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  • ‘Touch the Fence’

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  • Bettinger Park, the ‘Heartbeat of Lakeside’ for the Browning Family

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  • 2018 Holiday Gift Ideas

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  • 2018 Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

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  • Business Hours for 2018-2019 Off-Season

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  • A Royal Visit to Lakeside

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  • The Shade Tree: 25 Years of Business and Loyalty

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Staff Blogger: The Rev. Dr. Ned Dewire, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach


At the end of the summer, I will retire from my position as the Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach.

This is a bittersweet moment for me. Lakeside has graciously received my wife Shirley and me, and we have come to love the spirit of Lakeside. We were privileged to see the idea of The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park become a reality and I am thrilled to now see a portable labyrinth at Lakeside, with a more permanent one coming soon. And of course, we cannot forget to mention the life-long friends we have found here.

Within the past decade, both at Lakeside and on a more national scale, the understanding and nature of religion has changed significantly. Within American society, there is a dramatic decrease in attendance at ‘main line churches,’ or churches at all for that matter. A growing number of individuals have been hurt by religious institutions, and trust in organized religion is scarce; ‘spiritual but not religious’ has now become the norm. In an effort to provide the community with relevant spiritual programming, I found myself working to adapt. Read More

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern


The entry to Wesley Glen campus.

People choose The Wesley Communities for the same reason that people choose Lakeside: the faith, kindhearted community and multifaceted focus on wellness.

The Wesley Communities is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality housing, healthcare and services for older adults in central Ohio. They manage three continuing care retirement communities in the Columbus area as well as Wesley Hospice and Wesley at Home.

The communities include Wesley Glen Retirement Community, which is located South of Worthington, Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, located in Reynoldsburg, and Wesley Woods at New Albany, located just minutes away from downtown New Albany.

The organization provides social, recreational, spiritual, educational and cultural opportunities for its residents and is also an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Wesley Glen and Wesley Ridge even have annual Chautauquas that are run by the campus chaplains. Read More

Staff Blogger: Danielle Zoellner, Photography/Videography Intern


I met Maple Woods while photographing her next to a plant because I liked the colors. She caught me, I apologized and we laughed it off. We made small talk about photography, dogs, and some other things I can’t remember.

I told her I really liked her outfit; it was simple but the colors complimented her. She wore delicate gold jewelry, which she said suited her best. One particular bracelet stood out from the rest.

“It was my husband’s,” she said. “He made it.”

I was impressed, and maybe she saw that I was intrigued, because she answered my questions before I even had to ask them.

“He made it out of shotgun shells from when he served in Vietnam,” she said. “And, it’s not gold, but copper.”

“It was a gift,” she continued to say. “He gave it to me the first time he told me, ‘I love you.’”

I felt my face displaying my amazement, but I had no words. We both sort of smiled and looked at the bracelet she had been holding the whole time. Read More

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern


Whether they knew him as the Mayor of Lakeside, the happy man on the three-wheeled bike or the man with the clipboard; the patriotic dock singer, the leader of God Squad’s children’s procession, or the doorman at the Kite Shop, everyone knew Les Cunningham.

Les was a joyful, bossy, faithful Lakesider for three decades before he passed on Dec. 17, 2017. Living to the age of 57, Les far exceeded the expected lifespan for a person with Down syndrome. Pat Castanaras, Les’ older sister, largely credits his longevity to the benefits of Lakeside.

“Les would never have been the person he was if it hadn’t been for Lakeside,” said Castanaras. “The level of freedom he had here was instrumental in allowing him to reach his full potential. And along with that, Les taught people not to be afraid of those with disabilities. He inspired people to be kind and to express themselves.”

Les first came to Lakeside in 1987 with his parents, Leslee and Pearle Cunningham. Leslee had accepted the position as Lakeside’s Officer of Development, the position now referred to as the Vice President of Advancement & Communication. Lakeside’s safe, familial nature allowed Les to blossom and express himself. Read More

Name: Molly Chacey
Hometown: Mount Vernon, OH
College: Bowling Green State University
Major: Visual Communications Technology

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story?

I heard about Lakeside from Sammi at school. Once I mentioned Lakeside to my family and friends, all of a sudden everyone knew about Lakeside.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside?

The experience. I believe every place provides different things for you to learn. I also can’t wait for the awesome memories I will take back with me.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I hope to broaden my portfolio for after I graduate. I also hope to meet some amazing people who will become lifelong friends.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer.

I hope to grow more confident in my skills and design work. Since I am graduating I hope to learn how to present myself and my work more Read More