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December 20, 2020 - January 9, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 13

Making

memories

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

While nothing says comfort quite like a

steaming cup of hot chocolate, nothing

says a great gift quite like a homemade

painting. On Dec. 9, more than a dozen

children and adults attended a Cookies

and Canvas event hosted by and held at

the Prairie Township Community

Center. Each budding artist received

their own canvas, easel, bag of cookies

and professional instructions by Jodi

Osborne on how to paint a steaming

cup of cocoa set against a wintery

backdrop. While not all artists had positive

things to say about their masterpiece,

a good time was had by all. Top

right, Victoria Gunn and her daughter,

Olivia, 6, show off their creations. The

westside residents said they attended

the Cookies and Canvas event to give

them something to do in the community

that was holiday themed. They were not

sure as to whether their creations

would be gifted to another or framed for

prosperity. “I think we did a great job,”

said Victoria.

Bottom right, Samantha Bills helps her

daughter Olivia, 7, fine-tune their creations.

The residents of Grove City said

they wanted to attend the holidaythemed

event to practice their artistic

skills and do something fun together.

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By Amanda Ensinger

Staff Writer

As many public meetings are held

remotely, residents in Prairie Township

are expressing frustration about asking

questions. Recently, leadership in Prairie

Township discussed this issue and urged

staff to find a solution.

“Where are we at related to meeting

technology and improving our system so

residents can participate in our meetings

and ask questions while the meeting is

going on?” trustee Steve Kennedy asked.

“Where are we at upgrading our software

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Operation Warm Up

Students at a local school receive

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Spreading the warmth at East Franklin

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By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

Tinleigh Cobus says it is not in her nature to make people

cry.

“I never want to be the reason for that reaction,” said

the third-grade teacher at East Franklin Elementary

School.

And yet there she was last month, making her boss, her

peers, her students, and a majority of the student body

along with their families unleash the waterworks because

of her actions.

“I really didn’t expect this would happen,” she said. “I

just wanted to try to do something that could bring positivity

to our community, especially with all that has gone on

this year.”

The idea for what would eventually become this emotional

event was put into action several months ago, but

the groundwork for it was laid well before she ever stepped

foot into the school on the westside.

When Cobus, a resident of Grove City, was starting her

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Academy, she was witness to a winter coat giveaway

for children courtesy of local partners working

alongside a national non-profit organization

called Operation Warm. Though she was not

responsible for writing the application for the grant

that brought the program to the school, the memories

of that day imprinted into her mind.

“I remember watching all of those children and

adults laughing, smiling, and crying because of

what they were given thanks to the generosity of

others,” she said. “It is hard to forget something

like that, something that you know had made an

immediate and lasting impact on a child and their

family.”

Fast forward to 2020 and that program was all

she could think about.

“Those images just kept popping into my head,”

she said.

She attributed it to a combination of recalling

fond memories during tough times and the circumstances

of this unusual year.

One of the most unique aspects about working in

a remote or blended learning model, Cobus

said, is that teachers get an intimate look at

the family dynamics of their students.

“It can be very eye-opening,” said Cobus.

“We interact with the parents more in this

setting and sometimes they start to open up

to you and tell you about what is going on in

their lives.”

She said during these conversations, she

has learned that several parents are struggling

financially, some even losing their

jobs to the novel coronavirus while some are

at an increased risk of losing their employment.

She said it is difficult to hear, knowing

that she can only do so much to help.

“It is a challenge all of us educators are

facing,” said Cobus.

She began to brainstorm ways she could

possibly bring some joy to the families in

this small school community and kept coming

back to Operation Warm.

Through a bit of research, she discovered

that the non-profit was accepting grant

applications to bring the winter coat giveaway

program to schools in the Columbus area. She

knew what she had to do.

“I have never written a grant before but I knew

I had to try,” she said. “I had thought our chances

of being selected were low, especially with me being

new to grant writing, but you never know what can

happen until you try.”

As the weeks went by, she got more anxious for

status updates. Then when little bits came from the

organization, it ramped up further.

