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November 4 - 17, 2018 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVI, No. 11

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Members of Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre Company rehearse a scene in preparation

for their upcoming performances of the play, “A Voice in the Dark: A Salem Story.”

Drama challenges Cruiser actors

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

The members of Groveport Madison High

School’s Cruiser Theatre Company are not afraid to

tackle serious subject matter and this year’s fall play

enables them to showcase their dramatic skills.

The Cruiser Theatre Company will present the

drama, “A Voice in the Dark - A Salem Story,” at

Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton

Road, on Nov. 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for

students and senior citizens and $7 general admission.

Cruiser Theatre Company Director Erin Graffis

said the play, set during the era of the Salem Witch

Trials in 1692, will challenge the student actors.

“We’re excited to present this production,” said

Graffis. “Though it is set in 1692, it’s a story that is

relevant now.”

Graffis said the story is told from the perspective

of a teenage girl, “Abigail Hobbs,” who will be played

by senior Kayla Parker. As accusations mount that

women in the community are practicing witchcraft,

Abigail Hobbs is faced with decisions when one of

her friends is accused. She finds information that

will save her friend, but must decide if she will stay

silent and let the witch hunt continue or risk her

own safety and speak out for what is right.

“It’s a tough dilemma for the character and a

challenge for the actor to perform,” said Graffis, who

added that dramas in general are more challenging

for actors than comedies.

“In a comedy, if you make a mistake, it can be

played off for laughs,” said Graffis. “But that cannot

be done in a drama.”

Parker said she has never played a character like

Abigail Hobbs before.

“She’s not a caricature,” said Parker. “There’s

depth there.”

Parker said it’s difficult to portray someone who

is one’s own age, but who lived in another era.

“She may have different ideals and she’s very

innocent,” said Parker.

Parker added the play is not like anything the

Cruiser Theatre Company has done before.

“It has a spooky feel and there is some sadness,”

said Parker. “The audience will go on a journey with

my character and experience her dilemma. At the end

of the performance, the audience will decide for themselves

if they agree or disagree with Abigail’s decision

or maybe not know what they would have done.”

Other lead roles in the production include Fiona

Finneran as Abigail’s friend, “Rebecca Nurse,” and

Derek Smith as “Thomas Putnam,” whose family is

a driving force behind the accusations of witchcraft.

Graffis said the auditorium in the new high

school will also enhance the production values of the

performance.

“We now have LED lighting where we can integrate

a fair amount of color in our lighting,” said

See DRAMA, page 2

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Two fights erupted at Groveport Madison High School on Oct.

29 resulting in the school being placed on lockdown for part of the

day.

According to Groveport Madison Communications &

Community Relations Director Jeff Warner, one fight happened

around 9 a.m. and the other occurred around 11 a.m.

“It’s our understanding there had been a Halloween party over

the weekend in which an issue developed between some of those

attending the party,” said Warner.

Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier described the disturbances

as “a large fight.”

“A large group of students were involved, but the actual number

of those fighting appears to be six to eight,” said Portier, who

confirmed the fighting stemmed from a Halloween party held

somewhere in Columbus over the past weekend.

“There were less than a dozen students directly involved, but

the incidents happened during class changes, in the building’s

rotunda,” said Warner. “There were several hundred students in

close proximity to the fights. Many students were pushing, shouting

and encouraging the misbehavior.”

When asked how long the fighting lasted, Warner said it was

fairly brief, but he didn’t have an exact length of time it lasted.

Portier said two 15-year-olds will likely be charged with disorderly

conduct/fighting through the Franklin County Juvenile

Court. He said Groveport Madison school administration will deal

with any internal discipline.

Warner said the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act prevents

the district from releasing specific disciplinary consequences

for any given student. However, the high school will pursue the

most serious consequences permitted under board of education

policy.

“There was also a rumor being quickly spread that a gun was

on the school grounds, but searches by the school and police did

not substantiate that rumor,” said Portier.

In a letter to Groveport Madison parents and staff,

Superintendent Garilee Ogden wrote that, after the first incident,

a rumor surfaced there was a gun on the school’s property.

“The building was immediately placed on a Level 2 Lockdown,

where no class changes take place, nor may anyone enter or leave

the building,” wrote Ogden. “As part of the investigation into the

rumor of a weapon,

we interviewed

more than 50 students,

and Groveport

Police and district

staff conducted

a thorough search

of the building.

There was no evidence

found that a

weapon was ever on

school property.”

Warner said

school staff and

administrators

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Madison Christian celebrates its 40th anniversary

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

The seeds of Madison Christian School

were sown more than 40 years ago when a

group of like minded individuals gathered

to make their vision come to life.

Speaking at Madison Christian School’s

40th anniversary celebration on Oct. 27,

founding school administrator Debbie

Ostrander said 100 charter members met

in the M.R. Training Center on Bixby Road

in 1977 and set these goals: create a

church, a Christian school, and recreation

center.

“All three goals have been accomplished,”

said Ostrander. “Forty years ago

it was a dream, it’s now a reality.”

Madison Christian School located at

3565 Bixby Road in Groveport, began with

15 pre-school students in 1978 and over the

years grew into a pre-school to grade 12

school.

