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With congregate dining shuttered last year to slow the spread
of COVID-19, representatives with LifeCare Alliance had a
novel idea: bring the meals to the people through drive-thru
events hosted at popular locations for seniors. One such location
was the E.L. Evans Senior Center in Grove City, which
averages 75 meals served to clients at each event. “It’s a
robust operation,” said Dedra Thompson, the dining coordinator
at LCA and the senior center, as vehicles fluidly passed
through the line. Those who come out to the center receive
three meals (one hot and two cold) as it is only held every
other week. Seated in this (top right) photo from left to right
are friends Phil Smith, Freda Barclay, Kathleen Price and
Agnes Klinko enjoying their meal at the shelter house behind
the center on April 28. The members of the center, who are
also on the volleyball and Wii bowling teams, said they often
meet for lunch after these events. The next spring-drive thru
will be held on May 12 and May 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the Evans Senior Center, located at 4330 Dudley Avenue.
Below, Teri Ruslander, the elder services coordinator with the
Grove City Police Department, helps bag up the meals. The
menu on April 28 included a hot BBQ beef sandwich, a roast
beef sandwich and a chicken salad with sides, including potato
City gives funds to
By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
After some debate between city leaders,
Grove City Council approved additional
funding for the Buy Local Certificate
At the April 19 meeting, council voted
to appropriate $50,000 from the general
fund for the initiative that is managed by
the Grove City Area Chamber of
Commerce. The ordinance passed with a 3-
This is the second round of funding for
the gift certificate program. In September
of 2020, council voted to use $75,000 of
public funds for the program.
The Buy Local Certificate Program
aims to support and market local businesses
by encouraging patrons to shop and dine
at local establishments. This program was
created to help small businesses offset the
financial effects of the novel coronavirus
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along to a client and accept a monetary donation even though
their meals are free. Seniors can also access daily drive-thru
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The Big Splash will open for the 2021 swim season on
Saturday, May 29.
Several policy changes have been enacted to promote
public safety. Those changes include:
• The Big Splash is available only to season pass holders.
Season passes are sold individually online starting
May 1. A pass is not required for a child younger than 3
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The American Red Cross will host several blood drives
in Grove City. The events include:
•May 2 - 1 to 7 p.m. at the Grove City Kingston
Center Community Drive, 3226 Kingston Ave.
•May 7 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Drury Inn and Suites,
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years accompanied by a season pass holder age 16 or older.
• To use the facility, pass holders schedule a time block
or “wave” up to 48 hours before their intended visit. Three
waves of two hours and 45 minutes are offered each day
with 45 minutes between each wave reserved for cleaning.
Wave times are: 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., 2:30 to 5:15 p.m., and
6 to 8 p.m.
• No day passes will be sold in 2021 to ensure as
many season pass holders as possible can enjoy the
• The Big Splash is open daily Saturday, May 29
through Monday, Sept. 6 except when the South-
Western City Schools District is in session (June 1-
4; Aug. 25-27, 30-31; and Sept. 1-3).
• A season pass may be purchased by a resident
of Grove City or unincorporated Jackson Township
for $50. Non-residents may purchase a pass for
• By purchasing a season pass, patrons agree to
adhere to all rules and regulations presented by the
city of Grove City including those put in place to
limit exposure to COVID-19 (i.e., mask wearing
and social distancing) as well as other communicable
diseases such as crypto.
Swim lessons will be offered at The Big Splash starting
June 12 in a variety of skill levels, days and times.
Participants are not required to be season pass holders.
Those interested can register as one would for a traditional
class offered by Grove City Parks and Recreation.
Registration opens on May 10 along with other June-July
Parks and Recreation Department activities.
For more information, visit www.grovecityohio.gov.
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•May 11 - 1 to 7 p.m. at the YMCA, 3600 Discovery
•May 13 - 12 to 6 p.m. at Covenant Church, 4178
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or
pandemic. Consumers purchase a buy one, get one certificate
from the chamber and receive a specific certificate
up to $25.
