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Fish Fry and Chicken Bake 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Otterbein Campus Center, 100 W. Home St., Proceeds from this all-youcan-eat fish, chicken and hot dog meal go toward the Rotary Club of Westerville’s high school scholarships.

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Curtain Players Theatre presents Picnic Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd., The winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Picnic takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows.

March 27-April 1

Humor in Music Festival Otterbein University, Performances during Otterbein’s Humor in Music Festival include jazz at the Old Bag of Nails Pub at 8 p.m. March 27; the Westerville Symphony’s Condominiums on the Hot Stove in the Fritsche Theatre at 8 p.m. March 29; a choral concert in Riley Auditorium at 7 p.m. March 30; chamber ensembles in Riley Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. March 31; and the Last Laugh in Riley Auditorium at 8 p.m. April 1.

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History of Transportation in Westerville 7:30 p.m., Westerville Public March 6-15 Library, 126 S. State St., Otterbein University March 22 presents The Importance of IPA Challenge Nina Thomas of the Local Being Earnest 7:30 p.m., Buckeye BrewCraft, History Center at the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan 33 N. State St., Westerville Public Library Hall, 30 S. Grove St., looks at the transportation of Buckeye BrewCraft the city’s past. This classic British farce on the challenges home brewers aristocracy, set at the turn of to see who can concoct the March 29 the 20th Century, has become best India pale ale. Entrants Serving Our Seniors Day a standard of the English and must register by March 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Westerville American theaters. and Pasquale’s Pizza and South High School, Pasta will provide pizza for 303 S. Otterbein Ave., March 7-9 the event. Westerville Central High The Westerville Division of School presents Xanadu March 24-28 Police offers a day of learning Westerville Central High Spring Break for seniors to help them avoid School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave., becoming the victims of crimes. Door prizes and a free This comedic musical is based March 24-May 16 lunch are part of the event. Senior Art Exhibitions on the 1980 cult classic film Miller Gallery, Art and of the same name. March 30 Communication Building, Capital University Big Band March 15 33 Collegeview Rd., 7:30 p.m., Grace Evangelical Westerville Community Band Lutheran Church, presents Children’s Concert Exhibitions by graduating Ot- 100 E. Schrock Rd., 3 p.m., Westerville terbein University art majors Central High School, rotate weekly. Capital’s award-winning jazz 7118 Mt. Royal Ave., ensemble performs both traditional and contemporary Kid-friendly music and an tunes as part of the “A Joyful instrument petting zoo are Noise” concert series. part of the band’s annual concert for children.

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Katie Dunning Spring Dance 7-9 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., www. The Westerville Civitan Club celebrates its 50th year at its annual dance for special needs children.

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Otterbein University presents the Red Noise 8 p.m., Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Works by student composers are performed at this show by Otterbein’s new music ensemble.

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Otterbein University presents The Full Monty Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., This play – based on the 1997 film about a group of out-of-work steel mill employees who get into stripping to pay the bills – is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

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Westerville South High School presents Seussical the Musical Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave., www.westerville. The works of Dr. Seuss pervade this popular Broadway musical.

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The landscape along County Line Road in Westerville is changing with construction of a new pedestrian bridge on the Westerville B&W (Bike & Walk) recreational path system, a network of nearly 30 paved miles of community trails and pathways. The 106-foot single span bridge offers safe passage for bikers, walkers, joggers and other path users to cross the busy intersection. Located just east of North State Street and west of McCorkle Boulevard, this section is also along the Westerville portion of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, a statewide collection of multiuse paths and trails from Cincinnati to Cleveland following lands formerly owned by railroads and canals. “The expanse and accessibility of the Westerville B&W is one of the most treasured amenities in our community,” says Westerville Parks & Recreation Director Randy Auler. “Our vision is to have the entire community connected by the pathways, so that you can enter and exit from multiple points and get around and across Westerville in a safe, convenient manner.” In fact, safety was among the most important factors considered when City planners explored the concept of the pedestrian bridge in this location. High usage along this location outside of the Hoff Woods Park area, just north of the Uptown district, caused concern for path users in busy traffic conditions. “Public safety is always priority one, and from an engineering and traffic standpoint, we knew there was an opportunity to cross pedestrians and cyclists over the roadway rather than through it,” said City Engineer Susan Banbury. “It is also a great opportunity to create a new Westerville landmark that will be in place for generations to come.”

Visually, the bridge was designed with classic, ornamental features, utilizing materials that have long lifespans. The steel truss has a wooden deck that features a dense Brazilian hardwood expected to last 40 years with no chemical treatments. Concrete walls show a stone veneer. Some retaining walls are geowall, a synthetic material used in conjunction with gravel and topsoil that gives the finished product the appearance of vegetation. Funding for the bridge was provided through a $500,000 grant through the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The remaining $1.37 million local share includes costs for design, utility relocation and construction, budgeted utilizing tax increment financing (TIF) revenue in the City’s five-year capital improvement plan. City Manager David Collinsworth said infrastructure improvements remain a high priority in Westerville as part of the voter-approved income tax restructuring initiative passed in 2008. “We had an inventory of priorities for roadway improvements and infrastructure updates,” said Collinsworth. “With significant grant funding secured, the Westerville B&W bridge stands out as a great feature as we continue our momentum on these projects.”

