FROM THE PRINT EDITION, 2011
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December 29, 2011
- The economy— Businesses choose to stay in village in 2011
2011 Year in review: Business and Economy
- Antioch University, AUM changes
2011 Year in review: Antioch University, AUM
- Village life— Extreme weather; Census changes
2011 Year in review: Village life
- Village schools— 2020 plan takes shape
2011 Year in review: Village Schools
- Higher education— Antioch up and running again
2011 Year in review: Higher education
December 22, 2011
- Solar farm is still on track
As long as the sun continues to shine on Yellow Springs, the Village could begin receiving power from a local solar photovoltaic project in 2012.
- A Saint for the season
The Yellow Springs Community Chorus and Chamber Orchestra presented a grand holiday musical spectacle with the performance of Benjamin Britten’s “St. Nicolas.”
- Laura Carpenter exhibit—Through a child’s, and painter’s, eye
It’s been a number of years since visual artist Laura Carpenter left Yellow Springs. A part of her remains here in spirit, though, and a current exhibit of Carpenter’s artwork at the Glen House Inn Bed and Breakfast is “very specific to Ohio.”
- Cundiff gets Sidney job
Village Manager Mark Cundiff will be leaving his position in Yellow Springs to take the job of city manager in Sidney.
- Students take a global look at water
Having approached the topic of water through the disciplines of art, science, history, literature, environmentalism and political science all in one semester, Antioch College faculty members Lewis Trelawny-Cassidy and David Kammler received a range of final projects that reflected their integrative model.
- Village settles with officer
The Village reached a settlement earlier this month with a former Yellow Springs police officer over a claim he had filed with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) last year over his right to continue working after acquiring a job-related disability.
- Conrad kept village schools in order
From the moment he started, Craig Conrad has loved his job; he seldom has the same day twice, and is kept busy with a wide spectrum of duties.
- A passion for women’s health
When she talks about why she chose to specialize in women’s health, Dr. Jennifer Frey frequently uses the word “empower.” She wants to empower women to give birth in the way that they want and beyond that, to make the choices that keep them healthy and strong.
- Upgrade makes sewage plant shiny and new
After nearly two years of work and about $3 million in upgrades, the Village’s refurbished wastewater treatment plant now has not only higher water quality but also a new name.
- Acts of kindness the whole year long
As 2011 comes to a close, villagers were asked to tell stories of acts of kindness they witnessed or received this year. From helping lost dogs and giving impromptu singing lessons, to supporting people in times of their greatest sorrow and need, Yellow Springers reached out to one another.
December 15, 2011
- A budget for the 2020 plan
The Class of 2020 10-year strategic plan that the Yellow Springs school district began last year was officially approved by the school board at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 8.
- Schnapps in the Schprings
While sipping some authentic German pear schnapps during Christmas 2009, Meg and Steven Gujer of Sugar Creek Township had the idea to start a local craft distillery that made schnapps the traditional way.
- Cemex rezoning request denied
Last week Xenia Township Trustees voted down a request from Cemex to rezone land the company owns southwest of Yellow Springs that would have allowed the company to construct a new quarry there.
- Schools talk new tax levy
At their meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, Yellow Springs school board members and administrators initiated a discussion about options available to leverage income through new taxes.
- MillWorks owners seek land transfer
At their Dec. 5 meeting, Village Council members heard a request from the owners of MillWorks to purchase from the Village a strip of land near their building so that trucks could use the loading docks there.
- Antioch students assess their year
It’s Sunday night on the Antioch College campus and while some students are studying, others are cooking a meal they planned for fellow students. They shared their thoughts on the school year thus far.
December 8, 2011
- What’s the best water option for the Village?
Village Council wants to hear from community members regarding whether the Village should upgrade its current water plant or purchase water from Springfield.
- Two ways to share in the holidays
While it took several hauntings for Ebenezer Scrooge to transform from a stingy miser to a charitable giver, villagers have already embodied the holiday spirit this season with generous donations of food and gifts to two long-time local projects.
- A new toast to the Little Art
Imagine settling in for a movie, sipping a glass of red wine with malted milk balls, a chilled white wine with a butter bar, a beer with a tub of popcorn, or, on special occasions, a signature cocktail.
- Antioch seeks local jobs for students
As leaders of a school that places work at the heart of its educational experience, Antioch leaders face a challenge: in this economic downturn, they aim to create local jobs for the college’s first class of students.
December 1, 2011
- Bowling ball jewelry knocks ’em down
Bowing balls distinguish themselves with bright, eye-catching patterns. Some may even find them reminiscent of semi-precious stones. Yet who takes this observation to the next logical step?
- Goals to set 2012 priorities
At their Nov. 21 meeting, Village Council members held an initial discussion regarding Council’s principles and goals for 2012, a topic generally addressed prior to approving the budget as a way to set Council priorities.
- New store seeks to fill local need
What Valorie Claggett finds at garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores are not high-priced antiques, she says, but rather useful and affordable items for everyday life that happen to have that retro style.
- Hollister gets environmental post
All politics is local, the saying goes, and it’s also largely unpaid. Local resident and Yellow Springs native Don Hollister has found both to be true in his nearly 40 years in politics.
- Malarkey’s a star on London’s West End
Michael Malarkey has spent the year playing Elvis Presley in the West End production of “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Noel Coward Theatre in London.
November 24, 2011
- Managing the Village water
The blackened, crumbly bolts that hold together the 16-inch distribution main in the pump room of the Village water treatment plant tell the whole story. The Village water plant is old and challenged.
- Occupy sparks local dialogue
Money, like religion, politics, and sex, is a sensitive topic of public conversation. But as Occupy Wall Street protesters lambast commercial banks, the decision of where to bank has become increasingly public.
- Everyday heroes star in comic
If leaping tall buildings in a single bound is all it takes to become as a superhero, then the three Greene County veterans that appear in Michael Fleishman’s most recent comic book “The Liars’ Club” surely qualify. Earl Ellis, Charlie Bath and Jack Newhouse became the heroes they read about as kids after serving their […]
- A civil rights milestone, 50 years on
Fifty years ago this month, African-American villager Paul Graham walked into Lewis Gegner’s barbershop on Xenia Avenue, sat down in his barber chair and asked for a haircut. “I can’t cut your hair,” the white barbershop owner replied, according to Graham’s account. “I don’t know how. That’s all there is to it.” That day Graham […]
- A transition time for Nonstop
Since its launch after the shut-down of Antioch College, the educators and artists of Nonstop Institute have been nothing if not flexible and creative. And their flexibility is being called upon once again, as Nonstop members adapt to the newest phase of the group’s existence.
- Solid waste rate hike approved
At their Nov. 21 meeting, Village Council members unanimously approved the final reading for a rate hike for Village solid waste disposal.
November 17, 2011
- Home, Inc. waiver approved by Village Council
At their Nov. 7 meeting, members of Village Council unanimously approved a request from Home, Inc. to waive tap-in fees for the proposed Home, Inc./Buckeye Community Hope Foundation affordable senior housing project.
- New college dines responsibly
Antioch college’s innovative approach to food was born partly of the need to recognize the ecological demands of food service and also to honor the experience of eating in community.
- The ‘ecstatic surprise’ of a painter
Local artist Ira Brukner describes his painting process as almost magical. “It just happens,” he said of his process.
- Drones projected to be new force in regional economy
UAS (unmanned aerial system), popularly known as drones, are the fastest growing weapons systems for the Department of Defense, and a growing economic driver in southwestern Ohio.
