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<strong>Messenger</strong><br />

<strong>Westside</strong><br />

<strong>June</strong> 26 - July 9, <strong>2022</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVIII, No. 26<br />

4220 W. Broad St.<br />

(Across from Westland Mall)<br />

Featuring<br />

our<br />

famous<br />

STEAK<br />

COMBO!!<br />

A Step in the<br />

Right Direction<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Dedra Cordle<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 12, hundreds of families<br />

throughout the county traveled to<br />

Westgate Park to attend the second<br />

annual <strong>Westside</strong> Community Summer<br />

Bash. Hosted by the local non-profit A<br />

Step in the Right Direction and sponsored<br />

by CareSource, the event offered<br />

children of all ages a day of fun and<br />

entertainment while also providing<br />

adults with links to health care and legal<br />

aid services they may need to access<br />

now or in the future. Taking advantage of<br />

the free haircuts provided by stylists<br />

Tonia Villa and Alex McKeown (not pictured)<br />

is Michael Conner, 10, (top right)<br />

who desired a close trim to make his<br />

growing mohawk a little more pronounced.<br />

Kaiden Davis (pictured at right, bottom<br />

right), celebrates as he finishes the<br />

inflatable obstacle course ahead of<br />

Xavier Johnson. Davis, 7, is the son of<br />

event coordinator and A Step in the<br />

Right Direction founder Kayla Davis. A<br />

native of the westside, Davis said she<br />

founded both the non-profit and the<br />

community festival as a way to give<br />

back to the residents of the region. The<br />

mission of the non-profit is to help<br />

assist the unhoused and restored citizens<br />

with re-entry into the community<br />

through programs and resources.<br />

614 272-6485 open 7 days a week<br />

SWAA agreement<br />

approved in SWCS<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The South-Western City School<br />

District’s administrative personnel have a<br />

new contract.<br />

At its regular meeting on <strong>June</strong> 13, the<br />

board of education unanimously approved<br />

a new management agreement with the<br />

members of the South-Western<br />

Administrative Association (SWAA).<br />

Under the terms of the management<br />

agreement, which runs from July 1, <strong>2022</strong><br />

through <strong>June</strong> 30, 2025, classified administrators<br />

will receive a salary increase of 3<br />

percent in the first two years of the contract,<br />

and a 2.8 percent increase in the<br />

third year. Certificated administrators will<br />

receive a 1 percent salary increase and a 2<br />

percent board paid retirement in the first<br />

two years of the contract, and a 2.8 percent<br />

salary increase in the third year of the contract.<br />

Members of SWAA include school principals,<br />

assistant principals, and some<br />

administrative staff at the District Service<br />

Center.<br />

Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise praised<br />

the members of the association, citing their<br />

tireless work behind the scenes.<br />

“Effective leadership drives culture,<br />

Inside<br />

See SWCS page 2<br />

Pets of the Week ................. 7<br />

Food preparation volunteer Maddie Jo<br />

Parsons had a busy day putting the hotdogs<br />

in buns for the community.<br />

Hilltop News<br />

Commission receives safety update and<br />

welcomes new commissioner Page 2<br />

Police Layoffs<br />

Officials in Franklin Township say layoffs<br />

are likely in police department Page 4


PAGE 2 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - <strong>June</strong> 26, <strong>2022</strong><br />

By Katelyn Sattler<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Sergeant Fred Brophy of the Columbus Division of<br />

Police gave a safety update to the Greater Hilltop Area<br />

Commission at its <strong>June</strong> meeting.<br />

He reminded everyone that the new concealed carry law<br />

went into effect on <strong>June</strong> 13, so a permit is not needed to<br />

carry a concealed firearm in the state of Ohio.<br />

“You will no longer need to have a permit to carry a concealed<br />

firearm in the state of Ohio,” said Brophy. “That is<br />

going to dramatically change a lot of things when it comes<br />

to the number of firearms that are going to be out in our<br />

community. We need to make sure that those people who<br />

do possess firearms, if they’re doing it legally, are always<br />

keeping it secured and locked up and not being able to be<br />

accessed by persons who should not have them, or be able<br />

to be easily stolen.”<br />

Brophy said that a recent homicide on the westside was<br />

committed by a person who had just stolen an unsecured<br />

firearm from a motor vehicle.<br />

“It’s an ongoing investigation, so I can’t really say too<br />

much more than that. We need to be good, studious owners<br />

of those types of things, if that’s where we’re going to go.”<br />

Brophy also spoke about one of the initiatives for All-<br />

Terrain Vehicle (ATV) enforcement that CPD is performing<br />

in conjunction with the Franklin County Sheriff's<br />

Office and local townships.<br />

On Sullivant Avenue, 14 vehicles were impounded out<br />

of one enforcement crack down, four people were arrested,<br />

two stolen dirt bikes were recovered, one person<br />

was charged with OVI, and one person was in possession<br />

of narcotics.<br />

“This is a project that’s going to continue<br />

throughout the rest of the summer at different<br />

points in time. We’re not necessarily announcing<br />

too much more ahead of time when they’re happening,<br />

but I will give updates as they come,” said<br />

Brophy. “We do know that the ATVs and the reckless<br />

operation of dirt bikes on the streets is a significant<br />

concern to our citizens, so we want to try to<br />

address that as best as we can.”<br />

Talking about summer initiatives, Brophy<br />

announced that the West Side Safe Streets program<br />

is up and running again.<br />

Safe Streets officers can be reached at<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Commissioners hear safety concerns and appoint new member<br />

