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<strong>July</strong> 12 - 25, <strong>2020</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 1<br />

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By Amanda Ensinger<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A project aimed at improving the entry<br />

way to two townships is on hold. Prairie<br />

Township and Franklin Township have not<br />

moved forward with the proposed I-270<br />

interchange project due to pandemic<br />

delays.<br />

The project was to begin in the spring.<br />

“The bid packet on this project is complete,<br />

but it was delayed last fall due to<br />

approval from ODOT on if statues can be a<br />

part of the project,” said Rob Peters, town-<br />

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See INTERCHANGE page 2<br />

Inside<br />

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

Chris McDaniels (left) and Michael Boudreault of Artisan Rooms stand before a large swatch of their new mural ‘Color Your<br />

World Green,’ which is located at 3045 Sullivant Ave. The painting and designing duo were selected by the non-profit organization<br />

Summer Jam West to create a large mural to coincide and fit in with the theme of its annual music and arts festival.<br />

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The Reel Deal ...................... 12<br />

Mandatory Masks<br />

Governor says all residents in the county<br />

must wear mask in public Page 3<br />

Library News<br />

One local library to expand service,<br />

another to cut back service Page 4<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

As someone who regularly uses his<br />

bicycle as a mode of transportation and<br />

recreation, Michael Hodges knows how to<br />

react when its operation goes awry. And<br />

yet, almost unbelievable to him, it was<br />

not the bicycle that was causing a series<br />

of unfortunate events.<br />

“I usually have a good handle on this<br />

thing,” joked the resident of Columbus.<br />

According to Hodges, it was not totally<br />

Coloring the Hilltop green<br />

his fault when he nearly slid off the saddle<br />

and onto the top tube due to a sudden<br />

brake, nor was it totally his doing as he<br />

fought to keep his bike upright while trying<br />

to engage the kickstand without looking.<br />

Though he did admit to slight operator<br />

error, he believes that the primary source<br />

of his unusual mishaps was due to the<br />

creation of “the most beautiful piece of<br />

art.”<br />

Having lived on the westside prior to<br />

his move downtown, Hodges says he likes<br />

to stay attuned to the happenings in the<br />

area and when he heard that a new<br />

mural dedication was taking place on the<br />

Hilltop he knew he needed to be there.<br />

“It wasn’t the artwork I was initially<br />

interested in seeing,” he said. “I was more<br />

interested in saying goodbye to Patti<br />

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GREEN MURAL<br />

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But as he and his trusted bicycle were traveling east on<br />

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vividly painted building “flowing with life” and experienced<br />

a bit of tunnel vision as he tried to stay upright.<br />

“It was hard not to be drawn in to it,” he said, referencing<br />

the green and purple mural featuring a woman<br />

challenging the public with a stare to look around<br />

at the world. “It is just an incredible creation that<br />

is flowing with life.”<br />

The members of the Summer Jam West board<br />

who selected the initial rendering by Michael<br />

Boudreault and Chris McDaniels thought so too.<br />

“It is a stunning vision that fit harmoniously<br />

with this year’s theme of “coloring your world<br />

green” and making a positive impact on your environment,”<br />

said Von Niessen at the June 25 event.<br />

“It manages to shine a light on pollution while still<br />

showcasing that there is plenty of beauty left to be<br />

found in this world.”<br />

According to Von Niessen, the non-profit organization<br />

had a difficult time reaching a consensus<br />

while pouring through the submissions from artists<br />

across the region looking to create the permanent<br />

mural on the Hilltop.<br />

“There were so many wonderful artists to choose<br />

from,” Von Niessen said, “but we all had this creation<br />

from Michael and Chris on the top of our individual<br />

lists.”<br />

After consulting with Kim and Rick Payne, the<br />

owners of the property at 3045 Sullivant Ave., they<br />

decided to select the duo from Artisan Rooms for<br />

this year’s major public artwork.<br />

“I think we made a great choice,” said Von<br />

Niessen as she soaked up the mural, “and I think<br />

they did a fantastic job.”<br />

Having received commissions throughout the<br />

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country to create original artwork for businesses and private<br />

