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When Sakiko Minagawa flew out to Sacramento in early December, she had more in mind than just finishing a race. She didn’t just need to reach the finish line as the California International Marathon, she needed to hit a specific time – that is, if she were going to achieve the standard time for Olympic qualification. And so she did. With the Olympic “B” standard time set at 2 hours and 45 minutes, the 2012 Dublin Scioto High School alumna managed to beat it by 11 seconds, marking the latest milestone on her way to professional running glory. The Starting Line Minagawa’s introduction to the track came when she was a seventh-grader at Sells Middle School. She continued through high school, competing in track and cross-country at Scioto, and into college, where she walked onto the track and cross-country teams at The Ohio State University. As a freshman at Scioto, Minagawa qualified for the OHSAA state meet. At OSU, she completed a 10K quickly enough for an all-time No. 2 ranking, though it has dropped to No. 3 since. On every team, she was encouraged and inspired by her friends and teammates, who kept the sport enjoyable for her. She gives a lot of credit to her coaches and family members, too. There’s one family member in particular, though, who she’s quick to mention: her identical twin sister, Minori, who is also a runner. Perhaps more than anyone else, Minagawa says, Minori has pushed her to always do her best, and has given many experiences to appreciate. “I ran the Stanford Invitational out in California, and I got to run it with my sister,” she says.

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Minagawa also has an older brother and a younger sister, but Minori is her inspiration and – when their schedules match up, which can be rare, as both are in graduate school at OSU – her training buddy. Staying on Track After graduating from OSU in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Minagawa found that the urge to

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run competitively had yet to subside, and she joined CRC Elite, the team fielded by the Columbus Running Company. She already had a relationship with CRC, having shopped at one of the organization’s retail stores for equipment and advice while in high school, so it made sense to reach out when she sought a new avenue to compete. Among her key goals: running a full marathon. Minagawa has run four half-marathons and one quarter-marathon since earning her undergraduate degree from OSU, but her 2018 December run marked the first time she’d gone the entire 26.2. After spending much of the Minagawa runs the 2016 Drake Relays summer rehabilitating an injury, in Des Moines, Iowa. Minagawa had only 12 weeks to train for the California International Mar- goals started small. She wanted to enjoy the athon. She warmed up for it by participat- experience, and she wanted to keep pace ing in the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K in with the other runners who were themNovember 2018, placing eighth overall – selves trying to beat a specific time. and second among women – with a time “My goal was to stick with that pack and of 54:46. With that success, she knew she keep running,” she says. was ready for California, and booked her flight the same day. The Road Ahead “I’m really glad I made that decision,” With marathon No. 1 under her belt, she says. Minagawa has turned her sights to 2019. Minagawa’s ultimate goal was to meet She already has a few races lined up as the Olympic qualifying standards, but her she works toward qualifying for the 2020

Olympics – and she aims to help Minori qualify as well, she says. Even as she attempts to climb the ladder to professional success as a runner, Minagawa hopes the success she’s already achieved has a positive effect – inspiring and motivating other up-andcoming runners that hard work and selfdiscipline pay off. These days, she has much more to focus on than just her running. In addition to training and working a day or two per week at one of the Columbus Running Company’s retail stores, Minagawa is attending graduate school at OSU, studying medical dietetics, she is on track to graduate in the spring with a master’s degree in allied medicine.

It’s a logical field for Minagawa, given the important role nutrition plays in her race preparation. She’s always had an interest in sports performance and the factors that affect it – from diet and exercise to recovery and stress management – and hopes her knowledge and experience will have wider benefits in the future.

“I wanted to pursue more education in dietetics and nutrition to, in the future, help other runners with sports performance,” says Minagawa. Garth Bishop is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Where Is She Running? Photos courtesy of Sakiko Minagawa

Sakiko Minagawa’s upcoming race schedule Road to Gold: An Atlanta 2020 Test Event – March 2, 2019; Atlanta Grandma’s Marathon – June 22, 2019; Duluth, Minnesota Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon – Oct. 20, 2019; Columbus 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon – Feb. 29, 2020, Atlanta

From left, Sakiko Minagawa, father Akira, sister Sumire, twin sister Minori, mother Sumiko and brother Kenji.

