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August 20, 2015
- Feature Photos
August 13, 2015
- 2015 local election— Council, Trustees races robust
A week after the filing deadline for candidates, this fall’s races for Village Council and Miami Township Trustee look robust, while the school board contest is decidedly calmer, with no challengers for two incumbents. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
- Seeding a food revolution
Here in the heart of industrial agriculture, a quiet revolution has begun. It’s small-scale, and plans to stay that way. Its dimensions are measured not in acres, but millimeters.
- Black Lives Matter marks a year — Message of justice carries on
On Aug. 5, 2015, over 200 people gathered in the parking lot of the Beavercreek Walmart to commemorate the life and mourn the death of John Crawford III.
- Glen now protected into perpetuity
A nine-year effort to protect Glen Helen finally came to a successful conclusion last week, with the Glen now preserved as a wild place into perpetuity.
- Children’s Center hires new director— Lowry initiates swift changes
Last month, nearly a year after the Community Children’s Center lost its director, the local preschool and daycare hired Rebecca Lowry as its new executive director.
- Feature Photos
August 6, 2015
- Cherished trucks evoke a past era
For some truck aficionados, nothing beats the sight of a good restoration. For others, it’s a nice winch or the unmistakable roar of an engine they just don’t make like they used to.
- More street work in October
Having completed the first phase of its water distribution system upgrade this spring, the Village is poised to begin phase II of the project in late October of this year.
- Jason Morgan at Springfield Art Museum— Seeing epic in ordinary
If the produce Jason Morgan paints wound up on the shelves of Tom’s Market, it would be judged not for freshness, but for its more human qualities.
- AUM Classics retires with Malarkey
In June, AUM Professor Jim Malarkey retired. And when he did, the humanities major, the heart of which was Malarkey’s Classics program, went with him.
- Bahá’í camp immersed in virtues
A small sign on Linden Qualls’ bright red door sets the tone for both her home and the children’s camp she’s run here for nearly 30 years. “If there is right in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.”
- Village manager Bates takes on cancer
In her first year in the position, Village Manager Patti Bates has shown what some view as uncommon equanimity in a demanding job. And it turns out she’s come by that equanimity naturally. A four-time cancer survivor, Bates knows what’s worth getting steamed at, and what’s not.
- Feature Photos
July 30, 2015
- Village Council — Home, Inc. and Township partner
In the latest bid to acquire the former Wright State Physicians Clinic property on Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs Home, Inc. and Miami Township are partnering on a joint venture to site both affordable senior housing and a new fire station in town.
- School board praises 2020 Plan
The Yellow Springs school district’s 2020 Plan, which aims to increase student success by enhancing innovation in teaching and learning, appears to be achieving its goals.
- Antioch College historian eyes race, community
But Kevin McGruder, assistant professor of history at Antioch College, tells the story of early white Harlem residents who appeared to hold diverse views of their African-American neighbors. And he believes that Harlem was originally a place of aspiration for the blacks who moved there.
- ‘Ghouls on wings’ bug Yellow Springs
The abundance of mosquitos in Yellow Springs is not the punchline to a cruel celestial joke but the result of an unusually wet June and July.
- Feature Photos
July 23, 2015
- Village Council race heats up
With just two weeks to go before the Aug. 5 filling deadline, seven villagers have thrown their hats in the ring for three open seats on Village Council in the Nov. 3 elections.
- Local officer cleared of charges
During last week’s trial in the Greene County Court of Common Pleas, a Springfield prosecutor asked a jury to find Yellow Springs Police Sergeant Naomi Penrod guilty of two criminal charges — assault and interfering with civil rights — following a November 5 incident in which Penrod forcibly took a camera away from a villager attempting to videotape an encounter with police.
- Council’s take on policing
Village Council members voiced some common themes at a work session Monday, July 20, as they took their turn to voice opinions about policing in Yellow Springs.
- Morgan B&B to open house
Whether it’s enjoying a stack of molasses-kissed ginger-nectarine pancakes on the screened-in porch, taking in downtown views from a third-story room or appreciating the history of the century-old home built by one of the town’s most influential couples, the Arthur Morgan House Bed and Breakfast has a lot to offer its guests, according to the B&Bs new owner.
- Jazz, original music with Friends
The Friends Music Camp will present its annual summer concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Mills Lawn Elementary School.
- Feature Photos
July 16, 2015
- Dylan, Angelou in WYSO archives
Talks by Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Mead, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Cesar Chavez, Abbie Hoffman and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Poetry readings by Alice Walker and Maya Angelou.
- Paintings, prose for land trust
This past weekend, patrons of the arts and admirers of nature were able to “ooh” and “ahh” for the same reason.
- Communal breakfast at risk
“I’m not much into making a big deal about it,” said Lamar Spracklen, owner of the Yellow Springs Country Bed and Breakfast. “It’s not bothering anybody.
- New faces in local schools
Five new teachers were introduced to the school board and community at last week’s regular meeting of the Yellow Springs Board of Education. The board approved one-year contracts for the teachers for the upcoming school year.
- Feature Photos
July 9, 2015
- Old symbols fly, burn on 4th of July
As American flags waved all around town on Saturday, July 4, one Confederate flag, a former symbol of the American South, burned as a reminder of the lack of freedom many black citizens have suffered since the Civil War and before.
- Yellow Springs Village Council plans policing talk
Village Council members had a tough time at their meeting this week settling on a format for their local policing discussion, scheduled to take place Monday, July 20.
- Few newcomers in fall election races
With only a month to go before the filing deadline, several incumbents and only two newcomers have shown interest in November’s election for Village Council, Yellow Springs Board of Education and Miami Township Trustees.
- Faith in change on climate
As a member of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Marionist Sister Leanne Jablonski hopes to unite faith groups in environmental awareness and responsibility.
- YSKP’s animals to save the farm
YSKP’s 21st original musical, “The Farm,” is inspired by the events of the Whitehall Farm auction and George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” The play asks the question — can the wild animals, farm animals and human kids work together to save their beloved farm from developers?
- Tom Gray of Tom’s Market — 50 years in the grocery trade
Tom Gray was a high school freshman when he got his first job, as a bag boy at Luttrell’s, the grocery store on Xenia Avenue. In 2001, Gray purchased the grocery, which is now Tom’s Market.
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July 2, 2015
- John Eastman well dedication
The Dayton Art Institute honored John Eastman and his contribution to the arts community by dedicating its new well as The Eastman Well.
- Stylish hair, stylish clothing at Wildflower Boutique
Recently, Danyele Mershon reached her dream in downtown Yellow Springs with the opening of Wildflower Boutique and Salon, which she owns with her good friend Emily Anglemyer, a hair stylist.
- Rope rescue in Clifton Gorge
The Miami Township Fire-Rescue squad pulled a Centerville youth from the Clifton Gorge after she fell 30–60 feet into the “narrows” on Tuesday evening, June 23.
- Urban Gypsy for gypsy in us all
The tiny store, Urban Gypsy, is housed at 138 Dayton St., and it wasn’t easy to fit everything inside.
- Yellow Springs Resilience Network ramps up efforts
Yellow Springs Resilience Network hopes to insulate the village from the worst impacts of climate change.
- 40-year old John Bryan Community Pottery now nonprofit
John Bryan Community Pottery took a big step toward growing in the community by finally incorporating as a nonprofit organization.
- Miami Township budgets ambulance
The 2016 Miami Township tax budget includes funds for the purchase of a new ambulance and a command vehicle for the Miami Township Fire-Rescue squad.
June 25, 2015
- Antioch College attracts generations
A few years ago, some 50 years after visiting his grandparents’ house as a child on West North College Street, Bo Waite purchased it, and moved in last summer.
- History resounds in Clifton chautauqua
The Ohio Chautauqua stops for a week in each of four cities through July 11, including Chillicothe, Akron, Clifton and Coshocton.
- Pride steps out in the village
This weekend villagers are invited to celebrate diversity in Yellow Springs at a variety of events sponsored by the 4th Annual Pride Week.
- Antioch College commencement inspires
Inspiring, rousing, uplifting — each component of the Antioch College commencement fit these descriptions on Saturday, as the college celebrated its first post-revival graduating class while reaffirming its social justice legacy.
