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Get your jug on


Local group plans Jug Band and Tambourine Hall of Fame opening By Tim Smith Photo: Local musician Roger Salmon of Zipp evolved from doo-wop to jug and tambourine; photo: JK B via Flickr Creative Commons Dayton has been the home of many firsts, from flight to cash registers. Music has always been an indelible part […]

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Taste of nostalgia


Miamisburg’s Hamburger Wagon serves up a 103-year-old experience By Brennan Burks Photo: Jack Sperry’s Miamisburg-based Hamburger Wagon travels to Octoberfest and other festivals around Ohio; photos: Gary Hartman With refurbished theatres, new and renewed breweries, and inching closer to riverfronts, the Miami Valley is revitalizing. While these efforts may originate from the need for economic […]

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‘The Winter’s Heart’


Cityfolk legacy Cathie Ryan celebrates Irish Christmas at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre By Tim Smith Photo: Cathie Ryan celebrates Irish tradition with ‘The Winter’s Heart’ Dec. 14 at Miamisburg’s Historic Plaza Theatre Each country has its own unique holiday traditions. In America, we hang stockings by the fireplace. In Great Britain, children of all ages are given […]

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Make sure your Christmas is lit


Dayton celebrates Christmas with a selection of holiday light shows By Ehron Ostendorf Photo: A look above from underneath the Carillon Tower aglow Carillon Historical Park Nov. 30 – Dec. 30 A Carillon Christmas The Carillon Historical Park is the newest to these events. It was only in 2015 that Carillon lit the tower in honor […]

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The cats meow


Dayton Fanciers’ 61st cat show in Beavercreek By Erin Callahan Photo: The Russian Blue is one of the breeds competing at the 61st Dayton Cat Fanciers Show Nov. 12 When you think of dogs, how many breeds can you name off the top of your head, or recognize when you see them? Probably at least a […]

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From sisters’ homes to funeral homes

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Schlientz & Moore, Westbrock keep Wayne Avenue alive By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Present Director Mark Westbrock’s great-grandfather Ben (right) helms Westbrock Funeral Home’s fleet of vehicles, circa 1920 Wayne Avenue is always a thrilling drive for me. Whether I’m southbound heading home to Walnut Hills from downtown or driving north with an incredible view of […]

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Bulls, broncs, and barrels


Rolling Stone Rodeo rides into this year’s Montgomery County Fair By Tim Walker photo: Barrel racer Jessica Fisher from Oxford, Ohio It’s that time of year again in Ohio – county fair time. The days are long, the nights are hot, and there are lots of thrilling rides to enjoy and fair food to consume. The […]

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Deconstructing the myth, constructing the man


Discovering Johnny Appleseed at SunWatch By Ehron Ostendorf Photo: Children can interact with Johnny Appleseed’s legacy at SunWatch Indian Village through September SunWatch Native American [“Indian”] Village opened its doors to a legend this summer. Upon first arrival, it may seem surprising that the room has been converted into a miniature maze. It’s all crafted […]

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Monarchs on the menu?


Amazing Butterflies at Boonshoft By Lisa Bennett Photo: Children can catch a ride on a Monarch at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery through Aug. 20 There is a tremendous resource available to many of us, and it’s in our own backyards. The Boonshoft Museum in Dayton is hosting an exhibit they hope will help children and adults […]

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Is Dayton chicken?

In the city survey, 79 percent responded in favor of changing Dayton’s zoning code to allow backyard chickens; photo: Five Rivers MetroParks’ Josh Koenig

Residents say ‘yes’ to chicken ownership, will the city? By Tara Pettit Dayton has progressively moved closer toward its residents’ shared vision to transform post-industrial “dead spaces” into creative, more productive eco-friendly areas centered on community. Amidst progress, however, Miami Valley residents have reached a major roadblock in their mission to become a more self-reliant […]

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We’ll take you to the candy shop


DCP women walk you through Hustler Hollywood By Amanda Dee Photo: When you walk into Hustler Hollywood and turn right, the scene resembles a Victoria’s Secret; photo: Amanda Dee The sun shines through the windows and reflects off the display case. When you walk in, you can turn right toward clothing or left toward novelties […]

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Sky of lights


Regional Fourth of July celebrations By Erin Callahan Photo: The Centerville Americana Festival celebrates 43 years July 4; photo courtesy of Centerville Americana Festival Friday, July 1 Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial  Fireworks Festival  Shawnee Park, 591 S. Park Drive in Xenia The festival honors Kevin Sonnycalb of Xenia and has brought the community together after the […]

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The village people


Street Fair celebrates Yellow Springs By Gary Spencer As the adage goes, nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes. But there are perhaps a handful of things that are almost as sure of a thing, and ones that are much more positive than dying and forcefully giving your money to the government. […]

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Something old, something new


One year after the Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage By Timothy Walker Friday, June 26, 2015. Call it the day love ruled. It’s been roughly one year since that day, when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its landmark ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. With that decision, the highest court […]

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Dayton Brew Ha-Ha raises money for Montessori School By Hayley Fudge If drinking in a school gymnasium has ever appealed to you, the upcoming Dayton Brew Ha-Ha may just be your kind of event. The largest fundraiser for the Montessori School of Dayton (MSD), held annually since 2011, celebrates regional beer offerings in an approachable […]

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It takes a village


Hayner’s Handmade Christmas showcases Troy talent By Joyell Nevins Photo: The log cabin built by the late Frank Copeland and submitted by family member Victoria King at A Handmade Christmas, on display now through Jan. 3 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center The latest exhibition at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is more about the heart than […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]