New York Times editor calls Yellow Springs ‘one of the best places in the world to visit’

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 10:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:16 PM

Monica Drake is an assistant managing editor. She oversees new digital features and projects.
Credit: Béatrice de Géa
Monica Drake is an assistant managing editor. She oversees new digital features and projects.(Credit: Béatrice de Géa)

The newest member of the New York Times masthead and the former editor of its travel section thinks rather highly of Yellow Springs, Ohio. 

In fact, Monica Drake insists that the Greene County community is one of the best places in the world to visit, according to a press release from the Times. 

That should come a no surprise. 

Yellow Springs is Drake’s hometown. 

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She just gave Yellow Springers yet another thing to be proud of. 

It was recently announced that Drake will be overseeing new digital features and projects as The Gray Lady’s assistant managing editor.

Her name will appear with other high-ranking editors listed in the Times’ daily masthead.

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and the newspaper’s managing editor Joe Kahn said this of Drake in a note to staff members: 

“Having Monica join the masthead is a testament to the importance of her new job and our belief that the Times newsroom should play a leading role in securing our economic future, just as it did in the 1970s when a host of new sections broadened the paper’s appeal. But it is also a tribute to the fact that she is one of our strongest newsroom leaders and should have a voice in our discussions about hiring, promotions and coverage.” 

Drake married Greg Winter, now the newspaper’s deputy international editor, in Yellow Springs in 2006. 

At the time of the wedding, her mother -- Dr. Kathleen Glover, an internist who specializes in reproductive health -- lived in the village. 

Her father, Macarthur Drake, Sr., was an attorney in Gary, Ind. 

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Before assuming her current role, Drake was the New York Times’ senior editor over its travel section.  

In October, she received 9,000 applications from writers hoping to travel to the Times’ 2018 picks for 52 Places to Go.

Before that, she worked on the Time’s culture desk. 

The graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University joined the newspaper as an intern in 1998 and became a copy editor in 2001. 

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Drake is set to begin to start Surfacing, “a cross-platform column that will focus on subcultures around the world.”

The newspaper is looking for reporters who can “tell image-driven stories focusing on subcultures using tools like Instagram, Snapchat, photography, video and more” for Surfacing. 

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5 questions every woman in her 40s should ask her doctor

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

Women are waiting longer on average to have babies. Now there’s a push for women in their 20s and 30s to spend thousands of dollars to have their eggs stored. So they can improve their chances for pregnancy later in life. Freezing tiny embryos is also an option. At Reproductive Biology Associates, a fertility clinic in Atlanta, lab workers fertilize patients’ eggs, one by one, with sperm. This lab worker uses a tube and the suction of her breath to hold the material in place for the delicate pro

Women who are in their 40s are in many cases reaching a new stage in their lives. Your children may be more independent, and you might have a well-established career. It can also be a time of change, when it's easier to gain weight, and you may start to see the first signs of menopause.

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Being informed about the changes you may face during your 40s is an important way to protect your health for many years to come. It pays to have regular checkups and discuss any potential issues or concerns with your doctor. In addition, you may want to undergo some health screenings to confirm or rule out problems that may be more common after age 40.

The following are five questions every woman in her 40s should ask her doctor:

What supplements should I take?

It's common for women in their 40s to be deficient in nutrients such as vitamin D, according to DoctorOz.com, so it's important to ask your doctor if you should be taking any supplements. This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium, which protects against osteoporosis-related bone loss – a particular concern as you get older.

A blood test can check your vitamin D levels, and if they're low, you may be advised stop smoking, start resistance training and add a supplement to your daily routine.

Should I be tested for diabetes?

Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age, especially after you're 45, according to Healthline. A blood test can determine whether your body is using insulin efficiently enough to help your body maintain consistent blood glucose levels.

You're at particular risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you're overweight, have a family history of the disease or have a history of gestational diabetes. If you have this disease, you're at an increased risk of developing heart disease, blindness and depression.

How can I control my weight?

Women's metabolism slows after age 40, and as a result, you'll need to eat less and exercise in order to maintain the same weight, according to DoctorOz.com. You may also have hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid gland that can result in weight gain. If you're gaining weight, it's worth asking your doctor about, especially if you have dry skin, feel tired and are less able to tolerate cold temperatures.

Your doctor can treat hypothyroidism and also suggest an appropriate fitness plan that takes into account your age, weight and health history.

Should I keep taking birth control pills?

If you're in your 40s, you may think you've left your child-bearing years behind, but that's not necessarily true. Unless you've been menopausal for more than a year, you'll still need to take birth control. The second highest rate of unintended pregnancy is for sexually active women who are age 40 to 50, JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of The North American Menopause Society, told the Chicago Tribune.

Doctors have differing opinions on whether you should keep taking birth control pills after age 40, so talk to your doctor to find out what form of contraception he or she recommends for you.

What about menopause?

You may not be thinking about menopause yet, but it's normal for this process to occur at any age from 40 to 59, according to familydoctor.org. For an indication about when this might happen, look to when the older women in your family reached menopause. Although this can influence when you enter menopause, it's not guaranteed.

After menopause, your body produces less estrogen, and this may increase your risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association says. Heart disease is the number-one threat to women's health. Talk to your doctor about symptoms that could indicate your may be headed toward menopause and whether hormone replacement therapy is recommended.


'Tide Pod Challenge': Georgia teen among those sickened in dangerous trend

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 6:04 AM

‘Tide Pod Challenge’ On Social Media Alarms Doctors, Parents Warned

Don’t do the Tide Pod Challenge. Seriously.

