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we’re doing enough that they tell other people to join.” So what makes the league so successful? “There’s a level of confidence and camaraderie that comes with any sport, these kids get to go through life with the identity of a tough rugby player,” Northup says. “That’s been our philosophy from the beginning: Confidence extends into how kids handle things in their life and it’s very powerful and makes a big difference in how kids view themselves.” Despite the aggressive nature of the sport, Northup and fellow coaches in the league make sure practices and training drills are structured.

“Having a kid get injured is literally my worst nightmare,” Northup says. “My kids play rugby, too, so I’m also scared with having my kids out there.” To mitigate the risk of injury, most of the rugby season is spent playing two-hand-touch or flag versions of the game, without..full-contact tackling. During practices, the players will drill a special type of rugby tackling, which helps protect the head and prevent any serious injury. Only when kids have mastered the safer version of tackling are they allowed to play full-contact. “We only give one award in this league and that’s an award for sportsmanship,” Northup says. “To me, that means putting your team and the other team’s safety above everything else in the game – not mowing over other kids and injuring them to score a point.” The league also has co-ed teams and coaches, cheap registration fees to make the sport available for all families, and different levels of play for all levels of athleticism.

Since starting the team, Northup, his fellow coaches and the players have tried to expand the league to as many different people as possible. Most recently, they’re working on forming a team for people with physical disabilities who want to try rugby. “At dinner, my own kids pointed out that we didn’t have anything for players with physical disabilities and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you’re right,’” Northup says.

So, beginning in mid- to late-July this year, the Dublin Youth Rugby is starting a wheelchair rugby team. “Even though I got the ball rolling, there is no way that the league would have become anything like what it is without everyone else that’s been involved,” Northup says. “There’s so many things that would not have happened.” Emily Real is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Dublin resident and WBNS10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi wakes up every morning with one mission on his mind – to end distracted driving. “Unfortunately, we have an epidemic in Ohio and the United States. We are losing our youngest and our brightest,” Tiberi says. Among those lost is Tiberi’s 21-year-old daughter, Maria, who died in a distracted driving crash on September 17, 2013. Investigators determined she was not using her cell phone, but she was distracted by something. Her vehicle showed no signs of braking before crashing into the back of a semi that was stopped in traffic. The Tiberis will likely never know what grabbed their daughter’s attention that night, but Dom says everywhere you look

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you see people behind the wheel doing things besides just driving. “It used to be a car was a way to get from point A to point B,” says Tiberi. “Now it’s a place where we conduct business, we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, we do our makeup, we comb our hair, we talk on the phone, we do snapchats, we do all this stuff except drive the car.” Now, he channels his grief into unyielding action. He and his wife, Terri, started the Maria Tiberi Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages defensive driving and educates about the dangers of distracted driving. “And the message is: The virtual driver interactive simulators include a steering Drive the car and get from wheel, brake, gas pedal and a screen that depicts real-life

point A to point B safely. Drive the car like everyone around you isn’t paying attention, because they’re not,” Tiberi says. The Foundation has funded 44 distracted driving simulators, donating most of them to law enforcement agencies around the state, including two to the Dublin Police Department. The simulators provide an interactive, lifelike experience that demonstrates how difficult it is to drive safely while texting and dealing with other distractions. “Through this technology, it’s pretty amazing, kids can see what happens when you drive distracted,” Tiberi explains. “And they’re getting this experience in a safe environment.” The next step – simulator schools. The Foundation is fundraising to open schools that will feature simulators in a classroom setting. Tiberi says he hopes to start with two schools, one in Dublin and one near The Ohio State University, and then potentially expand.

