Monday, January 31, 2011

Library Commission meeting canceled

In consideration of the weather forecast the Library Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, has been canceled.

Severe Weather Alert

Winter Storm Watch for Greene and Clark Counties

MTFR Emergency Preparedness Guide

Cookbooks & Brownies and cooks

All gone!

The smell of chocolate, cheese, and carmelized sugar wafted through the book shelves at Yellow Springs Library on Saturday, January, 29, when the Yellow Springs Library Association presented its "Cookbooks & Brownies" annual bake sale in honor of its Founders Day. Cookies, cupcakes, and brownies were for sale along with previously-loved cookbooks with all proceeds going to YSLA to support the library. Two cooking demonstrations also took place. Library staffer Tricia Gelmini made Noni's Risotto (pictured) in honor of her Italian grandmother, Marie. Library patron Judith Walert-Maldonado made Budin de Pan, an Argentine Bread Pudding to honor the Buenos Aires cook, teacher and culinary personality, Dona Petrona.

Photo by Susan Gartner

Editor's note: As of 10:30 Saturday morning (the end of my shift), we had received a tremendous amount of baked goods to sell, including fine breads, specialty brownies and cookies, and cupcakes that were flying off the shelves. There were hundreds of cookbooks that were also moving fast. One woman was overheard to say, "Theses are the cookbooks my mother had that I always wanted."

The blogger is on the YSLA board.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

WYSO Silent Auction, Feb. 12

Have you gotten your tickets yet for the WYSO Silent Auction, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting?

They're only $35 each if you get yours by Friday, February 11th. Otherwise, they'll be $40 at the door on the night of the event. So, click here to purchase your tickets now.

Schedule for the evening..

6-8 PM Silent Auction

with wine, cheese and chocolate tastings as well as hors d'ouevres

8:15 PM Live Auction

Check out will be immediately following the end of the live auction

Interested in making a donation?

We'll be accepting donations until next Friday, February 4th. So don't wait any longer.

Contact Jacki at 937-769-1388 or

Special Council Meeting, Monday

There will be a special Village Council meeting on Monday, January 31 at 7 pm in Council Chambers at the Bryan Center.

Two items are on the agenda:

Resolution 2011-07 Approval of Levy Renewal for Placement on May 3, 2011 Ballot

This is a resolution required by the County to put the levy on the ballot and does not indicate any change in Council’s intention regarding the levy. The levy is the renewal of 8.4 mils that will provide an estimated $741,000 to the Village.

Final Budget Discussion

This will be a review of the complete budget including General Fund, Enterprise Funds and all Special Funds. The Finance Director will be on hand to answer questions. The final budget will be brought to Council for a vote and since it’s an Ordinance that will require 2 readings.

Check the Village Website for meeting materials.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today at the Little Art

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Mary M. Morgan forwarded this recommendation from film maker Julia Reichert, noting, "It may have special interest to those of us who discovered the 'oil hunters' at work on Fairfield/YS Road last month: Go see Gasland if you love movies! It is funny, well written, a great personal story. I hope it gets an Oscar nomination on Tuesday! It is also an important political film, and especially for our state.

Morgan Fellows Present Readings

Antioch College Announces “Fireside Readings” in the Coretta Scott King Center

Eight readings with established and emerging authors - Sales of books at the first reading on Feb. 6 will support Haitian Earthquake Relief.

Antioch College Morgan Fellows Anne Bohlen and Jean Gregorek are sponsoring a series of readings by established and emerging multi-ethnic writers at the College's Coretta
Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom. These relaxed readings will be held by the fireplace at the Center on Sunday afternoons in February and March.

The eight featured creative writers – fiction writers, poets and memoirists – offer a variety of voices and fresh perspectives on life in contemporary North America. Two of the authors are on the forefront of the vibrant new school of Haitian writing in English, exploring both Haitian and Haitian immigrant experience, while two authors work within the expansive and rapidly-growing tradition of Latino literature in the United States. All of the visiting writers are relatively young – three of the creative writers are currently graduate students at the University of Cincinnati, while two have just completed MFA's.

The series begins with the celebrated Haitian novelist and literary critic Dr. Myriam Chancy, who will read recent fiction. Her novels will be available for sale at the event, and the proceeds from Chancy's book sales will be donated to Haitian Earthquake Relief.

List of Events:

Sunday, February 6 – Myriam Chancy
2 p.m., The Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College
Haitian-Canadian writer Myriam Chancy reads from her recent novels: The Loneliness of Angels (2010), The Scorpion’s Claw (2005), and Spirit of Haiti (2003). Also an influential feminist literary critic (Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women; Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile), Professor Chancy teaches Caribbean literature, African Diaspora studies, and creative writing at the University of Cincinnati. Her books will be available for purchase with proceeds donated to Haitian Earthquake Relief.

Sunday, February 27 – Gariot Louima and Tanya Jarrett
2 p.m., The Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College
Gariot Louima, a fiction writer, former journalist and director of communications at Antioch College, will read recent short fiction; T.J. Jarrett will read poetry. Louima's stories have appeared in The Caribbean Writer and Carte Blanche, and are forthcoming in the anthology The Haiti I Knew, The Haiti I Know, The Haiti I Want to Know. He was a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. T.J. Jarrett is a writer and poet whose recent work has been published or is forthcoming in the African American Review, the Boston Review, Calaloo, Linebreak, and Third Coast. Her manuscript, "The Moon Looks Down and Laughs," was a finalist for the Tampa Review Poetry Prize.

Sunday, February 20 -- Rafael Torch
2 p.m., The Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College
Writer, high school teacher, and Antioch alumnus Rafael Torch (‘02) will read from his creative nonfiction. Torch's work has been published in The Antioch Review, the Indiana Review, and the North American Review, among other places, and his MA thesis from the University of Chicago, The Garcia Boy: A Memoir, received numerous awards, including the Catherine Ham Memorial Award for Excellence in graduate work.

Sunday March 6 – Rachel Steiger-Meister, Kathy Zlabek and Michelle Burke
2 p.m., The Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College
Steiger-Meister, Zlabek, and Burke are young creative writers and doctoral candidates at the University of Cincinnati. Rachel Steiger-Meister, a native of Yellow Springs, is the recipient of awards for excellence in scholarship and creative writing from Brown and Wright State Universities. Steiger-Meister has read her fiction at literary events in Boston, Providence, and Pittsburgh. Katherine Zlabek's poetry and short stories have appeared in The Madison Review, The Oxford Magazine, SAGA, and the anthology World Lives, Prairie Living (2005). Zlabek received the Frostic Fiction Award at Western Michigan University. Michelle Y. Burke is a scholar and poet currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature. Her poems have appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, Lake Effect, the
New Orleans Review, and Yemassee. Her chapbook, Horse Loquela, was published by the Alabama School of Fine Arts (2008).

