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News and Information from the City of Pickerington


News and Information from Violet Township




Rising Star Pickerington native Lindsay Hollister finds success in Hollywood


Look Who’s Pack


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Food backpack program aims to combat weekend hunger for students in need

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Dec. 1-4

Dec. 2-16

Santa’s Mailbox

Pickerington High School Central presents A Christmas Carol

Dorothy Steiger Memorial Mitten Tree

Pickerington City Hall, 100 Lockville Rd., Once again, the North Pole Express mailbox is set up in front of City Hall. Children who include their names and return addresses in their letters to Santa will receive responses from the Jolly Old Elf himself.

7 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 2 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Pickerington High School Central, 300 Opportunity Way, The classic holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas reckoning is Central’s December production.

Pickerington City Hall, 100 Lockville Rd., Residents can drop off mittens, gloves, hats, coats and other winter gear to decorate the mitten tree and help out individuals in need.

Dec. 2 Olde Pickerington Village Holiday Gathering 5-8:30 p.m., Olde Pickerington Village, This family-friendly night, a Pickerington tradition, features children’s activities, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit from Santa, the official city tree lighting and the PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington’s Plaza of Lights.

Dec. 3 Violet Township Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive

Breakfast with Santa 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr., Crafts, music, a gift shop and a bake sale are all part of this annual Pickerington event, which also features breakfast and the opportunity for kids to meet Santa Claus.

Locations throughout Violet Township, Fire stations, schools, restaurants, churches, businesses and the Pickerington Police Department will all be accepting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for the Violet Township Fire Dec. 3 Department’s annual charitable drive. A Dec. 2-11 Dr. Laura Sparks and Robert toy drive-through event will take place Pickerington Community Roman at Violet Township Fire Station 592 on Theatre presents A Charlie Noon-4 p.m., Barnes & Noble Dec. 10. Brown Christmas Booksellers, 1738 Hill Rd. N., Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dec. 1-3 268 Hill Rd. N., Barnes & Noble Pickerington features two book signings: Sparks signs copPickerington High School The theater troupe’s holiday play tells ies of her book Jacob’s Hope from North presents Broadway the familiar story of Charlie Brown and noon-2 p.m., and Roman signs copies Lights on a Winter’s Night the Peanuts gang trying to discover of his book Ohio State Football: The 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 1 p.m. the true meaning of Christmas. Forgotten Dawn from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Pickerington High School North, 7800 Refugee Rd., North’s winter dinner theater producSubmit Your Event tion features holiday favorites. Do you have an event you would like to submit to our calendar? Send details and photos to 6

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Mark you r calendar for these commun ity events Dec. 3 Santa Saturday 2-4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way, www. Santa visits the library for an afternoon featuring music by One More Time String Band, as well as activities, treats and holiday traditions from around the world.

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Holiday Concerts Pickerington High School North, 7800 Refugee Rd.; Pickerington High School Central, 300 Opportunity Way; Concerts include the Ridgeview Junior High and Diley Middle school orchestras on Dec. 7; North’s Musical Celebration featuring the school’s orchestra, jazz band and choirs on Dec. 12; the North band on Dec. 13; and the Ridgeview Junior High band on Dec. 15. All take place at North, except the Ridgeview/Diley orchestra concert and the Ridgeview band, which take place at Central.

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7 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way, The library’s main book club discusses A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

7 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way, The library’s main book club discusses The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

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1-2 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way, The library’s lunchtime book club discusses Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb.

Jan. 21

Winter Break

Hands on Day @ the Library

Through Jan. 15 Festival of Lights PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington, 70 Cross St., The food pantry relocates its annual Plaza of Lights fundraiser to its headquarters, with each light on display representing the support of local businesses, nonprofits and residents.

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1-2 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way, The library’s lunchtime book club discusses Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

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Olde Pickerington Village Holiday Gathering Returns Olde Pickerington Village is decking the streets and lighting the village tree for an expanded old-fashioned holiday gathering. On Friday, Dec. 2, the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association and the City Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the free seasonal gathering from 5-8:30 p.m. The festivities feature strolling carolers, ice carving demonstrations, holiday gift ideas, children’s crafts, storytelling and a visit from Santa Claus at the David Beckham Photography studio. Horse-drawn carriage rides, sponsored by Chesta Company, will also run through the village that is lined by luminaries, provided by the Pickerington High School Key Club. Though the rides are free, donations to the PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington are accepted. The event this year has expanded to include activities from East Columbus Street to Hill Road and over to the pantry at Cross and Borland streets, said Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society President Peggy Portier. There will also be activities inside businesses, including children’s games, popcorn, face painting, a larger holiday

