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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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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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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]