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November/December 2018

Upper Arlington

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Holiday Gift Guide UA Home Doubles in Size Seasonal Events

Local Folk UAHS grads take their show on the road

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6 Community Calendar

2018ay d e i l o H Guid Gift


8 News & Info from Upper Arlington 9 News & Info from

The Village of Marble Cliff

10 News & Info from Grandview Heights

12 Faces

Something from Nothing

Lifelong friends finally see musical dreams come to fruition

16 In Focus

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22 Remember and Reflect

Community memorial park inspires visitors to contemplate sacrifice


24 Living

Better Together

Two homes become one in this Upper Arlington renovation


26 On the Table

Around the Table

Holiday food traditions bring Tri-Village together

28 Around Tri-Village

Get in the holiday spirit and see how fellow residents deck their halls. The Holiday Tour of Homes will take place Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 12-5pm in Tartan Fields.   Come tour multiple incredibly decorated homes while enjoying small bites by local eateries.

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On the Cover:


Taylor Meier, Evan Westfall and Matt Vinson of the folk band Caamp. Photo by Morten Fog.

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Arts and Entertainment

Nov. 1-3

Dec. 13

Dec. 13

7 p.m. Grandview Heights High School Auditorium 1587 W. 3rd Ave.

7 p.m. Grandview Heights High School Auditorium 1587 W. 3rd Ave.

7:30 p.m. Upper Arlington High School Auditorium 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

Grandview Heights High School presents Peter and the Starcatcher

Grandview Heights High School Holiday Choral Concert

Upper Arlington High School Winter Choral Concert

Nov. 16

Monthly Keg Tapping

5-7 p.m. Buckeye Strength and Performance 1066 Ridge St.

Holiday Choral Concert

Nov. 16

Tri-Village Mentor League Bid & Benefit 2018 7-9 p.m. Our Lady of Victory Parish Center 1559 Roxbury Rd.

Nov. 22

Columbus Turkey Trot

8:30 a.m. The Shops on Lane Avenue 1675 W. Lane Ave.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 4

Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-9 p.m. Grandview Center 1515 Goodale Blvd.

Holiday Band Concert

Dec. 11

Grandview Heights High School Holiday Band Concert

7 p.m. Grandview Heights High School Auditorium 1587 W. 3rd Ave.


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Upper Arlington Centennial

Nov. 4

Centennial Cycle

1-4 p.m. Amelita Mirolo Barn 4395 Carriage Hill Ln.

Winter Festival

Winter Festival

Nov. 30

Winter Festival

6-8:30 p.m. Mallway Park 2096 Upper Arlington Ave.

Dec. 2-6

Christmas in the Park

Sunday, 2:30-8:30 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. Thompson Park 4250 Woodbridge Rd.

Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd.,

Nov. 3

Fantastic Beasts from the Columbus Zoo 1-2 p.m., Lane Road

Nov. 9

Art History: The Architecture of Frank Gehry

Nov. 24

Dec. 1

2-4 p.m., Tremont Road

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tremont Road

Family Movie and Popcorn

Holiday Happiness

Nov. 27

Dec. 6

7-8:30 p.m., Lane Road

11 a.m.-noon., Tremont Road

UAPL Book Circle

BYOC: Bring Your Own Craft

12:30-1:30 p.m., Tremont Road

Grandview Heights Public Library

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Nov. 6

China: Off The Beaten Path 7-8 p.m.

Nov. 9

Make & Take Charming Snowflake Ornament 3:15-5 p.m.

Nov. 15

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group

Dec. 26

Red Cross Bloodmobile 1-7 p.m.

7-8 p.m.

Dec. 12

Writers Group 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Upper Arlington’s Centennial year has been filled with historical memories, fantastic celebrations and a culmination of exciting projects. From the beautiful, climbable bronze bear sculptures created by Alan Hamwi to the Centennial banners that line Northwest Blvd., it’s safe to say this year has lived up to its expectations. The Centennial Plaza and History Walk add an exclamation point to Northam Park, defining the legacy of Upper Arlington for years to come. We thank the following organizations and families for their support of the Legacy Project: • • • • •

