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January 29 - February 11, 2023 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIX, No. 15
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By Dedra Cordle
Cleo the English Mastiff was in bad
Her body kept shaking, she had
stopped eating, and she seldom let anyone
get near her.
Although she was just a concerned
neighbor and not her animal guardian,
“Liz” could not stand to see this once
strong and playful pooch become an emaciated
shell of old herself. She knew that
action needed to be taken.
Without judgement, Liz reached out to
Cleo’s human companion, a single mother
who had fallen on hard financial times.
She told Liz she wanted to do something
for her sick dog but knew she could not
afford the hundreds of dollars in veterinary
bills needed to diagnose and treat
this mysterious ailment.
Working together, they found a small
non-profit organization in the region that
offered one-time grants to help animal
guardians offset some of, if not all of, the
cost of veterinary treatment in order to
keep humans and their pets together and
to prevent unnecessary euthanasia.
They quickly filled out an application
with Bo Paws-It-Forward and hoped for
the best. At the time the application went
through, the small non-profit had only
been active for a few weeks but the volunteer
staff of a handful of family members
worked quickly to make veterinary care
accommodations for Cleo.
X-rays soon revealed that there was a
Amanda Travis, co-founder and executive director of Bo Paws-It-Forward, is pictured
here with Bo, the inspiration behind her non-profit organization.
massive blockage that kept her from eating.
The contents of the blockage consisted
of plastic bags and a few diapers.
With the obstructions successfully
removed, Cleo’s guardian allowed Liz to
adopt the dog. Liz said she felt it was befitting
to change her name to “Halo” because
she had so many angels looking out for
One of the heavenly creatures who
played a major role in her second chance
at life was a fellow English Mastiff named
Bo Ogopogo Travis. Although he was not
alive when Halo had her brush with death,
the kindness of his soul is what prompted
his guardians to establish the non-profit in
“I thought just because he is no longer
living does not mean he cannot continue to
make an impact on this world,” said
Amanda Travis, co-founder and executive
director of Bo Paws-It-Forward.
When Bo came into her life nearly
seven years ago, she was not looking to
bring another animal into her household.
Still reeling from a series of losses that
included cats that had been with her since
childhood, a 14-year-old English Mastiff
named Sequoia who elicited so much joy
with her goofy antics, and a number of
hospice pets she cared for as a volunteer at
See NON-PROFIT page 2
approved in Prairie
By Christine Bryant
Prairie Township has approved its
annual agreement for police coverage with
the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
At the Jan. 11 meeting, trustees authorized
the 2023 contract with the police
agency for $90,655 per month. As part of
the contract, costs cannot exceed $1.15 million
in total for the year should any unanticipated
expenses occur. In 2022, the
township paid $86,868 per month. Last
year’s contract stated costs could not
exceed $1.094 million.
The roughly 4 percent fee increase was
expected, township administrator James
Jewell told the trustees, as many agencies
are experiencing surges in operational
See PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP page 3
Pets of the Week .................. 6
The Reel Deal ........................ 16
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a local rescue organization, she did not feel ready to
open herself back up to the prospect of having to say
goodbye to another beloved member of her family.
“I just didn’t think I had it in me to do it again,” she
When her husband, Buddy, started to toss around
the idea of adding a new dog into their small pack, she
tried her best to rid him of the thought. In hindsight,
she said his refusal to listen allowed her to open her
heart in ways she never could have imagined.
“Sometimes your spouse knows what is best for
you,” said Amanda.
In October of 2016, Amanda met Bo for the first
time and immediately fell in love.
At 6-weeks old, Bo was already a “gangly” boy with
unique features. He had a long ski-slope nose, a protruding
lip, and an underbite so big you could stick
your fingers in-between his top and bottom teeth.
Amanda noted that it just allowed him to show off a
few more of his superpowers, such as the ability to
slobber all over the place.
When she held him in her arms, however, she was
overcome with the strangest sensation.
“Something told me that we wouldn’t be together
long,” she said.
Throughout her life, she has held hundreds of animals
in her arms. Growing up on an acreage of land
just outside of London, the Russell family had cats,
dogs, guinea pigs, a pot-bellied pig, mice, and a minihorse
courtesy of her sister’s involvement in 4-H.
When Amanda and Buddy Travis moved to Columbus,
they raised even more animals in their apartment and
eventually their current home in Pickerington. She
said not once had a thought similar to the one she had
when she held Bo crossed her mind.
“It was surreal and I thought I was going crazy, but
I trusted it,” she said. “I swore that we would love him
as hard as we could for as long as we could.”
And that is what she and Buddy did.
For nearly three-and-a-half years, they provided Bo
with as much love as they could give. In turn, he gave
them as much love as he could give by reminding them
of the simple joys in life and the need to reach out and
make connections. His friendly and caring spirit even
extended to every other human and animal he met —
including the fellow canines in his day care classes who
may have been intimidated by his size.
