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JULY 2012 July 7-28

Grandview Avenue Farmers Market 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Downtown Grandview, Shop for locally-grown seasonal produce, artisan baked goods, handmade soaps and annuals and perennials at this open-air market, now in its ninth season. The market also features beverages and live music.

July 3

Red, White & Bikes 2-3 p.m., Upper Arlington Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Children ages 2-12 can decorate their bikes for the Independence Day parade. Materials available while supplies last. No registration is necessary.

Upper Arlington Civic Association Independence Day Parade and Party in the Park 9 a.m., around Upper Arlington, Be part of the biggest day in UA. Celebrate with the Independence Day Parade, which starts at Kingsdale and heads south on Northwest Boulevard. This year’s theme is “Sweet Freedom’s Song.” The Party in the Park begins at 5 p.m. at Northam Park, 2070 Northam Rd., and features live entertainment and food. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

July 10-31

Music on the Lawn 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Enjoy free outdoor summer concerts at the Grandview Heights Public Library. July performances include the Apple-Bottom Gang, Third Degree Sideburn, Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons, and the Randys.

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Summer Celebration 5-9 p.m., Thompson Park, 4250 Woodbridge Rd., This 12th annual family event features inflatable games, a climbing wall, contests, family music, a police cruiser display, a fire division ladder truck, tasty treats and more. The Cultural Arts Division hosts the Taiko Drumming Circle, and the evening ends with a free outdoor movie.

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3:30-8:30 p.m., Northam Park, 2070 Northam Rd., The Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 19th annual Taste of Upper Arlington, complete with tasty specialties from area restaurants, displays from area businesses, musical entertainment and activities for kids.

6-9 p.m., The Lab, 855 Grandview Ave., Art for the Environment’s silent auction features the work of local artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil that expresses a connection to nature. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers, as well as dessert from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. All proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organization Ohio Environmental Council.

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insideUPPER ARLINGTON Historic Fourths UA Civic Association preps the annual patriotic party By Lisa Aurand Upper Arlington’s Independence Day, including its legendary parade, has been a tradition since the 1920s. This year, the day starts with 7 a.m. bullhorn wake-up calls all over town, followed by the parade at 9 a.m. The evening celebration kicks off with Party in the Park at 5 p.m., and at 10 p.m., a fireworks display signals the day’s finale. Everything is sponsored and planned by

the Upper Arlington Civic Association. “It started with us and Spirit of 1776 Reenactment, 1963 it will end with us, prob- Left to right: Curtis “Pete” Sohl, Robert Murphy, James Millisor, and James K. Long. ably,” says civic associa- Courtesy Robert W. Wagner and Upper Arlington Historical Society tion President Tony Callendar. “We save (the city) a bunch of marshal is Jeni Britton Bauer, owner and co-founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice money by doing it ourselves.” The 2012 parade theme is Sweet Creams. One of the big draws of the parade is Freedom’s Song and the parade grand the collection of original floats created by local organizations, neighborhoods or groups of family and friends. For more information on the Upper Arlington Independence Day celebration, visit Lisa Aurand is editor of Tri-Village Magazine. Feedback welcome at laurand@

Friends in Ford Deluxe convertible, 1939 Left to right: Joyce Tefft, Sweetie Ganor, Jody Galbreath and Rita Jeanne Brown. Courtesy of Upper Arlington Education Foundation and Upper Arlington Historical Society

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Kids on Bikes, 1949 or 1950 Courtesy of Linda Snashall Cummins and Upper Arlington Historical Society

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Volunteers Chip in to Improve Tarpy Woods Marble Cliff’s passive park in Tarpy Woods has been improved by two groups of committed citizens. When Village resident Wiley Elliott saw AEP in the Village trimming trees away from power lines, he spoke with the AEP Forestry Group and learned that they would be willing to dump the resulting wood chips near the trail in Tarpy Woods. With free wood chips available, Elliott next looked for free labor. As the father of two Cub Scouts, he contacted Tara Stottlemire, leader of Cub Scout Pack 28, and Hal Schofield, leader of Boy Scout Troop 73, about working together to lay the chips on the park trail. They quickly agreed and “the dots were connected!” Under Elliott’s coordination, more than 40 area residents and Scouts gathered at the park on Saturday, March 24 to move more than 25 cubic yards of chips to the well-worn path. “First we focused on safety since we had a lot of youth and tools. Then we came up with a system, assigning everyone to a task

