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Bats put barn

in jeopardy

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

According to Grove City Deputy City

Administrator William Vedra, a colony of

bats have caused extensive damage to the

historic barn at Gantz Park.

“It could be a total loss,” said Vedra,

who admitted that complete demolition of

the barn is a possibility.

Earlier this summer, a facility maintenance

employee for the city found bat droppings

inside the structure, where the city

housed its popular RecSchool program for

See BATS page 3


Celebrating 170 years

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

The city of Grove City hosted a variety of history-focused programs

from Sept. 9 through Sept. 17 to celebrate the 170th

anniversary of its founding. The festivities kicked off at the

Grant-Sawyer Home on Haughn Road, which is listed on the

national registrar of historic places by the U.S. Department of

the Interior. In attendance at the event was local actor Glen

Garcia (pictured above), who was portraying the city’s founder,

William Foster Breck. Breck and his wife, Elizabeth Smith,

moved to the township in 1845 to fulfill his life-long dream of

creating a prosperous new town on the outskirts of Columbus.

Over the course of seven years, Breck cleared most of the vast

forest land and helped create new businesses and establish

and expand roads and thoroughfares – all of which are still

being driven on to this day. Present-day Mayor Richard “Ike”

Stage said the city owes William Foster Breck and contemporaries

such as A.G. Grant a “debt of gratitude” for planting the

seeds of what is the city of Grove City today. In addition to the

kick-off celebration held on Sept. 9 at the Grant-Sawyer Home,

history-focused events were held at the Southwest Franklin

County Historical Society and Welcome Center Museum and

the Gardens at Gantz Park. The 10-day festivities also included

speaking engagements from state representative Laura

Lanese, local author Janet Shailer, and a bike tour of the city

with Heritage Bikes. To see more photos, turn to page 2.

Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage (left) and Steve Jackson, the president

of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, ring

the bell to signal the start of the celebratory programming.

Jackson said he was thankful the city took the initiative to host

activities to celebrate its founding and appreciative of the community

for participating in all of the events. “I am a great believer

that a town that has no pride in its past is doomed to fail,” he

said. He added that he does not believe this city is doomed to

fail because of the investment families have made throughout

the decades to remember and honor the past while also showing

progress to help the generations to come.

Pets of the Week ................ 14

The Reel Deal ...................... 16

Overpass Project

Council votes to seek funding for

interstate overpass project Page 4

Old-Time Harvest Day

Take a trip to the past with the

annual Harvest Day festival Page 7

Check out the




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Club meeting - Parkinson’s support group

The Grove City Parkinson’s support group meets the third

Wednesday of each month at E.L. Evans Senior Center at 1 p.m.

These meetings are open to all who want to learn more about

Parkinson’s disease.

Celebrating 170 years


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S.A.L.T. at Evans Center

The Grove City Division of Police host

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together

(S.A.L.T.) meetings at 1 p.m. the second

Tuesday of each month at the Evans

Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Adults of all ages

are welcome to attend. If you would like

more information, visit police.grovecityohio.gov

or call 614-277-1765.

Century Village open house

The Southwest Franklin County

Historical Society welcomes groups and

individuals to Century Village, 4185

community events

Orders Road. Tour the historic log house

and school from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth

Saturday of each month, May through

September. For more information or to

schedule a visit to Century Village, contact

Steve Jackson at 614-871-0081.

Free community meal

Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover

Road in Grove City, will host a free community

meal every third Saturday of each

month. The food will be served from noon

to 1 p.m. For more information, call the

church office at 614-875-0510.


Remembering 9/11

with Patriot Day ceremony

Photos courtesy of the city of Grove City

The American Legion Post 164 hosted

its annual Patriot Day ceremony on

Sept. 11. This was a ceremony to

remember victims of 9-11 and honor veterans

and first responders. The ceremony

was held at the Jackson Township

Fire Department, 4900 Buckeye

Parkway, with fire personnel as well as

officers with the Grove City Division of



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pre-school aged children. City officials then

contacted an exterminator, who found evidence

of bat bugs inside the barn. A consultant

also observed the barn in the evening

and confirmed that a colony of bats were

living inside the structure.

“There were several hundred bats in

there,” said Vedra.

The city hired a company to remove the

roof to let the bats fly out. It has since been

covered with tarp to prevent the bats from

gaining reentry, though Vedra said a few

are still finding their way inside.

As most of the bats have left the building,

city officials had the opportunity to

assess the damage.

“We’re going to need a complete rehab of

the building,” said Vedra.

The deputy city administrator said bat

waste has gone through the dry wall, rotted

the wood, damaged ceiling tiles, and

been found in the duct work. Vedra said

the odor inside the barn is “indescribable.”

According to Vedra, an insurance

adjuster has examined the structure to

look at the loss but so far, no official cost

estimate has been revealed.

“We can’t give a quote yet, but I’m

guessing it will be in the mid six figures,”

said Vedra. “We are hoping to save the

structure. It’s a 100-year-old barn.”

According to the Ohio Department of

Natural Resources, all species of bat in the

state are protected. They eat insects and

play an important role in the ecosystem.

Bats are usually able to exist near human

habitats without people knowing.

However, ODNR says that bats should be

removed from homes and structures where

there is human activity due to potential

health concerns for humans.

RecSchool, a nature-based preschool

program operated by the city’s parks and

recreation department, was cancelled

when city officials learned about the bat

colony. RecSchool operates from September

through May and can accommodate more

than 100 children.

According to Vedra, the city has not yet

been able to find another facility to house

the preschool, but city staff is working on a

program. He said they are looking at offering

day trips to Scioto Grove Metro Park,

located in Grove City, or having mobile

classes with different themes. Vedra said it

could include shorter duration classes

offered in two-to-four-week increments.

“It’s not fully developed yet, but we are

working on it,” said Vedra. “Right now,

there are too many unanswered questions.”

The city notified families impacted by

the RecSchool closure and provided a list of

13 other preschools in the area.

On September 7, 2022, Grove City

Police were dispatched to a business in

the 2200 block of Stringtown Rd. on a

report of a suspect trying to cash a

forged check. Upon arrival, officers

took the suspect into custody. The suspect

informed officers that the check

was given to them to cash by someone

they met in Columbus. Upon the suspect’s

arrest, illegal narcotics were

found in their possession. The suspect

was charged with Forgery, Possession

of Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia.

