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New children's book
A Christian children's picture book, "The Wall They Could Not See," by author Karen Seelenbinder of Madison Township, is for sale at the Christian Armory in the Eastland Mall. This breathtaking story is about a stubborn housefly, a whoosh! smack! and the power of an awesome God. To receive personalized, autographed copies, contact Karen by e-mail: email@example.com or call (614) 837-3943. The book is also available at Go Groveport, 607 Main St.; Ferne's Attic, 24 N.High St., Canal Winchester; B. Dalton, Eastland Mall; and Moments with Majesty, Pickerington.
The Whitehall Education Foundation will host a golf outing July 7 at Jefferson Country Club. Cost will be $100 per person. For information, contact Leo Knoblauch at 236-9852.
The Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market will be open for business from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, from July 10 to September 25 in Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of Main Street. For information about becoming a vendor or other questions about the Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market contact Nadine Morse, market manager at (614) 322-6832.
•Lindsey Macklin of Bexley was named to the dean's list at Ohio Wesleyan University for spring term.
•Chesley Talisse of Reynoldsburg was named to the dean's list for spring semester at Baldwin-Wallace College.
JCC winter cruise
The JCC Travel Group is planning a Caribbean cruise on board the Emerald Princess for 10 days beginning Feb. 8, 2009.
The cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and include ports of call at Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Thomas, and Princess Cay, Bahamas. Pricing starts at $970 for an inside cabin, $1,250 for an ocean view cabin, and $1,599 for a balcony cabin. Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 10 nights on board the Emerald Princess, all cruise features on board the ship, and all meals and entertainment. For information, contact Tour Leader Peggy Kaplan at (614) 235-8813 or (614) 560-5652.
Wesley Ridge celebrates
Wesley Ridge, 2225 State Route 256, Reynoldsburg, is celebrating its 10th birthday and offering the Chautauqua Celebration of Life Long Learning.
The Chautauqua experience began in the late 1800s and continued through the 1900s to provide learning and culture as a diversion during the summers. Wesley Ridge is offering an updated version of these Chautauqua presentations to provide educational, spiritual and growth opportunities for all. For information call (614) 759-0023 or go to www.wesleyridge.com for details on the Chautauqua events.
Art Around the World
Slots are still available in Bexley Schools Art Around the World class, which runs from July 7-11. Students entering grades 3-4 attend from 8:45-11:45 a.m. in the art room at Maryland Elementary; fifth and sixth graders come from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Learn about the Cold War
Bexley High School social studies teacher Mike Featherstone is teaching "Cold War: A Simulation," which allows students to assume the rolesof the major Cold War participants, research the historical background, andreact to the events of 1945-89, such as the Korean War, Berlin airlift, Cuban Missile Crisis and Space Race. The second two-week course, "Case Studies in History: Strategy and Diplomacy," begins June 30. For information call 231-7611.
The Reynoldsburg High School Class of 1978 will celebrate its 30-year class reunion Aug. 1-3. For information visit reynoldsburgclassof1978.googlepages.com or call (614) 864-1947. Send reservations/contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
This May, social studies teacher Dr. Ben Trotter announced his retirement after 24 years at Bexley High School.
Early on as an undergraduate majoring in history at The Ohio State University, Trotter planned an academic career teaching at the college level. He especially enjoyed, as he describes it, the scholarly world of research. With college level positions drying up, however, he decided to put his doctorate on hold, completed a teaching certificate and took a job at Big Walnut High School.
"I was attracted to Bexley High School by the educational reputation of the school and community," he said of his move to the Bexley district.
He eventually obtained his Ph.D., with the support of his Bexley students and colleagues, which led to his teaching some summer and evening introductory history classes for OSU freshmen.
"His work as Social Studies Department chair has led to program expansion: offering AP Government and adding a ninth grade World Studies course as well as the Holocaust Seminar," said Bexley High School Principal John Kellogg "He was also helped lead us as we ventured into adding SmartBoard technology and examined Best Practices associated with curriculum management. Most importantly, Ben kept students at the forefront of our discussions related to school improvement. His leadership will be difficult to replace."
Bexley science team wins
Bexley's science team has won the finals of the National Science Foundation's Christopher Columbus Awards.
Nan Boyle, Miranda Gammage, and Meghan Heckman spent a week at Disney World in Florida participating in various educational programs and presenting their "Trash to Treasure" project.
Their efforts earned them United States Savings Bonds, as well as a $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant, which provides seed money to help bring their idea to life in the community.
Coached by Maryland teacher Lindsay Young, the team also includes Hannah Hood, a student at Madison Christian School and the daughter of Maryland Principal Jon Hood. Their project concerned using methane as an alternative energy source.
Learn from a champion
The Next Level Football Camp hosted by Super Bowl XLII Champion, New York Giant, Dominek HIxon, will be held July 12 from 7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Registration fees are $20 if registered before July 6 and $25 the day of camp, which will include a tee shirt and lunch from Buffalo Wild Wings and Donato's of Whitehall. Payment should be made to Whitehall Yearling High School/The Next Level Football Camp . For information e-mail email@example.com. There will also be a meet and greet/auction of autographed Super Bowl items to benefit Whitehall Yearling High School. Bring a can of fruit, Rice-A-Roni or Tuna Helper to receive a raffle for each donation for a chance to win autographed football items the day of camp. The food items will be donated to Faith Mission Homeless Shelter.
Assistance available to unemployed workers
New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering men and women the opportunity to jump-start their careers. Advanced Career Techniques (ACT), a three day program, held from 5-9 p.m. on July 28-30, will help participants discover search strategies that work in today's fast-paced, competitive job market. The sessions also provide an opportunity for participants to further develop successful interviewing techniques. Placement services are available - free of charge - to graduates of the ACT class.
For more information, call NDCC at 849-0028, extension 100. ACT will be held at NDCC, 199 E. Rich St. in downtown Columbus. NDCC assists individuals - regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarships for all programs - including private career counseling - are available.
Maher now principal
The Reynoldsburg City Schools Board of Education promoted assistant principal Valerie Maher to principal of Waggoner Road Middle School. Maher will replace Georgia Banks who retired this year.
Staff writer takes first place
Columbus Messenger staff writer Sandi Latimer won a first-place award from Ohio Professional Writers for articles she wrote for the seniors editions of the Messenger.
Judges chose her articles on grandparents caring for grandchildren and the Columbus City Schools retire/rehire program for first-place in the state organization. Those entries have been forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women for national competition.
State awards were handed out at the OPW meeting June 21 at Malabar Farm State Park. National winners will be announced at the NFPW convention Sept. 11-13 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Latimer, who has been writing for the Messenger since 2001, also received second-place awards for feature stories, sports articles and history articles.
She has been a member of OPW/NFPW since 1979 and has won numerous state and national honors for her writing.
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