- Feature Photos
June 18, 2015
- Veteran ceramicists join YS Pottery
Two new potters are firing up Yellow Springs Pottery with an array of distinguished, decorative pieces and wood-fired, functional stoneware.
- School board— District fundraiser job considered
For the first time since devising the 2020 Strategic Plan five years ago, Yellow Springs school board members agreed to explore the possibility of using public funds to hire a professional fundraiser for the school district.
- Civil Rights icon to address College
Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1965, the Rev. Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. came to Yellow Springs to deliver the commencement address at Antioch College, the alma mater of his wife, Coretta Scott King.
- Village Council— Mayor revamp off table
Village Council will not propose changes to the mayor’s role in the upcoming charter revision, members said at this week’s Council work session.
- Jordan captivates at YSAC show
Antioch College Miller Fellow Jumana Snow is inviting the Yellow Springs community to take a voyage across the Middle East to her birth country, the kingdom of Jordan. No plane ticket or passport is required.
- Spires of art and whimsy
The mystical garden of rock forms balanced precariously in the yard of Tim and Kelley Callahan has a life of its own.
- Harness power of the potty
In his nine years as the Village Water and Wastewater Superintendent, Joe Bates has overseen a complete overhaul of the wastewater treatment plant and the near-complete redesign of a new water treatment plant, and ushered both facilities back into compliance with current Environmental Protection Agency standards.
- Feature Photos
June 11, 2015
- Listen for stories of freedom
While the American Civil War continued to rage unabated, President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
- A local energy channel on YouTube
When it comes to people fighting climate change, Yellow Springs has a lot of stories to tell.
- A sacred invitation to unity
Irene Bedard has a broad indigenous heritage with the Inupiaq, Yup’ik, Cree and French Canadian people.
- ADA compliance project: Sorry, no exit, nor entrance
Antioch College Student Cleo van der Veen’s “The Go! Accessibility Project” was conceived to give those who take their ambulation for granted a peek at how some get around campus without front-door access.
- First class faced, rose to challenges
Pioneers. Risk takers. Antioch’s poster children. “The chosen ones.”
- AU embraces Peace Corps
While Jason Rhoades was a student at Michigan Technical Institute in 2006, he joined the Peace Corps and earned graduate school credit working on reforestation and renewable energy projects in Armenia.
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June 4, 2015
- Village Council— Council dips into mayor’s role
At its meeting Monday, June 1, Village Council held an initial discussion on potential revisions to the Village Charter, including the replacement of mayor with a member of Village Council.
- A play on timeless politics
The Yellow Springs Theater Company is completing its first season with a production of “Inherit the Wind,” which has been a stage favorite since it debuted in 1955.
- Police officer Meister commended in Council
On behalf of Village Council at its meeting Monday, Police Chief David Hale presented Officer David Meister with a commendation for exceptional service in the line of duty.
- Make a retreat to new yoga house
For two years, the town’s hiking trails, unique shops and restaurants and walkability have helped her attract yoga practitioners from the region for the bimonthly yoga retreats she ran out of local bed and breakfasts.
- Sidewalks by Tom’s up next for repairs
Sidewalks along the west side of Xenia Avenue downtown will be replaced this summer as part of a multi-year Village “streetscape” project.
May 28, 2015
- 2015 valedictorian, salutatorian—Two minds, one grit, one glory
Mollye Malone and Dylan Boczar believe there are a lot of bright students in their Yellow Springs High School graduating class — some more deserving of honorary titles.
- Mills Lawn School students on task with four sides
One of the challenges for teachers of mathematics is helping students see the relevancy of seemingly abstract concepts in their daily lives. “When will I ever use this?” is an oft-muttered refrain.
- Teaching justice, peace and protest
Local landscaper Talis X spent Memorial Day weekend in a Cleveland jail after leading a spontaneous street protest on Saturday when a judge acquitted a white Cleveland police officer in the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black couple.
- Village Council— No easy options for sidewalks
There were no easy options presented by Assistant Village Manager John Yung in his report on local sidewalks to Village Council at its May 18 meeting.
- YSHS music room is made harmonious
For the past two years of his tenure as head of the McKinney/YSHS music department, Brian Mayer has sorted and catalogued all the school’s music, and built a searchable music library, which can be shared with anyone in the community.
- Luisa Owens’ poems bear witness, honor dead
Luisa Owens’ poems describe the terror and inhumanity of daily life in the concentration camp in Yugoslavia, where Owen lived with her family shortly before the end of World War II, from the ages of 9 to 13.
- New fund establishes money for young artists
Scholarships support Yellow Springs students with many different abilities and interests, but to local resident Lisa Goldberg, scholarships in the visual arts are not as numerous as those in other fields.
- Feature Photos
May 21, 2015
- Antioch College is a real food leader
According to Antioch Food Service Coordinator Isaac Delamatre, 56 percent of Antioch’s food is considered “real”, meaning sourced from locally owned, ecologically sound, humane farms with fair employment practices.
- Yellow Springs Police survey results—A desire for community engagement
Three-quarters of respondents in a survey on police and the Village said they would like the police to engage with the community more often, including by patrolling more on bicycle and foot instead of in their cruisers and visiting schools to speak with students.
- Council gives final approval for new landlord law
At Village Council’s May 18 meeting, Council gave final approval to a new policy regarding delinquent utility bills, bringing to an end several months of sometimes contentious protest.
- A short dance on Short Street
In observance of National Senior Health and Fitness Day this year, and just for the fun of it, the Yellow Springs Senior Center will lead a flash mob to “Shout” in all those ways on Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. on Short Street.
- A life of service abroad
Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization Enhance Worldwide, which seeks to help girls “as they navigate a pathway out of poverty.”
- YSHS gains national honor a second time
For the second time in the past five years, Yellow Springs High School was named one of the state’s top high schools in the annual U.S. News and World Report high school survey.
- Feature Photos
May 14, 2015
- Morgan grants still suspended
Last week’s sobering announcement that Antioch College’s first long-term president, Mark Roosevelt, will leave at the end of his five-year contract in December was buoyed by the simultaneous promise of a $6 million gift over five years from the Morgan Family Foundation.
- Village Council— Ways to reduce waste eyed
How can Village government collect villagers’ solid waste and recyclables in the most environmentally sustainable manner? And could changes in current Village rate structures encourage villagers to reduce their solid waste?
- News survey— Village police elicit mixed responses
Some villagers fear for their own safety because they believe the Yellow Springs Police Department unfairly targets them. Others believe the police force is so professional and respectful that any critique of the force is unjustified.
- Yellow Springs water loop construction continues
Village utility crews are working on the loop completion project of the Village water system, which aims to improve water pressure and fire flow to downtown businesses, residents and Antioch College.
- Youth of color share their experience
Yellow Springs High School senior Bryce White hasn’t seen much overt racism in school or in the village.
- Feature Photos
May 7, 2015
- Mills Park Hotel delayed until the fall
The Mills Park Hotel, originally slated to be open in June, will likely not open until October or November due to unforeseen delays with contractors, according to owner Jim Hammond.
- Roosevelt to leave Antioch College in December
At a meeting attended by several hundred in the Antioch College community on Tuesday, May 5, College President Mark Roosevelt announced that he will no longer lead the college when his five-year contract expires at the end of 2015.
- International fellows stay in Yellow Springs
Ratih Rahmadanti of Indonesia is keen on learning about civic engagement in a municipal government. Nadia Jalawi of Malaysia is interested in how a municipality can include renewables in its energy portfolio, and hopes to take what she learns back to her country.
- Village Council finds unity on utility bill change
Unified support around a proposed policy change to hold landlords responsible for their tenants’ utility debts emerged again at Village Council’s May 4 meeting, when Council voted 5–0 in favor of the change.
- Yellow Springs police flush by comparison
Policing is unique to each community, and each police department is designed around its own community’s population, budget, crime trends, minimum manning levels and sometimes a detailed work-load analysis. But comparing Yellow Springs police to police in comparable towns highlights some similarities and some differences between departments.
- Whitehall Farm inspires fun, play
After more than two centuries, the historic Whitehall Farm has many stories to tell. But it’s the story about how a small town raised more than one million dollars in six weeks to purchase and preserve the farm in 1999 that continues to inspire both villagers and a local land trust whose early work was defined by it.
April 30, 2015
- Antioch School to present ‘Alice’
A children’s book that started as an improvised story to entertain a 10-year-old girl on a row boat named Alice is being staged by children of the Antioch School.
