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<strong>March</strong> 10 - 23, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. L, No. 16<br />

Learning with<br />

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

By Dedra Cordle<br />

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The Lower Lights Ministries has a new mission on the westside:<br />

to enrich the lives of children through educational and<br />

recreational programming.<br />

The push to bring more activities and learning opportunities<br />

to the area youth came via an assessment of outreach services at<br />

the non-profit organization, said CEO Emmalyn Jerome.<br />

“We believed that we could be doing more to provide resources<br />

to the most underserved communities,” she said.<br />

To be able to provide those additional resources, Jerome<br />

explained that the non-profit had to determine what were the<br />

greatest areas of need within a specific community. On the westside,<br />

it was determined that the greatest areas of need were services<br />

that would benefit the youngest children.<br />

“The whole nation is in a child care crisis right now and it is<br />

hitting the underserved communities the hardest,” she said. “It<br />

is a challenge to find quality, accessible, and affordable child care<br />

and a lot of low income families are having to make a difficult<br />

choice: Do they spend their whole paycheck on child care or do<br />

they stay home? I believe a lot of folks want to work but child<br />

care is so expensive and out of reach for many families on the<br />

westside.”<br />

Knowing the importance of early childhood education — “it<br />

lays the cognitive and behavioral foundation for the rest of their<br />

development and learning,” said Jerome — the leadership with<br />

Lower Lights Ministries began to assess how they could improve<br />

child care in the region. Their solution would slowly morph into<br />

the creation of a variety of educational and recreational programs<br />

that would benefit children of all ages.<br />

“We want to be here for these kids when they are in diapers<br />

and we want to be here for them when they are getting their<br />

diplomas,” stated Jerome.<br />

The Lower Lights Child Enrichment Center<br />

Knowing they had to address the lack of “quality, accessible,<br />

and affordable” child care on the Hilltop, the non-profit set out to<br />

build a new child care center. In 2022, the Lower Lights<br />

Ministries purchased a former grocery store at 2323 Sullivant<br />

Ave. and began the renovation process. Director Donna Wilson<br />

thought it would never be completed.<br />

“This building was a disaster,” she said. “There was mold on<br />

the walls and the ceiling was leaking. It was just not something<br />

you could initially picture ever improving.”<br />

With the help of Summit Construction and nearly $1.4 million<br />

in grants and donations, the once dilapidated building transformed<br />

into a bright and clean facility with indoor play stations,<br />

an outdoor playground, and ample room to accommodate nearly<br />

50 infants and small children once the Child Enrichment Center<br />

(CEC) is fully operational.<br />

“We are so excited to be able to offer this program to the community,”<br />

said Wilson.<br />

According to Jerome, the enrichment center will be opened in<br />

phases. In late <strong>March</strong>, the CEC will be able to accommodate children<br />

aged 18 months — 5 years. Later this summer, the CEC<br />

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

The Lower Lights Ministries recently hosted an open house<br />

and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Child Enrichment Center,<br />

2323 Sullivant Ave. According to director Donna Wilson (pictured<br />

here), the child care facility will not open until late <strong>March</strong><br />

but they are accepting enrollment applications for children<br />

aged 18 months – 5 years through lowerlights.org. They will<br />

begin accepting applications for infants aged 6 weeks and<br />

above in the summer. In addition to addressing the educational<br />

and recreational needs of the youngest children in the area, the<br />

non-profit organization will also offer programs for older children<br />

and young adults. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6<br />

p.m., the Community Learning Center at 2300 Sullivant Ave. will<br />

open its doors to middle and high school students and offer a<br />

safe space to learn, play, and study. On Thursdays from 4:30 to<br />

6:30 p.m., the Lower Lights Community Church at 1066 Bellows<br />

Ave. will host its Bright Lights Kids Youth Mentoring program<br />

for children aged 6-15. The students will meet with an adult<br />

mentor to build relationship skills and promote educational<br />

success. Bright Lights Kids is currently enrolling for the mentorship<br />

program.<br />

should be able to accommodate children aged 6 weeks and above.<br />

Wilson said the CEC is still in the process of obtaining its<br />

license through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services<br />

