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SWCS wants new kindergarten waiver By TOM SHEEHAN ThisWeek Community Newspapers

South-Western City Schools officials want to proceed quickly to obtain a twoyear waiver to delay state-mandated allday, everyday kindergarten until the 201314 school year. The Ohio Department of Education granted South-Western a one-year waiver this school year. The extra two years

would give the district more time to prepare an expanded kindergarten program that initially would cost an extra $3.3-million a year in staff and facilities. The district now offers all-day kindergarten every other school day to about 1,415 students. The school

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board could act on a waiver resolution at its Feb. 14 meeting. During the Jan. 24 board meeting, Patrick Callaghan, the district’s executive director for elementary education, told the board that district officials don’t oppose all-day, everyday kindergarten. Instead, the district cannot pay for it without cutting into other programs. Also, district officials anticipate a possible $9million cut in state aid because of Ohio’s

huge budget deficit. Legislation is pending in the Ohio Legislature to eliminate the all-day, everyday requirement. Callaghan said the district wants to be prepared, regardless. June 1 is the deadline to seek waivers. “We do have the problem of needing additional space,” he said. “The district would need to hire 29 additional teachers and 29 classroom aides.” Voters approved an operating levy last

fall that will generate about $18.5-million a year. Officials have said that’s only enough for the district to maintain current operations. “Basically, what we’re asking for at the February meeting would be for you to act on the waiver (request),” superintendent Bill Wise told the board. “This allows us the most flexibility.” See SWCS, page A2

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Rising cost of contract with sheriff is going up By CARLA SMITH ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Prairie Township’s annual contract with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department, set to cost $316,157 this year, was approved by trustees at their Jan. 25 regular board meeting. The township saw a 4.2 percent increase from last year’s contract. Township administrator Tracy Hatmaker said the two patrol cars it employs are on the job at any given time. One patrol car is out A closer look seven days a week and the second car is The sheriff’s department employed five was dispatched a total of days, he said. 5,515 times throughout “We feel that 2010, with the greatest they do a good number of responses — 574 job,” Hatmakof them —occurring in June. er said. According to information provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, deputies traveled across the township 81,427 miles and put in 8,848 hours on the job protecting the citizens of Prairie Township. The sheriff’s department was dispatched a total of 5,515 times throughout 2010, with the greatest number of responses — 574 of them —occurring in June. The department responded to 171 emergency 911 hang-up calls, 418 felony in progress runs, 663 back-up runs, 2,642 record checks, 66 felony arrests, 378 misdemeanor arrests, 425 prisoners conveyed, and 75 OVI arrests, to name a few of the highlights on the 2010 statistics. In other business of the board last week, trustees approved extending workers compensation at a cost of $157 to the fire department’s chaplain who is not a paid employee. “He provides spiritual support to the fire department,” Hatmaker said. “We believe it is prudent that this person is covered while on the premises.” Trustees also approved the appointment of Bruce White to the township zoning commission and Lee Shoaf to the zoning board of appeals. Both reappointments and are for five-year terms ending in See PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, page A2

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Max, a two-year-old cattle dog, avoids being caught by 12-year-old Tammy Cole after stealing a glove while playing on the snow-covered tennis courts at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park on Friday, Jan. 21. Max is owned by William Walke and his uncle, Bryan, who live on the West Side. Cole, her 11-year-old brother, Devin, and the Walkes had been at the park sledding and took some time out to play with the dog. Max enjoyed taking their gloves and being chased around the court.

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Report: Beulah Park will leave Grove City By LISA AURAND ThisWeek Community Newspapers

If reports about Beulah Park moving are true, Grove City could lose $30,000 in tax revenue and local businesses could lose money as well, city officials said. Chuck Boso, Grove City development director, said the city collects about $30,000 in direct taxes from the racetrack, one of only three thoroughbred tracks in Ohio. Mahoning Valley Development Group has said it hopes to spend $300-million to develop a horse-racing track and resort complex on 100 acres in the Youngstown area. A press release from Mahoning Valley cited “pretty credible” rumors

indicating Penn National Gaming Inc., which purchased Beulah Park last year, might move Toledo’s Raceway Park or Beulah Park. Mahoning Valley is led by two Cleveland-area entrepreneurs, Rick Lertzman and Bradford Pressman. The press release quoted Pressman. Penn National would not comment on the report. The company owns both tracks and also is developing casinos in Columbus and Toledo. Boso said while the tax revenue generated by Beulah Park isn’t a substantial amount of the city’s tax base, losing the track would be hard in other ways. “The biggest impact would be on the families and workers that work

there and on the area in terms of business,” Boso said. “Even farmers that have hay or straw (would feel it, as would) other ancillary businesses. ... Some of the people that go there shop at (Grove City) restaurants and buy gas, that kind of thing.” The track has been part of the Grove City community since 1923, when it was the first thoroughbred track in Ohio. “Beulah Park has always been a good neighbor to us,” Boso said. “We’ve used it for functions like the Fourth of July and Balloonfest.” On the other hand, Boso said the 211 acres on which the track sits might have a bright future if Beulah Park moves.