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“Technology got us in this problem. But I think technology can fix it,” he says. Dublin’s STEM Star At first glance, a local sports celebrity might not seem like the most obvious standout in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson says when the City had the opportunity to nominate a STEM Star, there was only one name on the list and it was Tiberi. “This was really a great opportunity for us to recognize Dom and what he has done in educating people about the consequences of distracted driving,” Peterson says. The City of Dublin nominated Tiberi as part of the COSI STEM Star Award program, created in honor of the upcoming 2019 COSI Science Festival. “The courage and commitment he has shown over the last few years has been awe-inspiring,” says Peterson. “We couldn’t be prouder of him and that he calls Dublin home.” COSI Vice President Stephen White says Tiberi is a great example of the type of person they are recognizing with the STEM Star program. “STEM stars are regular folks who are going out of their way to use science, technology, engineering and math to make a difference in everyone’s life,” White says. “COSI is honored to highlight Dom’s critical work that uses technology to save lives.” As part of his STEM Star status, Tiberi will serve as one of the grand marshals for the inaugural COSI Science Festival, which will be held at COSI May 1-4, 2019. He will join 12 other

STEM Stars from around central Ohio who will represent their communities. It is an honor he didn’t expect for a cause he didn’t choose, but Tiberi says the recognition means a lot to him. “COSI’s always been a special place to my family. It was one of Maria’s favorite places to go,” Tiberi says. Now, with Maria gone, Tiberi does what he can to keep her memory alive and to prevent other families from experiencing the pain of losing a loved one to distracted driving. “There’s nothing we can do to bring Maria back,” he says. “Believe me I’ve tried, and I’ve thought a million times about what I can do to fix this, but there are no second chances. There are no doovers in death, and we just don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.” Learn more about the Maria Tiberi Foundation at

“Through this technology, it’s pretty amazing, kids can see what happens when you drive distracted.” Dom Tiberi

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Since his daughter Maria’s death in 2013, Dom Tiberi has delivered more than 100 “Maria’s Message” presentations at schools across central Ohio, educating nearly 100,000 students about the dangers of distracted driving.

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A Simply Simulating Conversation A look into the robotic simulations Dublin medical students are using a role so medical students can learn more efficiently. Today, the Heritage College prepares its students for real-life situations by creating environments that mimic realistic medical offices. Some classrooms are designed to look exactly like general examination rooms, so that a student truly feels as though he or she is working within a doctor’s office. The only difference? A tiny camera in each room, monitored by professors and technicians in order to see how the training is proceeding. Another exam“Dublin has always been ple of the advancan incredibly innovative ed technology Hericity,” Burke says. “It’s fortage College utilizward thinking and has a es is named Sindesire to have a relationship man36, or, “Pat,” with the university. There’s as dubbed by proalways sup-port for what fessors and adminiwe’re looking to do here.” stration. Sinman36 Just as the city and uniis a simulation modversity’s relationship is el designed to repunique, the technology licate a patient as within classrooms is equally Dr. William Burke realistically as possinnovative. Ohio Univerible. The $80,000 sity in Athens, Ohio, was actually one of robotic man can breathe, the first medical schools to start utilizing sweat, bleed and respond to standardized patients – actors who portray treatments. Thanks to class-

As Dean Dr. William Burke walks along the campus of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, he greets each passing student by name. The City of Dublin was accommodating when the school was built, giving the campus extra space for future expansion. The school’s buildings are surrounded by uniform bricked pathways, wide green spaces and a fish-filled pond.