When complete in May, the bridge will be a connector for local users and Ohio-toErie Trail tourists heading along the north/ south corridor. Following this project, Westerville Parks & Recreation will be improving trail markers in this area and along the Westerville B&W so that users can better navigate and plan courses along the community network. “Hosting part of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail in your community is actually a designation of some prestige,” said Auler. “There’s an economic development impact as well, particularly as we introduce trail tourists to our nationally recognized parks system or attract them to the historic Uptown district to rest, shop or eat. The community as a whole benefits.” For more information, visit www. w e s t e r v i l l e . o r g / p a r k s o r w w w.

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Public Safety Profile

Serving Our Seniors Day Coming Soon For one day each year in March, older adults, their caregivers and crime prevention professionals come together to talk about the strategies and resources for older adults to enjoy a safe, healthy environment during this phase of life. Serving Our Seniors (SOS) Day, now in its eighth year, takes place Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Westerville South High School. Because older adults are often targets for fraud and crime, the Westerville Division of Police has designed a program to cover topics including insurance fraud and scams, identity theft protection, personal safety and security solutions, caregiving aid, and estate planning. “We’ve assembled teams and experts to cover everything from crime prevention to Internet safety,” said Preston Tartt, Crime Prevention Specialist with the Westerville Division of Police. “This is an annual tradition in our agency to connect directly with the older adults in our community and provide advice and resources so we can reduce their risks of being targeted for any number of scams out there.” Did you know?

Prevention strategy

• Studies indicate that older adults believe they will sooner or later become victims of crime, with some even going as far as altering their lifestyles out of fear of victimization.

• Education and information specific to the older adult population on what resources they have to take care of themselves and combat crimes reduce the fear of crime.

• According to the National Institute of Justice, more than 5 percent of older adults reported some form of financial exploitation in 2009. Actual numbers are believed to be higher, due to fear and embarrassment associated with reporting victimization.

• Exhibitors such as the Better Business Bureau, Ohio Department of Insurance and Ohio Attorney General’s office will be on hand to speak with older adults on the latest scams and how to protect themselves from those thieves and criminals who would exploit them.

• Per mile traveled, fatal crash rates increase starting at age 75 and increase notably after age 80. This is largely due to increased susceptibility to injury and medical complications among older drivers rather than an increased tendency to get into crashes. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

• The Central Ohio Area on Aging will present a special session on driving for older adults.

• Studies have shown that higher levels of physical activity are directly correlated to alertness and health in older adult populations. And prescription medication is now the leading cause of death when it comes to drug overdoses.

• A diverse group of health care professionals and public agencies will be available to give advice and educate seniors on staying safe and active.

If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, fraud or another crime, please contact the Westerville Division of Police at 614-882-7444. For more information, visit 10

Programs for Older Adults In addition to SOS Day, the City of Westerville also offers other public safety programs for residents. Safe Call Safe Call is a daily telephone checkin service for homebound, handicapped or elderly residents, operated by the Westerville Emergency Communications Division. A free service to the residents of Westerville and Blendon Township, Safe Call initiates a computer-generated phone call to your home every day at a set time. If the call is unanswered, Safe Call will automatically call a designated person who has a house key. If the key holder does not answer, Westerville Police and Fire will be dispatched to the home. For more information or to sign up, please call 614-901-6790. Emergency Notification Portal People who live or work in Westerville may register their contact information for emergency alerts, another program managed by Westerville Emergency Communications. The portal allows secure registration for mobile phone numbers and text messaging capabilities for emergency alerts such as disaster notification, public safety information and alerts pertaining to missing children, hazardous spills and major power outages. Content is provided by voice message or text, depending on the preferences selected during registration. Subscribers’ information will not be utilized or accessed for any other purpose. To sign up or get more information, please visit

Westerville Citizen’s Academy Celebrates Second Year CITIZEN’S ACADEMY

The City of Westerville will again hold a unique citizen-oriented program that offers behind-the-scenes access to known and little-known City programs and services. The Westerville Citizen’s Academy (WCA) is based on the popular Westerville academy programs from the Westerville Divisions of Police and Fire, and provides residents with a hands-on opportunity to interact with City departments, staff and services. WCA is an eight-week program in which participants take part in a two-anda-half hour class one night a week. Each week is focused on interactive features, such as exploring equipment, facility tours and demonstrations. “Almost 40 residents participated in two sessions last year, and they provided tremendous input and feedback we’re using as we move into year two,” said David Collinsworth, City Manager. “We are excited by the opportunity to facilitate a better understanding of what we do, how we do it and why we do the things we do.”

