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CityReporter News and Information from the City of Westerville

News and Information from the City of Westerville

15 faces

Canine Crazed

From Dog Days to Captivating Canines, this Westerville resident is barking mad about dogs

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Staying Young

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22 A Dog Named Charlie

How one woman helps home hundreds of struggling dogs

24 Around Westerville 26 living

Leaving the Dark Side

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Sept. 4-Oct. 30

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

Sept.7-Oct. 12

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


Household Hazardous Waste Collection 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Public Service Department, 350 Park Meadow Rd.

Sept. 6

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

Sept. 6-22 Engagement Rings, a unique and wide variety of jewelry, in house repairs, and custom designed pieces! Morgan’s Treasure

Curtain Players Theatre presents Leading Ladies Various times, Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Rd.


Sept. 8

Parkinson’s Moving Day 2 p.m., Wolfe Park, 105 Park Dr.

Sept. 12 & Oct. 10

Sept. 19-28

Otterbein University Theatre presents Chicago Various times, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Prohibition Walking Tour 6:30-7:30 p.m., Westerville Sept. 20 Public Library, 126 S. State Uptown Friday Night: St. Rockn’ Uptown 6-8 p.m., Uptown Westerville Sept. 13 Uptown Friday Night: Arts in Uptown Sept. 20 6-7:30 p.m., Uptown Westerville North High Westerville School Homecoming 7 p.m., WNHS, 950 County Line Rd. Sept. 14 Genoa Township Fishing Day 8 a.m.-noon, Hilmar Park, Sept. 27 6533 Hilmar Dr. Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Farm in the City Sept. 15 6-9 p.m., Uptown Westerville 2019 Cops & Kids Day Festival Noon-4 p.m., Westerville Sept. 27 Sports Complex, Westerville South High 325 N. Cleveland Ave. School Homecoming 7 p.m., WSHS, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. Sept. 18, Oct. 1,

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Westerville Central High School Homecoming 7 p.m., WCHS, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.

Otterbein University Theatre presents Radium Girls Various times, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Oct. 6

Oct. 21

Public Power Open House Westerville Electric Division, 39 E. Broadway Ave.

Oct. 3

11th Annual Ned Mosher Apple Butter Festival 1-5 p.m., McVay Elementary School, 270 S. Hempstead Rd.

Oct. 12

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

Oct. 13

Fire Prevention Week 1-4 p.m. Fire Station 111, 400 W. Main St.

Jorgensen Farms Autumn Open House Noon-4 p.m., Jorgensen Farms, 5851 E. Walnut St. Curbside Leaf Collection Begins collection

Oct. 17-26

Otterbein Music Department Fall Collage Concert 2 p.m., Otterbein University Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.

Westerville Pumpkin Glow 6:30-10:30 p.m., Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. pumpkinglow Wizards and Wands Festival 5-9 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

Oct. 25

Magical Midnight Madness 6 p.m.-midnight, Uptown Westerville

Oct. 26

Westerville Central High School Arts & Crafts Bazaar 10 a.m.-3 p.m., WCHS, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.

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Police/Court Bond Issue: What You Need to Know Westerville voters will have their say about a plan to address longstanding safety and security needs of the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) and the Mayor’s Court on Nov. 5. Simply put, WPD has outgrown its current 30-year-old facility headquarters and associated buildings from which it operates. If approved, the plan would unite all staff and operations working across the City and improve safety with a dedicated Mayor’s Court space at 229 Huber Village Blvd. Before heading to the polls in November, here are answers to some frequently asked questions: Why is a new Police/Court Facility needed? The adequacy of the current facilities for the Police Division and Mayor’s court has been an issue for more than 10 years. In addition to needing multiple buildings and still having cramped quarters for certain operations, the technology and mechanical condition of current facilities have exceeded their useful life for a modern police agency. Furthermore, the safety of the public and City staff is compromised by the current configuration of the Court

