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Winter offerings

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Skating and other activities at Dayton’s MetroParks Photo: A broomball game taking place on the MetroParks ice rink By Nick Hrkman Skate into the Holidays Keep your cabin fever at bay this winter by visiting the ice rink at RiverScape MetroPark. Whether you’re enjoying a fast-paced game of broomball or just want to relax and […]

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It’s color-hunting season

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It’s Autumn (in case you didn’t notice) Campers enjoying the fall leaves; photo: Five Rivers MetroParks By Lauren Lemons Many associate  stunning tree lines featuring warm fall colors with locations across New England, but Ohio has its fair share of fabulous fall foliage, much of which can be seen in your favorite park. According to […]

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The great outdoors, camping, and more

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MetroPark’s Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience at Eastwood Photo: Riders learn how to balance and handle their bikes without the risk of major injury By Nick Hrkman The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience (OutdoorX) on Oct. 7 and 8 bills itself as the premier outdoor adventure festival in the Midwest. If there are two groups that get […]

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Bangin’ botany

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A crash course in plant reproduction Don Cipollini, professor and bug sex expert; photo: Amanda Dee By Amanda Dee Some parts of life are inescapable: death, taxes, and, apparently for this writer, bug sex. Hear me out—I went to professor Don Cipollini’s lab with honorable intentions. I wanted a botany lesson, a family-friendly educational experience. […]

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River’s edge: bringing change to Riverscape

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RiverScape MetroPark reclaiming the Dayton waterfront Photo: Outdoor recreation and adventure on the river By Carrie Scarff Remember downtown Dayton before RiverScape MetroPark? Think back to 1999—the Backstreet Boys, “Saving Private Ryan,” Y2K. Along Monument Avenue, meager trees and ratty grass overlooked the river from a near cliff across from the Engineer’s Club; a lonely […]

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Growing market value

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Second Street Market extends hours, accessibility Photo:Second Street Market has extended its hours to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through August By Lauren Lemons Home to a diverse array of prepared food vendors, artisans, and local growers, the Second Street Market is a downtown Dayton staple that draws regional attention for its community-centric […]

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Urban adventurers

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Explore all the ways of the city this summer photo: Shannon Thomas paddleboards at the RiverScape River Run, equipped with whitewater features By Nick Hrkman By now every Daytonian should know that Dayton is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest. But what has the city done to earn that title since it was so […]

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Gone glacial

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Oakwood couple revisits ‘New Zealand Adventure’ at Dayton Backpacker Campfire By Erin Callahan Photo: Don and Nancy Drozd share their ‘New Zealand Adventure’ May 12 at C.I. Beaver Hall; photos: Don Drozd When it comes to vacationers, some are beach people. Others are mountain people. Some prefer a low-key, relaxing getaway while others seek adventure. […]

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Pounding the Pavement: Dayton Lands International Trails Symposium & Cycling Summit

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The Miami Valley Matrix: Dayton, home of the nation’s largest paved trail network By Terri Gordon The Miami Valley can thank Horace Huffman, Jr. and the 1913 Flood for the over 340 miles of paved track, devoted to walking, running, and biking, that now make up the nation’s largest paved trail network. When the Wright […]

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Down by the river

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Mark your calendar for summer events at RiverScape MetroPark By Lauren Lemons Photo: Early morning risers center themselves with a yoga class under the RiverScape Pavilion Summer kicks off an entire season of outdoor entertainment at downtown Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark, an area-wide venue for community gatherings and events. “RiverScape MetroPark provides a venue for outdoor programs, […]

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Local transformers

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Regional programs turn vacant lots into community gardens By Nick Hrkman Photo: EchoingU students tend to the raised flower beds in their community garden Put down roots in your community—literally. Five Rivers MetroParks works with community gardens in the Dayton region as part of the Grow With Your Neighbors program, which began in 1986. In […]

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Green cleaning machine

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Avoid environmental consequences by keeping a living space this spring By Lauren Lemons Photo: After spring cleaning, boost your air quality by adding some plants to well-ventilated areas of your living space Spring is just around the corner and many people are on a mission to purge their homes of unnecessary items that piled up […]

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It’s… alive?

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Community Solutions’ Healthy Soils Symposium at Antioch By Terri Gordon Photo: Soil from the Greenacres cattle pasture reflects the health of the soil, a complex system linked to the health of the Earth; photo: David Rafie It is everywhere, from forest floors to ocean beaches. It is the stuff under our feet, our sidewalks, our roads. […]

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Old-school cooking

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1880s DIY food and farming at Carriage Hill MetroPark By Kristen Wicker Photo: Charlie Wiltrout (left) and Tom Trost recreate an 1880s maple sugaring campphoto: Laura Combs This is your great-grandma’s cooking class. Using authentic recipes from the 1880s—with instructions like “stir until ready,” measurements such as “a walnut-sized piece of butter,” ingredients such as […]

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The great Great rivers expedition

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3 local kayakers share their story By Tim Smith Photo: Jeremy Cox finds adventure paddling down all five rivers in the Dayton area Daytonians have always had the spirit of adventure, from flight to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Three local kayak enthusiasts decided to prove that you don’t have to leave home to find adventure by […]

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]