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On Consignment

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Secondhand Treasures in Troy By Matt Bayman Consignment shops are the perfect fit for the current economy. On one hand, people need extra money, and consignment shops can help make this happen. On the other hand, consumers with money are looking to spend it more wisely and may choose to buy something used from a […]

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Veterans Museum Brings Piece of World Trade Center Home

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Local Welding Institute Instrumental in Building of New York City Complex By Matt Bayman Since 1930, the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy has trained more than 85,000 students in the art of welding. The school is considered the largest and best of its kind in the United States, and teachers have trained men […]

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Dining Around the World in Troy

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Restaurant Owners Reflect Heritage in Business By Matt Bayman Without traveling much farther than Main Street in Troy, local residents and visitors to the city can enjoy flavors from around the world. Troy is the dining hub of Miami County. It has more restaurants than any other community in the county and, by far, it […]

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From The Hands of Troy

Collection of Hand crafted furniture

Local Artisans and Craftspeople Add to Unique Downtown Shopping Experience By Matt Bayman In a woodworking shop located in the quiet countryside near Troy, Canal Street Primitives owners, Bruce and Debbie Lutz, put the finishing touches on a brand new piece of colonial-style furniture. Although the furniture is new in every sense of the word, […]

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The Many Museums of Troy

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Bringing Local History to Life By Natasha Habib Troy’s museums are piquing interest in the past by examining the Miami Valley’s role in national and world history. “The standard assumption is, well, nobody likes museums because they’re old, dry, musty places where you’re looking at a bunch of dead people’s stuff in cases,” said Purke, […]

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Down A Country Lane Liquidates Merchandise

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Entire Inventory Marked Down by 50 Percent By Matt Bayman For more than two decades, Down a Country Lane has been one of the most popular shopping destinations in Tipp City and Miami County. During the annual A Winter’s Gathering festival, which kicks off the holiday shopping season in Tipp City each November, people would […]

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A visit to Leaf & Vine

The humidor at the Leaf & Vine.

Bar and cigar room a classy throwback in time By Matt Bayman To truly enjoy a cigar, it takes patrons at the Leaf & Vine in Troy about an hour. “Smoking a cigar is all about taking time to sit back and relax for a while,” said Patty Rose, co-owner of the pub, adding that […]

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The return of Hobart Arena

The Casting Crows at Hobart in 2009. Photo courtesy of Anthony Weber.

Troy complex hosting top country, Christian and classic rock bands By Matt Bayman Since 2010, Hobart Arena in Troy has hosted three of the five artists that were nominated for the 2011 Country Music Award’s “New Artist of the Year,” including its winner, The Band Perry. Along with other country artists, such as Luke Bryan, […]

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Seeing an olive oasis

New olive oil store selling the “best of the best” in liquid gold By Emma Jarman Olive oil is an ancient ingredient, more than 6,000 years old, that has long been held to contain mystical properties. Homer called it “liquid gold.” The ancient Greeks rubbed it all over their bodies (and some people still do!)  […]

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Who needs Rockefeller Center?

Hometown Holiday Celebration on the Square in downtown Troy By Natasha Habib Troy will be ringing in the holiday season with their annual Hometown Holiday Celebration on Friday, November 25. If you’ve only been to Troy in the summer for the Strawberry Festival, you’ll definitely want to see it decorated for the holidays. “Really it’s […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]