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November/December 2017

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6 Community Calendar 8 News & Info from

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The Village of Marble Cliff

10 News & Info from Grandview Heights

11 faces


Active and Settled

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16 Coming to (Central) America

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News & Information from Upper Arlington

insideUPPER ARLINGTON By Mikayla Klein

Marching Forward

UAHS band finishes fall season with a blowout show


This year, the Golden Bear Marching Band is Fiesta Bowl bound. In December, the marching band will head to Phoenix to represent Ohio at the nationally-acclaimed Fiesta Bowl Parade. “This is a very prestigious honor for the marching band, to be nationally recognized,” says Edge. The band will participate in the parade along with other bands from around the country. Situated right at the close of marching season, the indoor concert is a fitting time to celebrate the marching band’s achievements as well as the positive community spirit of Upper Arlington. “It’s a way for us to thank the Upper Arlington community for their support over the past season,” says Edge. “The parents, families and friends who come out to support us at the football games all season, it’s a big thank you for them.” The Marching Band Indoor Concert Extravaganza will be held in the Upper Arlington High School gymnasium on Nov. 2 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Mikayla Klein is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at November/December 2017 •

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s the high school football season draws to a close, the Upper Arlington High School Golden Bear Marching Band will conclude its outdoor marching season with a major indoor performance. The Marching Band Indoor Concert Extravaganza will highlight the past season and give the Upper Arlington community a chance to hear the marching band play one last time in 2017. This year’s indoor concert, set for Nov. 2, will feature musical pieces from several shows throughout the Golden Bears’ marching season. “We review five different shows from the football games, so it serves as a sort of year in review,” says George Edge, director of bands. “It’s a wonderful, reflective time.” The performance will include the pregame show as well as an indoor version of Script Bears, the Golden Bears’ rendition of Script Ohio. “We play the entry to the field for home games, a patriotic piece, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the fight song and the alma mater,” says Edge. The indoor gymnasium presents a space issue for the marching band, however. “Outside, we have a whole football field to cover. Our biggest challenge is making things a little more compact,” says Edge. “We tackle this by marching a smaller version of what we do outside. We play all the songs, but we don’t march them all.” It will also be a special time to commend the students’ enormous efforts over the past few months. The marching band time commitment is nothing to scoff at. Managing a co-curricular activity such as marching band in addition to regular coursework requires a solid work ethic and disciplined time management. Students involved in marching band also endure both mental and physical challenges, sometimes under less-than-ideal weather conditions at the games. “The students involved in marching band are fantastic young people, a great representation of the Upper Arlington student body,” says Edge. “Their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work are what make this band so successful year after year.”

News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




By Bill Johannes, Marble Cliff Administrative Assistant

Keeping Tradition Alive The Village hosts its 36th annual Holiday Party

Photos courtesy of Bill Johannes


or the 36th consecutive year, Village residents and their families will gather for the annual Marble Cliff Holiday Party in early December. This traditional event, started in 1982, brings residents old and new, young and not-so-young together for a festive evening of food, fun and fellowship. “I think residents look forward to this Village event,” says Mayor Kent Studebaker. “It’s nice to have the opportunity to mingle and connect in the holiday spirit. We are a pedestrian community three seasons of the year, but residents are indoors during cold weather. This gathering gives us a chance to see each other before winter sets in.” The party has evolved over the years. Held at Trinity United Methodist Church for many years, it was moved to the Parish Life Center at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church when it opened. Food has varied from a light meal of sandwiches and drinks to just cookies and drinks. “If there are leftovers, we take them to the Grandview police and firefighters. They seem to appreciate it,” says longtime party coordinator and Village Fiscal Officer Cindy McKay. A potluck was tried last year, and residents were asked to bring side dishes to accompany Village-provided chicken, cookies and drinks. Cookies have been a common feature of the party for years, especially the delicious sugar cookies provided by Stevens Catering. “I think the potluck was a success,” says Joanne Taylor, event chair. “We have some really good cooks in Marble Cliff.” Families are encouraged to bring their children and grandchildren. Over

