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Lean Green Bean Baking Machine

Westerville mom blogger takes over the internet

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One Family at a Time

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What’s in a Food?

Separating nutritional fact from fiction

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indsay Livingston was a foodie before it was cool. A registered dietitian, Livingston is always coming up with fun, easy and healthy recipes. In 2010, thanks to the encouragement of her friends and family, she began uploading recipes to a blog she called The Lean Green Bean. At the time, it was a way to organize recipes and share them easily with her close Facebook friends. But it soon turned into something so much bigger. After more than a decade, Livingston has amassed more than 44,000 Instagram and 30,000 Facebook followers who return to her blog daily for nutrition advice, recipes, meal prepping ideas and parenting tips. “It started out with a lot of meal prep and some CrossFit posts,” Livingston says. “If you go back to my earliest posts, you can see my horrific photography skills because it was literally just me pointing a camera at a dinner plate. But it grew from there.” In 2014, her first child, now 6-year-old Chase, was born and The Lean Green Bean became toddler-centered. The evolution made the blog even more successful, as Livingston shared homemade baby snacks, mom content and down-to-earth advice about being a first-time mom. Then came 4-year-old Alyssa and 2-yearold Nolan. Now, there are tons of cooks in the kitchen. “I try to bring my kids in the kitchen as early as I can,” Livingston says. “Chase has loved cooking since he was a year old. He can use the stovetop to make tacos, eggs and chicken – he can pretty much cook dinner by himself at this point.”

And that he does. Once a week, 6-year-old Chase makes dinner for the whole family. Alyssa and Nolan get in on the fun, too. It’s not uncommon to see Nolan make an appearance on The Lean Green Bean Instagram tossing ingredients into a food processor. It’s Not Easy Being Green One of Livingston’s prerogatives is to show parents that it’s possible for kids to enjoy simple, healthy foods. But she knows that kids are kids. “My kids aren’t perfect eaters and they definitely have their picky moments,” she says. “I have posts about healthy packaged snacks, too, because I recognize that not all moms have time nor the inclination to home make all their snacks.” Livingston is a firm believer that healthy recipes don’t have to be complicated. She loves her simple homemade muffins and bars that are great when she’s on the go. A lot of recipes on The Lean Green Bean are made to store in the freezer so parents can plan ahead of time and grab whatever they need in the moment. Two staples in Livingston’s week are her sweet potato white bean bars and her lentil banana muffins. Not only are they easy and quick to whip up, but they’re made with whole, simple ingredients. Many of her recipes incorporate lentils and beans, ingredients that she says took some trial and error to master in baking. “There’s a little experimenting to get the right ratio when I’m writing a recipe,” Livingston says. “I’ve gotten the hang of it now.” Of course, there have been many not so successful recipes as well. “I’ve had some horribly mushy Crockpot fails where everything is a rubbery glob of gross,” she says, laughing. “Sometimes I just try to get too complicated and it bombs.” Beans and Balance Livingston believes it’s not only important for kids to eat healthfully, but that children should know why. From a young age, she’s taught all her children about the importance of balance. For instance, Livingston has taught them that they shouldn’t just have crackers for a snack, but should pair them with a hard-boiled egg or cheese for protein and healthy fats. “I talk to them about how carbs give us lots of energy,” she says, “but if we don’t pair a carb with a healthy fat or protein, we’ll lose that energy and won’t stay full for long.” Livingston exemplifies balance through her blog – but not just when it comes to food.

She always shows the real, raw truth about parenting and its occasional tough moments. “I have no qualms about showing my real life struggles,” she says. “I don’t clean my kitchen before I post an Instagram video and I’m not afraid to show my kids screaming and crying during their meltdowns. Although I am more protective of their privacy as they get older.” The Lean Green Bean highlights both the highs and the lows, because oftentimes the lows are what people find most relatable. “I think I’m the opposite of trying to make my life look perfect,” Livingston says. As for the future of her blog, big changes are to come. In just a few years, all three of Livingston’s kids will be in school, so she’ll be busy managing their schedules, nutrition, meal-prepping and momhood. In the end, though, she hopes to continue to convey one message. “My goal is to always show people that healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive,” Livingston says. “You can make healthy, balanced, delicious meals with simple ingredients to help fuel your whole family.” Mallory Arnold is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@

