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Diary of an introvert


Dear Diary — Today I went to a mandatory employee gathering at work and it was awful. The marketing director made everyone stand and say something nice about springtime, in front of all 50 of us! If that wasn’t enough, my boss’s assistant kept thrusting photos of her grandchildren in my face, essentially challenging me to think they are anything but adorable.

Seeking spring’s smelly harbinger


The strange little skunk cabbage seems an unlikely candidate for making anyone’s list of sought-after spring wildflowers.

The Shawnee in Old Chillicothe


If you haven’t driven through Old Town lately, you might be surprised to see a two story building being constructed. This is the beginning of a new Ohio State Park to commemorate the one-time village of Old Chillicothe.

Shoe manufacturing was popular in Xenia


At one time, Xenia had several major factories. One of the largest and best remembered was the Hooven and Allison rope factory. But there were other industries as well. One was the manufacture of fine shoes.

The Fairborn flood of 1959


In 1959, Fairborn was only nine years old. The villages of Fairfield and Osborn had existed for many years, side-by-side, but each had their own municipalities, although some services such as fire protection and water were shared.

Roush’s was among the best restaurants


It was a sad day in Fairborn when in 2015 Roush’s Restaurant announced it would be closing.

The Greene County Library’s Greene Room


John Wallach was the director of the Greene County Library when he approached long-time staff member, Louise Hutchison, assistant reference librarian in April, 1971 about gathering into one area the materials which reflected Greene County history.

Masonic Lodge a fixture since 1819


Xenia Lodge #49, Free and Accepted Masons is probably the oldest continuous organization in Greene County.

Xenia hotel remembered


John Dodd decided the city of Xenia needed a first class hotel so in 1830, proceeded to build such an establishment. On Jan. 1, 1831 he advertised the opening of his “House of Public Entertainment” in Xenia.

Toiling to be smart


If you are potentially offended by the fact that your basic bathroom equipment might be smarter than you are, you have two choices. Number one, you can either quit reading right now or number two, you can brace yourself to be humiliated.


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