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New Location Accepting New Patients Welcome Dr. DeVoe room monitors, Sinman36 can even speak and respond to anything the student does or says. “We give students an opportunity to practice a procedure on something they can’t hurt,” Burke explains. “We can make these mannequins laugh, cry, die and even come back to life.” Technology is valued at Heritage College because of how quickly advances are being made within the medical world. Burke even mentioned that he had recently visited the Athens campus to try a virtual reality headset that may one day be used to train medical students. “Essentially, you’ve got the goggles on like you might do if you’re gaming. But you’re able to learn how to draw blood, for example, just like there’s a patient right in front of you,” Burke recalls excitedly. “It’s incredibly realistic – as you start to put the needle toward the vein, you can actually feel a little resistance as you get to the skin, like you would a real human.” Not all the school’s simulation technology is as extreme – many tools in the classroom are smaller and more specific to the task at hand. Students can learn how to properly draw blood and insert an IV on rubber arms that simulate human veins. There are also busts modeled from the chest up for practicing CPR and other breathing-related emergencies. Even the school’s lecture classrooms are pushed to be as innovative as possible. The open concept allows students to work in groups at tables, each with their own screens where they can watch a lecture being broadcasted from a different branch or campus, allowing every student to participate. The camera even swivels automatically to focus on a student if they are speaking or asking a question. For those of us who aren’t actively involved in medicine, medical school may sound pretty daunting. But Heritage College has created an open atmosphere, constantly striving to invite the community of Dublin to participate in its campus and become part of the school. The school offers up its facilities to Washington Township’s firefighters and

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EMS for training purposes. In turn, Washington Township helps medical students prepare for real-life situations by conducting disaster days, running through mock bombings, shootings and other emergencies, so students can learn how to best help victims in each emergency. The university consistently works to encourage Dublin’s youth and strives to communicate that a career in medicine is not beyond reach. Students at the Dublin City Schools Biomedical Research Academy are often invited to see the anatomy lab and simulation area, are visited by professors for discussions and talks, and get the opportunity to interact with medical students. A free summer camp is even organized by Heritage College for any student interested in learning more about a career in medicine. In 2018, nearly 50 students from over 20 schools attended the four-day exploration. Attending Heritage College is an extremely immersive, community-involved experience. Burke has worked hard to make the campus as open and interactive as possible. He’s motivated by the interest Dublin high school students take in their programs. When asked to describe what it felt like to be the dean of such a collaborative, advanced school, Burke pauses for a moment to find just the right word. “Rewarding,” he says as he smiles, waving to a group of medical students in their white lab coats, bustling to their next class. “It’s just really rewarding.” Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at 18 • April/May 2019

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After 40-plus years, it’s not often that new homes are built in Muirfield Village, but one being built right now is sure to catch the attention of an enormous number of people. Granted, there won’t be anyone living there, per se. But the new structure going up just southwest of the Muirfield Village Golf Club pavilion will certainly be home to an army of volunteers every May, starting this year. Memorial Tournament organizers are in the process of building a brand-new headquarters, designed by architecture firm Moody Nolan, for tournament operations. Volunteers at the 2019 tournament will be among the first people to see it up close. The 15,000-square-foot building, given the go-ahead by the Dublin Planning & Zoning Commission in November, is situated north of Memorial Drive, about 450 feet northeast of the Kinross Court intersection. It replaces a 4,000-square-foot cart barn that was constructed when the golf course was built in the 1970s. In terms of design, tournament officials and Moody Nolan have taken steps to

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Tour schedule have created openings in the schedules of some of the world’s top golfers, and that opportunity can only benefit the tournament and its patrons. “We expect that field to be as strong as it’s ever been,” Sullivan says.

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This year’s line-up of Memorial Tournament-adjacent events continues to expand on those of previous years, thanks in large part to the growth of Fore!Fest. Last year’s inaugural Fore!Fest took place on the Thursday of tournament week, located at – and organized in partnership with – Bridge Park. And just as Bridge Park has grown by leaps and bounds since last spring, Fore!Fest will too by taking on a larger role this year. Fore!Fest 2019 will span three days, running Thursday through Saturday, May 30June 1. More musical acts, more vendors, The starting line of the 2017 FORE! Miler

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The Legends Luncheon This major fundraiser, benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital, takes place in early May at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University campus. Attendees at the 2019 luncheon – which highlights the positive effects the tournament’s fundraisers have had on the hospital and its patients, and features the announcement of the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award – include Memorial Tournament Founder and host Jack Nicklaus; his wife, Barbara; LPGA legend and 2019 Memorial Tournament Honoree Judy Rankin; and former stock car racing driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The IGS Energy Benefit Concert presented by City of Dublin Supporting the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Children’s, this private concert always brings in a big-name musical performer to raise money for the hospital. Set for May 19, this year’s performer is Train, who follows such acts as Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Ben Folds. The FORE! Miler Slated for May 23, this annual four-mile road race benefits the alliance between Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It’s followed by a post-race party at the Golden Bear Club.

