January 24 - February 6, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 15
Coats for the
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Immanuel Baptist Church on the westside
was a recent recipient of a grant that provides
free coats to low-income families through the
national non-profit Operation Warm. Becky
Rickard, the event coordinator, said the church
received more than 72 coats to distribute to children
and young adults. “We applied for this grant
because we wanted to bring something positive
to this community,” she said. More than 30 families
signed up to receive a free coat and the
church will continue to distribute them through
their Maternity Resource Center and through
inquires made by phone. Rickard said residents
can contact the church at 614-274-2687 to check
for availability. Shown in this photo (right) at a
distribution event on Jan. 17 is Paula Minerd
(left), a member of the church, and Ellie Bigelow,
9, who gushed over some of the colors and
styles available. Below, Kathleen McGinnis,
(right) tries to find the perfect coat for her son
with the assistance of Cindy Coontz, a member
of the church who was also volunteering at the
event. McGinnis, a resident of Galloway, said she
was grateful for the non-profit organization that
provided the coats and for the church for applying
for the grant.
Police levy likely
in local township
By Amanda Ensinger
Residents will once again be asked to
support first responders at the polls this
year as a local township seeks a levy. The
Franklin Township Police Department has
a levy that will be expiring and needs at
least a renewal to continue current operations.
The township has a five-year timed levy
for the police department that will expire
at the end of 2022, according to Franklin
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New commission chair sees opportunity for Hilltop
By Josephine Birdsell
The Greater Hilltop Area Commission
elected commission officers at its January
Rachel Wenning was elected chair of the
commission. Wenning has served on the
commission for two years. She served as
vice-chair in 2020.
“We’ve had so many challenges this
year,” Wenning said. “I think when there’s
times of change and times of challenge,
there’s also a lot of opportunity. So, I think
we have a lot of freedom to try new and different
things this year, which is great. And
I’m excited about that.”
“Wenning’s got a lot of great connections
around the community. She stands up for
people who cannot stand up for themselves,”
said Patrick Barnacle, commissioner.
Dan Fagan was elected vice-chair of the
commission. Fagan has served on the commission
for two years. He served as treasurer
“I’m in this whole-heartedly. I want to
devote my personal free time to this. I have
no greater agenda than to help this commission
function at its optimal level,”
“He is incredibly passionate about the
Hilltop and the people in it. If there’s a volunteer
opportunity in the Hilltop he is
there. If he isn’t there, it’s because he’s taking
care of somebody,” said Jennie Keplar,
commissioner, “His heart is in helping others.”
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The Greater Hilltop Area Commission’s liquor permit
committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25. The
meeting will be streamed live on Facebook. The commission’s
community relations committee will meet at
7 p.m. on Jan. 28, also streamed live on Facebook.
Hilltop Art Hop
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will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at 3060 West Broad
St. The community is invited for an evening of live
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Township Police Chief Byron Smith. The township is
looking at adding a levy to the ballot in 2021.
Smith said the department needs the funds to continue
to keep the staffing at current levels. He said
prior to this levy being approved, the department only
had four full-time staff and were operating limited
hours and shifts.
The department is working with township trustees
to determine if they will be asking for another timed
levy or combining all their current levies into one.
The police department operates with two permanent
levies and one temporary or timed levy. The
timed levy brings in approximately $600,000 a year
and combined the two permanent levies bring in
approximately $750,000 a year.
“If we combine everything into one, it could save
taxpayers money,” Smith said. “However, if combining
them into one doesn’t save the residents money, we
will probably just do another timed levy.”
The township has asked the auditor to pull various
numbers to see what the best course of action is and
then will determine which levy they will ask voters to
However, Smith said if they did have one permanent
levy, it would help with planning for the future.
“When you have a temporary levy, you don’t have
stability and it is hard to retain officers because they
leave due to fears of job loss,” Smith said. “We have
already lost two full-time officers because of fears of
being laid off.”
Smith added it is frustrating to train officers and
then have them leave for another department because
they are concerned about job security. He said they
invest in officers and then they take the skills they
have learned and leave.
“It makes it difficult from a management standpoint
to run a department and plan for the future,” he
around the westside
announced its free home weatherization
service in the Hilltop.
MORPC will visit Hilltop residents who
choose to participate in the program and
inspect their home’s energy efficiency,
including their gas appliances, hot water
tank, furnace and home installation.
MORPC will then address any significant
energy waste they find, free of cost, potentially
by installing new home and attic
insulation, furnaces or lightbulbs in resident’s
homes. The project is funded by
Columbia Gas of Ohio and the Ohio
Development Services Agency.