November 10, 2011
- Askeland, Simms, Walkey, Mucher win contested races
Yellow Springs voters elected Lori Askeland, Gerald Simms and Rick Walkey to seats on Village Council on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Chris Mucher returns to Miami Township Trustees.
- Murdock retires from university
Antioch University Chancellor Toni Murdock, who led the school during a time of both significant controversy and critical institutional changes, will retire in June of this year.
- Villagers give resounding No on 2
Yellow Springers joined the majority of Ohioans in defeating the controversial anti-labor Issue 2, And while the majority of Ohioans supported Issue 3, a Tea Party-initiated effort to block health care reform, Yellow Springs voters said a strong no to that effort.
- YSHS presents ‘Last Night of Ballyhoo’
No one ever talks about Jews in Atlanta, even the Jews in Atlanta. That’s why Alfred Uhlry’s romantic comedy about a small Jewish community living in the capital of the South in 1939 opens with a Christmas tree.
- Singing from, and for, the heart
Singing brings people together in a way that unites and enriches, according to the organizers of “Singing from the Heart,” a Yellow Springs Community Sing that takes place next weekend.
- Cundiff is Sidney job finalist
At Village Council’s Nov. 7 meeting, Village Manager Mark Cundiff announced that he is a finalist for the job of city manager in Sidney, Ohio.
- Winners of uncontested races
Uncontested campaigns this year were for seats on the Yellow Springs School Board and for the position of Mayor.
November 3, 2011
- Fruit fly
The Mullin family’s 13th annual Pumpkin Launch at Moonshadow Farm off of St. Rte. 370 launched another victim via a homemade trebuchet.
- All for one … heck of a YSHS play
Fighting, honor, loyalty, love, camaraderie. More fighting. This fall’s Yellow Springs High School production of Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers” is not for the faint of heart, but it’s equally full of comedic turns.
- Moms Out Front for a livable climate
Mothers Out Front, a national grassroots group whose Yellow Springs team was started last spring by Laura Skidmore, seeks a “swift and complete transition to clean energy” in order to reduce the effects of climate change on future generations.
- Raising the roof
Yellow Springs Home, Inc. recently celebrated the completion of the final two homes in its Cemetery Street project with an open house.
- Local men and women Stand Up!
Last Wednesday, Xenia Avenue was lined, as it sometimes is, with people holding signs with bold political slogans and rallying for social justice for women.
- School’s out for district janitor
About halfway through the school year, the district will say goodbye to one of its senior-most employees, longtime custodian, groundskeeper and bus driver Jerry Upton.
- Village Planning Commission agenda
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS 7PM MONDAY NOV. 14
(Village Council meets 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21)
- Vouchers could harm schools
The Ohio legislature introduced a bill last spring that has the potential to change the face of public education and greatly enhance the possibilities for school choice.
- Geis replaces Omlor at YSI
Last week ITT, the company that acquired YSI this year, announced that Ron Geis of ITT was appointed general manager of YSI. Geis replaces former president and CEO Rick Omlor.
- Community music steps up
Three is the magic number for an upcoming collaborative concert of three ensembles. The local Chamber Orchestra and Community Chorus and a visiting piano trio, appropriately named Triple Helix, will perform three works over an evening.
October 27, 2011
- Event to teach benefits of diversity
Jalyn and Steve Roes, the principals of the Jael Group, help business leaders discover how to take full advantage of a diverse work force.
- He lets the kids play in poison ivy
While some kids on the Antioch College campus are digesting new information, others are munching on weeds.
- Create the power to grow
Local food has many meanings, but to Bob Jurick, having access to food locally is a social justice issue. People should be able to walk or drive a couple of blocks and buy fresh, healthy food at a reasonable cost.
- Mill reopens with new management
When Antioch University no longer knew what to do with the dilapidated Grinnell Mill, Jim Hammond stepped in and devoted considerable time and personal resources to restore it, plank and nail.
- Clifton to vote in a new mayor
Alex Bieri is a Clifton Village Council member, and this election year he is running unopposed for the position of mayor.
- Hope, grit at revived Antioch
The past few months have been hopeful ones for the Antioch College community, according to President Mark Roosevelt in an update Friday, Oct. 21, to Yellow Springers and college faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees.
October 20, 2011
- What, are you yellow? Village celebrates the good scare
The scarecrows lining village streets portend a dark time ahead; Yelloween is coming, and the town is set to both attract tourists and to repulse them.
- Issue 2 to stem workers rights
Voting yes for Issue 2 will ratify SB 5 and stem the bargaining power of public employees; voting no will send SB 5 to the scrap heap.
- A painter seeks to lift spirits
It would be hard to find someone with a more unique story than that of Elizabeth (Beth) Hertz, a painter well known in the Dayton area for more than four decades.
- Vigilant for good, quick food
Wendy Copper and her business partner have taken an initial step toward their goal by releasing their first food product, Organic Superfood Oat-based Cereal.
October 13, 2011
- Voters to decide on healthcare
Health insurance reform in Ohio and the quality of local healthcare services will be affected by the outcome of two election issues on the Nov. 8 ballot.
- Silver business forks into two
Connie and José Soto chose last weekend’s Street Fair to unveil their new handmade metal jewelry and art store, Twisted Tines.
- Their art bristles with intent
The JafaGirls have come to see themselves as community artists who, through public installations, bring people together and help them reframe their assumptions and see things in new ways.
- Strolger part of Nobel team
Lou Strolger has always loved the stars. As a teenager, he would stargaze with the astronomers and astrophiles at Antioch College.
October 6, 2011
- Issue 16 could lower rates
Miami Township residents could save around $100 per year on electricity if a Greene County ballot issue passes in November, according to a consultant with the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio.
- School breaks open 2020 plan
After a year of brainstorming, researching and discussing the wide world of education, the Yellow Springs school district presents its first draft of the Class of 2020 10-year strategic plan.
- Council approves re-organization
At their Oct. 3 meeting, Village Council unanimously gave final approval to a re-organization of the Village government administrative structure proposed by Village Manager Mark Cundiff two months ago.
- Barr project concept OKd
At their Oct. 3 meeting, Village Council members voted unanimously to approve the first stage of the Home, Inc./Buckeye Community Hope Foundation proposal for affordable senior housing on the Barr property downtown.
- DIY Judaism in the village
When Randi Rothman suggested last weekend that the Yellow Springs Havurah read a book called Empowered Judaism, members at the well-attended Shabbat service agreed it sounded a lot like the collaborative spiritual community already here in Yellow Springs.
September 29, 2011
- Planners pursue a parks plan
Many discussions over the past several years have led Village Council to designate a revision of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan as a 2011 goal.
- Students cultivate strong voices
Yellow Springs High School students have been learning how to give voice to those who want it and to help students and adults share their views with each other.
- Council OKs Village staff reorganization
Village Council gave initial approval to a re-organization of the Village administrative structure at its Sept. 19 meeting with a 4–1 vote in favor of a proposal from Village Manager Mark Cundiff.
- Class of 2020 Initiative — Executive Summary
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — Yellow Springs Exempted School District Class of 2020 Initiative Strategic Plan, 2011-2020 Draft.
- Living tiny, in line with values
When Ellen Dawson-Witt wanted to live a more sustainable life, she didn’t take half-measures. She moved to a farm, went off the grid, and downsized to a house the size of a shed.
- YS home appraisals remain steady
Property values in Yellow Springs stayed steady despite a more than five percent county-wide drop over the last two years, according to a recent Greene County appraisal.
- Edgy new zine in the village
From off the streets of Yellow Springs comes a new underground comic magazine with a punk-hillbilly aesthetic that’s at times edgy, dark, satirical, humorous and autobiographical — and always for adult eyes only.