Sunday, March 20 – Manuel Martinez
2 p.m., The Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College
Manuel Martinez will read from his critically-acclaimed recent fiction. Professor Martinez teaches contemporary U.S. and Chicano literature at the Ohio State University, and has authored one book of literary criticism, Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent, and three novels: Crossing (1998) Drift (2003) and Day of the Dead (2009). His work has also appeared in the anthologies Hecho en Tejas and Latinos in Lotusland.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Grateful to our local police force

The hustle and bustle of the Winter Holidays buried an important bit of news that we only recently heard about. In case you missed it too, we wanted to share some good news. In Mark Cundiff 's December 30 Manager's Report to Council was this item concerning the Village Police.

Cundiff reported that Chief Grote had just received a check for $130,000+ resulting from Yellow Springs' participation with The Drug Task Force. Cundiff further reported that our participation with the Task Force added a total of $320,536 to Village coffers since 2006. He said this dollar amount doesn't include the value of vehicles and other items the Village has received. Obviously our participation in the Regional Task Force is good for the Village above and beyond the public safety benefit afforded by constraining regional criminal activity.

Our respect and support for John and his entire Department isn't affected by the amount of cash they add to (or take from) the General Fund. We appreciate and respect them because they consistently provide high quality community service that directly helps make living in Yellow Springs better. For us, this particular piece of news is icing on that cake.

Sue Abendroth
Paul Abendroth

Tomorrow at the Library

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Bench to Nowhere: Council kicks off the New Year

A Cool Town Toon

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Get well by watching television

Winter Wellness on Community Access TV
Starting today

The three-part Winter Wellness Series, hosted by the YS Library, will air on the Yellow Springs Community Access station (Channel 5). Part 1, "Movement and the Arts," will air Friday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Feb. 4, at 4 and 8 a.m., noon, 4 and 8 p.m. with Parts 2 and 3 airing in February.

For three Saturdays in January, program presenters Carmen Milano, RYT, and Kristen Andreae, RN, LAc, led participants through a lively, interactive and educational exchange of health and wellness information. To see the full station schedule, look on the right column of this blog, scroll down past "Email the Blog" and look for the subhead: Calendars/Schedules. Click on the link for Channel 5 -- YS Community Access.

Photo by Susan Gartner

Rocky & Pee Wee: Blogger covers School Board

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Morgan Fellows Present Film Series

Democracy in Jeopardy

Is the fundamental democratic principle of one person, one vote a reality in the United States today?

Morgan Fellows Anne Bohlen and Jean Gregorek are sponsoring a series of recent documentaries highlighting ongoing challenges to fair elections in the United States at Antioch College. The series, entitled “Democracy in Jeopardy,” investigates the explosive issues that potentially endanger the legitimacy of our democracy: politically-motivated voter redistricting, vote count inaccuracies, voting machine failures, voter disenfranchisement, the financing of political campaigns, the influence of corporate lobbyists, and the current climate of divisiveness, dishonesty and mudslinging. The films will be screened at 7:00 pm on alternate Thursdays beginning on Thursday, February 3; all but one will be shown at the Herndon Gallery in South Hall, Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs. The new documentary Gerrymandering will be shown at the Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs on March 17.

List of Films:

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story. Stefan Forbes, 2009 (86 min). Feb. 3, 7 pm, Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College. Winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award, this documentary focuses on Atwater’s controversial, often racially-charged campaign tactics and the new forms of negative campaigning he pioneered.

Stealing American Vote by Vote. Dorothy Fadiman, 2008 (90 min). Feb. 17, 7 pm, Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College. Using testimony from voters, experts, consultants, and activists, the film, directed by Emmy Award-winning Fadiman, carefully unveils the gritty reality of the past decade's record of electoral fraud and irregularities, and explains the continued risks to the accurate counting of votes.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money. Alex Gibney, 2010 (118 min). Mar. 3, 7 pm, Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College. This chronicle of the rise and fall of the flamboyant Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff by the Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) exposes the unprecedented levels of corruption in our legislative processes.

Gerrymandering. Jeff Reichert, 2010 (77min). Mar. 17, 7 pm, The Little Art Theater, downtown Yellow Springs. With a new round of redistricting scheduled for spring 2011, this timely documentary explores how the major parties use redistricting and geographically-based voter disenfranchisement to gain partisan advantage, a practice which leads to manipulated elections and chronically underrepresented populations. The film also focuses on citizens' reform efforts. As Reichert says, “our democracy needs a tune-up.”

(Astro) Turf Wars: How Corporate America is Faking a Grassroots Revolution. Taki Oldham, 2010 (91 min). Mar. 31, 7 pm, Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College. An Australian journalist goes undercover to investigate the quiet corporate sponsorship of supposedly 'grassroots' movements and organizations like the ultra-conservative Tea Parties, Friends of America and Energy Citizens.

Contact: Anne Bohlen: 286-8455; or Jean Gregorek 286-5934;

Local artist has new webpage

Local portrait artist and muralist Jason Morgan is inviting the public to view his new webpage at

Thursday, January 27, 2011

YS Montessori School Fundraiser

Hey Y'all! Yellow Springs Montessori School presents Country Snow Ball, Saturday, January 29, 5:30-8:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave. This fundraising event features Doug Smith's Rope Twirling Show, Janet Mueller teaching Country Dance Steps with Mark Babb of The Corndaddys on banjo, and the band Pop Rocks playing folk favorites. Plus raffles, crafts and light snacks. Western costume encouraged for this all ages event! Suggested donation: adults $10; 10 & up $5.

MAC & the Rockets at Clifton Opera House, Jan. 29

The Clifton Opera House will be jumping on this Saturday evening with the Yellow Springs based group, MAC & the Rockets. Mark Crockett and friends will be entertaining with some great vocals from the 50's and 60's. Take a trip down memory lane and listen to Mark and friends' renditions of all the old favorites. Elvis will be lingering in the building on Saturday night!! The show starts at 7:30pm, box office opens at 6:30pm. Come on out and enjoy wonderful venue. Call 937.767.2343 for information or check out the website

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Back Story: Young dog teaches old dog new tricks

Startling revelation scandalizes puppy school

This puppy doesn't wait for commands. She walks up to you, sits down, lays down, rolls over, sits up, high fives you with her paw, and then looks you in the eye with those big, sad eyes, waiting for her treat. That's Suki at her best. Good doggie!

