April 4-17, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLII, No. 4
Photo courtesy of Tom Marker
The boys and girls of Cub Scout Pack 103-Wolf Den spent part of a March weekend
collecting trash near the covered bridge over Walnut Creek in Canal Winchester.
CW city employee aids in rescue
By Linda Dillman
Training– both professional and medical–helped
a Canal Winchester water department
employee be a better worker and
a good Samaritan as well.
Travis Lynch parlayed a seasonal position
with the city of Canal Winchester into
full time employment and his CPR certification
resulted in life saving measures during
a March 11 medical emergency near where
he works at the city water plant.
“I was driving down High Street in Canal
Winchester on March 11 around 2 p.m.
when I noticed a gentleman was slowly
rolling through the stop sign at Pfeifer Dive
and High Street right in front of me,” said
Lynch. “I noticed he was having a medical
emergency as he went over the curb and
stopped in resident’s front yard. I immediately
turned my strobes on in my truck, got
out, and dialed 911.”
See RESCUE, page 12
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Travis Lynch checking equipment housed
in the city’s water department complex.
Lynch assisted in the March 11 rescue of
a motorist experiencing a medical emergency.
By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester’s popular Blues and
Ribfest has been cancelled for this year.
“This was not an easy decision to make,”
said Destination: Canal Winchester Executive
Director Karen Stiles. “Our board had
been discussing it for several weeks and had
been paying close attention to Governor
DeWine's announcements regarding his restrictions
on festivals and events. Though
many were frustrated that we cancelled
again or that we cancelled as early as we
did, they don’t understand that we have no
choice but to follow the restrictions set by
our governor. Nor do they understand the
amount of time and money it takes to put together
a festival of this size.”
Stiles said planning for the festival typically
begins in September of the previous
year, including booking entertainers. Planning
for the 2021 began last year despite the
cancellation of the 2020 festival.
“Many of the restrictions were problematic
for our festival–one of our biggest issues
is the ‘only 30 percent of typical
attendance,’” said Stiles. Our city isn’t gated
nor can it be, so there would be no way of
meeting this requirement. We looked at
moving the event to anther Canal Winchester
location that was gated, but couldn’t find
a location that had the access to water and
electric that food vendors require, nor the
electric entertainers require. Parking was
also going to be a problem. We also discussed
moving it to later in the year, but
there were still no guarantees and trying to
find a date was a problem.”
Stiles said, although the Destination:
Canal Winchester board could have waited
with hopes and fingers crossed that some of
the restrictions would be lifted, they still
would need to pay entertainers a non-refundable
deposit. There were also concerns
that, if they waited and still had to cancel,
vendors would miss out on other opportunities
around the country.
“We didn’t want to put them in this position.
They had already had a rough 2020,”
In addition to the 2020 and 2021 Blues
and Ribfest, Destination: Canal Winchester
also cancelled last year’s Art on the Canal
See CANCELLED, page 12
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Windy weather on March 28 did not keep
Pickerington dad Nyle Douridas and his
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Ohio Inspector General annual report
Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer has released the Office
of the Ohio Inspector General 2020 Annual Report.
The report outlines the mission and responsibilities of the
Inspector General’s Office; examines the office’s complaint and
investigative processes and related statistics; and cites summaries
of several notable investigations released from Jan. 1,
2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. As required by statute, the annual
report has been presented to the governor and each member of the
Ohio General Assembly. During the last 30 years, the office
received and evaluated 8,906 complaints and completed and
released over 1,500 reports of investigation.
The annual report is available free of charge to the public at:
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller enjoys some of the natural beauty of a trail winding its way
along Walnut Creek near Canal Winchester.
A nature walkabout
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On April 17, Canal Winchester Urban Forester
Dick Miller will lead a leisurely walkabout on a trail
through the woods near Walnut Creek.
Miller will share his knowledge of the flora and
fauna in the local area from 9-11 a.m. in the George
Baeris Nature Preserve. Participants will meet in
the north paved parking area on Parkview Drive
leading to the nature preserve in the Canal
Winchester Walnut Creek Park.
Parking is available north of the middle school.
The event will be held rain or shine, but cancelled if
there is lightning in the immediate area.
“Weather providing, we may traverse two miles
in two hours talking about the watershed, the
human relationship to nature and possibly identifying
a few birds along the way,” said Miller.
