Canal Winchester Messenger - March 7th, 2021



Canal Winchester

March 7-20, 2021 Vol. XLII, No. 2

CW contracts for Gender Road

improvements; plus McGill park update

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

The next phase of the renovation of Gender

Road in Canal Winchester will soon begin

with the approval of a contract for work at

Canal Street and Winchester Boulevard.

Canal Winchester City Council gave the

green light to a nearly $900,000 contract

with Shelly and Sands, Inc. for the project

at its March 1 meeting.

According to Contract Services Administrator

Bill Sims, the city received a number

of bids from a pool of contractors and selected

Shelly and Sands, who worked on the

city’s 2018 street program. He expects the

project to get underway this summer.

Improvements include adding a northbound

turn lane at Canal Street and Gender

Road and a northbound right turn lane onto

Winchester Boulevard from Gender Road

Contractors will also move the bike path and

pull it away from traffic. Sims said some

See CW, page 6

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman

Canal Winchester Public Service Director Matt Peoples.

CW’s Peoples making an impact

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

A four-year stint on a Mid-Ohio Regional Planning

Commission advisory committee for Canal Winchester

Public Service Director Matt Peoples has turned into

an eight-year tenure and is benefitting the city with

local government representation in the transportation

planning process.

Four years ago, Mayor Mike Ebert was on the

MORPC executive committee and saw they were accepting

nominations for the Transportation Advisory

Committee. Peoples said Ebert asked him if he was

interested in serving on the committee and he was accepted

by MORPC after Ebert’s nomination.

The advisory committee meets monthly and consists

of 24 voting members. Peoples is one of 10 fouryear

term members representing local governments.

The others are permanent voting members and most

are transportation/service directors and/or engineers.

Their main purpose is to provide general technical advice

for the MORPC Transportation Policy Committee.

They also review the Transportation Planning

Process before submission to the policy committee,

provide advice and assistance in implementing the

planning process, and sit on committees as needed.

See PEOPLES, page 6

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Schools won’t get

additional state

wellness funding

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Governor Mike DeWine plans to infuse more wellness dollars

into school districts statewide, but Canal Winchester Schools Treasurer

Nick Roberts said, unless the criteria determining need

changes, no new money is expected for the district.

Canal Winchester Schools received more than $500,000 this year

in wellness money due to the pandemic and, while the governor

hopes to put an additional $176 million into the biennium budget

for wellness, Roberts said the district is not going to see a single

penny of that additional funding.

“They’re basing it (the poverty rate) on the U.S. Census data and

saying our poverty rates have dropped in the last two years,” said

Roberts. “I don’t know how reliable that information is. I guess it’s

a strong indicator the poverty level in Canal is declining tremendously,

but when you look at the list of school districts, out of 610

on the list, there are less than 10 that aren’t getting any type of increase

from the new wellness dollars.”

Roberts found the news and the statistics used to make the determination

that the Canal Winchester district is ineligible for additional

funding hard to believe.

“I don’t think the data set they’re using is the most reliable,” said

Roberts. “More wellness dollars are being put in. That’s true. But

we’re going to stay stagnant at $501,961.”

According to a Feb. 8 financial report, Roberts said, while state

funding for the district will essentially remain frozen at current levels

in the upcoming budget, he plans to keep asking questions to

get the correct information and the correct data and get the state

to take another look.

During the February meeting, Canal Winchester Board of Education

member Matt Krueger said that, while the district is still getting

wellness funding, they are not getting any of the additional

funding unless the selection process changes.

“Every other district in the surrounding area (at similar poverty

levels) are all getting increases,” said Krueger.

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American Pie Party organizer Tony Sobony takes a few pies to the face during a pie party fundraiser.

Fighting cancer with humor

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Tony Sobony believes in taking on cancer with pie

in the face humor by helping donors raise money

through American Pie Party fundraisers to battle the


In the late 1970s, Sobony was a teacher at

Hamilton Township High School when he asked his

mentor and fellow teacher, Carol Lowe, “What should

I do? I am not sure if I want to teach the rest of my

life. She replied, ‘Specialize in something.’”

When he went home that night and watched “The

Tonight Show’s” Johnny Carson describe humor as

often being the extreme of something, Sobony was

diagnosed with throat cancer five years ago and skin

cancer a few months ago. Also, his father passed away

from lung cancer.

Sobony believes God planted the seed that would

become the American Pie Party.

“A pie in the face is the extreme physical comedy

act,” said Sobony. “It is funny, therapeutic, and sometimes

magic. Cancer is the extreme physical tragedy.

It hurts in many ways and it kills. By combining the

laughter of pies in the face and the sorrow of cancer,

unlimited amounts of money can be raised for the war

on cancer. My friend Carol later passed away from

breast cancer. Now I am a frustrated fundraiser.”

Sobony said people donated more than $100,000 over

the years through pie party events where–in non-pandemic

years–individuals line up with a cream-filled pie

plate to throw at designated recipients.

