October 28 - November 3, 2018 www.columbusmessenger.com 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
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
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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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
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
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
The board is considering several new building configuration
•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
•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
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.
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
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
email@example.com by Nov. 1: name, graduation
year, and if you want to play or coach.
Current college athletes are not eligible for the
“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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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.
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
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
To advertise in
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
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.”
Today the cemetery
is surrounded by a
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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Elise Pickett of
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held earlier in
High School and
of Logan Elm
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
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
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.”
Green said city officials have already
been contacting business prospects.
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Taking a look at what State Issue 1 means
Amendment is on Nov. 6 ballot
By Christine Bryant
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
Amy Hanauer, executive director of
ne: Oct.2 2
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
“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
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
“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,”
October 28, 2018 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 7
Fairfield County Board of Elections
951 Liberty Drive
Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: 740-687-7000 or 614-837-0765
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
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
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Recycling down on the farm 1880s style
By Rick Palsgrove
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
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
Farm recycling in the 1880s was not
limited to the barnyard as the farmhouse
kitchen also was an active place of reuse for
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
• “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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum
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.