Westside Messenger - May 2nd, 2021

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May 2 - 15, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 22

Every day is

Earth Day

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

Earth Day is a bit of a misnomer for volunteers

with Friends of Westgate Park.

While they can often be found picking

up litter or doing other beautification

projects at the westside park on that

designated day, they can also be found

there throughout the year. “We consider

it an Earth Day every time we are out

here,” said Jillian Manning, a Friends of

Westgate Park board member. To compliment

and continue the April 22 festivities,

its volunteers came out that weekend

to remove and replace trees and

shrubs that were damaged. According

to Manning, the volunteers planted

three new trees (two magnolias and

one sweet gum) in the park and added

three pinky winky hydrangeas to the

expanded flower bed at the Recreation

Center entrance. Here, (top right) Paul

Adams gently places one of those

hydrangeas into the bed.

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By Andrea Cordle

Westside Editor

The Westgate Farmers Market is

expanding its season.

The popular westside market is held

from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third

Saturday of each month from June

through October. For its sixth season, the

market will expand to host two additional

shopping opportunities. The first will be a

May Market Preview, which will be held

See FARMERS MARKET page 2

Bottom right, Ric Brandel and Jillian

Manning rake the bed near the recreation

center entrance.

Pets of the Week ................... 11

The Reel Deal ....................... 16

Westland Safety

Officer updates Westland Area commissioners

on safety issues Page 2

School News

School district reports an increase in its

ELL student population Page 3

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By Hannah Poling

Staff Writer

Officer Rob Bruce from the Columbus Division of

Police attended the virtual April 21 Westland Area

Commission meeting to discuss several concerns in the

Westland and Hilltop areas.

In mid-April, Columbus police officers were sent to

a homeless camp after receiving multiple complaints

from residents. The camp was reportedly located

behind the Valleyview middle school. The individual

who was staying in the area was given a few days to

clean up and vacate.

According to Bruce, the officers do hand out literature

to the homeless with lists and locations of

resources to help them.

“A lot of people can get new sleeping bags and tents

and such from Jordan’s Crossing and Resource center,”

said Westland commissioner Nancy Day-Achauer.

According to Melissa Green, a neighborhood liaison

with the city of Columbus, they also work closely with

the Mount Carmel and Mary Haven outreach teams.

Before any camps are moved, outreach employees and

FARMERS MARKET

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Safety concerns addressed in Westland area

Park work day

Friends of Westgate Park will host a park work day

from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 8 at Westgate Park.

community events

social workers go to the camps and do several weeks of

engagement with the homeless to try to connect them

with supportive housing.

“It’s not illegal to be houseless, so it’s kind of a grey

area that we try to straddle, trying to be supportive

and connect people to as many resources as they’ll

take, and then also being respectful of the neighbors

who live around there and their private property. It’s a

delicate balance,” said Green.

Officers plan to return to the camp within the next

few days to see if it has been vacated.

Additionally, Day-Achauer relayed that she has

been seeing comments on a neighborhood social media

site about residents hearing gunshots in the Galloway

Ridge area.

“Our shot spotters will pick up 90 percent of shots

that are fired and the second and third shift officers

are the ones to circulate the area and it usually pinpoints

pretty close to where they find shell casings of

bullets,” said Bruce.

The officer said he would look into seeing if there is

a shot spotter in the Galloway Ridge area and will see

if any suspects or leads have been found regarding

these instances.

Volunteers can meet at 3271 Wicklow Road in

Columbus to help clean up the park. For more information,

visit friendsofwestgatepark.org.

on May 15. To end the season, the market will host a

Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 20.

“We want to give shoppers an opportunity to buy

local in those months,” said Molly Donavan, Westgate

Farmers Market manager.

The vendors people look forward to are returning to

the market again this year, said Donavan. The vendors

will sell produce, jam, bread, baked goods, eggs, meat,

and more. Non-food related items will also be available

including home goods, plants, candles, and apparel for

humans and their pets. According to Donavan, there

will be new vendors this year as well with offerings of

honey, handcrafted wood items, and small batch roasted

coffee.

“Our main focus is food, but we offer a wide variety,”

said Donavan.

The Westgate Farmers Market makes it easier for

residents to find fresh fruit and vegetables, especially

on the westside. The Hilltop area in particular has

been referred to as a food desert, with a lack of grocery

store options.