- NPR’s Noah Adams to give AUM commencement address
NPR Contributing Correspondent and local resident Noah Adams will give the address at the Antioch University Midwest commencement to be held Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Clark State Community College’s Kuss Auditorium.
- Village Council— Village climate plan urged
While Yellow Springs has taken a good first step by shifting to more renewable energy sources, there is much more Village government could do to help the village become a model in addressing climate change.
- Village using pesticide alternatives
Warning signs pop up on local lawns each spring as local residents contract with companies to treat their lawns with chemical pesticides and fertilizers for the season.
April 23, 2015
- School board— YSHS student liaison proposed
Yellow Springs High School senior David Butcher proposed at the Yellow Springs School Board meeting last week that a member of the student body be appointed as a school board liaison.
- Seitz organizes concert
Yellow Springs High School senior Joshua Seitz didn’t adore playing music when in fourth grade he started taking piano lessons, along with his father and older brother.
- Local Walmart protesters are sentenced
Several Yellow Springs residents pleaded no contest in Fairborn Municipal Court last week to charges that they trespassed during two demonstrations in December to protest police aggression, following last summer’s police slaying of John Crawford III.
- Academy demystifies coding
Local computer whiz Ishema Umuhoza loves to play soccer and got seriously into bicycling to improve his overall fitness on the field.
- Council stand on utilities is giving way
The unanimous stand taken by Village Council at its last meeting for holding property owners responsible for their tenants’ utility debts began crumbling at Monday’s meeting, when two Council members formerly for the policy change weighed in against it, and another expressed ambivalence.
- Some note change in policing style
Late one evening last month, a local couple was celebrating their anniversary with friends at the Gulch.
April 16, 2015
- Clifton hosts Ohio Chautauqua — Tour brings life to voices from past
J. Goldsborough Bruff was an adventurous artist and mapmaker who captained an expedition of 60 armed men, 14 wagons, and 70 mules across the continent during the 1849 California Gold Rush.
- Women help women, quietly
When Moya Shea received an unexpected medical bill from a clinic a few years ago for a procedure she thought was covered by insurance, she was startled. Quite ill at the time, she turned to a local group for help.
- Writer, birder Nelson to read
Kent Nelson’s twin passions for writing and birding work well together. For instance, birding takes him to remote and exotic locations, such as an Aleutian island in Alaska, where the Yupik village he visited inspired a short story — about birders who go to Alaska.
- Ha Ha now serves up slices in Xenia
For nearly 40 years, when someone said Ha Ha Pizza, everyone knew that meant the homey New York style pie joint in downtown Yellow Springs.
- Village Council— Go ahead for water softening
At their April 6 meeting, Village Council members unanimously voted to move ahead with adding water softening to the proposed new water plant.
- Foundry Theater hard stage to share
Since Foundry Theater reopened last summer after its first renovation since the 1980s, the black box at Antioch College has been busy.
April 9, 2015
- McKee group honors Wright
For her years of dedicated service, the James A. McKee Association will honor Maria Wright with the 2015 Outstanding Community Service Award.
- Village Council— Landlords held responsible for utilities
Village Council members unanimously supported a proposed change in Village policy that makes property owners responsible for their tenants’ utility debts.
- Council and Trustees meet— Strategic planning considered
At a special joint meeting between Village Council and the Miami Township Trustees on March 30, leaders discussed how best to step up strategic planning for the Village and Township, in order to coordinate initiatives to reflect local values and goals.
- Fiber Forum: Municipal Broadband Network
Fiber Forum: Municipal Broadband Network
- Ohio approves school testing waiver
Yellow Springs public school students are one big step closer to taking significantly fewer standardized tests next school year, as the state of Ohio approved the district’s assessment waiver application last week.
- High-speed internet discussed as Village utility
Internet access has become a utility, say community members who are urging Village leaders to construct a fiber optic network that would provide high-speed Internet access for the entire town.
- Protecting kids from Internet danger
Professor and researcher Dr. Jennie Noll will address issues of Internet safety for children at a free talk 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Antioch College Wellness Center South Gym.
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April 2, 2015
- ‘Godspell’ sings of community
“Godspell,” with its focus on Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness, will come to Yellow Springs this weekend and next, April 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 and 12 at 3 p.m. at the Mills Lawn gym.
- Village artists all in one place
People often call the Yellow Springs Arts Council looking for artists who do specific kinds of work: an instructor who teaches African dance, for instance, or a sculptor who does commissioned work, or a property owner who will lease studio space to a musician.
- Mixed Mamas explore identity
People of mixed racial heritage face different challenges than most when figuring out their identify, but all of us are negotiating our identity all of the time.
- Mostly warnings on YSPD late shift
During a ride-along with this reporter last Friday evening, Village police displayed an eagerness to explain their process and offer the perspective of an on-duty officer.
- Aim is for a zero-waste Village
Is it possible to not produce any garbage — or purchase any stuff — for one year? A Vancouver couple did just that in 2009, and now it’s inspiring Yellow Springers to cut their waste too.
- Feature Photos
March 26, 2015
- Clifton’s Nature Center highlights gorge
As a state nature preserve, the Clifton Gorge is managed for the primary purpose of protecting its unique land formations and native ecology.
- Village Council— Landlords protest change
At Village Council’s March 16 meeting, Council members heard a second full-throated protest by local landlords to a proposed new Village policy holding landlords responsible for their tenants’ utility debts.
- Group addresses race issues
Are people of color targeted by police here? Are African-American students in school punished worse than their white counterparts? Are racial minorities discriminated against in downtown stores? Is local black history being lost?
- Scout holds BSA to its own core values
Print PDFAfter taking 80-mile bike trips and camping in 14-degree-below-zero weather, local Eagle Scout Lake Miller is turning to his next activity with the Boy Scouts — ending discrimination in the nationwide youth organization. This week Miller launched a local chapter of Scouts for Equality, a national group pressuring the Boy Scouts to allow gay […]
- Council nears water softening vote
Village Council is close to approving a water softening component to its proposed new water plant, slated for construction in 2016.
- Police explain the status quo
Print PDFThe Yellow Springs Police Department will continue to employ one officer on the Greene County ACE Task Force to help contain violent crime in the region. The local police will also continue to call the SWAT team when appropriate to ensure the village’s safety during violent and potentially harmful situations. The size of the […]
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March 19, 2015
- #ysgram show focuses on the local
Organizers of the #ysgram, the new show at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, want to offer villagers an opportunity to see familiar local sights in new ways.
- Balancing a low crime rate with high policing costs
While last year there were 28 murders in the City of Dayton and more than 1,200 violent crimes there, violence in Yellow Springs has barely been an issue, with an average of about three violent incidents each year for the last seven.
- MLS kids learn to practice peace
What began as an anti-bullying campaign at Mills Lawn Elementary School has evolved into a school-wide focus on empathy, inclusion and conflict resolution, Project Peace.
- A new energy at Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center
The process of bringing the the Children’s Center from the brink of insolvency has not been without its challenges. But the affordable, all-day early childhood education that the school has long offered is too vital to the community to abandon.
- Yellow Springs schools eye hiring fundraiser
Yellow Springs schools are considering increasing expenditures next year for a new full-time employee to help raise private funds for the district.
- Village Council — Yellow Springs backs marriage equality
At their March 16 meeting, Village Council members unanimously passed a resolution supporting marriage equality, making the Village the third municipality in Ohio to endorse same-sex marriage.
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March 12, 2015
- Need for drug task force in village eyed
Ten years after first signing on with A.C.E. drug task force, Yellow Springs remains an active partner. However, the involvement of local police in the drug task force has become a topic of controversy.
- Village Council — Sidewalk solution is elusive
Print PDFAt its March 2 meeting, Village Council heard a presentation from Superintendent of Streets and Parks Jason Hamby on how best to address the current problem of subpar sidewalks. According to Hamby, the best path is to replace all Village sidewalks with new ones. “Only fixng the “troubled areas” is installing a Band-Aid on […]
- Riders welcome on the public bus
Village resident Gene Lohman loves the “flex” bus — Greene County’s public transit system. When he wants to get anywhere — from downtown to Xenia or Beavercreek — he simply puts himself at a place along the bus route and hails a ride.
