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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

<strong>September</strong> 5 - 18, <strong>2021</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 24<br />


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By Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Editor<br />

Two years ago, Andy Furr, executive<br />

director of the Heart of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, proposed<br />

the creation of a Designated Outdoor<br />

Refreshment Area (DORA) in the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Town Center. The goal was to bring<br />

more foot traffic into the downtown area.<br />

“Folks in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> are very happy<br />

with the DORA,” said Furr.<br />

The outdoor refreshment area was<br />

adopted by city council in 2019. At that<br />

time, it operated from 2 p.m. to midnight<br />

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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Living<br />

Pages 9-16<br />

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

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

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

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> director to premier “Clay Zombies”<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Jake Jolley was never a big fan of the<br />

traditional horror movie.<br />

By and large, he found them to be<br />

rather trite — especially the slice and dice<br />

slashers made popular in the 1970s and<br />

1980s.<br />

His views on the potential of the genre<br />

began to evolve, however, when his older<br />

brother Bill introduced him to George A.<br />

Romero’s 1978 classic “Dawn of the Dead.”<br />

“It had substance, it wasn’t just Jason<br />

killing people,” said Jolley, a resident of<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. “It was a diverse group of people<br />

who would probably never work/live<br />

together in normal circumstances, fighting<br />

a common threat.”<br />

Blown away by what he had seen, he<br />

started to metaphorically act as a zombie<br />

and consumed as many films on the<br />

undead he could possibly find.<br />

While the devouring of this sub-genre<br />

didn’t exactly put Jolley on the path<br />

toward making his own zombie film, it did<br />

leave a lasting impression on someone<br />

who already had their sights set on breaking<br />

into the entertainment industry.<br />

Jolley said he was about 7 years old<br />

when that seed was planted.<br />

“My father gave Bill and I his VHS<br />

camera and we just went crazy with it.”<br />

Initially, he wanted to be an actor but<br />

he thought it might be wise to try his hand<br />

at writing and directing in case that didn’t<br />

work out.<br />

“Whenever I could get the camera away<br />

from Bill and his wrestling stunts, I would<br />

write sci-fi adventures for me and my<br />

action figures,” he said. “I would then<br />

spend hours trying to use stop-motion animation<br />

to bring them to life.”<br />

As the years went by, Jolley hit the<br />

pause button on his burgeoning animation<br />

skills and decided against performing with<br />

the drama department while attending<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Christian School.<br />

“I wasn’t involved in anything like<br />

that,” he said. “I played in a band for a few<br />

years so I had some experience with acting<br />

a part, but that was as close as I got to the<br />

entertainment world.”<br />

In his mid-20s and with no industry<br />

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even write and direct his own, was slipping<br />

away.<br />

“I had so many ideas of what could work<br />

as a movie but I was buying into that<br />

strange societal pressure that said if something<br />

hadn’t happened by a certain age, it<br />

was never going to happen,” he said.<br />

Wanting to cheer his son up, Jolley’s<br />

father told him of a newspaper announcement<br />

seeking extras for Aaron Garrett’s<br />

locally shot film, “False Flag.” He traveled<br />

to London where it was being filmed, “had<br />

a total blast” as a member of the cast and<br />

rekindled his desire to create something<br />

original.<br />

After his wife Ashley gave him a crash<br />

course on the latest technology for budding<br />

filmmakers, Jolley had a premise for a<br />

zombie film in mind. Upon consulting a<br />

makeup artist to determine the cost of<br />

such an undertaking, he had to modify<br />

those plans.<br />

“It was, let’s say, not cost effective for<br />

my budget,” Jolley said.<br />

Determined to see it through, Jolley<br />

thought back to his childhood fondness for<br />

Ray Harryhausen films and produced a<br />

short feature with live-action actors acting<br />

alongside stop-motion creatures.<br />

In 2016, Jolley’s “Claymation Zombies”<br />

hit the festival circuit: the low-budget<br />

“campy zombie apocalypse horror featuring<br />

green clay monsters” received a warm<br />

reception from the audience.<br />

“I think it was because they were tired<br />

of all the serious films,” he joked.<br />

With a successful short film under his<br />

belt, he was told to “move on” from that<br />

universe by fellow creators, that it would<br />

be “too much work” to make the transition<br />

into a full-length feature.<br />

But Jolley wasn’t ready to leave the<br />

zombies behind.<br />

At first, Jolley expanded the verse, creating<br />

an origin story web series for Dr.<br />

Clayton Molder, the man who may have<br />

accidentally brought forth a clay zombie<br />

apocalypse. In late 2019, he officially<br />

began the feature length transformation.<br />

Those plans hit a snag with COVID-19.<br />

“It gave me time to re-imagine the<br />

whole thing,” he said.<br />

While drafting additional plot points<br />

and points-of-view, Ashley asked him if he<br />

could have one actor in the film, who would<br />

he want it to be.<br />

He said that answer was easy: Diane<br />

Franklin.<br />

“She is one of my favorite actresses,”<br />

said Jolley. “I loved her in “Better Off<br />

Dead” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent<br />

Adventure.”<br />

Knowing that actors were having a hard<br />

time getting work due to COVID-19<br />

restrictions, he sent her a message via<br />

Facebook and asked if she would be interested<br />

in taking a small part. Much to his<br />

surprise, she was.<br />

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I still<br />

can’t believe it.”<br />

He said though he never got to meet her<br />

— she filmed near her home and sent in the<br />

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footage — her willingness to be a part of “Clay Zombies” meant the<br />

world to him.<br />

“Really, I’m grateful to anyone who was willing to help bring a<br />

dream of mine to life.”<br />

While the pandemic did create a few logistical nightmares for<br />

the locally shot production, Jolley said the cast and crew managed<br />

to put something together that will be fun for everyone — regardless<br />

of their general feelings for zombie movies.<br />

“It has puns, guns, and gratuitous clay zombie violence,” he<br />

said.<br />

But that is not all there is to “Clay Zombies,” he said.<br />

“It goes back to that thread of found friendship, of people coming<br />

together to help others.”<br />

In the case of this film, strangers come together to get the word<br />

out about the clay zombie virus, team up to rescue an abducted<br />

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

an apparent human baddie from creating more ravenous green<br />

monsters.<br />

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

sense,” Jolley said. “Well, as much as a film about clay zombies<br />

can be good and make sense.”<br />

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

Grandview Theater and Drafthouse, 1247 Grandview Ave.<br />

Tickets can be purchased by searching for “Clay Zombies” at<br />

Eventbrite.com or via direct link through the “Clay Zombies”<br />

Facebook or Instagram page. The film is also slated to be available<br />

via Amazon Prime or Tubi in late October. It stars Jake<br />

Jolley, Bill Jolley, Diane Franklin, David Ogrodowski, Gabe Kirk,<br />

Jazzy Jackson, Beth Metcalf, Katherine Elizabeth and Sandy the<br />

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PAGE 4 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>September</strong> 5, <strong>2021</strong><br />

In Education<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The South-Western <strong>City</strong> Schools District has a fleet of<br />

more than 200 buses. All are housed as its transportation<br />

lot located off Southwest Boulevard in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

