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Silver Sneakers off and running

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

Placed in a prime spot on the refrigerator

in Charlie and Kay Herron’s home is

a photograph of the couple surrounded by

all of the friends they made in the Silver

Sneakers program in Middleburg


Ever since the duo turned 65 — the age

most older adults qualify for the free

health and wellness program through

their insurance provider — they had spent

much of their free time with these friends

at their favorite recreation facility in the

northeast region, playing catch up as

they walked around the premises or

danced the afternoon away in a special

aerobics class.

“Being a part of Silver Sneakers was a

lot of fun because not only did it help us

stay active, but it also got us out there

making new friends and acquaintances

all of the time,” said Kay Herron.

“Sometimes when you get older and

retire, those socialization opportunities

go away so becoming involved with Silver

Sneakers was a great way to make and

keep connections.”

When the Herron’s decided to move to

Grove City last year, they worried they

would not be able to find the same support

system they had while living in the

Cleveland area.

Although they were able to find locations

throughout the region since Silver

Sneakers is a nationwide program that

has a presence in more than 15,000 gyms

and recreation centers, they did not feel

quite at home at any of them.

“They were nice but I really prefer just

to walk now,” said Kay. “This one place I

went to had a nice indoor walking path

but it was surrounded by equipment

which made it feel too cramped.”

Through a newly formed group of

friends in their subdivision, they learned

that the Vaughn E. Hairston Southwest

Community Center had recently opened

its doors to members of the Silver

Sneakers program. Desperately wanting

a place to walk indoors in the winter,

Charlie and Kay decided to give it a try.

What they discovered was a growing

and “welcoming” community where they

feel comfortable attending — even if they

do not have a designated indoor walking

path. (The perimeter of the gymnasium


Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

After a two-year hiatus, the Silver Sneakers program is back in the village of

Urbancrest. Last month, the Vaughn E. Hairston Southwest Community Center began

welcoming seniors who qualify for the free health and wellness program into its

building and aquatics center. Among the area citizens who have made the place their

fitness home away from home is Tammy Davitz, seen here working on her lower body

strength and conditioning after a water aerobics session. Although the Grove City

resident is not yet eligible to participate in Silver Sneakers, she said she purchased

a membership to the center so she could exercise with her husband Dan, who was

recently accepted into the program through a qualifying insurance plan. “It is great

to come here with someone else because it provides that extra motivating factor to

get off the couch,” she said. The community center, located at 3500 First Ave., is open

Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The aquatics center is open on Tuesdays

and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Safety issues halt

development plan

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

Safety concerns from Jackson Township

fire officials have delayed a development

plan in the city of Grove City.

At the Jan. 17 meeting, Grove City

Council voted to postpone a final development

plan for Seasons Grove, to be located

at 1050 Lamplighter Drive. The plan calls

for the Columbus Metropolitan Housing

Authority to build an 82-unit age restricted

community on just over four acres of land.



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Project ChildSafe

The Grove City Division of Police is participating in

a nationwide free gun lock giveaway program to help

protect families from unnecessary tragedy.

Over the past decade, Project ChildSafe developed a

comprehensive program for firearm owners to be safe

and responsible – preventing accidents and keeping

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The living units will be inside of a three-story building.

A preliminary development plan was approved back

in June of 2021. Shortly before the final plan was

scheduled to be heard before council, the city’s planning

commission put forth a stipulation that the developer

work with the city and Jackson Township Fire

Department to resolve concerns regarding emergency

vehicle access. The commission added the stipulation

after fire officials notified them of the problem.

According to Jackson Township Fire Chief Randy

Little, the current development plan does not allow

access to the back of the building. He said the city and

developer cannot expect the emergency workers to

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ensuring safe and responsible firearm ownership and

storage. Funding for the locks is provided by a grant

from the U.S. Department of Justice.

For more information, contact the division of police

at 614-277-1710.

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said Little.

The chief said he believes the plan would jeopardize

the safety of the residents living in the facility, as well

as the safety of the firefighters.

As the plan stands, township officials say fire apparatus,

including the ladder truck, would not be able to

maneuver around the property.

Little said the fire department is part of the planning

process in the city and he pays a lot of attention

to senior housing developments, something the city is

seeing more of.

