Articles From March 2011

  • Dutch pilots to leave skies

    Villagers who suffer from the jet noise in the north end of town, and all those with sensitive ears only have to put up with the ruckus a little bit longer. The Dutch pilots who have been training at the Springfield-Beckley Airport with the 178th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will move to Arizona soon after September 2010.

  • AU refocusing on adult education

    Under the leadership of Chancellor Toni Murdock, Antioch University spent the past year restructuring the central administration and management of its satellite campuses. After officially separating from Antioch College last summer, the university is now a five-campus school focused on developing and broadening its degree completion and graduate degree programs.

    Eight months after severing ties to the college that bred it, Antioch University is looking deeply at itself and clarifying its mission as a single system that serves adult students at multiple campuses around the country.

  • New Yellow Springs Theatre Project seeks to tap local talent

    Sandra Crews, a Wright State professor of theater arts, is launching a new local theater program, the Yellow Springs Theatre Project, that seeks to produce original and nontraditional theater in the village. The first production, 20%, will be performed at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, in the Antioch College South Gym. Crews is pictured with her husband, Byron, who will provide music for the show.

    Village children have many opportunities to take part in live theater through YS Kids Playhouse and school productions, and older youth benefit from a vital theater program at YSHS/McKinney. But local adult actors and playwrights have lacked consistent opportunities to perform since the closing of Center Stage theater several years ago.

  • Hudson sculpture honors firefighters

    Local sculptor Jon Barlow Hudson has created public art for more than 30 years, his works of swirling stone and steel spread around the globe. But his latest design for a public sculpture is unlike any before — honoring those who died fighting fires and saving lives.

  • Herbs, healing at new store

    Glenda Prado recently opened Botanica Pusanga at 108 Dayton Street, where she will sell Peruvian herbs and healing.

    Glenda Prado had always been skeptical of shamanic healing practices. As a child growing up in Ecuador, she had watched her mother and grandmother use plants and herbs for medicinal and spiritual purposes, yet she refused to adhere to their vocation. “I didn’t believe it,” Prado said. “I thought it was foolish — my mother working with shamanic herbs.”

  • Clifton Gorge finds local friends

    Cedarville resident Matthew McNelly, left, is partnering with several residents in Yellow Springs to start the Friends of Clifton Gorge to support Southwest District Preserve Manager Shannon Hoffer to protect the gorge during a time of steep state budget cuts.

    Down in the Clifton Gorge on a sunny Friday last month, the snow trillium matted the ridges sloping into the canyon, drawing area hikers eager to enjoy the first breath of spring. And though it was his day off, Southwest District Preserve Manager Shannon Hoffer was out on the trails too, educating visitors about the importance of staying on the path…

  • Theater, music, cones this summer

    Dustin Vincent performed last Friday at the Corner Cone. The ice cream business will feature musicians on the patio on Friday evenings.

    The Corner Cone will serve up more than just ice cream and hot dogs this year. Every Friday evening until the end of its season in October it plans to offer a live music performance, and in August it will make its foray into theater with an event co-owner Bob Swaney is calling the “Soft Serve Playhouse 10-Minute Play Festival.”

  • TimeBank is timely in economy

    TimeBank local organizers Ava Miri Nasoff, center, and Laurie Dreamspinner talked with villager Anna Forster at the recent Green Fair. (photo by Megan Bachman)

    Daily life in Yellow Springs is filled with people buying and selling at downtown businesses, while behind the scenes an informal network of exchange looms large throughout the community. A villager gives an elderly woman a ride to the doctor’s office. Another helps her neighbor weed his garden.

  • Girls play baseball, too

    Playing on a team traditionally dominated by males, sisters Alex and Adrianne Beer are fitting in well with their teammates on this spring’s baseball team. The team gathered for the camera last week, with, from left, Wade Huston, Lucas Donnell, Alex Beer, John Shaw, Adrianne Beer, JT Trumbull, Levi Perry, AJ Wagner and in front, Sam Morrison. (photo by Nick Dudukovich)

    Two sisters, Alex and Adrianne Beer, are playing baseball for Yellow Springs High School this season. Alex, a junior, and Adrianne, a freshman, are taking the field for the Bulldogs because there was not enough student interest to form a softball team. The girls would rather play softball, but enjoy playing baseball because they are happy to be playing anything at all.

  • Soccer camp registration begins

    YSSI will host the British Soccer Challenger Sports camps again this summer during the week of June 14–18 for children in Yellow Springs and surrounding areas. Registration has begun. Sign up may also be completed online at www.challengersports.com/. A limited number of scholarships are available by contacting Pam Conine at 767-8031.

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