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By Dedra Cordle
Mariela Ortega says she always feels
a little in awe whenever she sees her
Older than the teenager by “just a little
bit,” to her they are a living example
“They were premature babies, born
three months early,” she said. “They
spent the first few months of their lives
in the hospital just trying to hang on.”
But they didn’t just hang on — they
thrived. Ortega said she credits their
turnaround to both their fighting spirits
and the skill and the care of the medical
staff that took care of them.
“Those doctors and nurses are some of
the best examples of people in the medical
profession,” she said. “They were
with them all the way and now my aunts
have grown into healthy young adults.”
Inspired by her aunts and those dedicated
professionals, Ortega said she had
her heart set on a career in the medical
field since she was a child.
“I knew I wanted to help people,” she
said. “I knew I wanted to try to make a
difference in their lives.”
Wanting to pursue a career in neonatal
nursing, Ortega enrolled in the
pre-nursing program at the South-
Western Career Academy her junior
year. She said it was wonderful being
around like-minded individuals and they
connected almost instantly despite coming
from four different high schools. It
turned out that the bond they formed
helped them get through the hardest
year of their lives — one fraught with the
hardships of virtual learning, national
politics that seeped into their everyday
living, the overwhelming sense of grief
due to the pandemic and doubts about
their ability to work in the medical field.
It was November of 2019 and the juniors
in the pre-nursing program were
looking forward to two things — winter
break and the state tested nursing assistant
certification exams that were to be
held in the coming months. Little, if any,
attention was given to a new virus that
appeared to be spreading in Wuhan,
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Xitlaly Ochoa, a senior in the pre-nursing program at the South-Western Career
Academy, asks her “patient” Mariela Ortega a series of questions during a bedside
skill demonstration on March 11. The students in the program are currently preparing
to take their certification exam next month to become state tested nursing assistants,
an opportunity that was denied to the current seniors last year due to the pandemic.
“It seemed so far away from us,” said
Juliet Fregoso. “I think a lot of us thought
it was just like a little sickness that would
go away soon.”
In the weeks that followed, the students
grew more concerned with this
novel coronavirus but it didn’t occupy too
much of their time. Instead, their worries
had shifted to the sudden departure of
their instructor and the ramifications of
“Our substitute instructor tried so
hard to help us with the material,” said
Hannah DeVine, “but it was a lot more
textbook work than that hands-on learning
that is needed for this pathway.”
Despite feeling a little adrift, the juniors
pressed on with material to prepare
for those important state exams. Then
came the virus’s introduction to the country,
and then to the state. On March 14,
2020, shortly after the first case of
COVID-19 was announced in Ohio,
Governor Mike DeWine ordered that all
K-12 schools close their doors to slow the
spread of the novel coronavirus.
With virtual learning in place, several
students had trouble adapting to the new
medium but figured it would only be a
“I think they said it would only be for
three weeks,” said Fregoso.
But those three weeks were extended
and business closures throughout the
state were announced — some of the students’
parents were impacted financially
by the loss. Knowing that receiving their
STNA certification not only meant meeting
the requirement for their pathway but
also additional income, they hoped that
those exams would not be canceled too.
Then they were.
“It was very upsetting,” said Kendall
Weber. “When you’re in a career technical
program, you need that certification and
you need that valuable experience.
Having that taken away from us really
hurt and put us behind.”
Before they knew it, the school year
was over and the summer where they
were supposed to be working in nursing
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Students go back
to class, in-person
By Dedra Cordle
The South-Western City Schools
District is going ‘all-in.’
On March 16, Superintendent Dr. Bill
Wise announced on the district’s website
that the students currently in the blended
learning model will transition to a five
days per week, in-person learning model
beginning April 5.
According to Wise, preschool students
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homes was lost. They held on to hope that things would be
better their senior year.
The 2020-21 school year started virtually, much to the
displeasure of many.
“I hated learning virtually,” said Fregoso. “I’m usually a
very out there person, but when I was in front of the computer
I would just close up.”
The one bright spot, they said, was the arrival of
instructor Becky McNeil, a registered nurse with close to
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two decades of experience working in an intensive
care unit. While she also had more than a decade of
experience as a clinical educator, it was her first
time teaching at the high school level.
McNeil said that when she took the position in
June, she was determined to not only teach them
the basic skills of the medical profession but about
the importance of self-care as well.
“There’s a running joke in the field that the only
people nurses and doctors don’t take care of
is themselves,” said McNeil. “I wanted them
to come into their careers with a new outlook
of how important it is to take care of
your own mental health.”
She said those lessons came in handy
this year, especially as several of her students
expressed doubt as to whether the
medical field was the path for them.
Weber said it has been mentally taxing
to watch the news and see the footage of
doctors and nurses on the frontlines.
