Halloween House Decorating Contest

The ghostly full moon shone overhead as our fearless judges’ helpers crept though the streets and yards of our frightening neighborhood, snapping photos and taking video for our esteemed judges. Witch’s hats off to all of you who made this event fun and difficult to judge!

Colonial Hills is full of graveyards, skeletons, bats and ghosts…….. and a few surprises! The demonic delights included Ghosts playing “Ring Around the Rosie” on Kenbrook, a dragon on the 500 block of Colonial, cemeteries at 283 and 291 Kenbrook, and bats on the windows in the 100 block of Loveman. Hauntingly charming were the cornucopia at 175 Loveman, and the lovely lighting with spiders and Peeking Tom skeleton at 5644 Indianola.

It was really hard to find and see your addresses sometimes, so I am sorry that some are missing. Neighbors: Take a walk at dusk and enjoy all the decorating! Don’t miss the 200-300 block of Loveman, which is fabulous. Huge Black Cat and graveyard at 287 Loveman, A pirate Themed house at 322 Loveman and a Big Wing Waving Dragon at 306 Loveman. Wow!!

This year we recognize:

Spookiest: 363 Loveman with its truly creepy graveyard and huge bat. Spook house too!!

Friendliest: 5684 Indianola – Our judges loved the family of grinning Jack-o-lanterns

Most Creative: 244 Colonial with the O-H-I-O ghosts, graveyard and LOTS of hanging Jack-o-lanterns

Best Effects: 570 Kenbrook with its Ghostbusters theme, purple lighting, Hologram ghosts in the windows and a big Stay-Puft marshmallow man!

Best Activity: The haunted trail at 418 Park Overlook – Fun and screamin’ scary. Don’t miss this on Halloween – weather permitting

Our judges wished that they had a few more categories to award. Hmmmm….we will think about that.

Enjoy the season…. The leaves are finally turning.

The Colonial Hills Civic Association Is Now On Twitter

On 9/12/2018 the CHCA joined the “Twitterverse.” The Civic Association will curate our user account @CivicHills to try to communicate major issues and events on Twitter. We will select, link and edit such news items from our other CHCA communication platforms Facebook, the Courier and the website.

This means that even though you may not be a member of our CHCA Facebook community, but you are on Twitter, you would then be able to receive our most important news items in a timely manner. Just be aware that we will not be tweeting items such as the daily lost dog and kitty, found backpack or homeowner service questions and recommendations, as there’s just too many of these – that would be a fulltime job, and we’re just volunteers!

Please feel free to follow us on Twitter at: Colonial Hills Civic Association @CivicHills

Worthington Residential Recycling Guide

Not sure what goes in your curbside recycling bin? You’re not alone. For her Girl Scout Silver Award Project, Colonial Hills resident Andrea Nadolny has partnered with the City of Worthington to create a Residential Recycling Guide.

Look for her Recycling Guide in the next issue of the CHCA Courier, or download a copy of the flyer here in PDF format or here in JPEG image format.

Andrea has also created a Facebook page to share her project called Worthington Residential Recycling – A Girl Scout Silver Award Project.

2018 5k Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 39th Annual Run Through The Hills this year – results are in! Click on the links below to view:

Big thanks to Courtney Jolley and Jeff Spain for organizing the race (again!) this year. And a huge thank you to Jenny Kendall for coordinating everything for the Independence Day celebration later that day, and to all the volunteers who helped. It was *HOT* out, but we had a ton of people attend and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and maybe think about helping out with the CHCA events coming this fall: Halloween party (Oct 27), Food Drive (Nov 17), and Luminary Kit Preparation (Dec 8).

Run Through the Hills 2018

Time to register for the 39th annual Run Through the Hills 5k! The 5k run takes place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Selby Park.

Race registration is OPEN, so register now!

Pre-registration is open now through July 2. Check-in starts on the day of the race at 7:30am, with the race starting promptly at 8:30am. Pre-registration cost is $25 for adults, $20 for children/students 19 and under (pre-registration ends July 2). Day-of registration is $30 for all. Registration includes an athletic shirt (for 1st 150 registrants), race bib with embedded chip for timing, awards, refreshments, and a great time running through the hilly tree-lined streets of Colonial Hills neighborhood (race map here). Click here to register online. Mail-in registration is also available, click here to download the form to print, complete, and mail-in with your check. NOTE: if you are registering multiple people, please register and pay for each person separately so that we can capture details for each runner (name, age, gender).

Following the 5k run, Colonial Hills Independence Day Extravaganza will continue, with bounce-houses, midway games, music, and food 10am-1pm.

More info to come – looking forward to a great event again this year!


“Sound the Alarm” program coming to CH Apr 21

Firefighters from the Worthington Division of Fire & EMS are going door-to-door in the Colonial Hills neighborhood to ensure every household has a working smoke detector. The Division of Fire is partnering with the American Red Cross on its “Sound the Alarm” program to distribute and install smoke detectors on Saturday, April 21st between 10am and 1pm. They plan to distribute 400 smoke detectors to the homes bordering on Park Blvd. to the north and Selby Blvd. to the south. If you are not home when the firefighters knock on your door, and are in need of a working smoke detector, you can still participate by calling the Worthington Division of Fire at 614-885-7640.

Step By Step Academy Update

By Suzy Davis, Colonial Hills Resident and I Am Boundless Executive Director

As a resident of Colonial Hills and the executive director of I Am Boundless, a provider of supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, I am excited to share news about the recent merger between I Am Boundless and Step By Step Academy.

