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We’re sure many of you had cabin fever this winter. Now that spring is here, it’s time to get out and about in Dublin. This issue explores many of the events and activities the City has to offer. Break out your finest for the Emerald Celebration, moved from its traditional February date to the end of April this year. Enroll the kids in swim lessons at new franchise Goldfish Swim School. The Race for Down Syndrome, organized by 2FGR, is held annually at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, this year scheduled for May 22. Of course, no one could forget the Memorial Tournament, beginning May 26. Muirfield Village Golf Club grounds crews are already hard at work prepping the course for world-class professional golfers. And if you’re still looking for something to do, ask one of Dublin’s many Certified Tourism Ambassadors, specifically trained to point out exciting events and information about central Ohio – Dublin, in particular. Our revamped Community Calendar has a host of options as well.

After a longer-than-usual winter, it’s time to get moving outside again. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than by visiting one of Dublin’s 56 parks? We want to make it extra convenient for you to navigate your way. In the center of this issue of Dublin Life, you’ll find a handy pull-out guide to City parks, bike paths and open spaces, including Glacier Ridge Metro Park. We’ve even mapped out the locations for the City’s popular Art in Public Places program, our partnership with Dublin Arts Council. Enjoy playgrounds, great views of the Scioto River and the larger-than-life Leatherlips sculpture at Scioto Park. Watch the Saturday morning soccer games at Darree Fields and catch a glimpse of Going, Going … Gone! which marks the passage of time through the imagery of baseball. Included in the guide is a listing of the various amenities available at parks and open spaces from bocce courts to shelter houses, swimming pools and fishing ponds. The map can be used to plan an outing using the bike path network to help you arrive at your destination with the satisfaction of knowing in advance all the features you will find there. Our parks truly offer something for everyone, even history buffs. Quite a few parks – Bristol Commons, Coffman, Dublin Spring, Dublin Veterans, the Karrer Barn Open Space, M.L. “Red” Trabue Nature Preserve and Wedgewood Hills – offer historical aspects not to be missed. We’ve even thrown in a few tips on the best sites for bird watching; the parks that provide river access are noted in the grid. We’re fortunate to have so many recreational options among our 1,200 acres of parkland and more than 100 miles of bike paths. We hope you enjoy touring the various outdoor spaces, whether you frequent one park or decide to take them all in this year.

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The day Kim Baich saw her son Dawson take his first steps alone was one of the best of her life. Baich and her husband, Jim, have two older children, so their joy wasn’t that of first-time parents. That moment had been a long time coming. Dawson, their youngest, was born with Down syndrome. He was 3-years old when he began walking. “You never think it’s going to come,” Baich says, describing her feelings on that day. Dawson had been using a walker for a while, but hadn’t walked unassisted yet. “It was just huge. … When (he) finally (got) that, it was amazing. He just works so much harder. He’s had to try so much harder for things like that.” Baich’s journey to that moment began with a routine test during her seemingly normal pregnancy. The results pointed toward a higher risk that Dawson would be born with Down syndrome, which is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. Results of a

follow-up ultrasound lowered the risk, so Baich declined an amniocentesis, which would have set the question to rest but increased the risk of a miscarriage. “We just kind of went through the rest of the pregnancy not really knowing, and when he was born, we were a little shocked,” Baich says. “You just kind of want to believe it’s not true – that it could happen.” After his birth, Dawson was quickly diagnosed with trisomy 21 – which accounts for 95 percent of Down syndrome cases – as well as a bowel obstruction. He was treated for the obstruction at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and has been relatively healthy since. But Baich’s world was turned upside down. She had so many fears, not the least of which was how her older children, Anna and Mason, would react to their little brother. In the midst of that fear, she found support in the new parents group from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO). The association serves individuals with

Down syndrome and their families in 18 Ohio counties. One in 691 children born in the U.S. has Down syndrome. DSACO plans social functions, provides information and education, advocates for individuals with Down syndrome, offers programming, and organizes monthly playgroups and support groups. The connections Baich made at the new parent support group buoyed her up during the challenging adjustment period after Dawson was born and have lasted for years. Dawson is now 13. Baich, a former teacher who has an undergraduate degree in social work and a master’s in education, is currently focusing her efforts on volunteerism, specifically through DSACO. Right now, she’s in the midst of working on the 2FGR Down Syndrome 5K and Fun Run, scheduled for May 22 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center. 2FGR (Two Fat Guys Running) organizes the five-year-old event, which has raised more than $140,000, approximately two-thirds of which has gone toward Down syndrome causes, says race Director Tim Mills. Two of the group’s members have children with Down syndrome, he says. “A few of us had an idea to start a 5K to give back to the community,” says Mills, a member of 2FGR, which meets at 5:30 a.m. weekdays at the Dublin Community Recreation Center. Jim, Kim, Anna, Mason and Dawson Baich