to accommodate infants.<br />

“It’s moving but it is taking a bit longer than we hoped,” she<br />

said. “We’ll get there — hopefully sooner rather than later.”<br />

The child care facility will be open Monday through Friday, 6<br />

See LOWER LIGHTS page 6<br />

In late January, the Prairie Township<br />

trustees held a special hearing where they<br />

decided to demolish the Galloway Village<br />

Apartments. Now, remaining residents<br />

have until <strong>March</strong> 18 to vacate the property.<br />

According to James Jewell, Prairie<br />

Township administrator, the owners of the<br />

property had until Feb. 24 to appeal the<br />

trustees’ decision.<br />

“The owner did not appeal, and the<br />

township did not receive a formal proposal<br />

from the owner to repair the site,” said<br />

Jewell.<br />

Now, Jewell said, the township is currently<br />

working to obtain an estimate for<br />

demolition.<br />

See GALLOWAY VILLAGE page 3<br />

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Litter at Lunch<br />

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Lunch time<br />

litter cleanup<br />

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

Every Friday from noon to 1 p.m., a<br />

group of dedicated volunteers meet at<br />

the southwest corner of S. Harris<br />

Avenue and Sullivant Avenue to undertake<br />

a massive challenge: cleaning up<br />

one of the most littered corridors on the<br />

westside. Organized by community<br />

advocate Lisa Boggs, the lunchtime<br />

cleanup crew traverses approximately<br />

27 blocks, picking up all kinds of litter<br />

with their grabbers in order to beautify<br />

the area and get trash off the street.<br />

“Even though we all know these roads<br />

will be partially full of trash later today,<br />

we keep coming out because we know<br />

that the stuff we have in our bags right<br />

now will be off our streets forever,” said<br />

Boggs. Pictured here after another successful<br />

lunchtime cleanup event on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 1 are (from left to right) Bill<br />

Hedrick, Lisa Boggs, and Jim Boggs.<br />

Although not pictured at the completion<br />

of the event, included in the afternoon<br />

cleanup crew were Janine Bourdo,<br />

Carla Carr, and Gale Gray. Boggs<br />

encouraged those who may have a free<br />

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GALLOWAY VILLAGE<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

“Once that is complete, we will be applying<br />

for funding,” he said.<br />

Late last year, the Franklin County<br />

Board of Health declared the apartments,<br />

located on North Murray Hill Road, a public<br />

nuisance and designated all the buildings<br />

on the site as unfit for human habitation.<br />

Inspectors found mold, bed begs, rats,<br />

needles, feces, and numerous fire code and<br />

safety violations on the premises. The sheriff’s<br />

office was also called to the complex<br />

hundreds of times last year.<br />

The owners of the property, the Chetrit<br />

Group based in New York, sent an attorney<br />

to the hearing in January to ask the<br />

trustees for more time to find a resolution.<br />

After years of dealing with safety concerns,<br />

and with little to no communication from<br />

the owners, the trustees decided to move<br />

forward with legislation to remove the complex.<br />

According to Jewell, the property has<br />

already been assessed nearly $166,000 by<br />

the township for trash removal. It will cost<br />

just over $32,000 for the township to install<br />

temporary fencing to secure the buildings.<br />

Blood drive at Glenwood UMC<br />

Glenwood United Methodist Church<br />

will host a blood drive, in partnership with<br />

the American Red Cross, on <strong>March</strong> 27 from<br />

around the westside<br />

This cost will also be assessed to the property.<br />

“The township does not own the property,”<br />

said Jewell. “We are securing the property<br />

and moving forward with the removal<br />

of the structures.”<br />

Galloway Village Apartments were built<br />

in the 1960s. It has 36 buildings that<br />

include more than 350 apartments and 96<br />

town homes. About 90 tenants were living<br />

in the complex when it was deemed unfit<br />

for occupation.<br />

Jewell said there are estimated to be<br />

about 20 units that are still occupied.<br />

The Franklin County Public Health<br />

Care Coordination team held several meetings<br />

in the township to provide support and<br />

resources to those still living in the apartment<br />

complex. The county commissioners<br />

allocated $1 million in funding to provide<br />

relocation assistance, transportation assistance,<br />

and health care to the residents of<br />

Galloway Village.<br />

Remaining tenants can call Franklin<br />

County Public Health at 614-525-4802 for<br />

information on rehousing accommodations.<br />

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2833 Valleyview Drive<br />

in the in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule<br />

an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org,<br />

sponsor code: GWUMC or call 1-800-733-<br />

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PAGE 4 - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - <strong>March</strong> 10, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Highlighting<br />

