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August 27, 2015 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments


Neighbors Plan Intros To Rest Of South Side

August 26, 2015 by admin in News & Events with 1 Comment

Joel Teaford and I, Julie Hochman, are both German Village residents who are involved with changes being made to Parsons Avenue and the South Side of Columbus.  Joel and his wife have lived in German Village for over 40 years and raised their family here.  He is a lawyer who has chosen to devote his time to helping promote positive changes on Parsons Avenue and the South Side of Columbus.  I moved to the Village last summer with my husband, Alan. Since moving to German Village, I, too have become involved with the South Side through the United Way South Side Leadership Program and through volunteering opportunities on Parsons Avenue.

Joel and I will periodically be writing articles in the German Village Newsletter to let residents know about developments going on, volunteer opportunities and business opportunities in areas that might seem very unfamiliar to you right now.  The new Crest restaurant recently opened on Parsons and Livingston and is just one way that German Village residents can make their way over to an area that has recently been transformed (both Joel and I have eaten there and we can attest to the fact that the food is delicious and the ambience is great).  Other places that we will introduce you to in our articles are Bicycles for All People where you can not only get your bicycle fixed, but you can learn to make your own repairs as well as purchase or donate a bike.  Then there is the Free Store on Parsons Avenue – a convenient place to donate gently used clothing and household items as well as a perfect venue to volunteer your time.  There is much talk regarding other developments along Parsons and on the South Side – the Reeb Center, which is due to open next month, is just one example.  We hope to familiarize you with the Reeb Center and other interesting projects as they go from concept to fruition.  Stay tuned. Our hope is that over time there will be less of a separation between German Village and other neighborhoods within the South Side of Columbus, and that you too will explore the boundaries near south side outside of our wonderful neighborhood.

Please feel free to contact either one of us if you have questions or items of interest to contribute.  My email is and Joel’s is


Preservation Spotlight: Hidden Bins

August 26, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

Trash and recycle bins are incredibly useful, but they are also not the prettiest. Jeff and Roy were sick of their rental property’s bins being on display and created a solution that can be staff approved by the Columbus Historic Preservation Office! By constructing a fence, the bins have been eliminated as a street clutter concern. Walk south of the Book Loft on Third Street and you can see this clever solution yourself!


Myth Busting: German Village Commission

August 26, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

– by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

The Myth: Everything that has been done in German Village has been approved by the commission.


Shed dormers engaged with the roof line are no longer permissible by current German Village Commission standards.

Many people come to a German Village Commission meeting with photos of other properties in the neighborhood as a reference for their home improvement project. While walking around the neighborhood can be a good for a sense of direction, it can also be deceptive for two different reasons.

  1. Not all projects in the neighborhood have been completed with a Certificate of Appropriateness. Many projects done without a COA are caught by code enforcement, but some have not been discovered until a substantial amount of time has passed (sometimes code enforcement finds things a decade later!). When a code violation has been discovered, it commonly goes to the commission and the commission votes on the item and a compromise or a modification is made. Sometimes people drag out the process and do not attend commission meetings and follow the process to avoid having to fix their code violation.
  2. The German Village Commissions guidelines are not the same as when they were originally created in 1989, and preservation standards have evolved. What was approved in the early years of German Village restorations may not be acceptable today. One example is that dormers are no longer allowed to be attached to the ridge line. Instead, they have to rest below the ridge and not overwhelm the house and run the entire length. Or, some additions that were approved in the past would not be approved today due to how close they sit to the sidewalk. Preservation has evolved with a growing understanding of how old buildings function and what methodologies work best in German Village.

Walking around German Village can help inspire home improvement projects, but do not rely on what others have done as a guarantee that it would be approved on your home. Each property is considered to be unique with its own history. Email me at or call 221-8888 with your guideline and Certificate of Appropriateness questions.

German Village Vetting Experts To Help Deliver Strategic Plan

August 19, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Executive Director Shiloh Todorov

We are six months in to work on our new strategic plan and the board, committees and staff are humming along toward completion of the projects you told us are important to you. Sarah Marsom is busy vetting the next sidewalk workshop as she leads our effort to deliver on your No. 1 priority – safe, brick walkways. Mark Weiss is taking the results of a four-month Communication Task Force to figure out how we can better align our website design to deliver the information you need.

These are just two of 22 items outlined in the strategic plan that need new dollars to make real. Membership and event dollars sustain the projects, programs, staff and building you see now but we’re never going to – for instance – complete Third Street by selling more tickets to Haus und Garten Tour.

Successful nonprofits across the city combine memberships (or annual campaigns), events and contributions from individuals who believe in the cause. It’s that last leg of the stool we’ve never fully built for German Village Society, even though trustees have been studying it since long before I joined the effort.

It’s been 6.5 years since the board accepted the report of the New Business Model task force, which noted:


  • Reduce our reliance on fundraising from weather-dependent events (currently 81% of our budget relies on these weather-dependent events)
  • Broaden and enhance our base of funding and support


  • Align staff with the German Village vision
  • Establish a comprehensive development/fund-raising plan
  • Reduce the risk associated with Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest went to the fairgrounds with Schmidt’s that same year. In April 2015, trustees approved job descriptions that align staff to the strategic plan. Those are two MAJOR accomplishments from the list, but the big 3 remain.