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2FGR Down Syndrome 5K and Fun Run 5 p.m., May 22, Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd. www.2fgr.com “Our mission, vision and values were promoting health, community and family.” Premier Races works with 2FGR to coordinate registration. Sponsors this year include Cardinal Health, Giant Eagle Market District, Rita’s Italian Ice and Green B.E.A.N. Delivery. The City of Dublin and Dublin City Schools are big supporters as well, Mills says. Some of the schools have student running clubs that train specifically for the event. Along with the 5K is a 200-meter Fun Run for kids. The club hopes to draw upwards of 1,000 participants this year compared to last year’s 820. Its fundraising goal for the event is $50,000, Mills says. Money funneled to DSACO supports the organization’s programming, including iCan Bike, which teaches developmentally disabled individuals ages 8 and older to ride bicycles via 75-minute sessions during a week-long

camp. Baich plans to enroll Dawson in this year’s camp, which will be held June 2-6 at Worthington Kilbourne High School. Over time, many of Baich’s fears about raising a child with Down syndrome have dissipated. She’s watched Anna and Mason and their friends play with and accept Dawson for who he is. “They’ve always had a little brother with Down syndrome, and it’s never affected them in a negative way at all,” she says. “They’ve always been proud of their brother. He’s funny. They like when he’s at events. And my kids’ friends enjoy being around him and spending time with him.” Her worries are different now that Dawson is 13 years old. She wants him to have a smooth transition to high school from Grizzell Middle School – and for him to go on to have a full, happy life beyond that. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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Pool Time! Kids ditch doggy paddling at indoor swim school The Armitage family

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Lisa Armitage and her husband, Steve, hope the answer is “swim” for their business, Goldfish Swim School, which opened March 1. The couple relocated to Dublin from the Troy, Mich. area last summer to open the franchise, located at 6175 Shamrock Ct. “(My husband) has a swimming background. His family (members) are all swimmers,” says Lisa. The couple has three children, ages 7, 5 and 3. “We wanted our children to be safe and we had a hard time finding anyplace in Michigan that provided quality lessons; a clean, nice facility and classes. When we found Goldfish, we just loved it.” The Armitages, who had long dreamed of opening their own business, decided the franchise was the perfect fit. Lisa’s aunt lives in Upper Arlington, and her father had done some construction work in the Columbus area, so they decided on central Ohio – specifically Dublin. Goldfish offers year-round, perpetual lessons for a monthly fee in a 4-foot-deep pool for children 4 months to 12 years. “All we do is teach children how to swim and be safe in the water,” Lisa says. The school doesn’t offer competitive swim teams or diving. Children can be un-enrolled with 30 days’ notice. The water is kept at 90 degrees for kids’ comfort, and the pool has benches extending its full length so children can sit

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of the City of Dublin’s landscaped ponds and fountains surrounding many of its newer neighborhoods, you may want to thank Warren Fishman. The longtime Dublin resident has completed his most recent term on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission, capping a career of service that includes 17 years on the commission as well as six years on the Board of Zoning Appeals and 18 months on the Bicycle Advisory Task Force. “Two things I always pushed for were water features and masonry construction, because it lasts,” Fishman says. The latter is something he learned while attending one of many American Planning Association conferences across the country. At another conference, he and a colleague wangled passes to attend a planning meeting of a major national retailer. At the meeting, they learned that the company had three tiers of building plans, ranging from minimum standards to more elaborate construction options. It was a valuable nugget of knowledge Fishman would share with staff – and use to successfully convince another big-box

retailer that Dublin wanted its top-of-theline store prototype. Luckily for Dublin, Fishman discovered the City while riding his bike from Northwest Columbus to Muirfield Village in 1977. He was so impressed with what he saw that he called a real estate agent the next day. The Realtor suggested a house that was empty at the time, but Fishman’s hectic schedule made it hard to schedule a showing. The solution? Fishman and his wife, Bea, toured the house at 1 a.m., using a spotlight to see the rooms. They liked what they saw and purchased it the next day, becoming the 29th residents of Muirfield, he says proudly. Fishman was no stranger to community service, having served on the Northwest Civic Association and the board for the Northwest Swim Club prior to moving to Dublin. When his new neighbors formed a volleyball league, he met then-City Council Member Ron Geese. Fishman recalls talking to Geese about recent zoning decisions and Geese suggested that Fishman become involved in local government. Before he had a chance to think about it, Fishman got a call from former Village Clerk Richard Termeer, who told him Geese had recommended him for the Board of Zoning Appeals. “In those days, if your name was in, you were in,” Fishman says. Warren Fishman -- back row, far right -- with his family at the City of Dublin Independence Day celebration the year he was grand marshal of the parade.

