Virtual 5K Run Through the Hills 2020

This year the Run Through the Hills 5k is going virtual! We can’t get together in a big group but we’ve seen everyone training outside since the gyms have closed and think you need some recognition (and a really cool t-shirt) for all your hard work.

You can complete the 5k at any time between July 4 – July 18 and have the option to walk or run the actual course or you can be creative with it. Hop on a treadmill and log the 3.1 miles, map out a 5k course through one of the parks or at your vacation home, run up and down the stairs in your house until you’ve reached 3500 steps (the average # of steps taken during a 5k) and fill up our Facebook page with your time & sweaty selfies. Even in a pandemic, to paraphrase Jeff Spain “every day is a good day for a 5k!”

Registration for our Virtual 5K is now OPEN! There are two ways to register for this activity:

  • Online
    Registration closes on July 3 at 5:00 PM.
  • Download the mail-in form, and mail it in, to the Colonial Hills Civic Association, c/o “Run Through the Hills,” P.O. Box 676, Worthington, address shown on the form. Please ensure that you mail in your form in time for it to be received in our P.O. Box by Wednesday, July 1. Please fill out a separate form for each runner in your household, so that we can correctly designate each runner as to name, age, and gender.

The registration entry fee is as follows:

  • $15.00 – register before 5:00 PM, July 3

Registration will score you a commemorative 2020 t-shirt. Please make sure you fill in an accurate email address so that we can notify you with details for the t-shirt pick up after the virtual race has closed.

As stated above, you can complete your 5k at any time between July 4-July 18. If you’d like to do the traditional run through our Hills & Dales you can click here to see the map, but in the name of social distancing you are welcome to find a 5k route in another location. We want to see where you are and what you’ve done so please post pictures and comments on our Facebook page!

Regardless of your activity, when you are finished with it, you can turn in your time (not required however), by e-mailing your results to RunThruTheHillsCHCA@gmail.com
Please include your name and your time in your message.

Finally, you will note that your registration asks whether you want to have your race results published (the default is No). If you change your mind after you register, please include your final choice regarding publishing your time in your e-mail message to us.

Another blogpost, as well as the Courier, will describe the rest of the Colonial Hills Independence Day activities.

An Update from the Colonial Hills Civic Association

  1. Due to the current public health crisis and as directed by the Governor of Ohio, we have decided to postpone the Easter Egg Hunt:
    – Saturday, 3/28: Easter Egg Stuffing POSTPONED
    – Saturday, 4/4: Easter Egg Hunt POSTPONED
    – Tuesday, 4/14: CHCA Meeting is currently planned to be held AS SCHEDULED (We usually get fewer than 100 people in attendance 🙂 )
    We hope to reschedule these events for later this year. Stay tuned for details.
  2. You will be receiving the next issue of the Colonial Hills Courier in the next few weeks.
  3. At this time, the CHCA is unable to create or manage any type of formal “check on your neighbor” program. With that said, we would encourage you to talk with those who live around you and exchange phone numbers with them if you are comfortable doing so. It would be wonderful for all neighbors (not just those who can reach out via Facebook) to have someone to contact if they are in need during this uncertain time!
  4. Visit colonialhills.us for up to date neighborhood information.

Thank you for continuing to make this “the friendly community!”

– Emma McCandlish Lindholm, CHCA President

Join Boundless on a Campus Walking Tour

You’re invited for a walking tour, learning more about the emerging campus vision for Boundless to create a center of excellence for the people we serve and to the community where we reside. Attendees will learn where new buildings and infrastructure might be placed and are invited to share their feedback.

The 60-minute tour will feature:

  • Potential location for a new “loop” road, surrounding the Boundless portion of the property
  • Potential location for a future Autism Center, serving 130 children and families
  • Potential location for a future Training and Events Center, serving Boundless and the greater community
  • Potential location for a future Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic

We are still in the idea-generation and financing stages and want you to see what we’re thinking and share your thoughts! All tours begin and end in the lobby of Building G on the Worthington Campus, 445 E Dublin Granville Road, Worthington. Please use visitor parking in the front of the building.

Tours will happen regardless of weather, so please dress for walking in the elements.

Tour Dates/Times:

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Questions? Visit BoundlessFuture to learn more. This site can also be used to share comments and ask questions.

Boundless is a nonprofit with nearly forty-years’ experience providing person-centered services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges.