“We have held pie parties at Columbus City Hall,

the Statehouse lawn, parking lots, backyards, living

rooms, churches, schools, and restaurants,” said

Sobony. “We recruit celebrity PiePals–people who

celebrate life–to raise funds and accept a whipped

creme paper plate pie in the face from a cancer survivor,

preferably. On National Cancer Survivor Day,

the first Sunday in June, we hold SpeedPie.

Approximately 600 pies are tossed at me in a minute.

I have accumulated over 70,000 in 40 years with notarized


Pie parties are also held at birthday parties, family

reunions, auctions where participants can bid for the

opportunity to throw a pie in the face, and a Human

Checkers game where whoever gets jumped gets a pie

in the face and if you get “kinged,” you get to throw a

pie at anyone.

Five years ago, American Pie Party TAG was

launched with the premise that 90 percent of the

money raised during an event goes to a celebrity’s

chosen cancer agency. Since the pandemic hit, the

organization started promoting Virtual Pie Party

TAG to benefit children's families who are going

through treatment.

“We direct the funds for co-pays, medications, and

supplies,” said Sobony. “With Virtual Pie Party TAG,

we ask the volunteer to video the event and TAG

another with the tagline, ‘What’s the cure for cancer?

Tag! You Are It’ We hope the concept goes viral.”

A fish fry benefitting the American Pie Party is

scheduled on May 5, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at River Vista

Health and Wellness, 1599 Alum Creek Drive,

Columbus. This event is sponsored by StoryPoint Senior

Living in Grove City, River Vista, Bickford Senior Living

of Bexley, and Oasis Senior Advisors. People can preorder

meals ($10) or donate at the event.

“The American Pie Party is a 501c3, quintessential,

diamond in the rough, faith-based nonprofit that

fights cancer with Pie-in-the-Face humor,” said

Sobony. “Joe Virgin, real estate agent with E-Merge

is scheduled to play Virtual Pie Party TAG in March,

probably Pi Day, (3.14). StoryPoint Senior

Community will have an American Pie Party on

March 15 and we are inviting Youth Ministers of various

local churches to play American Pie Party TAG

in April.”

Visit or on

Facebook at TheAmericanPieParty for information.

Renovated Scioto Southland bigger and better

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

Let the fun and fitness begin!

Columbus Mayor Andrew

Ginther recently officially opened

Columbus Recreation and Parks

Department’s renovated Scioto

Southland Community Center (formerly

Indian Mound Recreation

Center), located at 3901 Parsons

Avenue (south of Williams Road,

north of I-270).

The renovated community center

and park includes a 34,000

square-foot, multi-purpose wellness

and activity space.

“Our community centers are a

vital resource for residents, and it’s

important that we continue to

invest in our facilities so we can

meet the changing needs of our communities and prepare for the

growth we’re expecting to see in our city and region,” Ginther said

in a press release. “We’re excited to enhance the experience for residents

in the community.”

The recreation center has undergone renovations over the past

few years, including its gymnasium, lobby, and classrooms. Plus

air conditioning was installed. During the renovations, the space

was nearly doubled, allowing for the addition of these new features:

demonstration/teaching kitchen; auxiliary gymnasium;

additional classrooms and restrooms, including a family restroom;

walking trails; and playground.

The new space allows for new and expanded programming,

such as toddler childcare and after school programming as well as

senior programming, some of which will take place during early

center hours. The new art room features pottery wheels, a slab

wheel and kiln, and the center offers dedicated spaces for boxing

and weightlifting.

According to the city of Columbus, the renovations are part of

Columbus Recreation and Parks’ capital improvement plans

designed to continue to enhance the facilities and amenities available

to residents. The department partnered with Hardlines

Design to complete this project.

“Indian Mound Rec Center was built in 1970 and was designed

to save on utility bills,” said Charissa Durst, president of

Hardlines Design Company and who was the lead architect. “The

facility had no exterior windows and low ceilings. Administrative

space was limited, the locker rooms were in poor condition, and

there wasn’t enough space for the programming the city wanted to

do in this facility. The city of Columbus has been gradually updating/replacing

their older recreation centers and at the end of 2015

Indian Mound was next on the list.”

Durst said the city’s original plan was the demolish the existing

12,000 square foot building and construct a replacement, similar

Image courtesy of Hardlines Design Company

This is a front view of the renovated Scioto Southland Recreation Center (formerly Indian Mound

Recreation Center.)

to what had been done with Glenwood Recreation Center.

“Unfortunately, the available construction budget was insufficient

to build an entirely new facility,” said Durst. “After a series

of public meetings, senior programming was added to the facility,

which made the new building larger and more expensive.”

According to Durst, Hardlines Design Company persuaded the

city to retain the original building, renovate it, and construct an

addition, which would meet the construction budget and incorporate

the senior programming.

“The updated facility has a brightly lit interior, expanded

administrative space, new locker rooms, a main and auxiliary

gym, rooms dedicated to fitness room, art, ceramics, and computers,

as well as a commercial kitchen and several multi-purpose

rooms for flexible programming,” said Durst.