they wanted to do. That included loading tarps and wheelbarrows, pushing/ pulling and dumping, spreading and, lastly, picking out the larger and sharp chips that might be a hazard,” Elliott said. “Once we got going, we wished we had more to spread, as we were done in Cub Scout Pack 28 and Boy Scout Troop 73 worked together to lay wood chips at Tarpy Woods March 24. a few hours.” To see a time-lapse video of their “It’s nice to see that users of the park work, go to respect it and help keep it clean by not nme2N1M. littering and using the waste receptacle A month later, the Friends of Tarpy at the trailhead,” she said. Woods, led by Village residents Anne The Village is most grateful for the Jewel and Nate Rosenstein, met on initiatives taken by these groups. As ElEarth Day, Saturday, April 21 at Tarpy liott said, “It is important for everybody Woods. They performed their annual to take a step back from daily life and clean-up of the park and removed as see the opportunities to help the commuch wild honeysuckle as time allowed. munity.” Jewel said her group was encouraged The Village could not agree more! by the small amount of trash collected. Thank you to all involved.

Local Youths Take State Title A group of fifth- and sixth-grade boys from Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff recently won the Ohio Youth Basketball School Team State Basketball Tournament. Competing in Columbus against other Division III schools, the Bobcats defeated teams from Liberty Union and Miller in pool play. They defeated Maplewood in overtime in the semifinal match and Meigs County in the championship game to win first place. Pictured with the winner’s trophy are, left to right, (back row) Coach Kevin Richards, James Lachey, Eli Hall, Cameron Richards, Wes Ryan, Coach Steve Hall; (front row) Eli Evans, Manny Day, Aaron Cincione, Matt York and Luke Sterneker. Congratulations on a great season, guys!



GRANDVIEW Lazy Daze are Here Local arts council hosts 19th annual summer festival

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The.Grandview.Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council will give area residents and visitors an excuse to be “lazy” this summer. The council will present its 19th annual Lazy Daze of Summer festival July 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place on Ashland, Oakland and West First avenues and the surrounding lawn. Anyone can participate in the free festival. “We have babies on up,” says Jeri Diehl Cusack, arts council board member. “We always pray that it’s hot, but not rainy. We also don’t like it to be 95 degrees because that may limit Grandma from staying all day.” The silent auction is a big hit among the adults, Cusack says. “Many of the items are donated by the exhibitors who are there trying to sell that day,” she says. “There is a wide variety of hand-crafted items and gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants.” Inside the Grandview Heights Library will be the Friends of the Library’s paperback and video sale. “They typically do it outside on the lawn, 10

but this year it’s inside,” Cusack says. “They’ll be able to sell more items and we think that will be a reason for people to come inside, (if) only to enjoy the air conditioning if it happens to be a 90-degree day like it often is.” Profits from the festival go to the arts council’s endowment fund. “Every year we do a scholarship for Grandview High School students who are graduating and going on to study some area of the arts in college,” Cusack says.

The event offers festival-style food and free arts and crafts for children. “We encourage the little ones to come in the afternoon,” Cusack says. “Ruthanne James, the president of the arts council, is a retired elementary school art teacher, so she coordinates that event.” Local artists’ work will be displayed and on sale at the festival, including hand-crafted jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, paintings and photos. “It’s incredible to see the type of products people are willing to spend hours to create and share at an event like this,” Cusack says. “You can’t just come in and sell flea market stuff. It has to be hand-crafted and something you made yourself.” Judges will review


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A New View of Grandview City website makeover improves look and functionality By Leah Wolf

pieces and give out The Best of Show and The People’s Choice awards, as well as five honorable mentions. Displaying local talent and entertaining visitors is how the festival began in 1994. “The library and the city decided to work together on this because people said they should put on a festival and a craft event,” Cusack says. “It never made as much money, and that’s why the library withdrew from being one of the presenters. They are the site of the event, but they’re not in it for the money anymore.” Since its inception 19 years ago, Lazy Daze has attracted about 3,000 to 5,000 guests per year, but this year, the festival won’t be the only attraction for visitors to Grandview Heights that day, Cusack says. “Another cool factor this year is that Lazy Daze falls on the same day as Destination Grandview’s Grandview Hop,” she says. “Businesses will stay open late, have specials at their restaurants and have bands playing outside. It’s going to be a full day in Grandview Heights on July 28, that’s for sure.” Stephan Reed is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@pub

