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Garden idea

gets growing

By Andrea Cordle

Southwest Editor

Late in 2019, Grove City Council voted

to set aside property in the Town Center

for a community park. This decision was

made after Grove City resident Gregg

Smurthwaite presented council with more

than 600 signatures from local citizens in

favor of the idea.

According to legislation, the old library

site, bounded by Park Street on the north,

Arbutus Avenue on the east, Civic Place on

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An afternoon snack

Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle

This squirrel was having itself a feast at Gantz Park in Grove City on Jan. 6. Someone had left out carrots, apple slices, cheese

crackers and bread for the area wildlife. According to wildlife experts, the best food for squirrels is a mix of walnuts, hazelnuts

and sunflower seeds along with chopped carrots, chopped apples and kiwi fruit.

School board approves contract extension

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

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

performance.

“For the past years, he has been doing

an excellent job as superintendent,” he

said.

“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 Dr. Bill Wise

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the south and First Avenue on the west, shall be preserved for

public gathering space.

Volunteers from Hope Gardens saw this as an opportunity.

Hope Gardens started out as a concept six years ago by community

members who saw a need for a park that would offer a calm

respite in the Town Center. According to the Hope Gardens website,

it is a non-profit with a mission to provide a landscape setting

where a sense of well being could be restored. It aims to provide a

place of relaxation and calm.

Secretary of Hope Gardens Rosemary Barkes attended a recent

meeting to make a pitch to city council about using the green space

at the former library site for a community garden.

“The natural elements can infuse our mood in a positive and

uplifting manner,” said Barkes.

Barkes said she believes this garden concept would fulfill the

ordinance passed by council to create a unique community gathering

spot in the downtown area. She said it could even host small

events featuring low-level acoustic music.

Though the concept for Hope Gardens began several year ago,

in 2019 the non-profit group created its board. It includes Thomas

Chahine was president, Rebecca Sommer as vice president,

Barkes as secretary, Melba Hompertz as treasurer and Bill

Ferguson as officer at-large.

“This is a wonderful concept that has come a long way,” said

Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage of the proposal.

Council members

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with public input.

Barkes said the

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impressed with his work ethic and

demeanor.

“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

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

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Hope Gardens has proposed a garden for green space preserved

in the Town Center. The garden would be a place for community

members to gather and reflect, similar to the public garden

at the Gardens at Gantz in Grove City.

detail to council at a later date.

Hope Gardens is active in the Grove City community. It provides

garden workshops, forums, events, plant sales and seasonal

events. It is seeking volunteers.

For more information on Hope Gardens, visit

hopegrovecity.org.

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

the district.

“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

Company/A Tecta America Company, for

$170,850.


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The City Beat

Apartment plan approved along State Route 104

By Andrea Cordle

Southwest Editor

An apartment complex got the green

light from Grove City Council despite the

objections from a few council members.

At a recent meeting, with a 3-2 vote,

council approved the development plan for

Sugar Maple Commons, located south of

Holton Road and west of State Route 104.

Aaron Underhill, an attorney representing

the developer Treplus Communities,

said the 105-unit apartment community is

for those aged 55 and older. He said it will

be luxury, ranch-unit apartments that are

between 1,200 and 1,600 square feet. Rent

would range from $1,900 to $2,600 per

month.

“It’s a good use for the property and it’s

ideal for the city’s changing demographics,”

Underhill said.

Underhill said because the units would

be catered to senior citizens and empty

nesters, there would be less of impact on

area traffic. However, traffic was the main

reason two council members, Roby

Grove City shelter reservations

Grove City Parks and Recreation shelter

reservations open Jan. 21, for shelters in

Windsor and Gantz parks and ball diamonds

in Fryer Park. Make reservations 8

a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by

calling 614-277-3050 or visiting Kingston

Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. Reservations

are granted on a first-come basis and are

not complete until fees are paid.

Reserve shelters for partial or full days:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 8

p.m. Resident fees for the gazebo and small

shelter at Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road,

Schottke and Ted Berry, voted against the

development plan.

“That is a problem that is not going

away,” said Schottke.

The councilman said he was concerned

about the speed limit and increased traffic

along State Route 104.

State Route 104 is controlled by the

state of Ohio. It sets the speed limit and

determines if and where traffic signals

would be located.

Schottke wants city administrators to

contact the Ohio Department of

Transportation (ODOT) to see about lowering

the speed limit on the route as well as

discuss adding traffic signals where necessary.

Sugar Maple Commons is not the only

development plan that has been approved

along State Route 104 that could potentially

put more vehicles onto the roadway. In

March 2019, council signed off on the

Farmstead development plan that would

build more than 500 housing units at the

Farmstead-Hancock property, located on

the westside of State Route 104 and east of

Hawthorne Parkway.

around the southwest

and the large shelter at Windsor Park,

4330 Dudley Ave., are $45 for half-day

reservations and $75 for a full day

($60/$105 for non-residents). The large

shelter at Gantz Park is available for $55

for a half day and $90 for a full day

($70/$125 for non-residents).

Fields at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road,

are available for rent when not already in

use for city activities by arrangement with

the sports supervisor. Reservations are

made in two-hour increments for $20 per

field.

Grove City residents also can host an

“This is an example of government causing

its own problems,” said Berry. “We

keep approving developments with no road

improvements.”

According to Mike Keller, who represents

Grove City from the engineering firm

EMH&T, the city is working with ODOT on

improvements to State Route 104.

“We have an ongoing dialogue with

ODOT,” said Keller.

Keller said the city is working with

ODOT to lower the speed limit to 45 miles

per hour. He also said the new developments

would help improve the safety of

State Route 104 by having an expanded

turn lane at White Road, an added turn

lane at Holton Road for Sugar Maple

Commons and a turn lane into the

Farmstead development.

Still, Berry said this location is not ideal

for this type of development.

“The residents said they don’t want it,

now we say ODOT needs to fix the road,”

said the councilman. “The bottom line is

these developments don’t belong in that

area.”

event year round at the Eagle Pavilion in

Fryer Park. Reservations are available 365

days prior to the intended date of the

event. The facility features an open design

with natural lighting, a patio area, warming

kitchen and large bathrooms; alcohol is

not permitted. Reservations are available

in any combination of three time slots for

$200 each: 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6

to 10 p.m. Full-day rentals are available for

$550.

For more information, call the Grove

City Parks and Recreation Department at

614-277-3050.

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College fraternities can offer a positive experience

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

my life.

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

efforts. The

library became my

sanctuary.

The one great

experience I recall

from that first year

was football

Saturdays. Game

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

displayed

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

within me.

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.

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Dave Burton

These were the

Woodstock days and

the hippie movement

was in full

swing. I always kept

the shell nearby but

occasionally emerged

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.


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By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

Residents of the village of Urbancrest have long suspected

there was a disproportionate number of vehicles

accessing their roads in comparison to the number of people

who reside in the community. Now, there is data to

back up their claim.

At the village council meeting in December, members of

the health and safety committee presented its first report

on vehicular traffic using figures collected by the speed

capturing sign.

According to Alicia Wiggins, the results were a shock to

her.

“I was surprised by the results,” said the councilwoman

and committee member. “There was way more traffic traveling

on First Avenue than I had previously thought.”

The speed capturing sign with an accompanying data

collection feature was placed on First Avenue going toward

Broadway/U.S. Route 62 in October. The data relayed that

in the months since its placement, that portion of the road

averages 5,076 vehicles through the weekday and 2,993

vehicles on the weekend.

The results, said Wiggins, may have been higher had

the sign maintained its durability.

“There were a few days where it did not capture any

data because the battery died,” she said.

She suggested that additional battery packs be purchased

for the speed capturing sign so they can get a complete

report.

The data also showed that while a majority of motorists

do obey the 25 miles per hour speed limit during the week,

the percentage of those traveling at speeds beyond the

posted limit rise over the weekend.

“The highest number of people violating the

speed limit comes on Sunday,” said Wiggins. “I

don’t know if they’re late for church or what.”

She added that the time of day where people

most stringently obey the posted limit is in the

dead of night.

“It’s between midnight and 2 a.m.,” she said.

In further speed data news, the number of times

motorists have been capturing traveling in excess

of 40 miles per hour is 96, with the top speed clocking

in at 57 miles per hour.

Councilman S. Henry Warr said if they posted

the sign in the alleyways, the number would rise

dramatically.

“Some people use those alleys like they are drag

strips,” he said.

He asked if the sign could be posted there in the

future. Wiggins replied there are plans for the

speed capturing sign to travel around the village

but there were no plans to put them in the alleyway

at present.

“We were going to hit Central Avenue, Augustus

Drive and Main Street first,” she said.

