FROM THE PRINT EDITION
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December 1, 2016
- Feature Photos
November 24, 2016
- Art gleams anew at Holiday Jumble
The YS Arts Council’s 2016 Holiday Jumble opened to the public on Saturday, Nov. 19, and will run through Dec. 31.
- Feature Photos
November 17, 2016
- Standing up for Standing Rock
Recently, a number of Yellow Springs residents have been advocating on behalf of those demonstrating against the construction of an oil pipeline through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota.
- Village votes by precinct
Forget all that weird election news from last week. It was just a bad dream! In reality Hillary Clinton swept the polls!
- ‘Nagasaki’ author to speak at AUM
Susan Southard, who will be awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize this week for her nonfiction book on the survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb, will speak in Yellow Springs this Saturday.
- A habit of caring, and aging well
Though he retired more than 15 years ago, Carl Hyde’s habit of caring for people remains.
- 34 artists to participate in 2016 Art & Soul
A wide range of original arts and crafts creations—both decorative and functional—will be featured this weekend in the fifth annual Art & Soul fair, in the Mills Lawn School gymnasium.
- Villagers react to historic election
Donald Trump’s unexpected win hit Yellow Springs hard last week. In the days following the election, dozens of villagers registered emotions ranging from shock, disbelief and confusion to dismay, alarm, outrage and grief.
- Yellow Springs School Board— Group to create mediation protocol for PBL
The Yellow Springs High School’s Student Relations Board, a group of students and teachers, will be reconfiguring the project-based learning, or PBL, contracts signed by students in each class, with the intent of developing a mediation protocol for how the PBL teams deal with conflict.
- Feature Photos
November 10, 2016
- State House, Senate races— Hometown challengers fall short
Two Yellow Springs hopefuls for state office fell short of their goal Tuesday night against Republican incumbents who decidedly retained their seats in the Ohio Senate and House.
- Naturalist-teacher joins Glen Helen staff
The office of Michael Blackwell, the new director of Glen Helen’s Outdoor Education Center (OEC), is a small trailer deep in the Glen. No more than 50 feet away is a fire pit, and the whole camp is ensconced in towering trees.
- Village Council— Improving school bikeway safety
Recent concerns about the safety of students traveling on West South College Street have prompted the Village to look into improving bikeways on that route.
- Food aid for villagers in need
Given the higher median income and sense of community that characterizes Yellow Springs, it might be hard for some to imagine that there are residents who experience what is known as “food insecurity” — limited or uncertain access to food.
- U.S. House and Senate: Republicans keep Congress
Moderate Republican incumbents held& on firmly to their seats in Ohio’s U.S. Congressional races.
- Building an historic collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
The opening of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in September followed more than a century of efforts to recognize formally in our nation’s Capital the contributions of black Americans in the making, building, growth and life of this country.
- State and county issues
Election results: state and county concerns
When people ask Zo Van Eaton Meister if she grew up in Yellow Springs, she usually replies, “Sort of.” The story of her connection to the village is complicated.
- In stunning upset, Trump clinches presidency
It wasn’t supposed to be a long night. But for Democrats in particular, Tuesday was a really, really long night.
- Antioch College— New spokesperson, old ties
Thirty-six years after graduation, Mark Reynolds is back at Antioch College. The former theater and communications major, class of 1980, now occupies an office on the fourth floor of South Hall.
November 3, 2016
- All for one … heck of a YSHS play
Fighting, honor, loyalty, love, camaraderie. More fighting. This fall’s Yellow Springs High School production of Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers” is not for the faint of heart, but it’s equally full of comedic turns.
- Moms Out Front for a livable climate
Mothers Out Front, a national grassroots group whose Yellow Springs team was started last spring by Laura Skidmore, seeks a “swift and complete transition to clean energy” in order to reduce the effects of climate change on future generations.
- Local men and women Stand Up!
Last Wednesday, Xenia Avenue was lined, as it sometimes is, with people holding signs with bold political slogans and rallying for social justice for women.
- School’s out for district janitor
About halfway through the school year, the district will say goodbye to one of its senior-most employees, longtime custodian, groundskeeper and bus driver Jerry Upton.
October 27, 2016
- WSU to sell land to Township
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Wright State University Board of Trustees approved the sale of land on Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, a portion of the site of the former WSU medical clinic, to the Miami Township Trustees.
- Public records, by request
Several recent public records requests have picked up the pace at the Clerk of Council’s office, which is responsible for maintaining Village records and fulfilling requests from the public for access to them.
- Cemetery Street project finished— New families make village home
Looking online, both families discovered Home, Inc., the local land trust nonprofit, and wondered if Home, Inc. could help them.
- Village Council — What about the beavers?
Members of Council, the Yellow Springs Tree Committee and local environmentalists considered that question at Council’s Oct. 17 meeting, following a report by Village Manager Patti Bates that beavers, previously believed to have taken up residence only at the Glass Farm wetlands, are now making a home, and a dam, at Ellis Park.
- Indie film, big-budget humor
Last week, at the end of a quiet residential street in Kettering, a recording studio was taken over by a film crew. Outside were box trucks full of equipment, miles of cables running to and from the buildings, and an impressive spread of catered food.
October 20, 2016
- Yellow Springs takes part in nationwide reading— Play asks, Can it happen here?
A prescient novel from 1935 is getting new life as a touchstone for our current presidential season.
- Village Council acts on CBE project
Village Council moved ahead with plans to extend infrastructure to the property known as the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 17.
- New Antioch College class, smaller than hoped
At just 44 students, Antioch College’s incoming class, the class of 2020 represents a moment of both promise and peril for the college.
- They’re villagers, thanks to Google
A simple Google search brought Dorothy Dean and Jarod Rogers to Yellow Springs. “I literally Googled, ‘What is the most liberal town in Ohio?’” Dean recalled, laughing, in a recent interview.
