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pickerington magazine volume 11, number 3 february/march 2019
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News and Information from the City of Pickerington
10 News and Information from
Crafting a New Passion
Local man finds joy with post-retirement ceramics business
Sporty Community Research suggests benefits of sports activities pays dividends later in life
20 iRun for Jonah 5K: Past and Present Community rallies around its own in time of need
22 Sensory Storytime
Library synergizes community interests with available resources
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Itâ€™s OK to be Hangry
Dream becomes reality for Pickerington couple
student spotlight Magician with a Message
Pickerington North gradâ€™s philanthropy work is no illusion
Photos from the community
On the cover: Photo by Jeffrey S. Hall Photography
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pickerington community calendar february/march 2019 Feb. 1-March 29
Pickerington Farmers’ Market
Valentine’s Day Celebration of Love
PPL Book Club
Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., Combustion Brewery & Taproom, 80 W. Church St., www.pickeringtonvillage.com Stock up on local produce and handmade goods now that the market’s reopened for the season.
7-9 p.m., Phenix Banquet Center, 2101 Noe Bixby Rd., www.phenix eventvenuecolumbusoh.com Love is in the air! Celebrate with your beloved on Valentine’s Day with a threecourse meal, music and romance. www.pickeringtonchamber.com.
Annual Awards Celebration & Silent Auction
5:30-8:30 p.m., Zion Pickerington, 5780 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd. NW www.pickeringtonchamber.com The Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce hands out its Business of the Year, Rising Star and Doug Barr Safety awards, and goes over the year’s successes at this annual tradition.
7 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way www.pickeringtonlibrary.org The library’s main book club discusses The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.
Brown Bag Book Club
1 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way www.pickeringtonlibrary.org The library’s lunchtime book club discusses Cirice by Madeline Miller.
Feb. 2-3 Lancaster Antique Show
Feb. 2 Sensory Storytime
11 a.m.-noon., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way www.pickeringtonlibrary.org The Pickerington Public Library’s Sensory Storytime is a class specifically designed for children with special needs. It combines books, songs, movement and other sensory activities into a program that stimulates all five senses and promotes learning in a fun way.
Feb. 14 First Drafts Book Club
7-8 p.m., Combustion Brewery & Taproom, 80 W. Church St., www.pickeringtonlibrary.org The Pickerington Public Library’s happy hour book club discusses Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.
Feb. 28-March 3 Arnold Sports Festival
Throughout Columbus www.arnoldsportsfestival.com This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Arnold’s international bodybuilding events, sports and games competitions.
March 1 Dance Party @ Main
10:30-11 a.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way www.pickeringtonlibrary.org Got cabin fever? Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your sillies out during Dance Party Fridays! This program at Main is for children of all ages.
March 1 Women’s Leadership Coalition 8-9:30 a.m., Pickerington Area Chamber, 21 Lockville Rd., Ste. 100 www.pickeringtonchamber.com This event provides a great opportunity to make new business connections and hear from top-notch speakers sharing business advice.
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9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, www.fairfieldcountyfair.org This annual gathering of antique dealers from Vermont to Wisconsin brings a variety of stoneware, quilts, paintings, furniture and more to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.
Tall Timbers Annual Open House & Wedding Show
Noon-3 p.m., Tall Timbers Banquet Center, 13831 National Rd., Reynoldsburg www.talltimbersonline.com Whether you are looking for a DJ, officiant, or a special baker that has amazing cake flavors, you will find that and much more at this annual event.
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March 16-24 Pickerington Community Theatre presents Magic Tree House: The back to the Middle Ages for a wild Knight at Dawn KIDS adventure. Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Rd. N., www.pickeringtoncommunitytheatre.org The community theater troupe presents a kid-friendly spring production that centers on a tree house that takes occupants
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Community Goodwill and Lost Dog Reunification As communications technicians, our scope of serving others reaches those who call or come to the police station seeking some type of law enforcement assistance. Unlike our police officers, who respond to the needs of the public each day in various ways, our position is stationary, and limited. In an effort to further our reach, and make a greater difference, the idea of donating to a charity each month was proposed. As a motivating factor, Chief Taylor allowed the communications technicians to wear blue jeans on the weekends providing a donation of $3.00 per day, per person. The idea took hold, and has been very popular. This began three years ago, and to date we have raised more than $3,000. Technicians take turns each month choosing a charity and typically more than $100 is raised per month. In December we donate toys to the local
toy drive, and January is free month. Recently, we found ourselves the recipients of goodwill. We often receive calls about stray dogs, and when our officers are successful in corralling them, they bring them to the safety of our kennel. If the dog has no identification tags, the Fairfield County dog warden is contacted and takes custody of the dog. Because more and more dog owners are opting for identification chips implanted under their dog’s skin, an agency possessing a chip reader can quickly reunite a dog with its owner. To this end, one of the technicians reached out to Diley Animal Hospital to inquire about the type of chip reader they
use. The idea was to use one month’s worth of donations to purchase our own. Much to our surprise, and delight, the hospital offered to purchase and donate a chip reader to the Police Department! The Diley Hill Animal Emergency Center Manager Lovette Aquiano and Luis Aquiano, a registered vet technician, delivered the Universal World Scan Reader to our office for use in the hopes of reuniting more lost dogs with their owners. We would really like to say thanks to the staff at Diley Hill Animal Emergency Center. Several dogs have already been reunited with their owners as a result of this generous donation.