within City Hall, where prisoners and the general public share a common access point. How will a move impact emergency response times? There would be no impact on emergency response times. Officers are assigned to five districts across the City and are typically not reaponding from headquarters when anwering calls. WPD currently has one officer assigned to Uptown and space will be allocated at City Hall as a “mini post“ to support that district assignment. How much will the Police/Court Facility cost? The City acquired the building and parcel for $2.1 million from its original asking price of more than $2.5 million. Construction costs to retrofit and add onto the facility are estimated at $15 million. The City is asking Westerville voters to approve the issuance of $15 million in General Obligation bonds for 20 years to finance the construction. How much will it cost me? The anticipated bond levy millage needed to service the $15 million project cost for 20 years is approximately 0.96 mills. For every $100,000 in property value, the estimated monthly cost would be $2.80 beginning in 2021. continued on page 14

A rendering depicts the concept for facade improvements to the building located at 229 Huber Village Blvd. should voters approve the issuance of $15 million in General Obligation bonds for 20 years to finance the construction.

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First-Ever “Pumpkin Glow” Fills Heritage Park with Fall Harvest Delight Whimsy comes to Westerville with “The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow” Wednesday, Oct. 23-27 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. The first of its kind in the City, the event will see the park transformed with a quarter-mile wooded-trail-turned-labyrinth of fanciful, family-friendly scenes carved out of pumpkins. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and bring a carved gourd of their own to contribute to a Community Jack-o-Lantern garden at the park. The event also features games and food trucks.  Several pumpkin scenes are presented in partnership with Westerville City Schools. Additionally, the City contracted TORK Collaborative Arts to work through the summer to carve thousands of pumpkins to use in the scenes. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for children. Learn more about this exciting event at 

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Public Safety Profile

Westerville Fire Lieutenant Named Ohio’s Fire Instructor of the Year

Westerville Division of Fire (WFD) Lieutenant Jay Compson is the State of Ohio’s Fire Service Instructor of the year. He will be recognized for this honor at the Ohio Fire Academy on Sept. 18. A 21-year veteran of the WFD, Lt. Compson is an advocate for mental health care and suicide prevention for men and women in the fire service, participating in the National Fallen Firefighters peer training program. He also teaches leadership classes and has been an instructor for the Fire Science program at Columbus State Community College.  The Ohio Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award Westerville Division of Fire (WFD) Lieutenant Jay Compson is presented to instructors who have made a significant impact within their local fire department and in fire education. Nominations are evaluated by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Emergency Medical Services staff.  Learn more about the Westerville Division of Fire at

Westerville Electric Division Receives Smart Energy Provider Designation The Westerville Electric Division is being recognized for its work to promote energy efficiency and environmental initiatives while remaining committed to providing low-cost, high-quality and reliable electric service. The American Public Power Association (APPA) officially presents the City with its “Smart Energy Provider (SEP)” designation in October. Westerville is the only municipally owned and operated suburban electrical provider in Central Ohio, serving Westerville’s nearly 40,000 residents and more than 2,100 businesses. “We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment as it reflects Westerville’s genuine desire as a public power utility to stay on the leading edge of innovation while maintaining the reliable, low-cost service our customers expect,” said Chris Monacelli, Electric Utility Manager. According to APPA, the SEP is a two-year designation that recognizes public power utilities with leading practices in the following disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. This is the first time APPA has provided a designation.  Learn more about the Westerville Electric Division at

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Economic Development Profile

20 Years Later, Westar’s Success Exemplifies “Westerville Way”

City leaders celebrate the opening of the Polaris Parkway/Maxtown Road extension in November 1999.

