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November 22 - December 5, 2020 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 4

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Council debates

plan for city parks

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

The city of Grove City has several park

projects in the works. At the Nov. 16 meeting,

Grove City Council discussed the creation

of a comprehensive park plan.

According to councilman Randy Holt,

this comprehensive plan would incorporate

Beulah Park, the old library site, Breck

Park, Pinnacle Park, and the entrance to

Beulah Plaza.

See PARK PLAN page 2

Inside

Inspired by Nature

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

On Nov. 13, a virtual artist’s reception for Lucila Linik took

place at Grove City Hall to celebrate her latest collection,

“Tree Time with Ducks.” The collection, which features a variety

of mediums such as watercolor, mixed media and oil

paintings, was inspired by Linik’s fascination with nature. The

native of Argentina and current resident of Orient said she

began creating her 32-piece exhibit in March as a way to cope

with the shutdown caused by a novel coronavirus. She dedicated

several of her pieces to those who lost their lives to the

virus. Here, Linik looks at her creation, ‘El Botanico Garden,’

during the event. The Art Concern, which was founded in

1991, is sponsored by Grove City Council. The curator is currently

working on editing a video of the exhibit, which can be

viewed online on their Facebook page or at their website

www.grovecityohio.gov/city-council/the-art-concern.

At right, is the piece ‘Stormy Weather.’ To see more photos of

the exhibit, visit www.columbusmessenger.com.

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School Safety

School board approves new contract

with county sheriff’s office Page 4

Prairie Burning

Metro Parks burn through prairies to

maintain natural health Page 6

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White Christmas food distribution

Over 45 years ago, distribution of food boxes at Christmas to

local area residents in need was begun. The program was named

White Christmas. Each box contains enough food to help families

make their Christmas season a little brighter.

Online registration will run through Dec. 4 at www.cognitoforms.com/JacksonTownship2/WhiteChristmasRegistration2020.

The White Christmas food program is open to any resident of

43119, 43123, 43126 and 43146 zip codes with a financial need.

Only one box per address.

Participating families must provide a

valid photo ID, proof of current residency,

phone number, names and ages of residents,

reason for request, and name of

church, if referred.

Distribution of food will be Dec. 19 in

front of Grove City United Methodist

Church, 2684 Columbus St., Grove City,

from 12 to 4 p.m. For additional information,

call 614-875-3322 ext: 309.

PARK PLAN

Continued from page 1

around town

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anksgiving Wattle

The ninth annual Thanksgiving Wattle

5K Run/Walk and 12-mile Rotisserie Roll

Bike Ride will be held on Nov. 26 at Grove

City High School, 4665 Hoover Road. This

year, this will be a hybrid event with in-person

and virtual options. Those participating in the in-person

run/walk will have a rolling start time, separated in 10 minute

intervals beginning at 8 a.m. and going through 10 a.m. Virtual

participants can do the run/walk anytime from Nov. 25-26.

Proceeds raised will benefit the Grove City Food Pantry. For more

information, visit thanksgivingwattle.com.

Firefighters for Kids registration and collection

Online registration will be available through Dec. 4 for the

Jackson Township Firefighters for Kids program at

cognitoforms.com/JacksonTownship2/FirefightersForKidsRegistra

tion2020.

In-person registration will be available for those without

Internet access at the Jackson Township Fire Administration

Office, 3650 Hoover Road in Grove City. A current photo identification,

birth certificates and proof of residency are required to register.

New, unwrapped toys are being accepted at all Jackson

Township fire stations through Dec. 15. Contact the Jackson

Township Fire Administration office at (614) 875-5588 or

fire.admin@jacksontwp.org for more information.

Blood drive at Grove City Library

The Grove City Library and the Red Cross will host a blood

drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at 3959 Broadway, in

Meeting Room A. Schedule an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org.

“We need to look at this holistically,” said Holt.

During the meeting, council had its first reading of

an ordinance to set aside $250,000 from the general

fund to remove a portion of Arbutus Avenue for the

Town Center Park, which would be located at the old

library site. The second reading and public hearing is

scheduled in December. Holt said the Town Center

Park should be minimal with some green space. He

believes the city should put more focus and resources

into the 30-acre Beulah Park, which would include an

amphitheater.

“We don’t need two big parks in that area,” said

Holt.

The current concept for Beulah Park is estimated to

cost around $11 million. The projected cost for the

entrance to Beulah Plaza is $2 million.

Holt said financing options could include an inside

millage increase, an increase in city income tax, or a

bond.

“Once the TIF from Beulah comes in, the city can

start paying back those funds,” said Holt.

The Beulah TIF runs for 15 years.

“It is important to act immediately on Beulah

Park,” said Holt. “It’s a benefit to the community.”

Pat Kelley, the Beulah developer, urged council to

move forward with the park at a previous meeting.

Council president Christine Houk said city leaders

need to take into consideration that amount of debt

already tied to the redevelopment of Beulah. She said

the property owner purchased the land for $4.9 million.