In other police news:

On September 7, 2022, while at a business

in the 2200 block of Stringtown

Rd, Grove City Police were notified of a

forged check at that business. The suspect

from this Forgery was now at a

business in Canal Winchester. Working

with the local police there, it was

determined the suspect had been


On September 6, 2022, Grove City

Police were dispatched to a residence in

the 2700 block of Woodstone Dr. on a

report of a scam. Upon arrival, the

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virus and they needed to call the 1-800

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the number and thought they were

talking to Microsoft, their bank, and

members from the Treasury Department.

The victim took $30,000 out of

the bank and converted to BitCoin and

thought it was deposited for safe keeping.

The victim no longer has access to

that money.

On September 5, 2022, Grove City

Police were dispatched to the 3900

block of Parkmead Dr. on a report of a

stolen license plate. The victim stated

he knows the license plate was on the

car on September 4. It is unknown

where the license plate was stolen.

On September 4, 2022, Grove City

Police were dispatched to a hotel in the

4100 block of Parkway Center Dr. on a

report of a theft. Officers were told

that a handgun, passport, four credit

cards and other items were stolen

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Safely and securely clear your property

of unneeded items not eligible for curbside

pickup Saturday, Sept. 24, with assistance

from community partners including the

city of Grove City, Jackson Township, Keep

Grove City Beautiful, Ohio Mobile

Shredding, and Solid Waste Authority of

Central Ohio (SWACO).

Document Shredding

Bring paper documents for secure, offsite

shredding to Grove City Shredding

Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 24 at Park


The City Beat

Grove City seeks funding for I-71 overpass project

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

Plans to construct an Interstate 71 overpass

are moving forward in the city of

Grove City.

Last month, council voted to set aside

over $200,000 for an engineering study on

the feasibility of an overpass. At the Sept.

6 meeting, council approved a resolution

that would allow the city administrator to

apply for funding through the Mid-Ohio

Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

for the southwest area overpass project.

According to the legislation, the overpass

would establish significant thoroughfare

connectivity between Interstate 71

and the proposed southwest regional medical

and innovation gateway.

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Interstate 71 in the southern part of the

city. The 2050 community plan recommends

an overpass at Holton Road.

According to the document, this would

allow a new frontage road to be developed

on the west side of the interstate, like

North Meadows Drive on the east side of I-

71. It would open land for development. An

additional point of connectivity across the

highway would also decrease the traffic on

existing roadways.

“The reason we’re doing this ultimately

is to create jobs,” said Grove City councilman

Roby Schottke.

He said the bridge would connect land,

spur development, then create employment


Grove City resident Roger Burket spoke

at the meeting and asked council to leave

the land alone and keep it as farmland.



“We don’t need another overpass

between Stringtown Road and 665,” said

Burket. “I would suggest you trash can this

whole idea.”

Schottke said that he would like graduating

students to be able to work and live

in Grove City.

“Yeah, we are taking agricultural land,

but we are preparing for the future; for the

younger folks,” he said.

The legislation that council approved is

simply an application for funding. City

leaders are still working to figure out what

the project would entail and how much it

would cost, though it is thought the overpass

would be upward of $10 million.

According to Cindi Fitzpatrick, director

of public service for the city, they are applying

to MORPC for attributable funds. A

committee will then decide which municipalities

and projects would receive funding.

Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage

said, “If we don’t follow the process and go

through the steps, we’re out if it.”

Council also approved a resolution to

seek financial assistance from the state of

Ohio for improvements to Columbus


According to the legislation, the

Columbus Street corridor, between Dudley

Avenue and Hoover Road needs improvements

to support safe vehicular, pedestrian,

and bicycle traffic.

Chuck Boso, the Grove City administrator,

said this is part of a sewer relief program

related to flooding in that area. The

project is estimated to cost $8 million.

“Any funds we receive would certainly

be a blessing for that project,” said Boso.

Cleaning up with Shredding Day and HHW drop-off

5K Rescue Dog Walk

The sixth annual 5K Rescue Dog

Walk/Run will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2

p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at Breck Community

Park, 3005 Demorest Road. Walkers sign

up for a specific starting time slot during

online registration. Shirt and map pick up

is three days before the event.

Dogs are encouraged to participate.

Proceeds raised will benefit the rescue

Street Intermediate School, 3205 Park St.

This event, made possible through efforts

of Keep Grove City Beautiful in partnership

with Ohio Mobile Shredding, is for

Grove City, Jackson Township and

Urbancrest residents only, no businesses.

There is a limit of five boxes or trash bags

per vehicle. All paper is securely shredded

offsite. Residents must retain their boxes

or bags after emptying paper in provided

shredding bins.

For additional information, call the

Grove City environmental supervisor

Linda Rosine at 614-277-3058.

Household Hazardous Waste

The annual Household Hazardous

Waste (HHW) mobile drop-off for Franklin

County residents, hosted by SWACO, is 8

a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the

Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. Find

a detailed list of accepted items at

www.swaco.org including gasoline, lighter

fluid, thinners, pool chemicals, fluorescent

light bulbs, propane tanks under 20

pounds, all types of batteries and corrosives

such as drain cleaners. For your safety,

all participants should remain in their

cars during drop-off.

The only types of paint accepted are oilbased

and spray. Latex and other waterbased

paint can be discarded with your regular

trash after drying it by adding paint

hardeners, cat litter or sawdust and leaving

the lid off. A $1 fee, per container, will

be charged for dropping off any waterbased


Franklin County residents can also take

advantage of SWACO’s permanent HHW

collection site at 645 East 8th Ave. (at

Essex Avenue) in Columbus, open

Wednesday through Friday. Visit

www.swaco.org for hours of operation.

Electronic Waste

Throughout the year, residents can drop

off electronics or e-waste at the Jackson

Township Administration Building, 3756

Hoover Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays

except holidays. The list of accepted items

includes: computer components, laptops,

tablets and iPads/PDAs, cell phones, wireless

routers, cable modems, chargers and

cables, VCRs, Dish and Direct TV

receivers, stereos and speakers. Monitors

and TVs are not accepted.

For additional information, visit

GroveCityOhio.gov or call the Jackson

Township offices at 614-875-2742.

community events

group Speak for the Unspoken.