that’s an important reason for having the party each year.” Guests are asked to bring a donation for a local organization chosen each year, such as food for the Heart to Heart Food pantry at First Community Church or toys for the Firefighters for Kids Toy Campaign. The party has generated many memories over the years. Longtime residents treasure memories of horsedrawn carriage rides under cold, starry skies and Village holiday lights. Former Village Council President Curt Gantz remembers the party at which resident Frank Monaco was recognized for serving in all Village elected positions: council member, council president, clerk-treasurer and mayor. He also remembers when residents of St. Raphael’s Home for the Aged were special guests of the Village. “I miss those warm moments when our residents helped welcome a special generation of Village residents,” Gantz says. In a 1985 Village newsletter, Monaco wrote, “At the conclusion of the evening, we invite each family to take with them one of the beautiful poinsettias that adorn the party to help them remember this festive occasion and the happiness this time of year brings.” The poinsettia tradition continues to this day, as does the Village’s wish for TriVillage: Happy holidays to one and all.

the years, the young people have been entertained with games, videos and holiday crafts. Recently, Kelly Reo, president of the Friends of the Grandview Library, and Ryan McDonnell, library director, have provided very creative crafts for the children to make during the party. And of Bill Johannes is administrative assistant for course, the children get to talk one-on-one the Village of Marble Cliff. Feedback welcome with Santa Claus and have photos taken. at “The party has created a tradition and memory for my kids,” says Taylor. “I think

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News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights


Purposeful Theater and Holiday Cheer Grandview Heights High School presents The Laramie Project and holiday choral concerts


have to step out of my own bias and step into their words, and empathize with their position,” Olt says. “It’s hard to do, but if you can do that, think about the changes we can affect in the world, we’re … able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and say, ‘Hey, let’s talk about why this hurts me when you say that.’” After each night’s performance, Olt and some of the performers will hold a community “talk-back” session with the audience. Later in the season, the choir department’s holiday concerts will feature performances from both the Grandview Heights High School concert choir and the Grandview Singers, a select choral ensemble. Both choirs will perform for elementary and middle school students during the day. In the evening, there will be a public performance in the auditorium. The concert choir and the Grandview Singers will each perform their own sets, and then join together for a few songs in a grand finale. Performances will feature classic choral arrangements

of a mix of new holiday songs and standards, including the holiday classic, “Carol of the Bells.” “I kind of like it to be an escape for the community,” says Grandview Heights choir director Andrew Grega. “The holidays are usually a stressful time. … I want just an hour and 10 minutes for people to relax and enjoy.” The Laramie Project will run at Grandview Heights High School’s auditorium from Thursday, Nov. 2-Saturday, Nov. 4, and all showings will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at www. through the performing arts link, and at the door with cash only. Grandview Heights’ holiday choir concerts will take place on Thursday, Dec. 14, with a free public evening concert at 7 p.m. in Grandview Heights High School’s auditorium. Emily Real is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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play about social justice and traditional holiday musical performances close out fall and usher in winter at Grandview Heights High School. The Laramie Project, a play originally by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, depicts the reactions of the people of Laramie to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student at the University of Wyoming. The play is a direct portrayal of real interviews that the production company held with members of the Laramie community in the wake of Shepard’s 1998 murder. A major reason why play director April Olt wanted to bring The Laramie Project to a high school stage was the fact that it brings a lot of difficult but important topics out into the open where they can be discussed. “We can’t pretend that kids aren’t going through this,” Olt says. “What we’re doing is actually giving them a platform to be able to talk about things. …You’re teaching them tools that are going to make them stronger adults.” Because The Laramie Project features direct depictions of real interviews with real people, the high school actors may have to play characters who have viewpoints and reactions that are bigoted, inappropriate and uncomfortable. This, Olt says, is important for the sake of actually engaging in productive conversation with others about difficult subjects. “If I’m playing somebody and maybe I don’t agree with what they’re saying, I


