for Youngs Dairy is support for Yellow Springs
Yet another major Yellow Springs business is going through a crisis. Youngs
Jersey Dairy has been linked to approximately 50 cases of salmonella since
Nov. 29. This has hurt the business significantly during the winter season,
when ice cream sales are already slow.
Although Dan Young, CEO of Youngs, has cooperated with the Clark
County health departments efforts to track down the origin of the
bacteria, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.
We do know this: according to health department officials, all cases of
salmonella linked with Youngs have been attributed to one batch
of its unpasteurized skim milk, which is a retail product. Apparently,
no one has contracted the bacteria from food served in the restaurants.
In addition, more than a dozen health inspectors have been investigating
Youngs and have not found any signs of salmonella in the past two
weeks. Although Youngs had been making its milkshakes with unpasteurized
milk, the business will not continue that practice.
The sale of unpasteurized milk is a tradition long associated with Youngs.
It was the first product sold at the family farm 50 years ago. Even so,
milk sales account for only 1.5 percent of the businesss sales.
According to Young, the vast majority of unpasteurized milk
is sold to local residents. In a sense, it is an alternative health product
that Youngs provides. Many firmly believe in the benefits of drinking
unpasteurized milk as opposed to pasteurized milk. It would be beneficial
for local residents if Youngs continues selling the milk.
Residents should help the dairy through this tough time by making an effort
to patronize the business more often than usual. Youngs has obviously
done well and expanded in the past decade, but because business is down,
it is not immune to economic failure. Youngs has had to lay off
some employees, a first in the dairys long history. In an interview,
Dan Young expressed concern about this, but said that it was better for
the employees than having their hours reduced since they can collect unemployment
benefits. It was also necessary for the dairy to survive,
When we support area businesses, we support our friends and neighbors.
We support people we know. The fact that Youngs is located just
outside Yellow Springs and doesnt pay taxes to the village does
not diminish the symbiotic relationship between the community and the
business. A family-owned business, the dairy has employed many Yellow
Springs residents over the years. Youngs has been the site of many
gatherings after local swim meets, ball games and concerts. The dairy
brings visitors to Yellow Springs, as many people from out of the area
come to Youngs once or twice a year and continue on to enjoy the
shops in the village.
Dan Young, a sharp and knowledgeable businessman, is vice president of
the Board of Trustees of Community Resources, a group interested in improving
the Yellow Springs economy. Youngs has contributed to local organizations
in many ways, including through its Udder Chaos auctions. In addition,
Youngs spends $5,000 to $10,000 a year providing annual college
scholarships to its employees.
Yellow Springs has nurtured many locally owned businesses run by conscientious,
hard-working people. Youngs is no exception. Our towns businesses
are in need of and deserve our support.
win one for Ohio
Even if you arent a football fan, even if you dont bleed scarlet
and gray, even if you dont know the words to the schools fight
song, it was hard not to be a Buckeyes fan after Ohio States stunning
victory over Miami last Friday to win the national championship.
All the Buckeyes did was knock off the heavily favored defending national
champs and snap the Hurricanes 34-game winning streak.
Many have already called it one of the greatest college football games
ever played. Classic defensive battle. National championship on the line.
Double overtime. Several potential game-ending plays.
Best of all was the way the Buckeyes won. Predicted to get blown out,
OSU outhit and outplayed the Hurricanes. While Miami had more talented
players than OSU, the Buckeyes were the better team that night.
The Bucks played with discipline, toughness and determination. Led by
their outstanding coach, Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes recognized that football,
much like life, is a team sport. Mr. Tressel made his players believe
that they could beat anybody on any week of the year. Coming into the
Fiesta Bowl, the Buckeyes, and many of their fans, knew they could beat
the Hurricanes. It was everybody else in the country who didnt.
On Friday, OSU proved the doubters wrong.
The Buckeyes were Ohios team last weekend. This is a victory and
a title that belongs to the entire state.