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

<strong>January</strong> 28 - February 10, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 7<br />

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Theresa Myers and her granddaughter,<br />

Adrianna, love to visit their local library<br />

and it is not just because they get to<br />

browse and borrow dozens of books<br />

that strike their interest. What the inseparable<br />

duo from the southwest area say<br />

they love the most is the variety of educational<br />

and entertaining programs that<br />

are offered to enrich the mind and spirit,<br />

in particular a new program called<br />

Books with Bo that is being hosted at<br />

the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Library. Around 6 p.m. on<br />

the third Thursday of the month, Bo, a 2-<br />

year-old Great Pyrenees, comes bounding<br />

into the youth services department<br />

demanding to be read to by children<br />

who are looking to becoming more comfortable<br />

with sounding out words and<br />

petted by any child or adult who might<br />

need to unwind for a minute or two – or<br />

60, which is the duration of the Books<br />

with Bo program. Since receiving his<br />

therapy dog certification over a year<br />

ago, Bo and his human, Patrick Shaw,<br />

have been traveling the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> area,<br />

cheering up patients at nursing homes<br />

and delighting students at schools but<br />

this past October marked the first time<br />

the gentle giant has had a designated<br />

reading and comfort program held at a<br />

library. Shaw said they are scheduled to<br />

make another appearance at the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Library on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. and they<br />

are also planning to come out in March<br />

and April though the exact date and time<br />

has not yet been determined. Theresa<br />

and Adrianna Myers, who are pictured<br />

here reading “It’s the Easter Beagle,<br />

Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schultz, to<br />

Bo at the Jan. 18 program said they will<br />

be there for that event too. “We just love<br />

Bo so much and we are so thankful to<br />

have a library that will offer programs like<br />

these,” said Myers.<br />

Bo (right) knows that no one can resist<br />

this sweet face, which is why he wants<br />

more children to come out and visit him<br />

during his next appearance at the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

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

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The South-Western <strong>City</strong> Schools Board<br />

of Education has placed the principal at<br />

Buckeye Woods Elementary School on<br />

unpaid administrative leave for reportedly<br />

violating district policies.<br />

The motion to approve the recommendation<br />

by the district superintendent in<br />

regard to Jenniffer Kauffeld’s employment<br />

status was made at the Jan. 8 meeting. Its<br />

members also agreed to consider the termination<br />

of her new five-year contract that<br />

began on July 27, 2023.<br />

District spokesman Evan Debo said<br />

considering a termination is a “twopronged<br />

process” in which Kauffeld will be<br />

given the opportunity to have a hearing<br />

with either the board or an impartial referee<br />

to “review the facts of the investigation<br />

conducted by the district.” After the proceedings<br />

have taken place, it will then be<br />

determined whether sufficient cause exists<br />

to terminate her contract.<br />

Debo was unable to give a time frame as<br />

to when a decision on the future employment<br />

of Kauffeld may be rendered.<br />

“It can be a lengthy process,” said the<br />

district’s executive director of communications.<br />

An investigation into the conduct of<br />

Kauffeld, who has been the principal at<br />

Buckeye Woods Elementary School since<br />

2011, was launched after the district<br />

learned of an alleged incident that took<br />

place during school hours on Nov. 14.<br />

According to the investigative report<br />

that was provided by the district after a<br />

See INVESTIGATION page 2


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INVESTIGATION<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

public records request was made, an educator at the school<br />

reported to Kauffeld their concerns about the welfare of a<br />

5-year-old student.<br />

The report states that Kauffeld contacted the school<br />

nurse, who is not being named at this time as they have<br />

not been charged with a crime or otherwise publicly identified<br />

by the district. The school nurse was not in the building<br />

at the time but came to the school after receiving the<br />

call from the principal. In an eight-page memorandum<br />

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the situation to be an emergency and told the school<br />

nurse that it could be addressed the following day.<br />

According to the report, the school nurse performed a<br />

“visual inspection” of the student in the school health clinic<br />

with Kauffeld present in the room. Neither Kauffeld nor<br />

the school nurse obtained the consent of the parents before<br />

the visual inspection took place. The parents were only<br />

notified that the visual inspection had occurred after the<br />

fact and by the school nurse.<br />

The report also stated that neither Kauffeld nor<br />

the school nurse contacted county children services<br />

or local law enforcement agencies with any concerns.<br />

A provision in the Ohio Revised Code legally<br />

requires some professionals to report known or suspected<br />

child abuse and neglect to a public children<br />

services agency or law enforcement agency — even<br />

with no physical proof or other ways to validate the<br />

abuse.<br />

The district said it immediately placed Kauffeld<br />

and the school nurse on paid administrative leave<br />

when they were told of the reported incident that<br />

took place.<br />

The parents of the student filed a police report<br />

with the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police. A press<br />

release sent out by the division said that the investigator<br />

referred all case information to the Franklin<br />

County Prosecutor’s Office. No charges have been<br />

filed as of Jan. 17.<br />

The police department also notified the Ohio<br />

Board of Nursing and made a referral to the Ohio<br />

Department of Education and Franklin County<br />

Children Services.<br />

The district investigation into the reported<br />

actions of Kauffeld and the school nurse was completed<br />

last month. The district states in the report<br />

that it has concluded that Kauffeld had “acted<br />

inconsistent with her job duties and training and<br />

her role as the principal of the building” and that<br />

she did not follow board and district policies when<br />

she facilitated a “visual inspection” of the student<br />

“all without a guardian’s direct consent and in the<br />

absence of a medical emergency or necessity,” and<br />

when neither she nor the school nurse “contacted<br />

Children’s Services.”<br />

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Buckeye Woods staff and community members attended<br />

