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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

<strong>June</strong> 11 - 24, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLII, No. 17<br />


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A message<br />

of kindness<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

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

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> resident Lia-Mae Kass is the author and illustrator of a children’s book that<br />

is centered around hidden disabilities and how the choices people make, big or<br />

small, always have an impact on someone else. “To Whom it Concerns” was inspired<br />

by the one year her son played youth baseball and the support his coaches, teammates,<br />

and strangers in the stands showed him throughout the season even though<br />

he did things “a little bit differently.” Kass said the book serves as a thank you to<br />

those who have shown her family and her son – who has attention-deficit hyperactivity<br />

disorder and is on the autism spectrum – compassion, kindness, and patience<br />

during their life journey and also a reminder for others to try to extend those same<br />

courtesies to everyone you meet. “To Whom it Concerns” can be purchased through<br />

Amazon and Barnes & Noble while copies can be reserved through the Southwest<br />

Public Libraries website.<br />

The summer break was winding down<br />

and the anxiety was ramping up for Lia-<br />

Mae Kass.<br />

Having been employed as a special<br />

education teacher for nearly two decades,<br />

she had become accustomed to the transition<br />

between that extended break and the<br />

headfirst dive into a new school year but<br />

this time was proving to be a genuine<br />

challenge.<br />

“I was trying to prepare for my child to<br />

make his transition from one school building<br />

to another,” said the resident of <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong>.<br />

She explained that a change in routine<br />

had never been easy for her son, Michael,<br />

and she did not know how he was going to<br />

react to the new environment and, most<br />

importantly, how others would react to<br />

him.<br />

Looking from the outside, Kass said<br />

that her son has the appearance of a typical<br />

child but the way he processes things<br />

internally makes him different from his<br />

peers. For instance, he may act in a certain<br />

way when in uncomfortable situations<br />

or he may say things that come<br />

across as rude even if he does not mean to<br />

cause offense.<br />

“Because he has these hidden disabilities,<br />

people who do not know him often<br />

are quick to pass judgement and then<br />

they never get to learn about who he is<br />

inside and what a truly wonderful person<br />

he is,” said Kass.<br />

Feeling as if she needed to do something<br />

that could ease her son’s transition<br />

to a new school building, Kass took out a<br />

pen and paper and wrote a letter to the<br />

administration and the staff about his differences.<br />

She addressed the way his<br />

attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder<br />

can make him act, the way his emotions<br />

are affected by his anxiety disorder, and<br />

how his autism can often make it easy for<br />

him to be misunderstood.<br />

“I am not sure what the goal of my letter<br />

was,” said Kass, “but I think I just<br />

wanted them to remember to be kind and<br />

patient with him as he adjusts to an<br />

entirely new setting.”<br />

The letter sat at her desk for days as<br />

she mulled over the pros and cons of sending<br />

it out into the world. Ultimately, she<br />

decided that it was not to leave their<br />

home.<br />

“It was one of those moments where, as<br />

a mom, you’re like ‘I need to let this go,’”<br />

she said. “I needed people to meet him, to<br />

get to know him, and just hope that everything<br />

would be OK.”<br />

What she did not — and could not —<br />

know at the time was that the unsent letter<br />

would soon inspire her to begin to fulfill<br />

a dream of writing a book about finding<br />

the beauty in differences and accepting<br />

others for who they are.<br />

Kass said she has always had an interest<br />

in writing but it wasn’t until her freshman<br />

year of high school that the idea of<br />

becoming an author began to percolate in<br />

her mind.<br />

“I had this really wonderful English<br />

teacher who shared one of my fairy tales<br />

as a part of our class one day,” she said.<br />

“And she just went on and on about how<br />

great it was and I was like ‘Ah, someone<br />

else really loves what I did.’ It was just one<br />

of those really encouraging moments that<br />

stick with you forever.”<br />

Although she said she wrote some great<br />

assignments for projects throughout her<br />

high school and collegiate studies, she<br />

never did take the plunge and try to write<br />

that inspirational children’s book she had<br />

See KINDNESS page 5<br />

Distracted driving<br />

law adopted in city<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Editor<br />

Officials in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> have updated the<br />

city code to prohibit texting while driving.<br />

This measure was voted on by the <strong>City</strong><br />

Council about a month after Senate Bill<br />

288 went into effect on April 4. The bill<br />

designates the use of cell phones and other<br />

electronic communication devices while<br />

driving as a primary traffic offense for all<br />

drivers and allows law enforcement to<br />

immediately pull over a distracted driver<br />

upon witnessing a violation. Under the<br />

previous law, distracted driving was not a<br />

primary offense and it prevented officers<br />

from stopping distracted drivers unless the<br />

individual also committed a separate primary<br />

traffic violation, such as speeding or<br />

running a red light.<br />

According to <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Safety Director<br />

Kevin Teaford, a driver may still use their<br />

device in certain circumstances, such as<br />

when their vehicle is parked or stopped at<br />

See DRIVING page 6<br />

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On May 29, hundreds of families<br />

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together in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> for the annual<br />

Memorial Day parade and service.<br />

Hosted by the American Legion Paschall<br />

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8198, the commemorative event pays<br />

homage to the men and women of the<br />

military who have died while in service<br />

to their country. Here, members of the<br />

American Legion’s Honor Guard present<br />

arms during the remembrance ceremony<br />

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Little Tree Library creator Bill Dawson poses with his creation on May 20 at the<br />

