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Starting a

new chapter

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

It was the mid 1980s and Mark Shaw

was looking for a job.

With multiple degrees in the financial

field, he envisioned working somewhere

high-powered and fast-paced, somewhere

he could put his analytical skills to good


“I had my mind set on personal

finance, corporate accounting, or even

the stock market,” Shaw said.

That specific job sector, however, did

not have him in mind — or any other new

hires wanting to break into the field.

“I was trying to find a job in a bad

economy and it was quite difficult,” he


By chance, he saw that a small but

growing library system that served the

southwest and westside of Franklin

County was seeking a treasurer and

applied for the position. When he was

notified that he had been chosen among

the group of candidates, he said he was

grateful to be given the opportunity but

did not see himself in that role or even

within the library system long-term.

“I did not intend to stay,” he said with

a laugh. “I wanted to get a few years of

valuable experience and move on.”

And move on he did — and in a variety

of ways.

After serving as treasurer for three

years, Shaw became the operations manager

of the newly renamed Southwest

Public Libraries in 1989. After serving in

that role for 13 years, he was selected to

succeed Frances Black as its director.

And now, after serving in that capacity

for 18 years, he is finally ready to say


“It is almost hard to believe that I will

be retiring after 35 years here,” Shaw

said. “It was not what I had initially

envisioned for my career, but I would not

change my time here for anything.”

Upon reflecting on his impending

retirement, Shaw said that he does not

know why it was so surprising to him

Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle

Mark Shaw, the director of the Southwest Public Libraries, is set to retire at the end

of January. He said some of the highlights of his unexpected 35-year career within

the system include the construction of a new, 48,000 square-foot Grove City Library,

the recent expansion of the youth services department at the Westland Area Library

and getting to work alongside a “terrific group of dedicated individuals.”

that this is where his path led.

“I have always been a library nerd,” he

stated proudly.

Growing up in Fayette County, Shaw

said he was encouraged by his family not

only to read, but to go visit the library

whenever the urge struck.

“I think they may have just wanted me

to leave the house,” he joked.

He said when he was younger, the

library of then did not look anything like

the library of today.

“It was more of a book warehouse than

a place for the community,” he said.

“There were no computers — you had to

use the card catalogue to find items — and

there was no programming for children,

young adults, or adults.”

Despite the fact that it was not the

most happening place, Shaw said he still

loved visiting his little sanctuary, especially

its vast reference section.

“That was my favorite place in the

entire library,” he admitted. “I was very

much into history and would spend hours

in that section pulling this book off the

shelf and pulling that book off another

shelf to cross reference.

“The library continued to be my

favorite place throughout my adolescence

and well into my college years.”

And then it became his favorite place

as a working adult too.

“I just started to love what I was doing

and then I developed great friendships

with the staff and with the people in this

community and I decided to make a career

out of it,” he said.

That does not mean, however, that he

has enjoyed every single moment of said


“There have been a lot of highlights in

my career such as the partnership with

the city of Grove City to develop a new

Grove City Library, the renovations to the

Westland Area Library, joining the

Central Library Consortium to increase

access to materials, and the community

approving and renewing a levy for our

See NEW CHAPTER page 2

This year’s budget

discussed in JT

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

There was much hand-wringing as officials

in Jackson Township began preparing

its 2020 budget. Though the monies in

the general fund were considered stable,

the funds that ran the fire department

were estimated to be far lower than previous


“We were looking to make cuts with certain

budget items, but we are not planning

to make cuts to our personnel at this

point,” said Fire Chief Randy Little at a

budget hearing in 2020.

That hand-wringing, however, was loosened

this year as they prepared the 2021

budget thanks in part to taxpayers who

approved a 4-mill fire levy that runs for a

term of five-years in November. But just

because those hands have relaxed does not

mean they plan to spend exorbitantly, said


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Grove City Council rejected a proposal for an industrial park.

At a recent meeting, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio

(SWACO) proposed a preliminary development plan to turn more

than 362 acres of its land on the north side of London-Groveport

Road into a circular economy business park. The property is located

across from the SWACO landfill.

Council denied the plan with a 3-2 vote.

Jeff Wilkins, from SWACO, said the plan was to divert waste

from the landfill and bring in manufacturing jobs.

“There is a high demand to create a supply chain,” said Wilkins.

According to the preliminary plan, SWACO wanted to increase

its diversion rates by attracting commercial users that would use

those materials within the area’s waste

stream. This could include a variety of supply

chains to collect, sort, and process a

mixture of materials. It could also include

manufacturing companies who use

reclaimed materials to produce new products.

Councilman Ted Berry said he did not

envision big box warehouse facilities at

that site and does not want to add more

truck traffic to the roadways.

“I was under the impression that area

would become a research park,” said Berry.

“I see no vision here.”


Continued from page 1

operations,” he said. “But there have been a lot of low

moments too that I cannot and will not forget.

“Throughout my time serving as director, we have

faced four major financial crises, we saw steep cuts in

state funding and I have had to eliminate staff due to

that lack of funding. That was the hardest thing I have

had to do in my professional career.”

Shaw added that currently the library has had to

reduce staffing hours and its hours of operation due to

the pandemic, but he does believe they will be able to

weather the storm.

He said what gives him hope that it can be accomplished

is the fact that the SPL has a creative and dedicated

staff that can keep the community engaged

through virtual programming, a core group of volunteers

with Friends of the Library who keep fundraising

on their behalf, and a community that has come to

understand the profound impact a library can have on

one’s life.

