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Author: Danielle Moores

Setting the Pace

A little more than a year ago, Dag and Alicia Grantham were in Columbus, Ohio, biking 100 miles as part of Pelotonia, a weekend-long bike ride for cancer research. It felt more like mile 1,000 as the Granthams, both strictly neighborhood bikers, pushed themselves to make it through. On a flat stretch that seemed to last forever, surrounded by cornfields on both sides, they approached a single pickup truck under a tent, with a man holding a sign. As each rider passed, he shouted, “Thank you for saving my wife.” The sweat and the pain suddenly faded away. That...

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Merry and Bright

Photo by Chris Thelen   Start with a Colonial cottage, dress it up for Christmas, add in a holiday wedding and the scene is set for something a little extra special.   Merry & Bright For Fred and Susan Thielke, the wedding of their daughter Abbie was the perfect reason to make their West Lake home even more memorable at Christmastime. Abbie, who is the youngest of the three Thielke daughters by eight years, had requested a “Father of the Bride” type feel for her special day. Even though the wedding itself didn’t take place at home, the Thielke...

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Augusta Innovation Zone

It was an ideal mix of personalities and talents: Patterson, the dreamer; Copenhaver, the connector; Virginia Claussen, the marketing guru; George Claussen, the social director; Cates, the legal mind with tech experience; and Wafford, the entrepreneur.   It all started over drinks one night. “It usually does, right?” laughs Virginia Claussen. The group included Claussen, chief image and creative officer for Copenhaver Consulting; her brother, George, better known as the brains and passion behind Friends With Benefits and Central Avenue’s Southbound Smokehouse restaurant; former mayor turned radio personality Deke Copenhaver; Tommy Wafford, co-founder of the startup MealViewer; John Cates,...

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