Groveport Messenger - December 20th, 2020




December 2, 2020-January 9, 2021 Vol. XXXVIII, No. 14

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Superintendent and

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Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and a group of happy

elves lighted the city’s Christmas tree, as well as many more lights strung

throughout Heritage Park, on Dec. 3. The event was not open to the public due to

the ongoing pandemic, but video of it can be seen on the city’s Facebook page.

Lighting the night

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic

has made this a year of emotional shadows.

When coupled with the darkness of

December - with its early sunsets as the

sun completes its journey south prior to

the winter solstice - it is clear we need

some hope and light.

Recently this cloak of dimness of the

soul and sight was relieved by the illumination

of the joyously colorful lights of

the city of Groveport’s Christmas tree

and other trees in Heritage Park along

Wirt Road.

On Dec. 3, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus,

Mayor Lance Westcamp, and a host of

elves lighted the trees in a brief event

that was not open to the public due to

the pandemic. However, the ceremony

can be seen now on the city’s Facebook


In previous years the holiday event,

known as “A Heritage Holiday,” attracted

large crowds of children and adults to

Heritage Park eager to see Santa arrive

on a Madison Township fire truck. In

those past times, Santa happily moved

through a mob of kids making an effort

to acknowledge each of them before

meeting up with the mayor to light the

trees. The Jolly Old Elf would then take

his seat in the log house to hear each

child’s Christmas wishes.

But this year in Heritage Park,

because of the pandemic, there was no

crowd of happy-faced children, no choir

or musicians performing Christmas carols,

no ice sculptor creating his icy art,

and no hayrides around Palm Pond.

Those are things we remember happily

from past Christmas seasons and they

are the things we as a community look

forward to returning to in the coming

years after this dreadful pandemic


So this year the tree lighting celebration

(which was also streamed live on

Facebook) was simpler and quieter than

in the past. But it is important to

remember that, in spite of the pandemic,

the ceremonial event was safely held,

See LIGHTING, page 2

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Board of

Education approved salary increases for

the district’s superintendent and treasurer.

Groveport Madison Communications

Director Jeff Warner said the step was

taken to adjust the superintendent’s and

treasurer’s pay to meet the district’s

adjusted administrative salary schedule.

The action came after a private company

conducted a salary study comparing

Groveport Madison’s administrative

salaries with those at schools of similar

size and demographics.

“It brings the salaries into alignment

with other similar school districts,” said

Warner. “Our administrators were at the

bottom countywide according to the salary

study. Our superintendent was the lowest

paid superintendent in the county.”

Superintendent Garilee Ogden’s current

Photo courtesy of Groveport Police

Sgt. Josh Short

Car fire

A car caught fire in the Groveport

Kroger parking lot on the morning of

Dec. 16. According to Groveport

Police Sgt. Josh Short, firefighters

from Madison Township Fire Station

181 arrived on the scene and put out

the fire. Short said no one was injured

and this was a property damage only

incident. Short said the fire is

believed to have been the result of

electrical issues in the vehicle.

City income tax revenue

The city of Groveport’s 2020 income tax

revenue as of Nov. 30 is $14.5 million,

which is 13.1 percent lower than the same

time in 2019. Income tax revenues comprise

the largest portion of the city’s total

revenues year-to-date, or 50.6 percent of

all revenues, according to Groveport

Finance Director Jason Carr. He added,

through November, operational receipts

for the recreation department and golf

course are down $969,310 and $89,109

respectively. The city will consider increasing

general fund transfers to these departments

as they are unable to generate sufficient

receipts consistent with prior years.

salary was $148,881. Under the contract,

her new annual base salary is effective as

follows - as of Aug. 1, 2021: $160,000; as of

Aug. 1, 2022: $164,000; as of Aug. 1, 2023:


Treasurer Felicia Drummey’s current

salary was $130,000. Under the contract,

her new annual base salary is effective as

follows - Aug. 1, 2020: $130,000; as of Jan.

1, 2021: $134,000; as of Aug. 1, 2021:

$138,000; as of Aug. 1, 2022: $141,450.

“School district superintendents and

treasurers have big jobs and work long

hours,” said Warner. “Nationwide there is

a shortage of qualified candidates for

superintendent and treasurer jobs. There’s

not a natural career conduit for people to

flow into a school treasurer position.

There’s also been a lot retirements nationally

among superintendents and treasurers,

which contributes to the shortage of

available qualified people.”

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holiday season. The print publication and delivery date for the

remainder of 2020 is Dec. 20. After that, print publication and

delivery will resume every other week following the holidays on

Jan. 10. Thank you for reading the Messenger!

Continued from page 1

which proves the pandemic cannot tamp down the Christmas

spirit of the people of Groveport. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along

with a few elves, visited the city to bring hope, joy, colorful lights,

and the promise of a brighter future for everyone. Mrs. Claus even

graced the night by singing a Christmas carol.

The colorful lights in Heritage Park are indeed something to

see. Take a drive by the park some night this holiday season and

drink in the beauty and color that is exhibited there. Gaze upon

the richness of the color of the lights as they glow in the night.

Think about how each light represents each of us one and all and

how, when joined together, we make a place beautiful. Take some

time while looking at the lights in the park to reflect on the past,

present, and future of us all. Pause to remember the meaning of

the season.

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Band hopes to travel to Disney World this spring

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison High School Marching

Band is hoping the ongoing pandemic will not disrupt

its plans to perform at DisneyWorld in Florida this


“We are all very aware of the current COVID conditions

in Ohio and across the nation and the potential

that this trip may have to be cancelled as a result,”

said Jonah Angulo-Hurtig, director of bands at

Groveport Madison High School. “Without question,

our top priority is the safety of our students, staff, and

chaperones. We will continue to work closely with the

high school’s and district’s administration as we carefully

consider all options.”