- Schools want feedback on completed Class of 2020 strategic plan
After a year of brainstorming, researching and discussing the wide world of education, the Yellow Springs school district presents its first draft of the Class of 2020 10-year strategic plan.
September 22, 2011
- New group backs progressive issues
Yellow Springs may be a hotbed for progressive ideas, but coordinated action to advance a progressive agenda in state and federal politics is lacking here, according to organizers of a new group in town.
- Barr project receives its first approval
A controversial land use issue packed the house at Village Council’s Sept. 19 meeting, with about 60 villagers attending as Council gave initial approval to the proposal to build affordable apartments for seniors on the Barr property downtown.
- ODH fines Friends Care for assault
Friends Care Community was investigated by the Ohio Department of Health, the center’s licensing body, whose regulators recommended the care center be fined $56,000 due to “conditions of jeopardy” that existed at the center.
- Class of 2015 to arrive at Antioch
Antioch’s first class will arrive on campus this Saturday, Sept. 24. Their arrival, from across the country as well as near Yellow Springs, is the culmination of two years of planning and preparation by the college
- Students lead students to solve issues their way
Yellow Springs High School and McKinney Middle School students engaged in an all-day workshop Tuesday on how to resolve some of the issues they find problematic at their school.
September 15, 2011
- Basora sets sights high for schools
Yellow Springs Schools Superintendent Mario Basora is intent on making visible changes to the local district, already ranked by the state as excellent with distinction.
- Many benefits of e-Health deal
The Village has reaped many “not so obvious benefits” from its recent loan deal with Creative Memories that allowed the local business e-Health Data Solutions to stay in town, Roi Qualls, co-owner of eHDS, told Village Council at its Sept. 6 meeting.
- Villagers Agna, Reynolds honored
When villagers Mary Agna and Macy Reynolds are inducted next week into the Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame, they will be among 23 other local women to receive the honor.
- Purchase keeps business local
While Eco•mental’s ownership recently changed, its mission and focus will remain the same.
- Governance questions at AU
A controversy around Antioch University governance has sparked publicity recently in higher education circles.
- YSI, ITT merger is complete
ITT Corporation completed its acquisition of YSI Incorporated last week for a sum of $310 million, according to ITT spokesperson Laura Brockway.
September 8, 2011
- Dan Hotaling memorial
Friends of Dan Hotaling are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of his life on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2–4 p.m. in the Glen Helen Building.
- No return for clinic; possible fire station site
the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine no longer plans to rebuild the school’s health clinic that was located in Yellow Springs; however, the Miami Township Fire-Rescue department hopes to provide a new community use for the site.
- Honoring AME’s rich local history
In 1886, as the area’s educational opportunities continued to attract African Americans 23 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, 13 families from Yellow Springs and Miami Township formed a local chapter of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
- Council to consider senior housing plan
Over the summer Home, Inc. came to the Village with a plan to develop a senior apartment building on the Barr property, with the help of development partner, Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, based in Columbus.
- The Antioch School— A grand experiment going strong
In its 90th year, the Antioch School — one of the nation’s oldest — will once again craft lessons around the passions of its students, all the while continuing its longstanding traditions and tested instruction methods, teachers said last week.
September 1, 2011
- A world of Legos not just for kids
Playing with Legos may be a child’s game, but the colorful plastic bricks have long been Kyle Peterson’s adult hobby and, for the last six years, his livelihood.
- Police Chief Grote to retire
After 25 years of community policing in Yellow Springs, Police Chief John Grote has announced that he is retiring from the force.
- State gives schools high marks
For the second consecutive year Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District earned a ranking of excellent with distinction on its report card from the State of Ohio.
- Artist Michael Casselli — Art, talk that sizzles and sparks
From his 5,000-square-foot studio in Millworks, Michael Casselli creates artwork that sparks and fizzes, blurs boundaries and engages all senses.
- Family philanthropy benefits Yellow Springs
Many Yellow Springs nonprofits have a friend in the Morgan Family Foundation, which has contributed several million dollars to local groups since 2003.
- No-fracking event aims to mobilize
Yellow Springs will host a regional meeting of community organizers working to prevent hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling technique linked to groundwater contamination.
August 25, 2011
- At 90, a wealth of memories
At age 90, Frank Kakoi has a good head for numbers, especially those that were meaningful in his life.
- Barr project forum scheduled
At their Aug. 15 meeting, members of Village Council agreed to hold a public hearing on the Planned Unit Development, or PUD, request from Home, Inc. to build senior apartments on the Barr property downtown at Council’s Sept. 19 meeting.
- 11 candidates vie for offices
Well past the filing deadline for the Nov. 8 local elections, 11 candidates are officially seeking election for offices in the village.
- AACW Blues Fest— Learning, love and music
At this year’s annual Blues and Jazz Fest, African American Cross-Cultural Works can be expected to deliver another lineup of strong bands that draw large crowds.
- The village is breaking out in hives
Thanks to village beekeepers, the town’s flowering trees and vegetation might be healthier, backyard gardens more productive and fruit trees more fruitful.
- Cups, dishes meet the sky, artistically
As an artist, Bill Mischler sees beauty where others might miss it. For instance, he’s sometimes struck by the compelling designs created by the dishes stacked up in his kitchen sink.
- Everyone has a story to tell
While the histories of the rich and famous are often documented without question, Yellow Springs native Holly Hudson is hoping to help those not quite famous but no less valuable.
- ‘We’re cookin’ ’ at YSHS/McKinney
During Tim Krier’s first year as principal at Yellow Springs High School/McKinney, teachers and staff met in small groups considering how they could serve students better.
August 18, 2011
- MLS hits the ground running
After the challenges of his first year at a new job, Principal Matt Housh has settled in and feels right at home at Mills Lawn School.
- New senior center considered
About 60 villagers came out Thursday, Aug. 11, to consider the best way to respond to the needs of the growing population of local senior citizens.
- Village shake-up considered
At the Aug. 15 Village Council meeting, several Council members expressed reluctant support for a proposal from Village Manager Mark Cundiff to reorganize the Village staff to add an assistant manager position.
- Finding space new school goal
With a village school district population of 710 students this year, the primary issue is not about the number of students, but having enough space for them in the classroom.
- Industrial park moves ahead
Ground for the 35-acre Center for Business and Education industrial park on the western edge of the village may be broken as early as winter or spring 2012.
- AUM leads health advocacy
Already a pioneer in its training of advocates who help guide patients and families through the healthcare system, Antioch University Midwest’s Healthcare Consumer Advocacy Certificate Program is now looking to spur new collaborations among healthcare providers in the Miami Valley.
- Alley event to support women’s rights
Legislative attacks on women’s reproductive rights are pushing them “back in the alley,” according to organizers of a local event to protest state and federal efforts to limit abortion.
August 11, 2011
- Original art, outside on summer’s day
The annual fine arts show held in Yellow Springs during the dog days of August will feature a Great Dane this year who paints with his paws.
- Village worker raise recommended
t the Aug. 1 regular Village Council meeting, Village Manager Mark Cundiff recommended that Village staff receive a 2 percent annual raise for all regular full and part-time employees, retroactive to July 3.
- Rehab wing opens at Friends Care
When the new $2.25 million rehabilitation wing at Friends Care Community officially opens next week, the organization will have much to celebrate.
- Doing theater for the love of it
When Center Stage closed its doors in 2003 after nearly 30 years of community theater performances, founder and director Jean Hooper predicted “someone else will step up…the theater will continue.
- A local Scarlett pens heartfelt books
Any period that’s rife with change is a good setting for a story, and the revolution-riddled 18th century is as fertile a ground as they come, according to local author Scarlett Rains.