Those roads, along with First Avenue, are seen

as the main thoroughfares in the village.

“We do want to get data from the other streets

as well,” Wiggins said. “I know there are a lot of

straight away roads that people can really fly

through.”

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Urbancrest leaders surprised by speed sign data

The committee said they intend to give the data to the

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Honored by their peers

To end 2019, Jackson Township held its annual awards ceremony at the Eagle

Pavilion in Grove City. At the event, Carl Ryan (left) was named firefighter of the

year and Battalion Chief Jim Parmenter (right) was named officer of the year. Ryan

has been a full-time firefighter with the township since 2005. Parmenter has been

battalion chief since 2017. Firefighters and officers were nominated by their peers

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MADD recognizes Top Cop

Grove City Division of Police Officer

Brandon Judd was awarded the Central

Ohio Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk

Driving (MADD) 2019 TOP COP Award.

MADD annually recognizes officers who

go above and beyond to curb impaired driving

in their communities with dozens of

officers nominated, each receiving an

Award of Excellence. The TOP COP Award

is presented to an officer who continually

displays a commitment to reducing

impaired driving through enforcement,

education and prevention.

This is Judd’s third consecutive MADD

Award of Excellence and his first TOP COP

Award.

“We are extremely proud of Officer

Judd,” said Safety Director William Vedra,

Jr. “His daily commitment to reducing the

number of impaired drivers on our roadways

directly increases the safety of our

community.”

Judd began his law enforcement career

in 2011, after a family member was killed

by an impaired driver. He dedicated his

career to apprehending impaired drivers

with the thought that each traffic stop

could save a life.

“We are continually impressed with

Officer Judd’s personal efforts and pledge

to keep Grove City families safe,” said

Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage.

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Pictured here is Safety Director William

Vedra, Jr. with TOP COP Grove City Police

Officer Brandon Judd.

“His work ethic and drive are evident

throughout all aspects of his law enforcement

career.”

Those who work with Judd recognize he

truly loves what he does. His drive and

peer training have made him and fellow

law enforcement officers successful in OVI

detection and arrests. Judd was honored as

Grove City Division of Police Officer of the

Year twice, is a member of the Division’s

Strategic Response team and a field training

officer. Over the last 12 months Judd

stopped 307 vehicles, issued 142 citations

and made 70 OVI arrests.

The MADD award is based on OVI

arrest numbers, training and impact on

roadways, the division and community.

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Building in popularity at library

Under the watchful eye of her 3-year-old daughter Mary, Maggie Ostrowski carefully

tries to assemble a giraffe that will be placed in their zoo during the Family

Building Blocks Night at the Grove City Library on Jan. 2. According to Dale Buck,

a youth service department lead, the library will host a similar event on Jan.17

from 1 to 5 p.m. but those interested in building with Legos can join the Lego Club,

which typically meets once a month. For more information, visit the library’s calendar

page on their website, www.swpl.org.

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xEmployment

WANTED

SW CITY SCHOOLS

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

The South-Western City School

District is currently hiring drivers

$16.55/HR

Available positions are for substitute

drivers that can develop into “Regular”

positions with benefits. Interested

individuals should submit an application

on our website at swcsd.us. Follow the

employment link. Applicants should have

an excellent driving record and must

submit to drug, alcohol, and background

screening. A high school diploma or

equivalent is required.

EOE

MAINTENANCE I

The South-Western City School District announces a

competitive exam for MAINTENANCE I. Nature of work

and qualifications include high school diploma or equivalent,

additional mechanical training is preferred. Four years as a

general maintenance person in a specific area, and/or experience and

training equivalent to it. Performs all maintenance tasks related to

building and grounds in a neat, efficient and work-man like manner.

This is a 12 month position working 40 hours per week.

Position starts at $20.45/hour.

A SWCSD-Grove City Civil Service application must be

obtained and returned to 3805 Marlane Drive, Grove City,

OH 8:15 AM-4:45 PM weekdays from January 13th through

January 27th. A competitive written exam will be given on

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Full benefits - Retirement - Good working conditions

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xEmployment

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qualifications include high school diploma or equivalent; three

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methods, materials, and equipment; ability to understand,

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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

starts at $17.88 per hour.