Summer Jam West<br />

Summer Jam West, the annual community arts and<br />

music festival, is back.<br />

After a two-year hiatus, Westgate Park will once<br />

again be filled with music, art, and community from 11<br />

a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. This family-friendly<br />

festival is free and open to all.<br />

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and spend<br />

the day enjoying local bands, artist vendors, professional<br />

chalk artists, food trucks, a kids art zone, and<br />

more.<br />

SWCS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

WestSideSafeStreets@columbuspolice.org.<br />

In other news, commissioner Aden Mohammed stepped<br />

down from his appointment to the commission, leaving his<br />

seat empty. Chairman Dan Fagan asked for nominations<br />

for the vacant appointed seat for the term that expires in<br />

December of 2023.<br />

Commissioner Leah Brudno nominated Kayla Davis to<br />

the seat. Brudno introduced Davis as the founder and executive<br />

director of a Step in the Right Direction, and also an<br />

employee of Huckleberry House. She is a Hilltop native.<br />

Commissioner Malik Moore nominated Chelsea<br />

Golterman. Moore introduced Golterman as a qualified<br />

candidate who has a whole litany of experience and work<br />

in public service. She is currently a senior legislative aide<br />

to Senator Teresa Fedor.<br />

Commissioner Jennie Keplar nominated Joe Argiro.<br />

Keplar said many know him as past president of the<br />

Highland West Civic Association, a lifelong western<br />

Columbus resident who works as an education researcher<br />

for Central Ohio Technical College.<br />

Each candidate was able to speak about their other<br />

qualifications and why they were interested in the position.<br />

After two rounds of voting, Kayla Davis was elected to<br />

the vacant appointed seat. Since it takes 30 days to process<br />

the election, Davis won’t take her seat until after the July<br />

meeting.<br />

Fagan encouraged the candidates who did not get the<br />

seat to run for election at the end of the year, when four<br />

members will be elected.<br />

community events<br />

Check out the festival page on Hilltop Arts<br />

Collective’s website for full details at<br />

hilltoparts.org/summer-jam-west.<br />

Westgate community picnic<br />

Westgate Neighbors Association will host a community<br />

picnic for all Westgate residents from 5 to 9 p.m.<br />

July 30 at the Westgate Lodge, 2925 West Broad St.<br />

The association will provide hot dogs and hamburgers.<br />

Residents can sign up to bring a side dish. The picnic<br />

will also feature music and games. For more information,<br />

visit westgateneighbors.org.<br />

which shapes the experiences and opportunities our<br />

students enjoy each day at South-Western City<br />

Schools,” he said. “Our administrative team works<br />

tirelessly behind the scenes to account for the needs of<br />

the school community and provide opportunities.”<br />

Members of the board shared a similar sentiment.<br />

“We applaud our administrative team members for<br />

their service and commitment to the children of the<br />

district,” said board president Cathy Johnson. “The<br />

leadership our administrators provide is a testament<br />

to their skills in working with children and education.<br />

“Expectations and demands continue to increase<br />

and our administrative staff continues to meet the<br />

challenge.”<br />

During the meeting, the board also approved a<br />

salary index increase for non-SWAA members. They<br />

include the deputy superintendent, the executive<br />

director of technology, the executive director of communications,<br />

the assistant superintendents of curriculum<br />

and personnel and additional DSC staff.<br />

The new management agreement with the members<br />

of SWAA comes on the heels of recent board approved<br />

contracts with members of its certificated and classified<br />

employees. In April, the board approved a new<br />

three-year collective bargaining agreement with the<br />

Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE)<br />

Local 211 and in May the board approved a new threeyear<br />

collective bargaining agreement with the South-<br />

Western Education Association (SWEA).<br />

Treasurer Hugh Garside said while the increase in<br />

salaries and benefits were higher than expected in the<br />

five-year financial forecast, the district will be able to<br />

maintain its strong fiscal standing throughout.<br />

“We would not be able to certify these salary<br />

increases if we could not prove that we have the funds<br />

available,” he said.<br />

In other news, the board agreed to waive a competitive<br />

bidding process and declare an upgrade to the<br />

HVAC unit at the Bostic Center an urgent necessity.<br />

They awarded a $383,029 contract to Speer<br />

Mechanical to provide the upgrades as “expeditiously<br />

as possible.” Garside said he expects the delivery date<br />

of the unit to take at least 40 weeks due to the high<br />

demand of raw materials and continued supply chain<br />

issues.


