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April 4 - 17, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 20

Cougar

Cutz build

confidence

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

Hats on. Hoods up. Heads down. That

is what Art Jordan saw every time he

walked the hallways at Westland High

School.

As the newly hired assistant principal

— he was promoted from Grove City High

School where he had been employed as

an English teacher since 2014 — Jordan

knew that it was his duty to fix at least

two of those sights immediately despite

how unpopular it would make him.

“It is against the school code to wear

hats and hoods on your head,” he said

with a laugh. “And not only is it against

the code, but it also makes it harder to

get to know the people walking these

halls, especially in an environment when

everyone is wearing a mask.”

In the beginning, all of the students

complied with his request. Rarely did it

stick.

“I found I would be asking the same

people the same thing all the time,” he

said.

Eventually, that constant defiance of

the rule and request would turn into a

hostile attitude.

Rather than dole out the discipline,

Jordan decided to give them something

else instead — an ear to bend.

“I would take them aside, get to know

them, ask questions about what is going

on in their lives,” he said.

When they opened up, he discovered a

common thread.

“They were all dealing with issues

related to their self-esteem,” he said.

Most of their feelings of inadequacy,

he added, stemmed from the hair on their

head.

“Some have faced financial hardships

this year and their parents or guardians

could not afford to get them to the barber

shop,” Jordan said. “By wearing their

hats and hoods, it was their shield

against those who might make fun of

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

Art Jordan, the assistant principal at Westland High School, established a fully

licensed barber shop at the school to boost the self-esteem of its students. Here,

Mason Bailey receives a trim from Dimonti Stanley at Cougar Cutz on March 24.

Stanley and the other barbers at the shop volunteer their time and skill for this program.

them for their appearance.”

Jordan said he immediately felt a kinship

with these students.

“I know how important it is to feel good

about yourself.”

When he was unable to visit the barber

when the pandemic was first introduced

to the state and businesses shut down to

slow the spread, Jordan said he felt like

he was spinning out of control.

“For so many of us, the barber is our

therapy,” he said. “When we put on that

cape, we feel important. We get to be

looked at, to be heard, to express ourselves,

advocate for ourselves, feel better

about ourselves.

“It is a place where we get mentorship

and navigate life. When that place, or

that opportunity to get to that place, is

taken from us, we definitely do not feel

like our best selves.”

While brainstorming ways to help

boost these students’ self-esteem, Jordan

came across a news article featuring

Jason Smith, a principal at a school in

Indianapolis who gained attention for

using his skills as a barber to help a student

who was embarrassed by his back-to-

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By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

In 2018, voters laid the foundation for

the South-Western City Schools District to

replace four of its oldest middle schools

and make renovations to another by

approving a 38-year, $93.4 million bond

issue to pay for its share of the second

phase of the Ohio Facilities Construction

Commission project. Now, that foundation

was that laid figuratively nearly three

years ago is being laid literally.

At its meeting on March 22, the board of

education was presented with an update

on the progress of the $193 million project

by a representative overseeing the construction

at all of the sites. According to

the official, they are no longer just “pushing

around dirt.”

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community events

Blood drives in Galloway

The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types

to race to give blood and help refuel the blood supply.

The organization will host a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. April

9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 1001 Doherty Road in

Galloway and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 11 at Columbia

Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road.

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit

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COUGAR CUTZ

Continued from page 1

Aaron Choina perfects the zig-zag pattern for Unique Taylor.

school haircut.

“That story really struck me,” he said. “This guy

could have disciplined the student who was refusing to

remove his hat, but he spent time learning what was

wrong and came up with a solution to help.”

Then he had a light-bulb moment — he would try to

get a fully licensed barber shop up and running at

Westland. Jordan, however, knew would be nowhere

near the clippers, trimmers, shavers, or shears.

“I can’t cut hair,” he said, “but I can organize.”

With the blessing of the school and district, Jordan

asked his barber, Westland alum Jamekea Norman of

Dolc’e Cutting Bar, for advice on how to reach fellow

barbers could not only volunteer their time and skill,

but act as mentors to high school students.

“That was one of the most important aspects of this

program,” said Jordan. “We wanted that mentorship,

we wanted someone with an ability to bond with these

teens and raise them up by helping them look good and

feel good.”

