Articles by Diane Chiddister :: Page 4

  • Village schools open doors on Friday

    New to Mills Lawn this year are fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Devine, left, and fifth and sixth grade special education teacher Renée Hatert. The two joined other district teachers this week for several days of professional development at AU Midwest before school starts Friday. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Yellow Springs schools open their doors for students tomorrow, Aug. 22.

  • Village owed $200,000 in past-due bills

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    Village government is owed almost $200,000 in past-due utility bills and the finance director is looking for ways to capture that revenue.

  • Get ready for brown(er) water

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    Many villagers are, unfortunately, already familiar with brown water occasionally coming out of their taps. But next week they should expect to see water that’s darker than ever.
    “This has the potential to be the worst we’ve seen in a long time,” Village Water and Wastewater Plant Superintendent Joe Bates said in an interview last week.

  • Food pantry seeks new head

    Patty McAllister, center, who has led the Yellow Springs Area Food Pantry for eight years, will step down next year, as pantry board members, including Sue Dillon and Bob Baldwin, seek to fill the gap and recruit new volunteers from the wider community. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    Yellow Springs Area Food Pantry board members are looking for a new head for the pantry, after Patti McAllister steps down Jan. 1.

  • Brown water coming soon

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    Villagers are likely to experience brown water during next week’s hydrant flushing, which begins Monday, Aug. 18.

  • Council talks pesticides

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    At their Aug. 4 meeting, Village Council members began a dialogue on how to address pest and weed control on Village property in light of the temporary moratorium on herbicide and pesticide use that Council put into place last year after an overuse of an herbicide at the Gaunt Park pool.

  • Village Manager Patti Bates­— She likes getting things done

    Patti Bates is in her fifth week as the new Yellow Springs Village manager. She and her husband, Mike, are looking for a house in the village, and are thinking of building. (photo by Daine Chiddister)

    New Village Manager Patti Bates read with interest recent news stories about a water main break on the UCLA campus that flooded campus parking lots.
    “Aging infrastructure — these problems are facing everyone, especially small towns,” she said in an interview last week. “And when things go wrong, you have to fix it.”

  • Yellow Springs village revenues higher than expected

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    A mid-year budget review at Village Council’s July 21 meeting offered good news regarding Village general fund revenues.

  • Yellow Springs is SWAT member

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    In recent years, there has been increased awareness of the growing number of SWAT team raids in this country. Since the 1980s, police departments’ use of SWAT has risen about 1,500 percent, resulting in about 148 SWAT raids daily, according to University of Eastern Kentucky criminal justice professor Peter Kraska in a June 9 New York Times article.

  • She led with her heart and her spirit

    Local resident Becky Teilhet, who died after being struck by lightning in Colorado July 11, is shown here with some of her beloved canine friends. (Submitted photo)

    Becky Teilhet was beloved by many in the Yellow Springs community, known by family and friends for her unusually kind and generous nature.