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<strong>November</strong> 17 - 30, <strong>2019</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVII, No. 12<br />

Hometown Realtor<br />

Marylee Bendig<br />

580 Main St., Groveport, OH 43125<br />

(614) 218-1097<br />

marylee@maryleebendig.com<br />

A name you KNOW,<br />

the name you TRUST<br />

Hall to retire<br />

Mayor Westcamp hopes to select<br />

new administrator by January<br />

Cruisers advance<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Groveport Madison Cruiser quarterback Colin Rice hands off the ball to Jalil Underdown during the<br />

Cruisers’ 18-17 win over Hilliard Davidson in the Division 1 Regional Quarterfinals game played in<br />

Groveport on Nov. 8. See a story about the Cruisers’ championship season on page 4.<br />

GM Schools’ levy approved<br />

Plus other area election results<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

The Nov. 5 election resulted in some incumbents<br />

being re-elected, some new faces winning seats in various<br />

local government positions, and a tight race for<br />

Madison Township trustee.<br />

The Groveport Madison Schools’ operating levy won<br />

by a wide margin and the Hamilton Township road<br />

levy was also approved.<br />

According to Franklin County Board of Elections<br />

Public Information Officer Aaron Sellers, unofficial<br />

totals show 183,329 — 22.96 percent of those registered<br />

in Franklin County - voting in the Nov. 5 election. The<br />

board of elections must begin the official canvass of the<br />

ballots no later than Nov. 20 and certify vote totals by<br />

Nov. 26.<br />

The unofficial local results of the Nov. 5 election,<br />

according to the Franklin County Board of Elections<br />

and the Fairfield County Board of Elections are<br />

(*denotes winners):<br />

Groveport Madison Schools,<br />

Groveport, and Madison Township<br />

Groveport Madison Schools’ 5-year, 6.68 mill operating<br />

levy: *For: 4,260 (67 percent), Against: 2,055 (33 percent).<br />

Operating funds will continue to flow to Groveport<br />

Madison Schools as voters overwhelmingly approved<br />

the district’s operating levy request.<br />

The voters renewed the district’s existing, 5-year,<br />

6.68 mill operating levy with no tax increase. The levy<br />

will generate $5.6 million annually beginning in<br />

January 2020. The approved levy replaces the current<br />

operating levy, which expires on Dec. 31, <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

“We are very grateful to the Groveport Madison<br />

community for their support and trust in us,” said<br />

Groveport Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden.<br />

“We will continue our efforts to ensure that every student<br />

enrolled in Groveport Madison Schools receives<br />

the high quality education they deserve, and that they<br />

graduate prepared for their place in the world.”<br />

See ELECTION, page 2<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall announced she will<br />

retire on Nov. 22 after eight years on the job.<br />

“I want to do some travelling and be a grandma to my grandkids,”<br />

said Hall.<br />

Mayor Lance Westcamp had high praise<br />

for Hall and her work for the city.<br />

“Marsha made my job easier,” said<br />

Westcamp. “She stepped right up and did an<br />

excellent job for the city of Groveport. She’s<br />

made a lot of friends here and I wish her all<br />

the best in her retirement.”<br />

Hall said she enjoyed her time as city<br />

administrator.<br />

“Groveport has really moved ahead,” said<br />

Hall. “Everyone here works as a team and it’s<br />

nice to be appreciated.”<br />

Before becoming the Groveport city<br />

administrator eight years ago, Hall had been the administrator for<br />

the village of Baltimore in Fairfield County since 2004. Prior to<br />

that, she was mayor of Canal Winchester from 1993 to 2003.<br />

Her fondness for Groveport was evident when she was first<br />

hired to be Groveport city administrator all those years ago when<br />

she said, “I feel like I’m coming home. I enjoy this part of Franklin<br />

County and I have a history here. Groveport has a solid handle on<br />

where it is going and is a community on the rise with a great<br />

industrial base, stable finances, and historic character.”<br />

Westcamp said the search for Hall’s replacement is underway.<br />

He said candidates for the job will be interviewed by himself and<br />

some Groveport City Council members in December.<br />

“I’d like to have someone in place by the first of the year,” said<br />

Westcamp. “It depends on the candidates. We’ll see who is out<br />

there.”<br />

When asked what characteristics he was looking for in the new<br />

city administrator, Westcamp said, “I want someone with experience<br />

and who is a good communicator. Also, someone who is stable<br />

and plans to be here for a while.”<br />

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ELECTION<br />

Thank you for reading the<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong>!<br />

Groveport Garden Club<br />

The Groveport Garden Club meets the<br />

first Tuesday each month at Groveport<br />

Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport<br />

Road. Anyone interested in gardening welcome.<br />

Call Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-<br />

1097.<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

Approval of the levy enables the district<br />

to maintain current operations including<br />

staff levels, programs, activities, and student<br />

opportunities. Levy approval would<br />

ensure operating funds are available for<br />

day-to-day school operations such as<br />

staffing, technology, utilities, supplies, and<br />

safety and security.<br />

According to district officials, if the levy<br />

had failed, the Groveport Madison Board of<br />

Education would have had to consider<br />

making cuts because the district would<br />

have lost $2.8 million in 2020 and $5.6 million<br />

annually starting in 2021.<br />

Groveport mayor: *Lance Westcamp, 791<br />

(54 percent), John Pritchard, 681 (46 percent).<br />

Westcamp, who has been mayor since<br />

1994, is the longest serving mayor in<br />

Groveport history.<br />

“I am very grateful to the citizens of<br />

Groveport for their tremendous support<br />

which enabled me to achieve this victory<br />

tonight,” said Westcamp. “This was a hard<br />

fought, tough campaign, but in the end, the<br />

people of the City of Groveport awarded me<br />

with my 5th term to serve as their Mayor,<br />

where I can continue to accomplish great<br />

things with our extremely dedicated city<br />

Council and staff.”<br />

Pritchard said, “It was a hard fought<br />

race and Mayor Westcamp earned it. He’s<br />

been mayor 25 years for a reason. My only<br />

hope is that my campaign brought some<br />

issues to the forefront that will be<br />

addressed by the mayor and council.<br />

Groveport is a great place to live and I hope<br />

that everyone gets behind Mayor<br />

Westcamp and helps him carry out the<br />

vision that he put forth during the campaign<br />

over his next four years in office.”<br />

Groveport city council: *Shawn Cleary,<br />

980 (42 percent), *Jean Ann Hilbert, 782<br />

(34 percent), Jack Rupp Jr.,568 (24 percent).<br />

Groveport Madison board of education:<br />

*Kathleen Walsh, 3,182 (36 percent),<br />

*Chris Snyder, 2,382 (27 percent), Seth<br />

Bower, 1,970 (22 percent), Wayne Bryan,<br />

1,393 (16 percent).<br />

Madison Township trustee: *Michele<br />

Reynolds, 2,385 (48 percent), John<br />

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Township Police statistics<br />

October crime statistics for Madison<br />

Township, according to the Madison<br />

Township Police: 13 assist/mutual aid, 4<br />

burglary, 26 domestic complaints, 8 miscellaneous<br />

incidents, 7 missing persons, 4<br />

stolen vehicles, 1 suspicious persons, 17 larceny/thefts,<br />

1 theft in progress, 1 robbery, 1<br />

narcotics, 4 assault, 6 threats or harassment,<br />

41 traffic offenses, 10 vandalism, 16<br />

property damage accidents, 7 accidents<br />

with injuries, 6 hit-skip accidents, 339 dispatched<br />

calls, 556 non-dispatched calls.<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Library<br />

The <strong>Southeast</strong> Branch Library, 3980 S.<br />

Hamilton Road, Groveport, 614-645-2275,<br />

is open Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.;<br />

Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6<br />

p.m.; and Sunday: 1-5 p.m.<br />

Kershner, 2,328 (47 percent), Debbie<br />

Miller (write-in), 239 (5 percent).<br />

Madison Township fiscal officer: *Laurie<br />

Vermeer, 3,900 (100 percent).<br />

Obetz and Hamilton Township<br />

Obetz mayor: *Angie Kirk, 540 (60 percent),<br />

Greg Scott, 364 (40 percent).<br />

Obetz village council: *Derek Varney,<br />

591 (41 percent), *Michael Flaherty, 568<br />

(40 percent).<br />

Hamilton Township board of education:<br />

*Walley Obert, 1,017 (37 percent), *James<br />

Dommer, 716 (26 percent), Jym Kyre, 512<br />

(19 percent), Randal Ruppert, 469 (17 percent).<br />

Hamilton Township trustee: *Howard<br />

Hahn, 853 (60 percent), Todd Blackstone,<br />

572 (40 percent).<br />

Hamilton Township fiscal officer:<br />

*Lisa Shirkey, 1,162 (100 percent).<br />

Hamilton Township 1-mill, 5-year road<br />

levy: *For: 409 (60 percent), Against: 272<br />

(40 percent).<br />

Lockbourne<br />

Lockbourne mayor: *Christie Ward, 14<br />

(100 percent).<br />

Lockbourne village council): *Susan<br />

Grandstaff, 13 (68 percent), *Brittany<br />

Trout, 6 (32 percent).<br />

Lithopolis and Bloom-Carroll<br />

Lithopolis mayor: *Eric P. Sandine, 205<br />

(52 percent), John W. Stertzer, Sr. (writein),<br />

187 (48 percent).<br />

Lithopolis village council: *Amy S.<br />

Brown, 295 (87 percent), *Amber Daniels<br />

(write-in), 43 (13 percent).<br />

Bloom-Carroll board of education : *Jen<br />

Sherman, 1,248 (35 percent), *Jimmy<br />

Johnson, 988 (27 percent), D. J. Chapman,<br />

915 (25 percent), Matt Kidwell, 460 (13<br />

percent).<br />

Lithopolis village income tax: A proposed<br />

0.5 percent increase for public infrastructure,<br />

safety, and parks: For: 188 (45 percent),<br />

*Against: 233 (55 percent).<br />

The additional funding raised by the<br />

proposed income tax increase would have<br />

been used for public infrastructure, safety,<br />

and parks improvements and maintenance.


