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November 20, 2014
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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.
- 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.
- Feature Photos
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.
- Feature Photos
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feature Photos
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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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.”