Articles from Yellow Springs News

First Lines — Of memory, hiding and identity

This September marks the eightieth anniversary of the start of World War II. As a recent letter writer to the News pointed out, not many are left who experienced its terrors and deprivations. If you count generations by the conventional interval of 20 years, four generations have already passed. Yet for some, memory of the war persists — perhaps out of necessity.

‘A tear in the social fabric’ — Beloved son, friend still missing

Anyone who spends much time in downtown Yellow Springs knows Lonya Clark, called Leo by many of his friends. A once daily presence in the coffee shops and streets of town, the young man is known for greeting most everyone with a smile and friendly nod.

But despite his growing up here, most people know only small pieces of who he is, how he spends his time and where he goes. And nobody seems to know where he’s been for close to three months now.

SpringsFest’s diverse line-up

The fourth annual SpringsFest will return to the village on Saturday, July 6, with 12 hours of music, craft beer and food vendors on the grounds of John Bryan Community Center. 

SpringsFest producer and village native Conor Stratton of Great Guys Entertainment, which facilitates the day of music each year,  spoke to the News this week about this year’s lineup, which he said is significantly more diversified than years past. 

A YSHS/news collaboration: Motivation and distraction in school

Editor’s Note: In collaboration with Yellow Springs High School, over the next few weeks, the News will publish a series of articles, written by students, for a project on the critical issues YSHS students say they face.

By Jacob Bledsoe

When looking at problems at Yellow Springs High School, it’s hard not see the distraction and lack of motivation among students.

Village Council — Solar producers challenge cap

Should the Village raise its cap on the amount of solar energy it buys from local residences? 

Village Council broached that question at its July 1 regular meeting, as solar producers and those looking to invest in panels crowded Council chambers.

The cap, that 1% of total electricity generated be allowed from local homes, was reached last week, the Village reported. 

Fire, EMS calls on the rise

Crew members of Miami Township Fire-Rescue are responding to more emergency calls than ever before, according to statistics recently released by the department.

In the department’s annual report for 2018, presented to Miami Township Trustees at their June 17 meeting, the number of dispatched incidents were shown to have risen steadily from 814 in 2013, the earliest year listed, to 1,081 last year.

YSKP brings back the old West

“Bonanza Valley!” is anything but the typical “cowboys and Indians” narrative. Instead, the play retells the story of the Western frontier in a way that explores and challenges “Old West” traditions of property, power and gender. 

For four days only, the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse will perform “Bonanza Valley!” at the Antioch College Foundry Theater. Show dates are set for July 10, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and July 14 at 3 p.m..