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National cemetery’s Newkirk is proud to serve those who have served

Todd Newkirk is a U.S. Air Force retiree and Department of the Army civilian employee who now is assistant director at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. That means the Memoria Day will be special for him.

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Heather Alday chooses a chiropractic career path that has your back

It was as a teen growing up in Bainbridge, Ga., that Dr. Heather Alday turned to a chiropractor while dealing with some health issues. The experience helped so much that she eventually decided chiropractic was the career path she wanted to take. Her career choice is a solid one, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that there are just over 45,200 chiropractors helping patients across the U.S. today. There is a need for more, however, with the agency estimating nearly 8,000 additional chiropractors will be required by the year 2024.

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For bike mechanic Byron Thornton, it’s the journey, not the money

If life indeed is a highway, there’s no doubt that Byron Thornton would want to ride it all night long on one of his five bicycles — and then hop right back on it again the very next day. The Columbus resident and Army brat-turned-Baker High School graduate admittedly eats, sleeps and breathes bicycling to the point that 21 years ago he left the automotive industry entirely to become a bike mechanic. He honed his craft at the old Mike’s Bikes store in north Columbus, then landed at Ride on Bikes on Broadway downtown in 2003.

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John Phillips loves lawns and landscaping like a moth loves light

John Phillips has been working in the lawn and landscaping world for 35 years, so he truly knows his roses and azaleas and trees and shrubs and how to keep them alive and thriving. But as owner of Seasonal Concepts in Columbus, the Columbus native, 57, also knows that it can be very hard work and often in some pretty uncomfortable conditions.

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Outdoors, water, zip line adventure are James Walker’s ‘dream job’

When asking James Walker how he came to be in what he considers his “dream job” as a zip line and river guide, he recalls growing up in Columbus and always wanting to venture outside for anything — to work, to play in the water, to climb trees, to simply take part in all kinds of cool stuff. Today, Walker is a zip line guide and river rafting guide with Whitewater Express in Columbus and Phenix City.

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Bakers and chef craft artisan breads and sweet treats at Yola’s

Baker Yolanda East and her baker and chef colleague Michael Kimball say the essence of Yola’s Coffee & Cafe is simple: It is in the memory of little Manuel “Will” Cabezas, making it all about a family atmosphere and good quality food. The two operate Yola’s Coffee & Cafe, 1815 Garrard St., in the Lakebottom Park area of Midtown Columbus.

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People, passion, fun motivate Heather Williams as a master barber

Heather Williams knows she’s in an occupation that is one of the oldest and shows no signs of slowing down in the future. That’s the field of barbers, hairdressers and cosmetologists, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics estimates will need more than 64,000 more in the profession by the year 2024. That’s on top of the 656,400 people already in those jobs.

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Sally Phillips strives to keep pianos new and old in perfect tune

The past four decades have been a memorable musical ride for Sally Phillips, putting her in beautiful concert settings far and wide. She doesn’t play the piano, mind you. Instead, the owner of Piano Perfect in Columbus uses her fine-tuned skills to make certain that piano players and those listening to performances enjoy them to the utmost.

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Toshiro Lyn brews up flavorful teas at his ‘studio’ on Broadway

Coffee consumption may get much of the buzz in the beverage world today, but Toshiro Lyn is here to tell you that there’s nothing like a pleasant cup of tea in the morning, during lunch, around mid-afternoon or perhaps in the evening, if decaffeinated. Of course, Lyn, 26, might be at least a bit biased considering he brews tea for a living at his establishment, Te Amo Tea

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