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Trade your treadmill for the trails By Kristen Wicker Photo: The couple at Carriage Hill MetroPark in March 2014 after losing a combined 250 pounds The first time Michelle and Brian Coleman visited the Grand Canyon, they could do little more than walk the rim and peer into the majestic chasm. This summer, more than six […]

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Free to muck about in the dirt and play

Conservation leadership for a new generation By Kristen Wicker Photo: “Students recognize the greater good of the earth and how much life can be related to the natural world” – Nate Arnett, director of Adventure Central Brody was just 5 years old when he rescued a frog from a crew of schoolyard bullies, snatching the unsuspecting […]

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Free adventure!

Inspiration, information and recreation at Adventure Summit By: Kristen Wicker Photo: The Adventure Summit offers rock climbing, slacklining, scuba and other sports at Wright State University Feb. 14-15 Dayton resident Andy Niekamp has taken such adventures as hiking hundreds of miles on the Colorado Trail and the Appalachian Trail, along with hiking from Cincinnati to Cleveland […]

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Beer loves Dayton … and parks

New Belgium beers at Five Rivers MetroParks By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing arrives in Dayton this December and $1 of each purchase made in 2014 goes to benefit Five Rivers MetroParks Dayton loves beer. The boom of local breweries over the past few years and spike in residents taking up the practice of […]

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Beetle-mania rages on

New insect invaders pose threat to Ohio forests By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: The Asian longhorned beetle is threatening tree populations throughout the Miami Valley Remember the invasive species firestorm that swept through the region just a couple years ago with the emerald ash borer invasion? For many Dayton-area residents, it was the first time they ever […]

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‘Leaf’-ing a legacy

Dayton’s reforestation efforts By Amy Forsthoefel   Photo:Volunteers Mike Stanton, Mike Shade, Patrick Kennedy and Marga Huban proudly pose after planting 200 native shrubs at Germantown MetroPark in December 2012 Five Rivers MetroParks’ groundbreaking reforestation efforts demonstrate the constructive powers of people when they take an active role in conservation. The reforestation program started in […]

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Plan a Saturday ‘eScape’ to fitness

Jumpstart your summer downtown at RiverScape By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: eScape with Yoga at RiverScape MetroPark on Saturdays this summer; photo credit: Joseph Craven Photography Looking for a new way to get fit this summer? Five Rivers MetroParks has launched “Saturday eScapes” – a whole new Saturday morning scene at RiverScape MetroPark to help you get […]

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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

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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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]