“The majority of the property is underutilized because it’s only used part of the year,” he said. “If they leave us, it certainly will affect people’s lives ... but there’s also a lot of opportunities for the city to develop those 211 acres.” William Diehl, executive director of the Grove City Chamber of Commerce, said he’s unsure how a Beulah Park move would affect the city. “I think it would hurt us, but I would have to look at all the ramifications of them moving and what could possibly go back into that area,” Diehl said. The park started its winter-spring season Jan. 8, its second since Penn National purchased the track in June 2009.

Micro-distilling operation Consultants address IRS tax probe now open for business Grove City council By LISA AURAND ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Representatives from GBQ Consulting — an independent consulting firm investigating Grove City’s unpaid federal payroll taxes — spoke to city council Jan. 18. “What experience do you guys have administering audits?” council president Ted Berry asked. Rebekah Smith, GBQ’s director of financial advisory services, said the firm has performed similar investigations, but has not audited a governmental body. “We have incredibly deep talent in terms of payroll taxes and state taxes, as well as accounting investigations,” Smith said.

“We’ve definitely worked with other similar agencies that have had similar types of issues in terms of accounting irregularities.” GBQ’s experience is “relevant to this situation,” she said. GBQ isn’t the only outside organization with its eyes on Grove City’s books. Also combing through the records are the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and a special unit from the state auditor’s office. State auditor Dave Yost on Jan. 18 announced his office would join the investigation at the request of Grove City police chief Joseph Wise. The Internal Revenue Service last month told the city it owed about $685,905 in unpaid payroll withholding taxes.

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An initial investigation identified more unpaid quarterly tax returns totaling about $370,000. Wise on Jan. 13 said investigators uncovered evidence of a theft within the Grove City finance department; no charges have been filed as of press time. Grove City is paying GBQ up to $20,000 to investigate causes behind the tax errors. City law director Stephen Smith Jr. said he chose GBQ Consulting to perform the independent investigation based on recommendations from his colleagues at local law firm Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. “I sent an e-mail around to my coworkSee IRS TAX PROBE, page A2

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Watershed Distillery founder Greg Lehman became interested in the idea of producing craft alcohol while playing volleyball professionally in Switzerland, where the town’s economy thrived on small-scale local production. The distillery began selling its gin and vodka in December and is aging barrels of bourbon that will be ready for consumption in 2013.

Micro-distilling operation now open for business Continued from page A1 of the bottling, corking and labeling themselves, even hand-writing the batch number on each bottle. “There’s a lot of care and hand touch in each batch we make,” he said. “We can do about 100 cases in a week.” An Upper Arlington resident, Lehman said he was inspired to enter the distilling business when he was playing professional volleyball in Appenzell, Switzerland, after graduating from Ohio State. “I was impressed by the amount of local products made there in the town,” he said. “There were Appenzell cheese,Appenzell beer, even Appenzell train cars. “It made me want to look at ways of being involved in the community” when he returned to central Ohio, Lehman said. The process of gaining state approval to make and sell liquor was long, and required Lehman and his partner to come up with a marketing and business plan as well as a product that would pass muster with the state. “There is a finite amount of alcoholic high proof spirits allowed to be made and sold in Ohio” he

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said. “They just don’t let anyone do it. You have to meet their standards” including quality of product.” Watershed’s 88 proof gin features a blend of eight botanicals, including juniper and coriander, that also includes a combination of citrus peel, Lehman said. The 80 proof vodka is made of 100 percent corn grown in the midwest. Both products are sold in 750 ml bottles. The gin costs $27.90 per bottle and the vodka retails for $24.40. “We wanted to make it high quality but at the same time price it to make it as accessible as pos-

sible,” Lehman said. Late last month, Watershed also filled its first barrel of bourbon, but the product won’t be ready for sale until 2013. The bourbon is comprised of 60 percent corn and 40 percent wheat. “It’s a risk, because we won’t know if the bourbon turned out right until it’s time to bottle,” he said. “It’s a slow process and it’s kind of nerve-wracking.” Lehman said he believes Watershed’s bourbon will be the first made in central Ohio since before prohibition. “Ohio used to be one of the top bourbon-making states,” he said. “We wanted to tie back into the

great distilling history of Ohio by creating our own bourbon. It’s exciting.” Along with 30-something outlets around central Ohio, Watershed will also begin selling its products at 38 locations in the Cleveland area next week. A map showing its central Ohio outlets is available at Watershed’s website, www.watersheddistillery.com. Lehman said tours of the distillery can be arranged by e-mailing him at greg@watersheddistillery.com.