for taxes paid to another city. The credit is up to one-half of one percent (.005) of the wages taxed. Why does Pickerington tax my Medicare or local wage instead of my federal wage on my W-2? Pickerington taxes all earned income. Your federal wage excludes wages or salary that has been deferred, such as a 401(k) or other retirement plans. Pickerington taxes this wage when it is earned. However, once you retire and begin to draw money from your 401(k) or retirement plan, Pickerington does NOT tax this money, as we have taxed it when it was originally earned. I live in Pickerington but work in Columbus. Do I get a refund? No. If you work in another city that taxes your local wages, you will receive one-half of one percent (.005) credit against those wages on your Pickerington return. Your taxes are paid first to the city in which you work. Your
residence city does not receive any of those taxes; therefore cannot refund it. I work in Pickerington but live in another city. Do I get a refund? No. Taxes are paid first to the city in which you work. Even though you are not a resident of Pickerington, you benefit from the police and emergency services, snow removal and street maintenance which are funded by these municipal taxes. Your residence city may give you a credit for the taxes you paid to Pickerington. Who is required to file a Pickerington tax return? All Pickerington residents 18 years of age or older are required to file returns annually. Non-residents are required to file only when they earn income within the City of Pickerington, which is not fully withheld upon, or have a business or rental property in the City. Every business located in the City or performing services in the City is required to file
Taxes The April 15th tax deadline will be here before you know it and the Pickerington Tax Department is committed to making the process of filing and paying your city taxes as smooth as possible. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: Why do we collect city income tax? To provide support for City programs and services including (but not limited to), 24-hour police protection, annual street resurfacing and other major roadway improvements, snow removal, park programs and facilities, the PickeringtonViolet Historical Society and the Senior Center. What is the City of Pickerington’s tax rate? The tax rate is 1 percent, one of the lowest in central Ohio. Does Pickerington give credit for taxes paid to another city? Yes, Pickerington gives a partial credit 8
annual returns. All returns are required regardless of the amount of income received or losses incurred. I am under 18 and my employer withheld tax. Do I need to file a return? If you are under 18, your employer is not required to withhold taxes for you. If your employer withheld Pickerington tax, you may file for a refund using the refund claim form. I am retired. Do I have to pay taxes? Social security income and pension income are not taxable by Pickerington; however, as a resident of Pickerington, you are still required to file a return. If you are retired, but receive other types of income such as part-time wages or rental income, you are required to file a return and pay tax on that income. I am a college student and live away from Pickerington while attending school. Do I have to file a return? Yes. If you maintain Pickerington as your permanent legal residence, you are required to file a return even though much of your time may be spent out of the City. Any income that you earn is taxable to Pickerington regardless of where it is earned. I only lived in Pickerington for part of the year. What do I have to do? You are required to file a Pickerington tax return for any portion of the year that you were a resident. Taxable income will be based on the income that you earned while a resident only (unless the income was earned within the City of Pickerington, in which case it is fully taxable). Can I electronically file my return? Only if you have W-2 income then you can electronically file your Pickerington tax. If you have a schedule C, schedule E or schedule K or K-1 on your federal income tax return, you may
not e-file at this time and must mail your return to the City. Can you assist me in preparing my Pickerington tax return? We would be happy to assist you. You may visit our office without an appointment Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You are welcome to drop off your documentation and pick it up from us after the return is completed. Please note, if you stop by in April, your wait will be longer due to the high volume of taxpayers we assist. What documents do I need to attach to my return? Documentation is required to support all income, credits, and adjustments shown on your City return. Examples of necessary forms, if applicable: W-2s (showing federal, Medicare and local wage amounts, and amount of local tax withheld for all cities); 1099s, federal schedules C, E, K or K-1; form 2106 and schedule A; federal form 1065, 1120 or 1120-S and supporting schedules; documentation to support part-year residency. What are the most common mistakes that taxpayers make when filing returns? By far, the biggest mistake is not attaching W-2s to your return or attaching the wrong W-2. If you are claiming a credit for taxes paid to another city, you must provide the copy of your W-2 which names the city to which taxes were paid. If you are claiming credit for Pickerington tax withheld, you must provide the copy of the W-2 that shows Pickerington City in box 20. Please note that Pickerington SD, Pick 2307 or any variation including the numbers 2307 are not Pickerington City taxes. I want to file a return for my Pickerington Local School District income tax. Do I include this information with my City return?
February • Community Gardens plot reservations • Feb 1-15: Returning gardeners with same location • Feb 19-22: Returning gardeners who want a new plot location; register in person at the Parks and Recreation Department to select new plot location • Feb 25: New gardeners may begin to register. Online registration opens. • Adult Softball and Kickball applications available online (deadline April 5) March • Breakfast with Bunny tickets go on sale March 1-April 10 (April 13 event) • Facility Reservations begin March 1 for April 1-October 31, 2019 dates • Season Pool Passes on sale March 1-April 30 (Early Bird Discount) www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
No. The City of Pickerington does not administer income tax for Pickerington Local School District. This tax is administered by and must be filed with the Ohio Department of Taxation. Please call 1-800-282-1780 or visit the Ohio Department of Taxation for questions regarding school district tax. What if I need an extension? The federal extension can be applied to your city taxes but you need to provide a copy. PLEASE NOTE: State law changed the way municipalities charge penalty and interest on tax returns beginning 1/1/16. The following fees are in effect: Late Filing Fee: $25/month up to $150. This fee will be charged even if no tax is owed on your return. Pickerington is a mandatory file city, and all residents over the age of 18 must file a tax return by April 15, 2019, or Oct. 15 if an extension is granted. Underpayment penalty: 15 percent of balance owed. If you have any further questions about your city income taxes, please visit www.pickerington.net and click Income Tax Department or call 614-837-4116.
citydirectory Pickerington City Hall, 100 Lockville Rd.
