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November/December 2019

Upper Arlington

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Homegrown Holiday UA Ambassadors of Change Lending a helping hand

Behind the Scenes Theater director April Olt takes a different approach to directing

Upper Arlington

Grandview Heights

Marble Cliff


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April Olt takes a backseat in the audience but not in her directing

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Students at Wickliffe Elementary lend a helping hand

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Arts and Entertainment

Nov. 2

Grandview Heights High School Holiday Band Concert

Princess Tea for Mommy and Me 1-2 p.m. Grandview Center 1515 Goodale Blvd.

Nov. 7

Indoor Marching Band Concert

7:30-9:30 p.m. Upper Arlington High School Auditorium 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

Nov. 7-9

Grandview Heights High School Theatre Presents She Kills Monsters: A Young Adventurer’s Edition 7 p.m. Grandview Heights High School Auditorium 1587 W. 3rd Ave.

Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Andrew Parish Hall 1899 McCoy Rd.

Upper Arlington High School Orchestra Fall Philharmonic Concert 7 p.m. Upper Arlington High School Auditorium 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

Nov. 28

Columbus Turkey Trot Upper Arlington Winter Festival

8:30 a.m. Shops at Lane Avenue 1675 W. Lane Ave., Columbus

Dec. 3

Tree Lighting Ceremony 3-4 p.m. Grandview Center 1515 Goodale Blvd.

Dec. 6

Winter Festival

6-8:30 p.m. Mallway Park 2096 Arlington Ave. 4

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

Dec. 11

Upper Arlington High School Vocal Music Winter Concert

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

Dec. 12

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

Dec. 12

Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd.,

Nov. 3

Sunday Film Series: This American Life 2-4 p.m.

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UA Library Holiday Happiness 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tremont Road

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Red Cross Blood Drive

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News & Information from Upper Arlington

insideUPPER ARLINGTON Waddling to the Finish Line

UA’s annual Turkey Trot will have you racing to the dinner table By Sara Dowler

Anyone can participate to help the cause, whether you want to set a new personal best by running in the five-mile race or walk the two-mile option with your dog. With more than 7,000 participants last year, the race continues to grow. This year marks the 36th Turkey Trot. “It’s noncompetitive, though we do have some competitive runners,” Jeff Sheard, race director for the Turkey Trot, says. “Really, it’s an opportunity for families to get together for the holiday and get out of the house before putting on the calories in the afternoon.” Additionally, event participants will receive a long-sleeved race shirt, goody bag, chip timing, medal and a pumpkin pie to take home for your family’s Thanksgiving meal (or for yourself to eat on the ride home). Sara Dowler is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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hanksgiving traditions often vary from family to family. However, in Upper Arlington, there is one quintessential Thanksgiving tradition the entire community bands together for: the Columbus Turkey Trot. Sponsored by Chase Bank, the Turkey Trot is recognized by Runner’s World as one of the nation’s top hometown favorites. But this race is about more than the medal and pie one receives at the finish line. It is about helping those in need. The Columbus Turkey Trot supports Easterseals, an organization dedicated to changing the way the world defines and views disabilities. Every year millions of young children enter school with unidentified disabilities that put them behind their peers. When children get the right help before age 5, it helps them remain on track with their peers, and positions them to better achieve their personal goals in the future. The Columbus Turkey Trot helps make Easterseals’ mission a reality by supporting its Early Intervention program, which provides support to help children, regardless of their needs or abilities, to reach their full potential. Every year, the Turkey Trot invites children with special needs to design the race T-shirt. Children are asked to draw their best turkeys and a winner is selected prior to the race.

