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

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

<strong>February</strong> 11 - 24, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 8<br />

Career Academy<br />

Preview Night<br />

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

Throughout the week of Jan. 29, more<br />

than 200 sophomores and their families<br />

visited the South-Western Career<br />

Academy to determine which of the programs<br />

offered may be best suited for<br />

their career goals. In addition to speaking<br />

with the juniors and seniors who are<br />

currently studying their preferred trade<br />

at the career academy, the prospective<br />

applicants were also treated to demonstrations<br />

that offered a glimpse of what<br />

they could be doing in the future should<br />

they express an interest in any of the<br />

programs prior to the Feb. 7 deadline.<br />

Among the current career academy students<br />

who spoke with the sophomores<br />

about the cosmetology program was<br />

junior Kaniya Blissett, pictured here<br />

curling the hair on a mannequin. Unlike<br />

some of the underclassmen who came<br />

to the career academy for the Preview<br />

Night on Jan. 31, Blissett knew she was<br />

destined for the cosmetology field since<br />

she was a child. “I always loved styling<br />

hair and I knew even back then that it<br />

was my dream job,” she said. While she<br />

has found the program to be challenging,<br />

it has helped her have a deeper<br />

respect for the profession and a determination<br />

to fulfill her childhood dream of<br />

becoming a professional hair stylist.<br />

“Nothing is handed to you in cosmetology,”<br />

she said. “If you mess up, that’s on<br />

you so you always have to do your best<br />

to be on your game.”<br />

One of the most popular programs at the<br />

SWCA is pre-nursing, which will be<br />

expanded to meet the demand from<br />

prospective applicants. Here, junior<br />

Lilliana Santoyo checks the blood pressure<br />

of senior Akquira McGraw. To see<br />

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Buckeye Woods<br />

principal reinstated<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

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

of Education will not terminate the contract<br />

of an elementary school principal<br />

who was investigated for violating district<br />

policies.<br />

At a special meeting held on Feb. 5, the<br />

board announced it had entered into a settlement<br />

agreement with Jenniffer<br />

Kauffeld, principal at Buckeye Woods<br />

Elementary School, which enables her to<br />

return to her administrative position. The<br />

action taken by the board will go into effect<br />

immediately.<br />

See PRINCIPAL page 2<br />

Inside<br />

Pets of the Week ................. 10<br />

The Reel Deal ..................... 12<br />

School News<br />

SWCS looking for staff to fill food<br />

and transportation positions Page 6<br />

Petting Zoo<br />

The Columbus Symphony brings a<br />

musical petting zoo to WAL Page 7


SAVE THE<br />

DATES<br />

PAGE 2 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>February</strong> 11, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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Handshake America honors local school and students<br />

At Handshake America’s recent annual assembly,<br />

Central Crossing High School was named School of the<br />

Year and five South-Western <strong>City</strong> Schools District student-athletes<br />

were celebrated as part of their Class of<br />

<strong>2024</strong> honorees.<br />

Handshake America identifies coachable high<br />

school student-athletes with grit and connects them<br />

with successful people that help translate lessons from<br />

the field to success in life. Their organization prides<br />

itself in coaching — not “mentoring” — students to learn<br />

the true meaning of success and how they will achieve<br />

it with Perseverance, Passion, Positivity, People, and<br />

Presence — which includes giving a good handshake.<br />

Students Savannah Hamilton (Central Crossing<br />

High School), Mia Bumgarner and Grant Ruffing<br />

(<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> High School), Vaughn Chum and Safourta<br />

PRINCIPAL<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

Bah (Franklin Heights High School) have been named<br />

scholarship winners for the <strong>2024</strong> Handshake America<br />

competition.<br />

Central Crossing High School earned the coveted<br />

School of the Year award and was recognized for all of<br />

their achievements with the organization. Central<br />

Crossing has submitted nominees for the past 11<br />

years, and have entered 48 applications in that time.<br />

Out of those years, the school has had at least one honoree<br />

for nine of those years.<br />

As program winners students will receive a scholarship<br />

toward continued education beyond high school;<br />

an assignment of a Handshake America Coach; and<br />

eight group sessions in one year with other studentathletes<br />

and Handshake America Coaches.<br />

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Kauffeld has been on administrative leave since<br />