“It’s important that our centers represent the community and

are tailored to the needs of the neighborhood,” Paul Rakosky,

interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

said in a press release. “We asked residents to share what features

and programming are important to them, and for their help in

selecting a new name for the center that better represents the


To limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Scioto Southland

Community Center is open to registered participants and staff

only. Community members can see the facility by visiting

To advertise

in the


call 614-272-


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ink spring - Groveport

Community Garden

Interested in gardening, but don’t have

enough space at your residence? If so, you

may want to consider gardening at the

Groveport Community Garden.

The garden is in Heritage Park, 551

Wirt Road, Groveport, just a one mile

drive from the Groveport Recreation

Center. Dozens of plots available. On-site

water available as well as fertile soil. Cost

is $10 per plot. Groveport residents and

persons who had a plot in 2020 may register

beginning Feb. 1. Non-resident registration

begins March 1. Planting begins in

early April. The garden closes on Nov. 1.

For information, visit

Garden or call Kyle Lund at 614-836-1000.

OH License #20692

Rohr Road project

Groveport City Council is considering a

request for an amendment to the plan for

the development at 2400 Rohr Road near

the intersection with Alum Creek Drive.

The original plan by BSTP Midwest,

LLC was approved by council in 2019 for

its lots 1, 2, and 3. According to Groveport

City Administrator B.J. King, a turn lane

is needed to access lots 1 and 3, but Pizzuti

Companies now possesses the 20.75 acre

lot 2, which by itself does not need a turn

lane. Pizzuti is requesting the turn lane

requirement for its lot be removed from the

plan. Pizzuti intends to build two industrial

buildings on the lot. The plan shows two

proposed warehouses on lot 2 at the north

end of the site. One is proposed to be

157,500 square feet the other is proposed

to be 195,000 square feet.

According to a Dec. 21 letter from BSTP

Midwest, LLC in support of Pizzuti’s

request, Pizzuti plans to develop its site

prior to the development of lots 1 and 3

(about 12 acres), of which BSTP Midwest,

LLC has retained ownership. The letter

states BSTP Midwest, LLC’s plans for its

lots have not changed, but its development

schedule is not yet determined. According

to the development plan, BSTP Midwest,

LLC plans to build a fuel center and convenience

store on lots 1 and 3

Groveport Development Director Jeff

Green said there is a 15 year property tax

abatement on this property.

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


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

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

dictionaries just for pleasure?

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

or dislike of the personality involved?

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

health and income will permit more?

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

logical reason for it?

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

responsibilities of making decisions?

8. Are your actions considered unpredictable by other people?

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

10. Do other people interest you very much?

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

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

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

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

prevent you from hunting or fishing?

15. Are you often impulsive in your behavior?

16. Do you speak slowly?

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

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

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

relatives or pupils?

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

21. Do your past failures still worry you?

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


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

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

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

number of friends, speaking acquaintances?

26. Is your life a constant struggle for survival?

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

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

29. Would you rather give orders than take them?

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


31. Could you agree to “strict discipline”?

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


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

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

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


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

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

toward you and work against you?

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

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

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

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

42. Do you take reasonable precaution to prevent accidents?

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

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

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

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

you behind your back?

46. Are you “always getting into trouble”?

47. Have you any particular hate or fear?

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


49. Do you find it easy to be impartial?

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

other members of your family?

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

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


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

an accident or other disturbing incident takes place?

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

personal advantages?

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

the speaker is referring entirely to you?

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56. Does “external noise” rar

rely interfere with your concentration?

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135. Do the “petty foibles oibles” of others make you impatient?

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

m m m 136. Do children irritate you?

m m m 58. Can you confidently plan

and work towards carrying out an event

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

six months time?

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

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

m m m 139. Would you assist a fellow traveler rather than leave it to the

to failure?


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

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

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


studying the candidates

and issues?


m m m 141. Do you frequently dwell on your past illnesses or painful

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


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

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

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

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

you read?

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

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

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

mannerisms or the dialect in the original incident?

loaned to friends?

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

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

sufficient importance as to tell others?

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

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


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

opponent in some aspect of your relations with him?

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

your disappointment”?

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

m m m 148. Do you often feel depressed?

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

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

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

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

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

finding a substitute activity or system?

else’s character or handiwork?

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

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




152. Do you rarely express your grievances?

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

belong to you?

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

active for a day or two?

m m m 77. Do you greet people effusively?

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

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


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

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

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

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

crossword puzzle without interfering?


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

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

speak slightingly of them?

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

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

have your own way?

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

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

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

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

little time for anything else?

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


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

m m m 88. If we were invading another c

ountry, would you feel sympathetic

put it out of pain?

towards conscientious objectors in this country?

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

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

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

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

m m m 92. Are you a slow eater?

situation in which you are involved?

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

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

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

though they had not dire ectly asked you for it?

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

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

team, etc.?

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

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

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

m m m 97. Do you sleep well?

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

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

to obey you?

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

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

you causing it?

which you belong?

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

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

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

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

generation ago?

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

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

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





179. Do others push you around?

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

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

considerable amount of inconvenience?

might judge more severely?