Then, early last month, she received the news

she had been hoping to hear — that all of the students

at East Franklin were going to get brand new

winter coats courtesy of Operation Warm, the

Columbus-based Abercrombie & Fitch, and several

other local partners.

“It was such a relief to hear,” said Cobus. “The

people in this community deserve to have something

positive happen in their lives.”

She began to tell the staff at the school what had

happened, who then began to tell the parents, who

then began to tell their kids though it was supposed

to be a surprise. Still, it didn’t stop the smiles, the

Several students at East Franklin Elementary School model

brand new winter coats they received through an initiative

called Operation Warm Up Columbus. The program, which is a

partnership between the non-profit organization Operation

Warm, the locally-based company Abercrombie & Fitch, and

several other community partners, aims to support low-income

families in the region through warm and fashionable winter gear

free of charge. The westside school was selected via a grant

application submitted by third-grade teacher Tinleigh Cobus.

Tinleigh Cobus, a resident of Grove City, is shown here with several

coats and numerous boxes filled with coats to be distributed

to the entire student body.

laughter, and the tears from flowing when the 207 coats

were distributed before a holiday break.

“It was a really heartwarming sight,” said Principal

Matthew DeCastro. “There are so many families in our

community struggling right now and to have this happen

is an amazing thing that could not have come at a better

time.

“I am so proud of Tinleigh for going after that grant, so

thankful for the organizations and companies that helped

bring coats and clothing to children in need, and just so

appreciative that our school was selected to receive them.”

He added that he wasn’t even upset with Cobus for

making everyone cry — again.

“They were all tears of happiness,” he said.

During the week of Nov. 23, Operation Warm Up

Columbus distributed more than 5,000 new coats to children

in the Columbus area elementary schools. East

Franklin was the only school from the South-Western City

Schools District to receive coats this year.

Operation Warm, which is headquartered in

Pennsylvania, was founded in 1998. It has helped deliver

more than 3.5 million coats to more than 1,200 communities

nationwide.


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Township Focus

Township to pay more for dispatching

By Amanda Ensinger

Staff Writer

PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP

Continued from page 1

so residents can have communications with

the board during the meetings?”

Residents have been voicing concern

about not having their voices heard during

the meetings and submitting comments

and questions on Facebook during the

meetings that are not answered. According

to Prairie Township Administrator Rob

Peters, he cannot run the board meeting

and be a moderator at the same time.

“We could upgrade our software and

unmute residents during the meeting and

allow them to speak to the board and ask a

question,” Peters said. “However, we would

need to train staff on this software and pay

a staff member to attend the meeting and

be a moderator for questions.”

Currently, the board meetings are

closed to the public and live-streamed via

Facebook. Residents must submit questions

or comments before the meeting to

the township and those questions are then

addressed during the meeting. However,

residents are not sure what questions they

have until they see what transpires during

the meetings or they have follow-up questions

related to actions taken.

The township is looking at the use of

technology for virtual hearings for the

board of zoning appeals and believes they

can use the same technology for township

meetings.

“What is the cost to have an extra person

at our meetings?” Kennedy asked.

At a recent Prairie Township Trustees

meeting, the board approved a three percent

increase for emergency dispatching

services.

Prairie Township Administrator Rob

Peters asked the board to approve the

increase to Grove City for this service.

“This is a three percent increase over

our original agreement that was signed in

2018,” Peters said. “We have not had a pay

increase in three years.”

The township will now pay $218,355 a

year for the service. Originally, the township

agreed to pay approximately $211,000

a year.

The township started outsourcing fire

department dispatching to Grove City in

December of 2017. As a result, the township

laid off several employees. At the time

this was originally introduced to the board,

the township had three full-time dispatchers

and six part-time dispatchers. All those

positions have been eliminated.

According to the former Prairie

Township Fire Chief Chris Snyder, at the

time this was introduced to the board they

paid $331,000 a year for dispatching services.

However, he said outsourcing dispatching

services was not about saving

money, but about protecting firefighters,

EMS and township residents.

“Overall, this project has been pursued

from the beginning as a safety and operational

point,” Snyder said. “Economically,

we can’t accomplish our goal of being where

we need to be.”