“There are dollar stores around here, but those

establishments don’t always provide access to fresh,

local food,” said Donavan.

The farmers market accepts both Supplemental

Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women,

Infants and Children (WIC). According to Donavan,

last year, the market saw a 500 percent increase in

food assistance programs.

“This tells us that people are using the market,” she

said.

In addition to accepting SNAP and WIC, the market

offers the Produce Perks program, which provides a

$25 match on produce purchases. Donavan said this

means any amount spent with SNAP/EBT or P-EBT,

up to $25, will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

The Westgate Farmers Market is also looking for

volunteers and board members. The group needs volunteers

to help set up before each market and tear

down after the event. Donavan said the market operates

under a volunteer board of directors and they are

looking for new members to better reflect the social,

economic, and cultural diversity of the Hilltop. Board

members typically serve a three-year term.

Those interested in volunteering or becoming a

board member, can email

farmersmarketwestgate@gmail.com.

The farmers market will again operate under

COVID-19 safety protocols set forth by Columbus

Public Health. Masks, or facial coverings, will be

required and the tents will be spaced out to allow for

sufficient social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be provided,

and no samples will be given out.

The Westgate Farmers Market is located at the

West Gate Masonic Lodge, 2925 West Broad St. For

more information, visit www.westgatefarmersmarket.com.


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By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The percentage of students who have a connection to

the English Language Learners program has hit a record

high in the South-Western City Schools District.

At the April 26 board of education meeting, program

coordinator Ed Kennedy shared compiled data that shows

roughly 25 percent of the student body population now

falls under that ELL umbrella.

“For the 2020-21 school year, we had 3,404 enrolled students

who have been identified as English Language

Learners, and we also had just under 1,800 students who

have recently exited the program,” he said.

For the past several years, the district has been hovering

around the 21 to 22 percent mark, but the steady

increase of students enrolling year after year has now

pushed it to 25 percent.

Kennedy attributed that steady increase to great “word

of mouth” from parents whose children are new to the

English language.

“They know that our ELL program has a strong reputation,”

he said in a post-meeting interview. “Our district has

a program that really works to help kids become proficient

and we have a number of support services to help them

and their families during this transitional phase as well.”

Traditionally, the areas that have seen the greatest

amount of growth in the ELL population is the Franklin

Heights and Westland corridors, but Kennedy said that

has slowly started to shift.

“Those areas and their feeder schools are still seeing a

tremendous amount of growth, but Central Crossing High

School and the Grove City corridor to a lesser extent are

seeing a rise in their own ELL population.”

Spanish continues to be the number one language with

EL students at 71 percent with Somali and Arabic following

at 12 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

Kennedy said Ukraine had been coming in at number

four but was recently surpassed by Hakha Chin with 4 percent.

In totality, there are 84 languages and dialects spoken

by students in the district.

Kennedy said that when students enroll in the program,

a majority are doing so when they are at the pre-functional

or basic level of learning the English language.

He added that it takes one to two years for students to

have a proficient grasp on conversational skills, while it

takes five to seven years to become proficient with their

reading and writing skills. He said the curriculum largely

focuses on their basic interpersonal communication skills

first and then transitions to their cognitive academic

language proficiency skills.

“You have to have an understanding of basic

oral skills before you can begin to read and write

and listen proficiently.”

For the past three years, the district has been a

recipient of a Striving Readers Comprehensive

Literacy Grant through the Ohio Department of

Education. Kennedy said those funds have allowed

the district to purchase reading materials and create

professional development opportunities for

their educators.

He said some of those reading materials that

were purchased included graphic novels which

allows students to read the text and comprehend

that corresponding action with the visual graphics.

“Graphic novels have been a huge help with

their comprehensive skills and keeping their interest

in the material,” he said.

In fact, Kennedy reported that the opportunities

created from the grant have helped raise the reading

level average by 1.2

grade levels for all EL’s in

grades 7-12 and assisted

with a 5.4 percent increase

in the number of 7-12 EL’s

scoring proficient or higher

on state EL assessment

tests.

“It feels like a lot of

progress has been made,”

he said.

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In Education

ELL student population grows in South-Western

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.

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.

around the westside

Westgate Plant Swap

Do you have indoor or outdoor plants

that need divided? Looking to diversify the

plant types in your yard? Friends of

Westgate Park and the Westgate

Neighbors Association are partnering to

host the second annual Westgate Plant

Swap. Those interested can drop off plants

from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 14 at the swap

location. The groups will sort the plants

into categories and get them organized for

the next day. Come back to the swap location

from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 15 and

pick out some new plants.