the Jan. 8 South-Western <strong>City</strong> Schools Board of<br />

Education meeting to show support for Principal<br />

Jenniffer Kauffeld, who is under investigation for violating<br />

board policy.<br />

The school nurse, who has been with the district since<br />

2000, was also found by the district in the report to be in<br />

violation of the same policies. The school nurse sent the<br />

district a letter of resignation last month but revoked that<br />

resignation after the Jan. 8 board meeting.<br />

The district was not able to comment on any pending<br />

action regarding the employment of the school nurse.<br />

During the meeting, the board appointed Timothy<br />

Barton to serve as the interim principal at Buckeye Woods<br />

Elementary. He has over three decades of experience as an<br />

educator and administrator and has also served as the<br />

principal at Alton Hall Elementary School and Galloway<br />

Ridge Intermediate School.<br />

Also during the meeting, the board heard from the<br />

Buckeye Woods Elementary School community who came<br />

out to show their support for Kauffeld. Some in the packed<br />

room at the district service center waved<br />

signs urging the board to “Reinstate<br />

Jenniffer Kauffeld.”<br />

Among the night’s speakers was Simone<br />

Amsden, a building substitute at the school.<br />

She said she has known and worked alongside<br />

Kauffeld for the last eight years and<br />

called her the “epitome of how an educator<br />

should perform and conduct themselves<br />

day-to-day.”<br />

She praised Kauffeld for helping<br />

Buckeye Woods achieve recognition by the<br />

U.S. Department of Education with their<br />

Blue Ribbon Schools Program and also for<br />

improving student academic scores<br />

throughout her 12 years at the school.<br />

Amsden asked the board to consider giving<br />

Kauffeld “a second chance.”<br />

“You would be giving a second chance to<br />

someone who tried to protect a student,” she<br />

said. “Perhaps protocol was not properly<br />

addressed but let’s also be human and<br />

understand that no one is perfect and we all<br />

make mistakes. Mistakes are ultimately<br />

lessons that help us learn and grow to<br />

become better the next time around.”


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PAGE 4 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>January</strong> 28, <strong>2024</strong><br />

10 Commitments<br />

To Ohio Senate District 3<br />

Dear Neighbor,<br />

When I took office a year ago, I developed my legislative priorities,<br />

referred to as “The 10 Commitments” that focus on key<br />

areas to make Ohio a stronger, more vibrant state and positively<br />

impact the lives of every citizen in Senate District 3. I<br />

am happy to report my progress…<br />

#1. Strengthening Ohio's Workforce:<br />

● Member of the Senate Workforce and Higher<br />

Education Committee<br />

● Hosted Ohio’s first POWERUP Career Expo at the Ohio<br />

Statehouse providing Ohioans with access to career<br />

resources and opportunities<br />

● SB 30 - Allow person under 16 to work after 7 p.m.<br />

during the school year<br />

● SB 104 - Regards the College Credit Plus Program<br />

#2 Creating Affordable Housing Solutions:<br />

● Chair of Ohio’s first Senate Select Committee on<br />

Housing<br />

#3 Improving Ohio's K-12 Education System:<br />

● Member of the Senate Education Committee<br />

● SB 1 - Revise Education Law and Department duties<br />

● SB 79 - dropout prevention and recovery for<br />

community schools<br />

● SB 162 - Improves academic intervention services<br />

● SB 168 - education regulation reform<br />

● SB 182 - establish Foster-to-College Scholarship<br />

Program<br />

#4 Expanding Economic Opportunity:<br />

● SB 82 - Allow certain retailers to retain a portion of<br />

state sales tax<br />

● SB 166 - Minority business direct loans for working<br />

capital<br />

#5 Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform:<br />

● Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee<br />

● SB 53 - Lowers minimum age for original appointment<br />

as a police officer<br />

● SB 101 - Abolish the death penalty<br />

● SB 122 - Revising the law regarding bail<br />

#6 Increasing Access to Justice:<br />

● Now enacted into law is SB21 Venue for appeal from<br />

an agency order<br />

● SB 147 - Enact the Voter Modernization Act<br />

#7 Protecting Religious Freedom and Expression:<br />

● SB49 - The RED Bill - Religious Equity for students k-12<br />

#8 Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing:<br />

● SB 93 - Medicaid expansion of doula services for<br />

expectant mothers<br />

● SB 95 - Authorize the operation of remote dispensing<br />

pharmacies<br />

#9 Revitalizing Marginalized Communities:<br />

● Chair of Ohio’s first Senate Select Committee on Housing<br />

● Member of Senate Community Revitalization Committee<br />

● SB 54 - Establish New African Immigrants Grant & Gift Fund<br />

● SB 210 - Designates Ohio Black Media Week<br />

#10 Supporting Local Government:<br />

● SB 53 - Lower minimum age for original appointment as a<br />

police officer<br />

● SB 194 - Increase certain Ohio Police and Fire Pension<br />

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Diversity Task Force<br />

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with ideas and opportunities and help in<br />

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Among the night’s notable guests were<br />

former director of the Consumer<br />

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General. Ed Leonard, (pictured above)<br />

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<strong>City</strong> council considers adding<br />

another deputy city administrator<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