Topics include the Canal Winchester’s designation
as a Tree City, people and their association
with nature, the wetland at the middle school,
stormwater in central Ohio, the recovering riparian
woodland and invasive species management.
“Bring binoculars if you have them, a raincoat,
bug spray to spray long pants from the knee down
and old tennis shoes to possibly get muddy or wet,”
said Miller. “It is not a perfect world in the woods so
be prepared to spray your pant legs to prevent ticks
from using you for a mid-morning brunch.”
The walk is appropriate for anyone of any age
who can walk two miles in two hours and if you are
not worried about getting wet or muddy. There are
no registration requirements. All local health
orders, including social distancing and facial coverings
“We are combining this with our annual arbor
day celebration,” said Miller.
Walnut Creek Park features hiking trails, soccer
fields, a seasonal portable restroom, creek access
and 50 parking places. It is open 6 a.m. to dusk and
is located next to the Canal Winchester Middle
School on Parkview Drive along Lithopolis Road.
Celebrating National Library Week
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will celebrate
National Library Week from April 4-10 with virtual
events, plus a Checkout Challenge encouraging CML
customers to achieve 100,000 checkouts that week.
Starting April 4, each person who checks out one
item or more will 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. All CML locations will be
closed on April 4 for the Easter holiday. Customers can
still check out digital materials that day to be entered
into the drawing. CML is celebrating with these virtual
•April 5 - Book Buzz: Preview of Spring/Summer
2021 Book Releases, 7 p.m.
•April 6 - Staff Picks Live! Historical Fiction, 7 p.m.
•April 7 - Library Giving Day — Sponsored by the
Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation. Virtual
Author Talk with poet Marcus Jackson, noon.
•April 8 - Local History Panel Discussion: African
Americans in Greenlawn Cemetery, 6:30 p.m.
•April 9 - Virtual Family Storytime, 10 a.m.
•April 10 - Last Day of the Checkout Challenge.
April 4, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 3
Art on the Canal Art Stroll
The 2021 Art on the Canal Art Stroll
will be held May 15 from noon to 6 p.m. in
downtown Canal Winchester. According to
Destination Canal Winchester, because
2020 was a difficult year for small businesses
including artists and fine crafters,
participants this year will not be charged.
Messenger photo by Pat Donahue
Flying objects were spotted at Area 51 Disc Golf Course in
Obetz as Dylan Knecht of Groveport nails the putt while his
fellow Cruiser to his left, Noah Graham, and Seth Collins of
Obetz, look on. The three avid disc golfers were found at
Area 51 taking advantage of the nice March weather. Knecht
has been enjoying the sport for less than a year, but he plays
often. Graham has played for a dozen years, and Collins,
twice that long. They play year round and usually come
armed with a variety of discs, sometimes as many as 20 to
30, for various situations and multiple shots.
To advertise in the Messenger,
call Doug Henry at 614-272-5422.
Messenger photo by Pat Donahue
Wind not a problem
Construction has begun on the new Fresenius Kidney Care
facility in Obetz. The breezy weather didn’t bother the truss
setting crew on March 11. The new central Ohio location will
be at Froehlich Boulevard and Dixon Parkway just behind
the Ohio Health Emergency Care.
OH License #20692
FISH AND SEAFOOD
NEW 2 ND LOCATION
2410 Hilliard-Rome Road
OPENING MID - APRIL
• 5x’s Bigger Than Original Location
• Double Wine Selection
• More Items to Choose from
Frank’s Fish and Seafood
Market to open
If you like seafood, you will love this news!
Frank’s Fish and Seafood Market, 5251
Trabue Road, is known for its frozen lobster
tails, King Crab legs, Snow Crab clusters,
orange roughy, lake smelts, fresh chopped
clams, squid tubes and tentacles, caviar, salted
baklava, fresh cod, fresh eel, octopus, fresh
lump crabmeat (non-pasteurized), Florida stone
crab claws, snow crab cocktail claws, and
special order only live lobsters.
Now owner Frank Gonzalez is opening a
second retail superstore at 2410 Hilliard-Rome
Road in mid-April that will give customers more
opportunities to purchase and enjoy great
According to Gonzalez, the new superstore
(which will not include a restaurant) will be five
times bigger than the original store.
