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FROM THE PRINT EDITION, 2018

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2018


December 27, 2018
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      December 20, 2018
      • Help spread the word— Find food, utility assistance
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        Alongside the signs of holiday prosperity in the village, Yellow Springs has its share of people in need. Fortunately, there are numerous programs in the area that are ready to help and are looking to assist as many people as possible.

      • Ellis among Women of Influence
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        Ellis is currently being recognized for her efforts to shine a light on local stories, along with her long and successful career in radio. Recently she was named one of six 2019 Dayton YWCA Women of Influence, and she will receive the award at the annual Women of Influence luncheon on March 21, 2019, at the Dayton Convention Center.

      • New owner for Town Drug
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        The village’s longtime lone pharmacy, Town Drug, is getting a new owner.

      • Villager charges smart meters unsafe
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        In this two-part series, the News will examine the issues surrounding radio frequency radiation from both smart meters and new, fifth-generation wireless technology.

      • Council green lights senior apartments
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        Plans to build a 54-unit affordable senior apartment complex in the village will move forward after Council approved the project at its Dec. 17 meeting.

      • YS School Board— District forming a facilities committee
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        At the last school board meeting of 2018, district Superintendent Mario Basora looked ahead to the new year, when the district “will click the reset button” in addressing local school facility needs.

      • A clean sweep— Decluttering help is here
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        As the new year approaches, one of the most common resolutions is to finally “get organized” and simplify your life by simplifying your space.

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          December 13, 2018
          • Merry and bright— Celebrate traditions of light
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            As each year comes to a close, the village — and the world outside — celebrates a variety of holidays, traditions and rituals, creating a diversity of celebration throughout Yellow Springs during the darkest time of the year. Despite the darkness, through the celebration of Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas and Kwanzaa, villagers take time in December to remember and consider the light — each in their own ways.

          • Planning Commission— Home, Inc. apartments not approved
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            The large size and tall height of a proposed affordable senior apartment building were the sticking points for Planning Commission this week as it reviewed a zoning application for the project.

          • New discussions to start — Finding ways to face race, together
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            An adapted model calls for diverse groups of eight to 12 people and a facilitator, who meet in two-hour sessions over six weeks, with a different topic each week, from implicit bias to inequity. National and local statistics will be explored and take-home exercises offer more opportunities to learn. At the model’s heart, however, is sharing stories.

          • Village Council— A stronger sanctuary stance
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            Council strengthened its public statement as a “Welcoming Community” with the passing of a new resolution at its regular meeting on Dec. 3.

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            December 6, 2018
            • Aid for asylum seekers — Locals seek migrant justice
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              The progress this summer and fall of the “migrant caravan” of Central American asylum seekers making their way north to the U.S.-Mexican border has sparked months of condemnation by President Trump, who has threatened a lethal response, sending U.S. troops to stop the migrants from entering the country.

            • Village Council — Transportation plan unveiled
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              A raised crosswalk across Xenia Avenue from Tom’s Market to the Emporium. A sidewalk along Polecat Road to Ellis Park. Closing off Short Street to car traffic. Making Walnut Street one way southbound in front of Mills Lawn School.

            • An evolving tradition — VIDA awarded to muralists of YS
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              The murals that brighten many walls in the business district of the village are receiving formal recognition — the Village Inspiration and Design Award, or VIDA.

            • Village filmmaker is honored by industry
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              Each year the International Documentary Association, a professional group for documentary filmmakers, selects a filmmaker to receive its highest honor, the Career Achievement Award.

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              November 29, 2018
              • A blues-rock fusion—Claudettes to jazz up Emporium
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                The Chicago four-piece band the Claudettes are returning once again to play at The Emporium this Friday, and they couldn’t be happier.

              • Home, Inc. senior apartments— A closer look at developer
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                Created in 1989, St. Mary Development Corporation grew from a partnership between a Catholic nun and a Centerville parishioner. Within a few years, they had purchased their first site for affordable senior housing. For the pending Yellow Springs project, Home, Inc. will provide most of the service component.

              • Millworks changes hands
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                After being on the market for more than 18 months, the Millworks Business Center has new owners.

              • Encore Fellows spark collaboration
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                When Nolan and Dick Miller bequeathed $3.6 million to the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, they wanted the funds to go to Antioch College students who would serve the local community. Now, the Millers’ intentions are being revisited in a planned expansion of the program.

                Sports

                November 22, 2018
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                  November 15, 2018
                  • Greene Canteen’s clean, green cuisine
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                    Yellow Springers can look forward to the healthy fare of very veggie-oriented salads, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, soups and more when Brittany Baum opens the Greene Canteen in early 2019. 

                  • Holiday Art Jumble returns
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                    The Yellow Springs Arts Council is once again hosting their annual event which features handmade fine art, crafts, seasonal items and plenty of surprises. It’s official — the Art Jumble is here, so let the holiday season begin! 

                  • Sidewalk slur evinces racism
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                    Last month, a newly poured block of concrete was defaced with a racial slur at the corner of Wright Street and West South College Street.

                  • Planning Commission — Varying views on senior apartments
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                    Last Monday’s Village Planning Commission meeting was standing room only as villagers aired their thoughts on Home, Inc.’s proposed 54-unit affordable senior apartment building between East Herman and East Marshall streets. 

