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

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

<strong>December</strong> 10 - 23, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. L, No. 10<br />

Come<br />

See our<br />

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Park plan<br />

proposed in<br />

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By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Prairie Township resident Michele<br />

Viant said she wanted to keep an open<br />

mind when she heard there was an interest<br />

to build a neighborhood park at the corner<br />

of Dellinger and Hubbard roads.<br />

Although she believed there were better<br />

locations in the township for a new park —<br />

after all, the site where the proposed park<br />

would be is prone to flooding and the<br />

streets that surround the site of the proposed<br />

park are prone to motorists who disobey<br />

the posted speed limit — she said she<br />

felt she owed it to the local officials to hear<br />

their ideas for development before making<br />

a judgement call.<br />

“They don’t always get things right, in<br />

my opinion, but they do try to find ways to<br />

improve the quality of life here,” said the<br />

37-year resident of the township.<br />

This past spring, Viant was in attendance<br />

as township officials hosted its first<br />

open house to unveil a conceptual design of<br />

what the proposed 5.48-acre neighborhood<br />

park could look like.<br />

She said she was not “too thrilled” by<br />

what she saw.<br />

In addition to feeling as if the programmatic<br />

elements like the playground and<br />

basketball and volleyball courts were bundled<br />

too close together, she was alarmed by<br />

the lack of safety features around the park<br />

site.<br />

“There are no safe walking paths on<br />

Dellinger and Hubbard, which we would<br />

have to access to get to the park from the<br />

residential areas,” she said. “These roads<br />

can be quite dangerous because motorists<br />

See PARK page 2<br />

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

Spreading holiday cheer<br />

On Nov. 26, dozens of Londoners and residents of the neighboring communities<br />

came out to experience a winter wonderland as the 1811 Downtown District hosted<br />

its annual Old Fashioned Christmas. For four hours, visitors shopped for gifts at the<br />

area businesses, tried their best to make homemade crafts, met Santa Claus and a<br />

few reindeer, and generally had a delightful time despite the weather outside being<br />

so frightful. Helping to bring a bit of additional cheer to the festivities was Galloway<br />

resident Eve Breedlove, who volunteered to read a number of books like the interactive<br />

children’s book “Only You Can Save Christmas!: A Help-the Elf Adventure” by<br />

Adam Wallace and the holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by<br />

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.<br />

Financial outlook<br />

holds steady in SWCS<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

South-Western City School officials say<br />

the financial outlook of the district will<br />

continue to be stable despite a recent<br />

analysis that suggests it could soon enter<br />

into deficit spending.<br />

According to Treasurer Hugh Garside,<br />

the district’s expenditures will likely begin<br />

to surpass its revenue by the end of fiscal<br />

year 2025. He told the board of education<br />

at its regular meeting on Nov. 27 that it<br />

will be a trend that continues to grow<br />

throughout the duration of the five-year<br />

forecast.<br />

While the gap between the district’s<br />

expenditures and its revenue is a cause for<br />

concern, he said the panic button does not<br />

need to be hit now or in the immediate<br />

future.<br />

See SOUTH-WESTERN page 4<br />

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just fly down there so I thought sidewalks should be necessary<br />

there.”<br />

The concept she did like, however, were the walking paths that<br />

looped around the site, especially the portion that intersected with<br />

an abundant tree canopy.<br />

Last week, township officials and architects with the consulting<br />

firm DLZ hosted its second open house to unveil an updated conceptual<br />

design of what the proposed neighborhood park could look<br />

like.<br />

Although Viant said she liked this rendering “much better”<br />

than the original, she still has reservations about the project.<br />

Other residents in attendance said they did as well — a few even<br />

stated they did not want a park there at all — while some said they<br />

could not wait for the proposed park to start its construction<br />

phase.<br />

“I am 100 percent for this,” said Dana Murray.<br />

The updated conceptual design features several safety features<br />

for pedestrians. It includes two proposed pedestrian crossings at<br />

Canoe Drive and Hubbard Road for safer passage into the park<br />

and it also includes a sidewalk that would extend from Prairie<br />

Road, located just off Dellinger Road, to Westpoint Drive, located<br />

just off Hubbard Road.<br />

There would be two access points into the park — one on<br />

Dellinger Road; the other on Hubbard Road — and there would be<br />

a fencing barrier of undetermined length<br />

with additional mounding that would border<br />

the park. The fencing barrier and additional<br />

mounding would be implemented to<br />

mitigate the impact of park noise to the residents<br />

nearby and also provide an added<br />

layer of privacy to homeowners whose properties<br />

share a boundary with the proposed<br />

park.<br />

“One of the things we were told back in<br />

March and also through comments that<br />

have been submitted since our last open<br />

house was to make sure that there would be<br />

no pass throughs,” said Karen Juricic, an<br />

architect with DLZ, referring to concerns<br />

that park goers would cut through private<br />

property.<br />

The park itself would feature 27 parking<br />

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PARK<br />

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Dec. 16 & 17<br />

spaces for visitors, an inclusive playground,<br />

a pavilion, a restroom facility, multiple<br />

park benches and possibly a tennis or pickleball<br />

court near the Dellinger Road<br />

entrance.<br />

The proposed park would feature a quarter-mile<br />

walking path with intersecting<br />

loops, allowing joggers, runners, strollers,<br />

or walkers to decide whether they want to<br />

access the exterior boundaries of the park<br />

or utilize a pathway through the middle of<br />

the site.<br />

Juricic said they intend to preserve as<br />

many trees and shrubs that are currently<br />

on the site as possible. They also plan to<br />

bring in additional trees and plants to surround<br />

the interior path as a way to create a<br />

“relaxing oasis.”<br />

The exterior pathways and the open<br />

green space would be supplemented with<br />

select additional plantings including tall<br />

grasses, trees and shrubs. The creation of a<br />

small wetland was also discussed but residents<br />

nixed the idea, stating that there<br />

were too many mosquitoes that emanate<br />

from the area.<br />

After looking at the conceptual design<br />

and listening to the architects and township<br />

officials, Viant said she does not think<br />

she is completely on board with the project.<br />

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She said while she likes that sidewalks have been added for<br />