(All numbers prefixed with the 614 area code)
Building Services ..................... 833-2221 City Clerk/Council..................... 837-3974 City Manager........................... 837-3974 Development Services.............. 833-2204 Engineering Services ............... 833-2221 Finance Services...................... 837-3974 Human Resources.................... 837-3974 Income Tax Division.................. 837-4116 Mayor’s Office (Lee A. Gray)............................ 837-3974 Mayor’s Court.......................... 837-3974 Parks and Recreation............... 833-2211 Police Services......................... 575-6911 Service Department Streets.................................... 833-2292 Utility Billing............................. 833-2289 Utility Maintenance................... 833-2292 Water Plant.............................. 833-2290 Waste Water Plant.................... 837-6490 Water Reclamation.................. 837-6470 9
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Violet Township By Assistant Chief Jim Paxton I realized thirty-plus years ago, that and gear covered in the by-products my chosen profession was inherently of the fires you extinguished. If you dangerous. I grew up in a firehouse experienced any sort of emotional sideand witnessed firsthand some of the effects from runs, you accepted it as a job’s less desirable side effects. I heard scar of the occupation. You could both eyewitness accounts of harrowing deal with it and prove you were cut-out events, I saw the scars, the stitches and for the job, or you could find something the crutches. Although the fire service else to do. is adept to quickly helping others, we Slowly we evolve. The fire service have often been less responsive to is responding to the disproportionate our own needs. Commitment to the threat it is facing from cancer. This past fire/EMS profession is surrounded by August, the Volunteer and Combination history and traditions. These traditions Officers Section of the International become sacred customs within the Fire/EMS service. Some traditions are service wide, crossing all jurisdictional boundaries. Others may be local or regionally based. All hold an organizational value that may not be explainable or understandable to the outside world. Although history and tradition are key components to the Fire/EMS service, they can also create a Daily workout room Station 592 stubbornness and habits that are often difficult to change. Association of Fire Chiefs in conjunction As safety professionals, we knew with the National Volunteer Fire Council that seat belts help save lives. However, released their Lavender Ribbon Report across the country it took decades for which outlines 11 actions to help mitigate fire department policies to catch-up the risk of cancer in the fire service. with state statutes and require all crew Recognizing the increasing threat and members to wear seatbelts at all times dangers that the fire service is facing in moving fire trucks. Seatbelt usage from PTSD, the International Association remains a contested issue in the rear of Firefighters recently opened the of ambulances as manufacturers and Center of Excellence for Behavioral paramedics try to create a method Health Treatment and Recovery. The of safely securing the crew while still center is a one-of-a-kind treatment facility allowing for the mobility and movement specializing in addiction, PTSD and other needed for patient care. As technology related behavioral health challenges enhanced and improved firefighters’ facing IAFF members. This center was structural gear, tradition often trumped designed by firefighters for firefighters. safety, as firefighters initially resisted The Violet Township Fire Department different looking helmets, or styles of is committed to serving our community coats, pants and boots. To illustrate that and customers both externally and you were a savvy or gristled veteran of internally. Recently, the fire department many fires, you would leave your helmet and community lost a good friend and 10
safety advocate with the passing of former Violet Township Trustee Gary Weltlich. As a trustee, Gary persistently pushed the VTFD to review and reduce all accidents. He truly Gary Weltlich believed that all accidents were preventable. Through his efforts, we began reconstructing and reviewing all accidents. With his guidance, we were able to reduce injuries and develop a health and wellness program that benefits all of our members. We utilize an onsite physical therapist who helps to diagnose, treat and rehab injuries. The physical therapist, Heather, spends time riding with the crews and carefully studying the mechanics of our job. Her efforts have helped reduce our injuries and aid in our recovery. VTFD has solicited the professional expertise of a strength coach/exercise physiologist who has helped guide the way we eat, as well as evaluate and enhance the way we train. Our organization is fortunate to have members in house who are trained as mental health peer counselors as well as several members who have been trained in critical incident stress management. Our fire department chaplain can frequently be found riding with the crews, and readily responds to our members’ needs as well as the needs of people we may encounter during the course of an incident. As an organization, we are trying to address the health and needs of our people. By doing this, we continue to fulfill our mission to the community, a tradition we strive to keep.
Violet Township Community Center Update By John Eisel, Director of Operations and Holly Mattei, AICP, Development Director
Violet Township held a Community Center Public Meeting on Dec. 6, 2018 where more than 100 residents were in attendance at the meeting, Violet Township staff, and its consultants Moody Nolan and Rockmill Financial, presented the details of a future community center. Since May 2018, Moody Nolan has worked with more than 60 residents in focus group meetings, along with a steering committee, to help identify the various components of the proposed facility and the associated cost.