Grove City has a need for senior housing, and we

welcome that,” said Little. “But we have to make sure

it’s safe.”

Township fire officials would like the developer to

make changes to the plan that would

include an emergency access road or a way

for the emergency vehicles to be able to

maneuver around the entirety of the building.

The project architect, Rick Krall, with

Moody Nolan, said they are working

through options, but the site is already

“pretty tight.”

“This certainly threw a curveball at us,”

said Krall. “Putting a lane all the way

around the building is nearly impossible.”

Access to the back of the building is the

problem, but Krall said near the rear of the

property, the grading drops, making it very

difficult to fit a fire lane in that area.

Little said the fire department is following

the requirements set forth by the state.

He said his concern is with safety, not with

the developer having to invest more money

or time in the project.

“You can’t put a price on safety,” said the

fire chief.

Council president Ted Berry said the city

needs to provide housing options for senior

citizens but said it must be right.

“We don’t want to make a mistake with a

building full of seniors,” said Berry.

Councilman Roby Schottke said this has

created a dilemma as it has put the developer

in a tough spot, but said the issues need

to be resolved before the plan is approved.

Schottke suggested postponing the vote

on the development plan until the Feb. 6

council meeting. The council agreed and

voted to postpone the measure.

Little said the township was waiting to

review a revised plan.

According to Kyle Rauch, development

director with the city, per city code, Grove

City’s fire official is the safety director.

“The safety director makes the final say

on these issues,” said Rauch.


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Upgrades planned at

two elementary schools

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The South-Western City Schools

District will utilize federal dollars to make

modest upgrades to the interior design at

two of its elementary school buildings.

In early January, the board of education

granted authorization at its regular meeting

for the district to 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 classrooms.

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


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


to all students; and

partnering with

organizations such

as the YMCA of

Central Ohio to provide

social and emotional

needs for students.


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

completion date.”

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.



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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

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Dave Dobos


The Work



By the time this issue of the Messenger is published,

I will have been sworn in as a member

of the Ohio House of Representatives. Our

first session of the 135th Ohio General Assembly

took place on January 3rd in the

House Chambers. The main orders of business

were to swear in members, vote for the

respective House leadership positions, and

approve various procedural resolutions so

the House can operate. The House reconvened

later in the afternoon in a joint session

with the State Senate to witness the formal

announcement of the popular vote results for

the state executive branch offices of Governor,

Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General,

Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer.

Although the House meets in its chambers in

the State House, House Members are provided

offices in the Riffe Tower (NW corner of

High & State Streets—across from the State

House) to work individually and meet with

constituents. My office is on the 11th floor,

my office phone is 614-466-9690, and my

email address is rep10@ohiohouse.gov (I represent

the new 10th District). By the end of

the week, we should have learned our committee

assignments and begun to meet to

consider our respective agendas for the next

two years.

Each representative is allotted a legislative

aide. My aide is Bria Meisse (pronounced my’

see). She is a recent honors graduate of Ashland

University, did an internship research

project with the Federal Reserve Bank of

Cleveland, and played varsity soccer at the

university. Her areas of interest are economic

growth and education. So, our priorities

match up well. She also can be reached at the

number and email above and, in most cases,

probably will be the first of us to respond to

your questions and concerns.

In past years, the House of Representatives

has not convened much in January after the

first week. That would appear to be different

for this General Assembly. We have been

scheduled to meet throughout January, with

the exception of the week of January 16th.

The intent is to get a jumpstart on the work

and to complete some of the unfinished business

of the last General Assembly. In future

weeks, I will provide more details about portions

of that work.

(Dave Dobos represents the new Ohio House

of Representatives 10th District, which consists

of most of the west and southwest sides

of Columbus, parts of the south side of

Columbus, Grove City, Urbancrest, and

Franklin Township. He reports to us regularly

via this column, which is paid for by Dobos

for Ohio.)

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Township awarded two grants

By Hannah Poling

Staff Writer

Grove City Police News

January 16, 2023, Grove City Police

were dispatched to the 2300 block of

Stringtown Rd. on a report of theft

from a locker. The victim reported

he/she placed car keys in a locker and

when he/she returned, the keys had

been stolen. A check of the vehicle revealed

the car was unlocked and the

wallet stolen. There were already

charges on the victim’s credit card.

