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August 25 - September 7, 2019 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVII, No. 5

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What to cut?

Groveport Madison officials consider

possible cuts if levy fails in November

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Groveport Madison Schools officials are pondering what cuts

might have to be made if the upcoming operating levy were to fail.

On Nov. 5, voters will decide on Groveport Madison’s request

to renew its existing, 5-year, 6.68 mill operating levy with zero tax


The current operating levy will expire on Dec. 31, 2019.

According to Superintendent Garilee Ogden, if the levy is not

renewed the district would lose $2.8 million in tax revenue in

2020 and $5.6 million in 2021.

“We have to find ways to cover this loss of revenue if the levy

fails,” said Ogden.

Ogden said the decision to go with a request to renew the existing

levy arose after receiving feedback from the public following

the failure of a combined levy and bond issue last May.

“We listened to our residents and the public indicated they did

not want a continuing levy or combined issues (such as combining

a levy with a bond issue),” said Ogden. “The taxpayers want the

financial accountability a five year levy offers.”

If the levy is rejected by the voters, the Groveport Madison

Board of Education will meet soon after the election to consider

what possible cuts could be made and also decide on placing an

operating levy on the March ballot. If the levy passes, no cuts

would be necessary.

On Aug. 14, Ogden presented the board with a list of possible

cuts for consideration if the levy fails. The board would have to

decide if and when to institute any proposed cuts, either at midyear

of the present school year or at the beginning of the 2020-21

See CUT, page 2

Cruiser Cruise

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Allison Hoover polishes her 2005 Corvette at the Cruiser Cruise in Groveport on Aug. 17. The Cruiser

Cruise, presented by Shawtomotive and a host of other local business sponsors, included a wide range

of cars from different eras as well as musical performances on stages along Main Street. See more photos

of the event online at www.columbusmessenger.com (look under Southeast News).

Groveport Council could revise truck parking rules

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Groveport City Council may take another

look at its recently passed legislation

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that restricts heavy trucks from parking in

the city’s residential areas.

At council’s Aug. 19 committee of the

whole meeting, residents Kim Marsee and

Tony Gullett questioned the law.

“It’s a hindrance and a hardship on

some small business owners. It is wrong

and needs to be revisited,” said Marsee,

who said she agreed that the trucks should

not be allowed to park on the street, but

they should be allowed to park on private

property, such as in driveways.

Gullett - who is self-employed, has lived in

town for 19 years, and has owned a large truck

for 15 of those years - said he parks his 14,100

pound commercial truck in his driveway.

“I understand the restriction on parking

on the street, but my truck is in my own

driveway,” said Gullett.

On July 22, Groveport City Council

approved legislation stating commercial

vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more

may not park on residential city streets or

in driveways between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Restricted heavy vehicles may be present

when work or deliveries are being done as

long as the vehicles are not parked for 12

hours or more.

City officials said the legislation arose

because of problems with some large vehicles

parking in multiple city neighborhoods.

The big trucks block streets causing traffic

congestion and making it difficult for emergency

vehicles to get through. The weight of

the vehicles may damage residential streets

and there are also issues of aesthetics.

Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert voted

against the legislation on July 22 because

she feels it creates a hardship for some residents

by not allowing them to park their

heavy trucks on their own property. She

thinks council should reconsider the issue.

“It’s like we’re (council) becoming a

homeowners association for our city,” said

Hilbert in criticizing the heavy truck parking

legislation. “We have to consider our

residents’ needs.”

Councilman Scott Lockett suggested

council consider amending the legislation

to allow situations to be considered on a

case-by-case basis and by instituting a permit

process for the heavy truck parking.

“We’re (council) willing to listen,”

Lockett told Marsee and Gullett.

Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon

told council it could consider amending the

legislation with things like Lockett’s suggestions

or make it allowable to park the

heavy trucks on private property driveways

while still restricting them from

being parked on the streets.

Council asked Shannon to present a

draft of an amended version of the heavy

truck parking legislation for council to consider

at its Aug. 26 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in

the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

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school year. The proposed $6.2 million in

cuts under board consideration if the levy

fails include programs and services not

required by state law or regulations, which


•Academic programs, $4.1 million: art,

music, band, physical education for grades

K-8, gifted program, and tightening up

special education to federal guidelines.

•Clubs, athletics, and miscellaneous services,

$2.1 million: Security staff for grades 6-

12, K-5 SIC staff, various clubs, athletics,

and busing. (Busing would be cut to the

state minimum, which means no high

school busing and K-8 busing only for students

living two miles or more from school.

No busing cuts could be made mid-school

year, but could be made at the beginning of

the 2020-21 school year if the board

decides to do so.)

“These are programs and services that

are not required by the state and they

would be at risk of being cut if the levy

fails,” said Ogden.

Groveport Madison Communications

Director Jeff Warner said this list of potential

cuts is “a place to start the discussion.”

“We consider everything on this list to

be important and essential in providing

kids the education they deserve,” said

Warner. “We do not want this list of possible

cuts to be seen as a threat. We want

people to see we are being honest and that

we cannot continue to give the same level


A last chance for sloppy summer fun before school began

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

Sometimes the freedom to be creative

comes with the permission to make a mess.

With that in mind, Groveport Town Hall

came up with the artistic program for kids,




Longtime Groveport residents, Bruce and

Vicki Boyer are celebrating 50 years of marriage.

They were married August 30, 1969 at the

Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby,

Ohio after meeting in Athens, Ohio while both

were attending Ohio University.

They are the proud parents and grandparents

of Shannon, Casey and Dana.

Bruce is retired from the Local 683 Electrician’s

Union and Vicki is retired from Tri-County

Medical Center.

Bruce and Vicki are enjoying their retirement

experiencing all that the great city of Columbus

has to offer. Whether that’s finding a new

restaurant, taking a new class, gallery hop, the

Scioto Mile or just driving up and down High

Street to watch the crazy kids on campus.

Sloppy Summer Days, to inspire creativity.

“Creativity is messy,” said Groveport

Town Hall Activities Assistant II Kristin

Figliola. “Sloppy Summer Days encourages

children to get messy while they create.”

The program was held Aug. 12-16 in

Heritage Park and attracted about a dozen

participants ranging from ages six to 12.

Figliola said some Sloppy

Summer activities included t-shirt tie dye,

making muddy creations using a moveable

mud kitchen, color fight, spray bottle painting,

blow painting, and more.

“These activities were selected to allow

children to have fun and create things

without the worry of making a mess or getting

dirty,” said Figliola.

An interesting art project the kids did as

part of the program was to colorfully paint

the snow plow blades on two of the city of





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Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Kids in Groveport Town Hall’s Sloppy Summer Days program painted flowers, rainbows

and other images as well as their handprints on the blades of the city of

Groveport’s snow plow trucks.

Groveport’s snow plow trucks. The kids’

artwork will remain painted on the snow

plow blades until snow plowing season

wears it off.

“The children put their handprint and

name on the snow plow blade and they

were also encouraged to paint freely to help

brighten up the truck,” said Figliola. “The

city’s Public Works Department thought it

was a great idea to let children paint a city


In addition to their handprints, some of

the images the kids painted on the snow

plow blades included colorful flowers and

rainbows. It’s nice to imagine these happy

painted images of summer defiantly facing

down the piles of snow this winter as the

trucks plow the streets.

