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2015


December 31, 2015
December 24, 2015
  • AUM, Sinclair to collaborate
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    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
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    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
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    “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
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    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
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    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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
    • Company may bring jobs
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      A Dayton-based printing company is close to purchasing the former Creative Memories building on Dayton Street, and if the sale goes through, the move could ultimately bring about 120 jobs to the village.

    • MLS presents ‘Seussical Jr.’— Green eggs and some 361 hams
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      Dr. Seuss, that is. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel, and the author and illustrator of more than 60 books, most notably for children, Dr. Seuss inspired readers’ imaginations with his whimsical words and images.

    • Writer wields power of her pen
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      According to Rebecca Morean, a writer and Yellow Springs resident, knowing how to write can inspire confidence in any situation. Writing helps hone critical thinking skills, and helps organize and articulate thoughts.

    • ‘Trash Tree’ irks some, inspires others
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      Activism or eyesore? Statement or nuisance? Needed or not?
      These were some of the questions raised by last week’s “Trash Tree,” an installation created by Zero Waste Yellow Springs, a small group affiliated with the YS Resilience Network that formed about a year ago.

    • The Memories Party, a PBL project— Personal stories connect kids, seniors
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      It may not be obvious that Zach Underwood, age 8, and Helen Eier, age 85, have things in common, but they recently discovered they do. For instance, they both like cats. They like camping.

    • Council says ‘no’ to ACE
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      After more than a year of community dialogue, Village Council voted on Monday, Dec. 7, to leave the Greene County ACE Task Force, which fights drug-related crime.

    December 3, 2015
    • Back to Now reprises, surprises
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance,” writes attorney and diversity consultant Vera Myers.

      Sports

      November 26, 2015
      • Antioch’s next president sees big promise in college’s challenges
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        Antioch College’s next president, Thomas Manley, has a quiet, even gentle voice. He’s not afraid of the thoughtful pause, both before and after speaking. He weighs his words like the student of poetry that he is — Kenneth Rexroth is a particular love.

      • Macbeth honored for Oten Gallery
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        Alan Macbeth was studying art at Ohio State University in the 1960s when he decided to drop out of school and move to Yellow Springs. A little house right downtown on Xenia Avenue was for rent, and he moved in. Later, his mother bought the house for him.

      • A lone ranger for Glen Helen
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        The quiet hum of natural life is a powerful force, said George Bieri, the Glen’s land manager, and the Glen offers many people the opportunity to immerse themselves in the solace it affords.

      • Village Council— Council recognizes Roosevelt
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        At Village Council’s meeting on Nov. 16, Council unanimously passed a resolution honoring Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt, who is leaving the job the end of December.

      • Teacher misconduct probed
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        A 25-year-veteran of Yellow Springs public schools is currently under investigation by the Yellow Springs Police Department regarding alleged sexual misconduct with a student.

      • Painter Travis Tarbox Hotaling— Visions of birds at the Brewery
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        The idea of an exhibit entirely of bird paintings came up by chance, said Travis Tarbox Hotaling, a painter and Yellow Springs resident.

      • YSHS ‘Food Exposition’— Presenting food for thought
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        The Yellow Springs High School gym was buzzing with excited energy Friday evening as hundreds of people turned out when the ninth-grade class presented the school’s first community Food Exposition.

        Sports

        November 19, 2015
        • Council is close to ACE vote
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          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’
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          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
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          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.”

        • Leadership changes at YSCCC
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          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.

        • YSHS students teach PBL to others
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          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.

        • College names new president
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          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
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          Guilt. Shame. Resentment.

          Sports

          November 12, 2015
          • Norah’s gets conditional OK
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            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
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            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
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            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
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            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
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            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’
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            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
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            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.

            Sports

            November 5, 2015
            • 2015 Election Results — Two returned to Township
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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
            • Trustees commit to college village
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              Yellow Springers voiced excitement last year over the idea of creating a village community on the Antioch College campus.

            • Stories with spirit from the village
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              Anywhere there are humans, there are bound to be ghosts, and Yellow Springs is no exception. Readers would be advised not to visit certain parts of John Bryan State Park or a number of buildings on Antioch’s campus, for example, if sensitive to their presence.

