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Articles by Diane Chiddister

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  • Businesses adapt, ‘tough it out’

    As part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s March 22 order that Ohioans must stay home, all businesses deemed nonessential were instructed to shut their doors.

  • 30 years of Feast for Friends

    On March 14, Evelyn and Tom LaMers will be doing the same thing they’ve been doing the second Saturday of March for the past 27 years — hosting a dinner as part of the Feast for Friends, the Friends Care Community annual  progressive dinner.

  • Joe Ayres: a fixer of people, things

    A visit to Ayres’ Polecat Road home shows that some of what Ayres rescues is stuff. Known as a man with many friends, he is also known as a fixer of anything, so of course he often fixes things for his friends.

  • Kid Scouts volunteers fight hunger

    About 50 adults and kids took part in last week’s meal-packing event for the Kid Scouts Hunger Van, which took place at the Senior Center Great Room. Pictured above, from left, is Kelley, Sage and Cole Oberg, and Jyoti Miller. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    About 50 adults and kids took part in last week’s meal-packing event for the Kid Scouts Hunger Van, which took place at the Senior Center Great Room.

  • Dementia friendly project ends, but effort continues

    At last Friday’s wrap-up breakfast for Dementia Friendly Yellow Springs, Gilah Pomeranz spoke on the project’s positive effects on downtown businesses. About 50 people attended the event, which brought the 18-month project, sponsored by the Yellow Springs Senior Center, to an end. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    During the year-and-a-half duration of the Dementia Friendly Yellow Springs project, organizers were most surprised by the number of people who approached them to say they personally had a connection to the disease.

  • Bringing mindfulness to prison

    Katie Egart of the Yellow Springs Dharma Center is shown here, top center, with a Marysville prison inmate who presented her, along with Dharma Center members Donna Denman and MJ Gentile, with an original painting of the center in appreciation for the meditation group that Egart leads there. Egart, a Buddhist priest, travels to Marysville and to the Dayton Correctional Institute two times a month to hold a meditation session for interested inmates. (Submitted photo)

    Whenever Katie Egart walks into the Dayton Correctional Institution, or DCI, she encounters locked doors.

  • Chili cook-off hits 25th year

    The 25th Annual McKinney Chili Cook-off takes place Saturday, April 6.

  • Alyce Earl Jenkins— Recognized for service, teaching

    Alyce Earl Jenkins is shown in her Omar Circle home. She has been widely recognized for her work of rehabilitation counseling at Wright State University. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    “Sometimes when I’m feeling down, I come in here and think, well, I did make a contribution to different communities at different times,” Alyce Earl Jenkins said in an interview last week. That’s quite an understatement.

  • Hearing officer conclusion—Meister violated no policies

    In a decision released Wednesday, Feb. 20, pre-disciplinary hearing officer Jeffrey Hazlett concluded that Yellow Springs Police Officer Dave Meister did not violate any police department policies by not responding to a shooting in the village in early December. 

  • A life serving Scouts, village

    Villager Frances Smith has been honored for her longtime association with the Girl Scouts. She has also donated countless hours to local volunteer projects, including helping to launch the Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center and assisting the YSHS art department in upgrading its video program. (Submitted photo)

    When Frances Smith was a child in Meridian, Miss., her mother pushed hard to start a Girl Scout troop for black girls. While there was no chance that the girls would be integrated into existing groups of white Girl Scouts, at the time there was not even a separate group for black girls. But Smith’s mother was determined to give her daughter the same opportunities her older brothers had, when they belonged to a Boy Scout troop for African-American boys.