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<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

<strong>December</strong> 2, <strong>2020</strong>-January 9, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII, No. 14<br />

Hometown Realtor<br />

Marylee Bendig<br />

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Superintendent and<br />

treasurer get pay raises<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Mayor Lance Westcamp, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and a group of happy<br />

elves lighted the city’s Christmas tree, as well as many more lights strung<br />

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

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

Lighting the night<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic<br />

has made this a year of emotional shadows.<br />

When coupled with the darkness of<br />

<strong>December</strong> - with its early sunsets as the<br />

sun completes its journey south prior to<br />

the winter solstice - it is clear we need<br />

some hope and light.<br />

Recently this cloak of dimness of the<br />

soul and sight was relieved by the illumination<br />

of the joyously colorful lights of<br />

the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Christmas tree<br />

and other trees in Heritage Park along<br />

Wirt Road.<br />

On Dec. 3, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus,<br />

Mayor Lance Westcamp, and a host of<br />

elves lighted the trees in a brief event<br />

that was not open to the public due to<br />

the pandemic. However, the ceremony<br />

can be seen now on the city’s Facebook<br />

page.<br />

In previous years the holiday event,<br />

known as “A Heritage Holiday,” attracted<br />

large crowds of children and adults to<br />

Heritage Park eager to see Santa arrive<br />

on a Madison Township fire truck. In<br />

those past times, Santa happily moved<br />

through a mob of kids making an effort<br />

to acknowledge each of them before<br />

meeting up with the mayor to light the<br />

trees. The Jolly Old Elf would then take<br />

his seat in the log house to hear each<br />

child’s Christmas wishes.<br />

But this year in Heritage Park,<br />

because of the pandemic, there was no<br />

crowd of happy-faced children, no choir<br />

or musicians performing Christmas carols,<br />

no ice sculptor creating his icy art,<br />

and no hayrides around Palm Pond.<br />

Those are things we remember happily<br />

from past Christmas seasons and they<br />

are the things we as a community look<br />

forward to returning to in the coming<br />

years after this dreadful pandemic<br />

wanes.<br />

So this year the tree lighting celebration<br />

(which was also streamed live on<br />

Facebook) was simpler and quieter than<br />

in the past. But it is important to<br />

remember that, in spite of the pandemic,<br />

the ceremonial event was safely held,<br />

See LIGHTING, page 2<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Board of<br />

Education approved salary increases for<br />

the district’s superintendent and treasurer.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Communications<br />

Director Jeff Warner said the step was<br />

taken to adjust the superintendent’s and<br />

treasurer’s pay to meet the district’s<br />

adjusted administrative salary schedule.<br />

The action came after a private company<br />

conducted a salary study comparing<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison’s administrative<br />

salaries with those at schools of similar<br />

size and demographics.<br />

“It brings the salaries into alignment<br />

with other similar school districts,” said<br />

Warner. “Our administrators were at the<br />

bottom countywide according to the salary<br />

study. Our superintendent was the lowest<br />

paid superintendent in the county.”<br />

Superintendent Garilee Ogden’s current<br />

Photo courtesy of <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

Sgt. Josh Short<br />

Car fire<br />

A car caught fire in the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Kroger parking lot on the morning of<br />

Dec. 16. According to <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police Sgt. Josh Short, firefighters<br />

from Madison Township Fire Station<br />

181 arrived on the scene and put out<br />

the fire. Short said no one was injured<br />

and this was a property damage only<br />

incident. Short said the fire is<br />

believed to have been the result of<br />

electrical issues in the vehicle.<br />

City income tax revenue<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s <strong>2020</strong> income tax<br />

revenue as of Nov. 30 is $14.5 million,<br />

which is 13.1 percent lower than the same<br />

time in 2019. Income tax revenues comprise<br />

the largest portion of the city’s total<br />

revenues year-to-date, or 50.6 percent of<br />

all revenues, according to <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Finance Director Jason Carr. He added,<br />

through November, operational receipts<br />

for the recreation department and golf<br />

course are down $969,310 and $89,109<br />

respectively. The city will consider increasing<br />

general fund transfers to these departments<br />

as they are unable to generate sufficient<br />

receipts consistent with prior years.<br />

salary was $148,881. Under the contract,<br />

her new annual base salary is effective as<br />

follows - as of Aug. 1, 2021: $160,000; as of<br />

Aug. 1, 2022: $164,000; as of Aug. 1, 2023:<br />

$168,000.<br />

Treasurer Felicia Drummey’s current<br />

salary was $130,000. Under the contract,<br />

her new annual base salary is effective as<br />

follows - Aug. 1, <strong>2020</strong>: $130,000; as of Jan.<br />

1, 2021: $134,000; as of Aug. 1, 2021:<br />

$138,000; as of Aug. 1, 2022: $141,450.<br />

“School district superintendents and<br />

treasurers have big jobs and work long<br />

hours,” said Warner. “Nationwide there is<br />

a shortage of qualified candidates for<br />

superintendent and treasurer jobs. There’s<br />

not a natural career conduit for people to<br />

flow into a school treasurer position.<br />

There’s also been a lot retirements nationally<br />

among superintendents and treasurers,<br />

which contributes to the shortage of<br />

available qualified people.”<br />

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<strong>Messenger</strong>’s upcoming<br />

publication schedule<br />

The <strong>Messenger</strong> will alter its print publication schedule for the<br />

holiday season. The print publication and delivery date for the<br />

remainder of <strong>2020</strong> is Dec. 20. After that, print publication and<br />

delivery will resume every other week following the holidays on<br />

Jan. 10. Thank you for reading the <strong>Messenger</strong>!<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

which proves the pandemic cannot tamp down the Christmas<br />

spirit of the people of <strong>Groveport</strong>. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along<br />

with a few elves, visited the city to bring hope, joy, colorful lights,<br />

and the promise of a brighter future for everyone. Mrs. Claus even<br />

graced the night by singing a Christmas carol.<br />

The colorful lights in Heritage Park are indeed something to<br />

see. Take a drive by the park some night this holiday season and<br />

drink in the beauty and color that is exhibited there. Gaze upon<br />

the richness of the color of the lights as they glow in the night.<br />

Think about how each light represents each of us one and all and<br />

how, when joined together, we make a place beautiful. Take some<br />

time while looking at the lights in the park to reflect on the past,<br />

present, and future of us all. Pause to remember the meaning of<br />

the season.<br />

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Band hopes to travel to Disney World this spring<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School Marching<br />

