from: THISWEEKNEWS.COM August 6, 2013
“Altruism” is defined as an unselfish interest in the welfare of others. Francis Charles Sessions came to embody that word and had a hand in developing the character of Columbus along the way.
Francis Sessions was born in Wilbraham, Mass. in 1820 and came to Columbus in 1840 when he decided to head West to seek his fortune. (At that time the West began in Pittsburgh.) He stopped in Columbus, looked around, and decided to stay. At that time Columbus was a bustling city served by the Ohio Canal, the National Road, and would soon be linked to t he East by telegraph.
He rose quickly in both wealth and social status by his hard work ethic and by marrying Mary Johnson, the daughter of prominent and influential Orange Johnson. Both men prospered by their combined business experiences and keen insight. However, Sessions had an overwhelming urge to help those less fortunate. He felt he had a social obligation to assist.
Sessions was active in his church, served on many college boards and the Ohio Schools for the Blind and the Deaf and Dumb. He was president of the Humane Society, the Home for the Friendless, and the Public Library.
He traveled to foreign countries and admired and bought many works of art. In 1878 his home became the new home of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. A year later he was instrumental in forming the Columbus Art School. His works were collected into a catalogue in 1890 which consisted of 30 pages.
On his death in 1892 he left his house, his collection of art, and his fortune to the Columbus Gallery of Fine Art and the Columbus Art School. Now these institutions are known as the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus College of Art and Design. Today these organizations continue to thrive as does Charles Sessions influence.
BULLETIN: This is a great time to buy or sell! There is a shortage of market inventory so now is the time to list your house. It is also a good time to buy while rates are still low—but they are going up.
From The Metropreneru Columbus www.themetropreneru.com
If you own a small business or want to start one then Columbus is the place to be, according to a poll released by Thumback.com. The findings are based on the responses of 7,766 small businesses across the country. Columbus was among the top 5 easiest cities for starting a new business and ranked #11 for its small business training and networking programs. Columbus placed ahead of Cleveland and Cincinnati for overall small business friendliness and overall regulatory systems.
FROM: 2013 Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation
From The Columbus Dispatch, Life & Arts, Aug. 10, 2013
#1 city for working moms (Forbes)
#2 city for golf (Golf Magazine)
#2 best city for commuters (Kiplinger’s)
#2 safest for families (Underwriters Laboratories)
#3 highest concentration of fashion designers (The Atlantic)
#4 best city to be young, broke and single (Money Under 30)
#5 worst city for bedbugs (Terminix)
#5 city for most romantic restaurants (OpenTable)
#5 most relaxed city (Forbes)
Top 7 intelligent community (Intelligent Community Forum)
#7 city for recent college graduates (from NerdWallet based on unemployment figures, cost of living, and number of bars per 1,000 residents)
#11 worst city to be young (The Daily Beast)
Top 20 migraines, sleeplessness and hypertension
Overall Columbus appears to be a good place to live and work and a great city for young, intelligent, and creative people. Columbus is a happening city—it is where the action is!
From The Columbus Dispatch Weekender, August 8, 2013:
It is nearing the end of summer and if you are tired of the usual summer reruns, baseball, and hotdogs, here are some suggestions that will wake you up and get you out of the house.
Where: Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St.
Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.—weekly
Admission: free, must be 21
Who: Anyone, new and seasoned performers.
Recommendations: Performers should arrive early and be prepared. Host, Sean Sommerville advises beginners to watch a few acts before signing up. He says the biggest failures he has seen are those who just show up and think they can wing it.
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays
Prices: $35 or $30 for members
Recommendations: equipment and ingredients are provided but students may bring their own. A colorful apron would be cool. Chef Jim Yue says, “It is basically trying to teach people that vegetarian dishes don’t have to be tasteless or the same old salad.”
Where: Camp Mary Orton, 7924 N. High St.
Times: 8:30 & 9:30 p.m. August 23 & 24
Recommendations: equipment and fully trained guides are provided. Daytime and nighttime tours available but moonlight tours sell out quickly. No special skills needed, just sit back and lift your feet.
Where: Lakeview RV Park, 2715 Sugar Grove Rd. S.E., Lancaster
Lyman Harbor, 1615 1st. St., Sandusky
Time: by appointment
Prices: $150 to $260 for lessons, $130 for a 15 minute flight
Recommendations: must be at least 18 and between 5’2” and 6’6” and weigh between 90 and 350 pounds. Must also be an experienced swimmer.
Where: Nyoh’s Buckeye Bar and Grill, 2871 Olentangy River Rd.
YWCA 65 S. 4th St.
Times: 7:30 to p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday’s (Nyoh’s);
8 p.m. to midnight the third Saturday of the month (YWCA)
Prices: $3 for beginner lessons at Nyoh’s; $45 for SwingColumbus monthly memberships.
Recommendations: group welcomes members from 18 to 80. New dancers should wear comfortable shoes that won’t fly off during a kick.
In Central Ohio the demand is up and the supply is down. According to Columbus Board of Realtors, Central Ohio home sales in the first two months of 2013 are up almost 20 % over the same period last year. However, the inventory of supply of homes for sale is the smallest since 2002.
According to Milt Lustnauer, president-elect of the Columbus Board of Realtors, “There’s not as many distressed properties as there used to be. And, two, there’s not as many new properties coming on the market as the current ones are being sold.”
All of this combines to make a very competitive race for the available houses on the market. MoneyWatch.com, a division of CBS News, offers these tips to improve your chances of being successful in securing the home you want: