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FROM THE PRINT EDITION, 2013
This page contains links to previous years of articles published in the 2013 print edition of the Yellow Springs News. Click on the link below to jump to a specific year.
December 26, 2013: the year in review
- 2013 Yellow Springs year in review: births and deaths
Village births and deaths in 2013
- 2013 Yellow springs year in Review: Village council
A summary of Village Council activities in 2013
- 2013 Yellow springs year in Review: Higher education
Higher education in the village in 2013
- 2013 Yellow Springs Year in review: Arts in the village
Arts in the village in 2013
- 2013 Yellow Springs year in review: village economy
The economy in the village in 2013
- 2013 Yellow Springs year in review: village life
Village life in 2013
- Drop on in
A huge crowd of people packed Short Street and Xenia Ave. to bring in the New Year.
- Music among Friends: 2014 FMC benefit concert
The Yellow Springs Senior Center was filled to capacity with lovers of music in support of Friends Music Camp Sunday, Dec. 29.
- Yellow Springs year in review 2013: Bulldog sports
Bulldog sports in 2013
December 19, 2013
- Council ready to fund CBE
By a narrow margin, Village Council at its Dec. 16 meeting signalled its readiness to move ahead with providing almost $1 million to fund the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, infrastructure.
- Demand is up at food pantry for food and coats
In Yellow Springs, those who serve the needy are seeing the holiday spirit of solidarity with generous donations of money, food and gifts from villagers so far this season.
- Antioch University receives reaccreditation
After three years of hard work on a self evaluation, Antioch University received news last week that it is fully reaccredited with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Friends concert for a special camp
Several Friends Music Camp alumni and instructors will perform at its Winter Benefit Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, to support need-based scholarships and tuition reductions at the annual youth summer music camp.
- More money needed for 2020 strategic plan
According to Superintendent Mario Basora, while the 2020 strategic plan activity is on track, it needs more financial support and increased capacity in order to reach its goals.
- District honors former Yellow Springs School Board members
At the Dec. 12 school board meeting, outgoing board President Benji Maruyama and board member Angela Wright were honored for their service to the district.
December 12, 2013
- Hip hop holiday
Saturday afternoon’s holiday fest at the Glen Helen’s Vernet Ecological Center was buzzing with activity — and Santa!
- McKee Group holds forum— Villagers debate CBE funding
About 100 villagers turned out last Thursday evening to discuss whether the Village should fund the Center for Business and Education, or CBE. The community forum was sponsored by the James A. McKee Association and took place at the First Presbyterian Church, with Jalyn Roe serving as moderator. The evening began with three representatives of […]
- Proposing an ‘Impact Hub’ in village — New entrepreneurial model
As befits one who spent his formative years at Antioch College, Roger Husbands in his life has reinvented himself, and his career, at regular intervals. The new thing that Husbands wants to start now is an Impact Hub in Yellow Springs.
- Farmer sows seeds for love of music
The Antioch School has always encouraged the musician in students interested in developing their skills and talents. This year the Antioch School formalized its music program by inviting artist-in-residence Dennis Farmer to start an introductory program during a year-long residency.
- Antioch College arts faculty exhibit— Creating art with time and spaces
A current of artistic energy is circulating on the Antioch College campus these days with spontaneous artwork from students and experimental art from faculty and resident scholars.
- ‘Wishing we had talked…’ installation at Herndon Gallery
Antioch College instructor of media arts Michael Casselli is one of the Antioch faculty members participating in an exhibit in the Herndon Gallery, “Currencies”.
- Glen Helen makes bid for Girl Scout camp
It’s been nearly 50 years since Glen Helen has expanded its borders, but the preserve recently entered into an agreement that its leaders hope will result in the acquisition of 28 acres.
- Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse calls on alums for feedback
Ever wonder what happened to Dick Tracey, Homer Price, Frankenstein and James Bond? So does Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse, which hopes to reconnect with some 1,200 alumni from past shows to learn more about the impact of YSKP on their lives.
December 5, 2013
- Opening minds for inclusive town
When Debra Williamson and her 15-year-old son, Alex, recently put up flyers in downtown stores for an upcoming event, she was pleased that several people, saying hello, called out to Alex by name.
- Bit of the Big Easy in Yellow Springs
There’s a new sound to be heard around the halls of the Yellow Springs High School thanks to the recently formed street band Sassabrass.
- Village Council— First step toward CBE funding
At their Dec. 2 meeting, Village Council voted to get more information on funding options regarding the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, by approving two resolutions that open discussions with an underwriter and a bond counsel.
- Santa on Saturday
Santa came to the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church for the ninth year in a row last Saturday.
- New Community Physicians doctor welcomes families
When patients leave her office, new local physician Dr. Neha Patel wants to make sure they have their hands full.
- Books for kids, thanks to Dolly, Greene County Public Library
Every child under five in Greene County is now eligible to receive a free book in the mail once a month thanks to a partnership between country music legend Dolly Parton and the Greene County Public Library.
- A doctor of strings and theory
As a professor of mathematics and the son of a consummate craftsman, local resident Ray Lewkowicz had the temperament, breeding and just the right amount of curiosity to become an instrument maker.
- Investors buy former Creative Memories building
A group of California-based investors purchased the former Creative Memories building last month and have already found three potential occupants who show “substantial interest” in leasing the available space.
- Mills Lawn School band and orchestra concert
Over 100 students took to their instruments or wound up their vocal chords in a spectacular Mills Lawn School band and orchestra concert under the tutelage and leadership of new music director Brian Mayer.
- A tree for wishes, community
Beginning in late August, villagers may have noticed that a tree next to the train station was growing ribbons along with its leaves. Upon closer inspection, the ribbons reveal themselves to be wishes.
November 28, 2013
- Council leader looks back, ahead
A few months into her first term on Village Council, Judith Hempfling sat down at her computer and typed a resignation letter.
Elected in 2006, Hempfling saw herself as a lone progressive voice on a more conservative Council, and said she felt pressured to go along with the Council majority, while her attempts to get legislation on the agenda were constantly blocked.
- Elvish impersonators
At Friday night’s downtown Yellow Friday events, Santa’s Elves performed as a crowd of adults and children gathered for the tree lighting in Kings Yard.
- 2013 Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The ninth year of Yellow Springs community Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success, thanks to the combined efforts of many people.
- Whooping cough in town
Whooping cough is on the rise in Ohio, and the disease has made its way to Yellow Springs, according to local medical professionals
- Making of a business park
How do business parks get developed in today’s still-troubled economy? Who pays for what?
Those questions are timely to Yellow Springs, as Village Council will soon decide whether to provide $700,000 to fund the infrastructure for the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, as requested by Community Resources.
- A world of homebrew, wort and all
Steam billowed from a six-gallon pot of boiling hot liquid on Chris Wyatt’s Elm Street back porch on a chilly Saturday morning recently. He hunched over a brew kettle of malted barley, water and hops, stirring every so often to admire the color and aroma of his budding brew. In three months, after aging, Wyatt would have a strong, dark British ale, but on that day he could only imagine the flavors that his timing, techniques and ingredients would impart.
- Feature Photos
November 21, 2013
- Street poets come inside to jam
There are many types of poems you might hear if you stumble into the Yellow Springs Community Poetry Jam on Friday night, where four local street poets are moving their acts inside for a “free-flowing evening” of poetry, music, improvisation and more.
- A mixed first year for Yellow Springs Police chief
With just about a year under his belt as Yellow Springs police chief, Anthony Pettiford has made some strides and suffered a few setbacks.
- How much tech should be in Yellow Springs schools?
The Yellow Springs community needs to have a serious discussion about the technology that local students need to keep up with today’s educational demands, Yellow Springs Superintendent Mario Basora said at the November school board meeting last week.
- Does Center for Business and Education meet Yellow Springs business needs?