“None of the good things that have taken place during

my time as director would have happened without


The City Beat

Council denies industrial park proposal

Blood drives in Grove City

American Red Cross will host a blood drive from

noon to 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 and Jan. 29 in the Kingston

Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. in Grove City. To schedule

an appointment call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

For a limited time, the American Red

Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations

for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service

to donors. Visit the American Red Cross website

for additional information.

Council rejected the plan because they did not want to turn the

area into an industrial site and have it look like parts of State

Route 104.

“Based on the current plan, I just see a massive building,” said

Berry. “That is not what Grove City residents want.”

According to Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage, the

London-Groveport Road site is under a tax abatement from legislation

passed in the 1990s. He said the idea for the abatement was

to create jobs in the city.

Wilkins said the tax abatement makes developing the site more


“It really gives you a leg up,” he said.

Berry said he fails to see where the current plan would attract

higher-end employment.

In 2018, the city adopted the Grove City 2050 Plan, which

established a land use plan for the city’s economic and growth


For the proposed site, the land use plan calls for three potential

uses for the area — tech flex, flex employment, and mixed-use

employment. The tech flex category includes research, office, clean

manufacturing, and light industrial uses. The flex employment

centers are considered light industrial development. It can include

large footprint buildings that could support different uses like

light manufacturing, high-tech industry, and research. Mixed-use

employment centers are large-scale centers that combine places to

work, shop and live with multi-story mixed-use buildings.

Since the preliminary development plan for an industrial park

has been rejected by a majority of council, SWACO could resubmit

a preliminary plan for council consideration.

around town

Cancer rift Shop open

on MLK and Presidents’ Day

The Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop, 3684 Garden

Court, will be open for shopping on Monday, Jan. 18

(Martin Luther King Day) and on Monday, Feb. 15

(Presidents’ Day). The hours of operation will be 12 to

4 p.m. No consignments will be accepted during these

special shopping days. All proceeds of the Grove City

Cancer Thrift Shop benefit the Columbus Cancer

Clinic of LifeCare Alliance.

these people,” he said.

He said they are what he will miss the most.

“I have been so fortunate to have worked alongside

a terrific group of dedicated individuals,” he said.

Shaw’s last day as director of the SPL is Jan. 29. He

said he looks forward to becoming a regular patron

and researching the locations of artifacts for his historical

war collection.

Succeeding Shaw will be Meredith E. Wickham.

She currently serves as director of first regional

library in Mississippi, which is one of the largest public

library systems in the state. She was named as an

emerging leader by the American Library Association

and was presented with the Peggy May Award by the

Mississippi Library Association.

Shaw said he has met with Wickham over Zoom

and believes the SPL board of trustees selected the

right candidate.

“I think the Southwest Public Library will continue

to be in good hands.”


Internet Purchase

Exchange Zones

The city of Grove City’s Division of

Police in cooperation with Jackson

Township established two Internet

Purchase Exchange Zones in response to

safety concerns during person-to-person

exchanges of sales arranged online. The

zones are located at City Hall, 4035

Broadway, and the Jackson Township

Administration Building, 3756 Hoover

around town

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Exchange zones are identified by signage

next to designated parking spaces at

each location with video surveillance 24

hours a day, seven days a week. Residents

can conduct transactions knowing their

interactions are recorded. In cases of emergency,

site users should dial 911 for assistance.

For more information, contact the

Grove City Division of Police at 614-277-


Setting an example

Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle

When Brian Taylor was named the fire chief at the Pleasant Township Fire

Department in 2016, he said it was his goal to “set the example” within the department

and within the community. On Dec. 28, he said he felt he continued with that

tradition by becoming one of the first fire chiefs in the county to receive a COVID-

19 vaccination. Shown here with Alexandria Jones, the assistant health commissioner

with Franklin County Public Health, Taylor said he would encourage the

department staff and the community to receive a vaccination when the time

comes. “I would never tell anyone to do something that I would not do myself,” he

said at the vaccination distribution clinic for ‘Tier 1A’ of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination

plan. “By doing this, I can tell them that it is safe, that it is effective, and

that it is something I would strongly encourage that they do.” More than 11 fire

chiefs in the county received the Moderna vaccine on this day. Dozens of EMS personnel

are also slated to receive the vaccine, including half of the staff at the PTFD

and several from the Jackson Township Fire Department.


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Kaitlyn Gossard and Ethan, 2, pose after having a snowball fight and building a

snowman. Central Ohio saw six days of snow fall in December 2020.

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By Christine Bryant

Staff Writer

Community Focus

Keeping seniors with their pets

A pet can make even the darkest days brighter.

Just ask Brian, who affectionately calls his three cats,

Silver, Amber and Little Stinker.

“My pets cheer me up, give my life more purpose, and

give me something to live for,” he says.

Like many, however, the Columbus resident is on a

strict budget that can be maxed out each month with the

addition of pet food and veterinary expenses.

LifeCare Alliance is working to ensure clients like Brian

don’t have to worry about losing their pets due to a lack of

funds or access to resources, especially considering the

number of benefits owning a pet provides.

“Our clients are generally isolated and the pets are

their families,” said Chuck Gehring, CEO of LifeCare

Alliance, which provides services like Meals-on-Wheels.

“The pet becomes the counselor, social worker and security

system, and when you’re home all day, especially now with

COVID, the pet is your social network.”

However, purchasing a cost-efficient 50-pound bag of

pet food is nearly impossible for most clients, and veterinary

bills to maintain a pet’s health can be too costly.

“With many seniors and medically-challenged people,

when they are living on Social Security and can’t get out as

much, they give up their pets because of the fact that they

can’t take care of them,” Gehring said.