Amanda said they were lucky to have this “gentle
giant” in their lives — and extremely fortunate that she
and Buddy could afford to pay for his care.
Like many large dog breeds, Bo was diagnosed with
Wobbler Syndrome, a neurological disease that affects
their spine in the neck region. Because his activity levels
at the day care were so high, the muscles he developed
through play masked his condition until it was
too advanced to be treated surgically. Amanda estimates
they spent over $15,000 paying for hydrotherapy,
laser therapy, acupuncture, and anti-inflammatory
drugs to help his disease from progressing further.
“And that was with pet insurance,” she said.
Despite his disease, Bo never gave any indication
that he was in pain or that anything else was amiss.
But when she and Buddy found Bo hiding in the hallway
in July of 2020 unable to move freely, they knew
something was seriously wrong.
An $8,000 exploratory procedure at the emergency
animal hospital discovered that not only did Bo have a
rupture in the lining of his stomach but he also had
small nodules that they believed to be cancerous. The
doctors said even if they could repair the stomach lining
and even with a course of cancer treatments, they
put the chances of a successful recovery at less than 10
“We didn’t want that
for him, for him to go
through that and to be
in pain all of the time,”
said Amanda. “So we
had to make the hardest
decision of our lives.”
Even though pandemic
in place, they were able
to come inside the hospital
to tell Bo how much
he touched their lives
and to kiss his sweet,
slobbery face one last
In the midst of her grief, Amanda latched on to an
idea to start a non-profit organization to honor his
memory. She said his gentle spirit had always been so
inspiring to her and Buddy and they wanted to do
something to ensure that his kindness lives on even
after his death.
By the end of the year, Bo Paws-It-Forward was
granted tax exempt non-profit status. Initially, the
organization was to help lower income families who
had large breeds in the Pickerington area offset the
cost of basic needs and surgeries if necessary. Then the
idea expanded to most dogs in the Columbus area, and
then cats throughout the state. Then came an application
from a pet parent in Florida who needed assistance
after the pandemic threw a wrench in her financial
“Bo Paws-It-Forward has evolved and gone far
beyond what I ever imagined,” said Amanda. “I
couldn’t be happier with this turn of events and I hope
we are able to continue evolving and serving.”
Due to the generosity of local animal groups, care
clinics, and animal lovers throughout the country, as
well as fundraising drives from businesses such as
Germain Toyota of Columbus, Bo Paws-It-Forward has
been able to help dozens of dogs and cats with medicine
or surgeries and saved hundreds of dollars in medical
care cost for their partners. They have even prevented
unnecessary euthanasia and pet-guardian separation,
a primary goal of the organization.
There are currently three one-time grants offered at
the non-profit for guardians facing hardship: the
Giselle Grant, which has a maximum award of $200
that covers the cost of vaccines, heartworm testing,
spay/neuter, microchip and dental procedures; the Bo
Grant, which has a maximum award of $500 (or on a
case-by-case basis) and covers non-basic medical costs
such as surgeries, physical therapies, and procedures;
and the Elwood Grant, which has an average award of
$200 and covers the cost of approved, professional veterinary
In addition to the grants, Bo Paws-It-Forward also
offers pet loss support services and is in the process of
creating a service for veterinarians who are struggling
with mental health issues.
“Our mission here is to offer support and resources
to those who need it and we will do so with empathy
and without judgment,” said Amanda. “That is the way
Bo loved, that is the way all dogs love, and that is what
we will always strive to be. All we want to do is continue
to be worthy of his kindness and to make him
proud. I like to think that he would be.”
For more information on Bo Paws-It-Forward,
including applications, eligibility requirements, or how
to donate, visit bopawsitforward.org. They are also on
Facebook and Instagram at Bo Paws-It-Forward.
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Commissioners discuss rezoning proposal to build apartments
By Hannah Poling
Commissioners discussed a rezoning
proposal that would add apartments and
possibly result in a land donation to the
city of Columbus.
The issues was debated at the Jan. 18
Westland Area Commission meeting.
The owners of the property at 795
Galloway Road, located at the northwest
corner of Galloway and Hall roads, are
looking to rezone the current farmland to
make way for multi-family housing and
commercial use. According to Mike McKay,
this month’s zoning committee meeting
was packed with about 50 individuals who
wanted to discuss the proposal.
According to McKay, the owners want to
place 552 apartments on the property plus
a commercial aspect which may be either a
gas station or a carry-out.
“It was a good discussion. A lot of neighbors
showed up and expressed their concerns
and gave their feedback,” McKay
The proposal calls for more than 500
apartment units on 35 acres, which has
caused concerns about density and traffic.