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Dr. Dana Robinson-Street, Lt. U.S. Navy, gave the dedication address at the<br />

Veterans Day ceremony in Groveport’s Veterans Park on Nov. 11. Robinson-Street<br />

said Veterans Day is the most important day of the year and added, “Veterans Day<br />

is every day.” She said the U.S. military is the “finest in the world” and she urged<br />

citizens to support the country’s service men and women. “The military makes up<br />

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The Groveport Police Department<br />

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Cruisers win football title for first time since 1982<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

The Groveport Madison Cruisers football<br />

team steamrolled its way through<br />

opponents to win a share of the <strong>2019</strong> Ohio<br />

Capital Conference Capital Division football<br />

championship.<br />

Cruisers are champions<br />

The Cruisers, Canal Winchester, and<br />

New Albany shared the championship, all<br />

with 4-1 league records.<br />

The Cruisers finished the regular season<br />

8-2 overall in winning the school’s first<br />

football title in 37 years. The team won<br />

with a multi-faceted running attack featuring<br />

the speed and power of Jalil<br />

Underdown, Emmanuel Anthony, and<br />

Jashaun McGraw; formidable offensive<br />

and defensive line play; stingy defense; a<br />

high scoring offense; steady quarterbacking<br />

by Colin Rice; and the sure-footed<br />

placekicking of Austin Snyder.<br />

The victorious ascent to the title comes<br />

just two years after the Cruisers suffered<br />

through on 0-10 season.<br />

“There is a lot to be proud of with this<br />

football team,” said Groveport Madison<br />

Athletic Director Steve Petros. “This is a<br />

group of players and coaches who have<br />

experienced the lowest of lows but stuck<br />

together, kept working and are now experiencing<br />

a high level of success. In today’s<br />

current culture of athletes quitting or<br />

transferring, this group stuck together and<br />

worked their way into a championship<br />

team. On top of the success on the field,<br />

their classroom performance has been just<br />

as impressive. They are the ultimate<br />

example of why it’s great to be a Cruiser!”‘<br />

Schoonover said the strength of this<br />

year’s team has been its senior leadership.<br />

“We have been a mature football team<br />

with a lot of game experience,” said<br />

Schoonover. “All of these guys have played<br />

a lot of meaningful downs on Friday nights,<br />

and that experience has helped tremendously<br />

throughout the season.”<br />

When asked what players he thinks<br />

have had a great season, Schoonover said,<br />

“There are so many I could name that list<br />

could be extremely long. I think some that<br />

stand out are Jasiyah Robinson,<br />

Emmanuel Anthony, Te-Rah Edwards,<br />

Darrell Smoot, Nick Wheeler, Skylar<br />

Mouser, Jashaun McGraw, Ryan Burke,<br />

Allen Joyce, Austin Snyder, and Jalil<br />

Underdown. These are the guys who you<br />

probably read the most about. It’s a little<br />

unfair not to mention so many other guys.<br />

It has truly been a team effort across the<br />

board, in all phases of the game.”<br />

In a season full of victories there are<br />

many highlights.<br />

“If you ask the kids they are going to tell<br />

you beating Pickerington Central and<br />

Canal at home, winning the league, and<br />

hosting a playoff game are the biggest<br />

highlights,” said Schoonover. “I think,<br />

though, the highlight for me has been seeing<br />

these guys have a lot of fun playing<br />

high school football. It’s been a truly special<br />

experience.”<br />

Winning the OCC Capital title means a<br />

lot to the team and its supporters.<br />

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said<br />

Schoonover.”We’ve talked about this for<br />

sometime. It’s been 37 years since we’ve<br />

won a conference title in football, so across<br />

the board everyone involved in our program<br />

is thrilled. I believe the future of<br />

Cruiser football is very bright. We have a<br />

lot of great kids in our younger grades. I<br />

believe this year seniors have set a standard<br />

the younger kids are wanting to<br />

maintain and I believe we have the needed<br />

community support to help this program<br />

continue to build. It truly is a great time to<br />

be a Cruiser.”<br />

Victory in state playoff quarterfinal<br />

The Cruisers (now 9-2) staged a miraculous<br />

comeback to defeat the Hilliard<br />

Davidson Wildcats (now 7-4) 18-17 on Nov.<br />

8 at Groveport Madison’s Cruiser Stadium<br />

in a Division 2 Regional Quarterfinals. It<br />

was the first home state playoff game in<br />

Cruiser history.<br />

The two teams battled to a scoreless<br />

first half tie, but, as the hard fought game<br />

wore on and the night air got colder, the<br />

game got hotter.<br />

After falling behind in the second half,<br />

the Cruisers exploded for 18 points in<br />

about a four minute span in the fourth<br />

quarter to gain the victory.<br />

The Cruisers’ Underdown scored on<br />

runs of 4 yards and 95 yards.<br />

Then, following a successful onside kick<br />

by the Cruisers and with seconds remaining<br />

on the clock, quarterback Colin Rice<br />

tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to R’rion<br />

Cobb to secure the win in what will be<br />

remembered as one of the greatest come<br />

from behind wins in Cruiser football history.<br />

Schoonover called it “a hard fought, old<br />

school football game.”<br />

“The comeback against Hilliard was<br />

incredible,” said Schoonover. “Hilliard<br />

Davidson is one of the top programs in the<br />

state and has had tremendous success for a<br />

very long time. I was really happy with<br />

how hard our kids played, they kept fighting<br />

even when things were looking like<br />

they weren’t looking that good. It was just<br />

another great memory these kids are going<br />

to have for the rest of their lives.”<br />

Next up<br />

The Cruisers faced Olentangy Liberty<br />

(10-1) in the Division 1 Regional semifinals<br />

on Nov. 15 at Gahanna. (The game<br />

was played after the <strong>Messenger</strong> had<br />

already gone to press.)<br />

The Cruisers sought to avenge their 21-<br />

14 loss to Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 27.<br />

“Olentangy is another established program,”<br />

said Schoonover prior to the<br />

Olentangy Liberty game. “They have been<br />

in the states final four the past three years.<br />

We are going to have to play our best to be<br />

able to come out with a win. The kids have<br />

been focused during practice and they<br />

seem extremely excited to play.”<br />

Photo courtesy of Groveport Madison Schools<br />

The <strong>2019</strong> Groveport Madison Cruiser football team won a share (along with Canal<br />

Winchester and New Albany) of the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship<br />

finishing with an overall record of 9-2 and 4-1 in league play.<br />

The <strong>2019</strong> Groveport Madison Cruiser football results: Cruisers 31 Westerville North 6;<br />

Cruisers 56 Hamilton Township 0; Cruisers 41 Worthington Kilbourne 14; Cruisers 19<br />

Pickerington Central 14; Cruisers 14 Olentangy Liberty 21; Cruisers 61 Franklin Heights 7;<br />

Cruisers 28 Canal Winchester 0; Cruisers 49 Newark 0; Cruisers 49 Big Walnut 0; Cruisers<br />

7 New Albany 35. Division 1 Regional Quarterfinal state playoffs: Cruisers 18 Hilliard Davidson<br />

17. Next game: Division 2 Regional Semi-final state playoffs vs. Olentangy Liberty at Gahanna<br />

on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.<br />

The <strong>2019</strong> Cruiser football team ranks<br />

right up there with some of the great, storied<br />

Cruiser teams of the past such as: the 1924<br />

team which finished 8-0 with six shut outs<br />

and outscored its opponents 254-8 in winning<br />

the Franklin County League title; the<br />

1929 team which finished 7-1-1 with six<br />

shut outs in winning the Franklin County<br />

League title; the 1944 team which finished<br />

7-1 with six shut outs and featured Cruiser<br />

Athletic Hall of Famer Kenny Zarbaugh’s<br />

feat of scoring six touchdowns in a game in<br />

a 64-0 romp over Liberty Union on the<br />

team’s way to winning the Franklin County<br />

League title; one of the most complete<br />

Cruiser teams ever assembled, the 1963<br />

Mid-8 League champions went 8-0-1 and<br />

boasted a dominating defense and an<br />

unstoppable offense with four shut outs and<br />

outscoring its opponents 243-41 (this team<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by<br />