Those who don’t want to give up their pets may resort

to sharing their food from their Meals on Wheels deliveries.

“When we give food to the people, we need them to eat

all of their food,” he says. “That might be the only big meal

they get that day.”

In response to this common issue among its clients,

LifeCare Alliance created the Senior PetCare program,

which provides eligible clients with assistance in taking

care of their pets so that clients can remain in their own

home. The program is available to clients who live in counties

serviced by the Meals-on-Wheels program:

Franklin, Madison, Champaign, Logan and Marion.

Volunteers deliver pet food to clients’ homes, as

well as assist with transportation for veterinary


“This has allowed clients to retain their pets and

best friends, and they say it makes all the difference

in the world and in their mental state,”

Gehring said. “We’ve had clients tell us that their

friends are dying because of aging, and this time of

year because it’s gray outside, they go into depression.”

In fact, Gehring says 70 percent of the organization’s

clients say they see no other adult on a weekly

basis other than the volunteers delivering meals

to them.

Michelle Jones, communications director for

LifeCare Alliance, says the PetCare program provided

pet food to more than 800 clients and their

1,100 pets in 2019.

The program relies entirely on donations of

funds, pet products and volunteer time. In 2019,

volunteers contributed more than 2,100 hours to

sort, package and deliver pet food, and several

retail vendors and manufacturing facilities

throughout central Ohio donate pet food, litter and


Gehring says Walmart’s distribution center in Grove

City has been one of the largest donors, offering broken

bags of dog food that workers have taped up but cannot sell

to consumers.

While dog food donations are among the most common,

the organization often uses donated funds to purchase cat

food and pay for veterinary care.

“We also need other things like toys, beds, scratching

posts, anything like that,” Gehring said.

There are several volunteer opportunities available for

those who want to help. On-site opportunities at the organization’s

storage facility, located at 670 Harmon Ave.,

Columbus, include repackaging the food or performing

the delivery routes. Donations can be dropped

off at the Harmon Avenue facility as well.

“When donors are buying their own pet food,


Continued from page 1

“The budget that was approved on Dec. 22 by the

board of trustees is all about maintenance and being

good stewards of taxpayer money,” said Shane

Farnsworth, township administrator.

In the $22.5 million budget, the largest financial

appropriations come at the fire department, which will

spend approximately $15.2 million on salaries and benefits

for its staff of more than 100. Those monies also

include a board approved 3 percent cost-of-living raise

and the hiring of new staff: the board approved a

request to hire three full-time firefighters at its Jan. 5

trustees meeting due to impending retirements.

Money has been appropriated to pay off more than

$1 million in equipment loans — Farnsworth said that

was completed at the beginning of the year — and there

are plans in the budget to purchase new station vehicles.

There are also plans to have repairs and maintenance

completed at each of the four fire stations at an

estimated cost of $90,000.

The road department funds saw a reduction in revenue

due to the delay in motor vehicle license tax collections

but there are still plans to purchase new

equipment through an Ohio EPA grant.

“We don’t exactly know when that grant is going to

go through,” said Farnsworth, “but we will be able to


Columbus resident Brian (last name withheld) is pictured here

with his cat Little Stinker. Brian is a LifeCare Alliance client who

is part of the organization’s Senior PetCare program.

they can buy a little extra and give it to us,” Gehring said.

Monetary donations can be made online at lifecarealliance.org

or sent via check to LifeCare Alliance, Attn:

Development, 1699 W. Mound St., Columbus, Ohio 43223.

In both cases, individuals can specify that they want their

donations to go to the PetCare program.

For Brian, the PetCare program provides reassurance

that his pets’ needs will be met each month so they can

stay together as a family.

“The gifts of pet food help me to pay for my other living

expenses and groceries,” he said. “This program is very

helpful for those who have difficulty getting around. I

appreciate the program and I like that my pets are happy,


Editor’s note: Brian’s last name is withheld due to

HIPPA policies at LifeCare Alliance.

replace several of our old dump trucks within the coming


The budget also allows for resurfacing projects and

minor road repairs throughout several subdivisions

but Farnsworth said those roads have yet to be identified.

“We are working closely with the Franklin County

Engineer’s Office to identify the streets that are in

most need of repair.”

The 2021 budget also allows for upgrades to township

parks: Tanglebrook Park is slated to receive

repairs to its bike path and parking lot and have new

playground equipment installed, while the park in the

Emersonia subdivision will also receive new equipment.

“Not only was the playground equipment old, but we

had to take out most of the fun stuff at the start of the

pandemic last year,” said Farnsworth.

In other township news, the board selected Jim

Rauck to serve as the chairman at its Jan. 5 meeting.

It will be for a one-year term with Dave Burris serving

as the vice-chair. Additionally, Rauck will serve as the

fire department liaison, Burris the administrative liaison

and Ron McClure as the road department liaison.


Long-serving member elected

board president in SWCS

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The South-Western City Schools Board

of Education has selected a new president.

At its organizational meeting on Jan. 4,

the board unanimously approved the nomination

of Cathy Johnson to serve as its

president and the nomination of Robert

Ragland Sr. to serve as its vice-president.

They will both serve one-year terms.

Since joining the board in 2002, Johnson

has served as the president five times and

the vice-president three times. Since joining

the board in 2016, Ragland has served

as the president in 2020 and the vice-president

the previous year.

Both members said that they were

grateful for the opportunity to continue to

serve in the highest leadership roles.

