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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The annual Easter Egg Hunt in the village of Harrisburg has
been revived. On March 27, children throughout the community
and neighboring region descended upon School Street to
participate in an egg hunt whose mission was solely to bring
smiles to their faces. In the past, the local VFW Post had hosted
the event but it will now be organized by the United
Methodist Church. Pastor Angie Taylor said when village officials
gave their blessing for the church to host the egg hunt,
she was thrilled to be given the opportunity but also full of
nerves. “I wasn’t sure if people would come out because of
the pandemic,” she said. But come out they did, much to the
delight of Taylor, the church’s women’s group who filled the
eggs with candy, and the community at large. “It was so great
to be able to watch as my grandson participated in his first
Easter Egg Hunt,” said Bobbi Powell, of Columbus. Top right,
2-year-old Holden Powell celebrates as he collects eggs that
were decorating the playground area.
By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
Visitors of Gantz Park in Grove City
may have noticed crews cutting down
trees. This is part of a city plan to restore
Over the years, the stream has eroded.
It has become polluted with runoff from
the road and has been overrun with invasive
plant and tree species.
See RESTORATION page 2
Below, Grove City resident Riley Wilkins, 5, proudly displays
his basket of found goods. He estimated he collected “about
2,000 eggs” during his age group’s hunt.
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Building student confidence with
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Siblings Avery and Carter Johnson were able to get their
photo taken with the Easter Bunny (aka Pat Holt) before the
egg hunting festivities began. Their mother said it was the
first time the siblings from Grove City have been able to participate
in a public egg hunt.
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Grove City Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage hosts the 33rd annual
Mayor’s Cup Golf Outing, teeing off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 10, at
the Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive. Entries for individual
players or four-player teams are open. Donations are being
accepted from corporate and individual contributors including
hole sponsorships and raffle and door prizes.
The outing follows a four-player scramble
format, including 18 holes of golf with a
cart, meal and the opportunity to win door
prizes and participate in hole contests and
raffles. The cost is $500 for a four-player
team or $135 per individual (assigned to a
The Mayor’s Cup contributes funds
The City Beat
Hitting the links for LifeCare Alliance
Spring Rain Barrel Workshop
Take advantage of the many benefits of rain water
harvesting at the Spring Rain Barrel Workshop hosted
by the city of Grove City and Keep Grove City
Beautiful from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, April 19, for
residents of Grove City and Jackson Township only at
the Eagle Pavilion, 3899 Orders Road.
Participants will learn tips for saving time and
money by using a rain barrel to collect untreated water
for indoor and outdoor plants, birdbaths, garden and
lawns; and how doing so helps prevent runoff from
washing pollutants into our local waterways.
Workshop topics include understanding water conservation,
how this leads to a more sustainable community,
and the use, maintenance and proper installation
of rain barrels. The workshop fee includes an
installation-ready, 50-gallon barrel with diverter. The
cost is $60; register using activity code 3092104.02 for
charcoal or 3092104.03 for the granite color.
Participants should be prepared to take the barrel
home at the conclusion of the workshop.
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raised to the LifeCare Alliance Meals-on-Wheels program.
LifeCare Alliance provides nutritious meals to adults and homebound
persons throughout the year fostering independence and
providing a daily check-in. The Mayor’s Cup Golf Outing has
donated more than $200,000 to Meals-on-Wheels.
“Please join me at this special event as it supports a cause that
helps so many in our community,” said Stage.
The deadline to register is Friday, April 30. Call the parks and
recreation office at 614-277-3050, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
to register, make a donation or arrange for a sponsorship.
If you are unable to golf, your support is welcome through inkind
or raffle prize contributions, hole sponsorship or event insurance.
Individual contributions benefit LifeCare Alliance.
Registration forms are available at GroveCityOhio.gov.
Recreation.GroveCityOhio.gov or call the Grove City
Parks and Recreation office, 614-277-3050.
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.
LifeCare Alliance will host a spring drive-thru
event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 14, April
28, May 12, and May 26 at the Evans Senior Center,
4330 Dudley Ave. in Grove City. Senior citizens (ages
60 plus) can drive by to receive a lunch from LifeCare.
There is no cost but donations are welcome. For more
information, call LifeCare Alliance at 614-437-2854.
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“That is not good for the habitat or the ecosystem,”
said Cindi Fitzpatrick, public service director for the
city of Grove City.
According to Fitzpatrick, the creek is also encroaching
on the retaining wall that helps to support Home
The Marsh Run restoration project will return the
stream to a more natural path, repair the eroded
banks, and reestablish native plants and trees.