Dave Collinsworth. “That intentionality and follow-through exemplifies what we call ‘the Westerville Way.’” With recent developments like the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Central Ohio Physicians Care (COPC) headquarters and the impending opening of DHL’s new North and South American headquarters, Westerville continues to experience strong business development and employment growth. Jason Bechtold, the City’s economic development director, says the plans laid two decades ago are today contributing to a vibrant community for residents and visitors to enjoy. One major accomplishment: approximately 8,000 jobs have been created in Westar over the last 20 years. “Jobs are central to maintaining a community that offers everything Westerville does ‑ from public safety and services to parks and green spaces to amenities like retail and entertainment,” said Bechtold. “They are also critical to our tax base, and sharing costs associated with public services that would otherwise not be available. This is a place people want to be to live and work.” Learn more about Westar at

The grand opening of the Marriott Renaissance at 409 Altair Pkwy. in May 2018.

Welcome, Vantage Point Logistics to Westar One of the fastest-growing software development firms in the Columbus Region will soon move its corporate headquarters to 440 Polaris Pkwy. (previously occupied by Huntington Bank). Once in place in Westar, Vantage Point Logistics (VPL) is set to create 80 jobs and $6.1 million to its payroll within three years. The company was included on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of most successful companies in America. Over the course of the company’s seven-year lease term, the City could receive approximately $1.36 million in net new income taxes to help fund services.

Ahead of the start of the 21st Century, City leaders were well into the decision-making process that would prevent Westerville from becoming purely a bedroom community and lead to thriving economic growth. With the annexation of 941 acres in southern Delaware County, Westerville leaders devised a plan to connect to Polaris Parkway and create a major jobs center known today as Westar To see it today, with its bustling activity of medical offices, high-end amenities, corporate headquarters and other exciting developments, it’s

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difficult to conceive of a time when Westar was only tracts of farmland a few decades ago. The City’s initial strategic annexation and $30 million investment in infrastructure laid the groundwork for what would ultimately become the Westar we know today. “City leaders, many of whom are still serving the community, understood that Westerville was at risk of being locked into a mostly residential destiny. They saw the potential for this area decades ago and we continue to improve upon and shepherd that vision into reality,“ said City Manager


Uptown Update

City, Columbia Gas Make Progress in Uptown Before Holiday Pause

Crews in August smooth concrete poured for wider, ADA-compliant sidewalks in front of Hanby Elementary (56 S. State St.)

Work continues to improve Uptown’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this fall. Key to the Uptown Improvements Project is the creation of wider sidewalks that are easier to maneuver for people who use adaptive equipment and have mobility challenges. Other improvements include the installation of bump-outs in the following locations along State Street: • West side in front of Church of the Messiah • East side in front of 8 N. State St. • East and west sides at Plum Street connecting Westerville Public

Library and North Star, the latter will have a pedestrian-activated flasher. In advance of the City’s project, Columbia Gas is replacing a low-pressure gas line, located beneath the State Street pavement, with medium-pressure service and relocating meters to the side or rear of the buildings. Both projects will be placed on hold from Nov. 1-Dec. 31 so that visitors can enjoy peaceful holiday shopping and dining in the area. Construction activity will resume on Jan.1. Read more at www.westerville. org/uptown.

City Plans Strategic Approach to Mobility Improvements Westerville Planning & Development is putting the final touches on the Westerville Strategic Mobility Plan. For years the City has studied the ways we use transportation and move from place to place in order to make strategic plans and smart investments for our roadways, recreational trail and sidewalk improvements. Resident feedback has been central to this planning process, with extensive outreach efforts conducted to formulate a draft plan in 2018 and helping to prioritize improvements moving forward in summer 2019.  Staff will present the updated plan to the Westerville Planning Commission in the fall and then City Council this winter.  The Westerville Strategic Mobility Plan will help guide future decisions per considerations set forth in the Westerville Community Plan. Now, the draft plan sets the stage for future decisions seeking to:  • Improve mobility options, making it easier to bike, walk, ride public transportation and drive in our community and connect to the region. • Enhance quality of life, making it safer for youth to get to school, the workforce to get to their places of employment and for people to move about the City in a way that is pleasing to them.