Visit tedberryevents.com to register.

Food Truck Festival

The Heart of Grove City will host its

Food Truck Festival and Shop Hop from 4

to 9 p.m. Sept. 30. Enjoy an evening

strolling and shopping in the historic

Grove City Town Center. Visit the Heart of

Grove City website for additional information.


September 18, 2022 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 5

Mid-Ohio Food Collective gets grant from county

The Franklin County commissioners

recently voted to approve a $2.5 million

grant to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective to

help that organization meet an unprecedented

recent demand for food assistance.

One and a half million dollars of the

grant will be dedicated to direct food purchases

by the Food Collective, and $1 million

will be targeted to support the local

food system infrastructure in Franklin

County. The Mid-Ohio Food Collective

works with a network of 680 partners and

programs to provide more than 170,000

meals each day in central and eastern


“To alleviate hunger, hundreds of thousands

of our Franklin County families rely

on food from the Mid-Ohio Food Collective,”

said board of commissioners president

Erica Crawley. “We are proud to provide

vital resources to the collective in this time

of unprecedented need.”

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic

taxed all community service agencies even

as many of them saw a decline in donations.

As pandemic infections have slowed,

however, demand for food assistance and

other services has remained high and

recent inflation and supply chain challenges

have only made it harder to support

families in need. As the costs of staple food

items have increased, the Mid-Ohio Food

Collective has seen a 15 percent increase in

the number of families seeking its services

so far this year. Those same higher costs

have also taken their toll on agencies’ budgets

and have increasingly left the shelves

bare at the Food Collective and its partner


“Local families are facing what feels like

an unending series of challenges in recent

years, from the pandemic to power outages,

County increases minimum wage

The Franklin County commissioners

passed a resolution authorizing updates to

their employee pay structure, including

raising the minimum pay of their employees

to $17 per hour ($35,360 per year). In

order to address the “wage compression”

that happens when just the lowest pay is

increased, the changes will also include

raising the minimum starting pay in each

of the commissioners’ job classifications,

and tenure raises for long-term employees.

The changes come following a salary and

wage study performed by the national consulting

firm, Clemans Nelson & Associates,

and during what continues to be a tight

labor market.

“As an employer, the Franklin County

Board of Commissioners takes pride in

supporting all our employees. We know our

county could not succeed without our

staff’s valuable contributions,” said board

of commissioners president Erica Crawley.

“Further, we know our employees’ wellbeing

impacts our residents every day as

Franklin County provides vital social services.”

Each board of commissioners job is slotted

into one of 30 tiered pay grades. Under

the updated pay scheme, employees who

are currently paid less than $17 per hour

will see their rate raised to that new

amount. In addition, the minimum hourly

rate for each pay grade will be increased by

$2 per hour or 8 percent, whichever is higher.

Also, employees will receive raises

based on the length of time they’ve been

employed by the county.

“We have the best employees anywhere,”

said commissioner John O’Grady.

“And we’re proud to be a leader in the community

by continuing to pay them an honest

wage for an honest day’s work on behalf

of our residents.”

The commissioners have long worked to

ensure that their employees are paid a fair,

living wage, first establishing an updated

minimum of $13.69 in 2016, and raising it

to $15 per hour several years later. The

county also offers what the commissioners

believe to be the best package of benefits

for any public employer in central Ohio.

“We’re always in competition for

employees with the city of Columbus, our

suburbs, the state of Ohio, Ohio State, and

any number of other large employers,” said

commissioner Kevin Boyce. “It’s important

that we remain competitive so that we can

recruit and retain the best possible teammates

in order to provide the best possible

service to our residents.”

The changes approved apply to nonunion

board of commissioners employees

and will go into effect in September, but

the commissioners have said that they will

work with other county agencies through

the budgeting process to allow them to

offer similar adjustments in their own pay

scales. Any change in pay for union members

(even for a higher salary) must first

receive approval from the bargaining units,

which the commissioners expect this week.

The commissioners’ own salaries are set in

Ohio law and are not affected by the resolution.

For more information on the Franklin

County Board of Commissioners, visit commissioners.franklincountyohio.gov.

community events

Blood drive in Grove City

The American Red Cross will host a

blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in

the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave.

in Grove City. To schedule an appointment,

call 1-800-448-3543 or visit


civil unrest, unemployment, inflation, and

even uncertainty at school,” said commissioner

John O’Grady. “It is incumbent upon

us to see that our weary neighbors have the

resources they need to get by and the support

they need to get ahead.”

Funding for this grant to the Mid-Ohio

Food Collective is made possible by the

American Rescue Plan (ARP), federal legislation

that provides funding for local governments

to help with their own communities’

pandemic recovery. In all, Franklin

County will be receiving about $256 million

in ARP funding, and the commissioners

have created a website for residents to

track how the money is being used in our

community. A year ago, they used ARP

funding to help the Food Collective expand

its facility by adding 19,000 square feet of

additional space, including a 14,000 square

foot freezer and four new climate-controlled

dock doors.

“No family can be successful if their

basic needs aren’t met and no child can

concentrate at school when they’re hungry,”

said commissioner Kevin Boyce. “Last

year, almost 380,000 residents of Franklin

County needed help to put food on their

table; that’s nearly three out of every ten of

our neighbors. No family should be hungry

in our community, and for more than 40

years, the Mid-Ohio Food Collective has

been on the front lines in that fight.”

In addition to the grant funding, representatives

from the Mid-Ohio Food

Collective also received a ceremonial resolution

from the commissioners designating

September as Huger Action Month in

Franklin County. Hunger Action Month is

recognized across the country every

September by food banks in the Feeding

America Network. It is a campaign to raise

awareness about food insecurity and

inform community members about how

they can get involved. This year, the Mid-

Ohio Food Collective’s theme for Hunger

Action Month is “It will take all of us” to

end hunger.

“The Franklin County commissioners

are essential partners in our efforts to end

hunger in central Ohio,” said Matt Habash,

president and CEO of Mid-Ohio Food

Collective. “Their support is helping us connect

families to food at a time when more

Franklin County residents than ever are

facing food insecurity. We are grateful for

the county’s enduring partnership and continue

to ask for the governor and state legislature

to take urgent action to address

record levels of hunger across Ohio.”