At her worst, she nips at your heels, tugs at your pants leg, growls, barks and, if that's not enough to get your attention, she will leave a puddle in the middle of the kitchen floor right in front of you. Bad doggie!

When her cousin dog comes over for play time, she attacks with everything she's got. It doesn't matter that the other dog is five times her size, she sinks those sharp, little teeth into his jowls and holds on for dear life. Fortunately, he is patient and restrains his instinct to tear her belly open, when he is finally able to get her down.

So, we had good reason to look forward to the first day of puppy school at PetSmart in Beavercreek last Saturday with a great deal of trepidation. Surprise! Surprise! As it turned out, Suki was the best behaved of the four pups in the class. As the other three, a Golden Lab, Jack Russell Terrier and American Bulldog, rolled around in a ball, nipping and growling at each other, she sat calmly at my side watching with a regal air of aloofness. When they tried to engage her, she rapidly departed off with her tail between her legs. It was the Jack Russell, by far the smallest dog there, that caused all the turmoil. And we had been so sure that Suki would be expelled on the first day of school for biting another dog. Good doggie!

There was one tense moment, however. The proud parents were all asked to report any bad behaviors they felt needed correcting. I went first, listing all of the above and adding two that no one expected. A hush fell over the group as I exclaimed, "She drinks her pee and eats her poop."

The trainer was speechless. The other parents let out an "oooh" and clutched their precious puppies closer to them. It seemed as if all other activity in the busy store came to a halt and all the customers and their dogs leaned in a little closer to the training area to hear if there was more.

Heh, heh... Bad doggie!

Friday at the Underdog

Local band plays town for first time

The Noodle Factory is playing at the Underdog Cafe (the Emporium) in downtown Yellow Springs this Friday from 7-10.

As always at the Underdog Cafe, it is free and there will be wine tasting.

This will be our first Yellow Springs gig and we are really excited about it and hope that you can come and enjoy the music.

We play old psychedelic Rock, Blues, some new stuff, and some originals. You'll hear tunes by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, The Black Keys, Janis Joplin, No Doubt, Jefferson Aiplane, Howling Wolf, and more.

The Noodle Factory is: Brandon Semler, Rick Sanders, Matt Denman, and Natalie Sanders.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Future of Education Series Kicks Off

Thursday, January 27 at AUM

The Future of Education series, a partnership between the Morgan Fellows at Antioch College and Yellow Springs schools, will kick off with a presentation from the Knowledge Works Foundation on January 27, 7pm, Antioch University Midwest. This is the first of several engagements to stimulate thinking about the future of education in Yellow Springs. The series is a major component of the Class of 2020 Initiative, a process to create a strategic plan for the public schools.

In addition to the Knowledge Works presentation, the broader community will have the opportunity to engage with several leaders in education during the coming months, including: Matt Fischer (February 1), Deborah Meier and Shadia Alvarez (February 12), Michael Dantley (February 22), Mark Roosevelt (March 5), and Adam Howard (March 12) . We hope you can join us!

Home, Inc. project underway

The tool shed behind the Home, Inc. rental house at 1227 Xenia Ave. is getting a new roof today in preparation for its conversion to a rental apartment. The new, steeply pitched roof is designed to do away with leaking problems that plagued the old flat roof.

CJ's makes the rent

CJ's wants to extent the most heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the Rent Party last Friday!

The response was OVERWHELMING on many levels.

First of all, WE PAID THE RENT!!!

But it had a lot of other effects as well. Perhaps the most important was the renewal of our morale. Nothing is lonelier than going broke during the darkest days of winter. Now we know that we're NOT alone. In fact, we have loyal fans and friends in overwhelming numbers! You all gave us our faith back that we were doing positive things that the community wanted. We can look forward to the future with new plans and new features to make CJ's better than ever.

Second, we learned a lot real fast about how to more efficiently serve people at this kind of event. Our apologies to those who had a long wait.......that won't happen in the future!

We also learned that a single theme menu and a musical evening is great fun for everyone. It was great to watch folks eating their dinner, sipping their wine and enjoying the music. And we suspect that no one has ever danced in this building before! We want to make this a regular type of event.

We want to thank Mack and the Rockets for pulling this all together. It was their idea to create this event, and their faith and labor that carried it off. When we were ready to give up, they came through and changed everything. Our debt to them is enormous.

Finally, our long term health depends on a steady flow of customers. The days are getting longer, it WILL get warmer, Spring is on the way. Fight the winter blues by having dinner or lunch at CJ's and share our faith that better days are coming!

Thanks again to all!!

Carl and Jim

Home, Inc. Annual Meeting, Sunday

Yellow Springs Home, Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 30 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the great room at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, located at 227 Xenia Avenue. Green design expert Meera Parthasarathy is the featured speaker. Founder of the Columbus Green Builder’s Forum, owner of Spatial Synergy Studio LLC, and Home, Inc. architect, Meera will discuss green building features, design, and affordability. Home, Inc. will also honor volunteers, elect new Board Members, and conduct a business meeting. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Program Manager Emily Seibel at 937.767.2790 or for more information.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Local author on NPR next week

Ralph Keyes, author of more than a dozen books, most recently Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, will be on "All Things Considered" sometime next week. The segment was recorded on Monday the 24th, at WYSO's studios. "ATC" airs on WYSO on weekdays at 4:00 p.m.

Ralph updates reviews, press coverage and radio interviews plus Net coverage of Eupehmania at the following locations on his Website:

YS Montessori School Fundraiser

AUM gets patient advocate grant

According to the Xenia Daily Gazette, Greene Memorial Hospital and The Greene Foundation presented a check for the first installment of the $125,000 five-year donation to Antioch University Midwest on Jan. 14. The grant provide up to three scholarships per year and operational support for the school's Healthcare Consumer Advocacy Profession Certificate program, a recent article reported.

Xenia Daily Gazette: Antioch Midwest receives donation

A local cat's 15 minutes of fame

A reader tipped me off to this: Dark Star's Mr. Eko was noted as a "favorite bookstore cat" in Mental Floss blog:

Save the date - Tuesday, March 8

The annual joint McKinney, YSHS and Community Band concert will be held on Tuesday, March 8 in the YSHS gym. The program starts at 7:00 p.m.

This is a correction of an incorrect date that was originally posted.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

GEC to Present Film Screening of Gasland

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The Green Environmental Coalition (GEC) will present the award winning documentary, Gasland at the Little Art Theatre on January 29 at 3 PM.

This film documents the journey of filmmaker, Josh Fox, who in 2009, learned that his home in the Delaware River Basin was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. He was offered $100,000 to lease his land for a new method of drilling developed by Halliburton and soon discovered this was only part of a 34-state drilling campaign, the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Gasland documents Josh’s cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing- or fracking- is actually safe.

This is a must-see film as the process of fracking is currently spreading across most areas of Ohio. Recently an out of state gas and oil exploration company was conducting surveys in the Yellow Springs area.

In addition to the film, GEC will present an update on this situation and suggestions for how the community can help.

Local lineup set for Film Fest

2nd Annual Yellow Springs Short Film Festival

The Little Art Theatre, a nonprofit, single-screen movie house in Yellow Springs, Ohio, 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 lineup includes 14 films of 15 minutes or less that showcase the best of local filmmaking talent, from students to professionals. The films were chosen based on the selection panel’s democratic decision of quality and appropriateness. Following the program on Saturday, there will be a reception where the audience choice awards will be presented.

Admission to the festival is $10. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Little Art Theatre Association.

The following filmmakers’ work made this year’s cut:

Steve Ballerene
Troy Berry & Jeremy Johnson
Steve Bognar & Julia Reichert
Dan Bracken
Jo Caputo
Sarah Crane
Susan Gartner
Kate Hagenbuch
Alex Mangen
Greg Nichols
Wesley Quick
Vanessa Query & Lee Johnson
Nicholas Rollins
Gregory Tyler

For more information, go to

The Art of Healing Call for Art

Coming in March

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Call for art and arts disciplines featuring works created to heal and transform. Have you ever created art that helped you through a difficult time? Do you own art that was created and proved to be therapeutic for a friend or family member? The Yellow Springs Experience Wellness weekend will pay tribute to the Art of Healing. See poster for details and visit for proposal info. Local and out-of-town artists welcome!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery Exhibition

Entropy & Reclamation: The Art of Tom Watson III
February 2 – 28, 2011

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery is showing “Entropy & Reclamation: The Art of Tom Watson III” from February 2 – 28, 2011. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 18th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

The Gallery is located in the Glen Helen Building at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Show hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Artwork will be available for purchase.

The exhibit showcases Watson’s work over the last few years and includes part of his screenprint/mixed media series, Stem/ReAssemblage. Looking at Watson’s brilliant, expressive assemblages you might never realize that they were born of a tragic event. In 2005, Watson suffered a massive brain stem stroke that left him seriously disabled. It was his passion for art that saved him. “While relearning how to write and regaining my fine motor skills, my artwork became a cathartic outlet to help me deal with the emotional turmoil and depression resultant from such a traumatic and life-changing experience.”

Watson’s recent work reflects outwardly the internal transformation that occurred during his physical recovery. While his mind learned to reconnect broken synapses, Watson destroyed and reassembled materials salvaged from earlier silkscreen projects to create a new body of art with a cohesive design.

In the cold, gray days of February this show is a welcome celebration of physical and creative rebirth.

For more information call the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at 937.769.1902 or visit

Local author on Public Radio, Monday

Ralph Keyes, author of more than a dozen books, most recently Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, will be on "All Things Considered" this Monday the 24th, from WYSO'S studios. "ATC" airs on WYSO on Monday's at 4:00 p.m.

Ralph updates reviews, press coverage and radio interviews plus Net coverage of Eupehmania at the following locations on his Website:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Destination YS

It's a Mini -Fling Weekend!

Friday, January 21

Ye Olde Trail Tavern - DJ Clean Gene
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Main Squeeze - Wine Making Demo
Wine & Home Brew Tasting
7:30 -8:30 pm

Fling Night Rent Party at C.J.'s
6 p.m. - closing

Shops are not expected to be open late.

Saturday, January 22
BearFoot Boogie!
The New Schu Band and DJJFK316
7:30 - 10:00 pm
Bryan Center Gym; $5.00

January 21 Weekend

Peach's Grill
Live Music at 10; $5 cover
Friday- Mavis Perly
Saturday- Romeo Champagne

Sunrise Cafe
Martini & Tapas Bar
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
9:00 pm - 2:30 am

Brother Bear's Cafe
Friday - Open Mic w/ Shaun Butts
Saturday - Grover with Jeff May
7:00 - 10:00 pm FREE!

Little Art Theatre
The King's Speech

Art at the Market

Yellow Springs Artists: The Winter Farmer's Market has started! Every Sat. from 9-noon at the Methodist Church through April 2. We have room for one artist per week, 1 table, chairs and hanging panel provided for a nominal fee. Contact Pam Geisel at if you are interested or come by this Sat. to see the set up.

Saturday Morning

Winter Wellness: Part 3 this Saturday

The Winter Wellness series continues this Saturday, January 22, at the YS Library with presenters Kristen Andreae, RN, LAc and Carmen Milano, RYT. This week's topic: Reflect Inward, Prepare for Spring.

This free, interactive workshop is from 1-3 p.m. No registration necessary. Learn, share, enjoy yourself. Bring a friend.

Related post: Winter Wellness program this Saturday
Check out Susan Gartner's video!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Schools Administration: The surgery starts today

School Board President Sean Creighton (left) and Superintendent of Schools Mario Basora at last night's forum on school finances

"Nothing has been decided yet," Schools Superintendent Mario Basora told a crowd of about 50 concerned community members at a forum on budget cuts for the next school year, last night at YSHS . He assured those in attendance that their input would be taken into consideration and stressed that "we are all working together to save our schools."

"Work on the 'Reduction in Force Plan' starts tomorrow," he said.

The meeting was moderated by School Board President Sean Creighton. After making presentations, a panel of four, composed of Basora, Schools Treasurer Dawn Weller, OAPSE President Nancy Bussey, and YSEA President Vickie Hitchcock, fielded questions and comments from the audience.

Basora preceded the Q&A session with the results of his meetings over the past few weeks with community members and staff. He stressed that there would probably have to be staff reductions of between two and five positions and hoped that most of them could be accomplished through retirement. Other areas where cuts could be made are the percentage of health insurance paid by the schools, classroom budgets, and eliminating step increases.

