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By Linda Dillman
The Jan. 11 Canal Winchester school
Board of Education meeting found a new
president wielding the gavel, a new secondin-command
and the superintendent hopeful
students can to return to full in-person
instruction before the end of the school year.
Mike Yonnotti was elected board president
and Kevin Butler elected vice president.
Yonnotti will serve as the district’s Ohio
School Board Association legislative liaison,
Monika Talley volunteered for the business
advisory committee and Matt Krueger and
Jon Metzler will serve on the Canal Winchester
Joint Recreation District board.
Hoping to get back to in-person class
Superintendent James Sotlar said his
main goal, at least for the next month and a
half to two months of school, is to get kids
back to school full time. He said Gov. Mike
DeWine has a plan to get vaccinations for
educators by Feb. 1.
“I don’t have any more details about that
plan,” said Sotlar. “I don’t know how long
it’s going to take to distribute the vaccine
out to schools.”
However, Sotlar said his goal is by late
winter or early spring to have students back
in school five days a week.
“I think it’s extremely important to get
our kids back as soon as possible,” said Sotlar.
“I’ll be working closely with the union,
the governor’s office and Franklin County
Department of Health in getting these vaccines
set up for our school district.”
Sotlar also shared information on enrollment
numbers for the Canal Winchester
Online Academy versus the school-based
learning tract. For the first semester, 35
percent–1,324 students–were enrolled in
the all-online academy, whereas 2,464 or 65
percent of the total 3,788 student enrollment
was in the district’s school-based (hybrid)
For the second semester, the numbers for
Canal Winchester Online Academy dropped
to 28 percent and the number in the schoolbased
tract increased to 72 percent or 2,741
“We saw more students go from CWOLA
to hybrid,” Sotlar said.
Treasurer Nick Roberts said revenue
continues to trend 1.3 percent above where
the district was at the same time last year,
coupled with a similar trend in expenditures.
“It’s always a good sign when your revenues
have increased as much as your expenditures
at this point,” said Roberts.
“Revenue is 50.1 percent of the forecast and
we’re halfway through the (fiscal) year.
We’re right where we need to be as far as expenditures…trending
towards that 1.7 million
revenue over expenditures.”
Photo courtesy of Hannah Voss and the city of Canal Winchester
Another Christmas has come and gone
January is a time when we take down and store our colorful holiday decorations until
next Christmas season. City of Canal Winchester employees are shown here recently
taking down the Christmas decorations from a tree in Stradley Park in the city’s historic
downtown. The worker in the bucket gently tossed holiday tree ornaments oneby-one
down to a fellow worker who caught them with ease.
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Village of Obetz budget
Obetz Village Council approved the village’s $15 million 2021
budget on Dec. 31.
According to information from the Dec. 31 council meeting, village
income tax collections are estimated at $13 million and there
is a $4.4 million carryover.
Carolyn (Slone) Sapp, age 77,
went home in the arms of Jesus on
January 11, 2021 unexpectedly at
her home. Preceded in death by
parents, Robert and Willa Slone;
husband, Roger Sapp; son, Richard
(Ritchie) Sapp and brother, Doug
Slone. Survived by brother, Bobbie
Slone; sister, Delores (Dee) Storts; several nieces and
nephews and friends, along with special friends who she
worked with at the Columbus Messenger, Phil - Publisher,
Kathy, Paulette, Andrea, Rick, Doug, Greg, Theresa,
Ashlee, Chuck and Mike (Madison Messenger) Grant,
Becky, Kristy and Jim Durban for 34 years.
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Metro Parks obtains “Y Park”
By Linda Dillman
Metro Parks added more park land to its growing
inventory last year by acquiring a recreational destination
owned by the YMCA for nearly 75 years.
A $1.5 million agreement for Hoover Y Park, located
at 1570 Rohr Road in southeastern Franklin
County, was approved by the Board of Park
Commissioners of Columbus and Franklin County in
“The park was acquired as part of our levy commitments
from 2018 to open additional parks in Franklin
County by 2030,” reported Steve Studenmund, planning
and design manager for Metro Parks. “We are
currently in the planning phase to determine the best
use of the existing facilities. This will hopefully be
completed by the end of 2021.”
Studenmund said the property offers numerous
opportunities for park visitors with existing facilities
and former programs. Trail connections will be studied
as part of the planning phase and the park system
is also interested in an adjacent inactive quarry.
Y Park is bordered by Rohr Road to the south, farmland
to the north, Bixby Road to the east, and homes
and the quarry to the west.
While Musicians Against Childhood Cancer held
annual concerts at the park for many years attracting
musicians and campers from across the nation,
Studenmund said it is yet to be determined if Metro
Parks will utilize the land for similar events.
The park was also a frequent site for outdoor weddings,
reunions, meetings, summer camps, and a yearly
haunted hike throughout the woods and paths surrounding
Many people remember the “Granddaddy Slide”
that started at the top of a hill in the park and took
riders on a wild and bumpy ride to the bottom of the
hill. A large barn that belonged to a local farmer and
served as a party house for the YMCA is still on site,
along with a log cabin and other outbuildings.