Band is hoping the ongoing pandemic will not disrupt<br />

its plans to perform at DisneyWorld in Florida this<br />

spring.<br />

“We are all very aware of the current COVID conditions<br />

in Ohio and across the nation and the potential<br />

that this trip may have to be cancelled as a result,”<br />

said Jonah Angulo-Hurtig, director of bands at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School. “Without question,<br />

our top priority is the safety of our students, staff, and<br />

chaperones. We will continue to work closely with the<br />

high school’s and district’s administration as we carefully<br />

consider all options.”<br />

The trip is scheduled to take place from April 6-11,<br />

2021 during the district’s spring break.<br />

“Our current plan is to travel to Animal Kingdom,<br />

The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios,”<br />

said Angulo-Hurtig. “An alternative schedule would<br />

substitute Universal Studios in the event that any of<br />

the other venues are not available. “<br />

He said the cost for each student is slightly more<br />

than $1,000.<br />

“This includes travel coach rental (required for outof-state<br />

travel), lodging, dedicated overnight security,<br />

our tour director, meals, clinics, performances, and<br />

entrance fees to the venues,” said Angulo-Hurtig.<br />

Fundraising<br />

Several fundraising opportunities for students and<br />

their families are being pursued to help defray as<br />

much of the trip costs as possible.Some fundraising<br />

activities are for individuals, while others are for the<br />

entire group. The deadline for collecting all funds for<br />

the trip is in February of 2021.<br />

“We have until 90 days before the trip to make a<br />

final determination on the trip in order to secure<br />

refunds up to 95 percent of the total cost of the trip,”<br />

Angulo-Hurtig. “We also have encouraged families to<br />

take out travel insurance in the event of a last-minute<br />

change in plans, which allows for close to full reimbursement.”<br />

Fundraising projects include pairing with Fan<br />

Cloth to sell <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison merchandise.<br />

“We also were supported as a program by our local<br />

Raising Cane’s location during the football season to<br />

promote our program,” Angulo-Hurtig. “These two<br />

fundraisers are just the beginning of our fundraising<br />

opportunities to provide our families with financial<br />

support for the trip.”<br />

The band is also using a fundraising platform called<br />

“Fansraise”<br />

at<br />

https://app.fansraise.com/c/0382e41e18824378bdd738c<br />

a0563940a/disney-here-we-come for anyone wishing to<br />

help raise money for students who will be on the<br />

Disney trip.<br />

“All of the money we raise will be split evenly<br />

between the students who will be going on the trip,”<br />

Angulo-Hurtig. “If anything deters this trip, the donations<br />

we receive will be used for future band trips<br />

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

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Department will offer<br />

lifeguard certification classes beginning in January.<br />

Persons must be age 15 by the last day of class. The<br />

normal classroom portion of the class will be held<br />

online (eight hours). The in-water portion of the class<br />

(20 hours) will be held at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation<br />

Center’s indoor pool, 7370 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road. Cost is $50<br />

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

Members of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School<br />

Marching Band are shown here during a past performance<br />

in the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

About the trip<br />

“We are thrilled to have been invited to perform in<br />

a parade at the Magic Kingdom,” Angulo-Hurtig.<br />

“With COVID-19, we are prepared for Disney to make<br />

possible changes and adjustments to this portion of our<br />

trip for general safety protocols.”<br />

Band members will also attend an instrumental<br />

workshop run by the musical staff at Disney.<br />

“We are hoping that the students will have this<br />

wonderful opportunity to receive critique and work<br />

directly with professional musicians and educators,”<br />

Angulo-Hurtig.<br />

He said it has been four years since the band made<br />

the trip to Disney.<br />

“Typically, the Disney trip is made once every four<br />

years so every band student has the opportunity to go<br />

once during their time in band in high school,” Angulo-<br />

Hurtig. “Outside of Disney, we typically will take a<br />

trip every two years between Disney to provide other<br />

musical and education opportunities for students, as<br />

well as the opportunity to travel and see other parts of<br />

the country.”<br />

It’s about student growth<br />

When asked why trips like this are important to the<br />

musical, personal, and educational development of the<br />

band members, Angulo-Hurtig said, “There are so<br />

many benefits that are gained from trips of this<br />

nature. The primary focus is to provide meaningful<br />

musical experiences for students, where they can work<br />

with and learn from professional educators and musicians<br />

from across the nation through music clinics.<br />

They have opportunities to see and interact with other<br />

student musicians from across the country, and they<br />

get to perform before thousands of guests - an experience<br />

and memories that will last a lifetime. Lastly, but<br />

no less important, is the benefit that comes from working<br />

toward a common goal that results in not only an<br />

exemplary public performance, but also a stronger<br />

sense of community spirit, pride, and mutual respect.”<br />

Lifeguarding classes at <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center<br />

for <strong>Groveport</strong> residents and $60 for all others. Free<br />

skills training sessions are available to get persons<br />

acclimated to the pre-requisites. For information call<br />

Aquatics Manager Seth Bower at 614-836-1000 or<br />

email sbower@groveport.org or visit www.groveportrec.com.<br />

Register either in-person at the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Recreation Center or online at www.groveportrec.com.

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Watching the trees<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> has consistently been named<br />

a Tree City USA and city officials aim to<br />

maintain that tradition by instituting a<br />

program to protect its city-owned trees.<br />

The city has a large number of old, tall<br />

trees that enhance the beauty of its<br />

streetscape. But older trees also can get<br />

sick as they age and present a danger, such<br />

as last May when a spring storm uprooted<br />

a big tree along Front Street that crushed<br />

a <strong>Groveport</strong> Police cruiser (the police officer<br />

was unhurt). After that incident, city<br />

officials and an arborist examined old trees<br />

on Front Street, and other surrounding<br />

streets, and targeted the weaker trees for<br />

removal.<br />

Now the city has plans to create an<br />

annual tree inspection and maintenance<br />

program to protect the town’s city-owned<br />

historic trees, as well as younger ones, that<br />

line its streets.<br />

“When Brian Strayer was hired as public<br />

services director, one of the first projects<br />

we discussed was the creation of an annual<br />

(tree program),” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Administrator B.J. King. “We agreed on<br />

the importance of having a memorialized<br />

program, especially with the issues we<br />

dealt with this year related to trees on<br />

Front Street.”<br />

King said the goal of the program is to<br />

conduct regularly scheduled inspections<br />

and maintenance of city-owned trees to<br />

mitigate any potential hazards.<br />

“We will work to GPS locate city-owned<br />

trees, which will also include data about<br />

inspections and maintenance,” said King.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Councilman Ed Dildine,<br />