Rick Palsgrove<br />

Groveport<br />

Madison Head<br />

Coach Bryan<br />

Schoonover talks<br />

strategy with his<br />

offense at a time<br />

out during the<br />

Cruisers’ 18-17<br />

win over Hilliard<br />

Davidson in the<br />

Division 1<br />

Regional<br />

Quarterfinals<br />

game played in<br />

Groveport on Nov.<br />

8.<br />

Cruiser football history<br />

is in the Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame); the<br />

Mid-8 League champions of 1971, a defensive<br />

powerhouse which finished 7-1-1 with<br />

five shut outs and the 1973 Mid-8 champs<br />

who finished 7-1-1 and was known for its<br />

scrappy personality with a talent for winning<br />

close, pressure packed games; the 1982<br />

team that finished 7-2-1 and was the last<br />

team to win a league title until this season;<br />

and the talented 1988 state playoff team<br />

went that 8-2 and included players from<br />

1986-88 that went 25-5 with two state playoff<br />

appearances.<br />

Groveport Madison was in the state football<br />

playoffs in 1986, 1988, and 2007. The<br />

Cruisers overall state football playoff record<br />

is 1-3. The 2007 team with running back<br />

Le’Veon Bell was the only team to win a<br />

post-season tournament game. They lost in<br />

round two.


Groveport Council approves 2020 budget<br />

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By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

Groveport City Council approved the city’s 2020 budget which<br />

includes road projects, equipment purchases, maintenance money,<br />

festival funding, and much more.<br />

The general fund revenue for 2020 is estimated at $16.4 million,<br />

which is up from the estimated $16.1 million in <strong>2019</strong>. The bulk of<br />

this funding comes from income tax revenue, which is projected to<br />

be $14.7 million in 2020 compared to $14.5 million in 2018.<br />

“We’re expecting a six percent increase in income tax revenue<br />

from <strong>2019</strong> to 2020,” said Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.<br />

Other revenues include $350,000 from property taxes and various<br />

other amounts in other city fund categories that include<br />

grants, taxes, leases, fees, and permits.<br />

“The proposed budget continues to meet city council’s financial<br />

objectives,” wrote Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall in<br />

her budget report to Groveport City Council. “This can be evidenced<br />

by the calculated 20 percent general fund carryover<br />

exceeding requirements by $349,182, or $2.5 million. This unappropriated<br />

balance may only be expended upon a future budget<br />

amendment approved by council.”<br />

The rainy day fund balance is expected to reach $1.8 million by<br />

the end of 2020.<br />

“The $2 million threshold will be met by 2021,” wrote Hall in<br />

her report.<br />

Council approved raising the recreation center capital account<br />

fund (where money is set aside from the center’s gross revenues to<br />

fund interior and exterior improvements to the building as well as<br />

the purchase of equipment) from three percent to five percent.<br />

“As the recreation center gets older it’s better to have some<br />

money set aside for improvements,” said Hall.<br />

Water and sewer rates<br />

Hall said it is estimated the contingency in the water fund will<br />

grow in 2020.<br />

“After review, it’s been decided not to request an increase in<br />

water rates at this time,” said Hall.<br />

Hall said sewer usage and clean river charges required by the<br />

city of Columbus are not set as Columbus has not determined its<br />

sewer rate increase yet.<br />

“Any sewer rate increase will be determined once we are aware<br />

of Columbus’ final rates,” said Hall.<br />

Proposed projects<br />

Some projects proposed in the 2020 budget are:<br />

•Maintenance barn at The Links golf course, $250,000;<br />

•West Bixby Road rehabilitation, $112,000;<br />

•South Hamilton Road at Higgins Boulevard phases 1 and 2:<br />

$406,000 and $345,000;<br />

•Toy Road improvements, $90,000;<br />

•Alum Creek Drive/Rohr Road intersection, $332,000;<br />

•ADA improvements at Main and College streets, $130,000;<br />

•Old Hamilton Road resurfacing: phase 1 from State Route 317<br />

to just past Founders Bend Drive, $222,000 and phase 2 from<br />

south of Founders Bend Drive to near Lowry Court, $290,000.<br />

•Aquatics alternate water supply, $100,000 (to help in filling<br />

the city’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools);<br />

•Engineering for a new elevated water tank, $100,000 (the city<br />

is considering constructing a second water tower in 2022 at a cost<br />

of $1.2 million);<br />

•Main Street curb ramps upgrades, $50,000;<br />

•Annual street maintenance program, $475,000 plus $105,000<br />

from storm water fund (streets slated for resurfacing in 2020<br />

include East Bixby Road from Old Hamilton Road east to<br />

Dorchester, Glendening Drive, Bay Grove Court, Briar Grove<br />

Court, and Saw Grove Court);<br />

•Log house exterior, $15,000;<br />

•Town Hall elevator upgrades, $80,000.<br />

“This elevator has failed several times in the past year,” said<br />

Hall. “It’s used all the time because the meeting rooms are on the<br />

second and third floors of the building.”<br />

•Neighborhood parks development, $75,000.<br />

Other proposed appropriations<br />

The proposed 2020 general fund appropriations are estimated<br />

at $17.4 million, which is down from $18.4 million in <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Some of the other proposed appropriations in 2020:<br />

•Revenue sharing with schools, $1 million;<br />

•Two outfitted replacement police cruisers, $142,100;<br />

•Re-branding, including signage, of The Links at Groveport<br />

golf course, $40,000, if the course is renamed<br />

Groveport Municipal Golf Course;<br />

•Phase 1 environmental study and an<br />

architectural study for the city owned property<br />

on the northwest corner of Main and<br />

College streets, $25,000;<br />

•The city’s Community Improvement<br />

Corporation (CIC) is slated to receive<br />

$25,000 to aid in the search for downtown<br />

business development.<br />

•Bixford Green leisure path; $180,000;<br />

•Funding for festivals in 2020 includes<br />

$59,000 for the Fourth of July, $19,000 for<br />

the Christmas - A Heritage Holiday, and<br />

$18,000 for Apple Butter Day;<br />

•New podium at Groveport Cemetery,<br />

$15,000.<br />

Groveport Madison and Veterans Diploma plan<br />

Among the many sacrifices that many military<br />

service members made was being called into service<br />

prior to earning their high school diploma.<br />

As a way of commemorating our veterans and honoring<br />

the many veterans in the community, Groveport<br />

Madison Schools announced its participation in the<br />

Ohio High School Veteran’s Diploma program.<br />

Ohio law allows public school districts to confer a<br />

high school diploma to veterans who served in any<br />

branch of the United States Armed Services between<br />

Sept. 16, 1940, and the end of the Vietnam War. The<br />

veteran must have been honorably discharged and have<br />

not already received a high school diploma. The veteran<br />

is an Ohio resident, or was enrolled in any high school<br />

in Ohio. The veteran left school prior to graduation in<br />

order to serve in the armed forces of the United States,<br />

or left prior to graduation for family circumstances and<br />

subsequently entered the armed forces of the United<br />

States. The veteran has not been granted a diploma,<br />

honors diploma, diploma of adult education, or diploma<br />

from another school.<br />

Likewise, the district may grant a high school diploma<br />

to any woman who left high school in any state<br />

during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the<br />

Vietnam Conflict if she meets the following requirements:<br />

The woman is an Ohio resident, or was enrolled<br />

in any high school in this state. The woman left high<br />

school to join the workforce to support her family, to<br />

join the war effort, or due to family circumstances that<br />

led her to join the workforce or war effort.<br />

To receive a diploma from Groveport Madison High<br />

School, the veteran must be a resident of Franklin<br />

County but need not have attended Groveport Madison<br />

Schools. Applicants are not required to take any tests<br />

to qualify to receive their diploma, and we are permitted<br />

to award a diploma to a veteran, posthumously.<br />

The veteran, or a relative of the veteran, must contact<br />

the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission,<br />

where the request will be processed. Once approved by<br />

the Veterans Service Commission, Groveport Madison<br />

Schools Board of Education will confer upon the veteran<br />

a Groveport Madison High School diploma.<br />

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A Heritage Holiday<br />

Santa Claus is coming to Groveport!<br />

The jolly old elf will visit during the city<br />

of Groveport’s “A Heritage Holiday,” to be<br />

held Dec. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Dec. 7<br />

from noon to 3 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551<br />

Wirt Road.<br />

Activities on Dec. 6 include: Santa’s<br />

arrival, visits with Santa, tree lighting,<br />

performance by the Groveport Community<br />

Choir, ice carving, kids’ crafts, hayrides,<br />

and refreshments.<br />

Activities on Dec. 7 include: visits with<br />

Santa, live reindeer, kids’ crafts, farm animals,<br />

trackless train rides, bounce house,<br />

and refreshments. Bring your camera for<br />

photos with Santa! Call 614-836-3333 for<br />

information.<br />

Lunch with Santa<br />

Have lunch with Santa Claus at the<br />

Groveport Recreation Center, 7370<br />

Groveport Road, on Dec. 15 from 1-3 p.m.<br />

Bring your camera for photos with Santa.<br />

The event also features holiday carols,<br />

story time, coloring contest, and more.<br />

Tickets are $6 and are on sale at the<br />

Groveport Recreation Center through Dec.<br />

8. Call 614-836-1000 for information.<br />

Cookies and candy<br />

Groveport United Methodist Church,<br />

512 Main St., Groveport, will host its annual<br />

Christmas Cookie/Candy Sale on Dec. 7<br />

from 9 a.m. to noon. Homemade holiday<br />

cookies and candy will be available for purchase.<br />

North Pole Village<br />

The Groveport Town Hall art gallery,<br />

648 Main St., will host Jeneane Miles’<br />

North Pole Village from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31.<br />