Dozens of teachers, many wearing blue South-Western Education Association T-shirts, jammed into the board meeting room for the Jan. 24 meeting. Both SWEA and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees union, which represents classified workers, have been without contracts since June 30. Both are in federal mediation with the district. Wise said before the meeting that a mediator has scheduled bargaining talks for Feb. 7 with OAPSE. No talks have been scheduled for SWEA, which last met for a negotiation session on Dec. 20. “At this point, it’s really up to the mediator to bring us back together,” Wise said before the meeting. “We’re going to continue to talk through the issues in order to reach a resolution” with both unions. While seven months is the

longest anyone can remember either union going without reaching a contract, Wise noted that lengthy contract talks are not unusual in Ohio. He said teachers in the Sprinbgboro school district near Dayton have been without a contract for 2 1/2 years and those talks also are being handled by a federal mediator. No public participation session was held at the Jan. 24 meeting, so no union members spoke. Both OAPSE and SWEA leaders have previously said they want a fair contract for their members. OAPSE and SWEA voluntarily gave up base pay raises for 200910, but received step pay increases. The school last year approved a five-year financial forecast that includes no base staff salary increases for fiscal year 2011. SWEA members have been appearing in their T-shirts at board meetings since October.

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Dad’s bout with cancer, baldness leads to book By KEVIN PARKS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

When the remnants of Hurricane Ike blasted through central Ohio on Sept. 14, 2008, many Columbus residents were plunged into darkness for days on end as a result of extended power outages. The Kraft family of Clintonville was already in the dark as to what was ailing dad Brian. The Philadelphia native and freelance illustrator, who once worked in that capacity for ThisWeek Community Newspapers, was awakened in the middle of the night weeks earlier by searing pain in his groin. It was like nothing he’d ever experienced before. Luckily, Brian Kraft said last week, he already had a routine physical scheduled. Presuming he’d somehow developed a hernia from playing basketball, Kraft kept the appointment, only to be told that wasn’t it at all. He eventually had a CAT Scan and other tests, and then, still in the darkness of the power failure, Brian and Nicole Kraft sat in a doctor’s office and were told, “You either have lymphoma or leukemia.” It’s not the sort of thing anyone ever wants to hear. “You can’t believe it’s happening to you,” Brian Kraft recalled last week. “I was more worried about my wife freaking out.” “I guess I blanched,” said Nicole Kraft, a journalism professor at Ohio State University. “I got really hot and really cold.” She also got really frustrated; her every instinct told her to go home, go online and research the heck out of both forms of blood cancer. But with the power out, she couldn’t. Eventually, Brian Kraft was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He got treatment. And he got better. But that’s not what this story is about. This is about what Brian Kraft did after he and Nicole could not find any books to help them in explaining things to their then7-year-old son, Daniel Levi Kraft. He wrote and illustrated his own

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Clintonville residents Nicole, Danny and Brian Kraft show the book Brian wrote “The Year My Dad Went Bald: A Tale of Cancer, Chemo and Coping with a Cold Head” after he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 42. Brian used his experiences to write the book, which is told from the perspective of a child to help others to handle a similar situation with their children.

book on the subject. Titled “The Year My Dad Went Bald: A Tale of Cancer, Chemo and Coping with a Cold Head” is told from the perspective of Danny, who will turn 10 in February. A portion of the profits from the often-touching tome, which is intended to help children between 6 and 12 cope with a cancer diagnosis of a parent, will be donated to the charities Hockey Fights Cancer and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “I’m going to be all right,” dad said. I knew he was trying to sound brave and he didn’t want me to worry, but I could tell he was scared. “The chances for a cure are really good. Mario Lemieux had it and he came back and play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.” Finally, something I could understand. I’m a big hockey fan, and I knew that Mario was one of the best ever. — From “The Year My Dad Went Bald” “I never felt that I wasn’t going to get better,” Brian Kraft said last week. Nevertheless, he and Nicole knew that his diagnosis and treat-

ment were going to have a big impact on Danny. Brian Kraft was a stay-at-home dad at the time. “We’re pretty charmed people, and life had been as good as it could get,” Nicole Kraft said. “Team Kraft,” as Nicole puts it, decided to tackle Brian’s illness together, with everyone knowing everything, nothing held back. “It was complete honesty, no sugarcoating,” Brian Kraft said. “We just laid it out for him,” his wife added. The big thing they sought to get across to Danny, Nicole Kraft said, was: “You’re life’s not going to be as much fun. You’re not going to be the center of the universe. Dad is.” The initial chemotherapy treatment is often the roughest on cancer patients, which was exacerbated in Brian’s case due to an allergic reaction to one of the drugs. “The first one is absolute the worst thing that can happen to you,” Brian Kraft said.