Suggestions from the community included cuts in busing, improved buying power through joining consortiums, and online courses for AP students. Tops among the things to keep were music, AP courses, arts, small class sizes, and services from the Greene County Educational Service Center.

The school board will be presented with the plan at its March meeting, Basora said.

Bench to Nowhere: Destiny uncertain

A Cool Town Toon

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

YS Schools Community Finance Forum, tonight

Budget cuts to be discussed at YSHS at 7:00 p.m.

Schools Superintendent Mario Basora has been talking to community members over the past few weeks to get a sense about where the schools can make cutbacks in the face of reduced finances for the coming school year. Tonight at 7:00, the community is invited to come together to hear what he has learned.

There will be a panel discussion on finance reductions and what the schools have come up with to deal with them. The community is invited to attend and will be afforded an opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

The forum will start at 7:00 p.m. in rooms 106 & 107 at the high school. All are welcome.

TLT Young's Event

Explore innovative food production at one of Clark County’s most famous farms

Everyone is familiar with the delicious home-made ice cream, autumn hay rides, and friendly farm animals of Young’s Jersey Dairy. However, few have been given the chance to understand the pioneering thought behind the success of this Yellow Springs farm.

Tecumseh Land Trust (TLT) members and friends will visit Dan Young on his farm for a brief tour and discussion of Young’s Jersey Dairy’s innovative agri-tourism business at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29th. This will be the first of many TLT field trips to businesses that are producing, selling, and popularizing local foods.

By exploring local foods, TLT and other local partners hope to learn about alternative food and farming operations that can make agriculture an even bigger part of the local economy in Southwest Ohio. In the coming year, TLT will offer many opportunities to learn about the importance of local food markets and value added local food products. Field trips to innovative agricultural businesses and speaking programs such as the upcoming Market Maker presentation are all part of this year long series.

The Tecumseh Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that has preserved nearly 19,000 acres of agricultural and natural land in Clark and Greene Counties over two decades. The land trust also works to educate the public about land preservation options and the ways in which they can directly purchase food from local farmers. Direct sales of fresh food, or of value added products made from local crops, increase farm income and stimulate the local economy.

Space is limited for the Young’s Jersey Dairy field trip. To RSVP please contact TLT’s Associate Director, Michele Burns at 937.767.9490 or

BearFoot Boogie this Saturday at Bryan Center

BearFoot Boogie is a community gathering for all ages. Come shake off the cold and join us with your friends and family for a night of fun. Coordinated by Brother Bear's Coffee and Funky Bean Productions. This is the 2nd year for this event and we are looking forward to seeing you all on the dance floor!

Date: Saturday, Jan 22
Time: 7:30-11 p.m.
Place: John Bryan Community Center Gymnasium
Cost: $5 at the door; kids 10 and under free
All ages welcome!

Hosted by Patrick & Mindy Harney
Brother Bear's Coffee and Cafe

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Little Hippies at Clifton Opera House

Saturday, Jan 22

Come out Saturday night to be entertained by the "The Little Hippies", a local acoustic classic rock band. The Little Hippies provide a relaxed, fun atmosphere with a song list of mostly sixties tunes but with plenty of seventies up to the present to keep the blend spicy!

Scott Hadley, a classically trained guitarist, artfully arranges even the most rocking tune into an acoustic format losing none of the original energy. When Connie McBee isn't singing with her big soulful voice, she plans tin whistle and percussion. Together they have a great vocal blend.

Doug Harlow is a veteran musician who has played drums forty years. He began playing private clubs at the age of nine, and now his beat drives the "Little Hippies". Last but not least, Dan Meyer provides the back-bone of a rockin' bass-line.

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 S. Clay Street, Clifton. Box office opens at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Check the website for information or call 937.767.2343 or 937.342.2175.

Scene Around Town

Taken at Ellis Pond

Photo by Susan Gartner

Monday, January 17, 2011

Two more MLK events

Two notable speakers in the area

11:00 a.m. today at Witt:

Dr. Cleveland Sellers, speaking at the Martin Luther King Convocation at Weaver Chapel, Wittenberg University, 11 a.m., Monday, January 17th, public invited. Civil rights activist, currently president of Voorhees College, Denmark, S. C.

Weds. at the Nutter Center:

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, scholar and author. Presented by Wright State University's Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, Wednesday, January 19, 6 p.m. Nutter Center. "Drum Major Instinct: Doing It the Right Way". Public invited.

Submitted by Mary M. Morgan

MLK Day Events

Sponsored by AACW:

10:00 a.m. - Music and hot chocolate at the Coretta Scott King Center on the Antioch campus

10:15 a.m. - March from CSKC to Mills Lawn School parade kick-off site

10:30 a.m. - Parade through YS to Central Chapel A.M.E. Church

11:00 a.m. - Central Chapel A.M.E. celebration

12:00 noon - Soup lunch at Central Chapel A.M.E.

YSHS Swimmers take two firsts in prelims

Small team packs a big wallop

According to an article in the Springfield News-Sun yesterday, Yellow Springs swimmers took two first-place finishes in the preliminaries of the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Classic at the Washington Township Recreation Center on Saturday. Erika Chick won the 200-yard freestyle and Elizabeth Malone won the 100-yard butterfly. one of the teams at the meet had over 100 swimmers, another, over 90.

Springfield News-Sun: Yellow Springs’ small numbers make big splash at swim meet

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Save the date - Saturday, Jan. 29

The YSLA "Cookbooks & Brownies" Bake Sale
Cooking/baking demos
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Library

The Yellow Springs Library Association is holding a "Cookbooks and Brownies" sale fundraiser that will feature cooking demonstrations on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Yellow Springs Library.

YSLA member donations of baked items and/or cookbooks in advance of the sale would be greatly appreciated. Please drop off cookbooks to Head Librarian Connie Collett anytime before the sale. Donations of baked goods can be dropped off at the library on Saturday, Jan 29, beginning at 8:00 am. If you are unable to bake something, cash contributions are always welcome. Non-member donations are also welcome.

Not a member of the Yellow Springs Library Association? This event will provide you with an easy opportunity to sign up.

Friday, January 14, 2011

CJ's is fighting back

December was a rough month at CJ's and we were seriously considering closing at the end of the month.

But some of our customers didn't want us to go and stepped into the breach to help us out.