mid-November.<br />

“Over the course of the past few months, the district<br />

administration and two different boards of education<br />

have spent significant time engaged in this personnel<br />

matter,” said Chris Boso, board president. “While the<br />

road leading up to tonight’s decision to reinstate the<br />

principal has been lengthy and emotional for all parties,<br />

as a board, we wanted to leave no stone unturned<br />

in terms of a timeline when it comes to matters impacting<br />

both employees and student supervision and welfare.<br />

Moving forward we intend to further define and<br />

clarify expectations for employees as we support student<br />

and family partnerships. We welcome back Mrs.<br />

Kauffeld to Buckeye Woods Elementary School starting<br />

tomorrow (Feb. 6).”<br />

In November, an investigation into the conduct of<br />

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

school since 2011, was launched by the district after it<br />

learned of an incident that took place during school<br />

hours.<br />

According to the investigative report that was provided<br />

by the district after a public records request was<br />

made, an educator at the school reported to Kauffeld<br />

their concerns about the welfare of a 5-year-old student.<br />

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

nurse — who has not been publicly named by the district<br />

— and she performed a visual inspection of the student<br />

in the school health clinic with Kauffeld present<br />

in the room. Neither Kauffeld nor the school nurse<br />

obtained the consent of the parents before the visual<br />

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

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

and by the school nurse.<br />

The investigative report also stated that neither<br />

Kauffeld nor the school nurse contacted county children<br />

services or law enforcement agencies with their<br />

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

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

child abuse or neglect to a public children services<br />

agency or law enforcement agency — even with no<br />

physical proof or other ways to validate the abuse.<br />

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

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

out by the division said that the investigator referred<br />

all case information to the Franklin County<br />

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

The police department also notified the Ohio Board<br />

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

Department of Education and Franklin County<br />

Children Services.<br />

The investigative report conducted by the district<br />

concluded that Kauffeld had “acted inconsistent with<br />

her job duties and training and her role as the principal<br />

of the building.” It also stated she did not follow<br />

board and district policies when she facilitated a “visual<br />

inspection” of the student “all without a guardian’s<br />

direct consent and in the absence of a medical emergency<br />

or necessity,” and when neither she nor the<br />

school nurse “contacted Children’s Services.”<br />

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

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

to be in violation of the same policies. The school nurse<br />

sent the district a letter of resignation in December but<br />

revoked that resignation in January. The district could<br />

not provide a comment on any pending action regarding<br />

their employment.<br />

After the investigative report had concluded, the<br />

superintendent recommended last month that the<br />

board consider the termination of Kauffeld’s new fiveyear<br />

contract that began on July 27, 2023. The board<br />

unanimously approved a motion to rescind the consideration<br />

of termination at the special meeting which<br />

allowed Kauffeld to resume her role at the school.<br />

Under the terms of the settlement agreement that<br />

was reached between the board and Kauffeld, the<br />

board will deduct the gross total amount of $5,000<br />

from Kauffeld’s annual compensation for the 2023-<br />

<strong>2024</strong> contract year only. She will also be issued payment<br />

for the salary she would have earned when she<br />

was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Jan. 8<br />

through the date of the rescission.<br />

The board has also agreed that any public records<br />

regarding the resolution and supporting investigative<br />

records will not be kept in Kauffeld’s personnel file.<br />

After the vote took place to reinstate Kauffeld to her<br />

position as principal of Buckeye Woods, the board said<br />

it will now shift its focus to explore whether current<br />

policies related to the reporting of suspected cases of<br />

child abuse or neglect should be clarified. State law<br />

considers school personnel to be mandated reporters.<br />

The board will also explore the policies at surrounding<br />

school districts as it relates to a nurse’s scope of<br />

work and the handling of abuse and/or neglect cases<br />

when there is a medical concern. The board recommended<br />

that the superintendent, Dr. Bill Wise, be<br />

given time to review and research policies. They initially<br />

recommended that potential policy amendments<br />

be presented to the board within the next month. Wise<br />

said he could not make that commitment for the following<br />

month but believed it could be discussed in<br />

April.


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<strong>February</strong> 11, <strong>2024</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

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PAGE 4 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>February</strong> 11, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Story of a Bill,<br />

Part I<br />

I recently introduced House Bill 364, a measure to<br />

allow the noncommercial distribution of milkweed<br />

seeds to promote monarch butterfly population<br />

growth, in the Ohio House of Representatives. Periodically<br />

I will report on the progress of this proposal<br />

as it winds its way through the legislative process,<br />

which is intended to help our readers learn how the<br />

Ohio Legislature operates.<br />

Bills can originate with current legislators (new ideas<br />

that warrant earnest consideration), past legislators<br />

(when a proposal has merit, but does not become<br />

law because it either didn’t navigate the legislative<br />

process or it needed alteration to earn enough support—remember,<br />

less than one bill out of ten ultimately<br />

become law), or with a constituent. The latter<br />

is the case with HB364. David Donofrio, who served<br />

our community ably as a member of the South-<br />

Western <strong>City</strong> Schools Board of Education, currently<br />

serves as the vice president of the Ohio Prairie Association<br />

(OPA), a non-profit volunteer organization<br />

that promotes the conservation of Ohio’s prairies.<br />

The group has wanted to distribute milkweed seeds<br />

among its membership and to other interested individuals<br />

to increase potential habitats for monarch<br />

butterflies when they reach Ohio during their annual<br />

migration from Mexico. Unfortunately, current state<br />

law prohibits any such distribution of milkweed<br />

seeds. This bill addresses and corrects the situation.<br />

Mr. Donofrio brought this issue to my attention. In<br />

talking with officials of the Ohio Department of Agriculture<br />

(ODA), we learned that they were concerned<br />

about widespread, unregulated, commercial distribution<br />

of various plant seeds and how this could<br />

alter ecosystems throughout the state. We helped<br />

bring together representatives from OPA and ODA<br />

to determine what language could be rewritten that<br />

would simultaneously address the concerns of both<br />

groups. They were able to agree on Ohio Revised<br />

Code wording that allowed for limited noncommercial<br />

seed sharing that promotes habitats for endangered<br />

or threatened species, while continuing to<br />

prohibit widespread commercial practices that<br />

might have unintended consequences.<br />

HB364 was filed with the House Clerk’s office in January.<br />

The House Rules and Reference Committee,<br />

which determines which of the 27 House standing<br />

committees is best equipped to consider the measure,<br />

assigned it to the House Agriculture Committee.<br />

The bill will need to undergo three hearings (one<br />

each for sponsor, proponent, and opponent testimony)<br />

in that committee before its members vote to<br />

have it considered by the entire House of Representatives.<br />

Sponsor testimony is scheduled for early<br />

<strong>February</strong>.<br />

Stay tuned for periodic updates on the progress of<br />

HB364.<br />

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

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

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

Urbancrest, and portions of Franklin and Jackson<br />

Townships. He reports regularly on his activities in<br />

this position and his campaign has paid for this communication<br />

with you.)<br />

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By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

