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Remembering Dr. Creep By Jim Bucher Photo: Barry Lee Hobart, aka Dr. Creep (1941-2011) He was born Barry Lee Hobart on June 23, 1941. A native of Middletown, he was the nephew of horror film make-up artist and stuntman Doug Hobart, who hosted a traveling monster show in the 1940s and ’50s. This quite possibly […]

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Living with Alzheimer’s By Jim Bucher The statistics are mind-numbing. As many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease – the most common cause of dementia among older people. One of those 5.1 is my mom, “Cookie.” She’s an awesome person, and she just turned 89. But more on mom later. It’s amazing how […]

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A little here, a little there By Jim Bucher Are you watching re-runs? First, it’s funny how many people come up to me still and say, “We watch you every morning,” or ask, “Buch, what are you doing on TV tonight?” Well, I’m not sure what they’re watching, but I’ve been off Channel 2 now […]

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Fun in the fall By Jim Bucher   With the chilly temperatures upon us and leaves turning vibrant colors, it got me thinking of fun things to do in the fall, right here in our home base.  And of course, you, our loyal readers, have your faves.  I have my personal places, but hundreds of […]

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And the wall came tumblin’ down By Jim Bucher Well, they snuck one by us again didn’t they? Another historical piece of our past is gone. Look, I know we can’t save everything, but it seems like we’re not thinking ahead for the generations to follow… Let me go back a bit. After Wilbur and […]

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Whatchya watchin’? By Jim Bucher I love people in social settings that say, “Oh, I never watch television,” then in the next breath start reeling off a dozen or so of their favorite shows. I admit it, the TV was my babysitter as a kid. “Go watch television!” mom would say when we we’re getting […]

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On the Beat: 09/09

Familiar face takes off on morning radio By Jim Bucher Photo: Catch Dan Edwards in his new spot on FLY 92.9 FM They say life throws curve balls at times – well, for my buddy Dan Edwards, they are pitched relentlessly and he’s not wearing a batting helmet. OK, seriously. Yours truly and Edwards go […]

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‘Move’ is a four-letter word By Jim Bucher To me, there’s nothing worse on the planet than one particular question. It causes me heart palpitations, anxiety and pain. To some, its mere utterance has brought about broken friendships and even divorce. I’m talking about this: “Hey, can you help me move?” Just mentioning it caused […]

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Genie, you’re free By Jim Bucher As I write this column, news is breaking of comedian Robin Williams’ death by suicide. But why would the actor/comedian take his own life? He struggled with addiction throughout his life and recent revelations Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease adds more questions than answers. But the news was […]

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Buch, all over the map By Jim Bucher It’s time for my views and observations from around the valley. So, as the old movie line goes: Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. City of Dayton leaders I know we had other pressing issues – not sure what those were – and some […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]