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<strong>June</strong> 2 - 15, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 16<br />

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

The E.L. Evans Senior Center’s popular<br />

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masses with a brand new production. On<br />

<strong>June</strong> 4-6, The Showstoppers will host an<br />

original play written by director Tom<br />

Cash called, “Where Has That Dog-Gone<br />

Dog Gone?” The central focus in the<br />

hour-long comedy revolves around a<br />

famous canine who has mysteriously<br />

vanished, the slew of beloved cartoon<br />

and sitcom characters who are the prime<br />

suspects in her disappearance, and a<br />

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well. “It’s a really fun show that lovingly<br />

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to love watching them play these roles<br />

just as much as the actors love performing<br />

it.” Shown here embodying the roles<br />

of Sheriff Andy Griffith and his side-kick<br />

Barney Fife as they piece together the<br />

clues of the case are Mike Latella (left)<br />

and Ed Hawkins (right). The<br />

Showstoppers will present “Where Has<br />

That Dog-Gone Dog Gone?” at 1 p.m. on<br />

<strong>June</strong> 4, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on <strong>June</strong> 5, and<br />

1 p.m. on <strong>June</strong> 6. The production will take<br />

place at the E.L. Evans Senior Center,<br />

4330 Dudley Ave., <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. Admission<br />

is free but non-perishable canned food<br />

donations are welcome.<br />

Right, Edith Bunker (a.k.a. Diana<br />

Schnack) shows off her musical pipes<br />

much to the “delight” of her husband<br />

Archie (a.k.a. Chris Fulton). See more<br />

photos at columbusmessenger.com.<br />

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

stricter penalties for<br />

driving violations<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

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

In September of last year, Sandra<br />

Hooker’s paraplegic son, 56-year-old<br />

James Alston, was testing a new manual<br />

wheelchair and riding it through the crosswalk<br />

at Columbus Street and Haughn<br />

Road in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. Alston was hit by a<br />

motorist and according to Hooker, he is<br />

still recovering from his injuries.<br />

“He was handicapped from the waist<br />

down. Now, he’s handicapped all the way<br />

up. He can’t move his body,” said Hooker<br />

at the May 20 <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Council meeting.<br />

Hooker attended the council meeting<br />

See DRIVING VIOLATIONS page 4<br />

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Reducing Hours<br />

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plan to reduce hours Page 5<br />

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PAGE 4 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>June</strong> 2, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The Leadership<br />

