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Snapshots of Life


Community Investment


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Construction and Community Investment on the Rise Dublin teens volunteer year-round

Irish is an Animal

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Celebrate Halloween with the City of Dublin

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Autumn in Dublin is as beautiful and picturesque as ever when Mother Nature gets out her palette of yellows, oranges, reds and browns, and throws in a few greens for good measure – it is Dublin, after all! This issue’s cover, by Bob Mullenix courtesy of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, showcases the appeal of Historic Dublin in autumn. It’s a great time to get out and snap some of your own photographs of fall color in your hometown. While you’re doing so, be on the lookout for Terri Butler, a freelance photographer for the City of Dublin. Butler is also a breast cancer survivor — a fitting profile for October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The crisp air of fall is making the outdoors enticing once again for you and your pets. We couldn’t resist bringing you a few photos of those adorable Celtic Canines from the Dublin Irish Festival. Enjoy some snapshots and a bit of history about the Irish breeds, then learn about what foods are safe to feed your dog from the manager of a local pet supply store. If it seems like you’ve seen more buildings going up around Dublin, you’re right! Dublin’s Chief Building Official Jeff Tyler shares great news about a rebound in the number of construction permits issued. You can also read about Dublin resident and Honda executive Rick Schostek’s experience raising a son with autism. Get excited about teen volunteersim, get giggles over the similarities between senior citizens and college freshmen, and get spooked by the legend of the Biddie’s Coach House ghost. Whatever your plans this season, be sure to check out some of the events planned around town, including the City of Dublin’s Halloween Spooktacular. For a calendar of activities, see page 8. But most of all, enjoy your fall in Dublin! Slàinte, Kathleen K. Gill President/Publisher CityScene Media Group

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In this issue, we’re sharing good news that reflects positively on the state of the local economy. This year, the City of Dublin has witnessed a noticeable increase in the number of building permits being issued. This provides a great illustration of the investment being made in Dublin. The increased construction is in both residential and commercial structures. Business investment is key to many of the projects we undertake as a city. As you may know, the City of Dublin’s major source of revenue is income tax, which totaled $71.6 million in 2011 and allows us to provide high-quality municipal services as well as invest in capital improvements, like new roadways and the maintenance of existing public infrastructure, which benefits residents and businesses alike. Even though we often refer to our residents and corporate citizens as two constituencies of our community, oftentimes we’re talking about the same people. We are proud of the fact that many CEOs choose to build their companies’ headquarters in the city in which they live, and also proud of the fact that many employees reside here as well. Recently, the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC) made headlines when its move from Post Road to Metro Place was announced. The DEC has been very successful in supporting homegrown entrepreneurs – the majority of the business owners located at the DEC are Dublin residents. The DEC’s mission is to provide services and promote an environment to increase opportunities for entrepreneurial and technology development resulting in more new businesses and job creation in Dublin and the surrounding area. The City is happy to support these ventures, which help our local businesses and benefit all our citizens – both corporate and residential. Sincerely,

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9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Coffman Park Pavilion, 5200 Emerald Pkwy., The whole family, including pets, can enjoy this pledged walk that raises money for Canine Companions for IndepenOct. 7 dence. After the walk, stick around for Colo’s Classic Car Show entertainment and a costume contest for Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., humans and dogs, as well as an appearCome see classic, muscle and low-rid- ance by Snoopy. er cars from all around Ohio at this event. Registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The Oct. 16 car show starts at noon and lasts until 4 Business After Hours p.m. The cars will be on display at Jungle 5:30-7 p.m., Brookdale Senior Living, Jack’s Landing and Colo’s Cove, where 3500 Trillium Crossing, raffle prizes and awards will also be handed out. Proceeds benefit the zoo’s Relax at an after-work mixer while conservation and education programs. developing business relationships. This evening features hors d’oeuvres, beverOct. 13 ages, networking opportunities and door Dublin Alumni 5K prizes. RSVP online at the Chamber’s 9 a.m., Glacer Ridge Metro Park, website. 9801 Hyland-Croy Rd.,

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Fridays through Sundays, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Celebrate Halloween alongside animal friends at the zoo. Activities include the Little Boo Mansion and Maze, rides through Jungle Jack O’Lantern’s Landing and a meet-and-greet with zoo characters.