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Keeping Dublin Businesses Fit with FitBiz By Josh Poland

The City of Dublin cares about the health and wellness of its local businesses. Healthy employees are more productive, have higher job satisfaction and directly impact an organization’s bottom line through fewer sick days and lower medical costs. And, as a community that relies on income tax revenue to fund City programs and services that maintain a high quality of life, an engaged and productive workforce is a priority for Dublin.

most employers have no idea where to begin in addressing these needs or are unable to hire dedicated staff to coordinate internal wellness programs. FitBiz was created to address this need in an innovative and cost effective manner, serving as both a unique community program and economic development incentive to encourage continued investment in Dublin. “The convenience and cost are key,” says Abby Gruber, who handles associate relations and wellness for Dublin-based tech company T-CETRA. T-CETRA is one of a dozen Dublin businesses taking advantage of the customized wellness solutions that FitBiz offers. Gru-

ber says the program has been a hit with the company’s employees. “It’s something they look forward to,” she says. “It breaks up their work day and gets them thinking about health and wellness. FitBiz is easy to schedule and implement, and there are lots of options to choose from.” Those options include fitness classes, educational seminars, health coaching, stretch and activity breaks, nutrition services, incentive challenges, corporate volunteer opportunities, and more. Programs are led by nationally certified instructors, registered dietitians and experienced health professionals. All FitBiz staff are City of Dublin recreation employees or contracted instructors, and all program-

In 2017, Dublin City Council reaffirmed its goal of improving the health of all residents and business employees within the City. To create a culture of wellness among Dublin’s business community, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department launched a corporate wellness initiative called FitBiz – a complimentary consulting service offered exclusively to Dublin businesses and organizations. FitBiz offers a value-added service to help Dublin businesses with employee recruitment and retention. With national unemployment rates hovering around 4 percent, competition for talent is a challenge for all companies. And while 87 percent of employees say they consider health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer, 14 • February/March 2019

ming can be delivered on-site in a company’s offices or off-site at a City facility, park or other common space. “FitBiz is very unique,” says Recreation Services Administrator Mollie Steiner, who helped develop FitBiz and oversees it for the City. “Through my research and attempts to find other municipalities that are offering a similar program, I have yet to find another City who is offering such a service.” Steiner says feedback from the companies taking part has been extremely positive with an overall satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5.0. FitBiz recently received further validation by earning the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s highest recognition in the Health & Wellness category – the Award of Excellence. “We are truly honored to have received the first place OPRA award after just the first year of our program’s existence. We are proud that FitBiz has been recognized by our peers as a unique and valuable initiative,” Steiner says. “Our goals are to

continue to make the Dublin business community aware of the program and to provide a valuable service to them and their employees.” As businesses like T-CETRA are discovering the program, the City of Dublin truly cares about the health and well-being of the entire community. FitBiz allows Dub-

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Familiar Faces of the Dublin Community Rec Center Celebrating longtime employees and visitors of the Dublin Community Recreation Center For more than 20 years, the Dublin Community Recreation Center has allowed families and local residents to enjoy an abundance of activities and programs. “One of the things that makes Dublin unique is that there has always been a very large base of support (for the DCRC) from every city council group and all the residents,” says Tracey Gee, director of recreation services for the City of Dublin.

Mainstays of the Dublin Community Recreation Center Florence Rings, longtime member and Dublin resident

Florence Rings embodies Dublin. At 102 years old, Rings has lived in the area since she was 4 years old. When asked why she has remained in Dublin, she’s stunned. “This is home, I’ve never thought about moving,” she says. Rings’ stays involved in Dublin, and one of her favorite places to go is the DCRC. Rings has been a member of the DCRC for about 20 years. Wanting to stay in tip16 • February/March 2019

top shape, Rings visits the center twice a week and walks around in the lazy river area with assistance from her daughterin-law, Debbie. “I like the people, the water is warm – it’s not like diving into icy water – and it keeps me going,” Rings says. “I’ve always been active, I grew up on a farm and worked hard.” “I think (the DCRC) is a wonderful facility,” Rings adds. “I’ve made friends here and I like coming here.” Kim Wigram, aquatics program supervisor