January 16,2023, Grove City Police

were dispatched to the 3300 block of

Reaver Ave. on a report of theft from

a vehicle. The victim stated there was

a handgun and cash stolen from the

vehicle several days prior to the reporting.

January 16, 2023, Grove City Police

made a traffic stop on Stringtown Rd

near I-71. The driver was identified

with an active Domestic Violence and

Assault warrant. Upon arresting the

driver officers found a firearm and an

open bottle of wine in the car. The

driver received additional charges of

Improperly Handling a Firearm in a

Motor Vehicle (F4) and an Open Container

in a Motor Vehicle.

Near the end of 2022, Pleasant

Township Fire Chief Dave Whiting applied

for two grants through the Ohio Township

Association Risk Management Authority.

At a recent board meeting, Whiting

announced that the township was awarded

two grants - one in the amount of $1,000

and the other for $500. The funds were

used for miscellaneous needs throughout

the station.

In other news, the Pleasant Township

Fire Department has an opportunity to

send one firefighter to Austin, Texas for

training in the extensive computer software

used in the department. According to

Whiting, although they have had the software,

the department never received full

training on all of the software’s many uses,

and that it would be beneficial to have a

full understanding of its capabilities.

“If you pay that kind of money for a program,

you should really know how it all

works,” Whiting said.

The fire chief said that the trip would be

under $2,000. The Jackson Township Fire

Department is also sending a representative

from their department and offered to

share a room with the member from

Pleasant Township to cut down on costs.

Trustee Randi Good said this is an

invaluable opportunity.

“We don’t know what all this program

can do so I think it’s a really good idea,”

she said.

community events

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

additional information on other crime prevention

programs visit police.grovecityohio.gov

or call 614-277-1765.

Blood drive in Grove City

The American Red Cross will host a

blood drive from 12 to 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the

Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. in

Grove City. To schedule an appointment,

call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

January 15, 2023, Grove City Police

made a traffic stop near Dorothy Ln.

and Shirlene Dr. Officers found the

driver to be intoxicated and when they

placed the driver under arrest, they

were told there was a firearm in the

console. The driver was charged with

an OVI and Improperly Handling a

Firearm in a Motor Vehicle (F5).

January 14,2023, Grove City Police

were dispatched to the 4600 block of

Hunting Creek Dr. on a report of Identity

Theft. The victim stated they

made a purchase on Etsy but were unable

to download the purchased documents.

The victim called what they

believed to be Etsy customer support

and worked with an unknown male to

solve the issue. The male suspect had

the victim download an app to their

phone and then make purchases of

Bitcoin and an Apple gift card. The

victim was scammed for a total loss of



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makes for a good step count, they found.)

They said they hope to be able to place

new pictures of new friends on their refrigerator

in the near future.

“This is a good place to be,” said Charlie.

Although the community center in the

village of Urbancrest has been open to the

public since September, the facility only

started to accept members of the Silver

Sneakers program last month. Due to low,

but steadily growing, enrollment numbers,

the facility cannot offer instructor-led

classes at this time. Instead, what they do

offer is access to a weight room, a game

room, the gymnasium where members can

play basketball or pickleball, and their

aquatics center.

Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. noted that

there are plenty of chairs and comfortable

seats around for those who just want to sit

and chat and play cards.

“We want this place to be a place where

social needs are met, not just physical

ones,” he said. “And if that means seniors

just want to come here to sit around and

chat while eating doughnuts and playing

cards, then they can do that, too.”

Among those who have found a fitness

and social home away from home are Grove

City residents Tammy and Dan Davitz.

The couple, who have been together for

more than 40 years, came to the center

when it opened last fall but started to

access the facility more when Dan qualified

for the Silver Sneakers program last


He said that although he has always

tried to eat healthy and be active, he has

made it a priority to continue down that

path as he ages.

“I think it is important to maintain your

fitness levels because when you get older

you become less and less flexible and start

to become unable to do the things you want

to do,” said Davitz.

For instance, his father had limited

range of motion in his neck, making it

nearly impossible to drive because he could

not safely turn in order to look for oncoming

traffic while changing lanes.

“It became dangerous and I would like

to be able to continue to do all the things I

want to do for as long as possible,” he said.

