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City Council Commits Money to Forestry Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Council Commits Money to Forestry Plan

An effort to dramatically expand Columbus’ urban forest over the next two decades took another important step Monday night, when the Columbus City Council approved a new ordinance from the Recreation and Parks Committee funding the priorities established in the Urban Forestry Master Plan, released earlier this year. Council President Pro Tem and Chair of […]

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The Lost Fish of Ohio

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea The Lost Fish of Ohio

In 1977, they wanted to build a new bridge over Big Darby Creek, and a fish stopped them. The bridge there at the time, where Route 665 crosses the Darby, was 73 years old, held up by a rusty latticework of steel trusses. It was falling apart, closed since the previous autumn. It needed to […]

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Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Trees are one of the most important and efficient tools available to any city hoping to mitigate the hazards of climate change, and Columbus does not have enough of them. Only 22% of the city is covered by tree canopy—less than Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. But with the introduction of the city’s new Urban […]

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Battelle Biosecurity Expert to Discuss Pandemics at Columbus Science Pub

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Battelle Biosecurity Expert to Discuss Pandemics at Columbus Science Pub

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with most events and large gatherings cancelled, Columbus Science Pub has soldiered on with an all-virtual format. Instead of going to a bar on a Thursday night, says Rob Evans, now it’s about, “sitting at your computer with your beverage of choice tuning in to a science webinar.” […]

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“Columbus Is Surrounded” – When Spanish Flu Infected Ohio

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea “Columbus Is Surrounded” – When Spanish Flu Infected Ohio

It is October 16, 1918, and the National Dairy Show is in full swing. The Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio is packed with spectators and exhibitors and many of them have come a long way from distant cities and states to see the great wonders of American agriculture. In one section belonging to the […]

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Columbus Religious Institutions Respond to Coronavirus

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Religious Institutions Respond to Coronavirus

“I don’t know of anyone not experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, and frustration at the uncertainly of this time,” Rev. John Keeny, senior pastor at King Avenue United Methodist Church, told his congregation in an email last week. “We are accustomed to life being fairly predictable and manageable. We even tend to think the future is […]

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Urban Forestry Plan Needs Public Input

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Urban Forestry Plan Needs Public Input

Tonight, Columbus residents will be able to make public comments regarding the city’s long-term Urban Forestry Master Plan. Columbusites are encouraged to visit Wyandot Lodge between 6 and 8 p.m. to offer input on the city’s plan to reduce air pollution, stormwater damage and the urban heat island effect through the long-term planting of trees […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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