who is also council’s representative on the<br />

city’s trees and decorations committee,<br />

said, “I think it’s a great start to something<br />

we have never done on a regular basis. It<br />

will give us a starting point and we can<br />

expand it from there. The large historical<br />

trees are part of the scenic beautiful history<br />

of <strong>Groveport</strong> and are a priority to make<br />

sure we can maintain them, but we need to<br />

make sure they are safe.”<br />

Dildine said Main, Front, Elm,<br />

Blacklick, and Church streets are the core<br />

of old <strong>Groveport</strong> “and have the best examples<br />

of the historical trees.”<br />

King said the tree program will be funded<br />

from the city’s street fund budget.<br />

“The street fund is funded from income<br />

tax collections,” said King. “Additionally,<br />

the city has a tree fund in the budget. The<br />

tree fund can only be used to replace street<br />

trees located in subdivisions. In the street<br />

fund there is $16,000 budgeted for this program<br />

in 2021.”<br />

When asked who the arborist will be<br />

that the city will use, King said that is still<br />

to be determined as he and the Public<br />

Services Department are working on<br />

options.<br />

About the proposed tree program<br />

A draft proposal of the tree inspection<br />

and maintenance program was presented<br />

to <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council for its review.<br />

The plans goals are to: maintain the<br />

health of all city owned trees; plant or<br />

replant the largest suitable tree for the site<br />

selected; and maintain a fully stocked<br />

urban forest.<br />

The plan’s strategies include: performing<br />

routine health and hazard assessments<br />

of all city-owned trees; removing or pruning<br />

for safety all dead and hazardous trees<br />

each year; quick response to requests for<br />

service; planting a diverse population of<br />

trees and replant removed trees each<br />

planting season; plant species and placement<br />

of trees with aesthetic properties<br />

such as summer and fall color and shape;<br />

ongoing routine inventory and evaluation<br />

of all city-owned trees; routine hazard<br />

assessment; conducting Arbor Day activities;<br />

and coordinating with the city’s tree<br />

and decorations committee.<br />

According to the proposed plan, “Trees,<br />

when healthy and vigorous, provide<br />

tremendous value to the community.<br />

Proactive maintenance reduces costs and<br />

helps keep trees healthy. Large trees provide<br />

more benefits than small trees and<br />

should be prioritized when space allows.<br />

This will provide the most benefit for the<br />

community.”<br />

around <strong>Groveport</strong> and Madison Township<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police statistics<br />

November crime statistics, according to<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police: 8 arrests, 13 accidents,<br />

1 assault, 0 burglaries, 3 domestic<br />

disputes, 1 domestic violence, 1 OVI and<br />

alcohol, 1 thefts/robberies, 0 stolen/unauthorized<br />

use, 0 missing persons, 0 weapon<br />

related calls, 0 narcotic related offenses, 0<br />

school related incidents, 11 parking, 0<br />

threats, 0 vandalism, 44 traffic citations, 0<br />

sex related crime, 0 suicide attempts/DOA.<br />

Township Police statistics<br />

November crime statistics from the<br />

Madison Township Police: 136 traffic stops,<br />

39 assist/mutual aid, 4 burglary, 25 domestic<br />

complaints, 21 suspicious persons, 11<br />

suspicious cars, 19 larceny/thefts, 8 threats<br />

or harassment, 8 vandalism, 10 parking,<br />

13 accidents with injuries, 1 fight, 7 shots<br />

fired in area, and 9 property damage accidents.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> history films<br />

Two documentary films on the history of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, produced by the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

now available for viewing online on<br />

YouTube.<br />

The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: 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 />

Alley drainage<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council is considering<br />

legislation to contract for drainage<br />

improvements in the city’s alleys.<br />

“The Public Works Department is<br />

inspecting various drainage pipes in alleys<br />

located in the downtown area,” said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J. King.<br />

“In 2021, drainage improvements will<br />

occur in Hickory Alley. Annually, there<br />

will be money included in the budget to<br />

continue the improvements of older storm<br />

drainage systems in the alleys.”<br />

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Some holiday reading to consider<br />

The holidays bring us Christmas movies, television specials,<br />

stage plays, and concerts in which to joyfully embrace the season.<br />

But there is another medium where we can enjoy the stuff of<br />

Christmas: books.<br />

Two of the best for Christmas reading are 19th century classics:<br />

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

“The Sketch Book,” by Washington Irving (published in 1820).<br />

Everyone is familiar with Dickens’ tale of the miser Ebenezer<br />

Scrooge who undergoes a spiritual transformation of redemption.<br />

The story is so timeless that it has been produced and parodied in<br />

many forms. Most people are probably familiar with the story<br />

through the many films and stage plays based on the book. The<br />

worst of these are musicals with hokey songs that take away from<br />

the narrative. The best of which are the serious films that try to<br />

adhere closely to Dickens’ work.<br />

But to get the true resonance of the story one can read Dickens’<br />

written words as they appear on the pages of the original book. It’s<br />

a delightful and transforming experience.<br />

I recommend obtaining a copy of the book that includes the<br />

original illustrations, especially one with the drawing of Marley’s<br />

Ghost visit to Scrooge.<br />

Dickens’ wrote in an accessible, direct style with a flair for dialogue<br />

and a talent for description. Here is an example of Dickens<br />

deftly blending humor and horror:<br />

Scrooge is alone in his dark, cold house eating his miserable<br />

gruel, when the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, makes a<br />