All residents are invited to participate, especially those who have an interest in serving the community on a Board or Commission. The deadline to apply is WEEK ONE: City Manager’s Office and Economic Development. Tour Westerville by bus with the Economic Development team and learn more about Westerville history and the City’s form of government. WEEK TWO: Water Division and Finance Department. Learn more about the exciting water plant upgrade currently underway. Gain insight into the City’s award-winning finances and budgeting process. WEEK THREE: Mayor’s Court and the Police Division. Tour the Police station and interact with our public safety officers to learn more about community policing. An overview of Mayor’s Court will also be provided. WEEK FOUR: Information Systems and the Fire Division. See how the City is using technology to serve Westerville residents and businesses. Explore the City’s fire safety and protection services.

Friday, March 14. Spring classes begin Thursday, April 3. For more information or to access the WCA application, please visit WEEK FIVE: Electric Division and the Department of Administrative Services. Tour the City’s municipal power system and learn more about the administrative arm of the City. Light dinner will be provided. WEEK SIX: Parks & Recreation. See the Westerville Community Center like never before, in addition to a close look at our parks system and recreational programming. WEEK SEVEN: Public Service and Planning Department. Focus on construction projects and City planning, and get hands-on with equipment used in your neighborhood. Tour the new Westerville Service Complex. WEEK EIGHT: City Council and Graduation. Learn more about Westerville City Council, followed by a special recognition at the beginning of the Council meeting at 7 p.m.

Project Update

Construction begins this spring on a project to continue the roadway improvements at State Street and Huber Village to areas along State Street just north and south of Schrock Road. The relocation of overhead utilities to underground, lane additions to reduce traffic congestion and upgraded street lights, sidewalks and landscaping are all in the pipeline for the portion of State Street between Tim Horton’s and Starbucks. The project will also reconstruct Schrock Road between Otterbein Avenue and the Kroger/Roush Hardware traffic signal. The South State Street improvement project dates back more than a decade, to when the City first commissioned a study to guide decisions related to the corridor from

Current I-270 to Walnut Street. This phase of the project is the next step in the larger effort to bring needed upgrades to the corridor and matches recently completed measures to enhance the safety, accessibility and aesthetic appeal of the City’s most recognizable portal. After The project will cost a p p ro x i m a t e l y $ 1 0 . 5 million, with $8.4 million provided by grants and interest-free loans from the Ohio Public Works Commission, and is scheduled to be complete in 2015. For more information about this project, and to view construction updates, please visit

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they complete all ordered programs and counseling, connect people with services and prepare statements for court hearings. My day-to-day is a combination of all of the above. I am on the phone most of the day dealing with all issues. Most people are not happy to come to court, so I handle various issues and challenging people.

City Manager David Collinsworth presents the Employee of the Year award to Marisa Akamine

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Marisa Akamine Named 2013 Employee of the Year Each December, the City of Westerville recognizes outstanding employees who have demonstrated excellent performance, productivity, loyalty, pride and responsibility. “Employee of the Year” candidates are nominated by their peers and/or supervisors. A committee comprised of City staff reviews the applications, selecting recipients of the Excellence in Service Award and one Employee of the Year. Clerk of Court Marisa Akamine was named the 2013 Employee of the Year. Congratulations on this achievement. What does this award mean to you? Winning is exciting, but being nominated by a team member means so much to me. I love what I do and work with a great team of people. Their acknowledgement of my hard work is a reflection of what we do as a team. Where are you from originally? I was born in Columbus, lived in Westerville and ultimately moved to Worthington. I’m a graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School in 1994 and The Ohio State University in 1999. My dad is a graduate of Westerville High School and I am proud to serve the community he was born and raised in. How did you come to work for Westerville? When did you get started? 12

I was working in Franklin County Municipal Court when I was recruited by Prosecutor Mike Fultz to apply for the position. I started here in January 2011. How did you come to be in this profession? I graduated from OSU with a B.A. in criminology, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do: either go to law school or become a police officer. An attorney suggested I get a job at the courthouse to help figure out my next step. I started as a deputy clerk of court in 2000 at the Franklin County Municipal Court and then became a courtroom clerk for Judge Marvin Romanoff and then Judge Paul Herbert. Following that, I became a manager in the Criminal/Traffic Division. I have been in this field for 14 years now. What is a typical day for you in Mayor’s Court? I wear a few hats. As Court Administrator, I am responsible for the business operations, budget, purchasing, payroll and performance evaluations. As Clerk of Court, I am responsible for keeping court records and distributing money collected among the state, counties and city. I also report regularly to City Council and quarterly to the Supreme Court of Ohio, and report convictions to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and BCI. As Probation Officer, I monitor probationers to ensure

