Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rocky & Pee Wee: Obedience school

A link to this video was sent in by a reader with the following notation: be sure to watch the whole thing... this has a reference to vick mickunas's review and is about dog training which is a recurrent theme on the blog.

Vick writes: My interview with Julie Klam for YOU HAD ME AT WOOF will air on WYSO (91.3fm) this Friday (Nov.5) at 1:30pm and again on Sunday morning (Nov. 7) at 11. Stream it at

Bench to Nowhere: Kumbaya Times unsure

A Cool Town Toon

Don Kramer Workshop

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The Antioch Nursery circa 1933 - Second Clip

The second of four short clips from the archives of Yellow Springs Community Access Television

If you recognize yourself or anyone you know in these clips, please let us know. We will post more periodically.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Red Priest a hot ticket

Chamber Music Yellow Springs - The Red Priest concert scheduled for Sunday, Oct 31st is virtually sold out. Please phone the reservation number 937.374.8800 and leave a call-back number if you would like to be added to the stand-by list. Reservations for the post-concert supper have been closed.

Mills Lawn PTO Breakfast

Catered by CJ's

Carl showing the fruit and quiche served to the PTO

The Thank You poster!

Thursday morning CJ's Southern Cookin catered breakfast for the PTO at Mills Lawn School. The breakfasts consisted of fresh warm quiche and a mixed fresh fruit salad. The apparently happy breakfasters all signed a thank you poster to CJs.

Submitted by Jim Zehner, the J in CJ.

Volunteers Needed for Glen Helen Fall Honeysuckle Removal

Saturday, Nov. 6

Yellow Springs, Ohio (October 28, 2010) Volunteers are invited to come to Glen Helen Nature Preserve on Saturday, November 6th to help remove invasive honeysuckle from the Glen. The event is scheduled from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and meets at the Glen Helen Parking Lot at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Please wear protective shoes and gloves. Earplugs will be on site. Water and granola snacks provided. Please RSVP by calling Brooke at 937.769.1902 x101 or email

Friday, October 29, 2010

Destination YS

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Beggar's Night is Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

Request for Proposals for Antioch College Miller Fellows

The Miller Fellowship Program is a program of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation (YSCF), funded by the Nolan J. and Richard D. Miller Endowment Fund. The purpose of this fund is to support fellowships for Antioch College students who engage in service for the benefit of the Yellow Springs community. The basic premise of the endowment is that it is meant to foster mutual respect between Antioch College and the Yellow Springs community.

Yellow Springs Community Foundation will be accepting proposals from Yellow Springs nonprofits that wish to place Miller Fellows in their organization. In accordance with the new Antioch College curriculum, for the 2011-2012 academic year, Miller Fellows will be available for 10 hours per week during the fall and winter quarters, and 40 hours per week during the spring quarter.

YSCF will pay, through grants to successful nonprofit applicants, the direct labor costs of the fellowships. YSCF anticipates funding approximately 10 fellowships during the 2011-2012 academic year.

A copy of the Request for Proposals and the Proposal Coversheet is available on the YSCF Website, or may be had by email at

Back by popular demand

Repeat performance of the October 23 "Thriller" dance event to take place Saturday night

From Melissa Heston:

"We will meet at Dino's Cappuccinos at 9:30-ish Saturday, Oct 30 & perform sometime between 9:30 & 10 pm on Xenia Avenue. BP [gas station] has asked us to do it there, too, on the corner. We may do it in the Winds Cafe as well."

For more info, contact Melissa at 901-0344.

Photo by Tom Osborne from Saturday's event at the Bryan Center gym

"Prom Night" again this Saturday at 4 p.m.

Due to the overwhelming turn-out for Wednesday's showing of "Prom Night in Mississippi" at the Little Art Theatre, a second showing has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m.

YSHS Fall Play in rehearsal

"The Importance of Being Earnest"

The Yellow Springs High School Drama Club, Thespian Troupe #4671 and the YSHS Theatre Arts Association present as the 2010 fall play "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde. First performed in London in 1895, its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make Oscar Wilde's most enduringly popular play. All performances will be at Mills Lawn Auditorium. November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The box office at Mills Lawn will open one and a half hours before curtain time for ticket sales. Questions: call 767-2602.

Local man injured in crash

According to the Dayton Daily News, Yellow Springs resident, Dan Dixon, was on his way to work yesterday morning when another driver apparently ran a stop sign at the corner of W. Enon Rd. and Yellow Springs-Fairfield Rd. causing an accident that resulted in both drivers being hospitalized. Dixon was taken to Miami Valley hospital and is listed in fair condition.