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

In the coming months, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Council will consider whether to create an<br />

additional city administrator position.<br />

The idea for the additional position was<br />

brought forth late last year when the city’s<br />

administration presented its annual budget.<br />

The city currently has one city administrator<br />

(Chuck Boso) and one deputy city<br />

administrator (William Vedra). It was back<br />

in 2007 that the city created the deputy<br />

city administrator position. <strong>City</strong> leaders<br />

said that since that time, the city has<br />

grown significantly, not only in population,<br />

but also in its workforce. Because of that<br />

growth, responsibilities for city staff have<br />

increased, which is why the council will<br />

consider the additional administrative<br />

position.<br />

According to city legislation, the deputy<br />

city administrator would be appointed by<br />

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

The American Red Cross will host a<br />

blood drive in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> on Jan. 30 from<br />

12 to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church. There<br />

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the city administrator and will not have a<br />

fixed term in office. This would be a fulltime<br />

position with a pay range from $46.17<br />

to $73 per hour.<br />

The deputy city administrator would<br />

assist the city administrator in all his/her<br />

duties and would also assist other administrative<br />

departments as requested. In the<br />

absence of the city administrator, the<br />

deputy would assume responsibility.<br />

Chuck Boso, the current city administrator,<br />

said this role would likely be filled<br />

internally. He also said this is setting the<br />

stage for the future.<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage<br />

was elected to his fifth term in November<br />

2023. At a recent council meeting, Boso<br />

said he told the mayor that he would likely<br />

not be around for Stage’s full term.<br />

“I’ve been here for 46 years,” said Boso.<br />

“Pretty soon, I’m going to turn 72 years old.<br />

It’s important we looked for a succession<br />

plan and I believe we have that in place.”<br />

The council is likely to discuss the issue<br />

in March.<br />

will also be a drive on Feb. 2 in the Evans<br />

Center, 4330 Dudley Ave., from 11 a.m. to<br />

5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit<br />

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Valentine’s Day Show<br />

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Free community meal<br />

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Road in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, will host a free community<br />

meal every third Saturday of each<br />

month. The food will be served from noon<br />

to 1 p.m. For more information, call the<br />

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

Wellness services for seniors<br />

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at<br />

First Presbyterian Church, 4227 Broadway<br />

in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, weekly to provide free foot<br />

care and other wellness services for<br />

$259.00<br />

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

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

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together<br />

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Active Lifestyles<br />

A bi-monthly feature celebrating the<br />

wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens<br />

Fun ways for senior citizens to stay active<br />

Physical activity is an important component<br />

of overall health. Health experts<br />

advise that exercise can increase lean body<br />

mass, prevent conditions like diabetes and<br />

cardiovascular disease, improve balance,<br />

and positively affect mental health/cognition.<br />

Exercise also can foster socialization<br />

with others, helping people overcome boredom<br />

and isolation.<br />

As individuals get older, they may not<br />

be able to participate in all of the activities<br />

they enjoyed as youths, but that doesn’t<br />

mean older adults must resign themselves<br />

to sedentary lifestyles. There are plenty of<br />

entertaining ways to remain physically<br />

active that can accommodate any limitations<br />

a person may have. Explore these<br />

methods for staying active.<br />

Explore senior center offerings<br />

Community senior centers often fill calendars<br />

with a vast array of activities, some<br />

of which can include physical activities.<br />

Hikes, walking tours, dances, and other<br />

activities all serve as entertaining ways to<br />

get out and about while meeting some fitness<br />

goals.<br />

Garden or do yard work<br />

The Office of Disease Prevention and<br />

Health Promotions says adults should get<br />

150 minutes of moderate exercise per<br />

week. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn,<br />

digging in flower beds, trimming bushes,<br />

and other outdoor tasks could help a person<br />

meet this quota in a way that doesn’t<br />

seem like exercise at all.<br />

Play games with grandchildren<br />

Little kids may inspire older adults to be<br />

more active, as it can be difficult to keep up<br />

with those youngsters. Take infants or toddlers<br />

for walks or push them in strollers.<br />

Attach a child seat or towing carriage to a<br />

bicycle and ride around the neighborhood.<br />

Play games that require movement, such<br />

as hide-and-seek or Marco Polo in the pool.<br />

If it’s snowing, have a snowball fight or<br />

make a snowman in the yard.<br />

Take up a new hobby<br />

Find hobbies that incorporate physical<br />

activity. Perhaps learning to salsa dance or<br />

taking Zumba will be fun? Pickleball has<br />

caught on across the nation. The sport is a<br />

mix of tennis, racquetball and badminton<br />

that caters to all ages. Joining a bowling<br />

team is another way to get active and meet<br />

new people.<br />

Physical activity is important at any<br />

age. Seniors can explore fun ways to stay in<br />

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How women can protect against osteoporosis<br />