By Amanda DePerro

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey S. Hall Photography

Active and Settled

Judy Backoff makes a career of helping others physically and emotionally


udy Backoff is rarely sitting still. Even before she moved to Upper Arlington, 78-year-old Backoff had a problem deciding what exactly she wanted to do. In college, the Indianapolis native started out in pre-med at Beloit College, then switched to philosophy. Along the way she left Beloit for the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and again decided to switch her focus, this time to French, upon realizing she’d become fluent in the language. She then went on to graduate school and took a job that landed her in Vienna, Austria, where she worked for a year. Backoff moved schools again to study at the Sorbonne in Paris. With three lan-

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guages and various life experiences under her belt, she wasn’t done yet. Back in the U.S., she taught French at Carroll College until deciding she wanted to get her Ph.D. She moved to Indiana University, and served as a teaching assistant while earning her Ph.D. That all came to a halt when a student introduced Backoff to a man named Robert. Backoff and Robert fell in love, got married, and two months later, the newlyweds jetted off for London, where they lived for a year. “Now, here I am with three kids, some grandkids, in Upper Arlington,” says Backoff. “And I never got my Ph.D.” 11

Between London and UA, the Backoffs had their first child, Kristin, and were living in Philadelphia. Backoff was working for a local newspaper, and Robert was teaching at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Robert got an offer from The Ohio State University, and upon discovering Upper Arlington’s excellent public schools and proximity to OSU and both of their parents, the Backoffs were thrilled. They knew it would be the perfect place to grow their family. “There’s something wonderful about being in Europe because it doesn’t seem quite real,” says Backoff. “But I certainly was ready to settle down and have a family. … There’s just something really wholesome about the Midwest.” Backoff decided to stay home full-time with Kristin, and before she knew it, she’d had two more children, Andy and Julie. Unsurprisingly, raising three children was still not active enough. That’s when Backoff found herself in what would become her passion for the next 30-plus years. “One day, I saw an ad in the suburban news for an exercise class, and it sounded neat,” she says. “I would walk over dead bodies to get to this class. It was the moment of my day.” She was so inspired by the jazz class teacher that, after a few years in the class, Backoff decided it was something she could do, too. Backoff began teaching in rented rooms at dance studios. Though she was hesitant at first – the majority of fitness instructors began teaching classes at the age of 25, and Backoff was 20 years older – her classes quickly became popular. 12

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Photos courtesy of Judy Backoff and Jeffrey S. Hall Photography

Backoff was a natural. She became not only a fitness instructor, but a friend and mentor as well.


The Backoffs knew Upper Arlington would be the perfect place to grow their family.

Walking into Backoff’s class was an energizing shot. Her boom box blasted so loud that neighboring businesses frequently complained (“They did not like the Pointer Sisters,” she says), but Backoff’s aerobics/flexibility/strength classes had students coming back time and time again. UA’s Lifelong Learning soon contacted Backoff to teach classes at the senior center, and she added four night classes to her regular four morning classes. She soon found herself teaching 11 classes per week – far too many, she now admits, but saying no to students who wanted more classes proved difficult. Her students ranged from early 30-year-olds to 93, and kept coming back for one big reason: their teacher. “It’s addictive,” she says. “You know that people walking in on any given day can be struggling with something, so the very fact that you are getting them up means that you are getting yourself up.” Backoff, with her warm personality and electric sense of humor, was a natural. She became not only a fitness instructor, but a friend and mentor as well. Following the death of her father, Backoff realized how alone he felt in the hospital in Indianapolis. She knew she wanted to become the supportive presence for others that her father was missing. “It dovetailed very well with my exercise work, because it’s not just about physical exercise,” she says. “I knew I wanted November/December 2017 •


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Robert and Judy Backoff celebrate their daughter’s wedding.

