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Late Spring comes to an end throughout the East this week as the high canopy of leaves closes all the way. Even though the sycamores may hold back for a week or so, now there is a convergence of events that pushes the land over the edge into early summer. 

The March for Science, April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC
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For scientists it can be really tricky to figure out whether to protest, engage with legislators, or stay in the office. Sustainability commentator Bob Brecha compares visits to Capitol Hill with taking part in the People’s Climate March.

The 12th Annual Dayton Sideshow is Friday, 5pm-1am and Saturday, 3pm-1am in The Yellow Cab Building. This event has Sculpture, Painting, Music, Performers, Dancers, Comedy, Food Trucks, Local Brews, Photography and much, much more. It also feature a special Kid's Sideshow.

Enjoy a wonderful day of baby animals, farm experiences, great food and good old fashioned fun at Aullwood's Farm Babies Fest on Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. General admission for the festival is $10 per car.

police lights
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Police departments around the country are exploring ways to improve their relationship with their local community. Commentator Rebecca Rine decided to see what she could do as a citizen to learn more about her local police.

With so much negative behavior and publicity in police forces across America, I decided to enroll in the Kettering Citizens Police Academy to gain some insight into my own community’s police force. I had no idea just how deep that insight would go.

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Everything happens so quickly between the end of March and the middle of May. Bare trees fill out, and the brown, silent earth comes completely alive.

The feelings that move over me in the wake of all those changes range from exhilaration and joy to disappointment to a sense of being overwhelmed, to a sense of sadness.

Today is the grand opening of the River Run at RiverScape MetroPark! Around 5 pm, the ceremonial "first paddlers" will kayak through the new bank stabilization project. Around 6 pm, the first Pickin' in the Park concert of the summer will begin under the covered pavilion at RiverScape.

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I got up a little after 5:00 in the morning. My window was open, and the air was cool and damp. I felt the anxiety and fear that sometimes greet me when I wake. I was still tired and wanted to stay in bed, but remnants of my dreams kept me from going back to sleep and finally pulled me up.

DVAC’s Art Auction is tonight at Sinclair College. This is their biggest and best, all art, all Dayton, wildly fun, eclectic, affordable, talent-packed, cool, casual, original art party of them all! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the live auction begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Commentary: EPA and Us

Apr 25, 2017
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After World War II, American industry grew rapidly, leading to not only unprecedented wealth and a growing middle class, but also to serious negative effects on the environment.  As industry and population expanded, we learned through poisoned rivers and unbreathable air that there are limits to the capacity of the environment to absorb our waste.  The Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 with strong bipartisan support for efforts to remediate heavily polluted urban air and waterways across the country.

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In the course of my almanack record keeping, I have found that soil temperatures generally follow the normal average air temperatures within maybe ten degrees. But in the spring, the ground often lags behind the weather, remaining cold, and causing considerable anguish to the farmer and gardener.

For example, if your beans go in before the earth is warm enough, they rot where you lay them. “Nothing sprouts,” says the ancient Greek sage, Theophrastus, “before its proper time.” At least I think he said something like that…..

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