What is the most rewarding experience you have had working for the City? From a Court Administrator perspective, it’s working with a great team in the City over the past three years to select, implement and go live with new case management software. This was a long project in the making that is finally here. From a Probation Officer perspective, it’s seeing probationers successfully complete treatment programs and come back to tell success stories. I see people at their worst, but our paths cross for a reason. I love when I hear from those impacted and see where they are today. What stands out as one of the most challenging experiences, and how did you overcome it? Anytime I work with a probationer who is addicted to heroin, it is challenging. It is such an ugly drug and crippling disease, and it’s hard to see the devastating effects it has, not just to the user, but to the family. Finding services for those individuals without insurance is a challenge, too. It can also be rewarding, because I work with them for such a long time through the highs and lows. When you see someone at their rock bottom and then they climb out, it is overwhelming. I try to stay positive and not take it home with me, but I do worry about the people we serve. What is something about Mayor’s Court that people may not know? That we have a court here in Westerville. Many people don’t know we operate a court. Court is held at City Hall every Wednesday at 9 a.m., and we hear violations of the Westerville Codified Ordinances. We are the smallest division, but hope to make the biggest impact. What do you do in your leisure time? I am an exercise enthusiast. I train for and participate in marathons and triathlons. I also train at D1 Sports and the Westerville Community Center. I love staying active and encourage all of my family and friends to join me.

Congratulations to the 2013 Excellence in Service Award Winners Bassem Bitar, Senior Planner, Planning & Development M a r k B o y d , M e t e r Te c h n i c i a n , Westerville Electric Division Chris Monacelli, Utility Finance Manager, Westerville Electric Division Linda Obbish, Administrative Secretary, Department of Administrative Services To m P a t t e r s o n , P r o c u r e m e n t Coordinator, Department of Administrative Services Mike Phillips, Recreation Administrator, Parks & Recreation Phyllis Self, Recreation Superintendent, Parks & Recreation Katie Siroky, Facilities Operations Manager, Parks & Recreation Sam Watkins, Metering Supervisor, Westerville Electric Division

The City of Westerville also recognizes departments that demonstrate excellence year-round in the award category. From creating a culture of safety to encouraging health and wellness to saving public dollars, these awards recognize the collective efforts of staff and management in collaboration, creativity and coordination. The sixth annual Safety Matters Award: Westerville Electrion Division The first Wellness Award: Westerville Electric Division The first WeSave Department of the Year: Westerville Parks & Recreation The first WeInnovate Department of the Year: Information Systems Congratulations!

Health & Wellness Profile

Walk or Run: A 5K for Your Health How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution(s)? Whether you resolved to lose weight, be more active or try something new, one way to motivate in the third and fourth months of the year may be to take part in a local or regional 5K race. Most of the 5K events in the City include walkers and runners. A 5K course is 3.1 miles (“K” stands for “kilometer,” which is equal to 0.62 of a mile). Typically, these races are family-friendly and include an option for kids. They also often allow jogging strollers (check with the event host to confirm). Just signing up and getting on a 5K course can be a healthy move that’s not overly intimidating, said Westerville Parks

& Recreation Fitness Manager Mike Herron. “One of the great things about a 5K is that they are pretty accessible to most people. Even if you’re not conditioned to run it, there are usually plenty of walkers,” he said. “At an average pace, you can walk a standard 5K in a little more than an hour. And what a great way to commit to something that will keep you moving toward a finish line for that amount of time.” With Westerville’s expansive parks system, 5Ks are popular and plentiful in Westerville. And there are several websites that list 5K events throughout central Ohio and across the state. Do a simple website search to view options.

Mark Your Calendars Public Service Complex Dedication Tuesday, March 18, 5 p.m. Dedication at 6 p.m. 350 Park Meadow Rd. The Public Service Department will host a dedication of the new building that now expands space for the street maintenance, utilities, environmental maintenance and fleet maintenance divisions. Administrative offices have relocated to the site as well. Westerville City Council will officially dedicate the building and tours will be offered of the vehicle storage structure and salt storage facility. Income Tax Filing Due Tuesday, April 15 Income tax forms are available on the City of Westerville website for 2013 income tax, due Tuesday, April 15. Visit or look for links from the front page of the site to access forms and helpful links. The Income Tax Department offers assistance to all filers, including form preparation, expanded office hours and e-filing services. Extended office hours will be offered Saturday, April 12, 8 a.m.-noon and Tuesday, April 15, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, contact the department or stop by the office to speak with a representative. 64 E. Walnut St. Phone: 614-901-6420 Fax: 614-901-6820 Email: Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Two of spring’s most popular community events are just ahead. Mark your calendars now to participate in the Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk at Alum Creek Park North followed by the Spring Eggstravaganza at Highlands Park (baseball fields) on Saturday, April 19. The third annual Bunny Hop 5K goes in and around Alum Creek Park North (221 W. Main St.), including portions of the leisure/ bike paths. The scenic route is good for walkers and runners alike and is family-friendly, so participants may bring jogging/walking