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year, now featuring eco-friendly LED Nov. 13 lights. Powered by gridSMART from AEP The Soul of Objects: Ohio Wesleyan The Ohio Pen Show Crowne Plaza Hotel, 600 Metro Pl. N., Ohio, this holiday tradition is back and Metalsmiths better than ever. Other activities include 6-8 p.m., Dublin Arts Council, 7125 614-764-2200, rides on the Polar Bear Express and pho- Riverside Dr., Come see vintage pens, speak to pen tos with Santa. collectors and attend seminars in which The Soul of Objects feaPhoto by G. Jones, courtesy of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium tures the metal work of nine you can learn calligraphy. Fountain pens, provided by sponsors of the show, will Ohio Wesleyan University be given away as door prizes on each undergraduate art students day of the event. and their professor, Cynthia Cetlin. The exhibit includes objects produced by stuNov. 16-Jan. 1 dents with varying levels of expertise and runs through Wildlights Dec. 21, beginning with Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 the free reception Nov. 13. W. Powell Rd., Enjoy this annual favorite, in its 24th


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Family Fun Celebrate Halloween with the City of Dublin Dublin is looking forward to another well-attended evening of witchery Oct. 25 at the city’s popular Halloween Spooktacular. The annual event began as a Parks and Recreation program, but became so large that it was converted into an official city event, says Events Administrator Mary Jo DiSalvo. About 5,000 residents turned out for last year’s Halloween Spooktacular, so the city expects at least that many this year, assuming the weather is good. Many of the attractions, including The Bug Man and COSI, are returning, DiSalvo says. A professional pumpkin carver will be on hand to wow children and adults. The fortune tellers are always a big hit as well. “They’re fun for all ages because everyone comes away with a great fortune,” DiSalvo says. “They have the luck of the Irish when they get their fortune told.” At the Trunk or Treat Trail, local organizations deck out their vehicles and open up the backs, passing out candy to costumed children. Youngsters can also enjoy a wide variety of crafts, and the


whole family can grab a bite to eat from various local vendors. Other fun activities include a hay ride, complete with a storyteller on board, and a hay maze. A unique part of the event is the Monster Mash Dance for Dublin middle school students. “It’s the one event every year where all the … students can come together and have one big party,” DiSalvo says. This year’s King and Queen of Halloween, chosen for their volunteerism at city events, have yet to be named, but look for them in a special appearance at the event, which will be held from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd. Lisa Aurand is editor of Dublin Life Magazine. Feedback welcome at laurand@cityscenemedia

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Life is a whirlwind for Dublin freelance photographer – and breast cancer survivor – Terri Butler.

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In addition to taking thousands of pictures, Butler is active in charitable fundraising, frequently dines out with various groups of friends, keeps up with her monthly book club’s reading selections, teaches Sunday school and does whatever else she can do to stay busy – all while teaching collegelevel courses full-time. Nine years ago, during a selfexamination, Butler discovered what was quickly diagnosed as Stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer, a rapidly progressive form of the disease. The result was a full mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments in ensuing months. “I’m not supposed to be here,” Butler says. “I’m very positive. I decided I was going to make it. I believe in mind over matter.” During the six months of postoperative treatment, she rarely missed teaching any of her English, writing and professional development classes at Bradford School, a private two-year college on Stelzer Road south of Easton. They are the core courses all students must take to graduate.

Butler, a former elementary school teacher, began working at Bradford School as a presenter, and was hired as a teacher about 12 years ago. She’s adviser to the student senate there. She shoots pictures at every graduation and event at the school that trains students for such occupations as veterinarian technologist, paralegal, physical therapist and chef. “I get so attached to my students I take pictures of them. I have always been that way,” says Butler. The walls of her office cubicle are covered with pictures of her students, her adult children (two sons and a daughter) and football players from The Ohio State University, of which she is a fan. Butler’s first camera, a Brownie Starflash, was a gift from her father when she was 10. He was an amateur photographer and gave her some initial pointers. When she graduated from high school, she received a 35 mm film camera and kept taking photographs through college and beyond.

