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Trappist bliss

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Belgian beers and cuisine take center stage at Belgian Ale and Food Festival By Hayley Fudge Photo: A wide selection of rare and unique Belgian beers and food take center stage at the Belgian Ale and Food Festival; photo: Sarah Roswell For a country that’s comparable in size to the state of Maryland, Belgians know […]

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Making the trade

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The art (and science) of beer trading By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Beer trading can be a hobby for geeks who want to try beers that are rare, interesting or outside of their distribution area—but the practice exists in a legal gray area With thousands of breweries scattered across the world, one of the most […]

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Cancer sucks

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Ghost Town Silence headlines Kick Cancer’s Ass benefit at Bob’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: Ghost Town Silence will headline the third annual Kick Cancer’s Ass benefit August 8 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Laura Combs The newly christened Ghost Town Silence is a five piece rock band from Dayton previously known as The Rebel Set, and […]

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Art, uninterrupted

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Art on the Commons Arts and Crafts Festival returns By CC Hutten Photo: Mugs made by Lexington, Kentucky artist Melissa Zimmerman color the 2014 Art on the Commons display at Fraze Pavilion. This year’s event will be held Aug. 9; photo: Shayna McConville For nearly 30 years, the Art on the Commons fine arts and […]

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Staying Current

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Pack up a picnic at this Yellow Springs eatery By Paula Johnson Photo: [clockwise:] A French-bread sandwich, cherry Napoleon, chocolate mousse, ratatouille, French-style potato salad, and cassoulet from Yellow Springs’ Current Cuisine There is nothing more romantic in every sense of the word than a picnic. A picnic is a reminder that savoring time spent […]

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Apples and oranges

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Farmers markets produce more than ever By Paula Johnson Did you know you can pet an alpaca and do yoga at Dayton farmers markets? Talk to the guy who baked your bread this morning and the folks who made the honey you just bought? Pick up a handmade ceramic piece or a painting? Hear live […]

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Bring it back

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God Bless and Asher Jones take hip-hop RnR to Bob’s By Christian Roerig Photo: God Bless and Asher Jones (GB&AJ) will perform July 31 at Blind Bob’s A few years ago, the future of God Bless and Asher Jones was uncertain. A few years prior, the band quickly jumped out as a stand-out in the […]

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A twisted take

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Local author looks west for dark first novel By Tim Walker Photo: Local author Ryan Ireland has always had a soft spot for western themes When you think of writers penning intellectual novels, books that offer imaginative as well as visceral thrills, you rarely think of books published in the Western genre. Posses and cattle […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s

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It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Pump up the give

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Charity rocks Miami Valley Music Fest By Gary Spencer Photo: Singer-songwriter Sharon Lane will perform at this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 There are rarely definites in life, but when it comes to summers, there are a couple—warm weather and music festivals topping the list. And during the […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

The Docket: 8/23

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Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby Researched and reported by Ehron Ostendorf So stupid, a caveman could do it An […]