            • Pockets of dissent at election forum — Candidates address issues
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              Last Thursday’s Candidates’ Night revealed broad agreement and pockets of dissent among local candidates for this year’s two competitive races, Yellow Springs Village Council and Miami Township Board of Trustees.

            • Blast destroys house at Riding Centre
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              An acrid smell hung in the air for days after a house at the Riding Centre exploded when a furnace ignited propane that had been pooling in the basement.

            • Villagers stitch together aid
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              Where do we turn when life throws a financial challenge at us that we can’t handle on our own?

            October 22, 2015
            • Defending education’s ‘heart’
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              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’
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              “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
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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
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              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.

              Obituaries

              October 8, 2015
              • Dance with personal, environmental movement
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                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
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                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
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                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
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                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
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                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
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                “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
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                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
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                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
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                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
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                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
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                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.

                Obituaries

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                  October 8, 2015
                  • Dance with personal, environmental movement
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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’
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                    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
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                    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
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                    Bobbi Barth, doctor of osteopathy, is the newest practitioner to join Community Physicians of Yellow Springs.

                  • New tenants to occupy 888 Dayton
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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
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                    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.

                    Obituaries

                    September 17, 2015
                    • Conference to offer tools for change
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                      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
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                      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
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                      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
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                      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
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                      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
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                      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
                    • Village Council— Clean Ohio grant discussed
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                      A vote on a proposed Clean Ohio grant application for the Glass Farm wetland was expected at Village Council’s Sept. 8 meeting, but members agreed to take action in response to environmental concerns first.

                    • A home that’s hard to leave
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                      How does one sum up what constitutes home? A place? A dictionary definition? A combination of family and comfort and growth? The term is as complex as the sensation it attempts to define.

                    • Longtime raptor caretaker retires
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                      A conservative estimate of the number of birds Betty Ross has handled in her nearly 30 years at the Raptor Center might be 4,500.

                    • Antioch University reaches out digitally
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                      First there was Antioch College. Then came Antioch University and its satellite campuses. Now AU Connected has joined the Antioch universe.

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                      September 3, 2015
                      • Village council— An eye on economic growth
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                        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
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                        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
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                        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
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                        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
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                        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
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                        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
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                        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
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                        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
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                        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
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                        “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
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                        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
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                        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
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                            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
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                            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
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                            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
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                            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
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                            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
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                            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
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                                  August 6, 2015
                                  • Cherished trucks evoke a past era
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                                    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
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                                    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
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                                    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
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                                    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
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                                    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
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                                    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
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                                      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
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                                      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
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                                      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
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                                      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
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                                      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
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                                      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
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                                      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
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                                      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
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                                      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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                                      July 16, 2015
                                      • Dylan, Angelou in WYSO archives
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                                        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
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                                        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
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                                        “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
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                                        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
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                                        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
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                                        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
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                                        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
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                                        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
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                                        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
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                                        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.

                                      July 2, 2015
                                      June 25, 2015
                                      • Antioch College attracts generations
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                                        A few years ago, some 50 years after visiting his grandparents’ house as a child on West North College Street, Bo Waite purchased it, and moved in last summer.

                                      • History resounds in Clifton chautauqua
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                                        The Ohio Chautauqua stops for a week in each of four cities through July 11, including Chillicothe, Akron, Clifton and Coshocton.

                                      • Pride steps out in the village
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                                        This weekend villagers are invited to celebrate diversity in Yellow Springs at a variety of events sponsored by the 4th Annual Pride Week.

                                      • Antioch College commencement inspires
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                                        Inspiring, rousing, uplifting — each component of the Antioch College commencement fit these descriptions on Saturday, as the college celebrated its first post-revival graduating class while reaffirming its social justice legacy.

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                                          June 18, 2015
                                          • Veteran ceramicists join YS Pottery
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                                            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
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                                            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
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                                            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
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                                            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
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                                            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
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                                            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
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                                            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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                                            June 11, 2015
                                            • Listen for stories of freedom
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                                              While the American Civil War continued to rage unabated, President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

                                            • A local energy channel on YouTube
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                                              When it comes to people fighting climate change, Yellow Springs has a lot of stories to tell.