“It sticks in your brain,” she said. “It makes you
question whether you could do what they are
It was a feeling expressed by many seniors in
With the encouragement of McNeil, they didn’t
keep those doubts to themselves. She allowed them
room to share their conflicting feelings. One student
said that the current environment in the country
made her question whether she could even be a
nurse because she wasn’t sure she liked people anymore.
“I reminded all of them that this field has so
many different avenues to explore,” said McNeil. “If
they don’t want to have those daily and close interactions
with people there are fields of study where
you don’t have to do that.”
She then challenged them to think of other
career pathways they could envision working in —
they all circled back to the medical field.
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Pre-nursing instructor Becky McNeil demonstrates some of the
capabilities of the Anatomage Table that the medical programs
in the academy use for better understanding of the human body.
It is considered by medical professionals to be the most technologically
advanced anatomy visualization system.
“I think we’re even more dedicated than ever to make a
difference in this world,” said DeVine.
Though some doubts still persist, the students have
been able to attend labs five days a week where they have
been learning the manual and timed skills that will be
included on the STNA certification exam.
“They’re coming up soon so it’s getting a little more
intense,” said Fregoso. “But I think we’re all glad that we
will be able to have this opportunity.”
McNeil said this year has been hard and tumultuous for
everyone — she spent six months working with COVID-19
patients in a long-term care facility and saw firsthand its
devastation — but it has proven to be one of the best lessons
her students could learn about working in the medical
“There is always something new to us,” she said.
“It is unpredictable and it is always changing and sometimes
it’s sad and scary, but you have to be able to adapt
to what is happening.”
around the westside
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The Westgate Neighbors Association (WNA) is
accepting applications for its annual education scholarship.
The $500 award is provided to a student pursuing
college or vocational education. Eligible students
may complete and submit their application online at
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March 31. For more information, visit the scholarship
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will continue their current schedule and learning
model for the reminder of the school year, and those
students currently learning in the Virtual Learning
Academy option will remain in that format for the
remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
Wise said the determination was made to transition
to the 100 percent in-person learning model due to a
variety of factors that include virus trends that are
“moving in the right direction,” the improvement of
community conditions with the distribution of the
COVID-19 vaccine, new state and federal guidance,
and conversations with local health agencies.
He included in his statement that the district has
shared their transition plans with the local health
agencies and they have expressed “no reservations”
with their decision and plan.
With the increase of students in the buildings, Wise
said they will need their students to be “even more diligent”
in following safety protocols established at the
start of the 2020-21 school year.
That includes, “wearing their masks correctly, hand
sanitization, maximizing distancing to the greatest
extent possible, and sitting in assigned seats.”
Students who ride the bus will follow their current
bus schedule and must continue to wear a mask at all
Additional items of note in the message include a no
in-person school day for “Green Group” students on
March 25 to allow for the transition; the recalculation
of spectators numbers for all athletic events; and the
continued layering of safety protocols in the classrooms
and buildings, including the current visitor and
To view the superintendent’s message in its entirety,
visit the district’s website at www.swcsd.us.
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Township lends a hand to Habitat for Humanity
By Amanda Ensinger
A local community is giving back to
those in need by donating material from
homes that are being demolished.
At a recent meeting, the Prairie
Township trustees agreed to allow Habitat
for Humanity to remove usable items from
Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) project houses acquired by the
“The materials removed will be used for
future Habitat for Humanity projects or
sold in their retail store,” said Rob Peters,
The township accepted a $1 payment for
the materials from Habitat for Humanity.
All the profits from the materials sold in
Habitat’s retail store will be used toward
future new homes the organization builds
for families in need.
The homes being torn down are part of a
project the township is working on to prevent
flooding. The township won a FEMA
grant that was used to purchase and
demolish several homes in a floodplain.
“After the property is demolished, the
land will be rehabbed to try to reduce flooding
in the area,” Peters said. “Because
these properties are in a floodplain, they
can never be developed again.”
The properties include several homes on
Tamara Road, as well as a property on
Alton Road and on Elnora Road.
“After demolition, the properties will be
maintained as green spaces,” Peters said.
“We will look at if the properties can be
used to cut off access to where the flooding
This grant came after years of residents
complaining about ongoing flooding in their
homes. In 2018, several residents attended
a trustees meeting where they asked for
something to be done.
“I have had flooding numerous times at
my home on Tamara Avenue,” said George
Polling, township resident. “I don’t know
what to do at this point and am on the
verge of selling my home. I don’t want to,
but I can’t keep dealing with this.”
Resulting in several feet of water every
Westland Library expands services
Southwest Public Libraries has
launched expanded services at both the
Grove City Library and the Westland Area
Library. In-building services, including
walk-through browsing, self-serve holds
pickup, and computer use are now available.
