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By Dedra Cordle

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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 for official dates and times.

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 Mixed Choir.

“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 do.

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 “real deal.”

He quickly determined during her

freshman year that she really was.

“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 Honor


“I already knew about it well before I

became his student,” said Storts, a junior.

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 honor


“I made it a goal to try to achieve this

a long time ago,” she said. “I didn’t so


Police to buy

body cameras

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

The Grove City Division of Police plans

to purchase body-worn cameras this year.

According to William Vedra, the safety

director for the city of Grove City, the

department will buy 70 cameras for


Vedra said the city had held off on purchasing

the cameras because the data privacy

rules coming from the state and federal

government were “all over the board.”

Now, he said, he is confident it is an

accepted practice within police departments.

“More and more departments have

them. I am comfortable with how they will

be used,” said Vedra.

According to the U.S. Department of

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Grove City Kingston Center, Friday,

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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

her fingers.

A few months later, she was informed that she had

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


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Virtual meeting about city parks

A virtual city council special committee

meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan.

25 to discuss city parks. The public can virtually

attend and comment. Register for

the meeting by Jan. 25 Webex event online

or watch live on the city website,

Mayor’s Court

Mayor’s Court will be held from 9 a.m.

ly effective resource, providing an audio and visual

record of interactions that capture evidence in the

event of a crime, police and citizen interaction, or a

use-of-force incident. It is an effort to enhance transparency

of police operations and ensure accountability.

Vedra said he hopes the body-worn cameras will

increase confidence the Grove City community has in

its officers.

“This will increase transparency in division practices

and increase transparency all around,” he said.

The safety director said the cameras will not record

continuously. It will be activated by the officer wearing


“The procedures are in development right now,”

said Vedra.

Body-worn cameras do bring up privacy concerns

for the public and the officers wearing the cameras.

The cameras are likely to capture citizens in difficult,

vulnerable, or embarrassing situations. The cameras

may also capture images of children, innocent family

members, or witnesses indirectly involved with an incident.

to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Grove City Mayor’s

Court is located in the Safety Complex,

3360 Park St. Visit the Grove City Mayor’s

Court website for court schedules, case

information or to pay non-court mandatory

tickets online.

Virtual council meeting

The next virtual City Council meeting

will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. If you have business

with council, send your questions or

comments to members, prior to the meeting.

The public can virtually attend and

comment. Register for the city council by

Feb. 1 Webex Event online or watch live on

the city’s website,

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


The city and the division of police will have to balance

the need for transparency with respecting the privacy

of victims.

“We will follow all of the existing laws,” said Vedra.

Much like traditional paper police reports, the

images captured on police body-worn cameras will

become public record. According to Vedra, the city and

division of police will create a policy for releasing the

camera footage to the public, if it is not part of an ongoing

investigation. He said they would look into video

redaction tools just like a paper copy would have sensitive

information removed.

The body-worn cameras were part of the 2021 division

of police budget. According to Vedra, the cost of

$125,000 is primarily a one-time cost and will cover

enough cameras for all the city’s officers. He said the

city’s existing contract for data storage should cover

the additional data and images that would be downloaded

from the cameras.

Vedra said the body-worn cameras should be delivered

and in use by the end of the year.

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Carolyn (Slone) Sapp, age 77,

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.

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Crematory, 2693 W. Broad St, Columbus OH. Memorial

service will be at Sunset Cemetery, Galloway, Ohio at the

convenience of the family. No visitation will be observed.




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Government Focus

In-person meetings debated

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The way public meetings will be held in the current

era of COVID-19 is sowing confusion in the village of


At its meeting on Dec. 8, council approved a resolution

that would allow the body to conduct its future

legislative sessions in a virtual format in order to mitigate

the spread of the novel coronavirus. But officials

say the wires of communication were crossed during

the days and weeks that followed which has put that

decision into question.

According to Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr., who was not

present for the meeting in December due to a scheduling

conflict, the council has not yet submitted the legislation

to the administration. He also said that council

has not submitted the documents that would give him

or the fiscal officer the authority to execute a contract

with the web hosting service Cisco Webex.

“To this day, the administration has not received

any correspondence from the council about this,”

Barnes said.

It is a claim that councilwoman Deborah Larkins-

Jackson refuted.

“The state legislature gave (governing bodies) the

authority to go into a virtual format and that is what

we approved last month,” she said.

She went on to add that she expected the Jan. 12

meeting to be held via that platform.

“I was shocked that it wasn’t,” she said.

