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City sets up<br />

addiction<br />

action plan<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Southwest</strong> Editor<br />

“We have an opioid crisis. It is killing<br />

people daily,” said Grove City Chief of<br />

Police Richard Butsko.<br />

Therefore, the chief of police has supported<br />

new legislation from city council.<br />

On Feb. 3, council approved a resolution<br />

to form a substance addiction and<br />

mental health action plan committee.<br />

“Opioid addiction has become as prevalent<br />

for us as cancer,” said Christine Houk,<br />

council president. “This gives us a strategy<br />

to fight for the health of the community.”<br />

According to Houk, the committee<br />

would work on an action plan to deal with<br />

the crisis by bring together community<br />

partners from government agencies, education,<br />

law enforcement, first responders,<br />

health care providers, mental health clinicians<br />

and faith communities.<br />

Part of the action plan would establish<br />

a pilot program and create a substance<br />

addiction and mental health advocate<br />

position in cooperation with the Alcohol<br />

Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board<br />

of Franklin County. The advocate would<br />

assist individuals with addiction and mental<br />

health illnesses through a variety of<br />

treatment and service options while serving<br />

as the primary contact for city staff.<br />

“A consultant will be assigned to the<br />

city from ADAMH,” said Grove City Mayor<br />

Richard “Ike” Stage. “We are going to be<br />

attacking this on a broader form.”<br />

According to the legislation, this advocate<br />

will also assist the city prosecutor<br />

with referrals from the Grove City Mayor’s<br />

Court/Municipal Court to the Franklin<br />

County Recovery Court or other treatment<br />

options, divert the appropriate individuals<br />

into treatment versus incarceration, and<br />

serve as a resource for affected family<br />

members.<br />

Butsko said this committee is a step in<br />

the right direction and expands the division’s<br />

Retail Operation Program, which<br />

consists of several officers who investigate<br />

retail theft, narcotics and prostitution.<br />

See ACTION PLAN page 6<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Dedra Cordle<br />

Spicing up<br />

the season<br />

The colors of winter can often be dull<br />

and one thing that can spice up the season<br />

is a little green. On Feb. 1, approximately<br />

30 people throughout Franklin<br />

and Madison counties came out to the<br />

Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center to<br />

learn more about succulents and take<br />

one – or a few – back home with them to<br />

spruce up their living quarters. Lindsey<br />

Krusling, a part-time naturalist at the<br />

metro park, spent several months raising<br />

Aloe Vera, Haworthia and Hens-and-<br />

Chicks in the basement in order for the<br />

participants in the first-time program to<br />

take them home and let them thrive.<br />

Here, Priscilla Harris and her granddaughter,<br />

Hazel check out the bed of<br />

succulents before the crowd came over<br />

to plant them in pots and transport<br />

them away. The duo from Grove City<br />

said they love succulents and other<br />

indoor plants and thoroughly enjoyed<br />

the program.<br />

Sue Rowe, Gail Cope and Bill Cope<br />

show off the Hens-and-Chicks they<br />

received at the succulents program.<br />

Gail Cope, of Grove City, admitted she<br />

has better luck with fake plants but<br />

believes her new succulent will thrive<br />

as it is not too fussy.<br />

Preparing for<br />

an emergency<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Donna Bogue believes in preparing for<br />

emergencies.<br />

Since becoming a lifeguard at the age of<br />

15, she has maintained certification in<br />

CPR and other first aid techniques in the<br />

event an emergency situation should arise<br />

in her presence.<br />

“It has been several decades since I was<br />

a lifeguard but it was important that I<br />

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Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover<br />

Road in Grove City, will host a free community<br />

meal every third Saturday of each<br />

month. The food will be served from noon<br />

to 1 p.m. For more information, call the<br />

church office at 875-0510.<br />

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kept up with that life-saving knowledge,” she said. “I have always<br />

been an advocate for safety training — for myself and for others —<br />

because you never know what is going to happen.”<br />

With her long-held conviction, it was no surprise when she<br />

marked a date on her calendar upon learning that a representative<br />

with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland<br />

Security would be presenting an informational emergency preparedness<br />

session in the village of Urbancrest.<br />

“I was excited to learn they were coming here,” she said. “The<br />

information these officials can offer is incredibly beneficial.”<br />

The informational session was held on Jan. 27 in lieu of the village’s<br />

monthly health and safety meeting. It was presented by the<br />

committee members who had invited Christopher Williams, the<br />

agency’s operation resource manager, to discuss a program that<br />

encourages residents to take a more active role in emergency situations.<br />

The Community Education Response Training (CERT) program,<br />

said Williams, is designed to educate residents about disaster<br />

preparedness and other hazards that<br />

may impact their community.<br />

“It trains them in basic disaster response<br />

skills such as fire safety, light search and<br />

rescue, team organization and disaster<br />

medical operations.”<br />

He said while first responders do a terrific<br />

job at responding to emergency situations,<br />

there are some occasions where they<br />

may not be able to get there for a length of<br />

time.<br />

“We know they always do their best at<br />

getting there quickly, but in the event they<br />

are unable you have to be that first<br />

response,” he told the crowd.<br />

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works, he said, is<br />

through a nine-week<br />

course instructed by<br />

first responders and<br />

other state and federal<br />

officials that<br />

touches upon a<br />

plethora of topics.<br />

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Williams, the training<br />

units include<br />

preparedness; disaster<br />

fire suppression;<br />

medical operations;<br />

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psychology; CERT<br />

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Free tax preparation at<br />

Grove City Church of Nazarene<br />

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers<br />

are offering free tax preparation at the<br />

Grove City Church of the Nazarene from<br />

early <strong>February</strong> through mid-April.<br />

However, this site is shifting from an<br />

appointment site to a walk-in site.<br />

Those interested can arrive at the Grove<br />

City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover<br />

Road in Grove City from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br />