No-contact holds pickup remains
available by request for those who prefer.
Masks that appropriately cover the
mouth and nose are required when in the
library for all visitors above age 2. Those
unable to wear a mask are asked to utilize
the no-contact services.
In-building services include:
•Walk-through browsing and checkout
•Self-serve holds pickup (come in and
check out your own holds) or no-contact
holds pickup (call to request)
•Computer use (one one-hour session
•Self-serve print, copy, scan, fax
•Outdoor bookdrop returns 24/7
or low-contact services:
•No-contact holds pickup by request
•No-contact printing by request
•Virtual storytimes and virtual programming
•Take-home craft kits and activity kits
•Grab and Go book bundles and personalized
around the westside
•Digital Library 24/7 (eBooks,
eAudiobooks, music, movies, and more)
The following services remain paused or
are unavailable at this time:
•Seating, meeting rooms, study rooms,
Quiet Reading Room
•Youth Services toys
•Notary service available at Westland
only at this time. Call for details.
The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and
Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday. The locations
are closed on Sunday.
To help keep the library safe for everyone,
•Wear a mask appropriately at all times
when in the building. If you do not have a
mask, the library will provide one.
•Maintain appropriate social distance
and follow signage and directional markings.
•Refrain from moving furniture and
•Keep visits short and group size small
to help maintain low building occupancy.
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Breakfast at the Lodge
to benefit Special Olympics
The Westgate Masonic Lodge #623 is
preparing breakfasts once a month to benefit
the Special Olympics. The public is
invited to have breakfast the second
Saturday of each month at 2925 West
Broad St. Adults eat for a donation of $6,
children age 3 and above pay $3. Serving is
from 9 a.m. to noon.
time a heavy rainstorm passes through,
residents also complained of not being able
to park on their vehicles on the street
because the water gets so high they can’t
At the time, Prairie Township officials
said if the homes were demolished, the
properties could be used to help relieve
flooding on the road using grading, rain
gardens and maybe more structural features.
“We hope this will provide these residents
with some relief and fix the street
flooding for other residents,” Peters said.
“It is rare for any floodplain to be declared
in Ohio, so we are excited for this victory. It
has been a long time coming.”
In other news, the board discussed a
dramatic increase in overtime for the fire
department. Prairie Township Fiscal
Officer Sherry Henning asked the board to
approve reallocating $25,000 in the fire
fund from the salaries line for overtime for
“Overtime has been unusually high due
to extended illness and injuries within the
department,” Henning said. “The chief
expects overtime to return to normal levels
within the next couple of months.”
Prairie Township Fire Chief Allen Scott
asked the board to renew the annual training
agreement with OhioHealth Doctors
Hospital. This agreement allows emergency
room residents to train with township
“We let the doctors ride along with us
and it is great training,” Scott said. “We
have a great relationship with the hospital
and would love to continue this partnership.”
The board approved allowing the training
to continue in 2021.
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THE OXFORD CAPACITY ANALYSIS TEST
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
55. When hearing a lecturer, do you sometimes experience the idea that
the speaker is referring entirely to you?
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rely interfere with your concentration?
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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
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m m m 60. Do you tend to be careless?
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studying the candidates
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m m m 62. Do you speedily recover from the effects of bad news?
m m m 63. When you criticize, do yo ou at the same time try to encourage? m m m 142. Do you get very ill at ease 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?
m m m 66. Are you so self-assured that it sometimes annoys others?
m m m 144. When recounting some amusing incident can you easily imitate the
m m m 67. Do you keep “close contact” on articles of yours which you have
mannerisms or the dialect in the original incident?
loaned to friends?
m m m 145. In subjects about which you are not expert, are your own ideas of
m m m 68. Do you enjoy activities of your own choosing?
sufficient importance as to tell others?
m m m 69. Does emotional music have quite an effect on you?
m m m 146. Do you have a tendency to tidy up a disorder of somebody else’s
m m m 70. Do you completely cond emn a person because he is a rival or
opponent in some aspect of your relations with him?
m m m 147. Can you accept defeat easily without the necessity of “swallowing
m m m 71. Do you often “sit and thi nk” 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 doing things and then discover it is too late? m m m 158. Do you laugh or smile quite readily?
m m m 84. Do you prefer to abide by the wishes of others rather than seek to m m m 159. Are you definite and emphatic in voice and manner?
have your own way?
m m m 160. Are you effusive only to close friends if at all?
m m m 85. Do you find it easy to ge t yourself started on a project?
m m m 161. Are your interests and fields of knowledge so important as to give
m m m 86. Do you bite your fingernails or chew the end of your pencil?
little time for anything else?
m m m 87. Do you “turn up the volu me” of your emotions just to create an m m m 162. Would you like to “start a new activity” in the area in which you live?
m m m 163. Would you take the necessary actions to kill an animal in order to
m m m 88. If we were invading another c
ountry, would you feel sympathetic
put it out of pain?
towards conscientious objectors in this country?
m m m 164. Is it easy for you to relax?
m m m 89. Are there some things ab bout 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?