- Honoring Little Miami Trail bikeway boosters
Once controversial but now widely used, the local bike path turned 25 this fall. A small ceremony marking that milestone was held in front of the Train Station last Saturday
- School board— Eighth graders may travel to NYC
Thanks in part to the success of the seventh-grade “Into the Wild” trip, McKinney Middle School teachers are seeking to enlarge the scope of the annual eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled to depart on May 4.
- Feature Photos
October 13, 2016
- Debut of new Open Studios tour
The third weekend in October has become widely known among area artists and art lovers as a time to celebrate and support art-making in Yellow Springs.
- New officer joins Yellow Springs Police Department
There’s a new officer in town, a new addition to the Yellow Springs Police Department who will add to a force that recently has been down three officers.
- A look at the 2017 projected Village budget
At Village Council’s Oct. 3 meeting, Council members heard an overview of the 2017 Village budgets for enterprise, capital and special revenue funds.
- Board approves sale— WSU land sale may advance fire station plans
The Wright State University Board of Trustees voted last Friday to approve the potential sale to a qualified buyer of about four acres of land in Yellow Springs, the former site of the medical clinic on Xenia Avenue between Marshall and Herman streets.
- CMYS to host David Trio
The David Trio hails from Italy and will join us in Yellow Springs on Sunday, Oct. 23, for the second concert in the Chamber Music in Yellow Springs 2016–17 season.
October 6, 2016
- Community Solutions’ 63rd conference — A focus on climate solutions
The 76-year-old Community Solutions will hold its 63rd conference, “Climate Crisis Solutions: Charting a New Course.” The event dates are Friday–Sunday, Oct. 21–23. Seventeen local, national and international experts will speak.
- Former CEO turns talents to art
The title of Richard Lapedes’s upcoming first show — “Sculpture: Recovering from 30 years of Management” — sums up his feelings on the matter.
- A hair salon gets a new look
Hair stylist Lori Deal is celebrating a new “do” of sorts for her hair salon, along with a new shop name, after the recent completion of a full remodeling of the interior.
- Village a great place to raise children
In the late 1960s when Robert and Olga Harris moved to the village, racial segregation and prejudice was a reality in most cities and towns. But in Yellow Springs, they found a place where their children were free to be who they wanted to be without the burden of racial prejudice.
- Next steps on CBE land
Village Council at its Oct. 3 meeting again took up the subject of the proposed utilities extension to the entrance of the CBE land; Council appeared ready to move ahead on the utilities extension.
September 29, 2016
- Big debate, big screen at Little Art
A live stream of the candidates’ debate at Long Island’s Hoftra University and the Little Art’s programming leading up to it were presented through a partnership with ThinkTV, Channel 16, the Dayton-based PBS affiliate.
- 2017 Village budget: revenue is up, spending stable
Village Council at its Sept. 19 meeting heard the first reading of the Village budget for the 2017 general fund. Revenues are expected to rise in 2017.
- Building plans considered for aging schools
The school board is taking steps to deal with what it characterizes as aging infrastructure in Yellow Springs’ two school buildings: Mills Lawn Elementary and McKinney Middle School/Yellow Springs High School.
- Auryn Quartet opens CMYS season
Chamber Music in Yellow Springs looks forward to welcoming back the accomplished Auryn Quartet on Sunday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church.
- McKinney students go ‘Into the Wild’ to bike, learn, bond
Last week, approximately 65 students left the hallowed halls of McKinney Middle School on a 53-mile bike trip over three days as part of “Into the Wild,” a project-based learning (PBL) excursion.
September 22, 2016
- Art of collaboration, intersection
Relationships form the girders on which two recently opened two-person art exhibitions in the village are built.
- Village schools— New report card in context
The state issued its 2015–16 district report card two weeks ago, and it received sound condemnation from Yellow Springs district Superintendent Mario Basora at the Yellow Springs Board of Education meeting on Sept. 8.
- Village Council— Slowing down on CBE land
Village Council at its Sept. 19 meeting signaled a new willingness to slow down plans for extending basic infrastructure to the entrance of the 35-acre parcel of land known as the Center for Business and Education, or CBE.
- ‘Housh to House’ in homestretch
Brian Housh’s Pleasant Street home is his campaign headquarters, specifically his dining room, which on recent Friday featured a “Housh to House” tablecloth, plus stacks of postcards, door hangers, posters and brochures.
- Conference to shed light on aging
“People want to be who they want to be,” said Karen Wolford, executive director of the Yellow Springs Senior Center.
- Feature Photos
September 15, 2016
- Officer drops charges— Village settles with Watson
At Village Council’s Sept. 6 meeting, Council approved a settlement between the Village and Sergeant Naomi (Penrod) Watson, following a charge filed by Watson last spring with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, or OCRC.
- Seventy years on, still ‘Victorettes’
Love and pride of community, church, family, friendship and, not least of all, country — the Victorettes of Yellow Springs brought all these together for a group of young African-American women in their teens and early 20s during the final months of World War II.
- Villagers go to the dogs (and cats)
On a recent weekend, two things happened at PetNet’s booth at the local farmers’ market that exemplify why the group was founded.
- Antioch College— New way forward with FACT
Two months ago, Antioch College President Tom Manley announced the college had received “the best news we could have gotten,” when the Higher Learning Commission granted the college accreditation after an intense five-year effort.
- Village natives behind Dayton fest
For the past six months, two Yellow Springs natives have been busy booking bands, soliciting artists and making oversized props. This is the second year that Connor Stratton and Nancy Jane Epling, who now live in Athens, Ohio, have organized the Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival, or DMAFF, and it’s been a nonstop but invigorating hustle.
- Feature Photos
September 8, 2016
- Village Council — Citizens plan CBE moratorium
At Village Council’s Sept. 6 meeting, Council was informed that a group of citizens is aiming to place a temporary moratorium on the proposed expansion of Village infrastructure to the entrance of the Center for Business and Education, or CBE.
