German Village Gazette

Realtor and restaurateur honored by German Village Society


Two local residents who have faithfully contributed their time and energy to the neighborhood have been honored by the German Village Society.

Realtor Terri Dickey received the Frank Fetch Award and Scott Heimlich was given the Village Valuable Award.

The annual prizes were presented at a ceremony June 30 following the Haus und Garten Tour.

The Frank Fetch Award is given to an individual for outstanding service to the community.

It was named after Frank Fetch, a founding member of the German Village Society, whose efforts led to the neighborhood being designated a historic district.

"I can't think of an activity that Terri Dickey has volunteered for and not done well," said Bill Case, president of the Society's board of trustees.

"She not only performs, but has inspired others to get involved," Case said.

"And she's done it for 40 years."

Dickey, a 40-year resident of the village, has been a member and officer of the society's board of trustees, was a charter member of the Village Singers, served as chairwoman of the Haus und Garten Tour, was chairwoman of the first and many subsequent PreTours and volunteered extensively at Oktoberfests.

"Every bit of it was fun," Dickey said. "Just because I got an award doesn't mean I'm going to stop doing it."

She said she will reach out to young people to carry on the tradition of volunteering.

"I just want them to be ready when I'm ready to hand over the reins," Dickey said.

Heimlich, owner of Barcelona restaurant, which he purchased 11 years ago, has long supported neighborhood business collaboration, promoting the village and better connecting it with the rest of Columbus.

"The village has been good to me for the last 11 years," Heimlich said.

"It's been a great place to have a business. I feel like I'm a part of the community and can't imagine being anywhere else."

He has helped revive the annual Art Crawl, served as chairman of Village Lights and supported and donated to German Village Society, Business Community and Garten Club events.

"He's been a leader in bringing together German Village businesses in harness with the society," Case said.

On a related topic, Bethia Woolf, founder of Columbus Food Adventures, received the Fred & Howard Award at a special ceremony June 18.