Ebenezer Cemetery. The Little Tree Library contains books for members of the community,<br />

play dough for kids, games, and more.<br />

Carving out some reading time<br />

By Hannah Poling<br />

Staff Writer<br />

On May 20, the Pleasant Township<br />

trustees along with members of the community<br />

attended a ribbon cutting and dedication<br />

of a Little Tree Library at the<br />

Ebenezer Cemetery.<br />

Earlier this year, one of the huge century-old<br />

white oak trees died in the cemetery<br />

and Bill Dawson, who lives nearby as well<br />

as a number of other residents, have<br />

turned the remains of the old oak tree into<br />

a little tree library.<br />

Dawson said when the tree died, he<br />

began looking online for ideas of how to utilize<br />

the tree and found a picture of a similar<br />

tree library. As soon as he saw that<br />

idea, he knew that’s what he wanted to do<br />

in Pleasant Township.<br />

Dawson had the tree cut down, leaving<br />

enough of the trunk (12 feet) to make<br />

shelves with a glass door. The library also<br />

has a tin roof with solar lights. It contains<br />

a vast assortment of books for members of<br />

the community to read, play dough, and<br />

coloring books with crayons, games, and<br />

even seeds to plant.<br />

“Maybe people will come out with their<br />

kids, read with their kids, play a board<br />

game or some cards, and reflect on the veterans<br />

who served,” Dawson said.<br />

The Ebenezer M.E. Cemetery in<br />

Pleasant Township is the final resting<br />

place for some veterans from several wars<br />

dating back to the Revolutionary War. The<br />

cemetery also holds veterans that served in<br />

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WWII.<br />

“I have been voluntarily enhancing and<br />

maintaining the landscape beautification<br />

of this 1800s cemetery for the last 35 years<br />

to honor the veterans who are buried<br />

there,” said Dawson.<br />

Nancy Hunter, a Pleasant Township<br />

trustee, called the amount of time, hours,<br />

and work that Dawson put into the project<br />

“remarkable.”<br />

“Thank you to everyone who made this<br />

possible, especially the creator, Bill<br />

Dawson. Pleasant Township appreciates<br />

each and every one of you,” Hunter said at<br />

the dedication ceremony.<br />

Dawson said that he is pleased with<br />

how the library turned out and hopes it is<br />

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Blood drive in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from noon to 6<br />

p.m. <strong>June</strong> 15 at the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Vineyard Church, 3005 Holt Road.<br />

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit<br />

www.redcrossblood.org.<br />

Alzheimer’s Association program at e Ashford<br />

The Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter will host a<br />

program to provide guidance and support to caregivers and care<br />

partners. The event will be held in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> and is titled<br />

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors.<br />

This program will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on <strong>June</strong> 15, at The<br />

Ashford of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, 3197 Southwest Blvd. To register, call the<br />

Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 800-272-3900.<br />

S.A.L.T. at Evans Center<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police host Seniors and Law<br />

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always wanted.<br />

Then one day in church years later, she was praying over her<br />

son and that unsent letter when fragments of a memory popped in<br />

her head: It was that of a woman in the stands who acknowledged<br />

Michael’s effort during his lone season of playing youth baseball.<br />

“I think everyone saw how hard it was for him to go out there<br />

but she turned to me and told me that he was having a great day,”<br />

said Kass. “I wasn’t able to verbalize it at the moment but it made<br />

me feel as if she had really seen my son and his attempts to keep<br />

pushing through situations that were made more challenging for<br />

him because of his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and his<br />

sensory issues. It was a really powerful moment for me as a parent<br />

and really comforting to me too.”<br />

Putting her art skills to use, Kass began to sketch out scenes<br />

from that day and a very rough first draft of a children’s book with<br />

an uplifting message began to take shape.<br />

Over the course of the next four years, Kass meticulously wrote<br />

and illustrated a book that is centered around hidden disabilities<br />

and the idea that the choices people make, big or small, always<br />

have an impact on someone else. It is partially addressed to the<br />

reader in a letter format by a mother who is worried that people<br />

will be quick to judge her son when he takes the field and does<br />

things “a little bit differently.”<br />

Kass said she wanted her book “To Whom it Concerns” to serve<br />

as a thank you to those who have shown her family and her son<br />

compassion, kindness, and patience during their life journey and<br />

also as a reminder for everyone to try to remember to extend those<br />

same courtesies to others.<br />

“You really never know what someone else is going through and<br />

how many hundreds of little mental steps they are taking just to<br />

get through the day,” said Kass.<br />

When “To Whom it Concerns” was signed by Proving Press, an<br />

imprint of the Columbus Publishing Lab, Kass said she did not<br />

have any real expectations for it.<br />

“I joked that I would sell six copies,” she said. “Two to my parents,<br />

two to my husband’s parents, and maybe a few friends.”<br />

But then her fellow educators bought copies for their classrooms,<br />

their friends bought copies for their relatives, and complete<br />

strangers started to order copies through Amazon and Barnes &<br />

Noble. Recently, the book — which was selected as a finalist for the<br />

American Writing Awards children’s book division — was picked<br />

up for circulation at the Southwest Public Libraries and a local<br />

organization that advocates for individuals with special needs<br />

ordered more than 40 copies to be distributed at elementary and<br />

intermediate buildings in the South-Western <strong>City</strong> Schools<br />

District.<br />

Lisa McCarty, a member of the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Buddy Ball board,<br />

said she loved the book and its perspective from a parent who has<br />

a child with disabilities, especially one that is more hidden than<br />

community events<br />

Tuesday of each month at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave.<br />