Figliola said the Sloppy Summer Days

program allowed kids to be kids.

“To get messy and have fun,” said

Figliola. Not to worry about mud on their

hands or paint on their shirt. Sloppy

Summer Days will hopefully be a great end

to summer.”

of service if the levy fails. The district

would not be the same if the levy fails. We

need to maintain what we have and to do

so we need to keep the current level of

funding we are receiving.”

Board President Bryan Shoemaker

emphasized that, if the levy does fail in

November, the district still has time to go

back to the voters for revenue.

“If it doesn’t pass,” said Shoemaker, “we

can go back on the ballot in March before

making any cuts. We’re not anywhere close

to discussing the elimination of busing.”

However, board member Nancy

Gillespie noted, “Busing (if it were cut) is

a big ticket item that does not affect academic


“I’d rather cut some staffing (if cuts

were needed),” replied Shoemaker.

Board member Libby Gray said, “It’s

reality. If you don’t have money coming in

you have to consider making cuts. We don’t

want to go backwards, the district has to go

forward. We still have roofs and buildings

that need repairs. We need to hold on to

any money we have.”

Ogden said district officials must be

“clear and communicative” to residents

about Groveport Madison’s needs and the

positive things the schools offer to the students

and community to ensure passage of

the operating levy.

“We want to protect what we value,”

said Ogden.


Groveport seeks grant

funding for road projects

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

The city of Groveport will apply for Ohio

Public Works Commission grant funding to

help pay for two road projects in the city.

One project is the $1.7 million West

Bixby Road Phase II reconstruction project

and the other is the $861,000 South

Hamilton Road (State Route 317) / Higgins

Boulevard intersection improvement.

Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst

said how the total costs will break down by

OPWC grant, loan, and local matching

fund amounts has not yet been determined.

He said city officials should know

by December if the OPWC funding

requests are approved.

West Bixby Road reconstruction

Phase I of this project was completed in

2017 and extended from Groveport Road to

the Madison Christian School entrance.

Phase II extends 3,500 linear feet from the

entrance to Madison Christian School to

the entrance of Three Creeks Metro Park.

“This section of Bixby Road is in pretty

bad shape. The condition of the pavement

is the principle problem,” said Farst at a

public meeting about the project on Aug.

15. “It handles about 3,000 vehicles a day

and, with future growth in the area, it’s

expected traffic will increase to 4,500 vehicles

a day.”

Farst said the project will consist of

rebuilding the pavement base, putting in a

new road surface, and adding an 8-foot

wide paved bicycle/leisure path on the

south side of the road. The bicycle/leisure

path will connect with an existing similar

path that extends east from Bixby Ridge

Drive East to the Madison Christian

entrance. The new bicycle/leisure path

extension will connect to the entrance of

Three Creeks Metro Park.

“The bicycle/leisure path feature will

allow area residents to connect to the

entire Columbus bikeway system at Three

Creeks,” said Farst.

Farst said design and survey work on

Phase II of the West Bixby Road reconstruction

project will begin in the fall of

2020. Construction is anticipated to begin

in the spring of 2021 with completion

expected by the fall of 2021.

School fence run over

An unknown hit-and-run driver veered

their vehicle off the road at Wirt Road and

Cron Drive in Groveport on July 31. The

vehicle ran over and smashed the

Groveport Elementary School playground

fence along Wirt Road. The driver left the

scene before Groveport Police arrived. The

accident remains under investigation.

Groveport Madison Schools Deputy

Superintendent Jamie Grube said the district

received a quote for $2,200 to repair

South Hamilton Road/Higgins

Boulevard intersection improvement

“I believe South Hamilton Road is the

most heavily traveled road in the city of

Groveport,” said Farst, who added 12,600

vehicles a day use the road and that number

is expected to increase to 14,000 within

20 years.

Phase I of this project is the reconstruction

of Higgins Boulevard. Phase II of the

project includes modernizing the traffic

signal, improving and realigning the

northbound and southbound left turn

lanes, and adding a pedestrian crosswalk.

“Higgins Boulevard is in terrible

shape,” said Farst. “The intersection traffic

signal is antiquated and past its useful life.

It’s probably the original signal that was

installed in the 1970s. The left turn lanes

in both directions are of an older design

and need to be realigned for safety reasons.

Also, the existing southbound left turn

lane is way too short and needs lengthened.”

Farst said the crosswalk and new traffic

signals will be like what was put in at

South Hamilton Road and Firehouse Lane

by Groveport Madison High School.

According to Farst, the Phase I reconstruction

of Higgins Boulevard will be

funded by a developer who is developing

property on the east side of South

Hamilton Road. He said the developer is

also committed to reimbursing the city for

the amount of the OPWC loan if it is


The Pizzuti Companies plan to build

two warehouses on 44.4 acres at 4500 S.

Hamilton Road. One warehouse will be

324,000 square feet and the other will be

252,000 square feet. Traffic going in and

out of the development will use the traffic

signal at South Hamilton Road (State

Route 317) and Higgins Boulevard.

Farst said the Higgins Boulevard reconstruction

is expected to begin this fall or

winter, depending on the timing of the

opening the first warehouse on the site.

Design and survey work on the Phase II

intersection improvements of this project is

already underway. Farst said construction

is expected to begin at the earliest by

August 2020 with anticipated earliest completion

by May 2021.

the fence. He said the maintenance staff

was able to straighten and reassemble the

fence to a functional condition for the start

of school.

Blessing Box damaged

Someone damaged the Blessing Box, a

place where people donate food and other

items, by knocking it off its pedestal in

Groveport’s Degenhart Park over the

weekend of Aug. 10-11. City workers have

repaired the Blessing Box.


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The Extended Day Program (EDP) is a before e and after school child

care program for children in grades K-5, who reside in the Groveport

Madison Schools. Each site is staffed with a site director and one or

more assistants, with the adult/child ratio not to exceed 1 to 18. The

program provides age-appropriate games, arts and crafts activities,

and many special events. Each building offers an area for doing

homework. Outside time, supervised by staff, is encouraged, weather

permitting. We provide an afternoon snack and beverage each day.

• Cost is as low as $180 per month for either AM or PM care.

• Cost is as low as $360 per month for both AM and PM care.

• Programs are centrally-located at Glendening ES, Madison ES,

and Sedalia ES.

• The morning program begins at 7 A.M. and lasts until school

starts. The afternoon program starts directly after school and

ends at 6 P.M.

• The Extended Day Program follows the school district calendar;

therefore, e, when school is not in session, Extended Day will be

closed, as well.


Applications and fee schedules are available at all elementary offices

and online at www.gocruisers.org/ExtendedDayProgramEDP.aspx.

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The two dogs have much in common.

Shadow, a mix breed, and Maggie, a

Yorkshire terrier, are older dogs, they have

trouble hearing, they live in Groveport, and

they have loving families.

And they were both lost.

