New children's book
A Christian children's picture book, "The Wall They Could Not See," by author Karen Seelenbinder of Madison Township, is for sale at the Christian Armory in the Eastland Mall. This breathtaking story is about a stubborn housefly, a whoosh! smack! and the power of an awesome God. To receive personalized, autographed copies, contact Karen by e-mail: email@example.com or call (614) 837-3943. The book is also available at Go Groveport, 607 Main St.; Ferne's Attic, 24 N.High St., Canal Winchester; B. Dalton, Eastland Mall; and Moments with Majesty, Pickerington.
The Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market will be open for business from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, from July 10 to September 25 in Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of Main Street. For information about becoming a vendor or other questions about the Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market contact Nadine Morse, market manager at (614) 322-6832.
•Lindsey Macklin of Bexley was named to the dean's list at Ohio Wesleyan University for spring term.
•Chesley Talisse of Reynoldsburg was named to the dean's list for spring semester at Baldwin-Wallace College.
•Army National Guard Pvt. Chase Andrews has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of William Andrews of Newark, and grandson of Juanita Burch of Bexley.
JCC winter cruise
The JCC Travel Group is planning a Caribbean cruise on board the Emerald Princess for 10 days beginning Feb. 8, 2009.
The cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and include ports of call at Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Thomas, and Princess Cay, Bahamas. Pricing starts at $970 for an inside cabin, $1,250 for an ocean view cabin, and $1,599 for a balcony cabin. Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 10 nights on board the Emerald Princess, all cruise features on board the ship, and all meals and entertainment. For information, contact Tour Leader Peggy Kaplan at (614) 235-8813 or (614) 560-5652.
Wesley Ridge celebrates
Wesley Ridge, 2225 State Route 256, Reynoldsburg, is celebrating its 10th birthday and offering the Chautauqua Celebration of Life Long Learning.
The Chautauqua experience began in the late 1800s and continued through the 1900s to provide learning and culture as a diversion during the summers. Wesley Ridge is offering an updated version of these Chautauqua presentations to provide educational, spiritual and growth opportunities for all. For information call (614) 759-0023 or go to www.wesleyridge.com for details on the Chautauqua events.
The Reynoldsburg High School Class of 1978 will celebrate its 30-year class reunion Aug. 1-3. For information visit reynoldsburgclassof1978.googlepages.com or call (614) 864-1947. Send reservations/contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn from a champion
The Next Level Football Camp hosted by Super Bowl XLII Champion, New York Giant, Dominek HIxon, will be held July 12 from 7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Registration fees are $20 if registered before July 6 and $25 the day of camp, which will include a tee shirt and lunch from Buffalo Wild Wings and Donato's of Whitehall. Payment should be made to Whitehall Yearling High School/The Next Level Football Camp . For information e-mail email@example.com. There will also be a meet and greet/auction of autographed Super Bowl items to benefit Whitehall Yearling High School. Bring a can of fruit, Rice-A-Roni or Tuna Helper to receive a raffle for each donation for a chance to win autographed football items the day of camp. The food items will be donated to Faith Mission Homeless Shelter.
Assistance available to unemployed workers
New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering men and women the opportunity to jump-start their careers. Advanced Career Techniques (ACT), a three day program, held from 5-9 p.m. on July 28-30, will help participants discover search strategies that work in today's fast-paced, competitive job market. The sessions also provide an opportunity for participants to further develop successful interviewing techniques. Placement services are available - free of charge - to graduates of the ACT class.
For more information, call NDCC at 849-0028, extension 100. ACT will be held at NDCC, 199 E. Rich St. in downtown Columbus. NDCC assists individuals - regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarships for all programs - including private career counseling - are available.
Staff writer takes first place
Columbus Messenger staff writer Sandi Latimer won a first-place award from Ohio Professional Writers for articles she wrote for the seniors editions of the Messenger.
Judges chose her articles on grandparents caring for grandchildren and the Columbus City Schools retire/rehire program for first-place in the state organization. Those entries have been forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women for national competition.
State awards were handed out at the OPW meeting June 21 at Malabar Farm State Park. National winners will be announced at the NFPW convention Sept. 11-13 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Latimer, who has been writing for the Messenger since 2001, also received second-place awards for feature stories, sports articles and history articles.
She has been a member of OPW/NFPW since 1979 and has won numerous state and national honors for her writing.
Bexley school notes
•At its June 23 meeting, the Bexley Board of Education approved a salary increase for Superintendent Mike Johnson, as well as raises for a number of other district administrators. Johnson's salary went from $145,080 in 2007-08 to $149,430 for 2008-09. He received a 3 percent raise, as did the other administrators.