Kim Sharp, Deputy Director of Planning & Development, presents information about the Mobility Plan at an open house event in August.

• Support future and ongoing development to ensure Westerville remains economically competitive and vibrant. See the Westerville Community Plan to learn about the City’s vision. While formal surveys about the mobility plans are closed, the City is always looking for feedback. Share your thoughts, read the draft plan and find updates about the process at September/October 2019


CityReporter Police/Court Facility continued from page 9 What will happen to the existing WPD headquarters? If approved by voters, and upon the completion of the Police/Court Facility, City operations and staff currently housed at 64 E. Walnut St. will move into the current WPD headquarters (after its conversion utilizing existing City resources). This building currently houses the Planning & Development and Information Systems Departments. Utility Billing and the Tax Divisions of the Finance Department are also located at this site. Parks & Recreation programming space at 64 E. Walnut St. will be moved to the Westerville Community Center once that facility’s expansion is complete next spring. The City will sell its surplus properties, including 64 E. Walnut St., the old Post Office at 28 S. State St. currently housing the Detective Bureau, and the Armory Building on South State Street.

What are some of the specific needs that will be met with a new facility? In addition to needed space, a Police/Court Facility will provide room for training and dedicated court space for its weekly operations. Community meeting space would be available on days that Court is not in session. Several areas of the existing WPD headquarters are outdated and need repairs. Its aging and outdated shooting range, currently housed in the basement, will be replaced by a range that can be utilized on a daily basis. The space and condition of the jail’s holding cells are also outdated and require more maintenance. Find a full list of common questions and answers at www.

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 2019

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Westerville City Council (Front left-right) Mayor Craig Treneff, Chair Mike Heyeck, Diane Fosselman (Back left-right) Alex Heckman, Valerie Cumming, Tim Davey, Vice Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi Following Council member Fosselman’s resignation in July, City Council has appointed former Council Member John Bokros to fill the remaining term.)

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Canine Crazed

on Keller is a dog person. No, no – scratch that. Ron Keller is the dog person. He sports a dogfather shirt while working at Captivating Canines, a Westerville store he bought in 2013. His own two Chihuahuas come with him to work on Tuesdays and Fridays. “I like dogs more than people some days,” Keller laughs. “You get home from a rough day at work and the dogs are there. Your wife is in a bad mood? You stay in the other room with the dogs.” Yes, Keller has always loved dogs. Except there is one tiny issue. He is allergic. Growing up, Keller couldn’t be around dogs for long without getting hives. It drove him crazy, especially since he loved anything to do with small animals. Through his mid-20s he dealt with it, until 16 years ago when he bit the bullet and bought his wife a Chihuahua puppy for Christmas. “That dog sat on my shoulder the whole car ride home and my neck was full of welts from one end to the other,” Keller says. “I remember thinking, ‘What did I just get myself into?’” Thankfully, he now takes allergy medication, which keeps the symptoms at bay. Now he can continue to participate in all the dog activities he loves, like greeting visitors of his shop, hosting adoption Saturdays and going to Dog Days of Summer on Aug. 23, part of Westerville’s 4th Fridays series. Keller is known as one of the forefathers of the theme, enjoying the many caninefriendly events that bring the community together. He’s even won second place in

From Dog Days to Captivating Canines, this Westerville resident is barking mad about dogs

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the Dog Days dog show, a relaxed contest that’s purely for fun. “It’s very informal here in Westerville,” Keller says of the show. “It doesn’t matter if your dog has a pedigree, they are judged on friendliness and whatever tricks they can do. We just want you to have fun with your dogs.” Unfortunately, the forefather of Dog Days had to take a break from the festivities after he suffered from an aneurism that kept him in the hospital for weeks. When Keller was finally allowed home to recover, his darling Chihuahua didn’t leave his side for three months. He credits her for helping him get through his recovery.

