Author Archives: Betsy

Start Exploring Franklinton On The West Bank Of The Scioto River

“Go west, young lady,” I thought, as a warm, windy walk took me toward the Scioto River. Horace Greeley might have been thinking about America’s westward expansion, but my Manifest Destiny involves exploring the home of Phillip’s Original Coney Island, … Continue reading

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Climb A Smokestack To See A Glass River

Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” may have been deep, wide and hard to cross, but he might have finally found what he had been looking for in the shimmering “River of Glass” that I discovered in Mount Vernon. The River … Continue reading

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Before I Trot To Delaware For The Jug, I Paced Myself With A Show Of Horses

Since reviewing farm science prevailed over seeing Betting Line win this year, I decided I’d put on my new Pink Pony birthday duds and trot up to Delaware to see an exhibition about harness racing. A Show of Horses, recently on display … Continue reading

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Meet The Man Who Loved Nellie’s Oatmeal Cookies

Most of what inhabits my wallet is transitory, but one item has stood the test of time: my laminated tip calculation table, compliments of PIP Printing, that I picked up in high school. Tipping is tough for the mathematically challenged, … Continue reading

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How Many Battered Windows Can You Find On Brighton Road?

Did you know that taverns in frontier Columbus had live bears tethered to treadmills, pumping water stored in underground cisterns to the upper floors of the tavern so that overnight guests could bathe? How about the origin of the “shotgun” … Continue reading

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Start Your Farm Science Review Experience At 910 Wheat Street

Ride in a hot air balloon. Go whale-watching. Learn how to waltz. Solve Rubik’s Cube. See Stonehenge.  They’re all possibilities for a bucket list of unique things people dream of accomplishing. I checked off one of my own recently: Experiencing … Continue reading

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Fran’s Lemon Coconut Squares And Buttermilk Brownies Make Whitelaw’s House A Home

October 15, 1966 was an auspicious day in Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. He signed the National Historic Preservation Act, which created the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of our country’s historic places that are worthy of preservation. To … Continue reading

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