“Thank you for allowing me to serve as

president again this year,” Johnson

news and notes


In addition to the selection of its president

and vice president, the board also

approved a fiscal action to set aside

$35,000 from the general fund to establish

a board service fund for fiscal year 2021-

2022. Under the terms of the Ohio Revised

Code, the fund can be used to pay expenses

the board incurred in the performance of

their duties or of their official representatives.

The board also adopted its 2021 meeting

calendar. They will continue to meet virtually

the second and fourth Monday of each

month at 7 p.m. until and unless noted otherwise.

In observance of the Martin Luther

King holiday on Jan. 18, the board will

hold its regular meeting on Jan. 25.

To see a complete list of meeting dates,

times, and virtual sign-up procedures, visit

the district’s website at www.swcsd.us.

Board members sought

The South-Western City Schools

Educational Foundation is an all-volunteer

non-profit organization, which administers

scholarship and grant programs to encourage

student achievement and innovative

school programs. The foundation is currently

recruiting new board members. If

you are interested in serving on the board

of trustees, submit a letter of interest and

your resume to info@swcsef.org.

The Alzheimer’s Association Central

Ohio Chapter will be presenting virtual

educational programs to help the community

and families impacted by the disease.

These presentations cover a variety of

topics and occur at different times during

the day and evening via videoconferencing

to allow individuals to participate in the

convenience of their homes. They will discuss

topics such as what is Alzheimer’s disease,

how do you manage behaviors, legal

and financial issues, and how to better

communicate. The programs are very helpful

for anyone experiencing signs of memory

loss, their family members who may be

concerned, and the community member

looking for more education.

All programs are free and open to the

public. Registration is required. To register

for the program, call 800-272-3900.

•Jan. 11 - Dementia Conversations at

10 a.m.

•Jan. 12 - Understanding Alzheimer’s

and Dementia at 11:30 a.m.

•Jan. 13 - Understanding and

Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

at 10 a.m.

•Jan. 14 - Living with Alzheimer’s for

Caregivers Late Stage — Part 1 at 3 p.m.

•Jan. 19 - Effective Communication

Strategies at 11:30 a.m.

•Jan. 21 - Living with Alzheimer’s for

Caregivers Late Stage — Part 2 at 3 p.m.

•Jan. 22 - 10 Warning Signs of

Alzheimer’s at 11:30 a.m.

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Virtual programs offered by Alzheimer’s Association

•Jan. 26 - Legal and Financial at 11:30


•Jan. 27 - Understanding and

Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

at 10 a.m.

•Jan. 28 - Understanding Alzheimer’s

and Dementia at 3 p.m.

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Challenging your home value

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano announced the

launch of two new initiatives that will make the Franklin County

Board of Revision (BOR) complaint process easier and more accessible

for homeowners challenging the value of their homes as

determined by the auditor’s office.

For the first time, the office has added an e-filing option for

homeowners to file their BOR complaints about the value of their

homes electronically. E-filing allows homeowners an efficient way

to file a complaint via the BOR website at www.franklincountyauditor.com/real-estate/board-of-revision.

The new capability

applies to filing the DTE-1 form, which is used to challenge the

value of a home. Complaints can also still be filed by email, mail

or fax.

Additionally, Stinziano announced the launch of the new

Franklin County BOR Pro Bono Assistance Program, which is

designed to help low-to-moderate income homeowners file complaints

about the value of their homes. The program consists of a

clinic, where volunteer attorneys and real estate professionals

provide guidance about whether to file a complaint, and help completing

the complaint form. Homeowners with qualifying incomes

may also be able to get legal representation at the BOR hearing.

“I want to ensure that the voice of homeowners is heard as part

of this important process,” Stinziano said. “Through this new e-filing

capability and the assistance program, more homeowners will

be able to have a more active role in determining their home

value, helping them remain in their homes.”

The new initiatives come as the auditor’s office has completed

the triennial update, which updated the property values of every

parcel in the county to keep them in line with the current real

estate market. BOR complaints can be filed now through March

31. Once a complaint has been filed, a hearing will be scheduled

before the board where evidence about a home’s value can be presented.

Due to public health concerns, all BOR hearings are currently

being held via Zoom.

Pictorial Past


Pictured here is a familiar building in the heart of Grove City’s Town Center. In this picture, during a renovation

of present day Planks on Broadway, crews uncovered a Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco advertising

Billboard. This was in the 1980s. There are other early buildings and businesses in the Town Center.

However, this building was constructed in the 1850s and was a stage coach stop, hotel, and saloon in

the early days of Grove City. The photos and information in the Pictorial Past are provided by Don Ivers,

curator of the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum.

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1. Do you make thoughtless remarks or accusations which later you


2. When others are getting rattled, do you remain fairly composed?

3. Do you browse through railway timetables, directories, or

dictionaries just for pleasure?

4. When asked to make a decision, would you be swayed by your like

or dislike of the personality involved?

5. Do you intend two or less children in your family even though your

health and income will permit more?

6. Do you get occasional twitches of your muscles, when there is no

logical reason for it?

7. Would you prefer to be in a position where you did not have the

responsibilities of making decisions?

8. Are your actions considered unpredictable by other people?

9. Do you consider more money should be spent on social security?

10. Do other people interest you very much?

11. Is your voice monotonous, rather than varied in pitch?

12. Do you normally let the other person start the conversation?

13. Are you readily interested in other people’s conversations?

14. Would the idea of inflicting pain on game, small animals or fish

prevent you from hunting or fishing?

15. Are you often impulsive in your behavior?

16. Do you speak slowly?

17. Are you usually concerned about the need to protect your health?

18. Does an unexpected action cause your muscles to twitch?

19. Are you normally considerate in your demands on your employees,

relatives or pupils?