According to the school’s website, the

private Christian school - which is an

outreach of Madison Christian Church -

has a current enrollment of around 539

students and attracts students from 26

zip codes, 14 other school districts, and

four counties.

Madison Township Trustee

Chairman John Kershner said the

school and church have had a positive

impact on the township and surrounding

community, citing their work with the

area food pantry and that church Pastor

Paul Barnes also serves as the Madison

Township Fire Department chaplain.

“The school had an awesome influence

on my kids, who attended there,”

said Kershner. “The school has a flexible

approach to education and provides lots

of individual attention to students. It’s a

wonderful school.”

For information on Madison

Christian visit www.mcseaglesoh.org.

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

The Madison Christian High School choir and Ladies Chamber perform during Madison

Christian School’s 40th anniversary celebration on Oct. 27. The school is located at 3565

Bixby Road in Groveport and opened in 1978.

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Gobble Gallop 5K

The Groveport Gobble Gallop 5K, a family

friendly 5K walk/run will be held at

Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road on

Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day). Packet pickup

will take place between 7:30 a.m. and

8:15 a.m. The event will start at 8:30 a.m.

Cost: before Nov. 1 - adults, $25; children

ages 8-14, $10; children under age 8, free.

After Nov. 1 - adults, $30; children ages 8-

14, $15; children under age 8, free. All proceeds

from this event will support missions

to Montenegro through the non-profit

organization Life Impact for Eternity. Visit

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for information and registration.

(This is not a city of Groveport event.)

Cookie/candy sale

Groveport United Methodist Church,

512 Main St., will host a Christmas cookie/candy

Sale on Dec.1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Homemade holiday cookies and candy will

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DRAMA

Continued from page 1

Graffis. “For instance, in a nighttime forest

scene we can use dark blue lighting or we

can use shades of red in other scenes to signify

danger or death.”

Graffis said other new stage technology

will enable things to enter a scene from

above.

“We’re also experimenting with

‘Surround Sound,’ which will help make

the audience feel more connected to the

show,” said Graffis.

Other upcoming performances

The remainder of Groveport Madison

High School Cruiser Theatre Company’s

2018-19 performance schedule is as follows:

BRAWL

Continued from page 1

intervened to break up the fights.

Additional support came from the police.

Groveport Police responded to assist the

School Resource Officer. Additional police

units from Obetz, Madison Township, and

the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office also

responded.

Portier said officers remained at or near

the school throughout the day and will continue

to monitor the school. He said the

incident remains an ongoing investigation.

Warner said the students involved in

the fights were all Groveport Madison students

and that, to his knowledge, there

were no serious injuries. He also said there

was no damage to the new high school

building.

When asked what will be done to prevent

future fights, Warner said, “We met

with the staff after school yesterday. We

will have more staff in hallways and common

areas to supervise class changes. We

are also trying to work with students to

help them solve conflicts in a more productive

way.”

• “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 cruisertheatre@weebly.com for

information.

In her letter, Ogden stated district officials

take the safety of the students and

staff “very seriously.”

“We will not tolerate behavior that causes

a disruption or has the potential to

cause harm or injury,” wrote Ogden.

“Students directly involved in any such

incident will face severe disciplinary consequences.

In addition, Groveport Police

arrested students who were directly

involved in the fights.”

Ogden said the second half of the day

concluded without incident.

“However, as an added level of precaution,

we will have additional administrative

staff and police support on campus for

the next several days,” wrote Ogden. “We

are aware of several social media posts

that show the two fights. It is important to

keep in mind that of the 1,800 students at

Groveport Madison High School, 98 percent

of them behaved just as they are

expected, and they are just as frustrated

with today’s incidents as the rest of us.”


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Dowler keeps Cruisers looking good

By Theresa Garee

Staff Writer

She leans over to inspect an orange-yellow stain on

the front of a band uniform, “Toby, Toby had cheese,”

Julie Dowler announced as she opened another travel

pack of cleanser and began scrubbing the stain.

Dowler has been with the Groveport Madison

Marching Cruisers for eight years, six of those as its

Uniform Chair. She and her co-chair, Stacey Shelton,

oversee the sizing, sewing, and ordering of 125

Marching Cruiser band and color guard uniforms.

“I’m only a helper, Julie does everything,” Shelton

said.

An average day for Dowler starts as a sixth grade

school teacher for Columbus City Schools. At about 4

p.m. she picks up her sophomore to get to band practice,

where they sometimes can stay until around 10

p.m. Other days include acting as a fundraising and

volunteer coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 71. All

three of her boys have been in the troop and band.

Dowler is easily recognized as the mother hen for

the Marching Cruisers and Troop 71.

“She strived to make sure each Cub Scout succeeded,”

Scout parent Shane Cartmill wrote in an email to

the Southeast Messenger. “If your son didn’t have the

activities completed or signed off on, she would follow

up with the scout and the parent. If there was an issue

because of time, money, resources, Julie would figure

out a way to make it happen.”

“She is a kid-first person,” said Groveport Madison

Band Director Bart Pickenpaugh when describing

Dowler. “If it wasn’t for Julie, the kids wouldn’t have

such an enjoyable experience. Her being there enables

them and me to focus more on the music.”