Dayton Daily News: Greene County accident still under investigation

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Historical Society presentation at Senior Center

Derr receives award

Antioch College Interim President Matthew A. Derr is the recipient of the 2010 CASE V Executive Leadership Award, which recognizes the president, chancellor, headmaster or system head of a CASE District V member institution for outstanding leadership and service in support of education.

Executive Leadership awards are an opportunity for CASE to applaud and promote the work and contributions of our top educational executives.

“Your efforts in saving Antioch College from permanent closure are an exemplary model of outstanding advancement work,” said award administrator Teresa D. Exline, Special Assistant to the President, Internal Relations, at Indiana State University.

The award will be presented at the CASE V Grand Luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 14, at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fund raisers, public relations managers, publications editors, and government relations officers. The ultimate goal of advancement professionals is to enhance their institutions by bringing in support — be it in the form of money, alumni loyalty, public esteem, or new students. In turn, CASE's purpose is to help these people advance the cause of education. It does this by offering information resources and training opportunities to aid its members.

CASE District V includes members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Kettering Banjo Society to play the Clifton Opera House

A traditional favorite is returning to Clifton. The Kettering Banjo Society will perform on Saturday, October 30th at 7:30 p.m. This group has been a staple performer at the Opera House over the years. Come out and tap your toes, these guys are a lot of fun! The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Call 937.767.2343 for more information.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A chicken story

This via Les Groby:

John was in the fertilized egg business.

He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.

He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.

Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

John's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!

When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

To John's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.

He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Saint Lawrence County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.

Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.

Vote carefully this fall, the bells are not always audible.

Editor's note: Chicken stories are always welcome, funny or not.

Drawing class for beginners starts tomorrow

I will be teaching a drawing class for beginners. Basic shapes, light, shadow, perspective, etc. Class will be Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 261 Xenia Avenue, above Sunrise Café. Fee $10. Bring medium size sketch pad and a couple of sharp pencils. Starts this Thursday, October 28th.

For more info, write me at or contact me on Facebook.

--Sharon Mohler

Please make it go away

I wish we could do a time leap to next Wednesday and skip over the next few days. My dad’s comment would have been “don’t wish your life away.” But just think about it for a minute. The midterm elections would be over, the political spam e-mails would stop or at least slow down, the pre-recorded “important” political phone messages would end, and the roadside campaign signs would come down. And of course, congress could get back to doing nothing constructive again.

I’m not sure I want to know how much money gets spent on campaign advertising. Maybe it provides a few jobs along the way but overall it does seem like a huge waste of money. Especially now that we have almost no control on the amount or source of money used to influence our vote.

Every now and then, the idea of campaign spending limits makes the news but it’s probably not going to happen anytime soon – if ever. We need a new approach. Something along the lines of, for every campaign dollar spent by the candidates, a matching dollar is donated to the local, state or federal government level where the contested position is located. So if you’re running for the local school board and you spend a $100 on newspaper ads, you have to donate a $100 to the school system where you want to serve. Or if it’s a state level position you’d make a matching donation to the state treasury and so on at the federal level.

Every candidate, regardless of their party affiliation or if they win or lose, would automatically be doing a public good by helping to finance public sector services. The money from two or three midterms and a couple of presidential elections could probably make a dent in some of the deficit spending problems around the country. At least we’d have something to show for all the time and money spent on political campaigns other than just a new name plate on the office door.

A. Reader

CJ's and the Senior Citizens

Monthly "Senior Citizens Day" to feature discounts

CJ's Southern Cookin, in cooperation with the Yellow Springs Senior Citizens will be initiating a monthly "Senior Citizens Day" beginning November 4. Senior Citizen Day will be the First Thursday of every month. Senior Citizens.....those over 60 years old....can eat at CJ's and get 50% percent off on their order.

CJ's is looking forward to this new program and to entertaining Seniors on that day. By the way, Jim Zehner is not only a partner at CJ's but a fellow Senior as well!. (That doesn't include last week when Jim went back to Pittsburgh for the Fiftieth Anniversary of Bill Mazeroski's homer in the last of the ninth of the seventh game of the 1960 World Series. For a few brief moments, he was 15 years old again.)

Hope to see everyone at CJ's, Senior Citizen or not. Nobody leaves hungry!

