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On the Beat: 6/14/16

Drivers Ed: Enough to drive ’ya nuts By Jim Bucher The rigors of child-rearing. Every day seems like a range of emotions from furious, frustrated, disappointed, discouraged and, lastly, proud. Too bad there’s not more of the latter. My youngest is 16 and the owner of a temporary driver’s permit. If you’re not aware, “temps” means […]

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On the Beat: 6/7/16

Thinking Summer? Then think Summerfest By Jim Bucher By now, hopefully, you know one of our world-class venues here in the Miami Valley is celebrating its 25th anniversary. I’m talking, of course, about Fraze Pavilion. I can remember working at Channel 2 back in the day, covering the groundbreaking on a patch of land in […]

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On the Beat: 5/31/16

The transgender foot in the proverbial mouth disease By Jim Bucher I, like many of my friends, are very sensitive to others. Hope you are too. But I have had a few faux pas in my life. For instance, a few years ago when I was brought home from the nursery at Grandview Hospital the […]

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On the Beat: 5/24/16

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Fraze on Fraze By Jim Bucher I had a wonderful conversation with Ermal and Martha Fraze’s son, Mark, from his home in Arizona. His pops, of course, owner of Dayton Reliable Tool Co., invented the pop top can, which made it super easy for beer lovers round-the-world to enjoy a cold one sans a can […]

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On the Beat: 5/17/16

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My dad, my hero By Jim Bucher Ever notice life is full of “would have, could have, should have?” You know, wish I “would have” done this or “could have” or “should have” done that. Well, this particular writing is about my dad James G. Bucher, who we lost in 1997. He was a WWII […]

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On the Beat: 5/3/16

Where were you when? By Jim Bucher Do you ever relive memories? You know, certain things good and bad, which are seared in your brain and clear as day? For me it was when President Reagan was shot. We were in Sarasota, Florida, on a family trip. My dad refused to turn the TV on, […]

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On the Beat: 4/26/16

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The ‘behind the scenes boys’ By Jim Bucher OK, you’re seeing a show at the Victoria or Schuster and it’s a masterpiece of sound and light, absolutely wonderful, perfection. It’s so engrossing you forget sometimes it’s just a show. That means the folks behind the scenes are doing their jobs flawlessly. There are two longtime […]

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On the Beat: 4/5/16

Am I going through the “change”? By Jim Bucher As we get older, the levels of our sex hormones decline. In women, this leads to menopause. But do men go through a male equivalent as their testosterone drops? I’m a red blooded American male in the midst of middle age—is this something I’m going to […]

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On the Beat: 3/29/16

Lights, camera, Dayton! By Jim Bucher Are you like me? When out-of-town family and friends visit, I show off my city. I always plan a trip to Carillon Park, hit a brew pub, the Air Force Museum of course, and then a visit to the many wonderful Five Rivers MetroParks. Well, if you love to […]

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On the Beat: 3/22/16

What time is it? By Jim Bucher Don’t know about you, but this whole time change deal a week or so ago is still messing with me. I know, I know, you’re saying, “Oh come on, you just lost an hour of sleep is all.” Right, but when you think about it, instead of eating lunch […]

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On The Beat: 3/15/16

What’s cookin at the Dayton Home and Garden Show By Jim Bucher Any cooking show fans out there in Dayton City Paper land? If so we have a fun and tasty event coming up this weekend. First, have you heard of the television show Chopped on Food Network? In each episode, four chefs must take […]

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Broadway-bound Buch By Jim Bucher I just departed from the Victoria Theatre Association’s 2016-17 season announcement feeling excited and pumped on the lineup. But before the schedule is shared here, I thought I’d tell a few tales about season announcements from the past. My association with the Victoria Theatre dates back to the early ’90s. […]

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On The Beat 3/1/16

Memories of St. Patrick’s Day By Jim Bucher Years ago on St. Patrick’s Day here locally I’d be out on the town with a live TV camera in tow covering the festivities between 5 and 7a.m. on the Ch. 2 morning news show. I’ve sworn to write a book one day—the things that happened on and […]

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On The Beat 2/16/16

The bread and milk mystery By Jim Bucher People still to this day come up to me and say, “Hey Buch, loved when you worked at Channel 2 out in the snow and cold covering the event live on TV.” Hours on end, I and other reporter types would file our reports every 10 minutes […]

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On stage

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So you want to get on stage? By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Joshua Lisec as King Rex and Tamra Francis as Madame Mysterioso in Mayhem and Mystery’s “New Orleans”; photo: Peter Wine, MediaMoments Mayhem and Mystery Interactive Theatre at the Spaghetti Warehouse Mayhem in downtown Dayton? Not really, except at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Another season of […]

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On the Beat 2/9/16

And they’re off By Jim Bucher It’s official. The 2016 presidential race is in full swing. But wait—hasn’t it been underway since the day after President Obama’s second inauguration? Pretty much. Seems like we’ve been talking about it for years, but as of this writing, the Iowa Caucuses are wrapping up. It’s gonna be a long […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]