of the Ohio<br />

House of<br />

Representatives<br />

Managing the legislative work that gets completed<br />

by the Ohio House of Representatives takes a hierarchy<br />

of leadership. In a previous column, I described<br />

the responsibilities of our House Speaker,<br />

Jason Stephens of Lawrence County. He presides<br />

over the legislature during our meetings, directs<br />

legislative procedures, and appoints committee<br />

chairs and members. Today I will describe the<br />

remaining House officers and summarize their<br />

responsibilities.<br />

The Speaker Pro Tempore becomes the temporary<br />

Speaker in the absence of the Speaker. The position<br />

for this General Assembly is held by Scott Oelslager<br />

of Canton, a 34-year veteran of the legislature.<br />

The Majority Floor Leader (or, simply, Majority<br />

Leader) develops and implements the legislative<br />

agenda of the majority (Republican) caucus. Bill<br />

Seitz of Cincinnati, a 20-plus year legislator, currently<br />

holds that position. The Assistant Majority<br />

Leader assists the Majority Leader in these endeavors.<br />

Jon Cross of Findlay fills this position.<br />

The Majority Whip is Jim Hoops, a third-term legislator<br />

from the northwest corner of Ohio. He is responsible<br />

for monitoring legislation and securing<br />

votes for a given bill’s passage. It’s been my experience<br />

thus far that he keeps a pulse of each representative’s<br />

support (or lack thereof) of a measure,<br />

rather than tries to persuade support. I never have<br />

been instructed to do anything but vote my conscience<br />

on any bill; the Whip simply keeps track of<br />

intended votes. The Assistant Majority Whip is<br />

Sharon Ray of Medina. The term Whip originated in<br />

the Parliament of Great Britain and derives from the<br />

”whipper-in” at a fox hunt.<br />

The leadership of the minority party (Democratic)<br />

caucus consists of the Minority and Assistant Minority<br />

Floor Leader and the Minority and Assistant Minority<br />

Whip. Their roles are similar to those of their<br />

majority counterparts. The current Minority Leader<br />

is Allison Russo of Upper Arlington, and the Assistant<br />

Minority Leader is Dontavius Jarrells of Columbus,<br />

whose district abuts ours on the north and east.<br />

The Minority Whip is Dani Isaacsohn of Cincinnati<br />

(the only freshman legislator in leadership) and the<br />

Assistant Minority Whip is Michele Grim of Toledo.<br />

Although the entire House votes on all the leadership<br />

positions, legislators typically (but not always)<br />

defer to their respective party selections, especially<br />

for the Leader and Whip positions. The current<br />

make-up of the House is 67 Republicans and 32<br />

Democrats. The Senate manages itself similarly.<br />

There are 26 Republican and 7 Democratic Senators<br />

in the 135th General Assembly.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

with you.)<br />

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Heritage Celebration<br />

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at the annual Heritage Celebration. This<br />

event will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. <strong>June</strong><br />

8 at Century Village in Fryer Park, 4185<br />

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DRIVING VIOLATIONS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

because since the accident, she has been<br />

advocating for stricter penalties for drivers<br />

who cause bodily harm to pedestrians in<br />

crosswalks.<br />

In Alston’s case, the at-fault driver was<br />

cited with a minor misdemeanor for failing<br />

to yield to a traffic device. This citation<br />

included the maximum penalty of $150.<br />

“The violators should not get off with a<br />

slap on the wrist or a minor misdemeanor<br />

with a small fine of $150 and court costs,”<br />

said Hooker. “It should be a crime when<br />

someone causes serious bodily injury in an<br />

accident while walking or riding within the<br />

crosswalk.”<br />

When Hooker reached out to leaders in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, they listened, and the council<br />

community events<br />

historic buildings, meet reenactors in the<br />

schoolhouse, watch blacksmiths at work,<br />

and enjoy live period music.<br />

For additional information, call the<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Parks and Recreation office at<br />

614-277-3050.<br />

Wine and Arts Festival<br />

The Heart of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> will host its<br />

14th annual Wine and Arts Festival from 5<br />

to 10 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 14 and from 11 a.m. to 10<br />

p.m. <strong>June</strong> 15 in the city’s Town Center.<br />

approved an ordinance to increase the<br />

penalties for distracted driving and violations<br />

in a crosswalk that result in harm to<br />

people.<br />

Now, in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, if a driver causes<br />

physical harm to a person in a crosswalk,<br />

that driver could face a second-degree misdemeanor,<br />

which could carry a maximum<br />

fine of $750 and up to 90 days in jail. It<br />

would be a first-degree misdemeanor for<br />

those who hit a person in a crosswalk causing<br />

death. This penalty could include a<br />

maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 180 days<br />

in jail.<br />

“The city is always looking at strategies<br />

to prevent traffic crashes and minimize<br />

injuries in crashes,” said <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Safety<br />

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This year’s event will feature 20 wineries.<br />

For more information, visit heartofgrovecity.org.<br />

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

The American Red Cross will host a<br />

blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 7 at<br />

the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. A drive is held in this location<br />

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

schedule an appointment, call 1-800-448-<br />

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

Director Kevin Teaford. “We feel that<br />

increased penalties will be a deterrent to<br />

crash causing violations.”<br />

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

said this a prevention measure.<br />

“Our job is to keep people from violating<br />

the law and making sure we’re putting in<br />

place all the tools we have available to us,”<br />

he said.<br />

Hooker said, while she believes the<br />

penalty should be even higher, she is<br />

pleased that <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> has taken this<br />

step. Sharon Montgomery, of Gahanna,<br />

was also present at the council meeting to<br />

support the legislation.<br />

Montgomery and her husband were<br />

involved in an accident with a driver who<br />

was on his mobile phone. Montgomery was<br />

seriously injured. Her husband died. Since<br />

then, she has been advocating for stricter<br />

laws on distracted driving.<br />

“Ms. Hooker and Ms. Montgomery were<br />

very strong advocates for these changes,”<br />

said Teaford. “We appreciate their advocacy<br />

on penalties and commitment to making<br />

our city safer.”<br />

Both Hooker and Montgomery want to<br />

see change at the state level.<br />

According to Stephen Smith, the city’s<br />

law director, under state law, unless alcohol<br />

is a factor, there is no ability to increase<br />

an offense to a felony in terms of accidents<br />

that result in severe bodily harm or even<br />

death.<br />

“The legislator has not addressed these<br />

types of incidents where there is no alcohol<br />

involved,” said Smith. “It has been left as a<br />

minor misdemeanor.”<br />

Smith said the legislation passed in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> takes a step to improve that.<br />

