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The state of the State Fair: 

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Fare is fair By Paula Johnson Photo: (l-r) Connie Little, Sandra Carpenter, Paula Johnson, and Cindy Kirkland judge the Deviled Egg Challenge at the Ohio State Fair I learned a lot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus this past August. An awful lot. First and foremost, I learned that it’s not a good idea to […]

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Money where your mouth is

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Investing in Italian wine and earthquake relief By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Montefalco is best known for cultivating the Sagrantino grape The good folks in Umbria must have had a couple of good recent harvests. I keep seeing more and more wine from there, specifically from the Montefalco area, showing up on my doorstep and […]

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What’s in store?

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Big bites at Jerardi’s Little Store By Paula Johnson Photo: The Triple Decker sandwich at Jerardi’s Little Store; photo: Amanda Dee When I was a little kid, I went to a little store. The one in my neighborhood was called Paterni’s, but I knew it simply as “The Little Store.” It was where moms would send […]

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Das good

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The art of beer at DAI’s Oktoberfest By Jim Witmer Photo: Fill up an Oktoberfest mug at the Dayton Art Institute Sept. 24 and 25; photo: Christian Clothier The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest has many attractions, but the liquid being poured is one of the main enticements. Yes, the art is first-rate, the grounds are beautiful, […]

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Live mas

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Authentic taste at Centerville’s Chiapas Mexican Grill By Paula Johnson Photo: Taco at Chiapas Mexican Grill; photos: Paula Johnson Every time I review a Mexican restaurant (or any other type of cuisine for that matter) I always get asked “Is it authentic?” In the words of author and chef Anthony Bourdain, “I’ve seen zero evidence of […]

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Sacred cows

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Feed your soul at Keener Farm Day By Paula Johnson Photo: One of farmer Habekost’s old school hogs Matthew Keener is a man with big plans – and not just those pertaining to the fifth-annual Keener Farm Day. He invited me out to the 160-acre spread and explains, “We love what we do here, and […]

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Since 1920

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Falb’s still stands By Paula Johnson Photo: Country fried steak dinner at Falb’s When Falb’s opened in 1920, the country had 48 states. It was the year women were afforded the right to vote. It was also the year prohibition was instituted as the law of the land. The most popular car was the Ford […]

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‘Tis the Seasons

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Much more than jolly at Springfield’s Seasons Bistro and Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Tacos at Seasons Bistro and Grille; photo: Paula Johnson Invited by friends Barrister Greg and Cyber Security Sleuth Elizabeth, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I ventured to Springfield to try Seasons Bistro and Grille. Open since 2008, the focus is on […]

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Dynamic duos

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Beer pairings to accompany your eats By Hayley Fudge Photo: Hayley Fudge I think all of us beer lovers can agree that there’s not much better than pairing well-crafted beer with some amazing food. Just as with wine, there is indeed an art that comes with brew and food pairings that focuses on complementing and contrasting […]

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A hoppy ending

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Ollie’s Place in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ollie’s Burger at Ollie’s Place; photos: Paula Johnson Everyone has heard the saying “Beer is evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” (Myself, I’d substitute wine and a really good slice of cake, an indication of where I start when considering Ollie’s Place, […]

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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 […]

The Docket: 8/23

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Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby Researched and reported by Ehron Ostendorf So stupid, a caveman could do it An […]