Here are some examples of plants that

would work well for this swap: hostas, irises,

daylilies, black-eyed susans, ornamental

grasses, sedum, purple coneflower, etc.

Houseplants are welcome as well.

Parking for the day of the swap is available

along Parkside Road, as well as the

large parking lot near the park. The swap

will take place outdoors; rain or shine.

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In related news, Kennedy said the district will once

again host a summer program for EL’s, though it will primarily

target grades K-8. He said the district is in the

process of identifying students who may benefit from the

program and information will be sent out to parents and

guardians soon. He added that it will be virtual but there

will be an opportunity for in-person Friday events where

students can participate in cultural awareness festivities

and book fairs.

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Opinion Page

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Vigilance required when walking your furry friend

As emotionally draining as the drawn

out pandemic days have been, there have

been a few bright spots. But being harpooned

by my second Covid vaccine needle

and the myriad of reactions I got from it

most certainly does not qualify as one of

them. No, not complaining, it does beat the

risk of the alternative. I haven’t had chills

like that since I got stuck in a sub-zero

North Dakota blizzard many years ago.

One bright spot does stand out for me.

I rarely watch the PBS channel, just too

much culture for my crude existence to

absorb. About the only thing I’ve watched

over the years are some of the old music

specials and groups they bring back, the

ones I grew up listening to. They always

get the fond memories bouncing, once I get

over how old they look and must remind

myself I look just as old.

I stumbled upon “Masterpiece” on PBS

and was excited to see its new adaptation of

the 1978-1990 series, “All Creatures Great

and Small,” the story of a 1930s veterinarian,

James Herriot, set in Yorkshire, a historic

county in England. Loved reading the

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books it was based upon years ago. The

new series was truly excellent, better than

the original, and I was glad to see it will be

back for another season. Watching it

turned back the pages many years to my

college days when I lived and worked at a

veterinary clinic, much like the one portrayed

in the books and TV series.

Watching the show sent my mind back in

time.

The veterinarian I worked for was very

much like James Herriot. His practice was

split about 80 percent small and 20 percent

large animal. His life was his work, he was

totally dedicated to it as many vets were in

those days. He lived to work, not worked to

live. There were no after-hour emergency

clinics in those days. He or the associate he

brought in, was on call 24/7/365. It was not

unusual for me to get a middle of the night

call in my downstairs clinic apartment to

assist with an emergency ranging from

going out with him to a dairy farm for a

calving or milk fever case, to surgeries in

the clinic for dogs hit by cars or removing

quills from a dog that tangled with a porcupine.

A recent dog walk triggered a flashback

to one specific emergency.

We’d just locked up the clinic after a

long day. I was back in my tiny apartment,

just gotten through de-doggyfying myself

with a long shower. The clinic intercom

phone rang. “Dave, got a dog emergency

coming in, going to need you.” His house

was attached to the clinic, just like

Herriot’s was.

Within minutes we were back in the

clinic and the dog arrived. I went out to the

car to assist carrying it in. It was a very

heavy, full grown Saint Bernard. He was

bleeding profusely from multiple areas.

The owner said another dog was being

walked by his house and he lunged after it

through his big living room window, shattering

the glass and sustaining several severed

veins and arteries and tissue injury

from the sharp glass. He was in bad shape

and I could see the concern in the doctor’s

eyes when we set him down inside.

Surgery lasted for quite some time, but

the doctor got him sewn back together and

the bleeding stopped. His loyal clinic resident

dog, a docile Chesapeake Bay retriever

named Lancer, graciously chipped in by

donating some much needed blood as he’d

been called upon to do a few previous times

while I lived there. The dog beat the odds

and went on to recover after many initial

doubts.

Memories of that night came back as I

walked my dog and went by a house that

always worries me. It has two large breed

dogs that stand on top of the living room

couch and literally lunge repeatedly at the

big window with their front feet clawing,

barking like guard dogs as we walk by.

When there’s full sunlight, you can see the

glass move. I always take a deep breath

with a sigh of relief when we get by. So far,

the window has held. But who knows, both

lunging with all their weight hitting the

window at the exact same time a certain

way…..? They’re needlessly tempting fate.