The YMCA originally purchased the 60-acre property
on Nov. 17, 1947.
By Linda Dillman
To post or not to post…that is the question facing
Madison Township trustees as they debate the merits
and pitfalls of allowing public comments to appear on
township social media pages.
“Currently, those comments are hidden,” said
Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst. “A
trial period has been suggested.”
Trustee Chairman John Pritchard said he was concerned
about having public comments viewable on
social media because of the potential for name-calling,
vulgar or racist posts and concerns about personal
rights. He felt it was prudent to speak with the prosecutor’s
office before making any decisions.
“If we start restricting comments, it opens up the
possibility for a lawsuit about someone’s first amendment
rights,” said Pritchard. “If you have filters on
there, you are still walking down the same path.”
Trustee Ed Dildine said the trustees do not want to
offend anybody or get anyone in trouble.
“I would like to know how we can do it and do it
appropriately,” added Trustee Michele Reynolds, who
said she was also approached by citizens asking for a
second public comment period on the regular meeting
Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
A small observatory occupied this structure for
decades and afforded stargazers a closer look
above the earth.
The Granddaddy Slide on this hill both terrorized
and delighted children before it was deemed a safety
hazard and removed.
Madison Twp. and social media
agenda. “If we’re going to do it, do it where it’s most
Adding a second public comment opportunity during
regular meetings was also up for discussion during
the Jan. 19 meeting. Dildine felt if the trustees decide
to adopt the policy, there needs to be a time limit
placed on the comment period.
Other township news
•Pritchard announced the township is now posting
department statistics on the township website at
“We’re an open book,” said Pritchard, who asked
visitors to the site to tell the township know about any
changes to the way information is shared. “There may
be a way we put it out there that makes perfect sense
to us, but it may be a foreign language to others.”
•Fire Chief Derek Robinson said, at the current
time, the fire department is not approved to be a site
for COVID-19 vaccination, but it is something his
department is working towards.
“There is quite a bit of red tape through Franklin
County,” said Robinson. “We’re looking at how to make
that a possibility. I can’t make any promises.”
Reynolds said people looking for vaccine information
should visit coronavirus.ohio.us.
A legacy of learning
By Rick Palsgrove
The Wagnalls Memorial Library and
Wagnalls Memorial Foundation have
always supported and embraced the ideals
regarding the importance of education.
As part of that ongoing educational
legacy, The Wagnalls Scholarship Program
for 2021 is seeking applicants. There are
eight different scholarship categories to
choose from, each one meant especially for
graduating seniors living in Lithopolis and
the Bloom Township area (Canal
Winchester students are eligible as long as
they live in Bloom Township). These
include scholarships for arts and education
degrees, as well as a four-year scholarship.
Visit www.wagnalls.org for more details
and requirements for each scholarship,
including how to apply or call (614) 837-
4765 ext 126. The application deadline is
March 11. Applications for 2021-22 became
available in January.
“Mabel Wagnalls Jones established, as
one aspect of her bequest to The Wagnalls
Memorial Foundation, a fund to provide
scholarships for students residing in Bloom
Township with preference to Lithopolis,”
said Sarah Mayzum, Wagnalls Memorial
program manager. “The first scholarships
were awarded in 1948. She intended the
scholarships be used for attending institutions
of learning, music and arts, subjects
near to her heart.”
Mayzum said that, over the years
American Legion Post 677, Charles V.
Moore and A.B. and Hazel Weiser have
funded scholarships that are currently
Canal Winchester man
sentenced for sex crimes
According to United States Attorney
David DeVillers of the Southern District of
Ohio, a Canal Winchester man was sentenced
to more than 16 years in prison for
sexually exploiting minor females
Jeffrey A. Fisher, 49, of Canal
Winchester, was sentenced in U.S. District
Court today to 200 months in prison for
sexually exploiting at least three minor
females between February and May 2019.
According to court documents, Fisher
met a 14-year-old girl from Michigan
through an online app and solicited nude
photographs from the girl.
Fisher’s plea agreement details online
conversations between him and the victim
in which he makes sexually-explicit
demands of the victim and states, “That
was a test to see if you would be obedient”
and “im (sic) testing you to see if you’ll obey
and be a good slave.”
During their investigation into Fisher’s
conduct, law enforcement officials discovered
Fisher had also victimized female
minors from Columbus and New Jersey.
Forensic examinations of Fisher’s and the
victim’s electronics revealed sexually
administered by The Wagnalls
“Last year the Wagnalls Memorial
scholarship committee voted to add several
major-specific scholarship and a volunteer
scholarship to the scholarships offered
from the Mabel Wagnalls Jones fund,” said
Mayzum. “Also new last year is the ‘Style
to a Tea’ scholarship, sponsored by the
annual ‘Style to a Tea’ event held by local
business owner Kathy Moling.”
Mayzum said there are 13 scholarships
available to apply for the 2021-22 school
year. Students may apply for more than
one scholarship, but only one scholarship
per student will be awarded.
“Although the scholarships no longer
meet the total financial obligation of a student
attending college, The Wagnalls
Memorial is pleased to be able to recognize
the hard work of our local students in a
small way,” said Mayzum. “Because we
serve such a small community, we typically
are able award scholarships to the majority
She said approximately more than
3,200 students have received scholarships
over the history of the program.