Young<br />

Constituents’<br />

Achievements<br />

One of the best benefits of my office is that I learn<br />

about the achievements of individuals who live<br />

or go to school in our district. I will highlight four<br />

students who have made noteworthy accomplishments<br />

during the last few months.<br />

Connor Chaffin, a junior at Grove City High<br />

School, has become the best high school bassoon<br />

player in Ohio. He has played in the Ohio<br />

Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra<br />

for three years and won concerto competitions<br />

held by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the<br />

Dayton Philharmonic, and the New Albany Symphony<br />

Orchestra. He also has been featured on<br />

the National Public Radio program “From the<br />

Top”. In addition, Connor is a straight-A student,<br />

is one of the field commanders for the awardwinning<br />

Grove City HS <strong>March</strong>ing Band, and has<br />

combined with his brother Camden to capture a<br />

Grove City team pickleball championship. He aspires<br />

to attend the Juilliard School of Music in<br />

New York City.<br />

Nate Palaia, a senior at Grove City High School,<br />

has been named one of Ohio’s five finalists for a<br />

career education Presidential Scholar designation.<br />

He also is a straight-A student and currently<br />

is enrolled in the engineering and robotics lab at<br />

the South-Western Career Academy, is president<br />

of the student council there, and played varsity<br />

football team for Grove City HS last fall.<br />

Zach Swierz, a Bishop Ready High School graduate<br />

and current freshman at the United States<br />

Military Academy (West Point), finished the first<br />

semester ranked in the top one-third of his class<br />

there. He also represents West Point on its college<br />

Model United Nations and club fencing<br />

teams.<br />

Richmond Honkpo, a freshman at Otterbein University<br />

and recent graduate of Franklin Heights<br />

High School, qualified for the NCAA Division III<br />

National Indoor Track Championships in the long<br />

jump. He has posted one of the top 20 leaps<br />

among DIII student athletes during the indoor<br />

season at 23’ 6-3/4” and is traveling to the national<br />

competition in Virginia <strong>March</strong> 7-9. Richmond<br />

formerly earned All-Ohio recognition in<br />

the long jump as a high school senior.<br />

We should be quite proud that our community is<br />

producing young people that are achieving at<br />

extremely high levels.<br />

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

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

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

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for free tax preparation. The Tax Ministry<br />

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Saturday, from through April 6 from 9 a.m.<br />

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April 8 from 12 to 6 p.m. The church is<br />

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call 614-274-8469.<br />

Battery recycling at<br />

Westland Area Library<br />

The Westland Area Library will host a<br />

battery recycling drop-off event from 11<br />

a.m. to 1 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 23 at 4740 West<br />

Broad St. All disposable and rechargeable<br />

batteries will be accepted. No vehicle (leadacid)<br />

batteries. For more information, contact<br />

the library at 614-878-1301.<br />

Chamber Singers are<br />

“Celebrating 35 Years”<br />

The Grove City Chamber Singers will<br />

celebrate the group’s 35th anniversary<br />

with their spring concert “Celebrating 35<br />

Years,” on <strong>March</strong> 17 at 3:30 pm. The concert,<br />

which features a variety of music, will<br />

take place at The Grove City United<br />

Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St.<br />

Doors open at 3 p.m. and admission is free<br />

and open to all.<br />

Free eclipse glasses at CML<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)<br />

will offer central Ohioans free eclipse<br />

glasses beginning <strong>March</strong> 18 ahead of the<br />

near total solar eclipse on April 8.<br />

Glasses will be handed out at all 23<br />

CML locations while supplies last and will<br />

be limited to four per person. Those interested<br />

are encouraged to call ahead at 614-<br />

645-2275 to check availability.<br />

Also beginning <strong>March</strong> 18, all 23 CML<br />

locations will offer free COSI-supplied<br />

solar kits, each of which includes a pair of<br />

eclipse glasses and activities that customers<br />

can do at home. Due to the items<br />

included, the kits will only be available to<br />

adults 18 and older. Limit four per adult,<br />

while supplies last.<br />

Central Ohioans are also invited to<br />

attend a special eclipse watch party on<br />

Monday, April 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Main<br />

Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Representatives<br />

from COSI will join CML staff on the front<br />

lawn for science activities before and after<br />

the eclipse.<br />

At 3:10 p.m. on April 8, central Ohio<br />

will experience a near total solar eclipse —<br />

with totality lasting around 3 to 4 minutes.<br />

Safe glasses are essential for viewing this<br />

celestial phenomenon.