The trip is scheduled to take place from April 6-11,

2021 during the district’s spring break.

“Our current plan is to travel to Animal Kingdom,

The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios,”

said Angulo-Hurtig. “An alternative schedule would

substitute Universal Studios in the event that any of

the other venues are not available. “

He said the cost for each student is slightly more

than $1,000.

“This includes travel coach rental (required for outof-state

travel), lodging, dedicated overnight security,

our tour director, meals, clinics, performances, and

entrance fees to the venues,” said Angulo-Hurtig.


Several fundraising opportunities for students and

their families are being pursued to help defray as

much of the trip costs as possible.Some fundraising

activities are for individuals, while others are for the

entire group. The deadline for collecting all funds for

the trip is in February of 2021.

“We have until 90 days before the trip to make a

final determination on the trip in order to secure

refunds up to 95 percent of the total cost of the trip,”

Angulo-Hurtig. “We also have encouraged families to

take out travel insurance in the event of a last-minute

change in plans, which allows for close to full reimbursement.”

Fundraising projects include pairing with Fan

Cloth to sell Groveport Madison merchandise.

“We also were supported as a program by our local

Raising Cane’s location during the football season to

promote our program,” Angulo-Hurtig. “These two

fundraisers are just the beginning of our fundraising

opportunities to provide our families with financial

support for the trip.”

The band is also using a fundraising platform called



a0563940a/disney-here-we-come for anyone wishing to

help raise money for students who will be on the

Disney trip.

“All of the money we raise will be split evenly

between the students who will be going on the trip,”

Angulo-Hurtig. “If anything deters this trip, the donations

we receive will be used for future band trips

and/or to support the development of the band program.”

The Groveport Recreation Department will offer

lifeguard certification classes beginning in January.

Persons must be age 15 by the last day of class. The

normal classroom portion of the class will be held

online (eight hours). The in-water portion of the class

(20 hours) will be held at the Groveport Recreation

Center’s indoor pool, 7370 Groveport Road. Cost is $50

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Members of the Groveport Madison High School

Marching Band are shown here during a past performance

in the city of Groveport.

About the trip

“We are thrilled to have been invited to perform in

a parade at the Magic Kingdom,” Angulo-Hurtig.

“With COVID-19, we are prepared for Disney to make

possible changes and adjustments to this portion of our

trip for general safety protocols.”

Band members will also attend an instrumental

workshop run by the musical staff at Disney.

“We are hoping that the students will have this

wonderful opportunity to receive critique and work

directly with professional musicians and educators,”


He said it has been four years since the band made

the trip to Disney.

“Typically, the Disney trip is made once every four

years so every band student has the opportunity to go

once during their time in band in high school,” Angulo-

Hurtig. “Outside of Disney, we typically will take a

trip every two years between Disney to provide other

musical and education opportunities for students, as

well as the opportunity to travel and see other parts of

the country.”

It’s about student growth

When asked why trips like this are important to the

musical, personal, and educational development of the

band members, Angulo-Hurtig said, “There are so

many benefits that are gained from trips of this

nature. The primary focus is to provide meaningful

musical experiences for students, where they can work

with and learn from professional educators and musicians

from across the nation through music clinics.

They have opportunities to see and interact with other

student musicians from across the country, and they

get to perform before thousands of guests - an experience

and memories that will last a lifetime. Lastly, but

no less important, is the benefit that comes from working

toward a common goal that results in not only an

exemplary public performance, but also a stronger

sense of community spirit, pride, and mutual respect.”

Lifeguarding classes at Groveport Recreation Center

for Groveport residents and $60 for all others. Free

skills training sessions are available to get persons

acclimated to the pre-requisites. For information call

Aquatics Manager Seth Bower at 614-836-1000 or

email or visit

Register either in-person at the Groveport

Recreation Center or online at

Watching the trees

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport has consistently been named

a Tree City USA and city officials aim to

maintain that tradition by instituting a

program to protect its city-owned trees.

The city has a large number of old, tall

trees that enhance the beauty of its

streetscape. But older trees also can get

sick as they age and present a danger, such

as last May when a spring storm uprooted

a big tree along Front Street that crushed

a Groveport Police cruiser (the police officer

was unhurt). After that incident, city

officials and an arborist examined old trees

on Front Street, and other surrounding

streets, and targeted the weaker trees for


Now the city has plans to create an

annual tree inspection and maintenance

program to protect the town’s city-owned

historic trees, as well as younger ones, that

line its streets.

“When Brian Strayer was hired as public

services director, one of the first projects

we discussed was the creation of an annual

(tree program),” said Groveport City

Administrator B.J. King. “We agreed on

the importance of having a memorialized

program, especially with the issues we

dealt with this year related to trees on

Front Street.”

King said the goal of the program is to

conduct regularly scheduled inspections

and maintenance of city-owned trees to

mitigate any potential hazards.

“We will work to GPS locate city-owned

trees, which will also include data about

inspections and maintenance,” said King.

Groveport City Councilman Ed Dildine,

who is also council’s representative on the

city’s trees and decorations committee,

said, “I think it’s a great start to something

we have never done on a regular basis. It

will give us a starting point and we can

expand it from there. The large historical

trees are part of the scenic beautiful history

of Groveport and are a priority to make

sure we can maintain them, but we need to

make sure they are safe.”

Dildine said Main, Front, Elm,

Blacklick, and Church streets are the core

of old Groveport “and have the best examples

of the historical trees.”

King said the tree program will be funded

from the city’s street fund budget.

