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January/February 2018

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6 Community Calendar 8 News & Info from

Upper Arlington

9 News & Info from

The Village of Marble Cliff

10 News & Info from Grandview Heights

11 faces


Thriving Under Pressure

UA resident champions positive psychology at work and home

15 in focus

Extra Credit

Grandview schools’ mental health specialist collaborates with faculty to help students

18 Whatever Works (Out)


Exploring unique Tri-Village fitness options

22 Prevention in Their Sights

The Tri-Village Lions Club works to focus on diabetes awareness

24 living

Lighten Up

Upper Arlington kitchen remodel creates a bounty of light and storage


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Local chef Laurie Sargent bakes her way to success

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Arts and Entertainment


Art Quilt Alliance: Playing with Threads 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Concourse Gallery 3600 Tremont Road

Jan. 19

Coffee and Conversation with Superintendent Andy Culp 8:15-9:15 a.m. Marshall’s Restaurant 1105 W. First Ave.

Jan. 22

Upper Arlington Community Fair 5-6:30 p.m. Municipal Services Center 3600 Tremont Road

Jan. 22

UA Centennial State of the City Address

6:30-7:30 p.m. Municipal Services Center 3600 Tremont Road

Jan. 23

The Upper Arlington Golden Bear Banquet Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Road

Feb. 2-3

Art Studio Clearance Sale Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m. Ohio Craft Museum 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

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Upper Arlington High School Spring Musical: Anything Goes Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Road

Feb. 12

Wellington Upper School Winter Concert

6:30 p.m. The Wellington School 3650 Reed Road.

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After-School Movie 3:15-5 p.m.

Jan. 9

Author Visit: Lost Restaurants of Central Ohio and Columbus 7-8 p.m.

Jan. 11

Music: The Ramblers 7-8 p.m.

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Winter Reading Challenge

Feb. 15

Music: Carren Monham 7-8 p.m.

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Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd.,

Jan. 4

BYOC: Bring Your Own Crafts 11 a.m.-noon., Lane Road


Music in the Library: The Rosebuds 7 p.m.

Jan. 12

Women of Art History: Frida Kahló 12:30-1:30 p.m., Main Branch

Jan. 13

STEAM Storytime

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The Write Stuff Writers’ Conference: Mindy McGinnis TBA

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10 a.m.-noon, Main Branch

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ESOL Current Events Discussion Group

Live at the Library: The New Basic Brass Band

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1:30-4:30 p.m., Lane Road

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Board Game Café

Feb. 1

UAPL Book Circle

Feb. 26

Preview of the Columbus Symphony Reading to Rover 7-8 p.m., Lane Road Orchestra’s Russian Festival II 7-8 p.m., Main Branch

Feb. 3

StoryWalk: The Snowy Day

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Main Branch

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AB OU T U A’ S C E N T E N N I A L On behalf of the members of the UA100 Centennial Task Force, we welcome you to the start of a year to remember for Upper Arlington! Planning for our Centennial has been an exciting endeavor for a team of community volunteers, civic group and public entity representatives. Since work began in 2014, we have shaped a plentiful list of ideas into actionable projects and events. Most notable is a signature Legacy Project at Northam Park— The Centennial Plaza and History Walk. Watch for details of our March 20 anniversary celebrations that will also mark the beginnings of construction for this lasting gift to the community, and an unveiling ceremony that will be part of our Fourth of July celebrations. We extend our sincere gratitude to Upper Arlington City Council and City Manager Ted Staton, who have supported and facilitated our efforts with the professional expertise of City Staff and the initial start-up funding needed to help bring our ideas to fruition. Throughout 2018, we are excited at the opportunity to share highlights of Upper Arlington’s Centennial Celebrations with you in Tri-Village Magazine. Sincerely,

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As Upper Arlington readies for a successful second century, the City invites you to an annual review of recent accomplishments and our plans for the year ahead, including the celebration of our Centennial. Enjoy a Community Fair and refreshments from 5-6:30 p.m., featuring exhibits from City departments and the community’s civic groups. Our State of the City presentation begins at 6:30 p.m., and includes the announcements of the 2017 Community Award recipients. We hope you can join us!