gift market area for vendors on the second floor of the creamery building and children’s cookie decorating at Froggy’s Sweets & More. This year, a free trolley, sponsored by KEMBA Financial Credit Union, will allow holiday gatherers to take in the events at the various locations. “This is a wonderful community event that is friendly to all ages. Families can bring the kids to see Santa and enjoy an inexpensive evening of activities,” Portier said. “Couples can come for dinner, stroll around the luminaries and do a little shopping.” To brighten the holidays of those in need, the pantry will light up the City with its annual light display. Due to construction in the village, the Plaza of Lights, the pantry’s main fundraiser, will illuminate the pantry at Cross and Borland streets instead of the plaza at 6 p.m. “We hope the community continues to support the Food Pantry’s biggest fundraising event. They’ll just be lighting the pantry this year instead of the plaza,” Portier said. At 7 p.m., residents and visitors will gather around the huge pine tree near

the gazebo at the corner of Columbus and Center streets and officially mark the beginning of the holidays by lighting the City tree. Residents can also adorn the Dorothy Steiger Memorial Mitten Tree in City Hall on Dec. 2. Hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and other warm gear are the ornaments that can be placed on the tree in City Hall, located at 100 Lockville Rd., through Friday, Dec. 16. The “decorations” will then be taken down and given to Fairfield County Job and Family Services to distribute to county families in need of some holiday warmth. Pickerington Parks and Recreation Director Rebecca Medinger said the mitten tree is one of the nice ways residents can give to those in need of some holiday kindness. “The real meaning of community shines when you gather to give someone else the gift of warmth through the cold months,” Medinger said. “The person receiving the items is truly appreciative of what they are given, and all those that were able to help provide the items should know that they really made a difference in someone’s life.”

Let it Snow While many Pickerington residents are not ready for Mother Nature to blanket the area with snow, the City is prepared. Already, the salt barn is full with 600 tons of salt, and the City’s six large dump trucks and nine pick-up trucks with attached plows are equipped and ready to clear 168 lane miles when the flurries begin to fly. Pickerington Service Director Ed Drobina said his 11 snow removal road crew often work 16-hour staggered

shifts when they are fighting flurries to make sure the pathway for motorists is free of snow and safe. City workers begin by clearing snow from the path of main roads. Side streets are next on the plow priority list, followed by subdivisions. During heavy, continued snowfall, road crew may have to stop what 9

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they are working on to return to plowing the main roads. “One of our biggest challenges is snow removal during rush hour traffic,” Drobina said. Another challenge is cul-de-sac plowing because it is difficult for the trucks to turn around due to safety concerns and there is not much room to place the snow. Residents can make it easier for the road crew to clear streets by not parking on the roadways when it is snowing.

If the vehicle is on the street when the plows come through, it will be snowed in. “We make every effort to keep from plowing snow into driveways, but in most instances, it cannot be avoided,” Drobina said. “Before your street is plowed, push or shovel the snow or ice to the left side of your driveway as you are looking at your house from the street. This will minimize the amount of snow and ice that gets pushed back into your driveway from the snow plows.”

Pushing snow into the streets is dangerous and illegal, so the City encourages residents to move it to the side of driveways and walkways. It is also up to each resident to make sure the path to the mailbox is clear for the postal service carrier to deliver mail. With all these excellent measures in place, Drobina said the City and its road crew are ready when Mother Nature lets it snow.

(Police)man’s Best Friend Pickerington Police Officer Nicholas Baehr’s new partner’s bark can be just as bad as his bite. In fact, Officer Foe is aptly named. The 18-month-old German Shepherd is definitely the enemy of anyone who violates the law. Together, Baehr and Foe will be providing the department and City with another way to take a bite out of crime. When Baehr expressed an interest in working with a canine partner, Pickerington Police Chief Mike Taylor asked the City to add the new officer to the department’s ranks. Fresh off of training by Mark Emdee of Precinct 45-K-9 LLC, Foe will be on the job when the new year begins. Baehr said the hardest part of the training is “learning the dog, adapting to how the dog acts, and relating and working with the dog.” “The K-9 handler and the dog have to bond,” he added. Foe not only received obedience training, he was taught to look for lost children and adults, track suspects, search for drugs and articles, act as backup for his state certified K-9 officer, and even apprehend suspects. Taylor said most suspects are “more than willing to surrender when they know a dog is hunting them.” As a result, the risk of a police officer losing 10

hours a day,” Baehr said. “We are very excited that Foe is the newest member of our family.” And the Pickerington Police Department is proud to add another worthy officer to active duty.

