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Before May flowers…

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Prepare for Spring with MetroParks programs Sometimes nature needs a helping hand…and MetroParks volunteers step up to the job. By Lauren Lemons Parks have power. Beyond providing greenspace where people can create a personal connection with nature, parks have the ability to boost property values and can positively affect community and environmental health. Five Rivers […]

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The urban Ol’ MacDonald

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Getting started in the earth-to-table movement Learn about raising livestock and more in your own backyard at the upcoming MetroParks programs. By Nick Hrkman What if you could get fresh eggs, wool, milk, cheese, or meat without ever having to leave your yard? A growing number of communities across the country are relaxing regulations to […]

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Eat, shop, support local

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Holiday times at 2nd Street Market Photo: Don Wick (right) of Hydro Growers sells his produce at 2nd Street Market By Lauren Lemons Equal parts  heartwarming and exhausting, the holidays are a time to shop, wrap, cook, host, and create lasting memories with your family and friends. For those looking to skip the stress of crowded […]

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It’s color-hunting season

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It’s Autumn (in case you didn’t notice) Campers enjoying the fall leaves; photo: Five Rivers MetroParks By Lauren Lemons Many associate  stunning tree lines featuring warm fall colors with locations across New England, but Ohio has its fair share of fabulous fall foliage, much of which can be seen in your favorite park. According to […]

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The great outdoors, camping, and more

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MetroPark’s Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience at Eastwood Photo: Riders learn how to balance and handle their bikes without the risk of major injury By Nick Hrkman The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience (OutdoorX) on Oct. 7 and 8 bills itself as the premier outdoor adventure festival in the Midwest. If there are two groups that get […]

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River’s edge: bringing change to Riverscape

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RiverScape MetroPark reclaiming the Dayton waterfront Photo: Outdoor recreation and adventure on the river By Carrie Scarff Remember downtown Dayton before RiverScape MetroPark? Think back to 1999—the Backstreet Boys, “Saving Private Ryan,” Y2K. Along Monument Avenue, meager trees and ratty grass overlooked the river from a near cliff across from the Engineer’s Club; a lonely […]

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Growing market value

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Second Street Market extends hours, accessibility Photo:Second Street Market has extended its hours to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through August By Lauren Lemons Home to a diverse array of prepared food vendors, artisans, and local growers, the Second Street Market is a downtown Dayton staple that draws regional attention for its community-centric […]

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Urban adventurers

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Explore all the ways of the city this summer photo: Shannon Thomas paddleboards at the RiverScape River Run, equipped with whitewater features By Nick Hrkman By now every Daytonian should know that Dayton is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest. But what has the city done to earn that title since it was so […]

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Pounding the Pavement: Dayton Lands International Trails Symposium & Cycling Summit

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The Miami Valley Matrix: Dayton, home of the nation’s largest paved trail network By Terri Gordon The Miami Valley can thank Horace Huffman, Jr. and the 1913 Flood for the over 340 miles of paved track, devoted to walking, running, and biking, that now make up the nation’s largest paved trail network. When the Wright […]

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Down by the river

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Mark your calendar for summer events at RiverScape MetroPark By Lauren Lemons Photo: Early morning risers center themselves with a yoga class under the RiverScape Pavilion Summer kicks off an entire season of outdoor entertainment at downtown Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark, an area-wide venue for community gatherings and events. “RiverScape MetroPark provides a venue for outdoor programs, […]

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Local transformers

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Regional programs turn vacant lots into community gardens By Nick Hrkman Photo: EchoingU students tend to the raised flower beds in their community garden Put down roots in your community—literally. Five Rivers MetroParks works with community gardens in the Dayton region as part of the Grow With Your Neighbors program, which began in 1986. In […]

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Green cleaning machine

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Avoid environmental consequences by keeping a living space this spring By Lauren Lemons Photo: After spring cleaning, boost your air quality by adding some plants to well-ventilated areas of your living space Spring is just around the corner and many people are on a mission to purge their homes of unnecessary items that piled up […]

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Old-school cooking

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1880s DIY food and farming at Carriage Hill MetroPark By Kristen Wicker Photo: Charlie Wiltrout (left) and Tom Trost recreate an 1880s maple sugaring campphoto: Laura Combs This is your great-grandma’s cooking class. Using authentic recipes from the 1880s—with instructions like “stir until ready,” measurements such as “a walnut-sized piece of butter,” ingredients such as […]

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2,007 miles to freedom

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Adventure Speaker Series continues with Troy native Jordan Hart By Kristen Wicker Photo: Troy’s Jordan Hart tries to stay ahead of the fog on his last day of travel on the Underground Railroad Route In fall 2016, Jordan Hart embarked on a journey that put his body, spirit, and perspective to the test. Hart, an […]

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Post-solstice safety

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Ranger tips to navigate the winterscapes By Kristen Wicker Photo: Hikers at Englewood MetroPark take in the view while taking a buddy out on the trail Winter doesn’t officially begin until the winter solstice at 5:44 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21—the day with the shortest period of daylight, when the noon sun is the lowest […]

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Urban legends

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Hiking with ghosts through Five Rivers MetroParks by Kristen Wicker Photo: Known by many names, the stone tower at Hills & Dales MetroPark was once rumored to be haunted. With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy—and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]