Friday, September 30, 2011

Bench to Nowhere: Biding his time

A Coot Town Toon

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Thriller practice dates

There is a practice tonight!

Yellow Springs Dance is again sponsoring this year’s “Thrill the World,” the worldwide, zombie-filled, simultaneous choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The dance will be performed Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. at the Bryan Center, 100 Dayton Street.

Weekly teaching sessions will be held in the Senior Center’s Great Room for those interested in learning the Thriller dance steps. The Senior Center is located at 227 Xenia Avenue.

Here is the teaching schedule:

Friday, Sept. 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5-6:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5-6:15 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29, noon-1:30 p.m.

Those not able to perform on Oct. 29 may also participate in performances during the annual Zombie Walk on October 22 (downtown YS some time around 7:30-8 p.m.), and downtown YS after community trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 29 (6-8 p.m.). For more information, e-mail or

Meet the new Antiochians

Welcoming Potluck at Presby Church

On Wednesday night, October 5, at 6 p.m., villagers are invited to a welcoming potluck at the Presbyterian Church for Antioch students, faculty, and staff. Please feel free to attend and invite others who may have missed the opportunity to meet this amazing bunch of talented

The plan is to make this an ongoing October event, so if you have to miss the October 5th potluck, there will be another one.

Destination YS

Arts & Culture
YS Arts Council Gallery - 309 Xenia Ave.
Chelle Palassis"Veneer - Cover or Disguise" - October 1, 10am - 1pm

Village Artisans - 100 Corry St.
Regular Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Sun 12 - 5 pm
Kate Birch "Tradition with a Twist" - Through September 30

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery - 405 Corry St.
Regular Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30a-4:30p, Sat-Sun 10a-4p
Kathryn Lehotsky "Birds of a Feather" Through September 30
Opening October 2, 2-4 pm
Bekka Sage "Souveins toi que tu va mourir" October 2-November 14

Chamber Music Yellow Springs - 314 Xenia Ave.
Sunday, October 2, 7:30 pm; 1st Presbyterian Church
Brentano String Quartet

Nature & Recreation
Glen Helen Nature Preserve - 405 Corry St.
Bird Walk - Sunday, October 2, 9 am; Trailside Museum
Wildflower Hike - Sunday, October 2, 1-3 pm; Trailside Museum

Green Energy Ohio Open Houses & Tours
Glen Helen Building; October 2, 9 am - 4 pm
Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center; October 2, 1 - 4 pm
Various Residential Tours in & around Yellow Springs; October 1 & 2


Peach's Grill
104 Xenia Ave.
9:00 am - 2:30 am
Live Music at 10p - $5 cover
Fri - Sasha Collette &
the Magnolias

Benefit for Ashton Gueth
Sat. noon - closing
12p Full Circle; 2p Wheels
4p Blue Moon Soup, 6p Soul Rebels; 8p Spanish Tony
Sanchez; 10p Seefari

233 Xenia Ave.
Wine Tasting/Live Music
Fri - Manic Organics

Little Art Theatre
247 Xenia Ave.
Sarah's Key
Life changing decisions.

Special Fundraising Event:
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 & 9 pm
Easy Rider 2: The Ride Back

Thursday, September 29, 2011

10-minute Plays Oct. 27 & 28

The 10-Minute Play Festival has been moved up from its previously announced dates in order to avoid conflicting with Beggars Night celebrations. The festival will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28 at 8:00 p.m.

At this writing seven plays are scheduled to be produced, all of them written by locals. Some of them have already begun rehearsals. Watch the Blog for more details.

The 10-minute Play Festival is jointly sponsored by Gunch Press and the Living History Theater as an attempted to restart community theater in Yellow Springs.

Audio documentary to feature Antioch College

WYSO will air the American RadioWorks audio documentary “Who Needs an English Major?” on Sunday October 2nd. This hour-long documentary explores the future of American liberal arts education, and includes a segment on the reopening of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Classes at Antioch College begin on October 4th.

“Who Needs an English Major?” is the final in a three part series from American Radio Works. The “Tomorrow’s College” audio and web series explores how higher education is changing and why it matters.

The American RadioWorks website explains, “the most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education.”

“Who Needs an English Major?” features Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lee Morgan, former faculty members Jean Gregorek and Bob Fogarty, as well as alumni and new students at the college.

Produced and hosted by Stephen Smith of American Public Media, “Who Needs an English Major?” will air on Sunday, October 2nd at 6:00 and 11:00 PM on WYSO 91.3 FM and stream live on WYSO is a broadcast service of Antioch University for the Miami Valley.

New focused version of the Arts Map

Ashton Gueth D.A.D. Benefit

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Peach’s Grill
104 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH

Live Music All Day
Bands start at noon and play until close.

Many local items for raffle.
Proceeds to help local resident Ashton Gueth get a Diabetic Assistance Dog.

Musical Guest Lineup:

Full Circle

2 PM

Blue Moon Soup
4 PM

Soul Rebels
6 PM

Spanish Tony Sanchez
8 PM

10 PM

Street Fair in a nutshell

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Celebration of Cole Porter

Friday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Emporium Wines and Underdog Café
233 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs

An evening of the music of one of the great composers of the American theatre. Featuring:

Mark Smarelli – vibes
Kent Burnside – guitar
Erik Greiffenhagen – saxophone
Larry Halpern – organ
Gail Keen – flute
Lee McKinney – percussion

Admission is free.

More on the Micro Fringe Festival

Micro Fringe Festival coming to Yellow Springs

Calling all artists, performers, directors, writers, dancers, theater lovers and potential audience members are invited to attend an upcoming public meeting at the Yellow Springs Public Library on Saturday, October 1st from 3-5pm.

