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6 Community Calendar 8 News & Info from

Upper Arlington

9 News & Info from

The Village of Marble Cliff Grandview Heights

12 faces


Teaching with a Purpose

GHHS teacher shares stories of obtaining her Ph.D., her worldly travels and what’s next

15 in focus

What’s the Big Idea?

Local schools work to bring innovation to the classroom

18 Explore, Embark, Endeavor


Travel and cultural history influence local businessmen

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22 Good Cop

Upper Arlington High School resource officer mentors kids

24 living

Island Getaway

UA family’s kitchen remodel has one dominating feature


26 on the table

Tasting, not Wasting

Students in Grandview are expanding their palates and donating food at lunchtime

28 around Tri-Village Snapshots from the community


30 bookmarks Find Tri-Village Magazine on Facebook

On the Cover:


Dr. Jo Lee Photo by Jeffrey S. Hall Photography

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Arts and Entertainment

March 1-3

March 1-18

March 16-17

Ohio Craft Museum 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

3 p.m. Woodlands Tavern 1200 W. Third Ave.

March 1-4

March 1-3

April 12

Throughout Columbus

7 p.m. Friday; 2, 7 p.m. Saturday The Wellington School 3650 Reed Rd.

Shrek, The Musical

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Grandview Heights High School 1587 W. Third Ave.

Arnold Sports Festival

Emerging Artists 2018 Exhibition

Into The Woods

March 3

UAHS Orchestra Festival Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

April 18

St. Fatty’s Daze

Parenting Expert: Developing Your Child’s Character 6:30-8 p.m. The Wellington School 3650 Reed Rd.

April 14

UAHS PTO Shred It Day and Food & Clothing Drive

Tri-Village Economic Development Forum

8:30-9:30 a.m. Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center 3600 Tremont Road

April 24

Red Cross Blood Drive

3-8 p.m. Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Upper Arlington High School 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

Upper Arlington Centennial

March 20

April 7

April 18

April 28

3:30-6:30 p.m. Tremont Library Atrium 2800 Tremont Rd.

8-11 a.m. Tremont Center 2160 Tremont Center

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tremont Library 2800 Tremont Rd.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tremont Center 2160 Tremont Center

March 24

April 17

April 21-May 6

6-8 p.m. Municipal Services Center 3600 Tremont Rd.

Upper Arlington Community

Centennial Birthday & Legacy Project Celebration

Easter Candy Hunt

10 a.m. Thompson Park 4250 Woodbridge Rd.

April Fool’s Day Breakfast

Float Builder’s Information Session

Volunteer UA Expo

Upper Arlington Civic Association: The Walk

April 22-27

Earth Day to Arbor Day Celebration Upper Arlington Community


Trolley Tour

April 28

Northam Park Tennis Open House

1-5 p.m. Northam Park Tennis Courts 2070 Northam Rd. NorthamParkTennis/

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Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd.,

March 2

Art In Nature: Exploring the Art of Robert Smithson and Andy Goldsworthy 12:30-1:30 p.m., Main Branch

March 6

A Moveable Feast: 500 Years of Food in Art

March 18

April 13

2-4 p.m., Main Branch

12:30-1:30 p.m., Main Branch

Author Visit: Raphael Rosado

April 10

Binge Drinking, Substance Abuse and the College Experience

Art In Nature: The Art of Maya Lin

April 25

Sleep and Your Brain 1-2 p.m., Main Branch

7-8:30 p.m., Main Branch

7-8 p.m., Main Branch

To submit your event for next issue’s calendar, contact Grandview Heights Public Library 1685 W. First Ave.,

March 13

April 10

7-8 p.m., Meeting Room

7-8 p.m., Meeting Room

Seed Starting

Ohio’s Black Hand Syndicate

March 14

April 12

5-7 p.m., Conference Room A

7-8 p.m., Conference Room A

1-on-1 Career Coaching

Trio Flautango

March 15

Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Gaming Tournament 3:15-5:30 p.m., Meeting Room

March 15

The Sandy Tar Brothers 7-8 p.m.