- 2016 Blues Fest to honor Faith Patterson
Remembering, honoring and celebrating the life of teacher and community organizer Faith Patterson will be at the forefront of this year’s AACW Blues, Jazz & Gospel Fest, the music festival she founded here in 1997.
- New Older Group teacher at the Antioch School
When Chris Powell retired last spring after 28 years as the Older Group teacher at the Antioch School, imagining someone new stepping into her room as lead teacher may have seemed hard.
- Matthew Kirk’s state senate campaign heads into fall
Matthew and Kristina Kirk’s backyard was abuzz with family, fellow Democrats and a growing pile of items to be sold at an upcoming yard sale; the donations were collected to raise money for Matthew’s Ohio’s state senate run.
September 1, 2016
- Art Hop’s personal look at art
“There is an enormous amount of art in Yellow Springs,” said Nancy Mellon, the gallery coordinator for the Yellow Springs Arts Council. “The whole town is a gallery.”
- Antioch hires new fundraiser
This summer’s accreditation victory could boost Antioch College’s fundraising efforts, allowing the college to tap new sources of support. And now the college has a seasoned fundraiser to carry out that work.
- New pastor at St. Paul Church
After several years of difficult divides under the leadership of a controversial priest, St. Paul Catholic Church has a new pastor and, some believe, new hope for healing rifts within the parish.
- Still seeking justice for Crawford
In this final article of the series, “Justice for John Crawford,” the News will address the current status, two years after Crawford’s death, of remaining legal efforts around the case, the effect of the shooting on local activists, and reflections from Crawford’s father.
- Feature Photos
August 25, 2016
- One song with one purpose
The upcoming concert series by the World House Choir, “Come Sit at the Welcome Table,” references the numerous ways the theme of inclusion is part of its performances.
- Village Council — Utility bills elicit concerns
Many villagers have been surprised this month by higher-than-expected utility bills.
- Adoff, Lydy, Snider new McKinney, YSHS teachers
As the first week of the new academic year concludes, we present the final three new teachers, who will teach at Yellow Springs High School or McKinney Middle School.
- Village school funding gets a face
The Yellow Springs school district welcomed more than just students this year. Part of the incoming class is Dawn Boyer, who was hired as the district’s director of advancement and community relations.
- Ohio leaders scrutinize policing
Sixth article in this series: In 2014, two high-profile police shooting deaths in Ohio occurred within three months of each other, sparking public outcry and calls for policing reform.
- Feature Photos
August 18, 2016
- Village Council moves ahead on CBE land
At its Aug. 15 meeting, Viillage Council voted unanimously to accept the 35-acre parcel on the west edge of town known as the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, which was formerly owned by Community Resources.
- A new school year with new projects, people
Mills Lawn Principal Matt Housh and McKinney/Yellow Springs High School Principal Tim Krier discussed the possibilities awaiting students in the upcoming 2016–2017 school year.
- Guns and grand juries up for reform
Fifth article in this series: In Ohio, the public outcry following the police shootings of John Crawford III and Tamir Rice, as well as the growing national dialogue on policing and criminal justice, has led to a variety of recommendations for structural reform in the criminal justice system.
- New McKinney, Mills Lawn teachers
The district is welcoming eight newly hired teachers to the local schools this year. This article introduces the five new Mills Lawn and McKinney Middle School teachers. In a following article will introduce the three new teachers at Yellow Springs High School.
- McKinney 7th graders launch year in canoes
As the start of the school year draws closer, teachers and staff at the district’s schools already have plans in place for a number of immersive educational projects that reflect the district’s philosophy of project-based learning, or PBL.
- Feature Photos
August 11, 2016
- Local food activists strategize, plan for a commercial kitchen
A growing interest among villagers around local food has led to an ambitious effort to make the village a regional food hub, with an initial step of creating a commercial kitchen as the first component of a community economic incubator.
- ‘Nomads’ decide to settle down in Village
An artist and an academic move to Yellow Springs. They find people, jobs, a community they enjoy. They have a child. In a few years, they buy a house. They make plans for their little boy’s future. In short, they settle down.
- Art on Lawn this Saturday
One of the things that makes the annual Art on the Lawn event stand out from other art and artisan shows is in its title — that would be the Lawn part.
- Cows, combs, fast food at the Greene County fair
Yellow Springs native Austin Pence has been showing cattle at the Greene County Fair for 13 years, and the pre-show primping is part of the daily routine.
- ‘Deep green’ architect to talk at Antioch College
“Deep green” architect Jason McLennan, a pioneer of green building design, will give a public talk on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Wellness Center South Gym at Antioch College.
- Feature Photos
August 4, 2016
- Village utility changes beget odd bills
The trepidation accompanying monthly bills has been on the increase over the past electric and water billing cycles, as a number of Yellow Springs residents have received significantly higher than usual utility bills.
- Choosing a college and a town
When Lori Collins-Hall and Chris Burgher first visited Yellow Springs two years ago, they were checking out the village as a place to live.
- Ehman’s odometer hits 70
For car aficionados, a car from 1946 is a vintage model that represents a timeless era. Ehman’s Garage, which opened that year, evokes the same sense of a classic era, and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
- Racial factors in Crawford’s shooting
Fourth article in this series: Beginning in the early 2000s, Joshua Correll, a social psychology researcher now at the University of Colorado, began a series of studies examining the effect of race on shoot/don’t shoot decisions.
- Feature Photos
July 28, 2016
- Cut electric rates with peak shaving
Periodically throughout the summer, Village government encourages Yellow Springers to assist with “peak shaving.” The practice is generally understood as a way to reduce electricity usage and save money, but what does it actually mean?
- 2016–17 Yellow Springs News School Guide
The online version of the Yellow Springs News 2016–17 School Guide.
- Ten new hires for Yellow Springs schools
The Yellow Springs School District welcomed 10 new hires, including elementary, middle and high school teachers and staff, as well as a new administrative position created this school year.