                  • Election 2018 — Dems revived despite losses
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                    On their face, the results of the Nov. 6 midterm elections in both Greene County and the state maintained the Republican-dominant status quo. But a deeper look shows that change is occurring.

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                    November 8, 2018
                    • New grants for Agraria —  Kids get the dirt on soil education
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                      The architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller often used a metaphor to illustrate how small targeted actions can move massive systems. Fuller noted that the “trim tab,” a tiny mechanism of a ship’s rudder, can change the ship’s course with a minute movement. At the Agraria Center for Regenerative Agriculture, soil is seen as that “trim tab.”

                    • Live from Mills Lawn, it’s Tuesday morning!
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                      “Good morning, amazing MLS students!” announced Mills Lawn sixth-grader Tiger Collins on a Tuesday last month. Flanked by fellow students Gabriella Kibblewhite and Stella Platt, she began broadcasting the daily news at Mills Lawn.

                    • Village Council — Surveillance policy passed
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                      Any new surveillance technology the Yellow Springs Police Department or other municipal agency wants to use must first be approved by Council at a public hearing.

                    • The Great War that transformed the village
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                      On Feb. 14, 1919, the Yellow Springs News published a long list on its front page, spanning the entire length of the paper. It was the “Roll of Honor,” a list of all villagers who had served, or were serving, in the Army during the First World War, which had recently ended.

                    November 1, 2018
                    • MLS all-school musical — ‘Lion King KIDS’ springs to life
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                      Mills Lawn Elementary has transformed into the Pride Lands this fall as students prepare for a production of “Lion King KIDS,” a stage adaptation for youth of the popular, animated Disney movie and subsequent Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

                    • Bulldog Theatre Festival — Two plays address timely issues
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                      The two productions — one contemporary, one classical — on the docket for this fall’s Bulldog Theater Festival deal with social pressure, expectations and violence.

                    • Hometown candidate — DeWine aims for top state office
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                      As the Ohio gubernatorial race comes to a close, Republican candidate Mike DeWine is already looking to get back to a favorite activity after the campaign, win or lose: taking in a movie with his wife at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs.

                    • Tecumseh Land Trust to host resource fair
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                      Land and water preservation and management, soil conservation and other environmental matters will be explored at the Landowner Resource Fair hosted by the Tecumseh Land Trust this weekend. 

                    • School board — Deficit spending predicted
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                      If the revenue and expenditures of Yellow Springs Schools continue this year as projected, the district will end the 2018–19 fiscal year with a $126,000 drop in its reserves, according to district Treasurer Dawn Bennett.

                    • A good year for new Friends Care director
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                      While Mike Montgomery is the executive director of Friends Care Community, he takes a modest position regarding how critical he is to the functioning of the local continuing care center.

                    October 25, 2018
                    • Senior rentals move forward
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                      A significant senior affordable rental project more than 10 years in the making is moving forward, according to Home, Inc. leaders at a recent community meeting.

                    • Village Council — Site for Gaunt statue eyed
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                      Wheeling Gaunt will welcome those entering town from the north if the proposed location of a life-sized bronze statue of the generous 19th-century African-American resident is approved.

                    • Faculty strike looms at Wright State
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                      With the threat of a looming strike, about 200 Wright State University faculty members and their supporters packed the most recent meeting of the university’s board of trustees Friday morning, Oct. 19, to express their frustration and anger about the ongoing impasse in contract negotiations.

                    • YSTC’s scary-funny offering
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                      On a Tuesday night at the First Presbyterian Church, Ellen Ballerene held her script in her lap as Kayla Graham and Shekinah Williams rehearsed a scene from “Dirty Laundry,” one of three short plays that the YS Theater Company

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                      October 18, 2018
                      • YS Open Studios — An inside look at local art and artists
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                        Yellow Springs is increasingly becoming renowned for its own vibrant community of artists, and this weekend, art lovers can get a first-hand look at what some of the village’s talented artists are creating.

                      • Sanctuary explored as ICE activity increases
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                        When friends of Dayton attorney Kathleen Kersh express their outrage at the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant families at the U.S./Mexican border, Kersh reminds them: the very same activity is taking place in Ohio, and at an ever-increasing rate.

                      • Environmental news — EPA responds to Vernay cleanup plan
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                        It’s been 16 years since Vernay Laboratories began working under order of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop a plan to clean up contamination at and around the company’s former manufacturing facility at 875 Dayton St. But Vernay has more work to do before its final cleanup plan is approved.

                      • Brothers to present film — Political satire propels ‘Oath’
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                        On the day after Thanksgiving — Black Friday — all Americans have been asked to sign a pledge of loyalty to the United States. This is the central conceit of “The Oath,” a dark comedy/horror/political satire film starring Ike and Jon Barinholtz, and written and directed by Ike.

                      • CMYS concert series— Attacca Quartet’s ‘all-Beethoven’
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                        The New York-based Attacca Quartet will bring their “uncommon vibrancy” — as described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer — to an all-Beethoven program when they take the stage for Chamber Music in Yellow Springs on Sunday, Nov. 4.

                      • YS school board — District seeks levy renewal
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                        With a renewal levy on the Nov. 6 ballot, Yellow Springs school  district leaders want local voters to know that the measure, if approved, will not increase their tax bill.