The display includes more than 125 light<br />

up houses and 250 accessories of an old<br />

fashioned village decorated for the holidays.<br />

For information call 614-836-3333.<br />

Gobble Gallop 5K<br />

The Groveport Recreation Center, 7370<br />

Groveport Road, will host the family<br />

friendly Gobble Gallop 5K run/walk on<br />

Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Packet pick-up is at<br />

7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m.<br />

Register online at<br />

runsignup.com/GroveportGobbleGallop.<br />

Find it on Facebook at<br />

Facebook.com/GroveportGobbleGallop.<br />

Santa’s Workship hosted<br />

by Mrs. Claus in Obetz<br />

Join Mrs. Claus for a night of holiday<br />

crafts, letters to Santa, cookie decorating,<br />

and more at Santa’s Workshop at the Obetz<br />

Community Center, 1650 Obetz Avenue,<br />

Obetz, on Dec. 6. at 6 p.m. with check-in at<br />

5:30 p.m.<br />

Registrations accepted until Nov. 27 or<br />

until the event is full, whichever occurs<br />

first.<br />

The event is limited to children ages 4 to<br />

14. Walk-ins not accepted. You must be<br />

pre-registered to participate. A parent or<br />

guardian must be present during the<br />

entirety of this free event. For information<br />

email kduffy@obetz.oh.us.<br />

Obetz’ Christmas Kick Off<br />

The village of Obetz’ Christmas Kick Off<br />

will be held Dec. 7 from 4:30-8 p.m. at 4390<br />

Lancaster Avenue, Obetz.<br />

The event features a tree lighting ceremony,<br />

live reindeer, pictures with Santa,<br />

ice sculptors, a carousel, ice skating, free<br />

popcorn, and hot cocoa.<br />

Christmas in the Village<br />

Canal Winchester’s storybook Christmas<br />

celebration kicks off the holiday season in<br />

downtown Canal Winchester on Dec. 6 from<br />

6-9 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m.<br />

Christmas in the Village will feature<br />

Santa visits, a holiday craft bazaar, model<br />

train displays, ice sculpting, kids’ activities,<br />

a gingerbread house contest, holiday<br />

music, and more. Santa Claus will arrive<br />

downtown to start the event each night by<br />

officially lighting the Christmas tree at<br />

Stradley Park (behind the city’s municipal<br />

building at 36 S. High St.).<br />

On Dec. 6, arrive early to watch the<br />

Brockstrong Light up the Night Holiday<br />

Lights parade.<br />

Visit www.cwholidaylightsparade.com<br />

for information about the Holiday Lights<br />

Parade.<br />

A Christmas Trolley will make its way<br />

through downtown during Christmas in<br />

the Village, making stops on South High<br />

Street, the Frances Steube Community<br />

Center, and at the historic “Queen of the<br />

Line” Railroad Depot.<br />

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There are benefits to Black Friday shopping<br />

Black Friday is a holiday season phenomenon that<br />

entices shoppers out of their homes, sometimes in the<br />

wee hours of the morning. Many stores begin their<br />

Black Friday promotions on Thanksgiving night, while<br />

others may wait until midnight to open their doors to<br />

deal-hungry holiday shoppers.<br />

Thanks to the crowds, some shoppers may be intimidated<br />

by Black Friday and opt to avoid stores entirely<br />

on the day after Thanksgiving. But there are a host of<br />

benefits to shopping on Black Friday that can compel<br />

hesitant shoppers to join the festive fray.<br />

• Deals: Black Friday is a consumer-friendly day on<br />

which savvy shoppers can find great deals on big-ticket<br />

items. Big-ticket items like electronics, including<br />

televisions, smartphones and tablets, are often heavily<br />

discounted on Black Friday. Such deals may only be<br />

for a certain period of time or until a predetermined<br />

amount of inventory has been sold, so shoppers should<br />

do their research and prioritize which items are most<br />

important to them in advance of Black Friday. While<br />

Black Friday occurs during the holiday season when<br />

many people are busy looking for gifts for their loved<br />

ones, shoppers who need new big-ticket items can save<br />

money by shopping for themselves as well as their<br />

friends and family members in the initial hours after<br />

Thanksgiving.<br />

• Shopping done early: Shoppers who tend to procrastinate<br />

during the holiday shopping season may<br />

find that shopping on Black Friday increases the<br />

chance they’ll get their shopping done early. Getting<br />

shopping done early leaves more time to celebrate with<br />

family and friends throughout December.<br />

• Giveaways: Many stores offer giveaways to Black<br />

Friday shoppers. Such giveaways may include gift<br />

cards, free entries into raffles or totes bags full of goodies.<br />

Such giveaways make great stocking stuffers,<br />

enabling Black Friday shoppers to get some shopping<br />

done without spending a dime.<br />

• Budget-friendly: Budget-conscious holiday shoppers<br />

may find that Black Friday allows them to give<br />

great gifts without compromising their personal<br />

finances. In its second annual holiday debt survey,<br />

MagnifyMoney found that consumers who took on debt<br />

during the 2016 holiday season were poised to begin<br />

the new year with an average of $1,003 worth of new<br />

debt. Shopping on Black Friday might help many<br />

shoppers reduce the amount of debt they take on during<br />

the holiday season.<br />

Shoppers hesitant to join the Black Friday fray<br />

might want to consider the many benefits to shopping<br />

on one of the busiest shopping days of the year before<br />

making their final decision.<br />

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How Black Friday began?<br />

Many believe Black Friday was named for the day retail companies<br />

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record losses in red in and profits in black), but other accounts of<br />

the origins of Black Friday differ.<br />

Gold Rush<br />

One story attributes the name of Black Friday to Sept. 24,<br />

1869, when two speculators created a boom and subsequent bust<br />

in the gold market. According to the History Channel, rebel speculators<br />

Jay Gould and Jim Fisk attempted to control the nation’s<br />

gold market. They hoped to drive the price of gold sky high, relying<br />

on a corrupt network that extended from Wall Street and the<br />

government of New York City all the way to the family of<br />

President Ulysses S. Grant. Eventually, the conspiracy unraveled<br />

on what became known as Black Friday.<br />

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Other historians say that Black Friday has ties to<br />

Philadelphia. According to Bonnie Taylor-Blake, a neuroscience<br />

researcher at the University of North Carolina, in the 1950s stores<br />

around Philadelphia promoted big sales the day after<br />

Thanksgiving when many people were off from work. The sales<br />

also were held in advance of the Army/Navy football game that<br />

traditionally took place in Philadelphia on the Saturday after<br />

Thanksgiving. Stores knew that suburban shoppers and football<br />

fans would be milling about town during the extended weekend.<br />

As a result, traffic cops and other law enforcement personnel had<br />

to work 12-hour shifts to corral the extra foot and vehicle traffic<br />

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Madison Township puts<br />

motor vehicle tax on hold<br />

MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON<br />

BY RESOLVING TO REDUCE YOUR WASTE<br />

AND RECYCLE MORE.<br />

REDUCE YOUR WASTE<br />

DONATE<br />

Look for items with<br />

Consider donating unwanted<br />

minimal-to-no packaging.<br />

lights and decorations.<br />

REUSE<br />

Be creative with leftover food by<br />

sending dinner guests home with<br />

lunch for tomorrow.<br />

RECYCLE RIGHT<br />

Franklin County’s curbside and drop-off recycling programs only<br />

accept plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, metal cans,<br />

