Monday, August 31, 2009

Antioch College is now hiring

According to the Antioch College Website, beginning on Aug. 12 and continuing over the next few weeks the Antioch College Continuation Corporation has been and will continue looking at candidates for employment at the college.

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS (as listed on the Website):
  • Arthur Morgan Scholars (multiple positions)
  • College and Glen Helen Property Management Staff (multiple positions)
  • College Property Manager
  • Director of Work
  • Editor of The Antioch Review
  • Volunteer Work Manager
For more information go to the employment page of the Website.

Bench to Nowhere: Green Living - The Fowl Alternative

Historical Society pondering Barr house

Sketches by Jean Payne (click on image to enlarge)

In an email to the Blog, villager Jean Payne wrote:

I was thrilled to read your blog about the YS Historical Museum. Several ideas presented to the Yellow Springs Historical Society Wednesday included not only a museum, but the whole Barr property as a village park. Community events could take place under those beautiful trees. A large slightly elevated patio surrounding the front of the museum could provide a band, orchestra, or performance stage for summer concerts and plays. Blankets and folding chairs would provide seating. Shakespeare under the stars can once again return back to Yellow Springs just as it did when I was a kid.

Attached are two designs I showed the YS Historical Society. I also thought the museum should have room to expand. Besides the YSHS artifacts now in storage, I hope for galleries such as History of the Arts in Yellow Springs (with examples of artists such as Read Viemeister, Axel Bahnson, Suzanne Clauser, Virgina Hamilton, Jon Hudson, Seth Velsey, Robert Whitmore, John Lithgow, Dave Chappell, murals around town), the Baldwin Collection (can’t forget the Native American link to this area), and major businesses in town (Antioch Bookplate, Vernay, YSI and Morris Bean).

Our big problem is the need to convince The Friends Care Center to do a land switch. I’m afraid at this point in time they have no interest in saving the Barr house or switching to the Beatty Park . The village has always been supportive the FCC. Is the FCC willing to lose that support? Can they agree and save face, still justify the money they have already dropped into their project? Are they truly comfortable in destroying an historical house in an historical district? I don’t know anyone on the FCC Board so I don’t know the answers.

Editor's note: Thanks, Jean. I strongly urge readers of this post to comment on it. This makes too much sense to just let it scroll off the screen without public input. Tomorrow, I will set up a poll in the sidebar on the most basic part of this issue: Should the village and Friend's Care swap Beatty-Hughes park for the Barr property with a view towards building the FCC apartments on the old park land on Corry Street and making a park out of the Barr Property?

Related post: Historical Society looking for new space

MTFR Controlled Burn

Photos by Lisa Goldberg

On Sunday morning Miami Township Fire Rescue conducted a controlled burn at Lisa Godberg's place out on Meredith Road.

"They burned down the old barn that was in really bad condition and pretty unsafe," Goldberg wrote in an email. "It was a good training exercise for them because the barn was pretty far off the road and they have to bring tankers of water out to the country where we don't have hydrants."

According to Goldberg, there were about 15 volunteer firefighters, two tanker trucks worth of water and a group of onlookers on her roof.

"It was pretty scary to see how quickly the fire spread and burned down the barn," she said. "The whole building was engulfed in flames in about 3 minutes, with flames burning a gaping hole in the roof that quickly."

Click here to see more photos.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Local woman pays last respects to Kennedy

Local woman Gilah Pomeranz waited in line for hours with thousands of other mourners to pay her last respects to Sen. Ted Kennedy at the J.F.K. Presidential Library in Boston last week, it was reported in the online magazine American Chronicle yesterday.

"Gilah Pomeranz, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, choked back tears as she waited in line," Matt Murphy of the Lowell Sun wrote. "Pomeranz said she took what little savings she had in the bank to purchase a flight ticket and took the day out of work to be in Boston."

According to the article, Pomeranz's father had emigrated from Israel to the United States, and her mother from Germany.

"They both became citizens in time to vote for (JFK) and it meant the world to them," Pomeranz told Murphy. "I felt compelled to be here. The spirit of the entire Kennedy clan to give so much to the public was epitomized in Ted."

"Pomeranz said the only time she saw her father cry was when Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed," Murphy wrote.

American Chronicle: Kennedy Mourners Felt 'Compelled to Be Here'

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Doing the math

This from a reader:

The White House just estimated the national debt could grow 9 trillion dollars over the next ten years. I don’t know about you but a trillion of anything is just too big for me to understand – I have to work with smaller numbers. Something like this…. let’s assume you could spend $100 a second - that would be $6000 a minute, $360,000 an hour and $8,640,000 a day. At that rate, it takes about 116 days to spend a billion dollars – unless of course you’re a government agency and then you can do it a lot faster.

If we continue along that same path, at $100 per second, how long would it take to spend one trillion dollars? If you’re not shocked by the answer, you’re not doing the math right. Turns out to be something like 317 years – yes, that is right – years! Should we be worried about this?

Julia Child Fake-Off at Winds and Little Art

Julia Child “Fake-Off”
Friday, September 4, 2009 at 7:30pm
the Little Art Theatre
followed by the Yellow Springs premiere screening at 8:00pm of
Julie & Julia
& preceded by “Cocktails with Julia” at the Winds Café 6:30pm.

Dress up as Julia Child to enter the area’s first “Fake-Off” Contest in conjunction with the Little Art Theatre screening of Julie and Julia. The event begins at 6:30pm with “Cocktails with Julia” at the Winds Wine Cellar with Julia Child inspired hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Then head down the street to the Little Art Theatre for a Julia Child “Fake-Off” Contest at 7:30pm. To enter, contestants will dress as Julia Child and offer a favorite Julia quote, cooking tip, or short skit. The screening audience will judge the contestants. The character, Julia-Jean Child (actress, Rani Crowe), will serve as the master of ceremonies for the contest and host the cocktail hour at the Winds Café. Winners will receive food related gift prizes. Come as a contestant or spectator. Event tickets are $20 and includes cocktail event, contest and screening. Call the Winds Wine Cellar to reserve your “Cocktail with Julia” (937) 767-9441. Contest and Yellow Springs premiere screening of Julie and Julia is only $7.50. Winds Café, 215 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs; Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs.

Julie & Julia, The Movie (taken from the film website)
Meryl Streep is Julia Child and Amy Adams is Julie Powel in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. Based on to true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Rani Crowe as Julia-Jean Child
Rani Deighe Crowe has a BA in theater from Antioch College. She has studied humor writing at the New School for Social Research, Monologue Writing at New York City’s the Writer’s Voice, and Stand Up Comedy with the Stephen Rosenfield’s Stand Up Experience performing at Caroline’s, Stand Up New York, and Don’t Tell Mama. Locally, she recently directed Miracle on 34th Street at the Dayton Playhouse, and wrote an adaptation of James Howe’s Bunnicula books for the stage for the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse. Her local acting roles include Glenda in the Brookville Community Theater’s recent production of the Wizard of Oz, Polly in The Gnadiges Fraulein in the Antioch Amphitheater, the King in Ivona, Princess of Burgundia at Antioch. She is currently producing audio recordings of monologues from the Spoon River Anthology for Migiwa Orimo’s upcoming public art piece The Telephone Booth Project, coming to Yellow Springs in October, 2009.