According to McKay, if the rezoning
request is approved, the property owner
would donate 123 acres of current farmland
to the city parks and recreation
department. Under the park plan, most of
it is buildable land but there are a lot of
restrictions to building as the land is located
within the Big Darby Accord.
The Big Darby Accord was developed to
provide a proactive approach to managing
development and ensuring the protection
and improvement of water quality and
aquatic habitat in the Big Darby Creek
O’Grady to serve as president
The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners selected John O’Grady to
serve as president of the board for 2023.
O’Grady was first elected to the board in
2008 and previously served as president in
2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2020, so this is
his fourth term of office and his sixth stint
as board president.
Each year, the commissioners select one
of their own to serve as president of the
board, overseeing the body’s weekly general
session and briefing meetings. The board
president also serves as spokesperson for
the board of commissioners at community
events, meetings, and during media interviews.
The board of commissioners is the
administrative arm of Franklin County,
directly overseeing 14 county agencies and
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setting the more-than $2 billion budget for
the entire Franklin County government.
“I am humbled to have been chosen by
my colleagues to lead our board again this
year and am looking forward to an exciting
and productive 2023,” said O’Grady. “I’m
looking forward to advancing our efforts on
affordable housing, workforce development,
child care, education, and transportation
and broadband infrastructure.”
The Franklin County Board of
Commissioners meets in general session
each Tuesday at 9 a.m., and for weekly
briefing meetings at 9 a.m. on Thursdays.
All meetings are open to the public.
Meeting and login information can be
found at commissioners.franklincountyohio.gov/public-meetings.
“We did anticipate the rates going up,”
he said. “There was a new contract with
the sheriff’s department and fuel costs
going up, so we did budget enough to cover
In other news, the trustees also
approved the purchase of four radar feedback
signs that the township will use to
encourage speed reduction along two township
The township will place two signs along
Fernhill Avenue and two signs along South
Grener Avenue, Jewell said.
“Speeding has been a recurring issue in
these areas and we hope the addition of
these signs will reduce drivers’ speeds,” he
The solar-power signs will cost $5,750
each, for a total cost of $23,000. The price
includes the costs associated with installation,
The meeting also included several annual
organizational measures, including
trustees’ roles on the board. Doug
Stormont will once again serve as the
board chair in 2023, with Cathy Schmelzer
returning as board vice chair.
The board also approved Matt Powers to
serve as fire marshal this year, as well as
the continued employment of Floyd
Cochran at the Galloway and Alton cemeteries
and the Galloway Road Sports
Complex. Cochran opens and closes the
facilities every day.
The law firm, Brosius, Johnson &
Griggs, will continue representing the
township for various matter this year.
Trustees approved two annual membership
renewals at the board meeting as well
- the Coalition of Large Ohio Urban
Townships (CLOUT) in the amount of $200
and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning
Commission (MORPC) in the amount of
just over $10,645.
“What the city does with it is up in the
air. It is unclear what will go on,” McKay
Parks and recreation committee chair
Janet Cahill questioned if the donated
property could be utilized to build a longdesired
recreation center on the westside.
“We have this carrot that they are dangling
here in 123 acres. But would they
give us a guarantee that if we approve this,
they will promise that they will use it for
something to better the community?” asked
McKay said the temptation of the donated
property is not worth approving the proposal
due to the density and traffic issues
the building could cause.
The property owners declined to ask for
a vote at this time and it will be acted on at
a future meeting.
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advertise for bids for a contract to replace the partition
walls at Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods Elementary
School. The scope of the project will include the replacement
of the partition walls and doors in the buildings with
masonry walls and solid doors to improve air quality in the
According to district officials, the project to reconfigure
space at the two elementary school buildings is budgeted
at $3 million. Should the district receive and award
a bid for the project soon, the upgrades will likely
take place during the summer months when students
and staff are not in the building.
The reconfiguring of space at these two elementary
school buildings was a part of the district’s initial
infrastructure plan to determine how the third
allocation of federal dollars would be spent.
Treasurer Hugh Garside said the district received
an allocation of $61.5 million through the third
phase of the American Rescue Plan and The
Elementary and Secondary School Elementary
Relief Fund (ARP-ESSER).
Under the federal guidelines to access these dollars,
20 percent of those funds had to be put aside
to implement learning loss objectives caused by the
COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the district has
spent nearly $12.3 million to combat learning loss
by hiring additional counselors, intervention specialists,
social workers and student support
liaisons; offering online tutoring services; building
a more robust summer school program; providing
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
will receive $48 million in federal grant dollars over
the next three years to support and increase access to
quality early childhood care and education. The
Preschool Development Grant - Birth to Five comes
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Administration for Children and Families.
“The largest group of Ohioans living in poverty are
children aged 5 and under,” said DeWine. “This grant
allows Ohio to better serve these children by creating
stronger cross program coordination and higher quality
programming in publicly funded childcare, public
preschools, early intervention and home visiting that
form a strong foundation for successful learning.”