When school is in session, this lot is a hub of activity.<br />

Not only are buses coming in and out of the depot multiple<br />

times a day to take students to school and back home, but<br />

so too are the vehicles of the employees as they start or end<br />

their scheduled shift.<br />

When school is not in session, however, this lot is still a<br />

hub of activity though much of it happens outside of the<br />

scope of the naked eye.<br />

As the heavy buses sit on the lot and as the summer sun<br />

beats down on the ground, miniscule fissures start to grow<br />

underneath the asphalt, slowly expanding until they make<br />

their way to the surface. When they do, action has to be<br />

taken to stop their destructive process before they start to<br />

pose a problem for the fleet and employee vehicles.<br />

Recently, these cracks have become a problem. In May,<br />

the board of education approved a resolution that paved<br />

the way for $400,000 worth of repairs to be made at the<br />

transportation lot. These improvements took place over<br />

the course of the summer but district officials say there is<br />

more work to be done.<br />

On Aug. 23, Mark Meadows, the district’s supervisor of<br />

property services, presented the board of education with<br />

an overview of the construction project. He said it was so<br />

expansive that it had to be broken down into three phases<br />

which will take place throughout 2023.<br />

Phase one was completed before the start of the <strong>2021</strong>-22<br />

school year, he said. The scope of this phase included the<br />

removal of the current asphalt and the installation of a<br />

“roller-compacted concrete” to extend its lifespan so it better<br />

holds the weight of the buses.<br />

“This should service us for years to come,” Meadows<br />

said.<br />

Additional phase one improvements include the extension<br />

of car parking to allow for safer bus turning radius<br />

and the inclusion of additional parking areas for<br />

both cars and smaller buses.<br />

According to Sandra Nekoloff, the district’s<br />

executive director of communications, phases two<br />

and three will entail additional asphalt replacements<br />

and resurfacing repairs. She said these<br />

additional phases still need to go out for bid so she<br />

does not have an estimate as to how much money<br />

the entire project will cost.<br />

Meadows said additional, albeit smaller, projects<br />

were undertaken this summer throughout the<br />

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“Summers are always busy in the facilities and property<br />

services department, and this summer has proved to be no<br />

different,” he said.<br />

According to Meadows, asphalt repairs were also done<br />

at Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods Elementary, behind<br />

the recreation center at Westland High School, and at the<br />

district’s service center.<br />

He said asphalt improvements are also slated to be<br />

done at the district’s maintenance yard.<br />

“This is an effort to get the district on track for a much<br />

more regular (sealing and striping) routine.”<br />

Other summer improvements include exterior painting<br />

of the Bostic Center and Darby Woods; playground renovations<br />

at Finland, Harmon and Stiles elementary; dugout<br />

improvements at Westland; gate partition repairs at<br />

Westland and <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> high school; and HVAC improvements<br />

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Meadows also said a scoreboard was ordered for the<br />

boys baseball and girls softball teams at Westland. They<br />

are slated to be delivered in the fall.<br />

In other meeting news, Carl Metzger, the assistant<br />

superintendent of personnel, gave a staffing update to the<br />

board. According to Metzger, the district has 2,773 certificated<br />

and classified employees. Of that number, 1,748 are<br />

certificated employees (1,644 teachers, 104 administrators)<br />

and 1,025 are classified.<br />

He also added that the district is looking for bus drivers,<br />

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More than 50 parents and children attended the South-Western <strong>City</strong> Schools Board of Education meeting<br />

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

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

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

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

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Art exhibit features watercolors<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Council’s Art Concern presents<br />

an exhibit “Recollection,” by Diana<br />

Linik on display and for purchase through<br />

Sept. 10 at <strong>City</strong> Hall, 4035 Broadway, in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. The exhibit features a collection<br />

of mixed media, watercolors and oil<br />

paintings.<br />

Linik, an international fine artist, was<br />

born and raised in Buenos Aires,<br />

Argentina. She moved to New York <strong>City</strong> to<br />

further her studies and exhibited in the<br />

U.S. and Seville, Spain. She also received<br />

invitations to display her artwork at COSI<br />

and Battelle. Art can be purchased by contacting<br />

Art Concern curator Lucila Linik at<br />

614-357-3593.<br />

The exhibit is open to the public weekdays,<br />

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling<br />

Clerk of Council Tami Kelly, 614-277-3065<br />

for an appointment, or exhibits can be<br />

viewed virtually on the city website at<br />

bit.ly/gcArtConcern.<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Art Concern was founded<br />

in 1991 and is sponsored by <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Council. The Art Concern was created for<br />

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Jackson Township<br />

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The Jackson Township Bulk Trash<br />

Drop-off for all Jackson Township, city of<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> and village of Urbancrest residents<br />

will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to<br />

4 p.m. through Sept. 24 at the Jackson<br />

Township Administration Building, 3756<br />

Hoover Road. Residents must check in at<br />

the Jackson Township Administration<br />

office prior to unloading.<br />

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Jackson Township Administration<br />

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a.m. to 4 p.m., except holidays.<br />

The list of accepted items includes: computer<br />

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Internet Purchase<br />

Exchange Zones<br />

The city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>’s Division of<br />

Police in cooperation with Jackson<br />

Township established two Internet<br />

Purchase Exchange Zones in response to<br />

safety concerns during person-to-person<br />

exchanges of sales arranged online. The<br />

zones are located at <strong>City</strong> Hall, 4035<br />

Broadway, and the Jackson Township<br />

Administration Building, 3756 Hoover<br />

Road.<br />

Exchange zones are identified by signage<br />

next to designated parking spaces at<br />

each location with video surveillance 24<br />

hours a day, seven days a week. Residents<br />

can conduct transactions knowing their<br />

interactions are recorded. In cases of emergency,<br />

site users should dial 911 for assistance.<br />

For more information, contact the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

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Blood drives in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

The American Red Cross will host several<br />

blood drives in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. The events<br />

will be held:<br />

•Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the<br />

DORA<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

Thursday through Saturday. In 2020,<br />

council voted to expand the DORA in days<br />

of operation from Monday through<br />

Saturday. Now, council will decide if the<br />

DORA should expand its boundaries.<br />

According to city legislation, the DORA<br />

is approximately 15 acres in size. It<br />

includes areas north of Cleveland Avenue,<br />

east of Arbutus Avenue, south of Civic<br />

Place and west behind <strong>City</strong> Hall. On Sept.<br />

7, council will vote on a proposal to expand<br />

the refreshment area to the city-owned lot<br />

next to the old library site on Park Street<br />

and to the southeast corner of Civic Place<br />

and Broadway.<br />

According to Furr, more community<br />

events are moving off Broadway, along<br />

Park Street and this expansion would<br />

allow patrons to bring their beverage to the<br />

properties where more events are taking<br />

place. He said the expansion south on<br />

Broadway would allow several businesses<br />

to take part in the DORA, including MOJO<br />

on Broadway and Mr. Southern Flava.<br />

“It would increase access for these<br />

folks,” said Furr.<br />

The DORA is essentially a waiver of<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>’s open container law for a designated<br />

area. It allows patrons (age 21 and<br />

older) to buy an alcoholic beverage, from an<br />

established permit holder, and take that<br />

drink outside in the marked areas. The<br />

beverages are poured into an identifiable<br />

plastic cup. People can sit outside and<br />

drink or they can browse the area.<br />

“We have seen an uptick of use of the<br />

DORA, especially on Friday nights and for<br />

events,” said Furr. “It’s a very relaxed<br />

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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Church of the Nazarene, 4750<br />