I can’t understand why the owners continue

to ignore the obvious ominous risk.

That situation happens more than you’d

think. But it’s usually the smaller breeds,

so I don’t worry as much. Many dogs (and a

few neighbors) let us know we’re not welcome

as we walk by, that’s natural and

fine, so long as they’re contained. Some

even wag their tails in friendship and

whine at the front door. A few others have

managed to burst out the front door and

come at us, not in friendship. Years ago,

one came at my dog and I got tangled in the

leash and pulled down. Luckily, we were

able to get things under control without

any damage to me or the dogs.

It all comes down to responsibility and

anticipation. If you’re a responsible dog

owner, you anticipate and assess situations

and react accordingly to prevent obvious

risks. If you’re not and do neither, things

can happen, sometimes bad things. I’m still

having to live remembering a 1987 jury I

sat on, where we had to listen to the case of

a little girl being mauled by two dogs who

found a way to escape from their poorly

secured apartment back porch area. It was

a senseless tragedy that a littler forethought

could have prevented.

When I walk about the area, I keep my

eyes far ahead. If I see a situation that

might present a problem, often a loose dog,

I try to avoid it by either waiting or changing

my route. There are times I can’t avoid

it and try to prepare myself. Controlling my

large dog can be difficult. Sometimes I

must yell at a loose rapidly approaching

aggressive dog at the top of my lungs and

at the same time drag my large dog with all

my might to keep moving until we get

away, leaving me exhausted and my dog

puffing and panting.

Dogs have Houdini genes in them and

can be incredible escape artists. It’s natural

for some to answer the distant call of the

wild, especially if they’re bored or not regularly

exercised. They find ways to get out of

their fenced, too often insecure, enclosures.

The owners sometimes don’t even realize

they’re gone for hours as the dog runs precariously

about, dodging cars, not always

successfully, creating havoc and chaos with

other dogs in its own neighborhood or farther

away. When the owners hopefully get

them back, they ignore taking time to fix

the escape route and the jail break scenario

soon happens all over again. Sometimes it’s

the same dogs that are seen galavanting

about and you read a response on the website

from a concerned poster for a dog spotted

wandering down a major road, “Oh,

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Dave Burton

that’s my neighbor’s

dog, it’s always out

loose.”

A popular neighborhood

website is

always filled with

dog notice postings:

lost, found, two

large dogs seen running

down… Has

anyone seen.., etc.

It’s disconcerting how many active posts

there are, but also encouraging how fast

helpful responses come in from concerned

neighbors. They often result in happy endings

that leave you smiling. But sometimes

the posts remain unresolved and sometimes

resolved, but on a sad note.

Situations arise with dogs, things happen,

and they will get loose. That’s understandable

and acceptable under the

assumption the owner recognizes it shouldn’t

and deals with it. Maybe that’s the root

of the problem. Perhaps a few just don’t

realize things can happen or refuse to deal

with it. We’ve all asked the question before,

“why do they even have a dog.” Some folks

just shouldn’t have one. They just aren’t

prepared to accept the responsibilities and

apparently just aren’t able to comprehend

the far-ranging risks.

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers. He

lives in Grove City.

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around the westside

Breakfast at the Lodge for 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.

Produce giveaway at YMCA

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce giveaway the third

Wednesday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879 Valleyview

Drive in Columbus. For more information, call the YMCA at 614-

276-8224.

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This photo from 1939 is of Mrs. Watts’ kindergarten class. Kindergarten was not provided universally

yet at public schools at this time. Most students this age obtained private classes often taught in rented

rooms in churches. This kindergarten was located on Sullivant Avenue near Central Avenue in an

unidentified building. Tom Ongaro (deceased) of the Hilltop originally shared this picture. He is pictured

in the third row, right end. Others identified are: second row, left end - Ronnie Coup, right end - Carl

Dewhurst, and third row, third from left - David Recob. 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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our cancer patients,” said Lisa Ahonen,

OhioHealth system program director, supportive

cancer care.

“Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an emotional

experience that comes with many

questions for the patient and their family.

Joining a support group, such as this

series, can help them find answers and

connect with people who are experiencing

the same thing they are.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with

OhioHealth to provide this series of support

and education programs for newly

diagnosed cancer patients and their families,”

said Bev Soult, president and CEO,

Cancer Support Community Central Ohio.