pedestrian safety and is a proponent of the new walking path, she<br />

still does not feel this site is the right place to build a park.<br />

“Drainage is a big issue here,” said Viant. “They say they fixed<br />

it before they built all these homes but people are losing their<br />

backyards. It’s like a big ravine now and it can be quite dangerous.<br />

I just don’t know that building a neighborhood park here would be<br />

the best solution to the problem.”<br />

Residents Tammy Gahm, Ben Westland, and Lorie Yount all<br />

live in homes that abut the boundary of the proposed park. Like<br />

Viant, they say they too have reservations about the project.<br />

Yount said her biggest concern is with the design of the park.<br />

She said she worried that young children or teenagers will see the<br />

mounding near the fence line and use it as a catapult for their<br />

bikes. She said she is also concerned that the park could be used<br />

as a location for individuals to either use illegal substances or deal<br />

illegal substances as it is located within close proximity to two<br />

busy roads.<br />

Westland said he also has concerns about the design of the proposed<br />

park, in particular the number of cars that would be allowed<br />

in the parking area.<br />

“It is way too much,” he said. “This is not a Walmart.”<br />

Gahm said she is just against the idea of a park there in general.<br />

“It is just not a good idea to me,” she said, noting that she has<br />

concerns about safety as well and the maintenance of the park.<br />

Township Road Superintendent Dave McAninch tried to allay<br />

some of the concerns that were addressed at the open house.<br />

According to McAninch, the road department would provide<br />

maintenance to the park, mowing once a week in the spring and<br />

summer; the employees would be at the park at least once a week<br />

to remove trash from the receptacles and pick up the litter that<br />

may have fallen on the ground.<br />

He also said that there would likely be security cameras<br />

installed on the premises and that the public restroom facilities<br />

would come equipped with timed locks. Several of the residents at<br />

the meeting voiced concerns about the amenity, stating they<br />

believed it would be used as a public restroom around the clock.<br />

“People will not be able to access the bathrooms outside of regular<br />

park hours,” he said.<br />

McAninch added that they would request more patrols from<br />

local law enforcement agencies in the area. He also encouraged<br />

residents to tell the township if they do not feel local law enforcement<br />

agencies are responding to complaints in an adequate<br />

amount of time.<br />

As for the drainage issues, DLZ director of architecture Greg<br />

Galieti said newly installed pipes underneath the park would<br />

allow any excessive water to be slowly released into the outlet.<br />

Any drainage permits would have to be approved by the Big Darby<br />

Accord Panel.<br />

The timeline for the proposed park at Dellinger and Hubbard<br />

roads is as follows: The township and the park planners will continue<br />

to collect public comments via the township website or<br />

Facebook page. They estimate they will enter into a final design<br />

phase sometime next year.<br />

If the township board of trustees approves the plan and allocates<br />

funding for the project — they will also seek grants for the<br />

proposed park — the construction phase will begin in 2025.<br />

McAninch said he believes it will be a “phased” construction project,<br />

meaning it will be broken down into two or three segments<br />

before it is completed.<br />

As one of the residents who were strongly in favor of the proposed<br />

park, Dana Murray said what he liked most about the conceptual<br />

design that was presented was the inclusive playground<br />

and the restroom facility nearby.<br />

“I have two small children so I think having a restroom there is<br />

fantastic,” he said. “With that there, I won’t have to haul them<br />

back home quickly and that is a good thing from my perspective.”<br />

He reiterated that he cannot wait for the project to begin.<br />

“We are already using the open space as a park right now anyway,”<br />

he said. “So I think we might as well truly make it one.”


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Breakfast at the Lodge<br />

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The West Gate Masonic Lodge #623 is<br />

preparing breakfast once a month to benefit<br />

the Special Olympics. The public is<br />

invited to have breakfast the second<br />

Saturday of each month at 2925 West<br />

Broad St. Adults eat for a donation of $7<br />

and kids can have a meal for $3. Serving is<br />

from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information,<br />

email westgate623@gmail.com.<br />

Keeping spirits high<br />

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

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“We do not anticipate having an operating<br />