Contact Information:
I Am Boundless, Inc., 445 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Telephone: 614-844-3800
Website: I Am Boundless, Inc.

Register for Building Doctor Clinic – March 5, 2020, 7:00 PM

The Colonial Hills Civic Association is co-hosting another new event this year! Please join us on March 5, at 7:00 PM, at the Griswold Center for a Building Doctor Clinic, as shown in the flyer below.

Please note: if you wish to have your home considered for inclusion for one of the FREE in-home consultation visits by the Building Doctor, you must pre-register and note in your registration that you are requesting that your home be included. Otherwise, please just register (so that they know approximately how many people are planning to attend). Regardless of your pre-registration, walk-ins will not be turned away! Please see details in the flyer below.

To register, click here: Worthington Building Doctor Clinic

And for more info about the Building Doctors, click here: Ohio History Connection Building Doctor

Building Doctor

Big thanks to Mullen-Hawkins Keller Williams Capital Partners for co-sponsoring this event with us!

The Ornithopter Jeremy Harris Built

The CHCA wanted to ensure that a wider audience could appreciate the breathtaking scientific and engineering accomplishment of one of our longstanding Colonial Hills neighbors, as reported in the October, 2019 Courier article “The Ornithopter Jeremy Harris Built.” We include some additional information and media after the reprinted Courier article to more thoroughly explain this wonderful result brought to fruition after years of agonizing failures. We hope that some young folks will be inspired by this story of decades of visionary effort, of how science and engineering are actually done, to become scientists and engineers themselves. Enjoy!

*** Reprinted from the October, 2019 Colonial Hills Courier ***

Reported by Ron Sears

This is a story about absolute dedication to accomplish something no one has ever done before. It’s about failing again and again and learning something new each time, until one incredible moment when everything works. It’s about an IMAX film crew no less showing up to film for wide spread publication what everyone expects will be yet another failure after 23 years of failure – but this time, this time, everything works and your creation flies perfectly! And then, with the IMAX cameras rolling again like this happens every day, it flies perfectly a second time.

It’s about two young Battelle engineers, Jeremy Harris and Jim DeLaurier, who many years ago, just for the fun of it, by themselves at first, and later with a team of students at the University of Toronto, took on the engineering challenges to build and demonstrate a new way to make a controlled mechanical system fly literally like a bird. And it’s a story about Colonial Hills since much of the invention, design and testing took place right here on Park Overlook Dr.

An Ornithopter is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings (Greek ornithos “bird” and pteron “wing”). Jeremy’s project was to build the first one ever to be powered by an internal combustion engine and under control during its flight.

How many of you knew Colonial Hills was where the critical components of the first internal combustion-powered controlled-flight Ornithopter were invented, designed, built and tested? Did you know a massive wooden wind tunnel to test these components once filled most of your neighbor’s basement? It’s gone now, but I can’t help imagining how a Real Estate Agent might describe this feature when selling the home.

Decades of ideas, prototypes, testing, failure, learning and trying again. A break-through patented idea called “shearflex.” Forever patient families making this project part of their vacation schedules as their children grew up. A long series of prototypes the kids took to calling Mr. Bill, since they always ended up crashed and broken in testing. Look up some classic SNL skits if you have never heard of Mr. Bill.

As you continue reading, we invite you to be there the day Mr. Bill flies for the first time, by playing this video which Mr. Harris has generously given us permission to load to the website:
Mr. Bill First Flight
Notes: 1) Please be patient for this 10 minute 0.5 gigabyte video to download to your device for your media player application, possibly a few minutes; 2) If the video plays with only sound, your media player application is missing the MPEG-2 video extension codec, which you need to download from your device’s software vendor – Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc.

As you can see from the video, after some warm up testing, the team moves to the flight test field. Note the Canadian IMAX film crew. Wait for the long absolutely stunned silence when Mr. Bill flies successfully for the first time after 23 years of work, followed by the man screaming and the other man holding him up…. The man screaming is Jim DeLaurier of the University of Toronto. The man holding him up is Jeremy Harris, your neighbor here in Colonial Hills.

And then there’s Jeremy’s design for an inexpensive wooden motor scooter published in Popular Science, and the men who built two of them and rode across a few states to visit Jeremy here in Colonial Hills. But that’s another story.

