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Westerville plans shredding day

As part of a larger effort to help Westerville “go green,” the Westerville Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with Fireproof Record Center to offer residents an opportunity to safely and securely dispose of sensitive household documents. The Fireproof mobile shredding truck will be on-site to dispose of your personal documents. Individual households may shred up to five boxes for free.

Saturday, April 28
10 a.m. – noon
Hoff Woods Park
556 McCorkle Blvd.

For more information, please contact Laura Horton, Westerville Parks & Recreation Program Manager, at (614)-901-6512.

ASHLAND TO HOLD RECYCLING DAY – Ashland University’s Recycling Department will hold an Electronic Recycling Fundraiser on April 28 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The fundraiser will be held beside Fraternity Circle off Broad Street on the AU campus.

The Recycling Department will be collecting old, outdated electronics and equipment. They will accept computer and office equipment such as laptops, hard drives, monitors and printers; also household equipment like toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, and alarms. Security and communication equipment as in cameras and cell phones; and personal electronics such as radios, stereo equipment, and iPods will be accepted.

Medical equipment as in lab equipment and nursing station electronics and finally industrial equipment like motors, switches, and transmitters also will all be accepted at the fundraiser. Televisions and large appliances are two of the only items that the fundraiser will not accept.

BYE, BYE BIRDIE – Columbus Academy Student Theatre will present “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. on April 27-28. The musical comedy set in 1958 will star (left to right in picture) seniors Will Westwater, Faith Christiansen and Alex Farrenkopf and junior Emily Carlin in leading roles. Tickets are $7 and can be reserved in advance by clicking here or purchased at the door of the Schoedinger Theatre lobby on the night of the performances.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday’s View From The Pugh column features upcoming local events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Westerville plans Bunny Hop 5K

Westerville will present the Bunny Hop 5K April 7 at Hoff Woods Park, 556 McCorkle Road.

The morning will consist of an adult 3.1 mile race at 8 a.m. with a youth race (100 yard dash) beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Westerville Parks Foundation.

Cost for adults is $30 in advance, $40 on the day of the race. Youth cost is $10 with a participating adult.
In addition, a pancake breakfast is slated 8 a.m. that morning. Cost is a monetary donation.

Register at

Later that morning, Westerville will host its annual Spring Eggstravaganza 10 a.m. April 7 at the park’s softball fields.
Colored eggs and special prize eggs will be hidden in the ballfields. Parents are asked not to help their children during the egg hunt (except for children age 2 & under).

The event is for children 8 years old and under.

READING SERIES SCHEDULED – The Ashland University English Department has set its Spring 2012 Reading Series that will feature a fiction reading by Jennifer Haigh on April 9 and a nonfiction reading by Richard Hoffman on April 16.

The readings will take place in Room 138 of the Dwight Schar College of Education and are free and open to the public. The readings will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 419-289-5110.

FINDLAY STUDENTS FARE WELL AT JAPANESE COMPETITION – Kenneth (Mike) Gillum and Justin Wheeler, students at The University of Findlay, were selected as finalists for the Japan-American Society of Central Ohio’s (JASCO) 13th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest at The Ohio State University.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Thursday’s View From The Pugh column features upcoming local events. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Westerville plans senior event

Westerville will host a Serving Our Seniors event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 31 at Westerville North High School.

This free event is designed to serve the senior community by providing awareness and safety education about insurance scams and identity theft. Vendors will be in attendance to answer questions and to provide more information about the available services designed to protect the senior community. Door prizes and a free lunch will be provided while supplies last.

Gaffigan to debut new stand-up special online

Jim Gaffigan has announced he will debut his new stand-up special “Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe” on his web site,, in April.

The special will be available for download for $5, and a dollar from each download will go to to The Bob Woodruff Foundation; a charity dedicated to serving injured veterans and their families.

Gaffigan is following the model of fellow comedian Louis CK, who earned over $1 million in the first 11 days after its release in December.

“I am confident that the low price of my new comedy special and the fact that 20% of each $5 download will be donated to this very noble cause will prevent people from stealing it,” Gaffigan said in his announcement. “Maybe I’m being naive, but I trust you guys. Besides who would want the karma of stealing money from wounded Veterans? Come on you guys. How dare you even think about it?

It’s a fascinating move. Hopefully more musicians/comedians will follow suit.

Gaffigan will be at Playhouse Square in Cleveland May 12. You can buy tickets here.

MANDISA ON HER WAY TO WESTERVILLE – Mandisa and Laura Story will take their Girls Night Out tour to Grace Polaris Church in Westerville 6:30 p.m. April 22. You can buy tickets here.

EX-IDOL TO SING AT FINDLAY – As part of the Music Bach’s Series at The University of Findlay, singer-songwriter and guitarist Caleb Hawley will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Alumni Memorial Union (AMU). There is no cost to attend, and tickets are not required.