Kim Wigram visited the DCRC as a child and found swimming to be one of her favorite activities. By the time high school rolled around, her passion for aquatics hadn’t swayed and she excitedly took a lifeguarding position at the center. Even while earning her bachelor’s degree at West Virginia University, she found time to lifeguard during the summer and holiday breaks. After college graduation, Wigram wasn’t sure where she wanted to begin her career, until she discovered an open fulltime position at the DCRC within the aquatics sector.

“The community had given me so much as a child,” says Wigram. “I have so many fond memories of going to the pool and being on the swim team that I thought it would be great for me to give back and allow other people to have those memories they cherish and hold on to.” From helping with program coordination to teaching safety and pool operations, Wigram oversees the entire aquatics department. One of her favorite parts of the job is seeing young staff members flourish. “A lot of our staff are young Dublin residents and this is their first job, so we’re trying to teach them about having a first job,” she says. “Being able to have that impact, and being able to hear back from previous staff members and have them keep in touch, is really rewarding.”

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Donna Gleditsch, DCRC management and instructor

In 1995, Donna Gleditsch and her family made the move to Dublin for her husband’s new job. Gleditsch told herself she was going to be a full-time homemaker to her sons, but two months later she began to reconsider. She decided to use her Boy Scouts of America lifeguard certification to get a job at a local gym, but while recertifying her American Red Cross qualifications she ran into the previous aquatics director for the City of Dublin. “At the time, they were just finishing up the recreation center and were looking for a swim instructor,” Gleditsch says. “I was the first swim instructor (DCRC) had, and I was able to tailor my schedule and my hours around what my kids needed.” Through the years Gleditsch has taught several swim courses, where she enjoys seeing members overcome their fears of swimming, and art classes, putting her bachelor’s degree in art education to good use. For almost 23 years, Gleditsch says her position at DCRC has given her an outlet to not only express her personal interest but help members discover new talents or grow as individuals. “I really feel that my God-given calling and the talent that I have has really been used (at the DCRC),” she says. “I have been able to connect with the community in a way most people have not. I am just very thankful for the opportunity. … And it’s a great facility, people should use it more.”



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Here’s to One Hun The 1919 Building hits the century mark

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Bill Grafflin – Class of 1956 Bill Grafflin’s first interaction with the 1919 Building was in the fourth grade. Grafflin’s 1956 graduating class was the first class to attend a full year and graduate from the “new” high school next door to the 1919 building. After graduation, Grafflin attended and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in education, and earned a master’s 18 • February/March 2019

The 1919 Building was completed and classes entered in the fall of 1919 with four classrooms and two grades on the first floor and the high school occupied the second floor, along with a library and science laboratories. The center of the building housed an auditorium and accompanying dressing rooms.

turned our chairs to their proper place and cleaned up any paper scraps on the floor.” To help the students learn cursive writing, four or five sentences were written on a black board, at which time the students were instructed to write the sentences over and over again, ultimately improving their writing ability. It was a simple time when students carried their books to school, but not in a backpack – there were none – so a couple of books lugged under each arm was normal. For Grafflin, the expectation when returning home each day was that all chores and studies were completed before supper. Grafflin’s fondest memory, of course, is the fourth grade when he met the young girl who would become his future wife. “That was my first year at Dublin, and the first year for another student – Janet McGregor,” Grafflin says. “My first date was

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If the 1919 Building were a person, just think of the stories it could tell. Graduating class upon graduating class molded into productive citizens within its walls, the transformation of Dublin from rural to urban, and the metamorphosis of the school system into what it has become today. With the 1919 Building turning 100 this year, former students share their fondest memories of what was once the learning hub of Dublin.

