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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 prenursing
program at the South-Western
Career Academy her junior year. She
said it was wonderful being around likeminded
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
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Brandie Alexander, a senior in the pre-nursing program at the South-Western Career
Academy, gets to demonstrate her acting chops as Bri Given (standing) works on a
bedside skill on March 11. The students in the program are 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.
appeared to be spreading in Wuhan,
“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
homes was lost. They held on to hope that
See NURSING OPPORTUNITY page 2
Students go back
to the buildings
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
See SWCS STUDENTS page 2
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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
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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
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,
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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 times.
Additional items of note in the message include a no inperson
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 volunteer procedures.
To view the superintendent’s message in its entirety,
visit the district’s website at www.swcsd.us.
news and notes
City offers scholarship program
The Grove City college scholarship program is
designed to assist students with the financial obligations
of obtaining a post-secondary education.
To qualify, a student must prove residency within
the city of Grove City’s corporation limit, attend a participating
school and agree to perform 10 hours of
qualified community service for full-time students and
five hours for part-time students. The student must
also maintain a C average per semester.
The application deadline is April 1 for the summer
semester. For more information, visit www.grovecityohio.gov.
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.
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 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
“It sticks in your brain,” she said. “It makes you
question whether you could do what they are doing.”
It was a feeling expressed by many seniors in the
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.
“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 field.
“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.”
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Greyhounds take it to the mat
Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Extending the wrestling season is always the goal. Grove City did just that by doing
well enough in the sectionals to qualify nine wrestlers out of 14 weight classes into the
Division I District Championships, held March 6-7 at Hilliard Darby High School. At the
end of the weekend, two Greyhounds would move on to the next step by qualifying for
their first trip to the State Wrestling Championships, which for Division I wrestlers will
again be at Hilliard Darby. Here sophomore Braxton Sheets took on the best in the district’s
120-pound class and started off with an 11-7 win. He fell a point short in his second
match, going into the consolation bracket. Sheets battled back, shown here on his
way to pin junior, Josh Niemann of Watkins Memorial. Sheets went on to claim wins of
17-2 and 7-4 before placing fourth. Sheet’s four wins over the weekend took his season
record to 27-4.
Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Comets compete in championships
Central Crossing High School qualified six wrestlers for the Division 1 District
Wrestling Championships held March 6-7 at Hilliard Darby High School. Here, the
182-pound sophomore Ryder Gwartney had his hands full with Marysville sophomore
Brady Seger. Gwartney got the take down but Seger took the win. The Comet
wrestler closed his season with a 21-10 record. Gwartney was joined at the tournament
by teammates, Max Webb, Jamie Ramirez, Oliver Savage, Caleb Eads, and
The 182-pound junior Brayden Benson won by a pin over Central Crossing rival Ryder
Gwartney to start the tournament but fell in his second match. Benson is shown here
on his way to pin Westerville North sophomore Corey Howlett in his third match to get
back on track. Wins came in Benson’s next two matches with his battle for third ending
in a 3-2 loss that would earn him the fourth place and a secure spot in the state championship.
Benson will go on to face the best in the state with a record of 24-2.
Shown here looking on are Comet coaches Cody Wimer (left) and Jamie Ramirez
as sophomore Jamie Ramirez battles on the mat with Broc Fitzpatrick of Olentangy
Liberty who would take the win. The younger Ramirez has been wrestling since he
was 5 years old and would finish the season at the district tournament with a
record of 31-10.
Expanded services now offered at library
Southwest Public Libraries has launched expanded services at
both the Grove City Library and the Westland Area Library. Inbuilding
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 per day)
•Self-serve print, copy, scan, fax
•Outdoor bookdrop returns 24/7
Continued no-contact 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 book bundles
•Digital Library 24/7 (eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and
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
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.
For more information, visit www.swpl.org.
March 21, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 5
news and notes
The Keep Grove City Beautiful Cleanup
Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on
April 10. Volunteers can pick up litter from
the area of their choice or they can accept
an assignment. Keep Grove City Beautiful
will loan out sticks and supply trash bags.
Equipment can be picked up at the Gantz
Farmhouse, 2255 Home Road. To register
for the event, visit www.grovecityohio.gov.
Grove City Mayor’s Court will be held
from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 24 in the
Safety Complex, 3360 Park St. Visit the
Grove City Mayor’s Court website,
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The City Beat
By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
According to the Solid Waste Authority
of Central Ohio (SWACO), as much as 40
percent of the food produced in the United
States goes to waste. The amount of food
wasted in central Ohio alone equates to
wasting 41 billion gallons of water, 22 million
gallons of gas, 187 million meals, and
$400 million. For every Franklin County
resident, there are 260 pounds of food
waste landfilled each year.
As part of the Community Waste
Reduction Grant, SWACO awarded more
than $224,000 to several local organizations
trying to reduce its waste and divert
materials from the landfill. The city of
Grove City was awarded $9,227 to implement
a residential food waste drop-off location.
“SWACO wants to change the way our
community views the waste we each create,”
said Ty Marsh, executive director of
SWACO. “When recoverable materials, like
food, plastics and cardboard, are thrown
away instead of reused or recycled, we toss
out the opportunity to support local businesses
and jobs and we waste precious natural
According to Linda Rosine, environmental
supervisor for the city of Grove City, the
food waste drop-off location will be located
behind Brookpark Middle School, near the
Big Splash off Southwest Boulevard. It will
include a large tote-lined bin that will be
collected each week and taken away for
“We are very excited about this,” said
Rosine. “It makes people think about all
the food they waste.”
Rosine said residents who would like to
participate can collect their food scraps in a
composting container and drop them off in
the city’s bin. Common composting items
include fruit and vegetable scraps like
banana peels and citrus rinds, coffee
grounds, stale bread, and tea bags. Rosine
said this location will accept even more
“It takes meat; it takes everything you
have in your kitchen,” said Rosine.