Butler shoots her photographs with a digital SLR camera.

In the 1980s, she began taking pictures at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. “I love animals,” she explains. Those zoo photos are now among the shots Butler has printed on greeting cards that are sold in 14 Columbus area outlets, including the gift shop at the zoo itself and Hope’s Boutique at the James Cancer Hospital. Hope’s Boutique sells wigs and other items for cancer patients. Butler had a wig during the hair-loss months of her cancer treatment. Since 1986, Butler has gone to the Memorial Tournament’s practice rounds and taken thousands of pictures of golfers, including many of the top players in the game. In a photo album, she has more than 400 of her own photographs signed by the golfers, ranging from Jack Nicklaus to the late Payne Stewart and beyond.

She began her photography business in the early 1990s after a neighbor, Dave Cordle, head of the Cord Camera chain, told her to “get a business card printed, give it to people and tell them you take pictures.” Butler took pictures of various Dublin events as a pastime, including the Dublin Education Foundation’s annual Emerald Ball, of which Butler was a committee member. Her photos came to the attention of another member, Sandra Puskarcik, community relations director for

the City of Dublin. Puskarcik felt the city should get pictures of all public events and asked Butler to step in. Butler has been freelancing for the city of Dublin since 1995. Her photography business continued to grow. “I shoot weddings, outdoor portraits, senior pictures and special events,” Butler says. Although she uses a digital camera, she frequently hands out prints to family and friends in addition to sending images via email. 13

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She makes time for a social life, too. Butler has four distinctly different groups of friends who meet for lunch or dinner at least monthly. One is named after a wine the friends once favored. Another is Faux Gourmet, a group that used to meet in different homes and prepare fine dishes. Now the women go out to dinner. The third group is a monthly dinner group. Finally, the co-ed group Guys and Dolls meets for dinner every week. Her women’s book club meets monthly as well. And once a year, on the Wednesday of the Memorial Tournament, Butler hosts her Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Margarita Bash in her home near the Country Club at Muirfield. About 100 attended last spring’s bash, the 23rd annual event. “We have good time,” she says. By her nature, Butler is a busy person. “I’m not home much,” she says. Duane St. Clair is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at laurand@city

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One way to determine the economic climate in a community is by measuring the property investment being made. The recent uptick in commercial and residential permits suggests Dublin is witnessing a building resurgence.

Dublin’s Division of Building Standards has seen an increase in total building permits issued, including both residential and commercial, over the last year and a half. In 2010, the division issued 404 permits. The number increased by more than 30 percent in 2011 with 529 permits issued. Through the end of July, building permits totaled 341 for 2012, on track to beat last year’s total, which was the highest over the last four years. Permits issued between January and July of 2011 totaled 328. In addition, there has been an upswing in over-the-counter permits issued, from 151 in July of 2011 to 208 in July of this year. These are generally heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electric; and plumbing permits that are pulled by registered trade contractors. Last year’s total of 1,953 over-the-counter permits also was the highest in the last four years. The amount of investment in construction also has been on the rise since an initial dip following a high of $121.3 million in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, total construction permits totaled $65.3 million and $63.1 million respectively. Construction totals rebounded to $89.3 million for 2011 16

and are on track to overtake that total with $73.7 million permitted through July of 2012 – $23.1 million of that total occurring in July alone. Hand-in-hand with the increase in the dollar amount is an increase in square footage. Following decreases in 2009 and 2010 from the high of 1.5 million square feet in 2008, the 2011 total was 1.6 million. Through July of this year, the total had already reached 1.2 million square feet with additional summer con-

struction season figures still to come. This commitment to and investment in the Dublin community is further evidence of the quality of the businesses and the growth and success taking place. Permits for new residential dwellings are also on the rise. These include singlefamily homes as well as multi-family units. Through July of this year, 88 permits had been issued. In 2011, a total of 147 permits were obtained, which compares to 80 five years ago and 92 in 2010.

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Jeff Tyler is Director of Building Standards and Chief Building Official for the City of Dublin, where he has worked for more than six years.

