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Roosters 22.6% of 5,276 votes Between the various games of different sport persuasions playing on the multitudinous screens, to the memorabilia on the walls, Roosters screams SPORTS! Which game are they playing today? All the games. Everywhere. And if you ask Columbus's Best Wait Staff extra nicely, they might even switch around the channels, so [...]
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22.6% of 5,276 votes

Between the various games of different sport persuasions playing on the multitudinous screens, to the memorabilia on the walls, Roosters screams SPORTS! Which game are they playing today? All the games. Everywhere. And if you ask Columbus’s Best Wait Staff extra nicely, they might even switch around the channels, so you can watch your game from your seat in front of Columbus’s Best Wings.

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2 Winking Lizard 14.2%

3 Buffalo Wild Wings 12.4%

 

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Wouldn’t change a day

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He’s a celebrity to Columbus Crew fans, but he didn’t even watch a soccer game live until he was in his late 70s or early 80s. Now those same Crew fans have a chance to wish Henri Cronagle a happy 100th birthday.

Cronagle, grandfather to former Crew player Alex Cronagle (now with Birmingham Legion FC), earned his fame through his gregarious support of Alex’s teammates and the warm hugs he shared with them before the game. 

Originally, the World War II veteran planned on holding a birthday party Saturday with 150 guests at a local VFW. 

While COVID-19 has wrecked his plans, it has given the wider community a chance to recognize Cronagle’s contributions as a former member of the Coast Guard, a carpenter, a father, friend, and fan. 

His daughter-in-law, Karen Cronagle, is organizing a campaign to have Henri receive birthday cards from all those who have fallen in love with his affable smile and zest for life. You can join the campaign here:

https://twitter.com/kcrognale/status/1273656814845014016?s=20

Cronagle says he is already receiving 5-7 cards a day from all over the country. 

There is an additional effort underway to organize a parade of sorts through Cronagle’s neighborhood Saturday. Details are available here for those interested in participating:

https://twitter.com/kcrognale/status/1273656817739063297?s=20

The family is also asking people to consider giving to Honor Flight Columbus, an organization created “to honor our nation's senior veterans with a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit their war memorials at no cost to them.”

Cronagle voluntarily joined the Coast Guard shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. He ended up serving there himself, working in port security. He was later shipped to the Hawaiian island of Kauai to perform a similar role there. Following that came duties on a Coast Guard fireboat. 

After his military career, he went home to Warren, Ohio, worked in carpentry and raised a family, including the aforementioned grandson who spent time with the Black and Gold. 

Before the pandemic, Henri would wake up every day at 6:30 a.m. to meet a group of around two dozen regulars at McDonald’s for breakfast. He’s been unable to meet with that group of friends, and the man famous for his hugs hasn’t been able to share one for a while. 

However, that hasn’t dimmed his enthusiasm. When asked what his favorite memory of the past century has been, he had a quick answer: 

“I wouldn’t change a day,” he said. 

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Standard Hall, two others reportedly closed

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Photo by: Julian Foglietti

According to multiple news outlets, including 10tv.com, the beleaguered Short North hot spot Standard Hall is once again closed temporarily after one of its employees allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The original Facebook and other social media posts that led to the news reports have been removed from Standard Hall's social media sites.

Standard Hall was one of the first establishments to reopen once COVID restrictions were lifted and was immediately one of the first to close due to violations. It reopened just three weeks ago.

The state does not require a restaurant to close after an employee tests positive but strongly recommends it. In this case, two other Corso Ventures establishments are reportedly closed because the same employee was within both places: the Short North Pint House and Short North Goody Boy. The now deleted Facebook post supposedly said they were closing all three for a short time to deep clean each of the establishments.

You can stay tuned for updates here or on Standard Hall's Facebook page.

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Toledo officer killed; Statehouse flags to fly half staff

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Photo courtesy Fox 8 Cleveland provided to them by Ohio Going Blue

Governor Mike DeWine issued a statement this morning after Toledo police officer Anthony Dia was killed in the line of duty this morning around 12:30 a.m.

DeWine has ordered Statehouse and Lucas County flags at half staff through his funeral service, expected next week.

"Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia in the line of duty," DeWine stated. "We extend our sympathy to his wife and 2-year-old child, his other family members, and his colleagues in the Toledo Police Department.  To honor the life and service of Officer Dia, I have ordered that the flags in Lucas County and at the Statehouse be lowered to half staff beginning tomorrow and through his funeral service."

You can read the in-depth account, including witness statements and video of the event on the Toldeo Blade website here.

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