                      • At the Library — Learning to disarm the inner critic
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                        For the past nine years, local author Rebecca Kuder has dialogued with an inner voice that once kept her from accessing her creativity as a writer, and her joy as a person.

                      October 11, 2018
                      • Author and professor writes on comics, cats
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                        Wittenberg College English professor Kate Polak is the author of a book on comics, “Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics,” which this year became a finalist for the prestigious Eisner Award.

                      • Village Council — More cases for Mayor’s Court
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                        After several years of community discussion, a plan to hear more cases in the local Mayor’s Court was approved by Council at its October 2 meeting.

                      • A co-op grocery comes to a Dayton food desert
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                        On the corner of Salem Avenue and Superior Street in West Dayton sits a vacant building with signs advertising a former artist supply and picture framing shop. By the end of next year, this humble corner will be transformed into a co-operative grocery store.

                      • Cresco Labs opens its doors
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                        On Monday, Oct. 8, Cresco Labs of Yellow Springs opened its doors to local media and public officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour of the medical marijuana grower.

                      October 4, 2018
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                        September 27, 2018
                        • Village Council — Home, Inc. requests funds
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                          Local affordable housing developer Home, Inc. can help the Village meet its housing goals, according to a funding pitch made by Home, Inc.’s board and staff at Village Council’s Sept. 17 meeting. 

                        • YS Schools — Superintendent outlines new district goals
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                          Improving school culture, deepening the rigor of project-based learning and collaborating with the community on a plan for district facilities were among the main areas of focus in a set of proposed goals presented to the Yellow Springs School Board during its most recent regular meeting.

                        • Fitness class keeps seniors moving
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                          Two years ago, Jane Blakelock struggled to navigate subway stairs and keep up on long walks on a visit to her daughter in New York City. But multiple classes each week of Lynn Hardman’s Sit Strong changed everything.

                        • New family doctor joins practice
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                          In the effort to serve more patients from in and around the village, a local medical office has added a new doctor.

                        • A partnership for Wilberforce and Antioch
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                          Antioch College and Wilberforce University are both small, private liberal arts colleges in Greene County. They were both founded in the 1850s. And in recent years they’ve both been trying to bounce back from financial and accreditation woes.

                        • Incubator sparks food interest
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                          If you look at it the right way, a new business is like a seed: it needs a good, fertile place to grow.

                        • YS Credit Union celebrates 70 years
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                          What began as a small cooperative financial initiative is now a 70-year-old local institution.

                          Obituaries

                          September 20, 2018
                          September 13, 2018
                          September 6, 2018
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                            August 30, 2018
                            • Company turns trash into treasure
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                              Matthew Lawson is passionate about compost. Where some see stinky, rotting waste, Lawson sees a renewable resource. What is worthless trash to some is, to him, a rich biodiversity.

                            • Yellow Springs Community rallies after fatal fire
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                              Nearly a week after a local house fire claimed the life of a Yellow Springs man and hospitalized an elder relative, fire officials continue to investigate the cause, while the community rallies around the grieving family.

                            • Village Council — Vernay cleanup plan probed
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                              A member of the Yellow Springs Environmental Commission urged Village Council at its Aug. 20 meeting to weigh in on a plan to clean up a highly contaminated industrial site in the village.

                            • Unsung civil rights activist remembered
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                              In an effort to bring civil rights activist Bayard Rustin’s story out of the shadows of history, a series of events, including multiple performances of an oratorio about the activist’s life, will be presented in early September.

                            • Old, new friends return to CMYS
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                              Chamber Music in Yellow Springs has announced its 35th season, bringing a variety of ensembles — “Old Friends, New Friends” — to audiences in the Miami Valley.

                            • Hearing process complete; Meister demoted
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                              On Monday, Aug. 27, Yellow Springs Police Officer David Meister was officially disciplined by Village Manager Patti Bates.

                            • Antioch College recognized for sustainability practices
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                              Antioch College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving a second-place rating in top performing institutions for grounds.

                            August 23, 2018
                            • Bike trail connector plans on a roll
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                              A long-envisioned bike path connecting the villages of Yellow Springs and Clifton shifted up a gear recently.

                            • New efforts, faces at YS schools
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                              It may not be astronomically precise, but summer is definitively ending for many in Yellow Springs as the village’s public schools open their doors for the 2018–19 school year on Friday, Aug. 24.

                            • Together, local poets refine their verses
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                              A group of five poets have met monthly on Sunday evenings in their homes for the last two years, to help each other improve their poetry skills.

                            • Village Council —  Surveillance tech discussed
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                              As police departments across the country increasingly adopt new surveillance technologies, communities such as Yellow Springs need to figure out ways to protect the civil liberties and privacy rights of residents from their use.

                            • In September, a focus on dementia
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                              When organizers for the Dementia Friendly Yellow Springs, or DFYS, project held a community book read last winter on a book about dementia, they were encouraged by the hardy response.

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                              August 16, 2018
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                                August 9, 2018
                                • Council eyes infrastructure
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                                  Fixing sidewalks. Studying electric and stormwater systems. Buying a camera to inspect underground pipes. Repairing a wall of John Bryan Community Pottery. Installing remote-read water meters.

