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Trails forum shows how good we have it in Richmond

Richmond Trails ForumTrail lovers in Richmond have it good. Really good, and we know it.

I covered the first-ever Richmond Trail Forum for RichmondOutside.com. The crowd of more than 100 people was impressive, with more than 100 people in attendance and everyone seemed quite invested in the direction of the forum discussion. Continue reading

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Benefiting from ridding the world of cigarette butt waste, one filter at a time

Cigarette butts gathered at Belle IsleI’ve fought many battles over cigarette butts in my lifetime. As a kid, I used to hound my father when he’d toss his into the yard when he’d finished. I’d gather them and bring them by the handful. He didn’t like it and I don’t think I ever changed his behavior much. My dislike for cigarette butt litter has not wavered over the years — in fact, I think it has gotten worse.

My passion for removing cigarette butts has lead me to many cleanups where I’ve gathered them by the hundreds in places like the James River Park, Bryan Park, at traffic stops (drivers are the worst) and even along Virginia Dare (N.C. Route 12) in the Outer Banks. I’ve been known to tweet the license plate number of an automobile when I see a driver toss a cigarette butt out the window.  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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Roadside trash getting in the way of enjoying Outer Banks paradise

Nags Head trashMy family was lucky enough to spend two weeks in the Outer Banks this summer — once in July and again in late August. We were lucky to have two fantastic weather weeks and great friends to join us.

But, it wasn’t all perfect. On our first trip, my wife and I biked about 80 miles, which we love to do on vacation. Each bike ride began in Nags Head around Mile 10 on NC12, the Virginia Dare Trail. The biking was great, but I was not happy with all of the roadside trash we saw throughout the neighborhoods and pathways between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. I was disappointed, especially knowing that tourists like me were most likely to blame. Continue reading

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I’m done! Why did I earn my Master’s Degree in Urban Planning?

Cover of the Recreational Plan: James River & Kanawha Canal

Cover of the Recreational Plan: James River & Kanawha Canal

In early May 2015, I completed a four-year mission to earn my Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. I didn’t do it alone. I had help from my wife, Trish, and my children, Mitchell and Carly.

They allowed me the time to get his work done. I skipped some family events. Stayed home or on campus when I could have been doing more as a father. Continue reading

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Grateful to HandsOn for ToolBank’s ‘Turning Tools Blue’ volunteer event

Turn Tools Blue

Volunteers with Richmond Community ToolBank, Oct. 18, 2014

I am on the board of directors for the Richmond Community ToolBank. We’ve been working for nearly three years to prepare the Richmond affiliate of ToolBank USA. Continue reading

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Picking up a bucket of litter for the Trash Bucket Challenge

I love picking up litter. Unfortunately, there is plenty of it to keep a guy like me busy. This morning, it only took 10 minutes to pick up trash at the Huguenot Bridge and along the James River and Kanawha Canal, which means I met the ‪Trash Bucket Challenge‬ passed to me by Henrico County Recreation & Parks. Continue reading

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