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For 200 years, the City of Dublin, Ohio has had a special tie to Ireland. It dates back to when one of our first settlers, John Sells, asked a surveyor to help him name the town that Mr. Sells was developing along the Scioto River.


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n a sunny Tuesday afternoon in May 1998, Brent Crawford and Bob Hoying met by happenstance at Heritage Golf Club in Hilliard. When the course attendant told Crawford there wasn’t enough room for him to play alone, he was forced to look for another solo golfer. Lucky for him, he ran into Hoying at the tee box. “It was unique for us, because neither of us go out and play by ourselves, and (we) certainly don’t play with strangers,” says Crawford. “But we both went (alone) to the course that day.” At the time, Crawford was managing about 1,000 properties, up from the 100 he had when he graduated from The Ohio State University. “Now, mind you, I was at OSU at the same time (as Hoying), so I was aware of who he was. He did not know how famous I was at the time,” Crawford says, laughing.




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Over the course of 18 holes, Crawford had the chance to tell Hoying how much he enjoyed the real estate and development industry. Hoying was looking for a career path beyond the NFL, and real estate started to sound like a good option. The following evening, the two met for dinner with their wives, and the rest was history. “We just sort of furthered that (relationship) and he said, ‘That’s a direction I’d like to go,’ and I thought, well, that’d be a great addition to the business,” says Crawford. “So, we formed our partnership officially and did our first investment together in 1998.” Now, Crawford Hoying is a full-service real estate and property management company with more than 200 team members and 20 communities with more than

15,000 residents. Both partners wear many hats and are a part of nearly every aspect of the business. “There really isn’t any day that’s like the last one you had,” says Hoying. “We get the chance to do a little bit of everything, so that’s fun for us. … We get into development, into construction meetings, leasing meetings, management, and early on with the architecture and how we lay out a site is very exciting.” Though their busy schedules make it hard for Crawford and Hoying to get out on the golf course, the two say that their office environment can be just as enjoyable. “What’s great about (Crawford Hoying) is that it’s fun to come to work,” says Crawford. “Sunday nights … I get antsy because I’m ready to get to work, because the people we’re working with are the people we hang out with in the office and outside the office. So, really, this is our network of friends. … We are having fun at what we do.” When he’s not working, Hoying enjoys spending time with his wife, Jill, and their children, Jake, 15; Ava, 12;, Layla, 9; and Nash, 5. The Hoying fam-

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ily attends St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Parish, and all of the children attend St. Brigid of Kildare School, with the exception of Jake, now a freshman at Bishop Watterson High School. The family’s relationship with St. Brigid began when Hoying was attending OSU. He was the speaker for the parish’s first confirmation class in 1994, and the community surrounding the church made Dublin an appealing place to raise a family. “(Jill and I) felt a connection out there,” Hoying says. “We are both from the northwest part of the state, and so Dublin seemed like a good fit for us.” Outside of work, Crawford enjoys traveling with his wife, Liz, and their children Adam, 19, and Sara, 17. The family has called Dublin home since 2002, but they love to explore countries around the world when they get the chance. “We just like to experience different things, and honestly, a lot of what we see in those (foreign) places are things that I come back with, because they just do it differently there, and in a lot of cases, it’s better,” says Crawford. The Bridge Park development is arguably the most exciting project the company is working on now, with mixed-use space that several restaurants and businesses call home. Still, though Bridge Park may be in the spotlight, at any given time, the company is working on multiple projects of all different sizes.






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“I think a lot of people see Bridge Park and think that all we are doing is larger projects, but in reality, we are working on a number of projects that are only 3 or 4 acres,” says Hoying. No matter the size, all projects have a similar goal: to bring communities together. Bridge Park’s self-sufficient and walkable urban design is a great example of Crawford Hoying developing properties that encourage people to flourish in an otherwise underutilized space. “It’s all about people going back into the core,” says Hoying. Crawford Hoying’s Water Street District development in Dayton is very similar to Bridge Park. Both combine residential and commercial space in the hearts of their communities. “We want to transform areas and have an impact on the community, and we’ve done that in Dayton,” says Crawford. “Our Water Street project has been an important development for us.” Both Crawford and Hoying credit the success of their partnership to trust in each other and in their team. Unlike a lot of companies, Crawford Hoying isn’t afraid to spend resources on hiring people who are above and beyond the average employee. “We try to be very particular about who we hire because, as much as it is from an intelligence and technical skills perspective, it’s a personality fit, and that generally comes down to being a nice person and treating people with respect,” says Crawford. “If you do great things with great people, you’ll have great results.” Crawford Hoying is looking to expand outside of the Columbus and Dayton areas, with a new 100-acre development in Deerfield Township in southwest Ohio breaking ground next spring. “I think we see it expanding outward from here, but Dublin always being our home base,” says Crawford. “We live here. This is our headquarters.”

