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CityReporter News and Information from the City of Westerville

News and Information from the City of Westerville

15 faces

A Different Kind of Retirement Plan

Jack Shinnock took an early retirement to follow a less traditional path

18 in focus

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24 A Helping Hand

The Senior Link program helps to prevent depression and isolation so that seniors can remain in their homes

26 living

Old That Is Strong Does Not Wither Oldest Westerville home survives nature’s wrath

28 on the table


Drink ‘til It’s Dry

Uptown Untapped celebrates local beer in the Dry Capital of the World


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Harry Potter & the Uptown Hunt 2:30-5 p.m., Uptown Westerville

Sept. 1-Oct. 13

Westerville Saturday Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, along Grove Street on Otterbein University’s campus

Sept. 5-Oct. 31

Accepting New Patients! Stephen R Malik, DDS

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Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m., Uptown Westerville

Sept. 7

Uptown Friday Night: Pop Uptown Fridays, 6-8 p.m., Uptown Westerville,

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Curtain Players Theatre presents On Golden Pond Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 8 p.m.; Sept. 16, 23, 2 p.m.; Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd.


Sept. 9

The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest Noon-7 p.m., 455 Executive Campus Dr. www.thegreatwesterville

Sept. 9

Cops & Kids Day Noon-4 p.m., Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave.,

Sept. 9

Westerville Saturday Farmers’ Market

Doggie Paddle 1:30-4:30 p.m., Highlands Park Aquatic Center, 245 S. Spring Rd.,

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Sept. 20

Uptown Untapped 6-10 p.m., Uptown Westerville,

Parkinson’s Moving Day 2 p.m., Columbus Crew SC MAPFRE Stadium, 1 Black and Gold Blvd.

Prohibition Walking Tours 6:30 p.m.–midnight, Westerville Public Library

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Otterbein University Theatre presents Big Fish Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 21, 8 p.m.; Sept. 22, 8 p.m.; Sept. 23, 2 p.m.; Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Uptown Friday Night: Arts in Uptown 6-7:30 p.m., Uptown Westerville,

Otterbein University presents Big Fish

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Sept. 21

Uptown Friday Night: Rockn’ Uptown 6-8 p.m., Uptown Westerville

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Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Farm in the City 6-9 p.m., Uptown Westerville

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Sip & Sketch 6:30 p.m., Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St.

Oct. 4

Dancing with the Survivors 6-10 p.m., 1091 Eastwind Dr.,

Oct. 9

Drafts ‘n Crafts 7:30 p.m., the Draft Room, 570 W. Schrock Rd.

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Otterbein University Theatre presents Macbeth Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 8 p.m.; Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St.

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First Responders Park Plans Include Memorial for Fallen Officers Westerville’s First Responders Park, located at 374 W. Main St., will undergo extensive improvements and expansion to provide the community with a lasting memorial space to honor all first responders, including our fallen police officers killed in the line of duty on Feb. 10, 2018. The park was first dedicated in 2010 to honor the service and sacrifice of all first responders. In reaction to strong community response to events held at the park, like the 9/11 Memorial Observance (for which a portion of Main Street must close), the City anticipated that the park would someday need to be expanded. Sadly, the events of Feb. 10, 2018 accelerated that vision. As the community began to cope with the tragic losses of Officer Tony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering, plans to create a permanent police memorial were expedited. The state of Ohio generously appropriated $500,000 to be used this year for the project. Illustrations of the expansion plans are available online at www.wester Improvements include extending the park farther north and adding commemorative elements, including a serene water feature. All elements of the existing park, including commemorative bricks, will be incorporated into

A rendering depicts the proposed water feature to be added to First Responders Park

the redesigned space. As has been the tradition since February, many donated their time and talent to the project. Landscape architecture firms POD Design and McGill Smith Punshon provided design services free of charge to honor officers Morelli and Joering. The concepts were created in cooperation with a committee including the Westerville Chiefs of Police and Fire, as well as other representatives from the City’s police, fire, communi-

cations and administrative divisions. Memorials around the globe were evaluated to inspire the park in form and function. Ultimately, the water feature gained the most consensus as the appropriate plan to place the names of officers Morelli and Joering, alongside David Theisen, a fallen Westerville firefighter who died while battling a blaze in Crooksville, Ohio. The project is expected to be complete by September 2019. September/October 2018



Staff Profile

Rishel Brings Experience as Private-Sector Attorney to Economic Development Role

Westerville Economic Development Coordinator Rob Rishel was no stranger to the City when he started his position in June 2017. A true Westerville son, he graduated from Westerville North High School in 1995 and served in a volunteer position on more than one of the City’s boards and commissions for more than a decade while he worked as a private practice attorney representing clients in the development field. You first started with the Westerville Board of Zoning Appeals. Why did you decide to apply for a BZA seat?