www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Community Focus<br />

No Kidding in Franklin County<br />

The Franklin County commissioners<br />

voted to accept a $1 million grant from the<br />

U.S. Department of Health and Human<br />

Services to operate a three-year program to<br />

address economic mobility and responsible<br />

parenting with teens and young adults.<br />

The county’s Child Support<br />

Enforcement Agency (CSEA) will administer<br />

the grant and provide instruction using<br />

the No Kidding Ohio curriculum to promote<br />

economic mobility, build parenting<br />

and healthy relationship skills, reduce<br />

unplanned pregnancies, and prevent relationship<br />

violence.<br />

“Each of us commissioners has kids and<br />

we know that, even in the best of circumstances,<br />

parenting can be really tough. For<br />

young people who are still figuring themselves<br />

and their relationships out, and who<br />

might not yet have a career or other<br />

resources to fall back on, it’s even more difficult,”<br />

said board of commissioners president<br />

Erica Crawley. “And once you’ve<br />

started a family, it can be even tougher to<br />

get ahead, so with this program, we aim to<br />

help give young people the tools and confidence<br />

they need to thrive.”<br />

In addition to material from child support<br />

experts, the program will use a peerto-peer<br />

approach, employing young parents<br />

to augment its lessons with their own firsthand<br />

experience. It will include a social<br />

media and digital marketing campaign to<br />

further the message and reach teens and<br />

young adults with the knowledge, skills,<br />

and resources that will help them achieve<br />

their goals, move up the ladder of economic<br />

mobility, and to be successful, responsible<br />

parents.<br />

“Nobody is born knowing how to be a<br />

good parent, just as nobody is born knowing<br />

how to get ahead in life,” said commissioner<br />

John O’Grady. “It takes time and<br />

some help along the way to develop those<br />

skills, but not everyone has a good mentor<br />

who can help with that. With this grant,<br />

we’ll be able to connect young people with<br />

support and information so that they can<br />

do the best for their own young families.”<br />

Franklin County’s teen birth rate is<br />

more than twice the state and national<br />

averages, with 41.6 births per 1,000<br />

women aged 15-19. The grant will fund two<br />

full-time positions in CSEA, which will<br />

partner with several other county and community<br />

agencies to provide a full suite of<br />

wrap-around services to the program participants.<br />

“The transition into adulthood can be a<br />

really tough time for many young people.<br />

They’re dealing with the demands of school<br />

or the workforce, and sometimes both, and<br />

they may be responsible for their own<br />

finances for the first time in their lives,”<br />

said commissioner Kevin Boyce. “This is an<br />

important time in our residents’ lives and<br />

this grant is an opportunity for the county<br />

to help set them on the right path for success<br />

in the future.”<br />

The new program will be stood up over<br />

the course of the next year, with programing<br />

set to begin in the fall of 2023.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 26, <strong>2022</strong> - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

around the westside<br />

Lady A and Rick Springfield are this year’s<br />

signature acts appearing on the Wendel Concert<br />

Stage at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus as<br />

part of the Lancaster Festival, which takes place<br />

during the last two weeks of July each summer.<br />

Tickets are now on sale for these and other events<br />

taking place during the 10-day celebration of<br />

music, art and community.<br />

The July 30 Grand Finale concert will feature<br />

Lady A, with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra<br />

opening the evening with selections that highlight<br />

the 35th anniversary of the orchestra’s creation.<br />

As a Country-radio staple, the trio has amassed<br />

record-breaking success ushering in 10 No. One<br />

Hilltop USA 5K<br />

The Columbus <strong>Westside</strong> Running Club<br />

is now registering for the Hilltop USA 5K,<br />

which will be held July 2-4. The options<br />

include a standard, in-person walk.run or a<br />

virtual walk/run. The cost to participate is<br />

$30 and benefits veterans on the Hilltop.<br />

Last year, the event raised over $6,000 for<br />

local veterans. For more information on the<br />

<strong>Westside</strong> Running Club, visit<br />

cwrunclub.com. To register, visit runsignup.com/Race/OH/Columbus/HilltopUS<br />

A5K.<br />

Park cleanup<br />

Friends of Westgate Park will host a<br />

park cleanup event at 8:30 a.m. July 9.<br />

Volunteers can meet at the enclosed shelter<br />

house, located at 3271 Wicklow Road.<br />

Tools and materials are provided.<br />

For more information, visit friendsofwestgatepark.org.<br />

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The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the<br />

‘80s, a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter,<br />

and musician who has sold 25 million<br />

albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits. The<br />

Lancaster Festival Orchestra will open the<br />

evening with Gershwin Favorites with guest<br />

Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez Gavilan.<br />

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Ingram remembered at Camp Chase<br />

Pictured here is Robert McMillian III who is the great-great-great grandson of Private<br />

John Ingram of Alabama, who is buried at Camp Chase Cemetery. He is with his<br />

mother, Marylou McMillian, the great-great granddaughter of the serviceman who<br />

came to Columbus from Alabama. The pair took part in the 125th service held at<br />

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PAGE 4 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - <strong>June</strong> 26, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Township Focus<br />