20. Do you consider that you could give a valid “snap judgment”?

21. Do your past failures still worry you?

22. Do you find yourself being extra-active for periods lasting several


23. Do you resent the efforts of others to tell you what to do?

24. Is it normally hard for you to “own up and take the blame”?

25. Do you have a small circle of close friends, rather than a large

number of friends, speaking acquaintances?

26. Is your life a constant struggle for survival?

27. Do you often sing or whistle just for the fun of it?

28. Are you considered warm-hearted by your friends?

29. Would you rather give orders than take them?

30. Do you enjoy telling people the latest scandal about your


31. Could you agree to “strict discipline”?

32. Would the idea of making a complete new start cause you much


33. Do you make efforts to get others to laugh and smile?

34. Do you find it easy to express your emotions?

35. Do you refrain from complaining when the other person is late for an


36. Are you sometimes considered by others a “spoilsport”?

37. Do you consider there are other people who are definitely unfriendly

toward you and work against you?

38. Would you admit you were wrong just to “keep the peace”?

39. Do you have only a few people of whom you are really fond?

40. Are you rarely happy, unless you have a special reason?

41. Do you “circulate around” at a social gathering?

42. Do you take reasonable precaution to prevent accidents?

43. Does the idea of talking in front of people make you nervous?

44. If you saw an article in a shop obviously mistakenly marked lower

than its correct price, would you try to get it at that price?

45. Do you often feel that people are looking at you or talking about

you behind your back?

46. Are you “always getting into trouble”?

47. Have you any particular hate or fear?

48. Do you prefer to be an onlooker rather than participate in any active


49. Do you find it easy to be impartial?

50. Have you a definitely set standard of courteous behavior in front of

other members of your family?

51. Can you “start the ball rolling” at a social gathering?

52. Would you “buy on credit” with the hope that you can keep up the


53. Do you get an after-reaction when something unexpected such as

an accident or other disturbing incident takes place?

54. Do you consider the good of all concerned rather than your own

personal advantages?

55. When hearing a lecturer, do you sometimes experience the idea that

the speaker is referring entirely to you?

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m m m 57. Are you usually “up-to-date” on everyday affairs?

m m m 136. Do children irritate you?

m m m 58. Can you confidently plan

and work towards carrying out an event in

m m m 137. Are you less talkative than your associates?

six months time?

m m m 138. Do you usually carry out assignments promptly and systematically?

m m m 59. Do you consider the modern “prisons without bars” system doomed

m m m 139. Would you assist a fellow

traveler rather than leave it to the

to failure?


m m m 60. Do you tend to be careless?

m m m 140. When voting, do you vote the same party ticket straight rather than

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61. Do you ever get a “dreamlike” feeling toward life when it all seems


studying the candidates

and issues?


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m m m 62. Do you speedily recover from the effects of bad news?


m m m 63. When you criticize, do yo ou at the same time try to encourage? m m m 142. Do you get very ill at ease e in disordered surroundings?

m m m 64. Are you normally considered “cold”?

m m m 143. Do you usually criticize a film or show that you see or a book that t

m m m 65. Are your opinions insufficiently important to tell other people?

you read?

m m m 66. Are you so self-assured that it sometimes annoys others?

m m m 144. When recounting some amusing incident can you easily imitate the

m m m 67. Do you keep “close contact” on articles of yours which you have

mannerisms or the dialect in the original incident?

loaned to friends?

m m m 145. In subjects about which you are not expert, are your own ideas of

m m m 68. Do you enjoy activities of your own choosing?

sufficient importance as to tell others?

m m m 69. Does emotional music have quite an effect on you?

m m m 146. Do you have a tendency to tidy up a disorder of somebody else’s


m m m 70. Do you completely cond emn a person because he is a rival or

opponent in some aspect of your relations with him?

m m m 147. Can you accept defeat easily without the necessity of “swallowing

your disappointment”?

m m m 71. Do you often “sit and think” about death, sickness, pain and sorrow?

m m m 148. Do you often feel depressed?

m m m 72. Are you perturbed at the idea of loss of dignity?

m m m 149. Are you ever ill at ease in the company of children?

m m m 73. Are you always collecting things which “might be useful”?

m m m 150. Do you get frustrated at not being able to do something rather than

m m m 74. Would you criticize faults and point out the bad points on someone

finding a substitute activity or system?

else’s character or handiwork?

m m m 151. Are you sometimes completely unable to enter the spirit of things?

m m m 75. Are you openly appreciative of beautiful things?




152. Do you rarely express your grievances?

m m m 76. Do you sometimes give away articles which strictly speaking do not

belong to you?

m m m 153. Do you work in “spurts,” being relatively inactive and then furiously

active for a day or two?

m m m 77. Do you greet people effusively?

m m m 154. Does the number of uncompleted jobs you have on hand bother

m m m 78. Do you often ponder on previous misfortunes?


m m m 79. Are you sometimes considered forceful in your actions or opinions? m m m 155. Do people enjoy being in your company?

m m m 80. Do you accept criticism easily and without resentment?

m m m 156. Could you allow someone to finish those “final two words” in a

m m m 81. Are you usually undisturbed by “noises off” when you are trying to

crossword puzzle without interfering?


m m m 157. Do you consider the best points of most people and only rarely

m m m 82. Are you likely to be jealous?

speak slightingly of them?

m m m 83. Do you tend to put off doing things and then discover it is too late? m m m 158. Do you laugh or smile quite readily?