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas... The annual City of Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony will move to Coffman Park this year By Josh Poland

He’s making a list and checking it twice, and on Nov. 30, Santa will find that the City of Dublin has been extra nice. The Christmas season will officially arrive in Dublin with a bigger and better version of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Coffman Park. “We’re very excited for residents to kick off the holiday season with us,” says Director of Parks and Recreation Matt Earman. The City’s history of lighting a Christmas tree has evolved over the past 30-plus years from the original Dublin Women’s Club Tree Lighting Ceremony in Historic Dublin. The fact that this year’s event is moving from Historic Dublin to Coffman Park should not come as much of a surprise. The event has moved quite a bit over the past few decades, including a run at Coffman Park from 1997-2003. 16 • October/November 2017

Several factors played into the City of Dublin’s decision to move the event, including the declining health of the tree at the previous ceremony site at 62 W. Bridge St., the construction on North High Street and parking issues near the West Bridge Street site. “Our plan is to hold the ceremony at Coffman Park for the next few years. Once construction is complete in Historic Dublin, City staff will determine where the best location is for the future,” Earman says. “Given the history of the event’s location in Coffman Park years ago and the ample parking that exists throughout the park, we believe it will be the ideal location for this year’s tree lighting.”

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The 2017 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony plans are to accept a donated blue spruce tree from Dublin residents Robert and Karen Johnson. The tree will be visible to motorists on Post Road, Commerce Drive, Emerald Parkway, Coffman Park Drive and I-270. “The tree will be placed in a highly visible location at the confluence of pathways just south of the large bridge spanning the Indian Run,” says Event Manager Alison LeRoy. “I think it’s going to look fantastic.” In addition to the tree lighting, LeRoy says, City staff will light the pathways from the parking lots in Coffman Park to the site of the tree and install decorations throughout the area. “We’re hoping to transform Coffman Park into a miniature winter wonderland,” she says. As for the ceremony itself, residents can expect many of the same features as in years past, such as hot chocolate, reindeer, musical performances and a visit from Santa. “With the additional space this year, we’ll also be able to offer a few more seasonally-related family activities that I’m sure everyone will love,” LeRoy says. For more information, head to www. and keep an eye on the City of Dublin’s social media accounts.

After you enjoy the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Coffman Park, keep the holiday spirit going by heading to Historic Downtown Dublin for Holly Days beginning Saturday, Dec. 2. Events include the amazing Gingerbread House competition held at Our CupCakery, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation; Irish-themed crafts; the popular Twelve Elves Walk Dec. 2-19; and live music throughout the month starting at Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 2. Remember to check for updates on entertainment, activities and specials offered during the holidays.

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Key Dates in the City of Dublin Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony History Early 1990s Tree lighting ceremony moves from Historic Dublin to City Hall and incorporates local entertainment and photos with Santa

1997 Ceremony moves to Coffman Park near the Dublin Community Recreation Center

2000 Event is renamed Holly Days and moves within Coffman Park near the pavilion as a result of the DCRC Phase II expansion

2004 Ceremony moves back to Historic Dublin on an empty lot at the northwest corner of Bridge and High Streets

2008 Event moves to Dublin City School property at 62 W. Bridge St. using an established tree

2012 The tree in front of 62 W. Bridge St. is destroyed in the derecho. To replace it, a tree is planted in front of Indian Run Elementary School specifically for the tree lighting event.