For her part, Tammy is not yet at the

age where she can qualify for Silver

Sneakers but she became a member of the

community center to exercise with her husband,

play pickleball, and access the aquatics


She noted her love for the therapeutic

pool and the small water aerobics group

that has formed since it opened.

“With water aerobics, we can get in and

do exercises and movements that we really

can’t do outside of the water because of its

buoyancy,” said Tammy. “I just did 200

jumping jacks in the pool but there is no

way I could do that on the ground. I also

just did 100 lunges in the pool and there is

no way I could do that on the ground.”

She said she has been trying to get her

husband to join in on the informal aquatics


Dan Davitz works on his upper body

strength in the weight room at the community

center. Davitz, who just qualified

to participate in Silver Sneakers last

month, said he enjoys being a part of the

program because it helps him stay active

and get into a regular routine of fitness.

He said he likes the facility in Urbancrest

because it is well-maintained and he

does not have to wait in order to use the


workouts but has thus far been unsuccessful.

“I don’t want to go in the pool and exercise

with the ladies,” he said.

“Well, maybe start your own group with

all men,” she quipped. “Whatever you do,

you have to get in there.”

Teasing aside, Tammy said being a

member of the Silver Sneakers program or

a member of the community center has provided

plenty of motivation to get out, get

active, and make new friends along the


“I have an autoimmune disease and

there are some days where I just want to

sit and stay at home because of my joint

pain and other issues I am dealing with

because of it,” she said. “I have decided not

to do that because I know that I would

deteriorate and I want to be around for my

family, my friends, my grandkids, and all

of our adventures to come.”

Although most Silver Sneakers members

participate when the doors open, the

hours of operation for all members and

those who purchase a day pass are from 7

a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The aquatics center is open only on

Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10

a.m. when there is a lifeguard on duty.

Monthly membership fees for Urbancrest

residents are $15 for youth (ages 10-16);

$30 for adults (ages 17-61); and $25 for

seniors (ages 62 and older). Monthly membership

fees for non-residents are $20 for

youth (ages 10-16); $35 for adults (ages 17-

61); and $25 for seniors (62 and older).

Insurance providers cover the cost of membership

fees for senior citizens if available

on their individual plan.


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Active Lifestyles

Historical Society

Help preserve the history of Grove City,

Urbancrest and Jackson, Pleasant. Prairie

and Franklin townships. The Southwest

Franklin County Historical Society meets

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

club meetings

the first Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. at

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3220

Columbus St. For information, pick-up a

society brochure at the Grove City

Welcome Center, 3378 Park St.


HEAP Assistance

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

Haggard, 614-645-7186.

To be connected to your local Energy

Assistance provider, call (800) 282-0880 (hearing

impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance) or

visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

Financial help for home energy bills is available to income-eligible

Ohioans through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Applied directly to the customer’s utility or bulk fuel bill,

3383 McDowell Rd. Grove City, Oh 43123


For more information or assistance with applying for a


Applications for the HEAP program

must be received by May 31, 2023.



to Care




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Active Lifestyles

A bi-monthly feature celebrating the

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

club meetings

Alzheimer’s support group

The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Support Group meets

the fourth Tuesday of each month at the E.L. Evans Senior Center

beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call Paula Taliaferro at

871-4238 or call the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio at


Parkinson’s support group

The Grove City Parkinson’s support group meets the third

Wednesday of each month at StoryPoint Grove City, located at

3717 Orders Road at 1 p.m. The meetings take place in the assisted

living area of the community, which is located around the back

of the building. The meetings are open to all who want to learn

more about Parkinson’s disease. For more information, call Kathy

Hakes at 614-507-8458.

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Funeral etiquette:

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.

Be yourself:

Remember, the grieving family appreciates any act of kindness.

Be present and sincere, and your compassion will be a


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As individuals get older, they may not be able to

participate in all of the activities they enjoyed as

youths, but that doesn’t mean older adults must resign

themselves to sedentary lifestyles. There are plenty of

entertaining ways to remain physically active that can

accommodate any limitations a person may have.

Explore these methods for staying active.

Explore senior center offerings

Community senior centers often fill calendars with

a vast array of activities, some of which can include

physical activities. Hikes, walking tours, dances, and

other activities all serve as entertaining

ways to get out and about while meeting

some fitness goals.

