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Pat Flanagan: The Godfather of St. Patrick’s Day in Dayton By Jim Bucher What can you say about a life that touched so many in 63 short years? Well, this life was well-lived and stretched many lifetimes. I’m talking about Pat Flanagan, who we lost this past December. He, along with his beloved wife Melissa, […]

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Musings and mumblings from a meandering mind

By Jim Bucher This column will be all about what’s on my mind, and there’s plenty, so here goes. First, the I-75 construction – or should I say reconstruction – through downtown Dayton: Now I know it’s nowhere near completion, but with the closings of the downtown exit ramps northbound, I foresee a problem. If […]

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Unconditional love: A cat’s tail By Jim Bucher It has been almost a year since my new career path took me to the doorstep of the Dayton City Paper, and it’s been a fun journey so far. Going from a TV reporter/dude for almost 25 years to pages in print hasn’t been that difficult of a […]

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Sunday is the day to care  By Jim Bucher As a result of the long line of Germans in my family tree, I was bombarded with German foods growing up. I never much cared for sauerkraut or bratwurst and when it came to German pancakes, well, forget about it. My dad said I must be adopted. […]

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Parenting 101 in 2014 By Jim Bucher As I sat here pondering the subject for my next column, an unfortunate incident happened – yet another argument with my eldest teenage daughter. So, while my original idea was to write about the rare do-do bird and how its eggs offer healing properties, I’m doing an about-face […]

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The country is coupon crazy By Jim Bucher OK, a show of hands out there in Dayton City Paper reader land: How many of you use coupons?Come on, admit it. We’ve all – at one time or another – used a coupon for something. Heck, I saw a young couple coming out of a local hospital […]

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There’s no business like snow business  By Jim Bucher I remember a time when a prediction of snow meant sledding, snowball fights and no school. Why is snow now ostracized? White death – Snowmageddon if you will. Last I looked, snow hasn’t changed in my lifetime. Snow is snow, right? So why, oh why, are we […]

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What makes you happy and smile? By Jim Bucher Have you ever heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues or seasonal depression? Well, it seems to happen every year at this time. You know, grey and gloomy skies ‘til around May. So, to compensate for this disorder, what we […]

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Muse is doing Seuss  By Jim Bucher   Photo: Muse Machine presents “Seussical!” Jan. 16-19; photo: Thom Meyer The definition of the word “dandy” is “an excellent thing of its kind.” There’s no better word to describe the Muse Machine’s production of “Seussical!” Of course, it’s a musical. Dr. Seuss I’m not, but if you love […]

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The Y2K-Kid/Pett Project continues  By Jim Bucher   Photo: The Y2K Kid – Josie Pett of Miami Township Josie Pett turned 14 years old on Wednesday. Now, why is this a big deal, you ask? Well, it’s because 14 years ago Josie was the first baby born, as far as we can tell, in the new […]

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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 […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]