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By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

Two years ago, Andy Furr, executive

director of the Heart of Grove City, proposed

the creation of a Designated Outdoor

Refreshment Area (DORA) in the Grove

City Town Center. The goal was to bring

more foot traffic into the downtown area.

“Folks in Grove City are very happy

with the DORA,” said Furr.

The outdoor refreshment area was

adopted by city council in 2019. At that

time, it operated from 2 p.m. to midnight

See DORA page 6


Grove City Living

Pages 9-16

“Clay Zombies”, the first feature length film from Grove City director Jake Jolley, is set to premiere in true throwback horror fashion

at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Grandview Theater and Drafthouse, 1274 Grandview Ave. Jolley, pictured here with his clay zombie

creations, called the live-action and stop-motion animation hybrid an “ode to the silly and heartfelt thrillers” of cinematic yore.

Grove City director to premier “Clay Zombies”

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

Jake Jolley was never a big fan of the

traditional horror movie.

By and large, he found them to be

rather trite — especially the slice and dice

slashers made popular in the 1970s and


His views on the potential of the genre

began to evolve, however, when his older

brother Bill introduced him to George A.

Romero’s 1978 classic “Dawn of the Dead.”

“It had substance, it wasn’t just Jason

killing people,” said Jolley, a resident of

Grove City. “It was a diverse group of people

who would probably never work/live

together in normal circumstances, fighting

a common threat.”

Blown away by what he had seen, he

started to metaphorically act as a zombie

and consumed as many films on the

undead he could possibly find.

While the devouring of this sub-genre

didn’t exactly put Jolley on the path

toward making his own zombie film, it did

leave a lasting impression on someone

who already had their sights set on breaking

into the entertainment industry.

Jolley said he was about 7 years old

when that seed was planted.

“My father gave Bill and I his VHS

camera and we just went crazy with it.”

Initially, he wanted to be an actor but

he thought it might be wise to try his hand

at writing and directing in case that didn’t

work out.

“Whenever I could get the camera away

from Bill and his wrestling stunts, I would

write sci-fi adventures for me and my

action figures,” he said. “I would then

spend hours trying to use stop-motion animation

to bring them to life.”

As the years went by, Jolley hit the

pause button on his burgeoning animation

skills and decided against performing with

the drama department while attending

Grove City Christian School.

“I wasn’t involved in anything like

that,” he said. “I played in a band for a few

years so I had some experience with acting

a part, but that was as close as I got to the

entertainment world.”

In his mid-20s and with no industry

credit to his name, Jolley began to feel as

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even write and direct his own, was slipping


“I had so many ideas of what could work

as a movie but I was buying into that

strange societal pressure that said if something

hadn’t happened by a certain age, it

was never going to happen,” he said.

Wanting to cheer his son up, Jolley’s

father told him of a newspaper announcement

seeking extras for Aaron Garrett’s

locally shot film, “False Flag.” He traveled

to London where it was being filmed, “had

a total blast” as a member of the cast and

rekindled his desire to create something


After his wife Ashley gave him a crash

course on the latest technology for budding

filmmakers, Jolley had a premise for a

zombie film in mind. Upon consulting a

makeup artist to determine the cost of

such an undertaking, he had to modify

those plans.

“It was, let’s say, not cost effective for

my budget,” Jolley said.

Determined to see it through, Jolley

thought back to his childhood fondness for

Ray Harryhausen films and produced a

short feature with live-action actors acting

alongside stop-motion creatures.

In 2016, Jolley’s “Claymation Zombies”

hit the festival circuit: the low-budget

“campy zombie apocalypse horror featuring

green clay monsters” received a warm

reception from the audience.

“I think it was because they were tired

of all the serious films,” he joked.

With a successful short film under his

belt, he was told to “move on” from that

universe by fellow creators, that it would

be “too much work” to make the transition

into a full-length feature.

But Jolley wasn’t ready to leave the

zombies behind.

At first, Jolley expanded the verse, creating

an origin story web series for Dr.

Clayton Molder, the man who may have

accidentally brought forth a clay zombie

apocalypse. In late 2019, he officially

began the feature length transformation.

Those plans hit a snag with COVID-19.

“It gave me time to re-imagine the

whole thing,” he said.

While drafting additional plot points

and points-of-view, Ashley asked him if he

could have one actor in the film, who would

he want it to be.

He said that answer was easy: Diane


“She is one of my favorite actresses,”

said Jolley. “I loved her in “Better Off

Dead” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent


Knowing that actors were having a hard

time getting work due to COVID-19

restrictions, he sent her a message via

Facebook and asked if she would be interested

in taking a small part. Much to his

surprise, she was.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I still

can’t believe it.”

He said though he never got to meet her

— she filmed near her home and sent in the


footage — her willingness to be a part of “Clay Zombies” meant the

world to him.

“Really, I’m grateful to anyone who was willing to help bring a

dream of mine to life.”

While the pandemic did create a few logistical nightmares for

the locally shot production, Jolley said the cast and crew managed

to put something together that will be fun for everyone — regardless

of their general feelings for zombie movies.

“It has puns, guns, and gratuitous clay zombie violence,” he


But that is not all there is to “Clay Zombies,” he said.

“It goes back to that thread of found friendship, of people coming

together to help others.”

In the case of this film, strangers come together to get the word

out about the clay zombie virus, team up to rescue an abducted

dog (played by Jolley’s late “sweet girl” Sandy), and fight to stop

an apparent human baddie from creating more ravenous green


“There’s a lot going on but I swear it is good and that it makes

sense,” Jolley said. “Well, as much as a film about clay zombies

can be good and make sense.”

“Clay Zombies” will premiere on Oct. 2 at 11:30 p.m. at the

Grandview Theater and Drafthouse, 1247 Grandview Ave.

Tickets can be purchased by searching for “Clay Zombies” at

Eventbrite.com or via direct link through the “Clay Zombies”

Facebook or Instagram page. The film is also slated to be available

via Amazon Prime or Tubi in late October. It stars Jake

Jolley, Bill Jolley, Diane Franklin, David Ogrodowski, Gabe Kirk,

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In Education

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The South-Western City Schools District has a fleet of

more than 200 buses. All are housed as its transportation

lot located off Southwest Boulevard in Grove City.

When school is in session, this lot is a hub of activity.

Not only are buses coming in and out of the depot multiple

times a day to take students to school and back home, but

so too are the vehicles of the employees as they start or end

their scheduled shift.

When school is not in session, however, this lot is still a

hub of activity though much of it happens outside of the

scope of the naked eye.