Adults of all ages are welcome to attend. If you would like additional<br />

information on other crime prevention programs visit<br />

police.grovecityohio.gov or call 614-277-1765.<br />

Century Village open house<br />

The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society welcomes<br />

groups and individuals to Century Village, 4185 Orders Road.<br />

Tour the historic log house and school from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth<br />

Saturday of each month, May through September. For more information<br />

or to schedule a visit to Century Village, contact Steve<br />

Jackson at 614-871-0081.<br />

Free community meal<br />

Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover Road in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, will<br />

host a free community meal every third Saturday of each month.<br />

The food will be served from noon to 1 p.m. For more information,<br />

call the church office at 614-875-0510.<br />

others.<br />

“I think it really holds true to how all of us parents are about<br />

how we just want our kids to be accepted,” said McCarty. “It is a<br />

book that really hit me and I think it has a great message for all<br />

of us to be positive and to be inspiring, to be loving and accepting.”<br />

Kass said she has been “over the moon” with the reception to<br />

her first children’s book and hopes that it can make a positive<br />

impact on the community.<br />

“I think what we say or do as adults can be one of the most powerful<br />

things that happens to a child,” she said. “And if they walk<br />

away with messages that are positive and accepting then we will<br />

have raised a community of children who are going to have such<br />

an impact on the world because they have that awareness that<br />

what they say or do can affect someone else.”<br />


Robert “Bob” M. Cotner, 73 of Ashville, OH passed away<br />

at home on Wednesday, May 31, <strong>2023</strong>. Bob was born on March 5,<br />

1950 to the late Donald U. and Jane Rae (Davis) Cotner in Columbus,<br />

OH. Bob grew up in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> and was a U.S. Army Veteran serving<br />

in Vietnam. He was a Combat Medic and was a recipient of The Purple<br />

Heart. He had worked as a Barber around Commercial Point for<br />

many years. He was a member of Blue Lodge F&AM. Bob liked fishing<br />

and enjoyed music.<br />

Besides his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his wife Karen E.<br />

(Ferriman) Cotner (2012); daughter Jennifer R. Miller (2021); brothers<br />

Kenneth Davis Cotner and Steve Cotner.<br />

He is survived by children Christina L. Cotner, James O. Cotner and<br />

Charles R. Koogler; brothers Andy (Jaye) Cotner and Chris (Debby)<br />

Cotner; sisters-in-law Lisa Cotner and Ann Cotner; numerous<br />

grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; numerous nieces and<br />

nephews.<br />

Per Bob’s request, cremation will take place and no services will be<br />

held.<br />

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local Veteran’s organization<br />

or Mt. Carmel Hospice.<br />

Arrangements and Care of Family by Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home,<br />

Ashville, OH. Online condolences at olivercheekfuneralhome.com<br />

<strong>June</strong> 11, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

House of<br />

Representatives<br />

Approves Eleven<br />

Measures<br />

This past week the Ohio House of Representatives<br />

completed a busy itinerary, passing ten bills and<br />

one resolution on to the State Senate for its approval.<br />

Every measure garnered true bipartisan<br />

support, winning at least 80 votes from the 99-<br />

member body. I’ve summarized several of these<br />

measures below.<br />

House Bill (HB 27) requires our state public universities<br />

to provide financial cost, aid, and average<br />

salary data in an easy-to-understand one-page format.<br />

In this manner, students and parents will understand<br />

better the cost of a college education and<br />

the dollars typical new graduates earn in the field<br />

to which the student has gained admission. I was a<br />

co-sponsor of this piece of legislation.<br />

HB 57 calls for indexing to inflation the value of a<br />

property that is not subject to a portion of property<br />

tax because it qualifies for the homestead exemption.<br />

This measure particularly will help senior citizens<br />

and military veterans maintain financial<br />

stability and stay in their homes.<br />

HB 105 reduces the penalty for an individual filing<br />

a late municipal income tax return from $25 per<br />

month to a one-time-only $25 fine. It does not<br />

erase any of the actual tax obligation an individual<br />

may have accrued. This measure will help protect<br />

students who may have worked in one municipality<br />

for a summer job and had income tax withheld but<br />

failed to file an actual return at the end of the year.<br />

HB 50 is a criminal justice measure designed to help<br />

reduce recidivism among formerly incarcerated individuals.<br />

It allows them to petition the court for a<br />

certificate of qualification for housing (CQH), which<br />

could be granted for individuals designated as rehabilitated.<br />

If granted, the CQH will help make it<br />

easier for the individual to gain access to housing<br />

and by providing provide some legal protection for<br />

the landlord.<br />

Additional measures: HB 28 designates March as<br />

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Month.<br />

This type of breast cancer occurs more frequently in<br />

younger and African American women. HB 61 designates<br />

November 19th as “James A. Garfield Day”<br />

in Ohio. Garfield, from Ohio, was our twentieth<br />

president and no special state designation had<br />

been in place for his birthday. The final measure<br />

was a resolution to support the Ohio Commission<br />

for the United States Semiquincentennial, America’s<br />

250th birthday celebration that will take place in<br />

three years. It affirms the legislature’s full and enthusiastic<br />

support for the activities leading up to<br />

and culminating on July 4, 2026.<br />

(Dave Dobos represents the 10th District in the Ohio<br />

House of Representatives, which consists of parts of<br />

West, Southwest, and South Columbus, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Urbancrest,<br />

and most of Franklin Township. He reports<br />

regularly on his activities in this position and his campaign<br />

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a red light. Drivers are also permitted to<br />