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humansofua “I think that one of the things [that makes UA special] is tradition. The Fourth of July Parade, the community activities, and Upper Arlington just draws people back. We moved away, but then we wanted to come back. Our friends, a lot of them moved away, came back, now we’re fortunate enough that our son just moved back to town. It’s got such a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, it makes people want to be here.” Mary and Steve Stover


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News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




By Bill Johannes, Marble Cliff Administrative Assistant

On the Horizon

More improvements planned for Marble Cliff

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apital investments in 2017 made living and working in Marble Cliff more enjoyable, and additional investments are planned for 2018. “The Village has a five-year plan for maintenance and improvements, but an upturn in the local economy allowed us to move up some projects during 2017,” says Marble Cliff Mayor Kent E. Studebaker. Notable completed projects include the installation of the multiuse path along West Fifth Avenue, connecting residents and surrounding neighborhoods to downtown Columbus via the Scioto Trail. An innovative cost-sharing collaboration between the Village and Upper Arlington reduced the Village’s expense for this accessible transportation option. In addition, the Village replaced all the traffic signs to improve safety and appearance of our community. Village Hall was refurbished for the first time since its construction in 1984, and upgraded technology was added throughout the building. Several streets were resurfaced, and additional sidewalk and curb work was completed at no cost to residents. “Sound fiscal management has enabled the Village to make improvements without tax increases or assessments,” says Studebaker. “In fact, the Village’s inside property tax millage collected from property owners continues as the lowest permitted by state law.” Marble Cliff’s location near downtown Columbus and The Ohio State University make the Village attractive to businesses. The Village’s 2 percent income tax rate, among the lowest in central Ohio, helps keep the office occupancy rate very high.

Studebaker emphasizes that Village officials, while optimistic about this year’s revenue forecast, are hardly complacent. “We will continue promoting economic development including opportunities to support high-quality office space, which is necessary to remain competitive with other communities,” says Studebaker. Marble Cliff has 740 square feet of parkland per person – 60 percent more than the national standard. A generous bequest received last year from the Rosemary Duffy Larson Trust will support beautification of Tarpy Woods and Falco Park for years to come. When warm weather returns, residents will enjoy the landscaping upgrades made on Cambridge Island, Village Court and Falco Park late in 2017. And thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Kenny Reese and his fellow Scouts, walkers in the Village

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will have several new benches to sit on and take in the beauty of the Village. In 2018, the Village will rebuild Cardigan Avenue between the railroad tracks and Dublin Road. In addition, the Village will begin exploring options for burying utility lines to reduce unsightly poles and calming traffic at Cambridge Boulevard and Third Avenue. “Village leadership will prioritize projects that are a source of pride for our residents and that provide a high-quality experience for visitors, businesses and workers,” says Studebaker. Bill Johannes is administrative assistant for the Village of Marble Cliff. Feedback welcome at jwise@


News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights

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Growing with Technology

Grandview schools’ one-to-one technology initiative is changing the roles of teachers and students


books to more advanced technology such as 3-D printers. The goal of bringing these tools to the classroom is simple: provide an experience for students. “Teachers are not Google anymore. They are not the only facilitator in the classroom anymore. Students can actively help drive that experience in real time,” Lusher says. Aside from the impact on learning that technology is bringing to students, Grandview’s technology team is well aware of the importance of teaching students about maintaining a healthy balance of technology. While using laptops and tablets can surely heighten learning in the classroom, studies actually show that this can often lead to severe stress due to the human mind’s inability to multi-task. “We are seeing what we like to call a conscious simplification, and what is really cool in some cases (is) we see some of our highest achieving students putting that technology away,” Lusher says. “It’s