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Government Focus<br />

Urbancrest to try a caucus before monthly meetings<br />

3383 McDowell Rd. <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Oh 43123<br />

614-277-0440<br />

The village of Urbancrest council has agreed to convene earlier<br />

in an effort to streamline its meetings.<br />

Starting in <strong>February</strong>, its members will gather for a caucus 30<br />

minutes prior to its regular meeting, typically held on the second<br />

Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. The media and the public will be<br />

able to observe the informal session should they choose to do so.<br />

The recommendation to hold a caucus was proposed by councilman<br />

Lacy Wallace Jr. He said he believed the move was necessary<br />

in order for the council to work more fluidly on items that may be<br />

discussed on the upcoming agenda.<br />

He initially requested that the caucus be held in a closed setting<br />

so the council could be free to discuss matters in private.<br />

“There’s things that could be happening, that decision could be<br />

made that sometimes all of us might not agree upon and sometimes<br />

we don’t want disputed or shared in the public quite yet,” he<br />

said. “We want to have the opportunity to brainstorm among the<br />

council, the six wonderful brains that have been placed by the voters<br />

to help guide the village.”<br />

Village Law Director Rodd Lawrence said that while he agrees<br />

that holding a caucus could be beneficial to streamline the council<br />

meetings, he stated it needed to be held in an open session so the<br />

council does not run afoul of state and federal public meeting laws.<br />

“It is a good idea but you have to be aware of the Ohio Sunshine<br />

Law,” he said, referring to the Open Public Records Act and the<br />

Open Meeting Act. “You are not allowed to get together and caucus<br />

and discuss the business of the council in private unless it qualifies<br />

as an exception to the Sunshine Laws.”<br />

He said the village can put forth a motion to go into executive<br />

session where they can discuss topics such as confidential information,<br />

personnel matters, and interest in real estate in private, but<br />

any other matters pertaining to the village must be discussed in<br />

an open session.<br />

He added that if the council would like to streamline its regular<br />

meetings, he would recommend they do so during the committee<br />

meetings where its members can discuss “the pros and cons” of different<br />

actions and then put forth a proposal to be considered by the<br />

whole council in an open session.<br />

He noted that the council has to be aware of how many council<br />

members sit in during the committee meetings — any more than<br />

three would be considered a quorum of the council.<br />

The village council currently has two committees — the finance<br />

committee and the health and safety committee. The finance committee<br />

typically meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 4<br />

p.m. in the Village Municipal Hall, located at 3492 First Ave. The<br />

health and safety committee typically meets on the third Monday<br />

of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Municipal Hall. The<br />

committee meetings are open to the media and the public.<br />

The council will hold its first caucus of the year before the Feb.<br />

13 meeting. The council said they intend to hold the caucus on a<br />

“trial basis” to determine if it should be held throughout the year.<br />

In other news, the village council held a vote to determine<br />

which member would be chosen to serve as the president pro tempore<br />

for the <strong>2024</strong> calendar year. Council members Shawn Moore,<br />

Alicia Skinner and Sabrina West voted in favor of the nomination<br />

of Skinner to the position, while council members Stefanie Day,<br />

Steven Larkins, and Lacy Wallace Jr. voted in favor of the nomination<br />

of Wallace Jr. to the position. Since the vote resulted in a<br />

tie, Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. voted in favor of Wallace Jr. to serve<br />

as president pro tempore. Ohio law states that the president pro<br />

tempore shall have the same powers and perform the same duties<br />

as the mayor should they be absent from the village or are otherwise<br />

unable, for any cause, to perform<br />

their duties.<br />

News and Notes<br />

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

The American Red Cross will host several<br />

blood drives in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> including:<br />

•Feb. 15 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Vineyard<br />

Christian Church<br />

•Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Evans Center<br />

•Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at<br />

OhioHealth Methodist Hospital<br />

•Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at<br />

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

•Feb. 22 from 12 to 6 p.m. at <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Elks<br />

•Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at<br />

Mount Carmel <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

•Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at Chickfil-A<br />

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

•Feb. 27 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Saint<br />

John’s Lutheran Church<br />

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-<br />

448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.<br />

Steadfast Food Pantry<br />

The Steadfast Helping Hands Food<br />

Pantry is open on Wednesdays from 3 to 6<br />

p.m. by appointment only. The pantry is<br />

located at 4500 Broadway in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

To set up an appointment, call 614-871-<br />

7445.


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Club meeting - Parkinson’s support group<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Parkinson’s support group meets the third<br />

Wednesday of each month at StoryPoint <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, located at<br />

3717 Orders Road at 1 p.m. The meetings take place in the assisted<br />

living area of the community, which is located around the back<br />

of the building. The meetings are open to all who want to learn<br />

more about Parkinson’s disease. For more information, call Kathy<br />

Hakes at 614-507-8458.<br />

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The supervisors with the transportation department<br />