“This will be much better for the stream and the
habitat,” said Fitzpatrick.
Kim Conrad, director of Grove City Parks and
Recreation, said this is a project that needs to be done.
“I hate to see trees cut down as much as anyone but
there will be replacement trees,” said Conrad. “It will
be made whole.”
The total cost of the restoration project is $1.2 million.
About $700,000 of the cost will come from a grant
through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. The
remaining amount will come out of the city’s capital
According to Fitzpatrick, the work has been timed
to minimize disruption to local wildlife and maximize
the establishment of new trees and shrubs. In March,
crews cut down trees. In April, workers will remove
shrubs and underbrush. The repair and rerouting of
the stream bed will take place from May through
August. Then in November, trees and shrubs will be
“Native species are planted in the fall for good root
establishment,” said Fitzpatrick.
Park goers can expect work throughout the spring
According to Conrad, Gantz Park will remain open
but a portion of the trail, near the stream, will be
closed from either late April or early May to August.
“It will be an inconvenience, but it will look 10
times better when it’s done,” said Conrad.
City officials had planned the Marsh Run restoration
project to coincide with road work to Home Road
but only the stream project received funding.
According to Fitzpatrick, construction on Home Road
will begin later this year. The road project would
widen the road, though it will remain a two-lane roadway.
There will be a wider turn lane into Gantz Park,
as well as intersection improvements at Home and
Gantz roads. Street lighting and drainage work are
For more information on Marsh Run or local road
projects, visit www.grovecityohio.gov.
April 4, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 3
Middle school construction project making progress
By Dedra Cordle
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
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
“We are under construction at all four of
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
“They’re the ones that have to be finished
in time to make the transition with
the demolition of the two existing buildings,”
The Norton Middle School site is considered
to be “the tightest” of all four locations,
“We are building right between an
active Prairie Norton and an active Norton
Middle School,” he said, “but we’re doing
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,
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,”
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
“Everything is working well, it’s on
time, and I’m pleased with the construction
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
names in the news
Abigail Goodwin and Blake Hansher
of Grove City were named to the dean’s
list at Cedarville University.
Liam Bailey of Grove City has
earned a master of science in computer
science from the Georgia Institute of
Technology in Atlanta.
The following Grove City area students
have been named to the fall
dean’s list at Muskingum University in
New Concord, Ohio: Emma Bachman,
Kevin McIntire, and Alexandra Sheets
Felicia Fuller of Grove City has been
named to the president’s list at
Youngstown State University for the
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Cougar Cutz help with confidence
By Dedra Cordle
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
“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
Rather than dole out the discipline,
Jordan decided to give them something else
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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
“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
“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 them for their
Jordan said he immediately felt a kinship
with these students.
“I know how important it is to feel good
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
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-toschool
“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
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
“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
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
One of the first students to participate
in the service was Unique Taylor.
When Taylor, a freshman, heard about
Messenger photo 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
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
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
“We’re looking good and feeling good,”
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
“These kids deserve it.”
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Blood drives in Grove City
The American Red Cross will host several
blood drives in Grove City. The events
•April 7 from 1 to 7 p.m. - Grove City
Kingston Center Community Drive, 3226
•April 9 from 12 to 6 p.m. - city of Grove
City, 3226 Kingston Ave.
•April 13 from 12 to 6 p.m. - St John’s
Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St.
•April 15 from 1 to 7 p.m. - Vineyard
Christian Fellowship, 3005 Holt Road.
To schedule an appointment call 1-800-
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Debbie Cahill and her granddaughter,
Maddie Morgan, consider themselves
active participants in the Grove City Area
Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Market.
“We’re more active on the financial side,”
said the resident of Grove City with a
laugh. “We’re there just about every week
buying produce, flowers, or anything else
that strikes our interest.” But the duo
recently decided they wanted to become
more actively involved by activating their
green-thumbs in preparation for this
year’s Farmers’ Market. On March 27,
Debbie and Maddie spent several hours
assisting their favorite vendors, the
Stynchula family, transplant thousands
of their Rupp Seed seedlings that are
slated to be sold throughout the spring
and summer. According to Dave
Stynchula, all of the plant and produce
proceeds go to the Stynchula Family
Foundation, a non-profit organization
founded in 1999 that raises funds to support
the treatment and research for children
with autism, as well as provided
them and other children with special
needs the opportunity to participate in
camps or other events to enhance their
lives. The GCACC Farmers’ Market is
scheduled to start on May 15.
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Operation Medicine Drop
Dispose of expired or unwanted prescription
and over-the-counter medications
to Operation Medicine Drop from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at the Jackson
Township Fire Station, 3650 Hoover Road.
