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October 17 - 30, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVIII, No. 8
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Mums and Mummies
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On Oct. 10, dozens of magical, mythical, and mysterious
beings converged at Westgate Park to celebrate the return of
the popular fall festival Mums and Mummies. In addition to
hosting craft stations, haunted sack races, and fierce costume
contests, the event also serves as a fundraiser for the local
non-profit organization Friends of Westgate Park. The members
of the organization, which co-sponsors Mums and
Mummies with the Westgate Neighbors Association, cultivate
the mums for sale. While these colorful varieties were not for
purchase, they did make for a great photo opportunity for children
like Scarlett Winters (top right).
Carrie Ebright, (bottom right) one of the Dancing Witches of
Westgate, conjures up some magic during their performance.
This year’s event marked the first time a non-canine entered
into and won the animal costume contest. Shown below is winner
Snickers, a 5-year-old guinea pig, with Jude McGonigle,
To see more photos, visit columbusmessenger.com.
By Dedra Cordle
South-Western City School bus drivers
say while they applaud the measure the
board of education took last month to raise
hourly wages to attract substitute drivers,
more needs to be done to retain the staff it
currently has on hand.
On Oct. 11, dozens of bus drivers and
bus aides packed the auditorium at
Franklin Heights High School where the
regular board of education meeting was
being held. Multiple employees addressed
the board, all sharing a message that they
feel overworked, underappreciated, and
Among those speaking at the meeting
was Jason Chadwell, who has been a bus
driver for the district for the last five
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Hilltop veterans honored
On Nov. 7, the Hilltop Historical Society, in partnership
with the Don Gentile Post 535 of the American Legion, will
honor two local veterans. The Hilltop Historical Society
will honor Michael Hicks, a Hilltop native who served in
Vietnam with the Army. The American Legion will be honoring
Reid Massey, who served with the Army in Vietnam.
John Ward and Stephen Miller will also be honored
as they were the honorees last year when the
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He said while he understands there is a nationwide
staffing shortage of bus drivers and substitute drivers,
he believes the current drivers are taking on too many
routes, adding additional stressors onto an already
“I love my job, we all do. That is why we are here,”
said Chadwell. “We drive because we care about our
students. We enjoy the work and we are proud of the
work we do on a daily basis. However, the driver shortage,
double trips, cross-overs, packing multiple routes
on a single bus can make transporting students more
stressful. You can imagine if you have a stressed driver
it’s not as safe.”
He said while it is true that by picking up additional
routes, the drivers get home more quickly but added
they would rather feel safer than be home at a certain
“I cannot think of any industry where increased
speed equals increased safety,” he said.
Chadwell reiterated that the staffing shortage is
being felt across the country and gave a few examples
of why he felt that was the case. He mentioned burn
out, motorists who do not pay attention to their stop
indicators, and insufficient compensation as some of
the general reasons as to why there is a shortage.
He said it was his belief that some of those issues
could be addressed if the district were to raise the
wages and benefit packages of the regular drivers to a
level that is comparable to similar-sized districts.
“Our wages represent about $21,000 a year per regular
driver,” he said. “Columbus (City Schools) and
Cleveland (Metropolitan Schools) drivers both average
about $30,000 a year. What is the incentive to stay?
We do it because we like where we’re from and we love
Michael J. Bledsoe, 60, of Galloway,
passed away October 6, 2021. Michael "Mike" was
born June 21, 1961 to Samuel (Jack) and Phyllis (Akers)
Mike was a part of the semi trailer business for many
years prior to owning Tra-Serv from 1999 - 2018. He
always enjoyed taking care of and building relationships
with his customers. Mike was well respected
among the transportation industry. He enjoyed riding
his Harley Davidson motorcycle, spending time with
his children and grandchildren, as well as tinkering in the barn.
He was looking forward to retirement and spending his days with Becky on
their farm that they were building together.
Mike and Rebecca "Becky" (Miller) Bledsoe were high school sweethearts and
were happily married for 40 years.