The program aims for “long-term reductions
of energy costs for low to medium
income households,” said Robert Williams,
The program is available for individuals
and families who own or rent single family
homes, duplexes or other buildings with up
to four units. Residents living in homes
with multiple units must have consent
from all building tenants to participate.
And residents who rent their homes must
have landlord approval before MORPC can
make any home modifications.
To participate in the program, residents
can contact MORPC at (614) 621-1171 or
visit their website at morpc.org.
music and new art. The event will feature artists
Edward Corbin and Luke Boyd, with music by Nathan
Bell. The gallery will also be celebrating its third
anniversary. For more information, visit
Produce giveaway at YMCA
The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce giveaway
the third Wednesday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at
2879 Valleyview Drive in Columbus. For more information,
call the YMCA at 614-276-8224.
Currently, including Smith, the department has 12
full-time staff and two part-time officers.
Leadership would like to see the levy on the ballot
in 2021 in case it fails so they have another chance to
run it before the current levy expires.
“We like to get ahead of these things and ask for a
levy significantly ahead of when it will expire so if voters
don’t pass it, we have time to ask again before it
expires,” said Mark Potts, township administrator.
“We like to have several opportunities to get a levy
passed and have plenty of time to plan for the future,
so asking for these levies before they expire gives us an
opportunity to do that.”
According to Potts, the township does have a history
of levies failing at least once before they are approved
The township has seen an increase in crime over the
past few years, including issues with robbery, drugs
and other felony offenses. Smith said this levy would
help them continues to tackle these issues, as well as
have the budget to keep officers on the streets.
Some of the additional services this levy could fund
include hiring an investigator, providing more attention
to drug houses and continuing to fight to opioid
epidemic. Smith said if the levy does not pass, not only
would they not be able to proactively investigate these
issues, they also would lose about half of their current
“We will lose a minimum of five officers,” he said.
“We also will only be able to take priority runs and
won’t be able to focus on the drug houses or other crime
in the region.”
In the coming months, the township plans to
announce what type of levy it will asking voters for, as
well as when voters can expect to see this on the ballot.
Residents frustrated with water rates
By Amanda Ensinger
Local officials continue to voice frustration over water rate
increases as residents contact them voicing concerns about how
they are going to pay their bills.
At a recent Prairie Township meeting, board chairwoman
Cathy Schmelzer addressed the matter.
“Over this past week, I have heard from any number of Prairie
Township residents who have expressed their anger and frustration
about the Franklin County Department of Sanitary
Engineering’s anticipated rate increase for water and sewer service,”
she said. “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 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.”
At the start of 2021, residents saw a 2 percent increase for
water service and a 3 percent increase for sewer service, according
to Franklin County Department of Sanitary Engineers Director
Stephen Renner. The reason for the increase is attributed to
increases the county received from Columbus. According to
Renner, they are simply passing these increases along to customers.
However, this rate increase is causing major concern for Prairie
Township residents who already say they pay some of the highest
rates in the county.
“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,”
Schmelzer said. “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.”
According to township leadership, a family of four pays anywhere
between $500 to $800 a quarter for water and sewer service.
They also said that if someone uses no water, they will still pay
$110 just in connection fees. If they had water from Columbus,
this fee would be around $30. Neighboring communities who get
their water from Columbus pay about half of what township residents
Renner said there are a variety of reasons why Franklin
County’s water and sewer service are more expensive than
“There are 26 noncontiguous service areas in the county that
Franklin County provides water for,” Renner said. “We have an
aging system and a fleet of service trucks that have to service
these areas on any given day, these all contribute to these costs.”
“Rates are high because the county system is outdated, mismanaged,
in debt, and with a relatively small customer base to pay
for necessary costs,” Schmelzer said. “The county has offered these
same explanations week after week, month after month, and year
Renner said the county is looking at having Columbus take over
these services to reduce residents’ rates but says the coronavirus
pandemic has slowed this process down.
However, the trustees argue that this has been an issue for 10
years and blaming the delay on the pandemic will not cut it.
“The outrageous increases in the cost of
utility services are not sustainable for residents,”
Schmelzer said. “It is shameful that
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.”
Renner said when the city does take over
the systems, they will only accept homes
who are already directly connected to them.
Previously the county thought the city
would accept all homes.
While no timetable has been determined,
Renner said they already have
another meeting with the city planned and
are making progress.
The county does offer financial assistance
for water and sewer bills for those in
need. For more information on financial
assistance options, visit
Public input discussed in Prairie Township
By Amanda Ensinger
Residents will be able to comment during the live
Facebook streaming of board meetings, despite township
leaders asking that comments be turned off.
Prairie Township Administrator Rob Peters asked the
board to turn off Facebook comments during the livestreamed
“This takes out the negativity and negative tone,”
Peters said during a recent meeting.
However, according to Peters, the township was not
able to do this because of technology challenges.
“Comments were never disabled on the township
Facebook page,” he said. “With the type of page we
have, it is not an option to disable comments.”
The manner public comments are currently handled
with the Prairie Township board meetings has been
controversial with residents. Many residents have
voiced frustration over the lack of public interaction
during the meetings. Currently, questions cannot be
asked during the meetings and instead must be submitted
prior to the meetings.
Peters has said he cannot moderate comments and
run the meetings. However, the township has been
working on new software to make the meetings more
interactive and will be introducing new software this
month where residents can virtually ask questions live
“I anticipated in June or July that we were going to
be getting guidelines from the state of Ohio to be able
to conduct public meetings with proper spacing like
retail and restaurant operations,” Peters said. “This
did not happen. We purchased a web camera and
upgraded from Webex meetings to Webex events which
was put into use on Jan. 12.”
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went home in the arms of Jesus on
January 11, 2021 unexpectedly at
her home. Preceded in death by
parents, Robert and Willa Slone;
husband, Roger Sapp; son, Richard
(Ritchie) Sapp and brother, Doug
Slone. Survived by brother, Bobbie
Slone; sister, Delores (Dee) Storts; several nieces and
nephews and friends, along with special friends who she
worked with at the Columbus Messenger, Phil - Publisher,
Kathy, Paulette, Andrea, Rick, Doug, Greg, Theresa,
Ashlee, Chuck and Mike (Madison Messenger) Grant,
Becky, Kristy and Jim Durban for 34 years.
Arrangements by Jerry Spears Funeral Home with
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service will be at Sunset Cemetery, Galloway, Ohio at the
convenience of the family. No visitation will be observed.
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You’ll never hear me professing to be a
speed reader. I’m like that racehorse handicappers
refer to as “runs evenly” and then
picked to finish far back. True to form I
start slow, continue slow and limp across
the finish line. But I somehow finish. I’m
like a snake that’s devoured a rodent after
I finish a chapter. I like to just sit there and
digest it for some time before I’m ready for
more. I enjoy dozing off at night thinking
about what I read so I get the full meaning
and intent of the author. Then, when I
wake up, I’m eager and ready for more. I
try to squeeze everything I can out of a
book, much as I always made sure I got my
money’s worth in my golfing days when I
toured every square inch of the fairways
trying to find my errant shots as I sent others
scurrying for cover.
I just finished reading, “The Answer is…
Reflections of My Life.” It’s an autobiography
written by longtime Jeopardy host
Alex Trebek. I was on the long waiting list
at the library but sadly got it just a few
weeks after his passing at the age of 80.
His last Jeopardy show taping was Oct 29,
which was to air on Jan. 8. He had
announced his stage four pancreatic ensuing
cancer battle back in March 2019 and
then passed away Nov. 8, 2020.
I’d hoped to get it sooner, before we lost
a friend many of us invited into our homes
for 36 years around the dinner hour, but it
wasn’t meant to be. It was always a soothing
way to wind down the day. My lofty
goal was always to get one correct answer
and I often failed at that. I was equally
dumb in all categories. But it didn’t matter,
the fun challenge was always there, along
with a friend I looked forward to seeing and
ending the day with.
I had to adjust
and found myself
reading the book
even slower than
usual as my
thoughts kept spinning
with his now
departed words that
took on even more
The chapters were
short, I could have
quickly finished it,
but I didn’t want to.
When I finally finished,
I was sad but
also happy. He’d
obviously come to
grips with the harsh
reality he was facing.
I’m sure he had
some things on his
bucket list he failed
to get done but he
and content with
the full life he’d
been given and his
As I reflected on
the book, I found
how I would react if
given such devastating news. I doubt I
could handle such news with the grace and
ongoing optimism and dignity he maintained.
I thought about my own bucket list and
recalled that movie, “The Bucket List,”
with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson,
both facing a terminal illness and deciding
to set out together on a grand finale vacation
to the French Riviera, the Pyramids,
Taj Mahal, Himalayas, Hong Kong. No
thanks, not for me. But there are some
things and places I’d still like to do and see.
After reading his book, one thing I’d put
on my bucket list was easy to come up with.
I’d love to attend a TV game show as it’s
being taped. It’s like jury duty, until you
serve on one, you just can’t appreciate how
the system works, or in some cases these
days in the judicial system, doesn’t work.