“My office prosecuted the individual who<br />

injured Ms. Hooker’s son. We did the maximum<br />

we could do under the law,” he said.<br />

“This (legislation) will be a much better<br />

tool in the toolbox for the courts to consider<br />

when we have these types of situations.”<br />

According to Stage, in addition to<br />

approving the higher penalties, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

officials will be making sure crosswalks are<br />

properly marked and they will be implementing<br />

a ‘no right turn’ on red when<br />

appropriate policy. The city also plans to<br />

create a social media tool kit to educate the<br />

public on the importance of pedestrian and<br />

bike safety. That public service campaign<br />

should launch within the next few months.


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SPL to reduce hours this summer<br />

Southwest Public Libraries (SPL) will<br />

shift to reduced summer hours beginning<br />

<strong>June</strong> 1 due to staffing shortages caused by<br />

cuts in public funding. From <strong>June</strong> 1 to Aug.<br />

31, SPL’s hours will be:<br />

•Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8<br />

p.m.<br />

•Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

•Closed Sundays<br />

Five weekly operating hours have been<br />

cut from the least busy times of library use.<br />

The change, voted on and approved during<br />

the May SPL Board of Trustees meeting,<br />

became necessary as the library enters the<br />

11th month of its hiring freeze and faces<br />

reductions in public funding. The hiring<br />

freeze was originally put in place in August<br />

of 2023 due to anticipated reductions in<br />

state funding from the Public Library Fund<br />

(PLF).<br />

The PLF is the library’s primary source<br />

of funding, accounting for 62 percent of the<br />

library’s operating budget with 35 percent<br />

coming from the library’s local levy.<br />

Library administrators and board trustees<br />

have been watching the PLF, and in<br />

August of 2023, when PLF projections for<br />

<strong>2024</strong> showed a significant reduction, asked<br />

all departments to cut their budgets by 10<br />

percent. Additionally, the director instituted<br />

a hiring freeze. The goal was to reduce<br />

costs but avoid impacting library services.<br />

State funding failed to meet the already<br />

reduced August 2023 projections and has<br />

continued to underperform revised projections<br />

in <strong>2024</strong>, resulting in a loss to the<br />

library even worse than anticipated.<br />

Because of this, the library’s director<br />

decided to keep the hiring freeze in place,<br />

leading to a growing staff shortage. The<br />

shortage has now reached a point that is no<br />

longer sustainable at current operating<br />

hours.<br />

Not only has physically staffing desks<br />

during operating hours become increasingly<br />

difficult - and often impossible when<br />

sickness or emergencies arise - it has<br />

impacted staff negatively leading to<br />

increasing cases of burnout.<br />

“Our team has shown incredible dedication<br />

and work ethic in the face of these<br />

challenges,” said SPL Director Meredith<br />

Wickham. “They have carried the load so<br />

well that their struggle was largely not visible<br />

to the public. So far, services have continued<br />

without interruption or reduction.<br />

But serious signs of burnout are showing.<br />

We can cover for a missing colleague for a<br />

few days or weeks without risk to operations,<br />

but our folks have been doing this for<br />

months now, and it has become unsustainable.”<br />

Denise Southworth, assistant director<br />

at the Westland Area Library location,<br />

shares that department managers have<br />

needed to cover public service desks more<br />

and more frequently, and that it has<br />

caused difficulty for some in completing<br />

their managerial tasks successfully or in a<br />

timely manner. One manager estimates<br />

they now spend 35 to 40 percent of their<br />

time covering public service desks, time<br />

they would have had in the past to focus on<br />

needed trainings, staff meetings, administrative<br />

duties, and program planning.<br />

So far this year, the state’s public<br />

library fund has underperformed projections.<br />

Compared to the same time last year,<br />

SPL has lost more than $169,000 in funding<br />

from the state, a sum that would cover<br />

most of the salaries of the currently open<br />

positions through the end of the year.<br />

“The latest PLF numbers that were<br />

released in May has it underperforming by<br />

3.77 percent year to date compared to<br />

January projections. If we continue at this<br />

pace of 3.77 percent under estimates, the<br />

potential impact is an additional $175,201<br />

reduction in PLF amounts from the latest<br />

estimates. The last two months experienced<br />

significantly higher underperformance.<br />

If this high underperformance continues,<br />