Tuesdays and Thursday from Feb. 4<br />

through April 9. This location will operate<br />

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disaster simulation.<br />

He said since the agency began offering the program more than<br />

two decades ago, more than 425 citizens have graduated from the<br />

program with hundreds of thousands having graduated nationally.<br />

“We do not and cannot replace first responders,” Williams said.<br />

“But we can teach people to know what to do in the event of an<br />

emergency.”<br />

One such emergency situation brought up at the meeting was<br />

the derecho that swept across the central Ohio region in 2012. The<br />

event left thousands without power for weeks, including those in<br />

the village of Urbancrest.<br />

In response to the event, which village officials called a “complete<br />

mess”, the council and administration collaborated to create<br />

their own emergency preparedness plan. It was adopted in April<br />

2019 and stresses the importance of residential engagement in<br />

CERT.<br />

Alicia Wiggins, a council member who is also on the health and<br />

safety committee, has been an avid proponent of the program since<br />

learning of it years ago.<br />

“The program is beneficial because the more information residents<br />

have regarding what to do in the event of an emergency, the<br />

better,” she wrote in an email. “We cannot expect people to act<br />

solely on instinct. Having the tools, along with practical application,<br />

is key.<br />

“We also have to consider that having this knowledge can possibly<br />

help to avert an emergency; knowing what to look for to prevent<br />

situations is just as important as reacting to those situations.”<br />

The plan calls for a small team of residents to go through the<br />

nine-week course and achieve certification; they will then apply<br />

their knowledge in local emergency situations such as weather<br />

events or other man-made or natural disasters.<br />

The training program is free but it is also a time commitment<br />

with limited scheduling opportunity; the agency holds the program<br />

two to three times a year at their headquarters near Gahanna and<br />

each of the nine unit sessions in the program is roughly three<br />

hours.<br />

Wiggins said she knows that the location can be a bit of a drive<br />

for some residents, but she said they were all neighbors and could<br />

figure something out.<br />

Williams said the agency is also open to setting up the course in<br />

communities but they have to have a firm commitment from at<br />

least 20 residents. Wiggins said interested parties can email the<br />

health and safety committee at healthandsafety@villageofurbancrest.oh.us<br />

The agency is currently accepting applications and inquiries for<br />

the scheduled CERT program dates in <strong>2020</strong> and 2021. They will<br />

start a new unit March 26-May 21 and Aug. 20-Oct. 15 in <strong>2020</strong><br />

with tentative dates of March 25-May 20 and Aug. 26 — Oct. 21 in<br />

2021.<br />

For more information, visit www.fcemhs.org. To get a sense of<br />

what you will learn in the program in greater detail, visit<br />

www.ready.gov/CERT.<br />

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Taxpayers are urged to arrive early to register<br />

for a space.<br />

While Tax-Aide’s focus is on low-to-moderate<br />

income senior citizens, the service is<br />

available to anyone, regardless of income<br />

or age. Taxpayers are asked to bring a<br />

photo ID, last year’s tax return and all<br />

their tax-related documents.<br />

You do not need to be a member of<br />

AARP to use the service. The service is<br />

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A cold day on the farm<br />

This winter had been somewhat mild<br />

with many days with temperatures in the<br />

40 degree range, which for some Ohioans is<br />

still t-shirt and shorts weather.<br />

But, by mid-January, dreaded arctic<br />

cold reached down into Ohio with its icy<br />

grip. So, in our winter madness my friend<br />

Marie Kujawski and I thought, what a nice<br />

day to go for a walk at Metro Parks’ Slate<br />

Run Living Historical Farm!<br />

The farm, which is a bustling place in<br />

the spring, summer, and fall, is quiet in<br />

winter. There are few visitors and much of<br />

the agricultural work has slowed. Still, the<br />

place remains a place that can delight<br />

one’s senses.<br />

As we walked the path toward the farmhouse,<br />

the only sound we heard was that of<br />

our feet scuffing the ground.<br />

Marie noted how the farmhouse looks<br />

like a family homestead from a simpler<br />

time.<br />

“There’s no modern intrusion here,” she<br />

said.<br />

The wind had a cold bite, so I plunged<br />

my gloved hands deeper into my heavy<br />

coat. Marie nestled further into her warm<br />

coat.<br />

Slowly more sounds were audible. A<br />

wooden fence gate creaked in the wind.<br />

Chickens clucked as they foraged. The<br />

sound of the stream that flows through the<br />

farm, not yet frozen, softly rippled.<br />

Marie noted some gentle smells wafting<br />

in the wintry air of the farm - hay, burnt<br />

wood, manure...<br />

“It’s an aroma of sweet earthiness,” said<br />

Marie.<br />

There was so much to see and drink in.<br />

The brown hues of the fields biding their<br />

time till spring planting. A grape arbor<br />

waiting out the winter. The well cared for<br />

farmhouse, barn, and outbuildings. Best of<br />

all there were the animals.<br />

As we came upon the barn, some cows<br />

were braced against the cold wind. When I<br />

took their photo they gave me a look that<br />

Community support<br />

was overwhelming<br />

The <strong>Southwest</strong> Christian Ministerial<br />

Fellowship thanks all who supported our<br />

community’s completely volunteer, annual<br />

White Christmas Program, in which 115<br />

large food boxes and 51 smaller food boxes<br />

for senior citizens were distributed to area<br />

residents in need. This year, we had more<br />

than 245 volunteers providing at least 934<br />

charity hours during the six work sessions<br />

of the Christmas food drive.<br />

Thanks to Herlihy Moving and Storage;<br />

Kroger; Grove City Community Club;<br />

West/<strong>Southwest</strong> Area Realty Association;<br />

United Methodist Church Quilters; Grove<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick Palsgrove<br />

seemed to say,<br />

“What are ‘moo’<br />

looking at?”<br />

My ears picked<br />

up the fluttering of<br />

bird wings as the<br />

feathered friends<br />

swooped into the<br />

barn to feast on cobs<br />

of corn hanging<br />

from the ceiling.<br />

Then in the general silence, the “tap,<br />

tap, tap” of hammer on nail could be heard<br />

coming from the turkey pen. The sound<br />

came from Slate Run Living Historical<br />

Farm farmer Mike Huels who was repairing<br />

the door to the turkey pen.<br />

“Winter’s a time when we can do some<br />

small repairs around the farm,” said<br />

Huels. “We also plan to build a wooden<br />

wagon to use here on the farm.”<br />

I asked Huels about the cows I photographed.<br />

“Those are milking short horn cows,”<br />

said Huels. “In the 1880s they were used<br />

for both dairy and beef.”<br />

Leaving Huels to his work and bidding<br />

farewell to a flock of friendly bustling<br />

turkeys, we wandered over to some sheds<br />

and found a large, sleeping, hog nestled in<br />

straw and snoring away the winter’s day.<br />

I looked about and noticed the circular<br />

dirt path, carved out by the hooves of horses,<br />

of the threshing area. This is a busy<br />

spot in summer filled with the sounds of<br />

the belt driven threshing machine at work,<br />

but now the area was empty and silent.<br />

We stood and closed our eyes and listened.<br />

So much quiet, so much peace.<br />

Rick Palsgrove is the managing editor of the<br />

Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspapers.<br />

letter to the editor<br />

City Masonic Lodge No. 689; Grove City<br />

Eastern Star Chapter 502; Grove City<br />

Noon Lions; AmSpirit Business<br />

Connections, Pinnacle Chapter; and Grove<br />

City Evening Lions Club for their generous<br />

monetary or in kind donations; G.C.Parks<br />

and Recreation Department’s P.A.R.K.<br />

participants; The Grove City Parks and<br />

Recreation; OLPH Life Teen; Volunteer<br />

Involvement Program members; Knights of<br />

Columbus, Council 4603 and all members<br />

of the Grove City Food Pantry for their<br />

assistance.<br />

Thanks to the students and school coordinators<br />

of Bolton Crossing, Buckeye<br />

Woods, Darbydale, East Franklin,<br />

Highland Park, Monterey, Richard<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Rick Palsgrove<br />

These milking short horn cows at Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living Historical Farm seem<br />

to be saying, “What are ‘moo’ looking at?” to the camera on a frigid January day. Slate<br />

Run Living Historical Farm farmer Mike Huels said in the 1880s this type of cow was<br />

used for both dairy and beef.<br />

Avenue, and J. C. Sommer Elementary<br />

Schools; Franklin Woods, Holt Crossing,<br />

Park Street and Hayes Intermediate<br />

Schools; Jackson, Brookpark and Finland<br />

Middle Schools; Our Lady of Perpetual<br />

Help School and OLPH PSR classes; Grove<br />

City H.S.; Central Crossing H.S.; Franklin<br />

Heights H.S. and the South-Western<br />

Career Academy for their efforts collecting<br />

non-perishable food items and money.<br />

The 26,685 plus food items collected and<br />

not needed for this program was donated<br />

and will help keep the shelves of the Grove<br />

City Food Pantry filled for several months.<br />

Thanks also to the volunteers who<br />

picked up the food at the schools, helped<br />

sort the food, and packed and distributed<br />

Turkeys crowd together in the turkey pen.<br />

the boxes and gifts.<br />

The support of the community was overwhelming<br />

and we know the White<br />

Christmas program has made a difference<br />

to many families. The needy of our community<br />

appreciate your help year round.<br />

Thank you for opening your hearts to share<br />

your talents. You and Grove City are richer<br />

for it.<br />

Patrick Fahy<br />

White Christmas coordinator<br />

The Rev. Stan Kirtlan<br />

<strong>Southwest</strong> Christian Ministerial<br />

Fellowship president

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Ready to play ball!<br />

Grove City Parks and Recreation is registering for<br />

the spring/summer Little League baseball season<br />

throughout the month of <strong>February</strong>. Participants sign<br />

up at the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. The<br />

office is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with hours<br />

extended until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. Registration<br />

closes Friday, Feb. 28; registering in March results in<br />

a $20 late fee.<br />

Per Little League® International, age determination<br />

is based on the player’s age on Aug. 31, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Players born May through August of 2003 may participate<br />

in the Big League. Fees for residents of Grove<br />

City or Jackson Township are $70 per player for T-ball<br />

through Minor 7-8; $90 for Minor 9 through Big<br />

League. Participants who reside outside the city/township<br />

corporate limits are eligible to play, but pay an<br />

additional $10 non-resident fee.<br />

To register, bring full payment and proof of residency<br />

to receive the resident fee. Be ready to provide a<br />

uniform size and emergency contact information. The<br />

registration form must be signed by a legal guardian.<br />

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A birth certificate must be presented for those participating<br />

in the Grove City Parks and Recreation baseball<br />

program for the first time.<br />

Practices begin Monday, April 6, with the first<br />

games played Saturday, May 2. All games and practices<br />

are at Windsor Park, 4330 Dudley Ave./4408<br />

Broadway. Players in the leagues for ages 9 and older<br />

should attend an observation Saturday, March 14, to<br />

assist coaches in drafting players. Players in T-ball,<br />

Minor 6 and Minor 7-8 leagues are assigned to teams<br />

and do not have observations. All leagues play games<br />

twice per week. Postponed games are made up on<br />

Saturdays; occasional double headers may be scheduled.<br />

Interested in being a volunteer coach, paid umpire<br />

or team sponsor? Pick up an application or sponsor<br />

form at the Kingston Center or download at<br />

Parks.GroveCityOhio.gov. All coaches must pass a<br />

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For more information, call the Grove City Parks<br />

and Recreation Department at 614-277-3050.<br />

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The Gardens at Gantz volunteers host<br />