“The best cancer treatment combines medical

treatment with support and education

to help address with the emotional and

behavioral concerns that accompany a cancer

diagnosis.

“We applaud OhioHealth for its commitment

to delivering exceptional care for cancer

patients and their families to achieve a

better quality of life.”

The series is free, but those interested

in joining must register to get a secure

Zoom link for each event.

Registration is available by visiting cancersupportohio.org/ohiohealth

or calling

614-884-4673.


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Fire department facing financial strain after levy

By Amanda Ensinger

Staff Writer

A local fire department is continuing to

struggle, despite recently passing a new

levy. According to Franklin Township officials,

the levy was not enough.

Recently, the Franklin Township

Trustees asked voters to approve a 5.89-

mill replacement levy. This was a smaller

levy than what was proposed.

Franklin Township Fire Chief James

Welch laid out several options for the board

to choose from. If the township wanted to

maintain services at the time, voters would

have had to pass a 13-mill levy, according

to the chief.

“This option would have allowed us to

have two engines and two medics,” said

Welch.

The other two options were a 9.85-mill

levy that would result in the department

keeping two fire engines and one medic or

a 5.89-mill levy that would result in the

department keeping one fire engine and

two medics.

Wellness and foot care

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at

the Prairie Township Community Center

around the westside

According to Welch, with option two the

department would have to had let go of six

firefighters and with option three they

would have had to let go of nine firefighters.

As a result, Welch said this would

impact their response rates and they would

have to wait for neighboring fire departments

to respond to calls if they couldn’t

respond.

The trustees agreed to go with the 5.89-

mill replacement levy option because the

department needed to get a levy passed.

“The trustees thought voters would be

more likely to approve this than a levy asking

for more millage,” said Mark Potts,

township administrator. “This amount will

allow our fire department to continue to

operate, while also staying within their

budget.”

The township also has three other permanent

levies.

The township placed a 19-5-mill township-wide

levy on the ballot in the spring of

2020 but that levy failed.

As a result of the smaller levy passing,

the department has had to cut its staff size

weekly to provide free foot care and other

wellness services. To schedule an appointment

or for more information, contact the

wellness office at 614-437-2878.

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down from 39 firefighters to 29. Instead of

laying off staff, they are not filling the positions

when someone leaves.

“We will still be a 24/7 fire department,

but we may not be able to respond to emergencies

as quickly as we normally could,”

Welch said. “We will have to rely on mutual

aid when we can’t get to an emergency.”

This is the smallest the department has

been in 15 years.

“I think a large part of the reason the

previous permanent levy failed was

because there was a group of people putting

false information out there,” said

Franklin Township Trustee John

Fleshman. “If we had a permanent levy

then, we wouldn’t have to keep coming

back to voters every five years asking for a

new levy.”

Fleshman also said with inflation, the

costs continue to increase to operate the

fire department.

The township’s police department is facing

similar issues, according to Fleshman.

As a result, they also plan to ask voters to

approve a levy this year.

“A township-wide levy would help

spread these expenses out more and ensure

everyone is paying their fair share,”

Fleshman said. “It also would allow us to

collect from people who have annexed out

of the township.”

Fleshman said getting communities like

Valleyview and local businesses on board is

the only way a township-wide levy will

pass.

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Active Lifestyles

A bi-monthly feature celebrating the

wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens

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Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

(COAAA) is partnering with Trualta, a free easyto-use

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for a loved one in the home. Trualta is tailored to

meet the caregiver’s learning style through articles,

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professional-level trainings.

The online platform, which can be accessed

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caregivers to local resources and assistance, connects

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COAAA does not represent

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Upcoming ‘Medicare for Beginners’ Workshops

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including personal care, brain health, safety, selfcare,

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Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and

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COAAA’s Trualta Support Specialist,

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Trualta website. To learn more about Trualta,

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Alzheimer’s Association offering virtual programs

The Alzheimer’s Association will hold

virtual educational programs from May 4

through May 26.

All programs are free and open to the

public. Registration is required. To register

for the program, call 800-272-3900. The

programs include:

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Strategies at noon.

May 5 - Understanding Alzheimer’s

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May 10 - Dementia Conversations at

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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce, President • Commissioner Marilyn Brown • Commissioner John O’Grady

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.