strollers. The adult race begins at 8 a.m. and the youth race ($10 with participating adult) starts at 9 a.m. Registration fees are $30 ($25 early registration, which ends March 17) and $35 the day of the race. Each participant receives a T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, prizes, coupons and refreshments. The top five male and females finishers will win gift cards to Fleet Feet Sports. The Bunny Hop benefits the Westerville Parks Foundation Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to Westerville residents for Parks and Recre-

ation programs and activities. The event is presented by the Westerville Parks Foundation and Premier Sports and sponsored by Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital. Registration is online at Following the race is the annual Spring Eggstravaganza egg hunt, sponsored by the Westerville Lions Club. Colored eggs and special prizes are spread throughout the fields for an 11 a.m.-sharp dash. Arrive early to find the right field – kids line up according to age – and bring a basket. The event is held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. 13

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Accelerator has the backs of local women-owned companies For the last few years, local women with entrepreneurial drive have had help establishing their own businesses and overcoming obstacles with the assistance of a Westerville-based nonprofit. The Women’s Small Business Accelerator of Central Ohio behaves as a business incubator, with several modules to help launch and enhance the work of female business owners.

“Our education program is the biggest,” says co-founder Mary McCarthy. “We wrote the coursework ourselves, and in six months, we teach you how to develop an idea from its head to a viable business plan.” Not only are business owners taught to produce effective business and sales plans, but at the end of the program, each is equipped with a 21-page spreadsheet

containing business budgets, sales forecast and the like. “The goal is for the business owner to seek funding,” McCarthy says. “Working on your credit can’t guarantee funding for a start-up. Funding is hard, but we work with you as a partner to get directions, and we also work with the lender with you.” Besides this education program, McCarthy – along with accelerator co-

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s she has dedicated her life to improving educational opportunities for children, it’s only fitting that Cindy Crowe would use her diagnosis with a usually-fatal disease as a teaching tool, too. Crowe has served on the Westerville Board of Education for 14 years. The stayat-home mother has a bachelor’s degree in education and is a certified teacher in K-8 special reading instruction. She first got involved with the district via its remediation program in reading, and eventually decided to run for school board out of a desire to make a difference for students. Among her goals have been to improve student achievement and development, maintain financial accountability, and work with legislators on education issues affecting Westerville. 16

She has seen success in all these that control voluntary muscle movement. endeavors, she says. It leads to paralysis and is eventually fatal, “During my tenure as a board and has a genetic link; about 20 percent member over the 14 years, I am most of individuals with ALS had a genetic susproud of the opportunity to share in ceptibility to it. the family celebration of educational Crowe is part of that 20 percent; her achievement and shake the hands of mother died of ALS when Crowe was 15. approximately 18,200 Westerville Early symptoms may include twitching, school graduates,” says Crowe. cramping, muscle stiffness, muscle In addition to serving on the weakness in an arm or leg and slurred or school board, Crowe is on the nasal speech. Westerville Area Chamber of ComCrowe’s first symptoms were muscle merce’s Education Committee and a stiffness and weakness in a leg, which she delegate of the Ohio School Boards noticed while exercising. She underwent Association. She’s also involved tests at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, with the Westerville Education the Cleveland Clinic and Cornell UniverFoundation, OhioReads, Character sity’s research center in New York City Education, Read Across America, before getting her final diagnosis. Westerville Parent Council, Wester“Since the diagnosis in March of 2013, I ville Alumni Association, Wester- have experienced increased paralysis of my ville Parks Foundation Committee, limbs and difficult in speaking, breathing Kids Voting USA and Rotary Club and eating, but no impairment of my of Westerville. mental functioning,” Crowe says. Crowe and her husband, Alan, a director at Oliver Wyman Actuarial Consulting Inc., have two grown sons: Brandon, operations manager at Promotions Onc Inc., and Tyler, a student at The Ohio State University. Both are graduates of Westerville City Schools. In March 2013, she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is an incurable and progressive neuro-degenerative disease caused by The Crowe-Wentzel Winning the Fight Foundation held its the degeneration of motor inaugural event – a music festival, walkathon and campout – neurons, the nerve cells July 27-28 at Westerville Central High School.

