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It’s a bird? It’s a plane? It’s both!

Flying the SR-71 Blackbird By Mark Luedtke Photo: The fabled SR-71 Blackbird will be the subject of discussion at the Engineers Club on Friday, Feb. 22 The SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most captivating aircraft in history. Designed by the Skunk Works division of Lockheed, the aircraft first took flight in 1964 and was finally […]

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Splitting sides since 1976

Emo Philips returns to Wiley’s By Leo DeLuca Photo: Comedian Emo Philips returns to Wiley’s Comedy Club Feb. 21-24; photo credit: Kevin Thom Comedian Emo Philips has been splitting sides since 1976. Hailed by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America,” Philips has appeared on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Arsenio Hall. In addition, […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

The Dayton Renaissance By  Gary D. Leitzell Last October, I wrote an article in the Dayton City Paper about 63 things that have happened since the start of 2010. That list has already grown by another 15 items, but I want to take a moment to list some other facts that are not well known. It […]

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Get growing!

The Miami Valley Gardening Conference at Sinclair Community College  By Val Beerbower  Photo: Attendees at the 2012 Miami Valley Gardening Conference explore the expo area; Photo courtesy Five Rivers MetroParks The temperatures are still low and branches are still bare, but it is the final few weeks of winter that kick off the gardening season. Seed […]

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Rockstar Pro Arena celebrates its first year of independent wrestling By Gary Spencer Photo: Ron Mathis versus Benjamin Kimera at Rockstar Pro Arena; photo credit: Shane Bucher We all have dreams as kids as to what we want to be when we grow up. Some want to be doctors, some want to be firefighters, some want […]

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Time to make the doughnuts … again

Evans Bakery returns to Old North Dayton  By Jordan C. Terrell At the second hour of the day, Jennifer Evans walks down her stairs to begin preparation. First, on the list: Doughnuts. Jennifer starts the mix, puts the doughnuts on the mixer, divides them, lets them rest, rolls them out, presses them and fries them. […]

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To the principal’s office!

From Vince Vaughn films to “Weeds,” Comedian Bret Ernst has been around the block  By Leo DeLuca Los Angeles-based comedian Bret Ernst performs at Dayton’s Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant on Jan. 24-27. Raised in New Jersey and South Florida, Ernst went on to play football at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island […]

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Experience the great outdoors … indoors!

Adventure Speaker Series inspires attendees to “Get Out and Live”  By Val Beerbower When winter has the Miami Valley in its grip, it gets easier to hunker down on the sofa and channel surf. But if the idea of “adventure” has amounted to no more than Iron Chef marathons, perhaps it’s time to shake things […]

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Ain’t that tough enough?

The Original Toughman Contest returns to Hara Arena By Mark Luedtke The Original Toughman Contest swings back into Dayton’s Hara Arena Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19. The Toughman Contest is exactly what it sounds like: two contestants get in a ring and slug it out until one wins a decision or knocks out his opponent. […]

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The lies within the truth

SunWatch presents new archaeology series By Emily Kaiser   As I was driving down the long road to SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park, I thought to myself, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” I felt that I was no longer in Dayton, the city of which I thought I knew every square inch. As […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]