March 22

Red Cross Bloodmobile 1-7 p.m., BUS-Parking Lot

April 7

Fairy Door Workshop

April 17

Edible Landscaping

7-8 p.m., Meeting Room

Noon-5 p.m., Meeting Room

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4TH OF JULY PARADE FLOAT BUILDER’S INFORMATION SESSION—APRIL 17 UA’s Centennial 4th of July celebrations will be here before we know it and the Upper Arlington Civic Association (UACA) is pulling out all the stops to make this year one for the record books. Neighborhood floats are considered the “heart and soul” of the 4th of July Parade. Every year they get bigger and better, and the challenge is on to make 2018 the best year yet! To help neighborhood families and community organizations plan their floats, the Civic Association hosts a Float Builder’s Information Session each spring AND offers reimbursement for some of the float building expenses.

The Float Builder’s Information Session is on the horizon, scheduled for 6 pm, Tuesday, April 17 at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road. The theme for the 2018 celebration will be announced, the new 4th of July logo unveiled, and UACA and City Police Division representatives will guide you through the dos and don’ts of creating a vibrant—and safe—float. If your neighborhood has yet to join the Parade, this is the year to start a new tradition! Visit for details.



It’s clear to anyone who lives here or is just a passerby, UA loves its trees. We are proud to have been designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1990, and each year we celebrate UA’s urban forest with an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony.

We invite residents to answer a few questions and then allow us to share a snapshot of you, your family, your family dog, an object—whatever you like. It’s that simple. Then watch for your story to be featured on the City’s social media pages and print publications throughout the year. Visit today!

Since it’s 2018 and UA is celebrating 100, plans are afoot for 10 ceremonial planting locations at or near the community’s public and private schools, with 10 new trees installed at each site by students and community officials. This exciting project is made possible courtesy of a partnership between the UA and TriVillage Rotary Clubs and the City. Visit for dates and locations.


“In this climate, where we see a lot of political divide…It’s more important than ever for people to come together for a common cause. There are differences in diversity that we can celebrate. We should take the time to hear each other out. We have a lot more in common than we might think, and the differences we have, let’s celebrate those.” Anonymous March/April 2018 •

News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




By Bill Johannes

Memories Before Marble Cliff Kenneth Doolittle traces his roots back to Hawaii post-Pearl Harbor attack

Photo courtesy of the Doolittles


ong time Marble Cliff resident Dr. Kenneth Doolittle remembers Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor very well. His father was in a private medical group practice in Hawaii at the time and 11-year-old Doolittle was preparing for Sunday school on that fateful day. He sensed something drastic was happening, but it wasn’t until he looked down on Pearl Harbor from a friend’s house that he saw the devastation. “The loss of lives and ships was very bad. But the Japanese didn’t blow up the fuel storage tanks or the repair facilities. In my opinion, they made two big mistakes,” says Doolittle. Doolittle says life in Hawaii wasn’t too bad during the war. Though gasoline and tires were rationed, there was plenty of food because Hawaii was a marshaling place for the war in the Pacific. “We felt tense and feared the islands would be invaded, especially in June 1942 when Oahu was swarming with soldiers. We knew something big was happening somewhere. It was the Battle of Midway, 1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii. Throughout the war, we could sense a battle was going to happen in the Pacific. We’d see a large buildup of troops; then, suddenly, they’d ship out for a battle in some far-off land.” After high school, Doolittle went to Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where he graduated with a BA in chemistry. He continued at the University of Rochester for medical school. That’s where he met his wife, Shirley. She was a head nurse at a hospital he was assigned to. “We got married the day before I graduated because my parents couldn’t make the trip from Hawaii very often. It was quite a time,” Doolittle says. March/April 2018 •

Shirley and Kenneth Doolittle

The newlyweds came to Columbus in 1956 for his internship at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. After that, he joined the Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a captain. “I made 17 jumps,” says Doolittle. Following the military, they returned to Columbus for his surgery residency at Mount Carmel Health, then three years in urology at OSU. Doolittle remained in private practice until 1994, working at many hospitals and serving as CDC chairman at Mount Carmel East during the mid-1980s and in 1984, as chief of staff of both Mount Carmel locations. The Doolittles bought their 100-yearold Marble Cliff home in 1963. The house at the corner of Arlington and West Third avenues was surrounded by beautiful rose bushes for many years.