*** End of Courier Article ***

And here is some information in addition to what was in the Courier. There are three images at the end of this blogpost, including a photo of the project team and visitors on the wonderful day of that first successful remote-controlled powered flight, September 4, 1991 (see the Wikipedia article “Ornithopter”: “ … In 1991, Harris and DeLaurier flew the first successful engine-powered remotely piloted ornithopter in Toronto, Canada. …”)

And you may wish to download Mr. Harris’ detailed history of the project The Mr. Bill Story.

And even though you might want to refresh your definitions of some aeronautical terms (see the Wikipedia “Airfoil” article for more detailed definitions) – such as airfoil (cross-sectional shape of a wing), lift (component of aerodynamic force perpendicular to motion of the airfoil thru the air), (net) thrust, (parasite) drag, and yaw (nose left or right), pitch (nose up or down) and roll (one wing up, the other down) and dihedral (angle of wings above horizontal) –
before reading this history, we think you can still be swept along by this odyssey of defeat and discovery without being an aeronautical engineer. And especially awe-inspiring is the drama of the last section of the story “The Reckoning,” where the plane, which had never before been completely successfully flown, miraculously (or was it just karma?) was flown beautifully twice in a row, on one of the only two possible weather and IMAX film crew time-constrained four-day intervals!

And now for the pics – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see the following photos:

_01 The Diagram of the Ornithopter
_02 The FAI Certificate for “The First Flight Powered by an Internal Combustion Engine” September 4, 1991
_03 First Flight Team Members and Guests, at the Newton-Robinson site shortly after the 9/4/91 flights: Mr. Harris second from left, Dr. DeLaurier third from left.

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Reminder – CHCA Scholarship 2020!

Don’t Forget! The Civic Association has revamped the application requirements for our annual scholarship. In an effort to have more applications submitted and to focus on serving others, especially in our neighborhood, we have come up with a new application – which is available here in MS Word or PDF (or use the links at the right).

We encourage all high school students and those pursuing continuing education to read through the application carefully and let us know if you have any questions. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020!

The new application includes areas where you can choose activities based on your interests and comfort levels. Note that there is now a neighborhood project choice. This can be anything you dream up that will benefit our neighborhood, just make sure to get it approved by the Civic Association before beginning!

Last year we were able to reward a total of $3,000 worth of scholarship money and we hope to grow this number each year!

2019 Colonial Hills Holiday Decorating Contest and Photos

Brrrr…it was cold outside but the judges’ debate over the Lighting Contest winners was RED HOT this year. Snow sparkled on the fine streets of Colonial Hills as the judges marshaled forth to pick their decorated favorites.

As always, there is a long list of worthy contenders, so we honorably mention the following finalists for their heartwarming displays:

  • 492 Kenbrook – The judges enjoyed Ralphie from “a Christmas Story”
  • 5595 Greenwich – House outlined with lights – no fear of heights – and the Blow Up Truck w/ a tree
  • 322 Loveman – Pirate Xmas and flamingos – quirky and fun
  • 71 Southington – White lights galore and an angel
  • 63 Southington – Artful wreath and lights around the door
  • 583 Loveman – The Grinch on the Roof!
  • 5671 Indianola – Santa!
  • 528 N. Selby – Nicely lit up – even the side yard shed was decked out
  • 306?? Colonial – No lights, but a lovely display of live deer in the front yard. How did they do that??!! 😉

Of course, difficult decisions had to be made, and the winners for 2019 are….cymbal crash……

  • Most Lit: 290 Colonial – The judges loved the lights, especially those on the roof…
  • Most Artistic: 435 Park – So very pretty with a BIG tree dripping with BIG bulbs
  • Best Retro: 282 Loveman – The millennials on the judging panel loved the old fashioned Santas!
  • Best Front Door – Third Place: 509 Kenbrook – Giant candy canes flanked the door
  • Best Front Door – Second Place: 384 Colonial – Lovely garland and wreaths… very classy!
  • Best Front Door – First Place: 175 Loveman – Decorated all the way up the drive and porch! Delightful and different
  • Best Overall – Third Place: 124 Park – Recognized for the star waaaaaay up there, and the Christmas tree and wreath you see through the windows are charming
  • Best Overall – Second Place: 5595 Indianola – Colorful, and so very unique!
  • Best Overall – First Place: 287 Loveman – Big Blow Ups and Snow Man and so many other layers of fun – a wonderland… and MUSIC!!

Thanks to everyone who decorated this year. We are blessed to live in such a warm, charming and friendly neighborhood.