Fringe Festivals contain several common elements.
  1. Shows are not judged or Juried, but are accepted in the order received.
  2. Shows are typically technically sparse; they are commonly presented in shared venues, often with shared technicians and limited technical time, so sets and other technical theatre elements are kept simple. Venues themselves are often adapted from other uses.
  3. Casts tend to be smaller than mainstream theatre; since many of the performing groups are traveling, and venues (and thus potential income) tend to be fairly small, expenses must usually be kept to a minimum. One-person shows are therefore quite common at Fringe festivals.
  4. Fringe festival productions often showcase new scripts, especially ones on more obscure, edgy or unusual material. The lack of artistic vetting combined with relatively easy entry make risk-taking more feasible.
  5. While most mainstream theatre shows are two or three acts long, taking two to three hours with intermissions, fringe shows tend to be closer to one hour, single-act productions. The typically lowered ticket prices of a fringe theatre show permit audiences to attend multiple shows in a single evening.
  6. Performers sometimes billet in the homes of local residents, further reducing their costs.
(Source Wikipedia - Fact Checked by Eric Wolf)

For more information read about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Call Eric Wolf 767-8696 for more info...

Community Thanksgiving Planning Session

We have begun planning this year's Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

The next planning meeting will be October 10th at 6 PM in the lounge of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. The lounge is located to the right of the front door up a short flight of stairs.

There are several areas where help is needed, including
  • Coordinating volunteers the day of the dinner
  • Advertising to the community
  • Recruiting people to set up, help in the kitchen, and clean up after
  • Coordinating borrowing equipment and chairs
  • Possible home delivery to home-bound people
If you can't come to the meeting but can help out, please let me know what you can help with.

The church is accessible via a door on the south side that leads into the kitchen and fellowship hall. There is a lift to the level of the lounge next to the front door.

If you have any questions, please email me or call my cell at 408-1391.

Dayna Foster

Saturday at Clifton Opera House

On Saturday, October 1st an Opera House favorite will take the stage. Glen Parks Banjo Entertainment will be bringing his charming stories and music to Clifton, the show starts at 7:30pm. Glen provides a treasure trove of entertainment with his funny jokes and banjo music. Banjo music is happy music, join us! The box office opens at 6:30pm. Suggested door donation $7.00.

WYSO to Relocate and Strengthen Signal

Antioch University announced that public radio station, WYSO 91.3, will increase its broadcast signal output from 37,000 to 50,000 watts. This change will provide a higher quality signal with less interference to existing listeners and extend the WYSO signal to more listeners in southwest Ohio.

“We are proud of the listener support and growth WYSO has experienced over the past couple of years,” Antioch University Chancellor Toni Murdock said. “To support this period of growth for WYSO, the University’s Board of Governors allocated a million dollars to strengthen the signal and to provide a newly-renovated state-of-the-art broadcast facility that will provide increased studio space for expanded locally-generated programming.”

The power upgrade will also improve WYSO’s HD signal, which at present simulcasts the FM signal but could be expanded in the future to include additional programming. And in addition to the power increase, the station will move it's broadcast studios to a new, upgraded location in Yellow Springs. WYSO studios have been located since 1995 in the basement of the Sontag Fels building on Livermore Street, on the Antioch College campus. The new location is across the street in the former Kettering Laboratory building, presently owned by the University and occupied by the University's central administrative offices.

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the changes. The power increase will be in effect before the end of 2011. A new transmitter, purchased in part with a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with a match from the University, has been delivered and a new antenna is on order.

The WYSO 91.3 FM signal will be stronger, especially to listeners near the Miami River and the station’s coverage area will expand. The increased coverage area will be primarily in the I-75 corridor, in the southwestern part of WYSO’s current coverage footprint. WYSO serves thirteen counties in southwest Ohio - whole or in part - including Champaign, Clark, Greene, Clinton, Montgomery, Warren, Butler, Preble, Dark, Miami, Fayette Madison and Union counties.

WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis says “We're pleased that the University is investing in WYSO's future. Our new facilities will allow us to expand our programming capacity significantly. And fifty thousand watts is a big deal. WYSO began with 10 watts in 1958 and we are now the dominant public radio station in the Miami Valley. The increase in the signal strength will expand our listening area, especially to commuters travelling between Dayton and Cincinnati. These are exciting times for WYSO."

WYSO distributes its programming on multiple platforms: FM, HD, on mobile platforms, in podcasts and on-line streaming at

Update: Lost Dog


Siberian Husky, black and white, slipped his collar in the Pleasant St./Winter St. area this morning (Tues.). Meeko is very sweet, almost toothless and loves to run. Not particularly motivated by food, but he does come when he hears treat packages crackle. Please call Connie or Dan at 238-1383, 767-2642 or 352-4003. Or call the YS Police and they'll call us. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friday night at Clifton Opera House

It's bluegrass night on Friday, September 30th when the New Mountain Heritage takes the stage at 7:30pm. New Mountain Heritage was formed recently with a group of veteran musicians. Each member has an extensive personal musical background in bluegrass music. This variety of talent has formed a strong foundation for the music that they play today. With close tight-nit harmonies and a vast diversity of material from Flatt and Scruggs to the Country Gentlemen, and old time dance fiddle tunes, New Mountain Heritage is bound to excite and please audiences where ever they perform and keep them wanting more.

Band members are: Damon Hixson…….Banjo and vocals, Greg Beasley……...Guitar/ fiddle/ vocals, Emily Beasley……...Mandolin and vocals, Mike Elliott…………Dobro/ guitar/vocals and J.J. Arnold………….Bass.

Box office opens at 6:30pm. The Clifton Opera House is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton as fund raiser. Requested door donation $7.00.

Dancing with the Zombies

by Susan Gartner

Yellow Springs Dance is again sponsoring this year’s “Thrill The World” event, the worldwide, zombie-filled, simultaneous choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The dance will be performed Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. Place to be announced.

Weekly teaching sessions will be held for those interested in learning, with the first lesson being held this Sunday, Sept. 25, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Senior Center. Those not able to perform at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 may choose to participate in performances during the annual Zombie Walk on October 22, and downtown after community trick-or-treating (the evening of October 29).

For more information, e-mail or

If you’re unable to make the practices, there is help on The person who created the “Thrill The World” event has broken up the entire routine into 40 short videos demonstrating the easy-to-master dance steps. It’s well-paced and very beginner-friendly and even though 40 seems like a lot at first, there’s a certain amount of repetition to the dance. I watched these videos and attended the practice sessions in past years and felt much more confident with the routine.

