2020 Holiday Giving and Gifting Catalogue
2020 Holiday Giving and Gifting Catalogue
Nov
25
2020

Articles by Aaron Maurice Saari :: Page 3

  • BLOG — After the Story: The Grannies of Waitaha

    The balance between being a pastor and a reporter is sometimes difficult for me, in that I bring Pastor Aaron to interviews and stories where I should be looking with the eyes of a journalist.

  • A rare visit from Maori ‘grannies’

    Three Maori tribal elders of the Waitaha nation are visiting the village at the invitation of tribal priest Raymond Ruka, who lives in the Yellow Springs area. While here, the women, who are members of the Waitaha Grandmothers Executive Council, will offer prayers, earth blessings and storytelling, including at the local schools. Standing, from left, is Kathleen Ruka Wheremate and Jane Mihingarangi Ruka. Seated is Rosina “Rosie” Huriwai. (Photo by Aaron Saari)

    Only Raymond Ruka could have the tribal standing to extend the invitation that has brought three Maori tribal elders all the way from New Zealand to Yellow Springs. 

  • A Free Press in a State of Hate

    Resist!

    I’ve noticed that many around us are feeling overwhelmed and fatigued. Through listening, I’ve learned that what many of us are experiencing in this intensity for the first time is what billions of people of color feel each and every day.

  • YSHS grad, Flyby BBQ visits village

    David Butcher, a 2015 YSHS graduate, is the owner-operator of Flyby BBQ, a flourishing area food truck business he started last year. Butcher, pictured center front with his crew, will be rolling into town on Wednesday, Aug. 16, to offer “build-your-own” barbecue in the Nipper’s Corner parking lot, from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. (Submitted photo)

    “This is project-based learning in its true form,” 2015 Yellow Springs High School graduate David Butcher says of his food-truck business Flyby BBQ that will be in the village on Aug. 16.

  • BLOG — Ms. Mac: Ever Our Teacher

    Mary Mcdonald, aka Ms. Mac.

    Now that Ms. Mary McDonald — Ms. Mac — has passed on and the legal statute of limitations has run out, I can tell a story that underscores the point about how she helped students take important risks.

  • Local rapper turns rhymes, heads

    Yellow Springs resident Issa Walker, aka Issa Ali, recently appeared on the influential Detroit radio program “Sway in the Morning,” delivering a spontaneous and well-received rap to an unfamiliar beat. Pictured here are Walker at the microphone, left, and hip-hop giant Sway Calloway, center, with members of the renowned Detroit rap group D-12 in the background. (Submitted photo)

    Yellow Springs resident Issa Walker was in Detroit visiting a radio studio owned by legendary rapper Eminem. He was offered the microphone as a beat he had never heard started to play. Issa Ali did not hesitate.

  • Bourbon chicken via Mexico

    Crisbin Antonio has been offering bourbon chicken from his food truck parked in the lot at Nipper’s Corner for almost eight years. Originally from Mexico, Antonio learned to make bourbon chicken at the Fairfield Commons mall food court, then later took the dish on the festival circuit before bringing his business to Yellow Springs. (photo by Aaron Maurice Saari)

    Crisbin Antonio, whose face and New Orleans Grill food truck are likely more familiar to villagers than is his name, has been in the same spot for nearly eight years, between the Post Office and Nipper’s Corner, selling bourbon chicken.

  • BLOG— Behind the story: Issa Ali and empowerment rap

    Yellow Springs resident Issa Walker, aka Issa Ali, recently appeared on the influential Detroit radio program “Sway in the Morning,” delivering a spontaneous and well-received rap to an unfamiliar beat. Pictured here are Walker at the microphone, left, and hip-hop giant Sway Calloway, center, with members of the renowned Detroit rap group D-12 in the background. (Submitted photo)

    Yellow Springs is filled with major talent. We have luminaries in all the artistic fields. But no single name in the world of hip-hop calls Yellow Springs home. That is changing. Issa is on the rise.

  • Preserving vital local black history

    Local historians and 365 Project members John Gudgel and Kevin McGruder are preserving and sharing village history in their collaborative encyclopedia project, “Blacks in Yellow Springs,” as well as black history walking tours that involve local youth as guides. Pictured here, from left, are Steve McQueen, McGruder, Malaya Booth, Gudgel and Amani Wagner, all members of The 365 Project. (Submitted photo)

    John Gudgel has had family in Yellow Springs since the 1890s; Kevin McGruder came to the village via Antioch College only five years ago. Together, these two historians are trying to preserve some vital local history that is in danger of being lost.

  • Local youth qualifies for National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championship

    Malaya Booth competing at long jump. (Submitted photo)

    What do you do if in preschool you were winning all the footraces by running backwards while everyone else sprinted?