Southeast Messenger - October 28th, 2018



October 28 - November 3, 2018 Vol. XXXVI, No. 10

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School levy and bond

issue coming in 2019

Fall chopping chore

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Kerry Sherrill, a farm worker at Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical Farm located

at 1375 State Route 674 North, chops recently harvested okra using a

McClinton Star Cutter, an 1870s era hand cranked cutting machine. Sherrill feeds

okra into the machine as he turns the crank. Rollers push the okra through the

machine to a sharp blade that slices the produce. Sherrill said the machine is also

used to cut cornstalks and pressed sorghum. He said the chopped okra would be

fed to the farm’s hogs.


•Trick-or-treat will be held in Groveport

on Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. Groveport Town

Hall will be serving hot dogs, popcorn and

drink courtesy of the Groveport Police

Department, Madison Township Fire

Department and Groveport Town Hall. At 7

p.m. the annual Block Party at Main and

Front streets will begin and includes a costume

contest, the Groveport Madison High

School band, the Cruiserettes, cider, and

donuts. Sponsored by The Groveport Lions


•Trick-or-treat will be held in the unincorporated

areas of Madison Township on

Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Groveport Madison Schools officials are

looking to maintain the district’s current

financial stability as well as plan for the

next phase of new school building construction.

At a Groveport Madison Board of

Education work session on Oct. 24, the

board directed Superintendent Garilee

Ogden and Treasurer John Walsh to begin

preparations to place a 6.68 mill permanent

continuing operating levy combined

with a bond issue of a yet to be determined

amount to fund potential new school buildings

on the May 2019 ballot.


The current five year 6.68 mill levy was

passed in May 2014 and is set to expire on

Dec. 31, 2019. Walsh stated the levy needs

to be renewed in 2019 for collection to continue

in 2020 to maintain fiscal stability

for the district.

At the work session Walsh said if the

levy fails in May the district would not “be

destitute in 2020,” but the district’s revenue

would fall dramatically after that


Board member Mary Tedrow said she

did not like the idea of a permanent continuing

levy because she feels levys with a set

term of years make the district accountable

to the voters by requiring the district to

show what it has accomplished.

However, the remaining board members

all favored a continuing permanent levy.

“Why keep going back to the ballot for

renewals when we could lose and then be

forced to consider budget cuts?” asked

board member Libby Gray.

Added Board President Bryan

Shoemaker, “We don’t want to go backwards,

we want to go forward. We’ve got to

make sure we have operating money.”

To place the levy and bond issue on the

May 2019 ballot, the board must approve

two resolutions in January declaring its

See LEVY, page 2

Water rate increase proposed

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Groveport City Council is considering a

water rate increase in 2019 for customers

on the city of Groveport’s water system.

“With expenses continuing to increase

due to inflation, a small increase of 3 percent

is being recommended for 2019 in

order to stay at least current with our balance

in the Water Fund,” wrote Groveport

City Administrator Marsha Hall in a

report to council.

If council approves the proposed

Groveport water rate increase, it would

become effective with the first billing cycle

in 2019 and first be reflected in customers’

April 1, 2019 billing, according to Hall.

When asked what the average dollar

amount increase would be for the average

water bill, Hall said, “A 3 percent increase

would be $8.34, bringing the new average

bill for the past 12 months to $286.32.”

There was no Groveport water rate

increase in 2018 and the last water rate

increase for those on city of Groveport

water was a 3 percent hike in 2017.

Part of the city is on the Groveport

water system and another part of town is

on the Columbus water system. According

to Hall, there are 1,213 Groveport water

system accounts and 921 Columbus water

system accounts in Groveport.

Hall said the City of Columbus Sewer

and Water Advisory Board is recommending

Columbus City Council enact a 2 percent

water rate increase in 2019 for

Columbus water customers. Additionally,

See WATER, page 2

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Saturday-November 3, 2018

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

ADULTS: $7.00

CHILD (under 12): $4.00


Groveport City Administrator Marsha

Hall announced the city received a $70,782

Ohio NatureWorks grant that will help

fund the construction of the $180,000

Bixford Green bike/pedestrian path. The

project involves the construction of an 860

to 920 foot Bixford Green shared-use path

to connect the Bixford Green subdivision to

the Blacklick Creek Greenways Trail in

Three Creeks Metro Park. Hall said the

Ohio NatureWorks grant funds can only be

used to help fund construction of the portion

of the path that is not on Metro Parks

property. The project is budgeted for completion

in 2019.

Health services contract

On Oct. 22, Groveport City Council

heard the first reading of an ordinance to

contract for health services with the

District Advisory Council of the Franklin

County General Health District. Groveport

City Administrator Marsha Hall said this

is an annual contract that includes plumbing

inspection services. The cost for 2019

would be $49,877, which Hall said is a 6.8

percent increase from 2018.