Mike will be deeply missed by his; wife Becky; their children Jennifer (Freddie)
Wotring, Brandon (Trista) Bledsoe, Ashley (Joshua) Meyer, Evan (Allison)
Bledsoe; grandchildren Reagan, Lyla, Nolan, Amiyah, Lorelei, Roman, and
future grandchildren to come; parents Samuel and Phyllis Bledsoe; sister
Debra Bledsoe; brother Christopher Bledsoe; their dog Sophie; along with
many other family and friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his father-in-law Everett Miller and brotherin-law
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021, 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday,
October 15, 2021, 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Newcomer
Funeral Home SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City 43123. Burial will be at
Galloway Cemetery. To share a condolence with the family, please visit
He said this problem will not be solved “from the
bottom up, asking people to do more with less.”
“This problem needs people at the top to make bold
decisions, to assure that certified staff are essential to
our district and treat them as such,” Chadwell.
Adam Wolfe, a driver at the district for more than
two decades, shared similar sentiments while addressing
He said these past two years have been the most
challenging years as a bus driver with the added
routes, the additional cleaning protocols and now having
to enforce mask protocols on the bus.
“It is very difficult to operate our buses safely while
making sure each student is wearing a mask properly,”
he said. “There is only so much we can do to keep the
ride safe for our students.”
Wolfe said he too would like to see the district take
measures to “improve the working conditions, safety,
job security, and the long-term financial stability” of
the drivers who work at South-Western City Schools.
When asked to respond to some of the topics
broached by the transportation employees, district officials
said they cannot offer a comment as the board of
education is currently in contract negotiations with the
Ohio Association of Public School Employees. That is
the labor union that represents classified staff such as
However, Monte Detterman, the district’s director
of business services, did clarify some points made
about staffing shortages and masking requirements.
According to Detterman, the bus driver staffing
shortages are at the substitute level and the district
has been taking measures to address the issue. He
mentioned that the board approved an hourly rate hike
for substitute drivers last month along with an additional
monetary stipend if they continue
working at the district for a specific amount
of time. He added that the district has
recently hired three new drivers but cautioned
it will not be a quick turnaround to
get them on the road.
“It can take up to six weeks to get drivers
through the CDL (Commercial Driver’s
License) certification training and get them
on the road,” Detterman said. “But six
weeks is the minimum amount of time so it
definitely could be longer.”
He said while the district wants to
attract drivers who currently have CDL
certification, they will provide training for
those who do not. Interested parties can
check under the employment section on the
district’s website at swcsd.us or by calling
the transportation department at 614-801-
As for requiring drivers to ensure students
are wearing a mask while on the bus,
Detterman said that is a federal mandate
the district has to follow.
“All riders on any kind of mass transit
have to wear a mask,” he said.
October 17, 2021 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 3
The community celebrates opening of CML’s Hilltop Branch
By Dedra Cordle
Carol Pugh has always believed in the
power of libraries.
Ever since she took her first step onto its
premises as a young child, she was awed by
its endless potential, by its ability to transport
and transform all through opening the
pages of a book.
That initial impression stayed with her
throughout her life; it even inspired her to
become a librarian.
“It was the best place I could ever think
to be,” said Pugh, who retired from
Columbus City Schools’ Stewart
Alternative Elementary in 2012.
She said what she loved most about her
job was watching the children as they came
through the doors, some taking their own
first steps into a library.
“A library is a place that builds character,
builds friendships,” Pugh said.
Throughout her years working at the
school, she helped instill a passion for reading
for hundreds of children, and sometimes
even their parents. Her infectious
love for the public places that hold those
books even managed to seep into the bones
of her immediate family.
“We’re all avid readers and big supporters
of libraries,” said Carl Pugh, Carol’s
husband of more than 50 years.
One of their favorite places to visit as a
family was the Columbus Metropolitan
Library’s Hilltop Branch — and it was just
not because it was located in their westside
“It had a lot of charm,” Pugh said. “It
was smaller, more intimate, but there were
always interesting programs taking place
for children, teens, and older adults like
Like many throughout the community,
the Pugh family was saddened by the news
that the building at 511 S. Hague Ave.
would be closed in 2020 to make way for a
rebuilding project. But they were able to
see the bright side.