By Amanda Ensinger<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Officials recently held a special meeting to discuss a<br />

strategic plan related to future Prairie Township<br />

Landbank properties.<br />

Prairie Township Administrator James Jewell said<br />

while there was no audience participation during the<br />

discussion, the goal of the meeting was to create a<br />

rough draft outline which will eventually be presented<br />

to the trustees for a decision.<br />

“There are two types of property ownership,” Jewell<br />

said. “The Prairie Township Land Bank and land<br />

owned by Prairie Township, which includes the cemeteries,<br />

department buildings, parks and etc.”<br />

Jewell said properties that were donated by Larry<br />

Clarke will be put into the trustees’ name and that<br />

there is property on Hubbard Road, conservation land<br />

on Broad Street, land by the fire house and 10 acres by<br />

the railroad tracks on Hubbard. He added that the<br />

objective of the strategic planning is to come up with<br />

the right protocol for land use including ownership,<br />

mowing, revenue generating, and best use of the land<br />

for the township.<br />

Officials discussed the need for appraisals on some<br />

of the properties to understand what the fair market<br />

value is. They also discussed possible deed restrictions<br />

on some of the properties related to water flow that<br />

needs to be maintained, issues with potentially selling<br />

some of the properties due to no water and sewer<br />

hookups, and lack of access to some of the properties<br />

due to no roads.<br />

Ideas for how to use the properties were also discussed<br />

including creating a community garden or sand<br />

lot, as well as creating a privacy sound wall and more<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Land use discussed in Prairie<br />

green space, such as nature trails. Leaders also discussed<br />

the need for a new cemetery in the township.<br />

“A cemetery is needed, but 20 to 30 acres is needed<br />

for this,” said Prairie Township trustee Rod Pritchard.<br />

“A parcel on Murnan Road could be a possibility for the<br />

future. The land is land-locked behind Alton Cemetery<br />

and the Cole Road property.”<br />

Jewell said that there also is 12 acres directly<br />

behind the current Alton Cemetery to extend it. The<br />

Western Conservancy Group and local farm could be<br />

for future potential land acquisition for cemetery use.<br />

The trustees agreed that cemetery land must be a<br />

priority. Next steps for the strategic plan will be a<br />

draft of procedure, then the trustees need to evaluate<br />

the property up front. Once this is put together, the<br />

township will have the law director review it for legal<br />

compliance.<br />

After the special meeting, the board discussed the<br />

need for a new air compressor, fill station, and cascade<br />

system from Breathing Air Systems, at a cost of<br />

$42,291.<br />

“We utilize this system to fill the air bottles we wear<br />

on our backs when entering hazardous atmospheres,”<br />

said Prairie Township Fire Chief Allen Scott. “The current<br />

system is more than 32 years old, does not meet<br />

safety standards, and it will soon be unserviceable.”<br />

Scott also asked the board to approve the purchase<br />

of four McGrath Advanced Airway devices along with<br />

the associated accessories from Stryker, at a cost not to<br />

exceed $11,000.<br />

“These devices are used to place endotracheal tubes<br />

into the airways of patients who are not breathing,”<br />

Scott said. “These devices will allow our medics to gain<br />

access to difficult pediatric airways, a procedure we<br />

currently do not have. They also do not require the use<br />

of a laptop computer, as our current devices do.”<br />

Levy failure means layoffs are likely<br />

By Amanda Ensinger<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A local township is trying to determine how it will<br />

manage the police department after a third attempt at<br />

a levy failed. At a recent Franklin Township meeting,<br />

Fiscal Officer Nick Dunn gave his outlook on the situation.<br />

“The levy fund will potentially run out of money at<br />

the end of October, meaning layoff notices need to go<br />

out no later than July,” Dunn said.<br />

Leaders plan on scheduling additional meetings to<br />

discuss the police department, but acknowledge that<br />

whatever decision they make will be hard.<br />

“Some tough decisions are likely coming up,” said<br />

Franklin Township trustee John Fleshman.<br />

In May, the township asked voters to approve a 7.3-<br />

mill permanent police levy. This was the third time the<br />

department had asked taxpayers for a levy. In the fall<br />

of 2021, the township asked taxpayers to approve a<br />

7.1-mill timed police levy, which would have replaced<br />

an existing timed levy that is set to expire at the end<br />

of <strong>2022</strong>, as well as added 3-mills to the levy.<br />

However, residents rejected the levy.<br />

At the time the levy failed, Franklin Township<br />

Police Chief Byron Smith said the department doesn’t<br />

have the funding to the support their current staff.<br />

“Cuts will be imminent to our department unless we<br />

receive another funding source,” Smith said. “We can’t<br />

operate at our current capacity with the two smaller<br />

levies we have. However, it will be up to the board<br />

when that will occur.”<br />

The township has 10 full-time and three part-time<br />

officers.<br />

Residents have repeatedly said they don’t support a<br />

permanent levy and would rather have a timed levy to<br />

keep the department and township accountable.<br />

At a recent board meeting, residents voiced concerns<br />

about a recent contract the board agreed to that<br />

gave police officers an 18 percent raise the first year of<br />

the contract.<br />

The department currently has two other permanent<br />

levies it collects from township taxpayers. Those two<br />

levies bring in approximately $700,000 a year for the<br />

department.<br />

With funds now running out in October instead of<br />

December, residents argue careless spending and generous<br />

pay increases to employees can be attributed to<br />

why layoffs may occur earlier than expected.<br />

Despite the feedback, Smith said he wants to once<br />

again ask voters to approve a levy.<br />

“I would support asking voters to approve another<br />

permanent levy,” Smith said. “Timed levies put us in a<br />

bad situation where we train people and then they<br />

leave because we don’t have consistent funding. Timed<br />

levies are more expensive for taxpayers, so I would<br />

only support a permanent levy.”