2017 Tree lighting moves back to Coffman Park

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Four-Legged Friendship Local retirement communities use therapy animals to help residents


roviding companionship is one of the many duties with which therapy animals are charged, and in Dublin, retirement communities are some of their favorite places to visit. Dublin Retirement Village At Dublin Retirement Village, the Assisted Living Memory Support division employs a golden retriever named Murphy, who lives with the residents full-time and offers a welcome greeting for all who enter. Not only does the dog provide compassion and companionship, he also offers an opportunity for the residents to care for someone. “Residents help out and take him for walks,” says Natalia Burke, administrator at the community. Murphy has resided at the community since last year, and he seems to be the perfect fit. “When someone sees Murphy, he kind of just lights up a room,” Burke says. “He’s one of the more special dogs that I’ve ever seen.” Murphy spends much of the day going around the center to greet residents, associates and guests. He often hangs out around Burke’s office, so she gets to see Murphy with residents at Dublin Retirement Village 18 • October/November 2017



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how he interacts with the residents and brightens their days. “It’s a really mutually beneficial relationship between the residents and him,” she says. Murphy also helps give residents a sense of purpose. When residents interact with the dog, they have a chance to offer love and compassion. “Aside from helping with cognitive things, it’s really just an emotional support that you can see that he provides them,” Burke says. Senior Star, the company that owns Dublin Retirement Village, has therapy dogs at all of its retirement communities. Murphy was selected to be a therapy dog based on his temperament when he was a puppy, and after he went through the necessary training he became a staple in the community. Burke says that, from an early age, Murphy displayed the perfect personality to interact with seniors, and that remains true today. Sunrise of Dublin While Murphy is a great fit for Dublin Retirement Village, Sunrise of Dublin makes itself comfortable with a larger fleet of therapy animals. These include 13-year-old golden retriever Molly, 11-year-old Australian shepherd mix Ceecee and a black cat named Gidget. These three animals live at the retirement community, and miniature horse Butterball visits the residents once a month. Sunrise adopted the dogs about four months ago, and it’s been a win-win situation for the animals and the residents, says Activities and Volunteer Coordinator Dionna Gaskins. “Not only can we provide love for them, they can provide love for each and every one of our residents every day,” Gaskins says.







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Because the dogs are older, they have the perfect temperament to interact with seniors. It is not common for people to adopt older dogs from shelters, so Molly and Ceecee were provided with an opportunity to have a happy and comforting home in their old age. Some of the residents at Sunrise have their own dogs, such as one named Ms. Priss. “Their dogs can become our family as well, for those who don’t have them,” Gaskins says. The residents at Sunrise love to take care of Molly and Ceecee, and Gaskins says many of them are guilty of overfeeding the dogs because they love them so much. “We have almost 80 residents here in the building,” she says. “We have to make sure that we don’t overfeed and over-treat.” Butterball, the trained therapy miniature horse, provides residents with a chance to interact with a different type of therapy animal, and they look forward to her monthly visits. When she visits, the residents usually sit in a circle, and Butterball will go around to take a few moments with each of them. “She’s just trained to know exactly what they need at that moment,” Gaskins says.

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Multiple Facilities Not all therapy animals in Dublin are for the benefit of a singular location. One well-known traveling animal is Dublin resident Rosie. Rosie is a comfort dog for Atonement Lutheran Church, which purchased her from Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dog Ministries, a national program based in Chicago. Mary Ludlum is known as Rosie’s Head Dog, or the administrator for her schedule. She says that in the three years Atonement has had Rosie, she has been on more than 1,000 visits. These visits are most often to retirement communities in the area. Rosie visits Abbington Assisted Living twice a month, and she can only make it to the other retirement communities about once every other month because there are so many. An important part of Rosie’s visits, given that she is from a Lutheran church, is prayer. This is something that many seniors look forward to, including one who she recently visited, Ludlum says. “She loves seeing Rosie, but boy, are those prayers important,” she says. Rosie is popular among residents at Friendship Village of Dublin, where she visits about once every other month. Beth Baker, resident services director at

Wellness in the Workplace Keeping an eye on potential health issues for therapy animals By Garth Bishop Just as there are additional considerations for training therapy animals, so, too, are there additional considerations for keeping them healthy. Dr. Eric Miller, an ophthalmologist with The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, suggests therapy animals have annual exams to check for issues that might compromise their ability to carry out their jobs. Dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts and inherited retinal disease are among the issues that could affect therapy dogs. It’s important to catch them early, Miller says, as it can be deeply disappointing for both dog and owner if such a condition quickly renders the dog unable to go through its usual routine. “(If) three years into that relationship, you identify some sort of inherited retinal disease that’s going to affect their ability to work, then they have to retire early,” Miller says. Ms. Priss

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the community, says she brings plenty of comfort to residents along with their other regular visiting pets Lucy and Olive. Lucy visits with her owner every Friday, while Olive makes it to Friendship Village on the weekends, usually about once a month. Baker says the pets are great for residents because they offer an opportunity to be close with someone, especially in a world that is not very tactile.