Keller is also a huge advocate of the Adopt Don’t Shop initiative, which is why he holds adoptions in his own shop. “I understand there are people who have their heart set on specific breeds, but if you do shop for a dog, buy responsibly,” he says. “Demand to see the mother and the father of that puppy – if they don’t give you proper information, turn away.” As Keller gets back on his feet posthealth issues, he’s still brewing up new ideas to get Westerville dogs out and about. One of his most recent ideas that he hopes to put into practice is non-competitive Chihuahua races on Cinco de Mayo. He wants Westerville Mexican restaurants and breweries to participate and seems confident he’ll be out celebrating the day soon. What simply solidified Keller’s bubbly personality and dog-crazed attitude was his answer to our final question. We asked what kind of dog he would be if he could be any breed. His response? “Well, I hope I would be a Chihuahua, but I’d probably be something big and fat like a bulldog,” he says, laughing good naturedly. “But I like all dogs. I mean seriously. All dogs.” Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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in focus

By Rocco Falleti

Staying Young Westerville senior citizens stay active


iving a stagnant life is not the norm for senior citizens at the Westerville Senior Center. Laura Horton serves as center manager and keeps busy with the wide range of activities and classes. “Seniors here stay pretty active and are always out and about. They don’t like being sedentary,” Horton says. “They are all still young at heart and want to keep going and socialize.” With daily classes like line dancing, Zumba, yoga, balance boost, and bands and bells, there is no shortage of ways to stay moving. Throughout the year, the Westerville Senior Center offers more than 750 classes to its 2,377 members. In 2020, it will find a new home at the Westerville Community Center. Aside from classes and activities at the center, members of the Buckeye Bounders participate in day trips to hike the parks around Columbus. “Everyone is looking forward to the expansion,” Horton says. “It’ll allow us to offer additional programming and utilize other areas of the Community Center. Everything will finally be under one roof.” The Senior Games For those of the competitive nature, Westerville recently hosted to the 2019 Ohio Senior Olympics state games. More than 500 athletes came out to compete in

events such as track and field, pickleball, swimming, three-on-three basketball, archery, and more. “It’s amazing to see how many different events people want to participate in,” Horton says. “You’d think people would only sign up for one or two, but we had people doing upwards of five to six events.” The events were open to people 50 and older and top finishers in each event quali-

Age is Just a Number Did you know the oldest person to ever climb Mount Everest was 80 years old? Yuichiro Miura overcame a number of heart issues, fractured bones and defied all expectations as he reached the top in May of 2013. While you may continue to grow old, that never should stop you from pursuing your dreams. Here are three unbelievable seniors who set Guinness World Records: • Betty Goedhart was 84 years old when she broke the world record to become the oldest performing flying trapeze artist. She didn’t become a flyer until the age of 78. • 100 years old and still dancing, Tao Porchon-Lynch was recognized as the oldest competitive ballroom dancer. • Mark Sertich was 96 years old during his play at the Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament. He recalls never fully taking the sport seriously until he turned 80! 18 September/October 2019

fied for the National Senior Games, which will take place in 2021. More than 13,712 athletes competed in the national event this year held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Forming New Relationships While physical activity is a necessity in staying well through old age, the

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Landing the Perfect Dish

Neighborhood supper club combines food, fun and friendship By Lydia Freudenberg


our years ago, Jeanne Roth and her husband were unloading their car at their brand new Westerville home. Shortly after, a neighbor came over, introduced himself and proceeded to invite the Roths to the upcoming Landings Supper Club.