degree in educational administration from Wittenberg University in 1965. After a 52-year career in education, Grafflin retired and now lives in Springfield. Grafflin’s early years in the 1919 Building are some of his fondest. His class began each day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance, followed immediately by a recital of the Lord’s Prayer. Grafflin will always remember being taught the three R’s – reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic – to the tune of a hickory stick. It wasn’t all fun and games though, as that same hickory stick could be utilized for punishment, if Grafflin and his classmates misbehaved. “If we acted out in class, we were sent to the superintendent’s office to be paddled,” Grafflin says. “We called the hickory stick ‘the board of education.’ It was actually an oak board with eighteen holes in it.” Back then, if a student was paddled at school, similar punishment was expected upon arrival at home. Grafflin recalls the teachers as devoted, and probably only made around $3,000 annually. “We had respect for them and addressed them by Mr., Mrs., or Miss,” Grafflin says. “When our school day ended, we re-

dred Years with Janet while we were in the eighth grade. As a member of Boy Scout Troup 185, we were allowed to ask someone to go with us to Skater’s Haven near Delaware.” Grafflin and McGregor were married in 1960 and will celebrate their 59th anniversary this August. Another lasting memory of Grafflin’s is his first period American government class as a senior in high school. The teacher, Mr. Wendell K. Love, who also served as the superintendent, began each class with words of wisdom, warning students not to be short-sighted. “During the second semester, he would begin every class with, ‘Students, don’t do anything to keep you from graduating. Now, our lesson for today is …’” Grafflin says. “He just didn’t want anyone to mess up their school career by doing something foolish the last few months and weeks.” One of Grafflin’s fondest memories: his junior year in high school when the varsity baseball team was the Class B state runner-up in 1955, a historic achievement for the school system at the time.

Intangibles cherished by Grafflin during his time at the 1919 Building include the friendships that he developed within his graduating class. “While several of our class members have passed away, there are others with whom we are in contact on a very frequent basis, thanks to email, cell phones, and ‘Golden Grads’ luncheons,” Grafflin says. Dick Termeer – Class of 1951 Dick Termeer, along with his wife and fellow student Marilyn, attended all 12 grades at the 1919 Building. There were 27 students in his 1951 graduating class – the largest graduating class up to that point. Today, there are a total of 12 grade schools within the school system. Termeer’s fondest memory? Dublin’s first football game in September of 1947. “I was a freshman and my brother Jerry, a senior, scored Dublin’s first touchdown,” says

The first class to graduate from the 1919 Building was in 1920. The last class to graduate was in 1955.

Termeer. “On the last play of the game I handed the ball off to my brother.” Termeer is also part of history, as the 1951 varsity baseball team won Dublin City Schools’ first district championship in any sport. The 1919 Building’s utilization has evolved over its 100 years. From a graduating class of 27 in 1951, the Dublin City School district now encompasses over 14,000 students, which is a reflection of just how much the city of Dublin has grown over the course of one hundred years. While Grafflin has not been a resident of the Dublin area in the last sixty years, he has tried to keep up with what is happening with the Dublin City School district. “I am very impressed with the leadership the school system has had over the past (and present) years,” says Grafflin. “They have done an excellent job of keeping buildings and staff growing as the student population has grown.” Nathan Collins is a managing editor. Feedback welcome at February/March 2019 • 19

Student Spotlight

Beginning Anew

Scioto senior proves it’s never too late to try something new – and excel in it By Kendall Lindstrom

By the time most students reach their final year of high school, they’ve established their hobbies and extracurriculars and begin to focus on what they know and love. On the other hand, Dublin Scioto High School senior, Mary Grace Hamlin, can’t seem to stop herself from discovering new interests and activities – and exceling in them. Hamlin has been on the volleyball team all four years of high school, but as a junior, she decided to add another sport to her schedule. “I sort of randomly decided to join track (last year) and it was so fun,” Hamlin says. “I’ll be doing that again this year.” On top of picking up a new sport, just last year, Hamlin also decided to take on art as a hobby through Scioto’s AP art program – and ended up winning a prize for her very first entry into