I’d love to see how the game show all comes
together to the final product we sit in our
homes and watch as we proudly blurt out
the wrong answers.
But I’ll set a strict guideline. Under no
circumstances would I want to be randomly
chosen out of the audience to “come on
down” and be a contestant on any of the
quiz or game shows. I can act like a space
cadet all on my own, as anyone who knows
me will attest, without being on television
in front of millions to prove it. They sure
get some very strange contestants on those
shows, contestants who aren’t afraid to
look like an escaped patient out of “One
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
I still remember years ago when I went
to see The Letterman concert in downtown
Columbus. They came out into the audience
while singing a song. They kept randomly
stopping and jamming the microphone
up to some poor unsuspecting fan’s
face and motioned for him or her to sing
along. I aged a few years when they came
along my aisle and picked the poor soul a
few seats down from me, although I would
have sounded better than his bull moose
during the rutting season impersonation.
I have no burning desire to travel anymore.
It’s not on my bucket list. My get up
and go got up and left a long time ago. I’ve
been to many places and seen a lot of
things in my lifetime. My dreams and the
memories of places I’ve been are enough for
me now and fulfill my simple needs.
However, I wouldn’t mind going to Hawaii
or Alaska if I won a trip on a quiz show.
There are many National Parks I’d still
like to explore and see. I’d love to take one
of those scenic Trans-Canada train trips
from Toronto to Vancouver. Overseas?
Maybe Australia, Scotland and Ireland. I
love Irish music and its beer, but I don’t
need to go overseas to find them. Ralph
Kramden of “Honeymooners” fame used to
say to his wife when he got upset with her,
“Bang Zoom! To The Moon Alice!” Nope, no
desire to go to the moon either, just doesn’t
Alex Trebek’s book made me ponder my own bucket list
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look like a fun place
and there’s no horse
racing. However, I
would jump at the
opportunity to go up
in an F-16. I doubt
I’d be able to hold
my cookies in and
probably pass out,
but the experience
would be phenomenal.
It would be fun to write a book, maybe
title it, ‘My Dogs, My Best Friends, My
Life.’ I’d need to have a box of tissues nearby
as I’d detail each of the many fourlegged
buddies I’ve had in my lifetime, from
my first as a boy, to my present puppy in
my senior years. Each was unique and had
their own story to tell as they filled specific
years of my lifetime in their own way, while
I drew strength and support from their
friendship and the bonds we shared.
I’d love to own another racehorse. It was
often frustrating, always expensive and
sometimes sad. But most of the time it was
pure excitement going to watch them race
at the county fairs and Scioto Downs and
every now and then seeing them win and
stand in the winner’s circle with them. I’d
like to go see the Browns in a Super Bowl
and Cleveland in the World Series. But
let’s be realistic, that belongs on a separate
‘only in your wildest dreams’ fantasy list,
not a reasonable bucket list.
I’ve always wanted to visit Aspen,
Colorado in the beautiful fall month of
October for the annual John Denver
Celebration of Life. It’s a big five day happening
for the community since Denver’s
death in 1997, with many concerts and
events and dedicated fans coming in from
all over the globe along with some of his
past musicians. I’d love to stand for a photo
next to the John Denver Sanctuary
Memorial that stands in the park along the
Roaring Rock River in the heart of Aspen in
a serene, beautiful perennial flower setting.
There are huge stones engraved with
listings of his famous songs.
So, there’s my short bucket list. How
many will I accomplish? Probably none, it’s
just fun thinking about them. But life’s
future is full of the unknown and as Ralph
Waldo Emerson said, “Dare to live the life
you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward
and make your dreams come true.”
Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the
Columbus Messenger Newspapers. He
lives in Grove City.
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Using her voice
By Dedra Cordle
For the musically inclined high school student, it is all about
the All-National Honor Ensembles.
Established by the National Association of Music Education as
a way to celebrate and honor the nation’s top instrumentalists,
performers and vocalists, a selection into any one of the six musical
categories is seen as the pinnacle of success.
“It basically means that they have achieved elite status in their
area of expertise at the high school level,” said Brandon Moss, a
member of the association.
Having joined NAfME more than two decades ago, Moss has
heard the stories of heartbreak when student musicians are not
accepted into the honor ensembles but he never had to see it up
close — until a few years ago, that is.
In 2013, when Moss became the choir director at Central
Crossing High School, he made it a mission to tap into the vocal
potential of every student who joined his program. He said
throughout the years, he has taught some excellent vocalists but
none of whom were ever accepted into NAfME’s All-National
“We have had many students who were selected into their district’s
honor choir or the state honor choir but never into the
national honor choir,” he said.
