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

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

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The village of Urbancrest recently recognized nine individuals who have made significant contributions to the community at its<br />

annual Black History Celebration. While a majority of the honorees have passed – the exception being Prudence Graham-Duncan,<br />

Steve Gibson and Deborah Wallace – their relatives were in attendance at the ceremony to honor the efforts they made toward<br />

making the village “a more prosperous place to live and thrive.” Pictured here with Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. at the ceremony are<br />

two of the living honorees and the relatives of those who have passed. The names italicized in the parentheses denote the names<br />

of the deceased recipients. First row from left to right: Lora V. Yanni (Grace W. Hairston), Tracy Turner (Oliver Walker), Terry Thomas<br />

(William Trout) and Sandra Saunders (Mary Evelyn Vester-Cray). Second row from left to right: Deborah Wallace, Nathaniel Collins<br />

(James Henry Craig), Timothy Burge (Lois Burge), Steve Gibson, and Barnes Sr. Neither Prudence Graham-Duncan nor a family<br />

representative were able to attend the Feb. 23 ceremony.<br />

Contributing to the community<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The village of Urbancrest hosted its<br />

16th annual Black History Celebration on<br />

Feb. 23. Nine individuals were recognized<br />

during the ceremony for their contributions<br />

toward the development and the<br />

advancement of the community.<br />

“These people have put so much time<br />

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live and thrive,” said Mayor Joseph<br />

Barnes Sr, who also served as the emcee of<br />

the night’s ceremony.<br />

Those honored included some of the<br />

first members on the village council and<br />

several community activists and advocates.<br />

Receiving the Distinguished Service<br />

Award, which typically goes to community<br />

members who have served in the administrative<br />

office, on the village council, or on<br />

a public board, were:<br />

•James Henry Craig, a council member<br />

who served in the early 1950s. In addition<br />

to being known for his volunteerism, he<br />

was also a supportive husband to Ellen<br />

Walker Craig-Jones, the first African<br />

American woman elected to a municipality<br />

in the country.<br />

•Mary Evelyn (Kemper) Vester-Cray, a<br />

council member who served in the mid to<br />

late 1950s. She was known throughout the<br />

village for her humanitarianism.<br />

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prohibit vaping<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

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

The city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> will prohibit vaping<br />

in public buildings and parks.<br />

The city council approved the legislation<br />

at the Feb. 20 meeting.<br />

According to the ordinance, the items<br />

prohibited include electronic cigarettes,<br />

electronic cigars, electronic pipes, vape<br />

pens, hookahs, or any similar device.<br />

Vaping will be prohibited in any enclosed<br />

building or structure that is owned or<br />

leased by the city. It will also be prohibited<br />

in public parks that are owned by <strong>Grove</strong><br />

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

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

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

Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) meetings at 10 a.m. on the second<br />

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 />

additional information on other crime prevention programs visit<br />

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Recschool heads back to Gantz Park<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

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

The Recschool in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> is going home.<br />

At a recent meeting, city council approved a development<br />

plan for the Gantz Park Recschool Program<br />

Center. This will be a 3,417 square foot building in<br />

Gantz Park, the original site of the program that aims<br />

to educate preschool-aged children.<br />

“Everybody is anxious to get back into their own<br />

spaces,” said <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Parks and Recreation<br />

Director Kim Conrad.<br />

The Recschool program has been held at the<br />

Kingston Center for the last year. It was housed in the<br />

big red barn at Gantz Park, but in the summer of 2022,<br />

city officials discovered that a colony of bats were living<br />

in the building. According to William Vedra,<br />

deputy city administrator for the city, the bats caused<br />

extensive damage to the barn. He said bat waste was<br />

found in the wood, dry wall, ceiling tiles, duct work,<br />

and into the concrete block walls.<br />

Though city leaders tried to save the barn that had<br />

been at the park for about a century, the decision was<br />

made to demolish the building.<br />

“We are not confident that we can make the structure<br />

safe for people, especially for young kids,” said<br />

Vedra in 2022 when the decision was made.<br />

“Economically, it makes more sense to demolish the<br />

building. There was just so much contamination.”<br />

According to Conrad, city staff and residents gave<br />

their input to the architects to help shape the new<br />

building at Gantz Park. It will be in the same area in<br />

the park as the former barn and will include a deck off<br />

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

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive<br />

from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 15 in the Evans Center,<br />

4330 Dudley Ave. A blood drive is held in that location<br />

the first and third Friday of each month. To schedule<br />

an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.<br />

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the back of the building that overlooks the park.<br />

“It should be really, really nice,” said Conrad.<br />

The parks and recreation director said the new<br />

space will include three classrooms. Two of the classrooms<br />

will be for educating children and one would be<br />

used as a multi-purpose space for play, training, or<br />

community events.<br />

Conrad said with the size of the space, the<br />

Recschool should be able to increase its number of students<br />

from 136 up to 150.<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Recschool is a nature-based learning<br />

program. Conrad said the students get outside,<br />

into the park where nature is incorporated into the lesson<br />

plans. She admits that this type of programming<br />

has been a challenge to implement since leaving the<br />

park setting.<br />

“It’s been difficult at Kingston to continue with the<br />

nature-based program,” said Conrad. “We had to be<br />

very creative and bring nature in.”<br />

Council members were pleased to see the school<br />

going back to its original space.<br />

Council president Christine Houk said city staff<br />

should be proud that they were still able to provide the<br />

service to children after the situation with the bat<br />

colony.<br />

“I’m happy to see we’re at this point today,” she<br />

said.<br />

Councilwoman Jodi Burroughs added, “I’m so excited<br />

to see this come to fruition.”<br />

The bidding process for the new structure will begin<br />

in the next few months and Conrad said they hope to<br />

start construction this year.<br />

Singers are “Celebrating 35 Years”<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Chamber Singers will celebrate the<br />

group’s 35th anniversary with their spring concert<br />

“Celebrating 35 Years,” on <strong>March</strong> 17 at 3:30 pm. The<br />

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

place at The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> United Methodist Church,<br />

