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FROM THE PRINT EDITION, 2017

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2017


December 28, 2017
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        December 21, 2017
        • Holiday traditions, silly and sweet
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          Each year at this time the News assembles a story based on readers’ submissions on a holiday theme. This year we asked readers to share stories of holiday traditions that are meaningful to them and their families.

        • ‘One man, one hand’ at Antioch
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          Enter Aaron Westbrook’s lab at Antioch College, and the first thing you’ll see is a table full of arms and hands.

        • School board seeks levy, tax increase for facilities improvements
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          The Yellow Springs school board voted unanimously Thursday, Dec. 14, to seek  $18.5 million for the “renovation and partial replacement of existing 7–12 facilities” through a combination income tax and bond levy request to be put on the May 8, 2018, ballot.

        • Board eyes school enrollment
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          Fewer students are leaving the Yellow Springs school district to attend other area school settings than in the past couple of years, but the number is still of concern.

        • Village Council— Blacks get more citations
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          African-American villagers received citations from the YSPD at a significantly higher rate than to white villagers, according to a statistical study of local police data sponsored by the Justice System Task Force.

        • From VYS to the NYT
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          In early December, the New York Times elevated Yellow Springs native Monica Drake to its masthead as an assistant managing editor who will oversee the paper’s new digital features and projects.

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          December 14, 2017
          • Bill Felker’s new book offers riches of home
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            Camel crickets in the tub. Robinsong and its absence. A koi pond in winter. Hepatica, violet cress, bloodroot, Virginia bluebells. The “iconography” of light on a wall. Memories of adolescent devotion in a Catholic seminary. All of these subjects illuminate local almanac writer Bill Felker’s new book.

          • A bittersweet departure from Council
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            It feels bittersweet to Council President Karen Wintrow to step down after 12 years on Council. Especially, she’ll miss the relationships with Village staff and her colleagues on Council.

          • Village Council moves to create social work job within YSPD
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            At Village Council’s Dec. 4 meeting, Council members and the Yellow Springs Police Department moved closer to hiring a full-time community outreach specialist, a new position that leaders hope strengthens the department’s ability to address social-service related calls.

          • An artful jumble of surprises awaits
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            Introduced in 2012, the Holiday Art Jumble serves as both the Arts Council’s final show of the calendar year and its largest fundraiser.

          • Atomic Fox moves to online, auction sales
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            The nearly empty storefront on Dayton Street doesn’t mean that Atomic Fox, the retro furniture and décor shop that has occupied the space for nearly three years, is going out of business. It does mean, however, that the business is transitioning.

          • He’s making light of the darkness
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            The CDC advises pedestrians increase their visibility at night by wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight. This year, Yellow Springs resident Carlos Landaburu took it upon himself to promote pedestrian safety in the village by creating the Flashlight Project.

          December 7, 2017
          • A closer look at OFCC report
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            Yellow Springs schools fall far short of facilities standards set by the state.
            A state assessment conducted last spring by consultants to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, or OFCC, found that nearly all major components and systems of local schools failed to meet state standards.

          • Inspired by nature, and each other
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            The Winter Solstice marks the astrological moment when humans experience the shortest period of daylight and the longest dark of night. But it also signals the end of deepening darkness, as light begins to lengthen incrementally each day until June.

          • 70 years of Christmas trees
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            Now a Yellow Springs holiday tradition, and arguably the high school’s most popular extra-curricular activity, School Forest is celebrating its 70th annual outing this year.

          • Marijuana grower ready to move ahead — State approves Cresco Labs
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            Last week, the state of Ohio approved Cresco Labs Ohio LLC as one of 12 recipients of a license for the large-scale cultivation of medical marijuana. The approval means that by next spring Yellow Springs will likely have a medical marijuana cultivating business on the western edge of the village.

          • Kingian nonviolence at CS King center
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            The first of six principles distilled from the writings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. establishes the foundational precepts of King’s philosophy of nonviolence.

          • New director at Children’s Center
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            In her new job only a month, Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center Director Malissa Doster has already made changes. For instance, she’s cleaned up the center’s entry way, which previously had a cluttered look.

          • Bringing the body to alignment
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            Two thousand years ago, Marcus Aurelius encouraged his subjects to “stand up straight, not straightened.” While some historians believe he was conversing metaphorically, others believe the Roman emperor was speaking anatomically: people with healthy postural muscles don’t need to think about standing up straight; it comes naturally.

          November 30, 2017
          • Robots inspire a passion for STEM
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            When high school junior Alex Ronnebaum came to Yellow Springs schools as an eighth-grader, she was already a veteran of the FIRST League robotics program.

          • Refugees inspire local aid efforts
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            Not long ago the world’s attention was riveted by refugees crossing seas in rickety boats in search of safety. But several years have passed, and the refugee story has been pushed out of the spotlight by more recent events.

          • Council approves Airbnbs as a permitted use
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            At Village Council’s Nov. 20 meeting, Council members gave final approval to taking a more hands-off stance toward Airbnb-type rentals than previously considered, although they said the issue may be revisited in the near future.

          • Bringing nature home, a yard at a time
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            How many bluebirds, woodpeckers, butterflies and bumblebees can your backyard support? If it’s mostly lawn, the answer is: not many.

          November 23, 2017
          • A strong budget for 2018
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            At their Nov. 20 meeting, Village Council members gave final approval to the 2018 Village budget, which was described as looking healthier than budgets of recent years.

          • School board meeting— State report card discussed
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            While Yellow Springs received mixed grades on the 2016–2017 Ohio school report card, district leaders remain skeptical that the report card system delivers meaningful data about local schools.

          • A day for community giving
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            After collecting $75,000 in a single day last November, an effort to raise money for local nonprofit groups is returning to the village for a second year this holiday season.

          • Village sidewalk projects aim for safety
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            Two construction projects now underway in Yellow Springs aim to make the village safer for walkers.

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            November 16, 2017
            • Community Solutions — Agraria vision takes root
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              More than six months after the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions signed the necessary papers to purchase its new 128-acre property on the western edge of the village, a comprehensive vision for the land is solidifying.

            • Art & Soul Art Fair brings artists on Saturday
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              The sixth annual Art & Soul Art Fair, a juried pre-holiday art show will take place this Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Mills Lawn gymnasium.

