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  • YSHS computer guru powers down

    Longtime Yellow Springs High School teacher James Ventling is retiring this year after 35 years teaching arts and computer science in the district.

    In an unseasonably warm third-floor classroom humming with rows of PC computers and hulking monitors, veteran teacher James Ventling surveyed the space, occasionally forced to peer around bundled groups of wires fed down from the ceiling. On the walls were maps of constellations, renderings of virtual landscapes and examples of graphic design.

  • Council split on land plan

    At the June 1 meeting of Yellow Springs Village Council, Council members differed sharply on the appropriateness of Council making changes in the Village Comprehensive Land Use Plan at this time. The plan was recently revised by the Planning Commission and submitted to Council for approval.

  • Alternative vet clinic is approved

    An alternative veterinary office will soon be a new business on the corner of Stafford and Union Streets, after Village Planning Commission approved at its Monday, June 8 meeting a proposal to turn an unoccupied house into a small clinic.

  • Commencement conviviality

    Seventy-two members of the Yellow Springs High School class of 2009 commenced on Thursday, June 4, carrying with them high spirits and attitude as they exited the stage. Amber Singleton, bottom left, flashed her diploma and a smile; Principal John Gudgel, center, was bejeweled by graduates as a ceremonial gesture of their affection for him; and at bottom right, Steven Scott, left, and Kevin Sikes-Gilbert turned their tassels at the end of the commencement ceremony.

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  • Run, walk for kids’ center

    Last summer Children’s Center kids enjoyed the company of three big kid volunteers. Pictured are, top row, from left to right, Jordan Wood, Pete Freeman, Makayla Douglas, Isaac Grushon, Malaya Booth and Jonah Kintner. Bottom row, Isabelle Ellis and volunteers Ben Green, Cory Thompson and Daniel Collett. Children’s Center substitute teacher Andrea Hutson is in top row, back.

    Most daycare centers raise their rates from 3 to 5 percent a year, according to Marlin Newell, director of the Community Children’s Center of Yellow Springs. But even in these trying economic times, the Children’s Center, which has raised rates only twice in the past five years, has decided against increasing fees.

  • Yellow Springs housing market holds own, with some bumps

    RECESSION IN THE VILLAGE This is the fifth in a series of articles looking at how the unstable economy is affecting various aspects of Yellow Springs life, including businesses, nonprofits, the arts, housing and schools. The aftermath of the sub-prime mortgage fallout finds the nationwide housing sector still in a serious rut caused by widespread […]

  • Pam Conine retires—A lifelong learner, lifelong teacher

    McKinney Middle School teacher Pam Conine will retire this month after a 36-year teaching career, with 30 of those years in Yellow Springs. She’s shown here with the rock in front of Yellow Springs High School, which an anonymous artist painted in her honor.

    One of Pam Conine’s favorite sayings is that, if you find a career you love, you never have to work a day in your life. By that standard, Conine figures she’s spent almost no time in her adult life actually working. By most standards, though, Conine has worked long and hard.

  • Visioning effort kicks off

    At a work session Monday, May 26, local leaders took the first steps to kick off a community-wide nine-month visioning project. The effort begins with three months of preparation before the first public event.

  • Antioch Buddhist program is 30

    The Antioch Education Abroad Buddhist Studies program celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend with a reunion of students and faculty. Shown above are, from left, Sayadaw U Nyaneinda, abbot of the monastery in Bodh Gaya, India, which provides housing for AEA students; Robert Pryor, program director since the program’s beginning; Dianeah Wanicek; Sister Dharmavijaya and Sister Molini, also of Bodh Gaya. The public is invited to a screening of Amongst White Clouds at the Little Art on Sunday, May 24, 3 p.m.

    The Buddhist Studies Program of Antioch Education Abroad, or AEA, offers something unique to young people, organizers believe. The young participants not only study Buddhism but live it, immersed in an exotic world as residents of a monastery among monks and nuns.

  • YSHS 2009 valedictorian, salutatorian—Village nurtured YSHS scholars

    Growing up in Yellow Springs was easy and carefree, Olivia Chen said this week. Not having to worry about others labeling her or questioning her identity, she was able to focus on things that were more important and more fun, such as playing tennis, performing theater and developing a deep sense of curiosity about the natural sciences and cultural diversity.

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