Village Life Section :: Page 73

  • After 48 years, Dr. Englefield has retirement in his sights

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    After almost five decades as an optometrist, there’s just one thing that still knocks the socks off Dr. Robert Englefield — and that’s the miracle of human sight. “When you realize there’s this never-ending light that comes in and stimulates the eye and then sends messages to the brain that lets it become a vision — I’ve never stopped being amazed,” he said.

  • FCC senior apartments put on hold

    The senior apartment building that Friends Care Community plans to build downtown has been delayed due to financing issues, Friends Care Director Karl Zalar said last week. Friends had hoped to break ground this spring on the project at the corner of Xenia Avenue and Limestone Street.

  • Fair weather festivities

    Beautiful warm and sunny weather lured an estimated 25,000 visitors to Yellow Springs on Saturday for the annual Spring Street Fair, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above, clockwise from top left; Janet Mueller, front, and other members of the Egyptian Breeze belly dance troupe entertained a large and appreciative crowd on the lawn in front of Jackson Lytle & Williams; local young entrepreneurs Emma Reed, Tavien Clay and Youssef Reed hawked cold Cokes to the crowd; Walter Rhodes and his megaphone lured hungry visitors to the First Presbyterian Strawberry Festival; and Vivienne Jacobson, left, and her little sister, Adrienne, came with their family from New Holland for a festive day.

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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.

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