Dublin Life October/November 2022

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10 faces Decorated in Dublin

Dublin resident receives esteemed National Guard award

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14 city of dublin Building a Safe Space

Dublin program creates community-based safe havens

16 in focus Encouraging Emerald Excellence

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Dublin City Schools’ four Es to postgraduation success

20 Baskets That Give Back

Jerome students host basketball tournament to raise money for medical research

22 Paras’ Pumpkinizing

Dublin resident shows off massive pumpkins with celebrity paintings

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26 Plethora of Parks

Dublin’s 60 parks offer a range of yearround activities

30 good ideas Funding for our Future

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34 student spotlight Emerald Energy

Jerome becomes first public school to convert food waste into energy with Grind2Energy

36 dublin dishes Food, Farm and Fun

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38 living A Growing Home for a Growing Family

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PUBLIC PUBLIC SERVICE: SERVICE: LIFE’S LIFE’S GREATEST GREATEST LEARNING LEARNING EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE Throughout this issue of Dublin Life, Throughout issue of Dublin Life, you will find this many stories focused on you will find many stories focused on education. It is a fitting topic as I wrap education. It is a fitting topic as I wrap up my career in the City of Dublin. up my service career in City of Dublin. Public is the perhaps the greatest Public service is perhaps the learning experience of all. greatest learning experience of all. During my 34 years with the City, I have During my 34 years City, I have learned much more with thanthe could ever fit learned much more than could ever on one page. I’ve learned about fiscalfit on one page.service I’ve learned about fiscal stewardship, delivery, high stewardship, service delivery, high expectations, negotiations, problem-solving, personal expectations, negotiations, personal sacrifice and dozens of otherproblem-solving, local government fundamentals sacrifice and dozens of other local government that keep our democracy functioning and our fundamentals that keep our democracy functioning and our community thriving. community thriving. Most importantly, I have learned about relationships: with our Most importantly, I havemembers, learned about relationships: with our committed City Council passionate residents, our committed City Council members, passionate residents, our expansive business community and our professional, expansive business community andsay ourfirst-hand professional, dedicated, hard-working staff. I can that when dedicated, hard-working staff. I can say first-hand when looking back over a three-plus-decade career, youthat measure looking back over a three-plus-decade career, you measure your success by the people you’ve known, those who’ve your success thethose people you’ve known, and those who’vego on helped guideby you, you’ve mentored watched helped guide you, those you’ve mentored and watched go on to do incredible things, and those who’ve been by your side to do incredible things, and those who’ve been by your side along the way. along the way. I want to thank Dublin’s City Council members, present and I wantfor totheir thank Dublin’spartnership City Counciland members, present and past, support, vision. I’ve had the past, for their support, partnership and vision. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with so many smart, talented and opportunityindividuals to collaborate many smart, talented aspirational overwith the so years, and not just as cityand aspirational individuals over the years, and not just as city manager. My career began as a management assistant to the manager. My career began as a management assistant to the city manager in 1988, followed by director of service, director city manager in 1988, followed by director of service, director of economic development and then deputy city of economic development and thenThrough deputy city manager/director of development. the strategic manager/director of development. Through the strategic direction and visionary planning of Dublin’s elected direction and visionary planning of Dublin’s elected leadership over the years, we have built something truly leadership over the years, we have built something truly extraordinary together. extraordinary together. I am most proud of our local form of democracy: the I am most proud of our as local form of democracy: Council-Manager Plan, established by our City the Charter. The Council-Manager Plan, as established byrich ourpolitical City Charter. The Council-Manager system combines the leadership Council-Manager system combines the rich political leadership of our elected City Council members with the strong of our elected City Council members withlocal the strong professional experience of an appointed government professional experience of an appointed local government manager or administrator. Under this form, power is manager or administrator. Under this form, power is a concentrated in the elected City Council, which hires concentrated in the elected City Council, which hires a city professional administrator to implement its policies. The professional administrator to implement its policies. The city manager serves at the pleasure of City Council. manager serves at the pleasure of City Council.

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I could not have been more proud to Ihave could not have been more served as Dublin’s fifth proud city to have served as Dublin’s fifth cityand a manager. It has been an honor manager. It has been an honor and a privilege to follow Sherman Sheldon privilege to follow Sherman Sheldon (1980-1987), Timothy Hansley (1980-1987), Hansley (1987-2001), Timothy Jane Brautigam (1987-2001), Jane Brautigam (2002-2008), Terry Foegler (2002-2008), TerryMarsha Foegler (2009-2010) and Grigsby (2009-2010) and Marsha Grigsby (2010-2015) as our previous village (2010-2015) as our previous village and city managers. They all set a high and city managers. They all set standard. I had the pleasure of a high standard. I had the pleasure of stood serving with and learning from most of them. I have serving with and learning from most of them. I have stood on all their shoulders. on all their shoulders. You should also be confident in the ability of your next city You should also be confident inShe thebrings abilityextensive of your next city manager, Megan O’Callaghan. manager, Megan O’Callaghan. She brings extensive education, skills, experience and vision to the position. education, to the position. Megan has skills, been experience serving the and Cityvision of Dublin since 2014 Megan has been serving the City of Dublin since when she was hired as the City’s director of public2014 service. when she was hired as the City’scity director of public finance service. She has served as your deputy manager/chief She has served as your deputy city manager/chief finance and development officer for the past two years and is and development officer for the Dublin’s past twoeconomic years and is uniquely positioned to advance uniquely positioned to advance Dublin’s economic development strategies and further our traditions of fiscal developmentand strategies and service. further our traditions of fiscalof stewardship responsive Megan has a history stewardship and responsive service. Megan has a history of collaborative leadership and community engagement. She collaborative leadership and community engagement. She is also a Dublin resident and is profoundly committed to is also a Dublin resident and is profoundly to this community. I am very proud of her andcommitted this community this community. I am very proud of her and this community for appointing her as your next city manager. Her for appointingisher as yourOct. next appointment effective 1. city manager. Her appointment is effective Oct. 1. Since becoming city manager in 2015, my motto with our Since becoming city manager 2015, with our employees has been, “All in, allin the time.my ” Asmotto I transition employees has been, “All in, all the time. ” As I transition toward retirement, I look forward to phasing out the “all the toward retirement, I look forward to phasing out the “all the time” part. But rest assured, I am still “all in” when it comes time” part. But rest assured, I am still “all in” when it comes to this community. Thank you for letting me serve you for to thispast community. letting me experience serve you for these 34 years.Thank It has you beenfor the learning these past 34 years. It has been the learning experience of a lifetime. of a lifetime. Sincerely, Sincerely,

