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A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; photo: Corie Schweser One of Miami Valley’s largest and most beloved festivals, the Troy Strawberry Festival, is here again for its 39th year to celebrate the community’s relationship to, well, the strawberry. But, let’s face it. […]

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Tails, tributes and tattoos

Gailz Tattooz makes your pet last forever By Katie Fender Photo: Gail Carter of Gailz Tattooz says the average pet tattoo takes 1-3 hours; photo: Gail Carter Everyone has heard the saying “dog is a man’s best friend.” That saying is most likely heard so often because it is so relatable. It is not unusual […]

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They work hard for the kibble

The working pets of Yellow Springs By katie christoff 1. Thelonious – Black Pug Bike Repair Named after jazz legend Thelonious Monk, Thelonious of Black Pug Bike Repair serves as the logo for Chris Worrell’s business, run out of his garage in Yellow Springs. 2. George, Sylvester, Sylvey – Bonadies Glass Studio George (top), Sylvester […]

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Fling into Spring

Miamisburg’s annual Spring Fling returns By John Hamilton Photo: The annual Miamisburg Spring Fling festival takes place May 16-17 in Miamisburg; photo: Lois Dempsey Miamisburg is setting up its tents and lighting up the lights to get things ready for the 35th Annual Spring Fling festival on May 16 and 17. The community carnival promises […]

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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; photo: R. Glubischer In May, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will feature a unique and fascinating exhibit entitled Remembering Lincoln. Filled with local connections, artwork and memorabilia, the exhibit is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary […]

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Liberation literature

Yellow Springs author Virginia Hamilton leaves lasting impact By Erin Callahan Photo: Author Virginia Hamilton and her husband, poet Arnold Adoff; photo contributed by Bruce Cornett If Virginia Hamilton wore a “Hello, my name is,” tag, several descriptions could have been written – working mother, African-American writer, or African-American female writer. As her husband and […]

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Art meets Ag at Antioch College

AgriCULTURE exhibit at Herndon Gallery By Lisa Bennett Photo: Jeff Schmuki, Homestead III; photo: Dennie Eagleson What do agriculture and art have in common? Antioch College! Nestled in the quaint town of Yellow Springs, Antioch College is home to one of the most unique art displays in the region. This is the AgriCULTURE exhibit. From […]

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Memories and meatballs

Historic Baum Opera House lives on By Joyell Nevins A gym, a dance hall, a night club, a dinner theatre, a bowling alley and entertainment venue – the Baum Opera House has been all of that and more in its history as the feather in the Star City’s cap. In fact, when it was built […]

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Layers upon layers

Meet the artist: Chris Welker By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Chris Welker, Oh Hi!, 2014, acrylic and paper on canvas For the past year or so I’d been wanting to know who the heck this guy was, taking pop and retro imagery (I see this a lot; very trendy) but then obliterating it in a few […]

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Making an impression

American Impressionism and In the Garden at DAI By Joyell Nevins Photo: Arthur Prince Spear (American, 1879 – 1959), Pot of Gold, 1921,oil on canvas, Reading Public Museum Finally! The frost is thawing, the birds are chirping, and although Ohio may still have more winter weather up its sleeve, Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is fully […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]