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A historic recognition for a visionary leader. To anyone who’s been involved with The Ohio State University these past thirty years, Les Wexner’s contributions are no secret. He has led the University’s Board of Trustees for many years, while contributing his vision, time, and resources. Through his example, he has inspired many others to do the same. His goal for the University has been consistent from the very beginning: Ohio State should, and must, be a top ten public University. He has set that standard. And he has personally stepped up to it. Consider: • Les Wexner, his family, and his affiliates, have committed over $200 million to The Ohio State University to date. • His most recent $100 million pledge was the largest in the University’s history. • His direct efforts have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in additional University funding. • He’s served the Board of Trustees for 16 years. Twice as chairman.

• He’s made very significant donations to The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State Wexner Jewish Center, and The Wexner Football Complex at The Woody Hayes Athletic Facility. • He has been heavily involved in The Fisher College of Business, The Moritz College of Law, Medicine, and The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. • He has literally touched every facet of this great University. But for Les Wexner, Ohio State would not be where it is today. So there can be no better place to acknowledge his efforts than our nationally acclaimed Medical Center, where a $1.1 billion Cancer Hospital and Critical Care Tower are now under construction. Les earmarked much of his latest $100 million donation for the Medical Center. He said he hoped it would help our world class physicians and researchers “find a cure for cancer in our time.” It’s a lofty goal. But Les has always had lofty goals for Ohio State, and he’s led us all to achieve them through his efforts and example. Les, the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, the administration, the faculty, the staff, our 64,000 students, and 500,000 alumni thank you.

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Star Oars

Dublin Crew celebrates 20 years of exertion and camaraderie


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in focus

Strong tax base and conservative approach equals fiscal stability

It’s Easy Teaching Green

Clubs and classes promote environmental stewardship


The Patients of a Saint

Fundraiser celebrates 50 years of research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Hospital


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On the cover of this month’s Dublin Life, you’ll see the hard-working members of the Dublin Crew, which is celebrating 20 years of rowing. Crew members must work as a team, rowing in unison. The more in tune they are with each other, the faster they’ll glide across the water. Communication and attention to detail are key to a successful boat. Similar skills are required for the City of Dublin to grow and flourish. Thirteen years ago in June, the city began using Dublin Life to reach out to the community, sharing important news and behind-the-scenes tidbits. This partnership has benefited both the City and those who live here, enabling us both to learn more about each other. This issue of Dublin Life shares with you some of the learning that’s going on inside Dublin City Schools, and throughout the rest of Dublin. City Finance Director Angel Mumma shares her in-depth knowledge of Dublin’s revenue streams – as well as the strategic ways the city spends its money to improve the quality of life for residents and local businesses. See how students’ increased interest in the environment is shaping “green” education and clubs in Dublin schools, and read about a teacher whose annual summer trip has brought American history to life for hundreds of children. Teacher Julie Seel shows us her extracurricular activity: rehabbing the historic home that she and her late husband had their eye on for several years. If you can believe it, it’s already time to start thinking about the Memorial Tournament. Volunteers are preparing for the fundraising events held in coordination with the tournament that benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Be sure to keep an eye out for our next issue, which, as always, features an in-depth look at the golf event that draws the eyes of the world to our city. Slàinte, Kathleen K. Gill President/Publisher The Publishing Group, Ltd.

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Serving our customers is a top priority for the City of Dublin. In fact, smart, customer-focused government is one of City Council’s strategic focus areas. Council’s policy states that the city is accountable and responsive to the needs and the desires of the community by employing performancebased management systems, evaluating best practices of other high-performing organizations and working collaboratively with other public entities to provide efficient, responsive and innovative local government. As government employees, we are dedicated to those we serve and we are proud to receive validation for the work we do. In a 2009 National Citizen Survey, when asked how their city rated as a place to live, Dublin residents ranked their community higher than residents from 306 other participating communities. Every two years, the City of Dublin performs a Public Opinion and Citizen Satisfaction Survey as part of our ongoing efforts to understand and better serve our residents. The goal of the program is to gauge citizens’ attitudes regarding city services and attributes; customer service; citizen involvement and goals for Dublin. On the most recent survey, conducted in 2010, 98 percent of respondents gave the City of Dublin a grade of “A” or “B” when asked to rate the community as a place to live. One statistically significant change from previous years is that 6 percent more people gave the city an “excellent” rating than in 2008. In support of Council’s goal, we have embarked on a citywide initiative focusing on how we continue to provide top-notch customer service. The training, being conducted by Dr. Patricia Larkins Hicks, is designed to link customer service, satisfaction and results; assess organizational climate and establish customer service standards; and develop customer service communication actions. The goal is to serve you better. We hope you will notice exceptional customer service that continues to elevate Dublin’s reputation as an outstanding place to live. Sincerely,

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The Easter Bunny at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing

4850 W. Powell Rd., Celebrate Easter in true zoo fashion with food, kid-friendly springtime activities, animal activities and a chance to meet Peter Cottontail.