“We chose the area because of the Grandview schools. We were very pleased with the education our four children received,” says Doolittle. His oldest son, Kenneth, is an orthopedic surgeon in Mount Vernon. William is a consultant in nuclear health physics in Minneapolis. Jonathan is a Lutheran pastor in San Diego, and daughter Holly is an ICU nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Doolittle and his wife are proud grandparents of 12. And Heidi, their miniature schnauzer, is an important part of their lives, too. “She gets me moving and out of the house where I get to meet many people,” says Doolittle. Both are very active at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington. Doolittle served on the Endowment Board of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago for 15 years. In 2016, the school presented him with its Distinguished Service Award. They have enjoyed their “little place” in western New York each summer and wintertime in Hawaii. They have visited six continents and been around the world. Doolittle found Israel quite inspirational. “My visit to the site of the Sermon on the Mount really touched me,” says Doolittle. “We are very happy we settled in Marble Cliff,” he says. “The Village provides superior services at little cost. The police, fire and school are outstanding. The Village is quiet and without tension. It’s like living in the country, but with the convenience of the city.” Bill Johannes passed away Feb. 7 and will be deeply missed by family, friends and coworkers. 9

News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights

insideGRANDVIEW HEIGHTS By Amanda DePerro

Jumping Off the Page


f you’ve walked into the Grandview Heights Public Library in the last few months, you may have noticed something different. Standing tall in the lower level of the library are new exhibits, the result of a collaboration between the library and The Ohio State University’s Museum of Biological Diversity. The library unveiled the collaboration back in October with Skeletons, Disguises and Creatures of the Night, three exhibitions wrapped up into one to kick off the partnership with a bang. The exhibitions featured interactive kiosks marked by animals’ skeletons, creatures such as owls and reptiles that blend in with their environments, and bats and other animals that start their days as we end ours. “We wanted to bring those out and wow everybody,” says Canaan Faulkner, public relations manager for GHPL. “They were amazing. … The nice thing is that these exhibits have all these interactive components. You’re seeing educational graphics, books (and) there’s also a craft table.” The exhibition ended Dec. 1, and Surviving Winter took its place. Each exhibit is stationed within a kiosk. The top of the kiosk might feature 3-D models or taxidermy animals, and cards underneath


each animal pull out from the table, revealing facts and fun graphics about the displays. For hungry minds, the back of each kiosk features related books to learn more about each exhibit’s topic. The exhibits support early learning curricula laid out by the Ohio Department of Education, helping student visitors solidify what they’ve learned in the classroom using real world and handson topics. “We’re supporting our goals and objectives as a library, and it’s interactive learning, just something different to offer,” says Faulkner. “We like building strong community partnerships. This is a partnership with OSU, a partnership with the schools.” No matter what time of day, library guests can expect to find a child or two exploring the kiosks. Each exhibit features all sorts of moving parts, colorful graphics and easy-to-understand language, making exhibits accessible to all ages.

