Thursday, April 24th, 2014

News from the Eastside

Yard sale to benefit rescue organization
Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue will hold a giant yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26 at 2692 LaRosa Drive, Grove City. All proceeds will benefit the rescue organization.

Candidate meet and greet in Reynoldsburg
A public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church to introduce candidates in the November election to the public.
Candidates for Reynoldsburg Board of Education, City Council and Truro Township Trustees will make opening and closing statements and field questions from the audience.
A “meet-and-greet” will go from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and the event will be over promptly at 9 p.m. Some candidates make themselves available afterwards for individual conversation.
Light refreshments will be served.
The event is sponsored by the nonpartisan Franklin County Consortium for Good Government, comprising civic and community groups, synagogues, churches and business associations. For further information, contact Lee Leonard at (614) 861-8637.

Flu shots for seniors offered
Flu shots will be provided by LifeCare Alliance for seniors age 60 and older, at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 19  in the Adult Lounge.
Cost is $25, and no sign-up is necessary. Insurance being accepted is Medicare Part B, HMO Cards (MediGold), Senior Advantage, Railroad Workers, United Mine Workers.
For more information, contact new Horizons 60+ Director Debbie Vinocur at (614) 559-6214.

Record number of AP Scholars at BHS
A record 88 students at Bexley High School have earned the AP Scholar designation by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams administered in spring 2009. 
Four 2009 Bexley graduates are "National Scholars," with average grades of 4 on all exams taken and grades of 4 or better on eight or more exams over the course of their high school careers.  These are Tyler Johnson, who currently attends the College of William and Mary; Aaron Adams, attending the University of Cincinnati; Eric Sachs, a student in the Honors Program at Ohio State University; and Rachel Tyroler, attending Washington University.
Thirty-seven AP Scholars earned a score of 3 or better on 3 or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Twenty-six students were named "Scholars with Honor," with an average of 3.25 on all exams taken and grades of 3 or better on four or more of the exams.  The "Scholars with Distinction" – those scoring an average of 3.5 on all exams taken and 3 or better on five or more of the exams — was at 25 this year.

Reynoldsburg Farmers Market closes for the season
The Reynoldsburg Farmers Market will close out the season Sept. 24 with a performance by Mayor Brad McCloud.
The Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Heartland Bank, is held every Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Huber Park, located at 1520 Davidson Drive, next to the Senior Center.
For more information, please call (614) 322-6832.

Turkey Shoot begins
The Summit Station Lion’s Club will be holding its Turkey Shoot at the Summit Station Lions Club, 7600 Summit Road, Pataskala on Sundays through Dec. 6. Signups start at 10 a.m.
First shoot starts at noon and goes until last shoot is done.

Violet Township Women’s League to mark 10 years
The Violet Township Women’s League will celebrate its 10th anniversary at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 with a Gala Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social.
The event will take place at the American Legion Hall, 7725 Refugee Road. There will be lots of treats and surprises, and everyone is invited to the party, including past, current and prospective members.
For more information, contact Mary Ann Yahnke at (614) 920-1668 or go to

Pickerington Senior Center holding craft bazaar

The Pickerington Senior Center will hold its annual Craft Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24.
There are 12-foot and 6-foot tables available for rent.
For more information, call the center at (614) 837-3020.

Style show, charity luncheon Sept. 24
The National City of Hope Columbus Chapter #518 is sponsoring the annual Stargazer Style Show and Charity Luncheon at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick.
For more information, contact Carole Markle at (614) 275-0208.

Steak dinner Sept. 25
The David A. Johnston Memorial Post 283 American Legion will host a fundraiser steak dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Post 283, located at 7725 Refugee Road, Pickerington.
Cost is $10, and includes strip steak, baked potato, salad and roll. The public is invited to attend.

Taste of Pickerington/Fall Fest Oct. 3

The Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Pickerington will host its annual Taste of Pickerington/Fall Fest Oct. 3.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Olde Pickerington Village and will feature local restaurants selling sampe products for $1 each, as well as feature vendors promoting and selling their products.

Military Wives Club plans luncheon for Oct. 14

The Columbus Area Military Wives Club will meet for lunch Oct. 14 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley.
Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by brunch at noon. Entertainment will be by Johnny Steiner, a singer and performer.
For more information or reservations, call (614) 231-0915 or (614) 527-9529 before Sept. 30.