A bone disease that occurs when the<br />

body loses too much bone, makes too little<br />

bone or both, osteoporosis can be debilitating.<br />

According to the National Osteoporosis<br />

Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for<br />

two million broken bones each year, a figure<br />

that experts predict with rise to three<br />

million by 2025.<br />

While anyone can suffer from osteoporosis,<br />

women are more likely than men to<br />

develop the disease. Studies suggest that<br />

while up to one in four men age 50 and<br />

older will break a bone due to osteoporosis,<br />

one in two women age 50 and older are<br />

likely to suffer such a fate.<br />

The NOF notes that osteoporosis is<br />

often referred to as a silent disease, with<br />

many people not even realizing they have<br />

it until they suffer a fracture. Because of<br />

the silent nature of osteoporosis and their<br />

increased vulnerability to it, women may<br />

want to take the following measures to<br />

protect themselves against this potentially<br />

debilitating disease.<br />

The NOF notes calcium and vitamin D<br />

are vital to building strong, dense bones<br />

when you’re young, and both calcium and<br />

vitamin D keep bones strong and healthy<br />

as the body ages. Women age 50 and<br />

younger need 1,000 milligrams of calcium<br />

each day, while those 51 and older need<br />

1,200 milligrams each day. Calcium-rich<br />

foods include dairy products like low- or<br />

non-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Women<br />

age 50 and younger need between 400 and<br />

800 international units of vitamin D each<br />

day, while those age 50 and older need<br />

between 800 and 1,000 IU each day. The<br />

body can get vitamin D from sunlight and<br />

supplements or multivitamins. Vitamin D<br />

is naturally available in just a few foods,<br />

such as fatty fish like wild-caught salmon<br />

or tuna.<br />

Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening<br />

exercises help women build and maintain<br />

bone density. Weight-bearing exercises<br />

include dancing, high-impact aerobics,<br />

jogging/running, and tennis, among others.<br />

Muscle-strengthening activities include<br />

weightlifting and elastic band exercises.<br />

The NOF notes that certain positions in<br />

exercises such as yoga and pilates may not<br />

be safe for people with osteoporosis or<br />

those at increased risk of broken bones.<br />

Speak to a physical therapist about which<br />

positions or exercises to avoid.<br />

It’s not just the foods you eat that can<br />

help or hurt you in the fight against osteoporosis.<br />

Heavy consumption of alcohol can<br />

contribute to bone loss, while drinks that<br />

contain caffeine, including coffee, tea and<br />

sodas, can decrease calcium absorption<br />

and contribute to bone loss as well. Drink<br />

alcohol and caffeinated beverages in moderation.<br />

For information visit www.nof.org.


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Is “Just Right<br />

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future?<br />

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I will provide you with a customized approach to your real estate needs.<br />

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Why it pays for seniors to maintain good credit<br />

The benefits of maintaining good credit<br />

include looking more reliable in the eyes of<br />

prospective employers and securing lower<br />

mortgage interest rates when buying a<br />

home. Those rewards can benefit anyone,<br />

but they’re especially enticing to young<br />

people. But what about seniors? Do individuals<br />

stand to benefit significantly from<br />

maintaining good credit into their golden<br />

years?<br />

According to the credit reporting agency<br />

Experian, senior citizens tend to have the<br />

best credit scores of any consumer demographic.<br />

That could be a byproduct of years<br />

of financial discipline, and there are many<br />

benefits to maintaining that discipline into<br />

retirement.<br />

• Home buying and borrowing: Buying a<br />

home is often considered a big financial<br />

step forward for young people, but that<br />

doesn’t mean aging men and women are<br />

completely out of the real estate market. In<br />

its 2020 State of the Nation’s Housing<br />

report, the Joint Center for Housing<br />

Studies of Harvard University reported<br />

that the share of homeowners age 65 and<br />

over with housing debt doubled to 42 percent<br />

between 1989 and 2019. In addition,<br />

27 percent of homeowners age 80 and over<br />

were carrying mortgage debt in 2019.<br />

Maintaining strong credit after retirement<br />

can help homeowners who still have mortgage<br />

debt get better terms if they choose to<br />

refinance their mortgages. Even seniors<br />

who have paid off their mortgages can benefit<br />

from maintaining good credit if they<br />

decide to downsize to a smaller home but<br />

cannot afford to simply buy the new home<br />

outright.<br />

• Rewards: Retirement is often associated<br />

with travel, recreation and leisure. Such<br />

pursuits can be more affordable when<br />

seniors utilize rewards-based credit cards<br />

that help them finance vacations, weekend<br />

getaways and other expenses associated<br />

with traveling. Seniors who maintain<br />

strong credit ratings into their golden<br />

years may have more access to the best<br />

travel-based rewards cards than those<br />

whose credit scores dip in retirement.<br />

• Unforeseen expenses: No one knows<br />

what’s around the corner, but savvy<br />

seniors recognize the importance of planning<br />

for the unknown. The COVID-19 pandemic<br />

seemingly came out of nowhere, and<br />

among its many ripple effects was the sudden<br />

job loss experienced by seniors. The<br />

JCHS report found that 21 percent of<br />

homeowners age 65 and over had reported<br />

loss of employment income related to the<br />

pandemic. Unforeseen medical expenses<br />

also can compromise seniors’ financial freedom.<br />

Maintaining a strong credit rating<br />

into older adulthood can help seniors navigate<br />

such financial uncertainty more<br />

smoothly. Such a strategy can help seniors<br />

secure low-interest loans or credit cards<br />

that can help them pay down sudden,<br />

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Sympathy cards and food are always appreciated.<br />

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Franklin County Board of Commissioners:<br />

President Kevin L. Boyce • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Erica C. Crawley<br />

Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.<br />

Franklin County Office on Aging<br />

Offers Programs to Help Seniors<br />

Thrive, Age in Place<br />

For the last 30 years, the Franklin County Office on Aging<br />

has been widely known for its exemplary work on behalf of<br />

older adults. Adhering to its mission in providing centralized<br />

access to diverse programs, the Office on Aging provides<br />

services and programs to approximately 60,000<br />

seniors every year.<br />

Through compassion and empowerment, the agency provides<br />

Franklin County seniors ages 60 and older individualized<br />

services and connectivity to community resources to<br />

help them age in place. The agency’s most popular program,<br />

Franklin County Senior Options, offers services such<br />

as Home-Delivered Meals, Personal Care, Respite Care,<br />

Homemaker Services, Medical Transportation, Emergency<br />

Response Systems and Minor Home Repair. These services<br />

help ease the minds of family members by connecting them<br />

to support services in order to provide the best care for their<br />

older parent, family member or friend with limited abilities.<br />

programs. These programs are in place to assist caregivers<br />

and kinship families with free, short-term services that are<br />

available once a calendar year. Services include, but are not<br />

limited to, assistance with appliances, mattress and box<br />

spring sets, as well as utility and rental assistance.<br />

The Office on Aging also administers Adult Protective Services<br />

(APS) to protect older adults susceptible to abuse,<br />

neglect and exploitation. APS provides case planning,<br />

monitoring, and evaluation to the older adult, as well as<br />

link them to the appropriate agencies for services.<br />

To learn more about the Franklin County Office on Aging<br />

and the services available, call (614) 525-6200 or visit<br />

Officeonaging.org.<br />

The agency also provides Caregiver and Kinship Support


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At the dawn of a new year, it’s not<br />

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their personal health and strive to make<br />

positive changes. Being more conscientious<br />

of the foods they put into their bodies is a<br />

start, but some individuals may wonder if<br />

supplementation can help them go one step<br />

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Nutrition Insight reports that 77 percent<br />

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Individuals considering supplements<br />

should always discuss them with their<br />

physicians prior to including them in their<br />

health regimens. Even those who haven’t<br />

considered supplements can discuss them<br />

with their physicians, as Harvard Health,<br />

MedlinePlus and the U.S. National<br />

Library of Medicine note that various products<br />

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•Vitamin A (retinoids/carotene): Beta<br />

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as needed. It plays an important role in<br />

vision, keeps tissues and skin healthy, and<br />

also is involved with bone growth.<br />

•Vitamin B1 (thiamin): Helps convert<br />

food into energy, and is essential for brain<br />

health and nerve function.<br />

•Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): This works<br />

with other B vitamins by promoting<br />

growth and the production of red blood<br />

cells.<br />

•Vitamin B3 (niacin): Helps convert<br />

food into energy. It’s also essential for<br />

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for Women’s Health. We know what it’s like to be<br />

treated like a number with algorithms, which is<br />

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How different vitamins affect the body<br />

healthy skin, blood cells, brain, and nervous<br />

system function.<br />

•Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): Helps<br />

make lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid<br />

hormones, and hemoglobin in the body.<br />

•Vitamin B12 (cobalamin): Vitamin<br />

B12 is important for metabolism and energy<br />

production. It also helps form red blood<br />

cells and maintain the central nervous system.<br />

•Vitamin C (ascorbic acid): This is an<br />

important antioxidant that promotes<br />

healthy teeth and gums. It also helps the<br />

body absorb iron and maintains healthy<br />

tissue by promoting wound healing.<br />

Vitamin C may help boost the immune system<br />

to help with illness prevention or<br />

recovery.<br />

•Vitamin D (calciferol): Also known as<br />

the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is made<br />

in the body after individuals spend time in<br />

the sun. It is hard to get enough vitamin D<br />

from food sources alone. Vitamin D also<br />

helps the body absorb calcium, which is<br />

vital for healthy bones and teeth.<br />

•Vitamin E (tocopherol): An antioxidant<br />

that helps the body form red blood<br />

cells and use vitamin K. Scientists also are<br />

studying a potential relationship between<br />

vitamin E and a lower risk for Alzheimer’s<br />

disease.<br />

In addition to these vitamins, the body<br />

needs various minerals, including calcium,<br />

iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, and more.<br />

Speak with a doctor or nutritionist to learn<br />

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Pets of the Week<br />

Boobala is the<br />

nicest cat around.<br />

He showed up at a<br />

feral colony and into<br />

the live trap he<br />

went. Once he was<br />

neutered, rescue<br />

workers realized<br />

what a lover he is.<br />

This 2-year-old is one of the most chill cats<br />

and nothing gets much of a reaction from<br />

him. He loves belly rubs, being held like a<br />

baby, and just hanging out. He is great with<br />

other cats and doesn’t seem to mind dogs.<br />

Boobala has feline leukemia and should be<br />

an only cat or in a home with another FeLV<br />

positive cat. Adopt him from Colony Cats.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