Shadow’s “tail”

Shadow wandered away from his home on

Aug. 6. The Tyler family searched and

searched for their dog. They put up signs

with his photo and also posted information

about Shadow on Facebook in hopes someone

would see him and help to bring him home.

Four days passed with no sign of Shadow.

Meanwhile, Groveport Madison High

School Cruiser head softball coach Chris

Downing was having a bad day. He decided

to go work on the softball fields at

Groveport Elementary as he has often done

in the past.

“Just as I hooked up the drag I noticed

an animal walking inside the Middle

School Central football field,” said

Downing. “After figuring out it was a dog

I realized it looked like a dog listed as missing

on the Groveport Neighbors Facebook

site. It was the lost dog and I called the

owner and they were reunited. The owner’s

reaction when seeing the dog was priceless.

It made my week, not just my day. It just

proves perspective. No matter how bad

your day is going you can still have a positive

effect on someone else.”

Andrew Tyler thanked Downing and



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everyone else who

helped look for


“Everybody was so

helpful in locating

Shadow,” said Tyler.

“We had this posted

on multiple sites and

my son said it was

shared and liked over

1,800 times. Shadow

was tired and hungry,

but in good shape for

being gone for four

days. He is happy to be home.”



Tyler said he did not drive more than 10

miles from home, but ended up with over

300 miles driven while he was looking for

Shadow in the four days he was missing

“I want to thank everyone for their help

and without you we might not have gotten

Shadow back,” said Tyler. “We moved to

Groveport two months ago and I can tell

you for a fact that we would not have gotten

the support we received if we were still

in Columbus.”

Maggie’s “tail”

On Aug. 7, Bob Arthur, woke up and

noticed the family dog, Maggie, was not in

the house.

“Libby (Bob’s wife) and I immediately

went out looking for her,” said Bob Arthur.

“We went down Cherry Street and came

across a couple of women banging on the

door of a house. They were locked out of the

house and were banging on the door trying

to wake up someone in the house who was

asleep so they’d open the door. We asked if

they’d seen our dog and they had not. I

started banging on the door to help the

women when Groveport Police Officer Josh

Guiler pulled up. We told him what we

were doing and I mentioned we were looking

for our lost dog, too.”

Guiler kept an eye out for Maggie.

“After several minutes of nothing, I saw

a postal worker walking delivering mail,”

said Guiler. “I asked him if he had seen a

Yorkie dog running around. He said he had

not, but he told me a resident on Main

Street had told him they had found a dog

and was wondering if he knew who it

belonged to.”

Guiler went to the address the postal

carrier gave him and knocked.

A woman came to the door holding a

small dog wrapped in a blanket.

“Josh said, ‘Maggie!’ and she perked up

and responded. It was Maggie,” said Bob


“When I knocked on the Arthur’s front

door I could see them standing in the

kitchen through the front door window,”

said Guiler. “I held Maggie up to the window

and they couldn’t get to the front door

fast enough. Both Mr. and Mrs. Arthur


Long-time Messenger reporter passes away

Sandi Latimer, a long-time staff writer for the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers, died on Aug. 19 from

several medical complications. She was 75 years old.

Sandi began working for the Messenger in the winter

of 2001. Throughout her time with us, she covered

numerous communities including the Hilltop, the

Westland Area Commission, Jackson Township,

Pleasant Township and West Jefferson. She also covered

the Jonathan Alder and Madison Plains school

boards. Her dedication was unrivaled.

Last winter, Sandi covered the relocation and

restoration of the train depot on Front Street in Grove

City to Century Village.

“It took the workers hours to get the old train depot

relocated within Grove City,” said Southwest and

Westside Messenger Editor Andrea Cordle. “It was a

cold and rainy day. Sandi stayed there for hours, outside,

to cover the event.”

Sandi lived in the Lincoln Village area. She loved her

community and loved covering it for the Westside edition.

“Every year, I could count on Sandi to put together

the Westland Area Business Association parade preview

and parade marshal article,” said Cordle. “Sandi

always looked forward to covering that event. It was

just out her front door.”

Working with someone for many years, you get to

know them on a personal level.

“What I will miss most about Sandi was her

thoughtfulness,” said Cordle. “I love dachshunds and

have two of them. Sandi would buy me these little

wiener dog trinkets and she would also send me

Facebook photos and video clips featuring dachshunds.

were very emotional and happy to see their

Maggie had returned home.”

“Josh and the mail carrier put forth

extra effort to help us,” said Bob Arthur.

“The police and the post office are both

going to get some of Libby’s homemade

candy for their help! This kind of thing can

only happen in a small town like


Guiler said as he was preparing to leave

the Arthurs asked again about how Maggie

was found.

“I’m not sure they heard a word I said

the first time,” said Guiler. “That’s how

emotional they were for her safe return.

The overwhelming support from Mayor

Westcamp, Groveport City Council, and

our residents makes small tasks like finding

Maggie such a privilege!”

It’s about community

Both dogs were found because community

members cared enough to help look for

them. The community came together and

took the time in this busy world to help find

two older, hearing impaired, lost dogs.

Good things like this happen in close

knit communities. It is what a community

is all about: neighbors helping neighbors

and police and mail carriers caring for and

looking out for residents. It’s people coming

together and watching out for each other

and their furry friends.

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Southeast


She knew how to brighten my

day, if just for a moment.”

Madison Messenger Editor

Kristy Zurbrick said Sandi was

up for any assignment you

threw at her.

“It didn’t matter if it was covering

a school board or village

council meeting or writing about

the retirement of the police

department’s canine officer,”

said Zurbrick. “You could tell


she just loved being a reporter.

I’ve always admired Sandi’s

gusto for life. She was always seeking and finding new

knowledge, new friendships, and new experiences.”

“Sandi was interested in everything and everyone,

which made her a good journalist and writer,” said

Columbus Messenger Managing Editor Rick

Palsgrove. “She was dedicated to her craft, cherished

history, and cared about people.”

In addition to working as a freelance writer for the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers, Sandi was a staff

writer for United Press International from 1968 —

1990 and she worked as a sports clerk for the

Columbus Dispatch from 1999 — 2009. She graduated

from Kent State University in 1965 with a degree in

broadcast journalism.

Sandi grew up in Bucyrus, Ohio. She married Red

Latimer in 1974. She published several books, won

numerous journalism awards and even had a blog

about all her walking adventures.

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Historic Hendren Cemetery open for visits on Sept. 7

By Rick Palsgrove

Southeast Editor

The historic Hendren Cemetery in Groveport.

We can only imagine what it was like

the day in 1801 when loved ones held the

funeral and burial of Joseph Flemington in

what was the first grave in what would

become the Hendren Cemetery.

The mourners must have picked the

spot because it was serene and beautiful - a

grassy knoll surrounded by trees and

meadows in pastoral Madison Township.

According to the historian George

Bareis, Flemington’s grave is believed to be

the oldest marked and recorded grave in

Madison Township.

Sadly, Hendren Cemetery fell into disrepair

over its more than 200-year-old history

with many of its 35 gravestones scattered

in the nearby brush, some of them

broken and others eroded by time. Some of

the graves showed signs of collapsing.

