Friday, April 30, 2010

Updated: Is your personal information all over the Internet?

Wendy Beckman posted this on facebook: There's a site called that's a new online phone book w/personal information: everything from pics you've posted on FB or web, your approx credit score, home value, income, age, etc. You can remove yourself by first searching for yourself on their site to find the URL of your page, then going to the Privacy button on the bottom of their page to remove yourself.

I checked it out and sure enough there was my personal information for all to see. To make things worse, it was not even accurate! I followed Wendy's instructions for removal and they worked. But this is alarming. What's to insure that I won't be re-added by some internet crawler, or other sites like this won't pop up. They may end up being too numerous to keep track of.

There oughta be a law!

If you agree, write to your congressional representative. For residents of Yellow Springs:

Congressman Steve Austria
1641 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

My letter to Congressman Austria:

April 30, 2010

Congressman Steve Austria

1641 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Re: Dissemination of personal information on the Internet

Dear Congressman Austria:

I have recently been made aware of an Internet Website called (, an online phone book that includes such personal information as photographs one has posted on facebook or other websites, one’s approximate credit score, home value, income, age, and other data. Much of this information is for sale, but some of it is available for free. Ostensibly, you can remove your information by first searching for yourself on their site to find the URL of your page, then going to the Privacy button on the bottom of their page to follow instructions on how to remove your information. It involves several steps, including providing your email address.

There is much that disturbs me about this. While I was able to remove my information, I fear that it will reappear sometime in the future. Therefore, I will have to keep checking back. To make matters worse, the information that was there was not accurate. There were also listings for my immediate and extended family. The fact that I had to opt out, rather than be provided with an opportunity to opt in, put the onus on me. There is also the possibility that they are fishing for email addresses.

I only became aware of this site from the facebook posting of a friend. I could easily have missed it or not been notified. If I only managed to learn about this site in such a precipitous manner, I imagine that there are, or will be, more like it that will not come to my attention. My greatest fear is that sites like this will facilitate the gathering of information by identity thieves.

I hope you will agree that there should be legislation preventing the third-party dissemination of personal information like this on the Internet. I do not know if Congress is taking on this particular problem. If not, I ask that you take the lead by introducing a bill to prevent this.

Thank you for your time and attention.


Virgil Hervey

Scenes from the south end

The sign got painted... Looks good! (V. Hervey)

The Vie Design building (anon.)

Looks Like an American

The new legislation in Arizona got me wondering if I could pass the “real” American test. Since this isn’t about how a person looks, at least that’s what they say, I’m wondering if my suspicious behavior would attract attention. I wear clothes made in Bangladesh, drive an imported car, drink Dos Equis beer, questioned the war in Iraq (which in the last administration was the epitome of “un-American”), like huevos rancheros, don’t understand our Cuban policy, like foreign films, try not to act like an American when traveling, and occasionally, eat French fries.

So how do we identify a real American? I’m proposing we reinstate the old trick from the WWII movies with questions like “Who won the World Series in 1942?” Everyone knows the Saint Louis Cardinals won that series in 5 games, so the questions need to be updated. Here’s what I propose for questions every real American should be able to answer:

What is a Tea Party?
Which Presidential candidate invented the internet?
What does it mean to hike the Appalachian Trail?
What is a derivative?
Name any two of the American Idol judges.

Let’s not be too tough on this - all you need is 4 correct answers and you get to stay “in the home of the brave and the land of the free” for another year.

Oh, I almost forgot, you need at least one flag on your person or vehicle at all times.

A. Reader

Meet & Greet

It takes a village.

Join us as we begin a conversation about the future
with the next leaders of our schools.
Emporium 5/1/10 6:30pm–8pm
YSHS Principal Tim Krier
MLS Principal Matt Housh
District Treasurer Dawn Weller
Welcome them for a casual dialogue in a family atmosphere.
Wine and cheese available.

April 30

Urinetown: The Musical
Time: 8p
Where: Mills Lawn School

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students
The box office at Mills Lawn opens one and a half hours before showtime for ticket sales

Dawn Cooksey: Acoustic Folk
Time: 8p
Where: Clifton Opera House

May 1

Farmers Market
Time: 7a - noon
Where: King's Yard Parking Lot

Urinetown: The Musical
Time: 8p
Where: Mills Lawn School

Muleskinners Band: Bluegrass
Time: 7:30p
Where: Clifton Opera House

Free Comic Book Day
Time: 10a-8p
Where: Dark Star Books and Superfly Comics and Games

Nevin Mercedes Exhibit "20 degrees North, 50 degrees East"
Time: 1 - 4p
Where: The Arts Council Art Space, 108 Dayton St.

May 2

Urinetown: The Musical
Time: 8p
Where: Mills Lawn School


Live Music All Weekend!

Peach's Grill
Saturday - Crazy Joe, 10p

The Emporium
Friday - Wildwater, 6:30p
Saturday - Chris Glaser art opening with the Corndrinkers, 4-6p
DJ BobbyLite dance party, 8-10p

Brother Bear
Friday - Open Mic, 7-9:30p

Corner Cone Dairy Bar & Grill
Friday -Dustin Vincent, 6-8p


Upcoming Events

Current Cuisine Celebrates 21 years on Xenia Ave!!
May 8

Make it Count for the Birds
Glen Helen's Annual Fundraiser
May 8

"Flower Power" Getaway
May 15


Third Friday Fling: May 21-22
Bike the Springs

5/21 - Yellow Springs Grand Pix Criterium
5/22 - Tour the Township Road Race

Thursday, April 29, 2010

YS Community Dance Concert 2010

By Susan Gartner

Are you mad you missed the recent YS Community Dance Concert? Did you attend but can’t get enough? Full one-hour DVDs of the concert are now available for $10 each. There are two versions: Choreographer’s Cut is for those interested in the “big picture” and is comprised mostly of footage taken from the scaffold at the back of the South Gym; Fan Favorite mixes wide-shot footage with ground-level, upfront footage for those who enjoy seeing individual expressions and dance moves. Contact me at 767-2170 or to place your order.

The Fan Favorite version will air on the Yellow Springs Community Access station starting next week. To check the date and time, look for the listing on the right column of this Blog, just below the ads. Under the heading Calendar/Schedules, click on Channel 5 – YS Community Access to be directed to the station's weekly schedule.

Bench to Nowhere: My aching molar!

A Cool Town Toon

Jet Noise Poll Results

Here are the final results from the poll we conducted last week on the question: Has the noise from the Springfield Ohio Air National Guard base improved since the Feb. 16 Village Council Meeting?

Marked improvement: 7
Moderate improvement : 13
No improvement: 23
Noise seems worse: 4
Total votes : 47

Admittedly not scientific, the exercise was still fun and interesting. 47 votes is nowhere near the most we have ever had in a Blog poll. The highest was 103 for the Barr property swap issue. It shows that there was only a relatively moderate amount of interest in this subject.

