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December 1, 2016

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        November 17, 2016

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            November 10, 2016
            November 3, 2016
            • All for one … heck of a YSHS play

              Fighting, honor, loyalty, love, camaraderie. More fighting. This fall’s Yellow Springs High School production of Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers” is not for the faint of heart, but it’s equally full of comedic turns.

            • Moms Out Front for a livable climate

              Mothers Out Front, a national grassroots group whose Yellow Springs team was started last spring by Laura Skidmore, seeks a “swift and complete transition to clean energy” in order to reduce the effects of climate change on future generations.

            • Local men and women Stand Up!

              Last Wednesday, Xenia Avenue was lined, as it sometimes is, with people holding signs with bold political slogans and rallying for social justice for women.

            • School’s out for district janitor

              About halfway through the school year, the district will say goodbye to one of its senior-most employees, longtime custodian, groundskeeper and bus driver Jerry Upton.


              October 27, 2016
              • WSU to sell land to Township

                On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Wright State University Board of Trustees approved the sale of land on Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, a portion of the site of the former WSU medical clinic, to the Miami Township Trustees.

              • Public records, by request

                Several recent public records requests have picked up the pace at the Clerk of Council’s office, which is responsible for maintaining Village records and fulfilling requests from the public for access to them.

              • Cemetery Street project finished— New families make village home

                Looking online, both families discovered Home, Inc., the local land trust nonprofit, and wondered if Home, Inc. could help them.

              • Village Council — What about the beavers?

                Members of Council, the Yellow Springs Tree Committee and local environmentalists considered that question at Council’s Oct. 17 meeting, following a report by Village Manager Patti Bates that beavers, previously believed to have taken up residence only at the Glass Farm wetlands, are now making a home, and a dam, at Ellis Park.

              • Indie film, big-budget humor

                Last week, at the end of a quiet residential street in Kettering, a recording studio was taken over by a film crew. Outside were box trucks full of equipment, miles of cables running to and from the buildings, and an impressive spread of catered food.

              October 20, 2016
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              • Community Solutions’ 63rd conference — A focus on climate solutions

                The 76-year-old Community Solutions will hold its 63rd conference, “Climate Crisis Solutions: Charting a New Course.” The event dates are Friday–Sunday, Oct. 21–23. Seventeen local, national and international experts will speak.

              • Former CEO turns talents to art

                The title of Richard Lapedes’s upcoming first show — “Sculpture: Recovering from 30 years of Management” — sums up his feelings on the matter.

              • A hair salon gets a new look

                Hair stylist Lori Deal is celebrating a new “do” of sorts for her hair salon, along with a new shop name, after the recent completion of a full remodeling of the interior.

              • Village a great place to raise children

                In the late 1960s when Robert and Olga Harris moved to the village, racial segregation and prejudice was a reality in most cities and towns. But in Yellow Springs, they found a place where their children were free to be who they wanted to be without the burden of racial prejudice.

              • Next steps on CBE land

                Village Council at its Oct. 3 meeting again took up the subject of the proposed utilities extension to the entrance of the CBE land; Council appeared ready to move ahead on the utilities extension.

              September 29, 2016
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              September 15, 2016
              • Officer drops charges— Village settles with Watson

                At Village Council’s Sept. 6 meeting, Council approved a settlement between the Village and Sergeant Naomi (Penrod) Watson, following a charge filed by Watson last spring with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, or OCRC.

              • Seventy years on, still ‘Victorettes’

                Love and pride of community, church, family, friendship and, not least of all, country — the Victorettes of Yellow Springs brought all these together for a group of young African-American women in their teens and early 20s during the final months of World War II.

              • Villagers go to the dogs (and cats)

                On a recent weekend, two things happened at PetNet’s booth at the local farmers’ market that exemplify why the group was founded.

              • Antioch College— New way forward with FACT

                Two months ago, Antioch College President Tom Manley announced the college had received “the best news we could have gotten,” when the Higher Learning Commission granted the college accreditation after an intense five-year effort.

              • Village natives behind Dayton fest

                For the past six months, two Yellow Springs natives have been busy booking bands, soliciting artists and making oversized props. This is the second year that Connor Stratton and Nancy Jane Epling, who now live in Athens, Ohio, have organized the Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival, or DMAFF, and it’s been a nonstop but invigorating hustle.

              September 8, 2016

                September 1, 2016
                • Art Hop’s personal look at art

                  “There is an enormous amount of art in Yellow Springs,” said Nancy Mellon, the gallery coordinator for the Yellow Springs Arts Council. “The whole town is a gallery.”

                • Antioch hires new fundraiser

                  This summer’s accreditation victory could boost Antioch College’s fundraising efforts, allowing the college to tap new sources of support. And now the college has a seasoned fundraiser to carry out that work.

