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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

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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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Pedal Pushing

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Help The Environment, Your Wallet and Your Health By Valerie Beerbower Bicycles and Dayton have a beautiful history together. From the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop to the city’s recent achievement of becoming nationally recognized as a League of American Bicyclists’ Bike-Friendly Community, many of this region’s milestones have rolled in on two wheels. Keeping with […]

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Eat Fresh, Urban Dwellers!

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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

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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

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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

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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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Get out and get growing!

Local community gardening programs are growing a greener Dayton By Valerie Beerbower The air is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and green shoots are beginning to reach up through the soil, awakening after their winter sleep. Spring is almost here, and with that, gardeners everywhere get the itch to don their dirt-crusted gloves […]

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Get out and volunteer

Celebrating Earth Day by making a difference By Valerie Beerbower Many of us are familiar with Earth Day, celebrated on April 22 of each year, but how did this day of recognizing environmental impact come about? According to the Earth Day Network, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson drew inspiration from the 1969 oil spill in Santa […]

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Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ohio is for rockers

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For twelve years, the ultimate destination for hard rock and heavy metal fans has been the Rock On The Range […]

Women rockers sing out

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The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) is helping the musical dreams of a select group of women come true.  Earlier this […]

Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily […]