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January 12 - 24, 2020 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVI, No. 14
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Art lovers throughout the central Ohio
region came out to the westside on Jan.
4 to experience the first Hilltop Art Hop
of the new decade. The event, which
takes place the first Saturday of each
month, welcomed the works of artists
Pamela Ashton and Todd Loe. In addition
to showcasing their pieces, the
3060 Artworks gallery also features artwork
and woodcarvings from a dozen
local artists. Shown top right, Ixchel
Smith, 7, is delighted by the artisan
dolls from Alissa Renzetti. The westside
resident said she plans to be an artist
and loves coming to the monthly reception
to view the new artwork. The
gallery, which is located at 3060 West
Broad St., operates on the weekend
from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., with special
hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5
Bottom right, artist Pamela Ashton
proudly showcases some of her colorful
pieces on display at the gallery. Both
Ashton and Loe’s artwork will be featured
at 3060 Artworks until Jan. 27.
Musician Doug Hare provides additional
entertainment at the reception.
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The Greater Hilltop Area Commission
kicked off its Jan. 7 meeting with a variety
of projects that residents have the opportunity
to get involved in throughout the
month of January, from park improvements
to community resource centers and
The Recreation and Parks Committee is
hosting a public meeting to brainstorm
ideas for improving a section of Glenwood
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The City Beat
First responders have the tough task of
assessing a situation within minutes. What
happens when there is a language barrier?
In response to requests by residents,
city council members Mitchell Brown and
Emmanuel Remy approved funding to
equip the Columbus Division of Police officers
with on-demand interpretation services.
The goal is to improve communication
between police and non-English speaking
While the division of police has provided
officers with access to interpretation services
for some time, the demand for these
services has increased as Columbus’s non-
English speaking population continues to
grow. In order to access language services,
the division currently provides one city
issued cell phone per patrol precinct for the
purposes of contacting an interpreter. The
legislation passed this evening will purchase
additional devices to ensure there is
no limitation to accessing interpretation.
“I am pleased to provide another tool to
facilitate communication between our first
responders and the residents they serve,”
said Brown. “It is vital that our division of
police provides excellent service to every
resident in our community.”
“City Council is committed to breaking
down barriers between city services and
residents,” said Remy. “In a moment of
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emergency, everyone deserves to be understood,
no matter their language.”
“Our city is safest and justice best
served when all residents and law enforcement
can effectively communicate with
each other,” said Angela Plummer, executive
director of Community Refugee and
Immigration Services. “CRIS applauds
these efforts by city council to make language
access for limited English speakers a
The division currently records an average
of 275 contacts with language interpretation
services each month. As the additional
devices enter into service, the program
will be evaluated to determine if the
resources meet the desired result.
Council and the police continue to
encourage non-English speaking residents
to contact emergency personnel for assistance
in emergency situations.
“We are thankful for the leadership of
CRIS, who brought this issue to our attention
and worked with city council and the
division of police to help create a possible
solution,” said Remy. “Every interaction
between first responders and residents in
our community is important, and we’ll do
whatever we can to improve them.”
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Glenwood Recreation Center on Jan. 14 at
“We have a commitment from the (city’s)
Recreation and Parks Department to do a
master plan this spring,” said Neal
Bronder, a Hilltop commissioner and chairman
of the Recreation and Parks
Committee. “We kind of want to huddle a
little bit and come up with some ideas for
what we’d want to have in that plan.”
Another project, spearheaded by commissioner
Zerqa Abid, aims to create a
“game zone” and resource center for youth
living in the Wedgewood neighborhood.
Abid is also hosting a meeting to gather
public input on the center and organize a
volunteer advisory board to support its
“In the Wedgewood community, there is
no recreation center in walking distance.
Both the schools, Eakin and Wedgewood,
are always overbooked,” she said during
the meeting. “MY Project USA has been
working there for more than three years
now and our struggle has been that we do
not have a place where children can drop
MY Project USA, a Muslim social services
organization that helps empower families
and uplift the Hilltop neighborhood, is
leading the initiative that hopes to give the
nearly 2,000 children in the Wedgewood
neighborhood a meeting and recreation
Abid said in addition to the game zone,
the center would also offer other resources
such as English as a Second Language
(ESL) classes and free laundry in exchange
for community service, among other things.
The property, which MY Project USA
would rent, is adjacent to Eakin
Elementary School and also comes with a
barn that Abid said would be used to store
the Hilltop Tigers’ soccer supplies and
More information can be found on the
group’s Facebook page.
“We are looking for an advisory committee
(for the center). Anybody who is willing
to invest their time for these kids or for the
neighborhood is more than welcome,” Abid
The third project that residents have an
opportunity to provide input on isn’t being
proposed by the commission, but by a doctor
and former Hilltop Resident.
Rob Graessle worked at Grant Medical
Center for the last 10 years and said he’s
watched how the opiate crisis has brought
on things “we’ve never seen before.” He put
in his resignation in November because
he’s “disappointed” by the level of effort
given toward the crisis, and is proposing
his own plan to build a comprehensive
recovery center in the Hilltop for those
struggling with addiction.
Graessle came to the commission asking
for signatures on a letter in support of his
proposed center that would include transportation,
social services, medical services,
counseling and support for employment,
housing, navigating the court system and
The letter would be used to by Graessle
to show the state in his funding application
that Hilltop residents and commissioners
would want and support such a comprehensive
service in the community. The center
would be run as a limited-liability company
and not a non-profit because it provides
more flexibility to add on additional
services in the future, he said.
“I’m trying to get state dollars filtered
into the Hilltop to fund this,” Graessle said.
He’s applying for $1.9 million from the
state of Ohio, with 70 percent going toward
building renovations for a property located
at 3275 Sullivant Ave. The property is currently
an Asian supermarket but was formerly
a medical center, Graessle
Commissioners voted 7-5, with three
members abstaining, to postpone a vote on
signing a letter in support of Graessle’s
comprehensive recovery center. The final
vote to determine whether the commission
will sign the letter of support is set for the
Feb. 4 commission meeting at 7 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to provide input
and ask additional questions on the scope
of the project during that time.
Fire levy on the ballot in Franklin Twp.
January 12, 2020 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 3
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Sunday supper on the last Sunday of each
month from 2 to 4 p.m. at 2165 W. Broad
By Amanda Ensinger
This spring residents in Franklin
Township will head to the polls to decide if
they support a new permanent levy for the
fire department. The levy would repeal and
replace four of the township’s existing
The township will be asking for a 19.5-
mil levy; currently all four township levies
equal 24.53-mil, but only have an effective
rate of 18.5 for residential tax. Of the township’s
current four levies, three are permanent.
“The last levy we passed was for five
years and expires in 2020,” said Fire Chief
James Welch of the Franklin Township
Fire Department. “The current levies we
have are collected from the fire district
levies. This new levy would change our levy
The new levy would collect from the
entire township, including properties that
were annexed with a type II annexation.
“In 2003, the Ohio legislative government
passed laws to allow townships to
conform our boundaries to include properties
that were annexed with a type II
annexation,” Welch said. “What this means
for Franklin Township residents is this will
spread out the expense for fire services to
include all properties that were annexed
This means regions like Valleyview
where they can vote for township trustees
would have to pay this property tax if
approved. This also means they can vote in
favor or against this levy during the March
The existing levies collect $3.2 million a
year for the fire department and, if
approved, the new levy would collect about
$4.5 million a year for the department.
Currently with levies, residents pay
approximately $654 a year per $100,000
home in property taxes to the fire department.
The new levy would increase resident’s
properties taxes to $682 a year per
“The money raised from this levy would
go toward the ongoing operations of the fire
department,” Welch said. “Some of these
expenses include salaries, health insurance
and the cost of inflation. Basically, all the
operating expenses go up each year but the
levies decrease in value.”
