Springs in 2002: the years news in revie
|Several missing persons reports were made during 2002. Tim Lopez,
right, pictured with his mother, Barbara McQuiston, disappeared in
In a survey of downtown businesses, merchants reported experiencing an
increase in sales activities during the 2001 holiday season. While some
businesses reported a dip in sales during October 2001, many saw sales
increase in November and December.
Tim Lopez, a Yellow Springs High School senior, was reported missing in
late January after he failed to pick up his girlfriend at Fairborn High
School. Lopezs car was later found in the South Glen. John Bryan
State Park rangers and Miami Township Fire-Rescue personnel searched the
Glen, John Bryan Park and Clifton Gorge for nearly three days, but they
could not find Lopez.
Lopezs mother, Barbara McQuiston, filed a report with the Greene
County Sheriffs Department expressing concern that Lopez was the
victim of foul play, perhaps related to his past drug use.
In May, an area group held a workshop at YSHS to give students a chance
to creatively express their feelings about Lopezs disappearance.
The YSHS graduation ceremony in June included a tribute to Lopez, who
would have graduated with the Class of 2002.
Lopez has yet to be found.
| In March, a report that Amy Erickson was missing led to a community
search, which included Donna Silvert, above, left, George Bieri and
Local residents geared up for a special election in February on a plan
by Yellow Springs Home, Inc. to build an affordable housing development
on the east end of the Village-owned Glass Farm.
The referendum was set up after some local residents in 2001 objected
to the plan and started two petition drives to get the proposal on the
ballot. After initially balking at the effort, Village Council agreed
to hold a special election on the issue.
Supporters of the plan said the community needed to address the issue
of affordable housing now, while opponents said more study was needed,
raising questions about what they saw as flaws in Home, Inc.s proposal.
The two sides disagreed on how best to define affordable housing, on the
proper role of local government in this issue and whether affordable housing
is best addressed by the Village or by private citizens.
The controversy also produced a lawsuit that four local residents filed
after Council invalidated one of the referendum petitions in 2001. In
March 2002, Council voted not to accept a settlement offer from the residents,
who were asking the Village to reimburse them for their attorneys
Later in June, an Ohio appeals court ruled the Village did not have to
reimburse the residents, saying their suit did not prompt Council to place
the housing plan on the ballot.
Channel 13 came under fire after it was accused of giving more air time
to videos produced by proponents of the housing plan than to those who
opposed the plan. The Village Cable Advisory Panel agreed to alternate
programs on the plan in the days leading up to the election.
In January, Council declined a bid from an unnamed local resident to purchase
from the Village the eastern portion of the Glass Farm. Council agreed
not to consider the offer until after the special election in February.
In May, Council members indicated that local residents should decide how
the farm is used, including the sale of sections of the land. While Council
met several times in executive session to discuss the possible sale of
the east end of the farm, in the spring the issue seemed to quietly fade
away and was not discussed by Council the rest of the year.
denies conflict charge
Council member Denise Swinger denied accusations from two other Council
members that she has a conflict of interest with the Villages plans
for the Glass Farm. Swinger lives on King Street near the farm.
The Council members, Joan Horn and Hazel Latson, also said they were concerned
that Swinger participated in a Council discussion related to a lawsuit
against the Village that involved Swingers husband, Joseph Giardullo,
and three other residents.
Swinger denied the accusations and said she did not have a conflict with
any Village plans for the farm. She also said the discussion was not about
the suit but about whether Council members would be held liable if the
Village could not legally transfer a piece of property over to a nonprofit
YSI Incorporated announced that it intended to address the groundwater
contamination on and around its Brannum Lane property through an administrative
order from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
As part of that order, the company agreed to provide Village water to
18 houses around YSIs property. The households, which are located
in Miami Township outside Yellow Springs, had received water from private
wells. YSI agreed to pay for the project. In August, work began to extend
Village water service to the affected residents. The project was completed
In March, three of YSIs neighbors whose wells are contaminated filed
a notice of a possible lawsuit against the company. The neighbors, Bob
Acomb, Fred Arment and Lisa Wolters, filed the notice in an effort to
give themselves a role in YSIs investigation and cleanup.
In July, those neighbors filed a lawsuit in federal court against the
company, alleging that hazardous wastes and chemicals from YSI contaminated
the neighbors property.
In May, YSI officials revealed that during an investigation they had learned
that several employees dumped a hazardous chemical onto the ground at
the companys facility here. Officials said the dumping occurred
between 1985 and 1992 or 1993.
This activity led, in part, to the contaminated groundwater that has been
found on YSIs property and on the properties of a number of its
The state of Ohio filed a complaint against YSI, claiming that the company
violated state and federal environmental laws.
woman president at Antioch
Antioch University Board of Trustees named Joan Straumanis to serve as
the 20th president of Antioch College. Straumanis, who graduated from
Antioch in 1957, is the first woman to lead the college.
collect income tax
Yellow Springs residents began paying a 1 percent school income tax to
the Yellow Springs school district. Local voters approved the new tax
in the November 2001 general election.
In the spring, the school district treasurer, Joy Kitzmiller, reported
that many residents were not paying the tax, leading to a shortfall in
In November, the Mens Group sponsored a forum to help people better
understand the income tax.
effective on state tests
Students in the Yellow Springs public schools passed 21 of 27 performance
standards in last years proficiency tests, earning the school district
a rating of effective. Students scored best on the ninth-grade
tests, combining to pass all five subjects tested.
sets top goals for 2002
Village Council approved eight goals for the year that focused on helping
the local economy, studying the Village budget and planning for future
capital improvements to the Village infrastructure.
park zoning proposal
Village Manager Rob Hillard presented Planning Commission with a proposal
to create a mixed-use zoning district suitable for the construction of
a commerce park here. The proposal required applicants to meet certain
environmental criteria in an effort to promote environmentally conscious
While plan board members supported the proposal, they would struggle for
most of the year to create a new zoning district.
Council agreed not to renew its contract with Village Solicitor Alan Anderson,
saying the Village needed an attorney who has more expertise and a broader
range of experiences in municipal law. In June, Council hired John C.
Chambers, an attorney with the Dayton law firm Coolidge, Wall, Womsley
& Lombard as the new solicitor.
Élan Orr, the Mills Lawn School spelling bee champion, finished
in third place in the Greene County Spelling Bee.
The Yellow Springs High School Drama Club held the 10th annual one-act
plays at the Antioch College experimental theater.
|Paul Hull, left, and Debbie Henderson were among the many local
residents who participated in the annual King Day March through downtown
The Quadrantid meteors could be seen falling in the night sky overhead
during the first week of the New Year.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was held on Monday,
Jan. 21. The event featured a march through downtown Yellow Springs, speeches,
songs and a dance performance.
Ken Tregillus stepped down as the station manager of channel 13, the local
cable access channel, after overseeing the station for 14 years.