www.columbusmessenger.com <strong>March</strong> 10, <strong>2024</strong> - WESTSIDE MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

The American Red Cross Central and<br />

Southern Ohio Region is kicking off its<br />

annual Red Cross Month celebration in<br />

<strong>March</strong> to honor local community heroes<br />

who help ensure their neighbors never face<br />

crises alone.<br />

Red Cross Month is a national tradition<br />

that began in <strong>March</strong> 1943 when President<br />

Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red<br />

Cross Month proclamation – and each<br />

U.S. president has followed ever since.<br />

Governor Mike DeWine has declared<br />

<strong>March</strong> as Red Cross Month in Ohio with an<br />

<strong>March</strong> proclaimed Red Cross Month in Ohio<br />

official proclamation.<br />

Join the Red Cross Month celebration by<br />

visiting redcross.org to make a financial<br />

donation, give blood or platelets, become a<br />

volunteer or take a lifesaving skills course.<br />

Those who donate at redcross.org/givingday<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 27 will be part of the <strong>10th</strong><br />

annual Red Cross Giving Day, which aims<br />

to rally 30,000 supporters nationwide to<br />

help provide shelter, food, relief items,<br />

emotional support and other assistance for<br />

people affected by disasters big and small.<br />

As the final weeks of winter approach,<br />

the public is urged to book a time to donate<br />

blood or platelets to continue to strengthen<br />

the blood supply heading into spring. As a<br />

thank-you for providing comfort during<br />

Red Cross Month, all who come to give<br />

blood or platelets from now through <strong>March</strong><br />

24 will get a $10 e-gift card to a pet supply<br />

merchant of choice, plus automatically be<br />

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Volunteers comprise 90 percent of the<br />

national Red Cross workforce to power its<br />

lifesaving mission, along with generous<br />

blood, platelet and financial donors; people<br />

trained in skills like first aid and CPR; and<br />

other supporters.<br />

Home fires are the most frequent disaster<br />

response for the Red Cross, which is<br />

also working to help families stay safe by<br />

installing free smoke alarms during its<br />

Sound the Alarm home fire safety campaign.<br />

Volunteers are needed for events all<br />

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LOWER LIGHTS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

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a.m. to 6 p.m. They will offer three payment<br />

options for families: publicly funded<br />

through organizations like the ODJFS;<br />

sliding scale for those who did not meet federal<br />

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Wilson said families who use the sliding<br />

scale payment option will still be given a<br />

reduced rate.<br />

“They could be<br />

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www.lowerlights.org. For more information<br />