we could realize an additional revenue<br />

loss of $315,692,” said SPL Fiscal<br />

Officer Debbie Blair.<br />

The library expects to receive revised<br />

PLF estimates in August. However, if<br />

underperformance continues at the pace of<br />

April and May receipts, SPL will face a<br />

minimum of $539,509 less in funding compared<br />

to 2023. Library administrators and<br />

board trustees plan to reassess library<br />

hours and staffing this August after receiving<br />

the latest estimates.<br />

Meanwhile, the library board approved<br />

cutting five of the library’s 65 weekly operating<br />

hours to help make up for the staffing<br />

shortage, knowing that SPL’s Summer<br />

Reading Challenge, with huge crowds during<br />

weekly children’s programs and<br />

increased weekday usage by all ages, will<br />

place an even more demanding workload<br />

on the team in the coming months.<br />

Sunday hours and the last hour on<br />

Friday were selected to cut after analysis of<br />

usage patterns determined them to be the<br />

least busy hours during the months of<br />

<strong>June</strong>, July, and August. Fewer library<br />

patrons visit the library, use the meeting<br />

and study rooms, and use other library<br />

resources during those hours compared to<br />

the rest of the week.<br />

“Our goal is always to be fiscally responsible<br />

with public funds while ensuring the<br />

sustainability of the library and its services,”<br />

said Bill Mann, president of the<br />

library board.<br />

“Of course we are hoping this change is<br />

temporary and that state PLF revenues<br />

rebound soon,” said Wickham. “Meanwhile,<br />

even when it means making hard choices<br />

like this, the library is committed to fiscally<br />

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Why Supporting Small<br />

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Dear Neighbor,<br />

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When small businesses succeed, they generate<br />

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Every local store, restaurant, or service<br />

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

of education was presented with an update<br />

of the five-year financial forecast at its regular<br />

meeting on May 13. It was summarized<br />

by Treasurer Hugh Garside as showing<br />

little change from last year’s projections<br />

which showed a rise in expenditures,<br />

a relatively flat revenue stream, and a positive<br />

cash balance through fiscal year 2028.<br />

“I would say that we are right on target<br />

to where we thought we would be,” he said.<br />

“But I will also add that we are going to finish<br />

the year a little better financially than<br />

we initially anticipated.”<br />

He explained that when he is putting<br />

together the five-year financial forecast,<br />

which is a hypothetical representation of a<br />

district’s financial future based on historical<br />

trends and known facts, he does it in a<br />

conservative manner as a way to mitigate<br />

unwanted surprises.<br />

“We always try to be within a 2 percent<br />

margin of our projected revenues and within<br />

a 2 percent margin of our projected<br />

expenditures.”<br />

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

in around that projected goal of the 2 percent<br />

range, it could mean a bottom-line difference<br />

between $10-$11 million. He pointed<br />

out that the district is within those margins<br />

in the updated forecast.<br />

“Our overall revenues and our overall<br />

expenditures are within the 2 percent margin,”<br />

he said. “And I do expect our cash balance<br />

will be better than anticipated from<br />

the forecast that was presented in<br />

November.”<br />

In regard to the cash balance, Garside<br />

said the district always wants to maintain<br />

a “three to six month” window of a positive<br />

cash balance to pay salaries and other<br />

operating expenses. He noted that the district<br />

will have that positive cash balance<br />

through fiscal year 2028.<br />

“The reason why we want to be in that<br />

(three to six month window) with the cash<br />

balance is because if a storm comes — if the<br />

economy comes down or something bad<br />

happens — we won’t have to make cuts or<br />

have any big changes with our programs.<br />

We know that we can sustain the storms.”<br />

Garside attributed some of the stability<br />

in the cash balance to fiscal responsibility<br />

from district officials and better than<br />

expected sources of revenue.<br />

“Our average interest rates increased<br />

from 2.5 percent in the last fiscal year to<br />

4.6 percent this fiscal year,” he said.<br />

The district’s overall earnings in fiscal<br />

year <strong>2024</strong> was around $12.5 million, which<br />

is an increase of $6 million from the previous<br />

fiscal year.<br />

“Those are positives for our school district,”<br />

he said.<br />

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will have a positive cash balance of $259.7<br />

