New Faces Section

  • WYSO brings family to town

    The first thing Toylyn, Basim and Malcolm Blunt did when they moved into their house on North Stafford Street was light incense and candles as a way to prepare the space and bring positive energy to their new home.

  • Village a comfortable bicultural fit

    Yukio and Enshané Nomoto moved to Yellow Springs from Japan, seeking a diverse, safe and progressive community. They’re shown at their home with their children, Yukim and Yukaiyo. (photo by Lauren Heaton)

    When Enshané Nomoto was looking for a place to settle near her new job last year, she got an obscure recommendation from a classmate she hardly knew to visit Yellow Springs. She didn’t know what to expect. She and her husband, Yukio, were looking for a place that was progressive…

  • From Beirut to a bicycle village

    Author and Central State professor Jayson Iwen and yoga teacher Jovana Bouche Iwen are new residents of Yellow Springs. They’re shown with their son, Marlow. (Photo by Brooke Bryan)

    The Iwens are used to feeling the air move against their faces, and to these new villagers, the air in Yellow Springs has seemed sweet since the first encounter.

  • Caring for earth unites new YS family

    NEW FACES SERIES: Several of Volker Bahn’s colleagues suggested Yellow Springs as an ideal place to relocate when he accepted a faculty position at Wright State University, and it seems that they were right. The rustic feel of the Greene County countryside and proximity to Glen Helen has been a perfect fit for Bahn and wife Deanna Newsom’s lifestyles. Newsom works from home for the Rainforest Alliance, a New York-based conservation group that focuses on involving businesses and consumers in efforts to get responsibly produced goods and services into the global marketplace.

  • Loading dock brings sculptor to YS

    Woodworker, sculptor and architectural designer Tom Hawley works on a sculptural bowl in his workspace at Millworks Business Center. Hawley’s work is on display at The Cannery Art and Design Center in Dayton and the Malton Gallery in Cincinnati.

    Massive logs lay outside the artist’s workspace, quietly waiting their turn to be carved, chiseled, shaped, shaved, sanded, planed and polished into a gallery of finely finished forms. The logs were recently recovered from a fallen Catalpa tree on the grounds of the Westcott House in Springfield, a unique example of the prairie-style architecture made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright.

  • Way opening for family in YS

    The Gravley-Novellos left the frenetic pace of the Washington, D.C. area and moved to Yellow Springs in July 2008. From left are: Tony, Lori and Connor with their dogs Cody, Olive and Maggie.

    Four years ago, Tony Novello was a visitor to Ohio, en route to a golf tournament with a colleague from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While his friend drove, the Maryland resident took in the sights.

  • Arts, community bring family to YS

    Pictured last summer at their Stafford Street home were new village residents Sarah Strong, center, and her daughters Jane, left, and Sadie. Strong, formerly of Indianapolis, was drawn to Yellow Springs for its sense of community and appreciation for the arts.

    A longtime resident of Indianapolis, artist Sarah Strong was looking for a different sort of place to raise her children. Specifically, she wanted a safe town with a strong sense of community and an appreciation for the arts. After searching for two years, Strong believes she found a home in Yellow Springs.

  • Family finds harmony in village

    Ask any musician. One of the hardest challenges they face is finding a suitable job that pays a livable wage. David and Caryn Diamond were well aware of this fact when they first met as undergrads in the trumpet studio at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

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