Books on Tap Book Club


Yellow Springs Community Library’s Books on Tap Book Club for ages 18+ will be held at Yellow Springs Brewery (305 Walnut St.) on Wed., Jan. 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month to discuss books of interest to 20- to 40-year olds. January’s book is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Pick up your book at the library.

Build an Arduino Game

Build an Arduino Game for ages 18+ will be held at Yellow Springs Community Library on Wed., Jan. 17, 24, from 3-5 p.m. Use an Arduino to create a simple game. Learn some basic electronics and discuss the types of projects Arduinos are commonly used in. Find out more about open source, why it is beneficial for this type of electronic, and the difference between the brand and non-brand versions of Arduinos. By the end of the class, you will have created a simple game using an Arduino. This class involves two 2-hour sessions. Registration required. Call 352-4003.

Baby Song & Rhyme Time

Baby Song & Rhyme Time will be held at Yellow Springs Community Library on Wed., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy songs, simple stories, and rhymes with your little one! Ms. Janet presents a short interactive program followed by open playtime.

Dunkin’ Donuts coming to Fairborn

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — One of America’s most popular donut chains is coming to Fairborn.

Dunkin’ Donuts announced plans to open a location in the city in 2018.

The new location will be at 168 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road next to Handyman Ace Hardware.

The Fairborn Planning Board approved both the preliminary and final plat for establishment of the 2,200 square foot restaurant with a drive-through service.

The applicant, Patrick Gilligan of Gilligan Oil Co., stated his company has been in business over 25 years and owns a number of Dunkin’ Donuts as well as other restaurants in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus areas.
“We are excited about becoming a part of Fairborn,” stated Pat Gilligan, “We have enjoyed collaborating with staff.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide with plans to open more locations with drive-throughs in the U.S.

An official opening date for the Fairborn location hasn’t been released.

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Colormania will be held at Yellow Springs Community Library on Tue., Jan. 16, from 3-4 p.m. Join us after school for some coloring fun. We will have something everyone will enjoy.

Destination: Yellowsprings 01/16

A community onstage

Yellow Springs Theatre Company hosts
10-Minute Play Festival

Chuck Dunn, Aiden Shakleford, Carlos Lamdauru, and Brian Upchurch rehearsing for Pizza Western

By Victoria Ferguson

The Yellow Springs Theatre Company is holding its annual 10-Minute Play Festival at the end of this month. The festival is a collaborative effort between the theatre company and other members of the Yellow Springs community. 

Miriam Eckenrode Saari, one of the producers of the festival, began producing it four years ago along with co-producer Ali Thomas. Along with directing one play each, Eckenrode Saari says that, as producers, she and Thomas “take on the heavy lifting” that comes with organizing the festival. The process begins with submissions from playwrights in the community. From there, the company gets together and selects the submissions they like. 

Eckenrode Saari says they do not take all the submissions they get, but they try to. The festival encourages the less experienced and first-timers to come out and give theatre a try, whether that be in writing, acting, or directing. She even worked with one playwright whose original submission would have been twenty-five minutes long and helped them get it down to ten so that their submission could be included. 

At the heart of the festival is the idea of sharing theatre with the community. It gives many people who have no experience in theatre an opportunity to expose themselves to theatre in a more manageable dose, and some even join the Yellow Springs Theatre Company after their experience. 

According to Eckenrode Saari, the festival sort of acts as an unspoken “audition” for community members interested in joining the Yellow Springs Theatre Company. She says her favorite parts of the festival are “the community aspect and camaraderie,” adding that “you don’t have to get that worked up about anything” as some might in larger theatre productions. 

After the submissions are pored over and the scripts are selected, a member of the theatre company is assigned to direct each play. It is then their job to cast the play, again pulling actors from the Yellow Springs community. For some, this will be their first time acting on a stage. Others have been participating in the festival for years, or are even seasoned actors in the company. After casting is finished, rehearsals last a few weeks before the final performances.

Due to the nature of their form, most of the 10-minute plays performed tend to be comedies. “It’s hard to express a dramatic art in ten minutes, but you can get to the joke really fast,” says Eckenrode Saari. The short play time also makes it hard to change sets, so any individual play will pretty much happen in the same setting throughout the entire duration. The sets available to players are a living room, a restaurant, or an office, so setting is also limited to one of those three places.

It is undeniable that these constraints present a challenge and foster creativity. A description of any one of this year’s seven plays promises a theatre experience imbued with comedic entertainment and meaningful ideas:

Bar Car—written by Carol Stoner, directed by Colton Pitstick

A contemplative conversation taking place in the bar car of a train about the choices one makes in life, the times that come when someone decides to change their future, and where it all leads. 