The City of Grandview Heights website has undergone a facelift. The new site is personal to Grandview and offers improved functionality. Following the traditional recommendation to update a website every four years, web designers and site users got together to decide what improvements needed to be made, says Grandview Heights Fire Chief Steve Shaner, who oversaw the changes. What emerged is a new look that focuses on accurately reflecting the feel of the city, as well as representing the new Grandview Yard area. The new site also provides a more userfriendly experience. “The company that we use kind of streamlined things and they’ve updated stuff to make it easier to find,” Shaner says. Public documents, the No. 1 reason people visit the website, are now easier to find than ever, thanks to the updates. The new website also increases the ways residents can connect with events happening in the city. It has links to the Grandview Heights Facebook page and Twitter feed, where residents can get news from the city through social media instead of through email. If residents still want news through email, the new website allows them to better customize what type of information they receive, from City Council meeting agendas to updates about when fire hydrants will be tested. If citizens have health or safety concerns, the website also provides an easy way for them to connect with the right officials. Residents can also better connect with the Parks and Recreation Department through the website’s redesign. “Folks will be able to go onto the Parks and Recreation site and be able to sign up for programs and request facilities like the park shelters,” says Shaner. With tight city budgets, the website is a great tool to help keep personnel costs low. “Any way we can make it easier for the general public to get information without increasing the amount of staff we have here, we feel it’s a win-win for the citizen,” says Shaner. “They are getting a good service that we’re able to provide at low cost, and that’s a great thing.” Visit the Grandview Heights website at Leah Wolf is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at



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fill,” Dilz says just five days into her new leadership position. Her challenge will be “keeping the ball rolling.” She’s already well-schooled and easily discusses the league to which she is being introduced, going to community organization meetings, attending mentoring sessions and watching and meeting kids involved – all helping her learn the organization’s finer points. “I have to confess, I knew nothing about TriVillage Mentor League,” when


Elisabeth Dilz had to hit the ground running when she took over as director of the TriVillage Mentor League in May. Fortunately, she had some help. For a decade, Hayley Head, another UA resident, led the charitable organization with a spirit and drive that raised its profile immeasurably during her tenure. “I think she has made the organization what it is. I have some big shoes to

“Everyone I have talked to has told me how much they have enjoyed being a mentor.”


she learned through friends that Head was moving on, Dilz says. The league hosts a weekly schoolyear mentoring program that pairs Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington high-schoolers with students in younger grades. In addition, the group helps local youth apply to attend Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation summer camps. With a 21-year background in fundraising, publicity, event planning, marketing and advertising, the Miami University graduate is well-suited for leading the organization. Dilz, who was development director for the Columbus Metropolitan Library for 11 years, left that position in 2001 to stay at home with her children, Sarah, now 14, and Tommy, 12. In her time at the library, she created a fundraising program for the system and enhanced other programs. For seven years since, she has been involved in fundraising for the PTO at Barrington Elementary School, where Tommy attends, and was on the UA library’s development steering committee last year. Sarah is a Jones Middle School student. Dilz’s introductory days to the league included visiting the Mentoring & More program at Stevenson Elementary School in Grandview Heights where 40 K-4 students are visited once weekly by older students – mentors – who lead them in various activities, ranging from art to studies to playing. “It’s nice to see the kids hug their mentors. That’s where the maternal part (of the job) comes in,” Dilz says. In Upper Arlington, 30 Barrington students participate in the program. It’s smaller there because it’s partly based on financial need and fewer students qualify, Dilz says. “Everyone I’ve talked to has told me how much they have enjoyed being a mentor,” she says. Also on Dilz’s break-in agenda was the presentation of six $500 scholarships – three in each high school – to seniors who had been mentors. This year’s recipients were Rebekah Keller, Casey Martina and Jacob Smith from Grandview Heights, and Carly Allen, Jack Brewer and Mary Nemer from UA. The scholarships are funded in part