He remarked that their rejection was often as upsetting for him
as it was for the students who were informed their application had
not been selected.
“I know how much this recognition means to these student
musicians,” he said. “Not only are they chosen by the most
renowned conductors and educators in the field, but they are given
the opportunity to have workshops with these conductors and educators,
to create a public performance under their tutelage and to
form friendships with their peers across the country who are on
the same trajectory.”
He said despite the witnessed disappointments and heartbreak,
he wanted to continue to encourage his students to be the
best that they could be, to aim high in all aspects of their field and
see what happens regardless of any public acknowledgement.
And that is exactly what one of his current students decided to
Moss has been teaching Sadie Storts for three years now but he
knew of her long before she became a student at Central Crossing.
“People have been talking about her vocal abilities for years,”
he said. “It started with her sister and brother and then their
mother but I thought it was maybe just a family being really nice.”
Then he heard from Mollie Quick, who was Storts’s choir director
at Pleasant View Middle School, who told him that she was the
He quickly determined during her freshman year that she really
“Sadie has a mature vocal tone and color and a great ear, which
allows her to sing with excellent intonation and enables her to
adapt easily to most any style of music,” he said.
He added that he did not have to tell her about the All-National
“I already knew about it well before I became his student,” said
Storts, a junior.
WNA accepting applications for scholarship
The Westgate Neighbors Association (WNA) is accepting
applications for its annual education scholarship. The
$500 award is provided to a student pursuing college or
Sadie Storts, a junior at Central Crossing High School, recently became the first choral student in the
school’s history to be accepted into the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor
Ensembles. As a participant in the 2020 All-National Mixed Choir, Storts will record a performance alongside
the country’s top high school vocalists that will be premiered online in March for Music in Our Schools Month.
To see the performance when it airs, visit the association’s social media pages or their website at
www.nafme.org for official dates and times.
Storts said she has never been one to seek out or
need public recognition for her vocal abilities but she
desperately wanted to be selected into this association’s
“I made it a goal to try to achieve this a long time
ago,” she said. “I didn’t so much want it for myself but
I wanted it for the school.
“While I did think it would be nice to be the first, I
really wanted to be selected in order to show the
underclassmen and the future students in this program
that it can be done, that this is achievable.”
Still, she knew it would be a challenge to be accepted
despite her abilities.
“Every person who wants to be a performer, instrumentalist
or a vocalist knows that rejection is a part of
what we do,” she said. “And when that happens we
learn from it and grow and hopefully become better for
During her sophomore year, after being accepted
into the Ohio Music Education Association’s Honor
Choir, she decided to apply for NAfME’s; she recorded
a piece chosen by the association, performed a selected
piece in French, received a recommendation from
Moss, sent everything off to the committee and crossed
A few months later, she was informed that she had
around the westside
vocational education. Eligible students may complete and
submit their application online at www.westgateneighbors.org.
Applications are due by March 31. This scholarship
is funded by a portion of the proceeds from the annual
Westgate Home & Garden Tour. It is awarded to a resident
been accepted into the NAfME’s All-National Honor
Ensemble in the mixed choir category, making her the
first choral student at the school to be selected.
“I was so surprised and so excited to be a part of
this,” she said. “One of the first things I did was email
Mr. Moss and thank him for the encouragement and
Moss said he was so proud of her accomplishment
and that he hopes the school and the community will
be able to take pride in it as well.
“This is definitely very prestigious for our school,
our program and our district,” said Moss. “But really, I
am so just so happy for Sadie and for all of the students
who look up to her.”
Due to the pandemic, the in-person workshops, clinics,
gatherings, practices, and performances were or
will be held virtually. Storts said she is currently
recording the two pieces required for the mixed choir
(the 200 plus participants in this category are being
directed by Frances Fonza) and looks forward to seeing
how the performance comes together virtually in
“It’s been a little different recording individually
but I think it is going to be great,” she said. “I hope the
community will be able to enjoy watching the performance
just as much as I have enjoyed being a part of it.”
of Westgate who contributes to the betterment of their
community through demonstrated service and leadership
activities. For more information, visit the scholarship tab
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Recycling expanded in Franklin County
With the new year, comes some good
news from the Solid Waste Authority of
Central Ohio and its partners at Rumpke
Waste and Recycling. Rumpke announced
that they would be expanding their plastics
recycling program to include polypropylene
tubs and yogurt containers.