on the amenities, financial assistance, or to<br />

request a tour, call 614-228-3855.<br />

The Lower Lights<br />

Community Learning Center<br />

The slow process to obtain permits to<br />

build the new child care facility left the<br />

non-profit leadership with plenty of time on<br />

their hands. One of the ways they passed<br />

the time was by getting to know the local<br />

business owners in the area.<br />

They formed a relationship with the<br />

Buckners, who owned the Buckner & Sons<br />

Masonry building at 2300 Sullivant Ave.<br />

Through conversation, the Buckner family<br />

told their new friends that they would be<br />

relocating across town and were looking for<br />

someone to lease the space.<br />

“It was like God was leading the way for<br />

us,” said Jerome, referring to the fact that<br />

the future child care center was directly<br />

across the street.<br />

Although their primary focus was to<br />

bring early childhood education to the<br />

Hilltop, the delay in construction caused<br />

the non-profit to begin brainstorming<br />

measures they could take to enrich the<br />

lives of older children, especially those in<br />

middle and high school. Their solution was<br />

to renovate the masonry building and<br />

transform it into an educational and recreational<br />

space.<br />

Hunter Winey, the director of the<br />

Community Learning Center (CLC), was<br />

tasked with making it an appealing, fun<br />

and safe space for teens to exercise, hang<br />

out, and continue their learning — but in a<br />

fun way.<br />

“They basically gave me the keys to a<br />

building and told me to do whatever,” he<br />

said.<br />

With the help of the ministry and community<br />

volunteers, they transformed the<br />

upper level into a space for reading, studying,<br />

and exploration. There are rooms for<br />

art, music, math and sciences. There is also<br />

a quiet room to decompress.<br />

The second floor was transformed into a<br />

more active space. It has foosball tables,<br />

soccer nets, dart boards (with felt tips) and<br />

a gaming room. There is even a small space<br />

for weight training, mostly at the pull-up<br />

bar right now.<br />

“What we really wanted to do with this<br />

space was to empower teenagers and allow<br />

them to discover who they are, what they<br />

are interested in, and expose them to different<br />

opportunities and fields they might<br />

never have known they were interested in,”<br />

Winey said. “That is kind of the heart of<br />

this building and the center of this program.<br />

We want to be a safe place where<br />

teenagers are able to hang out, be kids, but<br />

also learn about themselves and grow<br />

holistically.”<br />

The CLC opened its doors in November.<br />

There has been gradual growth in attendance.<br />

Currently, the CLC is open every<br />

Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m. To<br />

accommodate the upcoming spring break<br />

for Columbus City School students, the<br />

building will be open from noon — 2 p.m. for<br />

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Aubrey Shaffer and Hunter Winey play a<br />

game of foosball in the middle and high<br />

school youth activities building.<br />

teens to hang out. There will be special<br />

themes for each day that are educational<br />

and recreational.<br />

“That way they can still be learning but<br />

it doesn’t feel so rigidly academic,” said<br />

Winey.<br />

For more information or to learn how to<br />

become a volunteer adult supervisor at the<br />

CLC, visit lowerlights.org or call 614-228-<br />

3588.<br />

Bright Lights Kids<br />

Youth Mentoring Program<br />

Unlike the enrichment center and the<br />

learning center, the Bright Lights Kids<br />

Youth Mentoring program is not new to the<br />

area.<br />

Created in 2010, the educational and<br />

recreational program pairs children aged 6-<br />

15 with an adult mentor. Once a week for<br />

an entire school calendar year, the youth<br />

and mentor meet at the LLM Community<br />

Church, 1066 Bellows Ave. for one or two<br />

hours to practice building relationship<br />

skills, encourage community involvement,<br />

and promote educational success.<br />

For the first year in the program together,<br />

the youth and adult mentor will stay onsite,<br />

working under the supervision of the<br />

Brights Lights Kids and the LLM.<br />

Gradually, the adult mentor can take the<br />

student off-site to locations like a local ice<br />

cream shop, the library, the neighborhood<br />

park, or places of enrichment such as the<br />

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical<br />

Gardens or the Center of Science and<br />

Industry (COSI).<br />

Bright Lights Kids Director Aubrey<br />

Shaffer said the ministry strongly believes<br />

in this mentorship program.<br />

“Having one positive adult in a child’s<br />

life can greatly impact their development,”<br />

she said.<br />

The program currently has more mentors<br />

than it does young mentees. The program<br />

would like to boost those numbers.<br />

Jerome said they are looking for students<br />

who might be struggling academically or<br />

emotionally or just want to do something<br />

new.<br />

“We want them to know that someone<br />

will be there to walk alongside them.”<br />

The program is hosted every Thursday<br />

from 4:30-6:60 at the community church on<br />

Bellows Avenue. Bright Lights Kids is currently<br />

enrolling students for the <strong>2024</strong>-2025<br />

youth mentoring program. For more information,<br />

visit www.lowerlights.org, call<br />

614-228-2855, or email Aubrey Shaffer at<br />

ashaffer@lowerlights.org


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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 seem<br />

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 />

shape and be active to reap all the benefits<br />

of exercise.


