Yellow Springs

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
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Antioch College and Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs have secured a second land conservation easement that will forever protect 973 acres of the preserve. The first easement, was announced in February, 2015.

Communications Director at Antioch, Matt Desjardins, calls the easement a big deal and something that has remained a priority even as the college seeks to regain it's accreditation.

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August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the bombs were dropped, the world was both awestruck and horrified by their destructive power.  And while some worked to further develop them and harness their immense nuclear energy, others dedicated themselves to preventing more tragedies from happening. Earle and Barbara Reynolds were two of these people. The former Yellow Springs residents and their family protested nuclear development in a unique - and dangerous way.

Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs had the lowest kindergarten vaccination rate in the state in 2014.
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This week on WYSO Curious, we tackle a tough topic: vaccinations. Scott Croshier of Yellow Springs asked, “to what extent is Yellow Springs’ embrace of alternative medicine accompanied by a rejection of vaccination among local parents?”


Antioch College Aims To Build Sustainable Village On Campus
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This weekend Antioch College kicks off a community input process for a housing project that would be located on the college campus.

Housing, and especially affordable housing, is a big issue in Yellow Springs—where housing prices never tanked the way they did regionally, and both rentals and purchases run high.

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
C.J. Geiger / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Glen Helen Nature Preserve has increased its borders by another 30.5 acres. The Glen Helen Association acquired Camp Greene, which is a former Girl Scout camp on the Little Miami River.

The Girls Scouts of Western Ohio hadn't used the area for programs since 2009.

The association plans to restore the land and repair buildings. The total budget, including the purchase, is $668,000. The Upper River Fund contributed $100,000 and the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund provided $400,000 to help cover those costs.

On Friday, January 9th, the Advanced/AP Studio Art class from Yellow Springs Highschool will present View of the Village, an art exhibition at Village Artisans.  Kaleidoscope's Tom Amrhein is in the class and spoke with his classmates and teacher about the process of putting the show together and shared those interviews in a conversation with Juliet Fromholt on the air.

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
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The Greene County Public Library was one of several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money. The library was asking for a 9/10-mill increase and renewal of its previous five-year levy. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show the levy passing with 58 percent of the voters approving the measure.

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
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Yellow Springs residents will weigh in Nov. 4 on whether the village should fund infrastructure for a new business park at the edge of town. The proposal, called the Center for Business and Education or CBE, would open up new land to development by funding infrastructure, but the village is divided over whether it should borrow money to make the site “shovel ready” for developers.

Yellow Springs packs its downtown twice a year for the street fair.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The village of Yellow Springs, on the surface, is hopping economically. Property values are headed up, and downtown vacancies are low. Antioch College is growing and just opened a renovated fitness and wellness center. But just below the surface, the village has a lot of the same issues as other parts of the region. A lack of well-paying jobs means it’s becoming more of a bedroom community.

Unsung Assets: Local Senior Centers and Senior Citizens

Aug 13, 2014
Suzanne Szempruch

Every community has assets that are sometimes overlooked or under-appreciated. WYSO Community Voices producer, Ashley Appleman, considers two of Yellow Springs, Ohio’s greatest assets: its Senior Center and its senior citizens.

Last May nearly 40 Yellow Springs Senior Center members practiced a Flash Mob dance to celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Their engagement with the Center is high; it provides programs and services that help to keep this community vital.