Sunday, July 31, 2011

Playing On All the Keys: the Life of Walter F. Anderson

Blurbs on Joan Horn's book

Joan Horn, a longtime resident of Yellow Springs, was a student of Walter Anderson’s at Antioch College. He was head of the Music Department there from 1946 to 1965, and broke barriers at that time as the only African American head of a department in any non-black college or university in the United States. Joan wrote a biography of him, Playing On All the Keys: the Life of Walter F. Anderson. The book is available through her and at the local bookstores and Town Drug in Yellow Springs.

A Slovenian friend of “Andy’s”, Mitja Mersol, now editor of Delo, the newspaper for Ljubljana (formerly in Yugoslavia), attended Antioch for a year as a young man. After reading the book, he wrote, “It’s in a sense a biography of American in the second half of the past century.” Others have read the book – both those who knew him well and those who never met him. Their comments follow.

“I certainly have enjoyed reading Walter’s biography that you worked so diligently and long on. The readings you selected for the Archives were important benchmarks to his life and reminded us all as to why he was so extraordinary! You have captured those moments and shared them in a poignant and powerful compilation. I will cherish the collection of stories about Walter and when I read them, I hear his laughter.”
Jan Stunkard, NEA co-worker

“I have had a quiet Sunday afternoon and have been reading with enormous interest Joan Horns’ book on Walter Anderson; It is well-written and researched, and I’m fascinated with his life story. I just got to the account of his year’s teaching at Wilberforce, where Nancy and I did a good deal of research many years ago, and it is a hoot.”
Randall Burkett, Emory University
(collector of books and papers on African-Americans)

“Your biography indicates that there was so much going on underneath the surface of Andy’s life which I did not know. You have painted the picture of an absolutely remarkable man –from birth to death, who lived such a rich trove of humanistic and humanitarian values…I think you’ve captured very well the racial contexts of his life. His responses to his social confrontations throughout life ring quite true to me….It is mindful of the kind of grounding that Duke Ellington got, leaving him with considerable self-confidence and an ability to negotiate the difficulties of race while still being highly successful….Your chapter 17 was an excellent description of being ‘in the trenches’ of the desegregation/integration issues in Yellow Springs and of Andy’s clear-sighted ways through some of the complexities of some of these issues…Suffice to say I think you have done a job that needed to be done and that few if any others could have in chronicling Andy’s life.”
Del Jenkins , Psychologist, retired
New York University

“I am loving your book. Not only is it filled with stories about a very fascinating and important person, but it is told in such a lovely way. It reads like an evening sitting with you.”
Brian Forist, former naturalist
Glen Helen Outdoor Education Ctr.

“”What a wonderful book! Congratulations! Your attention to details provides marvelous insights into Andy’s life, and your eloquent expression keeps me reading. Thank you so much.”
Dr. Curtis Huff, Chief
Near East Office of Citizens
U.S. Department of State

“Your book is wonderful …What a job it was to pull together all those details and names, etc. Congratulations!”
Marjory Hanson, Asst. to Andy
National Endowment for the Arts

“You have an enticing writing style…The stories and anecdotes were describe in fine detail and with a variety that kept my attention…Additionally, your own extensive knowledge of music was critical to your insights about Andy’s life.”
John Hug, Science Education Coordinator, ret.
Ohio Department of Education

“I don’t think I’ve ever written to tell you how much I enjoyed the book…or how much I learned from it….he was a presence on campus while I was at Antioch. I now realize that one reason we didn’t see much of him was that he was commuting to DC at the time. Talk about indefatigable!”
Allen Spalt, Director, ret,
Agricultural Resources Center

“I think you must be an Anderson to have weeded through 88 years. I used to have trouble keeping up with my father in phone conversations or in daily activities as a child and as an adult. Thank you ad infinitum for the informative and loving biography you wrote.”
Sandra Anderson Mastin,
(Andy’s daughter)

“I continue to rejoice in the book – it is so beautifully, eloquently written, yet it feels like a wonderful conversation as I read and re-read.”
David Mallery, Educator
(book was dedicated to him)

“Immediately I scanned it and I began grinning as I realized everyone else reading the chapters would recall other anecdotes and think, ‘Why didn’t I recall that!’”
Dee McCaslin, writer
(former resident of Yellow Springs)

“He comes to life in a way that only someone with direct ties to him and a deep appreciation for his contributions could impart…being able to enjoy it at this particular time in our nation’s history has given me an even greater appreciation for the challenges he regularly faced with such compassion and resolve.”
David Howarth, author

“…to books…my most pleasurable reading over the summer. One was Joan Horn’s Playing on All the Keys which reintroduced me to Andy, whom I’d known only casually as a chorister during my three years at Antioch. What a talented and fascinating individual he was! And what challenges he met to live such a full and rich life! Beautifully structured and written, I had difficulty putting it down.”
Deborah Curtiss, Antioch alumna
Artist, Musician
(former student of Andy’s)

“…without you, Andy would have largely been lost to history. There are so many tangents that beg for exploration, beginning with the Andersons of Zanesville. What a unique family!”
Rod Ross,
National Archives

“Walter Anderson’s story is far more than that of a small college music teacher. Raised in a deeply segregated society, he became a one man musical force bringing about harmony that extended far beyond the notes on the staff...Those who knew Andy will recognize much but will probably learn a great deal as well. Those who did not know Andy may enjoy the story of a man who used a stunning musical talent to bring about social change.”
Joan Levin, Antioch alumna
(sang under Andy’s baton)

Lost Dog


A long legged Chihuahua named Tiny that looks like a small deer with big ears. It's a rescue dog and afraid of men. If spotted, call Tracey at 614.427.9296.