In May, I Am Boundless officially merged with Step by Step Academy, a non-profit provider of outpatient behavioral health services and center-based educational services for children with autism. As part of the merger, I Am Boundless will now oversee the usage and maintenance of the Step By Step Academy campus just north of Colonial Hills.

I Am Boundless, formerly Franklin County Residential Services, merged with Step By Step Academy to broaden our mission of serving the community and to preserve the longstanding purpose and spirit of the property, which is providing valuable mental and behavioral health services and programs.

As we begin to make plans for Step By Step Academy and the campus, we wanted to let you know that all of us at I Am Boundless are committed to getting to know our community, being good neighbors and remaining transparent about our plans. On that note, here’s information that might answer some of the questions you might have about our plans for the property.

• We plan to maintain the park-like setting of the campus and to keep the back gate at Indianola Avenue closed to traffic, which we know has been a concern for many residents.

• Our current plan is for the campus to be used by social service and nonprofit organizations, which includes moving the I Am Boundless corporate headquarters to the campus so that our leadership team can be very involved in what happens there daily.

• There are three buildings on the campus that have not been maintained for decades. We share the community’s concern about the safety and appearance of these buildings and have received approval from the Worthington Architectural Review Board (ARB) to demolish two of them. We will be re-evaluating the third building in collaboration with the ARB.

• We will likely restore two other historical buildings on the campus — the former icehouse and an original home of Dr. Harding II, which are in better condition and do not present a safety hazard. We will continue to work closely with the ARB on the restoration projects, as well as with the City Planning Office and Worthington Police and Fire departments, which have all been very supportive of our plans.

• We are in the process of making improvements to enhance the beauty and safety of the campus, including removing dead trees, filling potholes and renovating some of the buildings. It’s a big project and we kindly ask for your patience as we establish a master plan.

We are so grateful to be a part of the Worthington community. We love having our neighbors walk their dogs, ride their bikes and enjoy the peacefulness of the campus. We will continue to keep you posted about our plans as they develop through the Colonial Hills Civic Association. If you have questions, concerns or would like a tour of our campus, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for your support!

Suzy Davis
Executive Director, Boundless
sdavis@iamboundless.org
614.844.3800 Ext. 225

Kendra Smith
Director, Behavioral Health Services
ksmith@iamboundless.org
614.436.7837

Nathan Henninger, PhD.
Director of Step by Step Clinical and Educational Programs
nhenninger@stepbystepacademy.org
614.436.7837 Ext. 2267

CHCA Scholarship for 2018

Attention all High School students who are residents of Colonial Hills! The CHCA offers an educational scholarship each year to graduating high school Seniors. Awards can be applied to any post-high school education: college, vocational, technical, business institute, etc.

Application forms are available here in MS Word or PDF. Applications are due April 2, 2018 (or postmarked by March 28, if sent by mail). Please see the application for additional details.

Good luck to all graduating Seniors! And families with Juniors or Sophomores might take a look and start planning now to apply your graduating year.

2017 Holiday Lighting Contest Awards

It’s awards show season! This year presented a very difficult decision for our secret judges, from Clintonville, who had a very long list of notable favorites for these coveted awards! With so very many creative, lovely, bright and sparkling contenders, they wanted to honorably mention:

  • 71 Southington, where they were impressed with three levels of lights
  • 389 Colonial, with the love sign, so appropriate for the season
  • 5630 Indianola, the judges were charmed by the traditional use of red and green
  • 448 Loveman, with the “white Christmas” theme of all white lights and a splash of blue on the garage
  • 385 Park, which had a lovely front door
  • 124 Park, who should get an award for the most athletic star placement, look up everyone!
  • 436 S. Selby, with its sad and sweet Charlie Brown Xmas tree
  • 363 Loveman, for its very artistic and fun candy cane tree.

But in the end, hard decisions had to be made, so……Drum roll please……And the winners are:

  • MOST LIT: 426 N. Selby! Year after year, an amazing beacon of light and herculean effort! This is the house to beat, folks!
  • MOST ARTISTIC: 244 Colonial! So many creative ideas and a mix of décor: lights, lanterns, wooden deer, Xmas tree with gifts.
  • BEST RETRO: 452 Colonial! Fabulous lights (2nd Place Most Lit) and a sweet seating spot with classic Adirondack chairs clinched it
  • BEST FRONT DOOR – 3rd Place: 143 Lakeridge! So, not officially the door, but the singing, flashing Pine tree at the entrance of the drive had to be recognized. The judges also loved the lights outlining the house, it looks like gingerbread.
  • BEST FRONT DOOR – 2nd Place: 563 Meadoway! The judges appreciated the candy cane columns and deer that moved!
  • BEST FRONT DOOR – 1st Place: 272 Colonial! Snow man and Polar bears, yep, the judges are North High grads, so this spoke to their hearts.
  • BEST OVERALL – 3rd Place: 334 Kenbrook! Layers of lovely holiday beauty – and on two sides, no less!
  • BEST OVERALL – 2nd Place: 435 Park! “Tasteful and simply lovely!”, said our judges. Are the branches of the tree sparkling too? The tree looks like it came out of a Dr. Suess book.
  • BEST OVERALL – 1st Place: 287 Loveman Avenue! Our judges were charmed by the “Island of Misfit Toys” theme and bigger than life characters.

Thanks to resident Kathi Godber for coordinating the judges for this event, and to The CyMack Group real estate for sponsoring.

Be sure to take your evening walks to enjoy these winners and all of the charming lights in our special, sparkling neighborhood.

2017 Race Results!

Congratulations to everyone who particiated in the 2017 38th Annual Race Through The Hills! Click the links for overall results or results by age group.