•Noting that the board and district administration have kept the 2004 income tax levy campaign pledge to stay off the ballot for at least five years, Board President Diane Peterson said that Bexley will need to include a levyrequest on the ballot during the 2010-11 school year.
"The superintendent should plan to bring a representative group of residence together during the 2009-10 school year to review possible options for the next levy," according to Peterson. "Those options should be based upon the long term needs of the school district and should be designed to keep the school district in a sound financial position for a minimum of three additional years."
travels for work and play
Amy Oswalt, Cassingham's special education teacher, returned from a trip to Trinidad and Tobago on June 30, just in time to repack her bags and leave again July 8.
In Trinidad, Oswalt participated in conservation activities, such as working with blue macaws and leatherback turtles.
She expects to meet with the education director of the Asa Wright Nature Center, one of the first of such facilities established in the Caribbean to protect the diverse array of natural species.
She also plans to snorkel Tobago's Buccoo Reef.
"I am also meeting with a professor at the University of West Indies to collaborate on some language/dialect work I am doing for my Ph.D. and I will be visiting some elementary schools in Port of Spain, Trinidad," she noted.
Oswalt, a self-described travel junkie, especially enjoys combining her professional work with travel opportunities. Last summer, she traveled to Mongolia, Russia and Canada.
Starting July 8, Oswalt will attend a Summer Teacher Dialect Program at the Center for the Study of African American Language, which is housed in the one of the colleges at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
"I will be working with teachers on dialect awareness issues in education," she said.
The Center for the Study of African American Language (CSAAL) fosters and integrates "basic research on language in the African American community and applications of that research in educational, social, and cultural realms," according to the UMass Web site.
The Holy Rosary class of 1953 will hold its 55 year class reunion at the Jessing Center at the Josephinum on Sept. 7. For information call Mary Jane (Pumphrey) Ritter at (740) 929-2942.
Kids summer film festival
The Drexel Theatres will present six classic films from around the world this summer as part of the "Drexel Theatre Kids Film Festival."
All films in the Drexel Summer Kid's Film Festival will be shown at theDrexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St. in Bexley and at the Drexel Grandview, 1247 Grandview Avenue in Grandview.
Tickets are $2.50 for children 12 and under, and $3.50 for adults, students and seniors. For information on show times and films as well as special group rates call the Drexel Business Office at (614) 231-1050 or visit www.drexel.net.
Music, market & movie
The Kay Carter Band will perform at John Bishop Park in the LaCorte Amphitheater in Whitehall on July 12 from 6-8 p.m. Prior to the show there will be a farmer's market at 4 p.m., and at dusk the movie, "Ratatouille."
Whitehall dentist, Joseph Wildi, will be taking whipped cream pies in the face on July 12 for the non-profit American Pie Party to benefit the James Cancer Hospital. Donation to throw a pie is $10. Pie throwing will begin at 2 p.m. in the rear of 5150 E. Main St.
Bexley Farmers' Market
The Bexley Farmers' Market will be open for business in front of Bexley City Hall on Saturdays beginning July 12 and running through October. Hours are from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Central Ohio farmers will be featuring a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and much more. Aug. 16 will be the Farmers' Market Festival, also from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when Bexley food vendors and other businesses will have display tables with free food samples, coupons, and other information. Loosely Strung will again be performing music at the Festival in front of City Hall. For information, or to reserve a table for the Festival, contact the Bexley Development Department at 559-4255 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henry named director
Nikki Henry has been named the new director of the JCC College Avenue Early Childhood Program, and already has begun transitioning into the position, while continuing as the Camp Ora director through the summer.
Henry has been a part of the JCC's Early Childhood program for more than 26 years. She was the first recipient of the Shehechyanu Award (1998), directed the JCC College Avenue Infant/Toddler Program, served as assistant director for the JCC College Avenue Early Childhood program, coordinated the Family Parenting Center, and for the past two years, has directed the JCC North Early Childhood program. Henry also has directed Camp Yeladim, Camp Ora and Camp Chaverim during the summer months.
Ohio Theatre offers tours
In celebration of the Ohio Theatre's 80th birthday, CAPA will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the historic theatre with free, guided tours on Saturday, July 19, and Saturday, July 26, at 4:30 p.m. each day.
The hour-long tours will begin in the front lobby of the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will include a look at the history and restoration of the State Theatre of Ohio, as well as a demonstration of the "Mighty Morton" theatre organ by featured organist Clark Wilson.
Tours are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Those interested in a tour can make a reservation by sending an e-mail specifying the preferred date to email@example.com or by calling 614-469-0939. Tours do include stairs.
Columbus East reunion
Columbus East High School is looking for lost classmates. If you are a 1974 Tiger contact Sandi Potts @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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