ODJFS is partnering with the Ohio Departments of
Chromebooks to all students; and partnering with organizations
such as the YMCA of Central Ohio to provide social
and emotional needs for students.
The ESSER III dollars have also been utilized to make
infrastructure upgrades within the district. In addition to
the planned reconfiguring of space at Buckeye Woods and
Darby Woods, other projects include HVAC renovations at
the intermediate schools, Central Crossing High School,
and the South-Western Career Academy; an addition to
classrooms at Hayes Intermediate; sound and lighting
upgrades at the high school auditoriums, additional classroom
space at SWCA, and various chiller replacements.
Evan Debo, the district’s executive director of communications,
said most of these projects are currently underway.
“The Career Academy’s new event center expansion is
on pace to be completed in 2024,” he wrote in an email. “As
for the HVAC work, parts of Hayes Intermediate’s HVAC
renovation is also underway. The remaining phases of
these projects will take place once students are out of
school over the summer months. While we are optimistic
that the HVAC work might be completed over the summer,
continued supply chain issues may affect that anticipatory
Debo said the district currently has $8.51 million
remaining to be encumbered. He added that approximately
half of this is to be used for the remaining construction
projects not yet contracted while the remaining funds will
be used to address additional learning loss objectives.
Grant provides access to early education
Education; Health; Mental Health and Addiction
Services; Medicaid; and Developmental Disabilities to
administer the grant programs which will focus on:
•Increasing access and family engagement in early
childhood care and education.
•Expanding of child care for those with special
needs, English language learners, and those experiencing
•Creating long-term and sustainable local, state,
and federal funding for early childhood education programs.
•Expanding marketing and outreach to increase
family awareness of their potential eligibility and
access to child care options.
•Preparing early childhood care and education professionals
with culturally appropriate trauma training,
credentialing, and parent supports.
•Making sure family members and
other caretakers are key partners in grant
activities, policy development, and new initiatives.
“The plans for this grant are expansive,”
said ODJFS Director Matt Damschroder.
“It will fund a needs assessment to determine
the best way to provide safe and
enriching early child care and education for
young children with physical disabilities
and emotional needs. It will also address
workforce needs, family engagement, and
the impact of trauma on the mental health
of children, all to help them achieve their
The grant application details are available
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Culture pass program now
includes music and dance
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
has partnered with BalletMet and the
Columbus Symphony to make a select
number of passes available for library customers
to check out for free.
One BalletMet Culture Pass will be
available at each of CML’s 23 locations
beginning two weeks before each performance
during the 2023 season. Each pass is
valid for up to two people (children or
adults). Ten Columbus Symphony Culture
Passes will be available at each library
location beginning two weeks before each
performance during the 2023 season. Each
pass is valid for one adult (children under
16 are free). Passes are valid for
Masterworks performances only.
CML offers its cardholders free admission
to select central Ohio cultural institutions.
The Culture Pass program enables
library customers to borrow passes just as
they would a book: using their library card.
This one-time pass, which must be checked
out in person, grants customers limited
free access to institutions that would otherwise
charge admission fees.
For more information, visit columbuslibrary.org/culture-pass.
CML piloted the program in 2018, offering
culture passes to Franklin Park
Conservatory and the Wexner Center for
the Arts. Since then, CML has worked to
expand the number of participating organizations.
“With the help of our community partners,
we’re working to expose all central
Ohioans to the many renowned cultural
gems we are fortunate to have at our
doorstep,” said CML Chief Community
Engagement Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “As
a public library, our role is to ensure equal
access to all, and that goes well beyond
“I think our art deserves to be shared
with as wide an audience as possible,” said
Columbus Symphony clarinetist Mark
Kleine. “The arts have the ability to
strengthen and speak to all corners of society,
regardless of the repertoire or the
Current participating cultural organizations:
•BalletMet: Passes available at all CML
Hilltop Legal Clinic
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus will
host a Hilltop Legal Clinic every Monday
from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbus
Metropolitan Library Hilltop Branch, 511
S. Hague Ave. in Columbus. A legal aid
attorney will be available to answer questions
regarding landlord and tenant issues,
public benefits, consumer debt, and family
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•Columbus Clippers: Passes available
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•Columbus Museum of Art: Passes
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•Columbus Symphony: Passes available
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•Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Passes
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•Franklin Park Conservatory: Passes
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•National Veterans Memorial and
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•Ohio History Center: Passes available
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•Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus
Museum of Art: Passes available at all
The Culture Pass program offers each
participating institution the opportunity to
select which specific CML locations will
offer their passes based on the neighborhoods
and communities associated with
their outreach, diversity and inclusion
goals. Therefore, Culture Passes are only
available for in-person customer checkout
at the specific CML locations listed above.