This program will expand composting
efforts in Grove City. Rosine said the city
has offered composting bins at community
events like the Grove City Area Chamber of
Commerce Farmers Market. This will be a
permanent fixture, at least during its oneyear
“This will give people an option,” said
The cost for the residential food waste
drop-off location is just over $11,600. While
the city did receive the $9,277 grant from
SWACO, the city will contribute about
$2,400. The funds will cover the hauling
expense, signage, the enclosure, and landscaping
(which will include a pollinator
garden). The city will work with Go ZERO
to haul the food waste and compost it.
“Our goal is to keep as much out of the
landfill as possible,” said Rosine. “This is
another vehicle to decrease waste.”
If the pilot program is successful, Rosine
said the city could offer additional drop-off
locations. Once people are permitted to
gather in public, the city may have compost
stations at community events. Rosine also
said she would be interested in exploring
City secures grant for a food waste drop-off location
Blood drives in Grove City
The American Red Cross will host blood
drives in Grove City. The drives will take
place on March 26 from 12 to 6 p.m. at the
Grove City Kingston Center and from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at the Grove City
United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus
By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
Grove City leaders envision a park at
the Beulah Park redevelopment site that
would be a go-to destination.
“There is an expectation that a park will
be there,” said Grove City councilman
Randy Holt. “It’s time to move forward and
make a difference.”
Council did move forward. At the March
15 meeting, council voted to adopt the Park
at Beulah master plan.
In 2019, the city contracted with MKSK,
an architectural firm, to develop a master
plan for the park space at Beulah Park.
The company conducted an online survey
and held a public meeting to gather community
input. The result was a large destination
park that would feature an
amphitheater, native gardens, walking
trails and exercise stations, a playground,
overlooks and a sledding hill.
This proposal was presented to council
and the city’s administration in 2019 but
no formal action was taken.
Council decided it was time to take that
formal action to move forward with the
planning and development of the area.
“A master plan is a long-term planning
process,” said council president Christine
Houk. “We have to be open to potential
changes as development progresses.”
Per the development agreement
between the city of Grove City and Pat
news and notes
partnership opportunities with businesses
or other organizations that may want to
start a composting program.
According to Rosine, the food waste
drop-off location should be up and running
April 5. It is free to use, but the city would
like participants to register through the
parks and recreation department.
Additional information on the program
will be posted on the Grove City website,
www.grovecityohio.gov, in the coming
SWACO recently launched a Save More
Than Food initiative. This is a campaign
dedicated to sharing the impact that food
waste has on the health of the community,
economy, and environment. To learn more,
St. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-
448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
The Grove City Virtual Council meeting
begins at 7 p.m. April 5. Caucus meets at
Park plan for Beulah approved
Kelley with Falco, Smith and Kelley, the
developer would deed approximately 30
acres of land for the city to use as park
Earlier this year, the city set aside $1
million for the park and obtained a grant
from the state of Ohio for $200,000 for the
According to Chuck Boso, city administrator,
MKSK estimated the cost of the
park at Beulah at approximately $10 million.
However, that estimate did not
include the cost for an amphitheater, which
he said would add on another $3 million.
Boso also said it would cost just over $1
million for site grading and soil.
There were questions about whether an
amphitheater was necessary for the location.
Councilman Roby Schottke said this is
the “proper” location for such an amenity.
He said it is a stage where the Grove City
Winds could perform or even actors from
Little Theatre Off Broadway.
Sam Clark, the Grove City Park Board
president, said he fully supports the park
“It is a perfect centerpiece to the development,”
Only one council member voted against
adopting the park master plan — Aaron
Schlabach. He said he feels the plan is
“I would rather have a larger discussion
on the matter.”
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School district to offer extended summer programming
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
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.
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Excellence Award”, in 2019.
Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio
Optometric Association, and The Ohio State Alumni Association. He is
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
that fills your eye) can clump together and cast a shadow on your retina (the
light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Those shadows appear as floaters
that drift across your vision. You may notice floaters more when you look at a
bright background, like a computer screen or a blue sky.
Q: How often should someone with new
floaters get an eye exam?
A: Someone experiencing new floaters, a large increase in the number of floaters,
or flashing lights should see an eye care professional immediately. Sometimes
floaters have a more serious cause, including: infection, injury, inflammation,
bleeding, retinal tear or retinal detachment.
Someone with a few stable floaters should see an eye care professional at least
once a year for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
Schedule your comprehensive eye exam
today with Dr. Morris
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Utility assistance available through AEP Ohio
The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is
accepting applications for utility assistance grants for
the winter heating season.
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 first-come, first-served basis. Eligible account
holders may apply through April 30, 2021, while funds
“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
Jeffrey E. Buskirk
Attorneys At Law
4178 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Serving the Community for over 30 years
Social Security, Wills,
meet, a helping hand to ensure their electric service
Since AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund launched
the Neighbor to Neighbor Program in May 2009, more
than $14.6 million in assistance has been granted to
more than 61,000 customers.
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.
names in the news
University of Alabama grads
Montiera Ferrell-Nelson and Hannah Kinney of Grove City
graduated from The University of Alabama. Ferrell-Nelson
received a bachelor of arts in communication and information sciences.
Kinney received a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Baldwin Wallace recognition
David Kane of Orient has been named to the dean’s list for the
fall semester at Baldwin Wallace University. He is a graduate of
Central Crossing High School majoring in theater acting and
This 20-room brick house was built by William Breck in 1864
and was not completed until after his death. His widow sold
the property and it eventually became the Woodland Hotel
and later an ‘old ladies home.’ It was located on northwest
Broadway and Park Street. The structure was torn down in
the 1920s to make way for a Sohio gasoline station. Breck
intended the property to serve as his residence and a hotel.