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Do you love the thought of growing a garden<br />

but doubt you have the space or energy<br />

to put in a big garden?<br />

Don’t despair. You can turn a tiny deck or<br />

porch into a beautiful garden with containers.<br />

There are many unique containers and<br />

hanging baskets available in stores. You can<br />

even turn objects around the house into creative<br />

containers. You’re limited only by your<br />

imagination. Old wheelbarrows, interesting<br />

antiques, discarded dishes and even an old<br />

pair of boots can hold potting soil and a plant.<br />

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The trick to keeping soil inside these<br />

improvised containers is lining the bottom with<br />

a layer of landscape fabric. Most plants grown<br />

in the ground can be grown in containers if<br />

there is ample space for developing roots.<br />

Plants in containers are especially prone to<br />

drying out during hot weather.<br />

Crystals are available that reduce watering<br />

and fertilizing needs. The fertilizer-infused<br />

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Mix the suggested amount of crystals into<br />

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long way — one six-inch pot calls for one teaspoon.<br />

You can use containers to avoid costly<br />

landscaping mistakes. If there are unusual<br />

plants or flowers you’ve always wanted to<br />

grow but weren’t sure they’d grow well in your<br />

area, purchase one or two and try them in a<br />

container first. If lighting conditions aren’t<br />

ideal where you’ve placed your “garden,” simply<br />

pick it up and move it until you find a place<br />

that works.<br />

The versatility of containers can’t be beat?<br />

Don’t like the way your plants are grouped<br />

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Hilltop History & Heritage<br />

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The West High School <strong>March</strong>ing Band participated in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s<br />

Day in 1969. This photo, taken in front of the Ohio Statehouse and with only a portion of the 160-member<br />

group, features then Governor Jim Rhodes at the podium and band director Jim Hill on the right in front<br />

of the band. The West <strong>March</strong>ing Band was the only all-brass band in Columbus City Schools and one of<br />

the few in the entire state. It mimicked The Ohio State University <strong>March</strong>ing Band in both instrumental make<br />

up and military style precision marching. During the 1960s and 1970s, more Ohio State <strong>March</strong>ing Band<br />

members came from West High School than from any other high school. The West band also featured the<br />

Weskets Drill Team. If you have a photo to share, contact Stacy Berndsen-Campbell at stacyberndsen12@gmail.com.<br />

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Wellness and foot care for senior citizens<br />

LifeCare Alliance provides a nurse at the Prairie Township<br />

Community Center weekly to provide free foot care and other wellness<br />

services. To schedule an appointment or for more information,<br />

contact the wellness office at 614-437-2878.<br />

Free lunch at Hilltop Methodist<br />

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<br />

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 Supports<br />

‘National Nutritional Month’<br />

Through Support Services & Events<br />

<strong>March</strong> is National Nutritional Month, a month dedicated to teaching individuals<br />

how to make informed and healthy choices. This month-long campaign<br />

strives to start healthy habits and make nutritious choices that last<br />

all year long.<br />

While healthy habits are important for everyone, they’re especially<br />

important for seniors. Small actions in your everyday life can go a long<br />

way to support healthy aging, and can benefit your physical, emotional,<br />

and mental well-being.<br />

It’s never too late to adapt healthy habits into your lifestyle. For many<br />

older adults, good health ensures independence, security and productivity<br />

as they age. There are many risk factors that can come from an unhealthy<br />

lifestyle, including the increased risk of chronic conditions, fall risks and<br />

behavioral health issues.<br />

Some simple ways for seniors to live a healthy lifestyle include supporting<br />

their physical health by staying active, eating healthy and getting plenty of<br />

sleep. Taking care of your mental health is another important aspect in<br />

maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which can be done by interacting with<br />

friends and family, practicing gratitude and by participating in activities<br />

you enjoy.<br />

It’s important to remember that these habits should be incorporated all<br />

year round, not just during the month of <strong>March</strong>. The Franklin County<br />

Office on Aging (FCOA) offers numerous services and programs that<br />

promote and support healthy aging among its senior residents such as<br />

providing access to nutritious meals. FCOA offers free home-delivered<br />

meals to any Franklin County resident aged 60 and older. These meals not<br />

only help seniors maintain their independence but also support a healthy<br />

and nutritious lifestyle. Many risks associated with aging can be<br />

conquered through clean and healthy eating.<br />

FCOA also supports a healthy lifestyle among its older adults by encouraging<br />

them to participate in regular physical activity, which can help<br />

improve and maintain a senior’s fitness, strength and balance. FCOA<br />

hosts several physical fitness events throughout the year – providing<br />

seniors a chance to learn from local wellness experts on how to incorporate<br />

healthy fitness habits into their daily routine. One of FCOA’s<br />

fitness-inspired events, Spring Forward, is taking place on Thursday, May<br />

2 at the Whitehall Community Park YMCA from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This<br />

free event will offer various community resources, educational sessions,<br />

fitness activities and a produce giveaway for seniors in the Whitehall area.<br />

While National Nutritional Month serves as a reminder to cultivate<br />

healthy habits, the importance of sustaining healthy living goes far<br />

beyond the month of <strong>March</strong>. FCOA's commitment to supporting seniors<br />

underscores the value of prioritizing health and vitality in the aging community<br />

– creating a lasting impact on their overall quality of life.<br />

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

available, call (614) 525-6200 or visit Officeonaging.org.