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April 12

Dublin Arts Council Gallery, 7125 Riverside Dr., Yesterday is an exhibition of student work from the Columbus College of Art and Design, juried and presented by Concours, a student-led group.

6:30 p.m., Muirfield Village Golf Club, 5750 Memorial Dr., Young business professionals can enjoy an evening of fine wine tasting sponsored by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, 5043 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., 330-493-4130 Bring the whole family for a meet and greet and springtime photo with the Eas- April 8 Easter ter Bunny.


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Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium,

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Dublin City Schools Spring Art Show

Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr., The art show will showcase works from the district’s art teachers as well as selected elementary, middle and high school artists.

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John Reddington: Strange Stories

Dublin Arts Center, 7125 Riverside Dr., This exhibit features abstract images depicting narratives and stories recalling the people and places the artist has encountered throughout life.

May 5

Community Service Day

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April 12-15

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April 16

Legends Luncheon

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May 6

Sample delicious bites from more than two dozen Dublin-area restaurants at Dublin Women’s Club Spring the Taste of Dublin. Tickets are $20 for Tour of Homes Dublin Chamber members and $30 for Noon-5 p.m., Tartan Communities, non-members through May 4 and include 8070 Tartan Fields Dr., food tastings and beverage tickets. Open to all area businesses and their employTour beautiful Dublin homes while doees ages 21 or over. nating to local charities. Advance tickets are $20 per person.

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May 12

Discover the Dream

6 p.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., discoverthedream 6 p.m., Columbus Marriott Northwest, Support St. Jude Children’s Research 5605 Blazer Pkwy., 614-760-4303, Hospital at this event celebrating the pital’s 50th anniversary. The banquet will Eight Dublin City Schools alumni will feature food, cocktails and a silent aucbe honored at this annual gathering to tion, and will be hosted by Columbus’ induct the district’s newest Hall of Fame own Jack Hanna. Tickets are $150 each members. or $2,000 for a table of 10.

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The Embassy Suites Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Pl., This weekend retreat will feature 45 workshops in collage, bookbinding, calligraphy, jewelry-making and more. Register by mail with forms found on the European Papers website.

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IGS Energy Evening with Ben Folds, presented by City of Dublin Doors open at 7 p.m., concert begins 9 p.m., Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., Columbus, 614-3550888,

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April 27

Dublin Arts Council Garden Party Fundraiser

6:30-9:30 p.m., OCLC Kilgour Building, 6565 Kilgour Pl., Enjoy a variety of culinary offerings from some of central Ohio’s top restaurants and a silent auction at this fundraiser for the local arts council. Tickets are $100 per guest.

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April 28

Community Champion Awards

10 a.m.-noon, Dublin Jerome High School, 8300 Hyland-Croy Rd., The Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Schools will host the seventh annual awards ceremony, honoring students and staff who care for others in large and small ways.

This concert with well-known musician Ben Folds will benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Children’s. Since it began in 2007, the annual benefit concert has raised more than $375,000. VIP tickets are $175 per person or $350 per couple.

May 28-June 3

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance

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A crew of 70 has been steadily rowing its way forward for two decades, picking up valuable lessons about teamwork and dedication along the way.

The Dublin Crew this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. The competitive club team fields four squads: novice men, novice women, varsity men and varsity women. The team is open to all local students. In addition to all three Dublin high schools, team members also hail from Bishop Watterson High School, as well as high schools in the Olentangy Local and Worthington City school districts. The team’s policy of inclusiveness ensures that everyone who signs up for the team gets to row. Rowing is strenuous work, so team members must attend all practices and keep in rowing condition – running, swimming, cross-training, weight training and use of rowing machines are all part of the regimen. Team members must also steel

(Left) The team must work together to carry the boats up to the boathouse at Griggs Reservoir. (Above) The Dublin Crew team, with Coxswain Sarah Asad (back to camera), Mikaela Duckworth in the stroke position, Treasa O’Tighearnaigh in seven seat and Bailey Irelan six seat.