“We will be able to serve customers better
and offer more items. Plus we will have double
the wine selection,” said Gonzalez, who added
the business also supplies 250 stores and
The new superstore is open seven days a
week. Hours are Monday through Saturday from
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4
The existing store hours are Monday 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and Tuesday thru Saturday 8 a.m. to 6
p.m., closed Sunday.
Visit both locations to enjoy the finest in
fresh fish and seafood to be found in Central
For information call 614-878-3474 or visit
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Farm has new hours
Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living
Historical Farm, 1375 State Route 674
North, Canal Winchester hours are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and
Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The farm
is closed on Monday.
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I was never much of a football player as a
kid, but I do know one thing about the sport -
it’s a lot more fun played in the snow of a
neighborhood backyard with your neighborhood
Back in my days of youth, my older brother
organized regular pick-up football, baseball,
and basketball games among all the
neighborhood kids. At first we usually used
our backyard for these contests.
In fact, we played so much baseball there
that we wore out the grass in the yard to the
point that it looked like a real baseball diamond
with patches of dirt at home plate, the
pitcher’s “mound,” and the bases. I remember
my dad being unconcerned about the worn
out turf. He said of the grass, “It’ll grow
As we kids all grew a bit older, we moved
our football and baseball games from our
backyard to a nearby larger vacant lot. The
ground on this lot was lumpy, but no matter.
Whenever a fresh snowfall blanketed our
playing fields, the football came out, no matter
the month or day of the week or low temperature.
We would all gather at the field,
pristine with fresh snow, and then proceed to
track it up with action.
Football in the snow meant one could slide
Football in the snow
A local chapter of Special Olympics Ohio formed in the
Groveport/Canal Winchester area. The mission of Special
Olympics Ohio is to provide year round sports training and competition
in a variety of Olympic type sports for intellectually disabled
For information contact local coordinators Penny and
Cassandra Hilty at email@example.com or at
(614) 395-8992 or 395-6640.
Donations may be sent to Groveport Special Olympics, P.O.
Box 296, Groveport, OH 43125.
and glide several feet
in the snow when hitting
the ground. It
meant bundling up in
warm coats or sweatshirts
that served as
extra padding to
absorb hits when tackled
equipment in these
games, just your regular
clothes). It meant
getting cold snow
down your back and in
your face, which actually
cooled you off as you worked up a sweat
playing. It meant hearing the crunch of snow
under your feet and also when a ball carrier
and tacklers mushed to the ground in a pile.
It meant going out for a pass and faking out
a defender then watching them slip and slide
in the snow. It meant precision was meaningless.
It meant being cold and wet. It meant
showing the cold weather that it could not
stop you from playing ball. It meant you were
alive. It meant having fun!
I think that memories like this pop up for
people whenever they see a rare college or
NFL game being played in the snow. It
prompts folks to remember playing in the
snow themselves and how much fun it was.
It also makes the usual machine-like
nature of college and pro football games,
mostly played on sterile looking fields, revert
back to the game’s roots of playing in the
snow and mud when everyone was on equal
footing. I bet the pro and college players like
playing in the snow, too.
Those snowy football games we played in
our youth ended when we either finally got
too cold, the sun set, or it was time for dinner.
We’d gather up the wet football, brush the
snow off our clothes, and head home to the
warmth of our family homes, tired, but
I don’t see kids out in their yards much
these days playing football in the snow or
making snowmen or having snowball fights
or cracking the thin ice on mud puddles just
to feel it and hear it give way under our feet.
They don’t know what they are missing.
Rick Palsgrove is managing editor of the
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.
Lady is an 8-year-old beagle. She is a naturally
playful, curious, and trusting canine. She would
love to go out for daily walks then spend the
evening cuddling with her people. She is a sweet
pooch looking for a loving forever family. She is
up for adoption at the Franklin County shelter.
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.
Ruthie B is a 2-year-old 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. She can jump really high so a
six-foot fence would be needed to keep her contained. Adopt Ruthie B
through Colony Cats and Dogs.
April 4, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 5
Taking it to the track: driver in his first truck race
By Rick Palsgrove
Aaron England is ready to get behind
the wheel for his first professional truck
“I’ve been a student of motor sports
since 2000,” said England, a 2010 graduate
of Groveport Madison High School. “I primarily
follow NASCAR, but am well-read
in most forms of motor sports throughout
the world. I have wanted to race vehicles
competitively my entire life. This is my
first opportunity to do so with the CRS
Truck Series Event in June.”
