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November 22-December 5, 2020 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 21

A float in last year’s Holiday Lights Parade.

Christmas in CW

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Santa Claus is coming to Canal Winchester

and the sixth annual Holiday

Lights Parade will still roll on down the

road this year as part of the city’s annual

Christmas in the Village event Dec. 4-5.

However, keeping socially distant and

making accommodations for COVID-19

restrictions is changing both the way

event organizers prepare and conduct the


“This year we have had to resort to

many more phone calls versus just sitting

down to plan over a box of pizza,” said parade

co-coordinator Jill Amos. “We miss

our nights of laughter planning to light

the night up. With COVID, we have had

a few scheduled times, but for the most

part we are calling and texting and then

waiting for responses.”

Amos, along with fellow co-coordinators

Rick and Beth Deeds begin the planning

process in the summer, reviewing

what went well and what needs improvement.

At the top of the list this year was

the starting point of the parade and the

day it takes place.

“When we held the parade on Friday,

it would shut down Gender Road during

rush hour and it is not true that everyone

loves a parade, when it is preventing

them from going home on a Friday night,”

said Amos. “The change to Saturday will

help us to alleviate the problems of the

traffic. We are lucky to have several people

that have jumped on over the years to

help us out. Jim Bohnline from the

Westchester Homeowners Association,

the Brockstrong Foundation, and resident

Karla McKeon joined us last year for the

planning of this fantastic event. We are

also fortunate enough to have the Goddard

School representative Heather

Kamer and this year Harris Lane & Co.’s

Erin Johnson pitching in not only to sponsor

but also to help with the event.”

The 2020 parade is Saturday, Dec. 5

and steps off at 5:10 p.m. from Canal Winchester

High School. It arrives in the

downtown area by 6 p.m. The route was

expanded this year in order to offer more

people the opportunity of viewing the parade.

In 2014, the first year of the Holiday

Lights Parade, approximately 10

floats/vehicles participated. Last year,

there were more than 40 vehicles in the

parade. Families and residents of entire

streets are part of the lighted parade

flotilla, winding their way on floats, bicycles

and even golf carts through the

streets of Canal Winchester.

Parade regulars include the CWHS

Marching Band, the Canal Winchester

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CW schools stay in hybrid

model in face of pandemic

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

As coronavirus cases continue to rise,

many schools are responding by transitioning

to all virtual learning, but not in Canal

Winchester Schools where Superintendent

James Sotlar feels students are safe in


The district is remaining in a hybrid

model for students who are not enrolled in

CWOLA, an all online program, according

to Sotlar during a Nov. 16

Canal Winchester Board of Education meeting.

“As we know, cases are increasing at a

rate not seen since the pandemic started,”

Sotlar said. “The good news for schools is

that we’re not seeing the outbreak inside

the school district as much as we’re seeing

it from outside–from family gatherings to

extracurricular events, parties and everything

else. Back in July, when the Franklin

County Board of Health and Columbus

Board of Health said we should be in all remote

learning, they didn’t have the data

that says it’s not going to spread during

school; that was their big worry.”

Sotlar said the data now indicates they

are not necessarily seeing the spread in

schools and that all of the precautions taken

by Canal Winchester with the hybrid model,

face masks, social distancing, hand washing

and cleaning protocols are working.

“I think our schools right now are in a

very safe place for our kids and staff,” said

Sotlar. “Even with the increases that we’re

seeing and positive cases throughout Ohio,

the health and safety of our students will always

be our number one priority. And we’re

going to continue following the model we’re

on with our hybrid learning model for our

school-based tract. I plan on following that

unless something changes or the governor

comes on and says something different.”

According to statistics shared by Sotlar

and posted on the district’s Webpage, from

the start of school until Nov. 3, there were

only four positive cases of COVID-19, two

students and two staff members.

During the week of Nov. 9-13, seven students

tested positive and 83 were quarantined.

Three staff members tested positive

and six were quarantined.

Three of the students testing positive attend

Indian Trail Elementary. No students

or staff tested positive at Winchester Trail.