“Pets offer such a wonderful interaction,” Baker says. “You don’t have to be able to speak.” Therapy animals have been welcomed to Friendship Village for at least 20 years, and Baker says she would be happy to expand the program in the future. Emily Hetterscheidt is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Army vet and Purple Heart recipient works to help veterans get active again By Garth Bishop


hen Dublin resident Sean Clifton talks about everything the physical and social aspects of CrossFit have done for him, he knows what he’s talking about. The retired U.S. Army master sergeant used the popular fitness regimen to get back in shape – both physically and mentally – after a firefight in Afghanistan left him grievously wounded. Injury Clifton – a southern Ohio native who has lived in Dublin for 20-plus years – retired in 2016 after 22 years in the Army. Over the course of his military career, he was a Green Beret and a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. He was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2006, and to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009, and received the Purple Heart after his combat injury. “Our primary mission, in its simplest form, was to make the area more secure, and we (did) that by eliminating the threat: insurgent cells, Taliban cells, alQaida cells,” says Clifton. On Memorial Day of 2009, Clifton’s unit was engaged in a firefight with Taliban forces in one of the group’s strongholds. “I was the first guy through the door of a compound in which there were more than 20 Taliban fighters, and I was shot multiple times by the enemy,” he says. All told, Clifton was hit six times. Three of the shots were minor – deflected in large part by his protective vest and helmet – but the other three inflicted significant damage. “I remember getting hit, life flashing in front of me, and then I remember fighting out of that situation to get to a medic and other teammates, to get me out of there,” says Clifton. He vividly remembers being worked on by medics, being loaded into a medevac

helicopter – and waking up six days later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. One of the Taliban bullets had gone through his left wrist, destroying half of it. Another went through his right hip, but that wasn’t the worst of it. “The round that really beat me up for years to come was a round that hit just under my body armor, beneath my left waistline,” Clifton says. “It punched through my left abdomen, bounced around inside my abdominal cavity and then punched out through my right thigh.” He spent the next few months undergoing major surgical procedures on an almost daily basis, including reconstruction of his wrist using bone and tissue from other parts of his body, and repairs to multiple organs. His intestines, bladder and kidney were all badly damaged. After the surgical stage of recovery was over, he spent the next two to three years in physical therapy. Clifton gives a great deal of credit to his family, who were by his side the whole time. He and his wife, Sarah, have three sons, now ages 11, 9 and 6. Recovery When Clifton needed a way to get back to being physically active, CrossFit appealed to him initially because aspects were familiar to him. Functional fitness has long been part of the Special Forces’ training methodology, and CrossFit is one of the training regimens one can follow. Of greater benefit to him was the discipline’s emphasis on community. “The CrossFit community … is (full of) really close-knit folks that hold themselves to a higher standard than the average person, and there’s a sense of camaraderie and brotherhood in the gym when you’re doing these workouts,” Clifton says. “That’s exactly what I needed when I was finally able to be a little more physically active. I needed to be pushed physically and I needed to integrate socially, and the CrossFit community afforded all of that to me.” Clifton’s gym of choice is veteranowned Friendship CrossFit. He has been working out there since 2012. He works with several nonprofits, including larger organizations such as the October/November 2017 • 23

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B.R.E.A.D! Time

Festival celebrates music, dance, food and more from a wealth of different cultures By Garth Bishop


he diversity of the Dublin community is on full display this fall as the Dublin Arts Council brings back last year’s popular B.R.E.A.D! Festival. The name is an acronym – Bake, Reconnect, Educate, make Art and celebrate Diversity – and the festival features food, music, dance, art, community booths and a marketplace, all spotlighting the different cultures in and around the City.