2684 Columbus St. Doors open at 3 p.m. and admission<br />

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VAPING<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

Kim Conrad, the city’s parks and recreation director, said the<br />

city first enacted smoke-free park zones in 2016. She said staff<br />

from the parks department have received complaints from people<br />

about others vaping while they were attending a youth baseball<br />

game.<br />

“They were basically forced to breathe that smoke, even though<br />

it was an outdoor environment,” said Conrad. “This (legislation) is<br />

to clarify that you do get second-hand smoke from vaping.”<br />

Even though the ordinance drew support from most council<br />

members, some shared their concerns.<br />

Councilman Ted Berry said there are several outdoor events in<br />

the city where smoking and vaping are commonplace, like the<br />

annual Homecoming Celebration, The Wine and Arts Festival,<br />

and the Bourbon Festival.<br />

“They sell cigars at the wine festival every year,” said Berry.<br />

“When it comes to smoking in a building, I get it. In a park? I just<br />

don’t know where you draw the line.”<br />

Stephen Smith, the city’s law director, said the legislation looks<br />

at the direct impact on children and other citizens.<br />

“We are trying to mitigate what we saw as potential health<br />

effects on others and children. That was the main goal with this<br />

piece of legislation,” said Smith.<br />

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

attend an adult event, like the Wine and Arts Festival or the<br />

Bourbon and Spirits Festival, they know what to expect. Citizens<br />

CONTRIBUTING<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

•Prudence Graham-Duncan, a council member who was known<br />

as an avid community leader and an advocate for the Girls Scouts.<br />

•Grace W. Hairston, a council member who served in the late<br />

1940s. She was known as an advocate for education who initiated<br />

the purchase of the first school bus for students in Urbancrest.<br />

•William Trout, a council member who served in the late<br />

1940s. He was also known as the beloved Deacon at Union Baptist<br />

Church.<br />

•Oliver Walker, a council member who served during the late<br />

1940s. He was known throughout the village for his volunteerism.<br />

What made the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award<br />

so special, said Barnes, was the fact that they “laid the foundation”<br />

for what the village is today.<br />

“They were the founding fathers and founding mothers of<br />

Urbancrest, of everything here,” he said. “Because most of them<br />

served back in the 1940s and 1950s when the village was just getting<br />

itself established, they actually laid and built the foundation<br />

that we are standing on today.”<br />

He went on to say that he believes the village has been<br />

“blessed” by their involvement with local politics and their willingness<br />

to help others in the community.<br />

“We are blessed because they believed in ‘us and them’ and not<br />

‘I and me,’” he said.<br />

Receiving the Mayor Ellen Walker Craig-Jones Community<br />

Service Award, which typically goes to residents and non-residents<br />

who have made a significant contribution to the community<br />

through an act of kindness or through service were:<br />

•Lois Burge, a former member of the board of zoning appeals<br />

who was known for her willingness to “lend a hand and an ear” to<br />

anyone in the community.<br />

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at Fryer Park or Windsor Park watching a youth baseball game<br />

are there to watch their kids and enjoy the game.<br />

“They are a captive audience,” said Stage. “Peripheral smoke<br />

and peripheral vape are way different.”<br />

Berry questioned whether children should attend adult events<br />

in the city.<br />

“If our goal is to not expose kids to vapors, should we prohibit<br />

children from adult events,” he asked.<br />

According to Smith, children are less likely to attend those alcohol-based<br />

events, but the city cannot prohibit children from<br />

attending, as some are not city-sponsored events. It is the Heart of<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> that hosts the Wine and Arts Festival and Bourbon<br />

and Spirits Festival.<br />

“There is no guarantee there will not be kids at the wine event<br />

at night, but it’s less likely than them at a softball event at Fryer<br />

Park,” said Smith.<br />

Those who violate the new law could face a minor misdemeanor,<br />

though Conrad said the city is not planning to enforce<br />

this in a criminal manner.<br />

“We’re not going to call the police or issue tickets,” said Conrad.<br />

“We are using this as an educational opportunity.”<br />

The law does not apply to those who use a vapor product in<br />

accordance with a prescription.<br />

<strong>City</strong> employees are also prohibited from using a vapor product<br />

in any vehicle or equipment owned or operated by <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

•Steve Gibson, the chief executive officer of American Awards<br />

who has volunteered and made financial contributions to causes<br />

and events within the village.<br />

•Deborah Wallace, a longtime resident who is known for her<br />

“helping spirit” and her willingness to donate her time and possessions<br />

to those in need.<br />

What made the recipients of the Mayor Ellen Walker Craig-<br />

Jones Community Service Award so special, said Barnes, was<br />

their willingness to give their time and resources to causes that<br />

would benefit the community as a whole.<br />

“They put in extra effort to make sure that when things needed<br />

to be done in the village they got done,” he said. “When other people<br />

would say ‘no, they were the ones who would always say ‘yes.’”<br />

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

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

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

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

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

New York <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Nate Palaia, a senior at <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> 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 <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> 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 />