                • New pastor at St. Paul Church

                  After several years of difficult divides under the leadership of a controversial priest, St. Paul Catholic Church has a new pastor and, some believe, new hope for healing rifts within the parish.

                • Still seeking justice for Crawford

                  In this final article of the series, “Justice for John Crawford,” the News will address the current status, two years after Crawford’s death, of remaining legal efforts around the case, the effect of the shooting on local activists, and reflections from Crawford’s father.

                August 25, 2016

                  August 18, 2016
                  • Village Council moves ahead on CBE land

                    At its Aug. 15 meeting, Viillage Council voted unanimously to accept the 35-acre parcel on the west edge of town known as the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, which was formerly owned by Community Resources.

                  • A new school year with new projects, people

                    Mills Lawn Principal Matt Housh and McKinney/Yellow Springs High School Principal Tim Krier discussed the possibilities awaiting students in the upcoming 2016–2017 school year.

                  • Guns and grand juries up for reform

                    Fifth article in this series: In Ohio, the public outcry following the police shootings of John Crawford III and Tamir Rice, as well as the growing national dialogue on policing and criminal justice, has led to a variety of recommendations for structural reform in the criminal justice system.

                  • New McKinney, Mills Lawn teachers

                    The district is welcoming eight newly hired teachers to the local schools this year. This article introduces the five new Mills Lawn and McKinney Middle School teachers. In a following article will introduce the three new teachers at Yellow Springs High School.

                  • McKinney 7th graders launch year in canoes

                    As the start of the school year draws closer, teachers and staff at the district’s schools already have plans in place for a number of immersive educational projects that reflect the district’s philosophy of project-based learning, or PBL.



                      August 11, 2016

                        August 4, 2016
                        • Village utility changes beget odd bills

                          The trepidation accompanying monthly bills has been on the increase over the past electric and water billing cycles, as a number of Yellow Springs residents have received significantly higher than usual utility bills.

                        • Choosing a college and a town

                          When Lori Collins-Hall and Chris Burgher first visited Yellow Springs two years ago, they were checking out the village as a place to live.

                        • Ehman’s odometer hits 70

                          For car aficionados, a car from 1946 is a vintage model that represents a timeless era. Ehman’s Garage, which opened that year, evokes the same sense of a classic era, and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

                        • Racial factors in Crawford’s shooting

                          Fourth article in this series: Beginning in the early 2000s, Joshua Correll, a social psychology researcher now at the University of Colorado, began a series of studies examining the effect of race on shoot/don’t shoot decisions.


                          July 28, 2016

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                              July 7, 2016
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                              June 23, 2016
                              • YSKP’s focus on feisty Alice

                                On a hot summer day last week, the Antioch Amphitheater was filled with kids singing and dancing in the midday sun. If someone missed their cue, the actors went back to their starting places and began the musical number anew. The temperature was in the upper 80s, and the day’s rehearsal was just getting started.

                              • Join YS Pride Parade this weekend

                                Although the recent events in Orlando have prompted outpourings of support and affirmation to the LGBTQ+ community, it doesn’t take tragedy for people to appreciate the beauty of life and love.

                              • Revisiting Crawford, two years on

                                First article in this series: The shooting of John Crawford and other young African-American men by police raised urgent questions about use of force, police relations with African-American communities and the role of race and racism in the justice system.

                              • Antioch College’s Anna Hogarty moves on

                                When Anna Hogarty retires from Antioch College at the end of this month, the college will lose one of its most steadfast cheerleaders.

                              June 16, 2016

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                                        April 28, 2016
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                                          April 21, 2016
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                                            March 17, 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
                                                        • DMS close to closing Dayton Street deal

                                                          One of the final major hurdles for the sale of 888 Dayton St., the former home of the Antioch Company, was cleared last Thursday, Jan. 7.

                                                        • Council seeks input on goals for 2016

                                                          In Village Council’s two upcoming meetings, Council members will identify their top goals for 2016. To do this, they will first consider which 2015 goals they want to move forward.

                                                        • Nipper guilty of reduced charge

                                                          Jane Nipper pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Xenia Municipal Court. Judge Michael Murry ordered Nipper to pay a fine of $150.

                                                        • Recalling the joy of Center Stage

                                                          It was community, and it was theater, and for over 30 years, Center Stage joyfully brought both elements together in downtown Yellow Springs.

                                                        • AUM workshops explore racism

                                                          Antioch University Midwest will host a two-part workshop this month devoted to exploring societal issues of racism and justice, and how those issues are tied to an individual’s perceptions of self and society.


                                                          January 7, 2016
                                                          • Store finds success in runes — Catering to the metaphysical

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

                                                          • A benefit bee for midwives-to-be

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

                                                          • World-class cellist, local roots

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

                                                          • Your mission? Count every bird

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

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

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


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