“There are many communities across
this country that do not have libraries, let
alone get to see a brand new one constructed,”
said Pugh. “While we hated to see it go,
we knew having a brand new building
could make a positive impact on our community
for generations to come.”
For more than a year, they watched the
building stages of the Hilltop Branch, getting
more excited as the months progressed.
Then, when its doors finally
opened to the public on Sept. 30, 2021, they
were one of the first in the building.
“It is absolutely beautiful,” said Pugh.
“To see these children, to see all of these
teens and all of these adults so excited to be
in a library is just an amazing thing to
She said she cannot wait to see how it
grows, how the programs expand, and how
much power it will wield in the westside
Also feeling grateful for the opportunity
was John Tetzloff, a Hilltop native who has
been the manager of the Hilltop Branch
since 2010. He said seeing so many visitors
come to check out the new library was
something of an out-of-body experience.
“I never thought this day would come,”
It was November of 2010 and on the ballot
was a 2.8-mill property tax levy that, if
approved, would generate $56 million
annually for the Columbus Metropolitan
Library. With those funds, the CML
planned a massive “aspirational building
program” to renovate or rebuild 10 of its 23
locations. Among those locations slated for
a rebuild was the Hilltop Branch, which
opened at its current location in 1996.
Knowing the measure would raise property
taxes, Tetzloff was not certain that
voters would approve the levy request,
especially those who lived in more economically
stressed areas of Columbus such as
The levy was approved and the multiphased
“reinvention and revitalization” of
the CML branches began in earnest. CML’s
chief executive officer Patrick Losinski
praised the community for making that
“difficult decision” during the public dedication
on Sept. 30.
“You supported us in a big way and no
one is more deserving of this,” he said.
Losinski said the opening of the library
represents more than a place to check out
“This building represents so much more
to this neighborhood,” he said. “It represents
an opportunity to provide information
and technology needs. It helps students
recover from the educational crisis
caused by the pandemic, it helps with job
training and economic growth, and it helps
to inspire and transform lives for years to
The new Hilltop Branch, which is still
located at 511 S. Hague Ave., has 32,000
square feet of space, an interactive children’s
area, a Ready for Kindergarten area,
a tween and teen area, and a School Help
Center where students can get free afterschool
help. The library also has four large
meeting rooms, two conference rooms, six
study rooms, a learning lab, a quiet room,
public art, seating areas with views of the
neighborhood, and a “robust” collection of
library materials to meet the community’s
needs. The Hilltop Branch also boasts of
having 62 computers.
“There will be no waiting in line to
access the computers again,” said Tetzloff.
“Or at least there shouldn’t be.”
Tetzloff said he is excited about the
promise of this building, for the impact it
can have on the lives of those within the
“Our mantra is that we provide support
for families,” he said. “We all want to support
our kids but we believe that if you
want to support the kids you have to support
the families too.”
He said the library will do that by offering
a wide variety of programs. For young
learners, the library will offer Baby
Laptime! for pre-literacy behavior and
training; Storytime for preschool aged children;
kindergarten preparation courses;
and more in-depth reading instruction to
help children conquer the Third Grade
For older learners, there will be the
aforementioned School Help Center, summer
reading programs, and a new
‘YOUmedia’ Learning Lab that teaches
teenagers how to write songs, make
movies, or code using the latest digital
The library will also offer ‘life-skills’ programming
for adults looking for work, and
they plan to partner with local healthcare
agencies or non-profit organizations for
assistance with healthcare or accessing
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Hillary Moran reads to her daughter Thea
Cavender, 4, in a circular nook. To see
more photos from the library opening
event, visit columbusmessenger.com.
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Vote Cathy Schmelzer for
Prairie Township Trustee
To really take Prairie Township into the 21st
century like our surrounding communities,
Hilliard and Grove City, we have to do more. We
need to make lowering water rates an absolute top
priority. We need to be proud of our neighborhoods
and establish a property maintenance code.
(Not a HOA.) We need to do something about the
current rat situation.
Prairie Township has a CIC Board
(Community Improvement Corporation) that hasn’t
met since May 13, 2020. This board should be
meeting and supporting community development
and businesses. Why is this not happening? We
need a strategic plan (a vision) for Prairie
Township. What are our goals for our township?