nice to have that tech serve as a knowledge clarity, but we want our kids knowing when to turn it off.” Though it may be hard to imagine where technology in the classroom will be a few years down the line, Grandview schools are ensuring all students are exposed to the latest devices and practices. Chief Technology Officer Chris Deis, who started with the district this school year, credits this program’s success thus far to the transparency between the tech teams, teachers and students. “In education, it is our job to keep getting better and we truly want that,” Deis says. “We want to be better, more efficient and authentic with our learning experiences for students, and technology plays a big role.” Rocco Falleti is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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ince 2014, there has been a big push throughout Grandview Heights City Schools toward becoming more acclimated with newer technology in the classroom. The goals of this one-to-one initiative in the classroom are simple: get students comfortable with technology and tech-based applications to remove the barriers that they may face finding access to information. Jamie Lusher, chief academic officer for Grandview schools, has been part of this ongoing project since coming to the district in 2014, and believes in the benefits it has in shaping students’ futures. “At one point, a pencil was the most appropriate form of technology, and today, it still might be,” Lusher says. “We are always thinking about the intentionality of the technology being used so it does not occupy the same space that (a) dusty textbook may have in the classroom.” The world of academia has changed exponentially in a short amount of time. Gone are the days of lessons taught on chalkboards and transparencies on overhead projectors. With technology, students and teachers can fully embrace a more holistic style of learning that will benefit them in this ever-changing digital age. There are careful evaluations of how and when these approaches are appropriate for the classroom. Teachers in Grandview are aware of the different learning styles that are beneficial to the individual student and understand that no two students are the same. “Every student learns to walk and talk at a different time,” Lusher says. “This initiative allows us to be much more descriptive and precise in the learning that happens for our students.” Students are using everything from Macbook Airs, iPads and Google Chrome-


By Mikayla Klein

Thriving Under Pressure

UA resident champions positive psychology at work and home

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey S. Hall Photography


hat does it mean to flourish in life? Laura Cooke would say it has a lot more to do with your mindset than your circumstances. Flourishing, she says, is all about making peace with the past, finding joy and contentment in the present, and confidently embracing the future. A big proponent of positive psychology, the scientific study of how humans can live joyful and meaningful lives, Cooke believes that when individuals are flourishing, the organizations they’re a part of will also flourish. Along with her husband, Chris, and their friend Doug Smith, Cooke established Positive Foundry, an organization dedicated to applying the principles of positive psychology in workplaces and schools to help people grow and succeed. Before beginning Positive Foundry, Cooke attended Wittenberg University and received her MBA from the University of Michigan. She started her own multimedia publishing business, ran a $25 million business in Dublin and served as the assistant head of the Wellington School. This blend of January/February 2018 •

business and education prepared her for a career in the field of positive psychology. “In my time at the Wellington School, I had the opportunity to have amazing conversations about how to help children prepare for their futures,” says Cooke. “There is a wonderful focus on character  development at  Wellington  and helping students know who they are and find their passions.” She can pinpoint the time when this vision for her life started coming into focus. A few years ago, she found herself struggling with a lack of fulfillment, despite having a great job, family and life. This sparked her curiosity for the topic of positive psychology. “When we teach people about having purpose in life, it’s about finding something you’re skilled at, that you love to do and that the world desperately needs,” says Cooke. “For me, that’s exactly what Positive Foundry is and positive psychology is.” Eager to learn more, she traveled to Australia to attend the internationally acclaimed Institute for Positive Education, where her view of the U.S.’s positive education system radically 11

University of Pennsylvania’s master of applied positive psychology. Cooke learned more during her eight months in Chicago than she had independently over several years. This valuable knowledge would better equip her to run Positive Foundry. Now, through individual and team consulting, corporate keynote speaking, retreats, seminars and training programs, Positive Foundry is helping individuals, and the companies they work for, thrive. Cooke has been full-time with Positive Foundry since September. Though the

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Cooke enjoyed adventuring in Geelong, Australia, while she was there to learn about positive psychology.

organization is still very young, it’s already built a solid client base. This past February, the company ran a workshop for 450 people at IGS Energy, introducing the positive psychology model and focusing specifically on purposeful relationships. More recently, Cooke has spent a lot of time developing an online element of the program to reach corporations with multiple branches. “We had to start with corporations to get some revenue stream, but it’s very quick in our vision to give our curriculum and time to enhance well-being in public and private schools,” says Cooke. “We also envision working with families someday.” The curriculum, developed by Smith, is backed by the science of positive psychology. “Doug has been integral to my journey learning about positive psychology,” says Cooke. “He wrote a book called Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence & Joy, and I met him when he was first writing it almost 10 years ago. … He has been instrumental in getting the business started.” Last year, Cooke co-taught a club at Wellington with Smith, focusing on testing their curriculum through short lessons, group discussion and action planning. This school year, she is teaching a course on applied positive psychology.

