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When Dayton freezes over

Having fun outside – even during Snowpocalypse by Kristen Wicker Photo: Outdoor ice skating is available at Riverscape MetroPark from Nov. 28-Feb. 28 Skating instructor Cheri Snyder and Jim Jasinski of Curl Troy want people to get over their fear of what happens when things ice over – and get outside at the MetroParks Ice […]

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Our rambunctious Earth

Environmental writer Emma Marris on saving the planet By Kristen Wicker Photo: Emma Marris, author of “Rambunctious Garden,” will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Areas Conference Emma Marris has traveled the world researching and writing about environmental issues and natural spaces, but she wants you to pay more attention to the nature right […]

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Leaf a legacy

Building forests for the future By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks staff and volunteers manage and maintain large tracts of land located along Dayton’s river corridors Green isn’t always good – at least not when it comes to honeysuckle. This invasive bush may look pretty in certain places, yet honeysuckle’s impact on our forests […]

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Eat your backyard

MetroParks instructs homegrown (literally)  by Kristen Wicker Photo: Quervo the donkey resides at Possum Creek MetroPark, 4790 Frytown Rd.   What’s one thing Connie Duncan, Five Rivers MetroParks education assistant, sees when she considers the farm at Possum Creek MetroPark?  Quiche.  That’s because the farm is being transformed into a demonstration space where visitors can see […]

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Park it!

Planning the perfect picnic By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks shelters can be rented for family BBQs and get-togethers When it comes to picnics, Five Rivers MetroParks employees are your resident experts. After all, picnics combine two of our favorite things: food and the outdoors. And parks, we must say, are the best places for […]

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A biker gang worth joining

May is National Bike Month By Kristen Wicker Photo: Brock Anderson III has ridden his bike to work every day, even through this year’s brutal winter Finding a $20 bill on the ground isn’t likely to happen if you’re driving to work – but that is just one of the things Brock Anderson III, CEO of […]

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ECO-nomics

Next time, don’t wait for Earth Day! By Stacey Ritz Photo: The Sugarcreek Farmers’ Market offers a wide variety of local organic produce; photo: Sally Skelly Earth Day was born from reaction to a massive oil spill in the waters near Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1969. April 22, 2014 will mark the 44th anniversary of Earth […]

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No membership required

Trade your treadmill for the trails By Kristen Wicker Photo: The couple at Carriage Hill MetroPark in March 2014 after losing a combined 250 pounds The first time Michelle and Brian Coleman visited the Grand Canyon, they could do little more than walk the rim and peer into the majestic chasm. This summer, more than six […]

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EarthTalk®

Wind power’s bright future What is the latest prognosis for wind energy to command a larger piece of the renewable energy pie? – Peter M., Akron, Ohio Photo: Wind power is currently the second-most widely used form of renewable energy, behind hydroelectricity Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has […]

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Learning and serving with nature

Super-powered volunteer opportunities By Kristen Wicker Photo: Volunteers working during a native plant primer class offered by Five Rivers MetroParks   Carrying five-gallon buckets of water to nourish tree seedlings isn’t too much to ask of volunteer Marketa Anderson – even if it means displacing a rib in the process. “That was one of the times […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]