“The amount awarded since the scholarship
program started is over $7 million,”
Last year’s Wagnalls Scholarship
Program awardees were: Lane Eggleston,
Jessie Mayne, Lauren Lyons, Abby
Arementrout, Roxy Kuzma, Drew Kotwis,
Annalise Grammel, Kaylee Phillips, Alex
Mobley, Sadie Williams, Skylar Allen,
Jenifer Grote, and Trace Wisecarver.
explicit photographs of the victims.
At the time of his offense, Fisher was a
registered sex offender as the result of a
local 2012 conviction.
Fisher was convicted in Franklin
County Court of Common Pleas of attempted
illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented
material and four counts of unlawful sexual
conduct with a minor. He was sentenced
to five years in prison.
On Jan. 8, Madison Township Police
responded to a domestic complaint on Harbor
Boulevard involving an injured person.
According to the Madison Township
Police, officers arrived on the scene at 8:19
a.m. and located and quickly took the suspect
Upon locating the victim, officers
immediately rendered first aid and called
for a medic. However, the victim passed
away around 8:30 a.m.
The Madison Township Police
Department is working with the Franklin
County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau, which
is investigating this incident as a homicide.
Lockbourne winter hikes
A winter hike will be held on the village
of Lockbourne’s Magnolia Trails, 154
Commerce St., on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. See Big Walnut Creek and wildlife
including deer, herons, hawks, and ducks.
Also see the historic Ohio and Erie Canal
locks in Lockbourne and Columbus feeder
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Obetz water plant
At Obetz Village Council’s Dec. 31 meeting,
council, the mayor, and village officials
discussed needed improvements to the village
of Obetz’ water plant. Officials indicated
the water plant cannot control water
hardness and is at its current production
capacity. Officials may discuss a potential
increase in water rates.
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Sibling dynamics explored
When you are the youngest child, it can
feel like a blessing when your older sibling
swears you to secrecy. In your mind, this
act is seen as a sign of maturity, a true
indicator that they no longer view you as
an obstacle to their happiness but as a confidant
in their grown-up world.
On the other hand, when you are the
youngest child, it can feel like a curse when
your older sibling swears you to secrecy. In
your mind, this act comes with a sense of
obligation to zip thy lip, no matter how
serious or comical the event that precipitated
this solemn vow. It is only natural
that resentment can grow through not
being able to tell, especially when it can
put you into a more favorable light with
Knowing a secret of an equally loved
and despised sibling can bring you closer
together or tear you apart, or it can even be
seen as something to hold above the other’s
head for the rest of your time on Earth.
With so much variety and emotion to be
had with the sibling secret, it is no wonder
the topic has been mined over and over
again through music, movies, and literature
— nary a genre is spared and rarely are
they seen as boring or unoriginal as most of
us can relate to this strange and awesome
The latest piece of entertainment to feature
this battle of wills between the
younger and elder is the film “Don’t Tell a
Soul,” as apt a name as ever to describe the
intrigue and dread of those words.
As the film opens, we are introduced to
Joey (Jack Dylan Grazer), a quiet 14-year
old who provides emotional support to his
widowed mother Carol (Mena Suvari), who
is battling lung cancer. Though he always
tries to keep up a reserve of endless
strength, he crumbles whenever he is
under the watchful and wrathful eye of his
17-year-old brother Matt (Fionn
Whitehead), who is well on his way to
becoming a psychopath.
he makes more and
more forays into the
forest (and becomes
more bonded to
Hamby), the more his
The village of Obetz announced that its
Lancaster Park ice rink opened on Jan. 19
to Obetz residents only.
You must bring proof of residency
(Obetz water bill or recent paystub with
Obetz income tax) with you on your first
visit. Minors must have a parent/guardian
sign a waiver on their first visit.
The ice rink is open Monday-Friday, 5-8
p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7
p.m. Admission is free. A 1.5-hour time
limit will be enforced Monday-Friday and a
2 hour time limit will be enforced on
•Visitors must wear a mask in the park
Knowing a secret of an equally
loved and despised sibling can bring
you closer together or tear you apart,
or it can even be seen as something to
hold above the other’s head for the rest
of your time on Earth.
if unable to consistently maintain a six foot
distance and at all times when entering the
•Maximum capacity will be 20 skaters
at one time. Time limits will be issued to
visitors upon arrival to allow the most people
to enjoy skating as possible. Skating
will be on a first come-first serve basis.
•The ice rink may be shut down due to
weather to preserve the integrity of the ice.
This will be at the staff member’s discretion
and can happen before or during a
skating session. All closures or delays will
be posted to the village of Obetz Facebook
page as soon as possible (@VillageofObetz).