How to Reach Us Violet Township Administrative Offices 12970 Rustic Dr. Pickerington, OH 43147 614-575-5556 www.violet.oh.us Violet Township Fire Stations Phone 614-837-4123 Fire Chief: Michael Little #592: 8700 Refugee Rd. #591: 21 Lockville Rd. #593: 2365 Taylor Park Dr. Violet Township Service Center Phone: 614-382-5979 490 Center St. Pickerington, OH 43147 www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
Simultaneously, Rockmill Financial has worked with a Community Center Finance Committee, comprised of approximately 60 residents, with an average attendance of 37 per meeting, to identify the best way to finance the proposed facility. At the December meeting, a potential community center layout, site layout and conceptual renderings were presented. The proposed cost to construct and furnish the potential community center is projected to be $46 million with an additional $2 million annually for operations.Â The Community Center Finance Committee is recommending that a 4.59 mil Parks and Recreation Tax Levy be placed on the May 2019 ballot, which if approved, would allow the township to finance the construction of the community center over a 25 year period. It would also provide $2 million annually for operations along with $210,000 for annual capital replacement. This proposed tax levy, based upon the 2019 Estimated Property Tax Valuation, would be $13.39 monthly per $100,000 home. The conceptual plans include a 95,000 square foot facility that would include two, full size gyms, separate
competitive and leisure pools with locker rooms, a fitness area, several multi-purpose rooms, a child watch area for parents using the facility, a teaching kitchen, and a study/quiet room on the first floor. The second floor would include a walking/jogging track, exercise rooms and arts and crafts room. Two outdoor athletic fields are also proposed. The proposed site plan shows the community center being constructed at the southeast corner of Refugee and Pickerington Roads. The Township has been working with a property owner for a potential land donation in this area. This area also has room for potential 11
economic growth that may be spurred from the construction of a community center. The estimated price tag also includes the cost associated with developing the site, which will include the necessary access, water and sewer improvements to service the facility, 500 parking spaces and storm water retention. The site plan also include space for future building expansion, future outdoor aquatics, and other future partner spaces. These â€œfutureâ€? spaces are not included in the estimated cost. The proposal will now be presented to the Township Trustees who will determine if and when to place a tax levy on the ballot. Ultimately, this will be a community driven project. The residents will decide at the ballot box if this facility will move from a concept to final design and construction. For more information and continuous updates, please visit www.investwithviolet. com. 12
Two Decades and Counting
nniversaries are typically a time to reflect, review achievements and make plans for the future; this is exactly what we, here at CityScene Media Group, have been doing for the past year. While twenty years is arguably a long time, it’s not our most impressive statistic. Those numbers come into play when I think of all the accomplishments of Pickerington Magazine. Since the first issue we have profiled more than 120 Pickerington residents. From community philanthropists such as Jackie Gordon, entrepreneur Catie Randazzo and Pickerington North ASL teacher Sarah Whitcraft to the average neighbor with a great story to share, our pages have overflowed with features about the area’s most interesting people. When you add the student spotlights, home remodeling projects, community calendars and the beloved food article, our writers have touched residents in every corner of the community. We have made myriad changes to the publication over the years, some more noticeable than others. We have adapted the food feature several times in response to reader feedback. There was a year of restaurant reviews and a year of chef profiles, but we always seem to come back to resident recipes and local favorites! The CMG editorial reins have been passed four times: from founding Editor Duane St. Clair to Alicia Kelso to Garth Bishop, and most recently to Nathan Collins, our current Managing Editor. Each have brought their own talents and insights to the position, keeping the magazine’s voice fresh. Another impressive statistic: the number of writers whose work has appeared in Pickerington Magazine. From staff writers and editors to freelancers and interns, I won’t even try to tally the sum. One standout freelancer in Pickerington who comes to mind is Brenda Layman. The magazine’s purpose is to showcase the personality of the community through stories about its residents, establishments and unique events. Our amazing team of writers, designers, and yes even sales people, are poised to continue to pursue and achieve that mission. Life is all about community – thanks for helping us stay connected. PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID Columbus, Ohio Permit No. 4697
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Crafting a New Passion
Local man finds joy with post-retirement ceramics business
tâ€™s never too late to start a business, especially when youâ€™re passionate about the idea. Retirement came early for Lancaster resident Jim Fetzer, but a different
passion quickly piqued his interest.
A History Lesson While earning his bachelor’s degree at Baldwin-Wallace University, Fetzer dabbled in a couple courses, including ceramics, to figure out what he enjoyed. Eventually, he discovered young childhood education. “I got a real kick out of education – when a child doesn’t understand something and then a light comes on, it was just really exciting to me,” Fetzer says. For more than 30 years, Fetzer worked at various Ohio public education systems, progressing from teacher to principal and finally to superintendent. But at age 51, he retired sooner than originally anticipated. “I was healthy, too young to stop working, but was ready to move onto something else,” Fetzer says. Fetzer wasn’t sure where to start, but his teaching license was still valid so he began as a substitute teacher. While subbing for a high school art course, Fetzer noticed ceramic wheels throughout the classroom. He voiced to a full-time art teacher how he tried ceramics in college, and suddenly, Fetzer was at the wheel. “(The teacher) slapped a chunk of clay down on the potter’s wheel and said, ‘Sit down and give it a try.’ And so, I did and it started to come back,” Fetzer says. “It was fun, I enjoyed it. I looked around and saw the creative things the kids were making and it just kind of gave me a longing to be part of that.”
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A Word from Judy Fetzer What do you enjoy most about working with the pottery? My favorite part has been experimenting with what looks goods and what sells. We have one that is really, really popular, it’s called Sea Scape. What makes J Fetzer Pottery horse hair products unique? I think it’s the commemorative part. We do a lot of commissioned pieces and use (the customers) hair from a deseeded horse – we also do dog hair. It’s nice for them to have something they can remember their critter by. And goals for the family or the company? I hope to retire soon. (Judy is an OB nurse). I would like things to take a more creative bend. Growing up, my mom had huge flower gardens, so I’m used to nature and having beautiful colors around. That’s why I like the leaves that we roll into the products because each on is unique. Visions of a business stirred, but he knew in order to sell his creations the quality needed to be high. So, he took several college courses at Defiance College and Bowling Green State University and mastered ceramics.