cups. He threw up a bunch of times. Mom was getting worried and she decided to take him to the emergency room. — From “The Year My Dad Went Bald” In spite of the setback from the allergic reaction, Brian Kraft managed to get out of the hospital just in time to attend Danny’s soccer game the following day.

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A movement is afoot to try to once again have the Columbus Community Coalition coalesce. “It’s something that we believe will come and should come back,” Northland Community Council president Dave Paul said last week. He was among those who helped start the organization, aimed at fostering and improving communication and cooperation among local civic associations, area commissions and community councils, in early 2008. It

grew out of a working group convened the previous year by city council to make recommendations on ways citizen groups can better work together and with city officials. Paul, along with former Northwest Civic Association president Jennifer Adair, who recently helped form the new Maize Road Civic Association in North Linden, served on the task force, representing not only their organizations but civic associations in general. “Once we were done, those of us involved said, ‘You know this

“Our relationships have changed forever, and we’re a better family by far than we were,” Nicole Kraft said. A worrier by nature, Nicole Kraft used to worry about the small things. Now, she knows firsthand there are much bigger things to worry about. “Life is just too short,” she said. “You take it day by day,” Brian

The medicine was really strong and it made dad feel worse than the cancer. When he came home he didn’t look so good, and all he could do was lay on the couch. Dad started to throw up and couldn’t stop hiccupping. I hate the hic-

has been very beneficial, to come together and talk like this,’” Paul said. More than 50 people gathered in February 2008 seeking to determine what form a new group might take, and what issues it would address. “We’re not looking at a really formalized structure,” then-Clin-

tonville Area Commission chairman Chris Gawronski said at the time. “We’re not looking at creating more bureaucracy. “I see this as very fluid and changing as it needs (to be) changed.” “The objective was to bring not See COLUMBUS, page A4

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Kraft said. “It always in the back of your mind: ‘I could get sick again, I could get sick again.’You live life to the fullest.” Brian Kraft has been cancerfree since January 2009. He wrote and illustrated the book, using a journal his wife kept of his illness. “I could not be more thrilled with it,” Nicole Kraft said. Some copies of “The Year My Dad Went Bald” have been given to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Nicole Kraft said that she just recently learned of the book being given to one family after the father was diagnosed with cancer. “I’m so proud of him,” she said of her husband.

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Columbus Community Coalition rebooting Continued from page A3 just the area commissions but all the 300, at the time and perhaps more, civic associations in Columbus together,” Paul said last week. “The reason that the coalition was formed was just to make sure that neighbors were talking,” Adair said. The mission statement for what organizers decided to dub the Columbus Community Coalition, still up on its dormant website, states: “The Columbus Community Coalition fosters and enhances relationships among community groups by advocating to improve the quality of life in Columbus, Ohio.” The coalition did have four quarterly meetings and participated in putting on a July 20 debate regarding the income tax hike which voters approved in an Aug. 4 special election. Eventually, however, other citywide issues and local matters pulled those active in the organization in different directors, Paul said. “On hiatus is probably the best way to describe how it has been, since at least 2009,” he said. Before that took place, the NCC presi-

Former coalition roster Prior to the Columbus Community Coalition going on hiatus, membership roster included: • Clintonville Area Commission • Far Northwest Linden Neighborhood Association • Far South Columbus Area Association • Fifth by Northwest Area Commission • Friends of the Hilltop • Glen Echo Neighbors • Greater Hilltop Area Commission

dent said that the coalition developed an e-mail list of 200 or so people and created a website to provide a clearinghouse for community issues affecting the entire city, the way the community council does for the specific Northland area. “We think it’s a good time to sort of dust those tools off and reestablish contact with the folks who had sort of expressed interest in being involved before,” Paul said. At an informal meeting last week, coalition participants from the outset deter-

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mined not only that now was the time to jumpstart the organization but also the date for a meeting at which the group would sponsor a presentation on the local Project Safe Neighborhoods effort being jointly undertaken by the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney and the Public Defender’s Office, according to Adair. The meeting will take place on March 31, she said, with a location to be determined, and it is intended to see if representatives of neighborhood groups want

to try to implement Project Safe Neighborhoods in their parts of the city. “Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful,” according to its website. “Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative,” it states. “This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.” “This seemed like a very good opportunity to make the CCC an agent again in the community to share information and bring the neighborhoods together,” Paul said. It won’t be easy, the NCC president conceded. “We do need to almost start from ground zero,” Paul said. Nevertheless, according to Adair, it’s going to happen.“It definitely is,” she said.