Garden or do yard work

The Office of Disease Prevention and

Health Promotions says adults should get

150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

Raking leaves, mowing the lawn, digging in

flower beds, trimming bushes, and other

outdoor tasks could help a person meet this

quota in a way that doesn’t seem like exercise

at all.

Play games with grandchildren

Little kids may inspire older adults to be

more active, as it can be difficult to keep up

with those youngsters. Take infants or toddlers

for walks or push them in strollers.

Attach a child seat or towing carriage to a

bicycle and ride around the neighborhood.

Play games that require movement, such as

hide-and-seek or Marco Polo in the pool. If

it’s snowing, have a snowball fight or make

Active Lifestyles

Fun activities for seniors to stay active

a snowman in the yard.

Take up a new hobby

Find hobbies that incorporate physical activity.

Perhaps learning to salsa dance or taking Zumba will

be fun? Pickleball has caught on across the nation. The

sport is a mix of tennis, racquetball and badminton

that caters to all ages. Joining a bowling team is

another way to get active and meet new people.

Physical activity is important at any age. Seniors

can explore fun ways to stay in shape and be active to

reap all the benefits of exercise.


Be confident in your plan

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 plan rating.

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 TERRILCURCIO@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. Also, we

can complete the online application for Low Income Subsidy, which would

provide a savings toward your Rx copays and more, if you qualify. I work

with major insurance carriers available in Ohio and nationally, not just one

or two plans.

Select the plan that benefits you for the coming year, lowest possible

copays for services and medications while including your current physicians.

Some of the plan options may include dental, vision, a monthly food

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Programs offer help

seniors 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 assistance.

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.

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) is over

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Active Lifestyles

January 29, 2023 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 11

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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Health and Wellness


From the heart – keeping the

tradition of the private practice alive

The healthcare landscape has changed significantly

in recent years, and further complicated by

a world-wide pandemic. In the Columbus area,

most of the area cardiologists are now employed

or had their practices acquired by one of the large

healthcare corporations.

In contrast, Ohio Heart Group, led by Dr.

Manmohan Katapadi, is a private practice that has

not only survived these market forces, but has

thrived. This is only possible due to their patients’

allegiance, trust, and preference for the personalized,

efficient, and effective care they receive

from this practice.

Dr. Katapadi exudes a passion for excellence

in care for his patients, and has an impressive

team of specialized providers and staff with the

Wellness services for seniors

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at

Grove City Church of the Nazarene in

Grove City weekly to provide free foot care

community events

same philosophy. This passion has not only

brought a great personal fulfillment, but has certainly

well served to the benefit of scores of cardiology

patients from the central Ohio area over

the years. Patients are noticeably happy with the

accessible, affordable, and quality diagnostic cardiology

care they receive.

Dr. Katapadi and his staff also opened an

office in the ever growing Grove City office, and

the patients enjoy the relaxing, open, and friendly

atmosphere. Ohio Heart Group is accepting new

and transfer patients as well as several cardiology

groups near Grove City are now closed.

Come see why Dr. Katapadi has been voted

Top Doc in Cardiology for two years running!

and other wellness services for seniors. To

schedule an appointment or for more information,

call the wellness office at 614-437-



Zangmeister Cancer Center

provides care in Grove City

Specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of

cancer and blood disorders, the Zangmeister

Cancer Center serves patients from offices in

Columbus and Grove City, Ohio. The Grove City

clinic is located at 5500 North Meadows Drive,

Suite 230.

Zangmeister medical oncologists providing

care to patients in Grove City are Drs. Sam

Mikhail, Jorge Rios, Timothy Moore and Emily

Whitman. Dr. Mikhail is Board certified in medical

oncology and hematology and evaluates and

treats all cancers and blood disorders with a special

interest in gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Rios is

Board certified in internal medicine and medical

oncology and evaluates and treats all cancer types

and blood disorders with a special interest in lung

cancer and other thoracic malignancies. Dr.

Moore is Board certified in internal medicine,

medical oncology, hematology and hospice and

palliative care. He treats all cancers and blood

disorders and has a special interest in melanoma

and clinical trial research. Dr. Whitman is Board

certified in internal medicine, medical oncology

and hematology, and treats all cancer types and

blood disorders with a specific interest in breast

and gynecologic malignancies.

