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  • A beard and a campaign

    LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEK
    Jane Elliott hugs Westerville North teacher and presidential candidate Ben Hartnell at his information table at the Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday: World Bazaar held Friday, July 22.

    Teacher, presidential candidate runs lesson on political process

    In a 2016 race for president of the United States that has had no shortage of characters, a Westerville man is hoping a grassroots movement, a classroom lesson and an excellent beard are enough to make waves.
  • Franklin County Fair

    KEVIN CORVO/THISWEEK
    Drew Kelm, 9, of Villa Hills, Kentucky, looks up from a plate of vanilla-cream pie July 23 during a pie-eating contest sponsored by Giant Eagle on the final day of the 2016 Franklin County Fair in Hilliard. Kelm's family traveled to the fair from northern Kentucky to participate in the demolition derby that concluded the fair's eight-day run later the same evening.

    Organizer: Heat stifled attendance, not fun

    Organizers for the Franklin County Fair are looking toward to next year's fair -- the 100th at the fairgrounds in Hilliard.
  • Shadowbox Live

    GARY SEMAN JR./THISWEEKNEWS
    Nickey Winkelman (foreground), Gabriel Guyer (middle) and Jimmy Mak are part of an ensemble that will perform "Time Machine: 1984" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Backstage Bistro, 503 S. Front St. in the Brewery District.

    1984 pop culture spoofed

    One single year of the 1980s will come roaring back to life next week at the Backstage Bistro.
  • Weather where you live

    Tips can help beat heat (part 2)

    The dog days of summer are here, and with them comes some of the hottest weather of the year.
  • JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THISWEEK
    Charlotte Turner, 7, of Newark takes a sip of her Frostop root beer July 19 at Market Street Soda Works, 14. E. Market St. in Newark. The shop specializes in soda, with more than 100 different varieties in bottles and four on tap. The soda bar opened in June.

    Newark soda shop bubbles with fresh flavors

    For Market Street Soda Works owners Tim and Liz Argyle, soda is more than simply a way to quench thirst.
  • Veterans resource guide

    Guide to benefits, health resources and more for veterans of all eras.
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Sports

  • Swimming & Diving

    LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEK
    Natalie Holub of the Worthington Blue Wave swims in the 10U girls 100-meter individual medley during the GCSL meet July 18 at Highlands Park Aquatic Center. Holub won a title in the 50 breaststroke.

    Stingrays maintain GCLS supremacy

    The Delaware Aquatic Racing Team won its eighth consecutive overall title during the Greater Columbus Swim League championship finals held July 18 and 19 at Highlands Park Aquatic Center in Westerville.
  • Swimming

    LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEK
    Chad Kegelmayer of Hunters Ridge won the 13-14 boys 50-yard butterfly and 100 individual medley to help the Seahorses finish second in the Varsity Division at the Suburban East Swim League meet July 21 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.

    Eastmoor wins fourth straight SESL title

    George Melikian and Tyler Mansfield both won three individual events to lead the Eastmoor Swordfish to their fourth consecutive Varsity Division title during the Suburban East Swim League championships July 21 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.
  • Swimming

    JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THISWEEK
    Max Imamura of Dublin Arctic swims the breaststroke in the boys 8-and-under 100-meter medley relay during the North-East-West League swimming meet July 18 at Dublin Community Pool North.

    Dublin Arctic wins NEW championship

    A season after winning the North-East-West league championship by just 2.5 points, the Dublin Arctic swimming team ended up with a much more comfortable victory July 18 at Dublin Community Pool North.
  • SCOTT HENNEN/THISWEEK
    Lance Perry, the general manager of D1 Sports Training in Worthington, takes a breather while using an elevation workout mask while training with a resistance sled.

    Mind over matter?

    Athletes and fitness enthusiasts have forever looked for that little extra -- and mostly legal -- edge.
  • MIKE MUNDEN/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Running back Jeff Backes rushed for 3,353 yards and 44 touchdowns in leading Upper Arlington to the Division I state championship as a senior in 2000 before playing in college at Northwestern.

    Series names each school's best

    Week 5 focuses on the OCC-Central Division.
Tri-County Aquatics League

Kingfish win 12th straight title

The Chevington Woods Kingfish won 30 of 77 events during the 11-team Tri-County Aquatics League championships held July 21 and 22 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool to easily capture their 12th consecutive title.
Football

Brotherly love set tone for Sawickis

Like many brothers, Mason and Brennen Sawicki have occasional battles.
Baseball

Mayers makes major league debut

Although it wasn’t the performance they had hoped to witness, a strong contingent from Grove City was proud to be a part of an important night July 24 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Field Hockey

Geiger finds 'perfect fit' at Harvard

Grace Geiger carefully thinks through her decisions in the classroom and on the playing field, employing a meticulously cerebral nature that has helped her excel academically and athletically.
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Arts.Food.Fun

  • BROOKE LAVALLEY/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    The interior of the Standard Hall restaurant, 1100 N. High St. in Columbus, has more than 5 tons of metal fixtures, accents and decor.

    Standard Hall wants to set benchmark for food, drink

    In the Short North restaurant world, where daring design is compulsory for newer venues, Standard Hall has a few breakout elements.
  • TOM DODGE/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Brothers Tommy (left) and Nick Gallo have opened the new Gallo's Tap Room in Powell.

    Gallo's brings 'affordable quality' to Powell

    The latest Gallo's Tap Room might not have a high-profile location, but it does have something many other restaurants in Powell covet: parking.
  • TYLER STABILE/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
    Co-founders Tim Struble (left) and Tony Tanner stand for a portrait July 6 inside their shop, the Butcher & Grocer, in Grandview Heights.

    New butcher shop beefs up on Ohio products

    The Butcher & Grocer might seem like a throwback to a simpler time.

White Castle exec new Restaurant Association chief

Fresh from testifying before Congress last week regarding the restaurant industry's concerns about "increasingly burdensome regulations," a man who cheerfully calls himself an "ultimate craver" discussed his new post as chairman of the Ohio Restaurant Association.

Fresh Kitchen's staples are healthful 'superfoods'

For years, Scott Cieplinski served up greasy hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and beer for the masses as a manager of stadium food services. Then he would go home and cook healthy meals for his family, full of grains, vegetables and lean proteins.

Downtown business boom

When the Greater Gouda opened about a month ago, co-owner Terri-Lynne Smiles quickly learned the customer base of the specialty grocery store in downtown Delaware would not be limited to city residents.

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