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10 faces Find Your Purpose

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14 Reigniting Recreation, Personalizing Parks

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FOOD FOOD FOR FOR THOUGHT THOUGHT As we explore various food-related As we explore various food-related topics and features in this issue of topics and features in this issue of Dublin Life, it is appropriate to pause Dublin Life, it is appropriate to pause and recognize that many of our friends and neighbors recognize that many of our and are struggling to friends put and neighbors are struggling put food on their tables. Make no to mistake, food on their tables. Make no mistake, food insecurity is a real issue in and food insecurity is a real immediately around ourissue city. in and immediately around our city. The Dublin Food Pantry (DFP) The DublintoFood Pantry (DFP)in continues see an increase continues to see an increase demand. In 2021, the pantry in served an demand.ofIn1,731 2021,individuals the pantry each served an Those numbers average month. average of 1,731 individuals each month. Those numbers were up from 1,052 in 2020 and 769 in 2019. That’s a 125% were up from 1,052 in 2020 and 769 in 2019. That’s 125% increase in two years, and the trend is not reversing.a In the increase in two years, and the trend is not reversing. In the first quarter of 2022, the averages have trended above 2,000 first quarter of 2022, the averages have trended above 2,000 individuals served each month. Certainly, the COVID-19 individualshas served each month. COVID-19 pandemic contributed to theCertainly, increasethe in needs in our pandemic has contributed to the increase in needs in our community, but that is only part of the story. community, but that is only part of the story. DFP’s clients include both episodic users, such as someone DFP’s clients include episodic users, such as someone experiencing job lossboth or a health issue, and chronic users experiencing job loss or a health issue, and chronic users whose circumstances are unlikely to change, including senior whose circumstances are unlikely to change, including citizens on a limited income. DFP has been connecting senior citizens onwith a limited income. DFP has beenand connecting neighbors nutritious food, essentials resources for 46 neighbors with nutritious food, essentials and resources years, all with the support of the Dublin community and for 46 years, all with the support of the Dublin community through partnerships with the City of Dublin, Dublinand City through partnerships with the City of area Dublin, Dublin City Schools, local faith organizations and retailers. Schools, local faith organizations and area retailers. If you are among those who need assistance, know that DFP is If you to areprovide amongessential those who needquickly, assistance, know and that DFP is there needs efficiently there to provide essential needs quickly, efficiently and respectfully. On the other hand, if you find yourself with the respectfully. On the othergoods hand, or if you find yourself with thewill ability to donate money, time, your contributions ability to donate money, goods or time, your contributions be welcomed and appreciated. Whether you need help or will be welcomed and appreciated. you need help at or would like to offer help, you canWhether find more information would like to offer help, you can find more information at dublinfoodpantry.org. dublinfoodpantry.org. This trend extends beyond Dublin boundaries. Regionally, the This trendFood extends beyond(MOFC) Dublin isboundaries. Regionally, Mid-Ohio Collective also experiencing an the Mid-Ohio Food Collective (MOFC) is also experiencing an

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increase in demand. The collective provides more than increase meals in demand. Thefor collective than 170,000 each day hungryprovides people inmore central and 170,000 meals each day for hungry people in central and eastern Ohio. While the rising demand is worrisome, MOFC eastern Ohio. While the rising demand is worrisome, MOFC is encouraged to see more people coming through its is encouraged seemeans more people people are coming through its doors because to that getting the healthy doors because that means people are getting the healthy food they need for themselves and their loved ones. By food they for themselves and their ones. By turning toneed our local food providers, thoseloved with limited turning to our local food providers, those with limited budgets can save money on food and spend it on other budgets can save food and spend it on other essentials such as money housingon and utilities. essentials such as housing and utilities. In 2021, MOFC launched the Rooted in You campaign to In 2021, MOFC launched Rooted campaign to reimagine ending hunger.the This effort in is You aimed at tearing reimagine ending hunger. This effort is aimed at tearing down barriers, expanding options and meeting customers down options meeting customers wherebarriers, they are.expanding It encompasses theand Mid-Ohio Farm, where they are. It encompasses the Mid-Ohio Farm, Mid-Ohio Kitchen and Mid-Ohio Markets, all designed to Mid-Ohio Kitchenand andstigma. Mid-Ohio Markets, all designed to alleviate hunger More information is available alleviate hunger and stigma. More information is available at rootedinyou.org. at rootedinyou.org. The City of Dublin strives to provide the best quality of life The of Dublinfor strives to provideand thebusinesses best quality life and City environment our residents toof thrive. and environment for our residents and businesses to thrive. And people simply cannot thrive under the threat of And people simply cannot thrive under thehealthier threat offamilies, hunger. Hunger-free communities lead to hunger. Hunger-free communities lead to healthier families, more successful students and connected neighborhoods more successful students and connected neighborhoods that learn, grow and share. As the needs in our community that learn, grow andyou share. needs rise, consider what can As dothe to be partin ofour thecommunity solution, rise, consider what you can do to be part of the solution, whether that is taking a step toward food security for whetheror that is taking step toward food security for yourself helping enda hunger for others. yourself or helping end hunger for others. Sincerely, Sincerely,

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JUNE 23-JULY 2 Evolution Theatre Company presents Birds of a Feather Abbey Theater of Dublin 5600 Post Rd. www.evolutiontheatre.org JUNE 25 Central Ohio Take Steps 10 a.m. Dublin Coffman Park 5200 Emerald Pkwy. www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby 8 a.m. Avery Park Pond, 7402 Avery Rd. Independence Day Parade 11 a.m. Downtown Dublin Evening Celebration and Fireworks Dublin Coffman High School 4:30 p.m., Gates open 9:50 p.m., Fireworks www.dublinohiousa.gov JULY 14-17 Abbey Theater of Dublin presents The Wind in the Willows Abbey Theater of Dublin 5600 Post Rd. www.dublinohiousa.gov JULY 15-17 Otterbein Playwrights Collective Abbey Theater of Dublin 5600 Post Rd. www.dublinohiousa.gov JULY 16, 17 Columbus Black Theatre Festival Abbey Theater of Dublin 5600 Post Rd. www.mine4godproductions.com JULY 21-30 Evolution Theatre Company presents Gently Down the Stream Abbey Theater of Dublin 5600 Post Rd. www.evolutiontheatre.org www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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faces by Cameron Carr Photos courtesy of Ryan Griffin and Sandra Puskarcik

In 1970, Sandra Puskarcik began her career hosting events – she was 11 at the time. That was the year Puskarcik hosted her first Carnival Against Muscular Dystrophy, a mail order kit promoted by comedian Jerry Lewis designed for kids to host their own neighborhood fundraising events.