•During the COVID-19 pandemic, to
The Reel Deal
Feeling as if he is the “man of the house”
now that their father is gone, Matt takes
joy in getting Joey to do his bidding, and he
knows just the right words to say and all
the right buttons to push when he wants to
that his “soft” brother
bring him into his unlawful adventures.
is going to get them in
Through the criminal grapevine, Matt
trouble, Matt deter-
learns that a neighbor of theirs who has
been squirreling away money in their home
has left their property due to an unplanned
fumigation. Needing (and wanting) the
money, Matt hatches a plan for them to
break in and take it. At first, Joey wants
nothing to do with the B&E and theft, but
he is soon reminded that their mother
needs it to pay for her treatment and outstanding
After successfully pulling off the heist,
they are spotted by a hired security guard
who gives chase. During the run-around,
the guard falls into a hidden well and the
brothers write him off as dead.
The following day, Joey goes back to the
scene to determine whether the guard is
really dead or not. He quickly discovers
that he is injured but still among the living.
Because he is inquisitive and lonely, he
strikes up a conversation with Hamby
(Rainn Wilson) and quickly takes a liking
to the sarcastic yet affable man. But with
the threat of jail in his future (Matt told
him he would take the fall for the theft and
go to prison for the rest of his life), Joey
waffles about whether he really wants to
see him out of the 20-foot well.
Over the course of a few days, Joey
brings Hamby food, water, blankets, and a
radio so they can converse at night, but as
Obetz’s ice rink now open
mines that the only way to end this problem
is to end Hamby’s life for real this time
— and that of his brothers should he break
their promise to not tell a soul.
Written with dark humor and featuring
plenty of twists and turns (some predictable,
others not so much), “Don’t Tell a
Soul” is an entertaining movie about sibling
dynamics and a different kind of sibling
secret, one of which the conscious of
one is in direct conflict with the unconscionable
other. But what makes it so is not
just the material but the acting of the two
young leads. Had Joey and Matt been
played by anyone other than Dylan Grazer
or Whitehead, I doubt it would have
worked as efficiently as it does — both play
their roles with equal parts gravity, love,
levity, and menace, particularly as their
plans go vasty astray.
With so many films not being advertised
as abundantly as before, it will be easy to
overlook “Don’t Tell a Soul.” But if you’re a
fan of strange sibling dynamics and a fan of
strange humor, you should give this one a
look should you come across it on demand
(where it is currently available for rent) or
whenever it hits the streaming platform.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
control crowding, the ice rink is only open
to residents. You must have proof of residency
•Daycares, camps, and parties are not
permitted. Only individual households will
be permitted to skate.
•Six-foot social distancing rules apply.
•There is no seating available and the
picnic tables have been removed. You are
permitted to bring lawn chairs if you are in
the park with a skater or need somewhere
to sit to put your skates on. Lawn chairs
must stay in the grassy areas at all times.
They are not permitted to be set up under
the shelter house or on any of the concrete
or asphalt walkways.
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Being a mayor in small town America
By Linda Dillman
What is life like serving as the mayor of
a small town in Ohio?
Just step into the shoes of village of
Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward, whose
heart never strayed far from home and who
now guides the town where she grew up.
“I have lived in Lockbourne most of my
life,” said Ward, who learned how to swim
when the YMCA brought a container to the
village on a flatbed truck used as a mobile
swimming pool. “During Halloween on
Beggars Night, some of the ladies in town
would make special treats such as chocolate
cupcakes, homemade donuts, and popcorn
balls. We would hang out with friends
all day, but always had to be home before
Ward graduated from Hamilton
Township High School and then attended
college in Circleville. She lived in central
Ohio for several years before deciding to
move to New York City.
In 2015, her father died and Ward knew
it was time to come back home to be with
her family. She has come full circle and
lives in the house where she grew up. That
circle now incorporates the title of mayor of
Lockbourne after serving on the village
council from 2006-15. She served as council
president pro temp from 2010-15.
“My mom was the first councilwoman in
the village, so public office is in my genes,”
At first she dismissed the idea of running
for mayor, but Ward felt it was something
she wanted to do for the town.
“I felt the village was going in the wrong
direction and was decreasing in population,”
said Ward. “The mindset of leadership
throughout several administrations
was to keep the town small and not grow.
That created a downward spiral for
Lockbourne as we were the only community
that did not benefit from the
Rickenbacker-area growth. I believed that
Lockbourne was at risk of not existing. I
decided to run for mayor to help move the
Fake check warning
Franklin County Auditor Michael
Stinziano warned residents about a recent
scam where fraudulent checks appearing
to come from Franklin County are arriving
to unsuspecting individuals across Ohio
and in other states.
The checks, dated Dec. 23, are all for the
amount of $2,950.99, appear to be more
than an isolated effort to defraud unwitting
individuals and the county.
A coordinated effort between the
Franklin County sheriff, treasurer and
auditor is underway.
“I take consumer protection seriously,
and will assist in prosecuting would-be
scammers to the fullest extent of the law,”
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward
Lockbourne is a tight-knit community
and normally candidates running for office
do not campaign. However, because Ward
was running against an incumbent, she
launched a campaign to get her message
and vision for Lockbourne out to residents.
Despite a “temporary” move to New
York City, to Ward, Lockbourne was and
always will be home.