I wanted to be part of the community, to really understand everything I could about my hometown. I believe that service on the City’s Boards and Commissions is the best way to get educated and really understand Westerville’s goals, challenges and opportunities. If someone wants to be a leader in the community, they need to have service experience to really “get it.” What prompted you to want to join the City as a full-time staff member? I spent 15 years as a privatepractice attorney in Columbus, and it was time for a change. A huge part of my practice was representing companies on development projects, so I was looking to build on that experience. The opportunity to be a direct part of the excitement and development of Westerville was an exciting prospect.

What is something about Westerville Economic Development that would surprise people? I think most people would be surprised at the scope of the work we do. I think a lot of people believe that we just handle incentives. In truth, we are involved in all manner of projects and initiatives that companies undertake to grow and succeed here. Almost 80 percent of the City’s General Fund revenue comes from income taxes paid by employees of our companies, so it is critical that those companies have a City government that is committed to helping them thrive. That’s our job. Tell us about your family and why you’ve chosen to stay and raise a family in Westerville? I live here in Westerville with my lovely wife, Julie, who is an attorney and works for Ohio’s Legislative Services Commission and our sons Seeley, 9, and Caden, 6. We chose to stay here to raise a family for the same reasons I’m sure many families have: good schools, great people, City leadership dedicated to providing the best community possible to the residents and great amenities, like the parks.

City Provides Safer Places to Buy, Trade and Sell Buying, trading and selling items on social media sites has become a popular way for residents to exchange goods. To maximize the safety of buyers and sellers, the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) has introduced an “Internet Purchase Exchange Zone” program, designating sites for parties agreeing to exchange items. Approved sites are marked with signage and offer enhanced safety features 10 September/October 2018

that may not be available at other public sites, including a staff presence and surveillance (where and when available). These sites are intended for inperson exchanges only. WPD officers will not oversee exchanges unless requested due to safety concerns or conflict. Find a list of approved sites and safety tips on the City’s website at


Public Safety Profile

Fire Prevention Week

Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere™

Children enjoy the Westerville Fire Prevention Week Open House puppet show.

The Westerville Division of Fire (WFD) will spend the first full week of October educating families about three essential steps to reduce fire risks and how to safely escape in the event of a fire. These steps comprise the week’s theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere,” as set by the National Fire Protection Agency. The campaign focuses on key words to help residents remember to: LOOK for places a fire could start and resolve potential hazards; LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm and LEARN two ways out of every room. WFD will host a Fire Prevention Week Open House at all Westerville Fire Stations from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Families are encouraged to visit Station 111, located at 400 W. Main St., to enjoy treats, games and educational entertainment for children. The event will feature important education geared toward adults as well, including information about creating an escape route from your home and proper smoke detector maintenance. “You’re going to walk away with helpful tips that you take home and implement immediately,” said Westerville Division of Fire Chief Brian Miller. “The simple concept of ‘look, listen, learn’ can help prevent fires and save lives.” Visit for more information about Fire Prevention Week.

Electric Division Keeps Innovation at the Forefront with Customer Programs The Westerville Electric Division (WED) has supplied power to the City for nearly 120 years. As a not-for-profit Public Power provider, the utility is community-owned. To better serve the community, the utility provides a number of opportunities for customers to save money and help protect the environment. With Public Power Week approaching the first week of October, take a moment to get familiar with new WED programs: EcoSmart Choice, allows Westerville residents to support the renewable energy market by making a contribution with their monthly utility bills. Electricity is generated from a variety of fuel types including fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuel sources were responsible for 35 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the United States in 2016. EcoSmart Choice allows consumers

to support renewable energy equivalent to a portion of their electricity usage. The Nest Rush Hour Rewards program allows the City to partner with smart homes to protect future energy costs. The City offers a $75 rebate to customers who purchase a participating thermostat. When a Nest thermostat and WED customer opts-in to the program, they will automatically reduce energy usage during “Rush Hour” events. Rush Hour events occur in summer months during high heat and humidity; weekdays from 2-6 p.m. Reducing this “peak” usage helps to lower WED’s overall purchased power costs. “We purchase power from the market, but the cost of transmission and other bill components are largely out of Westerville’s control. Those prices are based on, among other things, the highest peak consumption days in any given year,” said Westerville Electric Utility Manager Chris Monacelli. Learn about other Electric Division programs at www. September/October 2018