Backoff with her two daughters, Kristin and Julie. She now has three grandchildren as well.

to help people be healthy, physically, because that’s the basis for intellectual health, emotional health, everything else. If you’re sick, you don’t function well.” After 32 years as a fitness instructor, Backoff learned that her daughter, Julie, was pregnant. This meant she would have

her first local grandchild, as Kristin and her two children, Jack and Kait, live in Charlotte, N.C. “I used to joke that, well, I’ll just teach until I pass out and die one day in class; that was the game plan,” Backoff says, laughing. “Then, when Julie told me she

was expecting a baby, I thought, ‘Maybe it’s time to put away my shoes now.’” She retired in August, a month before the baby was born, but frequently meets up with her former students. In fact, with guidance from a student from Bogotá, Colombia, Backoff is now learning Spanish — her fourth language. She loves having a grandchild close by and being able to help in any way she can, and still takes fitness classes with Robert – though, now, only as a student. She enjoys volunteering through Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and visiting community members who are sick or need extra assistance, still inspired by her father. Having such a rich social and professional life, Backoff says she’s glad to live in Tri-Village, where activity, diversity and kindness are community cornerstones. “This is a beautiful green space, we’re right here near the university and there are universities all around,” Backoff says. “I think we’re very blessed. … Here, to me, this is paradise.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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Coming to (Central) America By Valerie Mauger


ack in 2010, Steve Sandbo, an Upper Arlington resident and member of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club (UAR), decided he wanted to get his club involved in a long-term international project. Sandbo passed along the idea to Dave McCurdy, who was then the club’s president. Sandbo would become president the next year, and eventually district governor of Rotary 6690 in 2016. There was enough motivation between the two dedicated Rotarians to start a project that would have a lasting contribution. UAR had been part of many international projects in the past, but had yet to undertake a project like the one Sandbo and McCurdy were proposing. “We wanted to have something that Upper Arlington Rotary could do on a consistent basis,” says McCurdy. Of course, one of the biggest steps in the process was finding the right non-governmental organization (NGO) to partner with. “I spent seven months looking around the world for the right type of NGO partner,” says Sandbo. “Having traveled in Central America myself quite a bit, I knew that Guatemala was an incredibly needy country. They had just finished a 42-year civil war in 1996, where a quarter of a million indigenous people disappeared. So I started to look around, and the name Mayan Families just kept coming up.” 16

The Mayan Families foundation is an NGO that works to improve communities in rural Guatemala. It focuses on building schools, sponsoring students, getting microloans to small businesses and many more projects that work toward a better future for these communities. “I called many Rotary clubs that had done smaller projects through them, and was told that they were the real deal,” says Sandbo. “Earnest people. So Dave and I jumped on a plane and flew down to meet them.” UAR and its members have donated over $1 million in the past six years, funding several large projects in the remote rural areas surrounding Panajachel, focused largely on education and infrastructure. The club’s contributions have funded a trade school, a preschool, an elder care program and many different water projects. Perhaps one of UAR’s largest projects is the construction of UA Rotary Middle School in Tierra Linda, where 66 students are now enrolled. UAR has attended every graduation of the middle school so far. “Before, the village offered no opportunity for schooling beyond sixth grade,” reports McCurdy. “Only farm labor.” Not only did the UAR fund the school’s construction, the club was so dedicated that when the government pulled funding, it funded the school for a full year. McCurdy emphasizes that the communities have worked with Mayan Families to complete the water projects funded by the club.

Sandbo and McCurdy travel to Guatemala through the UA Rotary Club to provide a community with fire trucks, help build a middle school and teach computer training classes.

