Features reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Story-teller. Food-lover. Show-choir parent.

Mother & daughter help Red Cross with fire safety

dispatch.com — Kathy Richard knocks on doors almost every weekend, hoping to save lives. For the past three years, she has volunteered with the American Red Cross of Central Ohio. She began lending help last year with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, in which volunteers visit homes to educate people about fire safety and install smoke detectors where needed.

It's true love on ice for couples playing Disney's royal sweethearts

dispatch.com — Some young girls might dream of having the life that Jessica Hatfield and Sara Buck-LaLonde are living - portraying a Disney character while performing with her one true love. Hatfield skates as Jasmine in the Disney On Ice show "Let's Celebrate," which opened Wednesday at Nationwide Arena.

Chive Charities donates van to Logan County family

dispatch.com — Supporters of Chive Charities say their goal is to "make the world 10 percent happier." They easily exceeded that percentage recently with an Ohio family. On Friday, Heather Butler cried tears of joy as she talked about the difference that a wheelchair-accessible van - donated by the charity - would make in her family's life.
Feb 04, 2016

What's a "Chiver?" It's a web community that spawned a charity; they donated a van to help a disabled girl: bit.ly/1QePVpO

Pokemon championships coming to Columbus

dispatch.com — More than 2,000 Pokemon players are expected to converge on Columbus this summer. The Greater Columbus Convention Center will host the Pokemon U.S. National Championships from July 1 to 3. The annual event includes card and videogame tournaments. Indianapolis hosted the event for the past six years.

Surge program fosters creativity in youths

dispatch.com — A year ago, fashion design was not on Andre Williams' agenda. When he first showed up to the Teen Open Studio at the Columbus Museum of Art, Williams planned to record and produce music. But on a recent weeknight, Williams was working on a magenta-and-black striped necktie that he had recently sewed together.
Jan 28, 2016

Man, kids these days...they can drop in and work on 3-D printers, thanks to a collaborative program called SURGE. bit.ly/1VuqhRU

Massage therapy a new field for young man losing sight

dispatch.com — The hands of a massage therapist firmly kneading her left arm, Barb Pfeiffer relaxed completely. "Don't let me snore," she said. "I'm starting to fade." The comment, a compliment, pleased Adam DeLong. Standing at the head of the table, he smiled down at the face he could not see.
Jan 27, 2016

This is a sweet story of a young man who is losing his vision and training at Cols State to be a massage therapist: ow.ly/XBfUZ

Jan 27, 2016

Once you go blind, what do you choose for a second career? Adam DeLong, 28, chose massage therapy. My feature: bit.ly/20t5zFv

Kids can earn passport to playtime at travel expo

dispatch.com — Without leaving Columbus, children may camp, play in sand at a beach or win a chance to visit the Old West on Saturday. The Great Vacations Travel EXPO takes place this weekend at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and it features plenty of family-friendly attractions.

Theater is ticket to helping children battle winter blues

dispatch.com — Empty theaters don't make money, and children afflicted with the back-to-school blues can be a challenge for parents. So the fact that both the Columbus Children's Theatre and CATCO Is Kids have productions opening this weekend can count as a win-win. Between CCT's Rapunzel (starting tonight) and the CATCO musical Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"
Jan 15, 2016

Had some technical issues, so late in posting my Family column on two shows opening @CCTColumbus and @CATCOisTheatre bit.ly/1J6UkOF

Group adapts toys for children with special needs

the-review.com — By KEN GORDON The Columbus Dispatch Published: HILLIARD (AP) -- At the push of a button, the battery-powered vehicle into which Katelyn Bennett was strapped surged forward. The 3-year-old with pigtails broke into a huge smile, her eyes bright behind purple-framed glasses. Pressing down repeatedly on the large white button, she navigated her way around a room.

Group adapts toys for children with special needs

news-herald.com — HILLIARD >> At the push of a button, the battery-powered vehicle into which Katelyn Bennett was strapped surged forward. The 3-year-old with pigtails broke into a huge smile, her eyes bright behind purple-framed glasses. Pressing down repeatedly on the large white button, she navigated her way around a room.
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Feb 08, 2016

One of my huge pet peeves as a proud Ohioan: Arrogant & ignorant East Coasters. twitter.com/meverhart26/st…

Feb 04, 2016

These days, I write about 125 of those stories a year; and my colleagues in Features write many, as well! twitter.com/getyorocksoff/…

Feb 04, 2016

What's a "Chiver?" It's a web community that spawned a charity; they donated a van to help a disabled girl: bit.ly/1QePVpO

Feb 02, 2016

Groundhog Day in my house: If the teenager emerges from her burrow, it's time to buy 6 more packs of microwavable noodles.

Feb 01, 2016

@SteveStephens Wow. OK, as the farmer said in `Babe' -- "That'll do, Steve."

Feb 01, 2016

Sometimes, I think we do too many dog stories. Then I read this, about a dog's last days, and wow. By @larenschield: bit.ly/1Snx1DA


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