The Antioch School Silent Auction and Harvest Soup Supper

Scary Night at the Clifton Opera House

Harold Wright of the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners

The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners will be hosting a special All Hallow's Eve show at 10:00PM on October 31st. This talented bunch will turn the Clifton Opera House in a house of horrors!! Don't miss this wild and wacky show! This show is for mature audiences. Are you ready for the fright of your life? The box office opens at 9:00pm, suggested door donation $7.00 The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. Call 937)767-2343 for information.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vondruska pleads guilty to kiddie porn charges

Eben Vondruska, a Yellow Springs resident who moved out of state in 2007 when a search warrant was executed on his computer, pleaded guilty today in Greene County Common Pleas Court on multiple counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. He could get up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 12. He will also be classified as a Tier I Sex Offender, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Dayton Daily News: Former Yellow Springs man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Related post: YS resident arrested on kiddie porn rap

Bench to Nowhere: Zen Laundry

A Cool Town Toon

"Prom Night" at the Little Art

One night only: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Call for Mad Hatter Sponsors

Saturday, Oct. 30, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Hello beautiful people!

I am looking for individuals, businesses and nonprofits to sponsor a table at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party (Saturday, October 30, 8:30-10:30 p.m.). Sponsors receive 2 seats at the table, the opportunity to place company information on your table, your banner displayed in the sponsor tent and special mentions during the event from the stage! All this for only $50. If you are interested please message me. If you know someone who might like your place of employment please tell them about us and pass this message on to them. Thanks!

Peace, Love and Coffee Beans

~Mindy Harney
Brother Bear’s Coffeehouse

Also see “Dayton Street Alliance presents A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” on Facebook

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: Dayton Street Alliance is closing down Corry Street for another party! Special guests, The Groove Prophets, will perform their famous Alice and Wonderland set. Reserve your seat at the table for only $5.00. A seat includes special treats and unlimited tea and coffee.

Short Notice!

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Film festival call for submissions

The Yellow Springs Short Film Festival is now accepting entries from local filmmakers

The Little Art Theatre, a nonprofit single-screen movie house in Yellow Springs, will host the Second Annual Yellow Springs Short Film Festival on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 1 p.m. The program will be repeated on Sunday, February 6 at 1 p.m.

The festival will include short films that showcase the best of local filmmaking talent, from students to professionals to everyone in between and will feature audience choice awards for the most popular films.

We are now accepting submissions of short films for the festival. This year we are limiting submission to finished films only. The early deadline for entry is Friday, December 17, 2010 and the regular deadline is Friday, January 7, 2011. The entry fee is $5 for the early deadline and $10 for the regular deadline; entry date to be determined by postmark.

To be considered for entry, the majority of each film must have been shot in one of the following counties: Greene, Montgomery, Clark, Madison, Fayette, Clinton, or Warren. Exceptions may be made if a filmmaker from one of those counties shot their film elsewhere. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes in length. We will allow for a 1 or 2 minute leeway to suit the filmmaker’s vision.

To submit a short film, go to which contains the entry form and other submission guidelines. You can also join the festival’s Facebook page for more information and updates:

For more information, entrants may contact Vanessa Query, Festival Director, Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Tel. - 937.767.7671; Email - .

Ivory Doghouse to Boogie at the Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House hosts the Ivory Doghouse on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. They will be "Boogying the Blues" and rocking the house. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30pm.

The Ivory Doghouse is a “variety band” in the truest sense of the word. The musical talents of Joe Hochadel (vocal, bass, & saxophone), Lou James (keyboard), John Simon (guitar, bass, & vocals), and Tom Ellis (drums & vocals) combine on stage to create an exciting sound that highlights the amazing versatility of the band. Concert performances feature styles as varied as jazz, blues, country western, and rock & roll, and the band’s repertoire spans every decade of the 20th Century through the hits of today.

The concert, Boogying The Blues, pays tribute to both Blues and Boogie-Woogie with traditional blues, blues rock, and boogyin’ country music. Originally a blues piano playing style that later adapted to guitar, Boogie-Woogie was very popular through the mid 20th century. It gradually morphed into Rock & Roll during the 1950s; however, many country songs can also trace their roots to the old boogie-woogie blues from “back in the day.”

Boogying the Blues will feature songs from artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lynrd Skynrd, Chuck Berry, Toby Keith, and Delbert McClinton and will showcase both Lou James and John Simon. And, since The Ivory Doghouse likes to perform songs that are special to members of their audience, as always, they will mix a limited number of requests from the audience into their scheduled program.

