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A Born Educator For many people, good ideas seem to stay just that: ideas. While they’re fun to daydream about, life often gets in the way, and the good idea doesn’t come to fruition for one reason or another. For Jessie Hoffman, founder of the Barrington School, ideas never seem to just go away. Hoffman was born in Westerville, but her family moved to Dublin when she was 5 years old. She attended the Columbus School for Girls while her brothers, Josh and Joel Roby, attended Dublin City Schools. The Roby family business was Storytime Learning Center, now Jelly Bean Junction, providing day care and early education around central Ohio. Hoffman imagined she’d follow in her parents’ footsteps, but her grandmother had some words of wisdom. “My grandma talked me into going into education. She said, ‘That’s something you’ll always be able to fall back on,’” Hoffman says. Hoffman grew up working in all aspects of her parents’ business. Her titles included cook, director and teacher; whatever her parents, Jeff and Bonnie Roby, needed, Hoffman was up to the task. She found middle ground at Ohio University by majoring in early childhood education with a specialization in business. After graduating, she came back to central Ohio to student and substitute teach until her parents convinced her to return to the family business. There, Hoffman learned accounting and any of the back-end tasks of Jelly Bean. That’s why, when Hoffman told her mother that she and her husband, Phil, were planning to send their daughter to Columbus School for Girls, Hoffman’s mom was baffled. “My mom said, ‘Why would you do that? We own our own centers,’” says Hoffman. Hoffman’s parents suggested she come up with a plan for the ideal school to which to send her children, Tessa and Weston, and the family would work together to try and make it happen. “We came up with price structure, how I was going to do it all, what I wanted – organic food, teachers – and then how I was going to be able to afford it all,” says Hoffman. “I approached my parents with it and they were like, ‘OK, we want two.’” The Birth of Barrington In 2014, Hoffman and her family opened the Barrington School’s Dublin and Powell locations, serving infants through schoolaged children. Barrington has now grown to five locations. Hoffman’s original vision for the schools has stayed strong since Barrington’s opening, focusing on serving

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“(For breakfast), the state requires you to have a grain, dairy and a fruit,” says Hoffman. “Nothing in that sounds healthy to me.” At Barrington, nationally known chefs cook all meals fresh – breakfast, lunch and a snack – with a menu that changes quarterly. For breakfast, students might enjoy a healthful smoothie or quiche, chicken and quinoa with fruit for lunch, and a quesadilla or chips and guacamole for snack time. These meal plans are a far cry from the trays of pizza and cookies that many adults remember from their own childhood. Hoffman says, to sustain children throughout the day and set them up for success, their diets need to be rich in protein – not carbs and fat. “We like to keep it fresh, and (the students) will try things,” says Hoffman. “We have parents come in and they’ll be like,

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‘How did you get my kids to eat this?’ Like, chickpea curry. It sounds so gross, but it’s amazing, and the kids devour it.” No matter how much her job moves from teaching to administrative work, Hoffman finds every opportunity to interact with Barrington students, and is thrilled to be in the business of education. “I like seeing all the kids in the morning and their smiling faces, and they come up and give you a hug. I think that’s the sweetest,” she says. “Every school I go to, I’ve got a couple kids that run up and grab my leg and say, ‘Hi, Miss Jessie! Hi! I miss you!’ Just seeing the happiness that goes on at the school, and how much the kids love their staff.” Outside the Classroom Though Hoffman’s entire family is involved in Barrington in one way or another, she makes sure to separate family time from work, and has even put certain expansion plans on hold to focus as much time as possible on her own children. She; Phil; Tessa, 6; and Weston, 5; enjoy bike rides around Dublin, skiing, sledding and traveling. And though her expectations and goals for Barrington are at the highest level, her desires for her family are simple. “I want my kids to grow and go to college and enjoy life,” says Hoffman. “I want to have a stress-free life.” Hoffman has been approached about franchise opportunities for Barrington, but no matter to where the Barrington name expands, Hoffman and her family will always be found in Dublin. When Hoffman, now 37, once expressed a desire to move to California, her father called her bluff. “My dad was like, ‘Go out there for two weeks. You tell me when you’re ready to come home,’” says Hoffman. “Two weeks later, I was like, ‘I’m never leaving Dublin.’” With her parents, husband, children and business rooted in her hometown, Hoffman is glad to see Dublin developing without losing sight of its origin, and she’s excited to see where it goes from here. “Dublin is perfect. You can ride your bike just about everywhere, and that’s what I love,” says Hoffman. “We can ride our bikes to El Vaquero, we can ride our bikes to the zoo. There’s no reason to leave. If you need anything fancy, it gets delivered.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at

