Whether you’re a Flyer, Raider or RedHawk, college basketball is a winter staple in Dayton. Don’t miss our article in this issue about the NCAA First Four and the city’s bid to keep it in 2015 and beyond.

One of the best ways to keep warm this season might just be trying out all the tasty new microbrews around town. Did you know that by this time next year Dayton could have as many as 12 local breweries? Check out our article on those that have recently opened and the new ones on tap.

Nearly all of us who live in Dayton have experienced the thrill of attending an event at Hara Arena. Whether it was your favorite artist making a tour stop, a convention or a trade show, Hara has been home to many great events for years. In his column, Jim Bucher, hopes to usher in a “new era @ Hara.”

I love winter in Dayton. Yes, it can get cold and blustery, but don’t let that stop you from getting out and experiencing all that the Miami Valley has to offer. Grab your calendar and read our 35 Can’t-Miss Winter Events. You’ll want to see all the great performances, exhibits, outdoor events and cozy indoor offerings available all season.

Finally, we at Dayton Magazine want to congratulate our columnist, Jim Bucher, for his recent induction into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Jim joins an impressive group of area radio and TV personalities who were not just on-air but have contributed to Dayton in some way. For those of us who have known and worked with Jim for a long time, we know that he loves this city and we appreciate everything that he has done for it. Congratulations, Buch, for this well-deserved honor.

We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it. We love sharing with you all the innovative ways our residents make the Dayton region a great place to live. Have a comment or an idea for us? Visit our web site at TheDaytonMagazine.com or send it to me at nbaker@thedaytonmagazine.com.