cartons, paper and cardboard for recycling. Be sure to break down<br />

any cardboard boxes before putting them in the container.<br />

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Staff Writer<br />

With a new trustee joining the board in<br />

2020, the Madison Township trustees are<br />

postponing final action on a $5 permissive<br />

motor vehicle tax until next year.<br />

During their Nov. 12 meeting, the<br />

trustees unanimously agreed to hold off a<br />

decision until the first meeting in January<br />

when Michele Reynolds takes her seat on<br />

the board after unseating incumbent John<br />

Kershner in the recent election.<br />

“I think it’s only proper since we’ll have<br />

a new board member,” said Trustee Ed<br />

Dildine.<br />

If approved in 2020, car owners would<br />

start paying the tax when they buy new<br />

license plates or renew old ones as early as<br />

next fall. The township would need to take<br />

action by July.<br />

Estimates by the state project future<br />

revenue at $80,000 for the township’s<br />

roads and bridges fund. The permissive<br />

motor vehicle tax only impacts vehicle<br />

owners who live in the unincorporated<br />

areas of the township.<br />

Marwick Civic Association<br />

Marwick Addition homeowner Linda<br />

Poynter said residents are working to<br />

bring the local civic association back in<br />

action.<br />

“It (the association) never really<br />

stopped, but as far as being active again, it<br />

started back up within the last couple of<br />

months,” said Poynter, who reported 125<br />

homes are within the Marwick area.<br />

Two years ago, Poynter held a community<br />

potluck in her yard attended by 62<br />

people. This year, she said 105 people<br />

showed up.<br />

“We got people together and now people<br />

are really getting interested again,” said<br />

Poynter, who asked the trustees for information<br />

on financial reports and proposed<br />

projects for the community.<br />

“We’re looking for more information and<br />

input,” said Poynter. “It would be great to<br />

explain where everything is going. I have<br />

nothing but praise for the people who come<br />

out and do work on our streets.”<br />

Trustee Chairman John Pritchard said<br />

while the reports are easily obtained<br />

through a public records request, he asked<br />

Public Works Superintendent Dave<br />

Watkins to attend a homeowner’s association<br />

meeting to explain how the township<br />

prioritizes road projects.<br />

For information about the Marwick<br />

Civic Association, Poynter said people<br />

should visit Gogladly on Facebook. The<br />

association is also planning on holding<br />

monthly meetings at the <strong>Southeast</strong> Library<br />

Branch on Hamilton Road.<br />

around the <strong>Southeast</strong><br />

Fatal crash on SR 317<br />

According to the Franklin County<br />

Sheriff’s Office, an 18-year-old<br />

Pickerington man was killed in a fatal auto<br />

accident on State Route 317 between Rohr<br />

and Saltzgaber roads on Nov. 10 around<br />

7:55 p.m.<br />

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office<br />

said a driver in a 2018 Hyundai Elantra<br />

was believed to be headed north on State<br />

Route 317, or Rohr Road, around 7:55 p.m.<br />

Sunday. His vehicle allegedly went left of<br />

center and hit a 2017 Toyota Tundra driven<br />

by a 54-year-old Grove City woman,<br />

head-on. The man was taken to<br />

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center where<br />

he died of his injuries. The woman was<br />

treated for minor injuries. The cause of the<br />

crash remains under investigation.<br />

Roundabout proposed<br />

According to city of Groveport officials,<br />

Franklin County is considering constructing<br />

a traffic roundabout at the intersection<br />

of Rohr Road and State Route 317. County<br />

officials will hold public meetings on yet to<br />

be determined dates about the proposed<br />

project. The construction of the roundabout<br />

could take place sometime in the next few<br />

years.<br />

Obetz considers bonuses<br />

for village employees<br />

Obetz Village Council is considering<br />

approving a bonus for all current village<br />

employees.<br />

On Oct. 28, council heard the first reading<br />

of an ordinance to enact the bonus.<br />

According to the ordinance, council has<br />

authorized similar end of the year bonuses<br />

for village workers for the past 15 years.<br />

“It is in the village’s best interest to recognize<br />

the continued efforts of its employees<br />

during the <strong>2019</strong> calendar year and to<br />

enhance retention for future years,”<br />

according to the ordinance.<br />

If approved, the legislation authorizes<br />

the mayor to grant all current full-time village<br />

employees who were hired before<br />

Sept. 1, <strong>2019</strong>, a one-time bonus of $650,<br />

and all current part-time employees who<br />

were hired before Sept. 1, <strong>2019</strong>, a bonus of<br />

$325 to be paid before Dec.25, <strong>2019</strong>, “in<br />

recognition of their efforts this year.”<br />

Council will vote on the legislation after<br />

its third reading at a future meeting.<br />

Obetz Village Council meets the second<br />

and fourth Mondays of each month at 6<br />

p.m. in the Council Chambers at 4175<br />

Alum Creek Drive, Obetz. For information<br />

call (614) 491-1080.


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dump on your head.<br />

Depending on how important the<br />

romance aspect is to you in a romantic comedy,<br />

“Last Christmas” may not be the film<br />

for you.<br />

But if you’re looking for something that<br />

is humorous, sweet with a side of bitterness,<br />

and a tad unconventional, this might<br />

just be a movie you want to see.<br />

The film follows Kate (Emilia Clarke), a<br />

down-on-her-luck 20-something who is<br />

struggling to find the meaning in life after<br />

a near death experience.<br />

Try as though she might, she hasn’t<br />

found it in brief hookups, time spent (read:<br />

couch surfing) with her friends or at her job<br />

working as an elf at a year-round<br />

Christmas shop. As time goes on, she<br />

becomes more and more despondent with<br />

life but then she meets an affable young<br />

man named Tom (Henry Golding) who tries<br />

to change her outlook.<br />

Tom is, in short, a dream. He’s charming<br />

and handsome and spends his nights<br />

volunteering at a homeless shelter in<br />

downtown London.<br />

And when he sees Kate scowling at him<br />

in her elf outfit one day, he decides to make<br />

it his mission to help her rediscover the joy<br />

in life.<br />

At first, Kate is highly skeptical of his<br />

mission, and even more so of his sunny disposition.<br />

Eventually though, he wears her<br />

down with his endless enthusiasm and she<br />

slowly begins to open up for the first time<br />

in years.<br />

With his gentle encouragement, Kate<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

begins to mend fences<br />

with the family she<br />

ignores and the friends<br />

whose hospitality she<br />

has taken advantage of.<br />

And, in time, she<br />

even tries to come to<br />

terms with herself for<br />

all of the choices she<br />

has made and all of<br />

the disappointments<br />

along the way. The<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

latter, however, proves to be the hardest to<br />

do.<br />

While it may seem like “Last<br />

Christmas” is another run-of-the-mill<br />

romantic comedy, its latter act upends the<br />

genre which may lead to a lot of disappointment<br />

from the more traditional fans.<br />

I don’t want to spoil what happens but I<br />

just want you to be aware of its unconventional<br />

take.<br />

It’s not a bad thing, per se, but it will<br />

leave some feeling off-put by the decision to<br />

veer off the common path.<br />

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More than just another holiday romantic comedy<br />

While it may seem like “Last<br />

Christmas” is another run-of-themill<br />

romantic comedy, its latter act<br />

upends the genre which may lead<br />

to a lot of disappointment from<br />

the more traditional fans.<br />

entertainment<br />

Since the decision to boldly go where<br />

some others have gone before didn’t bother<br />

me (the first trailer kinda gave the finer<br />

points away), I found myself really enjoying<br />

this film.<br />

Its two leads have a warm screen presence<br />

and the addition of Emma Thompson<br />

as Kate’s overbearing mother (Thompson<br />

also co-wrote the movie) and Michelle Yeoh<br />

as Kate’s Christmas-loving boss really<br />

rounds out a great cast.<br />

While the dialogue isn’t always the<br />

sharpest and the side-plots meander on<br />

occasion, “Last Christmas” is a really sweet<br />

movie about re-learning, or just learning,<br />

to fall in love with yourself.<br />

It won’t be for everyone, but it should be<br />

given a chance.<br />

Grade: B-<br />

Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer<br />

and columnist.<br />

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A bi-monthly feature celebrating our community’s senior citizens<br />