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said the program
has been a success. He said he spoke with several
small business owners who reported that the certificate
program helped to bring in new customers.
According to the legislation, 25 businesses participate
in the program and in just eight business days,
approximately 700 people bought nearly 1,700 gift certificates
amounting to $50,000.
“Businesses were hurt by the pandemic,” said councilman
Ted Berry. “We have funded grants for Town
Center organizations. This branches out and focuses
on small businesses.”
While councilman Randy Holt supported the legislation,
he had an issue with the amount of money that
was to be set aside for administration fees and marketing.
The original ordinance appropriated $40,000 for
the certificates with $10,000 going to administration
and marketing. The first round of funding for the initiative,
in 2020, included $50,000 for the certificates
and $25,000 for marketing and administration fees.
Council did vote to amend the ordinance to specify
that $45,000 be used for the gift certificates while
$5,000 can be set aside for marketing. Council also
amended the legislation to use federal stimulus dollars
to reimburse the city should the program be eligible for
anticipated rescue plan funding.
Not all council members were on board with funding
“I’m not a fan of using tax dollars for private businesses
that are members of the chamber,” said councilman
He compared it to a members-only club.
“It’s like a membership drive for the chamber. It
just doesn’t seem right,” he said.
According to Shawn Conrad, the executive director
of the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, there
were six new businesses that joined the chamber to
participate in the program. She also said it costs
approximately $160 a year for a small business (with
one to three employees) to be part of the chamber.
Any independent brick and mortar business that
sells goods directly to consumers, who employ 20 associates
or less are eligible to participate in the certificate
program. Businesses must operate within the
Grove City boundaries and must be members in good
standing with the chamber of commerce.
Council president Christine Houk also voted
against funding the program.
“I am a supporter of the chamber, but this is not a
good use of government dollars,” she said.
According to Houk, most of the funds used for this
program have gone to just a handful of businesses.
“It may not have reached the businesses that needed
it the most,” she said.
Houk said she would prefer the buy local certificate
program be funded and administered through a nonprofit
Per the legislation, the chamber will give the city a
list of members who participate in the program. The
chamber will also provide weekly or monthly receipts
to the city so officials can keep track of money spent.
For more information on the Buy Local Certificate
Program, visit www.gcchamber.org.
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By Dedra Cordle
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
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
Spanish continues to be the number one
language with EL students at 71 percent
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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.
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
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membership in several clubs, a
career-oriented speaker series,
career services training, and
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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. I stumbled upon “Masterpiece” and
was excited to see its new adaptation of the
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 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.
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. 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
As far as sports go, basketball has
always been my first love.
I played basketball for years and I have
always maintained an interest in the game,
which combines a variety of physical and
mental skills to play, and, well, it’s just fun.
But in my youth I had a second sports
love and that was baseball. But, while basketball
has never let me down, baseball
broke my heart.
In the 1960s my favorite baseball team
wasn’t a team from the major leagues, it
was the minor league Columbus Jets of the
I would often listen to Jets’ games on the
radio in the kitchen of my family’s Main
Street home as they battled teams like the
Toledo Mud Hens and Rochester Red
long day. I was back in my tiny apartment,
just gotten through de-doggyfying myself
with a long shower. The clinic intercom
rang. “Dave, got a dog emergency coming
in, going to need you.” His house was
attached to the clinic, just like Herriot’s
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.
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
When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way
Wings. I’d sit close to the radio by a window
and watch lightning bugs flash on and off
outside in our backyard as the announcer
gave the play-by-play of the game: “It’s a
line drive, base hit by Patek down the left
field line” or “It’s a high fly ball to deep left
center field. Way back, way back, it’s gone,
a home run by Bob Robertson.”
The next morning I would grab the
Citizen-Journal newspaper to read the
paper’s account of the game and to peruse
the box score and standings.