Cost of living increase

Groveport City Council is considering


Continued from page 1

the city of Columbus provides sanitary

sewer service to Groveport and Hall said,

“Columbus is currently going through the

process of approving a 3 percent sewer

usage rate increase for 2019. This will be

passed on to all of our customers.”

In her report to council, Hall noted,

“While we are currently holding our own

for our projected balance (contingency) in

the Water Fund for operations of our water

plant, our projected expenses for 2019 are

also less than 2018 expenses, so any


legislation to set an annual cost of living

increase of 2.8 percent regarding compensation

for city employees.

Groveport City Administrator Marsha

Hall said the city’s compensation plan is on

a three year calendar basis.

“The first year the city does a salary survey,

which was done in 2017,” said Hall.

“The other two years the city determines

whether there is a cost of living adjustment

based on any number of factors.”

She said 2018 included a 2 percent cost

of living increase.

“Social Security, one of our factors used,

announced that there is a 2.8 percent cost

of living increase for 2019.”

Hall said that is the reason for the recommended

2.8 percent increase to the city’s

unforeseen large expense would result in a

much lower balance going into 2020.”

Since water expenses for 2019 are projected

to be less than in 2018, then why is

a water rate increase necessary?

“The projected expenses are lower in

2019 due to a lower estimate of contract

services,” said Hall. “As warranties at the

new plant drop off, we will have additional

maintenance contracts in future years.

Ohio Senate Bill 2 now requires that all

water systems develop an Asset

Continued from page 1

intentions and file for the ballot by Feb. 6, 2019.

Walsh also noted that the district most likely would

still need new money in a few years and would have to

place an operating levy on the 2023 ballot. If the 2019

levy is approved, the 2023 levy could be for a smaller


Bond issue

The levy will be combined with a bond issue of a yet

to be determined amount. The bond issue would provide

funding, coupled with funding from the Ohio

Facilities Construction Commission, to build new

schools to replace the district’s six elementary schools

and three middle schools.

If a bond issue is approved, the OFCC would provide

53 percent of the funding and the district would

fund 47 percent of the proposed projects. Groveport

Madison is currently 34th on the OFCC’s priority list

for funding.

The board is considering several new building configuration

options including:

•One Pre-K through grade 3 elementary school; one

grades 4-6 elementary; and one grades 6-8 middle

school. Co-funded total cost estimated at $117.8 million

with the district’s share at $55.3 million.

•Three Pre-K through grade 8 elementary/middle

schools. Co-funded total cost estimated at $117.8 million

with the district’s share at $55.3 million.

•Four Pre-K through grade 8 elementary/middle

schools. Co-funded total cost estimated at $122.4 million

with the district’s share at $57.5 million.

•Five Pre-K through grade 5 elementaries and two

grades 6-8 middle schools. Co-funded total cost estimated

at $131.5 million with the district’s share at

$61.8 million.

•Four Pre-K through grade 5 elementaries and two

grades 6-8 middle schools. Co-funded total cost estimated

at $126.8 million with the district’s share at

$59.6 million.

According to district officials, an example of the

employee pay scale for 2019. The ordinance

states that the maximum pay for all pay

grades would be increased by 2.8 percent.

Addiction Recovery Center

Groveport City Council approved a zoning

variance for the property at 5940 Clyde

Moore Drive in Groveport for the Ohio

Addiction Recovery Center to allow the property’s

use as a medical clinic and offices.

According to Joshua Butcher of the Ohio

Addiction Recovery Center, the facility provides

outpatient services to people suffering

from substance abuse. He said there is

no housing of patients on site and no

patients stay at the facility overnight. The

facility will operate Monday-Friday with

some family visitations on weekends.

Management Plan that includes five-year

funding to adequately fund our water

assets. We will need to have available revenue

to cover increased contract services

and to cover any emergencies that may

arise in the operations of the water system.”

The $2.5 million Groveport water plant

opened in 2015. Hall said the water debt is

a 30 year debt service.

finances for the various options is that a three building

option would require an approximate 3.25 mills in

additional taxes, generate $55 million spread over 38

years of collection, and create an approximate cost of

$112 in additional taxes per $100,000 of a home’s taxable


The district plans to hold public forums in the coming

weeks to get feedback from the community regarding

which building option to pursue for the bond issue.

Other decisions that must be made regarding the

bond issue include obtaining updated enrollment projections,

land purchases, developing a plan for

sequenced construction using swing spaces, and

realigning attendance boundaries.

“We are growing,” said Ogden. “We’re up 400 students

at the high school alone. We need to look where

our growth is and determine the best sites for new


She noted the Middle School North/Sedalia

Elementary site and the Middle School

South/Glendening Elementary site are large land sites

the district already owns.

Other considerations

Ogden noted two other problems for the district.