As the heavy buses sit on the lot and as the summer sun

beats down on the ground, miniscule fissures start to grow

underneath the asphalt, slowly expanding until they make

their way to the surface. When they do, action has to be

taken to stop their destructive process before they start to

pose a problem for the fleet and employee vehicles.

Recently, these cracks have become a problem. In May,

the board of education approved a resolution that paved

the way for $400,000 worth of repairs to be made at the

transportation lot. These improvements took place over

the course of the summer but district officials say there is

more work to be done.

On Aug. 23, Mark Meadows, the district’s supervisor of

property services, presented the board of education with

an overview of the construction project. He said it was so

expansive that it had to be broken down into three phases

which will take place throughout 2023.

Phase one was completed before the start of the 2021-22

school year, he said. The scope of this phase included the

removal of the current asphalt and the installation of a

“roller-compacted concrete” to extend its lifespan so it better

holds the weight of the buses.

“This should service us for years to come,” Meadows


Additional phase one improvements include the extension

of car parking to allow for safer bus turning radius

and the inclusion of additional parking areas for

both cars and smaller buses.

According to Sandra Nekoloff, the district’s

executive director of communications, phases two

and three will entail additional asphalt replacements

and resurfacing repairs. She said these

additional phases still need to go out for bid so she

does not have an estimate as to how much money

the entire project will cost.

Meadows said additional, albeit smaller, projects

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“Summers are always busy in the facilities and property

services department, and this summer has proved to be no

different,” he said.

According to Meadows, asphalt repairs were also done

at Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods Elementary, behind

the recreation center at Westland High School, and at the

district’s service center.

He said asphalt improvements are also slated to be

done at the district’s maintenance yard.

“This is an effort to get the district on track for a much

more regular (sealing and striping) routine.”

Other summer improvements include exterior painting

of the Bostic Center and Darby Woods; playground renovations

at Finland, Harmon and Stiles elementary; dugout

improvements at Westland; gate partition repairs at

Westland and Grove City high school; and HVAC improvements

at the preschool.

Meadows also said a scoreboard was ordered for the

boys baseball and girls softball teams at Westland. They

are slated to be delivered in the fall.

In other meeting news, Carl Metzger, the assistant

superintendent of personnel, gave a staffing update to the

board. According to Metzger, the district has 2,773 certificated

and classified employees. Of that number, 1,748 are

certificated employees (1,644 teachers, 104 administrators)

and 1,025 are classified.

He also added that the district is looking for bus drivers,

substitute bus drivers, custodians, teacher’s aides,

and substitute teachers. He said to visit their website at

www.swcsd.us for more information on how to apply.

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Parents protest SWCS mask policy

More than 50 parents and children attended the South-Western City Schools Board of Education meeting

on Aug. 23 to protest the recent decision to require students in pre-kindergarten to sixth grade to wear

facial coverings at the start of the 2021-22 school year. Attendees said they felt the district was “giving into

fear” from the media and public health officials over COVID-19 data and wanted their children to have the

option to wear a mask if they so choose. Shown here, protesters hold up signs after the meeting where the

board gave Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise discretion on when to lift the mask requirement for preschool, elementary,

and intermediate school students.


Art exhibit features watercolors

Grove City Council’s Art Concern presents

an exhibit “Recollection,” by Diana

Linik on display and for purchase through

Sept. 10 at City Hall, 4035 Broadway, in

Grove City. The exhibit features a collection

of mixed media, watercolors and oil


Linik, an international fine artist, was

born and raised in Buenos Aires,

Argentina. She moved to New York City to

further her studies and exhibited in the

U.S. and Seville, Spain. She also received

invitations to display her artwork at COSI

and Battelle. Art can be purchased by contacting

Art Concern curator Lucila Linik at


The exhibit is open to the public weekdays,

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling

Clerk of Council Tami Kelly, 614-277-3065

for an appointment, or exhibits can be

viewed virtually on the city website at


The Grove City Art Concern was founded

in 1991 and is sponsored by Grove City

Council. The Art Concern was created for

the express purpose of promoting arts and

culture in the Grove City community.

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4 p.m. through Sept. 24 at the Jackson

Township Administration Building, 3756

Hoover Road. Residents must check in at

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Internet Purchase

Exchange Zones

The city of Grove City’s Division of

Police in cooperation with Jackson

Township established two Internet

Purchase Exchange Zones in response to

safety concerns during person-to-person

exchanges of sales arranged online. The

zones are located at City Hall, 4035

Broadway, and the Jackson Township

Administration Building, 3756 Hoover


Exchange zones are identified by signage

next to designated parking spaces at

each location with video surveillance 24

hours a day, seven days a week. Residents

can conduct transactions knowing their

interactions are recorded. In cases of emergency,

site users should dial 911 for assistance.

For more information, contact the Grove

City Division of Police at 614-277-1710.

Blood drives in Grove City

The American Red Cross will host several

blood drives in Grove City. The events

will be held:

•Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the


Continued from page 1

Thursday through Saturday. In 2020,

council voted to expand the DORA in days

of operation from Monday through

Saturday. Now, council will decide if the

DORA should expand its boundaries.

According to city legislation, the DORA

is approximately 15 acres in size. It

includes areas north of Cleveland Avenue,

east of Arbutus Avenue, south of Civic

Place and west behind City Hall. On Sept.

7, council will vote on a proposal to expand

the refreshment area to the city-owned lot

next to the old library site on Park Street

and to the southeast corner of Civic Place

and Broadway.

According to Furr, more community

events are moving off Broadway, along

Park Street and this expansion would

allow patrons to bring their beverage to the

properties where more events are taking

place. He said the expansion south on

Broadway would allow several businesses

to take part in the DORA, including MOJO

on Broadway and Mr. Southern Flava.

“It would increase access for these

folks,” said Furr.

The DORA is essentially a waiver of

Grove City’s open container law for a designated

area. It allows patrons (age 21 and

older) to buy an alcoholic beverage, from an

established permit holder, and take that

drink outside in the marked areas. The

beverages are poured into an identifiable

plastic cup. People can sit outside and

drink or they can browse the area.

“We have seen an uptick of use of the

DORA, especially on Friday nights and for

events,” said Furr. “It’s a very relaxed


Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4750

Hoover Road

•Sept. 16 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Vineyard

Christian Fellowship, 3005 Holt Road

•Sept. 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Grove

City YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-

448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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

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Furr said he expected this to boost business

for those establishments that sold

food and alcohol but said retail shop owners

have also reported an increase in foot


“It’s been great to see,” he said.

