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February 11, 2016
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    February 4, 2016
    January 28, 2016
    • A ‘C-Street’ home of their own

      Villager Julie McCowan recently bought her first pieces of art, including photographs of the Glen and a cheetah print she found downtown. “I can’t wait to put them up,” she said last week.

    • How Mayor’s Court works

      There was only one defendant at the most recent meeting of the Yellow Springs Mayor’s Court, who had been cited for driving under suspension. Others present were the officer who issued the citation and Mayor Dave Foubert, who heard the case from behind Village Council’s raised platform in Council chambers.

    • Designing, down to the roots

      A local garden, planted with native species; an international contest; a part-time resident with coastal ties; a local garden designer with far-flung roots.

    • Seeing soil with a physicist’s eye

      Villager Allen Hunt recently added another significant line to his already 14-page résumé. Hunt, a professor of physics and earth and environmental sciences at Wright State University, is coauthor of a new book called “Networks on Networks: The Physics of Geobiology and Geochemistry,” a text that explores soil formation and vegetation growth.

    • Village Council Jan. 19 meeting— Solar array closer to reality

      At their Jan. 19 meeting, Village Council members moved closer to adding solar power to the Village electric portfolio by unanimously approving a resolution that authorizes Village Manager Patti Bates and the Energy Board to review and recommend a 1-megawatt solar array proposal for an array to be located on the Glass Farm.

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      January 21, 2016
      • Printing to make its mark again

        A village legacy is being given new life by a Dayton company that is, in all senses of the phrase, on the move.
        Dayton Mailing Services, or DMS, which specializes in high-tech mailing and printing services, is poised to purchase 888 Dayton St., a 10-acre commercial property near Antioch University Midwest.

      • From ‘useless’ to ‘use again’

        What grabbed Liz Mersky’s attention were the images of an albatross mistaking plastic for food and dolphins struggling while tangled up in the ever growing floating mass of plastic waste that’s been dumped in the oceans.

      • School board meeting — Merhemic continues as board head

        The school board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, was marked by a number of recognitions, appointments and personnel changes in school board and school district offices.

      • The art of growing up in village

        While many older teens feel compelled mainly by the prospect of leaving town, a group of Yellow Springs High School artists are working together to express what matters most to them about having grown up in Yellow Springs.

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        January 14, 2016
          January 7, 2016
          • A benefit bee for midwives-to-be

            Two friends from Yellow Springs are answering a call to midwifery — and hoping for helping hands to aid the work of their own.

          • Store finds success in runes — Catering to the metaphysical

            Chalk it up to the numinous power radiating from the area or the loyalty of the store’s fanbase, but the House of Ravenwood is on a roll. Yellow Springs’ premier “metaphysical rock shop” recently expanded its square footage, increasing the store’s size by about a third in mid-November.

          • World-class cellist, local roots

            Yellow Springs, already a highly musical village, counts a Swiss classical music star as part of its family circle. Switzerland’s Chiara Enderle, whose family has deep roots in the Yellow Springs community, is a rising star in the European classical music scene and routinely plays around the world as a featured soloist.

          • Your mission? Count every bird

            It sounded like an impossible task: count every bird in Glen Helen and beyond. Birds like the tiny golden-crowned kinglet, barely bigger than a hummingbird, and the great blue heron, a solitary dweller in the area’s streams and ponds.

          • Nipper on leave, wife arrested— BCI investigates YSPD officer

            Last week Village leaders announced that the most senior member of the Yellow Springs police department was placed on administrative leave two weeks ago due to an ongoing investigation into a charge of misconduct. And in a related incident, his wife was charged with disorderly conduct.




            December 31, 2015
            December 24, 2015
            • AUM, Sinclair to collaborate

              Antioch University Midwest and Sinclair Community College recently finalized plans that will bring AUM faculty to Sinclair’s Courseview Campus in Mason, Ohio, this spring.

            • Dayton business close to buying 888 Dayton Street

              Yellow Springs moved closer to welcoming a major new business into the community on Monday night when Village Council unanimously passed a resolution that approves a 10-year tax break for Dayton Mailing Services, which plans to purchase the building at 888 Dayton Street, the former home of Antioch Publishing, and move its growing business from Dayton to Yellow Springs.

