March 21-April 3, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLII, No. 3
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Helping others dress for success
Canal Winchester CommUNITY Closet co-founders Cindi Lynch, left, and Bethany
Ferguson, right, arrange clothing available to people in need of clothing for work,
both professional and business casual, during a March 6 event at Hope United
Methodist Church. Racks of clothing from suits to dresses and tables outfitted with
handbags and jewelry were available free of charge to anyone in need of professional
attire for job interviews or for work. The organizers hope to host similar events in the
Back to school in CW
By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester Schools’ students not
enrolled in the district’s virtual academy
will return to the physical classroom four
days a week starting March 22 and spend
Wednesdays in a remote learning mode before
moving on to five days week in school
beginning May 3.
“It’s almost like we’re starting over again
on March 22,” said Canal Winchester
Schools Superintendent Jim Sotlar. “People
are excited. They’re nervous. I think–for
the most part–we’re ready to get our kids
back. We’re going to continue making sure
everyone is wearing a mask. We’re going to
do our best to social distance three feet.
Schools weren’t designed for social distancing.”
Sotlar said if any issues come up, he will
work with the staff to come up with solutions
and that spring break is March 29
through April 2.
“We’re excited to get back to four days a
week and then five,” said Sotlar, who continued
with the good news by announcing
there is going to be a high school prom this
year, along with an in-person high school
Two options were offered to high school
students in determining what form the prom
See BACK, page 6
By Linda Dillman
Proposed city charter changes could find
Canal Winchester City Council members on
opposite sides of the issue when it comes to
addressing candidates who receive a political
party endorsement during election campaigns.
The Charter Review Committee voted 9-
2 to recommend that language prohibiting
any mayoral or council candidate from seeking,
accepting, publishing, or communicating
an endorsement be added to the city
The committee’s recommendations were
forwarded to council on Nov. 13. Council has
the option to accept, reject, modify or create
their own changes before placing them on
the ballot for voter approval.
While the charter review process takes
place every 10 years, the committee also
proposed cutting that time frame in half.
“I see where this has an appeal,” said
Councilman Bob Clark regarding the endorsement
prohibition, “but we have the
U.S. Constitution’s Article One Freedom of
Speech and this (proposed change) violates
Clark said he was unaware of any municipality
that has similar legislation in the
state and felt if council forwarded the
change to the ballot, and it was approved by
voters, it could set the city up for a lawsuit.
During the fall 2020 election season, Clark’s
name and photo, along with Mike Walker
and Chuck Milliken appeared on a Republican
campaign mailer endorsing candidates.
“All higher courts have upheld it as a violation
of the First Amendment,” said
Clark. “I’d be happy to go to the attorney
general’s office and get a ruling. This had to
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“It’s freedom of speech and why
would we deny that?”
- Councilman Mike Walker
“I’m listening to the community that
voted and they don’t like what happened.”
- Councilwoman Jill Amos
come up somewhere else.”
Councilwoman Jill Amos said she was on
board with the charter committee’s recommendation
and felt there was no need for political
endorsements in a non-partisan
council race. While she told Clark she understood
what he was saying from a legal
aspect, she felt the community was vocal in
their disapproval of what took place during
“I’m listening to the community that
voted and they don’t like what happened,”
said Amos. “There was so much controversy."
Walker agreed with Clark’s opinion that
the charter change could invite litigation
and, if there is any possibility of the city
being sued, he asked why council would set
themselves up for a potential lawsuit.
“It’s freedom of speech and why would we
deny that?” questioned Walker.
Before Chairman Mike Coolman brought
the charter discussion to an end on March
15, Councilman Will Bennett said it would
be difficult to adjudicate the issue and had
no idea if there was a way to actually do so.
Bennett said while the idea may be more
of a case of the spirit of the law, he wondered
if council really wanted to have the
endorsement prohibition as part of the charter.
Council did not discuss candidate endorsements
from other entities.