Find Your Purpose Veterans advocate and former DIF director Sandra Puskarcik ABOVE: Puskarcik with Gov. DeWine in 2019 when her brother, Ronald, who died in the Vietnam War, was honored with a road named after him. 10 • June/July 2022

Puskarcik’s carnivals became big affairs, spreading across multiple houses and exciting the neighborhood. That would unknowingly start her toward a career as director of community engagement for the City of Dublin, where she became a key architect in growing the Dublin Irish Festival from a few hundred guests to a crowd of 100,000. “All these basic things that you do in events, no matter how big or how small,” Puskarcik says, “I started doing that in 1970.” Those first carnival events, featuring everything from games to pony rides, became important community gatherings. At the time, the carnivals meant much more to Puskarcik and her family. Her older brother, Ronald, had enlisted in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War and was killed in action in 1968. It deeply affected her family, Puskarcik says. The carnivals created an opportunity for joy and refocusing, especially knowing the money raised would support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “It was somewhat healing to be able to do something,” she says. “And we were doing something for good, not just for ourselves in terms of turning a corner of emotions but being able to give back to such a worthy cause.” Seeing the power of those events provided an early sense of purpose for Puskarcik, one that has guided her ever since. She turned her creativity toward writing but never escaped events, happening into jobs that combined the two interests. “That whole creative element and the passion that came from it started from a tragedy and just finding a way to deal and then heal,” she says. “What really drives me is that I knew that it worked for me and for others around me. How lucky I’ve been to be able to find jobs my whole career in www.dublinlifemagazine.com

the community that, without knowing my story, supported this journey.” When the City of Dublin created a position around 1990 that combined communications and special events, it was a natural fit. Dublin had recently routed hotel motel tax money toward the nascent Dublin Irish Festival, and the council told Puskarcik that they wanted the festival to become the premier event for the city. The event’s humble beginnings came from the community-organized Dublin Irish Celebration. When Puskarcik was hired, the festival attracted maybe 500 people. Just two weeks after starting her new job, the city sent Puskarcik to the Milwaukee Irish Fest for inspiration. Begun in 1981, the four-day festival was attracting some 80,000 people at the time. “I just remember sitting there at some point crying, thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, this is what they want me to do,’” Puskarcik says. “But I knew I had the support of city council. I knew I had the support of the city manager.” Today, the Dublin Irish Festival has grown to sit beside the Milwaukee festival as one of the top Irish festivals in North America. “She always had a vision that was maybe even beyond what some of those early people could have imagined for what those events were going to be,” says Alison LeRoy, director of community events for the City of Dublin. “That was something

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that kind of drove everybody and got everybody else on board to see what that vision could be.” During her 17 years as festival director, Puskarcik oversaw the addition of the Emerald Arts Isle, an expanded Wee Folk Area and the addition of Celtic rock – including the initially controversial Flogging Molly. That band’s punk-inspired performance was a turning point that broadened the range of acts included at the festival. “Irish music isn’t just one kind; Irish music has so many personalities,” she

says. “It was a great thing to be able to do that, and then that’s what attracts more people and when you start attracting more people, then you have the ability to start doing some other kinds of things.” During her time with the city, Puskarcik worked to develop area events that better represented the community. As more residents began to stay in Dublin for holidays, she helped to create an Independence Day Celebration that provided justification for sticking around.

Puskarcik also worked to coordinate the introduction of The Memorial Tournament, which is not a city event. “(It’s) an event that really put us on the map – I mean, who doesn’t know Jack Nicklaus?” she says. “The pillars of the Memorial Tournament absolutely mirror the pillars of Dublin in terms of family, health, giving back to the community.” Throughout her time with the city, Puskarcik maintained her initial drive to do things with a purpose. Building up the community was important, and she never forgets her brother Ronald. “Our whole family felt like we had to carry the flag for him,” she says. “We never wanted him to be lost or forgotten.” When Dublin published a book on the city’s history in 2004, Dublin’s Journey, the lack of a Veteran’s memorial stuck out. Puskarcik, among others, set out to change that. A committee was created to pursue the creation of a Veteran’s memorial. After extensive research and close collaboration with the Dublin Arts Council (DAC), it became apparent that just one monument wouldn’t be enough. “When you’re doing it the Dublin way, just one singular experience was not going to be what was the best for Dublin,” she says. The end result was the creation of the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Vet-


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eran’s Park. The approximately one-acre park, located beside the Dublin library in Historic Dublin, features a POW-MIA/ KIA Memorial, Recognition Walk, Memory Wall and more. One of her last large projects while working for the city was a collaboration with the DAC to bring an exhibition of Vietnam War photos by Eddie Adams to Dublin. Adams documented the tragedy of the war up close, most famously in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo popularly known as Saigon Execution. Since the exhibition premiered in New York, Adams had died, but Puskarcik reached out directly to his widow, Alyssa. “I had to say to her, ‘We’re a small community but the approach that the Dublin Arts Council takes to anything is top notch,’” Puskarcik says. It worked. Vietnam Veterans and Veteran organizations provided input that helped to ensure the sensitive material was displayed appropriately. The exhibition was dedicated at Dublin’s 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony. “I have never been able to walk through the exhibit myself,” Puskarcik says, “but I know that it was important to present.” Even after retiring from the city, Puskarcik was drawn back in to work in support of Veterans. State Rep. Jim Hughes

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approached her to recommend she apply to a position with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS). She interviewed in the morning and was offered a job that afternoon. Despite not being a Veteran herself, her coworkers were moved by the story of her brother and her passion for women’s Veterans issues. Working with the ODVS, she contributed to planning of events such as the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Ohio Women Veterans

Conference. That role allowed Puskarcik to continue what she had started when she first hosted carnivals in her backyard: organizing events with purpose. “They’re role models for young women entering the military,” Puskarcik says. “To be able to support that group of women in Ohio is pretty powerful and pretty gratifying.” Cameron Carr is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at ccarr@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Reigniting Recreation, Personalizing Parks Dublin creating new Parks and Recreation Master Plan

“Reassess, reengage and reignite.” That’s how Matt Earman, director of Parks and Recreation, views the City of Dublin’s current undertaking to develop a charter that will govern the green space and activities around the community. It’s time for the next Parks and Recreation Master Plan in Dublin. The plan is not just a document but a structure in which Dublin works to evaluate past successes of services, parks, facilities, processes and recreation programming – and what triumphs will look like for residents in the future. “When you create a plan like this, this is truly the vision of the community, and it’s our job to execute it and fulfill that vision,” Earman says. “This is the guiding plan that helps us justify, fund and prioritize those projects. It’s a very organized system through which to make those things happen.” Many cities find essential direction from their parks and recreation master plans, and Dublin is no different. Since 2009, the City has implemented the vast majority of its original plan, which Earman confirms has served as the “foundation” that’s led to the nationally accredited parks system Dublin has today. That policy-driven plan included best methods for the maintenance of parks and green areas as well as outlined practices to acquire land along the Scioto River for public use. Now, the time is upon City officials to design an updated approach that will ensure Dublin’s strategically planned park14 • June/July 2022

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land and world-class amenities continue to benefit residents, businesses and visitors while opening up the doors for fresh ideas. Through a competitive process, the City has selected PROS Consulting to lead Dublin officials on a 10-month journey to create the master plan and offer suggestions for the City’s consideration. PROS will recommend the “broad strokes” as well as specific projects the City will work to implement. “They are very experienced in this kind of work,” Earman explains. “They understand the scope. They understand Dublin. They understand the region. They’ve done work here in Ohio. So, we’re really looking forward to garnering their expertise and exploring the needs of the community to create a vision for us going forward.”