million, $253.6 million, $240 million, $207<br />

million, and $168.5 million in fiscal years<br />

<strong>2024</strong> through 2028.<br />

Garside said he does not expect the district<br />

to ask residents to approve a new<br />

operating levy at any time during the fiveyear<br />

forecast.<br />

“We are in good shape financially right<br />

now but we do need to prepare for the<br />

future because we will begin to slightly<br />

deficit spend in the coming years,” he said.<br />

The forecast predicts that the district’s<br />

expenditures will surpass its revenue in<br />

fiscal year 2025. However, Garside noted<br />

that previous financial forecasts have predicted<br />

the district would go into deficit<br />

spending numerous times and that has not<br />

come to fruition yet.<br />

“Eventually it will happen and that is<br />

why we always need to have that positive<br />

cash balance in our district,” he said.<br />

The forecast predicts that the expenditures<br />

will increase roughly 4.8 percent<br />

throughout the five-year financial forecast.<br />

The collective bargaining agreements with<br />

the district’s administrative, certified, and<br />

classified staff expire in <strong>June</strong> of 2025 and<br />

the district will have to come to new terms<br />

with the associations and unions.<br />

Garside said the district has been hit<br />

hard by inflation.<br />

“Every supply and service we have is<br />

up,” he said, estimating that the district is<br />

paying 5.7 percent more than the previous<br />

fiscal year. He added that he believes inflation<br />

could be coming down soon which<br />

would be a boon for the district’s expenditures.<br />

The updated forecast predicts the district’s<br />

expenditures will be $310 million,<br />

$327.6 million, $339 million, $354 million,<br />

and $369.6 million in fiscal years <strong>2024</strong><br />

through 2028.<br />

The district will see a modest increase<br />

in revenue in fiscal year <strong>2024</strong>, which could<br />

begin to taper off in the following fiscal<br />

years. What could help increase those dollars,<br />

said Garside, is the Fair School<br />

Funding Plan (FSFP) being fully phased<br />

in.<br />

According to Garside, the district<br />

receives roughly 60 percent of its revenue<br />

from the state of Ohio. Under the FSFP,<br />

Garside said the district has received<br />

roughly $150 million annually and they<br />

could receive more if the plan is fully<br />

implemented.<br />

“Hopefully that will happen but what<br />

we are hearing from the state legislature is<br />

that they may not be as excited about doing<br />

some of those things,” he told the board. “It<br />

is going to be important for us to get out<br />

there and talk to our state legislatures and<br />

say ‘Hey, we think the Fair School Funding<br />

Plan is a good thing and please fund it<br />

fully.’”<br />

The updated forecast, which was<br />

approved by the board at the May meeting,<br />

predicts the district’s revenue will be<br />

$321.7 million, $321.9 million, $325.8 million,<br />

$321.5 million, and $330 million in fiscal<br />

years <strong>2024</strong> through 2028.


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Residents of Jackson Township, the city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>,<br />

and the village of Urbancrest will be permitted to drop off<br />

their unwanted household items at the Jackson Township<br />

Administration Building, located at 3756 Hoover Road,<br />

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., holidays<br />

excluded. The service will run through Oct. 4.<br />

Items accepted include residential bulk trash, bulk<br />

items, scrap metal and tires. The latter item is limited to<br />

four per vehicle per trip. Hazardous items will not be<br />

accepted, nor will batteries.<br />

E-waste, with the exception of monitors and televisions,<br />

are accepted year round. Residents can call the township<br />

Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage announced the promotion<br />

of Cindi Fitzpatrick, the city’s public service<br />

director, as deputy city administrator effective May 1.<br />

<strong>City</strong> Council approved the addition of a second deputy<br />

city administrator position in February <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

As deputy city administrator, Fitzpatrick is responsible<br />

for strategic initiatives and the departments of<br />

public service and parks and recreation. She will continue<br />

to serve as interim director of both departments<br />

until directors are named.<br />

Fitzpatrick is a graduate of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> High School<br />

and a professional engineer holding degrees in civil<br />

engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a<br />

master’s in public administration from Franklin<br />

University. Fitzpatrick, her husband Matt, and their<br />

two children are lifelong <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> residents.<br />

“Cindi joined the city as service superintendent in<br />

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office at 614-875-2742 or send an email through its website<br />

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items that are accepted or not accepted.<br />

Although anyone within the township, the city, or the<br />

village can participate in the community cleanup campaign<br />

during normal hours of operation, township officials<br />

have requested participants sign in at the office and let<br />

them know which materials they are seeking to dispose of.<br />

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<br />

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

Fitzpatrick promoted to deputy administrator<br />

February 2014, was<br />

promoted to service<br />

director in December<br />

2015, and effectively<br />

managed the city’s<br />

significant infrastructure<br />

and public services<br />

growth,” said<br />

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and dedication<br />

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trend as one of central<br />