                                • Meister gets hearing
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                                  On Friday, Aug. 3, the Village of Yellow Springs conducted a pre-disciplinary hearing with Police Cpl. David Meister.

                                • YS band to play high-profile fest
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                                  Performing locally and building a loyal following for the past seven years, Yellow Springs-based pop-rock band Speaking Suns is on the rise.

                                • 35th annual ‘Art on the Lawn’ for art near and far
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                                  Pam Geisel’s striking quilts, Julie Phipps’ cement-casted leaves and Tara Anderson’s intentionally cracked pottery are some of the unique artwork on offer at this year’s Art on the Lawn.

                                • YS pharmacist set for NYC move
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                                  After 35 years as a pharmacist, 20 of them off and on in Yellow Springs and the last four as the full-time druggist in charge at Town Drug, Janice Blandford is leaving the downtown pharmacy and moving to New York City.

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                                    August 2, 2018
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                                      July 26, 2018
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                                        July 19, 2018
                                        • Local artists evoke places near, far and dear
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                                          An opening reception for the exhibition “Places Far, Near and Dear,” featuring paintings by Anna Arbor and Catherine Lehman, will be held Friday, July 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the YSAC Community Gallery.

                                        • Interim principal, assistant principal approved
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                                          Offering no comment about the action, the Yellow Springs School Board last week appointed Jack Hatert, assistant principal at Yellow Springs High and McKinney Middle schools, as interim principal of the combined campus for the 2018–19 school year.

                                        • Grounding vision of resilience at Agraria
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                                          On the property Community Solutions purchased last year, the 75-year-old local nonprofit wants to model regenerative agriculture as part of its mission to create resilient communities in the face of climate change.

                                        • State of the College address— Manley eyes Antioch challenges
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                                          At last Saturday’s State of the College address to college alumni, Antioch College President Tom Manley closed with a quote from South African human rights activist Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

                                        • John Cage’s words inspire dance
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                                          This week, long-time Yellow Springs resident Louise Smith, associate professor of devised theater and performance at Antioch College, will host a guest artist, Paul Lazar, who will perform “Cage Shuffle,” an original work based on written text by composer John Cage.

                                        • Village Council — Discipline process continues
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                                          The disciplinary process for Yellow Springs Police Cpl. David Meister continues this week after a motion failed at Council’s July 16 meeting that would have halted the process.

                                        July 12, 2018
                                        • AU Midwest cuts staff, moves online
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                                          Antioch University leaders recently announced significant staff cuts and programming changes at Antioch University Midwest, or AUM. While the school’s longstanding “place-based” programs will soon be eliminated, the school aims to ramp up its online and low-residency offerings.

                                        • Antioch reunion finds ties with past, future
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                                          Michael Higginbotham, author of “Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America,” is the inaugural speaker in a new seminar series named in honor of famed civil rights advocate and federal judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., a 1949 graduate of Antioch College and also Michael Higginbotham’s father’s first cousin.

                                        • Village Council — Late fees to be forgiven
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                                          One time each year, the Village of Yellow Springs will forgive the late fee on a resident’s utility bill if the resident asks for forgiveness.

                                        • New county jail focus of meeting
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                                          Overcrowding, crumbling infrastructure and infestations of birds and rodents were among the concerns raised by Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer during a June 27 meeting hosted by the James A. McKee Group in Yellow Springs to discuss plans to build a new Greene County Jail. 

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                                          July 5, 2018
                                          • Bachman takes over role as editor of News
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                                            Beginning next week, Megan Bachman will be the new editor of the local paper. Bachman is taking the place of Diane Chiddister, 68, the editor for the last 12 years.

                                          • Village Council — Citizens speak up for Meister
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                                            Nine villagers spoke in support of Cpl. David Meister, a local police officer facing discipline charges, at Village Council’s July 2 meeting.

                                          • Village, Meister still at odds
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                                            Last Friday’s pre-disciplinary hearing for Yellow Springs Police Corporal Dave Meister was postponed in hopes that lawyers representing Meister and the Village could reach a compromise agreement.

                                          • Outside voices: 2018’s Springsfest
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                                            The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Saturday, July 7, for this year’s Springsfest, which featured 11 bands over 11 hours.

                                          • Yellow Springs’ own Woodstock returns
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                                            For the third year, Yellow Springs is going to celebrate its own version of Woodstock or Lollapalooza with Springsfest, a 12-hour music festival.

                                          • Plans for investing in the village
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                                            A local debit card with rewards for shopping locally. A business incubator on the Antioch campus. Crowdfunding for local businesses. Student debt refinancing for those who live here after graduation. These ideas and more were explored in a series of conversations last week spearheaded by the Yellow Springs Federal Credit Union, or YSFCU.

                                          June 28, 2018
                                          • Reaching out to save a life
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                                            In the depths of depression, a young Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to his law partner in 1841 that hinted at possible suicidal intentions.

                                          • Yellow Springs shows its pride colors
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                                            Downtown Yellow Springs is awash in rainbows. The annual local celebration — YS Pride — will be celebrated this Saturday, June 30, with a free festival and march through downtown.

                                          • Taming a wild horse Funderburg’s latest challenge
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                                            Funderburg has been training horses for 15 years, and it is evident that the learning is a two-way street. Horses are very straightforward, she said; they are what they are: the animal becomes a mirror.