and the food services department recently presented<br />

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

Education with its annual report. The officials said<br />

that while the full-time staffing levels are stable, they<br />

continue to struggle to find individuals who can fill in<br />

on an as-needed basis.<br />

At the Jan. 22 board meeting, transportation supervisor<br />

Tim Cox reported that there are 179 bus drivers<br />

currently on staff — enough for every school bus within<br />

the department’s vast fleet.<br />

“They are all fantastic and they do a great job for<br />

us,” he said.<br />

There are also more than four dozen bus aides on<br />

hand, a slight increase from the annual report that<br />

was released last year.<br />

Cox said the number of full-time bus drivers and<br />

the number of bus aides give him some level of comfort<br />

when it comes to the daily operations of the transportation<br />

department, but what continues to cause<br />

concern is the number of substitute bus drivers available.<br />

“Currently we have 18 substitute drivers,” he said.<br />

While that amount of available substitute drivers is<br />

more than most districts in the state and throughout<br />

the country have, Cox said the official number is “a little<br />

skewed.”<br />

“Of those 18 substitute bus drivers we have, eight of<br />

them are just field trip drivers,” he said. “Since they<br />

are just available to come in for<br />

field trips, that leaves us with<br />

about 10 who can come in and<br />

cover regular routes for us.<br />

“That is just not enough for a<br />

district of our size, especially<br />

since we are averaging 20 call<br />

outs a day (during the cold and<br />

flu season),” he said.<br />

Cox said the district continues<br />

to recruit substitute drivers<br />

— most of whom he hopes will<br />

transition to full-time bus driver<br />

status — but admitted it has<br />

been “slow going” thus far.<br />

“It can be a long process to get<br />

them out on the road,” he said.<br />

“For the vast majority of them,<br />

they can’t just apply to a position,<br />

be hired, and then be put<br />

behind the wheel of a bus within<br />

a day or two.”<br />

He said what has helped the<br />

district recruit substitute drivers<br />

has been covering the<br />

expenses incurred as they go<br />

through the process to obtain<br />

their Commercial Drivers<br />

Free community meal<br />

Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover<br />

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 />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

In Education<br />

Staffing levels still a concern in SWCS<br />

License and increasing wages and lump sum benefits.<br />

The district currently pays full-time bus drivers<br />

$21.39 per hour. Substitute bus drivers receive $19.32<br />

per hour with lump sum bonuses of $500, $750, and<br />

$1,000 if they are on the job for 50 days, 100 days, and<br />

150 days, respectively.<br />

Cox encouraged those who have an interest in driving<br />

a school bus — or even those with a flexible work<br />

schedule who are trying to make extra money — to<br />

reach out to the district through their website for job<br />

opportunities.<br />

“It is not an easy job but it is a rewarding one,” he<br />

said.<br />

Lisa Hamrick, the supervisor of the food services<br />

department, also shared their current staffing levels at<br />

the board meeting.<br />

According to Hamrick, the staffing situation at the<br />

food services department has rebounded from three<br />

years ago when they had more than 30 open positions.<br />

“Staffing is doing much better, I am so glad to say,”<br />

she said.<br />

The food services department has 189 employees,<br />

including a head cook stationed at each school and at<br />

least 5 to 10 cooks at each of the elementary, intermediate,<br />

middle and high schools. But where they continue<br />

to see a gap is at the substitute level.<br />

“I would say that our recruiting is going well, but<br />

it’s just about finding the right people,” she said.<br />

Like the transportation department, the food services<br />

department prefers to hire people at the substitute<br />

level first and then transition them to a permanent<br />

role. Hamrick said by doing so, they are giving<br />

their potential full-time employees a glimpse at what<br />

it takes to serve meals to thousands of students each<br />

day.<br />

“It gives them that one-on-one experience,” she<br />

said.<br />

Some discover that it is harder than initially<br />

thought, she said, while others find the flexible schedule<br />

to be a benefit.<br />

“Our schedules are much like the schedules for our<br />

students here,” she said. “Our staff is in school while<br />

the kids are in school, our staff is off when the kids are<br />

off. That is a real draw for many of the employees here<br />

at the food services department.”<br />

Hamrick said there is not a specific number of substitutes<br />

they are looking to hire — “our motto is the<br />

more we have, the better it is for everyone,” she<br />

quipped — but added that they are recruiting for the<br />

remainder of this calendar year and the next calendar<br />

year as well.<br />

“It’s hard work but it can be a lot of fun,” she said.<br />

The district currently pays substitute cooks $14 per<br />

hour. There is no state requirement to take a civic service<br />

test for these positions.<br />

Individuals who are interested in applying for an<br />

open position in the food services department can also<br />

reach out to the district for employment opportunities<br />

through its website, swcsd.us.<br />

community events<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 />

seniors. To schedule an appointment or for<br />

more information, call the wellness office<br />

at 614-437-2878.


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News and Notes<br />

Project ChildSafe<br />

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

in a nationwide free gun lock<br />

giveaway program to help protect families<br />

from unnecessary tragedy.<br />

Over the past decade, Project ChildSafe<br />

developed a comprehensive program for<br />

firearm owners to be safe and responsible<br />

– preventing accidents and keeping<br />

firearms out of the wrong hands.<br />

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

safety information are available at the<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Safety Complex, 3360 Park St.<br />

The free gun lock giveaway is part of the<br />

national Project ChildSafe Initiative,<br />

ensuring safe and responsible firearm<br />

ownership and storage. Funding for the<br />

locks is provided by a grant from the U.S.<br />

Department of Justice.<br />

For more information, contact the division<br />

of police at 614-277-1710.<br />

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Dozens of musically curious adults and<br />

children visited the Westland Area<br />

Library last week to participate in an<br />

educational and entertaining program<br />

called Instrument Petting Zoo. Hosted by<br />

The Columbus Symphony, the hour-long<br />

jam session offered guests the opportunity<br />

to have a hands-on experience with<br />

a variety of instruments that are typically<br />

found in an orchestra. Shown here having<br />

lots of fun during that hands-on<br />

experience is Diana Walton and her 19-<br />

month-old grandson, Draco. The <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> resident said she and her daughter<br />

wanted Draco to be in attendance for the<br />

program because he has a love for<br />

music and they wanted to expose him to<br />

more instruments than just the piano<br />

that resides in her house. She joked that<br />

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

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

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Thursday of each month at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley<br />