- YSHS’s ‘West Side Story’ sweeps you up
The Yellow Springs High School thespians present the romantic tragedy “West Side Story”, based on “Romeo and Juliet” with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
- Snap a selfie with Jesus and Pilate
Just in time for Easter, locals will have the chance to snap a selfie with Jesus and Pontius Pilate. The stars who portrayed the Biblical figures in the 1973 film “Jesus Christ Superstar” will attend a weekend of screenings at the Little Art Theatre, March 27–29.
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March 5, 2015
- Village Council— Landlords protest policy
Print PDFAt Village Council’s March 2 meeting, local landlords made clear that they are not happy with a proposed policy change that would hold them responsible for their tenants’ unpaid utility bills. “Look at the cause and effect. Landlords will not expose themselves to this type of liability. You’ll get higher rents,” said Dean Pallotta. […]
- Ideas, enthusiasm abound at Antioch College Village Charrette
Many ideas, both big and small, emerged Sunday evening at the Antioch College Village Charrette, attended by about 200 people from the community.
- Antioch College Village Charrette
Several hundred villagers took part in last week’s Antioch College Village Charrette, a collaborative design event that aimed to create a plan for a new housing development on campus.
- Antioch School fundraiser— Lord headlines comedy gala benefit
Print PDFWhile it’s sometimes wise to avoid sitting in the front row at a comedy show, Leighann Lord will share laughs — not attacks — with her audience at a local fundraiser this weekend for a 93-year-old private school. The New York City comedian’s stand-up routine touches on everything from aging parents to dating after […]
- Police-village relationship a work in progress
Last fall the Village Human Relations Commission held its first police-community forum, where residents gave input on the role of the police chief. On March 19 a second forum will focus on the Village’s involvement with the Greene County ACE Task Force on drugs and new policies.
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February 26, 2015
- Chris Conard retains position as Village solicitor
At their Feb. 17 meeting, Village Council unanimously voted to re-appoint Chris Conard of the Dayton firm Coolidge Wall as Yellow Springs Village solicitor.
- Film argues that education is a right
For Taylor Spratt, an Antioch College student who grew up between Milwaukee and the Chicago suburbs, a college education was a given. But for her contemporaries who live in Iran and adhere to the Bahá’í Faith, attending Iranian university is prohibited by law.
- Pickleball gaining more fans
It’s like ping-pong if you were on top of the table.
- Antioch College seeks input on campus homes
Organizers of the Antioch College Village Charrette hope that many villagers participate in the opening event of the five-day process this Sunday, March 1, 6–9 p.m. in the South Gym in the Wellness Center.
- Village Council—Who will be responsible for unpaid bills?
Village Council considered whether property owners should be held responsible for the unpaid utility bills of their tenants.
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February 19, 2015
- New face at AME church
Twenty years ago, a television news broadcaster eschewed the bad news of local TV for the “good news” of Jesus Christ. Now he takes the pulpit of the Central Chapel AME Church, one of the village’s oldest churches.
- YS teacher charged with felony
Longtime Mills Lawn teacher Ben Trumbull was suspended on Friday after being charged by Franklin County authorities with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
- Morgan fund replaces Curves
For the past decade, local Curves franchise owner Lynn Hardman has provided a fun and safe place for women to come together to get fit. The intent for her business at 506 South High St. was always to provide exercise options for women who didn’t see themselves in the setting of a traditional gym.
- School board— Longer classes sought for PBL
McKinney and Yellow Springs High School students will take almost half of their courses in long, interdisciplinary blocks next year if the school switches to a full block schedule.
- News is tops for a fifth time
For the fifth year in a row, the Yellow Springs News won the top honor in its size category at the annual Ohio Newspaper Association convention.
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February 12, 2015
- Village Council— Public Arts Commission busy in ’14
After a long pause following its 2013 launch, the Public Arts Commission was busy last year, making progress on a number of projects, according to PAC member David Turner in the group’s 2014 report to Council at Council’s Feb. 2 meeting.
- Beer, bugs get bigger at MillWorks
A former 19th-century cannery will churn out aluminum cans once again when a local brewery starts canning its beer there later this year.
- Eclectic, meaningful movement
Human rights issues, original work from local choreographers and new things to do with chairs come together at this year’s annual Yellow Springs Community Dance Concert.
- Forum tackles race relations
About 15 years ago in Knoxville, Tenn., Opolot Okia was riding his bicycle past the daycare where his son was playing with other kids in the school yard.
- Council agrees on ’15 goals
At their Feb. 2 meeting, Village Council members gave initial approval to four main goals for 2015. Discussion on goals will continue in upcoming meetings, after two Council members meet with Village staff to clarify some of the language.
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February 5, 2015
- Antioch Review still surprises
When Bob Fogarty became editor of the Antioch Review in 1977, his goal in maintaining the college’s literary magazine was to keep surprising readers with fresh, lively work.
- Songwriter, singer, Yellow Springer
“If I could ride on monarch butterfly wing/I’d go and catch the joy I’ve found within the Springs.”
- Attorneys vie for position of Village solicitor
Last Wednesday, Jan. 28, Village Council at a special meeting heard presentations from three law firms that are vying for the position of Village solicitor.
- Ertel group adds a magazine
A local publisher has purchased a Charleston, S.C. magazine focused on that region’s arts and culture.
- Council eyes sidewalk levy
What’s the best way for a town that promotes walkability to maintain its sidewalks? Is it fair to make homeowners pay for upkeep when they may not receive financial benefit from their investment?
- Township trustees appoint Spracklen
During the year John Eastman served on the Miami Township Board of Trustees, he showed an interest in road safety and regional issues, such as maintaining good water quality and protecting source water in the region, fellow Trustee Chris Mucher said last week.
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January 29, 2015
- February, 2015
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- Council nixes grant for wetland
At their Jan. 20 meeting, Village Council delivered a setback to a group of local environmentalists who sought to develop a management plan for a wetlands on the Glass Farm.
- Mini dramas pique, entertain
For the fifth consecutive year, the Ten Minute Play Festival that revived community theater in Yellow Springs is back. The Yellow Springs Theater Company is producing a range of comedies, dramas and experimental pieces about sharp-toothed animals, the talking dead, burglars with a conscience and growing old in a small town, with all local or locally associated playwrights, directors, actors and producers.
- Public art is the focus of TAG!
Spray painted on a wall somewhere is a quote about graffiti: Art in a frame is like an eagle in a birdcage.
- 2014 Village revenues beat expectations
There was good news regarding last year’s Village general fund budget at Village Council’s Jan. 20 meeting, according to Finance Director Melissa Vanzant. In 2014, revenues exceeded projections and expenses came in lower than expected.
- Penrod faces criminal charges
Yellow Springs Sergeant Naomi Penrod was charged in Xenia Municipal Court on Monday with three misdemeanors related to an altercation she had with a village resident in November.
- $1 million targets ‘first-gen’ students
Antioch College recently announced that it received an anonymous donation of more than $1 million earmarked for scholarships.
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January 22, 2015
- School crisis options eyed
A desire to put resources into preventive mental health initiatives emerged as a theme last Thursday at a community meeting on school safety measures attended by about 35 school district parents, teachers and staff.
- Coach resigned under pressure
Nearly a year after Vince Peters resigned as a coach for Yellow Springs schools in March 2014, a local complaint has made public the circumstances of his departure.
- He delivers in town, on a bike
Craving lo mein but stuck in the house? Forgot the cilantro in your recipe with company on the way? Sick on the couch and in need of a pack of cold medicine?
- Glen adds to protected land
Print PDFThere are many attractive qualities to Camp Greene, the former Girl Scout camp that Glen Helen acquired last week. The 30 acres between the Little Miami River and Grinnell Road are well preserved and topographically interesting, with an upland of rolling hills and a flood plain along the lower third of the property. The […]
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January 15, 2015
- Margaritas on hold, for now
A new Mexican restaurant hopes to open its doors on the south side of town later this winter, but the county health department believes the process could take longer.
- Council swears in new chief
At Village Council’s Jan. 5 meeting, new Police Chief Dave Hale was sworn in by Village Manager Patti Bates, and Council unanimously passed a resolution approving Hale’s contract.
- Schools to renew current levy
At their Jan. 8 meeting school board members voted unanimously to move ahead with putting on the May ballot a 10-year renewal of the emergency operating levy that expires at the end of the current year. The levy generates about $1,060,000 annually for the district. A renewal would not raise taxes beyond the current level.