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changed. After seeing Australia’s emphasis on developing resilience and positivity in children as early as preschool, Cooke caught the vision and hopes to implement it in the U.S. She dreams of one day “abandoning the suicide prevention in our high schools  because our students’  senses of well-being are so strong.” Cooke also spent eight months last year traveling back and forth to Chicago to earn her certificate of applied positive  psychology from the Flourishing Institute, a rigorous program on par with the

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“We have the ability to control and influence a huge part of our personal well-being – if we have the right tools and the right mindset.” —Laura Cooke

Additionally, she and Upper Arlington teacher Sabrina Walters ran a full-day workshop in Dayton last summer, training teachers in Centerville City Schools to apply the principles of positive psychology in their classrooms. “As we are learning and building curriculum, we’re implementing it in our home life and our kids are participating in it,” says Cooke. “Being in this field, it can sometimes be hard because knowing what to do is a lot easier than practicing it, especially with your family.” Cooke and her husband live in Upper Arlington with their four daughters, Christine and Caroline (14), Emma (12), and Elizabeth (8). As parents, they often return to the teaching metaphor of an “emotional bank account” to guide conversations with their girls and maintain a flourishing home. “Raising teens in the realm of technology, we talk about how important it is to listen. When I talk to you and you don’t put your phone down, you’re making a withdrawal from my emotional bank account, saying your phone is more important,” says Cooke. “This concept comes straight out of positive psychology, teaching the skill to listen, to really listen to one another.” Cooke is grateful for her family and the close-knit Upper Arlington community for pointing her back to positivity time and time again. “I grew up in Upper Arlington with amazing parents and siblings and a ton of January/February 2018 •







The Cooke family enjoys hiking at Red River Gorge.

love in our family, and I am so lucky that all of us still live near each other. At the core of our family is love, and that is really the core of positive psychology.” Mikayla Klein is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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hen Amber Nickels was a young girl, she wanted to one day interact with, educate and help counsel children. Following her heart, Nickels has worked with kids for more than 20 years, and today, she is making a difference for future generations. With a master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University, Nickels provides her expertise three days a week as the new mental health specialist for the Grandview Heights City School District. Helping students with social and emotional concerns

in grades K-12, Nickels determines solutions to best fit students’ needs. “I think that Grandview is an amazing community. Since I was young, I have known that I wanted to counsel children. I am very fortunate that I am able to do so every day,” says Nickels. “One of the most important aspects of my role as the mental health specialist is to help provide a space that is safe, where students feel valued and comfortable so that they can learn and grow as students and individuals.” Nickels says about 20 percent of students within an average school district

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Grandview schools’ mental health specialist collaborates with faculty to help students struggle with mental health. Within that percentage are many students who need a more personal and intensive approach to strengthening psychological health. Grandview is working to change the social stigma that portrays mental health concerns as personal weakness. Nickels says children who have healthy minds can flourish to one day become healthy adults. “I think looking at the whole child from all perspectives as a student and an individual – cognitively, emotionally and socially – is vital,” Nickels says. “When we work together to meet their needs in all of those 15

areas ... we’re going to help develop strong students who will be lifelong, confident learners and contributing future citizens of their communities.” Nickels says parents know their children best, and can usually determine if they need her assistance. Signs include plummeting grades, when worries trump enjoying activities or wanting to sleep instead of attending school. Because Nickels is the only mental health specialist in the district, jumping between three schools just three days a week, picking up on these signs requires collab-

“I get to be a part of a team that is dedicated and very professional and skilled at what they do, so I feel very fortunate,” Nickels says. “I would say mental health and well-being are highly valued in Grandview Heights, and that makes for happy learners.”