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One Family at a Time Finding creative ways to overcome challenges


h e n We s t e r v i l l e ’s m a n y organizations are faced with a challenge, they’re quick to come up with a solution. And during the pandemic, nonprofit Westerville Habitat Partnership (WHP) has found creative ways to accomplish its goals. The organization works with churches, individuals and other institutions to provide decent and affordable housing to eliminate substandard housing – one family at a time. WHP organizes multiple events throughout the year to support and spread awareness of their mission. Ever y year, the Tapestr y Team, including co-chairs Kay Hedges and John Cameron, discusses the future of their Tapestry of a Town event. However, this year is a bit different. In a typical year, Tapestry of a Town brings together volunteers such as hosts, docents, guest musicians and more to design a walking tour of historic buildings and homes in Uptown Westerville.

This year, the tour is self-guided and includes a map and pictures of the sites to visit, giving tourists a chance to enjoy the experience however they like. “Last year we noticed lots of people out walking around Uptown, but since we couldn’t run our event as normal, we created a listing of our sites 2017 Tapestry of a Town from the past eight years and organized it in a way to allow The 2020 Progressive Christmas Concert people to do a historic tour on their own was another event that changed during the with photos and short descriptions of the pandemic. Last year, the concert was video various sites,” says Hedges. “It’s something recorded in each of WHP’s five churches withto do while ambling around on a nice out large choirs. The event featured soloists, summer day.” instrumentalists and small ensembles with The tour map is available online at www. quieter and more contemplative music. and includes more “The thing that sticks out to me as a mathan 40 locations around town, including jor and unanticipated accomplishment is Uptown favorites such as Barrel & Boar and Asterisk Supper Club, historic sites such as the Anti-Saloon League Museum at the Westerville Public Library and Otterbein University hotspots such as Memorial Stadium and the Otterbein Cemetery mausoleum.

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the huge success of the virtual Progressive Christmas Concert, which is attributable to the generosity of people in our community during a difficult time for everyone,” says Cameron. “If I ever needed  proof that people believe in our mission and support what we do during the most challenging of times, the virtual concert was my Christmas miracle.” Before the pandemic, WHP’s Walls Build event required around 80 to 100 volunteers for about four hours to build the wall sections for a Habitat for Humanity house and load them on a truck to be transported. The previous three events were held at The Point at Otterbein, and while it could not be held in the same capacity in 2020, WHP still managed to make it work. “In 2020 we held out hope that we could still manage this important event but had to cancel it,” says Hedges. “Fortunately, that was a year when our group won a quarterly contribution from 100 Women of Westerville, so we were still able to provide funding for the necessary lumber to be constructed on site by regular volunteers in Delaware.”

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“It has been a challenging time of reinventing longstanding programs, but as the needs of poorly housed people are as strong as ever, (we) do what (we) can to make a difference.” – Kay Hedges WHP held an in-person Walls Build in August, constructing the largest home the organization has undertaken thus far – a four-bedroom home. “It has been a challenging time of reinventing longstanding programs,” says Hedges, “but as the needs of poorly housed people are as strong as ever, (we) do what (we) can to make a difference.” Sanaya Attari is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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By Laura Berger

What’s in a Food?

Separating nutritional fact from fiction

Laura Berger, MS, RDN, LD, is a Westerville dietitian with a knack for cooking and a passion for helping others reach their own health goals, too. This issue, we asked her questions about which common health beliefs still hold truth. We’re hungry for answers and Berger is serving them up hot!


utrition science is constantly evolving with new studies released daily on the best diets to tackle everything from diabetes to weight loss, cancer to dementia and all the other chronic health issues in between. Many people have preconceived ideas based on what the media, previous diets or their friend next door have told them is “good” or “bad.” Some ideas are true while others die hard, like the low fat craze of the ’80s. It can feel impossible to keep up with the everchanging terrain of the nutrition world, so today I’ll touch on a few questions I often hear from clients to help clarify what the latest scientific research suggests. Are carbs bad for you? First, we need to understand that carbs, or carbohydrates, are an extremely