                                            • A sacred invitation to unity
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                                              Irene Bedard has a broad indigenous heritage with the Inupiaq, Yup’ik, Cree and French Canadian people.

                                            • ADA compliance project: Sorry, no exit, nor entrance
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                                              Antioch College Student Cleo van der Veen’s “The Go! Accessibility Project” was conceived to give those who take their ambulation for granted a peek at how some get around campus without front-door access.

                                            • First class faced, rose to challenges
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                                              Pioneers. Risk takers. Antioch’s poster children. “The chosen ones.”

                                            • AU embraces Peace Corps
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                                              While Jason Rhoades was a student at Michigan Technical Institute in 2006, he joined the Peace Corps and earned graduate school credit working on reforestation and renewable energy projects in Armenia.

                                            June 4, 2015
                                            • Village Council— Council dips into mayor’s role
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                                              At its meeting Monday, June 1, Village Council held an initial discussion on potential revisions to the Village Charter, including the replacement of mayor with a member of Village Council.

                                            • A play on timeless politics
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                                              The Yellow Springs Theater Company is completing its first season with a production of “Inherit the Wind,” which has been a stage favorite since it debuted in 1955.

                                            • Police officer Meister commended in Council
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                                              On behalf of Village Council at its meeting Monday, Police Chief David Hale presented Officer David Meister with a commendation for exceptional service in the line of duty.

                                            • Make a retreat to new yoga house
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                                              For two years, the town’s hiking trails, unique shops and restaurants and walkability have helped her attract yoga practitioners from the region for the bimonthly yoga retreats she ran out of local bed and breakfasts.

                                            • Sidewalks by Tom’s up next for repairs
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                                              Sidewalks along the west side of Xenia Avenue downtown will be replaced this summer as part of a multi-year Village “streetscape” project.

                                            May 28, 2015
                                            • 2015 valedictorian, salutatorian—Two minds, one grit, one glory
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                                              Mollye Malone and Dylan Boczar believe there are a lot of bright students in their Yellow Springs High School graduating class — some more deserving of honorary titles.

                                            • Mills Lawn School students on task with four sides
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                                              One of the challenges for teachers of mathematics is helping students see the relevancy of seemingly abstract concepts in their daily lives. “When will I ever use this?” is an oft-muttered refrain.

                                            • Teaching justice, peace and protest
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                                              Local landscaper Talis X spent Memorial Day weekend in a Cleveland jail after leading a spontaneous street protest on Saturday when a judge acquitted a white Cleveland police officer in the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black couple.

                                            • Village Council— No easy options for sidewalks
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                                              There were no easy options presented by Assistant Village Manager John Yung in his report on local sidewalks to Village Council at its May 18 meeting.

                                            • YSHS music room is made harmonious
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                                              For the past two years of his tenure as head of the McKinney/YSHS music department, Brian Mayer has sorted and catalogued all the school’s music, and built a searchable music library, which can be shared with anyone in the community.

                                            • Luisa Owens’ poems bear witness, honor dead
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                                              Luisa Owens’ poems describe the terror and inhumanity of daily life in the concentration camp in Yugoslavia, where Owen lived with her family shortly before the end of World War II, from the ages of 9 to 13.

                                            • New fund establishes money for young artists
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                                              Scholarships support Yellow Springs students with many different abilities and interests, but to local resident Lisa Goldberg, scholarships in the visual arts are not as numerous as those in other fields.

                                            May 21, 2015
                                            • Antioch College is a real food leader
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              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
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                                              Yellow Springs High School senior Bryce White hasn’t seen much overt racism in school or in the village.

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                                              May 7, 2015
                                              • Mills Park Hotel delayed until the fall
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                After more than two centuries, the historic Whitehall Farm has many stories to tell. But it’s the story about how a small town raised more than one million dollars in six weeks to purchase and preserve the farm in 1999 that continues to inspire both villagers and a local land trust whose early work was defined by it.

                                              April 30, 2015
                                              • Antioch School to present ‘Alice’
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                                                A children’s book that started as an improvised story to entertain a 10-year-old girl on a row boat named Alice is being staged by children of the Antioch School.