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Like most law enforcement officers, Sgt. Greg Potts doesn’t like to be the center of attention. So this is definitely not a story about Sgt. Potts, badge number 107, the Dublin Police Department veteran who is retiring this spring. Rather, this is a story about the community he has served for 35 years. It all started on March 1, 1983. Potts was fresh out of the academy. It would still be four years before Dublin would be incorporated as a city. At the time, it was a village of roughly 4,000 residents. Since then, it has grown to the second-largest city in central Ohio, with a population of more than 48,000. “There’s been constant change,” says Potts. “And that’s usually a good thing. It’s all I can imagine, in that it’s been this way since I hired on. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” He has a sort of carpe diem way of looking at things. “Sure, the past was good, and for the most part you enjoyed it, but you have to adapt and accept change,” he says. The Police Department has seen its share of changes over the years, keeping Potts on his toes. “I find it a challenge to keep up with the technology, training and procedural changes that confront us continuously,” he says. “I depend on those around me. Their expertise and willingness to help has been invaluable to me.” He has worked for five different police chiefs and six city managers. Across the decades, he’s appreciated the level of support and teamwork within the City. Working for the City of Dublin has been a point of pride for Potts. “I think most people from other areas are impressed with the service level here

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in Dublin, and that’s not just the Police Department; it’s with all services the City provides,” he says. “You don’t see that level of service in other places.” And working for the citizens of Dublin is an equal privilege. “There’s generally a high level of acceptance of police in the community,” says Potts. “That’s not something you see in all parts of the country.” He says the City and his union, Capital City Lodge #9, have developed a competitive, yet mutually respectful, relationship, which has benefited everyone concerned, including the citizens, management and police officers. “We also have a great relationship with the Washington Township Fire Department and other community partners,” Potts says. “There is a great team spirit.” Sgt. Potts knows a thing or two about being part of a team; he was instrumental in starting at least three of them during his time with the DPD, including the Bicycle Unit, Motorcycle Unit and ProblemOriented Policing Unit. The POP Unit, as it was known, addressed recurring quality of life issues affecting Dublin, including underage drinking. The spirit of the unit lives on today in what is now the Community Impact Unit. Community-based initiatives are important to Potts, not just because he works here, but also because he lives here. It’s where he’s been since 1985. “I didn’t live in Dublin when I first took the job,” he says. “I got the idea to move here while I was working a special duty assignment on Avery Road, near what is now the intersection of Valley Stream Drive and Avery-Muirfield Drive.” There wasn’t much there at the time – it was a soybean field – but Potts saw a

Above: Potts served the Dublin Police Department from March 1, 1983-March 1, 2018. During his tenure, he helped launch three initiatives, including the Motorcycle Unit. Right: Potts started his law enforcement career in Dublin on March 1, 1983.

model home and it piqued his curiosity. Could this be the place to put down roots with his wife? The price was right, and they went on to build one of the first 10 homes in the Indian Run Meadows neighborhood. Thirty-three years later, they’re still there, but the surrounding scenery has changed quite a bit. 1985 was a busy year. His son, Ben, was born and Potts was promoted to sergeant, meaning he has been serving in a leadership role for more than three decades. He says he feels blessed to have been given a chance to serve the citizens of Dublin for so many years. “I was given the opportunity, the training and equipment to do the best I could do, and you’d be hard pressed to ask for any more,” says Potts. “I’ve enjoyed my time here working on the department and living within the City. I truly believe that without the support of fellow officers, my family and management, I wouldn’t have stayed as long as I have.” He is confident the members of the Police Department will continue to serve the citizens in a fine manner long after his tenure ends. As he moves on and into retirement, he and his wife, Tricia, are looking forward to new experiences, places and meeting new people.