Central to the question of whether Village government should contribute $700,000 to completing the infrastructure of the Center for Business and Education is whether such a commerce park would meet the needs of businesses already here.
- Feature Photos
November 14, 2013
- Village Council — Funding for CBE explored
At their Nov. 18 meeting, Village Council members agreed to begin exploring options for funding the infrastructure of the Center for Business and Education, or CBE.
- Art with heart
Last Saturday’s Art & Soul art fair, in its second year, drew about 850 shoppers to the Mills Lawn gym for a diverse range of handmade items.
- Feature Photos
November 7, 2013
- Barr property to host homage to Mills house
the 28-room hotel that local family Jim, Libby and Katie Hammond plan to build on the Barr property just across from the school will be called Mills Park Hotel, in an homage to William Mills.
- Wintrow, Housh, MacQueen win Council
An exceptionally large slate of candidates led to an exceptionally close race in the election for Yellow Springs Village Council. Incumbent Karen Wintrow and newcomers Brian Housh and Marianne MacQueen all came within single digits of each other in the race.
- School levy wins
Yellow Springs and Miami Township voters overwhelmingly supported their public school system on Nov. 5, agreeing to pass the district’s second levy in as many years.
- Human error caused pool herbicide scare
Misinformation, a lack of communication and poor judgement all contributed to the gross overuse of a herbicide at the Gaunt Park pool in June, according to an investigation report presented to Village Council at Monday night’s meeting.
- BCI ends Schenck investigation
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine came to the Bryan Center to present the findings of his office’s investigation of the shooting incident on July 31 that ended in the death of local resident Paul E. Schenck.
- Merhemic, Scott, Conn on school board
Incumbent school board member Aïda Merhemic took the day at the polls winning the top number of votes to return her to the board along with two new members, Evan Scott and Steven Conn. Merhemic won 1,027 votes, or 23.7 percent of the total, while Scott had 954 votes and Conn had 940, about 22 percent each.
- Crockett, Eastman Township Trustees
Incumbent Mark Crockett and challenger John Eastman were elected as Miami Township Trustees on Tuesday. Both will serve four-year terms, joining Trustee Chris Mucher on the three-person board. Crockett was returned to the seat he has held for the last 12 years. He was the race’s only incumbent as longtime Trustee Lamar Spracklen, whose term […]
- Exit polls show local concerns
Who wins the Village Council, school board and trustee races in the 2013 general election will suggest how the political winds are blowing in Yellow Springs and Miami Township. Harder to parse out will be why any particular candidate won.
- Antioch College— Accreditation team visits
Antioch College could clear a major hurdle on the long road to gaining accreditation if a three-day site visit this week by the regional accreditation agency is successful.
- Council slows CBE funding decision making
At their Nov. 4 meeting, Village Council members agreed to slow down a decision on whether to provide about $700,000 in funding for the Center for Business and Education, or CBE.
- Feature Photos
October 31, 2013
- Creative spark
Several hundred villagers showed up on a crisp fall evening last Saturday to witness the first bronze pour and grand finale of the two-week National Bronze Sculpture Symposium. While the event was delayed due to cracked molds, the foundry crew repaired the molds with sand and successfully carried out the pour. The bronze pieces created […]
- Antioch College physical plant — An ambitious geothermal dig
Antioch College will begin construction of its central geothermal system on Friday in what the college sees as a significant step to becoming carbon neutral.
- Township Trustee forum— New fire station addressed
Candidates for Miami Township Trustee agreed at a forum last Wednesday evening that the greatest challenge facing the newly-elected board will be constructing a new building for the Township offices and fire department.
- Village Council— CBE funding talk continues
At their Oct. 21 meeting, Village Council members moved ahead with a request from Community Resources to pay $800,000 to finance the infrastructure for the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, but asked for something in return: that Community Resources become a state-designated community improvement corporation, or CIC, which would turn the private nonprofit into a quasi-government group.
- Village Council forum— Economy, manager search topic
For the second consecutive night, on Thursday, Oct. 24, nearly 200 people gathered at Mills Lawn auditorium for a McKee Group forum focused on the local elections. Thursday’s event featured the eight candidates who are running for three seats on Village Council. Villager Bruce Heckman moderated the two-hour event.
- School board forum— Candidates address safety, governance
The appropriate role of school board members in regard to school administrators was a focus at both school board candidates’ forums this week and last, as villagers heard candidates speak about their reasons for seeking office, and answer questions.
- Feature Photos
October 24, 2013
- Village Council— Hiring manager discussed
At its Oct. 21 meeting, Village Council took a first step toward hiring a new Village manager, with a discussion during which Council members reflected on lessons learned from past hiring practices.
- Fluoride-free water may lead to decay— Study looks at defluoridation
Local children have higher rates of tooth decay than their older peers, who have had access to fluoridated water for a longer period of time, according to the preliminary results of a Greene County Combined Health District surveillance study.
- New café opens at the Oten
Good, simple food is the promise of a new restaurant opening here next year.
Aleta’s Café, in the Oten Gallery, 303 Xenia Ave., will serve hot panini sandwiches, pizzas made with naan bread and elaborate salads for lunch and dinner.
- Villagers speak at Dayton’s TEDx
Ever wondered what set Lincoln apart from other war-time presidents? Or how the brain distinguishes a friendly person from a threatening one? Or how about who benefits from the concept of race, which for centuries has succeeded in allowing one people to dominate another?
- Bronze event ends in warm glow
The first National Bronze Sculpture Symposium will conclude in a dramatic glow Saturday night, as pieces created during the two-week event are finished in a bronze pour at sunset. The outdoor pour will take place at 7 p.m. at the Antioch College Outdoor Foundry, next to the amphitheater.
- Feature Photos
October 17, 2013
- Doing battle with the bedbugs
Think of it: blood-sucking parasites lurking between your bed sheets, feeding on you in the night without your knowing, then slinking away to hide and multiply while you wake up with itchy bites and welts.
- Yellow Springs Street Fair Head turner
Yellow Springs Street Fair Head turner
- YSCAPE funds school change
When in 2011 the local school district established its 10-year strategic roadmap for modernizing public education in Yellow Springs, leaders didn’t yet know how they would fund the change.
- Schools ask for levy renewal
The roof of the annex at Mills Lawn School is in need of replacement, students in all grade levels need new texbook resources, and the district needs a new school bus (so that it can stop borrowing ones from other neighboring districts.)
- An efficient, affordable home
When Brett and Isis Henderson moved to Yellow Springs from Los Angeles three years ago, they fell in love with the community, but not its expensive housing market.
- Feature Photos
October 10, 2013
- Community helps fight a cancer
In the six months since her 15-year-old son, Chase, was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer, Dionne Barclay has felt the full range of emotions one would expect —panic, disbelief, misery, guilt.
- Village Council— New water lines funded
Village Council approved the first reading of a resolution committing the Village to about half of the cost of a municipal water line improvement to increase water flow and fire safety to the village.
- Friends shifts housing plan
When Friends Care Community built the first independent living homes on the Herman Street campus about 10 years ago, the hope was that the units would give seniors an option for maintenance-free living near the services needed to age in place.
- First-year students settle in
The free tuition scholarship, the small town of Yellow Springs and the opportunity to help rebuild a college continue to be a draw for Antioch, new students said this week. Move-in day for the class of 2017 was Oct. 1.
- A promising road to accreditation
The size of the Antioch student body doubled last week when 97 new students from the class of 2017 arrived on campus. But that wasn’t the biggest news at the college’s fourth annual community potluck on the Antioch campus on Friday.
- Feature Photos
October 3, 2013
- Clay, straw take center stage at Glen Helen
Whenever Beth Holyoke begins planning a new exhibit for her artwork, she considers how the work will interact with the larger exhibit space.