Once in a while my dad would take me
and my brother to Jet Stadium to see a
game in person. Jet Stadium was a beautiful
pastoral place and I still remember how
vividly green the outfield and infield grass
looked the first time I entered the place.
In the first game I saw the Jets play in
Jet Stadium they beat the rival Mud Hens
5-1 behind the strong pitching of Bob
Moose. Robertson homered and Patek, a
shortstop who was one of my all-time
favorite Jets, beat out a perfect bunt down
the first base line for a base hit.
The Jets were always competitive, but
in spite of that, attendance dwindled as the
1960s wore on. The team’s last year in
Columbus was 1970 before it moved to
Charleston, West Va., to become the
Charleston Charlies. (What a ghastly
I was a teenager by then and already
developing a sense that the world could do
unforeseen unpleasant things and that
what we cherished in our youth was not
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,
that’s my neighbor’s dog, it’s always out
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.
permanent. Still, it was hard to believe the
Jets were gone.
The Jets leaving town shook my faith in
baseball and I never really fully felt the
same about the game again. I liked it, but
no longer loved it. I did follow the
Cleveland Indians off and on over the
years, but it wasn’t the same. When the
Columbus Clippers came to town in the
late 1970s I tried to rekindle that old fire.
But it was gone. It left when the Jets flew
out of town.
Rick Palsgrove is managing editor of the
Columbus Messenger Newspapers.
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Summer Sizzle Concert Series entertains in a new location
Jump start your summer weekends
Friday evenings beginning late June with
open-air concerts in the Town Center.
The free Summer Sizzle Concert Series,
sponsored by the Grove City Parks and
Recreation Department, features live
entertainment by some of the best acts in
central Ohio. The concerts kick off at 7
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and enjoy the performance.
2021 Summer Sizzle
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•June 25, Lee Gantt Band (country,
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The Jackson Township Bulk Trash
Drop-off for all Jackson Township, city of
Grove City and village of Urbancrest residents
will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to
4 p.m., May 3 through Sept. 24 at the
Jackson Township Administration
Building, 3756 Hoover Road. The service is
not available Memorial Day, Independence
Day and Labor Day. Residents must check
in at the Jackson Township
Administration office prior to unloading.
Accepted items include: residential bulk
trash, tires (limit of four) and scrap metal.
The following items are not accepted: batteries,
motors, light bulbs, hazardous
waste (chemicals, oils, paints), TVs and
Throughout the year, residents can drop
off electronics or e-waste at the Jackson
Township Administration Building, 3756
Hoover Road, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
The list of accepted items includes: computer
components, laptops, tablets and
iPads/PDAs, cell phones, wireless routers,
cable modems, chargers and cables, VCRs,
Dish and Direct TV receivers stereos and
PRIDE Soccer Club (PSC) is thrilled to be
celebrating 17 years of developing soccer players
and people! PSC has over 600 players on
40 different teams, ages 6-18. Tryouts and
team formation for the 2021-2022 season will
look differently this year. PSC will be offering
opportunities for new players to join team
training sessions in May instead of only attending
an open tryout. All interested players need
to register online for tryouts to be considered
for a team and contact the PRIDE SC Boys or
Girls Director if they want to attend a team session.
Open tryouts begin June 1st.
How do I register and get more information?
Go to www.pridesoccerclub.com, click
login/register in top right, find 2021-2022 tryouts.
All attending must wear face coverings,
maintain social distancing and follow event
For additional information, visit
GroveCityOhio.gov or call the Grove City
Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-
3050. Weather-related cancellation information
is available on the Grove City
Facebook and Twitter pages or call the
weather hotline at 614-277-3060 the day of
Monitors and TVs are not accepted.
For additional information, call the
Jackson Township offices at 614-875-2742.
Gardens at Gantz Sale
Join the Gardens at Gantz volunteers
as they celebrate the 28th annual Gardens
at Gantz Herb and Perennial Plant Sale
from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., May 8 at Gantz
Park, 2255 Home Road. This is a rain-orshine
Browse a wide variety of culinary and
landscape herbs, native perennials, raingarden
plants and more. Volunteers are
available to answer gardening questions.
