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November 14 - 27, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVIII, No. 10
By Dedra Cordle
It was the moment Nathan Weidner
had dreamed of for more than a decade.
Open on the computer screen before
him was an editing software program
filled with files from his recently wrapped
film, all waiting to be assembled for the
While more hard work lay ahead for
the director from the westside, this step
should have made him buzz with anticipation
as it signified the beginning of the
end of the long and arduous path it took
to get “A Story for Winter” made.
However, as he sat in his chair watching
the scenes and playing back the
footage, he was overcome by a sense of
melancholy that came on strong and held
“I couldn’t understand what was happening
at first because it was very unexpected,”
said Weidner. “I had a wonderful
time working on this film, a film that I
promise is not a particularly sad one, but
I guess that is what grief ultimately is. It
can be dormant for a while but then it can
just come up like a wave and wash you
Having been in this situation many
times before, Weidner knew it was pointless
to fight against its power. Knowing
that he had to allow the grief to run its
course, he went back to re-examine the
footage that helped unlock this emotion
and allowed the memories to roll through.
It was 2007 and a new creative
thought began to germinate in his mind.
By that time, the 1988 graduate of West
High School had two feature films to his
name but he wanted to make something
special for his daughter Meah who was
born with severe cerebral palsy.
“She was a mystery to me,” said
Weidner. “A wonderful, beautiful mystery.
One of my favorite things to do was
watch her because she was so expressive.
She didn’t speak and we were never certain
how much awareness she had of the
things that were going on around her, but
whenever we would look at her, she would
have this little smile on her face, as if she
were living out another world.”
As a teller of tales, he thought maybe
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Westside resident Nathan Weidner is set to release his third feature film, “A Story for
Winter,” on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 at the Phoenix Theaters Lennox Town Center 24 and
the Hilliard Church of the Nazarene, respectively. The film, which Weidner called a
heartfelt family-friendly holiday dramedy, was inspired by the life of his daughter
Meah who died in 2009 at the age of 10.
it was the magical tales he would spin
that created those little smiles but joked
that it is sometimes a hard sell to buy.
“It was my hope that my stories would
have that effect on people,” he said. “But
whatever was taking place in her mind,
I’m glad for it because we all loved those
That question about the world Meah
saw within her mind was what prompted
Weidner and his sisters, Laura Gardner
and Ardith Parsley to pen “The
Dreamweaver” less than two years later —
the title would later be changed to “A
Story for Winter.”
“It was about this doctor who gets
snowed in at a facility for children with
developmental disabilities and somehow
gets pulled into the dream of a non-verbal
child where she can talk and run and
play,” said Weidner.
In this dream, they have to fend off a
malevolent forest creature, while in the
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and 44 percent voting in favor.
The five-year timed levy would have
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waking world the doctor’s harried wife is
fending off her own demons — her family at
“It was written with a lot of humor,
intrigue and some moments of sadness,
said Weidner, “but not too much because
the world had enough misery in it outside
The plan was to shoot the film in 2009
but those plans were pushed to the back of
everyone’s mind come July.
In early July, Weidner received a phone
call that Meah was in the hospital having
seizures. As he was located in Ohio and his
ex-wife and children in South Carolina, he
wanted to fly down immediately as the doctors
did not believe she had long to live. Unable to get
a flight out, he drove with his sister, hoping and praying
for a better outcome.
“She had a lot of challenges throughout her life but
she was a fighter,” said Weidner. “We all believed she
could pull through again.”
Two days later, Meah died. She was 10 years old.
In the days following her death, their grief was compounded
when they learned that the boyfriend of
Meah’s mother had been arrested and charged with
homicide by child abuse and infliction of bodily harm
upon a child. He was later convicted of the first charge.
He is serving life in prison.
In the subsequent years, Weidner had some thought
of continuing “The Dreamweaver” story — they even
had financial backing at one point — but decided he
needed to concentrate on raising Destiny and Xander,
Meah’s surviving sister and brother.
Two years ago, the dream Weidner once had of creating
a story to honor Meah started percolating again,
due in large part to a few students at Canal
Winchester High School. Weidner, who has been a
French and video production teacher at the school for
several years, was watching a project from recent
graduate Adam Scott and was “blown away” by both
his performance and the method he used to film his
“I was in awe of the emotions he was able to portray
and I was shocked that he used an iPhone to do his
project,” said Weidner.