According to Houk, the city has already invested

$3 million in racetrack redevelopment funds, $6 million

in bonds for the Columbus Street extension, $5

million for infrastructure on the site and more for land

to relocate Brookpark Middle School.

In addition, Houk said council does not need to

address a comprehensive park plan.

“We have a parks and recreation department with a

plan for our parks,” said the council president.

The park brainstorming session also included a concept

for Pinnacle Park. One of the ideas mentioned was

to build an indoor athletic facility that could include an

aquatics center, indoor tennis and pickleball courts,

basketball courts, and senior space. This concept could

cost upward of $20 million plus annual staffing and

maintenance costs.

Holt said this could be funded without residential

tax increases.

“There is $4 million generated a year through the

Pinnacle TIF,” said Holt. “Let’s start using that

money.”

The comprehensive park plan also includes a proposal

to add a gazebo, paths, and a pavilion at Breck

Park.

Councilman Ted Berry wanted to clarify that the

comprehensive plan was a brainstorming session.

“This is nothing concrete,” said Berry. “But we want

to move the ball forward.”

In other news, Tony Collins, the CEO of YMCA of

Central Ohio attended the meeting to thank the city

for using CARES Act funds to help the Grove City

YMCA. The city used $76,000 of its federal coronavirus

aid funds to benefit the Grove City and Vaughn E.

Hairston YMCAs.

Collins said the YMCA was able to reopen in June.

“We are now getting our feet underneath us,” he

said.

According to Collins, the Grove City YMCA is one of

the most well attended facilities in central Ohio.

Before the pandemic, the facility saw an average of

1,100 members visit daily. Now, the facility averages

around 300, which Collins says is still the most in the

area.

The CEO said the YMCA hopes to expand hours of

operation in Grove City.

Council also approved a resolution to distribute $1.2

million in CARES Act funding to the Mid-Ohio Food

Collective, Jackson Township and Franklin County

Public Health. The organizations must utilize the

funds by the end of the year.


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Community Focus

Township takes in e-waste

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

If you take an inventory of the items in

your home, chances are high that you will

have a number of electronic devices that

have reached the end of its life cycle. And

no matter how long they have been sitting

there, or tucked away in some dark drawer

collecting dust, chances are also high that

is where it will remain because you just

don’t know what to do with it.

Realizing that this situation has become

an issue in many households, a local

municipality recently decided that it was

time to partner with an e-waste recycling

company to bring relief to its residents who

are looking to unload those unusable items

hanging around the home.

“We wanted to do something that would

make life a little bit easier for our residents,”

said Shane Farnsworth, the administrator

of Jackson Township.

At the end of October, the township

began accepting a limited scope of e-waste

items at its administrative building, located

at 3765 Hoover Road. Residents of the

township, along with those who reside in

the city of Grove City and the village of

Urbancrest, will be able to drop off laptops,

tablets, cellphones, and printers during the

regular business hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

on Mondays through Fridays year-round.

Farnsworth said that this location will

not be able to accept stand-alone computer

monitors or television screens at this time.

The idea to host a drop-off site at the

township administrative office began to

formulate during the summer clean up

series. To slow the spread of a novel coronavirus,

the township modified its traditional

one-day clean up event to a prolonged

summer format to help residents get rid of

unwanted items while also staying safe.

“During these drop-offs, we had many

residents inquire about their old electronic

devices and how they could safely dispose

of them,” said Farnsworth. “This new program

is a result of those inquiries and our

desire to help make it happen within a

short distance of their homes.”

According to Farnsworth, there will be a

special bin located at the administrative

office where residents can drop off their

unwanted electronic items. At the end of

each business day, those items will be

taken to a secured location on the property

and then handed over to their partner, I

Recycle, for safe disposal.

Farnsworth recommended that residents

wipe their devices of sensitive information

if at all possible.

He also added that residents should

contact the administrative office at 614-

875-2742 for any additional questions

regarding the e-waste program.

According to the Solid Waste Authority

of Central Ohio, e-waste is the fastest

growing waste sector in the country and

there are a number of local companies that

accept end of life cycle electronics and

appliances. For those not within the township’s

boundaries, visit their website recycleright.org

to find the nearest location to

safely dispose of these items.

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Blood drives at Kingston Center

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 12 to 6

p.m. on Friday Dec. 4 at the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave.

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In Education

SWCS OKs contract for resource officers

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

Law enforcement officials will continue to be a presence

at the local high schools when in a non-virtual

model.

At the Nov. 16 meeting, the South-Western City

Schools board of education unanimously approved a

new agreement with the Franklin County Sheriff’s

Office to provide resource officers at Franklin Heights

and Westland High Schools.

Under the terms of the agreement, the district will

only be required to pay for services when a blended

learning model or a full face-to-face model has been

initiated. According to the contract, the monthly

invoice will be prorated based on the number of days in

such models, and the board will only be required to pay

for the services when the deputy is on-site. The daily

per-diem is $1,327.62 based on 177 student days and

five paid holidays in the school year. The board will

pay approximately $244,000 for the total cost of having

one deputy serve at each high school.