levy on the ballot through the 2028<br />

school year,” said Garside.<br />

He explained that when he crunches the<br />

numbers to put together the five-year forecast,<br />

which is a hypothetical representation<br />

of a district’s financial future based on<br />

historical trends and known facts, he does<br />

so in a conservative manner as a way to<br />

mitigate unwanted surprises.<br />

He said that if the actual numbers come<br />

in around 2 percent of the estimated numbers,<br />

it could be a bottom-line difference<br />

between $10-12 million. That, he added,<br />

could cause the delay of any potential<br />

deficits within the immediate forecast.<br />

“Just because the five-year forecast is<br />

showing the possibility of deficit spending<br />

in an upcoming fiscal year does not mean it<br />

will be so,” he said, referring to previous<br />

five-year forecasts that indicated the district<br />

would go into deficit spending in 2020,<br />

2021, and 2022. None of those predictions,<br />

he added, came to fruition.<br />

Garside said what is helping the financial<br />

stability of the district is the positive<br />

cash balance it will maintain throughout<br />

the duration of the forecast, which runs<br />

through June 30, 2028.<br />

Generally speaking, Garside said he<br />

wants the district to have a positive cash<br />

balance target of three to six months of<br />

what their operating expenditures would<br />

be, thus enabling the district to “weather<br />

storms” should there be a shortfall in state<br />

funding or property tax collections.<br />

He said currently the district is well<br />

beyond that three to six month positive<br />

cash balance target.<br />

“From fiscal year 2024 to fiscal year<br />

2028, we are about five to 10 months on at<br />

any point in time in our forecast,” he said.<br />

“So we are in a pretty good spot right now.”<br />

Also making the financial outlook a bit<br />

healthier, said Garside, has been an<br />

increase in state funding and the development<br />

of additional homes and businesses<br />

within the district’s boundaries. Much of<br />

the revenue in the general fund is dependent<br />

on state funding and property tax allocations<br />

— roughly 84.6 percent of the district’s<br />

$300 million general fund revenues<br />

comes from these two sources — and<br />

Garside said he expects that trend will continue<br />

throughout the forecast.<br />

“Our revenue is projected to increase<br />

but at a much slower rate than our expenditures,”<br />

he said.<br />

Garside added that the revenue could<br />

skew “even more positive” should the state<br />

fully phase in its Fair School Funding<br />

Plan. The district currently receives<br />

around $140 million annually from the<br />

state but Garside said he did not include<br />

additional state dollars in fiscal years 2027<br />

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and 2028 as that biennial budget has not<br />

yet been approved by the legislature.<br />

“I think the FSFP is a good plan to fund<br />

schools and I do believe it will help our<br />

financial situation should it be approved,”<br />

he said.<br />

According to the five-year forecast projections,<br />

the district’s general fund revenue<br />

will be $317.8 million in FY 2024; $320.2<br />

million in FY 2025; $325.5 million in FY<br />

2026; $323.4 million in FY 2027; and<br />

$332.1 million in FY 2028.<br />

The biggest expense of the district, said<br />

Garside, comes from personnel services,<br />

which consist of salaries and wages for its<br />

administrators, educators and support<br />

staff. He said the district is not ashamed<br />

that roughly 73 percent of its general fund<br />

expenditures go toward staff and student<br />

instruction as he considers it to be money<br />

well spent.<br />

The forecast has also accounted for<br />

negotiated base salary increases of 2.5 percent<br />

for its collective bargaining groups<br />

through fiscal year 2025, and the forecast<br />

also predicts that health insurance benefits<br />

costs will increase at a rate of 10 to 12.6<br />

percent.<br />

“Hopefully that will not be true — it is a<br />

conservative estimate,” said Garside. “But<br />

we are working hard with our health insurance<br />

committee to see what we can do to<br />

get those costs down.”<br />

He mentioned that the district’s health<br />

insurance fund was healthy and that the<br />

district also has a four month cash balance<br />

carry over.<br />

The district has also been hit hard by<br />

inflation regarding purchased services and<br />

materials and supplies. Garside said purchased<br />

services represent 13.48 percent of<br />

the total expenditures and will grow at an<br />

annual rate of 1.32 percent through FY<br />

2028. Materials and supplies represent<br />

4.27 percent of the total expenditures and<br />

will grow at an annual average rate of 1.66<br />

percent through FY 2028.<br />

“There has been some heavy inflation —<br />

I think we have all experienced that — and<br />

we are monitoring inflation and making<br />

sure we are staying on target with that,”<br />

said Garside.<br />

According to the five-year forecast projections,<br />

the district’s general fund expenditures<br />

will be $311.9 million in FY 2024;<br />

$345.2 million in FY 2025; $339.7 million<br />

in FY 2026; $354.4 million in FY 2027; and<br />

$369.9 million in FY 2028.<br />

As for the cash balance, the five-year<br />

forecast projects that the district will have<br />

$254.1 million in FY 2024; $248.5 million<br />

in FY 2025; $233.6 million in FY 2026;<br />

$202.5 million in FY 2027; and $164.6 million<br />

in FY 2028.<br />

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Government Focus<br />

Transportation plan discussed<br />

at Westland Area Commission<br />

By Hannah Poling<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Zachary Sunderland, project manager<br />

in service planning at Central Ohio Transit<br />

Authority (COTA) attended the November<br />

meeting of the Westland Area Commission<br />

to discuss the LinkUS initiative.<br />

According to Sunderland, LinkUS is<br />

central Ohio’s comprehensive mobility initiative<br />

to help address growth, affordability,<br />

and opportunity gaps in the community.<br />

The principal sponsors of this initiative are<br />

the city of Columbus, COTA, the Mid-Ohio<br />

Regional Planning Commission, and<br />

Franklin County, Ohio.<br />

Sunderland said LinkUS will attempt to<br />

provide a total mobility system along<br />

important regional corridors focused on<br />

growth patterns. He said there are approximately<br />

3.15 million people estimated to be<br />

moving to central Ohio by 2050. In addition,<br />

housing prices have increased 32 percent<br />

since March 2020 and 16 percent in<br />

2022 alone. Sunderland stated that one<br />

third of Franklin County residents also live<br />

in areas of low or very low opportunity.<br />

With this in mind, four regional corridors<br />

were created - Northwest, West<br />

Broad, East Broad, and East Main.<br />

West Broad’s Bus Rapid Transit corridor<br />

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Crossing in Prairie Township to<br />