He said it inspired him to dust off the script for “The
Dreamweaver” — now officially called “A Story for
Winter” — and get back to work making films.
From June 21 to Aug. 1, Weidner and the cast
(which includes Adam Scott and fellow Canal
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p.m. Nov. 25 at 2165 W. Broad St. The dinner will be
held in the church’s family center. Eat-in or take-out
will be available. All are welcome.
White Christmas Food Distribution
The White Christmas Food Program distributes
food boxes to local residents in need during the holiday.
The food boxes will be distributed from 12 to 4
p.m. on Monday Dec. 20 behind the Our Lady of
Perpetual Help School, located at 3750 Broadway in
Grove City. To sign up, visit
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A scene in “A Story for Winter.”
Winchester graduate Allison Kuckman) filmed
throughout the region, using the woods in
Reynoldsburg for the fairy tale scene, the Third Way
Café on the westside as a meeting place, a new wing of
the high school as a doctor’s office and his own home
for interior scenes.
Weidner said he had an amazing time filming with
this “remarkable cast and crew” and thinks their spirit
helped lessen some of the grief that tried to creep up
daily while at the helm.
“Someone asked me if I felt a sense of catharsis
while on the set and the answer is that I was so overwhelmed
with the responsibilities of shooting that
(Meah’s life and death]) wasn’t at the forefront of my
But when the film wrapped, and Weidner was all
alone looking through the footage and revisiting lost
hopes and dreams, that sense of melancholy for what
was and what could have been slipped through.
And so, Nathan did what he has in the past when
the grief rolls in.
“You let it come in its waves and you let it break
over you whenever it shows up,” he said. “You
acknowledge it, recognize its power, you grieve for
however long you need and then you let go.”
He said it was easier this time — after all, he has a
story for Meah to tell.
“A Story for Winter” will have its premiere for the
cast and crew at the Phoenix Theaters Lennox Town
Center on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The film is also scheduled
to be shown the following day at the Hilliard Church of
the Nazarene, located at 3669 Leap Road. The show
times have not yet been set but they will be posted on
the Facebook page for “A Story for Winter” and at
www.astoryforwinter.com. It will also be streamed on
through Dec. 3. Those with no computer access can
apply in person from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jackson Township Fire Station 202,
3650 Hoover Road. Required documentation includes a
current photo ID and proof of residency in one of the
named zip codes. The White Christmas food program is
open to any resident of 43119, 43123, 43126 and 43146
zip codes with a financial need. Only one box per
The American Red Cross will host a blood from 2 to
8 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Cecilia Church, 434 Norton Road
and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at OhioHealth
Doctors Hospital, 5131 Beacon Hill Road. To schedule
an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
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Trustees at odds over township administrator position
By Amanda Ensinger
The Franklin Township trustees debated if funds are
available to hire a new township administrator. The issue
was discussed at a special board meeting.
Franklin Township Administrator Mark Potts resigned,
leaving the position open to fill.
Franklin Township Fiscal Contractor Jeff Wilcheck said
the township administrator position had been budgeted for
the next several years and that the 2021 budget still had
funds available for the position. However, Franklin
Township Trustee Ralph Horn said the 2021 funds leftover
in the budget for the administrator position could be used
for building repairs.
“Can you clarify; do you not want to replace the administrator
at this time and use it for repair work?” asked
Franklin Township trustee John Fleshman.
Horn said that he did not say that, but that he would
prefer not to have an administrator for at least a year.
“The township is still under the direction and control of
the state auditor’s office,” Horn said.
However, both the township attorney Peter Griggs and
Fleshman said this has nothing to do with hiring a township
administrator and the auditors are not dictating
which positions the township fills. They said this is a policy
“The board is on their own and they will pay the price
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for the decisions they make,” Horn said.
Fleshman said this is not creating a new position, but
filling a position that is already included in the budget.
“The previous administrator obtained the CARES Act
grant for $1.25 million and other smaller grants,”
Fleshman said. “It is paramount that the township has a
good administrator. The administrator can look for grants
and keep the burden off the taxpayers. It is just a drop in
the bucket to pay an administrator $100,000 (including
benefits) when they can bring in a grant at over $1
The new administrator will also be responsible
for keeping the JEDD moving and work on the
redevelopment of the Westland Mall area.
Horn said he still does not support hiring an
“The township roads need fixed and we have not
put any money into them in quite some time,” Horn
said. “I’m not going to hire someone who is not
going to bring their worth to the table. If the township
needs to find grants, there are grant writers
out there who would work for $15 an hour. I’m not
spending $100,000 to $150,000 a year for money
that can be used for other things.”
Fleshman said it is not true that roads in the
township have not been fixed. He said the township
was awarded a grant to pave every road in the
Havenwood Townhomes area.
“The paving was done due to a $1.2 million dollar
grant,” Fleshman said. “If the township does not have
someone on the inside to do these types of projects, they
will not get done. It is not the job of the trustees or the
finance department to find grants. It is the position of the
administrator to work on all aspects of the township.”
Trustee Aryeh Alex said he finds great value in having
a township administrator and that the township should
continue to have one.
shift,” said Franklin Township Police Chief
Byron Smith. “The sheriff will respond to
emergency calls as soon as they can, but
they will not proactively patrol the township.”
Smith said that, while they will not
have to lay off the 10 full-time and four
part-time officers they currently have, the
department will not have the budget to pay
for overtime. As a result, Smith said they
will have to cut shifts. He also said residents
should expect delays when the police
department is operating.
“We will only be able to respond to priority
calls and residents should expect
delays up to two hours,” said Smith.
Last spring, residents rejected a 7.37-
mill permanent levy the department asked
for with 66 percent voting against the levy
and 34 percent voting in favor of the levy.
The department currently also has two
other permanent levies it collects from
township taxpayers. Those two levies bring
in approximately $700,000 a year for the
The township recently purchased multiple
new police cars, as well as computers
for the department with COVID-19 funding,
so Smith said these funds would have
been primarily used to pay for personnel.
“If the levy passed we would have
brought in 11 full-time officer and at least
six part-time officers,” Smith said. “It
would have allowed us to effectively patrol
The opioid epidemic has plagued the
region in recent years, so Smith said that
these officers are needed because of the
increase in crime.
When the levy failed last time, some residents
said they didn’t see the value the
department was bringing to the township.
“The risk of losing law enforcement worries
me, however the current law enforcement
job performance doesn’t seem up to
standards, especially for the taxes and
funding the police currently have,” said
Tennie Deibel, Franklin Township resident.
Other residents said they were not sold
on the idea of another levy, especially when
a fire levy was recently passed.
“I am a huge supporter of law enforcement,
but I am not in favor of another tax
hike,” said David W. Byers, township resident.
“I may consider voting for a police
levy in the future, but not this year.”
However, despite this feedback the
township moved forward with the recent
levy and plans to ask voters again.
“As long as the board supports it, we
will try it again until it passes,” Smith
said. “With the price of everything dramatically
going up, we need this levy to pass to
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According to Franklin County Board of Elections Public
Information Officer Aaron Sellers, the official totals show that,
countywide, 201,428 out of 865,220 eligible voters – 23.28 percent
voted in the Nov. 2 General Election. Election totals for
Franklin County are posted online at
vote.franklincountyohio.gov. The board of elections must begin
the official canvass of ballots no later than Nov. 17 and certify
vote totals by Nov. 23.
Here the unofficial Nov. 2 local election results according to
the Franklin County Board of Elections.
City of Columbus
Member of Council
* Nick Bankston - 60,564
* Lourdes Barroso de Padilla - 60,657
* Shannon Hardin - 64,422
Tom Sussi - 35,395
(write-in candidate) - 1,600
Don Cook - 446
* John Fleshman - 623
* Jim Leezer - 589
* Nicholas Dunn - 669
Local Election Results
James Beardsley - 467
Steve Kennedy - 1,077
* Rod Pritchard - 1,186
* Cathy Schmelzer - 1,893
Board of Education
Member of Board of Education
* Chris Boso - 10,150
David Donofrio - 6,774
* Cathy Johnson - 8,751
* Kelli Martindale - 10,007
Jamie Shumaker - 8,169
Board of Education
Member of Board of Education
Mohamed Ali - 10,289
* Michael Cole - 36,692
Kevin Hairston - 14,971
James Ragland - 11,796
* Ramona Reyes - 38,947
* Christina Vera - 37,377
Hilltop Library - 511 S. Hague Ave.