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OCT. 2 Founders Day

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5-6 p.m. Brand Road between Avery and Hyland-Croy roads www.dublinschools.net/Jerome

OCT. 8 Ohio International Kung Fu Tai Chi Day & Chinese Culture Festival Noon-5 p.m. Riverside Crossing Park, 6635 Riverside Dr. www.ohwushu.com

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OCT. 13-22 I’ll Take Romance, The Musical

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Decorated in Dublin Dublin resident receives esteemed National Guard award

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After meeting with a local recruiter at her high school outside of Cincinnati, Deena Ratliff knew the National Guard was a fit for her. “I really wasn’t interested in the military before that,” she says. “(The recruiter) explained the benefits of the guard. I didn’t know anyone else doing it, and that kind of attracted me to it. It was challenging, and he told me about the free college tuition.” Having just watched her older sister leave to attend The Ohio State University, the free tuition was especially appealing to Ratliff. From there, she met with the recruiter once more and, upon turning 18, enlisted in the Guard. Her original plan was to serve six years, go to college and get a job. But now, 19 years later, Ratliff continues to serve. “Once I got into the Guard and started working full time, I just really started enjoying what I was doing and the people I was meeting.” Today, Chief Officer Ratliff serves as a human resources technician in the 16th Engineer Brigade. NGAUS Award In August 2021, at the 143rd annual National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) General Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Ratliff was awarded the Eagle Rising Award for Army National Guard warrant officers. Selected by the National Guard, the award is given to warrant officers who demonstrate dedicated service, outstanding leadership and technical skills. “I was really honored and appreciative that people in Ohio thought my service was worthy of (the award),” Ratliff says. “I was honored to represent Ohio in a positive manner.” Representatives from all 54 states and territories attended the conference, and Ratliff felt honored to accept the award on Ohio’s behalf. She credits her NGAUS mentors for her success in the Guard. “When I first started, if I asked a question, my mentors would never give me the answer,” Ratliff says. “They made me go research the regulations and policies, and I think that really helped my technical skills in my specialty now.” Ratliff works in personnel, ensuring that close to 1,600 soldiers have the best possible experience in the Guard. She’s always striving to do better, too. www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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“I’m huge on process improvement,” Ratliff says. “Any position I work in, I try to find an area to be improved. That’s my goal.” When she worked in recruiting, Ratliff started a mentorship program to attract aspiring warrant officers. The mentors worked one-on-one with the trainees to help them become officers. Ratliff’s responsiveness also made her a clear candidate for the award. She was notified about deployment to Kuwait and told that she could have 120 days to report. Ratliff waived the 120 days and deployed immediately in 2020, serving until May 2021. “I thought it was important to be (in Kuwait) and start forming those relationships,” she says. Under the Camo Outside of her service, Ratliff has a decorated family life in Dublin. She has two daughters, ages 8 and 10, whose lives

she remains very involved in despite the demands of her career. “Before my deployment, I was a leader for my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop,” she says. “I was their treasurer, which took up a lot of time, especially around cookie sale season.” She also served as the warrant officer trustee on the Ohio National Guard Association, which functions under NGAUS. Her daughters attend Scottish Corners Elementary, where Ratliff enjoys volunteering and helping out in whatever way she can. Both of Ratliff’s daughters are involved in the Dublin soccer scene, and Ratliff assists with coaching for the Dublin Soccer League. Keeping her career in mind, Ratliff says she takes on small volunteer roles in multiple organizations so no group is at a major loss if she has to suddenly deploy. To her daughters, though, Ratliff’s volunteering is anything but small.

With Veterans Day upon us, a visit to Dublin’s Ground of Remembrance, located in the Veterans Park, is a special way to honor our fallen soldiers. Founded on Memorial Day in 2009, the Grounds of Remembrance is a space specifically dedicated to recognizing veterans, current members of the armed forces and their families. Within the grounds is The Memory Wall, which features brass inserts where guests are invited to leave personal messages,

“My kids love it when they see me at the school or helping out,” she says. Ratliff’s “small” roles are a testament to the value volunteers can bring to a community. She recommends that anyone, even if they don’t think they have the time for it, volunteers in some capacity, no matter how big or small. Ratliff is grateful for the life she and her family have in Dublin. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the grocery store in my uniform and people come up to me to thank me for my service,” she says. “I don’t think people realize how much that means to me, especially if I take my kids in…When they see people come up to me and thank me for my service, it really tells them how important my job is.” Megan Roth is an editor for CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at mroth@cityscenemediagroup.com.

as well as The Dedication Wall, where members of the Armed Forces with bronze medallions of the five branches of service are honored, among many other informative and commemorative installations. The City of Dublin will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the grounds on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.dublinveterans.com.

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Building a Safe Space Dublin program creates community-based safe havens As we navigate the world, there can be times when we question our safety and security. Others might intimidate or threaten us; we might be having a personal crisis and need a helping hand. And in any of those instances, everyone should be reassured that support exists from their local government, police force and neighbors. There is always a safe space. “No resident, community member or visitor to Dublin should live in fear or have to endure a situation without the resources they need to be protected where they are,” Dublin Chief of Police Justin Páez says. Starting this November, all City of Dublin buildings, including the Dublin Justice Center, and all Washington Township Fire Department stations will operate as Safe Space Dublin locations. That means anyone entering those buildings in a time of need will receive compassionate instructions from trained staff members about what steps they can take to get support when their safety is in jeopardy. Led by the Dublin Police Department, Safe Space Dublin is designed to promote havens of safety, security and resources that

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anyone can use. Dublin Police adapted the program from Seattle Police Department’s Safe Place model to ensure there are community-based sanctuaries where people can feel comfortable to visit should they be in personal crisis or have experienced hate crimes, threats or intimidation. Chief Páez notes the safety initiative is an overt demonstration of the City’s commitment to providing everyone with a sense of belonging and security in Dublin. “What stands out about this program is that the community is involved,” Páez explains. “Someone walks into a shop or building and doesn’t know what to do. It might be as simple as calling 911 for them or letting that person know what their options are in that moment. Fear can be powerful, but having others serving as the guardians of their neighbors is its own kind of power.” The City also seeks to extend the program to private businesses, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders to further the reach of the project. Groups that are local to Dublin will be able to sign on to serve as Safe Space Dublin locations or as resource contributors, and regional groups have the option to provide their wellness resources, too. Safety, Security and Support What can a Safe Space user expect if they find themselves in need while at one of the locations? They should know: • I’m now in a safe area. Someone at this location will help explain the next steps I can take toward safety. • Someone can help me call 911 to report any incidents that may have happened to me. • To use a Safe Space, I don’t have to speak to the police, but I’m encouraged to report threats or anything criminal to Dublin Police. • Someone will help me connect with the most appropriate resources for my situation.