When the fire department presented the

idea to the board, they said the reason they

needed to outsource these services was to

provide safer and more efficient service to

township residents and first responders.

“The township is forced to pursue outsourcing

because the need for extensive

equipment and technology upgrades, as

well as staffing level shortfalls,” said current

Prairie Township Fire Chief Allen

Scott. “The radios and other electronic

equipment hardware and software used by

the current, in-house operations, is out of

date making it less effective than what is

used by other departments.”

Scott said that Franklin County and the

state were moving toward 911 systems that

could hone in on calls and texts from wireless

devices.

“Only certain communication centers

are designed to be wireless centers and

Prairie Township is far from having the

capacity to be on this list,” Scott said.

Kennedy expressed concern about having

to pay a staff member to cover these

meetings. Trustee Cathy Schmelzer suggested

that an employee could just come in

later on meeting days and attend the meeting

during their regular work hours, so the

township doesn’t have to pay them additional

to moderate the meetings.

“If they wanted to do that, we have to

give them the option.” Peters said.

Peters also said it is not a legal requirement

that residents be allowed to ask questions

live during the meetings.

The township has had other issues with

their public meetings since closing them to

the public and live streaming. Some of the

other issues have including having the

meetings muted, causing residents to not

be able to hear what is going on, as well as

having staff members not mute themselves

when they are done presenting. This has

caused issues hearing other speakers.

Residents also expressed frustration

that a public speaker was allowed to attend

a meeting to give a presentation while they

are not allowed to attend in person.

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase

in Franklin County, the board said they

will continue to take precautions at public

meetings to ensure the safety of township

staff.

“As COVID cases increase, there may be

a possibility that we go back to having

remote meetings as well,” Kennedy said.

He also said that the department lacked

the staff to meet the dispatching needs of

the township.

“Guidelines state that there should be

more than one communications tech, or dispatch,

in the facility at all times,” Scott

said. “With the township’s small-scale

operations this is neither affordable nor

physically possible.”

The township has not said if there is a

maximum, they are willing to spend with

Grove City on dispatching service. Scott

was not at the recent meeting and did not

present the increase to the board. Instead

the township administrator did. All that

was said was that the township was happy

working with Grove City.

“The township is extremely happy with

the services provided by the Grove City

Police Department and highly recommend

the continuation of this relationship,”

Peters said.

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In Education

Financial review presented in South-Western City Schools

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

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Trustee Schmelzer’s Opinion On Water Rate Increase

Over this past week, I have heard from a number of Prairie Township residents who have

expressed their anger and frustration about Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineering’s

anticipated rate increase for water and sewer service. I am frustrated that this

increase comes without input from residents or Township elected officials. Times are

tough right now for many in the Township. The last thing residents need is for another

increase in the already high cost of utility services. I want to thank the residents who

spoke at the Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineering meeting on Monday

night. I want the residents to know that I share in your anger and frustration. I have the

honor of serving as an elected official in Prairie Township, but I am also a Township resident

and when the Township gets hit with these increases, I also get hit as well.

I am frustrated by what I heard from the County representatives at Monday’s meeting. I

want to undeniably state that the Township has absolutely no authority to dictate what

the County does; how it operates its system; what rates the County charges; or how the

County moves forward. I believe that the Township has consistently provided its residents

with the best information it has available, when that information comes available.

I do not believe that these points were clearly expressed by the County representatives.

Even though the Township has no control over the County’s system, for over a decade,

the Township has consistently worked on behalf of its residents to attempt to find solutions

to address the ever-increasing water and sewer rates set by the County. The Township

continues to remain committed to doing whatever it can to assist the County and

its representatives in accomplishing our mutual goal of reducing rates for residents.

At Monday’s meeting, the County provided examples and reasons for why the rates are

high – but residents already know the reasons. Rates are high because the County system

is outdated, mismanaged, in debt, and with a relatively small customer base to pay for

necessary costs. The County has offered these same explanations week after week,

month after month, and year after year. On Monday, the County representatives wanted

to argue over what representations were made to Township representatives in the fall

of 2019, as to what the County could accomplish by April of 2020. Regardless, the County

is no closer today than it was ten years ago in terms of taking steps to reduce the financial

news and notes

The annual financial review for the

South-Western City Schools District was

presented at the Dec. 7 board of education

meeting.