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

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

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

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

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

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

on the back, if done in public?

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


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

other people’s desires?

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

or tidbit?

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

about a subject even though you are not an expert?

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

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

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

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

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

you do?

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

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

of suicide?

for a while?

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

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


m m m 192. Do you often feel upset about the fate of war victims and political l

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


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

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A main character to be loathed and liked

With so many

awful people living

among us on this

planet, it is no wonder

why those who are seeking an escape through

film, television, or literature shun fictionalized

works that feature morally reprehensible topics

or morally reprehensible characters. And while

I do respect their point of view, and even agree

with it to a certain extent, I also feel that those

who disengage completely are shutting

The Reel Deal

themselves out of opportunities for complex

discourse with real-world implications or

depriving themselves of immersive art

through rich text and fascinating on-screen




For example, one such work that is currently being debated to

the entertainment sphere is “I Care a Lot,” a film that touches

upon the exploitation of senior citizens or those deemed “unfit in

mind,” made possible by the collusion between government institutions

and corporate and criminal enterprises. When it debuted

last week on Netflix, it sparked a frenzied discourse as it arrived

with a strange intersection of current, real-world events — one

where interest in court-appointed conservatorship is at an all-time

high due to articles and documentaries related to the case involving

Britney Spears and one where society is reckoning with how

little oversight is given to some facilities housing our country’s elders.

In addition to this discourse, which has been eye-opening,

informative, and enraging and depressing, the film also critiques

the #GirlBoss mindset, reminding those that just because a

woman is in a powerful position does not mean she is not abusing,

or cannot abuse, her authority just as much as any #BoyBoss.

But while “I Care a Lot” wants to delve into these topics, it does

not go too far into its murky depth; instead, it prefers to skim the

waters, pointing out things here and there in favor of a more

entertaining and fast-paced movie. And to be sure, it is just that,

but I also think it would have been better served had it remained

focus on a singular plot rather than lose it halfway through for

more entertainment value.

In the film, the fabulous Rosamund Pike (or Amazing Amy from

“Gone Girl”) plays Marla Grayson, a court-appointed guardian

who specialized in elder care. Working legally through the system

but with the assistance of shady doctors and nursing home executives,

she finds seniors who either have no family or family members

willing to take them in, puts them into an assisted living

facility and proceeds to drain them of every asset they have

acquired throughout their lives.

Having amassed a small fortunate (but not enough, it is never

enough) through her business venture, Marla and her work/nonwork

partner, Fran (Eiza Gonzalez), set off to find their next mark,

er, ward after their latest unexpectedly dies. Upon the recommendation

of a shady doctor, they establish a route in the life path of

Jennifer Peterson (the equally fabulous Dianne Wiest) who they

caustically refer to as a “cherry.” A cherry, they gush to the doctor

who is set to declare Jennifer as a ward due to a dubiously diagnosis

of “rapid mental decline,” is someone who has no living spouse,

no living children, and no living relatives to get in their way. So,

with all of this information on her status, and with a healthy bank

account to her name, they believe Jennifer is ripe for the picking.

They soon discover they should have picked another mark.

In a surprising turn of events for Marla and Fran, the whole “no

living relative” turns out to be a mistake — and quite a big one.

This long-held secret, or so we are led to believe at first, puts them

on the path of some hardcore people, led by the fearsome Roman

Lunyov (Peter Dinklage). At first, Roman respects their hustle and

asks Marla to release Jennifer from her care immediately.

Stubborn to a fault and unwilling to heed to the threats of any

man (it also doesn’t help that he denied her request for millions of

dollars to do so), she digs in, uncaring of anything but her need for

more money and control. Later, as she is caught in their own tightly

spun web, she laments that they are not playing fair. And while

you hate to agree with her on anything, you kinda do from a viewer’s


While Marla meets Roman, the film, once a cutting look at the

shady side of elder care, turns into an adventure-thriller complete

with rapid-fire montages set against electro-music. It makes for a

complete tonal shift and one cannot help

but to think of Marla’s comment about

wanting her rival to play by her rules. Just

think of how great it could have been had

Jennifer’s friends, all senior citizens like

her, banded together to fight Marla and the

system through legal and dubiously legal

means. But instead of that twist, we get

something altogether interesting but inconsistent

with the rest of the film.

But despite the complaints about the

drifting plot, “I Care a Lot” is an engaging

film with some terrific performances, most

notable from Pike. With her sharp, blonde

bob, power suits, killer heels and outward

projection of false kindness, Marla is an

unabashedly deceitful human, not caring

about who she hurts and how it hurts them

as long as she gets her slice of the sweet life.

Pike plays her so subtly and serenely menacing

and it is so, dare I say, fun to watch.

While in the real world, you would (hopefully)

loathe a person like this, but in a fictionalized

setting it’s just a delight to be able to

catch a performance like this and to be able

read the discourse on a multi-faceted character

and a multi-faceted topic.