When Norman posted Jordan’s idea and request to

social media, Dimonti Stanley and Aaron Choina were

immediately tagged by hundreds of people.

“I just logged on and saw I had been tagged in this

post about 40 times,” said Choina, a barber at Oohs

and Ahs Hair Design on the eastside of Columbus.

Since beginning their careers as professional barbers

several years ago, Stanley and Choina have garnered

a reputation as someone who is always willing to

volunteer their time and skills to those who might not

be able to afford a trim.

“I think it is incredibly important to give back to

people, to try to make the world a better place,” said

Choina, who often gives free haircuts to people residing

at homeless shelters.

With the certification by the state board pronouncing

‘Cougar Cutz’ as a fully licensed barbershop — “we

believe it is the first fully licensed barbershop at a high

school in the state,” said Jordan — and Stanley and

Choina on board alongside Norman, Andre Cray, AZ

Favors and Davessa Mattis, the shop opened in late

March.

One of the first students to participate in the service

was Unique Taylor.

When Taylor, a freshman, heard about Jordan’s

idea, she said she was skeptical that it would work, but

“really excited” about the prospect.

“I think it’s really convenient to have a barbershop

in your school,” she said.

Taylor has visited Cougar Cutz twice since its

inception and has been impressed by the results each

outing.

“I’m feeling pretty good about myself,” she said after

Choina completed a zig-zag design.

Every student at the school is allowed to visit

Cougar Cutz, pending parental approval. The cuts —

primarily fades and tapers, no beard upkeep or eyebrow

designs at this time — are free but it does come

with a caveat after that first trim.

“I want them to set a goal,” said Jordan. “I don’t

want it to be grade based or have a letter attached to

it but for them to establish a small, personal goal.

“It could be as simple as coming to school each day,

or turning in an extra assignment, or checking their

attitude. It has to be personal to them.”

Since Cougar Cutz opened, more than 50 students

have become patrons. Jordan said he has felt a shift in

the mood of the school.

“We’re looking good and feeling good,” he said.

Jordan said he looks forward to the day where he

sees all hats off, all hoods down, and all heads up while

walking the hallways at Westland.

“These kids deserve it.”


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SCHOOLS

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the sites,” said Michael Dingeldein, the

director of architecture and planning with

the Community Design Alliance.

While each site has been making headway,

he said the construction management

has been “a little more” focused on the

build project at Norton and Finland Middle

Schools as they have a less flexible schedule

related to the projected fall of 2022

reopening date.

“They’re the ones that have to be finished

in time to make the transition with

the demolition of the two existing buildings,”

he said.

The Norton Middle School site is considered

to be “the tightest” of all four locations,

he said.

“We are building right between an

active Prairie Norton and an active Norton

Middle School,” he said, “but we’re doing

very well.”

The slabs have already been laid at all

four of the sites, with precast wall panels

currently being erected at this location and

masonry work underway.

The construction at Finland Middle is in

“about the same position as Norton is.”

“Things are going very quickly,” he said,

“and we’re making good progress.”

He added that construction has not been

impacted even though they are working

within three “active” school sites.

Due to Norton Middle’s proximity to

Prairie Norton Elementary and Finland

Middle’s proximity to Finland Elementary

and Franklin Woods Intermediate, the

parking lot area will be expanded at these

locations to allow teachers, staff, and buses

to share existing space.

Pleasant View Middle School, which will

be relocated from its existing location on

Kropp Road to Holt Road, is a site that has

posed a challenge to the construction managers

despite it being deemed a site that is

“easier to operate.”

“We have more to control,” he said,

Checkout Challenge at Columbus Metropolitan Library

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.”

For more information, visit www.columbuslibrary.org.

referring to the neighboring development.

“We have more dirt to disturb, more water,

more storm runoff.”

He said that issue has been mitigated by

creating storm control and water control

around the perimeter of the entire site,”

said Dingeldein.

Runoff issues have also posed a challenge

at the new location for Brookpark

Middle School, which is being relocated to

the Beulah Park development.

“It was one of the sites I was most concerned

about because of runoff,” said

Dingeldein. “We have lots of residential

neighbors, we have lots of new construction

to the north of us in Beulah Park.”