Washington Avenue in downtown<br />

Columbus.<br />

This initiative plans to add many updated<br />

features to their rapid transit.<br />

“More bike lanes, sidewalks, and new<br />

community amenities are all part of this<br />

transit project to make our region more<br />

connected and accessible,” Sunderland<br />

said.<br />

He reported that about 45 percent of the<br />

project has been designed and they are<br />

hoping to get the project to 60 percent<br />

designed by the end of the year.<br />

In other news, Westland neighborhood<br />

liaison Olabisi Eddy encouraged the commissioners<br />

to continue to report through<br />

the City of Columbus’ 311 if they see any<br />

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Ends 12/31/23.<br />

Of that $5 million, a majority of the funds — more<br />

than $3.2 million - are going to school districts across<br />

the county. Additionally, Franklin County cities and<br />

villages will get $414,173, townships will get $259,952,<br />

libraries and parks will get $136,270, and<br />

county agencies will get $944,764.<br />

“By being fiscally responsible, we are<br />

able to return this money to help our community,”<br />

said Stinziano. “This is as close as<br />

we can come as per Ohio law to returning<br />

the funds directly to the citizens of<br />

Franklin County.”<br />

The reallocated money could be used for<br />

items like property tax relief, school supplies<br />

or other needs that benefit residents<br />

of Franklin County.<br />

Columbus City Schools will get the<br />

largest allotment of all the districts, at<br />

$1.08 million. Other school districts receiving<br />

generous returns are Hilliard City<br />

Schools with $293,911, Dublin City Schools<br />

at $287,238, Worthington City Schools at<br />

$267,913, South-Western Schools at<br />

$249,263, Upper Arlington at $202,521,<br />

and Westerville City Schools with<br />

$187,802.<br />

Among cities and villages, Columbus<br />

received the largest reapportionment, at<br />

$189,000, followed by Dublin at $36,636<br />

and Upper Arlington at $28,192. Among<br />

libraries, the Columbus Metropolitan<br />

Library will receive $90,396, followed by<br />

the Worthington Public Library at $14,037<br />

and the Upper Arlington Public Library at<br />

$8,771.<br />

The money that is being redistributed<br />

was collected as required by state law to<br />

pay for real estate reappraisals and triennial<br />

updates.<br />

around the westside<br />

Produce giveaway at YMCA<br />

The Hilltop YMCA hosts a fresh produce<br />

giveaway the third Wednesday of<br />

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

Valleyview Drive in Columbus. For more<br />

information, call 614-276-8224.<br />

On Nov. 28, PENN Entertainment, Inc. held a<br />

groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel at<br />

Hollywood Casino, located on the westside of<br />

Columbus.<br />

“We are thrilled to soon begin construction on a<br />

new, state-of-the-art hotel at Hollywood Casino<br />

Columbus,” said Jay Snowden, CEO and president of<br />

PENN Entertainment. “Since opening in 2012, our<br />

Columbus property has experienced tremendous<br />

growth, and the addition of a hotel at Hollywood<br />

Casino Columbus will create a true regional destination.”<br />

The hotel, with an estimated budget of approximately<br />

$100 million, will be attached to the existing<br />

property and will add hundreds of construction jobs<br />

and approximately 100 new permanent jobs upon<br />

opening. The hotel is expected to include 180 rooms,<br />

meeting space, an additional restaurant, and local<br />

partnerships and amenities that will be announced at<br />

a later date.<br />

“We are elated to be celebrating this day with our<br />

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Photo courtesy of Prairie Township<br />

On the job training<br />

The Prairie Township Fire Department conducted live fire<br />

training at Galbraith Farms recently. Box 15, Jefferson<br />

Township, and Pleasant Township assisted in the training<br />

that included more than 40 members.<br />

Casino breaks ground on westside hotel<br />

team members, supporters, and key stakeholders,”<br />

said Rick Skinner, vice president and general manager<br />

of Hollywood Casino Columbus. “We can’t wait to begin<br />

hiring new team members and welcoming more visitors<br />

from around the region to showcase our new hotel<br />

and the excitement of Hollywood Casino Columbus.”<br />

About Hollywood Casino Columbus<br />

Operated by Penn Entertainment, Hollywood<br />

Casino Columbus is located off I-270 West and is open<br />

24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 160,000 square<br />

foot gaming facility features 1,700 slot machines, 70<br />

table games, a retail sportsbook and the largest poker<br />

room in central Ohio. Dining options include The<br />

Lounge at Final Cut Steak & Seafood, Mikey’s<br />

LateNight Slice, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, Zen<br />

Noodle, Wahlburgers and Sportsbook Restaurant.<br />

Hollywood Casino Columbus also offers more than<br />

16,000 square feet of multi-purpose banquet and event<br />

space.<br />

For more information, go to www.hollywoodcolumbus.com.