Engaging the Community For PROS to make its recommendations to the City, the firm will look to the most trusted source in Dublin: its residents. Earman explains the master plan process values community input to find out what Dubliners want most from their 64 parks and accredited fitness and programming hub, the Dublin Community Recreation Center. The framework for the next five to 10 years, the plan will focus on fulfilling critical needs for parks and services while mapping out residents’ aspirations. Robert Ranc, Dublin’s deputy city manager and chief operating officer, notes the significance of these types of periodic reviews that assess people’s values. The plan “allows you to keep a pulse on where the community is at that time,” he says. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

Community members will have numerous avenues to share their vision for Dublin’s parks and programming, and anyone can access a dedicated website for up-todate information as the plan progresses. Residents can look for: • Online surveys • Phone surveys • Focus groups • Public input sessions • Mailed materials Find more: Dublin OhioUSA.gov/parks-and-recreationmaster-plan “We want to make sure that we get input from a broad cross-section of the community,” Ranc shares. “What types of amenities people want to see, types of activities people prefer in the community, and their general satisfaction with our current parks system.” “I think another big factor,” Earman says, “is that we now have a new picture as to what the demographics of the community are with the 2020 Census that was just completed. We’re going to be using updated data and updated projects (in the plan).” To gain varied perspectives and voices in the discussion, Ranc also plans to work with the newly formed Community Inclusion Advisory Committee as a key stakeholder group to “make sure that diversity, equity and inclusion is at the forefront of what we’re trying to accomplish.” Looking Back, Forging Forward Ranc credits the elected officials and City leadership “who have come be-


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fore us” for current parks and recreation achievements based on their methodical decision-making. He notes that something as disciplined and robust as Dublin’s programming and City planning “doesn’t happen overnight.” With that in mind, Ranc wants the City to continue to make a “positive mark” on the great outdoors as seen with recent premier developments like The Dublin Link pedestrian bridge and the downtown Riverside Crossing Park that opened earlier this year. He says the types of “cuttingedge” features that prioritize green spaces along thoroughfares, shared use paths and updated playgrounds all showcase Dublin as a community of choice. “All of that goes into that special feeling that you get in Dublin, and I think that

our residents take a lot of pride in that, and I know our staff takes a lot of pride in that,” he shares. “The master plan is about looking forward, but it’s also about balancing that with what we are currently doing and making sure that we are maintaining that at a high level.” Building on the past for a stronger tomorrow, Ranc notes, plays into the spirit of Dublin. “A big part of what Dublin is,” he says, “is always looking forward to what’s the next thing that we can do that keeps us on the forefront of cities in Ohio and around the country.” Rebecca Myers is a public information officer for the City of Dublin. Feedback welcome at rrmyers@dublin.oh.us.

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in f o c u s by Cameron Carr Photos courtesy of the Dublin Irish Festival

35 Years of the Dublin Irish Festival Festival returns to Coffman Park Aug. 5-7 This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Dublin Irish Festival and there are at least as many ways to enjoy this beloved event. To celebrate, we asked participants, organizers and community members: What’s your favorite thing about the Dublin Irish Festival?

1. “I love volunteering at the festival. I love the music and festive atmosphere and running into people I may have not seen since high school.” – Jennifer Amorose, Dublin Chamber of Commerce COO

4. “I love explaining … the ancient tradition, ethnicity and spirituality of the Irish to people who come to the festival.” – Father Stephen Hayes, leads Irish Mass and Brian Boru

2. “There is so much great music that comes to our festival, I just think people really don’t know how good it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a smaller stage with an unknown band, that band could become your favorite.” – Carina Dacierno, City of Dublin employee

5. “Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved to look at the progress of the sand sculpture over the weekend! The artistry and detail is incredible.” – Rebecca VanVliet, former Irish Festival intern

3. “The Dublin Irish Festival is one of the few festivals in the country where athletes get to compete under Saturday night lights. … There really isn’t anything better.” – Rob McKeeman, athletic event coordinator 16 • June/July 2022

6. “It is incredible how some of the top musicians in the world are able to get on stage together (during the festival finale) and, unrehearsed, play different reels and jigs like they have been together for years.” – Ed Gaughan, 2016 Irish Festival honorary chair www.dublinlifemagazine.com

7. “Whiskey and Beer Tasting! One year, our group took all of the empty plastic beer glasses and made a stack all the way up to the near top of the tent!” – Barbara Burkholder, retired parks and recreation employee 8. “Dublin’s own Ladies of Longford are a must-see band. I never miss a chance to listen to them.” – Dave Teal, vendor with Giant Concessions 9. “For me, a highlight has been the phenomenally talented musicians who have come here to perform. I am delighted we have been able to host and welcome them to Dublin and that our audiences have shared in the vitality and joy of the music.” – Morton Kelly, musician and co-chair of entertainment committee 10. “The chance to hear world-renowned Irish musicians perform all weekend. I’ll go from tent to tent to hear my favorite bands, and I’ll look for new and upcoming musicians as well.” – Kitty Monger, festival co-founder 11. “(Seeing a room full of volunteers) and (thinking) to myself as I was watching people walk in, ‘Wow, this is how many people used to attend the festival and now we have this many volunteers.’” – Sandra Puskarcik, former festival director 12. “The genealogy tent because that’s where I spend my whole weekend.” – Jayne Davis, Franklin County Genealogical Society

15. “Seeing Old Blind Dog on the Dublin stage. They’re my favorite Celtic folk band and I had never had the opportunity to see them until the Dublin Irish festival.” – Glenn Mackie, volunteer and Thunderstage organizer 16. “The festival brings so many dynamic, well-known groups from different countries, providing festival attendees with a nonstop music experience. It’s rare to have so much high-quality entertainment in one weekend.” – Judy Davis, music entertainment committee

Want to support a good cause and get into the festival for free? The Dublin Food Pantry is the designated beneficiary of the Dublin Irish Festival. A donation of a non-perishable food item and/or cash contribution on Sunday, Aug. 7 until 11 a.m. earns free admission.