In order to mitigate that challenge, he

said Ruscilli Construction developed a 200-

foot box culvert that spans the area that

accesses the football field.

Despite some runoff issues and the

unpredictable Ohio winters, Dingeldein

said that the construction progress is overall

“going well.”

“Everything is working well, it’s on time,

and I’m pleased with the construction operation.”

The exterior construction will continue

throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise said that, if

all goes according to plan, they will be

working on the interior of the buildings by

winter of 2021.

All of the new middle schools are slated

to open by the start of the 2022-23 school

year.

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By Christine Bryant

Staff Writer

As a self-described young, rambunctious

Catholic kid, Jeffrey Happ was your typical

senior - ready to enjoy each day of his final

year in high school before heading off to

college at Miami University.

He didn’t necessarily think of himself as

a leader then. A member of the school football

and wrestling teams, he enjoyed stepping

up to the challenges that came with

these competitive sports. But he often saw

himself as any other student would - ready

for fun at a moment’s notice.

Others did see him as a leader, however,

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even when that got in the way of a little

fun.

Happ recalls one instance, in particular,

when Joe Palazzo, a Bishop Ready graduate

and guidance counselor at the time,

stopped him in the hall and asked him to

step into the office of teacher and priest

Colby Grimes.

“They said the word around the school

was that there was going to be a food fight,”

Happ said. “I knew all about it, was going

to be the center of it and couldn’t wait.”

The educators convinced Happ to call it

off, however, reminding him that he was a

leader in the senior class and had influence

over the other students.

“Can you imagine? I brought in extra

money for the milk. I was looking forward

to it, and then all of a sudden I have to

stand down,” Happ said. “I didn’t want to

be a leader in that moment, but then I had

to step up and make sure everyone had to

stand down.”

About a year ago, Happ saw Palazzo at

the funeral of late-football coach Paul

Nestor, and Happ says Palazzo remembered

that day during the 1983-1984 school

year as if it happened yesterday.

“We started talking about that day, and

he remembered it exactly,” Happ said. “He

said, ‘Jeff, you were a leader whether you

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Fast forward nearly 40 years from the

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take place, and Happ is once again taking

on new leadership duties - this time,

though, far more reaching than the walls of

the high school cafeteria.

In February, Columbus Mayor Andrew

J. Ginther appointed Happ as the new fire

chief for the city of Columbus.

A 1984 graduate of Bishop Ready High

School, Happ is a 27-year Columbus

Division of Fire veteran who worked his

way through the ranks. After becoming a

firefighter in 1993, he later served as a

lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. He

is also a Certified Ohio Peace Officer

Trainer for Homeland Security in bombs,

explosives and incendiary devices.

“I’m extremely passionate about the fact

that I can work in my hometown, where my

roots are and that my kids grew up here,”

Happ said.

One of his goals is to increase the number

of women and racial minorities within

the fire department and to create a more

inclusive environment.

“Our diversity numbers were down

below 10 percent,” he said. “My goal in the

next five to 10 years is to get it closer to at

least 30 percent.”

In the two fire academy classes he has

overseen since becoming interim fire chief

in May of last year, that number has

climbed to about 12 percent, he said.

Happ says he also wants to place a

greater emphasis on mental and physical

wellness for all first responders.

“My goal is to increase mental and physical

wellness opportunities so that when we

do retire, the trauma that we have seen

over the years doesn’t destroy our quality

of life,” he said.

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The following local students have been

named to the fall dean’s list at Muskingum

University in New Concord, Ohio:

Savannah Montgomery from Columbus

and Kathryn Golden from Galloway.

Freed-Hardeman honors

Freed-Hardeman University has

released the names of students who made

the president’s and dean’s lists for the fall

semester. Joanna Andrick, a sophomore

undeclared major from Galloway, has been

named to the dean’s list. Cheyenne Slane,

a junior in general studies major from

Galloway, has been named to the dean’s

list.

YSU honors

Madison Murry of Columbus has been

Jeffrey Happ

develop leadership training so once existing

officers get promoted, they go through

recurring training each year.

“This brings fresh new looks to all of our

leadership and allows them to be constantly

aware of the ever-changing world so we

can keep up with it,” he said.