The city of Groveport annexed the land

that included the Hendren Cemetery in

1987. Then, beginning in 1998, Groveport

Public Works Superintendent Dennis

Moore and his crew retrieved the gravestones,

spread topsoil over the collapsing

graves to refill them, seeded the site with

grass, and regularly mowed the site.

“In 1997, there were severe depressions

in the graves from settlement over the

years, some areas up to a foot,” said Moore

in a recent interview. “We filled the area

and graded it.”

In a 2005 interview, Moore said the

cemetery was originally marked by four

oak trees at its corners and the 35 graves

are arranged in three rows. The dates on

the gravestones range from 1801 to 1876.

The surnames of many of those buried

there are familiar in Madison Township

and Groveport history.

The Groveport Cemetery Committee

and city of Groveport made plans in 2005 to

repair the Hendren Cemetery and a few

years later it was restored to its former


The restoration included: the addition of

a boulder with a bronze plaque containing

all 35 names of those who are buried in the

Hendren Cemetery, resetting some of the

gravestones, grass seeding and landscaping.

Moore said that, because of the condition

of some of the gravestones, they could

only be laid flat on the ground.

“The work took a few years to complete,”

said Moore. “It was all made possible by

the Cemetery Committee.”

Today warehouses and a four lane highway

border the small, rural Hendren

Cemetery, but the cemetery is not diminished

by these developments and it

remains a place of peace and honor as trees

and fields buffer the site from the modern

world. (Note that the spelling of the name

of the cemetery, “Hendren,” is based on references

in Bareis’ book, “A History of

Madison Township: Including Groveport

and Canal Winchester, Franklin County,

Ohio.” The cemetery has also been referred

to as the Hendren-Barnhart Cemetery.)

Visit Hendren Cemetery on Sept. 7

The Groveport Cemetery Committee

will open the historic Hendren Cemetery to

the public for visits on Sept. 7 from 9-11


The Hendren Cemetery is located in

Groveport on the west side of State Route

317, about a half mile north of Main

Street/Groveport Road and about a quarter

mile south of the railroad tracks. Its gravel

driveway on State Route 317 is protected

by a locked gate because of the cemetery’s

isolated nature.

Groveport City Council President and

cemetery committee member Shawn

Cleary said the gate to the cemetery, located

along the west side of State Route 317,

will be open on Sept. 7 to allow vehicles to

enter and parking is available near the

cemetery. To enter Hendren Cemetery go

southbound on State Route 317 and turn

right at the cemetery’s gate. Do not turn

left from northbound State Route 317.

Cleary said temporary banners will mark

the cemetery’s gate to make it easier to

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

locate. Email Cleary at scleary@groveport.org

for information.

Cleary said there are outdated photos of

Hendren Cemetery floating around on

social media from the days when it was in

disrepair. He said these days the cemetery

is in good shape.

“The city of Groveport has invested a lot

of money in restoring and maintaining

Hendren Cemetery over the years,” said

Cleary. “We want to open up the cemetery

so people can see it, experience it, and

know that it is being cared for. There’s a lot

of history there.”

Groveport Cemetery

Cleary said the Groveport Cemetery

Committee is pursuing having a permanent

speaker’s podium installed in the

Groveport Cemetery (located on Wirt Road

and whose first grave dates to 1809). The

podium would be used for things such as

the Memorial Day services.

“The permanent podium would be

placed at the flag plaza,” said Cleary. “It

could be made out of stone, wrought iron,

or brick, but we haven’t decided yet. By

having a permanent podium we won’t have

to deal with using the unsteady temporary

podium every year at Memorial Day.”

Cleary also said the cemetery committee

is looking for suggestions for a phrase to be

placed on the bench near the Groveport

Cemetery grave of long time Groveport

City Councilman and cemetery committee

member Ed Rarey.

“We want something that captures the

spirit of what he was all about,” said


Phrase suggestions may be emailed to


In an interview in 2005, Rarey said the

Groveport and Hendren cemeteries play a

vital role in the history of the community.

“It’s sacred ground,” Rarey said.

Freedom Seekers

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., will

host a free presentation by Cathy Nelson

entitled, “ Freedom Seekers: Ohio & the

Underground Railroad” on Sept. 18 at 6:30


For information visit www.ohiohumanities.org/speakers/cathy-nelson/

(this program

is not being funded by the Ohio

Humanities Council).

Groveport history films

Two documentary films on the history of

Groveport, produced by the Groveport

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are

now available for viewing online on


The films are: “Groveport: A Town and

Its People” and “The Story of John S. Rarey

and Cruiser.” The films were originally

made about 15 years ago.

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PAGE 6 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - August 25, 2019

Township considers license tax

Madison Twp. seeks road funds

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Later this year, Madison Township

could enact its right to a $5 permissive

motor vehicle license tax following recent

discussion and possible action, including a

pair of public hearings this fall.

Townships now have the option of

enacting the levy under the Ohio Revised

Code after House Bill 62 was passed creating

the new $5 permissive tax. The township

can pass a resolution at any time–following

set guidelines–to enact the ORC


Permissive tax revenue, according to

the Department of Motor Vehicles, is to be

used for planning, construction, improving,

maintaining and repairing public roads,

highways, streets and for the maintenance

and repair of bridges and viaducts.

During an Aug. 13 township trustee

meeting, Madison Township Administrator




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Susan Brobst updated the trustees on the

motor vehicle tax.

“Before the board can do anything, they

have to hold two public hearings,” said

Brobst, who said the board can take action

after the hearings, which could be scheduled

as early as October with a final vote in


“We are continuing to move forward,”

Brobst added. “I still have to get some clarification

from the DMV.”

According to the Ohio County

Commissioners, counties also have the

authority to enact up to $15 in three $5

increments for motor vehicle license taxes.

Municipalities and townships can levy

their own $5 permissive vehicle tax, but

the combined local government total cannot

exceed $20.

In other discussion, the trustees

approved and authorized an Ohio Public

Works Commission funding application for

improvements to Saltzgaber/Swisher/Toy

roads in addition to a similar application

for Chapman/Ranger roads.

These Groveport Buttoneers 4-H Club

members received at least a blue ribbon

on their projects at the 2019 Franklin

County Junior Fair and other awards as


Stella Casto - Cupcake Wars

Decorating contest, 5th place. Jacob

Garrett — Entering Electronics Level 4 -

Superior, State Fair selection, Ohio Birds

- Outstanding, State Fair selection.

Samantha Garrett — Outerwear for

Anywhere - Outstanding, State Fair

selection (participation ribbon), Yeast

Breads - Superior, honorable mention.

Luke Gavorcik - Veggie Car Derby -

Youth division, Duct Tape Challenge -

Youth division.

Matthew Gavorcik - Dashboard

Dining, Interlock Block Jr. Division. He

also travelled to Washington, D.C. in July

as part of 4-H’s Leadership Washington

Focus trip. Nancy Gavorcik - Let’s Bake

Quick Breads - Outstanding; 4th place in

the Slow Cooker Challenge. Abby

Harshman — Makeover My Space -

Superior. Max Harshman - ATV Safety -

Superior, Best in Class, Grill Master -

Outstanding, State Fair alternate.

