Thursday, September 30, 2010

Play with clay this Saturday 1-3 p.m.

At the YSAC Gallery

Local sculptor Sharon Mohler is the featured artist currently on exhibit at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 309 Xenia Avenue. Sharon will be holding informal Sculpey workshops at the gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 2 and 9. Sculpey is a type of polymer clay that can be molded and then hardened in a conventional oven. Villagers and visitors are invited to come and play with the clay and learn how to create flowers, dollhouse food, and beads. For more information, contact Sharon at smmart937@att.net.

2010 Ohio Solar Tour

Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3

From the Chamber:

Tour the Green Generation Passive House on Dayton St. along with several sites in Yellow Springs & the region during the 8th Annual Green Energy Ohio sponsored event. Additional local sites include the Brown Residence, Brecha Strawbale Residence and Stockwell Farm. Click here for a listing of regional sites and tour schedule.

This FREE event provides the unique opportunity for people to select from 243 Open Houses or 8 Guided Tours in 119 communities across 45 counties. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with owners living and working with clean energy technologies, including wind, solar thermal, solar electric, passive solar, LEED, hydroelectric, geothermal, Energy Star, energy efficient features and biomass.

"The economic benefits of investing in clean energy technologies have never been better. Learn how friends and neighbors are combating rising energy costs, slashing utility bills, reaping rich cash incentives and big new tax credits." - Bill Spratley, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio.

Related post: Solar tour featuring YS residences

Couples to get adventurous at Getaways for Women

On Saturday, October 16th, Getaways for Women is putting on a "Couples Adventure." In case you are wondering when Getaways say couples, we mean any 2 humans who are in love. (Though if you want to pay for your teddy bear, it's a go.) You can bliss out with your sweetie with Janet Baer's combination Yoga class and Couples Massage or try one of the many other classes offered- like making drums at Cynthia McDonald's gorgeous country studio or letting the good times roll painting and drinking wine with New Orleans artist (now village Artisan's artist!) Jennifer Float or playing at Sarah Strong's studio with her old fashioned printing press. You can declare your love forever there by printing a Loving Broadside. These and more activities will take place in different venues around Yellow Springs. You can sign up for just one activity or as many as you want. For details, activity prices and to register go to: www.getawaysforwomen.com After your "Couples Adventure," pop over to the YSAC's Artober Fest for live music, beer, wine and delicious food. It will be open 5- 9 p.m. and it will be right on Xenia Ave. in downtown Yellow Springs.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Writers' Workshop announces keynote speaker

Antioch Writers' Workshop takes first step in recruiting 2011 faculty

AWW announced yesterday that keynoter and morning fiction instructor for the July 9-15 2011 Antioch Writers' Workshop is Nancy Pickard, author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning, The Virgin of Small Plains, co-author of Seven Steps on the Writer's Path, and author of many other books.

Visit Pickard's website to learn more about her as an author and about her thoughts on the writing life.

The AWW Faculty Committee is hard at work on recruiting their 2011 faculty. Check their website periodically as they continue to announce more faculty.

Tomorrow: Final talk on Freedom Summer

The Morgan Fellows at Antioch College Present “Larry Rubin and the Spirit of SNCC”

A talk held in conjunction with the Exhibit of Documentary Photography Oh Freedom Over Me which honors the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

7:00 p.m. Thursday September 30, 2010

The Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, one of the major Civil Rights organizations that marshaled sit-ins, freedom rides, and voter registration drives in the long and violent struggle to end segregation in the United States. Larry Rubin, Antioch Alumnus 1965, served as a field secretary in SNCC from 1961-1965, first in Georgia and then Mississippi. Larry will speak about his tumultuous years as a SNCC organizer (including his arrest while supporting the Freedom Schools during the Mississippi Summer project of 1964) and about the lasting impact of this history-making Civil Rights organization. He is now carrying on SNCC's inspirational work through his involvement in the SNCC Legacy Project.

In addition to his Civil Rights activism, Larry Rubin has worked in the labor movement for 45 years. He has also been a reporter for the Dayton Daily News. A dedicated Antiochian, he has served on the Antioch College Alumni Board and was active in the recent fight to save the College. Larry is currently the Communications Director and DC-area Political Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.

contact Anne Bohlen 937.286.8455 or Jean Gregorek 286-5934

abohlen@antiochcollege.org or jgregorek@antiochcollege.org

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Notice from MTFR

OPEN BURNING BAN HAS BEEN LIFTED

The Open Burning Ban issued on September 14, 2010 for Greene County has been lifted. With recent rain, vegetation has greened up and lessened the fire danger brought on by drought conditions.

As always, all open burning (except camp fires) must be authorized by the fire department or by the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency. Open burning information is available at www.mtfr.org/faq.hmtl.

All unauthorized fires will be extinguished and the responsible person may be issued a citation and fine.

This order is in effect in all areas served by Miami Township Fire-Rescue including the Villages of Yellow Springs and Clifton, Miami Township, and Antioch College owned property.

Please contact Miami Township Fire-Rescue at 767-7842 with any questions or concerns.


BY ORDER OF MIAMI TOWNSHIP FIRE-RESCUE
Colin S. Altman, Fire Chief
225 Corry Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387-1812
937.767.7842

Antioch student recruitment begins

Antioch College's Office of Admission is ready to accept applications for the fall of 2011

Antioch College, yesterday, announced its new student-centered redesign of the College Web site, www.antiochcollege.org. The site provides visitors with an overview of the College's academic programs, an explanation of admission criteria and access to a new suite of admission application forms.

The pioneering first class enters in the fall of 2011. Antioch College seeks to admit students for its inaugural class who will best succeed in and benefit from an environment where learning, work and community are integrated. Furthermore, this first class will be presented with a unique opportunity to play a key role in the development of Antioch College's new program.

The College is asking alumni to participate in its recruitment efforts by identifying and nominating students for admission.

"As alumni, we know the inherent demands of a year-round program alternating terms of classroom study, work and community participation are rigorous," said Kristen L. Pett, special assistant to the president for enrollment. "We are seeking a diverse group of intellectually inquisitive leaders who are open to new experiences. It's been three years since we recruited students, and now more than ever we need your support."

A College alumna, Pett relocated to Yellow Springs from California to head up the College's recruitment effort. This is Pett's second stint as an Antioch College enrollment professional. She was previously assistant director of admission and has an extensive background in college counseling. Rejoining the Colleges That Change Lives Midwest Tour - which included stops in Minneapolis, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati 2and Cleveland - was the start of the College's recruitment campaign. Pett will also be attending a number of local and national recruitment events this fall.

"If you have an opportunity to engage with community organizations and/or youth groups, we encourage you to talk about Antioch College and the reasons it is close to your heart," Pett said. "Please see the new Web site for more specific information regarding curriculum. We encourage you to read the Quick Guide to Programs that is available for download."

Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit www.antiochcollege.org for the latest information on programs and events.