- Through the lens of race: the 911 call
Third article in this series: From Beavercreek to Baton Rouge, high-profile police shootings of unarmed African-American men reveal dramatic disparities in how white and black citizens are perceived and treated by police.
- Antioch College film students learn their craft at RNC
Last week’s Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, drew thousands of visitors, delegates, demonstrators and members of the media. Professor Charles Fairbanks, a media arts instructor at Antioch College, wanted his students to experience such a monumental event.
- Feature Photos
July 21, 2016
- Antioch University considers building sale
As part of cost-cutting efforts, Antioch University leaders are looking into the best ways to make use of AU’s physical facilities on their five regional campuses.
- Council OKs CBE land timeline
Village Council hopes to move ahead soon with extending infrastructure to the property formerly intended for the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, in order to make the land more attractive for development.
- Friends Music Campers make music for Glen
A couple of busloads of young campers and adult staff from Friends Music Camp are set to arrive in town Saturday, July 30, for the camp’s annual concert to benefit Glen Helen.
- Living, learning in the real world
Meet Alexandra Scott: event planner, poet, activist, coffeehouse lover, future entrepreneur, villager.
- New on the streets of Yellow Springs, Pokémon Go
While the sight of people walking and staring down at their phones may be a sign of our smart phone-obsessed times, walking around and staring at a phone in service of catching cute little monsters is a relatively new phenomenon.
July 14, 2016
- Trip to Walmart ends in tragedy
Second article in this series: A detailed look at the events around the Crawford shooting.
- Sift through OATS for some eclectic home décor
The newest store on the downtown Xenia Avenue strip brings an eclectic mix of mostly home décor items that combine a sense of old and new.
- CBE land to return to Village
The 35-acre parcel of land at the center of the controversial Center for Business and Education, or CBE, will soon be returned to the Village, according to a representative from Community Resources.
- The Bard, back under the stars at Antioch College
Yellow Springs and Antioch College were once known around the world for a precedent-setting outdoor Shakespeare festival. This month, that tradition is being revived — in a small way, but with the hope of bigger things to come.
- Antioch College receives accreditation
Antioch College President Tom Manley got the word around 1 p.m. this past Monday. An email showed up in his inbox from the Higher Learning Commission, or HLC. It contained the biggest of big news.
- Library’s Bikemobile brings books on a bike
The Greene County Library System shows off its new pedal-powered bike library.
- Feature Photos
July 7, 2016
- Full circle: Celebrating Omar Robinson’s ‘Circle of Love’
About 100 current and former residents of Omar Circle gathered last Sunday at the Mills Park Hotel banquet room to honor, remember and celebrate the neighborhood in which many grew up and some still live.
- Yellow Springs police officer is dismissed
A newly hired police officer who sparked controversy in two recent village incidents by using what some saw as excessive force has been terminated from the police force.
- Antioch College’s cohousing gets green light
Antioch College Village is another step closer to reality. The college’s board of trustees voted last month to launch a 32-unit cohousing pilot project, the first phase of a larger vision for developing environmentally sustainable, multigenerational housing on campus.
- Village Council— Morris Bean, police ‘overreach‘ are topics
At their July 5 meeting, Council members heard from villagers concerned about the environmental practices of the local company Morris Bean, and also about the “overreach” of some local police officers.
- Plan, curtail for climate goals
Villagers Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy believe planning a personal energy budget and curtailing personal energy use are the essential actions individuals can take to help slow global warming.
- Feature Photos
June 30, 2016
- Herndon Gallery exhibit urges encounters with nature
Antioch College is welcoming international environmental artist Shinji Turner-Yamamoto to campus this summer as an artist-in-residence who will play a major role in a collaborative, interdisciplinary exploration of our relationship with and in nature.
- Goal of concerts is to restore Antioch College grand piano
Locally based pianist Sam Reich had an idea, and now he’s seeing where it leads. The idea: Raise enough money to rehabilitate the grand piano at Antioch College’s Foundry Theater.
- Yellow Springs Brewery purchases bowling alley
Nate Cornett and Lisa Wolters had a plan when they opened Yellow Springs Brewery three years ago, but things haven’t exactly worked out. They hoped to grow their business, of course, but at a rate they could keep up with.
- All campus presidents fired— Antioch University restructures leadership
Antioch University leaders announced on Monday a bold restructuring that includes eliminating all of the university campus’s boards of trustees along with the presidents of each AU campus.
- Village Council— Morris Bean sewer request raises concerns
At Village Council’s June 20 meeting, a former Village manager took Council to task for not insisting that Morris Bean be annexed into the Village in exchange for hooking up the company to the Village sewer system. If annexed, the company would pay Village income taxes and thus enhance Village revenues.
June 23, 2016
- YSKP’s focus on feisty Alice
On a hot summer day last week, the Antioch Amphitheater was filled with kids singing and dancing in the midday sun. If someone missed their cue, the actors went back to their starting places and began the musical number anew. The temperature was in the upper 80s, and the day’s rehearsal was just getting started.
- Join YS Pride Parade this weekend
Although the recent events in Orlando have prompted outpourings of support and affirmation to the LGBTQ+ community, it doesn’t take tragedy for people to appreciate the beauty of life and love.
- Revisiting Crawford, two years on
First article in this series: The shooting of John Crawford and other young African-American men by police raised urgent questions about use of force, police relations with African-American communities and the role of race and racism in the justice system.
- Antioch College’s Anna Hogarty moves on
When Anna Hogarty retires from Antioch College at the end of this month, the college will lose one of its most steadfast cheerleaders.
June 16, 2016
- A closer look at village police officer actions
At Council’s June 6 meeting, several villagers expressed concern over two recent instances of what they perceived as aggressive behavior by a local police officer.
- It’s a rap—Issa Walker featured on a new album
Yellow Springs resident and resident hip-hop artist Issa Walker alternated between excitement and nonchalance when recently discussing one of his latest musical endeavors. Not only did Walker write the music for a song performed by one of his idols, but he got to rap on it as well.