Local man killed in crash of Wright plane

According to CNN, one of two men piloting a Wright B Flyer that crashed near Springfield yesterday was Yellow Springs man, Mitchell Cary. Both men were killed upon impact.

Unbuntu Canteen

"Ubuntu" is an inspiring concept in many cultures of Southern Africa and emphasizes the spirit of sharing and honoring our connectedness.

In honor of our mutual humanness, I'll provide a fun, colorful, healthful, veggie-and-grain rich, dinner to anyone who would like one :).

I will have one extra dinner (to feed 2-5 people) on each MWF. Pick-up and in-town delivery possible approx. 5- 5:30 p.m.

E-mail​m (if you do not have e-mail, leave a brief message on 767-1611 to specify food restrictions and arrange.

(There is no fee.)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Local author sets sights on Amazon bestseller status

After six years in the making, ARTEMIS Books and local author, Scarlett Rains, have launched a bid for Amazon ‘bestseller’ status with release of the first two historical romance novels in Ms. Rains’ exciting Sisters of the Heart Series: Promises of the Heart and Seduction of a Bluestocking. Promises of the Heart and Seduction of a Bluestocking are now available in Kindle and print form at and and soon will be available in area bookstores. Because Scarlett’s novels have generated early sales in the US and UK, ARTEMIS Books plans to release Betrayals of the Heart, the third book of her series, this fall. Don’t miss it!

Influenced by the work of Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, Scarlett Rains writes in a style uniquely her own. Her talent shines through in these unusually enthralling stories rich in historical detail, filled with characters who come alive, enticing the reader to read ‘just one more page’ before turning in. Enjoy her excellent novels today, spread the word and help your community member become an author of ‘bestselling’ status.

Antioch College to start new sustainable farm

The Glen Helen Ecology Institute has begun to coordinate Antioch College’s sustainability initiatives and is seeking volunteers to help in the launch of the first major sustainability project: the Antioch College Farm.

"The College Farm will not only be a food source but also an integral part of the curriculum and student experience," said Nick Boutis, director of Glen Helen and coordinator of College sustainability initiatives.

Antioch College’s new curriculum includes a series of Global Seminars that allow for interdisciplinary approaches to the examination of issues and ideas surrounding water, food, governance, health, and energy. The Farm will be an experiential classroom where students and faculty will search for the inherent interrelationships between conscious stewardship, the use of natural resources, and the resultant impact on the health and vitality of the local and global environment.

Situated on the approximately 35-acre former golf course on the southeast side of campus, the Antioch College Farm will be a working laboratory that provides the opportunity for active participation in learning, experimenting, and applying best management practices in organic and ecological agriculture methods.

The College has hired local farmer Kat Christen (pictured) to design and implement the first phase of the project. Christen and her husband, Doug, operate Smaller Footprint Farms, a small, diversified CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm just outside of Yellow Springs.

Christen, who has a degree in life science education with a minor in plant biology, has worked as an urban naturalist for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton. SHe is also the founder of City Beets, a summer program designed to create active youth leaders through the process of growing, sharing, and selling food.

Working with volunteers, Christen will clean up the old community gardens, establish new annual beds with sheet mulching, prep the new food forest area, and plant fall crops and perennials.

Volunteers interested in working on the Antioch College Farm can drop in every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August. There are some shaded work areas. Please bring your work gloves and water. All ages and experience levels welcome.

Volunteers are also needed this fall to construct raised beds and to feed chickens on Saturdays and Sundays.

Questions? Weather check? Call Kat Christen at 937.477.8654 or e-mail for more info.

Centerstage Relaunch Party

August 13

Everyone interested in the revival of the Centerstage Community Theater is invited to attend a relaunch party. The event will take place at the Yellow Springs Art Space on Xenia Ave on August 13th, (Saturday) 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Please bring your ideas, favorite plays to consider, skills and enthusiasm. The new Centerstage will not be located at the old location, so this event is to reconnect and find projects that can fit in the community with what is here.

Any questions call Kay Reimers at 767-8401 or

Block party organizational meeting this afternoon

3;30 p.m. at the Library

We are having one quick meeting this Sat. at 3:30 in meeting room of Public Library. We will go over the plans for block parties on the weekend of Aug. 19-21st and how to get your whole neighborhood involved in the planning and activities of the parties. We will also try to get ALL neighborhoods to plan a party.

Come and if you are unable to come, please send a neighbor or several to help plan this year's parties.

Joan Chappelle

Video by Susan Gartner

Friday, July 29, 2011

Destination YS

Arts & Culture

Experience Saturday
Multimedia Art & Music Opening with The Show & Now Device
YS Arts Council Gallery; 309 Xenia Ave.
Saturday, July 30; 7:00 - 10:00 pm ($5 donation)

Concertband from Maasmechelen, Belgium
Young's Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd.
Saturday, July 30; 7 p.m. (Free)

Friends Music Camp Benefit Concert for Glen Helen
Mills Lawn Auditorum, 200 S. Walnut St.
Saturday, July 30; 7:30 pm

Glen House Art "Before Gardens/After Gardens"
Gallery Hours, Sunday July 31; 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Artist Salon and Reception with Jennifer Rosengarten
Sunday, July 31; 6:00 - 10:00 pm ($20 donation)

Other Galleries
Illustrations by Kathy Verner Moulton; Village Artisans, 100 Corry St.
My Ramblings in the Glen; Glen Helen Atrium Gallery, 405 Corry St.
"would you, could you" In A Frame; 113 Corry St.
Yellow Springs Pottery; Kings Yard, 222 Xenia Ave.
John Bryan Community Pottery; 100 Corry St.; Sat & Sun 1-4 pm

Nature & Recreation

Glen Helen Nature Preserve
Open Daily for hikes, Raptor Center, Trailside Museum & Nature Shop
Wildflower Hike from Trailside Museum; Sunday, July 31, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Rally and Expo for Simply Women 5k Run/Walk
Art Park at 100 Corry
Friday, July 29; 7-9 p.m.