In recent years, central Ohio’s residential
plastics recycling program has only
allowed for the recycling of plastic bottles
and jugs which feature a neck smaller than
their base. This recent announcement
expands the existing recycling program to
include a wide variety of plastic tubs such
as butter, cottage cheese, and sour cream
tubs, fruit, pudding, and applesauce cups
and all yogurt containers.
These items need to be empty and clean
before being they’re put in the recycling
cart. Lids and labels can be left on but the
foil tops that sometimes come on yogurt
containers should be removed and not recycled.
Like most businesses, recycling is commodities-based.
Taking care to recycle correctly
is an important act we can each
make to support the businesses which
make it possible for us to recycle our
unwanted materials. In order to expand
the plastics recycling program, Rumpke
has secured several long-term buyers and
Pets of the week
users of recycled plastics. In addition to
securing end users, Rumpke is also investing
in new equipment and the necessary
workforce to separate and sort these materials
at its Material Recovery Facilities
(MRF). Once separated at the MRF, these
materials are baled and shipped to businesses,
many of which are in Ohio, to
become new products — like water bottles
and plastic lumber.
What’s Not Accepted
In order to recycle right, it’s important
to know which items are still not accepted
for recycling in Franklin County’s curbside
and drop-off recycling programs. Items on
the ‘no-no’ list include disposable plastic
cups such as party cups, and plastic take
out and clamshell containers like those
used for strawberries and blueberries.
If you aren’t able to avoid using these
items, the only current options for disposing
them are to either reuse them (look for
someone in your local Facebook Freebies
group who may use them for a craft, to
organize art supplies or a school project) or
put them in the trash where they’ll be safely
disposed at the landfill.
To learn more about all of the materials
accepted as part of Franklin County’s recycling
program, visit RecycleRight.org.
These furry friends are available
for adoption at local
rescues and shelters
A bi-monthly feature celebrating the wisdom, experience
and contributions of our community’s senior citizens
Exercise can be very helpful
for those suffering from arthritis
Exercise can be beneficial in the treatment
of arthritis, say many doctors.
Physical activity can reduce stiffness and
increase muscle strength and flexibility. It also
has overall health benefits, such as improving
cardiac fitness and physical endurance. Three
types of exercise are most appropriate for
those who have arthritis:
•Strength training: Strong muscles help
support and protect joints affected by arthritis.
Lifting weights can provide this.
•Range of motion exercises: Dancing,
tai chi, Pilates, swimming, and other activities
that push the body to stretch and move help
maintain normal joint motion and relieve stiffness.
•Aerobic activities: Activities such as
brisk walking, bicycle riding, skating and more
are good for the heart. They also moderate
weight, which in turn puts less strain on joints,
particularly the knees. Some studies show
that aerobic exercise can reduce inflammation
in some joints.
Before beginning an exercise program,
discuss with your doctor what activities might
be right for you.
Capricorn is a 2-
year-old Lab mix. He
is high energy and
loves to play fetch
and tug of war. He
knows how to sit, lay
down, paw, beg, and
take treats. Capricorn
would do best
in a home without
small children as he could knock them down
with all his energy. He is okay with other dogs
but will require a slow introduction. Capricorn
is up for adoption through Colony Cats and
Bluegrass is affectionate
and just very
loving. He came in as
a stray and you may
notice his cauliflower
ear from a previous
injury, which just
adds to his sweet
charm. Bluegrass is
eager to find his forever
home and would make a great addition
to any household.
Manchas was surrendered
to the county
shelter because his
family was moving.
He will need a special
human to help him as
he has issues with
fear and anxiety. He
does enjoy playing
with the tennis ball,
digging, and car rides. Manchas will need a
patient owner who is willing to help him come
out of his shell and work with him on basic
manners. To meet Manchas, schedule an
appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elsa is a 5-year-old
pit bull mix who is a
bit of a wallflower.
She is a shy, yet
searching for a
patient owner with a
relaxed lifestyle. Elsa
will need gentle guidance
to help her
come out of her shell. Treat her sweet and
kind and she’s sure to blossom. Adopt her
from the Franklin County Dog Shelter.
January 24, 2021 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7
Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce, President • Commissioner Marilyn Brown • Commissioner John O’Grady
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.
COVID-19 VACCINE FACTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
What are the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Wearing masks and social distancing helps reduce your chance of being
exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not
enough. Vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the
virus if you are exposed. The combination of getting vaccinated and following
the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best
protection from COVID-19.
The vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
• All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been
shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
• All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated
in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it
substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Currently, two vaccines are authorized
and recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19
vaccine and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Four other vaccines are in the
• The CDC says the timing between your first and second shot depends on
which vaccine you received. You should get your second shot: for the Pfizer-
BioNTech 3 weeks (or 21 days) after your first shot; for the Moderna, 1 month
(or 28 days) after your first shot. You should get your second shot as close to the
recommended 3-week or 1-month interval as possible. However, there is no
maximum interval between the first and second doses for either vaccine. You
should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.
• COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you
do get COVID-19.
• Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you
• COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection. It may offer some
natural protection, known as immunity and help protect you by creating an
antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
• COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
Concerns about the virus
So far, none of the vaccine trials have reported any serious safety concerns. Side
effects such as fever and soreness at the injection site have been reported,
particularly after the second injection (both vaccines require a second injection
three to four weeks later), but the side effects in the trials are not as severe or
In the past, vaccines have taken many years to develop. However, the relatively
quick development of this vaccine does not mean safety measures were
skipped. The type of vaccine developed for COVID-19 by Pfizer/BioNTech has
been years in development for other infectious viruses. Thus, the manufacturing
process was ready very early in the pandemic.
Is it safe?
The United States currently has the safest vaccine supply in its history. The
nation’s long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as
possible. The CDC’s Immunization Safety Office works to communicate timely
and transparent information about the safety of vaccines to public health
officials, healthcare providers, and the public. The office conducts vaccine safety
monitoring and clinical research to help keep vaccines safe.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines created by
Pfizer and Moderna do not have any virus or other infectious material in them.
They are designed to cause your body to make copies of a harmless piece of the
coronavirus, so you will not get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Those with a history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to injectables or
other vaccines should discuss the vaccination with their doctor.
Process for distributing the vaccine
Beginning January 19, vaccination of those in Phase 1B will begin. Those 80
years of age are priority in this next phase. Vaccines for Ohioans 80 years of age
and older will be administered by physicians, local health departments, hospitals,
federally qualified health centers, in-home health service providers and
some retail pharmacies.
Vaccinations will be available to Ohioans 75 years of age and older beginning
January 25. The following week, vaccinations will be available to those 65 years
of age and older. The week of January 25 will also include vaccinations for Ohioans
with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders.
During the week of February 1, vaccinations will be available for Ohioans 70
years of age and older and personnel in Ohio schools. The week of February 8,
vaccinations will be available for Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
You are encouraged to help those individuals in your life who qualify and may
be confused about the sign-up process. Check and see if their primary care
provider, hospital system, or pharmacy have vaccine and sign up for the most
convenient option. For current information on COVID-19 and vaccination
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Photos courtesy of Metro Parks
Spotted salamanders are among the best indicators of healthy vernal pool/woodland ecosystems. This photo
was shot by David Celebrezze.
Tunnels for safe travel
Mating season for eastern tiger salamanders and
spotted salamanders at Battelle Darby Creek Metro
Park can get a bit dicey as these determined creatures
surface from their underground burrows and march en
masse, by the hundreds, across the roadways to vernal
pools to mate and lay eggs.
Road crossing mortality is high for salamanders as
they move quite slowly on their stubby little legs. Their
breeding success can be variable depending on the success
of this migration. They are sometimes joined by
other vernal pool breeders like frogs and spring peepers.
Migration usually occurs during the first warm
seasonal rains, in late February or early March, after
dark and with temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit
To protect migrating amphibians from squishy
deaths and reduce the effects of road mortality by cars,
Metro Parks built two experimental tunnels across the
road into the nature center. Tunnels are less expensive
than going over the road. Since salamanders don’t like
dark enclosed spaces where they cannot see the other
end, staff came up with overhead grates to let in some
natural light. The grates are strong enough to withstand
the weight of vehicles. Exclusion fencing was put
at the end of each tunnel to help funnel the amphibians
into the trenches.
If the project is successful, Metro Parks hope to
work with other agencies to put tunnels across Battelle
Darby Creek Drive. Hopefully, the 2021 breeding season
will prove to be a light at the end of the tunnel for
the eastern tiger salamander and other creatures as
they make their annual trek to their seasonal breeding
- Peg Hanley, Metro Parks
The Metro Parks salamander underpass system will hopefully facilitate safe passage for these critters on
their journey from woodlands to wetlands.
Hilltop History & Heritage
This photo depicts John Philip Sousa, the famous
band director and march composer with the
Sousa Band when it performed in Columbus in
1910. The 55-member ensemble provided more
than 15,000 concerts in the U.S. and Europe during
its 40-year existence. Sousa (1854-1932),
known was America’s finest composer of the
genre. His works included such classic as “The
Washington Post,” “The Liberty Bell,” “Semper
Fidelis” (which became the theme march of the
United States Marine Corps), and the ever-popular
“Stars and Stripes Forever.” Sousa began to
play the violin when he was 7 years old and joined
the United States Marine Band when he was 13,
ultimately becoming its conductor in 1880.