We have not in recent times been at a better juncture to finally implement the ideas embraced 6.5 years ago. The strategic plan shows you, our community, what we intend to do with your investment.

I’ve prepared a request for proposals seeking to help us identify the talent we need to hire to finally develop that third leg of our giving stool. We have strong membership, which exactly covers the cost of our building. We have a very strong events play that exactly matches current staff salaries (as long as it doesn’t rain).

(If you missed all of the projects and programs that staff are responsible for, please click yesterday’s link to the minutes and read my report!)

And we know you neighbors – you are SO VERY GENEROUS in your support of specific projects that ignite your passion. We’ve seen your track record, supporting benches at Schiller, securing the future of Huntington Garden, investing to buy our current building and many, many other projects. We just need a little help organizing ourselves to connect you with the passions and ideas you want to support.

But it is more than connecting neighbors with projects. We need help identifying where our priorities overlap corporate and foundation priorities, and how we might partner with them. We need to widen our net to win grant money for our mission-centric projects.

Confused? Concerned? Can’t wait to write a check to follow your passion? Let’s talk! 221-8888 or

Standing Seam Roofs In The Village

August 19, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

8.20roofWhen people think of roofing materials in German Village, they typically think slate. Slate tiles are the traditional roof materials for German Village, with wood shingle preceding slate. In the 20th century, asphalt shingle roofing was invented and began to replace some of the slate roofs in the neighborhood. Throughout the neighborhood today you can see slate, asphalt, and metal roofs.

Metal roofing has been used in architecture for thousands of years, literally. Copper was used as the roofing material for the Pantheon, to name one historic example of metal roofing. By the mid-19th century, metal roofs were popular throughout America due to the ease in manufacturing and the longevity of their lifespan.

The advantages to having a metal roof are the following: they withstand winter weather well, many are made out of recycled materials, and can last for decades when maintained. Metal roofing can last two to four times longer than asphalt shingle!

Negatives of a metal roof would be the maintenance required to avoid rust and corrosion and copper roofs are targeted by thieves. The maintenance required to ensure a sustained lifespan of a metal roof is recoating the metal with special metal paint. A roofing professional will have the skill to recoat a metal roof with a protective barrier. Repainting will not have to be done on an annual basis.

When choosing between contemporary materials for your roof, asphalt shingle versus metal, it is important to consider the impact your roof material has on the environment, your home’s energy efficiency, and the longevity of the roofing material. Do you have questions about your roof or would like to learn more about metal roofing? Email me at or call 221-8888.

A Salute To The 6th Marine Division Of WWII

Getting off the busA bus with Veteran WWII Marines arrived at the Meeting Haus on Wednesday to begin their 70-year reunion. They took a guided tour of German Village, led by Jerry Glick, on their way to Ohio State to visit Ohio Stadium.  Barcelona Restaurant even customized a menu for the group’s visit.

Veteran Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and patriotic neighbors were invited to meet these extraordinary gentlemen as they were welcomed to the Meeting Haus.  The goal was to recognize these Marines who are a living part of American history.

They were welcomed by Ohio Senator Jim Hughes and Rick Isbell, the City of Columbus Veteran’s Coordinator, with a musical presentation by the Columbus Police and Fire Pipes and Drums. CPD Marines, veterans, and officers showed  that Columbus, Ohio appreciates the service and sacrifice of the 6th Marine Division of World War II.

IMG_8920Additionally, on Friday, August 21, at 10 a.m. these Marines will lay a wreath at the Ohio Statehouse in remembrance of those Marines who did not make it home.  “Taps” will be performed by Columbus Police Officer Robert Carter.  The wreath laying will take place on the East side of the State House where the veteran’s section is located.  Again, all are welcomed to attend.

The Society would like to thank our 11th Precinct officers and the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums unit for allowing the neighborhood to be part of this special day. Thank you to neighbor Jerry Glick for organizing the group’s Village visit.

10TV ran the story on the 6 o’clock news that evening and you can watch the story at the link below.

Okinawa Veterans Gather To Remember, Honor Those Lost In Battle

A bit of 6th Marine Division History:

Formation on the Solomon Islands

The 6th Marine Division was formed on Guadalcanal in the southern Solomon Islands on September 7, 1944. The 6th division was formed from three infantry regiments, the 4th, 22nd and 29th Marines, and other units such as Engineer, Medical, Pioneer, Motor Transport, Tank, Headquarters, and Service battalions. The core cadre around which the division was formed was the former 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, which included the 4th and 22nd Marine Regiments, plus their supporting artillery battalions – these artillery battalions were later consolidated into the 15th Marine Regiment.  The 4th Marines was originally formed in 1911 and spent many years in China prior to WWII. They were known as the Chine Marines. They were decimated during the early part of WW II on Bataan, but were reactivated to become part of the Sixth. They were composed of the former Raider Battalions which distinguished themselves during the early stages of the War.