by the Tri-Village and Upper Arlington rotary clubs and Members First Credit Union. Through Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation, several students 13 and older are selected to attend a two-week camp, free of charge. This year, 13 from Grandview and eight from UA went to Tim Horton Onondaga Farms in St. George, Ontario. It’s one of six camps the foundation has throughout Canada, where Tim Horton’s is based. Dilz went to an orientation meeting for this year’s group of students. “The kids were so excited” when they heard of all the things they would do, much of it based on farm living. They slept in tents and were provided with sleeping and duffle bags and flashlights. One disappointment was that they wouldn’t get to fly because the camp’s a bus ride away. And some were not enthused there are no electronic devices allowed. But, “(Camp officials) assured them they would not miss them,” Dilz says. After attending one year, the Tim Horton’s foundation may select certain campers to return for up to four more years as part of a leadership program. Some from the Tri-Village area have returned, but the Mentor League isn’t involved in that process and doesn’t track how many are chosen. At the end of the get-acquainted session Dilz attended, “One little guy said, ‘I know I’m going to go all five years,’” she says, relishing his enthusiasm. She’s had several more events on her schedule since then. In late June, the Red Door Tavern sponsored the first-ever golf outing for the league’s benefit. Upcoming on Nov. 16 is the annual Bid & Benefit at Our Lady of Victory Parish Hall, the charity’s biggest fundraiser. While the league is pleased with its community support, Dilz will rely on her professional background while seeking ways to do more and better. Dilz laughs as she mentions one of her personal projects: She wants to “find a new word for mentee,” to describe the younger students in the program. “It’s really nothing. It’s just me,” she says. Duane St. Clair is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@pub

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Seen rowing here are boys crew members, from left, Jacob Walsh, Cole Overcash, Nick Hemleben, Nick Kochanek, T.J. Kennedy, Corey Seals, Ian Shafer, Gunnar Quinn and Matt Chapin. All are freshmen except Hemleben and Kennedy, who are sophomores.

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The sport of rowing has a rich history. It is one of the oldest Olympic sports, and when Harvard beat Yale in 1852, it became the first intercollegiate sporting event in the U.S. In ancient times, rowing was a means of transport (think of the galley slaves in Ben-Hur) and inspired a rowing T-shirt slogan, “Crew: the only sport that originated as a form of punishment.” As Upper Arlington Crew nears its 20th anniversary next spring, it is creating its own history by wrapping up a successful season amid stiff competition while earning lots of “clinkage” – an insider term for multiple medals. Though the boys and girls teams are officially on a break for the summer in July, practice continues for many of the 100 rowers on the UA Crew girls’ and boys’ teams. The fall season kicks off in August, but many choose to participate in summer competition.

The UA Crew Golden Bears compete in the fall as a club and in the spring as a scholastic team. Club competitions are more challenging because rowers can come from many different school districts, whereas a scholastic team must draw members from only one district. Under the tutelage of head boys coach Chris Swartz and head girls coach Mike Rice, the combined teams won the points trophy at the Ohio Governor’s Cup regatta, held at Griggs Reservoir April 29. The annual event attracts more than 1,000 rowers from throughout the Midwest. At the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association regatta in Cincinnati, UA Crew won two gold, five silver and two bronze medals – serious clinkage – which earned third place honors overall in a field of 45 teams from 12 states. Crew, as a sport, does not offer state titles, so Swartz tells UA Crew parents

that a national title is the only option. Two opportunities exist to compete for national titles annually, as either a scholastic or club team, and this year, UA earned spots in both categories. At the scholastic national regatta, in Camden, N.J., the girls’ first Varsity 8 finished sixth in the nation. The team also had three boats qualify for Boston’s Head of the Charles, the largest rowing regatta in the world, held in October. UA Crew was thrust into the limelight unexpectedly in 2009 when the boys’ team captain, Blake Haxton, battled a rare type of flesh-eating bacteria – to which he lost his leg and nearly his life. “I have never coached an athlete who has as much ability or drive as Blake Haxton,” says Swartz. Haxton’s story touched many and prompted a record number of new rowers that fall. Haxton now attends The Ohio State University and is an assistant coach for UA Crew. Most freshman rowers are completely new to the sport. Each year, a free, three-day rowing mini-camp is offered, introducing them to crew and inspiring many to sign up.