The audience is encouraged to bring lunch or purchase lunch from The Cave inside the AMU. Concert-goers may come and go during the show as schedules permit.

Hawley, from New York City, recently released a CD, “Steps,” that has drawn fans of pop, jazz and modern folk music. He also earned fans after appearing on Season 10 of American Idol.

COMING TO COLUMBUS – Sleeping at Last will be in concert May 20 at Newport Music Hall with Christina Perri.

You can buy tickets here.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith items. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column. Photo from Gaffigan’s web site).

REVIEW: Simple approach works for Steven Curtis Chapman on tour

An unique format worked for Steven Curtis Chapman, Andrew Peterson, Josh Wilson Friday night during their “Songs and Stories” tour stop at Grace Polaris Church in Westervile.

The three songwriters were all on the stage for a large part of their three-hour concert, performing songs and telling stories from their careers.

Their simplified approach worked well for all of the songwriters.

“This tour has been a great opportunity to share the stage with these guys,” Chapman said. “We’re humbled these songs have been mile markers on your faith journey.”

Chapman, backed by Peterson and Wilson at various points during his set, performed many of his hits throughout a 25-year career, including “Live Out Loud,” “Dive,” “Heaven in the Real World,” “Great Adventure,” “Lord of the Dance” and “I Will Be Here.”

His love for adoption and family was clear as he shared the story of adoption and the launch of Show Hope, a charity which helps families seeking to adopt orphans.

He shared the story while singing “When Love Takes You In” while a video of adopted families played on the video screen.

Chapman also shared his story of losing one of his adopted daughters, Maria, during a rollover accident, in 2008, before singing “Cinderella.” “Heaven is the Face,” “Yours and “I Surrender All.”

“Your prayers are a big reason why I can stand here and play these songs,” Chapman said.

He also shared how he was praying for a Nashville family who lost a child this week with a similar accident.

Peterson and Wilson both did well in their individual sets.

Peterson’s sense of humor was a nice compliment to his passionate songs and Wilson’s performance was highlighted by a fascinating instrumental guitar version of “Amazing Grace.”

Findlay Symphonic Band to present Pops Concert

The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present the fourth annual Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary TLB Auditorium.

The theme for this year’s concert is “Dancing with the Stars.” Students from Toledo School for the Arts will join the groups for several selections.

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE HAIR BOWS – Westerville will hold a Mom and Me Making Hair Bows class 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Westerville Community Center.

The class is designed for girls 5 and up.

Cost is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents.

To register, call 614-901-6500.

FACULTY ARTIST CONCERT SET AT MALONE – The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present the next in its Faculty Artist Series Monday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program – featuring Lara Troyer, soprano; Suzanne Tirk, clarinet; and Eric Charnofsky, piano – is free and open to the public. A program follows.

LOW TUITION INCREASE AT ASHLAND – At its meeting on Jan. 27, the Ashland University Board of Trustees approved the lowest increase in tuition, room and board costs on record at Ashland University. The board approved a total of 1.1 percent increase in Ashland University tuition, room and board fees for the coming 2012-2013 academic year.

“The University’s administration and Board of Trustees are serious about helping to make a private education more affordable for students and their families,” Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks said. “We are sensitive to the increasing pressure on students and parents to finance their education and this move shows that we are doing everything possible to contain costs.”

The 1.1 percent increase represents a $428 increase in costs and the lowest increase since records were first kept at the University.

Guest blog: IRS announces standard mileage rates – most rates remain the same as July

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog is courtesy of Dave Krebs from CPA Advisory Group in Westerville. He can be reached at 614-942-1990 ext 100)

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on January 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

• 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven
• 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
• 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The rate for business miles driven is unchanged from the mid-year adjustment that became effective on July 1, 2011. The medical and moving rate has been reduced by 0.5 cents per mile.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs as determined by the same study. Independent contractor Runzheimer International conducted the study.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

Note: A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

Westerville plans tree lighting ceremony

Santa claus will make one of his first appearances in Westerville 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Westerville City Hall, 21 S. State St.

The night also features holiday caroling and sweet treats.

Grace Polaris to hold seminar on taxes

Grace Brethren Church in Columbus will hold a seminar called “Payments to Caesar: How to reduce them” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3 in DC211.

Kent Semple will present information on how to be a good steward of those resources God has entrusted to you regarding taxes.

Call 614-410-4289 to register.

Longterm care seminar planned at Grace Brethren Church in Westerville

Longterm care issues are a growing concern for our loved ones-parents, grandparents and children alike. The emotional, physical, and financial burdens can be overwhelming.

For information about the different facets of longterm care planning and what you might expect when facing a longterm care situation, Grace Brethren Church will hold a special seminar 7-9 p.m. Oct. 13 in DC200.

This is the first session in our 2011-2012 Finance Education series. Distinguished OSU professor, Dr. Bill Rives, will share his expertise. Please bring material for note taking and your questions. If you have any questions or would like to register, please e-mail or call 614-410-4289.