The free event runs noon-9 p.m. Oct. 21 in Historic Dublin. The inaugural festival in 2016 generated great feedback from volunteers and attendees, including one who pleaded with the council to bring it back. The council is only too happy to oblige, says Executive Director David Guion. “I think, from all the feedback I got, that … the diversity of the crowd was probably the most compelling part of the festival,” Guion says. Among the most popular components last year was the dancing, particularly African group the Imani Dancers. “They do a performance, and then they come out into the crowd and teach the steps with live music,” says Guion. “It’s the most engaged that I’ve seen an audience get in a long time.” Last year, the council worked with a bread sculptor to put together artwork for the show. This year, it’s going in a differ-

ent direction, as Jerry Beck, founder of the Revolving Museum in Massachusetts, will create a community mural out of bread crumbs and burnt toast. “We thought he would be perfect for the event,” Guion says. This year’s festival features appearances from Japanese, Chinese, West African, Irish, German, Indian, Latin American, Bhutanese-Nepali, Polish, Korean and Ukrainian performers and cultural groups. Other highlights of the festival include a craft corner in which children can create their own ceramic tiles, along with food trucks and a Japanese tea ceremony. Garth Bishop is managing editor. Feedback welcome at

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“I would love to be able to incorporate that into my theater work.” In 2015, Swearingen attended a deaf rendition of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Mostly deaf actors and actresses signed the entire performance, while the songs were sung through the characters’ perceived consciousness. As the lights dimmed and the show “It changed my perspective,” says began, Swearingen’s face slowly began to Swearingen. “I would love to push the light up. He had found his calling. boundaries and include disabled actors Now a junior at Dublin Jerome High in shows, because there is no reason they School, Swearingen has participated in shouldn’t be in shows.” more than 20 performances since 2012. He’s Swearingen has been teaching himacted in camps, school musicals and plays, self ASL since he saw Spring Awakenand on community stages such as Columbus ing, and plans to take classes in colChildren’s Theatre and Short North Stage. lege. He says he would love to sign for “I’m an actor, but I like to consider myself a show or even be involved in a deaf an artist. I like all aspects of art,” says Swear- rendition someday. ingen. “My life goal is to never But an even bigger goal is to stop creating, because I always one day direct, whether for a have this need to create.” signed performance or an auSwearingen’s artistry ranges dible show. from painting to reading mod“That idea of making a show ern plays to dancing and even your own, and making the idea aerial silks, an acrobatic perforof this play be alive on stage is so mance in which fabric is used exciting to me,” he says. to suspend the artist. Swearingen enjoys conActing is still his biggest stantly meeting new people dream, though. And for a young with fresh perspectives, new adult who has already gained sev- Kyle Swearingen stories and different techeral awards, including the highest niques to strengthen his skills rating of Triple Superior at the International in both directing and acting. Thespian Festival in 2017, his accomplish“I love getting to know people’s perspecments mean a bright future. tives,” he says. “There are plenty of people As of now, he plans to attend New York in a cast, who I’m in the same show with, University, DePaul University or the Uni- who look at a point in the show completeversity of Michigan for acting and integrate ly differently than I do, and they blow my another passion into his performances. mind with this new interpretation. I build “I also love ASL (American Sign Lan- off of what a lot of people talk about, but guage) and the deaf community,” he says. also stay true to what I think is my form.”

n the third grade, Kyle Swearingen and his class settled down into their seats for the Dublin Jerome Kids Camp performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

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With a little less than two years of high school left, Swearingen says he’s excited to continue his involvement in the school’s drama club, and hopes to participate in Jerome’s One Acts program, which allows students to direct a show of their choice. “Being humans, there is so much we can do and express … and you have to want it more than you’re afraid of it,” says Swearingen. “With being an actor, I could fall flat on my face, but I’m going to go for it. I’m going to fight for it, because it is what I love to do. There is nothing that gives me that same feeling as performing on stage.”

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f you ask Dublin transplants about why they originally moved to the City, you’ll get a plethora of answers.

Among them are common answers that relate to the excellent public school district, the beautiful green spaces and the wonderful atmosphere in which to raise or start a family. If you ask why those people have stayed in Dublin, you’re likely to get a different answer: the people. Gene Oliver’s parents, Charles and Mary, moved to Dublin from Jackson, Ohio in 1946, nine years before Oliver was born. Charles and Mary would end up having seven sons, including Oliver, and two daughters. Oliver says the key values he learned while growing up in Dublin were the importance of community, education and caring for your neighbors – values he was taught by example through Dublin’s residents. Gene Oliver When Oliver was 10, his father passed away. With nine children to support, his mother faced financial hardship. However, Oliver says his family was fortunate to receive support from the community. He was a part of the first class to graduate from Dublin High School in 1973, and was awarded a Kiwanis scholarship to attend The Ohio State University. “It didn’t sound like it was a lot of money; it was 400 bucks,” says Oliver. “But in ’73, that was a quarter at OSU. That was a really big deal.” Though he enjoyed performing music, he knew he didn’t want to make a profession out of it. While getting his MBA, Oliver took particular interest in a programming class, and decided to take the rest of the undergraduate classes offered in the subject. In 1984, he was hired at OCLC to do coding consulting, and he remained at the company until he retired as vice president after 31 years. During that time, he moved to Powell and had two daughters, Anna, 19, and Sarah, 23. Though he lived in Powell for more than 20 years, he always stayed con34 • October/November 2017