All applicants for admission must submit a Nomination Form along with other required forms now published on the college's Web site. Nominations can come from Antioch College alumni, staff or other Antioch College community members; a teacher; or another school official.

The first class will be made up of 25 students, all of whom will receive full-tuition scholarships from the institution. The Early Decision Deadline is Jan. 1. Regular Decision application deadline is Feb. 1.

Oct. 5 blogging talk at library will not focus on nuts-and-bolts

Local blogger, Virgil Hervey (yours truly), stresses that the purpose of his talk at the library on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. will not be a "how to" session. The title of the talk is "Blogging for Writers," indicating that the focus will be on the various ways that a writer can make use of a blog. The talk will be similar to one he gave at the Antioch Writers' Workshop this summer.

Related post: Save the date - Tuesday, Oct. 5

Coots announce backup venue

In the event of inclement weather for the Coots Repertory Company performance of "Parking Spaces" at the Corner Cone at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 9, the play will be moved inside to the stage at the Presbyterian Church, where the church's Apple Fest will be ongoing in conjunction with Street Fair. The troop, which is now in rehearsal at the church, is also considering holding a second performance there on Street Fair day. Stay tuned...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bench to Nowhere: Village explores solar options

A Cool Town Toon

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Early voting available in Greene County

EARLY VOTING

In Ohio, anyone can vote early either by mail or in person at their county Board of Elections. Early voting is the best way to be sure that sickness, bad weather, or other unexpected events do not prevent voting.

Early Voting by Mail: The Ohio Democratic Party has an excellent voter web site with frequently asked questions about voting and a form to fill out to request an absentee ballot. http://www.fightforohio.com/voting-faq/ The ballot request form must be printed, signed, and mailed or brought to the Greene County Board of Elections, 651 Dayton Xenia Road, Xenia, OH 45385.

Absentee ballots will then be mailed to the voter and must be mailed back postmarked by Monday, Nov 1.

Early voting in person:
Where: Greene County Board of Elections, 651 Dayton Xenia Road, Xenia 45385
When: Tuesday, Sept 28 to Monday, Nov 1.
Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM
Saturdays, Oct. 16, 23, and 30: 9 AM to noon
Evenings: Mon Oct 18, Wed Oct 20, Mon – Th Oct 25 – 28; 4 PM to 7:30 PM

ONE STOP REGISTRATION AND VOTING: "THE GOLDEN WEEK"
From Tue, Sept 28 through Monday, Oct 4, there is "one stop" voter registration and voting at the Board of Elections, 651 Dayton Xenia Road, Xenia 45385, on weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. During this time voters can register for the first time or update their registration for change of address and/or change of name. Last day to register to vote is Monday, October 4! Call 372-6003 for rides.

VERIFYING VOTER REGISTRATION IS UP TO DATE, FINDING POLLING LOCATION:
The quickest way to do this is at the Greene County Board of Election's web site: http://voterfind.tzo.org/greeneoh/vtrlookup.aspx or by calling the Greene County Board of Election at 562-7470. You may also call the Greene County Democratic Party for assistance: 372-6003 or if you would like to schedule a ride to the BOE in Xenia for voting and/or registration during Golden Week.

Award-winning play back by popular demand

The Coots at Street Fair, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Corner Cone

Siemer and Buck, the Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid of the senior set, meet guest star Walter Rhodes. Not to be missed...

For those who missed the first and only performance of "Parking Spaces" at the Corner Cone Soft Serve Playhouse 10-Minute Play Festival, the Coots have decided to revisit the stage at the Cone for a reprise of that glorious, crowd-pleasing performance. Look for us at 2:00 p.m. at the Corner Cone on Oct. 9. Come early, stay late, have a sundae, catch the musical acts that are scheduled around us.

Related posts:

Coots to continue

10-Minute Play Festival Results

Catch the Coots at the Cone

UUF seeks pianist/choir director

The congenial congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs is seeking an experienced pianist to play during our Sunday-morning programs. Time required is about two hours a week, or three if candidate is qualified to rehearse and lead our choir. Advanced music students are also invited to apply, and music teachers are invited to spread the word. Possible long-term opportunity. Compensation and responsibilities TBD based on experience and long-term potential. For more details, contact Bobbi Treadwell at gbtreadwell@yahoo.com or Ron Siemer at ronbear@woh.rr.com.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

YSKP Fall Classes - all ages

New Theater, Dance and Music Classes for all ages start soon through the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse!

Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse will offer a whole new round of theater, dance and music classes, including classes for teens and adults this fall. Classes include: Early Elementary Theater, Ballroom Dance, Hip Hop, Pre-Ballet and Ballet, Beginning Tap, Jazz Dance/Musical Theater, Choral singing (with a boys session and a girls session), Creative Movement (preschool and K), and a New Actors Club.

Guest teachers will be coming to Yellow Springs for these offerings. For a full description of classes, bios of teachers, information and to register, go to YSKP.org or call 937.767.7800.

'Barefoot' in Xenia

The last performance of "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon will be Sunday, 26th at 3 p.m. The new Xenia Community Theater is now complete with cushioned seats mounted on an elevated floor just right for everyone to be able to see and hear perfectly. It's easy to find at 45 E. Second Street, just off U.S.Rt. 68 one block south of the courthouse. Tickets are $10 for Srs./students, $15 gen. adm. The play is dated but still brings laughter.

Submitted by Mary M. Morgan

WYSO kicks off fund drive next week

Station's Fall Fund Drive beginning Saturday, Oct. 2, will feature gift matching

The Yellow Springs Community Foundation has made a one-to-one matching grant of $300.00 to match donations during a time to be chosen by the station. Tune in to WYSO for information about this and other matching gifts that will provide more bang for your buck.

Little Art to premier exotic pet documentary

According to the Dayton Daily News, a Miamisburg man, who directs and produces films in Hollywood, has decided to screen his latest film, a documentary about people who raise exotic pets, at Neoon Movies in Dayton and the Little Art in Yellow Springs. The "The elephant in the Living Room" will be first be shown here on Friday, Oct. 8. According to the Little Art Website, the movie will be shown at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. and a various times through the following Thursday.

Click here to learn more about the movie, view a trailer, and see the screening schedule at the Little Art.

Dayton Daily News: Miamisburg producer launches pet film at home

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Civil rights talk at Antioch, Thursday

The Morgan Fellows at Antioch College Present “Larry Rubin and the Spirit of SNCC”

A talk held in conjunction with the Exhibit of Documentary Photography Oh Freedom Over Me which honors the 1964 Freedom Summer Project

7:00 p.m. Thursday September 30, 2010

The Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, one of the major Civil Rights organizations that marshaled sit-ins, freedom rides, and voter registration drives in the long and violent struggle to end segregation in the United States. Larry Rubin, Antioch Alumnus 1965, served as a field secretary in SNCC from 1961-1965, first in Georgia and then Mississippi. Larry will speak about his tumultuous years as a SNCC organizer (including his arrest while supporting the Freedom Schools during the Mississippi Summer project of 1964) and about the lasting impact of this history-making Civil Rights organization. He is now carrying on SNCC's inspirational work through his involvement in the SNCC Legacy Project.

