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FROM THE PRINT EDITION

This page contains links to the most recent articles published in the print edition of the Yellow Springs News. Sports and obituaries from the print edition will appear the day of the paper's publication; feature stories will appear the one week after publication in the print edition. Follow this link to find older archives.

 

February 26, 2015
    Obituaries
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      February 19, 2015
      • New face at AME church

        Twenty years ago, a television news broadcaster eschewed the bad news of local TV for the “good news” of Jesus Christ. Now he takes the pulpit of the Central Chapel AME Church, one of the village’s oldest churches.

      • YS teacher charged with felony

        Longtime Mills Lawn teacher Ben Trumbull was suspended on Friday after being charged by Franklin County authorities with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

      • Morgan fund replaces Curves

        For the past decade, local Curves franchise owner Lynn Hardman has provided a fun and safe place for women to come together to get fit. The intent for her business at 506 South High St. was always to provide exercise options for women who didn’t see themselves in the setting of a traditional gym.

      • School board— Longer classes sought for PBL

        McKinney and Yellow Springs High School students will take almost half of their courses in long, interdisciplinary blocks next year if the school switches to a full block schedule.

      • News is tops for a fifth time

        For the fifth year in a row, the Yellow Springs News won the top honor in its size category at the annual Ohio Newspaper Association convention.

      February 12, 2015
      • Village Council— Public Arts Commission busy in ’14

        After a long pause following its 2013 launch, the Public Arts Commission was busy last year, making progress on a number of projects, according to PAC member David Turner in the group’s 2014 report to Council at Council’s Feb. 2 meeting.

      • Beer, bugs get bigger at MillWorks

        A former 19th-century cannery will churn out aluminum cans once again when a local brewery starts canning its beer there later this year.

      • Eclectic, meaningful movement

        Human rights issues, original work from local choreographers and new things to do with chairs come together at this year’s annual Yellow Springs Community Dance Concert.

      • Forum tackles race relations

        About 15 years ago in Knoxville, Tenn., Opolot Okia was riding his bicycle past the daycare where his son was playing with other kids in the school yard.

      • Council agrees on ’15 goals

        At their Feb. 2 meeting, Village Council members gave initial approval to four main goals for 2015. Discussion on goals will continue in upcoming meetings, after two Council members meet with Village staff to clarify some of the language.

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        February 5, 2015
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          January 29, 2015
          • 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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            January 22, 2015
            • School crisis options eyed

              A desire to put resources into preventive mental health initiatives emerged as a theme last Thursday at a community meeting on school safety measures attended by about 35 school district parents, teachers and staff.

            • Coach resigned under pressure

              Nearly a year after Vince Peters resigned as a coach for Yellow Springs schools in March 2014, a local complaint has made public the circumstances of his departure.

            • He delivers in town, on a bike

              Craving lo mein but stuck in the house? Forgot the cilantro in your recipe with company on the way? Sick on the couch and in need of a pack of cold medicine?

            • Glen adds to protected land

              Print PDFThere are many attractive qualities to Camp Greene, the former Girl Scout camp that Glen Helen acquired last week. The 30 acres between the Little Miami River and Grinnell Road are well preserved and topographically interesting, with an upland of rolling hills and a flood plain along the lower third of the property. The […]

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              January 15, 2015
              • Margaritas on hold, for now

                A new Mexican restaurant hopes to open its doors on the south side of town later this winter, but the county health department believes the process could take longer.

              • Council swears in new chief

                At Village Council’s Jan. 5 meeting, new Police Chief Dave Hale was sworn in by Village Manager Patti Bates, and Council unanimously passed a resolution approving Hale’s contract.

              • Schools to renew current levy

                At their Jan. 8 meeting school board members voted unanimously to move ahead with putting on the May ballot a 10-year renewal of the emergency operating levy that expires at the end of the current year. The levy generates about $1,060,000 annually for the district. A renewal would not raise taxes beyond the current level.

              • College eyes homes on campus

                Never short on vision, Antioch College hopes to create a residential community that’s unlike anything now existing in this country. Specifically, it seeks to build on campus multigenerational housing that’s both fully green and fully integrated into campus life.

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                January 8, 2015
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                  January 1, 2015
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                      December 25, 2014
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                        December 18, 2014
                        • New director at Coretta Scott King Center— Focus on diversity, social justice

                          Mila Cooper has spent the past 25 years serving as diversity and community outreach director at over half a dozen colleges and universities around the country, but never has she felt responsible for as much as she does as the director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Intellectual Freedom at Antioch College.