nected to Dublin, and continued to give back to the community that had supported him so much. He received a President’s Award from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in 2012 for his donated work bringing the chamber’s technology and online presence into the future. He is still a board member of the Chamber, and is part of the Dublin A.M. Rotary and Dublin Education Foundation. Oliver says staying connected to the community, even when he wasn’t living in Dublin, has always been important to him. “It’s that community service element, but it’s also getting to meet new people that provides this rich body of evidence of the character and values of the community,” says Oliver. “It’s a way to stay engaged with the community and give back.” Oliver made waves in his own life in 2015 by moving back to Dublin and taking up residence as vice president of IT and CIO of HKT Teleservices. He stayed at HKT for two years, then made the move from HKT to the city of Worthington as IT director in August. However, the job change won’t mean a residence change for Oliver, as he has enjoyed being back in the City in which he was born. He runs and cycles along Dublin’s bike paths many times each week, and enjoys

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Built-Up Basement First-time basement owners find a retreat in their new home

The family moved from Texas in 2015, and had never lived in a home with a basement. Stephanie and Keith were picky. Every weekend for two years after their move in June 2015, the couple visited homes for sale, but just couldn’t find what they were looking for. That is, until they walked down the basement steps of what is now their Dublin home. “My first reaction was jaw-dropping,” says Stephanie. “It was kind of overwhelming at first, because I walked in and I said, ‘Are you kidding me right now? A basement can look like this?’ It was a ‘wow’ moment.” The Jones family moved in May. Though they love the whole house, the basement was the standout feature. Renovated by Buckeye Basements prior to the Jones family’s move, it was a major factor in the Joneses’ offer on the home. To top it off, Buckeye Basements won a national-level award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a basement project under $50,000 for the bar portion of the basement. Aside from Keith’s day job, both he and Stephanie are pastors at the Purpose Center Church, and knew the space would be perfect for entertainment, storage and togetherness. Stephanie says, after two years searching for the perfect home, her family was fortunate to find the home when they did. “It really was a blessing because we had looked at so many (houses), and to be able to still be in the Dublin area, we have established pretty much our lives around here Being from Texas and having family in Georgia, now,” says Stephanie. “It was just a housewarming party for out-of-state family and one of those things that everyfriends was a major step in the move-in process. thing worked out perfectly. We Stephanie’s parents, she says, had a similar reaction to family, friends and even maintenance work- got this beautiful home, and I’m so pleased to be here.” ers who have come to the home. “We had the exterminators come in, and one was so funny,” she says. “He said, ‘When I went down in your basement, I wasn’t expecting to see that.’ … I have seen so many jaws drop.” 36 • October/November 2017

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he Jones family’s basement would dazzle anyone, but it certainly dazzled Stephanie and her husband, Keith.

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With a large bar and plenty of seats, the Jones family is able to entertain guests and have friends over from the Purpose Center Church. And, for a family not used to having so much extra storage space, Stephanie has enjoyed being able to hide clutter from the first and second floors. When she collected and stuffed backpacks with school supplies for inner-city youth, Stephanie was able to store 384 backpacks in the basement.


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With the dark colors and contemporary finishing touches, Stephanie says, she’s able to escape the noise of a busy life. When she walks down the basement steps, she’s able to kick back in a theater chair or at the bar. “When I go down there, it makes me feel like I’m on a retreat because it’s so relaxing; it’s so calming,” Stephanie says. “We can adjust the lights and it makes it very relaxing and comfortable.”

A true man cave, the basement bathroom is even equipped with a urinal. But what Stephanie loves is that her sons are able to have friends over and enjoy the basement without hearing the boys run up and down the stairs just to use the bathroom.