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Upper Arlington Rotary Club Upper Arlington Community Foundation Upper Arlington Civic Association Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus The Martin Peter & Marjorie Garvin Sayers Family: Daniel Garvin Sayers, Stephen Putnam Sayers, Julia Sayers Bolton, Elaine Sayers Buck The Barney Family The Crane Family: In memory of Robert S. Crane, Jr. The Yassenoff Family The Patton Family: In memory of Mary Louise & Bob Patton Northwest EyeCare Professionals: Douglas, Deborah & Quinlan Bosner The UA Education Foundation & UA Library Board The Greg Guy & Lisa Ingram Family: Caitlyn, Andrew, Jacob & Ryan The Gudenkauf and Gehring Families E. Ann Gabriel: In memory of Ann R. & M. Leonard Gabriel, and Joanne B. & Jack O. Woodruff The Jody & Wally Phillips Family: Diane Phillips Albrecht, Debbie Phillips Bower, John Wallace Phillips and Cindy Phillips Close

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CYCLE THROUGH THE CENTENNIAL Enjoy a family bike ride through UA during one of the last Centennial events, the Centennial Cycle. This is a great way to check out some of Upper Arlington’s centennial projects! The ride will begin at the Amelita Mirolo Barn on November 4, 1-4 p.m. Look forward to rest stops along the way with snacks and water. Once you finish, listen to music from Agent 99 and refuel your body with food provided by Chipotle and Jimmy John’s! Advance fees and registration apply.

News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




‘Tis the Time in the Village The Village of Marble Cliff hosts its annual holiday party


he North Pole has guaranteed a special visit from Santa Claus himself and his traveling elf for the Village of Marble Cliff’s annual holiday party! This tradition will continue again, as it has for the past 25 years, on Monday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Parish Center. We were secretly told that Santa looks forward to this gathering each year. He especially looks forward to the sugar cookies from Steven’s Catering. How wonderful that so many families have literally grown up with this Santa and his elf, and that the festivities remain a

holiday memory in both their hearts and in their homes, graced with these special Santa photos forever. Santa and his elf never seem to age! “The kids seem to believe longer,” says Sheri Waterhouse, a close associate to Santa. “The children see the same faces, year after year, and believe!” What a wonderful reminder as we continue this tradition of Santa Claus and his elf to believe, if only for a little while longer.

’Tis the Time in the Village ’Tis the time in the Village, and all through the Hall, The workers were scurrying to reserve Victory Hall. For an upcoming event, the first Monday in December, the annual Village Christmas party, an event to remember. The poinsettias were ordered, a gift of good cheer, To each and every resident year after year. The horse drawn carriage, a new magical ride, Gives a look of the Village with friends by our side. A call was soon made to the North Pole itself, To guarantee the arrival of Santa and his elf. As he had promised, for the past 25 years, Bringing his elf, and a group of wonderful volunteers.

Photo courtesy of the Village of Marble Cliff

He knows all the families, both old and both new, And looks forward to talking, and a cookie or two. The same eyes that twinkle, and belly abound, All believe in the miracle of this Santa we’ve found. He’s watched the children, as they continued to grow, And now bring their children to the man with a beard of snow. Mayor Studebaker and six council members dear, Continue to think forward to the upcoming year, And wishing you all a Holiday merry and bright, And thank you for gathering on this neighborhood night! November/December 2018 •

Santa Claus and his elf are back again to remind the Village what the spirit of the season is all about.


News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights


Give a Gift that Keeps on Giving Donate to the Grandview Heights Public Library


The mobile exhibits are just one example of how the foundation supports the Grandview Heights Public Library. 10

The foundation helps to put on events throughout the year, including the annual Chocolate Walk.

Though it fundraises all year long, the foundation’s big push comes every year around the holidays. The foundation consults its list of previous donors, sending personalized letters to the donors asking for another donation. Donors can request to be recognized with an ornament on the Remembrance Tree. This year’s ornament is a pine cone made out of book pages. “It’s a nice way to make it a little more personal instead of getting a generic form letter or email,” Trares says. This year’s goal is $15,000, which is the same as last year’s. “This year’s campaign funds will be used to make improvements to the Youth Services Department,” Trares says. “This is part of our mission, we support programs and resources not covered by public funds, and this year’s donation will be an example of that.” Last year, the foundation received a little over $15,000. They used the money to fund the Mobile Exhibits, which are museumquality kiosks that aim to teach people about interesting subjects. Some previous topics include natural wonders and creatures of the night. “(The exhibits are) just a really neat way to get kids interested and hopefully they’ll

The Remembrance Tree will be filled with pine cone ornaments made from book pages this year.