For more information or to buy tickets to the event please contact Winds Wine Cellar at 937-767-9441 or

Friday, August 28, 2009

Dirtying one's hands for public art

The artist Olga Ziemska and her assistant Jen mixing the medium for casting the hands for her sculpture "Flock of Hands."

Michael Brown gets instruction on how to form his hand so that it will be part of shadow dove.

Brown immerses his hand in the goop from the gloppitta-gloppitta machine.

All that remains is to fill the mold with plaster.

When it is completed, the sculpture of 20 hands will sit in front of the train station. It should be done in time for Fall Street Fair.

Click here for more photos.

Related posts:

Reminder: Public art hand-casting this Friday

Volunteers needed for public art project

Historical Society looking for new space

Announcement from the YS Historical Society:

The board of the Yellow Springs Historical Society is deeply grateful to Steve Deal and Nancy Mellon for the time that they have allowed us to use the parlor in their historic home as a museum for the growing collection of Yellow Springs historical memorabilia.

We fully understand that they have other needs for the space, and we will be packing up and storing the collection over the next few weeks, so for the foreseeable future, we will be without a museum.

It does give us an opportunity to dream and plan for a space to house both the museum collection and the Antioch Bookplate archives and to provide opportunities for people to do research.

Steve and Nancy's generosity in housing our first efforts has given us a starting point, and we will be forever indebted for their kindness.

Editor's note: If the land swap between the Barr Property and the park on Corry Street were ever to happen, wouldn't it make sense to use the Barr house as a Yellow Springs Historical Museum? Just a thought...

Tecumseh Land Trust Auction Sept. 11

The Tecumseh Land Trust will host its 4th Annual Harvest Auction on Friday, Sept. 11, from 6 – 10 pm at the Springfield Museum of Art.

The admission donation gets you live music, heavy appetizers, wine, beer, dessert and a chance to participate in the Live and Silent Auctions.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event.

Visit the auction page at the TLT Website for a list of the great items in the auction.

For more information call

Annual WYSO Golf Outing this Thursday

Gather a Group of Friends, Family or Co-workers for the
4th Annual WYSO Open
Miniature Golf Tournament!!!

Thursday, September, 3rd at 5:30 PM

(Start time for Golf - 6:30 PM)

To be held at "Udders & Putters" Miniature Golf at
Young's Jersey Dairy

Registration is $10 per person by Monday, September 1st . . . .
$12 per person after September, 1st

Fee includes:
* Picnic dinner at picnic shelter
* Chance to win Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for:
* Hole in one (Hole #15)
* Rowdiest Team
* Highest team score
* Lowest team score

Deadline for registration is
September 1, 2009!!!

To Register & pay online...

Click HERE

If you need additional information, please, call Jacki at 937-769-1388.


Here's a link to Register Your Team:

Click Here

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reminder: Public Art Hand Casting This Friday!

Thanks to all of you who have volunteered to participate in the handcasting project with artist Olga Ziemska. This will be taking place tomorrow (Friday the 28th). Appointment times are listed below. The location is the YS Arts Council office, located at 108 Dayton St., 2nd floor, in Yellow Springs. It is just next door to Yoga Springs. A reminder to wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty (just in case). See you tomorrow!

10:00--Elizabeth Brown
10:20--Nancy Mellon
10:40--Michael Brown
11:00--Roger Reynolds
11:20--Macy Reynolds
11:40--Susan Miller
12:00--Anita Brown

Lunch Break 12:20-1:20

1:40--Virgil Hervey
2:00--Corrine Bayraktaroglu
2:20--Jenny Cowperthwaite
2:40--Zenya Hoff-Miyazaki
3:00--Kurt Miyazaki
3:20--Mark French
3:40-- taken
4:00--Margaret Morgan
4:20--Jason Morgan
4:40--Acala Morgan
5:00--Aida Merhemic
5:20--Richard Lapedes
5:40--Jerome Borchers

Laura Carlson
Project Coordinator
Yellow Springs Center for the Arts Steering Committee

Related post: Volunteers needed for public art project

Have a nice staycation?

This from a reader:

All summer I’ve been hearing about “staycations.” So, I finally decided it was time for a Google visit to get a real definition. I didn’t think this would be too difficult, but the first snag was just understanding the words in the definition. Wikipeida told me that “staycation is a neologism.” So, it’s “a newly coined word that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not been accepted into mainstream language.” Hmm, that certainly clears it up. Also a bit perplexing, because Google showed 1,490,000 references to “staycation” – sounds like maybe it has been accepted into mainstream language.

After getting by neologism, the definition of a “staycation” is pretty much what you’d expect – “a vacation that you take at home.” The surprising thing was the number of articles with tips on planning a staycation, for example: how to relax during a staycation; or selecting the right awnings to make your backyard a perfect staycation; or a nature staycation; and finally, 37 fresh staycation ideas. Even Fodor’s, the world travel folks, have tips on their website. I didn’t realize staycations were so complicated – almost sounds like you need a travel agent to stay at home.

So now I’m thinking... how about a “stayversary” – a wedding anniversary where you stay at home, just enjoy each other’s company and maybe get a Clint Eastwood movie from the library when you go in to pick up the pizza and beer.

I explained all this to my wife last week. “Who needs some mushy card, flowers, gifts and dinner in some far off place just to show I love you”.

And her response was, “You’re kidding, right?”

So I explained, “It’s a neologism.”

And she said, “Make the reservations!”

...and I did.

Sunday liquor sales issue makes ballot

Roger Reynolds, one of the folks behind the petition for downtown Sunday liquor sales, reports that the issue regarding "Sunday alcohol sales after 1PM for on premise consumption in precinct 442" will be on the ballot in November.

Related posts:

Precinct 442 Sunday Liquor Sales

Candidates for the Nov. 3 local elections

Trina Hamlin at 1st Presby tonight

Blues, soul, folk, rock singer Trina Hamlin will be performing at the First Presbyterian Church tonight at 7:30. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Related posted: Trina Hamlin to perform at First Presbyterian Church

Green Environmental Coalition comments to EPA

The time that the USEPA is accepting public comment on their proposal to cut mercury emissions from the nation’s cement kilns is coming to an end. Thank you to all who signed our petition of support for this proposal. If you would like further information, please visit our website at . Today, GEC sent the USEPA our petition along with the following comments:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

RE: Comments on Proposed Rules on National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2002-0051

To Whom It May Concern:

On behalf of our membership and the residents of Ohio, especially those in communities near cement kilns, the Green Environmental Coalition (GEC) submits these comments regarding your proposed changes to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) applicable to portland cement manufacturing facilities. We applaud the USEPA’s efforts to strengthen the standards for the portland cement industry, It is only by the USEPA stepping in with stronger regulations on the toxic emissions, that the residents of communities around these facilities will be protected. Ohio has some of the most toxic air in the Union, yet, the Ohio Legislature has declined to pass rules protective of public health and the environment in almost all instances. These federal regulations are necessary to set minimum standards that states like Ohio must meet.


