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May 30 - June 12, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 24
A Spring Fest
in the garden
Messenger photos by Andrea Cordle
On May 20, the Highland Youth Garden
on the westside hosted a Spring Fest for
the community. Residents were invited
to learn about the garden and see what
it has to offer. According to Shelly Casto,
the executive director of the youth garden,
they will host a Summer Fest from 4
to 7 p.m. on July 14 and a Fall Fest from
4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13. The garden is
located at 67 S. Highland Ave. in
Columbus. Top right, 8-year-old
Amon’ee Mitchell, her aunt Mya Mitchell,
and 7-year-old Sania Douglas tour the
youth garden. Douglas is part of the garden
club. For more information on the
garden, visit www.highlandyouthgarden.org.
a solar project
By Amanda Ensinger
As a proposed solar project moves forward,
residents in Prairie and Pleasant
townships got an opportunity to share
their opinions on the project. On May 25,
the Prairie Township trustees held a public
meeting to discuss the project.
Approximately 30 residents attended,
most to express opposition to the project.
“This project will decrease property values
and cripple acres and acres of farm
See SOLAR PROJECT page 2
Bottom right, Adam Morris, 10, is a regular
at the garden. Here, he is washing
Below, Lis Regula, a volunteer at
Highland Youth Garden, plants flowers.
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Summer Reading Challenge offered at local libraries
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will offer an allonline
Summer Reading Challenge beginning May 29 and
concluding July 31.
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Summer Reading Challenge is CML’s signature program
to keep young readers from losing critical literacy
skills during the summer months. Loss of these skills is
often referred to as summer slide, and places children
at a distinct learning disadvantage once
school begins again in August.
“This pandemic has deeply impacted our young
minds and their ability to learn,” said CML Public
Services Director Kathy Shahbodaghi. “Helping
them get back on track starts with books and reading.
This is especially critical during the out-ofschool
Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s nineweek
program will once again be offered with several
modifications put in place to ensure the community’s
health and safety.
•The program will be online only through
Free produce market
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the Knights of
Columbus Santa Maria Council #2898 will host a free
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land, making it useless for future development,” said
Larry Krist, Prairie Township resident. “As a home
rule township, Prairie Township should be upset that
our input is minimal for this project. This project is a
big deal, it is going to last 40 years and be as big as a
small town or village.”
Residents expressed concerns about the construction
noise during the two years it will take for the project
to be built, the close proximity of the solar panels to
their properties, the impact this will have on drinking
water and how this will negatively impact the animals
that roam the region.
The proposed solar project is for a 250-megwatt
1,700-acre solar farm that would stretch across Prairie
and Pleasant townships. Spearheaded by Invenergy,
the project would take place on farmland that has been
leased for a period of 40 years.
The project will be about 16 times larger than
downtown Columbus and have a major impact on the
region that has boasted a quaint country life next to
the 14th largest city in the country. Residents enjoy
the best of both worlds; they get to live in a natural
area while having all the amenities of a major city a
few miles away.
Residents argued that Prairie Township is not the
right location for a project like this and it should be in
an industrial site or a region zoned commercial.
“If you go along the freeway, that is typically where
you see these projects,” said Greg Hart of Pleasant
Township. “This is going to change Prairie and
Pleasant township for the worst. We don’t want it.
There are so many opportunities to have it other places
that won’t effect so many people.”
Residents also had concerns about the property values
of their homes, saying that someday when they sell
their homes, no one is going to want to buy them if
they are next to a large project like this.
“If you are saying no one’s property values will be
impacted, then give us a bond and guarantee our property
values are protected,” said John Harrison, Prairie
Township resident. “We already have preexisting
flooding, and this is going to make it worse. Give us a
bond guaranteeing there won’t be additional flooding.”
Other residents said they moved to the township for
columbuslibrary.org/summerreading and with the free
READsquared app (available on iOS and Android devices).
Customers of all ages can use the app to log in and track
activity just like on CML’s website.
•CML is not currently offering any in-person programs
at its 23 locations. CML will instead offer a calendar of free
•The VolunTeen program, which enables 12 to 17-yearolds
to help with customer sign-ups and programs, has
•CML will mail participants a Game Board with activities
and a free book while supplies last. Participants will
complete reading goals to be entered into raffle drawings
for gift cards and other prizes along the way. A raffle at the
end of the program includes kids’ bikes, helmets and locks
for the 5-11 age group.
Customers of all ages can log in starting May 29.
For more information, visit www.columbuslibrary.org.
produce market the fourth Friday of each month
through the end of October at St. Agnes Church, 2364
West Mound St. in Columbus from 3 to 5 p.m.
beautiful views and this project would ruin that.
“I enjoy the country lifestyle and have creek
frontage,” said Doug Buttrick of Prairie Township. “I
want to watch deer cross my property, go rabbit hunting,
deer hunting and catch fish in the creek. When I
look out my door I see trees everywhere, all those trees
will be cut down because they will put shade on their
solar panels. You won’t see any animals anymore, it is
going to be awful.”
These concerns have caused Prairie Township,
Pleasant Township and Franklin County Metro Parks
to become interveners in this project, meaning they
can address concerns with Invenergy and ask them to
make modifications to the project.
Prairie Township Attorney Peter Griggs said that
county and township zoning laws cannot be applied to
large energy projects and the Ohio Power Siting Board
has the final say if the project can proceed. Currently,
Invenergy has an application for the project submitted
to the board and a decision will be made later in the
summer or early fall if the project can proceed.
Prairie Township trustee Stephen Kennedy said
based on what he has seen in the past, he thinks they
will approve the project.
“I think this project is coming, so it is better to have
a conversation with Invenergy and ask for changes to
the project before it is too late,” Kennedy said. “I am
neutral on this project, I believe in property rights and
I don’t think we should tell a property owner what they
can do with their land.”
Kennedy added that this is a state project and as a
result, it trumps all zoning laws.
Representatives from Invenergy did not comment
throughout the meeting but were in attendance. The
only comment that was made by the group was that
they don’t believe there will be any impact on water
quality as a result of the project.
Any additional interveners have until June 25 to
submit concerns about the project. Residents can
attend a virtual public meeting July 19 to address the
Ohio Power Sitting Board about concerns about the
project. The township also plans to update its website
with additional information about the project in the
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Prairie Township could pay more for safety services
By Amanda Ensinger
Prairie Township will see an increase in
At a recent meeting, Prairie Township
Administrator Rob Peters asked the board
to approve the 2021 police service agreement
with the Franklin County Sheriff’s
“This agreement sets the terms for the
police services in the township and is valid
from Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021,”
Peters said. “The cost for 2021 is $82,973
The annual contract cost would not to
exceed $1.02 million.
This is an increase over previous years.
In 2017 the contract was $858,550, in 2018
the contract was $890,938, in 2019 the contract
was $910,363, and in 2020 the contract
“This agreement will include two dedicated
cars 24 hours a day, seven days a
week and one dedicated car 16 hours a day,
seven days a week,” said Major Carl Hickey
with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
“Other services include access to the swat
team, bomb team, bike unit, and other
services of the sheriff’s office.”
The biggest reason for an increase in the
contract each year can be attributed to
staffing costs, rising fuel costs and inflation,
according to the sheriff’s office.
The trustees decided to table the resolution
for further discussion before moving
forward with the renewal.
In other township news, the board
approved the use of two-hour pool rentals
on weekends to provide patrons and members
an opportunity to have recreation
“Rental times would be Saturdays from
12:45 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., and
Sundays from 1:15 to 3:15 pm. .and 3:30 to
5:30 p.m.,” said Michael Pollack, director of
the community center. “The charge for the
rental times would be $160 for
residents/members and $190 for non-residents.”
Pollack also asked the board to update
its current pool policy to allow two people
in the same household to use a lap lane or
a deep-water lane. He said this change can
now occur because of the drop in COVID-19
The board also discussed the 2021 voluntary
Township updates minutes
The program, which has taken place for
over 15 years, offers township property
owners a 10-year interest free loan to
repair their sidewalks. The loans are added
to property taxes.
Previously the program was entirely voluntary,
but in recent years the township
added a component to the program where
they make residents replace sidewalks that
are dangerous. Also, residents can report
sidewalks that need to be repaired.