Good Riddance—written by Amy Magnus, directed by Amy Wamsley

A comedy about women in the office and the dynamics of office politics.

Exceeding Purchasable Calories—written by Rhea MacCallum, directed by Miriam Eckenrode Saari

A story about a Sam’s-Club-like membership-only retail warehouse that limits its customers to purchasing items totaling a certain amount of calories.

The Major and the Colonel—written by Jeremy Holtgrave, directed by Ali Thomas

Written by an ex-military veteran, this play pokes fun at the red tape, ranks, and policy silliness of the military.

Flumberta—written by Anthony Fife, directed by Thor Sage

Described as “sort of indescribable,” this play within a play features a monologue being spoken as silent characters act onstage. 

Juice—written and directed by Jo Terrell

A play about African American women, language, and the issues they face.

Pizza Western—written and directed by Colton Pitstick

A humorous twist on the Spaghetti Western, this is an absurdist play that you have to see to believe.

While the 10-Minute Play Festival gives opportunities for members of the Yellow Springs community to participate or be entertained, it also functions as an important fundraiser event for the Yellow Springs Theatre Company. Because the company is a non-profit group, the 10-minute time constraints aren’t the only limitations they face in putting together this festival, or in putting together their productions throughout the rest of the year. 

Eckenrode Saari stresses the importance of the festival as a fundraiser. 

“We’re trying to get the village to make a move on a performance art space,” she says, “When we did a production of Julius Caesar, we built a stage outdoors and tore it down after the show. We are dedicated to getting the shows out there but it would be great if we didn’t have to do that.” 

Because the company does not have their own performance space, they rehearse in houses, meeting rooms, and libraries. They have access to the performance space in the church they will use for the festival for two days the week before. In between Boy Scout meetings and church services, the performers and directors have a few hours to build their sets, do their sound checks, and rehearse their performances. Eckenrode Saari says hiring a sound technician is an important part of the production because having sound effects makes up for what the sets and costumes are lacking. 

“We do what we can to make the environment seem realistic, and then the audience can fill in the blanks with their imagination which is really part of the fun,” she says. 

100 percent of the ticket sales will be put toward new things for the company’s productions. With the money raised, the company could afford to purchase better costumes and lights, and even their own performance art space, says Eckenrode Saari, adding that “someday maybe they could even get paid” for the theatre performances they provide for the community. 

“We are committed to doing interesting, new, well-produced theatre despite our obstacles,” she affirms. Lucky for the Yellow Springs community, that much is true. Along with the 10-Minute Play Festival, the Yellow Springs Theatre Company offers year-round productions and Shakespeare in the Park performances. If this festival does well, it will ensure that they are able to continue to do so. Attending the festival is a great way to support local arts while also getting some creative, unique entertainment.

The Yellow Springs 10-Minute Play Festival will be held one weekend only at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs on January 26th and 27th. Tickets will be sold for $10 at the door and the show begins at 8:00 pm. 

News of the weird: 01/16

But He Started It! 

Tennis instructor Osmailer Torres, 30, of Miami, was arrested in July 2016 after hitting a 5-year-old with the child’s pint-sized tennis racket and causing a bruise on the boy’s arm and a lump on his eyebrow, reports the Miami Herald. But now Torres believes he has a grand-slam defense: Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law. Defense lawyer Eduardo Pereira told the Herald the child was the “initial aggressor” who had participated in “various violent altercations” against other children, and Torres had acted “reasonably in trying to prevent harm” to others. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts will consider the claim in an upcoming hearing. 

Family Values 

Mazen Dayem, 36, of Staten Island, New York, obtained a restraining order against his father-in-law, Yunes Doleh, 62, in September after Doleh repeatedly tormented him by waving his hairpiece at Dayem, provoking Dayem’s greatest phobia – asmanian Devil of Looney Tunes fame.  Not easily deterred, Doleh was arrested on Nov. 5 for violating the order after he “removed his wig (and) made hand gestures” at a funeral the two attended, Dayem explained to the New York Post. “It’s just a very large fear of mine, his damn wig. … I have nightmares.” Court papers say Doleh “proceeded to grimace, snarl, gurn and gesticulate.” He was charged with criminal mischief in Staten Island County court, and then sued his son-in-law for defamation after photos from the arrest appeared on social media.

Least Competent Criminals 

Teller County (Colorado) Sheriff Jason Mikesell listed his SUV for sale on Craigslist in November, and he was a little perplexed when he received a response from Shawn Langley, 39, of Vail, offering to trade the SUV for four pounds of marijuana. Langley even provided photos of his black market booty and boasted about its quality, reported The Colorado Springs Gazette. “I saw that text, and I started giggling,” Mikesell said. Detectives set up a meeting and arrested both Langley and Jane Cravens, 41, after finding the promised four pounds of marijuana in their car. Sheriff Mikesell has removed his SUV from Craigslist.