In general, GEC would like to express its support of the USEPA’s efforts to carry out the requirements of the Clean Air Act by strengthening NESHAP from the cement industry and thereby protecting the residents who live near an operating cement manufacturing kiln. Too long these kilns have gone without adequate emissions detection and regulation. The young and elderly especially pay the price for the lack of adequate regulation of the toxic substances emitted by these facilities.

Specific Comments

1. GEC agrees with the requirement that continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) be used for emissions monitoring and recording rather than traditional stack tests. The current system of infrequent stack tests at these cement plants is inadequate to provide sufficient data to regulators and the public. CEMS, however, will provide emissions data, not only during normal operations, but also during violations so that appropriate actions can be taken to remedy the impact of the violations. Furthermore, this requirement should have minimal impact on the industry since the funds that will be saved by not having to perform traditional stack tests can be used to purchase and implement the CEMS. However, to ensure that the health of the public and the environment are adequately protected, there must be frequent reporting and meaningful enforcement. To earn public confidence the data should be reported every thirty days and the monitoring results be made available to the public online. Additionally, if other forms of monitoring, such as opacity monitoring, would be eliminated, CEMS must be in place to provide the data an opacity monitor would normally provide.

2. It is important to factor in and deal with the great number of start ups, shut downs, malfunctions (SSMs) and upsets that occur at kiln facilities. We agree that the thirty day rolling average requirement is an appropriate minimum reporting duration given the SSMs and upsets that occur at such facilities. We question, however, whether this minimum standard is sufficiently protective of public health and the environment. We encourage the USEPA to consider more protective standards in this regard. For example, malfunctions at the CEMEX cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio, are often designated as “not preventable” by CEMEX. There have been, on average, two malfunctions per month at this facility. One month there were malfunctions several days in a row at this plant. During these violation periods, toxins were emitted from the plant in unknown quantities. The 30-day rolling average requirement will provide more accurate data on the emissions during such malfunction periods. However, the regulations should impose limits on such malfunctions and should impose penalties for multiple malfunctions in order to provide incentive for cement plants to avoid them. It is very important that regulators spend adequate time observing functioning kilns in the field and not rely solely on the cement plants’ self-reporting and lab simulations.

3. We also support the requirement to have a bag house leak detection system to ensure that plants maintain a well operating bag house. A bag house leak detection system is crucial in detecting particulate matter emissions. The industry too often uses bags until they break.

4. Dioxin is not specifically addressed by these proposed regulations. We hope that dioxin will be dealt with specifically in the not too distant future, and we urgently request the USEPA do so.

5. If implemented in their current proposed form, the impact of these regulations will be limited without a sufficient definition of solid waste in place. Specifically, there must be a definition of solid waste set forth that addresses and limits the substances that cement kilns can burn as fuel. Residents in our community have been threatened by the local CEMEX plant that obtained permission to test whole scrap tires as fuel for the kiln. If whole scrap tires were properly designated as hazardous waste under the solid waste rules, the burning of such tires as fuel would not be permitted and the erratic functioning of a kiln that was not designed to burn such substances would be avoided. We realize the coal currently used as fuel in this facility is not a clean fuel, however, the coal is pulverized and injected into the hottest end of the kiln. Whole scrap tires on the other hand are usually added to the kiln at the cooler end, resulting in inadequate combustion and, consequently, the emission of toxic substances which are damaging to public health and the environment. We urgently request that the USEPA address this situation.

6. As reflected in these proposed rules, we support the standard of prohibiting the use of fly ash when the mercury content of the fly ash has been increased through the use of activated carbon.

Thank you for considering these comments. The Green Environmental Coalition urges the USEPA to not weaken the standards reflected in these proposed regulations when they are finalized. We also urge the USEPA to continue promoting the goals of the Clean Air Act through other regulatory actions.


Kathleen Boutis
Green Environmental Coalition

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Candidates for the Nov. 3 local elections

The following have filed their petitions for the November 3, 2009 elections:


David H. Foubert* (unopposed)

Yellow Springs Village Council (three seats)

Gerard Bello, II

Judith Hempfling*

Kathryn Van der Heiden*

Rick Walkey

Karen Wintrow*

Miami Township Board of Trustees (two seats)

Mark A. Crockett*

Lamar Spracklen*

John Struewing

Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District (three seats)

Anne Erickson*

John Hempfling

Benji Maruyama

Aida Merhemic*

Deirdre Owen

David L. Turner

Angela M. Wright*


Information obtained from the Greene County Board of Elections

Tom's new wheels

This Model A truck parked in front of Tom's
Market attracted a lot of attention today.

Click here for more photos of Tom's new wheels.

Serling gets a stamp

Famed TV writer and one-time Yellow Springer Rod Serling has been commemorated with his image on a U.S. Postage stamp according to the Website The "Early Memories" stamp collection of 20 shows that were popular in the early days of television is now available at the YS Post Office.

Read article: Early TV Memories Live On Through US Postage Stamps

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

YS Schools 2008-2009 report card: Overall rating = excellent

YS did pretty good on its state report card, but there is room for improvement, especially in 5th grade math.

Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District report card.

Let's dump football!

It's that time of year again. I'm getting emails asking me to play in a pep band at YSHS football games. I'll be 65 in a couple weeks. Pep band? Gimme a break! If the music director can't get enough kids to play at the football games, then he should give it up. And that brings me back to something that bugs me every year at this time. Not only do we not have enough kids to play at the games, we don't have enough kids to play in them. I wrote about this last year when the Blog was in it's infancy, I did a piece titled "Why not get rid of football?" Then in a series of followups, I recounted the trouble Principal John Gudgel was having getting kids to come out for the sport.

At the beginning of the season last year, the Dayton Daily News reported that YSHS had only 16 kids on the team. The McKinney season was canceled when only two boys showed up for the first team meeting. Somehow Gudgel managed to pull it together at the high school.

Where are we now? Last week the YS News reported that Schools Treasurer Joy Kitzmiller reported at the latest School Board meeting that tax revenues for last quarter were down 35%. At the meeting before that it was announced that school bus service is being cut back.

I've heard all the arguments ranging from soccer is more violent and injury prone to it would be culturally insensitive to cancel football (racism?). The fact is, we are just too small to field a football team.

It's too late to dump football this year. We couldn't afford the monetary penalties for canceling our schedule as happened a few years ago (Who are we, Ohio State?). But it's not too late to notify the league that we won't be playing football next year or anytime in the near future.

Related posts:

Why not get rid of football?

A follow-up to my football rant

Football fizzle

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bench to Nowhere: The Art of Finance

A Cool Town Toon

Jet noise..? What jet noise?

It seems eerily quiet around here these days with hardly an F-16 in the sky. What's going on? A reader suggested that the Dutch pilots are on vacation; that they have gone back to the Netherlands for some peace and quiet.

Overheard in town: Oh deer!

Photo by Virgil Hervey

From a reader:

You can learn a lot listening in on the street conversations around town. The bench in front of the Emporium is a prime location for swapping stories and telling tall tales.

