History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. The place has been disputed, with many small towns or cities across the land claiming the title, but the one thing that’s always been remembered is what it stands for.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is indeed the day when we honor all those who have died in our nation’s service; those who made it possible for us to be free today.

On May 5, 1868, General John Logan (national commander, Grand Army of the Republic), officially proclaimed Memorial Day for the first time. It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers, at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize it was New York (this was in 1873). By 1890, all northern states recognized Memorial Day. After World War I, when the holiday changed to acknowledge all who died fighting in any war, the South also recognized it. Today, almost every State celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. Several southern states, such as Texas and Alabama, also have a separate day on which they honor their Confederate war dead.

As we attend our festivities this Memorial Day weekend, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives so we could enjoy our freedom.

Possibilities for North Market Development

Columbus OH Possibilities for North Market Development

North Market News!

The City of Columbus has announced its interest in updating and renovating the thriving North Market. City officials are soliciting ideas from local developers about expanding the full-to-bursting popular urban marketplace, with the tentative plan to sell to a developer who can bring innovation and expand the usable space there.

Columbus is clear, they’re looking for long-term success for the North Market that is and the North Market that could be…if the plans they see don’t make sense for the space or would threaten the market or surrounding neighborhood, they’ll keep the market as it is.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the initial response from North Market manager and vendors was positive. The market has been around for 140 years, and previous changes have been good for both the Market and the neighborhood. An expanded North Market could be good for everyone if done well.

The Columbus Team looks forward to seeing the possibilities for North Market development!

Clinton Elementary Takes First Place!

Recently, ColumbusMonthly.com ranked Central Ohio schools, and The Columbus Team was thrilled to see a neighborhood school, Clinton Elementary take first place in the Elementary division! Our team is tickled to see a neighbor’s hard work and excellence rewarded! The Columbus Monthly rankings were based on student-teacher ratio, teacher education and experience, and the dollar amount spent per student.  CES was rated #1 out of many other wonderful elementary schools in the area.

Clinton Elementary is a Columbus City School serving 419 students in grades K-6. Their average student-teacher ratio was 21 students per full-time teacher, and their teachers have an average of 12 years on the job with 60% having Master’s degree or higher. Fully 100% of Clinton Elementary teachers are highly qualified. Students are equally dedicated, with a 97% daily attendance rate. The school and district spend an average of $8,900 per student per year.

The Columbus Team would like to congratulate and celebrate Clinton Elementary for their outstanding performance by anyone’s standards. We’re proud of our local teachers and school staff for creating such a wonderful learning environment for neighborhood children.

Want to learn more about Clintonville or other area neighborhoods? We know Columbus! Contact The Columbus Team today!

Victorian Village Neighborhood is a Top Ten Most Beautiful!

The Columbus Team was tickled to see that our own Victorian Village neighborhood rates in the Top Ten Most Beautiful, according to Thrillist.com!


The gorgeous range of classic architectural styles, the deep green landscape of Goodale Park, and the tree-lined streets were all listed at reasons why this Columbus neighborhood ranked #9 in a nation filled with beautiful choices. We’re so proud to see one of our favorite places in the capitol city listed alongside the New Orleans Garden District, Hyde Park in Chicago, and Central Park West in NYC. That’s quite a compliment!

We know Columbus. Want help finding the perfect beautiful neighborhood for you? Call us today!

Victorian Village Homes for Sale

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Calling all heart-centered people!

Valentine’s Day is literally around the corner.

Ah, passion, gifts, and goodies! This special day affords us all a time to step up, do a little something special for those we love, and enjoy the immense smiles all along the way. Want to play? Following are a number of things you can do for this Valentine’s Day. These activities don’t require a lot of preparation, don’t cost much, and many can be done with items available (or easily obtained) in most households. We hope you enjoy them with your partners, the loves of your life, and your families.

Before we get to the goodies, here’s a little background we thought you might be interested in…

There are several legends behind just who this “Valentine” character was. One legend has him as a Priest in third century Rome. He became quite popular (to some) when he secretly married young couples, in opposition to the Emperor’s decree. Another legend says he was an imprisoned man, who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before being executed, he sent a card to his beloved and signed it as “Your Valentine”. Sigh. However you see Valentine’s Day, we hope it’s meaningful to you.

Easy-Make Recipes

By now, you probably have your favorite recipes. They’re tested. Everyone loves them. So we’re not here to tell you about what you already know. But we’ve done a little searching, and we’ve come up with some excellent websites for you check out, a simple recipe based on one from Kraft Foods Inc., and two other quick & simple ideas. Our variation of a time-honored Kraft recipe has been ‘Valentine’s Dayed’ (can we use that term?) for you.

Our version of Kraft’s Cranberry Bark

You’ll need these ingredients:
• 2 packages of Baker’s white chocolate, melted (six squares each)
• 1 cup of dried cranberries
• 1/3 cup slivered or chopped almonds (toast them if you want)
• Red food coloring

How to do it:
• After you melt the chocolate, combine all the ingredients. Note: this is when to add one or two drops (to the extent of pink you like) of the red food coloring, which will add that Valentine’s Day ‘flavor’ to the mix. Then spread onto a waxed-paper covered cookie sheet.
• Refrigerate the mix for about an hour.
• Take it out, and break it into pieces!

TIP: before the Bark gets too hard, use a heart-shaped cookie-cutter to make nice little hearts

Something Fun and Simple you can do with Soup

Heat up some tried and true tomato soup (your recipe, or right out of a can), then use the heart-shaped cookie cutter you used for the Bark to make up some hearts from American cheese slices. The next part is even easier: serve the soup out, and float the heart-shaped cheese on top!

An Applesauce Treat for the Kids

(or anyone who feels Like a Kid)

Grab a jar of applesauce, and serve out a few ounces in a bowl. Then outline a heart on top of the apple sauce with Cinnamon Red Hot candies. Yummy!

For more tasty Valentine’s Day recipes, why not visit Kraft’s website or Betty Crocker’s (click on links):

Kraft Foods© – Valentine’s Day Recipes

Betty Crocker® – Valentine’s Day