pick up a book while they’re there, because (the books) are all put in the same exhibit,” Trares says. This year, the foundation is shaking things up with a new holiday-themed fundraiser. The foundation will offer a Grandview Gift Box that has treats from Grandview and other Grandview-inspired goodies. “(The box) will be the perfect gift for those that ‘have everything’ or have moved out of the area and still miss all that Grandview has to offer,” Trares says. The Grandview Heights community should expect great things from the foundation. Residents should stay on the lookout for new and fun library events. To donate, visit Emily Chen is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@

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Photos courtesy of Analisa Trares and Canaan Faulkner

his holiday season, Grandview Heights residents can give their public library a great present. Residents can donate to the Grandview Heights Public Library through the annual fundraiser arranged by the Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation. The fundraiser, beginning in November, runs through the end of the year. This is the perfect opportunity for residents to show how much they appreciate the work the library has done throughout the years. Working to bring the community together, the library hosts fun events like Flights with Friends and the annual Chocolate Walk. But the library couldn’t do all this by itself. The Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation is GHPL’s resource for big ticket events that they want to create. “We’re kind of like the larger picture,” Analisa Trares, president of the foundation, says. “We’re (funding) things they couldn’t normally afford or that they can’t include in their budget, but they’d really like to have.” The foundation has funded events like the Chocolate Walk, the PopUp Library and the Music on the Lawn concert series.

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Lifelong friends finally see musical dreams come to fruition


aining national recognition as a band is quite a feat, but to take an act overseas to a room full of people who know your catalog inside and out is often an anomaly. But as Upper Arlington natives Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall of the folk act Caamp took the stage in Denmark, both realized they were a long way from the Woodland’s Tavern brunch service that hosted their first gig together.

The Rest Was History

Meier and Westfall come from families that are close friends, and the two found themselves together at holiday parties for as long as they could remember. Westfall, a guitarist in his own right, piqued Meier’s musical interests. “Evan was able to play guitar and had been playing for years,” Meier says. “One of my buddies had just got a guitar and we would hang out and pass it around trying to learn something. I couldn’t really play at all.” As the two entered high school together at Upper Arlington High School, they did what any aspiring band would do; they got together to play and perfect their craft. “We started talking about music, he played guitar, I had an affinity for singing and words,” Meier says. “I don’t know, it all pretty much spurred from me asking him to come over and strum some guitar and seeing what we could come up with.” Meier bought a guitar from a secondhand music store and the two got together after school trying to improve and make sense of their musical influences. The two even formed a short-lived band with another longtime friend, Jesse Henry, of Columbus-based band Spikedrivers. “The band pretty much started out like any other high school band,” says Meier. “We’d play in the basement and smaller shows. Evan’s dad was the president of Arlington Bank, so we got to play that a few times.” When high school ended and the reality of college slowly set in, the band separated with Meier’s move to Athens to attend Ohio University.

Both Ends of the Spectrum

Columbus natives Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall take some time off at a baseball field in Clintonville.

Meier has so much love and appreciation for OU’s campus and realizes how important the Athens music scene was to Caamp’s growth and their individual growth as artists. “We learned both ends of the spectrum down at OU,” Meier says. “That’s where I started playing and singing at the same time.” Meier played as much as humanly possible around the city and was a constant presence at venues such as Casa Nueva, Smiling Skull Saloon and Donkey Coffee and Espresso. Athens is a college town where each venue caters to a specific crowd, making it an ideal scene to challenge and test yourself as a performer. Just as the Beatles used the Cavern Club in Liverpool to perfect its act, Meier sought Athens to form his musical identity. He eventually convinced Westfall to move down and join him in Athens as their act continued to take shape. 13

Photo courtesy of Sarah Gardener

“Whether we were playing to a very tender coffee shop or getting the attention of a rowdy open mic happy hour crowd, OU taught us a lot,” Meier says. “We learned how to play dead sober and playing to the convergence of being too drunk, dealt with hecklers … with broken instruments and broken strings.” Meier would spend a year and a half at OU before realizing that his love of music and his desire to play was something he wanted to pursue beyond open mic nights and coffee shop gigs. He decided to leave OU, shifting his entire focus to music. “It was honestly one of the easier decisions I’ve made, the hardest part was working up the courage to tell my parents,” Meier says. “They took it surprisingly well and made sure I had a job and was supporting myself. I had it in my heart and felt that it was what I was supposed to be doing.”