Groveport history films<br />

Two documentary films on the history of<br />

Groveport, produced by the Groveport<br />

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

now available for viewing online on<br />

YouTube.<br />

The films are: “Groveport: A Town and<br />

Its People” and “The Story of John S. Rarey<br />

and Cruiser.” The films were originally<br />

made about 15 years ago.<br />

Groveport Heritage<br />

Museum in Town Hall<br />

The Groveport Heritage Museum contains<br />

photographs, artifacts, and documents<br />

about Groveport’s history.<br />

The museum is located in Groveport<br />

Town Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during<br />

Groveport Town Hall’s operating<br />

hours. Call 614-836-3333.<br />

• Planning Ahead Guide<br />

• Designing Your Funeral<br />

• Funeral & Burial Services<br />

• “Cremation With Confidence Guarantee”<br />

www.spencefuneralhome.com<br />

614-837-7126<br />

650 West Waterloo St.<br />

Canal Winchester, OH 43110<br />

Senior Transportation<br />

•Canal Winchester Human Services Van,<br />

to register, call the Canal Winchester<br />

Community/Senior Center, 837-8276.<br />

•Groveport senior transportation provides<br />

transportation for senior and disabled<br />

residents of the village of Groveport.<br />

For information call 836-7433.<br />

Cruiser eatre Company<br />

Groveport Madison High School’s<br />

Cruiser Theatre Company’s <strong>2019</strong>-20 performance<br />

season: “Nooses Off” - Nov. 14,<br />

15, 16; “The Monologue Show (from Hell)” -<br />

Jan. 17, 18; Play-in-a-Day: “All I really<br />

need to Know I learned by Being in a Bad<br />

Play” - Feb. 15; and “The Addams Family”<br />

- April 2, 3, 4, 5. All shows at Groveport<br />

Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton<br />

Road.<br />

Visit<br />

www.cruisertheatre.weebly.com for information.<br />

614-837-7126<br />

550 Hill Road N..<br />

Pickerington, OH 43147<br />

Helping older adults cope<br />

with the “Holiday Blues”<br />

Older adults or anyone experiencing<br />

grief, loss or the blues may need extra support<br />

to get through the weeks between<br />

Thanksgiving and the New Year.<br />

Experts feel approaches for coping during<br />

the holidays will vary according to people’s<br />

needs. HealthinAging.org offers these suggestions,<br />

which will not only help older adults<br />

experiencing grief at this time of the year, but<br />

adults of all ages attempting to cope with the<br />

loss of a loved one during this holiday season:<br />

•Get out and about. Ask family and<br />

friends for help traveling to houses or worship,<br />

parties, and other events. Invite family<br />

and friends over. Taking a brisk walk is<br />

a great way to beat the blues.<br />

•Volunteer. Helping others is a great<br />

mood lifter.<br />

•Drink responsibly. It can be easy to<br />

overindulge around the holidays, but<br />

excessive drinking will only make you feel<br />

more depressed. •Accept your feelings.<br />

There’s nothing wrong with not feeling<br />

Franklin County Auditor<br />

to participate in<br />

discussion on senior<br />

homeowner scams<br />

Information on scams senior homeowners<br />

fall prey to will be discussed during the<br />

Senior Living Truth Empowerment Series,<br />

SLTES, “The Truth on Homeowner Scams”<br />

on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Gahanna Senior<br />

Center, 480 Rocky Fork Boulevard,<br />

Gahanna. Franklin County Auditor<br />

Michael Stinziano will participate in the<br />

panel discussion with Ryan Lippe from the<br />

Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost<br />

and Sgt.Matthew Streng, City of<br />

Columbus, Division of Police.<br />

Seniors will learn the latest scams, how<br />

to avoid being scammed and how to recognize<br />

suspicious behavior during the seminar.<br />

Seminar attendees will also learn<br />

what organizations assist older adults in<br />

these situations.<br />

There is no cost to attend for those 55<br />

and older. Registration for professionals is<br />

$25. Reservations can be made by calling<br />

614-561-1621. Space is limited and preregistration<br />

is required.<br />

Informed Aging<br />

Michelle<br />

Missler<br />

jolly; many people<br />

experience sadness<br />

and feelings of loss<br />

during the holidays.<br />

Be kind to yourself,<br />

seek support, and even laugh at yourself<br />

every now and then.<br />

•Talk to someone. Don’t underestimate the<br />

power of friends, family, mentors, and neighbors.<br />

Talk about your feelings; it can help you<br />

understand why you feel the way you do.<br />

It is very important to spend the holiday<br />

season in the company of supportive and<br />

caring people. As families, traditions and<br />

life changes, be open and embrace the fact<br />

that each holiday season is different and<br />

should be enjoyed in its own unique way.<br />

Michelle Missler is the director of the<br />

Franklin County Office on Aging.<br />

Golden Cruiser Club<br />

Groveport Madison Schools invites senior<br />

residents of the district to attend athletic<br />

and performing arts programs showcasing<br />

the talents of its students.<br />

The Golden Cruiser Club is a free program<br />

for residents of the Groveport<br />

Madison School District who are age 60<br />

and older. Club membership provides free<br />

access to all school and district sponsored<br />

athletic contests, plays, concerts, and<br />

other events.<br />

To become a member of the Golden<br />

Cruiser Club, obtain an application at<br />

www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school<br />

offices, or call (614) 492-2520. The<br />

requirements for membership are that<br />

applicants be age 60 or older and be a resident<br />

of Groveport Madison Schools (verified<br />

by the Franklin County Auditor’s website).<br />

Senior Centers<br />

•Canal Winchester Senior Center, 22 S.<br />

Trine St. For information call 837-8276.<br />

•Groveport Senior Center, is located at<br />

the recreation center, 7370 Groveport<br />

Road. For information call 836-1000.


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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Marilyn Brown, President, John O’Grady and Kevin L. Boyce<br />

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.<br />

SENIOR OPTIONS SUPPORTS SENIORS<br />

WISHING TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES<br />

Franklin County Senior Options is available to support frail older adults who wish<br />

to remain in their homes or in the homes of their caregivers. Whenever possible,<br />

we want to honor the request of a loved one to remain at home. But how do you<br />

determine if this is the right decision?<br />

A review of one’s mental, physical, environmental and financial condition will<br />

help determine if living independently is a safe option. This review, called an<br />

assessment, should be done by an experienced professional with the knowledge<br />

of the older adult. It helps determine the areas of concern and offers<br />

suggestions to minimize potential problems.<br />

According to AARP, here are some basic areas you and your family members<br />

may want to consider:<br />

• Physical Health. Have they been diagnosed with any chronic diseases such<br />

as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or emphysema? Or other diseases,<br />

such as bowel or bladder problems, heart disease, stroke or cancer? Do they<br />

have vision or hearing problems, excessive weight loss or gain, or difficulty<br />

walking? Make a list of health professionals they currently see. Add any recent<br />

hospitalizations.<br />

• Mental Health. Have they been diagnosed with any psychiatric disorders such<br />

as depression, anxiety or psychosis? Have they been diagnosed with<br />

Alzheimer's or another form of dementia? Are they showing signs of confusion,<br />

disorientation or isolation? What about mood swings or forgetfulness? Sadness<br />

or loneliness?<br />

• Medication Use. What medications are they currently taking? What is the<br />

dosage? How often? Include over the counter medications. Are they taking their<br />

medication as directed?<br />

• Daily Living Skills. Are they able to dress, bathe, get up from a chair, use a<br />

toilet, climb stairs, and use the phone? Do they know how to get help in an<br />

emergency? Can they shop, prepare meals, do housework and yard work? Can<br />

they safely drive?<br />

• Home and Community Safety. How safe is their neighborhood? Does their<br />

home have smoke alarms, and can they hear them adequately? Can they avoid<br />

telephone and door-to-door fraud? Can they maintain their house?<br />

• Support Systems. Do your older loved ones have frequent visitors or see<br />

friends? Do they go to a Senior Center, or get out of the house for other social<br />

reasons? Do family members live close by? Do they keep handy the names,<br />

addresses and phone numbers of key friends and family members who they can<br />

call in an emergency?<br />

• Appearance and Hygiene. How is their overall appearance? Is their hair<br />

clean? Teeth brushed? Shaved? Do they dress appropriately in clean clothes?<br />

• Finances. Can they live on their current income? Can they meet future needs<br />

with their current income? Are there any legal documents such as trusts, living<br />

wills, and/or durable power of attorney? Do they pay bills on time and make<br />

informed financial decisions?<br />

• Interests/Lifestyles. Do they engage in their favorite hobbies, read books,<br />

watch their favorite TV shows, exercise, play a musical instrument, go to church,<br />

and keep up with their friends? Are they still engaged in the activities they have<br />

always enjoyed?<br />

Professional consultants can help you and your loved ones decide when<br />

assistance is needed, what type of assistance is available and if independent<br />

living is an appropriate option. Personalized case management and<br />

assessment are available to meet the changing needs of older adults through<br />

Franklin County Senior Options.<br />

Senior Options, administered by the Franklin County Office on Aging and funded<br />

by the Senior Services Levy, helps maintain independence, ensures safety and<br />

improves the quality of life by providing a variety of community based services to<br />

Franklin County residents, age 60 and older. A call to (614) 525-6200 can link<br />

you to a caring professional.<br />

Outside Franklin County, a free nationwide directory assistance service called<br />

the Eldercare Locator is available to help find local support services. Call their<br />

toll-free phone number, 1-800-677-1116, between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. EST<br />

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Groveport Madison’s finances are looking good<br />