Hiding in Plain Sight 

On Nov. 27, 27-year-old Corey Hughes, who was due to be released from prison in February after serving most of a weapons charge, walked away from a San Joaquin County sheriff’s work crew in Stockton, California, according to the Fresno Bee. It took police almost a month to track him to a home in Stockton, where they surrounded the dwelling and apprehended him without incident — which might not be so remarkable were it not for the distinctive, whole-face tattoo Hughes sports, which makes his face look like a human skull. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

Good Deed, Punished 

Malcolm Whitfield of Rochester, New York, was only trying to help when he ordered a Lyft car to deliver a drunk woman home from a bar in November. But when the woman vomited in the car, Whitfield was hit with a $150 fine to cover the damage. “For a second, I was like, ‘Never do anything nice again!’” Whitfield told 13WHAM. Lyft’s terms and conditions include damage fees, which most people don’t see in the fine print. Update: Lyft later refunded Whitfield’s fine and added $100 to his Lyft account for future rides. “Mr. Whitfield absolutely did the right thing by helping someone get home safely,” said Scott Coriell, a Lyft spokesperson.

Oh, Deer 

It was just another early December day at the Horsetooth Store, Gas and RV Park outside Fort Collins, Colorado, as employee Lori Jones conducted inventory and restocked shelves. Suddenly, she looked up to see “Mama,” a doe deer, inside the store, “looking at the sunglasses. Then she looked at the ice cream and over at the chips,” Jones told CBS Denver. “I kind of did a double take.” When shooing the deer away didn’t work, she broke out a peanut bar and lured the doe into a nearby field. Jones then returned to work, but soon looked up to find Mama was back, this time with her three fawns in tow. It took another peanut bar to draw the family away from the store, and Jones said she has learned her lesson. “You should never feed the deer because they’re going to keep coming back.”

Sweet Revenge 

A mom in Hillsboro, Oregon, came up with the perfect retaliation for a porch pirate who nabbed her baby son’s Christmas pajamas package off the front porch. Angie Boliek told KATU she wanted to get her own “passive-aggressive revenge,” so she taped up a box full of 10 to 15 dirty diapers with a note reading “Enjoy this you thief!” Boliek left the box on her porch on Dec. 3, and by the evening of Dec. 4 it was gone. Boliek alerted Hillsboro police, but they don’t have any leads in the investigation. “It was fun to come home and see that it was gone,” Boliek said.

New World Order 

Taisei Corp., a construction company based in Tokyo, announced in December that it will use autonomous drones, taking flight in April, to combat karoshi, or overwork death, reported The Independent. The drones will hover over desks of employees who have stayed at work too long and blast “Auld Lang Syne,” a tune commonly used in Japanese shops getting ready to close. A company statement said: “It will encourage employees who are present at the drone patrol time to leave, not only to promote employee health but also to conduct internal security management.” Experts are skeptical: Scott North, professor of sociology at Osaka University, told the BBC that “to cut overtime hours, it is necessary to reduce workloads.”

Liberty Township standoff ends, 10-year-old boy is safe, Sheriff says

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A 30- hour standoff in Liberty Township has now ended, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities said a 10-year-old was taken hostage, and is now safe. The suspect is in custody.

Police have identified the suspect as Donald Gazaway, 31. He is now facing charges of kidnapping, felonious assault, and inducing panic.

Donald Gazaway

The situation began around 1 a.m. at the Springs at Liberty Township apartments in the 7100 block of West Liberty Drive. Officials said there was some sort of altercation inside an apartment.

Everyone fled, but a man who does not live in the apartment stayed behind, barricaded himself and kept a 10-year-old boy as a hostage, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said.

Police said the man is not related to the child.

Authorities said the man fired nearly 20 shots at police, but no one was hit. Officials said their robot, along with an armored vehicle was hit by gunfire.

Tony Cole lives at the complex and told WLWT he woke up to gunshots Saturday morning.

“Very scared for the boy. I hope this resolves itself in a pleasant manner for all parties,” Cole said.

Several nearby residents were asked to leave their apartments and townhomes for safety, but the majority of the people who live in the complex were able to come and go freely as the situation went on.

Hamilton and West Chester SWAT arrived on the scene around 8 p.m. Saturday to help relieve crews that have been on scene about 1 a.m. Jones said authorities did the shift change to give fatigued officers the chance to be replaced and work through the night to resolve this situation safely.