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Angels of Christmas

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Custom trees and wreaths benefit Dayton Children’s fundrasier Photo: A Grinch themed tree up for auction at the Sugarplum Festival of Trees By Lisa Bennett Prior to 1960, children faced the very real possibility of dying before they reached puberty. Diseases like polio and pertussis claimed the lives of thousands of children. Malnutrition, accidental deaths, […]

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Boos and brews 

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Ohio Craft Brewers Association serves up scares at Ale O’Ween 2016 Ale O’Ween contestants for “Day of the Dead” costume contest. Photo: Jim Witmer By Lisa Bennett Like many traditions before it, Halloween has seen changes in how it is celebrated over the years. What used to be a night of bobbing for apples (or […]

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A memorable mum experience

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Tipp City’s 59th Annual Mum Fest Photo: The parade Saturday will help honor past and present service members By Ehron Ostendorf The smell of fresh food wafts through the air of a warm, September day. Sunshine peaks through the trees of the Tipp City Park where over two hundred venders rest. T-shirts, blankets, arts and […]

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Pretzels and Germantown: fun, food, and community combined

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Annual Pretzel Festival set to return for the 38th year Photo: Living statue interacts with children at last year’s festival By Tim Walker People love pretzels, and during its annual Pretzel Festival, the city of Germantown has plenty of them: pretzels of all kinds, as far as the eye can see. Soft pretzels, gourmet pretzels, […]

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Bikes and beats

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Rock the Bike Music Festival rides into Troy Photo: Eric Jerardi Band performs Saturday night By Matt Clevenger The city of Troy is gearing up for a bicycling-themed weekend, celebrating the arrival of an estimated 3,000 Tour de Donut bicyclists with the new Rock the Bike Music Festival this Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. […]

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Stuff your mouth

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Dayton Greek Festival’s 59th year Dean Margioras and friends dancing at the festival; photo: Linda Bouris By Terri Gordon By the second week of July, volunteers at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church have begun to prepare the food for the Dayton Greek Festival. It takes them about two months. They prepare pastitsio (a Greek version […]

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Grass strains

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Paddle faster, hear bluegrass at Tipp City’s Canoegrass Photo: Listeners float near one of the two stages where bluegrass will blast at Canoegrass in Tipp City By Joyell Nevins Paddle faster, I hear bluegrass! So goes the tagline under the unofficial music video for the annual Tipp City festival, which this year goes from Aug. […]

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Beer building community

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Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns to Salem Avenue Try a taste of Belgium at Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival July 29; photo: Lew Hann By Jim Witmer The Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival has a tightly focused theme—a collection of world-class rated ales and food that complement their nuanced flavors. But […]

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Future sounds

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1st Electronic Dayton Music Festival thrills at Middletown’s Land of Illusion Photo: Grammy-winning Cleveland hip-hop veterans Bone Thugs N Harmony headline Electronic Dayton Music Festival July 14 at Land of Illusion By Gary Spencer Over the past few or so years, Dayton has become one of the places to go for live electronic dance music […]

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Field of dreams

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Soak in the Summer Solstice Lavender Festival at Peaceful Acres Farm photo: Demo gong meditation as well as other healing and whole-health activities June 17 and 18 By Tara Pettit Although its wide uses and benefits have been recognized for centuries, Lavandula angustifolia has made a comeback in the recent decade. As published studies continue […]

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Come together

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1st World Culture Celebration Festival unites in Centerville Photo: Baoku Moses, a Cincinnati-based Afro-beat musician, headlines World Culture Festival in Centerville; photo: Leo Koiko, Foto With Edge By Tim Smith We seem to be living in an era where division has replaced diversity, but one local human rights advocate would like to see that change, starting […]

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‘We the people’

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Dayton celebrates PRIDE Weekend 2017 Photo: PRIDE Weekend, organized by the LGBT Center of Greater Dayton, takes the streets with a parade and festival June 3 Compiled by Amanda Dee Dayton is home to some gems. One of those gems is Dayton’s LGBT Center, the organizer of PRIDE Weekend. The LGBT Center has served the […]

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Bathing in beer

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A World A’Fair celebrates folk medicine at the Dayton Convention Center By Lisa Bennett Photo: Experience A World A’Fair with performances and food May 19-21 at Dayton Convention Center; photos: Scott Stoisenberg Long before modern medicine emerged, people from all walks of life often used home remedies, passed down through generations to heal the sick. […]

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Eat, drink beer, and be scary

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Dia de las Cervezas By Jim Witmer Photo: Dia trio ladies by Lynn Becker of L. Hetherington Studio; photo: Laurel Coffey With perfect timing for the season, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) is planning a frightfully cool event, the inaugural kickoff of Dia de las Cervezas, which will feature 30-plus breweries from around the […]

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Kraut rocks

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Waynesville’s Sauerkraut Festival returns By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: An aerial view of Waynesville’s North Main Street, where hundreds of thousands check out wares and fare at the annual Sauerkraut Festival Fall is festival season in Ohio, and the Dayton area is lucky to host many of its fests. One of the biggest is the […]

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Dayzed and infused

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Infusion ArtFest in Beavercreek By Tim Smith Photo: Jesy Anderson will feature her sewed works along with about 69 other artists at ArtFest Sept. 18; photos: Jesy Anderson Miami Valley communities have long supported homegrown artists in a variety of venues. Beavercreek joins the lineup Sept. 18 when the city showcases some new and emerging […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]