That’s a Lot of Plays

With the band back in its hometown, Caamp had newfound momentum and a fierce focus on their music. The group has come a long way since its open mic nights throughout Athens.


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Catch Caamp live in Columbus Nov. 30 at Newport Music Hall

I’ll give that a shot,’ and all of a sudden your song has over 100,000 plays,” Meier says. “From there, they’re listening to the rest of your catalog, trying to figure out where you are playing next to see if you can back it all up.” This growing popularity in the music streaming world translated to their live shows. This became evident when Caamp embarked back down to Athens for a show at Casa Nueva. “We were the headlining show that Throughout the following years, Caamp night,” Meier says. “We played a show released music on streaming platforms there before, it had a decent showing. But and, most notably, its song “Ohio” be- when we got there for that show, there came extremely popular. was a line around the block waiting.” “We were going crazy realizing that people all around the world were listen- Nowhere to Go but Up ing to us after the song went viral on SpoNowadays, Caamp maintains a fairly tify,” Meier says. “Spotify is our guardian rigid touring schedule when it isn’t in the angel as far as I am concerned.” studio. In Columbus specifically, Caamp For groups like Caamp, Spotify is a has headlined popular venues like the useful tool to get discovered. Its utiliza- Basement, has played to sold out crowds tion of playlists highlights lesser known at A&R Bar and as support for Rainbow bands, giving them a platform amongst Kitten Surprise at the Newport. the heavy hitters of the music industry. “We are finally seeing this whole “All it takes is one intern at Spotify thing come to fruition in the eyes of our or a playlist curator to say, ‘hey, I think friends and family,” Meier says.

The band recently added a third member to the group, Matt Vinson, who began playing bass in fall 2017. Caamp is set to cross another Columbus favorite off its list on Nov. 30 as the band will play its first headlining show at Newport Music Hall. The band’s homecoming will be full of surprises and collaborations from some of the band’s good friends from the area. “The Newport, to us, was it growing up,” Meier says. “To see our name up on the marquee is going to be insane.” The two Upper Arlington residents are doing what they always dreamed, on their own terms, and have come a long way from playing brunches and bank parking lots in Columbus. “It had been a dream we’d been flirting with since high school that never felt real,” Meier says. “But now, all of a sudden we are selling out venues and actually making money for our art. It’s a dream.” Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at rfalleti@

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8 1 0 2 ay d e i l o H Guid Gift

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Homegrown Holiday Shop local this season in Tri-Village

Artisanal Accessories A unique person deserves a gift to match. Check out The Smithery on Grandview Avenue for a wide range of artisan-made goods including Foliage Rings made from agate and sterling silver by Natalia Araya. Seasonal Scents Prices range from $76-$110. www.shopGift an experience this year at The thesmithery Candle Lab in Grandview, where you can pour your own soy candle, plan a candle party or simply check out the local lab. With more than 100 scents from which to choose, you can fill your home with the scent of anything from clean sheets to freshly picked apples. An 11-ounce candle is priced at $19-$23.

Cup of Cheer Featuring a variety of coffee blends, Crimson Cup Coffee is the perfect place when shopping for a coffee-obsessed loved one. Check out the Winter Wonderland blend for a seasonal treat. Ground and whole bean coffee is available in 12-ounce bags, priced at $10.50 each.

Cookies for Santa Looking for cookies to stash near the chimney for Santa, or a gift for all to enjoy at the family holiday party? The Original Goodie Shop in the Upper Arlington Tremont Center offers custom cookies, cakes and other original goodies such as butterscotch coffee cake, cinnamon rolls and bear claws. This family-run bakery of- Icy Creations fers customizable 7-inch cakes, starting at Grab a beautiful teardrop-shaped fro$21.95. zen piece crafted for a loved one by artist Sebastian Coleman. The Ohio Craft Museum offers handmade jewelry, adornments, decorations and more created by independent central Ohioan artists. Prices may vary. 16

Rudolph the Red Wrap Pendant Looking for handcrafted jewelry, decor or unique fossil decorations? What on Earth on West Lane Avenue has products for every nature lover on your list. Pendant priced at $189.

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Seasonal Gatherings Don’t miss out on these events in Tri-Village By Taylor Woodhouse

Centennial Cycle


ow is it that the most wonderful time of year is also always the busiest? Don’t let the chaos of the season stop you from partaking in these Tri-Village events this November and December.