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

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Governor promotes suicide prevention plan<br />

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced<br />

the <strong>2024</strong>-2026 Suicide Prevention Plan for<br />

the state, reinforcing a commitment to<br />

eliminating obstacles for families and individuals<br />

grappling with suicide.<br />

“The heartbreak of losing a family member<br />

to suicide is a pain that cuts deep, leaving<br />

behind a void that words can’t fully<br />

capture,” said DeWine. “This plan will<br />

bring about a system-wide commitment to<br />

reduce suicides and encourage communities<br />

to work collectively to foster understanding<br />

and destigmatize mental health<br />

challenges.”<br />

The plan aims to promote life-saving<br />

strategies statewide. The governor’s<br />

RecoveryOhio initiative partnered with the<br />

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation to<br />

spearhead the development of this comprehensive<br />

document, incorporating input<br />

from more than 30 private and public organizations.<br />

Key components of the plan include<br />

raising public awareness, enhancing access<br />

to timely data, expanding opportunities for<br />

healthcare access, and providing support<br />

for families coping with the loss of a loved<br />

one to suicide. It underscores the importance<br />

of collaborative efforts with behavioral<br />

healthcare providers, employers,<br />

healthcare systems, schools, and community<br />

organizations to stem the increasing<br />

rates of suicides.<br />

According to the Ohio Department of<br />

Health, there were 1,766 suicides in Ohio<br />

in 2021, an increase of 8 percent, from the<br />

previous year. That number is below the<br />

10-year high in the state of 1,836 deaths in<br />

2018. In November, 2023, the Center for<br />

Disease Control released a report that the<br />

United States set a record for the number<br />

of suicide deaths with nearly 50,000 people<br />

dying by suicide in 2022. The national<br />

report indicated that middle aged adults<br />

account for the most suicides, while suicide<br />

numbers in pre-teens and teens had<br />

decreased.<br />

“We are grateful for Governor DeWine’s<br />

leadership and focus on improving the lives<br />

of individuals who are struggling with<br />

mental health and suicide,” said Tony<br />

Coder, executive director of the Ohio<br />

Suicide Prevention Foundation. “We<br />

believe that suicide prevention is a health<br />

issue that anyone can be an active participant<br />

in and we are grateful that this plan<br />

is a strategy that can help more individuals<br />

seek care.”<br />

RecoveryOhio works to provide a full<br />

continuum of care to all of Ohio.<br />

RecoveryOhio’s goals include creating a<br />

system to help those struggling with mental<br />

illness, and offer direction for the state’s<br />

prevention and education efforts.<br />

The Ohio Suicide Prevention<br />

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that educates, advocates, and builds connections<br />

and support for individuals, families,<br />

and communities to prevent suicide.<br />

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Cosmo, the enchanting<br />

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Lilo is a 1-year-old<br />

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Born to take it easy,<br />

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Commissioners give grants for healthcare equity<br />

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The Franklin County Commissioners<br />

announced grants of more than $1.6 million<br />

to community partner organizations<br />

for the purpose of promoting equity in<br />

healthcare for Franklin County residents.<br />

The nine grant recipients and their initiatives<br />

were chosen because of their focus<br />

on reducing disparities in health outcomes<br />

primarily for populations that have been<br />

historically underserved by high-quality<br />

healthcare and health services.<br />

“Our community is thriving in many<br />

ways but not always in an equitable way,”<br />

said Board of Commissioners President,<br />

Kevin Boyce. “For many of our neighbors,<br />

the quality of healthcare that is available<br />

to them is dependent on their income or zip<br />

code, and there are unacceptable disparities<br />

for immigrants and people of color.<br />

Healthcare and mental health care need to<br />

be thought of as human rights, but affecting<br />

that change takes purposeful, intentional<br />

effort, and these nine agencies are<br />

working hard to that end.”<br />

The grants are administered by the<br />

commissioners’ Community Partnership<br />

agency which has made similar grants<br />

since 2021, and which oversaw more than<br />

$25 million in total grant funding last year.<br />

Recipient organizations include Children’s<br />

Hunger which is expanding its nutritional<br />

support for at-risk youth, and the Cancer<br />

Support Community of Central Ohio and<br />

Physicians CareConnection, which are<br />

working to reduce barriers to care, including<br />

by providing education and other culturally<br />

appropriate services. In addition,<br />

Catholic Social Services will use the funding<br />

to provide a variety of health and social<br />

services aimed at central Ohio’s Hispanic<br />

population, Lutheran Social Services will<br />

use it to provide medical, dental, behavioral<br />

health, and vision care for residents<br />

experiencing homelessness, and<br />

OhioHealth’s grant will go to maternal<br />

health and infant mortality efforts.<br />

“As a heart patient, I know something<br />

about the miracles of modern medicine, but<br />

I can also see that those miracles are conditional<br />

and that there are disparities that<br />

are holding some of our residents back<br />

from getting the care or preventative care<br />

that they deserve,” said Commissioner<br />

John O’Grady. “These health equity grants<br />

are an acknowledgment that there is much<br />

work to be done and a step in the right<br />

direction for the recipient agencies.”<br />

Recipients of this year’s health equity<br />

grants are required to not only show that<br />

they are providing healthcare to residents<br />

in need, but that they are also focused on<br />

long-term improvements in health outcomes,<br />

and also on moving health equity<br />

forward within the organization and with<br />

its partners. The commissioners’ 2019 Rise<br />

Together Blueprint for Addressing Poverty<br />

in Franklin County identified disparate<br />

health outcomes as both a symptom and<br />

cause of poverty in our community.<br />

Additional information about the commissioners’<br />

Community Partnerships<br />

Program and future funding opportunities<br />

can be found at budget.franklincountyohio.gov.<br />

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“Orion and the Dark” is charming and eccentric<br />