Many communities in central Ohio have

created designated outdoor refreshment

areas recently. Some communities have

even reached out to the Heart of Grove City

for tips.

According to Furr, Grove City is the

only community in central Ohio to offer its

DORA six days a week, year-round.

When the idea was first proposed in

Grove City, some were worried about safety

or patrons becoming unruly from drinking

too much.

According to Grove City Division of

Police Chief Richard Butsko, there has not

been many problems thus far.

“The division of police has not experienced

any notable, frequent, or ongoing

problems stemming from the DORA.

Additionally, we have no safety concerns

with expansion of the boundaries,” said


The DORA does not operate on

Sundays, nor does it operate during the

annual alumni event, Boo on Broadway, or

the Christmas Celebration.

Grove City Council meets at 7 p.m. at

City Hall. The next meeting was moved to

Tuesday, Sept. 7 due to Labor Day.

For more information on the DORA,

visit grovecityohio.gov.


Police welcome new canine

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

A new canine officer has joined the

ranks within the Grove City Division of


Rakka, a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd,

comes to Grove City from Holland, where

he was trained as a dual-purpose canine

officer. He will spend the next six weeks

training with his new partner, Officer

Jared Nelson, at Storm Dog K-9 Training

in Sunbury, Ohio.

Grove City Division of Police Chief

Richard Butsko said he is confident Nelson

will be a terrific canine handler.

“Officer Nelson has had a tremendous

performance on the job,” said Butsko. “He

is hard-working and motivated.”

According to Lt. Eric Scott, support services

bureau commander, Nelson volunteered

to handle Rakka.

“He has the right home circumstances,”

said Scott.

Not only will Nelson and Rakka work

together, but they will also live together.

After the initial training period, the pair

will have ongoing training sessions several

times per month.

Rakka joins the police force after the

death of Max, an 8-year-old Belgian

Malinois who had been with the department

since 2015.

“We closed the canine program for a few

The City Beat

months to pay our respects to Max,” said

Butsko. “It is time to resume the program.”

Max died unexpectedly in early June

during an emergency surgery to remove a

cancerous growth.

Max’s handler, Officer Brian Kitko, has

put his support behind Nelson as the division’s

latest canine handler.

Rakka will assist in narcotics detection,

article tracking, and building searches. He

will also track fleeing suspects or missing


“Canines cannot do a lot of the tasks regular

officers do, but they have very special

capabilities,” said Butsko. “They are very

good at maintaining order.”

The police chief said canine officers do

very well at security, crowd control, and

controlling unruly people. He said some

suspects have no problem confronting a

group of armed police officers, but they are

unwilling to challenge a police dog.

Another aspect of their job is public relations.

Max became somewhat of a celebrity in

Grove City. He and his handler participated

in community events, marched in local

parades, and spent time educating the public

about safety issues.

Scott said they also expect Rakka to

have a big impact with community relations.

“He is an overly friendly dog,” said Scott.

“If all goes well in his training, the community

should see him out at community


Rakka is scheduled to graduate his

training course Sept. 17. He should be performing

regular duties for the city of Grove

City at the end of the month.

September 5, 2021 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Photos courtesy of the Grove City Division of Police

On Aug. 30, the Grove City Division of Police introduced its newest officer, Rakka. The

2-year-old canine will partner with Officer Jared Nelson.

“He will be a great addition,” said

Butsko. “We are looking forward to getting

him in service.”

It cost the city $15,500 for Rakka and

his initial training. It costs about $3,300

annually to maintain a canine officer.

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By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

The Borror Observatory in the former

Hoover Y-Park on Rohr Road was once a

mecca for local stargazers who looked to

the skies through the lens of a homemade

10-inch reflecting telescope.

Built out of concrete blocks in 1961, with

a 14-foot dome donated by Columbus

Astronomical Society (CAS) member

Charles Worch, the observatory was a

memorial to Ed Borror, who passed away

in 1960 and whose financial contributions

made the park possible.

According to Charles Legg–who spent

many hours as a teenager volunteering at

the observatory and served as its de facto

director–not long after it was built, the

observatory fell into disuse until Legg was

approached by a member of the YMCA who

told him about the situation.

“When I was16, I volunteered at COSI

doing planetarium lectures and was a

member of the CAS,” said Legg, 73. “I met

Jim Wagner, who worked at the Southside

YMCA. He told me about the situation with

the observatory. He expressed concern that

no one was using the observatory for its

intended purpose–to provide public open

houses and its use by amateur

astronomers. I was fairly ambitious back

then at 16, so I expressed an interest in visiting

the observatory, checking the condition

of the telescope and building, and seeing

what I could do to help.”

Legg visited the site and found the

building dirty, with spider webs everywhere,

but the telescope was covered and

in good condition. Wagner met with Legg’s

parents, who agreed their son could help

correct the situation, although his mother

had reservations about her son having a

key to the observatory.

“In the end, it all worked out, and there

was never a problem,” said Legg.

“However, my dad had to take me to the

observatory and pick me up until I received

my drivers' license. Since I was still an

active member of the CAS, it was not too

much trouble stirring up interest, primarily

with the younger members; the 13-17-


According to Legg, the observatory

became a focal point for younger members

of the CAS.

“In some ways, members of the CAS ran

its operation through me, but there was

never an official connection to the CAS, we

were just all members of the CAS,” said

Legg. “By that time, we had formed the

Junior Astronomers of Columbus. It was a

rebellious time in the 1960s. Over time, I

believe we disbanded and just were once

again members of the CAS. We would meet

on Saturday afternoons when we would

clean up the building and kill the wasps

who loved to build homes in the dome. They

did not like the vibrations when we rotated

the dome.”

Work parties on occasion addressed

issues such as painting old wooden chairs

in the room below the telescope and the

weathering dome, which also needed a new

coat of silver paint donated by a local store.

Legg worked out a deal with a company to

donate a gas heater for the wintertime and

the Southside Y to supply the propane.

The youths were also creative in obtaining

items such as a blackboard, bookcase,

and a table through donations.

“Some Saturday nights, 25 to 50 people

might show up, especially when something

astronomical was in the news, such as a

comet or a meteor shower,” said Legg.

“Other members and I were on local TV

shows. It was primarily to promote the

observatory and get people to visit. We

were on frequently for a show that followed

Flippo on Channel 10. We seemed to have

better attendance for a few weeks after

doing the publicity. Scout groups were also

frequent visitors. Some scouts were interested

in getting their astronomy merit


Mini-lectures on astronomical subjects

were often presented before taking visitors

up to the telescope and CAS members


The Borror Observatory had visitors looking to the sky

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would set up their own telescopes around

the observatory for the public to view


“With the observatory telescope, you

could see the rings of Saturn, the moons of

Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, the crescent

shape of Venus, the white polar cap of

Mars contrasted with the red surface. All

these were visible at one time or another

during a year,” Legg said. “Most visitors

were just amazed at what they could see

when looking into the eyepiece of a telescope.