Grade: B

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

“Working: A Musical” at CATCO virtually April 29-May 9

CATCO focuses on work and the people behind the

jobs in its upcoming production of, “Working: A

Musical,” April 29-May 9.

Based upon Studs Terkel’s 1974 bestseller,

“Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day

and How They Feel About What They Do,” the musical

shares actual workers’ words from the book and gives

voice to their hopes and aspirations.

Truckers, waitresses, stay-at-home moms, hedge

fund managers, laborers, millworkers, project managers,

delivery people and other workers tell their stories

through music written by songwriters Craig

Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary

Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and

James Taylor.

Auditions for six actors are under way. For information


Tickets (one per device) are $20 each, and are available


Directing “Working: A Music,” is Daniella Wheelock

and the music director is Jeremy Ramey.

The musical has undergone several revisions since

its premiere in 1977 and on Broadway in 1978. CATCO

will present the 2012 version.

Visit for information.

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Lockbourne Council

Lockbourne Village Council meets the

second and fourth Mondays of each month

at 7 p.m. Until further notice, council will

meet virtually through Microsoft Teams.

To join the meeting, go to the village website

at and click on

the link to the meeting.

Obetz Village Council

Obetz Village Council meets the second

and fourth Mondays of each month at 6

p.m. in the Council Chambers at 4175

Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, to review and

pass legislation and hear concerns from

the residents. Call (614) 491-1080.

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Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Maple sugar time

Messenger file photo

Late February and early March is maple sugaring time at Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living

Historical Farm, located near Canal Winchester. On Feb. 24, farm workers took a

small group on a hike to the sugar maple trees or sugar bush where they learned

how to identify and tap trees, and process the sap into syrup. Weather conditions of

freezing temperatures at night and sunny days of around 40 degrees are needed for

the sap to run in the trees so it can be collected in buckets that hang from the tap

that is placed in the tree. The trees are tapped and the sap is slowly collected drip

by drip in buckets. The sap is then placed in a tank and boiled to remove the water

in the sap to get the maple sugar to make maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to

make 1 gallon of maple syrup. Pictured here at a maple sugaring event from a past

year is Dave Trotter, of Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living Historical Farm, as he drills a

hole in a maple tree to tap it to access its maple sap so it can be collected and made

into maple syrup.

Art on the Canal Art Stroll

The 2021 Art on the Canal Art Stroll will

be held on May 15 from noon to 6 p.m. in

historic downtown Canal Winchester. According

to Destination Canal Winchester,

because 2020 was a difficult year for small

businesses including artists and fine

crafters, those who participate this year will

not be charged. for information visit

CW Farmers’ Market

The 2021 Canal Winchester Farmers’

Market will begin on Saturday, May 29 and

run through Saturday, Sept. 25. For information


Downtown CW



Continued from page 1

As a member of TAC, Peoples is also a

member of the MORPC Attributable Funds

Committee, which provides advice on the

development and execution of the processes

used to allocate MORPC-attributable funds

to transportation projects and project sponsors.

“By not having a background in transportation,

being a member has helped me

gain a greater knowledge of the areawide

transportation planning processes that

helps with our planning,” said Peoples. “I

have also been able to network with the

other members and the 2020 Gender Road

Synchronization Study ODOT grant started

with a discussion I had with one of the other

members. It has been a great experience

and I was happy to be selected for a second

Photo courtesy of the CW Area Historical Society

This photo from the early 20th century is of downtown Canal Winchester looking

south on North High Street. Note the street is unpaved. The crossing street in about

the middle of the photo is Waterloo Street.

Continued from page 1

some drivers misinterpreted the bike lane

as a turn lane.

“As a basis for determining the successful

bid, consideration was given to the contractor

who could demonstrate a permanent

place of business, possession of suitable

equipment to complete the work, experience,

positive performance on similar projects,

and the lowest bid,” said engineer

Michael Brehm in his Feb. 24 recommendation.

“Based on these criteria, and on a review

of the qualifications information as

submitted, Shelly and Sands, Inc. is the

lowest qualified bidder. Shelly & Sands, Inc.

appears qualified to perform the work.”

McGill Park update

Public Service Director Matt Peoples reported

on trail work at McGill Park.

“We got some really good news,” Peoples

said. “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources

has released the project and we are

free to move forward with the bid. I hope to

get good bids from that. This is for the trail

connector only.”

Peoples said the project includes a threequarter

mile long, 10-foot-wide path and

new bridge crossings at Washington Street

and Ashbrook–going from the covered

bridge to McGill Park. The ODNR matching

grant is $450,000.

“One of the largest features is a weathering

steel bridge at two locations,” said

Peoples, who said one bridge is 66 feet long

and the other is 27 feet long. Each one is 12

feet wide and rated for service vehicles.

Both are going to be very scenic in nature

and the next place for senior pictures. I’m

pretty excited about the project. It’s a long

time in coming and really glad to get this



Ebert said TAC is also instrumental in

ODOT financial matters such as allocating

MORPC federal funds and review of ODOT

expenditures of federal funds and the experience

Peoples gains through his participation

in TAC has been beneficial to the city

of Canal Winchester by furthering his planning

capabilities and the knowledge he has

gained as a participant in TAC.

