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Rust Belt Brewing KickStarter Project

You know I’ve been a big fan of Rust Belt Beers since they started. You if I ever needed a Kick to come out of hiding and start blogging again, it’s this: They have a new Kickstarter Project to fund some much needed growth. Personally, I think they set the bar too low: With $5 and $10 donations, they need a good percentage of beer loving citizens in our region to sign up. But, hey, that’s just more of a challenge.



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Stuck in Ohio: Is the Bridge Project the Key to a Skatepark in Youngstown:

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100 Days of Summer: Day 43-Party on the River

Over at the B&O on Saturday Aug. 27th is another Party on the River, featuring Rust Belt Brewing Beer, Kravitz’s Deli’s Corned Beef Sandwiches, Cornhole, and The Guilty Pleasures.  Check them out as we get ready for Canfield Fair!

Also, No One’s taken up my offer to write a guest post yet.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 36- Run for your Life!

Image by lcthulou via Flickr

I Don’t give enough props to Trail Runners- Maybe because it’s just not a well known sport around here. But there’s lots of available organizations and events.

Like NEO Trail Club, Western Reserve Trail Runners, the NorthEast Runners Club, the Youngstown Ultra Trail 50K race and these Ohio Running Trails.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 18- YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

Summer Festival of the arts Tile
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Cheat day. While not an “Outdoor Activity”, the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts Does happen “Outdoors.”

And while we go every year, this year we might not make it. We’re having Jamie’s Graduation party on Saturday, getting ready to send her to Columbus College of Art and Design in the fall. Since she’s gone to the YSU festival every year since, well, ever since she was a baby, I have to credit the opportunities here and the exposure to the local arts scene with her choice of careers.

YEs, There’s the Tour De Youngstown for you cyclists, but I’m Sure You’ve already registered.

Anyway, I hope to see you on Sunday. And check out Flad Mountain at Kilcawley.

Also, Because it’s going to rain tomorrow, I’ll have another couple cheat days posted. We’re heading into the heart of the summer season here, and there’s lots to do. It’s only right that I try to help promote more than the ODNR parks and Lakes.

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Kayaking Lake Newport: Mill Creek Park, May 16th

Just got back from Kayaking in Mill Creek Park With the Girls:


I know I say this is the first Podcast. I’ve got the PodPress Plugin up and running. That’s the embedded Player instead of Youtube. But I haven’t set up the RSS feed or iTunes yet.

Also, this video came out really short. Jamie was kind of embarrassed to be caught video taping this short paddle. I’ll get some video next week at the Venture Outdoors Fest in Pittsburgh and finish setting it up.

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Poland North Elem. Newest 'Wild School" Site

Mahoning County school 104th in the state; fifth in the county

POLAND, OH –  Poland North Elementary School was dedicated on May 6, 2010 as an official WILD School Site according to ODNR Division of Wildlife. The school is the 104th site dedicated in Ohio. The school celebrated during a small ceremony for the students and staff.

Only the fifth school to be dedicated in Mahoning County, Poland North has performed many projects to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment while enhancing habitat for wildlife in the school’s enclosed courtyard. Projects include: erecting bird feeding stations and working in their on-site greenhouse to produce flowers for the school property. A beautiful pond structure with a small waterfall was recently installed by PondScape of Youngstown. Students who attended ceremony helped release fish into the water feature. Wildlife that benefits includes countless migratory birds and a variety of reptiles and amphibians, just to name a few.

Poland North is also a 2010 WILD School Sites grant recipient. Only 40 grants of $500 each are distributed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife each year. The grant funding will help Poland North to further enhance the pond feature as well as provide additional habitat enhancement for wildlife on the school grounds. Follow Principal Masucci’s school blog by visiting

The WILD School Sites program is considered an action extension of the national Project WILD program. Any school property used by students, teachers, and the school community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment can be certified. The sites function within the premise that every school, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated environmental education program. WILD School Sites that demonstrate program development and site enhancement consistent with the premises outlined in this program are eligible for certification as an official Ohio WILD School Site.

For information on WILD School Sites, Project WILD, and grants click here or call 1-800-WILDLIFE to be connected with your District Office.

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