- Village Council— Morris Bean seeks sewer tie-in
At Village Council’s June 6 meeting, Council members heard a request from Morris Bean leaders to permit that company to connect to the Village sewer system.
- Next steps for fast, local Internet in village
A municipal fiber optic network is feasible in Yellow Springs, according to members of Springs-Net, a citizen group that has been studying the issue for the past 18 months.
- A spotlight on local black history
“If it weren’t for the role blacks have played in Yellow Springs, Yellow Springs wouldn’t be what it is today,” noted Yellow Springer John Gudgel recently.
- June 9 Yellow Springs School Board— School leaders travel to High Tech High
While school may be out for students, teachers and administrators are hard at work preparing for a successful 2016–2017 school year. In recent weeks district personnel visited High Tech High in San Diego.
- Feature Photos
June 9, 2016
- Once more unto the streets…
Love it or dread it, Street Fair is a Yellow Springs tradition. But newcomers to the village anticipating this Saturday’s arts, crafts, music, food and beer extravaganza might not realize just how humble and homegrown the tradition is.
- DMS ink honored for its growth
DMS ink was recognized as one of the fastest growing Asian-American businesses.
- From ‘the last frontier’ to Ohio
Before moving to Yellow Springs, Eric and Kelley Oberg had never owned a home with a doorbell.
- Mills Lawn School ‘Buddy bench’ project ensures a place for everyone
A group of students at Mills Lawn School installed a new feature on the K–2 playground recently that they anticipate will help their classmates enjoy a happier and friendlier recess time.
- Grandson’s heart-breaking question inspires a new book
What began as a letter written to her 4-year-old grandson while he napped has become a 142-page, 12-chapter, hard-cover book earning praise from prestigious review boards and lay readers alike for its author, villager Julia Davis.
In the 2016 Senior Supplement, the News incorrectly stated the names of the parents of YSHS graduate.
- Village Council—Concerns about police aired
Several villagers attended the June 6 Village Council meeting to express concerns about recent incidents in which they believed local police acted too aggressively.
- Feature Photos
June 2, 2016
- Into the future
The Yellow Springs High School Class of 2016 was honored at commencement ceremonies May 26, at the high school gym.
- New programs at the Little Art— Fancy a weekday matinee?
It’s a weekday afternoon, you have a few free hours, you want to see a movie. Wish the Little Art were open? Now it is.
- Bee-friendly land management— Antioch College bans ‘neonics’
The lawn in front of Antioch Hall, known as the horseshoe, is covered with clover this time of year. In years past, that meant bees — hundreds of them — buzzing underfoot. But now the clover field is silent.
- Antioch College — Visiting dancer dares defy gravity
A MacArthur “genius” award winner, Elizabeth Streb is described in a 2015 New Yorker article as a “radical choreographer.” But Streb isn’t sure that her creations are actually dance.
- At 83, she’s no longer invisible
For her 60th birthday, Joan Champie jumped out of a plane. “I grinned all the way down,” she said of her first tandem parachute jump.
- YSHS Spanish teacher says, ‘adiós’
If she could, Kathryn Burkland would do without much of the public attention that has come with retiring this spring after 18 years of teaching Spanish at Yellow Springs High School.
- Feature Photos
May 26, 2016
- May 12 school board meeting— School fiscal future looks brighter
As the 2015–16 school year drew to a close this month, the Yellow Springs Board of Education conducted its last meeting of the school year Thursday evening, May 12, by looking back at staff and student accomplishments and looking ahead toward projected financial expectations.
- YSI seeks clean-up comment
A local environmental clean-up project may soon be drawing to a close.
- ‘Fat Skirt, Big Nozzle’ at Antioch
Friends and colleagues for 40 years, Louise Smith and Ellen Maddow know something about female friendship. And the two women, who have spent their lives immersed in theater, also know quite a bit about how to put on a show.
- Village Council— Group urges bike-friendly changes
At Council’s May 16 meeting a group of Yellow Springs biking enthusiasts urged Village Council to take steps to make the village more bicycle-friendly.
- Vie Design building is home again
One of the village’s most stately historic buildings has recently, after decades of use as an office building, returned to its original purpose as a home.
- Aurelia Blake retires— Power of the pen, and of the heart
For 16 years, language arts teacher Aurelia Blake has been a tough and tender champion for local middle school students and their writing.
- Feature Photos
May 19, 2016
- A Yellow Springs man’s quest for a kidney
David Spyridon’s nights are spent in a recliner. Sleep comes a little harder that way, but the position aids the work of his dialysis machine.
- Breast cancer screening in village— Mobile mammogram coming
Yellow Springs women have the opportunity to obtain two critical health screenings locally when the OhioHealth mobile mammography and bone density unit visits Yellow Springs on Friday, May 27.
- PBL training center debuts in Yellow Springs schools
At the May 12 school board meeting, the goal of creating a PBL training center became reality, with unanimous board approval of the YS Deeper Learning Training Center.
- Rebirth of a garden center
Gardens are lessons in rebirth, and a local garden center is exemplifying this truth in more than the usual ways.
- Feature Photos
May 12, 2016
- Reception this Saturday at Antioch School—Chris Powell to retire
After 28 years at The Antioch School, beloved Older Group teacher Chris Powell will retire at the end of this school year.
- YSHS 2016 valedictorian, salutatorian—Well-rounded scholars, athletes
Yellow Springs High School counselor Dave Smith said that this year’s senior class is a remarkable one.
- YSHS ranked 13th in Ohio
Just in time for graduation, Yellow Springs High School recently found out it’s at the top of its class.
- Color, light, textures at Winds show
“Color and Light — Brush and Needle” is a new exhibit at The Winds Cafe, of watercolors by Libby Rudolf and art quilts from Pam Geisel.