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broad group ranging from high-fructose corn syrup to cauliflower. People are often surprised to learn that most plant foods – vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds – and dairy milk contain carbohydrates. All carbohydrates break down to sugar, but the important distinction is how the carbohydrates are absorbed and processed in your body. The more fiber-dense and less processed the food, the slower it will be broken down into sugar. It’s the fast breakdown of sugar that causes the spike in blood glucose and is most dangerous because it causes a rapid release of insulin, which can be inflammatory and responsible for weight gain, inability to lose weight, hormonal imbalance, fatigue, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Our bodies are designed to eat carbohydrates in their whole food form to prevent those rapid rises in blood sugar. I encourage people to shift from eating excessive amounts of grains, such as pasta, bread and baked goods, and added sugar, which is hidden in many processed and packaged foods and beverages, and replace those foods with more vegetables,

beans, nuts and seeds, fruit, and some whole grains. Generally, the issue with carbohydrates is having too few unprocessed carbohydrates in relation to carbs from added sugars and refined flours. Calorie for calorie, sugars and processed carbohydrates are not the same and lead to myriad health issues. Is it better to eat egg whites and not egg yolks? The idea that you should eat the egg white and not the yolk is not strongly supported in the scientific literature. Eggs and their yolks are, in my opinion, a great food that is low in calories and contains protein, iron, zinc, vitamin D, selenium and several B vitamins. It was once believed that, because egg yolks contain cholesterol and saturated fat, they should be avoided as they could contribute to high cholesterol and heart disease. However, further research has shown that this is not the case because dietary cholesterol, particularly from unprocessed sources, does not directly cause the elevated cholesterol diagnosis you get from your doctor.

The bigger concern is what you are eating with your eggs throughout the day. Sugars and processed foods that lead to high insulin and inflammation are the greater issue when it comes to high cholesterol and heart disease. Limiting natural sources of fat and protein only creates cravings for more carbohydrates and sugar foods. Unfortunately, the food marketing industry demonizes real whole foods to sell processed foods in their place. I recommend consuming eggs with plant foods such as vegetables and avocado instead of bacon, sausage and cheese. Those plant foods have a more favorable impact on lipid levels and provide additional benefits. If a person is looking for added protein, they can use the whole egg. One to three eggs per day as part of a whole food, low sugar diet is very appropriate. Is it true that it doesn’t matter what you eat as much as the number of calories coming in vs. calories going out? Quality of calories is everything. The diet world promises all the flavor and none of the calories but leaves people hungry, tired and nutrient deprived. Calories come from carbohydrates, fats and proteins but need to be nutrient dense. That means that food should provide some benefit to the body and contain vitamins, minerals and fiber, not just nutritionally empty sugar and refined carbohydrates. Women especially begin hitting a plateau where calorie counting just does not work for them anymore. Why? Because metabolic function requires nutrients, not just energy to perform and help you lose weight. If you continue to force your body to burn energy without providing the right vitamins and minerals to support that energy production, metabolism slows down over time. Cutting calories doesn’t put focus on food choice, which is a very important component to supporting metabolism and disease prevention. Inherently, we all know that 100 calories of broccoli are better for us than 100 calories of cookies, but if you put that information into a diet app it will show the same amount of energy for both sources. However, your body processes that energy very differently due to its insulin response and the makeup of the food. Food quality is everything and a whole food, unprocessed diet will always win out over just cutting calories and still eating unbalanced amounts of junk food. It is important to eat to your energy needs. You may see some results by merely decreasing calorie intake, but it likely won’t give you long-term health, weight loss, improved energy or satisfaction.

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fitness By Yolanda Rooney

The Home Stretch

Pre-workout stretches to keep you limber Yolanda Rooney is a certified personal trainer, registered yoga teacher and public speaker.  She developed a group fusion method of  training called Tiger Yoga and trains privately at Infinity Fitness in Westerville.


his time of year, running outdoors becomes much more pleasant. The mornings and evenings are slightly cooler and the sun isn’t quite as harsh. There are plenty of organized running events that you can register for, and the 51 miles of trails that Westerville parks have to offer can be enjoyed at your leisure. If you’ve been taking advantage of the season to walk or run more and are noticing tight muscles in your hips and back, I have some solutions and preventive measures you can take in order to keep your body feeling fresh and nimble. Functional stretching and yoga postures can be used to mobilize your joints and keep your muscles from becoming tight and inflexible. We all have a genetic

