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Richmond has a good thing going with its trails network

richmondtrailforumRichmond’s great network of hiking and biking trails are no accident. They were advocated for, planned and built by trail users. Volunteers have worked with city park staff for more than two decades to develop and maintain the trails and our region is better for them.

Over that time, Richmond has become more known as a great outdoors town. The trails are just part of the reason. We need to remain dedicated to protecting what we have and fight for more trails, especially ones that help connect neighborhoods, schools, commercial areas, employment centers and more.
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Dominion’s coal ash polluting James River at Dutch Gap?

Dominion power plant next to Dutch Gap Conservation Area My children and I biked and hiked this past weekend at Dutch Gap Conservation Area and Henricus Historical Park in southeastern Chesterfield County. Both parks offer lovely views of the James River and a departure from our more urban areas around Richmond.

As we drove up, before we began our adventures for the day, my son wondered aloud about the smoke/steam/pollution/discharge billowing out of two towering chimneys at the Dominion Virginia Power plant that is adjacent to the two parks. I had no solid answers in regards to the pollution, but we spent time throughout the day discussing coal ash, fly ash, retention ponds and the residual effects from generating power.  Continue reading

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Chesapeake Invader: Discovering America’s Giant Meteorite Crater

Science is awesome. I recently read “Chesapeake Invader: Discovering America’s Giant Meteorite Crater” by C. Wylie Poag. For a book about science, it is well-written, easy to read and thoroughly explains a fascinating topic, namely “America’s largest meteorite impact crater.”

Though the crater was formed 35 million years ago, it continues to influence Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. So many mysteries about our region can be tied back into that catastrophic event. Continue reading

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Swimming to school > biking & walking to school

Students from Trinity Episcopal School participated in a Swim to School event by swimming or paddling one mile up the James River, starting just above Bosher's Dam, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.I have been a supporter and an advocate for alternative modes of transportation for a long time, but I have not considered swimming as a mode of transportation. Students at Trinity Episcopal School have changed my way of thinking after they jumped into the chilly waters of the James River before school Monday morning.

OK, so they didn’t exactly commute to school by swimming and paddling. They were driven to the spot where they jumped in and they were driven back to school afterward. At least they were learning about alternative modes of transportation. Continue reading

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Volunteering for Mother Nature: A deep dislike for litter

Trash collected during the James River Advisory Council cleanup Sept. 12, 2015.My Why, Richmond, Why?!? column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch this past week was one of those that I have to revisit now and then. This is the beauty of having a column and a platform to express myself and my feelings toward something that I wish people considered to be more important than they apparently do. Continue reading

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Discovering Richmond: Writing for one of my favorite publications

Discover RichmondMore more than a decade, I have contributed in one way or another to the Discover Richmond publications for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

I love guides that help tell the story of Richmond. The past, present and future. Events, where to go and what to do when you get there. The magazine can’t cover it all, but I love to read what other people have to say about my town. Continue reading

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Rundown provides a chance to see more of the James River

Conditions were perfect for the James River Rundown.

Conditions were perfect for the James River Rundown.

This past weekend, I participated in the James River Rundown, thanks to a push from my friend Justin Doyle of the James River Association. I ran the 20-miler in 4 hours and 26 minutes, which was about the right amount of time to spend on the river. Continue reading

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