            • A tiny market, holding its own
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              om’s Market owner Tom Gray knows his customers love their vegetables, so he wants to keep produce fresh. Thus, he has trucks deliver produce five times each week, rather than the one or two deliveries that most groceries receive.

              Sports

              November 9, 2017
              • Lawson indicted on assault
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                Villager Barry Lawson remains in the Greene County Jail following an Oct. 25 incident in which he allegedly attacked a female, causing injuries.

              • School board meeting — $18.5 million plan discussed
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                The Yellow Springs school district is considering an $18.5 million “hybrid” renovation/addition plan for McKinney Middle/Yellow Springs High School, while leaving facilities issues at Mills Lawn School for a second phase, potentially several years down the road.

              • Local pleads ‘not guilty’ to rape, drug charges
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                Michael M. Gentile, 20, pleaded not guilty Friday to rape, drug and vandalism offenses. The Yellow Springs resident was arraigned Nov. 3 at the Greene County Court of Common Pleas.

              • State report card — Schools react to assessment
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                A lot of information appears to be packed into the Ohio Department of Education’s 2016–17 school report card released earlier this fall, but Yellow Springs district leaders don’t see much in the results that is of use to local schools.

              • New director at Friends Care
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                Leaders of Friends Care Community announced this week that Mike Montgomery, who currently heads an award-winning retirement center in Englewood, will be the new director of the Yellow Springs elder care community.

              • Police data sparks debate
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                A spirited discussion took place at Village Council’s Nov. 6 meeting regarding whether a Justice System Task Force member acted appropriately or not this week when he posted on Facebook controversial police department statistics in the context of criticism of a fellow JSTF member who was running for Village Council.

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                  November 2, 2017
                  • Precinct-level results for Nov. 2017 election
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                    About 50 percent of Yellow Springs voters cast ballots in yesterday’s elections. Results by precinct for the four local races and two state issues are provided here.

                  • Election results in the village
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                    There are many new faces on the village’s governing bodies following the Nov. 7 election.

                  • Let the sun shine…
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                    The Village’s new 1-megawatt solar array is now up and running on Village-owned property at Glass Farm.

                  • ‘Conscious aging’ event
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                    In American culture, youth is elevated and elders are often dismissed. But organizers of this week’s workshop on “Conscious Aging” want to change that trend.

                  • Donations sought for Standing Rock
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                    When Bettina Stolsenberg first traveled to the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota two decades ago, she fell in love with the landscape and with the people. In a week, Stolsenberg plans to make that long drive again.

                  • Village Council — Airbnb regulation in question
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                    Village Council continued to grapple at its Oct. 16 meeting with how best to regulate local Airbnb lodging, and whether proposed legislation is too restrictive.

                  • Jane Baker: a life of books
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                    Jane Baker was born in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1934 to an English mother and Dutch father. As Baker tells it, her parents meeting was quite romantic: her mother, from Wembley, in northwest London, met her father on a transatlantic voyage in the early 1930s.

                  • Commentary — How Ted Neeley became Jesus
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                    In the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the first time that Jesus meets the Roman procurator who will sentence him to death is during a song called “Pilate and Christ.” For Ted Neeley, this scene was shared for decades by his dear friend, Barry Dennen. Just a few days before Neeley and I recently spoke, Barry had died suddenly.

                  • School facilities update — K–12 options off the table
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                    The Yellow Springs school district is no longer considering building options that would put a combined K–12 facility on a single site, according to Superintendent Mario Basora this week. He cited cost as the reason for taking the K–12 options off the table.

                  • Pens to Pictures— Films give voice to prisoners
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                    Addiction, poverty, sexual abuse. The themes that run through the five short films created by incarcerated women through the Pens to Pictures project are difficult topics.

                  October 26, 2017
                  • Village solar field goes online
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                    Rows of shiny new solar panels on the Glass Farm are the latest and most visible symbol of the Village of Yellow Springs’ commitment to green energy.

                  • School board candidates — Hopefuls differ on facilities, PBL
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                    Last week, local candidates for school board presented their qualifications and answered questions at the annual Candidates Night Forum sponsored by the James A. McKee Association. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, candidates Steve Conn, Dawn Johnson, Steve McQueen and Aïda Merhemic presented their qualifications and answered audience questions. The four candidates are seeking the three open seats on the board.

                  • Fire department a trustee priority
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                    The anticipated new fire station and the continuing health of the local fire and rescue squad, which serves village as well as Miami Township residents, were leading concerns expressed during the Oct. 19 James A. McKee Association-sponsored candidates forum.

                  • Sax quartet comes to CMYS
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                    On Sunday, Oct. 29, Chamber Music in Yellow Springs will present the second of this season’s “Quartet of Quartets” with Project Fusion, a young saxophone quartet.

                  • Nuanced differences — Mayoral candidates speak
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                    At last Wednesday’s Candidates Night forum, the four candidates for Yellow Springs mayor — Pam Conine, Laura Curliss, Cathy Price and Gerry Simms — offered nuanced differences on issues, but obvious distinctions in terms of personal style and expertise.

                  • Focus on affordability, development — Council candidates’ priorities
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                    Issues of affordability and economic development dominated the discussion Thursday, Oct. 19, as the six candidates for Yellow Springs Village Council spoke at the second of two candidate forums organized by the James A. McKee Association in advance of the Nov. 7 election.

                  • Shifting money to ‘Main Street’
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                    Could local investing be a tool for strengthening the Yellow Springs economy? Community economist Michael Shuman thinks so.

                  October 19, 2017
                  • Restorative justice and Yellow Springs a good fit
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                    “Healing Harms in Today’s Troubled World,” the first Annual Community and Restorative Justice Symposium, will be held in the village, from Oct. 27 to 29.

                  • Plan ends Yellow Springs High School class ranking
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                    Characterizing the calculations that determine class rankings as “unfair,” McKinney Middle and Yellow Springs High School Principal Tim Krier laid out a plan at the Thursday, Oct. 12, school board meeting to discontinue the designation of a graduating valedictorian and salutatorian.

                  • New business for health, wellness
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                    Health advocate Leslie Edmunds is realizing her dream — a dream that comes from a lot of labor. As owner of Clem & Thyme Nutrition/Wellness at 4359 E. Enon Road in Yellow Springs, she now has her own local wellness center with a focus on nutrition and tons of potential.