Thanks to two of our customers, we have a full page color add in the Beavercreek and Centerville shoppers. Another group of customers came up with the idea of the Rent Party.

Rent parties originated in Harlem in the 1930's. People would provide food and entertainment to their neighbors to raise rent money.

With this kind of support from good customers, we felt encouraged enough to move forward.

If you share our optimism for the future of CJ's and like our product, and look forward to the new items Carl has planned for Spring, WE NEED YOU! If you can attend the Rent Party, we would really welcome your participation. If you can not attend, we would appreciate a donation. But just as importantly, we need our customers in the restaurant this week more than ever.

If we can pack the restaurant with our happy customers all this week, we will be there to serve you in the future.

Hope to see you at CJ's!!!!

YSKP winter classes still open

There is still time to register for YS Kids Playhouse's winter dance and music classes for Kids, Teens and Adults. Due to the weather this week many classes had there start dates postponed so you would not have missed any instruction. All classes have room for enrollments. Classes are listed below, if you wish to learn more about our classes visit, email or call 937.767.7800 10-4pm M-F.

No Classes January 17th or February 21st due to holidays

Music Classes
Instrument Making and Group Music
Instructor:Adam Elfers
Mondays 3:30-4:30pm January 24th – Feb 14th
Grades 1st-3rd $40

Dance Classes

Introductory Ballroom
Instructor: Mario Kraszewski
Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm, Grades 6- Adult!
Sessions are 4 weeks $60 Each Session
Sessions 1: January 18th, 2011th

Advanced Ballroom
Instructor: Mario Kraszewski
Tuesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm, Grades 6- Adult!
Sessions are 4 weeks $60 Each Session
Sessions 1: January 18th, 2011th

Hip Hop 1
Instructor: JD
Wednesday 5-6pm, January 19th- March 9th
Grades 3-5 $80

Hip Hop 2
Instructor: JD
Wednesday 6-7pm, January 19th – March 9th
Grades 6 to Adults! $80

Beginning Dance/Pre-Ballet
Instructor: Elise Yaskoff
Wednesday 4-5pm, January 19th- March 9th
Grades K, 1 $80

Ballet 1
Instructor: Elise Yaskoff
Monday 3:15-4:15pm, January 10th – Feb 28th (6 classes, no classes on holidays)
Grades 2- 5, $60

Creative movement 1
Instructor: Jill Becker
Friday 9:30-10:00am, January 21st- March 4th
3 yr olds (turned 3 by November 1st, 2010) $60

Creative movement 2
Instructor: Jill Becker
Saturdays 11 – 11:45am, January 22nd- March 5th
4 & 6 yr olds $70

They call it puppy love

Go ahead, hate me. I couldn't resist posting this.

Saturday Morning

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Wellness program this Saturday

The Winter Wellness Series continues this Saturday at the YS Library when facilitators Kristen Andreae, RN, LAc, and Carmen Milano, RYT, will present the topic "Boosting the Immune System." See video above highlighting last week's program, "Movement and the Arts." On Saturday, January 22, the topic will be "Reflect Inward, Prepare for Spring." The interactive workshops are from 1-3 p.m. No registration necessary. Learn, share, enjoy yourself. Bring a friend.

Video by Susan Gartner

Back Story: No weather for young pups

In my regular posts on maintaining a backyard flock, I have often written that it is advisable to start with day-old chicks in the spring. In Ohio at least, the reason is obvious: the weather. It makes sense that the same reasoning would apply to getting a puppy. But, somehow, I missed that.

So here we are in the dead of winter with an almost constant snow cover since some time around Thanksgiving and an energetic three-month-old cattle herder cooped up in the kitchen. As for letting her out, the best we can do is pick our spots: days when the temps are almost up to the freezing mark; sunny afternoons when the snow has melted back so that it's not up to her shoulders; short trips limited to the back deck.

All this has made housebreaking especially difficult. We have had to resort to paper training as an intermediate step. This is not recommended, but the dog books do recognize that under certain circumstances it may be necessary. We keep the newspaper near the back door, so that when we do take her out to take care of business she will make the association. She much prefers to do it outside. If we take away the papers, she will sit by the door and make noises to communicate her need.

When she goes out to play, she is like a little snowplow, clearing a path with her nose. This latest six inches seems like a setback to me. She, however, views it as a challenge. It's time to take care of the chickens. She knows that. She is waiting by the door.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coming to Clifton Opera House, Jan. 21

Rock Island Plow Company

Clifton Opera House will be rocking on Friday, January 21st when the Rock Island Plow Company performs.

Rock Island Plow Company was formed in 2004 with a group of veteran musicians. Each member has an extensive personal musical background which includes rock-n-roll, country and bluegrass music. This variety of talent has formed a strong foundation for the high-energy and technical music they play.

Rock Island Plow Company has a strong commitment for maintaining the classic bluegrass style performed by Flatt & Scruggs and Bill Monroe in the early days of bluegrass, coupled with newer bluegrass music written for today’s audience. Rock Island Plow Company has been playing at local venues and festivals since their inception and continues to increase their fan base each year. The group strives to revitalize listeners to those songs which may have been forgotten since the early days of bluegrass making them once again the favorites of fans as in former days gone past. At the same time, they respect where bluegrass is today and perform favorites from such groups as The Lonesome River Band, Country Gentlemen, Larry Sparks and IIIrd Tyme Out just to name a few.

Rock Island Plow Company will continue to impress show-goers and keep them coming back for more. Rock Island Plow Company members include Stanley Taylor (mandolin, vocals), Bill Bach (banjo, vocal), Kenton Moore (lead guitar, vocals), Rick Hagens (upright bass) and Doyle Wright of WYSO Radio (guitar, lead vocals). Check out Rock Island Plow Company at

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton OH. Box office opens at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. Please call 937.342.2175 for information.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ralph Keyes is making the rounds with his new book

Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

Check out Keyes' interview on a Time Magazine blog.

See related post: Local author has new book

Ralph updates reviews, press coverage and radio interviews plus Net coverage of Eupehmania at the following locations on his Website:

360 Private Training Studio classes still open!

January 2011 Classes

The following are classes suitable for all levels of experience.

$12/class - buy 6 classes or more and get a $10/class rate.