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orative work. She works with the district’s guidance counselors, school psychologists, teachers and other faculty members to recognize and help each student. Abby Mally, a guidance counselor for Larson Middle and Edison Intermediate schools, often works with Nickels and sometimes recommends families or students meet with her one-on-one. And because Mally and Nickels worked together before Grandview and have known each other for more than 10 years, Mally feels confident recommending Nickels. “I’ve seen (Nickels) work through very, very intensive and hard situations. I know how able she is, and I know how much she cares about kids and family,” Mally says. “Having worked with Amber before allows me to confidently refer students and families to her for support. I can share what their experience will be like and how (Nickels) will work with their son or daughter within the school environment.” To further mental health awareness in the district, Mally participates in weekly Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) meetings with Tracie Lees, principal for Larson and Edison, along with other faculty and, sometimes, Nickels. Together, they analyze classroom behavioral trends, discuss how groups or individual kids are doing, or decide if a particular child needs Nickels’ assistance. January/February 2018 •

The collaborative MTSS meetings also educate the staff on how to care for Nickels’ students in case she is not available. “Our team is very collaborative. It is important that we (teachers, counselors, administration) work together to develop a plan to support the student. So, if something comes up when Amber is out of our building, we are still able to help the student problem-solve and return to learning,” Mally says. “It’s important that the team knows if this student needs to take a break or cool down, this is the process they’re going to follow.” Nickels and Mally have also teamed up to give lesson units, specifically to fourth-graders, on the unhealthiness of holding grudges. Mally has also aimed a Signs of Suicide (SOS) lesson, a national mental health program, toward seventhgraders, helping students recognize and discuss depression. There are growing mental health lessons provided within the wellness and health classes, aimed at a specific age group. Along with the multiple levels of guidance within the schools, Nickels says parents, teachers and the community have given positive feedback to all the efforts. “The response has been very positive,” she says. “They see value in this as well, and they’ve embraced that opportunity for support.” Nickels says she is thrilled Grandview is making strides toward helping children with emotional and social health, and loves working with a passionate team. “I get to be a part of a team that is dedicated and very professional and skilled at what they do, so I feel very fortunate,” she says. “I would say mental health and well-being are highly valued in Grandview Heights, and that makes for happy learners.”


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System of Strength For a little more than a year now, System of Strength, located at 851 W. Fifth Ave., has been offering a digital studio program in which subscribers can participate in workouts from the comfort of their own home. Those interested can enjoy a free seven-day trial before purchasing a monthly subscription. System of Strength’s Digital Studio offers one-hour workouts as well as 20-minute challenges that focus on one area of the body. There are more than 100 videos to choose from at any given time, and they are updated on the first of each month to ensure there is always fresh content available. “We have a footprint in Columbus, but the idea behind the digital studio is to really to try to expand to more of a national reach and be able to touch people across the country and hope-

fully internationally as well,” says System of Strength personal trainer Darcey Wion. “We’ll have some free (in-studio) classes on the schedule at any time throughout the month and we record those classes with live clients. The idea is that it’s that raw, unedited feel for those at home, none of that Hollywood glam or anything like that. It really is the other people in the studio crushing the workout the same way you are at home led by the instructor.”

Title Boxing For those who like to punch out their frustration, Title Boxing is the place. Located at 1134 W. Henderson Rd., Title Boxing offers 43 different one-hour classes led by 17 trainers. After enjoying the first class for free, those interested can sign up for a year membership, or a monthly membership. Title Boxing general manager Charlie Alleman, adding that the boxing club is suitable for anyone to join, says he’s seen members from 8 to 60 years old. “It’s an accessible fighter’s workout,” says Alleman. “If you go into a real fight gym, it’s two sweaty guys beating the crap out of each other in the ring, it smells bad, people are generally

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Upper Arlington Fitness pretty rude and it’s just not a fun place to be. But boxing is a great workout and it can make you feel better. Nurses and teachers make up the majority of our members, just because they have stressful jobs and they need to hit something out. They come here and beat up a bag.”