According to the data compiled in the

report, the fiscal year 2019-20 saw an

increase in expenditures from the previous

fiscal year, a flattened revenue due to state

budget cuts, and the continued financial

stability of the district despite those offsetting

factors.

“I think what this report shows is that

we are doing a good job with the district’s

finances and our taxpayer dollars,” said

Hugh Garside, district treasurer.

During the first half of the fiscal year,

which began on July 1, 2019, the district

experienced an increase in revenue of

approximately $6.7 million dollars provided

by tax collections from Mt. Carmel

Grove City. That additional finding source

was short-lived, said Garside, because the

hospital had not received its tax-exempt

status at the time.

“We will have to refund those dollars,”

he said.

Then, in the spring of 2020, the state cut

the district’s funding by $3.4 million when

its budget was upended by business closures

and tax collection delays caused by a

novel coronavirus.

Garside said the district will likely see

the same amount of funding cut this fiscal

year but he does not expect it to be

increased at this time.

The district received approximately

$145 million from the state.

In addition to state funding, the district’s

general fund operation budget is

supported by revenues from real estate

taxes, property tax allocations, public utility

property tax and other sources. He said

the district received a slight increase in

public utility property taxes and experienced

a good turn on investments but overall,

the general fund revenue was flat in

comparison to previous fiscal years.

The district’s general fund revenues for

fiscal year 2019/20 was $289.6 million.

The district’s expenditures increased by

4.9 percent, or $12.4 million, from the previous

fiscal year.

That increase, said Garside, was largely

attributed to personnel costs, such as

salaries and benefits, and additional

staffing. He added that the district makes

no apologies for that.

“If you look at our instruction and

instructional support and add those pieces

to the pie,” he said, referring to a chart that

shows the district’s instructional costs

amounts to 67.4 percent of general fund

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burden on residents and turn over control of the system to the City of Columbus. I

understand that the COVID may have delayed the County’s plans for 2020, and that

County negotiations with the City will not take place over night. But that is why the

Township had hoped that the negotiations would have started years ago, months ago,

or, at minimum, a week ago.

It is my understanding that the County has a meeting scheduled with the City in the

next few days. I am begging the County to move forward with the City as quickly as

possible. The outrageous increases in the cost of utility services are not sustainable for

residents. It is shameful at a utility bill for a two-person household should be as much

as a car or mortgage payment. I plan on contacting the Franklin County Commissioners

and Department of Sanitary Engineering to convey the urgency of this situation, and

demand progress. I would be happy to sit down with any County Commissioner or official

at any time so that we can work as a team to keep residents updated on the County’s

progress. I encourage every resident of Prairie Township to also reach out to and follow

up with the County. The County deserves to hear what these increases mean to those

who will be responsible for paying it, and provide updates to its constituents. You can

find relevant contact information for County representatives on my Facebook page and

on the Prairie Township website.

I know how important this is to all of us in Prairie Township. To me, the residents come

first, and I am committed to ensuring that your voices are heard by the County.

• Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineering –

Director Stephen Renner • Phone: 614-525-5850

• Deputy County Administrator –

Erik Janas • Phone: 525-5737

Signed by:

Cathy Schmelzer - Prairie Township Trustee

amounts to 7.3 percent, “74 cents out of

every dollar is going toward instruction for

our students,” he said.

He added that capital projects expenditures

are likely to continue to rise as the

district prepares to undertake its $190 million

middle school build project with the

Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

The district’s general fund expenditures

for fiscal year 2019/20 was $271.4 million.

It did not surpass the district’s general

fund revenue.

“That is always a good thing,” said

Garside.

Additionally, Garside said the district

did maintain, and will continue to maintain,

a positive cash balance and that their

Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s credit

rating remains at AA.

“I think that all of those things combined

show that we are a well-run district,”

he said.

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Government Focus

West High grad appointed to Hilltop Commission

By Josephine Birdsell

Staff Writer

The Greater Hilltop Area Commission

appointed Aden Mohamed to the commission

at its December meeting.