the <strong>2020</strong> Spring Symposium, “A Greener<br />

Planet, One Garden at a Time,” 8 a.m. to<br />

3:30 p.m. March 28 at the Evans Center,<br />

4330 Dudley Ave., Grove City. Join participants<br />

as they celebrate 50 years of Earth<br />

Day.<br />

A host of featured speakers present on<br />

topics herb enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.<br />

Lecturer and author Bobbie Schwartz, an<br />

award-winning landscape designer, will<br />

speak about summer and fall bulbs as an<br />

extra dimension for landscaping. Herbalist<br />

Susanna Reppert-Brill will present distilling<br />

herbs for essential oils and floral<br />

waters. MaLisa Spring, the state coordinator<br />

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Continued from page 1<br />

Butsko said in most cases, heroin is the<br />

root cause of these crimes.<br />

According to the police chief, a heroin<br />

user needs approximately $50 to $75 per<br />

day to get their fix for their addiction. He<br />

said users engage in petty theft to get the<br />

money to buy heroin.<br />

The Retail Operation Program is a partnership<br />

with loss prevention officers from<br />

local retailers. They connect and share<br />

information through an invitation-only<br />

social media chat room managed by the<br />

Grove City police.<br />

As part of the program, the officers conduct<br />

occasional shoplifting blitzes, where<br />

they apprehend the suspect but have counselors<br />

on hand so the individual could seek<br />

treatment instead of going to jail.<br />

“We are using law enforcement as a tool<br />

for solutions,” said Butsko.<br />

of Biological Diversity, will instruct on gardening<br />

for dragonflies. Greg Payton, director<br />

of living collections at Dawes<br />

Arboretum, will demonstrate how to<br />

choose the best landscape plants for central<br />

Ohio gardens.<br />

The Gardens at Gantz Symposium is<br />

sponsored by the Gardens at Gantz Farm<br />

Volunteers. The $45 program cost includes<br />

course materials, continental breakfast<br />

and a lunch featuring herbal dishes.<br />

Vendors will be on hand offering an assortment<br />

of garden products for sale. Pre-registration<br />

is required by March 13.<br />

For additional information, call the<br />

Gantz Farmhouse at 614-871-6323.<br />

He said the goal is to get the addict to<br />

choose treatment over dealing with law<br />

enforcement.<br />

“The bigger problem,” Butsko said, “is<br />

how to get them to accept treatment.”<br />

According to the police chief, when the<br />

department last held a shoplifting blitz, 12<br />

individuals were stopped and not one<br />

accepted the offer of treatment or help.<br />

Butsko said the programs already in<br />

place in the city, along with the substance<br />

addiction and mental health action plan<br />

committee, sends a message that the city is<br />

going to do everything possible to help.<br />

“We are not going to give up.”<br />

The city’s safety director or his designee<br />

will serve as the chair of the committee.<br />

Members from the Jackson Township Fire<br />

Department will also play an integral role<br />

in the committee.

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In Education<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

In 2012, the South-Western City<br />

Schools District began using an online portal<br />

called Infinite Campus which allows<br />

parents to pay fees, access their child’s academic<br />

reports and class schedules and<br />

make real-time adjustments to contact<br />

information and medical information.<br />

The parental feedback on the online tool<br />

was overwhelmingly positive, said district<br />

officials, but the one complaint they kept<br />

hearing was the absence of the food service<br />

department in the Infinite Campus.<br />

“They had wanted seamless and universal<br />

access to the system,” said<br />

Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise at the Jan. 27<br />

board of education meeting.<br />

In <strong>February</strong> of 2019, it was announced<br />

that the food service department would<br />

begin the transition to the Infinite Campus<br />

at the start of the 2019-<strong>2020</strong> school year<br />

barring any unforeseen circumstances.<br />

Fortunately, said district officials, there<br />

were no unforeseen circumstances and the<br />

transition was completed in August.<br />

“The transition to the Infinite Campus<br />

was a huge project for the food service<br />

department,” said supervisor Lisa Hamrick<br />

at the meeting, “and overall it couldn’t<br />

have gone any better.”<br />

Using the online portal, parents will be<br />

able to notify the district and department<br />

of food allergies, monitor what their child is<br />

eating, and check and pay balances.<br />

Hamrick said if there are low or negative<br />

balances, the portal will notify the parent<br />

via automatic messaging or phone<br />

rather than the head cook at the school.<br />

“We wanted to take that call out of the<br />

kitchen,” said Hamrick. “We want our head<br />

cooks to focus on serving students and not<br />

on that aspect.”<br />

Board member Lee Schreiner asked<br />

about the department policy should a child<br />

have a negative balance.<br />

“We always feed them a meal,” she said.<br />

“We don’t shame our students here.”<br />

Schreiner said he was glad to hear that<br />

the students received a full meal rather<br />

than a modified meal, like a sole peanut<br />

butter and jelly sandwich.<br />

“I think we all want our students to be<br />

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Infinite Campus now features food service information<br />

at their best and in order for them to do so<br />

they have to have food in their bellies,” he<br />

said.<br />

During further discussion on the food<br />

service department, board member David<br />

Donofrio inquired about a recent federal<br />

proposal to scale back school nutrition<br />

guidelines set forth in 2012.<br />

“Do you anticipate any major impact on<br />

the department?” he asked.<br />

Hamrick said she has not had the time<br />

to go over the entire proposal but said she<br />

does not anticipate the department will<br />

make any changes at this time.<br />

In related news, Hamrick said the<br />

department serves 6,900 daily breakfasts<br />

and 13,400 daily lunches. She added that<br />

East Franklin Elementary School recently<br />

began to participate in the breakfast-inthe-classroom<br />

program, which brings the<br />

total number of elementary schools<br />

involved in the program to eight.<br />

The board of education also heard from<br />

transportation supervisor Tim Cox at the<br />

meeting. According to Cox, their fleet of<br />

more than 200 buses are in good shape and<br />

safety inspections are currently under way.<br />

He said he expects all of the buses to be<br />

inspected by the end of June <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Bishop Ready seniors Madeline French as Marvalyn and Alex Oswald as Steve in<br />

‘This Hurts,’ one of the vignettes from “Almost, Maine.”<br />

Students perform in “Almost Maine”<br />

The Bishop Ready Theatre<br />

Department has chosen to present a different<br />

type of play for its winter theatre<br />

production.<br />

John Ciardi’s “Almost, Maine” (adapted<br />

version), presents a series of eight<br />

brief scenes or vignettes, each exploring<br />

various aspects of love. The play takes<br />

place in the mythical Almost, Maine, a<br />

place described as “not organized enough<br />

to be a town, but too populated to be a<br />

wilderness” on a cold and magical<br />

Midwinter Night.<br />

Tied together by a prologue and an<br />

epilogue, each scene focuses on a story<br />

and how love plays out for different people.<br />

The citizens of Almost, Maine, are<br />

humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and<br />

sincere and their experiences, while playful<br />

and surreal, are commonplace in<br />

Almost.<br />

The cast of 19 includes students from<br />

each class, from freshman through<br />

senior. Each scene involves a different<br />

couple.<br />

The adapted version of “Almost,<br />

Maine,” is suitable for students in grade<br />

six and higher. Performances are Friday,<br />

Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2<br />

p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.<br />

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.<br />

For more information, call Bishop<br />

Ready High School at 614-276-5263.