Tim Donahue, the principal at Franklin Heights,

said the school resource officers are an invaluable fixture

at the district schools as they provide a sense of

security for its students and the community at large.

He went on to add that they often go above and beyond

their duties at the school.

“Deputy (Dan) Fahy has become a part of our school

community,” he said in a written statement. “Our students

and families see him as a very positive resource

in their school. He is present at a lot of our community

events and volunteers his time with our Special

Olympics and athletics programs.

“Franklin Heights benefits in so many ways from

his presence and support.”

In addition to providing protection of the building

Southwest Public Libraries have joined eight other

central Ohio library systems in a partnership to promote

a community reading of “Stamped: Racism,

Antiracism, and You” by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason

Reynolds as part of a Let’s Talk About Race: One Book

— One Community initiative.

Let’s Talk About Race: One Book — One Community

kicked off on Nov. 9 and continues through Jan. 24,

2021 when the libraries will host author Jason

Reynolds in a virtual author talk at 4 pm. Geared

toward teens and adults, the initiative is designed to

cultivate dialogue about race and social justice

through shared reading experience and discussion.

During this 11-week program, each library will

work with local schools and other community partners

to promote reading and discussion of “Stamped:

Racism, Antiracism, and You.” Registration for the

free virtual event with Jason Reynolds will begin in

early January.

“This timely initiative invites everyone to participate

and deepen their appreciation of reading while

reflecting on social issues and connecting with friends,

family, and neighbors through shared experiences and

community conversations,” said Michele Lowe, assistant

director of Westland Area Library. “At a time

when the country seems so divided, we hope readers

will find opportunities here to come together, listen,

learn, and find common purpose to help strengthen

our community.”

premises, the resource officers are also required to

investigate and document unruly, delinquent and

criminal acts within the school and neighborhood; participate

in classroom and school assemblies; and serve

as a liaison with neighborhood businesses and residents

in school related problems.

The district’s agreement with the Franklin County’s

Sheriff’s Office is reviewed annually. The agreement

that was voted on at the meeting was for the remainder

of the 2020/21 school year. The district also has an

agreement with the Grove City Division of Police to

provide security services at Central Crossing and

Grove City High Schools.

The board of education also renewed an agreement

with the college readiness program, I Know I Can.

Under the terms of the agreement, the district will pay

$85,000 for the organization’s services for the 2020/21

school year.

The program, which began as a pilot program at

Franklin Heights and Westland in 2018, places a college

advising manager at each of the four high schools

to help juniors and seniors prepare for post-high school

education.

In addition to helping the students figure out their

goals and potential career paths, the college advising

managers also assist them with the admissions

process, application essays, campus tours and financial

aid packages.

Brad Faust, the district’s assistant superintendent

of curriculum, said the district is fortunate to be a

partner in this program.

“Our partnership with I Know I Can has been beneficial

in helping students dream big,” he said. “For

many, college may have seemed out of reach. With the

personalized attention of IKIC, our students gain the

confidence to know that their goals of higher education

and technical training are attainable.”

One Book - One Community initiative

SPL and partner libraries have purchased hundreds

of additional copies of “Stamped: Racism,

Antiracism, and You” as well as prepared various programs

and resources to support this community read.

More information can be found at swpl.org.

About Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an American New York Times

bestselling author who writes novels and poetry for

young adult and middle-grade audiences. He is a

Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree,

National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner,

a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an

NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of

multiple Coretta Scott King honors.

The Partnership

In addition to sharing resources, central Ohio

libraries have a history of collaboration. A discussion

that began in July 2020 of how to work together to

increase community understanding and promote constructive

dialogue on the topic of race in America

resulted in this One Book — One Community program,

which encourages friends, families and neighbors to

share their personal experience while reading the

same book. Participating libraries are: Bexley Public

Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview

Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Plain

City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries,

Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public

Library and Worthington Libraries.


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Government Focus

Residents support livestock ban

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

A recent survey conducted by members

of the village of Urbancrest’s health and

safety committee has found that a majority

of residents do not want to live among farm

animals of any kind.

At the Nov. 10 council meeting, committee

chairwoman Alicia Wiggins reported

that 60 percent of residents interviewed in

the door-to-door survey stated that they

were in favor of proposed legislation that

would prohibit livestock from being raised

in their community.

The comments in favor of the ban

ranged from concern about animal waste,

the projected future growth of the human

population, and the negative perception

that sometimes follows urban areas that

allow farm animals to be raised within

their borders, said Wiggins.

“Some were afraid that it would make

the village look too “country,”’ she told the

council.

The survey was conducted throughout

the week of Nov. 2 and more than 100

households were interviewed, said fellow

committee member Deborah Larkins-

Jackson. The members of the committee

did not interview those living in the

Bending Brook apartment complex.