The other day I heard someone talking about a “wildlife corridor”. Evidently the purpose of these corridors is to promote the free movement of roaming animal populations from one habitat region to another.

This fellow was proposing that the over abundant deer population in Yellow Springs could be solved if we just had a couple of wildlife corridors to allow the deer to move to another habitat area. When challenged on where the corridors would go he was pretty much of the mind that “who cares, just out of the Village and my gardens”.

Turns out this guy was throwing sunflower seeds and hosta leaves out of his car windows every time he drove over to Beavercreek hoping the deer will follow the food trail. He swears there are now more deer sightings in Beavercreek and was encouraging his coffee buddies to help out. Maybe the next wildlife corridor can lead over to Fairborn - they seem to have some nice gardens that need to be trimmed.

And by the way, if you want to help build the next wildlife corridor you can buy your sunflower seeds at the Glen Helen birdseed sale on October 17th. Glen Helen Association members get a 20% discount on sale day.

Now if I just had one of those seed spreaders for the back of the truck...

Editor's note: I think we already have a wildlife corridor and it runs through my backyard. (see photo)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Raising money for the Firefighter's Association from the top down

Fire Chief Colin Altman washing cars Saturday
to raise money for the Firefighters Association
(Photo by Roger Reynolds)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Economic Indicators

This from a reader:

Found along Hyde Road last week.

Have you heard the CPI is up, the DJI is down, the WPI is steady and GDP is negative but not as bad as last quarter? And, what about those seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, housing starts and the LIBOR-swap curves?

I always get mixed up on which ones are leading indicators and which ones are lagging indicators so I can’t figure out if things are getting better or worse. I’d really like to have an economic indicator I can actually understand without a financial whiz kid to explain it. So here’s what I’m thinking….

Most mornings, I walk a couple of miles with my significant other. A couple of summers ago, I got so disgusted with all the roadside trash, I started my own litter control project. Two or three times a month I make the rounds and pick up beer cans, water bottles, the entire array of McDonald’s wrappers, pizza boxes, plastic bags and assorted other things people don’t want in their cars.

Now here’s the thing, as the economy got progressively worse, the amount of roadside trash went down. It’s particularly evident in the number of empty beer bottles – from a high of 2 or 3 six packs in a single week to a recent week with not one roadside beer bottle. Of course, McDonald’s is still there, we’re in a recession not a depression.

Seems obvious that as economic conditions get worse, the roadside trash levels go down and as things start to look better, trash levels go up. I’m sure there are graphs and formulas to explain this behavior and draw correlations to some marginal propensity to spend or some other esoteric analysis. I’ll leave that to the experts but just based on casual observation it looks to me like the Roadside Trash Index (RTI) could be the next leading indicator of our economic health.

Maybe the talking heads and the financial wizards should consider working with “adopt a highway” programs – roadside trash may be a more reliable indicator than the economic analysis we get now.

ADDENDUM - last week the beer bottles were back – not in big numbers, but enough to perhaps indicate a change is coming and good times will soon follow.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Two days left to sign GEC peition in support of mercury regulation

The following petition is on the Green Environmental Coalition's Website where it can be signed online. It is also available for signing at the Living Green store on Xenia Ave. in downtown Yellow Springs. GEC plans to mail the signed petitions to the USEPA on Monday, Aug. 24:

I support the USEPA proposal to significantly reduce mercury emissions from Portland cement kilns, the 4th largest source of mercury air emissions in the U.S. The proposed standards would also set emissions limits for total hydrocarbons, hydrochloric acid, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and toxic organic pollutants such as benzene, from kilns of all sizes. In addition, the agency is strengthening the outdated standards for particulate matter to better control kilns' emissions of lead, arsenic, and other toxic metals. (Language courtesy of Earthjustice)

Email GEC for more information at

Cemex to lay off workers

The Dayton Daily News reported yesterday that the Cemex plant on Linebaugh Road in Bath Township will be laying off as many as 50 employees this October. Cemex has been in the news in recent years for its controversial proposal to burn tires to fuel its processing at that facility. The company announced in November that it is putting test burns on hold for two years due to economic considerations. The plant is about four miles west of Yellow Springs.

Dayton Daily News: Greene County cement plant to lay off workers

Got a story about navigating with your GPS? Tell it here!

Okay, here's another one:

We were down in Kettering near the corner of Wilmington Pike and Dorothy Lane the other night when it was so stormy. As we were heading home about 9:00 o'clock, there was lightning in the distance, but it had stopped raining and it looked like the storms had moved off to the east. I turned on the GPS and pressed the home icon. It directed us east on Dorothy Lane to I-675 and informed me that the entrance ramp to go north would be on the right. I was happy to know that as it was dark and I wasn't sure whether I needed to be in the left lane or the right.

As the nose of the car reached the ramp, Honey reminded me to turn right. Just then there was a flash of lightning and she started acting strange.

"Recalculating," she said. "Turn left on Woodcroft Trail. Turn left on Woodcroft Trail! "

It was too late for me to make any changes. And I knew I was headed in the right direction, in any event. Honey was acting as if I had missed the turn and was trying to get me back on track. I immediately decided that the lightning must have interfered with the satellite signal. Once we were headed north on 675, she settled down and she directed us the rest of the way home without further incident.

My other navigator, the human one in the passenger seat, was smug.

"Woodcroft Trail..? Hmph!" she said. "She's not so smart, after all."

If you have a strange or funny tale to tell about navigating with your GPS navigator, feel free to share it by adding it to the comments to this post.

Volunteers needed for public art project

Cleveland-based artist Olga Ziemska is one of the winners of the recent outdoor sculpture competition. She will be visiting Yellow Springs to make casts of hands of 20 local residents; these casts will become part of her sculpture, “Flock of Hands.”

The hand-casting event will take place on Friday, August 28th, from 10 am to 6 pm. The process uses safe, non-toxic materials and only takes about 20 minutes—and it's fun! Volunteers should wear clothing that can get dirty (just in case). Participants’ name, address, and email will be recorded and the artist will also take a photo of them after the hand-casting. They will later be informed of which hand is theirs in the finished piece.

The location of the event will be the YS Arts Council’s Art Space, which is located at 108 Dayton St., 2nd floor.

Contact Laura Carlson (email: or phone: 767-2954) to set up an appointment time for a 20-minute “casting session.”

We will also be seeking volunteers to assist with the installation of the sculpture, which will take place at the end of September.

listen... (2003)
Locally reclaimed birch logs and plaster cast hands
Collection of the Polish Center of Sculpture
(c) Olga Ziemska

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Coverage of "The Last Truck" premiere

The Reichert/Bognar documentary that premiered at the Schuster last night got a nice write up by the AP published on the web zine ZAP 2 it.