www.columbusmessenger.com <strong>June</strong> 26, <strong>2022</strong> - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

In Achievement<br />

Westland grad values<br />

lessons learned in the Navy<br />

A Columbus native is serving with<br />

Fighter Squadron Composite 13 supporting<br />

TOPGUN aviators at the Navy’s premier<br />

tactical air warfare training center.<br />

Petty Officer 1st Class Cameron<br />

Edgington is a 2005 Westland High School<br />

graduate.<br />

“Growing up I learned the value of<br />

learning lessons and making the appropriate<br />

changes for growth,” said Edgington.<br />

These lessons have helped Edgington<br />

while serving in the Navy. Today, he serves<br />

as a hospital corpsman at Naval Air<br />

Station (NAS) Fallon, Nevada.<br />

Fifty-two years ago, TOPGUN was<br />

introduced with the mission of reducing<br />

casualties of naval aviators sustained during<br />

the Vietnam War. Within a year, this<br />

goal was reached with the United States<br />

having one casualty for every 12 enemy<br />

deaths. Since then, TOPGUN continues to<br />

train the finest naval aviators and has<br />

inspired one blockbuster movie released in<br />

May 1986, with a sequel that was released<br />

in May of this year.<br />

Today’s U.S. Naval Aviators possesses<br />

the professionalism, tactical skills, innovative<br />

mindset, and understanding of<br />

advanced technologies to succeed against<br />

adversaries. They are disciplined, critical<br />

thinkers who excel in challenging environments<br />

— like those seen in the movie,<br />

according to U.S. Navy officials.<br />

“I am extremely excited about the<br />

impact this movie will have,” said Vice<br />

Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander<br />

Naval Air Forces. “Much like the trend<br />

that followed the original film, I am confident<br />

that “Top Gun: Maverick” will have a<br />

tremendous impact on our Navy recruiting<br />

efforts which will greatly increase the<br />

numbers of brave and talented sailors<br />

among our ranks.”<br />

According to Navy officials, TOPGUN is<br />

a prestigious program only open to the top<br />

one percent of naval aviators. Aviators who<br />

attend the course are trained in a variety of<br />

areas including air combat, jet maneuverability,<br />

enemy tactics and more.<br />

Serving in the Navy means Edgington is<br />

part of a world that is taking on new importance<br />

in America’s focus on rebuilding military<br />

readiness, strengthening alliances<br />

and reforming business practices in support<br />

of the National Defense Strategy.<br />

With more than 90 percent of all trade<br />

traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the<br />

world’s international phone and internet<br />

traffic carried through underwater fiber<br />

optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize<br />

that the prosperity and security of the<br />

United States is directly linked to a strong<br />

and ready Navy.<br />

Edgington and the sailors they serve<br />

with have many opportunities to achieve<br />

accomplishments during their military<br />

service.<br />

“Being selected as Blue Jacket of the<br />

Year in 2012 remains the highlight of my<br />

career,” said Edgington. “I worked so hard<br />

that year and pushed myself, and it paid<br />

off.”<br />

The future of U.S. aviation depends on<br />

the Navy’s ability to achieve their vision for<br />

defeating tomorrow’s air threats with the<br />

support of the ground crews and aviators.<br />

As Edgington and other sailors continue<br />

to train and perform missions, they take<br />

pride in serving their nation in the United<br />

States Navy.<br />

“Serving in the Navy gives me a sense of<br />

community before self,” said Edgington. “I<br />

am entrusted with ensuring sailors are<br />

mission ready, and that’s a responsibility I<br />

take very seriously.”<br />

Petty Officer 1st Class Cameron Edgington<br />

Girl Power!<br />

<strong>Westside</strong> resident Nancy Little<br />

recently competed and placed in<br />

the Organization of Competition<br />

Bodies (OCB) Buckeye Natural held<br />

at the Convention Center. Little<br />

plans to continue her training and<br />

will compete in the Mike Francois<br />

Open and the OCB event in<br />

Cleveland later this summer. Little<br />

is the mother of Naval Electrician<br />

Jacob Little and Marine Sergeant<br />

Jackson Little. Both are graduates<br />

of Westland High School. Little is<br />

honoring her sons through training<br />

as they serve in the military.


