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Springfield clinic sees cautious hope in fight against heroin
 In the midst of an out-of-control heroin-fentanyl epidemic that killed twice as many as Clark Countians last year as the year before, McKinley Hall CEO Wendy Doolittle isn’t beginning to claim victory. But she does say that the “huge difference” she’s seen during the past year in clients treated with Vivitrol &mdash...

12:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

In the midst of an out-of-control heroin-fentanyl epidemic that killed twice as many as Clark Countians last year as the year before, McKinley Hall CEO Wendy Doolittle isn’t beginning to claim victory. But she does say that the “huge difference” she’s seen during the past year in clients treated with Vivitrol &mdash...
Stafford: Washington traffic likely to blame for political gridlock

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

I’ll know to look for it from now on. But the first time I spotted the sign along the right side of Connecticut Avenue saying “Use Two Lanes,” I was in the third of six lanes and had just avoided going grill-to-grill with a car headed in the opposite direction. As I slipped back into the safer second lane and narrowly avoided...
Stafford: Learning to appreciate life-long learning
 Many are taken aback by the idea of alternate universes. As regular readers of this column are well aware, I’ve been spending time in and out of my own alternate universe for years. Compared with the ones science fiction writers envision, mine isn’t particularly exciting. It’s more cluttered with what my wife calls &ldquo...

10:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Many are taken aback by the idea of alternate universes. As regular readers of this column are well aware, I’ve been spending time in and out of my own alternate universe for years. Compared with the ones science fiction writers envision, mine isn’t particularly exciting. It’s more cluttered with what my wife calls &ldquo...
Stafford: Historic North Hampton building home to new bakery
 In recent history, too many of the stops out-of-towners have made along Ohio 41 in this village were involuntary and left a bad taste in their mouths. Since the beginning of April, Shari Donnelly and Barb Carlson have worked long hours at their “It’s Your Party” bakery to change that attitude one muffin, cookie, crumb bar...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016

In recent history, too many of the stops out-of-towners have made along Ohio 41 in this village were involuntary and left a bad taste in their mouths. Since the beginning of April, Shari Donnelly and Barb Carlson have worked long hours at their “It’s Your Party” bakery to change that attitude one muffin, cookie, crumb bar...
Stafford: ‘OK, bad boy, bring it on’
 There is that moment when you know it’s inevitable. You’re going to be sick to your stomach, and nothing can prevent it. It’s only a matter of time. And you decide you’d just as soon get it over with. When that moment of clarity arrives for me — particularly if I’m in a fevered state — I apparently...

2:00 PM Saturday, Jul. 23, 2016

There is that moment when you know it’s inevitable. You’re going to be sick to your stomach, and nothing can prevent it. It’s only a matter of time. And you decide you’d just as soon get it over with. When that moment of clarity arrives for me — particularly if I’m in a fevered state — I apparently...
Springfield barber retires after memorable career
 His grades were good enough. But when Tom Schilling graduated from Northeastern High School in 1964 he knew one important thing: He did not want to go to college. He did, however, have an idea. During the 11 years his family lived on a farm outside South Vienna and the remainder of his youth when they lived in town, he had noticed that barbers...

6:00 PM Saturday, Jul. 16, 2016

His grades were good enough. But when Tom Schilling graduated from Northeastern High School in 1964 he knew one important thing: He did not want to go to college. He did, however, have an idea. During the 11 years his family lived on a farm outside South Vienna and the remainder of his youth when they lived in town, he had noticed that barbers...
Stafford: Triggered memories important to savor
 Running out for a pack of cigarettes isn’t always a humanitarian mission. But after 30 years of burning them, Brenda has cut down from a pack a day to a pack a week. So on the Fourth, when a lack of nicotine started jangling her nerves the way the firecrackers send dogs and cats under the bed to hide, Denny and I headed out the storm...

7:00 PM Saturday, Jul. 09, 2016

Running out for a pack of cigarettes isn’t always a humanitarian mission. But after 30 years of burning them, Brenda has cut down from a pack a day to a pack a week. So on the Fourth, when a lack of nicotine started jangling her nerves the way the firecrackers send dogs and cats under the bed to hide, Denny and I headed out the storm...
Springfield native worked on Newport Aquarium’s new seahorse exhibit
 As a child, Laurel Johnson called the aquarium in her Springfield home and another across town at her Granny’s house “Fish TV.” When she asked to watch it, either her mother, Kim Jackson, or Granny, the late Evelyn Heil, would turn on the light in their aquariums, and the child would be tuned in for hours. Now 31 and a marine...

3:00 PM Sunday, Jul. 03, 2016

As a child, Laurel Johnson called the aquarium in her Springfield home and another across town at her Granny’s house “Fish TV.” When she asked to watch it, either her mother, Kim Jackson, or Granny, the late Evelyn Heil, would turn on the light in their aquariums, and the child would be tuned in for hours. Now 31 and a marine...
Big wedding anniversary has hoodwinked feel

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016

Singling out anything as the best of its kind is a time-honored way to stir up a fight. In this age of social media, it is the most reliable way to lure friends who practice daily meditation into online exchanges of the sort that take place before mixed martial arts title bouts. (Think Gandhi vs. Buddha, Fight of the Millennia.) To avoid...
Springfield fatherhood book says it is OK to fumble

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 18, 2016

The Greek word pronounced uh-GOP-ay refers to a greater love of others than of self – the kind of self-sacrificing, unconditional love many associate with the love of God. Its spelling in English is the same as the word agape, as in a mouth that’s gaping open in wonder over the jaw-dropping power this kind of love has to transform...
Fred Leventhal, business and civic leader, dies
 Far flung friends who had planned to celebrate Fred Leventhal’s 95th birthday next Wednesday at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs will instead celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Monday during services at Springfield’s Temple Sholom. Leventhal, considered by some as the last member of a golden generation of Springfield business...