Culture passes cannot be reserved like traditional
library items. However, customers
can check their availability at columbuslibrary.org
by typing “Culture Pass” into the
catalog search bar.
Each participating organization offers
their passes to CML and its customers for
free. CML does not purchase passes as it
does with traditional library materials.
Each organization sets its own rules for
how many individuals are covered under
its passes and on which days the passes
will be honored. Partner organizations also
set the number of passes allotted to each
designated CML location.
a gross household income below 200 percent
of the Federal Poverty Level. For more
information, call Legal Aid at 614-241-
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Pets of the week
Whitney is an older
diva (12 years old)
who is looking for a
quiet home where
she is the main
attraction. She is shy
with new people but
once she gets comfy,
she will make a great
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enjoys bird watching
and lots of scratches. She would do best as
an only cat because she prefers to be the star
of the house. She would also prefer a home
without children. Adopt Whitney from Friends
for Life Animal Haven.
Annie Tanny is
about 3 months old.
She came to the rescue
group as part of
a litter of eight from a
high kill shelter in
West Virginia. Annie
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loves attention and
cuddles. She is a
very good listener.
Annie loves to play
with other puppies and is learning to be
respectful of cats. She is crate trained,
spayed and current on vaccines. Annie is up
for adoption through Colony Cats and Dogs.
Dog license renewal runs
through March 31
Dog license renewal season is under
way, and licenses are now available for
purchase without penalty at the auditor’s
The dog license renewal period will run
through March 31, an extension of two
months to increase the rate of licensing. As
in past years, licenses may be purchased at
doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov, or at
the auditor’s office license counter, 373 S.
High St., 21st Floor in downtown
Columbus. The counter is open Monday
through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One-year, three-year, and permanent
dog licenses can be purchased through
March 31. After the deadline, the cost to
purchase a license doubles.
The office will also offer licensing at
expanded locations across the county,
including at pet vaccination clinics, the
Franklin County Dog Shelter, and at other
In addition to being required by state
law, dog licensing ensures that a dog has
been vaccinated against rabies, which is
required in Franklin County. It also
Bluebell is a sweet
cat who is eager to
find a forever home.
This 1-year-old is
good with other cats
and good with dogs.
Bluebell would be a
great addition to any
family. Stop by the
Pet Supplies Plus
location on Lane
Avenue to meet this
Hilda is 6 years old
and would be excited
to go to a home with
a family who can continue
also fully understanding
that on some
days, Hilda may prefer
to stay home
news and notes
These furry friends are available
for adoption at local
rescues and shelters
while snuggled up on
the couch. Hilda has done well with the children
she has interacted with. She is great on
a leash and is house trained. Adopt her from
the Franklin County shelter.
ensures any lost dog is returned quickly to
their owners. License fees help support the
Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption
for more information.
After school snacks
at local libraries
Columbus Metropolitan Library has
once again partnered with Children’s
Hunger Alliance to provide after-school
snacks for children ages 1-18 at several of
its locations including:
• Franklinton Branch: Monday -
Saturday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Hilltop Branch: Monday - Friday:
3:15-3:45 p.m. and Saturday: 2:15 - 2:45
These locations were selected for the
meal program based on student need. A
typical super-snack provided by Children’s
Hunger Alliance consists of a fruit, vegetable,
protein, grain and milk.
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January 29, 2023 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 7
A bi-monthly feature celebrating the
wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens
Benefits of getting older
Seniors are a rapidly growing segment
of the population. With so many people living
longer, it’s time to celebrate the perks
of getting older rather than the drawbacks.
Here are some benefits to growing old.
•Higher self-esteem: The insecurities of
youth give way as one ages, and older people
have less negativity and higher selfesteem.
Qualities like self-control and
altruism can contribute to happiness.
•Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to
discounts on meals, museum entry fees,
movies, and other entertainment if they’re
willing to disclose their ages. Discounts are
available through an array of venues if one
speaks up. Seniors also can enjoy travel
perks, with slashed prices on resorts, plane
tickets and more.
•Reasoning and problem-solving skills:
Brain scans reveal that older adults are
more likely to use both hemispheres of
their brans simultaneously something
called bilateralization. This can sharpen
•Less stress: As people grow older, they
are able to differentiate their needs from
wants and focus on more important goals.
This can alleviate worry over things that
are beyond one’s control. Seniors may realize
how little the opinions of others truly
mean in the larger picture, thereby feeling
less stress about what others think of
Growing older may involve gray hair or
wrinkling skin, but there are many positive
things associated with aging.
The Ohio Department of Development and
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging want to
remind senior citizens in Ohio that assistance is
available to help with their home energy bills.
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent of the federal
poverty guidelines pay their heating bills.
Applied directly to the customer’s utility or
bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage heating
costs. Senior citizens may go to their local
Area Agency on Aging office for help with
assembling the required documents and completing
their HEAP application. Senior citizens may
also visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply
online or to download a copy of the application.