- Addressing LGBTQ health
A longtime area HIV/AIDS resource, Equitas Health, is expanding its mission to serve the full spectrum of health needs in the LGBTQ community.
- Village Council—Joint responsiblity for alley care
Alley upkeep is the joint responsibility of Village government and local property owners, according to Village Manager Patti Bates at the May 2 meeting of Yellow Springs Village Council.
- True stories told live at Yellow Springs Arts Council
Jude Walsh Whelley had never told a story to an audience before. But that didn’t stop her from entering, and then winning, February’s Story Slam.
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May 5, 2016
- School Board: Yellow Springs teachers coach PBL
Yellow Springs Schools superintendent Mario Basora recently reported that five project-based learning, or PBL, coaches and two administrators traveled to Nashville for a PBL coach training seminar.
- Children’s Center anniversary event— 70 years of lessons and play
On Thursday, May 12, the Children’s Center will be throwing a party to celebrate its 70 years of care.
- Event teaches that ‘no is no’
Organizers of Consent 101, a workshop taking place Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Yellow Springs Arts Council, believe that consent is a critical topic.
- Nipper to return to YSPD — Prosecutor drops charges
A special prosecutorstated he has concluded his review of charges against a Yellow Springs police officer, and found a lack of evidence to move forward.
- Becoming Zay: growing up trans
It was an ordinary Thursday. The last Thursday in April, grey, a little chilly. The lobby of the Greene County Courthouse in Xenia was quiet. And then, single file through the security doorway, a crowd of two dozen surged in.
- Antioch School Forest Kindergarten— Where the wild things are
the Kindergarten group at Antioch School has succeeded in beginning every school week exploring, playing and learning out-of-doors. They call it Forest Kindergarten.
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April 28, 2016
- Activist presses for justice for John Crawford
About 40 people gathered to hear local activist Bomani Moyenda and the Reverend Jerome McCorry, of Dayton, respond to the latest developments in the 2014 Beavercreek Walmart shooting case.
- Making a good life in Yellow Springs
Walk by a certain Cliff Street porch on a spring or summer evening, and Cory and Amanda Howard will likely be out in the cooling air.
- Haydn’s ‘Creation’ to sound
Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” will be performed at the spring concert of the Yellow Springs Community Chorus and the Yellow Springs Orchestra on Mother’s Day.
- Antioch School’s ‘Phantom Tollbooth’ in Clifton Opera House
Imagine coming home from school one day to find that a mysterious tollbooth has appeared in your home. That’s precisely what Antioch School students will be doing when they perform “The Phantom Tollbooth.”
- Rumpke waste processing facility — Just don’t call it a garbage dump
Trash is an inevitable part of life. A big part of life, to the tune of almost five pounds per person per day, and those five pounds of garbage have to go somewhere.
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April 21, 2016
- New police officer joins YSPD
Officer John Whittemore arrived at the YSPD from West Carrollton a little over three weeks ago.
- New art gallery opens— A dream, no longer deferred
The opening of a new art gallery downtown has been “a labor of love” for owners Katie and Chris Brandt, who describe their venture into full-time art-making and exhibition as the realization of a dream deferred.
- Japanese culture in bloom in Yellow Springs
Curiosity, hands-on exploration and a deeper appreciation for Japanese culture will be encouraged, and rewarded, at the upcoming Ohayo Ohio Japanese symposium and cultural event.
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April 14, 2016
- Forty years of making connections in Yellow Springs
Larry Gerthoffer, better known as Larry Electric, has been a “fixture” of Yellow Springs for more than 40 years.
- Tecumseh Land Trust hopes to secure 10 farms
The Tecumseh Land Trust, or TLT, is working to secure easements for 10 family farms within the year.
- Annual CMYS competition coming
On Sunday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., Chamber Music in Yellow Springs welcomes the finalists in the 31st annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles.
- A new voice on the air at WYSO
“This was my dream job,” April Laissle said of becoming a news reporter and morning on-air host at WYSO radio in January.
- Villager arrested on multiple felonies
Yellow Springs resident Talis Gage, 32, was arrested by local police on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. on six felony counts
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April 7, 2016
- Green Generation builders to finish Thistle Creek
Eleven years after local builder Jonathan Brown began developing 4.2 acres at Thistle Creek, two young builders are poised to finish off the King Street development.
- Heart rhythm meditation workshop— Healing hearts to heal the world
Denise Runyon and Tom Malcom know something about hearts, as they run the Friends of the Heart Center out of their Dayton Street home.
- Village Council— Electric rate hike to start July 1
Starting July 1, villagers are likely to see an increase in their electric bills, following Village Council’s unanimous vote at its April 4 meeting to amend the Village electric rate structure.
- Coward’s Fresh, fun ‘Blithe Spirit’ on stage
After two years of presenting a diverse array of plays to area audiences, the members of Yellow Springs Theater Company felt the time had come to add a strong comedy to the mix.
- A Yellow Springs roundtable on refugee crisis
More than 60 million people around the world are refugees and migrants, according to recent UN figures. What can a village of 3,500 do?
- Teacher resigns after investigation
Following an internal school district investigation, longtime Yellow Springs teacher Shawn Jackson resigned his position recently.
March 31, 2016
- Sutton Farm land— Village moves closer to sale
At their March 21 meeting Village Council moved a step closer to selling 76 acres of Village-owned land to Glen Helen.
- Antioch Eco-Village— ‘Pioneers’ share vision, plans
the Eco-Village Pioneers are organizing an event on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center for all villagers curious about cohousing and interested in learning about Yellow Springs’ cohousing group.
- Hammonds’ Mills Park hotel is almost open
If all goes well, a tentative opening date for the new Mills Park Hotel could be sometime in late April, according to owner and builder Jim Hammond.
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March 24, 2016
- Global company purchases EnviroFlight
Seven years ago, Glen Courtright launched EnviroFlight, a tiny business sparked by a big dream: to alleviate world hunger by creating a sustainable and affordable way to feed fish and animals.