Among the comments made by the 37

percent in favor of allowance, several stated

they found the presence of small farm

animals such as chickens, ducks and goats

to be acceptable as long as their presence

Cram the Cruiser

The Grove City Division of Police will

host its Cram the Cruiser holiday drive

from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Grove City

United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus

St. Instead of toys, the officers are asking

for donations of gift cards, books, hats,

gloves and scarves. This will be a drivethrough

event and will benefit children

under the care of Franklin County

Children Services.

Christmas cookie sale

The Grove City United Methodist

Women will hold its annual Christmas

Cookie Sale on Dec. 12. There will be five

different kinds of cookies on each tray.

Each tray will cost $12 and will hold

approximately 24 assorted cookies.

To place an order by Dec. 6, call Sue

Flowers at 614-357-7935 or email Peg

Addington at maddin0952@sbcglobal.net.

The cookie order can be picked up on

Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by driving up

to the entrance and giving your name. The

money will be collected at that time. Mask

and all CDC requirements will be in place.

around town

would not have a negative effect on the surrounding

area.

Wiggins said it was important that this

survey be conducted as the council has

been mulling the issue of raising farm animals

in the village for months now.

“We needed to hear their voices on this

issue,” she said.

In July, village council held its first

reading on legislation that would prohibit

the possession of farm animals and livestock

within the village. Under the ordinance,

the definition of farm animals

include, but are not limited to, pigs, mules,

donkeys, miniature horses, ostrich, fox,

chickens, pheasant, and chinchillas, to

name a few. In regard to livestock, the definition

is determined as horses, sheep,

goats, poultry, or any other animals that is

raised or maintained domestically for food

or fiber.

During that meeting, resident Donna

Bogue said that while she was in favor of

some of the language, she thought the prohibition

of animals such as chickens and

chinchillas was “pushing it a bit too far.”

At the following meeting, the legislation

was tabled upon the recommendation of

village law director Rodd Lawrence as it

needed modification in regard to formatting,

legal clarification, and federal

statutes related to the Americans with

Disabilities Act.

The legislation has not been brought

back to the table since. Wiggins said it is

currently “being tweaked” and will be

brought back at a future date.

Volunteers sought at food pantry

The Grove City Food Pantry is looking

for volunteers. The pantry is located at

2710 Columbus St. in Grove City. It serves

about 250 families each month in Grove

City, Orient, Harrisburg and Galloway. It

is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 4

p.m. and on the third Saturday of the

month from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers

are needed to work various times and days.

Food donations are also needed. Those

interested in volunteering for the Grove

City Food Pantry or making a food or monetary

donation can email

managers@grovecityfoodpantry.org.

Free holiday dinner

St. Aloysius Community Outreach is

continuing its decades-long tradition of

providing a full, free Thanksgiving Day

dinner on Nov. 26. Due to the coronavirus

pandemic, this year’s dinner will be takeout

only. Distribution of boxed up holiday

meals to go will start at 12 and run until

1:30 p.m. (or until out of food). Dinners will

be given out from the building in back of

St. Aloysius Church, located at 2165 W.

Broad St.

Welcome Center reopens

The Grove City Welcome Center and

Museum reopened to the public on Oct. 6.

The museum is located at 3378 Park Street

Looking for a small,

friendly church experience? Try

First Presbyterian Church

of Grove City

4227 Broadway, Grove City

In-person Worship 10 a.m.

Services will continue on

Facebook Live at 10 a.m. as well

www.fpcgc.org

Free Community Brown Bag Drive-through Lunch

Saturday, November 21, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Grove City

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and is open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8

p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m.

to 12 p.m. The museum has been closed to

the public due to the coronavirus.

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Metro Park prairies rise from the ashes

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

Winter’s cold is coming, but some Metro

Parks are in for a hot time.

Prairie areas in a few of the area Metro

Parks will undergo what is described as a “prescribed

burn,” where controlled fires are set to

“inhibit invasive species and boost new growth

of native plants in prairies, grasslands, and oak

woods,” according to Metro Parks Assistant

Resource Manager Carrie Morrow.

Metro Parks Public Information Manager

Peg Hanley said two such burns recently took

place at Pickerington Ponds and Battelle Darby

Creek. She said Prairie Oaks had a prescribed

burn earlier this year.

“We burn in the spring and fall in the dormant

seasons - spring before plants and grasses

have grown and fall after the frost has killed

the plants above ground,” said Hanley.

“Prairies recover quickly. After an early spring

burn, it will green up almost immediately.

Nature is resilient.”

Hanley said the burns are conducted by

members of the burn team, which is made up of

park technicians and staff from the resource

management team.

According to information provided by Metro

Parks, the prescribed burns:

•Maintain the health of existing natural

areas, restore nutrients, habitat restoration,

control invasive plants and shrubs, and encourage

new growth of native vegetation.

•Are better than mowing because they are a

natural management tool used throughout history

and are a force much like wind or water

that imitates nature. Native Americans and

pioneers in the past set controlled prairie fires

to help the land. Also, prairie habitats developed

over centuries where natural fires played

a role in maintaining areas for a diversity of

species.