- College eyes homes on campus
Never short on vision, Antioch College hopes to create a residential community that’s unlike anything now existing in this country. Specifically, it seeks to build on campus multigenerational housing that’s both fully green and fully integrated into campus life.
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January 8, 2015
Villagers ventured into the cold last Saturday to buy local produce at the Winter Farmer’s Market at its new Senior Center Great Room location.
- Film eyes microbiome at birth
The moment of birth is a joyful miracle — a time when the loving bond between parent and child is first formed. But something else is formed in that moment that could be the key to the child’s lifelong health, according to an award-winning 2014 documentary.
- Little Art, big schedule: ‘Nanook’ leads documentaries
It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s the dead of winter. What to do? You still have to get out of the house once in a while. You still have to have some fun.
- Watch Chaplin, hear live music
Yellow Springs native Martha Hyde returns to the Little Art as one of three musicians of the New River Ensemble, who will perform original music set to the silent classics of Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
- Village Council considers solar project
At their Jan. 5 meeting, Village Council members heard robust support for a proposed community solar project.
- Village schools students focus work on village
Villagers are invited to come to the school to see, what students from kindergarten through 12th grade have been doing with project-based learning this year.
- Young YSHS artists to host their own show
When seven YSHS artists set out to create a public art exhibit at the beginning of the year, they had no idea that showing their work would be so much more difficult than creating it in the first place.
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January 1, 2015
- Year in Review 2014: Village Life
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- Year in Review 2014: Higher Education
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- Hale the new police chief
Interim Police Chief David Hale, who was selected over finalist David Pazynski, was named police chief of Yellow Springs last Friday, Dec. 26.
- Year in Review 2014: Village School
- Year in Review 2014: Art in the Village
- Year in Review 2014: Police in the village
- Year in Review 2014: Village Council
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December 25, 2014
- Kindness and caring in Yellow Springs, 2014
Print PDFFor this holiday edition of the News, staffers asked readers to respond to the question, “What acts of kindness and caring have you witnessed in the village during 2014?” I am grateful for the kind acts of love and kindness shown to me from a very cool villager named Nick Cunningham. My family is […]
- Yellow Springs Police Chief candidate finalists respond
The two finalists for Yellow Springs police chief met their last rounds of interviews last week, including a public interview with each candidate.
- Yellow Springs Police Officer Penrod disciplined for event
Last week the Village disciplined Yellow Springs Police Sergeant Naomi Penrod for misconduct she displayed during a peace officer call in the village in November.
- Walmart protest draws Yellow Springs villagers
Organizers of last Saturday’s protest against the police shooting of John Crawford expected people to show up, just not quite so many.
- Kwanzaa marks African heritage in Yellow Springs
Basim Blunt wanted to make sure that the Kwanzaa celebration that the African American Cross-Cultural Works has sponsored in the village for nearly 10 years continues.
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December 18, 2014
- New director at Coretta Scott King Center— Focus on diversity, social justice
Mila Cooper has spent the past 25 years serving as diversity and community outreach director at over half a dozen colleges and universities around the country, but never has she felt responsible for as much as she does as the director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Intellectual Freedom at Antioch College.
- Schools discuss longer levies
One of the school district’s operating levies will expire this year, and the school board considered several options for renewing the levy, at the current tax rate, at their meeting Dec. 11.
- Friends Music Camp fundraiser— Making music for a unique camp
Last year’s winter benefit concert for Friends Music Camp drew such a large audience, the Senior Center’s Great Room was bursting at the seams with people sitting on the floor in the front and standing several deep against the back and side walls.
- Children’s Center forges a new plan
The Yellow Springs Children’s Center has been under severe duress this past year, with unprecedentedly low enrollment, 18 consecutive months of deficit spending, and the prospect of depleting its cash reserves sometime in 2015.
- Villagers hope to let solar shine for all
Villagers who want to go solar but whose roof is shaded or who don’t own their home might soon be able to participate in a community solar project.
- Village Council— Deficit spending raises concerns
At Village Council’s Dec. 15 meeting, leaders expressed concern over the amount of deficit spending in the 2015 Village general fund budget. However, due to the need to move ahead, Council approved the final reading of the budget.
- Working on a ‘network of peace’
Print PDFThe world may seem full of turmoil, disharmony and injustice, but peace worker and longtime village resident Fred Arment is hopeful about the future. In fact, he sees “an epic shift” already under way. The founder and director of International Cities of Peace and a founder of the Dayton International Peace Museum, Arment has […]
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December 11, 2014
- First college production at new theater— ‘Softcops’ is timely, provocative
The purpose of theater being to hold “the mirror up to nature,” in Hamlet’s dictum, the choice for the first faculty-directed play in Antioch College’s renovated Foundry Theater is fitting.
- Group demands justice for Crawford
At 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, just as most workers were heading home for the day, a group of about 100 people, mostly from Yellow Springs, were just arriving for an evening protest at the Xenia courthouse.
- Local docs expand to Dayton Street
Community Physicians of Yellow Springs will move across town and double in size next year.
The local primary care practice is relocating to 888 Dayton St., the former Creative Memories building, where it hopes to expand its services as a rural health clinic.
- Brookey leaves the college
Tom Brookey has served Antioch College since before it became operational in its most recent reincarnation. Brookey was the college’s business, operations, finance, information and HR director before those positions were officially created.
December 4, 2014
- Local teacher expands yoga space
Local resident Jen Ater has always been drawn to wellness — be it of the environment or the body. Starting out in the environmental studies field 15 years ago, she later moved into massage, then yoga, then counseling before opening her own center, Inner Light Yoga & Wellness, last year in Beavercreek.
- Food Pantry has holiday needs
Some things have changed in the 11 years since Patty McAllister began running the Yellow Springs Food Pantry out of the basement of the United Methodist Church. There are more young people with families coming to the pantry now compared to a decade ago, McAllister said.
- Village chock full of holiday events
The downtown is decorated, the village Christmas trees have been lighted, and the holiday season has kicked into high gear. There seems to be something festive to see or do in the community each day through New Year’s.
- Village Council— New AVM on the job soon
At their Dec. 1 meeting, Village Council members unanimously approved a contract with John Yung of Cincinnati as the new assistant Village manager. Yung, 31, currently works as zoning administrator for the City of Bellevue, Ky. He’ll start his new position on Jan. 5.
- Nonprofit wants new home
This month the owners of a home on Phillips Street asked Village Planning Commission for permission to use the property as the professional offices of the Morgan Family Foundation. The conditional use permit is needed to operate a business in the residential neighborhood behind Mills Lawn and just south of the Catholic Church.
- Water quality event
High levels of nitrates and E. coli were found in several area springs, surface waters and a private well during a study of water quality in and around Glen Helen Nature Preserve this fall.
- Protest against mountaintop mining
Mining for coal by mountaintop removal has long been known as an environmental and health hazard for the Appalachian communities surrounding the mines in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and eastern Tennessee.
- Cultural enrichment for both exchange students and hosts
Yellow Springs High School French teacher and guidance counselor Dave Smith doesn’t know how long the school has been welcoming foreign exchange students into its senior class, but he says the program was “a well-established tradition” when he joined the teaching staff 20 years ago.
- Local kits help girls. Period.
It may be true that poverty does not discriminate, but there is at least one major difference between the way that males and females experience lack of wealth in poor countries around the world. Though it’s largely invisible, menstruation plays a major role in keeping adolescent girls and women at the very bottom socioeconomic rung in their communities.
- Sinkholes cause concern
Morris Bean & Company is working with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to address recurring sinkholes at its Hyde Road plant. The sinkholes have raised concerns about potential contamination to the source of Yellow Springs’ drinking water, while the company maintains that the situation is under control.
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November 27, 2014
- Interim chief urges Task Force
At a special budget session preceding Village Council’s Nov. 17 meeting, Council received a memo from Interim Police Chief Dave Hale in which he considered various cost-cutting measures for the police department, including whether to maintain membership in the Greene County ACE Task Force or to contract dispatch services with Xenia police.
- New officers in second careers
Jessica Frazier had a good idea of the things law enforcement officers could do when police helped her family on several occasions as she was growing up in Florida. Originally from Montgomery County, she moved back to the Dayton area as a teenager and took some criminal justice courses at a local career center, thinking she might like being a police officer.