Nov. 4

Centennial Cycle 1-4 p.m.

As Upper Arlington closes out its centennial year, residents can celebrate together with a family-friendly bike ride through the community. The courses will take riders throughout the community and its parks, with fun rest stops with snacks along the way. After the race, riders can munch on refreshments and enjoy live music from local favorite Agent 99. Riders can choose to participate in a five-mile course or a 10-mile course. The cost to participate is $10. Riders can register on the City of Upper Arlington website.

drop off your letters to Santa in the special mailboxes at the Grandview Heights Public Library or the Grandview Center. Make sure to include an additional envelope addressed to the child. In turn, you’ll receive a response from Santa at your house. You also have the option to email Santa; send your wish list and return address to santa

Nov. 22

Nov. 30

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While it might seem counterintuitive to voluntarily exercise on the best food-focused holiday of the year, consider burning off some of those Thanksgiving calories at the annual Columbus Turkey Trot – and then replenish them with the delicious pumpkin pie you get just for participating. An Upper Arlington tradition for over 30 years, runners can participate in the 5 Miler race or the 2 Mile Walk & Talk, and children can even join the Tot Trot. All races begin at the Shops on Lane Avenue. The adult races are $40 per entry, and the Tot Trot is $5. Be sure to register on their website to get your race shirt, medal and pie.

Nov. 26-Dec. 17

Dec. 4

Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-9 p.m.

Upper Arlington Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Ceremony 6-8:30 p.m.

The annual Upper Arlington Winter Festival & Tree Lighting ceremony is full of all the best activities to kick off December. In addition to viewing the tree lighting, attendees can snack on s’mores, coffee and hot chocolate, while caroling, taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or viewing an ice sculpture demonstration. As an added bonus, Santa will make an appearance – along with some of his best reindeer.

The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature not only the traditional tree lighting, but also

Letters to Santa

Dec. 1

Upper Arlington Public Library Holiday Happiness 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

An Upper Arlington holiday season staple for almost 30 years, the Upper ArMake sure you get that wish list to lington Public Library’s Holiday HappiSanta this year! Skip the postal services and ness event features music, a gingerbread

Letters to Santa


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Photos courtesy of Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation and the City of Upper Arlington

Columbus Turkey Trot

decorating contest, face painting, balloon animals and an abundance of holiday cheer. Santa has promised to stop by, and the Upper Arlington Middle School choir will perform some holiday favorites.

Gingerbread Decorating Party

a multitude of activities for family members of all ages. Enjoy the iceless skating rink and take a stab at a craft or holidaythemed coloring activity while enjoying live music by the Grandview Heights High School Choir. Feeling like spreading some holiday cheer? The fire department will in also be in attendance, and will be accepting donations for its annual toy and food drive.

Dec. 13

A Christmas Carol for two nights at Van Fleet Theater in the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Enjoy the classic tale of 7:30 p.m. redemption, inspiration and true holiThe Upper Arlington High School day spirit. Winter Choral Concert will get you exTickets are $5 at the door. cited for the season – the season of winter, that is! The concert will feature a selection Dec. 15 of secular songs celebrating everyone’s fa- Gingerbread Decorating Party vorite snowy season. 12:30-2 p.m. Join Grandview Heights Parks and Dec. 14 Recreation for a gingerbread bonanza! Grandview Heights High School Whether you’re looking to show off your skills in the gingerbread decorating comHoliday Choral Concert 7 p.m. petition or just want to enjoy some quality The Grandview Heights High School time decorating everyone’s favorite holiChoir will perform its annual holiday day cookie, the Gingerbread Decorating concert. Sit back in the GHHS Auditori- Party is the place to be. um and enjoy some holiday tunes by the Gingerbread and icing will be prochoir, led by director Andrew Grega. vided, but participants are encouraged to bring any other decorations they would Dec. 14-16 like to use.

Upper Arlington High School Winter Choral Concert

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Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting 5:30-7:30 p.m.

In case you haven’t quite scratched your tree lighting itch with your local holiday festival, you can always stop by the Ohio Statehouse for Columbus’ own holiday festival and tree lighting. Like any good holiday festival, you can expect carolers, seasonally appropriate refreshments and a special visit from Santa. This festival has an educational twist – attendees will get to mingle with historical characters.