In addition to his Civil Rights activism, Larry Rubin has worked in the labor movement for 45 years. He has also been a reporter for the Dayton Daily News. A dedicated Antiochian, he has served on the Antioch College Alumni Board and was active in the recent fight to save the College. Larry is currently the Communications Director and DC-area Political Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.

contact Anne Bohlen 937.286.8455 or Jean Gregorek 286-5934

abohlen@antiochcollege.org or jgregorek@antiochcollege.org

Old Clifton Days under way

Continues today (Saturday) and tomorrow

Today's parade starts promptly at noon and ends when the last straggler rounds the bend on Clark Street. The parade route starts at the historic Clifton Mill parking lot and winds it's way up Clay Street and back down to the mill.

A Chocolate Bake off is planned for Saturday and will be a high energy (sweet) event. The top three winning entries from the Adult and Youth division will be auctioned off as a fund raiser for the Clifton Opera House. There are three categories in the Adult class: Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate Cake, and Chocolate Fudge. The two age groups for the Youth Division will be making chocolate chip cookies. Make your family's favorite (made from scratch) chocolate fantasy. We won't ask for the recipe but we might as for another taste! The competition will be held on Saturday afternoon, prizes awarded at 3pm. Watch the judges choose the winners in the Shelter House from 2pm-3pm. We hope that it will become a new festival tradition.

Saturday's entertainment includes the 2nd annual "Sing for your Supper" Karaoke. This year we will be singing in the Gazebo so everyone can take part. Sing a song and win a restaurant certificate! It's simple and fun! Bring your talent and show Clifton how to it's done! There are no losers!

Saturday evening at 7pm, the "North River Band" will be playing in the Shelter House. Clifton's own Michael Smith formed the band last year to entertain at 2009's festival. Old time country and rockabilly tunes will keep your toes tapping. Sing along, everyone has at least one Johnny Cash favorite!

Sunday at noon, the Columbus based Loosely Strung will play bluegrass and gospel followed by local talent Rob Heiliger. Singer/songwriter Rob Heiliger sings country his own Clifton favorite "Walking to Clifton". The raffle drawing commences at 4pm, festival ends at 5. Visit www.villageofclifton.com for more information or call 937.342.2175.

Free-range Kids





I sort of understand free-range chickens, but what about a website for free-range kids – were these kids out of control or just eating well? The website was mentioned in an article by Lenore Skenazy humorously lamenting the restrictions placed on kids roaming around their own neighborhoods without supervision. She was focused mostly on how kids get to and from school. Her article notes that many parents won’t allow kids to walk or bike to school even when it’s just a few blocks. In some places, bike racks have been removed to discourage kids from riding to schools. I suspect much of this is a direct result of the “fear factor” created in the news. Yes, things can go wrong, but I also wonder about the end result of a micro-managed childhood.

Another view in the article, based on purely antidotal observation is that “you can see the difference in kids who walk or bicycle to school – they’re bright, chatty and ready to go.” New studies seem to back this assertion but it’s probably too early to make any definitive statements.

This leads me to a renewed appreciation for our small town school system. The mornings around Yellow Springs are busy with kids from all over town making their way to school by whatever method works best for that day – walking, biking, yellow bus, carpool, etc. – they do have options. Except for the cell phones, it’s almost as colorful and homey as a Norman Rockwell painting.

I walked to school for most of my elementary years, but I didn’t have to carry a 15 pound backpack – just a P&J sandwich and two Oreo cookies. It was pretty cool walking with friends, talking about “stuff” and just being a kid. I always had a bit of pride about learning to be independent at such an early age and thought it helped shape my later years. I was about 50 years old when my mom finally told me she followed me to school until the 4th grade. At least I got home by myself – well maybe.

A. Reader

Friday, September 24, 2010

Solar Tour featuring YS residences

Patrica Brown's Residence

Welcome to the 2010 Ohio Solar Tour, organized by Green Energy Ohio (GEO)! GEO is the Ohio Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and GEO's 8th Annual Ohio Solar Tour is part of the National Solar Tour managed by ASES.

This FREE statewide event on October 2 & 3 provides the unique opportunity for people to visit and talk with owners living and working with clean energy technologies.

Click here for the GEO Solar Tour Website


October 2 & 3, 2010

National Solar Tour Weekend

Yellow Springs Participants:

Four homes are open, three on Saturday, and one on Sunday


Saturday from 10am – 4pm

Brown residence (NEW LISTING)
440 Stewart Dr
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Home
Geothermal, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal


Saturday afternoon 1pm – 4pm

Brecha Strawbale Residence
301 W.N. College St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Home
Energy Efficient Features, Passive Solar, Solar Thermal

Stockwell Farm
340 E. Yellow Springs- Fairfield Rd
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Home
Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal, Other, Wind


Sunday afternoon 1 - 4

Yellow Springs Passive House (NEW LISTING)
515 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Home
Energy Efficient Features, Passive Solar, Other

Click here to view a list of additional area sites.

Information provided by Christine Roberts.

Local quilter in Springfield show

Pink Lemonade by Pam Geisel

Pam Geisel will be at the "Center City Studios Art Show" this Sat., Sept. 25, from 6–11 pm at the Liedertafel Club, 1901 Burnett Ave., in Springfield, Ohio. There will be art, music, dancing, karaoke, painting demos, door prizes and a cash bar. $5 entrance fee. For more info, visit www.forquiltssake.com.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Updated: Republicans overdo it with road signs

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The Dayton Daily News reported today that the Greene County Republican party paid $2,800 to errect ten signs on county roads that read "WELCOME TO GREENE COUNTY Courtesy of the Green County Republican Party." Even Greene County Republicans thought it was a bad idea. In minuscule lettering, the signs are attributed to Party Chair Marilyn Reid. The signs went up in September.

County Democratic Chair Don Hollister is quoted in the article as saying, “It’s got Marilyn Reid’s name on it. That’s enough,” when asked if he felt the signs injected politics onto the county's roadways.

Dayton Daily News: GOP’s Greene County ‘Welcome’ signs questioned




Dayton Daily News: Controversial Greene County GOP-funded signs to be removed

Editor's note: The photo was added this afternoon to replace the one taken by DDN. It is of the sign referred to by the commenter. It is really odd that it is on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road by Antioch Midwest on the way out of town. The explanation might be that this is where the county road starts. However, one is left with the impression that Yellow Springs is not a part of Greene County. I'm sure some Republicans feel that way.

Fall Street Fair - Oct. 9

Yellow Springs Street Fair is right around the corner. October 9 is the date to remember for this truly unique 1-day festival that fills the streets with art, crafts, food, music and entertainment.