Upper Arlington Fitness Liz Quinn, a class instructor-trainer for Upper Arlington Fitness, has recently started a new program planning fitness parties for those who enjoy the social aspect of their workouts. These fitness parties include one-hour workouts led by Quinn. The parties are held at Upper Arlington Fitness, located at 2100 Tremont Center, or Bullwinkles Night Club/Bar, located at 1770 N. High St. near The Ohio State University campus. These sessions are intended for all types of events, such as bachelorette parties, birthday parties, couples’ night, guys’ night and sorority parties “I’ve been in the industry for six years,” says Quinn. “When I first started, I thought it would be neat to bring some more social aspects into fitness. I know it’s there in fitness classes already to some degree, but even more so. Then I noticed, within the last year, fitness happy hours in New York and L.A. I was like, ‘That’s neat, but it’d be cool if it was a little more privatized and tailored to certain people’s needs and what they’re looking for.” Quinn started hosting fitness parties in October. “I’ve probably had just as much fun as the people,” says Quinn. “It’s really just a good time and each party has been different for me. So, it’s just as exciting as it is for the participants. It’s new and fresh each time.”

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Prevention in Their Sights The Tri-Village Lions Club works to focus on diabetes awareness


t’s well-known that Lions Club International has been a champion for the blind since Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Now, Lions Club International is focused on not only making life better for the blind, but working on prevention for those who are at risk. A major cause of blindness and complications of the eye can be traced back to diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to suffer from By Amanda DePerro glaucoma and 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts. In extreme cases, untreated diabetes can lead to permanent sight loss. At the Lions Club International’s 100th anniversary convention in June, the organization announced its newest initiative to fight diabetes. Thanks to the Tri-Village Lions Club, the work is being brought right here to central Ohio. “There’s a tie to who and what we’ve always been,” says Jane Jarrow, former president and chairwoman of the service committee for the Tri-Village Lions Club. “This is going to be a focus for us for the foreseeable future. … The Lions intend to do their part.” Experience the security of a life plan at First Community Village. Enjoy peace of Because a major problem with diabemind for future costs of care, just minutes from all that Columbus has to offer. tes is the basic process of getting checked, the Tri-Village Lions Club plans to focus on awareness, setting up tables for diabetes Ask us about the area’s best assisted living and memory care programs. testing and information distribution. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 24 percent of peoSchedule a tour with one of our retirement counselors at ple living with diabetes are undiagnosed – 866-360-9399 or visit that’s 7.2 million people in the U.S. who don’t know they have diabetes, leaving the disease untreated. “Our focus, tentatively, is going to be on diabetes awareness, and doing some basic screening of people who wouldn’t think to do it – so we’re going to come after them,” Jarrow says. “We have some absolutely wonderful educational materiIndependent Living • Assisted Living als on diabetes.” R ehabilitation • Memory Care • Skilled Nursing

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Tri-Village Lions Diane Turner and Bob Miller practice diabetes screening.

The Lions Club also plans to work alongside the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, filling needs that the organization may not touch. The Lions Club hopes to work with local organizations such as the Upper Arlington Civic Association as well. The goal is to put Lions Club members who are trained to do screening directly in front of people who may have never been tested for diabetes, making the screening process accessible and simple. “Over the last 5-10 years, the TriVillage Lions have kind of transformed themselves from a club that primarily raised money to give to good causes to a club that is doing a lot of hands-on service,” says Jarrow. “The people who are joining the Lions Club now want to do something, and … want to get involved. They can do tremendous good.”


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By Jenny Wise

Lighten Up

Upper Arlington kitchen remodel creates a bounty of light and storage


“During our first consultation with Rick and Jeremy, they suggested adding overhead can lighting and utilizing LED bulbs,” says Megan. “They said it would make the space feel so much bigger, and they were right.” In addition to increased lighting, the use of white cabinets, a white tile backsplash and white marble countertops all help to brighten the space.

that Jeremy Kelley helped us through The Steins wanted to remodel their the design process,” says Megan. “Jer- kitchen to include more space for storemy has a design background and of- age, but they also wanted to bring better fered tons of great suggestions and insights for everything from the types of materials and color schemes, to the layout of the new kitchen.”