In addition to issuing permits, Building Standards also conducts building and electrical inspections for both commercial and residential facilities. These, too, have been on the upswing with 5,282 through July compared to 6,572 for calendar year 2011. The inspections had reached a historical high of 7,831 in 2008 followed by declines in 2009 and 2010

during the economic downturn and a drop-off in building investment. Key projects in Dublin over the last year have included The Wendy’s Company expansion, Dublin Springs Hospital, Sunrise Assisted Living, Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, the Avondale Senior Village, and the expansion of Giant Eagle at Perimeter Center.

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As director, Tyler is responsible for leading and managing the Building Standards work unit and for building code enforcement for both residential and commercial construction within the City. In addition, he is responsible for 14 employees and a $1.2 million annual budget. The City of Dublin Building Standards is dedicated to ensuring public safety in the built environment through the adoption of both state and local construction codes and standards. Within the parameters of those codes, Building Standards issues permits to construct approved plans and provides on-site inspections. Building Standards’ technical staff – which includes inspectors, plan examiners and building officials – maintains state-required certifications to ensure knowledgeable, responsive and customeroriented service. Building Standards provides permit administration, contractor registration, and review and inspection services. In addition, Tyler oversees Historic Dublin public improvements and recently implemented the ePlan, or Electronic Plan Review, program. ePlan allows any commercial or residential building permit applicant to file plans and applications online, saving costs and paper through a secure and convenient process. Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the International Code Council, Ohio Building Officials Association, Central Ohio Code Officials Association, the American Institute of Architects, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). 17

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Dublin teens volunteer year-round Dublin teens are choosing to stay involved and give back to the community through local organizations even when school isn’t in session – over winter and spring breaks or summer vacation. Dublin Coffman High School senior Lorena Grundy is co-leader of Interact Club, a social and community service group associated with the Dublin AM Rotary Club, which meets throughout the year. Grundy joined three years ago after realizing Interact would allow her to work with others to volunteer and make a difference in the community. She says it is very much a student-run and organized activity. “I love that we, as students, have the power to decide what we work on,” she says.

Volunteering in the community has inspired her and given her a different perspective, Grundy says. “We do things like work with the food bank to help feed the poor, raise money for St. Jude (Children’s Research Hospital) and help rebuild shelters and food banks in impoverished areas,” Grundy says. “Things like that really make me thankful for what I have, and make me want to do more to help those who are less fortunate.” One of the club’s biggest events every year is the Team Up for St. Jude Rally, for which members write letters to raise money for the hospital. The other event,

Connection Carnival, allows teens from around the community to participate in festival activities with special needs students. Working on projects like the rally and the carnival has made Grundy much more aware of the Dublin community. “As a teenager, it’s easy to get swept up in your own life,” she says. “Interact has made me realize that it’s important to help others and do good (works) in the community, and not just focus on myself.” After Grundy graduates, she hopes to continue to serve through Rotary Club and other volunteer organizations. Dublin teen Max Pyles, who graduated from Dublin Coffman High School, has found a way to stay involved with the community. Volunteering since he moved to the city nine years ago, Pyles has been a part of Camp Project L.E.E.D., which stands for Leadership, Ethics, Esteem, Duty; Dublin Teen Corps; the Dublin Bicycle Advisory Task Force; the sixth grade Outdoor Education program and the Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition. He says he chose 19

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If you’re seeking a pet that conveys your hometown heritage – or you’re just looking for a good dog – consider one of the eight Irish breeds.

Attendees at this year’s Dublin Irish Festival had a chance to check out each of the pooches. It was a first for the festival, says Trish Lackey, city of Dublin events administrator. The Celtic Canine area has long been a family favorite, but hosting all eight breeds was an unexpected score. “The one breed that we were missing here in central Ohio was the Irish Water Spaniel,” Lackey says. “When I did research, I could not find any Irish Water Spaniel breeders in the state of Ohio.” In 2011, Lackey attended the Milwau-

kee Irish Festival, which is the largest in the country (Dublin’s is the second largest), and met a water spaniel breeder whom she invited to attend the 2012 event. Finding that eighth breed was a fitting feather in Dublin’s cap to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Lackey says. Irish Water Spaniels are known as strong and intelligent dogs. They have a brown “liver-colored” curly coat and a thin tail. Their double coat is water repellant and they are enthusiastic swimmers. In addition to the water spaniel, other Irish breeds in the Pet Palace Celtic