“The street fund is funded from income

tax collections,” said King. “Additionally,

the city has a tree fund in the budget. The

tree fund can only be used to replace street

trees located in subdivisions. In the street

fund there is $16,000 budgeted for this program

in 2021.”

When asked who the arborist will be

that the city will use, King said that is still

to be determined as he and the Public

Services Department are working on


About the proposed tree program

A draft proposal of the tree inspection

and maintenance program was presented

to Groveport City Council for its review.

The plans goals are to: maintain the

health of all city owned trees; plant or

replant the largest suitable tree for the site

selected; and maintain a fully stocked

urban forest.

The plan’s strategies include: performing

routine health and hazard assessments

of all city-owned trees; removing or pruning

for safety all dead and hazardous trees

each year; quick response to requests for

service; planting a diverse population of

trees and replant removed trees each

planting season; plant species and placement

of trees with aesthetic properties

such as summer and fall color and shape;

ongoing routine inventory and evaluation

of all city-owned trees; routine hazard

assessment; conducting Arbor Day activities;

and coordinating with the city’s tree

and decorations committee.

According to the proposed plan, “Trees,

when healthy and vigorous, provide

tremendous value to the community.

Proactive maintenance reduces costs and

helps keep trees healthy. Large trees provide

more benefits than small trees and

should be prioritized when space allows.

This will provide the most benefit for the


around Groveport and Madison Township

Groveport Police statistics

November crime statistics, according to

the Groveport Police: 8 arrests, 13 accidents,

1 assault, 0 burglaries, 3 domestic

disputes, 1 domestic violence, 1 OVI and

alcohol, 1 thefts/robberies, 0 stolen/unauthorized

use, 0 missing persons, 0 weapon

related calls, 0 narcotic related offenses, 0

school related incidents, 11 parking, 0

threats, 0 vandalism, 44 traffic citations, 0

sex related crime, 0 suicide attempts/DOA.

Township Police statistics

November crime statistics from the

Madison Township Police: 136 traffic stops,

39 assist/mutual aid, 4 burglary, 25 domestic

complaints, 21 suspicious persons, 11

suspicious cars, 19 larceny/thefts, 8 threats

or harassment, 8 vandalism, 10 parking,

13 accidents with injuries, 1 fight, 7 shots

fired in area, and 9 property damage accidents.

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.

Alley drainage

Groveport City Council is considering

legislation to contract for drainage

improvements in the city’s alleys.

“The Public Works Department is

inspecting various drainage pipes in alleys

located in the downtown area,” said

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.

“In 2021, drainage improvements will

occur in Hickory Alley. Annually, there

will be money included in the budget to

continue the improvements of older storm

drainage systems in the alleys.”

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Some holiday reading to consider

The holidays bring us Christmas movies, television specials,

stage plays, and concerts in which to joyfully embrace the season.

But there is another medium where we can enjoy the stuff of

Christmas: books.

Two of the best for Christmas reading are 19th century classics:

“A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens (published in 1843); and

“The Sketch Book,” by Washington Irving (published in 1820).

Everyone is familiar with Dickens’ tale of the miser Ebenezer

Scrooge who undergoes a spiritual transformation of redemption.

The story is so timeless that it has been produced and parodied in

many forms. Most people are probably familiar with the story

through the many films and stage plays based on the book. The

worst of these are musicals with hokey songs that take away from

the narrative. The best of which are the serious films that try to

adhere closely to Dickens’ work.

But to get the true resonance of the story one can read Dickens’

written words as they appear on the pages of the original book. It’s

a delightful and transforming experience.

I recommend obtaining a copy of the book that includes the

original illustrations, especially one with the drawing of Marley’s

Ghost visit to Scrooge.

Dickens’ wrote in an accessible, direct style with a flair for dialogue

and a talent for description. Here is an example of Dickens

deftly blending humor and horror:

Scrooge is alone in his dark, cold house eating his miserable

gruel, when the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, makes a

spooky and frighteningly grand appearance before him.

There’s a give and take conversation between the two as the

scared, yet doubting, Scrooge tries to figure out the apparition

before him and why it is there.

Marley’s Ghost loses patience with this and in his ghostly

annoyed way asks Scrooge, “Why do you doubt your senses?”

Scrooge falls back on intellectual reasoning telling Marley’s

Ghost, “Because a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the

stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef,

a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment

of an underdone potato.”

In spite of being terrified, Scrooge summons

up enough meanness, courage, and

wit to say to Marley’s Ghost, “There’s more

of gravy than of grave about you...”

Not only is Scrooge’s joke funny, but the

timing is impeccable as it comes at a tense

moment when the reader is least expecting

humor. The joke is unleashed just as the

ghost is riding high on its initial shock value

of appearing in the room. Dickens uses

humor as an equalizer.

It’s a good joke, too. It has the fun word

play of “gravy” and

“grave,” plus it is

insulting to Marley’s

Ghost. Insult humor

when used against what appears to be a

more powerful entity is a wonderfully subversive

thing. Scrooge’s joke seeks to put

Marley’s Ghost in his cosmic place.

However, the joke infuriates Marley’s

Ghost because, even though he’s other worldly,

there’s still enough human essence in him

to dislike being the butt of a joke.

Wrote Dickens, “...the spirit raised a

frightful cry and shook his chain with such

dismal and appalling noise...” The apparition

then terrorizingly bellows in response, “Man

of the worldly mind do you believe in me or


Editor’s Notebook



It’s a fearsome outburst that reasserts ghostly control of the situation

and cows Scrooge, which is the beginning of the old miser’s

journey along a path of redemption.

Pick up a copy of the book and let Dickens’ words transport you

through time, space, and dimension.

