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The tradition continues

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Vandalia Oktoberfest celebrates international family By Lisa Bennett Photo: The Vandlia Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 11-13 at Vandalia Sports Complex; photo: Rick Shieltz Sometimes, even the simplest of activities can lead to the most unlikely of events. In the early 1970’s, Vandalia Mayor Walter Lakin was looking for something fun for the city that could […]

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Oh Geez!

Geez Grill & Pub: Flat screens, flat taste By Paula Johnson If you are a super sports fanatic with ADD, Geez Grill & Pub just might be your dream come true. Replete with 360 degrees of flat screen TVs, it’s impossible to cast a glance anywhere that doesn’t fall on somebody wearing a uniform doing […]

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Pinkies down, thumbs…

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Would you drink wine from a can? Should you? By Mike Rosenberg Our neighbor, Christine the Pie Queen, relayed the results of a bit of work-related research performed by her loving hubby Jeff, both of whom you may remember from several write-ups over the years. Jeff had uncovered a series of videos produced by Union […]

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The eyes have it

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Yellow Springs’ Cyclops Fest attracts the unique By Tammy Newsom Photo: The annual Cyclops Fest takes place Sept. 12; photo: Stephanie Baker In Yellow Springs, for one day in September, a capricious mythological one-eyed creature opens the door to the locally grown, the handmade and the weird. Like the mythological Cyclops, many local entrepreneurs of […]

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Trail mix

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Take a hike in “Trail Town” Dayton By Kristen Wicker Photo: Local hiking enthusiast Andy Niekamp begins his through-hike of the Buckeye Trail at Deed’s Point From downtown Dayton, you can walk to North Dakota. Or Vermont. That’s because the Dayton region is home to a portion of the North Country Trail—a 4,600-mile National Scenic […]

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The Docket 09/08

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Love thy neighbor After his neighbor threatened him with a knife, a 42-year-old man decided to get the authorities involved. The man checked his mailbox at about 8:30 p.m., when his dog ran past him into his neighbor’s yard. The dog sat by the neighbor’s kids, who the man considered […]

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The Toronto International Film Festival at 40

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Getting better with age By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in “Born to be Blue” I have to admit that I’m a sucker for symmetry and my association with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is rife with coincidental parallels. As I enter the home stretch of my preparation for a week […]

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Fusion master masters jazz fusion

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Virgil Donati Band comes to Oddbody’s By Christian Roerig Photo: The Virgil Donati Band will perform at Oddbody’s on Sept. 11 Virgil Donati is no stranger to playing drums. In fact, he*s considered one of the best (not strangest). The Australian-born native is known for a highly technical style of drumming, but that*s not where […]

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Pop into Labor Day

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Beavercreek Popcorn Festival celebrates sweet and salty By CC Hutten Photo: The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival takes place Sept. 12-13; Stan Rohrer Since 1987, the people of Beavercreek have gathered the weekend after Labor Day to celebrate community, popcorn and, this year, veterans. “It started out like many things,” says John Engel, festival president of about […]

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That new old-time rock and roll

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The Pullouts bring nostalgic piano-rock tunes to Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Pullouts will perform at Blind Bob’s on Sept. 11; photo: Lainey Hill Many music fans in recent years have complained that modern music has lost something. Some indefinable quality, common in the musical landscape of decades past, is now missing in the […]

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Having a (meat)ball

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Annual Italian Fall Festa returns By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Italian Fall Festa, which includes the Meatball Madness 5K race, takes place Sept. 11-13 Benvenuti! Come taste delicious homemade food, play a round of bocce and celebrate all things Italian at the 38th-annual Italian Fall Festa. It is held by the John Pirelli Lodge #1633 […]

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That’s all, folks!

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Folks of Dayton Music Festival returns By Katie Fender Photo: The Jayne Sachs Band will perform at the Folks of Dayton Music Festival on Sept. 12 Music fests have become synonymous with the summer months. So clearly, there is no better way to kick off the end of the season than by attending the Folks […]

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The ART of Caring

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We Care Arts: so much more than a studio By Joyell Nevins Photo: Erica Gibbs, Betsy Boesch, David Hiday and Jeffrey Bailey pose during an event at We Care Arts in Kettering We Care Arts, an art studio in Kettering, is not a gallery for famous artists. It’s not a paint-your-own-pottery studio for wannabe artists. […]

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Poisoning the well

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Lord Dying brings the sludge to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Lord Dying will perform on Sept. 5 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Danger Ehren Photography Sludge. What does the word bring to mind? Thick, nasty motor oil perhaps? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sludge as “thick, soft, wet mud: a soft, thick material that is […]

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The place to taste

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Fraze’s The Taste event returns By Paula Johnson Photo: Selections at this year’s Taste event include everything from deep fried cheese curds to tiramisu to gourmet dog treats “It’s the 29th year! It’s our biggest fundraiser,” Ann-Lisa Allen, president of the Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce excitedly explains. She’s talking about The Taste. She continues, […]

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Talking about a revolution

Elementree Livity Project stole the show at Reggae Fest featuring The Original Wailers at the Thompson House in Newport, Ky.

Elementree Livity Project performs at Eaton’s new Eatonic Music Festival By Rusty Pate Photo: Brandon “Bean” Bastin, Elementree Livity Project lead guitarist. ELP will perform at the Eatonic Music Festival, Sept. 4-6; photo: Brian Glass Musical groups can be contentious unions. Clashing egos and personalities can sometimes make keeping a project’s head above water a […]

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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 […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]