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And the Grammy Goes To … 2019 Music Educator of the Year Award Everyone knows what the Grammys are, but there is a part to the famous awards ceremony that casual fans may not know about. In 2014, the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation created the Music Educator of the Year Award. This year, Jeremy Bradstreet, a band teacher at Dublin Coffman High School who has been teaching music for 19 years, was recognized as one of the finalists for the 2019 award. In order to get nominated, a parent, student or employee has to enter a music educator’s name for the award. More than 2,800 nominations were submitted for the award and Bradstreet was one of them. He was honored to learn that he was nominated by a parent of one of his students. “Just receiving an email that says that you’ve been nominated – just to find sim-

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ply that a parent thinks you’re doing a good job and loves what their son or daughter is doing in the classroom,” Bradstreet says, “right there, we could have stopped the whole process and I would say, ‘Hey that’s pretty cool to receive even that recognition.’” Last year, Bradstreet went through the process of submitting three essays in order to become a quarterfinalist among 188 other music educators. The next step in the process was submitting three videos. In two of the videos, he had the Dublin Coffman principal, alumni, current students and some parents all answer questions about him and his classroom. The third video had to be of him teaching and was required to be unedited. “They ask you questions about your philosophy and what you do in your classroom,” Bradstreet says. “Kind of what makes your classroom special, but they ask other people to talk.” The videos he submitted made him a semifinalist for the 2019 Music Educator of the Year Award. From there, the videos get sent to the Blue Ribbon Committee, made up of top music educators and professionals. The Blue Ribbon Committee narrows down the list of 25 semifinalists to just 10 finalists and they recommend the music educator that will be honored. However, the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy has to approve the recommendation before the winner can be announced. “As the process went along and you got to talk about your classroom – things that you believe in or things that are unique to your classroom – that started to snowball into the quarterfinals and then into the semifinals, and then into the finals,” Bradstreet says. Bradstreet cares about all of his students and he never wants them to feel

left out or out of place. He says band is like a family. “My videos were all centered on what I call the band family, when a student enters in their freshman year and parents enter in their freshman year, they are not just part of the class; they’re part of a group of people who are all interested in each other,” Bradstreet says. “So, the idea is to make sure that everyone has a sense of belonging and that everyone has a purpose in why they’re there and what they’re learning. And we do this through a very family-oriented process.” Bradstreet makes sure that his students are more than students in a classroom. He says music teaches students more than just notes and rhythms on instruments, but also life skills. “Having the ability to not just talk about it, but to recognize all of the band programs here in the state of Ohio and across the nation is much more than just teaching the fundamentals of music,” Bradstreet says. “If I could rename the band program, I would like it to say Life Skills Through Band, because it’s this atmosphere of our band program that our kids are learning about commitment, discipline and teamwork and leadership, and all of the things that hopefully will make them successful in their workplace as adults.” Although Bradstreet didn’t make it all the way, he says that he is still very honored that he was nominated. “Every aspect of this process has been special,” Bradstreet says. Bethany Schultz is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Up, Up and Away! Dublin Jerome High School junior trains to become an astronaut By Ann Poirier