They would ask, ‘Is that real, or is it

a photograph?’ We would then put our

hand in from of the telescope, and the

object would disappear.”

Another favorite viewing destination

was the moon. Legg said everyone sees the

moon in the night sky all the time, but

until you look at it through a high-powered

telescope, you have not seen the moon.

The theft of the observatory’s original

homemade telescope was discovered early

one Saturday evening. Security was always

a problem since the site was out in the

country and rather isolated even though a

caretaker lived nearby.

“We found broken windows several

times, but there were not many valuable

items kept there because of the problem,

other than the telescope,” said Legg, who

continued to be in charge of the observatory

until 1968, when he graduated from

high school.

A new, smaller, yet more powerful commercial

reflecting telescope replaced the

one stolen, but it, too, was taken after a few

years. Legg believes after the second telescope

disappeared, activities stopped at the

observatory, but is unsure since he was

attending college and no longer involved

with the observatory.

Legg said he had always been a lifelong

learner, and much of that learning started

when he was at the YMCA Observatory

and the COSI Planetarium. The observatory

was special to him because it allowed

him to indulge in all of his passions at one


“I learned from fellow amateur

astronomers,” said Legg. “I was doing what

I enjoyed and educated children and older

adults every time we had an open house.

As a side benefit, I made many friends,

young and old. My strength is an extensive

technical understanding; my passion is

learning, doing, and teaching.”

Photo courtesy of Charles Legg

This is a rear of the Borror Observatory in the former Hoover Y-Park on Rohr Road back

in the days when it was operational.

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Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce

To create a positive environment for the development and success of business

Arts in the

Alley: Back to

Our Roots

The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce

and welcome back an in-person celebration of Arts in the

Alley Festival and Community Parade.

This year’s 42nd event will kick-off with an extra evening, Friday,

Sept. 17 from 5-9 p.m. and continue through Sunday, Sept. 19.

Arts in the Alley is also going back to its roots in location as well,

returning to a formerly used location just off Broadway at Park and

First streets. This area will once again be filled with artisan vendors,

art displays, food concessions, local entertainment, Kids Fun

Street, and a vocal competition with their second annual “The Voice

of Grove City.”

Friday from 5-9 p.m. will have vendors open for business and the

opening “live” round of The Voice of Grove City on the Heartland

Stage. This should make for an exciting and entertaining night out

in the Town Center.

Saturday’s festivities begin with the Community Parade, in partnership

with the Grove City Girls Club, at 9:30 a.m. The parade

will follow the traditional route departing Southwest Boulevard,

traveling south on Broadway to Columbus Street.

On Sunday the festivities will wrap up, but not before art show

awards are announced, and The Voice of Grove City top three finalists

and official winner are chosen. (Please see separate articles regarding

art shows and the Voice of Grove City for more details.)

Throughout the weekend, the Chamber encourages festival goers

to make time for Town Center area businesses. Some businesses

may offer weekend-exclusive specials, some still under development

or even a surprise. Check with individual businesses to see if they

have special plans or even extended hours for Arts in the Alley


The Chamber is grateful to have Heartland Bank return as the

presenting sponsor for the weekend. Sponsors as of press time include:

Mount Carmel Grove City (Kid’s Fun Street), OhioHealth

(Entertainment), Sanderson Automotive Service (Voice of Grove

City Awards & Finalist Showcase), The Goddard School (Youth Art

Show), Byers Chevrolet (Photography Show), Kemba Financial

Credit Union (Craft Show), Eldorado Scioto Downs, Shawan Marquis,

Broadway Fireplace & Decor, Hirth Norris & Garrison, L&V

Bookkeeping, McDonald’s, Wilcox-The Residences at Browns Farm,

Creative Mobile Interiors, Shepherd Insurance, The Antry Isaacs

Team at Saxton Real Estate, Direct Auto Insurance, Franklin

County Banking Center, Tru By Hilton, Precision Jewelers, GC Fat

Quarters Quilt Guild, Grove City United Methodist Quilters.

There is still time to join the list as a sponsor for those interested.

Call the Chamber office at (614) 875-9762 for information.

To learn more about Arts in the Alley, from attending, to entering

a show or sponsoring, visit: https://www.gcchamber.org/arts/ For

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Prior to the start of the 42nd annual Arts

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dedicate a new sculpture as a gift to the City

of Grove City celebrating the spirit and history

of Beulah Park, Ohio’s first thoroughbred

racetrack and premier event center

that stood in Grove City from 1923—2014 as

a pivotal landmark.

Named “And They’re Off,” the sculpture

depicts and holds the excitement of the beginning

of a horse race as it would’ve been

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop at the

42nd annual Arts in the Alley Festival and

Community Parade. Artisan vendors are

back and eager to see you!

While vendors were able to participate in

2020’s Arts in the Alley: Home Edition by

registering to sell online, the return to inperson

browsing will be most welcomed. Artisans

will also, in many cases, demonstrate

how they create a certain piece or may be actively

creating during the festival. It’s a

unique time to purchase unique, handcrafted

items, and meet the artisan (or artisans)

who did the creating.

Even though it’s only September, the holiday

gifting season always sneaks up on us.

Festival goers are reminded that unique

artwork makes great gifts.

Not ready to purchase on the spot? Don’t

forget to take a business card or other information

from the artisans you’d like to connect

with later. Many artisans have online

presences and would love to engage with

you on social media; be sure to see how you

can follow along and watch their pieces

come to life the other 362 days of the year.

Need more information about this year’s

Arts in the Alley festivities? Visit

https://www.gcchamber.org/arts/ for all of

the latest updates.

Sculpture dedication at Beulah Park

at the previous Beulah Park track. Rich in

history and tradition of Grove City, the

sculpture will be formally presented to the

citizens of Grove City. This beautiful sculpture

was custom designed and created by

Craig W. Murdick and has been three years

in the making.

The public is invited to attend the dedication

ceremony and view “And They’re Off”

in person on Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. at

Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Boulevard,

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Showcasing vocal talent in

Voice of Grove City competition

After a year off, like many summer competitions

and events, The Voice of Grove

City is back and ready to crown a new winner.