“They’re just really fun. They’re fun to plan and put them together, but you can walk through the library at any time and see someone involved with them,” Faulkner says. “It’s nice that someone’s always engaging with them.” Another major plus for library guests: The exhibitions are funded entirely by private money. The Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation, which has undertaken initiatives including the GHPL PopUp Library and WiFi in Grandview Parks, is also supporting the GHPL’s collaboration with OSU. Surviving Winter left the library on Jan. 31, but Faulkner says that’s nowhere near the end of the library’s partnership with the Museum of Biological Diversity. Not only does OSU have similar goals to the GHPL, it has a wealth of materials for the library to pull from. “They’re involved in outreach, they kind of have the same sort of mission for their outreach as we do – hands-on,” says Faulkner. “They have some neat stuff. They want to get the community and public engaged.” For those interested in the exhibitions featured at the GHPL, Faulkner says to keep checking back in, as the library has more up its sleeve related to exhibits, and because the kiosks are on wheels, it’s easy to transport them around and try new, creative things using the kiosks as supplementary material. “It’s kind of limitless what you can do with these exhibits,” says Faulkner. “We’re enjoying working with (OSU) so much. We have so many ideas and they have so much great stuff. It’s been a great collaboration.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at jwise@ March/April 2018 •

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Teaching with a  GHHS teacher shares stories of obtaining her Ph.D., her worldly travels and what’s next

Obtaining her Ed.D. For two and half years, Lee juggled her career, her family and working towards her Ed.D. at the University of Findlay. “It took a lot to balance, but it was a longstanding goal for myself,” she says. 12

“I wanted to set the example for my kids and my students that lifelong learning is important.” Lee says her family – her two children, Blaine and Alayna, and her husband, Brian – was encouraging and understanding of her schedule. Her mother, who she calls her hero, was an educator herself and inspired Lee to become the best possible teacher. “The doctorate degree, it was a team effort. My family and my mother were all very supportive,” she says. “But I wanted to be the best I could be at what I do, so I took the time to complete it.” Lee finished the degree by writing a 100-plus-page dissertation about homework preferences for students with low self-regulation. After a year’s worth of research, Lee learned that students who have difficulty regulating their learning have trouble taking on new teaching strategies, such as indirect teaching styles in which students learn from home, then practice the lessons in the classroom. Because of these findings, Lee has modified some of her teaching styles and believes her instructing skills have improved. “I think I have a lot more strategies and tools to work with,” she says. “I learned a tremendous amount from it, the process along was challenging, and I think it’s important to continue to challenge yourself.”

An Extra Step Teaching AP Physics and AP Chemistry can be mentally stressful and timeconsuming, but Lee is making sure to find extra time to relax and have fun. Her outlet is still to create and sell her earth-inspired jewelry online and at local festivals. Her creativity has also helped GHHS; for two years, she’s sewn

costumes for the school’s theater program, a skill she learned at a young age from her mother, and now teaches to her children. “I really enjoy theater and the performing arts,” Lee says. “I guess helping with the musical at our school is my way of giving back. It makes it even more rewarding to see how talented and amazing our kids are when they perform on stage and work together as a crew.” It makes sense that Lee would combine all her interests and lead GHHS Quiz Team, a group of students dedicated to learning and being tested on every high school-level subject.

Learning Under the Sea Lee’s love for working with students goes far beyond the U.S. border. Last summer, Lee organized an educational trip to Curaçao Island, a Caribbean locale home to CARMABI Research Station, where coral reefs are studied. Sixteen students attended and went on 18 scuba diving adventures, both during the day and night, with Lee and other professionals. Lee, who has been scuba diving for 20 years, says the kids loved it, but her favorite part was diving in the darker hours. “I wanted (the students) to see some active research that was going on. … and the kids had such a blast with it,” Lee says. “And seeing the different marine life at night – I saw an octopus for the first time, some huge spiny lobsters – but you can do the exact same dive, and you do it at night, and it’s totally different.” And for students who missed this opportunity, Lee is hoping to head back down this June for another learning adventure. March/April 2018 •

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somber cloud lured overhead when Dr. Jo Lee moved to Findlay, Ohio with her family as a young girl. Their small-town Kentucky home had burned down, but supportive family members and future opportunities awaited in the new state. Graduating from the Findlay school district, Lee decided to attend The Ohio State University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in animal science. Initially believing her passion was to become a veterinarian, Lee realized the emotional hardships associated with the career and decided to go a different route. For a while, Lee owned and operated Pebbles-n-Pearls, making jewelry. But after getting married, selling her brick and mortar business, buying a house and having two children, Lee knew she wanted to work with kids. “So, I went back to school and got my master’s and teaching license,” she says. “The only school I applied for was Grandview because I knew that this is where I wanted to be. … It’s the closest to the little town I grew up in; it reminded me so much of home that it just felt like home when I was here.” Since being hired to teach at Grandview Heights High School about 10 years ago, Lee has coordinated educational trips with students, applied her artistic abilities to extracurricular activities and obtained her education doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in science education, among many other things.