When applying, individuals need to have
copies of the following documents: most recent
utility bills, a list of all household members
(including birth dates and Social Security numbers),
proof of income for the past 30 days for all
household members (12 months for certain
income types), proof of U.S. citizenship or legal
residency for all household members, and proof
of disability (if applicable). HEAP benefits are
applied to an individual’s energy bill after
January 1st. Applications for the HEAP program
must be received by May 31, 2023.
For more information or assistance with
applying for a HEAP benefit, contact Andy
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Hilltop History & Heritage
This photo dated Feb. 14, 1970 shows (from left to right) Roger Germany of the
Hilltop Civic Council, Mayor Jack Sensenbrenner, Cliff Tyree, and two unidentified
women with a large donation raised for the Burton family. A fire on Jan. 30, 1970
tragically killed four of the five Burton children. The council collected donations for
the family. Jack Sensenbrenner, a longtime Hilltop resident, served as mayor of
Columbus from 1954-59 and 1964-1971. If you have a photo to share, contact Stacy
Berndsen-Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs allow seniors to thrive, age in place
For the last 30 years, the Franklin County
Office on Aging has been widely known for its
exemplary work on behalf of older adults.
Adhering to its mission in providing centralized
access to diverse programs, the Office on Aging
provides services and programs to approximately
60,000 seniors every year.
Through compassion and empowerment, the
agency provides Franklin County seniors ages 60
and older individualized services and connectivity
to community resources to help them age in
place. The agency’s most popular program,
Franklin County Senior Options, offers services
such as Home-Delivered Meals, Personal Care,
Respite Care, Homemaker Services, Medical
Transportation, Emergency Response Systems
and Minor Home Repair. These services help ease
the minds of family members by connecting them
to support services in order to provide the best
care for their older parent, family member or
friend with limited abilities.
The agency also provides Caregiver and
Kinship Support programs. These programs are in
place to assist caregivers and kinship families
with free, short-term services that are available
once a calendar year. Services include, but are not
limited to, assistance with appliances, mattress
and box spring sets, as well as utility and rental
The Office on Aging also administers Adult
Protective Services (APS) to protect older adults
susceptible to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
APS provides case planning, monitoring, and
evaluation to the older adult, as well as link them
to the appropriate agencies for services.
To learn more about the Franklin County
Office on Aging and the services available, call
(614) 525-6200 or visit Officeonaging.org.
What to wear, what to say, and how to help?
By Modlich Monument Company
You want to honor a friend and support the
bereft family, but you don’t want to bring attention
to yourself with a misstep. Here are some tips
to put you at ease.
What to wear:
While black is the traditional color of mourning,
it is no longer mandatory. Any dark or muted
color that is understated and tasteful is acceptable.
No attention-grabbing wardrobe choices or overly
casual wear like shorts and flip flops to a traditional
What to say:
Your heart is full, but your mind draws a blank
on how to express yourself to the grieving family.
Sharing a fond memory is always appreciated and
shows how their loved one impacted your life.
Etiquette expert, Elaine Swann, suggests “My
condolences to you and the entire family” or “My
thoughts are with you” are always safe bets. Keep
it short and simple. Well intentioned statements
like “He’s in a better place” or “the pain will
lessen in time” can feel insensitive. And if the
right words don’t flow naturally, a hug by itself is
often all you need.
How to help:
Sympathy cards and food are always appreciated.
Flowers, when religiously appropriate, or
donations to a special cause, are extra ways to
express your sympathy. Later, when the gatherings
are over, is often when your friends will need
support, so check in on them then.
Remember, the grieving family appreciates
any act of kindness. Be present and sincere, and
your compassion will be a comfort.
WESTSIDE MESSENGER - January 29, 2023 PAGE 9
Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner John O’Grady, President, Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce, Commissioner Erica C. Crawley
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.
Franklin County Office on Aging
Extends Free Home-Delivered Meals Program
Through End of 2023
The Franklin County Office on Aging has extended its free
Home-Delivered Meals program through the end of 2023. With
this extension, Franklin County residents aged 60 and older are
eligible to receive free home-delivered meals without income
verification through Dec. 31, 2023. In April 2020, at the start of
the COVID-19 pandemic, the Franklin County Office on Aging
paused any income verification requirements for home-delivered
meals – a service available through the agency’s Franklin
County Senior Options program.
“While the pandemic is now more manageable, many older
adults simply cannot afford the increased price of groceries or
meals due to their fixed incomes, as well as the impact of inflation,”
said Interim Director Chanda Wingo. “Extending this
service through 2023 gives our seniors continued access to
affordable and nutritious food that is crucial in maintaining
their health and well-being.”
through Franklin County Senior Options, which has been providing
community-based services to residents since 1993.