Local resident Bill Houston returned home after serving six months in
a federal prison in Kentucky for protesting against a controversial Army
training program in Fort Benning, Ga.
The Yellow Springs Community Orchestra, the Adult String Orchestra and
the Antioch School Strings presented a concert to commemorate violinist
Mary Schu-machers contribution to the musical life of the village.
Schumacher died in November 2001.
December 2001 births: Lillian Sayre Hudson.
January 2002 births: Vaughn Ellis Hendrickson and Justin Theodore Roberts.
December 2001 deaths: Phyllis Imogene Burba, Dorothy Haffey and Camilla
January 2002 deaths: David Epstein, Patricia Johnson, David F. Johnston,
David P. Liska, Garrett Smith and John F. White.
housing plan fails
After several years of contentious debate, voters decisively turned down
Yellow Springs Home, Inc.s affordable housing plan by a 20 percent
margin in a special election held Feb. 5.
With slightly more than half the local registered voters casting ballots,
the plan was rejected 60 percent to 40 percent, or 942 votes against the
plan and 629 votes for the plan.
neighbors settle lawsuit
Vernay Laboratories and eight neighbors of its Dayton Street property
settled a two-year-old federal lawsuit in which the neighbors claimed
Vernay was responsible for soil and groundwater contamination by allegedly
improperly handling hazardous wastes.
The company agreed to give the neighbors and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency oversight of the cleanup of its contaminated property. The neighbors
also received a confidential amount of money as part of the settlement.
In addition, Vernay agreed to pay the neighbors attorney $850,000
in attorney fees, as well as give the neighbors $455,000 to use in overseeing
the cleanup. The company also paid a $25,000 penalty to the government
for violating the Clean Water Act.
In September, Vernay and the U.S. EPA reached an agreement on the companys
plans to clean up the Dayton Street site. The EPA identified Vernays
property as a high priority site.
The suit and pending cleanup would become a factor later in the year when
Vernay announced it would close the local plants.
In addition, in March, three neighbors filed a notice of a citizen suit
against Vernay, alleging the company improperly disposed of hazardous
waste, which contaminated the neighbors property. The neighbors,
Jonathan and Mary Reeves and Clara Stancliff, filed the notice to speed
up the companys cleanup efforts, their attorney, Altman, said.
Vernay president and CEO Tom Allen said the action was mute because the
company planned to clean up the property soon. He also denied that the
company contaminated the neighbors properties.
chancellor at Antioch
Jim Craiglow, president of the Antioch New England Graduate School, was
named the acting chancellor of Antioch University. He replaced James W.
Hall, who stepped down this month. Later this year, the university Board
of Trustees agreed to remove the acting tag from Craiglows title,
making him the systems official chancellor.
Noted childrens author Virginia Hamilton died of breast cancer at
the age of 65. Hamilton, who grew up in Yellow Springs, wrote more than
35 books and won every major award in her field.
The Yellow Springs High School boys swim team captured the Metro Buckeye
Emily Riley, head coach of the girls varsity basketball squad, was named
the Metro Buckeye Conference Co-coach of the Year after leading
the Lady Bulldogs to an 86 league record.
in pool fees proposed
Village Manager Rob Hillard introduced a proposal to increase admission
fees to Gaunt Park Pool in an effort to generate more money for the municipal
swimming pool, which does not support itself financially.
In March, Council considered an alternative proposal that would increase
pool fees over two years, instead of one, to give families more time to
adjust to the increase.
owner sues landlord
Dave Kohstall filed a civil lawsuit in Xenia Municipal Court claiming
that his landlord, Roger Hart, who owns Kings Yard, had disrupted Kohstalls
businesses, Back Chat and Ecos.
In April, Xenia Municipal Court Judge Susan L. Goldie ordered Back Chat
to move by the end of June.
ranks swell with volunteers
For perhaps the first time ever, Miami Township Fire-Rescue developed
a full list of volunteer personnel, forcing the department to place potential
recruits on a waiting list.
The school board approved a new policy that limited students right
to privacy when using school-owned computers and placed restrictions on
the use of school computers and e-mail.
Mills Lawn first- and second-grade students learned about puppetry during
a month-long residency with Jo McLaughlin.
Mills Lawn students in third, fourth and fifth grades presented the Ohio
Wax Museum at the school.
arts this month
The Antioch School held a retrospective photography show of work by Irwin
The Yellow Springs Havurah sponsored an Israeli folk dance workshop.
Center Stage and the Miami Montage Theatrical Touring Company presented
The News won five awards at the 2002 Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, the
main contest for Ohio weekly newspapers. The News won first place for
Advertising; Special Editions, for the 2000-01
Guide to Yellow Springs; and Local Features. The
papers editor, Robert Mihalek, won third place for editorial writing,
and contributor Jimmy Chesire won an honorable mention prize for writing
about the local youth tee-ball program.
Edward A. Rice Jr., a former resident and commander of the 28th Bomber
Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., was promoted to brigadier general.
The United Methodist Womens Group held a Ham and Bean Soup Supper.
Friends Care Community held its annual progressive dinner fundraiser.
February births: Jillian Marie Foster, Zenya Swann Hoff-Miyazaki and Jason
February deaths: William R. Bell, Denver Blair Sr., Erna Caupp, Charlotte
Drake, Katie Freckman, Gladys Gantt, Terry L. Henry, Joan King, Dorothy
Hiatt, John Marshall, John L. Nickoson, Claire Rhodes Saunders and Imogene
|Jim Craiglow was named chancellor of Antioch University
returns home after search
Another Yellow Springs High School student was reported missing, setting
off a search through town involving hundreds of local residents, Miami
Township Fire-Rescue and the Yellow Springs Police Department.
This time, the teen, Amy Erickson, a sophomore at YSHS, returned home
after 36 hours.
cuts local programs
WYSO announced that it was cutting one-third of its locally produced programs,
including the weeknight jazz programming. In place of those programs,
the station added more adult album alternative music in an effort to increase
listeners and financial support.
The plan was not well-received by some, many of whom organized Keep WYSO
Local, a group that worked to get the canceled shows reinstated. Protesting
the changes, the group held several rallies and organized an alternative
pledge drive, which brought in more than $40,000 by November. The group
said it would donate the funds to WYSO if the station brought back the
The controversy continued to simmer throughout the year as the stations
general manager, Steve Spencer, said he would not reinstate the programs.
approves 2002 budget
Council approved a balanced budget for 2002 that included $6.37 million
in expenditures, a 6.5 percent decrease from last year, and $6.4 million
in revenue. The balanced budget signaled that Council was focusing on
increasing the Villages reserves, in part to fund future projects
and capital improvements.
amends wellhead plan
Council agreed by a split vote to remove a controversial section of the
Village wellhead protection plan that Miami Township officials had disputed
and called confrontational. The section recommended the Village consider
using a state law to oversee activities in the wellhead protection area
if the three neighboring townships in which the area is located do not
adopt unspecified protective measures.
new house in town
The Berry family moved into their new house, which was rehabbed by Starfish,
a local group working to provide affordable housing in Yellow Springs.
squad changes personnel
Miami Township Fire-Rescue hired eight part-time firefighters to replace
one full-time firefighter who resigned earlier this year. The move was
expected to save the fire department money and improve staff retention.