Simply Women 5K Run/Walk for Women and Girls
Yellow Springs High School, 420 E. Enon
Saturday, July 30; 7:45 - 8:30 am (Registration); 9:00 am (Race)

Gaunt Park Swimming Pool
500 W. South College St.
Daily 12:00 -7:00 pm

Planning Ahead

Summer in the Springs
8/6 Vintage Truck Show; Young's Dairy (9a - 4:30p)
8/13 Art on the Lawn (10a - 6p)
8/19-21 3rd Weekend Fling
8/20 Yellow Springs Book Fair; Mills Lawn (8a - 5p)
8/25 AACW Pomes & Bluze; Antioch University Midwest
8/26-27 AACW Blues Fest; Antioch College Amphitheatre
8/28 AACW Gospel Fest

Fall for the Springs
9/16-18 3rd Weekend Fling - A Food & Farm Experience
9/17 Art, Music & Crafting Festival; John Bryan Center
9/17-18 A Wool Gathering; Young's (10a-7p; 10a-5p)
10/1-2 Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival; Young's (12 - 6p)
10/1-2 A Country Gathering at This Old House
10/8 Yellow Springs Street Fair (9a-5p)
Street Fair Music Festival & Beer Garden (12-8p)
10/14 3rd Weekend Fling & Art Stroll (6 - 9p)
10/15-16 Artist Studio Tour (11a - 6p)
10/29 Yelloween; Downtown (7-11p)

Visit for complete info on
these events & more happening all summer.


Peach's Grill
9:00 am - 2:30 am
Live Music - $5 cover
Fri - The Professors
Sat - Bootleg Rider

Brother Bear's Cafe
Friday, 7:00 - 9:45 pm
Open Mic

Little Art Theatre
The Tree of Life

Glen House Exhibit

Glen House Art

Artist Salon and Reception

Featuring the work of Jennifer Rosengarten

Before Gardens/After Gardens

Sunday, July 31st 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Suggested donation: $20

Exhibit will be up from July 10-August 10, 2011

Join GlenHouseArt and artist Jennifer Rosengarten, Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Dayton for Salon! : an evening of food, wine, music, fine art and conversation this Sunday, July 31st from 6-10pm. The public is invited to Glen House Inn to view Ms. Rosengarten’s newest exhibit Before Gardens/ After Gardens and join in a discussion of her work at starting at 7pm. Acoustic music by Ben Cooper and Israel Parker is featured from 8-10pm with wine and finger food. Suggested donation is $20.00 with all proceeds going to support the ongoing programming at GlenHouseArt.

For more information about Glen House Inn and GlenHouseArt, including directions and contact information:

Glen House Art

1221 Glen Road

Yellow Springs, OH 45387


Experience more, Saturday

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The Yellow Springs Arts Council presents Experience Saturday, July 30, 7-10pm. Don’t miss YSAC’s first event in our new Experience Saturday series—a special multi-art evening with local rock band The Show and visual media group The Now Device. Evening line-up: 7pm Gallery Tour of art exhibit Synesthesia: Rock N’ Roll Renaissance by Ryan Henry, 7:30pm Salon Chat with Rod Hatfield of The Now Device, 8:00pm Visual Media Projection with Musical Performance.

The Now Device is a Seattle based visual media company, co-founded by multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur Rod Hatfield, that showcases live video mixing and projection. Rod's past projects include work with The Experience Music Project, Xbox, VH-1, The United Nations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and collaborations with Cincinnati Pops, FilmDayton, Seattle Theatre Group and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. For more information go to

The Show, a Springfield-Yellow Springs based trio features Jessica Kinzer on keyboards and lead vocals, Matt Housh on drums and vocals, and Ryan Henry on guitar. The Show performs original, high-energy music that spans genres from garage and surf, to punk and funk. The event doubles as a CD Release Party and The Show’s debut self-titled album will be available for purchase. For more information go to

This music and multimedia performance will transform the YSAC Gallery and Exhibition Space into a unique, multi-arts environment. The event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door (kids 12 and under free). But be on the look out for FREE invitations, which are circulating Yellow Springs and can be found at the YS Arts Council and YS Chamber of Commerce through 7/29. Proceeds benefit the Yellow Springs Arts Council. For more information about the YS Arts Council, visit

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scene Around Town

Art on the lawn still taking applications

There is still time!

Apply to sell your art at Art on the Lawn! Send in your application now!

Art on the Lawn is a juried Fine Art and Fine Craft show open to all artists in the Miami Valley and beyond.

The outdoor show takes place August 13, 2011 under the large shade trees at Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 S Walnut St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.

For more information visit our web site.

Applications are available from the Village Artisans, 100 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387, 937.767.1209

Or can be downloaded here.

You can also download a poster here.

YS Post Office safe for now

This from Bruce Bradtmiller:

I heard a news story on NPR about the post office losing money (old news) and that they were considering closing some post offices (old news) but that the postmaster general had put out a list of possible closings. A “study list”. It’s available online, of course, and I checked. YS is not on the list, at least for the moment. Pfew.

Photo of YS Postmaster Dave Kennedy by Virgil Hervey

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Testing the waters...

Looking for 10-minute playwrights

The Coots in "Parking Spaces" at the Corner Cone last year.