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around the westside<br />

Mugs and Muffins<br />

Westgate Neighbors Association will<br />

brings back Mugs and Muffins. The event<br />

will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. July 30<br />

in Westgate Park. Coffee and baked goods<br />

are provided but participants are encouraged<br />

to bring your own mug. For more<br />

information, visit westgateneighbors.org.<br />

Free lunch at<br />

CML Hilltop Branch<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library has<br />

partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance<br />

to provide students 18 and younger with<br />

free lunches and snacks at 17 library locations<br />

from <strong>June</strong> 6 through Aug. 23. The<br />

WESTGATE UNITED<br />

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(Corner of Valleyview & Hague Ave.)<br />

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lunch at the Hilltop Branch will take place<br />

Monday through Saturday from 12 to 12:30<br />

p.m. For more information, visit columbuslibrary.org.<br />

Free lunch at UHMC<br />

The United Hilltop Methodist Church<br />

will host a free community lunch every<br />

Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is<br />

located at 99 S. Highland Ave.<br />

Produce giveaway at YMCA<br />

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce<br />

giveaway the third Wednesday of each<br />

month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879 Valleyview<br />

Drive in Columbus. For more information,<br />

call the YMCA at 614-276-8224.<br />

Cleaning up the community<br />

By Amanda Ensinger<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A Prairie Township trustee has been<br />

looking into creative ways to keep the community<br />

clean.<br />

At a recent board meeting, trustee<br />

Cathy Schmelzer said she has heard concerns<br />

from residents and has been working<br />

on solutions.<br />

“I have asked in the past about getting<br />

some prisoners out in the area to clean it<br />

up,” Schmelzer said.<br />

Among the areas in the township that<br />

desperately need cleaned up is the Mix<br />

Avenue area. Residents have reported that<br />

there are needles, pill bottles, and a variety<br />

of other dangerous trash in the area.<br />

Residents also said part of the issue is<br />

vacant houses in the neighborhood where<br />

homeless people are congregating.<br />

“The EPA will not allow us to burn down<br />

a house,” said Prairie Township Fire Chief<br />

Allen Scott.<br />

However, residents argued that these<br />

homes could be torn down and the properties<br />

could be rezoned for future development.<br />

They also said it is not safe for the<br />

township to leave these structures up<br />

when they are reportedly falling apart.<br />

“These houses are in bad shape,” said<br />

Steve Bailey, township resident.<br />

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At the meeting, residents also voiced<br />

concern about residents not following the<br />

new trash regulations and that rats continue<br />

to be a big issue.<br />

“We are out enforcing the new trash regulations,”<br />

Scott said. “We are out in the<br />

field every day.”<br />

In March of last year, a new resolution<br />

went into effect that changed the way trash<br />

is collected in the township. The resolution<br />

put more regulations on trash collection,<br />

including requiring trash haulers to be<br />

licensed with the township, show proof of<br />

current and valid general comprehensive<br />

liability/vehicle insurance policy and be<br />

always registered and in compliance with<br />

the requirements of the Franklin County<br />

Board of Health.<br />

While residents can still be pick their<br />

own haulers if the hauler they select is<br />

licensed with the township, they now have<br />

set days their trash is collected.<br />

Trash is picked up on the eastside of the<br />

township on Mondays, the central part of<br />

the township on Tuesdays, and the western<br />

part of the township on Wednesdays.<br />

The reason for the new ordinance was<br />

due to continued rat issues in the township<br />

due to residents having trash out almost<br />

every day of the week. Township officials<br />

hoped by introducing this new resolution,<br />

it would cut off the food supply for the rats.<br />

Breakfast at the Lodge<br />

to benefit Special Olympics<br />

The Westgate Masonic Lodge #623 is<br />

preparing breakfasts once a month to benefit<br />

the Special Olympics. The public is<br />

invited to have breakfast the second<br />

Saturday of each month at 2925 West<br />

Broad St. Adults eat for a donation of $6,<br />

children age 3 and above pay $3. Serving is<br />

from 9 a.m. to noon.<br />

Hilltop History & Heritage<br />

This is a photo of businesses on the Hilltop at the northwest corner of Hague<br />

Avenue and West Broad Street. This intersection was known for years as the<br />

“Center of the Universe” (at least for west Columbus). The businesses shown (right<br />

to left) are James P. Phillip’s Restaurant, Charles H. Campbell’s Pharmacy, Rausch<br />

Brothers’ Hardware, the B and H 5 & 10 Cent Store, and Van’s Restaurant. The caption<br />

states “West High and Hilltop boys and girls meet here at Hague Avenue and<br />

Broad Street.” The original photo is dated 1945. The corner now features a<br />

Walgreen’s, which replaced the buildings in the late 1990s. If you have a photo to<br />

share, contact Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at stacyberndsen12@gmail.com.