Mohamed has lived on the westside of

Columbus for 14 years, nine of which he

has spent on the Hilltop. He graduated

from West High School. While he currently

lives on Hilliard-Rome Road, he works in

The city of Columbus is making additional

funding from the 2020 federal

Coronavirus, Relief, and Economic

Security (CARES) Act available for utility

assistance grants to Columbus residents.

These funds will be distributed to help

families who have been unable to pay for

utilities because of issues related to the

coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Public Utilities’

CARES Act Assistance Program offers onetime

payment aid of up to $750 toward an

eligible Columbus water/sewer/stormwater

bill, and/or up to $500 toward an eligible

power bill. Residents who qualify can

receive financial help for unpaid or overdue

utility charges that are at a point of service

disruption.

“We know that many residents are

struggling with the economic impact of

COVID-19, whether that be job loss or

reduction in hours,” said Mayor Andrew

Ginther. “Through CARES Act funding, we

are working to help residents meet their

basic needs for clean drinking water and

electricity with one-time payments toward

overdue utility bills.”

To be eligible for the assistance, applicants

must have an active city of Columbus

the Hilltop as the director of the Hilltop

Tigers soccer program with MyProjectUSA.

“We work with a lot of at-risk youth

right now,” Mohamed said, “and they really

look up to us, which is an amazing feeling.”

Mohamed feels as though he has built a

family and community in the Hilltop, he

said. He hopes he can serve that community

through his time on the commission.

“I’ve witnessed how unfairly the Hilltop

has been vilified, and I don’t think that it is

true because I know a lot of great people

water, sewer or power account for their residence

in their name (or spouse’s name), be

at least 90 days delinquent in payment,

and meet at least one of the following

requirements:

• Household income less than 150 percent

of the current U.S. Bureau of Census

federal poverty level

• Currently enrolled in a qualifying low

income program with Department of

Utilities

• Proof of job loss or reduction in income

due to the pandemic

Funding is limited and provided on a

first-come, first-served basis. Bill payment

assistance cannot exceed the total current

balance on a customer account. Approved

customers will receive a one-time credit on

their account. This program does not apply

to AEP accounts or those located outside of

the city of Columbus.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic

isn’t just a health crisis; it’s an economic

one,” said councilman Rob Dorans. “These

CARES Act dollars will literally help keep

the lights on and make sure that families

have access to water across central Ohio

during the toughest months of the pandemic.

I urge residents to take advantage of

live here. I’ve lived here for so long, and

I’ve encountered a lot of great people on the

Hilltop,” he said. “But I also know about

the struggles. I know about the economic

struggles that the Hilltop goes through.”

His work with MyProjectUSA has given

him a unique perspective on the challenges

facing the Hilltop, he said. But the people

in the community give him hope for a

brighter future for the Hilltop.

“I want to be a part of the good struggle

to make the Hilltop a better place,”

Columbus uses CARES funds for utility assistance

Westland commissioners introduced

By Hannah Poling

Staff Writer

The two newly-elected commissioners

were introduced last month at the

Westland Area Commission meeting.

Brian Largan-Lyman grew up in the

Westland area. He was a 2001 graduate of

Westland High school and attended

Columbus State Community College and

Franklin University.

Largan-Lyman is employed as a computer

technician with the South-Western

City Schools District. Through previous

employment at 2020 Census, he obtained

experience working with the community.

Largan-Lyman has lived in Galloway

for the past three years with his husband

and three dogs.

“I want to develop a bit of visibility to

what is coming within the community and

to be able to help advise and see the

changes that we want to see in the community,”

said Largan-Lyman. “I want to be

able to give back to a community which

gave me so much. “

Cathy Cowan Becker became interested

in the commission by her sustainability

volunteer work. She has led the Ready For

100 campaign in Columbus for four years.

This campaign is to get cities to commit to

100 percent renewable energy.

She has a dual masters degree in public

policy and environmental natural

resources from Ohio State.

Cowan Becker is also on the

Sustainable Columbus External Advisory

Group and the Grove City Sustainability

Committee. Cowan Becker is the elected

representative for Forward 70 Franklin

County Democratic Central Committee.