A few years back, Holly Hudson organized a 10-minute play festival that I enjoyed so much, I immediately set about writing a short play of my own. It was another couple years before Rani Deigh Crowe put together last year's 10-minute play festival at the Corner Cone. Again, I enjoyed it immensely, this time from the inside. Ever since, the Coots Repertory Company has been bugging me, "When are we gonna do another play?"

I have a play, and my guys like it, but we have no venue. A solo 10-minute play is hard to sell. So, I am testing the waters. If I can get local playwrights to submit 6-10 plays, I will organize a festival for this fall. Beyond selecting an appropriate number of plays in the event we have a large number of submissions, this will not be a contest. No competition, no prizes: just the sheer joy of local folks putting on a show.

If you have a short play and are interested in producing it, let me know by emailing me at


A Milestone

A good showing despite 'Fun Town' loss

In a wrap-up article in the Dayton Daily News today, the paper said of the the village's participation in the Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road competition, "The town didn’t win in the Most Fun category, but it got good press."

Dayton Daily News: Rand McNally contest spotlights Yellow Springs

Bench to Nowhere: How can we go on?

A Top-six Fun Town Toon

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Coupon-clippers take note

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Saturday at Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House hosts the Ivory Doghouse on Saturday, July 30th at 7:30pm. They will be "Boogying the Blues" and rocking the house. The box office will open at 6:30pm, 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 937.767.2343 or 937.342.2175 for information.

Door donation $7.00.

Exclusive offer from WYSO

An Evening with David Sedaris at the Victoria Theatre
October 27th, 2011

We Have an Exclusive Pre-Sale Offer for WYSO Listeners and Members

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was released in September 2010. Sedaris will visit Dayton for one night only, featuring all-new readings of his work and a book signing.

Hurry, Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, August 8 at 10am!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rocky & Pee Wee: Approaching a milestone

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Friday night at Clifton Opera House

The Dayton Letter Carrier's Band

The Dayton Letter Carrier's Band was founded in 1926 and is one of the oldest active letter carriers bands in the United States. It has approx 28 players. The band has played from coast to coast, including Hawaii. At National Letter Carriers Conventions the band has played for senators, congressmen and former presidents. They perform in numerous parades across the state, for local area city concert series and nursing homes. The band's repertoire ranges from big band, dixieland, broadway tunes, and marches. The Dayton Letter Carriers Band is conducted by Hal Harris and is sponsored by the Dayton Letter Carriers Union Branch #182 in affiliation with the National Association of Letter Carriers.

The band will be performing on Friday, July 29th at 7:30pm. The opera house is located at 5 So Clay Street, Clifton. It is air conditioned! Box office opens at 6:30pm. Call 937.767.2343 for information. Door donation $7.00

Simply Women 5k Run/Walk for Women and Girls

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Race starts at 9am (on-site registration 7:45a to 8:30a)
Yellow Springs High School

Join us for the 3rd annual Simply Women 5k! Bring your Mother, Sisters, Daughters, and Friends to enjoy a 3.1 mile run or walk from the high school through the tree-lined streets of Yellow Springs and back to the high school. Register ($15) by July 15th and receive a Simply Women t-shirt. Enjoy pre-race music and warm-up activities with certified athletic trainer, post-race awards, door prizes, and refreshments! This is a fun and empowering event for women and girls of all ages (really, all ages). Proceeds from this event benefit programming for Simply Women Ohio which seeks to promote fitness, health and wellness, and a supportive network for women and girls.

Registration forms are available at the Chamber office, and at local businesses, or downloadable at

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Scene Around Town

Photo by Susan Gartner

Pelotonia 2011

This from Melissa Heston:

As you may know about one month from today, I will participate in another great cycling experience this summer, Pelotonia 2011. It will involve cycling for a great cause, and I'm writing to you because I need your help.

Last year my teammate, Kristine Hofstra and I rode 180 miles from Columbus to Athens & back, and raised over $4,000 to help the James Cancer Research Hospital fight cancer. It was such an incredible experience that we have decided to do it again joined by new team member cyclists Craig Mesure, Matthew Handwork and Michael Downey – or Team 360/IRC Group.

Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. It is a cycling experience that will take place August 19th-21st. The ride will span two days and will cover as many as 180 miles. I am writing to ask you to help me reach my fundraising goal of $2000. Large or small, every donation makes a difference. 100% of every donation will fund essential research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. I am looking for a minimum of 10 people to give $200 dollars each. I know I can count on you to help.

We all know someone who been affected by cancer, some who have unfortunately passed away just this year or last, and some who have undergone successful treatments, preventative biopsies or other measures. We also know several in our own community who have benefited in significant ways by treatment at The James. By supporting Pelotonia and my teammates, you will help continue to improve lives through innovations in research with the ultimate goal of winning against cancer. I would love to have your support this year.

When you follow the link below, you will find my personal rider profile or team profile and a simple and secure way to make any size donation you wish - small or large, they all count. Many have taken advantage of the sponsor listing where you can make a donation in honor or memory of someone you love or admire.

Think of this as a donation not to me, or Pelotonia, but directly to The James. Please consider supporting my effort and this great cause. Here is the link to my rider profile:

Melissa Heston

Or Team 360°/IRC Group.

Thanks Again.

Sincerely, Melissa Heston

The James - As the Midwest's first and Ohio's only freestanding cancer hospital and research institute, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of only 40 centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. The James is a national leader in creating and testing new therapies based on scientific research, many of which are offered nowhere else in the world.