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the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. “I decided to take AP art kind of on a whim, just because our school has such an amazing art program,” says Hamlin. “It’s become a passion of mine that I’ve just learned.” Extracurriculars aside, Hamlin also packs her academic schedule with online courses through The Ohio State University, where she is taking Biology of Hope and Belief, a class that uses both science and religion to explore the reasons why humans do or don’t have faith. She’s also taking introduction to disability studies, a class that Hamlin enjoys because of her interest in working with the special needs community. “I volunteer with Young Life Capernaum, which is an organi- Hamlin’s end line overhand serve in volleyball. zation that works to make Christianity accessible to adolescents,” Hamlin says. “CaperWorking with programs that help minornaum works with the ity groups and promote inclusivity is clearly special needs commu- a big part of Hamlin’s life. In addition to her nity, and I’ve always work with Young Life Capernaum, Hamlin wanted to get involved volunteers at her church, St. Joan of Arc and learn more.” Catholic Church in Powell, and was one of the founding members of Scioto’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. “It’s been so cool to see how this group Hamlin utilized has grown,” Hamlin says. “Now we have contrasts of color, service projects for places like food panvalue and emotions tries and United Way.” to win a prize in the As far as her steps following graduation, Scholastic Art and Hamlin hopes to pursue a career in STEM. Writing Awards.

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“I just hope that people would see some of the things that I’ve done and be encouraged that they can try things even if they’ve never done it before.” She would ultimately like to become a doctor, but isn’t tying herself down to anything just yet. I think for undergrad, I would like to do either chemical or biomedical engineering,” says Hamlin. “If I go through four years of college and love what I’m learning about (as an engineering student) and then decide not to go to med school, I would like to help people in that way, too.” Hamlin says her drive to help people through volunteerism and the medical field stems from her admiration for how her mother has taken care of her and others. With the passing of her father, who had multiple sclerosis, she has also been inspired to understand diseases like MS – and she’s already gotten started on this learning process through the Dublin City Schools Biomedical Academy. After growing up in a small town in upstate New York, Hamlin says living in Dublin has been integral to her development – both academically and in her everyday life. “I learned so much about diversity and acceptance,” she says. “And the opportunities in the schools – there are so many amazing teachers who have really contributed to my success.” As a graduating senior, Hamlin hopes that she can serve as an example for underclassmen who might be uncertain about stepping out of their comfort zone. “I just hope that people would see some of the things that I’ve done and be encouraged that they can try things even if they’ve never done it before – like join AP art on a whim or run track for the first time junior year.” Kendall Lindstrom is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS, you’ve read about the people who grew up in Dublin before it was a city, when riding a horse in to town was more efficient than driving a car… Beginning with this first issue of 2019, you’ll be reading about some newcomers and seeing Dublin through their fresh eyes.

When Greg Waina, CPA and owner of strategic financial business consulting firm Waina & Company, came to Columbus on a two-week business trip in 2007, he didn’t know it would lead to his family’s eventual move to Dublin. “The two-week engagement turned into about two and a half years, so I found myself seeking some longer-term housing. I actually rented a condominium that backs right up to Coffman Park,” says Waina. “So, it felt like I had this great park, I joined the (Dublin Community Recreation Center) and slowly started attending different events throughout Dublin.” A Tale of Two Cities Waina worked in Columbus for a year or so, commuting back home to Cleveland on weekends to be with his wife Nancy and their adult children. As time passed, the whole family began spending more and more time together in Dublin. “About a year later, I woke up and there was a big tent in the backyard. And that was the Irish festival. ... My wife was coming for the weekend instead of me commuting back to Cleveland,” says Waina. “And then she fell in love with Dublin.” Though they happily lived in the Cleveland area for 34 years, Waina and Nancy were ready to relocate, choosing Dublin as their new hometown. Commuting to Cleveland for work wasn’t an option, so Dublin also became the new home for Waina’s business, after 26 years operating in Cleveland. “Dublin really was the epitome of all communities. With their planning and all the cooperation between government and