Join the Ivory Doghouse for an evening of Boogyin’ the Blues at the Clifton Opera House ! the Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. Call 937.681.9491 or 937.342.2175 for information.

The old bird gets a touch-up

It would have been pretty hard not to notice that the post office was getting a paint job last week. But who would have thought that even the eagle over the front entrance was going to get a fresh coat. I wouldn't have known but for one day as I was about to enter, I noticed Postmaster Dave Kennedy and a customer standing on the front steps admiring the work. A touch of Americana in downtown YS.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Band concert tonight

Halloween Concert by the Yellow Springs Community Band at Mills Lawn at 7:30 p.m.

The Yellow Springs Community Band presents a Fall Festival concert, just in time for Halloween. Come hear music by Gounod and Dukas ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice"), songs by Glenn Miller and Cole Porter, marches by Sousa and King, and more. Costumes are welcome!

Admission is free; donations are accepted.

Anatomy of a sculpture

By Susan Gartner

For the past year, I've been following Beth Holyoke's labor-intensive process creating the beautiful tiled mosaic sculpture for our village. Beth was one of three winners of "The 2009 Spirit of Creativity in Yellow Springs" Outdoor Sculpture Contest. In the summer of 2009, I just happened to pass by as the foundation was being built and decided to chronicle the event. Every few weeks -- sometimes several times a week -- Beth would call to tell me what stage she was at and I'd grab my camera and go out and get some footage. Sometimes she'd have her assistants with her: husband Andy or friend Kaethi Seidl.

The video will be helpful to Beth when she is applying for future public sculptures but I particularly enjoyed being allowed behind-the-scenes so I can appreciate the massive amount of work and creativity that goes into her creations. If you only see the sculpture in its finished form, it's hard to fully understand just how it came to be.

Best wishes, Beth, on all your future endeavors and thanks to you, Andy, and Kaethi for all the work you did to make such a unique and beautiful village showcase.

MTFR to deliver for Chen’s

Chinese food and fire safety info will be in that firetruck that pulls up at your house.

In honor of National Fire Prevention Month, firefighters and EMTs from Miami Township Fire-Rescue will deliver fire safety information along with Chinese food from Chen’s Asian Bistro on Friday, October 29th. The service is available to homes and businesses in Yellow Springs, Clifton and in Miami Township. To participate, simply call an order into Chen’s (767-9999) during the event and tell them that you’d like your food delivered. Your food will be delivered in a fire engine by firefighters. There is no delivery fee; however, donations to the Miami Township Firefighter’s Association will be accepted. The firefighters will be able to check smoke detectors if wanted.

WHO: MTFR firefighters and EMTs & Jenny Chen

WHAT: Chen’s Asian Bistro’s special delivery night: 767-9999

WHERE: Throughout Miami Township

WHEN: Friday, October 29th, 5:00 pm to close

The Antioch School's fruity fundraiser

The Antioch School has partnered with Indian River Groves to provide you with one of a kind, grove fresh oranges and grapefruit, directly from Florida!

You can support our program by buying a box of fruit for yourself, or for a family member, friend or coworker. After all, everyone loves fresh fruit from Florida!

Your generosity will support our continued efforts to update, maintain, and green our building and grounds.

Safe and secure, online ordering is now available through

To place an order online go to Click on Order Now. Put in organization ID #493527. Then shop. (There is a $1.00 processing fee on all online orders.)

After placing an online order, you will receive a receipt for your purchase via email. You will also be contacted via email regarding delivery and/or pickup options. Please retain a copy of your receipt for your records. Of course, traditional cash and check sales are still accepted as well.

To place an order by cash or check, please contact our fruit sale chairperson:

Chairperson: Lindie Keaton
Phone: 767-8637

Thank You! We appreciate your support of The Antioch School.

Thrill Yellow Springs at Bryan Center

By Susan Gartner

Photo by Tom Osborne

This year's "Thrill The World" event, sponsored by Yellow Springs Dance, was held at the John Bryan Community Center on Saturday evening. Event coordinators and "Thriller" dance sequence leaders Ali Thomas and Jade Turner led an enthusiastic group of zombies of all ages through the series of complex dance steps.