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Community Focus<br />

Blood drive at Kingston Center<br />

The American Red Cross Blood Drive<br />

meets in the Kingston Center, 3226<br />

around the southwest<br />

Kingston Ave., from 1-7 p.m. the first<br />

Wednesday of each month. To schedule an<br />

appointment call 1-800-448-3543 or visit<br />

the American Red Cross Blood Drive website.<br />

S.A.L.T. at Evans Center<br />

The Grove City Division of Police host<br />

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together<br />

(S.A.L.T.) meetings at 1 p.m. the second<br />

The Building Industry Association of<br />

Central Ohio (BIA) has announced it will<br />

Tuesday of each month at the Evans<br />

Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Adults of all ages<br />

are welcome to attend. If you would like<br />

additional information on other crime prevention<br />

programs visit police.grovecityohio.gov<br />

or call 614-277-1765.<br />

Kiwanis Club to<br />

host pancake breakfast<br />

The Kiwanis Club of Grove City will<br />

postpone the <strong>2020</strong> Parade of Homes and<br />

use this year to reformat the event to meet<br />

the needs of both its members as well as<br />

consumers. As central Ohio and the building<br />

industry evolve, so too will the parade.<br />

“For nearly 70 years, the Parade of<br />

Homes has been at the forefront of showcasing<br />

innovation and the latest trends by<br />

the homebuilding community of central<br />

Ohio,” said BIA Executive Director Jon<br />

Melchi. “As central Ohio changes so do the<br />

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hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8<br />

a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at the United<br />

Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St. in<br />

Grove City. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast<br />

featuring pancakes, sausage, coffee,<br />

orange juice and milk. Donations will be<br />

accepted. Proceeds will benefit the charitable<br />

activities of the club in the Grove City<br />

area community.<br />

Parade of Homes postponed until 2021<br />

needs of the residential construction industry<br />

and we have to be cognizant of that.”<br />

The Parade of Homes was scheduled to<br />

feature new homes in the Beulah Park<br />

redevelopment in Grove City.<br />

“The BIA has initiated its strategic plan<br />

intended to revamp the organization for<br />

the new decade and this includes reinventing<br />

the Parade of Homes, which will return<br />

in 2021,” said BIA President, Jim Lipnos.<br />

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year<br />

The Grove City Library hosted its first Lunar New Year program on Feb. 1 where children<br />

and adults alike learned about the traditions of the festive holiday popular in<br />

Asian countries. Here, Grove City residents Jim and Thomas Woods showcase some<br />

of the animal-themed goods distributed during the program, which was sponsored<br />

by Panda Express Chinese Kitchen.<br />

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Pet Corner<br />

Grove City Arts Council<br />

The Grove City Arts Council meets the<br />

club meeting<br />

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third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m at<br />

Storypoint on Orders Road. For more information,<br />

call 670-2926.<br />

Chico is a friendly,<br />

outgoing boy who<br />

loves people and<br />

other dogs. This<br />

senior guy has lived<br />

with children of all<br />

ages and gets along<br />

great with them. He’s<br />

social with other<br />

dogs but likes to<br />

chase cats. Chico is<br />

housebroken and he would love to meet you.<br />

He is up for adoption at the Franklin County<br />

Dog Shelter.<br />

FYI: 614-525-3647 or www.franklincountydogs.com<br />

Weezy, 3, was at the<br />

shelter last Valentine’s<br />

Day. And<br />

here he is again. This<br />

guy has been in playgroup<br />

but can be a lot<br />

of dog and needs to<br />

learn some manners.<br />

Weezy should not be<br />

around cats. He may<br />

need to be the only<br />

dog in the home and live with experienced<br />

dog owners. If you have the right home for<br />

Weezy, he’ll be in your heart forever!<br />

FYI: 614-525-3647 or www.franklincountydogs.com<br />

Art exhibit at City Hall<br />

Grove City Council’s Art Concern presents<br />

“Life in Line, Shape and Color,” a collection<br />

of artwork by Lucila and Diana<br />

Linik on display and for purchase through<br />

Feb. 21 at City Hall, 4035 Broadway, in the<br />

Grove City Town Center. The exhibit features<br />

a collection of mixed media, watercolors,<br />

oil paintings and collages. The exhibit<br />

is open to the public weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to<br />

4:30 p.m., or by calling Tami Kelly, clerk of<br />

council, 614-277-3065 for an appointment.<br />

The Grove City Art Concern was founded<br />

in 1991 and is sponsored by Grove City<br />

Council. It was created to promote arts and<br />

culture in the Grove City community.<br />

Volunteers sought at food pantry<br />

The Grove City Food Pantry is looking<br />

for volunteers. The pantry is located at<br />

2710 Columbus St. in Grove City. It serves<br />

about 250 families each month in Grove<br />

City, Orient, Harrisburg and Galloway. It<br />

is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 4<br />

p.m. and on the third Saturday of the<br />

month from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are<br />

needed to work various times and days.<br />

Food donations are also needed. Those<br />

interested in volunteering for the Grove<br />

Miranda is a petite 2-<br />

year-old girl who is<br />

extremely loving. She<br />

is microchipped,<br />

spayed and up to<br />

date on vaccines.<br />

She is now at the<br />

PetValu store at the<br />

Mill Run Hilliard location.<br />

If you’re interested<br />

in adopting<br />

Miranda, stop in at the store during open<br />

hours or fill out an online adoption application<br />

through Colony Cats and Dogs.<br />

FYI: www.colonycats.org<br />

Arthur is a Lab mix<br />

who is about 3-<br />

months-old. He is<br />

going to be a big boy<br />

as he already weighs<br />

12 pounds. Arthur<br />

was brought into rescue<br />

with his brother.<br />

Both pups are looking<br />

for a loving forever<br />

home and are up for<br />

adoption through Colony Cats and Dogs.<br />

FYI: www.colonycats.org<br />

Community Focus<br />

around the southwest<br />

City Food Pantry or making a food or monetary<br />

donation can email<br />

managers@grovecityfoodpantry.org.<br />

Century Village open house<br />

The <strong>Southwest</strong> Franklin County<br />

Historical Society welcomes groups and<br />

individuals to Century Village, 4185<br />

Orders Road. Tour the historic log house<br />

and school from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth<br />

Saturday of each month, May through<br />

September. For more information or to<br />

schedule a visit to Century Village, contact<br />

Steve Jackson at 614-871-0081.<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

