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Festival of Faiths & Nations, Sunday, 7/24, 4-7 PM

A Festival of Faiths & Nations — with food, music, games, entertainment and prizes — will be held Sunday, July 24, from 4 to 7 PM, at Selby Park, 358 N. Selby Blvd.

All are welcome to this free of charge, family friendly, alcohol and drug free event, to which Worthington Interfaith Neighbors invites everyone — a gathering for people of all faiths, cultures and national backgrounds, and a great opportunity to meet Worthington neighbors of cultures and faiths different from your own, some of whom may be recent immigrants.

You can purchase food from the Ninja Bowl Japanese Street Food truck or bring your own picnic, while you enjoy live music from Beth Owen and Al Belasco (Klezmer Musicians) as Bublitschki.

Co-Sponsored by Worthington Community Relations Commission and Worthington International Friendship Association (WIFA).

CHCA Administration

This is the repository/retrieval for CHCA administrative and historical documents, in PDF format.
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CHCA Administrative Documents

This is the repository/retrieval for CHCA administrative documents, in Word and Excel format.
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2022 4th of July Review and Photos

Although the temperature eventually climbed to 90, the humidity was low and there was a slight breeze as Colonial Hills rejoiced in being able to come together at Selby Park to celebrate the 4th of July!

We greatly thank the Event Co-Chairs Gina Bjelac and Jessica Salerno, who worked for months to plan the event, along with consultation from former Event Chairs AJ Perry and Jenny Kendall. And a big thanks to the following neighbors, who year after year, provide leadership and key services in making our celebration so enjoyable: Courtney Jolley and Jeff Spain for organizing the 5K Race, Mary Ann Ogle for directing the Kiddie Parade, and Matt Steidle for performing his wonderful live music and serving as emcee at various times during the morning. And the City of Worthington, for the Police Officer and Cruiser who led the race, and Parks & Rec for maintaining the shelter house, grounds and infrastructure so well.

The 4th of July is the CHCA’s most complex event by many orders of magnitude, and we could not make it happen without the multitude of volunteers who so generously volunteer their time and resources. The list is too long for inclusion in this article, but we would like to list these volunteers by group to thank them for their work this year: those who signed up ahead of time via our SignUpGenius; family members of Gina, Jessica and Mary Ann; those folks who helped with Race Day support; the judges for the Kiddie Parade; the four intrepid volunteers from CHES (your students certainly knew who you were and accordingly rewarded you with respectful dunks in the tank!); and the CHCA Board, including our President, who oversaw the festivities and conducted the Watermelon Eating contests and balloon tosses: our VP/Events who provided, and helped set up, the canopy tents; our VP/Communications who took photos; and our Treasurer who sold wristbands and secured the cash.

Race Results

Indeed, it was a great day for a 5K! Congratulations to everyone who participated, whether running, walking, or a combination of the two.

Kudos to the overall winning runners Jonathan Allen (15.42.9) and Christina Nash (21.56.0).
And special congratulations to Jonathan for setting a new Course Record with this year’s race!

Click on the links below to view:

Kiddie Parade Winners, by Category

1st Place- TIE Evie Miller (5yrs) and Eli Mertz (11yrs)
2nd Place- Eli Fry (5yrs)
3rd Place- Maddox Puskar (7yrs)

Wagons and Floats
1st Place- Hudson Spain
2nd Place- Noah Mertz
3rd Place- Colleen, Casey, Rowan, Sophia, Zenna and Lauren Centrone

1st Place- TIE Henson Brannan-Smith (8yrs) and Oscar Clark (6yrs)
2nd Place- Gabriel Calhoon (3yrs)
3rd Place- Mae Smith (9yrs)

1st Place- Hudson Spain
2nd Place- Annalise and Riley Sherman
3rd Place- Ariel Spain

Dogs and Walkers
1st Place- Anna Schraff with dogs Krane and My
2nd Place- John Jones with dog Frankie

Notes: If you did not collect your prize ribbon at the awards presentation on the 4th, Mrs. Ogle will give your ribbon to you Tuesday, July 12, at the shelter house during the CHCA Meeting.
If there are any corrections to the above information, please e-mail the CHCA Webmaster.