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his or her life is also greatly diminished if the dog is sent into a building to locate a suspect. “The vital role the dog plays is in a search, not just for the bad guy, but any lost child or older relative,” Taylor said. “To the bad guy, the dog has a strong psychological effect. They might challenge an officer with a gun, but give up almost immediately when they know a dog will attack.” Taylor recalled two incidents when the current K-9 officer was instrumental in assisting the department. The first encounter was when he tracked down a suspect in the woods and, 30 minutes later, was able to recover the suspect’s gun. The second incident was when, at a traffic stop, the dog sniffed out a very large quantity of drugs in a car. Foe not only works with Baehr, a fiveyear member of the department, each day on active patrol, he also goes home with him every night. “The best part of having the dog as a partner is the dog is with me 24

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Violet Township Open House Attendance is Always Appreciated The Violet Township Fire Department opened its doors to the community on Saturday, Oct. 16 during our annual Open House celebration. We want to take the time to thank everyone who attended, and those vendors and staff who made this an enormously successful event. We are always excited to meet so many people from the community, and hope that you had a great time and learned something new. Mark your calendars for upcoming Open Houses now so that we can see all of you again next year! Oct. 15, 2017 Oct. 14, 2018


A Holiday Giving Tradition The Violet Township Fire Department and Pickerington Local School District are once again teaming up to provide holiday assistance for children and families throughout the Pickerington and Fairfield County areas. This partnership has proven to be particularly successful in the past years. In 2015, we assisted approximately 720 families with nearly 2,000 children. Thanks to the generosity of local schools, businesses and churches, our red toy collection boxes are located at 50 sites throughout Canal Winchester, Pickerington and Reynoldsburg. The toy drive officially kicked off Nov. 22. If you would like to contribute, drop off a new, unwrapped toy in any Violet Township Fire Department toy drive box. You may also donate at any of the three Violet Fire stations. Station 591 is currently located at 490 N. Center St., Station 592 is at 8700 Refugee Rd. and Station 593 is at 2365 Taylor Park Dr. Items of particular need are gifts for older children, such as gift cards, electronics and cologne or perfume. Girl Scout Troop 2140 is hosting the annual Toy Drive-Thru at Violet Fire Station 592 at 8700 Refugee Rd. This event will be on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations may be dropped off as you drive through the fire station, where the fire trucks typically sit, without even getting out of your car. Violet Township firefighters will also attend various school events to promote the toy drive. Due to the dedication of generous community members and leaders, Violet Township Fire Department and Pickerington Local Schools are able to make a difference in the lives of children and families during the holiday season. Thank you in advance for your continued support, and we hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.


Meet Your New Trash Hauler After many years of discussion, deliberation and requests from our residents, Violet Township is implementing a single trash hauler for its residents who reside in the unincorporated areas of the township. Of the sealed, competitive bids received, Local Waste Services, Ltd. (LWS) was the lowest and best bid package received. This service and pricing begins April 1, 2017 for a minimum of a three-year period. The process for this program is permitted under Ohio Revised Code 505.27, and we believe this program provides many benefits to our residents and community, such as: Uniform and annual fixed pricing: Violet Township residents are currently paying as much as $60 per month. The new trash collection service will be provided for $11.50 per month, billed quarterly. Annual pricing may increase based on the Consumer Price Index and fuel costs, but is capped not to exceed 2.5 percent per year. Conservatively, we are very comfortable that we are saving our residents an aggregate of over $2.4 million over the three-year contract. Single trash day: All residents will have their trash collected on Friday of each week, except for holidays, and a schedule will be published. This prevents the current situation of four to six trash trucks traveling your streets five to six days per week. This reduces the heavy truck traffic on our roadways, and allows for our residents to have trash collected on the same day. Regulated service: Currently, haulers are picking up trash as early as 4:30 a.m. Our contract prohibits service from beginning prior to 6 a.m. Violet Township can now become an advocate for our residents if and when service deficiencies result, as well as regulate cleanup if any spills occur on our streets. Optional Services: All residents will be provided with the option to have additional services. These services are not required, but have been made available to all residents through our contract. Those who desire this