Church offers ‘Parents’ Day Out’
Parkview Presbyterian Church in Reynoldsburg is registering for the Parents’ Day Out. The Parkview Parents’ Day Out will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children who are 2 to 3 years old.
The goal of the program is to provide a nurturing environment where children can grow both socially and spiritually.
The program will include art activities, literacy experiences and activities for large and small motor development.
For registration or more information, visit or call the church office at (614) 866-5451.

Cub Scouts recruiting

Local Cub Scout Pack 277 is recruiting new young men, first through fourth grade, to join Cub Scouts.
Joining Scouting is a time-honored tradition that instills honor, respect and self-confidence in young boys. It is also a great outlet for fun and adventure with activities like camping, archery, various sports opportunities, the Pinewood Derby, the Rain Gutter Regatta, visits to area attractions and more.
Sign-ups are going on now. To learn more about local Scouting, come to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road, Reynoldsburg, or call Debbie Dunlap at (614) 864-3702.

Historical Society holding flea market-book sale
The Reynoldsburg Truro Historical Society  will hold its annual Flea Market-Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the historical society’s museum grounds, 1485 Jackson St., Reynoldsburg.
Booth rentals are still available. A 10-foot-by-10-foot space can be rented for $15.  Vendors can contact Mark at (614) 868-5354 for more information or go to

Bexley Lions discount card sale begins
Starting Aug. 16, student athletes from Bexley City Schools will be knocking on doors throughout the community selling the Lions Discount Card. 
For a $10 donation, the card offers discounts for one year at area businesses including dry cleaners, restaurants, local merchants and more. 
This fundraiser is part of the Boosters continuing effort to outfit and support Bexley’s middle and high school athletic teams. The Boosters raise more than $65,000 each year in support of these teams. In recent years the Boosters have provided new gymnasium bleachers, weight room equipment, video recording and editing systems, scoreboards and improvements to Clowson Field. Future projects under consideration include improvements to the trophy case, victory bell, locker rooms and concessions stands.
Bexley Athletic Boosters is a non-profit-volunteer organization of parents and community members organized to benefit Bexley City Schools’ athletic programs.  All proceeds raised by the Boosters benefit the district’s sports facilities and student athletes. 
More information about the Bexley Athletic Boosters is available at

Columbus School for Girls students collaborate with governor’s office
Six middle and five upper school students recently met with Hollie Hinton, director of the Governor’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach (GOWIO), to discuss issues important to young women.
Hinton worked with the students to brainstorm topics of interest to girls and young women that ranged from education to economics.
The Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach is charged with engaging in public dialogue on issues as they impact women and girls in Ohio. GOWIO’s initiatives include creation of the Barbara Warner Workplace Domestic Violence Executive Order and policy, partnering with the Ohio Department of Development to host workshops for women entrepreneurs and advocating the advancement of more women into leadership roles by encouraging them to apply for appointment to Ohio’s state boards and commissions. 
The office coordinates activities of Ohio Interagency Council on Ohio Women and Girls and is currently planning a statewide women’s summit, which will take place on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2010. For more information about the Governor’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach, visit

Basketball officiating classes offered in Reynoldsburg
The Parks and Recreation Department of the city of Reynoldsburg announces the start of enrollment in the upcoming Adult Basketball Officiating Class.
The instructor will be Phil Kiser, an Ohio High School Athletic Association approved instructor in basketball officiating.
Classes will be held at the Reynoldsburg Police Department, 7240 E. Main St., on Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. A weekday class will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.  Students must attend at least 80 percent of the classes. Participants cannot attend both sessions, they must pick one.
The first Wednesday class will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. The first Sunday/Tuesday class will be held on  Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Reynoldsburg Police Department at 7 p.m. Classes will finish mid-December.
Cost of registration is $95 per student, which includes registration with the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Class size is limited.
Students who successfully complete the requirements of the class will be certified to officiate high school basketball games for the 2009 season. Classroom instruction will include discussion on the rules as well as discussion and demonstration on the mechanics of the basketball game.
For additional information about the class and to receive registration material contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (614) 322-6806.