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the Crowe-Wentzel Winning the Fight Foundation. Wentzel, Crowe’s maiden name, is part of the name as a tribute to her mother. The foundation raises money to help individuals afflicted with ALS pay such expenses as treatment and travel. Its kickoff event took place in July and included live music, children’s activities, a walkathon and overnight camping. “We were able to raise $30,000,” Jarrell says. Though details have not yet been finalized, the foundation plans spring and a summer events this year. The foundation is also a mechanism to raise awareness. Jarrell has been meeting more and more people touched by the disease, including eight in central Ohio. “It’s probably the most devastating disease that not many people know about,” she says. Beyond her work with the foundation, Crowe has sought out other opportunities to improve the survival odds of those who are hit by ALS, including participation in clinical trials. “I have been determined to fight ALS and I have voluntarily participated in an important research study with Cornell University,” Crowe says. And she’s still attending school board meetings. Though her loss of limb function means she needs help clipping on her microphone, she’s still participating and doing her homework, as well as offering her help to board newcomers Tracy Davidson, Nancy Nestor-Baker and the Rev. Rick Vilardo. “There are three new people on the board, and she’s teaching and guiding us and doing a great job,” says Davidson. Though she was just elected to the board in November, Davidson has known Crowe for five years from their work on Westerville Education Challenge, a group that works to support the anti-bullying Challenge Day program in the school district. Davidson is also on the board of the foundation. Jarrell describes Crowe as “tireless,” as well as intelligent, clear-thinking, focused, bright, funny and positive. Crowe has always fought hard for public education and opportunities for the district’s children, so it’s appropriate that she’s also battling ALS with aplomb, Davidson says. “She’s fighting for a cure, and I think she’s doing a good job,” says Davidson. Information on the foundation can be found at Garth Bishop is editor of Westerville Magazine. Feedback welcome at

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Above: From left to right, Evan Baumann, Amber Wackerly, Marissa Banks, Joel Pepper and Tim O’Donnell set up the electrical components of the robot, allowing all parts to move in sync with one another. Bottom right: Jesus Aguilar-Rodriguez shoots a yoga ball through the air using the catapult prototype. Photo by Stephan Reed.


embers of the Westerville Wild Warbots robotics team may have their eyes facing their laptops like many teenagers, but instead of Facebooking, they’re typing code and programming robots they build. The team of 24 students from Westerville’s three high schools spends afternoons at Westerville Central High School, preparing for two competitions in March. “This year, the competition is ‘Aerial Assist,’” says Jesús Aguilar-Rodriguez, the mechanical team leader. “You have two sides of a playing field and you have to pass an exercise ball between robots. A team can drop the ball in a one-point goal or shoot it in a 10-point goal, which is about six feet in the air.” But the competition isn’t about building the best individual robot – it’s about creating the one most proficient at adapting. 20

had such a small area to receive the ball in. This would be too difficult in the competition.” After building and planning with a few different prototypes, the group decided on its current robot, which can either pick the ball up with rotating frontal gears or launch the ball in the air with a catapult. The Warbots work with Flood Heliarc Inc., a precision sheet metal fabrication and welding company in Groveport. Using computer-aided design, students created their model and sent the plans to the plant, which then manufactured the parts. The student team assigned to electrical work wires all of the mechanical pieces together when the frame is completed. “A computer-area network links the motors with cables, similar to Ethernet

“The objective isn’t about doing your own thing,” Aguilar-Rodriguez says. “It’s about being able to cooperate. The difference between cooperation and being on your own is the difference between one point and 10.” Six weeks before the competition, each team receives a start-up kit from FIRST Robotics, the national high school robotics organization, and team members decide how they’re going to use their parts. “The first week was super creative,” Aguilar-Rodriguez says. “We had six huge whiteboards and they were filled with our ideas. Everyone gives ideas and we try them out.” Trial and error is one of the most important steps of the process. “We tried suction with a vacuum cleaner and it wasn’t effective,” says team member Andrew Dunn. “We tried a forklift, but you

The robot uses a system of bands and gears to pick up, lower and place the yoga ball into the goal. Photo by Stephan Reed.

cables,” says Gary Jackson, spirit team leader and a senior at Central. “This is so you can get all four motors to turn in sync.” Perhaps the most perplexing piece of the puzzle is the programming. The students type code into software to get the robot to function remotely. “The programming team writes all the code for any of the components – anything that moves the motors, we work with,” Jackson says. “People who come in here with no programming knowledge will leave here knowing how to program a robot. Within the first couple days, we pass what you learn in the first couple months of classes at the high school level.” The team’s robot was completed and shipped to the site of the competition by Feb. 15. This year, the students are fortunate enough to have two robots. “We still get to practice with the other one,” says Leslie Baumann, team coach and English teacher at North. “We’ve taken a step up with development. A lot more kids are getting their hands on the robots now.” The group is confident in its machine this year because it built a functional

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A Sight for Sore Eyes Lions Club helps arrange eye care for those who need it By Aamna Aziz


ou could say the Westerville Lions Club keeps a close eye on the wellbeing of the city’s residents. Though the club’s community service endeavors are many, eye care for those in need is one of the guiding principles of its parent organization, and the club works hard to provide those opportunities locally. The club helps provide screenings and eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them, offering free eye exams and $50 dollar vouchers for eyeglasses through LensCrafters for those in need. Recipients must live in the Westerville City School District. Whether they are adults referred by the Westerville Area Resource Ministry or children recommended by school nurses, each potential recipient must participate in a short interview to qualify. Steve Miller, member of the Lions Club, says that individuals seeking help are also welcome. “They will be asked to write a letter explaining their situation as well as submit a copy of their W-2 or SSA-1099,” Miller says. “A phone interview is conducted to make sure they qualify.” Those who qualify are referred to the office of Dr. John Parrish, a Westerville optometrist and Lions Club member, for a screening and the eyeglass voucher. Parrish has been at his Uptown office for almost 40 years. After he graduated from The Ohio State University, he converted a historic 1880s building and has practiced optometry there ever since. Today, with the help of Parrish and the Lions Club, as many as two dozen area residents receive proper vision care each year. Additional club efforts to provide eye care include free glaucoma screenings at community events and the collection and delivery of used eyeglasses to underdeveloped countries.