One is that the district is facing an estimated $3 million

in roof repairs for its school buildings across the


“Some of these have an immediate need,” said

Ogden, noting Middle School Central and Sedalia


Another issue to be addressed is the construction of

a four classroom addition to the recently completed

new high school. She said the school’s enrollment is at

1,808. The OFCC’s projected enrollment for the school

when it was constructed was 1,439. Ogden said the

construction of the addition would be funded by existing

money generated from savings from the original

high school construction project.

Red & Black Night spotlights

Cruiser basketball program

Plus, information on Cruiser

boys basketball history

October 28, 2018 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 3

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Cruiser basketball players of the past and present

will be highlighted at the annual Red and Black


“We have made great strides over the last seve

years, building on the success and traditions of the

Groveport Madison basketball program,” said

Groveport Madison head basketball coach Ryan

Grashel. “In building on those traditions, we are

going to continue with our third annual Cruiser

Alumni Basketball Game on Nov. 17 and it will be

part of our Red and Black Night.”

The event will be held in the gym of the new high

school, located at 4475 S. Hamilton Road in


“Red and Black Night has become a community

event, bringing past, present and future Cruisers

together highlighting our rich tradition and bright

future,” said Grashel. “Last year was unique

because of the closing of the old building, allowing

our alumni one final game in the old gym. We are

extremely excited to show off Cruiser Arena and

kick off the 2018-19 season. The new gym will be bittersweet

for many of our alumni. The old gym provided

a loud, intense atmosphere that will be hard to


Red and Black Night kicks off with the girls basketball

introductions and scrimmage at 5 p.m. That

will be followed with a Cruiserettes dance routine,

cheerleader introductions and performance, a 3-

point shooting contest, boys basketball introduction

and scrimmage, with the alumni basketball game

starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. There will also

be a split-the-pot raffle and sale of old jerseys.

To play in the alumni game, players must have

varsity lettered in their senior year and register by

emailing the following information to Grashel at by Nov. 1: name, graduation

year, and if you want to play or coach.

Current college athletes are not eligible for the

alumni game.

“If you are a college athlete, or physically can’t

play or don’t want to play, but would like to attend

and be recognized please let me know. We could

make you a coach of a team,” said Grashel. “My hope

is that this tradition of Red and Black Night will

only continue to grow.”

Cruiser boys basketball history

Grashel said that he and researchers have accumulated

all the Cruiser boys basketball box scores

dating back to the 1918-19 season.

“We now have an all-time scoring list.,” said

Grashel. “We also have information on things like

the most 3-pointers in a game, season, career, player

points per season, conference standings, season

records, and so on. The all-time scorers list includes

over 500 players.”

Some Cruiser boys basketball history highlights


•League championships: 1933, 1935, 1938, 1939,

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Cruiser alumni players Carmearl Thomas (left)

and Tyler Sims go up for a rebound during

Groveport Madison Cruisers alumni basketball

game held during last year’s Red and Black Night

at Groveport Madison High School. Red and Black

Night spotlights the Groveport Madison High

School Cruiser basketball program.

1945, 1964, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985,

1992, 1993, 2005;

•District titles: 1935, 1985;

•Most wins in a season: 1937-38, 21-1;

•Team average points per game: 1989-90, 71.5;

•Team single game scoring - 103-53 win over

Walnut Ridge Nov. 30, 2004;

•Most points in a season, individual: Scott

Jones 1987-88, 472;

•Career high scoring: Clarence Royal 1989-93,


•Single game scoring - individual: Kevin

Moody 45, Feb. 2, 1990;

•3-point field goal makes- career: Larry

Drake, 111, 1995-99;

•3-point field goal makes - season: Dan

Hillerich, 61, 1995-96;

•3-point field goal makes - game:Curtis Jacobs,

10, vs. Franklin Heights during the 2016-17 season.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Dowler

The Groveport Madison High School Alumni Band joined

with the current Cruiser Marching Band for a performance at

halftime of the Groveport Madison vs. Newark varsity football

game on Oct. 12.

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and Kip Malek

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What was Groveport like in 1875?

Sometimes, when we get swept up in our

busy modern lives, it’s interesting to look

back at what things looked like at a particular

place and time, so I did a bit of time traveling

to Groveport in 1875.

Groveport in that year had a population of

around 627 (compared to the more than

5,000 who live in town today). The railroad

had just come to town seven years earlier.

The electric interurban railway was still 29

years away. Boat traffic on the Ohio and Erie

Canal that passed through town was beginning

to fade from its mid-19th century heyday.

Townscape, 1875

The town’s streets were dirt (or mud

depending on the season). The town’s borders

were the railroad tracks to the north, the

Ohio and Erie Canal to the south and east,

and West Street to the west.