Home, Inc. honors two

Local residents Tom Osborne and Kingsley Perry were jointly awarded the annual Tony Bent Affordable Housing Award this weekend at a Yellow Springs Home, Inc. fundraiser, where the two were met with a standing ovation from the crowd. The pair met and formed a lasting friendship while designing and installing electric systems for several Home, Inc. projects over the years. According to Kingsley, “it’s been fun working with Tom” and both believe strongly in the cause to strengthen community and diversity in Yellow Springs through affordable housing. Together, Tom and Kingsley have donated thousands of hours doing everything and anything that is needed, from hauling donated appliances to installing vinyl flooring. According to Home, Inc. director Emily Seibel, “Tom and Kingsley represent the very best of what our community has to offer .”

Submitted photo

Monday, September 26, 2011

Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop on Oct. 9

"Professional Connections--Using Social Media to Further Your Writing Career
(Even if You're Not Published... Yet)"

Antioch Writers' Workshop and Books & Co are offering the next free Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop on October 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Books & Co at The Greene. The topic will be "Professional Connections--Using Social Media to Further Your Writing Career (Even if You're Not Published... Yet)," presented by author and Associate Professor of English, Kate Geiselman.

Kate Geiselman is an Associate Professor of English at Sinclair Community College. Her essays have appeared at, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, and elsewhere online. Recently, excerpts from her blog, Notes from the Professor, aired on NPR stations via The Story with Dick Gordon.

For more insight on social media as a tool for writers, join Kate Geiselman at Books & Co at The Green on October 9 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.. No reservations are required for the Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop, but expressed intention to attend is appreciated. Call Books & Co at The Greene at 937- 429-6302.

For more information about Antioch Writers' Workshop or the Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop, visit or email

The Antioch Writers' Workshop will be held July 7-13, 2012 in partnership with Antioch University Midwest and with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).

The Yelloween Scarecrow Project

Introducing The Yelloween Scarecrow Project. The concept is to create a Scarecrow that will be installed in the flagpole holes in the sidewalk during the Yelloween season. The project is open to anyone: businesses, artists, crafters, students, non-profits. Businesses and non-profits can sponsor an “artist” to create a Scarecrow to depict their business or organization or individuals can simply do one themselves.

The Scarecrow creator will receive the structural elements and can then design their Scarecrow. The Scarecrows will go up in mid-October and remain through Yelloween. The Yelloween Scarecrow Project is a unique Yellow Springs project that shows our creativity and brings with it the opportunity for regional and national press.

If your business wishes to sponsor a Scarecrow or if you wish to create a Scarecrow:

I will provide the structure (a post and cross-member) on which the sculpture will be built at cost ($20). All other supplies will be provided by the creator or sponsor. You can be your own Scarecrow artist or find a community member to create your Scarecrow. We will be putting out a call to artists also so there will be a list of interested creators. If you don't have a flagpole hole in front of your business, the Village will put one in or we can come up with another way to display. Display it front of your location from October 14 through November 1.

To participate or discuss contact Bob Swaney at

Bob Swaney
Corner Cone
Jailhouse Suites
Veterinary Alternatives

Photo (submitted by Carol Culbertson): Thanks to a generous monetary gift from Bob Swaney, sixth grade students at Mills Lawn School have been working alongside their teachers, Vickie Hitchcock, Sarah Amin and Jody Pettiford to create six scarecrows for the Yelloween Scarecrow Project. The students of Mills Lawn designed the scarecrows to showcase the MLS Skills For Life curriculum which focuses upon respect, cooperation, honesty, responsibility, and personal best. ILE teacher, Carol Culbertson coordinated the project and is anxious to see them hung at the Corner Cone during the month of October.


Yellow Springs Library Association is sponsoring a weeding at the Yellow Springs Library Flower Beds, Wednesday, September 28th 1-2:30 pm

Bring your own gloves and weeding tools and we will supply bags to collect weeds for compost pile.

Meet by the tree sculpture- come when you can and stay as long as you like.

Ruth Lapp

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Micro Fringe Festival organizing

Artists, performers, theater lovers and potential audience members! You are invited to exploring the future of a Yellow Springs Micro Fringe Festival at an upcoming public meeting at the Public Library on October 1st from 3pm to 5pm.

Eric Wolf

Threshold Choir Gathering - Sept. 30 - Oct. 3

6th Annual Midwest
Threshold Choir Gathering with Kate Munger
Yellow Springs, OH
Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2011

What is the Threshold Choir?
The Threshold Choir singers honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are nearing the end of life. Our singing might include rounds, chants, lullabies, hymns, and spirituals. This weekend retreat will be an immersion into the songs and the spirit and the community of this very rewarding service.

Friday, September 30
4-6 PM: Early dinner. Meet and greet Kate and other Threshold Choir members at Linda Griffith's home, 114 West North College, Yellow Springs

6:30-7 PM: Check in/Registration 1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs
7-9 PM: Singing Circle with Kate Munger, founder and director of the national Threshold Choir movement, 1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs

Saturday, October 1
9:30-10 AM: Arriving and settling in
10-5 PM: Threshold Choir Singing Circle and Training, with Kate.
Beverages and lunch provided by the Threshold Singers of Yellow Springs
1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs
5-7 PM: Supper on your own
7-9PM: Evening Session

Sunday, October 2
9:30-10 AM: Arriving and settling in
10 AM-12:30 PM: Closing Singing Session, graduation, closing
1315 Corry St. Yellow Springs

Sunday, October 2, 10-12:30

"Graduation" for choir members ready to become bedside singers, Sunday morning, 10-12:30
If you have been a member of a choir for at least 6 months, know 50 songs in the cells of your body (no book), and feel that you are prepared emotionally and spiritually to begin singing at bedsides, please consider taking advantage of Kate's presence to "graduate." Simply express this readiness in a conversation with your choir director, and then contact Theresa Horan-Sapunar ( or 937-234-7464), director of the Yellow Springs choir, to be on the list. The ceremony is very simple and sweet and will be explained upon request.