According to Welch, 78 percent of the
department’s budget goes toward salary
and payroll. Welch is paid $96,366 a year,
the assistant fire chief is paid $93,704 and
the average salary of the township firefighters
is $70,476 a year plus benefits.
However, according to Welch, township
firefighters are still underpaid compared to
the average in central Ohio. According to a
2019 MORPC survey, for fire chiefs the
average salary in central Ohio is $125,365.
For assistant chiefs the average salary is
$117,341. The average salary for firefighters
Welch said the department plans on
doing a full education campaign to raise
awareness to residents about this levy.
More details on public meetings to answer
questions about the levy will be announced
later this year.
Fire department leadership said if the
levy does not pass in the spring election,
they will try for it again in the fall.
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Apprenticeship Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at
Glenwood Community Center, 1888 Fairmont Ave.
Participants will be able to learn about careers in
skilled construction trades as well as meet professionals
already in the field. The event is free to attend.
Register at www.columbus.gov/CBAevents.
The Westgate Alternative Elementary School PTA
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Rollhouse Columbus, located at 500 Georgesville Road.
The cost is $12 for two hours of bowling and that
includes shoe rental. A portion of the proceeds will
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My experience with a fraternity was a good one
Even the most cursory scan of the news
these days will quickly spot some less than
positive clip about a college fraternity on
what’s become an all too frequent basis. It
might be a senseless tragedy, hazing incident,
house suspension or probation, or
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just a negative narrative denouncing an
entire campus Greek system. It’s become
widespread, scanning major and smaller
college campuses across the country. The
sad incidents are real, the outrage
deserved. But memories of my college fraternity
days are vastly different, and I’m
convinced there remains that other side of
the story, a good side, that’s become lost in
the media’s patented stereotyping rubble.
It’s one that will always provide me with
many positive and invaluable memories of
If there was ever a kid who didn’t fit the
image of a ‘frat rat’ heading to college, it
was yours truly. I hadn’t fit into the high
school mold. My high school chums disgustedly
called me, Goody Two-Shoes, Dudley
Do-Right and Goody Angel. I didn’t swear,
drink, or smoke and considered girls to be
a dangerous, unknown powerful force, a
fear I still carry after 40 years of marriage
as I continue to agree with that book, “Men
are From Mars, Women Are from Venus.”
Heading off to college, two of my favorite
songs were Neil Diamond’s, “Solitary Man”
and Simon and Garfunkel’s, “I Am a Rock.”
When I arrived on campus for my freshman
year, I realized I didn’t fit the college
mold. In those days, there was a freshman
football team and some of them ended up
on my floor. Academic standards for athletes
was close to nil in those days. Most
couldn’t spell ‘study’
let alone figure out
how to open a book
to attempt it.
Instead, they just
ran around the floor
like little kids creating
havoc. The dorm
was impersonal and
a challenge to even
attempt any academic
library became my
The one great
experience I recall
from that first year
day campus spirit
was incredible. To
get to old Archbold
Stadium, this was
prior to it being
replaced by the
Carrier Dome, I had
to walk by fraternity
row. I’d wander
by looking at the big
houses with their
Greek letters prominently
wondering about all
the unknown mystique they represented.
On the trek back following the game many
frat porches had live bands playing and
passersby, including me, congregating in
front them to enjoy the music and gameday
spirit. Everyone was having fun, something
dorm life wasn’t providing. I didn’t
see myself as part of the fraternity scene at
that point. I remained in my shell, but
something must have subconsciously registered
It wasn’t until the spring term of my
sophomore year that I gave another
thought to fraternities. My dorm roommate
had just pledged one in the fall and encouraged
me to. He insisted it wasn’t what my
perception was. No, it wasn’t an Animal
House of total chaos the 1978 movie with
John Belushi running toga parties every
night at a 1962 fraternity would later portray.
Still not enjoying the dorm scene, I
decided to give it a try. That spring I
became a pledge. I’ve never regretted it.
The fraternity was officially listed as
‘social and professional’ although I think
the latter was wishful thinking. The only
thing I considered professional was everyone
was a forestry student. That was a big
selling point to me, similar interests, our
environment, a common bond. We were
known as ‘Stumpies’ to the large college
our small school was a part of. There were
many academic forestry disciplines reflected
within the fraternity house. Mine was
wildlife management. But we were all
bonded by being proud ‘Stumpies’.
The pledge period was a challenge, but
nothing like you hear about so often in
today’s media. It gave them a chance to
learn more about us and us about them. It
concluded with the infamous hell week. It
was a long week, but we weren’t hazed, at
least not what I considered that to be. We
didn’t get much sleep during the week,
painted the house interior and had to
attend our classes. There were some fun
team building traditions along the way. For
example, there was an ‘Amazing Race’ kind
of exercise. A few brothers would set up in
little bars about the city. We’d get clues
and walk to find them. We’d buy them a
cold one, sit and chat a few moments, then
move on to find the next waiting brothers.
I had to endure much worse the next year
at my ROTC summer boot camp. The week
took on a special meaning for me when I
was given a handsome beer stein at the initiation
dinner, engraved with the wording,
Most Outstanding Pledge Spring 1969. I
still proudly display it and smile when I
look at it.
I moved into the frat house my junior
year. It’s amazing how many fond memories
I still have from those two short years.
In case you’re wondering, I was no longer
being called by my high school nicknames.
These were the
Woodstock days and
the hippie movement
was in full
swing. I always kept
the shell nearby but
from it to look
around and become
a work in progress. I
made decisions, learned from resulting
mistakes and enjoyed a few successes. The
new opportunities the fraternity provided
helped me grow and mature.
As I look back, I still marvel at how that
fraternity was able to function as successfully
as it did. Today’s Congress could have
learned from us. You throw a large group of
kids, fresh out of high school, into a house
and expect them to take their newfound
independence, step up and run a student
filled house and their new lives smoothly
and responsibly. Too many fraternities
haven’t been able to do that and hence the
root cause of so much of the recent negative
publicity. By no means was our fraternity
house a perfect place. But we ran it,
matured and grew in it using close teamwork
and developed some lifelong friendships.
Yes, we would party hardy, some too
much. We had a few goofballs we had to
deal with, but most knew there were
boundaries we weren’t to cross. We took
pride in our fraternity house and the image
we portrayed. We elected house officers
and filled numerous functions to keep
things running. We participated in campus
and community charity functions and
sports intramurals. Many brothers studied
hard and excelled in academics and graduated
with honors, me included. We always
had members elected as our college class
officers. I was senior class secretary-treasurer.
I must admit, when graduation came, I
had finally pushed aside my shell and was
ready to leave. The grass is always greener
on the other side of the fence and I was
ready to step over it to a beckoning world.
But it didn’t take long to start looking back
with a smile, and after all these years, I
still realize joining that frat house was one
of the better decisions I’ve made in my life.
I’m confident today’s fraternities haven’t
changed that much. I’m betting there’s still
the good, along with the bad and ugly.
Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the
Columbus Messenger Newspapers. He
lives in Grove City.
www.columbusmessenger.com January 12, 2020 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 5
School board approves contract
extension for superintendent
By Dedra Cordle
The South-Western City Schools
District will retain Superintendent Dr. Bill
Wise through the 2026 school year under a
five-year contract extension.
At the Jan. 6 meeting, the board of education
unanimously approved the extension,
more than a year before his contract
was set to expire.
Robert Ragland Sr., the board’s newly
elected president, said the board chose to
renew his contract due to his exemplary
“For the past years, he has been doing
an excellent job as superintendent,” he
“Dr. Wise has a remarkable vision for
the district and our graduation rates have
increased each year (under his leadership),”
he added, referring to their current
graduation rate of 87.9 percent.
Ragland said that on a personal note, he
has known Wise since he was an assistant
superintendent in the early 2000s and has
always been impressed with his work ethic
“He always makes himself available for
community services and his doors and ears
are always open when issues arise.”
Per the terms of the contract extension,
Wise will receive a 2.4 percent increase in
his base pay annually starting Aug. 1,
2021. His current salary is $206,566.
The board has also agreed to provide 35
vacation days, a change from 30 days, and
has determined he will be employed for 215
work days per year, a change from 220
under the terms of his last contract. The
board will also continue to provide an
annual contribution to a tax-sheltered
annuity of his choosing.
Wise began his career at the district in
2002 when he served as the assistant
superintendent of curriculum and then as
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or for more information, contact the
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the deputy superintendent. In 2007, he
was named the superintendent upon the
resignation of Kirk Hamilton.
Under his term as superintendent, the
district has established an all-day kindergarten
program, the implementation of an
Accelerated Learning Center, and two
major build projects.
In 2012, voters approved a bond issue
that allowed the district to enter into a
partnership with the Ohio Facilities
Construction Commission to construct 13
new elementary buildings, renovate two
others, and build a new Franklin Heights
High School. Additional monies of the $206
million project allowed the district to make
roofing or asphalt improvements at various
buildings when the need arose.
Currently, the district is set to begin the
groundbreaking later this summer in a
$193 million build project that will see the
replacement of the four oldest middle
schools, the renovation and addition at
Jackson Middle, and further repairs to
East Franklin Elementary School. Voters
approved that project, also with the OFCC,
in November 2018.
Wise said that while he looks forward to
the upcoming build project that will provide
“21st century learning opportunities,”
he is more excited to continue working at
“We have the most phenomenal quality
of staff in this district,” he said. “We are
truly blessed to have such a talented staff
that cares about children and that choose
to be here day after day to make a difference
in their lives.”
Also at the meeting, the board approved
a bid to replace the roof at the South-
Western Preschool Center, located at 4324
Haughn Road in Grove City. The board
awarded the contract to JB Roofing
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The Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran
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from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday
of each month at 3500 Main St. in Hilliard.
The church also operates a food pantry on
Mondays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. For more
information, call the church office at 614-
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Since its introduction 47 years ago, the Metro Parks Winter
Hike Series has morphed into a massive event.
Thousands of people now show up for the hikes which take
place in January and February at 13 of the system’s 19 parks.
Participants are treated to guided and self-guided hikes, hot
chocolate and soup, and the fellowship of like-minded winter
But with all that good stuff comes lots of discarded bowls, spoon
and cups, and carbon emissions from cars carrying those adventurers
to and from the parks.
While Metro Parks is thrilled that so many people have latched
onto the hike series, they also want to be good stewards of the
“We’re happy to provide the experience, but we also don’t want
to make a mess of this world,” said Jill Snyder, assistant manager
of education and interpretation.
To that end, Metro Parks started a few years ago to encourage
participants to carpool to the hikes and bring their own reusable
mugs and bowls. Hikers also can earn commemorative mugs by
donating five cans of food, five personal hygiene items, or $5 to the
Mid Ohio Food Bank.
This year, the park system is ramping up its conservation
efforts even more.
“We’re really trying to reduce waste from the event,” Snyder
To do that, Metro Parks is using compostable bowls and utensils
where possible in place of styrofoam and plastic. They have
partnered with The Compost Exchange, which will compost refuse
and food waste from the hikes, as well as educate hikers about
composting. In addition to the mugs hikers can earn with food
bank donations, the Friends of the Metro Parks are selling
reusable bowls and spoons.
“We hope to divert a whole lot of trash from the landfill,”
Metro Parks staffers plan to track just how much waste they
“If we hit certain goals, we’re going to save the turtles—not sea
turtles, but our own Ohio turtles,” Snyder said.
The idea is to provide better habitat and resources for protection
of turtles, especially box turtles, whose numbers are declining
due to habitat loss and fragmentation. (Turtles are getting hit on
roads, including those within the parks, that bisect their living
areas.) Additionally, a new nature center planned for Blacklick
Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg will include an educational
component on turtles.
So, what do turtles have to do with waste reduction?
“Sometimes, it’s hard to get people excited about trash... This
way, we’re saying that if we can get everyone on board with our
conservation efforts, we as a Metro Park district will give back to
protecting the environment,” Snyder said.
This year’s motto for the Winter Hike Series is “Hike to a
Greener Place.” For more information, go to metroparks.net.
The 47th Annual Winter Hike Series, presented by Columbus
and Franklin County Metro Parks, runs Jan. 4 - Feb. 22.
Anyone who completes at least seven hikes receives an embroidered
patch. Anyone who completes all 13 hikes and is a paying
member of the Friends of the Metro Parks receives a walking stick
and/or a medallion for the stick. Friends membership is $10 per
year. This year’s medallion pays tribute to the Scioto Audubon
Photo courtesy of John Nixon/Metro Parks
A pair of hikers make their way along a trail at Prairie Oaks Metro
Park during last year’s Winter Hike Series.
Dates, times, places and distances for each of this year’s
remaining hikes are as follows:
Jan. 12—2 p.m., Prairie Oaks in West Jefferson, 1, 3 or 5 miles,
Jan. 18—10 a.m., Scioto Audubon, downtown Columbus, 1 or 2
miles, pets welcome;
Jan. 25—10 a.m., Clear Creek in Rockbridge, 1, 3 or 5 miles;
Jan. 26—2 p.m., Inniswood in Westerville, 2 miles;
Feb. 1—10 a.m., Blendon Woods in northeast Columbus, 2 or 4
Feb. 2—2 p.m., Scioto Grove in Grove City, 1 or 2 miles, pets
Feb. 8—10 a.m., Highbanks in Lewis Center, 2.5 or 5 miles;
Feb. 9—2 p.m., Glacier Ridge in Plain City, 2 miles, pets welcome;
Feb. 15—10 a.m., Three Creeks in Groveport, 1, 3 or 5.6 miles,
Feb. 16—2 p.m., Slate Run in Canal Winchester, 2.5 or 5 miles;
Feb. 22—10 a.m., Battelle Darby Creek in Galloway, 2, 4 or 6
miles, pets welcome.
Hikes are free. No registration is required.
pay raise in Prairie
By Amanda Ensinger
Part-time employees in Prairie
Township will see a pay increase in 2020.
The action was approved by the Prairie
Township board of trustees at a recent
The trustees increased the part-time
pay scale for the road, cemetery and park
department from $13 an hour starting out,
$14 an hour after the first year and $15 an
hour after the second year to $14 an hour
starting out, $15 an hour after the first
year and $16 an hour after the second
All full-time, non-union employees and
non-union, part-time permanent employees
also received a pay raise in 2020 after
some discussion among the board.
While the trustees disputed the amount
of the increase, they settled on a 3 percent
increase for the year.
“I have seen anything from no raise to a
few percentages,” said trustee Stephen
Kennedy. “I would recommend giving them
However, the majority of the board
wanted to give the employees a 3 percent
The board also agreed to increase minimum
wage for part-time employees from
$8.55 an hour to $8.70 an hour to go with
the Ohio minimum wage increase in 2020.
In related news, the township will begin
advertising for a front desk coordinator
position at the community center.
“The position will pay between $13.46
and $23.07 an hour,” said Prairie
Township Community Center Interim
Director Michael Pollack. “The annual
salary will be between $28,000 and
$48,000 a year.”
The front desk coordinator will be
responsible for various duties, including
managing social media, coordinating printed
materials and running the front desk of
the community center.
In other news, the trustees approved
spending up to $12,500 on cameras for the
township hall. Township officials would
like to add cameras to the meeting room,
hallway and all three entries to the building.
“Basically, there will be cameras everywhere
but in the restrooms,” said Rob
Peters, township administrator. “We had a
security incident where a person entered
the building where staff was. We also have
had a hit and skip, so this is needed.”