If you pit the total "improvement" number (20) against the "no improvement" figure (23) and eliminate the "seems worse" number, figuring in the crank factor, it looks like almost a tie. While DBs read off a noise meter are certainly more exact, the villager's perceptions are probably just as important.

Addresssing one reader's concern that some folks may have voted more than once: Yes that is a possibility. However, to do it, you would have to be somewhat computer savvy and go to a moderate amount of trouble. I doubt that anyone was that interested in skewing the poll figures. If they were, we probably would have seen higher numbers and a greater disparity in the results.

Gypsy Moth Spraying to begin in Yellow Springs and Clifton

SW Ohio Communities,

This is a general heads-up that ODA’s Slow-the-Spread Program has begun treatment yesterday. The Slow-the-Spread Program (transition zone) focuses on monitoring, detecting, and reducing isolated populations to slow the gypsy moth's movement across the state. We are very fortunate in southwest Ohio that this program works as well as it does since the rest of Ohio’s communities have one more insect problem that they must manage and use resources to keep a safe and healthy urban forest.

ODA’s Gypsy Moth Program website:

The February Open Houses were during the snow storms and might have been overlooked. Treatment will be in these southwest Ohio communities:

· Butler County – Monroe

· Greene County – Yellow Springs and Clifton

· Highland County - Rainsboro

· Montgomery County – Kettering

I can tell you that Kettering is being treated today (4/28). If you need additional information other than what is available through ODA sources, I am more than happy to assist you.

Wendi Van Buren
Regional Urban Forester
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
777 Columbus Avenue, 5-A, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
office , mobile

ODA Press Release:

Ohio Department of Agriculture to Begin Gypsy Moth Treatments Across Ohio

Acreage in 20 counties will receive treatment

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (April 20, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture will soon begin aerial treatments designed to slow, suppress or eradicate the gypsy moth population in Ohio. Treatment will begin in southern Ohio on April 27 and will move north as weather permits.

Allen, Butler, Clark, Delaware, Franklin, Greene, Guernsey, Hardin, Highland, Hocking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Pickaway, Pike, Putnam, Union, Vinton and Wood counties are scheduled to receive treatment.

Treatments are administered using a low-flying aircraft that flies just above tree tops. High humidity, low temperature and minimal wind are crucial for a successful application. This year, treatment begins earlier than usual due to warm weather early in the season and is most likely to take place during early morning hours. The department will use Gypchek, a bio-insecticide specifically used for controlling gypsy moth, and Foray (Btk), a naturally occurring bacterium found in the soil that interferes with the caterpillars’ feeding cycles. These treatments are not toxic to humans, pets, birds or fish.

Ohioans can view maps of treatment blocks at Daily updates on treatment progress across the state are available by calling 614-387-0907 or 1-800-282-1955, ext. 37, any time after 5 p.m.

Gypsy moths are invasive insects that defoliate trees and shrubs. In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds on the leaves of trees and shrubs and is especially fond of oak. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies. In Ohio, 51 counties are currently under gypsy moth quarantine regulations.

The department uses three programs to manage the gypsy moth population in Ohio. The suppression program is used in counties where the pest is already established, but landowners voluntarily request treatment to help suppress populations. The second program, slow-the-spread, occurs in counties in front of the larger, advancing gypsy moth population. The third program is the eradication program, used in counties where isolated populations develop ahead of advancing moth populations due to human movement of the moth. Officials work to detect and control isolated populations to slow the overall advancement of the gypsy moth infestation.

For more information about the gypsy moth quarantine or for specific treatment locations, visit

Dayton Daily News: Aerial treatment to kill moths is safe for humans, pets

Monday Morning Artists

Monday Morning Artists meet the first Monday of the month at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. Next meeting: May 3. "Nine-ish to noon-ish," says Monday Morning Artist, Libby Rudolf. Open to all artists and all mediums.

Click here to view their blog.

Artists' Reception at Peace Museum this Sunday

How can there be peace among us if each of us does not experience inner peace? To focus the visitor’s attention on the importance of finding inner peace in our stress-filled lives, the Dayton International Peace Museum presents a unique art exhibit, on display through early June. Meditations in Clay brings together the work of four talented local artists. Curated by Lisa Wolters, a co-founder of the Museum, the exhibit seeks to express the calm, meditative qualities of works in clay. These qualities are reflected, Wolters says, not only in the finished works but also in the process and approach of each artist to this medium. Each engages in a focused creative process, akin to a contemplative state, to fashion unique works of art linked by a common feeling.

Wolters’ work integrates personally significant text into each piece, while Geno Luketic explores the simplicity of minimalist form and color. Tess Little’s meditative sculptures rely on the calm comfort of repetition and an earthy color palette. Artist Kaethi Seidl links colorful natural imagery to the familiar plate form. The blending of the artists’ approaches brings the meditative themes explored in this show full circle.

The Museum will host an Artists’ Reception on Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. Artists Wolters, Luketic and Siedl will be on hand to answer questions about their work. Visitors will be invited to join in a special, 15-minute guided meditation, reinforcing the theme of cultivating inner peace in order to bring about peace in the world. Light refreshments will be served. Each piece in the exhibit is offered for sale to the public, with a percentage of the proceeds donated by the artist to support the work of the Peace Museum .

Lisa Wolters, Geno Luketic, and Kaethi Seidl all live in Yellow Springs.

Unveiled! The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

Tuesday May 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Yellow Springs Library

Local author Abbey Pen Baker-known to her neighbors in Yellow Springs as Rebecca Morean- will read from her current and upcoming books, In the Dead of Winter and Death at the Round Table. Set in the Roaring twenties, Ms. Pen Baker’s new mystery series features a private lady detective Myrl Adler Norton, daughter of Irene Adler and, yes…Sherlock Holmes!

From Abbey Pen Baker:

Myrl Adler Norton was, by all accounts, one of the most remarkable women of the early twentieth century. The daughter of the acclaimed opera singer, Irene Adler, and distinguished lawyer Godfrey Norton, she was a respected professor of logic at Smith College as well as one of the most famous consulting detectives of all time. The books of her exploits, written by her lifelong friend and confidante, Faye Martin Tullis, are among the most popular in the history of detective literature. Now, with thanks to the Irregular Special Press and Breese Books, many of these titles, so long out of print, will find new readers.

Join me at the Yellow Springs Library for a short reading and discussion of the writing process and historical research. Book signing will follow.

Abbey Pen Baker

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New theater project to stage play in South Gym

"20%" is a dramatic expose about U.S. women who have served and are currently serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This piece is based on testimony and current statistics about the experiences of military women, both in war and at home. Although Congress currently has imposed a ban on women serving in combat, the harsh reality is that women are in fact serving and suffering devastating casualties and consequences including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), MST (Military Sexual Trauma), homelessness and family difficulties.