residences, Boudreault and McDaniels said they were<br />

thrilled when they learned they were selected to bring<br />

‘Color Your World Green’ to life on the Hilltop.<br />

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to bring a<br />

piece of art that has a message to the community,” said<br />

McDaniels, “but what that message means will be entirely<br />

up to the viewer.”<br />

It took the painting and designing team approximately<br />

two weeks to complete the mural, but at one point<br />

McDaniels thought it would take much longer as so many<br />

people stopped to talk to them about their creation.<br />

“It was a little overwhelming but in a good way,” said<br />

the resident of Cleveland. “Every 10 minutes people would<br />

stop by to ask questions, give us a compliment or to thank<br />

us for bringing art to the area.”<br />

He said the employees at the neighboring Wendy’s<br />

Restaurant — and even those waiting in the drive-thru lane<br />

— were also quick with a comment or an offering of praise.<br />

“Michael and I have been working together for years<br />

and I cannot remember a time where we have had such an<br />

outpouring of positive feedback from the public.”<br />

It was a tradition that continued during the dedication<br />

ceremony.<br />

Hodges says he does not consider himself to be an<br />

expert in the field of art, but he said he knows how it feels<br />

when a creation speaks to the soul. And he said the piece<br />

by Boudreault and McDaniels spoke to his.<br />

“It’s a mural that says a lot of things of importance,” he<br />

said, referencing its themes of nurturing your surroundings,<br />

“and it’s also an incredible thing to look at. It is an<br />

amazing and well-executed piece of art and I am glad that<br />

it will be seen by everyone coming down Sullivant<br />

Avenue.”<br />

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ship administrator for Prairie Township. “We then<br />

decided to get approval without the sculptures and<br />

come back to it later. However, right now we are waiting<br />

to hear back from Franklin County Economic<br />

Development on if they want to hold on the project this<br />

year due to the budget or move forward.”<br />

The West Broad Street and I-270 interchange project<br />

would improve the landscaping around the interchange.<br />

The project is a collaboration between<br />

Franklin Township, Prairie Township, Franklin<br />

County and several private companies.<br />

The project would include adding landscaping, LED<br />

lighting over the underpass and sculptures to the<br />

interchange. The annual maintenance of the interchange<br />

will cost between $30,000 and $60,000 a year<br />

and organizers secured eight partners to pay approximately<br />

$4,500 to $7,500 each per year for the next 20<br />

years.<br />

Prairie Township officials also wanted to remind<br />

residents that all the funds for the CIC Economic<br />

Assistance Loan Program are still available for businesses<br />

that are interested in applying.<br />

“We posted information about this loan program on<br />

the website and sent postcards to businesses in Prairie<br />

Township,” Peters said. “So far, only four businesses<br />

have requested applications and as of last week, no<br />

applications back been sent back. Right now, all the<br />

funds for the program are still available if there are<br />

any township businesses interested.”<br />

The purpose of the program is to provide financial<br />

support to township businesses during the coronavirus<br />

pandemic.<br />

“This is for any business that was in Prairie<br />

Township prior to COVID-19,” Peters said. “The program<br />

offers a maximum loan of $5,000 with zero percent<br />

interest to be paid back within 36 months. The<br />

first payment would be due Jan. 31, 2021.”<br />

According to Peters, loan payments would be due<br />

the last day of each month and there is no closing or<br />

processing fees.<br />

The township has allocated $147,000 for the program<br />

and loans would be awarded on a first-come,<br />

first-serve basis.<br />

“The purpose of the program is to assist local businesses<br />

struggling during the pandemic,” Peters said.<br />

“The loan can be used to reopen a business, purchase<br />

personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, barriers<br />

they need or any other needs they have during<br />

these tough times.”<br />

Each company can have one loan and they do not<br />

have to take the maximum loan amount.<br />

“We want to do what we can to help local businesses,”<br />

Peters said. “Business are struggling, and we want<br />

them to know we are here to help.”<br />

Peters said they hope the reason no one has applied<br />

for the program is because businesses in the township<br />

are doing well and don’t need the funds.<br />

“We think businesses just don’t want to incur new<br />

debt and are financially strong,” Peters said. “We still<br />

want to continue to make this money available just in<br />

case businesses need it. We want to keep township<br />

businesses open and be here for them if they are struggling.”


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By Josephine Birdsell<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced<br />