Work for the Marching Cruisers starts in June for

Dowler when she starts the uniform fitting for the students

she considers family.

“This band is a family, we cry together, laugh

together,” Dowler said.

The Marching Cruisers are qualified to compete at

Ohio Music Education Association State Marching

Band Finals on Nov. 4th. In December, they plan to

march in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga.,

and Dowler plans to be right there with them.

When asked what her hopes are for the band,

Dowler said, “I want them to be inspired to be the best

people they can be and the leaders that they are…they

have what is in them to be amazing parts of our society.”

When it comes to scouts or band, Dowler can’t pick

a favorite, but she admits the Marching Cruisers takes

more of her time.

Time is a rare commodity for her since she also

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around Groveport and Madison Township

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 Nov. 4, Nov. 18,

Dec. 2, and Dec. 16.

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A “Salute to Veterans” will be held on Veterans

Day, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in Veteran’s Park, 421 Main St.,

Groveport. Visit the city’s website at

www.groveport.org or call 614-836-3333 for information.

Messenger photo by Theresa Garee

Uniform Chair Julie Dowler working on a Groveport

Madison Cruiser Marching Band uniform

works with the Schottenstein Center covering sports

events. It was this part time job that helped her fulfill

some dreams for students in the band. One year some

of the students didn’t have the money to participate in

their annual band camp so Dowler paid their way.

“We do it for the kids,” Dowler said.

But how does she keep her energy up?

“I’m surprised she’s not green herself,”

Pickenpaugh jokes about Dowler’s love for Mountain

Dew. “I naturally pick up a Mountain Dew for Julie

when we are on the go.”

“I want the kids to have a positive experience, so it’s

that desire to encourage the art…and lots of Mountain

Dew,” Dowler said with a smile.

Leaf pick up

The Groveport Public Works Department will pick

up curbside leaves through Dec. 10. Residents are

asked to rake their leaves close to the curb, but not in

the street. Leaves in the street cause issues with water

flow and sanitary sewers. Debris other than leaves,

such as twigs, rocks and trash, will not be picked up.

Avoid parking vehicles in front of or behind leaf piles.

For information call 614-836-3910.

Lego Town

The popular Lego Town exhibit will return to

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., from Dec. 3

through Jan. 5.

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“Mid90s” fails to deliver depth

“Mid90s,” the coming-of-age directorial

debut from actor Jonah Hill, is like an

incomplete piece of art that has been put on

display: You can see the potential in its

foundation, yet overall you find it lacking.

Taking place over the course of a few

months, the film tells the tale of Stevie

(future star Sunny Suljic), a deeply lonely

13-year-old boy who is looking to make a

connection.

During one summer afternoon, Stevie

comes across a group of skateboarders

back-sassing a business owner who wants

them off his property. Instantly, he is smitten

with both their talents on the board

and their fearlessness when dealing with

angry adults.

Slowly, he steps into their world on the

periphery. First, he starts by hanging out

at their shop and eavesdropping on their X-

rated ‘would you rather’ conversations.

Then, he tries his hand at skateboarding,

to many bruised results. After being

ignored for a while, he is brought into the

fold by youngest member Ruben (Gio

Galicia) because he is tired of being seen as

the “runt of the litter.”

With boundless enthusiasm, Stevie

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becomes one of their biggest cheerleaders

while simultaneously becoming a terror on

the home front. For years, his mother (an

underutilized Katherine Waterson) viewed

him as the good, quiet and respectful son so

she is quiet alarmed by his sudden change

in behavior. At a loss, she forbids Stevie to

see them but he angrily and defiantly

resists.

As he becomes more deeply immersed

into their lives, he is introduced to the

world of alcohol and drugs and sex. In

these scenes, Hill does a good job of pointing

out how some friendships can both hurt

and heal the loneliness inside.

If there is one thing I disliked the most

about this film, it was how Hill would

introduce interesting elements, yet often

backed off on exploring them further. For

instance, there are several scenes where

Stevie self-harms, where he is physically

abused by his emotionally unstable older

brother (played by Lucas Hedges), and

where toxic masculinity strikes hard yet as

the writer and director, Hill shows no true

interest in explaining or revisiting. I think

if these scenes had been given more depth,

the film would have benefited immensely.

Puzzlement aside, if

there is one thing to

enjoy about this movie

it is the performances

from the young cast,

most of whom are newcomers

or professional

skateboarders making

their acting

debut. Among the

most engaging portrayals

are Suljic,

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who is often heartbreaking as Stevie, and

Na-Kel Smith, who plays the aspiring professional

skateboarder with a tragic past.

Without those two centering “Mid90s,” this

film would have been a quasi-nostalgic trip

through skateboarding angst; instead, it’s

a decent yet underwhelming film about the

happiness and the pitfalls friendships can

bring to your life.

Grade: C

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

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Groveport prepares for income tax collection changes

Columbus will no longer

provide collection services

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

The city of Groveport, as well as its residents

and businesses, will have to adjust

how income taxes will be collected and

paid.

This past summer the city of Columbus

informed area municipalities that it will no

longer collect income taxes for them as of

Jan. 1, 2019.

The city of Groveport has a 2 percent

income tax.

