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Articles by Audrey Hackett

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  • You said how many birds??

    A male scarlet tanager in its summer plumage. One scarlet tanager (in subdued winter plumage) was spotted in the local Christmas Bird Count. (Photo via Wikipedia)

    Three wood ducks, two great blue herons. And a scarlet tanager in John Bryan Park! The Christmas Bird Count results are in.

  • 2017 year in review: higher education in the Village

    Antioch College’s new class gathered on the steps of Main Hall this week for their first group photo. Twenty-eight strong (most of whom appear above), the class is notably diverse. They hail from 10 states, have varied interests and almost half are students of color. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    2017 year in review: higher education in the Village

  • ‘One man, one hand’ at Antioch

    First-year Antioch College student Aaron Westbrook is the founder and CEO of Form5 Prosthetics, a company that makes prosthetic limbs, like the one he’s wearing, from recycled plastic. Westbrook is pictured in his lab space at Antioch with some of the plastic he collected from the local community during a recent plastics drive. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

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

  • BLOG— Happy Hanukwanzamas!

    El Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico. (Photo by Grant Hackett)

    Years ago I had a friend, culturally but not religiously Jewish, who devised a third greeting: “Happy Hanukwanzamas!” I was there the day he worked it out on a piece of paper, fitting the three words together.

  • Bill Felker’s new book offers riches of home

    Local almanac writer Bill Felker recently published a new book, “Home Is the Prime Meridian,” a collection of nature essays drawn from his News columns and elsewhere. Pictured here in his greenhouse with a bound version of his daybook, Felker recalled how his wife’s gift of a barometer in 1972 got him started on observing weather patterns and other natural phenomena. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    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.

  • BLOG— A fresh field

    Our first winter in Yellow Springs (Photo by Grant Hackett)

    In memory, snow fell all winter those first two years. Our backyard became a closet stuffed with bridal gowns, frothy white forms smothering every bush and tree. I loved the stacked inches atop the clean curves of honeysuckle, and the transformed hemlock, a dark Pegasus spreading white wings.

  • New book: ‘Home Is the Prime Meridian’

    Local almanac writer Bill Felker, pictured here with a bound version of his daybook, recently published a collection of essays, "Home Is the Prime Meridian." (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    Local almanac writer Bill Felker recently published a new book, “Home in the Prime Meridian,” collecting 40 lyric essays from his newspaper and radio pieces.

  • A closer look at OFCC report

    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.

  • BLOG— Raven, a reflection

    Detail from "Crow and blossom," Ohara Koson, woodblock print, circa 1910. (Via Wikimedia.org)

    Raven didn’t speak much about being sick. Instead, she brought my husband, a new friend, into her home studio. Brought out her pulps, her deckles, her tubs of finished papers — some textured, some translucent, some delicately veined like the inside of a wrist.

  • Supper to benefit Puerto Rico

    Villagers Theresa Mayer, left, and Barbara Boettcher are the organizers of an upcoming soup supper fundraiser for Puerto Rican disaster relief. The supper will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Suggested donations are $10 adults, $5 children. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    When Hurricane Irma narrowly missed Puerto Rico in early September, Yellow Springs resident Sommer McGuire breathed a sigh of relief, then started worrying about relatives in Florida.

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