service will need to subscribe by contacting LWS as described below after Jan. 1, 2017. Curbside recycling: The fee for this is $3.95 per month, which includes a 65-gallon recycling container. Recycling will be picked up every other Friday, and a schedule will be published in advance. Trash container rental: Residents who choose to rent a wheeled trash container (32-, 65- or 96-gallon) can do so for an additional fee of $3 per month. Disposal of CFC appliances: These appliances can be disposed of with freon still present for a fee of $75. The removal of these items must be scheduled in advance. Unlimited Quantity Trash Collection: The base fee of $11.50 per month includes unlimited amounts of trash, including bulk items and brush that are in bundles of 4 feet or less in length by 2 feet in diameter, and bags/containers that weigh less than 50 pounds each. This is a benefit to our residents, as a number of surrounding municipalities do not have this feature and pay additional fees for these services. What do I need to do as a resident? Services begin April 1, 2017, but the following items can be scheduled or handled in advance of the start date: Only pay your current trash hauler for services up to March 31, 2017: If you already have paid Waste Management Services or Rumpke beyond this date, both have agreed to provide you a refund. You will need to contact them directly to coordinate this. After Jan. 1, 2017: If you would like any of the optional services, please contact LWS at 614-409-9375 or go to request to request them. After Jan. 1, 2017: If you are age 62 or older, LWS will provide a 10 percent percent discount to you. Simply mail the company a copy of your driver’s license or other identification and a utility bill in your name at its business address listed below.

Your last collection day in March, 2017: Leave any rental equipment from another hauler at the curb after your last collection day in March 2017. Have your trash and recyclables at the curb by 6 a.m. on April 7, 2017. Detailed information about these services will be mailed to each residence, and is available on the following websites: Local Waste Services: Violet Township: Local Waste Services Contact Information: Local Waste Services, Ltd. 1300 S. Columbus Airport Rd. Columbus, OH 43207 Phone: 614-0409-9375 or 740756-7156 Website:

How to Reach Us Violet Township Administrative Offices 12970 Rustic Dr. Pickerington, OH 43147 614-575-5556 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. (behind hhgregg) Violet Township Service Center Phone: 614-382-5979 490 Center St. Pickerington, OH 43147 13

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Pickerington native Lindsay Hollister finds success in Hollywood


f you’ve seen Nip/Tuck, Scrubs or the 2008 action-comedy-adventure film Get Smart starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, you’ve seen her face. She was born in Columbus, moved to Pickerington when she was in second grade and graduated from Pickerington High School – now Pickerington High School North – in 1995. Her name is Lindsay Hollister, and after graduating from Pickerington High School and thereafter Miami University, she took the plunge into the entertainment industry and moved out to Los Angeles. Hollister, now 39, found her passion for acting during high school, thanks to retired North theater department director Margaret Lawson. “(Lawson) was sort of a legend there, and had this amazing theater program,” says Hollister. “I fell in love with it, and she put me in the fall show. I never looked back from that point.” Hollister is grateful to Miami, from which she obtained a degree in theater performance, for giving her a well-

rounded education and business acumen, which is vital to her now. She and her husband, Matthew Heffner, co-own the Pie Hole, a coffee and pie shop with four locations now and two more planned. Heffner started the company with his mother, Hollister and a family friend five years ago. “That’s sort of my other life: our business,” says Hollister. “It’s been really, really strange.” When she first moved to L.A. in 1999, Hollister says she was overexcited and, perhaps, naive about the industry. She found herself in a guest star role in Boston Public, a FOX drama that ran from 2000-2005. For the role as Christine Banks, she was submitted for an Emmy consideration for outstanding guest star. The role opened many doors for Hollister, and she was cast in other guest star appearances on such shows as ER, Popular and Days of Our Lives. In summer 2001, Hollister turned down a three-year contract with Days of Our Lives, not wanting to be tied down. She says it ended

up being her biggest career regret as, mere months later, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks brought the industry to a standstill. “Everything changed after 9/11,” says Hollister. “A lot of people don’t think a lot about how that affected the industry. You didn’t see a lot of movie stars doing television until after that point.” Seven years later, Hollister found herself waltzing alongside Steve Carell in Get Smart. In the scene, Carell’s Maxwell Smart invites Hollister’s character to dance in competition with Anne Hathaway’s Agent 99. Hollister, a plussized actress, is laughed at by the audience until Carell’s character sweeps her off her feet – literally. Being a plus-sized actor has brought an element of struggle to Hollister’s acting career, as the industry is not known for its inclusivity when it comes to size. “I had gastric bypass in 2011 because … I was being told, ‘You’re too fat to play the fat role,’” says Hollister. “I did it for my career first and