                  • Villagers asked to weigh in — Housing survey launched
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                    Yellow Springs residents are being asked by Village government to take part in a survey about local housing and housing needs.

                  • Citizens speak on school facilities
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                    Villagers’ questions and concerns about the impact of new school facilities on local affordability and the environment came to the fore at a recent public forum, held Oct. 11 at the Bryan Center.

                  October 12, 2017
                  • Four mayoral candidates offer varied visions for position
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                    This is the last in a series of articles featuring candidates for local office on Nov. 7. This article’s focus is the four candidates running for the seat of longtime mayor David Foubert. 

                  • Enterprise funds look healthy
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                    Expected revenues in 2018 for Village enterprise funds — electricity, water, sewer and solid waste — are more robust than they have been in years, according to Village Assistant Manager/Finance Director Melissa Dodd at the Oct. 2 Village Council meeting.

                  • New county valuation— Property taxes to increase
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                    Local property values are once again on the rise thanks to a strong housing market, but the new values could lead to bigger tax bills for some Yellow Springs homeowners.

                  • New Antioch class small but diverse
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                    Rafael Flores said he felt comfortable leaving his son at Antioch — except for one thing. “I don’t want to leave. I want to come here,” he said, smiling.

                  October 5, 2017
                  September 28, 2017
                  • Village Council — ‘Pocket’ neighborhoods pass
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                    At its Sept. 18 meeting, Village Council  gave final approval to a new development tool that allows smaller, denser housing in Yellow Springs.

                  • Part 2: Three new faces running in Village Council race
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                    This is the second in a two-part story on candidates for the three open seats on Village Council.

                  • Fixing up ‘stuff,’ building bonds
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                    Twenty-five people brought items ranging from laptops to old slippers to electric boot driers to the recent Repair Café at the Bryan Center, organized by the Yellow Springs Time Exchange. There were nine volunteer “fixers” on hand to help.

                  • Schools survey underway
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                    This week and next, several hundred villagers will be contacted by Wright State researchers and asked about their preferences for addressing the needs of local school facilities.

                  • ‘Fefu’ fun and thought-provoking
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                    “Fefu and Her Friends” production opens this weekend at First Presbyterian Church with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept. 28–30 and Oct. 5–7. Tickets are $10 at the door.

                  September 21, 2017
                  • Village revenues on the rise
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                    Village revenues are on the increase, an uptick anticipated to continue at least into next year.

                  • Comfort, self-care at Blue Butterfly
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                    Written in chalk on a small blackboard outside the recently opened Blue Butterfly boutique on Dayton Street, the message captures the new shop’s thematic focus on home décor and personal items that offer self-care or emotional comfort.

                  • Board of Education— Meeting focuses on facilities
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                    The Yellow Springs Board of Education met in a work session on Wednesday, Sept. 13, to take stock of the ongoing discussion about the future of the district’s physical facilities and to determine the board’s next steps.

                  • CMYS opens with Calidore
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                    On Sunday, Oct. 8, Chamber Music in Yellow Springs will open its 2017–18 season with the Calidore String Quartet. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

                  September 14, 2017
                  • Village Council— Town-gown ties strong
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                    Antioch College President Tom Manley praised the way the college and Yellow Springs, both “extraordinary places,” support one other.

                  • Quarry opposition enters new phase
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                    A major expansion of mining operations in Mad River Township continues to face stiff opposition from area residents who say the planned limestone quarries will harm local water quality, property values, wildlife and citizens’ way of life.

                  • New manager at Antioch School
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                    Nathan Summers, a Yellow Springs resident of 20 years, has been handed the unicycle as the new school manager at the Antioch School.

                  • Council candidates, part 1: Two new faces, one veteran
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                    For the next several weeks, the News will run profiles of candidates for Village Council, school board, Yellow Springs mayor and Township Trustee.

                  September 7, 2017
                  • Always coming home to the village
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                    Betty and Jim Felder, both in their 80s, have been recounting their time in Yellow Springs, how they met and when they came here, by each telling their stories which circle back, intertwine and pick up where the other left off.

                  • Council passes villagewide lodging tax
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                    Guests who pay to stay overnight at local hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses or spare rooms will soon pay an extra tax to the Village of Yellow Springs.

                  • Still vibrant, still Victorettes
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                    In the spring of 1944, a group of young African-American women came together under the leadership and musical direction of Dorothy Boyce. They called themselves “The Victorettes.”

                  • Chamber Music Yellow Springs hosts quartet of quartets
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                    Autumn breezes will bring a fresh new season of chamber music performances from Chamber Music in Yellow Springs; the organization is ready to celebrate by welcoming audiences from across the Miami Valley to its 34th season

                  • Super-Fly superfans celebrate a decade
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                    As the doors of Super-Fly Comics and Games opened on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 2, for the 10th anniversary celebration, the overcast skies and drizzling rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of those gathered.

                  • Celebrating 30 years of community mediation
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                    There’s really no knowing the extent to which Yellow Springs might be different if not for the existence of the Village Mediation Program.

                  August 31, 2017
                  • House of AUM stretches into new space
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                    After three weeks of renovations including new floors, crisp white paint and re-stained woodwork, the new sun-filled addition to House of AUM opened its doors on June 24 with the goal of expansion achieved.

                  • Village Council— Housing study takes shape
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                    By the end of the year, the Village may have answers to questions of housing in Yellow Springs, thanks to a planned housing needs assessment, or HNA, to be conducted by an outside firm.

                  • EPA studies vapor in Vernay site cleanup
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                    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to determine whether vapors from an underground plume of toxic chemicals expose neighbors of a federal cleanup to dangerous levels of carcinogens, or if residents are safe from immediate and long-term harm.

                  • Stick-pounding rhythms at World House Choir concert
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                    World House Choir Director Cathy Roma is bringing Melanie DeMore, perhaps the foremost keeper and transmitter of the Gullah tradition, to Yellow Springs.

                  • Village schools— New year, new requirements
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                    With the new school year also comes a variety of new initiatives and policies — some the result of changing state and federal requirements and funding.