The photos and information in the Pictorial Past are provided
by Don Ivers, curator of the Grove City Welcome Center
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Local scouts send water to southern states
Girl Scout Troops 5925 and 6154 from Grove City held a bottled water drive to help residents in Texas and
Mississippi. Residents in those areas are still recovering from a water shortage due to a winter storm in
mid-February. The scouts collected water from Feb. 23 through March 5. The water was transported to a
food bank in central Texas and a food network in Jackson, Miss. In total, the Girl Scouts collected more
than $7,000 through the local drive.
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Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
To create a positive environment for the development and success of business
Eldorado Scioto Downs makes
big donation to Foundation
Community involvement is the name of
the game for Eldorado Scioto Downs as they
recently made a $10,000 donation to the
Grove City Chamber Foundation.
This marks the largest single donation
made to the Foundation since its beginning in
2013. This is also the first donation or interaction
of any kind between the Foundation
and Eldorado Scioto Downs. But just because
this is the first interaction between the two
doesn’t mean Eldorado Scioto Downs is a
stranger to the community. They’re anything
“Grove City is home to many of our guests
and team members so we wanted to be established
as a neighbor and not just another
business,” said Amy Ankerson, Director of
Marketing, via email.
Being a Chamber member was a gateway
of sorts to working with the Foundation. Eldorado
Scioto Downs has supported, and continues
to support, Chamber events, while
team members have found individual ways to be involved
such as with the board.
But as Ankerson said of being a neighbor, Eldorado
Scioto Downs is on a mission to be more than just another
business, but to be part of the fabric of the community.
They also take the importance of education
“As a community, as an individual, as a business,
we all have a responsibility to the inspiration and success
of everyone and everything within,” Ankerson
said. “We strive to be part of that influence for personal
and professional development.”
Another part of that neighborly effort is to feel like
home. Just as a good neighbor might strive to make
their home inviting and welcoming for company, so is
Eldorado Scioto Downs recently made a $10,000 donation to
the Grove City Chamber Foundation.
true of Eldorado Scioto Downs.
“Eldorado started as and continues to operate as a
family business so our organization is built upon the
premise of ‘family style service’,” said Ankerson. “Our
goal is that every guest feels welcome, comfortable,
and safe so we can be their home away from home!”
The Chamber and the Foundation aren’t the only
community initiatives of Eldorado Scioto Downs. They
have been known to jump in to contribute around the
community for a variety of efforts and activities. But
the latest initiative Ankerson spoke of is one familiar
and close to the Chamber’s heart: supporting local
Eldorado, too, weathered the spring shutdowns and
See ELDORADO, page 8
Taste of Grove City
grows to four weeks
After a 2020 absence, A Taste of Grove City is back on the schedule
and bigger than ever.
This year the event will be held over the course of four weeks beginning
Monday, April 5. Each of the four weeks will focus on a different
type of food or theme to best celebrate and promote that type
of restaurant in the Grove City community. All participating restaurants
are listed at the end of this article. These specialty weeks are:
•Monday, April 5 - Sunday, April 11: Burger Week. Enjoy your favorite,
or discover a new twist on this all-American classic. Participating
restaurants will have discounts, and potentially brand-new
burgers to launch during this week.
•Monday, April 12 - Sunday, April 18: Pizza Week. Pineapple on top?
Cauliflower crust on the bottom? Classic pep and cheese to a crisp?
Enjoy all of the possibilities pizza has, and more! We could even see
a brand-new pizza debut from a participating restaurant, too, the
possibilities are endless.
•Monday, April 19 - Sunday, April 25: Restaurant Week. This week
will include all cuisine not previously featured, making the possibilities
endless once again. Sample popular cuisines of the world
without leaving Grove City as we have Italian, Asian and regional
American cuisines lined up.
•Monday, April 26 - Sunday, May 2: Sweet Treats Week. Satisfy your
sweet tooth anytime of the day from morning with our donut participants,
to our many desserts lined up to finish off a meal! Get
ready for sweet features, and as with the previous weeks, there’s
the potential for a new item debuting just for Sweet Treat Week.
“What’s different besides the length, and how is this working?”,
you might ask. To join in the food festivities, restaurant patrons
will visit the specific restaurant(s) of their choosing to participate
and enjoy various deals, specials, and of course great food with that
restaurant. Restaurants are ready to welcome you back to their dining
rooms, but are also ready to fill your carry-out orders should
dining in not work for you.
All participants, whether restaurants, patrons, or sponsors, are
encouraged to engage on social media by sharing posts or posting
photos from their dining experiences. The Grove City Area Chamber
of Commerce can be found on social media using @gcchamber
and using hashtags #tasteofgc2021 and #tasteofgrovecity2021.
See TASTE, page 8
Wild Roses: A spotlight on the 2020 Helena McComb Award winner
The Helena McComb Award is a special honor awarded to a selected
piece of art that uses flowers as its core focal point.
Named for one of the festival’s co-founders, the late mother of
Heartland Bank’s President and CEO Scott McComb, this award
honors Helena’s love of flowers. The winner is selected by the Mc-
Comb family and is viewed as one of the most prestigious awards
of the festival.
This year’s Helena McComb award winner is Florence Smith.
Winning this award for Mrs. Smith is not just an honor, but a
glimmer of light at the end of a very difficult journey during 2020.
If they say that cats have nine lives, then I think that Florence
Smith can claim at least five. During our visit with one another,
over Zoom of course, I was able to learn so much about this local
artist who started out her professional life as an entrepreneur in
east Cleveland and landed as an artist in Grove City. Mrs. Smith
attended Kent State as an art student in the late 1950s/early
1960s, at a time when higher education was not considered “necessary”
for a young lady.