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(And now for the photos – please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these pics which have the descriptions given below – Photographer credits for photos #4, 5, 13 and 17: Chris Rule, VP/Communications; #18: Joe Arcilla; and the rest: CHCA Webmaster).

_01 5K Race Finish Line
_02 Setup Complete, 9:23 AM
_03 The Big Tent, 9:25 AM
_04 Start of Kiddie Parade, 10:00 AM
_05 Kiddie Parade Participants
_06 Mary Ann (in White Top) Directs the Kiddie Parade
_07 Kiddie Parade Cruising
_08 Lindsay Provides Crafts (left); Face Painting (right)
_09 Face Painting
_10 Karen’s Got ‘Em Sliding with Great Form!
_11 Bounce House
_12 Instructing Contestant in Plinko
_13 Emma Maintains Order in the Line!
_14 The Pitcher Steps Up and Throws!
_15 Nice Pitching Form – a Bulls Eye!
_16 Watermelon Contest, Sophia (at left in blue) Wins! (Lauren Carter Best Donated Prize)
_17 Balloon Toss Competition, Leslie Referees at Center Back
_18 Matt Steidle

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2022 4th of July – Live & In Person! – Need Volunteers

Our Fourth of July in Colonial Hills at Selby Park is back live and in person after a two-year hiatus! Here is the schedule of activities, with something available for all, and here’s the link where you can sign up to volunteer to help:

  • 8:30 AM Sharp! – Start of the 43rd Annual 5K “Run Through the Hills.” Please pre-register here now, before you forget!
    This online pre-registration will cut off at midnight July 2, but you will still be able to register race day in person starting at 7:30 AM, using a credit or debit card to pay.
    Please try to come over to the shelter house between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 3 to pick up your race bib the evening before the race, to lessen the intense activity during the hour before the race starts on July 4. And although the traditional awards for overall F/M best time, and for first, second, and third-place by age and gender category will again be given after the race — remember that this race is about having fun, challenging yourself, and that you can walk as much of the course as you want! We hope to see you there, it’s going to be a great day for a 5K!

  • 10:00 AM – Kiddie Parade: Independence Day theme decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, kids, adults, pets, floats, scooters and anything else with wheels! The participants will circle the park, up to three times, while the judges and onlookers enjoy the “parade.”

  • 10:30 AM – Inflatable Water Slide – Mickey Mouse Bounce House – Dunk Tank – Midway Games – Face Painters – Live Music – Food Trucks (Ajumama – Korean Street Food and free for everyone on a hot day Kona Ice, sponsored by The CyMack Group). Remember to bring swimwear and towels for the slip and slide, but to keep dry, don’t stand too close to the dunk tank while one of four intrepid volunteers from CHES taunt your throwing accuracy!

  • 11:15 AM – Watermelon Eating Competition – One competition for youth under 18 and one for adults.

  • Noon – End of activities – Don’t be late!

$5.00 wristbands for anyone over age three will be sold, to allow for unlimited access to the water slide, bounce house, dunk tank, midway games and face painters, with all funds generated going for the CHCA scholarship awards and for support of all the other CHCA activities and services throughout the year. Note that children three and under are free for all activities, and also that Kona Ice and the watermelon eating contest are free to everyone!

And remember all these wonderful events will require wonderful volunteers, to sign up via our SignUpGenius, which would be a convenient way for upcoming high school seniors to meet their CHCA service requirements for eligibility for CHCA scholarship grants in the spring.

We can’t wait to see you there for our traditional Colonial Hills 4th of July!

Welcome Wagon Organizer Wanted

First, the CHCA would like to thank Jenny Kendall and Brenda Leggitt, the last two Welcome Wagon organizers, for their work on this role that epitomizes our “friendly neighborhood” slogan!