PAGE 2 - MESSENGER - March 21, 2021
Special Olympics Summer Games are cancelled
By Rick Palsgrove
The annual Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games will
not be held this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Summer Games is cancelled for this year,” wrote
Special Olympics Ohio South Central Regional Manager
John Esson in a message to Special Olympics members. “I
think most of us knew this was coming.”
Esson added the regional qualifiers are also cancelled
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According to Penny Hilty, coordinator of
Groveport Special Olympics, the State Summer
Games 2021 had been set for June 25-27 on the
campus of The Ohio State University, mainly at
Jesse Owens Stadium, but other venues as well.
“We believe, and hope, that Summer Games will
be held in 2022 at OSU as usual,” said Hilty. “Here
at Groveport Special Olympics we are looking
ahead to having bowling begin in August at Wayne
Webb Bowl on South High Street. We would also
like to begin swimming in September at the
Groveport Recreation Center. We remain hopeful
that things will soon get back to a more normal
Stewart’s message noted that multiple conversations
about the issue were held with the Board of
Directors, Special Olympics Ohio Medical Director,
The Ohio State University leadership, State Staff,
athletes, and the Return to Play COVID Committee
made up of leadership from our local organizations.
A survey was sent to the local organizations to
explore their feelings on Summer Games and
Return to Play intentions for community-based
“These conversations were incredibly valuable
and truly insightful,” wrote Stewart. “We truly
thought we would be further out, leaving this pandemic
as a memory and snapshot in history,” wrote
Stewart. “Unfortunately, we just aren’t there yet.
There are multiple factors at play in this decision,
but the safety of our athletes is our utmost priority.
Although I know the disappointment of our athletes,
yet again, is unbearable, we simply cannot
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Heather Coffenberry of Obetz, whose sister participates
as an athlete in Special Olympics, expressed disappointment
that the Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games will
not be held.
“My sister is devastated,” said Coffenberry. “This is two
years in a row it has been cancelled. Why did they decide
to cancel the event so early this year when it was not
scheduled to be held until June? High schools are planning
to hold proms and graduations and other things are reopening.
Our athletes are not being given a chance to compete.
Some of them have already received their vaccinations.”
Importance of Special Olympics
Hilty said Special Olympics is important to the athletes
and their families.
“I am a parent of an athlete as well as the coordinator
of the program,” said Hilty. “I think that the sense of
belonging is very
important to the
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the different sports
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the year for the
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Madison Township Police: 101 traffic stops,
36 assist/mutual aid, 1 burglary, 14 domestic
complaints, 8 suspicious persons, 5 suspicious
cars, 17 suspicious persons/vehicles,
14 larceny/thefts, 2 fights, 1 sex
offense, 1 OVI, 2 threats or harassment, 1
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CW Farmers’ Market
The 2021 Canal Winchester Farmers’
Market will begin on Saturday, May 29 and
run through Saturday, Sept. 25. For information
Art on the Canal Art Stroll
The Art on the Canal Art Stroll will be
held May 15 from noon to 6 p.m. in downtown
Canal Winchester. According to
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2020 was a difficult year for small businesses
including artists and fine crafters,
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2400 Rohr Road project
Groveport City Council approved
amending the plan for a development at
2400 Rohr Road. The original plan by
BSTP Midwest, LLC was approved by
council in 2019 for its lots 1, 2, and 3.
According to Groveport City Administrator
B.J. King, a turn lane is needed to access
lots 1 and 3, but Pizzuti Companies now
possesses the 20.75 acre lot 2, which by
itself does not need a turn lane. Pizzuti is
requested the turn lane requirement for its
lot be removed from the plan as well as the
allowance of water service to the property.
Pizzuti intends to build two warehouses
on the lot starting this spring. The two proposed
warehouses will be on lot 2 at the
north end of the site. One is proposed to be
157,500 square feet the other is proposed to
be 195,000 square feet.
