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  • New Metro Parks program

    KEVIN CORVO/THISWEEK
    Lilly Gulley, 2, (left) and Caroline Skerl, 2, viewed the underside of a black rat snake through a transparent tub during the Wild Wednesday Metro Parks program Jan. 11 at Homestead Park in Hilliard.

    Creatures featured at Wild Wednesdays

    As an 8-foot black rat snake slithered near a dozen preschool-aged children last week at Homestead Park, it was viewed with curiosity, not fear.
  • "It's a passion"

    KEVIN PARKS/THISWEEK
    Julie Gray, who has been a pet groomer for nearly 30 years, works on Luna, standard poodle, at her Northland shop Jan. 11.

    Pets part of groomer's pedigree

    Julie Gray considers herself to be a fourth-generation pet groomer.
  • ALAN FROMAN/THISWEEK
    Grandview Heights City School District Chief Academic Officer Jamie Lusher checks on the greens growing in the Tower Garden inside her office. The garden is one of nine in the district; students not only use them to grow food for the cafeterias, but to learn about everything from biology to design.

    Lessons grow in vertical gardens

    Some of the vegetables served in the Grandview Heights City School District's cafeterias are more than just farm fresh -- they're classroom fresh.
  • BARBARA J. PERENIC/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Ken Chen expanded Sushi.Com's dining room and menu by moving the restaurant a few doors down at Dublin's Shops on Muirfield.

    Short move expands Sushi.Com's dining room, menu

    After a strip-mall shuffle, Sushi.Com has settled into new digs in Dublin.
  • Marching Orders

    Check out ThisWeek's new special section devoted to the U.S. Armed Forces, with videos, stories, military notes, links and a veterans resource guide.
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Sports

  • Girls Basketball

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    Grove City senior Gina Conti reached 1,000 career points in a 55-47 victory over Teays Valley on Dec. 28. Coach Dale Corbett presented Conti with a commemorative ball prior to the Greyhounds' game with Central Crossing on Jan. 10.

    Greyhounds' Conti puts team first

    Grove City High School senior Gina Conti refrains from focusing on a prep career that has seen her excel in three sports.
  • DeSales Roundup

    BARBARA J. PERENIC/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Luke Hippler of DeSales has been a key contributor this season, averaging 9.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.6 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 assists through 12 games.

    Multi-talented Hippler keys boys squad

    Basketball would be relatively boring for Luke Hippler if all he did was roam the paint and grab rebounds, so the DeSales High School boys team's senior guard has made sure such monotony is not an issue.
  • Watterson Roundup

    JARROD ULREY | THISWEEK
    Seniors Lauren Sawyer (left) and Kiera Mulcahy each missed significant time last season with injuries but have returned this winter to help lead the Watterson girls basketball team to a strong start. The Eagles were 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the CCL before playing New Albany on Jan. 17.

    Senior duo happy to be back for girls

    It wasn't what Kiera Mulcahy wanted to be doing, but at least she had company.
  • Groveport Madison Roundup

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    Madi Young of Groveport Madison tries to protect the ball from Columbus Academy’s Tori Abell during a game earlier this season. The Cruisers were 7-7 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Capital before playing Watkins Memorial on Jan. 16.

    Girls enjoy newfound success

    This season has been quite cathartic for the Groveport Madison High School girls basketball team.
Coffman Roundup

Hossan seeks return to state wrestling meet

Wrestling has become such a big part of Jakaria Hossan's life the last five years that the days he's not doing something involved with the sport border on painful.
New Albany Roundup

Spychalski shows versatility in pool

Praise for Pearson Spychalski seems never-ending from his New Albany High School swimming coach and teammates.
City Roundup

South boys going strong

After winning its first district championship since 1986 two seasons ago, the South High School boys basketball team proved the run wasn't a fluke last season by winning 19 games for a second consecutive season and receiving a Division II district runner-up trophy.
Canal Winchester Roundup

Wolfe putting together dominant season on mat

Canal Winchester High School wrestling coach Jordan Cramer is overjoyed at senior Austin Wolfe's season to date.
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Arts.Food.Fun

  • BARBARA J. PERENIC/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Ken Chen expanded Sushi.Com's dining room and menu by moving the restaurant a few doors down at Dublin's Shops on Muirfield.

    Short move expands Sushi.Com's dining room, menu

    After a strip-mall shuffle, Sushi.Com has settled into new digs in Dublin.
  • JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Joe Kahn prepares barebecued pulled jackfruit at Condado, 132 S. High St., in Columbus. Kahn said jackfruit is an ingredient that is growing in popularity. "It mimics a lot of flavors, particularly pulled pork," making it great for vegetarian dishes, he said.

    Chefs: Asian herbs, foraging, microgreens trending

    Many restaurant observers say 2017 likely won't stray too far from what was popular in 2016: bowls, wraps and salads, locally sourced produce and hormone-free, antibiotic-free meats and poultry.
  • GARY SEMAN JR./THISWEEK
    Michelle Allen and Paul Freeth have opened Mmelo Boutique Confections, an artisan candy shop at 445. N. High St. near the North Market. All of the sweets, such as the tea cookies in the photograph, are made from scratch with organic ingredients that are locally sourced, when possible.

    Mmelo candy shop raises bar on artisan confections

    Mmelo Boutique Confections is a candy shop where handmade treats are made with organic ingredients, locally culled when possible and without the use of high-fructose corn syrup.
Same name, same spot, different business

Seventh Son to open Brewery District taproom as Antiques on High

Locally based Seventh Son Brewing Co. will create a taproom inside the vacant Brewery District property at 716 S. High St.

Restaurant switch requires parking variance

A planned switch from a drive-thru to a sit-down restaurant at 6181 Sawmill Road was nearly blocked by parking regulations.
Northwest Civic Association

Brewery approval hinges on parking

Northwest Civic Association trustees tentatively gave their support last week for variances needed so a microbrewery can open in a former carpet store at 2365 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

Hot Chicken Takeover on its way to Clintonville

Hot Chicken Takeover is making good on its name.

Staff Q&A:

What's the best use of coconut?
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