- Conference at AUMidwest— A day of disability awareness
Dara Cosby doesn’t want a life that revolves around her disability.
But the 33-year-old Centerville woman with cerebral palsy encounters a new challenge every day, whether it’s pulling herself out of bed, maneuvering around an unreliable public transportation system or navigating the dating scene.
- Excise tax on new hotel debated
At their Nov. 17 meeting Village Council members considered whether to impose a 3 percent excise tax on customers at the Mills Park Hotel when it opens in mid-2015. This was a continuation of an earlier discussion of the tax, and Council recently received word from Mills Park owner Jim Hammond that if the tax is imposed, he could stop construction on his hotel.
- New Elements has some ‘Soul’
While Constantina Clark never opened the store she dreamed up for King’s Yard — with its capes, fountains and crystal fireplaces — a bath and body shop in its place is fulfilling her vision, she said this week.
- Assistant manager selected
On Thursday about 25 people attended a meet and greet at the Bryan Center for the two finalists for the position of assistant Village manager. Though Village Manager Patti Bates could not confirm the decision by press time on Wednesday, Village Council’s agenda for Monday, Dec. 1, includes the approval of a contract for John Yung as assistant manager.
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November 20, 2014
- Finalists named for Yellow Springs police chief
One week before closing the application deadline on Nov. 24, the Village narrowed its search for police chief significantly, naming two finalists out of the current pool of 18 applicants.
- Balance of beaver, human needs
A detention basin along King Street has become an accidental wetland at the paws of furry, semi-aquatic rodents that recently moved into the village.
- Yellow Springs Schools’ open enrollment acts as a stabilizer
Print PDFThis year Yellow Springs schools currently have the highest enrollment the local district has seen since 1984. However, 23 percent of the students are commuting to Yellow Springs from their homes in other districts. That number of open enrollment students is also the highest it has been in the district’s history. The Yellow Springs […]
- YSHS and McKinney Middle School Winter Sports Program
Print PDFYSN_112714_P12_Sched Related posts: Bulldog 2012 Spring Sports Schedule ‘We’re cookin’ ’ at YSHS/McKinney New teachers at McKinney, YSHS YSHS/McKinney to open— New staff, new way of learning
- Village Council— A focus on police issues
Community concerns around the local police department, an alleged incident of police misconduct and the current police chief search were a focus at Village Council’s Nov. 17 meeting.
- Scientist finds new ash borer host
A local white fringe tree planted along the bike path is now famous as the second documented host of an invasive beetle that was thought to only prey upon ash trees.
- Yellow Springs Police find internal misconduct
An internal Yellow Springs Police investigation last week found that one of its officers exhibited two counts of improper conduct during an encounter with a villager on Nov. 5.
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November 13, 2014
- Resident records police action
Yellow Springs Police acknowledged last week that the local department had made some errors when one of its officers allegedly used physical force against a citizen.
- Local authors at Blue Jacket
In the mid-1990s, Keith Doubt, then living and teaching in Missouri, became increasingly troubled by the war between Bosnians and Serbians. The New York Times was always a day or two late in the rural area where he lived, but regardless, he remembers being consumed by the paper’s coverage of the conflict.
- 2015 enterprise funds in red
Immediate needs in the water department will require the Village to significantly dip into the Village general fund surplus in 2015 to pay for two urgent projects, Village Manager Patti Bates said last week.
- Rise against the green Glen invaders
If weeding the flower garden out back sounds bad, imagine weeding a forest. Then imagine that forest encircled by an army of invasive species.
- Art & Soul: Art both high-quality and affordable
Those who can embrace the idea of a high-caliber art fair in an elementary school gym will be treated this Saturday to some of the finest and most striking pieces of local and regional art.
- Police chief search continues— Village still seeks applicants
Among the 18 candidates who have so far applied for the position of Yellow Springs police chief are three internal candidates, one former Village police chief and one finalist candidate from the previous chief search process.
- Street work messy but promising
Although they were invasive and well past their expected lifespan, the eight Callery pear trees that were lifted from the downtown last week will be missed.
- Website a clearinghouse for help
Locals who need help will soon have a “digital case manager” to connect them with the right resources.
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November 6, 2014
- Artists under lock and key
Put a Yellow Springs muralist, a Kettering city planner and a Columbus trash artist in a gallery. Add two boxes of random art materials. Allow them three tools apiece. Hire a videographer to record them.
Then don’t let them out for three days.
- Antioch University moves to Midwest
The hallways at Antioch University Midwest rumbled with the sounds of moving furniture, artwork and people this week as the 40 Antioch University administrators formerly located across the street moved into the Midwest building.
- Returns: CBE fails; library, fire levy win
Public funding for the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, went down with a resounding “No” on Election Day, with 64 percent of villagers voting against the public funding, and 36 percent voting in favor. The vote brings to a halt Village Council’s decision to move ahead with the business park, which has been in the making for more than 10 years.
- 18 apply for chief
When the Village stopped taking applications for the position of Yellow Springs police chief on Oct. 31, the municipality had 18 candidates from both inside the department and as far as Rhode Island, according to Village Manager Patti Bates, who will hire the next chief. So far, the hiring process is on schedule, and the Village is set to name the next chief in mid-December, Bates said this week.
- Village Council chooses top firm— Water plant process begins
At their Nov. 3 meeting, Village Council members took a significant step toward constructing a new water plant. Council selected its top choice out of three preliminary design firms for the project, and if negotiations on cost are successful, the firm could begin the design process soon, according to Village Manager Patti Bates this week. The entire building process is expected to take two years.
- YS lonely liberal loyalists
Though Yellow Springs voters came out in greater numbers per capita than citizens in Greene County or statewide, they were largely voting for the losing teams. Across the state, despite villagers’ protest at the ballot, Republican incumbents held their seats for governor, attorney general, auditor and secretary and treasurer.
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October 30, 2014
- New practitioner joins local docs
Need a splinter removed, or a sprained ankle assessed or another medical issue dealt with? Instead of rushing off to see the doctor, you can first see new local nurse practitioner Cliff Fawcett, who can probably take care of what ails you.
- Council eyes Village commissions
At their Oct. 20 meeting, Village Council members began a discussion on whether and how best to standardize practices for Village boards and commissions.
- Clifton man takes on Perales
A Clifton Democrat running for state representative is out to fight “the powers that be” in the Ohio State House who are, he says, too responsive to powerful lobbies at the expense of the needs of local communities.
- Forum on community policing— Safety over force is favored
There was remarkable similarity between what the 70 villagers who attended a local policing forum last week said and what 50 anonymous respondents said about policing in the weeks preceding the forum.
- Community Solutions conference soon— Focus is on climate change tools
A group of villagers and Antioch College students who attended a climate change march in New York City last month returned home even more inspired to help Yellow Springs cut its carbon footprint.
- A peek at the mind’s universe
Popular scientist Michio Kaku likes to tell the story of how as a teenager in the 1960s, he built an atom smasher in his parents’ garage. He bought 22 miles of copper wire, wrapped it many times around a football field, connected it to 400 pounds of transformer steel and plugged it in. It blew out every fuse in his parents’ house and probably those of everyone in the neighborhood, he said in a recent PBS documentary science video.
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October 23, 2014
- New way to empower, protect
“Knee him in the nuts and poke him in the eye.”
Self-defense training often begins and ends with that blanket statement.
- Lloyd Kennedy on his 100th— A cheerful guy who gets things done
The gathering following the Sunday morning Oct. 19 worship service at First Presbyterian Church was nothing but joyous as more than 100 family, friends and admirers of parishioner Lloyd Kennedy celebrated his 100th birthday at his spiritual home for the past 64 years.
- Policing forum is tonight
Villagers have strong opinions about what they want their police force to be. According to recent anonymous input from Village Human Relations Commission surveys, many residents want police to be out of their patrol cars and visibly engaged with the community.
- Lenders address risk at CBE
When Champaign Bank was evaluating the $33 million Water Street mixed-use project in downtown Dayton this year, developers already had 50 percent of the office space pre-leased with solid anchor tenant PNC Bank and two independent studies that showed the apartment space would be fully leased in 13 months.