that a new Ohio Department of Health<br />

order will mandate face coverings in public<br />

in all counties that are designated as a Red<br />

Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or a<br />

Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health<br />

Emergency. This includes Franklin<br />

County. The mask mandate began on <strong>July</strong><br />

8 to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.<br />

No counties have reached Purple Alert<br />

Level 4, however, Franklin County is<br />

approaching this top tier.<br />

“In addition to social distancing and<br />

reducing unnecessary interactions with<br />

others, we know that wearing a mask helps<br />

protect others in the community. It has<br />

been, and remains, a very strong recommendation<br />

that I urge all Ohioans to continue<br />

doing even if you are not in a redalert<br />

county,” said DeWine. “In red-alert<br />

and purple-alert counties, however, we<br />

must do more to help protect citizens<br />

because the risk of spread is increasing<br />

even more.”<br />

Last week, DeWine announced the creation<br />

of Ohio’s Public Health Advisory<br />

System, which consists of four alert levels<br />

that provide Ohioans with guidance as to<br />

the severity of COVID-19 spread in the<br />

counties in which they live. Each level is<br />

calculated based on data-driven health<br />

indicators.<br />

Those in counties designated as Red<br />

Alert Level 3 or Purple Alert Level 4 are<br />

required to wear a face covering:<br />

• In any indoor location that is not a residence;<br />

The Greater Hilltop Area Commission<br />

voted to push back commissioner elections<br />

at their regularly scheduled meeting on<br />

<strong>July</strong> 7.<br />

In response to COVID- 19, an executive<br />

order from Columbus Mayor Andrew<br />

Ginther released all area commissions<br />

from following the election timeline outlined<br />

in their bylaws for this year only. The<br />

executive order also extended all expiring<br />

commission terms through Dec. 31, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

In the Hilltop, Mike Purcell, Nikol<br />

Madison, Neal Bronder and James Groves<br />

will now serve through the end of the year.<br />

The election to fill their seats will be held<br />

on Oct. 3. Election hours and locations are<br />

to be determined.<br />

The commission also reduced the number<br />

of signatures a candidate is required to<br />

gather to be eligible for election from 25 to<br />

15 to reduce candidates potential exposure<br />

to COVID19.<br />

“The point, we think, of getting those<br />

signatures is to go out, engage with neighbors<br />

and get feedback on what people’s concerns<br />

are in the neighborhood. So we don’t<br />

want to completely remove that from the<br />

process,” said Rachel Wenning, commission<br />

vice-chairman.<br />

In other news, the commission’s parks<br />

and recreation committee is hosting a park<br />

clean-up from 9am to noon on <strong>July</strong> 11 in<br />

Glenwood Park.<br />

The committee is working to clean the<br />

area at the bottom of the hill at the park.<br />

Volunteers will assist in clearing the area,<br />

relaying mulch and pulling weeds.<br />

“We want to give the park a good sprucing<br />

up and try to make it presentable,” said<br />

Neal Bronder, parks and recreation committee<br />

chair.<br />

The committee encourages volunteers to<br />

bring their own gardening gloves and<br />

masks. Gardening tools will be provided.<br />

Additionally, My Project USA is working<br />

to supply personal protective equipment,<br />

including hand sanitizer, soap,<br />

garbage bags and face masks, to the<br />

Hilltop. Community organizations, such as<br />

churches and mosques, can apply for supplies<br />

at www.myprojectusa.org.<br />

“We highly encourage everybody, all<br />

organizations and civic associations, to<br />

please spread this message because the<br />

face mask is required by governor’s order<br />

now all over Franklin County. We have<br />

those supplies, and we would love to take<br />

them to whoever needs them in our area, in<br />

the Hilltop area and beyond,” said Zerqa<br />

Abid, My Project USA president.<br />

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Government Focus<br />

State health department mandates masks in Franklin County<br />

Election for Hilltop commissioners extended<br />

Property tax<br />

deadline is Aug. 5<br />

Due to the current public health emergency,<br />

the deadline to pay the second half<br />

of property taxes to the Franklin County<br />

Treasurer’s office has been extended to<br />

Aug. 5.<br />

Anyone with questions about their<br />

property tax bill, or who would like to submit<br />

a payment, can contact the Franklin<br />

County Treasurer’s Office at 614-525-3438<br />

or treasurer@franklincountyohio.gov.<br />

Information about property tax bills is also<br />

available on the treasurer’s website, treasurer.franklincountyohio.gov.<br />

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Community Focus<br />

Southwest Public Libraries adds to no-contact service<br />

Southwest Public Libraries (SPL) will<br />

be offering expanded no-contact services<br />

and hours beginning <strong>July</strong> 6. In addition to<br />

no-contact pickup and returns which began<br />

in May, limited contactless printing, copying,<br />

scanning, and faxing will now also be<br />

available. Expanded hours for these services<br />

will be:<br />

• Monday, Tuesday, Friday and<br />

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

• Wednesday and Thursday from 12<br />

p.m. to 7 p.m.<br />

Beginning <strong>July</strong> 6, participants in SPL’s<br />

virtual Summer Reading Challenge (SRC)<br />

may also call to schedule a contactless pickup<br />

of their halfway or final prize. SRC continues<br />

through <strong>July</strong> 25. Raffle winners will<br />

be chosen <strong>July</strong> 27 and contacted directly.<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)<br />

