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Newly elected board member thanks community

Now that the results of the election have been certified and I am preparing to take my seat as a member of the Columbus Board of Education, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our campaign.

The campaign was a truly humbling experience for me. Hundreds of people made the campaign possible, either by making financial contributions or by volunteering their time. Many of these individuals were Hilltoppers and Westsiders. Some were long time friends and some wanted to help out just to see someone from the Westside be elected.

There was much to be done. There were parades to march in, community festival booths to staff, door to door canvassing, mass mailings, yard signs to distribute, house parties, and more. Victory would not have been possible without a team effort.

Special thanks to Campaign Manager Michael Cole, Director of Field Operations Justin Boggs, constant supporter Lisa Boggs, and my very patient wife Diane Wendel Baker.

Thank you to everyone who helped and to everyone who voted for me. I will work hard to earn the trust you have placed in me.

Gary L. Baker, II

CCS Board of Education


AL Post 532 works to serve Westside residents

I would like to place arebuttal to an article called “Westside gets new Legion post” in the Dec. 31 edition of the Westside Messenger.

In the article, Ben Aycock was quoted as saying that there is currently no American Legion post on the Westside of Columbus. He is badly mistaken! There is a fully functioning post for the American Legion, post 532, located at 1571 Demorest Road. I have been a member of this post for 36 years.

Post 532 has all the American legion benefits available to all U.S. veterans and their families. We will gladly assist any elegible veteran in any way we can! We have an established building for canteen purposes, meetings, a banquet hall for 156 occupants, a Color Gaurd for Veteran’s funerals, a 2.5 acre fishing pond, picnic areas and shelter houses.

Post 532 has its regular membership meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in looking into our post is welcome to do so. All we require is a copy of the veteran’s DD-214, and $32 membership dues. We also have the Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion established for membership.

If you are interested just stop by. There is usually always someone available to answer any and all of your questions. You can also call 539-4748 and ask for an officer or anyone that can answer your questions.

Rick Hamilton,

American Legion Post 532

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