News & Information from the Village of Marble Cliff




Saying Farewell Kent Studebaker reflects on his time as Mayor

Photos courtesy of the Village of Marble Cliff


hat began as an interest in a community governance role where the Studebaker family had moved became a 24-year commitment to the residents of the Village of Marble Cliff. Mayor Kent Studebaker is concluding his service to the Village Dec. 31, 2019. During those 24 years, Studebaker served as a member of Council, President of Council and for the past 10 years as Mayor of the Village of 570 residents. “I really never thought I would be involved in the governance of the Village for as long as I have,” Studebaker says. “No matter the role in which I was serving, I wanted to see the current project come to fruition. We have had so many improvements that have moved the Village forward during the time I have been with the Village.” Since its incorporation in 1901, the Village of Marble Cliff has continued to be a premier central Ohio location. Studebaker has seen the Village go through some healthy and prosperous times, especially within the business community. Housing stock ranges from 19th to 21st century homes. The Village has been able to strike a balance of serving the community of such architectural diversity and it remains an attractive residential community. “We have seen growth in the Village’s business sector and the Village remains an attractive residential community,” Studebaker says. When asked what stands out most from his years serving the Village, Studebaker notes that even though much has been done to keep an aging infrastructure viable, it’s what the Village has done for its residents that makes him most proud. The establishment of the Paul J. Falco Scholarship more than 20 years ago is a highlight for Studebaker, which encourages talented youth in the Village and provides its residents with excellent services with no costs. “Marble Cliff residents are provided numerous municipal services without cost that are charges to residents in other mu-

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nicipalities, like trash pickup and sidewalk repair,” he says. “The Village also levies the lowest municipal property tax permitted by the State and has remained a 2 percent income tax community, while other jurisdictions have moved to higher rates.” As his tenure comes to a close, the Village is moving some 21st century projects forward. The Village has recently installed high speed electronic charging stations at Village hall, is considering adding solar energy generation equipment to Village hall and is investigating curbside composting for residents. The Village also is focused on making certain that properties in the Village business districts are being put to their highest and best use. “These projects are as intriguing as they come for a municipality. They are the types of projects that in the past kept me engaged in Village government,” Studebaker says. “Now is the time, however, to ask others to step into leadership roles to moves these and similar initiatives forward.” Mayor Studebaker, 65 years old, has been married to Susan Norris Studebaker for 38 years. The couple has two sons, Aaron and Colin, who were raised in the Village and live with their families in Phoenix and Los Angeles, respectively. They have three grandchildren and still remain residents of Marble Cliff, recently moving a block away from their home of 26 years. “As much as I have enjoyed being involved in the governance of the Village, my current stage of life needs to be focused on the next generation of our family,” Studebaker says. “Marble Cliff will always be an important part of our lives and I am glad I had the chance to be part of its history.”


News & Information from the City of Grandview Heights

insideGRANDVIEW HEIGHTS By Rocco Falleti

Holiday Happenings in Grandview Heights Spend the holidays with your community this season

Saturday, December 7

Santa visits the Grandview Heights Public Library Santa decides to take a break from his final preparations for the big night and visit the Grandview Heights Public Library. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and this may be your one last chance to let him know that last minute gift you want. Santa plans on rolling in to town on Station 51’s firetruck as well!

Tuesday, Dec. 3 Tree Lighting Ceremony This annual tradition returns for another year of free fun. In anticipation for the coveted tree lighting, be sure to show up early to enjoy ice sculptures, an iceless ice rink, plenty of food trucks and a free concert by the Grandview High School Choir and Jazz Band. Pathways Financial Credit Union will have a coloring contest, Clay Café will have Christmas crafts and rumor has it that Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself will make an appearance!

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Gingerbread Decorating Party at the Grandview Community Center Run, run, run as fast as you can to this fun event! Gingerbread and icing will be provided, bring your creative ideas and holiday spirit. 8

“The kids really make it special, there’s always such a good turnout,” Brian Ball, communications director for the City of Grandview Heights, says.

Calling all Grandview businesses: There is a 12-inch elf hidden around town. Businesses are encouraged to find it and post a photo with the elf to win a great prize. “You won’t know exactly where it is at, but there should be enough of a hint to help you start looking,” Ball says. November/December 2019 •

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he holidays are here and Grandview Heights is gearing up for an exciting month of December. Take a break from shopping and celebrate the season with your Grandview neighbors, friends, and family.