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As of right now, Lee says she just wants to wrap her head around teaching AP Physics, a new class she took on this school year. She says she’ll find a new challenge eventually, but enjoying time with her family on camping trips and seeing coral reefs is currently on her to-do list. Planning to retire at GHHS, Lee says her favorite part about teaching is the students and will always be the students. “The kids are amazing,” she says. “I think it makes life a lot more interesting to get to see people growing intellectually and maturing; it makes my day.” Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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By Valerie Mauger

What’s  the  Big  Idea? Local schools work to bring innovation to the classroom


f children are the future, then it makes sense that the best ways to educate them are constantly evolving. Local educators are working hard to not only give children a proper education, but also challenge themselves to be progressive and find ways to innovate the process.

Photo courtesy of Laura Moore

Upper Arlington Research and Design Lab It’s been a year and a half since the Research and Design Lab began at Upper Arlington High School, but it may as well have been a decade considering its accomplishments so far. The R&D Lab is a conceptual space that brings teachers and students together in order to brainstorm innovative approaches to learning. The project was funded by a generous donor, along with the UA Education Foundation and UAHS PTO. March/April 2018 •

Laura Moore leads a student trip to Chicago Ideas Week, the event that inspired UA Idea Day.

The instructional leader for the project, Laura Moore, certainly sees it as a success. In fact, since its inception, the R&D Lab has already contributed to four remarkable projects. The Global Classroom “Instead of having academic experiences in isolation,” says Moore, “many (students) were energized about trying to think of ways to have more collaboration between courses, or to have more collaboration between the school and the outside world.” Thus, the Global Classroom was born. This year, through the R&D Lab’s brainstorming sessions and some committed teachers, the environmental science and business courses collaborated on a semester-long project. They researched

how products travel from the ground to the shopping bag and used both environmental and business perspectives to explain their findings. Student Help Desk Since the transition to a one-to-one system, it has been difficult to keep up with student computer problems. “Dr. Diane Kahle, who teaches computer science, put forth the idea of creating a student help desk,” says Moore. “The idea being that not only would it provide a service to our school community, but it would also give those students who are volunteering an opportunity to be able to develop real-world skills.” The idea has been such a success that Kahle is looking into making it a class of its own. 15

Students collaborate in the UA Research and Design Lab.

“I’m just so optimistic about where we’re going to go,” says Moore. “The sky really is the limit.”

The Student Help Desk provides solutions to students with computer problems.

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educational symposium. The Big Think, Grandview Heights teachers are also formerly the Ohio Innovative Learning keeping up with the changing learning Environments Conference, brings teachers environment by participating in an annual from many local schools together to brainstorm innovation in education. UA Idea Day “Last year we rebranded it as the Big Perhaps the R&D Lab’s biggest sucThink, where ‘everything is interesting,’ becess, UA Idea Day on Feb. 9 was inspired cause we wanted to broaden the opportunity by a student trip to Chicago Ideas Week. to innovate,” says Grandview Heights City These students also helped a great deal in Schools Chief Academic Officer and Big Think planning the event, which included over Conference Administrator Jamie Lusher. 30 different speakers, more than 30 workAnother reason for the rebrand was shops and plenty of innovation. to draw in more collaborators and school districts. Though the conference included Hilliard City Schools, Grandview Heights City Schools and the Educational Service Center of Franklin County when it began 10 years ago, it has grown to include South-Western City Schools. Of course, Grandview schools have been an important part of the conference from the start. Over the years, teachers, students and administrators have brought many innovative projects and ideas into their classrooms, which they often present at the conference. One especially successful project has been the classroom tower gardens. “We have a really strong presence in project-based learning,” says Lusher. “We actually have tower gardens in all of our classrooms. We built them with the farm-to-school grant, so our students actually presented on how they developed and designed the community garden with the prototypes.” The Big Think Conference held in 2017 featured Michelle Gielan, founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research. 16