                                              • NPR’s Noah Adams to give AUM commencement address
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                                                NPR Contributing Correspondent and local resident Noah Adams will give the address at the Antioch University Midwest commencement to be held Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Clark State Community College’s Kuss Auditorium.

                                              • Village Council— Village climate plan urged
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                                                While Yellow Springs has taken a good first step by shifting to more renewable energy sources, there is much more Village government could do to help the village become a model in addressing climate change.

                                              • Village using pesticide alternatives
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                                                Warning signs pop up on local lawns each spring as local residents contract with companies to treat their lawns with chemical pesticides and fertilizers for the season.

                                              April 23, 2015
                                              • School board— YSHS student liaison proposed
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                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
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                                                Late one evening last month, a local couple was celebrating their anniversary with friends at the Gulch.

                                              April 16, 2015
                                              • Clifton hosts Ohio Chautauqua — Tour brings life to voices from past
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                                                J. Goldsborough Bruff was an adventurous artist and mapmaker who captained an expedition of 60 armed men, 14 wagons, and 70 mules across the continent during the 1849 California Gold Rush.

                                              • Women help women, quietly
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                                                When Moya Shea received an unexpected medical bill from a clinic a few years ago for a procedure she thought was covered by insurance, she was startled. Quite ill at the time, she turned to a local group for help.

                                              • Writer, birder Nelson to read
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                                                Kent Nelson’s twin passions for writing and birding work well together. For instance, birding takes him to remote and exotic locations, such as an Aleutian island in Alaska, where the Yupik village he visited inspired a short story — about birders who go to Alaska.

                                              • Ha Ha now serves up slices in Xenia
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                                                For nearly 40 years, when someone said Ha Ha Pizza, everyone knew that meant the homey New York style pie joint in downtown Yellow Springs.

                                              • Village Council— Go ahead for water softening
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                                                At their April 6 meeting, Village Council members unanimously voted to move ahead with adding water softening to the proposed new water plant.

                                              • Foundry Theater hard stage to share
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                                                Since Foundry Theater reopened last summer after its first renovation since the 1980s, the black box at Antioch College has been busy.

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                                                April 9, 2015
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                                                  • ‘Godspell’ sings of community
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                                                    “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
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                                                    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
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                                                    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
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                                                    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
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                                                    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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                                                      March 26, 2015
                                                      • Clifton’s Nature Center highlights gorge
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                                                        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
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                                                        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
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                                                        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
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                                                        After 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 scout […]

                                                      • Council nears water softening vote
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                                                        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
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                                                        The 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 department […]

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                                                          March 19, 2015
                                                          • #ysgram show focuses on the local
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                                                            Organizers of the #ysgram, the new show at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, want to offer villagers an opportunity to see familiar local sights in new ways.

                                                          • Balancing a low crime rate with high policing costs
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                                                            While last year there were 28 murders in the City of Dayton and more than 1,200 violent crimes there, violence in Yellow Springs has barely been an issue, with an average of about three violent incidents each year for the last seven.

                                                          • MLS kids learn to practice peace
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                                                            What began as an anti-bullying campaign at Mills Lawn Elementary School has evolved into a school-wide focus on empathy, inclusion and conflict resolution, Project Peace.

                                                          • A new energy at Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center
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                                                            The process of bringing the the Children’s Center from the brink of insolvency has not been without its challenges. But the affordable, all-day early childhood education that the school has long offered is too vital to the community to abandon.

                                                          • Yellow Springs schools eye hiring fundraiser
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                                                            Yellow Springs schools are considering increasing expenditures next year for a new full-time employee to help raise private funds for the district.

                                                          • Village Council — Yellow Springs backs marriage equality
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                                                            At their March 16 meeting, Village Council members unanimously passed a resolution supporting marriage equality, making the Village the third municipality in Ohio to endorse same-sex marriage.

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                                                                March 12, 2015
                                                                • Need for drug task force in village eyed
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                                                                  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
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                                                                  At 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 an […]

                                                                • Riders welcome on the public bus
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                                                                  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
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                                                                  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
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                                                                  Just in time for Easter, locals will have the chance to snap a selfie with Jesus and Pontius Pilate. The stars who portrayed the Biblical figures in the 1973 film “Jesus Christ Superstar” will attend a weekend of screenings at the Little Art Theatre, March 27–29.