Written by Mallory Arnold, Reporting by Lydia Freudenberg

An Important Direction April Olt lives and breathes theater. Her parents had a saying when she was a child: “She has two volumes – loud and louder.” Her love for performing arts evolved from youth theater, to high school productions, to earning a BFA in theater performance at Illinois Wesleyan University and an MFA at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts in directing.

It’s safe to assume she’s experienced. “I would hope!” Olt says, laughing. While she always adored being on stage acting, after taking all kinds of performing arts classes in college, she realized what she really wanted to do – direct. “It took me until then to realize how I’d been seeing theater all along,” she says. “Through the lens of a director – seeing the big picture, blocking and places where each actor goes, … I was good at it.”

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April Olt takes a backseat in the audience but not in her directing After living in Chicago and New York City, Olt returned to Ohio where she settled in Columbus, a city she says is underrated in artistic support and opportunities. She worked for several theater companies around the city including SRO Theater Company, Curtain Players and Gallery of Players at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. In 2012, she accepted a job as theater director at Grandview Heights High School. 9

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Immediately – Olt or admiringly dubbed Ms. April – made waves in the school’s performing arts program. For one thing, she refuses to treat her students differently because of their age. “Until I moved here, I hadn’t done children’s theater because most of my work had been with adults,” she says. “So, I treat them just like I would professionals. I have high expectations and they live up to them.” To emphasize this point further, during performances, Olt sits in the audience rather than backstage, a move that certainly had everyone scratching their heads at first. “My belief is it’s my job as a theater educator to make myself irrelevant,” she says. “I let my students run the whole show because that’s how they’re going to step up and learn.” This boost of independence allows the students to own the show, awarding them a sense of pride and entitlement during and following the production. “The first show I did at Grandview, I sat in the audience and there was a ton of reactions and whispering,” Olt says, laughing. “I thought, ‘Where else should I be?’” GHHS is one of the smaller public schools in central Ohio, but that doesn’t hinder student involvement. In fact, participating students come from all backgrounds, making the performances a gumbo of athletes, engineers, actors and more. “It’s really great to see all the different group dynamics come together,” Olt says. “The parents chip in, the community helps and everyone gets involved.” Just one moment of satisfaction in her years of directing was during a performance of Legally Blonde. A student, Anna Field, was stage manager, and Olt brought in a professional to teach and help her through the process. On the night of the show, Olt told her she would call and oversee the performance all by herself. “You could see the pride in her face,” Olt says. “She was thankful that I trusted her.” In the middle of the show, a minor hitch happened and Field was forced to make an executive decision. Moments such as this allow students to take charge and learn real respon-

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sibility without an adult hovering over their shoulder telling them what to do, Olt says. This is the first school play featuring a LGBTQ+ character in the school’s production history. The plot tells the story of outcasts needing a place to express themselves and be who they feel they are, not how others see them. So many students want to be a part of this show that teaches acceptance and differences. “As a director, your performances are every rehearsal,” she says. “I get this excitement when an actor discovers a character, finds a moment or makes a connection – it’s constant gratification.” While her love for theater is apparent and she enjoys what she does, Olt’s attitude is what takes her position from a job to a passion. “It’s not just about me,” she says. “It’s about giving that knowledge and creating a positive, artistic environment where everyone can be themselves.”

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A Giving Heart Students at Wickliffe Elementary lend a helping hand



iddle school is busy. It’s a time of hustle and bustle, learning tons of new things, getting new responsibilities and making new friends. As adults, we forget how much young students have on their plates. However, these Tri-Village kids are not too busy to share their time with the community. Vinny Barsotti, now in sixth grade, was just a fourth-grader when he first volunteered at Heart to Heart Food Pantry at First Community Church with his classmates. As a group, they had all decided they’d like to get out into the community and help. One visit to the pantry became two, then three, then their volunteering became a monthly event. “The main thing we do is unload food from the truck,” Barsotti says. “The most we’ve done is around 20,000 pounds of food.”