“I think most people from other areas are impressed with the service level here in Dublin, and that’s not just the Police Department; it’s with all services the City provides.” Their first order of business in retired life? “To visit our son’s family in Illinois and spend more time with our grandson.” So, while this has been a story about the Emerald City, the “happily ever after” part of this tale will include many visits to the Land of Lincoln. Lindsay Weisenauer is a public affairs officer with the City of Dublin. Feedback welcome at April/May 2018 • 15

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Dublin’s citizen programs feature hands-on classes, information and networking opportunities It’s probably safe to say that when citizens are educated on the operations and vital programs throughout their city, it makes a stronger community. And that’s exactly what Dublin is aiming for. Citizen U City of Dublin This nine-week program teaches about the local government, parks and recreation, and more in weekly classes, offering an inside look at everything Dublin. Christine Nardecchia, City administrator of volunteer resources for the City and leader of Citizen U along with Nick Plouck, says the program allows citizens to interact and learn from expert public servants.

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“We want to give participants a behind-the-curtain look at all the people who serve them on a daily basis,” says Nardecchia. “It’s an amazing interaction and interchange that you get to see between a resident and a public servant.” Besides learning how to write a permit application and analyzing city maps, Citizen U participants will go on a bus Geo Tour this year, helping them learn about local history and upcoming City changes. “These people have an interest in their own community and become ambassadors for all of the Citizen Police Academy good that is happening in their community,” Nardecchia says. “The more Rice, who began leading the program sevthey understand, acquire and participate, eral years ago in part to strengthen her relationship with citizens. the better we all are.” One of the academy’s goals is to Seasonal; break stereotypes. “There is a lot of negative publicity in Citizen Police Academy the media sometimes regarding law enCity of Dublin forcement,” Rice says. “So we want to The first citizen program in educate as many people as we can … and Dublin, this 12-week course explain why we do what we do to keep our gives an exciting and educa- residents safe.” tional look at Dublin Police The classes include lessons on opioid Department and law enforce- awareness, arrest processes and traffic ment in general. stops, as well as an interactive firearms “We look forward to ba- session and a primer on the K-9 unit, sically opening the lines of where participants can potentially wear communication between our the bite suit. residents and the police de“With each class, we’re always looking partment,” says Sgt. Renae at ways to better it,” Rice says. “And as

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August-November; Citizen Fire Academy Washington Township If wearing a firefighter’s uniform and learning to save lives sounds appealing, then the Citizen Fire Academy is the right choice. “It’s moreso to bring the public in to give them an idea of what we actually do,” says Jamie Ross, fire training manager, who created and oversees the program. “And I think it’s important that citizens learn what we do, because they’re paying for it.” The six-session course meets once a week and allows participants to interact with firefighting tools, learn CPR, do vehicle extractions by cutting cars, use the ladder and perform a simulated rescue in a controlled burning building. After they graduate from the program, the Washington Township Fire Department allows alumni to volunteer at events and CPR training courses. “My favorite part is just dealing with the students, and they come from all over the place and all walks of life,” Ross says. “For (the students), the exciting thing is getting to do all the lessons.” September-October;

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And since many participants are trying to expand their professional networks, the Leadership Academy helps by providing those opportunities. “I think it’s just critical to meet people and learn about different industry,” says Amorose. “The people that master and understand that building your network is important, they’ll be extremely successful.” January-February;

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“The work that they do has been instrumental in helping nonprofits get up and running and started, like Welcome Warehouse, Dublin Food Pantry and the Dublin Special Olympics,” says Amorose, who also oversees Leadership Dublin. Amorose says one of the goals is to encourage members to become involved in volunteer activates, such as Community Service Day, a flagship project from the program by Chamber President Alan Baker.

Leadership Dublin Executive Program Dublin Chamber of Commerce This eight-month program focuses on topics such as local government and business, the educational system, social problems within the area, and building leadership and team skills in order to create strong community leaders and volunteers. Participants also tackle and present a group project that could benefit the community. Past projects dealt with sustaining the Dublin Historical Society and improving Dublin City Leadership Dublin Executive Program Schools campuses.




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For dedicated fans, the Memorial Tournament isn’t just an event to attend each year.