Both elected commissioners will begin

their terms starting in January.

this assistance and encourage others you

may know in need to access these funds to

help soften the economic impact of this crisis.”

In addition to applying for this emergency

bill assistance, customers with delinquent

accounts are also encouraged to set

up a payment plan to avoid potential shut

offs in the future.

Details on these programs are available

at www.columbus.gov/payassist. For questions,

contact customer service at 614-645-

8276 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6

p.m. or email BillAssist@columbus.gov.

Mohamed said.

Mohamed will have his swearing in ceremony

during the Jan. 5 commission meeting.

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Frank’s Fish and Seafood Market, along with

its in-store restaurant, are known for their award

winning gumbo and for having the freshest fish

platters in the area featuring cod, catfish, perch,

and walleye and the best fish tacos in town on

“Taco Tuesday.”

The market and restaurant have safe pick-up

during these days of COVID-19. Also check out

the every day specials in the restaurant!

Frank’s Fish and Seafood Market, located at

5249 Trabue Road, Columbus, features frozen

lobster tails, King Crab legs, Snow Crab clusters,

There are many different ways to decorate

homes for the holidays. Tall evergreen

trees are among the most visible symbols of

the holiday season. However, wreaths

hung on doors or windows are ubiquitous

this time of year.

Wreaths can be purchased premade, but

making a wreath on your own can make

the holidays even more fun.

One of the easiest ways to make a

wreath is to design it around a circular floral

foam form. Gather supplies to make the

wreath. For traditional wreaths, supplies

will include sprigs of evergreen (real or

artificial), ribbon, floral wire, bows, and

artificial berries. Working around the foam

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using the floral wire to wrap or pin into the

foam itself. Keep the layers coming until

you get the desired coverage. Embellish

with a ribbon or place a bow.

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The market also carries domestic and imported

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Frank’s Fish Market is now taking Christmas

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Hilltop History

& Heritage

This photo from Dec. 23, 1959 shows

two sleighs that were owned by Myron

and Dorothy Seifert, long-time residents

of the Hilltop. The sleigh on the left is

known as a pusher sleigh, similar to

those used by individuals on skating

ponds. The sleigh on the right is known

as a cutter and was made in 1849.

Pictured are (left to right) Mrs. Wendell

Hoover with son, Andy, and Mrs. Roger

Essig and son, Gregg; standing on the

porch are Myron and Dorothy Seifert.

Myron (1903-1994) was a long-time

westside and Columbus historian. If you

have an interesting photo to share, contact

Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at stacyberndsen12@gmail.com.

Photos and

information in this feature are provided

by the Hilltop Historical Society.

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Committee will be formed to review economic recovery

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther will

convene a Recovery and Resiliency

Advisory Committee whose goal is to provide

advice and counsel on how the city,

public sector, non-profit and private sector

partners can support an economic recovery

strategy, build community resiliency, promote

shared prosperity and better position

all residents to endure future economic

challenges.

“The economic crisis of COVID-19 has

literally impacted every corner of our community,”

said Ginther. “I am calling together

the best minds to tackle all of the challenges

of our current situation and help

build resiliency into all sectors to manage

future challenges.”

COVID-19 has resulted in a public

health crisis that has disproportionately

impacted minorities, both physically and

financially, exposing disparities that existed

prior to the virus. The ensuing human

services crisis and economic challenges are

having a greater negative economic impact

on minority communities and lower wage

earners.

The committee will focus on two areas:

human services (affordable housing, housing

evictions reduction, food security, childcare)

and economic recovery (job readiness,

digital inclusion, accessible mobility

options, small business support,

travel/tourism/cultural institutions).

Christie Angel, president and CEO of

YWCA, has agreed to chair the committee.

“COVID-19 has exposed needs and deficiencies

in our community, plunging us

into a sea of disruption, uncertainty and

survival. Through it all our community has

shown that it can rise up against difficult

challenges and respond to the most daunting

threats,” said Angel.

“Now is the best time to capture lessons

from this crisis and build new resiliency

into our systems,” said council president

Shannon Hardin, who will serve on the

committee.