The kids work together, stocking pantries and forming assembly lines to make the work move quickly and easily. “The first time I volunteered I was a little nervous, because it was going to be a bunch of people I’d never met before,” Barsotti says. “It ended up being really fun in the end because I got to carry a bunch of things while talking with my friends. It all went by so fast.” His mom, Marisa, was encouraged by her son to get involved, and now volunteers regularly by teaching cooking classes at Heart to Heart. “It’s a place that has a good vibe,” Barsotti says. “When you go there you feel accepted, no matter who you are.” The rate of volunteering in young people is declining in the U.S., leading some people to believe that kids aren’t motivated to help out.

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“I think that people should know volunteering is really fun and feels really good when you’re done.” “We just go to the store and buy food, but some people can’t do that,” he says. “Seeing the people in need and helping them, it’s a good way to get a feel for working in the community and meeting people as well.” Last year, Barsotti’s family adopted a family through Heart to Heart and made a wonderful Christmas wish come true. They had an extra bike that wasn’t being used, so they passed it on to someone who needed it. “It was one of the greatest feelings,” he says. Another student, Elias Larson, also started volunteering at Heart to Heart in Colors Notes: fourth grade. “At first I didn’t know what to exCpect,”Mhe says. Y K “There’ s never been a time when I didn’t like volunteering NA




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Giving back can seem like a challenge for adults, especially as the holidays roll around, but seeing it from a child’s perspective certainly underscores the simplicity and importance of doing good in the community. “I think that people should know volunteering is really fun and feels really good when you’re done,” Larson says. Both students have infectiously positive attitudes, giving us a little pep in our step when thinking about all the giving back we can do during the holiday sea-

son. Upon asking Barsotti what he plans on doing with such an impressive personality when he grows up, his response makes us laugh. “I’m in sixth grade,” he says. “I am just going to see where life takes me.” It’s safe to say, these students will make their community a better place to live. Mallory Arnold is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@

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Embracing Change Upper Arlington’s Ambassadors of Change empowers students and strengthens community

By Maggie Ash

Photos couortesy of Liz Hughes


wo years ago, Tricia Fellinger and Liz Hughes attended a district-wide staff training related to diversity equity and inclusion in Upper Arlington City Schools. Inspired by the call to make their community a more welcoming and connected place, they established a small, yet motivated, cohort of students who want to help make this change. “Our emphasis is really on creating a community in our school where all our students feel valued,” Fellinger says. “We lay the foundations to help them understand that they may see some cases in school where not everyone feels valued and where that comes from.” Aptly called Ambassadors of Change, Fellinger and Hughes have since seen the group grow from one cohort of 30 students that meets monthly, to three groups that meet weekly. A main reason for their success is a strong focus on building trust among student participants, their advisors and the larger school community. Whether students faced prejudice, bullying or anxiety in the past, Ambassadors of Change has seen positive growth for members in even just one year of the program. “We really want more students to find their voice,” Fellinger says. “A lot of the students we started with last year were students that wanted to make a change, but just didn’t know how to. They’ve now found their voice and become leaders in our school.” Fellinger and Hughes serve as facilitators for the program, meaning they guide and equip the group while also focusing on empowering students to lead. In fact, they say that they’ve learned just as much from the students as the students have learned from them. November/December 2019 •


“One of our focuses is, ‘what’s your story,’” says Hughes. “In our second-year participants, we’ve seen so many courageous students initiate. We learn something new from them and are always taking away lessons from our sessions.” Meetings start with icebreakers and community building activities. From there, students are led through group discussions, educational presentations, TED Talks and speakers. One student participant of Ambassadors of Change, Jhanavi Sivakumar, recalls how the program recently brought in two speakers from the West African country of Burkina Faso to share about their work regarding educational access for young girls. “I truly thought their stories and what they were doing was very inspiring,” Sivakumar says. She’s also seen Ambassadors of Change as a way not only to learn, but to respond. When she heard about the program initially, she was immediately excited. “It seemed like a great way to be more knowledgeable about different issues and how to face them,” says Sivakumar. “I saw it as an outlet for students to bring about change, which appealed to me.” The mission of Ambassadors of Change as both a tight-knit community and coalition of change-makers is particularly noticeable when speaking with another student participant, Sammy Bonasso. “Before joining Ambassadors of Change, I would still reach out to others to help, but I found doing this difficult” Bonasso says. “Learning that an entire group desires to do the same has given me more courage and motivation.” In September 2019, the program focused on learning about microaggressions and preparing for the Sandy Hook Promise, Start with Hello Week, which centers on bringing attention to growing social isolation in schools. “We want students to come up with a lot of ideas and lead with what they’re passionate about,” says Hughes. “We also want to do more action for things we can take back out to the school so it’s not just our group. How can we engage the whole school?”