More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War II. Over 206,000 have served in the Middle East since March 2003, most of them in Iraq. Some 600 have been wounded, and 104 have died. Over 7000 female vets are now homeless.

Nevertheless, even as these numbers increase, women soldiers are painfully alone. The U.S. corporate owned mainstream news media fails to provide the perspectives and experiences of women who serve in the military. Consequently, the drama "20%" is a fiercely candid response to the U.S. news media’s negligence in its duty to inform the American citizenry. You’re formally invited to take an unflinching look at the Yellow Springs Theater Project’s premiere: 20%. Dare to know.


The Yellow Springs Theatre Project is a brand new venture!

Newly born from years of doing traditional and non-traditional theatre, the Yellow Springs Theatre Project is committed to developing the collaborative vision of it's company members, without corporate or institutional constraints.

OUR MISSION: To make theatre that provokes, inspires, educates and perhaps even offends. To question our assumptions about theatre, education, our world views and our silence. To have the courage to use our craft to explore, question and expose the lies we have come to believe. And finally, to celebrate our humanity with those who wish to take the journey with us.

For more information click here.

The Backyard Flock: Chickens on grass

More from the “What do chickens eat?” department:

Besides hawks, raccoons, and the like, one reason we exiled our flock to a secure chicken run in a back corner of our yard was to keep them from destroying our lawn. Chickens love grass. Not only do they scratch at it; they eat it. I suspect, as in the case with cats, they actually need some grass in their diet every now-and-then.

Since the move, our back lawn has made a pretty good recovery. However, the ground in Chickenland has been completely denuded. On nice days, after they have eaten just about everything I have given them in the way of leftovers, they sit by the fence staring longingly at the lawn on the other side. They often stick their heads through the wire and eat what grass they can reach. Of course, that’s all gone now, too. What to do?

My neighbor, Sharon Mohler, who has raised a chicken or two in her lifetime, offered one solution: Let them out an hour or two before sunset. They won’t be able to do much damage to the lawn in the limited time they will have before they feel that urge to go home to roost, and the hawks have already gone back to their nests for the day. This is a great solution, especially if you only do it once or twice a week.

The problem with this method in our household is Amy. She hates to see them on the lawn for any period of time. So, it takes a lot of arguing and convincing to get her to go along. Most days, I just don’t have the energy. The odd thing about her attitude is that she loves to have a chicken or two with her when she is gardening out front.

Apparently, this grass thing has not only been a problem for us. There are several companies that sell moveable coops with attached fenced in areas. You can also buy the plans, so you can build your own. The idea is to move the coop around the yard periodically, so the lawn doesn’t take too much of a beating in any one spot. This is an expensive solution and good for only very small flocks.

One of the best solutions came to me not as a dietary solution, but as an answer to the question, “What do you do with your grass clippings after you have mowed your lawn?” I read this somewhere, most likely on the Internet. This person wrote, “Thank goodness for my chickens, they have provided me with a great way to get rid of my unwanted grass clippings.”

It’s lawn mowing season. Two problems solved!

The Chicken Watch

Sometimes I look out my window and there will be two or three of the neighbors' cats sunning themselves on my fence posts like this. They usually sit there and watch the chickens until I come to the back door. Looks a bit uncomfortable, doesn't it? This was taken yesterday. Not a great day for sun bathing in any event.

Healthy Foods

This is the 15th and last in a series of 30 second videos shot by Joanne Caputo for the Website that the Blog has been posting on a weekly basis. (Music by Cooper Fleishman)

Martin Bakari at Tanglewood

As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, local tenor Martin Bakari will perform the role of Scaramuccio in "Ariadne auf Naxos," August 1, 2, & 4 under the baton of Maestro James Levine.

Spring Chorus Concert at Central State

The world famous Central State University Chorus will be giving its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 4 p.m. in Paul Robeson Auditorium, Wilberforce, OH. It is free, open to the public. We are so lucky to be only a few miles from this glorious event.

Mary M. Morgan

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

GCPL ranked a top ten national library

For the second year in a row, the Greene County Public Library has been ranked 10th among public libraries serving populations of 100,000 – 250,000 according to the 2010 Hennen’s American Public Libraries Ratings Index. This index rated 7,930 public libraries in the United States based on circulation, staffing, materials, reference service and funding levels.

This is the 4th time the Greene County Public Library has been ranked a Top 10 Library.

“It is our honor and true accomplishment to attain a top 10 status for the second year in a row. Despite shortages in state funding, we have been serving the community in record numbers. This achievement recognizes that we work hard to provide quality library service in the most cost-effective way possible,” said Library Director, Karl Colon.

One day left in Jet Noise Poll

There is just one day left in the Jet Noise Poll in the sidebar. Now is your last chance to register your opinion.

Related Post: Has it gotten any better? Take the poll!

"Daughters of the Dust" - May 5 at Nonstop

African-American Film, 1920s-present
Instructor: Bob Devine
Wednesday, May 5th
7:00 P @ Nonstop
305 N Walnut St.

Wed, May 5, 7 PM — Julie Dash, "Daughters of the Dust" (1991)

Based on extensive research, Dash's film about 3 generations of a Gullah family (Sea Islands, SC) evokes West African oral storytelling; major narrative elements "gradually emerge out of a broad weave...of the fabric of daily life, from food preparation to ritualized remembrance." (Stephen Holden)

This is part of a series of screenings and discussions of important but difficult-to-access narrative films by African-American directors (1920s-present) There will be a discussions following each of the screenings. For information: (937) 232-9906

Local writer looking to advance in contest

The tension builds for Yellow Springs writer Joanne Caputo - this is the last week of Round One of the Next Top Spiritual Author competition, where she entered Margaret Garner: Diversity and Depth of Love, a dual non-fiction book based on a true slavery story from Cincinnati, plus Caputo's paranormal experiences while researching the history. Caputo welcomes new voters this week while she visualizes admission to Round Two! Here's the local author visiting a Winter St. wisteria tree while walking recently with photographer Maureen Dawn.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Independent bloggers unite

Local bloggers seek respect; start a group of their own

Yet another organization has started up in the village. What does that make it, about 101..? This one is different, however, existing entirely in the ether (facebook for the uninitiated). It’s the Yellow Springs Bloggers Association.

How many bloggers are there in this town? It’s our aim to find out. So if you’ve got a blog, you might want to join. It may be another opportunity to get noticed.

The Yellow Springs Bloggers Association a facebook group. Don’t labor in anonymity…

Bench to Nowhere: Sputnik redux

A Cool Town Toon

Save the Date - June 25

Friday, June 25 - 5:30 p.m.
at Antioch McGregor

April showers bring...