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Print Shop “They had these beautiful printers and no mechanism to officially run it,” says Moore. “So the art department put forth a request to open up this print shop.” The shop caters to everyone and even has its own graphic designer through an interning senior student.

Tower gardens aren’t the only impressive part of Grandview’s involvement in the Big Think. Grandview’s teachers have presented on many other topics, including 21st century skills and mindfulness, which has been a recurrent focus in both the classroom and the business world of late. “I think that we, percentage-wise, have the highest number of presenters in the conference,” says Lusher, “which is really commendable for our staff because they’re doing some great things.” This year, the Big Think Conference will be held Aug. 8-9 at Hilliard Bradley High School and will feature inspirational speaker John O’Leary. Educators can register at Valerie Mauger is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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f you’ve ever had the chance to spend an extended period of time in another culture, you likely know the big difference between traveling and going on vacation. In many ways, it’s less about where you go or what pictures you take, and more about the interactions and the people who challenge your perspective. The travels and experiences of three local men even inspired a shared business endeavor.


Exploring with Talmage “It’s not about extreme sports, or having a cool picture from somewhere. It really is more about the little moments,” says experienced traveler and Grandview Heights native Scott Talmage. “My philosophy is that there is a big difference between vacation and travel. Vacation is when you remove problems and place yourself in a comfortable environment, while travel is when you remove comfort from your environment and face the problems that arise as a result.”

Having climbed several of the world’s tallest mountains on five different continents, Talmage is no stranger to breaking out of his comfort zone. To call him a traveler would be an understatement. Anyone who drives the nearly 12,000 miles from Ohio to the northern tip of Alaska and all the way back down to the southern tip of Panama deserves the title of explorer. “I (with my now wife) drove my pickup truck from Ohio to the end of the road in Deadhorse, Alaska, then turned around and drove to the end of the road at the Darien Gap in Panama,” says Talmage. He has also trekked in Patagonia, to the ruins of Machu Picchu and through the jungle for three days to the lost Mayan ruins in Central America. Talmage has tasted wine in Chile and Argentina, tubed through caves in Guatemala, and crossed the Andes Mountains on horseback via the same route Charles Darwin used from Argentina to Chile. “I’ve ridden my motorcycle through the Badlands and the entire Blue Ridge March/April 2018 •

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Flying with Convertini Convertini had the chance to start tackling his bucket list from an early age, “whether it was living on a sailboat in the Bahamas for a month before leaving for the military or successfully not dying while participating in the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain,” he says. He credits his single greatest adventure to the time he spent in the U.S. Air Force. Convertini was able to travel to eight different states and 10 countries while serving as a combat aviator. “It exposed me to so many diverse cultures and people that I don’t think anything else could have,” says Convertini. “It better prepared me for the rest of my life. Or, rather, prepared me to live the rest of my life the best way that I could. It’s the collective experience of my time abroad that inspired my desire to explore my own culture and heritage, and truly appreciate what the word ‘community’ means to me.” With Italian, Spanish and Portuguese heritage, Convertini is passionate about his culture. He enjoys many things that are rooted in said cultures. “I enjoy soccer, good food, better libation and an uncanny ability to be March/April 2018 •

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Culminating with Posada Posada didn’t grow up in Ohio. In fact, he was born in Boston to parents who emigrated from Colombia. Growing up, his family would often make trips to Colombia to visit with relatives. “Both of my parents came from large families, with Mom having 14 brothers