Barnes said that due to the lack of clarity regarding

the legislative action, he posted that it would be held

in-person as it has been since the summer.

“We have been following all the safety guidelines

set forth by our governor, our county and state boards

of health and the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention,” he said.

He also added that safety measures have been put

in place to mitigate the spread, such as temperature

checks, mask mandates, reducing capacity and frequent

sanitization of the municipal premises.

“I do think we have done the best that we can to

keep the council, our administration and the public

who attend the meetings as safe as we can.”

When the Jan. 12 meeting took place, however, five

of the six council members sent notification that they

would not be in attendance — several cited health concerns

as the reason.

As the sole member of council in attendance, Nikky

Ziglar-Zimmerman called the meeting due to the lack

of a quorum. Afterwards, residents who were in attendance,

as well as several businessmen who were there

to discuss the dedication of a private roadway, said

they were confused and surprised by the lack of members

at the meeting.

The Messenger reached out to the council members

who were not in attendance seeking clarification of the

majority absence. Those who responded to an email

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

news and notes

said it was not planned action.

“This was an individual action and it was not a part

of a larger demonstration,” said Larkins-Jackson.

Councilwoman Alicia Wiggins, who stated at the

December meeting that she felt these public meetings

were the “definition” of a health hazard, said she had

nothing to add but this: “My concern is that we are this

far into a pandemic and we’re still holding in-person

meetings when there are alternative solutions readily


The email The Messenger sent to the council members

also included questions as to whether they plan to

attend future in-person meetings: Larkins-Jackson

said she planned to attend the meeting on Feb. 9 and

was mulling a special meeting request; Wiggins did not

directly answer, and the remainder of the council did

not send in their response before press time.

Barnes said he realizes the council has health concerns,

but he reiterated that they are following all

state and federal safety guidelines. He said he didn’t

want his actions to make it seem like he was pushing

aside their health concerns.

“I am not against having meetings in a virtual setting,”

he said, “but there are some issues that were not

addressed at that (December) meeting.”

For instance, he said going into the virtual format

would have a negative impact on the residents.

“I would say 60 to 70 percent of our residents do not

have easy access to the Internet,” he said. “It would

make it impossible for them to ask questions of their

elected officials.”

He also questioned the timing of the decision.

“Our local school districts are reopening right now,”

he said. “If we can ask our children to go sit in a classroom

for six or seven hours, we too can sit in a building

for an hour or two to discuss the business of this village.”

He added that, if the members of council feel unsafe

at the municipal hall, they can open the Quinichette

Pavilion which would provide more space for physical


When asked if that move would be agreeable until

the virtual meeting versus in-person meeting question

is cleared up, Larkins-Jackson said she was unsure.

“It is something to be considered but there are some

members of council who have health issues and just do

not feel safe.”

She said she felt frustrated by the lack of communication

between the council and the administration and

wondered what it would take to go virtual.

“Is the pandemic going to have to sweep through the

village before we can go virtual? Why wait until a crisis


The council and the administration said if they can

agree on something it is this: this confusion needs to be

clarified so they “can get back to doing the business of

the village.”

“We were all elected to do a job and we cannot do

that job if no one comes to a meeting,” said Barnes.

Administration Building, 3756 Hoover Road.

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. For more information, contact

the Grove City Division of Police at 614-277-1710.

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Recycling program 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 users of recycled

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

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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.

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

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Health and Wellness

Banish the belly fat for a healthier heart

The way to a person’s heart may be through his or

her stomach in more ways than one. Doctors have tied

heart health to the abdomen, and having extra pounds

around one’s middle can be detrimental to cardiovascular


Excess visceral fat in the belly, something doctors

refer to as central adiposity, may have potentially dangerous

consequences. While the link between belly fat

and heart health has long been associated with men,

women may be even more vulnerable to the adverse

health effects of belly fat. A study published in March

2018 in the “Journal of the American Heart

Association” examined 500,000 people between the

ages of 40 and 69. Participants had their body measurements

taken, and then were kept track of for heart

attack occurrence over the next seven years. During

that period, the women who carried more weight

around their middles (measured by waist circumference,

waist-to-hip ratio or waist-to-height ratio) had a

10 to 20 percent greater risk of heart attack than

women who were just heavier over all.