Lumiere is a 2-<br />

year-old tabby with<br />

a heart of gold.<br />

Rescued from the<br />

streets, this girl<br />

emerged as a<br />

friendly stray, ready<br />

to share her warmth<br />

and companionship.<br />

Lumiere finds<br />

her truest happiness<br />

in the company of her people. Meet<br />

her at the Colony Cats cage-free adoption<br />

center.<br />

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Cheddar is about 9<br />

months old. He is<br />

super friendly,<br />

charming, and pretty<br />

chill about most<br />

things. He likes to<br />

chase that weird red<br />

dot and will jump up<br />

to catch string.<br />

Cheddar can spend<br />

hours watching the<br />

squirrels outside the windows and he loves<br />

belly rubs. Adopt him from Friends for Life<br />

Animal Haven.<br />

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Cory is a handsome<br />

guy looking<br />

for a family to love.<br />

This precious boy,<br />

who is not quite 2<br />

years old, will melt<br />

your heart with his<br />

playful, upbeat<br />

nature. He loves to<br />

play with toys and<br />

plays independently.<br />

He walks well<br />

and enjoys a good nap. If you are interested<br />

in adopting Cory, contact the Franklin<br />

County Animal Shelter.<br />

FYI: franklincountydogs.com<br />

News and Notes<br />

Prescription drug disposal<br />

The National Association of Drug<br />

Diversion Investigators (NADDI)<br />

launched a program to significantly<br />

reduce easy access to outdated or no<br />

longer needed prescriptions.<br />

These drugs are the target of theft by<br />

people who have access to the medicine<br />

cabinets of family and friends. America’s<br />

12- to 17-year-olds have made prescription<br />

drugs their number one substance of<br />

abuse, and much of the supply is coming<br />

from the medicine cabinets of their parents,<br />

grandparents and friends. More<br />

adults recognize the need to remove these<br />

substances from the home.<br />

The following <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> pharmacies<br />

accept anonymous disposal of medicines.<br />

•CVS, 2565 London-<strong>Grove</strong>port Road<br />

•Giant Eagle, 2173 Stringtown Road<br />

•Meijer Pharmacy, 2811 London-<br />

<strong>Grove</strong>port Road<br />

•Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 1693 Stringtown<br />

Road<br />

Accepted items include prescription,<br />

pet and over-the-counter drugs including<br />

capsules, pills, powders, herbs and vitamins<br />

in the original packaging or a clear,<br />

sealed bag.<br />

To dispose of items not accepted, refer<br />

to the United States Food and Drug<br />

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<strong>2024</strong> Election<br />

Plans<br />

Revealed<br />

It is not my intention to be a candidate for reelection<br />

to the Ohio House of Representatives<br />

in <strong>2024</strong>. I soon will notify the Franklin County<br />

Board of Elections of my withdrawal from the<br />

upcoming Republican primary.<br />

Although I value the work I have helped to accomplish<br />

this past year, it has been an immense<br />

challenge to balance legislative activities with<br />

the business I manage. I feel that I have not<br />

done and cannot do both well. 2020 was to<br />

have been my business’s breakout year—when<br />

COVID hit. By mid-2022, when we had sufficiently<br />

recovered from COVID, I became a lastminute<br />

candidate for this position when Laura<br />

Lanese opted not to run for reelection. Business<br />

expansion plans again were put on hold. The<br />

window of opportunity may close if I don’t act<br />

soon. In addition, two different major publishers<br />

have approached my business colleagues<br />

and me to write a definitive study guide for the<br />

new digital SAT. (My company partners with<br />

high schools in several states to provide quality<br />

SAT and ACT preparation for students at very affordable<br />

prices.)<br />

Making my decision easier is the appearance of<br />

two excellent individuals who have filed for my<br />

party’s primary—Shafi Shafat and Brian Garvine.<br />

Shafi has an accomplished business background,<br />

founded the Somali Columbus Chamber<br />

of Commerce, and, as a new American, is<br />

trying to bring others into the Republican frame<br />

of thought of limited government, free market<br />

capitalism, and common-sense values. Brian, a<br />

local attorney in private practice, has a long history<br />

of civic involvement and elected experience.<br />

A former Ashville <strong>City</strong> Councilman, he has<br />

served on local, state, and national boards for<br />

various organizations.<br />

It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve in the<br />

Ohio General Assembly. It is an awesome responsibility<br />

with which I have been entrusted<br />

and one I take very seriously. The opportunity<br />

to do good and make a difference for our community,<br />

as well as for the citizens of the State of<br />

Ohio, is unsurpassed. For the remainder of my<br />

term, which runs through December 31 of this<br />

year, I will continue to do my best to represent<br />

our community in a responsive and effective<br />

manner and to advocate for all of us in the Ohio<br />

House of Representatives.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

paid for this communication with you.)<br />

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ODNR to host Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp art contest<br />

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division<br />

of Wildlife is calling on artists to get ready for the next Ohio<br />

Wetlands Habitat Stamp contest. Established in 1982, Ohio’s<br />

duck stamp program is one of the nation’s longest running and<br />

most successful.<br />

Submissions for the next Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp competition<br />

will be accepted Feb. 1-15. The winner of the competition<br />

will have their work featured on the 2025 Ohio Wetlands Habitat<br />

Stamp and receive a service contract of $4,000.<br />

Sales of the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp have produced more<br />

than $11 million for wetland habitat protection and conservation.<br />

Proceeds fund vital wetland projects in Ohio which are important<br />

to many resident and migratory waterfowl species, other wetland<br />

birds, and amphibians.<br />

Ohio is one of the few states that still features hand-painted<br />

artwork on the state wetlands stamp.<br />

Artists can choose to depict any of Ohio’s native waterfowl<br />

species other than American wigeon, canvasbacks, or lesser scaup,<br />

which were featured on the previous three stamps. All artists ages<br />

18 and older who reside in the United States are encouraged to<br />

enter the competition. Artwork will be judged on Feb. 17 by a<br />

panel of five judges with a conservation background.<br />

The winning entry will feature a qualifying species of Ohio<br />

waterfowl. The design may not exceed 18 inches wide by 13 inches<br />

high, should be displayed on a single white mat of 2½ inches<br />

width, and be protected by a removable acetate or cellophane<br />

cover. All two-dimensional art mediums other than digital art and<br />

photographs are accepted.<br />

For contest rules, including a list of qualifying species, read the<br />

Ohio Wildlife Wetlands Stamp Design Contest Rules and Artist<br />

Packet at wildohio.gov.<br />

Hunters aged 18 and older are required to purchase an Ohio<br />

Wetlands Habitat Stamp to hunt waterfowl or migratory birds in<br />

Ohio, and many wildlife enthusiasts voluntarily purchase a<br />

stamp. Those looking to support wetland restoration can purchase<br />

the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp for $15 at wildohio.gov.<br />

