Monthly Archives: August 2015

With A “Grüß Gott” From Bishop Campbell And A Schultüte, First Graders At St. Mary School Are Off To A Great Start

My first day of first grade in September 1975 was a special occasion, but it paled in comparison to what first graders at St. Mary School in German Village experienced on their first day of school. Students, teachers, parents, school and … Continue reading

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See Covered Bridges, Preserved Prairies and Pioneer Cemeteries Along The Big Darby Plains Scenic Byway in Union County

The best Sunday-afternoon drives with my grandparents involved going to see a “garage.” That was my name for the covered bridges that we explored throughout central Ohio. As we walked or drove across them, we’d study how they were built, … Continue reading

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At The Jubilee Museum, A Cat’s Namesake Holds A Fish In A Miraculous Way

I saw six old friends during the St. Mary sesquicentennial celebration last week, and I’m ashamed to admit I had forgotten all about them. Every Sunday morning, I looked at them, thought how beautiful and reverent they were, and was fascinated … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Traffic-Stopping Sesquicentennial Procession Brought Us Home to German Village

Last Friday, a Bavarian bricklayer named Johann Ranft treated my mother and me to one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. Ranft (1821-1880) was a founding member of St. Mary Catholic Church in German Village, the chairman of … Continue reading

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“Would I Were In Grantchester” and the Lambeth Palace Library

My “Destinations To Visit” folder has two new entries: London’s Lambeth Palace and Grantchester in Cambridgeshire, England. It all started last winter, when I watched “Grantchester,” a six-episode PBS MASTERPIECE Mystery! series.   The programs are based on the Grantchester … Continue reading

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