themselves for the pressure of competition – using that energy to propel themselves forward. “Just the feeling of sitting at the start and waiting for the official to call the time” is how team member Mac Workman, a senior at Dublin Jerome High School, describes his favorite part of rowing. And being part of the team means more than just being physically capable; teamwork is extremely important and is emphasized at every turn. “You’re either winning as a boat or you’re losing as a boat,” says head coach Gina Crooks. That dedication to camaraderie and working as a cohesive unit often forms strong bonds between team members, who remain great friends after their high school rowing days are over. Some earn scholarships to continue rowing in college; one former student was even part of The Ohio State University rowing team that captured the Big Ten Rowing Championship in 2011. 11

“I think they realize that they were really part of something special,” Crooks says. The importance of teamwork is a lesson many team members carry with them, and it’s one that has applicability beyond the river and rowing machines. “I really like the idea that there’s no standout star individual,” says team member Bailey Irelan, a senior at Jerome. “You’re only going to be as strong as your weakest link,” says Olivia Gugliemotto, a senior at Dublin Coffman High School. The crew’s spring competitions kick off April 14 with the Lindamood Cup in Marietta. Local regattas this season include the Hoover Invitational at the Hoover Reservoir in Westerville, set for April 21, and the Ohio Governor’s Cup at Griggs Reservoir on April 29. Nationals are in June, and to get there, the team needs to win the Midwest Junior Regional Championships in May. The Governor’s Cup, which is sponsored by the Dublin Crew, draws more than 1,000 high schoolers from across the country. The team also sponsors the Speakmon Regatta in the fall.


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Though the majority of the team’s competitions are in spring and fall, work for crew members is year-round; a few dedicated team members participate in regattas in the summer, and winter is filled with conditioning. The crew also offers “Learn to Row” programs for young children during the summer. The team does some of its winter practicing at a facility on West Bridge Street, but when the city of Columbus opens up the Scioto River for rowing in late February or early March, the team’s practices begin to shift to the river – no matter how chilly the weather may be. In fact, the only weather conditions that will shut down a practice are strong winds and lightning. The stretch of the Scioto the team uses to practice is a six-mile round trip – north from Griggs to Hayden Run Road and back. More information on the team can be found on its website, Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at


BY Angel Mumma, Deputy City Manager/Director of Finance

Finance 101 Strong tax base and conservative approach equals fiscal stability


The City of Dublin’s sustained economic vitality is the result of quality development, strategic planning and continued efforts to retain, expand, attract and create businesses in the city. Dublin strives to partner with its corporate community to help maintain a robust business climate. Not only is a strong, healthy business community vital to our local economy, it also helps fund the quality services that Dublin provides.

The city’s major revenue sources include taxes collected, service payments, charges for services and federal, state and local grants. Of these, the largest source of revenue is income tax, which totaled $71.6 million in 2011. This figure represented 66.5 percent of the revenue stream. Fortunately for Dublin, the city’s income tax revenues continue to grow despite tough economic times. The city experienced a decline for the first time in 2009, but rebounded in 2010. Property taxes made up 3 percent, or $3.5 million, of 2011’s revenue. Dublin also generates funds from a 6 percent


tax on overnight stays through the hotel/ motel tax. In 2011, this fund accounted for $1.7 million, or 1.5 percent, of the city’s revenue. This revenue is invested back into the community through designated projects and special events like the Dublin Irish Festival that enhance visitor appeal and encourage overnight stays. The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Dublin Arts Council each receive 25 percent of the annual revenue generated by the hotel/motel tax. The 2012 Operating Budget reflects the key priorities of City Council for the continued provision of high-quality services to the citizens and corporate

residents of the city. At the same time, it reflects the fiscal responsibility that the City of Dublin demands and that our stakeholders deserve. Dublin’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is a five-year outlook for anticipated capital projects that is reviewed and updated annually. These projects are primarily related to improvements in transportation, parks, utilities and facilities. The 2012-2016 CIP represents $129.3 million in poten-

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The intersection of Avery-Muirfield Drive and U.S. Rt. 33 showcases the City of Dublin’s investment in infrastructure projects through its Capital Improvements Program. tial investment in capital improvement projects in Dublin in the next five years, including $35.1 million in projects this year. CIP projects expected to get underway this year include the design of the extension of Tuttle Crossing Boulevard from Wilcox Road to Avery Road; the widening of Emerald Parkway from Rings Road to Tuttle Crossing Boulevard in partnership with the City of Columbus; and the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Cosgray Road and Shier Rings Road. The city’s strong tax base and conservative budget philosophy have resulted in operating revenues exceeding operating expenditures for many years. This has allowed the city to increase capital programming and take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Proactive measures implemented throughout the past few years – including evaluating alternative approaches for service delivery,