Economic Development Profile

Mid-City Electric’s Move to Westerville Good For Customers, Employees Alike

Mid-City Electric is settling into their headquarters at 937 Eastwind Dr. Before they arrived in Westerville, the company’s management operations and warehouse employees were separated from prefabrication operations by a mile. One of the largest familyowned companies in the ColumMid-City Electric’s logo is displayed prominently in bus Region, Mid-City Electric’s the company’s new headquarters in Westerville. leadership knew it would be best for customers and employees to space, on-site fitness center, café, 47 bring all operations under one roof. additional parking spaces and more. “This new location will allow us Company officials say the move remore room to work and grow as a duced employee commute times by team, and in turn, help us to serve our up to 20 percent. customers better,” said Brian Dew, City of Westerville Economic DeMid-City president. velopment Director Jason Bechtold is Among the many renovations made confident the City’s accessibility and to the Eastwind Drive building were amenities will provide the right setting to the creation of an open-concept office help the company’s continued growth.

“Mid-City Electric has a legacy of 58 successful years in the region. We are thrilled they decided to call Westerville home and are confident they will be a great fit for the community,” Bechtold said. Though they may not know it, residents are likely familiar with the company’s work. Mid-City Electric has played roles in major projects such as the Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Replacement Hospital, Columbus Commons Bicentennial Pavilion, and the soon-to-becomplete National Veterans Memorial and Museum Project. Find more information about MidCity Electric at www.midcityelectric. com. For more information about economic development in Westerville, visit

Things to Remember During “Leaf Season” Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 15 Fall is nearly upon us and this means the City’s trees will soon be shedding their leaves. This season of brisk-weather yard work brings with it the Westerville Public Service Department’s annual Leaf Collection Program, beginning Monday, Oct. 15 and ending Friday, Dec. 21. Collections occur up to 10 days from your assigned “set-out” date. Find your zone and date online at leafcollection. Here are a few things you should know about this program: • If you miss your collection date, you can place leaves in yard waste receptacles for collection on Mondays. • You should rake your leaves to the tree lawn, not into the street. Leaf piles in the street can cause a safety issue for drivers and may result in your leaves being missed. • Large sticks, trash and debris within leaf piles can injure our Service team members and damage equipment. Please remove these items before collection. 12 September/October 2018

The Westerville Public Service Department collected about 4,500 cubic yards of leaves in 2017.

• Basketball hoops and cars parked in the way of leaf piles can lead to missed collections. Please give the Service team a clear path to your tree lawn during your collection period. Contact the Public Service Department with any questions at (614) 901-6740 or


Westerville Parks Are “Smoke-Free” Westerville parks are now officially “no smoking” zones after Westerville City Council adopted an ordinance to prohibit smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in community parks. The legislation prohibits smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in community parks. City Council hopes that the legislation will help reduce and eliminate secondhand smoke and the resulting negative smoking effects including litter and strong odors. At sites most commonly frequented by children, the ban will also help protect young Children enjoy the playground at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main St. lungs at play. Electronic cigarettes are included and specifically prohibited in the ban. Use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” has become popular as either an alternative or in addition to regular cigarette or tobacco use. However, vaping is not without harm to bystanders. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says e-cigarette aerosol that users inhale from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially dangerous substances including nicotine; ultrafine particles; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds; cancer-causing chemicals; and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. The ban is inclusive of all 43 Westerville parks and more than 40 miles of recreational trails along the Westerville Bike & Walkway system. Westerville joins several other central Ohio communities banning the use of tobacco and smoking in parks. Columbus, Dublin, Powell and Grove City all have same or similar prohibitions in parks on the books. In partnership with Franklin County Public Health, the Westerville Parks & Recreation Department has placed “No Smoking” signs in all City-owned parks and green spaces. Additionally, Parks and Recreation will promote smoking cessation programs. According to the CDC, secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes strokes, lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults. For more information, please visit