Fetzer commissions some creative works, like horse hair pottery – a nonFrom Dream to Reality glazed piece where hair, feathers or even For the past few years, Fetzer has sugar are singed into the ceramic while it’s operated J Fetzer Pottery out of his hot. According to Fetzer, less than a dozen Lancaster home. His wife, Judy, helps with artists sell this craft in Ohio. the glazing and other tasks. The couple has been married for 40-plus years and Favorite Things finds joy in collaborating. About 95 percent of the Fetzer’s “We’re aware of each other’s skills products are made on the wheel – his and strengths,” says Fetzer. “I’m aware favorite method. It took practice for him that Judy has more of a color sense and to classify the method as therapeutic, an artistic sense. And she’s aware that I though. have more of a functional… technical “When I first started out it was very background.” frustrating,” Fetzer says. “At Defiance The duo sells functional pottery like College, there was this wall where clumps bowls, mugs or pie plates in a variety of of clay were just hanging from it because colors. To no surprise, their most popular kids had gotten mad and thrown the clay.” product is the red and grey mug with a His favorite part though: the art shows. seared imprint of a buckeye leaf. “I really like the sales, because I’m a “Maybe this is the German back- people person,” Fetzer says. “At the shows, ground in us, but we want something the only people who come into your booth useful, something you can actually do are the people who love your stuff, and something with and use,” Fetzer says with that’s very uplifting and flattering.” a chuckle. “But we also like beauty.” www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
Support and Goals Apart from pottery, Fetzer enjoys spending time with his three children, two of whom live in Portland, Oregon and Sarasota, Florida. His four grandchildren live in central Ohio, though. “Our grandchildren have helped in the booth at art shows; that’s more of a joy than a help,” Fetzer laughs. Overall, Fetzer doesn’t begrudge the fact that his retirement came early. He’s enjoying his pottery business and finds pleasure in creating novel and functional products. “It gives me something to do that I believe is useful,” Fetzer says. “It’s fun to just sit down and spend time taking this blob of clay and using your hands to work it into something creative and goodlooking.” Lydia Freudenberg is the brand loyalty specialist. Feedback welcome at email@example.com. 17
By Taylor Woodhouse
t’s no secret that today’s teenagers are busier than ever. They often juggle rigorous academic schedules with both in-school and out-of-school extra curricular activities. Predictably, one of the most popular extracurriculars among high school students is sports. The National Federation of State High School Associations reported that the 2017-2018 school year marked the 29th year in a row that overall participation in high school sports increased nationwide. While the cause of this consistent upward trend could be debated, there are numerous reasons for high school students to get involved with their school district’s athletics – and it’s not simply for the fun. The health benefits of participating in a sport are undeniable, it’s a great way to make friends, and, as most high school juniors and seniors have probably heard a thousand times, it looks great on a college resume. But one factor, that perhaps gets somewhat overlooked, is 18
the positive correlation between GPA and participation in high school athletics. A quick Google search reveals a multitude of scholarly articles and research around the topic. They overwhelming report the same thing – high school students who are involved in athletics at their schools consistently achieve higher GPAs than their counterparts. To Pickerington Local School District this hardly comes as a surprise. Central and North both boast a large spectrum of sports for their students and are supported by a local community with a serious love of their high school sports. It’s a winning combination that has led to quite the history of athletic success, including Pickerington Central winning the D1 football state championship just last year. While that’s seriously impressive, PLSD’s real priorities lie in the academic success of its students across the district. Sports, it turns out, are an important part of that.
Mirroring the trends shown in research done in high schools across the country, students involved in sports in both Pickerington high schools have consistently higher GPAs on average than their uninvolved peers. In the 2016-2017 school year, student athletes at North averaged a 3.513 GPA and student athletes at Central averaged 3.459 – both highly respectable numbers. When broken down by gender, female high school athletes who attend PLSD have been shown to perform higher academically than their male counterparts. Additionally, a 2015 study comparing GPAs of athletes and non-athletes at a large, midwestern high school (unnamed) with similar demographics to the Pickerington schools, suggested that, in addition to the higher GPAs achieved by student athletes, students involved in organized athletics also have a higher graduation rate. So why do student athletes tend to perform better academically? Intrinsically www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
Photos courtesy of Pickerington Local School District
Research suggests benefits of sports activities pays dividends later in life
it doesn’t necessarily feel like a given. After all, hours spent at practice and traveling to games are hours that could be applied to school work. Especially in today’s increasingly competitive academic world, every hour of studying feels like it matters even more. But according to Mark Aprile, director of student activities at PLSD, the intangible skills that student athletes learn in their sports naturally translate to success in school. “Overall academic performance of student athletes is partly an indication of the discipline required to play a sport while also working hard at academics,” Aprile says. “Students know they must schedule their time wisely in order to juggle both classes and extracurricular activities.” In addition to time management skills, being involved in a sport teaches many habits and behaviors that are crucial to success both academically and in the real world. Sports teach important interpersonal skills such as collaboration and gracious competition. They give youths a chance to develop and practice leadership skills that, while honed on the field or court, translate to stronger leaders later in life. Student athletes are able to practice many of the skills necessary to thrive inside and out of school early on and in a safe environment. Additionally, there’s eligibility requirements that ensure that high school athletes maintain a certain GPA to participate. In Ohio, that GPA differs by district. According to its 2017-2018 Athletic Handbook, at Pickerington schools student athletes must maintain a 1.75 GPA per grading period. A study by researchers at Cornell www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
University showed that participating in high school sports can even help students down the line, with former high school athletes finding greater success in careers, and showing a positive relationship between high school athletes and their earning potential. The study attributed this correlation partially to the early development of self-confidence, selfrespect and leadership skills. For young women this is especially prevalent. A recent report by EY and espnW found that 94 percent of the women they surveyed who held senior management positions played sports. Of
female Fortune 500 executives, roughly 80 percent participated in sports as adolescents. Parents who are worried about whether or not their high schooler’s sports are cutting into their valuable study time, might consider the benefits, both intangible and not, of students participating in organized sports. It could very well position them to achieve greater future success. Taylor Woodhouse is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com. 19
iRun for Jonah 5K: Past and Present Community rallies around its own in time of need
Beneficiaries of the fundraising event.
n the warmth of late spring in central Ohio, hundreds of participants gather around Pickerington Central High School. Some students pass out snacks, water bottles and direct traffic, while others may be gearing up for the run with friends and neighbors, or getting ready to walk with parents and younger siblings. The whole Pickerington school community comes together to raise money for a child with a chronic illness at the iRun for Jonah 5K/1-Mile Family Walk. 20
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By Maddi Rasor
iRun for Jonah 5K/1-Mile Family Fun Walk
“It’s very close to my heart,” says Kim Hoser, chairperson of the event, “and a way of honoring Jonah.”