Melissa Heston, cPT
360 Private Training Studio
213 Xenia Ave/ or 155 Fairfield Pike (personal)
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Community Band Concert this afternoon

The Yellow Springs Community Band will give its final performance of the summer season in the Mills Lawn School gym this Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

The program is as follows:

William Tell Overture - Rossini
The Young Patriosts - Ginery
Stephen Foster Melodies - Arr. Guzman
Deep River - Swearingen
Valley Forge - King
Second American Folk Rhapsody - Grundman
Selections From Mary Poppins - Sherman
Pirates of the Caribbean - Badelt

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Notice to Nonprofits

From the Yellow Springs Community Foundation:

Yellow Springs Nonprofits: Is your Ohio Secretary of State filing up-to-date? You can check by clicking here. Meanwhile, YSCF, the Morgan Family Foundation and Greene Giving are working on a series of seminars as a follow-up to the Building a Better Board Seminar we recently sponsored, one of which will cover all the filings, State and Federal, nonprofits must make. Check the YSCF Facebook page for followup announcements. "Like us" to keep informed.

A Public Service Message

Code Red: Water treatment plant

Villagers should all have received a code red alert yesterday, informing them that a downed tree limb damaged a power line to the water treatment plant thereby requiring the use of an emergency generator. While there is no boil advisory in effect, the Village is asking that you conserve your water usage.

This from Council Member Karen Wintrow's Facebook page this morning:

Extra crews are in to help repair the downed poles at the Water Treatment Plant. Completion expected this afternoon; another Code Red will advise when the repair is complete. Thanks to our dedicated crews who spend their lives assuring that our infrastructure is in good working order but alas haven't figured out how to control acts of nature. Remember: CONSERVE WATER.

Hot! Hot! Hot!

As you scroll down the blog roll, you will notice that organizers of a number of different events are taking the heat into consideration. For instance, the Chicken Barbecue at the Methodist Church tonight and the Community Band concert tomorrow afternoon have been moved indoors. The Art on the Lawn folks are highlighting the shade trees at MLS. Hopefully, the heatwave will be over by then (mid-August), but who knows. Check the individual posts for details.

Bench to Nowhere: An MC's lament

A Top-six Fun Town Toon

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Chicken Barbecue tonight

Moved indoors for your dining comfort
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Due to the heat, the Chicken Barbecue at the Methodist Church will be held indoors in the church basement.

Art on the Lawn to feature four-legged artist

Under the shade trees at Mills Lawn Elementary
Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In many ways, Mozart Dane is your typical artist -- he can only paint when the mood strikes him, prefers to work in his own studio, and requires quiet to be creative. But Mozart, or “Mo” as he is known to his friends, differs from other artists in one important way -- he is a dog.

As the “Featured Artist” in this year’s 28th Annual Art on the Lawn in Yellow Springs, Mo will personally present his abstract masterpieces for sale to the public. All sales will benefit his favorite charity, Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue,, the group that rescued him, and for whom he has become a dedicated “spokesdog” against puppy mills, pet stores, and homeless dogs. Mozart will join around 100 other juried artists from Ohio and beyond -- jewelers, painters, ceramists, photographers, fabric artists, woodworkers, metalworkers, calligraphers, and more -- under the shade trees of Mills Lawn Elementary, in the heart of beautiful Yellow Springs. Mo’s paintings, along with artwork from human artists, will also be featured in Village Artisan’s “Dog Daze of Summer” show for the entire month of August. The public is invited to a reception during the village-wide Third Friday Fling in the Springs, Friday, August 19, 6-9 p.m. (Mo will try to attend, but is not sure of his schedule.) Village Artisans is located at 100 Corry Street (corner of Dayton and Corry Streets), Yellow Springs.

To view some of Mo’s paintings and read more about him and his causes, go to To learn more about Village Artisans, go to or visit us on Facebook.

Community Band Concert location change

The Yellow Springs Community Band will give its final performance of the summer season in the Mills Lawn School gym this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. This is a last minute change of location due to weather concerns. After this concert the band will be on hiatus until after Labor Day. Check back for the program.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Quarry zoning meeting set

Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m.

Via The Green Environmental Commission:

The Xenia Township Zoning Clerk set a meeting for the Xenia Township Zoning Commission Hearing of the Cemex request for zoning change for July 26th, 2011 at 6PM.

Meeting place will be Norman Ward Center Ballroom 1400 Brush Row Road at Central State University.

The request is for a change from Agriculture to Mineral Extraction zoning.

The previous meeting for this hearing, June 16th at the Xenia Township Building had to be cancelled because there were so many people wanting to express their objections that the building couldn't hold them.

It is important that everyone attend who objects to the expansion of the Cemex Quarry Operations to the east side of Route 235 bounded by W. Hyde Road and W, Enon Road. The Company has told their employees and retirees to be at the Hearing, wearing Cemex T-Shirts.

This operation would be a threat to water supplies, bring more air pollution and damage to properties located within a mile of the quarry.

Homes in the area are subject to lower values as a result.

Please attend this meeting.

YSKP Theater Arts Camp registration reopened

Due to the last minute popularity of our previously canceled Theater Arts Class, the YS Kids Playhouse has re-opened registration for the newly rescheduled Theater Arts Camp! The new camp will begin next Monday, July 25th, and continue for about a week and a half.

The Camp is open to children in grades 3-5. The price has also been reduced for attendees!

The Camp will be directed by Ara Beal. Registration will be open up to the first day of the class.

If you or someone you know is interested in registering a child for this class, please visit our website for more information and to register. Scholarship for financial aid. We Look forward to seeing you at camp!

