you uttered that phrase? Whether it’s your kids, grandkids or maybe even your spouse, we are addicted to electronic devices. I always joke that our future leaders of tomorrow will text across the table to hash out […]

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On the beat: 08/04

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Memories of ‘The Godfather’ Dale Huffman By Jim Bucher Photo: Dale Huffman, Bob “Scoop” Phillips and Jim Bucher; photo: Skip Peterson I lost a dear friend recently. The community lost a local legend. You knew him as Dale Huffman, writer for the Dayton Daily News, covering just about anything and everything going on in his […]

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On the beat: 07/28

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Comedian Jimmy Pardo: Never not funny By Jim Bucher Photo: Comedian Jimmy Pardo will perform July 25at Wiley’s Comedy Club In life, I’ve noticed there’s a handful of people you meet that make an impression on you. They can be friends, acquaintances or someone who you don’t talk to for a while, but when you […]

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On the beat: 07/21

Rocker Bryan Adams gets ‘Reckless’ at Fraze By Jim Bucher   I didn’t realize it, but rocker Bryan Adams and yours truly have lots in common: He’s a wonderful singer; I can sing in the shower. He’s performed with big name musicians; I’ve listened to many of those stars. OK, he’s a guy, I’m a […]

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On the beat: 07/14

Mindi Abair: not your father’s jazz band By Jim Bucher   I hope you checked out my column last week on jazz musician Brian Culbertson coming to Fraze this Thursday night. He would be reason enough to spend an awesome night at the outdoor venue, but when teamed with saxophonist extraordinaire Mindi Abair well, then […]

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On the beat: 07/07

Brian Culbertson jazzes up Fraze By Jim Bucher   Culbertson and Abair… sounds like a law firm right? But what I’m actually talking about is jazz. I’m talking about pianist Brian Culbertson and saxophonist Mindi Abair’s performance at Fraze Pavilion Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. “I love the Fraze,” Culbertson says. And he’s played […]

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On the beat: 06/30

Parallel parking could be kaput By Jim Bucher This is the biggest news since the return of the Twinkie. OK, maybe it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s pretty darn close. This affects all of us who have a child at or near the driving age. The dreaded parallel parking portion of the […]

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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 […]