Where is Prairie Township going? What are our
goals for the next 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
Let’s work together.
To do this, I cannot do it alone. To pass anything,
it takes 2 trustee votes. I want a board that
works together, communicates together, and compromises
We are at a crossroads. You know and I know
we can truly be better than we are now. Bring
pride back to Prairie Township. Vote for change!
I truly believe in term limits.
I thank my residents for their continued support.
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High water rates continue to be the most pressing
issue facing Prairie Township residents. Rates
set by Franklin County water are making it difficult
for low-income seniors and other residents on
fixed incomes to continue living here. An agreement
needs to be completed on this pressing issue
between the City, County and Prairie Township.
For the past 16 years, two trustees have controlled
the votes and set priorities. They have failed on
water; failed on providing resources to protect
residents; failed on housing issues; failed to bring
new business to the community; failed on recognizing
the homeless problem; failed on seniors;
failed on supporting residents needs and failed to
respect your views and opinions.
This year Prairie Township residents get a real
choice in how they want leadership in Prairie
Township to continue. They can go down the
same path of broken promises, lack of transparence,
and lack of respect or they can vote for
change. Prairie Township has been run by these
same individuals for years without any real leadership.
It's time to have leaders who have a vision,
leaders that will listen to resident concerns without
looking at their own self-interest first. A
leader that will always respect your voice and
I made the decision to run for Trustee because
I can make a difference. My forty-three years in
public service have prepared me as a leader. I
understand the role that I am facing. The position
of Trustee should not be turned into a career. The
only promise that I will make is that I will work
full time for the residents and businesses in this
community. You will always come first.
Kennedy is a battle
On November, 2 Prairie Township voters will
be electing two Trustees to represent them for the
next 4 years. I have a long-proven track record of
being fiscally responsible with township finances
while expanding quality of life services. While
campaigning and listening to residents’ concerns
this election season it has become clear to me
most residents don’t want any more government
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I am sure all the other candidates are hearing
the same thing. What residents need to ask themselves
is do you believe the other candidates can
put their own personal belief’s aside and follow
the wishes of the majority.
I have a battle tested; proven track record
speaks for itself. I have never had a personal
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Simple steps that can help you make a decision on Election Day
Step 1: Decide what you are looking for in
Candidates can be judged in two ways: the
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qualities and experience they would
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•campaign literature, including campaign
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As a US Army disabled veteran, I will be the
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•press reports (newspapers, television,
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In a local race, interviews with the candidates
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As you read the materials you collect, keep
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conclusions can you draw about the candidates'
stand on issues?
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Decide if a candidate will be a good leader
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if elected to office? Here are some ways to
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By Katelyn Sattler
The Columbus Division of Police is
working to address crime in the Hilltop.
Sgt. Fredrick Brophy addressed some of
the issues with the Greater Hilltop Area
Commission at its Oct. 5 meeting.
According to Brophy, the department
has seen an increase in aggravated felonious
“A lot of people get alarmed by it. When
we start looking at them, the shootings and
aggravated assaults are concentrated in
the hours between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.,” said
Brophy. “We also find these are not random
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The police sergeant said his team is
working to get illegal guns off the streets
and encourages residents to help police
address the issue.
“If you are in contact with, or have close
relations with, an at-risk youth, which is
anybody between 14 and 25 years old, usually
a male, that is demonstrating some
sort of conflict resolution or anger management
issues, please reach out.
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those people headed in the right direction.”
He also said the department has noticed
an increase in thefts from vehicles.
“It’s a crime of opportunity. If you’re
parking your cars out, do your best to make
sure that there’s nothing inside your car
that entices crime,” said Brophy.
In other news, the Greater Hilltop Area
Commission certified the votes from the
Oct. 2 election. With four seats available,
Adhanet Kifle, Victoria Frye, Simon
Dallas, and Josh Maddox won seats on the
commission. The terms will start in
January of 2022 and end in late 2024.
Jennie Keplar, co-chair of the government
and legislation committee, said,
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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
announced $15 million in proposed funding
to support construction of a new Sullivant
Avenue police substation in the Hilltop and
Real-Time Crime Center in Linden.