Street Fair is all about great food, from an array of vendors serving international cuisine to our excellent local restaurants; unique shopping from hundreds of vendors lining the streets or our own boutiques and the fun of an unexpected street performance or simply people watching.

Entertainment is always a focus at Street Fair and this fall is no exception. At the Jackson Lytle Lewis Stage located next to the Food Tent, local favorite, Egyptian Breeze Belly Dancers kick off the entertainment at noon and again at 2 pm. Musical performances start at 1 with the sea shanty sounds of the Hardtackers and the acoustic sounds of Living Daylights at 3 pm and Sweet Betsy at 4 pm.

The Street Fair Music Festival & Beer Garden at the Bryan Center starts at noon and lasts until 7. Sample one of many beers including several Oktoberfest varieties as you listen to the great musical line-up. The Show kicks things off at noon, with new performers every hour including Sawgrass, Dustin Vincent, Slipstream, Mercury Mouth, Romeo Champagne closing with The Werks. At 10, Peach’s Grill has Romeo Champagne and The Werks performing for free.

Over at the Corner Cone's Soft Serve Playhouse stage there will be live music all afternoon, punctuated at 2:00 p.m. by a reprise performance of the award winning ten minute play "Parking Spaces" by the Coots Repertory Company.

To make getting to Street Fair easier, use our free shuttle service from Young’s Dairy at 6800 Springfield-Xenia Rd. or Yellow Springs High School at 420 E. Enon Rd. The shuttle service is available from 9 am to 7 pm. There are also several lots available for a small donation to local non-profit organizations; go to DestinationYellowSprings.com for a map and directions.

The event is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. Handicapped parking is available at the Municipal Lot on Corry St . PETS are not allowed at Street Fair by ordinance and owners will be asked to leave. The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce thanks sponsors Antioch University Midwest, Wagner Subaru and WesBanco for their support of Street Fair. For more information contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at 937.767.2686 or visit www.DestinationYellowSprings.com.

Too Scary for the faint of heart

The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners’ Annual Fright Night at Clifton Opera House

10:00 PM to Midnight, Sunday, October 31st, 2010.

Admission: $7.00 per person

This is a WARNING! The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners just increased the FEAR level for the annual Fright Night at the Clifton Opera House! This program, geared for a Mature Adult Audience will keep you on the edge of your seats, with chills running up and down your spine from start to finish.

Join us for the sixth annual Fright Night at the haunted Clifton Opera House, Corner of Rt. 343 and Clay Street, Clifton, Ohio. The ghosts lurking in the walls and rafters may drift by your row of seats. Perhaps you will hear the wail of little Rose, ghost of Cry Baby Farm, or the moans of the unsettled dead wafting down the hill from old Clifton Cemetery. Why the old stagecoach driver, himself, killed as he crashed down the gorge towards the Little Miami River, may rush in to warn of impending danger.

The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners: Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf, Harold Wright and Jonatha Wright have conspired to spin one dreadful and disturbing tale after another!

More Information on the Storytellers at http://www.mvstory.org

Raptor Center Open House: Sunday, Oct. 17

The Glen Helen Raptor Center will hold its Fall Open House on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17 from 2-4 PM. A bald eagle and fourteen other species of Ohio's hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures will be on display. Staff members will have birds out for close-up introductions and photo opportunities.

The Raptor Center admits almost 150 birds of prey for rehabilitation each year. Visitors will be able to see the rehabilitation flight cages as well as the permanent resident raptors.

The Raptor Center is located in Glen Helen Nature Preserve at 1075 Route 343, Yellow Springs. Call 937.767.7648 for more information or visit www.glenhelen.org.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Uncommon Threads IV: In the Glen

Art Quilts by the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network

October 2 – November 14, 2010

July’s Prize, art quilt by Ann Diller

The Miami Valley Art Quilt Network is holding an art quilt exhibition titled Uncommon Threads IV: In the Glen from October 2 to November 14, 2010 at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs. There will be an opening reception to meet the artists on Sunday, October 3 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

A brilliant array of contemporary and nature themed art quilts by members of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network is featured in this exhibit. Show hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays in the Glen Helen Building located at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Admission is free. All quilts are available for sale with part of the proceeds going to support preservation and programs at Glen Helen.

These quilts are a delightful departure from the traditional patchwork typically found in bed quilts. Created as works of art, these art quilts include unusual shapes, forms and embellishments, and represent a wide array of subject matter and styles. Exhibiting artists include Cathy Barnes of Urbana, Kate Burch of Oakwood, Ann Diller of Centerville, Pam Geisel, Lori Gravley and Fran LaSalle from Yellow Springs, Lisa Quintana of Troy, Liz Schneiders of Springboro and Joan Sterr of Springfield.


About the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network

The Miami Valley Art Quilt Network (MVAQN) was formed 1992 for the purpose of fostering enthusiasm for the growing art form of non-traditional quilts. The MVAQN’s members focus on using their own designs and techniques to create original works of art, some traditional and many innovative. The MVAQN has had many group exhibits in the Miami Valley area over the years. Members’ works have received state and national recognition and have been included in private and corporate shows and collections. For more information e-mail info@mvaqn.com or visit www.mvaqn.com.


About the Glen Helen Atrium Gallery

The show is part of Glen Helen’s Atrium Gallery program – a series of monthly contemporary art exhibitions, which highlights the talents of emerging local and regional visual artists. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any art goes to the Glen Helen Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support preservation and programs at Glen Helen and its 1,000-acre nature preserve. For more information call the Glen Helen at 937.769.1902 or visit www.glenhelen.org.

Water your young trees

Have you seen this vehicle around the Village? The YS Tree Committee is out most mornings watering trees - a good reminder to water your young (3 or 4 years old) trees to help them get through the dry summer and fall.

A. Reader

Arts Council launches new Webpage

The Yellow Springs Arts Council has announced the launch of their new website, www.ysartscouncil.org, which provides stunning new visuals, streamlined navigation features, and online membership registration.

It also features member Artist webpages for all disciplines, offering artists a new or enhanced presence on the Web. They can display samples of their work, provide biographical or contact information, and express their artistic statement. If they already have a website, YSAC will add their link.

Visitors to the website are advised to take a look at the "Disciplines & Artists" page and explore the samples already posted (most are in Visual). Artist members of YSAC can create an artist webpage by emailing their content information, plus 3-5 visuals, to Coordinator Carole Braun: info@yellow-springs-experience.org. Nonmembers can join through the website.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Senior Center Open House, Saturday


Rocky & Pee Wee: Going green


Related post: Yellow Springs Passive House

Early Elementary Theater class to start Oct. 1

The YS Kids Playhouse's popular Early Elementary Theater class will take place on Saturday mornings, 10 to 11, from October 1 – November 20. The class is for children grades K – 3 who will be introduced to storytelling through theater. Participants will be taught movement, voice and acting in a playful and supportive atmosphere. The class is led by YSKP company members Lela Dewey along with Naomi Guth, Talia Boutis and Lili Rudolf.