"Thrill The World" has become an annual worldwide simultaneous dance event that is attempting to break the world's record and be listed in the Guiness Book of World Records. As the event gains in popularity with participants all over the world, it also grows in rules and regulations such as who can be on the dance floor during the official dance and what constitutes an official video. As someone who has participated now two years in a row, I can say that there is something very thrilling and community-building about dancing this crazy dance sequence with a roomful of strangers and neighbors. It's just not something you do every day and that alone makes it fun and memorable -- whether we break any records or not.

For something so cute and ultimately so brief (it's a 7-minute dance sequence), there are a surprising number of details and tasks involved. Thanks to event coordinators Ali, Jade, and Melissa Heston; to Charlotte Walkey for her dance instruction at the rehearsals; to Vanessa Query for being the official videographer; and to my partner, Tom Osborne, for taking pictures so I could concentrate on the routine!

According to Melissa Heston, a repeat of the dance will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 30, in front of Dino's Cappuccinos. All are welcome. Be there at 9:30 p.m. Contact Melissa at for more info.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Backyard Flock: Talkin' chickens

A group of us was gathered around a table at the WYSO Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last night when the talk turned to chickens.

"How come you don't write about the chickens, anymore?" Kay Reimers asked.

"Just lazy, I guess," I replied. "Nothing new has been happening out in Chickenland, lately. Well, except for one thing... We have taken to letting them out in the early evening to eat the grass in the yard. Now, every day shortly before dark, they watch the house even more intently than usual for signs of movement. If one of us gets anywhere near the back door, they all flock to the gate in anticipation of being released."

"They actually watch the house..?" Macy Reynolds asked in disbelief.

"Always." I said.

Then the talk turned to hawks, mink, weasels and other predators, and finally to that little known film genre, the chicken video.

I was telling the group about a video on DVD that Susan Gartner gave me as a present after her recent visit to Madison, Wisconsin. It's a charming documentary titled "Mad City Chickens" about the trials and tribulations of raising a backyard flock in Madison, which only just recently legalized the activity.

"There ought to be a sub-genre of film called the chicken video," Gary Reimers said.

"There already is," I said. "Awhile back PBS showed a video called "The Natural History of the Chicken."

None of them had seen it. So, I went on to tell of some of the vignettes in the video, which is a mix of chicken fact and legend, such as the story of the headless chicken that toured the freak show circuit for months before it finally died; the woman who brought a chicken back to life with CPR; and the bantam chicken that saved her brood from a hawk attack.

Then I remembered that Susan and I had agreed to share the "Mad City Chickens" video with the chicken-lovers of the village. Susan has it now and has agreed to take email requests to borrow it. She can be reached at If you have chickens, are thinking about getting chickens, or are just curious about them, feel free to shoot her an email.

Rocky & Pee Wee: The seasons converge

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Radio drama to be repeated tonight on WYSO

This from Mary M. Morgan:

Radio station WYSO will repeat their great original play about Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Sunday, Oct.24th at 6 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. That is FM 91.3 on your radio dial. It was written by a Yellow Springs writer, Kay Reimers, and delivered by a professional cast. It is getting rave reviews--we hope it will go national.

In sisterhood,

Mary M. Morgan

"I shall not grow conservative with age." Eliz. Cady Stanton

Editor's note: The play and several others by Kay Reimers can be heard on the WYSO Website,, at any time. You don't have to wait until tonight, or, if you miss it, you can still listen to it at your convenience. The links are at the bottom of WYSO's home page.

WYSO shows its appreciation

WYSO held its post-fund drive volunteer appreciation dinner at Antioch Midwest last night. Among the highlights were audio clips from Kay Reimer's radio drama, "Dangerous Women," and the StoryCorps oral history project. Generous carvings of prime rib were served up by Young's, along with pie a la mode.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This afternoon at the Little Art

Green Environmental Coalition Screens Compelling Documentary

The Green Environmental Coalition (GEC), Ohio Environmental Council (OEC), and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) will present the compelling documentary Living Downstream on October 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the Little Art Theatre. Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, PhD, Living Downstream is a cinematic feature-length documentary. This poetic 85-minute film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. Through Sandra’s personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.

Additionally, CHEJ will present information on diseases- breast cancer, prostate cancer, learning disabilities, diabetes- that have been linked to toxic chemicals in everyday products and in our environment. A new law has been proposed to require the chemical industry to prove their chemicals are safe. Learn more about the Toxic Substance Control Act and efforts to promote critical reforms of U.S. chemical laws.