“All of our city directors have been, or are

currently involved with, associations of

planning and advice in their various field of

expertise be it public works, finance, development

or construction and more,” said

Ebert. “Some of them have recently served

or currently serve as the president or chair

of their association affiliate.”

March 7, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Newspapers remain a valuable resource

Newspapers have been in circulation for centuries. Ancient Romans produced government

announcements and posted them in prominent locations around the city. In ancient

China, news sheets were circulated among court officials to share government news. However,

it wasn't until use of the printing press became widespread that the new media of

newsprint became available to the general public. The 17th century was the first time

much of Europe and other areas around the world began to produce something similar

to what we now know as newspapers.

Nowadays, many newspapers are still being printed on a daily or weekly basis, but publishers

also understand the benefits of digital content. That is why newspapers are now

supplementing their print copy with digital and interactive versions online. Should a person

desire to read a printed version, he or she can do so. Others can access content online,

which is typically updated regularly as newsworthy items become available.

Newspapers have frequently been the first source people turn to for information on various

subjects, including current events and sports. Even now, despite the prevalence of

television news, people still look to the newspapers for in-depth coverage of hot topics.

Additionally, some newspaper content is mirrored online or offered in some other complementary

form. For example, fans of comics in the newspaper may not realize they're

a major source of syndication revenue. In an effort to snag a bigger chunk of key demographics,

comics not only are being run in the newspaper, but also are being adapted into

"apps" that can be viewed on tablets, computers and smartphones to further their visibility.

The Internet may be creating a dramatic shift in the business model and the products offered

by newspapers, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, presenting new opportunities

for newspapers to expand on their offerings in unique ways. Many papers now enable

readers to express their comments about news stories online, which fosters a global discussion

that can bring people from various parts of the world together.

Newspapers also are shifting the mix of stories they offer to provide a stronger balance of

entertainment, lifestyle and other subjects that are more relevant to people's daily lives

than politics and international affairs may be. In turn, newspapers are attracting new

readers both offline and online.

Few can argue about the validity of newspapers for current events. Students exploring

current topics and presenting them in school are frequently urged to look to newspapers

for content. Editors are largely apprised of up-and-coming trends and are given first-see

information before the general public, which they later share in their publications. Local

newspapers truly offer the best window into what makes a community unique. When

searching for local jobs, events or merchandise, newspapers and their respective Web sites

remain a reliable resource for their readers.

Despite the ominous forecasts projecting the demise of newspapers, many publications

are still going strong and proving just how valuable a resource they can be.




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The Clippers and the restructuring of the minor leagues

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

The Columbus Clippers will face some

new opponents this year following Major

League Baseball’s structural shake up of

the minor league system.

Major League Baseball - in an effort to

streamline, cut costs, and increase revenues

- shrank the number of minor league

teams from 160 to 120. It also revamped its

top level Triple-A by eliminating the names

International League and Pacific Coast

League and creating a new 20 team league

called Triple-A East and 10 team league

called Triple-A West.

The Columbus Clippers are long time

members of the International League, a

league that begin in 1884. The Pacific

Coast League started in 1902. Now both

league names are gone.

However, Clippers President and

General Manager Ken Schnacke said the

quality of baseball being played at the

Triple-A level will remain the same.

“It’s a bit of a change,” said Schnacke.

“But players change every year anyway

and this new format will eliminate some


The Clippers’ 2021, 142-game schedule

will include a combination of six game and

four game series against opponents. The

Clippers will compete in Triple-A East in

the Midwest Division along with traditional

rival the Toledo Mud Hens as well as the

Indianapolis Indians, Louisville Bats, St.

Paul Saints, Omaha Storm Chasers, and

the Iowa Cubs.

Schnacke said each six game series will

be followed by an off day, usually a


“We lose Memorial Day, Labor Day, and

Flag Day because of that, but we’ve got to

roll with it,” said Schnacke, who said Dime-

A-Dog nights will still be held on Tuesdays

and Dollar Days will be on Wednesdays.

Schnacke said, due to the ongoing corornavirus

pandemic, that, as of now, the

state has instituted a 30 percent capacity

limit at the 10,000 seat Huntington Park.

That number could increase as the year

goes on and the state lifts some restrictions.

The Clippers’ home opener is April 13

against Louisville and Schnacke said pandemic

precautions will include a buffer

area along the dugouts and bull pens and

fan seating of pods of six people or less.

“It’s a lot to get ready for,” said


Regarding the demise of the name

“International League,” Schnacke said

that, though the name will not be prevalent

this year, there are efforts that the name

be maintained at some point.

Schnacke added there will be no league

all-star game this year nor will there be a

Triple-A national championship game as in

the past.

“These could return in 2022,” he said.

Historical perspective

Author and historian James Tootle, who

wrote the book, “Baseball in Columbus,”

which documents the history of professional

baseball in the city, said it is disappointing

to see the name International League,

with its rich history come to a close.