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and sisters. We would regularly travel to Colombia to visit my relatives, and my sister and I have always been very wellrooted in our Latin heritage,” says Posada. With a strong connection to his family and a long list of past adventures, he has a hard time choosing a favorite. However, there is one trip that stands out in Posada’s mind. Adventuring through the Peruvian Amazon with his father and uncle, Posada explored the ruins of Machu Picchu. “I’ve been so lucky to have experienced many travel adventures around the world, but I think at the top of my list is the trip I took with my dad and uncle to Peru,” says Posada. “That trip in particular brings back so many great memories with two of the people that I admire most in my life together in several locations that are on many people’s bucket lists.” Posada’s passion for his culture complements the fervor of fellow travelers Talmage and Convertini. So well, in fact, that the three launched Endeavor Brewing Co., located at 909 W. Fifth Ave., in hopes of showcasing all of their cultural interests and experiences through craft brewing. “The world, its nations and in particular its people, their culture, history,

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art, business methods, similarities and differences have always fascinated me,” says Posada. “This is a business that allows us to bring all of what makes each culture interesting, intriguing and, frankly, fascinating together through one vehicle: Endeavor.” Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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Good Cop Upper Arlington High School resource officer mentors kids By Emily Real

As the resource officer at UAHS for the past four years, Jon Rice has developed close mentoring relationships with students.

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t first thought, the idea of having a resource officer in a high school may elicit notions of someone watching students closely, waiting to bust them for mischievousness. At least, that’s what some of the students, parents and staff at Upper Arlington High School thought when resource officer Jon Rice first took the job. “There was a lot of pushback initially,” Rice says. “I think the first idea people have of resource officers is … we lord over (students) and try to catch them doing bad things and start charging them … and I think that’s initially what it was packaged as.” Fortunately for UAHS, and for Rice, the reality is much different from the stereotype. Rice is now in his 11th year as a police officer in Upper Arlington, after working for the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 13 years as a patrol officer, detective, SWAT team member and sergeant. Rice was drawn to UA when he saw how close-knit the community was – a change from what he had seen in Fairfield County.

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Live for Today While Planning for Tomorrow “I love the community and people here, the support for law enforcement here is awesome,” Rice says. “A lot of the time, you don’t get that kind of support in a county, because it’s so much bigger and spread out. … There’s a big, broad spectrum of people there.” In the four years he’s spent as a resource officer at UAHS – along with surveying football games, school dances and graduations – Rice has implemented new drug awareness and mental health education programs in health classes. Revamping the mental health support programs has been an important project on a personal level for Rice, whose daughter struggles with anxiety. “I added (a mental health presentation) because … there’s a lot of kiddos I see, they’re so stressed out … and it’s sad because kids don’t want to talk about it,” Rice says. “That kind of hits me personally, because my daughter, at age 14, got wracked with anxiety.” In fact, a large part of his job has become taking the time to talk to kids and the parents of kids who are struggling. And talking, Rice says, is something that he’s more than happy to do. “There’s times where I haven’t even gotten into my office, and there’s already people out here,” Rice says. “It’s just like round robin … but don’t get me wrong, I love to talk to them.” Emily Real is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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Lively hardwood floors and the dark, rich base of the dominant, 13-foot-long center island anchor the pearly white cabinetry of the new kitchen. Shades of gray detail the negative space surrounding the custom-made built-ins and beautifully reflect the light from the new fixtures and two additional windows.

With minimal lighting, pervading dark colors and limited flow to the adjoining rooms, the pre-renovation kitchen was not ideal. The family, their architect and the contractors saw potential to broaden the room’s footprint into a new design that permitted more movement and incorporated brighter and more eyecatching materials and details.