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Pets of the Week<br />

Raphael is almost 1<br />

and is one spunky<br />

dude who will<br />

always make you<br />

laugh with his tomfoolery.<br />

He can be a<br />

rowdy guy, he loves<br />

to wrestle and play<br />

chase with his foster<br />

siblings. He would<br />

do best in a home with other cats that can<br />

keep up with him. When he finally gets<br />

tired, his sweet side comes out and he<br />

loves to snuggle. Raphael would prefer to<br />

be adopted with his foster brother, Eugene.<br />

If interested, contact Friends for Life Animal<br />

Haven.<br />

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Goodman is a shy<br />

3-year-old boy who<br />

loves to sit on top of<br />

cat trees and survey<br />

his surroundings.<br />

He was rescued as<br />

a stray and is still<br />

getting comfortable<br />

being around people.<br />

He would love a<br />

patient adopter who will take the time to<br />

really get to know him. You can come meet<br />

him in the Colony Cats den where he currently<br />

resides.<br />

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Jeanie came to<br />

Colony Cats from<br />

another shelter that<br />

no longer had space<br />

for her. She is a<br />

sweet low-key girl<br />

and a good option<br />

for anyone looking<br />

for an easy going companion. At about 4<br />

years old, she has plenty of life left. She<br />

would love to spend that time with you.<br />

Come meet her today to see if she could be<br />

your purr-fect match. She is staying at the<br />

Petco at Easton Gateway.<br />

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Gilbert is a 2-yearold<br />

sweetheart who<br />

is ready to brighten<br />

your day with his<br />

sunny personality.<br />

He loves to spend<br />

time in his own company,<br />

and relishes<br />

time spent with his<br />

human friends, too.<br />

He is content chilling<br />

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equally as ecstatic to be near you. Whether<br />

he is lounging in the sun or enjoying his<br />

daily adventures, Gilbert brings joy wherever<br />

he goes. Adopt him from the Franklin<br />

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The Franklin County Commissioners<br />

approved their annual grant to the Greater<br />

Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) to the tune<br />

of $4 million. Last year was GCAC’s 50th<br />

anniversary, and the commissioners have<br />

supported the organization and the artists<br />

with which it works for many years, including<br />

to provide access to the arts for people<br />

of all cultural backgrounds, economic status,<br />

sexual orientation, age, and physical<br />

ability.<br />

“The arts are for everyone, and having a<br />

thriving local arts and music scene helps<br />

make Franklin County into the kind of<br />

place that families want to be,” said board<br />

of commissioners president, Kevin Boyce.<br />

“Having art in public spaces beautifies our<br />

community, and supporting the artists<br />

themselves also supports our local economy.”<br />

The Greater Columbus Arts Council<br />

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Crawley. “Engagement with the arts is<br />

even linked to mental health benefits as<br />

well as being part of a well-rounded education<br />

for our young people, and public art is<br />

part of the lasting cultural legacy of our<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