- Parties bond neighborhoods
Organizers of the annual neighborhood block parties want participants to have a good time. But beyond that, they aim to strengthen the ties between those who live close to each other in Yellow Springs.
- First small step for senior apartments
The most recent senior housing complex proposed for the Barr property downtown got its first nod from Village Planning Commission during a packed public hearing on Monday, Aug. 8.
August 4, 2011
- The 2011-12 YS School Guide is here
The 2011-12 Yellow Springs School Guide is available as an insert in the Aug. 11 edition of the Yellow Springs News.
- Farming food, reaping knowledge
Preparing the ground for incoming students took on new meaning last week at Antioch College, as the revived college launched the Antioch College Farm, its first major sustainability project.
- P.O. changes, service same
Changes have begun at the Yellow Springs Post Office as part of a nationwide effort by the U.S. Postal Service to cut costs by closing some post offices and consolidating functions among others.
- e-HDS prepares local move
“It’s exciting, isn’t it? We’re going to stay in Yellow Springs,” e-Health Data Solutions President John Sheridan said last week. “I’m happy everything worked out.”
- Teachers agree to pay freeze
The Yellow Springs school board unanimously approved a new contract with the Yellow Springs Education Association at its meeting Monday, Aug. 1.
- Jacoby headwaters land preserved
The Semler farm on Snypp Road, one mile west of Yellow Springs, is one of only four remaining dairy farms in Greene County and contains the spring-fed headwaters of the Jacoby Creek, a source of the Village’s drinking water
- New, lush tunes on village streets
Ben Hemmendinger says that his mom insists that when he bought his first accordion at age 8 (with a $20 gift from his grandmother), he said someday he’d play the instrument in the street.
- Center seeks input on new vision
While riding on the bike path one weekend, out-of-town architect Doug Gallow and his gerontologist wife, Ellen, who specialize in designing senior centers, just happened to pass the Yellow Springs Senior Center and stop in.
July 28, 2011
- Active life of a Peace Corps logo
Sometimes the force of design is powerful enough to sustain a momentum completely independent of the designer.
- Judge considers Struewing suit
“It’s an interesting case,” was one of the last statements made by Greene County Magistrate Raymond Dundes at the close of the trial between the Village of Yellow Springs and Miami Township property owners Ken and Betheen Struewing.
- How we’re weathering the weather
The upside of last week’s heat wave was that villagers had an ever-ready conversational topic, and the phrase “Hot enough for ya?” took on new meaning.
- New faces in local races
Last weekend Village Council candidate Dan Reyes walked door-to-door in his neighborhood to collect petition signatures and learn what’s important to villagers. While Reyes said he won’t bring an agenda to Council, he hopes to weigh in on growth and development and help the village capitalize on its educators and artists.
- Rumpke gets nod as trash collector
Yellow Springs Village Council decided at its July 18 meeting that if “it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” regarding the hiring of a contractor for solid waste pickup.
- Friends aide accused of assault
Yellow Springs police arrested a Friends Care Community employee last week for sexually assaulting one of the extended care center’s residents.
July 21, 2011
- Township, innkeeper in dispute
Grinnell Mill Bed & Breakfast proprietor and resident Donna McGovern agreed at a court hearing last week to leave the Mill at the end of the month as a dispute continues between McGovern and the Miami Township Trustees over who should pay the B&B’s property taxes.
- “Funky spy punk” Show grows
“The Show will grow,” the slogan of the Yellow Springs-based three-piece indie band The Show, is prophetic. The band, which dabbles in psychedelic and garage rock while never straying far from its British punk roots, is rapidly becoming a local favorite.
- Struewings vs. Village goes to trial
A lawsuit that has cost the Village almost $40,000 regarding access to Village water for an out-of-town property is going to trial this week.
- Gearing up for new students
Getting ready for the arrival of its first group of students, Antioch College recently announced the hiring of its new admissions dean and of the final tenure-track faculty member.
- Loan to retain, grow businesses
At the Village Council meeting Monday, July 18, the leaders of local business e-Health Data Solutions got the answer they had been waiting for.
- Schools hire two more teachers
At its July 14 meeting, the Yellow Springs school district filled the final two teaching positions needed before school starts next month.
July 14, 2011
- A New Yorker cartoonist from YS
Tom Bachtell’s cartoons were first seen on the T-shirts he designed for his Yellow Springs High School senior class.
- Up to the wire for eHDS
The deadline for a lease agreement between e-Health Data Solutions and Creative Memories was Wednesday, July 13.
- New wells for Vernay clean up
The two new capture wells that appeared at the Vernay Laboratories site on Dayton Street this summer are adding to the forces aimed at cleaning up the industrial contamination at the site.
- Exotic plants take root on US 68
When a group of plant enthusiasts took over the Village property on U.S. 68 North that was formerly the home of Stutzman’s Nursery, the weeds were so high that the property’s dozen greenhouses were barely visible above them.
- Tree-trimming efforts begin soon
At their July 5 meeting, members of Village Council heard a report from Electric Crew Head Kelley Fox on upcoming tree-trimming efforts in the village
- Psychics see YS as healing center
A Colorado couple — an astrologer and a clairvoyant — used tarot cards to confirm that the village was the right place to practice divination and healing.
- ITT to buy YSI Incorporated
The multinational company ITT Corporation and YSI Incorporated announced this week that they had come to an agreement for ITT to purchase the Yellow Springs company.
- Home, Inc. eyes Barr property for seniors
The Barr property on the corner of Limestone Street and Xenia Avenue has been slated for senior housing for at least three years, and it may still get it.
July 7, 2011
- Moulton to read from her new book
Kathy Moulton, best known for her playful drawings populating Yellow Springs locales with animal characters — birds flocking to the Little Art Theatre, hyenas laughing it up at Ha Ha Pizza — has published four new children’s books starring rabbits, kittens, raccoons and kids
- Village elders are older, bolder and full of talent
Older is bolder in Yellow Springs, thanks to a community where self-expression and creativity don’t wane with age and to a Senior Center that wants to draw on its elder talent.
- ‘Cotton Club’ the new hot spot
Hey, did you hear? There’s a new juice joint in town! Out in Harlem, aka the Antioch College Amphitheater — run by the bosses at YS Kids Playhouse. They say it’s the cat’s meow, but you gotta be a big cheese to get in, or else you gotta be one of the swells.
- Village gives business a hand
Last week it looked like Yellow Springs might lose another of its small but growing businesses to a neighboring community. But due to creative thinking and swift action from the Village, e-Health Data Solutions now has a chance at leasing a bigger space and remaining inside the village.
- YS Experience focus on creativity
Organizers of the Yellow Springs Experience are doing some things differently than at the event’s debut last year. In 2011 the Experience takes place in one event-packed weekend rather than being spread out over a week, and more activities are free and aimed at local participants.
- Most incumbents to run again
Long-time Mayor Dave Foubert, unopposed in his last three election runs, will face a candidate this fall who wants to transform Yellow Springs from its “old hippie image” by promoting the village’s innovative, green and community-centered ways of living.
- New Saturday market opens
Yellow Springs may not welcome residential sprawl, but outdoor market sprawl of the kind two Union School House tenants started this summer may be a welcome addition to the Saturday shopping shuffle in the village.
June 30, 2011
- New series spotlights creative writing
Local writers Anthony Fife and Lauren Shows, shown with their daughter Lucy Shows-Fife, have organized a series of literary events that take place at the Yellow Springs Arts Council. The second of the series, a poetry reading featuring Adrenne Cassel and Matt Vetter, will be held this Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m., with […]
- College fills key positions
On June 22 Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced that former college theater professor Louise Smith has been hired as the college’s new dean of community life.