Sunday, October 2, 2-5

Threshold Choir Directors'/Leadership Meeting with Kate Munger
Sunday, 2-5 PM
Kate realizes there are a number of choir directors in the Midwest who are brimming with questions and would welcome some concentrated time with her regarding the various aspects of leading a Threshold Choir. Bring all those questions and concerns, from musical to organizational to relationship with hospices and nursing homes to internal group dynamics, wherever you need some guidance and support.

This meeting is for women who are directors, those who serve in leadership roles, those who've been sent as representatives from their choir, or those interested in starting a Threshold Choir in their area.

Monday, October 3, 10-5
Songwriting Workshop

In an ongoing effort to give you access to your inner songwriter, Kate is offering this songwriting workshop to Charter Members. It will be a daylong musical odyssey and will provide sessions for exploration, conversation, songwriting, processing feelings, giving and receiving loving feedback. Limited to 12.

Weekend Retreat registration fee of $30 (to cover hard costs of facility rental and Kate's travel) due by Sept 20. Cancellation with full refund by Sept 25. Late registration is $40.

Note: No woman will be turned away for an inability to pay the $30 registration fee. Please pay what you can afford, or pay an additional amount to help sponsor another participant.

Additional note: You will have an opportunity on the weekend to make a tax- deductible contribution to Kate and Threshold Choir, to show our heartfelt gratitude for the precious gift that she brings us.

Please send registration along with check (payable to Threshold Singers of Yellow Springs) to:
Phyllis Braun
1340 Rice Rd.
Yellow Springs OH 45387

Visit for more information, including ordering CDs, songbooks, and for information about choirs in your area.

For further information, contact: Phyllis Braun

For housing, contact: Laurie Dreamspinner

For graduation information contact: Theresa Horan-Sapunar

WYSO needs volunteers for Gearfest

Support WYSO and enjoy GearFest - We are looking for six volunteers to help us out at the WYSO booth next weekend.

We need....

two people from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, September 30th,

two people from 11:00 AM to 3:30 on Saturday, October 1st,

and two people from 3:30 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 1st.

If you'd like to volunteer, call Sarah at 769-1334 or email

For more information on GearFest, including directions, check out:

It's not too late to volunteer for WYSO's Fall Pledge Drive - there are a few shifts still available.

Help is needed most on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th. If you're available to answer phones and take down pledges call Sarah at 769-1334.

Make your pledge before Monday, October 3rd at be entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
Click here to pledge now!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week at the Library

Ann Cooper just put up a display at the Yellow Springs Library for Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-Oct. 1. It’s a table with books that have been challenged or banned, and a cozy place for people to sit down and read them. A nice way to demonstrate and celebrate intellectual freedom.

Submitted photo. Click on image to enlarge.

Fracking and Farmland

What farmers and landowners need to know about the risks to air, water and land

High-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF), also known as fracking, and the impact to farmers and landowners will be the subject of a webinar on Tuesday, September 27 at 6 p.m.

This educational session, organized by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) and featuring analysis by the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC), will provide information to Ohio farmers and landowners about the fracking process and potential environmental impacts.

“It’s important that farmers understand the risks to their farming livelihood when approached to sign a lease with an energy company,” said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. “It is our goal to give farmers the information they need to make informed decisions.”

“Shale Gas formations underlying farmland are being rapidly explored, as we attempt to satisfy our appetite for energy. Extracting this resource is an energy and resource- intensive process. We will discuss the process and potential risks to the air, land, and water, upon which we all rely,” said OEC Agricultural Programs Director Joe Logan.

For organic farmers, contaminated soil or water can jeopardize a farm’s organic certification status. “OEFFA certifies farms across Ohio and the Midwest,” said Hunt. “Before farmers sign on the dotted line, they need to understand the potential risks to their land and their livelihood.”

This free, web-based seminar will deliver the session through the internet directly to participants’ computers. They will be able to view the presentation through their internet browser and listen to the audio portion through a call in phone number or through their computer’s speakers. The session will be interactive and allow participants to ask questions and communicate with the presenter. The webinar will be recorded and available online in October.

To register for the webinar, go to

For more information, contact Renee Hunt at 614.421.2022 Ext. 205 or

Back Story: Not a native

“Not a native,” “not a local,” “not a townie.” It’s all the same thing. I noticed it a dozen years ago when I first joined the Yellow Springs Community Band. There were people who had grown up together and those who had not. You could tell who was native, by the way they looked at each other, anticipated each other’s moves, finished each other’s sentences. Once a native; always a native. Not born here, you’ll never qualify.

I grew up on Long Island and married a girl (my first wife) from a tiny town in Massachusetts up near the border with New Hampshire. The headline for the nuptials in the local paper read, “Native marries islander.” Later we would summer in Cape Porpoise on the coast of southern Maine in a cottage her grandfather built when he was only 20 years old. Her uncle had married a local girl and raised his family there. My wife’s family, with more than a century’s worth of ties to the community, was considered to be “summer people.” That was one category higher than “tourist.”

Her folks were fond of a story that was passed from generation to generation about a conversation overheard on a porch in Cape Porpoise. Two elderly women, natives, were talking about a man who had been born about in the very next hamlet and moved with his family across the line to Cape Porpoise when he was an infant. He lived in the Cape all his life, married a local girl and raised his family there. At the time they were talking about him, he was also quite elderly.

“He’s not a native,” one of them said. “He was born in the Wildes District.”

“No, he’s not,” the other one agreed.

Not a native of Yellow Springs? Not to worry, this village is a bit less provincial than Cape Porpoise, Maine. In fact, thanks to Antioch College, it’s downright cosmopolitan. Many of those townies I ran across in the Community Band were born here as children of faculty. So while they are natives, their parents most likely were not.

One of those pearls that float around town, “more copies per capita of the New York Times are sold in Yellow Springs than in New York,” while probably not true, points out something I noticed that isn’t talked about very much: There are a heck of a lot of transplanted New Yorkers here. I can’t say we seek each other out. We don’t wear it like a badge on our sleeve; neither do we try to hide it. It just takes a while to discover our commonality when we first meet each other. I always expected to run into other New Yorkers in my travels around the country, but not in Ohio. However, as Antioch Midwest President Michael Fishbein often laments, you can’t get a good bagel around here.