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 a nd 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
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?
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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
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?
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?
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All For Us. For Us All.
4.4.21 at 10:30 am
Memorial Baptist Church
2435 Eakin Road
St. John Evangelical
2745 W. Broad St., Cols., OH
Mid-Week Lenten Services
Wednesdays at 7 pm
PALM SUNDAY, March 28th
Sunday School - 9 a.m.
Service - 10 a.m.
MAUNDY THRUSDAY, April 1st, 7 p.m.
GOOD FRIDAY, April 2nd, 7 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY, April 4th
Sunday School - 9 a.m.
Service - 10 a.m.
Westgate United Methodist Church
61 S. Powell Ave., Columbus, OH
614-274-4271 Roland J. Moore, Pastor
April 1- Maundy Thrusday Service at
Westgate UMC 7:00 p.m.
April 2 - Good Friday Service combined
worship at Parkview UMC 7:00 p.m.
April 4 - Easter Sunday Service at
Westgate UMC 9:00 a.m.
REFUGE OF HOPE FAMILY
179 N. Huron (Corner of Steele Ave. & Huron)
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship
6:30 p.m. Thursday Bible Study - Virtual
All are Welcome
Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church
2930 W. Broad St. Cols, OH 43204
March 28th - Palm Sunday
Pastor Rev. Wayne Morrison - 10:30 a.m.
April 4th - Easter Sunday
Pastor Tom Billman - 10:30 a.m.
St. Mark’s Campus UMC
5200 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43228
(Bilingual Service) 6:00 P.M.
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
English 10:30 AM Spanish 12:30 PM
St. Mark’s UMC Columbus OH
“a church of many doors valuing the sacred worth of each person.”
2480 West Broad St.,Columbus, OH 43204
corner of Hague & Va
wood Website: thegumc.org
wood Email: glenw
Pastor Leo A. Cunningham
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
April 2, 2021 - 7:00 p.m.
April 4, 2021 - 10:45 a.m.
Watch the services on our
Or join us for In-Person Worship
Social Distance Seating
Join Us Easter Sunday, April 4
For Inspiring Message
“The Power of Hope”
Watch online at
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 3rd
1:30 - 3:30 pm
New Life Church CCU
455 Murray Ave. Cols. OH 43204
Good Friday Service
April 2nd 6:30-7:30 pm
EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION
April 4 10:30 am
United Methodist Church
775 Galloway Rd.,
Galloway, OH 43119
Senior Pastor: Ruben Cabanillas
Maundy Thursday Service and
Celebration of Holy Communion
Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Easter Morning Services
Sunday, April 4, 2021
9:00 am – Contemporary Service
10:30 am – Traditional Service
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
invites you to celebrate
Holy Week and Easter with us!
Saturday, March 27, 5 pm Vigil Mass*
Sunday, March 28, 8:30 am* & 11:30 am
Monday, March 29
Sacrament of Reconciliation 4-7 pm
Wednesday, March 31
Sacrament of Reconciliation 7-8 pm
Holy Thursday | April 1
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 pm*
Good Friday | April 2
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3 pm*
Stations of the Cross 7 pm*
Holy Saturday | April 3
Easter Vigil Mass 8 pm*
Easter Sunday | April 4
8 am, 10 am*, and noon Masses
* indicates this service will also be live
streamed and recorded to our YouTube
Channel. Find the links on our website!
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614.875.3322 | www.ourladygc.org
Palm Sunday Ser
Easter Sunday Service
Join us for Praise and
We would love
At one or all
share your burdens
and offer prayers
and encouragemen nt during this holiday
Resurr ection Sunday
Sermon: Luke 24 1-12
Sunday, April 4, 2021 @ 10:30 am
April 2, 2021
4:30 6:30 pm
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By Dedra Cordle
The South-Western City Schools
District will offer extended learning opportunities
to hundreds of students this summer.
In lieu of its traditional summer school
programming, which primarily focuses on
improving literacy skills for third graders
and course credit assistance for high
schoolers, the district will expand and
broaden its reach to provide academic
assistance for all learning levels.
“We are excited about this opportunity
to provide these extended learning opportunities
for our students,” said
Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise at the March
8 board of education meeting.
According to Brian Bowser, the executive
director of elementary schools, the programming
will take place throughout the
summer but will be broken up into different
“buckets” for each grade level.