- DeWine dismisses drilling file
This month Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the findings of an investigation of a document containing fraudulent land leasing tactics for the purpose of gas drilling in the Yellow Springs area.
- Glen may become conservancy
The Glen Helen Nature Preserve has been saved from development several times in its 82-year history.
- Business may leave for lack of space
For five years local resident Roi Qualls has talked quietly about the anticipated need for a larger space in the village for his business, e-Health Data Solutions, to grow into. And recently, the company’s three owners, only one of whom lives in Yellow Springs, gave notice that they will not renew their lease at MillWorks when it expires at the end of August,
- School staff settles on a contract
The school board ratified one of its two employee contracts this week with the local Ohio Association of Public School Employees, or the certified staff union. An agreement was reached within two meetings, and ratified 3–0 by the school board at a special meeting on Monday, June 27.
June 23, 2011
- Survey gives schools B, C grades
The Yellow Springs School District district released the results of the survey this week, and overall, the community rated it “within average to above average range,” according to the survey report.
- Council votes 3–2 on gas
On Monday, June 20, Village Council in a close vote approved a contract with American Municipal Power, or AMP, to participate in a natural gas plant at Fremont, Ohio
- Antioch College alumni reunion— $9 million gift announced
The revived Antioch College needs to articulate a powerful sense of mission, both to attract students and to attract major funding sources, according to President Mark Roosevelt.
- MacQueen to leave Home, Inc.
Almost four decades separates Home, Inc. founding board member and first director Marianne MacQueen from her successor, Emily Seibel.
- Family Dental practice purchased
The two dentists who recently assumed control of Yellow Springs Family Dental are more than professional partners. They’re also close friends, who see running a practice together as an excellent combination.
- A piazza for dance, and community
Bringing people together to dance under an open sky resonates on many levels for Judith Wolert-Maldonado, who’s organized outdoor Dance Piazzas in the village every other Saturday night this summer.
June 16, 2011
- Schools hire new teachers, staff
After a slate of retirements that took place this past year, the Yellow Springs schools began the rebuilding process this month by hiring six new teachers and staff.
- Village Council— How much to cut back trees?
At their June 6 meeting Village Council began a discussion of Village tree-trimming policy, sparked by the need to budget money for this year’s tree work.
- Youths plead guilty to offense
This week police charged five male youth from Yellow Springs and one from Beavercreek with committing a dangerous “prank” at the home of an Omar Circle resident early in the morning on June 7.
- Students, community grade the schools
A recently completed survey of the schools allowed students and the community to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their hometown district.
June 9, 2011
- Village zoning code update to begin soon
In recent years, a vision of how Yellow Springs should stay vital has emerged, expressed both in the recently revised Village Comprehensive Plan and last year’s visioning effort.
- Musical event lifts a town and college
To have loved and lost is better than the usual alternative, but not quite as good as to have loved, lost and then regained love again — at least according to both 18th century composer Willibald Gluck and the leaders of Antioch College.
- Village Council — Hard questions for green town
Village Council addressed the issue whether the Village should sign a contract with American Municipal Power, or AMP, for participation in a natural gas plant in Fremont, Ohio.
- Census rental data is surprising
Tales of a tight rental market abound in Yellow Springs, in contrast to the latest U.S. Census data reporting 52 unoccupied rentals and a 7.9 percent rental vacancy rate in the village.
- Green gardeners learn to grow
Gardening is not just for green thumbs any more. As more and more local neighborhood gardens sprout, the Growers Exchange offers a forum where seasoned local growers share their knowledge with novice gardeners in exchange for labor.
- Sticky, off-the-wall art on a wall
You can call it art to chew on, or art that’s already been chewed. Whatever you call it, the Traveling Gum Wall is the most recent offbeat community art project by the village’s own Jafagirls, in collaboration with the Yellow Springs Arts Council.
- Creating families, one Adoption Link at a time
A critical part of many a couple’s successful adoption story is the local agency Adoption Link, headed by Naomi Ewald-Orme, who guided the couple through the complex and sometimes challenging adoption process.
- Village may rank ‘most fun’
The history of Yellow Springs is that of a town that is constantly being rediscovered, so it may come as no surprise that recently Yellow Springs was yet again discovered as one of the top 30 best small towns in America.
June 2, 2011
- Class of 2020 vision begins to form
There are many themes that have emerged in the process of crafting the Class of 2020 strategic plan for the village’s public schools.
- Antioch College — Head fundraiser appointed
Steve Sturman, the new head fund raiser for Antioch College, sees similarities between the school where he most recently worked.
- New gallery shows eclectic art
Art aficionados can be expected to embrace a new gallery in the downtown. But the owners of the new Springs Gallery say they also welcome those who know they like art but feel lost when it comes to buying it.
- 2010 Census redux— Stats confirm diversity drop
Yellow Springs has become a much less racially-diverse community with 40 percent fewer people of color than in 1970, according to the latest 2010 U.S. Census data released.
May 26, 2011
- Vernay on path of growth
With a committed force of long-time employees who care a great deal about the well being of the company, Vernay is poised to widen the markets for its small rubber parts, which are used in nearly every automobile and appliance in the world.
- State of the College: ‘You have a college that’s yours again’
In his State of the College address Friday night, Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt articulated a new vision for Antioch as a college that will focus on addressing the challenges of sustainability
- 2010 Census redux— Stats confirm diversity drop
Yellow Springs has become a much less racially-diverse community with 40 percent fewer people of color than in 1970, according to the latest 2010 U.S. Census data released.
- Kids’ music pioneer performs at MLS
Behind all of today’s fun and inspiring music for youth, is one African-American woman who set out with a conga drum in the cafés of Chicago in the 1950s and humbly started a wave of change that, six decades later, she and others are still riding.
- Census figures show aging of village — Boomers dominate census
Yellow Springs is aging more rapidly than anytime in at least the last 40 years, as its median age rose more than seven years in the last decade alone, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures.
- Gardeners may get utilities break
Yellow Springs gardeners will soon get a break on their Village utility bills if Council approves a new resolution at its next meeting.
- Wheels debuts homegrown sound
One may not believe that this group of teenagers, Wheels, have played their instruments for just a few years. Now the quintessential homegrown four-piece band has a full-length album to its name.
- Schools trying to stem losses
According to the Yellow Springs school board, due to the cumulative effect of the budget reductions the district instituted this spring, the five-year budget forecast through 2015 looks slightly better than it did last fall.
May 19, 2011
- Sewer link-up moves ahead
A project connecting the Morris Bean & Company foundry to the Village of Yellow Springs sanitary sewer system will likely be completed this year with the recent finding by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that the project will not have a significant negative impact on the environment.
- Joyce McCurdy retires — Imparting the complexity of past
When Joyce McCurdy left her teaching job in Springfield and took a pay cut to come to Yellow Springs schools, classes were still being held at Bryan High School, right next to the train that ran through town. That was 1968
- Morgan Fellow jobs to end in June— Antioch’s cultural presence, revived
It didn’t take long after Antioch College became an independent liberal arts college in September 2009 for the revived college’s presence to be felt in the village.
- A radical, rooted farm vision
Where can you learn how to repair a tractor, help move a barn, have chicks raised for you and eventually pick your own strawberries and buy fresh-pressed apple cider vinegar and hazelnut oil, all from a 29-year-old woman?
May 12, 2011
- Kinder Concert
The bright t-shirts of the Mills Lawn School Kindergartners were only matched by the shining faces and sparkling songs Wednesday night. Read more and see a slide show.