health second, and I’m very honest about that. I’m always going to be big for Hollywood, because I’m 5’9”.” However, Hollister says the attitude surrounding plus-sized female actors has changed dramatically since she began acting thanks to big-name plus-sized actors, noting the success of the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson. “Melissa McCarthy is one of the most bankable celebrities right now, and she gets no credit for it at all,” says Hollister. “I went to audition for This is Us, and now they’re like, ‘You’re too small.’ I’m like, how is this happening?” Finding that balance has always been a focus of Hollister’s, and the same was true when she accepted the starring role in a film by infamous German director Uwe Boll. The film, titled Blubberella – which Hollister called “horrible” in a 2011 interview with Entertainment Weekly – showcased Hollister as a fat superhero, fighting against Nazis. “He was going to do it with or without me,” says Hollister. “At least I was in on the joke. If I’m in on the joke, I wrote the jokes, we’re good. I felt more empowered because of that.” The film sits at an abysmal 12 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Hollister doesn’t regret taking a chance on it. “That’s the weird tale of it; I don’t regret it at all. I think you have to go where the work is,” says Hollister. “You take a heavier woman and make her a superhero. I thought it could be really empowering.” Now, Hollister is focused on the expansion of the Pie Hole as well as


Hollister with her parents

working behind the camera. She wrote a horror-comedy film about kids in a fat camp that is now being packaged by the major United Talent Agency. Hollister realized that writing allowed her to feel as if she had found her voice, she says. The film follows the themes of bullying and size acceptance. “That’s been an ongoing theme in my career, and I’m fine with it,” says Hollister. “Kids are killing themselves. … I think they need to know there are successful people out there that were bullied, and are still bullied, and that you’re not alone.” Hollister’s future remains bright. Between the Pie Hole, writing, producing and acting, she’s keeping busy and is still finding success.

“It’s a really exciting time right now,” says Hollister. “I feel like I’m at the rebirth of my career. You have to reinvent your career every 10 years, keep creating and working at it.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

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Look Who’s Pack Food backpack program aims to combat weekend hunger for students in need


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partnership among several community entities aims to ensure Pickerington children don’t go hungry over the weekend when there’s no school lunch to be had. Last fall, the Pickerington Local School District, PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington and United Way of Fairfield County came together to create a larger version of the H.O.P.E. Packs Program. H.O.P.E. stands for Hands Out Providing Encouragement, and the program was previously run by Violet Baptist Church. The food pantry has had efforts aimed at combating weekend hunger for years, but the H.O.P.E. endeavor was spurred on more recently as teachers noticed students coming back to school hungry on Monday mornings. They get school breakfast and lunch, but without that opportunity on the weekends, they may have to go without. “In the fall of 2015, the United Way of Fairfield County reached out to the PCMA Food Pantry to see if the Pickerington Local School District was offering a weekend feeding program to income-eligible children in the schools throughout the district,” says Barbara Meek, coordinator of the food pantry. Representatives of the three organizations Volunteers assemble formed a committee to figure out how to turn the food backpacks for the idea into a commu- H.O.P.E. Packs Program. nity-wide project. The contents of each bag “(The provary, but among the items gram) began in the building with the that may be included are: highest percentage of children in the free • Cereal or reduced lunch program: Tussing El• Canned fruit or protein ementary,” Meek says. “I believe 27 per• Protein bars cent of the kids in the Pickerington Local • Bread School District are in the free or reduced • Shelf-stable milk lunch program, and teachers, counselors • Peanut butter and principals were seeing kids come in • Pudding on Monday hungry.” • Canned lasagna All students in the school district’s • Canned spaghetti with free or reduced-price lunch program are meatballs eligible to receive packs of food to take • Beef ravioli home for the weekend. They may be re• Macaroni and cheese ferred to the program through teachers, • Juice boxes principals or guidance counselors. • Applesauce “Some examples of the food included • Toaster pastries in the packs are cereal, canned fruit and 17

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H.O.P.E. Packs are put into a car trunk for delivery in Pickerington Local Schools.

protein, protein bars, bread, and shelfstable milk,” says Meek. The food is obtained through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and stored at Violet Baptist, where the bags are still put together each Friday morning by volunteers. The bags are then schools throughout the district. At present, 55-70 school children benefit from the H.O.P.E. program each week, and approximately 1,700 bags were handed out to children in the 2015-16 school year. “It costs about $7.50 per bag that goes home with students,” says Sherry Orlando, executive director of the United Way of Fairfield County. Organizers hope to continue to expand the program wherever it’s needed. “The program cannot grow without the financial help and support of others in our community,” says Meek. “The program is strong and has continued to thrive because of the many great volunteers from several churches and the PCMA Food Pantry.” In July 2016, the application and description of the H.O.P.E. Packs program were added to the school district website as part of an effort to raise awareness and increase ease of access. “The H.O.P.E. Packs program serves a critical need for the students who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the week but are returning to school on Monday hungry,” says Meek. Program information can be found at Paige Brown is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

RELATED READS • Food pantry’s summer program • Food pantry’s Festival of Lights • Schools’ Club Hope • WLC holiday program 18

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By Ray Bruster Student Spotlight features a student from a different area high school in every issue.

