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December holi-daze By Jim Bucher We all know the big December holidays, right? The biggies: Christmas and New Year’s Eve, of course. (Well, the spotlight is sort of split with New Year’s Day.) But how about some not so popular or less celebrated holidays – like themed or special wacky days? Maybe you’ve never heard […]

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DCP readers and their turkey traditions By Jim Bucher This is a companion piece to last week’s On The Beat column, regarding how businesses sometimes get a little slaphappy by putting up the Yuletide decorations up and offering holiday sales before Labor Day. OK I’m, funnin’ a bit, but we may see that soon enough. […]

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What happened to Thanksgiving? By Jim Bucher Photo: Jim Bucher reminds readers to remember the meaning of Thanksgiving A fun game I play by myself every year (well, that I can mention in print) is anticipating when the first Christmas commercial will show up. Whether it’s TV, radio, billboards, social media or newspapers, it seems to […]

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Putting names to the faces of drug abuse

By Jim Bucher My column this week was supposed to be Thanksgiving related, but recent events in my life have changed all that. Over this past weekend, three young people I’m acquainted with have died. One died from presumed drug abuse. For the second, drugs may have been a contributing factor. The third died from […]

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Cast your eyes on this… By Jim Bucher If you’re reading this article on Tuesday, Nov. 4, then you still have time. After that date, well, I hope you did. If not, shame on you. I’m talking about voting. I know, I know, I’ve heard every excuse in the book. It’s just mind-numbing. So, with […]

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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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Advice Goddess: 4/21

By Amy Alkon Malice in Wonderland My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, […]

News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building […]

The Docket: 04/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Who? What? Me? Officers responded to a report […]

The man in the tall black hat

Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; […]

Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]