One student and two staff tested positive at

the middle school and three students and

one staff member tested positive at the high


“My recommendation, at least until the

end of the semester, is to stay on the hybrid

schedule,” said Sotlar, who reported he does

not anticipate returning to a normal schedule

anytime soon. “That would not be wise.”

He believes district buildings are safe for

students and it is the best place for them educationally,

socially and emotionally.

“I think it’s safer here than anywhere

else. Kids need to be around their peers and

adults,” said Sotlar.

The district is opening registration Nov.

23 to Dec. 13 for second semester for parents

who want to change from a schoolbased

tract to CWOLA or from the all

virtual CWOLA model to the school-based


The end of the first semester is Jan. 16.

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Holiday Help available in Hamilton Township

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Seventeen years ago, a community partnership in

Hamilton Township stepped up to help out needy families

and, while the group itself dissolved a few years later, four

core members keep the program going because need never

goes away.

Starting out small in 2003 while the group learned the

limits on what it could do, Hamilton Local Schools Public

Relations Director Vince Payne said approximately a

dozen families who received clothes, gifts, and staple food

items the first year.

“The program began by supporting 10-12 families and

grew to annually support 60-65 families, totaling nearly

300 children,” said Payne. “The program was initially

based at the Hoover Y Park when we had less than 30 families

served. When the program grew to more than 30 families,

we moved to what used to be Grace Ministries

Church on Rathmell Road. While the program was based

there, it grew to the 60-65 families we now support annually.”

Organizations participating in the 2020 Holiday Help

program are Hamilton Local Schools faculty and staff,

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Hamilton Local Schools Public Relations Director

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Payne said there is a need in most communities for programs

like Holiday Help that support families during the

Vince Payne

holidays and even year-round. There are a variety of reasons

that the need for help arises.

“adopt” an individual or family and go shopping for their

items. Payne said it is up to the person or organization on

“We are seeing more families needing support due to

what they want to do and Holiday Help organizers are

unemployment caused by the pandemic,” said Payne.

always ready to work with those who want to donate their

“They are trying to work their limited resources to keep

time or resources.

their homes, keep their heat on, and keep their families

School guidance counselors identify families and reach

fed. We are doing what we can, with the resources we

out to offer the program’s support. Holiday Help workers

have, to help as many families in our community as possible.

Programs like this help take the stress off of families

will distribute items to families on Dec. 17, so they have

time to prepare for the holiday.

who may be trying to decide between paying bills or providing

their children something for the holiday. Programs

“We can always use support through adoption or donation,

and we want to give thanks to all those who make

like this bring communities together to lift up those who

this program possible each year,” said Payne.

need a boost. Programs like this can provide hope to those

For information on the Holiday Help program, contact

who may lose that feeling around the holidays. Our program

is here to help our community as much as our

Deb Dunn or Sandy Goldbach at LeaveAMark Church -

614-491-5262. The cut-off date to bring items to the church

resources will allow.”

is Dec.15.

People annually provide new toys, donate funds, or

CW’s anti-racism law delayed

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Canal Winchester City Council’s plans to adopt a

resolution condemning racism in the city was put on

hold following last-minute information and questions

during its Nov. 16 work session.

“This is an opportunity to take this a step closer,”

said Councilman Pat Lynch, who suggested getting

together with the community and setting a date where

everyone can meet together.

Council members expressed a desire to present a

single uniformed resolution and want to find common

ground on which the whole group can agree.

Councilman Mike Coolman said he would still like to

hear information from Franklin County.

“Franklin County manages a lot larger turf with a

lot more people,” Coolman said. “I would like one uniform

piece of legislation to move forward.”

Council President Mike Walker said COVID-19 and

waiting for Franklin County (for a workable arrangement

to meet with council) are a big part of the wait to

pass a resolution.

“It’s important to get this correct and right,” Walker


Councilwoman Jill Amos, who collaborated with

Councilman Chuck Milliken on the resolution, said

council needs to set a deadline for action. She felt the

community is losing faith in the council.