In 2014, author and illustrator Emma<br />

Yarlett released her second children’s picture<br />

book, “Orion and the Dark.” A quick<br />

skim over the summary on the back would<br />

lead you to believe that it was the standard<br />

fare of the genre: it centers around a little<br />

boy who is scared of the dark, which then<br />

comes to life and shows him the wonders of<br />

the night, thus teaching him how to overcome<br />

his fears.<br />

Opening the pages of the book would<br />

quickly dispel any notion that it was the<br />

standard fare as the content therein is so<br />

immersive. Employing the use of mixed<br />

media artwork, Yarlett takes the reader<br />

into the mind of the anxiety-ridden protagonist<br />

where every corner, every glance,<br />

every interaction is a threat to his very<br />

existence.<br />

For a book that is geared toward children<br />

— the younger ages, in particular —<br />

“Orion and the Dark” is off-beat and trippy,<br />

which could be why it did not make a big<br />

splash upon its initial release here in the<br />

states. It did, however, garner the interest<br />

from the entertainment industry who saw<br />

the potential of the material.<br />

Around two years ago, DreamWorks<br />

Animation announced it was collaborating<br />

with Netflix to adapt and distribute “Orion<br />

and the Dark.” In an effort to bring the<br />

beautiful bizarreness of the book to the big<br />

screen — and also in an effort to make it<br />

stand out from the crowd — the studios<br />

hired Charlie Kaufman (“Adaptation,”<br />

“Being John Malkovich” and “Eternal<br />

Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) to pen the<br />

script.<br />

The idea of Charlie Kaufman writing a<br />

movie for children may sound absurd but<br />

“Orion and the Dark” proves that his signature<br />

brand of existential dread and off-kilter<br />

humor works perfectly for a story about<br />

a child learning to face their fears. To be<br />

clear, Kaufman tones down some of his<br />

trademark weirdness to make the movie<br />

accessible to children, but he retains the<br />

complexity, nervousness, self-awareness,<br />

and vulnerability that his work is known<br />

for. The end result is a bizarre and beautiful<br />

and humorous animated feature that<br />

works at every level — and for every age.<br />

In the book on which the movie is based,<br />

the titular character is a young child<br />

around the age of 6 or 7. To make his character<br />

a bit more relatable to the viewing<br />

audience, he has been aged up to 11 — right<br />

around the time when puberty is about to<br />

hit. While still blissfully unaware of that<br />

impending stage of his life, Orion (voiced by<br />

Jacob Tremblay) has other horrors to occupy<br />

his mind such as bees, dogs, falling from<br />

skyscrapers, talking to his crush, using the<br />

toilet at school, being called on in the classroom,<br />

and sewers which may harbor killer<br />

clowns. These are just a few of the things<br />

that run through his mind during the day.<br />

At night, much scarier thoughts lay waiting<br />

such as the bleak nothingness that<br />

awaits him when he dies and also the dark<br />

— especially the dark.<br />

Every night before he goes to bed, he<br />

curses the inky blackness that engulfs his<br />

room and the sky outside his window. One<br />

evening, his anxiety over the usual turning<br />

of the day gets so bad that the personification<br />

of darkness (aptly called Dark and<br />

voiced by Paul Walter Hauser) appears to<br />

him and swears he’ll help Orion get over<br />

his fear so he can be at peace when the<br />

night falls.<br />

Dark’s grand plan includes introducing<br />

him to the other nighttime deities: Dreams<br />

(Angela Bassett), Insomnia (Nat Faxon),<br />

Sleep (Natasia Demetriou), Quiet (Aparna<br />

Nancherla) and Unexplained Noises (Golda<br />

Pop-up prom shop by Fairy Goodmothers<br />

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Local non-profit, Fairy Goodmothers,<br />

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including <strong>February</strong> 17-18, March 2-3, and<br />

March 9-10. The pop-up prom shop is<br />

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accessories that are available free of charge<br />

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from 0 to 36. Attendees may also choose<br />

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A personal shopper is made available to<br />

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“Prom can be very expensive between<br />

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Fairy Goodmothers board president.<br />

“However, even more important than the<br />

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Students should pre-book their personal<br />

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Since 2005, Fairy Goodmothers has gifted<br />

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Rosheuvel). All of these characters have<br />

fun, individualistic designs that really<br />

hammer home their natures and purpose.<br />

For instance, Insomnia is a mosquito-like<br />

creature that whispers sweet terrors in<br />

your ear to keep you awake, while<br />

Unexplained Noises is a creepy robot-like<br />

creature that likes to find objects to bang<br />

together to give would-be sleepers a little<br />

scare. None of them are included in the<br />

book — Kaufman and director Sean<br />

Charmatz had to stretch a 40-page book<br />

into a feature-length film somehow — but<br />

they fit the wonderfully odd and vibrant<br />

style of Yarlett’s.<br />

Discovering that some of the deities use<br />

chloroform and pillows to render humans<br />

to sleep, Orion is not at all excited about<br />

spending more time with beings that scare<br />

him silly. Likewise, the nighttime deities<br />

are not at all excited about his presence as<br />

they believe his fear could upset the balance<br />

of existence itself. They have good reason<br />

to believe that too as his anxieties and<br />

phobias start to eat away at the group’s<br />

eternal friendship, the confidence they<br />

have in themselves, and the steadfast trust<br />

they have in their (apparent) fearless<br />

leader, Dark.<br />

The movie starts off following the path<br />

of a straightforward fairy tale about entities<br />

that help humans cope with life’s perils<br />

— until it doesn’t. About a quarter of the<br />

way through, Kaufman flips the script and<br />

introduces a new framing device that is<br />

similar to that of “The Princess Bride.” The<br />

viewer learns that “Orion and the Dark” is<br />

being told by an older Orion (Colin Hanks)<br />

to his daughter Hypatia (Mia Akemi<br />

Brown) who is trying to face her fears. It’s<br />

a cute twist that works, especially when we<br />

learn that the grown-up Orion still harbors<br />

doubts and fears of his own.<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