Mark Your Calendars Household Hazardous Waste Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Westerville Service Department (350 Park Meadow Rd.) The City of Westerville, in partnership with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, provides the second of two annual collection programs for residents to properly dispose of hazardous household waste. See for a list of acceptable items. Cops & Kids Day Sunday, Sept. 9, noon-4 p.m., Westerville Sports Complex (325 N. Cleveland Ave.) The Westerville Division of Police hosts this popular annual event for family-friendly interaction with law enforcement agencies from across central Ohio. Bring the family to get hands-on with equipment and learn about technology law enforcement professionals use every day. Kids will be invited to participate in games and other fun activities. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early – the first 1,000 children will receive a free gift. For more information, visit Great Westerville Food Truck Fest Sunday, Sept. 9, noon-7 p.m., Nationwide Children’s Close to Home (455 Executive Campus Dr.) The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest, benefitting WARM, pairs community and generosity with more than 30 food trucks. Family-friendly music, entertainment and much more round out this popular event. This event runs alongside Cops & Kids Day. Find details at www.thegreatwesterville 9/11 Memorial Observance Tuesday, Sept. 11, noon p.m.–1 p.m., First Responders Park (374 W. Main St.) Never forget. Join us in honoring “citizens united in crisis” as we remember 9/11 in the shadow of “C40.” Find more information at Trick-or-Treat (Beggar’s Night) Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., Citywide The annual tradition of Trick-or-Treat (Beggar’s Night) is observed on Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. The City coordinates Trick-or-Treat via the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. As a reminder, Trick-or-Treat is not an official “City-sponsored” event. For more information, visit the City website at www.westerville. org/beggarsnight. September/October 2018


CityReporter This Day in History

Westerville Weathers “The Mother of All Pandemics” One hundred years ago, the Spanish Flu brought life in Westerville, and the rest of the world for that matter, to a screeching halt. Known as “the mother of all pandemics,” the virus is thought to have killed tens of millions of people worldwide between 1918 and 1919. Public gatherings in Westerville were suspended for weeks to pre-

vent the potential spread of the virus. The measure seemed to have helped, the Public Opinion reported around 10 cases affected Westerville, none deadly. The publication encouraged residents to refrain from circulating “wild and unfounded rumors” of people succumbing to the illness in Westerville.

Westerville Community Contacts FIRE/MEDICAL/POLICE EMERGENCY. 9-1-1 Gas/Carbon Monoxide Leaks. . . . . . . . . . . 9-1-1 Mental Health Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1-1 Fire, non-life threatening emergency. 882-2213 Police, non-life threatening emergency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 882-7444 City Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . Community Affairs .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 901-6400 Animal Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6863 Animal Removal (dead at roadside). . . 901-6740 Cemeteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6740 City Manager’s Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6400 TDD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6413 Clerk of Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6410 Digging (Ohio Utilities Protection Service). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-362-2764 Economic Development. . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6403 Electric Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6700 Electrical Outages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6700 Street Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6700 Tree Trimming Near Electric Lines. . 901-6700 Finance Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6440 Fire Division Headquarters. . . . . . . . . 901-6600 CPR/First Aid Training. . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6600 Human Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6406 Income Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6420 Leaf Collection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6740 Mayor’s Court. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6419 TDD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6418 Parks & Recreation Department. . . . 901-6500 Inclement Weather Hotline . . . . . . . 901-6888 Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6530 Community Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6500 Everal Barn & Homestead . . . . . . . . 901-6570 Parks Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6591 Highlands Park Aquatic Center. . . . 901-7665 Recreation Program Center. . . . . . . 901-6531 Senior Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6560 Shelter Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6515 Urban Forestry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6598 Permits Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6650 Burning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6600 Parade/Block Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6410 Security Alarm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6482 Zoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 901-6650 14 September/October 2018

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This and hundreds of other fascinating facts, materials and artifacts are on display at the Westerville Public Library’s Local History Center. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., closed Sunday. Visit www.westerville library/antisaloon to learn more.

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A Different Kind of Retirement Plan Jack Shinnock took an early retirement to follow a less traditional path

New Beginnings While retirement is often a time for relaxation and travel, for 71-year-old Westerville resident Jack Shinnock, retirement would become a new beginning. “I wanted to start a new life and get restructured,” Shinnock says. “I had been practicing law for 30 years and it was a great opportunity to restructure things.” Shinnock worked with American Electric Power beginning in the 1970s and moved to Columbus after the company relocated its headquarters to the city in 1983. Fast forward to 2002, Shinnock would take an early retirement and journey out to Yellowstone National Park to work as a guest service agent at Old Faithful.

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“That was six months of completely different work than being a lawyer as you can imagine,” Shinnock says. “I got to know Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons really well.” Shinnock was always interested in visiting the U.S. national parks and aspired to visit all 59. “I visited some national parks in the ’80s and ’90s,” Shinnock says. “After working at Yellowstone, I rededicated efforts to visit all of them.” That dream was finally realized in summer 2016, when he visited Lassen National Park in northern California.