YSHS students won the medium-sized-school category in the TEAMS (Test
of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) regional and state competitions.
The students later finished third in the nation in a national competition.
YSHS announced that the football team would join the Northwest Central
Conference in 2003. The Bulldogs will continue to remain in the Metro
Buckeye Conference in other sports.
The YSHS Drama Club presented The Wizard of Oz at the Antioch Theater.
Ten YSHS students participated in The Antioch Companys new Student
Mentoring Program to learn about the business world.
arts this month
The Womens Voice Out Loud performance event and art exhibit was
held in the Bryan Community Center.
The Antioch Area Theater presented the play Bent.
The Miro String Quartet played in a concert sponsored by Chamber Music
The Original Senior Projects Festival, featuring four new works by Antioch
College seniors, was held at the Antioch Theater.
Around town, American toads and spring peepers could be heard singing,
and carp started biting in the Little Miami River.
Frances Smith was honored for her 64 years of service with the Girl Scouts
of America when she was inducted into the first Girl Scouts of Buckeye
Trails Council Hall of Fame.
Caleb M. Casenhiser, a staff sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special
Forces Group in Ft. Bragg, N.C., received the bronze star for valor and
the combat medical badge after participating in a battle against Taliban
forces in Afghanistan. Casenhiser received a purple heart earlier this
An employee at Vernay Laboratories was exposed to Legionella, the bacterium
that causes Legionnaires disease. It was not known how the employee
was exposed to the bacterium.
March births: Graham Michael Allen and Evan Prentice McCullough.
March deaths: Elmer Belle Brewer, Dixon Bush, John M. Grote, Susie Mae
Harrington, Dave Jensen, Clara Mae Long, Cliff Massie, Paul Pettiford,
Dorothy Simmerman, Leora Stagner, Rita Struewing Titus and Frank Williams.
Abandoned homes task force
Council agreed to form a task force to identify abandoned homes in Yellow
Springs and to find resources to rehab those homes.
In August, the group presented Council with a report recommending the
Village simplify its zoning laws for 50-foot lots and enforce code violations
for housing in poor condition. The group also said it identified 29 possible
vacant homes, but upon further review, discovered that only 10 were unoccupied.
Council responded to the report by asking Planning Commission to review
the Villages 50-foot lot ordinance and to develop a plan to survey
area builders about Village zoning regulations that may restrict building
|As 88 Antioch College students ended their educational career in
Yellow Springs during the colleges commencement exercises in
April, Bobby Seale, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party urged
the students to work for change.
Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, gave the commencement
address at Antioch Colleges graduation ceremony. Eighty-eight students
graduated during the ceremony.
The Village presented a storm water management report to Council. To control
flooding on the north end of town, it was recommended the Village investigate
building a retention pond, create stricter laws to manage runoff and evaluate
the effectiveness of existing ponds and creeks.
protest at Antioch
Antioch College students pitched tents on the horseshoe to protest what
they saw as a lack of student involvement in decisions that were made
that term at Antioch. Administrators said they would address the
to waive fees denied
Council denied a request from Roger Hart, who owns Kings Yard, to waive
some of the fees the Village charged Ye Olde Trail Tavern for upgrading
its water service during the restaurants expansion project. Council
members said the property owner was responsible for the fees.
This month Hart also asked Planning Commission to create a new zoning
classification, Commercial Planned Unit Development, which could then
be applied to Kings Yard. This could help make the downtown property easier
to sell, possibly to the current tenants, Hart said.
While plan board members said they would develop the district, they did
not discuss the idea during the year.
enhanced Northern Gateway
The Village Northern Gateway Committee continued with its efforts to provide
more parking downtown by connecting the Cemetery Street parking lot to
the bikepath with a pedestrian and bike spur. This connection could be
made with the Glens covered bridge, which the group wants to move
from Glen Helen to the Bryan Community Center.
The committee also discussed building a bikepath from Yellow Springs to
John Bryan State Park.
arts this month
The Antioch College theater and dance department presented the spring
dance concert at the South Gym.
Tony Dallas directed the Antioch Area Theaters presentation of Box
and The American Dream at the theater.
Works by Antioch College seniors were exhibited in Palindrome 2002
at the Herndon Gallery. Films made by graduating students were also shown
at the Little Art Theatre.
Julie Kay Karlson showed her 15th annual exhibit of pastel drawings and
paintings at the Winds.
Pop Wagner, the Natural Facts Blues Band and Pauls Apartment performed
in concert at the Antioch Theater.
A group of YSHS students won an award at the 2002 Buckeye Ranch Film Festival.
Twelve magicians participated in the Mens Group Festival of Magic
to raise funds for the groups James A. McKee Scholarship fund.
The boys baseball team started a seven-game win streak this month.
The Antioch School held its Make a Joyful Noise Musical Day
The YSHS boys track team won the Shawnee track meet and finished second
at the Cedarville Impson Invitational.
McKinney School eighth graders presented Sacred Places, a
poetry and photography exhibit, at Sam & Eddies Open Books Gallery.
The Yellow Springs Arts Council sponsored a show of YSHS students
art work at the Bryan Center.
Chuck Buster, Drew Stratton, Craig Tobey and Sean Lake were the winners
of the McKinney School Chili Cook-Off.
Vernay Laboratories attained certification to the ISO 14001 standard,
a voluntary international environmental management system.
William O. Ross received a Jubilee of Liberty medal for his military service
in the U.S. Army during World War II.
The Trillium Moon could be seen overhead for most of the month.
The First Baptist Church held its 43rd annual Calendar Tea at YSHS.
The Yellow Springs Christian Center youth group sponsored a series of
The Glen Helen Raptor Center released a rehabilitated red-tail hawk during
an Earth Day program. The Glen Helen Ecology Institute conducted a frog
call survey this month.
The Tecumseh Land Trust held its fourth annual Save Another Farm
April births: Jarra Diakite, Kai Christopher Maruyama, twins Philip and
Sophia Potamitis, and Brea Ellesse Robles.