has suspended limited services inside of its<br />

buildings as part of its phased reopening.<br />

Curbside pickup remains available, and<br />

any locations previously offering limited<br />

services now offer curbside pickup.<br />

The move comes in response to recent<br />

increases in coronavirus cases in Franklin<br />

County and warnings from Gov. Mike<br />

DeWine and public health officials. CML<br />

will continue to follow guidelines provided<br />

Library buildings remain closed at this<br />

time due to continued safety risks.<br />

SPL began a phased reopening in May<br />

with library services to be reintroduced<br />

gradually, contingent upon pandemic<br />

developments and official guidelines. The<br />

library has been actively modifying building<br />

layouts and practices and instituting<br />

new protocols in preparation for reopening<br />

doors; however, with Franklin County currently<br />

under a Level 3 Public Health<br />

Emergency, approaching Level 4, reopening<br />

is delayed. Level 4 is the highest alert<br />

level under Governor Mike DeWine’s new<br />

Public Health Advisory Alert System,<br />

marking severe coronavirus exposure and<br />

spread and limiting travel to essential<br />

services only.<br />

by local, county and state health officials<br />

and the Centers for Disease Control and<br />

Prevention.<br />

Digital library resources remain available<br />

24/7 at columbuslibrary.org, including<br />

eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies<br />

and music, plus research and learning<br />

tools.<br />

During this time of closure, CML has<br />

many channels for customers to connect<br />

with staff, including:<br />

“We are doing our best to serve our<br />

patrons while continuing to be responsible,”<br />

said Mark Shaw, director of SPL.<br />

“Like our patrons, we are eager to reopen<br />

our doors, but doing so while cases spike<br />

risks the safety of our patrons, staff, and<br />

community. We will continue to closely<br />

monitor developments and adjust our plans<br />

accordingly.”<br />

Under the new expanded hours and<br />

services, patrons can:<br />

• Continue to reserve items for scheduled<br />

contactless pickup<br />

• Return items during service hours via<br />

the outdoor bookdrops or bins<br />

• Call for details on printing, copying,<br />

scanning, and faxing: Grove City Library<br />

614-875-6716, Westland Area Library 614-<br />

• Live Chat: CML’s live chat feature is a<br />

convenient way to get help Monday<br />

through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br />

• Phone Lines: CML has reopened its<br />

phone lines at 614-645-2275 so customers<br />

can reach staff members to get the help<br />

they need Monday through Saturday from<br />

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br />

• Reserve an Expert: Customers can<br />

schedule a one-on-one, virtual appointment<br />

with a librarian to get help with genealogy,<br />

878-1301.<br />

More info is available at swpl.org where<br />

patrons can also continue to access digital<br />

eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and<br />

movies, and learning resources. Patrons<br />

are invited to continue enjoying virtual<br />

programming via the library’s Facebook<br />

page.<br />

Southwest Public Libraries serves<br />

southwest Franklin county and surrounding<br />

areas through its two branches, Grove<br />

City Library and Westland Area Library.<br />

The library system provides access to millions<br />

of items through a consortium partnership<br />

with 17 central Ohio libraries and<br />

offers an array of services including public<br />

PCs, meeting rooms, and vibrant programs<br />

for all ages.<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library suspends limited service<br />

City of Columbus to<br />

resume residential services<br />

local history, business information, searching<br />

for a job or downloading digital content.<br />

Customers can also book an online, one-onone<br />

appointment with the Legal Advice<br />

Clinic for brief legal questions.<br />

The safety of customers and staff is a<br />

priority for the library. Follow CML on<br />

social media (Facebook, Twitter) and check<br />

columbuslibrary.org for updates.<br />

The city of Columbus will resume its residential street sweeping<br />

program and parking ticket hearing appeals. This began on<br />

<strong>July</strong> 6. These services were suspended during the stay-at-home<br />

order due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.<br />

Resumption of the street sweeping program includes residential<br />

streets in areas with posted no parking restrictions during<br />

sweeping dates and times.<br />

However, due to the pandemic and many residents continuing<br />

to work from home, vehicles will not be ticketed or towed in posted<br />

areas at this time if they are not moved off-street. If possible, residents<br />

are still encouraged to not park vehicles on-street during<br />

the posted prohibited days and times for safety and effective<br />

sweeping.<br />

In addition to restarting hearings to appeal parking tickets, all<br />

fine accumulations, notices and collections for unpaid tickets will<br />

resume, effective <strong>July</strong> 6.<br />

To ensure public health and safety and comply with social distancing<br />

guidelines, the division of parking services is offering<br />

three options to provide hearings with a hearing officer for those<br />

who are contesting a parking ticket:<br />

• In person at Parking Services, 2700 Impound Lot Road,<br />

where social distancing guidelines are in place<br />

• A phone hearing<br />

• A web-based hearing using WebEx software<br />

For more information, visit www.columbus.gov.<br />

Market is open for the season<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Amanda Ensinger<br />

Made Without Grain owner Kathy Wegner answers questions from Chris and Jessica Costic, of Galloway,<br />

at the Prairie Township Farmers Market on June 29. The market opened for the <strong>2020</strong> season with 10 vendors<br />

and more than 300 shoppers. Visitors were required to practice social distancing, wear masks and<br />

the township had hand-washing and sanitizing stations throughout the market. The farmers market will<br />

be held each Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Prairie Township Community Center through the end of<br />

September.