                                          • Council eyes creating a CIC
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                                            At Village Council’s June 18 meeting, Council revisited a previous discussion on the potential benefits and costs of creating a designated community improvement corporation, or CIC.

                                          • Village police — Meister discipline sparks protest
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                                            The proposed demotion and additional discipline of a popular local police officer has sparked concern in Yellow Springs, including a protest last weekend.

                                          June 21, 2018
                                          • Women’s Park thrives at 20
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                                            Twenty years ago, villager and women’s rights activist Gene Trolander gathered together like-minded friends to bring to life a vision she held dear: a park to celebrate the lives of Yellow Springs women.

                                          • Village Council focus on housing
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                                            Village Council addressed several possible strategies for addressing housing needs in Yellow Springs.

                                          • Love and a feel-good jam band
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                                            On Saturday, June 9, a local band and its cohort gathered in a circle, each with one arm around another and a cup in each one of their other hands at Peach’s Grill, toasting the show before it began.

                                          • The role of police in preventing suicide
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                                            Local police have responded ten times to a possibly suicidal person in the village this year. While each case is unique, in all of them police assess the safety of the situation and then choose a course of action.

                                          • School board— Facility visit prompts optimism
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                                            The building structure of the Yellow Springs High School/McKinney Middle School facility appears to be in better condition than school district leaders feared, according to the initial feedback of two structural engineers who toured the school campus Wednesday, June 13.

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                                            June 14, 2018
                                            • First step to senior rentals
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                                              A new affordable senior rental housing project has moved closer to reality since Wright State University and Home Inc. agreed that Home Inc. will purchase land  currently owned by the university on the south end of town.

                                            • YSAC to spotlight beauty of wood
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                                              The beauty and aesthetic harmony of wood will be on display this month in an invitational exhibition hosted by Yellow Springs Arts Council.

                                            • Suicide a growing concern
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                                              It’s called the ripple effect. When someone takes their own life, the act impacts entire families and communities, spreading out as water from a stone tossed in a pond.

                                            • YSHS sports heroes to be honored
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                                              State champions, accomplished coaches, professional players. Yellow Springs has cultivated a roster of significant athletic achievement over the decades.

                                            June 7, 2018
                                            May 31, 2018
                                            • Gaunt Park pool gets upgrades
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                                              The Gaunt Park Pool opened its gates last Saturday after being extensively repaired this month.

                                            • Antioch Village draws crowd
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                                              Last week about 60 villagers came out for the unveiling of the Antioch College Village pilot project — a planned pocket neighborhood of small homes on the north side of East North College Street.

                                            • Village Council — Mayor’s Court proposal stalls
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                                              At Village Council’s May 21 meeting, Police Chief Brian Carlson asked Council for more time before Council votes on whether to require that local police send all appropriate cases to the local Mayor’s Court rather than Xenia Municipal Court.

                                            • Gaunt Park pool gets upgrades
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                                              The Gaunt Park Pool opened its gates last Saturday after being extensively repaired this month. The repairs were funded by part of the $150,000 budget appropriated to the Parks department Capital Improvement Fund by Village Council. 

                                            • Tales of a forgotten music star
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                                              The list of famous musicians who have lived in Yellow Springs is long.

                                            • Schools analyze levy defeat
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                                              In the wake of the school facilities levy loss May 8, the Yellow Springs School Board met Thursday, May 24, to discuss what the schools’ contracted architect described as a “decisive” defeat, and consider next steps in addressing the needs of the district’s aging buildings. 

                                            May 24, 2018
                                            • The physics of the Force at Little Art
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                                              “Star Wars” fans who have mused about whether or not working light sabers and blasters will ever be available for purchase on Amazon are in luck: Patrick Johnson, author of “The Physics of Star Wars,” will be at the Little Art Theatre on Sunday, May 27, to talk about his book.

                                            May 17, 2018
                                            • Paul’s Apartment together again
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                                              On Friday, May 4, Peach’s Bar and Grill hosted its signature band, Paul’s Apartment, for the first time in seven years.

                                            • Board reflects on levy loss
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                                              The defeat of the combined 4.7-mill property tax and 0.25 percent income tax levy in the May 8 election was a painful blow, Yellow Springs District Superintendent Mario Basora said during the regular school board meeting two days later, Thursday, May 10.

                                            • Baptists celebrate 155 years
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                                              The First Baptist Church isn’t the largest church around. But its members believe their church is outsize in the ways that really matter.

                                            • Support for housing’s next steps
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                                              At Village Council’s May 7 meeting, Council gave verbal approval to the  Housing Advisory Group to move ahead with efforts to address local housing needs.

                                            • Cresco Labs facility taking shape
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                                              Construction continues apace at Cresco Labs in Yellow Springs, as the first medical marijuana grower in Ohio to break ground on a cultivation facility looks to become the first to bring its product to the state’s new medical marijuana market, which opens Sept. 8.

                                            • Whimsy, mystery on exhibit
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                                              Both the passage and absence of time play significant roles in the art of Carla Steiger.

                                            May 10, 2018
                                            • Going deeply into the natural world
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                                              This spring, Emily Foubert has begun sharing her passion for bird language with others. In February she began a monthly Bird Language Club at the Trailside Museum of Glen Helen, on the second Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon.