Hoover Road<br />

•Sept. 16 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Vineyard<br />

Christian Fellowship, 3005 Holt Road<br />

•Sept. 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive<br />

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-<br />

448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.<br />

Screenings at Evans<br />

Amity Care Home Health Services provides<br />

a nurse at the E.L. Evans Senior<br />

Center in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> to do free diabetic<br />

screening and blood pressure testing every<br />

first and third Wednesday of the month<br />

from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information,<br />

call Amity Care Home Health at 334-<br />

6800.<br />

Wellness services for seniors<br />

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Church of the Nazarene in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> weekly to provide free foot care<br />

and other wellness services for seniors. To<br />

schedule an appointment or for more information,<br />

call the wellness office at 614-437-<br />

2878.<br />

vibe.”<br />

Furr said he expected this to boost business<br />

for those establishments that sold<br />

food and alcohol but said retail shop owners<br />

have also reported an increase in foot<br />

traffic.<br />

“It’s been great to see,” he said.<br />

Many communities in central Ohio have<br />

created designated outdoor refreshment<br />

areas recently. Some communities have<br />

even reached out to the Heart of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

for tips.<br />

According to Furr, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> is the<br />

only community in central Ohio to offer its<br />

DORA six days a week, year-round.<br />

When the idea was first proposed in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, some were worried about safety<br />

or patrons becoming unruly from drinking<br />

too much.<br />

According to <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of<br />

Police Chief Richard Butsko, there has not<br />

been many problems thus far.<br />

“The division of police has not experienced<br />

any notable, frequent, or ongoing<br />

problems stemming from the DORA.<br />

Additionally, we have no safety concerns<br />

with expansion of the boundaries,” said<br />

Butsko.<br />

The DORA does not operate on<br />

Sundays, nor does it operate during the<br />

annual alumni event, Boo on Broadway, or<br />

the Christmas Celebration.<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Council meets at 7 p.m. at<br />

<strong>City</strong> Hall. The next meeting was moved to<br />

Tuesday, Sept. 7 due to Labor Day.<br />

For more information on the DORA,<br />

visit grovecityohio.gov.

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Police welcome new canine<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Editor<br />

A new canine officer has joined the<br />

ranks within the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of<br />

Police.<br />

Rakka, a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd,<br />

comes to <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> from Holland, where<br />

he was trained as a dual-purpose canine<br />

officer. He will spend the next six weeks<br />

training with his new partner, Officer<br />

Jared Nelson, at Storm Dog K-9 Training<br />

in Sunbury, Ohio.<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police Chief<br />

Richard Butsko said he is confident Nelson<br />

will be a terrific canine handler.<br />

“Officer Nelson has had a tremendous<br />

performance on the job,” said Butsko. “He<br />

is hard-working and motivated.”<br />

According to Lt. Eric Scott, support services<br />

bureau commander, Nelson volunteered<br />

to handle Rakka.<br />

“He has the right home circumstances,”<br />

said Scott.<br />

Not only will Nelson and Rakka work<br />

together, but they will also live together.<br />

After the initial training period, the pair<br />

will have ongoing training sessions several<br />

times per month.<br />

Rakka joins the police force after the<br />

death of Max, an 8-year-old Belgian<br />

Malinois who had been with the department<br />

since 2015.<br />

“We closed the canine program for a few<br />

The <strong>City</strong> Beat<br />

months to pay our respects to Max,” said<br />

Butsko. “It is time to resume the program.”<br />

Max died unexpectedly in early June<br />

during an emergency surgery to remove a<br />

cancerous growth.<br />

Max’s handler, Officer Brian Kitko, has<br />

put his support behind Nelson as the division’s<br />

latest canine handler.<br />

Rakka will assist in narcotics detection,<br />

article tracking, and building searches. He<br />

will also track fleeing suspects or missing<br />

people.<br />

“Canines cannot do a lot of the tasks regular<br />

officers do, but they have very special<br />

capabilities,” said Butsko. “They are very<br />

good at maintaining order.”<br />

The police chief said canine officers do<br />

very well at security, crowd control, and<br />

controlling unruly people. He said some<br />

suspects have no problem confronting a<br />

group of armed police officers, but they are<br />

unwilling to challenge a police dog.<br />

Another aspect of their job is public relations.<br />

Max became somewhat of a celebrity in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. He and his handler participated<br />

in community events, marched in local<br />

parades, and spent time educating the public<br />

about safety issues.<br />

Scott said they also expect Rakka to<br />

have a big impact with community relations.<br />

“He is an overly friendly dog,” said Scott.<br />

“If all goes well in his training, the community<br />

should see him out at community<br />

events.”<br />

Rakka is scheduled to graduate his<br />

training course Sept. 17. He should be performing<br />

regular duties for the city of <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> at the end of the month.<br />

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Photos courtesy of the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police<br />

On Aug. 30, the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police introduced its newest officer, Rakka. The<br />

2-year-old canine will partner with Officer Jared Nelson.<br />

“He will be a great addition,” said<br />

Butsko. “We are looking forward to getting<br />

him in service.”<br />

It cost the city $15,500 for Rakka and<br />

his initial training. It costs about $3,300<br />

annually to maintain a canine officer.<br />

Moses-Mouser Eye Care<br />

Dr. Joshua Morris is an Optometrist who grew<br />

up in Bellville, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate<br />

degree at the University of Akron, where<br />

he graduated magna cum laude with honors.<br />

Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University<br />

College of Optometry and graduated cum laude<br />

with honors to receive his Doctor of Optometry Degree in May 2019. After<br />

completing his studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical<br />

Excellence Award”, in 2019.<br />

Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio<br />

Optometric Association, and The Ohio State Alumni Association. He is<br />

excited to practice full scope optometry, diagnosing and treating a variety<br />

of ocular disorders and diseases in patients of all ages, but has a special<br />

interest in contact lenses and ocular disease.<br />

On a personal note, Dr. Morris and his wife Tess, enjoy spending time with<br />

their family, friends, and their Bernese Mountain dog Maverick, cheering<br />

on The Ohio State Buckeyes, trying new foods, and exploring Columbus<br />

breweries.<br />

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A: Floaters are small dark shapes that move across your vision. They can appear<br />

as dots, threads, squiggly lines, or even like cobwebs. Most floaters are caused<br />

by normal changes in the eye. As you age, small strands of vitreous (gel-like fluid<br />

that fills your eye) can clump together and cast a shadow on your retina (the<br />

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that drift across your vision. You may notice floaters more when you look at a<br />

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Q: How often should someone with new<br />