Rescue organization looking for foster homes
Ohio Birddog Rescue, a chapter of Illinois Birddog Rescue, is looking for foster homes for rescued English Setters and English Pointers. 
For more information, contact Keely Lineback at (843) 324-3918 or go to

Pickerington residents receive scholarships
Pickerington residents Matthew Gusler and Morgan Hunter recently received scholarships from the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio (BX). They were selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement and potential future impact on the commercial construction industry.
Gusler, the son of Timothy and Lisa Gusler, is in his sophomore year and is studying engineering at Purdue University. Hunter, also in her sophomore year, is studying civil engineering at The Ohio State University. She is the daughter of David and Mimi Hunter.
This year, the member-funded program, administered by the Builders Exchange Foundation, awarded $49,250 to 47 students pursing construction related careers. Since 1959, the BX Scholarship Program has provided more than $800,000 in tuition assistance to students in construction-related fields of study.  Scholarships ranged from $500 to $2,000 per student.

CJHS requesting items for spring historical exhibit
The Columbus Jewish Historical Society (CJHS) is requesting loans or donations of items that best represent the period between 1840 and 1910, for its exhibit next spring entitled, "170 Years of Jewish Life in Central Ohio, 1840 to 2010."
The exhibit will open April 12, 2010 at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave.
"We are looking for anything from photos and paper materials to bushel baskets, kitchen utensils, and old grocery store items," Project Chair Toby Brief said. "Specifically, we’re looking for items that were brought to the U.S. from the ‘Old country,’ such as mortars and pestles or trunks."
Brief noted that CJHS will arrange to pick up and return loans, as well as copy old photographs.
In addition, those with information and/or the desire to research Columbus’ early German and Russian/Eastern European immigrants are invited to help with the exhibition.
For more information, contact Brief at (614) 238-0374 or via e-mail at

Shepard block watch, association to meet
The Shepard Community Association will meet at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Shepard/St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2260 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus. The Shepard Community Association Block Watch will meet at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Walk of Faith Christian Center Church, 2091 Dartmouth Ave., Columbus.

Boy Scouts celebrating 100
The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.
The local Boy Scout Council, Simon Kenton Council, is looking to re-connect with Boy Scouts. From now through December 2010 Simon Kenton Council is holding a major alumni search across central and southern Ohio and northern Kentucky.
The Simon Kenton Council plans to present Scouting alumni with a special lapel pin to commemorate this historic time in Scouting’s history.
For more information, go to

Bridge has come to Bexley
The Bexley-Eastmoor area now has its own ongoing Bridge game. Players gather at the JCC at 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon.
The game is open to all bridge players. If a partner is not available, players will be matched up with other players.
Duplicate Bridge rules apply and each game is scored separately, unlike scoring in Rubber Bridge.
Cost of the game is $1. Walk-ins are welcome, but advance notice is appreciated. Call Fran Kehr at (614) 251-0538. Lunch is available at the JCC for $1.50.

Vineyard Community Church holding free clinics
Vineyard Community Church, 15187 Palmer Road, Reynoldsburg, is opening five new free clinics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.
The clinics will be first come, first serve, and include computer consulting, chiropractor, vision care, legal clinic and tax preparation.
For more information, call (740) 927-7729 or go to

Career center offers help
Need help getting a job?  New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, offers men and women assistance with professional transitions.  Services include but are not limited to professional assessment, career development, networking, job search techniques, interviewing skills, financial literacy, individual counseling and placement services.
November classes are filling up fast.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to get the expertise necessary in today’s competitive job market. NDCC assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay.  Bring in this newspaper announcement and attend a class for $5. Scholarship programs are also available. 
For more information, or to register for one of three November classes – New Directions, Advanced Career Techniques, and Creating Career Options – call (219) 849-0028, ext. 100.

Short term radon kits
The city of Bexley, in conjunction with the Franklin County Board of Health, has free, short term radon testing kits available for residents to check radon levels in their homes.
Radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, but it could be a problem in a home. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. According to to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and leading cause among non-smokers.
To pick up a free radon testing kit, visit the Bexley Muncipal Building, 2242 E. Main St., Monday through Friday during normal business hours. For information call the Franklin County Board of Health at (614) 462-3859 or visit

Financial assistance
Catholic Social Services’ Senior Program has applications for the Home Energy Assistance program, Percentage of Income payment plan and AT&T Life Line. These programs one-time financial assisstance or ongoing financial assistance to low-income seniors and low-income disabled individuals. If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving this assistance, call Kim Conley at (614) 274-0095, ext. 15.

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