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and<br />

Sam Timm’s painting of an American wigeon pair was selected as the winner of the 2023 Ohio Wetlands<br />

Habitat Stamp Design Competition.<br />

improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats<br />

for sustainable use and appreciation by all. ODNR<br />

ensures a balance between wise use and protection of<br />

The Year of Ohio State Parks<br />

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has officially declared<br />

<strong>2024</strong> as the Year of Ohio State Parks. This declaration<br />

marks the 75th anniversary of Ohio State Parks and<br />

underscores the state’s commitment to preserving its<br />

natural wonders and expanding outdoor adventures.<br />

“Ohio’s state parks, where admission is always free,<br />

give visitors an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation<br />

of Ohio’s natural heritage,” said DeWine. “The<br />

Year of Ohio State Parks is the perfect time to visit one<br />

or more of Ohio’s 75 state parks, experience our state’s<br />

natural beauty, and actively participate in the preservation<br />

of these treasured lands.”<br />

Ohio’s state parks and waterways are renowned for<br />

their breathtaking landscapes and diverse recreational<br />

opportunities. The Ohio Department of Natural<br />

Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft<br />

plays a pivotal role in safeguarding these resources,<br />

ensuring that Ohioans can continue to enjoy the many<br />

benefits of spending quality time in nature.<br />

“We are excited to celebrate what we believe to be<br />

the best state park system in the country,” ODNR<br />

Director Mary Mertz said. “We have exceptional<br />

employees who show a passion for our parks day in<br />

and day out, making sure everyone is able to make<br />

memories in these picturesque places.”<br />

Park staff serve as stewards and caretakers of the<br />

parks, preserving the state’s natural and cultural history.<br />

The Year of Ohio State Parks is an historic celebration,<br />

emphasizing the outstanding opportunities<br />

statewide to honor and appreciate some of the world’s<br />

most iconic outdoor destinations.<br />

“We are proud of our parks, and everything they<br />

have to offer to Ohioans and those who travel across<br />

state lines,” Division of Parks and Watercraft Chief<br />

Glen Cobb said. “For 75 years we’ve welcomed visitors,<br />

and we encourage them now to join in this statewide<br />

celebration.”<br />

DeWine’s proclamation highlights the pivotal role<br />

state parks have played to expand access to the outdoors<br />

for people of all backgrounds. Through a variety<br />

of safe and equitable outdoor activities and events,<br />

state parks foster stronger social ties, celebrate Ohio’s<br />

rich culture, and showcase the state’s remarkable<br />

ecosystem.<br />

Ohio started designating properties as official state<br />

parks in 1949 when lawmakers created the Ohio<br />

Department of Natural Resources. ODNR is also celebrating<br />

a department-wide 75th anniversary throughout<br />

<strong>2024</strong> by highlighting the achievements of all 12<br />

divisions, including the Division of Parks and<br />

Watercraft.<br />

For more information and to stay updated on the<br />

75th anniversary celebration events and activities as<br />

well as all the programming the state parks have to<br />

offer, visit ohiodnr.gov.<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

our natural resources for the benefit of all.<br />

Visit ohiodnr.gov for additional information.<br />

News and Notes<br />

Southwest Public Library extends Centennial<br />

Anthology Writing and Art Contest<br />

Calling authors, artists, photographers, and other creatives.<br />

There’s still time to digitally submit your written works or works<br />

of visual art - photograph, drawing, painting, sculpture, or anything<br />

else that can be captured in 2-D - for the Southwest Public<br />

Libraries’ Centennial Anthology Writing and Art Contest, featuring<br />

cash prizes. SPL has received many entries thus far and<br />

extended the contest due to continued interest.<br />

Submissions are open now through Jan. 31. Submit entries digitally<br />

via email to mwickham@swpl.org.<br />

Contest categories include Short Story, Poetry, Essay, Creative<br />

Nonfiction, Photograph, and Electronic image of visual art in any<br />

medium that permits 2-D representation (e.g. drawing, painting,<br />

sculpture, etc.)<br />

Contest overview:<br />

•Contest open to adults and youth ages 10 and up in the South-<br />

Western <strong>City</strong> Schools District or who use SPL as their primary<br />

library.<br />

•Works must be submitted digitally and relate to life, people,<br />

or places in the local community, present or past.<br />

•Cash prizes awarded for best written work and best work of<br />

art in each age group (10-13, 14-17, 18+), plus two $500 grand<br />

prizes.<br />

•All whose work is selected for inclusion in the anthology will<br />

receive a free print copy of the book once published.<br />

See full contest rules and details at swpl.org.