Window at Brother Bear's

Flower Power Train Station plaque

Jafagirl assistant Tom Osborne felt the power of the flower on Dayton Street last Friday morning. Flower Power Project participants continue to meet and make beautiful flowers and "felt-bomb" various sites on Dayton Street. Meet at Brother Bear's Cafe on Friday mornings starting at 9. All are welcome. Bring felt, needles, thread, friends, and inspiration. For more info, visit

Photos by Susan Gartner and Corrine Bayraktaroglu

Pottery training - K-3 openings

There are still openings in the K thru 3 children's pottery class at John Bryan Community Pottery. *Home is Where the Heart Is: Celebrating Our Global Village *will explore what makes our village special by creating clay tiles that illustrate beloved spaces within our community. Children will also have the opportunity to connect with students across the globe in South Korea as part of a cultural art exchange, sharing a sense of place and developing a sense of interconnectedness by trading handmade items.

Class meets Wednesdays 3:30 to 5:00 beginning this week thru May 26. Cost is $80 + $20 materials fee(includes clay and firings).

Instructor, Allison Paul recently completed her master’s degree in art education at Florida State University. She earned a B.A. from Earlham College. She has taught in a variety of settings including public and independent schools, community centers and museums.

Please contact Lisa Wolters, 767-9908 for registration.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Art at the Herndon

Related post: Robert Whitmore: A Devoted Sense of Place

A warning to seniors from the Council on Aging

One of the most challenging parts of our work is dealing with seniors and others who have been taken advantage of. Unfortunately, we have to report that the warm weather we enjoy also brings out people who prey on the elderly to make a quick and dishonest buck!

The active known scam is for blacktop work. This particular scam is also done with tree trimming and removal and other outdoor projects. We have talked with the lead detective with the Sheriff’s department and he has confirmed that area elders are once again being targeted by individual scam artists as well as groups of ‘gypsies’ from out of the area. The lead individuals travel around neighborhoods looking for individuals in need of work, bring in a crew to start the work (which is usually done poorly and not completed), ask for a cash draw or to take the senior to the bank to cash a check and then leave once they have the money. One area senior was taken for $4,000.

The scam artists typically share that they were in the area on another job and have some blacktop or time left. They say they can do the work for much less than they could have but only if they do it right then and there.

Within the last week, the individuals doing the blacktop work entered the senior’s home and stole a considerable amount of valuables. Fortunately the senior was not physically harmed but of course is emotionally shaken.

We ask that you share words of caution with seniors, neighbors, family members, and friends regarding some of the scams that have and will continue to be reported. As shared by the Sheriff’s office, all of the reports were for jobs that were unsolicited.

The bottom line is to NOT allow any offer listed above or similar to be accepted. If you hear of any such scams, please report to the Sheriff’s department (or in the case of Yellow Springs, call the YSPD non-emergency number 767-7206). The challenge they have is proving the scam, so the seniors are out the money, have nothing to show for what they spent, and of course are embarrassed, ashamed and demoralized by the experience.

Thank you for reading this alert and for sharing it with others!

Your Council on Aging

Karen Puterbaugh
Executive Director
Greene County Council on Aging

Relaxation and Meditation for Health and Healing

This Thursday 4/29 at 7pm in the Great Room at The YS Senior Center, Rubin Battino will be presenting: "Relaxation and Meditation for Health and Healing"

Everyone is invited.

Refreshments will be served.

There will be free CDs by Rubin, titled: Sleep and Relaxation

Contact Rubin at 767-1854 for more information

Animal rescue update: Thirteen cats taken to the vet; more cats, blind pig, chickens need help

This pig at the former Stutzman's is so fat it is mechanically blind.

So far, thirteen cats have been rescued on the former site of the Stutzman's Garden Center and taken to a veterinarian, all but one of them underweight. The one that is not underweight may be pregnant, according to Nick Ormes who is coordinating the rescue of the remaining animals from what was once a popular attraction at the nursery. They have all been put on a special diet, which has become a drain on the resources of Ormes' organization the Ranch Menagerie Animal Sanctuary.

There are still a few animals left to be removed from the property at the behest of the village, Ormes said in a telephone interview, yesterday. Among them are three or four cats that hide whenever they hear his van arrive on his daily trips to feed and rescue the remaining animals. He is working hard to gain their trust and is on the verge of being able to catch one of them that comes close when he offers food.

A rooster, a lame hen and a mother hen with just one chick, make up a family of chickens that he is also close to being able to round up by currying favor with food.

A bigger problem is the two remaining pigs that are grossly overweight due to improper diet. One of them is so fat, folds of skin have closed its eyes so it can no longer see. Ormes has to get them into his van so they can be moved to a farm where he is temporarily lodging the rescued animals. That can be tricky under the best of circumstances, but the blind pig will probably panic when he tries to move it, he said. So, he has also been working to gain their trust as he has fed them everyday since the village asked him to check on the animals on April 7. His plan is to get the pig that can see into his truck first, hoping that the blind pig will hear it and cooperate. The good news is that with proper diet, the pig will lose weight an regain its eyesight, he said.

According to Ormes, village officials will be touring the property this week to check in the condition of the village owned land.

Related post: Checking on the animals at Stutzman's

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Yellow Springs kids in Springfield production

Ohio Lyric Theatre and the Springfield Arts Council are presenting the musical Annie, performed June 17, 18 and 19 at Veteran's Park Amphitheater. Yellow Springs kids Ana Smith and Greta Kremer have been cast for this production. Ana Smith is cast in the title role.

Day Tripping: The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

Sue Parker tipped the Blog off about the quilting exhibit that is currently at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center:

I don't think you've covered the quilt exhibit at the National Afro American Museum in Wilberforce.

Journey of Hope: Quilts inspired by President Barack Obama. There is a book that goes with the exhibit. I think seniors are traveling over there this week from Yellow Springs. It's a wonderful, remarkable exhibit. Carolyn Mazloomi, a quilter herself, solicited quilts from all over the world, so the people doing them are of different races, nationalities, persuasions, etc. Floyd Thomas is the acting director over there and is trying hard to keep it going.

Click here to learn more about the exhibit.

The mission of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is to educate the public about African American history and culture from the African origins to the present by collecting, preserving, and interpreting material evidence of the Black experience

  • Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m (Closed Monday
  • Holidays CLOSED Except Martin Luther King Day
  • Adults $4.00 ($3.60 for seniors)
  • Children 6 - 12 & college students (with student I.D.) $1.50
  • Children 5 & under Free
  • School groups $ 25 / bus (weekdays only by advance reservation)
Location :
The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center
1350 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, OH 45384
(800) 752-2603

Earth Day Event moved to GHB

Green Fair location changed: The second annual Earth Day Green Fair, to be held Saturday, April 24, noon – 5 p.m., will be moved to the Glen Helen Building. Admission to the event is free, and there will be free activities, in celebration of Earth Day.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Writers’ Workshop Watch: New partnerships, new programs, a bigger better AWW

Villagers and participants attended the Keynote Speech by novelist Zakes Mda in the lecture hall at Antioch McGregor in 2009. (Photo by Virgil Hervey)

Ten years ago, I quit my law practice in New York City and moved my family to the Yellow Springs area to devote more time to writing. I figured Yellow Springs was a writer friendly town. I was right.