Reaching Great Heights Standout Central basketball player Sterling Manley will play for UNC


Photos courtesy of Pickerington Local Schools

ickerington High School Central senior Sterling Manley has dreams to soar above the rim, and he may be well on the way to achieving them. Manley is involved in several athletic and extracurricular endeavors, but is probably best known at Central – and in the Pickerington community in general – as the towering power forward for the Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team. The 6’11” cager has been playing basketball for most of his life. With him on the court, the Tigers were 25-3 this past season and advanced to the regional semifinals. The road there had its potholes, Manley says. Most notably, he suffered two major injuries in a six-month span. The official sports-medicine diagnosis in both cases was tibial tubercle avulsion, better known as a broken leg, and the second one

Sterling Manley participates in National Letter of Intent Signing Day at Pickerington High School Central in November.


caused him to miss the beginning of this most recent season. He worked hard at his rehabilitation in the off-season, wanting to get back in the game as soon as possible, though he knew the path there would be long. “I wanted to be on the court, but I knew I had to trust the process,” Manley says. “I knew that I needed to do rehab to play again. I’m glad I trusted the process.” A player with Manley’s skill and physical gifts does not go unnoticed. Heading into his senior year, he received full schol-


arship offers from a whopping 22 universities across the country. Before that, though, Manley had a conversation with Johnathan Hedgepeth, coach of the varsity girls’ basketball team at Central. Hedgepeth asked Manley what school he wanted to attend, and his first answer was the University of North Carolina. Hedgepeth connected with Sylvia Hatchell, coach of UNC’s girls’ basketball team, and she got him in touch with one of the men’s assistant coaches. Soon

Manley speaks at the National Letter of Intent Signing Day event.

enough, the Tar Heels coaching staff had seen Manley’s game film and knew they had an opportunity. “My dream became reality after a short conversation with coach Hedgepeth after an open gym one evening,” Manley says. Ultimately, in October, Manley committed to attend and play basketball at UNC. He was impressed by the coaching staff, the quality of the educational programs and the winning environment there. “That’s an atmosphere and environment that I will enjoy being in,” he says. “I know I will be successful there.” Manley’s athletic and academic careers have been a source of pride for Manley’s family as well: his parents, Kim and Eric, as well as his older sister, Adelia, and younger sister, Camille. “We truly thank God for giving Sterling this amazing ability to play basketball,” says Kim. “He truly is a hard-working individual.” Amid his commitment to the Tigers basketball team, Manley has maintained a grade point average of 3.6 and participates in Central’s Drug Free Clubs of America program. Central started its chapter of Drug Free Clubs of America in the 201516 school year. To participate, students take pledges to remain drug-free and, after submitting to urine tests to prove it, are eligible for rewards from the school and from local businesses.

Photo courtesy of Kim Manley


“I am proud to be a Drug Free Club member,” says Manley. “It shows I stand for something I believe in.” This fall, Manley was elected homecoming king and his girlfriend, Ireland Landis, was elected queen. Manley’s career path isn’t set, but he plans to study either sports management or communications due to his enjoyment of sports. Ray Bruster is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

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By Zachary Konno

Triple Threat Triple Threat Ridgeview teacher also coaches and holds his own as a triathlete



Photos courtesy of Ross Hartley

ickerington native Ross Hartley is more or less your average 28-year-old. Junior high school teacher, computer programming club adviser, cross country coach. Top-notch triathlete. Hartley is in his third year of teaching at Ridgeview Junior High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a master’s degree in education. His main inspiration to become a teacher was his mother, Teresa. She spent years as a substitute teacher before finally getting her teaching license when Hartley was in high school. “Every day, (she had) a new and different story,” he says. Shortly after he started teaching at Ridgeview, Hartley started an engineering club there. It has morphed into a computer programming club. He coaches cross country at Pickerington High School North. And he has been competing in triathlons since he was 17 years old. Fittingly, Hartley was introduced to triathlons by his own cross country coach. Since he already had a strong background in running and had been on the Huntington Hills swim team as a child, Hartley only needed to borrow a bike in order to start training. Now, more than 10 years later, Hartley continues to compete in triathlon events across the country. And he doesn’t just compete in triathlons: He excels in them.