m m m 84. Do you prefer to abide by the wishes of others rather than seek to m m m 159. Are you definite and emphatic in voice and manner?

have your own way?

m m m 160. Are you effusive only to close friends if at all?

m m m 85. Do you find it easy to ge t yourself started on a project?

m m m 161. Are your interests and fields of knowledge so important as to give

m m m 86. Do you bite your fingernails or chew the end of your pencil?

little time for anything else?

m m m 87. Do you “turn up the volu me” of your emotions just to create an m m m 162. Would you like to “start a new activity” in the area in which you live?


m m m 163. Would you take the necessary actions to kill an animal in order to

m m m 88. If we were invading another c

ountry, would you feel sympathetic

put it out of pain?

towards conscientious objectors in this country?

m m m 164. Is it easy for you to relax?

m m m 89. Are there some things about yourself on which you are touchy? m m m 165. Do you have little regret on past misfortunes and failures?

m m m 90. Do you have few interest ts and activities that are your own choice? m m m 166. Does the idea of fear or apprehension give you a physical reaction?

m m m 91. Do you ever get a single thought which hangs around for days? m m m 167. Can you trust the decision of your judgment in an emotional

m m m 92. Are you a slow eater?

situation in which you are involved?

m m m 93. Can you be a stabilizing influence when others get panicky? m m m 168. Could someone else consider that you were really active?

m m m 94. Would you stop and find out whether a person needed help even

m m m 169. Do you find it hard to get started on a task that needs to be done?

though they had not dire ectly asked you for it?

m m m 170. Are you opposed to the “probation system” for criminals?

m m m 95. Are you prejudiced in favor of your own school, college, club or m m m 171. Do you spend much time on needless worries?

team, etc.?

m m m 172. In a disagreement do you find it hard to understand how the other

m m m 96. Do you pay your debts and keep your promises when it is possible?

person fails to see your side, and thus agree with you?

m m m 97. Do you sleep well?

m m m 173. Do you cope with everyday problems of living quite well?

m m m 98. Would you use corporal punishment on a child aged ten if it refused m m m 174. Are you usually truthful to others?

to obey you?

m m m 175. Would you rather “wait for something to happen” as opposed to

m m m 99. Do you prefer to take a passive role in any club or organization to

you causing it?

which you belong?

m m m 176. Do you spend too freely in relation to your income?

m m m 100.Are you logical and scientific in your thinking?

m m m 177. Can you take a “calculated risk” without too much worry?

m m m 101. Does the youth of today have more opportunity than that of a

generation ago?

m m m 178. If you were involved in a slight car accident, would you really take

the trouble to see that any damage you did was made good?

m m m 102. Do you throw things away only to discover that you need them





179. Do others push you around?

m m m 103. Would you give up easily on a given course if it were causing you a

m m m 180. Do you make allowances for your friends where with others you

considerable amount of inconvenience?

might judge more severely?

m m m 104. Do you “wax enthusiastic” about only a few subjects?

m m m 181. Do you often ponder over your own inferiority?

m m m 105. Do you rarely suspect the actions of others?

m m m 182. Do people criticize you to others?

m m m 106.Do you sometimes wond der if anyone really cares about you?

m m m 183. Are you embarrassed by a hearty greeting such as a kiss, hug, or pat

on the back, if done in public?

m m m 107. Do you turn down responsibility because you doubt your fitness to


m m m 184. Do you frequently not do something you want to do because of

other people’s desires?

m m m 108. Do you sometimes feel compelled to repeat some interesting item

or tidbit?

m m m 185. Are you sometimes convinced of the correctness of your opinions

about a subject even though you are not an expert?

m m m 109. Do you tend to exaggerate a justifiable grievance?

m m m 186. Do you often find yourself “going off in all directions at once”?

m m m 110. Is your facial expression varied rather than set?

m m m 187. Do your acquaintances seem to think more of your abilities than

m m m 111. Do you usually need to justify or back up an opinion once stated?

you do?

m m m 112. Do you openly and sincerely admire beauty in other people? m m m 188. Is the idea of death or even reminders of death abhorrent to you?

m m m 113. Would it take a definite effort on your part to consider the subject m m m 189. Having settled an argument out do you continue to feel disgruntled

of suicide?

for a while?

m m m 114. Would you consider your rself energetic in your attitude toward life? m m m 190. Are you friendly in voice, attitude and expression?

m m m 115. Would a disagreement afffect your general relationship with another m m m 191. Does life seem rather vague and unreal to you?


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m m m 116. Does a minor failure on your part rarely trouble you?


m m m 117. Do you sometimes feel that you talk too much?

m m m 193. Do “mere acquaintances” appeal to you for aid or advice in their

m m m 118. Do you smile much?

personal difficulties?

m m m 119. Are you easily pleased?

m m m 194. If you lose an article, do you get the idea that “someone must have

m m m 120. When met with direct opposition would you still seek to have your

stolen or mislaid it”?

own way rather than give


m m m 195. If you thought that someone was suspicious of you and your

m m m 121. Provided the distance were not too great, would you still prefer to

actions, would you tackle them on the subject rather than leaving

ride rather than walk?

them to work it out?

m m m 122. Do you ever get disturbed by the noise of the wind or a “house m m m 196. Do you sometimes feel that your age is against you (too young or

settling down”?

too old)?

m m m 123. Is your opinion influenced

by looking at things from the standpoint m m m 197. Do you have spells of being sad and depressed for no apparent

of your experiences, occupation or training?


m m m 124. Do you often make tactless blunders?

m m m 198. Do you do much grumbling about conditions you have to face in

m m m 125. Are you suspicious of people who ask to borrow money from you?


m m m 126. Are your decisions swaye ed by personal interests?

m m m 199. Do you tend to hide your feelings?

m m m 127. Can you get quite enthusiastic over “some simple little thing”? m m m 200. Do you consider you have many warm friends?