England will drive a Chevrolet
Silverado late model race truck, owned by
Billy Streihle, in the 50 lap event in the
CRS Truck Series on June 19 at the
Shadybowl Speedway in Degraff, Ohio.
“The vehicles’ bodies are fiberglass and
aluminum and the truck weighs about
3,100 pounds,” said England. “Average
speeds on track are over 80 mph and top
speeds well over 100 mph.”
England is known online as AJ Appeal
(Twitter.com/ajAPPEAL), where he hosts a
motorsports syndicated podcast and he is
editor of RacingRefresh.com.
“I currently have over 15,000 followers
on my social media accounts and host a
weekly motorsports podcast called Racing
Refresh,” said England. “We are attempting
to crowd fund this effort. Donors can
contact our show to get their name on the
truck. We are eager to promote business
sponsors who are interested in sponsoring
the truck. Their branding and logos will be
on our uniforms, website, and the racing
vehicle, and they can contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org with interest.”
When asked why he enjoys racing,
England said, “I find great things in racing.
A race team is a sport, a hobby, and a business
all at once. There is tremendous competition
in motorsports, whether the race
ends side-by-side or is dominated by a single
competitor. Add to that the high speed
and adrenaline, and you’ve got a perfect
combination for fans of all ages.”
England feels well prepared for his first
“I have a lot of knowledge on the science
behind racing,” said England. “I’ve spent
hundreds of hours on motorsports simulators
and watched every form of racing. I am
not sure how I will contend against competition
that has more experience than I
have, but I am confident I will take great
care of the vehicle that I’m driving. I’ll
learn more that I hope I can apply to future
events. The ultimate goal is to finish every
lap, and, hey, If I can compete for the win,
I’m sure I can make somebody really
The race England will participate in is
known as a short track race. He said short
track racing refers to race tracks that are
typically a half mile or less in length.
“While speeds are faster than most
everyday drivers operate their vehicles,
they are not as fast as major events such as
the INDY 500 or famed NASCAR races,”
said England. “Due to the lower speeds,
short track racing relies much less on the
aerodynamics and horsepower of the vehicles
and more on the talent set of the competitors
in the field.”
Motor racing has historical roots in the
Groveport and Obetz areas as the
Columbus Motor Speedway once flourished
in Obetz for many years.
“I was fortunate to live in Obetz growing
up and attend events at Columbus Motor
Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
Photo courtesy of the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society
Rails replace canal
Pictured here (at left) is a locomotive hauling building materials during the construction
of the Scioto Valley Traction Line interurban electric railway in downtown Canal
Winchester circa 1904. The water in the foreground is the Ohio and Erie Canal, which
by this time had fallen into relative disuse. The buildings in the background are
downtown business buildings on Canal Winchester’s South High Street. The interurban
opened in Canal Winchester. Groveport and Central Ohio in 1904 and operated
until the 1930s.
Aaron England with the Chevrolet Silverado race truck.
Speedway,” said England. “It wasn’t as
often as I would have hoped. I recall
attending ‘Night of Champions’ with my
uncle Matt. I saw NASCAR legends Kenny
Wallace, Jerry Nadeau, Matt Kenseth, and
Kerry Earnhardt all in one event.”
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England said a goal of the June 19 race
is “to promote our podcast, learn to race,
and emphasize the importance of grassroot
racing to fans who are only aware of
NASCAR or INDY car racing they see on
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A free CW CommUNITY Connect Spring
Fling will be held April 10 from 11 a.m. — 8
p.m. at Westchester Golf Course, 6300 Bent
Grass Boulevard, Canal Winchester. About
12 Canal Winchester organizations are volunteering
to mingle and let others in the
community know everything that Canal
Winchester offers. The schedule:
•11 a.m.—1 p.m.: Canal Winchester Steel
Band; Events by Maddy — balloon artist;
•Noon —6 p.m.: Bounce houses;
•1—5 p.m.: DJ — Capital City Sound;
•5—7:30 p.m.: Live band - Heindog &
Other activities include: corn hole; kids
games; and the CW golf team will teach putting
Due to the ongoing pandemic, all social
distancing protocols will be observed during
Parking will be limited, so walking, riding
a bike, riding a golf cart, or ride sharing
Local organizations involved include:
RED has committed volunteers; Brockstrong;
Canal Winchester CommUNITY
Closet; Canal Winchester Human Services;
Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce;
Canal Winchester Joint Vocational Recreation;
Canal Winchester Tomahawks; Canal
Winchester Rotary; Canal Winchester Lions
Club; Canal Winchester Performing Arts;
Canal Winchester Schools; Canal Winchester
Golf Club; Evelyn’s Foundation; Canal
Winchester Historical Society; Canal Winchester
Boy Scouts); Canal Winchester Art
Guild; and VFW.