Always eager to improve upon the diversity of the village, the townies have always been accepting of new arrivals, no matter where they hail from, even New York. When I would tell them about my whimsical move here to get out of the rat race and spend more time on my writing, they would never fail to congratulate me on my choice. Back in New York they would have said, “Are you out of your freakin’ mind?”

So here I am, not a native with no chance of ever becoming one, no matter how long I stay. But, this is no cause for concern. We all seem to find a way to carve out a niche for ourselves in village life, whether we were born here or not. At least we’re not tourists.

Rocky & Pee Wee: Attacking the newspaper

Some nerve...

Friday, September 23, 2011

John Bryan Community Pottery

Invitation to Exhibit

Fellow Potters and past studio members, teachers and friends,

John Bryan Community Pottery welcomes you to show your work in our newest gallery exhibition:

TIMELINE: Revealing our past, Inspiring our future.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting us in a while, we have a few surprises in store. We have installed new high efficiency light fixtures, remodeled a section of the studio into a gallery space and constructed a wood-fired kiln.

The first show in our gallery featured our current members, staff and board. In this new show we hope to explore the storied past of our pottery, with you, its former members, staff, students and teachers as the focus and inspiration.

The Details

-Exhibit one to three pieces from each of our past community members.

-October 5, 2011: Delivery or pickup of work (we will gladly collect the work from your nearby home or studio).

-Show Dates: October 14 through November 17, 2011

-Artist’s Reception: October 29, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

For the Artist Reception please bring any details from our past you would like to share such as photos, significant events, facility improvements and past renters or students. We know very little about the very early days at the pottery. We will have an interactive timeline displayed for all to fill in our history together.

The reception will also coincide with the third firing of our wood kiln. All exhibit participants are also invited to drop off or send a few pieces to be included in this firing. You are also welcomed to join us for the labor of firing all day Saturday.

Artwork in the exhibit is not required to be for sale, though it is encouraged. The pottery’s commission (30%) will go directly into funding educational programs. We hope to grow the scholarship and workshop opportunities for our community.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, insights or ideas.


Dianne Collinson, Studio Director
Geno Luketic, Artist in Residence - 440.465.5130

Destination YS

Art & Culture

YS Arts Council Gallery - Chelle Palassis"Veneer - Cover or Disguise"
September 24, 10am - 1pm, 309 Xenia Ave.

Village Artisans - Kate Birch "Tradition with a Twist"
Through September 30; Mon-Sat 11a-5p, Sun 12-5p; 100 Corry St.

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery - Kathryn Lehotsky "Birds of a Feather"
Through September 30; Mon-Fri 9:30a-4:30p, Sat-Sun 10a-4p; 405 Corry St.

Nature & Recreation

Glen Helen Wildflower Hike with Daniel Pearson
Sunday, Sept. 25 1-3p; Trailside Museum

Antioch College Farm Tour with Local Farmer & Educator Kat Christen
Sunday, Sept. 25 4-5p; 905 Corry St. adjacent to the Amphitheater


Peach's Grill
104 Xenia Ave.
9:00 am - 2:30 am
Live Music at 10p - $5 cover
Fri - East Coast Float
Sat - Bluzion

233 Xenia Ave.
Wine Tasting/Live Music
Fri - WildWater Trio
Wildwater Trio is Michael Kalter on guitar, Chip Pritchard on bass, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra violinist Doug Hamilton. The music is "eclectic acoustic" and always fun.
Sat - Home Inc. Fundraiser
7-10p, $25 ea

Little Art Theatre
247 Xenia Ave.
The Help
A universal story about change.

Special Fundraising Event:
Sunday, Sept. 25, 4 pm
Farmageddon: The Unseen War
on American Family Farms

Home, Inc. fundraiser - Saturday

Fundraiser for Yellow Springs Home Inc.

Saturday, September 24 • 7-10 p.m.

A wine tasting fundraiser to benefit Yellow Springs Home Inc. will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 7-10 p.m. at the Emporium. Tickets are $25 each, $15 of which is tax deductible. Admission includes the tasting of four wines, as well as appetizers and desserts and music from Mack and the Rockets and Mark DeLozier. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Tickets are available at the Emporium or by calling Susan at 767-1206.

Gather with friends and support Yellow Springs Home, Inc., a community land trust for affordable housing.

Veneer -- Cover or Disguise

The YS Arts Council Gallery held an opening reception for local artist Chelle Palassis and her exhibit, "Veneer -- Cover or Disguise," on Friday, September 16, as part of Third Weekend Fling in the Springs. Extended gallery hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., September 24 and October 1.

The exhibit will also be up through Street Fair on October 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is located at 309 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs. Call or text 937.831.2219 for more information or to schedule a private viewing. For more info about Yellow Springs Arts Council, visit

Photo by Susan Gartner

Farmagedon at Little Art - Sunday

Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms
Documentary by Kristin Canty

Little Art Theatre - Sunday, September 25
4 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Brother Bear's has been sold

There was more to those renovations at Brother bear's besides fixing that leaky front door, after all. According to a reliable source who has confirmed it with the Bro himself, Brother Bear's has been sold to the owner of Elizabeth's Overnight and will reopen next week.

Dance Piazza finale

The season finale of Dance Piazza, hosted by Judith Wolert-Maldonado (aka "DJ JuJu"), took place Saturday night, September 17 at the Art Park, corner of Dayton and Corry Streets in Yellow Springs. Special musical guests were Rick Good (of Rhythm In Shoes) accompanied by Yellow Springs' own Corn Daddies. Rick's wife and long-time collaborator, Sharon Leahy, taught villagers Appalachian Clogging as they danced to old time music.

From DJ JuJu: Thank you to all who participated in these events during this season, from May through September: whether you attended, taught, performed, danced, watched, listened, funded or documented, you were all an important part of the Dance Piazza 2011: Cultivating Community through Dance! Gracias

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Local writer/college prof gets a write-up

Local writer Scott Geisel, who teaches creative writing at Wright State, got a nice write-up in the faculty newsletter this week. Also mentioned is his wife Pam. The article was penned by another local, Lara Donnelly.