She initially majored in art, but was pulled aside by art teachers
who encouraged her to change her major, which she did. Upon
graduation, she earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education
with a minor in art. After graduation, she married and started
her family life with husband T.J. Smith, a steel mill worker from
In 1967 they started an administrative employment placement
agency, Brunswick Personnel. T.J. was the finance and operations
man and Florence was the mastermind behind sales and marketing.
See AWARD, page 8
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Welcoming our 2021 Board President
It’s a new year, which means we also
have a new Chamber Board President. Join
us in welcoming Ed Fleming to the president
position for 2021!
Ed’s no stranger to the Chamber as he
has served on the board in the past, including
his previous year as President-Elect. Ed
is the owner and founder of Shepherd Insurance
Partners, which he started in 2015 and
continues to grow. He’s a lifelong resident in
Grove City, and we’re grateful he’s chosen
to put his time and energy back into his
We also want to thank our 2020, or “retiring”
President Wayne Coakley for his
service and leadership during a challenging
year. While Wayne has passed the gavel on
to Ed, Wayne will still be active with the
Chamber and his work with Grenade Marketing.
Grove City Living
Continued from page 7
The couple operated this business until
they were 50-years-old, at which time they
decided they were “going fishing” and they
did. Florence and T.J. jumped in their RV
and started their fishing expedition in
Canada, traveling around to different
provinces fishing in some of the most interesting
places in North America.
Their travels also continued throughout
the continental United States as they mined
for precious rocks, crystals and gold, another
hobby of the adventurous couple.
At the age of 60, Florence, who’d always
had a love of art, decided to take up watercolors.
It was time for her to further explore the
artist within. After taking some time to search
for the right class she finally found a teacher
who was willing to accept her into their class.
She really devoted herself to watercolor and
worked at it every day to perfect her art.
She also became very interested in Gesso
- a substance with the consistency of toothpaste,
used to prepare or prime a canvas before
using it. This substance is traditionally
used by oil painters, however Florence
found use for it with watercolors and applied
the primer substance to paper. This
substance allows for the illusion of movement
through applied texture on paper.
Shortly after starting her new art class,
Florence was asked to become the art
teacher which she loved. She taught art to
other senior citizens for 15 years.
In January 2020, Florence found herself
facing a decision. Continue teaching those
few days a week or stay home to take care
of her husband T.J., whose health was failing.
The decision made itself. She discontinued
her teaching to take care of her beloved.
In July of 2020 T.J. passed on, leaving Florence
behind to continue her work and lead
the family. In the middle of a global pandemic
Florence was now without her students
and her T.J., so she moved to Central
Ohio where her daughter lives.
Throughout the years of entrepreneurship,
traveling, teaching and being a caretaker
for T.J., Florence found her release
through the soothing flow of the watercolors.
She favors painting landscape and nature
pictures that reminded her of her
travels with T.J. and her love of nature.
Florence described to me in such details
how she remembers the light of the sun hitting
the trees, the rocks and all of the elements
of the landscape below.
“You see the world differently after you
paint it,” Florence said.
Many of her students have reported back
to her that they now see the world differently
after attending her classes. Florence
almost didn’t enter her winning piece in the
Arts in the Alley festival. She had just
moved to Grove City at the time and admitted
to being a little skeptical of how an online
event would operate.
She was pleasantly surprised with how
successful the event turned out and her
family enjoyed the online artwork, music
Continued from page 7
is now in a position to support other local
businesses, they have a plan in place:
“Through several giveaways, our prizes
include gift cards for local merchants in an
effort to keep economic stimulation redirected
within the community,” said Ankerson.
Just as we’re happy to have Eldorado
Scioto Downs in the community, Ankerson
said Eldorado Scioto Downs is happy to call
this Central Ohio community home, and
they’re even looking to what might be next.
Continued from page 7
Additional information can also be found
on the Taste of Grove City website:
A Taste of Grove City is made possible
this year thanks to many sponsors and their
commitment to our community and celebrating
local restaurants. This year’s sponsors
include: Credit Union of Ohio
(presenting sponsor), Sanderson Automotive,
The City of Grove City, American Eagle
Mortgage, Heartland Bank, KEMBA Financial
Credit Union, and Telhio.
We also want to thank the following local
businesses for supporting this year’s participants,
including: Brandi J.
Newland:RE/MAX Realty, Coldwell Banker
Realty, Edward Jones: Chris Gourley,
Grenade Marketing, Home2Suites and Tru
by Hilton-Grove City, Katie Antry: The
Antry Issacs Team at Saxton Realty, Kat-
Bro Consulting, Kay Kaho Coldwell Banker,
Mojo on Broadway, My Business Resource,
Newcomer Funeral Home, Shepherd Insurance
Partners, and Scott Molino: Leavitt
Group Midwest- Smith, Molino & Sichko Insurance
and activities the festival had to offer.
When named the Helena McComb winner,
she felt such a sense of pride and validation
in the work that she loves so much.
Her beautiful winning piece is named “Wild
Kailyn McComb, a member of the McComb
family and branch manager of Heartland’s
Clintonville branch, was able to meet with
Florence and her family in a socially distance
setting to present the award and the check.
This meant the world to Florence and her
family. Since winning the Helena McComb
award Florence has enjoyed local recognition
and appreciation for sharing her talents.
Moving forward Florence will soon be
sharing her talents with the community at
the Grove City Creative Clinic Center on
Front Street. She will be teaching a watercolors
class open to everyone. She also plans
to do a series of virtual short sessions on
techniques such as painting trees and lighting
on her personal social media pages.
“We continue to explore opportunities to
be a fundamental cornerstone for our neighborhood.”