Cash, checks and credit cards ($15 minimum)
The sale is in the Gantz Farmhouse
parking lot. Participants must wear face
coverings, maintain social distancing and
follow event protocols.
Proceeds benefit the Gardens at Gantz
Farm volunteers, celebrating more than 28
years of dedication and cultivation to garden
improvements, youth and adult education
including donations of books to area
For more information, call 614-277-
3058 or 614-871-6323.
Taking PRIDE in developing soccer players
At what age can players join?
Players can join at U7 (2015 birth year) and
What is the difference between PRIDE
SC and recreation soccer?
PSC provides a more developmentally
focused program that will better help prepare
players for the next level than a recreation program.
This is accomplished by a professional,
licensed coaching staff in a competitive environment
with 3 times as many training opportunities.
Where are training/games?
PSC trains and hosts home games in Canal
Winchester, Groveport, Ashville and Grove
City. League games and tournaments are
mostly in Central Ohio but can be throughout
Ohio depending on the age and level of the
May 2, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 7
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Jackson Township purchases new medic and plow trucks
By Dedra Cordle
It is out with the old and in with the new at the fire and
road departments in Jackson Township.
In April, the board of trustees authorized the purchase
of one new medic for the fire department and two new plow
trucks for the road department. The former was approved
as a part of a planned replacement cycle, while the latter
was approved due in part to grant funding.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Quincel, the
department will replace a 13-year-old medic that has
approximately 250,000 miles on it. Because of its age, it
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“It is not assigned to any of our four stations,” said
Quincel. “It is typically reserved for use when our frontline
vehicles are out for repair or preventative maintenance or
when the other backup medics are out on runs or at community
He said this medic is not cost effective to maintain.
“At this point, we will save more money by replacing it
with a new medic than we will by making repairs.”
The new emergency service vehicle will be manufactured
locally by Horton Emergency Vehicles. It will cost
the township roughly $315,000 and it will be completed
and delivered to Station 201 on Grove City Road next year.
This purchase marks the third time in as many
years that the department has ordered a new medic
for its fleet. Unlike the past two purchases, the
township will pay the entirety of the cost rather
than a portion or nothing at all.
In 2019, the township announced that it had
come to an agreement with the city of Grove City
regarding Beulah Park Tax Increment Financing
plans. Under the terms of the agreement, the city
would purchase two emergency service vehicles for
the township within the next five year. The city
went on to purchase one that year, and it will purchase
the second in 2025.
Late last year, the city allocated a portion of the
funds it received through the Coronavirus Aid,
Relief and Economic Security Act to the township.
The township paid approximately $40,000 for a
new medic, while the city funded the remainder of
Quincel said the township’s partnership with
the city has been invaluable to the fire department.
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With the 13-year-old medic set to be phased out next
year, the oldest vehicle will then be an 11-year-old medic.
Quincel said the department is on a 10-year replacement
“The first five years of a medic will be spent as a frontline
vehicle,” he said. “After those five years are up, we
have to order a new one and then they become our backup
He said medics have to be replaced often as they garner
a tremendous amount of wear and tear.
“Replacing the medics on a planned replacement cycle is
a necessity,” he said. “Our public depends on us to assist
them when they are in need and those vehicles need to be
in the best shape they can be in.”
The road department will also be replacing its oldest
plow trucks as they were selected to be a recipient of a
Volkswagen Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund Grant.
According to township administrator Shane
Farnsworth, the road department will be able to replace a
2004 model and 2006 model plow truck with two new environmentally
friendly vehicles. He said the township will
pay approximately $250,000 for the plow trucks, while the
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will cover 30 percent
of the cost, or roughly $83,000.
He said they will be specially outfitted and delivered to
the department in the summer.