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“I think Dublin will continue to grow and continue to prosper. But, to me, being rich isn’t having money; it’s being where you want to be or on the way to where you want to be.”

Geese remembers Fishman’s enthusiasm. “He had an outstanding passion and care for the community,” Geese says. “Through his talents, and some others of us, we really created a city that has wonderful parks and bikeways … wonderful aesthetics.” Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Chris Amorose Groomes says, “Warren has kind of served as our commission historian. He has a working knowledge of a lot of the real estate in the City of Dublin and its history. He brings a great perspective to us.” For Fishman, public service has been a way to fulfill a commitment he made a long time ago. “I made a promise to God to give back,” he says, adding that community service just happens to be something he loves to do. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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Dublin’s Boards and Commissions provide citizen representation But that hasn’t meant an absense of challenges. “Decisions that (kept) me up at night,” he says, included a rezoning application that would have meant one resident would have to vacate the house her late husband built in the 1940s. In an emotional plea to the commission, she talked about seeing her husband’s personal touch all around her in the home. “I fought like crazy for her to keep that house,” Fishman says. “She’s still there.” He compares the roles of commission members and developers to a tug-of-war – one that usually resolves itself somewhere in the middle. “I’m proud of the standards we set, the fact we were able to balance the tax base in Dublin, so you have beautiful commercial development that pays for all these things we do,” he says. Fishman began his career as an encyclopedia salesman while attending The Ohio State University. He parlayed that job into a position in the publishing industry, which culminated in selling his share of a book company to his partners in 1998. He also built a real estate investment portfolio and is continuing to manage those properties. Though he is stepping down from a more active role with the City, he will continue as a bicycle ambassador and envisions a great future for the community he helped to build. “I think Dublin will continue to grow and continue to prosper,” he says, “But, to me, being rich isn’t having money; it’s being where you want to be or on the way to where you want to be.” He says he is proud that he and Bea, a former English as a Second Language teacher for Dublin City Schools, have passed on the community service gene to their children, who are active in their communities. Their son, Aaron, lives in Cleveland with his wife and three children, while daughter Rebecca and her husband and four children reside in Dayton. Groomes says Fishman will be missed at Planning and Zoning’s Thursday night meetings. “He brings a great light-hearted spirit to the commission,” she says. “He’s got a great wit and is a great friend to many of us. It goes way beyond public service.” Nancy Richison is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@cityscene mediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

Warren Fishman isn’t alone in serving his community. Nearly 40 Dublin residents volunteer on the City’s various boards and commissions each year, providing recommendations to City Council on a variety of issues. Each January, Council seeks applicants for any available openings. Applicants are required to be residents of the City of Dublin and registered voters. Boards and Commissions, which provide opportunities for citizen input, include: Planning and Zoning Commission – The commission makes recommendations to City Council on preliminary and final plats, rezoning and preliminary development plans, and modifications to the zoning code. City Council reviews the recommendations before taking final action on these issues. The Planning and Zoning Commission has the authority to make final decisions on conditional uses, final development plans and corridor development district applications. Board of Zoning Appeals – The BZA ensures that the zoning code is fairly applied to all properties and grants modifications, or variances, to the code when warranted by these conditions. Architectural Review Board – The ARB reviews and approves proposed changes in Historic Dublin to preserve and maintain the City’s original neighborhood. Records Commission – The commission identifies and preserves the City’s historical records and documents for the future. Community Services Advisory Commission – The commission makes recommendations to City Council regarding policies and programs related to community services, natural resources and related issues. Personnel Board of Review – The board hears appeals from City employees, as authorized by the Dublin Code of Personnel Practices and Procedures, and Dublin City Schools employees when authorized by applicable state or local law. Tax Board of Review – The board hears and rules on appeals stemming from any rulings or decisions made by the tax administrator. Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau – Citizen members serve three-year terms and periodically report to City Council relevant accomplishments and issues. Dublin Arts Council – One citizen representative is appointed to serve a two-year term on the board of the Dublin Arts Council and shares with City Council significant achievements and topics for discussion. City Council also appoints a council member to serve on the board. Central Ohio Transit Authority Advisory Panel – The panel advises COTA management on the development and implementation of public transit in central Ohio. Dublin Foundation – Council appoints a representative to attend foundation meetings and provide updates as necessary. For a current list of board and commission members, visit www.DublinOhioUSA.gov. 17