closely evaluating the merits of personnel vacancies and continuing to monitor expenses – have allowed the city’s financial position to remain strong during challenging economic times. The city’s practice is to maintain a year-end balance equal to or greater than 50 percent of the General Fund expenditures. This enables Dublin to react at the speed of business and reprioritize projects as necessary. The level of the General Fund reserve is looked upon extremely favorably by the rating agencies and has been highlighted by both Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Fitch Ratings as a rationale for the city’s Aaa/ AAA bond rating, the highest rating available from both agencies. As we continue through 2012 and beyond, we remain committed to serving the residents by providing high-quality services while continually evaluating the ways we deliver city services in an effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Angel Mumma joined the City of Dublin as Deputy City Manager/Director of Finance in October. She previously served as Director of Finance for the City of Gahanna, where she was an employee for 14 years. In Dublin, her primary responsibility is the formulation and execution of strategic financial policy serving to ensure the longterm success of the city. She provides leadership, direction and guidance to a staff of financial professionals and technical/ administrative support personnel engaged in budget administration, capital improvements programming, debt administration, investment management, tax increment financing, cost of service analyses, income tax collection and administration, accounting and auditing, payroll, fixed asset management, procurement, and accounts payable/ receivable. Major projects she is charged with include tax increment financing/economic development agreements, the Capital Improvements Program, annual operating budget, annual financial audit, comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), income tax collection and the cost of services project. Mumma received a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. She serves as an at-large board member for the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ohio and as a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association. Mumma also was recognized by Columbus Business First as the 2011 Public Service Chief Financial Officer of the Year. 15


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Concern for the environment starts young in Dublin City Schools. Caring for the environment can be a passion and a science, and teachers are doing what they can to encourage their students to pursue both. At Scottish Corners Elementary School, recycling lunch waste has become second nature. A few years ago, kids from Roots & Shoots (now called Earth Club), stood beside the line of trash and recycling bins at every meal to remind their peers which items go where. Liquids are dumped through a mesh strainer into an unlined trash bin. Food that can be composted is scraped into another bin. Recyclable items such as plastic bottles and cardboard juice boxes are fixed to the top of a third bin, a physical reminder of what should go inside. Anything left over goes into the trash bin. “We recycle every possible thing, and the last container is the one that should be the emptiest,” says fifth grade teacher Stacey Brunst, who leads the Earth Club along with fellow teacher Lisa Brintlinger. Roots & Shoots was started several years ago by retired music teacher Jenny Bowman, who brought the Jane Goodall Institute program to Scottish Corners. When Bowman left at the end of 2011, Brunst and Brintlinger kept the club’s focus, but did away with the Goodall affiliation.


Each month, 30-40 first- throughfifth graders get together and work on a project. In February, in line with the theme of love for the earth, they wrote letters of recognition or thank-yous to community members who keep Dublin clean, such as the district groundskeepers and city forestry division.

“When I was in school, the green movement wasn’t such a big thing. Now students all pretty much have their lunches in reusable bags.” - Stacey Brunst

Members of the Scottish Corners Roots & Shoots Club (now called Earth Club), including Kerriellen Smith (left) and Samantha Perry (right), attend a meet and greet with Jane Goodall at Franklin Park Conservatory during spring break 2011.

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recycled into playground surface. And usually, there’s at least one service day each year. It’s been amazing to see how much students’ attitudes toward the earth have changed since Brunst was in elementary school, she says. “When I was in school, the green movement wasn’t such a big thing. Now students all pretty much have their lunches in reusable bags,” she says. “It’s something they’re just used to now. It’s not necessarily a movement; it’s just their lifestyle.” The science aspects of conservation and ecology aren’t lost on students, either. Science teacher Chuck Crawford says 44 percent of Dublin Jerome High School students graduate high school with five or more science credits – and that number is still rising. “We try to create opportunities to explore the areas they want to explore, and environmental science is growing in popularity,” Crawford says. In the International Baccalaureate environmental science class, students test the CO2 emission levels from different types of fuel. Many of the students in the niche science class have participated in other green energy projects. Senior Kyler Johnson was part of a group that

Junior Andrea Decker times the burn rate of different types of fuel.

played a part in the installation of a solar thermal water heating system on the roof at Jerome. “It was actually really cool to be involved with the contractor who did it,” Johnson says. “We worked on some of the physical aspects of it, like finding ways to optimize the angle of the (solar) panel.” The district initiated the project, and selected Jerome in part because of the support from both teachers and students, Crawford says. A few years ago, all three high schools created proposals that considered the pros and cons of converting the district’s bus fleet to be fueled with biodiesel. But beyond the hands-on projects, the biggest benefit of training students in the sciences is teaching critical thinking skills, Crawford says. “In this day and age where environmental concerns are at the forefront of so many decisions, they should at least be able to say, ‘What are the tradeoffs?’ because there’s always a tradeoff,” he says.

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The Patients of a Saint

Fundraiser celebrates 50 years of research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


When Colleen Konkus of Hilliard took a trip to Memphis, Tenn. in September 2011 for a research study at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she didn’t know it would mean the removal of her thyroid and a mass in her throat. The hospital saved Konkus’ life – for the second time. At 10 years old in 1983, Konkus discovered a mass in her neck. Her family took her to many doctors and specialists. “They all thought it was an inflamed lymph node,” Konkus says. It wasn’t. A biopsy showed that Konkus had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She spent the summer of 1983 at St. Jude receiving chemotherapy and radiation – and also playing with the other kids undergoing treatment and swimming in the pool at the hotel where she stayed with her family. “My memories are wonderful,” Konkus says, without any hint of irony. “I knew I had cancer, but I didn’t know the degree of what my family was going through. St. Jude was wonderful. Everything there is designed around kids. Monday through Friday, I had my checkups and my medication during the week. Some weekends in the summer, I was able to go home” to

Arkansas, where her family lived at the time. Since then, most of her family has relocated to central Ohio, but their gratitude to St. Jude hasn’t changed. Konkus, her parents and her children have always supported the hospital with fundraisers and via word of mouth. A coincidental meeting on the sidelines of her daughter’s soccer game introduced Konkus to the Karam family. “I had my St. Jude umbrella, and (Lisa Karam) asked me ‘How are you connected to St. Jude?’” Lisa and her husband, J. David Karam, co-chair the local Discover the Dream event, an annual fundraiser for the hospital. Headlined by Jack Hanna, Discover the Dream has raised more than $1.7 million for St. Jude since its inception seven years ago. In 2011 alone, the event raised $406,000. “Discover the Dream has grown into the largest gala in the region to support St. Jude,” David says. “We are delighted to have Jack Hanna, as well as other Columbus families, talk about the world-class treatment their children have received at St. Jude.” In 2012, St. Jude is celebrating 50 years of helping families and their chil-

(Above) Jack Hanna with Discover the Dream co-chairman J. David Karam.

dren. No family ever pays St. Jude for care, so it relies on donations, which fund a large portion of its daily operating cost, currently at $1.7 million. In the last five years, 81 percent of donations have gone straight to research and treatment. Its role as a research hospital was vital to Konkus. The hospital saved all the information from her original treatment and were able to use that information to treat her last fall. “Even though I was a patient in 1983, they never closed out my file,” Konkus says. “They pulled my blood samples. They gave me a binder that had all my information in it and that’s been part of my treatment.” The hospital has followed its patients over the last 50 years and has made some discoveries from tracking them as they age. “There are things they’ve found out since my treatment. I’ve had to have some tests – one of those was (the problem with) my thyroid,” Konkus says. “Little things, like I’m more prone to get cataracts in my eyes.” As a parent herself now, Konkus says she can’t express how much it means to know that St. Jude is there for her children, should they need it. “We’re very blessed to have a place like St. Jude,” she says. “Being a patient and having that scare in September really makes you think through things about how precious life is.” Konkus and her local family members are volunteering to help with this year’s Discover the Dream event, scheduled for 6 p.m. May 17 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd. The banquet will feature food, cocktails and a silent auction. Tickets are $150 each or $2,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit Lisa Aurand is editor of Dublin Life Magazine. Feedback welcome at 21

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You probably already rely on your cell phone for many things. Now you can also use it as your own personal tour guide. The Dublin Arts Council has created an interactive tour for the pieces of art and sculptures scattered throughout the city. Want to know the inspiration and background behind Dublin’s most prominent pieces? Just call up the line to get answers to your questions. Residents and visitors can now call in to any of the 17 stops on the Dublin Art in Public Places Cell Phone Tour. The callers will hear two-minute recorded explanations of the thoughts and inspirations behind the awardwinning sculptures. Dublin’s public art collection started more than 20 years ago and has steadily grown since, though not everyone seems to be aware of the extent of the collection. The Dublin Arts Council is trying to change that. David Guion, executive director of the Dublin Arts Council, is excited about the new cell phone tours and the experience they are providing to the city.

“There was no real way to record the information and no way for people to find the information,” Guion says. “The tour was developed with artists in mind so they could talk about their work, because before, there was no comprehensive grouping of information.” Though it took a lot of time and effort to get in touch with each individual artist, it was very much worth it, Guion says. The council wanted the artists to speak directly about their work, while also giving them enough time to think about what they wanted to say. The new cell phone tour also gives artists a chance to clear up any misperceptions. “They can provide a little more insight as to how each (piece) was constructed and the motivation behind the work,” says Guion. “The best part of the tour is that you don’t necessarily have to be in front of the sculpture. It’s 24/7. Most parks close at dusk, so you have the ability to hear about the work during park hours or after,” says Guion. “And the discussions will be changed out. We recorded more than the 90-second spot, so we can switch out what the artist want to say. It’s also a great educational tool.” Carly Kohake is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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The charitable fundraising footprint of The Memorial Tournament is far bigger than Muirfield Village Golf Club, a Dublin landmark. It spreads across central Ohio in its growing effort to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a tournament benefactor for the last 37 years. This year’s 38th annual tournament will begin May 28, but charitable efforts directed to the hospital will have a large chunk of change on hand by then. The bulk of the tournament’s donations go to the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or for indigent care, says Nicki Shafer, vice president of the Nationwide Children’s Foundation. The biggest portion of money raised pre-tournament will come from the Legends Luncheon, organized by Nationwide Insurance, the tournament’s presenting sponsor. The 2011 inaugural luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium featured Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, tournament honoree Nancy Lopez, and TV



personality and analyst David Feherty. It drew about 400 attendees and raised more than $260,000. Both the popularity of the event and the crowd that attends are expected to grow for this year’s luncheon April 16. The event has been moved to the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University campus, which offers greater capacity. Featured for a luncheon conversation will be tournament host Nicklaus and Steve Stricker, last year’s Memorial winner. Television golf analyst Andy North, a two time U.S. Open winner, will be moderator. Barbara Nicklaus will participate, too, in an award presentation. The luncheon has community leaders joining forces to support the hospital, says John Aman, vice president of strategic sponsorships for Nationwide. “This is a great example of Nationwide and the Memorial coming together to support a common community partner in a meaningful way.”

Another away-from-the-course fundraiser is the popular annual concert. The 2012 event, slated for May 18 at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion near Nationwide Arena, will feature pianist, composer and singer Ben Folds. Folds – known for music as part of his 1990s band Ben Folds Five, including smash hit Brick, and his later solo career with songs like Rockin’ the Suburbs – has, for the past three years, been a judge on The Sing Off, a network television a capella chorus competition. It’s billed as IGS Energy Evening with Ben Folds presented by the City of Dublin. Last year’s concert featuring jam band O.A.R. – some of whose members have OSU roots and which is known for songs including Hey Girl and Shattered – raised more than $120,000 with tickets priced at $175 each. The concerts have raised more than $250,000 in their first three years. For information, go to

Perhaps more visible are the cuddly Bears for Children’s, furry little creatures clothed in Memorial T-shirts that are sold for a $10 donation. Proceeds go to the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Traci Crabtree is heading the sales effort this year, her seventh as a bear marketing volunteer. She was volunteering in concessions when bear sales replaced the original fundraiser, Birdies for Children, which was based on the number of birdies scored during the tournament. A non-golfer who describes herself as a “big fan” of the sport, Crabtree says she wanted to sell the bears because “It’s a different program; it’s unique.” Although she has no children, she likes the personal touch and the work to prevent and treat childhood illnesses.

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Little is known about the early life of the house at 83 S. High St. in historic Dublin. It was empty in 2007 when Julie Seel and her husband, Vaughan, fell in love with it. In September 2011, Seel bought the house with plans to live there and historically restore it. What Seel knows now is that the house was built in 1835 by the village tanner, Giles Weaver, as his residence and business. Twenty years later, the village druggist, William Davis, purchased the two-story house. “We’re trying to respect the age of the house and do what we can to make it a comfortable family home whilst maintaining the integrity of it,” says Seel, a teacher at Scottish Corners Elementary School. “I can’t wait to move (in) because everyone’s been so welcoming.” 28

Mary Szuter, a Dublin resident for 24 years, is one of Seel’s new neighbors. “My husband and I are thrilled,” Szuter says. “Government entities overlook the romance of … an old house in an old town … and I think it’s neat that Julie’s taking such an interest in putting the romance back into it.” So far, for Seel, bringing back the romance has involved a lot of demolition and plaster dust. Since she purchased the house, Seel’s weekends and evenings have been spent gutting it in search of the original structure underneath. Thankfully, she doesn’t work alone – her team consists of woodworkers David Steinbarger and Michael Pearcy; her architect friend Tom Samms; her two college-age children, Jack and Olivia; and Olivia’s show-tune-singing class-

mates. Everyone has been knocking down walls, sawing out rooms, peeling up flooring, ripping off plaster and working hard to strip off 177 years of remodeling. In a bittersweet way, the process reminds Seel of her husband, Vaughan. “Vaughan had an innate ability to bring out the best in people … and give them confidence,” Seel says. “It almost feels like … we are doing the same thing with the Giles Weaver House.” Vaughan would not live to own the house. In early 2011, he was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away four months later. Shortly afterward, Seel was in Florida – miles away in body and thought – when she got a call from a realtor friend. The bank now owned the house – did she want to make an offer?

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“Of course, the wheels started turning, and everybody says, ‘Don’t make a big decision really soon after something like that,’…but I also thought, ‘We looked at this house together, there’ll be no other house in Dublin that I could buy that I knew he loved,’” Seel says. “I just feel like it was the right thing to do.” After a word of encouragement from her architect friend Samms via telephone, she made an offer while still in Florida.

And Seel says Vaughan has found a way to affirm her decision at every step. “When Vaughan was really sick, he told me he would leave us pennies to let us know he is still with us,” Seel says. “I realize people find pennies, but we find them all of the time just when we need them … For example, when I signed the papers to purchase the house, I got back in the car, opened my purse and a penny flipped out into my lap.” And 29

The living room of the house stripped down to show the original wood frame.


after some of the remodeling scares, she needed every penny he sent. Tearing down the plaster was not Seel’s original plan. “There were enough plaster ceilings that were falling down that we knew we had to take them down,” Samms says. “And once we started taking things down, it just multiplied.” It was a low point. But there were unexpected rewards. Hidden above the plaster, they found Giles Weaver’s handhewn beams of Scioto River beech and sycamore stretching across the ceiling. In the new plan, the beams will remain exposed. After eight filled trash bins, Seel and her team finally found the bones of the house. It has no insulation, electricity or running water, but it is finally the original house. Seel wants to complete the renovations by May 31 so her parents will be

The home in 1860 able see it while visiting from the United Kingdom. Seel also wants to recreate the porch that once decorated the face of the house. “People back in those days were porch people,” says Herb Jones, president of the Dublin Historical Society. “They didn’t have all those electronic devices we have; they went outside and sat on the porch.”

With a house like this in a town like Dublin, Seel and her family may be porch people just as Giles Weaver and his family were. And Seel believes Vaughan will be with his family on that porch – in spirit and in penny. Heather McCray is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@


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Carolyn Dimond is passing on her passion for food to a new generation. The former Dublin City Schools family and consumer science teacher is offering community cooking classes for kids and their parents, showing them how to make eating a healthful habit. Dimond’s Kitchen Family Fun class is part of the school district’s Community Education program. “My main goal is to get families and kids involved in the kitchen while eating healthy foods,” Dimond says. “There are ways to incorporate healthy foods into what kids eat as they get older. It helps to promote a healthier lifestyle.” Dimond started teaching community cooking classes three years ago when the teachers at her school were asked if they had hobbies they would like to teach to the community. Always passionate about cooking, Dimond agreed to share her skills.


“Most of the teachers in the community are doing it as a side job; I’m doing it as a full-time job. I do Girl Scout troops, kids’ birthday parties and Mommy and Me groups,” Dimond says. “I’m trying to get kids interested in cooking and eating healthfully.” The course – classes last an hour to one and a half hours each week for six weeks – can be helpful for kids of all ages, Dimond says. Younger children especially seem to respond to what is being taught. “I know from experience. I taught middle schoolers and high schoolers. Middle schoolers are much more open to trying new things. High schoolers … seem set on the foods they eat,” Dimond says. “That’s my passion. The younger kids are the ones I can get interested in healthy eating.” One of Dimond’s go-to recipes is a nutritious pizza that the kids learn how to make. Vegetables aren’t just toppings for her pizza – they’re incorporated into the

sauce as well. The class also has a math component, as students must use fractions when doubling recipes. Dimond teaches the students to use mixers and ovens properly and teaches knife skills to all ages when the recipe calls for it – even if the students are using plastic knives. At the end of every class, students get to taste the creations they just learned to make and take home a packet of recipes, most of which have pictures to help guide them. “My passion is to encourage people of all ages to develop their creativity in the kitchen, learn basic kitchen skills and experience great-tasting and healthy foods,” Dimond says. To sign up for classes, go to and click on “Community Education.” Carly Kohake is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@