Washington Irving’s, “The Sketch Book,” is a collection of short

stories - most notably, “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of

Sleepy Hollow.” However the book also includes four Christmas

stories: “Christmas,” “Christmas Eve,” “Christmas Day,” and “The

Christmas Dinner.”

With these stories one can travel back in time with the written

word and experience some timeless Christmas traditions, some of

which we still embrace today because Irving set up the basis for


The stories exude warmth as they extoll upon the decorations,

feasting, the customs, games, spirit, and communal nature of the


Irving also gets a bit nostalgic, just like we do today, noting

that some treasured traditions of Christmas in the early 19th century

that he loved had already begun to fade and were being

replaced by ones he considered more “modern.”

Reading his tales of the ancient holiday places one at a country

squire’s overflowing feast table of meats, breads, pies, and more as

well as imagining oneself happily twirling around an old time

dance floor.

Making merry this time of year is a long tradition and reading

Irving’s stories enables us to realize we are not that much different

from our ancestors when it comes to having fun, enjoying each

other’s company, and embracing our spiritual sides.

Rick Palsgrove is managing editor of the Messenger Newspapers.

Historic Ohio and Erie Canal trail

The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, Inc., and its partner

communities recently announced the development

of the new Ohio and Erie Canal Southern Descent

Heritage Trail from Buckeye Lake to Portsmouth.

The 114 mile driving trail begins at the southern

edge of Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County. It includes

Bibler lock 8 in Baltimore; locks 11, 12, and 13 in

Lockville; lock 22 in Groveport; locks 26, 27, 29, and 30

in and near Lockbourne; and remnants of the

Columbus Feeder just west of Lockbourne in Franklin


In Pickaway County the trail passes lock 31 in

Millport and includes Canal Park in Circleville. In

Scioto County the trail continues south through

Rushtown at lock 48 and lock 50 in West Portsmouth

and ends at lock 55, west of downtown Portsmouth at

the Ohio River.

All of these canal locks, with the exception of lock

55, are listed in the National Register of Historic

Places. Work to list lock 55 is underway.

Once the trail has been established, residents and

visitors will be able to learn the story of this important

transportation route as they follow the driving trail.

Creation of the trail, which will be launched next fall,

is being funded by the Canal Society of Ohio and Ohio


For information about the Ohio and Erie Canal

Southern Descent Heritage Trail, contact project director

Cathy Nelson at

(Lock 22 in Groveport is located in Groveport Park and

can also be accessed on the walking path from the city’s

Blacklick Park.)

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Madison Township police sergeant is honored

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Madison Township lauded one of its own

for the second time this year with a commendation

for police Sgt. Victor Boyd who

helped save the life of a resident in need.

During the Dec. 8 Madison Township

trustees’ meeting, Fire Chief Derek

Robinson thanked Boyd for his assistance

with a cardiac arrest patient on Nov. 30.

Trustee Chairman John Pritchard

called Boyd’s quick response “awesome”

and said no words are sufficient to describe

the Madison Township Police officer’s


“Sgt. Boyd was first on the scene, and

with the help of a bystander, removed the

victim from their car and began CPR,” said

Robinson. “Battalion 181 was next to arrive

and Sgt. Boyd assisted them by helping

place the victim on a patient carrying

device and attaching an automatic chest

compression device (LUCAS Device). These

actions made treatment from the soon

arriving Columbus Medic 4 crew more efficient

and rapid. Sgt. Boyd’s actions are

greatly appreciated, and his quick administration

of CPR provided much need circulation

for the patient until EMS arrived.”

In a Dec. 3 Letter of Commendation by

Madison Township Police Chief Gary York

to Boyd, the chief said the residents of the

township are fortunate to have local law

enforcement respond to EMS calls to initiate

care and assist fire department personnel

in the treatment of the public in need.

“When every second counts, it truly can

make a difference of life and death,” wrote

York. “Your actions represent the core values

of the Madison Township Police

Department to serve with honor, respect,

integrity and professionalism.”

Earlier on May 27, a female driver

passed out behind the wheel and Boyd,

along with Officer Keith Mallory, began

performing CPR on the victim. After several

minutes of chest compressions, a pulse

was detected as medics arrived on the


The victim was transported to Grant

Medical Center and survived. York commended

both officers for their quick


Other township news

•The trustees approved a $61,570

agreement with Rossman Enterprises for

the installation of an exhaust system for

Fire Station 181, a similar agreement with

the same company for $56,947 for Fire

Station 182, and an agreement with Finley

Fire for $215,409 for self-contained breathing


•Part-time receptionist Mary Hayes

resigned effective Dec. 1.

“At this time, we are not pursuing

replacing this position,” said Madison

Township Administrator Susan Brobst.

•Firefighters Allen Young and Rashid

Taylor will serve as fire department representatives

to the 2021 Volunteer

Firefighters Dependent Fund Board.

Ed Dildine and Pritchard will serve as

township board representatives and resident

Jerry Lupfer was elected by the fire

department and trustees to serve as a fund

board representative.

•Police officers Keith Mallory and Jason

Huston will serve as police department

representatives to the 2021 Volunteer

Peace Officer’s Dependent Fund Board.

Dildine and Michele Reynolds will serve as

township board representatives and resident

Warren Motts was elected by the

police department and trustees to serve as

a fund board representative.



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Photos from the 1964




Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Playground equipment

has changed a

lot over the years.

This photo from

Groveport Madison

High School’s 1964

Madisonian yearbook

shows the senior

and junior class

officers posing on

and monkey bars at


Elementary. Monkey

bars like this one are

rarely seen on modern


because they are

deemed dangerous.

This piece of equipment

has long been

removed from the


Elementary playground.

The monkey

bars in this photo

were popular

because they were

unique. The apparatus

was curved and

rounded like an

abstract rocket ship,

or so little kids growing up in the heyday of America’s space program thought.