We were living down the road in Xenia that first year while looking for the right house in Yellow Springs, when I read an announcement in the newspaper that the Antioch Writers’ Workshop (AWW) was taking applications for its workfellow program. I wasn’t sure I was eligible. Besides, I reasoned, I was too busy working on a novel. No time for workshopping…

I couldn’t have been more wrong. The next spring, I applied for a workfellowship and got it. I was so gung ho that I was soon hired on as an assistant director. I took the position with one stipulation: that I would be allowed to attend the seminars and participate in the afternoon intensive fiction section in which I had already enrolled. They said okay.

It was that first summer at the Writers’ Workshop that I realized that I had wasted a year working on my novel without the benefit of all I came to learn from Clint McCown’s fiction seminars and Tim Waggoner’s fiction intensive sessions. I enjoyed the experience so much; I signed on for a second year. Between those two summers, I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a short story I wrote using some of what I had learned at the Writers’ Workshop. I had taken my writing to a new level.

Grateful for the experience and the friendships I made, I stayed close to the Workshop over the next few years, attending evening events; covering it for the local newspaper where I had landed a reporter job and, later, for my blog; putting up a workfellow in our guestroom; and even holding a faculty cookout on my deck one year. The Writers’ Workshop has that magnetic effect on people. Participants return year-after-year. My friend Wendy Beckman has been a workfellow since long before I first worked there. She will be back again this year. One year, she gave the first book talk. I was there to root her on.

As the Antioch Writers’ Workshop celebrates its 25th anniversary, I am prompted to reflect on the ten years I have been keeping watch on it. In its early days, it was held wholly on campus at Antioch College. By the time I became involved, we were using the dining hall for meals and holding the keynote speeches in Kelly Hall. Everything else was centered in the village. The now defunct Center Stage was “workshop central” and the venue for the morning seminars and evening programs. The afternoon intensive sessions were held at a variety of locations around town.

Participants taking advantage of the outdoors at the Glen Building in 2008. (Photo by Virgil Hervey)

Later, the Workshop was centered in the Glen Helen Building. A couple years ago it started the move to Antioch McGregor where, due to a new partnership with the college that involves McGregor students taking the workshop for credit, it has taken up permanent residence.

The afternoon sessions, however, are still held at locations all around the village. Both the writers and the villagers like it that way. In part, it's the “Yellow Springs experience” that makes the Antioch Writers’ Workshop unique.

What does year 25 have in store for participants? If I hadn’t been keeping an eye on what they were doing, I might not have recognized the new AWW and its revamped programs.

One new program is aimed at young writers. According to AWW Director Sharon Short in a recent interview, the idea of bringing young writers into the fold arose from a situation where a young man who had received a scholarship through a competition jointly sponsored by AWW and the Dayton Daily News performed particularly well at the workshop. AWW had not been accepting participants under the age of eighteen. When informed that a high school student had won the scholarship, the board was in a bit of a quandary, Short said. The situation resolved itself, however, when it was learned that the young writer had reached eighteen. As it turned out he was one of the participants chosen to read his work at the close of the workshop.

“He was such a great reader that we realized we had been missing out,” Short said.

Due to their blossoming partnership with Antioch University McGregor, there was available space to take on a young writers section of up to 15 participants. With help from grants, including one from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, part of their tuition will be underwritten by AWW. The program will be open to high school students ages 15-18 from Greene and its contiguous counties.

Noteworthy is the fact that not only has the young writers program been a byproduct of the scholarship competition, but a formal partnership between the Dayton Daily News and AWW has also developed in the running of the contest.

Another change that will be implemented in year 25 is an accommodation to those writers “for whom a full week is a bit overwhelming,” Short said. This year for the first time there will be a one-day workshop on the opening Saturday.

“This is an opportunity to get a taste of the workshop without having to do the full week,” she said.

In yet another change, AWW will also be offering morning-only classes or afternoon-only focus on form seminars at a reduced price. They are calling these their “a la carte offerings.”

As a thank you to the community and to Antioch McGregor, which has donated year-round office space and use of its classrooms, lecture hall and all purpose room during the week of the workshop, AWW will be donating a book by each of its keynote speakers for the past 25 years to both the Yellow Springs Library and the McGregor library. On May 1, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a public celebration of AWW’s 25th anniversary at Books and Co. in Kettering with book signings by past and present faculty.

This year the Antioch Writers’ Workshop will be held from July 10 – 16. The keynote speaker will be Sigrid Nunez, the New York-based author of five novels including A Feather on the Breath of God and Naked Sleeper.

More information about this year’s workshop and its new programs can be found at

Related posts:

Writers’ Workshop and McGregor: Forging a lasting collaboration

Writers’ Workshop Info Session/Book Signing at Books & Co.

Calling all writers ages 15-18 interested in creative writing!

Antioch Writers' Workshop announces new programs, 2010 faculty

Writers' Workshop - revamped Website and offerings
April 23

Time: 8p
Where: Mills Lawn School

April 24

Free Tree Day @ the Corner Cone
Time: Beginning at Noon
Where: Corner Cone Dairy Bar and Grill, Corner of Dayton and Walnut St.

* The YS Tree Committee will be giving away free trees

Earth Day Green Fair
Time: Noon - 5p
Where: Bryan Center front lawn

* Free admission. A day of activities in celebration of Earth Day

Nevin Mercedes Exhibit "20 degrees North, 50 degrees East"
Time: 1 - 4p
Where: The Arts Council Art Space, 108 Dayton St.

Farmers Market
Time: 7a - noon
Where: King's Yard Parking Lot

During the week

Full Moon Hike
When: Monday, April 26
Time: 8p
Where: Glen Helen Parking lot off of St. Rte. 343

Nelson Speaks at Nonstop
When: Thursday, April 29
Time: 7p
Where: Nonstop Institute

* American Association of University Professors President Cary Nelson will join Nonstop for a live video teleconference discussion "On the State of the Humanities Today."

Live Music All Weekend!

Peach's Grill
Friday - Dulahan, 10p
Saturday - Crazy Joe, 10p

The Emporium
Friday - Terrapin Moon, 6:30p

Brother Bear
Friday - Open Mic, 7-9:30p

Corner Cone Dairy Bar & Grill
Friday - Kathy Simpson, 6-8p

Upcoming Events

Third Friday Fling: May 21-22

Bike the Springs

5/21 - 3rd Friday Fling, 6-9p
5/21 - Yellow Springs Grand Prix Criterium
5/22 - Tour the Township Road Race
June 12, 9a-7p

June 12 - Street Fair

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Camp Scholarships Available

The Yellow Springs Community Council will be administering a limited number of scholarships for local youth in need of financial assistance to attend a summer camp they may otherwise be unable to afford. Scholarships of up to $100 will be provided on a first come-first considered basis to Yellow Springs residents in grades K-11. Parents or guardians in need of such financial help will be asked to send a statement of how attending summer camp would benefit their child along with a copy of the completed camp application to the YSCC, PO Box 274, Yellow Springs, during the two-week period between May 10-21. Recipients of the scholarships will be contacted during the week of May 24. The YSCC will then forward the scholarship money in the child's name directly to the camp. Parents should be sure all contact information is included in the request.