Feel free to mix it up and try different classes.
Call, text or e-mail Melissa Heston to reserve your spot for class.
Space is limited. 937-901-0344/

Mon & Wed 7:00-8:00PM
Taught by guest trainer, Barbara Crowley, cPT

Zumba is a Latin dance aerobics class for all levels. It's a dance party, it's a cardiovascular workout, it's just plain fun. Zumba works on rhythm, coordination, multi-limbed movements, to heart pumping beats. Learn the basics of different forms of Latin dance while getting cardiovascularly fit. No experience necessary.

Boot Camp
Wed & Fri 6:00-7:00PM
Taught by guest trainer,
Steven Leopold, cPT

Initially inspired by the military form of fitness, Boot Camp fitness class is really a test of the will. It incorporates a few series of circuit exercises progressively designed to increase your willpower and endurance capabilities. This class is perfectly suited for the endurance athlete, or the everyday Joe or Jane wanting to test themselves, their bodies and their minds. Can you do it? Sure you can! PX90 and Insanity enthusiasts need to try this at least one session.

Pilates Mat Class
Tue & Thu 6:30-7:15AM
Taught by Melissa Heston, cPT

Pilates is a form of movement designed to strengthen your core (torso) while using your body as weight or resistance. The movement is controlled, integrating the use of the breath in conjunction with the resistance of the body's weight and gravity. The mat class is sequenced to warm the body up, strengthen it, create a wider range of motion, and end with a stretch ready to start your day! This class is suitable for all levels and specifically designed for individuals needing help with abdominal, back, shoulder or hip strengthening.

Cardio Weight Training
Tue & Thu 12noon -1:00pm
Taught by Melissa Heston, cPT

This class has it all - agility, cardiovascular fitness, weight training, plyometrics, balance and flexibility training rolled all into one hour - oh, and did I forget rest? It has a restorative yoga pose at the very end too. What more would you need? This is a great lunch break, or good mid-day workout. Suitable for all levels, especially for those needing a kick start to their winter program.

Tae Bo/Kickboxing Aerobics
Thu 7:00-8:00PM
Taught by Melissa Heston, cPT

A "kick back" to the late '90's early '00, this class is just what you remember. Heart pumping, kicks, punches, jabs, and shuffles - great release after a long day at work. A low impact cardiovascular exercise class with an easy warm up, and cool down stretching session to follow - perhaps a short restorative yoga pose too to send you home into a nice relaxing slumber. Suitable for all levels.

BYOT (Bring Your Own Trainer)
Indoor Pre-season Winter Cycling Training
Sat 11:00AM -12:30PM

Calling all cycling enthusiasts & newbies! Join us as we crank up the energy through the gray, cold, winter months in the warmth of the indoors. You supply your bike and a cycling trainer, and we'll provide water, towels and a motivating coach as we weather the grueling workout together. We utilize Carmichael Training System DVD's, as well as Cycling Fusion and Heart Zones. Train with us as you prepare for your spring and summer cycling events, centuries, tri's, etc. - suffering together is so much more fun than by yourself. Am I right?

Call for art submissions

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Monday, January 10, 2011

GHA Members' Art Show to run all month

Here's a photo from Sunday's reception at the Glen Helen Association's 5th Annual Members' Art Show. The show runs through Jan. 30 at the Glen Helen Building, and is open Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm and Sat.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

From Pam Geisel

Spring comes to the Emporium

By Susan Gartner

The opening reception for the Flower Power Group Art Show took place Saturday night, January 8, at the Emporium. While it was wintry weather with temps in the teens outside, inside the coffeehouse it was sunny and Spring-like with flowers everywhere.

The collection includes flower-themed paintings, embroidery, quilts, and photographs. Also included were felt flowers from the Flower Power Dayton Street Project that took place last spring. Many of the exhibiting artists took part in last year's project by creating realistic and fanciful flowers that were then attached to benches, railings, sign posts, telephone poles, trees, and trellises. For this exhibit, some of the flower creations were recycled and given new life in vases and on coffeehouse chairs

The exhibit will be up for the month of January. Stop by and bask in the warm glow of Spring.

Photos by Susan Gartner

Saturday at Clifton Opera House

Sweet Betsy

Clifton Opera House opens a very special 2011 season on Saturday, January 15th. The first performance of the year is by a Clifton favorite called "Sweet Betsy". Two kindred souls from very different backgrounds melding together a unique blend of old school soul and jazz, with roots and traditional music. Sweet Betsy opened our 2010 season and they are back! We have started a great tradition!

Sweet Betsy's "Americana" music will delight with a variety of styles. Mike McDermott is on mandolin, guitar, and vocals and Pam Baugham plays guitar, and vocals. They have put together soaring harmonies, mixed in the melodic sounds of the Midwest and top it off with a healthy dose of bluegrass, country and the blues. That's the unique sound of Sweet Betsy...different...and diff'rent is good. Sweet Betsy records exclusively with *Pittfall Studios! They have just released a new disc entitled "So Long For Now" Pick up your own copy at the show. Check out their website Sweet Betsy recently performed at the Clifton Winterfest.

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. The box office opens at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Call 937.342.2175 for information or check out the website

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Backyard Flock: Acclimation

Introducing the dog to the flock

The girls in the the chicken run often have to get used to new neighbors. Over the years, I have introduced many new chickens, a tricky process at best. The proscribed method is to put the new birds into the coop in the dark of night. That way when the established birds wake up in the morning, they won't notice that there are some newcomers in their midst. That might work in a flock of 100, but it is a dubious process for flocks of six to twelve birds. Chickens are not that stupid and they are especially good at recognizing other chickens. I prefer to install a temporary chicken run and coop next to the permanent run, exposing the chickens to each other for at least a couple weeks. It gives them a chance to get to know each other.

Given the difficulties involved with introducing new chickens to the flock, one might think that introducing another kind of animal would be next to impossible. However, as I have reported here numerous times, my girls have regularly accepted groundhogs to the extent of eating alongside them, both in and out of the coop. On only a couple occasions have I witnessed any difficulties, and surprisingly it was when one of the older chickens ran a groundhog off by pecking at his head.

Wild birds, squirrels and even a young raccoon have shared the bounties of Chickenland with my flock without causing a stir. In the case of the raccoon, I had to chase him away myself, because I didn't like the idea of the chickens becoming too familiar with him. I have lost chickens to raccoons in the past.

Dogs are another matter. Those that have been raised around chickens will usually ignore them. We have all seen dogs and chickens running loose together in a farm setting, if not in real life, certainly in the movies. This was a common scene when chickens used to run loose at Stutzman's Nursery. Once in awhile, there will be a dog that just doesn't get it, and the farmer will lose a couple chickens before he identifies the culprit and fences him off.