(And here are the pics, with photo credits to the Secret Judges – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these photos)

_01 Most Lit
_02 Most Artistic
_03 Best Retro
_04 Best Front Door – 3rd Place
_05 Best Front Door – 2nd
_06 Best Front Door – 1st
_07 Best Overall – 3rd Place
_08 Best Overall – 2nd
_09 Best Overall – 1st

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Halloween Party and Pumpkin Patch 2019

Many thanks to Kristin Orban for planning and running our neighborhood Halloween party! We would also like to thank Cynthia Mackenzie and the entire CyMack Group / Keller Williams Capital Partners for sponsoring the event and providing the pumpkin patch.

The sunshine and 60 degree weather made for a beautiful day to spend with neighbors. There were plenty of treats, crafts, and games for all attendees. We could not make this event happen without our neighborhood volunteers. Thank you for spending your afternoon with us.

We hope you all had as much fun as we did and will see you again next year!

(And now for the pics, with photo credits to Emma Lindholm and Janet Keller – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these photos from the event this afternoon)

_01 Pumpkin Patch
_02 Jack O’ Lantern Disk Game
_03 Bountiful Collections
_04 Happy Party Day!

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Halloween Decorating Contest and Photos

By your secret judges (who also took the pics below)

At last, the leaves are turning and have set the stage for our judges’ foray out into the neighborhood to see all of your Halloween decorations. The TRICKED-out houses were a TREAT for our judges’ eyes! Thanks to everyone who put in the effort to make our neighborhood fun for the Halloween Holiday.

An honorable mention goes out to the chained dragon with a skeleton at its feet on 547 Park Overlook, the lovely Cornucopia of Gourds at 385 Park Blvd, the haunted cemetery at 418 Park Overlook, the Welcoming display at 5698 Indianola, the giant pumpkin at 543 Park, the “blow up city with twirling eye” at 293 Park Blvd, and Big cat at the cemetery at 287 Loveman. Kudos to the 200 block of Kenbrook, where there were many cool decorations.

This year, special recognition goes to:

Spookiest: 244 Colonial – The big spiders and the freshly dug grave spooked the judges. Fabulous!!

Friendliest: 290 Colonial – The Nightmare Before Christmas, where everyone was smiling! The judges liked the music and fog!

Most Creative: 322 Loveman – Pirates in the Caribbean theme – so unique! The judges were charmed by the pink flamingos.

Best Effects: 559 Colonial – Dragon’s Lair – This really looks like dragon land y’all.

Best Activity: 363 Loveman – for its Garage Spook House! This category is “tricky” since the activities are usually not running until October 31. So, based on last year (remember the rain?) this spook house was a really fun activity. The front yard is a truly creepy entrance to the spook house with a graveyard and skeletons. Kids (from 6 to 60) were screaming all night!

(And now for the photos (Photo Credits: Secret Judges) – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these pics which have the following descriptions)

_02 Friendliest, Picture #1
_02b Friendliest, Picture #2
_03 Most Creative, Picture #1
_03b Most Creative, Picture #2
_04 Best Effects

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City Council Candidates Responses to CHAT Questionnaire

All the candidates for Worthington City Council have now responded to the Colonial Hills – Advocate Together (CHAT) questionnaire, as given in the links below. CHAT thanks all the candidates for their answers to this questionnaire, and requests that you carefully consider the responses from all thirteen candidates, in determining who you will vote for.

The four questions which the candidates answered were:

  1. Yes or no, do you agree that there should be no significant new traffic introduced into the Colonial Hills neighborhood? How will you ensure this in the future?
  2. What improvements to Colonial Hills do you propose?
  3. How do you propose to upgrade the water system in Worthington?
  4. How would you diversify and stabilize the revenue stream in the City of Worthington?

In last name order, the following are links to PDFs containing the candidates’ responses:

And as a reminder, CHAT volunteers continue to canvass the Colonial Hills neighborhood, to request your answers to our initial Colonial Hills – Advocate Together neighborhood survey, which we have left open for you to respond to online.
Note: Please respond online to this neighborhood survey if you have a “No Soliciting” sign on your door, which we honor, and thus we will not be able to talk with you and record your answers when we are out canvassing.

Also please consider joining our CHAT Facebook group and if you have time, we would greatly appreciate your volunteering for activities within the CHAT organization. Thank you!