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predisposition to our level of flexibility, so don’t think of stretching as a way to become a contortionist but as a tool to maintain or improve your posture and identify unusually tight spots so that you know which body parts need special attention. Foam rolling is a simple and easy way to massage rigid tissue under your skin. Foam rollers are inexpensive and don’t take up much space, so they’re a perfect tool to keep at home for self-therapy. Just like you would knead dough, you can massage your muscles by leveraging your body on top of the foam roller, centering it at the belly of the muscle and rolling forward and back. Start with short motions then elongate the movement as you work through any knots or tight spots. Scraping therapy sounds intense and unpleasant, but it is an effective way to mobilize soft tissue. If your ligaments, tendons or other body parts are causing you discomfort, especially from repetitive movement, you can use a scraping tool to reduce pain or swelling and increase mobility. If you are hesitant to try this treatment on yourself, there are massage therapists, trainers and chiropractic offices

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that offer this treatment. Seeking the guidance of an experienced practitioner is a great way to educate yourself and increase your own scope of knowledge before trying a new technique on your own. Cross training is the most effective way to create a balanced physique and prevent overuse injuries from repetitive workouts like running. When you cross train, you vary the types of workouts that you are doing so that your body experiences different forms of resistance in order to decrease the risk of over-stressing any one body part. Doing a core-focused strength training workout is a great compliment to your run. You’ll build strength in your lower back and abs, prevent muscular breakdown, and improve your posture. While you are strength training, consider using this time to take a mental scan of how your body is feeling. Notice any sore spots or areas of your body that aren’t recovering properly and take note. You can build a cross training routine that allows you to target muscular imbalances and areas that need special attention. The better you feel, the more likely you are to keep moving. The more you

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Hometown Heroes

Annehurst Elementary’s Finest First-ever recipient of 104.9 the River and Lindsay Honda’s Classroom Heroes award By Bre Offenberger


atherine Monteiro never thought she would be a teacher – until she jumped right into it. Monteiro, a lawyer before her nowadult daughter Jessica was born, became a full-time mom to spend time with her family. So, when an opportunity to start volunteering at Jessica’s preschool opened up, she took it and fell in love. She moved her volunteering efforts to her daughter’s elementary school, St. Paul Catholic School, when Jessica moved out of preschool and her love for volunteering only grew. And, as it turns out, she was pretty good at it, too. One of her teachers soon asked Monteiro to become a teacher’s aide – a paid position – and she accepted. “I still loved it,” Monteiro says. “Then the principal at St. Paul, she encouraged me to get my teaching certification, and I did that. So far, I’m still happy.” A Big Surprise She has now worked at Annehurst Elementary School for the last seven years as a reading specialist, spending every day using her newfound teaching talent to help struggling readers. When she was called to the main hallway one Monday morning, she didn’t know what was coming. “I thought I was in trouble,” Monteiro says, laughing.

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Turns out, on March 18, 2019, she was walking into a crowd of applause and elation – all for her. She quickly found out she had won the first-ever 104.9 the River and Lindsay Honda’s Classroom Heroes award. It’s given out based on nominations, with the radio hosts urging listeners to call in and nominate teachers who have changed their or their child’s life for the better. Stacey Valentas noticed a positive difference in the way her son, Dylan, h a d a p p ro a c h e d r e a d i n g , t h a n k s t o t h e w a y M o n t e i ro t a u g h t a n d encouraged him for the four years she had worked with him. When she heard an announcement about the award on 104.9, she immediately thought of Monteiro and the impact she had on her son.