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4330 Dudley Ave. Adults of all ages are welcome to attend.<br />

If you would like additional information on other crime<br />

prevention programs visit police.grovecityohio.gov or call<br />

614-277-1765.<br />

Century Village open house<br />

The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society welcomes<br />

groups and individuals to Century Village, 4185<br />

Orders Road. Tour the historic log house and school from 2<br />

to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, May through<br />

September. For more information or to schedule a visit to<br />

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May 18. This was the fourth year for the event that gave visitors a chance to get behind<br />

the wheel and grab the controls of over a dozen pieces of equipment Here, Musin got<br />

a chance to try his hand at decorating the big blade that will be used to move a lot of<br />

earth.<br />

At right, Collins Flores, 5, is ready to go to work in this piece of equipment that was on<br />

display at this year’s Touch-a-Truck event.<br />

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Gathering to cleanup the grounds<br />

A team of volunteers gathered at Ebenezer M.E. Cemetery in Pleasant Township on<br />

May 22 to beautify the grounds for the annual Memorial Day ceremony. According<br />

to local resident and cleanup organizer Bill Dawson, there are at least a dozen<br />

known individuals who served in the U.S. military who lay at rest in the small cemetery<br />

on Johnson Road. He said the annual beautification effort is just a small way<br />

for the volunteers to honor their lives and their service to the county. Shown here<br />

straightening the American flag stationed outside of the main entrance is Bill<br />

Dawson. He created the Little Free Library located inside of the cemetery for the<br />

community and regularly helps the Pleasant Township road crew maintain the<br />

grounds at the cemetery, which he calls one of the most beautiful and peaceful<br />

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Five candidates to be interviewed for SWCS superintendent position<br />

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

Board of Education has identified five candidates<br />

who will be invited for first-round<br />

interviews for the district’s open superintendent<br />

position. The candidates were<br />

finalized during a May 22 special meeting.<br />

On March 11, Superintendent Dr. Bill<br />

Wise announced his plans to step down<br />

from the position at the conclusion of the<br />

2023-<strong>2024</strong> school year.<br />

The board of education will interview<br />

the following candidates:<br />

•Randy Banks, assistant superintendent<br />

at Worthington <strong>City</strong> Schools<br />

•Dr. Todd Hoadley, superintendent at<br />

Tolles Career and Technical Center<br />

•Dr. Jamie Lusher, deputy superintendent<br />

for South-Western <strong>City</strong> Schools<br />

•Chris Papouras, superintendent for<br />

Euclid <strong>City</strong> Schools<br />

•Dr. Walter Skaggs, superintendent of<br />

St. Clairsville-Richland <strong>City</strong> Schools<br />

The board has spent much time evaluating<br />

each applicant based on the merits of<br />

their experience, leadership acumen, and,<br />

most importantly, based on input from the<br />

community.<br />

“We were incredibly impressed by both<br />

the quality of leadership and experiences of<br />

applicants who made their candidacy<br />

known to us through the submission of<br />

their application for the superintendent<br />

position,” said Chris Boso, board president.<br />

“On behalf of the board, we would like to<br />

extend our sincerest appreciation to all<br />

candidates who submitted an application<br />

to us and for their interest in investing<br />

their time, talents, and energy into our students,<br />

schools, and community. In the<br />

weeks to come, we are excited to get to<br />

know interviewees on a more personal level<br />

and to hear how they plan to help generations<br />

of students succeed and reach their<br />

post-secondary dreams under their proposed<br />

leadership plans.”<br />

First-round interviews took place May<br />

28-29. Following those interviews, the<br />

board will then evaluate candidates further<br />

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“Late Night with the Devil” is easily one of<br />

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corrupt presidents, and parents<br />

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proclaim to worship Satan. There is even a<br />

bit about the scandalous backstory of the<br />

lead character, Jack Delroy (David<br />

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unfolds.<br />

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from Chicago in the hopes that he would<br />