“We both love to cook and I love to bake,” says Lisa, “and we really wanted to get our kids involved. Storage was a huge issue too, with stuff being stored in our basement and our mudroom.” The couple contacted Joe and Teresa DeCenzo, the father-daughter remodelers and homebuilders behind DeCenzo Company in Uptown Westerville. To give the Knickles their dream kitchen, the DeCenzo Company brought skilled craftsmanship and high-quality materials, including Ohio-sourced wood, to the project. The Knickles now wake up to breakfast at a giant, gorgeous center island in a spacious and vibrant hub for family, friends and food. By maximizing the design qualities and utility of their kitchen, the couple met their goals and simultaneously raised the value of their home.

hen Brian and Lisa Knickle moved into their Upper Arlington home in spring 2016, they found that one of their biggest challenges was space. The Knickles and their 5-year-old twins, Henry and Annabelle, felt cramped in their new home’s kitchen, and the family wasn’t using the attached living room at all.

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Renovating the Knickles’ home didn’t just mean replacing the existing cabinets and appliances. Adding both a butler pantry and a food pantry, two large windows, a massive center island, new lighting, and changes to the structure of the home all required the DeCenzo Company to commit to an immense amount of work. “We were lucky we did not have any major surprises after taking out the old kitchen or reconfiguring the exterior wall,” says Lisa.

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Key to the project is the consistent design between the kitchen and what was formerly a separate living room. “Before the renovation, we couldn’t hang out in the kitchen,” Lisa says, “but now it is part of our living space. Before the renovation, we weren’t using our formal living room at all.”

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Focusing on the details is imperative to any design. Geometrically precise features complement the ornate molding and bring unity to the room. The variety between textures and the broad range in the gray color scheme lends added excitement to the overall look of the remodel. “Our renovation definitely improved the utilization of our existing space,” says Lisa, “and has an incredible wow factor when people see it for the first time.”

“We love cooking and entertaining in our new space,” says Lisa. “We are thrilled with how it turned out. The kitchen is now truly the centerpiece of our family each evening.” Zach Maiorana is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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hey say that learning from experience is the best way to learn. Students at Grandview Heights City Schools are learning service, taste and community through two exciting programs.

munity Church only a few short blocks from the school. There, they learn about the impact of the food pantry and often help stock the shelves. “We want to empower students that they can truly make a positive difference in the world,” Hager says. “It’s the concept of thinking globally, but acting locally. It’s made everyone much more mindful.” Hager would like to see the program grow and expand both inside the school and at other schools in central Ohio.


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Foodie Friday We all know what it’s like to be stuck in a cycle of the same few recipes. You have your go-tos, and sometimes it’s hard to break the mold. But every Friday, students at Stevenson Elementary School get to sample tasty and interesting new foods at Foodie Friday, a program that is all about giving kids the chance to expand their worldviews by expanding their palates. The program incorporates diverse, fresh foods in a fun way, such as comparing multiple types of apples and conducting a taste test of different tomato varieties. A fresh Brussels sprout salad and black-eyed peas were counted among the most highly kid-approved selections. “Kids have much better palates than we give them credit for,” says PTO president and microbiologist Tessa Carrel. “It’s a great way to introduce kids to foods that they may not always be served at home.” Moving forward, the program is evolving to include healthy recipes submitted by families in the community. The special recipes will be a normal option on the lunch line, and will be free for everyone to try. Taylor Woodhouse is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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Hey Black Child By Useni Eugene Perkins This illustrated poem tells black children that they can be, do or learn anything if they try. Although the poem is written specifically for black children, it resonates with all children and adults with the message that if you become what you want to be, the world you live in will follow. (ages 4-8)

Malala’s Magic Pencil By Malala Yousafzai Malala’s story may be familiar to many, but this book is unique in that it is tailored to young children and written by Malala herself. Simple sentences convey fear without lingering on violence.  A good introductory book to life under the Taliban and why the freedoms we take for granted are so important. (ages 5-9)

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The War I Finally Won By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley In this sequel to The War That Saved My Life, Ada has surgery to repair her club foot, and with the help of her legal guardian, Susan, works to overcome years of emotional abuse at the hands of her birth mother. Against the backdrop of World War II, Ada deals with death, scarce resources, classism and prejudice as she fights to win the war for her own life and happiness. This is children’s historical fiction at its best and should be read sequentially. (ages 9-12)

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