According to a Dec. 21 letter from BSTP
Midwest, LLC in support of Pizzuti’s
request, Pizzuti plans to develop its site
prior to the development of lots 1 and 3
(about 12 acres), of which BSTP Midwest,
LLC has retained ownership. The letter
states BSTP Midwest, LLC’s plans for its
lots have not changed, but its development
schedule is not yet determined. According
to the development plan, BSTP Midwest,
LLC plans to build a fuel center and convenience
store on lots 1 and 3.
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Contain the joy of gardening
Do you love the thought of growing a
garden but doubt you have the space or
energy to put in a big garden?
Don’t despair. You can turn a tiny
deck or porch into a beautiful garden with
There are many unique containers and
hanging baskets available in stores. You
can even turn objects around the house
into creative containers. You’re limited
only by your imagination. Old wheelbarrows,
interesting antiques, discarded
dishes and even an old pair of boots can
hold potting soil and a plant.
The trick to keeping soil inside these improvised
containers is lining the bottom with a layer of landscape
fabric. Most plants grown in the ground can be
grown in containers if there is ample space for developing
Plants in containers are especially prone to drying
out during hot weather.
Crystals are available that reduce watering and fertilizing
needs. The fertilizer-infused polymer crystals
absorb 400 times their weight in water. When soil
dries, plant roots pull moisture and nutrients from the
crystals as needed. This unique delivery
system ensures plants get a consistent
supply of water and food. One application
feeds plants for up to six months.
Mix the suggested amount of crystals
into the soil when planting. They can also
be added to existing containers. A little
goes a long way – one six-inch pot calls
for one teaspoon.
You can use containers to avoid costly
landscaping mistakes. If there are unusual
plants or flowers you’ve always wanted
to grow but weren’t sure they’d grow well
in your area, purchase one or two and try them in a
container first. If lighting conditions aren’t ideal where
you’ve placed your “garden,” simply pick it up and
move it until you find a place that works.
The versatility of containers can’t be beat? Don’t
like the way your plants are grouped together on the
patio? Rearrange them. Need an attractive backdrop
for a family snapshot? Grab those container gardens
and put them to work.
It will be hard for you to contain your joy when you
see how practical and easy container gardening can be.
bi-monthly feature celebrating our
community’s senior citizens
Introducing Director Orvell Johns
Orvell Johns, the director for the Franklin County Office on
Aging or FCOA, took his role in early June of 2020 and since then
has continued to vigorously advocate for the work his office does
everyday for the lives of older adults and their caregivers in
Director Johns has an extensive professional background
including previous work as the Director for the Franklin County
Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch,
the Director of the Center for Public Investment Management at
the State Treasurer’s office, and Assistant Deputy Director with
the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Equal
The goal of the Office on Aging has always been to serve the
older adult population, so that they can maintain their independence
and age in place. Since his hire, Director Johns has strived to
maintain and improve the programs and services that are available,
while creating additional avenues for service and program
growth. One of the newest installations Director Johns would like
to initiate this year is a Director’s column centered around the
public asking him agency related questions. The column, Ask
Director Orvell Johns, will begin in May and will provide answers
to some of your questions about issues relating to older adults.
This new initiative creates more transparency and allows for
the community to create deeper connections with our agency. If
you would like to send in a question, please do so by sending an
email to FCOA.Director@franklincountyohio.gov. We are looking
forward to the community getting to know us better.
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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.
According to a 2020 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving
and AARP, the number of caregivers providing unpaid care has
increased by almost 10 million in the last five years. In the past year,
however, caregiving has proven to be harder amid the global
COVID-19 pandemic. About 21 percent of family caregivers report
their own health to be fair to poor. Prior to the pandemic, caregivers
struggled with both economic and emotional stress, although now,
with workplace closures, a decrease in social interactions, and
heightened health concerns, their stressors have increased dramatically.
In December 2020, Ohio reported over 114,000 older adults to have
contracted COVID-19. Studies have also shown that a large portion
of Ohio’s cases have come from the Franklin County area. While the
country is working on providing COVID-19 vaccinations to the
public, it will be several months before everyone who wants a vaccine
will receive one. Knowing this information, caregivers have
had to make the difficult decision to put their caregiving duties
ahead of their own personal health to ensure that their loved ones
have proper and safe care provided to them. However, there are safe
options available to give these Ohio caregivers a break.
