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Miss Maha does the Tango … By Maha Kashani   When Stephanie Ricker from A Special Wish Foundation approached me at a Generation Dayton event and asked, “Hey Maha, can you dance?” I laughed and responded, “Give me a couple cocktails with some good music and sure I can dance!” I did NOT expect to […]

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It’s the economy, stupid

How has Dayton become one of America’s fastest dying cities? By Mark Luedtke Yet another organization lists Dayton as one of America’s fastest dying cities. Unfortunately, the population numbers don’t lie. 24/7 Wall St. lists Dayton as the fifth fastest dying city because it suffered a 7.21 percent population reduction between 2000 and 2009. In […]

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Love is in the ‘ugh’

An Anti-Valentine’s Day Survival Guide for Those Who Have Really Had It Up to Here With This Fake-Ass Holiday By Jason Webber If there is a more universally reviled holiday than Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t exist on this planet. How many people do you know who will actually stand up and admit that they are […]

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Miss Maha and the City – February

February Happenings By Maha Kashani Happy New Year Daytonians!! My 2011 has taken off with a bang since returning from Iran. I had an amazing time visiting with family, reconnecting with my roots and being immersed in Persian culture. I’d love to share my journey with you, so please check out the photos from my […]

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Green with anticipation

Your Spring Garden is just around the corner By Valerie Beerbower With January’s snow and frigid temperatures, it can be hard to picture yourself outside, up to your elbows in soil, preparing your garden or landscape, but because spring really is just around the corner, there’s no better time to hone your gardening skills—and the […]

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Off the beaten path in Yellow Springs

A sampling of winter events By Deb Adams WYSO Radio hosts Silent Auction This year’s WYSO Silent Auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 12, will move to the Wright State University Nutter Center concourse. The annual fundraiser offers WYSO members, supporters and staff a chance to connect while supporting the station. This year’s event will feature […]

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Let’s all go to the movies

A preview of the 2011 Yellow Springs Short Film Festival By Lara Donnelly The snow is lying thick and frozen on the streets of downtown Yellow Springs and while hiking in Glen Helen is still an option for the brave among us, most people are looking for indoor entertainment this time of year. Luckily, the […]

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Luck of the Irish coffee

In search of the perfect alcohol/caffeine duo by Mark Luedtke In a lighthearted protest of the Four Loko ban, which banned alcoholic beverages pre-mixed with caffeine, my girlfriend Devin and I decided to enjoy Irish coffee at local Irish bars for this happy hour column. Dublin Pub enjoys a prime location on the southeast corner […]

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‘Press’ing the boundaries

Changing Dayton’s conceptions about coffee, one cup at a time By Lara Donnelly Brett and Janell Barker are coffee people. Brett has worked as a barista at Pacchia in Dayton and Gimme! Coffee in Brooklyn and opened a Gimme! Coffee franchise location in Ithaca, New York. The couple recently returned from a tour of “coffee […]

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Nudists Next Door

The growing nudist movement and nudist travel in Ohio By Mark Luedtke More citizens of Dayton are living next door to nudists than one might think. Nudism has gone mainstream. In 2007, USA TODAY reported, “40 million Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company, according to a Roper poll, and a YPB&R/Yankelovich Partners travel survey revealed […]

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Miss Maha and the City

January 2011 By Maha Kashani Salam and greetings from Iran. I can’t believe we are officially at T-minus two days until 2011. Wish I had some New Year’s Eve activities to enjoy out here, but because the Iranian New Year isn’t until the first day of spring, there won’t be much action on Friday night. […]

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No room at the Inn(s)? Let the Star(s) lead the way

A sampling of local bars’ happy hours (the holiday episode) by Mark Luedtke To kick off the Christmas season and this column, my girlfriend Devin and I investigated several local inns for happy hour. A quick Google search identified a number of options, but since none of them had web pages, we had to take […]

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Get Outside

Head out to Five Rivers MetroParks for some winter fun By Valerie Beerbower GET OUT IN THE SNOW! When the world is blanketed in snow, it’s easy to forget your MetroParks are still open. In addition to paved bikeways and indoor facilities such as the PNC 2nd Street Market, there are plenty of opportunities to […]

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Holiday in the Springs

Holiday spirit and New Year’s Eve fun in the village. By Robin Lynne Melet Yellow Springs will be full of holiday spirit and activity for the last two weeks of the year. As part of the Third Friday Fling on Dec. 17, Brother Bear’s Coffee House (a family-owned and operated business) will be showing “The […]

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Third Weekend Fling

Art, galleries and late shopping By Deborrah Adams The last Weekend Fling of 2010 will be all about art, artisans and getting that last minute shopping list checked off. On Third Friday, Yellow Springs will launch into the last minute shopping blitz with most shops staying open for special holiday shopping hours, many with specials […]

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The Theater of the Strange

Comedian Dow Thomas Reminisces About The Dayton Comedy Scene By J.T. Ryder It’s very rare for someone to be able to meet any of the people that were instrumental in warping the needle on their moral compass. For example, in the future, the odds are astronomically against my kids ever meeting up with Snooki, the […]

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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]