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dance secretary at Sells Middle School, became a Certified Tourism Ambassador of Columbus, she did it to boost her resume. An unexpected benefit was learning more about not only the community, but also her own family. “In the class, there’s a lot of info about the history of Ohio and Columbus,” she says. “Through that, I found a historical connection to my family. I could never figure out why they made the move from Virginia to Ohio. I learned that, to help after the Civil War, soldiers were given land (in Ohio). A relative was perhaps given land and moved to Washington Court House.” This finding was a byproduct of the CTA program. The program’s primary goal is to ensure anyone who visits the City of Dublin leaves with a strong, positive memory of the visit. To that end, the City teamed up with Experience Columbus and its Certified Tourism Ambassador program in December 2012 to create a specialized Dublin training program. The original program began earlier that year. “We celebrated the bicentennial that year and it was an ideal time to launch the program,” says Experience Columbus Senior Visitor Experience Manager Robbie Banks. “There was a really 18

strong sense of pride and we felt the community was ready for it.” Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, assists with the Dublin portion of the program. “Our overall motivation was to educate the local community on all the great things in Dublin so they can communicate that to visitors who come to town,” Dring says. “We want our locals to be able to talk about the history and all the secret spots. They’re truly ambassadors for the visitors.” Those seeking to become CTAs must attend a half-day course and pass an open book exam. The course contains information pertinent to tourism and hospitality in the Columbus area. The Dublin program has an additional component. “After the test, we have a ‘Taste of Dublin’ where local restaurants come in and feed these folks … as we speak for a half hour about Dublin,” Dring says. “It helps to really sell and offer the great things we have to offer.” The newly-inducted ambassadors will then receive their “Welcome to My Dublin” recognition – an added accolade that states the CTA specializes in Dublin tourism. Members of the community are encouraged to join the program, whether they are high-ranking City employees or just someone interested in the City.

“The CTAs can be anyone,” Banks says. “They’re ideally people who interact with others on a regular basis. We have noticed that residents who simply want to know about Columbus will serve as an unofficial ambassador for their friends and families.” Realtors, hotels, restaurants, nonprofits and venues all have participants in the CTA. This year, Banks looks to include more transportation employees into the mix. “We would really like to see more cab drivers, bus operators and shuttle www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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drivers get involved,” she says. “Often times, they’re the first and last impressions, so they need to be memorable.” To renew the CTA certification each year, members must earn at least 50 points that represent how active they are in the community. “Points are achieved by attending CTA networking events, visiting attractions, attending tourism-related seminars and programs, and volunteering for leisure opportunities,” Banks says. “This system encourages them to experience what the visitors would and it keeps members current, informed and active.” Members receive a weekly email from Banks informing them of volunteer opportunities and new happenings in the community. They also receive a bimonthly newsletter from the Tourism Ambassador Institute to keep them abreast on a national level. Information like this helps keep members more in tune with their town, even if they’ve been involved in the community for a long while already.

“Even though I’ve been here for many years, I’ve learned a lot more,” Trees says. “Dublin has a great number of parks and river access. Many people don’t realize they’re there. You don’t expect that in what looks like an urban city.” To become a CTA, visit www.experience columbus.com. The cost is $29 and includes the after-class luncheon. The next class is scheduled for April 29 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center. There are more than 150 CTAs in Dublin. These people can be utilized during major events, such as The Presidents Cup, and at the Visitor Information Center. “We’re not just telling people about Columbus and Dublin,” Dring says. “There’s an education component and it teaches how to speak to people and gives an insight into travel and tourism. It really teaches communication.” Stephan Reed is an editorial associate. Feedback welcome at laurand@city scenemediagroup.com.

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Bird Watching May is usually the peak of spring migration. Visit parks along the Scioto River to view many colorful warblers traveling north. Some warblers stay and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the Prothonotary Warbler, otherwise known as the flame of the swamp! Visit any park to see the wondrous variety of Ohio birds that call Dublin home. For a list of common birds visit: Ohio.org.

Fishing Dublin has more than 40 ponds that offer excitement for anglers of any age. Licenses are not required in City of Dublin ponds and all ponds are stocked. Largemouth bass and bluegill are common but yellow perch and even hybrid-striped bass can be caught too.