In his role as fire chief, Happ says his

greatest inspiration comes from lessons he

learned from his family as a child and those

who influenced him during his time at

Bishop Ready High School. He also often

refers to his favorite scriptures, Matthew

22, verses 37-39, that say to “love thy

neighbor” and to love God “with all thy

heart.”

“Show value in each and every person

you meet,” he says. “People need you and

they trust you. Show great value to that

person.”

names in the news

named to the president’s list at

Youngstown State University for the fall

semester. This list is awarded to students

earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Murry is majoring in exercise science.

UF dean’s list

Alison Shutt of Columbus has been

named to the dean’s list at the University

of Findlay for the fall semester.

Miami University recognition

•The following westside area students

were named to the president’s list at Miami

University: Jacob Winslow, Kellar McCloy,

Lucy Chappell, and Rachael Binion.

•The following Galloway area students

were named to the dean’s list at Miami

University: Natalie Ekstrand and Sydney

Sorrell.


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Government Focus

Trustees looking for bids to operate

the sports complex concession stand

By Amanda Ensinger

Staff Writer

Prairie Township officials are still considering

bringing in an outside vendor to

run their concession stand at the Galloway

Road Sports Complex.

At a recent board meeting, Prairie

Township Administrator Rob Peters asked

the trustees to issue an RFP (request for

proposal) to bid on the project.

A conversation about what to do with

the concession stand started in the fall

when the board heard a presentation by a

local entrepreneur interested in turning

the stand into a mini restaurant.

“I noticed at the Galloway Road Sports

Complex that there were people set up in

tents selling items while the concession

stand sat empty,” said Rob Connors. “I

wondered what was being done with the

concession stand and if there was an opportunity

to utilize it more.”

Connors presented to the board a proposal

to lease the concession stand and

turn it into a restaurant the players, coaches,

families and visitors could use while

they are at the facility.

“We would call it the Snack Shack and it

would be more than a concession stand,” he

said. “We would sell your typical concession

stand items like candy, pop, and hot

dogs, but we would also sell more specialty

items, like barbecue or fried items.”

Connors said that as families are rushing

around after work to get their kids to

their soccer or baseball games, they may

decide to grab dinner at the Snack Shack.

As a coach himself, he knows that families

are sometimes rushed to get their kids to

practice or a game and thinks having a

restaurant at the Galloway Road Sports

Complex would help families with picking

up a quick meal and checking one more

thing off their ‘to do’ list.

“Having a restaurant on site that they

can easily go pick up a meal will be really

convenient for them,” Connors said.

In January, Peters said the board was

still considering the proposal.

“Staff will make a recommendation to

the trustees on the options for operating

the Prairie Township concession stand,”

Peters said at the time. “The trustees will

then determine if we operate as a township

facility or contract with vendor.”

However, now the board has agreed to

bid the project out and then review proposals

and make a decision.

In other news, the board approved

spending an estimated $17,500 on the 2021

catch basin cleaning program.

“This is only an estimated cost,” Peters

said. “This is a valuable program for preventative

maintenance for the township’s

storm sewer infrastructure.”

around the westside

Prairie Township history sought

The Southwest Franklin County

Historical Society is in the process of

updating its website on Prairie Township

and is looking for historical photographs

and stories of that area. Individuals who

are willing to share information or photos

are asked to email pictures and information

to grovecityohhistory@gmail.com.

Of particular interest would be any

information of old buildings and/or businesses

in the communities of Alton, Rome

or Galloway.

“We also have conflicting information

about the early railroads that passed

through Galloway,” said Jim Hale with the

historical society. “Any information on that

topic would be helpful.”

e Big Library Read

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

is participating in The Big Library Read, a

digital book club set on a global scale to

introduce and connect as many passionate

readers as possible to eBooks. The program

allows owners of digital eReader devices —

and holders of CML library cards — to

instantly download a specific eBook or

eAudiobook with no waits or holds.

Starting April 5 and ending April 19,

“The Art of Taking it Easy” by Dr. Brian

King will be the featured title.

For more information, visit columbuslibrary.org.

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 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 km8007@att.net.

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.

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Culture Pass program expanded at CML

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

offers its cardholders free admission to

select central Ohio cultural institutions.