Zangmeister offers state-of-the-art infusion

therapy including immunotherapy for treating

cancer and other diseases and conditions, and

access to clinical trials. The clinic provides an inhouse

laboratory that performs all routine blood

work on site and an in-house specialty pharmacy

providing convenient dispensing and delivery of

oral cancer drugs. Grove City patients will have

access to a diverse range of support services

including 24/7 pharmacy assistance, behavioral

therapy, nutrition and financial counseling – giving

them unparalleled access to comprehensive,

integrated cancer care, close to home.

For more information, visit ZangCenter.com.

For Grove City appointments, call 614-347-4939.

Now in Grove


At Zangmeiste er Cancer Center we coll laborate with our

colleagues in radiation therapy, surgery, genetics, pathology and

clinical researc ch to ensure each patien nt has a comprehensive


multidisciplinar ry plan of care. Support from our pharmacists,

social workers , nurse navigators, dietiti ians and financial

counselors min nimize the impact of cancer cer on daily life.


We del liver the most adv vanced and innova ative treatments fo ocused on each patient for

the best possible expe erience — becaus e each patient’ ’s cancer journey is unique.

5500 North Meado ows Dr., Suite 230, Grove City, OH 43123 | ZangCenter.


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Health and Wellness


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.

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

today by visiting GalaxyHealthFP.com, find

us on Facebook or Twitter @GalaxyHealthFP,

Instagram @GalaxyHealthFamilyPractice or by

calling 614-272-7700. We currently accept most

insurance plans, including CareSource, Molina

and Medicaid.

Ask about our patient referral program where

you can earn unlimited Amazon gift cards and

every referral allows Galaxy Health to make a

donation to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to help

feed those in need. In 2022, Galaxy Health rescued

over 10,000 meals for the central Ohio community.

Club meetings - Lions Club

The Grove City Lions Club meets at

6:45 p.m. the second and fourth

Wednesday of each month at Beautiful

Savior Lutheran Church, 2213 White


Ohio Heart Group

Serving Grove City one heart at a time.

• Convenient, Affordable, Accessible!

• Same testing services for a fraction of the price

• Same Day Availability

• Cardiac Clearances and Occupational Testing

• Personalized Care and Prompt Results!

Accepting new patients now!! Will also accept patients needing to transfer their care

Quality Care for the Heart... From the Heart

Call and Schedule your appointment at one of our locations today!

Grove City

2983 Jackpot Road

Grove City, OH 43123



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Columbus, OH 43205



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Produce giveaway at YMCA

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce

giveaway the third Wednesday of each


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we no longer need:

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rarely used - $350, 350 lb. capacity

10 ft. Aluminum Step Ladder, 280 lb. capacity, new $310,

like new condition rarely used - $190

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very lightly used machine - $395

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news and notes

month from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2879 Valleyite

Drive in Columbus. For more information,

call the YMCA at 614-276-8224.

Pet Corner

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

movie watching companion.


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.

FYI: fflah.org

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

is a sweet girl that

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.

FYI: colonycats.org

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

community events.

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

curious kitty.

FYI: colonycats.org

Hilda is 6 years old

and would be excited

to go to a home with

a family who can continue

fostering her

slightly adventurous

personality, while

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

watching reruns

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.

FYI: franklincountydogs.com

ensures any lost dog is returned quickly to

their owners. License fees help support the

Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption


Visit doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov

for more information.

Tax-Aide volunteers needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which had

to scale back operations at the Grove City

Church of the Nazarene because of the

pandemic, hopes to return to full strength

next tax season and is looking for volunteers.

The all-volunteer program provides free

income tax preparation to all comers, but

places a special emphasis on serving senior

citizens. Before the pandemic, tax-aide volunteers

prepared tax returns for more than

800 Grove City area residents each year.

Volunteers come from all walks of life,

from accountants to warehouse workers.

No experience is required. Tax-Aide provides

training, a computer to work on and

mentorship throughout the tax season.

For more information, go to aarpfoundation.org/taxaidevolunteer

or call 1-888-227-


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In Entertainment

“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 soul-searching 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 time.

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 trip ends.

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 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.