- Yellow Springers take a first look at Obamacare
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, a newly-created healthcare marketplace opened with a slew of new private health plans for individuals to choose from, along with government subsidies to make them affordable. From his initial research, Chris Glaser could save a lot of money.
- Returned Schenck guns were legal
After this summer’s shootout, many villagers asked, why were Paul E. Schenck’s guns returned? Why was a man with several known risk factors allowed to have an arsenal in his home?
- Leading Yellow Springs Schools a delicate balance
Maintaining a leadership team in the Yellow Springs Schools that always agrees is seldom possible; the schools struggle at times to balance the shared authority granted by the state to both the local school board and the school administration.
- State of the Little Art
About 1,500 people toured the newly renovated and reopened Little Art Theatre last Saturday and enjoyed a daylong celebration.
- Feature Photos
September 26, 2013
- Musicians rally for one of their own
When Greg Dewey, on tour with Country Joe and the Fish at the time, first met Carl Schumacher, Carl was eating ice cream out of half a yellow melon, waiting to take a turn on one of the instruments set out before him. He was 10 years old at the time and had come to jam with his three older brothers and their friends.
- World comes to EnviroFlight
While it’s not entirely clear that black soldier flies have more sex when listening to Barry White songs, Glen Courtright isn’t taking any chances. After all, the larvae produced by randy flies provide the foundation of EnviroFlight, Courtright’s local business, and he needs as many baby bugs as he can get.
- School salaries on the rise
At its meeting on Sept. 12 the Yellow Springs school board approved new contracts for district Superintendent Mario Basora and Treasurer Dawn Weller.
- EPA cites Morris Bean for discharge
Morris Bean & Company will soon bid out a project to fill in a sinkhole at its Hyde Road plant after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency cited the company for releasing industrial wastewater into the sinkhole and potentially contaminating groundwater in the Village’s source water protection area.
- YSI Inc. immerses kids in water
On a recent field trip, the Mills Lawn Elementary School fifth and sixth graders spent a day at YSI Inc. (a Xylem brand), learning about local and global water issues, and bounced a giant model of earth to symbolize the need for everyone to chip in to save the planet.
- Feature Photos
September 19, 2013
- Clifton bed & breakfast up for sale
Twelve years ago, Sharon Benedict and Lisa Quesne came upon a deal they couldn’t resist — a home for sale in Clifton complete with an abandoned cottage in the backyard. In 2008, they repurposed the home as a bed and breakfast.
- Brecht at Yellow Springs’ Center Stage— ‘Threepenny’s two cents’ worth
In Center Stage’s most ambitious production yet, the company is relying on many of its stand-by actors, bringing in some new faces, and giving the play, set in 19th century London, an updated steampunk aesthetic.
- Council moves to fund Center for Business and Education
At its Sept. 16 meeting, Village Council took a first step toward approving a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, funding mechanism to pay for $700,000 in remaining costs for infrastructure development at the Center for Business and Education, or CBE.
- Dr. Van Ausdal hangs up his stethoscope
Dr. Paul Van Ausdal is retiring after 34 years at Community Physicians, now a part of the Kettering Health Network. He will be feted at an open house at his office on Friday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited.
- Yellow Springs Pottery anniversary— 40 years of spinning wheels
While it’s true that when it opened in 1973, Yellow Springs Pottery may have sold a few more fad items, the overall popularity of the co-op’s handcrafted ceramic tableware has endured.
- Yellow Springs School District allows service dog
Jonah Kintner, a Mills Lawn elementary student, has a service dog named Clank who helps him with everyday life skills. Jonah wants Clank to be able to come to school with him.
- Feature Photos
September 12, 2013
- Life outside the bubbles in Yellow Springs
The first annual Yellow Springs Bubble Fest took place at noon last Sunday in downtown Yellow Springs.
- The new Little Art Theatre takes a bow
This has been a “repair to remember” for the Little Art Theatre. Over the last five months, a half-million dollar renovation has transformed the 84-year-old theater from a relic of the 35-millimeter film era to a state-of-the-art, fully-digital and accessible movie house.
- Yellow Springs Healers embrace holistic approach
ust as 1960s counterculture icon Timothy Leary famously told fellow hippies to “tune in, turn on, drop out,” local holistic health practitioners Douglas Klappich and Deborah McGee have some advice today for health and healing: “Tune in, tone up, bliss out.”
- Zoning update on final round
The new Yellow Springs zoning code could allow more flexibility in how Yellow Springers live and work. Council passed the first reading of the updated code at its Sept. 3 meeting, and will vote on the second and final reading Sept. 16.
- Yellow Springs healers embrace holistic approach
Just as 1960s counterculture icon Timothy Leary famously told fellow hippies to “tune in, turn on, drop out,” a couple of self-described “New Age flower children” local holistic health practitioners have some advice today for health and healing.
- AU Midwest names new president
Antioch University leaders have hired Dr. Karen Schuster Webb as the new president of Antioch University Midwest, they announced this week.
- Miami Valley area seeks commercial drone growth
In mid-August the largest Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, conference in the world took place in Washington, D.C. Among the more than 600 information booths on UAS research, development and manufacturing, the biggest booth hailed from Ohio — and specifically, from the Miami Valley.
- Feature Photos
September 5, 2013
- Bristol likely interim leader
While it’s not yet official, former Village Manager Kent Bristol will likely soon be the Village’s interim manager. He will take over from Manager Laura Curliss, who is leaving the position Sept. 28.
- Antioch School’s new Younger Group teacher
After spending much of the summer preparing for the school year in an empty classroom, new Antioch School teacher Christine Lipari-Althaus is ready for the buzzing joyful energy that her students bring to the space.
- Antioch University— Good news; new leader
It’s been a good summer for Antioch University, which has recently received national recognition for fiscal stability along with an opportunity to take a leadership role in a national conference on educational innovation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Area Air National Guard pilots fly drones overseas
You won’t see any Predator drones when you enter the Ohio Air National Guard base at the Springfield-Beckley airport. The sleek white aircraft that stands 7 feet tall, has a wingspan of almost 50 feet and resembles a giant pale insect, won’t be parked on a runway.
- Why don’t Village managers last?
When Village Manager Laura Curliss leaves her position at the end of the month, she will have governed for 20 months, including six months as interim manager, the shortest tenure for a full-time manager in Yellow Springs’ 61-year history of village managers.
August 29, 2013
- Seeds, not pesticides, fall from sky
The small, low-flying aircraft that will soon buzz area farm fields are nothing to worry about, according to local farmer Jim Clem. At this time of year, the planes aren’t spraying pesticides but spreading seeds.
- Finance head to leave village
The turnover of Village leadership that began last week with the announcement of Manager Laura Curliss’ resignation continues this week, as Village Finance Director Sharon Potter retires from her position. Her last day is Friday, Aug. 30.
- Community Resources requests $656,000 to complete Center for Business and Education
At Village Council’s Aug. 19 meeting, members of Community Resources requested that Council find a way to fund a financial shortfall so that the infrastructure for the Center for Business and Education, or CBE, can be completed next year.
- At the Riding Centre, Young equestrians help others
Every Saturday morning a group of local high school students comes early to the Riding Centre to tack up the horses for the therapeutic riding lessons. They saddle the horses, help mount the riders, and lead the teams of two around the outdoor ring with meditative composure.
- Photos of the Great Dayton Flood at Antioch University Midwest
Photographer Andy Snow points out a photo to Antioch University Midwest President Ellen Hall from his exhibit on the 100-year anniversary of the Dayton flood
August 22, 2013
- Tecumseh Land Trust and Dharma Center sponsor walking toward mindfulness
If you think the only way to meditate is sitting cross-legged with eyes closed, think again. A walking meditation in the great outdoors can open up a whole new world of sights, sounds, sensations and smells — all while re-wiring the brain to be more aware in everyday life.