- Chief severance approved
At their Oct. 20 meeting, Village Council members approved a severance agreement for former Yellow Springs Police Chief Anthony Pettiford, who resigned his position for medical reasons on Sept. 19.
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October 16, 2014
- Wrights raise the haunts of Kyoto
Once a year, near the time of the autumn equinox, Harold and Jonatha Wright put on black clothes, and tell gruesome stories that drew people in, curdle their blood, and chill them to the bone.
- Issue 2 seeks library stability
On Nov. 4, voters will find on the ballot Issue 2, the library levy.
- Yellow Springs High School students to try alternative tests
Yellow Springs High School students are scheduled to try out the first of a bevy of alternative standardized tests that the school district is considering for next year.
- Antioch College ‘needs more’
Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt summarized the significant challenges involved in remaking the college, now at the start of its fourth year of operation: “You can see it from here, but it’s still just slightly out of reach.”
- Yellow Springs spends over income
On Oct. 6 Village Council began its annual series of budget planning workshops with a sober look at the second year of deficit spending in the general fund.
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October 9, 2014
- Children get a choice at Montessori school
It’s a school without teachers, a place where the children teach themselves. What sounds radical is a concept developed by Dr. Maria Montessori more than 100 years ago and now in use in more than 7,000 schools around the world.
- Artists tell their own stories on Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour
Want to hear how stained glass is assembled, what a soda kiln is, or how a screenprinting machine makes T-shirts? The annual Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour and Sale is one way to learn about the art-making process from local artists themselves.
- Crime author ferrets out her plots
While Cynthia Pauuwel’s new crime mystery “Forty & Out” is based around a morbid concept, it’s really the story of the female detective out to find the killer while balancing police politics, a clingy almost-ex-husband and a family rift.
- Last Antioch College class enters on Horace’s tab
The incoming class at Antioch College may be more diverse, more international and more committed to saving the world than the three classes above them.
- Interim Yellow Springs police chief a former major
After just a few days on the job, Yellow Springs Interim Police Chief Dave Hale can see that the YSPD is an “established, well-run department,” he said in an interview last week. During the two months or so he expects to be here, he intends to keep it that way.
- Rally for marriage equality
The World House Choir is hosting a Pep Rally for Marriage Equality on Friday, Oct. 10, intentionally set on the eve of National Coming Out Day.
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October 2, 2014
- Antioch College Farm sprouts power
A one-megawatt solar farm recently popped up at Antioch College along Corry Street as part of the college’s plan to become carbon neutral.
- Shoegazing’s out, rock’s back
If you’re wondering where rock ‘n’ roll went, you’re not alone. Fortunately, local four piece Stark Folk Band is unapologetically rock ‘n’ roll and definitively high energy.
- Carrying on college Antioch College activist legacy
This year, seven current Antioch students participated in the Antioch activist tradition by traveling to Mississippi during their most recent break to attend a conference on the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.
- Calling on dance to fight Parkinson’s
Every Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., Jill Becker, a local dance instructor, meets with a small group of people at the Yellow Springs Senior Center to lead a dance class intended to help participants manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Mayor’s Court being used less
over the past five years, the use of the local Mayor’s Court has declined to less than half the cases it was handling five years ago.
September 25, 2014
- Street musician agreement to continue
At their Sept. 15 meeting, Village Council members agreed that the new Street Musician Agreement appears to have solved recent problems between downtown musicians and business owners, and that its use should continue.
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September 18, 2014
- Cemex seeks expansion
Cemex is determined to expand its limestone mining operation into Xenia Township southwest of Yellow Springs.
- Wastewater plant honored for safety
There’s a lot that people don’t know about the local wastewater treatment plant. For instance, most don’t know that working there can be dangerous.
- Police Chief Pettiford resigns
Yellow Springs Police Chief Anthony Pettiford resigned for medical reasons on Monday of this week, Village Manager Patti Bates announced at the end of a Village Council meeting Monday night, following an executive session.
- Opening night for both play and playhouse— ‘Trifles’ is no small debut
Two students in Geneva Gano’s “Introduction to Drama” literature class at Antioch College will be the first to perform in the recently renovated Foundry Theater this Thursday, Sept. 18. Hannah Craig, a first year, and Parker Phelan, a second year, will perform an adapted version of Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles,” which they have modified to work for a two-actor production.
- ‘Last Reel’ premiered at Telluride
The thought of losing the more than 100-year tradition of celluloid motion picture film is the sad result of the economic advantage of digital film. But the experience of that subtle mechanical change is one that most audiences won’t ever perceive as they continue to go to the movies.
- Students can bowl this winter
Bowling is back. At its meeting Sept. 11, the Yellow Springs School Board approved a proposal to make bowling the newest official sport at Yellow Springs High School.
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September 11, 2014
- CBE one of many business parks here
The city of Springfield’s first research and technology park, Nextedge, is a beautiful integration of modern buildings with marshes, prairie fields and a fiberoptic grid designed to bring new jobs to the Champion City.
- Villagers join Hall of Fame
Late this September two Yellow Springs women, Aïda Merhemic and Susan Stiles, will be inducted into the Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame to honor their many accomplishments and recognize the hard work they have done in support of the Yellow Springs and greater Greene County communities.
- A multi-lens look at water needs
The Water Crisis in Turkey. Women and Water: Personal Explorations of Impact. Compost Toilet Construction: a Feasibility Report. The Weaponization of Water.
- YSCCC head is reinstated
After some tense discussion at last week’s special meeting of the Community Children’s Center Board of Trustees, almost half of the members of the board announced their intention to resign.
- Villagers to walk for weather
This week in climate change news, record rains pounded the desert southwest, a new study reported that half of the birds of North America could go extinct by the end of the century and a new documentary exposed the corporate interests and citizen apathy hampering efforts to address climate change, asking:
- Eye on handmade crafts at Cyclops
A fête of funky wares named after a primordial one-eyed giant returns this year promising even better handmade crafts, tastier food and more fun.
September 4, 2014
- Farm seeds new ways to grow food
At the perennially radical Antioch College, a new crop of students is learning about radical perennials.
- Council waives college fees
At their Sept. 2 regular meeting, Village Council members took two actions in support of the revived Antioch College.
- Mental health training offered
Print PDFA Mental Health First Aid training event for front-line workers is being brought to Yellow Springs next month in order to help villagers effectively interact with those who have mental health issues. The eight-hour training will take place Friday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $25 and deadline for […]
- ‘Roosevelts’ screening at Little Art
According to their biographers, the three most famous Roosevelts in American history — two presidents and one first lady — stood for an ideology of public good, including things such as public health and welfare, land conservation, women’s rights, civil rights and workers’ rights.
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August 28, 2014
- Art House Hop opens homes
After last year’s success, the Yellow Springs Arts Council will reprise its Art House Hop event, a self-guided tour of homes of art collectors in town. Gallery coordinator Nancy Mellon said she’s excited to again hold the event, which she believes serves to recognize those in town who have contributed to local arts even though they aren’t necessarily artists themselves.
- Children’s Center in fiscal crisis
Enrollment at the Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center took a dive at the beginning of 2013 that has sent the preschool into a tailspin of deficit spending over the past 20 months.
- Council re-ups environmental group
At their Aug. 18 meeting, Village Council members agreed to re-activate the Village Environmental Commission in order to advise Council on a host of upcoming environmental issues.
- Mondays begin with bluegrass
Monday mornings at the Emporium’s Underdog Café start off slightly subdued, a little slow and sleepy as the work week begins. Locals stop in for a coffee and maybe a croissant to go, while others find a table to read a newspaper, boot up a laptop computer or linger over breakfast from the kitchen.
- Yes, ageism exists in Yellow Springs
Print PDFYellow Springs is a rapidly aging community — according to the 2010 Census, 20 percent of villagers are 65 and older, and more than half are over 45. While the country and state are aging as well, Yellow Springs is doing so faster, with our median age of 48.5 years a full 10 years […]
- MVECA can help us get wired
Just as the Village of Yellow Springs has its own water, sewer and electric systems, someday it could also sell broadband Internet as a municipal service.
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August 21, 2014
- Mills Lawn on the move to innovate
When Mills Lawn School opens its doors this Friday, it will serve more students than last year, a growth trend that Principal Matt Housh sees as steady.
- Taking a stand
About 120 members of the Antioch College and village community joined a Hands Up Walk Out on Monday to commemorate the funeral of Michael Brown, who was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.