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National Senior Games Association Shinnock enjoys being active. He is a volunteer for countless Westerville service groups including the Traffic Commission, serves on the advisory board to the Westerville Senior Center and is former president of the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department. However, it would be an encounter with the National Senior Games Association that truly inspired his involvement. “I was involved with the senior center here and president of the advisory board for several years,” Shinnock says. “I was looking for something to stay involved with fitness, health and wellness.” The National Senior Games Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating older adults to live a healthy lifestyle. All 50 states, as well as the Province of Québec, host qualifying games for participants to compete in the national event, which is held every two years. “It encourages people to stay at a competitive level and to live a healthy lifestyle as you age,” Shinnock says. “And we all age, it’s something you cannot avoid.” More than 10,000 athletes compete at the national level in events ranging from track and field, swimming, golf, pickleball and the newest event, power walking. Power walking, not to be confused with race walking, is a non-qualifying event in which anyone is free to participate. The sport requires less technique than its counterpart. “I did the power walking this year and I got two silver medals,” Shinnock says. “I didn’t have to qualify, but I did end up qualifying.” It is the competitive nature and dedication to healthy lifestyles that Shinnock values so much in this organization, so much that he was elected to their board in December 2016 for a three-year term. “There is lots of research on people as they age for what they can do to stay fit mentally and physically,” Shinnock says. “If you want to take the next step and compete with people your age, this is the opportunity to do it.”

Scuba Diving Apart from all of his volunteer work and involvement with the National Senior Games Association, Shinnock is a certified scuba diver since 1999. In 2005, he became an instructor at Aquatic Adventures in Westerville. “I liked the continuing education part of it and when I decided not to practice law anymore, scuba diving fit my interests,” Shinnock says. In keeping with his desire to travel, Shinnock has conducted dives all over the place. From Key Largo, the Galapagos Islands as well as his favorite dive location off the island of Kona in Hawai’i. “It’s a sense of adventure and pretty much the only opportunity, at least on this earth, to be weightless,” Shinnock says. “The ocean is a different world and makes you appreciate a lot more.” While traveling to exotic lands provides Shinnock gratification, the world of scuba diving has opened many doors for him locally as well. Shinnock is part of a small group of divers who volunteer at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to feed fish and periodically help clean up the reef. He is also a certified docent, which allows him to be in animal contact areas and talk to guests about them. Don’t worry, Shinnock has never had any close confrontations with sharks or dangerous predators in his escapades at the zoo or in the wild. “I’ve found most of them to be skittish and nervous so they just go away from you if you’re in their area,” Shinnock says.

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Healthy Life Shinnock has remained active throughout his life and credits his lifestyle choices to keeping him going. He doesn’t drink or smoke, sticks to a good diet and works out regularly when he is not out on the golf course. He coached his kids in basketball, baseball and soccer throughout their childhoods and has remained a WestervilleColumbus resident since 1986. Though Shinnock may have not followed the traditional path one takes in retirement, he is enjoying every step along the way. Most importantly, he is happy and living life to the fullest. “I have a lot of activities going on that keeps me connected with people and getting out and doing things,” Shinnock says. “As you age, it is important to stay involvedORD and do things.”

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Hairy, Happy and Healthy Senior communities see the benefits our pawed pals can provide A Four-Legged History Whether you identify as a cat person or a dog person, we can all agree on one thing: Our four-legged friends are more than just pets. The human-feline relationship dates back thousands of years. According to a study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, the domestication of cats likely began approximately 8,000 years ago, when humans and felines eventually adopted a mutually beneficial relationship. The humans grew crops, which attracted rats and mice which, in turn, attracted cats as a form of pest control. The human-canine relationship dates back much further. While a consensus still eludes scientists, it is generally agreed upon that the domestication of dogs happened between 10,000-30,000 years ago. Despite the inability to pinpoint the exact moment when dogs became our collective best friends, it is likely the relationship stemmed from competition for food.

More Than Just Friends A scientific background is not a prerequisite to understanding that pets are good for us. Anyone who has scratched a dog’s soft underbelly or who has run a cat’s tail through their fingers understands this. Here’s what science has been able to tell us about the impact our furry little friends can have on our health. Firstly, 15 minutes of human-animal bonding initiates a chemical reaction in the brain that lowers the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and increases levels of the happy hormone, serotonin. Secondly, the hormone shift results in a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels. Long-term health effects of pet and human bonding can be a reduction in cholesterol levels, depression and perhaps guard against heart disease. With the body of scientific research growing, the healthy benefits pets provide are reflected in society. There has been an uptick in not only service animals, but the emotional support animal category as well. One study published in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research in particular examines the healthy benefits that pets can have on elderly individuals, specifically those who suffer from dementia. Some of the results indicate that individuals with dementia exhibit a significantly increased variety of positive social behaviors when in the presence of a dog. A Pet-Friendly Senior Community So how does this apply to the Westerville senior community? There are more than 30 assisted living communities in the greater Columbus area that practice a “pets welcome” policy. Judy Sylus, owner and administrator of Sapphire Health and