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Canines area were the Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter, Irish Red and White Setter, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier, and Kerry Blue Terrier. Event staff and breeders worked closely together to prepare information on all of the breeds, says City of Dublin Event Assistant Sarah O’Malley. “We designed posters on their duties as an animal and what they were bred for,” O’Malley says. “The Celtic Canine area is a family attraction. … It’s something the kids really enjoy.” Delaware County resident Bill Arehart has been breeding Irish dogs for more than 30 years. He started with Irish Setters, switched to Irish Wolfhounds in the 1990s, dabbled in terriers briefly and added setters back into his lineup in the 23

Glen of Imaal Terrier last decade. Animals from Arehart’s Inspiration’s Farm have delighted Dublin Irish Festival visitors since 1997, including his Irish Wolfhounds and Irish Setters this year. The Irish Setter got its name from the way they posed after discovering game, Arehart says. As guns were developed, the dogs began to be used for hunting in the modern way -- to flush game out and to help hunters locate wounded or dead prey. Irish Setters were originally white with mahogany red spots, but the upper class created a demand for mostly red dogs. Today, American Kennel Club standards allow Irish setters to have one spot of white either on the chest or head. The setters’ long, wiry outer coats have fur that pulls out rather than getting tangled in briars, Arehart says. The Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed and is thought to be older than the all-red Irish Setter. The popularity of all-red setters nearly doomed the Irish Red and White Setter to extinction, but the breed was revived during the 1920s and 30s. Arehart’s ideal pet is the Irish Wolfhound. Most people who have one never want another breed afterward, Arehart says. “They’re known as gentle giants,” he says. “They’re the most docile dog known to man and the tallest dog according to AKC standards.” An24

cient Celtic texts describe the Irish Wolfhound and how the breed was used to hunt wolves in Ireland. The dogs have also been used in battle to pull knights off their horses. Wolfhounds are actually closely related to Greyhounds. “They’re Greyhounds with long hair,” Arehart says. During the Irish Potato Famine, the breed almost went extinct because no one could afford to feed them. Now Irish Wolfhounds are one of the four symbols of Ireland, along with the shamrock, the harp and the round tower. The Irish terrier breeds – the Glen of Imaal Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier – share ancestry, but were each bred in different areas of the country for different purposes, according to information from the AKC. Glen of Imaal Terriers are the least known of the terriers native to Ireland. Like other terriers, they hunted pests in the home and on the farm, but Glen of Imaal Terriers were bred to paddle a turnspit, a large wheel that turned a rotisserie over a fire. Irish Terriers, the oldest of the four terriers, are red with a short, wiry coat and a trim outline. The dogs were used as messengers and sentinels during World War I. Kerry Blue Terriers are named both for their color, which ranges from slate gray blue to light blue gray, and for their coun-

ty of origin. They were used for hunting small game and birds, as well as herding sheep and cattle. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers look as one would expect, given their name. Unlike their relatives the Kerry Blue and Irish terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers were owned by the lower classes and served as an all-purpose farm dog. For more information on the eight Irish dog breeds, visit Lisa Aurand is editor of Dublin Life Magazine. Feedback welcome at

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and donkeys became (more widely used),” Asher says. Eventually, machines replaced the donkeys. The ponies might have gone extinct if it weren’t for the work of Irishman John Mulvihill, who brought them into the public eye, leading to a genetic study and the breeding of surviving ponies. “He remembered them from when he was a child and started doing a DNA study that singled out what made them unique,” Asher says. “There were between 20 and 40 ponies left and now there’s probably about 300.” Asher and her husband, Michael, learned about the ponies during a 2002 trip to Ireland and were captivated by them. They now have a herd of 16 ponies and are one of five Kerry Bog Pony breeders in the U.S. “They’re certainly part of a very special heritage of Ireland and have historic value,” Asher says. “They would have been lost to history if they hadn’t been captured and brought back.”