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Remember and Reflect Community memorial park inspires visitors to contemplate sacrifice

By Nathan Collins

Modern War American Casualties

WWI – 116,516 WWII – 405,399 Korean War – 36,516 Vietnam War – 58,209 Gulf War – 383 Afghanistan War – 2,372 Iraq War – 4,497 As of 2016, there were 20.4 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces 22

The proposed plan includes five additional monuments around the existing statue to represent the branches of the military.

with a helmet on top, next to a pair of empty boots. The soldier’s head is bowed, with one hand on the helmet. The Williams made a second donation to cover most of the funding for a 5-foot base on which the statue rests. On this base reads the inscription the ultimate sacrifice. The statue was dedicated in

2015 as part of the community’s Memorial Day Service. In August 2016, Tom’s wife, Lowell, passed away at age 90. Shortly thereafter, Tom approached the parks department and city mayor, indicating that he wished to once again donate funds to further improve upon the memorial. Along with a

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Renderings courtesy of Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation


n the U.S., there are 20.4 million military veterans, according to the Census Bureau’s 2016 data. For context, there are 325.7 million American citizens in total. The Tri-Village community aims to acknowledge the great sacrifice made by our veterans – and not just on Veterans Day. In 2013, Drs. Thomas and Lowell Williams approached the City of Grandview Heights to donate funds for the creation of a statue in Memorial Park. Situated at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Oxley Road, the park is now the site of a 7-foot-tall bronze statue of a soldier. He stands next to a rifle planted in the ground

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donation of $300,000 was Tom’s desire for members of the community to not just drive by the park, but to stop, approach the statue, take a seat, and actually remember and reflect on the sacrifices that have been made. Through a series of redesigns and cost analyses conducted by the parks advisory board, a final design was agreed upon. There will be five additional monuments constructed around the bronze soldier statue. The number five is important, as it represents the five branches of the military. Mike Patterson, director of parks and recreation for the city of Grandview Heights feels not only a sense of excitement for the unveiling, but pride as well. The 10-foot monuments need to be viewed in person in order to receive the full impact, in his opinion. “They’re 10 feet tall, but until you actually go into the plaza there, the online renderings don’t do them justice,” Patterson says. “It’s breathtaking and they’re almost larger than life, which is what the desire of the design was, and Dr. Tom’s vision.” He believes that the community at large should feel that same sense of pride. A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the park improvements are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. Members of the Grandview city council will be in attendance, as well as representatives of the Village of Marble Cliff, which also donated funding. All community members are invited to congregate and honor past, present and future sacrifices made by veterans, including Dr. Thomas Williams. Nathan Collins is a managing editor. Feedback welcome at ncollins@


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Two homes become one in this Upper Arlington renovation “It’s so bright and cheerful and it has great windows that overlook the pretty large back yard that we never had before,” says the homeowner. “We had a cute patio and all that before, it was a nice back yard, but we just didn’t have all this space and I’m really enjoying it. I love to garden.”


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iving in a landlocked community presents challenges, especially when expanding your home. It’d require nothing short of buying out your neighbors to make space for a substantial addition. So, when Charlie Griffey got the call from an Upper Arlington couple that had recently purchased the home next door, he couldn’t resist taking on the unique opportunity. “I think it’s more of the architectural detail and the blending of the new space and the old space within an old Upper Arlington home that makes (the project) unique,” says Griffey, who owns Griffey Remodeling. Griffey joined the two adjacent homes with a screened-in porch, converting the previous neighbor’s home into a spacious two-car garage while making sure to create cohesive architecture throughout. Custom cabinetry housing the homeowners’ record collection adds a personal touch to the project. Inspired by their introduction while attending The Ohio State University, the couple was excited to see their memories come to life in the renovation. “When we were in college, I worked at the Ohio Union, just a little part-, very part-time job in the music and browsing room at the Ohio Union,” says the homeowner.

The alphabetized albums from these memories stirred them to rebuild an archive with their own personal spin. Now, when they aren’t hosting in the screened porch, they can have friends upstairs to enjoy the music that brings them all together. “We’ve raised three children in this house, and two are still in Columbus and we have a lot of extended family functions here and a lot of friends over,” says the homeowner. “A lot of people our age are starting to talk about downsizing, but that’s just not something that we’d consider. Our door is always open to friends and family and we use a lot of the house and hope to continue to do so.” Jenny Wise is an associate editor. Feedback is welcome at jwise@

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“It’s been wonderful. We really enjoy our screened porch. We’re out there really three-fourths of the year, I’d say, with the fireplace,” says the homeowner. “And, in the summer, it has a natural breeze that comes through. We just really enjoy it; I think it’s my favorite room in the house. … And, you know, it’s just a really great gathering spot for friends and we have people over all the time.”