- Antioch College students stretch in co-op jobs
What do toilets and politics have in common? Potential metaphors aside, they both figured prominently in the recent co-op placements of Antioch’s first-year students, who returned just a few weeks ago from their first Antioch co-op experience.
- Yellow Springs feature photo: Playing in the street
Eleven block party gatherings, sponsored by the Human Relations Commission,were held in the streets of Yellow Springs over the Aug. 18 weekend.
- Charges filed in Glen Helen ‘gunman’ scare
Cody Buffenbarger, 22, of Springboro, was charged last week with falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor, for fabricating a story on June 27 about a man with a gun near Ecocamp cabins in Glen Helen.
- Antioch College skill-sharing workshop — From herbal tea to art from trash
Everyone has something to learn, and everyone has something to teach. That’s the idea behind skill-sharing, a type of education described as community-based, non-competitive and intergenerational.
- Mills Lawn school reopens — Students to practice inclusion, service
Project-based learning (PBL) is at the fore this year at Yellow Springs schools, and Mills Lawn is no exception. But the school also has other goals for the year.
- Laura Curliss to leave Village Manager position
At Village Council’s Aug. 19 meeting, Council unanimously approved a resolution that allows the Village and Village Manager Laura Curliss to enter into a settlement agreement that releases Curliss from her contract with the Village.
August 15, 2013
- Robust field for local races
In the past several weeks, several additional villagers have thrown their hats in the ring for local elective offices, making this year’s election season especially robust. Eight people are running for the three open seats on Village Council, seven seek the three seats on the Yellow Springs Board of Education and seven are running for […]
- Art to wear in “Bling” show
Jewelry has adorned the human body for 100,000 years as a way to ward off evil spirits, signify religious affiliation and more. It’s also wearable art, and since walking around with an armful of paintings can be cumbersome, donning jewelry is a better way to show off one’s artwork in public. That’s one reason Yellow […]
- YSHS/McKinney to open— New staff, new way of learning
This school year students at Yellow Springs High School/McKinney School will plan for the zombie apocalypse, make documentaries, build roller coasters, erect a sculpture trail and work in agriculture as part of the new project-based learning, or PBL, curriculum that begins the 2013–14 school year. Implementing the district-wide mandate will be difficult, but the educational […]
- Board, Basora set contract
Last week the Yellow Springs District Board of Education and Superintendent Mario Basora came to an agreement about Basora’s contract with the local district, according to an Aug. 8 press release. The board will vote on the five-year amended contract at its regular Sept. 12 meeting. “We are pleased to announce that the superintendent has […]
- 30th annual Art on the Lawn
Perfect summer weather graced the 30th annual Art on the Lawn last Saturday.
- Harvest Moon Bakery opens in Xenia— A marriage of bakers, vegan-style
Just one bite of the vegan treats concocted by Yellow Springs couple Chris and Andrea Hutson — a lemon drop cookie, cream-filled twinky or cinnamon roll — will turn any skeptic into a believer, they say.
- The 16th annual AACW Blues Fest— Blues, jazz and gospel to reign
A blues singer from Uruguay will make her first appearance at this year’s AACW Blues, Jazz and Gospel Fest, to take place Aug. 22 through 25 at the Antioch College amphitheatre. The singer, Virginia Martinez, contacted Blues Fest organizers because she’d heard of the event and wanted to perform, according to Karen Patterson. When Patterson […]
August 8, 2013
- Bianca Stone Chappelle released
Bianca Stone Chappelle will be sentenced Sept. 4 in Greene County Common Pleas Court after being found guilty last month on some charges but cleared of more serious ones.
- Divisions over contracts — Yellow Springs School board admonished
After a tense school board meeting on Saturday, Aug. 3, called on Friday to resume a discussion that had been tabled at the previous Thursday’s meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve new contracts with raises for five of the district’s principals and program directors.
- Yellow Springs Art on the Lawn celebrates 30 years
The first Village Artisans invitational art show 30 years ago wasn’t on a lawn, but in a yard — King’s Yard to be exact. “Art in the Yard” featured the work of about eight local artists, along with some folk music, and was more exhibition than art sale.
- Yellow Springs villagers seek answers over death
According to friends who knew him well, Paul E. Schenck was a complicated man. And the circumstances under which he died last week in a gun fight at his home on High Street are no less complex.
- Antioch College Farm conditionally approved for continued operations
After hearing from many concerned neighbors at their Aug. 5 meeting, Village Council members unanimously voted to allow Antioch College to create a farm on its property as a conditional rather than permitted use.
August 1, 2013
- Get by with a little help from my Friends
Family, friends and community members filled up the Mills Lawn gym Saturday evening for the annual concert by Friends Music Camp staff and campers.
- Mosquitos net vigilance of Yellow Springs villagers
At a house along Livermore Street last week, the mosquitoes were so dense that the Aedes species — typically only active in the evenings — were out during the day in search of a blood meal.
- Sculptors go for the bronze in the Yellow Springs Experience
An ancient method of casting bronze sculpture that was revived 90 years ago at Antioch College is returning to the campus and community.
- Late night High Street shootout ends in Yellow Springs resident’s death
The village was on high alert late Tuesday night as most of Greene County’s police firepower converged in Yellow Springs to back up local police in a shootout with a local man.
- Antioch College Farm raises animals, concerns
The farming activity on what is affectionately known as the Antioch golf course is just beginning, and it’s the heart of what Antioch College envisions for its sustainability program, one of the key components of the college curriculum.
- Antioch College, Glen Helen begin reforestation
If one of the key components of an effective education is giving people the tools to make positive change, then Antioch College, Glen Helen and the host of conscientious villagers here are in a strong position to help save the environment.
July 25, 2013
- 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.
- 2013 Village budget deemed on track
Halfway through the fiscal year, the Village of Yellow Springs 2013 budget appears to be on target, Village Finance Director Sharon Potter told Village Council at its July 15 meeting during a State of the Budget report.
- More candidates vie for offices
With just under two weeks left to file petitions to run for local office, the races for Village Council, school board and Township Trustees are becoming more robust, according to the Greene County Board of Elections this week.
- Village Zoning Appeals Board— Distillery, preschool get variances
S & G Artisan Distillery is closer to being approved for an increased tasting room at its production facility at MillWorks; the Village approved three variances allowing the Children’s Montessori Cooperative to operate a small preschool at 107 Tower Court.
- Three new police officers hired
The three newcomers join officers Patrick Roegner, Naomi Penrod, David Meister, Brian Carlson and Tom Sexton. Part-time officers include retired veterans Dennis Nipper, Al Pierce and Doug Andrus (who is currently on leave), with occasional support from Tom Knickerbocker.
- Villager arrested for making threat
Police arrested Stanley (Steve) Hetzler, Yellow Springs, on Tuesday, July 23, after he uttered a threat to harm the Village Council.
July 18, 2013
- MTFR seeks new facility; WSU land is preferred option
At its July 15 meeting Village Council approved a letter of support for Miami Township Fire-Rescue’s proposal to acquire the former site of Wright State Family Clinic for a new fire station and Township administration building.
- Vigil over vigilantism
White and black neighbors came together for a silent candlelight vigil on Sunday night for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American victim of a fatal shooting in Florida.
- Pastor Derrick Weston to leave— Social justice voice to move on
Pastor Derrick Weston will soon leave the First Presbyterian Church, which he has led since January 2012, to work towards just that cause as he becomes the director of a non-profit community development organization that empowers inner-city youth in Pittsburgh.
- Veterans share their ‘Coming Home’
Though it’s been nine years since he returned from the fighting, Iraq war veteran Aaron Hughes deals with the memories of his deployment every single day.
- Teacher contracts in sight
On Tuesday this week the Yellow Springs school board and the local district’s teacher’s union met with a federal mediator to draft a tentative agreement for a contract for the district’s 51 teaching staff members.