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A: Someone experiencing new floaters, a large increase in the number of floaters,<br />

or flashing lights should see an eye care professional immediately. Sometimes<br />

floaters have a more serious cause, including: infection, injury, inflammation,<br />

bleeding, retinal tear or retinal detachment.<br />

Someone with a few stable floaters should see an eye care professional at least<br />

once a year for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.<br />

Schedule your comprehensive eye exam<br />

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By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The Borror Observatory in the former<br />

Hoover Y-Park on Rohr Road was once a<br />

mecca for local stargazers who looked to<br />

the skies through the lens of a homemade<br />

10-inch reflecting telescope.<br />

Built out of concrete blocks in 1961, with<br />

a 14-foot dome donated by Columbus<br />

Astronomical Society (CAS) member<br />

Charles Worch, the observatory was a<br />

memorial to Ed Borror, who passed away<br />

in 1960 and whose financial contributions<br />

made the park possible.<br />

According to Charles Legg–who spent<br />

many hours as a teenager volunteering at<br />

the observatory and served as its de facto<br />

director–not long after it was built, the<br />

observatory fell into disuse until Legg was<br />

approached by a member of the YMCA who<br />

told him about the situation.<br />

“When I was16, I volunteered at COSI<br />

doing planetarium lectures and was a<br />

member of the CAS,” said Legg, 73. “I met<br />

Jim Wagner, who worked at the Southside<br />

YMCA. He told me about the situation with<br />

the observatory. He expressed concern that<br />

no one was using the observatory for its<br />

intended purpose–to provide public open<br />

houses and its use by amateur<br />

astronomers. I was fairly ambitious back<br />

then at 16, so I expressed an interest in visiting<br />

the observatory, checking the condition<br />

of the telescope and building, and seeing<br />

what I could do to help.”<br />

Legg visited the site and found the<br />

building dirty, with spider webs everywhere,<br />

but the telescope was covered and<br />

in good condition. Wagner met with Legg’s<br />

parents, who agreed their son could help<br />

correct the situation, although his mother<br />

had reservations about her son having a<br />

key to the observatory.<br />

“In the end, it all worked out, and there<br />

was never a problem,” said Legg.<br />

“However, my dad had to take me to the<br />

observatory and pick me up until I received<br />

my drivers' license. Since I was still an<br />

active member of the CAS, it was not too<br />

much trouble stirring up interest, primarily<br />

with the younger members; the 13-17-<br />

year-olds.”<br />

According to Legg, the observatory<br />

became a focal point for younger members<br />

of the CAS.<br />

“In some ways, members of the CAS ran<br />

its operation through me, but there was<br />

never an official connection to the CAS, we<br />

were just all members of the CAS,” said<br />

Legg. “By that time, we had formed the<br />

Junior Astronomers of Columbus. It was a<br />

rebellious time in the 1960s. Over time, I<br />

believe we disbanded and just were once<br />

again members of the CAS. We would meet<br />

on Saturday afternoons when we would<br />

clean up the building and kill the wasps<br />

who loved to build homes in the dome. They<br />

did not like the vibrations when we rotated<br />

the dome.”<br />

Work parties on occasion addressed<br />

issues such as painting old wooden chairs<br />

in the room below the telescope and the<br />

weathering dome, which also needed a new<br />

coat of silver paint donated by a local store.<br />

Legg worked out a deal with a company to<br />

donate a gas heater for the wintertime and<br />

the Southside Y to supply the propane.<br />

The youths were also creative in obtaining<br />

items such as a blackboard, bookcase,<br />

and a table through donations.<br />

“Some Saturday nights, 25 to 50 people<br />

might show up, especially when something<br />

astronomical was in the news, such as a<br />

comet or a meteor shower,” said Legg.<br />

“Other members and I were on local TV<br />

shows. It was primarily to promote the<br />

observatory and get people to visit. We<br />

were on frequently for a show that followed<br />

Flippo on Channel 10. We seemed to have<br />

better attendance for a few weeks after<br />

doing the publicity. Scout groups were also<br />

frequent visitors. Some scouts were interested<br />

in getting their astronomy merit<br />

badges.”<br />

Mini-lectures on astronomical subjects<br />

were often presented before taking visitors<br />

up to the telescope and CAS members<br />

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would set up their own telescopes around<br />

the observatory for the public to view<br />

objects.<br />

“With the observatory telescope, you<br />

could see the rings of Saturn, the moons of<br />

Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, the crescent<br />

shape of Venus, the white polar cap of<br />

Mars contrasted with the red surface. All<br />

these were visible at one time or another<br />

during a year,” Legg said. “Most visitors<br />

were just amazed at what they could see<br />

when looking into the eyepiece of a telescope.<br />

They would ask, ‘Is that real, or is it<br />

a photograph?’ We would then put our<br />

hand in from of the telescope, and the<br />

object would disappear.”<br />

Another favorite viewing destination<br />

was the moon. Legg said everyone sees the<br />

moon in the night sky all the time, but<br />

until you look at it through a high-powered<br />

telescope, you have not seen the moon.<br />

The theft of the observatory’s original<br />

homemade telescope was discovered early<br />

one Saturday evening. Security was always<br />

a problem since the site was out in the<br />

country and rather isolated even though a<br />

caretaker lived nearby.<br />

“We found broken windows several<br />

times, but there were not many valuable<br />

items kept there because of the problem,<br />

other than the telescope,” said Legg, who<br />

continued to be in charge of the observatory<br />

until 1968, when he graduated from<br />

high school.<br />

A new, smaller, yet more powerful commercial<br />

reflecting telescope replaced the<br />

one stolen, but it, too, was taken after a few<br />

years. Legg believes after the second telescope<br />

disappeared, activities stopped at the<br />

observatory, but is unsure since he was<br />

attending college and no longer involved<br />

with the observatory.<br />

Legg said he had always been a lifelong<br />

learner, and much of that learning started<br />

when he was at the YMCA Observatory<br />

and the COSI Planetarium. The observatory<br />

was special to him because it allowed<br />

him to indulge in all of his passions at one<br />

time.<br />

“I learned from fellow amateur<br />

astronomers,” said Legg. “I was doing what<br />

I enjoyed and educated children and older<br />

adults every time we had an open house.<br />

As a side benefit, I made many friends,<br />

young and old. My strength is an extensive<br />

technical understanding; my passion is<br />

learning, doing, and teaching.”<br />

Photo courtesy of Charles Legg<br />

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

in the days when it was operational.

