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City notes

New provider now handling city's trash collection

Effective Monday, Dec. 1, you may notice that the solid waste trucks used to service our community have a different logo on their sides.
Westerville ArtsLine

Explore artistic techniques, relax at Sip & Sketch

Sip & Sketch, a collaboration between the Arts Council of Westerville and Meza Wine Shop, is a wine tasting and casual art class that's perfect for any level of expertise.
Library lines

Chuckle through this winter's chill

It's no coincidence that ho-ho-ho and ha-ha-ha are interchangeable: laughter is an important part of the holidays. At this time of the year, there's almost nothing better than sharing a fruitcake-related belly laugh with your uncle or a spit-out-your-soda snort with your sister about the lyrics to a favorite carol you both misunderstood as kids.
Schools Notebook

Classes use common language of sports to reach out

In 2010, Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver began a huge undertaking: They set out to create a soccer ball that would not deflate if punctured, so that it was nearly indestructible.
Village Notebook

German Village Society has many things for which to be thankful

We have a lot to be thankful for around the Meeting Haus this Thanksgiving Day.
Wine Wisdom

Super Tuscan displays complexity, warmth

The 2011 Argiano Non Confunditur Rosso Toscano shows the truest expression of Tuscan land and winemaking, Wine Wisdom columnist Kate Howe says.
City notes

Upper Arlington's infrastructure planning for 2015 taking shape

The city has long recognized the disconnect between the worsening condition of our critical but aging infrastructure networks and how much maintenance work has been implemented through our capital improvement program (CIP).
Library lines

Flurry of events planned this winter

Get ready ... cold and gray is on the way! If you're one of those people who needs a really good reason to step outside during central Ohio winters, let Worthington Libraries entice you.
Balancing act

Bird feeder draws baffling coon challenge

The obsession started innocently enough. A Clintonville friend, wary of attracting rats to her feeders last year, dropped off a giant grocery bag of gourmet birdseed at our door.
As it were

Veterans’ care born from Civil War

The Civil War remains one of the great defining experiences of the American story. Issues of slavery, states’ rights and sectional distrust were resolved in the bloodiest conflict in our history. Millions of men fought in the four-year conflict and hundreds of thousands of them were killed or wounded.
As it were

First prison sat on donated land

There was no town on the "High Banks" opposite the village of Franklinton on the east side of the forks of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers until the Ohio General Assembly brought the town of Columbus into being in 1812.
As it were

WWI didn't dampen Halloween

The fall of 1914 saw what many believed would be a small war rapidly becoming what would come to be called the Great War. We would call it World War I.
As it were

Maetzel's designs span Front Street

In the wake of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century, a wave of democratic fervor swept across Europe.
As it were

Rail service linked city to world

We have lost something of America with the loss of our passenger rail traffic. We have lost something of who we are.
As it were

City had ample woods, wildlife

We live in an increasingly urbanized society with more and more people living in quite close proximity one to another.
As it were

Turnpikes debut in early 1800s

Life in frontier Franklin County was certainly not for the weak or faint of heart.
As it were

City at forefront of Prohibition

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were times of great struggle for a variety of political, economic and social reforms in America.
As it were

Newspaper history 'convoluted'

It was not the first newspaper to be published in Franklin County. Yet, The Western Intelligencer and its successors certainly had a long life.
As it were

1840s saw push for education

It is August and the public schools of central Ohio are open. This was not always the case.
As it were

Starling recalls 1840s Columbus

In July, 1846, a young man arrived in Columbus from Russellville, Ky. Starling Loving was 18 years old and a nephew of Lyne Starling, one of the four founding "proprietors" of the capital city.
As it were

Brooks built innovative prison

His mother was the first white child born on the site of what would later be Columbus. His father was a New England expatriate who, like so many others of his generation, went west to find a new life in a new land.
As it were

Township tales are complicated

Looking at a current map of Franklin County and its townships, it is easy to see the county is divided into 17 townships of various shapes and sizes.
As it were

Primitive remedies ruled frontier

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the College of Medicine at Ohio State University.
As it were

America's road comes to town

On Oct. 5, 1825, Jonathan Knight rode into Columbus at the head of a party of men. Some were soldiers in uniform. Among them was young Joe Johnston, a West Point cadet, who would later achieve some fame as a Confederate general.
As it were

1835 brought city's first theater

Much of our image of early frontier America is often described as the struggle of brave men and valiant women against the forces of nature, an endless wilderness and the dangers of attacks by vicious animals and people who did not like the newcomers very much.
As it were

July 4 feted even amid Civil War

As the United States approached the 88th anniversary of its independence in 1864, it might seem the country was not particularly in the mood to celebrate.
As it were

July 4 feted even amid Civil War

As the United States approached the 88th anniversary of its independence in 1864, it might seem the country was not particularly in the mood to celebrate.
As it were

First City Hall a sight to behold

Today when one talks about "City Hall" in Columbus, our attention is drawn to the impressive public building which has been part of the civic center along the Scioto River since it was completed in 1928.