In a letter to city officials dated June 22,

Columbus City Auditor Megan Kilgore

stated Columbus would no longer serve as

a third party administrator for the collection

of municipal income taxes because the

task has “grown more difficult, in part due

to the state’s recent mandated amendments

to municipal income tax provisions...”

The state recently instituted the centralized

collection of business income taxes

through its Ohio Business Gateway.

Smaller cities use third party collection

of income taxes because it would be costly

to maintain their own taxation departments.

Groveport City Council approved legislation

for the city to join the Regional

Income Tax Agency (RITA) to replace

Columbus for income tax collection.

“RITA is a council of governments that

makes decisions cooperatively,” said

Groveport Finance Director Jeff Green.

“Everyone is on an equal footing.”

With the change to RITA, Groveport

City Administrator Marsha Hall said city

residents and businesses will all have to

make an income tax filing. She said there

will be some exemptions for retirees and

pensions.

“Mandatory filing means every resident

over the age of 18 must file an annual city

of Groveport tax return even if no tax is

due, said Bob Curtin, income tax administrator

for the city of Groveport. “Nothing as

far as what is or what is not taxable is

changed as a result of mandatory filing.”

Curtin gave the following example: “A

resident of Groveport earns $10,000 for

working in Columbus and has $250 withheld

from that income for city tax. Prior to

mandatory filing, this person would not

have needed to file a return since their

Groveport tax liability of $200 has been

met by the $250 withheld from their pay

for working in Columbus. Now this taxpayer

will have to file a city income tax return

(RITA) and attach a copy of the W-2. In

this example the taxpayer would owe no

tax.”

Curtin said Groveport’s income tax ordinance

is based on three types of taxpayers:

1) gross salaries, wages and other compensation

including gambling winnings earned

by residents and non-residents for work

performed in the city; 2) the net profit of

unincorporated entities for work performed

in the city by residents and non-residents;

and 3) the net profits of corporations.

“There will be no change in what is taxable

or non-taxable,” said Curtin.

Curtin said the municipality where one

works receives the income tax.

He added that all businesses operating

in the city must pay the city’s income tax

even if their corporate headquarters are

elsewhere.

Curtin said city income tax filings are

due by April 15 for both businesses and

individuals but added, “If company is on a

fiscal year then three and a half months

after year end.”

Curtin said individuals and businesses

will submit their city income taxes on a

form furnished by, or obtainable from

RITA, and by either checking their W-2 for

proper withholding or checking for unincorporated

income on a federal return and

multiplying by 2 percent.

“Filings are made with RITA but we can

help at (Groveport) city hall,” said Curtin.

“Individuals and businesses must file an

annual return with payment, if applicable,

but anyone over $200 needs to file a declaration

of estimated tax. There’s no change

in the tax ordinance.”

He added pension income and Social

Security are not taxable.

Curtin said RITA started in 1973 as a

council of governments to collect the

municipal income tax.

“The agency collects municipal income

tax for over 200 Ohio municipalities,” said

Curtin. “It would be too expensive for the

city of Groveport to maintain its own tax

department.”

The city of Groveport will pay RITA

approximately 1.2 to 1.5 percent of all collections

for its service.

Curtin said the change to RITA should

have no impact on Groveport’s operations

and revenue flow. He said approximately

15 percent of Groveport’s total revenue

stream comes from business income taxes

and about 5 percent comes from individual

income taxes.

Added Green, “The bulk of local income

tax revenue, the remaining 80 percent,

comes from employee withholdings, mostly

from the warehouses.”

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Halloween in Groveport is amazing!

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

As I walked around the streets of Groveport on Halloween

night the one phrase people said to me over and over was, “This is

amazing!”

Costumed trick-or-treaters were everywhere and many homes

- especially those on Front Street - featured elaborate Halloween

displays. The gray, drizzling rain helped add to the spookiness of

the Halloween night atmosphere.

Fiery jack o’ lanterns lit the night. Mysterious smoke billowed.

Eerie lights created frightful visages. Graveyards sprung from

normally manicured front lawns. Skeletons lurked about.

There were so many inspired and creative costumes. I saw

werewolves, superheroes, dinosaurs, ghosts, green-skinned goblins,

space aliens, a mad scientist, witches, and all sorts of baffling

monsters. There were also people dressed as rabbits, flowers, and

other assorted pleasant things as well.

The annual Halloween block party on Front Street drew a big

crowd and remained festive until it was time for the creatures that

go bump in the night to fade away for another year.

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove

The Grim Reaper strolls out from this house to beckon trick-or-treaters to dare enter this scary scene to

obtain treats.

England’s Queen Victoria and internationally famous horse

trainer John S. Rarey of Groveport hand out candy to trick-ortreaters

at this house on Front Street. Rarey even brought along

the ghost of the famous stallion, Cruiser, to help out.

Charlie

Marlatt

entertains

trick-ortreaters

with his

puppet,

“Witch

Hazel,”

in front

of his

Main

Street

house.

Witch

Hazel is

a feisty

little

puppet!

Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Short is

unfazed by the fact a huge brown spider

is crawling up the front of his shirt!

The costumed “cranky old man” character at left jokingly orders

these two dinosaurs to, “Get off my lawn!” at this house on

Front Street.

Huge spiders took over the Thomson house on Front Street!