United Dairy Farmers - Hague & Sullivant Ave.
BP Gas Station - Hague & Sullivant Ave.
Alex Carry-Out - Binns & Sullivant Ave.
Shifflet Auto Care - 3374 Sullivant Ave.
Dollar General - Kingsford & Sullivant Ave.
Dollar General - Georgesville & Atlanta
M & S Carryout - Georgesville & Atlanta
United Dairy Farmers - Georgesville & Parkwick by Freeway
Thorton’s Gas Station - Georgesville Rd. & Norton Rd.
Shell Gas Station - Georgesville Rd. & Norton Rd.
Kroger - Georgesville Square
Turkey Hill - Georgesville Rd. & Clime Rd.
United Dairy Farmers - Clime & Demorest Rd.
Walgreens - Clime & Demorest Rd.
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Heartland Bank - Great Western Shopping Center
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Certified Gas Station - Broad St. & Orel
Walgreens - Hague & Broad St.
Circle K Gas Station - Georgesville Rd. & Industrial Mile Rd.
Marathon Gas Station - Georgesville Rd. & Industrial Mile Rd.
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BP Gas Station - Georgesville Rd. & Broad St.
Westland Library - Lincoln Village Plaza
Giant Eagle - Lincoln Village Plaza
Thorton’s Gas Station - 4990 W. Broad St.
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Walgreens- Broad St. & Galloway Rd.
Kroger - Broad St. & Galloway Rd.
Aldi Store - Broad St. & Westwood
CVS Drug Store - Norton Rd. & Hall Rd.
United Dairy Farmers - Norton Rd. & Hall Rd.
Circle K Gas Station - Norton Rd. & Hall Rd.
Dollar General - Norton Rd. & Hall Rd.
Marathon Gas Station - Broad St. & Murry Hill Rd.
Speedway Gas Station - Broad St. & Murry Hill Rd.
Dollar Tree - Broad St. & Murry Hill Rd.
Speedway Gas Station - Broad St. & Freeway
Sheetz Gas Station - Westland Mall
Speedway Gas Station - Broad St. & Wilson Rd.
Kroger - Consumer Square Shopping Center
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Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
As a part of their annual fall service project,
members of the Westland High
School Student Council assembled
approximately 100 emergency kits filled
with hygienic items and school supplies
that will be delivered to teenagers entering
into the foster care system with
Franklin County Children Services. The
hygienic essentials were purchased
with the student council’s funds while
the school supplies were donated by a
family friend of senior Mercy Shultz, pictured
here on Nov. 3 assembling the last
draw-string bag for the young adults.
Schultz, who is also the president of the
student council, said these fall service
projects are an important undertaking
for the club as it allows them to “step
outside of our school community and
help provide assistance to our local
neighbors and neighborhoods.” Next
month, they will assemble 100 more
emergency kits to meet the needs of the
younger children at FCCS. Past fall service
projects include Coats for Kids, food
drives for the local food pantry, and
making personal protective equipment
for the community.
Breakfast at the Lodge to benefit Special Olympics
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.
“Sing On” with the Chamber Singers
The Grove City Chamber Singers will perform their fall concert
“Sing On” on Nov. 21. The concert venue is the Grove City United
Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St. The event begins at 3:30
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Operation Unity fights crime on the westside
Columbus Police recently announced
the results of Operation Unity 2, a 21-hour
operation bringing together law enforcement
and community partners focused on
reducing violent crime and connecting residents
Starting at 6 a.m. Nov. 4 to 3 a.m. on
Nov. 5, roughly 170 Columbus police personnel
fanned out across the enforcement
area, spanning Franklinton and central
Acting Commander Tim Myers said this
operation was staffed with officers who volunteered
to take part, the majority of them
from Zone 3.
“I believe that officers should police the
neighborhoods they know, the areas they
serve on a daily basis, in service of the
neighbors they know and have come to care
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The first Operation Unity took place on
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said plans are already underway for additional
Operation Unity 2 results:
• 197 traffic stops were made, with 254
traffic violations written.