The Culture Pass Program enables CML

customers to borrow passes just as they

would a book - using their library card.

This onetime pass, which must be checked

out in person, grants customers limited

free access to institutions that would otherwise

charge admission fees.

CML piloted the program in 2018, offering

culture passes to Franklin Park

Conservatory and the Wexner Center for

the Arts. Since then, CML has worked to

expand the number of participating organizations.

Newly added this month was the

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

“With the help of our community partners,

we’re working to expose all central

Ohioans to the many renowned cultural

gems we are fortunate to have at our

doorstep,” said CML Chief Community

Engagement Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “As

a public library, our role is to ensure equal

access to all, and that goes well beyond

books.”

Current participating cultural organizations:

•Columbus Museum of Art: Passes

available at all CML locations

•Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Passes

available at CML’s Main Library and

Barnett, Driving Park, Franklinton,

Hilltop, Karl Road, Linden, Marion-

Franklin, Martin Luther King, Northern

Lights, Northside, Parsons, Shepard and

Whitehall branches

•Franklin Park Conservatory: Passes

available at CML’s Driving Park, Martin

Luther King and Shepard branches

•National Veterans Memorial and

Museum: Passes available at CML’s Main

Library and Barnett, Franklinton, Martin

Luther King and Parsons branches

•Ohio History Center: Passes available

at CML’s Karl Road, Linden, Northern

Lights and Northside branches

•Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus

Museum of Art: Passes available at all

CML locations

•Wexner Center for the Arts: Passes

available at all CML locations.

The culture pass program offers each

participating institution the opportunity to

select which specific CML locations will

offer their passes based on the neighborhoods

and communities associated with

their outreach, diversity and inclusion

goals. Therefore, culture passes are only

available for in-person customer checkout

at the specific locations listed above.

Culture passes cannot be reserved like traditional

library items, however customers

can check their availability at columbuslibrary.org

by typing “culture pass” into the

catalog search bar.

Each participating organization offers

their passes to CML and its customers for

free. CML does not purchase passes as it

does with traditional library materials.

Each organization sets its own rules for

how many individuals are covered under

its passes and on which days the passes

will be honored. Partner organizations also

set the number of passes allotted to each

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•Recycle e-waste in your home. E-waste

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yourself in the great outdoors.

•Do something as simple as switching

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online invoices. This reduces reliance on

trees for new sources of paper.

•Grow some edibles in your home garden

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•Reusing and recycling does not just

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Hilltop History & Heritage

These photos were taken in December 1948 at the Sunoco Oil tank distribution

facility at Wilson Road and West Broad Street. Dorothy Suhayda shared the photos.

Her husband, John, pictured top left worked for Sunoco from 1946-1987. The second

picture on the top right shows a Sunoco oil distribution truck parked in the lot

with one of the large storage tanks to the left. Around this time, 55-gallon oil drums

inside the warehouse caught fire. The large oil tanks did not explode. No one was

injured in the fire. Navy helicopters from the U.S. Naval Air Station at Port

Columbus landed near Derrer Road to help fight the fire with foam. If you have a

photo to share, contact Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at

stacyberndsen12@gmail.com. Submitted by the Hilltop Historical Society.


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The Center for Agriculture, Food and

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Odenkirk saves “Nobody” from the unwatchable list

What does it take to be a believable

action star? Well, if we’re looking at past

examples, all it took was being a male with

a mountain of muscle and a spot-on oil

game to highlight the tan or that strategically

shorn tuft of hair on an otherwise

smooth chest.

Throughout the years, however, those

characteristics of a believable action star

have changed, allowing a new wave of people

(women, even!) with less buffed and

bronzed physiques to share a place on that

mantle. The latest example is the great and

underappreciated Bob Odenkirk. With his

background in comedy and his most known

role being the morally dubious attorney

Saul Goodman in the “Breaking Bad” universe,

Odenkirk has never been given

many opportunities to be a man of physical

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action. After all, with his slight frame and

sweet face that seems like it would break

out into a sweat if he lied, he doesn’t exactly

scream “I can mess you up.” But he was

given that chance with “Nobody” and you

can tell he relished the opportunity.