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Pets of the week<br />

<strong>June</strong> 26, <strong>2022</strong> - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

These furry friends are available<br />

for adoption at local<br />

rescues and shelters<br />

Champion canine<br />

Photo courtesy of Deborah Franks<br />

Professional Canine Trainer Deborah Franks of Groveport and her canine partner,<br />

Onree, a miniature poodle, won High in Standard at the <strong>2022</strong> CPE (Canine<br />

Performance Events) National Agility event held at the Champions Center in<br />

Springfield, Ohio, held <strong>June</strong> 3-5. Franks said agility handlers and their canine partners<br />

from all over the United States and Canada came to compete in this national<br />

event. The qualifying period for this event was Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2021. “It<br />

was an extra special win since Onree is also a rescue dog,” said Franks. “From a dog<br />

that no one wanted to a National Agility winner.”<br />

Calvin and his family<br />

were rescued from<br />

the streets and raised<br />

in a loving foster<br />

home. He is a 3-<br />

month-old cute guy<br />

who is very chatty<br />

and loves to play.<br />

Calvin is neutered,<br />

vaccinated and ready<br />

for his forever home.<br />

He is up for adoption through Colony Cats.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

Emma is almost 2<br />

years old. Her kittens<br />

have all been adopted.<br />

Now, she is looking<br />

for her turn for a<br />

furever home. She is<br />

not happy in her foster<br />

home because<br />

some of the other<br />

cats chase her. She<br />

needs a home with fewer cats and with someone<br />

who will work with her to gain her trust.<br />

She is a sweet girl and just needs time to<br />

adjust to a new home. She loves Temptations<br />

cat treats. Emma would do best in a quiet<br />

home with older children. She is up for adoption<br />

through Friends for Life Animal Haven.<br />

FYI: fflah.org<br />

Belle is a very sweet<br />

little girl. She is a bit<br />

plump and about 2<br />

years old. All of her<br />

kittens have been<br />

adopted, so now<br />

Belle is looking for<br />

her furever home.<br />

She is a bit shy but<br />

loves to sit in her foster<br />

dad’s lap. She<br />

gets along with other<br />

cats. A family with older kids might work out<br />

best for her. Belle is up for adoption through<br />

Friends for Life Animal Haven.<br />

FYI: fflah.org<br />

Cheese is a friendly<br />

cat who would make<br />

a great addition to<br />

any family. He likes to<br />

play and just hang<br />

out. Cheese is very<br />

eager to find a home<br />

of his own. If you are<br />

interested in meeting<br />

Cheese, contact<br />

Colony Cats.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org


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Teen Ambassador Board<br />

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost<br />

announced that his office is now accepting<br />

applications for its Teen Ambassador<br />

Board.<br />

The Attorney General’s Teen<br />

Ambassador Board consists of upper-level<br />

high school students from public, private,<br />

charter and online schools in Ohio as well<br />

as students who are home-schooled. The<br />

mission of the program is to provide Ohio’s<br />

future leaders with an inside look at Ohio<br />

law and government.<br />

“I have had the pleasure of getting to<br />

know some great future leaders through<br />

the Teen Ambassador Board,” Yost said.<br />

“We hope this opportunity helps to attract<br />

young people into pursuing careers focused<br />

on protecting and serving Ohioans.”<br />

Board members advise the office on<br />

issues relating to teens and collaborate<br />

with their peers to develop solutions to<br />

news and notes<br />

those issues. They serve a one-year term,<br />

during which they participate in activities<br />

throughout the state.<br />

Ohio high school students who will be<br />

juniors or seniors during the <strong>2022</strong>-23 academic<br />

year are eligible to apply for the<br />

Teen Ambassador Board.<br />

Applications are due July 1. The application<br />

can be found on the Ohio Attorney<br />

General’s<br />

website,<br />

ohioattorneygeneral.gov.<br />

Wellness and foot care<br />

for senior citizens<br />

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at<br />

the Prairie Township Community Center<br />

weekly to provide free foot care and other<br />

wellness services. To schedule an appointment<br />

or for more information, contact the<br />

wellness office at 614-437-2878.<br />

Alumni scholarship winners<br />

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The West High School Alumni Association announced its <strong>2022</strong> alumni scholarship<br />

recipients. Since 1993, the association has awarded a total of 210 scholarships<br />

totaling $196,000. Pictured here are Alumni Association board member Rick Davis,<br />

Alice Sorrell, Said Barud, Alexandra Pasato, and <strong>2022</strong> Alumni Association president<br />

Vida Williams. The scholarships were awarded May 20 at the awards ceremony held<br />

in the West High School auditorium.<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