Origins of the iRun The namesake of the iRun for Jonah 5K is her son, Jonah Hoser, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and needed a heart transplant at the age of four. “The last part of his journey, even though he did well for nine years, was that he ended up going into (organ transplant) rejection,” says Hoser. Although Jonah was on the waiting list for another heart transplant, he never received one. The fundraiser was originally the brainchild of several Pickerington Central High School teachers, who became aware of Jonah’s story and wanted to help out the family. And so when The Hoser family has kept the race going to honor their Hoser got a phone call that these son and brother. teachers wanted to put on a 5K to And those hundreds of people who raise money for Jonah’s medical bills, the gather every year? One of them is the beneficiary child. Hosers were, naturally, overwhelmed. “So not only do people come and Although Jonah passed before the inaugural May 2010 race, his family race or walk,” Hoser says, “but they can was able to attend. Hoser, her husband, see physically the person – the child – Russell, and their daughters, Rachel and that we’re helping.” All that work makes a real, visceral Grace, decided to keep the race going, impact on the Pickerington community. in honor of their son and brother. “It’s just one of those events where people can really feel like they make a Giving Back difference,” Hoser says. For the past nine years, Hoser has In particular, the parents of kids been putting together the iRun for who have been helped by the race have Jonah 5K in his memory. With the aid come back to help in subsequent years. of Julie Brunner, a Pickerington Central They volunteer to give back, in the same guidance counselor and friend of way Hoser has, and pay it forward, so Hoser’s, Stacy Tennenbaum, the Central to speak. principal, along with volunteers, Hoser asks around the Pickerington Rapid Growth community for a family in need, selects the year’s beneficiary, collects donations, Organizing an event like the iRun organizes the race, sets up for the event, for Jonah 5K can be a full-time job. makes sure it runs smoothly, tears down And for Hoser, who already works as a afterwards, and provides the funds to postpartum and NICU nurse, the project the beneficiaries. has grown quickly. www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
The iRun for Jonah 5K / 1-mile family fun walk is designed to benefit a family in need in the Pickerington community due to a child with a chronic medical illness. This event began in 2010 to benefit Jonah Hoser and family due to his need for a (second) heart transplant. Each spring, rain or shine, the race and family walk will occur starting at Pickerington Ridgeview Middle School. This event has many students involved to promote community leadership and it also holds a sense of pride in our community as well. 130 Hill Rd. S., Pickerington Please check www.runsignup.com/Race/OH/ Pickerington/iRunforJonah for event updates and registration.
“It’s pretty much on my shoulders to make this happen,” Hoser says, “and it’s going be a challenge to make it happen this year.” Despite outsourcing some of the fundraising efforts and volunteer organization to the Columbus Running Company, a local company which specializes in organizing fundraiser races, the project has grown to a size that is perhaps too large for three people and a handful of volunteers. But for Hoser, whose interest in the event is rooted in such a deeply emotional place, not organizing it is perhaps as difficult as organizing it. “It’s made me think that maybe there’s something else we can do out there to keep honoring Jonah,” she says. Hoser remains optimistic that there is a different, and perhaps more manageable, way to continue to honor her son’s legacy. “I’m giving it to God,” she says. “[This race] impacts people, that they can actually see the child that they’re helping and surround them with love.” Maddi Rasor is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com. 21
Sensory Storytime Library synergizes community interests with available resources By Nathan Collins
The purchase of adaptive materials and toys was made possible via donation from Academic and Behavioral Learning Enrichment of Columbus.