Booths available for Zombie Walk

The Yellow Springs 3rd Annual Zombie Walk will take place October 22 and is a charity event to raise money for 3 groups: affordable housing provider Home Inc.; the local food pantry; and a diabetes dog for a local child.

Booth spaces are still available and only $50. All of it goes to the above-named groups. Contact for more info.

Saturday at Clifton Opera House

Ralph Kettering and the Impossibles will play the Clifton Opera House on Saturday, September 24th. The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm. The historic Opera House is looking forward to the return of this band. This group of talented musicians have become one of the Opera House staples playing every spring and fall. Ralph and the band will have your toes tapping with old time favorites featuring big band, polkas, and country. They truly give a big band event. The Clifton Opera House is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton and is a fund raiser. Call 937.767.2343 for more information or

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bench to Nowhere: Kum-bah-yuk!

A Poop Town Toon

Calling all actors!

Jerry Buck of the Coots Repertory Company was called back from the Summit of Mt. Washington yesterday to begin rehearsals of "Eddies Ark" for the 10-Minute Play Festival on October 28 and 29 at the Presbyterian Church. The plays have been selected. If you are interested in getting in on the fun as an actor, stage hand, tech person or in any other way, contact Kay Reimers at Help jump-start community theater in Yellow Springs!

Wine and Dine for a Canine

Showing Ashton the love!

Saturday night’s Brandeberry Winery fundraiser for a diabetic assistance dog was a huge success on many levels. Both winery parking lots were filled to capacity as friends, family and incredibly kind strangers came from all over the area to enjoy music by Full Circle, food from Bentino’s Pizza and Brandeberry’s new Blackberry wine, and donate money to help with the purchase of the dog. The dog is for Ashton Gueth, son of our beloved mail carrier, Adam, and his wife, Vanessa. Adam and Vanessa were shocked at the turnout and the generosity of local businesses.

A portion of the sale of bottles of blackberry wine were donated and Bentino’s Pizza donated 100% of all food orders. There were yummy homemade desserts for sale, a raffle, and Premier Jewelry which also donated 100% of proceeds to the cause. Ten-minute massages from Ferguson Chiropractic Solutions (wonderful massages with Sharon!!) were offered with 100% of the proceeds going towards the dog.

The evening temperatures were perfect and the setting was idyllic. It couldn't have been a prettier or more relaxing event.

This is what Brandeberry Winery posted on their Facebook page afterwards:

“You not only opened your pocketbooks to help Ashton get his dog you opened your hearts and were so wonderful even though some of you waited hours to get your food. Your kindness is very much appreciated by everyone at the winery.

The turnout for Wine and Dine for a Canine was incredible. It was by far the busiest day the winery has ever seen. It shows what a caring community we live in. The generosity and kindness of everyone who came out was unbelievable. We had an issue with long term waiting for pizzas because of how we bombarded Bentino’s with orders. However, there wasn’t an angry person around. Every one of you was patient and understanding and I can’t thank you enough."

A fundraiser is scheduled for October 1st at Peach’s Grill. Stay tuned for more details or contact Vanessa Gueth at Donations may also be made directly to an account at the Yellow Springs branch of US Bank under the name of Ashton Gueth.

Photo by Susan Gartner

The Fling at the Emporium Friday night

This month's Third Weekend Fling in the Springs featured art, music and wine at several venues including The Emporium and Underdog Cafe where the Springfield-Yellow Springs trio, The Band, performed during the Friday night wine-tasting. Band members are Jessica Kinzer, Matt Housh, and Ryan Henry. Art included "Works on Paper" by Michael Casselli (on exhibit at the Emporium through September 30) and even artwork on the wine bottles!

Photos by Susan Gartner

Friday night at Clifton Opera House


Hold on to your hat! The Rejects are coming back to Clifton. This wild and zany band will keep you laughing and singing along. The Rejects are a 6 member rock-n-roll band that entertains audiences of all ages with their music and comedy. The band often uses the kazoo as a means of involving the audience. Remember as a kid how much you loved Saturday morning cartoons? That's the feeling you get at a Reject concert. Be a kid again. Friday, September 23rd, 7:30 p.m. at the Clifton Opera House. They will be introducing their long awaited newest CD. Get your copy before they are sold out. Experience the Rejects!!

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 South Clay Street, Clifton. The box office opens at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30. Door donation $7.00 The Opera House is owned and operated by the Village of Clifton as a not for profit fund raiser.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Local Artist at OSU

The OSU Faculty Club is showing work by local Yellow Springs Artist, Katherine Kadish. Friday night was the event opening and talk to explain the evolution of Katherine's work. See more of her work at The show will continue through October.

Reader submitted.

Carl Oglesby - September 13, 2011

Obituary by Chris Till

Former Yellow Springs resident Carl Oglesby died September 13, 2011 at age 76. In the 1960s, Carl was a renowned activist against the Vietnam War. While living in Yellow Springs and working at Antioch College, Carl served as national president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1965-1966. Though Carl was at least a decade older than many SDS members, he was respected as a powerful orator and quick thinker. In 1969, after leaving Yellow Springs, Carl was purged from SDS by the violent Weatherman faction, as it took over the group.

Carl was a renaissance man, working variously as a writer, musician, and playwright. Recording two albums for Vanguard Records in the late 1960s, one of Carl's songs, "Cherokee Queen," was beautifully covered by the fabulous former Yellow Springs band, Mad River, on their second album in 1969. Members of Mad River also helped Carl record his debut album.

Carl published several books, including books on the John Kennedy assassination and "Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Antiwar Movement," a personal memoirs. In "Ravens in the Storm," he refers to 1960s Yellow Springs as both lovely and "navel-gazing." Regarding the state of the world, Carl once said, "It isn't the rebels who cause the troubles of the world, it's the troubles that cause the rebels."

Kate Burch at Village Artisans

Village Artisans hosted an opening reception for fabric artist Kate Burch (left) on Friday, September 16, as part of Third Weekend Fling in the Springs.