Older Americans Month

Every year in the month of May, we celebrate Older Americans

Month. Older Americans Month, or OAM, was established in the

year 1963, with a goal of bringing awareness to the needs of older

American citizens living within the United States. The Administration

for Community Living, or ACL, is responsible for spearheading

the national observance of Older Americans Month and creating an

honorary theme. In years past, themes have included “Engage at

Every Age”, “Connect, Create, Contribute”, and most recently last

year, Make Your Mark”. For May 2021, the monthly theme just so

happens to be “Communities of Strength”.

“Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives

through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and

contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will

celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with

special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in

building strong communities”.

Over the past year, older Americans have had to face several

challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic. Social isolation,

personal and family illnesses, and financial hardship, are just a few

of what older Americans endured and to do so, takes immense

amounts of strength. The Franklin County Office on Aging has been

with these older Americans every step of the way. Through

providing free home-delivered meals for most of 2021, to providing

free transportation to COVID-19 vaccine appointments, to finally

continuing to provide their existing support programs and services

to Franklin County older adults. The community in which the

Franklin County Office on Aging serves, is a diverse group of

individuals who love to stay involved and participate in strength

building programs.

There are a few ways that older Americans and their family or

friends can continue to develop their strength and to stay connected

as a community.

-Utilize social media: Many of us have social media application,

whether that be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Social

media allows for you to connect with others and stay informed about

the lives of loved ones. Most social media accounts are free to join,

and if you decide to create one, make sure to follow the Franklin

County Office on Aging on Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn.

-Create Zoom meetings: Create Zoom meetings: We all miss seeing

others face to face, however with COVID-19 still present we want to

make sure you have safe interactions with others. A popular way of

doing so is by creating Zoom video call groups. You can simply call

one another to chat, you could create a weekly or monthly book

club, or even have a movie night or painting event. The creative

ideas you can come up with are endless.

-Self development and sharing: There are many people who would

love to add an additional skill to their list. Perhaps that is cooking,

drawing, taking up yoga, or maybe even learning a new language.

By continuously learning, you cannot only build up yourself, but

you can share your newly acquired skills with your family, friends,

or acquaintances. You strengthen others, when you strengthen yourself.

This pandemic has taken a lot of enjoyable moments, loving individuals,

and amazing memories from so many of us. However, if we

stick together as a community, we will come out stronger than ever.

If you are an older adult age 65 or over or know of an older adult that

may need any of the programs or services listed above, please contact

the Franklin County Office on Aging at (614) 525-6200.


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Beating cancer with humor and a pie to the face

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Tony Sobony believes in taking on cancer

with pie in the face humor by helping

donors raise money through American Pie

Party fundraisers to battle the disease.

In the late 1970s, Sobony was a teacher

at Hamilton Township High School when

he asked his mentor and fellow teacher,

Carol Lowe, “What should I do? I am not

sure if I want to teach the rest of my life.

She replied, ‘Specialize in something.’”

When he went home that night and

watched “The Tonight Show’s” Johnny

Carson describe humor as often being the

extreme of something, Sobony was diagnosed

with throat cancer five years ago and

skin cancer a few months ago. Also, his

father passed away from lung cancer.

Sobony believes God planted the seed

that would become the American Pie Party.

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“A pie in the face is the extreme physical

comedy act,” said Sobony. “It is funny, therapeutic,

and sometimes magic. Cancer is

the extreme physical tragedy. It hurts in

many ways and it kills. By combining the

laughter of pies in the face and the sorrow

of cancer, unlimited amounts of money can

be raised for the war on cancer. My friend

Carol later passed away from breast cancer.

Now I am a frustrated fundraiser.”

Sobony said people have donated more

than $100,000 over the years through pie

party events where–in non-pandemic

years–individuals line up with a creamfilled

pie plate to throw at designated recipients.

“We have held pie parties at Columbus

City Hall, the Statehouse lawn, parking

lots, backyards, living rooms, churches,

schools, and restaurants,” said Sobony.

“We recruit celebrity PiePals–people who

celebrate life–to raise funds and accept a

whipped creme paper plate pie in the face

from a cancer survivor, preferably. On

National Cancer Survivor Day, the first

Sunday in June, we hold SpeedPie.

Approximately 600 pies are tossed at me in

a minute. I have accumulated over 70,000

in 40 years with notarized signatures.”