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Active Lifestyles<br />

A bi-monthly feature celebrating the<br />

wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens<br />

New director for office on aging<br />

The Franklin County Commissioners<br />

announced the appointment of Orvell<br />

Johns as the new director to oversee the<br />

Office on Aging. Johns took over the position,<br />

which pays $99,840 annually, last<br />

month.<br />

Through diverse programming, inclusive<br />

planning and individualized services,<br />

the Office on Aging supports older adults,<br />

dependent adults as well as family members<br />

by providing resources that ensure<br />

safe and healthy environments and a<br />

responsive community to improve independent<br />

living among the county’s aging<br />

residents.<br />

The Office on Aging is the county’s firstline<br />

of defense for aging residents by providing<br />

programs for health and medical<br />

care, food and nutrition, housing security<br />

as well as supportive services for things<br />

like employment, legal aide, volunteer<br />

opportunities, caregiver consultation, senior<br />

fitness centers, refugee and interpretive<br />

communication.<br />

“Office on Aging is one of the most<br />

important agencies in the county,” said<br />

board of commissioners president John<br />

O’Grady. “It’s a big job that requires strong<br />

leadership, and we have every confidence<br />

in Orvell.”<br />

Johns brings a proven track record of<br />

experience in state and county government<br />

leading executives and senior staff to<br />

achieve organizational success.<br />

Franklin County Office on Aging has an<br />

annual budget of over $50 million, which is<br />

made up of funding from the senior services<br />

levy, the federal government, state of<br />

Ohio, and Franklin County.<br />

More information about the Office of<br />

Aging and available resources can be found<br />

at officeonaging.franklincountyohio.gov.<br />

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A connection to care<br />

and independence<br />

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging<br />

(COAAA) is a local resource that helps older<br />

adults and individuals with disabilities remain<br />

independent and safe in their homes.<br />

With the assistance of area providers,<br />

COAAA connects people to long-term care services<br />

that help with daily living including personal<br />

care, home-delivered meals, transportation,<br />

homemaking, adult day services, emergency<br />

response systems, and minor home modification.<br />

COAAA can help address the concerns and needs<br />

of caregivers, those who help loved ones with<br />

health needs. COAAA staff can advise caregivers<br />

on senior housing, professional in-home<br />

help, and respite care that provides temporary<br />

relief to caregivers.<br />

COAAA is here to assist individuals during<br />

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supports that enable individuals to live independently.<br />

If residents need help at home or if one<br />

needs information about services and resources<br />

for their loved ones, COAAA can be reached by<br />

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services for 10,500 people and funds services<br />

for another 25,000 older adults in eight counties:<br />

Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin,<br />

Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union.<br />

Even though our popular ‘Medicare for Beginners’ workshops at<br />

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) are postponed to keep all<br />

of us safe during these extraordinary times, our staff is still here to help<br />

you with your Medicare questions. If you’re new to Medicare, need<br />

help navigating the Medicare system, or have questions about your<br />

options, COAAA is here to help. Call, email, or visit COAAA’s<br />

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Photo courtesy of Vida Fulton Williams<br />

The <strong>Westside</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>, through the Hilltop Historical Society, introduces a new<br />

feature for readers. We will publish photos highlighting events and individuals from<br />

the last 100 plus years of Hilltop life. Pictured here is the Highland Elementary<br />

School fifth grade class from 1944. Highland Elementary School, established in<br />

1895, is the oldest school building still utilized in Columbus City Schools. It has<br />

educated thousands of Hilltop students, including Delores Manns Fulton (West<br />

1951 and second row of girls in the middle).<br />

COAAA<br />

connects you to resources and services that help you or your loved ones<br />

remain independent at home for as long as possible. Through aging or disability,<br />

we have the knowledge and experience to help you maintain your dignity,<br />

independence, and sense of self.<br />

COAAA does not represent or<br />

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Failure to properly manage medications<br />

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strict adherence to their physicians’<br />

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Polypharmacy, or the taking of multiple<br />