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

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

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

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

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

for this communication with you.)<br />

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Deciphering the city code<br />

I was out walking the dog, making my<br />

way along the sidewalk following some<br />

heavy showers. It was late autumn, and<br />

city residential leaf collection was in full<br />

gear. As I approached the crosswalk where<br />

I’d normally cross, I noticed the gutter had<br />

backed up with water for a good distance. I<br />

had a choice, alter my route, or try to high<br />

step over it.<br />

Being Mr. Macho I chose the latter. Bad<br />

choice! Halfway into my Mr. Bojangles,<br />

daintily stepping over the water routine,<br />

the dog decided he didn’t want to get his<br />

paws wet and balked (and I thought golden<br />

retrievers were supposed to be water dogs).<br />

I ended up with both feet totally submerged.<br />

My first reaction was embarrassment. I<br />

quickly looked around to see if anyone saw<br />

my clumsy two step line dance into the<br />

water. My dignity was at stake. Luckily no<br />

cars passed by. Satisfied I’d gone undetected,<br />

I regrouped and continued down the<br />

road intending to cross over farther down.<br />

After passing a few houses and around a<br />

car that’s always illegally parked and totally<br />

blocking the sidewalk to the accompanying<br />

squishy sounds from my water-logged<br />

sneakers I saw the cause of the water backup.<br />

Someone had raked their big pile of<br />

yard leaves into the street gutter for city<br />

collection and they’d clogged the storm<br />

drain.<br />

It was soothing to arrive home and get<br />

out of my soaked sneakers. But I was still<br />

upset and determined to research where I’d<br />

read you aren’t supposed to pile your leaves<br />

onto the road. Every year I’ve noticed most<br />

homeowners abide and don’t rake their<br />

leaves into the gutter, but there’s also<br />

always a significant percentage that do. I<br />

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I went onto the city website and clicked<br />

on the Public Service icon, then clicked<br />

again on the Leaf Collection icon. There it<br />

very plainly was: “Keep leaves out of the<br />

street gutter. Rake leaves to the grassy<br />

area (they won’t hurt your lawn) between<br />

the street and sidewalk or to the edge of<br />

your lawn for streets without sidewalks.<br />

Keep leaves out of the street and away<br />

from storm drains, ravines and streams.”<br />

It’s obviously not an enforced edict because<br />

I see leaves piled onto the street every year<br />

from the same homes. Surely someone<br />

would let them know not to do that?<br />

I wondered if it was listed in the city<br />

ordinance codes so I flipped to the Our<br />

Government icon, then under <strong>City</strong> Council<br />

I hit the <strong>City</strong> Code drilldown. Up came a<br />

new world of code ordinances I suspect<br />

most residents have never seen; some probably<br />

don’t even know they exist (those are<br />

the lucky ones). It’s sad because so many of<br />

those codes are controlling and affecting<br />

our daily lives, or at least they should be.<br />

As I started cruising through all the<br />

pages of codes my mind flashed back to my<br />

school days when my civics teacher was<br />

returning our graded term papers. He was<br />

making his way around the classroom.<br />

When he got to me, he had a big smirk on<br />

his face as he stared at me. As he set it on<br />

my desk, I saw a ‘B’ and had a sigh of relief.<br />

But then he spoiled the moment. “Mr.<br />

Burton, that’s the biggest piece of mishmashed<br />

mush I’ve ever seen.” He must<br />

have felt sorry for me since he gave me that<br />

decent grade.<br />

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precise and specific most of them are. A hit<br />

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BUSY<br />

CELLULAR<br />

CONNECTION<br />

CONTACTS<br />

CORD<br />

DIRECTORY<br />

DIAL<br />

EXTENSION<br />

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song from the tumultuous rebellion times<br />