Anaiya Jenkins - Loungewear -

Outstanding, Honorable Mention. Natina

Jenkins - Global Gourmet Ryleigh Kelley

- Becoming Money Wise - Outstanding.

Elizabeth Masino - Creative Baking

Contest - 5th place for her Decadent

Fudge bundt cake; Snack Attack - red ribbon;

Photography Contest - 1st place in

Water Fun class, 2nd place for Bug’s Eye

View class. Melanie Oiler - Purr-fect Pet

Pals - Outstanding, Honorable Mention.

Camryn Schooley — Warm it Up -

Superior, State Fair selection.

Chancelyr Schooley — The Laundry

Project. Jadyn Schooley - Crank it Up -

Superior, State Fair selection (participation

ribbon). Aidan Stobart - Magic of

Electricity - Outstanding, State Fair

selection (participation ribbon); Get

Started in Art. Stella Stobart - Cake

Decorating - Superior, State Fair selection

(Outstanding of the Day); Get

Started in Art. Colten Watkins - Scored

86 on judging for Market Swine; 4th in


Aubrey Wilson (holding the basket), of the Groveport Buttoneers 4-H, had the

Reserve Champion Market Rabbits. She is pictured here with her family, buyers and

Franklin County Fair royalty.

4-H at the Franklin County Fair

Class on Jr. Swine Showmanship; 6th in

Class on Jr. Market Swine; 3rd in Class

on Jr. Market Swine. Morgan Webb -

Cake Decorating - Outstanding.

Sydney Westcamp - Market Swine;

Market Lamb. Scored 95 on judging; 5th

in Class on Open Market Lamb; 4th in

Class on Open Market Swine; 3rd in

Class on Jr. Swine Showmanship; 4th in

Class on Jr. Market Swine; 6th in Class

on Jr. Market Swine; 5th in Class on Jr.

Market Lamb. Savannah Westcamp - 3rd

in Peewee Swine Showmanship. Parker

Westcamp - 1st in Peewee Swine


Kody White - Pet Rabbit -

Outstanding. Aubrey Wilson - Market

Swine; Market Rabbit. Scored 100 on

both Market Swine and Market Rabbit

judging; 4th in Class on Jr. Market

Swine; Reserve Champion on her pen of

three rabbits; Lauren Wilson - Market

Swine; Market Rabbit. Scored 95 on

Swine judging, 100 on Rabbit judging; 1st

in Class on Jr. Swine Showmanship;

Master of Showmen on Swine; 3rd in

Class of Jr. Market Swine.

Cloverbuds: Luke Gavorcik, Ariann

Lynch, Anna Oiler, Quinn Kelley, Emma

Webb, Lincoln Wilson, Ellie Wolery.

The 4-H club participated in the

Creative Baking contest and entered a

Ginger Cherry Pie in the Group Pie class.

It placed 5th and participated in the Tom

McNutt Memorial Creative Baking


The Groveport Buttoneers 4-H Club

advisors Gaynell Garrett, Lisa Frasure,

Melanie Harshman, Josh Schooley, Todd

Hill, Anne Gavorcik and Grant Watkins.

Groveport Buttoneers 4-H Club meets

year round and accepts new members in

October. Traditional 4-H’ers (taking a

project) must be at least age eight and in

the third grade as of Jan. 1, 2020.

Cloverbuds are age five and in kindergarten

through second grade and work on

group projects during the club meetings.

For information on 4-H contact

Gaynell Garrett at gaynell@wideopenwest.com.


Alum Creek Drive and

Rohr Road development

A developer has submitted a development

plan to build a fuel center and convenience

store - potentially a Thornton’s -

on approximately 32 acres at 2400 Rohr

Road at the northeast corner of Alum

Creek Drive and Rohr Road.

“They are proposing a fueling center

with a convenience store and quick serve

restaurant (on 10.37 acres),” according to

Groveport Building Official Stephen Moore.

They plan also shows two proposed

warehouses on 20.42 acres at the north end

of the site. One is proposed to be 157,500

square feet the other is proposed to be

195,000 square feet. No building has been

proposed on the 1.43 acre retail outlot at

this time.

Groveport Development Director Jeff

Green said there is a 15 year property tax

abatement on this property. He added he is

not able to determine how much income

tax revenue the city could expect from

this type of development at this point.

“The service station/convenience store

adds more services to the

Rickenbacker/Alum Creek corridor area

and the warehouses offer additional tax

revenue from a property that has sat

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove


Dalton Miller, 3, (at right) adjusts his

firefighter’s helmet as he takes a seat in

a USAF Rickenbacker Fire Department

fire truck as firefighter Brian Conrad

looks on at Kidsfest in Groveport Park

on Aug. 10. The event included kids

activities, school supplies, Touch-a-

Truck, Cops and Kids, farm animals, a

Back-to-School Festival, and more.

(Below)Ryan Costlow (right) squares

off against Tae Kwon Ki Do/Karate Ki Do

master Richard Evans (left) during a

martial arts demonstration at Kidsfest.

Evans teaches Tae Kwon Ki Do and

Karate Ki Do at the Groveport

Recreation Center. For information visit


vacant for many years,” said Green.

A public hearing will be held Aug. 26 at

6:15 p.m. in the Groveport Municipal

Building, 655 Blacklick St., on this proposed

development at 2400 Rohr Road.

Groveport City Council could vote on the

proposal at its Aug. 26 meeting which follows

the public hearing.

Groveport Police statistics

July crime statistics for the city of

Groveport, according to the Groveport

Police: 17 arrests made, 27 accidents, 1

assault, 1 burglary, 2 criminal

mischief/trespassing, 13 domestic disputes,

1 domestic violence, 1 OVI and alcohol

issues, 0 fights, 2 disorderly conduct, 8

thefts/robberies, 3 stolen/unauthorized

use, 1 missing persons/juveniles, 1 weapon

related calls, 2 narcotic related offenses, 13

general complaints, 0 school related incidents,

1 identity theft, 2 suspicious vehicles/persons,

11 parking, threat, 1 vandalism,

42 traffic citations, 0 sex related

crimes, 1 suicide attempt/DOA.

Groveport Garden Club

The Groveport Garden Club meets the

first Tuesday each month at Groveport

Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport

Road. Call Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-


Grant obtained for

Alum Creek Drive project

The newly created Franklin County

Transportation Improvement District

(TID) received its first grant from the Ohio

Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Office of Jobs and Commerce to advance

the construction of the Alum Creek Drive

and Rohr Road intersection.

The Alum Creek Drive and Rohr Road

intersection improvement includes the

addition of dual southbound left turn

lanes, a westbound right turn lane, and

two eastbound lanes on Rohr Road from

Alum Creek Drive to Port Road. The

improvement of the intersection will

increase capacity to support continued economic

growth in the Rickenbacker area.

Construction year is scheduled for 2020,

and total project cost is expected at $3.5


The project was ideal for the Franklin

County TID to take on because the intersection

and its legs are in multiple jurisdictions

including; city of Columbus, city of

Groveport, village of Obetz, Hamilton

Township, and Madison Township.