Experience more, Saturday

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The Yellow Springs Arts Council presents Experience Saturday, July 30, 7-10pm. Don’t miss YSAC’s first event in our new Experience Saturday series—a special multi-art evening with local rock band The Show and visual media group The Now Device. Evening line-up: 7pm Gallery Tour of art exhibit Synesthesia: Rock N’ Roll Renaissance by Ryan Henry, 7:30pm Salon Chat with Rod Hatfield of The Now Device, 8:00pm Visual Media Projection with Musical Performance.

The Now Device is a Seattle based visual media company, co-founded by multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur Rod Hatfield, that showcases live video mixing and projection. Rod's past projects include work with The Experience Music Project, Xbox, VH-1, The United Nations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and collaborations with Cincinnati Pops, FilmDayton, Seattle Theatre Group and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. For more information go to

The Show, a Springfield-Yellow Springs based trio features Jessica Kinzer on keyboards and lead vocals, Matt Housh on drums and vocals, and Ryan Henry on guitar. The Show performs original, high-energy music that spans genres from garage and surf, to punk and funk. The event doubles as a CD Release Party and The Show’s debut self-titled album will be available for purchase. For more information go to

This music and multimedia performance will transform the YSAC Gallery and Exhibition Space into a unique, multi-arts environment. The event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door (kids 12 and under free). But be on the look out for FREE invitations, which are circulating Yellow Springs and can be found at the YS Arts Council and YS Chamber of Commerce through 7/29. Proceeds benefit the Yellow Springs Arts Council. For more information about the YS Arts Council, visit

International hosting with a musical theme

Via the Yellow Springs Arts Council

From Brent Hayden, a music educator in Springfield and resident of Xenia. Please read through and if you are interested in hosting international students for a few days, please contact Brent at his contact information below.

July 21, 2011

Dear Musical Friends,

We have a exciting news to share with you! My wife and I are the Chairpersons for an International Exchange from July 28th-August 1st with the Concertband Maasmechelen from Belgium. This International Exchange is part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, MI) International Program. During their visit they will be staying with host families, performing a concert, and experiencing life in the Dayton, Ohio area. For more information on Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, please visit their website at

How can you be involved in this international experience? We'd love for you to be a part of this by being a host family for 1 (or more!) of the 60 band members. Their ages ranges from 12 to 55 so we need a variety of host families. You may wonder, “What is required of me as a host family?”, so here are some of the basics....

*Provide a room/place for them to sleep
*Provide most meals (depending on the schedule of the group)
*Provide transportation to and from some activities/rehearsals/concert
*Have a good time meeting and spending time with new friends
  • Thursday, July 28th - 9:00p.m. - Concertband Maasmechelen arrives at Wright State University
  • Friday, July 29th-Morning with host families/ 4-6 pm rehearsal for band at Wright State University
  • Saturday, July 30th-Morning with host families/7pm concert at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs
  • Sunday, July 31st-Morning with host family/Evening farewell potluck picnic for all at John Bryan State Park Lower Shelter
  • Monday, August 1st- Concertband Maasmechelen meets at Wright State University at 8:00a.m. for departure
Please contact us ASAP if you are able to host one or more of our Belgium friends.
If you have any questions at all, please contact us at: 937.372.1153 (home)
We really hope you'll join us in this International Exchange and welcome Concertband Maasmechelen in their first “stop” on their journey to our wonderful country!


Rachel and Brent Hayden

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Breaking: Friends Care assault

Channel Seven reported minutes ago that there was a sexual assault on a Friends Care resident by an employee last Saturday. The man has been arrested and is being held on $10,000 bail.

WHIO-TV: Nursing Home Employee Accused Of Sexual Assault

Rocky & Pee Wee: Lost

Seduced and Abandoned

"I feel like such a little tramp," local writer Harry Kresge said upon learning that Yellow Springs was not chosen 'most fun town' in the Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road Contest. "I poured out my soul to corporate America, for what, a marketing stunt?"

"Maybe our snippy nature shone through," said his wife Mona Lee Kresge. "I not only demand a recount, I demand a new contest - 'most snippy town.' We can snip with the best of them. We can snip like an Australian Cattle Dog. Well, anyway, we can go back to being our normally snippy selves, now; focus on fracking, quarries, tire burns and the like - business as usual."

"They should have been around for Cirque de Dayton Street," local entrepreneur Morely Stevens said. "They'd know what fun was then. I think we suffered from going too early in the rotation. If we'd have been last, we probably would have won."

Those were a few comments heard around town after the news that Glenwood Springs, Colorado was named "most fun" broke on the Best of the Road Blog.

On the less snippy side, here's what Lisa Goldberg wrote about it on her Facebook page: We here in YS know that we really are the most fun in many ways- we have an amazing community and know how to have a great town without a beach, boardwalk or adventure parks or rides. As someone said, we know how to have fun without spending $$$, which is great. Thanks everyone for showing the Rand McNally/USA Today folks a good time.

My two cents: The Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council, local businesses and a host of fun-loving town folk should be commended for a gargantuan effort. We all should be reminded that we had fun doing it, and we can still claim that were are one of the six most fun towns in America.


It's official; it's the Springs

Glenwood Springs

Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road

MOST FUN: Glenwood Springs, CO – reviewed by TraveleingJules and TravelingJoan, who dubbed the town “a mountain of fun and an adventure capital, with endless ways to get your adrenaline pumping.”

Updated: The Bard is in town this weekend

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Free Shakespeare!
Friday-Sunday, July 22-24, Antioch Amphitheatre, 7 pm

Free Shakespeare! is a traveling community of artists. Our goal is to create an event where people can rediscover the power and beauty of language and art. This very casual evening will include an art exhibition accompanied by live music followed by a free performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays.