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November 4, 2018 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Projects highlight proposed 2019 Groveport budget

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

A variety of proposed projects highlight

the city of Groveport’s proposed 2019 budget.

The general fund revenue for 2019 is

estimated at $16.1 million, which is up

from the estimated $15.9 million in 2018.

The bulk of this funding comes from

Income tax revenue, which is projected to

be $14.54 million in 2019 compared to

$14.50 million in 2018.

Other revenues include $350,000 from

property taxes and various amounts in

other city fund categories that include

grants, taxes, fees, and permits.

“Although the budgeted numbers for the

general fund represent no increase in

income tax revenue, the 2019 appropriations

budget still maintains progress

toward several city council objectives:

increasing the balance in the rainy day

fund, increasing the general fund balance

by another 20 percent, and setting aside 20

percent of all income tax collection for debt

service,” wrote Groveport City

Administrator Marsha Hall in her budget

report to Groveport City Council.

The rainy day fund reached $1.5 million

in 2018 and is expected to rise to $1.6 million

in 2019 with the goal of reaching $2

million in the next few years.

Proposed projects

Projects proposed in the 2019 budget

are:

•East Bixby Road pavement rehabilitation

(from near Ebright Road to U.S. 33),

$348,000 from street fund and $92,000

from storm water fund;

•West Main Street curb ramps, $34,000;

•Annual street maintenance program,

$450,000 from street fund and $105,000

from storm water fund.

Includes resurfacing work on Main

Street from College Street to Front Street

(which was reconstructed in 1989-90) and

on Main Street from Front Street east

(which was reconstructed in 2003) to a

point near the Groveport Recreation

Center. Other streets to be included for

work in 2019 and beyond are still to be

determined.

•Hamilton Road/Firehouse Lane traffic

signal upgrade, $542,000 total grant project,

local match of $68,100 from street

fund;

•Generator for Bixford pump station,

$75,000;

•Sanitary sewer force main replacements,

$50,000;

•Master Parks Plan review, emphasizing

Groveport Park, $40,000;

•Bixford Green bike/pedestrian path,

$180,000 from parks fund. The project

involves the construction of an 860 to 920

“Although the budgeted numbers for the

general fund represent no increase in

income tax revenue, the 2019 appropriations

budget still maintains progress toward several

city council objectives: increasing the balance

in the rainy day fund, increasing the

general fund balance by another 20 percent,

and setting aside 20 percent of all income

tax collection for debt service.”

- Marsha Hall

City administrator

foot Bixford Green shared-use path to connect

the Bixford Green subdivision to the

Blacklick Creek Greenways Trail in Three

Creeks Metro Park.

Hall announced the city received a

$70,782 Ohio NatureWorks grant that will

help fund the construction of the path. 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.

•Neighborhood parks development,

$75,000; and

•Sidewalk replacements, $50,000.

Proposed purchases

The city plans to make the following

purchases in 2019:

•Replacement of front entrance barn at

The Links golf course, $250,000;

•Two police cruisers to replace two 2008

cruisers, $120,000;

•Banquet room air conditioning at The

Links golf course, $100,000;

•Additional leaf vacuum, $96,000. (It is

noted in the budget this is required

because after Kurtz Brothers moved from

the area the time and cost of transporting

leaves has “increased dramatically.” The

new system will have a larger capacity for

hauling leaves.)

•17 police body cameras, $74,314;

•Starcraft Allstar 12+2 vehicle for

transportation department, $62,200;

•Ventilation system for filtration room

at the indoor pool at the Groveport

Recreation Center, $42,170;

•Replace windows at municipal building,

$40,000;

•Replacement truck for the facilities

department, $30,000; and

•Replacement fence at KidSpace,

$6,000.

Other budget highlights

The proposed 2019 general fund appropriations

are estimated at $18.4 million,

which is down from $18.6 million in 2018.

Funding for festivals in 2019 includes

$50,000 for the Fourth of July, $18,650 for

the Christmas - A Heritage Holiday, and

$16,000 for Apple Butter Day.

Council will vote on the 2019 budget at

its Nov. 13 meeting.





















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Let’s Talk About It

The Let’s Talk About It Book Club meets the second

Wednesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Southeast Library, 3980

S. Hamilton Road, Groveport. Upcoming books are: Nov. 14 - “The

God of Small Things,” by Arundhati Roy.

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Rarey inducted into Groveport Hall of Honor

Former Groveport City Councilman Ed Rarey was

inducted into the Groveport Hall of Honor on Oct. 21.

The Hall of Honor, established by Mayor Lance

Westcamp in 2006, is located inside the Groveport

Recreation Center. Plaques detailing each inductee’s

accomplishments are on display in the hallway

between the two gymnasiums.

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to recognize

individuals (living or deceased) who through their performance

and achievements (volunteer service, public

service, athletic endeavors or other related service)

reflect credit on the city of Groveport so citizens may

find identity with the past and establish goals for the

future. Other members of the Hall of Honor include

Eric Smith, John Frye, Jim McKee and Kathy Frank.

Rarey, born in 1929, is a life-long resident of

Groveport. He graduated from Groveport High School

in 1948 and lettered in track

and football. He attended

Otterbein College, earning a

bachelor’s degree in education in

1952. While in college, he played

center on the football team.