13. “When I started playing Irish music, I went to the festival in 2003 and saw the band Danú on the Dublin stage. Epic musicians and a wall of sound and energy! My roommate and I were hooked, having received the fuel we needed to learn and play Irish music for the past 18 years.” – Bryan Brookes, The Drowsy Lads 14. “The Emerald Club is my favorite place to join friends and supporters who make the Irish Festival such a great celebration of arts and culture!” – David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director


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19. “Going on stage at the Celtic Rock stage on a Saturday night when the tent is full and just looking out and seeing how much fun everyone is having.” – Alison LeRoy, Dublin director of community events 20. “Watching the variety of dancers! The amount of talent we have at the festival is amazing to see!” – Bryan Chu, admissions committee chair 21. “Hearing Irish instruments up close in the cultural tents brings Irish music to life.” – Cameron Carr, Dublin Life editor

17. “To be part of the great evolution of the great Dublin Irish festival every year, you hear the cliché that people use so loosely, ‘it’s bigger and better than ever.’ For the Dublin Irish Festival, I can truly attest.” – Thom Gall, Skelly the Leprechaun

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22. “The people. From the fans of Irish music who dance, sing and rock out regardless of the heat or humidity to the volunteers who always have a big smile and an even bigger welcome, to all the crew and festival staff who work ’round the clock to make it an unforgettable experience every single year. It’s our favorite festival every year.” – Enda Scahill, We Banjo 3 23. “Hanging out with friends and family at the concerts.” – Bill Stemm, 2021 honorary chair 24. “Watching Gaelic Storm perform, attending outdoor Sunday Mass with my family and seeing community members who I’ve met over the years all in one place celebrating safely.” – Justin Páez, Chief of Police 25. “I value being able to partner with my colleagues across the city in preparation for this involved community event. Getting to interact with residents as an officer always makes this an exceptional time of year in Dublin.” – Nick Tabernik, Deputy Chief of Police 26. “(Our organization has) made so many friends in the past decade from the talented and entertaining musicians and cultural presenters.” – Jon Hagee, Frontier Folk 27. “Watching all the various stage performances of Irish dancers, musicians and storytellers. This is a great festival that gives people of all ages opportunities to experience the arts and culture of Ireland.” – Joe Bishara, Abbey Theater of Dublin supervisor 28. “Seeing all my old friends and all my new friends that I’ll meet this year – that’s my favorite thing.” – Lisa Bova, hospitality committee



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Local Pelotonia team posts eye-popping fundraising numbers to combat cancer By Garth Bishop Photos courtesy of Klatte Photography

Pelotonia – the multi-day, up-to200-mile bike ride that raises money to fight cancer – is always scheduled for early August. But for one local Pelotonia team, the fundraising that surrounds the ride is a months-long endeavor. The Dublin-based Team 4 THE Cure officially formed in 2018, when the Muirfield Village team joined forces with the Honda Marysville team. The combined team raised almost $135,000 in 2021 alone and aims to surpass that figure in 2022. Pelotonia, which this year takes place Aug. 5-7, offers ride distances from 20 miles (downtown Columbus to New Albany) to 200 miles (downtown Columbus to Gambier and finishing in New Albany). Most riders participate as part of teams, each taking on a fundraising obligation for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC). 22 • June/July 2022

Team 4 THE Cure’s annual wine tasting event takes place Sept. 9. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

Since its inception in 2008, Pelotonia has raised over $236 million to help the center fight cancer, and the ride’s website is awash with stories of innovative cancer research made possible by Pelotonia funds. The Minds Behind the Team Team 4 THE Cure is run by a committee, many of whom are members of the Country Club at Muirfield Village. Committee members include Nancy Benson, Bruce Daniels, Kathy Kamnikar, Kathy Mankin, Lauren Menning and Dale Darnell, the latter of whom serves as the team’s semi-official captain. Darnell refers to the team as a “perfect storm” of fundraising talent, a term that other members have picked up on. “We all bring different talents to the table,” Benson says. Darnell rode in his first Pelotonia in 2010, inspired by his wife, Debbie, who was in the midst of her third battle with breast cancer in 20 years. The following year, he formed Team Darnell, bringing together some 30 riders from around the country to don custom jerseys and ride in recognition of Debbie. Sadly, she died mere days before the ride. Now, Darnell rides in Debbie’s honor every year, hoping his efforts will help others win their battles with the disease. “The common thread is cancer,” Darnell says. “We’ve all been impacted in some way.” Over the years, he would remarry and form Team Muirfield Village. The team would join forces with the Honda Marysville team thanks to the club. Daniels is owner of the dealership as well as several others across central Ohio. Other team members have started out by volunteering at a fundraiser and grown their involvement from there. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

The Country Club at Muirfield Village chef Michael Koenig offered his services for a homecooked meal as one prize in last year’s wine tasting auction.

A golf outing in the team’s first year led to a series of annual fundraising events.

“I was just taken by the cause,” Benson says. “The values and the people were who and what represented me, I felt.” Kamnikar began riding in honor of her father, who died of cancer, and got involved on the fundraising end by organizing a family event in Muirfield Village. Held first at the club, then at the Bogey Inn, the Stroll Muirfield Village Party – featuring food trucks, raffles, pony rides, inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, caricatures, games and more – will be held this year at the Holbrook Recreation Complex on Aug. 9. As with the other team members, Kamnikar’s involvement has only deepened from there.

“Everybody that’s on the committee is so dedicated,” she says. “Everybody helps with each event as it comes up.” A Flair for Fundraising Though not all of Team 4 THE Cure’s members ride in August, it still fields a big team every year. In 2021, the team numbered 25, with contributors numbering about 700. Members hope to boost both figures in 2022. Its efforts have helped to make Dublin the third-highest fundraising community for the annual ride. The team itself is among the top 20 in terms of money raised. The key to those sky-high financial figures: fundraising events. Its first year, June/July 2022 • 23



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Team 4 THE Cure held a golf outing fundraiser, and its aspirations have only grown from there. “We’ve found other fundraising opportunities to surround the bike ride event,” says Benson. The team held a total of six fundraising events this past year and plans to hold just as many in 2022. It’s already well on its way thanks to a whiskey tasting at Leon’s Garage in Marysville in April and a Mother’s Day yoga event at the Country Club at Muirfield Village in May. Next on the calendar is P3: Pickleball, Platform, Pelotonia, a pickleball and platform tennis event at the club on June 9. Some of the top pickleball and platform tennis players in the area will give demonstrations and attendees will be able to play themselves or just spectate and enter the sports-themed raffle. “We have great pros who just said, ‘Yes, anything you want, we’ll make it happen for you guys,’” Mankin says. The club’s pickleball court, which opened in 2021, was dedicated to club member Jill Michels, a club member who died of breast cancer in 2020. Michels was also a big fan of yoga, so the team dedicated the 2021 Mother’s Day yoga event, as well as a pool party fundraiser, to her. Since most teams raise money in direct connection with the ride, Team 4 THE Cure’s strategy of holding fundraisers stands out. Proceeds cover the fundraising obligations of the team’s riders should any of them fall short of their individual goals. “If they’re making an effort to support (the cause), then we’ll cover the risk,” says Darnell. Team members find the club’s connections invaluable in their efforts. For example, at last year’s wine tasting fundraiser, one of the auction items was a home-cooked dinner by Michael Koenig, the club’s executive chef. When two bidders kept topping each other, Koenig eventually agreed to do a dinner for each – for a total donation of $45,000. This year, www.dublinlifemagazine.com