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schools and everything else going on, it just made a whole lot of sense,” says Waina. Coincidentally, all four of Waina’s kids then got married within 15 months, and their condo by Coffman Park became a hub for the growing family. “Nancy and I both graduated from (The Ohio State University) and … we always thought about coming back to Columbus after school sometime, but never thought it would be 30-40 years later,” says Waina. “So, when Nancy finally moved into the condo with me, which we were renting, we started to then look for a permanent home here (in Dublin).” Laying New Roots Back in the Cleveland area, Waina’s daughter, Melissa and her husband, Joe Bogner, were in the midst of their first pregnancy. “My husband and I were like, ‘Woah, woah, woah! You can’t leave now!’ So, we stayed in Cleveland until we had our daughter, but we moved to Dublin when she was only 7 weeks old,” says Bogner. “While we were at the hospital in Cleveland having Taylor, my parents brought us a lease to sign for a condo four doors down from them. So, that was a great first year for us in Dublin; to have the rec center right behind us, the bike paths, the parks and having family right down the street.” Melissa also considered the outstanding school system and thriving business community as a great reason to relocate. According to her, even the most basic facts about Dublin City Schools are enough to entice parents. “Having been in (Dublin City Schools) for a couple years (now), it has been amazing to get to know (Superintendent) Dr. (Todd) Hoadley and the entire Dublin City Schools staff,” says Bogner. “If I (were) to write a job description as a stayat-home parent for myself, part of it would be to know the schools and to know the city (in which) we’re raising our kids.”

Melissa and her parents took advantage of Citizen U, an eight-week program that meets once a week, giving residents a behind-the-scenes look at the departments that make up the City of Dublin. “It’s been great to get involved in the City of Dublin. I did another program, Leadership Dublin, through the Dublin Chamber of Commerce last year. That was an excellent program, too,” says Melissa. This is Home Though many people in the Waina’s position are choosing to downsize, Nancy had her heart set on another route. “I thought we were going to do the traditional empty-nester downsizing, but Nancy had the vision to upsize because that way family and friends would come to visit,” says Waina. “And so we are really blessed that all our children, their spouses and our eleven grandchildren come and stay.” “Probably three weekends a month my parents have some variety of family coming to their house. So, it definitely has become a hub for our family and, like my dad said, they created an environment where my siblings and my family could easily come visit and stay,” says Melissa. “For many of those early years, they had two cribs set up in their house and multiple Pack ‘n Plays, so it was definitely an environment where families gather and are always welcome.” Apart from the amenities they enjoy in Dublin, the Waina and Bogner families also frequent local favorites like the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, COSI and especially Mad River Mountain. A self-proclaimed ski family, 10 of the 11 grandkids already know how to ski, thanks to grandpa. “We go to Mad River multiple times all throughout the season, so we have season passes there. … It is an amazing multigenerational sport and activity that my family has as a tradition,” says Melissa. “It is definitely a fun thing that my parents got us into, and then we got all of our spouses into. We even had two spouses that were snowboarders before, but they have quickly converted to be skiers, as well.” Read more about Waina and Bogner online at


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conversation,” she says. “We wanted a central sitting area in the room underneath a statement chandelier.” By far the most difficult aspect of the renovation was the maple wall paneling with poplar trim that wraps around the room, which needed to be built on-site as one large piece prior to being installed on each wall. “The custom wall paneling is truly an artform created by our carpenters,” Burnett says. “If you could see this during installation, with all the wood joints and cuts exposed, you would really appreciate how much work goes into making this look seamless.” After improving the lighting for a more appealing, romantic ambiance, the final task was installing the fireplace, which was custom-designed by Cambria with mattefinished quartz. Burnett and Hennick agree that the finished project succeeded in achieving the Mintons’ vision for their brand-new living space – and it would seem others agree. The project took home the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Central Ohio’s Contractor of the Year Award for Residential Interior under $100,000.