of 1971 by the Five Man Electrical Band<br />

popped into my mind. The name of the song<br />

was “Signs.” The chorus went: “Sign, sign,<br />

everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery,<br />

breakin’ my mind, do this, don’t do that,<br />

can’t you read the sign?” If you rename the<br />

song Codes and then change every sign in<br />

the song to code, you get the drift. So many<br />

codes. It’s easier to navigate through the<br />

mounds of IRS tax code pages and quickly<br />

find answers to your questions.<br />

I couldn’t find a code that directly<br />

addressed the piling of leaves into the gutters.<br />

But since I was there, I decided to<br />

take a few more moments to satisfy my new<br />

peaked interest and continue scanning<br />

through the codes. I found it to be informative.<br />

With many codes I’d find myself asking<br />

if we really needed to clutter the books<br />

with this or that, isn’t that one just using<br />

common sense and being responsible, courteous<br />

and respectful to the community?<br />

I came upon a code, Unsolicited Written<br />

Materials. I remembered reading about<br />

that in the paper a few years ago when it<br />

was added to the codes. I still have a hard<br />

time understanding all the energy that<br />

went into it. The gist of it was that a few<br />

residents didn’t like taking a few seconds to<br />

pick up their weekly ad packets from their<br />

driveways. I still miss getting those.<br />

Perhaps if they had included banning campaign<br />

workers from putting election pamphlets<br />

on doorsteps or jammed in homeowner<br />

doors every election or calling me<br />

during evenings every night for weeks<br />

before local elections with their robo candidate<br />

calls, or putting those ugly campaign<br />

signs in yards for weeks across the city<br />

every election I could have bought into it<br />

more. I never understand<br />

those campaign<br />

yard signs. I<br />

consider my voting<br />

preference to be<br />

sacred and the last<br />

thing I want to do is<br />

broadcast how I<br />

vote, especially now<br />

when there’s no tolerance<br />

for opposing<br />

opinions.<br />

I had to chuckle<br />

at code 521.06. I<br />

devoted an entire<br />

column to it in the<br />

past. The owner,<br />

occupant or person<br />

having the care of<br />

any building or lot of<br />

land bordering on<br />

any street with<br />

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Guest Column<br />

Dave Burton<br />

graded or paved<br />

sidewalk, within the<br />

first four hours after<br />

daylight, following<br />

or during a fall of<br />

snow, shall cause<br />

the snow to be<br />

removed from such<br />

walk. We recently<br />

had measurable<br />

snowfall and a huge percentage of resident<br />

sidewalks remained untouched until the<br />

snow finally melted days later. Sadly, even<br />

the sidewalk of a prominent city official<br />

was totally ignored, surely not setting a<br />

good example. Being away is not an excuse.<br />

It seems to be the same homeowners ignoring<br />

the code every year. There’s obviously<br />

been no city interest in dealing with the situation<br />

to improve adherence to the code.<br />

Trash is a big topic in the city code.<br />

Some just can’t seem to grasp they don’t<br />

pick up trash on Christmas, New Year’s<br />

Day and some other National holidays<br />

which means pickup is moved back a day.<br />

Some routinely put containers out weekly<br />

by the road days too early and others leave<br />

the emptied containers at the curb for days<br />

after pickups. I read another code,<br />

Container Regulations. After collection,<br />

containers shall be returned, by 11:59 p.m.<br />

on the day of pickup, to the interior of the<br />

garage of the residence or to a location at<br />

the side or rear of the residence where they<br />

are not visible from the street or adjacent<br />

properties at ground level. When looking<br />

down a nearby one cul-de-sac the thing<br />

that captures your eyes are the ugly bright<br />

recycle containers sitting outside a few<br />

garages that face the road and blemish the<br />

view.<br />

Scanning the countless city code ordinances<br />

was informative and well worth my<br />

time. I wish space allowed me to discuss<br />

more of them. The thing that really stood<br />

out for me is how many codes are never<br />

enforced. Too many get thrown onto the<br />

books and that’s the end of it. If they’re not<br />

important enough to follow through on and<br />

enforce then perhaps they shouldn’t be<br />

there cluttering up those perceived to have<br />

greater importance. Maybe we need to create<br />

a special city code compliance position<br />

that concentrates on improving adherence<br />

via programs and literature that educates<br />

the public. Maybe a few warnings would<br />

generate some interest.<br />

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the<br />

Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspapers. He<br />

lives in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.


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Here, 8-year-old Lucas Wells of Buckeye Woods Elementary School, is fighting his way<br />

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older brother, Braydon claimed fourth place in the D4 (age 11-12) 90 pound class. All<br />

three siblings will be heading to the state tournament in <strong>March</strong>.<br />

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in grades from kindergarten through high school competed in more than 50 classes<br />

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Active Lifestyles<br />

A bi-monthly feature celebrating the<br />

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

Outdoor activities that are perfect for seniors<br />

The great outdoors beckons people of all<br />

ages. Fresh air can be hard to resist and<br />

the benefits of spending time outdoors are<br />

so numerous that it behooves anyone,<br />

including seniors, to answer the call of<br />

nature.<br />

According to researchers with the U.S.<br />

Department of Agriculture’s Forest<br />

Service, human beings benefit both physically<br />

and psychologically from spending<br />

time in nature. Such experiences can<br />

reduce stress and help lower heart rates,<br />

potentially decreasing individuals’ risk for<br />

cardiovascular disease. In addition, the<br />

Forest Service notes that spending time<br />

outside in green spaces has been linked to<br />

a lower risk of depression.<br />

Seniors who are retired or even aging<br />

empty nesters who are still in the workforce<br />

can make great use of their free time<br />

by venturing into the great outdoors. The<br />

following are a handful of senior-friendly<br />

outdoor activities that provide a great reason<br />

to get off the couch and take in all that<br />

Mother Nature has to offer.<br />

• Hiking: Hiking provides a great workout<br />

and an ideal opportunity to spend time<br />

in an idyllic setting. The U.S. National<br />

Park Service notes that hiking helps individuals<br />

build stronger muscles and bones,<br />

improves their sense of balance, has a positive<br />

effect on heart health, and can<br />

decrease the risk of certain respiratory<br />

problems. Hiking is an especially attractive<br />

outdoor activity for seniors, as many parks<br />

feature trails with varying degrees of difficulty,<br />

ensuring there’s a trail for seniors<br />

whether they’re seasoned or novice hikers.<br />

• Water aerobics: The Centers for<br />

Disease Control and Prevention notes that<br />

water-based exercises can be especially<br />

helpful individuals with chronic diseases, a<br />

category many seniors fall into. The CDC<br />

notes that one study published in the journal<br />

Arthritis & Rheumatology found that<br />

improves the use of joints affected by<br />

arthritis without worsening symptoms.<br />

The U.S. Department of Health and<br />

Human Services also notes that swimming<br />

can lead to improved health for people with<br />

diabetes and heart disease. Seniors can<br />

reap these benefits by going for a dip in<br />

their own backyard pools or a local body of<br />

water, such as a lake or ocean. Many swim<br />

clubs also offer discounted memberships to<br />

seniors, making these another great and<br />

affordable way to reap the benefits of<br />

swimming.<br />

• Fishing: Of course not all outdoor<br />

activities need to make seniors huff and<br />

puff. Fishing provides a great reason to get<br />

outdoors, and many individuals devoted to<br />

fishing report feeling less stressed after a<br />

day spent casting for their favorite fish.<br />

Individuals who consume what they catch<br />

also can benefit by improving their diets, as<br />

the American Heart Association notes that<br />

consuming certain types of fish has been<br />

linked to a lower risk for heart disease and<br />

obesity.<br />

• Volunteering: Local environmental<br />

groups often sponsor cleanups at parks and<br />

waterfront attractions like beaches and<br />

lakes. Volunteering with such organizations<br />

is a great way to get outside and give<br />

back, and working with like-minded individuals<br />

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study sponsored by the Corporation for<br />