In an online blog written for Metro Parks,

Morrow stated the prescribed burns are performed

on a rotating basis in selected parks

every two to five years. The burned areas promote

new growth and germinating seeds, as

well as eliminate young trees, shrubs, and other

invasive plant species. The fires allow prairie

wildflowers and grasses to rejuvenate and

spread.

When asked how the prescribed prairie

burns affect the wildlife in the burn areas,

Hanley said, “To protect wildlife, our staff conducts

a walk through of the site before burning

which causes some animals to exit the area. We

begin slow and light the main head fire last.

Birds simply fly off. Deer and other mammals

can scurry and bound away quickly and mice

and voles can burrow in the ground.”

For information on Metro Parks, visit

metroparks.net.

Photo courtesy of Tina Copeland

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Pet Corner

Pets of the week

Vanity is waiting to

meet her new best

friend. Most recently,

Vanity was brought

back to the county

shelter as she

doesn’t get along

with cats and chickens.

But she loves

dogs and is another

pup once she is outside the shelter. If you’re

looking for a cuddle monster who is ready to

instantly make herself at home, schedule an

appointment at the Franklin County Dog

Shelter.

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com

Loki is a friendly, 75-

pound guy who is

ready to meet his forever

family. This

handsome 2-yearold

may seem a little

standoffish when you

first meet him, but

once he recognizes

you, you’re an instant

member of his squad

and you’ll receive all the love you’ve ever

needed. Loki is available for adoption through

the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com

These furry friends are available

for adoption at local

rescues and shelters

Stevie is a girl on the

go. She can play all

day. Her favorite

activities include

wrestling with her siblings,

chasing string,

and naps. Dislikes

are an empty food

dish and not getting

enough snuggles.

Love nose kisses? She does too. This outgoing

girl is hoping to find a cuddle buddy she

can call her own. Stevie is 5 months old,

spayed, microchipped, and up to date on vaccines.

She is up for adoption through Colony

Cats.

FYI: www.colonycats.org

Mittens likes to think

she is the boss, especially

with other cats.

That’s why she would

do best as an only

cats. She will let anyone

pick her up, even

kids, but for a short

while. She wants to

be put back on the

floor to supervise the household and walkabout.

Mittens is up for adoption through

Friends for Life Animal Haven.

FYI: www.fflah.org

Downsizing?

November 22, 2020 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Buying or Selling?

Combining Families?

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Just hangin’ out!

Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle

If they are lucky, visitors of Gantz Park in Grove City may spot this rare white squirrel

while out on the walking trail.


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Book features stories from Grove City

Author J. Larry Simpson has published

“No Excuses, The True Life

Adventures of a Little Trailer Boy” that

features several stories about his life in

Grove City. The book is about Simpson’s

life as an adventurous boy from 1951

through 1961, traveling across America,

living in a mobile home.

Grove City was my back to the future

town,” said Simpson. “Wonderful kids,

the football team, and elected to being

the president of the sophomore class, all

in my five and a half months, in the fall

of 1959. I want Grove City to know someone

loved them, and now 60 years later, I

journey back in soul to them.”

“No Excuses, The True Life

Adventures of a Little Trailer Boy” can

be found online through Amazon or

Barnes and Noble.

Home Buyers Guide

New to Grove City with 25 years experience

Kim A VanDerk

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5825 Coneflower Drive, Grove City $349,900

Desirable Meadow Grove is the setting for this lovely 4 bedroom, 2 story

located on quiet, low traffic court. Open great room has vaulted ceiling

which opens to the second floor. Enjoy warmth from the stone fireplace

this winter! Large dining room, eat-in kitchen w/all stainless steel

appliances. Owners bedroom suite has an additional private room for

workout, yoga, or even a home office! Private custom bathroom too-IT IS

AWESOME! 2,900 sq. feet of living area with added storage in basement.

New concrete drive in 2019 leads to 4 car garage.

Ginger Thrush

REALTOR ® 614-214-2522

gingerthrush@gmail.com

Pam Brown

614-975-9462

Thinking about

selling your home?

Call An Experienced Realtor!

40 Years of “Service with a Smile”

GREAT SELLING MARKET!

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Next Edition

December 6

Deadline December 1st

Contact Doug Henry:

614-272-5422

doughenry@columbusmessenger.com


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November 22, 2020 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 9

CLASSIFIED ADS

Deadlines: Groveport and West editions, Wednesdays at 5 p.m., • South, Grove City, Madison editions, Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

All editions by phone, Tuesdays at 5 p.m. • Service Directory, Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

xEmployment

FREE TRAINING TO BECOME A

REGISTERED PHARMACY TECH

WHILE YOU WORK!

Kroger Pharmacy Warehouse

in the Rickenbacker area is

Direct Hiring all shift.

First (M-F), Second (S-Th.) and Third (Sat.-W)

Shifts available.

Starting pay for first shift is $12.50 per hour.

Starting pay for second and third shift is $14.00.

Must be 18 years of age, have a high school

disploma or GED, pass a mandatory drug and

FBI/BCI background screening.