“This group just opened their houses to somebody who just moved in, so it was a very warm and welcoming feeling,” Roth says. “That’s what I love about this supper club and this community, they’re very friendly.” The Roths are new to the club which formed around 28 years ago when the Landings at Hoover subdivision was being built. Designed for individuals in the neighborhood, the group meets once a month to share stories and insights over a

themed dinner. From karaoke disco nights to Mardi Gras parties, this supper club goes above and beyond with activities, a main course, appetizers, desserts and signature cocktails. And even though supper features mouthwatering dishes, the club is so much more than food. The Friendships The number of stories Linda and Jeff Laine have heard from sitting around the club’s supper tables are endless. The Laines are the original members of the group, and are still excited to meet with their neighbors every few weeks. When asked why she thinks it’s essential for other neighborhoods to have similar groups, Linda gushes with positivity. “I think it’s very, very important,” she says. “You get to know what’s going on in the neighborhood; you can share ideas and suggestions; you can share vacations, where you’ve been and where you’d like to go. … No one wants to leave because we have such a good time.” With the help of good eats and fun themes, a community group is now a group of friends. Roth notes that her favorite part is the people involved. “Some of these people we don’t see during the month, we only see them when we get together for supper club. But the minute we do get together, it’s like we saw each other yesterday,” Roth says. “It’s all about friendship and the camaraderie.” Come One, Come All Although the club includes a handful of couples with grandchildren, the group stresses it’s not a get together strictly for seniors. “It’s developing,” Linda adds with a laugh. Jeff recently led his adult children and grandkids on a hike through

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the Grand Canyon. Over the course of two days, the troupe descended into the canyon and emerged successfully, trekking around 22 miles. So, when asked why seniors should stay active, Jeff responds simply. “I don’t think it matters what your age is; you should always be active – it’s not just a senior thing,” he says. He says the same is true for the supper club – it’s not about working to stay active; the group is about friendship and delicious meals. Next time your neighborhood is brainstorming ways to forge community and continue the art of face-to-face conversation, consider drawing inspiration from the Landings Supper Club. “I would encourage any neighborhood to start a supper club,” Roth says, “and we’ve kind of taken it a different level, but you don’t have to do that – it’s a supper club, you could bring hot dogs and potato chips. In the end, it’s all about getting together and staying connected on a real level.” Lydia Freudenberg is the brand loyalty specialist. Feedback welcome at

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The Lucky (Irish) Hosts The Landings Supper Club is all about themed dinners. The hosts for the month picks the topic, typically decorates their home accordingly and provides the main course. As for the party-going guests, they bring the rest. A theme that hits home is when the host celebrates their heritage. Linda and Jeff once held a German smorgasbord to honor Linda’s ancestry. Since Roth has Irish roots, she typically hosts dinner in March around St. Patrick’s Day. The evening features authentic cuisine and a special live entertainment routine – for the past four years, Roth’s granddaughter has performed an Irish dance in traditional garb. “It’s one of the things I look forward to the most every year because my husband and I do enjoy entertaining,” Roth says, “and I think it’s been fun because … every year they have been able to see my granddaughter grow, do new dances and watch her skills improve.”

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A Dog Named Charlie How one woman helps home hundreds of struggling dogs By Mallory Arnold


aura Cheng found Charlie when he was at the lowest of his lows. As a pitbull mix, he was slated to be a fighting dog – an illegal underground activity where people throw dogs into a ring and watch them battle till the death. Charlie was beaten, starved and tortured into becoming an aggressive fighter, but his sweet temperament made him a “poor” choice for the ring, so he was abandoned. Cheng took Charlie in and realized that with love and proper care, Charlie was a beautiful, sweet animal. After only three years, he passed away due to prior

injuries. But his short, happy life with Cheng inspired her to start Charlie’s Wish Animal Rescue in Westerville. A non-profit organization, this rescue not only helps relocate dogs from shelters to foster homes, but also searches for those struggling pups. “People don’t see underneath a dirty or matted and tangled dog,” Cheng says. “They don’t pay attention to the personalty and only want ‘cute’ dogs. They don’t take the time to see what these dogs have to offer.” A dog really down on his luck was Kenny the bichon frise. He was found by a shelter near Bowling Green, wandering around