By removing the island and relocating the stove top to the counter on the same wall as the new oven and microwave, Rick Kelley Builders was able to make the space feel much larger and better organized. 24

The cabinets were extended to the ceiling, drawing the eye upward and creating the feel of a larger space, while also accommodating the Steins’ storage needs.

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or many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where everyone gathers to enjoy quality time and food together. But when a kitchen becomes outdated, dark and cramped, it’s hard to enjoy it to its full potential. Megan and Jason Stein’s kitchen felt small and dark thanks to a poor layout and outdated design elements. After they welcomed their first child to the Upper Arlington home, the Steins wanted a kitchen in which the whole family could make memories. “We recently had our first child, a little girl, and we wanted to design the kitchen so it could serve as a fun and enjoyable place for the whole family to gather and make dinner together during the week, and bake our family gingerbread Christmas cookies every year,” says Megan. The Steins spent a decent amount of time researching contractors in the area, deciding on Rick Kelley Builders after receiving multiple recommendations from friends and family. The Steins were especially impressed with the design expertise of Jeremy Kelley, Rick Kelley’s son and company partner. “One thing that we really enjoyed about working with the Kelleys was

lighting into the heart of their home. With the help of Rick Kelley Builders, the Steins were able to design a space perfect for their needs. “The added counter space, taller and deeper cabinets, light and bright color scheme, and added lighting have totally changed how we use the kitchen from day to day,” says Megan. “It’s really become a gathering spot during family get-togethers.”

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Experts in Real Estate, Interior Design and Renovation. “Before the remodel, our kitchen had a difficult-to-navigate layout, the location of the appliances made it tricky to function efficiently in the space and the stovetop was located on the island in the middle of the kitchen, which made the room feel small and dark,” says Megan. “The cabinets were short, shallow and dark, the oven and microwave were decades old and … the laminate flooring was on its last leg.” January/February 2018 •

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By Tessa Flattum

All You Knead is Love

Local chef Laurie Sargent bakes her way to success


ith a passion for all things culinary, chef Laurie Sargent truly enjoys the creative outlet that cooking brings to the many aspects of her life. Sargent owns a quaint bakery in Upper Arlington called Purple Sage. Originally from Rutland, Vermont, she graduated from the New England Culinary Institute, where she made the switch from savory cooking to baking. Sargent later moved from Vermont to Colorado, helping a couple friends start their own bakery. Her experiences there prompted the decision to start teaching again when she moved to Columbus. “After graduating in Vermont, I actually stayed there and taught when I was 24,” she says. “When I moved (to Columbus), I was the pastry chef for New Albany Country Club for seven years, then the position at the Columbus Culinary Institute opened up. I had always enjoyed teaching, so I got back into it, and I’ve been there ever since.” This same motivation and dedication to culinary arts is what later inspired her to start her own business in Upper Arlington. “I realized I loved teaching, but I missed being creative and trying new things,” she says.


Ingredients 1 qt. heavy cream 5 oz. egg yolks 6 oz. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 pkg. microwave popcorn, popped


Directions: Heat heavy cream. Once heated, add popped popcorn to heavy cream and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain heavy cream and popcorn mixture. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar and add heavy cream and vanilla. Pour mixture into 8 five-ounce ramekins and place ramekins into a water bath. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit; approximately 30 minutes. Let cool overnight. To serve, sprinkle sugar over the top and place under a preheated broiler until golden brown.