- Antioch College — An overflow of first students
For the first time in recent memory, the freshman class of Antioch College is over-enrolled.
- Why so many voters?
In last week’s special election, 1,088 local voters went to the polls out of 3,462 total registered voters in Yellow Springs, a turnout of 31 percent. But according to the 2010 Census, the village has a total adult population of only 2,799. How can the village have more registered voters than adults eligible to vote?
- Efficiency program benefits businesses in many ways
Local businesses looking to save money by cutting their fuel use now have an extra incentive to do so. Money that began as a fine against the Village for buying power from a polluting coal plant is coming home to help Yellow Springs businesses get energy-efficient.
- Seniors make meaning from tragedy
The loss of a young life is always tragic, but two local young people hope to find meaning in that tragedy. The meaning sought by Elise Giardullo and Gabe Amrhein is their attempt to save other lives by educating young adults on the dangers of texting while driving.
- Teachers Winks, Lemkau look back
Yellow Springs High School teachers Shanna Winks and Phil Lemkau are retiring this year.
- Investing in YS, making beauty
Call it the Miracle on Walnut Street. A dingy, dilapidated house — the eyesore of the neighborhood — is transformed into a stately, sleek modern home with a neighbor’s investment and a local couple’s vision.
- Village lawsuit to soon go to trial
After two years of discussion and official mediation, the legal dispute between the Village of Yellow Springs and a local property owner over the extension of Village water service to a property on Hyde Road has not been resolved.
May 5, 2011
- Owens masterpiece, now available for sleepovers
Erik and Deirdre Owen had looked for ways to support the local arts community as well as share their home, an Italian villa on an historic estate. By turning their spacious home into an “art bed and breakfast,” they believe they now have accomplished both.
- YS tree man keeps planting at 96
Lloyd Kennedy wants to give credit where credit is due. For instance, he makes clear that he was not the one who floated the idea, almost three decades ago, of organizing a volunteer group to plant trees in the village.
- Teachers reflect on fulfilling careers
Five teachers from Mills Lawn Elementary School and Yellow Springs High School are retiring this year after more than 30 years in the district.
- Levy sails with 65% of vote
Yellow Springs voters gave an emphatic thumbs-up to the Village five-year property tax levy renewal, with 65 percent of voters approving the levy and almost 35 percent rejecting it at the polls on Tuesday, May 3.
- Arts Council reflects on Lessons learned as arts town
While this year’s Arts Council events didn’t generate a profit, they did help to forge partnerships among local groups, promote local artists and wellness practitioners and create a brand in the Chautauqua-like Yellow Springs Experience, board members said.
- Here come the solar panels
If all goes as planned, Yellow Springs will be on the road to producing solar energy by the end of this year, following a significant Village Council vote at its May 2 meeting.
- Taking helm of historic A.M.E.
Timothy Liggins has been the pastor of the Central Chapel African Methodist Episcopal, or A.M.E., Church for a short time — only about five weeks. Yet as he greets people after worship on a recent Sunday, the bond he appears to share with members seems to have been in place much longer.
April 28, 2011
- Solar financing expected soon
If the Village finalizes a contract with SolarVision, LLC to develop a solar farm, millions of dollars in outside financing will be used to construct and maintain the project.
- New CFO for Antioch University
The greatest challenge for Antioch University’s new chief financial officer, Pari Sabety, is helping to create a unified university focus while maintaining the regional integrity of the university’s five campuses.
- Seek the fire-and-rescue life?
Alex Wendt came to Miami Townsip Fire-Rescue to do something to serve the community and because he wanted to see what the life of a firefighter was about.
- YSCC helps send kids to camp
A local philanthropic organization has found a niche that members hope will benefit Yellow Springs children, local nonprofits and the environment: specifically, helping local kids go to summer camp.
- YSHS kids ready to rock ‘Chicago’
If any high school could perform the edgy, somewhat risqué musical Chicago, it’s Yellow Springs. The show’s vaudevillian song and dance numbers are difficult, its despicable characters challenging — but for the talented group of young actors, it’s simply fun.
- Firebrand fundraiser to retire
One of Antioch College’s biggest champions, and one who has helped deliver the institution from destitution, is leaving Antioch for a quieter, less driven life.
- Miller grants earmarked for town/gown
A love for Antioch College and Yellow Springs led longtime village residents Nolan and Richard Miller to leave a legacy that benefits both.
- Wet weather challenges farmers
Across town, heavy rains fill gutters, puddles pool on lawns and sump pumps struggle to keep basements dry. But this rainy April has area farmers worried as they delay planting and wait for their fields to dry.
April 21, 2011
- ‘Antioch Review’ keeps surprising
Each edition of The Antioch Review begins the same way. Editor Bob Fogarty sits in the rust-colored chair in his office, picks up a submitted essay, and begins reading.
- Glass farm to be solar farm
A 2.5 megawatt solar farm will be built on the Village-owned Glass Farm, Village Council decided at its April 19 meeting.
- Schools broaden elective choices
Teachers and administrators of Yellow Springs High School and McKinney School met last month to compose a new class schedule for next school year, which allows students greater flexibility and leverages teachers’ time to create more core electives.
- File implicates gas industry
Last week a Miami Township resident found a binder on her property containing what appeared to be a field guide for agents looking to lease private property for the purpose of oil and gas production.
- Prospective students imagine a life at Antioch College
Unsure if she wanted to attend college, Jennifer Carlson took a year off after high school to work in an orphanage and school in India. But upon being accepted to Antioch College’s first new class, she is now re-considering college because of Antioch’s co-op opportunity.
- A closer look at the Glen
The nine naturalists who came last August to live in Glen Helen and lead the preserve’s educational programs throughout the year have grown fond of their home in the woods.
- YSKP summer season on
At the YS Kids Playhouse gala on Saturday night at its new home on the Antioch College campus, the playhouse announced that it would indeed have a summer season this year.
April 14, 2011
- Village tax levy, yes or no?
About 25 villagers came out of the sun and into the Senior Center on Sunday to join a lively discussion about the Village property tax levy that will be on the ballot on May 3.
- Village efforts to grow economy
A review of the efforts the Village has made since that time to stimulate economic development could contextualize the levy renewal coming up for a vote on May 3.
- Finances a challenge, but college confidently advances
At Antioch College a new class of 45 students has been accepted, three of the six initial faculty positions have been filled and work to renovate the campus continues.
- A day for kids and wellness
Many parents may not know that holistic approaches — yoga, massage, aromatherapy, good nutrition, herbs — may help to prevent illness and injury in their children and lead to a long, healthy life.
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- A celebration of the Peace Corps—A life-changing experience
Yellow Springs is known as a singular place, but villagers may be unaware of one unique aspect of the village: its residents include an unexpectedly large percentage of returned Peace Corps volunteers.
April 7, 2011
- The community in community theater
The value of theater in a small town goes beyond entertainment; as well as providing something interesting to do on a weekend night, theater brings people together for a shared experience.
- Skate park changes considered
At their April 4 meeting, Village Council members returned to an earlier discussion on the Village skate park, including needed repairs and possible upgrades.
- Solar project moves forward
At their last meeting, Village Council members came close to backing away from a proposed solar farm in the village. But that changed at their April 4 meeting, after Council heard from an energy expert.
- Schools open to a new future
Especially when it comes to the education of the community’s children, change is scary. But it is also an enormous opportunity to turn the things in the Yellow Springs schools that currently don’t work very well into academically stimulating experiences.