“The league’s roots go back to the 1880s

and it has produced countless players and

managers who made their mark in the

minor league cities where they played on

their way up to outstanding careers in the

majors,” said Tootle.

He noted that, before Jackie Robinson

broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn

Dodgers in 1947, he prepared for that

breakthrough by honing his skills in 1946

on the International League’s Montreal


“Baseball greats Red Schoendienst,

Walt Alston, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs,

Chipper Jones, Columbus’ Billy

Southworth, and others are enshrined in

both the IL Hall of Fame and in

Cooperstown,” said Tootle. “Columbus has

a long history in the International League

with the Jets (1955-70) and the Clippers

(1977-present), and has won many championships.

The history of the IL deserves to

be remembered and preserved.”

Tootle said that, while Columbus may

lose several traditional opponents like

Syracuse and Rochester, this season, fans

will probably not miss playing teams with

geographically ambiguous names such as

Lehigh Valley.

“Columbus will continue to play familiar

rivals Toledo, Indianapolis, and

Louisville,” said Tootle. “These teams are

not only International League opponents,

but also the teams Columbus played

against during the half-century (1903-

1954) when the Columbus Senators and

Red Birds were in the old American

Association with those same cities.

Columbus also resumes playing St. Paul,

another rival from the American

Association era. It is my understanding

that the 2021 schedule, which has

Columbus mostly only playing teams in its

own division, is due to travel restrictions

caused by the pandemic and the Clippers

may resume playing more of the old

International League rivals in 2022.”

Tootle believes most fans will adjust to

the restructuring. To them, a summer

night at Huntington Park with an office

group after work or with family will look

about the same.

“However, to the knowledgeable fan who

keeps a box score and is accustomed to following

the team’s progress in the standings,

the changes will be significant,” said

Tootle. “When we think about why MLB

did away with the historic International

League name, and all the other league

Photos courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Adam Rosales of the Columbus

Clippers waves to the fans.

names throughout minor league baseball,

we need look no further than the new

name: Player Development League. MLB

seems to be making a statement that the

purpose of minor league games is to develop

the skills of individual players to

advance to the major league level, rather

than for the local team to win games and

league championships. It is always nice to

win, but the main purpose of PDL games

will be to provide an opportunity for players

to achieve individual rather than team

goals. Triple-A games will continue to provide

an opportunity for an established

MLB player to pitch a few innings or get atbats

while rehabbing an injury. Fans may

like this since it is an opportunity to see a

famous MLB player.”

He said none of this is new.

“We have seen this trend in minor

league games for several decades - to give

more attention to preparing individual

players for the majors than building a winning

team,” said Tootle. “When doing

research in newspapers from the early to

mid-20th century, one notices the greater

See CLIPPERS, page 9

Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers.

Teammates mob Columbus Clipper Yandy Diaz as he touches home plate after slugging

a home run.

March 7, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 9

Truck crash

Messenger photo by Pat Donahue

Help is on the way for an overturned semi-truck that tipped over just off the Alum Creek Drive entrance

ramp to I-270 West on the morning of March 1.


Continued from page 8

number of column inches and photos devoted to the

local team rather than the MLB teams. In the past, the

local team generally used the same starting lineup

throughout the season with few roster changes. Some

stayed at Triple A for two or three seasons and fans got

to know ‘their players.’ In recent years, players typically

move back and forth between the majors and minors

on a daily basis and fans have difficulty learning the

names of the players.”

He said the Player Development League is a more

accurate reflection of the relationship between the

majors and minors.

“But for those in the stands who care about which

team wins the game and have an appreciation for the

history of the national pastime, the elimination of

International League and all the other traditional

league names creates a sense of loss,” said Tootle.

He believes Columbus is an excellent position to

adjust, with its fine Huntington Park, experienced

organizational leadership, continuing popular MLB

affiliation with Cleveland, and history of community


“Once we get past the pandemic and crowds can

return in larger numbers, Columbus should be fine,”

said Tootle. “Columbus is an exceptionally strong

franchise in every way.”

He said the real adjustment challenges will be felt

in the 40-plus cities that lost their teams when the

restructuring plan reduced the total number of minor

league clubs from over 160 to 120.

“Empty ballparks and no baseball–a sad circumstance

for any town,” said Tootle. “We may see the creation

of new teams and leagues not associated with

organized baseball to serve these communities which

have suddenly lost their teams. We may see an

increase in the popularity of college baseball as players

who would have signed professionally out of high

school may now choose to play on college teams as a

way to get a shot at a professional career.”

He said the best hope for successful adjustment is

the game itself.

“The atmosphere on a beautiful summer evening at

the ballpark will always be magical,” said Tootle. “It is

hard to beat that experience no matter what the name

of the league might be. Baseball is a resilient game.

Even with this total restructuring of the minors, somehow

the game is always able to adjust and keeps going

on–but perhaps diminished this year by the absence

of the traditional league names that have been part of

the fabric and history of professional baseball for generations.”