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with matted, dirty and thick fur. The shelter didn’t realize until shaving him, that Kenny was actually blind from an eye infection. Cheng immediately drove out and picked Kenny up, taking him home and getting him proper medical care. It wasn’t until a trip to the vet Charlie that she found out Kenny was also deaf. But because of Cheng’s actions, Kenny is now in a wonderful foster home and up for adoption. He gets warm meals, peanut butter (he only will eat the all-natural brand – never Jif) cuddles in his foster mom’s bed and patient communication due to his disabilities. And it doesn’t stop there. If Cheng finds a dog in a shelter who is in dire need of a home, she takes them in herself while she finds a good foster home. She’s currently housing a little Shitzu, Gracy, rescued from a puppy mill, and like all dogs that come through Charlie’s Rescue, Gracy has been through a lot. Kenny before and after.

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“She doesn’t trust me at all yet and it took her two weeks to realize what a dog bed was,” Cheng says. “She’s been in two foster homes, but because of aggressive behavior, the shelter she was in wanted to put her down. I couldn’t let that happen.” While everyone who adopts a dog wants a happy-go-lucky pup who gives lots of kisses and plays fetch, Cheng knows that because of establishments like puppy mills, not every dog arrives at a shelter in that condition. “She will grow and be taught how to be a real dog and gain confidence,” she says. “She is a beautiful dog – her spirit has just been broken.” Since June 2016, 260 dogs have been adopted thanks to Charlie’s Rescue and Cheng – thanks to a dog named Charlie. “There was a reason Charlie came into my life,” Cheng says. “He showed me what an angel is – he wanted me to save more dogs like him. It’s time for me to move forward and to carry his legacy.” Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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Leaving the Dark Side A dazzling kitchen transformation that may require sunglasses


t’s a gasp-worthy kitchen transformation, and, – in the best way possible, – a little blinding. Looking at before and after photos, it appears Kitchen Kraft Inc. designers used the world’s most powerful teeth-whitening strips on this homeowner’s kitchen. It’s a trend senior designer Trish Takacs says she’s seen a lot in recent years; darker wood cabinetry with matching wood flooring is becoming more and more obsolete. “White is always going to stay in style,” Takacs says, “but we also kept the warmth by adding dark hardwood floors. If we’d chosen stained wood for cabinets, it would have been too much.” Because of the particular angles of the kitchen walls, Takacs worked to make the space highly functional. Once the structure of the room was set, she focused on making sure her client’s style was properly portrayed. “I really tried to create the feel she wanted,” Takacs says. “She wanted white

and light, so we did a blue glass backsplash and added more lighting.” Small lights under and inside open, glass cabinetry give detailed brightness to the kitchen. The boxy fluorescent light originally over the island was taken out and replaced with beautiful, artistic lights that are not only functional but contribute to the kitchen’s open style and feel. Additionally, the homeowners are tall, so Takacs made sure the island was heightened. Now the area is bar-height, and much more comfortable for dining and entertaining – it’s certainly the showpiece of the kitchen. So, we seem to know what to look for when redesigning our dreams kitchens – add light, bright colors, open space, but what are big no-nos according to experts? “The biggest thing is when people have certain ideas about where they want appliances that simply won’t work,” Takacs says. “Like, if the fridge is too far from the prep space or something won’t fit on a countertop.”

Although she never tries to outright say no, as a designer, Takacs works with her clients to ease them out of poor decisions. “Everyone’s kitchen is their own space, so I try not to say anything unless I know a particular choice would look horrible,” she says. “I will gently tell my clients that something won’t work and find something else that they love.” She says people used to cut out images in magazines and bring them to her for inspiration, but nowadays, her clients use

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Pinterest. Even though you’ll get lost in the scroll, it’s an easy way to get inspired and find the looks you want. “It’s funny, when I look at people’s Pinterest, there’s always a sort of trend in them like a similar look or color,” Takacs says. “Sometimes they go a little overboard and like so many things that may not necessarily go together.” All in all, designers just want to make sure you like how your space feels. They want you to feel like it’s your style and your creation. Go crazy digging through

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magazines, Pinterest until your thumbs are sore, but most of all, have fun with it. Don’t stress – because while designers like Kitchen Kraft can’t help you with a hectic potluck or busy dinner party, they can help create a beautiful space.