When 17-year-old Bella Roberts was in second grade, her teacher read a book about constellations to the class. She remembers that day well. It was the day that sparked her fascination with outer space. Later on, Roberts began researching space and stumbled upon astronauts. Instantly, she knew that’s what she wanted to be when she grew up. The following year, when Roberts was in third grade, she met the late Ohio as30 • April/May 2019

tronaut John Glenn. She told him all about her dream of becoming an astronaut. “He told me that I needed to study hard and work hard to achieve my dream – but that it was possible,” Roberts says. “That made me start thinking about what I needed to do to get there. So, at a pretty young age, I began looking at NASA’s astronaut requirements.” Over the next few years, Roberts, now a junior at Dublin Jerome High School, searched for any opportunity to get involved in space exploration. When she was just 11 years old, she went to U.S. Space Camp for the first time. Space Camp – located in Huntsville, Alabama – is a week-long educational program that promotes science, technology, engineering and math. It trains students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Space Camp is specifically designed for trainees who have a particular interest in space exploration. Participants visit from all 50 states and more than 120 countries around the world. When Roberts attended Space Camp, her desire to be an astronaut only grew. Roberts has been to Space Camp every year for the past seven years and is preparing to go again. “This summer, I’ll return to Huntsville for my eighth summer at Space Camp.

Hearing first hand the experience of current and former astronauts is a highlight of Space Camp for Roberts.

This time, I get to be trained by actual astronauts! They’ll help us with missions and give us their experience with how simulations compare to actual missions they’ve been on,” Roberts says. “They’re just a great inspiration to us campers. The whole experience gives me a much closer look at what I might have to go through to become an astronaut.” In addition to Space Camp, Roberts also keeps busy as a student ambassador for a program called Back to Space. This past fall, she was one of 25 students chosen from across the country to participate in the program. Back to Space works to shine a light on past space missions and former astronauts.

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“One of my goals in Back to Space is to inspire kids in my generation and younger to pursue STEM careers,” Roberts says. “We produce STEM-related content on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter – and we also have a blog. I’m hoping this experience with the Back to Space program eventually helps set me apart from other NASA applicants.” Before applying to NASA, however, Bella has to choose a college. As a high school junior, she’s doing a lot of college tours these days. “NASA has the list of astronaut requirements on their website, so I check it all the time to make sure I’m on the right path,” Roberts says. “They also have a list of approved college majors, so I’m using this to explore colleges. I also need to make sure I end up at a college that can help me get an internship at NASA or another aerospace company.” No matter what path she takes, Roberts makes her goal clear. “When I eventually apply to become an astronaut, I know the process will probably take a while,” Roberts says. “I might have to apply multiple times before I’m accepted – but my goal has never changed. I’ve been working toward it almost my entire life. I want to become an astronaut.”

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On a rainy February afternoon, Marty Parker is in the midst of finalizing last-minute details for his latest endeavor in the world of interactive entertainment, Throw Nation, a new bar and axe-throwing venue in Dublin. Parker’s excitement is evident in the way he interacts with the contractors finishing up for the day, bidding them farewell, high-fiving and thanking them for their hard work. To some, this may seem like a chaotic scene, but Parker handles the environment like a seasoned conductor. Now a Dublin-area resident and business owner, Parker has come a long way from his childhood, growing up on a farm in Greenfield, Ohio. It was living on that farm that nurtured his imagination. The Greatest Showman “My dad was the greatest showman in everything he did,” Parker says. “Everything we did, from a typical party to getting ready in the morning, was a production.” Every summer the Parker family hosted a rodeo that started as a way to get friends and family together for an afternoon of entertainment. Parker recalls those experiences being influential on his attitude in life. Plus, the rodeos were a full-on production. “To everyone that participated, my father was able to make that event seem epic. … Bigger than the Grammys, bigger than the Super Bowl,” Parker says, laughing. “He did it because he put thought behind it, he