Kids often played tag on these monkey bars or raced up and down them. If your

feet touched the ground in these games you were “out.” Pictured here on the monkey

bars are, from left to right, 1964 Groveport Madison High School junior class

officers John Jordan, Brian White, Sue Boring and Jim Schwarz.

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Frank’s Fish and Seafood Market, and its instore

restaurant, are known for their award winning

gumbo and for the freshest fish platters in the

area featuring cod, catfish, perch, and walleye and

the best fish tacos in town on “Taco Tuesday.”

The market and restaurant have safe pick-up

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Holiday greeters

For a visual treat take a drive to the

Groveport Municipal Golf Course, 1005

Richardson Road, to see the 130 colorful

holiday inflatables lining the driveway to

the clubhouse. City of Groveport

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The Paddock Pub, provided the inflatables

and set them up. “There was no cost

to the city to obtain the inflatables or to

set them up,” said Reeves. “Paul and

Shelly Clark wanted to spread some

Christmas cheer by sharing their inflatable

collection with the community.”


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May your holidays be

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Pandemic means adapting new ways of teaching and learning

PAGE 8 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - December 20, 2020

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

In the face of adversity, people often

adapt and rise to the challenge, as

Groveport Madison Schools teachers,

administrators, staff, students, and the

community are finding creative ways to

ensure kids get a solid education during

the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Because of the recent increase in

COVID-19 cases, the district returned to a

100 percent remote virtual online learning

model in November. School officials anticipate

the district will remain in a 100 percent

online mode until it has been determined

it is safe to a return to in-person

classes, hopefully sometime in 2021.

“When we moved back to the 100 percent

remote learning model on Nov. 16, we

indicated we would closely monitor health

conditions throughout the holidays and

make a determination in mid-January

whether it was safe to resume our blended

learning model,” said Groveport Madison

Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “Virtual

online remote instruction is not the most

ideal teaching set up, but we do know right

now it is the safest way to teach.”

Challenges and creativity

Ogden said one challenge for students in

the 100 percent remote learning model is

the limited opportunities for social interactions.

“Our teachers have worked hard to find

creative solutions to address this concern,

but it’s difficult to replicate face-to-face

interactions in a virtual world,” said Ogden,

who added that a challenge for teachers is

providing one-to-one or small group instruction

while also providing whole-group

instruction. “Students don’t always log-in

at designated times for their small group

session, which makes it difficult.”

Ogden said student attendance and

engagement online is high and she is

impressed with the creativity of the teachers.

“Many new teaching tools have been

implemented this year, such as the daily

use of Google Classroom daily, Pear Deck,

Screencastify, and many others,” said

Ogden. “Our hope is that we continue to

use these tools to engage students regardless

of which learning models we’re in at a

given time. We’ve been making many more

home visits and personal communication

with families, which we plan to continue.”

She said the district monitors when students

are not logging in. If there are three

days of no contact, house visits are made to

check on students.

“We want to be sure the kids are okay,”

said Ogden.

Ogden said the teaching and learning

aspects of remote learning are going well,

but the district also makes sure students’

social and physical needs are being met.

She gave the example of an Asbury

Elementary teacher who, noting the kids

are not getting their normal recess time,

created a scavenger hunt that kids can do

at home as a form of having recess.

“The teacher has the kids go through

their homes to find every day items, like an

umbrella or a crayon,” said Ogden. “Kids

need to have time for fun like this and this

is something that can be done safely at

home. Plus it gives parents a break.”

She noted that students needing things

like speech and occupational therapy are

still receiving this help online.

“We are still giving them the support

they need,” said Ogden.

Another example of teacher creativity,

according to Ogden, is the Mail Time video

the high school social studies department

puts together to start the day.

“It’s done like a news show that the kids

can watch where the teachers review the

state standards the kids need to know,”

said Ogden. “Afterwards the students then

log in with their specific teacher.”

She said students in laboratory classes

use live online demonstrations and simulations.

“We also purchased additional software

for our related art teams that assist in

music performance and physical education,”

said Ogden.

She said schools hold morning video

meetings where kids get information and


“We’re want to make it like a normal

school day,” said Ogden. “The amount of

creativity and thinking outside the box is

amazing. If you told me eight months ago

we would have to go to 100 percent remote

learning I would’ve questioned it. Now I am

amazed by the collaboration and idea sharing.

It’s gone beyond what was expected a

public school would look like online.”

Cruisers with Chromebooks

Ogden said a big plus for the district

was the support taxpayers provided with

the passage of the operating levy in 2014,

which enabled the Groveport Madison

Board of Education to purchase

Chromebook computers for every student.

“Without that we could not have made

such a smooth transition to remote online

learning,” said Ogden. “Other schools had

to wait a long while to get the computers

they needed. We had them already.”

Each student from kindergarten

through 12th grade has their own

Chromebook computer to use for classes.

“We launched our Cruisers with

Chromebooks program in 2017, with middle

and high school students taking their

computers home nightly and over winter

and spring breaks,” said Ogden.

Another plus was a grant obtained by

the district’s technology department to provide

hot spot Wi-Fi capability where needed

for students to allow them online access.

Parents more involved

Ogden said a benefit from the remote

online learning is that parent engagement

has increased from the normal levels found

in the traditional learning model.

“Before the pandemic parents might

have to come to school to talk with teachers

and that was not always possible,” said

Ogden. “Now parents and teachers talk

online at convenient times and work to

support the children. Attendance at parent/teacher

conferences has increased

online. Our relationships with parents are

better than ever. It’s a partnership to be


She noted one instance where six district

staff members were able to meet

online with a parent to help a student.

