Meet two of North Olmsted’s newest residents, Holly Nesbitt and Justin Chislow. Holly and Justin are both graduates from Ohio University who moved to North Olmsted in December of 2014 and wasted no time becoming valued members of the community. Justin, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, works as an engineer at Columbia Gas. Holly, whose degree is in Physical Education, is a fitness instructor at the North Olmsted Recreation Center as well as a Mary Kay consultant.
While North Olmsted is a brand new adventure for Holly, Justin is no newcomer to the area. Justin’s grandparents have lived in North Olmsted since 1969, and his grandfather, Bob Klabunde, was named Citizen of the Year in 2008. North Olmsted Senior Center Administrator Jackie Anderson even remembers Justin helping out his grandfather at the senior center when he was younger. When asked “Why live in North Olmsted?” Justin replied “It’s the familiarity of it. North Olmsted is comfortable and welcoming.”
Regardless of current fitness or skill level, Holly encourages all North Olmsted residents to attend a fitness class at the Rec Center. The drop-in fee for one class is only $8, but she claims that afterwards you will want to attend more, and recommends getting a monthly pass or a punch card. Be sure to keep an eye out for Holly’s cardio dance and Zumba classes, but if you’re looking for her on the schedule after September, you’ll find the name Holly Chislow instead! As the two look forward to their upcoming wedding, Holly mentions, “It’s cool that North Olmsted is the first city we will live in together as a married couple.”
What are your impressions of North Olmsted so far?
Holly: “Everything is right here! I like being right by work, the mall, the Metroparks, and even things in other cities, like the drive-in movie. It’s nice not to have to drive forever to do things. I have two jobs, and I enjoy keeping busy. North Olmsted is very accommodating to that type of lifestyle. We also love Fat Head’s.”
Justin: “It was a big adjustment moving here from the country, but I knew what I was getting into. The convenience of everything is great. I like having the Metroparks right here so I can feel like I’m away from the city sometimes.”
How important do you think it is for North Olmsted residents to get healthy?
Holly: “It’s so important because with the convenience of restaurants and leisure activities here, people need to remember fitness as well. Our Rec Center is nice! You rarely see an ice rink and a gymnastics center under one roof. The North Olmsted community shouldn’t take the facility or the Metroparks for granted because it’s right at your fingertips. It’s almost silly not to get fit here.”
What do you love most about your job at the North Olmsted Recreation Center?
Holly: “I love all the opportunities I’ve had so far at the Rec Center, like getting interviewed for Celebrate North Olmsted! It’s the connections to people that make it great. Mary Kay and fitness combined allow me to have an impact on women in the community and do what I can to make them feel good inside out.”