Koenig will prepare bananas foster live at the Sept. 22 wine tasting. Other events for this season include a golf outing on July 11 and a Stroll Muirfield Village Party Aug. 9 at the Holbrook Recreation Center. Positive Effects As of April, Team 4 THE Cure had raised $450,000 since its 2018 inception. That total is all the more impressive because the group is a community team while the top fundraisers tend to be corporate teams, says Eric Olsavsky, vice president of community engagement and partnerships at Pelotonia. “It’s really remarkable in our world to see a community team, a team that is not affiliated with a workplace, come together for a cause,” Olsavsky says. Every year, in addition to its fundraising, the team recognizes individuals in their lives who are battling cancer and honors those who have died. The team plants a tree on the golf course in recognition of every honoree. A plaque inside the club indicates where each person’s tree is located. The team is still soliciting riders for 2022. Darnell emphasizes that riders need not live in Muirfield Village, or even in Dublin, and invites those interested in riding to contact him at rddarnell36@gmail.com. “If I can do it, anybody can,” says Kamnikar, who rides the 20-mile route every year.

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Yard to Table

Dublin family transforms its yard into a fruit-yielding farm By Megan Roth Photos courtesy of Don Belock

While none of their homemade products are for sale, Don says the family enjoys gifting their jams to friends, family and their children’s teachers. Those fruits of their labor are a special way of working together as a family to create one-of-a-kind gifts. Don and Lori estimate that they have made at least 100 apple pies and 200 jars of jam, all from the trees and shrubs in their yard. “It really gives you some perspective of what kind of productivity you can get in a suburban yard,” Don says. Educational Opportunity The Belocks view their farm as more than an interesting hobby, but a way to instill important values into their children as well. Ripening the peaches and creating the jam.

Don and Lori Belock have long had an interest in the fruit cultivation process. After taking their children to various U-pick farms throughout central Ohio, though, the couple decided to start their very own at their suburban home in Dublin. “We’d always talked about buying some land and having a farm someday,” Don says, “and then we said, ‘Well, shoot, we have enough land to do it here!’” After a family meeting around 2006 with daughters Kristen, now 17, and Marissa, now 22, to discuss what everyone hoped to see grow at the residential farm, the Belocks began swapping out ornamental plants in front of the house for apple, peach and nectarine trees. 26 • June/July 2022

“It was a one-step-at-a-time process to change our landscaping from traditional ornamentals to productive food growing shrubs and trees,” Don says. The farm began with smaller, selfpollinating fruit trees while the Belocks honed their pruning and cultivation skills. Larger plants typically require many other plants in the vicinity in order to pollinate. As the smaller crops began successfully growing produce, the couple were able to cultivate larger crops that would be able to help one another pollinate. Today, the Belocks grow peaches, apples, nectarines, figs, black raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Farm to Table As the farm began producing hundreds of pounds of fruit, the Belocks started using their homegrown produce to make jams, pies and preserves.

Don and his daughter, Kristen, with a golden delicious apple picked from their tree. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

As technology becomes an increasingly prevalent entertainment method for children, the family’s farm gave the Belock children an exciting reason to turn off the TV. “Our children wanted to go out and check the trees and the bushes,” Don says. “They wanted to find something good to eat out there.” The children also took an interest in what went into successfully growing fruit. “They wanted to be a part of the cultivation, the pruning, the fertilizing that we do,” Don says. “They developed an interest in wanting to participate in it.” The farm taught the Belock children healthy eating habits, as well a sense of agency in growing their own food. Megan Roth is an assistant editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at mroth@cityscenemediagroup.com. A golden delicious apple tree in full bloom.

Interested in growing produce at your home? Don has some recommendations to get started. • Select an area that gets full sunlight or close to it. • Select a tree that fits the space. There are both standard and dwarf fruit varieties. If you’re just starting out, choose fruit varieties that are self-pollinating. That includes peach, nectarine and golden delicious apple trees. Ask your local nursery specialist which plants are self-pollinating. • Pay close attention to the nursery instructions. Plant, fertilize and water trees per those recommendations. • Get nursery recommendations for treating trees for insects and diseases. There are organic and inorganic treatments depending on your preference. • As early as three years, many trees should be pruned to maximize fruit production. It’s easy, critical and creates a nice-looking tree. • Prepare for harvest! Deer, squirrels and other wildlife will likely get their share too, but there will be plenty for all. Don also recommends guides from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For more information, visit www.cfaes.osu.edu. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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h is t o r y by Marlen Mathias Photos courtesy of the Johhny Appleseed Foundation

Apples, Health, History Dublin’s ties to Johnny Appleseed Though few may know it, Dublin has its own apple advocate and descendant of a half-brother of the renowned folk hero John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, who lived from 1774-1835. Johnny had no direct descendants but had 10 half brothers and sisters, so there are lots of descendants – and I’m among them. You might also be a descendant.

Mathias digging a hole for one of the Johnny Appleseed saplings.

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As vice president of the nonprofit Johnny Appleseed Foundation, I’ve worked to support the reopening of The Johnny Appleseed Museum and Education Center in Urbana, which was closed when Franklin University permanently closed the Urbana Campus due to