April deaths: James Tuffy Bittner, Estel Boles, Donald Brannum,
Ruth Ellen Carlisle, Mary Fletcher, Margaret Franklin, Evelyn Gertrude
Gasho, Sue Ann Kirk, Jim Lauricella, James Leslie III, Clara McNutt, Cloda
Ray Ramsey, Willard Red Reese, Robert R. Shoop
and Paul Stewart.
construction project begins
An ambitious construction project got underway at the local school campuses
at the end of the month. Funded by a $4.5 million bond issue, the project
will add 13,000 square feet to Mills Lawn and 14,000 square feet to YSHS
and McKinney. The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2003.
receives national arts grant
Mills Lawn received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the
Arts to help fund a three-year school-wide project, Looking In,
Looking Out: Our Place in the World. The school also received grants
from the Yellow Springs Educational Endowment, the Ohio Arts Council and
the schools PTO.
The project will provide students with intensive art experiences that
focus on the theme of diversity. The project centers on nine artists in
residence, who worked at Mills Lawn during the 200203 school year.
Care buys property
Buoyed by a significant donation from an anonymous donor, Friends Care
Community purchased two neighboring properties over the last six months,
increasing its property to 22 acres from 18. The restrictions placed on
the donation require Friends Care to spend the funds to purchase property
adjacent to its Herman Street location.
threat at Antioch
The Antioch University campus was evacuated after Antioch College received
a threat claiming a bomb would explode in Main Building. Though the call
was a hoax, local police, Miami Township Fire-Rescue and Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base Security Police responded.
This was the first of two threats the college would receive this year.
In November, another bomb threat was received in Mills Hall.
|As a sophomore, Dustin Rudegeair helped lead the YSHS baseball team
to its first league title in more than four decades, as the Bulldogs
captured the Metro Buckeye League title. Rudegeair was named the leagues
Player of the Year.
The YSHS boys baseball team broke a long dry spell by becoming the first
Yellow Springs baseball team in more than four decades to win a league
title, when the Bulldogs captured the Metro Buckeye Conference. The team
was 110 in league play.
Five players won conference honors. Sophomore Dustin Rudegeair was named
league player of the year.
YSHS freshman Evin Wimberly won the girls long jump in the Division III
district track meet at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
Grant Scott won the 3200-meter race and finished third in the 1600 race
in the boys meet. The 3200-relay team of Scott, Dylan Borchers, Travis
Dean and David Warren also won in the district meet. Borchers finished
second in the 800.
The 3200-meter team finished fourth in the sectional meet to earn a spot
in the state finals. Scott also qualified for states in the 3200.
The Village Mediation Program recommended Council organize a community
visioning process called appreciative inquiry. In June, Council
agreed to work with the Ohio State University Extension office on the
In August, Council agreed to lead the process to help move it forward
and keep it objective. Council also agreed to include members of the school
board and Township Board of Trustees in the process.
create stabilization fund
The Miami Township trustees agreed to create a budget stabilization
fund, which could be used for emergencies and other needs.
The ad hoc Tree Preservation Ordinance Subcommittee recommended the Village
establish a tree review board to review plans to remove large trees on
public property, commercial areas and downtown. Council asked Planning
Commission to review the proposal.
The Chamber of Commerce agreed to expand the June Street Fair to include
booths on downtown Corry Street, which Chamber members said they hoped
the move would give more exposure to businesses on Dayton Street.
Leading Yellow Springs
The Yellow Springs Leadership Institute announced plans to hold annual
seminars to teach local residents about leadership issues, budgetary practices
and consensus building. The Institutes first program started in
September with 10 participants.
problems in township
Residents of Carol and Lamont drives asked the Miami Township trustees
to address a drainage problem in their neighborhood. Drainage problems
have led to standing water forming in drainage ditches and on residential
In July, the trustees agreed to apply for state funds to correct the problem.
The request, however, was denied. Trustees said they would pursue funding
from Greene County.
Yellow Springs High School honored a host of students during its annual
awards ceremony this month.
The Antioch School Older Group presented The Lion King.
McKinney students Tina Chen and Erin Silvert-Noftle advanced to the state
finals in the Power of the Pen competition.
YSHS Spanish students held the fourth annual Poetry in Motion
The Little Art Theatre hosted the 2002 YSHS/McKinney School Video Premiere.
The Bryan Center Gallery hosted an exhibit of artwork and photographs
by YSHS students.
YSHS was the site of a mock accident, which was sponsored by local law
enforcement and fire agencies, a few days before the schools prom.
The Yellow Springs Endowment for Education announced that it awarded nine
grants, totaling almost $15,300.
arts this month
The Jung Trio finished first and the Cincinnati Piano Quintet second in
the Chamber Music Yellow Springs competition finals.
Local punk bands 5 foot setback and the Daveyhaters hosted a concert at
the Antioch Theater.
The Community Chorus presented Bachs St. John Passion
in Kelly Hall.
Democrats and Republicans went to the polls during the May 7 primary.
The Greene County Board of Elections reported that voter turnout was low.
Members of the Bryan High School Class of 1942 celebrated their 60th reunion.
The Relay for Life was held at the YSHS track to raise money for the American
Despite the springs rain and cold temperatures, strawberries began
to ripen in local gardens.
About 90 people participated in the We Live Here Parade.
Eighty boys and girls came out for opening day of the local Minor League
baseball season at Gaunt Park.
The Yellow Springs Christian Association observed the annual National
Day of Prayer with a service at the Bethel Lutheran Church.
The annual Bicycle Rodeo was held at Mills Lawn.
May births: Zion Emmanuel Baxter and Sebastian Nikolai Walker-Trimbach.
May deaths: Junell Peters Corbett, Molly Mitchell Darcey, Kathryn Fisher,
Stephan Jay Gould, Cheryl C. Harris-Starks, John Chester Holland, Elden
Lowry, Wally Nelson, Ruth Porter and Maria Rossiwall.
to close local plants
Vernay Laboratories announced plans to close its two plants on Dayton
Street, eliminating 185 local jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars
in annual tax and utility revenue. The decision came after management
officials investigated the companys North American operations, which,
officials said, have not performed well financially in recent years.
In July, the companys Board of Trustees officially approved the
Company officials said the local operations would be transferred to Vernays
other facilities in the south, allowing it to produce its products closer
to its customers. In addition, officials said Vernay has excess manufacturing
capacity in North America. The company also determined it would be easier
to clean up its Dayton Street facility, where contaminated groundwater
and soil have been found, if the plants were empty.
Vernays headquarters and research and development operations will
remain in Yellow Springs.
School and Village officials said the closing would significantly affect
Vernay employees said they were shocked when told the news and criticized
management officials for not communicating with workers about the upcoming
Suzanne Patterson, whose seven-and-a-half-acre property adjoins Vernays
Dayton Street facility, filed a federal lawsuit against the company, claiming
that solid and hazardous wastes originating from Vernay contaminated her
property. The suit claimed Vernay violated federal and state environmental
Vernay President and CEO Tom Allen said the suit was redundant since the
company earlier this year settled a different lawsuit, which gave the
plaintiffs in that case oversight of the companys cleanup.
|Jahkeem Johnson-Whyte celebrated with a complicated gymnastics maneuver
after receiving his diploma during the YSHS Class of 2002 graduation.