Want to check out or keep up with Eldorado
Scioto Downs and their hospitality and
entertainment offerings? First, we suggest
visiting sciotodowns.com where they’ll have
up-to-date listings of their hours, including
that of their restaurants. Next, keep up with
them on social media: Use @SciotoDowns on
Facebook, and @eldoradoscioto for Instagram
-Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs
-Capital City Cakes
-Cold Stone Creamery
-Flyers (665 Location)
-Grove City Brewing Co./Plum Run Winery
-Grove City Nutrition
-Grove Sheek Boutique
-Honey Baked Ham
-Jolly Pirate Donuts
-Lilly’s Kitchen Table
-Mr. Southern Flava
-OH-YO Frozen Yogurt
-Sunny Street Café
-The Academy Grill at SWCSD Career
-Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace
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News from the Chamber Foundation: Wreath It and also scholarship information
First ‘Wreath It’ a success
The Chamber Foundation’s first-ever
wreath fundraiser sale, known as Wreath It,
proved to be a satisfying end to 2020.
The Foundation raised $1,000 by selling
14 wreaths in just a few weeks leading up to
the holidays. This made for “a very nice little
fundraiser especially considering how quickly
it came together,” according to Foundation
President Greg Dawkins. Greg also expressed
his thanks to Wendi Gang of StoryPoint and
Tami Washington from Newcomer.
Wendi and Tami teamed up in October to
see how StoryPoint could work together
with the Foundation, and how Wendi’s idea
of a wreath project could not only be included
but come to life. The goal, in addition
to being a fundraiser, was to bring as many
members of the community together as possible,
especially during a time when everyone
is told to stay apart.
And just as love is often the secret ingredient
in a holiday treat, perhaps it was the
secret ingredient here, too.
“Wendi and I both love Christmas, so this
was the perfect initial collaboration!” Tami
said via email.
The community responded and joined in
the labor of love by decorating, donating,
and purchasing the wreaths. Wreaths of all
décor styles rolled in and by way of the online
store, eventually made their way to
homes around the community.
Wendi, Tami, Greg, and the entire Foundation
Board are already looking forward to
and making plans for 2021’s Wreath It sale
and festivities. Planning is already underway,
but common themes to look forward to
include “bigger” and “earlier.” One key wish
list item we join Wendi in hoping can come
true: an in person event.
Applications for the three types of scholarships
from the Grove City Chamber Foundation
are posted online at
order of deadline, the scholarships are:
•High School Scholarship: Applications
due by March 19. This type of scholarship is
for graduating high school seniors (senior
high school class of 2021) who live within the
South-Western City School District area.
•Chamber Affiliate Scholarship: First
deadline is March 19. These scholarships
are for employees or family members of a
Chamber member business. This type of
scholarship can be applied to essentially any
type of education that will result in some
form of certificate or degree. For a master’s
degree, a recipient must be an employee of
the Chamber member business. Additional
deadlines for this scholarship are: July 1,
Sept. 17, and Dec. 17.
•Renewing Scholarship: Applications
due by July 1. This scholarship is for students
currently enrolled in a post-secondary
program, whose primary residence is within
the South-Western City School District, and
have received a prior scholarship from the
For information about the Grove City Area
Chamber of Commerce, call (614) 875-9762.
The Chamber is located at:
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The 41st Arts in the Alley event looked a
little different than what we’ve known in
This year the tents that line Broadway
and Park Street were replaced with a virtual
display of art and music due to the
COVID-19 pandemic. The event organizers
were able to include many of the normal features
of the event including vendors, the
craft show, fine arts show, photography
show, quilt show, youth art show, judging,
kid’s fun street and an entertainment virtual
This bulk of the main event ran from
mid-November to the end of the 2020 year.
During that time, event participants could
vote on their favorite artists and enjoy some
of the interactive art experiences as well as
listen to the musical performances. If you
missed the active event period, no worries,
the virtual event can still be experienced at
Winners of this year’s Arts in the Alley
event were picked by the of 2020. Here are
a list of winners and runners-up of the craft,
fine arts, photography, quilt and youth art
Grove City Living
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Welcome to the Arts in the Alley Winner’s Circle
•Best of Show
- Rocking Horse, Dan Wilson - wood
- 1st, crib, Chase Hicks
- 2nd, fly fishing boxes, Chase Hicks
- 3rd, keepsake box, Dan Wilson
- 1st, framed art flower bouquet handmade
with vintage/costume jewelry, Kathleen
- 2nd, Tied up in Knots, Patti Morlock
- 3rd, All the Little Children (reverse
stained glasspainted), Jill Althoff
- 1st, aguacero sweater, Amy Lawson
- 2nd, navy prayer shawl, Barbara Brotherton
- 3rd, Koala reading pillow, Bev Kenney
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•Best of Show
- Wildlife Sighting 3
- 1st, The Skeptic
- 2nd, Strawberry Hill Sunrise
- 3rd, Adventuring
- 1st, Musical Soul
- 2nd, Bougainvillea
- 3rd, Wildlife Sighting 3
- 1st, A Gardener’s Best Friend
- 2nd, Rose
- 3rd, The Day is Done
•Best of Show
- Sky’s Array, Central Crossing High
- The Collectors Hand, Hilliard Bradley
•Primary Grades Mixed Media
- 1st, The Christmas Tree Shop, South-
Western Virtual Learning Academy Grade
- 2nd, I Love Scarecrows, South-Western
City Schools Virtual Learning Academy
- 3rd, Me and Mommy, Home School
•Primary Grades Photography
- 1st, Morning Dew, Home School, Grade
- 2nd, Let’s Slide, West Franklin Elementary
School, Grade 2
- 3rd, Say Cheese, West Franklin Elementary
School, Grade 2
•Intermediate Grade Mixed Media
- 1st, Peaceful Pencil Flowers, Darbydale
- 2nd, Hall of My Beauty, Buckeye Woods
- 3rd, Sunset, Home School Grade 5
•Intermediate Grade Photography
- 1st, Keeping an Eye on You, Bishop
Flaget Catholic School Remote Learning
- 2nd, The Striped Grasshopper, Monterey
Elementary School Virtual Learner
- 3rd, Dandelion, West Franklin Elementary
•Middle School Mixed Media
- 1st, All the Time on My Hands, South-
Here are a few winners from the virtual
Arts in the Alley event.