Inspired by other well-known singing

competitions, The Voice of Grove City gives

Ohio musicians the opportunity to display

their vocal talents to the community. In

2019, over two dozen local talents answered

the call-out and in the end Cameron

Mitchell was victorious. Mitchell was able to

be part of several local performances, continue

to grow as a performer, and is returning

this year as part of the judging panel.

In addition, the judging panel includes a

variety of locals who boast an even wider variety

of musical backgrounds and industry

experiences. Additional judges include:

Hawc Griffin, Rhonda Shappert, Joshua Lee

Powell Jr., Tracy Sullivan, Kelly Letner,

Dylan Daniels, Jeremy Johnson, Cierra Lee

(voice coach) and Blake Soles (MC). Full

judge bios can viewed at: www.voiceofgrovecity.com

This year, the competition starts with

video submissions online that are viewed by

the judges. They will select the top 20 who

will perform on the Heartland Stage on Friday,

Sept. 17 during the kick-off of the 42nd

annual Arts in the Alley. Each night the

judges will narrow the winners until there

are the top three finalists. On Sunday, a

winner will be chosen. Each day, the Heartland

Stage will be filled with local talent all

soaking up the experience and vying for the

top prize.

The top prize is $2,500 and ample recognition

and potential future performance opportunities.

Second and third place finishers

will also receive prizes.

The goal of the competition is not just to

entertain, though it will, but to allow local

performers a chance to share their talents

and perhaps open doors to advance their

musical aspirations.

To enter the competition, contestants

must fill out an online form at www.voiceofgrovecity.com

along with the $25 entry fee.

Participants must be at least age 13. Entry

videos are already being posted and the

community is invited to check them out as

a preview of the exciting and talented performances

in store.

The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce

extends its thanks and gratitude to

Heartland Bank and Sanderson Automotive

for their partnership and sponsorship of this

year’s Voice of Grove City competition.

Arts in the Alley

shows and awards

While the ‘show did go on’ last year in the

Arts in the Alley: Home Edition, this year

the festival and its shows are returning to

their in-person format for locals and visitors

to enjoy.

As with previous years, there are five

shows (craft, fine art, photography, quilt,

and youth art) and two specialty awards

(The Grove City Easel Award and the Helena

McComb Award). To find specific details

of each show visit the GCACC website

at www.gcchamber.org/arts

All shows have entry forms that include

the rules and requirements that can also be

found on the website.


For the Professionals level they include

two categories, Open and Commercial.

Commercial/Family & Friends Category:

these can be weddings, senior pictures, class

pictures, family portraits, group pictures,


Open Category: these can include Sports,

Landscapes, Sunsets, Flowers, Seascapes,


GCACC’s definition of a professional is:

a) someone’s main paid occupation;

b) someone who has received payment

for photography work such as senior portraits,

weddings, sports;

c) if you have a business card soliciting

photography services.

There is also an Amateur category and a

Mobile Phone category that are both open to

subject matter.

Submissions will be judged and awarded

in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with our favorite,

The People’s Choice award, with

prizes up to $100 for the first place prize.

Fine Art

Note: some of the fine art pieces may be

for sale, they will be marked accordingly to

let viewers know.

Each piece is entered into one of the following

categories: 2-D Category; 2-D

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Arts in the Alley Parade

Once again, the Arts in the Alley Community

Parade, brought to you in partnership

with the Grove City Girls Club, will

step off to begin Saturday’s festivities.

The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and

follow the traditional route in which it begins

at Southwest Boulevard. From there,

it will travel south on Broadway, and then

make its way onto Columbus Street in the

Grove City Town Center.

Many community favorites are expected

to make their return to the parade after a

hiatus in 2020. Bands, local organizations,

and even businesses can be expected to participate.

In the past the parade has included

homemade floats, vintage vehicles, and even


Parade entries will compete for several

awards, such as a People’s Choice Award or

for best neighborhood theme.

While entries made after Sept. 6 will be

considered late, groups who hurry can still

be accommodated.

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work that is multi-dimensional and can be

displayed on a table or the floor. When a display

stand is included, it shall be considered

integral to the presentation of the piece.

When no stand is included, the piece shall

be neutrally displayed by the Exhibit Personnel.

Restrictions on hanging dimensional artwork

may apply due to size or manageability

of the piece.


PLACE PROFESSIONAL: from either the

2-D or 3-D Category: $300. 2-D CATEGORY

3-D CATEGORY 2nd place $150. 2nd place

$150. 3rd place $50. 3rd place $50.


AMATEUR: from either the 2-D or 3-D Category:

$150. 2-D CATEGORY 3-D CATE-

GORY 2nd place $75. 2nd place $75. 3rd

place $25. 3rd place $25.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: One $100 will be

awarded in either 2-D or 3-D Fine Art category.

Ballots will be collected from the viewing

public until 2 p.m. Sunday. Winner will

be announced at Sunday’s Award & Recognition

Ceremony, 3 p.m., on the Heartland

Stage, on east Park Street (old Grove City

Library site).


Each piece can be entered into only one

category. The categories are: Needle Art - 3

Classes: Class 1 - Includes Knitting, Crochet,

Weaving, Fashion / Fabric

Class 2 - Includes Cross Stitch, Needlepoint,

Embroidery, Ribbon Embroidery Decorating:

Includes Floral, Home Décor, Seasonal

Painting: Includes China, Ceramics,

Tole Wood — Small: Includes Hand Carved

Originals, Wall Hangings, Accessories, Bird

Houses Wood — Large: Clocks, Furniture,

Chests All Other Crafts: Includes Clay,

Dolls, Jewelry / Beading, Paper Craft,

Leather, Stained Glass Category for each

entry will be determined by the Show Chair

at the time of registration.

Entries made from kits cannot be accepted

for judging. These items can be registered

for display purposes only.

Show Awards: Best of Show: $100. People’s

Choice: $50 cash award. 1st place: $50

cash award and ribbon. 2nd place: $25 cash

award and ribbon. 3rd place: Ribbon


Sizes for all entries are determined by

the perimeter measurement of the quilt.

There will be help to measure at registration.

The Quilt Show Committee reserves

the right to determine quilt class and/or

combine classes if too few entries are received.

•Duet quilt — top made by one or more

people and quilted by another person.

•Solo Hand quilted — top and quilting

done by one person (Pieced or Applique or


•Solo Machine quilted — top and quilting

done by one person.

•Solo Machine mixed techniques (appliqué,

embroidery, whole cloth, etc.) top

and quilting done by one o Small ○ Large

(small award sponsored by Grove City Fat

Quarters Quilt Guild).

•1st Time Entry in any Quilt Show

(Sponsored by Grove City Fat Quarters

Quilt Guild) Small items — garments,

purses, totes, table runners, pillows etc.

Youth up to age 18.

•Show Awards: People’s Choice Award

$50. Judge’s Best of Show Award $50.

(Sponsored by Grove City Fat Quarters

Quilt Guild). 1st place Ribbon and $25. 2nd

Place Ribbon and $10. 3rd place Ribbon

Honorable Mention Ribbon. 1st and 2nd

place winners will be recognized on the

Heartland Stage Sunday at 3 p.m.

Youth Art

Only three entries of any two-dimensional

work, three-dimensional work or photography

will be accepted per student.

All artwork and photography needs to be

matted on construction paper or mat board

and ready to hang. Any entry not meeting

these standards may not be accepted.

Grad divisions are as follows: Primary is

K-Grade 2, Intermediate is Grades 3-5, Middle

School is Grades 6-8 and High School is

Grades 9-12. Ribbons and cash prizes will

be awarded.

Each year the GCACC awards two specialty

awards to local artist, The Helena Mc-

Comb award and The Grove City Easel



The 18th annual

Helena McComb Award

The McComb Family is proud to again

sponsor an award in memory of one of our

festival’s founders, Helena McComb. This

award is in addition to any other award.

One entry featuring flowers will be nominated

from each of the five shows and a

$500 award will be presented to the final

winner on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Heartland

Stage. The winner of this award is selected

by the McComb Family.

The Grove City Easel Award

This annual award is presented for a

piece depicting Grove City. The winning

artist will receive $2,000, and the winning

piece will join the City’s art collection. There

is also a People’s Choice category with a

$500 prize value.


The Chamber wishes to thank the following

sponsors: The Goddard School (Youth

Art Show), Byers Chevrolet (Photography

Show), Kemba Financial Credit Union

(Craft Show). There is still time to become

a sponsor, those interested should visit

https://www.gcchamber.org/arts/ or call the

Chamber office at: (614) 875-9762.

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Breaking ground

The Franklin County Land Bank (COCIC) held a ground

breaking ceremony in the village of Urbancrest on Aug. 18 to

announce the first Central Ohio Community Land Trust project in

Franklin County, outside of the city of Columbus. This development

in the village of Urbancrest will see the construction of eight

affordable, community land trust homes that will be sold to low to

moderate income residents.

“Tackling the issue of affordable housing is a priority for our

village as we try to preserve our community and reduce homeownership

barriers. This type of partnership with our local government

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“The board of commissioners prioritizes the development of

affordable housing to challenge housing disinvestment and racial

inequity and it keeps striving to build more equitable communities

in Franklin County” said Franklin County commissioner,

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The construction phase will begin this fall with homes completed

in early 2022.

“Thanks to a strong collaborative effort, we are witnessing

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private donors on this very important issue of closing the affordability

and racial homeownership gaps throughout Franklin

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Urbancrest Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr., Franklin County Commissioner Erica Crawley, COCIC President Curtiss

Williams, Penny Winkle with the Montrose Foundation, and Franklin County Economic Development and

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Creek Metro Park. The township will use the vehicle to access remote areas, like

trails, bike paths, and public hunting areas. “This vehicle should serve us for a long

time,” said Fire Chief Brian Taylor. Pictured above is Taylor (left) with Geoff Hamilton,

park manager for Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.



Pictured here is a scene

from Beulah Park. On the

left holding the reins on

the race horse is Donn

Rowe and Dr. Armond A.B.

White, veterinarian at the

racetrack from 1923 to

1973. In this picture Dr.

White is treating the thoroughbred.

On display in

the Grove City Visitor

Center and Museum are

many of the instruments

used by Dr. White along

with many other artifacts

and pictures from days

long ago at Beulah Park.

The photos and information

in the Pictorial Past

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curator of the Grove City

Welcome Center and

Museum. The museum is

now open Tuesday

through Friday from 10

a.m. to 4 p.m.,Tuesday

until 8 p.m., and Saturday

from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Opinion Page

This Browns fan has been let down too many times

I’ve been thinking about a conversation

I overheard recently that left me feeling

unsettled — so much so that I decided to

step out of my Reel Deal comfort zone to

share what had occurred. While there was

nothing unfriendly or threatening about

this exchange, I was so overwhelmed with

pity for these individuals for what I

assumed was their naïve enthusiasm

regarding the topic at hand.

What follows is the conversation in

question, relayed to the best of my ability. I

ask you, dear reader, whether I am being

unfair to these people and those of a likemind.

Individual A, who will henceforth be

referred to as delusional person one (DPO),

glances at a hat being worn by another and

offers a compliment.

“Hey man,” said DPO, “That’s a great

hat you’re wearing.”

“Thanks,” said Individual B, who will

henceforth be known as delusional person

two (DPT). “I’ve been a fan of the Cleveland

Browns my entire life.”

“Me too,” said DPO. “It’s so exciting that

they made the playoffs this year and finally

won a game.”

“More so because it was against the

(Pittsburgh) Steelers,” said DPT.

“It feels like a new era,” said DPO.

“What do you think of their chances next

season? I think if we get all our guys back,

we can make it to the Super Bowl.”

“I think so too,” said DPT. “I think we’re

gonna win the whole thing. We’re gonna be


My immediate reaction to this conversation

was that they were joking. After all, I

too love chanting “Super Bowl” when this

team does something that vaguely resembles

competency. With slowly dawning horror,

however, I realized they were being

serious. Against my better judgement, I

closed my gaping maw but offered a silent

Semis should be restricted

I am responding to the article about why

it was decided that detouring traffic

around the neighborhoods of Grove City is

just not feasible anymore. I totally agree

but what really needs to happen in downtown

Grove City is semi trucks need not to

be allowed to come through the downtown

unless it is shown that they have a delivery

in the area of Broadway between Columbus

Street and Kingston Avenue.

You cannot even sit out at any of the

venues on Broadway to have a meal or

drink without having to pause your conversation

every few minutes from all the loud

trucks and intense wind blowing off their

trailers and then smelling the diesel hanging

in the air. This problem has only gotten

10 times worse as Grove City has continued

on its explosion of new homes and

letter to the editor

prayer for their wayward minds.

“To whatever is out there, please guide

these poor souls,” I said. “For at their age,

they really ought to know better.”

As the weeks wore on, I kept coming

back to this conversation, especially as the

chorus of high expectations for the 2021

Browns spilled out the mouths of professional

sports analysts. I began to question

my skepticism, wondering whether I was

being too harsh on the admittedly

improved Brownies. Upon reflection, I realized

I may be acting unfairly toward my

beloved team but I just cannot give them

my whole and hopeful heart — not yet at

least, for they have crushed it many times


I was indoctrinated into the Browns fandom

at birth. Part of it was due to my

father, a rabid fan, and another part was

due to the lulling effect the orange painted

walls of our living room had on my psyche.

