Articles by Carol Simmons

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  • Pianist Sam Reich— Loving to practice as much as play

    Pianist Sam Reich has this year performed six fundraising concerts for the Yellow Springs Senior Center, where he practices each morning. He and Martin Bakari will perform another benefit concert on Aug. 10. (photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

    Yellow Springs-based pianist Sam Reich is at a place in his life and career where he’s often asked about his plans. Having completed a master’s degree in 2012 from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, where he also earned a bachelor’s in piano performance, Reich says a typical path would involve next pursuing a doctorate, as many of his former classmates are doing.

  • Parent help in digital world

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    Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube.

    Social media — digital formats that promote virtual interactions — have become a ubiquitous part of our children’s lives

  • Support for those with mental illness

    Two recently formed peer-led groups meet locally for those living wih mental illness and their families. With the support of the Village Human Relations Commission, the groups will sell raffle tickets for an artist-decorated rain barrel, shown above, at the May 22 Village manager forum to raise money for Mental Health First Aid training. Shown above are, clockwise from top left, Donna Sorrell, Kathy Adams, Kathryn Hitchcock, Village Council member Brian Housh, artist Sandi Sharp, and Linda Rudawski of the HRC. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Medically related circumstances in a family’s life — from welcoming a new baby to undergoing chemotherapy treatments — often elicit helping hands from friends and neighbors. But when the circumstances involve mental health issues, the affected families can feel isolated and alone.

  • New bridge honors builder Richard Eastman

    The late Dick Eastman, longtime villager and Greene County engineer, will be honored this Friday at the dedication of the Richard P. Eastman Hyde Road Covered Bridge. The event takes place at 10 a.m. Friday at the Corry Street end of the bridge. (Submitted Photo)

    Richard Eastman is to have the county’s newest covered bridge named in his honor. A ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, will open the newly constructed Richard P. Eastman Hyde Road Covered Bridge, which crosses a segment of the Little Miami Bike Trail.

  • Richard P. Eastman Covered Bridge opens

    About 200 people gathered Friday morning, May 9, for the opening and dedication of the new Richard P. Eastman Hyde Road covered bridge. The structure crosses a section of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Present at the ribbon cutting are Richard Eastman's wife Wilberta "Billie" Eastman, at front, with son John at left. (Photos by Carol Simmons)

    About 200 people gathered Friday morning, May 9, for the opening and dedication of the new Richard P. Eastman Hyde Road covered bridge.

  • Sidewalks packed in tourist town

    Tourists by the Chamber of Commers in Yellow Springs.

    Any local resident downtown on a beautiful spring weekend such as we’ve experienced in recent weeks can attest that the sidewalks, shops and restaurants are filled with people who hail from other zip codes. What their presence means to the life of the village is a topic of ongoing discussions.

  • Pharmacist fills mentor’s shoes

    Emma Robinow, whose mentor was the late Tim Rogers, is the new pharmacist at Town Drug. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    The new part-time pharmacist at Town Drug is a familiar face -— both in the village and at the pharmacy. Emma Robinow, 28, grew up in Yellow Springs and completed her pharmaceutical residency in town under the mentorship of Tim Rogers, who died in January.

  • Village road crew— Parting the frozen waters

    Village road crew members, from left, Scott Gochenouer, Tanner Bussey, Kent Harding and Jason Hamby, spent massive hours behind their plows this winter. Aside from snow removal, the road crew is also responsible for waste water management and maintaining Village buildings and parks and recreation facilities. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    In his nine years working for the Village, Superintendent of Streets Jason Hamby says this winter was the worst he’s experienced on the job.

  • ESC focuses on early intervention

    Friends Preschool Program teacher Janice Kumbusky serves lunch to students at Friends Care Community, including from left, Elaina Gilley, Cara Rodin-Brewer, Vann Gleadell, Donovan Cooney, Payton Mulley, David Torres. The local school will benefit from a grant the Greene County Educational Service Center received to focus on early childhood mental health intervention. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    “There’s a rising epidemic of anxiety,” fueled by a culture of fear and the ubiquitous presence of technology, says Timothy Callahan, a clinical psychologist and the director of mental health programming for the Greene County Educational Service Center (GCESC), which is based in Yellow Springs.

  • Battle comes home, with clarinet

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    Yellow Springs native and one-time Yellow Springs News paper carrier Mark Battle will return to town with his clarinet in tow next week to perform a house concert with colleague and friend, pianist George Lopez.

  • Larry Campbell retires— Almost five decades in service to YS

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    After nearly 45 years of service to the village — first as a police officer, then as part of the public works department and finally as an emergency dispatcher — Larry Campbell has retired. His last day was Dec. 31.

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