Gas meters, longtime iconic businesses that closed and celebrating one of the city's first and most-treasured parks dominated German Village headlines in 2016.

Gas pains -- Perhaps the longest-running story line in 2017 was the ongoing battle between Columbia Gas of Ohio and the German Village Society about a gas-line replacement project that included relocating gas meters from the interiors of houses and business to the exteriors.

The battle raged on for months until a compromised was reached late in the year.

Check, please -- After a 45-year run in German Village, Max & Erma's closed its doors Aug. 6 at 739 S. Third St. It was the original Max & Erma's, which in its hey day was a national chain.

Easy Street Cafe closed in February after nearly 25 years in business at 197 Thurman Ave.

Repurposing -- Caterina Ltd. closed after 14 years of selling fine European furniture and home decor.

The Chaddock Group, a franchisee of Ameriprise Financial, is opening an office in the vacant Caterina space, 571 S. Third St. The Chaddock Group is remodeling the building and is expected to open in spring.

Happy birthday, Schiller Park -- Schiller Park, the crown jewel of the neighborhood, turned 150 this year. The storied greenspace started out as City Park and eventually transformed into the one of the city's most-treasured parks. It once was the site of a zoo, pooling stop for volunteer soldiers serving in the Mexican-American War and the Columbus Oktoberfest.

Experience lost -- Megan Kilgore was elected to replace retiring City Auditor Hugh Dorrian. The office hadn't changed hands in nearly 50 years. Columbus City Council president Zach Klein was elected to replace retiring City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr., who spent 14 at the post. Both Klein and Kilgore began serving their terms on Jan. 1.