• 67 of those 196 traffic stops resulted in
a warning; 130 stops resulted in traffic
• Officers wrote 57 charges for individuals
who did not possess a valid driver’s
• 45 individuals were arrested, including
30 felons and three OVI violators.
• The SOFAST fugitive team arrested
an individual with warrants for two counts
of aggravated robbery and 12 counts of robbery.
• An enforcement team stopped suspicious
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• SWAT arrested a wanted felon for
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• 71 arrest warrants were served.
• Over $11,000 in cash/assets were
• Eight illegal firearms were seized,
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• Five stolen vehicles were recovered.
• 49 vehicles were impounded, including
• Two juveniles were arrested.
• 28 citizens were directly contacted
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• Estimated street value of suspected
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What is financial exploitation and do
you know the signs?
The Franklin County Office on Aging
has launched an educational and preventative
campaign centered around financial
exploitation among older adults.
Financial exploitation is a form of elder
abuse that is not uncommon. It is so common
that the National Conference of State
Legislatures revealed that “the number of
bills introduced by state legislators to combat
elder financial exploitation increased
by more than 57 percent in three years.”
Franklin County residents are not
immune to elder abuse, and as the population
of older adults increases, consequently
financial exploitation will increase as well.
In 2020, there was a total of 1,560 cases
investigated by the Franklin County Office
on Aging’s Adult Protective Services, with
almost 40 percent of these cases involving
some form of exploitation of the older adult,
accompanied by emotional and verbal
abuse along with neglect.
Financial exploitation is most often
associated with the stealing of cash or an
individual persuading another to give
money to a false cause, however, there is so
much more. According to the United States
Department of Justice, “Financial exploitation
means the illegal or improper use, control
over, or withholding of the property,
income, resources, or trust funds of the elderly
person or the vulnerable adult by any
person or entity for any person's or entity's
profit or advantage other than for the elder
person or the vulnerable adult's profit or
advantage.” So, while financial exploitation
can take on many different forms, the
deception can also happen by anyone.
Often abuse, including financial
exploitation, is underreported due to the
feelings of embarrassment and fear. The
National Adult Protective Services
Association found that “only one in 44
cases of financial abuse is ever reported.” It
is the responsibility of mandated reporters,
Be aware of financial exploitation
The Hilltop Kiwanis gave a much needed
donation to the J. Ashburn Youth
Boys and Girls Club and the Hilltop
Library. The donation will be used for
the after school homework program.
Pictured here is Kiwanian Pam Weaver,
two children from the homework program,
and Kyle Bialko from the homework
family, friends, caregivers, and any other
person that interacts with an older adult,
to remain alert for the signs of financial
exploitation. Signs can include but are not
•A person who becomes suddenly interested
in the older adult and/or the older
•Decreased contact between the older
adult and their family and friends.
•Hesitancy to sharing information with
family or friends.
•Missing funds from an older adult’s
bank account or missing funds or valuable
items from around the home.
•Unexplained transactions, transfers,
or gifts given by the older adult.
Although knowing the warning signs
can be extremely helpful in ending ongoing
financial exploitation, there are some preventative
measures that older adults can
take to not fall victim to this form of abuse.
The American Bankers Association suggests
that older adults “Shred receipts,
bank statements and unused credit card
offers, never give out personal information,
including social security number, account
number, or financial information to anyone
over the phone, order copies of your credit
report once a year to ensure accuracy, and
build a relationship with the people who
handle your finances.” These small steps
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If you suspect you or an older adult you
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Adult Protective Services at 614-525-4348.
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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: President Kevin L. Boyce • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Erica C. Crawley
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.
What is financial exploitation, and do you know the signs? The Franklin
County Office on Aging has launched an educational and preventative
campaign centered around financial exploitation among older adults.