Fantasy Coif fures Salon Fall Special Pumpkin Pedicure $25 “As soon as I heard it, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, that’s Mrs. Monteiro,’” Valentas says. “She just goes above and beyond. She’s an exceptional person. She truly cares about everyone.” There’s a lot that factored into Valentas’ decision to nominate Monteiro – but none more important than how much she saw Dylan improve thanks to Monteiro’s dedication and teaching style. “The things that stuck out to me is just how she really helped Dylan become a stronger reader and was always there for him no matter what and just helped instill a lot of confidence in himself,” Valentas says. When Monteiro accepted her award, she says she was humbled. She spends every day trying to improve herself where she can. “I just think it’s special to be noticed,” Monteiro says. “I’m one of those people who goes home every night, and I think of all the things I did wrong or didn’t do or should’ve done better. So, it was like, ‘Wow, somebody thought enough of me.’ Mrs. Valentas, to take the time to nominate me for something, that means so much. It was very affirming to hear that I actually made a difference in a kid’s life.” Valentas wants all other worthy teachers to be recognized, too. She encourages any and all parents to nominate teachers who have impacted their and their kids’ lives for the better for awards like this. “Teachers are some of the most selfsacrificing individuals,” Valentas says. “They put in so much extra effort, outside of what you just see in the classroom, and to just recognize the extra hard work that they’ve done is a wonderful thing to give back to them.” Monteiro is now moving on to teach at Emerson and Hanby elementary schools, but she’ll hold this moment, award and school where her love for teaching became a full-time reality with her forever. “I don’t even think of it as a job,” Monteiro says. “It’s more a lifestyle. I tell people I’m a teacher, and I mean that, down to my marrow.”

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Never Forget

Westerville commemorates first responders and heroes of 9/11 By Bre Offenberger


very year, Westerville and its residents hold a memorial service at First Responders Park to commemorate the heroes, survivors and lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. As the 20th anniversary approaches, the city of Westerville and its leaders are reflecting on how they brought a piece of that history to the city.

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The focal point of First Responders Park is a piece of steel called C-40 that was salvaged from the north tower of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks, Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi says. The inspiration to attain the piece began with Westerville firefighter and medic Tom Ullom. Ullom had long been involved in the planning of First Responders Park as he advocated for a firefighters memorial dedicated to David Theisen, a city of Westerville firefighter who died in the line of duty in 1998. That statue, titled The Crossing, was erected at the park in 2011. However, during its planning phase, First Responders Park had a slow start. After Ullom struggled to fundraise sufficient money, Westerville city officials encouraged him to apply for an Ohio Cultural Arts Commission grant. When that took off, Ullom brainstormed how to make the park even more spectacular, and there seemed to be no better way to honor the work and sacrifices of first responders than to display a piece from the World Trade Center site. After Ullom made arrangements, he, Cocuzzi and Michael Hooper, Westerville Parks and Recreation development administrator at the time, drove to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland to retrieve the piece. Cocuzzi says while there were bigger pieces they could have selected, they chose C-40 for a very particular reason. “This steel bent, but it didn’t break,” Cocuzzi says. “We thought it could give hope at the time while people would remember that it was injured but still there. It showed us the worst thing that could happen, and yet it didn’t break completely.” Westerville fire and police chaplain David Hogg, who coordinates the annual memorial service, says he was present when Westerville received C-40. The first time he touched it, he recalls tearing up and getting chills. Hogg and his wife, Paulette, continue to visit the park two or three times a week to stop at the steel and remember. The annual memorial service, which is put on by the Westerville Police/ Fire Chaplain Corps, will be similar to years past, Hogg says. It will stay true to its original purpose: to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 as well as all first responders in Westerville. This year’s speakers will include John Bokros, Westerville’s retired chief fire marshal who helped bring the 9/11 memorial event to Westerville. Hogg, who has overseen the memorial service since 2008, understands the weight of this event and how important it is to Westerville residents. “It’s a tremendous responsibility but also a tremendous privilege to be able to do this, that our community will not forget what happened, and our community has been very supportive of this,” Hogg says. When people gather for this year’s memorial service to honor the lives lost, Cocuzzi will remember her drive to Maryland and how she helped bring back a piece of history that forever ties Westerville and the country together in solidarity. “There were a lot of people who worked hard to bring that steel here,” Cocuzzi says. “I’m just grateful that it’s here in our community and that people have the opportunity to view it, to touch it, to pay their respects to the people we lost.” Bre Offenberger is an editorial assistant. Feedback welcome at feedback@

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Bully Blues Nobody likes a bully – here are the top tips on recognizing, dealing with and preventing bullying By Sarah Robinson “(They) will involve the necessary people without over involving too many people, so that we can gather the information that’s needed and, most importantly, support the student who’s struggling,” she says.


