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CL AS S NO T E S CREATIVE THOUGHT Clean the dog L


ave Canem (a play on the Latin cave canem, “beware the dog”) is the slogan at Laundro-


Mutt, a dog washing and grooming service founded by Elizabeth Dodge Olson ’93. With three locations in the Boston area, the business offers do-it-yourself bathing stalls, a drop-off service for cleaning and grooming, and a selec- tion of food and other products. “Bitsy,” who runs LaundroMutt with husband Evan Olson ’92, was a biology major with a par- ticular inter- est in ca- nines; one summer, she studied wolf and red deer interactions in Poland. After gradu- ation she trained dol- phins and cared for a variety of animals at the Minne- sota Zoo


until, she says, “I was wooed to the Wildlife Science Center to raise 15 wolf puppies.” Her work there also included wolf population-control research, wildlife education, animal handling, grant writing, and marketing. In 1999 the Olsons moved to Massachusetts,


where she did outreach for the Global Habitat Project. It was during this period that Bitsy and a friend had a fateful chat about her German shepherd Maya.“We got to talking about Maya’s skin problems and needs, and I told her about my idea of a dog wash.” The pair did some re- search and put together a business plan. Al- though her friend moved away, Olson kept the idea in mind, eventually opening her first store in 2004. The operation started small but grew steadily as word got around about LaundroMutt’s range of services and, Olson hastens to add, its knowledgeable staff. Beyond the bathtub, she says, “we have


become a resource for our customers on behav- ior, training, nutrition, and overall health. We may be DIY, but our staff is there to help along the way, offer advice…and clean up the mess.” —PD


rivalry and friendship between basketball greats Magic Johnson and Larry Bird (mag- icbirdbroadway.com). The production opened in April at NYC’s Longacre Theatre on Broadway. Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, the play weaves in NBA footage and was created with the par- ticipation of Bird and Johnson. It marks Fran’s second collaboration with Tony Ponturo, with whom she produced the Broadway hit Lombardi, about the famed Green Bay Packers coach. Fran won a Tony for best musical revival for Hair in 2009. JENNY HERDMAN LANDO 45-05 30TH AVENUE ASTORIA, NY 11103 SKIDMORE93@AOL.COM


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Anne Koch has formed a new law practice, Day & Koch LLP, in Port- land, OR. The firm represents creative individuals and companies in business, entertainment, and intellectual-property matters.


’94 Congratulations to Maureen Mlynar-


czyk, supervising timer on Fox’s The Cleveland Show, which was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award for outstanding ani- mated program. Although the Emmy went to Futurama, Maureen was happy for her friends who work on that show, and she enjoyed attending the ceremony and the governor’s ball after-party. Justin O’Leary and wife Anna welcomed daughter Ella on December 15. “She came screaming politely into the world,” accord- ing to her proud dad, who is “in awe” of his wife and new daughter. Sylvia Stoner has joined the music de- partment at Washburn University in To- peka, KS, as the new director of the opera program. “I feel very lucky,” she says. She has a master’s and doctorate in musical arts from the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching, she is still a profes- sional opera performer and stage director. She and husband Wayne Hawkins, also a musician and teacher, are the proud par- ents of a young daughter. Adam Wald spent time with Courtney McGrath Bauman during her recent visit to NYC. Courtney lives with her husband and son in Livingston, MT. Adam also sees Maureen Mlynarczyk at the Skidmore NYC club’s planning meetings; he shared the great news about Maureen’s Emmy nomination for The Cleveland Show. Nicole Brown McDermott is an anesthe- siologist in Glenwood Springs, CO, where she lives with husband Rob and sons Sam, Luke, and Mathew. The family joined


50 SCOPE SPRING 2012


Fran Kirmser is coproducer of Magic/Bird, a drama about the


Wendy Prior Fentress and family for ski- ing and sledding in Vail over the holidays. In January artist Brian Gordon’s latest work, titled The Bubble Glass Stories, was exhibited at Zuzu Bar at the Middle East, a restaurant and club in Cambridge, MA. The 3-D pieces were created using antique oval frames with bubble-shaped glass made in the early to mid-1900s. Frits Abell is founder and coproducer of


the Echo Art Fair in Buffalo, NY, which will mount its second annual show July 7–8 (free admission; see echoartfair.com). Last year 110 artists and galleries submit- ted entries, from which 40 were selected for the fair, which drew more than 3,000 visitors to take in the art, performances, and concessions. Frits also founded the Buffalo Expat Network, fostering econom- ic and cultural revitalization. He divides his time between Buffalo and NYC, where he manages Northside Advisors, a bou- tique investment firm he helped establish. VICKI TISCH 330 WEST 56TH STREET, #2B NEW YORK, NY 10019 VICKITISCH@YAHOO.COM


Workers Union. Formerly assistant direc- tor of legislation for the Service Employ- ees International Union, he led legislative strategy on labor, health care, banking, and tax policy. A government major with a master’s in public policy from CUNY Graduate Center, he has also been VP for federal affairs at the Center for Responsi- ble Lending and a legislative assistant for Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Amy, and daughter Naomi, 4. Miranda Bailey spent the holidays with family, including daughter Golden Rose, born October 13. Miranda starred in the film Answers to Nothing with Dane Cook, which was released nationwide last year. She is executive producer of the reality TV series Labor of Love, which airs on HD Net. Molly Niles married Alan Renshaw last year in Sayulita, Mexico. Skiddies in at- tendance were Miranda Bailey, Elizabeth McGann, Lisa Freeman Baskin ’98, Amanda Niles Conti ’98, and Leigh Niles Reason ’91. Molly teaches Pilates and yoga at Winsor Pilates in Brentwood, CA. She and Alan live in nearby Venice with two rescue dogs, four cats, and a tortoise. KEIRNAN CONROY KLOSEK 235 LINCOLN STREET NEWTON, MA 02461 617-461-6643 KCKLOSEK@AOL.COM


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Josh Nassar was appointed legisla- tive director of the United Auto


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