Sixty students graduated with the class last June.
Members of the YSHS Class of 2002 celebrated the end of their high school
education in the village during a graduation ceremony in the school gym.
Jane Allen was named the valedictorian and Grant Scott the salutatorian
of the Class of 2002.
teachers approve contract
The Board of Education and the teachers union agreed on a two-year contract
that included a 4.5 percent raise this year and a 4 percent raise next
perfect on state tests
For the first time, the Yellow Springs schools met the standards for all
five subjects on the state proficiency tests.
forms finance committee
Following through on one of its 2002 goals, Council agreed to form a blue
ribbon finance committee to work with Village Manager Rob Hillard to review
the Villages revenue and expenditures.
In August, Council appointed 10 people with financial backgrounds to serve
on the committee, which started meeting in the fall.
of living study organized
The Mens Group announced plans to sponsor a study of the cost of
living in Yellow Springs. The group released the study in the fall.
YSHS students released the 200102 edition of Spectrum, the schools
The Antioch School sponsored its annual Summers Bloom and Bounty
Garden and Home Tour.
arts this month
YS Kids Playhouse presented an original musical, Gaston Boudreaux
the Cajun Robin Hood, at the Antioch Amphitheater.
The Community Band opened its eighth season with a concert in Kings Yard.
Chamber Music Yellow Springs awarded its Volunteer Recognition Award to
Ruth and Tony Bent.
Local businesses held the biannual Art Stroll.
Filmmaker Joanne Caputo screened a documentary, On a Roll.
News editor Robert Mihalek was named a Golden Dozen Award winner for editorial
writing by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. Mihalek
won the award for an editorial he wrote in 2001 supporting a plan to build
affordable housing on the Glass Farm.
Local resident Eric Clark purchased the Springs Motel.
Antiochiana added three significant acquisitions to its collections.
The Village announced that it would work with a collection agency to collect
unpaid utility bills.
Womens Park organizers began selling more of the blue handmade tiles
that line the park and honor women.
The Methodist Church held its annual chicken barbecue.
The Presbyterian Church held its annual Strawberry Festival.
The Historical Societys spring program featured a panel discussion
about the segregation of African-American soldiers during World War II
and the Korean War.
The Christian Association held Veggie Town Vacation Bible
School at YSHS.
Local residents organized a Waldorf education workshop.
Youngs Jersey Dairy held its charity fundraiser Udder Chaos.
June births: Nathaniel Albright and Sophia Ruth Ridgeway.
June deaths: Carrie Baldwin, Samuel Baskin, Victor Cordell Sr., Sean Wolf
Hill, Dennis Jacobs, Enid Keen, James E. Lewis, Herman Red
Lunsford, Sharon Marques, Bob McCown, Elizabeth Perry, Ralph W. Toland
and Susi Von Gierke.
|In July, Glen Helens Red Barn was destroyed by a fire. Authorities
were unable to determine whether the
fire was intentionally set.
Helen Red Barn destroyed
Glen Helens revered Red Barn was destroyed in a fire early this
month. Built in 1950, the barn quickly burned to the ground, despite a
quick response from Miami Township Fire-Rescue and other neighboring fire
Fire-Rescue personnel and Greene County investigators said a person either
intentionally or accidentally set the fire. The destruction was so severe,
however, the fire left no evidence for investigators to pursue.
Reacting in part to the fire, Bob Whyte, executive director of the Glen
Helen Ecology Institute, later in the month called on the community to
create a vision for the Glen.
Resource Board criticized
Char Miller, vice president of the WYSO Resource Board, criticized the
board for being a passive body that was not following its oversight role
of the public radio station. Miller also said she was concerned about
the financial status of WYSO.
The boards president, Randy Daniel, said the Resource Board was
more of an advisory commission than a decision-making body.
After Miller went public with her concerns, the Resource Board demoted
Miller as its vice president. Daniel said Miller had served out her term,
while board minutes showed Miller was named vice president in January
In August, Glenn Watts, the university vice chancellor and a Resource
Board member, said WYSO had a deficit of approximately $100,000 for the
200102 fiscal year, which ended in June.
An article in the News examined how the recent changes General Manager
Steve Spencer made at WYSO were similar to ones he made at his former
radio station in Columbia, Mo., which deepened that stations financial
problems, and, according to sources, almost forced the station to close.
In October, the stations news director, Aileen LeBlanc, resigned,
citing problems she was having with WYSO management.
As members of Keep WYSO Local criticized station management, Antioch University
Chancellor Jim Craiglow issued a statement of support for WYSO managers.
In November, seven members of the Resource Board issued a statement criticizing
Keep WYSO Local for engaging in reprehensible behavior, including
launching personal attacks on station managers and board members, and
called on university administrators to stop working with the group. Keep
WYSO Local denied its members were involved in that kind of activity,
and said the group wanted to continue to work with WYSO.
for a commerce park
Village Manager Rob Hillard presented Planning Commission with a new proposal
for a commerce park zoning district that he said had more objective environmental
criteria than previous proposals. The proposal would require developers
or occupants of the district to meet certain environmental standards.
In August, plan board rejected an effort by board member Cy Tebbetts to
make the environmental criteria voluntary. Tebbetts said this change could
make Yellow Springs appear more business friendly. Other members said
his proposal would weaken the district.
The discussion would serve as an ominous sign, when, the next month, Planning
Commission agreed to put on hold its efforts to create the new district.
Board members said they could not agree on a basic framework for the district,
especially a framework that incorporated environmental criteria.
|Raptor Center Director Betty Ross displayed a diseased Great Horned
Owl. The center was inundated with birds suspected of having the disease
sell Morgan Building
The Yellow Springs school board agreed to sell the Morgan Building to
Greene County Educational Services for $300,000, netting the district
a $180,000 profit.
A survey of local businesses by Community Resources found that few of
the firms interviewed would consider this area to expand their businesses,
and that nearly every respondent said there is no room for growth
Participants also said the responsiveness of local governments, their
services and community acceptance of business, are the primary factors
that could affect decisions to expand, relocate or close up shop. Many
respondents also said they supported the construction of a local commerce
Methodist Church minister
The Rev. Charles Hill was appointed the new minister of the local United
The school board approved plans to construct new home bleachers at the
YSHS athletic field. The bleachers cost more than $51,600. In August,
the board agreed to spend $24,800 to construct new visitor bleachers.
arts this month
Helen E. Richardson directed As You Like It, the summer production of
Shakespeare Under the Stars.
YS Kids Playhouse presented Endurance, its second show of the summer,
at the Antioch Experimental Theater.
Sena Jeter Naslund gave the keynote address during the 17th annual Antioch
AACW held a Mardi Gras fundraiser to help pay for the groups Blues
Festival in September.
|The summer sports season featured strong performances by Tenia Scarver
and other members of the Sea Dogs,
the local summer swim team.