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SWACO receives food waste grant from EPA

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is one of

three organizations that recently received a grant from the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency to support sustainable materials

management projects in Ohio. Sustainable materials management,

according to the U.S. EPA, is a systematic approach to use

and reuse materials through a product’s entire life cycle to minimize

environmental impacts, conserve resources and reduce costs.

The U.S. EPA awarded a $60,000 grant to SWACO in support

of its work to reduce food waste in the Columbus region.

Specifically, the grant will be used to measure the baseline of food

waste behaviors and outcomes in a central Ohio community and

subsequently explore how the campaign changes behaviors to

reduce food waste as well as the effectiveness of “Save More Than

Food,” an awareness campaign to educate consumers about food

waste and how to prevent it. SWACO launched the campaign in

September in partnership with the 150 plus organizations and

businesses in central Ohio that make up the Central Ohio Food





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Waste Initiative.

The EPA grant is the second national recognition SWACO has

received for its work surrounding food waste diversion. In October,

the National Recycling Coalition named SWACO as the

“Outstanding Recycling Organization for 2020” for outstanding

growth of programs and impacts pertaining to food waste diversion.

“We believe the “Save More Than Food” campaign will help people

understand the severity of the food waste problem in central

Ohio and encourage them to reduce food waste in their own

homes,” said Ty Marsh, SWACO’s executive director. “But the

grant from the U.S. EPA will let us know for certain what type of

impact the campaign has had.”

SWACO is partnering with The Ohio State University and the

city of Upper Arlington on this grant project.

OSU’s research team will develop and conduct resident surveys

between Feb. 1 and May 31 to find out if the campaign had an

impact on residents’ views and behaviors regarding food waste.

The team will also conduct a waste audit, where they’ll examine

random samples of residential waste and separate it into categories

to determine how much of it is food. OSU plans to compile

and share the results of the surveys and waste audit by November,

creating a peer-reviewed manuscript for academic use and likely

hosting webinars aimed at the consumer audience.

“We are excited for this partnership. It will allow us to understand

how efforts in central Ohio can inform campaigns around

the country, and improve the sustainability of our food system,”

said Professor Brian Roe, OSU research lead.

Residents can learn more about the grant and food waste diversion

at SaveMoreThanFood.org.

around town

Volunteers sought at food pantry

The Grove City Food Pantry is looking for volunteers. The

pantry is located at 2710 Columbus St. in Grove City. It serves

about 250 families each month in Grove City, Orient, Harrisburg

and Galloway. It is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.

and on the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed to work various times and days. Food donations

are also needed. Those interested in volunteering for the

Grove City Food Pantry or making a food or monetary donation

can email managers@grovecityfoodpantry.org.

Wellness services for seniors

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at

Grove City Church of the Nazarene in

Grove City weekly to provide free foot care

and other wellness services for seniors. To

schedule an appointment or for more information,

call the wellness office at 614-437-




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Pets of the Week

Marley, age 4, is

looking to bring a

little sunshine into

someone’s life. She

is a member of the

county’s Shy Dog

Program and will

need time to

decompress in

your home. Marley has significant fear

issues with men, so any guys in the home

should meet her at the shelter. If you’ve

got the time and patience for Marley, she’ll

blossom and grow in your home. Make an

appointment to meet her at the Franklin

County Dog Shelter.

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com

Jane needs a

home with someone


and patient. She

went to a home as

part of the

Christmas Holiday

Sleepover. She did

really well with the

females in the home but was tolerant

though sometimes fearful of the male.

There was another dog in the home and

she did well with that dog. Jane is housebroken,

does well in the car, is a lap dog,

and is a counter/table surfer. Jane does

need to learn not to nip so she would do

best in a home without small children. To

meet Jane, schedule an appointment or

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Bluegrass is very

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This 4-year-old boy

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ear is from a

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sweet charm. Bluegrass is FIV positive,

neutered, microchipped and up to date on

vaccines. He’s currently residing in the

FIV room at the Colony Cats Adoption


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Sophia and her

three sisters came

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She will be about

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around other dogs and cats. Sophia is

spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, and

ready for adoption. Sophia is available

through Colony Cats and Dogs.

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January 10, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 9

Opinion Page

Looking backward and forward at the start of a new year

It’s just the routine turn of the calendar

every 12 months but, unlike other times of

the year, the change from December to

January triggers a sense of nostalgia, reflection,

and thoughts of change in our minds.

Why does the simple changing of a calendar

page hold such importance to us at this

time of year?

The fading of a year represents endings

and beginnings. The winter solstice on Dec.

21, which brings us the shortest amount of

daylight for the year, is the end of the sun’s

cycle to the south. The next day the sun

begins its journey back north bringing with it

more daylight minute by minute each day. It

is the death and then rebirth of the light in

an instant.

Christmas generates warm feelings of

gatherings and good cheer, but also a bit of

melancholy nostalgia for the past. New

Year’s Day calls out for thoughts of pressing

ahead and making changes anew while New

Year’s Eve makes us pause and look back at

what the past year has wrought and a reevaluate

what we have done with our time.

The holiday season and the winding down

of the year can bring us conflicting emotions.

We can count both satisfactions and regrets

this time of year. With the new year and a

fresh calendar comes promises of changes for

the better or for just something different.