Villagers who would like to make a tax-exempt donation to the scholarship fund are invited and encouraged to do so. Checks can be sent to the YSCC, PO Box 274.

Questions can be directed to YSCC board chairperson Pam Conine at 767-8031.

Rwandan dinner at Presbyterian Church, Sunday

On Sunday, April 25, from 4-8 p.m., YSHS seniors Meg Miller and Maiya Thornton will present a talk about their month-long stay in Rwanda last summer. The talk will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs and will include traditional Rwandan dishes. The first half of the program is the student’s presentation, the second half is dinner and a video.

Suggested donation is $10.

The following was submitted by Meg Miller:

“I think it’s safe to say that it was the most incredible month of our lives. For two weeks, we stayed at Byimana School of Sciences and attended classes alongside our new Rwandan friends, as well as taught two hours of English a day to children at a separate village school. Never in my life had I seen such academic drive in students! They began studying at 5:30 am and did not stop until after 9:30 pm, with breaks only for meals, chapel, and physical activity. However, the teaching materials and resources available to these eager learners were severely lacking. School supplies that American students just
discard without a second thought would have been treasured here.

”These problems only arise, though, if a student actually makes it to school. The $200 yearly tuition (includes room and board) is unthinkable for many Rwandan families. Most families are farmers living on $1 a day.

”Each graduating Yellow Springs High School Senior is required to do a senior project, and upon our return Maiya and I decided to raise money for our Rwandan friends who desperately wanted the same chance for an education that Maiya and I were getting for free. The Presby church agreed to host our venue, and all donations will go toward Byimana.”

Skarstic Festival at Skate Park - Update

Last Saturday's Super Spectacular Extraordinarily Energized Yellow Springs Skarstic Skateboarding, Music and Art Festival was a spectacular success with proceeds of over $1,000 going to the Haiti earthquake relief fund and the Yellow Springs Skate Park. Five skateboard deck mini-masterpieces painted by local muralist Pierre Nagley were awarded as competition prizes. There are five remaining decks for sale, $200 each. See photos of: eagle and snake, monkey fight, cock fight, bull, and scorpion. Contact Skarstic Fest 2010 coordinator Nancy Epling at for more details.

Local man finishes 65th in Boston Marathon

26 year old Grant Scott, son of Jane and Robert Scott, finished 65th out of over 20,000 runners in Monday's 114th running of the Boston Marathon in a time of 2:29:05. The Scotts were there to root Grant on to this spectacular result.

Has it gotten any better? Take the poll!

Check out Harvey Paige's video of the OANG's presentation at Village Council in February then take the poll in the sidebar.

Paige has more videos on his Stop Jet Noise Web page.

(Please pardon the typo in the poll. I can't fix it now that voting has started.)

Rocky & Pee Wee: Dog run to nowhere

Flower Power again this Friday

Photos by Susan Gartner

Flower Power Sew-In at Brother Bear's Friday mornings, 9 a.m.-noon. Come when you can. Leave when the felt runs out. Bring felt, thread, needles, scissors, buttons, inspiration. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Go to for more info. Continuous hugs to Brother Bear's Cafe for being so accommodating to this fruitful and fanciful felt fest!

The Antioch School Open House, Saturday

Please join the Antioch School on Saturday, April 24th, 10am-noon, for an OPEN HOUSE entitled "Playing to Learn and Learning to Play." This free community event will include play-based activities presented by Antioch School faculty and staff, for children pre-K through 6th grade. If you've ever wondered about the Antioch School philosophy and practices, come see them at work. Your kids will love it!

The Antioch School, 1160 Corry St. For more information call 767-7642.

Follow the link below to a New York Times article entitled "Playing to Learn" that supports the Antioch School philosophy.

Submitted by Lindie Keaton

South Town Farmers Market - Earth Day

The South Town (Dollar General parking lot) Farmers Market has started up again, with baked goods, cakes, breads, cookies etc. Every Thursday @ 2pm to 6pm. For more info call Patti of No Common Scents at 767-4261.

Why not celebrate Earth Day with a trip to Farmers Market..?

Hudson at fundraiser for firefighter memorial

Yellow Springs sculptor Jon Barlow Hudson will be part of this fundraiser. Currently Hudson is working on the firefighter memorial, Firewall, which will be installed in Stubbs Park in Centerville.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getaways for Women

3rd Saturdays, Getaways For Women,
in Yellow Springs.

May 15th is a “Flower Power” getaway with flowers for your hair and classes in Street Art, Hoop Dancing (barefoot in the grass), Making Jewelry, drinking wine and making flower art, Horoscopes, Henna Body Art and being laid back and relaxed at the Mini Spa!
  • Flower Power –Make Street Art with the Jafa Girls, 2 hour workshop 9-11 a.m. $20.00 per person
  • Hoop Dance-Lara Bauer- 1 hour class, 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., held outdoors, on the grass $20.00 per person
  • Jewelry Making Class-Recycled Record Watch –Talitha- Greene 2 hour class, 1:30-3:30p.m. $20.00 + $10 material fee per person
  • Cork and Canvas-Painting Flowers and Swirls (and drinking wine!) with Jennifer Float 4-6 pm, $40.00 per person
  • Mini Spa Sampler- available 10 am-5pm, $50.00 per person, for a 1 hour session
  • Horoscopes with an Astrologer -1 hour session, available 10 am-5 pm- $60.00 per person,
  • Henna Body Art- Henna Tattoos by Raven. 10- 5 pm, 30 min. sessions, $40.00 per person
  • Wine Tasting – Women Get Together, 5-7p.m. You pay for your wine by the glass at the Emporium
In addition to your Getaway cost (which is the price for all the wonderful activities that you will do on your visit to Yellow Springs) we charge a hosting fee of $10 per activity that we book for you, this covers our time and services in the creation of these unique getaways. For more details go to:

To register E-mail info@getawaysforwomen or call (937) 767-1366 to create your perfect women’s getaway.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Water Treatment

YSHS chemistry teacher Michelle Edwards and student Austin Pence visit the YS Water Treatment Plant in 2007 (photo by Virgil Hervey)

Why is it that we only have fluoride in the water? Seems to me we’re missing an ideal opportunity to solve a whole variety of health related issues by limiting our thinking to just tooth decay.

It’s hard to keep up with the continuing flow of studies touting the benefits of chocolate, wine, aspirin, flax seed, yogurt, coffee, omega-3, calcium supplement, vitamin C, etc. If we know these things improve our health, shouldn’t we take steps to make them mandatory for the overall good of our community? I realize that we would probably need to hire a nutritional hydrologist. And sure, water will look a little different and rates might go up a bit but in the long run, our health would improve and our medical expenses would go down.