spooky and frighteningly grand appearance before him.<br />

There’s a give and take conversation between the two as the<br />

scared, yet doubting, Scrooge tries to figure out the apparition<br />

before him and why it is there.<br />

Marley’s Ghost loses patience with this and in his ghostly<br />

annoyed way asks Scrooge, “Why do you doubt your senses?”<br />

Scrooge falls back on intellectual reasoning telling Marley’s<br />

Ghost, “Because a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the<br />

stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef,<br />

a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment<br />

of an underdone potato.”<br />

In spite of being terrified, Scrooge summons<br />

up enough meanness, courage, and<br />

wit to say to Marley’s Ghost, “There’s more<br />

of gravy than of grave about you...”<br />

Not only is Scrooge’s joke funny, but the<br />

timing is impeccable as it comes at a tense<br />

moment when the reader is least expecting<br />

humor. The joke is unleashed just as the<br />

ghost is riding high on its initial shock value<br />

of appearing in the room. Dickens uses<br />

humor as an equalizer.<br />

It’s a good joke, too. It has the fun word<br />

play of “gravy” and<br />

“grave,” plus it is<br />

insulting to Marley’s<br />

Ghost. Insult humor<br />

when used against what appears to be a<br />

more powerful entity is a wonderfully subversive<br />

thing. Scrooge’s joke seeks to put<br />

Marley’s Ghost in his cosmic place.<br />

However, the joke infuriates Marley’s<br />

Ghost because, even though he’s other worldly,<br />

there’s still enough human essence in him<br />

to dislike being the butt of a joke.<br />

Wrote Dickens, “...the spirit raised a<br />

frightful cry and shook his chain with such<br />

dismal and appalling noise...” The apparition<br />

then terrorizingly bellows in response, “Man<br />

of the worldly mind do you believe in me or<br />

not?’<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

It’s a fearsome outburst that reasserts ghostly control of the situation<br />

and cows Scrooge, which is the beginning of the old miser’s<br />

journey along a path of redemption.<br />

Pick up a copy of the book and let Dickens’ words transport you<br />

through time, space, and dimension.<br />

Washington Irving’s, “The Sketch Book,” is a collection of short<br />

stories - most notably, “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of<br />

Sleepy Hollow.” However the book also includes four Christmas<br />

stories: “Christmas,” “Christmas Eve,” “Christmas Day,” and “The<br />

Christmas Dinner.”<br />

With these stories one can travel back in time with the written<br />

word and experience some timeless Christmas traditions, some of<br />

which we still embrace today because Irving set up the basis for<br />

them.<br />

The stories exude warmth as they extoll upon the decorations,<br />

feasting, the customs, games, spirit, and communal nature of the<br />

season.<br />

Irving also gets a bit nostalgic, just like we do today, noting<br />

that some treasured traditions of Christmas in the early 19th century<br />

that he loved had already begun to fade and were being<br />

replaced by ones he considered more “modern.”<br />

Reading his tales of the ancient holiday places one at a country<br />

squire’s overflowing feast table of meats, breads, pies, and more as<br />

well as imagining oneself happily twirling around an old time<br />

dance floor.<br />

Making merry this time of year is a long tradition and reading<br />

Irving’s stories enables us to realize we are not that much different<br />

from our ancestors when it comes to having fun, enjoying each<br />

other’s company, and embracing our spiritual sides.<br />

Rick Palsgrove is managing editor of the <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspapers.<br />

Historic Ohio and Erie Canal trail<br />

The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, Inc., and its partner<br />

communities recently announced the development<br />

of the new Ohio and Erie Canal Southern Descent<br />

Heritage Trail from Buckeye Lake to Portsmouth.<br />

The 114 mile driving trail begins at the southern<br />

edge of Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County. It includes<br />

Bibler lock 8 in Baltimore; locks 11, 12, and 13 in<br />

Lockville; lock 22 in <strong>Groveport</strong>; locks 26, 27, 29, and 30<br />

in and near Lockbourne; and remnants of the<br />

Columbus Feeder just west of Lockbourne in Franklin<br />

County.<br />

In Pickaway County the trail passes lock 31 in<br />

Millport and includes Canal Park in Circleville. In<br />

Scioto County the trail continues south through<br />

Rushtown at lock 48 and lock 50 in West Portsmouth<br />

and ends at lock 55, west of downtown Portsmouth at<br />

the Ohio River.<br />

All of these canal locks, with the exception of lock<br />

55, are listed in the National Register of Historic<br />

Places. Work to list lock 55 is underway.<br />

Once the trail has been established, residents and<br />

visitors will be able to learn the story of this important<br />

transportation route as they follow the driving trail.<br />

Creation of the trail, which will be launched next fall,<br />

is being funded by the Canal Society of Ohio and Ohio<br />

Humanities.<br />

For information about the Ohio and Erie Canal<br />

Southern Descent Heritage Trail, contact project director<br />

Cathy Nelson at cathyd.nelson@gmail.com.<br />

(Lock 22 in <strong>Groveport</strong> is located in <strong>Groveport</strong> Park and<br />

can also be accessed on the walking path from the city’s<br />

Blacklick Park.)

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Madison Township police sergeant is honored<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Madison Township lauded one of its own<br />