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Art in Public Places To learn more about the art in public places go to: Dublinarts.org/visualarts/dublinartinpublicplaces.aspx

Hidden Treasure Take a walk or bicycle ride on Dublin’s bike paths and enjoy some of nature’s finest sights. Our more than 1,098 acres of developed parkland offer events and activities throughout the spring and summer. The parks are open from dawn till dusk unless otherwise noted and have a variety of amenities.

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C on s t r uc tin g A CURE When Charles Ruma

was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, he had only one thought on his mind: giving back. With the help of the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Ruma beat cancer. “I was treated at the James at Ohio State, and throughout that process … I wanted a way to give back to the University,” Ruma says. “What they did for me was huge.” While brainstorming ideas, Ruma, owner of Powell-based Virginia Homes, knew he had to come up with a creative solution. “At the time, we were in a downturn in the industry. Writing a check sizeable enough to make a difference just wasn’t possible,” says Ruma. “The only way I knew how was to build a home and give the proceeds.” That’s how Ruma’s Home for Hope project was born. The first Home for Hope, constructed by Virginia Homes and completed in 2011, was sold at a live auction and raised $65,000 – a good amount, Ruma says, but he dreams of donating even more. To that end, Virginia Homes is breaking ground on a new Home for Hope in April in the new Wellington Reserve neighborhood, part of the Dublin City School district. “I hope to double that number this time around,” Ruma says. “We’re going to start digging the basement in April and we expect to close in October. It’s in a new community in Dublin, so we expect to see a lot of activity.” The 3,570-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three and a half baths. Other features include a two-story great room and a three-car garage. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

New Home for Hope raises money for cancer research

Both Homes for Hope are designed to encourage energy-efficient, healthy lifestyles. Ruma has intently studied new technologies that enable families to live better lives. “We really have learned a great deal about indoor air quality, something we kind of took for granted before,” Ruma says. “The reality is that 99 percent of pollutants are indoors – and that’s where we spend most of our time. … We put in special air and water filtration systems and that helps us to limit the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in our homes.” Ruma has been grateful for the outpouring of support the project has received from family, Virginia Homes employees and the community. “We’ve really had an amazing amount of support throughout the entire process,” he says. “My family is proud to be a part of it and help wherever they can.” With the real estate market bouncing back, Ruma is more hopeful than ever that he’ll see his goals become a reality. He hopes raise $130,000 through the sale of the second Home

for Hope. The home is valued at $635,400. “My motto has always been – especially when it comes to cancer – ‘It’s so imperative that we all give back.’” Lauren Andrews is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@ cityscenemediagroup.com. Lauren Andrews is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@ cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Marilyn Sobwick Creator of Dublin’s original shamrock logo After designing Dublin’s lucky logo, graphic designer Marilyn Sobwick headed south for graduate school and warmer climes. She answered our questions via email while volunteering in the Bahamas.

Marilyn Sobwick took a trip to Masada, Israel in December 2013.

Dublin Life: When did you live in Dublin? Marilyn Sobwick: I called Dublin home from around 1984/1985 until 2003. I lived on both sides of the Scioto River while in Dublin. DL: How did you come to live here? MS: We followed my husband’s career path to Dublin. DL: How did you end up as the designer of the original shamrock logo? MS: As a board member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, I originally designed the shamrock for the Chamber Business EXPO in 1985. The image was embraced and became adopted as the Chamber logo. In order to make the (then) Village of Dublin appear larger than life, we carried the identity over to the City with its incorporation in 1987, and then on to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The troika effect! It must have worked. My background in design, at that time, was a BFA in graphic design and illustration.

DL: What’s it like seeing your work (or the inspiration your work provided) all over City materials still? MS: Variations of the original shamrock have popped up throughout the City. A variety of designers took the original inspiration and added their own twist. The shamrock seemed to survive as a common denominator through it all. The shamrock has served its purpose due to the phenomenal growth Dublin has experienced.

DL: Can you tell me a little about the creative process that went into creating the shamrock? MS: The idea was to give the Dublin community a sophisticated, high-profile look to attract non-smokestack type businesses to the community. The Dublin Chamber had high-tech businesses on its radar screen.

DL: Where has life taken you since you left Dublin (work, family, etc.)? MS: I relocated to Savannah, Ga. to begin graduate work at SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, located in a tropical coastal climate. My passion has become designing for ocean awareness to enlighten the world about our oceans and our sustainable future. My new business is called Ocean Co Motion.

DL: What other types of work did you do for the City? MS: The first project for the City was to create its stationery letterhead, envelope and calling cards. Then, (Director of Communications Sandra Puskarcik) had me working on the recycling brochures and/or information sheets.