“No matter when I lived or traveled, I
always knew I could come home,” said
Ward. “Several residents are childhood
friends; others are new friends and those I
haven’t gotten to know yet hopefully will
become friends. Because we are a small
community, we know our neighbors, watch
out for each other and are willing to help
out when needed. There is a true sense of
community here. We really care about each
Challenges for Lockbourne
As mayor, Ward faces challenges
Stinziano said. “Keeping the residents and
businesses of Franklin County safe from
fraud while being a good steward of public
dollars remains a top priority of this
As there are multiple security measures
in place to keep taxpayer dollars safe,
there is currently no risk to county funds.
Individuals receiving an unexpected
check from the Franklin County Auditor’s
Office are encouraged to call (614) 525-
7346 to verify the validity of the check.
The village of Obetz engineer is working
on plans for improvements to the Bixby
Road/Groveport Road intersection. The
improvements will be completed in 2021.
impacting larger communities as well, such
as increasing revenue and improving public
services. Village leaders want to keep
Lockbourne a small quaint community, but
grow in a smart way. Bringing in more revenue
is crucial to remaining viable.
Ward said water and sewer bills have
been a point of pain for residents for years
and her administration is looking for the
right solution that will help lower bills. She
is also concerned with decreasing negative
impact from growth in the neighboring
“With more warehouses popping up all
around us, we continue to work with our
Rickenbacker partners on monitoring the
traffic and stormwater impacts,” said
Spring Alley Channel is another issue of
local concern. The stream flows along the
south perimeter of a park just below the
houses along Commerce Street. The stream
is filled with debris and stagnant water,
which causes a mosquito problem, not only
in the park, but throughout the town in the
“We are currently applying for grants to
clean up the stream and regrade it so the
water will have a continuous flow to the
Big Walnut,” she said.
Ward points with pride to building
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strong local, regional and state partnerships;
improving communications with residents
leading to more resident engagement;
and establishing an organized government
structure to improve public services.
However, there are always challenges,
such as juggling projects and issues that
need attention, including organizing the
village office and ensuring that everything
is in place, fixing problems that have
affected the village for years and moving
the village forward.
Small town America
“Lockbourne is true small-town
America, with no traffic lights in town.
People still sit out on their porch, know
their neighbors. It is very generational–
some folks have lived here their entire life,
others have moved away but find themselves
coming back home,” said Ward, who
said she has responded to calls for help in
the middle of the night while still dressed
in pajamas. “There are some residents who
have many members in their family living
here too. One of the former postmasters
reminded me that it may be difficult being
mayor in a small town, because if you upset
one resident, then you could have the
whole family upset with you, too.”
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Work on McGill progresses
By Linda Dillman
Even in winter, work on McGill Park in
Canal Winchester is moving ahead according
to Public Service Director Matt Peoples’
report to Canal Winchester City Council on
“We have split the utility portion out
from the rest of (the) Phase I project,” Peoples
said. “(We) are currently out to bid with
an opening date of Feb. 5 and presentation
to council Feb. 16. Additionally, we are
awaiting environmental review and plan approvals
to be finalized and will send the
Trail Connector project out to bid directly
thereafter. The Phase I project design is
being finalized and is also subject to the
same environmental review and plan approvals
as the Trail project and will be bidding
out as soon as possible.”
According to Peoples, the engineering
firm EMH&T is finalizing the Gender Road
Phase V design and the city is scheduling
bids to go out in February.
The Public Service Department is also finalizing
the design of the 2021 Street Capital
Improvement Project, which includes:
December crime statistics from the
Madison Township Police: 45 traffic stops,
25 assist/mutual aid, 5 assaults, 2 burglary,
20 domestic complaints, 17 suspicious persons,
6 suspicious cars, 21 suspicious person/vehicle,
15 larceny/thefts, 2 narcotics, 2
sex offenses, 3 OVI, 11 threats or harassment,
1 vandalism, 9 parking, 8 accidents
with injuries, 1 fight, 3 shots fired in area,
and 22 property damage accidents.
around Canal Winchester
West Waterloo Street from Chesterville to
Pfeifer; Lithopolis Road, Fox Hill Drive,
West Fairfield Street, Cormorant Drive repairs;
Blue Ash Court, Brooks Bend Court,
Edgewater Court, Iris Court, White Ash
Court; Groveport Road path from West
Street to Washington Street; and the annual
sidewalk program, path maintenance,
and general road repairs and maintenance
“We are planning bids to go out in February,”
EMH&T is working on design concepts
for the Gender Road Phase VI project that
include a pedestrian connection across the
Gender Road overpass, as well as additional
lanes for Gender Road.
“Our plan is to utilize ODOT Safety
Funding as well OPWC funding and we are
preparing to begin assembling the application,”
said Peoples. “EMH&T contacted
ODOT to discuss the project and were told
the Safety Fund applications were postponed
until the fall and then it would be for
funding of the fiscal year 2025. We will have
engineers complete the design work and reassess
the status mid-year.”
Curbside recycling in CW
Rumpke Waste & Recycling brought
curbside recycling to Canal Winchester residents.
