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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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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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Green with anticipation

Your Spring Garden is just around the corner By Valerie Beerbower With January’s snow and frigid temperatures, it can be hard to picture yourself outside, up to your elbows in soil, preparing your garden or landscape, but because spring really is just around the corner, there’s no better time to hone your gardening skills—and the […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]