In recent years, the Franklin County

commissioners have provided more than

$14 million in support to the Mid-Ohio

Food Collective.

To learn more or find out where your

family can get nutritional support, visit




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Opinion Page


Growth - it is what it is

I’m certain all would agree our area has

seen some incredible growth and change in

recent years. It’s inevitable and we must

all accept and embrace it, if for no other

reason than we have no choice, lest we be

frowned upon and labeled as an out-oftouch

roadblock to the future. As one saying

goes, there is nothing permanent

except change. A less profound modern-day

saying I prefer also sums it up, it is what it


Yes, like it or not, relentless growth and

change is here, and the amount of focus we

continue to see on efforts that keep that

trend moving forward is always in the forefront

and here to stay. You can’t stop it or

get in the way of what’s labeled as

progress, or you’ll literally get run over by

the resulting soaring increase of traffic

we’ve seen. And once you let change move

in, there’s no turning back. It’s a phenomenon

we see going on in countless communities

across the country.

While I’ve never fully understood or

agreed with some of the rationale behind

all the growth impetus, we’re told we must

grow. Admittedly, much of the change has

been good and necessary. So, I’ve come

around and now just try to look the other

way and follow that other saying that tells

me to just roll with the flow, although I still

find myself shaking my head in bewilderment

at some of the latest and greatest

changes and growth announcements.

I wrote about the growth cycle years ago

and pointed out how self-perpetuating it is.

Continuing to relentlessly push it forward

has now almost reached the point of being

an unnatural obsession. We’re told we need

this or that to create more jobs so we can

continue to grow. Communities compete

with others to bring in new jobs, as they try

to secure growth bragging rights, reeling in

big investment by dangling goody packages

that include huge property tax abatements

to entice. There’s a justified place for those,

but too often they’ve become a routine entitlement

expectation of investors and

thrown around like Halloween candy.

The area then sees growth, soon-to-be

Local emergency responders

help to keep a family together

We are writing this letter as a most sincere

thank you to the dedicated firefighters/paramedics

who saved my husband’s

life on March 8.

My husband, Andrew, suffered cardiac

arrest three times and the dedicated team

from Jackson Township Station 204, along

with an assist of two Grove City police officers,

saved his life, getting him to the ER at

Mount Carmel Grove City.

followed by a predictable outcry for even

more growth to financially support all the

new challenging demands and infrastructure

needs each new round of growth

brings with it. It becomes a whirlwind.

What’s that saying, around and around it

goes, where it stops nobody knows?

Along the way there are gains, but I’m

sure we each could come up with our own

list of losses. I sure miss some of the proud

heritage of our football program and the

look of fear we were once able to put into

the eyes of our opponents under the Friday

night lights before our growth explosion

began. Then there are some potential popular

and promising future projects that get

condescending interest and smiles, all eyes

and ears, but then get the patented political

two-step shuffle to the backburner

“until funds become available,” or perhaps

to never be seen again. Meanwhile some

other dubbed projects somehow keep finding

funding to be fast-tracked along. They

will succeed, even if it comes to throwing

good money after bad.

The other day I was walking my skittish

turbo powered dog along one of our once

secondary, now primary, feeder roads from

the south. It was the absolute worst time,

the dreaded commuting hours for schools

and work. Vehicles were lined and backed

up in both directions.

As we trudged along amidst the hubbub

and din of traffic, I began reflecting on how

much the times have changed in our area.

So many of our feeder roads are now routinely

traffic-filled with new housing developments

and businesses springing up further

out of the city in every direction along

with vanishing woodlands, farmlands and

meadows. Growth took off some years ago

and continues to grow by leaps and bounds

in every direction. Some brag about it and

lecture we need to grow more. It is what it


Now past the traffic mess and associated

noise, the dog settled down a bit, and my

mind turned to a disturbing family email I

recently received. It fit right into my

thoughts on change. It’s not just here, it’s

everywhere. The email had news on my

grandparent’s old New England home.

There had been changes, guess we’re to call

it progress. As the saying goes and the

email reinforced, you can never go home

again, everything changes.

The home was built in 1938. My granddad

designed most of it as the personal

touch of features and quality confirmed. If

you sneezed the walls wouldn’t move in

and out or blow off like some of today’s

homes. My grandparents passed some time

ago and the house had to be sold, but it was

built as strong as the memories it generated

and we expected all it to last for many


With the help of my dad, my granddad

put in a huge stonewall around the boundary

lines and landscaped it with spruce

seedlings all around the property line.

They’d already grown tall and filled-in

magnificently when I embarked on the

planet in 1949.

As a little boy I loved visiting that place,

it generated so many wonderful family and

boyhood memories that are still with me

from each Christmas, Thanksgiving, other

holidays and summer vacations. I’d spend

hours exploring and cruising the yard

amidst the fast growing tall spruces. My

grandmother was an avid bird feeder and I

loved to help her. She gave me my love of

birds. She taught me all about them and

how to identify different species. My

favorite remains the slate gray catbird we

fed raisons to, with its always distinctive

nonstop chattering.

In the warm months I’d walk around the

property on top of the stone veneer covered

stonewall looking for chipmunks to appear

from their homes within the rocks. They

became rather ho-hum about my presence,

and I was so excited when I even got one to

eat out of my hand.

As the dog and I moved along, I began to

smile as my thoughts recalled one funny

incident. My grandparents forgot I was

going to drive over after work and spend

the weekend with them. I told them I’d

probably be a bit late, so they agreed to

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The first cardiac arrest occurred in our

living room where the team used the

mechanical CPR machine. With no success,

they used a defibrillator and intravenous

lines to get a heart rhythm. Then using the

incredible CPR machine, they were able to

get his heart working again. I am certain

that the strength of this CPR machine on

my 200-pound husband and the expertise

of the paramedics saved his life, not once,

but three times that night.

The second cardiac arrest occurred in

the ambulance where paramedics managed

Guest Column

Dave Burton

leave the door open.

Well, they forgot I

was coming. The

house was all locked

up and all the lights

off when I arrived.

They’d gone to bed.

Rather than wake

them up, I just got

the hammock out of

the tool shed and tied it up between the big

trees by the shed. I awoke during the night

to find a big raccoon in the hammock with

me, staring me in the eyes. Let’s just say I

abruptly departed the hammock.