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That’s the message poison control officials are urging people after a bizarre trend spread like wildfire online.

The challenge involves people popping the small laundry detergent packs in their mouths and posting videos online of themselves chewing and gagging on the oozing product.

Dozens of people have been taken to the hospital after doing the challenge. 

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Dr. Gaylord Lopez, the director of Georgia's Poison Control Center, confirmed to WSB-TV that the center has handled one case involving a teen.

“This year, we had a call about a 13-year-old. In fact, it was the mother who called us because the kid was getting sick and vomiting,” Lopez said.

While there's only been one confirmed “Tide Pod Challenge” case in Georgia, Lopez said this is a good reminder about the dangers of detergent pods in general.

There are still hundreds of children under the age of 5 getting sick from them.

“When you’ve got a young child picking up a packet, like I have in my hand, thinking it might be candy or food, you could see why kids are attracted to them,” Lopez said.

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Lopez also wants parents to be aware of the latest social media craze.

“Parents need to know that if their young teens are getting into them, they can easily have problems ranging from just mild upset of the stomach to this stuff getting into their lungs and causing far more problems,” Lopez said.

Last week, YouTube and Facebook announced they are removing “Tide Pod Challenge” videos from their sites.

WATCH: Girls perform adorable ditty to sell Girl Scout cookies

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

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Two young girls from New Hampshire are using their musical talents to sell Girl Scout cookies.

Lyla and Avery Holzapfel are 8 and 6 years-old. With the help of their parents, Brynne and Doug, they wrote a little ditty to make some sales, Boston25News reported.

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And it's taken off.

The video has several thousand views since it was posted on Tuesday. 

Doug Holzapfel, a composer and producer, tells Boston 25 his family of seven recently moved back to New Hampshire after spending some time in Los Angeles, Boston25News reported.

It appears creativity and talent runs in the family.

A few of our favorite photos in memory of ‘Dayton’s photographer’

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Photo of Dayton philanthropist Zoe Dell Nutter and Thomas Sheibenberger at the Dayton Art Institute in 2015.
Photo of Dayton philanthropist Zoe Dell Nutter and Thomas Sheibenberger at the Dayton Art Institute in 2015.

If you’ve been here for more than a few minutes, there is a good chance the man called “Dayton’s photographer” snapped your photo.  

Thomas Sheibenberger, the man behind the lens at some of Dayton’s biggest and smallest galas, festivals and parties, died of natural causes on Friday, Jan. 12, his son and namesake said. 

He was 71.

Sheibenberger’s son, Thomas Sheibenberger Jr. of New Lebanon, said there were terabyte after terabyte of photo files on harddrives in his Xenia Avenue home. 

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“He’s always been a social butterfly. That never really changed,” he said. “He just had a passion for photography.  He loved networking. He loved knowing important people.” 

Often with his girlfriend Patricia O'Connell, it was rare to see the senior Thomas Sheibenberger without a camera or two dangling around his neck and suspenders holding up his slacks.

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He mixed, mingled and snapped photos of the crowds at events ranging from the Dayton VA’s Christmas Eve Service to the Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball to Ale Fest to the Dayton unit of NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner to Hauntfest to Dayton’s homicide victim memorial program.

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The elder Thomas Sheibenberger graduated from Fairview High School and was part of the first graduating class at Wright State University, where he studied business. 

His son has set up a GoFundMe fundraising page seeking $7,000 for a special memorial service for his father. 

The description reads: 

In memory of the unforgettable face behind the lens. 

Whether you saw him standing at the end of a stage during your performance, posed for him holding your award from the NAACP, or looked up from the mud at a volleyball game to see a man with a fishing hat, net shirt, and suspenders taking a photo of you. If you were at a Dayton event then you were likely to see Thomas Sheibenberger capturing all the moments and hearts that he could. 

I have come to realize over the last few days all the hearts he touched in one way or another and the vast number of people that cared so much about him. Because he brought so many smiles to the community we would like to have less of a funeral and more of a celebration of life, for all to come and give one last goodbye to such a familiar face and a one of a kind soul. 

Many of you have been so kind to offer help in any way you could and in all honesty, we feel it would be unfair to not accept the outpouring of help and love so many of you want to give. We originally planned on a small memorial but the number of you that cared about him is by no means small. If anyone would like to be a part of his celebration, or contribute in a monetary, or non-monetary way we would more than grateful. 

Plans such as a venue or catering still need to be established so if any of you have any thought we are open to ideas. Feel free to contact me at any time! https://www.facebook.com/thomas.sheibenberger.96  

He was Dayton's photographer and friend, Dayton was his family.

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An accountant by trade, Sheibenberger started flexing his photo muscles during the time of the 100th anniversary of flight celebrations here in Dayton in the summer of 2003, his son said. 

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He mainly posted the photos he took to his Facebook account, kept them as part of his collection of thousands of photos or made CDs for people, his son said.

“I think the photography was almost (an) excuse to network,” Sheibenberger said. “I think most of the good ones are one Facebook.”

He said there has been an outpouring of love since his father death. Sheibenberger Jr. announced his father’s death on Facebook. 

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“I really didn’t realize how popular he was in the community until I posted the post,” he said. “The response was really large.”


Thomas Sheibenberger was regarded by some as Dayton's photographer. He is pictured at Wright Bros Aero, Inc. in 2015(Photo courtesy of Thomas Sheibenberger Jr.)