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On the Table

By Brittany Mosley and Jess Badinghaus

OhiO Presidents Wholesome Delights Surprising Grandview residents share their favorite desserts Legacies the


hat’s the holiday season without savory homecooked meals and tasty treats from old family recipes? Tri-Village Magazine hit the streets and hung out at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters to learn a little more about the best dishes and desserts this holiday season.

Taylor Moss “Sweet potato pie is a tradition during the holidays for my family. It’s my grandmother’s recipe and is the perfect little dessert after a nice savory meal!”

Sonja Omerzu “Pumpkin pie with cream, I really love the taste. Some people in the family like it and some don’t, but it’s just tradition for me.” Have a unique holiday recipe? Send us your submissions to info@ cityscenecolumbus. com for a chance to be featured on this holiday season.

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Sweet Potato Pie from Ingredients • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced • 1/2 cup butter or margarine • 1 cup sugar • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk • 1/2 cup evaporated milk • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg • 1 tsp. vanilla extract • 1 tsp. lemon extract • 1 (12-oz.) package frozen deepdish pie crusts, thawed • Whipped cream and grated nutmeg, to garnish

Directions • Cook sweet potato in boiling water, cover 30 minutes or until tender; drain. • Beat sweet potato and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and next six ingredients, beating well. Pour mixture evenly into each pie crust. • Bake at 350° on lower oven rack for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Garnish, if desired.

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By Mallory Arnold

Doing Away with Dining Getting rid of a typical room creates unique, eclectic home


Photos courtesy of Jamie Bratslavsky

e’re going to get rid of your formal dining room,” Ricka Crozier, interior designer at Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers, told her clients. Like many of us would be, the homeowners were shocked to hear their trusted designer say this as the plans for their newly remodeled home came together. However, after seeing blueprints and hear-


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ing all about Crozier’s intentions, they were all in. Ranch homes are particularly popular in the Tri-Village area, although some of the older houses require a bit of expanding. Crozier’s clients wanted a renovation that would allow room for family to visit, sit and enjoy time there. However, instead of including a formal dining room, an area

which, let’s be honest, many homeowners may only use but once or twice a year for holidays, Crozier created a space between the kitchen and the family gathering space where a kitchen table now sits comfortably. “When we started designing, we thought it would be cool to blow out some walls,” she says. “We made the kitchen area where


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the dining room was. This way, they had enough space to have a long table and extend it into the family room.” It can be difficult to make a ranch style house more open and spacious, but Crozier did just that. “We did a facelift on the family room,” she says. “It was paneling, dark and dingy. We painted it white and changed the bookcase units, which now have a lot of dimension.” Another room that was completely changed was a three-season room, which was originally encompassed by enormous sliding doors all around. Crozier closed up the room and created a cozy, comfy TV room where more family can lounge. What we can learn from this remodel is that there is no cookie cutter rule book that states your house must have these specific rooms or look a certain way. Homeowners should have the ability to make their living space just that – livable for them specifically. “That’s what we do as remodelers,” Crozier says. “We’re trying to make it 26

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look like this was always this way. We keep the integrity, but we have to make it function for the homeowners.” Can you think of a room you’d do away with? A space you’d like to turn into your own, like a wine bar, bathroom sauna, hobby space or even a man cave? “The important thing is that it’s their home,” Crozier says firmly. “It isn’t going into a new home saying, ‘We’re going to redesign all the rooms for you,’ we go with what they want.”


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