4:29 PM Friday, Jun. 17, 2016

Far flung friends who had planned to celebrate Fred Leventhal’s 95th birthday next Wednesday at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs will instead celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Monday during services at Springfield’s Temple Sholom. Leventhal, considered by some as the last member of a golden generation of Springfield business...
Stafford: Corner lots cause yard problems
 Three things. One: Never buy a house on a corner lot. It exposes you to two streets of neighbors, which means they’ve got you coming and going. Two: The way you can tell good neighbors from bad is simple — the bad ones make your problems worse. As it happens, my most persistent neighbor problem is from the side street, not the...

9:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 12, 2016

Three things. One: Never buy a house on a corner lot. It exposes you to two streets of neighbors, which means they’ve got you coming and going. Two: The way you can tell good neighbors from bad is simple — the bad ones make your problems worse. As it happens, my most persistent neighbor problem is from the side street, not the...
Cincinnati Zoo incident raises animal v. human debate
 Toledo is known as the Glass City, of course. Whether that had anything to do with the Toledo Zoo’s decision to use glass barriers to separate many of its animal residents from zoo visitors, I don’t know. In a story the Toledo Blade published following the shooting of a gorilla in Cincinnati over the Memorial Day weekend, the...

2:00 PM Sunday, Jun. 05, 2016

Toledo is known as the Glass City, of course. Whether that had anything to do with the Toledo Zoo’s decision to use glass barriers to separate many of its animal residents from zoo visitors, I don’t know. In a story the Toledo Blade published following the shooting of a gorilla in Cincinnati over the Memorial Day weekend, the...
Researchers track down 4 WWII Springfield vets family members
 In many American cities Memorial Day parades will wend their way through streets lined with lawn chairs, gathered families and the fresh colors of a regenerating spring, bound for cemeteries like Ferncliff and ceremonies as powerful for the heavy sound of flags flapping in the silence as for anything said. Since last year’s ceremonies...

4:00 PM Sunday, May. 29, 2016

In many American cities Memorial Day parades will wend their way through streets lined with lawn chairs, gathered families and the fresh colors of a regenerating spring, bound for cemeteries like Ferncliff and ceremonies as powerful for the heavy sound of flags flapping in the silence as for anything said. Since last year’s ceremonies...
Stafford: Simple tasks often simple out of control

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 21, 2016

Cleaning a dried, smeared bird dropping off a storm window at sunset? Ordinarily it’s not this cowboy’s idea of a satisfactory end to the day, much less a spring weekend. That’s particularly so when the prelude to the crunchy household task is a presentation, by a spouse, of a wet paper towel with which to perform the deed...
Stafford: Springfield history holds lessons for future generations

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 14, 2016

A long time friend and actor confessed some slight misgivings about saying a few lines I included in a play I’ve written. I understood her concern immediately. There’s no question the lines are tinged with ethnic derision nor that they were uttered in a bitter spirit. Nor is there doubt that they are historically accurate. They...
Finding community, catalysts for change in Springfield improves health
 By virtue of the way the fur swirls around her hips, Phil and Nancy Calland’s veterinarian tells them their golden-coated cat Sunshine is a “2 percenter,” meaning it’s a very special animal. The only indoor cat they’ve ever had — and the smartest — she seems to radiate health like a sun radiates warmth...

2:00 PM Sunday, May. 08, 2016

By virtue of the way the fur swirls around her hips, Phil and Nancy Calland’s veterinarian tells them their golden-coated cat Sunshine is a “2 percenter,” meaning it’s a very special animal. The only indoor cat they’ve ever had — and the smartest — she seems to radiate health like a sun radiates warmth...
Freedom School prepares for another summer

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016

This summer, a South Side Springfield church will again help local children learn skills in order to help them combat some of the obstacles those growing up in disadvantaged and troubled neighborhoods face. Covenant United Methodist Church will open its doors to host a six-week session of the Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) Freedom...
Mom: Support of family, friends key as son battled cancer
 On a mid-April Sunday much like this in 2002, a shocked and reeling Love Poling-Taylor sat in Dayton Children’s Hospital as its medical staff ran tests to confirm what they suspected: That her son, born the third day that April, had cancer. Last week, Poling-Taylor drove now 14-year-old Charles Taylor to a Springfield shop to be fitted...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 16, 2016

On a mid-April Sunday much like this in 2002, a shocked and reeling Love Poling-Taylor sat in Dayton Children’s Hospital as its medical staff ran tests to confirm what they suspected: That her son, born the third day that April, had cancer. Last week, Poling-Taylor drove now 14-year-old Charles Taylor to a Springfield shop to be fitted...
Father, son recovering after kidney surgeries
 Brian Yontz expects to return to his Springfield home Friday and expects his father, Rick, to return to his own home Sunday or Monday following the successful transplant of Brian’s right kidney into his father’s right side. The tandem surgeries to remove and transplant the organ were performed Tuesday at the Comprehensive Transplant...

8:14 PM Thursday, Apr. 14, 2016

Brian Yontz expects to return to his Springfield home Friday and expects his father, Rick, to return to his own home Sunday or Monday following the successful transplant of Brian’s right kidney into his father’s right side. The tandem surgeries to remove and transplant the organ were performed Tuesday at the Comprehensive Transplant...
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