District’s five year<br />

financial forecast offers<br />

a healthy outlook<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

The passage of its recent operating levy<br />

on Nov. 5 has put Groveport Madison on<br />

solid financial footing.<br />

On Nov. 13, the Groveport Madison<br />

Board of Education reviewed and approved<br />

the district’s most recent five year financial<br />

forecast.<br />

“A five year financial forecast has risks<br />

and uncertainty, not only due to economic<br />

uncertainties, but also due to state legislative<br />

changes that will occur in the spring of<br />

2021 and 2023 due to the deliberation of<br />

the next two state biennium budgets for fiscal<br />

years 2022-23 and 2024-25,” wrote<br />

Groveport Madison Schools Interim<br />

Treasurer Joyce Disharoon in her report on<br />

the forecast.<br />

Groveport Madison’s most recent five<br />

year forecast shows the district with positive<br />

cash balances of $19.3 million in 2020;<br />

$17.6 million in 2021; $14 million in 2022;<br />

and $8.3 million in 2023; and a projected<br />

deficit of $8,009 in 2024.<br />

The district receives 53 percent<br />

of its revenue from state funding.<br />

Real estate property taxes make<br />

up 42 percent of the revenue with<br />

the remaining 5 percent coming<br />

from other local sources.<br />

Disharoon said the passage of the<br />

renewal levy allows district officials “to<br />

plan for the future and to help maintain fiscal<br />

stability for the district.”<br />

Looking ahead, Disharoon said, “The<br />

district’s 6.68 mill current expense levy will<br />

expire on Dec. 31, 2024. The renewal of this<br />

levy is necessary to keep the district financially<br />

healthy long term.”<br />

Revenues<br />

According to the five year forecast, the<br />

district’s general fund revenue for fiscal<br />

year 2020 is $85.1 million.<br />

The district receives 53 percent of its<br />

revenue from state funding. Real estate<br />

property taxes make up 42 percent of the<br />

revenue with the remaining 5 percent coming<br />

from other local sources.<br />

Disharoon reported the district received<br />

additional state funding in fiscal years<br />

2016-17 and 2018-19.<br />

“The increases were beneficial to the<br />

overall operations of the district and for the<br />

education of our students,” said Disharoon.<br />

However, state funding for students was<br />

not increased for <strong>2019</strong>-21, according to the<br />

forecast.<br />

She added that district officials are “disappointed<br />

that (the state) does not provide<br />

additional non-restricted funding to our<br />

district to help offset the ongoing phase out<br />

of tangible personal property reimbursements.”<br />

Expenses<br />

According to the forecast, the district’s<br />

expenditures for fiscal year 2020 are $83.7<br />

million.<br />

District employee wages and benefits<br />

account for 64 percent of the district’s<br />

expenditures. Purchased services make up<br />

30 percent of expenses while materials are<br />

4 percent, capital is 1 percent and miscellaneous<br />

is 1 percent.<br />

Purchased services expenses include<br />

payments for contracted services, utilities,<br />

gas, electric, property insurance, and<br />

transportation. A significant percentage of<br />

purchased services expenses comes from<br />

Groveport Madison being required to make<br />

payments to community (charter) schools.<br />

Likewise, the Educational Choice Voucher<br />

program and open enrollment schools are<br />

also expenses.<br />

The cost for students who live within the<br />

Groveport Madison district borders but<br />

who attend school elsewhere is an expense<br />

for the district. In Ohio, state money follows<br />

the student so Groveport Madison<br />

loses dollars to other schools where these<br />

students choose to attend instead of<br />

Groveport Madison. This amounts to<br />

approximately $11 million annually the<br />

district loses because the money follows<br />

area resident students who choose to be<br />

educated in another district.<br />

Another expense for the district is the<br />

$121,057 per year it spends leasing modular<br />

classrooms.<br />

Downing honored<br />

Groveport Madison High School varsity<br />

softball coach Chris Downing was named<br />

Ohio Capital Conference coach of the year.<br />

Downing’s teams have won three straight<br />

Ohio Capital Conference softball championships.<br />

Computer upgrades<br />

The Groveport Madison Board of<br />

Education approved spending $167,560 to<br />

upgrade district computers using Windows<br />

7 to Windows 10.<br />

The district will obtain 300 new Dell<br />

computers with the upgrade.<br />

The new computers are expected to last<br />

five years. The funds for the computer<br />

upgrade come from the district’s technology<br />

budget.<br />

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Overdose statistics<br />

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office<br />

released its preliminary overdose death<br />

statistics for the first six months of <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

From Jan. 1 to June 30, <strong>2019</strong> the<br />

Franklin County Coroner’s Office saw 254<br />

people die of overdoses. This is approximately<br />

an increase of 4 percent from the<br />

same period last year.<br />

Opiate-related deaths accounted for 85<br />

precent of overdose deaths for the first half<br />

of <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Fueling this was fentanyl which<br />

accounted for 75 percent of all overdose<br />

deaths.<br />

Carfentanil-related overdose deaths<br />

accounted for 1.5 percent, similar to the<br />

same period in 2018.<br />

Heroin-related deaths accounted for 5<br />

percent of all overdose deaths, a further<br />

decrease from the same period in 2018.<br />

Cocaine, methamphetamine and benzodiazepine-related<br />

overdose deaths:<br />

•Cocaine: 41 percent, an increase of 2<br />

percent from 2018;<br />

•Methamphetamines: 10 percent, no<br />

change from 2018; and<br />

•Benzodiazepines: 3 percent, a decrease<br />

of 3 percent from 2018.<br />

Looking at race and ethnicity, 28 percent<br />

of those who died of overdose deaths<br />

were African-American, an increase of 7<br />

percent from same period in 2018. The percentage<br />

of Hispanics who died of overdose<br />

deaths remained at 3 percent in <strong>2019</strong> as<br />

compared to 2018.<br />

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The number of males dying of overdoses<br />

continues to be higher than that of<br />

females.<br />

The first half of <strong>2019</strong> saw 69 percent of<br />

males dying and 31 percent of females.<br />

This is a slight shift of about 2 percent<br />

more females.<br />

The top five zip codes in Franklin<br />

County with the highest number of overdose<br />

deaths for this period were: 43211,<br />

43223, 43229, 43207 and 43204.<br />

Drug Drop Box<br />

The Madison Township Police<br />

Department provides an opiate prescription<br />

“Drug Drop Box” for the community.<br />

This drop box is located in the lobby of the<br />

Madison Township Police Department,<br />

4567 Madison Lane, and is accessible to<br />

the public during normal office hours<br />

Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

Any person can walk-in and dispose of new<br />

or old pills, including prescription medications,<br />

or any other illegal substances and<br />

place them into this box with no questions<br />

asked.<br />

Groveport leaf pick-up<br />

Leaf pick-up in Groveport runs through<br />

Dec. 10.<br />

Residents can rake their leaves to the<br />

grassy area between the curb and the sidewalk<br />

and city workers will collect them.<br />

Holiday Gift Card Bonus Sale<br />

at the Paddock Pub and Links of Groveport<br />

1005 Richardson Rd, Groveport, OH 43125<br />

(614) 610-9688<br />

For Every $100 in gift cards purchased<br />

we will automatically add a<br />

$25 bonus card to your order!<br />

Cards may be purchased online www.thepaddockpub.com,<br />

over the phone at 614-610-9688, or at the restaurant.<br />

Now through December 30, <strong>2019</strong><br />

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<strong>November</strong> 17, <strong>2019</strong> - SOUTHEAST MESSENGER - PAGE 15<br />

Blessing Box brings the community together<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong> Editor<br />

Last spring, something special bloomed<br />

in Groveport’s Degenhart Park - a Blessing<br />

Box.<br />

The box is a place for people to donate<br />

non-perishable food items, personal<br />

hygiene items, paper products, baby items,<br />

pet supplies, small clothing items such as<br />

socks, gloves, and hats. Donations may be<br />

made 24 hours a day, seven days a week.<br />

When asked who could take items from<br />

the Blessing Box and who could donate<br />

items, city of Groveport Public Relations<br />

and Communications Coordinator Jessica<br />

Reeves said, “Anyone and everyone.”<br />

Reeves said the inspiration for the<br />

Blessing Box came from a school teacher<br />

from her hometown located in one of the<br />

poorest counties in Ohio.<br />

“She and her husband, with the help of<br />

local businesses and residents, set up and<br />

maintain several Blessing Box locations<br />

around the community,” said Reeves. “This<br />

simple, but impactful, idea was perfect for<br />

Groveport so the whole community could<br />

be involved in feeding hungry neighbors.”<br />

Reeves said the Blessing Box was<br />

installed to meet a community need.<br />

“In 2018, 32.2 percent of Franklin<br />

County residents experienced food insecurity,”<br />

said Reeves. “Food banks, pantries,<br />

and other programs are doing all they can<br />

to fight the hunger crisis, but sometimes<br />

they have limited hours of operation and/or<br />

a registration process. Some people are<br />

embarrassed to ask for help. The Blessing<br />

Box is anonymous and it’s available when<br />

the need is there.”<br />

Reeves said City Administrator Marsha<br />

Hall selected Degenhart Park, located at<br />

the southern end of Lesleh Avenue, as the<br />

site for the Blessing Box.<br />

“She felt Degenhart Park is very accessible<br />

and it’s also one of the locations of the<br />

Free Summer Lunch Program,” said Reeves.<br />

“Children and their families would be able<br />

to utilize the Blessing Box while attending<br />

the Free Summer Lunch Program if they<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Photo courtesy of Sandy Trammer<br />