Under the new service agreement,
Rumpke provides weekly trash and weekly
recycling collection to residents, including
the use of a Rumpke trash and recycling
Questions regarding service or carts can
be directed to Rumpke’s customer service
center at 1-800-828-8171 or
A bi-monthly feature celebrating our
community’s senior citizens
Alzheimer’s Association education programs
The Alzheimer’s Association Central
Ohio Chapter will present virtual educational
programs to help the community and
families impacted by the disease.
All programs are free and open to the
public. Registration is required. To register
for the program, call 800-272-3900
•Jan. 26 - Legal and Financial, 11:30
•Jan. 27 - Understanding and Responding
to Dementia-Related Behavior, 10 a.m.
•Jan. 28 - Understanding Alzheimer’s
and Dementia, 3 p.m.
The benefits of growing older
Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of
the population. With so many people living
longer, it’s time to celebrate the perks of getting
older rather than the drawbacks. Here
are some benefits to growing old.
•Higher self-esteem: The insecurities of
youth give way as one ages, and older people
have less negativity and higher self-esteem.
•Financial perks: Seniors are entitled to
discounts on meals, museum entry fees,
movies, and other entertainment. Discounts
are available through an array of venues.
•Reasoning and problem-solving skills:
Brain scans reveal that older adults are
more likely to use both hemispheres of their
brans simultaneously something called bilateralization.
•Less stress: As people grow older, they
are able to differentiate their needs from
wants and focus on more important goals.
Growing older may involve gray hair or
wrinkling skin, but there are many positive
things associated with aging.
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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce, President • Commissioner Marilyn Brown • Commissioner John O’Grady
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.
COVID-19 VACCINE FACTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
What are the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Wearing masks and social distancing helps reduce your chance of being
exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not
enough. Vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the
virus if you are exposed. The combination of getting vaccinated and following
the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best
protection from COVID-19.
The vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19.
• All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been
shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
• All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated
in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it
substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19. Currently, two vaccines are authorized
and recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19
vaccine and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Four other vaccines are in the
• The CDC says the timing between your first and second shot depends on
which vaccine you received. You should get your second shot: for the Pfizer-
BioNTech 3 weeks (or 21 days) after your first shot; for the Moderna, 1 month
(or 28 days) after your first shot. You should get your second shot as close to the
recommended 3-week or 1-month interval as possible. However, there is no
maximum interval between the first and second doses for either vaccine. You
should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.
• COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you
do get COVID-19.
• Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you
• COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection. It may offer some
natural protection, known as immunity and help protect you by creating an
antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
• COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
Concerns about the virus
So far, none of the vaccine trials have reported any serious safety concerns. Side
effects such as fever and soreness at the injection site have been reported,
particularly after the second injection (both vaccines require a second injection
three to four weeks later), but the side effects in the trials are not as severe or
In the past, vaccines have taken many years to develop. However, the relatively
quick development of this vaccine does not mean safety measures were
skipped. The type of vaccine developed for COVID-19 by Pfizer/BioNTech has
been years in development for other infectious viruses. Thus, the manufacturing
process was ready very early in the pandemic.
Is it safe?
The United States currently has the safest vaccine supply in its history. The
nation’s long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as
possible. The CDC’s Immunization Safety Office works to communicate timely
and transparent information about the safety of vaccines to public health
officials, healthcare providers, and the public. The office conducts vaccine safety
monitoring and clinical research to help keep vaccines safe.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines created by
Pfizer and Moderna do not have any virus or other infectious material in them.
They are designed to cause your body to make copies of a harmless piece of the
coronavirus, so you will not get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Those with a history of severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to injectables or
other vaccines should discuss the vaccination with their doctor.
Process for distributing the vaccine
Beginning January 19, vaccination of those in Phase 1B will begin. Those 80
years of age are priority in this next phase. Vaccines for Ohioans 80 years of age
and older will be administered by physicians, local health departments, hospitals,
federally qualified health centers, in-home health service providers and
some retail pharmacies.
Vaccinations will be available to Ohioans 75 years of age and older beginning
January 25. The following week, vaccinations will be available to those 65 years
of age and older. The week of January 25 will also include vaccinations for Ohioans
with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders.
During the week of February 1, vaccinations will be available for Ohioans 70
years of age and older and personnel in Ohio schools. The week of February 8,
vaccinations will be available for Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
You are encouraged to help those individuals in your life who qualify and may
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convenient option. For current information on COVID-19 and vaccination
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Keeping people and pets together
By Christine Bryant
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
A pet can make even the darkest days brighter.
Just ask Brian, who affectionately calls his three
cats, Silver, Amber and Little Stinker.
“My pets cheer me up, give my life more purpose,
and give me something to live for,” he says.
Like many, however, the Columbus resident is on a
strict budget that can be maxed out each month with
the addition of pet food and veterinary expenses.
LifeCare Alliance is working to ensure clients like
Brian don’t have to worry about losing their pets due
to a lack of funds or access to resources, especially considering
the number of benefits owning a pet provides.
“Our clients are generally isolated and the pets are
their families,” said Chuck Gehring, CEO of LifeCare
Alliance, which provides services like Meals-on-
Wheels. “The pet becomes the counselor, social worker
and security system, and when you’re home all day,
especially now with COVID, the pet is your social network.”