A few other revisions to the program in
recent years include that there is a minimum
cost of $450 to repair any sidewalk
and residents need to replace more than
one slab of a sidewalk.
However, last year the program was
made all voluntary as a result of the financial
situation many Americans are facing.
“We didn’t want to make someone’s
financial situation harder,” Peters said.
“Unless their sidewalk was very dangerous
and really needed replaced, we made it voluntary.”
Peters said the board agreed to make
the program voluntary this year again
because of the financial impact COVID-19
has continued to have on many residents.
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A local township has caught up on its
meeting minutes. After months of debating
how to present the minutes to the public,
Franklin Township has posted its meeting
minutes in audio and in writing.
The update occurred this month after
months of back and forth with the fiscal
office over when the minutes would be
updated. However, before the written minutes
were approved, the board did voice
some concern with the fiscal office over
posting the notes in writing on the website
before they approved them.
“The minutes were posted online, but
who has the authority to put them online,”
asked Trustee John Fleshman. “There
should be a resolution to approve them
before posting them online. Minutes were
posted without approval of the board.”
Trustee Aryeh Alex added that during a
recent meeting, a resolution stated that the
meeting minutes should be written and
approved by the board before posted online.
Fleshman asked why the minutes were
online without the board’s permission. He
added that the board should know what
goes out on the website and who has access
“Going forward, I think only one person
should have access to the website to post
meeting minutes,” Fleshman said. “I think
the township administrator should be the
only person who should post these minutes
The board agreed to leave the current
minutes and audio recordings online, but
further minutes would have to be approved
before they are posted.
In other news, Franklin Township Fire
Chief James Welch stated his recommendation
to have Franklin Township turn the
building department back over to the state
and have Captain Todd Broecker return to
duties in the fire department.
“The building department was started
because it was hoped there would be a lot
of money involved, but I feel there is not a
lot moving and we need Todd’s help in the
fire department,” Welch said. “If the building
department is turned over to the state,
Franklin Township would be hands-off
over the commercial building.”
Welch said that the state auditor has
already cautioned about having the fire
department intertwined with the building
department in regards to funding.
“I feel it would be best to have someone
in the building department other than fire
department personnel,” he said.
While the trustees agreed to discuss this
in the future meeting, trustees Alex and
Ralph Horn said if the township keeps the
building department, they feel the township
needs to bring on a full-time administrative
assistant in order to handle the
workload, otherwise they could give it to
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Hilltop history items needed
The new Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan
Library should open around Labor Day. The Hilltop
Historical Society is looking for items to add to the Hilltop
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historical display case in the new Hilltop Library. The society
is looking for items that relate to the history of the
Hilltop. The items could either be donated to the Hilltop
Historical Society or loaned to the library.
The goal is to have enough items to be able to
rotate in the display case in the long term. The
group is asking for items in the three to seven-inch
size range and not more than three inches in
To donate an item or for more information, contact
Stacy Neff Campbell at
email@example.com, Richard Hoffman at
Campchase@columbus.rr.com or Dave Dobos at
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of particular interest would be any information
of old buildings and/or businesses in the communities
of Alton, Rome or Galloway.
Vaccine clinic at WHS
OhioHealth will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday from June 1 through
Aug. 31. The clinic will be held at Westland High School,
146 Galloway Road in Galloway. To schedule an appointment,
call 614-566-8187. Walk-in are also accepted. For
more information, visit ohiohealth.com/covidvaccine.
Breakfast at the Lodge
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.
No bean dinner in 2021
According to officials with the Hilltop Business
Association, there will not be a bean dinner in 2021. Due
to the uncertainty with COVID-19 restrictions, the organization
did not have time to properly plan for the annual
summer event on the westside. The HBA plans to host the
2022 Hilltop Bean Dinner on the fourth Saturday in June.
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The Westland Area Commission
Community Cleanup was held on May
15. Commissioner Brian Largan-Lyman
coordinated the event with more than
50 volunteers who picked up at least 80
bags of litter. The volunteers picked up
trash on five main roadways, as well as
several residential streets. Largan-
Lyman hopes to continue to hold community
cleanup events two to three
times a year. Above, volunteers gather
at Westland High School before they
head out to clean the community.