Related post: GEC Movie at Little Art

Request for Proposals for Antioch College Miller Fellows

The Miller Fellowship Program is a program of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation (YSCF), funded by the Nolan J. and Richard D. Miller Endowment Fund. The purpose of this fund is to support fellowships for Antioch College students who engage in service for the benefit of the Yellow Springs community. The basic premise of the endowment is that it is meant to foster mutual respect between Antioch College and the Yellow Springs community.

Yellow Springs Community Foundation will be accepting proposals from Yellow Springs nonprofits that wish to place Miller Fellows in their organization. In accordance with the new Antioch College curriculum, for the 2011-2012 academic year, Miller Fellows will be available for 10 hours per week during the fall and winter quarters, and 40 hours per week during the spring quarter.

YSCF will pay, through grants to successful nonprofit applicants, the direct labor costs of the fellowships. YSCF anticipates funding approximately 10 fellowships during the 2011-2012 academic year.

A copy of the Request for Proposals and the Proposal Coversheet is available on the YSCF Website, or may be had by email at

Friday, October 22, 2010

Destination YS

Friday, October 22
Brother Bear's
Open mic 7-9:30p

Full Moon Hike
Glen Helen Parking Lot 7p

Saturday, October 23
Farmers Markets
Kings Yard & Corner Cone 7a-12p

Yellow Springs Arts Council
12-4p Gallery Hours for
"Out of My Box:An Exhibition of Extreme Quilting"

Wild, Edible & Useful Plants hike
2-4p. Trailside Museum.

Little Art Theater
4p. Greene Environmental Coalition presents- Living Downstream, free & open to the public.

"Thrill The World"
Dance Event Instruction begins at 5p at the Bryan Center, dance event at 7p.

October 22 Weekend

Friday - 10:00 pm
Mother Grove
Saturday - 10:00 pm
Tracy Walker

Little Art Theatre
Friday & Saturday 7 & 9:20p
The Social Network
Saturday 4pm
Living Downstream
Sunday 3 & 7:30p
Monday-Thursday 7:30 pm
The Social Network

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

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

Now Featuring Authentic Indian Food available for carry-out Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

And Next Week...

More details about Indian food at Corner Cone

Akhilesh Nigam is ready to take your order at Indian Food Corner (aka Corner Cone). Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Currently on the menu are numerous varieties of Naan Bread along with Lentil Soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, and Navratan Korma. Coming soon: Samosas and Biryani.

Photo by Susan Gartner

Threshold Choir Gathering and Training Oct. 29-31

5th Annual Midwest Threshold Choir Gathering with Kate Munger

Yellow Springs, Ohio

Oct. 29-31, 2010

The all-women Threshold Choirs honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling: some with living, some with dying. The choirs provide opportunities for women to share the sacred gifts of their voices at life's thresholds.

Founder and director of the national Threshold Choir movement, Kate Munger, will be traveling to Yellow Springs for this workshop and gathering.

Weekend events include:
  • Early dinner at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at 114 West North College, followed by a Singing Circle at 1315 Corry Street
  • Singing Circle and Training with Kate on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9:30-5 p.m. at 1315 Corry Street
  • Singing Circle and Graduation for choir members ready to become bedside singers, from 9:30-12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1315 Corry Street
There will also be a Threshold Choir Directors/Leadership Meeting with Kate on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 2-5 p.m.

Registration fee = $20

Cancellation with full refund by October 28. Note: No woman will be turned away for an inability to pay the $20 registration fee. Please pay what you can afford or pay an additional amount to help sponsor another participant.

For out-of-towners, there are many options for housing at the retreat site and in private homes. Contact Laurie Dreamspinner at for housing information.

For registration information, contact Jannirose Fenimore at, 937.319.6039 or 830.719.2848.

Visit for more information about Threshold Choirs, including CDs and songbooks and publicity.

Click here to see video.

YSAC gallery hours

The YS Arts Council Gallery, 309 Xenia Avenue, will be open Saturdays, Oct. 23 & 30, Nov. 6 & 13, noon-4 p.m. The current exhibit, "Out of My Box: An Exhibition of Extreme Quilting," features local fabric and paper artist Karen Russell and local folk artist Sharon Mohler. Karen will also be giving Origami Box demonstrations during these gallery hours.

Photo by Susan Gartner

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Winter Farmer's Market in business again this year

2011 Winter Farmers Market

January 8th is the opening date for the 2011 Winter Farmers Market located in the basement of the YS Methodist Church. The market will be open from 9AM until Noon every Saturday through April 2nd.