The class takes place at the First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs.The class fee is $80. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 767-7800 or online at www.yskp.org. YSKP offers limited scholarships to qualified families up to a 40% discount. Scholarship information can be found online, by email: admin@yskp.org or by calling 767-7800.

Civil rights film at Little Art Thursday

The Morgan Fellows of Antioch College Present

The Ohio Premier of Neshoba: The Price of Freedom
7:00, Sept. 23 at The Little Art Theater

The critically acclaimed new documentary examines the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner--and their aftermath

Antioch College will conclude its Civil Rights Cinema series 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at The Little Art Theater with a one-time screening of Neshoba: The Price of Freedom (2010), a documentary that tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice 40 years after the murders of young civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

Directed by Mickie Dickoff and Tony Pagano, Neshoba covers a subject very close to Antioch College. Michael Schwerner’s brother, Steve served as dean of students from 1976 to 1991 and as a professor from 1991 to 2003. He taught courses in education, psychology, jazz history and the civil rights movement, which he participated in while an Antioch student in the late 1950s. Andrew Goodman’s younger brother, David, graduated from Antioch College in 1969. Speaking to the BBC World Service recently, David Goodman said: “It’s a story that resonates around the world … If you believe all people are created equally, you may be called upon as a citizen to fight for what you believe in.”

In June of 1964, at the very beginning of the Freedom Summer Project, the young civil rights workers sent to investigate the burning of a black community center in Neshoba County suddenly vanished. The disappearance of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner became an international scandal and the subsequent revelation of their murders by the Ku Klux Klan woke the conscience of the nation.

This film tells their story, and the story of the 40-year quest for justice that followed. Through candid interviews with the man ultimately convicted of manslaughter, with the families of the victims, and with various black and white Neshoba County citizens, the film explores whether the prosecution of one unrepentant Klansman constitutes justice, and under what conditions healing and reconciliation are ultimately possible.

Contact Jean Gregorek (937-286-5934) or Anne Bohlen (937-286-8455). Send emails to jgregorek@antiochcollege.org.

Art at Nonstop

Local Stories--an Oral Histories Project - multiple artist opening

September 25 – Saturday – 7pm
Where: Nonstop Institute, 305 N. Walnut, Yellow Springs
Pay as you are able
http://nonstopinstitute.org/nonstop-presents/local-stories-an-oral-histories-project/

Local Stories--an Oral Histories Project opening at Nonstop

This Saturday evening, September 25th, the Nonstop Institute welcomes all to its “Local Stories--an Oral Histories Project,” opening with works by Ryan Agnew, Dennie Eagleson and Jonny No & John Hempfling. During this summer’s residency program (made possible in part by the generous support of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation) our guest artists have developed a varied set of responses to the oral histories theme. Along with individual choices in media and method, each brings a unique approach to the topic of ‘local stories,’ capturing and creating personal narratives and perspectives outside of center that otherwise risk falling through the cracks, attending to personal and collective memory, meaning, imagination, and the legitimacy of voice.

Particular works to be presented include:

“Wildflower Honey” a temporary installation of drawings, notes and recorded audio charting cycles of discovery experienced, remembered or imagined during this summer’s engagement with Yellow Springs by Columbus-area artist Ryan Agnew;

“Threshing Day, Medway, Ohio, 1934,” a multimedia installation based upon artifacts and accounts of Milly Bell Wallace and a local family’s efforts to live and cope through the Depression era, by documentary and fine art photographer and sustainable farming advocate, Dennie Eagleson;

“Public Prohibited / Minor Infractions: The Control and Criminalization of Youth Culture in Yellow Springs, Ohio,” a documentary survey of youth perspectives on the diminished availability of public space accompanied by increasingly assertive law enforcement pressure, by media makers and Yellow Springs Youth Council members, Jonny No & John Hempfling.

Collectively and individually these artists and their works endeavor to expand and thoughtfully contribute to the public dialogue of our community. Please come to the opening and join in the discussion this Saturday evening beginning at 7 at Nonstop, 305 N. Walnut Street.

Open hours for the exhibition will be from 1-4pm on Saturdays in October, or by appointment.

For further information please contact Chris Hill at 937- 767-2327 or chris.hill@nonstopinstitute.org


Nonstop Institute of Yellow Springs
http://nonstopinstitute.org

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bench to Nowhere: Beam me up, Scotty!

A Cool Town Toon

Local Mothman search team returns

Your faithful blogger (L) with Carol Allin, Walter Rhodes and Barbara Forster at the Mothman monument

A Mothman search team comprised of an investigative blogger, a ufologist and two psychics departed Yellow Springs at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 19 for Point Pleasant, WV, the site of Mothman sightings and other paranormal events in the mid-sixties. Point Pleasant now hosts an annual Mothman Festival on the third weekend in September. The group returned with priceless artifacts too numerous and scary to be mentioned here.

Global Work Party for 350.org



Walk, Bike or Carpool to the
Climate Change Solutions Work Party


Join with Thousands of other Events across the Planet
10/10/10: World’s Largest Day of Practical Action to fight Climate Change

Tree Planting Ceremony & Celebration

When: Sunday October 10, 2010.
4 p.m. Tree planting and garden work.
Volunteers will plant a tree and other local plants on the campus
5 p.m. Group Photo
5:15-6:30 Potluck, planning and celebration.
Where: Antioch University Midwest
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Everyone’s Invited!!!

Event sponsors: Ten Percent Club; Yellow Springs Energy Board, Yellow Springs Neighborhood Gardens Group and Antioch University Midwest
Contact: Christine: christineorob@sbcglobal.net
Kate: klevesconte@oesterlen.org

The 10/10/10 Global Work Party is being coordinated by the international climate campaign 350.org and 10:10 Global.

Hawley wood work exhibits

Wood Art on Display at Winds Cafe, Westcott House


Wood sculpture by Tom Hawley. Ocufoil 6;
walnut, maple, resin lens; 19" x 35


New works by wood artist Tom Hawley will be on display at the Winds Cafe (www.windscafe.com) in Yellow Springs through October 2. The exhibit, titled “Ocufoils,” features wall sculptures crafted of wood from local storm-damaged trees and resin lenses that Hawley shapes on a lathe and then polishes to optical clarity.

Hawley’s work can also be seen at the Westcott House (www.westcotthouse.org) in Springfield on September 26 at a special event celebrating the fifth anniversary of the historic home’s renovation and featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson, Eric, as a special guest. Wood bowls and clocks made from the majestic catalpa tree that once stood behind the house and was felled during Hurricane Ike in September 2008 will be on display and are available for purchase.