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Growing community finds all levels of entertainment There are many ways to learn about a place and its past. I have always had the strong suspicion that how people entertain themselves can tell us a lot about who they were and what was important to them. With that as both an explainer and probably a bit of a warning, let’s take a look at how Columbus amused itself in its first few decades. The small frontier community pretty much entertained itself ED in the first few years after it LENTZ was founded in 1812. Carving a village out of a forest was not all that easy and the War of 1812 meant that most people did not have leisure time. The time they did have was often occupied with family and visits to close friends nearby. After the Ohio General Assembly began to meet in Columbus in 1816, there was a decided increase in the number of taverns in town and in the number of people frequenting them — much to the chagrin of local ministers and the temperance advocates in their congregations. To understand early public entertainment in Columbus, it is important to remember that, then as now, there were several different “arts communities” in the capital city. Some of the early residents were quite well-educated and sorely missed the music, drama and literary world they had left behind. Several of these people formed what came to be called “the first musical organization in Columbus.” The Handel Society apparently performed for the assembled multitude on the occasion of Independence Day in 1821 and 1822, and according to an account from that time, performed with “a superior degree of elegance.” How the singing of Handel’s work went over with the frontier folk who had never heard of him or his music was probably summed up with, “Handel was handled quite well” or something similar. For the rest of Columbus, there were military organizations with their fifes and drums and the occasional entertainment of an itinerant musician. But there was not much else — until 1827. On April 21, 1827, Tippo Sultan, the Great Hunting Elephant, came to town. Tippo was accompanied, according to a local poster, by “The Mammoth Lion, Tiger, Cat, Lynx, Shetland Pony, Dandy Jack, etc. etc. The above named animals will be seen at Mr. Russell’s tavern, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the 27th, 28th and 29th inst. The exhibition will be accompanied by good music. Admittance 25 cents — children under 12 years of age half price.” Presumably, Mr. Russell felt his tavern would benefit from Tippo and his friends. It did not work out that way, as a local history recalls: “At night, the ‘hunting elephant’ was locked up in the tavern backyard where, during one of the nights of his sojourn, he broke loose, and for a time amused him-

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self by pumping water at the well. Finally he broke the pump handle and looking around for some new pastime, spied two barrels of flour standing on the back porch. Breaking into these, he, for a while, ate flour and drank water alternately until he converted the residue of the flour into paste. “Awakened by the noise, Mr. Russell descended and was received by the elephant with a fusillade of dough. Beating a retreat, the discomfited host aroused the keeper of the frolicsome beast, who, after some effort, succeeded in getting him tied again.” As a counterpoint of Tippo Sultan and his friends, the more elevated culture group in town welcomed a “Mr. and Mrs. Harper” who, with a few friends and associates , were happy to perform Oliver Goldsmith’s classic play, “She Stoops to Conquer” for any who cared to come and pay to see it. Apparently, a number of people did, since the play was performed in the only place big enough to hold them — the public market building at State and High streets. Presumably, the live chickens, pigs and cows who occupied various stalls in the market were removed for the evening. The clash between “high culture” and, shall we say, “not-sohigh culture” continued apace. In 1833, one Rufus Beach organized the Franklin Harmonic Society, looking to improve “the vocal and instrumental music” of the city. Soon, S. Butler and Company came to Columbus with a menagerie that included “the great hunting or war elephant, Hannibal.” Apparently Columbus really

liked elephants in those days. By 1835, Columbus had become a city of more than 5,000 people. The rapid growth in size and influence of Columbus evidently convinced enough investors to permit the construction of the first real theatre in the city. Built of wood, the Columbus Theatre stood on the west side of High Street just a few hundred feet north of Long Street, where the Brunson Building is today. Over the next several years, the theatre saw performances of classic plays, including Shakespeare and such titles as “St. George and the Dragon,” “Mazeppa” and “The Cataract of the Ganges.” For the less refined, the Columbus Theatre was also the home of Miss Honey, a “danseuse.” Of Miss Honey, a local paper reported, “Her most piquant dances were frequently followed by a shower of silver quarters.” It was also reported that “Miss Honey had considerable talent as an actress, and in whatever part she took evoked applause.” In later years, it was noted that “towards the end of 1841, the Columbus Theatre seems to have degenerated both financially and morally, and its evil influence upon the young people of the city, resulting particularly from its ‘bar’ for the sale of intoxicants, was loudly complained of.” The clash of culture between “legitimate” and not-so-legitimate entertainment would continue for much of the rest of the history of the city — and for that matter, down to our own time as well. Ed Lentz writes a history column for ThisWeek.