West Street originally got its name

because it was the westernmost street in

what was Wert’s Grove, a town that in 1847

merged with Rarey’s Port to become

“Groveport.” Center Street is so named

because it was in the center of Wert’s Grove

and what is now College Street was known in

the 19th century as East Street because it

was the easternmost street in Wert’s Grove.

East Street was renamed College Street once

the new Groveport School was built on what

is now Naomi Court in 1884 (it replaced a

smaller school at Walnut and Elm streets).

East Street wasn’t the only street to change

names as North Alley became Buckeye Alley.

There was a spaciousness


Groveport in 1875.

There were many

open property lots in

town. For instance,

only 12 houses stood

on Elm Street from

Front Street to

College Street. There

were lots of open lots

between those dozen

abodes. Other streets

were similar.

Northwest of Hickory

Alley and West Street

and west of West

Street were farm

fields and orchards.

However, all this

open space did not

mean the town lacked

activity. Many businesses

existed in

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town in those days. The variety of businesses

shows the town was self-sufficient in filling

the needs of the residents and the farmers in

the surrounding township.

A sampling of the businesses include the

wagon shop at Hilly Alley and Main Street,

the Campbell Hotel on the northwest corner

of Main and College streets, a harness shop,

general store, hardware, warehouses, cooper

shop, stables, blacksmith, grainers, grocers,

lumber dealers, taverns, canal boat dry dock,

dry goods store, post office, druggist, shoemaker,

carpenter, stone and brick masons,

mills, and W. Mason’s brickyard. Seemingly

everything one would need or want all in one


In 1875 Groveport Town Hall, now a well

known landmark, had not yet been built, but

a vote to build it was held in 1875 and the

building opened in 1876. Prior to that, the

building used as the Madison Township Hall

stood at Main and Center streets. Churches

in town included the Methodist, Presbyterian

(original building still in use), Catholic, and

Baptist congregations.

Government actions, 1875

What was Groveport City Council up to in

1875? Council enacted a ban on bathing or

swimming in the canal, but one wonders if

this ban was ever enforced. Plus, canal water

was probably not the most pleasant to substance

to immerse oneself in anyway.

City Council in 1875 was also concerned

about the condition of the Groveport

Cemetery. Council meeting minutes from the

time describe the cemetery as the “graveyard”

and that it was “in a very bad condition.”

Council moved to put the cemetery “in

good repair” and enacted “a special tax of one

mill for the cemetery on the taxable property

of the corporation.” The minutes do not elaborate

on what specifically was in poor condition

at the cemetery, but one thing might

have been the old fence that originally surrounded


Council approved replacing the cemetery’s

wooden fence. The description of the

new wooden fence approved by council in

1875 is “60 panels more or less 5 ft. fence 12

in. baseboard panels 12 ft long white or burr

oak railing 2 x 4 in well spiked 101 locust

posts 3 ft. in ground, good pine pickets 1 x 6

in. plain points with four 8 penny nails in

each picket. Two good 10 ft. gates on north

side one 4 ft gate on west side. As much of

the old lumber to be used on east and west

sides as fit for use. L. T. Sims proposal for

building new fence at $245 per panel, and old

fence for $165 was accepted.”

Editor’s Notebook

Today the cemetery

is surrounded by a

beautiful, gated

wrought iron fence.

Council spent a lot

of time in 1875 on

dealing with the ditch

at Brook Alley. There

are many references in

the meeting minutes

to cleaning the ditch

and its banks. Council

approved a contract for

$43.40 to W. R.

Kauffman for work

and material to build



bridge across Brook Alley ditch on Main

Street. The “ditch” is still there today, but the

water it carries is in a tile that runs under

Brook Alley.

Speaking of bridges, being a canal town

Groveport needed bridges to span the canal

and it was important to keep them and the

roads near them in good repair. Apparently,

council in 1875 was annoyed with the “tardiness”

of a contractor who was working on the

road approaches to the canal bridges on Main

Street and College Street and notified “the

county commissioners to take such action as

will secure its speedy completion.”

When one thinks about the money spent

in the 21st century on heating and cooling,

it’s interesting to see that in 1875 council

spent $65.80 for the purchase of three stoves

from the Bigelow Hardware, once located on

Main Street.

Groveport in 1875 may have been a small

farming community, but it also seems like it

was a bustling place. People of that time

probably felt, just like we do today, that life

can be hectic.

An icon passes away, July 1875

One last thing from 1875 in Groveport.

The famed horse Cruiser, who is the mascot

for Groveport Madison Schools, passed

away at age 23 on a rainy day in July 1875 in

his barn behind the Rarey mansion on Main

Street. In her book, “John Rarey: Horse

Tamer,” author Nancy Bowker described

Cruiser’s passing this way: “As the raindrops

drummed on the barn roof, the celebrated

stallion lay down for the last time.”