The Franklin County Office on Aging (FCOA) collaborates with the
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) to administer the
Caregiver Support Program. The program supports non-paid caregivers
of adults age 60 and older who have a demonstrated need for
home care assistance. The caregiver can be a relative or non-relative
over the age of 18 years old and does not have to reside with the
older adult. The program can assist with a variety of free short-term
services that include adult day services, caregiver counseling, durable
medical equipment, health maintenance supplies, and in-home
respite. The services are available regardless of the income or asset
levels of the caregiver or older adult. Residents of assisted living
facilities or homes that are already providing care for their residents
are not eligible to receive the services offered through the Caregiver
FCOA is putting safety at the forefront of everything they do.
During this pandemic, extensive safety measures have been added to
ensure that clients and community members remain safe as they
access and participate in programs and services, such as the Caregiver
Support Program. Caregiver relief, or respite care, is performed
by a trained individual who participates in continuous education
such as health and wellness, LGBTQ education, cultural diversity
training, and more, so they can assist in the care of the older adult.
Care can still be administered at the older adult’s home, and
essential caregiving services such as help with bathing or getting
around the house are still performed. For everyone’s protection, the
relief worker is required to wear either a mask or a face shield for the
entire duration of their time spent with the older adult. The relief
worker should also be performing daily health checks, such as
taking their temperatures, to ensure that they do not have any
symptoms of COVID-19. If a worker does feel ill, they will not be
going to a client’s home to administer caregiver relief. Additionally,
these workers adhere to the guidelines set out by the Center for
Disease Control, or CDC, and the Franklin County Public Health
office. As changes are made through these organizations, the FCOA
service providers for caregiver relief adapt to the new guidelines to
provide the best and safest care possible.
To enroll in the Caregiver Support Program and/or to learn more
about FCOA’s additional older adult services, please call Senior
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will take at the Westin on April 16 or in the
high school on May 14.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting the
hotel’s capacity to 350, prom would be held in
two stages; juniors and their dates would attend
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and seniors from 9-11 p.m.
“We can’t have an all-inclusive prom because
most of the time we have 500 or more
kids at the prom,” said Sotlar. “If a senior is
dating a junior or a junior is dating a senior,
they can’t go at both times…only one. Option
number two is to have an all-inclusive prom at
the high school. We’re letting the high school
Sotlar also announced a traditional graduation
ceremony will take place on May 29 at 9
a.m. at World Harvest Church where capacity
is also capped. Graduating seniors will be limited
to five tickets for family members. Sotlar
emphasized everything is still subject to change
according to Gov. Mike DeWine’s orders or
“They can get stricter or loosen up,” said
Sotlar. “If World Harvest doesn’t come
through, then we have a backup plan at the
high school football stadium.”
That plan includes a 9 a.m. start time with
the option of pushing it two hours or more in
case of inclement weather. Sotlar said he plans
to closely monitor daily and weekly COVID-19
numbers in the school district.
“If we have to make a shift, then we’ll do
that,” Sotlar said.
A good year for Davies
Messenger photo by Pat Donahue
Canal Winchester sophomore Bobby Davies was one of 324 wrestlers that converged
on Hilliard Darby High School for the Division I Central Division Wrestling
Championships. He earned a spot in the tournament by qualifying third in the previous
sectional tournament. Davies is shown here ready to face off in his first
match with Westerville South junior, David Javier Ozuna. Davies unfortunately
went winless at the tournament moving his season record to 17-9.
Dr. Bender Scholarship
Canal Winchester City Council announced
two $1,000 scholarships will be
awarded in honor of the late Dr. John Bender,
a former council member for 17 years.
Graduating seniors may review eligibility
requirements and submit applications online
at www.canalwinchesterohio.gov. Applications
will also be available in the
guidance offices at Canal Winchester High
School and Bloom-Carroll High School.