For information on how to purchase James Tootle’s

book, “Baseball in Columbus,” visit

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Career Closet provides professional clothes to those in need

By Rick Palsgrove

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“What has been amazing is the

amount of local support we are receiving.

This event seems to have grown its

own wings in the last couple weeks.

Our schools reached out, local business

owners, residents, and Canal

Winchester Human Services all want to

become involved. We truly want to be

support for community members who

are looking for jobs and help them succeed.”

- Bethany Ferguson

To dress for success, one must have the

clothes to begin with and sometimes people

do not have the resources to make this happen


So, Canal Winchester residents Bethany

Ferguson and Cindi Lynch stepped in with

the creation of a Canal Winchester “career

closet” to provide free professional clothing

to people who are interviewing for jobs or in

need of such clothing.

The first career closet was held March 6

from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hope United

Methodist Church 15 W. Columbus St.,

Canal Winchester.

It is the first of what they hope will be a

regular event.

“As of right now this is the only scheduled

event,” said Ferguson. “Our hope is, as

we learn the processes of this type of community

support, we will be able to open

doors on a regular schedule. We are taking

donations for professional wear and have

had incredible community support from residents,

the school board, CW Human Services,

and local businesses. At first we were

just planning to make this a one time event,

but after the outpouring of support from residents

and businesses we are going to make

this an ongoing service.”

According to Ferguson, the idea for the

career closet arose when Lynch was collecting

items for foster families, homeless, and

another dress for success event.

“When we realized how many people

were donating and what an impact it was

making we thought that having events

within our own community would be fantastic,”

said Ferguson. “Hosting something

local would be able to make a bigger impact

here in Canal Winchester.”

Lynch said they realized the job market

has changed over the years and they wanted

to ensure every resident had a pathway to

success no matter what career is pursued.

“The nursing home markets are in high

demand now,” said Lynch. “These are lower

paying jobs. We would like to eventually collect

gently used scrubs for these residents.

We need to look outside the past ‘career

clothing’ and realize times are changing and

we must change with them. Casual work

clothes seem to be in demand. The actual

name of the career closet will be the Canal

Winchester CommUNITY Closet.”

Ferguson said the mission is to help people

help themselves.

“Cindi and I were both single mothers

who used a service similar to this years

ago,” said Ferguson. “What a service like

this does is empower men and women to feel

more self confidence and dress for the job

they are needing and wanting to get. Both

of us were strapped for cash as young single

mothers, not able to afford clothing for a

professional setting. Being able to use a career

wardrobe with the support of the community

was invaluable to both of us. We

want to host this service for our community

in hopes to encourage successful residents

and families.”

Ferguson said she and Lynch are accepting

professional clothing donations at each

of their homes, at 27 W. Columbus St. and

7574 Embers Lane both in Canal Winchester.

Items to be donated can include gently

worn professional items, both men’s and

women’s clothing (all adult sizes), shoes,

jewelry, and accessories.

“Ideally we are hoping for people who are

in need of professional outfits to join us and

go shopping,” said Ferguson. “Other communities

host events similar to this, but we

are hoping to make an impact in our area.

All items are free.”

Ferguson said they are learning about

how they can help support their community.

“What has been amazing is the amount

of local support we are receiving,” said Ferguson.

“This event seems to have grown its

own wings in the last couple weeks. Our

schools reached out, local business owners,

residents, and Canal Winchester Human

Services all want to become involved. We

truly want to be support for community

members who are looking for jobs and help

them succeed.”

Ferguson added they have people who

are looking to partner with them to help

support people in resume writing, Zoom interviews,

job searching, etc.

“I cannot say with 100 percent certainty

what this will look like in the future, but

our hope is to create a service for people to

use that embodies the support people may

need to get back to work or find their next

step in their careers,” said Ferguson. “So a

fully rounded scope to help support families

to succeed financially by assisting with the

tools one needs to find that type of success.”

“This truly has taken on a life of its own,”

said Lynch. “The community, as usual, has

been so amazing. It is quite humbling. If

anyone would like to volunteer to help with

the event on March 6, or to help sort or organize,

contact me at 614-578-5066.”

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Dr. Joshua Morris is an Optometrist who grew

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degree at the University of Akron, where

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Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University

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with honors to receive his Doctor of Optometry Degree in May 2019. After

completing his studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical

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Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio

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excited to practice full scope optometry, diagnosing and treating a variety

of ocular disorders and diseases in patients of all ages, but has a special

interest in contact lenses and ocular disease.

On a personal note, Dr. Morris and his wife Tess, enjoy spending time with

their family, friends, and their Bernese Mountain dog Maverick, cheering

on The Ohio State Buckeyes, trying new foods, and exploring Columbus


Q: What are floaters and what causes them?

A: Floaters are small dark shapes that move across your vision. They can appear

as dots, threads, squiggly lines, or even like cobwebs. Most floaters are caused

by normal changes in the eye. As you age, small strands of vitreous (gel-like fluid

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that drift across your vision. You may notice floaters more when you look at a

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Q: How often should someone with new

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A: Someone experiencing new floaters, a large increase in the number of floaters,

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