Funding will be utilized to complete design
services for both facilities in addition to
land acquisition for the substation and site
assessment for the crime center.
“Residents in the Hilltop and Linden
have been absolutely vital in providing
feedback and direction for growth and
development in their neighborhoods and
the broader Columbus community,” said
Ginther. “The investments we’re sharing
are the latest in a long series of initiatives
to promote a safer, more resilient city, and
we look forward to working collaboratively
with all our partners to bring these plans
The city is currently in negotiations
with the state of Ohio to purchase land
along Sullivant Avenue between
Columbian and Townsend avenues for the
“Huge thanks to everyone who ran in this
election. You made this race robust and
exciting. You gave Hilltoppers a variety of
options to choose from. And thanks to you,
thanks to everybody who ran, who campaigned,
who got out and talked to residents.
You helped us promote the Greater
Hilltop Area Commission and I’m grateful
There remains one appointed seat available.
Current commissioners will need to
nominate the candidate, who must either
live or work in the Hilltop. Nominees must
attend the November meeting and they
will give a brief speech at the December
meeting. The commissioner will be
appointed in January.
Prairie Township will host its annual
Trick-or-Treat Trail from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct.
23 at Westland High School. The event will
feature candy, costume contests, and more.
For more information, visit prairietownship.org.
Historical community gathering
The community is invited to join local
historian Bea Murphy for reflections and
conversations regarding Hilltop history.
The gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
Oct. 24 at the enclosed Westgate shelterhouse.
The American Red Cross will host a
blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct.
18 at Ohio Health Doctors Hospital, 5131
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Breakfast at the Lodge
The Westgate Masonic Lodge #623 is
preparing breakfasts once a month to benefit
the Special Olympics. The public is
invited to have breakfast the second
Saturday of each month at 2925 West
Broad St. Adults eat for a donation of $6,
children age 3 and above pay $3. Serving is
from 9 a.m. to noon.
Columbus proposes funding
for Hilltop police substation
substation, the agreement for which must
be approved by Columbus City Council and
the Ohio General Assembly. In addition to
housing police officers, safety services and
equipment, the substation will feature
community meeting spaces and recreational
amenities to help strengthen community-police
The Real-Time Crime Center will be
located on the city-owned property at 750
Piedmont Road and support the relocation
of 9-1-1 dispatch services, including the
city’s Alternative Response Program, as
well as safety and technical staff to analyze
incoming data and relay critical information
to officers in the field.
Of the $15 million proposed, $12 million
will be part of the forthcoming 2021
Capital Improvement Budget.
Approximately $5 million is slated for the
substation while $7 million is for the crime
center. Another $3 million in carryover
funding will also be devoted to the crime
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Trustees tackle sidewalk program and water rates
By Amanda Ensinger
Prairie Township recently held a public hearing to discuss
the annual sidewalk program. The program, which
replaces dangerous sidewalks in the township, has been
taking place for more than 15 years.
At the meeting, the board of trustees approved a resolution
to levy special assessments for the repair of sidewalks
in Prairie Township. This year, 11 households participated
in the program and the total assessment was $24,647, with
one participant paying in full.
The program offers township property owners a 10-year
interest free loan to repair their sidewalks. The loans are
added to the property taxes of residents and paid off over
a decade. However, if a resident moves, then they must
pay the remaining balance before the sale of their home
can be completed.
Previously the program was voluntary, but in recent
years the township added a component to the program
where they make residents replace sidewalks that are dangerous.
Also, residents can report sidewalks that need to
A few other revisions to the program in recent years
include that there is a minimum cost of $450 to
repair any sidewalk and residents need to replace
more than one slab of a sidewalk.
However, last year the program was made all
voluntary as a result of the financial situation
many Americans are facing. This year, the program
continues to be voluntary due to the COVID-19
“We didn’t want to make someone’s financial situation
harder,” Peters said. “Unless their sidewalk
was very dangerous and really needed replaced, we
made it voluntary.”
In other news, residents asked for an update on
Columbus taking over water service in the township.