- Yellow Springs middle and high school student drug use assessed
On Monday, Yellow Springs students filled out the latest version of the Dayton Area Drug Survey, a bi-annual survey designed to collect data on the substance use habits of area students.
- Tomes and treats ‘not that far’
Tables of Contents Café is the newest offering of Blue Jacket Books, the Xenia bookstore owned by husband-and-wife team Lawrence Hammar and Cassandra Lee of Yellow Springs.
- Interpreting Yellow Springs Schools’ report card
Ohio released its 2014–2015 school report cards last month, which are measures of student and school performance based on an array of state tests.
- Play tells inmates’ stories
“Theater needs to be about the large things,” Tony Dallas said in a recent interview. “I want that kind of theater.”
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March 17, 2016
- New Antioch College president hits ground running
If incoming Antioch President Thomas Manley had less of an air of easy calm, you might say he’d hit the ground running.
- Trump rallies faithful in Dayton
Roughly 10,000 tickets were given away for a Donald Trump rally in Vandalia over the weekend, drawing supporters from Columbus and all over southwestern Ohio.
- Yellow Springs police officer Naomi Penrod charges discrimination
Yellow Springs Police Sergeant Naomi Penrod has filed a charge of employment discrimination against the Village of Yellow Springs.
- Artist family makes it work in Yellow Springs
Anna Burke, her husband, Ryan Stinson, and their daughter, Presley, are a young family whose appreciation for Yellow Springs has evolved over their four years in the village.
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March 10, 2016
- Council questions water plant hike
Council members considered that question at their March 7 meeting whether the village could recoup some of the money it paid for initial designs of the new water plant, given that cost turned out to be grossly inaccurate.
- CMYS to present the Zodiac Trio
The Zodiac Trio will perform a concert of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at the First Presbyterian Church.
- Yellow Springs school board eyes rising PBL costs
The Yellow Springs School District’s budget work session concerned itself with overall ways to increase revenue as the district slides to deficit spending.
- A taste for travel sparks new job
A taste for travel struck early for Antonia “Toni” Dosik, who points to a trip to Europe with her mother and sister when she was 13 as opening a door on the possibilities of the world.
- HRC focus on women’s safety
If a woman’s instinct says she’s unsafe in a situation, she should trust that feeling, according to two public safety experts at last Thursday’s Human Relations Commission, or HRC, meeting.
- Groups striving for a local economy of resilience, equity
A time bank. A worker-owned cooperative food hub. A cooperative entrepreneurial hub with shared services and support. Community-supported industries. Local financing and investing.
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March 3, 2016
- Yellow Springs High School dancers cut ‘Footloose’
One week and one day out from opening night, the cast and crew of “Footloose” was hard at work, warming up their voices with crisp sounds: “va, va, va,” “no, no, no, no, no” and several rounds of “red leather, yellow leather.”
- Yellow Springs candidates strive for Ohio House, Senate seats
Two Yellow Springs residents are throwing themselves into the state political fray this year.
- Thomas Manley arrives on Antioch campus
New Antioch College President Thomas Manley began his position earlier this week and is now on campus.
- Closures to protect the Glen trails
The sunny, mild weather on a recent weekend offered just the sort of break from winter that draws cabin-fevered walkers to the wood. So why, over a span of lovely days, did Glen Helen close?
- Village Council— Group urges a village-wide fiber network
A municipal fiber optic network would bring new jobs and business to the village, Village Council members were recently advised.
- Environmental Commission report to Council— Focus is on ‘organic land management’ and climate change
Educating villagers on alternatives to pesticides is one of the current projects of the Environmental Commission.
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February 25, 2016
- Young artist to show at the Spirited Goat
Artists thrive on café life, and local artist Christian Salvatore, 12, is no exception.
- The unity and diversity of community dance
About 30 dancers will be participating in this year’s annual Community Dance Concert to be presented this weekend at the Foundry Theater on the Antioch College campus.
- Vote on property tax levy renewal slated
Village voters will see a renewal of the Village property tax levy on the March 15 primary ballot.
- Finding room to write, and grow in Yellow Springs
WHY YS? This is the fourth article in an occasional series looking at why people choose to live in Yellow Springs.
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February 18, 2016
- Feds deny testing waiver for Yellow Springs schools
After months of delay, Ohio’s testing waiver application got turned down by the federal department of education recently, but the consortium of schools requesting the waiver — including Yellow Springs schools — is continuing the fight for fewer mandated state and federal tests and more forms of alternative assessment.
- From Liberia to the village
Seventeen-year-old Levi Jackson, from Liberia, has lived through a brutal civil war and the devastating Ebola epidemic, giving him compelling reasons to seek educational opportunities in the United States.
- Building for resiliency, community in Yellow Springs
How exactly do you make your home more energy efficient? Are there inexpensive ways to do so? What does it mean to live in a tiny house?
- Yellow Springs News wins top prize, for 6th year
For the sixth year in a row, the Yellow Springs News brought home the top prize in its size category from the annual Ohio Newspaper Association.
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February 11, 2016
- Oh, deer. Guess what’s for dinner?
On Jan. 8, at 2:30 a.m., a motorist struck and killed a deer on Xenia Avenue. The officer who responded attended not only to the frazzled driver but also to the unfortunate deer, which was dead upon impact. The officer moved it from the shoulder to the berm, but what to do with the carcass?
- Village Council 2016 goals—Sidewalks, energy, housing
At their Feb. 1 meeting, Village Council members continued a Council discussion of goals for 2016.
- Yellow Springs’ Central Chapel AME celebrates 150 years
This year, Central Chapel AME is celebrating 150 years of enduring — of surviving and thriving — in the heart of Yellow Springs.
- Mills Lawn School third-graders learn to be citizens
Students in Ms. Morgan’s third-grade class at Mills Lawn came upon several surprises as they studied local government during the past two months.