Vendor information will be available soon. If you’d like to be considered for space at the market, please send your request for an information packet to

In addition to the 10 to 12 food vendor tables, this year we plan to feature one local artist each week. Artists should contact Pam Geisel at to reserve a specific Saturday to participate in the market and for more details.

Watch this blog for more details.

WFM Committee

Authentic Indian carry-out available at the Cone

Authentic Indian cuisine by Pratibha Nigam
for carryout at the Corner Cone Thursday Friday and Saturdays.
Starting Today

Kathy Simpson at Brandeberry Winery

Saturday, Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Kathy Simpson will be playing at the Brandeberry Winery this Saturday, Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m. The winery is located at 5118 W. Jackson Road, Enon, OH 45323, 937. 767.9103,

Click here to see YouTube video of Kathy Simpson.

Plastic Peer Pressure

Did you know that 76.2% of the folks in Yellow Springs don’t use plastic bags for their retail purchases? Actually, I just made that up so you’d feel self-conscious about asking for plastic on your next shopping trip.

A recent article in the Wall St. Journal provided several examples, along with the results of some controlled experiments, on how to get consumers to make green decisions. Surprisingly, it wasn’t money. You’ve probably heard about communities implementing mandatory charges, usually a nickel, for using plastic bags. Well now there’s an added twist to the story.

In Washington DC (it seems like we need some good news from our capitol and this is the best I can do for now) they not only implemented the 5 cents charge on both paper and plastic bags, they also had the retail outlets stop asking the customers to choose “paper or plastic” – the customer had to initiate the request for a bag. The result, according the study, was that shoppers were reluctant to ask for bags, especially plastic, in front of their fellow customers. The report went on to say that in one 3 month period plastic bag use went from 68 million to 11 million.

Who knew that peer pressure could work for the green team? I’m going to get busy making up more statistics and see if this will fly in Yellow Springs.

A. Reader

Business After Hours at the winery

The Brandeberry Winery on West Jackson Road hosted a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours last evening. Chamber Director Karen Wintrow ventured out of the house for the event for the first time after surgery to repair a detached retina.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tonight - “Dangerous Women” by Kay Reimers

WYSO to present an original radio drama at 8 p.m.

To commemorate the anniversary of the 19th amendment to the constitution, WYSO 91.3 FM and the Living History Theatre present an original radio drama, “Dangerous Women,” tonight, Oct. 20, at 8:00 p.m. This original work by Yellow Springs playwright Kay Reimers, concerns the beginning and end of the nearly century long struggle to give women the right to vote.

The play begins in 1920, during a special election held by the Tennessee state legislature to ratify the 19th amendment. In the tense hours leading up to the vote, as Reimers tells the story, the spirit of the first suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reflects on the events of her life and struggle, which led to the first formal demand for women's suffrage in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York. Giving women the right to vote was considered a threat to the established order and women were considered “dangerous” even to suggest it.

“Dangerous Women” commemorates the 90th anniversary of the amendment’s passage but in Tennessee, the amendment allowing women the right to vote nearly did not pass.

Producer and writer for Living History Theatre, Kay Reimers was looking to write a historical drama that would highlight the story of women. She almost skipped over the suffrage movement. “It seemed a dull subject filled with marches and meetings. Further research made me see the human side to these women who look so stiff and formal in the old photographs.”

The mission of the Living History Theatre is to create dramas that take psychological and sociological approaches to history rather than a straight forward retelling of events. LHT uses artistic expression to illuminate modern experience by finding echoes of that experience in the past. The Living History Theatre brings Miami Valley artists together to create original dramas.

“Dangerous Women” was Directed by Dan Davis, and produced by Jerry Kenney of WYSO. Lead actors include Miriam Eckenrode as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Howard Shook as Henry Stanton, Doug Hinkley as Judge Cady and Marcia Nowak as Susan B Anthony. Other actors include Troy Lindsey, Jason Sine, Gary Reimers, Sarah Strong, Flo Lorenz, Elizabeth Lutz and Rob Campbell.

A beautiful night for a Stroll

“It’s All About Art” was the theme for this past 3rd Weekend Fling in the Springs. The semi-annual Art Stroll on Friday, Oct. 15, was held in memory of long-time Yellow Springs business owner and artist Eddie Eckenrode who died in May.

The Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery held an artist reception for quilt artist Karen Russell and folk artist and sculptor Sharon Mohler and featured music by Adam Gueth and Amy Dihrkop from the band “Spanish Tony Sanchez,” finger-style guitarist Steve Hammond, and the Soul Fire Tribe. Gallery hours and origami box demos by Karen will take place on Saturdays, Oct. 23 & 30, Nov. 6 & 13, noon-4 p.m.