Yellow Springs was once known for its restorative waters, can we return to those days? Perhaps big city folks will make an annual pilgrimage to our little village to “take the cure,” taste the water and bask in its healing powers. Is it too late to get this added to the visioning process or at least get the Economic Sustainability Commission involved?

ADDENDUM - I’m sure there are concerns about how medicinal water might affect children. Have you ever noticed that water is not the drink of choice for most young people? We do need to be watchful but I don’t think we’ll have many children over-dosing on water. On the other hand, sugar based soft drinks do appeal children. As a side issue, I think the soft drink companies should add a little fluoride to their products – they produce drinks that are often related to tooth decay, seems the least they could is take on the responsibility for providing some preventive measures.

A. Reader

Hudson sculpture unveiled in China

Photo by Susan Gartner

"Synchronicity X: I am the Light of the World" is the title of the sculpture by world-class sculptor and Yellow Springs resident Jon Barlow Hudson. The 16-foot-tall granite sculpture was installed on the campus of Cedarville University in 2008.

Hudson recently returned from a sculpture symposium in Abu Dhabi. On his way home through Beijing, he stopped to attend the unveiling of his latest sculpture, Cloud & Rain, part of the China-US Peace & Friendship program. This program features four U.S. sculptures being installed in China and four Chinese sculptures being installed in the U.S.

Currently Hudson is working on the firefighter memorial, Firewall, which will be installed in Stubbs Park in Centerville. To see more of his work, visit

A Flurry of French

Photo by Susan Gartner

Pictured above, guests filled up on French pastries, tea, and Rwandan coffee before the entertainment -- all in French -- began at the YSHS 3rd Annual French Cafe on Saturday, April 17, in the high school gym. Yellow Springs villager and "ambassador to Rwanda" Al Schlueter counted over 200 people in attendance and $1,000 in donations. Proceeds from the event will go to l'Ecole des Sciences Byimana in Rwanda to honor the ongoing relationship between the two schools.

Writers’ Workshop Info Session/Book Signing at Books & Co.

Join Antioch Writers’ Workshop past and present faculty on Saturday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Books & Co. at The Greene to celebrate AWW’s 25th anniversary! Writers (and AWW faculty) Ann Hagedorn, Katrina Kittle, Tim Waggoner and Herb Woodward Martin as they share their AWW experiences and insights. Book signing to follow; a portion of each sale will benefit AWW’s new Young Writers seminar led by Katrina Kittle.
  • Ann Hagedorn is the author of the non-fiction narratives Wild Ride and Beyond the River. She is teaching creative non-fiction at this year’s AWW (July 10-16) in Yellow Springs.
  • Katrina Kittle is the author of several novels, including The Kindness of Strangers and the forthcoming The Blessings of The Animals. She is teaching the new Young Writers seminar at this year’s AWW.
  • Herb Woodward Martin is author of four books of poetry, including The Forms of Silence, and an opera, "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground." He is teaching the poetry session of the Focus on Form afternoon seminar at this year’s AWW.
  • Tim Waggoner has published more than 70 fantasy and science fiction stories, hundreds of articles, and numerous novels, including the recent Nekropolis. He has taught at AWW and served on its board of trustees.
Find out what these writers have to share about the writing process, the writing life, and Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Attendees will receive a $25.00 coupon good toward AWW’s new A La Carte offerings.

For more information about AWW or this event, visit or email

The Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Young Writers’ program is held in partnership with Antioch University McGregor and with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).

StoryCorps has arrived

WYSO plays host to StoryCorps for three weeks to help record local stories

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans with all backgrounds and beliefs, has arrived in Dayton. By special arrangement with Dayton's Victoria Theatre Association and the Arts Center Foundation, StoryCorps' MobileBooth - an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio – is now parked on the James H. McGee Plaza in front of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center at the corner of Second & Main Streets in downtown Dayton. Interviews are set to start on Thursday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m.

Most of the StoryCorps interview slots have been reserved, but reservations for remaining slots will be available to the public on Friday, April 23 and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting

Scenes from the south end

This sign for Antioch College on the corner of E. North College Street and Xenia Avenue suddenly went blank. An inquiry to the Independent eNews, the college's online newspaper, met with this response from editorial board member Christian Feuerstein, " I have learned that all the signage is being replaced on campus. I have no idea what it's being replaced with, or what the timeline is. However, on a personal level, I'm willing to bet $5 in Monopoly money that the new signage will be more in-line with the new brand standards. Nothing like cohesive graphics, says the designer..."

Work on the sidewalk on the east side of Xenia Avenue between Herman and Marshall (former site of the WSU family practice clinic) has finally begun. Pictured here is an area where the tree roots had pushed up a section of the concrete. This particular section has long been a complaint of the Accessibility Committee.

And finally... Doug's big bus. The Blog has learned that this bus, pictured in front of the car wash at the south end of town, can be purchased for $8,000. According to Amy, Doug told her it "runs good." Imagine the possibilities...

“On the State of the Humanities Today,” discussion with Cary Nelson

Thursday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Nonstop Institute

AAUP President Cary Nelson joins Nonstop for a live video teleconference discussion concerning the state of the humanities today based on insights gathered since the publication of his 2010 book, No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom.

In addition to his long standing work as a distinguished professor of modern poetry and literary theory, Nelson is widely recognized as a committed commentator, advocate and activist for socially-just institutional practice, academic freedom and higher education reform. Frequently situated as a voice of social conscience in national debate on higher education, Professor Nelson has in recent years generously shared his ongoing educational research with Nonstop, and we are pleased to welcome him back to discuss the current situation for progressive liberal education and possible paths ahead.

Please join us for this third event of our Higher Education Dialogues video conference series on April 29 at Nonstop in keeping this vital conversation alive across the community served by educational ideals and practices that strive to walk the walk to match the talk.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bench to Nowhere: Center for the Arts Redux

A Cool Town Toon


Photo by Susan Gartner

Sleight-of-hand magician and comic David Williamson displayed his magical way with children (and adults) during the matinee performance of OperaCadabra 2010 at the Cedarville Opera House on Saturday, April 17. Special guests included Charlie Frye & Company and musical performance by Williamson's son, Ben, and Whitney Soares. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the Cedarville Opera House and the Riding Centre of Yellow Springs.

Click here for more Susan Gartner photos from OperaCadabra.

New dance classes starting up

New six week round of movement classes with Jill Becker begins this week:

Fluid Core-an exercise class based in warm-ups that dancers use plus some creative movement explorations to great music. People who take this class seem to feel more relaxed, stretched out and have a sense of well being when they leave class. Meets Fridays from 12-1:00 at the Presbyterian Church. Series of six classes for $54 or $10 drop in.