Western Learning Academy
- 2nd, Love for the Game, Hayes Intermediate
- 3rd, Color is Better, Young
•Middle School Mixed Media
- 1st, Breakfast, Home School, Grade 7
- 2nd, Barn Girls, Hayes Intermediate
•High School 2D
- 1st, Portrait of Tom Hiddleston, Central
Crossing High School
- 2nd, Blend in, Grove City High School
- 3rd, The Collector’s Hand, Hilliard
Bradley High School
•High School 3D
- 1st, Break Free, Grove City High School
- 2nd, Jumping Through Hoops, Hilliard
Bradley High School
- 3rd, Flowered Skull, Hilliard Bradley
•High School Color Photography
- 1st, Floating Faith, Central Crossing
- 2nd, The Light Within, Chestnut
- 3rd, Fireworks, Franklin Heights High
•High School Black and White Photography
- 1st, The Puerto Rico Adventure, Grove
City High School
- 2nd, Bubbles, Franklin Heights High
- 3rd, Self Portrait, Grove City High
FINE ARTS SHOW
- Rescue, Michelle Mathuews
- 1st, Precious Things, Edith Dinger
See ARTS page 11
Grove City Living
March 21, 2021 - SOUTHWEST MESSENGER - PAGE 13
Thanks for a great Arts
in the Alley: Home Edition
Arts in the Alley took to the “streets” of
the Internet this year in a virtual home edition
and we’re so thankful for the many key
people and groups who made this possible.
Each played a valuable role and we can’t
imagine success without them.
We have great sponsors who stepped up
to support a community tradition, but yet
also jump on board with its change in format.
They are as follows:
•Presenting Sponsor: Heartland Bank;
•Platinum Sponsors: City of Grove City,
Mount Carmel Grove City, OhioHealth;
•Silver Sponsors: Cintas, Eldorado
Scioto Downs, Shawn Marquis Agency, The
Goddard School, The Macintosh Company-
Monterey and West Park;
•Copper Sponsors: Franklin County
Banking Center, Hirth Norris Garrison,
Jackson Township, McDonald’s, Walmart;
•Bronze Sponsors: Better Business Bureau-Central
Ohio, Converse Electric, Morley
Parren Bright Insurance.
Our hardworking show chairs make sure
that our shows run smoothly, but this year
that included the transition to a digital platform.
They are as follows:
•Photography Show: Neal Lauron;
•Youth Art Show: Rhonda Ranney;
•Fine Art Show: Judi Young and Dennise
•Quilt Show: Patty Estadt;
•Craft Show: Shelley Davis.
In addition to our show chairs, we also
had many volunteers give of their time to
make sure our event not only existed this
year, but thrived. We thank them for their
commitment to our community and its traditions.
Our show chairs and volunteers can coordinate
as many shows as they want, but
where would be without the artists who
enter? Whether a returning artist or new to
Arts in the Alley, we’re grateful you chose to
share your work with the world by way of
our show. We look forward to all of your future
We were fortunate to have a variety of
vendors hop on board and sell their creations
by way of the Arts in the Alley website.
We thank them for seeing the potential
in this unique opportunity, and hope they
were able to expand their customer reach
from it. We look forward to working with
them again in the future.
We thank everyone who played even the
smallest role in making the Home Edition
of Arts in the Alley a success. We hope that
it provided a little artistic joy to your lives,
and look forward to 2021’s festivities.
Continued from page 10
- 2nd, Drive to Flagstaff, Katie Segal
- 3rd, Ohio’s response by Number, David
- Celtic Wedding Knot, Gina Price
- 1st, Hearts & Flower, Betty Fisher
•Large Machine Quilted Pieced
- 1st, Flowers Still Bloom in a Pandemic,
- 2nd, Spiral Motion, Amy Swanson
- 3rd, Spanish Tiles, Patty Estadt
- Honorable mention, Camp Oda Mae in
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- 1st, Flower Power, Patti Morlock
- 2nd, Sunrise Flower Charm Baby, Patty
- 3rd, Rainbow Unicorn, Amy Swanson
- Honorable mention, Scrappy Trip, Patty
•Large Applique / Mixed Tech
- 1st, Flowers in Blue, Marilyn Wright
•Small Applique / Mixed Tech
- 1st, Baby Butterfly, Patty Estadt
- 2nd, Stained Glass Nativity, Brenda
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Grove City Living
A Taste of the South comes to Grove City
True to its name, Mr. Southern Flava: A
Taste of the South has brought a taste of the
south to the heart of Grove City. While one
half of this husband-wife duo is from Grove
City, Renee, her husband Neal, hails from
Mississippi where he grew up cooking with
his mother and grandmother. Her hometown
and his culinary experiences have
made for a satisfying pair.
For Neal, it did all begin in his family’s
kitchen which led into being the head chef
of sorts at family gatherings where he’d
smoke the meat. Serving up a great meal
had become his passion, and that interest
even led to his nickname, and eventual business
“The name MrSouthernflava was a nickname
of Neal’s as he was growing up,”
Renee explained via email.
Fast forward to December 2019 as Neal
and Renee considered what would come
next for them–she had been laid off and he
was working 12 hour days. Renee had a
business degree, 20 years in the finance
field, and a dream of owning a business of
some sort. Neal of course had his experience
in serving up great food, and a dream of
having someplace to serve it. He brought up
the idea of a food truck.
Making it happen
“We turned our dining room into our ‘war
room’ where we would spend our time developing
menu ideas and having online meetings,”
Renee said of their efforts to bring Mr.
Southern Flava–the restaurant or food
truck, to life.