                    Sports

                    August 24, 2017
                    • $150K grant for real-world engineering
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                      Food trucks may have their avid followers, but in nine months or so, villagers can look for a small fleet of food “trikes” to join the outdoor culinary ranks.

                    • Broad slate of candidates as village, township races kick off
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                      Local voters will have a broad slate of candidates from which to choose in the Nov. 7 general election races for Yellow Springs Mayor, Village Council, Board of Education and Miami Township Trustees.

                    • A rare visit from Maori ‘grannies’
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                      Only Raymond Ruka could have the tribal standing to extend the invitation that has brought three Maori tribal elders all the way from New Zealand to Yellow Springs. 

                    • Shakespeare, two Mondays a month
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                      For 113 years, a members-only group of Yellow Springs women has been meeting to read and discuss the works of Shakespeare and other authors. The women call themselves the Shakespeare Study Club, and that middle word — study — signals the group’s seriousness.

                    • Village Council — CBE engineering contract approved
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                      At its Aug. 21 regular meeting, Village Council unanimously approved a contract for engineering services on the Village-owned property known as the CBE on the western edge of Yellow Springs.

                    • Home with Home, Inc.
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                      Tim and Julia Honchel were honored as the newest homeowners of local affordable housing land trust Home, Inc. at its annual members meeting last Sunday.

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                          August 17, 2017
                            Obituaries

                            August 10, 2017
                            • YSHS grad, Flyby BBQ visits village
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                              “This is project-based learning in its true form,” 2015 Yellow Springs High School graduate David Butcher says of his food-truck business Flyby BBQ that will be in the village on Aug. 16.

                            • School facilities question— One town builds, one does not
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                              In the past 10 or so years, every school district in Greene County, except Yellow Springs, has either already built new school buildings or passed a levy to do so soon. The same is true for each district contiguous to the Yellow Springs schools.

                            • Mosaics and more at annual Art on the Lawn
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                              The 34th annual Art on the Lawn is taking place this Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mills Lawn School. The annual event presented by Village Artisans is free to the public. 

                            • New program takes flight at Antioch University Midwest
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                              Continuing to expand its bachelor’s completion offerings through partnerships with regional community colleges, Antioch University Midwest recently announced a new, exclusive program with Southern State Community College in aviation education.

                            August 3, 2017
                            • Three years later, honoring John Crawford
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                              Last Saturday, July 29, John Crawford III would have turned 25. Instead of celebrating his birthday, his parents and area activists will be commemorating his life this Saturday, Aug. 5.

                            • Local rapper turns rhymes, heads
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                              Yellow Springs resident Issa Walker was in Detroit visiting a radio studio owned by legendary rapper Eminem. He was offered the microphone as a beat he had never heard started to play. Issa Ali did not hesitate.

                            • Bourbon chicken via Mexico
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                              Crisbin Antonio, whose face and New Orleans Grill food truck are likely more familiar to villagers than is his name, has been in the same spot for nearly eight years, between the Post Office and Nipper’s Corner, selling bourbon chicken.

                            • Alleged killers’ rights were violated, attorneys state
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                              Judges in the upcoming murder trial of the alleged killers of Yellow Springs roofer Skip Brown and his friend and neighbor Sherri Mendenhall must first decide whether critical evidence should be allowed.

                            • Sculpture to honor Wheeling Gaunt
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                              Wheeling Gaunt is a local historical figure who not only deserves to be remembered, but also celebrated on a large scale, says a growing group of local individuals and organizations who have launched an effort to erect a bronze statue of Gaunt in the village.

                            • Village races robust as filing nears
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                              One week remains before the Aug. 9 filing deadline for local political races, and competition is heating up.

                            • Council eyes option for smaller, denser housing
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                              Recently Village Council considered a new zoning category for small homes that encourage community.

                              Obituaries

                              July 27, 2017
                              • Fifty years in the same house
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                                Fifty years ago this summer, Carl and Sue Johnson moved into a handsome brick home on Dayton Street with their school-aged sons, John and Jim.

                              • School board — Mills Lawn ends ILE program
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                                The longstanding Interest Learning Education Program, or ILE, at Mills Lawn, which arose out of former gifted programming at the elementary school, will be discontinued with the start of the new academic year, according to Superintendent Mario Basora.

                              • Friends Music Camp, Godzilla come to town
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                                One of the threads that runs through Friends Music Camp, now in its 37th year — and its second located on the campus of Earlham College — is Godzilla, instructor, counselor and ex-camper Rory Papania said.

                              • Village crew leader Johnnie Burns — Recognition for job well done
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                                Johnnie Burns and his crew appeared in the middle of the road on Fairfield Pike, where the water had mysteriously stopped running. They first had to figure out what the problem was — was a pipe broken or frozen? — and then had to locate the pipe. It wasn’t easy.

                              July 20, 2017
                              • Village Council— New efforts for broadband
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                                A local group of municipal broadband supporters will continue its effort to bring a fiber optic network to Yellow Springs, following the decision of Village government leaders to not move forward with creating and funding a municipal network.

                              • Vigils to resume with new executions
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                                After a 3½-year moratorium on executions, Ohio prison officials are preparing to put convicted killer Ronald Phillips to death on Tuesday, July 26. Villager Carl Hyde plans to be in vigil outside Lucasville Prison.

                              • Harold Wright— A bridger of words, and worlds
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                                It’s been a dozen years since Harold Wright’s last trip to Japan, the longest time he’s been away from the country he fell in love with as a young man. But this fall, he and his wife, Jonatha, will be flying to Tokyo as the honored guests of Emperor Meiji.

                              • ‘Community Pulse’ meeting— YS school facilities discussed
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                                About 50 villagers heard from a panel of eight Yellow Springs School district teachers and shared their ideas, questions and concerns on the future of the district’s school buildings Tuesday, July 11, at Mills Lawn School.

                              July 13, 2017
                              • Wander & Wonder into new store
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                                Jake Brummett, owner of the newly opened outdoor lifestyle store Wander & Wonder, is no stranger to the trails and hiking spots throughout Yellow Springs.

                              • Council on policing— Guidelines stress anti-racism
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                                At Village Council’s July 3 meeting, Council members unanimously approved adopting new guidelines for policing that take a proactively inclusive and anti-racist stance.