Financial exploitation is a form of elder abuse that is not uncommon. It is
so common in fact that the National Conference of State Legislatures
revealed that “the number of bills introduced by state legislators to combat
elder financial exploitation increased by more than 57 percent in three
years”. Franklin County residents are not immune to elder abuse, and as
the population of older adults increases, consequently financial exploitation
will increase as well. In 2020, there was a total of 1,560 cases investigated
by the Franklin County Office on Aging’s Adult Protective Services,
with almost 40 percent of these cases involving some form of exploitation
of the older adult, accompanied by emotional and verbal abuse along with
Financial exploitation is most often associated with the stealing of cash or
an individual persuading another to give money to a false cause, however,
there is so much more. According to the United States Department of
Justice, “Financial exploitation means the illegal or improper use, control
over, or withholding of the property, income, resources, or trust funds of
the elderly person or the vulnerable adult by any person or entity for any
person's or entity's profit or advantage other than for the elder person or
the vulnerable adult's profit or advantage”. So, while financial exploitation
can take on many different forms, the deception can also happen by
Often abuse, including financial exploitation, is underreported due to the
feelings of embarrassment and fear. The National Adult Protective
Services Association found that “only one in 44 cases of financial abuse is
ever reported”. It is the responsibility of mandated reporters, family,
friends, caregivers, and any other person that interacts with an older adult,
to remain alert for the signs of financial exploitation. Signs can include
but are not limited to
• A person who becomes suddenly interested in the older
adult and/or the older adult’s finances
• Decreased contact between the older adult and their famil
• Hesitancy to sharing information with family or friends
• Missing funds from an older adult’s bank account or
missing funds or valuable items from around the home
• Unexplained transactions, transfers, or gifts given by the
Although knowing the warning signs can be extremely helpful in ending
ongoing financial exploitation, there are some preventative measures that
older adults can take to not fall victim to this form of abuse. The American
Bankers Association suggests that older adults “Shred receipts, bank
statements and unused credit card offers, never give out personal
information, including social security number, account number, or
financial information to anyone over the phone, order copies of your
credit report once a year to ensure accuracy, and build a relationship with
the people who handle your finances”. These small steps can potentially
save an older adult thousands of dollars, their homes, savings, and
If you suspect you or an older adult you know is being financially
exploited, please call the Franklin County Office on Aging’s Adult
Protective Services at 614-525-4348. All calls to Adult Protective
Services are confidential.
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Honoring our veterans
Pictured at the sixth and seventh annual Hilltop Veteran Honor Program are Bernie
Brogan, post commander Don Gentile Post 532 American Legion, Stacy Campbell,
board member Hilltop Historical Society, Reid Massey, 2021 awardee for Don
Gentile Post, Stephan Miller, 2020 awardee for Don Gentile Post, Michael Hicks,
2021 awardee Hilltop Historical Society, John Ward, 2020 awardee Hilltop Historical
Society, and Ginger Thrush, board member, Hilltop Historical Society. All four of
these veterans served in Vietnam. A joint two year program was held on Nov. 7 at the
Don Gentile Post 532 of the American Legion since last year’s program was not held
due to the pandemic.
Pets of the week
Hank is the typical
hound dog who is
lovable, friendly, and
sweet. Hank is about
5 and is great with
new people and
other dogs. Hank is
crate trained and
housebroken. He is
an eager learner but
still needs some training. He is a good walker
and doesn’t pull. Hank is neutered,
microchipped, up to date on vaccines and
heartworm negative. Hank will love you
always if you adopt him. He is available
through Colony Cats and Dogs.
Toby is a sweet 1-
year-old boy. He is
more reserved and
will take some time to
adjust to a new
home. He demands
pets from you. You’ll
also notice that he is
missing part of his
tail. This must have
been from a former injury while he was living
his vagabond lifestyle before making it to
Colony Cats. Come meet Toby at Pet Supplies
Plus in Grove City.
These furry friends are available
for adoption at local
rescues and shelters
Toby, an 8-year-old
pit bull mix, is a goofy
boy. Even though he
is an older guy, Toby
has a young soul. He
loves to play and is
very active. He likes
to be inside and he
loves attention. Toby
is good with other
dogs and would love to have a doggie companion
in his new home. Adopt him from the
Franklin County Dog Shelter.
Moose is a sweetheart.
He is housebroken
and has not
when left alone. He
has been very wellbehaved
Moose has been
friendly with everyone
he’s met and
people have loved him. Moose spends most
of his time napping on the couch but still
enjoys a nice walk outside. He loves to snuggle
at night so make sure there is enough
room in your bed.