Senior Options empowers Franklin County residents aged 60
and older with the necessary tools needed to maintain their
independence. Additional services available through Senior
Options include adult day care, personal care, respite care,
minor home repair and emergency response systems. The program
also helps ease the minds of family members by connecting
them to support services so they can provide the best care
for their older parent, family member or friend with limited
To sign up for free home-delivered meals or to learn more about
the services available through the Franklin County Office on
Aging, call (614) 525-6200 or visit officeonaging.org.
The agency delivered over 1.1 million meals to FranklinCounty
seniors in 2022, serving over 7,000 residents – a 25% increase
from residents served in 2021.
The Agency’s home-delivered meals program is offered
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Galaxy Health is a full-service family practice
Galaxy Health Family Practice opened Dec. 1,
2021, at 421 Georgesville Road, between
Sullivant Avenue and Hollywood Casino.
Founded by nurse practitioner and CEO Miki
Watts, a proud 1996 graduate of West High
School, Galaxy Health exists to serve the Hilltop
and surrounding communities.
At Galaxy Health, we pride ourselves on being
a full-service family practice ready to serve your
healthcare needs. We have two on-site labs for
toxicology and blood work. Lab work is done the
same day with little to no wait – no need to schedule
an additional appointment. With Miki’s 10+
year background in addiction and pain management,
we also offer outpatient addiction treatment.
Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)
2023 is officially over. But you still can enroll
into a Medicare Advantage Plan that has a 5-star
My name is Ralph Curcio, I live in Franklin
County – available to review your plans options
in person. You are welcome to contact me directly
at 614-603-0852 or email me at
RWCURCIO@GMAIL.COM. We could have a
virtual meeting, a face-to-face meeting or I’ll mail
plan information to your attention for review. I am
not an operator in a call center – you are welcome
to call anytime during the year with questions.
We use a powerful full-body test called ANS,
which measures how well the brain communicates
to other parts of the body such as heart,
lungs, kidneys, stomach, and liver and can help in
the diagnosis of chronic diseases related to the
heart; blood pressure, blood flow, chronic pain,
and other physical and mental stresses.
Galaxy Health is accepting new patients today.
Find out more and schedule your appointment
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Congressman recognizes local students
On Jan. 19, Congressman Mike Carey recognized military academy nominees at a ceremony held at City Hall, in Grove City. The
nominees are from Carey’s 15th district. Pictured here (from left to right) are Brian Fitzsimmons (Bishop Ready), Colby Forcum
(Zane Trace), Steventon Wagner (Upper Arlington High School), Zachary Swierz (Bishop Ready), Congressman Carey, Major
General John Harris, Aidan Eberhardt (Pickerington North), Justin Viau (Fisher Catholic, Ray Soldini (Dublin Scioto), Daniel Reese
(Teays Valley). In total, 12 military academy nominees were honored. Those not pictured include Isaac Carter and Samantha
Paduchik of Grove City High School and Luke McCoy from Grove City Christian School. Members of Congress may nominate candidates
for appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; the U.S. Naval Academy; the U.S. Air Force Academy; and the
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In pursuit of a nomination, students submit an application and are interviewed by Carey’s Military
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WESTSIDE MESSENGER - January 29, 2023 PAGE 11
whirlwind of a
January it has
With a mere 21 days under my belt as a state
legislator, I am working hard to “learn the
ropes” at the State House and meet as many
people as possible to so I can become effective
quickly and advocate tirelessly for our
On January 3, I was officially sworn in as the
State Representative for Ohio’s 10th House
District. Representing the passions and interests
of the citizens of West, Southwest, and
South Columbus, Urbancrest, and Grove City,
I will continue to work for the economic opportunity
and prosperity and quality education
our District deserves. Although my
journey as State Representative has just
begun, I am eager to fulfill these promises as
I endeavor to ensure that all the citizens from
our District’s communities have access to a
comfortable life through good-paying jobs
and careers, safe school environments, and
first-class educational opportunities.
Pictured below is a snapshot of me officially
swearing into office. In this photo, I am accompanied
by my two sons, Alex (left) and
Joseph (right), both of whom are an extremely
important part of my life. Additionally,
I am accompanied by Ohio Supreme
Court Associate Justice Pat Fischer and outgoing
Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp.
I also am proud to announce that on Monday,
January 23, I was named Vice Chair of the
Higher Education Committee. After serving
eight years on the Columbus Board of Education
and over 40 years interviewing prospective
undergraduate students for my alma
mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), I am confident that I can help
shape the brightest future for young people
as they pursue their advanced education.
Furthermore, I am happy to announce that I
also was appointed as one of two legislators
to the Ohio Rare Disease Advisory Council.
(Dave Dobos represents the 10th District in
the Ohio House of Representatives. He reports
regularly on his activities in this position
and his campaign has paid for this communication
Guys in Ties
The Finland Elementary School Guys in Ties student leadership group, led by Mr. Edwards, held a bow tie summit to discuss leadership
strategies and studied the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how he inspired millions through his words.