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Southeast


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October 28, 2018 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 5

Groveport looks to re-brand and market itself

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Groveport residents have indicated

what they would like to see in the city’s

downtown and city officials are making

plans to make it happen.

“One thing we hear all the time from

residents is that we need more restaurants

and more businesses,” said Groveport

Finance Director and Assistant

Administrator Jeff Green at a public forum

about business development held on Oct.

23 at The Links at Groveport. “We listened

to you and now we want to put the information

we gathered into tools we can use to

develop branding and market strategies for

the city.”

Branding and marketing strategies

Jay Schlinsog, of Downtown

Professionals Network, presented proposals

to redesign the city’s logos, update the

city seal, and use two shades of green, blue,

and gray as the colors in the city’s marketing

and promotional materials.

He said Groveport’s historic qualities,

its abundance of trees, and the city’s small

town feel are quality of life pluses for

attracting businesses.

“There’s no other Groveport,” said

Schlinsog. “It’s a classic traditional community.”

Green said the city could begin using the

updated branding tools to market the city

by January, if they are approved by

Groveport City Council sometime in the

next two months.

Some items that could be used to market

the city are new decorative street banners,

promotional products that feature the city’s

logos, ads, target marketing and the use of

business and shopping guides as well as

Photo courtesy of

the Circleville

Pumpkin Show, Inc.



Elise Pickett of

Groveport, who

attends Teays

Valley High

School, was

named 2018

Miss Circleville

Pumpkin Show

at The Circleville

Pumpkin Show

held earlier in

October. First

Attendant is

Allyson Withers

of Circleville

High School and


Attendant is

Sydney Reeser

of Logan Elm

High School.


Part of the marketing strategy, according

to the proposed “Historic Groveport:

Market Study & Strategy” includes targeting

business prospects who: have prior

experience within the region; have a connection

to Groveport; have concepts or

business models that are consistent with

what residents want according to the city’s

recent online survey; and who are attracted

to Groveport’s one-of-a-kind quality of life

and amenities.

Survey results

An online survey about the future of the

city’s Main Street and historic business

core was conducted from July 30 to Aug.


The online survey was part of the

Groveport Community Improvement

Corporation efforts to conduct a local market

analysis, plus research the development

of marketing and business recruitment

strategies and branding for the city’s

downtown. The CIC is working with

Downtown Professionals Network.

According to city officials, this local retail

market analysis, which the survey was

part of, cost $11,200. The city’s last market

study was done in 2003, with an update in

2011. The 2003 study cost the city $3,620

and the 2011 update cost $8,200.

Of the 578 survey participants, 36 percent

want to see a restaurant/diner in the

downtown and 19 percent said they’d like

to see a full service restaurant.

In regards to potential retail establishments

in the downtown, 38 percent of survey

respondents want a bakery, 22 percent

a vintage store, 10 percent desire an

arts/crafts/hobby store, 8 percent an outdoor

and recreational sports store, 8 percent

for a consignment boutique, and 5 percent

for a pet store.

When asked to rate on a scale of 0 (definitely

would not) to 100 (definitely would)

what businesses survey respondents would

most likely patronize, 85 percent said

restaurant/diner; 84 percent said full service

restaurant; 78 percent said bakery; and

70 percent said sandwich shop.

Groveport residents made up 73.7 percent

of survey respondents while 20.9 percent

of respondents live within 10 miles of

Groveport and 5.4 percent live over 10

miles away.

When asked to describe how downtown

Groveport is currently trending, 52.8 percent

of the survey respondents said it is

“steady or holding its own,” 26.9 percent

said it is “improving or making progress,”


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and 20.3 percent said it is “declining or losing


Regarding respondents who are potential

business prospects for downtown

Groveport, 36 said they would be interested

in opening a new business downtown

and 8 said they would be interested in moving

a business to downtown Groveport.

Ben Muldrow, of Arnett Muldrow &

Associates, said of the business prospects,

“Some of the best opportunities are working

with businesses that are already here

to seize on the untapped potential.”

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Taking a look at what State Issue 1 means

Amendment is on Nov. 6 ballot

By Christine Bryant

Staff Writer

A controversial ballot initiative this

November would reform Ohio’s criminal

justice system, offering more opportunities

for treatment rather than prison time.

It’s a positive step for those who want

reform, especially in the middle of an opioid


But opponents warn those who should

be behind bars instead would be on the

streets sooner, and argue the initiative is


Under the proposed constitutional

amendment, known as State Issue 1, the

sentences of incarcerated individuals -

except those convicted of murder, rape or

child molestation - would be reduced by up

to 25 percent if the individual participates

in rehabilitative, work or educational programming.