Modern Dance-Begins with a deep, slow warm-up and progresses to simple, rhythmic movement patterns. Saturdays from 10-11 at the Presbyterian Church. Series of five classes for $45 or $10 drop in fee.

Jill Becker teaches dance at Ohio Wesleyan University, the Nonstop Institute and YSKP. She headed the Dance Program at Antioch College, directed Jill Becker & Dancers in New York City, has received a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship and has toured extensively with a one woman show in Holland and Germany.

For information/registration, contact Jill Becker 767-2646. classes run April 23-May 29 (no class on may 15th)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Notice to those wishing to post anonymous comments!

If you want to make negative comments about people, businesses or organizations, borderline personal attacks and potentially libelous statements, and get them by my moderation filter, you are going to have to start by using your name.

I allow anonymous posting for the convenience of my readers who don't want to go through the full process of signing in and I will continue to do that, as 99.99% of all anonymous comments have been polite and respectful.

The Editor

The Backyard Flock: Broody hen video

In last week's post, I talked about the behavior of hens when they go broody. Accompanying that piece was a photo of my Mille Fleur banty that I had suspected was just starting to go broody. Sure enough she did. All week long, she has been sitting on the eggs of the other hens. For the most part, they have been cooperating. I noticed that they were getting in the nesting box with her and laying their eggs with her in there. That would account for how she could manage to accumulate a number of eggs without coming off the nest.

The above video, taken today, shows her sitting on two eggs that are obviously too big to be hers. In the next box, a barred rock pullet is laying. After I removed the two eggs she was sitting on, she climbed in with the other hen and took over sitting duty. Later in the day, when Amy went out to look for eggs, she discovered two other chickens in that box with her. Three hens in one nesting box! That's a record for us.

The Community Foundation embarks on strategic planning

Birch House in the South Glen was the site of Saturday's Community Foundation Strategic Planning Retreat
facilitated by Fred Bartenstein.

The Community Foundation has started work on its first new strategic plan since 1993. The project kicked off with a retreat at Birch House in Glen Helen on Saturday. Local nonprofit expert Fred Bartenstein facilitated the all-day session where a number of action items were identified that will keep the trustees and staff busy for months to come.

Click here for more photographs from the retreat.

Arts Map needs more Springers

Bob Swaney wrote in, "If you haven't checked this out you should!"

Related Post: Every artist in town should know about this...

Village artists showing work in Springfield

A follow up to the post about the Springfield Museum of Art's Annual Members' Juried Exhibition:

Yellow Springs artists participating in the Springfield Museum of Art's "Annual Members' Juried Exhibition" are Pam Geisel, Fran LaSalle, Mary Peirano, Sue Rudolf, Sherraid Scott who won first place in the amateur watercolor division, Kari Tulecke who won second place in the professional photography division, and Barb Walker who won third place in the professional printmaking and pastels division. This exhibit runs until June 13.

There are still a few days left to see the "6th Annual Dayton / Kyoto International Print Exchange" which is at the museum until April 25. Yellow Springs artists Ernie Koerlin and Sherraid Scott have art in this exhibit.

The museum is located at 107 Cliff Park Road in Springfield and is open Tues. through Sat. from 9 am to 5 pm, Thurs. until 9 pm, and Sun. 12:30-4:30 pm.

Related post: Local woman to have quilt in Springfield show

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gayek show at Would you, could you

Photo by Susan Gartner

Last night, as part of the Third Friday Fling, "would you, could you" In a Frame hosted the opening reception of Flowers and Gardens, an exhibit of pastels and watercolors by local artist and gardener Ann Gayek. The artist is pictured above, mingling with her guests.

The Antioch Review Honors Martin Duberman

Writer to Receive Distinguished Writing Award on May 12th.

Martin Duberman – writer, historian, philosopher, playwright, and gay-rights activist – will be honored on May 12, 2010 when he receives The Antioch Review’s Distinguished Writing Award at The National Arts Club in New York.

Martin Duberman is the Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York and was the founder and first director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. He has authored over twenty books including James Russell Lowell (a National Book Award finalist), Paul Robeson, Stonewall, and the memoir Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey. He is also a neoabolitionist scholar, as evidenced by his edited collection of essays, The Antislavery Vanguard. His play In White America won the Vernon Rice/Drama Desk Award for Best Off-Broadway Production in 1963.

“Best known for his acclaimed biographies of Paul Robeson and Lincoln Kirstein and his provocative books about the gay rights movement, Marty has also had a long-standing involvement with the theater that began early in his career, when his drama criticism appeared in the Partisan Review and Harper’s, and continued with his own radical, adventurous, and deeply moving plays,” said Robert Fogarty, editor of The Antioch Review. “He occupies a singularly important place in American culture, and we are honored that he will accept this award.”

Antioch College to Hold Town Meeting

April 21st 6:30-8:30pm
First Presbyterian Church

Matthew Derr '89, Interim President of Antioch College, announced that the College will hold a town meeting on April 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs.

"We've made a great deal of progress in less than a year of independence," said Derr. "And we are eager to share the exciting planning currently underway on all fronts -- our new curriculum, the renovation of our historic buildings, and how we see all of this playing itself out within the community of Yellow Springs, which continues to play a critical role in the College's evolution.

Friday, April 16, 2010

WYSO news reporters recognized by Ohio Associated Press

All the news reporters at public radio station WYSO in Yellow Springs are finalists in the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters awards.

WYSO reporters Jerry Kenney, Emily McCord and Juliet Fromholt are finalists in five different categories. Independent producer Aileen LeBlanc of Yellow Springs, who participated in and served as editor for WYSO’s 2009 “Facing the Mortgage Crisis” series, was also nominated for her work.

Here are the details:
  • Best use of Sound: Jerry Kenney for “Stivers Students Learn Strayhorn,” Juliet Fromholt for “Cedar Bog.”
  • Best documentary or series: Kenney, McCord, Fromholt and LeBlanc for “My House: Facing the Mortgage Crisis.”
  • Best feature reporting: Jerry Kenney, “HIV Today and Yesterday: Alex’s Story,” and Juliet Fromholt, “Teens and Money.”
  • Best investigative reporting: Aileen LeBlanc, “Facing Foreclosure on Grange Hall Road,” and “Appraisers.”
  • Best enterprise reporting: Aileen LeBlanc, “The Small Print of Plastic,” and Emily McCord “Antioch Alumni Weekend.”
  • Best reporter: Emily McCord.
WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis said, “We are proud that WYSO reporters have been recognized for their work and proud, too, of our association with Aileen LeBlanc. We will build on this success and strive to fulfill our mission of service to the Miami Valley.”

The awards will be made at the OAPB’s annual convention on June 6 in Columbus.

WYSO 91.3 is licensed to Antioch University with studios in Yellow Springs. It serves the entire Miami Valley on multiple platforms: FM broadcast, HD broadcast and internet streaming at