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Youth Section :: Page 5

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • YSKP, the whole year ’round

    YSKP Education Coordinator Mary Kay Clark recently oversaw New Actors Club participants (left to right) Evelyn Greene, Ursula Kremer, Ana Smith, and Shekinah Williams as they brainstormed possible endings for their collaborative adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

    Even with the loss of its Antioch Theater space last year, YS Kids Playhouse continues to build community through contemporary theater. Displaying its characteristic “the show must go on!” spirit and resourcefulness, the local arts organization has every intention to fulfill its mission of not only providing theater arts and arts education opportunities for Yellow Springs and surrounding communities, but to expand its programming year-round.

  • That’s some long hare

    Patrick (aka “Brother Bear”) and Mindy Harney recently sat with their children, from left, Gracie, Elesha, Sophie and Molly on the steps outside Brother Bear’s Café, 118 Dayton Street. The café will be celebrating its grand opening Friday–Monday, April 17–20.
  • Board, not bored

    On a recent spring afternoon local skate park enthusiasts showed off their moves. Pictured are, from left, Cole Honeycutt of Yellow Springs, Xenia resident Jason Francis and Hayden Franz. A conversation on skate park issues, bringing together young people, local police and Village management, will take place soon, organized by the Village Human Relations Commission. An article on recent skate park concerns is on page 8 in this week's issue.

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  • Youth group finds voice in old village tradition of discourse

    Yellow Springs Youth Council, a new youth advocacy group for local residents, welcomes any and all villagers to its regular meetings on Sundays at 3 p.m. at Pass It On Kids on Dayton Street. At a recent Youth Council meeting, from left, John Hempfling, August Millman, Ramón Bieri, Amelia Tarpey, Crystal Reedy and Dylan Sage talked about community service and the drug dog issue.

    It’s 3 p.m. on a Sunday, and many Yellow Springs youth are shooting hoops at the gym, playing SingStar at a friend’s, procrastinating on homework assignments or lounging at home, soaking up the week’s last hours of freedom from responsibility.

  • Hey! Let’s put on a show!

    In its biennial all-school musical extravaganza this weekend, Mills Lawn School will present ‘MLS on Broadway’ at the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Central State University on Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m. The production includes, front row, left to right, Chelsea Horton, Cait Lloyd, Alice Miller, Molly Hendrickson and Abby Dawson; middle row, Kaila Russell, Keith Briggs, Modjeska Chavez, Kara Edwards, and Zane Pergram; back row, Molly Brown, Madison Robinson, Ahmad Wagner, Maddie Robinson, Ashley Longshaw, Isaiah Taylor and Jaylen Roe.

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  • Kid flicks, red carpet at Little Art

    A new children’s movie series, “Saturday’s Picture Show,” will premiere with a “red carpet event” on Saturday, Feb. 28, hosted by the Little Art Theatre. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $4. Pre-screening activities start at 1 p.m., and the film follows at 1:30 p.m. Pictured are, from left, front row: Isaiah Crawford, Ibrahim Chappelle; second row: Liam Boarman, Sulayman Chappelle, Jeffery Crawford; third row: Chasilee Crawford, Laura Carlson; last row: Elaine Chappelle, Stacey Wirrig with Marin Wirrig on lap, and Lora Boarman.

    Lora Boarman, Laura Carlson, Elaine Chappelle, Chasilee Crawford and Stacey Wirrig have a refreshing — and infectious — approach to the typical departmental meeting. For starters, their weekly meetings take place at the Emporium or Yellow Springs Arts Council Art Space.