ne of the worst things to find out as a parent is that your child is being bullied at school. Perhaps even worse, though, is to find out your kid is the bully. Every kid gets picked on here or there – it’s an unfortunate part of growing up. But what do you do when the teasing gets worse and your child’s self-esteem and safety are called into question? Westerville City Schools Director of Mental Health and Wellness Tami Santa has some tips on handling this sticky situation and addressing common questions parents may have. What should I do if I find out my child is being bullied? “The good news is there’s policy – board (of education) policies and protections – for helping our students in those situations,” says Santa. “We take those reports very seriously. … There’s a very systematic process in place at every building.” If your child confides in you that they are being bullied at school, Santa

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says it’s important to let your child lead the conversation. “Be really careful as (you) listen and ask open-ended questions,” she says. “We want to gather as many facts as we can, (but) don’t want to lead those questions.” Santa says it’s important to let your child tell you what’s going on to be able to assess the situation before taking the next steps in getting others involved. Who needs to get involved when there’s a bullying situation? “The classroom teacher is a wonderful starting point,” says Santa. “When there is a true situation of bullying, we’re going to get connected with each other, whether that starts with the teacher, that’s going to end up on the school, counselor and principal’s plate.” Santa says it’s best to start with a teacher or school staff member who you or your child has a strong relationship with, whether that’s their classroom teacher, guidance counselor or principal, and they can take it from there.

How do I know if my child is a bully? “We get this question all the time: ‘What if my kid’s the bully?’ As a parent, that’s a fear of many of us,” says Santa. “If your child is identified as a bully or in a bullying situation, there could be lots of things happening there, whether it’s just a problem where the student really struggles to handle conflict, … or do they get frustrated really easily and not value their peers’ opinions, or are there some more things going on?” Santa says there isn’t just one idea of what a bully looks like. Some may have lots of friends, some might not have any. It’s important to look for warning signs like your child acting more aggressive toward their peers, friends or classmates.

Finding More Help The Student Well Being page on the Westerville City Schools website offers numerous parent and student resources. Check it out online at www.westerville.k12.

How should I talk to my kids about bullying? Santa says it’s never too early to start talking to your kids about bullying, but she cautions parents to use ageappropriate messages. “I don’t think we think as parents to talk about bullying until it’s happened,” says Santa. “(Do) that pre-work of saying the clear messages – bullying is never OK, let’s talk about what bullying looks like, let’s talk about the consequences, let’s talk about that other role there, which is when you see bullying, what do you do in real life? So, helping our children understand as early as we possibly can.” Santa says it’s important to have those conversations not just early, but often. The wealth of available books, videos, podcasts and more focused on bullying can help to start and continue those discussions at every level. “The more we can do and model, if we can teach and model kindness and respect for all sorts of folks, that’s huge,” she says.

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Path to Success

Career tech and college readiness coordinator sets students up for success By Helen Widman


any factors can influence a student’s future, such as extracurricular activities, test scores, individual goals and more. For students in Westerville, one of these lesser-known factors goes by the name of Anne Baldwin. Baldwin is a career tech and college readiness coordinator for Westerville City Schools. This role first came into existence seven years ago as a result of a grant from the state of Ohio’s Straight A Fund in 2014. One of Baldwin’s roles is to support the development and growth of the three career pathways for students in the district, which are engineering, business logistics and health. She also works with College Credit Plus, collaborates with a career center liaison and supports the school counselor team of grades six through 12. “I don’t directly advise students. I work with our staff to provide those career pathway options, and I work with our school counselors advising students around those pathways,” Baldwin says. “So, my role is really to connect business and industry with our curriculum teams to develop the classes (so) that we’re providing experiences in our classrooms that help students practice the skills and knowledge that they would need, and also provide the opportunity to do some career exploration.” Westerville City Schools requires a course on literacy skills and career exploration in just sixth grade. Those students can complete a career cluster inventory to gauge their interest in different career areas. In seventh grade, all students take an engineering and design course and a medical detective course. They have the opportunity to take other exploratory courses that year as well. The hope is that by the time the students reach high school, they have a clear idea of their interests and can choose to continue learning about a certain career path throughout high school. 22 September/October 2021