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Rugby Club looking for players from SWCS district<br />

By Sarah Slayman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Last year, Matt Carle decided to relaunch<br />

the Grove City Rugby Club and has taken on<br />

the role of head coach. The players are entering<br />

their second season this spring and are<br />

looking for additional teammates.<br />

The rugby program began in 1998 and ran<br />

until 2007 when the head coach resigned, ultimately<br />

ending the sport in the area. Carle, and<br />

a few of his fellow coaches, played during those<br />

years and he says it was one of their most<br />

meaningful life experiences. He still has strong<br />

friendships from his team all those years ago.<br />

Carle always wondered what it would be<br />

like to resurrect the program. After much<br />

encouragement, he contacted Rugby Ohio.<br />

With their support, his dream came to life, and<br />

Grove City had an official team by the spring<br />

of 2022.<br />

“Rugby was a huge part of our lives and I<br />

just want to give kids the opportunities that I<br />

had in high school,” said Carle.<br />

The past season centered around simply<br />

teaching the players the fundamentals of the<br />

game and building their confidence on the<br />

field. So many of them fell in love with the<br />

sport and plan to return this coming season.<br />

The goal this year is to expand the team to<br />

maximize the opportunities on the field and<br />

within the program.<br />

Students from all South-Western City<br />

School District high schools are invited to participate.<br />

“Being a part of a team is going to carry<br />

with you your whole life,” said the coach.<br />

Carle is a big advocate for students playing<br />

as many different sports in high school as they<br />

can.<br />

“Get them active, looking forward to something<br />

and on that path that will get them to<br />

graduation. Rugby can play a small part in<br />

that,” he said.<br />

Practices begin on Feb. 28 at Central<br />

Crossing High School. No prior experience is<br />

necessary.<br />

“Come out and give it a shot,” said Carle.<br />

Participants have the option to opt out if<br />

they finds that after a few practices the sport<br />

isn’t for them. The practice schedule is flexible<br />

and gives students room for other hobbies or<br />

part-time jobs.<br />

Coaches will host various recruitment days<br />

where they will be available at the high schools<br />

to answer any questions students might have.<br />

The schedule includes:<br />

•Jan. 31 at Central Crossing High School<br />

•Feb. 7 at Westland High School<br />

•Feb 14 at Franklin Heights High School<br />

If interested, email Matt Carle at<br />

grovecityrugby.com or keep up with the team<br />

on Facebook at ‘Grove City Rugby’ or on<br />

Instagram @gcrc_gamecocks.<br />

Players get ready for a scrum.<br />

Photo courtesy of Matt Carle<br />

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP)<br />

is over for 2024, but maybe you still have<br />

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Medicare Supplement plans available to me in<br />

my area?<br />

- <br />

meet with a local representative, and review<br />

more than 2 or 3 plan options.<br />

- Review the Five Star plans available in your<br />

area, Year-round enrollment is available.<br />

- Will I have to pay a penalty if I keep working<br />

after I turn 65, and want to keep my group plan?<br />

- I need help in paying my Rx copays, any<br />

assistance available?<br />

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Currently<br />

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Meeting Two<br />

Members of Ukraine’s<br />

Parliament<br />

One of the side features of being a member of<br />

the Ohio House of Representatives is the occasional<br />

opportunity to meet governmental officials<br />

from other countries when they travel to the<br />

U.S. Sometimes those visits take them to Columbus.<br />

During the last year, I have had the opportunity<br />

to meet the Canadian Consul and several<br />

members of governmental ministries of India.<br />

This past week I enjoyed the rare privilege to participate<br />

in a group discussion with two members<br />

of the Parliament of Ukraine, Lesia Zaburanna<br />

and Yehor Cherniev. Lesia is the Deputy Chair of<br />

the Finance Committee. She has earned a Ph.D.<br />

in Economics and is a college professor in Kiev in<br />

addition to her legislative responsibilities. Yehor<br />

is the Deputy Chair of the National Security, Defense,<br />

and Intelligence Committee and is an IT<br />

entrepreneur outside the legislature.<br />

The Ukrainian Parliament is known there as the<br />

Verkhovna Rada or Supreme Council. It consists<br />

of only one house (not like our bicameral legislature<br />

at both the state and national levels) with<br />

a total of 450 members, half of which are elected<br />

from geographic districts. When any political<br />

party obtains more than 5% of the vote in a national<br />

election, it is allocated a proportional number<br />

of members out of the remaining 225<br />

at-large seats.<br />

As you know, the nation was invaded by Russia<br />

21 months ago and has fought valiantly to defend<br />

itself from its adversary’s aggression. Russia<br />

took the Crimean portion of Ukraine in 2014 and<br />

has sought to capture the remainder of the country<br />

and reclaim it as one of the former Soviet Socialist<br />

Republics. If successful, Russia’s President<br />

Vladimer Putin has made it clear that Russia intends<br />

to reclaim other European free countries it<br />

previously acquired at various times after the former<br />

Soviet Union was established in 1917. Currently,<br />

about one-quarter of Ukraine’s 40 million<br />

people have fled to other countries as refugees<br />

or remain in the occupied portion. The nation itself<br />

is approximately the size of Texas. A total<br />

area about the size of Ohio is part of the land<br />

taken by Russia in 2014 or occupied in 2022.<br />

Our discussion centered on the wartime challenges<br />

Ukraine faces and the opportunities for<br />

reconstruction once the Russians are ultimately<br />

forced to withdraw. However, the prospects for<br />

a quick peace are slim if the Russian president insists<br />

on continuing to pursue his foolish aggressive<br />

objectives.<br />

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

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

parts of West, Southwest, and South Columbus,<br />

Grove City, Urbancrest, and portions of Franklin<br />

and Jackson Townships. He reports regularly on his<br />

activities in this position and his campaign has paid<br />

for this communication with you.)<br />

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City and SWACO open recycling centers<br />