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UA Rotary Club raises $1 million for Guatemalan community

“It’s a collaboration,” says McCurdy. “We provide the funding for the piping, and the people that live there do the manual labor to install the piping, so it’s a very collaborative effort to provide areas of the country … with clean running water.” The UAR’s most recent water project, in the village of Nahuala, provides running water to 500 people who could not access it before. The club’s dedication to sustainable change is clear through its research and active communication in Guatemala every November, during its annual trip. In fact, travel time was one of the most important things Sandbo and McCurdy considered when considering NGOs. “I knew we wanted it within one-day travel because we wanted to be able to bring people down to see where their donations went, and we wanted to be able to monitor the projects,” says Sandbo. Many large groups of UAR members have visited the projects they’ve donated toward over the last six years. Sandbo estimates that the total days spent in Guatemala by UAR members is over 800. And this connection between the club and the communities near Panajachel extends even further, with the most recent project donating two refurbished fire trucks seen at Upper Arlington’s Fourth of July Parade this summer. “Many of these small villages have volunteer fire departments, but no equipment,” says Sandbo. “So I started … figuring out how I could get my hands on two older fire trucks that might not meet U.S. standards but, with a little work, could become functional.” The trucks were bought with funds from several Rotary clubs in Ohio. They were repaired by the Upper Arlington Fleet Maintenance Division, filled with supplies, driven to Port Everglades by a group of Rotarians and shipped to Guatemala. They will be dedicated in November during the club’s annual trip. “Then we’re going to look for additional projects,” says Sandbo. “And that’s what we do on these trips. We evaluate need, cost and focus on our next largescale project.”

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More Than Just a Library

Upper Arlington Library is set to celebrate 50 years of serving the community By Rocco Falleti


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mayor of Upper Arlington, who was instrumental in the opening of the library. Since the Wall of Honor event, social media accounts from the library have shared old photographs of the library encouraging patrons to share memories. These photos are available to view in the library’s online archives. “We put out storyboards for patrons at all three of our locations, asking them to write down some of their fondest memories from their times spent at the library,” says Library Director Chris Taylor. “It’s a fun way to get people to share how this library had an impact on their lives, and these will be on display at our birthday celebration.” Alongside the official 50th birthday party, the library has launched “50 for 50,” a fundraising campaign geared toward raising $50,000 to create more group study spaces in the system’s adult sections, which has been a top request of patrons for many years. “Fundraising helps us do the things that tax dollars aren’t able to do,” Taylor says. “It’s used for the things people want. Unfortunately, our funding from the state has been pretty flat since 2009, so we really hope to get a lot of people involved.” The expansion project will serve an immediate need of the library, making it more accessible to high school students and increasing space in general. Though growing in size has always been a trend of the library, the move into the digital age has been one of its largest ongoing projects. “Libraries are at a crossroads right now to try and stay relevant, and in this day and age, I don’t think people realize our library has everything you want right here,” Taylor says.

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Before Amazon ruled the world, before streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix gave us access to the latest releases in seconds, libraries were among the main sources for this type of entertainment. Sure, your local record stores or Blockbuster could get you that content, but the library had a similar collection and it was free to use with your library card. The UA library recently launched its own streaming services, providing access to eBooks, music, movies and TV shows through a service called Hoopla that is accessible with a library card. The list of services offered continues to grow. “You already pay for the library, so why not just use the library instead of paying for streaming services yourself?” Taylor says. The overall success of the library, aside from updates, lies in its relationship with the community as a whole. Located in a predominantly residential area, the library partners with the city and Upper Arlington High School to serve as a hub for not only checking out books, but for entertaining the community as well. “It’s the people we have here at the library that keep patrons coming back,” Taylor says. “All three of our locations are built on parks, so it does give families plenty of things to do as well as checking out material here. Bottom line, the community really loves spending time at this library.”



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Spice Up Your Life

No one likes a bland holiday turkey or ham. Penzey’s Spices offers The American Heart & Soul Gift Box, which has eight different spices used extensively in Southern cooking, a “Soul” pin and spice tips. $34.95.

More Decor Looking for the perfect piece of home decor for someone on your list? Check out Nth Degree Home, which is chock-full of fantastic home furnishings and accessories, including these shell and leaf wooden sculptures on stands. $99.