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“e Drop” is a biting and clever dramedy
Has a person you have dated ever said
or done something that makes you completely
re-examine your feelings toward
them? It didn’t have to be an act of betrayal
or something beyond the pale either — it
was just an innocuous comment or a careless
accident but it made such an impact
that it made you want to step back from
the relationship in order to reflect on what
their role would be in your life moving forward.
Whether you have or have not found
yourself in that situation before, the awkwardness
of that moment and the soulsearching
that takes place immediately
thereafter is explored to a hilarious degree
in “The Drop,” a Hulu original that is as
side-splitting funny as it is cringe-inducing.
If you have a limited tolerance for secondhand
embarrassment be forewarned —
this movie will probably make you want to
curl into a ball of discomfort from time to
At the center of this dramedy are Lex
and Mani (Anna Konkle and Jermaine
Fowler), a happily married couple who are
enthusiastically trying to expand their
family of two into a family of three. To
Mani, Lex would make the perfect mother
as she is creative, warm, and caring. To
Lex, Mani would make the perfect father
as he is level-headed, steadfast, and dedicated.
They are so sweet together and have
such an easy rapport that one can’t help
but root for all of their dreams to come
true. But then comes a destination wedding
where an accident rocks their faith in
one another and has them contemplating
ending their partnership once this short
Although the trip itself does not appear
to have anything nefarious afoot — longtime
friends are celebrating the wedding of
Mia and Peggy (Aparna Nancherla and
Jennifer Lafleur) and getting to meet their
infant daughter Ani (Alma Partridge) for
the first time — awkwardness abounds
from the jump when the couples sit together
in first class and catch up on their lives.
Shauna (Robin Thede), a D-list actress who
is funding the excursion, wants everyone to
watch her truly terrible television show;
her husband Robbie (Utkarsh Ambudkar),
is a television producer who thinks everyone
needs to hear his terrible pitches for
upcoming shows and restaurants; their
teenage son Levi (Elisha Henig) loudly listens
to porn without earbuds; and the
soon-to-be-married couple are bickering
about Mia’s newfound obsession with
weapons to protect her family.
It is a tense flight to Mexico and it is
made all the more stressful when they go
to the “natural hotel” operated by fellow
pals Lindsey and Josh (Jillian Bell and
Joshua Leonard) who immediately try to
get them to timeshare their expansive
property that seems to be bleeding money.
With everyone on edge and not having the
time to properly breathe, Lex accidentally
drops their friend’s baby girl she was holding
in her arms. The lead-up to that
moment — where Mani is looking at his
wife adoringly and imagining the near
The Reel Deal
future where this could be happening with
their child — is brilliantly shot as is the
immediate frenzy that takes place when
awareness of the incident rolls over everyone.
Even if you have seen the trailer that
spoils the moment, the act is gasp-inducing
and it sets the stage for everyone to question
everything and judge, judge, judge.
Fortunately, Ani is unharmed during
the accidental drop (she does have to wear
a helmet for the next four months), but no
one knows how to assure Lex that these
things happen, even Mani. Although he
seems supportive at first, he calls his
mother during a moment alone to ask
whether it is common for an adult to drop
an infant by accident.
The morning after has them trying to
move past the incident — Shauna and
Robbie wonder quietly whether it would be
insensitive to include it in an upcoming
episode of their terrible television show —
but some things tend to have an avalanche
effect where it all goes downhill from there.
That is what happens to Lex and Mani as
little comments and little decisions (some
made in the past) start to bubble under
their skin, like little doubts they have had
simmering below start coming to the surface.
Had the film decided to feature more
of their point of view as their marriage
begins to unravel, it would have worked
much better than the finished product.
The unfortunate problem with “The
Drop” is that there’s a really great movie in
here that could have bloomed in the wake
of the accident if executed with dark wit
and more of a focus on Lex and Mani, but
that gets obscured by the side stories that
are far less interesting and eat up way too
much time of the script. Although the
ensemble cast is terrifically funny, the
scenes tend to play as a collection of
vignettes rather than a cohesive story
within a film. All of which is too bad
because Konkle and Fowler are great
together and if their implosion was treated
with a bit more care alongside the wickedly
unruly ensemble of characters, the outcome
of the whole film would have been so
That is not to say that “The Drop” is not
a great watch regardless — it totally is. The
script, co-written by Joshua Leonard and
director Sarah Adina Smith, is biting and
cleverly and deftly handled by a great cast.
But it can grate a bit when the focus is off
the main characters and onto the idiosyncrasies
of the supporting cast, no matter
how entertaining they are to witness during
the bizarre events that lead up to Lex
and Mani questioning the very foundation
of their love for each other.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff
writer and columnist.