However, purchasing a cost-efficient 50-pound bag
of pet food is nearly impossible for most clients, and
veterinary bills to maintain a pet’s health can be too
“With many seniors and medically-challenged people,
when they are living on Social Security and can’t
get out as much, they give up their pets because of the
fact that they can’t take care of them,” Gehring said.
Those who don’t want to give up their pets may
resort to sharing their food from their Meals on Wheels
“When we give food to the people, we need them to
eat all of their food,” he says. “That might be the only
big meal they get that day.”
In response to this common issue among its clients,
LifeCare Alliance created the Senior PetCare program,
which provides eligible clients with assistance in taking
care of their pets so that clients can remain in their
The program is available to clients who live in counties
serviced by the Meals-on-Wheels program:
Franklin, Madison, Champaign, Logan and Marion.
Volunteers deliver pet food to clients’ homes, as well
as assist with transportation for veterinary care.
“This has allowed clients to retain their pets and
best friends, and they say it makes all the difference in
the world and in their mental state,” Gehring said.
“We’ve had clients tell us that their friends are dying
because of aging, and this time of year because it’s
gray outside, they go into depression.”
In fact, Gehring says 70 percent of the organization’s
clients say they see no other adult on a weekly
basis other than the volunteers delivering meals to
Michelle Jones, communications director for
LifeCare Alliance, says the PetCare program provided
pet food to more than 800 clients and their 1,100 pets
The program relies entirely on donations of funds,
pet products and volunteer time.
In 2019, volunteers contributed more than 2,100
hours to sort, package and deliver pet food, and several
retail vendors and manufacturing facilities throughout
central Ohio donate pet food, litter and supplies.
Gehring says Walmart’s distribution center in
Grove City has been one of the largest donors, offering
broken bags of dog food that workers have taped up
but cannot sell to consumers.
While dog food donations are among the most common,
the organization often uses donated funds to purchase
cat food and pay for veterinary care.
“We also need other things like toys, beds, scratching
posts, anything like that,” Gehring said.
There are several volunteer opportunities available
for those who want to help. On-site opportunities at
the organization’s storage facility, located at 670
Harmon Ave., Columbus, include repackaging the food
or performing the delivery routes.
Donations can be dropped off at the Harmon
Avenue facility as well.
“When donors are buying their own pet food, they
can buy a little extra and give it to us,” Gehring said.
Monetary donations can be made online at lifecarealliance.org
or sent via check to LifeCare Alliance,
Attn: Development, 1699 W. Mound St., Columbus,
Ohio 43223. In both cases, individuals can specify that
they want their donations to go to the PetCare program.
Gehring says donors can also designate funds to
help a specific recipient if they have a neighbor, for
example, who utilizes the program. Donations also can
be earmarked for a specific county.
For Brian, the PetCare program provides reassurance
that his pets’ needs will be met each month so
they can stay together as a family.
“The gifts of pet food help me to pay for my other
living expenses and groceries,” he said. “This program
is very helpful for those who have difficulty getting
around. I appreciate the program and I like that my
pets are happy, too.”
Editor’s note: Brian’s last name is withheld due to
HIPPA policies at LifeCare Alliance.
Historic canal trail to be created
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 email@example.com.
Groveport Road apartments rejected
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport City Council rejected plans
for a proposed apartment complex along
west Groveport Road.
On Dec. 21, council unanimously voted
against a request to rezone 8.3 acres of
land on the north side of Groveport Road
from rural to planned high density residential.
The property is bounded by the
Groveport Church of Christ on the west,
storage units across the road to the south,
and a single family lot to the north and
A developer had proposed the construction
of a multi-family unit residential complex
on the site.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King
said the city’s Planning and Zoning
Commission did not recommend the proposal
for approval citing that the city’s
overall plans for the area call for commercial
and industrial development; the possible
impact of more students to the
Groveport Madison school district the
development could bring; and potential
traffic issues on busy west Groveport Road.
When asked how the proposed project fit
in with the city of Groveport’s Groveport
Road Gateway Corridor Plan, Groveport
Development Director Jeff Green said,
“The Gateway Corridor Plan envisions
more commercial/retail development to
complement and buffer the existing industrial
development. It was up to the
Planning and Zoning Commission and
Groveport City Council to decide if the
“I don’t disagree there is a need for
affordable housing in the area,” said
Groveport City Councilman Ed Dildine on
why he voted against the plan. “But I don’t
like the style of this development and it is
not a fit for the area.”
Dildine noted the existing traffic congestion
problems along that stretch of west
Groveport Road and added there is “very
little communication” between Groveport
and a neighboring municipality about
development in that area.
He said the neighboring town could be
planning another apartment complex nearby
along Groveport Road, as well as
improvements to the intersection of Bixby
and Groveport roads, which is within its
“That will cause an impact here and
there with nothing being done for the infrastructure
in between,” said Dildine.
According to paperwork included with
the rejected rezoning legislation, the developer
proposed to build five, three story
multi-family buildings totaling 144 units
with detached garages, clubhouse, and a
The Solid Waste Authority of Central
Ohio and its partners at Rumpke Waste
and Recycling announced they are expanding
their plastics recycling program to
include polypropylene tubs and yogurt containers.