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OHSAA division changes not fair It’s not hard to imagine the confrontational feelings that were created when the OHSAA released a statement Jan. 13 announcing that it was tackling the seemingly age-old debate regarding competitive balance among the state’s public and private schools. The proposed referJARROD endum, to be ULREY voted on by O H S A A member schools in May, initially would reset divisional alignments in football, baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball and softball based on a school’s sport-by-sport “athletic count.” That figure would be calculated using mathematical factors that take into account economics, school enrollment policies and tradition. On one side of the debate are public schools that won only eight of the 27 state team titles — one of six in football — that the OHSAA awarded during the 2010 fall season. Many in the private-school camp, meanwhile, are left to wonder whether rules changes, which seemingly would bump them into larger divisions, are fair. There are many reasons for the disproportionate number of titles won by private schools, but the primary one is that some of those schools can assemble By Mike Munden/ThisWeek virtual all-star teams from fiveand six-county areas. Taylor Horn of Westland drives past Delaware’s Paige Stimmel during the host Cougars’ 60-27 loss Jan. 15. Horn led Westland with 13 points. With that in mind, it does seem reasonable for the OHSAA to visit the issue of boundaries when determining the divisions for private schools, and some large public schools. The biggest problem I have is with the “tradition factor” that would increase a school’s “athletic count.” The OHSAA says this aspect would be determined by “state championship game appearBy FRANK DiRENNA can build on that,” White said. served as the program’s defenances, state tournament apThisWeek Community Newspapers The Cougars were 1-9 over- sive coordinator from 2002-07. pearances and regional finals all and 0-7 in the OCC-Central He was the defensive ends coach appearances.” As a former athlete at Grove Division last season, with their at Olentangy Orange in that proThe implication of this City High School, Steve White win coming against Toledo Scott gram’s first year in 2008. sounds more like a step toward can relate to the dedication and 28-0 on Sept. 10. After not coaching in 2009, eventually giving participation desire of competitors in South“As the season went on, we White decided to return to footmedals to everyone as opposed Western City Schools. got better and better,” White said. ball last season and landed a spot to rewarding the best of the best. White now has an opportuni“It didn’t always show on the on the Westland staff. Few people want to see ty to help mold those athletes scoreboard, but as coaches and “Steve was a position coach Delphos St. John’s beat Shadyas the football coach at Westplayers we could tell that we for us (last season) and a posiside 77-6 for the Division VI land. His hiring was approved were getting better.” tive influence on the sideline,” state football title, and having at the district’s board of educaWhite is a 1988 graduate of athletics director Greg Burke Youngstown Ursuline win three tion meeting on Jan. 24. Grove City, where he played two said. “I got to see and talk with consecutive Division V state White, 41, is familiar with the years of varsity football. him during a football game and championships is less than ideal Westland program, having He graduated from Youngs- listen to his thoughts. When when talking about keeping the served as outside linebackers town State in 1996. Brian resigned, it was a given field balanced. coach under Brian Smith last White’s coaching experience that Steve was going to be a very The problem is that if the season. includes serving as an assistant serious candidate for us.” OHSAA moves St. John’s up to Smith resigned following the football coach at Grove City White hopes to promote a Division V and Ursuline to Diseason. He was 2-28 overall and from 1988-93 and the freshman winning tradition at Westland vision IV, the same problems will 0-19 in the OCC in three sea- football coach at Youngstown using a basic football philosopersist, but with different teams. By Mike Munden/ThisWeek sons. Ursuline in 1994 and 1995. He phy. If Hartley would have been “We’re going to play physi“Brian is a good coach and returned to Grove City in 1996 in Division III instead of Divi- The Cougars’ Tanesha Dixon tries to maintain control of the ball after slipping on the floor in front of Delaware’s Kristen McMillen he had the program going in a and coached running backs and See ULREY, page A6 on Jan. 15. See COUGARS, page A6 positive direction, and I hope I linebackers until 2001 then