Taken as a whole, “Nobody” is not a

great film. There is little substance and the

secondary characters are paper thin, but

the presence of Odenkirk is what makes it

watchable. He plays his role with vulnerability,

gravitas and slyness, giving the

audience a wink that while he is serious

about this role, he knows you’re watching

him and thinking “this is the guy they

chose for this role?” But that is what makes

the film somewhat compelling — he plays it

so well that if any other actor, especially a

known action star with muscles, had said

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yes it would be largely unbearable.

In this film, Odenkirk plays Hutch

Mansell, an ordinary man living an ordinary

existence. A montage shows that

every day is exactly the same — he wakes

up, jogs, passively aggressively does chinups

near a billboard with his wife’s face on

it, rides a bus to work, and stares at

spreadsheets for multiple hours while

working alongside his father-in-law and

obnoxious brother-in-law. It’s a normal life,

minus the chin-up thing, and he is mostly

OK with how quiet and simple it is.

But all of that changes one night when

Hutch interrupts a home invasion. After

startling the two robbers, one man and one

woman who seem nervous and unsure of

themselves, he calmly tells them to take

what they want and leave. In their mad

dash, they take a handful of loose cash and

items in a fruit bowl and his watch, but as

they are demanding his ring his teenage

son (Gage Munroe) tackles one to the

ground and chaos ensues. Rather than

unleash a smack down that you know is

bubbling under the surface, Hutch allows

them to escape, drawing the scorn of his

son, his wife, his neighbor, and the police

officer who responded to the scene. “If that

was my family…” he states.

Knowing that his actions, or lack thereof,

were correct for the situation at hand,

he soaks in the ridicule from his wife’s family

and accepts it at face value. But then,

when his daughter indicates that the robbers

stole her beloved Kitty Cat bracelet,

he snaps and goes looking for trouble.

Pets of the week

Hattie is ready to find

a calm retirement

community where

she can lounge by

the pool and sip on

ice cold water. When

she arrived at the

shelter, she was pretty

thin, so a medical

team has worked to get her on the road to a

healthy recovery. If you’ve been looking to

adopt a 7-year-old dog, then Hattie might just

be the perfect fit. Schedule an appointment at

the Franklin County Dog Shelter to meet her.

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com

Barelli is a sweet 7-

year-old who will

actually let you pet

her belly. Miss Barelli

is a shy girl though.

You’ll likely catch her

napping up high during

the day. She was

dumped at a barn

last fall and now she needs a patient forever

home. She is up for adoption through Colony

Cats and Dogs.

FYI: www.colonycats.org

Unlike most characters in similar

movies, Hutch isn’t a man with a past who

is pulled back into the mix after a series of

unfortunate events. Instead, Hutch is a

man with a past who willingly goes back

into the mix after a series of unfortunate

events. And despite however ridiculous his

motives are, the movie is all the better for

it because it allows Odenkirk to shine —

and give shiners, among other things.

But despite however much enjoyment is

taken from watching Odenkirk get his

action game on, the movie itself does not

live up to the potential of his presence.

Overall, “Nobody” is not a film that

takes itself too seriously, which is always a

bonus in relation to action films, and it

does feature some excellent fight choreography.

But if the creators (who also created

“John Wick”) want to make the transition

into a franchise, they’re going to have to get

material that is better suited to fit the talent

of the actors and the audience starved

for an action film that is not completely

convoluted.

Grade: C

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Dedra Cordle

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

These furry friends are available

for adoption at local

rescues and shelters

Ruthie B is a 2-yearold

pitbull. She is

super friendly with

people and loves to

play. She’s got a high

prey drive so a home

without cats is appropriate.

She likes to

play with dogs but

she doesn’t understand

their signals. She does well with dogs

who are not over reactive. Ruthie B is housebroken,

spayed, microchipped and up to date

on vaccines. Adopt Ruthie B through Colony

Cats and Dogs.

FYI: www.colonycats.org

Margaret is about 2

years old and just

wants attention. She

is a very sweet gal

who loves her treats.

All you have to do is

bring out the treats

and she will follow

you anywhere.

Margaret is eager to find a family to call her

own. She is up for adoption through Friends

for Life Animal Haven.

FYI: www.fflah.org

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