On another visit, I took the family dog, a

wirehaired fox terrier with me. I took him

for his bedtime walk along the pitch black,

dark rural street. As we walked, I heard

some rustling in the bushes next to the

roads. I picked up the dog and then

watched as a raccoon and her following kits

came out of the brush. She walked right up

to me, stood on her hind legs and sniffed

my knees, dropped back down and they all

then continued calmly walking away while

the dog and I were not so calmly left trembling.

It was hard enough absorbing the loss

when the house was sold. Now, I had to

digest the email I received. A family member

was on a trip and had driven by and

stopped at the house. Fine, except it wasn’t

there. Seems the new owners recently had

the house razed. A new house now stood on

the lot. Progress, growth, change. Call it

what you want, it’s life and it is what it is.

The house is gone, but the memories will

always be there. You can’t change that.

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers. He

lives in Grove City.

to get a heart rhythm back. He went into

cardiac arrest the third time in the ER

where paramedics and doctors worked to

save his life.

After speaking to one of the nurses at

Mount Carmel who trains in the use of

CPR, she assured me that the CPR

machine is a life-saver. I truly believe that.

I sincerely thank Jackson Township for

purchasing this amazing CPR machine,

which undoubtedly saved my husband’s life

and I’m certain the lives of others as well.

We can’t adequately thank the dedicated

firefighters/paramedics and police officers

who saved my husband’s life. They

remain our heroes and we keep them in our

hearts and prayers. Their families can be

very proud of the work they do and be

aware of the gratitude our entire family

holds for them. Our lives are better

because of them.

Andrew and I were able to celebrate our

45th wedding anniversary in May.

Mary Ellen and Andrew Mazak

Grove City


Harvest Day

Step back in time and enjoy fall traditions,

music, and community as it was in

Ohio during the mid-1800s from noon to 4

p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, during the Old-Time

Harvest Day at Century Village in Fryer

Park, 4185 Orders Road.

The Southwest Franklin County

Historical Society and the city of Grove

City provide an opportunity for families to

connect with the community’s past.

Experience living history with a variety

of demonstrations and exhibits of traditional

crafts and daily chores including

leather tooling, quilting, rope making,

one- and two-man sawing, corn husking,

shelling and grinding, tin smithing, butter

churning and finger knitting.

Plan to experience:

•Costumed re-enactors and period


•The Clover Club 4H group animals.

•Restored and reconstructed historical

buildings including a one-room schoolhouse,

log cabin, general store and barns.

•The Village herb garden, windmill

and antique equipment.

•Metalworking demonstrations on a

traditional forge in the blacksmith shop.

Admission and parking are free.

Donations of non-perishable food items for

the Grove City Food Pantry will be accepted

at this rain-or-shine event.

For more information, visit grovecityohio.gov.

Grove City resident

publishes her first novel

Grove City resident Kelli Milligan Stammen has published

her first novel, “For What It’s Worth,” with J Merrill

Publishing in Columbus.

“For What It’s Worth” is historical fiction/historical

romance drawing readers into the attraction between two

kindred souls, from completely different backgrounds, that

goes through the tumultuous climax of 1968 in New York

City and Vietnam.

Jesse and Becca are at the center of this love story,

which includes their circle of friends and family. All are

flawed heroes in their own right. Through other lovers, the

draft, separation and the casualties of war, Jesse and Becca

fight within themselves and against an environment

unconducive to falling in love to make their way home to

each other.

“For What It’s Worth” is available wherever books are

sold, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and locally at the

Grove City Visitors Center.

This is Stammen’s first full-length novel, but she has

been writing for 30 years. After earning a degree in creative

writing and journalism, she spent the first decade out

of college as a newspaper reporter and editor and another

10 years as an independent contractor/freelance writer.

Currently, Stammen is director of publications for an

organization in the agriculture industry, serving as lead

writer and managing editor for two publications. She is

also the co-author of “Images of Grove City” through

Arcadia Publishing along with Janet Shailer and Laura


September 18, 2022 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Grove City author Kelli Milligan Stammen promotes her new novel

“For What It’s Worth” at the Mid-Ohio Indies Book Fair in August.

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A bi-monthly feature celebrating the

wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens


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Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

for 2023 is October 15th to December 7th, for a

policy effective date of January 1st, 2023.

“We do not offer every plan available in your

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those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact

Medicare.gov or 1-800-Medicare to get information

on all of your options.”

My name is Terri Curcio, I live in Franklin

County, and have over 16 years’ experience in

working with Medicare. You are welcome to contact

me directly at 614-460-0601 or email me at


We can schedule a call, meet face to face or

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I work with several insurance carriers in

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What does “healthy aging” mean?

As Americans live longer and healthier, it’s

great to see an emphasis placed on “healthy

aging” but sometimes we don’t quite get it 100

percent right. In the past, we have made it seem

like staying home and trying (and many times

failing) to remain independent no matter what the

situation was the best option. As our views on

aging progress, we are all learning that a more

supportive living environment helps us live

stronger for longer and maintain our individuality.

Here are some ways a senior living community

assists with “healthy aging.”

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3.More free time enjoying retired life and less

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Senior Services levy

Voters will decide on the proposed

Franklin County Senior Services levy

renewal on Nov. 8.

The proposed five year tax levy renewal

is for 1.75 mills, $0.175 per $100 of valuation,

commencing in 2022. Officials state it

is not a tax increase.

The levy provides funding for Franklin

County Senior Options and its services

A memorial tells the story of your loved ones

to future generations. The experts at Hannigan

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Aim to purchase a memorial before the emotional

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there are memorial options, such as

burying cremains and erecting a monument; creating

a cut-out in a monument and sealing the cremains

inside; or using a decorative urn inside a


“A memorial takes time to complete and place

in the cemetery,” said Chad Sothard, branch manager

of Hannigan Memorials. “We deliver and

install every monument we build, making sure

everything is just right for our customers.”


designed to help seniors remain safely at

home. These services include meals-onwheels,

transportation to doctor appointments,

and emergency response buttons.

The existing senior services levy will

expire at the end of 2022. The senior levy is

the main funding source for Senior Options



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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: President Erica C. Crawley • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce

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.