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found that 88 percent of Senior Corps volunteers<br />

who initially reported a lack of<br />

companionship reported a decrease in feelings<br />

of isolation after volunteering.<br />

The opportunities for seniors to enjoy<br />

the great outdoors are endless. Taking<br />

advantage of such chances can benefit<br />

seniors in myriad ways.<br />

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Signs of unsafe driving<br />

in senior citizens<br />

A license to drive has long been symbolic<br />

of independence.<br />

Teenage drivers long for the day they<br />

earn their licenses and can take to the road<br />

without mom or dad riding shotgun, while<br />

aging drivers want to keep driving as long<br />

as possible so they can come and go as they<br />

please in their golden years.<br />

There’s no formula drivers and their<br />

families can employ to determine when it’s<br />

time to take the car keys away from senior<br />

citizens. Thankfully, fatal collisions involving<br />

older drivers have declined considerably<br />

in recent decades. According to the<br />

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,<br />

collision-related fatalities among drivers<br />

ages 70 and older declined by 15 percent<br />

between 1997 and 2018. A host of factors<br />

have contributed to that decline, including<br />

lane-assist technology and forward collision<br />

warning systems that have become<br />

standard offerings on many modern vehicles.<br />

As much as technology has helped make<br />

driving safer for everyone, aging drivers<br />

should still keep an eye out for certain<br />

signs that may indicate their skills behind<br />

the wheel are diminishing and potentially<br />

compromising their ability to drive safely.<br />

According to AARP, the following are<br />

warning signs of unsafe driving.<br />

• Delayed response to unexpected situations:<br />

Frequent close calls and narrowly<br />

avoiding collisions when other drivers stop<br />

suddenly indicate reduced response time<br />

that can put aging drivers at an elevated<br />

risk of being involved in an accident.<br />

• Becoming easily distracted while driving:<br />

Distracted driving has become a significant<br />

concern in recent decades, but it’s<br />

often associated with young drivers.<br />

However, aging drivers who are easily distracted<br />

also pose a safety risk to themselves<br />

and other motorists.<br />

• Decrease in confidence while driving:<br />

Only drivers will know if they feel confident<br />

enough to drive safely, and it’s vital<br />

that aging drivers be honest with themselves<br />

when assessing how they feel when<br />

driving.<br />

• Having difficulty moving into or maintaining<br />

the correct lane of traffic: Laneassist<br />

technology can help drivers recognize<br />

how often they’re staying in the correct<br />

lane of traffic. When the warning bell<br />

goes off frequently, it might be time for<br />

older drivers to reconsider if it’s safe for<br />

them to be behind the wheel.<br />

• Hitting curbs when making right<br />

turns or backing up: Hitting curbs when<br />

turning or backing up indicates drivers<br />

may be having difficulty controlling their<br />

vehicles and/or seeing the road, both of<br />

which indicate it’s no longer safe for drivers<br />

to get behind the wheel.<br />

• Getting scrapes or dents on car,<br />

garage or mailbox: These signs also indicate<br />

drivers are having trouble controlling<br />

their vehicles.<br />

• Driving too fast or too slow for road<br />

conditions: This indicates drivers are not<br />

as alert to their surroundings as they need<br />

to be to stay safe on the road.<br />

It’s not easy for aging drivers to relinquish<br />

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Parkinson’s support group<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Parkinson’s support<br />

group meets the third Wednesday of each<br />

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

3717 Orders Road at 1 p.m. The meetings<br />

take place in the assisted living area of the<br />

community, which is located around the<br />

back of the building. The meetings are<br />

open to all who want to learn more about<br />

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

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

Disabled American Veterans<br />

The Disabled American Veterans<br />

Chapter 144 in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> meet the third<br />

Thursday of each month, 6 p.m. at the<br />

Annual Open Enrollment has past, if you have<br />

any questions concerning your plan you are welcome<br />

to call me. I am licensed and represent 7<br />

different insurance carriers, with over 42<br />

Medicare options in Central Ohio. Since I live in<br />

Franklin County, I know the different networks<br />

and doctor groups that you are using, and I’m<br />

available year-round for questions. Sometimes,<br />

800 number operators don’t work year-round – or<br />

live near or in Ohio!<br />

My name is Terri Curcio, my phone number is<br />

614-460-0601. Also, available are individual and<br />

couples’ dental plans for individuals that are not<br />

Medicare eligible yet, but rather getting close to<br />

club meetings<br />

American Legion, 532 Demorest Road. Not<br />

only are the meetings informative about<br />

benefits, but participants can find out what<br />

services they may be eligible to receive.<br />

For more information, call 614-309-0171.<br />

Historical Society<br />

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

Urbancrest and Jackson, Pleasant. Prairie<br />

and Franklin townships. The Southwest<br />

Franklin County Historical Society meets<br />

the first Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. at<br />

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Mixing medication can be dangerous<br />