                              • Pop Wagner, homegrown cowboy, to perform
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                                Musician and storyteller Pop Wagner makes no claim to being an actual cowboy, though he certainly looks the part, with his thick mustache, wide-brimmed hat and Western attire.

                              • A gutsy, pioneering sculptor
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                                Thirty-three works by New York-based sculptor and Antioch alumna Renata Manasse Schwebel will go on display Thursday, July 13, in a new one-person exhibition at the Herndon Gallery on the Antioch College campus.

                              • Mayor, Council races spark interest as filing deadline nears
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                                Yellow Springs community residents interested in getting involved in local governing will find a variety of opportunities in this year’s elections.

                              • Preserving vital local black history
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                                John Gudgel has had family in Yellow Springs since the 1890s; Kevin McGruder came to the village via Antioch College only five years ago. Together, these two historians are trying to preserve some vital local history that is in danger of being lost.

                              July 6, 2017
                              • Winds exhibit honors all-important pollinators
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                                A new art exhibit features works by local and regional artists whose images are inspired by pollinators and the plants that best feed them.

                              • Only fresh and local for taco truck
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                                Locals may have noticed a new addition to the growing population of food trucks in the village. Miguel’s Tacos, located behind Asanda Imports in King’s yard, has quickly become a popular destination for authentic Mexican tacos.

                              • Jobs, business first choice for CBE land
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                                Most villagers who weighed in on the topic would like to see the land known as the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, used in a way that promotes local economic development.

                              • Peace center focus on bomb history
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                                It was a common sight in post-war Japan: a physically disfigured person, or maybe someone with an obvious genetic anomaly, getting yanked off the street by a doctor or scientist.

                              • Politics, music (and blood) in YSTC’s Caesar
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                                Inspired by the renowned Antioch Shakespeare festivals of the 1950s, the YSTC performances of ‘Julius Caesar’ will be presented Fridays and Saturdays, July 14–15 and 21–22, in the field behind Mills Lawn School, with live music starting at 7 p.m. and the play’s opening at 8.

                              • Village Council supports Home, Inc.’s ‘Glen Cottages’
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                                At Village Council’s July 3 meeting, Council members unanimously voted to waive utility tap and zoning fees for Glen Cottages, the newest project of Home, Inc.

                              June 29, 2017
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                                  June 22, 2017
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                                    June 15, 2017
                                    • Marianne Britton’s fabric art now on exhibit
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                                      A memorial exhibition representing a wide selection of works by Marianne Britton, including quilts, wall hangings and fabric pictures, is currently on display through late September at the Springfield Museum of Art.

                                    • Village Council— hold on hotel tax requested
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                                      Employees and supporters of the Mills Park Hotel voiced full-throated opposition to a potential municipal sales tax on hotel customers at Village Council’s June 5 meeting.

                                    • School board— Fundraiser’s 1st year update
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                                      Dawn Boyer, the Yellow Springs School District’s director of advancement and community relations, reported on her first year in the position during the Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, June 8.

                                    • Council stalled on hotel tax
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                                      In Village Council’s first vote on whether to impose a local lodging tax on transient visitors, Council members came up deadlocked at their June 19 meeting.

                                    • Antioch College—‘Colloquia’ invites in the community
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                                      More than 50 Antioch College graduating seniors across all academic divisions are represented in this year’s colloquia, which the college plans to hold as an annual event.

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                                      June 8, 2017
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                                        June 1, 2017
                                        • Lady Loom’s classic styles
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                                          There’s no denying that villager Danyel Mershon loves what she does. The owner and clothes buyer at Wildflower Boutique downtown, she recently opened another shop on Xenia Avenue, Lady Loom, where she also selects the apparel and accessories on sale there.

                                        • Three candidates for chief offer nuanced differences at forum
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                                          If you were the Yellow Springs police chief, what would you have done differently on New Year’s Eve?

                                        • McKinney school teachers honored
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                                          In her 13th year of teaching, McKinney Middle School teacher Kate Lohmeyer feels like a veteran. And she’s clear that this past school year, her second in Yellow Springs, has been the best so far.

                                        • Village Council takes steps to assess local housing needs
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                                          Village Council at its May 15 meeting signaled its support for undertaking a housing needs assessment, or HNA, to determine current and future housing needs in Yellow Springs.

                                        • AU set to sell Midwest building
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                                          Antioch University plans to sell its Yellow Springs campus building, according to a letter from Interim Chancellor William Groves dated May 30 and shared with the press this week.

                                        May 25, 2017
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                                          May 18, 2017
                                          • Potential Mills Lawn School facilities site discussed
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                                            Responding to public feedback following the recent school facilities forum, District Superintendent Mario Basora stated at last week’s school board meeting that “no decision has yet been made” regarding moving forward with new school facilities, as “all plans are transparently still under discussion.”

                                          • Film explores caregiving, aging
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                                            Yellow Springs has hosted some weighty documentaries recently, and “Care,” the film showing this weekend at the Little Art, is no exception. And like last month’s village premier of “The Modern Jungle,” which was co-directed by an Antioch professor, “Care” also has a Yellow Springs connection.

                                          • Three candidates vie for Yellow Springs police chief
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                                            Three candidates are in the running to become Yellow Spring’s next chief of police. Interim Chief Brian Carlson, Officer Dave Meister and Officer Timothy Spradlin have all applied for the position of permanent chief, which has been open since former Chief Dave Hale resigned four months ago.

                                          • A Japanese aesthetic in Ohayo, 2nd annual in Yellow Springs
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                                            Caitlin Meagher was first attracted to Japan for intellectural reasons, as an interesting place to study because the culture is so different from that of this country.

                                          • Medical marijuana firm scouts Yellow Springs site
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                                            A medical marijuana company has expressed interest in locating a cultivation and production facility in Yellow Springs.

                                          May 11, 2017
                                          • Community Solutions seeks input on land west of Yellow Springs
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                                            On Saturday, May 20, Community Solutions invites the community to become a part of the planning for the future of the Arthur Morgan Institute’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture, which is the group’s newly purchased 128 acres of farmland on the western edge of Yellow Springs.

                                          • New Yellow Springs school buildings under consideration
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                                            Last week, the Yellow Springs Combined School District hosted its second community forum designed to update residents on the plans for new school buildings and to gauge public feedback on the project.