- From conflict to community at college
Five Antioch students were allowed to continue taking summer classes three days into the session after an agreement was worked out last Thursday between students and administrators over overdue room and board fees.
July 11, 2013
- A college village in Antioch’s future?
On a recent visit to Antioch College, architects from MacGlachlan, Cornelius and Filoni, who have designed for dozens of schools in the Northwest, noted the unique level of integration between the college and the village of Yellow Springs.
- Rain check…
A smaller than usual but still enthusiastic crowd greeted Saturday’s rescheduled 4th of July parade last weekend. Rains on the 4th forced the parade’s forced rescheduling for Saturday, July 6.
- Charges pending for Glen counselor
Last week the Greene County Sheriff began working with the Greene County Prosecutor to settle on charges that will likely be handed to the Glen Helen naturalist who two weeks ago lied about a man with a gun in the Glen.
- Getting from waste to want not
The busy bugs of EnviroFlight are churning out a new product this year — a natural fertilizer that some say is making area tomato plants grow like weeds.
- Local artists win state funding
Three local artists recently received Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The awards are meant to “recognize creativity and imagination that exemplifies the highest level of achievement in a particular discipline and advances the art form.”
- Antioch College fundraiser takes challenge
If fundraising is critical to Antioch College’s future, then a lot rests on the shoulders of Brian Williams, its new vice president of advancement.
- Candidates seek local office
With just under a month left for candidates to file for openings in the local elections in November, a handful of new candidates as well as incumbents have indicated interest in helping to govern Village Council, Yellow Springs school board and the Miami Township Trustees.
- A passion for 1950s-era furniture
When Atomic Fox owner Terry Fox spent weekends with his grandparents as a child, he didn’t expect those experiences to fuel a lifelong interest.
July 4, 2013
- New Reiki Gong business — A life path that veered to healing
Philip Love found in meditation and Eastern spirituality the enlightenment he once sought in a Messiah and a materialistic lifestyle and created his own unique practice that blends Tibetan Reiki healing with the Chinese practice of Qigong.
June 27, 2013
- Pool re-opens, controversy goes on
Village Council will decide at its July 1 meeting when to remove the fence around the grassy area where herbicide was over-applied.
- YSSC to pick a new director
When one of two final applicants for the directorship of the Yellow Springs Senior Center is named in the next several weeks, she will be at the helm of a vital organization that is growing beyond its original scope.
- Building on again at Birch III
Development of a 40-lot subdivision on the village’s south side, first approved eight years ago, is finally taking off under new ownership and a rebounding housing market.
June 20, 2013
- Antioch College begins renovation to theater and gym
Last week about 100 Antioch College alumni returned to campus to engage in the ongoing work, both creative and backbreaking, of rebuilding their school.
- Starflower says ‘no’ to GMO
Starflower Natural Foods owner Marnie Neumann recently vowed to stop purchasing new items that contain GMOs for her store, saying that GMOs are both unhealthy to eat and bad for the environment. Soon Starflower may be completely GMO-free.
- Pool closed 2 days after herbicide application— Spraying sparks controversy
Several villagers spoke passionately and heatedly about their frustrations and fears around the Wednesday, June 12, overuse of herbicides on the grass around the Gaunt Park pool at Village Council’s June 17 meeting.
- A seamstress’ dressmaking passion
BouChic, the new alterations and dressmaking business in Yellow Springs, sits at the very back of the white professional building on Xenia Avenue. Inside, owner Zara McCartney has neatly stacked bolts of cloth, drawers filled with a variety of patterns, a dressing room, sewing machines and a chalkboard wall for children.
- High school moves to block schedule
When McKinney Middle and Yellow Springs High School start up again in the fall, students will be piloting a new hybrid block schedule for their classes.
- From the print: July 4, 2013
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- Cemetery expands in Township
As the new stewards of the village’s most visible cemetery, the Miami Township Trustees began immediately preparing the property across the street on Xenia Avenue for more gravesites.
June 13, 2013
- 2013 Yellow Springs Pride Parade
About 200 marchers supporting the LGBTQ community. Pride weekend featured many speakers and performances on the Bryan Center lawn on Saturday, followed by a family picnic on Sunday.
- Food trucks, school approved
At their meeting on Monday, June 10, Village Planning Commission approved two conditional use applications, one for the continued use of Village BP lot for food truck vendors, and one for a Montessori school on Tower Court.
- Fair weather, fair friends
The annual Yellow Springs Spring Street Fair Saturday, June 8, pulled in a record number of people again, and the weather was in a cooperative mood.
- Local Thai food a Tik less spicy
Though he has been in the U.S. off and on since he was 12, Gita Sripol has come a long way from his birthplace in northern Thailand to sell the food of his homeland on the streets of Yellow Springs.
- Local psychologist joins west, east in healing
Few conventional medicine providers give much credence to traditional medicine, whose practitioners don’t often seek mainstream credentials. Dr. Rose Mary Shaw bridges both worlds.
- StoryCorps creator at Schuster for WYSO fundraiser
On Friday, June 21, WYSO will host David Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, at the Mathile Theater in the Schuster Center. His presentation, “The History of StoryCorps and the Power of Listening,” will serve as a fundraiser for WYSO.
June 6, 2013
- Sculptor Alice Robrish— Exploring identity with ceramics
On June 14, Alice Robrish’s show, “Who Are We?,” will open at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery on Corry Street.
- A new lighting look downtown
Villagers who venture downtown this week may notice that the Village electric crew finished installing three street lamps at the north end of downtown.
- Pig Wings take flight this weekend
For Tomaz and Margaret Williams, ministering and cooking have a lot in common.
- Village Council— Rehab option for water plant
Regarding how best to source local water, Village Council may have the option of rehabbing the village’s current water plant.
May 30, 2013
- Village Council—Needed repairs to water lines will add cost
The Village needs to plan on adding an additional $1.6 million onto the final cost of either purchasing drinking water from Springfield or building a new water plant, consulting engineer John Eastman told Council at its May 20 meeting.
- A native son, talented, caring, addicted
While Oliver Simons, the local man who police say is behind a string of nine burglaries in the village this year, is now locked up at the Greene County Jail, back in town friends, family, victims and community members are left dealing with the aftershock of his alleged crimes.
About 20 local men and women from the Yellow Springs Odd Fellows lodge placed American flags on the graves of veterans and Odd Fellows at the Glen Forest Cemetery last Friday afternoon.
- Mosquito control takes a village
For the first time this year, villagers are on the front lines of preventing West Nile virus in Yellow Springs. Specifically, local residents need to start looking for sources of standing water in their yards, in order to help eliminate mosquito breeding in the village.
- Giving blood, giving life in YS
On June 13, from 3–6:30 p.m., Yellow Springs’ first Blood Drive and Mini Wellness Fair will be held at the Bryan Center.
May 23, 2013
- Scouts’ quest for kindness
Those who think kids don’t get bullied in Yellow Springs should think again, according to members of the local Girl Scout Troop 30349. And the scouts are especially concerned about how girls hurt each other.
- Burglary suspects indicted
Xenia residents Oliver Simons and Bianca Stone Chappelle were indicted last week by a Greene County grand jury on felony charges related to burglaries that occurred in Yellow Springs.
- Basketball coach Brad Newsome retires— Winning games, molding men
Some basketball coaches are just coaches, their influence confined to the court. Brad Newsome was the other kind. In his 16 years coaching Yellow Springs High School boys basketball, Newsome not only crafted athletes, he molded men.
- PE teacher Sarah Lowe to retire— Caring for the whole person
For all teachers, developing a good relationship with students is key. But it’s especially important when it comes to teaching the touchy and highly personal topics that health teacher Sarah Lowe has covered in her 35-year career.
- Roosevelt envisions ‘Antioch village’
As the only liberal arts college in the country in the process of starting up, Antioch College must find new and better ways of operating, and the village of Yellow Springs could play a pivotal role.