“They will be ready to go come the next snowfall,” he
The 2004 and 2006 trucks will be decommissioned. The
department will have four plow trucks on hand, one of
which is a smaller model to access cul-de-sacs and subdivision
May 2, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 9
A bi-monthly feature celebrating the
wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens
How to memorialize a lost loved one
A memorial tells the story of your loved ones
to future generations. The experts at Hannigan
Memorials, part of the Modlich Monument
Company, have tips on choosing just the right
Aim to purchase a memorial before the emotional
time of losing a loved one. Even with cremations,
there are memorial options, such as
burying cremains and erecting a monument; creating
a cut-out in a monument and sealing the cremains
inside; or using a decorative urn inside a
“A memorial takes time to complete and place
in the cemetery,” said Chad Sothard, branch manager
of Hannigan Memorials. “We deliver and
install every monument we build, making sure
everything is just right for our customers.”
Match the memorial to your lot
Some cemeteries restrict the size, shape or
material used for memorials. “We have experience
working with a variety of budgets and different
cemeteries to help ensure your final memorial
choice fits your personal taste, budget and cemetery
regulations,” said Sothard.
Personalize your memorial
“We believe a memorial is as unique as the life
it commemorates,” Sothard said. “Our craftsmen
can create any type of memorial, with stones in
any type, color, shape or size.” Customers can
choose their engraving, from standard sandblasting
to hand diamond-etched portraits. Hannigan
also provides computer-generated scale drawings,
so customers can easily visualize their memorial.
COAAA partnering with new
online caregiving platform
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
(COAAA) is partnering with Trualta, a free easyto-use
online platform that equips caregivers with
the knowledge and skills needed to manage care
for a loved one in the home. Trualta is tailored to
meet the caregiver’s learning style through articles,
tip-sheets, quick five-minute videos, and
The online platform, which can be accessed
from a computer or any mobile device, offers
practical caregiving tips and techniques, links
caregivers to local resources and assistance, connects
caregivers to other caregivers, and covers
many topics that caregivers may experience,
including personal care, brain health, safety, selfcare,
and working with memory issues or dementia.
Trualta is for caregivers who live in COAAA’s
eight-county area – Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette,
Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and
Union. Registration is required to access the platform.
COAAA’s Trualta Support Specialist,
Maddie Huggins, can answer questions about eligibility,
assist with registration, help with device
accessibility, and help individuals navigate the
Trualta website. To learn more about Trualta,
contact Maddie Huggins at email@example.com
or call 614-645-7445.
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Are you new to Medicare?
Do you need help understanding your options?
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s (COAAA) FREE virtual ‘Medicare
for Beginners’ workshops through Zoom provide down-to-earth
unbiased information to help you make informed decisions. At this
time, all presentations are virtual. Please note varying times.
Upcoming ‘Medicare for Beginners’ Workshops
May 19 at 2:00 p.m.
June 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Visit www.coaaa.org/medicare for a complete
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Alzheimer’s Association to host virtual educational programs
Screenings at Evans
Amity Care Home Health Services provides
a nurse at the E.L. Evans Senior
Center in Grove City to do free diabetic
screening and blood pressure testing every
first and third Wednesday of the month
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information,
call Amity Care Home Health at 334-
Wellness services for seniors
LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at
Grove City Church of the Nazarene in
Grove City weekly to provide free foot care
and other wellness services for seniors. For
more information, call the wellness office
news and notes
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold
virtual educational programs from May 4
through May 26.
These presentations cover a variety of
topics and occur at different times during
the day and early evening via videoconferencing
to allow individuals to participate in
the convenience of their homes. They will
discuss topics such as what is Alzheimer’s
disease, warning signs to look for, activities
to do at home, and how to have those difficult
conversations. The programs are helpful
for anyone experiencing signs of memory
loss, their family members who may be
concerned, and the community member
looking for more education.
All programs are free and open to the
public. Registration is required. To register
for the program, call 800-272-3900. The
•May 4 - Effective Communication
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•May 5 - Understanding Alzheimer’s
and Dementia at 3 p.m.