It was oddly soothing though I wasn’t sad

to have painted over it in the future.

I was very young when the Browns were

in their competitive 80s era, but I do

remember how their losses (especially “The

Drive” and “The Fumble”) impacted my

father. He was absolutely crushed and

though I may have been too young to

understand what all was going on, I knew

that he was hurting and thus I was too.

Wanting him to be happy, I cheered on

the Browns and cursed the teams they battled.

Then I would turn coat and root on

those teams, but only if their win would

improve the Browns’ standings. This went

on until The Betrayal, which was a dark

time for fans throughout the country.

I don’t want to rehash their revival era,

mostly because it is sad and depressing.

But I will say it gave me some great opportunities

to laugh, especially when one of

our many quarterbacks became trapped

under a giant American flag.

increased traffic.

Area businesses and business leaders

say they want the foot traffic and visitors to

establishments a mere 10 feet from where

these semis are often speeding past, but I

for one have often decided to look elsewhere

for a Happy Hour or stroll in a quieter

area, sometimes outside of my own


We can and should do something about

this problem. Have signs that route all

trucks to I- 270 like they do for Walmart

warehouse trucks and have signage that

indicates truck traffic only for mandatory

deliveries in the marked areas.

We have totally lost our hometown feel

in our downtown outdoor areas.

Jim Bucher

Grove City

Having given up expectations for this

team a long time ago, I did not have much

optimism for the reign of General Manager

Andrew Berry and Head Coach Kevin

Stefanski though it felt like adults were

finally in the room. But then something

bizarre started to happen — they overcame

challenges (in an odd turn, most not selfimposed)

and started to win.

When they made the playoffs for the

first time since 2002, it was a pleasant surprise

— even more so when they thrashed

the Steelers in the Wild Card game and

made Ben Roethlisberger cry. They gave us

hope in the second round against a tough

opponent in the Kansas City Chiefs but

ultimately came up short.

With the entire coaching staff returning,

the entire starting offensive returning, and

a “re-vamped” defense led by Myles

Garrett, Denzel Ward and veteran newcomers

Jadeveon Clowney and John

Johnson III, it is no wonder why fans and

pundits alike are abuzz with positive chatter

as the start of the 2021 season

approaches. Though I want to hold hands

and join in on this peculiar sensation, I

can’t — I just can’t.

For me, there is a cloud of strangeness

that always hangs

over the Browns

(case in point,

promising rookie

linebacker Jeremiah


Koramoah dropped

a weight on his head and can’t put on a helmet

because of his stitches) and I cannot in

good faith believe in good things to come. I

hope that good things happen; I begrudge

none of you who can believe, but I do so

wish you could keep it to yourself. You may

have overcome the past, but what you are

saying is scary and unfamiliar and we have

enough of that in the non-sporting world


(The Cleveland Browns begin the 2021

season at Kansas City on Sept. 12 at 4:25

p.m. They have not won a season opener

since 2004.)

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.


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in loving hm. Exp. Mom, n-

smkr, hot meals, sncks,

playroom, fncd yd. Reas.

rates. Laurie at 853-2472



xCome & Get It!

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xClassified Services


Deadlines are Tuesdays by 5 pm.

Call For Publication Schedule 614-272-5422

Need to Get Rid of Something Fast - Advertise It Here For FREE!

FREE Garden Straw for gardens or bedding. Call for appointment for pickup.

Circle S Farms, 9015 London-Groveport Road, Grove City, 43123

Grove City - 614-878-7980

Pick-up Load of Rocks, small to none larger than a bowling ball; 30-35 Birds and

Blooms Magazines from the last 3-4 yeers, like new condition; Kimball Baby

Grand Piano with bench, needs tuning, may need other work, mahoghany wood.

NA - Grove City - 614-875-8860

Sauder Computer Desk with hutch and chair. Lots of storage, light wood tone,

good condition. Partially assembled.

JG - Columbus - 614-279-9753

. Come and Get It! is a bi-weekly column that offers readers an opportunity to pass

along surplus building materials, furniture, electronic equipment, crafts, supplies,

appliances, plants or household goods to anybody who will come and get them - as

long as they’re FREE. NO PETS! Just send us a brief note describing what you want to

get rid of, along with your name, address and phone number. Nonprofit organizations

are welcome to submit requests for donations of items.

Send information to The Columbus Messenger, Attention: Come and Get It, 3500

Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH43204. Deadline is Tuesdays by 5 pm for following

Mondays publication. Messenger Newspapers is not responsible for any

complications that may occur. Please contact us when items are gone. 272-5422

Come & Get It!


Dianetics is a proven and

workable method of

returning self-determination

and freeing you from


by L. Ron Hubbard

Start the adverture - of you - $25

Call (614)401-0664 Or come to

1266 Dublin Road, Columbus,Ohio



OFFICE needs an organized

fulltime person who can

multitask in our shop office.

Assist customers, phone,

purchasing, billing, etc.

QuickBooks exp. a plus.

Send resume with pay history

to: cewa@att.net or fax to

614-294-3731 or mail to:

Columbus Electrical Works

1854 S. High St.,

Columbus, OH 43207





All Shifts

Full and Parttime

Call or Text Now


7.4 W/SW/M


HONDA 2002 VT 600 M/C

$2,000. 614-406-3021


Garage Sale

Fri-Sat, Sept 10-11,9am-?

Rain date following weekend

1272 Hathersage Pl

Laurel Green of Norton Rd

Housewares, Fiestaware, lawn

mower & weedeater, Frig,

womens/mens clothes & misc.



$5.00 ea. 614-662-8655



Large 3-part Handicap

Ramp. 614-279-8325



LPs and 45s - 1950-80s

Rock, Pop, Jazz, Soul.


CASH PAID for Ohio

State and old sports

items, records, postcards,

old photos, jewelry & more


We Buy Cars & Trucks


We Buy Junk Cars &

Trucks. Highest Prices

Paid. 614-395-8775

WANTS TO Purchase

minerals and other oil &

gas interests. Send details

to: P.O. Box 13557,

Denver, CO 80201


Call anytime 614-774-6797



Victrolas, Watches,

Clocks, Bookcases

Antiques, Furn.

Jeff 614-262-0676

or 614-783-2629


Condo for Rent - 3BR,

Carport. No Pets - $1050.