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Caramel Popcorn Crème Brûlée (yields 8)

pastry at Purple Sage, not just the crois- besides two weeks spent in a factory, sants, and she’s grateful to have people in which quickly led her back to the kitchen. her corner supporting her every step of “Growing up, I was always cooking the way. with my mother,” Sargent says. “Because “What I have learned through this ex- of that, I’ve always felt comfortable in the perience is that it takes a lot more people kitchen. Working in the culinary field is to run a business than I ever realized be- something I have always loved and had a ing on the other side,” she says. “It really passion for.” does take a team, and having a great one you can work with can make all the differ- Tessa Flattum is a contributing ence in the world.” writer. Feedback welcome at jwise@ And the name Purple Sage? That’s Sargent says working in the culinary something that’s near to her heart. arts has been the only job she’s ever had, “I am half Native American, so when I looked up Purple Sage, I found that it had a lot of significance in the Native American culture as well. It just stuck from there.” Purple Sage has been in business since 2011, but the new spot in Upper Arlington is barely a year old. Since Sargent is teaching most days during the week, her general manager, Sheena Griffith, runs the storefront. “I pretty much do whatever needs done to run the business, but I give all the credit to her as far as Purple Sage,” says See what’s on the menu this weekend and beyond! Griffith. “She is the face behind the food. Sign up for CityScene Magazine’s weekly event newsletter at She is the face behind the name. I’m kind of the face behind the counter.” Griffith says her favorite part about working with Sargent is that they have a good time in the kitchen. “It can be really stressful at times, but good food when the time comes, we don’t even need to talk to know what the other person needs. We just do it,” she says. “We are fine drinks family. We know how to put the music on and just have a good time in the kitchen.” You won’t be able to find any croisGOOD FOOD ✧ FINE DRINKS sants in Columbus quite like the ones from Purple Sage Bakery, but you might if you travel to Europe. Griffith says they’re unlike any other, and are probably her favorite part about baking. “I love to see the process of the layers of butter form,” she says. “At some point during the day, I look at them and think to myself how beautiful they look. It’s our Near Grandview Ave. In the Short North best pastry, hands down.” 614-817-1198 614-298-1014 The recipe? It’s a secret. But Sargent’s love for baking is infused within every Mon-Thu: 11:00 am to midnight Mon-Sat: 11:30 am to 2:30 am


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Flat Stanley on Ice By Jeff Brown Flat Stanley and Arthur are excited to go iceskating on the frozen lake. But when the weather suddenly warms up, Stanley finds himself skating on thin ice! (Grades K-2)

Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope. By Cynthia Rylant Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, like winter. But when the snow is deep outside and there’s nothing to do inside, even a cozy winter day can be a little slow. When Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, pull two sleds out of the garage, the four friends head to the sledding slope for the wildest ride ever. (Preschool-grade 2)

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When the Snow Falls By Linda Booth Sweeney With sparkling flakes calling from outside, this sister and brother bundle up for an outdoor adventure with Grandma. In the hushed woods, they see and hear wildlife thriving under a new blanket of snow. (Preschool)

Winter According to Humphrey By Betty G. Birney Humphrey the hamster and the students in Mrs. Brisbane’s class prepare for the holidays and a special Winter Wonderland program. (Grades 2-4)

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The Tale of Rescue By Michael J. Rosen When his human family is trapped outside by a blizzard whiteout, a loyal cattle dog devises a stunning rescue to save their lives. (Grades 4-7)

Dragonbreath: The Frozen Menace By Ursula Vernon Danny Dragonbreath doesn’t just have a cold. He is cold. His fire has gone out and that’s super-dangerous for a fire-breathing dragon like Danny. So, following a tip from his great-grandfather, Danny and his trusty friends, Wendell and Christiana, head to the far north to find the magical ingredient that will reignite his fire. (Grades 3-5)

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Tell Me Why It Snows By Tamra Orr Young children are naturally curious about the world around them. Tell Me Why It Snows offers answers to their most compelling questions about winter weather. (Grades 1-3)

Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story By Sandra Neil Wallace Bound by Ice follows the journey of George Washington De Long and the crew of the USS Jeannette, who departed San Francisco in the summer of 1879 hoping to find a route to the North Pole. However, in midSeptember the ship became locked in ice north of Siberia and drifted for nearly two years before it was crushed by ice and sank. De Long and his men escaped the ship and began a treacherous journey in extreme polar conditions in an attempt to reach civilization. Many, including De Long, did not survive. (Grades 5-8)

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