Hawley, who was selected for the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Best of 2010 show, lives and works in Yellow Springs. His 3,200 sq. ft workshop, located in the Millworks Business Center, will be open to the public during the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour (www.ysarts.org) October 16 and 17. More information about the artist and his work can be found at www.hawleyclockworks.com or by calling 937.423.3545.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wool Gathering at Young's

Reader submitted photo from the wool gathering event at Young's Jersey Dairy on Saturday. The wool gathering continues today.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Grant to Clifton for Opera House repairs

Yellow Springs Community Foundation Grants Review Committee Chair Jane Scott presents Brenda Walter, Chair of the Village of Clifton's Special Projects Committee, with a grant award of $3,500 for repairs to the Clifton Opera House roof.

Check out the Yellow Springs Community Foundation Facebook page. Become a fan!

Have you ever been to the Clifton Opera House? Visit sometime for one of their frequent musical or other events. This is a thoroughly charming place that deserves our support.




Click here for a schedule of Clifton Opera House events.

Save these dates

Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. YS Library program: Blogging for Writers [This is a correction!]

Oct. 9, 2:00 p.m. Corner Cone Soft Serve Playhouse: "Parking Spaces," starring the Coots

December 2, 6:30 p.m. YS Library program: Comparing E-book Readers

These come to mind because I am involved in one way or another in all of them.

Last night's Friday Fling was springin'




Last night’s Third Friday Fling was filled with art, music, and education.

The Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery at 309 Xenia Avenue presented the opening of “By the Available Light,” an exhibit featuring local sculptor Sharon Mohler (top photo, red skirt) and fabric and paper artist Karen Russell (flowered skirt). Attendees were treated to two special musical guests: Cedarville singer/songwriter Jordan Link played guitar in the back garden area and villager Joe Cook played out in front.

Photos by Susan Gartner

Click here for more Third Friday Fling in the Springs photos.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Letter Press Demo Tonight

Local artist Sarah Strong will be printing Yellow Springs postcards on the letter press in her studio at 143 1/2 E. Limestone Street from 7-10 p.m. The public is invited.

Arts Council Gallery, Sept. 17

Fabric and "paper-repurposing" artist Karen Russell prepares her work to exhibit at the new Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 309 Xenia Avenue. She will share the exhibit, titled "By the Available Light," with featured sculptor Sharon Mohler. An Opening Reception will take place Friday, Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. as part of the downtown Third Friday Fling. Special musical guests will be villager Joe Cook and Cedarville singer/songwriter Jordan Link.

Upcoming gallery hours and flower sculpture demos by Mohler will be on Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., Sept. 18 and 25, and Oct. 2 and 9.

For more information, contact Sharon Mohler at smmart937@att.net.

Karen Russell photo by Susan Gartner


Jordan Link

College hits the road in good company

Antioch College Joins Midwest Tour of Colleges that Change Lives

A year after it negotiated for its independence, Antioch College is again recruiting students as part of the Midwest Tour of Colleges That Change Lives, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

The information sessions and college fairs of Colleges That Change Lives is traveling to cities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and Missouri through September 16.

“We are excited to again be able to speak to young people and their families about the opportunity to apply for admission to Antioch College,” said Kristen Louise Pett, who is leading the college’s enrollment effort as a special assistant to Interim President Matthew A. Derr.

The 40 colleges on the Midwest Tour – including Earlham College, Evergreen State College, Hampshire College, the College of Wooster and Antioch College, among others – were featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives, written by Loren Pope, former education editor at The New York Times.

“There is no college or university in the country that makes a more profound difference in a young person’s life, or that creates more effective adults,” Pope wrote of Antioch College. “None of the Ivies, big or small, can match Antioch’s ability to produce outstanding thinkers and doers.”

“Loren Pope was a strong believer in the philosophy of Antioch College and we are delighted to have Antioch College back in the CTCL fold for the Midwest program,” said Marty O’Connell, CTCL executive director.

Founded in 1850 as an undergraduate, residential college, Antioch College was among the first co-educational and fully integrated institutions of higher education in the United States. The College pioneered cooperative education, which requires students to complete periods of full-time work as part of their studies, and shared governance, which includes students and faculty in the governance of the institution. It is the alma mater to Nobel Laureates, MacArthur “Genius” Award winners, and leaders in business and civic life. Examples include Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60; Nobel Prize winner Mario Capecchi ’61; and U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John P. DeJongh Jr. ’81.

Upon hearing in 2007 that Antioch University would close their alma mater, the alumni of Antioch College mobilized and negotiated to purchase their historic campus, the 1,000-acre Glen Helen nature preserve and the Antioch Review literary magazine. Antioch College's emergence as an independent institution is unprecedented in higher education.

The first class of the independent Antioch College will enter in the fall of 2011. The College is undergoing a multi-phased accreditation process with the goal of achieving accreditation that will apply to the first graduating class. The College is also in discussions with accredited colleges and universities to create a partnership arrangement allowing Antioch College courses to be recognized by partner institutions for possible transfer credit.

For additional information on Colleges That Change Lives, visit http://ctcl.org.
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Entertainment
September 17 Weekend

Peach's
Friday - 10:00 pm
Dr. Meat
Saturday - 10:00 pm
Seefari

Little Art Theatre
Fri. & Sat. 7:00 & 9:30 pm
Sun. 3:00 & 7:30 pm
Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 pm
Eat Pray Love

Farmer's Markets
Every Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm

King's Yard
Behind Ye Olde Trail Tavern
Corner Cone
Corner of Walnut & Dayton St.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shower of Stoles Exhibit, Sept. 17 & 19

Shower of Stoles Exhibit at Presbyterian Church

Photo by Libby Rudolf

The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. This extraordinary collection celebrates the gifts of GLBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

There will be two opportunities for the public to view the stoles while they are on display at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs, 314 Xenia Avenue.

Friday, Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m., as part of Third Friday Fling and Sunday, Sept. 19, 1-4 p.m.

A film on the creation of the Shower of Stoles will be playing at both events. Refreshments will be served.

As part of this event, Keith GunderKline will give the sermon on the subject of finding the strength and courage to dare to be the person you are called to be at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday. MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir will also sing at the service.

Click here for an example of one of the stoles and its accompanying story in the traveling exhibit.

For more information, contact the church at 937.767.7751.

Related post: Shower of Stoles Exhibit, Sept. 17-19

Old Clifton Days, Sept. 24-26

The traditional Old Clifton Days Festival planning is well underway. Three days of fun-filled events and entertainment are planned to start on September 24-26th. The big news... PORK CHOP DINNERS are back this year! After several years and numerous requests.. the pork chop dinner is back, a favorite festival tradition. We'll also be serving der Dutchman pies again in the community booth next to the shelter house, save room for dessert!