“We are thankful to ODOT for this

award to improve a critical intersection

impacting multiple jurisdictions in

Franklin County,” said Cornell Robertson,

Franklin County Engineer and Chair of

the Franklin County TID. “This project

will demonstrate how the TID can lead to

successful collaboration among multiple

August 25, 2019 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 7

local governments and private sector partners.”

The ODOT funding is a special set-aside

for economic development-related projects

undertaken by TIDs. The $200,000 amount

was the maximum received by any TID in

the state in this year’s funding round.

While the total amount of available funding

for this program was $4.5 million,

ODOT received $9 million in requests.

“We’re excited to see this project

advance for multiple reasons: it demonstrates

the benefits of the TID for Franklin

County, and it advances the transportation

recommendations of the Mid-Ohio

Regional Planning Commission’s

(MORPC’s) recently completed

Rickenbacker Area Study,” said Thea

Walsh, MORPC Director of Transportation

& Infrastructure Development.




AUG 31 vs. Florida Atlantic

SEPT 7 vs. Cincinnati

SEPT 14 at Indiana

SEPT 21 vs. Miami (Ohio)

SEPT 28 at Nebraska

OCT 5 vs. Michigan State

Township Police statistics

July crime statistics for Madison

Township, according to the Madison

Township Police: 9 assist/mutual aid, 5

burglary, 20 domestic complaints, 12 driving

under the influence, 2 juvenile complaints,

6 miscellaneous incidents, 3 missing

persons, 9 stolen vehicles, 3 suspicious

persons, 13 larceny/thefts, 2 threats or

harassment, 92 traffic offenses, 5 vandalism,

3 dead on arrival, 15 property damage

accidents, 4 accidents with injuries, 1 suicide

or suicide threat, 6 hit-skip accidents,

6 vehicle impounds, 368 dispatched calls,

689 non-dispatched calls.

OCT 18 at Northwestern

OCT 26 vs. Wisconsin

NOV 9 vs. Maryland

NOV 16 at Rutgers

NOV 23 vs. Penn State

NOV 30 at Michigan

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Art at the Wagnalls


Messenger photos by Hannah Poling

Artist Julian Cennamo created his latest painting at the Art at

the Wagnalls Family Festival on Aug. 10 at Wagnalls Memorial,

150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. Cennamo has taught art

classes at Wagnalls Memorial since November 2018. This

summer he is teaching art classes on Thursday evenings for

children ages 9-17 from 5-6 p.m. and for adults from 6-7 p.m.

For information on Wagnalls Memorial call (614) 837-4765 or

visit www.wagnalls.org.

Actress Carol Gaal portrayed Mabel Wagnalls

Jones at the Art at the Wagnalls Family

Festival. In 1925, Mabel Wagnalls Jones dedicated

The Wagnalls Memorial in honor of her

parents, Adam and Anna Willis Wagnalls.

Adam was the co-founder of the publishing

giant, Funk & Wagnalls. Gall is standing in the

library discussing Wagnalls and her husband,

Richard Jones, and the letters they received

from their close friend, Harry Houdini and The

Society of American Magicians. Wagnalls

Memorial will host tours of the Library and

viewings of the Houdini letters on the second

Wednesday of each month starting in

September at 7 p.m.

Nick D’Andrea (left) and George Barrie right) of the

Smokey Dogs perform at the Art at the Wagnalls Family

Festival on Aug. 10 .The Smokey Dogs are based out of

Columbus. They played a combination of original songs

and covers at the event.

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at150 E. Columbus St.,

Lithopolis For information call (614) 837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.

Boogie on the Patio

at the Paddock Pub and Links of Groveport

Saturday, September 7, 2019

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to boogie down

with Less Hostile on the patio!

Not only will dinner service be available,

(inside the restaurant and on the patio tables)

but there will be a DRINK PROMOTION and a RAFFLE!

Upcoming Events

September 5 - Ladies Night

September 11 - Paint & Craft

September 21 - Movie Night

1005 Richardson Rd, Groveport, OH 43125


August 25, 2019 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 9

Village of Lithopolis



Open Late ‘Til 8!

The second and fourth

Thursday of each month,

Lithopolis Shops will be

open until 8 p.m.

Visit Yesteryear’s Antiques,

The Secret Gift

Shop, Upscale Decor &

More and Law & Benson

Olde Country Store in

downtown Lithopolis.

In addition to Columbus

Street eateries, Eldridge &

Fiske Brewing Company

will feature live music with

Eric Solomon from 6-9 p.m.

See you in Lithopolis!



Mon-Thursday 4-10

Friday 4-1am

Saturday 2-1am

Sunday 2-10

9 E. Columbus St.

Lithopolis, OH 43136

(614) 829-3186

Upcoming Lithopolis events

The following community events will

btake place in the village of Lithopolis in the

coming months. See you in Lithopolis!

•Sept. 6 and 7: 13th annual Honeyfest -

Visit LithopolisHoneyfest.com.

•Sept. 22; Style to a Tea - Style show,

tea, music, art and doorprizes (facebook:

Shop Lithopolis).

•Oct. 3, 4 & 5: Harvest Thyme Shop

(facebook: Shop Lithopolis).

•Oct. 12: Gatsby at The Wagnalls : 2nd

annual 1920’s Gatsby-themed benefit. Visit


•Dec. 14: Simply Christmas events

(facebook: Simply Christmas in Lithopolis).

Lithopolis Honeyfest

The 13th annual Honeyfest in downtown

Lithopolis promises to be bigger and better


Nail Spa


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Walk ins welcome, Appointment Preferred

Mon.-Fri. 10-7 Sat. 10-5 Sun. 11-4

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The Pump House

Pizza & Burgers


614-837-6823 • 614-837-9306

Dine In and Carry Out

17-21 E. Columbus St. Lithopolis, OH 43136

Mon. - 4pm-11pm

Tues.-Sat. 11am-11pm


Fairfield County’s “Best Kept Secret”

than ever and embraces the theme, “Saving

the planet, one honeybee at a time.”

It will be held Sept. 6 from 3-7 p.m. and

Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is

free and a shuttle will be available.

The Honeyfest features live music, bee

beards, beekeepers, honey and honey tasting,

mead competition, Honeyfest Queen

Pageant, honey bake off, Ohio Honey Show,

honey extracting, hive inspection, junior

beekeeping, the American Honey Princess,

mead and wine tasting, foods made with

honey, kids crafts, photo contest, art, honey

beer garden, and the Bloom-Carroll Kiwanis.

Call 614-829-7355 for information.

“Matilda the Musical”

Buggy Seat Antiques

4650 Waterloo Rd.

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

(614) 920-1834

Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday - Saturday

Or by Appointment


Freda Rutter, Owner


Family Owned and

Operated Since 1926

36 East Columbus Street

Lithopolis, OH 43136

(614) 837-4705

Eileen Law Benson & Kathlynn Benson Moling


Wagnalls Community Theater’s

“Matilda the Musical” will be performed

Oct. 25 - Nov. 10 on Friday and Saturday at

7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Wagnalls

Memorial Library auditorium, 150 E.