For her part, Lex is horrified by the incident, largely

blaming the slippage on a large bee that stung her

so hard it felt like “knives going into my skin.” It is not

clear whether anyone is buying her reasoning as she

has no visible mark from a sting, but she begins to pull

away from the group as a way to self-exile from the

embarrassment. And they allow her to do so.

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

much better.

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.

Grade: B

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Falcons celebrate athletic hub

The Franklin Heights High School community is celebrating

the end result of a year-long fundraising effort to update its

indoor training facility for student-athletes. On Jan. 10,

dozens of alumni, current students, district officials, and

local business leaders attended the public dedication of a

new athletic performance center located within the Falcon’s

Nest. According to Kevin Mulvany, the head football coach

who spearheaded the fundraising effort, more than one hundred

donors raised $120,000 to build a new athletic hub at

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Government Focus


Jackson Township waits for state decision on road funding

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

Jackson Township officials will have to

wait a bit longer to learn whether a grant

application to repair two of its most welltraveled

and well-worn roads has been

approved by the state.

At its meeting on Jan. 17, Township

Administrator Shane Farnsworth told the

board of trustees that the Ohio Public

Works Commission is still processing applications

to determine which municipalities

would receive full to partial funding to

make infrastructure upgrades through its

capital improvement program and the local

transportation improvement program.

“It is still in the oven and it is going to

be another couple of months before we hear

word from the state,” said Farnsworth.

The board of trustees unanimously

authorized the approval of the grant application

to repair Brown Road and Dyer

Road in the fall. At the time, the township

officials believed the state would announce

their decision before the end of the year.

“It is a little disappointing because we

want to get this done, but it is not entirely

unexpected,” said Farnsworth. “These are

really popular programs with a lot of cities

and local municipalities vying for grants

and sometimes things just get tied up.”

He said he is still confident that the

township will receive full or partial funding

to make “much needed” repairs to Brown

Road and Dyer Road but added that the

township could look into covering the cost

of the resurfacing project should they fail to

receive financial assistance through the


“It is something that we will certainly

think about, but we would love to have a

grant to help us too,” he said.

According to Farnsworth, the township

is seeking a full resurfacing of Brown Road

and Dyer Road, along with improvements

at the intersection. Farnsworth said

stormwater repairs were also requested in

the initial application as the area tends to

flood during heavy rain events — much of it

caused by heavy-load vehicle damage.

“Much of the stormwater infrastructure

on Brown and Dyer has been crushed from

all the dump trucks and other heavy-load

vehicles that travel through,” said

Farnsworth. “So what we have now are

areas where the water just lays there without

draining and it really affects the neighborhood


He said infrastructure improvements

would allow that run-off to drain in a more

timely manner.

Farnsworth said he does expect to learn

whether the state has approved their grant

application request in April or May.

“Of course, that might change again but

it is what we are looking at right now,” he


The township’s road department has

also finalized its list of roads to repair and

resurface for 2023. According to

Farnsworth, that list includes:

•The entire section of Anglebrook Drive

•Borror Road from the Patzer Ditch to

State Route 104

•The entire section of Deer Path Drive

•The entire section of Edwards Drive

•W. Hyde Road from the dead end to

U.S. 62

•The entire section of Marlane Court

•The entire section of S. Hoover Spur

•McComb Road and Home Road to the

north dead end near Hyde Road.

There are also plans to chip and seal

Cabin Road and Thrailkill Road.

Farnsworth said with the exclusion of

Cabin Road and Thrailkill Road, all of the

aforementioned repairs were woven into

the county engineer’s county-wide road

resurfacing contract for 2022 but were

delayed. That resurfacing project was budgeted

at $150,000. The chip and sealing of

Cabin Road and Thrailkill Road are estimated

at $28,000.

In other news, the trustees approved a

motion to advertise for a comprehensive

land use plan request for proposal. The

motion will allow the administrator to contact

the county’s economic development

and planning department to seek consultants

to review the township’s comprehensive

land use plan that was last updated in


“What we are wanting to do is update

our plan, especially taking into account

plans that the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning

Commission has in place and Grove City’s

2050 plan,” said Farnsworth. “So we want

to make sure our plan compliments these

vision plans for only for our community,

the Grove City community, and the

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