At right, Westland High School
Basketball Coach Rob Hayes is with
Jett Allen, Brad Weaver, and Jeremiah
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Project Taillight aims to
improve community safety
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein
announced an innovative public safety and
crime prevention program being piloted by
the City Attorney’s Office and the Franklin
County Commissioners, in partnership
with Columbus State Community College,
which aims to help Columbus residents by
providing repair services for broken or
burned-out safety lights on their vehicle.
The program, Project Taillight, seeks to
improve community safety by connecting
low-income residents with proactive headlight,
taillight, license plate light, and/or
turn signal repair services for free.
“We know that non-violent crime is
often linked to poverty and lack of economic
opportunity, and the City Attorney’s
Office remains committed to finding creative
ways to reduce these avoidable interactions
between neighbors and law enforcement,”
said Columbus City Attorney Zach
Klein. “Our hope is that this program will
help keep our neighbors safe and reduce
traffic violations for small issues like a broken
taillight or turn signal, giving police
officers even more time to focus on more
urgent, violent crime in our community.”
The vehicle repairs are performed by
students enrolled in Columbus State
Community College’s automotive technology
program. Over the past few months, the
pilot program has held soft-launch events
as partners work through operational
logistics of onsite repairs at the college and
processes for verifying eligibility and identifying
and ordering parts for repairs.
“Part of the mission of Columbus State
is to serve the community,” said Ian
Andrews, assistant professor of engineering
and transportation technologies. “This
program, which assists needs-based car
owners with safety-related repairs, is a
modest way we can give back that appears
to have big impact for the folks coming
through the program.”
The City Attorney’s Office and Franklin
County Commissioners are working
through community organizations and
neighborhood groups to promote Project
Taillight, secure participants, verify eligibility
and schedule repairs with Columbus
State’s program. Franklin County residents
in households with annual incomes
at or below 200 percent of the federal
poverty level are eligible to participate in
“Research shows there is an everincreasing
rise in residents facing financial
challenges, these challenges are exasperated
even further when our low-income
neighbors are disproportionality impacted
by non-moving traffic violations while driving
to places like school or work,” said
Franklin County Commissioner John
O’Grady. “The Project Taillight pilot program
not only improves safety on our roads
but lifts-up those marginalized community
members that are negatively impacted by
these infractions and the criminal justice
system. Connecting those in need with free
lighting system repairs while providing
Columbus State Community College students
teaching and learning opportunities
is yet another win-win way Franklin
County stays committed to promoting
racial equity, inclusion and diversity and
eliminating racial disparities.”
As a pilot program, Project Taillight is
currently scheduled to run through the end
of 2021. The $50,000 budget comes from
the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of
Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice
Assistance, Edward Byrne Memorial
Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) sub-award
from Franklin County Board of
Commissioners’ Office of Justice Policy and
Programs, and a $25,000 contribution from
the Columbus Department of Public Safety
To participate in the Project Taillight
program, residents must be pre-registered
through the Columbus City Attorney’s
Office following the eligibility screening.
For more information, contact 614-702-
7462 or email@example.com.
AG seeks teen ambassadors
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
announced that his office is now accepting
applications for the Teen Ambassador
The Attorney General’s Teen
Ambassador Board consists of high school
juniors and seniors from public, private,
charter, online and home schools in Ohio.
The mission of the program is to provide
Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at
state law and government.
“Supporting and providing opportunities
to our youth is a great way to help
shape the future,” Yost said. “The Teen
Ambassador Board will enhance students’
leadership skills, and I hope that they take
this knowledge and build on it. I hope they
become inspired to pursue careers in public
service for the Buckeye State.”
The student board members advise the
office on issues relating to teens and work
with their peers to develop solutions to
those issues. They serve a one-year term
during which they will participate in activities
across the state.
Ohio high school students who will be
juniors or seniors during the 2021-22 academic
year are eligible to apply for the
Teen Ambassador Board. Applications are
due June 25 and can be found at
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Summer youth work program
High school students will have the
chance to gain first-hand work experience
and earn up to $1,300 this summer thanks
to a $1.4 million investment from Franklin
The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners approved an agreement
between the Department of Job and Family
Services and three local nonprofits to provide
paid work readiness training through
the summer Ready 2 Earn program.