Pie parties are also held at birthday parties,

family reunions, auctions where participants

can bid for the opportunity to

throw a pie in the face, and a Human

Checkers game where whoever gets

jumped gets a pie in the face and if you get

“kinged,” you get to throw a pie at anyone.

Five years ago, American Pie Party TAG

was launched with the premise that 90 percent

of the money raised during an event

goes to a celebrity’s chosen cancer agency.

Since the pandemic hit, the organization

started promoting Virtual Pie Party TAG

to benefit children’s families who are going

through treatment.

“We direct the funds for co-pays, medications,

and supplies,” said Sobony. “With

Virtual Pie Party TAG, we ask the volunteer

to video the event and TAG another

with the tagline, ‘What’s the cure for cancer?

Tag! You Are It’ We hope the concept

goes viral.”

A fish fry benefitting the American Pie

Party is scheduled on May 5, from 11 a.m.

- 1 p.m. at River Vista Health and

Wellness, 1599 Alum Creek Drive,

Columbus. This event is sponsored by

StoryPoint Senior Living in Grove City,

River Vista, Bickford Senior Living of

Bexley, and Oasis Senior Advisors. People

can pre-order meals ($10) or donate at the

event.

For information, visit www.theamericanpieparty.org

or on Facebook at

TheAmericanPieParty.

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Pets of the Week

Snoopy has been

on the adoption

floor for a few days

waiting to meet his

Charlie Brown. This

4-year-old is known

as the “fun police” in

playgroup and

would do best with

another calm dog in

the home. Snoopy is available for adoption

through the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

Schedule a time to meet this handsome

guy.

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Lily is an 11-yearold

hound mix who

is a bit of a wallflower.

This shy yet

charming girl is

searching for

patient owner with a

relaxed lifestyle. Lily

needs gentle guidance

to help her

come out of her

shell. This senior gal is up for adoption

through the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

FYI: www.franklincountydogs.com

Sweet Pea is an 8-

year-old calico. This

gal is just the sweetest.

She wants a

human buddy that

will shower her with

a lot of attention.

Sweet Pea is a loveable

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her own. If you

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Bridget needs a

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lives with

dogs, but avoids them, so a mellow canine

family member would be best. Bridget is up

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Like father, like son

This father bald eagle appears to be having a talk with his little

one. Maybe dad is giving the eaglet some flying instructions.

The bald eagle’s nest is located in Newcomerstown,

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PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

PUBLIC HEARING NOTIFICATION

May 11, 2021 at 7:00 P.M., at the

Prairie Township Hall, 23 Maple Dr.

Variance Application No. 656-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-000887, 264 Norton Road,

Columbus, Ohio 43228. To grant a Variance from the provisions of Section 825 (High

Density Residential District (R-8); to permit the applicant to build a new multi-family unit

development with more dwelling units per gross acre than the Resolution requires in an

R-8 (high density residential) District.

Variance Application No. 657-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-0001620, 4757 W Broad Street,

Columbus, Ohio 43228. To grant a Variance from the provisions of Sections 936 (Special

Setback Requirements for Business and Manufacturing Districts), 1110.1 (Off Street

Parking Space Design Standards), 1803.3 (Building Orientation), 1806.1.a (Parking),

1809.1 (Signs), and 1813.1 (Commercial Gateway Sub-District); to permit the applicant

to construct a new drive-thru restaurant with greater front setback, less rear setbacks,

smaller parking spaces, and more wall signs whose style varies from what the Resolution

requires in the West Broad Street Corridor Overlay District.

Variance Application No. 658-VA-21 – Parcel No. 240-000762, 200 Buena Vista

Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228. To grant a Variance from the provisions of Sections 930

Table 2 (Dimensional Requirements), and 1009 (Accessory Buildings in Residential

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I have never thought of myself as a violent

person, but I have to admit that I

began to question my preferred method of

confrontation by using passive-aggressiveness

and snark thanks in large part to

“Mortal Kombat.”

While a casual player of the video game

that irate parents and Congressional leaders

swore would corrupt the youth of the

world, it was the live-action adaptation of

1995 that reeled me into the web of imagined

fisticuffs. Upon watching this version

for the first time, I became obsessed with

the skill and power of the characters, wishing

that one day I too would be able to competently

wield harpoon-like spears

attached to the length of a rope like

Scorpion or snap necks with my knees

while in a handstand like Sonya Blade.