•May 10 - Dementia Conversations at
Volunteers sought at food pantry
The Grove City Food Pantry is looking
for volunteers. The pantry is located at
2710 Columbus St. in Grove City. It serves
about 250 families each month in Grove
City, Orient, Harrisburg and Galloway. It
is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 4
p.m. and on the third Saturday of the
month from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers
are needed to work various times and days.
Food donations are also needed. Those
interested in volunteering for the Grove
City Food Pantry or making a food or monetary
donation can email
•May 11 - Effective Communication
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•May 12 - 10 Warning Signs of
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•May 17 - Understanding Alzheimer’s
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•May 17 - Living with Alzheimer’s
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•May 18 - Dementia
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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
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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OhioHealth and Cancer Support Community Central
Ohio are partnering on a free series of virtual support
groups for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.
The six-week sessions will run six times during 2021
and will cover a variety of topics including:
•First Steps After You’re Diagnosed: Learning a New
•Resources to Partner with Your Healthcare Team
•Communicating with Your Family Through Cancer
•Coping with Side Effects
•Proper Nutrition and Staying Active
•Managing the Emotions of Cancer
Participants are welcome to join the group at any point
and can join missed sessions during another series. The
groups are led by a licensed social worker from Cancer
Support Community Central Ohio with the support of an
OhioHealth cancer nurse navigator.
“We are thankful to Cancer Support Community
Central Ohio for partnering with us to provide this important
service to 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
Virtual support groups offered for newly diagnosed cancer patients
Spring cleanup in Pleasant Twp.
Pleasant Township will host a spring cleanup from
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday May 14 and from 7:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday May 15. Residents can drop
off unwanted items at 5373 Norton Road. Hazardous
waste will not be accepted. For more information, visit
The Pleasant Township Fire Department will be
flushing hydrants from May 3 through May 7. Hydrant
flushing may cause water to become rusty and to
appear discolored. Although the water is not harmful
to drink, it can cause discoloration of laundry.
“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.
news and notes
Arts Council to host spring
bazaar to benefit art projects
Grove City Arts Council will host its annual outdoor
spring bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 at Bethel
Lutheran Church on Hoover Road. The rain date is
May 22. Proceeds help to support a grant program for
community art projects. For those interested in booth
space, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grove City Arts Council
The Grove City Arts Council meets the third
Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m at Storypoint on
Orders Road. For more information, call 670-2926.
and the Big E Band
June 12, 2021
1630 Schrock Rd.
Dinner/Show Tickets $ 55.00
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Back in the early 1900s on the streets of Grove City and other area small towns,
automobiles were not welcome on public roads because horse enthusiasts were
reluctant to share the road. Early automobiles would frequently backfire, causing
a horse to bolt. Pedestrians caused another problem. People would walk into the
street expecting the cars to stop the same as a horse. As interest in automobiles
grew, motoring became a favorite leisure activity. The photos and information in
the Pictorial Past are provided by Don Ivers, curator of the Grove City Welcome
Center and Museum.
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First win of
At right, Calvin Lin serves up a win for
the Comets. The Central Crossing
senior took home straight set victories
coming out on top 6-1 and 6-0 helping
the Comets to a 3-2 win at Groveport.
Below, Central Crossing senior Bogdan
Semchishin has his eye on the ball and
a win, taking straight sets 6-0 and 6-2 in
an April 27 match up at Groveport.
Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Going around Central Crossing sophomore Jeremy Paquette proved easier than
going over him as his strong net game helped he and doubles partner, Jesse
Nlemchi to a third set tie breaker against Groveport’s Casey Humphrey and Jason
Robertson who took the 15-13 victory in the April 27 match up at Groveport High
School. It was the first win for Central Crossing. The team now has a 1-5 record.
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
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Dog license deadline extended
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.