- Midwest, union still at odds
Almost two years have passed since Antioch University Midwest and its 13-member union staff began negotiating a new contract, which is yet to be reconciled. After dozens of meetings and mediation sessions, last month Midwest gave the union a deadline of Friday, May 24, to accept its best final offer. According to representatives of United […]
May 16, 2013
- Shot in the bark
On May 3 a Tree Care Inc. technician treated white ash and blue ash trees in the Ellis Park and Lloyd Kenney Arboretum by injection into the tree trunk.
- Guest learned by teaching
While the district will begin so-called project-based learning (PBL) next school year, Ellen Guest has been exploring similar methods for decades, squeezing in projects wherever she could. That’s one reason her retirement at the end of this school year is tinged with sadness.
- High school honors top academics
Yellow Springs High School recognized many of its students, especially its seniors, at the annual scholarship awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 15.
- Jennifer Rosengarten exhibits at DVAC— Paintings blooming with color and life
Jennifer Rosengarten can’t remember a time when she didn’t make art. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t love color. And her passion for making art rich with color is currently on display at the Dayton Visual Arts Center.
- Schools forecast solvent budgets
At their meeting Thursday, May 9, the Yellow Springs school board approved the rosiest five-year forecast that they’ve seen in the past three years.
- Schools tackle project-based learning
To stimulate discussion in the wider community about the purpose of project-based learning (PBL), the district has invited a speaker from the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High school in San Diego to share ideas about building a curriculum based in PBL.
- Village Council— Zoning gets more flexible
Village Council made a host of alterations to the Village zoning code during a special meeting Monday devoted to the current rewrite of the Village’s central planning document.
May 9, 2013
- Fulton to play soccer for Heidelberg
Yellow Spring High School senior Keturah Fulton will play college soccer next fall at Heidelberg University in Tiffin.
- Valedictorian, salutatorian— Grades are good, learning’s better
Lois Miller, valedictorian, and Hunter Lawson are members of the National Honor Society and received academic scholarships from their respective colleges. They will speak at the YSHS graduation on May 30 at 7 p.m.
- Phyllis Jackson to be honored
For years, Phyllis Lawson Jackson has been the “go-to” person for local history. The appeal of a historical perspective, she believes, is that even as history teaches us about the past, it also helps illuminate the present.
- Village Council — New water plant reexamined
Village Council members indicated at their meeting on Monday, May 6, that they will consider just two options: getting water from Springfield or building a brand new water plant.
- Business brings foot fashion to YS
Yellow Springs is known for many unique products, but fashionable shoes isn’t one of them. Elaine Chappelle is trying to change that with her new boutique shoe store, Sweet Sanaa.
- Lines another Village water issue
The village water distribution system, which is a complex web of underground water lines of various size, age and make, is in need of an upgrade. The urgency of the repairs depends on who is talking about them.
- School librarian grew many readers
The right book in the hands of the right student can be magic, says retiring school librarian Mary Ann Christopher, who has hooked many a student on books in her 16 years as the librarian of Yellow Springs Schools.
May 2, 2013
April 25, 2013
- A prom re-do, with spiked punch
At an adult prom, the punch comes pre-spiked. Chaperones encourage attendees to show more skin and dance a little closer. And no one has a curfew.
- Little Art celebrates last reel
It’s the end of the reel for the Little Art Theatre. The 84-year-old theater will play its last 35-millimeter film print before dismantling its ancient projector during a special film festival beginning this weekend, after which the theater will close for three months to undergo a half-million-dollar renovation and digital upgrade.
- Police investigate burglaries
Last Friday morning, April 19, the Yellow Springs Police Department issued a Hyper Reach alert to all village residents, informing villagers of a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the village with increasing frequency over the past four months.
- YSSC full of members, not funds
The Yellow Springs Senior Center, which serves vital health, transportation and social needs for the area’s senior citizens, for the first time in 2011 and 2012 budgeted for a 6 percent deficit. While the local center is serving more seniors than ever before, around 700 individuals per year, revenue has not kept pace with the expenses needed to serve a growing population of elders.
April 18, 2013
- Spills threaten Springfield aquifer
About three-and-a-half miles northwest of Springfield’s municipal well field is a landfill where 51,500 barrels of industrial waste were buried in the 1970s. Laid end-to-end, the barrels would stretch for 28 miles.
- School Board— Improvement levy discussed
The Yellow Springs Schools Permanent Improvement levy that supports buildings and other fixed assets will expire at the end of the year, and the district is discussing whether to renew the levy at the same level or replace it at a higher one.
- Village Council— ‘Local dispatch worth cost’
Forty-five villagers gathered in Village Council chambers Monday night, many there to talk about their strong desire to maintain a local dispatch service at the Yellow Springs Police Department. A dozen people spoke, including long-time police officer Al Pierce, who talked about the value of the personal and called the village’s two full-time and five part-time dispatchers the “magnificent seven,” who hold the department together.
April 11, 2013
- Digging deep into a garden’s gifts
A longtime former villager who still owns a house in town and plans to retire here, Carol Siyahi Hicks gives Yellow Springs credit for many things. For instance, it was here she found the friends who helped her discover her passion for the natural world, along with providing her company on trips into the wild.
- Village Council— How fast to move on water sourcing?
An ongoing discussion on the sourcing of Yellow Springs water continued at Village Council’s April 1 meeting, with Council President Judith Hempfling suggesting that more time is needed to decide how best to source local water.
- After ten years, Chen’s closes doors
After serving spring rolls, fried rice and General Tso’s chicken for nearly 10 years from a cozy cove on Dayton Street, Chen’s Asian Bistro closed its doors at the end of March. According to owner Jenny Chen, she and the property owner could not come to a lease agreement.
- Springfield vs. Yellow Springs — Comparing two waters
Like Yellow Springs, Springfield was named by early settlers for its abundant underground water resources, which on the surface manifest as gushing springs. The groundwater aquifers tapped for drinking water by both communities remain highly productive today.
- Tar Hollow is a place for friends
When Corrie Van Ausdal attended Tar Hollow as a child with her family, she felt as if everyone in Yellow Springs was staying in the rustic cabins perched on a hillside at the state park south of Chillicothe.
- First Education Conference— AUM, college collaborate on kids
An upcoming educational conference at Antioch University Midwest and Antioch College seeks to address topics of concern to many local parents and educators: how technology affects children, and how best to create safe, healthy schools.
- Judge for Struewings, again
A Greene County Common Pleas Court judge last week ruled in favor of Kenneth and Betheen Struewing in their case against the Village of Yellow Springs. The ruling upholds a decision rendered by a Greene County magistrate last April that the plaintiff’s property easement is valid, granting them one free Village water and sanitary sewer tap for their property on Hyde Road, which lies outside Village limits.
April 4, 2013
- Love, calypso beat in YSHS musical
If you’re interested in the Caribbean, calypso music or star-crossed lovers, this year’s high school musical should appeal to you. The musical, Once on this Island, will be performed at Mills Lawn on April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, with Friday and Saturday showings beginning at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
- What has changed since Newtown?
The shooting tragedy Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., galvanized gun control advocates, who immediately called for stepped-up efforts on both the federal and state levels. It also galvanized those who support gun rights, who vowed to beat back attempts at new legislation. What has changed?
- Hoppy hour
A steady stream of villagers kept the new Yellow Springs Brewery humming all day during its sneak preview brewery tour last Saturday.
- Barr house to disappear in a controlled burn
The historic house on the Barr property downtown will be burned in a training exercise this month, according to Miami Township Fire Chief Colin Altman at Village Council’s April 1 meeting.
- Curl Gym next on college’s renovation list
Antioch College is unveiling this week a preliminary design for its new Health and Wellness Center on campus. The center will be located in Curl Gym, which is scheduled for major renovation beginning late spring.