federal Institute of Museum and Library Library was able to purchase adaptive Services (IMLS), awarded by the State materials and toys that benefit children Library of Ohio, the Pickerington Public with special needs. Some of these items www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
Photos courtesy of Grace Walker
hen the Pickerington community expressed its opinion about implementing a story time program geared specifically toward its special needs children, the Pickerington Public Library and Youth Services Staff member, Grace Walker, acknowledged the call to action. The decision to provide a story time specifically geared toward children with special needs was a synergy between library staff and community interests. Walker, a former applied behavioral analysis therapist and special educator, had ten years of experience working in the special education field before transitioning into the library world. It just so happened that one of Walkerâ€™s career goals was to increase library services to the underserved special needs population. Thanks to a donation from Academic and Behavioral Learning Enrichment of Columbus and a grant from the
Decorative Arts & the Art of Lilly Martin Spencer 1840-1900
Fruits of Temptation by Lilly Martin Spencer, detail: H 35401, Courtesy of the Ohio History Connection
included covers to dim the lights, noise canceling headphones, weighted lap animals, specialized seating, fiber-optic calming lights, a resistance tunnel and a variety of other sensory toys. Currently, Sensory Storytime is offered one Saturday a month. It is held at the Sycamore Plaza location before official library hours. The program consists of a 20 – 30 minute story time, followed by 30 minutes to play and utilize the library. “This provides an environment in which families do not have to worry about their child moving around, the volume of their voice, or any behaviors their child might have,” says Walker. Anyone interested in the program is encouraged to reach out to the Youth Services Department at the Pickerington Main Branch, including those who may have any initial concerns Interactivity allows the children to remain engaged during story time. about attending. “The staff has experience This interactivity helped the children stay working with children with special needs focused and engaged.” and tries to make accommodations for During the play portion of the story any child that might need it,” says Walker. time, children are also able to work on “This is not a traditional story time; skills such as communication and turnchildren are allowed to move around and taking. are not expected to remain quiet during Sensory Storytime benefits not only this time.” children, but is intended to benefit the The goal is for families to have a caregivers as well. It’s an opportunity for positive experience at the library and be caregivers to engage in literacy activities able to use this time as an opportunity to with their child, connect with other work on social skills needed when using families and to use library resources. A the library or other public settings. parent resource section has been created “Sensory Storytime provides children at Sycamore Plaza Library that focuses with special needs with an opportunity on children with special needs. A Mayerto engage in literacy activities that are Johnson’s Boardmaker software package, tailored to their needs,” says Walker. which is used by many therapists Many interactive and hands-on and special education teachers, was activities are incorporated in addition to purchased and can be used to print off reading a book. pictures to use in communication devices “When we read the story Pete the or for visual schedules. Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, I provided each child with their Nathan Collins is the managing own Pete the Cat,” says Walker. “As we editor. Feedback welcome at ncollins@ read the story, the children would take cityscenemediagroup.com. off a button that’s attached with Velcro.
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By Mallory Grayson
Itâ€™s OK to be Hangry
Dream becomes reality for Pickerington couple
here’s a new burger joint in town with business, and they really gave us the a focus on various sliders, which allows confidence that it could work.” customers to enjoy myriad flavors. And Jason operated and managed what goes great with sliders? Grandma’s several McDonald’s locations between homemade mac n’ cheese of course. The Youngstown and Columbus, while expansive menu at Hangry City Grille and Amber, now a full-time social worker, Spirits, born out of late-night brainstorming worked in the restaurant industry as a sessions between Amber and Jason Everett, server for many years. She operates the and their family, includes everything from front of the establishment, while Jason, fried pickles and wings to sliders and specialty cocktails. When the Everetts first began creating food recipes together, the dream was to operate out of a food truck and see where things went. “We spent our days putting together different flavors, and we were smart enough to write them down. But then they sat – for three years really,” Amber says. “We added to them and tweaked some things over the years. We figured when we had the time and ability, we’d get a food truck.” Fate had other plans for the soon-to-be restaurant owners; they went to Urban Being hangry is something that everyone can relate to. Cafe in Pickerington for happy hour and instead found a “Closed” sign next to a notice who also attended culinary school, offering the spot as lease space. operates the back. “Everything went from 0 to 60 very “For now,” Amber says with a quickly,” says Jason. “We knew we had smirk. “This restaurant is our baby, but the basis for it, and our ‘what ifs’ became eventually the plan is for Jason to take it reality right before our eyes.” over completely.” Amber’s intuition told her it could Determined to stand out from other work because they had previously catered local burger joints, the Everetts decided to multiple parties for friends, serving sliders concentrate on sliders, offering foodies like and her grandmother’s mac n’ cheese. themselves multiple options. “People kept telling us to go into
“People’s palates are always changing! If you want to stick with your mainstay, we have that. If you want to try something different, we have lots of choices for that, too,” says Jason. Jason indicates that the idea of multiple locations isn’t in the foreseeable future. “When you look down Route 256 (in Pickerington), you see chains you can go to anywhere,” says Jason. “Right now, we want to be that one unique place you can’t find anywhere else.” Setting themselves apart is the name of the game for the Everetts. Plus, positive reviews are building and Hangry City Grille is quickly becoming a well-known eatery after being open for just shy of eight months. With an atmosphere reminiscent of the 90’s, a menu full of pop-culture references and a family friendly culture, Hangry City is the new, local go-to place in Pickerington. Why Hangry City Grille? Because according to the Everetts, it’s something we call all relate to. “Everyone gets hangry at some point in the day!” the Everetts say in unison. “It’s allowed us to take the vibe from the city and let us reconnect to the people of Pickerington.” Hangry City Grille and Spirits is located in the Sherman Center at 1252 Hill Rd N. in Pickerington. Mallory Grayson is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
Photos courtesy of Mallory Grayson
Courtesy of Hangry City Grille and Spirits Recipe is for one slider. Multiply 1 bag frozen sweet corn ingredients for desired number of sliders. 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1/4 red onion, finely diced Ingredients: Freshly cut cilantro 3 oz. beef patty 1 tbsp. lime juice 1½ tbsp. cooked chorizo sausage (Combine ingredients, add lime juice 1 slider bun and freshly cut cilantro to taste.) 1 slice pepper-jack cheese Garlic Aioli Black-bean corn salsa 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 red bell pepper, diced www.pickeringtonmagazine.com
1 cup mayonnaise 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp. lemon juice (Combine ingredients.)
Instructions: Prepare black-bean corn salsa Prepare garlic aioli Cook beef patty Toast slider bun Top bun with beef patty, pepper jack cheese, black bean corn salsa, cooked chorizo sausage and garlic aioli. Enjoy!
By Brenda Layman
Student Spotlight features a student from a different area high school in every issue.