Composing all his life, he started the Sousa Band
in 1892, touring the country as one of our most
popular musical ensembles for well over a generation.
This photo is from a collection of long-time
Hilltop resident Ralph Hunter, father of Hilltop
community activist and historian Lois Hunter Neff.
If you have an interesting photo to share, contact
Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at
email@example.com. Photos and information
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When you are the youngest child, it can
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act is seen as a sign of maturity, a true
indicator that they no longer view you as
an obstacle to their happiness but as a confidant
in their grown-up world.
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your older sibling swears you to secrecy. In
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obligation to zip thy lip, no matter how
serious or comical the event that precipitated
this solemn vow. It is only natural
that resentment can grow through not
being able to tell, especially when it can
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put you into a more favorable light with
Knowing a secret of an equally loved
and despised sibling can bring you closer
together or tear you apart, or it can even be
seen as something to hold above the other’s
head for the rest of your time on Earth.
With so much variety and emotion to be
had with the sibling secret, it is no wonder
the topic has been mined over and over
again through music, movies, and literature
— nary a genre is spared and rarely are
they seen as boring or unoriginal as most of
us can relate to this strange and awesome
The latest piece of entertainment to feature
this battle of wills between the
younger and elder is the film “Don’t Tell a
Soul,” as apt a name as ever to describe the
intrigue and dread of those words.
As the film opens, we are introduced to
Joey (Jack Dylan Grazer), a quiet 14-year
old who provides emotional support to his
widowed mother Carol (Mena Suvari), who
is battling lung cancer. Though he always
tries to keep up a reserve of endless
strength, he crumbles whenever he is
under the watchful and wrathful eye of his
17-year-old brother Matt (Fionn
Whitehead), who is well on his way to
becoming a psychopath.
Feeling as if he is the “man of the house”
now that their father is gone, Matt takes
joy in getting Joey to do his bidding, and he
knows just the right words to say and all
the right buttons to push when he wants to
bring him into his unlawful adventures.
Through the criminal grapevine, Matt
learns that a neighbor of theirs who has
been squirreling away money in their home
has left their property due to an unplanned
fumigation. Needing (and wanting) the
money, Matt hatches a plan for them to
break in and take it. At first, Joey wants
nothing to do with the B&E and theft, but
he is soon reminded that their mother
needs it to pay for her treatment and outstanding
After successfully pulling off the heist,
they are spotted by a hired security guard
who gives chase. During the run-around,
the guard falls into a hidden well and the
brothers write him off as dead.
The following day, Joey goes back to the
scene to determine whether the guard is
really dead or not. He quickly discovers
that he is injured but still among the living.
Because he is inquisitive and lonely, he
strikes up a conversation with Hamby
(Rainn Wilson) and quickly takes a liking
to the sarcastic yet affable man. But with
the threat of jail in his future (Matt told
him he would take the fall for the theft and
go to prison for the rest of his life), Joey
waffles about whether he really wants to
see him out of the 20-foot well.
Over the course of a few days, Joey
brings Hamby food,
water, blankets, and
a radio so they can
converse at night,
but as he makes
more and more forays
into the forest
(and becomes more
bonded to Hamby), the more his brother
becomes increasingly belligerent and
unpredictable. Knowing that his “soft”
brother is going to get them in trouble,
Matt determines that the only way to end
this problem is to end Hamby’s life for real
this time — and that of his brothers should
he break their promise to not tell a soul.
Written with dark humor and featuring
plenty of twists and turns (some predictable,
others not so much), “Don’t Tell a
Soul” is an entertaining movie about sibling
dynamics and a different kind of sibling
secret, one of which the conscious of
one is in direct conflict with the unconscionable
other. But what makes it so is not
just the material but the acting of the two
young leads. Had Joey and Matt been
played by anyone other than Dylan Grazer
or Whitehead, I doubt it would have
worked as efficiently as it does — both play
their roles with equal parts gravity, love,
levity, and menace, particularly as their
plans go vasty astray.
With so many films not being advertised
as abundantly as before, it will be easy to
overlook “Don’t Tell a Soul.” But if you’re a
fan of strange sibling dynamics and a fan of
strange humor, you should give this one a
look should you come across it on demand
(where it is currently available for rent) or
whenever it hits the streaming platform.
Sibling dynamics explored in “Don’t Tell a Soul”
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