“I think we need to keep a solid promise to our community,”

said Amos.

Councilman Will Bennett said it was in the best

interest of council to present one item, but cautioned

“School Help” at library

The Columbus Metropolitan Library - South High

Branch has a new School Help webpage, where K-12

students can get help with homework and reading The

webpage features: Online K-12 homework help, with

staff ready to answer homework questions and help

with reading practice via text, chat, and phone

Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Video tutorials

with step-by-step instructions on how to use key homework

tools. HelpNow, a resource that offers 24-hour

they were not “ready to run” yet. He advised council to

set its sights and make it achievable.

“This is something that will not be done with one

ordinance,” said Bennett. “People need to know this is

our first step.”

Milliken, Amos and Lynch planned to meet before

the next council meeting and discuss the resolution

before presenting suggested language to the full council.

Water and sewer fees

Council approved a pair of ordinances setting water

and sanitary sewer use fees until 2022. The domestic

water and sprinkler rates per 1,000 gallons are currently

$6.33 and will not rise for more than a year for users outside

the special water allocation district.

The bulk water rate charge per 1,000 gallons

remains steady through the beginning of 2022 at $8.90.

The sanitary sewer user fee charge is $5.88. With the

approval of the ordinance and forgoing a scheduled fee

increase in 2021, the rate will not change until Jan. 1,

2022. Both utility funds exceeded anticipated fund performances

over the past two years, which reduced the

need for a scheduled increase.

Leaf pick-up

The city of Canal Winchester will provide curbside

leaf collection through Dec. 11. To avoid water backup

in the event of rain, leaf piles must be placed behind

the curb along the street. Leaf piles may contain leaves

only, as sticks, grass trimmings and other yard waste

can cause damage to leaf collection equipment. Regular

yard waste will continue to be picked up by Rumpke of

Ohio during scheduled trash collection.

access to study tools and test preparation, plus online

tutors available every day from 2-11 p.m.

For information refer to the South High Branch or

call 614-645-2275.

Southeast Library

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus

Metropolitan Library, 3980 S. Hamilton Road,

Groveport, 614-645-2275, is open Monday-Thursday: 9

a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.

- 6 p.m.; and Sunday: 1-5 p.m.


November 22, 2020 - MESSENGER - PAGE 3

Metro Parks’ prairies rise from the ashes


fires help to

enrich the


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


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, but,

locally, Three Creeks, Slate Run, and Walnut Woods will

not have a prairie burn this year.

“We burn in the spring and fall in the dormant seasons

- spring before plants and grasses have grown and fall

A worker sets a controlled prairie burn in one of the Metro Parks.

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


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

CW bed tax grant program

news briefs

The city of Canal Winchester is now accepting

applications for its 2021 Transient Occupancy Tax

(Bed Tax) Grant Program.

The grant program is open to nonprofits or private

organizations located within the city of Canal

Winchester to help fund projects that will enhance

Canal Winchester for residents and/or visitors to the

community. Grants are funded with the hotel/motel

tax revenue collected by the City of Canal Winchester.

Canal Winchester has levied a 6 percent Transient

Occupancy Tax (Bed Tax) that is imposed when lodging

is furnished to transient guests by a hotel, motel or

similar business. One half (3 percent) of this tax is contributed

to Destination: Canal Winchester, the designated

visitors and convention bureau for Canal

Winchester. The second half of the tax has been designated

by Canal Winchester City Council to fund the

annual Bed Tax Grant Program.

Grant applications will be competitively reviewed

and awards will be made to those projects meeting all

requirements and the intent of the program. Grant

applications are currently available on the city’s website.

Completed applications must be submitted by

mail or email to the attention of the finance director no

later than Nov. 30. City council will make award determinations

in December. Award checks will be drawn in

2021 and all awards must be used in 2021. For information

contact Amanda Jackson, finance director at

614-837-6937 or ajackson@canalwinchesterohio.gov.