These are entry level positions, packing, sorting, RF

scanning, shipping in a fast paced environment.

Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds with or without

accommodation. Please apply at:

jobs.kroger.com

Search using Zip Code 43217

Call 614-333-5011 for more details.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS!

INDEPENDENT

CONTRACTORS

WANTED

If you have a reliable

car and would like to

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then why not deliver?

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in or near your neighborhood

CONTACT US

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WANTED

SW CITY SCHOOLS

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

The South-Western City School

District is currently hiring drivers

for the 2020-2021 school year

$16.55/HR

Available positions are for substitute drivers

that can develop into “Regular” positions with

benefits. Interested individuals should submit

an application on our website at swcsd.us.

Follow the employment link. Applicants should

have an excellent driving record and must

submit to drug, alcohol, and background

screening. A high school diploma or equivalent

is required.

EOE

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NEW HAIR STYLE!

Call Marilyn Weaver

For An Appt.

For a New Haircut/Style

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Indulgence Hair Salon

3387 McDowell Rd.

Grove City

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NE, NC, NH, OH, OK,

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xCome & Get It!

COME AND GET IT

Deadlines are Tuesdays by 5 pm.

Call For Publication Schedule 614-272-5422

Need to Get Rid of Something Fast - Advertise It Here For FREE!

FREE Garden Straw for gardens or bedding. Call for appointment for

pickup. Circle S Farms, 9015 London-Groveport Road, Grove City,

43123

Grove City - 614-878-7980

ATTENTION: Come & Get It will be ending

in our 11-22-20 issue and will resume in

April 2021. Thanks to all that used it!

Ċome and Get It! is a bi-weekly column that offers readers an opportunity to pass

along surplus building materials, furniture, electronic equipment, crafts, supplies,

appliances, plants or household goods to anybody who will come and get them - as

long as they’re FREE. NO PETS! Just send us a brief note describing what you want

to get rid of, along with your name, address and phone number. Nonprofit

organizations are welcome to submit requests for donations of items.

Send information to The Columbus Messenger, Attention: Come and Get It, 3500

Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH43204. Deadline is Tuesdays by 5 pm for following

Mondays publication. Messenger Newspapers is not responsible for any

complications that may occur. Please contact us when items are gone. 272-5422

Come & Get It!

xAdult Care

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We send you the Best Home Caregivers

1 Hr. up to 24 Hr. Care

Prepared and Ready but still operating COVID Free.

Rates as low as $15.21 an hour!

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Call or text for info. www.v-angels.com

advertise

YOUR ADULT

CARE SERVICES

Call Kathy

at The Messenger

For More Info

272-5422

Adult Care

ASSOCIATION ADS

READER

ADVISORY

The National Trade Association

we belong to has

purchased the following

classifieds. Determining

the value of their service

or product is advised by

this publication. In order

to avoid misunderstandings,

some advertisers do

not offer “employment”

but rather supply the

readers with manuals, directories

and other materials

designed to help

their clients establish mail

order selling and other

businesses at home. Under

NO circumstance

should you send any

money in advance or give

the client your checking,

license ID or credit card

numbers. Also beware of

ads that claim to guarantee

loans regardless of

credit and note that if a

credit repair company

does business only over

the phone it’s illegal to request

any money before

delivering its service. All

funds are based in US

dollars. Toll Free numbers

may or may not

reach Canada. Please

check with the Better

Business Bureau 614-

486-6336 or the Ohio Attorney

General’s Consumer

Protection Section

614-466-4986 for more

information on the company

you are seeking to

do business with.

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Speed Internet for ONLY

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for $100 Gift Card! Best

Value & Technology.

FREE installation. Call 1-

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apply)

xFocus on Rentals

WEDGEWOOD

VILLAGE

1, 2, and 3 BR Apts.

Rent Based on Income.

Call 614-272-2800 or visit us

at 777 Wedgewood Dr.

DD/TTY 1-800-567-5857

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

WANT TO RENT THAT APARTMENT

BEFORE THE SNOW FLIES?

Advertise It!!

CALL KATHY

For Rate Information

at the Columbus Messenger

614-272-5422

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Call 1-866-586-

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Rentals

ASSOCIATION ADS

AUTOMOTIVE

Get cash for your used

or junk cars today. We

buy all cars, trucks &

SUVs. Free pick up. Call

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DISH TV $59.99 FOR 190

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SELL YOUR ANTIQUE

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INSURANCE

Medicare, Health & Life

Insurance 614-805-1084

CHILD CARE

OFFERED

Depend. Quality Child care

in loving hm. Exp. Mom, n-

smkr, hot meals, sncks,

playroom, fncd yd. Reas.

rates. Laurie at 853-2472

HELP WANTED

Real Mechanic Needed

30% of Labor

Free lunch & drinks

Apply at Midland Auto

2433 Midland Ave., Cols

614-278-9458

www.columbusmessenger.com

xMisc. for Sale

HELP WANTED

NOW HIRING

Commercial

Janitorial

All Shifts

Full and Parttime

Call or Text Now

614-804-1256

WANT TO BUY

ANTIQUES

WANTED

Victrolas, Watches,

Clocks, Bookcases

Antiques, Furn.