The amendment also would mandate


that criminal offenses of obtaining, possessing

or using any drug, such as fentanyl,

heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD

and other controlled substances, be classified

as a misdemeanor, rather than a


If adopted, the amendment also:

•Prohibits jail time as a sentence for

obtaining, possessing or using controlled

substances until an individual’s third

offense within 24 months;

•Allows an individual convicted of

obtaining, possessing or using a drug prior

to the effective date of the amendment to

ask a court to reduce the conviction to a


•Requires any available funding, based

on projected savings, to be applied to stateadministered

rehabilitation programs and

crime victim funds; and

•Requires a graduated series of responses,

such as community service, drug treatment

or jail time, for minor non-criminal

probation violations.

Amy Hanauer, executive director of








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Policy Matters Ohio, says the organization

conducted three research projects on Issue

1 and found, if approved, the measure will

have big benefits for Ohio.

“Ohio’s prison population has tripled

since 1980, and our prisons are at 132 percent

of capacity,” she said. “We lock up a

higher share than all but 13 other states,

and we have more of our people on probation

than all but two other states.”

By redirecting people when their worst

offenses are possession or probation violation,

she says, benefits include reduced

prison populations, more treatment and

lower rates of overdose and addiction.

“When we lock people up just for addiction,

it can really derail their lives,”

Hanauer said. “They are eight times more

likely to die of an overdose when they first

get out of prison than other people with

addiction are. They are locked out of at

least one in four Ohio jobs after serving

time, which makes it harder to stay on the

straight and narrow.”

Though well intended, Issue 1 is misguided,

says Louis Tobin, executive director

of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys


“The reality is that it will make Ohio’s

opiate crisis worse,” he said. “For many

addicts, courts are the only thing that get

them into treatment and promote recovery.

Issue 1 takes away the stick - incarceration

- that courts use to do this.”

Voters do not need to look any farther

than West Virginia, he says, which has

more overdose deaths than Ohio.

“West Virginia law does what Issue 1

proposes to do for Ohio,” Tobin said. “It

makes drug possession a misdemeanor

with no jail time. Nothing connects addicts

to treatment and they are left on their own

to get sober. It doesn’t work.”

Hanauer, however, says many people

want to, but can’t get into drug treatment

in Ohio.

“Addiction is an illness, created in part

by bad policies,” she said. “We need to do

things differently in Ohio, and Issue 1 does


Issue 1 became an initiative after advocates

began to explore how the prison budget

did not leave enough funds for other

needs, she said.

“More than 4,800 Ohioans died last year

from overdoses and it’s been climbing each

year,” Hanauer said. “Issue 1 is a promising

solution to reduce incarceration, redirect

resources to treating addiction, and get

our communities healthy and safe.”

Tobin, however, says that by creating a

constitutional right for offenders to be

released from prison 25 percent early, all

inmates have to do is participate in programming

while in prison.

“Participation is something much different

than completion,” he said. “They are

not required to complete the programming

or to demonstrate that they are rehabilitated.”

Tobin is also concerned by who the

amendment does not exclude from being

able to participate.

“Issue 1 says that the only exclusions

are death sentences, life without parole,

murder, rape and child molestation,” Tobin

said. “This means that human traffickers,

drug traffickers, domestic violence offenders

and child abuse offenders, among many

other violent offenders, will get out of

prison early.”

As part of the initiative, funds saved

from incarcerating inmates would be redirected

to rehabilitation programs and

crime victim funds.

According to Policy Matters Ohio, it

costs an average of $67.84 per inmate per

day, or nearly $25,000 a year. Those figures

include fixed costs, such as facility maintenance.

However, Tobin says the promised savings

are a myth, with the independent Ohio

Office of Budget and Management stating

Issue 1 instead could increase costs to the

state and local governments.

“The problem is that Issue 1 adopts a

cookie-cutter approach where everyone

found with a certain amount of drugs is

treated the same,” he said.

The wording of the initiative also is

problematic, he says - not differentiating

the quantities of drugs in a person’s possession,

nor distinguishing addictive versus

non-addictive drugs.

“As one example, possession of the date

rape drug GHB would be a misdemeanor

with no jail time under Issue 1,” Tobin said.

“It is dangerous. Under Issue 1, there will

be no real consequences for having it.”

He said the law also is shortsighted.

“It is intended to deal with our very real

opiate crisis,” Tobin said. “By putting drug

laws in our Constitution, it ignores what

might come next.”

In the last few years, the state has gone

from experiencing a pill problem to a heroin

problem to a fentanyl problem.

“Now we are starting to see the rise of

carfentanil - 100 times stronger than fentanyl,”

Tobin said. “Ohio will not have the

flexibility to deal with future crises because

our drug laws will be set in stone.”

Hanauer said, however, passage of Issue

1 would be an impactful step toward helping


“Providing treatment gets people on the

path to getting their lives back together,”

she said.