            • Antioch, fate drew Snows to village

              “It’s fate,” said Susan Snow, explaining how she and her daughter, Jumana, landed in Yellow Springs. Mother and daughter moved here in 2014, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for Jumana to attend Antioch College.

            • Autism cards to educate police

              Mijanou Marretta-Lewis, a Yellow Springs resident and mother of two autistic boys, described the hypersensitivity of her sons’ brains. It’s very difficult for them to filter out extraneous sensory noise, she said.

            • Twenty-two tales of kindness

              By many measures, Yellow Springs is a kind place. We make time for each other; we make eye contact and small talk on the street. When help is needed, help usually comes. An act of kindness can be small; indeed, it often seems so from the outside. But not to its recipient.

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              December 17, 2015
              • No charges in Jackson case

                Xenia Municipal Court Prosecutor Ron Lewis has declined to press charges against a longtime Yellow Springs High School teacher following a local police investigation into alleged misconduct with a 14-year-old female student, Police Chief Dave Hale said this week.

              • Council hears from water plant finalists

                Yellow Springs moved a step closer to constructing its new water plant last week when on Thursday, Dec. 10, Council members heard presentations from two finalist construction firms vying for the contract to build the plant.

              • MLS kids take a crack at the code

                Megan Bennett’s third-grade class at Mills Lawn learned how to make things from scratch this fall, and now they’re teaching their older and younger peers.

              • FMC concert features Seitz, Bakari

                Friends Music Camp has become something of a Yellow Springs institution, though the month-long residential experience doesn’t actually take place here.

              • New doctor joins family practice

                Courtney Stroble, M.D., always knew she wanted to be a doctor. But it took a few years of practicing acute care to discover that her deeper calling was family medicine.

              • New law’s effect on testing unclear

                At the Yellow Springs Board of Education meeting on Dec. 10, Yellow Springs Superintendent Mario Basora reported that, as of moments before the meeting, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law by President Obama, replacing the contentious No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001.

              • Seeking a simpler life in village

                All roads into Yellow Springs are just two lanes wide, and new resident Rajan Kose likes them that way.

              • Manager lists 2016 priorities for Village

                At last Monday’s Village Council meeting, Council members highly praised Manager Patti Bates after her first 18 months on the job.

              December 10, 2015
              December 3, 2015
              • Back to Now reprises, surprises

                Springboro resident Marilyn Grounds had an “aha” moment visiting her son in East Nashville this summer. Browsing the city’s shops and finding unusual items that she loved, she realized that she wanted not just to buy interesting things, but also to sell them.

              • Classes are new focus of pot shop

                Its incorporation this past summer as a nonprofit organization was a defining marker in the 40-year history of John Bryan Community Pottery. More than a book-keeping designation, the tax-exempt status is helping shape how the facility moves forward as a community-based ceramics center.

              • Local business— Take Yellow over Black Friday

                Despite an overall decrease in dollars spent for the second year in a row, Black Friday shopping unfolded pretty much as expected nationwide: fistfights broke out in two separate malls in Kentucky, a woman in Virginia attacked a man with the chair she was using to save her place in line, and customers stampeded for TVs at a Walmart in Texas, resulting in a melee in which one shopper was caught on video trying to punch a police officer.

              • Roosevelt tenure: healing wounds, raising the college

                When Mark Roosevelt was a newly elected Massachusetts state legislator in 1986, he was asked to be lead sponsor of a bill that would prohibit housing and employment discrimination against gays and lesbians. If passed, the state would become only the second in the nation to protect homosexuals.

              • Conference on diversity— Seeing the whole person

                “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance,” writes attorney and diversity consultant Vera Myers.

                November 26, 2015
                  November 19, 2015
                  • Council is close to ACE vote

                    While members of Village Council didn’t vote on whether to leave the Greene County ACE Task Force at their Nov. 16 meeting, a majority of Council members stated they support leaving ACE, or are leaning toward that position. Council said it will vote on task force involvement at its next meeting, on Dec. 7.