The 22nd MARINES was formed on April 1, 1942. It was assigned to duty on Samoa and in February 1944, distinguished itself in the Eniwetok Campaign. It became part of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade and participated in the invasion of Guam. The 1st Battalion, 29th Marines, was blooded in the Saipan Campaign, being instrumental in the capture of Mount Topatchau. “A” Company landed on Tinian. The artillery units of the 4th, 22nd, and 29th Marines were consolidated to form the 15th Marines. The 6th Marine Division was in existence for only 19 months and was the only Marine division to be formed and disbanded overseas, never to see service in the United States.

The Battle of Guam ended in August 1944 and the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade was called to Guadalcanal along with the 1st Battalion, 29th Marines, which had served with the 2nd Marine Division in the Battle of Saipan on the Mariana Islands. With a core of all these veterans incorporated into the new division, the 6th was not considered “green” despite being a new formation- most of the men were veterans of at least one campaign and many were serving a second combat tour, half the forces in the 3 Infantry Regiments were all veterans, and some units were even 70% veterans. The 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 29th Marines disembarked from the United States on 1 August 1944, and landed on Guadalcanal on 7 September 1944 to further stand-up the Division. The now fully manned 6th division underwent “rugged” training on Guadalcanal between October and January before it was shipped 6,000 miles to land as part of the III Amphibious Corps on the island of Okinawa on 1 April 1945.

Out With The Old, In With The New At Frank Fetch Park

August 12, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

8.13oldbenchThe Garten Club is getting new picnic table benches for Frank Fetch Park. The existing concrete tables and wooden benches are nearing the end of their lifespans and they need to be replaced. During the past few months, the Garten Club and the City Recreation and Parks Department have developed a plan to make significant improvements to the east side of the park.

In October, Recreation and Parks crews will remove the three existing tables and benches as well the cracked concrete pad under the tables. The Recreation and Parks Department will then pour new concrete and install the new picnic tables and benches (bolting the tables and benches into the concrete).

The three new picnic tables are made of steel that has been coated with a zinc rich epoxy then finished with a black polyester powder coating. Each table is 8′ long and 30″ wide (the current tables are 7′ long). The table and benches were selected from a city-approved catalog.

8.13newbenchThe new concrete pad and the tables and benches have been approved by the Recreation and Parks Department and the City of Columbus Department of Development – Historic Preservation and the German Village Commission. The new picnic tables and benches will be placed approximately where the current tables and benches are.

Each of the table and bench sets will cost $4519.34 (this is the city’s discounted cost). The Garten Club has undertaken this project as part of their 50th Anniversary celebration (in 2016) and so that many people can enjoy picnics at these new tables/benches during our 50th Anniversary year.

The Garten Club is now looking for some individuals who are interested in dedicating a table and/or bench or helping to fund the purchase of one or more of these tables/benches. If you would like to dedicate a table or contribute to the fund for the purchase, you can make a contribution at or send a check to the Garten Club at P.O. Box 6489, Columbus 43206. You may also email for additional information.

Love To Throw A Party? Write It Off!

August 12, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

IMG_6729Yeah, Monster Bash is the creepiest, most spook-tacular event on the calendar, but it’s a party with a purpose! So if you love to throw a costume party but want to write off your expenses as a gift to favorite nonprofit – this is your chance!

We are looking for a dozen trick-or-treat stops in the area roughly bordered by Beck on the north and Whittier on the south (north side of the street only, please!), Grant/Jaeger on the east and Mohawk on the west. You’ll need to plan for about 275 guests on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 7-9:30 p.m. Be creative – serve drinks or snacks, play games, have a contest. Want to learn more? Last year’s winning stop, Jan and John Clark, can answer all your questions. Email them for more information at:

Myth Busting – German Village Guidelines

August 12, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

– by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

8.13RainBarrelUnderstanding the German Village guidelines can be arduous, when you are eager to move forward to with a project.   If you have any questions about the guidelines or want me to send over the information that specifically pertains to your project, do not hesitate to ask! Here are a few busted myths about the German Village guidelines, which may help speed up your home improvement plans:

  • Rain barrels are not banned by the guidelines; rain barrels can be installed on the rear of property, out of site from the right of way (the sidewalk). Installing a rain barrel in the rear of your yard is a wonderful way to water your gorgeous German Village garden. You will not believe how much rain will run from your gutters into the barrel!
  • There is no pre-approved paint color list! Paint colors for your home are all staff approval items, which means after submittal to the Columbus Historic Preservation Office you will receive an approval in the mail within 7-10 business days. As long as you are submitting a paint color that is not neon or metallic, you will most likely be approved. If you would like choose a historically appropriate color for your home, please send me an email.
  • Many of your landscaping and exterior home improvement projects can be staff approved! The Columbus Historic Preservation Office has the ability to staff approve a myriad of improvement projects, such as small landscaping, replacement of roofs with same materials, and many maintenance items! Email me if you want to know if your project could be staff approved.

Do you have any questions about the German Village guidelines or completing a Certificate of Appropriateness application? Email me at or call 221-8888.

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