Tax filing deadline extended
The Ohio Department of Taxation extended
the deadline to file and pay Ohio individual
income tax for tax year 2020, from
April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. As a result,
the municipal income tax filing deadline for
individual taxpayers has been automatically
extended to May 17, 2021 as well.
Late filing penalties and late payment
penalties and interest will not be imposed
for the period of April 15, 2021 through May
17, 2021 for these extended filings and payments.
The payment due date for the tax year
2021 first quarter estimated tax payment,
and the filing and payment due dates for
business net profit taxpayers, are not impacted
by this extension. However, RITA
will not impose late filing penalties, or late
payment penalties and interest for the period
of April 15, 2021 through May 17, 2021
for first quarter 2021 estimated tax payments
or business net profit filings and payments.
Township opposes gas hike
Residents of Madison Township participating
in the Volunteer Energy Services,
Inc. natural gas aggregation program may
see increased rates on their February and
March natural gas bills.
The Madison Township Trustees believe
the rate increases are unfair and are not
permitted by the contract. The trustees are
working with the township’s attorneys and
its gas aggregation consultant, Scott Belcastro
at Trebel Energy, LLC to ensure that
residents are treated fairly and their rights
under the aggregation contract with VESI
There will be a special meeting of the
Madison Township Trustees on April 6 at 7
p.m. via Zoom for anyone who wishes to
learn more. There will be a presentation by
natural gas aggregation consultant, Trebel
Energy, LLC, followed by a question and answer
Details on the Zoom link will be posted
on the Madison Township website.
Trailer storage prohibited
Canal Winchester City Council approved
an ordinance prohibiting storage of trailers
and other non-motor vehicles within the
city’s public right of way. The parking limitation
amendment states that storage of
such vehicles has a negative impact on community
aesthetics and parking availability
for the motoring public.
CW Farmers’ Market
The 2021 Canal Winchester Farmers’
Market will begin on Saturday, May 29 and
run through Saturday, Sept. 25. For information
2021 is the
time to buy or
By Alexandra Hager
Team Lead of Residential Mortgage Lending
at Telhio Credit Union
Whether you’re looking to relocate, buy your
first home or refinance, there is no better time than
Our advice for buyers is to go in with an aggressive
offer. You are competing with a lot of
other buyers, and if you like the home you’re looking
at make a really strong offer because the price
will be even higher on the next one.
The current housing market is also good for
homeowners who want to refinance. These recordlow
interest rates may save you thousands of dollars
over the lifetime of your loan - or put cash in
your pocket now. So if you’re looking to refinance,
do so in 2021.
So if you have not yet looked into refinancing,
what are you waiting for? Rates won’t go much
lower since the Federal Funds Rate is already
nearly 0%, and while we don’t believe rates will
go up any time soon, once they go up, they will go
up quickly. At Telhio, we’re happy to help you understand
your options and find the right rate and
term for you.
Contact me today to learn more about loan and
refinancing options at 614-221-3233 ext. 8149.
and the Big E Band
June 12, 2021
1630 Schrock Rd.
Dinner/Show Tickets $ 55.00
Tables of 10 Available
Tickets by Phone: 614-792-3135
Still Good Seats Available
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April 4, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 7
Moses-Mouser Eye Care
Dr. Joshua Morris is an Optometrist who grew
up in Bellville, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate
degree at the University of Akron, where
he graduated magna cum laude with honors.
Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University
College of Optometry and graduated cum laude
with honors to receive his Doctor of Optometry Degree in May 2019. After
completing his studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical
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
6441 Winchester Blvd. E., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 614-963-3827
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Odenkirk saves film from being unwatchable
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
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.