swipe to answer a call and to hold their<br />

phones to their ears during conversations.<br />

Emergency calls are also permitted.<br />

“You cannot punch in numbers or letters,”<br />

said Teaford. “If a driver needs to<br />

send a text or make a call, I encourage<br />

them to pull over to do so safely.”<br />

<strong>City</strong> leaders are concerned about the<br />

risks of texting while driving.<br />

Teaford said if a child runs out into the<br />

road to chase a ball, the driver’s average<br />

reaction time is just over one second. If<br />

that driver is not paying attention, that<br />

reaction time decreases.<br />

“It’s all about reaction time,” said<br />

Teaford. “Will you have enough time to<br />

stop the car before striking the child?”<br />

Teaford said he believes the number of<br />

accidents in the city caused by distracted<br />

driving is higher than documented, as officers<br />

typically arrive at an accident scene<br />

after the accident has happened and the<br />

driver may be unlikely to admit the cause<br />

of the accident was due to a distraction.<br />

From an enforcement standpoint, he also<br />

said it may be difficult for an officer to<br />

prove a driver was texting or that it was<br />

not an emergency.<br />

“An officer is not permitted to confiscate<br />

a phone,” said Teaford. “The officer would<br />

need to prove if it (the phone or device) was<br />

used for an emergency.”<br />

May 20, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police<br />

were dispatched to the 2800 block<br />

of Parlin Dr. on a report of a victim<br />

scammed out of $24,000. The victim<br />

stated the caller posed as their<br />

daughter’s attorney and needed a<br />

bond for her. The victim spoke to<br />

their daughter the next day and<br />

was told it was a scam.<br />

May 16, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police<br />

were dispatched to the 400 block of<br />

West River Dr. on a burglary report.<br />

The victim stated the home<br />

security video captured a white<br />

male suspect entering the open<br />

garage at 4:15 am. The suspect<br />

leaves ten minutes later carrying<br />

several items. The victim stated<br />

they found the inner door to the<br />

house was left open by the suspect.<br />

May 15, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police<br />

were notified of a theft in the 1600<br />

block of Stringtown Rd. The male<br />

suspect put a Honda lawnmower,<br />

Still, the safety director believes this<br />

legislation will deter drivers from using<br />

their devices while driving.<br />

“I believe education is the most important<br />

tool,” said Teaford. “Education, combined<br />

with enforcement, will make the<br />

community safer.”<br />

The city will allow a six-month grace<br />

period when officers issue a warning to drivers<br />

caught using their devices.<br />

According to Stephen Smith, the city’s<br />

law director, there is a sliding scale of<br />

penalties.<br />

“The more times you get caught texting,<br />

the worse it gets for you,” said Smith.<br />

The penalty starts at $150 for the first<br />

offense with two points on the license. The<br />

second offense within a two-year period,<br />

will have a $250 penalty and three points.<br />

The penalty could go up to a $500 fine with<br />

a suspension of the driver’s license.<br />

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports<br />

that there have been about 74,000 distracted<br />

driving crashes in Ohio since 2017,<br />

including more than 2,000 fatal and serious<br />

injury crashes. Traffic fatalities overall<br />

have increased in eight of nine years from<br />

2013 to 2021, with deaths reaching their<br />

highest point in nearly two decades in 2021<br />

with 1,355 fatalities. Preliminary traffic<br />

data from 2022 indicates that at least<br />

1,269 people were killed in traffic crashes<br />

last year.<br />

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radio, and electric fan in a cart and<br />

exited to a white four-door sedan<br />

without paying. The total value of<br />

the merchandise was $1,237.97.<br />

May 15, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police<br />

were dispatched to the 4100 block<br />

of Buckeye Pkwy. on a theft report.<br />

The victim stated three female suspects<br />

placed 95 items into baskets<br />

and left in a silver SUV without<br />

paying. The total value of the merchandise<br />

was $1,622.65.<br />

May 12, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police<br />

were dispatched to the 1500 block<br />

of Stringtown Rd. on a theft report.<br />

The victim stated two female white<br />

suspects broke into a cabinet and<br />

took 21 Google Nests. The suspects<br />

then left the area in a darkcolored<br />

van. The total loss of the<br />

merchandise was $3,799.99.<br />

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“All Together Now” for the<br />

Summer Reading Challenge<br />

Southwest Public Libraries invites the<br />

community to a summer of fun and learning<br />

with its annual Summer Reading<br />

Challenge, launching <strong>June</strong> 3, and running<br />

through July 30. The challenge is open to<br />

all ages, infants through adults and features<br />

reading fun, live entertainment, and<br />

engaging programs all summer long.<br />

Enjoy a celebratory kickoff show from<br />

entertainer Mike Hemmelgarn on<br />

Tuesday, <strong>June</strong> 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Westland<br />

Area Library and 1:30 p.m. at <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Library. All performers and programs are<br />

free and open to the public.<br />

Summer Reading Challenge participants<br />

will be able to track their reading,<br />

attend library programs, and complete<br />

activities to earn prizes and raffle entries<br />

for gift cards and more. This year’s theme,<br />

“All Together Now,” promotes not just literacy<br />

but also kindness, friendship, and<br />

community. Participants may sign up<br />

beginning <strong>June</strong> 3 online at the library’s<br />

website swpl.org, in-person at the library,<br />

or through the READsquared app available<br />

in Google Play and The App Store.<br />

“Summer Reading Challenge is for the<br />

whole family,” said Brittany Harrison,<br />

youth services librarian at the Westland<br />

Area Library. “We want everyone to be<br />

involved. Summer reading is key in preventing<br />

summer slide for kids and ensuring<br />

that they go to the next grade prepared.<br />

It also helps keep adult brains<br />

active.”<br />

The research-backed “summer slide”<br />

refers to the tendency for children to lose<br />

significant learning gains over the summer<br />

if they do not participate in reading or<br />

other enrichment activities while on summer<br />

break.<br />

While excited children and teens make<br />

up the majority of challenge participants,<br />

the library’s adult challenge has been<br />

quickly growing in popularity with prizes<br />

and raffles of its own.<br />

“Our adult Summer Reading Challenge<br />

Enjoy music in the Town Center on<br />

Friday evenings as open-air concerts fill<br />

the warm summer air beginning Friday,<br />

May 26. The free <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Summer<br />