Belly fat is particularly dangerous because it

doesn’t just include the insulating, or subcutaneous,

fat under the skin. It is largely visceral fat that also

surrounds the organs in the abdomen. Harvard

Medical School reports that visceral fat is metabolically

active and has been strongly linked to a host of serious

diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer,

and dementia. Visceral fat is like an endocrine organ

that secretes hormones and a host of other chemicals

linked to diseases that can affect adults. One substance

is called retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4),

which has been tied to an increased risk of coronary

heart disease. In 2015, a study published in the Annals

of Internal Medicine found that normal-weight people

with excessive belly fat had a higher risk of dying of

heart disease or any other cause compared with people

without central obesity.

The online health and wellness resource Medical

News Today says doctors determine belly fat to be a

problem when a woman’s waist measures 35 inches or

more and a man’s 40 inches or more.

The Mayo Clinic advises that poor diet and fitness

habits can contribute to belly fat. As people age, they

may have to make more drastic changes to their diets

and exercise regimens to counteract changes in their

metabolisms. Eliminating sugary beverages, watching

portion sizes, counting calories, doing moderate aerobic

activity daily, and choosing healthier foods can

help tame visceral fat. Also, doctors may recommend

those who are stressed to try stress-busting techniques,

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How to overcome workout boredom

Don’t be afraid to shake

things up a bit

Even the most ardent fitness enthusiasts

sometimes lack the motivation to exercise.

Various factors, including boredom

with a fitness regimen, can affect one’s

motivation to hit the gym.

Boredom with a workout can sometimes

be overcome by an especially effective

workout. But for those instances when

boredom is difficult to overcome, men and

women who want to stay in shape can try

these strategies.

•Join a sports league.

A workout doesn’t have to be limited to

the weight room or the cardiovascular area

of your local gym.

If your motivation to workout is waning,

consider joining a competitive sports

league. Many fitness facilities even offer

adults sports leagues on their premises or

at nearby parks for outdoor sports.

Sports such as racquetball, soccer and

boxing or mixed martial arts provide great

exercise and opportunities to meet other

fitness-minded people.

If games or competitions only take place

once or twice a week, be sure to supplement

your participation with more traditional

workouts on off days.

•Take along your tablet.

Many fitness facilities now include WiFi

internet access with the cost of a membership.

People bored with their workouts can

take advantage of this perk and take their

tablets with them to the gym, watching a

favorite television show or movie while

burning calories during the cardiovascular

portions of their workouts.

This gives people bored with their fitness

regimens something to look forward

to, and the chance to catch up with a popular

show might be all the motivation people

need to get off the couch and exercise.

•Periodically change your regimen.

It’s easy to get bored with a workout if

you’re always doing the same repetitive


Speak with a personal trainer at your

gym and ask for some advice on how to

switch things up and still meet your fitness


There’s more than one way to get fit, and

periodically changing your exercise regimen

can be a great way to shake things up

and reinvigorate your interest in exercise.

•Set new goals.

Boredom with a workout regimen sometimes

creeps in because people have

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haven’t set new ones.

Whether you have lost the amount of

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A bi-monthly feature celebrating the wisdom, experience

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Betty Lewis, from the Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop, presents a $24,000 check to

Chuck Gehring, president of LifeCare Alliance.

Continuing to help,

even during tough times


How to memorialize a lost loved one

A memorial tells the story of your loved ones

to future generations. The experts at Hannigan

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Plan ahead

Aim to purchase a memorial before the emotional

time of losing a loved one. Even with cremations,

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a cut-out in a monument and sealing the cremains

inside; or using a decorative urn inside a


“A memorial takes time to complete and place

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everything is just right for our customers.”

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Some cemeteries restrict the size, shape or

material used for memorials. “We have experience

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any type, color, shape or size.” Customers can

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so customers can easily visualize their memorial.

The Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop

made its annual donation to the Columbus

Cancer Clinic, a LifeCare Alliance agency,

despite the pandemic.

Betty Lewis, president of the Grove City

Cancer Thrift Shop, located at 3684

Garden Court in Grove City, presented the

check totaling $24,000 to the Columbus

Cancer Clinic representatives.

“I cannot express the sincere gratitude

that I feel receiving this donation for the

clients of the Columbus Cancer Clinic,”

said Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of

LifeCare Alliance. “This was an unprecedented

year - dealing with the effects of

COVID-19 and the temporary closure —

this donation will be used to help the

clients living with active cancer with transportation

to and from their treatments, to

prevent shut-off notices of unpaid utility

bills, medication assistance, and mortgage

and rental payments. This donation will

keep our clients in their homes and preventing

them from becoming homeless. In

essence, this is a blessing.”

The Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop is

powered by volunteers who operate every

facet of the business. If you are interested,

contact LifeCare Alliance at 614-444-6325,

visit, or visit the

shop to discuss your experience and expertise,

as well as to fill out an application.

The Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop is

recruiting individuals, companies, social

clubs, and schools to serve as volunteers.

The Columbus Cancer Clinic is generously

supported by The Grove City Cancer Thrift

Shop, which dedicates countless hours to

raising funds for the clinic. For 50 years,

the Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop has

been in business and has raised and donated

nearly $1.1 million in support of cancer


The Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop

accepts donations of gently used items. The

listed hours are temporary due to the novel

coronavirus pandemic and are Thursdays

12 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3


Founded in 1921, the Columbus Cancer

Clinic is the first screening and detection

facility in the United States. It provides

education about cancer prevention and

early detection, head-to-toe cancer screenings

and examinations and mammograms,

regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

To learn more about the services provided

by the Columbus Cancer Clinic, visit

Active Lifestyles

January 24, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 9

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.


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

testing stages.

• 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

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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

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been years in development for other infectious viruses. Thus, the manufacturing

process was ready very early in the pandemic.

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The United States currently has the safest vaccine supply in its history. The

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of age and older. The week of January 25 will also include vaccinations for Ohioans

with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders.

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years of age and older and personnel in Ohio schools. The week of February 8,

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New tunnels at Darby Park will help the salamanders

PAGE 10 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - January 24, 2021

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 or above.

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


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.

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Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle

Warming up the community

The Immanuel Baptist Church was a recent recipient of a grant that provides free

coats to low-income families through the national non-profit Operation Warm.

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Opinion Page

Book made me ponder my own bucket list

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

special meaning. 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 was appreciative and content with the

full life he’d been given and his accomplishments.

As I reflected on the book, I found myself pondering

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


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

Guest Column

Dave Burton

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


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 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

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e community stepped up

The Southwest Christian Ministerial

Fellowship thanks all who supported our

community’s completely volunteer annual

White Christmas Program, in which 77

large food boxes and 44 smaller food boxes

were distributed to area residents in need.

This year, we had over 127 volunteers providing

at least 316 hours during the five

work sessions of the Christmas food drive.

Thanks to AmSpirit, Pinnacle chapter,

DanCor; Herlihy Moving and Storage;

West/Southwest Area Realty Association;

United Methodist Church Quilters; Beauty

and the Barber; Grove City Masonic Lodge

No. 689; Grove City Eastern Star Chapter


Continued from page 12

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

502; Grove City Noon Lions; Grove City

Evening Lions Club; Grove City

Community Club and residents for their

generous monetary or in kind donations;

The Grove City Parks and Recreation;

Knights of Columbus, Council 4603 and all

members of the Grove City Food Pantry for

their assistance.

Thanks to the students and school coordinators

of Buckeye Woods, Darbydale,

Highland Park, Monterey, Richard

Avenue, East Franklin, Finland and J. C.

Sommer Elementary Schools; Holt

Crossing, Park Street and Hayes

Intermediate Schools; Jackson and

Brookpark middle schools; Our Lady of

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.

letter to the editor

Perpetual Help School, OLPH parish;

Grove City H.S.; Central Crossing H.S.;

Franklin Heights H.S. and the South-

Western Career Academy for their efforts

collecting non-perishable food items, and

money. Unfortunately, the SWCSD went to

virtual learning before most schools started

collections but through the schools that

started early, we were able to completely

fill our recipient’s needs.

The 16,045 plus total food items collected

and not needed for this program was

donated and will help keep the shelves of

the Grove City Food Pantry filled for several


Thanks also to the volunteers who

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

picked up the food at the schools, helped

sort the food, and packed and distributed

the boxes and gifts, as well as Jackson

Township Fire Department for their assistance

in compiling the list of recipients.

The support of the community and surrounding

area was overwhelming and we

know the White Christmas program has

made a difference this Christmas season to

many area families we served. The needy of

our community appreciate your help year

round. Thank you for opening your hearts

to share your talents this Christmas. You

and Grove City are richer for it.

Patrick Fahy

White Christmas coordinator

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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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.

On the other hand, when you are the

youngest child, it can feel like a curse when

your older sibling swears you to secrecy. In

your mind, this act comes with a sense of

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 put you

into a more favorable light with your parents.

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.

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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

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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

hospital bills.

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

Sibling dynamics explored in “Don’t Tell a Soul”

The Reel Deal

Dedra Cordle

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.

Grade: B-

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

Pictorial Past

Pictured this week is a view of the Grove City Farmers Exchange from the 1920s.

The Farmers Exchange was an economic and social hub of the farming community

from 1921 until 2002. 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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