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Finding a Way Parker finished high school and decided to take a year to travel Europe as a foreign exchange student. The experience had a lasting effect on Parker’s outlook on life. “The last month, I didn’t have enough money left and had about $7 a day to eat,” Parker says. “I really had to make it work … and I did, but boy was I hungry.” With limited funds, Parker traveled throughout Europe, sleeping on park benches, in train stations and sacrificing showers. When he arrived in Venice, Italy, he had an epiphany. “I pulled up to this shop and had my Snickers bar in one hand and apple in the other, and I’m looking in the window and there was a hot plate of steaming lasagna,” Parker says. “I made a decision that day that I was going to do whatever it took to make enough money that I’m never going to starve. It was a feeling that I don’t want to have ever again.” After Parker made his way back to the States, he enrolled at Ohio University’s theater program. “That idea of, ‘How am I not going to starve?’ kept going through my head,” Parker says. “I had a professor come up to me and say, ‘You know what, Marty, you’re going to wait tables the rest of your life,’ and that hit me in the head.” With a deflated ego, Parker would count the seats of his first semester theater classes, trying to figure out how much he would have to charge per person to make a living in the entertainment world. The numbers didn’t look good, so after reading an article about Wall Street traders and seeing that they came from all walks of life, he decided to pursue business and finance. “I found out that if you have a little cash in your pocket, you could become a trader,” Parker says. “I went to Wall Street and sought out how to become a trader.” A Rock Star Lifestyle With $12,000 to his name and a bedroom at a hostel in the YMCA, Parker was set to take on the New York Stock Exchange. He worked with D.H. Blair Investment Banking, but the venture only lasted three months.




scheduled it, made fliers and had complete strangers driving from out of town only to be turned away because it was a private event.” Parker’s father owned a number of bars outside of Dayton and approached the family’s annual event the same way he promoted his bars. “Growing up in that environment, organically, I was exposed to how you’re supposed to throw an event,” Parker says.

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“It was not a very polite firm and they just happened to go under when I was becoming a broker on Wall Street,” Parker says. “It was through that process that I realized I didn’t want to be on the phone not telling the truth.” He then headed west to California and took on capital trading. In true Marty Parker fashion, he also picked up a side gig as the mascot for the San Francisco Giants. “It was incredible, I was performing in front of 60,000 people,” Parker says. “It was a movie star, rock star lifestyle I lived for years.” In 2011, the New York Stock Exchange pulled the servers from Parker’s firm, forcing him to once again reinvent himself. Imagination Running Wild After leaving the stock exchange, Parker dove into the world of interactive entertainment and hasn’t looked back. He started out hosting Mud Ninja, a mud run, and brought the event back to the only place he could imagine hosting it – the family farm. “It turned into the next eight years of my life doing the same thing over and over again,” Parker says. “Offering people the opportunity to live fulfilled, passionate lives by putting a date on the calendar and then giving them a customized experience through what happens next.” These races catapulted Parker into one of his most noteworthy ventures – the world of escape rooms. After a conversation with one of his wife’s friends and a trip to California to see what an escape room was all about, Parker became inspired by his favorite TV show, The Walking Dead. “I was driving back from a race and it just hit me dead on. … I laughed for about an hour straight in the car,” Parker

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says. “We could take a zombie, attach them to a chain and put him in the room and every five minutes the chain gets longer until the zombie reaches the door … unless you solved all the riddles and got the key to escape.” Parker’s escape room, Trapped in the Room with a Zombie, operates in Chicago, Madrid, London and was even referenced on the TV show Big Bang Theory. New to Dublin Now that the Parkers live in the Dublin area, his daughter participates in the Dublin Jerome High School band and drama clubs and his son is involved with Boy Scouts. “Every major parade, we’re there with Boy Scouts or the band,” Parker says. “And to me, that is what I love about it. I grew up in a small town and I protested a little bit when we moved here because I didn’t think we would get that same feel.” He soon realized his preconceived notions were the opposite of how he feels now. “When you’re driving through Greenfield, Ohio, you’re honking your horn at everyone,” Parker says. “I’ll tell you what, in Dublin when I go to Kroger, I see people I know. Panera, Giant Eagle, you name it. I still get what I wanted when I saw myself having a family.” Parker is grateful for all the people he has met since settling in Dublin. “The Dublin community is a community for a reason,” Parker says. “People say, ‘Hey, I’m going to live here and make it great,’ and because of that you have some great administrators that are serious about their jobs.” Rocco Falleti is an assistant editor. Feedback welcomed at

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Privacy is always a must. In addition to Nicholson Builders, Peabody Landscaping Group helped bring the space to life. “Before it was just a bare yard – it was basically just the end of the driveway. And that was one of things our clients wanted to create was a little more privacy in the rear of their property,” Nicholson says. “By placing the garage where we did and then adding the landscaping of the arborvitae trees, we created a little outdoor living area.”