October 28, 2018 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Fairfield County Board of Elections

Liberty Center

951 Liberty Drive

Lancaster, OH 43130

Phone: 740-687-7000 or 614-837-0765

Fax: 740-681-4727

Office hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


boards of elections


Elect Richard Brown

Richard Brown, the sitting State

Representative for Ohio’s 20th District, seeks to

retain his seat in the upcoming general election.

Rep. Brown works to attract good jobs and

keep wages growing in the 20th District. Rep.

Brown works to ensure that our children and

grandchildren receive a good education no matter

where they live. Rep. Brown is fighting one of the

toughest challenges in our communities, the opioid

crisis and drug addiction, and has introduced

legislation in the House to create a statewide

Office of Drug Policy to establish and oversee a

coordinated, comprehensive state-wide approach

to combat the opioid crisis and addiction issues

Franklin County

Board of Elections

1700 Morse Road

Columbus, OH 43229

Phone: (614) 525-3100

Fax: (614) 525-3489

Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

through education, prevention, treatment, and the

sharing of data and information regarding treatments

and methods that work.

Rep. Brown has lived in Canal Winchester for

23 years, where he and his wife Suzanne, who

grew up in Groveport, raised their three children.

Rep. Brown owns his own solo law practice in

Canal Winchester. As a small business owner,

Rep. Brown understands the needs and concerns

of small business owners. Brown received his

B.A. with high honors in American History from

the University of Cincinnati and his law degree

(J.D.) from the Ohio State College of Law.

How do I choose a candidate?

Elections present voters with important


Whether it is a local race that will affect

your community or a national race that could

change the direction of the country it is a time

to consider the issues which you care about

and decide which candidate you support.

The steps outlined below are designed to

help you judge a candidate.

•Decide what you are looking for in a candidate.

•Find out about the candidates.

•Gather materials about the candidates.

•Evaluate candidates’ stands on issues.

•Learn about the candidates’ leadership


•Learn how other people view the candidate.

•Sort it all out.

Voting procedures

Where do I vote?

•Each voter must cast his/her ballot at the

polling place designated to serve the precinct

in which he/she resides. T

he Board of Elections will notify you -

please save the notice.

Voter Eligibility

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s

Office, you are eligible to vote in Ohio if:

•You are a citizen of the United States.

•You are at least 18 years old on or before

the day of the general election. If you will be

18 on or before the day of the general, you

may vote in the primary election for candidates

only, but not on issues.

•You will be a resident of Ohio for at least

30 days before the election.

•You register to vote at least 30 days

before the election.

Messenger holiday

publication schedule

The Southeast Messenger will alter

its publication schedule for the upcoming

holiday season. The Messenger will

publish print editions of the newspaper

that will be delivered to your home on

consecutive Sundays on Oct. 28 and

Nov. 4. The print publication and delivery

dates for the remainder of 2018 are:

Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Dec. 16. Thank you

for reading the Messenger!


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Recycling down on the farm 1880s style

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

People on Ohio farms in the 1880s lived

a frugal lifestyle that embraced recycling in

a more in-depth way than we do today.

According to information provided by

Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical

Farm, located at 1375 State Route 674

North, Canal Winchester, a 19th century

saying sums up our ancestors’ outlook:

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do


Farm families of the 1880s did not live

in a disposable culture. They could not easily

make frequent trips to town to the store

for needed items. They labored long hours

to earn their money so they reused as much

material as they could on the farm.

“Everything was used,” said Slate Run

Living Historical Farm worker Rachel

Brooks. “There was little to no waste.”

Brooks cited the butchering process as

an example where meat for food was salted

and smoked, animal fat was used to make

soap, bones could be ground up for other

uses, and animal hides turned into leather.

“They tried to get as much use out of a

product as they could,” said Brooks.

At first glance, some things seem

unlikely for reuse, such as ash leftover

from burning wood in the farm’s stoves.

While soap from a store was available, the

pioneer farmers often made their own soap

by pouring water through ashes to create

lye. The lye was combined with clean animal

fat and then heated and thickened into

a soap for bathing and for laundry uses.

Ashes could also be combined with sand to

create a scrubbing cleanser for skillets and


Cleaning wasn’t the only use for leftover

ashes as the substance was also used by

1880s era farmers to fertilize the garden or

Corn cobs could be reused for many

things on a 19th century Ohio farm,

including being cut up into discs to make

checkers for a game of checkers.

“Everything was used. There

was little to no waste.”

- Rachel Brooks

Slate Run Living

Historical Farm

fields as well as being dusted on broccoli,

cabbage, and cauliflower to ward off


Turns out a lot of things on the farm

could be reused as fertilizer to enrich the

soil in the fields, including ground bone

meal, straw, corn cobs, and manure.

A farm in the 1880s could plant up to 60

acres of corn, which would produce thousands

of pounds of corn cobs. Nothing will

eat a corn cob, so other uses were found for

this abundant item, including using it as a

scrubbing tool or turning the cobs into toys.