for the second time this year with a commendation<br />

for police Sgt. Victor Boyd who<br />

helped save the life of a resident in need.<br />

During the Dec. 8 Madison Township<br />

trustees’ meeting, Fire Chief Derek<br />

Robinson thanked Boyd for his assistance<br />

with a cardiac arrest patient on Nov. 30.<br />

Trustee Chairman John Pritchard<br />

called Boyd’s quick response “awesome”<br />

and said no words are sufficient to describe<br />

the Madison Township Police officer’s<br />

actions.<br />

“Sgt. Boyd was first on the scene, and<br />

with the help of a bystander, removed the<br />

victim from their car and began CPR,” said<br />

Robinson. “Battalion 181 was next to arrive<br />

and Sgt. Boyd assisted them by helping<br />

place the victim on a patient carrying<br />

device and attaching an automatic chest<br />

compression device (LUCAS Device). These<br />

actions made treatment from the soon<br />

arriving Columbus Medic 4 crew more efficient<br />

and rapid. Sgt. Boyd’s actions are<br />

greatly appreciated, and his quick administration<br />

of CPR provided much need circulation<br />

for the patient until EMS arrived.”<br />

In a Dec. 3 Letter of Commendation by<br />

Madison Township Police Chief Gary York<br />

to Boyd, the chief said the residents of the<br />

township are fortunate to have local law<br />

enforcement respond to EMS calls to initiate<br />

care and assist fire department personnel<br />

in the treatment of the public in need.<br />

“When every second counts, it truly can<br />

make a difference of life and death,” wrote<br />

York. “Your actions represent the core values<br />

of the Madison Township Police<br />

Department to serve with honor, respect,<br />

integrity and professionalism.”<br />

Earlier on May 27, a female driver<br />

passed out behind the wheel and Boyd,<br />

along with Officer Keith Mallory, began<br />

performing CPR on the victim. After several<br />

minutes of chest compressions, a pulse<br />

was detected as medics arrived on the<br />

scene.<br />

The victim was transported to Grant<br />

Medical Center and survived. York commended<br />

both officers for their quick<br />

response.<br />

Other township news<br />

•The trustees approved a $61,570<br />

agreement with Rossman Enterprises for<br />

the installation of an exhaust system for<br />

Fire Station 181, a similar agreement with<br />

the same company for $56,947 for Fire<br />

Station 182, and an agreement with Finley<br />

Fire for $215,409 for self-contained breathing<br />

apparatus.<br />

•Part-time receptionist Mary Hayes<br />

resigned effective Dec. 1.<br />

“At this time, we are not pursuing<br />

replacing this position,” said Madison<br />

Township Administrator Susan Brobst.<br />

•Firefighters Allen Young and Rashid<br />

Taylor will serve as fire department representatives<br />

to the 2021 Volunteer<br />

Firefighters Dependent Fund Board.<br />

Ed Dildine and Pritchard will serve as<br />

township board representatives and resident<br />

Jerry Lupfer was elected by the fire<br />

department and trustees to serve as a fund<br />

board representative.<br />

•Police officers Keith Mallory and Jason<br />

Huston will serve as police department<br />

representatives to the 2021 Volunteer<br />

Peace Officer’s Dependent Fund Board.<br />

Dildine and Michele Reynolds will serve as<br />

township board representatives and resident<br />

Warren Motts was elected by the<br />

police department and trustees to serve as<br />

a fund board representative.<br />



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Playground<br />

changes<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Playground equipment<br />

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lot over the years.<br />

This photo from<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

High School’s 1964<br />

Madisonian yearbook<br />

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and junior class<br />

officers posing on<br />

and monkey bars at<br />

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Elementary. Monkey<br />

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rarely seen on modern<br />

playgrounds<br />

because they are<br />

deemed dangerous.<br />

This piece of equipment<br />

has long been<br />

removed from the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Elementary playground.<br />

The monkey<br />

bars in this photo<br />

were popular<br />

because they were<br />

unique. The apparatus<br />

was curved and<br />

rounded like an<br />

abstract rocket ship,<br />

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

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

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

bars are, from left to right, 1964 <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School junior class<br />

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

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Frank’s Fish and Seafood Market, and its instore<br />

restaurant, are known for their award winning<br />

gumbo and for the freshest fish platters in the<br />

area featuring cod, catfish, perch, and walleye and<br />

the best fish tacos in town on “Taco Tuesday.”<br />

The market and restaurant have safe pick-up<br />

during these days of COVID-19. Also check out<br />

the every day specials in the restaurant!<br />

Frank’s Fish and Seafood Market, located at<br />

5249 Trabue Road, Columbus, features frozen<br />

lobster tails, King Crab legs, Snow Crab clusters,<br />

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

Holiday greeters<br />

For a visual treat take a drive to the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf Course, 1005<br />

Richardson Road, to see the 130 colorful<br />

holiday inflatables lining the driveway to<br />

the clubhouse. City of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Communications Coordinator Jessica<br />

Reeves said Paul and Shelly Clark, of<br />

The Paddock Pub, provided the inflatables<br />

and set them up. “There was no cost<br />

to the city to obtain the inflatables or to<br />

set them up,” said Reeves. “Paul and<br />

Shelly Clark wanted to spread some<br />

Christmas cheer by sharing their inflatable<br />

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trict<br />


Pandemic means adapting new ways of teaching and learning<br />

PAGE 8 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>December</strong> 20, <strong>2020</strong><br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

In the face of adversity, people often<br />

adapt and rise to the challenge, as<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools teachers,<br />

administrators, staff, students, and the<br />

community are finding creative ways to<br />

ensure kids get a solid education during<br />

the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.<br />

Because of the recent increase in<br />

COVID-19 cases, the district returned to a<br />

100 percent remote virtual online learning<br />

model in November. School officials anticipate<br />

the district will remain in a 100 percent<br />

online mode until it has been determined<br />

it is safe to a return to in-person<br />

classes, hopefully sometime in 2021.<br />

“When we moved back to the 100 percent<br />

remote learning model on Nov. 16, we<br />

indicated we would closely monitor health<br />

conditions throughout the holidays and<br />

make a determination in mid-January<br />

whether it was safe to resume our blended<br />

learning model,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “Virtual<br />