“The Westerville Lions Club also provides financial support for programs to help the visually impaired to other organizations such as Westerville Public Library to purchase Braille books for the blind, and Pilot Dogs to provide guide dogs to the blind or severely visually impaired,” says Miller. Aamna Aziz is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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or most people, “The Science of Happiness” might sound more like a Coldplay song than a class. But for Otterbein University students, it’s just one on a long list of unique freshman-year classes. The Science of Happiness is one of 31 First Year Seminars.

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The classes – each freshman must take one – are “designed to introduce students to the academic expectations of college,” says Jennifer L. Bechtold, director of the school’s Center for Student Involvement. According to the official First Year Seminars guide, The Science of Happiness “will consider positive psychology, the science of human strengths and virtues. Rather than starting from mental illness, positive psychology begins instead at mental wellness. It uses scientific studies, validated tests and interventions that are proven effective.” The names of the seminars fall outside the realm of nuts-andbolts class titles – e.g., statistics, advanced playwrighting, ancient Greece and Rome – but the material is no less academic. Other seminars include Arts Are Alive, The Soundtrack of Your First Year, Jesus as Super Star: Jesus as Portrayed by the Film Industry, Navigating the Informational World, How Sports Explain Us and How Much for Your Song. “(First Year Seminar) classes help first-years make the transition to a new, higher-intensity academic life, as well as help them transition to living in a new environment,” says Jim Gorman, who teaches How Sports Explain Us. “At Otterbein, about 25 percent of the first-year class will have been recruited to play a sport here, and quite a large percentage of the students who select this class will be student athletes.” Because of that good-sized chunk of students participating in athletics, How Sports Explains Us is a valuable option, going well beyond statistics and fandom to help students understand their personal connections to the games they play, Gorman says. “The class examines the changes in American society over the last three decades. … We look at other concurrent changes too, such as gender, where the women’s movement changed our society, followed by how Title IX (passed in 1972) changed high school and college sports,” he says. “The goal is to examine human nature, theirs and others. Sports, in our society and their involvement as players and team members, shows them that human nature more intensely than any other experiences they might have had at their age.” Psychological stimulation is a common thread throughout much of the first-year catalogue. Arts Are Alive, another seminar course, dissects “the cultural, sociological and aesthetic aspects of the arts” through music, visual art, critique and even economic issues, according to the guide. As for the psychology-weary, there are also the essential-styled college classes as well, such as Navigating the Informational World. “My course is focused on training students to acquire the information literacy and research skills necessary to become competent and self-reliant information users,” says Rares Piloiu, who teaches the course. For freshmen, who may be new to the type of academic and information-heavy world that college places them in, this class may be a mainstay.


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There are also socioeconomic classes and even some with a pre-law bent. How Much for Your Song is an example of both. The class “is broadly about intellectual property, such as copyright and patents,” says teacher Allen Reichert. “Through work and hobbies, we deal with intellectual property constantly, but many people don’t consider how court cases and the law impact those interactions.” All the classes revolve around ushering the first-year student into a new realm of possibilities, a realm that may be unexpected, interesting and possibly even life-changing. And it isn’t merely the coursework that makes a difference. The environment in which it is taught can be helpful, too. “Students who have taken the … courses have indicated that the course has helped with both their social and academic transition to Otterbein,” says Bechtold. “They have shared that the course has allowed them to build meaningful relationships with faculty members, peer leaders and other new Otterbein students.” David Allen is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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By Duane St. Clair

Kitchen Revision Unique island, layout and more make couple’s large gatherings a breeze


ick and Sheri Smith happily entertain at least some of their extended family nearly every weekend, and always on the major holidays, in their Westerville home. These get-togethers can be labor-intensive affairs, given that the extended family is five grown children, six grandchildren with the seventh due in early March, three living parents, and several brothers and sisters and their families, most of whom live in central Ohio. That meant frequently dealing with the reality that everybody gathers in the kitchen, even when there’s work to be done preparing meals. And being able to chat while working, even if the visitors were in the adjoining family room, wasn’t all that easy – it was often impossible, the Smiths found. The solution: Tear out the dated kitchen in their Windemere home, where they After

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had lived for 10 years, and make it user-, family- and guest-friendly. Rick says Sheri had tinkered with sketching plans but couldn’t come up with one that would work. “I said, ‘Let’s go to a professional designer,’” he says. “We went to Dave Fox, the only one we went to” after researching remodeling builders. The Smiths outlined their wants and wishes to Gary Demos and Tonya Rutledge, president and interior designer, respectively, of the design and remodeling company. “Tonya and Sheri hit it off right away,” Rick says. As their first meeting closed, Sheri looked over several items – cabinet doors, knobs, tiles – and showed the ones she liked to Rutledge. “I wanted something timeless, not modern, not traditional,” Sheri says.

