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Articles by Carol Simmons

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  • Activists are awake and watching

    Yellow Springs resident Susan Alberter (left front), the driving force behind Greene County Indivisible: Awake and Watching, was among a number of group members who participated in a rally Tuesday, Sept. 5, in downtown Dayton to protest the president’s efforts to rescind President Barack Obama’s executive order known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. An estimated 100 people, many from Yellow Springs, gathered outside U.S. Rep. Mike Turner’s regional office to urge Turner to help retain the legal status of 800,000 young people called “Dreamers.” (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    They’ve been dressing up in chicken suits each Monday and visiting downtown Dayton with signs suggesting that U.S. Representative Mike Turner, whose regional office is there, might be “a chicken” for not meeting yet this year with local constituents in a town hall setting.

  • Celebrating 30 years of community mediation

    The Village Mediation Program is marking its 30th anniversary this month. Village Council passed a resolution Tuesday, Sept. 5, honoring the group’s three decades of service, and a public celebration will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., at Antioch University Midwest. Pictured are some of the current team of village mediators. Clockwise from top left, are founding mediator Bruce Heckman, mediator Jalyn Roe, current program coordinator John Gudgel and mediator Janet Mueller. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

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

  • Village schools— New year, new requirements

    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.

  • First of many

    Layla Walland, 5, was ready for her first day of kindergarten. Her father, Matt Walland, and 2-year-old brother, Finn, looked on. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Layla Walland, 5, was ready for her first day of kindergarten to begin in Linnea Denman’s class at Mills Lawn on Friday, Aug. 25, while her father, Matt Walland, and 2-year-old brother, Finn, said their goodbyes.

  • $150K grant for real-world engineering

    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.

  • Ready, set, teach …

    The newest faculty members for Yellow Springs School District, from left, they are Chelsee McFarland, who is teaching second grade; Tamara Morrison, high school math; Ryan Montross, sixth-grade science; and Olivia Dishmon, the new intervention specialist at Mills Lawn. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    The newest faculty members for Yellow Springs School District gathered in the morning last Friday for some computer system orientation in anticipation of the first day of school Friday, Aug. 25.

  • Broad slate of candidates as village, township races kick off

    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.

  • New program takes flight at Antioch University Midwest

    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.

  • Meter man Upchurch on the mend

    Village meter reader Brian Upchurch, a 1984 graduate of Yellow Springs High School, is recuperating at home after sustaining serious injuries in a car accident June 23 while on the job. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Yellow Springs native and Village meter reader Brian Upchurch may not befriend everyone he meets, but it’s not for lack of effort on his part.

  • Sculpture to honor Wheeling Gaunt

    The local effort to erect an “over-life-size” bronze statue of Wheeling Gaunt made a splash at the Yellow Springs Fourth of July parade this summer. Project steering committee member Dave Neuhardt, president of the the Yellow Springs Historical Society, is behind the tractor wheel. Visible on board the float, which featured a papier-maché depiction of Gaunt’s head, are Malaya Booth and Bob Huston. (Archive photo by Diane Chiddister)

    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.

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