online remote instruction is not the most<br />

ideal teaching set up, but we do know right<br />

now it is the safest way to teach.”<br />

Challenges and creativity<br />

Ogden said one challenge for students in<br />

the 100 percent remote learning model is<br />

the limited opportunities for social interactions.<br />

“Our teachers have worked hard to find<br />

creative solutions to address this concern,<br />

but it’s difficult to replicate face-to-face<br />

interactions in a virtual world,” said Ogden,<br />

who added that a challenge for teachers is<br />

providing one-to-one or small group instruction<br />

while also providing whole-group<br />

instruction. “Students don’t always log-in<br />

at designated times for their small group<br />

session, which makes it difficult.”<br />

Ogden said student attendance and<br />

engagement online is high and she is<br />

impressed with the creativity of the teachers.<br />

“Many new teaching tools have been<br />

implemented this year, such as the daily<br />

use of Google Classroom daily, Pear Deck,<br />

Screencastify, and many others,” said<br />

Ogden. “Our hope is that we continue to<br />

use these tools to engage students regardless<br />

of which learning models we’re in at a<br />

given time. We’ve been making many more<br />

home visits and personal communication<br />

with families, which we plan to continue.”<br />

She said the district monitors when students<br />

are not logging in. If there are three<br />

days of no contact, house visits are made to<br />

check on students.<br />

“We want to be sure the kids are okay,”<br />

said Ogden.<br />

Ogden said the teaching and learning<br />

aspects of remote learning are going well,<br />

but the district also makes sure students’<br />

social and physical needs are being met.<br />

She gave the example of an Asbury<br />

Elementary teacher who, noting the kids<br />

are not getting their normal recess time,<br />

created a scavenger hunt that kids can do<br />

at home as a form of having recess.<br />

“The teacher has the kids go through<br />

their homes to find every day items, like an<br />

umbrella or a crayon,” said Ogden. “Kids<br />

need to have time for fun like this and this<br />

is something that can be done safely at<br />

home. Plus it gives parents a break.”<br />

She noted that students needing things<br />

like speech and occupational therapy are<br />

still receiving this help online.<br />

“We are still giving them the support<br />

they need,” said Ogden.<br />

Another example of teacher creativity,<br />

according to Ogden, is the Mail Time video<br />

the high school social studies department<br />

puts together to start the day.<br />

“It’s done like a news show that the kids<br />

can watch where the teachers review the<br />

state standards the kids need to know,”<br />

said Ogden. “Afterwards the students then<br />

log in with their specific teacher.”<br />

She said students in laboratory classes<br />

use live online demonstrations and simulations.<br />

“We also purchased additional software<br />

for our related art teams that assist in<br />

music performance and physical education,”<br />

said Ogden.<br />

She said schools hold morning video<br />

meetings where kids get information and<br />

announcements.<br />

“We’re want to make it like a normal<br />

school day,” said Ogden. “The amount of<br />

creativity and thinking outside the box is<br />

amazing. If you told me eight months ago<br />

we would have to go to 100 percent remote<br />

learning I would’ve questioned it. Now I am<br />

amazed by the collaboration and idea sharing.<br />

It’s gone beyond what was expected a<br />

public school would look like online.”<br />

Cruisers with Chromebooks<br />

Ogden said a big plus for the district<br />

was the support taxpayers provided with<br />

the passage of the operating levy in 2014,<br />

which enabled the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Board of Education to purchase<br />

Chromebook computers for every student.<br />

“Without that we could not have made<br />

such a smooth transition to remote online<br />

learning,” said Ogden. “Other schools had<br />

to wait a long while to get the computers<br />

they needed. We had them already.”<br />

Each student from kindergarten<br />

through 12th grade has their own<br />

Chromebook computer to use for classes.<br />

“We launched our Cruisers with<br />

Chromebooks program in 2017, with middle<br />

and high school students taking their<br />

computers home nightly and over winter<br />

and spring breaks,” said Ogden.<br />

Another plus was a grant obtained by<br />

the district’s technology department to provide<br />

hot spot Wi-Fi capability where needed<br />

for students to allow them online access.<br />

Parents more involved<br />

Ogden said a benefit from the remote<br />

online learning is that parent engagement<br />

has increased from the normal levels found<br />

in the traditional learning model.<br />

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“Before the pandemic parents might<br />

have to come to school to talk with teachers<br />

and that was not always possible,” said<br />

Ogden. “Now parents and teachers talk<br />

online at convenient times and work to<br />

support the children. Attendance at parent/teacher<br />

conferences has increased<br />

online. Our relationships with parents are<br />

better than ever. It’s a partnership to be<br />

commended.”<br />

She noted one instance where six district<br />

staff members were able to meet<br />

online with a parent to help a student.<br />

“It was an intimate, quick meeting<br />

where a plan was swiftly put in place to<br />

help the student,” said Ogden.<br />

Students’ ability to adapt<br />

Ogden said remote online learning is not<br />

ideal for all students and that limited faceto-face<br />

interactions with classmates may<br />

have an impact on students’ social awareness<br />

and skills.<br />

“Some kids need to be in school. But we<br />

have to wait until it is safe to do so. We<br />

have worked hard over the past two years<br />

on developing students’ (and adults’)<br />

awareness of themselves and others,” said<br />

Ogden. “We will monitor this area very<br />

closely when we are able to return to inperson<br />

classes.”<br />

When asked if she can see a day in the<br />

future when remote learning will be the<br />

standard form of instruction rather than<br />

using brick and mortar buildings, Ogden<br />

said, “We do see there are students who are<br />

doing exceptionally well and may prefer a<br />

remote learning model for a large percentage<br />

or all of their courses. Anything is possible.<br />

However, we have also seen the negative<br />

impact of 100 percent remote on our<br />

students’ social-emotional learning and<br />

mental health.”<br />

Students’ abilities to adapt to the online<br />

learning model varies.<br />

“It’s not so much about a particular age<br />

group, it’s more about if a student has a<br />

safe, designated learning environment and<br />

an organized routine,” said Ogden.<br />

“Students who are adapting sign in to synchronous<br />

teaching sessions, complete work<br />

independently, and take advantage of<br />

teacher office hours.”<br />

It’s about community and flexibility<br />

Ogden said the community, city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, and Madison Township have<br />

provided support and ideas to the district.<br />

“Everyone is working together. For<br />

example, the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> gave us<br />

masks,” said Ogden. “Madison Township<br />

gave the district $10,000 to purchase<br />

COVID supplies. It definitely is taking a<br />

village.”<br />

Once the pandemic fades away and<br />

school returns to a traditional model,<br />

Ogden said some of the successful ideas<br />

used during the remote learning model<br />

could be incorporated into teaching in the<br />

future.<br />

“It’s about adapting and being flexible,”<br />

said Ogden. “Thomas Edison once said,<br />

‘When you have exhausted all possibilities,<br />

remember this, you haven’t.’”

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Too much glitz and glamour in “e Prom”<br />

Celebrities, whether they hail from the<br />

entertainment industry, the music industry,<br />

or the sporting world, are often criticized<br />

for speaking out for a cause.<br />

Much of this criticism is directed by socalled<br />

fans who are unhappy their fave has<br />

an opposing view or an alternative life<br />

experience, but some of it comes from the<br />

non-celebrities within the cause who are<br />

skeptical that their support is only being<br />

done for positive press.<br />

Netflix’s “The Prom” tries to examine<br />

the latter phenomenon in a cheekier and<br />

less serious way, but while doing so it<br />

becomes unaware that directorial choices<br />

to focus on the star-studded aspect of the<br />

story nudges the film into that category<br />

despite its best intentions.<br />

This decision, however unconsciously<br />

made, gives off a faint whiff of self-importance<br />

in an otherwise sweet story about<br />

self-discovery and genuine activism.<br />

The film, which is adapted from a Tonynominated<br />

Broadway musical, begins in a<br />

small town in Indiana at a Parent-Teacher<br />

Association meeting.<br />

Its chair, Mrs. Greene, (Kerry<br />

Washington) has called an emergency<br />

meeting at the school, complete with the<br />

local press, to discuss one student’s desire<br />

to bring her long-term girlfriend to the<br />

upcoming prom. Scandalized by this idea,<br />

which she considers to be an abomination,<br />

she encourages the association to cancel<br />

One of the most cherished Christmas<br />

television specials is, “A Charlie Brown<br />

Christmas.”<br />

It first aired in 1965 and was groundbreaking<br />

for its time - with its mix of profound<br />

Christian philosophy expressed by<br />

Linus’ speech about the first Christmas<br />

contrasted with the secular commercial<br />

trappings that inch into the observance of<br />

the holiday.<br />

I am joyfully thrust back decades in<br />

time whenever I see this show.<br />

Three years before Charlie Brown aired,<br />

Mr. Magoo celebrated the holidays in 1962<br />

with his own vision-challenged version of,<br />

“A Christmas Carol.”<br />

While he does not draw the same devotion<br />

or notoriety as Charlie, Mr. Magoo is<br />

worth the hunt to watch his version of<br />

Ebenezer Scrooge during <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Speaking of Scrooge–and I will argue<br />