                  • Last frame for ‘would you, could you’

                    Sherryl Kostic’s “would you, could you” In a Frame is closing next month after 20 years in the village. The combined gallery and framing business has occupied its light, bright glass-fronted shop (formerly Joe Holly’s Cleaners) on Corry St. for the past 10 years.

                  • Art & Soul’s holiday fair fare

                    Normally when one retires from organizing a popular artist studio tour, organizing another art fair isn’t the first task one might hope to undertake. But in the case of Yellow Springs resident Lisa Goldberg, the promotion of art is something “intimately tied to her being.”

                  • YSHS students teach PBL to others

                    At the school board meeting on Nov. 12, board members and administrators discussed how the district will continue to evolve with its Project-Based Learning (PBL) methodology.

                  • Leadership changes at YSCCC

                    Four months after hiring a new executive director, the Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center is again without permanent leadership — but the center’s board has moved swiftly to pull together a credible interim team. Other changes, including new fundraising efforts, are also underway.

                  • College names new president

                    Thomas Manley, the current president of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, has been chosen the new president of Antioch College. Dr. Manley will be the second president at the revived Antioch, following Mark Roosevelt, who is leaving the job at the end of his five-year contract on Dec. 31.

                  • Turning shame and guilt into art

                    Guilt. Shame. Resentment.

                    November 12, 2015
                    • Norah’s gets conditional OK

                      Norah Byrnes’ determination to serve breakfast to the community is unshakeable. She began serving breakfast from her home in Yellow Springs in 2011 and since then has tangled with the Village and the Greene County Health Department over home business and health codes.

                    • November is Local Food Month— Groups put focus on food resiliency

                      In Athens, Ohio, the Athens Food Venture Center serves about 65 food-based businesses yearly, providing shared commercial equipment and consulting advice that allows entreprenuers to develop new products without the usual financial burden.

                    • Lions chapter comes to a close

                      How to measure the amount of good accomplished through decades of public service? In the case of the Yellow Springs Lions Club, one could consider the thousands of eyeglasses the group has donated during its 64-year existence.

                    • Revised budget back in red again

                      Village Council’s recent decision to finish downtown streetscape improvements in 2016 has tipped the general fund budget back into the red by roughly a quarter of a million dollars. Budget figures presented at Council’s latest round of budget talks, on Nov. 2, revise the earlier forecasts of a surplus in the 2016 general fund, which represents the majority of the Village’s operating budget outside of its enterprise funds.

                    • Small town’s ‘big practice’ at 35

                      Layh & Associates turned 35 this year. Founded by clinical psychologist and longtime villager Jack Layh in 1980, the multi-specialty mental health practice shows no signs of slowing down.

                    • Unlocking the muse at ‘Locked In’

                      Artists Nathan Foley, Brandon Lowery and Jesse Thayer began “Locked In: A Creative Collaboration” at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery on Monday morning.

                    • Village passes utility rate hikes

                      Yellow Springs residents can expect significantly higher utility rates in the new year. At its Nov. 2 meeting, Village Council voted 5–0 to raise water rates by 30 percent and sewer rates by 15 percent beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. The vote was the ordinance’s second and final reading.

                      November 5, 2015
                      • 2015 Election Results — Two returned to Township

                        In a close race for the full four-year term as Miami Township trustee, longtime incumbent Chris Mucher reclaimed his seat, just 143 votes ahead of challenger Don Hollister, while Zoe Van Eaton-Meister trailed.

                      • 2015 Election Results — State Issues mixed

                        Ohio citizens were lit up about this year’s issues on marijuana legalization, and while voters around Ohio and in Greene County both returned a deafening “no” to Issue 3 to legalize the regulated growth and use of marijuana, Yellow Springers felt very differently.

                      • 2015 Election Results — Charter passes

                        Yellow Springs voters resoundingly approved the proposed amendments to the Village Charter on Nov. 3, voting 81 percent to 19 percent in favor of the Charter changes.

                      • Theater review— YSHS’s production of ‘Macbeth’ slays

                        When I heard that our beloved Yellow Springs high-schoolers and middle-schoolers were taking on the legendary Shakespearean play, “Macbeth,” I was scared for a number of reasons.

