December 20, 2020 - January 9, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 13
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,”
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.
input in Prairie
By Amanda Ensinger
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
See PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP page 3
Pets of the Week ................... 8
Operation Warm Up
Students at a local school receive
winter coats through a grant Page 2
City of Columbus wil use federal funds
to help residents in need Page 5
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Spreading the warmth at East Franklin
By Dedra Cordle
Tinleigh Cobus says it is not in her nature to make people
“I never want to be the reason for that reaction,” said
the third-grade teacher at East Franklin Elementary
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
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
Fast forward to 2020 and that program was all
she could think about.
“Those images just kept popping into my head,”
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
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
“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
Township to pay more for dispatching
By Amanda Ensinger
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
“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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
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,”
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Financial review presented in South-Western City Schools
By Dedra Cordle
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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
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
“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,”
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
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
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
expenditures while instructional support
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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.
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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
“That is always a good thing,” said
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,”
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West High grad appointed to Hilltop Commission
By Josephine Birdsell
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
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
“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
• 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
• 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
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
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 will have his swearing in ceremony
during the Jan. 5 commission meeting.
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There are many different ways to decorate
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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
form, arrange the boughs of evergreen,
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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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
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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
“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
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
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,
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
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.
Pets of the Week
Charlotte, 4, is a
little fearful at the
shelter. Once she
is out of her kennel,
happy to greet
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
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Schedule an appointment at the Franklin
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Capone looks like
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This 3-year-old big
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responds to it well.
While he’s not treat
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LG is one brave little
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his wand toy, and
playing with other
cats. LG will be a fun and affectionate
companion for that someone special. LG
is up for adoption through Colony Cats.
Rasputin is one of
our favorite guys at
Colony Cats. He is
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.
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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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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
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
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
but the film could
have done a better
job at balancing the
two topically important
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
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(corner of Valleyview & Hague Ave.)
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
2745 W. Broad St., Columbus , OH
December 24th - 7pm
Regular Sunday Services at 9:15 a.m.
December 27th - 9:15am - no evening services
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
at 11:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Carols
and Cookies Celebration
with Family & Friends
(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
or visit www.spreaker.com - Kevin Orr Show
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
2480 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43204
Watch Services Online at:
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
with us as we share Christmas Music
and the Christmas Message.