Jeff 614-262-0676

or 614-783-2629

WANTS TO Purchase

minerals and other oil &

gas interests. Send details

to: P.O. Box 13557,

Denver, CO 80201

We Buy Cars & Trucks

$300-$3000.614-308-2626

We Buy Junk Cars &

Trucks. Highest Prices

Paid. 614-395-8775

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Business Debt Solutions

Call 614-270-1149

Debt Solutions Available

Call 614-270-1149

HOMES FOR SALE

For Sale-2 Story House.

4 Bdrms, $89,500.

Buckeye Comm. R.E.

614-783-7464

RENTALS

Hilltop Twin/Half Dble

3 BR Rent $900 dep $900

2 BR Rent $700 dep $700

W. Weygandt Realtor

614-226-6767

VACATION RENTALS

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Palm Manor Resort

Within minutes of white

sand Gulf beaches,

world famous Tarpon

fishing, golf courses, restaurants/shopping,

Bush

Gardens. 2 BR 2 BA

condos with all ammenities,

weekly/monthly, visit

www.palmmanor.com

or call 1-800-848-8141

Misc. for Sale

11/29 W/SW/M

xInformation

DECEMBER GIVEAWAY

Place a prepaid classified line ad in our paper

during the month of DECEMBER and be registered

to win a $50 Gift Card from

The Columbus Messenger Newspapers.

All ads received by mail, in person, e-mail or phone

will be included in the drawing.

Drawing will be held December 29th, 2020

and the winner will be notified and published

in our January 3rd, 2021 Madison paper

and our January 10th, 2021 issue

of the Columbus papers.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!!

Information

THANKSGIVING GREETING

THANKSGIVING GREETING

To All Our Readers

& Customers

Thank You For Your

Patronage.

Columbus Messenger

Classified Dept.


www.columbusmessenger.com

November 22, 2020 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 11

xClassified Services

INFORMATION

LOOK TO

THE PROFESSIONALS

IN OUR

SERVICE DIRECTORY

For Service

“That Is Out Of This World”

APPLIANCE REPAIR

Washer, Dryer, Stove &

Refrig. Repair 875-7588

AUTO SERVICE

Don’t Get Stuck in Cold

WINTERIZE NOW!

Midland Auto Service

for all you auto serv needs

I give FREE advice if you

need help with your car.

614-278-9458/778-3864

A Rating-BBB 47 years

American/Foreign Cars

CARPET CLEANING

DIRT BUSTERS

HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

Any 5 areas $75.

614-805-1084

Specializing in Pet Odors

CONCRETE

Buckeye City

Concrete & Excavating

* Concrete * Foundations

* Waterlines * Drains

*Catch Basins

614-749-2167

buckeyecityconcreteand

excavating@yahoo.com

ALL-CITY CUSTOM

CONCRETE

All Types Concrete Work

New or Tear Out-Replace

37 Yrs. Exp.

(614) 207-5430

Owner is On The Job!

AJ’s Concrete,

Masonry

Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.

614-419-9932

EDDIE MOORE

CONSTRUCTION

Quality Concrete Work

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

Block Work & Excavation

Stamp Patios,

Bsmt. Wall Restoration

35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.

Free Ests. 614-871-3834

11/15 A/M

12/13 A

INFORMATION

FENCING

EAZY FENCE

Chain Link - Wood

No Job Too Big or Small

All Repairs ~ Free Est.

Insured. 614-670-2292

GUTTERS

Gutter Cleaning, most

homes. $50.00. Leave

message, will call back.

Thanks 614-402-6615

Low Price-Great Service

5 & 6” Seamless gutters,

covers, siding, gutter clng.

Bill 614-306-4541

HAULING

DEAN’S HAULING

614-276-1958

HEATING

HEATING

Complete System Clean & Check

$49.95

Free Carbon

Monoxide Testing

Gas-Oil-Electric Heat/Pumps

All Makes • All Models

43 yrs exp. • Sr. Discount

614-351-9025

INFORMATION

ONLY

$50.00

For This Ad In Our

West & Grove City

For Info Call

272-5422

HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

Quality is our #1 Priority

HELMS’ CONTRACTING

Call For FREE ESTIMATES

New Kitchens & Baths

New Replacement Windows

Basement Remodels

Room Additions • Roofs

More than 25 Years Experience

Licensed • Insured • Bonded

Bill Helms 614-296-0850

or 614-801-1801 12-13

W/SW

12/13 A

HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

KLAUSMAN HOME

IMPROVEMENT

Siding-Windows-

Doors-Roofing-Soffit-

Fascia-Gutters-Trim

Earn FREE Seamless

Gutters with Siding Over

1000 Sq. Ft.

FREE Shutters with

Soffit & Trim

EPA Certified

Member of BBB

Financing Available

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.