Tournament Traditions

Organizers ensure attendees of all ages can make memories at the Memorial By Garth Bishop

It’s a place for annual traditions. And everyone who makes the tournament a priority has one. Though there are many attendees who have been coming to the tournament for decades, new traditions are springing up quickly, too, as new fans get – pardon the pun – hooked. Appealing to multiple generations of fans is a major goal among tournament organizers, and efforts are made every year to ensure the longtimers keep coming back and the newcomers keep piling in. “We’re a sports property that has an appeal to a lot of different generations and many different walks of life, and the core of it is our commitment to the competition,” says Dan Sullivan, executive director of the Memorial Tournament. “From the very beginning, it’s all been about providing the best venue for the most talented in the game.”

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The Howards


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Joseph Foglietti

Foglietti and friends at the Memorial Tournament, 2017

Joseph Foglietti is only 25 years old, but he’s still got two decades of tournaments under his belt. His first tradition, starting when he was 5, was going to the Wednesday practice round with his father. “Every single year, I would get a new hat, and it was all about seeing the new players and trying to get an autograph,” Foglietti says. These days, the Dublin Jerome High School graduate’s tradition is attending the tournament as a social event, calling off work to see tournament play Friday and then bringing friends to the Muirfield Village Golf Club on Sunday to see the winner decided. Recent revamps to the clubhouse and the look of the course have made a major difference for Foglietti, because they help entice his friends to come back with him each year. “A lot of my friends now didn’t grow up in Columbus, so … they’re all really impressed at how beautiful the course is,” he says. Abundant bars and other social areas for visitors who are less interested in golf, earpieces to follow play-by-play action, and changes to make the cell phone policy more reasonable are also key offerings for people in Foglietti’s age group. Memorial Memory: Being hoisted onto his father’s shoulders, at age 6 or 7, so he could get up over a ledge and get an autograph from Gary Player.

In their early tournament-going years, Dublin residents Steve and Sarah Howard knew exactly where to set up. The Howards, who have been going to the tournament for some 25 years, used to get to the 15th hole early in the morning and set up chairs for themselves and their two sons, now grown. At that point, the par-5 hole was often pivotal, and the chances of seeing a birdie or even an eagle there were higher than usual, Steve says. “That seemed to be a pretty (popular) gathering spot for the tournament,” he says. “Sometimes, things would hinge on that hole.” In the years since, other holes have seen changes, making the 15th less crucial. And that’s just fine with the Howards, who deeply appreciate the added skyboxes, expanded vantage points and new features such as the Golden Bear Club as ways to spread out the course and give visitors more places to congregate. Having those options was important when they were bringing their sons every year, and it’s just as important now that they’re bringing their younger daughter. It certainly doesn’t hurt, Sarah says, that ages 18 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. Nor does it hurt that there are copious opportunities for memorabilia and autographs, she adds, referencing the family’s substantial collection of badges, flags, hats and signatures. Memorial Memory: Witnessing firsthand Paul Azinger’s miracle bunker shot that won him the 1993 tournament.

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Grandparent Diane Gast

Diane Gast has been a tournament-goer since 1990, and she has the memorabilia collection to prove it. Her first tournament was one of the less enjoyable, as it was shortened to 54 holes because of the cold and snow; “We had our gloves A shot from the 2017 tournament on, holding our beer cups,” as Gast puts it. But the experience made enough of an impression that she came back the next year, and she’s been coming back ever since. Gast’s traditions include having breakfast on the course and volunteering for seven years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But her more steadfast tradition is the first part of her trip each year. “My first stop is probably the pro shop,” she says. “I think I have one of everything that’s in that shop.” Gast praises organizers’ work to make the tournament grounds beautiful and the class of the players for keeping her – and family members of all ages – coming back. Her husband, sister, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters all get in on the act. In fact, one granddaughter interviewed for a gig working at the clubhouse, though she ultimately couldn’t take the job due to timing issues, and both granddaughters have earnestly hunted down autographs over the years. Memorial Memory: Encountering tournament founder Jack Nicklaus with her husband during practice rounds, and having the Golden Bear himself compliment her shirt, which promoted St. Andrews Links in Scotland.