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 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 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 chin-ups 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
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
The Reel Deal
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 for trouble.
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 (no oil here
though he does break out into an attractive sweat after
dispatching 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 better suited to fit
the talent of the actors and the audience starved for an
action film that is not completely convoluted.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.
“Working: A Musical” at CATCO virtually April 29-May 9
CATCO focuses on work and the people behind the
jobs in its upcoming production of, “Working: A
Musical,” April 29-May 9.
Based upon Studs Terkel’s 1974 bestseller,
“Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day
and How They Feel About What They Do,” the musical
shares actual workers’ words from the book and gives
voice to their hopes and aspirations.
Truckers, waitresses, stay-at-home moms, hedge
fund managers, laborers, millworkers, project managers,
delivery people and other workers tell their stories
through music written by songwriters Craig
Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary
Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and
The musical has undergone several revisions since
its premiere in 1977 and on Broadway in 1978.
CATCO will present the 2012 version.
Directing “Working: A Music,” is Daniella Wheelock
and the music director is Jeremy Ramey.
Tickets (one per device) are $20 each, and are available
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The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission now
has available a list of 12 proposed, new transportation
projects set to receive more than $77 million in federal
funds during state fiscal years 2022 to 2027.
Among the 12 projects from around central Ohio,
two are local and include:
•Brice Road, from Chantry Drive to south of
Channingway Boulevard, $15 million; and
•Rickenbacker Area Mobility Center, $3.37 million.
“MORPC received more than $220 million in
requests for funding of new transportation projects
from throughout our transportation planning area,”
said Thea Ewing, MORPC director of transportation &
Every two years, MORPC solicits projects to receive
federal transportation funding in the MORPC transportation
planning area of: Franklin County; Delaware
County, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield
County; New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in
Licking County; and Jerome Township in Union County.
Examples of the types of transportation improvements
eligible for funding include highways, public
transit, bikeways, pedestrian facilities, bridges and
traffic signal upgrades.
MORPC’s Attributable Funds Committee is also
proposing to recommend continued funding for 27 projects
and programs to which MORPC had previously
committed funds. More than $211 million in future
funding commitments is being proposed.
Printed copies of the draft listing are available upon
request by calling MORPC at 614-228-2663.
MORPC will consider final approval of the funding
commitments on May 13 and they will be incorporated
into the Transportation Improvement Program for the
appropriate fiscal year. The Transportation
Improvement Program is a financially balanced listing
of federal, state and locally funded projects that are
scheduled for some phase of implementation or development
in a fouryear period. COTA and Delaware
County Transit Program of Projects are part of our
public involvemen process.
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and its
partners at Rumpke Waste and Recycling announced
they are expanding their plastics recycling program to
include polypropylene tubs and yogurt containers.
In recent years, central Ohio’s residential plastics
recycling program has only allowed for the recycling of
plastic bottles and jugs which feature a neck smaller
than their base. This recent announcement expands
the existing recycling program to include a wide variety
of plastic tubs such as butter, cottage cheese, and
sour cream tubs, fruit, pudding, and applesauce cups
and all yogurt containers.
These items need to be empty and clean before
being they’re put in the recycling cart. Lids and labels
can be left on but the foil tops that sometimes come on
yogurt containers should be removed and not recycled.
Like most businesses, recycling is commoditiesbased.
Taking care to recycle correctly is an important
act we can each make to support the businesses which
make it possible for us to recycle our unwanted materials.
In order to expand the plastics recycling program,
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of recycled plastics. In addition to securing end users,
Rumpke is also investing in new equipment and the necessary
workforce to separate and sort these materials at
its Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). Once separated
at the MRF, these materials are baled and shipped to
businesses, many of which are in Ohio, to become new
products — like water bottles and plastic lumber.
What’s not accepted
Items on the ‘no-no’ list include disposable plastic
cups such as party cups, and plastic take out and
clamshell containers like those used for strawberries
and blueberries. If you aren’t able to avoid using these
items, the only current options for disposing them are
to either reuse them or put them in the trash where
they’ll be safely disposed at the landfill.
