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Paul Laurence Dunbar’s grave in Woodland Cemetery marks his importance to the region and to history; photo: Terri Gordon

Woodland Cemetery tours through murder, mystery, mayhem By Terri Gordon In 1840, Dayton was growing rapidly. Its downtown cemeteries were filling fast. Town leaders decided to develop a more permanent repository—one that would accommodate the growing population, one more rural and scenic, and one that wouldn’t be consumed by the growing town. Mayor John Van […]

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Ashes to ashes


Pet cremation options in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker Our pets, the loved ones to whom this annual issue of the Dayton City Paper is dedicated – what can be said about our beloved animal friends that hasn’t already been echoed many times before in these and other pages? They allow us to share […]

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Is Dayton chicken?

In the city survey, 79 percent responded in favor of changing Dayton’s zoning code to allow backyard chickens; photo: Five Rivers MetroParks’ Josh Koenig

Residents say ‘yes’ to chicken ownership, will the city? By Tara Pettit Dayton has progressively moved closer toward its residents’ shared vision to transform post-industrial “dead spaces” into creative, more productive eco-friendly areas centered on community. Amidst progress, however, Miami Valley residents have reached a major roadblock in their mission to become a more self-reliant […]

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Singin ’bout my generation


Baby Boomer Festival celebrates 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s By Matt Clevenger You don’t have to be a baby boomer to enjoy the Baby Boomer Festival. With a full 12 hours of live music, 50 different craft vendors, food trucks, two car shows, and a children’s area, the festival will offer a little something for […]

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Mi Blue House es su Blue House

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Two years, 1000 Prints By Joyell Nevins Photo: Issa Randall peppered The Blue House with New York Times headlines in “An Easy Tension” photo courtesy of Nicholaus Arnold and Ashley Jonas What if your living room was your exhibition hall? Meet husband and wife Nicholaus Arnold and Ashley Jonas, who literally live in The Blue […]

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Reading between the rings

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Paul Henry Martin builds the stories of wood By Bill Franz Photo: Paul Henry Martin identifies as both craftsman and artist; photo: Bill Franz About three years ago, I started taking photos of people at work, with a focus on two groups.  One group is Dayton artists working in their studios. The other group is […]

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Such great heights

Big Brothers Big Sisters go ‘Over the Edge’ for area kids By Andy Hertel Most everyone is willing to do a bit of fundraising or volunteer work if asked, whether it be at work, at church, or with the local Little League team. It’s a great feeling to help out in the community, but let’s […]

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The French connection


Can-can across the world at Festival of Nations By Lisa Bennett Photo: Can-can dancer Madame Gigi teaches Gabrielle Dye, dressed in traditional French garb photo courtesy of Amorette Dye Imagine traveling from the far reaches of Bosnia on the Balkan Peninsula to the very southernmost part of Africaa to exotic India and beyond. What would […]

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Murder… they wrote


Dayton History reopens 1896 trial of Albert Frantz By Terri Gordon Photo: Old Case File retries the Bessie Little murder case at the Old Court House July 22-24, July 29-31, and Aug. 5-7; photo: Haylie Schlater In late summer of 1896, the love affair of Bessie Little and Albert Frantz was cut short by her […]

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That’s what she sayeth


YS Theater Company stages ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ in 1864 By Don Hurst Photo: Stephanie Radford as Leonato debating smacking Orion Wright as Claudio in ‘Much Ado’ photo: Don Hurst Yellow Springs has a long and illustrious relationship with the bard from Stratford-Upon-Avon. Theatre critics from all over the world have acknowledged the town’s special […]

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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


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 […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]