For instance, the June and July bucket
will consist of expanded educational opportunities
for kindergarteners through sixth
graders, and high school students.
The high school students will begin
their virtual programming on June 7 and
their course of study will run until July 30.
Bowser said this programming, which
will allow students to recover credits or
receive a limited first time credit for physical
education, health, or government, will
be delivered asynchronously.
“This will free up our high school students
to do other things they want to do
this summer,” he said.
Students can take up to two credits and
it is free to seniors. Underclassmen will
likely be charged $75 for the first time
credit courses, but that fee has to be
approved by the board of education. They
are scheduled to vote on it at the March 22
Board member Anthony Caldwell asked
whether that fee would be waived for those
who qualify for free or reduced lunch program.
Wise indicated that it would be.
Grades K-6 will begin their extended
learning opportunity on June 14. It will
run through June 30 and there will be no
Bowser said the programming, which
Blood drive at Doctors Hospital
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. March 22 at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, The
Heritage Center for Osteopathic Medical Education, located at
5131 Beacon Hill Road on the westside. To schedule an appointment,
visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.
Spring cleanup at Westgate Park
Friends of Westgate Park will host a spring cleanup event from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 27 at Westgate Park, 3237 Wicklow Road
in Columbus. This is the first cleanup
event of the year. Participants will pick up
litter and clean out the flower beds. Tools
and materials will be provided. Volunteers
should meet at the enclosed shelter house
and follow the state’s social distance and
mask guidelines. For more information,
view the Friends of Westgate Park page on
Free produce market
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the
Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council
#2898 will host a free produce market the
fourth Friday of each month beginning on
March 26 and continuing through the end
of October at St. Agnes Church, 2364 West
Mound St. in Columbus. The food pantry
will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. For additional
information, email Kevin Miller at
School district to offer more summer programming
Barbara Gene Humphrey
was called home unexpectedly
Preceded in death by husband, Robert
Humphrey; son, Harold Humphrey. Barbara
is survived by daughter, Margaret Kessler,
grandkids Andrew, Shannon, Chris, Michel &
5 great-grandkids. Services will be held on
3/22/21 from 10-12 followed by a luncheon.
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will be delivered virtually, will primarily
focus on literacy skills for the lower grades
and mathematics for the upper grades.
“But that is not set in stone,” he said
during a follow-up interview. “There will be
a lot of flexibility with the subjects and
some of the instruction will even be personalized
to fit the needs of the student.”
The programming will be held 2.5 hours
each day and will include large groups,
small groups, and independent study.
There will be a 16:1 teacher-student ratio.
Bowser said the district hopes to have as
many as 900 students participate in this
specific June bucket.
“We want to get as many students as
possible to take advantage of these opportunities,”
In August, students in grades K-8 will
be targeted but at a smaller scale than
those in the June session.
“We are looking at very small groups,
possibly a 1:5 ratio depending on how many
educators we can get to sign up,” said
The August session, which runs from
Aug. 9-20, is slated to take place for two
hours each day at each building.
“Our hope for the August bucket is that
it will take place in person so students, particularly
those who have been attending
school virtually the entire year, become
reacclimated with the everyday presence
inside a building,” said Bowser. “However,
our plan to hold these educational opportunities
in person is dependent on what the
(COVID-19) conditions are at that time.”
Though hundreds of students will be
invited to participate in these extended
learning opportunities, those invitations
will be based on a number of criteria that
includes, but is not limited to, teacher recommendations
and data pulled from
assessment programs such as iReady.
“We really want to target those students
who need that additional help,” said
Invitations for students to participate in
the extended learning opportunities will be
sent to parents in the coming weeks.
Bowser said participation is not mandatory.
The district will continue to offer summer
opportunities for its English learner
students in grades K-4 and there will be
extended school year opportunities for the
special education population, as determined
by the individualized education program
team. Bowser said more information
will be forthcoming.
The district will also provide resources
for each of its buildings for the 2021-22
school year to facilitate after-school tutoring
programs. Bowser said each program
will be shaped by the administrators and
educators within the buildings as they can
better assess the needs of their students.
“Each building will be given the opportunity
to dream big and fly,” he said.
Utility assistance available
through AEP Ohio program
The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is accepting
applications for utility assistance grants for the winter heating
Through a partnership between AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy
Fund, the Neighbor to Neighbor Program supports families in
need with a grant applied directly to their AEP Ohio account to
prevent disconnection of, or to restore their electric service.
Heating assistance is available once per program year on a firstcome,
first-served basis. Eligible account holders may apply
through April 30, 2021, while funds are available.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has left many families and individuals
in the communities we serve facing very difficult economic
challenges due to job loss or unexpected expenses,” said Katie
Grayem, director of customer experience for AEP Ohio. “Being a
good community partner and neighbor, we are committed to providing
those who may be struggling to make ends meet, a helping
hand to ensure their electric service stays connected.”