low enrollment following the COVID-19 pandemic. More than just a part of Johnny’s classic story, there are many benefits from the commonly taken-forgranted fruit. While apples are a very healthy food, they were also extremely important to the settlement of the Northwest Territory and the survival of early pioneers. In Ohio, the state passed a law requiring settlers to plant five acres of either apple, peach or pear trees. This was to keep speculators from selling the land to non-settlers. Additionally, early settlers commonly used vinegar made from apple cider to preserve food and to function as a disinfectant able to kill bacteria. VinAn apple tree at the Coffman Homestead in Dublin is egar is a great natural dis- known to be a direct descendant of a tree planted by infectant still used today. Johnny Appleseed. Apples were often sliced thin and dried, allowing easy storage so the Today, there are four Rambo apple fruit could be used to make applesauce, pies trees planted at the Coffman Homestead or other foods throughout the winter sea- on Emerald Parkway. These trees are dison. During harvest season apple rect descendants from a tree known to peeling became a social event with have been planted by Johnny Applemen running the apple peelers and seed. The Rambo apple makes some of women slicing the apples for dry- the very best applesauce with little or no ing. Unmarried men or women sugar necessary. would toss apple peels over their The Johnny Appleseed Museum is tarshoulders to see if the peels geting a fall opening. Anyone interested would form a letter suggesting in volunteering or making a donation to who they might marry. the Johnny Appleseed Foundation can do Even whiskey made from so at www.johnnyappleseedmuseum.org. apples was not only used for drinking but for many me- Marlen Mathias is a Dublin resident and dicinal purposes. Despite these varied vice president of the Johnny Appleseed uses, during prohibition federal agents cut Foundation. Feedback welcome at down many apple orchards in Ohio. feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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Gotta Cache ’em All New Riverboxes, challenges added to Dublin public art treasure hunt By Janet Cooper Photos courtesy of Dublin Arts Council and Mandi Strapp

When teachers, artists and game players come together, almost anything is possible. Little did Dublin Arts Council know that a summer project 15 years ago would turn into a beloved program and tourism magnet for all ages. Riverboxes were conceived during a 2007 continuing education class, developed in conjunction with Ohio’s Ashland University and hosted at Dublin Arts Council. The content, prior to common usage of the term STEAM education, was cross-curricular teaching using environmental and art education to address core tenets of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Discovering public art in discreet locations is a fun, healthy activity for all ages.

A detail image of Riverbox of the Sun, one of the original six Riverboxes installed in 2007.

Environmental Project Launch As part of the class, Dublin Arts Council staff reflected on City of Dublin resident surveys indicating a desire for greater access and a deeper understanding of the Scioto River which runs through the community. One of the class participants, Dublin City Schools art teacher Sharon Buda, was an avid letterboxer. Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines artistic pursuits with adventures in scenic places. Together with fellow educators, including naturalist and Bremerton, Washingtonbased children’s author Ron Hirschi, the group created one of the first six Riverboxes, Riverbox of the Sun, as a letterbox on the Dublin Arts Council grounds. Five other vessels were commissioned by Dublin Arts Council that summer, each in a Dublin

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park with direct access to the Scioto River. The six Riverboxes were unveiled simultaneously in August 2007 in concert with the City of Dublin’s annual Mike Utt Scioto River Cleanup. Each vessel included a weather-resistant journal, an artist-made ink stamp, and environmental and historical information about the place in which that box was sited. Inspiring Creative Discovery The artworks have been discreetly placed to enhance the joy of discovery. The Riverboxes can be located using clues found in a paper passport or on Dublin Arts Council’s website. Each vessel is a unique piece of public art, created by Ohio artists taking inspiration from Indigenous peoples, local quarries, history, archeology, environmenwww.dublinlifemagazine.com

tal caretaking, natural flora and fauna, and even Indonesian spirit houses. Worldwide Enthusiasm The Riverbox collection’s popularity grew quickly, garnering log book entries from all 50 states and many other countries, including Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia, Chile, Japan, Taiwan and India. Messages told of scout troops earning merit badges, grandparent/grandchild outings, business team-building excursions and a couple’s first date. Most notes contained a message of gratitude, usually accompanied by, “I didn’t even know this place existed.” With continued exposure, Dublin Arts Council’s staff learned about geocaching, added GPS coordinates to the artworks’ locations and published the artworks as letterbox hybrids on www.geocaching. com and the Geocaching app in 2009. Additional enthusiasm about the project spurred the development and installation of several new series of Riverboxes. Today, there are 16 artworks in the collection. The Riverboxes program has been presented at public art and education conferences in New Zealand, Scotland and England, drawing international attention to Dublin’s unique collection. Due to the number of “favorite points” marked on www.geocaching.com by enthusiasts, the site has named Dublin Arts Council among the top 1 percent of approximately 450,000 geocachers in the United States.

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Tracking Progress In 2013, Mandi Strapp of Columbus, Ohio, leader of the Ohio Geo club and known in the geocaching community as MsMandi, approached Dublin Arts Council to suggest creating a challenge to collect ink stamp impressions from all of the Riverboxes to gain a trackable geocoin, an item that is highly prized by cachers. Since then, Strapp has become Dublin Arts Council’s Riverboxes coordinator, working with staff to maintain the collection with the help of community volunteer stewards. Dublin Arts Council’s geocoins have circled the globe, with its most adventur-

A new geocoin by Pennsylvania artist Chris Mackey was unveiled in April at Dublin Arts Council. The coin is earned by filling a passport with stamps from all 16 Riverboxes. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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IF YOU GO Riverboxes: Bridge unveiling Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, noon-3 p.m. Riverside Crossing Park, 6694 Riverside Dr. Lower plaza, east side Free, all ages No need to register; come and go Workshops, artmaking, artist talks, temporary exhibition, games, refreshments, door prizes www.dublinarts.org/event/riverboxesbridge-unveiling/

Explorers stamp their passport. When full, they’ll earn a trackable geocoin.

ous logging more than 54,000 miles. From 2015 through 2019, various geocachers moved the coin from Ohio to Utah, Wyoming, Texas, Hawaii, Washington, Michigan, Massachusetts, South Korea, Florida, California, back to South Korea and back to Hawaii. It was last logged in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where it went missing.

In April, Dublin Arts Council revealed its third geocoin iteration, a limited-edition minting of individually numbered, enamel overlaid rectangular metal artworks created by Pennsylvania artist Chris Mackey. The complex geocoin tells the story of Dublin and its Riverboxes through various symbols, both iconic and obscure.

New Riverboxes to be Unveiled Dublin, Ohio, artist Don Staufenberg is putting the finishing touches on Dublin Arts Council’s next two Riverboxes. The Riverboxes will be revealed later this summer in proximity to the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge, the longest single-tower S-shaped suspension bridge in the world. Staufenberg’s Riverboxes will be placed on the east and west sides of the Scioto River and are inspired by both the history and growth of the community. The artworks include artifacts and deep symbolism, interpreting Dublin’s transformation from an agricultural community to a technology hub. Archways and grids are among the visual elements that tie together the community as it was and as it is today. The Riverboxes: Bridge unveiling event – supported by City of Dublin, Cardinal Health and Puffin Foundation West – will include artist talks, workshops, and the opportunity to earn, create and exchange pathtags, a geocacher’s calling card that expresses individuality and creativity. A temporary pathtag exhibition and a Dublin Limerick Adventure challenge are also planned. The event is free of charge, appropriate for all ages and takes place on the lower plaza on the east side of the Scioto River in Riverside Crossing Park, 6694 Riverside Dr., on Saturday, Aug. 20, from noon-3 p.m. Janet Cooper is director of engagement, Dublin Arts Council. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Write for What’s Right Student uses writing, volunteering to support conservation advocacy Seventeen-year-old Olivia Went demonstrates passion in everything she does. A writer and lover of animals, the Dublin Jerome High School junior works to connect her skills and interests as much as possible.