                                          • A farewell to Yellow Springs store, Rita Caz
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                                            Rita Caz is closing. After more than 30 years in the jewelry business, owners Mark Crockett and Gail Zimmerman are retiring.

                                          • Antioch College— A small college, at least for now
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                                            Antioch College is small. Very small. At just 179 students, and in the process of recruiting a modest-sized class targeted at 60, Antioch today is a considerably smaller institution than college leaders envisioned when Antioch reopened to students in 2011.

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                                            May 4, 2017
                                            April 27, 2017
                                            • Arnold Adoff: A shared life and love of literature
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                                              Author and poet Arnold Adoff suggests that a more apt descriptor for the Yellow Springs News’ elders series might be “survivors series.”

                                            • Different visions for CBE land in Yellow Springs
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                                              Villagers remain divided in their vision for the 35 acres of land on the western edge of Yellow Springs known as the CBE, according to survey results presented at Village Council’s April 17 meeting by members of the Economic Sustainability Commission, or ESC.

                                            • Film highlights the life of a Zoque shaman
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                                              This weekend, Yellow Springers have the opportunity to see not only a feature-length documentary made by a fellow villager, but a documentary filmed in Zoque, a language that to date has only been featured in three films.

                                            • Miami Township makes case for fire levy
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                                              On May 2, residents of Miami Township will vote on whether or not to pass a levy that would fund a new fire station for the Miami Township Fire Department.

                                            • TrailFest brings hikers to Yellow Springs
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                                              Two to three hundred hikers from around the state will descend on the village this weekend for the Buckeye TrailFest, an annual event sponsored by the Buckeye Trail Association, or BTA, that is taking place for the first time in Yellow Springs.

                                            April 20, 2017
                                            • Village Council— New policing guidelines discussed
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                                              Local policing was in the spotlight at Village Council’s April 17 meeting. Council members discussed proposed new guidelines for Village policing, as well as next steps in the Village’s search for a permanent police chief. In addition, a new full-time police officer, Mariah England, was sworn into the local department.

                                            • School board— Vote clears way for potential land purchases
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                                              At its April meeting, the Yellow Springs Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution that will allow the Yellow Springs school district to enter into negotiations regarding the purchase of land for future school buildings.

                                            • Jennifer Rosengarten at Springfield Art Museum— Artist’s ‘exuberance’ in nature
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                                              Artist Jennifer Rosengarten’s biggest show thus far, “Gardens & Ponds” set to open this weekend at Springfield Museum of Art. It will run April 22 through Jan. 7, 2018, in the museum’s special exhibition gallery.

                                            • Communities rethink how to police
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                                              Three examples of communities rethinking policing may provide an opportunity for villagers to consider and discuss different options for how “people and police” can engage with each other.

                                            • David Carlson’s charges from New Years incident reduced
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                                              Last Friday, April 14, David Carlson’s charges stemming from the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop incident in Yellow Springs were reduced to misdemeanors, from the original fifth-degree felony.

                                            April 13, 2017
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                                              April 6, 2017
                                              • Merrick brothers indicted— Death sentence a possibility
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                                                A Greene County Grand Jury has returned indictments of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary, felonious assault and tampering with evidence against the two brothers charged with the killings of two local residents on Jan. 15.

                                              • Plans to expand mining in area cause concern
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                                                A recent proposal by Enon Sand & Gravel to significantly expand mining operations in Mad River Township, just north of Yellow Springs, has many area residents deeply concerned.

                                              • Antioch Review, the little magazine, still big at 75
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                                                With 75 years of continuous publication and a knack for picking and publishing a host of vital American voices, the The Antioch Review is a “little magazine” with an undeniably “big” impact and influence.

                                              • Friends use art to confront illness
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                                                “Corrine deals with everything through art,” said Nancy Mellon, speaking recently of her dear friend and frequent art-making collaborator Corrine Bayraktaroglu. The “everything” in this case is breast cancer.

                                              • An often fraught relationship is under scrutiny
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                                                The relationship between local police and the village’s African-American community is one that has become increasingly fraught, especially as turnover in the local department has accelerated in recent years.

                                              • Beloved Community aim is inclusion
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                                                A group of Yellow Springs residents have launched The Beloved Community Project, with which they hope to address issues of poverty, hunger, racism, discrimination, inclusion, justice and peace within the village.

                                                Obituaries

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                                                  March 30, 2017
                                                  • Village Council— Mixed outlook for broadband
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                                                    Statistics on village internet use were presented at Village Council’s March 20 meeting by Andrew Cohill, CEO of Design Nine, the firm hired by the Village to evaluate the feasibility of creating a municipal broadband network in Yellow Springs.

                                                  • 2.4-mill levy for a new fire station
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                                                    A new fire station may finally be in the works for Miami Township.

                                                  • Reflections on the final note
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                                                    While suicide notes only exist because of the most sorrowful of circumstances, the epistles nonetheless provide significant insight into the psychology of committing the final act, and therefore what might be able to be done to prevent it.

                                                  • Celebrating Persia’s new year
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                                                    The joy of family, the joy of community, the joy of spring all filled the social hall at First Presbyterian Church last Saturday as nearly 150 people of all ages gathered to celebrate the Persian holiday of Nowruz.

                                                  • Schools seek input on future of buildings
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                                                    Approximately 65 villagers returned to high school earlier this week for the first community engagement forum dedicated to discussing the question of new district facilities.

                                                  March 23, 2017
                                                  • Derby takes the rink to the brink
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                                                    The Orbit Family Fun Center in Huber Heights features a skating rink of the classic variety, with neon paint on the walls and a snack bar, but the skating going down on the hardwood last week was anything but. Skaters

                                                  • Land auction preserves greenspace
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                                                    It was standing room only when the auction of the Arnovitz family farm began last Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beavercreek.

                                                  • Task force urges taser changes
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                                                    At Village Council’s March 20 meeting, Council members approved recommendations from the Justice System Task Force, or JSTF, that would clarify taser use and training for local police officers, require Crisis Intervention Training for all officers, and put in place officer training on implicit bias. The action took place during an agenda-packed four-hour public meeting.

                                                  • No. 1 waste is golden opportunity
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                                                    On average, humans use the bathroom five times per day and produce around 125 gallons of urine per year. Ordinarily, this urine is flushed away and forgotten, a routine task that nobody wants to think about any more than necessary.