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Saving Lives with CPR Only about 46 percent of people experiencing cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need before emergency services arrive. That number is frighteningly low, and we need to do everything possible to increase our chances of survival by learning and practicing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Fifteen-year-old Dublin resident Sydney Ridlehoover knows firsthand how CPR can save lives. On Feb. 12, 2017, Sydney headed to the Mall at Tuttle Crossing with her mother, Tracy Elsinger; stepdad, Peter Hubby; and friend, Reagan Vetch. The then-13-year-olds were giggling and jumping around as they neared the entrance when Sydney face planted into the ground and started to seize. “Her eyes rolled back in her head and I couldn’t find a pulse,” says Tracy. “Sydney had never had heart issues or seizures before.” Then a series of fortunate circumstances occurred. A woman passing by happened to be a respiratory therapist and she started CPR on Sydney. A mall security guard had an automated external defibrillator, which a nearby off-duty medic used to shock Sydney’s chest. Finally, her heart started again. 28 • February/March 2019

After emergency services arrived, Sydney was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she remained unconscious for two days before waking up on Valentine’s Day. The following week, doctors implanted an internal cardiac defibrillator under Sydney’s chest muscle with a wire that runs into her heart and senses for irregular rhythms in case another incident occurs. Thankfully, Sydney is now doing well, works out regularly and looks forward to a bright future. “Sydney is able to move forward with her life because someone passing by knew CPR,” says Sydney’s father, Rob Ridlehoover. “CPR gave me my daughter back.” Sydney and her entire family are now CPR certified through the American Heart Association, which honored Sydney as its 2018 Heart Ball Survivor. “It’s a sad statistic, but about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die,” says Brenda Houston, executive director of the AHA of central Ohio. “CPR, specifically if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Our goal is to train an army of lifesavers who are equipped and ready to act if and when an event occurs in their presence.” When my son, Christopher, was in town recently, we went to the AHA for training in CPR, and learned what guidelines have changed since he was young. The protocol

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used to be ABC, or check Airways, administer Breaths, do Compressions. The new method is “hands only,” because the compressions make the most impact and need to be administered as soon as possible. The AHA also recommends aiming for 120 compressions per minute as opposed to the previous standard of 100. Still, the best way to time your compressions is to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees or “The Macarena.” Spotify has made it easy to remember the right beat – check out its playlist Don’t Drop the Beat, which features 58 songs with the correct tempo to perform CPR.

Performing CPR 1. If it looks like someone isn’t breathing, tap their shoulder and shout, “Are you OK?” 2. Put your head by their mouth to listen for breathing, and look to see if their chest is rising. 3. Call 9-1-1 if you are alone, or tell a bystander to call. 4. Place one hand on top of the other and press in the middle of their chest. 5. Lean your shoulders forward and use your body weight, as you’ll need to press down two inches on an adult. Remember, your compressions are acting as this person’s heart. Don’t worry about hurting the person or breaking a rib. The Good Samaritan Law will protect you in all 50City states, and you1/3 will Scene not be held liable if the patient has complications or doesn’t survive. During the training, Christopher and I also investigated an AED because I was curious and didn’t want to feel intimidated by the device. I was pleased to see that the directions are very clear and a voice talks you through the steps. We are very fortunate in central Ohio to have a hands-only CPR kiosk at the John Glenn

Columbus International Airport by gate B. In just a few minutes you can turn a layover into a life-saving lesson by watching a video and practicing hands-only CPR on a mannequin.. The computer will give feedback on correct hand placement, calculate the rate and depth of your compressions and give you a score. So far, between 700 and 800 people each month are gaining valuable, life-saving knowledge while waiting for flights in Columbus. Dublin City Schools are staying up to date, as Ohio is one of 38 states to require students to receive CPR training as part of their curriculum. “Students take it seriously,” says Brett Hundertpfund, Dublin Coffman High School health and teacher. sqphysical (4.75xeducation 4.875”) 4c “The Washington Township Fire Department brings in adult and infant mannequins so the students can practice compressions and learn AED training as well.” It’s simple. The more people who know hands-on CPR and feel confident and empowered to help, the better. With approximately 110,000 students graduating from high school in Ohio this year, that is a verifiable army of lifesavers. What can you do now?

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Alexia Arthurs writes a collection of captivating, honest stories that discuss topics of tenderness and animosity, and the tensions between them. Focusing on Jamaican immigrants, Arthurs delves into close personal relationships between Jamaicans and their families set in urban metropolises, midwest America, and island communities back home.

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