- Wellness about the daily mind
Local resident Carmen Milano believes that the village has many of the elements associated with good health and long life spans. And beginning this month, Wellness Month in Yellow Springs, she wants to make the village a place where people truly live better and longer.
March 28, 2013
- The pros and cons of local dispatch
One evening when Teresa Newsome was on duty as dispatcher at the Yellow Springs Police Department, she received a call from a worried villager. The woman’s elderly husband, who had some dementia, had taken a walk and, after several hours, not returned. Newsome knew both the woman and her husband, and she dispatched a police officer to look for the man.
- Expect anything at dance concert
Produced this year by Melissa Heston, Marybeth Wolf and Ali Thomas, the Yellow Springs Community Dance Concert will be performed on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. in Antioch College’s South Gym. “Expect anything” was Heston’s advice for the audience in a recent interview, as she reflected on the variety and […]
- Village Council— West Nile spraying nixed
Yellow Springs will not be sprayed with insecticide this summer in response to the presence of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos, unless the health department determines the village is in a state of emergency. Rather, mosquito control will involve working with villagers to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and the use of larvicide to kill the insect larvae.
- Guns and mental health— Experts note issues separate
Local resident T (who preferred to be anonymous to protect her family’s privacy) knew something was happening with her son when at 15 he was suddenly having trouble sleeping and began spending much time alone. The eccentric behavior quickly intensified, she said, and soon R began knocking on people’s doors singing Christmas carols and dressing in a suit to look for a job. That year R began home schooling and taking medication for depression and psychosis.
March 21, 2013
- Village Council— Dispatch on chopping block
How important is it to villagers to have local police dispatchers? Village Council members want to hear from the community.
“We need to hear from citizens how valued our current system is. Is money more important?” said Council member Rick Walkey at Council’s March 18 meeting.
- Opinions mixed over zoning update
While the phrase “zoning code” is not known to inspire enthusiasm, it lies at the heart of how land is used in the village, a topic that sparks strong opinions.
“As became very clear to me on my first five years on Council, land–use decisions bring out the passion in Yellow Springers!” Council member Lori Askeland wrote in a recent email. “And that passion is because people care deeply about this place.”
- Kids learn chemistry by hand
The Periodic Table, a chart of the earth’s elements organized by their chemical similarities, could be considered dry academic material. But make a game out of it, and suddenly the urge to know more about each element, its atomic weight and relation to the others, is not only necessary but kind of fun.
- Allen McCullough— Village a musical wellspring
From the level at which Allen McCullough listens, the average ear is way behind the times. In fact, he said, the lag time for modern music listeners isn’t a matter of a few years, but more like a century or two. And while Beethoven and Brahms created some of the most beautiful music in the world, McCullough believes it’s time for people to get a new sound. And by that he doesn’t mean Pink and Flo Rida.
March 14, 2013
- Yellow Springs Experience: Bronze Symposium— Casting for artistic collaboration
As with many Yellow Springs initiatives, the upcoming Yellow Springs Experience: National Bronze Sculpture Symposium, to take place in October 2013, grew from a series of local conversations, of villagers talking to each other.
- B & B for sale by innkeeper
The Arthur Morgan House spent many more years as a home for visitors than it ever did as the home of former Antioch College President Arthur Morgan and his wife Lucy, who built the house in 1921. And though much of its charm is related to its history as a home of the college, it’s been humming as the town’s only sustained bed and breakfast for about 27 years.
- Our big appetite for consumption
We humans hunger for many things, from food to knowledge to comfort. As Americans, by virtue of economics, we have been feeding those hungers since the post-war era. What effect that sustained and frenzied consumption has had on cultures across the globe is the subject of the new art exhibit, Appetite: An American Pastime, going up at Herndon Gallery this week.
- Mills Lawn School’s Project Peace— Kids learn to make art, not war
At the beginning of the school year, Mills Lawn principal Matt Housh and school counselor John Gudgel got together to discuss their school-wide goals for the year. Number one on Gudgel’s list was addressing the issue of bullying, which he defines as “ongoing, intentional behavior to cause physical or emotional harm.”
- JBCP studio time and workshop— Hungarian potters travel to village
In much of Hungary, handmade pottery is at the heart of daily life, objects both beautiful and useful. In villages, earthenware jugs for water remain unglazed so that the water inside can evaporate on the walls of the jug, keeping the water cool.
March 7, 2013
- Living well in a tiny house
If you close your eyes before entering Alex Melamed and Allison Paul’s new Walnut Street home, then open your eyes once inside, you might not realize you’re in a tiny home. The high-ceilinged, light-filled living room feels spacious, with a kitchen on one end and a bed, out of sight, in the loft above.
- Springs Motel turns over keys
The charm of the little roadside motel that attracted Eric Clark 10 years ago has hooked a new buyer with an eye for potential. Kat Krehbiel purchased the Springs Motel last week and has plans for its continued revival, possibly including a new place to eat on the south end of town. But to start out, Krehbiel’s main hope is to keep her first motel business alive and well.
- Planning Commission on zoning update— Gauging flexibility for work at home
Tiny houses, home businesses and zoning for the now-closed Norah’s dominated the discussion of Planning Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at a special meeting to continue to review the Village zoning code revision. The planners will hold a public hearing on the revision on Thursday, March 21. After that, the code revision will go to Council for further review and final approval.
- Center Stage play opens Friday— ‘The Crucible’ across eras
In the upcoming weeks, the Center Stage community theater group will put on its fourth theater production since its revival in 2011.
- Police views on gun control vary— Many officers for background checks
On Jan. 28 five young men between the ages of 19 and 23 entered a home on Victoria Avenue in Fairborn to purchase marijuana. During the transaction, one of the visitors threatened the residents with a weapon and attempted to rob them. Instead, the resident pulled out his own gun and shot two of the visitors, injuring one and killing the other, Ta’Vaun Fambrough, a 19-year-old Central State University freshman.
February 28, 2013
- Energy group helps Village to conserve
According to the 2012 annual report from the Yellow Springs Energy Board at Village Council’s Feb. 19 meeting, the Village will, in the next few years, receive the large majority of its electrical power from renewable sources.
- WYSO’s ReInvention Stories— Dayton resilience, on air and web
ReInvention Stories, a collaboration between WYSO public radio and local filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, uses video, radio and interactive online media to explore how Dayton is re-charging itself after years of economic collapse.
- Women’s Voices — Some art in hall, some not
What is the right balance between promoting free expression and protecting Village government from lawsuits if that expression offends? At their Feb. 19 meeting, Village Council members wrestled with that thorny issue as they determined the best way to display art during the upcoming Women’s Voices Out Loud exhibit.
- Laugh, grow with Antioch School
The Antioch School’s scholarship fund got a big push last year when the school’s main fundraising event featured a comedian to liven things up. And the school aims to do the same thing this year for its annual Antioch School Silent Auction.
- From cats to cows, answers on air
For three years now, Brett Ellis has been hosting a call-in radio show on Joe Mullins’ radio station, WBZI. During his 15-minute segment on Thursdays, Brett “the Vet” answers people’s questions and concerns about their domestic animals, be they pets or livestock.
- Ain’t Misbehavin’ this weekend— Fleming directs jazz musical at CSU
This weekend, Fleming, the director of YS Kids Playhouse, returns to his jazz roots when he directs Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Central State University. The production takes place this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Robeson Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $1 for students.
- Wasp named for ‘lord of the flies’
In the 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, a parasitic extraterrestrial bursts out of an astronaut’s chest, killing him, in the film’s iconic scene. The lifecycle of parasitic insects is not much different, according to Wright State entomologist and Yellow Springs resident John Stireman.
- A study in white
The transformative power of snow shows us a different set of details.