Sizzle concerts are sponsored by the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Parks and Recreation Department<br />

and feature a variety of entertainment by<br />

some of the best acts in central Ohio.<br />

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the<br />

performances in Town Center Park, 3359<br />

Park St., across from the Safety Complex.<br />

The concerts begin at 7 p.m.<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Concert Series Schedule<br />

•May 26, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Community Winds<br />

(patriotic marches and jazz)<br />

•<strong>June</strong> 2, The Usual Suspects (blues,<br />

Southern rock, Motown and jazz)<br />

•<strong>June</strong> 9, The Twylights (classic rock<br />

promotes adult literacy and offers interaction<br />

with the library and friends in so<br />

many fun and different ways,” says <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Adult Services Librarian, Emma<br />

Trudeau. “Not only can you earn prizes for<br />

reading, you are invited to join us for book<br />

discussions, DIY programs, crafting or<br />

game nights, and much more.”<br />

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge<br />

features two live performers and presenters<br />

for youth each week hosted on<br />

Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus a multitude<br />

of other library programs. Check out<br />

swpl.org for a full schedule of all presenters<br />

and events.<br />

Library Programs: The Highlights<br />

•Weekly storytimes, plus Storytime in<br />

the Park<br />

•Art, craft, and DIY programs for youth<br />

and adults<br />

•Weekly Take & Make kits for youth<br />

and adults<br />

•Sensory and STEM programs for<br />

youth<br />

•Game nights, retro video game nights,<br />

and movie nights for adults<br />

•Educational adult programs from OSU<br />

extension, The Bee Collective, and more<br />

•Free Job Search Assistance<br />

•Free Legal Advice Clinics<br />

Southwest Public Libraries serves over<br />

127 square miles in southwest Franklin<br />

county and surrounding areas through its<br />

two branches, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Library and<br />

Westland Area Library. SPL seeks to serve<br />

as the community’s center for lifelong<br />

learning by connecting visitors with<br />

resources, technology, and programs to<br />

educate and inspire. The library system<br />

provides access to millions of items<br />

through a consortium partnership with 17<br />

central Ohio libraries and offers an array<br />

of free services to the community.<br />

Visit swpl.org for more information or<br />

connect with SPL on social media:<br />

Facebook @SPLFranklinCountyOH and<br />

Instagram @southwestpl.<br />

Summer Sizzle Concert Series<br />

and blues)<br />

•<strong>June</strong> 23, Ladies of Longford (contemporary<br />

Celtic, acoustic, pop)<br />

•Special Concert: Friday, <strong>June</strong> 30, 7-<br />

8:30p.m., Central Ohio Brass Band (patriotic<br />

marches and jazz)<br />

•July 7, Whiskey Would (classic rock<br />

and roll)<br />

•July 21, 50 Steps Up (Rock)<br />

•Aug. 4, Lee Gantt Band (country, rock<br />

and roll)<br />

•Aug. 18, The Conspiracy Band (R&B,<br />

rock and roll and jazz)<br />

•Sept. 1, These Guys Live (variety, 80s<br />

and up)<br />

For additional information, call the<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Parks and Recreation office at<br />


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West High 50 year reunion<br />

West High School class of 1973 will host<br />

its 50 year reunion. Alumni are invited to<br />

tour West High School from 4 to 5:45 p.m.<br />

July 21 then meet at Bella’s Pizza from 6 to<br />

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10 p.m. On Saturday, July 22, alumni will<br />

gather in the Hollywood Casino Ballroom<br />

from 6 to 11 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.<br />

For additional information, contact<br />

Wanda Estepp Ross at 614-570-9899.<br />

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Pictorial Past<br />

Miss Wisconsin visited <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>? It is true. The year was 1949, and Howard “Sig”<br />

Sigman’s old Red and White grocery store was host to the beauty queen and former<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Mayor Paul White as they promoted Miss Wisconsin cheese products.<br />

Sigman’s old Red and White, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>’s first supermarket, sat on Broadway just<br />

south of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> in what was at that time, a big field. Many may even remember<br />

returning used cooking oil and fats to the store. Leanne Watkins, from the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

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Volunteers sought<br />

at food pantry<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Food Pantry is looking<br />

for volunteers. The pantry is located at<br />

2710 Columbus St. in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. It serves<br />

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Food donations are also needed. Those<br />

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Touch-A-Truck in the Town Center<br />

The city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>’s public service department hosted its second annual Touch-<br />

A-Truck event at Town Center Park on May 27. Established to bring awareness to<br />