Franklin County Office on Aging Presents the

3rd Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo

Spencer 4Higher Media LLC, in partnership with The Ohio

Sickle Cell and Health Association, recently announced that

the Franklin County Office on Aging will present the 3rd

Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo on Saturday, Nov. 5,

2022 in Columbus, OH at The Boat House at Confluence


The 3rd Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo is a freeone-of-kind

event that allows caregivers, first responders,

essential workers, parents, grandparents and guardians a

chance to enjoy pampering services like massages, reflexology,

mini manicures and facials. Attendees can also participate

in various health and fitness activities throughout the day,

including yoga, aerobics and line dancing. In addition, various

Lunch and Learn sessions with guest speakers will take

place, and community resources and information from health

care organizations, businesses and government agencies will

also be available onsite.

“The Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo is held on the

first Saturday in November kicking off National Caregivers

Month. This year, we are happy to announce that Franklin

County Office on Aging will serve as our Presenting Sponsor,”

said Brenda D. Spencer, President of Spencer 4Higher

Media LLC and Caring for the Caregiver Expo Creator and

Event Chair. “The Franklin County Office on Aging is a perfect

partner and has supported the Caring for the Caregiver

Expo since its inaugural event in 2019,” continued Spencer.

The Franklin County Office on Aging provides centralized

access to diverse programs and individualized services for

older adults, dependent adults, and their families so they can

preserve their independence and stay in their own home.

Franklin County residents aged 60 and older can access various

programs and services through the agency, as well as

support services for caregivers and kinship families, including

adult day services, durable medical equipment, caregiver

counseling and more.

“We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for the 3rd

Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo,” said Interim Director

Chanda Wingo. “Many caregivers are taking care of a

loved one while also working and being a parent. The long

hours and around the clock care can take a toll on their physical,

mental and emotional well-being. This event is a chance

for them to relax, unwind and recharge so they can continue

providing quality care for those they love,” continued Wingo.

For more information, call (614) 348-2667 or visit


To learn more about Franklin County Senior Options,

visit officeonaging.org or call (614) 525-6200.

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Southwest Public Libraries celebrate a milestone

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

When law enforcement agents, fire

emergency crews, and local government

officials find their way to a party, chances

are something has gone wrong. But in the

case of a recent gathering that took place

at a local library, their presence was an

indication that something had gone completely


On Sept. 10, deputies with the Franklin

County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters with

the Prairie Township Fire Department,

and representatives with the Prairie

Township government assembled alongside

hundreds of community members at

the Westland Area Library in order to celebrate

its 50th anniversary.

“I think it was important for all of us to

be here today so we could give back to this

place that has meant so much to our area,”

said James Jewell, township administrator.

“For five decades, they have been serving

our community so well and we wanted

to show them our support by coming out

and saying thank you by celebrating this

milestone with them.”

Housed within the Lincoln Village Plaza

on West Broad Street, the building opened

on Sept. 10, 1972 under the name “Prairie

Branch” as a small satellite branch of the

Grove City Library. The original design

encompassed 6,000 square feet — a far cry

from the 27,000 square feet of today.

Jewell, a native of the westside, said he

remembers going there often as a child to

check out books and magazines.

“That was all they really had back then,

books and magazines,” he said. “But they

always had the latest Sports Illustrated

which I appreciated.”

Donna Carter, a current member of the

Southwest Public Libraries board of

trustees, said she remembers it being an

excellent source of material for her students.

“I was an educator at Prairie Norton

back then and I would always come into

this library to find material for my children,”

she said. “While much has changed

with the look of the libraries throughout

the times, the commitment from the staff

to find and provide any kind of assistance

needed has never wavered.”

Over the course of five decades, the

library has undergone major renovations —

the first large scale update took place in

1991 when it was expanded, remodeled

and reopened under its current name. The

latest took place in 2019 when the youth

services area was expanded and remodeled

to include new programming space, a sensory

play area, and a new teen space.

Having moved away from the area for

several decades before taking his position

as township administrator, Jewell said

walking into the facility they have now was

like a dream for library supporters like


“It is so different from the building of

the 70’s and it can now offer so much more

for our community.”

Like most libraries, it has thousands of

books and educational materials (including

computers), it offers a number of educational

and entertaining programs for youth

and adults, and it offers skill building services

for job seekers or assistance for those

looking for financial, housing, or emotional


“We really do a lot here at the library,”

said Denise Southworth, the interim assistant

director of the WAL. “This community

is why we are still here today and we have

made it our mission to try to help them

with anything they need. It could be just

help finding a book or learning a new craft,

or it could be something of a more fundamental

need. If they need anything, we will

try to find the resources to improve their


Because of the strong relationship

between the community and the library,

one might think a massive celebration to

commemorate its 50th anniversary would

have been years in the making. Not so said

Meredith Wickham, the director of the


“It almost didn’t happen,” said


The near disaster was discovered in

May when Wickham was reading an email

from local activist and community organizer

David Donofrio. In this message, he

spoke about the history of the community

and the library and inquired as to whether

she had planned a celebration for the

upcoming 50th anniversary.

She had to admit that she had not.

“I couldn’t tell him that we had anything

planned to commemorate this milestone

because I did not know the anniversary

was forthcoming,” she said.

She said the accidental oversight happened

because the grand opening for the

library is listed under its former name on

their website. Having only been the director

for a year and a transplant from

Mississippi to boot, Wickham said she wasn’t

aware of that local history and did not

make the connection in time for extensive

celebratory planning.

“I knew we had to come up with something

fast, but I also know that we have a

wonderful and creative staff who would

help throw an event that is fitting for a

50th anniversary celebration.”

Leading the party planning charge was

Southworth. With the help of the library

staff and assistance from Friends of the

SWPL and members of the Lincoln Village

Residents Association, the team started to

put together a party for the ages.

At the event, the interior of the building

was transformed into a 70’s theme fantasy,

filled with disco balls, pet rock creation stations,

and games and activities from that

era. As music from Bill Foley reverberated

across the stacks, dozens of people lined up

to watch a slideshow with old photos taken

of patrons as they visited the library and

See LIBRARY page 15

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

On Sept. 10, the southwest and the westside community came out to the Westland

Area Library to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a 70’s inspired bash. Shown here

(from left to right) having a bit of fun with the disco ball decorations are Meredith

Wickham, the director of the Southwest Public Libraries, and Denise Southworth, the

interim assistant director of the WAL.