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                                                                      March 5, 2015
                                                                      • Village Council— Landlords protest policy
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                                                                        At 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. It’s […]

                                                                      • Ideas, enthusiasm abound at Antioch College Village Charrette
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                                                                        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
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                                                                        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
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                                                                        While 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 divorce, […]

                                                                      • Police-village relationship a work in progress
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                                                                        Last fall the Village Human Relations Commission held its first police-community forum, where residents gave input on the role of the police chief. On March 19 a second forum will focus on the Village’s involvement with the Greene County ACE Task Force on drugs and new policies.

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                                                                              February 19, 2015
                                                                              • New face at AME church
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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
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                                                                                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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                                                                                • Antioch Review still surprises
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                                                                                  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
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                                                                                  “If I could ride on monarch butterfly wing/I’d go and catch the joy I’ve found within the Springs.”

                                                                                • Attorneys vie for position of Village solicitor
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                                                                                  Last Wednesday, Jan. 28, Village Council at a special meeting heard presentations from three law firms that are vying for the position of Village solicitor.

                                                                                • Ertel group adds a magazine
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                                                                                  A local publisher has purchased a Charleston, S.C. magazine focused on that region’s arts and culture.

                                                                                • Council eyes sidewalk levy
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                                                                                  What’s the best way for a town that promotes walkability to maintain its sidewalks? Is it fair to make homeowners pay for upkeep when they may not receive financial benefit from their investment?

                                                                                • Township trustees appoint Spracklen
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                                                                                  During the year John Eastman served on the Miami Township Board of Trustees, he showed an interest in road safety and regional issues, such as maintaining good water quality and protecting source water in the region, fellow Trustee Chris Mucher said last week.

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                                                                                  • February, 2015
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                                                                                    February 5, 2015 Antioch Review still surprises When Bob Fogarty became editor of the Antioch Review in 1977, his goal in maintaining the college’s literary magazine was to keep surprising readers with fresh, lively work. Songwriter, singer, Yellow Springer “If I could ride on monarch butterfly wing/I’d go and catch the joy I’ve found within […]

                                                                                  • Council nixes grant for wetland
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                                                                                    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
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                                                                                    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!
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                                                                                    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
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                                                                                    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
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                                                                                    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
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                                                                                    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
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                                                                                      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
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                                                                                      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
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                                                                                      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
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                                                                                      There 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 secluded […]

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                                                                                      January 15, 2015
                                                                                      • Margaritas on hold, for now
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                                                                                        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
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                                                                                        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
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                                                                                        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
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                                                                                        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
                                                                                        • Loafers
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                                                                                          Villagers ventured into the cold last Saturday to buy local produce at the Winter Farmer’s Market at its new Senior Center Great Room location.

                                                                                        • Film eyes microbiome at birth
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                                                                                          The moment of birth is a joyful miracle — a time when the loving bond between parent and child is first formed. But something else is formed in that moment that could be the key to the child’s lifelong health, according to an award-winning 2014 documentary.

                                                                                        • Little Art, big schedule: ‘Nanook’ leads documentaries
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                                                                                          It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s the dead of winter. What to do? You still have to get out of the house once in a while. You still have to have some fun.

                                                                                        • Watch Chaplin, hear live music
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                                                                                          Yellow Springs native Martha Hyde returns to the Little Art as one of three musicians of the New River Ensemble, who will perform original music set to the silent classics of Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

                                                                                        • Village Council considers solar project
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                                                                                          At their Jan. 5 meeting, Village Council members heard robust support for a proposed community solar project.

                                                                                        • Village schools students focus work on village
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                                                                                          Villagers are invited to come to the school to see, what students from kindergarten through 12th grade have been doing with project-based learning this year.

                                                                                        • Young YSHS artists to host their own show
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                                                                                          When seven YSHS artists set out to create a public art exhibit at the beginning of the year, they had no idea that showing their work would be so much more difficult than creating it in the first place.

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                                                                                          January 1, 2015
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