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Sibling tale falls flat without vision or voice<br />

Once upon a time in a land called<br />

Hollywood, the studio executives who<br />

determine the release dates of their theatrical<br />

properties got together and declared<br />

the first month of the year as the perfect<br />

place to dump the worst of the films on<br />

their schedule. While no explanation was<br />

given for their decision — after all, plenty of<br />

duds are released in the months that follow<br />

too — January eventually came to be known<br />

as the place where movies go to die.<br />

Attempts have been made throughout<br />

the years to bring life to the month and a<br />

few successes have been had. The one I just<br />

saw, however, could not be counted<br />

amongst them. In fact, the idea for it<br />

should have been left in the dirt.<br />

The tale of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ has been<br />

around for more than 200 years and has<br />

been adapted in many forms. The story has<br />

been cleaned up to make it more palatable<br />

for the younger crowd, turned into dark<br />

comedies for the middle set and made over<br />

to create careers as witch hunters for adult<br />

fare. Its latest iteration pulls bits and<br />

pieces from all three, but leans more on the<br />

darkness of the original Grimm Brother<br />

form. This concoction creates a poorly<br />

developed and stilted mess of a film that<br />

grasps around desperately to find an audience.<br />

But how does it expect to find one<br />

when it doesn’t know what it wants to do?<br />

It begins in a time where famine<br />

abounds and two siblings have just been<br />

cast out of the home because their mother<br />

can no longer afford to feed them. With no<br />

prospect of employment except in the<br />

household of a lecherous pervert, a<br />

teenaged Gretel (Sophia Lillis) and her<br />

younger brother Hansel (Samuel Leaky)<br />

take to the woods to survive on their own.<br />

Ill equipped to live off the land, the two<br />

begin to see cloaked figures in the woods<br />

and hear whispers fill the air. Is it due to<br />

hunger? Sleep deprivation? The stress from<br />

sharing a bed with an unexplained zombie<br />

monster? It could be all of the above, and it<br />

could be nothing of the sort.<br />

Though spooked and on edge from their<br />

experience, it does not deter the pair from<br />

shacking up with an unsettling woman<br />

named Holda (Alice Krige) when she offers<br />

them shelter from the elements and food to<br />

eat. As they get to know the elderly woman<br />

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and become more comfortable in her home<br />