“For each pathway, there’s a series of high school courses that a student could potentially take all four years of high school,” Baldwin says, “and they can start as soon as their freshman year.” Students can gain college credit through Col- Blood draw lab at Westerville Central lege Credit Plus which is embedded in the pathways. Health path- cess hospital experiences as much as Seabury way students, for example, actually enroll and previous health pathway graduates, but in Columbus State Community College Baldwin says that they have been able to do courses that they take at their high school practice labs, such as drawing blood out of practice phlebotomy arms, instead. to earn college credit. Alex Borger, a 2020 Westerville North Kendel Seabury, a 2020 graduate of Westerville Central High School, is grad, completed the engineering pathway. currently a Columbus State student. In Borger now attends Bowling Green State high school, Seabury took the health University and is studying architecture. “I joined engineering because I thought pathway and graduated with 37 college credits. She plans to transfer to The Ohio I liked making houses and just making State University to study nursing after or designing stuff,” he says, “but I found completing two years at Columbus State. out … that’s actually architecture, which Seabury has worked at Nationwide is helpful because civil engineering, Children’s Hospital since she was a senior in architecture, made me realize that.” Like Borger, Eric Glasgow attended high school. She even earned a clinical lab certification through the health pathway in Westerville North on the engineering high school. Without the pathway program pathway and now studies architecture. and Baldwin, Seabury would likely not Glasgow is enrolled at Kent State University. He says that because of his experience have had these opportunities. “I work in a hospital lab, and I have in the engineering pathway he now feels he for over a year now. I’m 19 years old and is more familiar with the language, basic not everyone gets to do that,” she says. “I equations and norms that will give him a think it’s just really cool that in high school distinct advantage in a competitive field. “What I share with students all the time,” we got the opportunity to do things that really set us up for success in life, but also she says, “is this: ‘This is your opportunity in college. … I’m making so much money to explore, and things will change a lot, but as a college student working in a hospital we want to make sure that you have a path that you’re following and that you have and it’s really, really cool.” Seabury says that every interaction she’s the resources to know, when you want to had with Baldwin has been a positive one change that path, where you can go with it.’” – and it’s clear that Baldwin cares about the Helen Widman is a contributing writer. success of her students. Due to the pandemic, current health Feedback welcome at feedback@ pathway students have not been able to ac-

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Otterbein students’ scripts take the stage By Sarah Grace Smith


his June, Otterbein University student playwrights had the opportunity to see their scripts come to life through the Dublin Community Recreation Center’s Abbey Theater of Dublin in its summer production, the Otterbein Playwrights Collective. Otterbein students in assistant professor Jeremy Llorence’s playwriting and scriptwriting class submitted a one-act piece for their final project and the Abbey Theater selected three to produce and bring to the stage. Llorence says that too often, students never pick up their final projects again after they are submitted. Through this initiative, he hopes students will feel inspired to see their pieces through to production. “The main goal for me … was to have students really experience (a script being produced),” says Llorence. “In order for a (script) to become what you want it to be, it has to be produced either on stage or screen.” The three selected playwrights, Niah, Lucy Clark and Whitney Burton, all took different approaches to the class and the final project. Niah went into the class with an experimental mindset. She wrote her play, The Boy in Neon, by incorporating Gothic and supernatural elements into a contemporary story. Niah says she submitted her piece with zero expectations. “I was cautiously optimistic. … I thought, ‘It probably won’t be a big deal,’” she says. “And then I was wrong. I was glad to be wrong.” Niah Clark, primarily a true crime prose writer, felt out of her comfort zone in Llorence’s class. She pushed herself to write a contemporary realism screenplay, something completely new to her. “(The story’s content) was something that I was familiar with personally, but 24 September/October 2021