In the years that followed,

I did not rack up

a body count, or even

learn how to do a handstand,

but I did parse

out that what I was

feeling whenever I

thought of “Mortal

Kombat” was something

called nostalgia. Like a fist, or foot, or

ice spike, nostalgia can be powerful. It burrows

into you, making you feel vaguely irritated

when someone makes fun of what you

like, and it brings forth a feeling of protectiveness

when someone tries to remake

something you

love.

When I

heard that

Warner Bros

had decided to

reboot this

franchise, I felt

that inkling of

irritation but I thought would give it a

chance because it’s “Mortal Kombat.” It’s

supposed to be stupid fun and that is something

we can all use in our lives. But this

latest version largely turns down that

aspect in favor of stupid without the fun.

While it’s not awful enough to make you

want to inflict Sub-Zero levels of violence,

it is bad enough to make you want to give

its new creators a powerful stink-eye.

It begins with an effective prologue taking

place in 17th century Japan where

skilled assassin Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) has

found the guarded woodland home of rival

Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada). After

killing his wife and child, the two warriors

face off in the film’s most exquisitely choreographed

fight scene, expertly blending

moves only found in the video games and

martial arts movies of yore. When this

sequence is over, however, so too is most of

the film’s promise.

The film then jumps forward to the

Outworld where sorcerer Shang Tsung

(Chin Han) is delightfully planning

Earthrealm’s destruction. Knowing that

they only need one more win at the Mortal

Kombat competition to take over this

“pathetic” realm, he sends his greatest

assassins to find their warriors and eliminate

them before the competition can take

place. At first, not much urgency is given to

this mission, but he then discovered a

prophecy that foretells their defeat should

the Hasashi line unite the champions. This

bit of news is a surprise to all the baddies

of that realm as they thought Bi-Han and

the Lin Kuei assassins killed them all centuries

ago. Whoopsie.

That whoopsie turns out to be Cole

Young (Lewis Tan), a character created

specifically for this movie universe. Born

with a dragon tattoo (seriously), he is a

down-on-his-luck MMA fighter who knows

nothing of his lineage or Mortal Kombat

and the hell that is about to be unleashed

upon him and his family.

While out for dinner one night, Cole and

his wife and daughter are attacked by a

specter who has the ability to generate and

control ice. Knowing that they are no

match for this Cryomancer, they hesitantly

accept the help of stranger Jax Briggs

(Mehcad Brooks) who tells them to seek out

Sonya Blade.

When Cole finds

her, Sonya (Jessica

McNamee) explains

to him what Mortal

Kombat is, who the

people are who also

share in his dragon

tattoo, and when this fight to the death

might take place. She then encourages him

to follow her on a quest to find the location

of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) who

could help train and guide them as they

prepare for this world’s greatest death

match.

When they reach Raiden’s lair, the film

slows to a crawl as the fighters try to

unlock their “arcana,” or special power that

could help them not have their spines

ripped out of their body or smashed to a

bloody pulp by Prince Goro, the Outworld’s

last champion who is a multi-limbed halfhuman,

half-dragon creature. There is a lot

of exposition in these scenes, a lot of Cole

(and Sonya, to a degree) wondering who

they are and where they fit in this world,

and not enough combat.

But the latter point is one of the biggest

issues with this film — there is little Mortal

Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.” There are

mortals in this film, and there is combat in

this film, but there is no true Mortal

Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.”

With the lack of the tournament itself,

this film can only be described as a prequel,

as a way to introduce the audience to this

weird world. It teases with one-on-one

fights in the end (Max Huang is a true

delight as the razor-hat wearing Kung Lao,

who definitely has the best fatality of the

film), but it really is a set up for potential

sequels even though the studio has not

committed to making said sequels.

There is also a big issue with the

ambiance of the film — it just takes itself

too seriously. While it tries to say it’s the

opposite with high levels of gore or overthe-top

fatalities, its dialogue and plotting

say something else altogether, and usually

in a monotone voice.

Should potential sequels go forward,

there is some hope that things can be salvageable

with better pacing, a better script

and maybe some acting lessons in emoting

for its core actors. But until then, I say to

fans that this version is not a flawless victory

for the franchise, but it’s also not a

fatality either.

Grade: C

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But the latter point is one of the biggest

issues with this film – there is little Mortal

Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.” There are mortals

in this film, and there is combat in this film, but

there is no true Mortal Kombat in “Mortal

Kombat.”

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Dedra Cordle

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

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