in the middle of the woods, strange things<br />

begin to happen to the siblings which causes<br />

their close bond to strain.<br />

After a particularly difficult day, Gretel<br />

dreams she, like her mother before her,<br />

casts Hansel out in the elements to rid herself<br />

of the burden of him. Then when she<br />

wakes, he is gone.<br />

Despite assurances from Holda that<br />

running off is just what boys do, Gretel is<br />

determined to discover what happened to<br />

her brother and who is to blame. Is it the<br />

lonely older woman with a skill for casting<br />

spells, or the lonely younger woman discovering<br />

her own power? Though the movie<br />

tries to offer both as suspects, it largely<br />

sticks to the long-told tale.<br />

The latter point is where the movie falls<br />

into a pit of dullness, with its refusal to<br />

tread a different path. Say what you will<br />

about 2013’s “Hansel and Gretel: Witch<br />

Hunters” (note: it’s awful) but at least it<br />

had its own vision and voice which is more<br />

than I can say about “Gretel and Hansel.”<br />

There are elements here to make it an<br />

interesting coming-of-age story but it collapses<br />

under the<br />

weight of a poor<br />

script and poor<br />

direction. Not even<br />

the presence of the<br />

great Alice Krige<br />

and the terrific production<br />

design could<br />

save it.<br />

The best thing I can say about the film<br />

is that it is short (the duration is around<br />

one hour and 24 minutes) but I also have to<br />

add that it feels long. Just save your time<br />

and your money and cast it aside like the<br />

mother of Gretel and Hansel did at the<br />

beginning. It really is for the best.<br />

Grade: D-<br />

Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer<br />

and columnist.<br />

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Staff Writer<br />

Mark Shaw, director of <strong>Southwest</strong> Public Libraries<br />

along with Christina Edwards, circulation librarian for<br />

the Grove City Library, attended the Jan. 28 Pleasant<br />

Township board meeting to discuss an upcoming<br />

renewal opportunity for a levy which had been passed<br />

in 2010.<br />

Shaw made a presentation at the meeting regarding<br />

Issue 20, which will be on the ballot in March. Issue 20<br />

is a one-mill renewal levy. If passed, it would provide<br />

funding for 10 years. The levy is a straight renewal<br />

with no tax increase.<br />

Since the passing of the levy in 2010, the Westland<br />

Area Library has been expanded and includes a new<br />

public meeting space and a larger, more interactive<br />

youth services area. In a partnership with the city of<br />

Grove City, a new Grove City Library was also built<br />

and opened in 2016. The renewing of the levy is intended<br />

to continue the public services and programming at<br />

the Westland Area Library and the Grove City<br />

Library.<br />

This levy provides roughly 37 percent of the<br />

library’s operating income. The Public Library Fund<br />

from the state of Ohio provides the majority of the rest<br />

of the library’s income.<br />

Pleasant Township resident Sarah Karlsberger also<br />

attended the meeting to address a flooding issue in her<br />

neighborhood.<br />

Karlsberger lives on Avon Drive and said there is a<br />

property down the road where a resident is trying to<br />

build a structure on a slope next to Spring Park. The<br />

resident said with the rain this past spring, she had<br />

mud flooding into her garage, which caused a partial<br />

collapse. The building resident had put straw bales up<br />

to attempt to resolve some of the flooding.<br />

“It has kind of just diverted the mud down the road<br />

to the other neighbors but it is eroding so badly that<br />

it’s building up behind those and if we get rain this<br />

spring and he hasn’t done anything, it’s going to over<br />

top it. It took a significant amount of work to get the<br />

mud out of my garage,” said Karlsberger.<br />

This building project has not only affected<br />

Karlsberger, but another neighbor down the road as<br />

well. Their well was reportedly swamped by the mud<br />

running off of this property.<br />

Robert Bausch from the township’s road department<br />

plans to reach out to soil and water to address<br />

this concern.<br />

Funds for<br />

cancer care<br />

The Grove City<br />

Cancer Thrift Shop<br />

presented its 2019<br />

donation to the<br />

Columbus Cancer<br />

Clinic program of<br />

LifeCare Alliance.<br />

The check for<br />

$48,500 is the highest<br />

amount raised at<br />

the shop since its<br />

inception in 1970.<br />

The shop is an all<br />

volunteer, non-profit<br />

organization that<br />

supports the<br />

Columbus Cancer<br />

Clinic. Pictured here<br />

is LifeCare Alliance<br />

CEO Chuck Gehring<br />

receiving the check<br />

from Gwen Miller,<br />

treasurer of Grove<br />

City Cancer Thrift<br />

Shop.<br />

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Recommended reads from <strong>Messenger</strong> editors<br />

Looking to curl up with a good book?<br />

Here are some reading suggestions from<br />

staffers at the Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> Co.<br />

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Looking back over my reading journal, I<br />

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voracious readers of non-fiction. I picked<br />

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage<br />

Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David<br />

Grann is about greedy people killing<br />

Native Americans in Oklahoma in the<br />

1920s after oil deposits are found beneath<br />

the tribe’s land. All of it shows how terrible<br />

people can be, from the government displacing<br />

Osage tribe members and allotting<br />

to them what they thought was “nothing”<br />

land to the people who conspired to and<br />

were complicit in murdering tribe members<br />

to get at the wealth that “nothing” land<br />

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It is awful that the government assigned<br />

guardians to manage the wealth of Osage<br />

tribe members they deemed to be incompetent;<br />

corruption ran rampant. It is awful<br />

that law enforcement, initially, didn’t bother<br />

to investigate the murders or purposely<br />

botched investigations. It is awful that so<br />

many of the apparent killers were never<br />

brought to justice.<br />

What isn’t awful is that the Osage were<br />

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situation noticed and their rights protected.<br />

What isn’t awful is that someone,<br />

despite grave danger, finally stayed above<br />

the corrupt fray and brought down the<br />

kingpin who orchestrated at least two<br />

dozen of the killings.<br />

Grann does an excellent job of laying out<br />

the facts and research and unfolding the<br />

story.<br />

If you’ve never been to the Buckeye<br />

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a year in the fall on the Ohio Agricultural<br />

Research and Development Center campus<br />

in Wooster and features 100 authors from<br />

Ohio. They sit at tables that fill Fisher<br />

Auditorium and happily talk about and<br />

sign their books. I went this year and<br />

walked away with a heavy bagful of books,<br />

everything from mushroom hunting guides<br />

to children’s stories.<br />

Once I got home, the first book I pulled<br />

from the stack to read was “If I Live to Be<br />

100” by Neenah Ellis. A decade ago, Ellis<br />

did a project for National Public Radio for<br />

which she traveled the country, talking to<br />

people who were at least 100 years old. She<br />

put the experience into a book.<br />

I really enjoyed this one. I read it quickly<br />

over the course of two days and, as soon<br />

as I finished it, I knew I wanted to read it<br />

again soon and more slowly.<br />

Ellis’s process, trials and errors, growth<br />

and epiphanies as an interviewer and journalist<br />

are what made the biggest impression<br />

on me in this first read-through. I<br />

could relate to preparing questions and a<br />

framework for an interview, relying on it to<br />

a fault and, as a result, faltering when the<br />

interview goes another way. I know the<br />

feeling of walking away from an interview<br />

in which the subject and I were never in<br />

synch. On the flip side, I also can relate to<br />

what Ellis describes as “falling,” letting go<br />

of control and rolling with wherever an<br />

interviewee or story takes you and being<br />

happily surprised and sometimes humbled<br />

by the results.<br />

Of course, I appreciated Ellis’s actual<br />

stories about the centennarians, too, and<br />

they will get my full attention the next<br />

time around.<br />

The book that made the biggest impact<br />

on me this year was The Bills Keep<br />

Coming, the Grass Keeps Growing:<br />

Survivor of a Suicide Gets on With Life by<br />

Sandi Latimer, a long-time reporter for the<br />

Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> Co.<br />

In the book, which came out last year,<br />

Sandi tells the very personal story about<br />

her husband’s death and how she was coping<br />

with it. She lays bare the circumstances<br />

surrounding his death and where<br />

she found support in dealing with it. She<br />

also writes about the challenges of being a<br />

widow—of taking care of the mundane but<br />

necessary tasks that come with the loss of<br />

a loved one—and what it is like to be on<br />

your own.<br />

I was struck by Sandi’s bravery in sharing<br />

her story and her spirit of helpfulness<br />

that shone even in the darkness. She offers<br />

up support group and help line information,<br />

and much of the book can be seen as a<br />

practical how-to for widows.<br />

I also learned from the book how much<br />

Sandi had overcome in life, including many<br />

serious health issues. And yet, she kept<br />

plugging away—always active, always<br />

engaged, always up for something new or<br />

enjoyable.<br />

After reading the book, I’m glad I took<br />

the time to tell Sandi just how brave and<br />

resilient I thought she was. Sandi passed<br />

away this fall. We at the <strong>Messenger</strong> miss<br />

her.<br />

Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Southwest</strong>/Westside Editor<br />