Burch uses a number of techniques in her work including digitized embroidery, machine quilting, and thread painting. Her work can be viewed at Village Artisans, 100 Corry Street, through the month of September. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Photos by Susan Gartner

Matter of Chance at Art Park

The Dayton band, Matter of Chance, performed an impromptu benefit concert in Art Park on Friday night as part of Third Weekend Fling in the Springs. The concert was a benefit for For the Love of Children (FLOC), a charity for at risk youth in the Greater Dayton Area.

Photo by Susan Gartner

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Book Signing next Saturday

Hidden Art

By Susan Gartner

This mural by Tia Acheson, painted last year, is another work of public art in Yellow Springs. The painting is located on the outside of the Morgan House Bed & Breakfast, tucked away in the space where guests can store their bikes. Proprietor Susanne Oldham showed it to me when I stopped by to drop off flyers for Cyclops Fest for her guests. Interested persons are invited to drop by anytime to see it (it's best seen in the daylight). The mural is accessible to the public. Just follow the gravel driveway on the west side of the B&B, located at 120 West Limestone.

Flowers needed

Yellow Springs friends! Antioch College needs fruit/jelly/bell jars of flowers to welcome to new students! Have any extras in your yard? We'll need them by Saturday, Sept. 24, in the evening, so we can decorate the Outdoor Ed Center Sunday morning. If you're interested, e-mail Jennifer Berman at and she'll send someone or pick them up Saturday, the 24th.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Kindlin' Quickie

Welcome aboard, M Young of The Kindlin' Quarterly!

Back Story: Bukowski is dead

Indulge me awhile as I ramble on about poetry readings:

Before he was run over and killed by three shoplifters in a getaway car in the parking lot at the Upper Valley Mall a few years ago, John Deselem used to hold a weekly open mic poetry reading at the Corner Cone. Most nights, no one would show up and he would end up reading to himself and his wife. He stopped me on the street one day to tell me he had one coming up. In a remark I would later come to regret, I said, “If you catch me within a mile of that place on Friday night, please shoot me.”

Why don’t people go to poetry readings? The answer is simple; they are boring.

One of the most commercially successful poets of recent times, Charles Bukowski, would show up drunk and disdainful on the college circuit and duel with smartass English majors who thought they knew what poetry was and that what he was reading was not it. The problem for them was Buk’s stuff was too accessible. Guys who would come home from factory work in sweaty T-shirts and get drunk on cheap beer could even get it. The readings were recorded and sold on CDs with all the foul language intact, further adding to his success. Those were poetry readings people went to.

The only chance you have of attracting anyone to a poetry reading, short of disinterring Bukowski, is to include an open mike. People will come not to listen to other poets, but to offer their own brilliance. I played that game back in the 90s, both as a featured reader and as one of the peons. Once, I was invited to read at a place called the Pub of Luv in Nashville. Joe Speer, a friend of mine who had a weekly poetry show on public access TV down there, did a masterful job of promoting me. There were pieces in the Nashville newspaper and the alternative paper, the Nashville Scene, which even dispatched a reporter to the event. It was only after I stepped off the plane from New York that I learned of my newly acquired fame. Up until then, I thought I had only been renowned for bad poetry. Twelve people showed up, mostly to read their own stuff. It was all a bunch of overblown BS.

The best poetry readings are private affairs with friends sitting in a circle on the floor and a bottle of Jack or some other intoxicant being passed around, where poems are shared spontaneously with other conversation and lots of laughs. They can happen in a car on a road trip or at a kitchen table waiting for somebody’s old lady to come home from work. “Hey, man. Have I tried this one out on you?”

I once drove with some poet friends from New York to Kent, Ohio for a poetry reading that lasted from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. It was held in an organic food restaurant across from Kent State and the place was packed to the ceiling with big egos waiting for their turn at the mic. Except for the fight that broke out when one guy jumped ahead in the order and then refused to relinquish the microphone, we had more fun on the overnight road trip and drinking all afternoon the next day in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn with other poet friends who had made the trip from Florida and Tennessee. I guess we had some inkling of what we were in for that night.

Upon being named the first Poet Laureate of Fort Lee New Jersey, noted poet August Kleinzahler was quoted as saying, "I don't like to call myself a poet. Most poets are shiftless, no-account fools." He might be onto something there.

So, on the eve of my 67th birthday, I leave you with an old poem about a shiftless, no-account fool, so long as you promise not to read it aloud at the Corner Cone or anywhere else for that matter:

The cosmos and other crap

It is my birthday.
I am fifty-five years old.
I am sitting here
contemplating the string theory
of the universe,
the reconciliation of the theories
of Bohr
and Einstein,
the concept of the basic makeup
of all things
that can bring us back
to just one second
after the Big Bang.
It is very complicated.
It requires the comprehension
of a world with ten dimensions,
when I can barely operate
in three.

My woman storms into the room.
"Am I the only one
in this house
who will clean a toilet?
What are you doing?"

"I'm contemplating
the string theory
of the universe,"
I tell her.

"Get off your ass
and give me a hand!"

It is my birthday.
I am fifty-five years old.
Even on this day,
it is not for me
to comprehend
our creation.


Friday, September 16, 2011


Springs Gallery, a fine art/fine craft gallery in Yellow Springs, offered two hands-on painting workshops recently with Dayton artist Mike Elsass. Elsass (wearing a baseball cap) and his students set up the painting-on-rusted-steel workshop on Thursday, September 15, in King's Yard, outside of Springs Gallery.

Photo by Susan Gartner

Antioch cleans up in YSI stock sale

"New York based ITT Corporation completed its acquisition of YSI Incorporated in Yellow Springs last week, bringing 34.7 million dollars to Antioch College's endowment fund that will help secure the college's future," Emily McCord reports for WYSO.

WYSO: Antioch College Receives Millions After YSI Merger

NY Times Magazine takes notice of the new Antioch

"Antioch College is almost certainly the first American liberal arts school to start up in the 21st century, and it’s a rebirth that comes at an unsettled moment in higher education," reports the New York Times Magazine in its "Education Issue."

