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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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Do you have the stones to try curling?

Olympic winter sport at MetroParks Ice Rink By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: Fiver Rivers MetroParks will offer curling leagues at the Riverscape Ice Rink starting Jan. 7 Once the bearer of the brunt of jokes during the winter Olympics, there is one team sport that is quickly gaining in popularity, particularly at MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape […]

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Shift to local, shift to success

The Dayton Food Summit at University of Dayton River campus  By Joyell Nevins   Photo: Locally grown vegetable harvests from farm and city gardens maintained by Olive, and urban dive; photo: Olive restaurant The Montgomery County Food Policy Coalition wants the people of Dayton and beyond to make a shift. They are pushing for “safe, healthy […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]