                        • Schools discuss longer levies

                          One of the school district’s operating levies will expire this year, and the school board considered several options for renewing the levy, at the current tax rate, at their meeting Dec. 11.

                        • Friends Music Camp fundraiser— Making music for a unique camp

                          Last year’s winter benefit concert for Friends Music Camp drew such a large audience, the Senior Center’s Great Room was bursting at the seams with people sitting on the floor in the front and standing several deep against the back and side walls.

                        • Children’s Center forges a new plan

                          The Yellow Springs Children’s Center has been under severe duress this past year, with unprecedentedly low enrollment, 18 consecutive months of deficit spending, and the prospect of depleting its cash reserves sometime in 2015.

                        • Villagers hope to let solar shine for all

                          Villagers who want to go solar but whose roof is shaded or who don’t own their home might soon be able to participate in a community solar project.

                        • Village Council— Deficit spending raises concerns

                          At Village Council’s Dec. 15 meeting, leaders expressed concern over the amount of deficit spending in the 2015 Village general fund budget. However, due to the need to move ahead, Council approved the final reading of the budget.

                        • Working on a ‘network of peace’

                          Print PDFThe world may seem full of turmoil, disharmony and injustice, but peace worker and longtime village resident Fred Arment is hopeful about the future. In fact, he sees “an epic shift” already under way. The founder and director of International Cities of Peace and a founder of the Dayton International Peace Museum, Arment has […]

                          Obituaries
                          December 11, 2014
                          • First college production at new theater— ‘Softcops’ is timely, provocative

                            The purpose of theater being to hold “the mirror up to nature,” in Hamlet’s dictum, the choice for the first faculty-directed play in Antioch College’s renovated Foundry Theater is fitting.

                          • Group demands justice for Crawford

                            At 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, just as most workers were heading home for the day, a group of about 100 people, mostly from Yellow Springs, were just arriving for an evening protest at the Xenia courthouse.

                          • Local docs expand to Dayton Street

                            Community Physicians of Yellow Springs will move across town and double in size next year.
                            The local primary care practice is relocating to 888 Dayton St., the former Creative Memories building, where it hopes to expand its services as a rural health clinic.

                          • Brookey leaves the college

                            Tom Brookey has served Antioch College since before it became operational in its most recent reincarnation. Brookey was the college’s business, operations, finance, information and HR director before those positions were officially created.

                            Obituaries
                            December 4, 2014
                            • Local teacher expands yoga space

                              Local resident Jen Ater has always been drawn to wellness — be it of the environment or the body. Starting out in the environmental studies field 15 years ago, she later moved into massage, then yoga, then counseling before opening her own center, Inner Light Yoga & Wellness, last year in Beavercreek.

                            • Food Pantry has holiday needs

                              Some things have changed in the 11 years since Patty McAllister began running the Yellow Springs Food Pantry out of the basement of the United Methodist Church. There are more young people with families coming to the pantry now compared to a decade ago, McAllister said.

                            • Village chock full of holiday events

                              The downtown is decorated, the village Christmas trees have been lighted, and the holiday season has kicked into high gear. There seems to be something festive to see or do in the community each day through New Year’s.

                            • Village Council— New AVM on the job soon

                              At their Dec. 1 meeting, Village Council members unanimously approved a contract with John Yung of Cincinnati as the new assistant Village manager. Yung, 31, currently works as zoning administrator for the City of Bellevue, Ky. He’ll start his new position on Jan. 5.

                            • Nonprofit wants new home

                              This month the owners of a home on Phillips Street asked Village Planning Commission for permission to use the property as the professional offices of the Morgan Family Foundation. The conditional use permit is needed to operate a business in the residential neighborhood behind Mills Lawn and just south of the Catholic Church.

                            • Water quality event

                              High levels of nitrates and E. coli were found in several area springs, surface waters and a private well during a study of water quality in and around Glen Helen Nature Preserve this fall.

                            • Protest against mountaintop mining

                              Mining for coal by mountaintop removal has long been known as an environmental and health hazard for the Appalachian communities surrounding the mines in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and eastern Tennessee.

                            • Cultural enrichment for both exchange students and hosts

                              Yellow Springs High School French teacher and guidance counselor Dave Smith doesn’t know how long the school has been welcoming foreign exchange students into its senior class, but he says the program was “a well-established tradition” when he joined the teaching staff 20 years ago.

                            • Local kits help girls. Period.