“We have no control over when the county and
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trustee Stephen Kennedy. “We all want that for the residents
and we are always trying to keep this moving along.
It’s a slow process and then there are additional legal
things to consider.”
At the beginning of 2021, residents saw a 2 percent
increase for water service and a 3 percent increase for
sewer service, according to Franklin County Department
of Sanitary Engineer’s Director Stephen Renner. The reason
for these increases was attributed to increases the
county received from Columbus. According to Renner, they
are simply passing these increases along to their customers.
The increase caused concern for Prairie Township residents
who already say they pay some of the highest rates
in the county.
At the time of these increases, the township and county
were looking at a way to have Columbus take over the
county’s water system, hopefully reducing water costs.
“I check monthly with Steve Renner and have not gotten
any updates,” said Prairie Township trustee Cathy
According to township leadership, a family of four pays
anywhere between $500-$800 a quarter for water and
sewer service. They also said that if someone uses no
water, they will still pay $110 in connection fees.
Neighboring communities that receive their water from
Columbus pay about half of what township residents pay.
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Trustees don’t look far to fill fire chief position
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As a local township continues to search
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the board held a special meeting to discuss
how the application process is going and
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At the meeting, Franklin Township
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Fire prevention event
Prairie Township Firefighter Sam
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Asher Easterday exiting the EDITH
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Prairie Township Food Truck and Fire
Prevention Festival held on Oct. 3. The
EDITH House was borrowed from the
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Pets of the week
Sandra is a lovely
and friendly lady.
can be very jumpy at
times, so we would
suggest a home with
no small children as
she might push them
right over in all the
excitement. If you’re
ready to visit with Sandra, head over to the
Franklin County shelter.
Beckie is a 5-monthold
sweet gal. She,
and her siblings,
were born on a farm
where their mother
was killed in an accident
when they were
just 10 days old.
Beckie was rescued
and was bottle fed
but is now doing well and ready for her forever
home. She is spayed, microchipped, and up
to date on vaccines. Meet her at the Pet
Supplies Plus on Lane Avenue in Upper
These furry friends are available
for adoption at local
rescues and shelters
Ted is a sibling of
Beckie. He was rescued
by Colony Cats
and bottle fed until
old enough to eat on
his own. Ted is super
cuddly and sweet. He
would make a great
addition to any
household. Ted is
available for adoption through Colony Cats.
You can meet him at the Pet Supplies Plus in
Gizmo has raised
her last litter of kittens
and she is ready to
find her forever
home. She is about 2
years old and enjoys
affection. She is good
with children and with
dogs though she will
get out of reach when
she needs a break. Gizmo is up for adoption
through Friends for Life Animal Haven.
Franklin County Auditor Michael
Stinziano announced that the 2022 dog
license renewal period has been extended
by two months from January 31 to March
31 in an effort to increase the level of
licensing in the county.
The temporary extension comes after
the Franklin County Board of
Commissioners approved a resolution making
the change in a vote on Oct. 12. This
initiative is a continuation of the pilot project
initiated by Stinziano in coordination
with the commissioners in 2019.
The extension will only apply to the
2022 dog license renewal period beginning
Dec. 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2022,
after which the office will examine the
effectiveness of the extended renewal period
in increasing licensing.
“As your Franklin County Auditor, my
goal is to license as many dogs as possible,”
said Stinziano. “With this licensing deadline
extension, the auditor’s office is providing
pet owners with more time to license
The auditor’s office will continue to
expand the opportunities for dog owners to
purchase licenses, including through the
auditor’s mobile office, the Franklin
County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center,
and at various community events.
Dog license period extended
In addition to being required by state
law, dog licensing ensures that a dog has
been vaccinated against rabies, which is
required in Franklin County. It also
ensures any lost dog is returned quickly to
their owner. License fees help support the
Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption
One-year, three-year and permanent
dog licenses can be purchased without
penalty beginning Dec. 1. Licenses can be
purchased online at doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov,
or at the auditor’s office
license counter, 373 S. High St., 21st floor
in downtown Columbus. The counter is
open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
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WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
WHERE: Westgate Shelter House
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