SWACO and the city of Columbus<br />

opened two new convenience centers for<br />

recycling.<br />

The centers will aid the public in the<br />

recovery of recyclables and other hard-torecycle<br />

materials such as clothing, batteries,<br />

electronics and food waste.<br />

The drive-up, self-service centers provide<br />

a convenient and accessible location<br />

for central Ohio residents to recycle a wide<br />

range of materials, mostly free of charge.<br />

They are the first of their kind in Franklin<br />

County.<br />

“By providing a comprehensive range of<br />

recycling options and promoting responsible<br />

waste management practices, these<br />

centers will contribute to an increase in the<br />

diversion of recyclable materials from the<br />

region’s landfill,” said Joe Lombardi,<br />

SWACO’s executive director.<br />

Currently, 76 percent of all landfilled<br />

items in Franklin County have the potential<br />

to be diverted. With only 42 years of<br />

life remaining for the Franklin County<br />

Sanitary Landfill and a steadily growing<br />

regional population, the city and SWACO<br />

share the goal to increase the diversion of<br />

materials from the landfill.<br />

“Columbus is pleased to provide residents<br />

with no-cost options to sustainably<br />

dispose of, reuse and recycle many items,”<br />

said Tim Swauger, administrator of the<br />

division of refuse collection. “The new centers<br />

support the city’s Climate Action Plan<br />

goals to reduce waste and divert it from the<br />

landfill. This offers residents another sustainability<br />

service, in addition to the city<br />

expanding residential recycling to weekly<br />

collection this year and to opening three<br />

food waste drop-off sites for composting.”<br />

Residents will be able to drive up to the<br />

convenience centers and quickly unload<br />

their recyclable and other materials from<br />

their vehicle and place it in designated bins<br />

or areas depending on the items. The centers<br />

will be staffed to assist residents with<br />

dropping off acceptable items and proper<br />

sorting.<br />

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The centers are located at:<br />

•2566 Jackson Pike, Columbus<br />

•2070 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus<br />

“By fostering a sense of shared responsibility,<br />

we can unite our community in a<br />

common purpose of environmental care,”<br />

said Lombardi.<br />

The Jackson Pike facility operated by<br />

SWACO will be operational Monday<br />

through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br />

and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fees<br />

may be charged for some of the materials<br />

accepted at this facility.<br />

Visit SWACO.org/ConvenienceCenter<br />

for more information.<br />

The Columbus Waste and Reuse<br />

Convenience Center on Alum Creek Drive<br />

will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays<br />

from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All items accepted at<br />

this location will be accepted for free. For a<br />

list of items acceptable for drop-off at this<br />

location visit columbus.gov. The city<br />

intends to open a second convenience center<br />

location soon.<br />

Mayor proposes budget of $1 billion<br />

Mayor Andrew Ginther released his proposed 2024 general<br />

fund budget — the largest-ever in city history.<br />

Through sound fiscal management aimed at mitigating the continued<br />

financial fallout of the pandemic — and the growth of highpaying<br />

jobs contributing to robust income tax revenues — the city<br />

is presenting a balanced budget totaling $1.19 billion for programs,<br />

services and priorities benefiting Columbus residents and<br />

neighborhoods while further bolstering the city’s Rainy Day Fund.<br />

“The investments we are announcing<br />

will further strengthen Columbus neighborhoods<br />

while lifting up our fellow neighbors<br />

who’ve been left out and left behind by<br />

the Columbus success story,” said Ginther.<br />

“We are in a special moment in our city’s<br />

history, and by making the right decisions<br />

now, we will ensure a better quality of life<br />

for all our residents and build an economic<br />

juggernaut for future generations.”<br />

Ginther highlighted the following<br />

investments as part of his budget priorities:<br />

•$753 million for neighborhood safety,<br />

including three new police and fire recruit<br />

classes, which will add up to 150 new officers<br />

and 10 lateral transfers to the Division<br />

of Police as well as 150 new firefighters.<br />

•$19.2 million to continue expanding<br />

affordable housing options across<br />

Columbus.<br />

•$21 million for summer, after-school<br />

and jobs-readiness programming to keep<br />

Columbus youth safe, active and engaged.<br />

•$10 million in Human Services Grants<br />

for 112 social services organizations that<br />

provide support for vulnerable residents<br />

and neighborhoods.<br />

•Expected balance of $101 million in the<br />

city’s Rainy Day Fund by the end of 2024.<br />

The city charter requires the mayor to<br />

present a balanced budget to City Council<br />

on or before Nov. 15 annually. Columbus<br />

City Council will begin budget deliberations,<br />

including public hearings, and is<br />

expected to approve an amended budget in<br />

early 2024.<br />

The full budget can be viewed at columbus.gov/2024budget.