Wagnalls Memorial Library

Wagnalls Memorial Library, 150 E. Columbus St.,

Lithopolis, is open Monday — Wednesday 10 a.m. — 5

p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. — 2

p.m. and closed on Friday and Sunday. For information

call (614) 837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.

Upcoming events and activities:

•The Virtual Game of Soups - The Game of Soups

is virtual this year. Wagnalls wants you to share your

favorite soup recipes with the community. Send your

family favorite soup recipes to be compiled into a community

recipe book that you can download and print or

check out from the library. Email your recipe to Sarah

at smayzum@wagnalls.org or drop off your recipe at

Wagnalls Include your name and city you live in.

Optional: Do you have a handwritten copy of your

recipe handed down from generation to generation?

Do you have a photo of your great grandmother who

created the recipe? Share any stories or photos in your

email. If you need help scanning a photo or handwritten

recipe so it can be included, a staff member can

help you at the library. Deadline is Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.

•Checkers TV is a monthly educational video series

for elementary aged children at Wagnalls.org. Join

Checkers the wacky inventor and his robot sidekick,

Snoozer, as they make scientific discoveries with special

guests including medical professionals, community

leaders, and many others. Children will look forward

to each new installment of this educational

series, with seasonal themes in every video.




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First railroad trip, 1868

There’s something about railroad tracks

and trains that seem intertwined with being

an American.

Maybe it’s the wanderlust in us that gets

heightened when we see the sunlight shining

on those steel rails extending off into the

horizon. Maybe it’s the power and strength of

a railroad’s industrial nature that speaks to

us. Maybe it’s how trains are chronicled and

romanticized in songs, stories, and photos

that reaches something deep within us. That

urge to, “light out for the territory,” as Mark

Twain wrote, is strong in us.

Local historian David Meyer, recently

shared an interesting old newspaper clipping

with me about the history of the railroad in

southeastern Franklin County.

“I thought you might enjoy reading about

the Hocking Valley Railroad in 1868,” Meyer

wrote to me in an email where he had

attached a digital version of the news clipping

from the Ohio State Journal dated July

17, 1868.

The article reported on riding along on the

first trip on the Columbus and Hocking

Valley Railroad, which at that point ran from

Columbus to Canal Winchester.

This rail line opened from Columbus

through Groveport and Canal Winchester in

the summer of 1868 and, when completed a

few months later, ran further southeast to

Lancaster and Nelsonville. The railroad

proved to be a boon to Canal Winchester and

Groveport because it provided both towns

with a faster way of shipping farm goods and

freight as well as offering swifter passenger

service than the Ohio and Erie Canal. The

steel rails’ efficiency eventually drove the

canal out of favor and business.

But, back to the Ohio State Journal article

of 1868. Besides the news reporter, the others

on this trip were: M. M. Greene, Hocking

Valley Railroad President; B. E. Smith,

President of the C, C. & I. C. Railway; Col.

Manypenny, one of the lessees of the Ohio

Canals; Barker Brooks, Theodore Comstock,

John Graham, John J. Janney, and Major W.

C. Faxon.

The article begins: “Bless me, this is pleasant,

riding on a rail! Yesterday a very pleasant

little party of gentlemen had the satisfaction

of making a trial trip as far as the track

is laid. The rails are down to within sight of

Canal Winchester, near 14 miles. The road is

not ballasted, but is as smooth as most of the

older roads that are. The grade is almost

nothing. The heaviest grade on the whole

road through to Athens is a short piece of

road this side of Big Belly, or Walnut Creek.

It is only 26 feet to the mile, and is almost


The Ohio State Journal reporter noted the

most difficult task in the laying of the rails

was “the filling of a peat bog just beyond Big

Belly,” as he noted the earthwork often sank

until it finally reached a solid point.

“A bridge for the stream at Canal

Winchester is already framed, at the yards in


Editor’s Notebook

this city, and will be

ready for erection by

the time the track is

laid to the point where

it is needed,” according

to the 1868 article.

“The work is going

ahead rapidly, and by

the first of September

the cars will be running

through to

Lancaster. The president

says no passenger

car shall be run on the

road until after it is ballasted.”