takes it.” He swims, runs and bikes three or four times a week, each for several hours and miles. While he likes to stay in shape and appreciates the exercise he gets while training, Hartley says what he enjoys most about competing is the challenge that comes with it. “There’s no other feeling in the world once you cross that finish line,” Hartley says. “There’s always something you can Ross Hartley at the ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup improve on.” Triathlon events stop Since his first triathlon during his once winter weather hits, so it will be senior year in high school, Hartley esti- a little while before Hartley can commates he has competed in 75 races and pete again, but he always continues won 53 of them. He is a four-time na- to train through cold weather so he tional runner-up, and also won a bronze can be ready when races start back up medal in the 25-29 male age group in next spring. the sprint distance at the 2014 World What he would tell others who are Triathlon Grand Final. intimidated by beginning to train for Though he credits his athletic triathlons? background, Hartley thinks the real “Always keep it simple,” he says. reason he succeeds is because of how “Just think of it as, ‘I’m going to go for hard he trains and “how seriously (he) a swim, after that I’m going to go for a

Hartley with the students in Ridgeview Junior High School’s computer programming club

bike ride and after that I’m going to go for a run. Just keep it simple.” Zachary Konno is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

RELATED READS • Fellow Pickerington triathlete Kat Briggs • Triathlete pastor Gary Fowler • Post-race recovery tips • Ridgeview students’ community service 23

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Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Storage Wars

Know someone who never seems to have enough space on his or her computer? Consider one of these Seagate USB drives from TCR Computers, which also specializes in custom setups for gaming computers; each drive can store one or two terabytes of data. $99.99 for 1TB, $109.99 for 2TB.

All Ages

Custom designs are the name of the game at the recently-expanded Sara’s Sewing Shed, which can put photos or designs on just about anything, from photo frames and T-shirts to golf bags and business card holders. For kids, there are the stuffed animals; for adults, these sublimated wine koozies. $32 animal, $25 koozie.

I Wanna Rock

If you know a dedicated musician in need of a new guitar, or another guitar to add to his or her collection, Mid Ohio Music Academy has you covered. In addition to various guitars and the equipment needed for them – think strings, straps and picks – the store can also order custom guitars built by Weber Custom Guitars of Granville. Starting at $600. 24

Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Whether it’s a runner, walker or person with some sort of mobility issue, The FootWorks Store has the most suitable footwear. It specializes in custom fittings, which average around $150; a gift card is the perfect way to ensure your loved one gets the best pair of shoes possible. Any denomination.

Spirit Squad

Help someone express some state, hometown or college town spirit with a hand-stenciled wood decoration from Art + Alibi. They’re available at all-locallycreated shop Ohio Made, which has been open in Pickerington since the spring, alongside a huge variety of other items. $16-$32.

Ache No More

Body Ache Escape Massage Center distinguishes itself with its long list of different treatment options, from hot stone and sports massages to fertility massages and lymphatic drainage therapy. One good example of an alternative is the aromatherapy massage, which, like all other services, uses only natural, paraben-free oils. $75-$130.


For the Greater Good

For a quick and festive option, check out Habitat for Humanity & ReStore, which has a wealth of inexpensive holiday items. All items sold at the store are donated, most by Pickerington residents, and proceeds go to the projects of Habitat for Humanity of Fairfield County. Prices vary.

A Tisket, a Tasket

Skating by

If there’s an aspiring or experienced skater on your list, Careless Heart likely has what you’re looking for. In addition to a variety of custom skateboard options, Careless Heart also sells prebuilt boards for a quick fix. Starting at $60. 26

Aunt Deanna’s Basket of Goodies has a gift basket for all occasions, and Christmas is no exception. These festive baskets – each filled with candy, chocolate treats and a wooden candy cane ornament – are wrapped up with festive bows. $10.

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The Gift of Gourmet A look at some tasty local options for gift cards

Pie in the Sky

Froggy’s Sweets & More has more than just gift cards. It also has a variety of chocolates, cookies, brownies and – among its more popular items – pies, with a different pie special each week. Pies generally range $15-$18.


