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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

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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Get outside any time of the year

It might be cold, but there’s still plenty to do at Dayton-area MetroParks By Valerie Beerbower It’s winter in your MetroParks, and this is your reminder that you can get outside and enjoy your parks any time of the year. Take a deep breath of the fresh, crisp winter air. There are miles of wooded […]

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Be a lean, mean, green machine in 2012

A Greener You at the PNC 2nd Street Market.

Make a new start in the New Year and get a little greener By Valerie Beerbower You know the drill: Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Don’t let your car’s engine sit idling. Switch off lights if you’re not in the room. Recycle. If nothing in a children’s television show montage about […]

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Get out & skate

The MetroParks Ice Rink opens again this November By Valerie Beerbower Ever watch the winter Olympics and secretly wish you could zoom across the ice, deftly and effortlessly flying through the air, your sequined skirt sparkling in the spotlight as you make your final rotation on a gravity-defying triple axel and the roar of the […]

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Harvesting that crop

Fall harvest presents nutritious, delicious bounty By Valerie Beerbower Autumn has arrived in the Miami Valley, bringing with it the foliage wardrobe change, football season and the reemergence of hooded sweatshirts and jackets from their dusty corner of the closet. Customers at the PNC 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton also will notice a rotation […]

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Growing a community

Bring beauty to your neighborhood all year long with community gardens By Valerie Beerbower Urban Nights is a great opportunity to check out Dayton’s thriving downtown nightlife. But when the bands pack up their instruments, the jugglers shelf their household objects and the street art chalk has been reduced to a gritty nub, what’s left […]

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All in a golden afternoon

The Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum showcases native moths and butterflies By Valerie Beerbower Did you know Montgomery County is home to one of Ohio’s first native butterfly houses? The Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, is open now through August 28. “Each species of butterfly or moth has slightly different timing […]

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Get outside

Riverscape Metropark offers affordable fun By Valerie Beerbower School’s out — are your natives getting restless? If your family is looking for summer fun and you’re looking for entertainment that won’t empty your wallet, make RiverScape MetroPark your go-to location for affordable, engaging activities. Located in downtown Dayton, this facility of Five Rivers MetroParks offers […]

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Get out and plant!

Annual plant sales enhance your garden or landscape By Valerie Beerbower Five Rivers MetroParks are made possible through citizen support of a tax-based levy, but local foundations also supplement two facilities. The Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation and James M. Cox Jr. Arboretum Foundation were created to enhance Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, and Cox Arboretum MetroPark, respectively. Between […]

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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 […]