The CHCA is looking for someone to organize Welcome Wagon bags to distribute to our wonderful new neighbors. The “job” would entail collecting menus and other local literature from local businesses/government/news as well as soliciting donations of gift cards, drinks, coupons, freebies (bank pens or such), etc… Those would be bagged up in a donated local restaurant/shops bag. The CHCA would also provide some extra Couriers to include and maybe magnets if we have any extras. The current organizer is happy to take you around to introduce you to various business owners and such who donate materials, to make the transition even easier. She also has a little stock to turn over.

The next step would be regularly searching the Auditor website for home sales. Or you can contact one of the friendly realtors in the neighborhood who we are sure would be happy to make you a list regularly. Friendly neighborhood real estate agent Cynthia MacKenzie has graciously volunteered to provide that information upon request.

Lastly, you can either deliver those bags to the new residents yourself, or we have a gregarious volunteer who will be happy to do that step.

Simple, fun, and a great way to help out the neighborhood without too much time commitment.
Please contact the general CHCA email

Garage Sale, Saturday, June 11

Just a reminder that the Colonial Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale will be Saturday, June 11, starting at 9:00 AM – please see our website Events Calendar, our CHCA Facebook Page and/or your CHCA Events refrigerator magnet.

A map of the participating homes, along with a description of their items for sale, are given in this two-page PDF.

The CHCA thanks all neighbors who are participating – and we wish to give a special shout out to our Event Chair Rachael Dorothy and to our event sponsor Cynthia MacKenzie, both of whom, year after year, work to maximize our enjoyment of this event!

5k Race Registration is Now Open for 2022!

The Run Through the Hills 5k Race Registration is now open, for our 43rd Annual 5k Race, 8:30 AM on July 4, 2022, starting and finishing at Selby Park in Colonial Hills.

Please register now before you forget, to receive the reduced registration fee of $25.00 (plus sign-up fee of $2.50) from May 15 thru May 31. Starting June 1 thru the close of online registration at midnight July 2, the fee will be $30.00 (plus sign-up fee of $2.50).

Please note that you can walk instead of run as much of the course as you wish, but that there will be no virtual race this year.

In a few weeks, in conjunction with the next edition of the Courier, we will be repeating information about the race in a blogpost describing all of our 4th of July events — but we wanted to let you know as soon as the registration was open, so you could obtain the reduced price. And we wanted to remind you to start training now, and invite you to browse our Race Results Archive from the last 24 years, as inspiration for your training regimen for a great race this year!

New President and Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to our new Colonial Hills Civic Association (CHCA) President Leslie Caruso, who was elected at our April CHCA meeting. Leslie is a long-standing Colonial Hills resident, who will introduce herself in her first President’s letter in the upcoming Courier. Contact information for all CHCA Board members is given here.

Also please join the CHCA in congratulating the following 2022 Scholarship Winners!

  • Andrea Nadolny ($3,000)
  • Zach Campbell ($1,500)
  • Wills Forman ($1,500)

Details for their exemplary records of service to the CHCA and their neighbors, embodying the ethos of Colonial Hills, will be published in the June edition of the Courier. Until then, please enjoy these photos of Leslie presenting their scholarships to them at the Thomas Worthington HS Local Scholarship Awards Ceremony, May 20, 2022.

The pics, photo credit to Dr. Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education and photographer for the ceremony, are in the following order (please click the “Continue reading” link below to see these photos)

01_Andrea Nadolny
02_Zach Campbell
03_Wills Forman

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Sign Is Updated

Our new Welcome to Colonial Hills signs, one at each entrance, were installed March 14 (please see photos below).

These signs were designed by a Colonial Hills resident (thanks, Jodi Barnhill!!) consistent with design standards set by the City of Worthington. Special thanks to Ken Paul for coordinating this project for the past four years, for organizing installation with the City and the sign vendor. History will be preserved and the new signs that reflect the beauty of Colonial Hills will continue to welcome residents to our neighborhood for many years to come.

A great big Thank You to all who generously donated to the sign fund to make this project a reality. And many thanks to the current and past CHCA leadership who continued to support the project — it was a labor of love, and our work is now complete!

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_01 New Sign E Selby Entrance
_02 New Sign Indianola Entrance
_03 New Sign Park Blvd Entrance

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