If there is a flaw<br />

to this movie, it is<br />

that it spends a bit<br />

too much time with<br />

young Orion, especially<br />

when it seems<br />

he has solved his<br />

problems about<br />

halfway through the story. In order to raise<br />

the stakes and fill time, Kaufman and the<br />

team introduces a new and contrived hiccup<br />

that almost grinds the movie and the<br />

character development that has taken<br />

place to a halt. But thankfully, the ship is<br />

righted as adult Orion and his young<br />

daughter work together to bring the film<br />

and the story within a story back to its<br />

fullest potential.<br />

I have to admit that I do not often get to<br />

see many animated features throughout<br />

the year so I cannot say if the art direction<br />

and design is wholly original from the other<br />

animated features that are out there today.<br />

But what I can say is that there is a funny<br />

and warm center to “Orion and the Dark”<br />

with layers of beauty, charm and eccentricities<br />

wrapped around it. It might not be for<br />

everyone, but it is definitely relatable to<br />

individuals of all ages and worthy of a<br />

watch.<br />

“Orion and the Dark” is now streaming<br />

on Netflix.<br />

Grade: B+<br />

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

and columnist.<br />

Art of Bangladesh on exhibit at Loann Gallery<br />

The Greater Columbus Arts Council<br />

(GCAC) opened Art of Bangladesh, curated<br />

by Dina Zaman, in GCAC’s Loann Crane<br />

Gallery on Feb. 2 and will be on view<br />

through April 30.<br />

Art of Bangladesh is a group exhibition<br />

of nine artists curated by artist Dina<br />

Zaman. Artists in the exhibition include:<br />

Zakia Sultana, Sabhat Abedin, Razia<br />

Suroor, Mosharrat Shams, Sylvia Pandit,<br />

Tania Nur Siddique, Mahbuba Yeasmin,<br />

Manha Shams, and Dina Zaman.<br />

“Everybody in this exhibition has one<br />

thing in common,” said Zaman. “We are<br />

immigrants, and we share one love:<br />

Bangladesh. Although some of us are<br />

homemakers, students, accountants or<br />

working in cybersecurity, we collectively<br />

came together to express our deep-rooted<br />

love for Bangladesh’s rich culture through<br />

art.<br />

“As a curator I invited immigrant<br />

women of Bangladesh to express and show<br />

Bangladeshi culture through their paintings<br />

so our community here in Columbus<br />

can get an idea about the rich culture of<br />

the country. Art over in Bangladesh is very<br />

colorful and story based. Women are highly<br />

involved in arts and culture. I tried to show<br />

a little glimpse of that through this exhibition<br />

and also how our diverse community<br />

here in Columbus can welcome<br />

Bangladeshi culture as a part of Ohioan<br />

culture.”<br />

Loann Crane Gallery hours are<br />

Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and<br />

Thursday-Friday by appointment. The<br />

gallery is also a meeting space and subject<br />

to availability for drop-in visits; visitors<br />

who are planning a visit are encouraged to<br />

contact GCAC at gallery@gcac.org to<br />

ensure availability.<br />

The Loann Crane Gallery is located in<br />

GCAC’s office building at 182 E. Long St.<br />

Exhibitions in the gallery are focused on<br />

showcasing work by artists from historically<br />

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WANTED<br />

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MISCELLANEOUS<br />

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Nissan 2019 Pathfinder<br />

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all Starter Ammenties incl!!<br />

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come with Mini Fridge,<br />

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Breakfast Station.<br />

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dishes, bedding & towels,<br />

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CLEANING<br />

WALL WASHING<br />

CLEANOUTS<br />

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CONCRETE<br />

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Specializing in Custom Colors &<br />

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Driveways & Excavation<br />

Stamp Patios,<br />

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

Free Ests. 614-871-3834<br />

AJ’s Concrete,<br />

Masonry<br />

Good Work - Fair Prices<br />

Block Foundations<br />

Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

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INFORMATION<br />

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Textured Ceilings<br />

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Residential/Commercial<br />

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FENCING<br />

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3/4 A<br />

GUTTERS<br />

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HAULING<br />

DEAN’S HAULING<br />

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HEATING & COOLING<br />

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614-633-9694<br />

HOME<br />

IMPROVEMENTS<br />

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Fascia-Gutters-Trim<br />

Earn FREE Seamless<br />

Gutters with Siding Over<br />

1000 Sq. Ft.<br />

FREE Shutters with<br />

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EPA Certified<br />

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Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.<br />

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Owner & Operator<br />

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Services LLC<br />

Minor Plumbing & Electric<br />

Install Hot Water Tanks,<br />

Dishwashers & Disposals<br />

All Interior Remodels<br />

Also Fencing &<br />

Interior/Exterior Painting<br />

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.<br />

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines<br />

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SLAGLE<br />

HOME REMODELING<br />

Baths, Kitchen,<br />

Plumbing and Electrical.<br />

All your Handyman needs<br />

No Job too Big or Small<br />

Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

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1/7 A<br />

2/18<br />

SW/W<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

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Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