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Nurse Today, 44 percent of men and 57<br />

percent of women older than age 65 take<br />

five or more medications per week, with<br />

some taking as many as 10.<br />

Medication confusion is one risk, but<br />

older adults also metabolize medications<br />

differently than young people. As a result,<br />

they may be more susceptible to overdose<br />

or other ill effects. Families looking to help<br />

seniors effectively manage their medications<br />

should consider the following tips.<br />

• Keep a running list of medications.<br />

Maintain a list of all medications being<br />

taken, noting both prescription and overthe-counter<br />

medications and any supplements<br />

and herbs. Provide a copy to any<br />

new doctors you visit and any new pharmacies<br />

you patronize.<br />

• Use pill sorters. Medication sorters<br />

can keep medications organized and eliminate<br />

some of the personal error in medication<br />

management. Organizers have daily<br />

slots and may also differentiate between<br />

nighttime and daytime medications.<br />

• Understand why each medication is<br />

being prescribed. Ask your pharmacist and<br />

doctor to explain why each medication is<br />

prescribed. This information should be<br />

printed on the prescription label. Some<br />

drugs designed for one symptom may actually<br />

be used to treat other issues as well.<br />

• Ask for help. Some seniors may benefit<br />

from friendly reminders from a loved<br />

one regarding when to take certain medications,<br />

especially if they need to take<br />

multiple doses throughout the day.<br />

Cognitively impaired seniors may require<br />

the services of a visiting nurse or another<br />

caregiver.<br />

• Recognize that not all medications are<br />

right for seniors. The American Geriatrics<br />

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older adults should avoid or take with<br />

extreme caution. Some drugs pose a high<br />

risk of side effects or interactions, while<br />

others are less effective. Discuss alternatives<br />

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• Keep a medication diary. Record any<br />

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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner John O’Grady, President • Commissioner Marilyn Brown • Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce<br />

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.<br />

Importance of Home Delivered Meals during the Pandemic<br />

EMERGENCY HOME DELIVERED MEALS NOW AVAILABLE<br />

Any Franklin County resident 60 or over who is struggling to access food while sheltering in place is eligible to receive home delivered meals.<br />

Now through September 1, <strong>2020</strong>, Franklin County Senior Options will not require income verification to receive home delivered meals. To<br />

request the meals, and other available services, call Senior Options at 614-525-6200, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.<br />

COVID-19 has led to the closing of congregate meal sites causing many older adults<br />

to rely on home delivered meals and other options like food pantries and free<br />

community produce markets to supplement their supply of food. As they get older,<br />

their caloric needs decline, but their need for vitamins and minerals does not.<br />

Therefore, home delivered meals can provide the needed vitamins and minerals they<br />

could be missing and be a lifeline for food-insecure older adults unable to grocery<br />

shop without assistance or who are unable to safely prepare cooked meals. Home<br />

delivered meals also can help older adults live longer in their homes which is what<br />

most of them want to do, according to a 2018 AARP survey.<br />

Home delivered meals are a benefit to working caregivers who rely on meal delivery<br />

to provide a healthy option for their frail or disabled family member when a home<br />

cooked meal is not an option.<br />

According to AARP, home-delivered and congregate meal sites feed approximately<br />

2.4 million older adults annually. In addition to reducing hunger and improving health,<br />

home delivered meals offer homebound older adults the opportunity to connect with a<br />

caring person which may be their only daily human contact. This interaction is even<br />

more important now during this pandemic for older adults living alone and for those<br />

who frequent congregate meal sites and are missing the opportunity to socialize over<br />

food.<br />

Franklin County Senior Options (FCSO) provides home delivered meals to residents<br />

60 and older with the help of these providers: Clossman Catering, Global Meals<br />

(Casleo Corporation), Grannies Cooked Delivered Meals Inc., Life Care Alliance and<br />

Simply E-Z of Columbus, Ltd. FCSO is a levy funded program administered by the<br />

Franklin County Office on Aging and helps older Franklin County residents maintain<br />

their independence. It also supports family members with the often-overwhelming<br />

task of caring for a frail older parent, family member, or friend with limited abilities.<br />

Senior Options has been providing community-based services since 1993. These<br />

services can include home-delivered meals, homemaker services, personal care,<br />

respite care, adult day care, emergency response systems and minor home repair.<br />

To learn more about home delivered meals or other Senior Options Services,<br />

call 614-525-6200, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.<br />

5 Ways Home-Delivered Meals Make a Difference (source Caring.com)<br />

According to Kali Thomas, assistant professor of health services at Brown University,<br />

her research on the impact of programs like Meals on Wheels for recipients and<br />

volunteers revealed the following:<br />

1. Meal delivery services reduce loneliness.<br />

“Older adults who received home-delivered meals, regardless of the type, were more<br />

likely to report improvements in loneliness,” explains Thomas. These findings<br />

appeared in the Journal of Gerontology.<br />

2. Meal recipients feel more confident about staying at home.<br />

Meal delivery services ease the burden of shopping and meal preparation. And<br />

Thomas says the meal recipients her team has interviewed say they feel safer at<br />

home knowing that meal delivery volunteers will be coming regularly.<br />

3. Meal delivery services lower the rate of falls.<br />

“Individuals who daily were greeting a delivery driver had reduced rates of falls,” says<br />