The traveling theatre troupe is no longer a thing of the past. Free Shakespeare! is bringing a summertime dose of art, music, and theatre to the Miami Valley. Community artists will come together this summer in four area parks to share their work.

Our community needs this event. The current economy has taken its toll on every level of society. When money dries up, the first programs to be effected are athletic and artistic endeavors. To keep pace, these programs must institute “pay to play” policies, putting further strain on the families who need these options the most. Free Shakespeare! will make these cultural opportunities more accessible. By bringing art directly to communities, free of charge, we make it simpler for people to experience it. Simply show up. That is all we ask.

Free Shakespeare! is dedicated to liberating the works of William Shakespeare and exposing his cause to the world.

Cause? What cause?

Shakespeare’s plays deal with universal themes relevant to humanity and the world we live in. From joy, love, and redemption to greed, lust, and corruption, his work runs the gamut of human experience. Unfortunately, his work is widely regarded as archaic, irrelevant, and inaccessible. We will present his plays in a fashion that is interactive and easy to follow. For ninety minutes, the audience will be a vital participant in the story as it unfolds. They will leave the park with a new perspective on art and its capacity for change.

As a society, our language skills are on the decline. The prevalence of texting, instant messaging, and “tweeting” have forced us to communicate in smaller and smaller doses. Words are shortened to letters; vowels are regarded as unnecessary; the only thing that matters is if the message can be contained to 140 characters or less. This has a debilitating effect on our linguistic capabilities. But all is not lost.

As a community, we can wage war on the linguistic apathy running rampant throughout our nation. Presenting the works of William Shakespeare is one step we can take. By simply exposing people to his work we are taking dramatic action to begin correcting this problem. References to Shakespeare and his work abound throughout popular culture. He coined over 3,000 words and phrases, many of which are commonplace today. People deserve to know where their language comes from. We must cultivate an appreciation and respect for language before it dies out. Language gives us voice; without it, we have none.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! Tonite at 7pm at the Antioch College Amphitheater, Free Shakespeare!'s final dress rehearsal will be open to the public as a preview performance. Please come out and watch the show, and then tell everyone you know about it. A Midsummer Night's Dream runs approx. 90 minutes.

At the Library this Saturday

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Update - Save the date: Sunday, July 24, 4 p.m.

Band Concert

The concert has been moved to the Mills Lawn School gym.

The Yellow Springs Community Band will give its final concert of the summer season in Kings Yard this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. After that the band will be on hiatus until after Labor Day. Check back for the program.

Bench to Nowhere: Stranded in the Jungle

A Fun Town Toon

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery Exhibition

Elemental Nature: Non-Silver Photographic Prints by Kelly Joslin
August 3 - 29, 2011

Glen Helen Atrium Gallery is showing “Elemental Nature: Non-Silver Photographic Prints by Kelly Joslin, from August 3 - 29, 2011. Joslin creates expressive and painterly self-portraits through the use of unusual photographic processes. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Sunday, August 7 from 2 - 4 pm. The artist will talk about her work at 3 pm.

Joslin, an associate professor and chair of the art department at Sinclair Community College, is creating compositions fusing images of nature with self-portraiture. The use of multiple positive and negative images allows Joslin to compose photographs that move beyond mere representation. This dynamic approach – combined with multiple non-silver processes within a single print - blurs the line between photography and painting.

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 with proceeds supporting the Glen Helen Nature Preserve.

For more information call the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at (937) 769-1902 or visit

The Glen Helen Atrium Gallery showcases the work of emerging local and regional visual artists in twelve exhibits each year. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art goes to the Glen Helen Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support preservation and programs at Glen Helen and its 1,000-acre nature preserve.

Truck show at Young's

Vintage Truck Magazine Hosting 10th Annual Truck Show

Ertel Publishing’s Vintage Truck Magazine will host its 10th annual Vintage Truck Show on Saturday, August 6th, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

This FREE event, which features colorful and restored trucks from the early 1900s through modern times, is located on the grounds of Young’s Jersey Dairy on Route 68, 5 miles south of I-70 at Springfield, Ohio.

The show will include trophies for exhibitors, door prizes, and FREE gifts for kids. Live music will be provided by Tim Pritchard and bluegrass band Sawgrass.

Food and special “vintage” treats will be available for sale at Young’s Jersey Dairy.
Preregistration for exhibitors is recommended, but not required. The first 150 preregistered participants will receive a FREE gift.

Primitive camping is available at nearby John Bryan State Park.

For more information, visit or email Jamie Lee Hamilton at or call 937.767.1433 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern standard time, Monday-Friday.

Simply Women 5k Rally & Expo

In celebration of the 3rd Annual Simply Women 5k Run/Walk for Women and Girls, we are holding a 5k Rally and Expo in downtown Yellow Springs the evening prior to the race.

Friday night, July 29, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Rally and Expo (held in downtown Yellow Springs at the Art Park on the corner of Corry and Dayton Streets), will feature live music by Georgia Goad of A Shade of Red, a martial arts demonstration by Midwest Martial Arts Academy, and belly dancing performance by Egyptian Breeze. Other highlights include guest speakers and prize give-aways.

Melissa Heston of the 360 Degree Private Training Studio, an event sponsor, is coordinating the Rally and Expo for Simply Women Ohio — “this rally and expo is about getting women pumped up for the 5k and to encourage those on the fence to sign up.” Pre-registered participants may pick up their t-shirts and timing chips. Registration will also be open during the expo for those just learning about the event and hoping to join the fun. Online registration will remain open until the evening prior to the race at All are welcome to attend the Rally and Expo.