- ‘Potterluck’ pushes fun, literacy
The senior project requirements given to every senior at Yellow Springs High School state that each student’s project should “reflect a meaningful purpose that is either geared toward social action and community, self-education and growth, or education and facilitation.” This year’s group of seniors has taken those ideals to heart to produce a number of projects that could benefit the community.
- Antioch College— Contemplating mindfulness
Stop. Close your eyes. Now envision an Antioch College where students are challenged to contemplate as well as analyze — to understand the outer world and reflect on the inner.
- Local business up and down
Though it is difficult to predict the future of the Yellow Springs economy, the subtle job loss and flat tax revenues to the Village over the past decade indicate that the Village budget will continue to be tight in the coming years.
- Tornado alert not up to speed
Spring is tornado season, and forecasters say the Ohio Valley may be in the path of more severe weather than usual. Villagers would do well to consider their safety plans before the tornado warning sirens sound.
March 31, 2011
- AUM expands academic focus
The academic options at Antioch University Midwest just got quite a bit wider with the recent revamping of two existing programs and the launching of several new ones at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.
- Solar project hangs on, but barely
At its March 21 meeting Village Council came close to backing away from a proposed solar farm project, but agreed to try to gather information in upcoming weeks.
- Council changes sidewalk policy
At their March 21 meeting, members of Village Council gave the final approval to an ordinance that changes Village policy on sidewalk maintenance, shifting the responsibility for upkeep from property owners to the Village.
- Antioch hires first faculty, gains on accreditation
Antioch College announced this week that the college has hired its first three tenure-track faculty members. And last week, the revived college received notice that it successfully jumped the first hurdle on the road to gaining accreditation.
- Gardens, gardeners sprouting
What began as a modest effort to start a community garden has mushroomed to four neighborhood gardens scattered around town — with more soon to sprout.
- McKee group hosts housing talk
Many questions were raised at a public meeting last Sunday sponsored by the James A. McKee Association, when representatives from Home, Inc. shared plans for an affordable housing project slated for Village-owned land on Cemetery Street.
March 24, 2011
- Rahmanian an Antioch College academic leader
Longtime Antioch College faculty member and former Nonstop leader Hassan Rahmanian has been named the revived college’s new dean for curriculum, assessment, planning and interdisciplinary learning.
- Expressing the inexpressable through dance
Movement can convey more emotion than words. Just watch dancer and choreographer Tricia Gelmini, whose piece at this weekend’s community dance concert will blend sorrow and joy in an expression of loss.
- Village offers support
At the meeting, Village leaders pledged their support to do what they can to ensure that YSI continues to stay in Yellow Springs.
- Nonstop examines Progressive arts in small towns
Does being an arts town mean just producing art, or also encouraging the questioning of and critical thinking about the dominant culture that artists tend to provide?
- Minister passionate about justice
Now preaching from the pulpit of the First Presbyterian church, new pastor Joe Hinds has a Southern accent and a passion for social justice.
- State cuts have local budget impact
Local institutions are reeling from the release of Gov. John Kasich’s biennial budget last week, which proposes funding cuts for local governments, schools, libraries and elder care facilities.
- Council moves ahead with housing
Villagers offered a robust show of community support for Village Council’s proposed affordable housing project at Council’s meeting Monday, March 21, when Council unanimously approved moving ahead with the first of three steps for the housing project.
- YSI looking for a strategic partner
YSI Incorporated, Yellow Springs’ largest employer, has announced its intention to seek a strategic partner, according to a March 18 press release. The action could mean major changes for the company, including leaving the community, or local job growth.
March 17, 2011
- New census data shows areas of growth, decline
Yellow Springs lost an additional 7.3 percent of its population in the last decade, continuing a 40-year population plummet.
- YSKP pulls for summer season
Every summer for the past 15 years, YS Kids Playhouse, the little theater that could, has put on at least one musical and often two original productions. But what if suddenly there wasn’t a YSKP summer season?
- Services to citizens vary greatly by community
Yellow Springs residents do pay more to live in the village, according to a 2008 cost of living comparison of school and municipal income tax, property tax and utility costs in area towns.
- More cost, more services in Village
Conventional wisdom says that Yellow Springs is an expensive place to live relative to other area towns, and statistics bear out that assumption.
- Many 2010 Village projects
At the March 7 Village Council meeting, Village Manager Mark Cundiff presented a report on some of the Village’s 2010 significant accomplishments.
- Loan fund restrictions eased
At their March 7 meeting, members of Village Council took an initial step toward removing the current restriction that prohibits nonprofits from applying for loans from the Village Revolving Loan Fund for Economic Development.
- Board approves school cuts
At the Yellow Springs school board meeting Thursday, March 10, five Yellow Springs High School students spoke in support of their orchestra teacher, whose position was one of many slated to be cut that night.
March 10, 2011
- Roosevelt speaks on schools crisis
Public education in America is in dire straits, and people of all political persuasions need to put aside differences and find solutions together, according to Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt.
- Census shows resident drop
If estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau hold, the population in the Village of Yellow Springs may have declined by 12.9 percent from 2000 to 2009, to 3,275 residents.
- School proposes budget cuts
Last week the Yellow Springs school district released the cuts to the 2011–12 budget that the school board will consider at its meeting tonight, Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m.
- A weekend of wellness, healing in the village
Learn new practices for optimal health. Refresh your body and renew your spirit after a long winter. Meditate, do yoga, make art, use herbs and explore the unconscious.
- No legal issues with housing
There are no legal obstacles to the Village pursuing its current affordable housing project, according to Village Law Director John Chambers
- Police seize marijuana
Two heavy marijuana traffickers were arrested in Yellow Springs on Thursday night, March 3, in a joint bust.
- Man attempts to rob US Bank
At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, a US Bank employee reported that someone had attempted to rob the bank.
March 3, 2011
- Revenue drop leads to levy renewal
On May 3 Yellow Springers will be asked to vote on Issue 1, a renewal of the current Village five-year 8.4 mill property tax levy due to expire at the end of 2011.
- Village solar project proposed
The Village of Yellow Springs, which already gets a third of its electricity from renewable sources, has an opportunity to add locally-produced renewable energy to its portfolio.
- Energy report cards firststep towards conservation
Energy report cards will soon be sent to some residents in hopes that the data will spur residents to make energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes.
- India by way of ‘Jungle Book’
As Mills Lawn students rehearse Disney’s Jungle Book for the all-school musical this year, they have begun to investigate not just the animated India, but the real life India as well.
- Village affordable housing project elicits community support, concerns
In a discussion of a proposed affordable housing development at Village Council’s Feb. 22 meeting, some villagers spoke in support of the potential public/private partnership to build four permanently-affordable homes.
February 24, 2011
- Chick, Malone to swim at state finals
Last Saturday’s district tournament performances showed that juniors Erika Chick and Elizabeth Malone are getting even faster in victorious swims.
- Four local teachers to retire
Four teachers with long and distinguished tenure in the Yellow Springs schools gave notice of their resignations at the end of the current school year.
- Young minds, bodies take to yoga in the schools
A group of 19 students sits cross-legged on purple mats in Sarah Lowe’s classroom at McKinney Middle School; they’ll be spending the next 50 minutes practicing yoga.
- ‘Tuna’ for laughs, to support theater
Due to recent cuts in the school district budget, some students have chosen to use their senior projects as a way to give back to programs that have been important to them, and that now face decreased funding.
- Antioch admits first students
James Russell is among the first four young people — two from Texas and two from Ohio — to be accepted by Antioch College during its early admissions process.
- Bit of ‘Heaven’ right here, right now
Heaven On Earth Emporium, the most recent retail store to open downtown, is filled with both the unique and the functional.