Cobs could also be cut into discs and used

as checkers for a game of checkers.

After threshing time, straw was abundant

and could be used for stuffing horse

collars, made into straw hats, used as

mulch, made into livestock bedding, or

twisted into a rope.

Turnips, beets, potatoes, and carrots

were protected during shipping by packing

them in sawdust. Sawdust could also be

smoldered to produce smoke for smoking

meat. Hickory or apple wood sawdust was

used to add flavor to the smoked meat.

When it came to the livestock, the hog

was the ultimate example of reuse on the

1880s farm as almost every part of the animal

could be used for something. The old

saying goes, “You can use everything but

the squeal.”

Farm recycling in the 1880s was not

limited to the barnyard as the farmhouse

kitchen also was an active place of reuse for

various items.

Eggshells could be crushed and fed to

the chickens to enrich their calcium levels.

Apples were primarily for eating, but

their peels could be boiled and then the

juice strained and cooked to be used in

jelly. The remnant boiled peels were then

fed to the hogs.

Stale bread and cake crumbs could be

made into puddings and dressings.

The kitchen’s “slop bucket” would contain

scraps, odd leftovers, peelings, and

other such things which would be fed to the

hogs. The hogs were sort of the 19th century

version of a garbage disposal.

Used dishwater was not poured down a

drain. Instead it was gathered up and used

to water plants.

The farmhouse would also have a “rag

bag” of odds and ends pieces of cloth that

could be used for washing windows and

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove

Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical

Farm worker Rachel Brooks preparing to

recycle used dishwater in the farm’s


lamp chimneys, as well as for other household

cleaning. When these rags became too

worn for further use, they could be sold or

traded to be used to make paper. Rags

could also be fashioned into toys, like a rag


“It’s interesting to look back and see

what lengths our ancestors could, and

would, go to in order to reuse things,” said


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On stage at GMHS

The Groveport Madison High School Cruiser

Theatre Company’s 2018-19 performance schedule is

as follows:

• “A Voice in the Dark - A Salem Story,” Nov. 8, 9,

10 at 7 p.m. Tickets $5 for students and senior citizens

and $7 general admission.

• “Almost Maine,” Jan. 11 & 12 at 7 p.m.

• Play-in-a-day: “The Nine Worst Break-ups of All

Time,” Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

• “Shrek: The Musical,” April 11, 12, 13 at 7 p.m.

and April 14 at 2 p.m.

All performances at Groveport Madison High

School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport. Tickets: $5

for students and senior citizens and $7 general admission

except for “Shrek: The Musical,” which are $7 for

students and senior citizens and $10 general admission.

Visit for information.

Griefshare support group:

Surviving the Holidays

Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St.,

Groveport, will offer GriefShare: Surviving the

Holidays, from 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 8. The program is a

seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved

one’s death. It features video interviews with counselors,

grief experts and others who have experienced

the holidays after a death. Refreshments and workbook

provided. Registration is not required but helpful.

Contact 614-836-5968 or email

Williams Road zoning issue

Groveport City Council approved a permitted use

variance to allow for fleet vehicle sales for property

located at 4241 Williams Road, which is currently

zoned planned industrial park.

Some residents from the nearby Three Rivers subdivision

(which is in the city of Columbus) opposed the

zoning variance citing noise, increased lighting, more

truck traffic, and fumes plus the potential for more

traffic congestion and accidents on Williams Road.

The zoning request was approved by council after

the legislation was amended to reflect agreements

between the nearby residents and the applicant that

made the plan acceptable to all parties.

On stage at Madison Christian

Madison Christian High School, 3565 Bixby Road,

Groveport, will present the following theatrical productions

in 2018-19: “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” at 7 p.m. on

Nov. 9-11; “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at

7 p.m. on April 26-27 and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on April

28. Tickets range from $5-$10. Call 614-497-3456.

Table top Christmas trees

Organizations, individuals, and families are invited

to decorate table top Christmas trees, 2 feet or less, to

raise money for the Groveport Madison Adopt-A-

Family program. Decorated trees can be dropped off to

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., between Nov. 1-3.

There is a $5 fee to enter a tree. Trees will be displayed

at Groveport Town Hall through Nov. 21. Guests may

purchase tickets for a chance to win a tree. Chances to

win are six tickets for $5. Drawing date Nov. 26.

Winners will be contacted to pick their trees up from

Groveport Town Hall between Nov. 26-28. Call 614-

586-4017 or email

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

Halloween parade

For decades, students in their Halloween costumes have

participated in Groveport Elementary’s traditional

Halloween parade. The parade route makes a loop from the

school on Main, Walnut, Elm, and Front streets before coming

back to the school on Main Street. Parents and people in

the neighborhoods come out each year to watch the kids in

the parade. Pictured here is a Groveport Elementary

Halloween parade from the mid-1980s.

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