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filled out and returned to 3805 Marlane Dr., Grove City, OH,

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The National Trade Association

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classifieds. Determining

the value of their service

or product is advised by

this publication. In order

to avoid misunderstandings,

some advertisers do

not offer “employment”

but rather supply the

readers with manuals, directories

and other materials

designed to help

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order selling and other

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xAdult Care

LEGAL NOTICE

The Grove City Police Department has recovered

numerous bicycles, tools, electronic equipment, clothing

and monies over the course of several months.

The bicycles are of various types and models, as are

the tools and electronic equipment. All properties are

held in a secured police facility at all times. If you

believe you have claim to any of the property and have

proof of ownership for the property, you may call the

Grove City Police Department Property Room at

614-277-1757. A review and release of any and all

property is by appointment only. All items not claimed

will be sold at public auction, turned over to the Law

Enforcement Fund, or destroyed according to Ohio

Law.

CHARITABLE DONATION

Qualified organizations may be eligible to receive

bicycles as charitable donations from the City of

Grove City. Qualified organizations must have a valid

ruling or determination letter recognizing the taxexempt

status of the organization, pursuant to Internal

Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or (c)(19).

Representatives may call the Grove City Police

Department Property Room at 614-277-1757 to

inquire about the donation process.

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minerals and other oil &

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to: P.O. Box 13557,

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We Buy Junk Cars &

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FOR SALE

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excellent cond. $300.

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Large Selection of

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To Our Gift Card Winner

For DECEMBER 2019

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The Columbus Messenger

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RENTALS

Property

Management

We are always available!

40 yrs. exp in

Certified Property Mgmt.

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HILLTOP AREA

3 BR half double. New

windows, furnace, carpet.

Rent $850, dep. $850. Lic.

Realtor 614-226-6767

GARAGE FOR RENT

Perfect for Mechanic/

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hookup, priv. patio, 2 car

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JANUARY GIVEAWAY

The Columbus

Messenger Newspapers

All classified line ads received

by mail, in person, e-mail or phone

will be included in the drawing.

Drawing will be held January 29th, 2020

and the winner will be notified and published

in our February 2nd, 2020 Madison paper

and our February 9th, 2020 issue

of the Columbus papers.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

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January 12, 2020 - SOUTHWEST MESSENGER - PAGE 11

xFocus on Rentals

WEDGEWOOD

VILLAGE

1, 2, and 3 BR Apts.

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Call 614-272-2800 or visit us

at 777 Wedgewood Dr.

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Call Kathy at 614-272-5422

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Columbus

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Classifieds

Rentals

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APPLIANCE REPAIR

Washer, Dryer, Stove &

Refrig. Repair 875-7588

AUTO SERVICE

Don’t Get Stuck

in the Cold!

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WATERPROOFING

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CARPET CLEANING

DIRT BUSTERS

Any 5 areas $75. Home

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CLEANING

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CONCRETE

AJ’s Concrete,

Masonry

Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

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Now Accepting Credit Cards

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CONSTRUCTION

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FENCING

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2/2 A

GUTTERS

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licensed/bonded/insured

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HAULING

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$49.95

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HOME

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SINCE 1973

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Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

45 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.

Lic.-Bond-Ins.

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W/SW

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Baths, Kitchen,

Room Additions,

Plumbing and Electrical.

All your Handyman needs

No Job too Big or Small

Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.

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HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

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See The Difference

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2 -2

Also Fencing & A

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No Job Too Big Or Too

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HOME

MAINTENANCE

Finishing Carpenter for all

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PAINTING

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Incl: Painting • Stucco,

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PAGE 12 - SOUTHWEST MESSENGER - January 12, 2020

“e Grudge” is a hodgepodge of hauntings

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 of

originality.

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 possible.

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 soon begin.

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

point-of-view, this film would have felt more compact

and cohesive; instead it ends up feeling like a hodgepodge

of angry ghosts with interconnected stories.

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.

Grade: D+

The Reel Deal

Dedra Cordle

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and

columnist.

www.columbusmessenger.com

Pets of the Week

Tristan, 3, is still hanging out at the shelter

waiting for his forever family. This affectionate

guy is smart, quiet and housebroken. His

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. He is up for adoption at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

FYI: 614-525-3647 or www.franklincountydogs.com

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 reinforcement

training to learn some manners.

Because of this, we recommend he be in a

home with older children. Come check out

this large mixed breed guy today at the

Franklin County Dog Shelter.

FYI: 614-525-3647 or www.franklincountydogs.com

Omega watched as everything was 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.

FYI: www.colonycats.org

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 Lane in Dublin. Come meet

her!

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