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The Market Price

Explore new flavors at the farmers market and get inspired in your own kitchen


hat’s better than shopping for fresh, local produce with a breeze in your hair, the kiss of the sun on your cheeks or the crisp fall air filling your senses? You can experience just that every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market. Take a stroll down North State Street and East Home Street to take in the scenery and find fresh ingredients for those fall recipes you can’t wait to try. Parking is free around the marketplace and cyclists can use the convenient Rotary Park bike racks.

A homemade apple pie or butternut squash soup seems to be exceptionally flavorful when it comes from the hands of farmers in the community. As you visit their booths at the farmers’ market, you not only get delectable, non-processed food, you also get to share a smile, shake a hand and hear about the labor of love behind each product. The market is run by volunteers, showcasing the commitment and bonds the community shares.

Here are some recipes to help get you inspired before your market adventure: Chef’s tip: The bold ingredients are ones you’re likely to find at the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market!

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• 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for baking dish • 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts • Kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper • ½ onion, chopped • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered • 1 tsp. dried thyme • ½ tsp. paprika • ¼ c. Swanson chicken broth • ½ c. dried cranberries • 6 c. cooked wild rice • ½ c. sliced almonds Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a nine-by-13-inch baking dish with oil. In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat one tablespoon of oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until it’s golden and cooked through (eight minutes per side). Let it rest for 10 minutes. Cut it into one-inch pieces. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add onion, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts and season with thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook until it’s softened (five minutes). Add broth, bring it to a simmer and cook covered for five minutes. Stir in cooked rice, chicken and cranberries. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish, top it with almonds and bake it for 20 minutes. Let the dish cool for five minutes before serving. Where you can find some ingredients: For onions, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and cranberries, look for Bird’s Haven Farms, Doran’s Farm Market, Flying J Farm, and Kingdom Fish and Kingdon Farms at the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market.

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• Ice • Juice of 1 lemon • ½ c. gold rum • Apple cider • Seltzer water • Mint, for garnish • Apple slices, for garnish • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish Fill two glasses with ice. Add the juice from half a lemon to each glass. Divide the rum between the two glasses. Then, fill them three-fourths of the way full with apple cider. Top each with a splash of seltzer water and stir to combine the mixture. Garnish with mint, cinnamon sticks and a slice of apple. Where you can find some of the ingredients: To find apples at the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market check-out Branstool Orchards and Malabar Peach & Apple Orchard’s booths. Also, while you are at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, check-out Brandstool Orchards and Malabar Peach & Apple Orchard booths. Also, stop by Annabelle's Blooms for fresh cut flowers for your dinner table! Recipes from Mollie Shaw is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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From the Westerville Public Library

Wizards & Wands Festival

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Recommended Reads

If I Had a Gryphon By Vikki VanSickle (picture book) Bored by her new pet hamster, Sam dreams of the magical creatures she would rather own. However, Sam soon realizes that taking care of a magical pet might be a little more work than she anticipated.

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Simon’s annoying roommate, Baz, tells everyone that Simon will never be able to save the magical world, “chosen one” or not. Simon is prepared to ignore Baz’s taunts, but the school year has begun and Baz is missing.

Elliot embarks on a wacky adventure with his new friend, Uchenna, as they learn about the secretive Professor Fauna and The Unicorn Rescue Society, a group of explorers who protect the world’s mythical creatures.

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Amulet: The Stonekeeper By Kazu Kibuishi (juvenile graphic novel) Dive into a fantastical world of strange magic, giant robots, and maneating demons with everyday kids Emily and Navin who are just trying to move forward after the death of a beloved parent.

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