It’s said sometimes that hopeful business
owners look for “signs” to guide them in the
right direction. Perhaps this is true in the
sense of the “for rent” sign Renee and Neal
spotted for a place along Broadway that had
a commercial kitchen.
After plenty of sorting things through
with the appropriate parties, it was decided
Mr. Southern Flava: A Taste of the South
would open as a curbside pickup and delivery
restaurant. This played right into the
restaurant trends of 2020 - a pandemic
world as more people opted for take-out or
delivery, and sit-down restaurants facing
new rules almost daily.
But how do you keep chasing a dream in
a world with more uncertainty than ever?
Sheer determination. Renee, Neal, and
the rest of their family never stopped pushing
toward the goal, seeking outside guidance
as needed to help navigate or forge the
“Once I have my mind set on something
I go for it,” Renee said. “My mindset is always
in go mode, never stop learning and
Crafting a menu
Securing a location and all of the business-minded
items to establishing a restaurant
was one thing, but there was still a
menu to create. Neal had a head start
though given his experiences and collection
of family recipes straight from the South,
which include the Southern baked beans
with hamburger in it, the meat rubs and the
The menu is packed with Southern and
barbecue favorites–from the mac-n-cheese
to the smoked meats. But one item didn’t
originate from a Mississippi family kitchen,
but rather a product of additional consultation:
the pulled pork sweet potato, a twist
on the recently popular pulled pork baked
“The sweet potato with pulled pork came
from a consultation with a chef, one of the
many people that helped us!” Renee said.
“We were thinking about the original recipe
with the regular potato and pulled pork but
the chef brought up the contrast of the
sweet and savory and it works!”
Renee noted that the smoked baby back
and the St. Louis ribs are the specialty, but
they’re beginning to see two other items
emerge as fan-favorites:
“Our Big Mouth Burger, an angus burger
with pulled pork, onion straws, cheese and
lettuce/tomato has been a big seller as well
as our Shrimp Poboy.”
Outside of serving up great food and running
a successful business, Renee has additional
hopes for Mr. Southern Flava. She
wants to leave a legacy for her and Neal’s
children (between the two of them they have
six) so there is something to pass down to
them. Renee also wants to show anyone can
own a business and succeed in Grove City.
As part of an interracial family Renee
knows and recognizes the importance of
bringing diversity to an otherwise predominantly-Caucasian
“Grove City is a great place to live and
raise your children,” Renee said. “We can all
be accepted and thrive in this city.”
Into the future
Renee is already thinking about the next
moves for Mr. Southern Flava: A Taste of
the South. The duration of COVID-19 as a
threat factors into those decisions. But a
second location or a food truck are on the
radar for 2021. Whether this comes about in
2021 or further down the road, Renee
shared another location goal:
“Our dream is to move into a restaurant
space that has outdoor seating and have
multiple smokers around the seating area.”
No matter the circumstances, Renee encourages
others chasing their dreams to
keep after it and push fear aside.
“There is absolutely no way to know
what you are getting into until you are
going through it!” she said. “Make sure you
have professionals on your side to turn to
and don't be scared to follow your dreams-
You only live once!”
Mr. Southern Flava will be participating
in this year’s Taste of Grove City! Here’s
how you can learn more about them: Visit
them online to view hours, menus, and to
order: www.mrsouthernflava.com/ and keep
up with them on social media: Facebook
@mrsouthernflava and Instagram:
Grove City Living
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A bi-monthly feature celebrating the
wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens
Introducing Director Orvell Johns
Orvell Johns, the director for the
Franklin County Office on Aging or FCOA,
took his role in June of 2020 and since then
has continued to advocate for the work his
office does everyday for the lives of older
adults and their caregivers in central Ohio.
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 Opportunity Division.
The goal of the Office on Aging has
always been to serve the older adult population,
so that they can maintain their
independence and age in place. Since his
hire, 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 Johns
would like to initiate 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. If you would like to send in a question,
do so by sending an email to
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For more than 40 years, families have trusted
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Hannigan Memorials is part of the family of
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Hannigan Memorials and Modlich worked
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the intersection of Broadway and Columbus
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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
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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
serve as bonding experiences for the Torres
family is the undercurrent of tension
between Allison and her 14-year-old
daughter Katie, which also serves as a side
plot in this plot-light movie. The duo butt
heads nearly the
entire film, as mothe
r - a n d - d a u g h t e r
often will, and most
of it stems from
Katie’s desire to
explore some independence
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 therein.
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.