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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

To create a positive environment for the development and success of business<br />

Arts in the<br />

Alley: Back to<br />

Our Roots<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce<br />

and welcome back an in-person celebration of Arts in the<br />

Alley Festival and Community Parade.<br />

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

Sept. 17 from 5-9 p.m. and continue through Sunday, Sept. 19.<br />

Arts in the Alley is also going back to its roots in location as well,<br />

returning to a formerly used location just off Broadway at Park and<br />

First streets. This area will once again be filled with artisan vendors,<br />

art displays, food concessions, local entertainment, Kids Fun<br />

Street, and a vocal competition with their second annual “The Voice<br />

of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.”<br />

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

opening “live” round of The Voice of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> on the Heartland<br />

Stage. This should make for an exciting and entertaining night out<br />

in the Town Center.<br />

Saturday’s festivities begin with the Community Parade, in partnership<br />

with the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Girls Club, at 9:30 a.m. The parade<br />

will follow the traditional route departing Southwest Boulevard,<br />

traveling south on Broadway to Columbus Street.<br />

On Sunday the festivities will wrap up, but not before art show<br />

awards are announced, and The Voice of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> top three finalists<br />

and official winner are chosen. (Please see separate articles regarding<br />

art shows and the Voice of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> for more details.)<br />

Throughout the weekend, the Chamber encourages festival goers<br />

to make time for Town Center area businesses. Some businesses<br />

may offer weekend-exclusive specials, some still under development<br />

or even a surprise. Check with individual businesses to see if they<br />

have special plans or even extended hours for Arts in the Alley<br />

weekend.<br />

The Chamber is grateful to have Heartland Bank return as the<br />

presenting sponsor for the weekend. Sponsors as of press time include:<br />

Mount Carmel <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> (Kid’s Fun Street), OhioHealth<br />

(Entertainment), Sanderson Automotive Service (Voice of <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Awards & Finalist Showcase), The Goddard School (Youth Art<br />

Show), Byers Chevrolet (Photography Show), Kemba Financial<br />

Credit Union (Craft Show), Eldorado Scioto Downs, Shawan Marquis,<br />

Broadway Fireplace & Decor, Hirth Norris & Garrison, L&V<br />

Bookkeeping, McDonald’s, Wilcox-The Residences at Browns Farm,<br />

Creative Mobile Interiors, Shepherd Insurance, The Antry Isaacs<br />

Team at Saxton Real Estate, Direct Auto Insurance, Franklin<br />

County Banking Center, Tru By Hilton, Precision Jewelers, GC Fat<br />

Quarters Quilt Guild, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> United Methodist Quilters.<br />

There is still time to join the list as a sponsor for those interested.<br />

Call the Chamber office at (614) 875-9762 for information.<br />

To learn more about Arts in the Alley, from attending, to entering<br />

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

information about the Voice of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> competition, visit:<br />

www.voiceofgrovecity.com<br />

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dedicate a new sculpture as a gift to the <strong>City</strong><br />

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of Beulah Park, Ohio’s first thoroughbred<br />

racetrack and premier event center<br />

that stood in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> from 1923—2014 as<br />

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Named “And They’re Off,” the sculpture<br />

depicts and holds the excitement of the beginning<br />

of a horse race as it would’ve been<br />

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop at the<br />

42nd annual Arts in the Alley Festival and<br />

Community Parade. Artisan vendors are<br />

back and eager to see you!<br />

While vendors were able to participate in<br />

2020’s Arts in the Alley: Home Edition by<br />

registering to sell online, the return to inperson<br />

browsing will be most welcomed. Artisans<br />

will also, in many cases, demonstrate<br />

how they create a certain piece or may be actively<br />

creating during the festival. It’s a<br />

unique time to purchase unique, handcrafted<br />

items, and meet the artisan (or artisans)<br />

who did the creating.<br />

Even though it’s only <strong>September</strong>, the holiday<br />

gifting season always sneaks up on us.<br />

Festival goers are reminded that unique<br />

artwork makes great gifts.<br />

Not ready to purchase on the spot? Don’t<br />

forget to take a business card or other information<br />

from the artisans you’d like to connect<br />

with later. Many artisans have online<br />

presences and would love to engage with<br />

you on social media; be sure to see how you<br />

can follow along and watch their pieces<br />

come to life the other 362 days of the year.<br />

Need more information about this year’s<br />

Arts in the Alley festivities? Visit<br />

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the latest updates.<br />

Sculpture dedication at Beulah Park<br />

at the previous Beulah Park track. Rich in<br />

history and tradition of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, the<br />

sculpture will be formally presented to the<br />

citizens of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. This beautiful sculpture<br />

was custom designed and created by<br />

Craig W. Murdick and has been three years<br />

in the making.<br />

The public is invited to attend the dedication<br />

ceremony and view “And They’re Off”<br />

in person on Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. at<br />

Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Boulevard,<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.

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Showcasing vocal talent in<br />

Voice of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> competition<br />

After a year off, like many summer competitions<br />

and events, The Voice of <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> is back and ready to crown a new winner.<br />

Inspired by other well-known singing<br />

competitions, The Voice of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> gives<br />

Ohio musicians the opportunity to display<br />

their vocal talents to the community. In<br />

2019, over two dozen local talents answered<br />

the call-out and in the end Cameron<br />

Mitchell was victorious. Mitchell was able to<br />

be part of several local performances, continue<br />

to grow as a performer, and is returning<br />

this year as part of the judging panel.<br />

In addition, the judging panel includes a<br />

variety of locals who boast an even wider variety<br />

of musical backgrounds and industry<br />

experiences. Additional judges include:<br />

Hawc Griffin, Rhonda Shappert, Joshua Lee<br />

Powell Jr., Tracy Sullivan, Kelly Letner,<br />

Dylan Daniels, Jeremy Johnson, Cierra Lee<br />

(voice coach) and Blake Soles (MC). Full<br />

judge bios can viewed at: www.voiceofgrovecity.com<br />

This year, the competition starts with<br />

video submissions online that are viewed by<br />

the judges. They will select the top 20 who<br />

will perform on the Heartland Stage on Friday,<br />

Sept. 17 during the kick-off of the 42nd<br />

annual Arts in the Alley. Each night the<br />

judges will narrow the winners until there<br />

are the top three finalists. On Sunday, a<br />

winner will be chosen. Each day, the Heartland<br />

Stage will be filled with local talent all<br />

soaking up the experience and vying for the<br />

top prize.<br />

The top prize is $2,500 and ample recognition<br />

and potential future performance opportunities.<br />

Second and third place finishers<br />

will also receive prizes.<br />

The goal of the competition is not just to<br />

entertain, though it will, but to allow local<br />

performers a chance to share their talents<br />

and perhaps open doors to advance their<br />

musical aspirations.<br />

To enter the competition, contestants<br />

must fill out an online form at www.voiceofgrovecity.com<br />

along with the $25 entry fee.<br />

Participants must be at least age 13. Entry<br />

videos are already being posted and the<br />

community is invited to check them out as<br />

a preview of the exciting and talented performances<br />

in store.<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

extends its thanks and gratitude to<br />

Heartland Bank and Sanderson Automotive<br />

for their partnership and sponsorship of this<br />

year’s Voice of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> competition.<br />

Arts in the Alley<br />

shows and awards<br />

While the ‘show did go on’ last year in the<br />

Arts in the Alley: Home Edition, this year<br />

the festival and its shows are returning to<br />

their in-person format for locals and visitors<br />

to enjoy.<br />

As with previous years, there are five<br />

shows (craft, fine art, photography, quilt,<br />

and youth art) and two specialty awards<br />

(The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Easel Award and the Helena<br />