DL: What other projects have you worked on? MS: While I was a member of the Dublin Arts Council, I headed up the Leatherlips Monument as part of the Arts in Public Places project. I designed the artist-in-residency solicitation brochure and all printed materials for the project,

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wrote all news releases for a variety of Ohio newspapers and publications, corresponded with the Wyandot tribe members throughout the U.S., and made all arrangements for our visiting artist Ralph Helmick, Chief Bearskin and tribal members from Wyandot, Okla. Since moving to Savannah, I have concentrated my efforts on ocean awareness projects that can be seen at www. cargocollective.com/logoz. DL: What are you up to now? MS: This week I’m a volunteer for earthwatch.org in the Bahamas, monitoring the patch reefs and mangroves. This study will monitor the abundance of fish population in size and species and how it relates to the ecosystem. Field work always brings on design projects. I also volunteer for BLUE Ocean Film and Conservation Summit, Gray’s Reef, and The Dolphin Project. Lisa Aurand is editor of Dublin Life Magazine. Feedback welcome at laurand@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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The Greening Grounds crew repairs course, tackles improvements When it rains, it pours. But

even if it pours during a golf tournament, the grounds crew at Muirfield Village Golf Club is ready. After all, it does take showers to green up the fairways. The landscape at the Club returns to its traditional pristine beauty each spring. This year, Paul Latshaw, director of grounds operations for 10 years, and his crew are working hard to restore areas affected by unexpected rainfall and record crowds during The Presidents Cup. Last year was especially busy for Latshaw and his staff. Besides preparing the course for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, his crews did the landscaping and irrigation around the clubhouse. After the Memorial, the crew began the process of relocating and rebuilding the 18th tee, adding 40 yards to the picturesque and challenging finishing hole. The purpose was to “put the driver back in the hands of the golfers,� Latshaw says. While it sounds like a relatively simple project, expanding the tee

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Dan Sullivan

President of HNS Sports Group Executive Director of the Memorial Tournament

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With the help of Dublin police, City roads are used to access specific areas of the course for evening maintenance during the Memorial Tournament.

“Golf fans will continue to experience the tradition of the Memorial in 2014 as they enjoy a front row seat to the best golfers in the world battling for the ultimate prize: a congratulatory handshake from the tournament’s host and founder, Jack Nicklaus. … The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide Insurance is an excellent platform to showcase Dublin, Columbus and the entire region to the world,” Sullivan says. Sullivan has a long-standing involvement with the central Ohio golf scene. He interned for the 1987 Ryder Cup and Memorial Tournament and moved up to the role of director of marketing for the Memorial by 1990. In 2000, Sullivan – together with former Memorial Tournament Director John Hines and Steve Nicklaus, second-oldest son of Jack Nicklaus – founded HNS Sports Group, which oversees the Memorial as well as the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on the Web.com Tour, among other events. Sullivan’s contributions to Dublin and central Ohio are being noticed. In November 2013, Gov. John Kasich named Sullivan chair of the TourismOhio Advisory Board. In March, the PGA TOUR and HNS Sports Group won an EXPY Award from Experience Columbus for The Presidents Cup. Sullivan lives in Marble Cliff with his wife, Aly, and children, Liam, 16, Torie, 15, Ronan, 13, and Brodie, 10.

Workers clear water out of a sand trap during The Presidents Cup.

Grounds crews squeegee the course after rainfall during The Presidents Cup.

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was the third or fourth largest project Latshaw has done at Muirfield, he says. He was there while the 16th fairway and green were rebuilt, a similarly significant undertaking. Additionally, he had to prepare new hospitality areas for The Presidents Cup. A large spectator stand was placed around the first tee for the ceremonial introduction of players, for example. After the event, bleachers and hospitality facilities were removed to make way for reseeding and new sod. The well-drained course was unscathed by the rainfall. Work along stream beds and tree trimming were among the crew’s cold weather efforts, in addition to indoor work on rehabbing equipment and painting benches, trash cans and other items that are refurbished annually.

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The post-Cup restoration included overseeding 24 acres and laying about 5 acres of sod, plus additional seeding where temporary structures had been. Latsaw’s crew is about 15-20 full-time, year-round employees and swells by about 30 during golf season. Some are high school or college students who return to class in the fall. Last year, volunteers from other courses around the country were brought in to strengthen the crew during The Presidents Cup. The workforce numbers are bolstered by interns, exchange college students studying agronomy or golf-related fields, and The Ohio State University students pursuing golf course management-related degrees. Latshaw’s goal: “Getting (Muirfield Village) to look like it did before The Presidents Cup.” And he will. The course is consistently among the top courses in the world – currently ranked 14th in the U.S. by Golf Digest and 48th in the world by GOLF Magazine.

