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A discussion of Dayton’s city commission system By: Alex Culpepper  Photo: John H. Patterson of NCR helped establish Dayton’s city commission form of government following the Great Flood of 1913     Government at Large It is probably an understatement to say right now that people in this country have a dim view of government. In […]

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Behind the masks

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Mike Foy and family champion Halloween in Fairborn  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Land of a thousand masks: Foy’s offers the largest selection of masks in Ohio; photo: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know the feeling. It pricks all the senses. Perhaps your taste buds take the brunt of the autumn attack, overcome by the omnipresent pumpkin-flavored […]

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Happily ever after

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Fairy tales come to life at Masquerage 2013 By Maha Kashani  Photo: Masquerage attendees in 2012 enjoying the “Vixens & Villains” theme; photo: David Long, LongShots There is an extravagant night in the city where all inhibitions are set free and everyone can be anyone – or anything – that they want to be. Fairy tales […]

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

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Ohio Renaissance Festival offers historical family fun By Allyson B. Crawford  Photo: Children of all ages enjoy the human powered rides like the Sea Dragon at the Ohio Renaissance Festival; photo: Will Thorpe Don’t be the village idiot! Get thee to the Ohio Renaissance Festival! The Renaissance, known broadly as a period of great enlightenment, occurred […]

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Redefining the weekend warrior

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Get active at midwest outdoor experience By: Sarah Sidlow Photo: The Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs entertain attendees during Midwest Outdoor Experience in 2012; Photo: Bill Franz There’s something happening this weekend. Something big. A convention, a reunion, a festival, a weekend of play. It’s an outreach, an invitation from outdoor junkies to the uninitiated adventurer. It […]

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The next Portland

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A brewery explosion in the Miami Valley By: Kevin J. Gray Photo: At Lock 27 in Centerville, enjoy craft beer and high-end cuising in a hip, modern setting If all goes according to plan, over the next six to 12 months the Miami Valley will have up to 12 breweries. With four active breweries and eight […]

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Truly spectacular!

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Season Opening Spectacular By Stacey Ritz Photo: Lauren Stenroos and Case Bodamer in “Bushido” From Dayton Ballet’s 2012 Celebration!; photo: sskphoto The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is a unique merger of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The legend surrounding the creation began when DPO Artistic Director […]

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There’s no place like home

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Leo DeLuca brings the lure of Misra Records to his hometown of Dayton By: Zach Rogers Photo: Leo DeLuca relocated indie label Misra Records to Dayton in 2012; photo: Bill Franz The music industry is a very different place than it was 20, 30 or 40 years ago. Numerous technological and cultural advances have made the […]

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History of the Human Race

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Dayton’s professional theatre company talks past, present and future By: Sara Mastbaum photo: Scott J. Kimmins Pictured [l to r]: scott stoney and kevin moore In the late 1980s, Dayton’s cultural landscape was just beginning to flower. ArtsDayton (now CultureWorks), the Dayton Visual Arts Center and Cityfolk were all in their infancy. It was during […]

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The Faces of Dayton

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Photos by: Bill Franz and Andrew Thompson Take a walk around downtown Dayton. History seems to be everywhere, but so too does the air of possible futures. Without a doubt, Dayton is running headlong into a new era where its storied past meets waves of new ideas emerging around every corner. The character of the […]

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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

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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

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