McComb Award). To find specific details<br />

of each show visit the GCACC website<br />

at www.gcchamber.org/arts<br />

All shows have entry forms that include<br />

the rules and requirements that can also be<br />

found on the website.<br />

Photography<br />

For the Professionals level they include<br />

two categories, Open and Commercial.<br />

Commercial/Family & Friends Category:<br />

these can be weddings, senior pictures, class<br />

pictures, family portraits, group pictures,<br />

etc.<br />

Open Category: these can include Sports,<br />

Landscapes, Sunsets, Flowers, Seascapes,<br />

etc.<br />

GCACC’s definition of a professional is:<br />

a) someone’s main paid occupation;<br />

b) someone who has received payment<br />

for photography work such as senior portraits,<br />

weddings, sports;<br />

c) if you have a business card soliciting<br />

photography services.<br />

There is also an Amateur category and a<br />

Mobile Phone category that are both open to<br />

subject matter.<br />

Submissions will be judged and awarded<br />

in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with our favorite,<br />

The People’s Choice award, with<br />

prizes up to $100 for the first place prize.<br />

Fine Art<br />

Note: some of the fine art pieces may be<br />

for sale, they will be marked accordingly to<br />

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Arts in the Alley Parade<br />

Once again, the Arts in the Alley Community<br />

Parade, brought to you in partnership<br />

with the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Girls Club, will<br />

step off to begin Saturday’s festivities.<br />

The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and<br />

follow the traditional route in which it begins<br />

at Southwest Boulevard. From there,<br />

it will travel south on Broadway, and then<br />

make its way onto Columbus Street in the<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Town Center.<br />

Many community favorites are expected<br />

to make their return to the parade after a<br />

hiatus in 2020. Bands, local organizations,<br />

and even businesses can be expected to participate.<br />

In the past the parade has included<br />

homemade floats, vintage vehicles, and even<br />

horses.<br />

Parade entries will compete for several<br />

awards, such as a People’s Choice Award or<br />

for best neighborhood theme.<br />

While entries made after Sept. 6 will be<br />

considered late, groups who hurry can still<br />

be accommodated.<br />

Visit https://www.gcchamber.org/arts/ to<br />

view the form or call the Chamber office at<br />

(614) 875-9762 for information.<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Chamber of Commerce<br />

wishes to thank the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Girls Club<br />

for their continued partnership and efforts<br />

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The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> High School Marching Band is a highlight of the parade.<br />

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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage.<br />

Parade onlookers at a previous Arts in the Alley Parade.

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Continued from page 11<br />

work that is multi-dimensional and can be<br />

displayed on a table or the floor. When a display<br />

stand is included, it shall be considered<br />

integral to the presentation of the piece.<br />

When no stand is included, the piece shall<br />

be neutrally displayed by the Exhibit Personnel.<br />

Restrictions on hanging dimensional artwork<br />

may apply due to size or manageability<br />

of the piece.<br />


PLACE PROFESSIONAL: from either the<br />

2-D or 3-D Category: $300. 2-D CATEGORY<br />

3-D CATEGORY 2nd place $150. 2nd place<br />

$150. 3rd place $50. 3rd place $50.<br />


AMATEUR: from either the 2-D or 3-D Category:<br />

$150. 2-D CATEGORY 3-D CATE-<br />

GORY 2nd place $75. 2nd place $75. 3rd<br />

place $25. 3rd place $25.<br />

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: One $100 will be<br />

awarded in either 2-D or 3-D Fine Art category.<br />

Ballots will be collected from the viewing<br />

public until 2 p.m. Sunday. Winner will<br />

be announced at Sunday’s Award & Recognition<br />

Ceremony, 3 p.m., on the Heartland<br />

Stage, on east Park Street (old <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Library site).<br />

Crafts<br />

Each piece can be entered into only one<br />

category. The categories are: Needle Art - 3<br />

Classes: Class 1 - Includes Knitting, Crochet,<br />

Weaving, Fashion / Fabric<br />

Class 2 - Includes Cross Stitch, Needlepoint,<br />

Embroidery, Ribbon Embroidery Decorating:<br />

Includes Floral, Home Décor, Seasonal<br />

Painting: Includes China, Ceramics,<br />

Tole Wood — Small: Includes Hand Carved<br />

Originals, Wall Hangings, Accessories, Bird<br />

Houses Wood — Large: Clocks, Furniture,<br />

Chests All Other Crafts: Includes Clay,<br />

Dolls, Jewelry / Beading, Paper Craft,<br />

Leather, Stained Glass Category for each<br />

entry will be determined by the Show Chair<br />

at the time of registration.<br />

Entries made from kits cannot be accepted<br />

for judging. These items can be registered<br />

for display purposes only.<br />

Show Awards: Best of Show: $100. People’s<br />

Choice: $50 cash award. 1st place: $50<br />

cash award and ribbon. 2nd place: $25 cash<br />

award and ribbon. 3rd place: Ribbon<br />

Quilts<br />

Sizes for all entries are determined by<br />

the perimeter measurement of the quilt.<br />

There will be help to measure at registration.<br />

The Quilt Show Committee reserves<br />

the right to determine quilt class and/or<br />

combine classes if too few entries are received.<br />

•Duet quilt — top made by one or more<br />

people and quilted by another person.<br />

•Solo Hand quilted — top and quilting<br />

done by one person (Pieced or Applique or<br />

Embroidered).<br />

•Solo Machine quilted — top and quilting<br />

done by one person.<br />

•Solo Machine mixed techniques (appliqué,<br />

embroidery, whole cloth, etc.) top<br />

and quilting done by one o Small ○ Large<br />

(small award sponsored by <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Fat<br />

Quarters Quilt Guild).<br />

•1st Time Entry in any Quilt Show<br />

(Sponsored by <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Fat Quarters<br />

Quilt Guild) Small items — garments,<br />

purses, totes, table runners, pillows etc.<br />

Youth up to age 18.<br />

•Show Awards: People’s Choice Award<br />

$50. Judge’s Best of Show Award $50.<br />

(Sponsored by <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Fat Quarters<br />

Quilt Guild). 1st place Ribbon and $25. 2nd<br />

Place Ribbon and $10. 3rd place Ribbon<br />

Honorable Mention Ribbon. 1st and 2nd<br />

place winners will be recognized on the<br />

Heartland Stage Sunday at 3 p.m.<br />

Youth Art<br />

Only three entries of any two-dimensional<br />

work, three-dimensional work or photography<br />

will be accepted per student.<br />

All artwork and photography needs to be<br />

matted on construction paper or mat board<br />

and ready to hang. Any entry not meeting<br />

these standards may not be accepted.<br />

Grad divisions are as follows: Primary is<br />

K-Grade 2, Intermediate is Grades 3-5, Middle<br />

School is Grades 6-8 and High School is<br />

Grades 9-12. Ribbons and cash prizes will<br />

be awarded.<br />

Each year the GCACC awards two specialty<br />

awards to local artist, The Helena Mc-<br />

Comb award and The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Easel<br />