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10/1 A<br />

INFORMATION<br />

LOOK TO<br />

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FENCES * DECKS<br />

MISC. REPAIRS<br />

Call Joe - 614-778-1460<br />

HANDYMAN SERVICES<br />

614-235-1819<br />

HOME<br />

REMODELING<br />

BATH REMODELS<br />

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20 yrs exp - Sr. Discount<br />

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LAWN CARE<br />

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YOUR LAWN & GARDEN<br />

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Trees & Shrubs, Garden,<br />

Mulching, Hauling,<br />

Garden Pond &<br />

Home Maint.<br />

Free Ests. Low Rates<br />

$20 & Up<br />

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PLUMBING<br />

All About Drains & Plumb.<br />

Will snake any small drain<br />

$145. 614-778-2584<br />

MYERS<br />

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24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week<br />

No Overtime Charges<br />

24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &<br />

Drain Cleaning Field<br />

Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

$100.00 For Any Small Drain<br />

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30% OFF with AD<br />

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1/7 A<br />

INFORMATION<br />

PAINTING<br />

BESTQUALITY<br />

40 yrs exp. I do the Work!<br />

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POOL/SPA<br />

MAINTENANCE<br />

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Hot Tub Cleaning and<br />

Weekly Maintenance<br />

Keith 614-316-9809<br />

POWER WASHING<br />

ABURTO<br />

PRESSURE WASHING<br />

•Homes •Roofs •Gutters<br />

•Driveways •Sidewalks<br />

•Parking Lots<br />

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Competitive Prices<br />

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ROOFING<br />

ROBINSON ROOFING<br />

&REPAIRS<br />

30 yrs exp. Lifetime Cols<br />

Resident. Reas. Rates.<br />

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614-330-3087, 732-3100<br />

SEWING MACHINE<br />

REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

in your home. $49.95 all<br />

work gtd. 614-890-5296<br />

SNOWBLOWER<br />

REPAIR<br />

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MOWER REPAIR<br />

1/7<br />

We service<br />

W/GC<br />

Electric & Gas Powered<br />

Snow Blowers<br />

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TREE SERVICES<br />

Warren Brewer Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

1/7<br />

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• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568


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ALKIRE ROAD<br />

CHURCH OF CHRIST<br />

2779 Alkire Road, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, OH 43123<br />

614-875-1028<br />

Sunday Morning Bible Class: 9:30 AM<br />

Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 AM<br />

Sunday Evening Worship: 6:00 PM<br />

Wednesday Evening Bible Class: 7:00 PM<br />

www.alkirechurchofchrist.org<br />

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

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

Please visit the<br />

Southwest Church<br />

of your choice.<br />

List your Worship<br />

Services here.<br />

For info. call 614-272-5422<br />

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Our Worship Guide is geared toward celebrating faith and helping reader connect with religious<br />

resources in our community. Make sure these readers know how you can help with a presence in<br />

this very special section distributed to more than 22,000 households in the Southwest area.<br />

Contact us today to secure your spot in our Worship Guide.<br />

614.272.5422 • kathy@columbusmessenger.com<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

South-Western will release<br />

students early for solar eclipse<br />

The South-Western <strong>City</strong> School District<br />

will hold a scheduled early-release on<br />

Monday, April 8 due to the total solar<br />

eclipse set to take place that afternoon.<br />

As a result of the early release, all<br />

evening activities to include rehearsals,<br />

practices, and athletics/extra-curricular<br />

contests will also be canceled.<br />

The April 8 date had been previously<br />

earmarked as a full day of learning on the<br />

2023-<strong>2024</strong> academic calendar.<br />

In an effort for families to plan accordingly,<br />

transportation and building schedules<br />

have been amended for this day and<br />

early release times are as follows:<br />

● Elementary Schools: 12:15 p.m.<br />

● Intermediate Schools: 1:15 p.m.<br />

● Middle Schools: 1:15 p.m.<br />

● High Schools: 11:30 a.m.<br />

Although the direct centerline of total<br />

eclipse viewing falls north of the district’s<br />

attendance boundaries, district officials<br />

arrived at the decision to proceed with an<br />

early release out of an abundance of caution<br />

for student safety who otherwise<br />

would be in transit home on a regularly<br />

scheduled school day at that time.<br />

Students and staff to<br />

receive protective eyewear<br />

Recognizing the educational importance<br />

of this rare scientific event, every student<br />

(at parent discretion) in the district will<br />

have the opportunity to take home solar<br />

eclipse glasses in advance of April 8 that<br />

are compliant with the international safety<br />

standard for protective eyewear.<br />

The <strong>2024</strong> Total Solar Eclipse offers students<br />

and families an educational opportunity<br />

to observe this incredibly rare astrological<br />

event - the first of its kind within<br />

view in Ohio since 1806.<br />

Looking ahead to April 8, district officials<br />

ask families to reinforce safe viewing<br />

practices with their students by reminding<br />

them that they should never look directly<br />

at the sun once home for the day without<br />

the proper eyewear, according to the State<br />

of Ohio Eclipse Task Force.<br />

For more information and educational<br />

resources, visit eclipse.ohio.gov.<br />

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Celebrating 500 wins!<br />

Franklin Heights High School boys basketball coach Ray Miller notched his 500th<br />

career win recently in a Falcons’ 52-49 win over Canal Winchester. This is Miller’s<br />

second year at Franklin Heights. He grew up in Grandview, attending Grandview<br />

Heights High School. He was the head coach of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> from 1980-1987 and<br />

1994-2001 where he also served as the assistant athletic director from 1979-2002.<br />

In 2002, he served Central Crossing in the Career Based Intervention Program.

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