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An Earful on Earrings Silver Bells

You can never go wrong with a gift of jewelry, and this holds up for the featured pieces at The Smithery. All four pieces feature oxidized sterling silver. The earrings on the left have 14- and 24-karat gold, while the necklace on the right uses 14-karat gold vermeil. Both sets were designed by shop owners Anne Holman and Jen Townsend. $65-$175.


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For the Buckeye State nut in your family, this T-shirt from Reed Arts is a go-to gift. With Cincinnati artist Charley Harper’s signature “Ohio” image with a cardinal, buckeye leaf and ladybug, your loved one can show his or her Ohio pride all year long. $20.

These new, whimsical earrings from Dawn Estrin will surely be a conversation starter at any holiday party. Estrin’s earrings and necklaces are beautiful additions to the Ohio Craft Museum’s annual Gifts of the Craftsmen holiday sale. Visit the museum between Nov. 5 and Dec. 23 to shop handcrafted jewelry, functional pottery, unique ornaments and much more. $20-$85.

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Winter Wear

Though fall may have been toasty, the chill of winter is right around the corner. Protect against those biting Ohio winds in style with these White + Warren winter cashmere accessories from Leal Boutique. Items include gloves, beanies, headbands, scarves and travel wraps. $100-$350.

Yarn It!

Great for any crafter, and not just knitters, these mini skein packs from Yarn It & Haberdashery are helpful when one can’t decide what color is best for one’s latest project. Weavers and crocheters will also love the bursts of color these yarns add to their work. $35-$36.

Merry Scentmas

Available in over 100 scents, an 11 oz. candle (pictured far right) from The Candle Lab is able to burn for 80 hours. These all-natural candles can transform any home’s aroma smelling like a beach one second and a forest the next. Themed gift packs (pictured left center) with four different scents are also available. $19-$23.

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The perfect photo, poster or piece of art isn’t a complete gift unless it has the proper display. Image Arts Etc. offers custom framing services, sure to make any piece pop. Those who mention Tri-Village Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide will receive 15 percent off his or her purchase. Prices vary.

The gift of food is best shared with family and friends. An Eddie George’s Grille 27 gift card is the perfect gift for the holidays or, really, any occasion. Gift cards can be purchased in any desired amount at the restaurant or online. www.eddiegeorgesgrille27.

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Chocolate Crazed

New this year, the dark chocolate cashew crunch from Krema Nut Company has a rich, buttery center that’s coated in Krema’s famous dark chocolate. Perfect for any sweet tooth, this new candy makes a great gift. $4.29.

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For a sweet treat this holiday season, check out the assorted candies and desserts at Pure Imagination Chocolatier. Biscuits, macaroons and truffles in a variety of flavors are sure to make great gifts for those with a sweet tooth. Truffles come in packages of 4, 8, 16 and 24 pieces, and gift baskets (pictured here) will be available this year as well. $6.95-$39.95.

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“We had to take everything (from the floor) up to 22 inches,” says Smith. Free of water damage, the playroom is now clean and dry.

himself including a fireplace, television and a foosball table. There is also an unfinished crawl space connected to the playroom. A friend of Smith’s who had worked with Ohio Basement Authority in the past

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suggested that he give the company a call. Smith was very impressed with the thorough inspection and assessment. “Every problem is different. Even if a customer calls in about water leakage in the basement, that doesn’t mean there is a routine solution. That’s why it’s important to do a thorough inspection for each home before providing an estimate,” says certified inspector Brendan Kent. “For example, this home had a unique sump pump placement and a hidden waterline issue. These are the things that allow us to determine the best permanent solution for the job.” Ultimately, Smith was very happy with Ohio Basement Authority’s work and the amount of choice he had in the repair. “I think the coolest thing for us was … Ohio Basement Authority took a tiered approach and simplified the project into good, better and best options, so we could decide what we wanted to invest in the repair,” says Smith. “Within one week, the project was complete.” Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at jwise@

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Ohio Basement Authority also installed a WaterGuard French drain to help direct water away from the foundation. This waterproofing measure gives Smith the peace of mind to be able to use the space now.