To apply, customers may contact one of the AEP Ohio Neighbor
to Neighbor Program’s network of more than 120 Ohio community-based
organizations. To qualify, an applicant’s total gross
household income must be at or below 250 percent of the Federal
Poverty Income Guidelines. For example, a family of four earning
up to $65,500 per year is income-eligible for the program.
Households must have made payments to AEP Ohio totaling at
least $75 in the three months prior to applying for a grant and owe
a minimum of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill.
Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be
found at www.AEPOhio.com/N2N.
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A bi-monthly feature celebrating the
wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens
This picture was submitted by Hilltopper Michelle Barton
Sutton. The Hilltop Methodist Church Play School was located
in the church at 99 Highland Ave. and this photo was taken
around 1963. The school was operated by Ida Alexander, top
left, assisted by Virginia Wilson, top right. The church was
started in a basement in 1893 and moved to this facility when
it was constructed in 1905. The congregation grew through
the years and a portion of it started the Glenwood United
Methodist Church in 1962 at Hague Avenue and Valleyview
Drive. If you recognize anyone in the picture or have a photo
to share, contact Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at email@example.com.
Submitted by the Hilltop Historical Society.
Even rocket scientists
ask for help!
Virtual ‘Medicare for
Registration is required. To register,
email Andy Haggard at
Are you new to Medicare?
Do you need help understanding your options?
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s (COAAA) FREE virtual ‘Medicare
for Beginners’ workshops through Zoom provide down-to-earth
unbiased information to help you make informed decisions. At this
time, all presentations are virtual. Please note varying times.
Upcoming ‘Medicare for Beginners’ Workshops
March 24 at 2:00 p.m.
COAAA does not represent
or sell insurance products.
April 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Visit www.coaaa.org/medicare for a complete
‘Medicare for Beginners’ workshop schedule.
Educational programs on Alzheimer’s offered
The Alzheimer’s Association Central
Ohio Chapter will be presenting several
virtual educational programs to help the
community and families impacted by the
disease. All programs are free and open to
the public. Registration is required. To register
for the program, call 800-272-3900.
The programs include:
•March 22 - Dementia Conversations at
•March 23 - Legal and Financial at
Introducing Director Orvell Johns
Orvell Johns, the director for the
Franklin County Office on Aging or FCOA,
took his role in early June of 2020 and
since then has continued to vigorously
advocate for the work his office does everyday
for the lives of older adults and their
caregivers in Central Ohio.
Director Johns has an extensive professional
background including previous work
as the Director for the Franklin County
Court of Common Pleas, Domestic
Relations and Juvenile Branch, the
Director of the Center for Public
Investment Management at the State
Treasurer’s office, and Assistant Deputy
Director with the Ohio Department of
Administrative Services, Equal
The goal of the Office on Aging has
always been to serve the older adult population,
so that they can maintain their
•March 25 - 10 Warning Signs of
Alzheimer’s at noon
•March 25 - Understanding and
Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
at 3 p.m.
•March 29 - Understanding Alzheimer’s
and Dementia at 10 a.m.
•March 30 - 10 Warning Signs of
Alzheimer’s at 11:30 a.m.
•March 31 - Healthy Living for Brain
and Body at 11:30 a.m.
independence and age in place. Since his
hire, Director Johns has strived to maintain
and improve the programs and services
that are available, while creating additional
avenues for service and program
growth. One of the newest installations
Director Johns would like to initiate this
year is a Director’s column centered
around the public asking him agency related
questions. The column, Ask Director
Orvell Johns, will begin in May and will
provide answers to some of your questions
about issues relating to older adults.
This new initiative creates more transparency
and allows for the community to
create deeper connections with our agency.
If you would like to send in a question,
please do so by sending an email to
We are looking forward to the community
getting to know us better.
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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.
According to a 2020 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving
and AARP, the number of caregivers providing unpaid care has
increased by almost 10 million in the last five years. In the past year,
however, caregiving has proven to be harder amid the global
COVID-19 pandemic. About 21 percent of family caregivers report
their own health to be fair to poor. Prior to the pandemic, caregivers
struggled with both economic and emotional stress, although now,
with workplace closures, a decrease in social interactions, and
heightened health concerns, their stressors have increased dramatically.
In December 2020, Ohio reported over 114,000 older adults to have
contracted COVID-19. Studies have also shown that a large portion
of Ohio’s cases have come from the Franklin County area. While the
country is working on providing COVID-19 vaccinations to the
public, it will be several months before everyone who wants a vaccine
will receive one. Knowing this information, caregivers have
had to make the difficult decision to put their caregiving duties
ahead of their own personal health to ensure that their loved ones
have proper and safe care provided to them. However, there are safe
options available to give these Ohio caregivers a break.
