Pickerington October 2015

That's a Stretch

Photo by Mark Layman

It’s seven o’clock in the morning on Noodle Day when John and Eleanor Samborsky arrive at the Pickerington Senior Center. Eleanor loads the dishwasher with trays while John begins mixing the dough. He doesn’t use measuring spoons... Read more


Space Boy and His Sister Dog By Dian Curtis Regan Niko and his sister live on Planet Home with their parents. Niko has a dog, Tag, and his copilot, Radar. Niko has a pesky sister, Posh, but she is not part of the story... Read more

Arts + Entertainment

As we enter the autumn months, the evenings become cooler, and the outside world changes from shades of green to an array of orange, red and brown. The dynamics of life change as children return to school, whether it is kindergarten or college. We... Read more


Tracy Zullo knows firsthand that Pickerington is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Zullo, who has been a resident of the City for 10 years, became Pickerington’s new Utility Billing Clerk in May. Zullo came to Pickerington with... Read more

Local Profiles

With fall quickly approaching, it is time to start preparing for the holiday season. The Violet Township Fire Department will again partner with the Pickerington Local School District and multiple other agencies to help those in need... Read more


Several new construction projects have started or will be starting soon within Violet Township. The Mingo Estates Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2, has begun. The project involves the replacement of... Read more


As winter approaches and you see that first dusting of snow or heavy frost on the landscape, you might want to take a second glance at one plant specifically around your home. The eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), sometimes referred to as... Read more

Outdoor Spaces

Pickerington children and adults will be enchanted and whimsical as the City is transformed into a Haunted Village in October and the North Pole in December. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Haunted Village comes to life, offering... Read more


The Taste of Pickerington is an event the entire family can sink its teeth into on Saturday, Oct. 3. For about 12 years, Olde Pickerington Village on West Columbus Street has been the tastefully delicious venue in October for... Read more



Photo by Scott Cunningham

This year has marked a major milestone for Pickerington resident Edwin “Eddie” Leibbrand. April 2 was the 70-year anniversary of the day he and 3,363 other American troops were liberated from Nazi prison camp Stalag IX-B. Read more

Local Profiles

Petrified Past

Photo courtesy of Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society

Though history is usually content to remain still at the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum, one night a year, it likes to get up and stretch its legs a bit. The Haunted Village, Olde Pickerington Village’s annual... Read more


Ending on a High Note

Photo courtesy of Alan Waterhouse

Alan Waterhouse was once challenged by a music teacher to practice the cello every day. She gave her students goals such as practicing 50 days in a row. Waterhouse – now a 17-year-old senior at Pickerington High School North – practiced for... Read more


Friends in Need

Photo courtesy of Karma Whitford

Though Forgotten 4-Paws has about 15-20 kittens who need homes, older cats make up the bulk of the Pickerington nonprofit’s population. About 80-90 adult cats, ages 8-14, live in foster homes. Volunteer Lesa Branam of Columbus says the kittens... Read more


Laughs from Life

Photo courtesy of Shereen Younes

This past December, comedian Rye Silverman performed here in central Ohio alongside fellow comedians Maria Shehata and Laura Sanders in an all-female comedy show titled “Busted.” But this wasn’t Silverman’s first time in central Ohio. She’s... Read more


Scarlet and Gray

Photo courtesy of Charles Burrus

“This is Buckeye Nation here,” says Cheryl Fey, but she’s not talking about the Shoe. At Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, where Fey serves as activity coordinator for independent living, the residents and staff bleed scarlet and gray. Read more