Columbus St., Lithopolis

For information email wagnallscommunitytheater@gmail.com.

Gatsby at the Wagnalls

The Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus

St., Lithopolis invites you to the second

annual Gatsby at Wagnalls on Oct. 12.

Come experience the magical spirit of the

Roaring Twenties at a glamorous evening

wearing your finest attire or Gatsby-themed

couture. The event will benefit Wagnalls

Memorial Foundation. There will be a silent

auction featuring unique items and gift

packages. Early bird ticket: $45 and general

ticket: $50.

For information, contact Alexis via email

at socialmedia@linearcreative.com or call


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Fri. & Sat. 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM

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Phone: 614-829-2394 Fax: 614-829-2396



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Groveport Night Out

The city of Groveport will host Groveport Night Out on Sept. 19

from 5-8 p.m. at 490 Main St., which is the site previously occupied

by a used car lot This event is a mini pop-up street fair with music

by blues/country/rock band Whiskey Ridge, acoustic music by

Peter Conrad, Hansom Hog BBQ (549 Main St.), Little Italy

Pizza, philly cheesesteaks, art, crafts, and homemade food vendors.

Parking at Groveport United Methodist Church and

Huntington Bank.

Vendors must complete a vendor registration form to participate.

Vendors can email jreeves@groveport.org for information.

There is no setup fee for vendors, but vendors need to provide their

own tent and table to participate. For information call Jessica

Reeves at 614-836-5301.

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Women 60 and over seize your opportunity to FLOURISH!!

Join us Wednesday, September 25th

at the Franklin Park Adventure Center

1775 East Broad Street,

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• Fitness activities

• Health Information from a gender perspective

• Style show (fashions by Chico’s)





Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Elementary, 1968


Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

Pictured here is a view of Groveport Elementary in 1968. Note the 1960s era cars parked in the school’s

driveway loop, which was allowed until the driveway became a fire lane in the 21st century. Also note how

small the trees on the school’s lawn were at the time as they are now all quite large.



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Allen wins at State Fair

Groveport business owner Danyel Allen of Cake Decor, 607

Main St., Groveport, won third place in the cake competition at

the Ohio State Fair. The theme this year was “The Wizard of Oz.”

Cake Decor offers a variety of cake and candy supplies as well as

cake decorating classes for beginners and advanced students.

First Tuesday

First Tuesday is a free event in downtown Groveport. It takes

place on the front lawn in front of Groveport Elementary, 715

Main St., across from ACE Hardware and features food trucks,

live music, vendors, Farmer’s Market, and activities for all ages.

Vendors are on the front lawn of Groveport Elementary School

and food trucks are near the green space by Ace Hardware.

Remaining First Tuesday schedule: Sept. 3 is “Fall Kickoff” and

features a hayride, a fall-themed kid’s craft, a pie eating contest,

a photo booth, music, and food trucks. Hours are 4-7 p.m.

Cruisers on the air

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

coverage of 22 Groveport Madison High School athletic contests in

football, boys basketball, softball, and baseball in 2019-20.

The broadcasts include high definition video and live audio.

Each broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start

time with the pre-game show. The pre-game show features interviews

with the head coach, a scouting report of the opponent, the

starting line-ups, and more. Tune in after the game for interviews

with players and the head coach, along with a look at the final

stats during the post-game show.

The broadcasts can be accessed for free on a computer or handheld

device. All 22 broadcasts will be available to view “on

demand” for 30 days after the broadcast date.

Rick Cooper begins his 28th season as a play-by-announcer and

his eighth behind the mic at Groveport Madison High School.

To listen live (football only): http://war.str3am.com:7570/live

To watch: www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.

Football games to be broadcast: (All 7 p.m.) - Aug. 30 vs.

Westerville North; Oct. 11 vs. Canal Winchester; Oct. 18 at

Newark; and Nov. 1 at New Albany (Per OHSAA rules regarding

the broadcasts of high school football, all four football contests will

be broadcast live with audio-only. Immediately after each football

contest concludes, the game will be available with live video “on

demand.” All other sports - basketball, baseball, and softball - will

be broadcast with live video.)


Obetz Village


(Vote for two)

•Michael Flaherty, 1061 Gartner Court,

Obetz, OH 43207

Occupation: Local 189 pipefitter - service

manager with GTC

Mechanical Services.

Education, military,

and/or political experience:

1988 graduate

of Hamilton Township

High School; 1995-

2000 Local 189 App.

School; Seven years

on Obetz Planning and

Zoning Commission;

Six years on Obetz

Village Council.


voters guide

Goals if elected: I would like to finish the

capital projects council has started. To continue

to work for the hard working people of the

village. I want to make Obetz a place my

grandchildren will want to live in.

•Derek Varney, 4454 Butler Farms

Drive, Columbus, OH 43207

Occupation: Commercial and specification

lighting sales for Lighting Systems of


Education, military, and/or political experience:

Hamilton Township graduate 1998,

Electrical design at Korda Engineering 1998-

2007, VP of

Specification Sales at

Lighting Unlimited

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Goals if elected: If

elected, I will be an

active, approachable

advocate for the people

of Obetz. I will bring

clarity regarding

issues our community


finds important -

including growth, municipal projects and commerce.

By encouraging transparency, our residents

and our elected officials can grow our

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•Jim Wiley, 4277 Orchard Lane, Obetz,

OH 43207

Occupation: Retired military

Education, military, and/or political experience:

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Business Administration, Bradley Univ., USAF

Air Command and Staff College, courses at

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University of Hawaii, Small Business

Administration. Outstanding Graduate,

National Defense University. Three term

incumbent, Obetz Council.

Goals if elected: Continue to make Obetz

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in Ohio.

(No photo received.)

around the Southeast

Class of 1984 reunion

The Groveport Madison High School class

of 1984 will hold its reunion on Aug. 30 and

31. The weekend will "kick-off" with a home

football game at Groveport Madison High

School on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The Cruisers will

be playing Westerville North. On Aug. 31

from 6-11 p.m., the official reunion dinner

will be at the Paddock Pub at the Links Golf

Course in Groveport. Advanced ticket sales

ended Aug. 15. Tickets not purchased by

Aug. 15 will need to be a cash purchase of

$60 per person at the door.

Cruiser eatre Company

Groveport Madison High School’s

Cruiser Theatre Company’s 2019-20 performance

season: “Nooses Off” - Nov. 14, 15,

16; “The Monologue Show (from Hell)” - Jan.

17, 18; Play-in-a-Day: “All I really need to

Know I learned by Being in a Bad Play” -

Feb. 15; and “The Addams Family” - April 2,

3, 4, 5. All shows at Groveport Madison

High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road.

Visit www.cruisertheatre.weebly.com

for information.

Southeast Library

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus

Metropolitan Library, 3980 S. Hamilton

Road, Groveport, 614-645-2275, is open

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday:

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.;

and Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

August 25, 2019 - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 11

Drug Drop Box

in Madison Township

The Madison Township Police

Department provides an opiate prescription

“Drug Drop Box” for the community.