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Autism Anecdote Local Honda executive publishes memoir on parenting an autistic child “Do you have kids?” is a common small-talk question. When asked, Rick Schostek, a Dublin resident, will say that he has two children in their 20s. Very often the next question is, “What are your kids doing now?” Rick, senior vice president for Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., will first mention his daughter, Anne, and her current studies towards a master’s degree in special education. And then he will say that his 24-year-old son Greg is still living at home and that he has autism. That’s the short version of the story. The long version is found in Rick’s 2011 book What Happens Next?: Raising a


Son with Autism: A Father’s Story. It is dedicated “To Greg, my hero.” “I really wanted to celebrate him, make a tribute to him, because he’s accomplished a lot with what he’s had to deal with,” Rick says. “And I guess I was trying to raise awareness … for people thinking about adult issues (for people with autism).” At a glance, Greg appears healthy and handsome – but a little younger than he really is (he will be 25 in October). A short exchange with him shows the limits of his speech and relational skills. “The main characteristics of autism are a deficit in communication and socialization. ‘Aut’ is from the German word which means ‘inward,’ so, ‘people who are focused inward,’” Rick explains. “Autism is a spectrum disorder … Greg is kind of in the middle.” Physically, Greg is healthy. He has full and normal use of his body. He reads at a second-grade level and writes neatly. He is verbal, able to ask for help and answer simple questions. He is physically affectionate with his family and obsessed with Christmas, and he has a good sense of humor apparent to everyone. “He’s funny; he’ll say something knowing that it’s wrong, knowing that he’ll get a laugh out of you,” says Cathy Passmore, the Schosteks’ next-door neighbor. Those on the extreme end of the autism spectrum can be non-verbal, violent, physically handicapped, even self-harming, Rick says. “We’re lucky,” he says. Greg’s first developmental disorder diagnosis was in April 1990, when he was 2 years old. In January 1992, Greg was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Photos of young Greg show an adorable little boy with nothing to hint at his diagnosis or his difficulties. “There was a time when he was 6, 7, 8, 9 years old when he was kind of a hellion,” Rick says. Greg went through a series of aggressive phases, including head-butting and bed-dismantling. “There were plenty of times when people were not very understanding, but (the Schosteks) were always very gracious … and apologetic,” says Cindy Haller, a longtime friend and former neighbor of the Schosteks. Regardless of these phases, Rick and his wife, Doreen, continued to take Greg in public with them.

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To most customers, Biddie’s Coach House may seem like any other restaurant. But after hours and behind the scenes, eerie events have been known to occur.

Many employees at the coach house, an 1830s home in Historic Dublin on South High Street that was transformed into an eatery and tea room, attribute these happenings to the ghost of former Dublin resident Pete Nelson. Jim Richards, member of the Dublin Historical Society and great-greatgrandson of former coach house owner Holcomb Tuller, has lived in Dublin his entire life. Richards recalls hearing about Nelson in the 1930s, shortly after Nelson is supposed to have died. “I remember Pete Nelson (from) when I was a kid,” says Richards. “My mother said that he hung himself in a building just north of the coach house.” Diane Hammons and her husband Dick purchased the coach house in 2008 with the staff already in place. For the first few months, Hammons was unaware of “Pete” and his reputation – but she slowly caught on as employees began to share their personal experiences. “As time went on, I would hear more stories about previous events and the

people who opened (the restaurant),” says Hammons. “None of them wanted to come in by themselves.” The stories vary in theme, but tend to take place on Sundays when the restaurant is closed. Hammons speculates Pete feels that’s his day to have the space to himself. The coach house also sees an influx in “ghostly” activity toward the holiday season, when business at the restaurant begins to pick up. “Toward the end of December, little things start happening again,” says Hammons. “It’s like (Pete says), ‘I’m tired, I want you guys to lay off.’” These “little things” range from falling objects to actual sightings. For instance, one day Hammons closed