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xClassified Services<br />

CLEANING<br />

HOUSE CLEANING<br />

20 Years Exp.<br />

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Bsmt. Wall Restoration<br />

36 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.<br />

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Masonry<br />

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Block Foundations<br />

Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

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Plaster Repair<br />

Popcorn Ceilings<br />

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Custom Home Builders<br />

Commercial Projects<br />

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Call Randy<br />

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HAULING<br />

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HEATING & COOLING<br />

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SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.<br />

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ALKIRE ROAD<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

A wildly absurd story<br />

in “Self Reliance”<br />

On Jan. 19, 1924, Collier’s magazine<br />

published a short story titled “The Hounds<br />

of Zaroff,” better known today as “The<br />

Most Dangerous Game.” Written by<br />

Richard Connell and illustrated by<br />

Wilmont Emerton Heitland, it centers<br />

around a big game hunter who ends up<br />

being hunted for sport by his fellow man.<br />

Widely considered to be one of the most<br />

influential short stories ever written, it<br />

would inspire thousands of authors and<br />

screenwriters to put their own spin on the<br />

wealthy hunting the less fortunate solely<br />

for their own entertainment.<br />

One such screenwriter who found inspiration<br />

in the original short story that<br />

debuted a century ago was actor Jake<br />

Johnson, who is best known as the endearingly<br />

schlubby bartender Nick Miller in<br />

Fox’s hit sitcom “New Girl.” While putting<br />

pen to paper during the pandemic lockdown<br />

of 2020, he envisioned a slightly happier<br />

tale of the award-winning short story,<br />

complete with a romantic element and a<br />

message about the positives of human connection.<br />

Although the story within the film<br />

itself can be a little hit and miss, “Self<br />

Reliance” is overall an amusing watch,<br />

albeit wildly absurd.<br />

In the movie, which is now streaming on<br />

Hulu, Johnson plays Tommy, a 30-something-year-old<br />

man whose life is a constant<br />

cycle of mundane tasks. He wakes up in<br />

the morning at 7 a.m., hops on his elliptical,<br />

hate watches the news, goes to work,<br />

heads out for an evening drink solo, and<br />

goes home to his mother’s house to do it all<br />

over again. The only occasional change in<br />

this well-worn pattern is when Tommy<br />

stops by his ex-girlfriend Theresa’s<br />

(Natalie Morales) house where he thinks<br />

about knocking to finally ask what went<br />

wrong in their relationship but leaves<br />

before he can put his fist to the door.<br />

Tommy is not so obtuse that he does not<br />

know that he is stuck in an abyss-sized rut,<br />

but he also doesn’t know what he can do to<br />

get himself out of it. Then comes a once-ina-lifetime<br />

encounter with an actor who<br />

offers him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity<br />

to change his ways. The only caveat is that<br />

it just might end up with him being killed.<br />

While out for a walk one evening,<br />

Tommy is approached by Andy Samberg<br />

(playing a parodic version of himself) who<br />

tells him about a dark web reality show<br />

where hunters stalk a willing individual<br />

for 30 days. If they catch the individual,<br />

they die. If they do not, the individual collects<br />

$1 million. At first, Tommy doesn’t<br />

see the appeal of the game — “My life sucks<br />

but I don’t want to die,” he states — but<br />

then he is offered a somewhat attractive<br />

loophole: The only way he can be killed is if<br />

he is found alone.<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

To Tommy, the<br />

loophole seems like<br />

an easy enough way<br />

around an almost<br />

certain demise; just<br />

keep someone by<br />

your side at all<br />

times and collect a<br />

nice paycheck for the effort. So he agrees to<br />

the terms of the game but is horrified to<br />

learn that no one in his immediate family<br />

is willing to stick by his side every second<br />

of the day for a month straight. (Note: It is<br />

not that they do not want to — although it<br />

can be debated — but it is more like they do<br />

not believe him and the rules of this<br />

absurd game.)<br />

Using what little money he has left,<br />

Tommy pays a sweet, unhoused man<br />

named James (a brilliant Biff Wiff) to<br />

shadow him day and night but he turns out<br />

to be somewhat unreliable on the job.<br />

Feeling as if he needs a backup plan, he<br />

meets a woman named Maddy (Anna<br />

Kendrick) who tells him she is also a participant<br />

in this twisted reality show.<br />

Believing that the odds will be in their<br />

favor should they stick together, the two<br />

recluses form a quick bond but things may<br />

not be as they seem with the woman who<br />

appeared in Tommy’s life virtually out of<br />

nowhere.<br />

Although “Self Reliance” might seem too<br />

far-fetched to pull off on paper, its execution<br />

is deceptively competent and confident,<br />

most of it largely due to the amiable<br />

skill of the actors involved. Johnson and<br />

Kendrick work well together, and all the<br />

secondary characters seem to bring a wink<br />

and a smile to the ridiculous story within<br />

the movie. The sense of fun they seem to be<br />

having with the material is infectious, as is<br />

the charm they bring to this oddball movie.<br />

Despite the heaviness of the century-old<br />

source material, there is no such darkness<br />

that lurks within this movie. On occasion,<br />

it makes you feel as if it will venture into<br />

some shadowed corners but it pulls up at<br />

the last moment to offer a laugh or an<br />

absurd observation instead. While that<br />

may annoy those who are looking for something<br />

more serious, it’s sometimes nice to<br />

watch something light and weird instead.<br />

Grade: C+<br />

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

writer and columnist.

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