New York Times: Can Antioch College Return From the Dead Again?

Last chance to register for YSKP fall offerings

Register now for YS Kids Playhouse's Fall semester! Classes in Dance, Movement and Theater! We have several new class offerings for children, teens and
adults. Visit or call us at 937-767-7800 for more information or to get registered!


Modern Dance-Adults and Teens
Kindermusik: ABC Music and Me-2 to 4 years old
Kindermusik: Village-0 to 18 mos.
Contact Improvisation-Adults
Club Glee-Grades 7 to 12
Kindermusik: Our Time-18 mos. to 3 years old
Masks, Mimes and Miracles-Adults


Kindermusik Demo classes on Saturday, September 17th

10-10:30 ABC Music and Me (ages 2-4)

10:45-11:15 Our Time (ages 18 months-3 Years)

11:30-12:00 Village (ages 0-18 months).

For information on Kindermusik: or 767-2646

YS Kids Playhouse
910 Corry Street
Yellow Springs, 45387

Open call for musical

If you are interested in Musical Theater, consider auditioning for this Christmas season's Cedarville Opera House performance of "Gifts of the Magi."

Open to ANYONE in the community - this does not mean Cedarville village, only. It is open to ANYONE nearby who can commit to rehearsals and loves the Cedarville Opera House!

Audition Times
Saturday, September 17
9:00-11:00 a.m. music auditions (at the Opera House)
1:00-3:00 p.m. call-backs

Cast of 12. 7 men and 5 women.

*Come with one prepared song from a musical (must be memorized)
*Please bring your own accompanist (no acappella auditions)
Rehearsals begin October 3. Performances are December 9 & 10, 2011 at the Cedarville Opera House.

Check us out on facebook:

THE STORY: It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story are aware, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions (she her beautiful long hair, he his heirloom pocket watch) in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. In addition to their story there are glimpses of various city folk going about their holiday business, and the hilarious plight of a cheerful bum named Soapy, who wants only to get arrested so he can spend the night in a cozy cell, all gracefully enhanced by tuneful songs and neatly tied together by a newsboy-narrator, Willy, who adds his own melodious contribution and informative observations to the delightful proceedings.

Contact Jeff Beste @ 937.766.5400 or

The Show at the Emporium - tonight

The Show, a Springfield-Yellow Springs based trio will be performing at The Emporium tonite, 7-10 p.m. The band features Mills Lawn Elementary School principal Matt Housh on drums and vocals, Springfield residents Jessica Kinzer on keyboards and lead vocals and Ryan Henry on guitar. The Show performs original, high-energy music that spans genres from garage and surf, to punk and funk. For more information go to event is part of The Emporium's Friday night wine-tasting.

Photo by Susan Gartner from The Show's performance in July at the YS Arts Council Gallery

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Destination YS

It's a fling weekend with a festival!

Click on images to enlarge.

Update: Missing dog - FOUND!


5-year-old beagle, answers (sometimes) to Indiana or Indy
tags, microchip
ran off this morning (9/15)
West Whiteman Street area
Call me! 937.542.9628

Raising funds for a diabetic assistance dog

There are 3 fundraisers coming up for Ashton Gueth, son of Vanessa and Adam (our local mail carrier). Ashton needs a diabetic assistance dog.

Saturday, September 17
5-10 p.m.
Brandeberry Winery
5118 Jackson Road
Enon, OH 45323

Wine and Dine for a Canine
Live music with Full Circle.
Come hungry— a portion of the sale of bottles of blackberry wine will be donated and Bentino’s pizza has offered to donate 50% of all food orders made at the winery! We will have homemade desserts for sale, a raffle, and Premier Jewelry will be donating a portion of jewelry sales as well.

There will be another fundraiser for Ashton on
Monday, September 19, 6:30-9 p.m.

Girls' Night Out at Brandeberry Winery
Event includes: Appetizer Buffet, Glass of Wine, Dessert Buffet
$25 (includes tax and $5 donation)
Prepayment required
Vendors and raffle to benefit fundraiser
Space Limited: 767-9103 for reservations!

A third fundraiser will take place October 1st at Peach’s Grill
More information to come.

AFS exchange students in need of placement

AFS students, Tina of Thailand and Rikako of Japan,have been living with their AFS "Welcome Families" in Yellow Springs since their arrival on August 9 and now we need to find them their home for the rest of the school year. Their current hosts welcomed them so that they could arrive in the U.S. on time for the start of the school year, but they are unable to keep them. Keeping the girls in Yellow Springs, where they are members of a sport team, making friends, and learning their way around town is our top priority. We really do not want to have to move them to another town, so I am appealing to you to help me find them a host.

As always, the students have been carefully screened, have full medical insurance, and will be supported by our volunteer staff on a regular basis. We volunteers give support to the host also.

Please contact me if you have interest or know of someone who does, so that I can answer all questions and provide relief to these girls that they will not have to move out of Yellow Springs.

Thank you for your efforts ahead of time.

Marla Gamble, AFS volunteer host family finder


Local writers in anthology

Yellow Springs authors and Antioch Writers Workshop alumnae Tami Absi and Cyndi Pauwels are featured in a newly released women’s anthology from Sugati Publications. The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments is in the second Reflection from Women series. Editor Terri Spahr Nelson selected thirty essays and poems from women in six countries for this inspiring collection. Copies will be available at in a few weeks, at independent bookstores, and online now at

Sugati Publications says, “There are some moments in our lives that are so significant they become etched in our memories and they leave behind indelible imprints. These moments often change us in ways we never expected. We asked women around the world: Tell us about the moment you knew. The top thirty most intriguing, captivating and touching responses are featured in this women’s anthology.”

Absi’s “Last Call for Musicians” is only the latest of several essays published in the past year. Pauwels has been publishing short fiction for nearly twenty years; “Powerful Eyes of Love” is her first anthologized essay. You can read their stories and twenty-eight other works in this diverse collection.

The publisher is donating a significant portion of the profits from the sale of this book to three charities that assist women: Women's Microfinance Initiative, the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, and Women Writing for (a) Change. For more information on The Moment I Knew, visit