National Public Works Week, children of all ages – including those who are still<br />

young at heart – were able to inspect and enjoy the vast array of vehicles the department<br />

uses over the course of the year to maintain the grounds and lands throughout<br />

the city. This front-end loader, which is primarily used to pick up and move heavy<br />

materials, proved to be one of the best spots for shade and a most excellent place<br />

for a photo shoot for infants like Hunter Houghton.<br />

<strong>City</strong> employee Brian Roth helps Paislee<br />

Hargis, 5, “pick up trash” on the road.<br />

Grant Utrup, 7, demonstrates the best<br />

way to navigate sharp turns in this John<br />

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the city uses are primarily used to carry<br />

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Pets of the week<br />

These furry friends are available<br />

for adoption at local<br />

rescues and shelters<br />

Summer and her<br />

sister, Savanah, were<br />

rescued from a rural<br />

West Virginia shelter.<br />

Summer is still a<br />

young pup, born this<br />

past January. This<br />

Lab mix is super<br />

sweet and very loving.<br />

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learning potty training<br />

and basic commands. This sweet girl is up<br />

for adoption through Colony Cats and Dogs.<br />

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Savanah is<br />

Summer’s littermate<br />

and is also a 5-<br />

month-old Lab mix.<br />

She is a sweet gal<br />

who loves to play and<br />

loves attention. She<br />

gets along well with<br />

cats, dogs, and children.<br />

Savanah is still<br />

learning basic commands<br />

and house training but she’s doing<br />

well. Both pups are spayed, microchipped,<br />

and up to date on vaccines.<br />

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Pizza is a big, chunky<br />

boy with an even bigger<br />

heart. This 3-<br />

year-old has spent<br />

half of his life with<br />

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for a family to call his<br />

own. He may do best<br />

in a home without<br />

other cats and with<br />

older children as he can be spicy. Is Pizza the<br />

one you need to complete the space in your<br />

home and heart? If so, come meet him at the<br />

adoption center and see if he’s the right slice<br />

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Cole is an energetic,<br />

free-spirited boy who<br />

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who loves to follow<br />

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at Pleasant Twp. mobile home park<br />

By Hannah Poling<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The Pleasant Township trustees discussed<br />

water concerns at the Community<br />

Gardens Mobile Home Park at their May<br />

23 meeting.<br />

According to chairwoman Nancy<br />

Hunter, she is still receiving a lot of complaints<br />

about the living conditions in the<br />

community. Hunter said those complaints<br />

range from reports of brown water, to<br />

water with a strange odor, to no water at<br />

all.<br />

Residents have made numerous complaints<br />

to the management throughout the<br />

Columbus Air Show<br />

years regarding all sorts of water-related<br />

issues. According to the reports received by<br />

Hunter, these issues are still continuing<br />

despite previous attempts to find a resolution.<br />

Hunter said that she forwarded the<br />

complaints to the Environmental<br />

Protection Agency (EPA), which has<br />

already reached out to the mobile home<br />

park with a bid to replace its water treatment<br />

system.<br />

The EPA told Hunter that Community<br />

Gardens had until May 29 to accept the bid<br />

to replace the treatment system.<br />

“At least the EPA is on it,” Hunter said.<br />

community events<br />

The Columbus Air Show Presented by<br />

Scotts will be held at Rickenbacker<br />

International Airport, 2241 John Circle<br />

Drive, Columbus, on <strong>June</strong> 16-18 from 9<br />

a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

Performers and attractions at the air<br />

show include: the United States Navy Blue<br />

Angels; the United States Air Force F-22<br />

Raptor; Ohio Air National Guard; the<br />

United States Marine Corps C-130 “Fat<br />

Albert”; the B-17 “Yankee Lady from the<br />

Yankee Air Museum; an F-5 Tiger; the C-<br />

47 “Hairless Joe from the Yankee Air<br />

Museum; the B-25 “Rosie’s Reply” from the<br />

Yankee Air Museum; the P-51 Mustang<br />

“Old Crow” based in Central Ohio; and<br />

more. There will also be ground displays,<br />

air racing, exhibits, civilian superstars,<br />

vintage aircraft, and other experiences.<br />

All tickets and parking passes for the<br />

air show are available online at<br />

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ly did not realize the<br />

film originally had a<br />

“Part One” attached<br />

to the title. Those<br />

were really the only<br />

grumbles I heard<br />

about this animated<br />

feature and the<br />

analysis on the former is all I can really<br />

take issue with too because this film is fantastic<br />

in just about every way possible.<br />

Some of the main concerns I had going<br />

into the viewing for this sequel to the<br />

Academy Award winning “Into the Spider-<br />

Verse” (2018) was whether it could top — or<br />

even come close to — the greatness that was<br />

that movie. I know there is a lot of negativity<br />

about animated films and superhero<br />

movies in general, but that particular film<br />

is largely regarded as one of the most influential<br />

films in the past decade as it opened<br />

up the possibilities of the multiverse in theatrical<br />

comic book adaptations and it<br />

sparked a whole new visual style for other<br />

animated features.<br />

To be fair, the plot within “Into the<br />

Spider-Verse” wasn’t that original — it’s<br />

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The presence of children at a movie<br />

