The votes poured in from far and wide, but there could only be one top dog
of the cuteness totem pole. Thanks to our good friends at ALL PURPOSE K-9
LLC, a champion has been crowned. Columbus, meet Aurora. Aurora, we’re
rolling out the bacon-flavored red carpet for you!
Age: 7 months
Breed(s): Siberian Husky
Occupation: Full-time chewer
Number of siblings: 0
Can most often be seen: Ripping cotton out of my toys.
Favorite way to spend a Friday evening: Playing with my cousin Kitty the German Shepherd.
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Best dog park? Walnut Woods dog park in Groveport.
Cats: Impersonal or shy? Impersonal.
Squirrels: Entertainment or evil? Entertainment!
I know I’m not supposed to, but I… love to sneak into my aunt TT’s room to play with her cat and eat her cat food.
Best thing about Columbus: All the trails and parks for me to run on and play at.
To all the friendly, cuddly, and furry friends that were submitted, we want to say
you all deserve a few extra Good Boy and Good Girl treats as well as plenty of belly
scratches this month.
Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"
Simple answer: no.
H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.
Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.
That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!
Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!
The charm of old houses. The fear of old houses. Italianate or Queen Anne or American Foursquare, they are undoubtedly beautiful. But what are you getting yourself into? An endless project? A money pit? Renovations are never as easy as HGTV makes them look. But is owning one of these architectural masterpieces really out of your reach?
If you’ve ever thought about owning an older or historic home, the
resources of the Home Preservation Program, part of the Columbus
Landmarks Foundation, can help you learn to restore and preserve
the architectural beauty of an older home, not only for your own
enjoyment, but to create a historic legacy for years to come.
The slightly over three-year-old program, a free service, was started by the city of Columbus, but has since received additional sources of funding to help its mission. The program has made 182 site visits for individual homeowners.
“We’re not selling anything,” said Susan Keeny, director of the Home Preservation Program and an architect by training. “We want to go out and help people with their decision-making when they renovate homes. We also have a whole list of contractors that work on older homes so we feel confident that when we give somebody a list ... that those are people who know how to work with old buildings.”
One of the first steps of purchasing an older home is finding a qualified home inspector or structural engineer, and the Home Preservation Program offers a list of such professionals. “If you do get into structural issues, that could be expensive,” said Keeny.
The renovation process can take a while, so Keeny recommends a priority list that will get an owner moved in and stable: electricity, plumbing, and HVAC systems generally need to be brought up to code.
“Tackle the important things first, and every step you make, you’ve added life to your old house.”
Although renovation isn’t a good option for everyone, it shouldn’t be
an unnecessarily intimidating choice. Keeny points out that old or new, all
homes require care and investment. And sometimes the investment in an
older home is less than one might expect.
“You don’t have to throw out old windows. You can repair them,” says Keeny. “If your wood windows are well-repaired, and they’ve got weather- stripping and you combine them with a storm, either inside or out, you get just as much energy efficiency as with an expensive new replacement window.” Keeny added that a replacement window must be replaced in its entirety, while original windows can be repaired a bit at a time, and are likely to last longer.
In fact, any old wood that looks good probably is good, since much of it
comes from old-growth forests.
“We don’t have those forests anymore, and that wood has much denser growth rings—it’s allowed to grow longer. So it’s inherently disease-and rot-resistant,” says Keeny.
The Home Preservation Program holds hands-on workshops to
help homeowners with projects like window repair. Other popular
workshop topics have included masonry repair, porches, and garden
design. Homeowners and prospective homeowners observe that many of
the features of an older home were made with basic tools, making many
projects more manageable than they anticipated.
Eric Fryxell began work on his 100+ year-old home in Woodland Park: “I have long wanted to fix up a neglected old house. This is because I’m fascinated by the past, recycling benefits everyone, and old houses generally are more attractive and well-built than new ones.”
He reclaimed the house from a poorly-done flip. “Fortunately, the flippers were so cheap they did not damage the house. It had gorgeous original unpainted trim, the old ceilings and original walls.”
In the middle of his renovation process, Fryxell met Keeny at a Home
Preservation Program presentation, and found the connection invaluable.
“Susan was immediately enthusiastic and helpful, soon coming to my
house and working on planning the kitchen, which was the next major
and overwhelming step. She produced at least half a dozen plans and was
most generous with her time,” Fryxell said. “Dozens of times I anticipated
our consultations with pleasure, and was always inspired and comforted
by them. Susan was more than an architect. She was also a general advisor
and psychotherapist through the ups and downs of a long, exciting, and
In addition to repair and maintenance workshops, Columbus
Landmarks and the Home Preservation Program holds Saturday workshops
to help people research the history of their older homes. Fryxell has found
information on the original owner (and likely builder) of his home, as well
as others who have resided at the address throughout its history.
Fryxell has been at work for about four years on his home since its
original improvements were shoddy, but he doesn’t regret his decision to
purchase an older home.
“True, had I known that it would be so long and frustrating, I may not
have bought a house that needed so much work. At the same time, I am
really enjoying the process,” he said. “It is satisfying to have control over
the future of an old house—its quality, and aesthetics. I feel that I saved
a beautiful house from the ravages of open concept, granite countertops,
gray walls, painted trim, and recessed lighting!”
But the Home Preservation Program doesn’t see just individual houses.
It sees an entire piece of Columbus history populated in neighborhoods
with older homes, subject to neglect and possible demolition.
“Those are the ones we want to save because when those start going, you don’t get those back,” said Keeny.
To see if the Home Preservation Program can help you, visit
Everyone say “hi” to the newest kid on the block: (614) Kids Club!
Made by and for busy families, this new club helps offers parents fun and affordable ways to keep their kid(s) fed and entertained.
(614) Kids Club monthly memberships are all about helping families like yours explore the city through:
members-only monthly events
kid-friendly volunteer opportunities
Enjoy hearing “I’m bored” less and spending more time experiencing the restaurants and brands your kids love most for just $8 a month per family. Even better? 10% of all monthly memberships will be donated to local children’s charities with one goal in mind: giving families a good reason to play.
Current deals include $5 off three or more cookies from Cookie Cutter, 25% off milk and cookies at Dough Mama, $5 off Naturally Curious Kids, two free lessons at Goldfish Swim School, 25% off Homage apparel, 10% off parities at Hoot Studio, $10 off 19 Sports, $15 off at North Pointe Dance academy, 50% off Piccadilly, 30% off at Play it Again Sports, free kids meal at Roosters, $10 off Young Chefs Academy, and many more.
Want to join the club? Visit 614kidsclub.com/ for more information. We hope you come play!
In the meantime, be sure to enter your tykes into the Cutest Little Monster Contest presented by (614) Magazine and Kemba Financial Credit Union. Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite costume, too!