Produce giveaway at YMCA
The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce
giveaway the third Wednesday of
each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879
Valleyview Drive in Columbus. For more
information, call the YMCA at 614-276-
The Hilltop Historical Society would
like to thank long-time Hilltop resident
Monty Chase as he honors the Navy
Wreath he has placed at Camp Chase
Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across
America in December. Thanks to the
efforts of the John Hoover Chapter of
the Daughters of the American
Revolution for supporting the group
with wreaths. Thanks to Refuge
Ministries for their support in putting
out the flags and to the many other volunteers
who came out in the rain.
About 250 wreaths were placed
throughout the cemetery. This was just
one small part of Wreaths Across
America, an effort that places more
than two million wreaths at cemeteries
across the country.
United Methodist Church
61 S. Powell Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43204
9:00 a.m. Worship Service
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 am Wednesday Bible Study
“Doing GOD’S work on the WESTSIDE”
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Columbus OH 43204
Sunday School - 9:15am
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4234 Clime Road North, Columbus, OH 43228
9:30 AM Sunday School
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6:30 PM Sunday Evening
7:00 PM Wednesday Bible Study
Every 4th Sunday of Month 3-5 PM
January 12, 2020 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7
Be a Part of Our Local Worship Guide
Our Worship Guide is geared toward celebrating faith and helping readers connect
with religious resources in our community. Make sure these readers know how you can
help with a presence in this very special section distributed to more than
25,000 households in the Westside area.
Contact us today to secure your spot in our Worship Guide.
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225 Schoolhouse Lane
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Pastor David Kane
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(614) 274-2002 (614) 202-1705
Winter events at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
The following are events scheduled at Battelle
Darby Creek Metro Park this winter. Battelle Darby
Creek Metro Park is located at 1775 Darby Creek
Drive in southwest Franklin County.
• Preschoolers: Dino Dig, Jan. 14 at 9:30 or 11 a.m.
- Dig up some dirt on how these prehistoric creatures
lived. Ages 3-5 meet at Nature Center.
• Family Overnight at the Nature Center, Jan. 18.
- Come camp out with us in the nature center. Bring
your own sleeping bag and gear to accommodate your
whole family. Advance registration required.
• Bon Appecreek, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. - Enjoy the fish
feeding frenzy as you help feed them worms, crickets
and other foods. Meet at the Nature Center.
• Teeth, Jaws & Claws, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. - “The
Carnivorous Dinosaurs and Why Birds Are
Dinosaurs.” This talk looks at the tremendous diversity
of theropods and carnivorous dinosaurs and why scientists
say birds are living dinosaurs. Meet at the
• Bison: Behind the Scenes, Jan. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.
- See how park staff tend to our bison. Meet at the
• Winter Tree ID, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. - No leaves? No
problem. Learn to identify trees by the rest of their features.
Meet at the Ranger Station.
• Preschoolers: Dino Dig, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. or 1
p.m. - Dig up some dirt on how these prehistoric creatures
lived. Ages 3-5 meet at the Nature Center.
• Succulents, Feb. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. - Come learn
about these amazing indoor plants and pot one to bring
home with you. Meet at the Nature Center.
• Owls — Whoo’s Calling?, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m - Lure
in owls using calls on a one-mile hike. Meet at Indian
• Bison, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. - Enjoy a hike to see North
America’s largest land mammal. Meet at the Nature
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but rather supply the
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reports; and ability to work and cooperate with adults and children. This
is a 12 month position working 40 hours per week. Position
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PAGE 12 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - January 12, 2020
“e Grudge” is a hodgepodge of haunting stories
A new decade has begun on the silver
screen and with it comes the death of the
reboot and the birth of the continuation.
Long noting and never caring about the
general public’s growing discontent with
the reboot, movie studios have decided now
is the time to turn over a new leaf and
lessen their reliance on the sure-fire cash
grab. To make up for this potential loss in
profits, the studios have craftily rebranded
these properties and transformed them
into continuations of a shared universe.