screening is not always an enjoyable experience<br />

for me — I find that they get up too<br />

often to use the bathroom, they seem to like<br />

the noise the straw makes as it sucks up<br />

the liquid dregs of their big gulps, and they<br />

prefer to use their outdoor voice to ask the<br />

random and related questions that pop into<br />

their minds — but I have to admit that some<br />

of the observations they have about the<br />

film can be spot-on.<br />

For instance, I went to see “The Little<br />

Mermaid” and “Spider-Man: Across the<br />

Spider-Verse” as a part of a summer blockbuster<br />

movie review mashup and came<br />

away completely impressed with the variety<br />

of comments they made about the aesthetics<br />

of the films and their complete<br />

befuddlement about plot threads, character<br />

development, and even the length of the<br />

run time.<br />

Based on my mental notes of their frequent<br />

commentary, I would say that the<br />

general consensus of the younger audience<br />

was that while they liked, and even loved,<br />

both movies, they saw that each film had<br />

its strengths and weaknesses. And as the<br />

most quasi-professional movie reviewer of<br />

the bunch, I would have to say that I cannot<br />

disagree with their overall assessment<br />

of these films.<br />

In the case of “The Little Mermaid,” the<br />

primary complaint that I heard from the<br />

children at my screening was that it was<br />

too dark to see some of the underwater<br />

scenes and that with a run time of two<br />

hours it was just too long. While I agree<br />

with the latter assessment — why are<br />

movies so lengthy now? — I have to push<br />

back on the former because it could have<br />

been so much worse. If you recall when the<br />

trailers first came out for this film, the<br />

lighting made everything look dark and<br />

dank, nothing at all like the original animated<br />

feature on which it is based. I don’t<br />

think anyone was expecting another<br />

“Avatar: The Way of Water” but a sharpening<br />

of the picture would have been more<br />

proficient. Thankfully, the lighting situation<br />

in the movie that mostly takes place<br />

under the sea was better than advertised<br />

though it was still devoid of vibrant flashes<br />

that are necessary for films like this to<br />

make a lasting impression, at least visually.<br />

My main complaint with this film is the<br />

issue that I have with almost all of the liveaction<br />

adaptations Disney has pulled from<br />

their classics vault: the unwillingness to<br />

deviate from the original and beloved material.<br />

Basically, director Rob Marshall and<br />

writer David Magee made a shot-for-shot<br />

and word-for-word remake of the 1989 animated<br />

film and just sprinkled in a few new<br />

above water scenes in order to add development<br />

to the human world that the title<br />

character so desperately yearns to be a part<br />

of.<br />

What saves this largely uninspired liveaction<br />

film is the inclusion of and the<br />

reprisal to most of the original music by<br />

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken and the<br />

casting of Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King,<br />

and Melissa McCarthy, who play the little<br />

mermaid Ariel, her human love interest<br />

Prince Eric, and the chaos-loving sea witch<br />

Ursula, respectively. One of the best uses of<br />

the expanded run time is the additional<br />

focus on the growing connection between<br />

Ariel and Prince Eric so it starts to make a<br />

little more sense as to why she may be<br />

more willing to leave her family and fins<br />

behind to walk among the mere mortals in<br />

the human world. They have a sweet chemistry<br />

and it was a delight to watch them<br />

work together with these additional scenes.<br />

However, it would have been nice had there<br />

been more of a focus on Ursula/Vanessa<br />

because McCarthy was fantastic as the<br />

half-woman, half-octopus who loves nothing<br />

more than to stir up trouble and snatch<br />

up some poor, unfortunate souls while<br />

doing so.<br />

In the case of “Spider-Man: Across the<br />

Spider-Verse,” the primary complaint that<br />

I heard from the children in the audience<br />

was that there was too much going on — “It<br />

hurts my eyes,” said one - and that the<br />

ending left them feeling a bit angry.<br />

Actually, that was also a complaint from<br />

the adults in the theater as they apparent-<br />



Adam Miller<br />


News from the<br />

Statehouse<br />

Ohio’s budget was passed out of The Ohio<br />

House of Representatives last week. It now<br />

heads to the Ohio Senate and, most likely,<br />

back to the House before it is approved by<br />

both chambers. The budget process<br />

avoided the headlines. After all, most members<br />

agreed on 75 percent of funding and<br />

debated the 25 percent that aligned with<br />

their political views. While the budget left a<br />

lot to be desired, the hard work escaping<br />

the current political headlines was a good<br />

thing. In the end, the House budget moves<br />

our state forward.<br />

You do not have to look very hard on the internet<br />

or social media to see that the political<br />

rhetoric has recently gone too far. I can<br />

only imagine what Jim Rhodes, Vern Riffe,<br />

Ronald Reagan, and Tip O’Neill would say if<br />

they were alive today. We have heard individuals<br />

claim that elected officials are possessed<br />

by demons and have seen others<br />

defend slavery, all while there were<br />

swastikas at local protests. These hateful<br />

voices may be loud, they do not represent<br />

how Ohioans feel.<br />

How do we combat these things and<br />

change the rhetoric moving forward? For<br />

one, we get involved. We work with one another<br />

by reaching out and helping those in<br />

need. According to Volunteermatch.com,<br />

there are more than 800 volunteer organizations<br />

in and around Galloway alone. From<br />

food banks to faith groups to sports and recovery<br />

support, we make the world better<br />

by engaging with one another. The Human<br />

Services Chamber of Franklin County has<br />

more than 160 members doing just that and<br />

they are always in need of more volunteers<br />

and members.<br />

As spring turns into summer, we have a<br />

choice in Central Ohio. Let’s choose to engage<br />

and help one another and focus on<br />

what unites us rather than what divides us.<br />

Go to events like the Bean Dinner, Summer-<br />

Jam West on the Hilltop, or the Celebrations<br />

at the Station in Hilliard. Or join one of those<br />

800 plus volunteer organizations. Let us rise<br />

above the rhetoric and make our community<br />

a better place for all of us.<br />

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Putting on a show to benefit a good cause<br />

Students from Hayes Intermediate School pose for a photo after their spring musical “Legally Blonde.”<br />