Awards.<br />

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The 18th annual<br />

Helena McComb Award<br />

The McComb Family is proud to again<br />

sponsor an award in memory of one of our<br />

festival’s founders, Helena McComb. This<br />

award is in addition to any other award.<br />

One entry featuring flowers will be nominated<br />

from each of the five shows and a<br />

$500 award will be presented to the final<br />

winner on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Heartland<br />

Stage. The winner of this award is selected<br />

by the McComb Family.<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Easel Award<br />

This annual award is presented for a<br />

piece depicting <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. The winning<br />

artist will receive $2,000, and the winning<br />

piece will join the <strong>City</strong>’s art collection. There<br />

is also a People’s Choice category with a<br />

$500 prize value.<br />

Thanks<br />

The Chamber wishes to thank the following<br />

sponsors: The Goddard School (Youth<br />

Art Show), Byers Chevrolet (Photography<br />

Show), Kemba Financial Credit Union<br />

(Craft Show). There is still time to become<br />

a sponsor, those interested should visit<br />

https://www.gcchamber.org/arts/ or call the<br />

Chamber office at: (614) 875-9762.<br />

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page 16<br />

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Breaking ground<br />

The Franklin County Land Bank (COCIC) held a ground<br />

breaking ceremony in the village of Urbancrest on Aug. 18 to<br />

announce the first Central Ohio Community Land Trust project in<br />

Franklin County, outside of the city of Columbus. This development<br />

in the village of Urbancrest will see the construction of eight<br />

affordable, community land trust homes that will be sold to low to<br />

moderate income residents.<br />

“Tackling the issue of affordable housing is a priority for our<br />

village as we try to preserve our community and reduce homeownership<br />

barriers. This type of partnership with our local government<br />

agencies and the private entities reflects our community<br />

values and vision for the village of Urbancrest”, said the Mayor of<br />

Urbancrest, Joseph Barnes, Sr.<br />

The Central Ohio Community Land Trust was launched by<br />

COCIC, the Franklin County Land Bank in early 2019. In April<br />

2020, the Franklin County board of commissioners adopted a resolution<br />

authorizing an agreement with the Central Ohio<br />

Community Land Trust to conduct affordable housing development<br />

activities on behalf of the Franklin County Board of<br />

Commissioners with a commitment of $2.3 million.<br />

“The board of commissioners prioritizes the development of<br />

affordable housing to challenge housing disinvestment and racial<br />

inequity and it keeps striving to build more equitable communities<br />

in Franklin County” said Franklin County commissioner,<br />

Erica Crawley.<br />

The construction phase will begin this fall with homes completed<br />

in early 2022.<br />

“Thanks to a strong collaborative effort, we are witnessing<br />

more push for investment from our local governments, as well as<br />

private donors on this very important issue of closing the affordability<br />

and racial homeownership gaps throughout Franklin<br />

County, said, COCIC President and CEO, Curtiss Williams, Sr.<br />

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Pictured here is a scene<br />

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racetrack from 1923 to<br />

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many of the instruments<br />

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with many other artifacts<br />

and pictures from days<br />

long ago at Beulah Park.<br />

The photos and information<br />

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Opinion Page<br />

This Browns fan has been let down too many times<br />

I’ve been thinking about a conversation<br />

I overheard recently that left me feeling<br />

unsettled — so much so that I decided to<br />

step out of my Reel Deal comfort zone to<br />

share what had occurred. While there was<br />

nothing unfriendly or threatening about<br />

this exchange, I was so overwhelmed with<br />

pity for these individuals for what I<br />

assumed was their naïve enthusiasm<br />

regarding the topic at hand.<br />

What follows is the conversation in<br />

question, relayed to the best of my ability. I<br />

ask you, dear reader, whether I am being<br />

unfair to these people and those of a likemind.<br />

Individual A, who will henceforth be<br />

referred to as delusional person one (DPO),<br />

glances at a hat being worn by another and<br />

offers a compliment.<br />

“Hey man,” said DPO, “That’s a great<br />

hat you’re wearing.”<br />

“Thanks,” said Individual B, who will<br />

henceforth be known as delusional person<br />

two (DPT). “I’ve been a fan of the Cleveland<br />

Browns my entire life.”<br />

“Me too,” said DPO. “It’s so exciting that<br />

they made the playoffs this year and finally<br />

won a game.”<br />

“More so because it was against the<br />

(Pittsburgh) Steelers,” said DPT.<br />

“It feels like a new era,” said DPO.<br />

“What do you think of their chances next<br />

season? I think if we get all our guys back,<br />

we can make it to the Super Bowl.”<br />

“I think so too,” said DPT. “I think we’re<br />

gonna win the whole thing. We’re gonna be<br />

unstoppable.”<br />

My immediate reaction to this conversation<br />

was that they were joking. After all, I<br />

too love chanting “Super Bowl” when this<br />

team does something that vaguely resembles<br />

competency. With slowly dawning horror,<br />

however, I realized they were being<br />

serious. Against my better judgement, I<br />

closed my gaping maw but offered a silent<br />

Semis should be restricted<br />

I am responding to the article about why<br />

it was decided that detouring traffic<br />

around the neighborhoods of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> is<br />

just not feasible anymore. I totally agree<br />

but what really needs to happen in downtown<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> is semi trucks need not to<br />

be allowed to come through the downtown<br />

unless it is shown that they have a delivery<br />

in the area of Broadway between Columbus<br />

Street and Kingston Avenue.<br />

You cannot even sit out at any of the<br />

venues on Broadway to have a meal or<br />

drink without having to pause your conversation<br />

every few minutes from all the loud<br />

trucks and intense wind blowing off their<br />

trailers and then smelling the diesel hanging<br />

in the air. This problem has only gotten<br />

10 times worse as <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> has continued<br />

on its explosion of new homes and<br />

letter to the editor<br />

prayer for their wayward minds.<br />

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these poor souls,” I said. “For at their age,<br />