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Leaving the Nest and Soaring Far Away Factors to consider when children travel abroad


t airports across the world, mothers and fathers wave goodbye to their children as they fly to tour, serve, work or study abroad. Self-doubt arises as parents wonder if their kids have enough common sense and experience to keep their money and passports safe; be wary, yet open to meeting new people; and not break or lose their cell phones, the virtual lifeline connecting them to home. I’ve been at that departure gate many times, sending my children off to Guatemala, Peru, Cuba, China, Japan and all over Europe. It doesn’t get any easier, but I’m more confident each time that my kids will be able to handle most crises that they encounter. Traveling certainly comes with risks, but doing the groundwork helps everyone feel more prepared. Today, we at least have modern technology to make our world feel smaller. When I studied in Ireland and backpacked through Europe and northern Africa, I didn’t have a cell phone and only occasionally sent a postcard home letting my parents know I was alive. Now there are multiple instant messaging applications to communicate in real time, and share photos and videos as well. We have used Viber in Europe, while Dublin resident Cynthia Cassidy used WhatsApp when her daughter Tess spent time in Ethiopia. My friend Jackie Calnon uses 42 • October/November 2017

WeChat whenever her son, Alex, goes to China. He also buys a Chinese SIM card and replaces the one in his phone so he can make calls there. “Keep the American SIM card in a safe place, because that has all of your contact information and photos stored in it,” suggests Jackie. Several months before traveling, make sure all passports are up to date and will not expire within six months of your trip. Some countries will turn you away if your passport is current but expiring soon. Be prepared to show proof of your return flight to the U.S. and register with the U.S. Department of

State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). You can do this online and share your itinerary so officials can get in touch with you in case of emergency. Find out if your child needs a visa, what kind to get and whether the school or travel company can help you. When my daughter tours abroad with the show Riverdance, the performing company handles all of her work visas. When my husband and I traveled to China to visit her, we had to hire a company in Washington, D.C. to apply in person for our tourist visas. Give yourself two months for this, because you may be denied several times before the visa goes through.

Catie D’Angelo works with children in Cuba

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Alex Calnon in China

You may need shots and should plan them a minimum of six weeks in advance. Keep a copy of your inoculations with you at all times, especially when going through customs. It’s also a good idea to travel with a first aid kit, topical and oral Benadryl, medical insurance, and the location of the nearest hospital. When I chaperoned a dance tour in Japan, a boy came down with a burning fever and bright red rash that spread all over his body. The two kinds of Benadryl were enough to calm the situation down while we figured out he was having an allergic reaction to soy. Big trips usually cost big money, so it’s nice when the kids can work or fundraise to help out. Cynthia Cassidy says her daughter, Sara, traveled to England with a division of Cru (formerly Campus Crusades for Christ), and they handed out 8,000 DVDs of the Bible in two weeks to people they met on London streets. She raised money prior to leaving by mailing letters to friends and family describing her intended journey. You can’t even buy food on an airplane these days without a credit card, so even

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students should carry one. AAA has a Visa TravelMoney card; you establish the amount on the card, and purchases are then deducted. Parents can reload the card at any time and students can’t overspend. I also recommend getting some cash in the currencies you need ahead of time. It takes a few days and you can order the bills from your bank for an $8 fee. I also use the FlightView app, which gives up-to-date information on the departure, arrival, gate information and any changes that occur. My daughter was flying home from Philadelphia recently when I noticed that FlightView said her flight was canceled, which meant she had to spend the night. Courtney texted that she was on the runway and the plane was about to take off. Five minutes later, she found that her flight was canceled, the plane was returning to the terminal and she needed a hotel room. Fortunately, I had already reserved a room for her. Be respectful of local dress codes and customs. You don’t want to stand out as a tourist, so try to blend in when possible. In some countries, that can mean covering your shoulders and wearing a long skirt or pants, especially when visiting religious establishments. I bought a djellaba and headscarf when touring Morocco, which didn’t hide my blue eyes and freckles, but helped me feel more courteous and reverent. Google Translate is the language dictionary of today and an indispensable app when struggling with a different language. Type in the English word, and it gives you the foreign word and pronunciation. It even worked for us in Japan; we pointed the phone’s camera over Japanese characters on a menu and the app deciphered the foods for us. Speaking of cameras, teach your children to always ask permission when taking photographs of people. It’s common courtesy and having that interaction will result in a more memorable experience. After all, making a positive impact, creating a more unified world and sharing a global experience is what traveling is all about.

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