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A Walk in the Woods: The sounds of spring

By: John Griffee Staff-Writer You only have to turn your ears to skies to hear the first signs of spring’s impending arrival. It was just four months ago that tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes were departing from Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Refuge.  At peak, there was upwards of 30,000 cranes booking their winter travel plans for

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A Walk in the Woods: Winter hiking safety

By: John Griffee Staff Writer Signs of spring have begun to creep into the projected weather forecasts, with temperatures rising and snowdrifts shrinking. While the weather is beginning to turn around after a period of strong winter storm fronts, hikers still need to take precautions when heading out to local parks. With the snow piles

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A walk in the woods: Brandywine Creek Nature Park

By: John Griffee Columnist It’s easy to miss Brandywine Creek Nature Park. The small parking lot sits along South Third Street near Niles, plain-looking, and simple to overlook, made more difficult with the pavement caked in fresh snowfall. Brandywine Creek is similar to many small parks that are dotted all across the country in the

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A Walk in the Woods: Winter Hiking

By: John Griffee Columnist With the passing of another temperate beginning to winter, the harsh backend of another northern Indiana winter has started to unleash on the area. While the premise of hiking in these wintry conditions may seem quite unappealing to the average person, winter can be one of the best times to trudge

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