Thomas. The risk of falling depends on several factors for older adults, including the<br />

safety of their home, taking medications correctly and nutrition. The “more than a<br />

meal” model can touch on any of these aspects of a client’s life, reducing their fall risk.<br />

4. Staying at home can save everyone money.<br />

Home-delivered meals keep people who do not yet need expensive nursing home<br />

care at home longer, thereby reducing overall costs, says Thomas. Her research,<br />

published in a 2013 issue of Health Services Research, showed that of all the social<br />

services for older adults in which states invest, meal delivery services are the only<br />

one correlated with later nursing home entry.<br />

5. Meal delivery volunteers keep an eye on recipients.<br />

“What we have found and interviews we have done with drivers [show] that drivers<br />

know they are to call the office if there is an unanswered delivery,” Thomas says. “The<br />

office will then call the client, check the records and if unable to reach the client, they<br />

follow up with next of kin.”


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around the westside<br />

Produce giveaway at YMCA<br />

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce<br />

giveaway the third Wednesday of<br />

each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879<br />

Valleyview Drive in Columbus. For more<br />

information, call the YMCA at 614-276-<br />

8224.<br />

WE HAVE MOVED<br />

Jeffrey P. Compton - Attorney At Law<br />

Has relocated his Law Practice to his home with his<br />

assistants also working remotely. We also have a<br />

satellite office just a few blocks north of our former<br />

location on Broadway in the Grove City Town<br />

Center, located at 3783 Broadway. We will still offer<br />

the same personalized high quality legal services<br />

with practice emphasis on personal injury, medical<br />

malpractice, wrongful death, domestic/family law,<br />

estate administration and planning and will<br />

packages, included power of attorney, healthcare<br />

documents and probate.<br />

Call to schedule a free telephone consultation at<br />

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Please visit our website at www.jeffreypcompton.com<br />

Pet Corner<br />

Roxie is a wonderful<br />

and loyal dog. She is<br />

2 years of age,<br />

spayed, microchipped<br />

and up to<br />

date on vaccinations.<br />

She is housebroken<br />

and good with other<br />

dogs and cats. Roxie<br />

is high energy and will need a lot of exercise.<br />

A fenced yard would be best as she loves to<br />

lay in the sun. She is up for adoption through<br />

Colony Cats and Dogs.<br />

FYI: www.colonycats.org<br />

Callie is a beautiful<br />

girl - a combination of<br />

a dilute tortoiseshell,<br />

calico and tabby<br />

mixed into one. She<br />

is 4 years old and<br />

super social. Callie is<br />

spayed, microchipped and is up to date on<br />

vaccines. Meet her at the Colony Cats cagefree<br />

Adoption Center.<br />

FYI: www.colonycats.org<br />

Vinnie is a handsome<br />

2-year-old Shar<br />

Pei mix who is a<br />

rowdy guy. He brings<br />

the party to play<br />

group. Vinnie will<br />

need to be in a home<br />

with companions that<br />

won’t mind his liveout-loud<br />

life. He<br />

shouldn’t be in a home with small kids as he<br />

can get mouthy along with his excitability. If<br />

you have an appointment and a face mask,<br />

Vinnie will be waiting to meet you at the county<br />

shelter.<br />

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com<br />

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Amos is a 3-year-old<br />

mastiff who will need<br />

to find a home with<br />

breed experience<br />

and should probably<br />

be the only animal in<br />

the home. If you’ve<br />

been looking for a big<br />

guy to give all your<br />

love to, then look no<br />

further. Adopt Amos from the Franklin County<br />

Dog Shelter.<br />

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com<br />

Tennyson is a handsome<br />

7-year-old boy<br />

with long white<br />

whiskers. He was living<br />

outdoors when<br />

he was rescued by a<br />

good samaritan.<br />

Tennyson loves<br />

attention and wants<br />

to continue to be an indoor cat. He wants a<br />

family of his own. Meet Tennyson at the Petco<br />

Lennox Town Center or contact Colony Cats.<br />

FYI: www.colonycats.org<br />

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WESTGATE UNITED<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