The entertainment schedule is jam packed with top notch performances. We'll kick off the festival on Friday at 4:00pm, with the Cedarville Youth Orchestra, led by Pamela Evans of Cedarville University. They will play in the Clifton Opera House. This group of 20 young people always gives a wonderful performance. At 5:00pm the Xenia husband and wife team called "Little Hippies" will perform in the Gazebo. Scott Hadley and Connie McBee have formed an acousitic classic rock group and that will make you nostalgic. They always provide a relaxed, fun atmosphere with a songlist of mostly sixties tunes but with plenty of seventies up to the present to keep the blend spicey! Scott, a classically trained guitarist, artfully arranges even the most rocking tune into an acoustic format losing none of the original energy. When Connie isnt singing with her big soulful voice, she plays tinwhistlle and percussion. Together they have a great vocal blend.

Another great husband and wife duo will follow at 7:00pm in the Shelter House. "Garcia and Scott", a Nashville duo are returning by special request! They rocked the Clifton Opera House in April and we had to get them back! Garcia and Scott deliver world-class entertainment with music in English and Spanish, male and female lead vocals and a melding of musical styles that literally leaves audiences begging for more. In short, Garcia and Scott ROCK! Dahlia toured with Julio Iglesia prior to forming this duo and Gary comes from a long line of singer/songwriters. Don't miss this duo! We'll close out the evening at 9:00pm with the "Soul Tribe Fire Dancers" from Yellow Springs. They will dance down Clay Street and entertain with their high spirited visual display.

The big parade planned for Saturday, Sep 25 will have many new entries. The parade starts promptly at noon and ends when the last straggler rounds the bend on Clark Street. The parade route starts at the historic Clifton Mill parking lot and winds it's way up Clay Street and back down to the mill.

A Chocolate Bake off is planned for Saturday and will be a high energy (sweet) event. The top three winning entries from the Adult and Youth division will be auctioned off as a fund raiser for the Clifton Opera House. There are three categories in the Adult class: Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate Cake, and Chocolate Fudge. The two age groups for the Youth Division will be making chocolate chip cookies. Make your family's favorite (made from scratch) chocolate fantasy. We won't ask for the recipe but we might as for another taste! The competition will be held on Saturday afternoon, prizes awarded at 3pm. Watch the judges choose the winners in the Shelter House from 2pm-3pm. We hope that it will become a new festival tradition.

Saturday's entertainment includes the 2nd annual "Sing for your Supper" Karaoke. This year we will be singing in the Gazebo so everyone can take part. Sing a song and win a restaurant certificate! It's simple and fun! Bring your talent and show Clifton how to it's done! There are no losers!

Saturday evening at 7pm, the "North River Band" will be playing in the Shelter House. Clifton's own Michael Smith formed the band last year to entertain at 2009's festival. Old time country and rockabilly tunes will keep your toes tapping. Sing along, everyone has at least one Johnny Cash favorite!

Sunday at noon, the Columbus based Loosely Strung will play bluegrass and gospel followed by local talent Rob Heiliger. Singer/songwriter Rob Heiliger sings country his own Clifton favorite "Walking to Clifton". The raffle drawing commences at 4pm, festival ends at 5. Visit www.villageofclifton.com for more information or call 937.342.2175.

Werk Out photo

Photo by Karyn Dietrich

Photograph of the Werk Out this past weekend at Zane Shawnee Caverns. The event was put on by Yellow Springs' own Funky Bean Productions.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Drop Slot Reviews: Sex and violence, pop culture and quadratic equations

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second novel in a trilogy by a Swedish writer who died shortly after submitting the works for publication. All three books are immensely popular, as are the movies that have been made from two of them.

This novel confirms my belief from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first novel in the series, that sociopathic protagonist Lisbeth Salander is not totally beyond hope. Described by her psychiatrists as lacking in empathy, her character has grown more human through these two novels, and I suspect that will continue in the third, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, which I eagerly await from the Greene County Library's digital download site. In Played with Fire, we learn that Salander, as well as being an expert computer hacker, is a mathematical genius and a skilled boxer. As in the first novel, there is an abundance of sex and violence.

The plot, which has Salander as a suspect in three murders, once again, is maddeningly complex. At one point, I thought I had the mystery figured out, then I changed my mind. As it turned out, I was right all along, but Larsson had thrown me a curve-ball that threw me off. The ending is surprisingly abrupt, leaving the reader to tie up all the loose ends. I'm still up in the air about that, leaning towards thinking that it works just fine. It shows a certain amount of faith in the intelligence of his readers and that is always a good thing.

Larsson does some strange things that probably amount to violations of some of the rules for fiction writers that I have never seen another writer do. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that the books are translated from the original Swedish, or maybe it's a cultural thing. Whenever he describes someone's abode, he compulsively includes the approximate square footage. Also, his landscape seems to be dotted with American fast food joints and his characters' homes well-stocked with American products. His detectives often stop for a Big Mac when they find themselves famished in the middle of a hot investigation. When they finally have time to relax, it is often with a cup of Lipton tea. Strangely, there is a certain amount of charm in all of this and it does not detract from the plot.

Perhaps the clue to this compulsion for detail lies in Stockholm. After reading the first two novels in this series, I have a strong desire to go there. But, I might just end up following all the streets he has named in detail from every stakeout, car chase and panorama from from someone's apartment window. That could be fun.

Reader reviews of materials available at or through the Yellow Springs Library are encouraged and appreciated.

Women's Park Addition

Newest Pod of Tiles Installed at Woman’s Park
By Macy Reynolds


Evelyn LaMers and Macy Reynolds proofreading the tiles


The tiles are put into place


The new pod!

The Woman’s Park volunteers are excited to announce that newest pod of tiles was installed in the park on September 14 – it’s the northernmost area of tiles. The process began two years ago as the gardeners with the encouragement of many people in town decided to add a new pod. The orders were steady, and by the deadline last winter, 120 tiles were purchased.

Many volunteers made this new pod possible. Macy Reynolds was the ordering contact person and kept the brochures stocked around town. Evelyn LaMers used the orders to design each tile. This spring Evelyn made the tiles, added the lettering, and then glazed and fired them. Several volunteers helped with the project. Joan Ackerman had taken orders in the past so she offered good advice and helped design the brochure. Emily Fine was the treasurer for the event. Helen Eier selected the spot for the tiles, and she and the other volunteer gardeners cleared the area for the tiles and replanted the flowers that had to be removed. Debbie Henderson found the contractors.

The final step was to put the pod in the garden. Earlier this summer the concrete went in and was cured for several weeks. This week the tiles were laid out according to Evelyn’s template and grouted in place. Several of the volunteers were on hand to see the first tiles go in.

Stop by the park soon and spend some time reading the warm, loving sentiments expressed on each tile for an honored woman.

Click here for more photos.

Muslims in America Forum

Antioch University Midwest to host Free Forum on Muslims in America.

Muslims in America and the Principle of Religious Freedom is the subject of a public forum sponsored by Antioch University Midwest on Sunday, September 26th from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm in the PNC Bank Auditorium at the Antioch University Midwest campus, 900 Dayton St., Yellow Springs, OH.