                                                  • MillWorks on the market
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                                                    MillWorks is up for sale. The four-acre industrial and office complex off Walnut Street along the bike path was put on the market March 7 by its longtime owners, local residents Rod and Ellen Hoover, Sandra Love and Sam Young.

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                                                      March 16, 2017
                                                      • Joan Horn: life as a doer, teacher and friend
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                                                        Joan Horn, 83, has lived in Yellow Springs for over 60 years, first coming to the village as a student at Antioch College in the early 1950s. Her contributions to the community are legion.

                                                      • Local artists ‘try another way’
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                                                        The Yellow Springs Arts Council will host the exhibit “Try Another Way: Redefining Dis-abilities,” featuring the work of persons with disabilities or living with those with disabilities.

                                                      • Case against David Carlson is still active
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                                                        One of the two criminal cases stemming from the tensions between police and villagers on New Year’s Eve remains active, although Village Council members have intervened and asked the Greene County prosecutor to drop the charges.

                                                      • Citizens seek strong voice in policing
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                                                        Yellow Springs residents gathered at a Village Council meeting, with many lined up to address the room with grievances about Village policy. Prompted by the incidents of New Year’s Eve, the focus is the overhaul, or at least significant reworking, of the Yellow Springs Police Department.

                                                      • Yellow Springs School Board— ‘Wheelchair Experience’ at Mills Lawn
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                                                        Students from Mills Lawn Elementary School’s fourth-grade classes presented the findings of their recent PBL project, “Wheelchair Experience,” which gave students in the class a better understanding of what school is like for their “wheelchair friends.”

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                                                          March 9, 2017
                                                          • ‘Volatile situation’ created by YSPD, report states
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                                                            At Village Council’s March 6 meeting, Council members and villagers heard independent investigator David Williamson hold local police responsible for creating a “volatile and unsafe” downtown following the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.

                                                          • Council commits greenspace funds
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                                                            On Thursday, March 16, a 267-acre farm close to the western edge of Yellow Springs will go up for sale at auction.

                                                          • Youth engaging in police issue
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                                                            At the beginning of this year, Yellow Springs High School teacher Kevin Lydy was steering his government class to a hands-on focus on state government.

                                                          • Villagers discuss CBE land use
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                                                            A wind farm. A business incubator with tech lofts. Greenspace. Small condos for single parents. A solar farm.

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                                                            March 2, 2017
                                                            • Parents, students, staff assess schools
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                                                              A majority of parents, students and staff at Yellow Springs schools have positive impressions of the district staff and schools, according to a recent survey conducted by the Yellow Springs School District.

                                                            • Parker Quartet performs at Chamber Music in Yellow Springs
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                                                              Chamber Music in Yellow Springs welcomes back the Parker Quartet for a concert on Sunday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church.

                                                            • Celebrating dance and community
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                                                              Locally based dancer Valerie Blackwell-Truitt might have become a professional singer. But dance is what called her.

                                                            • New Year’s Eve investigation costs rising
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                                                              At their Feb. 21 meeting, Village Council members addressed a recent invoice submitted by Dayton Attorney David Williamson, who is conducting the independent investigation into the New Year’s Eve incident that pitted local police against citizens.

                                                            • A hometown writer tells own story
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                                                              Chris Tebbetts, a Yellow Springs native and author of a few successful book series for young readers, will be speaking at the Little Art Theatre as part of their “Homecoming” series, in which people with interesting careers speak about their history and their craft.

                                                            • ‘Ripples’ celebrates village’s elders
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                                                              A diversity of both form and content is the goal of “Ripples,” an annual journal that is “a celebration of elders” in the Village.

                                                            • How are our local police officers trained?
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                                                              Beginning in April, villagers may see an Antioch College student or a local resident taking a walk around town beside a Yellow Springs police officer. But look closely. The man or woman in blue is the one being escorted.

                                                            February 23, 2017
                                                            • Sale puts farmland at risk
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                                                              At Village Council’s Feb. 21 meeting, a villager and Village Council member urged villagers to come together in an effort to preserve farmland at risk of development on the western edge of Yellow Springs.

                                                            • YSYOA seeks to enrich local music
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                                                              The Yellow Springs Youth Orchestra Association hopes to rejuvenate its membership and generate interest in music across a broad range of villagers, both young and old.

                                                            • A gift to ensure college diversity
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                                                              Starting in the fall of 2017, three incoming students at Antioch College will have all four years of their college experience paid for, thanks to the largesse of a Yellow Springs couple.

                                                            • Fine poems for a ‘towering’ figure
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                                                              About a dozen Tower Poets will gather at the Emporium on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m., to read from their new anthology, “From the Tower: Poems in Honor of Conrad Balliet.”

                                                            February 16, 2017
                                                            • Who’s who at the Yellow Springs PD
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                                                              This installment in the “People and Police” series presents a more personal look at the officers who serve in the Yellow Springs Police Department.

                                                            • Antioch School kids tell Bill Mullins’ story
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                                                              A recent theatrical storytelling residency at the Antioch School became an opportunity to learn and share a story from their own community history via the medium of live theater.

                                                            • Council considers creating an affordability goal
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                                                              During a discussion of Council’s 2017 goals at its Feb. 6 meeting, Council members considered creating a new goal to address the issue of affordability in the village.

                                                            • Conference digs into new research on soil health
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                                                              Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is hosting a symposium Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24–25, that is devoted to the topic of soil.

                                                            • Seventh big win for News
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                                                              For the seventh year in a row, the Yellow Springs News came home with the top prize in the weekly newspaper contest at the Ohio Newspaper Association’s annual convention.

                                                            • New Year’s Eve investigation still incomplete
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                                                              Several villagers expressed frustration at a special Council meeting when Dayton attorney David Williamson, who is conducting the investigation, reported that the report is not yet complete.

                                                            February 9, 2017
                                                            • Village Council—Interim police chief is sworn in
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                                                              Interim Police Chief Brian Carlson was sworn in to his new job at Village Council’s Feb. 6 meeting, amidst statements of support from both Council and community members.

                                                            • Jim Agna: Showing up and taking a stand
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                                                              Jim Agna is a low-key and modest guy, so he probably won’t tell you that at many points in his career as a physcian, he’s been at the forefront of social change.