The reporter wrote that “an immense

amount of freight is waiting shipment over

the road.” It included “three-quarters of a

million bushels of grain at Groveport, and

other points up to Winchester. In addition to

this, there are quantities of livestock. The

shippers are very urgent for cars to be furnished

immediately. The work on the road is

being done swiftly and economically, under

the consummate management of Mr. Greene,

backed by the energetic contractors, Dodge,

Case & Co. It will pierce the coal region the

coming fall.”

See RAILROAD, page 5

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove



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The Bryan Machine

Company was once

located along Brook

Alley in Groveport just

north of Main Street

and south of Hickory

Alley. Pictured here

are some fellows posing

with a motorcycle

just outside the Bryan

Machine Company.

The year of the photo

is not known, but it

could be from the

1950s, 1960s, or the

early 1970s. “The guy

on the motorcycle is

my husband, Jay

Slagle,” said Joan

Slagle of Canal

Winchester, who submitted

the photo to

the Messenger newspaper.

The other men in the photo are not identified. Can you help identify the other men in the photo?



Continued from page 4

The reporter stated the trip on the new

railroad from Columbus to Groveport was

comfortable and took 30 minutes.

Some ceremonial aspects of the trip

proved to be entertaining to bystanders and

railroad workmen: “...each gentleman of the

party had been required to drive a spike,

with the most unapproachable awkwardness,

to the intense amusement of the workmen...”

The article provides perspective on the

importance of this new railroad from

Columbus to southeast Ohio, stating it

opened up an area untouched by “modern

enterprise almost, by lack of facilities for

transportation. It is a region rich beyond

comparison in agricultural and mineral

wealth, and it is of incalculable importance to

Columbus that her businessmen lay hold of

the cords the two slender bars of iron which

are to bind all this region in community of

interest with Columbus. It requires only

energy and enterprise, judiciously applied,

and Columbus may take her place among the

richest inland cities of the continent.”

This railroad route still serves trains that

pass through Groveport and Canal

Winchester. These tracks are a functional

link to the past.

Though no more passenger trains stop in

the area and the freight trains that chug

through are fewer than during this railroad’s

heyday, I think the folks who took that first

train ride on this railroad line in 1868 would

The Groveport train depot as it looked in

the mid-20th century. The depot was torn

down in the 1960s. Canal Winchester’s

“Queen of the Line” depot still stands

along the tracks near North High Street.

(Photo courtesy of the Groveport

Heritage Museum).

be pleased to see the tracks and trains continue

in the 21st century to do the job they

were meant to do.

Rick Palsgrove is managing editor of the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers

(Editor’s note: For those interested in a

detailed and comprehensive history of the

Hocking Valley Railway, I highly recommend the

book, “The Hocking Valley Railway,” by Edward

H. Miller. The book is chock full of interesting

information and photos and is a great read.)


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Township Police statistics

October crime statistics from the Madison

Township Police: 87 traffic stops, 1 assault,

50 assist/mutual aid, 4 burglary, 30

domestic complaints, 19 suspicious persons,

9 suspicious cars, 17 larceny/thefts, 12

threats or harassment, 89 traffic stops, 12

vandalism, 3 rapes, 19 parking, 6 accidents

with injuries, 1 fight, 5 shots fired in area,


Continued from page 1

Labor Day queens and their court, and

Santa. This year, Amos said to expect a

lawn mower riding along the parade route

and, although she keeps trying to convince

someone to pull a boat in the parade, no one

has taken her up on it yet.

Christmas in the Village, a partnership

between the city and Destination:Canal

Winchester, will be held Dec. 4-5 from 6-9

p.m. with drive-thru Santa visits. Residents

will drive down Liberty Street via Washington

Street to the Stradley Park greenspace

behind the municipal building where Santa

awaits his visitors along with some special

friends like Rudolph, Frosty and Gingy the

gingerbread woman, who will hand out special


Participation in the drive-thru event is

limited to those inside vehicles. No walk-up

visitors will be permitted.