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What do you call 50 fifth-graders and five chaperones on a Bostonbound bus for a five-day historical adventure? In Dublin, it is a rite of passage simply referred to as “The Boston Trip,” and it’s a highly-anticipated event for recent graduates of elementary school. My daughter Catie talked about the summer excursion like it was going to be the most important coming-of-age experience of her life. There were weeks of discussions about possible roommates and seat partners for the bus rides. We had multiple shopping trips to find the perfect backpack, bathing suit and walking shoes. I reminded her that this was supposed to be an educational journey, but she was too busy picking out the perfect pair of sunglasses to hear me. This is not a new scenario for Bill Prosser, a Dublin teacher since 1984 who has orchestrated this expedition for 22 straight years. In that time, he has seen it all and knows firsthand that if his tour group has more girls than boys, it will run behind due to fashion emergencies and bathroom breaks. The idea for the Boston trip began when Bill was teaching fifth grade at Indian Run Elementary School with Kathy Mathey. Their students had read Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, which was set in Boston during the outbreak of the American Revolution. Bill and Kathy thought it would be exciting to travel to New England and actually walk the Freedom Trail that the kids had been studying. The first year, 25 children ventured to Massachusetts, and the trip grew from there. In 1996, when Bailey Elementary School opened its doors and Bill switched schools, he had so many children who wanted to travel he decided to hold the trip twice each summer. Now 40-50 students attend each tour, and although Kathy had to stop after a few trips, Bill has never skipped a year. More than half of the kids attend Bailey, but all Dublin fifthgraders are invited. The travelers get together three times before departure to study the role that Boston played in the American Revolution, get to know their peers and become familiar with Bill’s “rules of the road.” Some rules have stayed the same over

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the years, such as “Behave on the bus or you have to clean the bus.” Other guidelines have changed over time, especially concerning technology. Cell phones used to be banned, but now the kids all rely on them for their music, games and communication, so they are allowed at appropriate times. Travel begins early on a Thursday morning with a drive to Niagara Falls. “Three-quarters of the kids have never been to Niagara, which always surprises me,” says Bill. The group either takes the elevator down to the Cave of the Winds underneath the falls or rides on the Maid of the Mist. Then the travelers are trained as 1812 soldiers at Old Fort Niagara before heading to the hotel in Syracuse, N.Y. The bus leaves early for three days of Boston history including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church and the Freedom Trail tours. Catie’s favorite activities last year were the Amphibious Duck Tour that drove around the city streets and then straight into the Charles River, and shopping at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Several of the girls bought the same splatter paint Boston sweatshirt and enjoyed wearing them together. The last day includes tours of Plymouth Plantation and the Mayflower II before the 14-hour journey home begins. The cost of the adventure is $530, which includes the three pre-trip history sessions, transportation by Brewster Coach, three meals per day, Holiday Inn and Marriott Hotel accommodations, and admissions to itinerary sites. Bill has the necessary sense of humor required for handling masses of 10- and 11-year-olds and manages to have a lot of fun on the trip. He has persuaded groups of kids to search a graveyard for Johnny Tremain’s mother’s grave even though she is a fictional character. Bill also convinced some children that there is an elevator to reach the Bunker Hill Monument and they ran all around looking for it. The miniature golf contest at the Big Orange Dinosaur Putt-Putt is legendary – as are the cannonball competitions in the hotel pool. Bill Prosser’s Travels Back in Time Boston trip is a historic tour with a lot of fun built in, and he says he never gets tired of it. “It’s different every year because the students are new each trip 35

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By Mary Casanova

By Jennifer L. Holm

Saraswati’s Way

By Monika Schroder

Poor and homeless, Akash wants an education more than anything. So he decides to take control of his own life and try for a scholarship to the city school where he can pursue his beloved math. But will challenging destiny prove to be more than he has bargained for? (Ages 10 and up)

Adult Reads By Mary Biscuso, Library Assistant, Adult Services

The Death and Life of the Great American School System By Diane Ravitch

A former supporter of the No Child Left Behind Act, Ravitch argues that such reforms seem to work, but ultimately fail students. Her suggestion: Develop a strong curriculum, wide in scope, that will encompass entire subjects instead of teaching to the tests and improve conditions in which teachers work and students learn. 38

Raising Confident Readers

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Evening Class

Breaking down the reading experience into five phases, Gentry offers step-by-step instructions on teaching reading to young children.

Whether it’s describing his short tenure as a writing instructor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (“Celebrity Corner was followed by the feedbag Forum, my shameless call for easy, one-pot dinner recipes”) or muddling through French lessons as an adult, Sedaris demonstrates just how funny everyday mundane life can be.

A disparate group of Dubliners come together to learn Italian under the mysterious Signora, a former Dublinite herself, returning after 20 years spent in Sicily. Told from the viewpoints of the eight students, Binchy’s storytelling is as rich and satisfying as a summer dinner at a favorite Italian café.

By Dr. J. Richard Gentry

By David Sedaris

By Maeve Binchy

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