This term is an interesting mix of ideas;
it starts with the pitch to reboot a property
that has been stagnant for five or more
years and the rejection due to the lack of
originality. At that same meeting, they
brainstorm ways to tweak the property so
something fits into that universe, it is
promptly greenlit due to the abundance of
new ideas and — voila — you have a fresh
continuation. People can’t call it lazy
because it’s not a traditional reboot and
there is still a market for it because it adds
onto a known property. It’s quite the con,
but I appreciate the attempt at the appearance
The first of a slate of new films to
receive this treatment is “The Grudge,” a
continuation of the 2004 film starring
Sarah Michelle Gellar, which was itself an
American reboot of the 2002 Japanese film
“Ju-On.” It begins back in Tokyo where the
latest caretaker of the Saeki home has tendered
her resignation. Like all who step
foot in that house, Fiona Landers (Tara
Westwood) is disturbed by its oppressive
feeling and believes the only way to get rid
of that sensation is to get as far away as
Shortly after, she is seen at her home in
Pennsylvania, happily hugging her family
and then experiencing hallucinations of a
dark presence. Fast forward two years and
we are introduced to Detective Muldoon
(Andrea Riseborough, whose character is
never given a first name) who has settled
into the same small town with her young
son after the death of her husband.
At her first day on the job, she and her
new partner, Detective Goodman (Demian
Bichir), discover a heavily decomposed
body in a car in the woods off of a service
road. In the glovebox, it says her last
known address was 44 Reyburn Drive, a
location which causes Goodman’s face to
pinch more severely.
Upon the prompting of Muldoon,
Goodman tells her of the murder-suicide of
an entire family years prior, and the slow,
mental deterioration of his former partner
who was obsessed with the case. Knowing
that she is interested in the case, Goodman
warns his new partner away from the
house, telling her not to step foot in it as it
gives off an evil vibe. Naturally, she doesn’t
listen and a slew of ghostly apparitions
As their story is being told, the rest of
the film unfolds in a non-linear fashion,
cutting between the Landers family, married
real estate agents Peter and Nina
Spencer (John Cho and Betty Gilpin) and
married elderly couple William and Faith
Matheson (Frankie Faison and Lin Shaye).
Each tale tells of their experience with this
unknown entity that haunts.
Though each tale is portrayed by strong
character actors, had writer and director
Nicolas Pesce decided to trim one or two
storylines, or maybe chosen a main pointof-view,
this film would have felt more compact
and cohesive; instead it ends up feeling
like a hodgepodge of angry ghosts with
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There are elements
of a good
movie here; it’s
based on an expression
of the grief and
rage left behind at
places of emotional
impact, it’s moody
and atmospheric and it features a great
cast. It just doesn’t work because there is
too much going on with too little time
devoted to establishing a relationship
between the characters and the audience.
You feel bad that they’re being haunted,
but not so bad that you don’t stop to check
for the time every 10 minutes either.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
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Tristan, 3, is still
hanging out at the
shelter waiting for his
forever family. This
affectionate guy is
smart, quiet and
sleepover host said
“Tristan is an
absolute angel!” We
also learned he’s not
a fan of stairs. His favorite TV channel is the
Food Network as he loves treats. Share some
bacon cookies with this handsome guy today.
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Jerome is patiently
waiting at the shelter
to meet you. This 1-
year-old sweet guy
can get a little hyper
and will need positive
to learn some
manners. Because of
this, we recommend
he be in a home with
older children. Come
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Omega watched as
moved out of the
house, except him.
They came and fed
him, but left him in his
crate for many days
alone. Now, Omega
is safe and is seeking
a new family. He’s a
big, playful boy that is
still a little nervous
but doing well in foster care. He would be best
suited in a home without small children due to
his energy level and size. Adopt Omega
through Colony Cats and Dogs.
Otter is a 2-year-old
tabby. She purrs nonstop
and is hoping
someone will open
their heart and home
to her. She is very
sweet and playful but
a bit on the shy side.
Otter is spayed and
up to date on her vaccines.
She is residing
at the Colony Cats Zen Den, at 2470 Festival
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