After graduation, he taught

math and science for five years

until he became a principal at

Gahanna Lincoln Elementary

School where he served until

1990. Along the way, he also

earned a master’s degree in education

from Ohio State

University. He coached track

and field for 61 years and cross

country for 30 years. He earned

many state and national coaching

awards over the

years.

Rarey was elected

to Groveport Village

Council in 1993 and

served until March

2017. While on council

he was a strong

proponent for parks

and recreation. He

helped to spearhead

the purchase of the

land for Groveport

Park and Cruiser

Park. He served on

committees supporting

the design and

RAREY

construction of the

Groveport Recreation/Senior

Center and Aquatic Center. He supported

the purchase of the once private golf club, The Willows

Golf Course. The 18 hole course re-opened as a public

course, The Links At Groveport, in 2006. He was an

advocate of the city’s sidewalk program and wanted

the city of Groveport to be connected to the Metro

Parks Trail System, which led to the construction of

the Foor Leisure Path. He was instrumental in the

city’s new water plant, which became operational in

July 2015 and provides water to approximately half of

city residents.

As a resident, Rarey volunteered his time by serving

on the Groveport Heritage and Preservation

Society, Cemetery Committee and Groveport Madison

High School Alumni Committee.

around Groveport and Madison Township

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 groveportgriefsharegroup@gmail.com.

On stage at Madison

Christian High School

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. For

information call 614-497-3456.

Constitution Hawks

The Constitution Hawks, a group of citizens

looking to advance knowledge of the

United States Constitution and related

matters, meets the second Tuesday of each

month in the Peace Free Lutheran Church

Christian Center, 28 Elm St., Canal

Winchester, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sweet Adeline concert

The women’s barbershop chorus, Sweet

Adeline, will sing a variety of seasonal

favorites on Dec. 1 from 6:15- p.m. at

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Come

and enjoy the sounds of the season, barbershop

style. This is a free concert for all ages.

A Heritage Holiday

Groveport’s “A Heritage Holiday” will be

held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Heritage Park,

551 Wirt Road. Santa will arrive by fire

truck at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. The

Groveport Madison High School Band will

play holiday music and there will be ice

carving, carriage rides, children’s crafts,

and refreshments. On Dec. 1 from noon to

3 p.m. visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments,

carriage rides, farm animal

encounter, kid’s crafts and live reindeer.

For information call 614-836-3333.

Lunch with Santa

Have lunch with Santa at the Groveport

Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road,

on Dec. 9 from 1-3 p.m. Cost: $6 per person.

Register by Dec. 3. Contact Juli Pintz at

614-836-1000 ext. 1513 or email

jpintz@groveport.org.


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FOR SOME

GREAT PEOPLE!

Enjoy Working Outdoors?

Enjoy Working on a Great Team?

Have an Interest in Science?

OFFERING FREE AQUATICS TRAINING

If yes, You May Have A Future Managing

Freshwater Ecosystems

Send resume or apply in person at:

3455 Centerpoint Drive, Grove City OH 43123

8am-5pm Monday-Friday

614-506-4166 info@aquadocinc.com

*Competitive Wages & Benefits*

*Variety of Full-time Positions Available*

*Drug Free Workplace

*Clean Driving Record a Must - EOE*

HELP WANTED

Shop / Delivery Person

Needed 8-5, Mon-Fri.

Will Train. Mechanically

inclined, able to drive a

standard shift, able to lift

75 lbs, have a driver’s

license and dependable

transportation. Apply in

person at 2270 Harper

Rd., Columbus or call

614-275-0303

CRAFT SHOW

ADVERTISE

Your Holiday Craft Show,

Bake Sale or Bazaar

in the Messenger

Call 614-272-5422

or email

classified@columbusmessenger.com

SW CITY SCHOOLS

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

The South-Western City School

District is currently hiring drivers

$16.55/HR

Available positions are for substitute drivers that

can develop into “Regular” positions with

benefits. Interested individuals should submit an

application on our website at swcsd.us. Follow

the employment link. Applicants should have an

excellent driving record and must submit to drug,

alcohol, and background screening. A high

school diploma or equivalent is required. EOE

2018-2019


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xEmployment

STNA’S

SIGN-ON BONUS

Altercare of Canal Winchester

is seeking caring STNA’s to work

FULL-TIME or PART-TIME

Now offering weekend 12-hour shifts & weekends only

in our clean, friendly, and supportive location.

We offer a team environment

exceptional benefits package and experience pay.

If interested, please apply in person or online:

Altercare of Canal Winchester

Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

6725 Thrush Dr., Canal Winchester, OH

www.altercareonline.com

Altercare is a drug-free workplace

Employment

xCraft Shows/Bazaars

Groveport Recreation Center

Fall Crafter’s Bazaar

Sat., November 10th, 9am-2pm

7370 Groveport Rd.

$1.00 Shoppers Admission

There will be a food vendor

available this year as well

ADVERTISE

Your Holiday Craft Show

Bazaar, or Bake Sale!