                                            • Pro-levy group spent $16,626
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                                              The Committee for the Levy, a citizen group in support of the school facilities levy, spent $16,626.91 on the recent levy campaign, according to a finance report submitted to the state on April 26, the deadline for filing.

                                            • Krier leave continues
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                                              Tim Krier, the principal of McKinney Middle School and Yellow Springs High School, will remain on medical leave through the end of the school year.

                                            • AUM moves ahead with building sale
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                                              Antioch University is stepping up efforts to sell its Midwest campus building on the western edge of Yellow Springs.

                                            • County, state primary races — Gould, Lopez win party nominations
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                                              Greene County residents will have a new representative joining the county Board of Commissioners in the fall, regardless of who wins the fall general election race, as incumbent Alan G. Anderson was bested in the Republican primary Tuesday, May 8, by challenger Dick Gould.

                                            • ‘Black Panther’ inspires PBL at McKinney
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                                              Joining a pantheon of costumed comic book predecessors fighting injustice and oppression around them, some new superheroines and heroes are the original creations of McKinney Middle School seventh-graders.

                                            May 3, 2018
                                            • Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory— Struggle against racism continues
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                                              Evoking the words of the late Coretta Scott King, Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, in town to accept an award in the Antioch College graduate’s name, told an audience that fighting systemic racism is everyone’s obligation. 

                                            • YSTC’s theatrical ‘collage’
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                                              It started with a collection of poems. The writing was inspired by life; but the poems, composed over a span of about four years, are the basis of an original theatrical work debuting here next week when The Yellow Springs Theater Company presents “when heart beats…”

                                            • Inspired by nature, and the village
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                                              A feeling of unmitigated joy suffuses the work of painter Libby Rudolf. While she has painted a range of subjects, including portraits, street scenes and close-ups of flowers, she prefers to paint nature scenes and people in a natural setting. 

                                            • How will you vote on the school levy?
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                                              Last week the News spoke to about two dozen villagers representing a cross-section of the community about how they plan to vote on the upcoming school facilities levy.

                                            • Candidates address opioid crisis and growth
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                                              The opioid epidemic has hit Greene County hard, and the elected county commissioners aren’t doing enough to support those affected by addiction, according to two candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination for county commissioner in the May 8 primary.

                                            • Rose and Sal Company Mercantile — More than an antique store
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                                              The Rose and Sal Company Mercantile is now open for business at 136 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs at the former location of Atomic Fox.

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                                                April 26, 2018
                                                • How safe are village schools?
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                                                  In recent weeks, the focus of those promoting the YSHS/McKinney facilities levy seems to some villagers to have shifted to safety, as epitomized by the flier and recent letters to the editor in this paper.

                                                • Ohio redistricting reform on ballot
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                                                  n the battleground state of Ohio, if about half of all votes are cast for Democrat candidates and half for Republicans, then why are three-quarters of its congressional representatives Republican? Gerrymandering, say experts.

                                                • Student protest: ‘No more fear’
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                                                  The April 20 YSHS student walkout was scheduled to coincide with the 19th anniversary of a mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. According to a Reuters report, an estimated 2,600 schools participated in last Friday’s walkout. 

                                                • JSTF seeks more engagement — Few show at police outreach
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                                                  While villagers have voiced their preference for a police department that engages with the community, the community itself has only rarely participated when asked to meet individual officers.

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                                                  April 19, 2018
                                                  • School board sets limits on public comments
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                                                    The Yellow Springs School Board’s regular meeting Thursday, April 12, was its first since the middle/high school principal took a medical leave of absence last month and allegations of sexual misconduct between high school students became public. However, the board kept discussions related to employee and student concerns to a minimum.

                                                  • At Springfield Museum of Art — Colorful caravans, carousels in show
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                                                    “Marvelous Journeys,” an exhibition of the work of Yellow Springs artist Sharri Paula Phillips, opens April 22 and runs through Sept. 9 in the Chakeres Gallery in the Springfield Museum of Art.

                                                  • Line forms soon for Record Store Day
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                                                    The third weekend of April brings with it Record Store Day, the Saturday when vinyl fans celebrate record store culture and flock to independent record stores to get their pick of limited release albums.

                                                  • A higher education in Peru
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                                                    Thirty-five students, six chaperones and four accompanying adults learned a variety of words and phrases in the native Quechua language during the 10 days of their travel in Peru.

                                                  • Council eyes strategies for utility bill relief
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                                                    At their April 16 meeting, Village Council members heard a report on ways Village government could offer relief to local residents struggling to pay utility bills.

                                                  • A new plan to protect local water
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                                                    What should the Village of Yellow Springs do to protect its water supply? Stay vigilant about pollution threats, test local water more often and educate citizens to prevent groundwater pollution, according to the Environmental Commission’s recent update of a 2001 plan.

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                                                    April 12, 2018
                                                    • To the nines
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                                                      The Yellow Springs Community Orchestra and Chorus join forces Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Antioch College’s Foundry Theater, to present Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, as well as two works by American composer Randall Thompson.

                                                    April 5, 2018
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                                                      March 29, 2018
                                                      • Bosnian film, filmmaker in village
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                                                        Next week villagers have the opportunity to take a close look at current lives inside Bosnia, in the city of Sarajevo, the sister city of Dayton, more than 20 years after the Dayton Peace Accords.

