While Miami Township is small, the concerns are myriad – cemeteries are filled with unknown remains, there is a fire department to oversee, and they sometimes take legal action against properties clogged with junk. The responsibilities are doubly impressive considering no trustees have backgrounds in public office.
Join Dylan Taylor-Lehman for the launch of his charming, funny and informative book, Dance of the Trustees: On the Astonishing Concerns of a Small Ohio Township, a delightful look at small town America and its goings-on through the quirky village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Yellow Springs can be seen as a microcosm of the very personal and emotional decisions and disputes representative of grass roots democracy that school boards and city councils in small towns, villages and communities across the country face on a daily basis. A former Yellow Springs News reporter, Taylor-Leyman portrays 21st century township life with humor, warmth and erudition.
The book combines entertaining nonfiction vignettes with well-researched township history – including its history of religious cults and the possibility that Lee Harvey Oswald was once in town – and elucidates the processes behind an entire civic division.
“Dylan Taylor-Lehman has a curiosity that knows no bounds, and he has trained it on the quirky concerns of a village and township in southwest Ohio where he lived for two years. Lucky for us, the readers, his narrative voice is as charming and distinctive as his curiosity is strong — this book is a funny, informative and delightful look at small town shenanigans and goings-on.” —Diane Chiddister, Editor, Yellow Springs News