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UA’s Jaskot has gymnastics followers head over heels In 16-plus years writing for ThisWeek, I rarely have interviewed and written about a high school freshman athlete. Only occasionally does a young athlete splash onto the central Ohio sports scene as a swimmer, ferociously knock around a tennis ball or, as Upper Arlington ninth-grader Rebecca Jaskot has done, capture the attention of the gymnastics followers throughout our area. Entering the latter stages of January, Jaskot had one of the highest scores locally on the uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in all-around competition. Getting to know this UA standout was a refreshing and fun experience

for me. “It seems like gymnastics has been part of my life forever,” Jaskot said. “I guess I was a hyper kid in kindergarten and my mom put me in a school gymnasLARRY tics program at LARSON Greensview Elementary and I really liked it and before long was flipping around everywhere. “Eventually, I wound up at Universal Gymnastics and it was then that I knew this sport was for me and I progressed pretty well. My club gym-

nastics experience has been great, but now I get to represent my school and I love being a Golden Bear athlete. My brother, Phil, was on the UA football and baseball teams and my sister, Marissa, was in swimming and water polo, so I feel proud to keep the family tradition going. “Being part of this high school team is really fun and things are so upbeat and the skills you have to do to be successful aren’t quite as hard as club, so there is a little less pressure. I am really enjoying this time.” Talking about her abilities as a gymnast, Jaskot said, “I guess what helps me first is that I am a perfectionist. When I learn a new skill, I won’t use

it until I think I have perfected it. I get complimented on my form and the fundamental way that I keep my legs tight and have pointed toes, but I do get frustrated when I can’t reach the level I want to get to and keep trying by telling myself that I am going to accomplish this. And when I do conquer a skill, it makes my day a ton better. “Like a lot of young athletes in my sport, I think I lack confidence at times and when that happens I have learned to simply take a breath and let my brain take over and let my body do what it can do. This whole experience has helped me in every aspect of my life because sometimes when I put myself down because I can’t reach my goals

in a certain gymnastics event, I learn how to cope with that adversity and I try to relax so I can get through those challenges. ... That is pretty much the way life works also, and so my sport is helping me grow every day.” If she continues to develop, Jaskot will be one of the contenders at the district meet. She looks forward to that challenge. “What I absolutely love about my sport is learning new skills and then displaying them in competition,” she said. “When you learn new things they never become old. I know I will have See LARSON, page A6


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Classic. With the win, Gahanna remained undefeated. GIRLS Newark’s Paige Cashin had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats past Gahanna 51-45 on Jan. 21.

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Some have suggested separating into private-school and public-school tournaments, but that only would hurt the spirit of competition that should exist when determining the state’s best. Is there an obvious solution to the issue? Not exactly, but it doesn’t seem like radical change is necessary. Tradition should be kept out of the equation. Teams like DeSales and Watterson have earned their success by creating programs that teach winning football. This shouldn’t be penalized, but emulated by other programs. Keeping in mind the boundary issues, the OHSAA should choose to tweak, rather than revamp, the way it determines its tournament divisions. Let the rest of the arguments be settled on the field.

sion IV last fall, it would have been a strong candidate to win that title instead because Watterson, according to the proposed plan, likely would have been in Division II instead of Division III. Schools that could end up getting hurt unintentionally by a change are the Division I public schools. A perennial central Ohio football power such as Hilliard Davidson not only has to overcome fellow area public-school powers such as Pickerington Central and Dublin Coffman, but a team such as Cincinnati St. Xavier, which has 1,171 boys, could be looming later in the playoffs. The new formula potentially also would move state powers such as Mentor Lake Catholic and Toledo Central Catholic into Division I, mak- julrey@thisweeknews.com ing a tough field even tougher. www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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COUGARS Continued from page A5 cal football, and to do that you have to run the ball,” he said. “Obviously, we need to mix it up, but we want to play physical football and we’re going to start off with the run. When I was at Grove City we always ran the wing-T. We’re going to be multiple, but we’re going to have a base of a wing-T, which brought us great success over there.” White stressed another goal is to change the mentality that Westland can’t compete with other schools in the OCC. “The plan is to compete as soon as possible,” he said. “We want to start playing for OCC championships and make the playoffs, and as an assistant that’s what I’ve been use to, so that’s what my goal is.” Senior Travell Wright, an outside linebacker for the Cougars last season, served on the interview committee that helped select the new coach. “It’s a real good choice,” Wright said of White. “He coached me the whole year. ... He’s also a teacher in the district, so he could keep up on my grades and make sure I was keeping straight in class.” White, a social studies teacher at Grove City, hopes to eventually join the teaching staff at Westland. “I don’t know if there is anything available, but I would like to be in the building where I’m coaching at,” he said. •With only one senior, the girls basketball team is point-