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

Church Services<br />

Concordia Evangelical<br />

Lutheran Church<br />

Christmas Eve Service 7:00pm<br />

225 Schoolhouse Lane<br />

in Lincoln Village<br />

REFUGE OF HOPE FAMILY<br />

WORSHIP CENTER<br />

179 N. Huron Ave.<br />

(Corner of Steele Ave. & Huron)<br />

614-732-5517<br />

10:00 a.m. Sunday School<br />

11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship<br />

Pastor Leanne Parden<br />

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Refuge-of-<br />

Hope-Family-Worship-Center/132801330244329<br />

All are Welcome<br />

Hillcrest<br />

Baptist<br />

Church<br />

2480 West Broad St.<br />

Columbus, OH 43204<br />

614-274-4333| www.hillcrest-baptist.com<br />

http://www.facebook.com/hillcrest.baptist<br />

Our Sunday Worship Time<br />

at HBC is 10:15 am.<br />

<strong>December</strong> 24th, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight<br />

Service - 6:30 pm<br />

Come and celebrate the season<br />

with us as we share Christmas Music<br />

and the Christmas Message.<br />

St. John Evangelical<br />

Lutheran Church<br />

2745 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH<br />

Christmas Eve, Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 24th<br />

9:00 a.m. Sunday School<br />

10:00 a.m. Worship<br />

4:00 p.m. Candlelight Service<br />

with Communion<br />

Westgate United<br />

Methodist Church<br />

61 South Powell Ave., Columbus, OH<br />

Pastor Nancy Day-Achauer<br />

614-274-4271<br />

Combined Christmas Eve Service with Parkview UMC<br />

Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 24th - 6:30 p.m.<br />

at Parkview UMC<br />

344 South Algonquin Ave.<br />

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MASSES<br />

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CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES<br />

4 pm (in church & school),<br />

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CHRISTMAS DA<br />

Y MASS<br />

<br />

3730 Broadway, Grove<br />

City<br />

614.875.3322 | www.ourladygc.org<br />

Westminster Presbyterian<br />

Church, PC(USA)<br />

222 Schoolhouse Lane (in Lincoln Village)<br />

614-878-4623<br />

www.westminstercolumbus.org<br />

www.facebook.com/westminstercolumbus<br />

Christmas Eve Services<br />

10:30am<br />

Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols<br />

4:30pm<br />

Candelight & Communion<br />

Christmas Day Service<br />

10:30am<br />

Can I Get A Witness?<br />

We’d Love to see you any Sunday!<br />

“a church of many doors valuing sacred worth of each person.”<br />

2833 Valleyview Dr.<br />

(614) 274-8469<br />

Pastor Kevin Orr<br />

United Methodist Church<br />

775 Galloway Rd.,<br />

Galloway, OH 43119<br />

614-878-4530<br />

Rev. Dwayne Shugert<br />

Christmas Eve Worship Time:<br />

Sunday, Dec. 24 - 9:00 am<br />

Family Life Center<br />

Sunday, Dec. 24 - 10:30 am<br />

Sanctuary<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight<br />

Services<br />

Saturday, Dec. 24 - 7:00 pm<br />

Family Candlelight Service in<br />

the Sanctuary<br />

www.WhereFriendsAreMade.org<br />

Celebrate Christmas Eve on <strong>December</strong> 24th<br />

Join<br />

Glenwood UMC and Crossroads UMC<br />

at Glenwood United Methodist Church<br />

(Corner of Valleyview & Hague Avenue)<br />

Gathering/Prelude Music at 5:30 p.m.<br />

Christmas Eve Service with Candlelight at 6:00 p.m.<br />

Service will be available (In-Person or online)<br />

Connect with us on<br />

(YouTube, Facebook & www.thegumc.org)


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Thomas Rouse DDS, Jason T. Culley DDS FAGD<br />

• General Family Dentistry • Cosmetic Dentistry<br />

• Dental Implants and Crowns<br />

No insurance, no problem:<br />

In Office Membership Program available to adults and children.<br />

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Columbus, Oh 43215<br />

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Accepting most insurance<br />