Since Day One

Roger Northcutt

Roger Northcutt is an old pro when it comes to Memorial Tournament attendance. He hasn’t missed a single one since the tournament started in 1976. Attending the Q&A session on the Wednesday afternoon of each tournament is always a priority for Northcutt – and not just to gain insight on the competitors. A question delivered at an opportune time to Nicklaus years ago helped Northcutt realize he needed to loosen his grip, as well as his arms continued on page 27

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Photos by Diane Gast and Roger Northcutt

A historical image of Jack Nicklaus


TOGETHER Dublin will soon be home to a new, state-of-the-art library. The 41,000 square foot Columbus Metropolitan Library Dublin Branch is part of the downtown Dublin transformation that also includes a 550-space public parking garage and several new streets and paths, which will enhance connectivity and walkability.

LIBRARY The new library is part of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s aspirational building program, which is the result of a community-wide process designed to serve the needs of Franklin County well into the future. CML understands that great libraries create stronger communities, and each branch is an essential hub that reflects the unique needs of the neighborhood it serves.


CML strives to minimize its environmental footprint with each new building or renovation project, using sustainable building materials and incorporating other eco-friendly elements. Plans for the new Dublin Branch incorporate the following: • Use of an efficient mechanical system, LED Lighting and daylight harvesting to reduce energy consumption • Harvesting rainwater from the roof for landscape irrigation • Requiring many of the materials used in the building to include recycled content and be sourced and manufactured regionally to reduce the buildings carbon footprint • Use of native plants

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The City of Dublin is building Rock Cress Parkway this spring. It will be the first new road to open as part of the library street network. This rendering illustrates the view looking eastward toward North High Street. You see the new public parking garage to the right and the iconic pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning the Scioto River in the background.

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and shoulders, and make a full turn when he swings. “I told (Nicklaus) I keep hooking everything, and he said my right hand goes over my left, (and not to) let that happen,” he says. Northcutt has had the good fortune to catch a few memorable Nicklaus moments at the tournament – good ones, such as an amazing shot to take down Andy Bean and win the 1984 tournament, and bad ones, such as a tee shot from the 17th hole onto someone’s porch. Northcutt always makes a point to attend on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which he calls the “action games.” For his longstanding fandom, Northcutt credits the tournament’s efforts to make the experience comfortable for visitors – “It’s like going to the Garden of Eden,” he says – as well as the players’ willingness to engage with fans. Memorial Memory: Watching Tom Watson shoot “the finest round of golf (he’s) ever seen,” in 1979, when he shot a 69 despite wind chill in the 30s. Garth Bishop is managing editor. Feedback welcome at


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Student Spotlight

Claim to Fame Dublin senior revamps nomination process for school district’s Hall of Fame program

For many high school students, internships are a college-age problem. But not in Dublin. And for senior Jessica Blake, internship experience No. 1 provided an opportunity to improve an aspect of her school district’s Hall of Fame program. Blake’s involvement in Young Professionals Academy (YPA) at Dublin Jerome High School allowed her to land her first internship, a public relations position in Dublin City Schools’ communications office. “In YPA, you spend your first two weeks of each quarter in the classroom, learning basic career skills such as resume building,” says Blake. “I was then paired with Keyburn Grady, director of our alumni association, who placed me on the Hall of Fame project.” Blake noticed particular faults with how nominations were being received and wanted to build awareness of the program. She began extensive research on Hall of Fame programs at institutions such as Upper Arlington High School, The Ohio State University and Penn State University. Blake was very interested in how these schools collect nominations, wondering how she could potentially alter Dublin’s program. After three months of work, Blake helped transform the application process into an easily accessible Google Form, hoping to increase the number of Hall of Fame nominations received each year. Blake also proposed a new idea, broadening which individuals could be nominated for the program into three categories: Distinguished Alumni Award, Community Service 28 • April/May 2018