The committee’s work will initially consist

of briefings on various topics to assess

the pandemic’s impact on the economy and

its effect on local businesses and human

service providers. Working groups will

then be formed to identify and develop recommendations

and solutions to report back

to the full committee.

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Pets of the Week

Charlotte, 4, is a

little fearful at the

shelter. Once she

is out of her kennel,

however, she’s

happy to greet

everyone she

meets. Charlotte

was not the best

patient in medical

and may need

some happy visits to make her more

comfortable with her primary vet. We

suggest she find a home with older kids.

If you’ve been searching for the perfect

head tilt, Charlotte has got the goods.

Schedule an appointment at the Franklin

County Dog Shelter to meet her.

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com

Capone looks like

he could hold a

couple of toys in

his mouth at once.

This 3-year-old big

guy knows his

name and

responds to it well.

While he’s not treat

motivated, he does

love a good toy. He

has not been in playgroup yet but has

shown positive interest in other dogs as

he passes them. If you’ve been wanting

to find a buddy to play fetch with, then

Capone is your guy. Visit with him at the

shelter today.

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com

LG is one brave little

guy. He was

saved on a cold

December day. His

favorite things

include bedtime

treats, nose kisses,

his wand toy, and

one-on-one attention.

He enjoys

playing with other

cats. LG will be a fun and affectionate

companion for that someone special. LG

is up for adoption through Colony Cats.

FYI: www.colonycats.org

Rasputin is one of

our favorite guys at

Colony Cats. He is

approximately 4

years old and FIV

positive. We don’t

know much about

his back story, but

he’s been an excellent

role model for

the other cats in the FIV room since he

came to us a few years ago. His favorite

hobbies include sleeping in his favorite

cubby and watching people and the

occasional dog walk past the big window.

FYI: www.colonycats.org


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May the coming season renew

your belief in the magic

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We do believe in the goodness

of people like you.

Merry Christmas and

many thanks for your

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January 12, 2021 at 7:00 P.M., at the

Prairie Township Hall, 23 Maple Dr.

Variance Application No. 649-VA-20 – Parcel No. 241-000038, 4883 Trabue Road,

Columbus, Ohio 43228. To grant a Variance from the provisions of Sections 936 (Special

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(Outdoor Storage and Storage of Hazardous Materials), 1021 (Noise), 1022 (Vibration),

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Resolution requires in an M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing) District.

Variance Application No. 650-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-006877, 235 Evergreen Terrace,

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(Dimensional Requirements); to allow the applicant to construct a new home with less

setbacks and more lot coverage than the Resolution requires in an R-6 (medium density

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(Dimensional Requirements); to allow the applicant to construct a new home with less

setbacks than the Resolution requires in an R-6 (medium density residential) District.

Variance Application No. 652-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-005204 and 240-001784, 4436

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Too much glitz and glamour in “e Prom”

Celebrities, whether they hail from the

entertainment industry, the music industry,

or the sporting world, are often criticized

for speaking out for a cause. Much of

this criticism is directed by so-called fans

who are unhappy that their fave has an

opposing view or an alternative life experience,

but some of it also comes from the

non-celebrities within the cause who are

skeptical that their support is only being

done for positive press.

Netflix’s “The Prom” tries to examine

the latter phenomenon in a cheekier and

less serious way, but while doing so it

becomes unaware that directorial choices

to focus on the star-studded aspect of the

story nudges the film into that category

despite its best intentions. This decision,

however unconsciously made, gives off a

faint whiff of self-importance in an otherwise

sweet story about self-discovery and

genuine activism.

The film, which is adapted from a Tonynominated

Broadway musical, begins in a

small town in Indiana at a Parent-Teacher

Association meeting. Its chair, Mrs.

Greene, (Kerry Washington) has called an

emergency meeting at the school, complete

with the local press, to discuss one student’s

desire to bring her long-term girlfriend

to the upcoming prom. Scandalized

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by this idea, which she considers to be an

abomination, she encourages the association

to cancel the festivities in order to be

“fair to all students.” When they do so, outrage

is felt throughout the LGBTQ community,

their allies, and the student body. The

latter’s displeasure and anger, however, is

directed at out lesbian Emma (newcomer

Jo Ellen Pellman) who only wants to have

a nice evening with her girlfriend and fellow

seniors before graduation.