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Wellness, is fully aware of the benefits animals can have on seniors with dementia. So much so that her assisted living facility has instituted an animal-centric activity designed to increase social interaction amongst its patrons. “We have an aquarium on site for our patrons,” she says. “One thing that we’ve implemented is every day at a certain time we ask our residents to gather around the aquarium.” That’s right, an aquarium. The health benefits of human-animal interaction aren’t solely relegated to terrestrial animals like dogs and cats. Animals that hail from the sea and air have something to offer as well. “We have our residents gather around the fish tank to assist with cleaning it out. It provides an opportunity for them to socialize and feel included,” says Sylus. While multiple area senior communities are considered pet-friendly, not all policies are the same. Currently, Sapphire Health and Wellness does not allow patrons to be accompanied by full-time, live-in pets. However, families are highly encouraged to bring along their family pet whenever they arrive at the facility to visit. Nathan Collins is an editor. Feedback welcome at

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At the Delaware branch, soon-to-be 70-year-old Pat Gosser is working fulltime as a passionate Alpha employee. After moving from Indiana five years ago, Gosser wanted to help her son, Chad Myford, get acclimated because he has disabilities. Through the process of working with entities like Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the local Development Disability Board, Gosser learned that Alpha Group helped Myford land his job at a Delaware Kroger. Watching her son succeed, Gosser realized her passion for working with disabled people. Coming out of retirement, Gosser is now a job coach for Alpha. Her main tasks involve helping individuals prepare for a professional career and getting them acclimated to a new job. Her favorite aspect is Project SEARCH, an international organization that partners with Alpha to help people with disabilities professionally succeed through a series of educational courses. “My heart is with people with disabilities,” Gosser says. “As a job coach, I see the progress they make, and then they become independent and successful in their employment – it’s just so rewarding. It really is.” Gosser proves that age does not dictate workability. And she agrees that older

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citizens would make excellent Alpha employees because the work and hours aren’t very demanding. “Since it’s just so rewarding, (the job) is especially great for people who don’t have a lot to do, or they’re retired,” says Gosser. “It requires some training – we have to be certified in certain things – but it’s not physically demanding, and with seniors, that’s usually very important. And it’s a fun job.” Apart from looking for vibrant employees, the Westerville branch is setting additional goals to work with other local entities like the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Westerville City Schools to help integrate its mission and services into the community. “We want to become a part of the Westerville community,” says Owens. “And we would love to grow the number of individuals that we are serving in (the Westerville) community with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”


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The Westerville Senior Center helps the Alpha individuals The Alpha Group has teamed up with the Westerville Senior Center, and the partnership is superb. Every other week, the Alpha individuals – those receiving assistance and training from Alpha – visit the senior center to prepare lunch for the older community members. The visits are beneficial for everyone involved, but it specifically helps the Alpha individuals with their career skills. “Some of the Alpha individuals are not able to speak professionally, so it gives them a chance to interact with the people at the senior center and practice their manners and skills,” says Chrys Rice, a program assistant at Alpha who transports and helps the Alpha individuals at the senior center. Rice says Alpha individuals learn skills like preparing food, cleaning, helping others and conversational tips, all of which can be applied in a professional setting. “I think it shows the community that there are things people with disabilities can do,” Rice says. “I just love seeing how happy (Alpha individuals) are when they’re at the senior center and seeing how much they enjoy being out in the community and doing things to help someone else.”


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A Helping Hand The Senior Link program helps to prevent depression and isolation so that seniors can remain in their homes


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counseling … and three, we call them, wellness advocates. (They) really support our residences who have mental health issues which can vary from anything including depression, anxiety, grieved loss, to more significant longer-term mental health issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, issues that someone has struggled with all their lives.” The Senior Link program, along with mental health services, can provide help and care with day-to-day needs such as