“Your auditor’s office wants to ensure that everyone can get
their dog license free of penalty,” Stinziano said. “Licensing your
dog is required by the state of Ohio, and I want to make dog
licensing easy and accessible for all Franklin County residents
throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One goal since I took office
as your Franklin County Auditor has been to increase the rate of
licensed dogs and encourage responsible pet ownership.”
The 2020 licensing season saw 99,795 licensed dogs in
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 nonspayed
or neutered dog, the cost is $35 for one year, $105 for three
years, or $350 for a permanent license.
In addition to being required by state law, dog licensing
ensures that any lost dog is returned quickly to their owners.
Most funds generated from dog licensing support the Franklin
County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. Dog licenses can be
purchased at doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov.
Messenger photo by Pat Donahue
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
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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
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
Lily is an 11-yearold
hound mix who
is a bit of a wallflower.
This shy yet
charming girl is
searching for a
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.
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
lap cat who just
wants a home to call
her own. If you
would like to meet her, contact Colony
Bridget is 6-
months-old and a
tad ornery. She
loves to zoom
around the house
and be in charge.
Bridget needs a
younger feline playmate
own age to keep her
company. She currently
dogs, but avoids them, so a mellow canine
family member would be best. Bridget is up
for adoption through Friends for Life
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“Mortal Kombat” is like a gut punch
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 passiveaggressiveness
and snark thanks in large part to
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 half-human, 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-onone
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.
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Any house wash $149+tax
Single deck $69+tax
2 Tier deck $99+tax
Best Wash in Town
Over 45,000 washes
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30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.
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BURNS TREE SERVICE
Trimming, Removal &
Brewer & Sons Tree Service
• Tree Removal
• Tree Trimming 4/25
• Stump Grinding
• Bucket Truck Services
Best Prices • Same Day Service
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We Specialize In Decks.
Clean, stain, reseal,
revitalize any deck.
Quality work at fair prices.
Guarantee All Work 3 Yrs.
25 Yrs Exp. Free Est.
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Minimum Charge $5.00
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Happy Mother’s Day
MAY 9, 2021
e Friendliest Little
Jewelry Store in Grove City
Sunday, May 9
ORDER BY 5-5-2021
(Serves Approx. 4-6)
$ 99 95
Pick Up Cold to Reheat or Hot and Ready To Eat!
614-878-7422 (Ask For Carol)
* 3 BLEND SALAD * * AWARD WINNING RIBS *
* BBQ CHICKEN * * 3 SIDE SELECTIONS *
* SWEET DESSERT TREAT PLATTER *
(Slaw / Potato Salad / Au Gratin Potatoes / Bake Beans
Chunky Apple Sauce / Macaroni Salad / Green Beans) Rolls & Butter
• Weather Permitting Patio Service Available or
Reserve a Table in our Event Space
2000 Norton Rd. Phone: 614-878-7422 Fax: 614-878-7429
Can You Take a
Want to give Mom a break from cooking? Take
her out to eat for her special day.
JP’s BBQ at Bolton Field offers a wide variety
of mouth-watering starters. They are known for
their award-winning barbecue ribs.
The Mother’s Day Family Buffet will be a
Mother’s Day experience she won’t soon forget!
Looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Show your mom how much
you appreciate her with jewelry.
Precision Jewelers started in 2001. This family-owned and operated
business is a full-service jewelry store that takes pride in precision quality
done in a timely manner by one of our master goldsmiths.
If you have your eye on a special item in the store, but aren’t quite ready
to buy, we offer a wish list. When you’re ready to make the purchase,
Precision Jewelers will be there to help. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff
will be attentive to help with all your shopping needs, including preparing
your wish list.
For more information or for gift ideas for Mother’s Day, contact
Precision Jewelers at 614-317-7755 or visit www.precisionjewelersllc.com.
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2752 London-Groveport 2752 London-Groveport Rd., City, Rd. Ohio 43123
Grove City, Ohio 43123
Tues.-Fri. 10am - 6pm Sat. 10am - 3pm Sun. -Mon. Closed