At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Westland boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Jan. 21 — Lost to Hilliard Davidson 45-44. J.J. Smith led Westland with 13 points and James Wilson had 10. *Jan. 25 — Lost to Dublin Coffman 67-54. Smith scored a team-high 20 points and Zac Buchwalter added 13. *Jan. 28 — Played Worthington Kilbourne *Feb. 4 — At Thomas Worthington. The Cardinals defeated Westland 6440 on Dec. 21. Feb. 5 — At Huber Heights Wayne Of note: The Cougars were 3-11 overall and 1-8 in the OCC-Central before Jan. 28. GIRLS BASKETBALL *Jan. 21 — Lost to Davidson 66-18 *Jan. 25 — Lost to Coffman 73-42. Tanesha Dixon scored 11 points for the Cougars. *Jan. 28 — Played Kilbourne Feb. 1 — At Marysville *Feb. 4 — Home vs. Thomas. The Cardinals beat Westland 63-22 on

ing to the future. The Cougars were 0-15 overall and 0-10 in the OCC-Central heading into their game against Worthington Kilbourne on Jan. 28. Westland plays host to Thomas Worthington on Friday, Feb. 4. Logan Horn is the lone senior on the team. Coach Hugo Quint has used several freshmen, including Tanesha Dixon, Rachelle Marcum and Christina Simpson. “This has been a good learning experience,” Marcum said. Before Jan. 28, junior Taylor Horn was the top scorer on the

Dec. 21. Of note: The Cougars were 0-15 overall and 0-10 in the OCC-Central before Jan. 28. GYMNASTICS Jan. 24 — Finished third (69.30 points) behind Kilbourne (126.975) and Delaware (123.8250) and ahead of Central Crossing (64.50). Jan. 29 — Competed against Central Crossing, Granville and Mount Vernon Feb. 2 — At Dublin Scioto with Central Crossing and Kilbourne Feb. 5 — Big Walnut, Central Crossing, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange at Central Ohio Gymnastics and Cheer WRESTLING *Jan. 20 — Match against Davidson postponed. Rescheduled for noon Feb. 12. *Jan. 27 — Competed against Upper Arlington Jan. 29 — Competed in Westerville South duals *Feb. 3 — Home vs. Central Crossing Of note: The Cougars were 1-3 in the OCC-Central before Jan. 27. *OCC-Central contest

team at 8.5 points a game. “We are still learning how to compete,” Quint said. “We are learning that we have to play hard from the beginning of the game until the end of the game. We have had quarters where we compete, but we cannot score. Lately, we have been having one bad quarter where we cannot score. We may play defense well, but we can’t buy a field goal and then that hurts our defensive effort. We’re still learning on how to score with great defense on us. This will happen with a young team.” www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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Sinus infections in children can be frequent Frequent sinus infections in children are a common problem, especially for children in daycare settings. The average child can have six to ten upper respiratory tract infections a year that have symptoms including nasal discharge and blockage. Other factors that contribute to frequent sinus infections are environmental allergies, exposure to second-hand smoke, immunodeficiency, congenital craniofacial anomalies and some inherited conditions. Children with lung problems such as asthma and cystic fibrosis often have related sinus problems. Most viral infections will resolve without treatment. A small percentage will progress to bacterial sinusitis that will require antibiotics for treatment. Narrowing or blockage of the nasal passages

or sinus openings may increase the chances that a cold will progress to bacterial sinusitis. Often, chilCHARLES dren may need to ELMARAGHY medication help treat sinus problems. This could include nasal steroids, nasal saline, mucous-thinning medications called mucolytics, and some allergy medications such as anti-histamines. In a small percentage of children, surgery may be necessary to relieve the blockage and open the sinuses or nasal passages. Prior to any surgery, a thorough work-up is necessary in order to determine the appropriate treatment course. Younger children do not typical-

ly need surgery on the sinuses as their sinuses are still developing. Younger children with frequent sinus infections often have their adenoid, a patch of tissue located where the nose and throat join, removed. The adenoid can be a haven for bacteria and can often block the nasal passages. Removing the adenoid is a simple and painless surgery that can be very effective. When the sinus problem is more involved than an enlarged adenoid, the sinuses need to be imaged via a special X-ray called a CT scan to investigate the anatomy of the sinuses and determine if the openings of the sinuses are blocked. If sinus openings are blocked, they can be enlarged using special instruments and a small camera called an endoscope. This is called endoscopic sinus surgery. The natural openings are widened and

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