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A back yard can be intimidating – it’s like a blank canvas striving for color and imagination – where do you begin? For the Dublin-based Balturshot family, their back yard was just that – a blank canvas. They had a preexisting brick fireplace and pizza oven on a small patio, but the rest was a blanket of grass. After seeing impressive past projects completed by Columbus-based Nicholson Builders, the Balturshots made the call and hired the company. “Working with Nicholson Builders was wonderful. They had great ideas and brought my dream space to life,” says homeowner Rita Balturshot. The remodel included a new one-car garage with spaces for work and relaxation, a patio with an outdoor kitchen and a hand-made pergola, along with a secluded herb garden. Plus, the garage won a 2019 National Association for the Remodeling Industry of Central Ohio Contractor of the Year Award for Residential Detached Structure. “We were very excited to win this award,” says Bill Nicholson, owner of Nicholson Builders and one of the head designers on the project. “This one was special because of the attention to architectural details.” 36 • April/May 2019

The Garage At first glance, it looks like the one-car garage – which was designed for a future sports car – has always been at the end of the driveway. “That’s one thing we try to do whenever we’re designing a project; we want it to look like it’s always been there and that it ties in with the existing home so, aesthetically, it’s pleasing,” Nicholson says. The exterior consists of the same material and color as the house and gas-powered lanterns on either side of the garage door were also added to the preexisting attached garage for a streamlined look. The barn-like garage door is the icing on the cake. The new door rolls up like any garage portal, but Nicholson went the extra mile to add a faux beam above to make it look like the doors actually slide out. Once inside the garage, the space features an industrial workbench surrounded by floral artwork and an upstairs with a cozy sitting area.

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“Instead of having that as a wasted area hidden behind the large structure, our homeowner wanted to incorporate an herb garden and (Peabody) added that gate as a little feature, which is really nice,” Nicholson says.


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The Patio Outdoor kitchens are always a popular touch. But Nicholson wanted to make sure the new area looked preexisting and complementary to the fireplace patio. The plaza features a blue stone, which is carried over from the original patio, outlined with bricks that match the new kitchen and original chimney structure. Nicholson also built the pergola, using cedar timbers with a natural finish and cast stone pillars to give an aged look. The homeowners then planted a vine so the structure will eventually feature a natural canopy.

The Secret Garden What’s an oasis without a secret garden? In order to fill the small space between the fireplace and arborvitae trees, the homeowners decided to create a small herb garden. The area features a garden bed and a scalloped arbor gate – adding the final touch to this magical new back yard. “It’s always fun when you’re partnering with a homeowner who wants to invest in quality detail or architectural details,” Nicholson says. “It was a beautiful project with wonderful clients and homeowners.” Lydia Freudenberg is the brand loyalty specialist. Feedback welcome at

“One night, while walking up our driveway with the gas lights burning and the view of the pergola, I looked at my husband and said, ‘We have our own little piece of heaven here,’” Balturshot says.