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Notice of Availability of a
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and Notice of Public Hearing
ACTION: The Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to
address the Proposed Cargo Campus Development at the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park (RGLP) and
associated improvements south of Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK). The EA is being prepared to
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PUBLIC HEARING: The CRAA will conduct a Virtual Public Workshop and Public Hearing related to the EA for
the proposed improvements at the RGLP. Due to the recommended precautions to stop the spread of
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22, 2021 at the following locations:
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Dr. Bender Scholarship
Canal Winchester City Council announced two $1,000 scholarships
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While Lynch was on the phone with 911,
other pedestrians at the scene tried to get inside
the victim’s truck to check on his condition,
but the doors were locked. Lynch said
the man appeared unresponsive. The homeowner
of the yard where the truck stopped
came out with a large pipe wrench and gave
it to Lynch to gain access to the truck.
“I was able to break out the passenger
back window,” said Lynch. “We were able to
get the doors unlocked, and a lady was able
to get the gentleman out of the truck. As we
waited for EMS to arrive, we were trying to
get the man to become responsive. EMS arrived
shortly after. This was a team effort
with everyone involved. Thankfully, there
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Art Stroll and its Reindeer Run due to
the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We want to host events that bring people
to our city and see all that Canal Winchester
has to offer,” said Stiles. “We also
love being able to provide the people of
Canal Winchester fun things to do. As an organization,
it's terribly frustrating to have
to limit what you host.”
The city’s Blues and Ribfest originally
started in Pickerington many years ago. According
to Stiles, when Pickerington no
longer wanted to host the event, they approached
Canal Winchester to see if it
would be interested in moving the festival
to Canal Winchester. Mayor Mike Ebert
spoke with Bruce Jarvis, the director of Destination:
Canal Winchester at the time and
Jarvis agreed to take over the event.
The first Canal Winchester Blues and
Ribfest was held in 2010 and has grown
steadily with free live entertainment on two
stages, over 25 food vendors–rib vendors
included–a large beer garden and a kids’
area filled with activities.
“I can’t tell you how often entertainers
have told me this is one of their favorite festivals
because they love our community and
the people who attend are fantastic,” said
On March 27, the Canal Winchester Lions Club, along with the Cub and Boy Scouts, coordinated a clean up
of the Gender Road/U.S. Route 33 interchange as well as a portion of the bike trail. O’Charley’s provided
lunch at the David Evangelical Lutheran Church shelter. “Thank you to all of the participants. Roads are
looking much cleaner now,” said Kelly D. Hogrell of the KD Insurance Group.
were multiple people assisting and multiple
people played a part in helping the gentleman.”
In 2015-16 Lynch went to the Ohio Fire
Academy, where he received Firefighter
1&2 certification and an EMT-Basic certification.
Those certifications have since expired,
but he is CPR certified.
Lynch started working for the city in the
street department as a seasonal employee
right after high school in the summer of
2015. He and his twin brother–who now
works in the city’s Urban Forestry department–eventually
became part time employees
with the city. In 2017, they both
were hired as full time employees.
Before being transferred to the water department
in 2020, Lynch worked three
years in the street department. An Ohio
Water Supply Operator class 1 license is required
to work for city water department
and with the help of his co-workers, he was
able to pass the operator’s test.
“It is required through the EPA that you
have 12 months experience, so I am considered
an ‘operator in training’ until my 12-
month mark here at the water plant in
mid-April and then I will be eligible to receive
my license,” said Lynch. “Passing the
certification test enables me to perform my
everyday tasks within Ohio EPA’s standards.
Having the certification shows that I
am knowledgeable and capable of performing
water supply duties.”
Stiles. “They ask to come back. How wonderful
The festival now attracts an average of
36,000 attendees each year.
“Due to the success, we’ve made many
changes that help make the festival more
enjoyable,” Stiles said. “One of the first
changes we made was to bring in national
rib vendors that tour the country doing fairs
and festivals. This change was made because
these rib vendors are able to go from
one food line to seven in the blink of an eye.
This certainly helps people get their smoked
ribs, brisket or chicken more quickly. We
also greatly increased the size of the Beer
Garden to accommodate our much larger
crowd. In 2019, for the first time, we
brought in a much larger main stage. This
places the entertainment a bit higher to
make it easier for all to see the performers
on stage and to enjoy that energy.”
Stiles said when her board cancelled the
festival in 2020, they never dreamed they
would cancel it again in 2021.
“I don’t think anyone believed that we
would, as a nation, still be battling this pandemic,”
said Stiles. “I have to believe we will
be back next year.”