The Lions Club sponsored the annual 4th of July fireworks display at Gaunt
The club also sponsored a visit by the Carson & Barnes 5-Ring Circus,
sparking protests from some who claimed the circus is cruel to animals.
Later in the year, the Lions donated $500 of their proceeds to the Community
Antioch College alumni descended on Yellow Springs during the Antioch
Alumni Reunion 2002. During the weekend event, the college president,
Joan Straumanis, gave her State of the College address and said the colleges
foundation was strong.
Central Chapel A.M.E. Church hosted the 56th annual convention of the
African Methodist Episcopal Church Third District Lay Organization.
The Inspirational Singers sponsored a Taste of Central Chapel A.M.E.
The Yellow Springs Sea Dogs finished in eighth place in their league championship
at Wittenberg University.
As Yellow Springs entered late middle summer, blackberries started to
redden, the crickets began to sing and geese started to fly overhead.
More than 200 athletes participated in the Yellow Springs Open Track and
Field meet at YSHS.
Members of the Husky Hustlers 4-H Club and other local residents participated
in the Greene County Fair.
Tina Peters finished second in the 1314 girls 3000-meter racewalk
at the National Track and Field Championship in Omaha, Neb.
Antioch University McGregor held its 2002 commencement ceremony at the
Victoria Theater in Dayton.
July births: Alexander David Dillon.
July deaths: A. Olive Baehl, William Jasper Jr., R.H. Red
Lewis, Ruth Taylor Miller, Cora Spangler and Cheryl Welch.
|Sara and Buddy Adkins and other members of the Husky Hustlers 4-H
Club participated in the Greene County Fair in July and August.
Nile infects Glens raptors
As the West Nile virus spread through Ohio, the Glen Helen Raptor Center
was inundated with birds suspected of having the disease. Of the 52 ailing
birds the center took in, 27 died and 14 were euthanized. In addition,
two of the centers educational raptors died of symptoms that resemble
those of West Nile.
Betty Ross, director of the center, said she has never seen anything
like this before.
for false alarms
Fire Chief Colin Altman proposed Miami Township start fining establishments
for excessive false alarms. In August, Township trustees agreed to adopt
a policy fining offenders $300 for having two false alarms within 30 days.
During the fall term, the Township fined Antioch College more than $2,000
for false alarm infractions.
staff gets new contract
The school board and the local union that represents support staff agreed
on a two-year contract, which included a 4.5 percent raise this year and
a 4 percent raise next year.
The local lumber store, Stock Building Supply, formerly known as Erb Lumber,
closed its doors after 60 years in town and moved to Springfield.
fields small football team
YSHS decided not to cancel the 2002 football season, even though the team
only had 15 players. Because of the small team, the school canceled two
games. Later in the year, several YSHS soccer players joined the football
team, which finished the season 08.
In addition, for the first time in about 10 years, the YSHS football team
had a cheerleading squad.
Mary Beth Burkholder, a teaching assistant at Friends Preschool, won the
grand prize in Generation Uniteds 2002 Intergenerational Photography
YSHS formed the Best Practice Committee to research educational techniques
to improve classroom activities at the high school.
Concern from YSHS and McKinney School parents prompted the school board
to approve new guidelines for student involvement in school theater productions.
The YSHS and McKinney cross country teams sponsored the Village Fun Run.
arts this month
Center Stage presented Androcles and the Lion.
Sam & Eddies Open Books displayed prints by Sherraid Scott.
Antioch hosted a display of photographs by Dennie Eagleson.
The Yellow Springs Book Fair was held at Mills Lawn.
Artist Scott Hagan painted the side of Youngs Golden Jersey Inn
to commemorate Ohios bicentennial next year.
Friends Care Community held an open house at its Independent Living Units.
Antioch College held the 2002 Peace Institute.
Local residents organized another Gabby Day to honor the late Gabby Mason,
with a picnic at Ellis Park.
The Yankees won the Yellow Springs Major League baseball championship.
The Village Artisans Cooperative sponsored the 20th annual Art on the
Lawn at Mills Lawn.
The Perry League concluded its summer tee-ball season with trophy night
at Gaunt Park.
Antique Power hosted its first national Antique Tractor Show at Youngs
August births: Lauren Nicole Nipper.
August deaths: Ambrose B. Nutt, Bessie Randall, Mary Lou Rose-Thornton,
Loraine Vista Shepard and Thelma J. Tillman.
Council and the Miami Township trustees unanimously agreed to enter into
a cooperative economic development agreement, or CEDA, under which both
governments would work together to promote business growth here.
Proposed by trustee Chris Mucher, the agreement targeted for development
farmland owned by Vernay Laboratories on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, and
part of the Pitstick farm on East Enon Road. The properties would be annexed
into Yellow Springs and both the Township and Village would provide services
to the land and receive tax revenue from businesses in the annexed properties.
Officials said the agreement showed a spirit of cooperation between the
Township and the Village.
Earlier in the summer, the Township Zoning Commission cautioned the trustees
about entering into the agreement without an appropriate review.
Former police officer Kimberly D. Monhollen and the Village agreed to
settle a lawsuit in which Monhollen claimed she suffered sexual harassment
while she was a member of the police force. Under the terms of the agreement,
Monhollen received $22,000.
Though it agreed to settle the case, the Village denied Monhollens
shops doing well
Although the decline in the stock market, a sagging national economy and
fear of terrorism have affected many U.S. businesses, downtown business
owners said in an unofficial survey that they were doing surprisingly
well this year. They also said more out-of-town visitors seemed to be
shopping in Yellow Springs than ever.
|Miami Township firefighters Chris Triplett and Sarah Zimmerman-Crockett
participated in a ceremony to remember 9/11 in September.
Local residents remembered the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
in a variety of ways. A Sept. 11 remembrance was held at the YSHS athletic
field. A benefit brunch was organized to honor Miami Township Fire-Rescue
personnel. The United Methodist Church opened its sanctuary. Students
at Mills Lawn and the McKinney School held ceremonies as well.
The administrator of Friends Care Community, Jeff Singleton, reported
that the organization is in the best financial shape weve
ever been in.
dean at Antioch
Patricia Whitlow joined Antioch College as the new dean of students.
Antioch College started promoting more aggressively its community service
programs in an effort to get students more involved in off-campus activities.
Anthony Moorman, a Kettering resident, was reported missing after he failed
to show for work. His car was found in John Bryan State Park. Local authoritiessearched
the park but were unable to locate him.
McKinney School seventh-grade students spent time digging and sifting
through the dirt at SunWatch Indian Village Archaeological Park in Dayton
during a series of field trips.
YSHS seniors Nikki Perry and Matt Wallace were named queen and king of
the schools homecoming court.
|D.J. Digal of Seattle tapping his hand to the rhythmic sounds of
Kiko Rio during AACWs annual Blues Fest in September. The festival,
which attracted thousands to the Antioch Amphitheater, featured musical
acts from around the country.
arts this month
Michael Hills Blues Mob, Guy Davis and the Nerak Roth Patterson
Band were among the musicians who performed at the AACW Blues Fest. Mayor
David Foubert declared Sept. 7 Faith Patterson Day in honor of the groups
Red Priest opened the Chamber Music Yellow Springs concert season.
The Herndon Gallery hosted an exhibit of works by six Antioch professors.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship displayed an exhibit of pastels
by Nina Tolley.
September marked the final season for flowers, as purple New England asters
entered the early stages of inflorescence and mums started to bloom a
couple of weeks before the first frosts took their toll.
The Yellow Springs Havurah held a series of events to celebrate Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur.
WYSOs Vick Mickunas hosted his one-thousandth interview on the Book
A program was held at the Train Station to dedicate a new flagpole at
Hilda Rahn Park and recognize the major contributors to the Train Station
Mildred Mitzi Manny was elected to the Greene County Womens
Hall of Fame.
Cub Scout Pack 578 held a Space Derby at the First Presbyterian Church.
The Perseid meteor shower could be seen after midnight this month.
Tibetan Lama Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche taught at the Pema Tsal Meditation
Hank Lapp and Bob Houston defeated Mei Chiang and Bob Scott to win the
annual Chamber Music Yellow Springs Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic.
The First Baptist Church held a Senior Citizens Lunch.
September deaths: Katherine Benning, Martha Dell Cadow, Eleanore Edwards,
Robert J. Grote, Ralph Olee Halterman, Ginnie Hofmann, David W.
Hull, Diana Lemming-Willis, John Malone, Dessie Newsome, Elinor Preis,
Eileen Roche, Grace Tribur and Marianna Williamson.
round of layoffs at Vernay
Vernay Laboratories laid off 25 employees as the company prepared to close
its Dayton Street plants. In addition, since June, when the company announced
it would close the plants, 25 other employees have left the company, many
taking early retirement.
In December, Vernay laid off a second group of employees.
The company also reported that its schedule to close the local plants
had changed and its larger facility would remain open until next September,
to ensure the company can meet the needs of its customers. The smaller
plant will remain open for the foreseeable future.
Antioch Co. growing, but not here
Antioch Company CEO Lee Morgan reported that the companys sales
are up and that the company continues to grow. He also said, however,
that growth would not occur in Yellow Springs.
students earn honors
Students Keira Philipp-Schnurer and Matt Zaremsky were named National
Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Ashlee Cooper was named a National Achievement
Scholarship semifinalist. Robert Brenden Willis and Eli Visbal were recognized
as Commended Scholars in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
|As thousands of people, including local residents and YSHS students,
prepared to march at a peace rally in Washington, D.C., in October,
Aurianna Tuttle, left, Aurelia Blake and Matt Wallace met with the
Rev. Jesse Jackson.
possible Iraq war
As the Bush administration pushed for military action against Iraq, several
hundred local residents participated in a peace rally in downtown Yellow
At the end of the month, YSHS seniors Ashlee Cooper and Matt Wallace organized
a trip to Washington, D.C., to join in an antiwar demonstration. The trip
included 94 students and residents.
sales at grocery
The owners of the Organic Grocery, Maria Thornton-Bunkley and Ras Shaggai,
reported they were struggling to stock their stores shelves and
sales were unpredictable. Facing stiffer competition, they
said they would consider offers to purchase the downtown business.
The YSHS boys varsity soccer team won the Metro Buckeye Conference title,
finishing 50 in conference action.
The team, which finished its regular season with an unbeaten record, advanced
to the Division III District 2 finals, where it lost to the defending
state champs, Springfield Catholic. Coach Jim Hardman was named the Division
III North Coach of the Year and the Division III District Coach of the
The high school girls volleyball team finished second in the MBC and completed
the year with a 157 record, its best
|YSHS defender Brandon Frye battling an Urbana player during a match
in August. The Bulldogs won the Metro Buckeye Conference title and
advanced to the Division III District 2 finals, where the team lost
to Springfield Catholic.
showing in many years.
Coach Shirley Martin was named conference Coach of the Year.
Golfer Rory Hotaling led the MBC in scoring this season, averaging 37.4
strokes a match during the regular season. Hotaling placed 7th out of
110 golfers in the Middletown sectional tournament.
effort at Antioch
Antioch College President Joan Straumanis announced the formation of the
Committee of 150, which would allow people to offer services
to the college if they could not afford to make monetary donations.
plan for the golf course
The Antioch College Golf Course Task Force released a proposed plan recommending
a multiuse strategy for the 25-acre property. The proposal suggested the
golf course include room for reforested areas, community gardens, an agriculture
area and recreation fields.
Web site promotes business
The Village unveiled a new economic development Web page, www.yso.com/econ.asp.
approves sewer hook up
Council approved a request from Joe Nickoson to provide Village sewer
service to his property on King Street, in Miami Township. Citing a concern
for public safety, Council waived a policy prohibiting the extension of
utilities outside Yellow Springs.
Village Council approved a new sewer rate structure to correct an error
that was made last year, when the Village did not fully implement a similar
The Rev. Angela Schenck joined the First Presbyterian Church as its new
in Massie Creek
The Green Environmental Coalition worked with Cedarville-area residents
after pollution was discovered in Massie Creek, which empties into the
Little Miami River. Cedarvilles overburdened wastewater treatment
plant was to blame, state and county officials said.
Marilyn Klaben and Bi-Okoto, a dance troupe from Cincinnati, participated
in residencies at Mills Lawn as part of the schools diversity project
Looking In, Looking Out: Our Place in the World.
Members of the YSHS Quick Recall team competed on the TV game show High
Q this fall.
Mills Lawn sixth-grade students wrapped up a month-long project on Egypt
with A Night in Egypt.
The high school hosted Colombian educator Martin Felton in an international
exchange of ideas and practices.
arts this month
Chamber Music Yellow Springs celebrated its 20th season this month with
a reception prior to a concert by the Artis String Quartet.
Local filmmaker Patti Dallas previewed her video A Portrait of Yellow
Springs Through the Eyes of Our Elders.
The Antioch Theater hosted Hindsight, Works by Antioch Faculty
and a workshop by the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
The First Presbyterian Church hosted a gala organ concert featuring John
Neely to celebrate the renovation of the churchs organ.
The Winds Cafe displayed an exhibit of masks by Lisa Goldberg.
|Controversy surrounded WYSO for much of the year, sparking a demonstration
in October. Ira Beryl Brukner participated in the protest.
The Yellow Springs Police Department sponsored the annual community bonfires
around town on Halloween.
The Senior Center hosted its annual Lasagna Dinner.
The Christian Center held its annual Fall Festival.
October births: Elizabeth Van Ausdal.
October deaths: Bill Baker, Joyce Ann Canterbury, Sue Good, Dorothy Hilbert,
John Lang Jr., Estella Walker and Martha Ream Yoder Morris.
Voters went to the polls in the 2002 general election, as Governor Bob
Taft easily won a second term in the governors mansion, and Marilyn
J. Reid won a seat on the Greene County Commission.
Voters statewide rejected Issue 1, which proposed giving certain drug
offenders treatment instead of incarceration, though locally the ballot
issue was heavily favored.
The election featured three local candidates: Natural Law Party candidate
John Eastman ran for governor; and Democrat Kara Anastasio and Frank Doden,
a Green Party candidate, ran for the House of Representatives, 7th District.
Dave Hobson easily defeated Anastasio and Doden, earning his seventh term
Chris Widener won the Ohio House race for the 84th District.
In a mock election, McKinney School students supported Democratic candidate
Tim Hagan over Taft.
Co. expands in Fairborn
The Antioch Company, needing additional space, said it would move 20 to
25 employees to a warehouse facility in Fairborn. The move is scheduled
to take place next February.
of Living Report released
The Mens Group released the Yellow Springs Cost of Living
Report, which compared expenses and services in town to six neighboring
communities. It also studied the changes in the villages demographics
over the last 30 years.
to stop tax collection
Village staff members started discussing how to collect income tax revenue
after the City of Dayton announced it would stop providing the service
In December, Council agreed to contract with the Regional Income Tax Agency
to collect the Village income tax.
eases zoning restrictions
Planning Commission approved a measure recommending the Village ease the
restrictions on nonconforming lots of record. Plan board said the move
should make it easier for property owners to build housing on small, substandard
lots in town.
In December, Council agreed to amend the Village Zoning Code to reflect
the boards recommendation.
The Village Drive Thru was closed to make way for an expansion project
at Peachs Grill. The project would give the restaurant 3,000 additional
square feet and a dance space and stage.
The Ohio Department of Taxation closed Margarita Music because, the state
claimed, the stores owner, Mike Chlanda, had not paid over $17,000
in sales tax dating back to 1995. Chlanda, however, disputed the claim,
saying the state incorrectly assessed the stores sales during that
signs and maps at Antioch
New signs and maps were erected around the Antioch College campus in an
effort to make it easier to get around the campus.
revises records board
Council agreed to re-establish a Records Commission to oversee the handling
of public records, including their retention and disposal.
Planning Commission recommended the Village participate in the Tree City
USA program to promote tree preservation and stewardship in town.
In addition, GreenCil, an Antioch environmental board, released a proposal
to protect and vitalize historic trees on campus.
Helen erects fence
The Glen Helen Ecology Institute erected a metal fence in the North Glen
along the bikepath to deter potential vandals and abuse in that area of
the nature preserve.
site for Miami Township
Miami Township launched a Web site, www.miamitownship.net.
|Bao Ku Moses, a member of Bi-Okoto, dancing with Mills Lawn students
in November during the groups residency. Bi-Okoto is spending
the year at Mills Lawn as part of the schools Looking
In, Looking Out diversity arts project.
The school board agreed to form a foreign language committee to review
the high schools foreign language curriculum.
The Antioch School held its annual Silent Auction and Harvest Soup Supper.
YSHS thespians presented the comedy Inspecting Carol at the Antioch Theater.
African musicologist Geof Morgan taught YSHS students to make drums from
gourds during a workshop.
arts this month
Louise Smith directed the Antioch Area Theaters production of Ping
Chongs Truth and Beauty.
The Winds Cafe hosted an exhibit of paintings by Lee Funderburg.
Antioch College held a live art and music auction. The college also held
a West African drum and dance performance and workshop.
The Friends Health Care Association Board of Trustees and Jeff Singleton,
Friends Care Community administrator, received a community service leadership
award from the Ohio Educational Service Center Association.
The Yellow Springs Havurah held its annual Hanukkah party.
The Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses sponsored the annual Holiday
Open House downtown.
Community Service, Inc. hosted a workshop, Reviving the Small Community.
November deaths: Eloise Butler, Jean Marie Janis, John McConville, Robert
Morgan, Gertrude Nickell, James Sanford Smith and Wallace Townsend.
CEO takes over at YSI
YSI president Richard Omlor took over as the companys CEO after
Malte vonMatthiessen announced that he was stepping down early as YSIs
cases linked to Youngs
The Clark County health department investigated Youngs Jersey Dairy
after six customers and eight employees were reported to have salmonella-caused
appear on golf course
Several deep holes were discovered on the Antioch golf course.
Antioch professor Peter Townsend said the holes were caused by the collapse
of caves below the land.
Citing a need to grow, Eye 1 moved its local store to Oakwood.
Chris and Doug Roberts opened a car and pet wash on the south edge of
ponders natural gas options
Council considered whether the Village should become a natural gas supplier
for local residents as the natural gas industry in the area started to
mayors visit town
Four mayors from Croatia visited Yellow Springs as part of a program to
increase international understanding. The mayors toured Village facilities,
met with staff members and attended part of a Council meeting during their
the Joy project
The annual Share the Joy project was held to help provide gifts and clothing
to children during the holidays.
Mills Lawn teacher Don Nowak was named a finalist for the 2003 Ohio Technology
Teacher of the Year award.
Mills Lawn students performed Kind Ness at the Antioch Theater.
McKinney School students presented A Night of Make-Believe: On and
YSHS and the McKinney School held the annual Senior Citizens Day.
The annual School Forest Festival was held in the South Glen.
The YSHS United Society held a week-long cultural celebration.
Mills Lawn After School Care sponsored a Winter Holiday Multicultural
Childrens Craft Fair.
arts this month
Gravel, a short film by filmmaker Steven Bognar, was accepted
by the Sundance Film Festival.
Sam & Eddies Open Books hosted an exhibit of paintings by Jennifer
Both the Community Chorus and the Community Band performed holiday concerts.
The annual Christmas carol sing was held in the Glen Helen Building.
Antioch College held a fall dance concert. The college also released another
issue of Livermore Street, a student-run literary magazine.
The Village Public Works crew delivered flour and sugar to local widows
during the annual distribution honoring Wheeling Gaunt.
The Yellow Springs Havurah held a fast for peace on the 10th of Tevet.
The Paperwhite Moon could be seen overhead throughout the month.
Andy Peters earned All-American honors at a Junior Olympic cross country
meet in Georgia.
Bob Parker presented a lecture on how the Glen has changed over the years.
Author and journalist Neenah Ellis gave a presentation at the Senior Center
December births: Joseph Isaac Minde Berman.
December deaths: Edith Brewster, Edith Hampton, Marjorie Kinney, Gerda
Wilk Oldham, Elva Schaub, Susan Sieminski, Lila Horton Templin and Charles
by Robert Mihalek