Licensed-Bonded-Insured

Owner & Operator

James 614-419-7500

SLAGLE

HOME REMODELING

Baths, Kitchen,

Plumbing and Electrical.

All your Handyman needs

No Job too Big or Small

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

Jerry

614-332-3320

CandC

See The Difference

Plumbing & Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing & A

Interior/Exterior Painting

No Job Too Big Or Too

Small - We Do It All

614-702-3691

11-29

SINCE 1973

Phil Bolon Contr.

Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.

Lic.-Bond-Ins.

Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273

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or 614-863-9912

C&JHandyman

Services LLC

Minor Plumbing

& Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing &

Interior/Exterior Painting

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines

614-284-2100

11-29 A

12-13

SW/W

12-13

A/M

11-29 A

HOME INSPECTIONS

Home Inspections

“Welcome Home”

Inspection Services

Starting at $185

Licensed

InterNACHI/CPI

Certified

Free Estimates &

Discounts 12-13 A

Cell 614-316-9600

LAWN CARE

FREE ESTIMATES

The Lawn Barber

FALL CLEAN-UPS

Leaf Removal, Flower

Beds Cleaned, Yard

Waste & Hauled Away.

614-935-1466

LET US MAINTAIN

YOUR LAWN & GARDEN

FOR YOU

Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall

WE DO IT ALL!!!!

Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117

MOVING

Aaron Allen

Moving

Local Moving since 1956

Bonded and Insured

614-299-6683

614-263-0649

Celebrating

over 60 yrs

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PAGE 12 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - November 22, 2020

A film that features a body switch is all

about the transformation process. After the

initial magic is activated to transport one’s

soul and personality into another individual,

the rest is all about those people realizing

stuff and things about themselves

and trying to change for the betterment —

for the most part. The latest film to explore

this premise does not veer far from that

well-trodden path, but it does shake up the

routine by including an extremely high

body count.

Shown only in theaters at this time,

“Freaky” is equal parts body switch horror,

a love letter to the 1980s slasher, and a

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message about finding hidden strength

through life’s challenges. While taken at

face value, these themes appear to be at

odds with each other, but they all come

together to create one of the most bizarrely

entertaining films of the year.

The main protagonist of the movie is

Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton), a very

shy and sensitive teenager who is still coming

to terms with the death of her father

the year prior. With her conservative dress

and meek manner, it makes her a target for

the popular crowd at school, but she is not

without a small and loyal group of friends

and fellow outcasts.

Upon suffering a public embarrassment

at the hands, or drinking cups, of a few

football players at a homecoming game,

Millie’s day only gets worse as her mother

forgets to pick her up after the festivities.

Wearing half of her beaver mascot (she

tells her friends extracurriculars look good

on transcripts), she spots a masked man

standing underneath the dim lights of the

parking lot. Suitably freaked out by this

strange encounter, it dawns on her that

this is not a mere masked man trying to

scare her; it is the urban legend serial

killer known as the Blissfield Butcher

(played by Vince Vaughn).

After a slightly tense but hilarious chase

throughout the bleachers and football field

(she is still wearing half of that beaver costume),

she is caught by the Butcher who

appears to be wielding some ancient dagger.

As he goes in for the kill, he is distracted

by the appearance of her police officer

sister but manages to get a good puncture

to the shoulder. Inexplicably, as her shoulder

starts to bleed, so does his and thus

begins the magical transformation process.

When Millie wakes up the following

morning, she is in the lumbering body of

the man whose body count is triple that of

her age. Realizing that if she is in his body,

then he is in hers, she sets off to confront

herself before more harm can be done.

Unfortunately for her, however, the

Butcher is starting to realize he likes

inhabiting this body. He enjoys that Millie

appears too weak to speak up for herself

and uses that to his advantage. This new

look Millie, now sporting a fierce red

leather jacket and tight ponytail, is free of

the constraints of her former and meeker

self.

Knowing something is not quite right

with their friend Millie, Nyla and Josh

(Celeste O’Connor and Misha Osherovich,

respectively) try to hash out what has happened

to their sweet pal and, while doing

so, come face to face with the Butcher. At

first, they are disbelieving that a magical

body switch happened but when all signs

point to the mythical, they are determined

to do whatever is illegal and necessary to

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help their friend

before the switch

becomes permanent.

Charm and good

acting do not often

go hand-in-hand

with traditional horror

films, but

“Freaky” has both thanks to its cast members

and its message about a person being

so much more than their exterior. The latter

doesn’t beat the audience over the head

with the message — the film much prefers

to beat the heads of others in with various

tools — but at its core it is a story about a

girl who lacks confidence finding her voice

when it is taken away from her. It is oddly

heartwarming, in a nice bloodbath kind of

way.

As noted above, “Freaky” is only playing

in theaters at this time but it is slated to

come to video on demand in December. If

you’re a fan of slashers and slasher comedies,

I would highly recommend watching

this bizarrely sweet and gory film when

you get the chance. Grade: B+

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

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