“It was an intimate, quick meeting

where a plan was swiftly put in place to

help the student,” said Ogden.

Students’ ability to adapt

Ogden said remote online learning is not

ideal for all students and that limited faceto-face

interactions with classmates may

have an impact on students’ social awareness

and skills.

“Some kids need to be in school. But we

have to wait until it is safe to do so. We

have worked hard over the past two years

on developing students’ (and adults’)

awareness of themselves and others,” said

Ogden. “We will monitor this area very

closely when we are able to return to inperson


When asked if she can see a day in the

future when remote learning will be the

standard form of instruction rather than

using brick and mortar buildings, Ogden

said, “We do see there are students who are

doing exceptionally well and may prefer a

remote learning model for a large percentage

or all of their courses. Anything is possible.

However, we have also seen the negative

impact of 100 percent remote on our

students’ social-emotional learning and

mental health.”

Students’ abilities to adapt to the online

learning model varies.

“It’s not so much about a particular age

group, it’s more about if a student has a

safe, designated learning environment and

an organized routine,” said Ogden.

“Students who are adapting sign in to synchronous

teaching sessions, complete work

independently, and take advantage of

teacher office hours.”

It’s about community and flexibility

Ogden said the community, city of

Groveport, and Madison Township have

provided support and ideas to the district.

“Everyone is working together. For

example, the city of Groveport gave us

masks,” said Ogden. “Madison Township

gave the district $10,000 to purchase

COVID supplies. It definitely is taking a


Once the pandemic fades away and

school returns to a traditional model,

Ogden said some of the successful ideas

used during the remote learning model

could be incorporated into teaching in the


“It’s about adapting and being flexible,”

said Ogden. “Thomas Edison once said,

‘When you have exhausted all possibilities,

remember this, you haven’t.’”

December 20, 2020 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 9

Too much glitz and glamour in “e Prom”

Celebrities, whether they hail from the

entertainment industry, the music industry,

or the sporting world, are often criticized

for speaking out for a cause.

Much of this criticism is directed by socalled

fans who are unhappy their fave has

an opposing view or an alternative life

experience, but some of it comes from the

non-celebrities within the cause who are

skeptical that their support is only being

done for positive press.

Netflix’s “The Prom” tries to examine

the latter phenomenon in a cheekier and

less serious way, but while doing so it

becomes unaware that directorial choices

to focus on the star-studded aspect of the

story nudges the film into that category

despite its best intentions.

This decision, however unconsciously

made, gives off a faint whiff of self-importance

in an otherwise sweet story about

self-discovery and genuine activism.

The film, which is adapted from a Tonynominated

Broadway musical, begins in a

small town in Indiana at a Parent-Teacher

Association meeting.

Its chair, Mrs. Greene, (Kerry

Washington) has called an emergency

meeting at the school, complete with the

local press, to discuss one student’s desire

to bring her long-term girlfriend to the

upcoming prom. Scandalized by this idea,

which she considers to be an abomination,

she encourages the association to cancel

One of the most cherished Christmas

television specials is, “A Charlie Brown


It first aired in 1965 and was groundbreaking

for its time - with its mix of profound

Christian philosophy expressed by

Linus’ speech about the first Christmas

contrasted with the secular commercial

trappings that inch into the observance of

the holiday.

I am joyfully thrust back decades in

time whenever I see this show.

Three years before Charlie Brown aired,

Mr. Magoo celebrated the holidays in 1962

with his own vision-challenged version of,

“A Christmas Carol.”

While he does not draw the same devotion

or notoriety as Charlie, Mr. Magoo is

worth the hunt to watch his version of

Ebenezer Scrooge during December.

Speaking of Scrooge–and I will argue

this until Rudolph’s red nose no longer

blazes a path through the night–there is

only one glorious cinematic version of

Charles Dickens’ masterpiece - the 1951

black and white film version starring

Alistair Sim.

It is as if Dickens wrote the timeless tale

with Sim in mind, framed against the gray

While “The Prom” is not a perfect

film by any stretch of the

imagination – it could have used

some fine tuning of the dialogue

and been trimmed by 20 minutes,

at least...

the festivities in order to be “fair to all students.”

When they do so, outrage is felt

throughout the LGBTQ community, their

allies, and the student body.

The latter’s displeasure and anger, however,

is directed at out lesbian Emma (newcomer

Jo Ellen Pellman) who only wants to

have a nice evening with her girlfriend and


While this is happening in the Midwest,

outrage is also brewing in New York City,

but this comes from a slew of Broadway

actors who are mystified that critics had

negative things to say about their latest

play “Eleanor! The Eleanor Roosevelt

Musical.” Frustrated by the response

which called them unlikeable squirming

worms, former big-name stars Dee Dee

Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman

(James Corden) set off to find something to

“make their brand more appealing.”

Despite a few alcoholic beverages to get

the ideas flowing (and the sadness at a

manageable level), they come up with no

bleakness of London of

the 1840s. Sim is the

consummate Scrooge,

full of iconic smugness

in his devoted pursuit

of penny pinching and

financial gain.

Sim blurs the line

between actor and role

as he becomes the quintessential


using his height to lurk

over the less fortunate

with a craggy

face that runs the

gamut from hardened

miser to compassionate


Scrooge’s redemption at the hands of a

trio of spirits showcases Sim’s dynamic acting

chops in a role made for the actor and a

holiday gift I unwrap year after year. If you

only have time to watch one holiday classic,

make it this version of “A Christmas


ideas on how to make themselves more

marketable or likeable, the former deemed

more important than the latter. While

drowning in their sorrows, they learn from

fellow struggling actors (but with less

name and face recognition) Angie

Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent

Oliver (Andrew Rannells) about the goings

on in that small Indiana town.

