Category Archives: April 2007

BMX Style

Do the names Mat Hoffman, Danny Parks or Bob Haro mean anything to you? For many BMX bike enthusiasts, these are their Tony Hawk, Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan. The BMX Freestyle sport has boomed in recent years, thanks to national exposure, Olympic recognition and the love of die-hard fans; many of whom you can routinely find scaling stairs, makeshift dirt hills or ramps with their own bikes. The City of Chandler is now addressing the growing popularity of this … Continue reading

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Friends Groups

It’s hard for me to imagine trying to keep a nature center going without a friends group. Even with the solid financial support of a municipality, there are always needs that stretch the budget too thin. Equipment breaks. Technology becomes available that would make life so much easier. Supplies increase beyond the means of the yearly allowable increases. On and on and on. You know the drill. Counter these financial pressures with the political advantages of an advocacy group–one made … Continue reading

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The Bridge Experience

More than an expanse of metal and concrete over which we walk or drive our cars, bikes or mopeds, bridges offer access to areas far and wide, and often provide unique opportunities for fun and recreation. If you have a bridge in your town, here are a few examples of how to might make the most of them. Mackinac Bridge Walk (Mackinac City and St. Ignace, Mich.) Every Labor Day since 1958, the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the St. Ignace Chamber … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

The long winter is over and spring is here. Anglers will flood the parks, hoping to catch the big one. Hikers will explore the paths, and joggers will race past them. Children will throw rocks in the lake and chase the geese. And, inevitably, muskrats, algae, trash and tree overgrowth will begin to ruin your lake. Now is the time for a bit of spring-cleaning. Hands-on lake cleanup is essential to the health of the fish, plants, insects and wildlife … Continue reading

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Bo Knows

Vincent Edward Jackson. Remember him? You may know him better as Bo Jackson or, more simply, as Bo–he of the one-word name and all the fame associated with that kind of recognition. Though his two-sport career was shortened by injury, his athletic prowess, when shown in black and white on the printed page, is almost too far-fetched to be believed. Consider this–just a few months removed from college, he hit more than 25 homeruns and stole more than 25 bases … Continue reading

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