In other news–pre-registration numbers are up 50% over this time last year, and women continue to sign up daily. On-site registration will be open the morning of the race from 7:45 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. In 2010, 132 women and girls crossed the finish line. As of today 116 are pre-registered.

Run/Walk Information:
Simply Women 5k Run/Walk for Women and Girls
When: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Time: Race starts at 9 a.m. (on-site registration 7:45-8:30 a.m.)
Where: Yellow Springs High School, 420 E. Enon (at West South College Street)

Bring your mother, sisters, daughters, and friends to enjoy a 3.1 mile run or walk from the high school through the tree-lined streets of Yellow Springs and back to the high school. Enjoy pre-race music and warm-up activities with certified athletic trainer, post-race awards, door prices and refreshments! This is a fun and empowering event for women and girls of all ages. Proceeds from this event benefit programming for Simply Women Ohio which seeks to promote fitness, health and wellness, and a supportive network for women and girls. Registration forms are available at the YS Chamber office and at local businesses or are downloadable at

Come out and join us for the Rally and Expo on Fri, July 29th in downtown Yellow Springs at the Art Park!

Stay current by visiting our blog at
Paloma Wiggins
Simply Women Ohio

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bench to Nowhere:Way Down Upon a Swami River

A Fun Town Toon

Gov appoints local businessman to panel

Young to Small Business Advisory Council

Ohio Governor John Kasich has appointed Dan Young, CEO of Young's Jersey Dairy, to a council of businessmen to review regulations governing small businesses, the Dayton Daily News reported today.

Heat Advisory: Places to cool off

By Susan Gartner

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Greene County for the week of July 18, 2011.

The advisory will be in effect for the whole Miami Valley as temperatures warm into the 90s; with the heat index (what it feels like with the temperature and humidity combined) it will be 100 to 105 degrees in the afternoon and early evening.

The National Weather Service advises people in the advisory area to avoid prolonged work in the sun or poorly ventilated areas, to drink plenty of liquids and to try and stay in an air conditioned environment.

Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are at more of a risk of being effected by heat, warns the National Weather Service. Heat exhaustion, cramps or heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions. Friends, relatives or neighbors should check on people who may be at risk in the affected area.

For those individuals without air conditioned environments, consider area shopping malls or the following places in Yellow Springs:

Yellow Springs Library
415 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Noon - 8 p.m.
Noon - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Noon - 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Yellow Springs Senior Center
227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
9:30 am-4 pm Monday-Friday

Bryan Center
100 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
8:30 am-9 pm Monday-Friday

In addition the following Senior Citizens Center are open as cooling centers:
Beavercreek Senior Center – 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fairborn Senior Center – 325 3rd Street, Fairborn
Hours 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Golden Age Senior Center – 130 E. Church Street, Xenia
Hours 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Xenia Township Fire Station 1, 8 Brush Row Rd, Xenia
Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Chicken alert!

Okay so last night when the power went out I thought I shut my chickens in their house...apparently I shut them out. Oops. Unfortunately a hen went missing. She's still juvenile, all white. I don't see any signs of feathers or racoons, so I'm hoping she's still out there somewhere. On the north side of town near fairfield and winter/walnut.


Editor's note: In all the confusion, we almost forgot to lock ours up.

Saturday at Clifton Opera House

Steve Bonafel and One Iota will play at the Clifton Opera House on Saturday, July 23rd. This talented group took Ireland by storm last fall with their 10 day tour. They played pubs and clubs all over Ireland and returned with a world wide collection of new bluegrass fans.

In September Steve will again be included in this year's IBMA SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE, a very prestigious honor. Come out and enjoy some of the songs that have made Steve an award winner. The band will be playing both traditional and original bluegrass. Steve's music ranges from hard driving ballands to slow heart felt stories about life. As a special treat, the audience will be a part of the making of their music video on Saturday evening. Join us and be a part of One Iota!

Today the band consist of Steve on guitar and lead vocals, John Billerman on bass and vocals, Bob Bentle fiddle, and Brad Mienerding on mandolin and vocals.

The Clifton Opera House is located at 5 So Clay Street in Clifton. The building is air conditioned and comfortable! Box office opens at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Check the calendar on for more information. Suggested door donation is $7.00. Tickets are available in advance by calling 937.767.2343.

Rocky & Pee Wee: Infrastructure vs environment

Monday, July 18, 2011


Friday night at Clifton Opera House

The Clifton Opera House will be home port for the Hardtackers on Friday night, July 22nd. The show will start at 7:30pm and the fun will commence! The box office opens at 6:30pm, tickets are available in advance by calling 937.767.2343.

The Hardtackers are a seven-man Sea Shanty Crew who perform songs of the sea, lakes and rivers. They sing a capella and create an atmosphere of power and energy, wrapped up in good fun. Our repertoire consists of traditional and contemporary songs in the style of the work songs and songs of leisure time from the old sailing ships.

There is no limit to their audience as their songs cover a wide appeal. These are the songs the immigrants sailing to America from Ireland, Britain and Europe would have listened to as they came across the Atlantic. A number of these songs are staples of the folk.They tailor their set list to suit the audience, entertainment, historical, audience participation, or a mixture of each element, all of our performances include good fun.

YS Experience 2011 in photos

This summer's Yellow Springs Experience offered a wide range of events from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening including Intro to Bellydancing with Janet Mueller from Egyptian Breeze, Japanese handmade paper lantern-making with paper artist Sarah Strong, Fluid Core movement class with Jill Becker, sterling silver ring-making workshop with Rhonda Newsome, Jill Becker's Foot Clinic, and live music from The Show.

Photos by Susan Gartner.

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