The Franklin County Office on Aging (FCOA) collaborates with the
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) to administer the
Caregiver Support Program. The program supports non-paid caregivers
of adults age 60 and older who have a demonstrated need for
home care assistance. The caregiver can be a relative or non-relative
over the age of 18 years old and does not have to reside with the
older adult. The program can assist with a variety of free short-term
services that include adult day services, caregiver counseling, durable
medical equipment, health maintenance supplies, and in-home
respite. The services are available regardless of the income or asset
levels of the caregiver or older adult. Residents of assisted living
facilities or homes that are already providing care for their residents
are not eligible to receive the services offered through the Caregiver
FCOA is putting safety at the forefront of everything they do.
During this pandemic, extensive safety measures have been added to
ensure that clients and community members remain safe as they
access and participate in programs and services, such as the Caregiver
Support Program. Caregiver relief, or respite care, is performed
by a trained individual who participates in continuous education
such as health and wellness, LGBTQ education, cultural diversity
training, and more, so they can assist in the care of the older adult.
Care can still be administered at the older adult’s home, and
essential caregiving services such as help with bathing or getting
around the house are still performed. For everyone’s protection, the
relief worker is required to wear either a mask or a face shield for the
entire duration of their time spent with the older adult. The relief
worker should also be performing daily health checks, such as
taking their temperatures, to ensure that they do not have any
symptoms of COVID-19. If a worker does feel ill, they will not be
going to a client’s home to administer caregiver relief. Additionally,
these workers adhere to the guidelines set out by the Center for
Disease Control, or CDC, and the Franklin County Public Health
office. As changes are made through these organizations, the FCOA
service providers for caregiver relief adapt to the new guidelines to
provide the best and safest care possible.
To enroll in the Caregiver Support Program and/or to learn more
about FCOA’s additional older adult services, please call Senior
Options at (614) 525-6200 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to
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“Yes Day” features family-friendly silliness
As a childless spinster, I am not exactly
the target audience for a family-friendly
flick about cautious parents who allow
their children to experience a day wherein
they call the shots. And yet, “Yes Day” was
appealing to me in the same way it was
marketed to appeal to those raising small
humans — as an opportunity to shut off
your brain with some mindless, semihumorous
and mildly entertaining fluff.
This sweet but simple film begins at a
time in one’s life when things can be, well,
simpler. Single-gal Allison (Jennifer
Garner) is having all of the fun in the
world. In fact, her motto is to say “yes” to
everything. If you want to go skydiving,
she’s game. If you want to jump on the line
and go dancing, she’s there. If you want to
swap coffee cups that have already been
sipped, well, she’s living by pre-pandemic
Life, it appears, is great and it only gets
better when she meets and marries Carlos
(Edgar Ramirez), a man who shares her
zest for adventure. Soon, the happily married
couple decide to expand their little
family and then they become married…
Shortly after giving birth, Allison’s
motto of saying “yes” to everything has
transitioned into saying “no” to everything
her children want. When her eldest wants
to go places solo, it’s “nope; I’ll go with.”
When her youngest wants to parade outside
and show off her glittering cape it’s
“no; in the house only.” And when her middle
child wants to do science experiments
in the house, it’s “nope on a rope.”
While seemingly content with her ability
to say no, her children have a less favorable
view of Allison’s favorite word. She
only comes to understand how deeply they
feel about it during Parent Teacher Night,
a.k.a. the best night to break news about
children to their parents.
During a discussion with their teachers,
Allison learns that their eldest Katie
(Jenna Ortega), has written a haiku comparing
herself to a caged bird while Nando
(Julian Lerner), their middle child, has
made a video comparing her to infamous
dictators. Youngest Ellie (Everly
Carganilla) is not yet in school so she has
little to add about her parenting skills.
Shocked by her children’s art-inspired
assessment, she wonders what she can do
to prove that she is not the “fun killer” she
has been made out to be. While talking it
over with Carlos, a.k.a. the “fun dad” who
never wants to be the bad guy who says no
because that is what he does all day at
work, they learn of a so-called “fun day”
wherein they cannot say no to their children’s
requests for 24 hours.
Naturally, Allison says no to this but
changes her mind when she sees how excited
her children are by the prospect. But
before they can get this fun day, they have
to earn it through homework and chores. It
also comes with ground rules like making a
budget, don’t request activities outside of a
20-mile radius, don’t ask for future things,
and don’t commit crimes.