                              It may be true that poverty does not discriminate, but there is at least one major difference between the way that males and females experience lack of wealth in poor countries around the world. Though it’s largely invisible, menstruation plays a major role in keeping adolescent girls and women at the very bottom socioeconomic rung in their communities.

                            • Sinkholes cause concern

                              Morris Bean & Company is working with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to address recurring sinkholes at its Hyde Road plant. The sinkholes have raised concerns about potential contamination to the source of Yellow Springs’ drinking water, while the company maintains that the situation is under control.

                              Obituaries
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                                November 27, 2014
                                • Interim chief urges Task Force

                                  At a special budget session preceding Village Council’s Nov. 17 meeting, Council received a memo from Interim Police Chief Dave Hale in which he considered various cost-cutting measures for the police department, including whether to maintain membership in the Greene County ACE Task Force or to contract dispatch services with Xenia police.

                                • New officers in second careers

                                  Jessica Frazier had a good idea of the things law enforcement officers could do when police helped her family on several occasions as she was growing up in Florida. Originally from Montgomery County, she moved back to the Dayton area as a teenager and took some criminal justice courses at a local career center, thinking she might like being a police officer.

                                • Conference at AUMidwest— A day of disability awareness

                                  Dara Cosby doesn’t want a life that revolves around her disability.

                                  But the 33-year-old Centerville woman with cerebral palsy encounters a new challenge every day, whether it’s pulling herself out of bed, maneuvering around an unreliable public transportation system or navigating the dating scene.

                                • Excise tax on new hotel debated

                                  At their Nov. 17 meeting Village Council members considered whether to impose a 3 percent excise tax on customers at the Mills Park Hotel when it opens in mid-2015. This was a continuation of an earlier discussion of the tax, and Council recently received word from Mills Park owner Jim Hammond that if the tax is imposed, he could stop construction on his hotel.

                                • New Elements has some ‘Soul’

                                  While Constantina Clark never opened the store she dreamed up for King’s Yard — with its capes, fountains and crystal fireplaces — a bath and body shop in its place is fulfilling her vision, she said this week.

                                • Assistant manager selected

                                  On Thursday about 25 people attended a meet and greet at the Bryan Center for the two finalists for the position of assistant Village manager. Though Village Manager Patti Bates could not confirm the decision by press time on Wednesday, Village Council’s agenda for Monday, Dec. 1, includes the approval of a contract for John Yung as assistant manager.

                                  Sports
                                  November 20, 2014
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                                    November 13, 2014
                                    • Resident records police action

                                      Yellow Springs Police acknowledged last week that the local department had made some errors when one of its officers allegedly used physical force against a  citizen.

                                    • 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.

                                      Sports
                                      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.

                                        Sports
                                        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.

                                              • 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.

                                              • 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.

                                              • 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.

                                                  Obituaries
                                                  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.

                                                        Sports
                                                        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.

                                                        • 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.

                                                        • 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.

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                                                          August 7, 2014
                                                          • 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.”

                                                          • 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.

                                                          • 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.

                                                            Feature Photos
                                                            July 24, 2014
                                                            July 17, 2014
                                                            • Architectural bike tour— Builder Kline left mark on village

                                                              Perched on a cliff side in the woods on Old Mill Road sits a house made almost entirely of glass and so close to the trees that its designer and original owner, John L. (Jack) Kline, had only to reach out his window to touch the birds.

                                                            • Spotlight on mental health

                                                              Formed in the wake of last summer’s tragic shooting event, the Yellow Springs affiliate of the National Association of Mental Illness, or NAMI, runs support groups for those with mental illness and their family members and friends.

                                                              Feature Photos
                                                              July 10, 2014
                                                              • Charges pending against two adults— Concern over youth, drugs

                                                                On Sunday, May 11, police were called to a home on Fairfield Pike, where a weekend party had taken place involving local middle school and high school aged youth, as well as at least two adults.

                                                              • SIDEBAR—Referendum effort begins

                                                                A group of villagers is launching a campaign to put on the November ballot the question of whether the Village should fund the CBE infrastructure

                                                              • Council gives CBE final approval

                                                                At Monday’s meeting, Village Council in a 3–2 vote gave final approval to funding the Center for Business and Education infrastructure. Karen Wintrow, Gerry Simms and Brian Housh voted for the CBE funding and Lori Askeland and Marianne MacQueen voted against.

                                                              • 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.

                                                              • 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.

                                                              • 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

                                                                Obituaries
                                                                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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