Associated Press: HBO documentary spotlights closing of Ohio GM plant

Rocky & Pee Wee: Farewell to Summer in the Springs

Friday Fling Update

Friday, August 21

Updated 3rd Friday Fling Happenings

Performance by Kathy Simpson, vocalist
Living Green, 259 Xenia Ave. from 7-9pm

Free Homebrewing Class
Main Squeeze, 229 Xenia Ave. from 7:30- 9 pm

Visual & Performance Art
Millworks/Nonstop Institute, 305 North Walnut from 6:30-9 pm
Slack Wire - an installation work by Michael Casselli in progress in Suite F
Water is the Blood of the Earth -a solo work by Louise Smith in Suite C

Hot Dog Fundraiser for the Firefighter's Assn.
Village BP from 5p-8p
Try the Springs Fire House Dog & take a free fire engine ride

Family Folk Dance
Bryan Center, 100 Dayton Street from 7pm - 9pm

Soul Fire Tribe Fire Dancing & Twirling
Asanda Imports at 9pm; 230 Xenia Avenue

Skate & Music Fest
Bryan Center Skate Park, 100 Dayton St. from 5 - 10 pm
Food Vendors, Great Music & Skating.
Suggested donation of $5 - $10 to benefit the Skate Park

Ceramic Art Opening - Geno Luketic
YS Arts Council Art Space on Dayton St. at 6:00pm

Performance by Dustin Vincent
The Corner Cone at 6:00pm

Taza Chocolate Tasting
Sugar Cubes 6:00 - 8:00pm

Performance by Ray Ray the Magician
In front of Pass it on Kids and Sugar Cubes 6:00 - 8:00pm

Slipstream with Jeanne Ulrich - Blues, Bluegrass, Folk Rock
The Emporium 7:00 - 9:00pm

Boogie Matrix Mechanism - Jam Band / Funk / Hip Hop
Peach's Bar and Grill 10:00pm - 1:00am

"Would You, Could You" In a Frame, Village Artisans, Miami Valley Pottery, Bonadies Glass Studio, King's Yard Marketplace and several Downtown Shops will be open late.

Explore our distinctive shops, galleries and restaurants; many are open until 9:00 pm or later.

Saturday, August 22

Firefighter's Association Car Wash
Fire House, 225 Corry St. from 10 am - 2 pm
Buy a hot dog too.

Reptile Feeding
Glen Helen Trailside Museum,405 Corry St at 11:00am

Everyting Edible and Useful Plant Walk
Glen Helen Trailside Museum,405 Corry St at 6:00pm

King's Yard MarketPlace
Farmers Market in the parking lot from 7:30am - 12pm
Heart of Joy Folkschool perform in the King's Yard Gazebo from 11am - 3 pm

JuJu Dance Piazza at 100 Corry St.
Soul Fire Tribe will teach hoop dancing from 7 - 8pm
DJ JuJu will play an eclectic mix of world music from 8 - 10 pm

Sunday, August 23

August Bird Walk
Glen Helen Trailside Museum,405 Corry St at 8:00am
Join Glen Helen Executive Director, Nick Boutis, searching Glen Helen for early fall migrants.

Shopping & Dining
Shops open until 6
Restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

WYSO Golf Outing at Young's September 3

Gather a Group of Friends, Family or Co-workers for the
4th Annual WYSO Open
Miniature Golf Tournament!!!

Thursday, September, 3rd at 5:30 PM

(Starting time: Golf - 6:30 PM)

To be held at "Udders & Putters" Miniature Golf at
Young's Jersey Dairy

Registration is $10 per person by Monday, September 1st . . . .
$12 per person after September, 1st

Fee includes:
* Picnic dinner at picnic shelter
* Chance to win Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for:
* Hole in one (Hole #15)
* Rowdiest Team
* Highest team score
& Lowest team score

Deadline for registration is
September 1, 2009!!!

To Register & pay online...

Click HERE

If you need additional information, please, call Jacki at 937-769-1388.


Here's a link to Register Your Team:

Click Here

Advance Directives

From a reader:

You really have to love the euphemism for “end of life” planning documents that spell out how you want to be treated in your final hours. Let’s not act like we understand all the fine points of the current health care debate but the idea that talking about these issues with your family doctor is somehow a government scheme to thin out the population is just a bit baffling. And we won’t go near the Palin reference to “death panels”. Even though it’s so tempting, I’m inclined to think too much time has already been spent chasing those comedy routines.

What I’d suggest is that you spend a few minutes reading a well written article in the August 18th Wall Street Journal (page D2 if you use the library) that talks about “end of life” planning – it takes the politics out of the discussion and just explains the process and even tells you how to get free copies of the documents used in Ohio to legalize your final wishes.

The YS Senior Center usually has copies of the Ohio documents (for a small copy fee) and their friendly, knowledge staff will gladly schedule time to answer your questions.

To read the article click here. The Ohio documents are at

As the article notes, many people say that by the time they reach the end, “I won’t care what happens.” Your family does care.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pedicabs are coming to YS - Watch this space!

Call them pedicabs, bicycle rickshaws, sit-lows... They've got them in New York. They've got them in Seattle. They even have them in Columbus and at The Greene. And now they are pedaling hard to make it to Yellow Springs!

Pedicabs have been talked about in the village for some time, but no one knew how to get started. After having read an article in the Dayton Daily News about the company running the service at The Greene, Chamber of Commerce Director Karen Wintrow first revealed her idea about how to bring pedicabs to the village at last week's Chamber meeting. It was still pretty much up in the air at that point. Wintrow needed to get the Police Chief and Village Manager on board and then bring pedicab manufacturer HK Tryke's Dave Smith to the village to get the lay of the land. That all happened yesterday and the first two pedicabs should be here in the next couple of weeks, according to Wintrow in an email yesterday.

"Dave and I walked around town this afternoon meeting merchants and deciding on stops," Wintrow said. "The cabs are on order and will be delivered in the next couple of weeks."

The plan is that they will run on Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 2:30 am and on Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm. According to Wintrow, drivers work for gratuities and the operator is looking for people over the age of 21 to pilot the cabs.

A quick tour of pedicab articles around the Internet revealed that pedicab service is generally well-liked by those who live where it is available and that drivers, generally cycling enthusiasts, view it as a fun way to get paid while getting in shape.

Smith will also be looking for advertisers to put placards on the cabs. HK Tryke is a nonprofit that works to improve access to accredited child care.

"We’ve mapped out the stops and they will be scattered around town in convenient locations," Wintrow said. "The cabs will be stored at Millworks."

Click here to see dozens of pedicab photos from around the world.

Click here to see the Blog's own pedicab photos.

The Blog will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

Correction: This post was corrected at 2:30 p.m. Wintrow got the idea from the company at The Greene, not in Columbus as previously reported.

Going local in Yellow Springs

This from a reader:

Can you remember back to Jan. 2009? The Smart Growth Task Force hosted a well attended three day conference and workshop with Michael Shuman providing a framework for thinking about the Village business base. We learned new terms like “leakage”, “the 6 Ps”, “BALLE” (Business Alliance for Local Economies” and “LOIS” (Local Ownership Import Substitution). And, most of the participants left the meeting full of enthusiasm and new ideas.

So, where are we now? Did we lose momentum – maybe we expected the visioning process or the new Village economic development position or the proposed Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) to step in and save us.