Butterscotch Meringue Pie Recipe Courtesy of Froggy’s Sweets & More Ingredients Butterscotch Filling: *Double Recipe for Deep Dish Pie* 1 cup brown sugar 3 Tbsp. shortening or butter 4 Tbsp. whipping cream 1 cup milk 6 Tbsp. flour 1 egg yolk Meringue Topping: 6 egg whites 1 ⁄4 tsp. cream of tartar 2 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar

Instructions Cook brown sugar, shortening or butter, and whipping cream together until thick and brown. The longer it is cooked, the more butterscotch taste it will have. Separately mix together milk, flour and egg yolk, and stir in to the original butterscotch mixture. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Pour into baked pie shell. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and confectioner’s sugar until stiff peaks form to create meringue. Spread meringue over pie, covering completely. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown in spots. 27

Frosty the Cupcake

Gigi’s Cupcakes has earned its reputation through the towering topping of frosting on each cupcake and mini cupcake. It has specialty cupcakes for each day of the week.

Muy Sabroso

La Fogata Grill is an institution in Pickerington, offering a variety of authentic Mexican dishes with an increasing emphasis on healthful ingredients. Carnitas and chimichangas have long been favorites there.

Boss Barn

Taranto’s Pizza Barn has been part of the Pickerington community for more than 25 years and continues to be a local favorite. The BLT pizza is one of the restaurant’s highlights, but it also offers salads, Stromboli and calzones.

Italian Intrigue

Home-style Italian favorites are the specialties at Omezzo Italian Restaurant, which opened in 2013. Among the restaurants’ most popular items are its eponymous offerings: Pasta Omezzo (rigatoni with red pepper, tomato cream sauce, mushroom, spinach and chicken) and Trio Omezzo (cheese tortellini with pesto cream sauce, lasagna and chicken diavolo). www.



By Colleen C. Bauman, Community Relations Coordinator, Pickerington Public Library

Best Books for Holiday Gift-Giving The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter: 30 Magical Crafts for Witches and Wizards – From Pencil Wands to House Colors TieDye Shirts By Jamie Harrington No magic wand needed. With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this spellbinding book, you’ll be able to transfigure simple supplies and things around the house for lots of wizarding world fun.

Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build * Invent * Create * Discover By Jack Challoner  Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors’ wheels turning and make science pure fun. Each stepby-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12 and ranked easy, medium or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requires only household materials.

Cooking for Jeffrey By Ina Garten Combined with warm stories of Ina and Jeffrey’s life together, Ina Garten has written her most personal cookbook yet. Time-tested, often-requested recipes that include updated traditional dishes, wonderful salads and delicious desserts, these offerings are sure to please your family and friends as well.

winning author Michael Dahl (Goodnight Baseball, Goodnight Football and Goodnight Hockey) and illustrated by Ethen Beavers (DC Super Friends).

Pax By Sara Pennypacker (ages 10-14) Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. Peter’s dad enlists in the military and Peter goes to live with his grandfather, 300 miles from home. A pet fox would be too much for the grandfather, so the father makes Peter return Pax to the wild, and Peter strikes out on his own to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile, Pax steadfastly waits for his boy, having adventures of his own.

Michael Vey series By Richard Paul Evans (ages 12 and up) Michael Vey has been hiding a secret all his life: He has a superpower. Sixteen other children born in the same hospital at the same time also exhibit unusual electromagnetic powers. Michael and Taylor are the only ones who haven’t been collected by evil, power-hungry men. With some help from others, Michael and Taylor free the prisoners of the twisted Elgin Academy where they are held. For fans of Rick Riordan series.

Ms. Marvel graphic novel series By G. Willow Wilson (ages 12 and up) Kamala Khal is a teenage Pakistani Muslim American from New Jersey with shape-shifting abilities. As much as Islam is a part of Kamala’s identity, this book isn’t about religion or faith, but what happens when you struggle with the labels imposed upon you.

Bedtime for Batman By Michael Dahl Wearing his pajamas, this little boy imagines each of his nightly routines as an adventure for the Caped Crusader. Great for Batman fans young and old alike, this book was written by

Library Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m. 29

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Haunted Village: Oct. 27 Photos courtesy of Margaret Arendt

U.S. Navy

Seaman Collin Helms of Pickerington, with Gunner’s Mate Seaman Caleb Beckner of Ripley, W.Va., heave line on the fantail of USS John C. Stennis as the ship gets underway from Naval Base Kitsap - Bremerton. Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard


Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce Photos courtesy of Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber’s 2016 Youth ATHENA Award nominees

Ribbon cuttings at Park National Bank and Storage One

Violet Township Fire Department Open House: Oct. 16 Photos courtesy of Violet Township Fire Department




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