Campbell’s performance is<br />

“Lovely, Dark, and Deep”<br />

Georgina Campbell has been steadily<br />

working in the movie and television industry<br />

for close to 15 years now, but it wasn’t<br />

until the English actress starred in the<br />

2022 box office hit “Barbarian” that the<br />

general public began to take notice of her<br />

talent.<br />

In the sharp quasi-haunted house horror<br />

written and directed by Zach Cregger,<br />

she had the audience in the palm of her<br />

hand — and likely had a few wishing they<br />

could reach through the screen to hold onto<br />

hers during frightening moments — as her<br />

character tried desperately to battle, outrun,<br />

and outwit beings hellbent on her<br />

destruction.<br />

With its mixture of comedy and terror,<br />

thrills and chills, “Barbarian” shot up to<br />

the top of many ‘Best of’ lists that year, but<br />

it was Campbell and her portrayal as a<br />

young woman caught up in a wrong place,<br />

wrong time situation that proved to be the<br />

genuine standout in an otherwise excellent<br />

film.<br />

In the weeks and months that followed<br />

the release of the movie, Campbell started<br />

to generate a lot of online buzz as to<br />

whether she could take the title as the next<br />

great Scream Queen. She made a case for<br />

that argument when she proved to be the<br />

only good thing about “Big Box: Barcelona”<br />

and her performance as a guilt-ridden park<br />

ranger in the eerie new movie “Lovely,<br />

Dark, and Deep” could further cement her<br />

status as the next big star in the horror<br />

genre. Or maybe even the next big star,<br />

period.<br />

The titular lines come from “Stopping<br />

by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” a Robert<br />

Frost poem that focuses on balancing an<br />

appreciation for nature with the obligations<br />

of duty. The theme within that short<br />

but memorable poem offers some insight<br />

into the character of the protagonist,<br />

Lennon (Campbell). For an unknown number<br />

of years, Lennon has been working as a<br />

ranger at the fictional Arvores National<br />

Park, taking guests on guided tours of the<br />

beautiful and vast forest. While she seems<br />

to take real delight from being out among<br />

the mountains and trees, she believes she<br />

would be better suited for a less public facing<br />

role. That is why she has been so dead<br />

set on an assignment at a remote outpost<br />

during the busiest season of the year — or<br />

so she tells her bosses.<br />

Although her superiors have known for<br />

a while how badly she wants the job, they<br />

are hesitant to allow her the opportunity<br />

because that is where her younger sister<br />

vanished without a trace decades earlier.<br />

But with no other ranger wanting to take<br />

the position, they have no choice but to<br />

grant her wish.<br />

When Lennon arrives at the cabin in the<br />

forest, she immediately puts up a map of<br />

the park and begins to mark the last<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

known location of her sister and all the<br />

other people who have mysteriously disappeared<br />

in the park over the years. While<br />

she doesn’t exactly spend all of her time<br />

there acting as an amateur sleuth, it is<br />

clear she has put her duty as a ranger on<br />

the backseat and allowed grieving big sister<br />

to have control over the rest of the car.<br />

As the days and nights progress, so too<br />

does Lennon’s anxiety. Having always<br />

taken a bit of comfort in the land, she now<br />

fears the sounds and shadows, certain that<br />

predators lurk around every corner, waiting<br />

to snatch the next victim. She wouldn’t<br />

be wrong about that either.<br />

While the performance of Campbell as<br />

the emotionally unraveling protagonist is a<br />

genuine highlight of “Lovely, Dark, and<br />

Deep,” it is not the only element that<br />

makes this film so successful. Writer/director<br />

Teresa Sutherland has a real knack for<br />

creating atmosphere in her films, saturating<br />

natural elements with an air of menace.<br />

While that might not be hard to do<br />

with the forest, she did it with the prairie<br />

in the underappreciated 2019 film “The<br />

Wind.”<br />

Watching that movie and this one is like<br />

experiencing a hallucination — you’re not<br />

exactly sure what is going on but you can<br />

feel the unsettlement creeping over you<br />

like a fog. Couple that sensation with the<br />

sweeping cinematography by Rai Pocas<br />

and the auditory weirdness of the score by<br />

Shida Shahabi and this film is a near masterclass<br />

in how to create dread and slowburning<br />

discomfort.<br />

Although I would not go as far as to<br />

declare this film as great as the 1975 Peter<br />

Weir classic “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” it<br />

does share many of the same qualities that<br />

make the Australian mystery thriller so<br />

memorable. They both revolve around persons<br />

who vanish without a trace, they both<br />

focus on the emotional impact of that loss,<br />

and they are both filmed in a way that elicits<br />

dread in the viewer. While I do not<br />

think the story in “Lovely, Dark, and Deep”<br />

is as strong as the one adapted from the<br />

acclaimed Joan Lindsey novel, the film<br />

itself and the performance within is one<br />

that will stick in your mind for quite a<br />

while.<br />

“Lovely, Dark, and Deep” is now available<br />

to rent or purchase on demand.<br />

Grade: B-<br />

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

writer and columnist.<br />

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