Actually, we can do a few things individually to make a difference. I like “the 3/50 project” that was recently mentioned at a Chamber of Commerce meeting. The idea is to pick three local businesses and commit to spending $50 a month at each one of them. It’s an interesting concept that might work well as a small piece of our overall smart growth efforts. Take a look ( and let [us Blog readers] know what you think. (You can post your responses as comments to this post.)

For more information on the Jan 2009 Smart Growth meeting -

Reichert/Bognar HBO film to preview tonight at Schuster

“The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant,” a documentary by Yellow Springers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar is scheduled to air on HBO on Sept. 7 (Labor Day), but will premiere tonight at the Schuster Center in Dayton. According to an article in today's Dayton Daily News, admission is free, but reservations are required for the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. The 40-minute film will be shown at 6:30.

The Dayton Daily News: GM workers star in HBO film about plant closing

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Weevils wreaking havoc at Women’s Park

Have you noticed any Purple Coneflower heads (Echinacea purpurea) that are overturned on the stem and drooping head-down? The Women's Park volunteers have noticed these "clipped heads" for several years, but this year almost half the flowers suffered. After some careful examination and being tipped off by a walker that there was a weevil doing this, we found that the culprit was the adult sunflower head-clipping weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus Boheman).

This shiny black weevil can sometimes be seen under newly clipped heads. The female is responsible for feeding on the stem until the head overturns. At this point the male and female mate and the female lays eggs in the head. The dead heads fall off in the fall and the new insects burrow about 6 inches into the soil to wait for summer when they emerge as adults.

We don't use pesticides at the Women's Park so the volunteers are trying to interrupt the life cycle of the pest by removing the dead heads and either freezing them for a few days or "cooking" them in black plastic bags in the sun for a few weeks and then putting them into the trash. We double bag to be sure they can't escape. We hope to see much less damage next year. These insects also infest sunflowers and silphium varieties – compass plant, prairie dock, and cup plant. Their season is about finished but removing heads now may protect next year's blooms.

Macy Reynolds - Women's Park Volunteer

Trina Hamlin to perform at Presbyterian Church

Trina Hamlin ( will be performing Thursday, August 27, at 7:30PM at the First Presbyterian Church, YS. Her music is a blend of blues, soul, folk and rock. Trina is a wonderful vocalist, grand guitarist and harmonica player.

The Presbyterian Youth will sell home made refreshments prior to the concert and at intermission as a fund-raiser for youth programs at the church.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 (sliding scale - pay more if you can, less if you can't). Doors open at 6:30PM and seating is open.

For more information, email or call 937-408-1391.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Important film about food at the Little Art this week

From a reader: Food, Inc. showing this week through Thursday at the Little Art Theatre is a must see for anyone who eats - that would be most of us. I promise that you'll be very thankful for our two (or three depending on how count them) farmer's markets. The movie is old news to those of you who have read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "Fast Food Nation" but the movie is a nice overview and a great reminder that "we are what we eat" and "what we eat is not what we think it is"...

From the Little Art Theatre's Webpage:

Food, Inc. Tue-Thu: 7:30 p.m.

The veil on our nation's food industry is lifted, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. Documentary. 1 hr. 34 min. Rated PG for some thematic material and disturbing images.

Bench to Nowhere: Even if we can't put up with 'em, let's put 'em up!

Travels with Honey: More on GPS navigation

It seems that Honey is full of surprises. Honey is now the nickname I have applied to my new Garmin nuvi 255W GPS navigator. Saturday evening, we were headed to a wedding in Loveland, Ohio. I had a fair idea where that might be based on the directions that came with the wedding invitation. But, I thought, this could be an opportunity to give Honey her toughest test yet. I won't say she failed. I don't know how to describe what she did.

There are two ways to get to Loveland, which is north east of Cincinnati just off I-275. The most direct route is probably to go south on Rte. 42 from Xenia and pick up I-71 near Lebanon. A reasonable alternative is to go south on I-675/I-75. Both will get you down to I-275. However, I-71 joins it a few miles closer to the exit for Loveland. The problem with that route is that some of it is on what can best be described as back roads. Just like a man, as Amy would say, I opted for I-675 without even considering what Honey might have in mind for me.

Being a Southender, I started out south on US 68. Honey and I were in accord until we got to Hyde Road. I wanted to make a right - Honey wanted me to continue south on 68. I turned onto Hyde.

"Recalculating," Honey said. "Turn left on Snively."

I kept going

"Recalculating," she said. "Turn left on East Enon."

I kept going.

"Recalculating. Turn left on OH 235," she demanded. "Then turn right on Hilltop Road."

Until this point, I had thought she wanted to go down 42 and 71. But that business about Hilltop Road threw me. I began to realize that she had never intended to go down 42. It seemed like, all along, her original plan had been to take me on Hilltop, perhaps to US 35 and then West to 675. I know the route, because that's the way I go to Tractor Supply to buy chicken feed.

If you know Hilltop Road, you know it's one of the worst winding roads around here. This past spring a kid driving home from the Career Center was killed when he failed to negotiate one of its 90 degree bends. It hardly seems like a good way to start out and hour-long drive. I couldn't imagine what else Honey had in mind. Was there another back road after Hilltop, or was it to be US 35 west? Or maybe she was trying to do me in after our first date, when I refused to make a u-turn and drive her back to Sam's Club. This was getting downright Hitchcockian.

Once I was on 675, she stopped badgering me and we were in accord all the way to Loveland. We arrived safely at the wedding and on-time, too.

It was around 11:00 p.m. as we headed for the car after the reception.

"I wonder what she's going to do, now," I said to Amy.

"Oh, no! You don't need that thing to get home," she said. "You already know the way."

"I want to see how she takes us," I said. "Whatever she does, let's just follow."

Amy gave in and I turned Honey on and pressed the "Home" icon.

"Drive to the highlighted route," she said. "Turn right on Loveland-Madeira Road."

So far so good.

"Turn right onto the ramp for I-275. Then turn right onto I-71"

Good girl, I thought. Whatever were you thinking when we started this trip? But I still had deep lingering doubts. Was she going to try to get me onto that dreaded Hilltop Road in the dark? Was she going to do us in..?

"What do you think?" I asked Amy.

"Do what she says!" she replied.

"Turn right on OH 48 and drive to Oh 42," Honey said.

For the next 30 minutes or so, until we hit Waynesville, we were on backroad Ohio in the dark. But it was a piece of cake compared to Hilltop Road.

"That route seemed a lot shorter," Amy said as we pulled into the driveway.

"Yes, dear," I said as I reached for the on/off switch. "Good night, Honey."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Third Friday Fling: Farewell to Summer

Friday, August 21

Ceramic Art Opening - Geno Luketic
YS Arts Council Art Space on Dayton St. at 6:00pm

Performance by Dustin Vincent
The Corner Cone at 6:00pm

Taza Chocolate Tasting
Sugar Cubes 6:00 - 8:00pm

Performance by Ray Ray the Magician
In front of Pass it on Kids and Sugar Cubes 6:00 - 8:00pm

Slipstream (Blues, Bluegrass, Folk Rock)
The Emporium 7:00 - 9:00pm

Much is Given - Live Powerpop/Indie/Rock
Peach's Bar and Grill 10:00pm - 1:00am

Openings at Would You. Could You... In a Frame, Village Artisans, Miami Valley Pottery, Bonadie's Glass Studio, King's Yard Marketplace, and Downtown Shops.