While this is happening in the Midwest,

outrage is also brewing in New York City,

but this comes from a slew of Broadway

actors who are mystified that critics had

negative things to say about their latest

play “Eleanor! The Eleanor Roosevelt

Musical.” Frustrated by the response which

called them unlikeable squirming worms,

former big-name stars Dee Dee Allen

(Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James

Corden) set off to find something to “make

their brand more appealing.”

Despite a few alcoholic beverages to get

the ideas flowing (and the sadness at a

manageable level), they come up with no

ideas on how to make themselves more

marketable or likeable, the former deemed

more important than the latter. While

drowning in their sorrows, they learn from

fellow struggling actors (but with less

name and face recognition) Angie

Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent

Oliver (Andrew Rannells) about the goings

on in that small Indiana town. Being a gay

man, Barry can emphasize with Emma’s

plight and being considered one of the

great “gay positive icons,” Dee Dee can too,

in her own way. Knowing that they can

make a difference from their celebrity, the

pair, alongside Angie and Trent, set off for

small-town Indiana to “change the minds of

those bigoted monsters” and snag some

positive press in the process.

Though the story is largely centered

around Emma and the challenges she and

her closeted girlfriend, Alyssa Greene,

(Ariana DeBose) face, the film’s primary

focus is on the more well-known cast of

characters played by actors Streep,

Kidman, Corden and, to a lesser degree,

Rannells. As I have not seen the Broadway

play in full — I did catch their showcase at

the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that,

ironically, drew heavy criticism when it

featured a scene with the two female leads

kissing — I do not know if that is the case in

that medium as well but the film version

feels slightly less disingenuous with its

focus on them. Yes, they are the funniest

parts of the musical and, yes, to its credit,

it does show their characters trying to grow

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as fully realized

narcissistic adults,

but the film could

have done a better

job at balancing the

two topically important

stories.

While “The

Prom” is not a perfect film by any stretch of

the imagination — it could have used some

fine tuning of the dialogue and been

trimmed by 20 minutes, at least — it is a

brightly enjoyable look at two teenage girls

finding their inner strength through their

love for each other, a mess of adults trying

to improve their behaviors to better themselves

and the world, and a possible future

where the lights on Broadway can shine

once again.

Grade: C+

Dedra Cordle

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

Westside Christmas

Church Services

2833 Valleyview Dr.

(corner of Valleyview & Hague Ave.)

(614) 274-8469

Pastor Leo A. Cunningham

We All Need

Hope, Peace, Joy & Love.

Glenwood UMC Presents:

“Light of the World.

A Christmas Celebration.”

Premiering on YouTube at

6:00 p.m. December 24, 2020

Sunday Morning Worship Online 10:45 a.m.

Discover more at GUMC.org

St. John’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church

2745 W. Broad St., Columbus , OH

Christmas Eve

December 24th - 7pm

Regular Sunday Services at 9:15 a.m.

December 27th - 9:15am - no evening services

VALLEYVIEW

NEW LIFE CCCU

455 Murray Ave., Columbus, OH

Please Join Us To Celebate

Jesus this Christmas!!

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.

Christmas Sunday Worship Service

In-Person. (COVID Protocols and Masks Required)

Online on FB Live

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December 24th

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Carols

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(COVID Protocols and Masks Required)

Westgate United Methodist Church

61 South Powell Ave., Columbus, OH

Pastor Kevin Orr | 614-274-4271

Online Worship Only

Visit our Facebook Page for our YouTube Link

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Presbyterian Church

2930 W. Broad St., Cols., OH 43204

Pastor Tom Billman | 614-276-5433

Christmas Eve Services

December 24th - 7:00 pm

Sunday Worship - 10:30 am

Live Streaming on Hoge Facebook Page

Also on YouTube

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Columbus, OH 43204

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Watch Services Online at:

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Our Sunday Worship Time

at HBC is 10:00 am.

December 24th, 2020

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 6:30 pm

Come and celebrate the season

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