This partnership brings together
Franklin County JFS, the Columbus
Urban League, Godman Guild Association
and TECH CORPS Ohio to offer a combination
of project-based learning and traditional
work opportunities for 14- to 18-
year-olds this summer.
“Programs like Ready 2 Earn are generational
investments,” said Deputy County
Administrator Joy Bivens, who oversees
the commissioners’ health and human
services agencies. “It’s not just about providing
an opportunity for young people to
earn money over one summer. It’s about
equipping them to excel in college or their
career. This is one way we begin to close
the racial wealth gap and move families up
the economic ladder.”
Ready 2 Earn partners will provide a
blend of in-person work readiness training
and interactive webinars. Youth will have
the chance to gain exposure to in-demand
career fields ranging from coding, cybersecurity
and robotics to health care and early
childhood education. Ready 2 Earn partners
will also offer a broad array of work
placements, from the Huntington Bank to
the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, to Top
Golf or the Columbus Museum of Art.
All participating students — regardless
of whether they are in the project-based
learning track or more traditional work
placement track — will receive training covering
essential workplace behaviors such
as professionalism, teamwork and critical
thinking, along with resume writing tips
and interview etiquette. Participants will
receive a $1,000 stipend with the chance to
earn an additional $300 in incentives for
hitting program-specific targets.
Ready 2 Earn is just part of summer
programming for youth throughout
Franklin County that the commissioners
will be funding this year. The program also
supports the commissioners’ Rise Together
Blueprint To Reduce Poverty in Franklin
County, which calls for providing “comprehensive
career readiness support for students
with exposure to work and integrated
skill-based learning opportunities.”
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Hilltop History & Heritage
The undated photo of West Broad Elementary School is probably from the 1920s.
Note the apparel of the two individuals in the center, the old model automobile
driving west on Broad Street, the telephone poles (home telephone service was
new to the Hilltop at that time and was provided by two competing carriers), and
the tracks in the foreground for the inter-urban trolley that went the length of Broad
Street on the Hilltop. West Broad ES was built in 1910 and was the second school
built on the Hilltop. Highland Elementary is the oldest, built in 1895, followed by
West Broad Elementary, John Burroughs (1921), and West High School (1929). If
you have a photo to share, contact Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by the Hilltop Historical Society.
The Franklin County Dog Shelter announced its participation
with Finding Rover, a website where all stray and adoptable dogs
at the shelter will be displayed.
Finding Rover allows for an individual who has lost a dog to
upload a full-face image of that dog and, using advanced facial
recognition technology, the Finding Rover database can be
searched for dogs matching the image of found dogs at participating
This technology will search multiple shelters at one time,
allowing individuals who have lost dogs throughout Ohio to search
for their dog, even in areas where they may never have thought
the dog could be, including the Franklin County Dog Shelter.
Every stray dog that enters the Franklin County Dog Shelter
will be registered on Finding Rover. Users of Finding Rover can
search the shelter and surrounding areas right from their smartphone
or computer. This service is free to all participants.
“Finding Rover offers a hub where individuals who have lost
their dogs can search for them, file lost dog reports, and have their
information evaluated by numerous shelters at the same time,”
said Kaye Persinger, director, Franklin County Dog Shelter. “It
allows people who have found dogs to make found reports.
Streamlining of this process will make it easier and more efficient
for families to be reunited with their lost pets. Along with licensing
and microchipping, Finding Rover is a great resource to ensure
your pet has the best chance of being reunited with your family.”
Every dog that leaves the shelter, through a reunion, adoption,
or rescue can be registered on Finding Rover with a full-face photo
of the dog and the same owner email address the shelter has on
file. If the dog is ever lost, the record will be in the system, helping
you find your missing pet or reporting your pet missing in hopes
of a swift and happy reunion.
Visit dogs.franklincountyohio.gov to learn more.
Photo courtesy of Metro Parks
Several bison babies were born at Battelle Darby Creek
Metro Park in early May. As you can see, this mother bison is
never far from her calf. Visitors are welcome to walk the
Darby Creek Greenway Trail to see the little ones and the rest
of the herd.
Pets of the Week
Merry is about 7
months old. This
tabby is a little shy
but warms up quickly
with the right treats.