Being a gay man, Barry can empathize

with Emma’s plight and being considered

one of the great “gay positive icons,” Dee

Dee can too, in her own way.

Knowing they can make a difference

from their celebrity, the pair, alongside

Angie and Trent, set off for small-town

Indiana to “change the minds of those bigoted

monsters” and snag some positive

press in the process.

Though the story is largely centered

around Emma and the challenges she and

her closeted girlfriend, Alyssa Greene,

(Ariana DeBose) face, the film’s primary

focus is on the more well-known cast of

characters played by actors Streep,

Kidman, Corden and, to a lesser degree,


As I have not seen the Broadway play in

full — I did catch their showcase at the

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that,

ironically, drew heavy criticism when it

featured a scene with the two female leads

kissing — I do not know if that is the case in

that medium as well but the film version

Likewise, Irving Berlin’s homage to the

holidays– “White Christmas” –is another

gift I give myself.

The ending alone - where all the stage

trappings are pulled away to showcase the

snow falling outside as the four lead actors

waltz around in the most amazing holiday

costumes ever - is another cinematic

Christmas card.

“White Christmas” whirls around the

screen in glorious color, song, and dance

under the stewardship of Bing Crosby, Danny

Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen.

Yes, it is a classic boy meets girl, boy

loses girl and everyone is happy in the end

story, but it is oh so much more. It is also

poignant, a tale of doing something nice for

someone who gave so much, full of hope.

Will it or won’t it snow? It is also filled with

songs that have stood the test of time.

The Reel Deal

feels slightly less

disingenuous with its

focus on them. Yes,

they are the funniest

parts of the musical

and, yes, to its credit,

it does show their

characters trying to

grow as fully realized



narcissistic adults,

but the film could

have done a better job

at balancing the two topically important


While “The Prom” is not a perfect film

by any stretch of the imagination — it could

have used some fine tuning of the dialogue

and been trimmed by 20 minutes, at least —

it is a brightly enjoyable look at two

teenage girls finding their inner strength

through their love for each other, a mess of

adults trying to improve their behaviors to

better themselves and the world, and a possible

future where the lights on Broadway

can shine once again.

Grade: C+

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

Let’s talk about Christmas television specials and films





“White Christmas” whirls

around the screen in glorious

color, song, and dance under the

stewardship of Bing Crosby,

Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

and Vera Ellen.

What more could you ask for?

Unless it happens to be Rankin and

Bass’ stop-motion 1964 animation classic

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” another

case of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy

finds friends and a snow monster and gets

girl. Or, if you rather, Santa makes a big

mistake. Rudolph saved Santa’s reputation,

the Island of Misfit Toys, and


My list of holiday cinematic happiness is

not complete without mentioning my modern

favorites – “A Christmas Story,”

“Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,”

“Christmas Vacation,” “Elf,” “Jingle All the

Way,” and “The Polar Express” (the ending

makes me cry every single time).

So, drag along a millennial or two, grab

a cup of hot cocoa (topped with marshmallows,

of course) and join me in the pursuit

of the classics - holiday style.

Linda Dillman is a Messenger staff writer.

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Antiques, Furn.

Jeff 614-262-0676

or 614-783-2629

We Buy Junk Cars &

Trucks. Highest Prices

Paid. 614-395-8775




CALL/TEXT 614-350-4511


Englewood, Florida

Palm Manor Resort

Within minutes of white

sand Gulf beaches,

world famous Tarpon

fishing, golf courses, restaurants/shopping,


Gardens. 2 BR 2 BA

condos with all ammenities,

weekly/monthly, visit

or call 1-800-848-8141

December 20, 2020 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 11

xClassified Services


Washer, Dryer, Stove &

Refrig. Repair 875-7588



Walker’s Basement

Waterproofing. LLC





Any 5 areas $75.


Specializing in Pet Odors


Looking for Mrs. Clean?

For excellent cleaning serv

at reas. rates w/great refs,

depend. 10% Sr Disc.

Free Est. Disinfectant

Fogging Now Avail.

Gwen 614-226-5229


AJ’s Concrete,


Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.




Quality Concrete Work

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

Block Work & Excavation

Stamp Patios,

Bsmt. Wall Restoration

35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.

Free Ests. 614-871-3834

Buckeye City

Concrete & Excavating

* Concrete * Foundations

* Waterlines * Drains

*Catch Basins




Bates & Sons


5 ★ Google Reviews


Low Price-Great Service

5 & 6” Seamless gutters,

covers, siding, gutter clng.

Bill 614-306-4541



Complete System Clean & Check


Free Carbon

Monoxide Testing

Gas-Oil-Electric Heat/Pumps

All Makes • All Models

43 yrs exp. • Sr. Discount


1/17 A

1/17 A/M

1/17 A



SINCE 1973

Phil Bolon Contr.

Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.


Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

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


or 614-863-9912






Earn FREE Seamless

Gutters with Siding Over

1000 Sq. Ft.

FREE Shutters with

Soffit & Trim

EPA Certified

Member of BBB

Financing Available

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.


Owner & Operator

James 614-419-7500


Services LLC

Minor Plumbing

& Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing &

Interior/Exterior Painting

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines







Home Repairs, Roofing,

Siding, Gutters, Soffits,

Misc. Int. Repairs

Int. Painting

Call Joe 614-778-1460

37 Years Exp.

11-29 A

1-3 A



Professional Drywall

Finishing Services

“We Do It All”

From New Builds to Remodels

Call Now For Est.






Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall


Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117


Aaron Allen


Local Moving since 1956

Bonded and Insured




over 60 yrs

in business


Painter Over 30 Yrs Exp.