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ERNIE AND SHARON PRATER
SATURDAY MARCH 27, 2021 @ 10AM
5048 HARRISBURG PIKE (US 62), GROVE CITY, OHIO 43123
HORSE DRAWN EQUIP, BLACKSMITH TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, GUNS, STEAM
WHISTLES, ANVILS, FORGE, TOOLS AND FURNITURE
EQUIPMENT: BOBCAT PRO CAT ZERO TURN MODEL 94228E, 512 HOURS, 52” SIDE DISCHARGE; 2
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RAIL DUALS; NH SUPER 68 TWINE BALER; GRASS SEEDERS; JD 300 BACKHOE W/CAB WITH 3
BUCKETS; FORD 8’ PULL TYPE ROTARY CUTTER; SHORELAND 8X10 SNOWMOBILE TRAILER W/
RAMPS; 1978 BIRMINGHAM 12K TANDEM PAN TRAILER W/ RAMPS; MISC SMALL 3 PT EQUIPMENT;
TANDEM BOAT TRAILER; EZ-GO GAS GOLF CART (NOT RUNNING) ALLIED LOADER
HORSE DRAWN EQUIP: TWO GANG DISC W/ SULKY; SLIP SCOOP; IH 5’ SICKLEBAR MOWER; BUCK
BOARD WAGON COMPLETE; MCCORMICK 1 BTM HORSE PLOW; HORSE DRAWN SURREY; OLIVER
1 BTM WOODEN BEAM PLOW; 1 BTM PULL TYPE TRIP PLOW; HORSE TONGUES; SINGLE TREES;
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ANTIQUES: WOODEN BOXES; PLATFORM SCALES; WOODEN SHOW BOX; METAL FEED BIN;
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STIR; SADDLE RACK; DINNER BELL W/ YOKE; STEEL WHEEL RINGS; BUGGY SEAT; WOODEN “2
HOLE” CORN SHELLER; LARGE BUTCHER BLOCK; BUCKEYE CHICKEN BROODER; MAYTAG SINGLE
CYL ENGINE W/ PUMP JACK; STEEL ENTRANCE GATES FROM BEULAH PARK (APPROX 14’) BRASS
STEAM WHISTLES: PEANUT STEAM WHISTLE; LUKENHIMER #2; POWEL 1 ½”; LUKENHIMER 1” FEED
W/ PULL CHAIN; ONFR CO 6” DIA 1 ½” FEEDLINE
GUNS: REMINGTON 22 SPECIAL PUMP HEXBARREL; WINCHESTER MOD 1906 .22 PUMP;
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WINCHESTER MODEL 255 22 MAGNUM W/ SIMMONS SCOPE; WINCHESTER MODEL 24 16 GA SIDE
X SIDE; AMERICAN BULLY DOG REVOLVER (NOT FUNCTIONING) .45 CAL PROP PISTOL; MISC AMMO
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COMPRESSOR; WINPOWER 5500W GENERATOR; FLOOR JACKS; BOTTLE JACKS; MISC CABINETS
MISC EQUIPMENT: TRUCK TOOL BOXES; 150 GAL SKID TANK W/ PUMP; WOODEN 3 WHEEL FEED
CART; HUFFY 3 SPD BIKE; WARM MORNING STOVE; KEROSENE AND PROPANE HEATERS; HYD
CYLINDERS; ELECTRIC SEEDERS; MISC GATES; FLATBED WAGONS; RUNNING GEARS; 110 GAL “L”
FUELTANK; WOODEN SERVICE DESK; CAT TRACTOR UMBRELLA; LAWN TRAILERS; LAWN TOOLS;
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FURNITURE: RECLINER COUCH; RECLINER LOVESEAT; TABLE W/ 4 CHAIRS AND 2 LEAVES; CHINA
CABINET; 1952 GAS COOKSTOVE; WATERBED; DRESSER; 10 GUN CABINET; KENMORE
REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER; MAYTAG PERFORMA EL DRYER; CHERRY TRIPLE DRESSER W/ MIRROR;
ARMOIRE W/ MIRROR FRONT; MISC WOODEN CHAIRS; WOODEN ROCKER; CHEST TYPE FREEZER;
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: CASH AND CHECK WITH PROPER ID. NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS WILL
BE ACCEPTED. ALL ITEMS SOLD AS IS, WHERE IS WITH NO WARRANTIES IMPLIED.
ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT DAY TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER WRITTEN MATERIAL.
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS OR ITEMS ONCE SOLD!
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It’s Coming Back In April!
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Come & Get It will resume in our April 4, 2021 Issue.
Get your ads in by March 30, 2021 to be included.
Have many copies of Opera News & some
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Come and Get It! is a bi-weekly column that offers readers an opportunity to pass along
surplus building materials, furniture, electronic equipment, crafts, supplies, appliances, plants or
household goods to anybody who will come and get them - as long as they’re FREE. NO PETS!
Just send us a brief note describing what you want to get rid of, along with your name, address
and phone number. Nonprofit organizations are welcome to submit requests for donations of
items. Send information to The Columbus Messenger, Attention: Come and Get It, 3500
Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH43204. Deadline is Tuesdays by 5 pm for following Mondays
publication. Messenger Newspapers is not responsible for any complications that may
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March 21, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 23
Ashville Senior Apts.
100 Abby Court, Ashville, OH 43103
Senior Housing for 55 plus
2 BR, 1 BA, w/attch. gar.
This institution is an
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Washer, Dryer, Stove &
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Midland Auto Service
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Mulching, Edging & Clean-ups
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Driveways • Sidewalks
Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.
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Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,
Block Work & Excavation
Bsmt. Wall Restoration
35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.
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Specializing in Custom Colors &
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Driveways & Extensions
Patio & Walkways,
Porches & Steps,
Hot Tub/Shed Pads,
Sealing of new &
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* Concrete * Foundations
* Waterlines * Drains
Bates & Sons
5 ★ Google Reviews
Plumbing and Electrical.
All your Handyman needs
No Job too Big or Small
Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.
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Member of BBB
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Owner & Operator
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Windows & Siding
Decks, Kitchens, Baths
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47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.
Free Est. - Financing Avail.
Member BBB Of Cent. OH
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Handyman - outdoor &
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Quality is our #1 Priority
Call For FREE ESTIMATES
New Kitchens & Baths
New Replacement Windows
Room Additions • Roofs
More than 25 Years Experience
Licensed • Insured • Bonded
Bill Helms 614-296-0850
or 614-801-1801 4/11
Install Hot Water Tanks,
Dishwashers & Disposals
Also Fencing &
Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.
CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines
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Accepting New Clients
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plant & shrub trimming &
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LET US MAINTAIN
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Local Moving since 1956
Bonded and Insured
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A Job Well Done Again
A lic. General Contractor
Some Skilled Services
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Call Today! 614-235-1819
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• Stump Grinding
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2684 Columbus Street, Grove City
Easter Sunday Services In-Person:
8:30 & 11:00 am Traditional
9:30 & 11:00 am Contemporary
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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
First Baptist Church
of Grove City
3301 Orders Rd.
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 3rd - 1:00 pm
Easter Sunrise Sunday Service
9:15 am & 10:45 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!
3730 Broadway, Grove City
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
Join us for our 1 st