February 21, 2013
- Guns and games— Links to real violence unclear
A 2008 Pew Research study found 97 percent of teens in America play video games, with two-thirds playing games that include violent content. Yet in the context of the Newtown shooting and the ongoing debate on national gun violence and culture, many have cited the possible effects of media violence on youth — with particular attention paid to violent video games.
- Easement to protect Glen for good
With the support of a resounding 10 nonprofit, state and local government agencies, as well as $1.6 million in secured funding, the Glen has taken its first step into the protective fold of a permanent conservation easement.
- Film ‘Escape Fire’ seeks healthcare transformation
The American health care system is so broken that fixing it requires a major conceptual transformation.
- Council approves sculpture event
At their Feb. 19 meeting, Village Council members unanimously approved moving ahead with a bronze sculpture symposium sponsored by the Yellow Springs Arts Council.
February 14, 2013
- Forget Park Place; buy Antioch
A local version of the 80-year-old fast-dealing property trading game of Monopoly is coming to Yellow Springs. Envisioned as a way to promote the town, its businesses, non-profits and quirky culture, an informal group of merchants and villagers designed a local Monopoly board game over the last few months.
- Use the Sidedoor for a new cut and style
Once, after Andrea Rhodes got a really good haircut, she was walking down the street when someone leaned out a car window and yelled, “Great haircut!” Rhodes aims to give that sort of cut to her customers.
- Village Council— Council to contract out pool care
At their Feb. 4 meeting, Village Council members agreed to contract the responsibilities for running the Gaunt Park pool to Dayton Pool Management, or DPM, part of a nationwide pool management company.
- Planners limit tiny homes
In response to the question, “how small can a house be in Yellow Springs?” Village Planning Commission on Monday night chose to split the difference between those who favor and those who oppose allowing tiny houses in the village.
- Being black in Yellow Springs
Young people who grew up in Yellow Springs during the 1960s were in a “racial, social and economic bubble” where kids had little awareness of race, class or economic level, according to Yellow Springs natives who will speak soon on the topic, “Being Black in Yellow Springs: The Sixties Experience.”
- Preparing in life for one’s death
Few people know just when they will die, but those who want to can decide how they leave the world, according to Jane Brown, who worked for many years as a hospital chaplain and then a Hospice care provider.
- Well-capping raises concern over Vernay plume clean-up
A proposed well-capping ordinance backed by Vernay Laboratories and the Greene County Combined Health District to prevent contamination from groundwater polluted by Vernay has raised concerns among some neighbors, who view the effort as an attempt by Vernay to circumvent long-term cleanup effort.
February 7, 2013
- Guns and the Village: Reviewing safety in our schools
The rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 has caused school communities across the country to reassess the safety of their buildings and their ability to respond to violent threats and crises, especially those related to an active shooter.
- Pick-up pickin’
Over 60 singers and musicians brought their voices and a dozen different instruments to the first Yellow Springs Hootenanny on Saturday, Jan. 19.
- Council regards water sourcing
At their Feb. 4 meeting, Village Council members and Village Manager Laura Curliss began a discussion on the best way to source Village water.
- Library hosts healing workshops
A free workshop series on Filipino healing traditions presented by local holistic health practitioner Virgil Mayor Apostol begins with a lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Yellow Springs Public Library.
- Five seek council seat
Five villagers have expressed interest in replacing Village Council President Judith Hempfling.
- McKinney takes top writing honors
McKinney Middle School students took several top honors at the annual Power of the Pen District Tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at YSHS.
- To Xenia or Fairborn, via bus
When Barbara Mann wanted to ride a bus this Monday morning, all she had to do was step off the curb in front of Tom’s Market and wave down the little white bus.
- Planning Commission— How small is too small for a home in town?
How small is too small for a house in Yellow Springs? That question was one of several considered by the Village Planning Commission at a special Jan. 23 meeting as they reviewed the proposed revision of the Village zoning code.
January 31, 2013
- Township accounts audited
Miami Township elected officials were ordered to pay $11,624 back to the Township last week when a state audit revealed that they overpaid themselves in 2010 and that money in the Township’s books is missing from its bank account.
- Guns and the Village: Guns abundant in Ohio
How popular are guns in this area? How do Ohio’s laws affect our gun scene? Can guns be owned safely by law-abiding citizens? Or are new gun laws needed in Ohio to protect its citizens from gun accidents and gun-wielding criminals?
- Village schools — Private fund fuels change
Yellow Springs schools are on the road toward change, and investigating other education models is one piece of the complex web of adjustments the district expects to make over the next eight years as part of its strategic plan.
January 24, 2013
- Guns and the Village: where we are, what to do
While gun rights advocates and gun control advocates both see a correlation between guns and violence, they have come to opposite conclusions.
- Library turns over a new page
Patrons of the Yellow Springs Community Library have probably noticed a recent makeover which includes new carpeting and checkout stations as well as an expanded reference desk and rearranged book and DVD shelves.
- Creative Memories building— Auctioneer offers purchase
The Antioch Company drafted a contract last week to sell its facility on East Enon Road to International Auction and Appraisal Services Worldwide, an industrial auctioneer and property manager based in Shrewsbury, Pa.
- A Cajun Robin Hood seeks funds
In honor of Fleming’s Cajunhood and the New Orleans culture he comes from, YSKP will host its annual fundraiser as a Mardi Gras party on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Glen Helen auditorium in the Vernet Ecological Center
January 17, 2013
- Village pulls through for Little Art
This year’s Campaign to Renovate the Little Art Theatre reached its goal of $475,000 to bring the theater into the 21st century.
- Fate of old clinic site still not known
Since the Yellow Springs Family Health Center, operated by Wright State University Physicians, was abandoned and demolished three years ago, the land has been vacant.
- Village Council— Funding for nonprofits considered
How should Village Council respond to funding requests from local nonprofits? Council members held an initial discussion on the issue at their Jan. 7 meeting, although the topic was discussion only, with no action taken at this time.
- Pining for a resistant strain
Village resident Robert Gage doesn’t relish heights, but even hovering at 70 feet in the air last week, he appeared less concerned with the drop than with the fertility of the newest shoots he was clipping.
January 10, 2013
- Down time
Arbor Care crew member Aaron Horn was the lucky one in the bucket Monday morning on W. North College, as the company worked to cut down a diseased ash tree.
- New firm helps village go green
Interested in solar power? Adding insulation to your home? A super high-efficiency furnace? Then one local company, which is expanding services this month under a new name, may be the place to go for homeowners wanting to go green.
- Village Council— Pay hike gets initial OK
At their Jan. 7 meeting, Village Council members approved 4–1 the first reading of an ordinance to raise Council members’ stipends from $4,000 a year to $7,200. Council members will take the final vote on the ordinance at their Jan. 22 meeting.
- New police officer resigns
After nine months on the job, Yellow Springs police officer Jeff Kimpan resigned on Dec. 19 from his position with the force. His resignation was effective immediately.
- Chief Pettiford— Building on what’s worked
When Yellow Springs Police Chief Anthony Pettiford was growing up in the village, the town was a place where everyone seemed to know everyone else. The town felt very safe, and an important part of that safety was the presence of the local police.
- Cool digs
Cody Back took advantage of the last two weeks of snow and cold to construct an igloo at his Robinwood Drive home.
January 3, 2013
- New store Ohio Vintage— A family passion for the old
The Murray brothers are unusual in the world of vintage goods. They’re young — Josh is 29, John-Marcus 30 — but they’ve already been buying and selling old items for about 15 years.
Cold temperatures and more snow have kept Gaunt Park hill ready for sledders, and a steady stream of local kids and families have taken part.
- College global seminar projects go local— Students tackle town/gown health
A women’s support group, bicycle co-op and senior auditing program were a few of the ideas Antioch College students came up with to tackle campus and community health problems during last semester’s global seminar.
- Servlet back in familiar hands
The local Internet provider Servlet that was purchased last spring by a group of local investors was bought back earlier this month by former owner Bruce Cornett.