The crawl space’s foundation is now completely repaired and Ohio Basement Authority added drainage mats to the floor to help direct any water that seeps in toward the sump pump.

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Local French Alliance chapter celebrates Francophone cultures, especially through food


rom the sweet flavor of crepes to the hearty tang of jambalaya, cuisine in many French-speaking areas signifies an important aspect of the culture. And celebrating this aspect for more than 25 years is a local organization dedicated to all things French. French Alliance Columbus, a chapter of the international Alliance Française, goes beyond language lessons. Members dive deep into Francophone cultures by watching films, analyzing novels and, of course, eating food. When France native Francoise Minnich moved to the U.S. and, eventually, Ohio, she joined the French Alliance Columbus and continued her interest of tutoring and teaching people the French language. As years passed and Minnich stayed true to the chapter, she eventually took on the volunteer role of president. “A lot of people actually learn French in Ohio, and … they want to keep learning about the culture,” Minnich says. “And we do not turn away people who are not bilingual or fluent … we don’t discriminate” French speakers of all levels and ages are welcome to join the chapter. Members are required to pay a fee in order to cover restaurants and movie outings, as well as


regardless of the food’s origin, it always brings members closer together. “The food is the focus of everybody coming,” she says. “It’s (usually) a potluck, so we don’t care what they bring, but it promotes conversation.” With the holiday season approaching, the group looks forward to its annual Christmas party, one of the larger events with about 60 hungry members. In order to educate members on the diversity of meals within Francophone cultures, this affair will only feature food from French regions. And because it is an elegant evening, larger events such as holiday parties. The Minnich and other group members will club also offers free conversation groups create a menu from recipes found in magaand optional tutoring classes with Minn- zines, cookbooks or online, but they will ich for an extra fee. not prepare the dishes as at other events. But what is an event without food? Especially during smaller affairs, where members gather to watch films or practice French at private homes or parks, dishes of any nationality are served. Minnich says


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Pull back batter to absorb the butter and avoid sticking to the pan. Cook until bottom is golden brown, then sprinkle bacon on top. Place pan into 425-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the matafan is puffy and golden. Remove and sprinkle with Gruyère cheese. Bon appétit!

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Courtesy of Minnich and France Today magazine. One of Minnich’s favorite recipes is the classic French dish matafan, which resembles Yorkshire pudding. Serves 4 to 6 people.


A great holiday gift that gives all year long! “We want to be served,” she says, laughing. “We just try to give a true picture of what some regions of France are … and not only France, but Frenchspeaking areas or countries.” For more information on the French Alliance Columbus chapter and how to become a member of the club, visit www.

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Pumpkin Run

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bookmarks Compiled by the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Kids and Teens: Holiday

Explore Winter! 25 Great Ways to Learn about Winter By Maxine Anderson This book is packed with games and experiments to keep your body and brain warm during the chilly winter months. Each chapter discusses a scientific concept related to winter and follows it with activities, from building your own hibernation den and making snow shoes to making ice spikes and snowflake fossils. (ages 6-9)

Best in Snow By April Pulley Sayre Sparse text complements gorgeous photos as readers are taken from the first snowflake landing on a squirrel’s nose to its gradual melting, until a new snowfall restarts the process. The photographs are what really shine, in particular the closeups of snowflakes, frost and ice crystals. (ages 4-7)  

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street  By Karina Yan Glaser When the Vanderbeekers’ landlord refuses to renew their lease, he leaves the five siblings and their parents with only 11 days to vacate their house, right before the holidays. Family hijinks ensue as the Vanderbeeker kids scheme to save their home. This sweet book is about confronting the Scrooges in our lives just in time for Christmas. (ages 7-10)

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Cohn and Levithan of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist fame are back with their second book about teens Dash and Lily, who fell in love the previous year while anonymously swapping dares via a notebook. Lily is going through a tough time, and Dash decides to make the 12 days leading up to Christmas her best ever. This is a fun and light teen romance that can be read on its own or after the first book, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. (ages 12 and up)


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