In recent years, central Ohio’s residential
plastics recycling program has only
allowed for the recycling of plastic bottles
and jugs which feature a neck smaller than
their base. This recent announcement
expands the existing recycling program to
include a wide variety of plastic tubs such
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tubs, fruit, pudding, and applesauce cups
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These items need to be empty and clean
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Like most businesses, recycling is commodities-based.
Taking care to recycle correctly
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make it possible for us to recycle our
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County’s curbside and drop-off recycling
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If you aren’t able to avoid using these
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Village of Obetz offices closed until Jan. 31
According to the village of Obetz’ website,
the village offices and non-essential
operations will be closed until Jan. 31 due
to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Essential
services like police, snow removal, and limited
senior services will continue. All the
buildings will be closed and any non-police
related emergencies should be directed to
the director on duty listed on the village
The units were a mix of one, two, and
three bedroom options. The plan also called
for 255 outdoor parking spots and 36
garage parking slots. The rezoning application
noted that 7 to 14 school age children
could be expected in the project and that
“traffic counts for multi-family are considerably
less than other forms of housing due
to the reduced children and trips needed.”
Speaking at the Dec. 21 council meeting,
Metro Development’s Joe Thomas said the
development could offer work force housing
for area employers needing nearby workers.
Regarding potential traffic issues,
Thomas said a traffic study indicated the
complex could add 50 vehicles to west
Groveport Road during morning peak
hours from 7-9 a.m. and 63 vehicles during
afternoon peak hours from 4-6 p.m.
Thomas said a proposed sewer extension
to the project would have helped open an
additional 57 acres nearby for future development
for the city as well as another 62
acres west of Saltzgaber Road and south of
Groveport Road. He said the developer was
willing to invest $400,000 for the 1,000 foot
In the end though, council rejected the
“There may be a better way for something
there in the future,” said Dildine. “I
know we need something there.”
January 24, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 9
Franklin County Auditor Michael
Stinziano announced initiatives to make
the Franklin County Board of Revision
complaint process easier for homeowners
challenging the value of their homes as
determined by the auditor’s office.
The office added an e-filing option for
homeowners to file BOR complaints about
their homes’ values electronically. E-filing
allows homeowners a way to file a complaint
via the BOR website at www.franklincountyauditor.com/real-estate/board-of-revision.
The capability applies to filing the
DTE-1 form, which is used to challenge the
value of a home. Complaints can also be
filed by email, mail or fax.
Additionally, Stinziano announced the
launch of the new Franklin County BOR
Pro Bono Assistance Program, which is
designed to help low-to-moderate income
homeowners file complaints about the
value of their homes. The program consists
of a clinic, where volunteer attorneys and
real estate professionals provide guidance
about whether to file a complaint, and help
completing the complaint form.
Homeowners with qualifying incomes may
also be able to get legal representation at
the BOR hearing. BOR complaints can be
filed now through March 31. Once a complaint
has been filed, a hearing will be
scheduled before the board where evidence
about a home’s value can be presented.
Hearings are being held via Zoom.
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Our Pictorial Past
by Rick Palsgrove
Downtown Canal Winchester
This is a view of the southwest corner of High and Waterloo streets in Canal Winchester
as it looked in the early 20th century. Note the people posed in the second
story windows. These buildings are still in use by businesses today.
Moses-Mouser Eye Care
Dr. Joshua Morris is an Optometrist who grew
up in Bellville, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate
degree at the University of Akron, where
he graduated magna cum laude with honors.
Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University
College of Optometry and graduated cum laude
with honors to receive his Doctor of Optometry Degree in May 2019. After
completing his studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical
Excellence Award”, in 2019.
Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio
Optometric Association, and The Ohio State Alumni Association. He is
excited to practice full scope optometry, diagnosing and treating a variety
of ocular disorders and diseases in patients of all ages, but has a special
interest in contact lenses and ocular disease.
On a personal note, Dr. Morris and his wife Tess, enjoy spending time with
their family, friends, and their Bernese Mountain dog Maverick, cheering
on The Ohio State Buckeyes, trying new foods, and exploring Columbus
Q: What are floaters and what causes them?
A: Floaters are small dark shapes that move across your vision. They can appear
as dots, threads, squiggly lines, or even like cobwebs. Most floaters are caused
by normal changes in the eye. As you age, small strands of vitreous (gel-like fluid
that fills your eye) can clump together and cast a shadow on your retina (the
light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Those shadows appear as floaters
that drift across your vision. You may notice floaters more when you look at a
bright background, like a computer screen or a blue sky.
Q: How often should someone with new
floaters get an eye exam?
A: Someone experiencing new floaters, a large increase in the number of floaters,
or flashing lights should see an eye care professional immediately. Sometimes
floaters have a more serious cause, including: infection, injury, inflammation,
bleeding, retinal tear or retinal detachment.
Someone with a few stable floaters should see an eye care professional at least
once a year for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
Schedule your comprehensive eye exam
today with Dr. Morris
6441 Winchester Blvd. E., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 614-963-3827