The Blessing Box in Groveport’s<br />

Degenhart Park.<br />

had an additional need. With the Blessing<br />

Box being located in the parking lot, it’s<br />

highly visible which makes it convenient to<br />

donate or pick up a few things.”<br />

The Blessing Box in Degenhart is the<br />

only one in Groveport for now.<br />

“Because we have received very positive<br />

feedback from the community, there has<br />

been some discussion about adding another<br />

location but nothing has been decided yet,”<br />

said Reeves.<br />

The Trammer family are among the<br />

many people and families who donate to<br />

the Blessing Box regularly.<br />

“My husband and I are retired, on social<br />

security, but every month when we go to<br />

the store, we put a few items in the cart for<br />

this Blessing Box,” said Groveport resident<br />

Sandy Trammer. “We truly believe in ‘paying<br />

forward.’ This Blessing Box is such a<br />

good idea for a person or family who may be<br />

facing a short term crisis and cannot afford<br />

a meal at this time and may need this<br />

while waiting for the food pantry. Every<br />

person in need has a story and can you<br />

imagine disappointment by a parent who<br />

may go to that box and find very little food<br />

in there for their family?”<br />

Reeves said the Blessing Box has been<br />

“very successful.”<br />

“The community has really come together<br />

to make sure the box stays stocked,” said<br />

Reeves. “There was only one time the<br />

Blessing Box was completely empty. We<br />

posted the need on the city’s Facebook page<br />

and by the next morning, it was so full the<br />

doors would hardly close!”<br />

The city will have a Thanksgiving<br />

Blessing Box Food Drive through Nov. 27.<br />

Donations can either be put in the Blessing<br />

Box or dropped off at the Groveport<br />

Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St., from<br />

8 a.m. — 5 p.m. There will be a collection<br />

box in the lobby.<br />

Pool room<br />

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum<br />

Here’s a close up view from around 1900 of a couple of buildings on Groveport’s<br />

Main Street that once sat where the current Birch Tavern is now located. At the<br />

right, according to the lettering on the window, is the “Pool Room” where billiards<br />

and such were played. The building to the left could have been either a grocery or<br />

maybe a dry goods store. Visible in the photo are the hitching posts for horses<br />

along Main Street as well as a bicycle parked by the Pool Room. An unidentified<br />

man can be seen standing in front of the store.<br />

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Asbury community breakfasts may be ending<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Seventeen years is a milestone many<br />

restaurants and cafes never reach, but for<br />

the weekly Friday Morning Café housed in<br />

the Asbury United Methodist Church, it<br />

may prove to be a bittersweet hallmark.<br />

Founder, organizer and sometimes chief<br />

bottle washer and janitor Lou Casperson,<br />

along with his wife Teri Casperson and a<br />

core of dedicated volunteers–eight dating<br />

back to the first breakfast served years<br />

ago–are hanging up their aprons and closing<br />

down the café on Dec. 13 after more<br />

than 766 Fridays unless new leadership<br />

can be found.<br />

“It’s a lot of Fridays out of one’s life,”<br />

said Lou, who, in a previous life was a<br />

social studies teacher at Groveport Middle<br />

School South before retiring. “There are<br />

roughly 24 people that volunteer each week<br />

and 16 expressed the desire to ‘retire.’<br />

We’re currently serving, on average,<br />

around 200 breakfasts each day, which is<br />

phenomenal. During our busiest time,<br />

between 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., we serve<br />

a breakfast a minute and that’s a lot better<br />

average than some restaurants.”<br />

The Caspersons and volunteers open the<br />

doors at 6 a.m., but people are often waiting<br />

at the door as early as 5:45 a.m. Two<br />

hours later, parking spaces are few and far<br />

between at the church,<br />

located at 4760<br />

Winchester Pike,<br />

Columbus.<br />

Inside the church<br />

hall, lined with tables<br />

set with placemats<br />

and bottles of maple<br />

syrup and ketchup,<br />

servers take orders to<br />

the kitchen for the $5<br />

full-service breakfast,<br />

which includes eggs<br />

made to order; bacon,<br />

ham and sausage;<br />

French toast; pancakes;<br />

mush; biscuits;<br />

toast and coffee or tea.<br />

Depending on the<br />

time of day, conversations<br />

fill the air as<br />

individuals and groups<br />

engage in small talk.<br />

“This café primarily<br />

serves <strong>Southeast</strong>ern<br />

Franklin County,” said<br />

Lou. “While church<br />

members make up 10<br />

percent of our business,<br />

the remaining<br />

90 percent come from<br />

the community at<br />

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Asbury UMC Friday Morning Cafe volunteer Jean Schrader dishes up a meal for one of the hungry diners<br />

during a Nov. 8 breakfast.<br />

large. We’ve had people come in from<br />

Fairfield and Licking County. Firefighters<br />

sometimes come in and we had local politicians<br />

in during the election season. We’ve<br />

never advertised. It’s all been through<br />

word-of-mouth.”<br />

Casperson hopes word-of-mouth gets<br />

out about the need for new people to take<br />

over the community breakfast, which he<br />

initially created to help pay for church<br />

maintenance, such as a new roof, lawn<br />

equipment and flooring replacement.<br />

While Lou admits the benefits are slim,<br />

there is a lot of camaraderie shared<br />

between the volunteers and the people they<br />

serve.<br />

“What keeps this going is not the grind,<br />

but the people and the community,” said<br />

Casperson.<br />

Madison Township Trustee Ed Dildine,<br />

who graduated with Casperson from high<br />

school, has been a regular at the Friday<br />

Morning Café for eight years and said,<br />

while the breakfast is great, what keeps<br />

him coming back are the people.<br />

“I really hope it doesn’t stop,” said<br />

Dildine.<br />

During a recent Friday, Madison<br />

Township John Pritchard and Madison<br />

Township Police Chief Gary York sat down<br />

together at breakfast. Like Dildine,<br />

Pritchard said the people keep bringing<br />

him back.<br />

“I can come here at 7 a.m. and still make<br />

it to work,” Pritchard said. “Lou’s done his<br />

job and I understand why he wants to stop.<br />

I’m hopeful somebody will take it over.<br />

Coming here, I’ve been able to reconnect<br />

“This café primarily serves<br />

<strong>Southeast</strong>ern Franklin County. While<br />

church members make up 10 percent<br />

of our business, the remaining 90 percent<br />

come from the community at<br />

large. We’ve had people come in from<br />

Fairfield and Licking County.<br />

Firefighters sometimes come in and<br />

we had local politicians in during the<br />

election season. We’ve never advertised.<br />

It’s all been through word-ofmouth.”<br />

- Lou Casperson<br />

with family and friends. The food is awesome<br />

and I usually get the mush.”<br />

York started coming to the weekly<br />

breakfasts after he became chief in 2018.<br />

He said it is a good atmosphere where people<br />

approach him freely with concerns and<br />

issues about the police department.<br />

“I enjoy the friendships and talking with<br />

people,” said York, who said Casperson was<br />

a teacher when he attended the middle<br />

school. “It’s nice to come here, have breakfast<br />

and be able to help people as well.”<br />

As a well-rehearsed ballet of pans, food,<br />

grills and people continue in the kitchen,<br />

Lou grabs a rag to clean off a table for the<br />

next diner and wistfully hopes these aren’t<br />

the last days for the Friday Morning<br />

Breakfast Café.<br />

“The church is interested in continuing<br />

the breakfast if leadership can be found,”<br />

said Casperson. “Otherwise, the last breakfast<br />

is Dec. 13.”


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Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568


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Spotlight<br />

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Learn about the history of The<br />

Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E.<br />

Columbus St., Lithopolis, from its<br />

founder herself, Mabel Wagnalls<br />

Jones. Librarian and Wagnalls historian<br />

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Mabel’s family, her famous friends<br />

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4360 Cedar Hill Rd. P.O. Box 277<br />

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Hours:<br />

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Sun. 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM<br />

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The Ohio Department of Transportation<br />

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road to open up sight lines to help make<br />

the intersection of State Route 674 and<br />

Elder Lane safer. ODOT’s goal is to give<br />

motorists crossing over Elder a longer field<br />

of view. New stop signs and a painted stop<br />

bar will also be put in place at the intersection.<br />

Signs stating cross traffic does not<br />

stop will also be posted.<br />

Your Local Realtor celebrating 20 years of<br />

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Yesteryear’s<br />

Antiques, LLC<br />

614-266-3418<br />

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Open 7 Days a Week 11am to 6pm<br />

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Friday 4-1am<br />

Saturday 2-1am<br />

Sunday 2-10<br />

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Lithopolis, OH 43136<br />

(614) 829-3186<br />

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