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                                                        March 22, 2018
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                                                              March 15, 2018
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                                                                  March 8, 2018
                                                                  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar dismisses medical marijuana
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                                                                    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, visiting the Dayton area recently to learn about responses to the opioid crisis, said he sees no role for medical marijuana as a pain relief alternative to prescription opioids.

                                                                  • Antioch College cuts costs
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                                                                    Antioch College recently announced the first cuts in what college leaders say is a “multi-phase process” to reduce expenses and secure the college’s long-term financial viability.

                                                                  • High school’s ‘High School Musical’
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                                                                    The name says it all. The title of this year’s high school musical is exactly that — “High School Musical,” or more specifically, and legally, “Disney’s High School Musical, On Stage!”

                                                                  • Village Council eyes utility safety nets
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                                                                    At Village Council’s March 5 meeting, Council members Lisa Kreeger and Marianne MacQueen proposed a two-pronged initiative to address local affordability in the context of current financial realities.

                                                                  • Yellow Springs Schools— McKinney/YSHS plan focus of forum
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                                                                    Questions about time frame and concerns about health and safety predominated at the community discussion Thursday, March 1, when an estimated 75 people attended a public forum presented by the Yellow Springs School District to consider the district’s plan for upgrading the middle and high school campus.

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                                                                    March 1, 2018
                                                                    • Utility bill assistance urged
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                                                                      At Village Council’s Feb. 20 meeting, Council member Lisa Kreeger urged her colleagues to take action to help villagers struggling to pay their utility bills.

                                                                    • Villagers to run for county seats
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                                                                      Three Yellow Springs residents are among the slate of primary candidates certified by the Greene County Board of Elections to appear on the May 8 ballot. All three are seeking county office.

                                                                    • Maple sugaring at Flying Mouse
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                                                                      2018 is Flying Mouse Farms’ tenth year producing maple syrup, and maple sugaring season came early this year, as it did the year before, and the year before that.

                                                                    • Blue Jacket closes, café remains
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                                                                      The eclectic independent purveyor of used and rare books in downtown Xenia, Blue Jacket Books, is closing — for reinvention.

                                                                    • Two conferences’ ‘down to earth’ topics
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                                                                      Liken them to lichen. Two local nonprofits, akin to how algae and fungi form that symbiotic organism, are working in mutually beneficial ways to transform the local food and farming scene.

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                                                                          February 22, 2018
                                                                          • Public is invited — New ways to fight weeds
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                                                                            The last time the Village of Yellow Springs sprayed pesticides on public land commonly used by residents was on June 12, 2013. Five years later, Village practices have changed.

                                                                          • A closer look at local school taxes
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                                                                            Currently near the top third of school districts in a tri-county area for its combined school income and property tax, Yellow Springs Schools would rise even higher in comparison if a 4.7-mill/0.25 percent income tax levy is passed May 8.

                                                                          • Utility bills spark upset
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                                                                            Out of the village’s 2,200 households, almost 10 percent, or about 200, received letters this month warning of an impending utilities shut-off if the bill is not paid.

                                                                          February 15, 2018
                                                                          • The magic of place: photos at the Emporium
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                                                                            illager Lincoln Castricone has been taking digital photos of landscapes and cityscapes since the turn of the millennium. His work is currently on display at the Emporium.

                                                                          • News wins top prize, for eighth year in a row
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                                                                            The Yellow Springs News won the Newspaper of the Year award, the highest honor in its size division, for the eighth year in a row at the annual convention of the Ohio News Media Association (formerly Ohio Newspaper Association). The event took place Feb. 8 and 9 in Columbus.

                                                                          • A busy year for Village staff
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                                                                            At Village Council’s Feb. 5 meeting, Village Manager Patti Bates presented an End of Year Report from Village staff, regarding projects completed during 2017.

                                                                          • Levy committee forming
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                                                                            The Yellow Springs school district is ramping up efforts in support of passing its May 8 ballot request of a combined 4.7-mill property levy and 0.25 percent income tax. A crucial piece in that effort is the formation of a levy committee.

                                                                          • Great chili, with a side of dancing
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                                                                            A celebration of Americana to send eighth-graders to America’s capital, this year’s annual McKinney Chili Cook-Off is doubling down on national nostalgia with the addition of square dancing and bluegrass music.

                                                                          • A people’s history of Yellow Springs
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                                                                            About 50 and counting local residents, whose lives span three centuries, are represented in an ambitious effort to create a social history, a people’s history, of African Americans in Yellow Springs, organized by The 365 Project.

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                                                                            February 8, 2018
                                                                            • A focus on women’s heart health
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                                                                              In 2011 villager Lynda Terry felt unusually tired. In the middle of the night, she woke up feeling nauseous, with a strange pain radiating down her arm. Though the symptoms weren’t the ones most would expect, Terry believed she was having a heart attack.

                                                                            • Good move for DMS ink, two years in
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                                                                              The addition of DMS ink to the local business community, by all appearances, has been a positive move for the company and Yellow Springs.

                                                                            • Council prioritizes housing — 2018 goal discussion begins
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                                                                              At Village Council’s Feb. 5 meeting, Council members united around creating a housing plan as one of the 2018 Council goals.