Award and Young Alumni Achievement Award. “Through this project, I learned how many things there are to celebrate through our alumni and what they are currently doing,” says Blake. “It’s a wonderful way to highlight the district as a whole.” Outside of YPA, Blake is heavily involved in many organizations at Jerome. An avid athlete, Blake has been on the track and cross-country teams for the past four years. For her final season on the cross-country team, Blake held the title of team captain. “I care so much for that cross-country team,” says Blake. “Those girls have been there for me in some of the hardest times, and it was such an amazing experience to work with them.” Blake is also involved in the 2018 Class Cabinet, Young Life, National Honors Society and The Verve, her high school’s student-run magazine. As editor for The Verve and an intern at ABC 6, Blake is able to expand upon her love for journalism and the career she one day hopes to pursue. Blake will attend the University of Missouri beginning in the fall 2018 and will major in journalism. During her college search, Blake focused on each university’s journalism program, looking to find the

best experiences before she’s in the spotlight one day. With her chosen career path in mind, Blake is looking toward the future, bright-eyed and determined. “I just want to be telling stories, stories that can change people’s perspective of the world around them,” says Blake. “Whether big or small, I know these stories can have an effect on someone.” Laura Baird is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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In the 1970s, Dublin wasn’t what it is today. The Dublin City School District didn’t yet have the prestige it does now, cityhood was still a decade away and fewer than 4,000 people lived in the village. Still, the natural beauty and potential for growth led Warren Fishman; his wife, Bea; and their two children, Aaron and Rebecca, to move to Dublin. Fishman, who worked in publishing at the time, had been living in Columbus in the 1970s. He was, and still is, an avid cyclist, and one day came upon Muirfield Village dur-

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ing a bicycle ride with a friend. Though he and Bea had been searching for a home in Upper Arlington, it seemed Dublin had all the things they were looking for. “I rode around and said, ‘Wow, this is fabulous,’” says Fishman. “I stopped at a phone booth and called Bea, and I said, ‘Why don’t you arrange a visitation to the schools? ... I think this would be a good place to move.’” Just a day after Bea, a longtime teacher, met with and approved of Dublin schools, the Fishmans found a home in Muirfield, and Fishman recalls walking through the home at 1 a.m. with a searchlight after putting down an offer. The Fishmans would become just the 29th family to move into Muirfield on April 24, 1977, and remain in that same house 40 years later. The Fishmans, who value community involvement, became immediately integrated in Dublin. A month after move-in, Fishman

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found himself on the Board of Zoning Appeals and Bea formed a volleyball team with other Muirfield residents. Bea had taken time off of work to be a full-time homemaker, but soon found herself as president of then-Dublin Middle School’s PTO. Wanting to get back to the classroom, she became certified in English as a second language, and began rotating among the schools in Dublin. She worked in Dublin schools for more than 20 years, and still keeps in touch with many of her former students. “Bea deserves a lot of credit for what we did together,” Fishman says. “She was a really great teacher, (a) fabulous teacher. People still, to this day, say, ‘Aren’t you Bea’s husband?’” Fishman eventually became a part of the Muirfield Association Board of Directors and was appointed chairman of Dublin’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The Fishmans quickly fell in love with Dublin, and wanted to help the community retain its natural beauty. “Dublin is a really special place. The volunteerism in Dublin is unbelievable compared to any place I’ve ever been, and the people are just giving people,” says Fishman. “I don’t think anybody does anything themselves in Dublin that they

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A Win-Win Adventure The Adaptive Sports Connection offers opportunities for the disabled – and for volunteers Matthew “Thunderstrike” McQuaid, as the 23-year-old likes to be called, loves bowling, but also spends his time snow skiing, kayaking, cycling and waterskiing. The fact that he was born 13 weeks early with cerebral palsy and has very limited use of his legs and right arm makes his athletic choices remarkable. “Matthew’s spirit and zest for life more than make up for his physical limitations,” says his mother, Jill McQuaid. Dublin resident Matthew loves to be active and enjoys experiencing the outdoors, which is a perfect fit for the Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC), formerly

known as The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition (TAASC). In 1992, Steve Ricker founded the coalition, which is an active chapter member of Disabled Sports USA. He taught skiing to children with disabilities in upstate New York and wanted to continue in Columbus. Disabled Sports USA began as a means to help rehabilitate military veterans who sustained physically incapacitating injuries in combat. Today, ASC helps military and civilians with Volunteer Eric Krauss helps Matthew McQuaid get situated disabilities, from infants in in an adaptive kayak.