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On the Table

By Emily Chen

Around the Table Holiday food traditions bring Tri-Village together


Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Patrick | Upper Arlington

ood has brought people and cultures together for centuries, especially around the holidays. If eating and cooking together can create community among strangers, you can imagine, and have likely experienced, the impact it has on a family. What unique dish or tradition graces your holiday gatherings? We asked several residents the same thing, hoping to uncover traditions as unique as the communtiy from which they originate.

“During Thanksgiving, my family always ate ham, cranberry sauce, potatoes and pumpkin pie,” says Patrick. “During Christmas we ate monkey bread and Swedish meatballs. Additionally, we usually had vegan options for my sister and I, like mashed radishes instead of the mashed potatoes with butter.”

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Thierno Diallo | Grandview Heights

“Many people say that friends are “During Christmas and Thanksthe family you choose for yourself, giving, we all meet up at my grandand the pie breakfast was a way for ma’s house,” says Diallo from Grandeveryone to come together with their view Heights. “All the adults hang friends, in the morning, before their out in one side of the house and all obligatory family engagements,” says the kids and teenagers are in another Eckhart. “The holidays are a hard time side of the house. So, when it’s time for many people because they don’t get to eat dinner, everyone has to go to along with their family or their family the dinner table. People eat at the doesn’t approve of their lifestyle. So, same time.” our pie breakfast was a diverse and inclusive event, which honored and valued individuals and what their friendship meant to Conor Hayes | each other.”

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Rachael Penton | Grandview Heights “Since I was a kid, my mom has made these cake batter cookies,” says Penton. “They’re made of yellow cake batter with a cherry on top.” Make your own cake batter cookies this season with the included recipe from Penton. 26


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“Thanksgiving is a little different for us than most people for several reasons,” says Hayes. “We actually celebrate it twice, once in October (Canadian Thanksgiving), which is when we usually cook turkey, and again in November (American Thanksgiving), when we usually do ham. American Thanksgiving also tends to double as my birthday dinner, as my birthday falls either on or near Thanksgiving, depending on the year.”

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Cottons: The Secret of the Wind By Jim Pascoe Bridgebelle is young rabbit who spends her days working at the carrot factory manufacturing “cha,” a mysterious substance that the rabbits use to fuel their home, the Vale of Industry.  However, she secretly dreams of using cha to create beautiful art. The enemies of the rabbits, the foxes, have their own plans for cha and summon a deadly force to help them attain their goals.  This graphic novel is perfect for anyone who loves Watership Down, gorgeous art, or an intriguing and fully developed fantasy world. (ages 9-14)

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble By Anna Meriano Leonora, the youngest of five daughters, prepares for the biggest day of the year at her family’s bakery: El Día de los Muertos. All of her sisters have a special job to do, but Leo is feeling left out when no one seems to want or need her help. She also suspects that the rest of her family is keeping secrets from her, but some seemingly harmless spying reveals a bigger secret than Leo could have ever guessed! The strength in this story lies in the relationships between Leo and her sisters. They might argue and push each others’ buttons, but when it comes down to it, they have each others’ backs. (ages 8-12)

My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss and Hope By Diane Guerrero Diane Guerrero may have made a name for herself on TV shows like Orange is the New Black, but before she was a famous actress, she was a kid living with her immigrant parents in Boston. Diane was born an American citizen, but her undocumented parents were arrested and detained one day while she was at school.  They were later deported and, at the age of 14, Diane had to build a life for herself in the U.S. without her family. (ages 10-14)

Renegades By Marissa Meyer After successfully tackling a mixture of science fiction and fantasy in her series Cinder, Marissa Meyer now takes us to a dystopian world of heroes and villains with X-Menlike superpowers.  The Renegades are the good guys – the ones who successfully took down the villains and restored peace and justice to society. At least, that is the official story. Nova, whose own family died at the hands of the Renegades, only wants revenge. And to do so, she must infiltrate the organization itself.  This page-turner is full of action with a sequel on the way. (ages 12-18)

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