The performance ran last month. Donations were collected to benefit Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center<br />

on the city’s westside.<br />

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Continued from page 15<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police is participating in<br />

a nationwide free gun lock giveaway program to help<br />

protect families from unnecessary tragedy.<br />

Over the past decade, Project ChildSafe developed a<br />

comprehensive program for firearm owners to be safe<br />

and responsible – preventing accidents and keeping<br />

firearms out of the wrong hands.<br />

Free, cable-style gun locks and firearm safety information<br />

are available at the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Safety<br />

Complex, 3360 Park St. The free gun lock giveaway is<br />

part of the national Project ChildSafe Initiative,<br />

ensuring safe and responsible firearm ownership and<br />

storage. Funding for the locks is provided by a grant<br />

from the U.S. Department of Justice.<br />

For more information, contact the division of police<br />

at 614-277-1710.<br />

slinger but this time placing the ground-breaking<br />

Miles Morales, a half-Black, half-Latino teenager, into<br />

the mask and spandex - but it was the visualization of<br />

telling the story through the perspective of a comic<br />

book come to life that made such a strong impact on<br />

the audience and even yours truly.<br />

Like all great sequels, “Across the Spider-Verse”<br />

builds on the tricks of its predecessor and continues<br />

with the multi-perspective structure of “Into the<br />

Spider-Verse.” While Miles (voiced by Shameik Moore)<br />

is still front and center as he tries to balance his life as<br />

a student with his life as a superhero, his story gives<br />

up some ground to Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), the<br />

Spider-Woman of a parallel Earth whom he met in the<br />

2018 film.<br />

The loneliness that they feel and their desperation<br />

to recapture the feeling of not being the only webslinger<br />

in their world is what leads them to the “Spider<br />

Society,” an interdimensional squad of Spider-Beings<br />

who are tasked with stopping anomalies from bleeding<br />

into other universes. It is led by the humorless Miguel<br />

O’Hara (Oscar Isaac) who considers Miles to be one of<br />

those anomalies since he technically should never<br />

have been “chosen” to be a Spider-Man.<br />

This push-and-pull between the two heroes is a primary<br />

plot point but not the only one. The secondary<br />

one, which is sure to be expanded upon in the third<br />

installment out next year, is the introduction of the villain<br />

Spot (Jason Schwartzman) who can access interdimensional<br />

portals through the markings on his body.<br />

What makes this such an intriguing thread is not that<br />

he blames Miles for his ailment due to the events of<br />

the previous film, but that it seemed he could have<br />

deviated from his planned multiverse villainy had<br />

Miles just been a touch kinder to him.<br />

“Across the Spider-Verse” is thematically darker<br />

than its predecessor but it still has a lot of the heart<br />

found within the first installment and the visual style<br />

continues to be unrivaled. The thousand-plus animators<br />

deserve all the credit in the world for their use of<br />

the color and design toward making each Spider-Being<br />

and their respective world unique. It is quite breathtaking<br />

to see on the big screen, but it sometimes makes<br />

for a “too much going on” feeling, therefore diminishing<br />

the congruent story that is taking place.<br />

All in all, I would say that the summer movie blockbuster<br />

season has gotten off to a good start and that<br />

parents should consider making a trip to see one, if not<br />

both, of these films a priority for their children and<br />

maybe even themselves. Although these films are<br />

lengthy, I think they can spark some great dialogue<br />

and open up new imaginary worlds to people of all<br />

ages.<br />

The Little Mermaid: B-<br />

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: A-<br />

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


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community events<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Outdoor Movie Series<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Community Outdoor<br />

Movie Nights return in <strong>June</strong>, providing<br />

free, family-friendly fun to Wednesday<br />

evenings. These outdoor movies, presented<br />

in partnership with the city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

and The Naz Church, are shown at 8 p.m.<br />

on a large screen behind the church, 4770<br />

Hoover Road.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Community<br />

Outdoor Movie Nights schedule:<br />

• <strong>June</strong> 21 - Family Camp<br />

• <strong>June</strong> 28 - The Lorax<br />

• July 5 - Coco<br />

• July 12 - Ghostbusters (original)<br />

• July 19 - Pirates of the Caribbean<br />

• July 26 - E.T.<br />

Watch these popular films from your<br />

car or pack lawn chairs or blankets and<br />

enjoy a movie under the stars, with family<br />

and friends. Each week features interactive,<br />

movie-themed activities at 7:30 p.m.<br />

Participants may bring snacks and beverages<br />

(no glass containers, please) or purchase<br />

refreshments at The Naz Cafe. This<br />

is a smoke- and alcohol-free event; pets<br />

(other than service dogs) are not permitted.<br />

Movies may be canceled due to adverse<br />

weather conditions including high winds.<br />

Weather-related cancellation information<br />

is available at the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Parks and<br />

Recreation Facebook and Instagram pages<br />

or the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Facebook and Twitter<br />

pages or call the weather hotline at 614-<br />

277-3060 the day of the event.<br />

club meetings<br />

Alzheimer’s support at Ashford<br />

The Ashford of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Alzheimer’s<br />

support group meets the third Thursday of<br />

the month at 2 p.m. at 3197 Southwest<br />

Blvd. For more information, contact<br />

Bethany Watts at 614-582-4905 or<br />

bwatts@wallick.com.<br />

Historical Society<br />

Help preserve the history of <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong>, Urbancrest and Jackson, Pleasant.<br />

Prairie and Franklin townships. The<br />

Southwest Franklin County Historical<br />

Society meets the first Tuesday each<br />

month at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran<br />

Church, 3220 Columbus St.<br />

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