                      • Arts Council betting on Art Roulette

                        Any gambler will tell you the luck is in the draw. For the Yellow Springs Arts Council, the luck is in the draw, paint, sculpt, compose, cook — any of the host of creative activities in which local artists excel.

                      • 2015 Election Results — Turnout; no contest

                        While the unofficial results of the 2015 election did not specify the percentage of voters who participated by press time, the total number of people who voted from Yellow Springs was 1,803, and those from Miami Township numbered 573.

                      • Mental healthcare gap eyed

                        Misunderstanding of mental illness happens on state and national levels, among medical, criminal justice, and social services personnel. Misinformation can lead to stigmatization and inadequate policy, which in turn furthers illness and impedes recovery.

                      • Anti-ACE voices speak up

                        On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Village of Yellow Springs invited the public to the Bryan Center for a panel discussion about the Yellow Springs Police Department’s participation in the Greene County ACE Task Force.

                      • 2015 Election Results — Council: MacQueen, Hempfling, Simms

                        In a close race among just four candidates for three Village Council seats, Yellow Springs voters returned incumbents Marianne MacQueen and Gerald Simms to office on Nov. 3, and voted in former Council President Judith Hempfling. Hopeful Chrissy Cruz did not win a seat.

                      October 29, 2015
                      October 22, 2015
                      • Defending education’s ‘heart’

                        What’s an education? And what’s an education for? The fall issue of the Antioch Review, now on the stands, takes up these tightly related questions in its lead piece, “The Educated Heart.”

                      • Students broach ‘the Scottish play’

                        Shakespeare: perhaps one of the best-known people in human history and certainly the best-known playwright in the history of human expression.

                      • Marijuana issues light debate

                        For all that’s knowable about the two marijuana issues to be put to voters this Nov. 3, there is an equal amount of information that is unknown. That was one take-away from the local marijuana forum that engaged about 150 Yellow Springs and regional participants at Antioch University Midwest last Thursday, Oct. 15.

                      • Council’s first look at 2016 budget

                        Budget season is in full swing. At its last two meetings, Oct. 5 and Oct. 20, Village Council reviewed the proposed 2016 Village budget, which, according to Assistant Village Manager/Finance Director Melissa Vanzant, is “in better shape than in the past,” thanks in part to “more conservative” spending and proposed utility rate increases that, if passed, will bring new revenue to the Village’s enterprise funds.

                      October 15, 2015
                      • New plays, familiar faces on stage

                        “If you’ve been in town for over a year, then you’ll know someone” participating in this year’s Ten-Minute Play Festival, says Ali Thomas, a co-producer with Miriam Eckenrode Saari of the latest local short-play showcase.

                      • Village may annex north Glen

                        Only a fraction of Glen Helen is currently under the jurisdiction of Yellow Springs, but an annexation proposal put forth by Glen Helen’s director, Nick Boutis, at last week’s Village Council meeting could bring many more acres into the village.

                      • Big Lens zooms in on village

                        Like its sibling arts of theater and literature, film counts setting — a sense of place —- as a significant building block.

                      • St. Paul Church suffers from divides

                        An abrupt firing at St. Paul Catholic Church last month has touched off anger and deepened unease among parishioners who believe that their once close-knit community is unraveling under the leadership of Father Anthony Geraci, St. Paul’s pastor since 2008.

                      • Schools hire an outside promoter

                        Earlier this school year, the Yellow Springs school district hired Megan Anthony, a communications coordinator with the Clark County Educational Services Center.

                      • Rails-to-Trails makes tracks to village

                        The distinctions bestowed upon the Little Miami Scenic Trail are numerous. The Trail, running through Yellow Springs from Springfield to Cincinnati and ultimately branching off and connecting with metro trails in Columbus and Dayton, is the longest connected paved trail system in the U.S.

                        October 8, 2015
                        • Dance with personal, environmental movement

                          In the Worman dance rehearsal space at Antioch College, bodies rock, run, collide, stop and are stopped.