they really ought to know better.”<br />

As the weeks wore on, I kept coming<br />

back to this conversation, especially as the<br />

chorus of high expectations for the <strong>2021</strong><br />

Browns spilled out the mouths of professional<br />

sports analysts. I began to question<br />

my skepticism, wondering whether I was<br />

being too harsh on the admittedly<br />

improved Brownies. Upon reflection, I realized<br />

I may be acting unfairly toward my<br />

beloved team but I just cannot give them<br />

my whole and hopeful heart — not yet at<br />

least, for they have crushed it many times<br />

before.<br />

I was indoctrinated into the Browns fandom<br />

at birth. Part of it was due to my<br />

father, a rabid fan, and another part was<br />

due to the lulling effect the orange painted<br />

walls of our living room had on my psyche.<br />

It was oddly soothing though I wasn’t sad<br />

to have painted over it in the future.<br />

I was very young when the Browns were<br />

in their competitive 80s era, but I do<br />

remember how their losses (especially “The<br />

Drive” and “The Fumble”) impacted my<br />

father. He was absolutely crushed and<br />

though I may have been too young to<br />

understand what all was going on, I knew<br />

that he was hurting and thus I was too.<br />

Wanting him to be happy, I cheered on<br />

the Browns and cursed the teams they battled.<br />

Then I would turn coat and root on<br />

those teams, but only if their win would<br />

improve the Browns’ standings. This went<br />

on until The Betrayal, which was a dark<br />

time for fans throughout the country.<br />

I don’t want to rehash their revival era,<br />

mostly because it is sad and depressing.<br />

But I will say it gave me some great opportunities<br />

to laugh, especially when one of<br />

our many quarterbacks became trapped<br />

under a giant American flag.<br />

increased traffic.<br />

Area businesses and business leaders<br />

say they want the foot traffic and visitors to<br />

establishments a mere 10 feet from where<br />

these semis are often speeding past, but I<br />

for one have often decided to look elsewhere<br />

for a Happy Hour or stroll in a quieter<br />

area, sometimes outside of my own<br />

city.<br />

We can and should do something about<br />

this problem. Have signs that route all<br />

trucks to I- 270 like they do for Walmart<br />

warehouse trucks and have signage that<br />

indicates truck traffic only for mandatory<br />

deliveries in the marked areas.<br />

We have totally lost our hometown feel<br />

in our downtown outdoor areas.<br />

Jim Bucher<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Having given up expectations for this<br />

team a long time ago, I did not have much<br />

optimism for the reign of General Manager<br />

Andrew Berry and Head Coach Kevin<br />

Stefanski though it felt like adults were<br />

finally in the room. But then something<br />

bizarre started to happen — they overcame<br />

challenges (in an odd turn, most not selfimposed)<br />

and started to win.<br />

When they made the playoffs for the<br />

first time since 2002, it was a pleasant surprise<br />

— even more so when they thrashed<br />

the Steelers in the Wild Card game and<br />

made Ben Roethlisberger cry. They gave us<br />

hope in the second round against a tough<br />

opponent in the Kansas <strong>City</strong> Chiefs but<br />

ultimately came up short.<br />

With the entire coaching staff returning,<br />

the entire starting offensive returning, and<br />

a “re-vamped” defense led by Myles<br />

Garrett, Denzel Ward and veteran newcomers<br />

Jadeveon Clowney and John<br />

Johnson III, it is no wonder why fans and<br />

pundits alike are abuzz with positive chatter<br />

as the start of the <strong>2021</strong> season<br />

approaches. Though I want to hold hands<br />

and join in on this peculiar sensation, I<br />

can’t — I just can’t.<br />

For me, there is a cloud of strangeness<br />

that always hangs<br />

over the Browns<br />

(case in point,<br />

promising rookie<br />

linebacker Jeremiah<br />

Owusu-<br />

Koramoah dropped<br />

a weight on his head and can’t put on a helmet<br />

because of his stitches) and I cannot in<br />

good faith believe in good things to come. I<br />

hope that good things happen; I begrudge<br />

none of you who can believe, but I do so<br />

wish you could keep it to yourself. You may<br />

have overcome the past, but what you are<br />

saying is scary and unfamiliar and we have<br />

enough of that in the non-sporting world<br />

already.<br />

(The Cleveland Browns begin the <strong>2021</strong><br />

season at Kansas <strong>City</strong> on Sept. 12 at 4:25<br />

p.m. They have not won a season opener<br />

since 2004.)<br />

Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer<br />

and columnist.<br />


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Driveways & Parking Lots<br />

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Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,<br />

Block Work & Excavation<br />

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Free Ests. 614-871-3834<br />

AJ’s Concrete,<br />

Masonry<br />

Good Work - Fair Prices<br />

Block Foundations<br />

Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

Epoxy/Overlay Floors<br />

9/12<br />

A/M<br />


Any 5 areas ONLY $75<br />

Home Powerwash- $99-$200<br />

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Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.<br />

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Driveways & Extensions<br />

Patio & Walkways,<br />

Porches & Steps,<br />

Garage/Basement Floors<br />

Hot Tub/Shed Pads,<br />

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Over 35 yrs exp.<br />

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FOR YOU<br />

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Garden Pond &<br />

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Free Ests. Low Rates<br />

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MOVING<br />

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

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Any house wash $149+tax<br />

Single deck $69+tax<br />

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Best Wash in Town<br />

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We Specialize In Decks.<br />

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Quality work at fair prices.<br />

Guarantee All Work 3 Yrs.<br />

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DRYW<br />

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Textured Ceilings<br />

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Residential/Commercial<br />

BIA<br />


Robinson roofing & repairs<br />

30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.<br />

resident. Lic./bonded/Ins.<br />

Reas rates. Member of<br />

BBB. Dennis Robinson<br />

614-330-3087, 732-3100<br />


9/12<br />

A&M<br />


REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

in your home. $49.95 all<br />

work gtd. 614-890-5296<br />

Kevin’s s Stump<br />

Grinding & More e LLC<br />

Veteran Owned & Insured<br />

Stump, Roots,<br />

Bush Removal<br />

Handyman Services<br />

Provided:<br />

Plumbing & Fixture Repair<br />

Tile Backsplash & more<br />

Kevin Burke<br />

614-325-2649<br />


Trimming, Removal &<br />

Stump Grinding.<br />

614-584-2164<br />

Brewer & Sons Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming 9/26<br />

A&M<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568<br />

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Pets of the week<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

These furry friends are available<br />

for adoption at local<br />

rescues and shelters<br />

Blondie is currently<br />

available for adoption.<br />

This 7-year-old<br />

lovely lady had some<br />

dental issues that<br />

may have been causing<br />

her distress.<br />

Those issues have<br />

been addressed at<br />

the shelter. She has<br />

lived with cats and prefers women. If you have<br />

a quiet home and are looking for a companion<br />

that may take some time to trust you and her<br />

new surroundings, meet with Blondie. She is<br />

worth your love and is up for adoption at the<br />

Franklin County Dog Shelter.<br />

FYI: franklincountydogs.com<br />

Blue Jay was wandering<br />

the streets in<br />

Ironton, Ohio before<br />

someone rescued<br />

him. He is a sweet<br />

boy who loves people<br />

and loves attention.<br />

He doesn’t<br />

understand personal<br />

space and likes to run fast. If you’re looking for<br />

a cuddle buddy, contact Colony Cats about<br />

adopting Blue Jay.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

Han Solo is a funny<br />

boy. When he was in<br />

a foster home, he<br />

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He would steal all his<br />

foster mom’s socks<br />

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Solo is a super affectionate guy. He is about 5<br />

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Willow is a very<br />

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She loves belly<br />

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Willow gets along<br />

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other cats. She would<br />

make a lovely addition<br />

to any home. Adopt Willow from Friends<br />

for Life Animal Haven.<br />

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Looking for a small,<br />

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First Presbyterian Church<br />

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4227 Broadway, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Worship Service 10:00 a.m.<br />

In-Person and live Facebook<br />

www.fpcgc.org<br />


CHURCH<br />

80 E. Markison Ave., Columbus, OH 43207<br />

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8:30 am & 11:00 am<br />


Adult and Youth (K-5)<br />

9:45 am<br />

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Be a Part of Our Local Worship Guide<br />

Our Worship Guide is geared toward celebrating faith and helping reader connect with religious<br />

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Contact us today to secure your spot in our Worship Guide.<br />

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