In January, Went won first place in the upperclassmen division of JustWrite, an interscholastic Ohio writing competition, at a regional event held at Dublin Coffman High School. While she continues to look for new ways to use her writing abilities, her writing roots trace far back. Went began writing when she was in second grade. She’s always had an active imagination, but says she began to truly cultivate it in fifth grade after receiving encouragement from her teacher, Mrs. Cramer. “She gave us this prompt and (my response) turned into a 100-page story because I just loved it,” Went says. Went continued working on her writing, receiving significant support from coaches along the way, including Meaghan Miller and Mitzi Moshiri, who led the Grizzell Middle School Power of the Pen writing group. She says her current coach, Michele Trisler, has also had a significant impact on her writing. “Olivia is really thoughtful,” Trisler says. “She’s a meticulous writer; she’s super creative.” Went’s writing often relates back to her passions and interests. Animals are one of her favorite topics, appearing frequently in her stories and other writing. She’s put her skills to use writing pamphlets, which she passes around school 34 • June/July 2022

to educate others about Ohio’s wildlife. The pamphlets often include fun facts: Did you know that deer are excellent swimmers? Or that meadow voles only live six months? “She’s really concerned about the environment,” Trisler says. “She’s just a very empathetic, thoughtful, creative, deliberate, animal-loving, planet-loving kind of person. She’s just really exceptional in that way.” Went plans to pursue a career helping animals by attending veterinary school after earning an undergraduate degree in biology or pharmacology. She’s most interested in working with birds and exotics. That interest is inspired by her bearded dragon, Rex, and his close encounter with liver disease. Thanks to veterinarians, Rex was cured. “It was amazing what they Went took first place in the upperclassmen division were able to do with him, espe- of the JustWrite competition. cially considering the resources for reptiles are so limited,” Went says. has been kind of eye opening and it’s fun “They were able to bring him back and it hanging out with other kids who share interests with me because not a lot of kids was really neat.” That passion for animals correlates to in high school are super interested in the Went’s interest in conservation. She’s a environment.” Beyond her writing and conservation part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Teen Advisory involvements, Went participates in taeCouncil (ConTAC). Through the group, kwondo and is a part of the quiz team at she’s been able to advocate for the envi- Dublin Jerome High School. ronment, participate in a conservation trip and learn about Native American culture from a tribe member. Went is also currently working on a serKate Anderson is an editorial assistant at vice project for ConTAC. “It’s about putting out more information CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome about local Ohio wildlife,” Went says. “It at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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du b l i n d i s h es by Maisie Fitzmaurice Photo courtesy of Saddleberk and Weenie Wonder

Hot Dog Heaven

Handheld and versatile, hot dogs are perfect for your backyard barbecue rived from “dachshund sausages,” which were sold in New York during the 1860s by a German immigrant. Since then, hot dogs and sausage varieties have been made and sold by butchers across America. And vendors in Dublin are no exception. Local sausage curator Saddleberk creates artisan sausages and bratwursts from Berkshire pork. Brats and hot dogs aren’t just a tasty summer meal, however; co-owner Dave Rigo says they’re also an optimal meal for any host, as While the origin of hot dogs may trace they’re quick and easy to grill to any number of sausage varieties from to perfection. Europe, the frankfurter sausage origi“As COVID subsides a nally came from Germany in 1487. The little bit more, people are name “hot dog” is speculated to be de- getting back together, especially in the spring and summertime,” he says. “(With hot dogs or sausages) you can feed a whole lot of people and not have a huge time investment in it.” Looking for inspiration? Weenie Wonder’s Chi-town When grilling hot dog packs a creative punch. dogs and bratwursts, Adam Caplan, assistant manager and Rigo recommends using a meat thermometer to get the right tem- creative chef at Weenie Wonder in Dubperature and best cook. He also lin, says there’s no wrong way to make a recommends setting the grill at a hot dog. Besides the go-to toppings of low heat initially then slowly in- ketchup, mustard and relish, Weenie creasing the temperature in order Wonder has used cheese, unique sauces, to prevent charring and drying of ranch Doritos, pickles and peppers to top the meat. Unless, of course, you off their dogs. Chili or bacon can add extra flair and flavor. prefer your dogs crispy. “The only limitations are your imaginaOnce you’ve grilled your hot dog to your liking, it’s time to add tion and what you put on yourself,” CaPick up high-end sausages from Saddleberk to make an easy meal even more delicious. plan says. your toppings.

One of the most popular foods in America, hot dogs are a staple for grill outs across the country. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council – yes, this is a thing – estimates that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year, and hot dogs are served in nearly 95 percent of households in the U.S. It also estimates that Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone.

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Loose toppings are the bane of any hot dog lover. Who hasn’t shot ketchup and mustard out of their hot dog bun and onto their shirt? Even worse, who hasn’t lost their relish through the hole in a soggy bun? The right bun is critical to a good hot dog, Caplan says. “You want to make sure your bun can hold all of your toppings,” he says. “You don’t want it to get soggy or weak and then all your good stuff falls through. It’s got to have the right amount of bread to meat ratio.” As for sides that pair well with hot dogs, Caplan recommends baked beans, potato salads, and fries or potato chips.

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Bringing a Vision to Life Resident transforms unfinished basement with pub and personality reclaimed wood accents and complementing colors throughout the basement to bring her vision to life in a cohesive way. “It gives it a really unique look, because it looks like a pub but it also feels old,” Schulze says. Kenton’s father helped the couple lay the foundation for the renovations with contractors aiding with drywalling and masonry. She says she chose her contractors carefully, as Schulz wanted everything down to the smallest detail to match her vision. Some of those unique touches include the brick-lined walls and the mahogany woodwork. The brick lining starts at the top of the stairs and continues all the way

Long-time Dublin resident Crystal Schulze has spent the last five years perfecting every detail of her renovated entertainment basement. With help from friends, family and contractors, Schulze and her husband, Kenton, were able to fill the space with a pub-style bar, a theater area complete with a projector, new bathroom and storage space. On cold, rainy days, the couple – with their 7-year-old son, Cameron, and two 38 • June/July 2022

rescue dogs – had no place to escape. So, they decided to create their own space in their unfinished basement. The finished space delivers exactly what they were looking for. “Any time we want to have fun with our friends, watch a movie, sit at the bar and have a drink, it’s just a great entertaining space for my family and friends,” Schulze says. She wanted to incorporate a modern farmhouse look for one half of the basement and a pub space, with elements of wine and tiki bars, on the other side. Strategic choices in the rest of the lower level help to connect those styles. The bathroom design matches the pub aesthetic, and Schulze included barn doors, brick,



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down and behind the bar. The bar, in harmony with the aged-barn aesthetic, was crafted using repurposed mahogany from a restaurant bar. Those details and others – including the penny flooring in the bathroom and specific barn door color choice – all add to the perfection of the space in Schulze’s eyes. “Between the brick and the wood accents, those are things that some people

see and others don’t,” Schulze says. “That’s my favorite part.” The process took time though. While Schulze imagines the work could have been completed within a year, the renovations stretched into a five-year process as life routinely got in the way. Though it took longer than expected, Schulze wouldn’t sacrifice the control the family had in getting everything just right.