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the ratings, Jack and Night Owls are<br />

always just a step behind. “They are the<br />

perennial also-ran,” says the narrator,<br />

quite brutally.<br />

With just a year left on his contract, his<br />

creative partner, and his loving wife<br />

Madeline (Georgina Haig) loses her life to<br />

cancer. In his grief, Jack goes “missing” for<br />

a month and then comes back refreshed<br />

and ready to do anything to keep his show<br />

— and their legacy — alive.<br />

At first, his idea of keeping the show<br />

alive involves courting controversy to grow<br />

the audience. Turns out the people of the<br />

1970s weren’t ready for a Jerry Springerstyle<br />

show just yet and he sees the audience<br />

share plummet. In a last ditch effort<br />

to stay employed, Jack and his win-at-allcost<br />

producer Leo Fiske (Josh Quong Tart)<br />

plan a Halloween show for the ages.<br />

With the movie switching to a found<br />

footage format, it covers the most “infamous<br />

episode” in television history. The<br />

show starts out normally with Jack making<br />

political jokes and poking fun at his<br />

right-hand-man and band leader, the<br />

sweet Gus McConnell (Rhys Auteri). Then<br />

it starts to get a bit weird when he invites<br />

renowned medium Christou (Fayssal<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra Cordle<br />

Bazzi) and the snarky magician turned<br />

skeptic Carmichael Haig (Ian Bliss) onto<br />

the stage.<br />

At first, the two opposites play well off<br />

of each other but then the atmosphere gets<br />

strange and testy when Christou says he<br />

feels “overwhelmed” by the spirits in the<br />

studio. As the medium starts to get visibly<br />

sick, Carmichael keeps explaining away<br />

what is happening in the most bored tone<br />

ever.<br />

After going to commercial, behind-thescenes<br />

footage has them learning that<br />

Christou has died on his way to the hospital.<br />

Taking the old adage of “the show must<br />

go on” to heart, Jack keeps his crew and<br />

the entire audience in the dark because he<br />

desperately wants them to hear from the<br />

next two guests: a parapsychologist named<br />

<strong>June</strong> Ross-Mitchell (Laura Gordon) and<br />

her 13-year-old ward Lilly (Ingrid Torelli).<br />

Promoting her book, “Conversations<br />

with the Devil,” <strong>June</strong> explains how Lilly<br />

was the sole survivor of a Satanic death<br />

cult and is an occasional host to a demon<br />

that has been nicknamed “Mr. Wiggles.<br />

“Sometimes he wiggles his way into my<br />

head,” says an equally sinister and sweetfaced<br />

Lilly, “and then he wiggles his way<br />

out.”<br />

Knowing that he has a rating bonanza<br />

on his hands, Jack slyly works with the<br />

skeptic Carmichael to goad <strong>June</strong> into calling<br />

forth Mr. Wiggles. After all, how dangerous<br />

could a demon named Mr. Wiggles<br />

be? It turns out he is plenty dangerous —<br />

and plenty deadly too.<br />

I have to say that I really wasn’t sure<br />

what I would get with “Late Night with the<br />

Devil.” For the most part I had heard great<br />

things about this satirical horror prior to<br />

renting it on demand but the story therein<br />

also takes a bit to find the groove. But<br />

when the movie eventually does find that<br />

groove, it hits all the right notes as it<br />

builds the suspense and the impending<br />

sense of doom.<br />

With its deft mixture of weirdness, horror,<br />

and humor, “Late Night with the<br />

Devil” would be a compelling watch on its<br />

own, but what makes this film so<br />

enthralling is the presence of David<br />

Dastmalchian, most known as one of the<br />

“Where have I seen him before?” character<br />

actors. Throughout the majority of his 25-<br />

year career in the entertainment industry,<br />

he has been a bit player, often portraying<br />

villainous or creepy characters. In “Late<br />

Night with the Devil,” he charms just as<br />

well as he smarms, and you find yourself<br />

both loving and hating the morally grey<br />

character who unleashes hell because all<br />

he wanted to do was be seen as a winner<br />

for once in his life. Grade: B<br />

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

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HELP WANTED<br />

Experienced HVAC Installer.<br />

Minimum 10 yrs. exp. <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Company. Must be able<br />

to install residential<br />

equipment with very little<br />

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AKC Shih Tzu Puppies<br />

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VILLAGE APARTMENTS<br />

1 & 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS AVAILABLE<br />

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Affordable living for seniors ages 55+ & up<br />

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Active Independent Senior Living<br />

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Spacious floor plans • Controlled access<br />

24 Hr. Emergency Maintenance • Dishwasher<br />

Emergency call system • Library<br />

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OFFERED<br />

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in loving hm. Exp. Mom, n-<br />