Free Est. Reas Rates

Daniel 614-226-4221

A Job Well Done Again

A lic. General Contractor

Some Skilled Services

Incl: Painting • Stucco,


Drainage & Home Maint.

Call Today! 614-235-1819








Textured Ceilings




Getting Your Home

Ready for the


Check Out The

Service Directory

and Find What

You Need

From A-Z.

Classified Services

1-3 A/M

1-17 A&M




“Plumbing & Drain Professional

That You Can Count On”

24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week

No Overtime Charges

24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &

Drain Cleaning Field

Call For A Free Phone Estimate

$100.00 For Any Small Drain


30% OFF with AD

All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any sm drain

$125 + tax. 614-778-2584



“One Call Does It All”



With This Ad



All Major Credit Cards Accepted


Bates & Sons

Soft Wash & Powerwash

5 ★ Google Reviews



Robinson roofing & repairs

30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.

resident. Lic./bonded/Ins.

Reas rates. Member of

BBB. Dennis Robinson

614-330-3087, 732-3100



REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

service. Clean, oil, adjust

in your home. $49.95 all

work gtd. 614-890-5296


Brewer & Sons Tree Service

• Tree Removal

• Tree Trimming 1-3


• Stump Grinding

• Bucket Truck Services

Best Prices • Same Day Service



1/3 A/M

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Libraries return to curbside

and walk-up services

The Columbus Metropolitan Library

system returned to curbside and walk-up

services only on Nov. 21.

The move was in response to the joint

health advisory issued by the city of

Columbus and Franklin County, advising

residents to leave home only to go to work

or school, or for essential needs.

As of Nov. 21, there is no public entry

into any of the libraries, however curbside

pickup and walk-up services are available.

The Marion-Franklin Branch will be

closed for all services, including returns.

The libraries will continue to follow

guidelines provided by local, county and

state health officials and the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention.

Digital library resources remain available

24/7 at, including

eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies

and music, plus research and learning


The library system has many channels

for customers to connect with staff, including:

•Live Chat: CML’s live chat feature is a

convenient way to get help Monday

through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.,

Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

•Phone Lines: CML staff are available

at 614-645-2275 to give customers the help

they need Monday through Thursday from

9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9

a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

•School Help: K-12 students, parents

and teachers can connect with staff members

for Online Homework Help.

•Reserve an Expert: Customers can

book an online, one-on-one appointment to

get the help they need.

Follow CML on social media (Facebook,

Twitter) and check for

updates. Additional changes in operation

will be shared as this rapidly evolving public

health situation continues to unfold.

RITA non-filing notice

The city of Groveport contracts with the

Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.) to

perform collection duties for the city’s

income tax.

During the week of Nov. 30, R.I.T.A. will

mail Non-Filing Income Tax Notices to residents

and businesses who may have been

required to file a city of Groveport income

tax return for calendar year 2019. Please

know that if you receive one of the notices

you should contact the R.I.T.A.

Compliance Department at (800) 860-7482,

the Groveport’s Finance Department at

(614) 836-5301 or Groveport’s Tax

Administrator at (614) 352-8725 to discuss

resolution of the issue.

Groveport Road studies

Groveport City Engineer Steve Farst

said two studies will be conducted along

the Groveport Road corridor. One is a safety

study between Greenpointe Drive and

the Kroger entrance to identify and design

intersection improvements at Greenpointe

Drive and at State Route 317. The other is

a planning study of the thoroughfare route

between Bixby Road and State Route 317.

Senior Transportation

Groveport senior transportation provides

transportation for senior and disabled residents

of the city of Groveport. For information

call 836-7433.

Marcy Trinity

Lutheran Church

9980 Marcy Road

Ashville, OH 43103

(at the corner of St. Rt. 674 and Marcy Road.)

Christmas Eve Candlelight

Service - 7:00 p.m.

For more info visit:


Christmas Church Services

Hopewell United Methodist Church

4348 London Lancaster Rd.


Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith

Sunday Services Premier at 10:30 A.M.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons,

Carols, Communion and Dreaming with God

Premiers at 6:00 P.M. December 24

Hopewell UMC Groveport YouTube Channel EXLRygF7CzHtmcdLg

2020 has been a year of great disappointment, distraction

and depression. Yet there is a bright spot during all of this: JESUS.

He is the light that shines in midst of our dark days of

disappointment, distractions, and depression.

He is One who never leaves us nor forsake us.

He is the Savior who brings hope, joy, peace,

and love into any and every situation.

So this Christmas lets take time to center our hearts around

The Gift that is Jesus by joining us for our

Christmas Eve Celebration Service

December 24th at 6:00 p.m.

Join us at the church or watch the live stream from the comfort of your

home on Facebook at:

First Baptist wishes our community a very Merry Christmas!


5521 Groveport Rd., Groveport, OH 43125

Vine Life

Assembly of God

434 Main St.

Groveport, OH 43125

In person Advent Service Dec. 20 at 10:45

Or you can view at

St. Mary Catholic Church

5684 Groveport Rd., Groveport, OH 43125


Christmas Mass Schedule

December 24th: 5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Masses

December 25th: 9:00 a.m. Mass

Visit our website:

Visit our Facebook Page


5336 Gender Road, Canal Winchester

Christmas Eve services include

Virtual Worship beginning at 4:30 P.M.

On Demand at

Outdoor Service with Carols,

Communion & Candlelight

at 6:30 P.M.

Groveport Presbyterian Church

275 College Street

Groveport, OH 43125

Christmas Eve Service at 11:00 pm


Worship Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am

Brice United

Methodist Church

3160 Brice Road, Brice, Ohio 43109


Pastor Nick Shaw

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 6:30 pm

Contact Church for further deatails.

Sunday Morning Worship Service - 10:30 a.m.

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