Looking for a small,

friendly church experience? Try

First Presbyterian Church

of Grove City

4227 Broadway, Grove City

Worship Service 10:00 a.m.

In-Person and live Facebook


Free Community Brown Bag Lunch Drive-through

Saturday, September 24th, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Please visit the

Southwest Church

of your choice.

List your Worship

Services here.

For info. call 614-272-5422

Be a Part of Our Local Worship Guide

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

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

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

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

614.272.5422 • kathy@columbusmessenger.com

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Pet Corner

Pets of the week


These furry friends are available

for adoption at local

rescues and shelters

Cosette is a 2-yearold

tabby girl rescued

from a life on the

streets. She is just

purrfect and would

be a great addition to

any family. She is a

very sweet girl.

Cosette is spayed,

microchipped, and

up to date on vaccines. She is up for adoption

through Colony Cats and Dogs.

FYI: colonycats.org

Woody is a shepherd

mix who is

about 4 months old.

He has a wonderful

personality and is a

good listener. He is

working on crate and

house training.

Woody loves to play

with other dogs and

is also good with

cats. He would be an

ideal family pet. Adopt Woody from Colony

Cats and Dogs.

FYI: colonycats.org

Elroy is a couch

potato. If you like the

easy life, Elroy could

be your perfect

match. He is a laid

back dog who enjoys

long naps, watching

movies, curling up on

laps, and walking

very short distances

from the couch to the food bowl and back.

Elroy is up for adoption at the Franklin County

Dog Shelter.

FYI: franklincountydogs.com

Pandie is a sweet but

shy guy looking for

his forever home. He

gets along with other

cats, as long as the

cats are calm. He

would do well in a

quiet home. He’s FIV

positive, but don’t let

that worry you. FIV

cats can live long, normal lives with proper

care. He is a very quiet cat when he’s content,

quietly sneaking up beside you to sleep or for

pets. He’s a very special boy who has lived a

hard life, but he is ready for a loving indoor

only home. Adopt him from Friends for Life

Animal Haven.

FYI: fflah.org

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Local artist Ted Scherer proudly

displays the latest wood carving

creation to his expansive outdoor

showcase at the American

Legion Don Gentile Post 532,

located at 5171 Demorest Road.

For more than a year, the resident

of the westside has been

carving mostly military-inspired

creations out of felled trees at

this location to pay homage to

the men and women who served

in the United States Armed

Forces. He said he was given

free reign with this piece and

decided he wanted to honor the

time he served in the Army’s

Airborne Division (1969-71). He

joked that the reason why he

made this Corcoran boot the

focal point was because he

wanted to draw attention to the

“greatest piece of footwear the

military ever had.” Scherer has

four pieces on display at the

American Legion Don Gentile

Post 532, all located within

proximity to the shelter house

closest to the parking lot.

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Grove City


We are the


in Grove City


Continued from page 13

Pick-Up At

These Locations:

Village Municipal Building

3492 1st Ave. Urbancrest

Sheetz Gas Station - Broadway & Centerpoint

Turkey Hill - Broadway & Centerpoint

Speedway Gas Stateion - Boardway & I-270

Shell Gas Station - Broadway & I-270

United Dairy Farmers - Broadway & Southwest

CVS Pharmacy - Broadway & Southwest

Speedway Gas Station - Broadway & Southwest

Grove City Library - 3959 Broadway

Planks on Broadway - Broadway & Park St.

Mobile Gas Station - Broadway & Paul St.

Ernies Carry-Out - Broadway & Paul St.

BP Gas Station - Stringtown & Hoover

Krogers - Stringtown & Hoover

Walgreen’s - Stringtown & McDowell

CVS Pharmacy - Stringtown & McDowell

Drug Mart - Stringtown & McDowell

Speedway Gas Station - Stringtown & I-71

Dollar General - 3065 Broadway

Southwest Community Center

4500 1st Ave. Urbancrest

Kroger - Hoover & Route 665

Meijer - 665 & Hoover

Circle K - 665 & I-71

CVS Pharmacy - 665 & Hoover

Dollar General - 665 & Hoover

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The pet rock decoration table was a hit

with children and adults alike. Here,

Grove City resident Theresa Myers displays

the number of new pet rocks she

created. Myers is a member of the

Friends of the Southwest Public


families as they attended festivals outside

of the plaza.

Listening to the recollections and

watching their reactions was Donofrio, the

community member who sent that celebration

inquiry to Wickham in late spring.

Donofrio is not originally from the area,

but he has lived on the westside for a number

of years. He said he was overjoyed to

see this place that has been making a positive

impact on the community for five

decades celebrated.

“I believe a library is the heart of a community,

just like a school,” he said.

He commended the staff for putting

together such a groovy event and added he

was grateful they reached out to local organizations

for their ideas and input on this

milestone celebration.

While smiles and laughter were found

all throughout the library that day, perhaps

the biggest displays of delight came

from Wickham and Southworth and the

library team who worked quickly and tirelessly

to throw such a festive event.

“I’m looking at all of these smiling

faces, all these people having fun, and I’m

happy with the way things turned out,”

said Southworth.

She added that while she will probably

not be able to plan the 100th anniversary

celebration in 2072, she believes another

party will take place because the library

and its connection with the people will

only grow stronger throughout the years.

“We are here for each other, and I hope

we always will be.”

PAGE 16 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER -- September 18, 2022

There is a scene in the movie “Maneater” where a character is knocked unconscious

and drifts away into the ocean after being hit in the head by a shark fin. Under normal

circumstances, this could have elicited deep sadness or a sharp burst of laughter depending

on the context of the material, but in real time all I could summon was a sense of envy

because this person was able to escape the banality of this film whereas I still had a halfan-hour

to go.

It is important for me to note that I did not start watching this creature feature with

any hint of disdain in my heart, nor did I view it as an opportunity to brush up on my sass

and snark skills. I always try to keep an open mind about the movies I will be watching

and reviewing, but I have to admit I had an inkling this might not be an award-winner.

After all, you can only expect so much with a plot that revolves around a lone shark that

“hunts” a group of people on vacation.