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groceries, medications, going for walks, getting clients socially engaged with the community or just providing seniors the opportunity to have a conversation. The program also provides transportation services for those who need more mobility. The wellness advocates try to meet all of the client’s physical, mental and emotional needs. “It’s really based on the client’s need,” Tehrani says. “(Wellness advocates) also often help with technology. That’s a struggle for a lot of seniors, trying to figure out how to work their phones.” Janet Tressler-Davis, president of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of the people who benefitted from Concord’s service. Her father used the program for many years before he passed away. Her father, an individual with multiple sclerosis, was homebound and her mother was his primary caretaker. “Concord would send people over to visit. And it was so nice. They weren’t coming over to do anything physically for him. They were just coming over to talk to him and be a companion. And it was wonderful because they gave my mom some time, a little reprieve,” Tressler-Davis says. “Not that she didn’t enjoy taking care of him, but the caretaker needs a little break too. So it was wonderful for both of them.” For more information about Concord Counseling, its Senior Link program or any other programs, visit its website at www. Evan Wehmeyer is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Old That Is Strong Does Not Wither Oldest Westerville home survives nature’s wrath was awarded to his father for service in the Revolutionary War. “I think the good part of the story is just the age,” Charlie Griffey, owner of Griffey Remodeling, says. His company was tabbed by Barlew and Greco to reclaim the home’s nearly two-centuriesold fireplaces. “It’s actually the oldest house in Westerville,” Griffey says. Griffey’s wife Vicky, who does interior design, made a comment on the precarious position of a tree on the home’s lot during an estimation visit. Lo and behold, shortly after the Griffey’s visit, they received a call from Barlew, who indicated that the scope of work might change. The reason: a windstorm had toppled the very same tree on which Vicky had pointed out just a few days prior. “Thank goodness we already had Charlie on board before that happened,” Barlew says. Luckily, no one was injured – Barlew and his wife had not yet moved into the house. “It was mostly exterior damage. The tree came down on the roof and busted several rafters. All the siding was completely torn off,” Griffey says. Perhaps Mother Nature did indeed have a plan for the house. When the tree fell, it struck the front exterior of the house, which exposed the true condition of the roof. “It was literally siding, air, plaster and there was no vapor barrier, there was no sheeting, etc.,” Barlew says. This presented the opportunity to bring the house up to code. Another fortuitous benefit was that the fallen tree provided ready-made material for the chimney reclamation. “The bonus is when the tree fell down, it knocked over the external chimney above.

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hen it rains, it pours, and mother nature never considers a homeowner’s plan. The Gideon Hart House, erected in 1820 and now the oldest home in Westerville, has withstood the weather for nearly two-hundred years. Jefferson Barlew and his wife, Laurie Greco, recently purchased this house, which was originally constructed in 1820 by Gideon Hart on 380 acres – land that


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• Hart and family members are buried in the Blendon Township Cemetery We were actually able to repurpose that original brick,” Griffey says. As can be expected, there are multiple issues to consider when reclaiming a fireplace that was built in 1820, the same year that Maine officially became the 23rd state and James Monroe was president of the U.S. According to Griffey, the ‘unknown’ can be the biggest issue. “The fireplace was all covered in plaster. Originally, we went into it not knowing the condition of the brick. Back then they fired all the brick on site. We didn’t know if all the bricks were uniform,” Griffey says. The rich history of the home was one of the main factors taken into consideration when Greco and Barlew made the decision to purchase the home and now they have their own micro-history of events leading up to the house becoming a home. Nathan Collins is an editor. Feedback welcome at In 1820, bricks were fired on site.


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Drink ’til It’s Dry

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Uptown Untapped celebrates local beer in the Dry Capital of the World


n the late 1800s, townspeople opposed the sale and consumption of alcohol so much that the businesses were actually destroyed using gunpowder, thus sparking the Westerville Whiskey War. Little more than 100 years ago, Westerville became known as the Dry Capital of the World when the Anti-Saloon League moved in. Now, Westerville celebrates the start of fall by drinking in the streets. One could say Westerville has changed over the years. On Sept. 15, Uptown Untapped takes over Uptown Westerville for the second time, celebrating all things anti-Prohibition.

Join with the community to enjoy local musicians, support charitable organizations and drink like you’re in a dry district; responsibly, of course. Last year, Uptown Westerville Inc. wrangled nine local breweries into the event. This year, Uptown Untapped will feature 20. Uptown Westerville’s executive director, Lynn Aventino, says this is pretty remarkable, considering the organization had just four weeks to set up the entire event. “It took some time to get everybody on board that we can do this, we can do it safely and we can do it with decorum; it’s not going to be a drunken frat party,” says