Call Kathy

Classified Display Rep

614-272-5422

Columbus Messenger Newspapers

Craft Shows/Bazaars

WANT TO BUY

We Buy Junk Cars &

Trucks. Highest Prices

Paid. 614-395-8775

We Buy Cars & Trucks

$300-$3000.614-308-2626

CASH FOR CARS

614-276-2597

WANTS TO Purchase

minerals and other oil &

gas interests. Send details

to: P.O. Box 13557,

Denver, CO 80201

ANTIQUES

WANTED

Victrolas, Watches,

Clocks, Bookcases

Antiques, Furn.

Jeff 614-262-0676

or 614-783-2629

$ Cash At Your Door $

for junk or unwanted cars

(Free Tow). Call

614-444-RIDE (7433)

MISCELLANEOUS

FOR SALE

Hammond Spinet Organ

Model # M3. Exc. cond.

with reverberation chamber,

metronome & music.

Price nego. 614-282-6277

VACATION RENTALS

Englewood, Florida

Palm Manor Resort

Within minutes of white

sand Gulf beaches,

world famous Tarpon

fishing, golf courses, restaurants/shopping,

Bush

Gardens. 2 BR 2 BA

condos with all ammenities,

weekly/monthly, visit

www.palmmanor.com

or call 1-800-848-8141

USED VEHICLES

2007 Ford Taurus Se

111,000 mi, VGC, silver

body in great cond. Gray

cloth interior, moon roof,

Perelli tires, AC works

well, many new parts

well maintained. $1950.

Call Mary 614-564-7282

CHRISTMAS

BAZAAR

Sat., Nov. 17th, 9 am - 2 pm

Groveport Presbyterian Church

275 College St.

Groveport, OH 43125

Sponsored by: Presbyterian Women

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xClassified Services

APPLIANCE REPAIR

Washer, Dryer, Stove &

Refrig. Repair 875-7588

BRICK AND BLOCK

All American Masonry Co.

20 yrs. exp. - Lic & Ins.

Brick, Block, Glass Block

Decks, Retaining Wall,

Foundation, Tuck-pointing

Natural Stone,

Cultured Stone, Chimneys

614-805-7741

CARPET CLEANING

Dirt Busters Tile/Floor-Any

3 Rms - $44.95. Pet odor

treatment. 614-805-1084

CLEANING

Cleaning, 20 yrs. exp.

Call Judy 614-946-2443

Looking for Mrs. Clean?

For excellent cleaning

services at reas. rates

w/great refs, depend.

10% Sr. Disc. Gwen

614-226-5229 Free Est.

Holly’s Halos

Accepting New Clients

2 Hours - $40-$50

Bonded-Ins. 614-426-3624

CONCRETE

AJ’s Concrete,

Masonry

Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.

Now Accepting Credit Cards

614-419-9932

ELECTRICAL

HAHN’S ELECTRIC

Affordable, Quality

Work For 31 Yrs.

614-237-3524

Cell 614-517-9699

Licensed • Bonded • Insured

Free Estimates • Lic. # 20240

GUTTERS

Low Price-Great Service

5 & 6” Seamless gutters,

covers, siding, gutter clng.

Bill 614-306-4541

A1 RAINFLOW DRAINS

Downspout drains

repaired or replaced,

gutter cleaning/screens.

FREE ESTIMATE

Cal 614-402-4196

HEATING

HEATING

Complete System Clean & Check

$49.95

Free Carbon

Monoxide Testing

Gas-Oil-Electric Heat/Pumps

All Makes • All Models

43 yrs exp. • Sr. Discount

614-351-9025

614-351-9005

11/11 A

11/25 A

11/4 A

HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

HOME IMPROVEMENT

Electric-Drywall-Decks

Painting-Flooring-Trim

Licensed-Bonded-Insured

w/refs - 614-774-1472

SINCE 1973

Phil Bolon Contr.

Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

45 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.

Lic.-Bond-Ins.

11-11

A/M

Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273

614-419-3977

or 614-863-9912

C&JHandyman

Services LLC

Minor Plumbing &

Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing &

Interior/Exterior Painting

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

Accepting Visa/MC

614-284-2100

LG

REMODELING

Interior & Exterior

Full Service Remodeling

• Bathrooms • Kitchens

• Tile • Drywall • Flooring

• Roofing • Siding • Etc.

NO JOB TO SMALL

A+ BBB Rating

A+ Angie’s List

Lic. • Bonded • Insured

614-488-8377

www.lgroofingcolumbus@gmail.com

HOME

MAINTENANCE

JOE’S HOME MAINT.

Home Repairs, Roofing,

Siding, Gutters, Soffits,

Misc. Int. Repairs

Int. Painting

Call Joe 614-235-6883

35 Years Exp.

CandC

Handyman Service

See The Difference

Minor Plumbing & Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing &

A

Interior/Exterior Painting

No Job Too Big or Too

Small - We Do It All

Accepting Visa/MC

614-377-6562

11-11

Retired Finishing Carpenter

for all your extra home

repairs. over 40 yrs. exp.

Sonny 614-325-1910

11-11 A

11-11 A&M

LAWN CARE

LET US MAINTAIN

YOUR LAWN & GARDEN

FOR YOU

Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall

WE DO IT ALL!!!!

Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117

MOVING

A Complete

Moving

Reasonable, Reliable

No Job Too Small

PUCO #150692-HG

Free Estimate

614-878-1179

Aaron Allen Moving

Local Moving Since 1956

Bonded & Insured

614-299-6683, 263-0649

Celebrating 60 yrs in business

PAINTING

Time to Get Ready for the

Holidays! Burt’s Painting

Free ests. 614-539-3412

A Job Well Done Again

A lic. general contractor.

Some skilled services

incl: painting, stucco,

repair, carpentry, exterior

drainage & home maint.

Call Today! 614-235-1819

PLUMBING

All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any sm drain

$115 + tax. 614-778-2584

ALL IN ONE

PLUMBING LLC

“One Call Does It All”

$25 OFF LABOR

With This Ad

A

614-801-1508

All Major Credit Cards Accepted

INFORMATION

LOOK TO

THE PROFESSIONALS

IN OUR

SERVICE DIRECTORY

For Service

“That Is Out Of This World”

Classified Services

11/11 A&M

11/25

POWER WASHING

MRS. POWERWASH

Any house wash $149 + tax

Single deck $69 + tax

2 Tier deck $99 + tax

Best Wash In Town

Over 45,000 Washes

Ashley, 614-771-3892

ROOFING

Robinson roofing & repairs

30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.

resident. Lic./bonded/Ins.

Reas rates. Member of

BBB. Dennis Robinson

614-330-3087, 732-3100

SEWING MACHINE

REPAIR

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

service. Clean, oil, adjust

in your home. $39.95 all

work gtd. 614-890-5296

TREE SERVICES

Joe’s Tree & Yard Work

Trim, thin, shape bushes,

hedges, stump grinding,

hauling. 614-598-6247

11/25

E/SE

A&M

Fast Tree Service

Tree Removal,

Stump Grinding

Free With Access,

Pruning, Shaping

Insured, Free Est.

Payment Plans Avail.

614-837-8367

614-863-1522

Brewer & Sons Tree Service

• Tree Removal

• Tree Trimming 11-11

A&M

• Stump Grinding

• Bucket Truck Services

Best Prices • Same Day Service

614-878-2568

WELDING

SMALL WELDING JOBS

614-805-1084

INFORMATION

ONLY

$50.00

For This Ad In Our

East & Southeast

For Info Call

272-5422

INFORMATION


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Cruisers on the air

The Groveport Sports Network will provide live play-by-play

coverage by veteran broadcaster Rick Cooper of Groveport

Madison High School basketball in 2018-19. The broadcast

includes high definition video and live audio. Each broadcast

begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start time with the pregame

show. Tune in after the game for interviews with players

and the head coach, along with a look at the final stats. The broadcasts

can be accessed free of charge on a computer or hand held

device. All broadcasts will be available to view on demand as well.

To listen live go to: http://war.str3am.com:7570/live. To watch

live or on demand go to: www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.

The games to be broadcast:

Boys and girls basketball: Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Westland

(boys); Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. vs. Hilliard Darby (girls); Dec. 8 at 4

p.m. vs. Hilliard Darby (boys); Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Canal

Winchester (boys); Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Pickerington Central

(boys); Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. vs. New Albany (boys); Jan. 11 at 7:30

p.m. vs. Big Walnut (boys); Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Pickerington

North (boys); Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Canal Winchester (boys);

Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Newark (boys); Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Big

Walnut (boys).

At Slate Run Living Historical Farm

The following activity will be held at Slate Run Living

Historical Farm, 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester:

•Nov. 10-11, 1 p.m.: Firewood Warms You Twice - Try a two-man

saw or shingle splitter while learning about varieties of wood.

At ree Creeks Metro Park

The following activities will be held at Three Creeks Metro

Park, 3860 Bixby Road, Groveport (Meet at Confluence Area

unless otherwise noted):

•Nov. 11, 2 p.m.: Campfire Cooking - Get tips for making campfire

food and enjoy some samples.

•Nov. 17, 10 a.m.: Walk to the Eagles’ Nest - Take a 2 mile off

trail walk to visit the eagles’ nesting site.

Messenger photo by

Linda Dillman

Prize

pumpkin

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The third time

proved a charm

for giant pumpkin

grower and

Madison Township

Trustee John

Pritchard, who

took fourth place

at the Circleville

Pumpkin Show

with his 1,049

pound behemoth

grown in a patch

on Gender Road

in Canal Winchester. The weigh-in took place on Oct. 17, the first day of the festival. Pritchard also took

fifth place honors with a 958 pound pumpkin. The top honor went to a 1,607 pound giant pumpkin grown

by Circleville resident Mark Litz. This was the third time Pritchard entered the annual competition.

Opioid information series

presented by Opiate Task Force

The Groveport Madison Opiate Task Force will

present information sessions to help those impacted by

opioid addiction:

•Voices of Faith—Jan. 22, 2019, 7 p.m. Faith &

Outreach. At Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S.

Hamilton Road, Groveport.

Drug Drop Box

The Madison Township Police Department is providing

an opiate prescription “Drug Drop Box” for the

community located in the lobby of the Madison

Township Police Department, 4567 Madison Lane. It

is accessible to the public during normal office hours

Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone can

dispose of new or old pills, including prescription medications,

or any other illegal substances and place

them into this box with no questions asked.

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