- Improv workshop at Antioch College open to village
Yellow Springers have an opportunity to learn about how theater improvisation can enhance civic engagement in a free workshop this Saturday at Antioch College.
- Antioch School fundraiser— Comedy gala returns
In its 20th year — and its fifth including a comedy show segment — the 2016 Antioch School Auction Gala & Comedy Show will be Saturday, March 5, at the college’s Foundry Theater.
- BCI’s fact finding in misconduct charges is finished
The fact-finding investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, or BCI, into alleged misconduct by a longtime Yellow Springs police officer has ended and the results turned over to a prosecutor.
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February 4, 2016
- DMS moves in— Sale of the 888 Dayton St. building final
The sale of the commercial property at 888 Dayton St. closed on Friday, Jan. 29. The buyer, DMS, a Dayton-based mailing services and printing company, will occupy a major portion of the 95,000 square-foot building, former home to the Antioch Company and its subsidiary Creative Memories.
- A wish to live deliberately
It might be the oldest tug of all, at least in America: the tug to live differently, to “live deliberately,” as Thoreau wrote in the opening of “Walden.”
- Electric rate hikes likely coming soon
Villagers are likely to see a hike in their electric bill within a few months, if Council approves a recommendation from its electric consultant to raise rates.
- Their future’s in the (reusable) bag
The Super Snack Snatchers, Mills Lawn Elementary School’s First Lego League (FLL) team, has built and installed a baggerie in Tom’s Market.
- Mayor’s court used less in village
The Yellow Springs Mayor’s Court began in the early 1950s, when the Village Charter was written.
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January 28, 2016
- A ‘C-Street’ home of their own
Villager Julie McCowan recently bought her first pieces of art, including photographs of the Glen and a cheetah print she found downtown. “I can’t wait to put them up,” she said last week.
- How Mayor’s Court works
There was only one defendant at the most recent meeting of the Yellow Springs Mayor’s Court, who had been cited for driving under suspension. Others present were the officer who issued the citation and Mayor Dave Foubert, who heard the case from behind Village Council’s raised platform in Council chambers.
- Designing, down to the roots
A local garden, planted with native species; an international contest; a part-time resident with coastal ties; a local garden designer with far-flung roots.
- Seeing soil with a physicist’s eye
Villager Allen Hunt recently added another significant line to his already 14-page résumé. Hunt, a professor of physics and earth and environmental sciences at Wright State University, is coauthor of a new book called “Networks on Networks: The Physics of Geobiology and Geochemistry,” a text that explores soil formation and vegetation growth.
- Village Council Jan. 19 meeting— Solar array closer to reality
At their Jan. 19 meeting, Village Council members moved closer to adding solar power to the Village electric portfolio by unanimously approving a resolution that authorizes Village Manager Patti Bates and the Energy Board to review and recommend a 1-megawatt solar array proposal for an array to be located on the Glass Farm.
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January 21, 2016
- Printing to make its mark again
A village legacy is being given new life by a Dayton company that is, in all senses of the phrase, on the move.
Dayton Mailing Services, or DMS, which specializes in high-tech mailing and printing services, is poised to purchase 888 Dayton St., a 10-acre commercial property near Antioch University Midwest.
- From ‘useless’ to ‘use again’
What grabbed Liz Mersky’s attention were the images of an albatross mistaking plastic for food and dolphins struggling while tangled up in the ever growing floating mass of plastic waste that’s been dumped in the oceans.
- School board meeting — Merhemic continues as board head
The school board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, was marked by a number of recognitions, appointments and personnel changes in school board and school district offices.
- The art of growing up in village
While many older teens feel compelled mainly by the prospect of leaving town, a group of Yellow Springs High School artists are working together to express what matters most to them about having grown up in Yellow Springs.
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January 14, 2016
- DMS close to closing Dayton Street deal
One of the final major hurdles for the sale of 888 Dayton St., the former home of the Antioch Company, was cleared last Thursday, Jan. 7.
- Council seeks input on goals for 2016
In Village Council’s two upcoming meetings, Council members will identify their top goals for 2016. To do this, they will first consider which 2015 goals they want to move forward.
- Nipper guilty of reduced charge
Jane Nipper pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Xenia Municipal Court. Judge Michael Murry ordered Nipper to pay a fine of $150.
- Recalling the joy of Center Stage
It was community, and it was theater, and for over 30 years, Center Stage joyfully brought both elements together in downtown Yellow Springs.
- AUM workshops explore racism
Antioch University Midwest will host a two-part workshop this month devoted to exploring societal issues of racism and justice, and how those issues are tied to an individual’s perceptions of self and society.
January 7, 2016
- Store finds success in runes — Catering to the metaphysical
Chalk it up to the numinous power radiating from the area or the loyalty of the store’s fanbase, but the House of Ravenwood is on a roll. Yellow Springs’ premier “metaphysical rock shop” recently expanded its square footage, increasing the store’s size by about a third in mid-November.
- A benefit bee for midwives-to-be
Two friends from Yellow Springs are answering a call to midwifery — and hoping for helping hands to aid the work of their own.
- World-class cellist, local roots
Yellow Springs, already a highly musical village, counts a Swiss classical music star as part of its family circle. Switzerland’s Chiara Enderle, whose family has deep roots in the Yellow Springs community, is a rising star in the European classical music scene and routinely plays around the world as a featured soloist.
- Your mission? Count every bird
It sounded like an impossible task: count every bird in Glen Helen and beyond. Birds like the tiny golden-crowned kinglet, barely bigger than a hummingbird, and the great blue heron, a solitary dweller in the area’s streams and ponds.
- Nipper on leave, wife arrested— BCI investigates YSPD officer
Last week Village leaders announced that the most senior member of the Yellow Springs police department was placed on administrative leave two weeks ago due to an ongoing investigation into a charge of misconduct. And in a related incident, his wife was charged with disorderly conduct.