There are also a few questions anyone using a Safe Space would need to answer, with the assistance of trained allies at the locations. Safety – Did you experience a bias or hate crime? Safe Space Dublin allies can call 911 to help a person report a crime to the Dublin Police. Security – Did you feel threatened or intimidated? Allies can call 911 to help a person file a police report or they can connect a person with community resources and the right people to help support them. Support – Are you in a crisis? Allies can link people with local mental health and behavioral services and resources, both for the short and long terms. “These questions help our community’s trained allies find the right next steps for the person in need,” Chief Páez notes. “The safety, security and support categories really speak to the areas in our lives where we need constant attention, and that’s what Safe Space Dublin seeks to bolster.” Intrinsically Important A fundamental component of Safe Space Dublin is that it aims to empower victims to report any bias or hate crime so incidents can be properly investigated by police. However, an intentional part of the program is that when there is no crime or threat, police do not have to be involved for a person to use a Safe Space. It’s about making people feel secure enough to ask for help — with the backing of the police department — but without pressuring someone to interact with an officer. “Our goal as a City is for people to feel welcome and included in Dublin, but we must go one step further to be a place where everyone can also truly feel protected and respected,” Chief Páez shares. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


As institutions, the City of Dublin and Dublin Police revere the inherent worth of all people. Chief Páez points out that the City acknowledges the injustices that diverse and marginalized communities have continuously faced — a key factor behind Safe Spaces. “Not everyone has familiarity with law enforcement. Part of the City’s strategic focus is on resiliency and safety for residents, visitors and businesses. And with that comes building public trust in the Dublin Police by working behind the scenes on programs like Safe Space,” he says. “So, even if people don’t know it, their police department is constantly working for them to have equitable entry points to safety.” With any budding initiative, the project is only as strong as its partners. The City of Dublin is proud to have dedicated allies in the community’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) space. Niki Lombardo, vice chair of the Community Inclusion Advisory Committee, explains why the resident-led group she helps lead has signed on as a sponsor of Safe Space Dublin. “Part of having a diverse and inclusive community means ensuring that everyone feels safe and valued,” Lombardo says. “The initiative will provide nonjudgmental, safe places to obtain access to necessary resources when in crisis. We are pleased to provide everyone who lives, works and visits Dublin a safe and welcoming community.” The Chief’s Advisory Committee, another DEI-focused body that recommends community-policing ideas to Chief Páez, agrees. Ajmeri Hoque, the committee’s vice chair, shares that the committee unanimously voted in July to support Safe Space Dublin. “By starting this program, the City has shown they are listening to voices with lived experiences. We are thankful to be in partnership with our multicultural and inclusive community,” Hoque says. “It’s critical to have safe spaces within communities, so our neighbors, friends and visitors know they are welcome and wanted here.” Finding and Becoming a Safe Space So, where can someone find one? Safe Spaces are marked with window decals that sport the program’s logo along with a QR code that leads users to more information: City Hall and Council Chamber, Dublin Justice Center, Dublin Community Recreation Center and Abbey Theater, Dublin Development Building, Dublin Service Center, Fleet Maintenance, Washington Township Administration Building, and Stations 91, 92, 93 and 95. To become a Safe Space Dublin location, groups and businesses can partner www.dublinlifemagazine.com

The Dublin Police’s Safe Space Dublin program focuses on the principals of safety, security and support for everyone.

with Dublin Police Community Liaison Officers, who will train employees to best support and interact with a person using the space. CLOs have already educated staff members at City buildings on the program and will work in tandem with businesses enrolling as new locations. Expanding through Partnerships One of the City’s original partnerships for Safe Space Dublin came through the everpresent support of Washington Township Fire Department, a staple for emergency medical and fire services in the community. Washington Township Fire Chief Alec O’Connell signed on the four fire stations and administration building as Safe Spaces, understanding the importance of uniting public safety services under one umbrella of support. “Anytime we can partner with the Dublin Police, to make our community and our residents feel safe, is a project we are proud to be part of,” O’Connell says. “Our fire stations will always provide a safe space for anyone who needs them.” Following the COVID-19 pandemic, greater recognition of the discussion on mental health care swelled. Part of that acknowledgment is how people’s mental health intersects with public safety providers and what the future of effective service provision will look like. With that in mind, Syntero became the first private business to join Safe Space Dublin as a local care provider focused on mental health care needs. Syntero’s extensive wellness network will serve the program as a resource hub, as well as a physical location, that users of a Safe Space can connect with.

Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi indicates how the intent and purpose of the City’s initiative closely align with Syntero’s own values of integrity, empowerment, inclusivity and innovation. “We are eager to continue our partnership with the City of Dublin and the Dublin Police Department in efforts to create a community in which all individuals feel safe and secure,” Rinaldi says. “Serving Dublin as a leader in behavioral health for more than 40 years, Syntero is committed to supporting programs such as Safe Space Dublin in order to support and empower marginalized and underrepresented individuals and families throughout this community.” As Safe Space Dublin continues to make the topic of personal and community safety even more visible, Chief Páez says that has always been a deeply held principle in Dublin. “While our program might be in its infancy, the City’s core values and devotion to public safety are not,” he shares. “We invite the community to embrace Safe Space Dublin and grow in our efforts to make this the most welcoming city for all.” Please remember, call 911 to report a crime or if you are in immediate danger. Safe Space locations are meant to offer additional support in instances when the person affected might not be able to call 911 or seek appropriate resources themselves. Calling the Dublin Police’s non-emergency line at 614.889.1112 can also connect you with a police officer for non-life-threatening situations. Rebecca Myers is a public information officer for the City of Dublin. Feedback welcome at rrmyers@dublin.oh.us. October/November 2022 • 15


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Encouraging Emerald Excellence

Dublin City Schools’ four Es to post-graduation success

Graduating high school is a turbulent time in any teen’s life. For many students, it can be intimidating to suddenly have a world of possibilities at their fingertips. While that post-graduation life is exciting, it doesn’t come without unprecedented anxieties and decisions. Dublin City Schools (DCS) has been working hard to mitigate these anxieties for all of its high school students through a system called the 4 Es.

Dublin’s Emerald Campus is well-equipped to fulfill students’ unique needs to find their passions.

The Es, which each represent a different potential route to embark on post-graduation, stand for Education, Employment, Enlistment and Entrepreneurship. The Emerald Campus, located on Emerald Parkway, is a testament to DCS’s commitment to encouraging students to explore their post-graduation options. The campus offers personalized educational opportunities, which strive to prepare students for the real world. Its offerings include International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and courses, College Credit Plus (CCP) classes and 12 specialized academies including IT Academy and Engineering Academy. Education Fittingly, education has always gotten the strongest push from DCS. Nearly 85 percent of students go on to pursue higher education after graduating from a Dublin

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high school, according to Kristy Venne, director of community engagement and partnerships. Venne says that Dublin students’ college graduation is impressive, with 66 percent of DCS students graduating within four to six years. DCS administrators’ goal is to give students the pathway to fully gauge their strengths and passions before leaving the district. The dynamic curriculum aims to eliminate the feeling of going to college without a plan. Through electives and meaningful courses, such as Future Proof and Designing Your Life, as well as options at the Tolles Career & Technical Center, Venne says DCS graduates enter their post-graduation life with a greater understanding and plan for themselves. That education begins at a young age. DCS offers programs that allow younger students to forge relationships with older students, creating a culture of cohesion across ages and allowing younger students to familiarize themselves with their options long before they even enroll in a class. “We want all of our students to have a path,” Venne says, “and even though that plan can change, we still want them to know all of their options. ... Preparing them for success is our job.” Employment At the Emerald Campus, traditional “textbook style” learning is anything but the norm. Its faculty hopes to teach skills, passion and work ethic that will broaden its students’ horizons and possible career endeavors. Venne says that with an everchanging workforce, employers are always considering different criteria from candidates. Through feedback from companies and local entrepreneurs, DCS is constantly exploring what characteristics are of value and which are becoming obsolete. Consistent with its findings, DCS offers programs where students can participate in a residency or put in hours learning career skills through real-world experience. Entrepreneurship Practical experience is where the entrepreneurship category truly shines for DCS: It has a Shark Tank-style program where younger students pitch their business ideas to high schoolers. The www.dublinlifemagazine.com

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district connects high school students with local entrepreneurs, after whom high school students model their approach. Venne says many Dublin graduates and active students alike already have their own side hustles. “I talked to a group of middle schoolers last week,” she says, “and I asked, ‘How many of you have a little side hustle?’ And out of a group of 30, I think six hands went up. … Babysitting, mowing lawns, selling art. We know now more than ever that students are interested in entrepreneurship.” One of the most impressive installations at the Emerald Campus is the room that holds the district’s screenprinting

machines, which can print any text or design onto a T-shirt. DCS students use the machines to run a T-shirt business. From the moment an order is placed until the T-shirt is sent for delivery, students handle every step. This gives them real experience in team work and time management. Enlistment After the Ohio Department of Education released the standard upon which the 4 Es were based, DCS realized that enlistment was its most neglected category. The district has made a quick turnaround on this deficit, though. DCS now puts on special evening events where students can

Venne assembled this diagram to help guide students’ priorities when they are considering different career pathways. Venne says the diagram has really connected with students and staff. As DCS continues to improve its messaging and prerogatives districtwide, it is important to consider everyone’s priorities.

meet with recruiters and learn to differentiate prospective paths to military enlistment and JROTC, ROTC’s student branch. The class of 2022 boasted a large number of students committing to officer academies. More and more students are showing interest in the path, and DCS has received support from the community to expand efforts to promote this option. Dublin Scioto High School was awarded a Purple Star Award from the Ohio Department of Education in 2022 for its support and recognition of military families.

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Community Venne and Lori Mesi, coordinator of secondary pathways and partnerships at the Emerald Campus, both say they are grateful for the consistent support DCS receives from the community. “(The community is) always willing to help and support our students,” Mesi says. “I was shocked at how much people want to give back.” She says that local professionals who hear word of what the school is up to always seem to reach out to help. In years past, DCS has sought feedback from community members of all ages on what they would like to see the district focus on. “We know families are our partners in helping support our students and their choices,” Venne says. “This school year we are engaging in strategic planning, and a really big part of that process is engaging our community and the voices of our collective citizens.” Tyler Kirkendall is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at tkirkendall@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Baskets That Give Back

Jerome students host basketball tournament to raise money for medical research By Claire McLean

Founded by five Dublin Jerome students, Crossovers for Cures has raised more than $20,000 for medical research. Avid basketball players Henry Guerrera, Dustin He, Drew Gunnoe, Aidan Eberhardt and Peter Hollern knew they could harness their passion for the sport to make a positive impact on the community. The students, who have all played basketball at Jerome, knew a basketball tournament would engage the entire community. The only task they were left with was deciding which charity to support. Gunnoe, a senior at Jerome, says he was inspired by his little brother Reid’s journey with epilepsy. So, in July, Crossovers for Cures hosted its Elevate 4 Epilepsy event, which supports 20 • October/November 2022

epilepsy research through a series of threeon-three basketball games. All proceeds from the tournament went toward Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) and epilepsy research. In addition to the games, the event also featured guest speaker Doug Worthington, a former NFL and The Ohio State University defensive tackle. The event was a smashing success, as 70 teams and 266 players total signed up to play. Elevate 4 Epilepsy raised more than $20,000 for FACES, which strives to foster a supportive community for those affected by epilepsy. It attracted the attention of WSYX and was featured on ABC 6 and FOX 28. “We did so well,” Guerrera says. “We had such a huge crowd of people that came out to support and watch, and people were so excited to participate. We also got a bunch of people who were

disappointed that they missed out or couldn’t make it.” Participants came from as close as Dublin to as far as Pickerington, all with the drive to support Crossovers for Cures. “A very pleasant byproduct of Elevate 4 Epilepsy was the camaraderie and just coming together as a community to participate in such a great cause,” he says. The students hope to expand Crossovers for Cures’ reach to other cities around the United States once they leave Dublin for college. Several of the students will graduate in the next few years, and they plan to pass their leadership roles down to their younger siblings, who will continue to host tournaments and foster community engagement. “In the future, we’re looking at running smaller clinics for kids, again donating the funds to charity,” Guerrera says. “We are still going to try to stay engaged for as long as possible.” Crossovers for Cures will be hosting more events in the future to support FACES. Event updates are available at www.crossoversforcures.org. Claire McLean is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Pumpkinizing Dublin resident shows off massive pumpkins with celebrity paintings By Lauren Serge Photos courtesy of Paras Pumpkins

For many, Halloween is a holiday of costumes, candy and scares. For Jeanette Paras, though, Halloween is the time to display her hundred plus-pound pumpkins on her Dublin front porch. Owner of Paras Pumpkins, Paras has been “pumpkinizing,” a term she affectionately uses to describe her pumpkin painting process, celebrities since 1988 when she carved Mike Dukakis and George H.W. Bush, the presidential candidates of the time, into pumpkins. “Basically, after that, and every year afterwards, (I’ve had) the pumpkin www.dublinlifemagazine.com

displays,” she says. “I pumpkinize whoever is the hot topic of conversation.” Paras has pumpkinized a variety of notable figures, from politicians to rappers, each of whom was particularly popular in the year that she depicts them. She has created more than 80 large celebrity pumpkins since ’88, with recent projects including Ted Lasso, Baby Yoda, Rudy Giuliani and Kanye West, among many others. Her 2015 pumpkinized Donald Trump made headlines around the world, with media outlets showcasing her 374-pound “Trumpkin,” as she dubbed it. A mother of three, comedian and now famous pumpkin artist, Paras has adapted her initial carving style into acrylic painting for signature details such as large

ears and hair pieces. It’s all in the name of preservation, she says. “I started out cutting all the way through the pumpkin and the major features,” she says, “and once you compromise the skin and the cavity of the pumpkin, it really speeds up the decaying process very quickly.” She says that working with acrylics extends the pumpkins’ longevity. Because of the greater longevity, Paras can unveil a second round of costuming for the pumpkins in the winter, when she adds Christmas-themed decorations and accessories to the original pumpkin artwork. Each pumpkin can take 50 to 70 hours to complete between researching, sketching and painting the pumpkins, which October/November 2022 • 23


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over the years have ranged from 150 to 750 pounds. The diligent process begins toward the end September as Paras begins to research who will be the most relevant figure to carve. In anticipation of her reveal each Halloween, Paras posts teasers online and places a sign on her driveway that reads, “Who Will It Be?” to drum up excitement for its unveiling and encourage neighbors and fans to take their guesses. Barb Birdsall has been Paras’ neighbor for 17 years, and each year she looks forward to seeing Paras’ latest creation. “(Paras) goes into lockdown mode over there when the pumpkin arrives, and it goes into her garage,” Birdsall says. “Probably a week prior she preps her garage, and we know it’s coming.” The surrounding neighbors look forward to Paras’ big reveal as well. “It’s been so fun watching families just pull up and kids jump out to get pictures on her porch,” Birdsall says. “It’s crazy. We love it.” One of Birdsall’s favorite creations of was Paras’ Ted Lasso-kin last year, a 705-pound pumpkin formed into Jason Sudeikis’ titular character from the 2020 Apple TV show Ted Lasso. The pumpkin even caught the attention of Sudeikis and his mother, who each liked Paras’ tweet of the pumpkin in October and its winter attire in December. While her pumpkins have generated a great deal of attention, Paras says it’s the intimate moments she’s shared with people who admire her work that make it all worthwhile. “In 2020, when I did Baby Yoda-kin, there were a couple of people that came to my house crying that they were so happy I

did a pumpkin,” Paras says. “We were all in this tricky time; it was so difficult and scary, so I’m glad (my pumpkin) brought a smile on people’s faces.” For Paras personally, the month of October holds a lot of significance: it’s the month of her pumpkin unveiling, her birthday, her anniversary and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Paras is a twotime breast cancer survivor, or as she likes to call herself, thriver. In 2015, she had her second bout with cancer. Just a few short weeks after a ninehour surgery, she was already working on the Trump-kin. The pumpkins aren’t just for artistic expression and the enjoyment of others; over the years, Paras has raised $6,500 in donations, which she puts toward breast cancer funds. “If I can help bring any attention to the fight and bring awareness, then I will feel fulfilled,” she says. Though she has been pumpkinizing for 34 years, every year still brings Paras the same joy seeing all of her neighbors’ reactions. “There are people that were kids that would come by my house that are now bringing their kids. How crazy is that?” Paras says. “I get thanked by people that I don’t even know that have come to the house and they look forward to it each year. It’s really rewarding to do something that a lot of people really enjoy.” Keep an eye on www.paraspumpkins. com and @paras_pumpkins on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter around the few days before Halloween to find out who receives the honor of being pumpkinized this year. Lauren Serge is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com. www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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Plethora of Parks

Dublin’s 60 parks offer a range of year-round activities By Megan Roth Photos courtesy of Robb McCormick and Visit Dublin Ohio

Within Dublin’s 15,870 acres of land, more than 1,000 are dedicated to parks and recreation. Featuring 60 acres of developed parks, athletic facilities and more than 100 miles of recreational paths, the city’s recreational offerings aren’t just worth experiencing – they’re nearly impossible to miss.

But with so many parks, the question looms: How do I experience them all? Visit Dublin Ohio has planned accordingly with its Park Pass, helping residents take full advantage of all 60 parks in the community. Created in partnership with OhioHealth, the pass for mobile devices takes three simple steps to use. First, register for a pass online by providing your name, postal code, email and phone number. Parks are not limited to just Dublin residents, so bring your extended family or

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long-distance friends. Shortly after registering, you’ll receive a text and email that your Park Pass is ready to use. You can even save the pass to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access. Finally, redeem your pass. When visiting a park, simply make sure your location services are turned on and check in via GPS. The idea for the pass was born out of Visit Dublin Ohio’s experiential trails, which offer immersive experiences throughout the city. The idea began with the Irish Fairy Door Trail and after widespread success, inspired the Celtic Cocktail Trail. After another successful experiential trail, Visit Dublin began to look at how they could use the immersive experience concept to promote Dublin’s parks. “People know that we have parks,” Sara Blatnik, marketing director for Visit Dublin Ohio says, “but they don’t understand how much there is to do with one of them.” With so many options, including public art, historical assets, play-

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grounds, river access, sports courts and many more, the pass makes the large realm smaller by allowing users to filter the park options. “We have so many things here, and we want to make it as easy as possible to find those,” Blatnik says. Some users view the app as a challenge to see how many parks they can visit, while others see it as a fun way to explore the area, Blatnik says. As of August, more than 700 people have accessed the pass and parks across Dublin have been checked in to more than 2,798 times. The top parks visited were Coffman Park, Indian Run Falls, Veterans Park, Riverside Crossing Park and M.L. “Red” Trabue.

Ferris-Wright Park Many of Dublin’s parks offer education as well as recreation. Ferris-Wright Park, located on Emerald Parkway, is a preservation site for ancient earthworks and holds vast historical significance. The land the park is set on has been home to many over the years, from indigenous people to some of Dublin’s first settlers in the early 1800s. The ancient earthworks and other precise geometric shapes were constructed by

the Hopewell people when they were living in eastern North America around 100 B.C. to A.D. 400. The park contains three earthworks – two circles and a square – and five burial mounds. With so much history within the parks, the city offers free open house tours with Dublin Heritage Interpreters. These free guided tours take guests through the historic parkland, showcasing the earthworks and what is said to be the first framed house in the area. The next open houses take place Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 from 1-3 p.m. Year-round Fun Though summer has come to an end, the parks’ recreational options surely have not. Riverside Crossing Park offers breathtaking views of the Dublin Link Bridge on a bike/multi-use path. Sunrise Kayaking also offers a downtown neon-lit view under the famous bridge and a two-hour paddle from Amberleigh Park to Dublin Spring Park. In the winter, the park will be home to the Riverside Crossing Park Ice Rink. The rink is slated to open in late November. Coffman Park, home of the beloved Dublin Irish Festival, has everything from public art to pickleball courts. Its covered shelters, gazebos and grills make for the perfect fall picnic. Another fan favorite, Indian Run Falls, offers breathtaking waterfalls just five minutes from Bridge Park and Historic Dublin. “We say (you can go from) nature trails to cocktail trails,” Blatnik says. “You can be in Indian Run Falls and come out and go to dinner and get a drink on a patio. It’s the best of both worlds.” Scioto Park is another popular option, and features the revered 12-foot Chief Leatherlips stone memorial. Home to the Sundays at Scioto Concert series, river views, a picnic shelter, nature trails, amphitheater and sledding hill, the park offers year-round activities for the whole family. Megan Roth is an editor for CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at mroth@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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Michelle Cramer has had a passion for philanthropy since elementary school when one of her classmate’s home burnt down. That day, Cramer felt an insatiable calling to help the classmate’s family, and began to think about what she, and her community, could do to help. The next day, she brought a shoebox to school with a slit cut through the top and walked from classroom to classroom asking for donations from students and teachers. “I couldn’t stop thinking about the loss and the pain…” Cramer says. “I never forget going to the classrooms, and the

change being dropped, and the teachers putting in money, and just that feeling of helping someone. It’s a feeling I never got over, and that’s why I say it’s my calling.” With a clear goal in mind, Cramer embarked on a career to give back. After earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from The Ohio State University Cramer began working as a community affairs coordinator at NBC4. While there she worked with nonprofits throughout central Ohio, served on committees for public relations and marketing and created public service announcements. Cramer realized her passion and talent in fundraising could be harnessed to help others, which led her to start her own business, Cramer & Associates in 1988. “At the time I was very young, and I was the only female minority-owned fundraising consulting firm in the country. Today we are the single largest female minorityowned consulting firm in the country,” Cramer says. Throughout her years as president and CEO of the business, Cramer and her team have helped nonprofits raise close to $1.4 billion, and have worked with hundreds

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of organizations, including the YWCA Columbus and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio. Two of Cramer’s most memorable projects: the $110 million construction project for The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University and the Dublin Library project. For OSU, the company conducted the Ohio Union’s first feasibility study and fundraising campaign to construct a new student union. And for the Dublin Library project, Cramer partnered with the Dublin Community Foundation, supporting them financially and helping them to raise money. “The children and the teachers, and people from all over come to use our library,” Cramer says. “It’s just iconic.” Additionally, for the last five years, Cramer has provided funds to bring nearly 30 Latina Girl Scouts and their families to a day camp that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Throughout the day, the girls experience many popular camp activities such as participating in a campout, exploring a creek and roasting marshmallows. “It is my favorite day of the year,” Cramer says. “I am very proud to say that this is something we fund every year. My dream is that we can have this all-day Latina camp throughout the state of Ohio.” Cramer is proud to call the Dublin community home, to both herself and her business. “The needs in our community are addressed, our city leaders care about philanthropy, they care about helping those in need,” she says. “I’m going to claim it: (Dublin) is the most philanthropic city in America. I will say that every single day.” Located in the heart of Historic Dublin, Cramer says Cramer & Associates is proud to embrace Dublin’s strong sense of community to create the perfect collaborative environment. “One of the cool things about the front of our building is that we have little tables and chairs set up and folks will stop by, have a seat, eat an ice cream, do whatever and just chat,” says Mike Schmidt, executive vice president and a partner at Cramer & Associates. “There’s just something real ‘community’ about it.”

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ARTifacts

Student Public Artists Dublin City Schools Public Art – Challenge Accepted By Janet Cooper Photos courtesy of Dublin Arts Council

Dublin Arts Council worked with students from three Dublin City Schools middle and high schools earlier this year to create temporary public artwork inspired by Dublin’s Scioto Park. Working collaboratively, nearly 200 students created two- and three-dimensional public artworks embracing nature, environmental awareness and Indigenous history as part of the Dublin City Schools Public Art Challenge. Students interpreted elements of the community’s spirit through their creative

process. The project encompassed an accompanying fieldbook and virtual tour experience to encourage visitor interaction and discovery. The Fishingtons’ Day at the Park Davis Middle School Art Club, led by teacher Eric Cacioppo, created The Fishingtons’ Day at the Park, clay sculptures along the Scioto riverbank inspired by the recreation habits of early settlers and present-day visitors. “Our artwork is inspired by the local history of Dublin,” the students say. “We researched settler Ludwig Sells and his sons, who made their home in what is now historic downtown Dublin. We imagined the Sells family would fish together along the shores of the Scioto River. We combined this research with what is going on in our lives in present-day Dublin during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are tired of the restrictions on how we can socialize and spend time with friends. Because of this, we wanted to create artwork that made people smile and be happy. We hope the fish bring humor, surprise and opportunities to interact in new ways.”

