Articles by Carol Simmons

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  • Village chock full of holiday events

    Dancing elves and a tree-lighting event, shown above, kicked off the Yellow Springs holiday season in 2013. This year, a host of events is planned by the Chamber of Commerce, including the Holiday Fest downtown on Saturday, Dec. 13. (News archive photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

    The downtown is decorated, the village Christmas trees have been lighted, and the holiday season has kicked into high gear. There seems to be something festive to see or do in the community each day through New Year’s.

  • Cultural enrichment for both exchange students and hosts

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    Yellow Springs High School French teacher and guidance counselor Dave Smith doesn’t know how long the school has been welcoming foreign exchange students into its senior class, but he says the program was “a well-established tradition” when he joined the teaching staff 20 years ago.

  • Lloyd Kennedy on his 100th— A cheerful guy who gets things done

    Among those celebrating Lloyd Kennedy’s 100th birthday last Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church were, in front, Kennedy, Liam Magnus, Mike Trelawny-Cassity, Anaya Adoff and Zan Magnus; in back, from left, Sven Meister, Jane Meister, Kate Meister and Tyler Linkhart. (photo by Carol Simmons)

    The gathering following the Sunday morning Oct. 19 worship service at First Presbyterian Church was nothing but joyous as more than 100 family, friends and admirers of parishioner Lloyd Kennedy celebrated his 100th birthday at his spiritual home for the past 64 years.

  • Rally for marriage equality

    Issa Walker, of the Yellow Springs-based hip-hop group Village Fam, rehearses with the World House Choir, under the direction of Catherine Roma, on a song that will be performed as part of Friday night’s Pep Rally for Marriage Equality, hosted by the choir, at the Antioch Foundry Theater. The collaborative piece composed specially for the all-volunteer choir combines rap and four-part harmonies. Friday night’s multimedia event, scheduled to begin at 7:40 p.m., will include music, dance and a variety of visual elements. In addition to members of Village Fam, guest performers will include MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir; and dancers Melissa Heston and Rodney Veal. Admission is free. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    The World House Choir is hosting a Pep Rally for Marriage Equality on Friday, Oct. 10, intentionally set on the eve of National Coming Out Day.

  • Mondays begin with bluegrass

    Dave Younkin of the bluegrass band Mad River Railroad took part in a recent Monday morning bluegrass jam at the Emporium. Tanya Maus, with her son August, joined in the singing. (photo by Carol Simmons)

    Monday mornings at the Emporium’s Underdog Café start off slightly subdued, a little slow and sleepy as the work week begins. Locals stop in for a coffee and maybe a croissant to go, while others find a table to read a newspaper, boot up a laptop computer or linger over breakfast from the kitchen.

  • Art on Lawn features Glen painter

    photo by suzanne szempruch Longtime Yellow Springs artist Roger Smith is the featured artist at this Saturday’s Art on the Lawn, which takes place on the grounds of Mills Lawn School. Shown above is an oil painting of one of Smith’s favorite models, Glen Helen. (photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

    This year’s Art on the Lawn festival ­— 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 9, on the grounds of Mills Lawn School — has the happy problem of trying to find enough room for all the participating art vendors and activities.

  • 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.

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