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How do you shop at Christmastime? By Jim Bucher   ’Twas a few days before Christmas and all through our house, no presents were wrapped, I feel like a louse. To be honest, I procrastinate. I don’t know if it was being in the TV news business for so long and always hitting deadline or […]

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On The Beat 12/15/15

Does anyone talk on the telephone anymore? By Jim Bucher While chatting on the phone with my boss, confidant, soothsayer, guidance counselor, psychologist and all around great guy Dayton City Paper publisher Paul Noah, the subject came up of actually talking on the telephone. “No one does, but I prefer it,” says Noah. I’ll admit […]

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On The Beat 12/8/15

Buch’s 12 gifts of Christmas By Jim Bucher I just thought of what I would do with a Power Ball Jackpot. You know, for when it reaches hundreds of millions of dollars? I mean, somebody has to win it—why not me? Well, surely I’d keep a little to survive on and to put towards college […]

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On the Beat 12/1/15

’Twas the night before Christmas in the Bucher house By Jim Bucher “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” is a holiday classic. Even in 2015, it’s the tradition in many, many families to read the poem every Christmas season, especially Dec. 24. Clement Clarke Moore is the author of this poem, also called “A Visit from […]

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On The Beat 11/24

Light(s) up your holidays There’s nothing better to get my Christmas spirit burning bright than a couple of annual “Happy Holidays” lighting events. First, it’s the annual downtown tradition celebrated by generations, the Dayton Holiday Festival, kicking off with the Grande Illumination. For those living under a rock this Friday, it all kicks off with […]

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On The Beat 11/17

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Yes, Jimmy. There is a Santa Claus. By Jim Bucher Photo: Doc Claus has played Santa in the Dayton area for 50 years   OK, we all know Santa is real, and for you naysayers out there, well, bah humbug. But I’ve always wondered how he can be in so many places at the same […]

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On the Beat 11/10/15

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Dayton video is music to my ears By Jim Bucher Photo: “Dayton Music Video” premieres Nov. 17 at Top of the Market   From idea to reality. This story is one I love to write about. You see, an idea sparked imagination, creativity, team work … and it promotes the city and region I and […]

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On The Beat 11/03/15

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Memories of the Dayton Peace Accords By Jim Bucher Where were you 20 years ago on Nov. 21? Many here in Dayton and the Miami Valley knew what was happening out at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, yet lots of folks did not. It was a monumental occasion for the warring factions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. […]

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On the Beat 10/27

Too much TV? By Jim Bucher I don’t know about you guys out there in Dayton City Paper readership land, but I love some good TV. No, I don’t let it rule me; rather, I rule it. In other words, “Not a couch potato am I.” What am I, Yoda? But there’s nothing like appointment […]

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On the Beat 10/20

Death has many options By Jim Bucher Many of you know my mom, Cookie Bucher, passed this past July at age 89, just four days shy of her 90th. Then a short time later, I lost my friend long-time Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman. And if that wasn’t enough, a good friend of our […]

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On the Beat: 10/13

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Walking dead comes to Dayton By Jim Bucher Tell me if you’ve heard of this one before. There’s a little TV show about the zombie apocalypse called The Walking Dead. The weekly ratings are pretty scary for traditional broadcast networks, tearing up the competition like machine guns to zombies. So, it’s a no-brainer for a […]

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On the Beat: 10/06

The state of health care: a state of shock By Jim Bucher People ask me all the all the time where I get my story ideas for columns in Dayton City Paper. Well, some come from my bizarre mind, others from readers, but most write themselves. Case in point: last week I came down with […]

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On The Beat 09/29

 Halloween: a big, scary business By Jim Bucher I’ve written about this before, just a few years ago. But you know what? Halloween has become even bigger since then! You already know that next to Christmas, Halloween is the biggest holiday for retailers. I remember a time—here I go reminiscing again—when Foy’s Halloween Store in […]

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On the Beat 09/22

Fall festivals and more By Jim Bucher Wow, I’m exhausted. I just took part in “Festival Weekend” in Dayton and the Miami Valley and I can’t eat or drink another thing. First, it was the Italian Fall Festa, then the Greek Festival, the Vandalia Oktoberfest, Miamisburg Artisan Festival, Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, Huber Heights Marigold Festival […]

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On the Beat 09/15

Buch gets a tip By Jim Bucher Boy, did I get an earful, or rather an inbox full of responses from my column on tipping in the Aug. 18 edition of Dayton City Paper. It seems I touched a nerve or two. Most people were in agreement that service industry workers survive on tips, but […]

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On The Beat: 09/08

FLOC Anti-bullying rally kicks off By Jim Bucher I remember being a scrawny kid; in grade school, I was pushed around by guys bigger than me, which in most cases was just about everybody. Bullying was a part of school life. Now, it wasn’t all the time, but occasionally it was worrisome. That part of […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]