                        • Asbury film concert— Films get more than short shrift

                          The website of the Asbury Short Film Concert acknowledges the dilemma in watching the Academy Awards and not being familiar with the films awarded the Best Short Film or Best Short Animation Oscars. The website explains that not only is the viewer unaware of these films but doesn’t know where in the world they can be seen.

                        • Village Council— One step closer to rate hikes

                          At its Oct. 5 meeting, Village Council took the first step toward passing legislation that would significantly increase villagers’ water and sewer rates in 2016, and could set the village on a course toward substantially higher rates for the foreseeable future.

                        • Tuiton makes partial comeback

                          The newest crop of Antioch College students, 66 strong, arrived on campus last week as the fifth class of the revived college.

                        • Join last Artist Studio Tour

                          The art world sometimes carries the reputation of pretentiousness. Art appreciation is considered outside the purview of regular folks, and artists and collectors go out of their way to live up to the sophistication expected of them.

                        October 15, 2015
                        • New plays, familiar faces on stage

                          “If you’ve been in town for over a year, then you’ll know someone” participating in this year’s Ten-Minute Play Festival, says Ali Thomas, a co-producer with Miriam Eckenrode Saari of the latest local short-play showcase.

                        • Village may annex north Glen

                          Only a fraction of Glen Helen is currently under the jurisdiction of Yellow Springs, but an annexation proposal put forth by Glen Helen’s director, Nick Boutis, at last week’s Village Council meeting could bring many more acres into the village.

                        • Big Lens zooms in on village

                          Like its sibling arts of theater and literature, film counts setting — a sense of place —- as a significant building block.

                        • St. Paul Church suffers from divides

                          An abrupt firing at St. Paul Catholic Church last month has touched off anger and deepened unease among parishioners who believe that their once close-knit community is unraveling under the leadership of Father Anthony Geraci, St. Paul’s pastor since 2008.

                        • Schools hire an outside promoter

                          Earlier this school year, the Yellow Springs school district hired Megan Anthony, a communications coordinator with the Clark County Educational Services Center.

                        • Rails-to-Trails makes tracks to village

                          The distinctions bestowed upon the Little Miami Scenic Trail are numerous. The Trail, running through Yellow Springs from Springfield to Cincinnati and ultimately branching off and connecting with metro trails in Columbus and Dayton, is the longest connected paved trail system in the U.S.

                            Feature Photos
                            October 8, 2015
                            • Dance with personal, environmental movement

                              In the Worman dance rehearsal space at Antioch College, bodies rock, run, collide, stop and are stopped.

                            • Asbury film concert— Films get more than short shrift

                              The website of the Asbury Short Film Concert acknowledges the dilemma in watching the Academy Awards and not being familiar with the films awarded the Best Short Film or Best Short Animation Oscars. The website explains that not only is the viewer unaware of these films but doesn’t know where in the world they can be seen.

                            • Village Council— One step closer to rate hikes

                              At its Oct. 5 meeting, Village Council took the first step toward passing legislation that would significantly increase villagers’ water and sewer rates in 2016, and could set the village on a course toward substantially higher rates for the foreseeable future.

                            • Tuiton makes partial comeback

                              The newest crop of Antioch College students, 66 strong, arrived on campus last week as the fifth class of the revived college.

                            • Join last Artist Studio Tour

                              The art world sometimes carries the reputation of pretentiousness. Art appreciation is considered outside the purview of regular folks, and artists and collectors go out of their way to live up to the sophistication expected of them.

                            October 1, 2015
                            • Game takes teens to new time, space

                              Twice a month in a back meeting room of the Yellow Springs Library, students gather to shed their earthbound identities and adopt the personae of psychics and mercenaries.

                            • Postmaster glad to serve in village

                              The U.S. Postal Service has instituted a Sunday delivery of Amazon packages, even in Yellow Springs, according to Kenneth Hensley, the new postmaster of the local post office.

                            • New tech finds old graves

                              At a Miami Township Board of Trustees meeting a few weeks ago, Trustee Chris Mucher and Cemetery Sexton/Township Road employee Dan Gochenouer discussed recent events in the Glen Forest Cemetery that caught this writer off guard but are apparently business as usual in the running of an historical cemetery.