Rutledge did a great job putting everything together, Sheri says, from the dark wood cabinets, lighter wood floor and stainless appliances to other amenities, such as improved lighting that includes pendants. To seat more people, especially during meal preparation, the company designed a counter-height island that extends into a windowed area that had been a nook with a dinette table. Another goal was to allow the Smiths to chat with comfortably seated guests as they work. While the top is counter height, an attached dining shelf at chair height allows for nine to be seated in upholstered chairs. On one end is a drop-in cooking top with induction venting. Quartz countertops are used throughout. The Smiths wanted the chair seating around the island for the convenience of

their parents, all of whom are in their 80s and would be uncomfortable on stools. A frequent problem was visitors needing access to a coffee pot or some other refreshment while Sheri worked around a smaller island that was closer to cabinet counters and appliances, she says. “I enjoy them being here, but not underfoot,” she says. A solution – besides more space between the island and countertops – is a beverage center near the family room entrance, which doesn’t get in the cook’s way.

Above: A beverage center near the entrance to the family room makes for easier access to coffee and other refreshments. Top: The quartz-top, counter-height island anchors the Smith kitchen.

The center, suggested by Rutledge, has a refrigerator for various items, a coffee pot with its own water line so it’s always ready to brew and storage for cups, wine glasses, napkins and the like. Two small closets were removed to make way for the center, while new, taller kitchen cabinets provide more storage. Rutledge notes that the laundry room was reconfigured to make room for a pantry cabinet, too. A convection microwave and oven are built in and replace a standard range, creating more counter space for food preparation. To better incorporate the kitchen with the family room, a standard door opening was doubled in size, a step Demos says required adding a specially built beam to carry the upper floor load, the only major structural work that had to be done. The larger opening allows more togetherness among visitors seated in the two rooms – and for Sheri while cooking. Besides weekend gatherings and occasional weeklong family visits, the Smiths have hosted large family gatherings the past two Thanksgivings, Christmases and Easters, as well as for other occasions, such as football games. They had a total of 18 last Thanksgiving, says Rick, explaining that some were seated in an adjoining dining room that will seat 10 to 12. The new cooking arrangement was overwhelming the first time they cooked for a group, Sheri says, but they quickly became accustomed to it. “It’s very user-friendly,” she says. “We’ve really broken it in.” Duane St. Clair is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at 27

on the table By Lauren Andrews

Hanby’s Handy Garden House’s historical plants offer food, herbs, fragrance and even medicine


ultivating knowledge and appreciation of history is one of the Hanby House’s main goals – and it’s accomplished quite literally though the house’s historical garden. The historical home, which has been a state memorial since 1937, has its garden set up to mirror a 19th-Century garden and keep a piece of the past in the present. The garden is maintained by members of the Westerville Garden Club, itself a part of the city’s history – it was founded in 1947. Since 2005, the club has been

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planting perennials, annuals and vegetables in the garden, adding and replacing the mix every season. Club members work hard to ensure that the Hanby garden looks just as beautiful as it would have in 1850 by weeding and watering every week throughout the summer, and conducting a clean-up and adding manure every October. The Hanby House was part of the 2011 WesterFlora, a non-competitive tour that highlights notable gardens in Westerville. The gardens are meant to showcase the most diverse and impressive horticultural landscapes the city has to offer, and the Hanby House garden was chosen for its rich culture and multifaceted design. “We picked out loads of plants for the vegetable garden,” says club member Marjorie Gulermovich. “(We bought) all kinds of herbs – more than I think we ever could have fit in the space.” Gulermovich practiced gardening in Kansas but moved to Westerville after her husband died. The Garden Club allowed her to establish herself in the community and continue to pursue her passion, she says. The garden is laid out in four sections. One is for culinary herbs. “Here we have dill, garlic chives, lemon balm, purple basil, parsley – the list goes on,” says Joyce Beecroft, chairwoman of the Hanby House Garden Committee. Next, the committee plants a section of fragrance and dye plants, including blue false indigo, eucalyptus, lavender, thyme, valerian (a hardy, fragrant pink or white

perennial) and woad (a flowering plant used for blue dye). “These plants would have been used primarily for dyeing clothes or making candles,” says Beecroft. The third section is full of vegetables, from carrots, Brussels sprouts and cucumbers to tomatoes, potatoes and turnips. The typical 19th-Century household relied heavily on a vegetable garden to feed the family, and the Hanby House garden has something for every season in it, Beecroft says. “Absolutely anything that was extra was stored for winter,” she says.


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