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What’s new at the 2014 Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide Insurance “Hosting both the Memorial and The Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 2013 was a rewarding experience, and we are looking forward to applying some of the new ideas introduced in October, what was learned, to our 2014 season,” says Memorial Tournament Executive Director Dan Sullivan, who also oversaw The Presidents Cup.

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The Memorial staff has applied focus to building hospitality venues on the 11th, 12th, 14th and 16th holes. At both the 14th and 16th holes, an expanded hospitality venue footprint is planned, providing companies and their guests front row access to the competition. “We are very happy with the reaction we are receiving with the placement of the new venues and improvements to the existing. The end result will be a better, more enjoyable experience for the hospitality guests,” Sullivan says.

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New this year is the Patron Village, an open-to-the-public gathering space off the 10th fairway, featuring food and beverage service, a merchandise tent and a large video screen, all within an outdoor patio area. The new Golden Bear Club, located within Patron Village, is a tented structure offering menu items for purchase from

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, multiple bars, flat-screen televisions, private restrooms and open seating in a sports bar atmosphere. Golden Bear Club access is offered through a $249 badge. “The Patron Village and Golden Bear Club will be a destination location throughout the week. We found success with a similar venue during the Presidents Cup and are looking forward to offering to our patrons for this Memorial and for years to come,” Sullivan says.

Bleacher Seating

The Tournament staff decided to expand the number of seats and bleacher locations around the golf course. New to the course will be bleachers on the 6th, 13th and 14th holes, each providing unique vantage points for patrons. More than 2,000 bleachers seats will be available.

Honoree Annika Sorenstam

Annika Sorenstam, LPGA Tour player and World Golf Hall of Fame Member, is the 2014 honoree. Sorenstam will be honored at 3 p.m. May 28 during the Memorial’s annual Opening Ceremony on the driving range. Earlier in the day, Sorenstam will appear at an economic development breakfast hosted in Dublin and attended by regional business and political leadership.

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“All of our linens are being donated. Most of our wines are being donated,” Godshall says. “Heidelberg (Distributing) is our wine sponsor. That reduces our expenses so … we can provide more scholarships and funding to the Dublin community.” The foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the community and related organizations. Proceeds from the event, which is the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, go directly back into the community via grants in the areas of the arts; civic affairs; education; environment; health, human services and safety; historic preservation and recreation. Individual tickets are available for $125 and may be purchased online at the Dublin Foundation’s website, www. dublinfoundation.org. Lauren Andrews is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@city scenemediagroup.com.

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entire downstairs, including the kitchen and adjacent family room. Granite countertops were added to the kitchen, and the extended surface allows for more seating space. “Everyone ends up congregating around the kitchen – it just happens,” Diamond says. “The kids are now at the age where they have (other) kids over, so they like to sit around the counter.”

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BEFORE THE KITCHEN: “The home was built in the `80s, so there was oak all around the doors and Formica countertops along with brass handles on the drawers,” Schilling says. “There were dated, moss-colored walls throughout. It was very dark and uninviting.” Replacing a florescent light fixture with can lighting, repainting and adding a tile backsplash gave the space a more modern feel.

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THE LIVING ROOM: A wall of grayscale family photos (visible here in the mirror above the couch) and a stream of ceramic turtle shells add interest without disturbing the room’s neutral palette. Lisa, in particular, has taken a liking to the new space. “My family likes to watch TV in the evenings, so I’ll come into this room with a glass of wine and a book,” she says. “My son also loves to read. Each night around 7:30 you’ll find him there with a snack and his Kindle. We all tend to gravitate to here for our quiet time. We never had that before.”

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WITH COLUMN IST COLLEEN D’ANGELO Colleen D’Angelo is a freelance writer who lives in Dublin with her husband, three children and several small animals. She enjoys playing tennis, walking the Dublin bike paths and traveling.