Medication management is an important<br />

issue for seniors and their families.<br />

Failure to properly manage medications<br />

can threaten the lives of seniors, highlighting<br />

the emphasis families must place on<br />

ensuring seniors take their medications in<br />

strict adherence to their physicians’<br />

instructions.<br />

Polypharmacy, or the taking of multiple<br />

medications for different conditions, can be<br />

a potential health hazard for the thousands<br />

of seniors who must manage health<br />

conditions with prescription drugs.<br />

Harmful drug interactions are a result of<br />

the confusion that can arise when seniors<br />

take multiple medications at the same<br />

time. The American Society of Health-<br />

System Pharmacists estimates that more<br />

than 34 percent of senior citizens are prescribed<br />

medications by more than one<br />

physician, and 72 percent use medications<br />

they were prescribed more than six months<br />

prior. Many people also have begun “pharmacy<br />

shopping” to save money. According<br />

to a study published in 2010 in American<br />

Nurse Today, 44 percent of men and 57<br />

percent of women older than age 65 take<br />

five or more medications per week, with<br />

some taking as many as 10.<br />

Medication confusion is one risk, but<br />

older adults also metabolize medications<br />

differently than young people. As a result,<br />

they may be more susceptible to overdose<br />

or other ill effects. Families looking to help<br />

seniors effectively manage their medications<br />

should consider the following tips.<br />

• Keep a running list of medications.<br />

Maintain a list of all medications being<br />

taken, noting both prescription and overthe-counter<br />

medications and any supplements<br />

and herbs. Provide a copy to any<br />

new doctors you visit and any new pharmacies<br />

you patronize.<br />

• Use pill sorters. Medication sorters<br />

can keep medications organized and eliminate<br />

some of the personal error in medication<br />

management. Organizers have daily<br />

slots and may also differentiate between<br />

nighttime and daytime medications.<br />

• Understand why each medication is<br />

being prescribed. Ask your pharmacist and<br />

doctor to explain why each medication is<br />

prescribed. This information should be<br />

printed on the prescription label. Some<br />

drugs designed for one symptom may actually<br />

be used to treat other issues as well.<br />

• Ask for help. Some seniors may benefit<br />

from friendly reminders from a loved<br />

one regarding when to take certain medications,<br />

especially if they need to take multiple<br />

doses throughout the day. Cognitively<br />

impaired seniors may require the services<br />

of a visiting nurse or another caregiver.<br />

• Recognize that not all medications are<br />

right for seniors. The American Geriatrics<br />

Society maintains a list of medications that<br />

older adults should avoid or take with<br />

extreme caution. Some drugs pose a high<br />

risk of side effects or interactions, while<br />

others are less effective. Discuss alternatives<br />

with your physician if you are prescribed<br />

one of these medications.<br />

• Keep a medication diary. Record any<br />

side effects that occur and how the medications<br />

make you feel. Always bring up<br />

issues promptly with a doctor.<br />

Proper medication management can<br />

help seniors avoid drug-related accidents<br />

or worse.<br />

The joy of gardening<br />

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 />

The trick to keeping soil inside these<br />

improvised containers is lining the bottom<br />

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

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

if there is ample space for developing<br />

roots.<br />

Plants in containers are especially prone<br />

to drying out during hot weather.<br />

Crystals are available that reduce watering<br />

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

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weight in water. When soil dries, plant roots<br />

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as needed. This unique delivery system<br />

ensures plants get a consistent supply of<br />

water and food. One application feeds plants<br />

for up to six months.<br />

Mix the suggested amount of crystals into<br />

the soil when planting. They can also be<br />

added to existing containers. A little goes a<br />

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 />

together on the patio? Rearrange them. Need<br />

an attractive backdrop for a family snapshot?<br />

Grab those container gardens and put them<br />

to work.<br />

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when you see how practical and easy container<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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<strong>March</strong> declared Red Cross Month in Ohio<br />

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Ohio<br />

Region is kicking off its annual Red Cross Month celebration<br />

in <strong>March</strong> to honor local community heroes who help<br />

ensure their neighbors never face crises alone.<br />

Red Cross Month is a national tradition that began in<br />

<strong>March</strong> 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued<br />

the first Red Cross Month proclamation – and each U.S.<br />

president has followed ever since. Governor Mike DeWine<br />

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

official proclamation.<br />

“During Red Cross Month, we are proud to honor the<br />

people in our community who step up to support one another<br />

during emergencies when help can’t wait emergencies,”<br />

said Stephanie Byrd, regional CEO for the American Red<br />

Cross Central and Southern Ohio Region. “This relief<br />

wouldn’t be possible without these local heroes. Please consider<br />

joining in their commitment by donating, volunteering,<br />

giving blood or platelets, or taking a lifesaving skills<br />

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course.”<br />

Join the Red Cross Month celebration by visiting redcross.org<br />

to make a financial donation, give blood or<br />

platelets, become a volunteer or take a lifesaving skills<br />

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

<strong>March</strong> 27 will be part of the <strong>10th</strong> annual Red Cross Giving<br />