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Lady by the Water Emerald Campus IB Art, Period 7 students created Lady by the Water, a collaborative metal sculpture incorporating wire, cement, clay, wood, fabric and paint. Guided by teacher Sarah Rothwell, the sculpture recognizes Indigenous Wyandotte history, folklore and environmental care-taking.

Emerald Campus students put the finishing touches on Lady by the Water in Scioto Park.

“Dublin is rich with Native American history and culture, many of whose myths center around water and its purity,” the students say. “We pay tribute to the previous occupants of Dublin through Lady by the Water, a water spirit symbolizing the river and its pollution. The figure’s kneeling position demonstrates the pain and weakness she has been caused by pollution, while the flowers growing from her hands symbolize growth and hope for a cleaner, healthier future. We hope this sculpture raises awareness of pollution of the Scioto River and encourages visitors to pick up trash while visiting the park.” Murkclops, Fungi and Woodland Twig Emerald Campus IB Art, Period 8 students Sam Bansal and Josie Miller, also working with Rothwell, created three figurative clay and wire sculptures, Murkclops, Fungi and Woodland Twig, to inspire connection to the park’s terrain: trees, river and playground. “This whimsical trio of creatures encourages exploration and wonder for visitors of all ages,” the students say. “Each figure personifies an element of the natural world including wood, water and earth, and (features accompanying) riddles with clues to their hidden locations. Win their www.dublinlifemagazine.com


friendship by collecting their desired natural tokens.” More than Man-Made Art teacher Marlo Brown supported Karrer Middle School students in the creation of individually-painted cement tiles that emerged as a colorful pathway along the river and around a legacy tree in the park. The installation was titled More than Man-Made. “We were inspired by this Osage orange tree and how it has become a unique landmark in Scioto Park,” the students say. “What makes it so special is that it was created naturally, with no influence of man in its creation. To draw visitors to this natural wonder, we used art to extend the existing concrete path toward and around the tree. Each tile was created by an individual artist depicting scenes of nature in Ohio. We invite you to walk the path to enjoy our artwork and the beauty of the tree.” The project is part of Dublin Arts Council’s multi-year Art & Wellness initiative, realized with support from Dublin City Schools, City of Dublin, Cardinal Health, Ohio Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts. Additional collaborators include Washington Township EMS, Syntero Counseling Centers, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, OhioDance, Japan-America Society of Central Ohio, Dublin Bridges/One Dublin and several City of Dublin departments, including Police, Human Resources, Recreation Services and Parks and Recreation. The artwork was on Murkclops view until early fall. The rests beside the project and virtual tour bridge across remain online as a tema stream in Scioto Park. porary public art project at www.dublinarts.org. The success of the project has encouraged Dublin Arts Council and Dublin City Schools’ art teachers to consider additional collaborations, including future public art and gallery exhibition projects.

Individually painted tiles by Karrer Middle School students create a new pathway in the park.

UPCOMING STUDENT ARTWORK OPPORTUNITIES Emerging: An exhibition of student artwork on view Jan. 10-Feb. 24, 2023. Applications accepted mid-October through early December. Details posted mid-October at: www.dublinarts.org/community/exhibit-your-work/. Fractals: Patterns in Nature project, an Art & Wellness exhibition, on view March 7- June 2, 2023. Participating middle and high school students respond aesthetically to repeating patterns in nature and their affect on personal and community well-being.

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Emerald Energy Dublin Jerome becomes first public school in the world to convert food waste into energy with Grind2Energy

When two students, one teacher, the EPA, Dublin City Schools and countless administrators come together in an effort to conserve energy, innovation happens. This was exactly the case almost one year ago at Dublin Jerome High School when it became the first public high school in the world to utilize a Grind2Energy waste disposal system. This groundbreaking system recycles natural food waste into energy that the school can use for power. Then, the leftover scraps that can’t be recycled

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are sent off to be used as nutrient-dense fertilizer for farms around Ohio. The project’s roots date back to 2017 in a class taught by Jerome biology and environmental sci- ence teacher Ashley Dulin-Smith. Dulin-Smith assigned the class its “legacy project,” in which students must implement a plan that will last in their school and benefit future students. Past legacy projects have included pioneering efforts to install water bottle filling stations, building gardens and working out irrigation systems. Dulin-Smith had recently attended a presentation show-casing the Grind2Energy system in Cleveland, and offered it as a possibility to any interested students. Inspired, then senior Megan Bartsch and junior Kyra Hanes Student volunteers help sort through waste to fill got to work. the Grind2Energy tank. “We knew we wanted to tackle the food waste issue in the cafeteria,” able to gather ultimately led the company Bartsch says. “I can still remember back to approve the project. to a time when I watched a student throw From there, Bartsh, Hanes and Dulinaway five perfectly fine whole apples. Smith proposed the project to Dublin From that point on, I knew we had a City Schools administration and were waste problem.” approved in 2018. Throughout the school year, Bartsch Though the project was progressing with and Hanes researched Grind2Energy to flying colors, another four years would pass see if it was a viable option for Dublin before the school would begin use of this Jerome. They reached out to the company new waste management plan. through a series of phone calls and emails. After Bartsh and Hanes graduated, the Reaching out was a major undertaking project was left in the hands of Dulin-Smith. in itself as the company had never She continued to work with students and sent its equipment to a school; they’d administrators to secure funding, and when previously focused on larger venues such students found an Ohio EPA grant perfect for as convention centers and stadiums. the project, they got to work on a proposal. Though apprehensive, the amount of Securing the funding was no easy waste Dulin-Smith and her students were undertaking, but after three years and www.dublinlifemagazine.com


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several cycles of rejected submissions, the EPA awarded its grant to the project, which Jerome was required to match in order to meet eligibility. The system was installed at the end of October 2021, and although it functions from a technical standpoint, the Jerome community is continuing to work together to properly utilize it. Dulin-Smith works with a group of student volunteers each day to find waste they can turn into energy, and Dublin students are working together to figure out proper ways to dispose of their trash. “It’s great that our students are so willing to help,” Dulin-Smith says. “I can vouch for the fact that it’s not glamorous: We wear aprons and gloves up to our elbows, and we’re digging through people’s waste. The kids that have helped actually see a benefit.” She commends her students for always striving to make a difference. “If people waste their food, (other students) are seeing it,” she says. “They’re the leaders that can go out there and say, ‘Hey, what are you doing with that?’ So it’s been great having these conversations and light bulb moments.” The process has benefited the school across the board. Lunch staff even helped sort waste and are able to see what students finish and what they seem to discard. Since October 2021, the intercepted waste has generated 1.1 kilowatt hours, which is more than enough to power an average home for a month. They have also saved the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that a car would generate by driving 9,300 miles.