FREE Whitening<br />

with a New Patient exam<br />

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Powell, Oh 43065<br />

614-766-5722<br />

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Columbus, Oh 43228<br />

614-878-7733<br />

Community Focus<br />

Pets of the week<br />

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Winter Hikes are back<br />

Metro Parks is welcoming hikers during<br />

its <strong>2023</strong>-24 Winter Hike Series which runs<br />

<strong>December</strong> through February and features<br />

19 parks.<br />

Twinkling lights can be found during<br />

the month of <strong>December</strong> at Battelle Darby<br />

Creek, Blacklick Woods, Highbanks,<br />

Homestead, and Inniswood parks. The<br />

lights go on at dark. Walk at anytime.<br />

In January, refreshments will be offered<br />

from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:<br />

• Jan. 6 at Prairie Oaks;<br />

• Jan. 7 at Walnut Woods;<br />

• Jan. 13 at Sharon Woods;<br />

• Jan. 14 at Slate Run;<br />

• Jan. 20 at Scioto Audubon;<br />

• Jan. 21 at Rocky Fork;<br />

• Jan. 27 at Clear Creek; and<br />

• Jan. 28 at Scioto Grove.<br />

In February, enjoy hot drinks and a<br />

treat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:<br />

• Feb. 3 at Blendon Woods;<br />

• Feb. 4 at Pickerington Ponds;<br />

• Feb. 10 at Glacier Ridge;<br />

• Feb. 11 at Quarry Trails; and<br />

• Feb. 17 at Three Creeks.<br />

A season wrap-up celebration will take<br />

place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at<br />

Pet Corner<br />

Blacklick Woods Golf Course.<br />

Anyone who hikes at seven or more of<br />

the parks in the series receives a winter<br />

hike patch. Go to metroparks.net/winterhikes<br />

to print a winter hike card, then have<br />

a park staff member stamp the card after<br />

each hike. Anyone who hikes all 19 parks<br />

in the series can earn hike medallions and<br />

other swag.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

metroparks.net.<br />

These furry friends are available<br />

for adoption at local<br />

rescues and shelters<br />

Lydia is such a<br />

sweetie pie, you’d<br />

never guess she is<br />

11 years old. She<br />

loves all humans and<br />

will let you hold her.<br />

All she wants is to<br />

snuggle up close with<br />

you and even sit on<br />

your chest. She loves<br />

scratches and will politely ask you by rubbing<br />

up against your leg or hand. Lydia loves a<br />

good brushing so her beautiful long coat stays<br />

luxurious. She is up for adoption through<br />

Colony Cats and Dogs.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

Bella is a sweetheart<br />

through and through.<br />

She has three-legs,<br />

but that how doesn’t<br />

hinder or bother her<br />

one bit. She simply<br />

loves life. Bella is a<br />

lovebug and a great<br />

companion. All she<br />

wants is someone to<br />

love and play with<br />

her. In addition to<br />

walking great on a leash, Bella is also housebroken<br />

and crate-trained. Adopt her from the<br />

Franklin County shelter.<br />

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Keisel is an 11-yearold<br />

Yorkshire<br />

terrier/dachshund<br />

mix. He is known to<br />

cuddle up in blankets<br />

and snuggle in your<br />

lap. He frequently<br />

burrows under the<br />

covers to create a little<br />

nest. Keisel loves<br />

going on walks or running around the yard,<br />

chasing the birds and squirrels. This sweet<br />

boy is up for adoption through Colony Cats<br />

and Dogs.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

People loves people,<br />

as well as other dogs.<br />

This boy’s tail is<br />

always wagging and<br />

the smile on his face<br />

doesn’t go away.<br />

People loves affection<br />

and can be a<br />

funny, goofy guy. He<br />

is housebroken and<br />

would be great addition<br />

to any family. Adopt him from the county<br />

shelter.<br />

FYI: franklincountydogs.com


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Adopt-a-Senior at the Laurels<br />

The Laurels of West Columbus is hosting an adopt-a-senior<br />

program and are asking for help in providing Christmas gifts for<br />

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Are we really ready for AI?<br />

Are humans ready for artificial intelligence?<br />

It doesn’t matter. It’s already here and<br />

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Like Humpty Dumpty, it depends on which<br />

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Does the hunt for the newest cellphone find<br />

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M & S Carry-Out - Georgesville & Atlanta<br />

United Dairy Farmers - Georgesville & Parwick by Freeway<br />

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Shell Gas Station - Georgesville & Norton Rd.<br />

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United Dairy Farmers - Clime & Demorest Rd.<br />

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Kroger - Eakin Rd. & Harrisburg Pike<br />

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Heartland Bank - Great Western Shopping Center<br />

Walgreens - Harrusburg & Hopkins<br />

Certified Gas Station - Broad St. & Orel<br />

Walgreens - Hague Ave. & Broad St.<br />

Marathon Gas Station - Georgesville & Industrial Rd.<br />

La Plaza Tapatta - Georgesville & Hollywood Rd.<br />

BP Gas Station - Georgesville Rd. & Broad St.<br />

Westland Library - Lincoln Village Plaza<br />

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Thorton’s Gas Station - 4990 W. Broad St.<br />

Walgreens - Broad St. & Galloway Rd.<br />

Kroger - Broad St. & Galloway Rd.<br />

CVS Pharmacy - Norton & Hall Rd.<br />

Circle K Gas Station - Norton & Hall Rd.<br />

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Speedway Gas Station - Broad St. & Murray Hill Rd.<br />

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News and Notes<br />

School Help Centers<br />

The Columbus Metropolitan Library<br />

offers School Help Centers. Students of all<br />

grade levels will have a free place to get<br />

help with their schoolwork from friendly<br />

staff and volunteers. School Help Centers<br />

offer students access to welcoming spaces<br />

to study and learn, as well as computers,<br />

printers, digital research tools and CML’s<br />

catalog, including eBooks.<br />

The hours of operation for the Hilltop<br />

and the Franklinton library branch will be<br />

from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.<br />

In addition to providing in-person<br />

School Help, CML also has a School Help<br />

webpage, offering free access to tools and<br />

resources, including HelpNow: connecting<br />

students one-on-one with virtual tutors<br />

Monday through Friday from 2-11 p.m.<br />

Also available is Virtual Reading Buddies,<br />

connecting K-3 students with CML staff<br />

members for one-on-one reading help.<br />

Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help to<br />

learn more.<br />

Hilltop Legal Clinic<br />

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus will<br />

host a Hilltop Legal Clinic every Monday<br />

from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library Hilltop Branch, 511<br />

S. Hague Ave. in Columbus. A legal aid<br />

attorney will be available to answer questions<br />

regarding landlord and tenant<br />

issues, public benefits, consumer debt, and<br />

family law. To receive free advice, you<br />

must have a gross household income below<br />

200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.<br />

For more information, call Legal Aid at<br />

614-241-2001.<br />

Free legal advice<br />

at Westland Library<br />

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus will<br />

offer free legal advice the third Tuesday of<br />

each month at the Westland Area Library,<br />

4740 West Broad St. Representatives will<br />

be on hand from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss noncriminal<br />

legal matters like health benefits,<br />

medicare, and landlord issues. For more<br />

information, call the library at 614-878-<br />

1301.<br />

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