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checked the building before setting the alarm, the blood quickly drained from the woman’s face. “She said, ‘I know what I saw,’” says Hammons of her neighbor. “I could tell it was starting to bother her that I was explaining how it could not have happened.” Although Pete has been known to cause chills, Hammons says no one is truly afraid of him. And while some are convinced that Pete’s presence is real, others are not so certain. “In 1964, my wife and I lived in that house for six months, and I never thought

anything about a ghost in that building,” Richards says. “I wouldn’t say that there isn’t (a ghost), but we never experienced anything (supernatural).” Hammons also admits she is skeptical. “I don’t have any personal experience, so I’m not necessarily a strong believer,” she says. “But I also do not discount anyone else’s experiences because there are some things you just cannot explain.” Rose Davidson is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at laurand@

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Pet Pleasers Learn which treats are safe to feed your dog


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mushrooms and nuts. Onions, grapes and garlic are toxic to dogs, as are macadamia nuts, and avocado and mushrooms can cause diarrhea. Tomatoes are borderline, so it’s best to play it safe and not feed them to your pet. Chocolate isn’t safe because of its caffeine content, so avoid coffee as well. “It keeps their heart rate up too high,” Henning says. Other fruits and vegetables can be a good choice for most dogs. Fruits with pits, peels or seeds such as apple seeds, should be pitted, peeled and have any seeds removed before serving. For a healthful snack, choose a handful of

baby carrots or green beans. On a hot day, you can freeze bananas, apples and blueberries into a doggie popsicle. A handful of unsalted, unbuttered popcorn is a fun treat, as is a small ½ tablespoon of peanut butter. “Sweet potatoes are a really good source of fiber,” Henning says. She suggests placing a tablespoon of cooked, mashed sweet potatoes on top of your dog’s regular food. Spinach is a good source of iron for nursing mother dogs or dogs that have recently been ill. “It’s a good vitamin supplement,” she says.

Just like for humans, large amounts of sugar and oil aren’t healthy for dogs and can cause them to gain weight. “Sweet” treats for pets can be sweetened with a small amount of honey. Instead of oil, use applesauce. Cream cheese or yogurt “frosting” is OK for dogs who can tolerate dairy. Carob can replace chocolate. Owners should use discretion when choosing the type and size of treat and the frequency with which treats are given, Henning says. “Be careful when introducing new things,” she says. “Do it a little bit of

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My son, Christopher, recently left for his first year at Dartmouth College. I feel proud and excited, but I miss having him around and I’ve shed tears in private, in public, on campus and on the long drive back from New Hampshire. The one thing I do not miss is buying items for his dorm room. Christopher hates shopping, so when I asked him questions like, “Which comforter do you like?” his typical response was, “I don’t care.” And truly he is not particular about bedding style, towel color or the thread count of his sheets. Shopping with him has always been torturous, and after a day of shopping, I was rubbing my temples in pain when I received a phone call from a friend who put it all in perspective. Dublin resident Kitty Allen has four children, ages 19 to 26: two girls out of school and two boys still in college. Like me, Kitty was shopping in Bed, Bath & Beyond that day. She had the dorm room check-off list and was buying laundry hampers and body pillows, but she wasn’t with her college students. “I’m moving my 83-year-old mother into the Dublin Retirement Village and everything she needs is on this dorm room list,” Kitty says. “I thought I was almost fin36

ished buying desk lamps and dry-erase calendars, but this month I’m moving one son into The Ohio State University, one son into the University of Colorado, my daughter back home from Texas and my mother here from Chicago.” All I could picture was Kitty getting confused and her mother ending up with a futon and a blanket with the words “Go Bucks!” I can completely relate to her situation. This summer, while preparing Chris for his move to college, we transitioned my mother-in-law into a full-time care facility and kept an eye on my father-in-law, who is still living in his house. Kitty and I are part of the sandwich generation, meaning we care for family members who are younger and older than us while still trying to manage careers and/or marriages and our own households. This is no simple bologna sandwich; it’s more like a triple-decker turkey club with extra mayonnaise. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 10 million baby boomers are now raising children or supporting an adult child while also giving financial aid to an aging parent. A longer life span is good news for all of us, but what will it be like for our parents or for us someday, living in a senior citizen community? Until that call from Kitty, I hadn’t really compared life in the dorms to life in the retirement home, but there are more similarities than you might think – including some humorous ones.

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