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Aventino, laughing. “You can drink responsibly and enjoy what the local breweries have to offer.” Because Westerville is still in a dry district, and the event is made for street drinking, Uptown Westerville can only serve beer and malt beverages. However, wine lovers are welcome to enter and exit the event as they please in order to stop into a bar for a glass, so long as they finish their drink before entering or exiting Uptown. However, with 20 breweries serving beer and food, attendees shouldn’t expect to want for anything. Last year, vendors served full pours of beer, which turned out to be too much of a good thing. This year, vendors will serve 4-ounce pours, enabling attendees to try a wider variety of beer. “What we heard from people is that they didn’t get to taste all the beers,” says Aventino. “We want to allow people to taste all the offerings.” Because securing the correct permits set scheduling back last year, Aventino says she and the rest of the Uptown Westerville staff didn’t expect a huge turnout. With only a few weeks’ notice and it being the event’s inaugural year, the organization expected fewer than 500 people to come through. Instead, 1,200 people showed up, and showed up thirsty. Most vendors had to shut down early because they ran out of beer. This year, Aventino simply hopes to see growth and raise money for Uptown Westerville and Neighborhood Bridges, as well as support local businesses and showcase Westerville’s culture. “It was such a friendly, relaxed, happy place to be. Everybody was just so happy to be on the street enjoying this type of event in Westerville,” says Aventino. “It was beautiful because it’s in that historic setting. … To bring this dream to a reality, and see the public’s reaction and how everybody was enjoying it – it was so worthwhile.” Amanda DePerro is an editor. Feedback welcome at

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Asterisk Strawberry Jam Courtesy of Asterisk Supper Club Makes 10 8-oz. jars. • 4 lb. strawberries • 2 lb. 10 oz. white cane sugar • 6 oz. lemon juice Cut stems off strawberries. If large, cut into quarters – small bite-sized pieces are desirable. In a 12-qt. copper preserving pan or wide pan, combine strawberries and sugar. Heat on medium heat to dissolve the sugar. Continue to stir but do not let it boil. As soon as the sugar is dissolved, transfer to a plastic or ceramic bowl with lid. Refrigerate overnight. Place your mixture back into the pan. Place a few spoons into the freezer on a plate (these will be used to test your jam to see if it’s finished). Heat on medium high. Add 3 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice. Heat and continually stir the mixture until it boils and reaches 220 degrees Fahrenheit. It will take approximately 30-40 minutes. The bubbles will get smaller as it gets closer to being finished. Stir very often at this point to prevent burning. When it gets to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit, add the remaining 3 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice. Foam will start to accumulate at the top of your mixture. Carefully skim of the top with a large spoon. Try not to leave any foam. Take your spoons from the freezer and spoon a small amount of jam onto the spoon and place back into the freezer. Once the spoon is neither warm nor cold, take your finger down the spoon. If the mixture on the sides stays and doesn’t bleed into where your finger was, it is ready. If not, keep your mixture on the heat and try again in 10 min. Start a second large pot of boiling water. This will be used to seal your cans. Be sure it is large enough to fit desired number of mason jars. Remove jam from heat. Immediately sanitize mason jars, lids and rings. This is very important to prevent bacteria. Be sure not to touch any part of the jar, ring or lid after sanitation. Use a canning kit funnel, ladle into the mason jars. Fill to just below the lip. Be sure not to get foam into the jars. Use the magnet stick from the canning kit to place the lid onto the jar. This will allow you to place on the jar without touching it. Tighten with the ring. Carefully put your jars into the pot of boiling water. Be sure they are completely submerged. Boil for 30 min. The lids should not move when you push down on them. This is how you know they have sealed. Store at room temperature in a cool, dry area. Jam will be good for one year.

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Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet By Kelly DiPucchio (picture book) Gilbert Goldfish has everything his heart desires except one thing: a pet! Gilbert searches for the perfect companion, but each new friend doesn’t seem quite right until he meets a particular long-tailed furry pal.

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Lovable dog King helps his owner Kayla solve the mystery of the missing dog treats. King is confident he didn’t eat the peanut butter goodies – so there must be an intruder in the house!


When a mysterious cat is left on animallover Lulu’s doorstep, she is determined to find the adorable pet a new home. Maybe her grandmother is the perfect new owner?

By June Loves (parent/teacher) Explore over 100 ready-to-try activities that encourage grandparent and grandchild interaction. This book also includes information on how to settle into your role as a possible firsttime grandparent.

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Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?: Plan Now To Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age By Joy Loverde Learn about strategies, products and solutions to ensure you maintain a comfortable lifestyle with a support network in your old age.

Gizelle’s Bucket List: My Life with a Very Large Dog By Lauren Fern Watt When Lauren realized her dog Gizelle was nearing the end of her life, she decided to repay her years of devout companionship with the doggie adventure of a lifetime.

My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope By Suzy Fincham-Gray The author shares a lifetime’s worth of stories about the many animals she’s helped across her career with warmth and humor.

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