The service is free and anonymous, no
Medicines play an important role in
treating many conditions and diseases, and
when they are no longer needed it is important
to dispose of them properly. Potential
health hazards and safety issues due to disposing
of drugs in toilets or landfills is
avoided as medicines are disposed of in a
safe and environmentally protective manner.
Prescription, over-the-counter and pet
medications in pill, powder or patch form
are accepted. All medications must be
removed from packaging and placed in a
clear, sealed bag. Needles, lancets,
syringes, inhalers, aerosols, liquids,
creams and pastes are not accepted.
The city of Grove City, United States
Drug Enforcement Administration, Grove
City Division of Police, Jackson Township
Fire Department, Giant Eagle and Keep
Grove City Beautiful sponsor Operation
For more information, contact Linda
Rosine at 614-277-3058.
A Taste of Grove City
The 2021 A Taste of Grove City will
begin on April 5. Over the four-week celebration,
the community will celebrate
favorite flavors by dining directly with over
30 restaurants and eateries.
Each week will focus on a different type
of restaurant or cuisine, with many participating
restaurants planning discounts,
specials, and may even reveal new menu
items. The feature weeks with dates are as
•April 5-11: Burger Week
•April 12-18: Pizza Week
•April 19-25: Restaurant Week
•April 26-May 2: Sweet Treat Week
Week three’s restaurant week will feature
assorted cuisine ranging from Italian
and Asian favorites to a variety of regional
Americana classics. Week four’s sweet
treats will bring the festivities to a conclusion,
but is not limited to desserts as several
sweet breakfast participants are in the
A full list of restaurants participating
can be found at www.gcchamber.org/tasteof-grove-city.
The Taste of Grove City is organized by
the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
and sponsored by Credit Union of Ohio.
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By Rick Palsgrove
Minor League restructuring
Photo courtesy of the Columbus Clippers
Teammates mob Columbus Clipper Yandy Diaz as he
touches home plate after slugging a home run.
The Columbus Clippers will face some new opponents
this year following Major League Baseball’s
structural shake up of the minor league system.
Major League Baseball - in an effort to streamline,
cut costs, and increase revenues - shrank the number
of minor league teams from 160 to 120. It also
revamped its top level Triple-A by eliminating the
names International League and Pacific Coast League
and creating a new 20 team league called Triple-A
East and 10 team league called Triple-A West.
The Columbus Clippers are long-time members of
the International League, a league that begin in 1884.
The Pacific Coast League started in 1902. Now both
league names are gone. However, Clippers President
and General Manager Ken Schnacke said the quality
of baseball being played at the Triple-A level will
remain the same.
“It’s a bit of a change,” said Schnacke. “But players
change every year anyway and this new format will
eliminate some travel.”
The Clippers’ 2021, 120-game schedule will include
a combination of six game and four game series
against opponents. The Clippers will compete in
Triple-A East in the Midwest Division along with traditional
rival the Toledo Mud Hens as well as the
Indianapolis Indians, Louisville Bats, St. Paul Saints,
Omaha Storm Chasers, and the Iowa Cubs.
Schnacke said each six game series will be followed
by an off day, usually a Monday.
“We lose Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Flag Day
because of that, but we’ve got to roll with it,” said
Schnacke, who said Dime-A-Dog nights will still be
held on Tuesdays and Dollar Days will be on
The Clippers’ home opener is May 11 against
Omaha and Schnacke said pandemic precautions will
include a buffer area along the dugouts and bull pens
and fan seating of pods of six people or less.
“It’s a lot to get ready for,” said Schnacke.
Regarding the demise of the name “International
League,” Schnacke said that, though the name will not
be prevalent this year, there are efforts that the name
be maintained at some point.
Schnacke added there will be no league all-star
game this year nor will there be a Triple-A national
championship game as in the past.
“These could return in 2022,” he said.
Author and historian James Tootle, who wrote the
book, “Baseball in Columbus,” which documents the
history of professional baseball in the city, said it is
disappointing to see the name International League,
with its rich history come to a close.
“The league’s roots go back to the 1880s and it has
produced countless players and managers who made
their mark in the minor league cities where they
played on their way up to outstanding careers in the
majors,” said Tootle.
He noted that, before Jackie Robinson broke the
color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he
prepared for that breakthrough by honing his skills in
1946 on the International League’s Montreal Royals.
“Baseball greats Red Schoendienst, Walt Alston,
Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, Chipper Jones, Columbus’ Billy
Southworth, and others are enshrined in both the IL
Hall of Fame and in Cooperstown,” said Tootle.
