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No child left inside

Independent play. Outside. Every day by Kristen Wicker Photo: Children play outside at Possum Creek MetroPark Seven hours. Every day. This is the average number of daily hours children ages 8 to 18 spend in front of a screen or an audio player, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Children and Nature Network found only […]

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The hard part is choosing

MetroParks’ offerings for playing and planning by Kristen Wicker Photo: Hikers tackle January at Possum Creek MetroPark Outdoors and in, winter offers plenty of ways to connect with nature. Skating By One of the most popular ways to experience the outdoors is skating at the MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave. The […]

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Adopt a locavore

Keep your culinary adventures close to home by Kristen Wicker Photo: Rahn’s Artisan Breads is one of two dozen 2nd Street Market vendors who locally grow or produce items People may travel long distances for a mega pretzel or loaf of ciabatta from Rahn’s Artisan Breads, but the products travel less than two miles from […]

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When Dayton freezes over

Having fun outside – even during Snowpocalypse by Kristen Wicker Photo: Outdoor ice skating is available at Riverscape MetroPark from Nov. 28-Feb. 28 Skating instructor Cheri Snyder and Jim Jasinski of Curl Troy want people to get over their fear of what happens when things ice over – and get outside at the MetroParks Ice […]

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Our rambunctious Earth

Environmental writer Emma Marris on saving the planet By Kristen Wicker Photo: Emma Marris, author of “Rambunctious Garden,” will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Areas Conference Emma Marris has traveled the world researching and writing about environmental issues and natural spaces, but she wants you to pay more attention to the nature right […]

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Leaf a legacy

Building forests for the future By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks staff and volunteers manage and maintain large tracts of land located along Dayton’s river corridors Green isn’t always good – at least not when it comes to honeysuckle. This invasive bush may look pretty in certain places, yet honeysuckle’s impact on our forests […]

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Eat your backyard

MetroParks instructs homegrown (literally)  by Kristen Wicker Photo: Quervo the donkey resides at Possum Creek MetroPark, 4790 Frytown Rd.   What’s one thing Connie Duncan, Five Rivers MetroParks education assistant, sees when she considers the farm at Possum Creek MetroPark?  Quiche.  That’s because the farm is being transformed into a demonstration space where visitors can see […]

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Park it!

Planning the perfect picnic By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks shelters can be rented for family BBQs and get-togethers When it comes to picnics, Five Rivers MetroParks employees are your resident experts. After all, picnics combine two of our favorite things: food and the outdoors. And parks, we must say, are the best places for […]

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Building a backyard habitat

Nature in your outdoor space By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks Director of Conservation Dave Nolin in the suburban wildlife sanctuary he has created in his yard Dave Nolin’s yard may look a bit rowdy to some people, but to wildlife, it’s a sanctuary. During the past 11 years since he purchased his home, Nolin […]

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A biker gang worth joining

May is National Bike Month By Kristen Wicker Photo: Brock Anderson III has ridden his bike to work every day, even through this year’s brutal winter Finding a $20 bill on the ground isn’t likely to happen if you’re driving to work – but that is just one of the things Brock Anderson III, CEO of […]

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Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]

News of the weird: 02/24

By Chuck Shepherd Lead story – Weird news you can use It turns out that a person having a heart […]

Advice Goddess: 2/24

By Amy Alkon Beak experience I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs […]

Under the spell

Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater […]

The Artsy Adventures of the JafaGirls

Just when you thought you had seen everything By Tor Gregory Simms Photo: Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu; photo: Scott […]