Day, which aims to rally 30,000 supporters nationwide to<br />

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

and other assistance for people affected by disasters big<br />

and small.<br />

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

urged to book a time to donate blood or platelets to continue<br />

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

a thank-you for providing comfort during Red Cross<br />

Month, all who come to give blood or platelets from now<br />

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

merchant of choice, plus automatically be entered for a<br />

chance to win a $3,000 gift card. There will be five winners.<br />

See rcblood.org/Pets for details.<br />

Volunteers comprise 90 percent of the national<br />

Red Cross workforce to power its lifesaving mission,<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 />

The Franklin County Commissioners approved<br />

their annual grant to the Greater Columbus Arts<br />

Council (GCAC) to the tune of $4 million. Last year<br />

was GCAC’s 50th anniversary, and the commissioners<br />

have supported the organization and the artists with<br />

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

access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds,<br />

economic status, sexual<br />

orientation, age, and physical<br />

ability.<br />

“The arts are for everyone,<br />

and having a thriving local arts<br />

and music scene helps make<br />

Franklin County into the kind of<br />

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

said board of commissioners<br />

president, Kevin Boyce. “Having<br />

art in public spaces beautifies<br />

our community, and supporting<br />

along with generous blood, platelet and financial donors;<br />

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

supporters.<br />

Home fires are the most frequent disaster response for<br />

the Red Cross, which is also working to help families stay<br />

safe by installing free smoke alarms during its Sound the<br />

Alarm home fire safety campaign. Volunteers are needed<br />

for events all throughout the region from April 13 to May<br />

4. To learn more about the campaign and register for an<br />

event, visit the regional Sound the Alarm hub.<br />

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides<br />

comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of<br />

the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes<br />

international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans,<br />

military members and their families. The Red Cross is<br />

a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and<br />

the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.<br />

For more information, visit www.Redcross.org/centralandsouthernoh<br />

or follow the organization on social media<br />

on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.<br />

County approves funding for the arts<br />

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

The Greater Columbus Arts Council produces the<br />

free Columbus Arts Festival each summer, and provides<br />

grants, residencies, fellowships, workshops, and<br />

a host of other resources for organizations and artists<br />

in central Ohio.<br />

This year’s funding will be used to provide grant<br />

funding to non-profit arts organizations and individual<br />

artists, and to advance the culture of our region<br />

through collaboration with artists and arts organizations<br />

that educate and engage all audiences in our<br />

community.<br />

“The arts attract visitors, and GCAC helps support<br />

local performers and visual artists alike,” said commissioner<br />

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

even linked to mental health benefits as well as being<br />

part of a well-rounded education for our young people,<br />

and public art is part of the lasting cultural legacy of<br />

our community.”<br />

In addition to<br />

supporting local<br />

artists, GCAC also<br />

recently published a<br />

report called the<br />

State of Public Art<br />

for Columbus and<br />

Franklin County<br />

that was partially<br />

funded by the commissioners<br />

last year<br />

and which analyses<br />

the current public<br />

art ecosystem and<br />

where central Ohio<br />

stands in relation to<br />

its peer cities when<br />

it comes to art in<br />

public spaces.<br />

To learn more<br />

about GCAC, the<br />

Columbus Arts<br />

Festival, or about<br />

artist grants, visit<br />

GCAC.org.


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Internet Purchase<br />

Exchange Zones<br />

The city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>’s Division of<br />

Police in cooperation with Jackson<br />

Township established two Internet<br />

Purchase Exchange Zones in response to<br />

safety concerns during person-to-person<br />

exchanges of sales arranged online. The<br />

zones are located at <strong>City</strong> Hall, 4035<br />

Broadway, and the Jackson Township<br />

Administration Building, 3756 Hoover<br />

Road.<br />

Exchange zones are identified by signage<br />

next to designated parking spaces at<br />

each location with video surveillance 24<br />

hours a day, seven days a week. Residents<br />

can conduct transactions knowing their<br />

interactions are recorded. In cases of emergency,<br />

site users should dial 911 for assistance.<br />

For more information, contact the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Division of Police at 614-277-1710.<br />

Volunteers sought at food pantry<br />

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

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

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

about 250 families each month in <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong>, Orient, Harrisburg and Galloway.<br />

Food donations are also needed. Those<br />

interested in volunteering for the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Food Pantry or making a food or monetary<br />

donation can email<br />

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Prescription drug disposal<br />

The National Association of Drug<br />

Diversion Investigators (NADDI) launched<br />

a program to significantly reduce easy<br />

access to outdated or no longer needed prescriptions.<br />

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

people who have access to the medicine<br />

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

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

drugs their number one substance of<br />

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

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

grandparents and friends. More<br />

adults recognize the need to remove these<br />

substances from the home.<br />

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

accept anonymous disposal of medicines.<br />

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Pick-Up At These Locations:<br />

Vaughn E. Hairston Center<br />

3500 1st Ave. - Urbancrest<br />

Village Municipal Building<br />

3492 1st Ave. Urbancrest<br />

Sheetz Gas Station<br />

Broadway & Centerpoint<br />

Turkey Hill - Broadway & Centerpoint<br />

Frisch’s Big Boy - Broadway & I-270<br />

Dollar General - 3065 Broadway<br />

Speedway Gas Station<br />

Broadway & I-270<br />

Shell Gas Station - Broadway & I-270<br />

Memories Restaurant<br />

3539 Broadway<br />

United Dairy Farmers<br />

Broadway & Southwest<br />

CVS Pharmacy<br />

Broadway & Southwest<br />

3 Brothers Diner<br />

3090 Southwest Blvd.<br />

Jolly Pirate Donuts<br />

Broadway & Southwest<br />

Planks on Broadway<br />

Broadway & Park St.<br />

Evans Senior Center<br />

4330 Dudley Ave. (off Kingston)<br />

Mobile Gas Station - Broadway & Paul St.<br />

Ernies Carry-Out - Broadway & Paul St.<br />

Visit <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> - 3995 Broadway<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Library - 3959 Broadway<br />