- Psychologist Gary Klein— Fascinated by good decisions
“I just knew what to do.”
That’s the response many people give after making a quick decision in a stressful situation. But what does it mean? How do we really make decisions? And how can we make better ones?
- New streetscape to proceed
Village government will soon move ahead to complete the streetscape changes on the east side of Xenia Avenue, from Dino’s Cappuccinos on the north end to Glen Street in the south, according to Village Manager Patti Bates at the Aug. 18 Council meeting.
- Children’s Center head let go
A teacher at the Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center said this week that YSCC Director Marlin Newell was fired by the board of trustees on Monday, Aug. 18. Newell had been on vacation, teacher EJ Waskiewicz said, when two board members asked her to sign a termination letter. Newell asked that Waskiewicz act as a witness to the event.
August 14, 2014
- Groundbreaking this Friday— Village/Home, Inc. project begins
A cozy cabin on Cemetery Street nestled near woods along a creek.
To Erica and Caleab Wyant, their future home sounds straight out of a children’s fantasy story. But soon the local couple will realize their dream of owning a home in Yellow Springs, thanks to the Village’s first public affordable housing project.
- Village owed $200,000 in past-due bills
Village government is owed almost $200,000 in past-due utility bills and the finance director is looking for ways to capture that revenue.
- Local welfare more than food?
Armed with canned soup, dried beans, boxes of pasta and soft packages of bathroom tissue, Patty McAllister has worked for the past eight years to keep area residents fed through the Yellow Springs Area Food Pantry.
- Get ready for brown(er) water
Many villagers are, unfortunately, already familiar with brown water occasionally coming out of their taps. But next week they should expect to see water that’s darker than ever.
“This has the potential to be the worst we’ve seen in a long time,” Village Water and Wastewater Plant Superintendent Joe Bates said in an interview last week.
- Enough signatures
The Greene County Board of Elections has verified that a sufficient number of signatures were collected to put on the November ballot a referendum on public funding of the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, according to Board of Elections Deputy Director Nancy Johannes on Tuesday.
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August 7, 2014
- Council talks pesticides
At their Aug. 4 meeting, Village Council members began a dialogue on how to address pest and weed control on Village property in light of the temporary moratorium on herbicide and pesticide use that Council put into place last year after an overuse of an herbicide at the Gaunt Park pool.
- Village Manager Patti Bates— She likes getting things done
New Village Manager Patti Bates read with interest recent news stories about a water main break on the UCLA campus that flooded campus parking lots.
“Aging infrastructure — these problems are facing everyone, especially small towns,” she said in an interview last week. “And when things go wrong, you have to fix it.”
- Art on Lawn features Glen painter
This year’s Art on the Lawn festival — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 9, on the grounds of Mills Lawn School — has the happy problem of trying to find enough room for all the participating art vendors and activities.
- Hip-hop in the street this week
Village Fam may be Yellow Springs’ first hip-hop group, but they hope not to be its last.
The group of born-and-raised villagers, now in their 20s, didn’t have access to local hip-hop shows when they grew up.
- Fired up on voting rights
A local community action group says that Ohio Rep. Rick Perales, in his first term representing western Greene County, has avoided scheduled meetings with them since he joined in approving changes in Ohio voting laws which some critics see as unfairly affecting African-American and low-income voters and making it easier for Perales and his fellow Republicans to defeat election opponents.
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July 31, 2014
- Township to float levy renewal
Miami Township Trustees voted at their meeting this month to place a Township Fire-Rescue levy renewal on the ballot in November. The trustees chose a renewal, which does not increase taxes, for several reasons, including the possibility that they may ask voters for a new levy next year to build a new fire station.
- MTFR still seeks property
Miami Township has been looking for a new home for its Fire-Rescue team for over three years, and this summer the land option they had banked on since 2011 fell through.
- New business offers Body Wisdom
When Julie Pies and Patti Mielziner returned to Ohio to be closer to their immediate family, they hoped that their newly opened bodywork practice in Yellow Springs, Body Wisdom, would help them to create some new family as well. Through their work together over time with their clients and patients, Julie said, they come to be like family.
- Yellow Springs village revenues higher than expected
A mid-year budget review at Village Council’s July 21 meeting offered good news regarding Village general fund revenues.
- A birthday wish for the manatees
Mackenzie Horton was ecstatic when she turned 9 years old in May and didn’t receive any birthday presents.
Instead Mackenzie received exactly what she wanted for her birthday — to help save an animal she loves, the Florida manatee.
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July 24, 2014
- She led with her heart and her spirit
Becky Teilhet was beloved by many in the Yellow Springs community, known by family and friends for her unusually kind and generous nature.
- A balance of buskers and business in the village
A staple of downtown Yellow Springs, the local street music scene may soon change with a new, self-regulating policy approved Monday by Village Council.
- New Herndon Gallery director— An artist of ‘scrappy resourcefulness’
Print PDFAfter leaving the art world behind for two decades to pursue a career as a registered nurse, Jennifer Wenker, the new creative director of the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College, has returned to art with an enthusiasm that can be seen reflected in her involvement in a wide range of art organizations in Dayton […]
- Village Council denies appeal to stop solar array
At its July 21 meeting, Village Council voted unanimously to deny an appeal of Planning Commission’s June 23 decision to allow a solar array at Antioch College. The decision means that the college solar project is allowed to go forward.
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July 17, 2014
- Architectural bike tour— Builder Kline left mark on village
Perched on a cliff side in the woods on Old Mill Road sits a house made almost entirely of glass and so close to the trees that its designer and original owner, John L. (Jack) Kline, had only to reach out his window to touch the birds.
- Spotlight on mental health
Formed in the wake of last summer’s tragic shooting event, the Yellow Springs affiliate of the National Association of Mental Illness, or NAMI, runs support groups for those with mental illness and their family members and friends.
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July 10, 2014
- Charges pending against two adults— Concern over youth, drugs
On Sunday, May 11, police were called to a home on Fairfield Pike, where a weekend party had taken place involving local middle school and high school aged youth, as well as at least two adults.
- SIDEBAR—Referendum effort begins
A group of villagers is launching a campaign to put on the November ballot the question of whether the Village should fund the CBE infrastructure
- Council gives CBE final approval
At Monday’s meeting, Village Council in a 3–2 vote gave final approval to funding the Center for Business and Education infrastructure. Karen Wintrow, Gerry Simms and Brian Housh voted for the CBE funding and Lori Askeland and Marianne MacQueen voted against.
- YSKP leadership changes
As this summer’s Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse original musical, “Superhuman Happiness” explores the gods and goddesses of ancient myth, a titan of local children’s theater, YSKP artistic director John Fleming, makes his dramatic exit from the nonprofit youth theater company he founded in 1995.
- Council examines ‘busking’
At their July 7 meeting, Village Council members continued an earlier discussion on how best to balance the needs of buskers and business owners in a way that doesn’t put a damper on what many villagers see as a source of downtown uniqueness.
- Wellness Center launches fund drive
As an Antioch College student in the 1960s, Malte von Matthiessen played basketball pick-up games in Curl Gymnasium with Yellow Springs High School students. Back then, the facility was “just a gym” but still gave Antioch students a chance to play intramural sports and meet locals
July 3, 2014
- Striking workers air grievances
A small group of employees at the Spirited Goat Coffee House went on strike in mid-June, asking for a host of rights including legal pay, workers’ compensation benefits and a higher wage: $15 an hour.
- ‘Superhuman Happiness’ at YSKP
Everything changes, nothing perishes.
So writes Roman poet Ovid in his magnum opus “Metamorphoses,” from which the new Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse original musical “Superhuman Happiness” is adapted.
- Village vampire taps a wicked vein
He is a blood-sucking renegade vampire resurrected into a revenge-mad ghost villian after his heart is ripped out.
While this character of Enzo on the CW television network’s “Vampire Diaries” may be macabre, it’s one that actor Michael Malarkey has been dying to play.
- Yellow Springs Summer Strings winds down— Come one, come all to Grand Finale
Two weeks ago, the Yellow Springs Summer Strings and Band Program had its Grande Finale concert outside at Mills Lawn. The youth played their violas and clarinets to the tune of “Cherokee Chief,” “Slavic Air,” and an all-camp sing to “The Power of One.”