The focus of the forum is the topic of religious freedom that is saturating current news. A range of experienced scholars, diplomats, and mediators will share their experiences and insights to assist the audience in achieving a better grasp of the issues at stake, and ways of preventing resentment, discrimination and violence, wherever it is directed. The forum will offer conceptual and practical tools for gaining strength through diversity without sacrificing our most cherished values in these times of security concerns.

The panelists include: Dr. Wayel Azmeh, physician and board member of The Mercy Society/Islamic Center of Dayton, National Board Member, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Dr. Suheil Bushrui, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland at College Park, author of The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race; Dr. Naseem Rahim teaches Jewish, Christian and Islamic Heritage and Leadership in Groups and Organizations at AUM; Dr. Jay Rothman, President of Aria Group (a conflict resolution and collaborative planning firm) and author of Resolving Identity-Based Conflict in Nations, Organizations and Communities; and Mr. Brandon Sipes, M.A., Senior Consultant of Aria Group, researcher of identity conflicts, of how identity can be utilized for both division and unity, and of the critical role of facilitation and mediation.

The forum is not just open to the public; it is for the public. We hope you will attend, listen, learn, and share your thoughts and questions.

For more information contact Jim Malarkey, Ph.D., Chair of Humanities, AUM, jmalarkey@antioch.edu or 937.769.1872.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Springers' Dayton Philharmonic Tickets

For years Shirley Mullins has made arrangements for students and villagers to buy inexpensive season tickets plus school bus transportation to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. The new school Superintendent has agreed to continue this opportunity. Season tickets for 6 concerts, including bus transportation, cost $65 per ticket. Checks must be made out and mailed to YSYOA, P.O.Box 4, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 immediately. The first concert is September 23rd and Shirley must call in her order this week. For more information call Mary Morgan 767-1889 or Shirley Mullins 767-3361.

Open burn ban in effect



EMERGENCY NOTICE

September 14, 2010

OPEN BURNING BAN HAS BEEN ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Due to the current dry conditions in our area, a ban on open burning has been issued throughout Greene County. Open burning of field, yard, forest and other agricultural waste is hereby prohibited. This ban includes brush piles, bonfires and campfires. In addition, extreme caution should be used when using a grill to cookout and when discarding smoking materials.

All unauthorized fires will be extinguished and the responsible person may be issued a citation and fine.

This ban will be in effect until conditions in the area improve.

This ban is in effect in all areas served by Miami Township Fire-Rescue including the Villages of Yellow Springs and Clifton, Miami Township, and Antioch University owned property.

Please contact Miami Township Fire-Rescue at 767-7842 with any questions or concerns.

BY ORDER OF MIAMI TOWNSHIP FIRE-RESCUE
Colin S. Altman, Fire Chief

Countywide Open Burning Ban by Order of:
Miami Twp. Fire-Rescue, Cedarville Twp. Fire Department, Silvercreek Twp. Fire Department, Jefferson Twp. Fire Department, New Jasper Twp. Fire Department, Xenia Twp. Fire Department, Xenia Fire Division, Spring Valley Twp. Fire Department, Bellbrook Fire Department, Sugarcreek Twp. Fire Department, Beavercreek Twp. Fire Department, Fairborn Fire Department

Bench to Nowhere: Back on the Radio

A Cool Town Toon

Dance at the Library now available on DVD



On May 27, 2010, Jill Becker, Tricia Gelmini and Friends performed “Dancing In (and Out of) the Library” at the YS Library with musical accompaniment provided by Matt Minde. The full 17-minute performance will air on YS Public Access Television (Ch. 5) on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 3:30, 7:30, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30, 7:30, 11:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 3, 7, 11 a.m. and 3, 7, 11 p.m. For future airings, click on the Channel 5 – YS Community Access link under the heading “Calendar/Schedules” on the right column of this Blog.

DVD’s of the full performance are available for $10 from Susan Gartner. Contact her at 937.767.2170 or basedonatrueblog@gmail.com.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Meeting to fight climate change - Sept. 15

Join the 10% Club and the Village Energy Board
In an International Effort to
Fight Climate Change

Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, September 15
6:30 p.m. in the YS Library Conference Room

This effort is in conjunction with the 10/10/10 initiative by
350.org

Visit www.350.org for more information on this international effort.

The local effort will involve planting shade trees, food
bearing trees, a potluck and other activities.

Bluegrass Weekend at the Clifton Opera House

The historic Clifton Opera House will be hosting another weekend of Bluegrass on Sep 17 & 18th. For information call 937.767.2343 or visit the website www.cliftonoperahouse.com. A suggested door donation of $7.00 is requested for each performance. The Clifton Opera House is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton, a not for profit organization.

Back by request, on Friday, Sep 17th "Miami Valley's Most Wanted Bluegrass" will perform at 7:30pm. Miami Valley's Most Wanted Bluegrass band includes Lawrence Hamilton (mandolin,vocals) , Lonnie Hamilton (banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocals) , Martha Hamilton (bass guitar) and Ronnie Hamilton (dobro, guitar, vocals) ; formerly known as "The Hamilton Family" until they added their most recent member Mike Powell (guitar & vocals). They are from the Springfield & Enon area. They have been playing in churches, V.F.W.s, Amvets and festivals; we look forward to a great night of music.

Also back by popular request, the KY/Cincy based Steve Bonafel and One Iota On Saturday, September 18th at 7:30pm. The band was selected to perform Sept. 2006 in Nashville, at the prestigious IBMA Showcase. Since then they have released several CDs. Most recently they were voted number one on World Wide Bluegrass and released the brand new CD "Anthem of a Family Tree".

Today the band consists of Steve on guitar & lead vocals, Jim Moore on bass and vocals, Bob Bentle fiddle, and Rick Hayes on mandolin. www.stevebonafel.com

This is going to be a fabulous musical weekend in Clifton. Please join us! The historic opera house is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton.

Springers to make Mothman Pilgrimage



This Sunday, Sept. 19, a carload of Yellow Springers, to wit, Carol Allin, Barbara Forster, Walter Rhodes and yours truly, will be making what is shaping up to be an annual pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia for the Annual Mothman Festival. Photos are from last year's trip.

Related posts:

Day Tripping: Mothman Festival, Point Pleasant, WV (Jean Payne, 2009)

Day Tripping: Mothman Festival (Virgil Hervey, 2009)

Mothman Musings

Making memories

By Susan Gartner



On Saturday, Jim Metzger, from Lebanon, OH, brought his kids, Mason and Monet, to Yellow Springs to spend the day. He had visited the garden terrace behind 309 Xenia Avenue on a previous visit and remembered talking with the owner, Alan Macbeth, about the unique building that is "a work-of-art" and the magical outdoor space. As we chatted and I told them about the wonderful new partnership between Alan and the Yellow Springs Arts Council and pointed out the new art gallery and meeting space, bubbles suddenly appeared all around us, floating softly down from the balcony of the 2nd floor apartment.

Photos by Susan Gartner