“My best advice is just don’t rush it and do it exactly how you want it,” she says. “And if you don’t find someone to do it the way you want to, find someone else.” Kate Anderson is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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5939 Tarrin Ct. 5 beds 4.5 baths $875,700 Sold on 3/17/22

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wr it e n e x t d oor with columnist Colleen D’Angelo Photos courtesy of the Borchers and Partridge families

Sisterhood of the Dublin Triplets

Despite the odds, Dublin is home to multiple sets of identical triplets One in a million. That’s the odds of having three identical triplets, according to some experts, though research varies. I specify three identical triplets because it’s possible to have two identical babies and one fraternal, but that’s a story for another day. Given the odds, it’s truly amazing that we have two sets of identical triplet girls living in Dublin.

Anne and Jack Partridge had one 9-month-old child, Mary, when they found out they were pregnant again. At the first ultrasound appointment, Anne called Jack and said, “You had better come down here.” The triplets were born via cesarean section on Jan. 6, 1988, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and suddenly the Partridge family had four in diapers. Thirty years later, Lia and Ben Borchers – who had a 2-year-old daughter, Lauren, at the time – found out they were expecting three more little ones. Lia’s pregnancy was deemed high-risk and there was a team of 12-15 medical professionals in the delivery room at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. The girls were born via C-section on Oct. 1, 2017, and then the Borchers had four in diapers too. Identical triplets result when a single fertilized egg splits into three genetically identical eggs, meaning all three babies share the same

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DNA, gender and features. One placenta supports all three babies and the risk of premature births increases. Identical triplets aren’t just three copies of the same person, though. Both families express that each girl has her own distinct personality, and birth order may play an interesting role. For the Partridges, the triplets’ big sister, Mary, is so caring that they call her “the saint.” Out of the triplets, first-born Ellen is the mother hen, middle child Lauren is the jokester and entertainer, and Karen is the most likely to turn to her sisters for guidance and companionship. In the Borchers family, Lauren is a patient older sister with a heart of gold, according to Lia and Ben. Oldest triplet Brooklyn is independent and strong willed, Madison is the class clown and entertainer, while youngest sister Katelyn is the girliest. The similarities between the sets of triplets don’t stop there. A little digging turned up a peculiar dental fact. “The triplets each had a cavity in the exact same baby tooth at the exact same time,” Ben says. The Partridge girls also confirmed that they once all had a cavity in the exact same tooth at the same time. “I can still remember us lying next to each other in the dental chairs, three in a row,” Karen says with a laugh. Raising three babies at a time can be a challenge, but both families have wonderful support systems with relatives and friends living near enough to lend a hand. The Partridge triplets are all married now, living in Dublin and starting www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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Karen tried to trick her fourth grade class at St. Brigid of Kildare School on April Fool’s Day by switching places with her sister, Lauren. The 9-year-olds knew right away that Lauren was not their teacher and proved it when they demanded, “Then tell us our names!” Lia and Ben Borchers have their hands full at the moment but also have some wonderful role models in the Partridge gals. Lauren’s advice is to not let the kids gang up on you. “Our parents stood their ground and we respect them more for not caving in,” she says. “They were also very supportive and encouraging when one of us wasn’t as successful in sports or academics. They never put any pressure on us and we got over things quickly with a trip to Dairy Queen.” Karen says not to worry about the kids fighting because they will grow up to be the best of friends, and Ellen reminds others not to take anything for granted. “Having each other is a blessing,” she says, “and every holiday is a party!” Colleen D’Angelo is a Dublin Life columnist and freelance writer. She and her husband, Tony, raised three children in Dublin over the last 25 years. Colleen enjoys playing and teaching pickleball; walking her pup, Mason; and traveling internationally. You can reach her at colleendangelo1@gmail.com.


their own families. Their sister, Mary, is in Bexley. All four Partridge girls attended Bishop Watterson High School and then Miami University of Ohio. They decided not to live together and instead put their names in for random roommates. Fate didn’t spread them far: All three girls were placed in Dodds Hall on the same floor. “It was great because we could still share clothes without ever leaving our floor,” Karen says. In a bizarre coincidence, Ben Borchers, then a sophomore at Miami, was a resident advisor for Dodds Hall while the Partridge girls lived there. It was his first time meeting triplets. Little did he know that he’d be raising his own identical triplets someday. The Borchers are now Dublin residents with siblings and parents close by in Ohio and Michigan. Their girls attend Dublin Learning Academy for daycare and will attend Dublin City Schools. “Maybe someday we will separate them into different classrooms but for now they are together at school,” Ben says. That does leave opportunities for the girls to take advantage of their resemblance. Just ask the Partridge triplets if they ever switched places for a prank: “Of course!” The girls went to each other’s classes at Watterson and played tricks on boyfriends. In fact, Brian DeLucia liked Ellen first, but dated and married Karen. Lauren had dinner with Chris Macke first, but he dated and married Ellen. Jared Boll met all three sisters at the same time and teases that he just gave his number to the triplet who was standing closest to him. Now he is married to Lauren and they have two little girls. “We like to joke that if you marry one of us, you marry all of us,” Ellen says. Adults and even husbands still mix the girls up sometimes, but children seem to do better. Ben says that their oldest daughter never confuses which triplet is which, while he makes mistakes regularly.



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Off the silver screen, actor and foodie Stanley Tucci knows the value of intimate meals and good food. More a memoir than a cookbook, Taste covers life experiences, love shared over dinner, and successes and disasters in the kitchen. Heartfelt, charming and full of wisdom, Taste serves the reader inspiration for a meal that nourishes both the body and mind.

A primetime cooking show isn’t exactly where Dahlia Woodson expected to find love, especially not after a clumsy tumble sends her fish tacos flying in the middle of the competition. Despite the blunder, Dahlia still finds time to cook up a connection with London Parker, a fellow contestant who just openly announced their nonbinary pronouns on national television. Flirty and teeming with affection, this novel finds the perfect intersection of romantic and culinary love.

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