Corry Street Plaza was the site for local playwright and filmmaker Vanessa Query’s free outdoor theatre production of “Hey, That’s A Nice Bike!” featuring Skip Leeds and Charlotte Walkey (pictured), Vanessa Query, Ali Thomas, and Jennifer Johnson.

Mike Garrett, owner of Kahu Mikala, presented a Tiki carving demo in King’s Yard.

Click here for more photos by Susan Gartner

“Young @ Heart” at YS Library

A screening of “Young @ Heart” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. at the YS Library. See trailer here:

From the official website:

Stephen Walker’s documentary “Young @ Heart” follows the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young @ Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81. Their music goes against the stereotype of their age group as they perform songs by James Brown and Sonic Youth. This account focuses on preparing new songs (not an easy endeavor) for a concert in their hometown, which succeeds in spite of several real heart-breaking events. This energetic group of septua-, octo- and nono-genarians dive into rock, punk, disco, and more. Songs like “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Stayin’ Alive” take on a whole new light as chorus members overcome health adversities while still making time to rehearse.

Currently, the “Young @ Heart” chorus with its ever-changing members is on concert tour, performing in New Hampshire this month and New Zealand in December.

Dale Miller's Jazz Friends at the Clifton Opera House

The historic Clifton Opera House will host an old friend on Friday, October 22nd. Dale Miller's Jazz Friends will be entertaining with some great standards from the big band era. Dale is well known for his involvement in several of the local bands including " the Sentimentalists". The 30's, 40's and 50's will be well represented on Friday evening. The group consists of Dale Miller on drums, Bob Circle on piano, Chuck Young on guitar and vocals, Jim Bonecutter on Bass, and a special guest Mark Smarellli on Vibes. Be ready for a great night of swing! These accomplished musicians are going to put on a great show!

The box office opens at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. The Opera House is located at 5 So. Clay Street, Clifton. Call 937.767.2343 or check out the website at

Funeral Arrangements for Eben Wildman

Viewing: Thursday, October 21, 2-4 pm, 6-8 pm

Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home
838 E. High St.
Springfield, OH

Funeral: Saturday, October 23, 11:00 am

Champion Center
Clark County Fairgrounds
4401 South Charleston Pike
Springfield, OH

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you wait until a scholarship fund in memory of Eben is established.

GEC movie at Little Art

"Living Downstream" - Oct. 23, 4 p.m. screening

Presented by: The Green Environmental Coalition, The Center for Health Environment and Justice, The Ohio Environmental Council, Ohioans for Health, Environment and Justice.

"Living Downstream," an eloquent and cinematic feature-length film, is based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber,Ph.D., dubbed the Rachel Carson of her generation.

Dr. Steingraber’s poetic and haunting narration traces her year across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. By doing so, she vividly recounts not only her own struggle with cancer but also her struggle with the public and private policies that may contribute to the causes of this disease.

"Living Downstream" is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies, air, land, and water, and the importance of individual activism.

The Little Art Theatre
247 Xenia Ave (Rt 68), Yellow Springs. or 767-7671

Date: October 23, 2010

Time: 4:00PM

Donations to the nonprofit Little Art Theatre gratefully accepted.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

At the Library - Oct. 21

Music on Film

Seniors sing rock n’ roll in this popular heart- warming documentary. Please call for title.

Thursday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.

Yellow Springs Community Library

415 Xenia Avenue / 352-4003

Open Farm Day at Alpaca farm in Xenia

Saturday, Oct. 23 at Stewart Heritage Farm

Hello, I'm Elliott and I'm a getting all big and fluffy! Come and meet me and my alpaca barn mates Brownie, China, Black Magic and Ace! We're all going to be watching for you at our house!

On Saturday, October 23rd, Stewart Heritage Farm in Xenia will host an open farm day from 10 a.m -4 p.m. Come out and meet the two newest alpaca babies and learn about these beautiful gentle animals. We'll have live music in the barn with the North River Band at 1 and 3pm.

The Fiber Shed will have it's grand opening featuring beautiful alpaca products and gift items. There will be kids activities all day long and several fiber demonstrations. Refreshments will be available.

Call 937.430.0603 for more information. The farm is located at 1669 Sunnymeade Road, off of Lower Bellbrook Road, Xenia. Check our webpage