This drop box is located in the lobby of

the Madison Township Police Department,

4567 Madison Lane, and is accessible to

the public during normal office hours

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

Any person can walk-in and dispose of

new or old pills, including prescription

medications, or any other illegal substances

and place them into this box with

no questions asked.

GriefShare support group

Groveport United Methodist Church,

512 Main St., sponsors a GriefShare group

on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

The group is open to anyone in the community

or surrounding area who has experienced

the loss of a spouse, child, family

member, or friend.

To learn more about GriefShare, check

out the website at

h t t p : / / w w w . g r i e f s h a r e . o r g / a b o u t .

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For information send an email to groveportgriefsharegroup@gmail.com.

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Obetz Zucchinifest

The Obetz Zucchinifest will be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at

Fortress Obetz, 2015 Recreation Trail. This free family friendly

event features rides, food, games and music.

The Obetz Zucchinifest is a great end of summer tradition for

the community. The festival offers live entertainment on multiple

stages, rides, games, and a variety of food and craft vendors.

Guests can watch the pageant, parade, or browse the classic cars

at the Car and Motorcycle Show.

Enjoy a Zucchini beer brewed by North High Brewing Co. while

listening to the five National acts on the Main Stage. The line-up

this year includes Warrant (Aug. 30), Scotty McCreery (Aug. 31),

RaeLynn (Aug. 31), Spin Doctors (Sept. 1), and Smash Mouth

(Sept. 1). Local artists will perform on “Your Stage” at various

times throughout the weekend. All concerts are free.

Monday is Kids Day featuring the Cincinnati Circus Company,

COSI, and the Columbus Zoo. The midway has plenty of rides and

games for kids of all ages.

Start growing your award-winning zucchini soon so you can

participate in the zucchini judging. Prizes are awarded for biggest

zucchini, smallest zucchini, most unusual, and best dressed.

Any information or registrations are available on the website.

Follow on social media @Zucchinifest for the most up to date information.

Visit obetzzucchinifest.com for information.

Obetz Farmers Market

The Obetz Farmers Market is held the first Wednesday of the

month through September from 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot next to

Veteran’s Park in downtown Obetz.

Groveport Farmers Market

The Groveport Farmers Market is held every Tuesday in downtown

Groveport through Sept. 10 from 4-7 p.m. near Ace

Hardware on Main Street. For information call 614-836-3333.

Photo courtesy of Hamilton Township Schools

Hamilton Schools

receive check


To show that they are committed to

being great neighbors to the

Rickenbacker Area, Macy’s executives

presented a $15,000 gift to the Hamilton

Local School District, which will be used

to purchase new Chromebooks for students.

Macy’s recently opened its stateof-the-art

Backstage Distribution Center

at 1661 Rail Court North in the

Rickenbacker Intermodal Hub. The

675,000 square foot facility is Macy’s

only distribution center that serves all

219 Macy’s Backstage locations, and is

the company’s first facility to operate on

Google Cloud to streamline inventory

management efficiencies from receiving,

sorting, packing, and shipping. Macy’s

Backstage Distribution Center is home

to 400 employees working one of the

three shifts in the new facility, which will

increase to nearly 1,000 during the peak holiday season. “This is a significant gift from our newest community

partner that directly benefits our students by allowing our district to provide additional technology,”

Hamilton Local spokesman Vince Payne said. “We are thankful that the Macy’s Backstage DC team

has been proactive in their efforts to show they are not just here to receive and ship items to their corporate

locations, they are committed to providing support and opportunities to our community as well. We

wish them nothing but success in business, and look forward to building our relationship well into the

future.” Hamilton Local is in the process of ordering new Chromebooks, which will be in the students’

hands in the near future. Pictured here are, Carole Morbitzer, director of teaching & learning; Riley

Thomas, HTHS senior; Mark Tyler, district superintendent; Sarah Morbitzer, HTHS senior; and Mike

Morbitzer, director of grants & federal programs.

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Canal Winchester celebrates 99 years of Labor Day activities

The 99th annual Canal Winchester

Labor Day Festival, presented by Diley

Ridge Medical Center, will fill the streets of

historic downtown Canal Winchester over

Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Opening ceremonies will take place on

the festival main stage on Aug. 31 at noon.

Festival hours are: Saturday, Aug. 31,

noon—11 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m.—

11 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.—6 p.m.

In addition to hands-on children’s activities,

midway rides and your favorite festival

food, make sure to visit the many

unique craft vendor booths located in the

festival’s main thoroughfare as well as the

dynamic Quilters-on-the Canal Quilt Show

at the Community Center.

For those over age 21, the Kingy’s Pizza

Pub Beer Pavilion will be located near

Stradley Park.

Special attractions on Aug. 31 include

an open-air CW Farmers Market area from

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Miss Canal Winchester

Pageant Queens’ Lemonade Social between

12:30-2 p.m., Columbus Zoo animals from

1-2 p.m., COSI Science Spots from 3-7 p.m.,

and the preliminary round of festival’s very

own Karaoke Contest on the Main Stage

from 6-8 p.m. In addition, children’s rides

located in the festival midway will allow

kids to ride for free from noon to 5 p.m.

(Saturday only— does not include specialty

attractions) courtesy of Jeff Wyler


Free festival entertainment will be presented

on two dedicated stages as well as

Stradley Park’s picturesque Gazebo. Aug.

31’s featured performances include music

by Winchester Steel Co., God’s Dirt, The

Treble Catz, and headliner Jolivia - featuring

Josh Logan of The Voice, who will take

the main stage at 8:30 p.m.

The Labor Day Festival will once

become a showplace for some of the finest

hot-rods and classic cars in central Ohio on

Sept. 1. In past years, over 200 antique,

muscle, and classic cars have been on display.

The cruise-in, sponsored and hosted

by Mac’s NAPA Auto Parts and C-Town

Cruisers, will start at 10 a.m. and will

wrap up at 4 p.m. with trophy presentations.

Registration is $15 per car and

begins downtown at 9 a.m. on West

Waterloo Street.

Columbus Zoo animals will be back from

1-2 p.m., as well as COSI Science Spots

from 3-7 p.m. The festival will also deliver

small-town old-fashioned fun on Sept. 1 at

Canal Winchester Historical Society’s Ice

Cream Social at the Railroad Depot from 2-

4 p.m., with music by the Canal

Winchester High School Marching Band.

Featured performances on the afternoon

of Sept. 1 will include music by The Terry

Douglas Band as well as the Brighton Boys

at the Waterloo Stage. Main Stage performances

feature music by Marquis66,

Toes in the Sand, and Shucking Bubba


Sept. 2

On Sept. 2, enjoy the festival’s annual

Canal Winchester Labor Day Parade presented

by Kelly Abbott & the “A” Team,

HER Realtors.

The parade steps off from Canal

Winchester High School at 1 p.m. and

makes its way through the city’s historic

downtown (to view the parade route, visit


The 2019 Labor Day Parade theme is

“Heroes.” Parade entry is available online

through Aug. 23. This year, the Labor Day

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815 S. Hamilton 1251 N. Memorial Dr.


614-239-7270 614-654-3385

740-775-1171 W. Broad/Wilson


Kroger Ctr.

St. Rt. 256






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