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Get out and bike!


Bike to Work Week/Cycling Summit highlights By Val Beerbower Photo: Participate in National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17, during the annual Bike to Work Pancake Breakfast, 7-9 a.m. at Riverscape MetroPark; photo credit: Elzora.comPhotography There’s a machine that can improve a person’s health, reduce expenses and is better for the environment than most others. […]

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Five Rivers MetroParks hits a milestone

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Celebrate half a century of protecting nature By Val Beerbower Photo: Celebrating 50 years: A fishing derby at Cox Arboretum MetroParks in 1985; photo courtesy Five Rivers MetroParks Five Rivers MetroParks is turning 50, and everyone is invited to a community celebration! “This park district began as a community initiative and we wanted to remind area […]

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Connect naturally


MetroParks volunteer opportunities By Val Beerbower Photo: Volunteers are needed to help with conservation efforts, such as prairie seed collection and propagation For the past 50 years, Five Rivers MetroParks has protected the natural areas in and around Dayton. Today, the park district conserves more than 15,400 acres of land – 90 percent of which is […]

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Get growing!


The Miami Valley Gardening Conference at Sinclair Community College  By Val Beerbower  Photo: Attendees at the 2012 Miami Valley Gardening Conference explore the expo area; Photo courtesy Five Rivers MetroParks The temperatures are still low and branches are still bare, but it is the final few weeks of winter that kick off the gardening season. Seed […]

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Experience the great outdoors … indoors!

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Adventure Speaker Series inspires attendees to “Get Out and Live”  By Val Beerbower When winter has the Miami Valley in its grip, it gets easier to hunker down on the sofa and channel surf. But if the idea of “adventure” has amounted to no more than Iron Chef marathons, perhaps it’s time to shake things […]

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At last! The perfect gift!


PNC 2nd Street Market offers unique holiday shopping options  By Val Beerbower Gift giving is a staple component of the holiday season, and nothing sends one into a state of panic faster than trying to come up with a thoughtful gift for the “list stumpers.” List stumpers are those friends, family members or co-workers for […]

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Cabin Fever

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DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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Get out and skate!


MetroParks Ice Rink Opens at Riverscape By Valerie Beerbower The holidays are a special time when family and friends gather to celebrate and create memories together. Often, that includes food and beverage indulgences that can really pack on the pounds. But Five Rivers MetroParks offers a solution that will still give families the quality time […]

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Fresh beyond the season


Food preservation techniques stretch out flavors of summer By Val Beerbower Crisp breezes, dazzling treetop displays, migrating birds and the re-emergence of sweaters and hoodies from the closets all indicate autumn has arrived. For our local farmers, that means the fall harvest is upon us, and if you love local farm markets like the PNC […]

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Get out and live!


The Midwest Outdoor Experience at Eastwood MetroPark By Valerie Beerbower Six years ago, outdoor recreation enthusiasts gathered in the parking lot at what is now the PNC 2nd Street Market and hosted a gear swap. Equipment was sold, new friends were made and good times were had by all. Then the event gained traction and […]

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Taking root


Reforestation Efforts Help Create Healthy Habitats By Val Beerbower Within the past 100 years, Ohio’s vast forests have been reduced to small woodlots and narrow woodlands along streams. These fragmented forests are especially vulnerable to invasive bugs like emerald ash borer and invasive shrubs like Amur honeysuckle. The good news is that Five Rivers MetroParks […]

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The Essential Removal of Regional Low Dams By Valerie Beerbower There’s a lot of buzz about the river projects, particularly the plan that will remove a dangerous low dam from the Great Miami River. This low dam is located near the Dayton Art Institute, and once it’s removed, this section of river will be part […]

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Get Outside


Summer Fun Returns to RiverScape MetroPark By Valerie Beerbower With the recent spate of 90-plus temperatures, Daytonians aren’t waiting for the solstice to declare the official arrival of summer. Seasonal icons, such as ice cream shops and swim trunks, abound in nearly every neighborhood. RiverScape MetroPark is no exception. Visitors to this riverfront park will […]

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Pedal Pushing

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Help The Environment, Your Wallet and Your Health By Valerie Beerbower Bicycles and Dayton have a beautiful history together. From the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop to the city’s recent achievement of becoming nationally recognized as a League of American Bicyclists’ Bike-Friendly Community, many of this region’s milestones have rolled in on two wheels. Keeping with […]

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Eat Fresh, Urban Dwellers!


Grow Herbs and Veggies Regardless of Your Outdoor Space (or Lack Thereof) By Valerie Beerbower Want to start gardening but think you lack space? Even apartment-dwellers can use a few easy tricks to maximize space and grow their own flowers, herbs or vegetables. Five Rivers MetroParks horticulture experts lend a few tips to making the […]

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Your Forests Need Your Help

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Reforestation Volunteer Opportunities Available By Valerie Beerbower Take a deep breath. Feel that delightful mix of oxygen and nitrogen filling your nostrils right now? It’s very important to life on this planet, and you’ve got trees to thank! Forests play an important role in everyday life, not just here in the greater Dayton area, but […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]