The desire for change and being on the

move - literally, spiritually, and mentally - is

ingrained in the American spirit and gains

strength with the arrival of a new year. This

is best expressed in that most American of literary

characters, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry

Finn, who said in the book, “The Adventures

of Huckleberry Finn,” “All I wanted was to go

somewheres; all I wanted was a change, I

wasn’t particular,” and “But I reckon I got to

light out for the territory ahead of the rest,

because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me

and civilize me, and I can’t stand it. I been

there before.”

While we ponder our existence, time -

which in reality is a conceptual structure, an

illusion of sorts, created by humans to define

and measure the circle of life - relentlessly

spins by as it always does.

So we stand together this time of year,

Editor’s Notebook

Rick Palsgrove

looking backwards

and forwards, craving

change while

embracing the past.

Let us make the

most of the illusion of

time that we have.

Rick Palsgrove is

the managing editor

of The Columbus Messenger Newspapers.


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and monies over the course of several months.

The bicycles are of various types and models, as are

the tools and electronic equipment. All properties are

held in a secured police facility at all times. If you

believe you have claim to any of the property and have

proof of ownership for the property, you may call the

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Qualified organizations may be eligible to receive

bicycles as charitable donations from the City of

Grove City. Qualified organizations must have a valid

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Follow the employment link. Applicants should

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“Wonder Woman 1984” suffers from sequelitis

‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ is an

expression that could be used to adequately

summarize the plot in “Wonder Woman

1984.” Alternatively, it is an expression

that could be used to adequately summarize

my feelings for this movie.

Like many, I had been looking forward

to this sequel of “Wonder Woman” as I had

thoroughly enjoyed the heart, warmth, and

action displayed in the groundbreaking

2017 film. I had believed that by bringing

back the same director — who actually

seemed to have an understanding of and a

vision for this beloved comic book character

— the pre-established momentum could propel

this franchise and turn it into something

a step above the rest. Needless to say,

the disappointment set in early.

That slight sinking feeling began to

form soon after it was announced that

director Patty Jenkins would join the writing

team alongside DC Comics writer Geoff

Johns and Dave Callaham. While I had no

issue with her multi-tasking, I also know

that when directors have their hands in too

many baskets, it can lead to an adverse

effect on the finished product.

While in a vaguely concerned state, the

release date carousel came and bounced

the schedule all over the place in the latter

half of 2019. Originally, it was supposed to

hit theaters around Christmas that year

but it was moved up so it would not compete

with the latest ‘Stars Wars’ film, then

it was moved back, then up, until theaters

worldwide closed to slow the spread of a

novel coronavirus. Eventually, it was

determined that it would be released in

whatever theaters were open at the end of

2020 alongside a run on HBO Max.

Despite being understanding of the latter

situation, I was annoyed that they blew

the 2019 release. However, I was determined

to still enjoy it because the behindthe-scenes

shenanigans as I thought it

could be, would be, fantastic. And then I

watched it.

While “Wonder Woman 1984” is not a

complete waste, there are so many problems

with it that I do not know where to

begin. I suppose I will start by saying that

it suffers from a syndrome called

“sequelitis,” which is often found in sequels

to popular films. To up the ante of its predecessors,

it ups the action, the plot, the

villains, the running time, the incomprehension.

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muddled mess of a film that leaves fans of

the first wondering what happened. This

syndrome is what has afflicted “Wonder

Woman 1984.” There is too much plot, too

many villains, and just too much in all the

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bad places and none of the good.

It started promising enough with a look

back at young Diana (played by the fierce

Lilly Aspell) learning from the Amazons

about how “Greatness is not what you

think” via feats of strength in Themyscira

and then it quickly transitions back to the

dull present. There, we are re-introduced to

the warrior Diana (Gal Gadot) who spends

her nights fighting crime around

Washington D.C. and the rest of her time

in a state of loneliness as all of the friends

she made in the previous film had passed.

The perils, I guess, of being immortal.

While working as an anthropologist at

the Smithsonian, she befriends Barbara

Minerva (Kristen Wiig), a meek coworker

who is envious of Diana’s beauty and confidence.

Unfortunately, little time is spent

on these two actually becoming friends and

then the movie is overtaken by a magic


This magic rock, it turns out, is able to

grant the wishes of all who touch it. For

Diana, it grants her wish to have her love,

Steve Trevor, (Chris Pine) return after

being dead for more than 60 years; for

Barbara, it grants her the wish of strength

and “to be more like Diana,” and for Max

Lord (Pedro Pascal), a television personality/wanna-be

oil tycoon/con-man to become

the rock in human form — a genuine wishmaster,

if you will. The aftermath leads to

the recollection of the expression ‘Be

Careful What You Wish For’ in ways seen

both onscreen and within the hearts of the

audience who were so looking forward to

this movie.

It is not unusual for sequels to up the

ante in all aspects of its predecessor, but in

choosing to do whatever it was they were

trying to do in this film, it caused “Wonder

Woman 1984” to lose a heavy dose of the

heart, warmth and (good) action displayed

in “Wonder Woman.” I didn’t expect, nor

want, a complete revisiting of that film, but

I didn’t want its sequel to take multiple

steps backward either. It does.

With a weak script that pinballs all over

the place, questionable CGI decisions (the

fight between Diana and Barbara, who

becomes the side-villain Cheetah, is dark

for a reason) and even more questionable

content involving consent and racist caricatures,

it’s hard to think of “Wonder Woman

1984” as anything other than a missed

opportunity. Let’s wish for something better

and more coherent in the future.

Grade: C-

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.


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