Englewood, Florida

Palm Manor Resort

Within minutes of white

sand Gulf beaches,

world famous Tarpon

fishing, golf courses, restaurants/shopping,


Gardens. 2 BR 2 BA

condos with all ammenities,

weekly/monthly, visit


or call 1-800-848-8141



Complete System

Clean & Check




Sealcoating & Services LLC

Quality Materials Used


Driveway Seal & Repair!

Top Seal Cracks!

Residential & Commercial

Mulching, Edging & Clean-ups

“Ask for whatever you need.”

BBB Accredited-Fully Insured

Call or text for Free Est.



9/26 A

Free Electronic Leak Testing

All Makes • All Models

45 Yrs. Exp. • Senior Discount



Driveways & Parking Lots





Free Estimates

Cell 614-512-1699




Specializing in Custom Colors &

Custom Designs of Concrete.

Including Remove & Replace

43 yrs exp & Free Est.

Licensed & Insured

Reputation Built

On Quality



See Us On Facebook





Quality Concrete Work

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

Block Work & Excavation

Stamp Patios,

Bsmt. Wall Restoration

35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.

Free Ests. 614-871-3834

AJ’s Concrete,


Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors




Any 5 areas ONLY $75

Home Powerwash- $99-$200


Specializing in Pet Odors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.


9/26 W/SW

9/26 A


Buckeye City

Concrete & Excavating

* Concrete * Foundations

* Waterlines * Drains

*Catch Basins





Driveways & Extensions

Patio & Walkways,

Porches & Steps,

Garage/Basement Floors

Hot Tub/Shed Pads,

Stamped/colored concrete

Sealing of new &

existing concrete.


Contact Adam






Chain Link - Wood

No Job Too Big or Small

All Repairs ~ Free Est.

Insured. 614-670-2292


• Tile • Hardwood

• Laminate • Vinyl




Sales • Installation • Free Est.


Bates & Sons


5 ★ Google Reviews












Earn FREE Seamless

Gutters with Siding Over

1000 Sq. Ft.

FREE Shutters with

Soffit & Trim

EPA Certified

Member of BBB

Financing Available

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.


Owner & Operator

James 614-419-7500


Services LLC

Minor Plumbing

& Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing &

Interior/Exterior Painting

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines


9/26 A/M

9/12 A

7/18 A



SINCE 1973

Phil Bolon Contr.

Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.


Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273


or 614-863-9912



Baths, Kitchen,

Plumbing and Electrical.

All your Handyman needs

No Job too Big or Small

Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.





Handyman Remodeling

Over 35 yrs exp.

Larry 614-376-7006


The Lawn Barber

Cut, Trim, Blow away

Hedge Trimming, Edging

Garden Tilling





Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall


Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117


Aaron Allen


Local Moving since 1956

Bonded and Insured




over 60 yrs

in business

Classified Services



Handyman - outdoor &

indoor. Reasonable Rates







We do it all! Fences, decks,

home repairs, more Just ask!

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9/26 A&M









Locally Owned & Operated. Any Pest. Anytime.


50 00 OFF Service

Expires September July 11, 2021 30, 2021

Free Termite Inspection


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A lic. General Contractor

Some Skilled Services

Incl: Painting • Stucco,


Drainage & Home Maint.

Call Today! 614-235-1819


All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any sm drain

$145. 614-778-2584



“Plumbing & Drain Professional

That You Can Count On”

24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week

No Overtime Charges

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate

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All Major Credit Cards Accepted



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Single deck $69+tax

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Best Wash in Town

Over 45,000 washes

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Bates & Sons

Soft Wash & Powerwash

5 ★ Google Reviews



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.


9/12 A

9/26 A&M

8/1 A






For This Ad In Our

West & Grove City

For Info Call







Textured Ceilings





Robinson roofing & repairs

30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.

resident. Lic./bonded/Ins.

Reas rates. Member of

BBB. Dennis Robinson

614-330-3087, 732-3100






REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

service. Clean, oil, adjust

in your home. $49.95 all

work gtd. 614-890-5296

Kevin’s s Stump

Grinding & More e LLC

Veteran Owned & Insured

Stump, Roots,

Bush Removal

Handyman Services


Plumbing & Fixture Repair

Tile Backsplash & more

Kevin Burke



Trimming, Removal &

Stump Grinding.


Brewer & Sons Tree Service

• Tree Removal

• Tree Trimming 9/26


• Stump Grinding

• Bucket Truck Services

Best Prices • Same Day Service


2-22 A&M

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Pets of the week


These furry friends are available

for adoption at local

rescues and shelters

Blondie is currently

available for adoption.

This 7-year-old

lovely lady had some

dental issues that

may have been causing

her distress.

Those issues have

been addressed at

the shelter. She has

lived with cats and prefers women. If you have

a quiet home and are looking for a companion

that may take some time to trust you and her

new surroundings, meet with Blondie. She is

worth your love and is up for adoption at the

Franklin County Dog Shelter.

FYI: franklincountydogs.com

Blue Jay was wandering

the streets in

Ironton, Ohio before

someone rescued

him. He is a sweet

boy who loves people

and loves attention.

He doesn’t

understand personal

space and likes to run fast. If you’re looking for

a cuddle buddy, contact Colony Cats about

adopting Blue Jay.

FYI: colonycats.org

Han Solo is a funny

boy. When he was in

a foster home, he

took a liking to socks.

He would steal all his

foster mom’s socks

and collect them. In

addition to his fondness

for socks, Han

Solo is a super affectionate guy. He is about 5

years old and eager to find a loving forever

family. Adopt him from Colony Cats.

FYI: colonycats.org

Willow is a very

sweet and loving girl.

This 5-month-old kitten

is very affectionate.

She loves belly

rubs and ear scratches.

Willow gets along

well with children and

other cats. She would

make a lovely addition

to any home. Adopt Willow from Friends

for Life Animal Haven.

FYI: fflah.org

Looking for a small,

friendly church experience? Try

First Presbyterian Church

of Grove City

4227 Broadway, Grove City

Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

In-Person and live Facebook




80 E. Markison Ave., Columbus, OH 43207



8:30 am & 11:00 am


Adult and Youth (K-5)

9:45 am

*11:00 service includes a radio broadcast

in our parking lot on FM 87.9

Be a Part of Our Local Worship Guide

Our Worship Guide is geared toward celebrating faith and helping reader connect with religious

resources in our community. Make sure these readers know how you can help with a presence in

this very special section distributed to more than 22,000 households in the Southwest area.

Contact us today to secure your spot in our Worship Guide.

614.272.5422 • kathy@columbusmessenger.com

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