- Life in India focus of Mills Lawn study
Students at Mills Lawn School have been studying Indian life and culture in preparation for this weekend’s all-school musical, Bollywood Jungle Book. The play will be shown this Saturday and Sunday at the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center on the Central State campus.
February 17, 2011
- Friends plans to sell Barr property
This week a Friends Care Community task force announced plans to sell the Barr property, which the Morgan Family Foundation had gifted to the care center in November.
- Cemex fined, to cut emissions
Cemex, Inc. agreed to pay a $1.4 million fine for Clean Air Act violations at its cement plant off of Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn.
- ‘News’ wins top state prize
The Yellow Springs News won the top prize in its division at last week’s annual Ohio Newspaper Association convention in Columbus.
- New business on Stutzman site
Village Council at its Feb. 7 meeting unanimously approved entering into a lease with villager Mitchell George for a new business located at the former site of Stutzman’s Nursery on U.S. 68 North.
- Tree-trimming policy eyed
At the Feb. 7 Village Council meeting, a citizen urged the Village to reconsider its tree-trimming policy in the wake of the recent ice storm that knocked out power for 80 percent of village homes.
- Village Council— A lean and cautious budget
The Village budget for the 2011 general fund is slightly leaner than last year’s budget, with anticipated expenses down 1.6 percent from 2010.
- Villagers rally on ‘fracking’ concern
Local residents are gearing up to educate themselves and the community about the potential hazards of oil and gas drilling.
February 10, 2011
- Schools aim for least harmful cuts
The ultimate goal of school district budget cuts is to respond to the district’s deficit spending while making the least amount of programmatic change.
- Inspiring better education
About 50 people came to hear Deborah Meier and Shadia Alvarez, both progressive educators and Antioch alumni, speak at the Herndon Gallery on Antioch College campus Feb. 12.
- Seeking way forward on affordability
Since villagers began discussing the need for affordable housing in Yellow Springs in the 1970s, the issue has fostered lively and forceful debate that has sometimes divided the community.
- Antioch and village schools collaborate on Future of Education series
The Yellow Springs school board, in inviting a series of progressive-minded educators and thinkers to town, hopes the next few months are filled with discussion and debate about the future of education in the village.
- Drillers ask for land leases
An energy company began contacting landowners in Miami Township last week about leasing their land for oil and gas drilling.
- Ice will melt, but the stories linger
The Great Yellow Springs Ice Storm of 2011 had a silver lining, as the warmth of community softened Mother Nature’s blow.
February 3, 2011
- YS Bahá’ís back those in Iran
Growing up in Iran in the 1950s and ’60s, local resident Farzaneh (Behjati) Mader experienced some discrimination based on her adherence to the Bahá’í faith. But the Iranian Revolution had changed the country beyond recognition, especially for the Behjatis.
- Music, dance to honor YSHS theater
The YSHS theater program has inspired Lauren Westendorf and Donovan Berends, so the duo is holding a musical review featuring songs from Broadway musicals to raise money for the program as their senior project.
- Teachers urge caution—Personnel cuts detrimental?
With a healthy cash carryover, the Yellow Springs district should be “judicious” about decisions to eliminate staff and cut benefits, which could end up hurting the district more than helping, the teachers said.
- Affordable housing solutions elsewhere—Creativity and communication is key
As the News winds down its series on affordable housing, it seems appropriate to look at other communities that have taken steps toward addressing a need for affordable housing.
- A Unique auction for a unique station
To raise money for the station, WYSO will host its fifth annual silent auction along with a wine, chocolate and cheese tasting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.
- Volunteers work to restore Antioch
Volunteers helping to restore Antioch College’s infrastructure have a new working base: the Maples fire station on Livermore Street, which once housed Antioch’s fire department and more recently was used for storage.
- Post office changes likely
As the U.S. Postal Service begins closing 2,000 postal stations and branches around the country and reshuffling its staff, some local residents are worried about impacts to the Yellow Springs Post Office and their mail delivery.
January 28, 2011
- Village Council — Levy monies spent as promised
At their Jan. 18 meeting Village Council members unanimously approved a resolution to place a renewal of the Village 8.4 mill property tax operating levy on the ballot in May.
- Forum examines town and gown
Last Friday night at the Corretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, about 75 college and village representatives came together to talk about the strength that could be created by fostering positive relations between the village and Antioch College.
- Creativity reigns at One Acts
It’s time again for the annual Yellow Springs High School One Act plays.
- Local businesses try harder when village economy slows
In the midst of a continuing national recession, business at most downtown merchants remained steady or slightly down in 2010.
- Yellow Springs school board— Possible budget cuts eyed
This week, the Yellow Springs school administration will begin drafting a recommendation to make significant cuts to the district’s 2011–12 budget, partially based on input from the schools and community that Superintendent Mario Basora has received over the past several months.
- Antioch faces myriad challenges
The revived Antioch College is moving forward toward its goal of welcoming its first class of new students next fall, according to new President Mark Roosevelt at last Saturday’s meeting of the college’s pro tempore board of trustees.
January 20, 2011
- Antioch adds new leaders
Along with incoming president Mark Roosevelt, who began his tenure January 1, Antioch College recently announced three other new leaders at the revived college.
- Council says no to fluoride
At their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, members of Village Council voted to discontinue the practice of putting fluoride in Yellow Springs water.
- Boogie down to support CJ’s
To keep CJ’s Southern Cookin’ from closing its doors, a local band is reviving the rent party tradition to solicit community support for the financially ailing restaurant.
- Ohio reduces funds for schools
According to former Governor Strickland’s Evidence-Based funding model, the local school district is scheduled to receive $1,037,354 from the state to educate its 621 in-district students this year.
January 13, 2011
- Village to seek levy renewal
Village Council will seek a renewal rather than a reduction of its current property tax levy on the May ballot, Council members stated at their Jan. 3 meeting.
- Some construction expected
While the majority of homes sold in the village each year are existing structures, new construction continues to add housing stock to the village. And even during this construction off-season, interest is picking up for new housing.
- YSHS’s O’Brien retiring after 33 years — A passion for lifelong fitness
Retiring Yellow Springs High School teacher Kevin O’Brien hopes that he inspired students to commit to lifelong fitness as he worked to create a strong physical education program in the Yellow Springs School District.
- Village officers’ daily duty dangerous
Naomi Penrod does her best to keep the duties of her job as a Yellow Springs Police officer in perspective. She keeps a photo of her daughter on her clipboard to remind her that while it is her job to keep the community safe, her goal at the end of every day is to get back home to her little girl.
January 6, 2011
- New YSHS newspaper a hit with students
Along with many other changes that took place this year at YSHS, something new was offered to students: a unique, workshop-type class in which students produce a monthly school newspaper.
- Macbeth offers up the Oten for sale
The brick archways of the Oten Gallery have been a labor of love and obsession for Alan Macbeth, the owner and creator of the distinctive structure on Xenia Avenue. But after several years testing the sound of his voice saying he feels ready to sell, he is sure that he is no longer in a position to steward his master work.
- YS works to get clinic back
Maintaining a local medical clinic at the site of the former Wright State Physicians Family Health Center is the best use for the property at the corner of Xenia Avenue and Herman Street, according to Village Planning Assistant Ed Amrhein.
- Council urged to make low-cost homes efficient
In Village Council’s first discussion of a draft agreement for a proposed affordable housing project at its Jan. 3 meeting, Council was urged to require from the developer tighter energy efficient building practices than currently specified.
- Sun warms homes at Thistle Creek
Home building may not be his primary career, but Yellow Springs electronics distributor Roy Eastman is no novice either, as he has spent the last several years researching energy-efficient building and retrofitting his company’s office.