not in terms of writing,” says Clark. As primarily a prose fiction and poetry writer, Burton had never written a script before. However, following the success of their script for the Otterbein Playwrights Collective, Burton says they hope to write more plays in the future. Jeremy Llorence and Lucy Clark “When I write, it usually is somewhere in the comedy realm,” they say. “I tried to keep With Llorence’s guidance, Burton that while adding some more drama than I focused on creating a backstory for each of usually would, as I felt it might balance the their characters to give them more depth. tone with the story I wanted to tell.” “ L l o re n c e d i d a n a m a z i n g j o b Llorence formatted his class by breaking introducing me to a lot of new ways to it up into two halves. The first half of the think about writing,” they say. semester, he focused on teaching the form of The writers were amazed to see their work playwriting and screenwriting. The students brought to life by Abbey Theater actors. worked on short scenes and scripts. Clark says she experienced different During the second half of the semester, feelings seeing her work on stage as comLlorence encouraged the students to pull pared to the feeling she gets when complettheir new skills together to focus on the ing a prose piece. final project. Students could revise and “I got goosebumps a few times,” she combine previous works into one story or says. “I was like, ‘I wrote these things and create something new entirely. (the actors) are saying them and being Each of the three writers the characters.’” says they were blown away by After the success of this year’s Otterbein the new skills they learned in Playwrights Collective, Llorence is eager to Llorence’s class. repeat the project again next year. Niah mastered avoiding “I’m really excited that, for the first time “pizza talk,” or conversations through, we had such strong writers, such without purpose, such as what strong actors and some great directors,” type of pizza to order. She says he says. “(Repeating the program) is 100 she learned that every word percent the goal.” should count and move the plot forward. Sarah Grace Smith is an editorial assistant. Clark felt like she had to Feedback welcome at feedback@ condense a lot of her thoughts from prose to screenplays, and that she learned how to make sure every detail was To read more about the important. students' plays, visit “It’s a lot of thought and detail put into it,” says Clark. “More than I’ve had to contemplate with prose.”

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he annual BIA Parade of homes has visited Westerville five times since the inaugural Parade in 1952. This year the Parade is taking an all new, reimagined format and includes two homes in Westerville as well as 11 more in nearby Lewis Center, Sunbury and Delaware. Bob Webb and PulteGroup have home entries in Westerville, while 3 Pillar Homes, Epcon Communities, Maronda Homes and P&D Builders are showcasing homes in Lewis Center. Trinity Homes, Epcon Communities, Maronda Homes and Fischer Homes have homes on tour in Delaware, with Schottenstein Homes opening homes to tour in both Delaware and Sunbury. The biggest news is the number of homes on tour this year: 59 Cost to attend: Free Timeframe: Thursdays through Sundays noon to 6 p.m. The 59 homes are scattered throughout central Ohio – as far north as Sunbury and Delaware, as far west as Marysville and south to Grove City, Commercial Point, Pickerington and even one in Lancaster. 26 September/October 2021

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There are dreams homes with luxurious, inspiring design as well as homes in a variety of price points. The new format offers something for everyone – and lots of opportunities to view homes without the crowds of previous Parades. And, it’s a great opportunity to explore hidden gems in your community as well as those in neighboring areas. For example, schedule an afternoon to explore the homes in the Dublin area and end your tour with a walk across the new pedestrian bridge, the Dublin Link, to Bridge Park and visit the new North Market. Take a stroll down memory lane and check out homes from earlier Westerville Parades (some include floor plans) in the BIA Parade Archives online. For reference: 1968 Annehurst Village; 1975 Woodlake Colony; 1977 Freedom Colony II; 1978 Olde Mill; and 1979 Bent Tree Woods. Go to or grab a copy of the Official Event Guide and plan your tours today. Feedback welcome at

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hen we think of peanut allergies, many of us imagine snack time and the school cafeteria, however, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open shows that one in five adults with a peanut allergy developed it after the age of 18. This statistic shows the significance of the allergy outside of childhood. Still, peanut allergies in children are so concerning because children are more likely to misunderstand or understate their health risks, or to accidentally eat something that they do not know contains their allergen. For parents who have never raised a child with allergies, these risks can be overwhelming. We talked with a few Westerville residents about their tactics to keeping their peanut-free kiddos safe. “When going out to eat, I always call ahead,” Sharon Wetzel says. “I ask for a manager and verify that there are options with no peanuts or peanut oil.” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has an episode about having an allergy and it’s great for small kids who are just learning about what happens during an allergic reaction,” Karen Cline says. “Be careful with labels,” Nikole Heitmann says. “Companies don’t always have to put ‘may contain peanuts’ on packaged foods, so even if it doesn’t say it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t.” “Type up all the ‘no’ foods and make copies for friends and family who might look after or interact with your child,”

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