•Giant Eagle, 2173 Stringtown Road<br />

•Meijer Pharmacy, 2811 London-<br />

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

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

Road<br />

Accepted items include prescription, pet<br />

and over-the-counter drugs including capsules,<br />

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

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

bag.<br />

Unaccepted items include needles,<br />

lancets, syringes and other sharps;<br />

aerosols, liquids, creams, pastes and other<br />

non-solids; inhalers; mercury thermometers;<br />

medications that contain iodine; and<br />

illicit drugs.<br />

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

the United States Food and Drug<br />

Administration guidelines at fda.gov.<br />

BP Gas Station<br />

Stringtown & Hoover<br />

Kroger - Stringtown & Hoover<br />

United Dairy Farmers<br />

Southwest & Hoover<br />

Walgreen’s - Stringtown & McDowell<br />

CVS Pharmacy<br />

Stringtown & McDowell<br />

Giant Eagle - Stringtown & McDowell<br />

Drug Mart - Stringtown & Parkmead<br />

Speedway Gas Station<br />

Broadway & Southwest<br />

CVS Pharmacy<br />

Stringtown & McDowell<br />

Speedway Gas Station<br />

Stringtown & I-71<br />

Turkey HIll - Stringtown & I-71<br />

Roosters - Stringtown & I-71<br />

Circle K Gas Station - Rt. 665 & I-71<br />

Meijer - Rt. 665<br />

CVS Pharmacy - Rt. 665 & Hoover<br />

Kroger - Rt. 665 & Hoover<br />

Sunny Street Café - Rt. 665<br />

Marathon Gas Station<br />

5991 S. High St.<br />

Marathon Gas Station<br />

665 & S. High St.<br />

Portside Restaurant<br />

6515 S. High St.<br />

YMCA - 3600 Discovery Dr.<br />

Honoring Black History<br />

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us not only reflect<br />

on the past but also commit ourselves to building<br />

a brighter future. As your State Senator, I am honored<br />

to stand in solidarity with you during Black History<br />

Month, a time dedicated to commemorating the resilience,<br />

achievements, and cultural richness of the<br />

Black community. This month serves as a poignant reminder<br />

of the struggles and triumphs that have shaped<br />

our nation. From the courageous leaders of the Civil<br />

Rights Movement to the trailblazing innovators who<br />

have revolutionized every facet of society, Black Americans<br />

have left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness.<br />

Their unwavering determination in the face<br />

of adversity and their relentless pursuit of justice continue<br />

to inspire us all.<br />

However, Black History Month is not merely a time for<br />

reflection; it is a call to action. At the community level,<br />

there are countless ways to honor Black History Month<br />

and contribute to its celebration. Here are a few suggestions:<br />

Support Black-Owned Businesses.<br />

Patronize Black-owned businesses in your community<br />

and amplify their voices through social media and<br />

word-of-mouth recommendations. By investing in the<br />

economic success of Black entrepreneurs, we can promote<br />

economic empowerment and foster a more equitable<br />

society.<br />

Attend public hearings and meetings where issues<br />

affecting black communities are discussed.<br />

These hearings provide an opportunity for community<br />

members to voice their concerns, share their experiences,<br />

and advocate for change directly to lawmakers<br />

and policymakers. By showing up and speaking out,<br />

you can ensure all voices and perspectives are heard<br />

and considered in the decision-making process.<br />

Engage directly with your elected officials.<br />

Writing letters, making phone calls, and scheduling<br />

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Pets of the Week<br />

Raphael is almost 1<br />

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He was rescued as<br />

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He loves to spend<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Campbell’s performance was “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 by<br />

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 so<br />

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 />

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 />

Protecting homeowners from<br />

theft with Property eAlert<br />

Franklin County Auditor Michael<br />

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that helps protect homeowners from<br />

title theft and fraud.<br />

The auditor’s Property eAlerts notification<br />

system is a free service that allows<br />

property owners to sign up to receive an<br />

email alert whenever a change is made to<br />

the owner name, address, or appraised<br />

value associated with a property’s record.<br />

The Property eAlerts system is integrated<br />

into the office’s real estate record database<br />

and provides registered homeowners with<br />

immediate notification of a change in their<br />

property’s ownership or value.<br />

“The Property eAlerts system is a simple<br />

way to protect homeowners and give<br />

them peace of mind about the security of<br />

one of their most valuable assets,”<br />

Stinziano said.<br />

The system addresses concerns about<br />

the security of property deeds and the<br />

threat that a home’s title could be stolen by<br />

a fraudulent actor who files a counterfeit<br />

deed and transfers the home out of their<br />

ownership.<br />

In addition to the eAlerts system, all<br />

property transfers are processed by the<br />

auditor’s office and require notarization as<br />

a safeguard against fraud. Anyone who<br />

suspects they are a victim of fraud can call<br />

the auditor’s office fraud hotline at 614-<br />

525-7226.<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

creating atmosphere<br />

in her films, saturating<br />

natural elements<br />

with an air of menace.<br />

While that<br />

might not be hard to<br />

do with the forest,<br />

she did it with the<br />

prairie in the underappreciated 2019 film<br />

“The 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 think<br />

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

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 writer<br />

and columnist.<br />

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