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Is it just me?  By Jim Bucher  Photo: [l to r] Ginny Strausburg and Jim Bucher at the “Sugarplum Festival of Trees” OK, let me explain that headline. No, I’m not a hall of famer in baseball, football or racing, but rather I’ve been humbly nominated into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A true honor […]

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Is it just me? By Jim Bucher  As I sit here pondering the subject of my next column, my Dad’s words come to mind, which I believe were plagiarized by a guy named Murphy – as in Murphy’s Law. “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” I do believe this is the unofficial Bucher […]

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Waynesville + Sauerkraut = Tons of fun  By Jim Bucher  Don’t you love humble beginnings? Case in point … Many, many years ago two gentlemen by the names of Kettering and Deeds decided they were weary from starting their automobile engines by turning an impractical hand crank on the front of the car. So, together […]

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What happened to chivalry?  By Jim Bucher   According to Wikipedia, the online, open-forum encyclopedia – thought I’d sound hip saying that instead of, “According to my Encyclopedia Britannica in book form on my bookshelf” – the word “polite” means “having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.” The word “courteous” […]

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Dayton beer memorabilia … or lack thereof  By Jim Bucher   Photo: A vintage bottle from Dayton’s Olt Brewing Company The Buchers and beer history in the Miami Valley go way back. I’m the proud descendent of Robert Edgar. “Who is Robert Edgar,” you say? Well, first, he’s my great-great grandfather, with maybe a great added […]

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Old sayings … say what?  By Jim Bucher Many a quick wit was the norm in my family from Mom, Dad, uncles and aunts. There always seemed to be a wisecrack or four in the conversation. Guess that’s where I get it. But what was perplexing is those old sayings and where they came from. […]

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To Google or not to Google … By Jim Bucher  OK, we’ve all done it. You’d be lying if you tell me “No.” I’ve done it a few times. It’s not illegal, of course. Well, in our country at least. But in light of recent events, our government probably already knows we do it. I’m talking […]

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Life – for all of us, it’s terminal  By Jim Bucher   Photo: The grand monuments at Woodland Cemetery One thing we all have in common in life – it’s  for sure, guaranteed, puts us all on the same playing field, my friends – death. Wow! Did I wake up on the wrong side of the bed or […]

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It’s great ’n Dayton!  By Jim Bucher  Photo: The Deeds Carillon welcomes visitors at the south end of Dayton, courtesy of bikedayton.wordpress.com   I’m just as guilty as the next guy. It’s easy to take shots at the place we call home. To some, it’s just their nature, nothing will ever make them happy. For others, they […]

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Life’s little irritations Photo: Bucher lawn maintenance: Large rocks protecting the driveway By Jim Bucher   As I am now back and refreshed from my vacation in sunny California, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. It’s tough with that jet lag and three-hour West Coast time difference, but then got to thinking, […]

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Sexting through the ages By Jim Bucher  Well, It’s the Sizzling Summer Sex issue in this week’s Dayton City Paper.What exactly does that mean? I made a quick phone call to our fearless leader, Owner and Publisher of DCP, Paul Noah, to get the lowdown.“Paul, it’s Buch,” I said. “Oh, hey there. What’s up?” Paul […]

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Bucher vacation revelations – Part 2 By Jim Bucher   Photo:  The Buchers on vacation at the Hollywood Bowl  Ok, if you were here last week – in this very same spot – you know that I’m writing about my vacation with my two teenage daughters to visit my brother in California. If you need […]

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Bucher vacation revelations  By Jim Bucher   Photo: Sophie, Chloe and Jim Bucher traveling to sunny California When Dayton City Paper Editor Kyle Melton asked, “Hey Buch, what’s your next article’s topic?” I said, “Gonna write about my trip to Calfornia, but we haven’t left yet.” He responded with, “Well, how do you know anything fun […]

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Dining in Dayton from days gone by By Jim Bucher Photo: Memorabilia from the old Tropics on North Main Street    People have called me a lot of things I don’t agree with in my 30-year career in the public eye on television, some I can’t reveal in print. But the one thing you can call me […]

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Pet owners speak By Jim Bucher   Photo:  The beloved Bucher family French bulldog “Ella” Being a seasoned print journalist writing for the Dayton City Paper (does a dozen or so columns make me seasoned?), I’m still learning a thing or two – which is, you can teach old dogs new tricks. How ironic is […]

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The cost of living By: Jim Bucher As I stand here fueling up my car – or should I say battleship (at press time, gas is hovering around $3.49 a gallon) – so I can drive to the nearest fast food chain and pick up a $6 value meal, it got me to thinking. What […]

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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 […]