The Queen of the Line Depot along the

railroad tracks will be lit during the event

and members of the Canal Winchester Area

and 17 property damage accidents.

Wagnalls Memorial Library

Wagnalls Memorial Library, 150 E.

Columbus St., Lithopolis, is open Monday

— Wednesday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.; Thursday 10

a.m. — 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. and

closed on Friday and Sunday. For information

call (614) 837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.

Historical Society will sell vintage Canal

Winchester street signs and wreaths inside

the Hockman Room in the O.P. Chaney Elevator

from 9 a.m.-noon on Dec. 5.

“What our families need is something

that hasn't changed, except for the better,”

said Amos. “We have said or heard this is an

unprecedented year too many times. To

close out the year, I want unprecedented in

the city of Canal Winchester to mean that

the parade went on and was more magical,

the stores opened their doors with the magic

of the holidays safely for us to enjoy, and the

mayor and his group worked magic making

Christmas in the Village still something for

families to enjoy. I want unprecedented to

stand for the strength in this community in

making the magic of the season come alive.”

For information visit www.cwholidaylightsparade.com

or contact Karen Stiles,

Destination:Canal Winchester Executive

Director at 614-270-5053.

Veterans Day in Canal Winchester


Messenger photos by Linda Dillman

Members of Canal Winchester VFW Post 10523 (above) step off from the grounds of

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103 carry a banner welcoming veterans during the Veterans Day parade.


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Take care of your tree

Christmas trees are an iconic symbol of the

holiday season. Whether they are personal

trees nestled in the corner of a living room for

families to enjoy or towering evergreens serving

as the focal point of a town square, Christmas

trees are a wonder to behold.

Maintenance can help keep Christmas

trees as perfect as possible.

• Even though it is tempting to buy a

real tree as early as possible, their shelf life

is limited even with the best care. Dural

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up to four weeks before drying out.

• Consider the needles when looking for

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before and may not be fresh.

• Cut the bottom of the tree trunk before

bringing it home to facilitate the uptake of

fresh water daily. Trees can absorb as much

as a gallon of water in a day, so make sure

the tree gets fresh water every day.

• Keep trees away from as many heat

sources as possible and away from direct

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• According to Karabin Farms in Connecticut,

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one cup of sugar in the water.

Allow to cool. After freshly cutting the

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Continue to add fresh, cool, plain water

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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

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 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



“Freaky” is oddly heartwarming in a weird kind of way

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

The Reel Deal

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

help their friend before the switch becomes


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.

“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 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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who grew up in Bellville, Ohio. He

completed his undergraduate degree at the

University of Akron, where he graduated

magna cum laude with honors.

Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University

College of Optometry and graduated cum laude with honors to receive

his Doctor of Optometry Degree in May 2019. After completing his

studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical Excellence

Award”, in 2019.

Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the

Ohio Optometric Association, and The Ohio State Alumni Association.

He is excited to practice full scope optometry, diagnosing and treating

a variety of ocular disorders and diseases in patients of all ages, but has

a special interest in contact lenses and ocular disease.

On a personal note, Dr. Morris and his wife Tess, enjoy spending time

with their family, friends, and their Bernese Mountain dog Maverick,

cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes, trying new foods, and exploring

Columbus breweries.

Q: Are contact lenses right for me?

A: 9/10 people who wear glasses are good candidates for contact lenses.

Contact lenses can correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness,

astigmatism, and even help you decrease your dependency on readers.

They can provide a wider field of view and the lenses won’t fog up in cold

weather like glasses. Contact lenses are also a great option for when you’re

exercising or playing sports where glasses could get in the way.

Q: How often should someone who

wears contact lenses get an eye exam?

A: Someone who wears contact lenses should have a comprehensive

dilated eye exam at least once a year. Contact lenses are medical devices

and need to be properly fitted and assessed by an eye care professional.

Schedule your contact lens exam today

with Dr. Morris.

6441 Winchester Blvd. E., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 614-963-3827

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