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“Perhaps the most significant misconception about rowing is that we use our arms,” says senior Grace Tucker. “Rowing is actually more of a leg sport.” Rowing has its own terminology. For example, “catching a crab” refers to an improper stroke that causes an oar blade to get caught in the water. “Power 10” is a concentrated period of time in the race when the rowers pull harder. A coxswain, the “cox,” sits in a small seat in the stern of the boat and captains the boat, or “shell.” A coxswain steers the boat and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers, says senior Allie Keegan. “You have to make them work together as a team,” she says. In fact, teamwork is a term you hear often from these students. “Crew

is the epitome of a team sport,” Grace Tucker says. “There’s no way you can win a race all by yourself.” Rower Sam Klamar, a senior, says the most challenging part of rowing is finding the right boat dynamics. “Putting eight people in a boat and expecting them to automatically row well as a group doesn’t always work,” he says. Coaches will try different combinations of rowers to find the best mix. Teamwork leads to what Keegan describes as her favorite part of the sport: the camaraderie. It’s a familiar refrain among the rowers, including Tucker. “There is something about being around the same group of people, two hours a day, six days a week, throughout the school year that creates strong bonds. We’re a family,” Tucker says. Zach Politz, who graduated in June and plans to row in college, discovered crew as a junior after trying several different sports. “None compare to the strength and endurance required in rowing,” he says.

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The garden may be a hobby for many participants, but it has functional undertones as well. “My family does this as a fun thing to do together and it pays off in that we get a tremendous amount of vegetables,” McDermott says. “It produces about half of our vegetables for the year. You can eat real healthy if you grow it yourself.” The garden’s location provides it a great contrast with the surrounding urban atmosphere, Robey says. “It’s so cool to have the garden juxtaposed to the urban horizon,” he says. “You can see the 20-story Summit Chase high rise in the background. It’s so unique.” Those interested in renting a garden plot can contact Robey at 614-488-3111. “Assuming you’re a Grandview Heights or Marble Cliff resident, all you have to do is email us or call us and we will have one for you as soon as they become available,” Robey says. Stephan Reed is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@pub


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Just Desserts Decadent treats are but one highlight of the Taste of UA If there’s only one flavor you try at the Taste of UA this year, Tom English hopes it will be chocolate. A newcomer to the 19th annual event, English, owner of Upper Arlington’s Schakolad Chocolate Factory, will be offering up the store’s latest creation: homemade gelato. 28

most popular are chocolate, mint chocolate chip, chocolate mint raspberry and hummingbird, which combines flavors of banana, coconut, rum, mocha and strawberry. Expect to see at least a few at the Taste of UA, English says. With offerings like those, Schakolad will be vying for first place in the Dessert category of the Taste awards. And with 130 different vendors expected to attend this year’s event, scheduled from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, competition is sure to be stiff, say organizers from the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce. Last year, the battle for top dessert ended in a three-way tie, says Elizabeth Krause, chamber events coordinator. Caffe DaVinci, Schmidt’s and Two Bites took first place, with Leslie’s Creperie and The Original Goodie Shop taking second and third, respectively.

“It’s Italian ice cream that we make right here in the store,” English says. “All of our flavors contain our chocolate in one way or another.” Gelato differs from ice cream in that it is milk-based rather than cream-based, so it has a firmer texture. Schakolad offers 16 flavors of gelato; some of the

New this year, one festival attendee will join the panel of celebrity judges to select winners in each category. In addition to dessert, honors are given to the best appetizer and best entree. Attendees also vote on a People’s Choice award, Krause says. Returning attractions include inflatable games, rides, a larger Bier Garten and Buckeye Mobile Tours, including The Ohio State University cheerleaders and Brutus Buckeye. Musical entertainment will be on hand as well. Vaughan Music Studios is partnering with the chamber to introduce a new music festival component to the Taste. As of mid-June, the lineup included Central Planners at 5 p.m., Good Company at 6 p.m. and Grassinine at 7:15 p.m. Avalon Nine is also on the schedule. Chamber President Becky Hajost hopes the music festival, the unofficial title of which is “Local Music, Local Food,” will expand in future years. “From that whirlwind beginning in 1993, the Taste of UA has continued to grow, becoming the versatile and very successful event that it is today because of the contribution by many in the community,” Hajost says. “The Taste of UA celebrates a local taste and serves as the foundation for a year-round community effort to nurture and grow our local area businesses.” And she’s not the only one enthusiastic about the event, which will be held in Northam Park. “I’m very excited. I’m really looking forward to letting people know that Schakolad is here in Upper Arlington,” says English, who reopened Schakolad in October after it closed under previous ownership.

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