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2,007 miles to freedom

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Adventure Speaker Series continues with Troy native Jordan Hart By Kristen Wicker Photo: Troy’s Jordan Hart tries to stay ahead of the fog on his last day of travel on the Underground Railroad Route In fall 2016, Jordan Hart embarked on a journey that put his body, spirit, and perspective to the test. Hart, an […]

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Post-solstice safety

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Ranger tips to navigate the winterscapes By Kristen Wicker Photo: Hikers at Englewood MetroPark take in the view while taking a buddy out on the trail Winter doesn’t officially begin until the winter solstice at 5:44 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21—the day with the shortest period of daylight, when the noon sun is the lowest […]

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Cut down, chow down

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Save time, money, and the environment this holiday season By Kristen Wicker Photo: Shopping for produce at local vendors like the 2nd Street Market reduces our toll on the environment   From turkey dinners to stringing hundreds of lights, pulling off the perfect holiday can be overwhelming and expensive. With so much to do, sustainable household […]

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Urban legends

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Hiking with ghosts through Five Rivers MetroParks by Kristen Wicker Photo: Known by many names, the stone tower at Hills & Dales MetroPark was once rumored to be haunted. With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy—and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants […]

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Not bogged down

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Activity abounds at Cedar Bog by CC Hutten Photo: Walk back a mile through time on the Cedar Bog Nature Preserve boardwalk and spot some of Ohio’s most diverse plant species “Diversity” is a buzzword most of us probably hear or read every day, but Cedar Bog Nature Preserve has the rank to prove it is […]

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Boots made for walking 110 miles

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A long journey to Midwest Outdoor Experience Kristen Wicker Photo: The Inspired Stunt Shows team takes BMX to new heights at Urban Outdoor Experience, Oct. 1-2 This fall, Mike Fanelli plans on attending his favorite local event in a style all his own. He’ll arrive on foot, fresh off the Buckeye Trail — and in […]

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Get buzzed

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Discover the secret life of bees at HoneyFest By Lisa Bennett Photo: Beekeeper and retired Kettering police officer Mike Pittman tends his hives It used to be that the acronym CCD meant “catechism,” or, more precisely, a dreaded Sunday afternoon in a church classroom learning about the Bible. Not that the classes weren’t interesting and sometimes […]

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Secret in Springfield

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The fairytale Hartman Rock Garden By Kevin Tucker Photo: Ben Hartman erected the ‘Tree of Life’ at the center of the Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield; photo: Rod Hatfield The Hartman Rock Garden (HRG) can be easily overlooked as it stands stoically behind one of the many nondescript dwellings comprising the southwest Springfield neighborhood it calls […]

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Human nature

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Discover Five Rivers MetroParks conservation areas By Kristen Wicker Photo: MetroParks staff members built the 1,800-foot boardwalk winding through Woodman Fen with recycled plastic; photo courtesy of MetroParks Human activity nearly destroyed Woodman Fen, but human intervention saved it. At one time common in southwest Ohio, fens have rich peat soils fed by underground water. […]

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Home away from home

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Camping closer to your backyard By Kristen Wicker Unplugging from electronics and plugging into nature was Baxter Foskuhl’s idea of getting wild during spring break. Foskuhl, a junior at Wright State University, hiked the Twin Valley Trail with a friend he’s known since elementary school during a respite from textbooks and lectures in late February. […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

The Docket: 8/23

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Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby Researched and reported by Ehron Ostendorf So stupid, a caveman could do it An […]