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du b l i n d i s h es by Claire McLean Photo courtesy of Kacie Winn-Skelley

Food, Farm and Fun The Orchard and Co. offers apple picking, wagon rides, pumpkins and more

The Orchard & Company in Plain City is open for the season and ready to satisfy any and all fall cravings. Family-owned and -operated, the farm offers apple and pumpkin picking, wagon rides, zip-lining and more. What sets the farm apart is its emphasis on activities outside of apple and pumpkin picking including an animal barn, corn pit, hay barn, pedal car track and tire climb. Guests can also mine for gems and fish in the orchard’s pond.

“(The farm) gets kids to experience things that, if they don’t live in a rural area, they might not otherwise get to experience,” says Kacie Winn-Skelley, owner of The Orchard & Co., alongside her family. The farm’s Pigadeli Café offers jumbo beef hot dogs, sloppy Joes, soups and pulled pork sandwiches smoked onsite. The dessert menu features pumpkin donuts, pies and cider – all freshly made using ingredients from the farm. The U-pick apple orchard features a wide array of apple varieties including Try out one of Pigadeli Café’s dessert offerings. Recipe courtesy of Kacie Winn-Skelley • • • • • •

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According to Redfin, home prices are up 1.2 percent compared to last year. The average sales price in August was $595,000, which is up 20.8 percent from last year. Since last year, the average sale price per square foot has gone up 8.4 percent, now selling for $180 on average.

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6082 Quin Abbey Ct. 4 beds 3.5 baths $800,000 Sold on 9/1/22

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White Coats/Big Hearts A look at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin Our youngest daughter, Catie, has been taking temperatures and putting bandages on stuffed animals since she was a little girl. On her eighth birthday, Catie declared that she would someday be a doctor, and she never wavered. Fast forward through the Biomedical Research Academy in high school, getting accepted into Ohio University’s Early Assurance Program (EAP) as a 17-year-old, majoring in biology with a minor in nutrition as an undergrad, and we arrive at the beginning of medical school. In a way, the years have been a blur, but in reality, they have been carefully planned and beautifully executed. Recently we celebrated Catie’s white coat ceremony for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). The convocation marks the transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences and the start of medical school. A white coat with the OU-HCOM patch was placed on each stu-

The white coat ceremony in Athens. (Left to right) Catie D’Angelo, Matt Magro, Ian Weiland, Grace Counts 44 • October/November 2022

OU-HCOM students gathering on the Dublin campus for the Club and Organization Fair

dent as their name was read and then together they recited the physician’s oath, pledging their commitment to the humanitarian goals of medicine. The white coat reminds students to always display high levels of professionalism and empathy. The ceremony reminds parents and friends that their student is engaging in a difficult rite of passage and needs support and understanding. Out of the class of 2026, Catie and 71 other first years are at the Dublin location, 64 attend the Cleveland Campus and 124 are in Athens. All three locations receive the same teachings as students have virtual instruction and sit in assigned pods of eight. They will become doctors of osteopathy (DO) which is slightly different from doctors of allopathy (MD). Both degrees meet the same standards for practicing medicine in all 50 states, but the DOs also have 200-300 extra hours of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). They focus on how the bones, nerves and muscles work together and various handson methods to relieve pain and prevent illness or injury. OU-HCOM’s first Dublin class was in 2014 after a $105 million gift from the www.dublinlifemagazine.com


Osteopathic Heritage Foundation (OHF) funded the Dublin campus. The need for primary care physicians in Ohio is great, especially in underserved rural and urban areas. The goal of the OHF’s large donation was to train primary care physicians and other high-need specialists for areas of greatest need in Ohio and beyond. Dr. William Burke has been dean of OU-HCOM’s Dublin campus since 2013. “OhioHealth is the preeminent education partner for the Dublin campus,” says Burke. “Students benefit by obtaining outstanding clinical rotations and residencies through OhioHealth. The physicians benefit by working with bright students who ask tough questions, keeping docs at the top of their games. Ohioans benefit because every collaboration between OhioHealth and Heritage College is aimed at improving care for our communities.” Burke also raves about their part-nership with the City of Dublin, which had the vision and leadership to collaborate and create a hub of education right in our backyard. Now, OU-HCOM is the largest medical school in the state of Ohio, yet set on retaining its friendly sense of community and desire to be of service to others. urke and the other instructors and administrators strive to help their students achieve a balance. The amount of information that medical students need to absorb is akin to trying to take a sip of water from a fire hydrant. It is important that the scholars take breaks from studying for recreation, exercise and healthy

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meals. All students are given a pass to the Dublin Recreation Center and frequently join leagues for soccer, basketball and sand volleyball. Catie and I are working to add pickleball to that list! Serving others and giving back to the community are also emphasized with regular partnerships involving the Dublin Food Pantry, Columbus Health Fairs, and the medical academy for science-oriented high schoolers. Rising juniors and seniors can apply for the medical academy summer camp where they work alongside med students and professionals to learn about careers in care. The program is in its eighth year and 60 students from 30 high schools attended in 2022 at no charge. “We are actually seeing some of our medical academy students applying to OU-HCOM so we know the program has been successful,” says Burke. Treating the whole patient – mind, body and spirit – is the core of osteopathy. “We started learning how to talk and listen to patients from day one of orientation,” says Catie. “The very first speaker was a patient who described her experience with a medical issue and how her DO treated her with respect, asking caring questions instead of just treating the disease. Then we began seeing ‘patients’ the first week in our school exam rooms where our interactions were recorded and then reviewed with us in detail.” Actors or local people playing a role help the students by pretending to be patients with specific symptoms. Anyone interested in this paid assignment can contact the university for more information. The medical students learn the protocol of asking the proper questions while being good listeners and respectful of their patient’s emotional and physical condition. Should the students forget the reason that they are studying to become doctors of osteopathy, they just need to glance down at the pin decorating their new white coats. All first years receive one and Burke still proudly wears his green and white pin every day. It simply says IATP; “It’s About The Patient.” 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.

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