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Chesnut - Hummel

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon C. Hummel

Jerry and Meta Hummel of Oakwood wish to proudly announce the marriage of their son, Brandon Cort Hummel to Lesley Chesnut on June 14, 2009. Brandon is the grandson of Robert & Mildred Hummel, residents of Oakwood since 1947. The wedding was held on the farm of Lesley’s grandparents, Howard & Dolores White of Camden, Ohio.

Brandon, from Irvine, CA, has been a resident of Oakwood, Ohio, since 2000. He is an alumnus of Sinclair College and attending Ivy Tech in Indianapolis, IN. He is currently associated with the Canterbury Hotel, in Indianapolis. IN.

Lesley is the daughter of Donald & Dee Renee Chesnut of Lewisburg, OH. She is a graduate of University of Indianapolis and Pepperdine University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is currently associated with Capital Bank and Trust in Carmel, IN.

They will be residing at their new home in Fishers, IN.

Local attorney appears on BBC London Radio

When local attorney Robert Mues started practicing law 30 years ago, “prenuptial agreements were just starting to be recognized in the U.S.,” said Mues. “While the rest of Europe followed suit also enforcing pre-marital contracts when marriages dissolved, English Courts have up until this point treated the ‘prenup’ as a consideration, but not something binding.

Mues appeared last week on BBC London Radio’s “The Big George Show.” A landmark ruling in the U.K. regarding prenuptial agreements led the show’s producers to seek out an experienced American family law attorney to discuss the possible legal implications to British audiences. An article on the topic posted on the Ohio Family Law Blog -- a resource offered by the Dayton law firm of Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight and Mues -- caught the station’s eye.

The British courts ruled in favor of Katrin Radmacher, a German paper heiress, with assets over $100 million dollars. The appeals court enforced the terms of the prenuptial agreement and cut the $5.8 million dollars previously awarded to Nicolas Granatino to about $1 million dollars.

“While the developments in English law are quite interesting, what I’ve really taken from the experience is the power of social networking,” says Mues. “There is a real need today for around-the-clock on-line information regarding family law and divorce issues. We’re responding to that with the Ohio Family Law Blog; and we are on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.”

The recent blog post “Hitting The Airwaves With ‘Big George’ On The BBC” has a link to the interview as well as other insights on the English case. The Ohio Family Law Blog as well as the other sources of information and avenues for social networking can all be accessed from the firm’s website at They can be reached at (937) 293-2141Robert Mues

Three team up for Avalon salon

Pictured, left to right: Jodi Zink, Tamara Stout and Kristina Kracus.

After nearly four years, stylist and former owner of Beaux Cheveux, Jodi Zink is returning to the Oakwood area and joining the team at Avalon Hair & Color Studio. Jodi and Tamara Stout

(owner of Avalon) were each forced to close their salons and relocate in late 2005 and mid 2006 to allow for the redevelopment of their locations.

Jodi has had the privilege of working in a few of the most well known salons in the area, such as the former O’Neys, but has expressed that “it hasn’t been the same since I left Oakwood.” Even though Jodi does not live in Oakwood, she is quite fond of the town and very interested in what’s going on in the community. In fact, she was very impressed that Oakwood was given the “School of Excellence” recognition and would like to extend a $15 discount to any Oakwood school teachers, staff and students.

Jodi chose to join Avalon for its modern yet exclusive environment, a place where clients can relax and receive one on one attention. She hopes to attract new clients as well as former ones who chose to stay local.

Another recent addition to Avalon is the very positive and creative Kristina Kracus. She joins the team after working many years in the Columbus area for the well-known Charles Penzone salons. Kristina is also very fond of the Oakwood community and chose to join with Avalon for many of the same reasons as Jodi.

Avalon is now complete three talented stylists, all of which have 12 or more years of experience. The salon can now offer appointment times Monday-Saturday. Give Jodi a call at 830-1138 or Kristina at 545-2245. You will be in good hands with this team of professionals.

OHS alumna tours England with choir

Elyse Fenstermacher , a member of the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir, toured the British Isles May 27 - June 6 and performed in the cities of London, Oxford, Henley-on-Thames, Swansea, Cork, Armagh and Dublin.

The choir, accompanied by organist John Ferguson, sang a repertoire that included the popular British and Irish folk songs and hymns, Danny Boy, Loch Lomond, Lord of the Dance and Amazing Grace.

Choir members blogged and posted images of the tour at

Oakwood Relay For Life lights up night

Raises over $50,000 for cancer fight

Until severe weather postponed the conclusion, Oakwood Relay For Life raised more than $50,000 for the fight against cancer at Mack Hummon Field over the weekend. Organizers plan to continue raising funds until a concluding ceremony in August.

The luminaria candles have burned out. The tent city that sprung up on the Oakwood High School ball field has vanished without a trace. The purple ribbons are down. (The blisters will take a little longer.) But for the hundreds of people who came out to support the American Cancer Society’s 2009 Oakwood Relay For Life on July 10-11, and for the countless others whose lives will be helped by the funds raised, the memory of those 18 hours will never fade.

From the opening Survivors Lap, introduced by emcee Dan Edwards from WDTN and led off by Oakwood Mayor Judy Cook, through the midnight pizza and movies, to the unbelievable energy demonstrated by up-all-night Relayers line dancing in Hour 17, Oakwood’s third annual Relay For Life was a community festival of caring. Thirty-one teams, joined by family members, friends, and visitors, kept walkers and runners of all ages on the track from 6 p.m. Friday until Saturday morning’s severe weather forced a postponement of the closing ceremony. Families camped on the field. Teams raised money by offering hot dogs, beach balls, cornhole games, and lap counter necklaces for donations. Kids kept the bounce house rocking, and Council Member Steven Byington, in his role as entertainment chair and consummate DJ, kept the walkers motivated with tunes from disco to hip hop, Motown to Manilow.

As at every Relay For Life, the centerpiece of the event was the Luminaria Ceremony. At nightfall on Friday, the track was lined with lighted luminarias bearing the names of those lost to cancer and those being honored as survivors and activists. As Michael and Sandy Bashaw of Puzzle of Light played soft music, Michael Vanderburgh and Channel 7’s Cheryl McHenry read aloud the list of more than 400 names. Participants stepped quietly onto the track as their loved ones’ names were called. There were tears of loss and of joy, stories told, and silent hugs exchanged. There was awe at the inspiration and courage demonstrated by those fighting the battle against cancer, and determination to renew the effort to fight back through fundraising and advocacy. There was much laughter. And outlined in luminarias on the bleachers, as well as in participants’ hearts, there was HOPE, still burning strong as the sun came up.

2009 Oakwood Relay Co-Chairs Ted O’Connor and Jaci Hollmeyer thank all those who helped to make this year’s event happen—and remind the community that it’s not over yet. For more information on giving opportunities, or to volunteer for next year’s Relay, go to or contact Ted O’Connor at (937)
371-5297 or

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July 14, 2009
Volume 18, No. 28

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