this until Rudolph’s red nose no longer<br />

blazes a path through the night–there is<br />

only one glorious cinematic version of<br />

Charles Dickens’ masterpiece - the 1951<br />

black and white film version starring<br />

Alistair Sim.<br />

It is as if Dickens wrote the timeless tale<br />

with Sim in mind, framed against the gray<br />

While “The Prom” is not a perfect<br />

film by any stretch of the<br />

imagination – it could have used<br />

some fine tuning of the dialogue<br />

and been trimmed by 20 minutes,<br />

at least...<br />

the festivities in order to be “fair to all students.”<br />

When they do so, outrage is felt<br />

throughout the LGBTQ community, their<br />

allies, and the student body.<br />

The latter’s displeasure and anger, however,<br />

is directed at out lesbian Emma (newcomer<br />

Jo Ellen Pellman) who only wants to<br />

have a nice evening with her girlfriend and<br />

classmates.<br />

While this is happening in the Midwest,<br />

outrage is also brewing in New York City,<br />

but this comes from a slew of Broadway<br />

actors who are mystified that critics had<br />

negative things to say about their latest<br />

play “Eleanor! The Eleanor Roosevelt<br />

Musical.” Frustrated by the response<br />

which called them unlikeable squirming<br />

worms, former big-name stars Dee Dee<br />

Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman<br />

(James Corden) set off to find something to<br />

“make their brand more appealing.”<br />

Despite a few alcoholic beverages to get<br />

the ideas flowing (and the sadness at a<br />

manageable level), they come up with no<br />

bleakness of London of<br />

the 1840s. Sim is the<br />

consummate Scrooge,<br />

full of iconic smugness<br />

in his devoted pursuit<br />

of penny pinching and<br />

financial gain.<br />

Sim blurs the line<br />

between actor and role<br />

as he becomes the quintessential<br />

curmudgeon,<br />

using his height to lurk<br />

over the less fortunate<br />

with a craggy<br />

face that runs the<br />

gamut from hardened<br />

miser to compassionate<br />

uncle.<br />

Scrooge’s redemption at the hands of a<br />

trio of spirits showcases Sim’s dynamic acting<br />

chops in a role made for the actor and a<br />

holiday gift I unwrap year after year. If you<br />

only have time to watch one holiday classic,<br />

make it this version of “A Christmas<br />

Carol.”<br />

ideas on how to make themselves more<br />

marketable or likeable, the former deemed<br />

more important than the latter. While<br />

drowning in their sorrows, they learn from<br />

fellow struggling actors (but with less<br />

name and face recognition) Angie<br />

Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent<br />

Oliver (Andrew Rannells) about the goings<br />

on in that small Indiana town.<br />

Being a gay man, Barry can empathize<br />

with Emma’s plight and being considered<br />

one of the great “gay positive icons,” Dee<br />

Dee can too, in her own way.<br />

Knowing they can make a difference<br />

from their celebrity, the pair, alongside<br />

Angie and Trent, set off for small-town<br />

Indiana to “change the minds of those bigoted<br />

monsters” and snag some positive<br />

press in the process.<br />

Though the story is largely centered<br />

around Emma and the challenges she and<br />

her closeted girlfriend, Alyssa Greene,<br />

(Ariana DeBose) face, the film’s primary<br />

focus is on the more well-known cast of<br />

characters played by actors Streep,<br />

Kidman, Corden and, to a lesser degree,<br />

Rannells.<br />

As I have not seen the Broadway play in<br />

full — I did catch their showcase at the<br />

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that,<br />

ironically, drew heavy criticism when it<br />

featured a scene with the two female leads<br />

kissing — I do not know if that is the case in<br />

that medium as well but the film version<br />

Likewise, Irving Berlin’s homage to the<br />

holidays– “White Christmas” –is another<br />

gift I give myself.<br />

The ending alone - where all the stage<br />

trappings are pulled away to showcase the<br />

snow falling outside as the four lead actors<br />

waltz around in the most amazing holiday<br />

costumes ever - is another cinematic<br />

Christmas card.<br />

“White Christmas” whirls around the<br />

screen in glorious color, song, and dance<br />

under the stewardship of Bing Crosby, Danny<br />

Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen.<br />

Yes, it is a classic boy meets girl, boy<br />

loses girl and everyone is happy in the end<br />

story, but it is oh so much more. It is also<br />

poignant, a tale of doing something nice for<br />

someone who gave so much, full of hope.<br />

Will it or won’t it snow? It is also filled with<br />

songs that have stood the test of time.<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

feels slightly less<br />

disingenuous with its<br />

focus on them. Yes,<br />

they are the funniest<br />

parts of the musical<br />

and, yes, to its credit,<br />

it does show their<br />

characters trying to<br />

grow as fully realized<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

narcissistic adults,<br />

but the film could<br />

have done a better job<br />

at balancing the two topically important<br />

stories.<br />

While “The Prom” is not a perfect film<br />

by any stretch of the imagination — it could<br />

have used some fine tuning of the dialogue<br />

and been trimmed by 20 minutes, at least —<br />

it is a brightly enjoyable look at two<br />

teenage girls finding their inner strength<br />

through their love for each other, a mess of<br />

adults trying to improve their behaviors to<br />

better themselves and the world, and a possible<br />

future where the lights on Broadway<br />

can shine once again.<br />

Grade: C+<br />

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

and columnist.<br />

Let’s talk about Christmas television specials and films<br />

Places<br />

entertainment<br />

Linda<br />

Dillman<br />

“White Christmas” whirls<br />

around the screen in glorious<br />

color, song, and dance under the<br />

stewardship of Bing Crosby,<br />

Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney<br />

and Vera Ellen.<br />

What more could you ask for?<br />

Unless it happens to be Rankin and<br />

Bass’ stop-motion 1964 animation classic<br />

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” another<br />

case of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy<br />

finds friends and a snow monster and gets<br />

girl. Or, if you rather, Santa makes a big<br />

mistake. Rudolph saved Santa’s reputation,<br />

the Island of Misfit Toys, and<br />

Christmas.<br />

My list of holiday cinematic happiness is<br />

not complete without mentioning my modern<br />

favorites – “A Christmas Story,”<br />

“Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,”<br />

“Christmas Vacation,” “Elf,” “Jingle All the<br />

Way,” and “The Polar Express” (the ending<br />

makes me cry every single time).<br />

So, drag along a millennial or two, grab<br />

a cup of hot cocoa (topped with marshmallows,<br />

of course) and join me in the pursuit<br />

of the classics - holiday style.<br />

Linda Dillman is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer.