Explore our distinctive shops, galleries and restaurants, many are open until 9:00 pm or later.
Music, wine-tasting at the Emporium, light bites at Village Arisans.


For updated information please see the official Chamber of Commerce Summer in the Springs calendar at:

And click on the Summer in the Springs logo.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Writers’ Workshop and McGregor: Forging a lasting collaboration

2009 Writers' Workshop participants chatting in the AUM lobby
(Photo by Wendy Hart Beckman)

As nonprofits around the village are looking to collaborate with one another as a way to deal with the shrinking volunteer pool and add more muscle to their fundraising capabilities, especially for grants and federal stimulus money, partnerships and other kinds of mergers are beginning to pop up everywhere. The best collaborations, of course, are those that happen naturally, because they are the marriages that are most likely to last. About as natural-a-fit as one could hope for was the partnership between the Antioch Writers' Workshop (AWW) and Antioch University McGregor (AUM) that put on this year's successful 24th edition of the Antioch Writers' Workshop that ran from July 11 - 19. In a recent joint interview with AWW Director Sharon Short and AWW Trustee/AUM Dean of Professional and Liberal Studies Iris Weisman, the Blog learned that their intent to forge a long-term relationship has been formalized in a letter of agreement.

AUM has the facilities and the desire to use them for collaborations with village programmers. According to Weisman, joint efforts with village nonprofits provide service learning opportunities for AUM students that are consistent with the school's mission of the application of education to the betterment of communities and society.

"We have a built-in volunteer pool," Weisman said.

In a Blog interview in May with new AUM President Michael Fishbein, who at the time had not yet officially started in that position, he seemed predisposed to promoting these kinds of joint efforts. At a chance meeting at this year's keynote address, after he had a chance to get his feet on the ground, he indicated that he was very pleased with the way things were working out with the Workshop.

From its inception and throughout the 1990s, the Writers' Workshop was held entirely on the Antioch College campus, including the use of dormitory rooms to lodge participants. In 2001 and 2002, when the college was unwilling to commit its facilities far enough in advance for AWW scheduling, the Workshop was moved into the village as a whole, with Center Stage as ground zero for operations, morning lectures and evening programs, and whatever space could be conjured up around the village for the afternoon intensive sessions. The keynote was held on campus in Kelly Hall and the college's dining facilities were available for participants. A village host program was started to provide lodging. Starting in 2003, and for the next five years, the Glen Helen Building was AWW ground zero and the site of the open-to-the-public evening programs. What might have been perceived as an inconvenience to participants, their being scattered around the village in the afternoons, turned out to be part of the Workshop's charm, according to participant surveys. So, it has been retained as part of the program to this day.

With the closing of the Antioch campus, for its 2007 and 2008 programs, AWW turned to McGregor for the use of its large lecture hall to hold its keynote address. AUM had already underwritten the keynote speech for the past five years. Ground zero, however, continued to be the Glen Helen Building. This year all morning activities and the evening programs were moved to the AUM building. According to Short, whose involvement with the workshop started in 1990 as a participant and continued on and off as a speaker and faculty member to her present position as Director, this year's evening programs were more popular with the public than ever before.

"We were concerned about the distance from downtown," Short said of participants shuttling back and forth for their afternoon seminars. "But, as it turned out, it was not an issue."

In 2003, the position of AWW Director was expanded to a year-round job. Prior to that, it had been seasonal. Jordis Ruhl was the first full-time director. She served in the capacity for one year. Thereafter, villager Laura Carlson was the director for the next five years. Even though the position was full-time, it had no permanent office. The director worked from home. This year, for the first time, AWW has a year-round office in the McGregor building.

Other perks to AWW from its alliance with AUM include the opportunity to provide breakfast for its participants in the all purpose room, space for early morning meditation, and meeting rooms for one-on-one sessions between participants and agents, editors and faculty.

What's in it for McGregor? According to Weisman, who has been at AUM both on the faculty and as a Dean for the past 11 years, the AUM faculty had been talking about how to collaborate with AWW for some 18 months before this year's effort. The arrangement is mutually beneficial, Weisman said, pointing to such things as joint programming, marketing, and book sales at the McGregor book store. AUM creative writing students, both graduate and undergraduate, participated in this year's workshop for partial credit in an arrangement where Workshop and AUM tuition fees were prorated. There were seven undergraduate and two graduate students out of 70 participants overall.

"It was seamless for the [AWW] participants, and no extra effort for the [AWW] faculty," Weisman said. "The AUM students will continue their work post workshop on-line with faculty member Rebecca Kuder"

"The fact that there were those who participated for personal development along with students who were there for credit, only enriched the discussion," Short said.

AWW Director Sharon Short (L) with
AUM Dean and AWW Trustee Iris Weisman

Future programming may include year-round offerings, such as one-day workshops or speakers. The McGregor Board is about to have its first ever meeting on Aug. 22, but will be concerned with other matters for some time. According to Short, the AWW Board hasn't had a chance to review participant surveys and debrief about going forward. Their next meeting is in September. She will be drafting a plan for board discussion on how to go forward with the relationship, Short said.

"We already have the infrastructure for weekend learning," Weisman said of the possibility of additional off-season programs.

Weisman was happy to be invited to join the AWW Board this year, she said. There were three aspects of Yellow Springs that attracted her to take a position at McGregor in the first place: Antioch College; AUM's commitment to life-long learning; and the fact that the Antioch Writers' Workshop was here.

As an example of AUM's commitment to working with AWW, Weisman pointed out that they rescheduled this year's AUM graduation by a week, because it conflicted with the Workshop schedule.

"It was phenomenal how successful this was," Weisman said.

"…especially, since both Iris and I were new at our jobs," Short added.

"We would love to be the 'official site' of the Antioch Writers' Workshop," Weisman said.


Disclosure: The writer served as Assistant Director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop during its Center Stage years (2001 - 2002). During that time, Mindy Carpenter was the director.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Updated: PCT 442 Sunday Liquor Sales

Roger Reynolds reported at the Chamber of Commerce meeting yesterday that the effort started by Kipra Heerman and him to legalize Sunday liquor sales in downtown Yellow Springs is ongoing. They are circulating a petition asking voters in the village, “Shall the sale of intoxicating liquor, of the same types as may be legally sold in this precinct on other days of the week, be permitted in this Yellow Springs Village Precinct 442 for consumption on the premises where sold, between the hours of one p.m. and midnight on Sunday?” The last day to file it is Aug. 20.

The effort is independent of the Chamber and is inspired by the desire to improve Sunday evenings as a time for fundraisers for the village's many nonprofit organizations, he said.

According to Reynolds, if it passes, restaurant owners must still apply to amend their own liquor licenses. Some of the downtown restaurants are currently allowed to sell beer on Sunday, but not wine and hard liquor. Several of the restaurant owners have said that their Sunday business would improve if they were allowed to serve wine with their meals.