“Columbus has a long history in the International
League with the Jets (1955-70) and the Clippers (1977-
present), and has won many championships. The history
of the IL deserves to be remembered and preserved.”
Tootle said that, while Columbus may lose several
traditional opponents like Syracuse and Rochester,
this season, fans will probably not miss playing teams
with geographically ambiguous names such as Lehigh
“Columbus will continue to play familiar rivals
Toledo, Indianapolis, and Louisville,” said Tootle.
“These teams are not only International League opponents,
but also the teams Columbus played against
during the half-century (1903-1954) when the
Columbus Senators and Red Birds were in the old
American Association with those same cities.
Columbus also resumes playing St. Paul, another rival
from the American Association era. It is my understanding
that the 2021 schedule, which has Columbus
mostly only playing teams in its own division, is due to
travel restrictions caused by the pandemic and the
Clippers may resume playing more of the old
International League rivals in 2022.”
Tootle believes most fans will adjust to the restructuring.
To them, a summer night at Huntington Park
with an office group after work or with family will look
about the same.
He said Columbus is in excellent position to adjust,
with its fine Huntington Park, experienced organizational
leadership, continuing popular MLB affiliation
with Cleveland, and history of community support.
“Once we get past the pandemic and crowds can
return in larger numbers, Columbus should be fine,”
said Tootle. “Columbus is an exceptionally strong
franchise in every way.”
He said the real adjustment challenges will be felt
in the 40-plus cities that lost their teams when the
restructuring plan reduced the total number of minor
league clubs from over 160 to 120.
“Empty ballparks and no baseball - a sad circumstance
for any town,” said Tootle. “We may see the creation
of new teams and leagues not associated with
organized baseball to serve these communities which
have suddenly lost their teams. We may see an
increase in the popularity of college baseball as players
who would have signed professionally out of high
school may now choose to play on college teams as a
way to get a shot at a professional career.”
He said the best hope for successful adjustment is
the game itself.
“The atmosphere on a beautiful summer evening at
the ballpark will always be magical,” said Tootle. “It is
hard to beat that experience no matter what the name
of the league might be. Even with this total restructuring
of the minors, somehow the game is always able to
adjust and keeps going on–but perhaps diminished
this year by the absence of the traditional league
names that have been part of the fabric and history of
professional baseball for generations.”
For information on “Baseball in Columbus,” visit
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Lady is an 8-year-old beagle. She is a naturally
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Auditor extends licensing deadline
Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano announced an
extension of the dog licensing deadline. The new deadline, based
on COVID-19 relief passed by the General Assembly, is July 1.
This extension will allow dog owners more time to purchase or
renew a license without a penalty. The cost to license a spayed or
neutered dog is $18 for one year, $54 for three years, or $180 for
a permanent license. For a non-spayed or neutered dog, the cost
is $35 for one year, $105 for three years, or $350 for a permanent
license. Though the auditor’s office public counters remain closed
for the health and safety of Franklin County residents, dog licenses
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What does it take to be a believable
action star? Well, if we’re looking at cinematic
examples of the past, all it really
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
That evolution had been met by resistance
by some — I guess watching a lean
human who was not chosen by a higher
power or bitten by a radioactive spider take
down a mob of people is not as believable as
if they were more massed — but I have been
enjoying this change as it allows more
actors to play against type.
The latest example of an actor playing
against type and donning the glistening
cape of a potentially new action star 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 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 really relished
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
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. “I did the
right thing.” But then, when his daughter
indicates that the robbers stole her beloved
Kitty Cat bracelet, he snaps and goes looking
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
Odenkirk saves “Nobody” from the unwatchable list
The Reel Deal
taken from watching
Odenkirk get his
action game on (no
oil here though he
does break out into
an attractive sweat
some baddies), the
movie itself does not live up to the potential
of his presence. The writers and the director
have a genuinely great actor on their
hands, one willing to go just about anyplace
they want (even the close quarters of a bus
for a tense and prolonged fight sequence)
but the material itself with its odd Russian
drug lord side plot and paper-thin building
of the Mansell family does him a disservice.
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
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
Families who lived outside the village of Grove City received their mail by horse
and wagon. Edward Darnell was the postmaster and also the rural mail carrier from
1897 to 1914. In addition to postmaster, Darnell was a photographer and he preserved
Grove City history through his photographs. Many of the historical photos
he took can no longer be credited to him today because there are no records of
what images he took. The photos and information in the Pictorial Past are provided
by Don Ivers, curator of the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum.