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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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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!

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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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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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]