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Playfully stupid spoof filled<br />

with fun music and big laughs<br />

It is estimated that more than 600 million<br />

people tune into the Eurovision Song<br />

Contest each year and yet this international<br />

event barely makes a blip on this side of<br />

the pond.<br />

You could make an argument that the<br />

lack of interest is due to the lack of North<br />

Americans in this primarily European<br />

singing competition but viral clips of the<br />

musical acts show that this is something<br />

Americans would probably like to see. It<br />

has acts that showcase pop music, rap<br />

music, country music, heavy metal music,<br />

folkloric music and what did I just hear?<br />

music. And if that is not enough of a lure,<br />

each singer and band bring their own flair,<br />

and sometimes actual flares, to the mix. It<br />

is a virtual smorgasbord of entertainment<br />

and opportunities to be entertained and yet<br />

it passes by like a one-hit wonder on the<br />

billboard, which coincidentally most of the<br />

winners turn out to be.<br />

In the past couple years, more attention<br />

to this competition has been paid in the<br />

states but this was the year it was supposed<br />

to blow up due to the prevalence of<br />

interest in international bands. To coincide<br />

with the <strong>2020</strong> Eurovision Song Contest,<br />

Netflix was set to release its own loving<br />

spoof with Will Ferrell starring and writing<br />

to boot. But then the novel coronavirus<br />

happened and put a halt to those plans and<br />

the singing competition itself, the first<br />

since its founding in 1956.<br />

Rather than push the movie back to<br />

2021 when hopefully live events can be<br />

held and with an actual audience rather<br />

than cardboard cutouts, the streaming<br />

service decided to release it as scheduled to<br />

fill the void. As someone who has consumed<br />

this event through helpings of pop<br />

culture, it didn’t necessarily fill the<br />

Eurovision loss but it did bring some<br />

amount of joy through its sheer stupidity.<br />

Make no mistake about it, “Eurovision<br />

Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” is<br />

stupid but it’s the kind that burrows deep<br />

enough into you to make you forgive it for<br />

being so dumb.<br />

Ferrell, whose outlandish mannerisms<br />

are more muted here, plays Lars<br />

Erickssong, a middle aged man who still<br />

carries the childhood dream of being a<br />

musical star. Since watching ABBA perform<br />

on the Eurovision Song Contest in<br />

1974, he has made it his mission to compete<br />

and win at the international competition<br />

despite having little vocal talent. Even<br />

with this minor inconvenience, he makes it<br />

his life goal to get there, mainly to rub it in<br />

the face of his disapproving father Erick<br />

Erickssong (Pierce Brosnan).<br />

Fed up with life and his station in it,<br />

Lars decides to throw caution to the wind<br />

and submit his latest effort “Double<br />

Trouble” to the Icelandic Song Contest<br />

with the encouragement of his bandmate,<br />

childhood friend and potential love interest<br />

Sigrit (Rachel McAdams).<br />

Due to a random selection by the ISC<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

committee, Fire<br />

Saga is chosen to<br />

participate in the<br />

showcase that<br />

determines which<br />

act makes it to<br />

Eurovision. This<br />

announcement does<br />

not please Lars’s father as he feels his son<br />

will make a laughingstock of him and the<br />

nation.<br />

During their televised performance,<br />

Lars does just that and with that pitiful<br />

performance comes the realization that he<br />

will never attain his long desired dream.<br />

But then, due to a random accident that<br />

results in the deaths of their competition,<br />

Fire Saga is selected to perform at<br />

Eurovision by default. This announcement<br />

too does not please Lars’s father as he feels<br />

his son will make a laughingstock of him<br />

and the nation on the international stage.<br />

When the duo step foot in Scotland to<br />

prepare for the song contest is the moment<br />

where the film finds its stride. Not only<br />

does it introduce us to interesting side<br />

characters like snarky announcer Graham<br />

Norton (playing himself) and Alexander<br />

Lemtov (Dan Stevens), a Russian smolderer<br />

who is the favorite to win with this song<br />

“Lion of Love,” but it introduces us to so<br />

many throw away backhanded comments<br />

and compliments. It’s one of those films<br />

that you could find new things to laugh<br />

about with each viewing.<br />

But the real humor (and later heart)<br />

comes with the performances and interactions<br />

of Fire Saga as they try to navigate<br />

this new landscape and their feelings for<br />

each other. Some moments will have you<br />

puzzled, others rooting for and against the<br />

pair, and some will have you crying with<br />

laughter.<br />

There are many who are on the fence<br />

with this movie due to exhaustion for its<br />

male star but as I said earlier Ferrell is<br />

much more toned down for this role. It<br />

could be because his character is mellower<br />

but he allows room for his female co-star<br />

and the secondary characters to develop<br />

and shine as well. And they do.<br />

Though humor and taste are always<br />

subjective, I found real enjoyment from<br />

watching “Eurovision Song Contest: The<br />

Story of Fire Saga.” It is a playfully stupid<br />

film filled with good and bad music, big and<br />

small laughs, terribly cheesy graphics and<br />

a real love for this wonderful and wonderfully<br />

weird competition. I’m not sure if it<br />

will get more people interested in the actual<br />

competition, but if you’re looking for a<br />

good time at the (home) theater, this might<br />

be the movie to see. Grade: B-<br />

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

writer and columnist.

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