I have had chickens escape into my neighbor's yard where they were killed by his dog. It wasn't the dog's fault. They wandered onto his turf and he was only acting naturally. When our daughter's dog visits, he delights at taking runs at the fence around Chickenland and scattering the flock. I would hate to see what would happen if he got inside.

One of the things that concerned me when we got our Australian Cattle Dog pup was that she might take up similar behavior. So I am trying to introduce her to the flock at an early age. I hope that her herding instinct will be stronger than her hunting instinct. But I also worry about the former, as herding cattle requires some very aggressive behavior. I just want everybody to be friends.

The introduction process started with me letting her follow me out to the run in the mornings to feed and water the chickens. She would wait outside the fence while I took care of business inside. In actuality, she seemed more curious about the chickens when she watched them from the house. Once outside, there were plenty of other distractions. When she did give them her attention, it was only to look from close to the fence. The chickens soon learned that she was not a threat and appeared to be just as curious about her as she was about them. Our oldest chicken, Pee Wee (of Rocky and Pee Wee fame), would move closer to get a better look. They would often be only a foot or two apart, with the fence between them. She showed no signs of aggressive behavior.

After a few visits, I took her with me inside the run, holding her in my arms; later, I took her in on the leash; and finally, I let her run loose inside Chickenland, keeping a close eye on her. On each occasion, she appeared to be more wary of the chickens than they were of her. One day, Amy took her out to the run. She reported that the dog was just standing there watching, when Pee Wee came up to her and pecked her on the nose. She said the dog appeared startled and backed away, ending the confrontation. Maybe it's not the dog that is going to be the problem.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Sign of the Times

AUM's new sign in freshly fallen snow

Friday, January 7, 2011

Save the date

The Yellow Springs Short Film Festival will feature local works, Feb. 5 & 6

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.

The program is currently being selected from entries received over the past few months. Keep an eye on the Little Art Website for future developments.

At the Library - Saturday

Winter Wellness

Jan. 8 Movement and the Arts
Jan. 15 Immune Boosting
Jan. 22 Reflect Inward, Prepare for Spring

Facilitators: Carmen Milano, RYT and Kristen Andreae, RN, LAc.
Learn, share, enjoy yourself. Bring a friend.
Jan. 8, 15 and 22, 1-3 p.m.
Yellow Springs Community Library

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Showing at Nonstop next Thursday

The Prisoners of Katrina (2007, 60 min) by Nick Read (BBC)
Thursday, January 13
7:00 PM
Nonstop Institute
305 N. Walnut St., Yellow Springs

This BBC documentary investigates a story largely untold to American audiences—the conditions faced by almost 7000 prisoners in the New Orleans Parish Prison during Katrina, who had no food, water, light, or power for days, followed by an extended detention crisis where many were “lost” to public record. As the water rose in the prison some inmates were able to eventually knock cell doors off hinges while others died. Guards and their families were isolated by the flooding as well. Following the hurricane and the flooding, prisoners were distributed to other facilities in Louisiana and nearby states, records and forensic evidence were lost, and inadequate legal resources were engaged to manage the chaos, triggering human rights investigations. This documentary was made one year post-Katrina, and calls attention to both the devastation of Katrina and the crisis around incarceration in the U.S.
About CONTRADICTIONS Film Workshop Screenings at Nonstop
November 2010-January 2011

CONTRADICTIONS, an international film series, has featured 5 critically acclaimed and rarely screened films produced from 1959-2006. The series has included both narratives and documentaries, and most of these projects represent radical departures from conventional filmmaking in chronicling contemporary social crises. The films in this series will be presented by Bob Devine and Chris Hill, who are both media scholars, educators, and independent producers. Background materials about the films will be provided, and audiences are encouraged to participate in discussions following the films. People are welcome to attend any individual screenings or the entire series. Cost is donation (pay-as-you-can).

Interim Director of Advancement for Antioch

Ron Napal, a 1966 graduate of Antioch College, will guide the college’s advancement office until a permanent chief fund-raiser is hired.

Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt today announced the appointment of development professional Ron Napal as interim director of advancement. Napal assumes his duties on Monday, January 10.

“Ron Napal is an Antioch College alumnus with more than 20 years of professional fund-raising experience,” Roosevelt said. “He will provide guidance to our Office of Advancement while we search for permanent leadership.”

The executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has been engaged to lead the search for a permanent senior executive for advancement.

Napal is a special advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. He previously served as the organizations chief development officer (2004-2010), associate director for corporate development (1990-1994) and associate executive director for development and public relations (1994-1999). From 2000-2004, he was vice president and chief development officer for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), where he oversaw growth in revenues from $17.5 million to more than $34 million annually. He also served as interim president & CEO from April 1991 to March 1992.

He was the founder and chairman of The Napal Group, an award-winning cause-related marketing and public relations consulting firm, including niche marketing, product placement, and special events production, working with Chemical Bank, Digital Equipment Corporation, The Hearst Corporation, and Reebok, among others. He was also co-founder and president of Matthews/Napal Ltd., an artist management company representing fine arts performing artists.

During his career he created and produced several television programs, particularly for PBS, and has been recognized for several prize-winning campaigns. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America Diamond Jubilee won a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America. The Opera’s New Clothes, produced for New York City Opera, received a Mercury Award. The Rowe Quartet Plays on Your Imagination, a program for Jefferson-Pilot Communications, won four distinguished awards, most notably a George Foster Peabody Award.

He is a board member of Community Health Charities of New York, a member of the Advisory Board and former board member of Children’s Museum of the Arts in SoHo, a former board member of Concordia: A Chamber Orchestra, and founder and first president of NAPAMA (National Association of Performing Arts Administrators).

Born in New York City, Napal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Antioch College in 1966, and attended the London School of Economics, the University of Southern California and Yale University. He is a Fellow of the Leopold Schepp Foundation and the Danforth Foundation.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nonprofits are reminded of Miller Fellowship deadline

Deadline for submission of proposals is January 15

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

Important information to remember about submitting a proposal:
  • The deadline for submission of Miller proposals is January 15, 2011.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a coversheet.
  • Electronic submissions only (to
  • All questions should be addressed to These proposals are not being considered by the YSCF Grants Review Committee. Please do not try to contact them.
  • Do not attempt to submit a proposal without checking the Website.
Click here for more information.