Merry is good with
other cats, enjoys
being around people,
and would do best in
a home with a companion. Right now, she is
with her brother, Nick. Both are available for
adoption through Friends for Life Animal
Nick is approximately
7 months old. He is
a little timid but will
take treats right from
your hand. When he
and Merry play, it
sounds like someone
is beating on the
drums. Nick is good
with other cats and
could use a friend.
Daddy Warbucks is
2 years old. He
ended up in rescue
because his owner
died. He loves being
held, brushed and
purrs like crazy when
you give him pets.
He’s currently residing
at the Pet Supplies Plus at Consumer
Square West Shopping Center. Stop in the
store if you’d like to meet him or contact
Colony Cats. Daddy Warbucks is neutered,
microchipped, and up to date on vaccines.
Adaline was pretty
fearful at the shelter,
but this 1-year-old
has calmed a bit and
is now looking for her
forever home. She is
recuperating from a
fractured hip and will
need a quiet home
where she can feel safe and secure while she
heals. Do you think you might have the perfect
home for Adaline? If so, contact the
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“Army of the Dead” is sheer absurdity
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“alpha” zombies, capable of great speed,
strength, and smarts. Quickly amassing a
new army, they turn their sights onto the
first city they come across — Las Vegas.
After the cold opening, which introduces
us to the main characters of the film as
they fight off a horde in tune with a cover
of Elvis Presley’s famous song about the
town, we see the carnage and the aftermath.
Besides the zombie king and queen
mentioned above, it is the best thing about
The film then flashes forward a few
years to where the government has the city
walled off, though some still live in tents
nearby for some reason that is not
explained. There, we are reintroduced to
main character Scott Ward (Dave
Bautista), who escaped the initial undead
siege on the strip.
Wanting to never get near that place
again — especially as government leaders
plan to nuke the city — Scott decides to get
near that place again when a hotel magnate
learns that he is the name to go to
when you want to get things done.
And what this magnate (Hiroyuki
Sanada) wants is for Scott to use his military
skills and contacts to gather a team
Get ready for summer outdoor movies.
Grove City Community Outdoor Movie
Nights return for the 2021 season.
Wednesday evenings will be jam-packed
with free, family-friendly outdoor movies
shown in partnership with the city of
Grove City and The Naz Church. Movies
are displayed on a large screen behind the
church, 4770 Hoover Road, at 8 p.m.
The 2021 Grove City Community
Outdoor Movie Nights schedule:
•June 23: Frozen
•June 30: The Lion King Animated
•July 7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
•July 14: D2: The Mighty Ducks
•July 21: Toy Story
The Reel Deal
together and rescue
$200 million from
his hotel vault
before the bomb is
dropped. “If you can
coordinate and communicate,
be a simple in and
But nothing is ever that simple, especially
as some members of the crew are
strangers who have their own agendas. But
the one thing they do have in common,
however, is their lack of knowledge about
the zombies who rule the city and the sweet
love story of the two who found love in a
hopeless place and claimed dominion over
When the crew make it to the city center,
the film simultaneously picks up the
pace and falls apart. While we get action,
an undead tiger, partially funny quips, and
a really cool set piece involving hibernating
zombies, we also get forced dialogue
between Scott and his estranged daughter,
unfunny quips from the secondary characters,
and the introduction of new undead
mythos. (Zombie fetus, anyone?)
But however many faults “Army of the
Dead” has, and there are many to be sure,
it does get points for originality and the
amount of sheer absurdity within. And
while those facts alone are not enough to
get me to recommend it to the general public,
it will probably score higher with fans
of Snyder or those who really just want to
turn off their brains and enjoy a heist film
featuring zombies and a little romance. The
film can be found on Netflix.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
Outdoor Movie Night
•July 28: Mary Poppins Returns
Watch these popular films from your car
or pack lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a
movie under the stars, with family and
friends. Each week features interactive
pre-screening activities. Participants may
bring snacks and beverages (no glass containers,
please) or purchase refreshments
at The Naz Cafe. This is a smoke- and alcohol-free
event; pets (other than service
dogs) are not permitted.
All attending must maintain social distancing
and follow event protocols.
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