“Lightyear” has moments of warmth and humor<br />

When “Toy Story” made its debut in 1995, some critics<br />

and movie snobs brushed it off as “just another<br />

bland animated feature, but this time with unwanted<br />

children’s toys at the center.” It would eventually go on<br />

to become one of the most critically renowned and publicly<br />

beloved franchises in the history of cinema.<br />

What made the original and its subsequent sequels<br />

so enduring was its terrific ensemble of characters,<br />

each with their own outlandish personalities and hidden<br />

vulnerabilities; its relatable story of growing up<br />

and casting aside “childish” things; and its innate ability<br />

to make you peel over with laugher one minute and<br />

then burst into tears the next.<br />

Although it has been a few years since the latest<br />

film in the series was released and while there are no<br />

current plans to make a fifth “Toy Story,” the positive<br />

public sentiment remains strong as do the sales of the<br />

toys found within this franchise.<br />

Because Disney is always looking for ways to milk<br />

some more cash out of their property cows, they have<br />

found a loophole of sorts to make a prequel story (of<br />

sorts) to one of its most popular characters within the<br />

sentient toy franchise.<br />

Enter “Lightyear,” a film that has none of the allencompassing<br />

warmth of the franchise on which it is<br />

based but nonetheless still feels like being encompassed<br />

by a nice blanket — albeit one in which tiny dollar<br />

signs copyrighted by Disney are sprinkled throughout.<br />

To clear up some confusion that may be lingering<br />

from the trailer: this film is not about the toy character<br />

Buzz Lightyear (originally voiced by Tim Allen), the<br />

vainglorious astronaut action figure that replaces<br />

Sheriff Woody (originally voiced by Tom Hanks) as<br />

Andy Davis’ favorite toy. Instead, this film is about a<br />

film within that film that inspired the creation of the<br />

toy Buzz Lightyear. Basically, it’s a “Toy Story-<br />

Inception,” but without the awe-inspiring special<br />

effects.<br />

In “Lightyear,” the titular character (adequately<br />

voiced by Chris Evans) is a real human Space Ranger<br />

who accidentally maroons an entire star fleet on an<br />

inhospitable planet and spends the next 60 plus years<br />

coming up with a solution to get them back home. Due<br />

to some hyper-speed trickery, he only ages a bit during<br />

his space jaunts but his best friend and commander<br />

Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) lives out an entire life.<br />

In the blink of an eye, he is alone on a planet full of<br />

strangers, most not caring about his ultimate goal to<br />

“bring them back home.”<br />

The city of Grove City is set to celebrate<br />

Independence Day, Saturday, July 2 with a car show<br />

and concert in the Town Center, followed by a grand<br />

fireworks show at dusk, launched from Murfin<br />

Memorial Fields.<br />

Celebrate Independence Day with family and<br />

friends at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 2 in Town Center<br />

Park, 3359 Park St., with patriotic entertainment featuring<br />

the Central Ohio Brass Band. Bring a lawn<br />

chair or blanket and mingle with friends for a festive<br />

afternoon before the fireworks. The Heart of Grove<br />

City is hosting a car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., east<br />

of Town Center Park.<br />

At 9:45 p.m., the annual community fireworks display<br />

is launched from Murfin Fields.<br />

For the safety of all, parking and spectators are not<br />

Because Buzz Lightyear<br />

would not be Buzz Lightyear<br />

without his missions, he<br />

begrudgingly teams up with a<br />

group of inexperienced Space<br />

Rangers who are in the battle of<br />

their lives against a ruthless<br />

and powerful emperor named<br />

Zurg (voiced by James Brolin). To save his people —<br />

even the ones do not personally care for him — to find a<br />

safe way home, and to defeat the seemingly undefeatable<br />

baddie, Lightyear must confront his past and own<br />

up to some deeply hidden vulnerabilities that remind<br />

him that not everything can (or should) be done alone.<br />

By voicing a character who is the apparent inspiration<br />

behind the iconic astronaut action figure in “Toy<br />

Story,” Evans walks a delicate line with his take on<br />

Buzz. Although he draws from Allen’s iteration of the<br />

beloved side-kick Space Ranger, he doesn’t lean fully<br />

into the original take on the character, playing his<br />

human self as much cooler tempered while still bursting<br />

with bravery, loyalty, and the occasional bout of<br />

selfishness. While that development was a good thing<br />

for this movie, what was not as good was the lack of<br />

depth or attention given to the side characters, especially<br />

the character of Izzy (Keke Palmer) who shares<br />

a connection with Buzz’s late friend Alisha. I think had<br />

more detail been fleshed out for her character, the<br />

elder convict Darby (Dale Soules) and the accident<br />

prone Mo (Taika Waititi), this film would have packed<br />

more of an emotional punch, especially when calling<br />

back to the connective tissue that it shares with the<br />

“Toy Story” universe.<br />

Although there are moments of genuine warmth<br />

and humor in “Lightyear,” (the mechanical companion<br />

cat voiced by Peter Sohn is a real treasure) the thin<br />

story and sometimes clunky dialogue will not make it<br />

as popular or as enduring as the franchise in which in<br />

falls into, but it does have something sweet to offer for<br />

those looking for a fun escapade “to infinity and<br />

beyond.”<br />

Grade: C+<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

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

Independence Day Celebration<br />

permitted at Murfin Fields, but free parking is available<br />

at Grove City High School, Grove City Church of<br />

the Nazarene, Windsor Park, and Hayes Intermediate<br />

and J.C. Sommer Elementary schools. Blankets, lawn<br />

chairs and most other personal items are permitted.<br />

Due to parking restrictions/limitations, the following<br />

are prohibited: grills, alcohol, personal fireworks<br />

including sparklers, skates, skateboards, flatbed trailers,<br />

recreational vehicles, tents and canopies, and pets<br />

other than service dogs.<br />

For information regarding traffic flow, visit<br />

GroveCityOhio.gov or call 614-277-3050. For weatherrelated<br />

updates, call 614-277-3060 or check Grove<br />

City’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages<br />

@GroveCityOhio and @GroveCityParks. Rain date is<br />

Sunday, July 3.

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