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assist at Snow Trails Ski Resort in Mansfield and Mad River Mountain Ski Resort in Valley Hi. Every Saturday throughout January and February, Ricker and about 50 other volunteers give 15-25 lessons at each location. The ASC adapts its ski and snowboard equipment to the needs of participants, whether they are beginners or competitive racers, and no matter their disability. Downhill skiing was one of the first sports Matthew took part in, when he was 6. His entire family learned to ski together, as ASC strongly encourages friends and family to share in the adventure with the participant. In order to ski, Matthew is set up on a type of sled on skis, with a seat, shoulder straps, padding and outriggers that act like training wheels. An instructor is hands-on behind the sled, while Matthew is encouraged to lean into turns and use handles to help steer. “I like going up the chair lift, being up high and going down fast,” says Matthew. Most of the summer sports occur at the ASC main campus along the Scioto River in Powell. ASC has access to nearly 22 acres of land along the river for sports such as waterskiing, paddleboarding, sailing and fishing. Kayaking is one of the most popular activities, and the flatwater of Twin Lakes is perfect for beginners or expert paddlers. The Columbus Audubon for Birding by Kayak Society can help participants spot turtles, egrets, cranes, beavers and eagles. ASC has a fleet of 70 kayaks for rent, some singles and some tandem depending on how much independence or assistance is needed. For example, Matthew sits down into a tandem kayak with outriggers that make it tip-proof, and has TheraBand devices that attach the oars to his hands. “Matthew used to be timid and afraid to leave the comfort of his own wheelchair,” says Jill. “ASC made all the difference by building his confidence and convincing him that he would be safe.” Eric and Joan Krauss have been integral volunteers and instructors in the kayaking and sailing programs since 2016. They have enjoyed helping others improve their boating skills while rehabilitating and having fun. Paddleboarding is increasingly

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ASC is nearly 100 percent volunteer, always looking to train more helpers, and encourages corporations to get involved through team building or sponsorships. Lots of people with good interpersonal skills are needed, especially when large busloads of children arrive. Teenagers, age 14 with parent or 16 alone, could help with registration at sporting events, painting, helping others onto ski lifts or carrying kayaks, for example. Senior citizens might enjoy office work, organizing participants or fixing items Matthew has the opportunity go to snow skiing on the property. through ASC. “The more good volunteers we popular, and the boards are adapted for get, the more we grow, and the greater the people to kneel, sit or stand, trying to keep impact we can have on the community,” Ricker says. them eye level with their friends. It takes a village to raise our children, “We love sharing our passions and watching the participants accomplish and the McQuaids witnessed that last sumthings they never thought they could,” mer when Matthew agreed to try waterskiing. Twelve volunteers and two boats were Eric says. Eric also assists with rock climbing at needed, including two starters to help him Scioto Audubon Metro Park climbing get up and two support skiers on either side wall, which offers adaptive equipment who could be next to Matthew in a second and a block and pulley system to aid the if he fell. A good time to try out some new participants and help them develop arm sports is Water Sports Weekend in June, strength. Professional instructors are where providers, participants and their available a few times per month to support families can sail, fish, waterski, paddleboard, cycle, and enjoy cooking out and camping. climbers of any ability.

Cycling is a wonderful family sport, no matter the age or disability, and now, there is a cycling center built at Glacier Ridge Metro Park where visitors can rent or borrow adapted cycles from ASC. Matthew rides on a duet bike that looks a bit like an oversized baby car seat on the front of a cycle. He loves the high speed and is able to ride 5 miles, which he could never do in a wheelchair. “It’s my favorite,” says Matthew. “I love to go fast and ring the bell.” No boundaries. Just sports. What could be more fun? Unleash your inner athlete, spend time outdoors, help others improve their physical and mental well-being, and enjoy yourself in the process. Volunteer your time, encourage a participant to join in the fun, or offer financial assistance, and watch your world open up. It’s a healthy win-win situation for everyone. For more information, visit 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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Set in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Kathleen Grissom’s novel follows Lavinia, an orphaned 7-year-old girl who becomes an indentured servant when she arrives in the U.S. from Ireland. Over time, Lavinia, who starts out working in a tobacco plantation’s titular kitchen house, forms relationships with the plantation’s slaves there, but is limited in how close to them she can get because of her white skin. The Kitchen House, published in 2010, was Grissom’s first novel, and has since been followed by Glory Over Everything, following one of the plantation master’s descendants and her journey on the Underground Railroad.

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