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Ohio chef shares yo-yo skills, enthusiasm online

daytondailynews.com — By KEN GORDON The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio - Walking the dog and rocking the baby bore Nathan Martsolf. He prefers the challenge of some jazzed-up alternatives to the classic yo-yo tricks. "Instead of on the floor, I like walking the dog on my arm," the Whitehall resident said during a recent demonstration, whipping his aluminum green yo-yo and moving it smoothly across his forearm.

COSI's renovated planetarium reopens after a decade abscence

dispatch.com — With just a few clicks of a mouse, Ty Owen can take people inside the rings of Saturn, through the human bloodstream and back to the edge of a black hole. On a recent weekday morning, the manager of theater programs for COSI Columbus was demonstrating the museum's new digital-projection system in the renovated planetarium, scheduled to reopen on Saturday after a decade of sitting vacant.

Whitehall resident loves sharing yo-yo mastery in person and in online tutorials

dispatch.com — Walking the dog and rocking the baby bore Nathan Martsolf. He prefers the challenge of some jazzed-up alternatives to the classic yo-yo tricks. "Instead of on the floor, I like walking the dog on my arm," the Whitehall resident said during a recent demonstration, whipping his aluminum green yo-yo and moving it smoothly across his forearm.

Concertgoers of all ages get in groove at Fresh Beat Band show

dispatch.com — At Fresh Beat Band concerts, the big brothers are the last to give in. When the stars of the Nickelodeon TV show start playing, first the girls begin dancing and singing, followed by their mothers. Eventually, "Dads can't help but dance, too," said band/cast member Tara Perry, who plays Marina and is the drummer in the quartet.

Columbus resident gives and receives with his bucket list

dispatch.com — Most people want to start the year with a clean slate. Gregg Dodd began his with a full chalkboard. For several days near the end of 2013, he mulled the idea of compiling a list of life to-dos.

Collection puts range of emotions of combat veterans on paper created from their fatigues

dispatch.com — 22-year-old combat veteran M?alachi Muncy, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had battled drug abuse, had already turned to art and writing to help him cope when he attended a Combat Paper Project workshop in San Antonio.

Worthington's Family Reading Festival leaves no page, even electronic, unturned

dispatch.com — The words reading and festival might not seem to belong in the same sentence, but for eight years, officials at Worthington Libraries have linked them to write a story of success. The annual Family Reading Festival - scheduled for Sunday at the Shops at Worthington Place - draws about 300 people.

Capital University’s Chris Jamison back on ‘The Voice’ tonight

dispatch.com — Cindy Harp, the mail-services manager at Capital University in Bexley, lost one of her best student employees this fall when Chris Jamison took the semester off to compete on the NBC talent contest The Voice - and, given what she has seen of him on television, she has doubts about his return.

National Bison Day should draw wildlife fans to Battelle Darby

dispatch.com — Officials at the Battelle Darby Metro Park hope folks flock to the park on Saturday for a "Girls Day Out." The actual title of the event is "Celebration of National Bison Day," but considering that the park's herd consists of nine females, it's definitely a ladies' day.

Trunk-or-treats capture spirit of Halloween without spooks

dispatch.com — The spooky side of trick-or-treating sometimes overwhelmed Brenton Hamer. Children dressed as superheroes or cartoon characters were fine. But when Brenton (now 7) was younger, "Once he saw skeletons hanging from the trees, he didn't want to be out there," said his father, Matt Hamer of Hilliard.
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Nov 20, 2014

Who knew toast came in "flights?": bit.ly/1vtddDq. And then die laughing watching this toast video: bit.ly/1vtcVwn

Nov 20, 2014

On a happier note, my feature today on the amazing renovated planetarium at COSI, opening Saturday: bit.ly/1xWv310

Nov 20, 2014

Amazing and tragic: #CBJ player declares bankruptcy after his own parents run through his millions: bit.ly/1Hqbhzl

Nov 19, 2014

RT @EncarnitaPyle: Ohio State will try again to control Mirror Lake jump w/ wrist bands & fence. Will students try to preempt the event? ht…

Nov 19, 2014

And the Capital University kid keeps advancing on the Voice, now in the top 10: bit.ly/1xCURR6

Nov 18, 2014

I had never seen anyone do what this guy can do with a yo-yo. Gyroscopic flops? And check out the video, too: bit.ly/11owf08

Nov 17, 2014

Ahhh, my old apt!!! RT @amiller78: Athens, Ohio U. pick up pieces after devastating fire shar.es/1XWN88 fb.me/3thySUyca

Nov 13, 2014

@Aportzline with a heart-breaker on #CBJ Nathan Horton's back pain: `I can't play with my kids.' bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Nov 12, 2014

#greggslist now trying Owens-Corning folks. Has about 6 weeks to get it done.

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