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Libraries return to curbside<br />

and walk-up services<br />

The Columbus Metropolitan Library<br />

system returned to curbside and walk-up<br />

services only on Nov. 21.<br />

The move was in response to the joint<br />

health advisory issued by the city of<br />

Columbus and Franklin County, advising<br />

residents to leave home only to go to work<br />

or school, or for essential needs.<br />

As of Nov. 21, there is no public entry<br />

into any of the libraries, however curbside<br />

pickup and walk-up services are available.<br />

The Marion-Franklin Branch will be<br />

closed for all services, including returns.<br />

The libraries will continue to follow<br />

guidelines provided by local, county and<br />

state health officials and the Centers for<br />

Disease Control and Prevention.<br />

Digital library resources remain available<br />

24/7 at columbuslibrary.org, including<br />

eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies<br />

and music, plus research and learning<br />

tools.<br />

The library system has many channels<br />

for customers to connect with staff, including:<br />

•Live Chat: CML’s live chat feature is a<br />

convenient way to get help Monday<br />

through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.,<br />

Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.<br />

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

•Phone Lines: CML staff are available<br />

at 614-645-2275 to give customers the help<br />

they need Monday through Thursday from<br />

9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9<br />

a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.<br />

•School Help: K-12 students, parents<br />

and teachers can connect with staff members<br />

for Online Homework Help.<br />

•Reserve an Expert: Customers can<br />

book an online, one-on-one appointment to<br />

get the help they need.<br />

Follow CML on social media (Facebook,<br />

Twitter) and check columbuslibrary.org for<br />

updates. Additional changes in operation<br />

will be shared as this rapidly evolving public<br />

health situation continues to unfold.<br />

RITA non-filing notice<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> contracts with the<br />

Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.) to<br />

perform collection duties for the city’s<br />

income tax.<br />

During the week of Nov. 30, R.I.T.A. will<br />

mail Non-Filing Income Tax Notices to residents<br />

and businesses who may have been<br />

required to file a city of <strong>Groveport</strong> income<br />

tax return for calendar year 2019. Please<br />

know that if you receive one of the notices<br />

you should contact the R.I.T.A.<br />

Compliance Department at (800) 860-7482,<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Finance Department at<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

(614) 836-5301 or <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Tax<br />

Administrator at (614) 352-8725 to discuss<br />

resolution of the issue.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road studies<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Engineer Steve Farst<br />

said two studies will be conducted along<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Road corridor. One is a safety<br />

study between Greenpointe Drive and<br />

the Kroger entrance to identify and design<br />

intersection improvements at Greenpointe<br />

Drive and at State Route 317. The other is<br />

a planning study of the thoroughfare route<br />

between Bixby Road and State Route 317.<br />

Senior Transportation<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> senior transportation provides<br />

transportation for senior and disabled residents<br />

of the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>. For information<br />

call 836-7433.<br />

Marcy Trinity<br />

Lutheran Church<br />

9980 Marcy Road<br />

Ashville, OH 43103<br />

(at the corner of St. Rt. 674 and Marcy Road.)<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight<br />

Service - 7:00 p.m.<br />

For more info visit: www.marcytrinitylutheranchurch.com<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Christmas Church Services<br />

Hopewell United Methodist Church<br />

4348 London Lancaster Rd.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Pastor Wendy Hansen-Smith<br />

Sunday Services Premier at 10:30 A.M.<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons,<br />

Carols, Communion and Dreaming with God<br />

Premiers at 6:00 P.M. <strong>December</strong> 24<br />

Hopewell UMC <strong>Groveport</strong> YouTube Channel<br />

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNVIK EXLRygF7CzHtmcdLg<br />

<strong>2020</strong> has been a year of great disappointment, distraction<br />

and depression. Yet there is a bright spot during all of this: JESUS.<br />

He is the light that shines in midst of our dark days of<br />

disappointment, distractions, and depression.<br />

He is One who never leaves us nor forsake us.<br />

He is the Savior who brings hope, joy, peace,<br />

and love into any and every situation.<br />

So this Christmas lets take time to center our hearts around<br />

The Gift that is Jesus by joining us for our<br />

Christmas Eve Celebration Service<br />

<strong>December</strong> 24th at 6:00 p.m.<br />

Join us at the church or watch the live stream from the comfort of your<br />

home on Facebook at:<br />

https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistgroveport<br />

First Baptist wishes our community a very Merry Christmas!<br />


5521 <strong>Groveport</strong> Rd., <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

www.1fbcg.com<br />

Vine Life<br />

Assembly of God<br />

434 Main St.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

In person Advent Service Dec. 20 at 10:45<br />

Or you can view at<br />

Facebook.com/VineLifeAG<br />

St. Mary Catholic Church<br />

5684 <strong>Groveport</strong> Rd., <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

614-497-1324<br />

Christmas Mass Schedule<br />

<strong>December</strong> 24th: 5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Masses<br />

<strong>December</strong> 25th: 9:00 a.m. Mass<br />

Visit our website: https://groveportstmary.org/<br />

Visit our Facebook Page<br />

https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-<strong>Groveport</strong>-Ohio-<br />

172732466107961<br />

5336 Gender Road, Canal Winchester<br />

Christmas Eve services include<br />

Virtual Worship beginning at 4:30 P.M.<br />

On Demand at genderroadcc.com<br />

Outdoor Service with Carols,<br />

Communion & Candlelight<br />

at 6:30 P.M.<br />

www.genderroadcc.com<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Presbyterian Church<br />

275 College Street<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

Christmas Eve Service at 11:00 pm<br />

&<br />

Worship Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am<br />

Brice United<br />

Methodist Church<br />

3160 Brice Road, Brice, Ohio 43109<br />

614-866-3025<br />

Pastor Nick Shaw<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 6:30 pm<br />

Contact Church for further deatails.<br />

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

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