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playroom, fncd yd. Reas.<br />

rates. Laurie at 853-2472<br />

DATED SALES<br />

PURPLE DOOR<br />

ANNUAL YARD SALE<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> UM Church<br />

2684 Columbus St., G.C.<br />

(rear doors will be open<br />

for easy entrance)<br />

We have everything except<br />

clothes & shoes. Lots of<br />

kitchen items, dishes,<br />

bedding toys, books,<br />

decoration & garden items.<br />

Thurs, <strong>June</strong> 13 - 8am-5pm<br />

Fri, <strong>June</strong> 14 - 8am-6pm<br />

Sat., <strong>June</strong> 15 - 8am-Noon<br />

Sponsored by<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> UM Women<br />

4 FAMILY YARD SALE<br />

<strong>June</strong> 6, 7 & 8 - 8am-4pm<br />

2072 Kingsglen Dr.<br />

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

Toys, baby items, hshld,<br />

kitchen, decor, furniture,<br />

womens clothing, much more<br />

Rain or Shine<br />

WANT TO BUY<br />

We Buy Junk Cars &<br />

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ANTIQUES<br />

WANTED<br />

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MISCELLANEOUS<br />

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Prevail Men’s pull-ups 2 XL<br />

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pads - $10 each.<br />

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10 17”x22”- $15.00 each<br />

1 - 37.5” x 24” - $15.00<br />

all 1/4” thick<br />

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AUTO PARTS<br />

Nissan 2019 Pathfinder<br />

running boards, mountings<br />

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FARM.<br />

EQUIPMENT<br />

John Deere Diesel 950<br />

200 hrs., blade, extra rear<br />

tire, all the pins-chains.<br />

Kept in garage. $9000.<br />

614-230-9271<br />

RENTALS<br />

2BR TOWNHOUSE<br />

Westgate area. A/C, full<br />

bsmt, w/d hkup, off street<br />

prkg. No pets. Must pass<br />

bckgrnd & credit check.<br />

$1200/mo rent, $1200<br />

dep. 614-588-4669 lv msg<br />

USED VEHICLES<br />

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cond. Good for Electrician<br />

or Plumber. Call for more<br />

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GUTTERS<br />

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Over 40 yrs. exp.<br />

Plumbing & Hot Water Tanks<br />

Doors & Locks<br />

Kitchen/Bath Remodels<br />

Dishwasher Installs<br />

Roofmg & Siding<br />

Porches & Decks<br />

614-319-6010<br />

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Dishwashers & Disposals<br />

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Plumbing and Electrical.<br />

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614-332-3320<br />

Classified Services<br />

6/23 A<br />

6/9<br />

SW/W<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

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

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.<br />

Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

6/9<br />

A/M<br />

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SIDING * GUTTERS<br />

FENCES * DECKS<br />

MISC. REPAIRS<br />

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

Interior & Exterior<br />

Painting<br />

Laminate Floors<br />

Windows•Doors•More<br />

Plumbing Services<br />

614-599-7299<br />

HANDYMAN SERVICES<br />

614-235-1819<br />

5/26 A<br />

6/9 A<br />

LAWN CARE<br />

SOWERS LAW N CARE<br />

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MASONRY<br />

R&L<br />

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&CONCRETE<br />

* Stone * Brick * Block<br />

Concrete Sealing<br />

Masonry Repairs<br />

Powerwashing<br />

614-917-8227<br />

MOWER<br />

REPAIR<br />

LAWN MOWER DR.<br />

“House Calls Only”<br />

Overall Checkups<br />

Oil Change & Filter,<br />

Spark Plug &<br />

Blades Sharpened<br />

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

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614-622-4482<br />

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POWERWASHING<br />

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Any house wash $149+tax<br />

Single deck $69+tax<br />

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PAINTING<br />

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BURT PAINTING<br />

Celebrating 25 Years<br />

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614-539-3412<br />

Painting & Drywall<br />

Textured Ceilings, also<br />

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ROOFING<br />

ROBINSON ROOFING<br />

&REPAIRS<br />

30 yrs exp. Lifetime Cols<br />

Resident. Reas. Rates.<br />

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

RETIRED<br />

ROOFER<br />

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All Types of Roof Repairs<br />

• New Roof Installation<br />

• Flashing<br />

• Chimneys Rebuilt<br />

• Flat Roof Specialist<br />

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Trimming, Removal &<br />

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A&M<br />

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6/9 A<br />

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WELCOME TO 4062 Treebrook Dr.<br />

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