                                                            • Rising from the ashes, dead wood gets a new life
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                                                              The only upside decimation of ash trees by the emerald ash borer was the preponderance of wood that became available as the dead trees were cut down before they could collapse.

                                                            • New bridge spans old dam
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                                                              A new bridge was recently constructed across the ruins of the old dam in the Glen, allowing for easier hiking and harkening back to the way things appeared more than 100 years ago.

                                                            • Some pull ‘green’ from local bank
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                                                              Megan Bachman has been banking with U.S. Bank since she was 15 years old. “It was the first account I ever had,” she said. But last Saturday, Feb. 4, she decided to move her money elsewhere.

                                                            • Murder case advances to grand jury
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                                                              The brothers charged with the Jan. 15 murders of William “Skip” Brown and Sherri Mendenhall appeared at a preliminary hearing at the Xenia Municipal Court on Thursday.

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                                                              February 2, 2017
                                                              • What sort of policing do we want?
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                                                                What do Yellow Springers mean when they say they want community policing?

                                                              • New details in double murder case
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                                                                The two brothers arrested last week in connection with the murders of William “Skip” Brown and Sherri Mendenhall have been identified as family members of one of the victims.

                                                              • ‘Olde’ tavern gets new owners
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                                                                The inside of Ye Olde Trail Tavern is a mess. But it’s meant to be that way — temporarily. After being owned by Cathy Christian for 30 years, one of Yellow Springs’ oldest buildings is in new hands, and those hands are hard at work.

                                                              • Yellow Springs Hardware, a new old store
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                                                                There has been a hardware store in Yellow Springs for more than 90 years, and throughout that time, it has changed hands only three times.

                                                              • Yellow Springs school board— Next step on facilities update
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                                                                Yellow Springs school board members and village residents will soon be considering options for dealing with aging infrastructure and meeting the district’s evolving instructional needs.

                                                              January 26, 2017
                                                              • Yellow Springs Police Department’s Carlson named as interim chief
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                                                                There’s a new — but friendly and familiar — face in the police chief’s office at 100 Dayton St.

                                                              • Two arrested in double homicide
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                                                                At a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer announced the arrest of Dustin M. Merrick on two counts of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of William “Skip” Brown and Sherri Mendenhall.

                                                              • Village Council— Wetland parking lot approved
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                                                                At Village Council’s Jan. 17 meeting, Council members voted to move ahead to complete construction of a small parking area near a wetlands on the Glass Farm.

                                                              • New pathways for a B.A. at Antioch University Midwest
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                                                                Antioch University Midwest’s new “3-plus-1” programs are aiming at creating a four-year undergraduate degree option that gives more students access to college, while lowering overall college costs.

                                                              • Community unity powers D.C. Women’s March
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                                                                Local preparation for last weekend’s Women’s March on Washington may have been as significant for many Yellow Springs women, and for the community at large, as the actual march itself.

                                                              • What KIND of village?
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                                                                For the next three weeks, a new set of signs will serve as a semiotic gesture intended to transmit the underlying sentiment of the village to travelers through and residents of Yellow Springs alike.

                                                              January 19, 2017
                                                              • School board updated on district fundraising
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                                                                At last week’s school board meeting, the Yellow Springs school district’s Director of Advancement and Community Relations presented the board with an overview of her office’s fundraising efforts.

                                                              • Chamber Music Yellow Springs presents choral music from Calmus
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                                                                Chamber Music in Yellow Springs welcomes the Calmus Ensemble to perform a concert of choral chamber music on Sunday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church.

                                                              • Village Council— Policing issues dominate Council
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                                                                The fractious aftermath of the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop dominated Village Council’s Jan. 17 meeting, with both Village leaders and community members presenting initiatives for helping to better relations between villagers and local police.

                                                              • A beloved villager is lost
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                                                                This week family and friends shared stories and impressions of William “Skip” Brown, who with Sherri Mendenhall was shot and killed on Sunday at their adjoining apartments on East Enon Road.

                                                              • Double homicide shocks village
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                                                                The Yellow Springs community faced the most difficult of tragedies beginning on Sunday afternoon, when two local residents were discovered at a duplex located at 4444 East Enon Road, dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

                                                              • A closer look at taser use
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                                                                What role do tasers play in local policing? What role should they play? Is the device, typically classified as a “less-lethal weapon,” misused by Yellow Springs police? How did tasers figure into the clash with villagers at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop?

                                                              January 12, 2017
                                                              • Villagers weigh in on hotel’s impact
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                                                                Standing on the corner of Xenia Avenue and Limestone Street, the Mills Park Hotel is the largest building downtown.

                                                              • Local women to march on D.C.
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                                                                On Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, hundreds of thousands of women from across the United States are planning to converge on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington.

                                                              • NYE investigation begins
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                                                                The resignation of Yellow Springs Police Chief David Hale last week left the Yellow Springs Police Department without a head. Hale vacated his post on Tuesday, following villagers’ concerns at local police acting in what many perceived as a heavy-handed and aggressive manner at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop downtown.

                                                                Obituaries

                                                                January 5, 2017
                                                                • Music and friends at Cello Springs
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                                                                  For two weeks beginning Jan. 4, Yellow Springs will become Cello Springs — home to a cello festival that strings together music, friendship, family and love.

                                                                • Art for listening, understanding
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                                                                  Those entering the Herndon Gallery’s “Living in Divided States” exhibit will first hear the voices, female and male, rising and falling in pitch, in intensity.

                                                                • Peaceful ball drop turns ugly
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                                                                  Lance Rudegeair had dropped the New Year’s ball at 12 a.m., and was still up on the ladder when the police car lights began flashing. Then came the sirens. It was 12:08 a.m. The sound was deafening.

                                                                • Eco-sattva: Climate compassion, action
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                                                                  Eco-sattva, a blend of “ecology” and “bodhisattva,” the term refers to a person working for the well-being of all life in the face of environmental harm.

                                                                • YSPD chief resigns; villagers demand better policing
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                                                                  On Tuesday evening a crowd overflowing the Bryan Center gym heard a statement from Police Chief Dave Hale offering his resignation in the aftermath of what many perceived as overly aggressive and hostile police behavior at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.

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