The most interesting book I read recently<br />

was “No Exit” by Taylor Adams. A young<br />

woman is traveling home from college to be<br />

with her sick mother. When driving<br />

through the Rocky Mountains, she encounters<br />

a dangerous snowstorm and must pull<br />

off the highway into a rest area, where four<br />

others are also stranded. She goes outside<br />

of the rest area to find cell reception to get<br />

in touch with her family to explain her situation.<br />

While outside, she sees something<br />

odd in a van parked in the lot. Upon further<br />

inspection, she realizes that a child is<br />

being held in a dog crate in the back of this<br />

van. One of the people she is stranded with<br />

is, at the least, a kidnapper.<br />

Without giving too much away, “No<br />

Exit” is quite suspenseful and features a<br />

superb cat-and-mouse game between the<br />

main character and the perpetrator. The<br />

characters are well developed, and I<br />

enjoyed how one person would have the<br />

upper hand then it would shift.<br />

I read in bed before I go to sleep. This<br />

book kept me up, reading longer than I<br />

intended. I could not wait to find out what<br />

would happen next. If you choose to read<br />

this, the book did take a darker turn near<br />

the conclusion and may be disturbing for<br />

some readers.<br />

The only other book I read recently that<br />

I would recommend is “Everything I Never<br />

Told You” by Celeste Ng. This is a story<br />

that asks the question, “How well do you<br />

really know anyone, even your own family<br />

members?”<br />

The book is about a young girl who is<br />

found dead. What happened? Her family<br />

tries to come to terms with the answers<br />

while struggling to relate to one another.<br />

“Everything I Never Told You” is a<br />

heartbreaking but poignant story about a<br />

young girl and her family trying to fit in<br />

with their peers and meet the demands of<br />

those they love. It’s a very relatable story.<br />

We all play roles in life but few people, if<br />

any, truly know what is going on inside<br />

your mind or heart.<br />

Rick Palsgrove, managing editor<br />

Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspapers<br />

One of the wondrous things about books<br />

is that they can take on a variety of forms<br />

in which to present information, provide<br />

entertainment, and generate insight.<br />

Two books I enjoyed these past few<br />

months are examples of how the traditional<br />

narrative form of a novel or short story<br />

can be molded into something else entirely<br />

and be just as delightful and intriguing.<br />

The books are “Humans of New York:<br />

Stories” by photographer Brandon Stanton<br />

and “Notes From a Public Typewriter,”<br />

edited by Michael Gustafson and Oliver<br />

Uberti. The strength of both books is that<br />

they provide personal and philosophical<br />

insights from everyday people in a mere<br />

paragraph, or sometimes, one sentence.<br />

Though short, these passages are, in<br />

essence, fully formed short stories in their<br />

own right.<br />

“Humans of New York: Stories” sprang<br />

from Stanton’s online blog, “Humans of<br />

New York.” Over the past few years,<br />

Stanton has photographed and interviewed<br />

about 10,000 strangers of all ages he met<br />

on the streets of New York. Each page of<br />

the book has a photo of the interviewee and<br />

some statements from Stanton’s interviews<br />

with them. It is personal storytelling with<br />

a face. Stanton’s photos appear to capture<br />

the personalities of the anonymous people<br />

being interviewed.<br />

There’s a photo of a pensive man, who<br />

looks to be approaching middle age, sitting<br />

in a park. He observes to Stanton that, as<br />

we age, there are fewer things to experience<br />

for the first time and, even when one<br />

does, the excitement is muted. But he adds<br />

one also does not feels as hurt. He then<br />

ponders what it will feel like when he<br />

reaches age 70.<br />

Another photo shows a man walking<br />

with a cat on his head. The man matter-of<br />

-factly tells Stanton that one can make<br />

more money with a cat on one’s head than<br />

if the cat is on one’s shoulder.<br />

Some of the people’s comments express<br />

alienation. Some are joyful. Some people<br />

are forthcoming with their words and others<br />

are more reticent. Some are sad. Some<br />

are funny, such as the little girl who told<br />

Stanton she wanted to be a princess hairdresser.<br />

When he asked her what the hardest<br />

part of that job was, she answered that<br />

it would be cutting Rapunzel’s hair.<br />

I often make notes in the books I own of<br />

the page numbers and passages I like and<br />

will revisit in the future. My copy of<br />

“Humans of New York: Stories” has dozens<br />

of such notations.<br />

The content in “Notes From a Public<br />

Typewriter” was gathered when a typewriter<br />

with paper was set up in a Michigan<br />

book store and people were invited to<br />

anonymously type a message. Much like in<br />

“Humans of New York: Stories,” the passages<br />

in “Notes From a Public Typewriter”<br />

can be a paragraph, a sentence, or one<br />

word. Where “Humans of New York:<br />

Stories” presented storytelling with a face<br />

filtered through an interview, “Notes From<br />

a Public Typewriter” brings the typists’<br />

thoughts directly to you from their brains,<br />

through their fingers on the typewriter<br />

keys, to the typefaced word all can read.<br />

The many typed messages collected in<br />

the book are widely varied in temperament<br />

and can be described as poignant, humorous,<br />

hopeful, raw, sad, philosophical,<br />

romantic, questioning, and more. Some<br />

examples include: someone who typed that<br />

they race snowflakes to see who falls first;<br />

a writer comparing their lover’s eyes to<br />

that of wonderful August skies; another<br />

noted that they were on a date, but their<br />

bladder was leaking; and, in what had to be<br />

more youthful typists, asking where the<br />

power button is on the typewriter and<br />

another who wrote if they had to type an<br />

essay on “this thing” they would quit<br />

school.<br />

Both books are a random sampling of<br />

the thoughts that go through our heads on<br />

a daily basis. A dominant theme in both<br />

books is love and relationships which indicates<br />

the age old battle of loneliness marches<br />

on.<br />

One typist’s comment seemed to sum up<br />

both books’ contents, as well as the human<br />

condition, as they wrote that, in the end,<br />

we are all stories.

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Welcome to 7512 Vern Place<br />

Welcome to 7512 Vern Place located in an exclusive enclave of executive homes. FIRST FLOOR MASTER which is private & one of the largest that you<br />

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finishes are exceptional!<br />

$739,900 MLS#: 220000859<br />



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