Magician with a Message
ake Lundgren, a recent Pickerington North graduate and current Ohio University freshman, has already made a name for himself in the world of illusion. Jake’s talent has enabled him to create Magic with a Message, a local magic performance event that raises money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Jake was 11 years old when he saw magician Carroll Baker perform at The Old Bag of Nails Pub in Upper Arlington. Fascinated, the youngster sought out books on the subject in the Pickerington Public Library and began learning. Seven years later, at age 18, he has become so skillful in magic that he sometimes fills in for Baker at local venues. The young performer has been mystifying audiences at several locations around the Columbus area, including Bob Evans restaurants, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Blue Monkey, Combustion Brewery & Taproom, children’s birthday parties and other events. “It takes a lot of time and devotion,” Lundgren says. “It’s not work, though, because I love every second of it.” Lundgren became aware of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation through a family connection. In 2008, his younger brother, an active, healthy child, became very ill. The diagnosis was Crohn’s disease. That was the motivation for the creation of Magic with a Mission. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is largely responsible for most of the progress that has been made in treatment for the condition, Lundgren explained. Through Magic with a Mission he has been able to raise thousands of dollars in donations for the foundation. 26
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Pickerington North grad’s philanthropy work is no illusion
“The Pickerington community has been very supportive,” he says. “Peace United Methodist Church hosted the first two Magic with a Mission events in 2017 and 2018, and we’re planning another for 2019. Some of the most well-known magicians around have appeared with me at these events - The Great Kaplan, Michael Kent and others.” The Society of American Magicians named Lundgren one of five Stars of Tomorrow in 2016, affording him the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis to perform at its national convention. When Lundgren was 14, he aspired to participate in Magi-Fest, America’s oldest magic show, but the teen could not afford the entry fee. Undeterred, he contacted the lead organizer and asked if he could work at the show in exchange for a reduced entry fee. His offer was accepted, and he has performed in Magi-Fest every year since then, in Columbus, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Orlando, Florida. Though Lundgren finds less time for magic performances, he keeps his friends and roommates entertained. “The people I live with see plenty of magic,” he says, laughing. “I think they like it. At least, I hope they do.” Lundgren is majoring in Integrated Social Studies AYA (Adolescent to Young
Adult), with plans to become a teacher. “I specialize in tableside magic, and I love to work with kids,” he says. Lundgren loves to entertain kids, but he also encourages them to learn magic. He is the founder and president of The Society of Young Magicians. This organization meets weekly, presenting lectures by professional magicians and providing a get-together for budding magicians to seek out the answers to their questions. Lundgren is away at OU during the school year, but other magicians, including Jerry Templeton – who performed in the first Magic with a Mission – are on hand to guide the participants. “It’s great because everyone there wants you to succeed,” says Lundgren. “Kids of every age are welcome. All you need is an interest in magic. We’re here to help. Anyone who is interested can contact me and I will get them connected.” More information about Jake Lundgren and Magic with a Message is available on Facebook at www. facebook.com/magic4crohns. Visit www. crohnscolitisfoundation.org to learn more about the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
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Pickerington Public Library staff book picks that will appeal to every book lover in the family! DIY and De-stress at your library! Learn a new hobby or craft through Creativebug. Watch more than 1000 classes on arts and crafts taught by artists and fellow crafting enthusiasts. Attend upcoming craft events and classes like the Craft It! Series at Sycamore Plaza Library, Stitchin’ in the Stacks at Pickerington Main Library, and Quarterly Paint Nights at Pickerington Main Library. Other similar resources available: OverDrive/Libby has craft and DIY e-books. Hoopla Digital has DIY e-books ready to stream instantly. Flipster offers craft and cooking magazines, like HGTV, DIY, and Food Network Magazine. The library also features a database called Hobbies and Craft Reference Center, which offers video tutorials, magazine articles, and project instructions. All available are FREE at Pickerington Public Library for library cardholders to download, stream or to place on hold. Healthy Cooking The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook: 75 easy recipes for light meals to make in your electric pressure cooker by Megan Gilmore Keep it easy and healthy with help from the new generation of cooking appliances. Simplify weeknight meals using easy-to-find whole foods and your instant pot. Gluten-free options, refined sugar-free – healthy without scrimping on flavor! Also by Megan Gilmore: No Excuses Detox: 100 recipes to eat healthy every day Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More by Gina Homolka Healthy cooking is tastier than ever with recipes from the Skinnytaste family of cookbooks, lightened up versions of favorite recipes that leave out fat and calories and keep the taste. No instant pot or air fryer? No problem! Tips are included to use conventional cooking methods and the scoop on making skinny. Available in regular and e-book form. Also try: Skinnytaste fast and slow: knockout quickfix and slow cooker recipes and the original Skinnytaste: light on calories, big on flavor Yoga Fitness The Little Book of Goat Yoga: poses & wisdom to inspire your practice by Lainey Morse Experience armchair goat yoga, 30
try gentle poses, and enjoy pictures of the goats that helped start the craze. While there are no goats, you can experience all the benefits yoga has to offer, in the most serene and quiet place you can think of – your local library! Raw Yoga of Reynoldsburg will lead an all-levels yoga class on the first Thursday of every month, January through June, 11:00 a.mnoon., at Sycamore Plaza Library. Instant Help Solutions Series especially for Teens! Maneuvering through a world that is ever-changing, teens (and their parents) need resources that help build strong skills to deal effectively with mental health issues and daily challenges. These and other titles are located in our teen section. The self-esteem habit for teens: 50 simple ways to build your confidence every day by Lisa Schab Grief recovery for teens: Letting go of painful emotions with body based practices by Coral Popowitz Communication skills for teens: How to listen, express & connect for success by Michelle Skeen Relationship skills 101 for teens: Your guide to dealing with daily drama, stress, and difficult emotions using dbt by Sheri Van Dijk.
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