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The architect, the chocolatier

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The wizard of Ghyslain Chocolate by Paula Johnson Photo: Key Lime Cheesecake at Ghyslain Chocolate Factory; photo: Paula Johnson “The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain.” —Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson had something there, especially in terms […]

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The rocky mountaineer

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Butch Ross’s dulcimer rock at Taffy’s by Tim Walker Butch Ross—touring musician, Chattanooga resident, and lover of the mountain dulcimer—began his musical career playing a much more common stringed instrument: the guitar.    “I came to the dulcimer backwards. I started out playing rock and roll guitar,” Ross says, “and from there, I transitioned into […]

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The bite’s better than the bar

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Scruffy’s Hot Dogs: Chicago in Dayton by Paula Johnson Photo: The New York Dog (left) and the classic Chicago-style Scruffy Dog (right) at Scruffy’s; photo: Paula Johnson Walking into Scruffy’s Hot Dogs is like walking into a hot dog joint in the Windy City. You will seriously be checking Google to verify your location because there […]

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Behind the bookcase

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Mark Martel’s ‘Dayton’s Children’ reinvents By Mark Luedtke Photo: Aeronautical engineer Maude Elsa Gardner (left) and chemist Thomas Midgley Jr. (right) from ‘Dayton’s Children’; photos: Mark Martel Few people know many of the technologies they use every day were invented in Dayton. Mark Martel wants to fix that. Martel published a history of the fascinating characters […]

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Wright State gets wired

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Hollywood composer starts college sound studio By Jim Hannah Photo: Composer Steve Hampton and his son designed the professional grade Wright State recording studio; photo: Erin Pence Wright State University now has a state-of-the art, professional-level recording studio thanks to noted Hollywood composer and Wright State alumnus Steve Hampton. The studio, which is housed in Benjamin […]

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Yeck, not yuck

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Students mentor students in DAI’s Yeck Fellowship By Jimaur Calhoun Photo: Artwork (from left to right) created by Allison Parrish, Stephanie Tyson, Christa Cape, and Jessie Karlsberger; (group from left to right) Christa Cape, Jessie Karlsberger, Stephanie Tyson, and Allison Parrish taught high school students at the DAI; photos courtesy of the artists and Eric […]

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Too tough to die

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Richie Ramone brings back his own blitzkrieg to Bob’s by Gary Spencer Unless you’ve been cryogenically frozen like Han Solo or live under a rock, then you know who the Ramones are—NYC’s godfathers of punk, the band that changed the landscape of rock music when they released their eponymously-titled debut album in 1976 and went […]

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Sky of lights

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Regional Fourth of July celebrations By Erin Callahan Photo: The Centerville Americana Festival celebrates 43 years July 4; photo courtesy of Centerville Americana Festival Friday, July 1 Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial  Fireworks Festival  Shawnee Park, 591 S. Park Drive in Xenia The festival honors Kevin Sonnycalb of Xenia and has brought the community together after the […]

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Enter the labyrinth

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J.T. Thompson’s Illusion at Triangle Gallery by Joyell Nevins For painter J.T. Thompson, his latest exhibition at the Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery, “Illusion of Spatial Extent into the Labyrinth,” is a chance to come back to the place where it all began. The gallery is prime art space inside of Sinclair Community College. “If […]

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On The Hilltop

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The inaugural Dayton-talent-driven Festival on the Hill By Tim Walker Photo: Local favorite Eric Jerardi starts the festival June 24  at 5 p.m.; photo courtesy of Eric Jerardi If you’re traveling through downtown Dayton on I-75, you’re afforded two beautiful views of our city. A glance to the east and you’ll see Dayton’s impressive skyline, dominated by […]

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Law and Disorder: The Buzz 4/18

Grow at your own risk By Michael Brice Keller   The Constitution, I am told, is written on hemp, and I […]