                                                                            • Ohio EPA hears quarry concerns
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                                                                              About 300 citizens packed the cafeteria of Greenon High School Feb. 1, voicing public opposition to a limestone quarrying plan a few miles north of Yellow Springs.

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                                                                              February 1, 2018
                                                                              • Bulldog Brigade puts skills to work
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                                                                                Sierra Miller, a senior at Yellow Springs High School, says her “dream job” is to be  a voiceover artist, working in television and radio. In the meantime, she’s getting a variety of job experiences, for wherever her dreams take her, through a distinctive district program.

                                                                              • Food aid, from PORCH to pantry
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                                                                                The Yellow Springs Community Food Pantry is about to get a boost, thanks to a new project called PORCH and the efforts of local resident Libby Hammond.

                                                                              • Grads on life beyond the ‘bubble’
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                                                                                Yellow Springs is a wonderful place to grow up; the village is a sanctuary of safety and wholesomeness that offers its young residents a place to grow and develop, but most young villagers don’t stay in town forever.

                                                                              • Seeking ways to keep bees buzzing
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                                                                                The plight of the bumblebee is never far from Nadia Malarkey’s mind, whether  gardening at her West Whiteman Street home, designing properties around town for her landscaping business, or researching pesticide-free lawn care strategies for the Village of Yellow Springs as part of the Environmental Commission.

                                                                              • Village Council prioritizes housing needs
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                                                                                Yellow Springs is expected to grow in upcoming years at a more rapid rate than surrounding areas. To accommodate that growth, the village needs more housing than it currently has.

                                                                              January 25, 2018
                                                                              • Typographical error forces special meeting
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                                                                                A typo in the bond and tax levy resolution approved by the Yellow Springs school board earlier this month forced the board to call a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 23, to replace the incorrect resolution with the corrected version.

                                                                              • Antioch College— Major budget effort begins
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                                                                                A major budget overhaul with potentially far-reaching consequences is underway at Antioch College.

                                                                              • County role serves public, courts
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                                                                                The nameplate on the door of the Greene County Clerk of Courts office still listed longtime clerk Terri Mazur as the occupant mid-month, even though Yellow Springs resident AJ Williams had taken up residence at the first of the year.

                                                                              • Pollution continues in Glen waters
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                                                                                At several points on its journey to the Little Miami River in the Glen, where all the water in our watershed drains, the water tested high for E. coli and nitrates, pollutants that can harm local wildlife as well as people and animals who come into contact with the water. 

                                                                              • Yellow Springs’ new water plant is online
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                                                                                Yellow Springs residents should notice changes in local tap water now that the new, long-awaited water plant is up and running, according to Village Manager Patti Bates recently.

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                                                                                  January 18, 2018
                                                                                  • Original plays grace stage at 10-minute plays fest
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                                                                                    This year’s 10-Minute Play Festival, produced by Yellow Springs Theater Company, are largely written, acted, directed and produced by local residents, making the festival a showcase of homegrown talent.

                                                                                  • School board approves May levy
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                                                                                    At its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Jan. 11, the Yellow Springs School Board approved a “resolution to proceed” to place a 4.7-mill permanent improvement levy and a 0.25 percent income tax levy on the May 8 ballot.

                                                                                  • Czech Quartet to play CMYS
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                                                                                    On Sunday, Feb. 11, Chamber Music in Yellow Springs will present the outstanding Bennewitz String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

                                                                                  • Study eyes housing gaps in Yellow Springs
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                                                                                    Yellow Springs has significant gaps in its current housing stock and the housing its citizens will need in upcoming years.

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                                                                                    January 11, 2018
                                                                                    • Making science fun, gender-friendly
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                                                                                      Science Saturdays are once-a-month explorations in chemistry, biology and physics taught by Antioch College students for children and teens ages 5 to 18. The first session is Jan. 27.

                                                                                    • Seeking courage at MLK event
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                                                                                      This year marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death. And to celebrate his legacy, the 2018 Yellow Springs Martin Luther King Jr. Day program has adopted a timely theme: “Courage to Take a Stand.”

                                                                                    January 4, 2018
                                                                                    • YS gets biking, walking funds
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                                                                                      Yellow Springs was recently one of five municipalities in Ohio to be awarded  funding to make the village more walker- and biker-friendly.

                                                                                    • Changes come to two village eateries
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                                                                                      Last November, when Tony Avalos closed his Mexican restaurant for remodeling, he wasn’t sure about its future. Or the future of the 1535 Xenia Avenue building. But after meeting with Brian Rainey, who’s owned the Sunrise Café since July 2004, the two restaurateurs struck a deal.

                                                                                    • Village Council — YSPD promotions, Taser use
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                                                                                      At Village Council’s Jan. 2 meeting, Council members addressed administrative tasks and two police-related issues, among other topics.

                                                                                    • Mills Lawn fourth-graders eye affordable housing via PBL
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                                                                                      Finding an affordable place to live in Yellow Springs can be a challenge. That’s a conclusion reached by Mills Lawn fourth graders as part of a project-based learning unit.

                                                                                    • Cello Springs returns to village
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                                                                                      Like snowbirds of a sort, cello players from far and away have descended on Yellow Springs in recent days for the second annual Cello Springs Festival.

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