                            • Oddball theater in the ‘wyld’

                              Many villagers have come to know thespians Jonathan Crocker and Douglas Mumaw over the past two decades, either through their temporary residence in town each fall, or by their alter-egos at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg.

                            • Village Council— Green light on Glass Farm wetland

                              At a special session on Sept. 21, Village Council gave Manager Patti Bates a green light to submit a grant application to Clean Ohio for the preservation and low-impact recreational use of Glass Farm wetland, a seven to eight acre parcel of land on the Glass Farm property.

                            September 24, 2015
                            • Bobbi Barth joins community Physicians

                              Bobbi Barth, doctor of osteopathy, is the newest practitioner to join Community Physicians of Yellow Springs.

                            • New tenants to occupy 888 Dayton

                              Last Thursday, Sept. 17, a steady stream of visitors came through a new entrance recently installed at 888 Dayton St., the former Creative Memories building.

                            • Sunflower fields forever, inspiring

                              Does anyone really need coaxing to wade into a sunflower field? The rows of cheerful faces, all the same at first, like faces in any crowd, call you in, and then you realize that what’s true of snowflakes is also true of sunflowers: no two are alike.

                            • Village Council— Village utility rates may rise

                              A utility rate analysis commissioned by the Village is recommending significant increases in water and sewer rates over the next three to four years, with automatic annual rate increases thereafter.

                            • Township shuts down Inn

                              Last week, county and township officials and a group representing the Glen House Inn met for the most recent episode of a years-long property dispute.

                            • School Board— School testing waiver not yet met

                              At a meeting in the Mills Lawn auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 17, Superintendent Mario Basora invited the 30 or so attendees to move to the front rows of seating. He wanted the meeting to be more of a conversation, as the discussion was heavy on issues personal to parents.

                              September 17, 2015
                              • Conference to offer tools for change

                                Community Solutions turned 75 this year, so it’s fitting that organizers of its annual conference are reaching back as well as looking ahead. This year’s conference, “Climate Crisis Solutions: Tools for Transition,” to be held Sept. 25–27.

                              • CR holds on to CBE property

                                Since last fall’s referendum that blocked the public funding of a local business park, the Village hasn’t spoken much about economic development.

                              • Village Council— Closing in on police mission

                                At its Sept. 8 meeting, Village Council moved forward on two key items related to local policing: ACE Task Force participation and the crafting of a policing vision statement.

                              • A toast to the flavors of Mexico

                                The Facebook trumpets sounded loudly over the weekend as guests updated their statuses and posted pictures in celebration of the long-awaited opening of Doña Margarota’s, a Mexican restaurant at 1535 Xenia Avenue, in the old KFC building.

                              • YS teachers to train other districts

                                Yellow Springs High School will deliver project-based learning (PBL) training to two northeastern Ohio school districts on Oct. 22 and 23.

                              • Gospel, blues turn out on the town

                                Following a year’s hiatus, the AACW Blues, Jazz & Gospel Fest is set to make a grand comeback next weekend, Sept. 24–26.

                              September 10, 2015
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                                September 3, 2015
                                • Village council— An eye on economic growth

                                  At their Aug. 24 meeting, Village Council members agreed on three steps to move forward on local economic development. The steps were in response to a presentation by Assistant Village Manager John Yung on “Ideas and Strategies for Economic Prosperity,” which Yung also described as “reflections after seven and a half months in Yellow Springs.”

                                • New teachers’ second week

                                  Last month, the News introduced 10 of 13 new Yellow Springs Schools teachers and aides. This week, as students finish their second week of classes, we profile the final three school staff members who are new to the village this year.

                                • AU leadership program grows

                                  Now in its 15th year, the Antioch University doctorate degree in leadership and change has graduated about 170 men and women who are schooled in leadership in the context of the historic Antioch values of racial, economic and social justice.

                                • When war inspired lives of peace

                                  This year marks the 70th year since the U.S. dropped the first and only atomic bombs in wartime history on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

                                • Overbid postpones streetscape work

                                  The downtown streetscape project scheduled to start on the west side of Xenia Avenue this summer has been postponed until the spring of 2016. According to Village Manager Patti Bates, the project’s construction bid was higher than the Village budget allowed, and the project will be rebid next spring.