With a premise that invites all kinds of
child-related and parent-agonizing chaos,
“Yes Day” chooses the tamest kind — ice
cream for breakfast, glitter makeovers, car
washes with the windows open (apparently
upholstery costs were budgeted items?)
and family outings where kids get to see
how cool their mom can be. But sprinkled
throughout all of these mild activities that
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serve as bonding
experiences for the
Torres family is the
undercurrent of tension
and her 14-year-old
which also serves as
a side plot in this plot-light movie. The duo
butt heads nearly the entire film, as mother-and-daughter
often will, and most of it
stems from Katie’s desire to explore some
independence while Allison clings on, and
sometimes a little too tightly. Though “Yes
Day” doesn’t explore these themes in
depth, it adds for an interesting contrast in
comparison to the rest of the zany hijinks
This is not a film that is likely to stay
entrenched in your mind, especially for
those who do not have to constantly say no
to human offspring. But “Yes Day” does
what it sets out to do — offers a brief respite
with a mindless film that features silliness
and the occasional laugh-out-loud moment.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
news and notes
Checkout Challenge at CML
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
will celebrate National Library Week from
April 4-10 with virtual events for the whole
family, plus a Checkout Challenge encouraging
CML customers to achieve 100,000
checkouts during the week.
Starting April 4, each person who
checks out one item or more will automatically
be entered into a drawing to win a
$100 gift card from Kroger. One winner
will be notified from each of CML’s 23 locations
after National Library Week. One
entry per person.
“This year, National Library Week truly
is a celebration,” said CML Chief
Community Engagement Officer Donna
Zuiderweg. “After months of hardship for
so many in our community, our doors are
open, and we want to welcome our customers
back and do what we’ve always
done: connect them with great books.”
In addition to the Checkout Challenge,
CML is celebrating National Library Week
with several virtual events throughout the
week. For more information on those
events, visit www.columbuslibrary.org.
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Messenger photo by Pat Donahue
Cougars compete for championship
Westland High School qualified five wrestlers for the 2021 Division I District Championships, held March
6-7 at Hilliard Darby High School and two moved on to the state championship on March 13-14. Here,
Tyler Jude of Westland worked his way to the top at the championship to face off against Jaxson Rosselli
of Olentangy Liberty. Jude is shown here trying to push Rosselli to his back on the way to a 12-8 win to
take the Central District Championship and earn his first trip to the state stage for the Westland junior.
More photos can be found at www.columbusmessenger.com.
Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Sometimes giving your opponent a lift is
the best path to a take down. That seems
to be the case as Franklin Heights sophomore
Noe Silva (right) works his way to a
9-3 win over his 160-pound opponent
from Dublin Jerome. The two faced off at
the Division I District Wrestling
Championships held March 6-7 at Hilliard
Darby High School. Silva would finish the
season with a record of 15-6. Below,
Franklin Heights junior Jaiden Reed is on
his way to a second round win.
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The Prairie Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on April 7,
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PAGE 16 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - March 21, 2021
Township fire department adjusts to decreased staff
By Amanda Ensinger
At the recent Franklin Township board
meeting, Franklin Township Fire Chief
James Welch discussed fire department
“We just had three guys turn in their
resignation,” Welch said. “That puts us at
30 guys; one more and we are at our targeted
Welch said they will continue to do the
best they can with the staff they have, however
he said he anticipates five more firefighters
The fire department recently passed a
5.89-mill replacement levy. The levy
increased residents’ property taxes by
approximately $33 a year per $100,000
home. This was the second time the township
tried to pass a fire levy. In the spring,
the township tried to pass a 19.5-mill township-wide
permanent levy for the fire
department, but that levy failed.
Due to the first levy failing, the township
looked at just asking for a renewal to
keep the department afloat. As a result,
this meant the department had to reduce
staff to fit its new budget. The department
needed to have 29 firefighters by the end of
2020. Last year at this time, they had 39
“When the trustees voted to put this
levy on the ballot, they agreed to have only
two medics and one fire engine,” Welch
said. “They also agreed to reduce our staff
to 29. This was the most affordable option
to get a levy passed and have the least
impact financially on residents.”
The township plans to keep both fire
stations open but is still determining
where the medics and fire trucks will be.
They are continuing to look at call volume
to make this decision. The township fire
stations are at Frank Road and Sullivant
“We will still be a 24/7 fire department,
but we may not be able to respond to emergencies
as quickly as we normally could,”
Welch said. “We will have to rely on mutual
aid when we can’t get to an emergency.”
The department has avoided layoffs and
instead has just not been filling positions
when someone leaves. This is the smallest
staff the department has had in at least 15
When the board approved moving forward
with a smaller levy, they said it was
important to communicate with the community
and set expectations on the service
the fire department can provide with the
resources they have. To that end, Welch
has been transparent with the community
about the struggles the department will
face even with this new levy passing.
“We are doing the best with what we
have,” Welch said. “We are doing a little
experimenting to see what works best.”
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