Sense of unease aside, I wanted to give it a chance to see what it had to offer in terms

of acting, directing, writing, cinematography, or, you know, entertainment value. Well, it

turns out it does not offer much as a whole besides the sense of relief you will feel when

the final credits start to roll.

With its plot and the, ahem, talent of its cast, “Maneater” would have been much better

served had it embraced complete stupidity. There are plenty of movies out there who do

this — “Piranha 3D” and “Sharknado” are classic examples of

campy horror comedies that come immediately to mind — and its

writer and director, and its primary and secondary cast, should

have wrapped their arms around it and just had so much fun.

Instead, writer and director Justin Lee and its primary and secondary

cast all treat this as a much more serious affair — or at least

I think that’s what they were going for. This film is so bad that it

is really hard to tell what they wanted to do, other than go to

Hawaii, that is. (Not that I blame them for that.)

It starts somewhat promising with a scene that takes place with

an underwater diver exploring a cave. Then, just as they are getting

comfortable with their bearings, a decent animatronic shark

whips around a dark corner and makes mincemeat out of his body.

The suit, inexplicably, fares much better.

Having set up a sense of danger and intrigue, the film then tries

to get the audience to care about the core cast of characters. It sets

up a sob story with its lead, Jessie (played by Nikky Whelan), who

was dumped shortly before her wedding, and a rally story with her

friends, who are trying to cheer her up by going on a group vacation.

Despite forlornly looking at her engagement ring and sighing a

lot, she agrees to do every activity they want to do, including taking

a trip to a secluded cove where there are dolphins a plenty. But

what they do not know is that these waters are being “stalked” by

a man-eating shark and it apparently has them in its sights.

Maybe it was paid to do so by the fiancé, or his family who never

liked her anyway?

Attempting to give this Z-movie a B-movie action hero is country

music star Trace Adkins, who plays a rugged islander named

Harlan. Weeks prior to the main group’s arrival, Harlan’s daughter

was killed by this “rogue shark” and he has made it his mission

to track and kill his nemesis. Like most of this movie, I’m not sure

what he was going for, but I don’t think it bodes well for his upcoming

stint as one of the leads in the Fox television series “Monarch.”

Anyway, with a hat full of shark teeth and vest full of shells, he

goes out to trap the shark and maybe play rescue to a group of

friends in distress. If he isn’t too late, that is. Personally, you won’t

care much about the characters because they are so poorly developed

it will be hard to remember their faces

or names.

Although I can be quite the movie snob

(and I don’t mean to sound like one with Dedra Cordle

this review), I am not above liking a dumb

movie (see the classic examples of campy

horror listed above because I genuinely love those) but there has to

be another contributing factor to make it likeable, loveable, or even

watchable. Besides a few cool shots of the island and a few funny

and oddly edited throwaway scenes of cliff divers diving right into

the mouth of the leaping shark, this film has nothing truly going

for it. It’s not full of intriguing drama, relationship strife, or even

planned absurdity. It is just dull and a complete waste of time and

a waste of an opportunity to be something on the right side of entertainingly stupid.

Grade: F

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.


In Entertainment

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or 614-863-9912



Handyman Remodeling

Over 35 yrs exp.

Larry 614-376-7006






Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall


Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117

A Job Well Done Again

A lic. General Contractor

Some Skilled Services

Incl: Painting • Stucco,


Drainage & Home Maint.

Call Today! 614-235-1819



“Plumbing & Drain Professional

That You Can Count On”

24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week

No Overtime Charges

24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &

Drain Cleaning Field

Call For A Free Phone Estimate

$100.00 For Any Small Drain


30% OFF with AD

Classified Services



Charlies Handyman


Over 40 yrs. exp.

Hot Water Tanks

Door Locks

Kitchen Remodels

Roofmg * Siding

Bathrooms and more!



MultiCraft Const.

& Handyman Services

All Types Handyman Services:

Decks, Fences


Window/doors installed

Interior Painting

Drywall Repairs

All Types of Flooring

Call/Text 614-774-2923


Debris/brush removal,

mowing, landscaping




Family Owned

Serving Central Ohio

Since 2004

Bed & Yard Maint.

Weeding, Mulching, etc.

Hedge/Shrub Trimming

*Stump Removal


Insured - Free Est.

10/9 A

9/25 A





Full Service

Lawn Care

Start with Trust!!


The Lawn Barber

Cut, Trim, Blow away

Hedge Trimming, Edging




Full Service Lawn Care

•Tree/Shrub Trimming

•Mulching •Tree Removal






Painter Over 30 Yrs. Exp.

Free Est. Reas. Rates

Daniel - 614-226-4221


All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any small drain

$145. 614-778-2584



Exp. Expert Plumbing

New Const. & Fast Repairs

Lic. - Permit Available

Water • Sewer • Gas


10/9 W/GC/M

9/25 A&M

10/9 A









Textured Ceilings






K&L Spa Cleaning

Hot Tub Cleaning and

Weekly Maintenance

Keith 614-316-9809


Bates & Sons

Soft Wash & Powerwash

5 ★ Google Reviews



Any house wash $149+tax

Single deck $69+tax

2 Tier deck $99+tax

Best Wash in Town

Over 45,000 washes

Ashley 614-771-3892




BBB “A+” Rating

All Types of Roof Repairs

• New Roof Installation

• Flashing

• Chimneys Rebuilt

• Flat Roof Specialist

• Roof Replacement

avail. upon request

All Work Guaranteed


Free Estimates



REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

service. Clean, oil, adjust

in your home. $49.95 all

work gtd. 614-890-5296



Trimming, Removal &

Stump Grinding.


Warren Brewer Tree Service

• Tree Removal

• Tree Trimming 9/11


• Stump Grinding

• Bucket Truck Services

Best Prices • Same Day Service




Family Owned

Serving Central Ohio

Since 2004


Insured - Free Est.

9/25 A&M

10/9 W/SW

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0% Interest

NO Payments

On New Equipment

as well as repairs over $500.

**With Credit Approval

Serving Central Ohio For Over 30 Years





Call NOW for

details, and to

schedule your

FREE replacement


(614) 224-HEAT




OH Lic # 15596

• 24/7 Emergency Service

• Discount Memberships

• Expert Technicians

• Multi-Point Inspections



Only $


Not valid with other offers.

With Coupon.

Expires 10/31/22

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