                                • A choir’s joyful sounds for the Earth

                                  Local resident Cathy Roma believes that singing through the body about sacred ideas brings them alive and helps them to manifest.

                                • Art House-Hop returns

                                  Betty and Jim Felder never set out to collect art. “We just bought things we liked and enjoyed,” Betty said. “And could afford!”

                                August 27, 2015
                                • Brewery pauses to expand

                                  Yellow Springs Brewery has a habit of being ahead of its time. When the craft brewery opened in the village in the spring of 2013, there were just a handful of small brewers in the Dayton region.

                                • Council moves on policing

                                  At their Aug. 24 meeting, Village Council members agreed to move forward in addressing concerns regarding local police and the community.

                                • To him, pastoring is personal

                                  “You have to think and pray outside of the box,” said Pastor Rick Jones, the new pastor at Yellow Springs United Methodist Church. He prefers to operate outside the box because he knows all parishioners are not the same, and his pastoral MO is to serve people on a more personal basis.

                                • An actor’s mystery, a puzzle of a play

                                  Imagine this: theater production where you are given a script moments before you are thrust on stage, alone. There are few props to hide behind, only a table and two cups of water, and the performance requires that you act out whatever the script commands.

                                • YS library’s golden anniversary

                                  The Yellow Springs News of Sept. 1, 1965 reported that a “record crowd…a swarm of kids and parents” poured into the new Yellow Springs library, which opened at 2 p.m. on Aug. 30, 1965.

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                                    August 20, 2015
                                    • Schools welcome 13 staff members

                                      Each year brings fresh faces to Yellow Springs schools — and this year there are even more of them. The district has made 13 new teaching and administrative hires to-date for the 2015–16 school year, up from around five in a typical year, said Superintendent Mario Basora at last week’s school board meeting. Resignations, retirements and new or expanded positions were responsible for the increase.

                                    • Three candidates out of race

                                      Three out of the seven candidates who filed to run for seats on Village Council are no longer in the race, having been found ineligible due to problems with their petitions.

                                    • Yellow Springs school board— Next step in development job

                                      At an upbeat meeting last Thursday, Aug. 13, school board members met to preview changes, challenges and opportunities in the upcoming school year.

                                    • Cemex wins zoning battle

                                      The five-year effort by the international cement company Cemex to expand its mining operation in Greene County came to a conclusion favorable to Cemex but unfavorable to the company’s neighbors Monday night, Aug. 17, when the Fairborn City Council unanimously voted to rezone 450 acres of land from agriculture to mining, overturning an earlier ruling by that city’s planning board.

                                    • Heroin use in village is evident

                                      There is heroin in Yellow Springs. It is being bought and sold and used. There were four incidents involving heroin in Yellow Springs in less than a month, including two overdoses and one fatality. Heroin’s presence in the village reflects a decade-long increase in heroin use state- and nationwide.

                                    • Some sidewalk repairs likely

                                      According to a recent Village sidewalk analysis, the majority of local sidewalks are in good to passable shape and are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

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                                        August 13, 2015
                                            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.

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                                              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.

                                              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.

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                                                • 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.

                                                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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                                                    • 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.

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                                                      • 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.

                                                      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.

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                                                        • 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.

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                                                        • 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.

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                                                            • ‘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.

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                                                                • 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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                                                                          • 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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                                                                                • 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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                                                                                        • 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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                                                                                        • 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, 2015

                                                                                              Print PDFFebruary 5, 2015 Antioch Review still surprises Print PDF 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 Print PDF “If I could ride on monarch butterfly wing/I’d go and catch […]

                                                                                            • 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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                                                                                              • 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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                                                                                                • 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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                                                                                                          • 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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                                                                                                            • 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.

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                                                                                                              • 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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                                                                                                                  • 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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                                                                                                                      • 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.

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          October 16, 2014
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                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                            • 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.

                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                              • 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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                                                                                                                                                • 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.”

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