Precint 442 encompasses the area of downtown where most of the village's restauarants are located. If it makes it onto the ballot, only residents in the affected precinct will be allowed to vote on it, Reynolds told the meeting.

Anyone who is interested in supporting this ballot issue and hasn't signed on yet, can sign the petition at the Emporium on Sunday (16th) between 2:30 and 4 p.m. You must live in Precinct 442 and be a registered voter - voter registration cards will be available at the Emporium for new folks in town.

Chamber on Facebook

The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce started a Facebook page in early June and the results have been incredible. As of today, there are over 2,200 registered "fans." According to Chamber Coordinator Krystal Luketic at the Chamber meeting yesterday, the list is growing by the hundreds almost daily.

The cool thing is that most of the fans are from out-of-town. And they seem to account for most of the comments, which are things like, "Wish I were there" or "Wish I lived in Yellow Springs."

Click here to find the Chamber's facebook page.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

WYSO's FREE Summer Concert

Dan Hicks is this Sunday, August 16th at Carillon Park in Dayton. Join us for an evening of fun, food and music featuring:

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
The Corndaddys

Music begins at 5:30

at Carillon Park
1100 Carillon Blvd

Bellyfire Catering will be selling food.

This concert is FREE thanks to our Sponsors:

Antioch University McGregor
University of Dayton Special Programs and Continuing Education
Well Fargo Insurance Services
Wagner Subaru


Did you know that WYSO is on Facebook?

You can stay connected to your favorite Public Radio Station! We've got 881 fans and are hoping to hit 1000 by this weekend. Click here to become a fan of WYSO.

Last weekend for YSKP's "The Short & Bloody History of Spies"

From disguises to invisible ink, real spies, the famous and the unlikely, take the stage in this charming new adaptation of the book by John Farman. Youth (ages 9 -12) play an amazing cast of true characters–with cameos by Boris and Natasha—under a tent at Young’s Jersey Dairy.

The 1-hour performances of "The Short & Bloody History of Spies," written and directed by John Fleming especially for YS Kids Playhouse, are in their second and final weekend this Friday, Aug. 14 (7pm), Saturday, Aug 15 (3pm & 7pm), and Sunday, Aug. 16 (3pm & 7pm).

Don't get shut out.

Ralph Keyes: Learn something every day.

During a Los Angeles radio show about retrotalk, a caller told me that someone had recently told him, ‘’Don’t gaslight me.’’ The host, Patt Morrison – more of a movie buff than me – said that this alludes to the 1944 film Gaslight in which a man played by Charles Boyer tries to drive his wife (played by Ingrid Bergman) insane by making the gaslight in their house go up and down, and then telling her she’s seeing things. “Gaslighting’’ someone, therefore, means trying to drive them crazy. It turns out that it’s used by some therapists as shorthand for psychologically abusive behavior.

Reposted with permission:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Morris Bean among fastest growing U.S. companies

According to an article published in the Dayton Business Journal today, Morris Bean of Yellow Springs is ranked by Inc. magazine among the country’s fastest growing private businesses.

Dayton Business Journal: Dayton region has 20 companies among nation’s fastest-growing

Rocky & Pee Wee: Talkin' trash


The kids are back from a couple weeks of visiting family in Malaysia. Their clocks are still messed up. This morning, as I was headed back to the house from my 7:00 a.m. feeding and watering in Chickenland, out comes my stepson with a knife in his hand. No, he had not gone berserk. He was headed for that patch of garden where Amy has a dozen stalks of corn.

"What..?" he said, noticing the look on my face. "Can't a guy have corn for breakfast?"

Chickens, corn, a zucchini we found in the garden yesterday that resembles a duck... It suddenly struck me what farmers we have become.

Good news from the Malaysia trip: May's boyfriend Chris, who we like a lot, proposed to her while they were staying in Kuala Lumpur. No date has been set.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ralph Keyes: Rather be Canada?

In our debate about health care, the clinching argument by opponents of significant reform is usually “Do you want a health care system like Canada’s?” Any time I’ve asked a relative or friend in Canada whether they want a health care system like that in the United States, the answer has always been “No way!”

Reposted with permission:

Updated: Collecting school and winter materials for S. Dakota Indian Reservations

Correction: The semi being filled with school supplies and warm clothing for Red Bud and other Indian Reservation in S. Dakota is LEAVING Saturday morning early. All donations must arrive at Sun Watch by Friday afternoon, Aug/14th.
Mary M. Morgan
937 767 1889

A semi-trailer in the parking lot of Sun Watch Archeological Park, Dayton, is being filled with school supplies and winter clothing for Red Bud and other Indian reservations in South Dakota. Last winter was extremely severe and the unemployment rate continues to grow. Volunteers were sorting sweaters, gloves, socks, winter jackets, hats, etc. plus notebook paper, pencils, pens, back packs, book bags,notebooks, desk calculators, art supplies and new dictionaries.

The semi-trailer will be there through next Saturday, August 15th, daylight hours. Sun Watch is not hard to reach if you go south on I 75 to Exit 51, go west on Nicholas Road to West River Road and then south to the Sun Watch sign on left side of road.

Submitted by Mary M. Morgan 937 767 1889 who made the trip in about 35 minutes from Y. S. and received copius thanks from the native American drivers and the volunteers (some from Yellow Springs) sorting and packing.

Chamber: Last weekend of Summer in the Springs

Events: 3rd Friday Fling
Event Date: August 21, 2009
Time: Events throughout the weekend
Location: Throughout Downtown Yellow Springs including Xenia Avenue, Corry St. and Dayton St.; Yellow Springs 45387
What: Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Contact: Karen Wintrow, Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce; 937.767.2686

At the 3rd Friday Fling on August 21, Yellow Springs will be saying farewell to summer. Come to enjoy the final event of Summer in the Springs as you visit our shops and galleries, many staying open late and enjoy all of the other special attractions.

The Art Space at 108 Dayton St. will be hosting an Art Opening for ceramics artist Geno Luketic starting at 6:00pm.

Traveling up Dayton St., the new candy shop Sugar Cubes will be hosting a Chocolate Tasting featuring Taza Chocolate, an incredible organic, direct trade Mexican chocolate. And Ray Ray the Magician will be performing right down the street at Pass it on Kids from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Farther west on Dayton St., Dustin Vincent will be performing at The Corner Cone starting at 6:00pm

Around on Xenia Ave. live music will be playing in the gazebo at King’s Yard. Enjoy it as you stroll through the unique shops and galleries there or while sipping a beer from the patio of Ye Olde Trail Tavern. Stroll across the street for wine tasting and the music of Slipstream at The Emporium and a beer brewing demo at Main Squeeze.

You can also enjoy the amazing fire twirling and dancing of Soul Fire Tribe. And what better way to end the evening but relaxing at the Martini & Tapas Bar at Sunrise Café starting at 9:30. Or for a more energetic end to the evening, there’s dancing to the Powerpop/Indie/Rock sounds of Much is Given at Peach’s starting at 10.

For more information, please contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at 937-767-2686 or visit