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Teenagers can throw you for a loop sometimes. OK, all the time. I have two daughters at home, 13 and 17, who take great pleasure in surprising me daily. Sometimes it’s the little things, like wanting to wear 6-inch platform heels when I know that one little twist of the ankle could end their Irish dance dreams for the year. Other times it’s more dangerous, like wanting to drive to downtown Columbus on a Saturday night with their friends for Gallery Hop or to a concert for a band I’ve never heard But nothing prepared me for the day Courtney declared she wanted to switch from her Catholic high school to Dublin Coffman High School for her junior year. She had just completed her final exams as a sophomore at Bishop Watterson High School. She had a great group of friends, had been elected to student council and had enjoyed some interesting classes such as Italian and graphic design. I was so shocked. “I thought you were happy,” I exclaimed. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

Courtney assured me she was happy and was glad she had attended Watterson for two years, but she was ready for something new. She was tired of the long commute, the uniform and the lack of flexibility in her schedule. My little girl was ready to spread her wings. As much as Courtney loved the camaraderie and Catholic community at Watterson, she wanted to take a greater variety of classes and have more time to focus on her artistic pursuits,

such as Irish dance, theater, piano, guitar and drawing. This meant leaving a school where she knew almost everyone and entering a school of 1,877 students where she knew hardly anyone. “You could send me to any classroom at Watterson and I could practically tell you the name, age and favorite food of most people in the room,” Courtney says. “At Coffman I can still search the hallways between classes and not even recognize a face, but I meet someone new every day.” One of the wonderful things about living in Dublin is that we have so many great school options. In our neighborhood alone, we have children who attend many different parochial schools, a variety of private institutions and an assortment of public schools. Dublin City Schools has 12 elementary, four middle and three high schools, with each neighborhood assigned to particular buildings. Sometimes students may want to attend a different school, and they can open enroll when space is available. My neighbor Laura King went to Karrer Middle School, after which half of the students proceed to Coffman and half go on to Jerome, depending on where they are districted. Laura opted to attend Jerome instead of Coffman because she had heard great things about the choir and the theater program, and several of her acting and singing friends were heading there. Laura’s parents, Heidi and Mark King, weren’t sure if that was the right decision at first. “Laura 43


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could have walked to Coffman, but she felt strongly about her decision and, in the end, we wanted her to be comfortable and happy,” says Heidi. Dublin resident Carol Clinton has three kids who attended three different high schools. Evelyn went to the Metro School, Owen went to Bishop Watterson and Maeve is a freshman at Dublin Coffman who is also homeschooled part-time. “My children are always surprising me with the paths they want to follow,” says Carol. “Evelyn shocked us by finishing high school in three years and wanting to do a gap year program before college. She built roads in Ecuador and helped re-write a new constitution in Kenya before studying at Smith College. Just ask around and find the school that will help your children reach their full potential.” Most people anticipate they will tour a variety of colleges and universities before making that leap, but it’s becoming popular to consider alternative learning situations for younger students as well.

Not everyone learns the same way – or at the same speed – so consider visiting multiple schools and investigating curriculums that best suit your needs. Talk to teachers, counselors and parents, and ask a lot of questions. We had Courtney construct a pros and cons chart before switching schools, and it helped to see her priorities on paper. Anytime you make a change, you should also expect a few bumps along the way. Courtney had minor struggles with transferring course credits and finding the right classes and clubs to join. The students and administrators at both schools were very helpful, though, and after a few months, she had found her niche at Coffman in the IB Art program, Interact service club and National Honor Society, and designing costumes for theater productions. “Don’t ever be afraid to make a change,” Courtney says. -CD

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FROM THE Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Children’s Reads

Journey By Aaron Becker The beauty of a wordless book is that each time you read it with a child, the story changes. This delightful illustrated story follows the adventures of a lonely young girl who travels to distant places with only her imagination and a red crayon. (Ages 4+)

Adult Reads

Locomotive By Brian Floca It is the summer of 1869 and families are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed and strength of the mighty locomotives.

The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes Is second grade really that bad? It starts out that way for Billy Miller. Billy tackles his problems with the help of his friends and family in this great read-aloud, which is a Newbery Honor book. (Ages 8-12)

Counting by 7s By Holly Goldberg Sloan Quirky genius Willow Chance has a hard time making friends, but friends are what she needs when she faces an unthinkable tragedy. Those who come to her aid find their lives improving in unexpected ways. (Ages 10+)

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Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools By Diane Ravitch Former Secretary of Education Ravitch pitches an impassioned and wellresearched plea against the rising privatization of schools, a trend that she argues is draining energy and needed funds from our public school systems. 46

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I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban By Malala Yousafzai Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai never dreamed that by speaking out against the Taliban’s harsh opposition to female education, she’d be shot and become instantly famous as a spokesperson for women’s rights.

Kinetic Golf: Picture the Game Like Never Before By Nick Bradley Multiple photos and spot-on insights accompany Bradley’s popular new book that will appeal to all golfers, from novices to pros.

18 in America: A Young Golfer’s Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game By Dylan Dethier Seventeen-year-old Dethier postponed college to follow his dream of playing a round of golf in each of the lower 48 states. This unique and thoughtful coming-of-age story is sure to appeal to every golf fan.

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