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College kids on their way home for the summer Consider this article a tornado siren because a month from now, college students will be finishing their exams, stuffing all of their belongings into trash bags and dumping them in the middle of your family room as they move back into your nice, clean home for the summer. Your refrigerator will once again be emptied while your sink fills up with dirty dishes. Your path to the garage will be cluttered with more shoes than a DSW store and laundry will multiply tenfold. As you prepare to say goodbye to your freedom and flexible travel schedule, keep in mind that your kids may feel the same way. They have grown accustomed to staying out late at parties, sleeping in until class time and not having to account for their whereabouts every minute of the day. It is an adjustment for the entire household, so the best way to ensure a fun summer is for parents and kids to communicate their wishes and expectations. Our family is going to make a list and hang it on the inside of the pantry door, which is constantly left open when the kids are back. A note from us parents Keep track of your belongings. I always know when my daughters Catie and Courtney, are back because socks are everywhere – on kitchen chairs, behind couch pillows or even on the bathroom sink. The left sock never ends up in the 42 • April/May 2019

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laundry with the right one and I guess that’s why they never wear matching socks. I am past caring if their feet match, but I don’t like cuddling up for TV time with stinky footwear on my pillow. Another note – if you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you borrow it, return it. My usual morning diatribe when Catie and Courtney are home goes something like this: “Where is my mascara? Have you seen my tweezers? What happened to the nail clippers?” I manage to keep these items in my top drawer while the kids are at college, but inanimate objects grow legs and walk away when the girls are home. Bonus points are awarded for helping out around the house. Some things are expected, like putting dirty plates into the dishwasher and taking the garbage out when it is full. It’s a sign of maturity and respect toward parents if kids can show that they don’t expect mom and dad to pick up after them. One of the nicest phrases a parent can hear from their young adult is, “Can I help you with anything?” It is literally music to our ears. Sleeping in means something entirely different to a college student and entails waking in the p.m. rather than the a.m. Give your kids some time to de-tune after the chaos of exams and moving. They will be happy to sleep in their own beds and you may be able to convince them to stay in, cuddle and watch a movie while they recharge their batteries. Summer is the perfect time for a job or internship and, ideally, your student is already making those arrangements. If they need a little help, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has a seasonal job fair on April 13th from 1-3 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion, as well as open interviews through May 7th. The City of Dublin and Dublin Community Recreation Center also hire seasonal positions including camp counselors and front desk workers. Go to www.dublinohiousa. gov and click on Careers.   Which brings us to the car situation. The nicest thing about Catie not having a car at Ohio University is that I don’t worry about her on the road every day. When summer comes she will be driving to work

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and to meet friends at all hours of the day and night. We tend to worry more when the kids are under our roof than when they are away, so it isn’t too much to ask for a check-in text and access to their location on the Find My Friends app.

From the student’s perspective Skylar Moore is a sophomore journalism major at Ohio University My room at Ohio University is always a mess. I live with four other girls so there are clothes everywhere, dishes piled up and trash that never gets taken out. There isn’t a ton of structure, so when I come home to my parents’ house, the chores and responsibilities can feel overwhelming. Obviously, I’m willing to do my part, but a little bit of room to adjust can be helpful. Don’t expect your students to spend all their time with the family. Sometimes coming home can be hard when parents have high expectations about how much time they want kids to spend doing family activities. As a college student, my schedule is always booked and free time is very scarce, so returning home is a relief and an opportunity to catch up on sleep and free food. Some initial space would be very helpful before summer jobs start. I also have two young siblings, ages six and four, so coming home from college can often feel like a babysitting job. They wake up early and noisily and, although I want to spend time with them, switching from living with my best friends to living with little kids is difficult. Respect each others’ schedules. When I get back to Dublin, I often want to see friends

that I have missed while away at school. Don’t get upset with your kids for making those arrangements, but sit down and discuss a plan for fitting in time with everyone. Trust your college kids and acknowledge that your relationship has changed since they left. Most people think the hard part about going to college is leaving the nest and not having anyone guide you toward what you should and shouldn’t do. However, it can be more difficult returning home and being told what to do constantly. We understand that you just want to protect us from the world, but as we grow and change as adults, our parent/child relationship grows and changes as well. Try to parent less, take on the friend role when appropriate and be aware that we can make our own decisions. Acknowledging and listening to your child’s accomplishments and personal college experience can be really meaningful. 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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