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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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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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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]