Completed applications and materials are
due by 4:30 p.m. on May 28. Recipients of
the Dr. John Bender scholarship will be recognized
at the June 21, Canal Winchester
City Council meeting.
The American Red Cross urges individuals
who are healthy to make an appointment
to donate blood. Schedule a blood
donation appointment by downloading the
Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting Red-
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(1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood
Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Blood
drives will be held locally at:
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•Groveport: St Mary's Church Groveport,
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March 21, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 7
Generator gives Canal Winchester peace of mind
By Linda Dillman
Severe winter weather wreaked havoc in
Texas with power down for days, but installation
of a new backup generator for Canal
Winchester’s water reclamation department–with
the capability to run continuously
four times as long as the previous
system–should be able to handle a similar
emergency with ease.
“The new generator is appropriately sized
for the current needs as well as future expansions,
meets current pollution standards, and
will serve the community well for the next 30
years,” said Steve Smith, Canal Winchester
water reclamation superintendent. “The cost
of the project is a bit over $400,000 and it
should be christened sometime in March. We
are very near completion of the replacement
of the plant’s backup generator. The original,
installed in the latter half of the 1980s has
reached the end of its service life.”
When water reclamation underwent a
2017 upgrade, the existing generator was
discovered to be undersized to provide
power to each of the processes in place.
Smith said the department only ran critical
equipment while under a power fail scenario
to get by until an upgrade could take place.
The city received a grant for $50,000 to
apply toward the purchase/installation of
the new generator.
“Planning took place in early 2020 and installation
began in November of that same
year,” said Smith. “The process has been
held up several months due to the pandemic.
The installation has been proceeding well,
with local electrical contractor Abbott Electric
performing the service. We expect the
generator to be in place and operating the
first week of April 2021. Until that point, the
existing generator is at the ready. There will
not be a rate increase for our residents and
customers due to this installation.”
According to Smith, the new 2,000-gallon
generator will provide emergency power for
the entire plant and any planned expansions
for the next 20 years.
“It might be worth letting folks know
that all our critical city infrastructure has
backup generation, including the water
plant and its wells,” he said. “Had Texas facilities
had them, they could have left the
grid to conserve power for the other users
while maintaining service.”
The water treatment plant has generators
for the plant and for its wells. City hall has a
generator and the public service garage at
400 Ashbrook has its own generator. All essential
city services have stand-by power and
each is serviced twice a year by a contractor.
There are also portable pumps and generators
for various sewage pump stations
throughout the city to provide uninterrupted
service to those areas as well.
“Power outages have occurred many
more times than one would think,” said
Smith. “Radical weather events–high
winds and tornados–are the primary cause,
but we have had extended outages due to
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester water reclamation
employee Bryce Palsgrove checks out
the new emergency backup generator.
squirrels shorting power lines, cars hitting
power poles, transformers exploding and a
variety of other causes. Incident numbers
are in the many dozens the last 10 years.
Keeping the pumps running and basements
dry is the primary concern, but ensuring adequate
air and pumping for plant treatment
processes runs a close second.”
When there is a loss in the power line,
automated detectors start the generator and
transfer the generator power into service in
under one minute. The outage is seamless
for plant controls and processes. Once the
power is restored, the system reverts to normal
and the generator goes back to dormant
status following a cooling off period.
The replacement generator is a new,
clean technology diesel powered unit with
an engine of more than 1300 HP and enough
fuel to run over 24 hours continuously, during
which time workers can refuel it and
run it perpetually if need be for an extended
outage. The system is designed to sense adequate
line power for a small period of time
once line power is restored, before taking
the generator out of service. This process
helps the power company as they restore
power, keeping demand lower and the line
surge lessened when the power is back on.
“Recent events in the south have highlighted
the importance of having backup
power in place,” said Smith. “Failure to have
backup systems in place for us would be
calamitous, causing, among other things,
basements flooded with sewage, and damage
to waterways from untreated sewage.
Canal Winchester has invested heavily in
generators and pumps that allow quick action,
allowing for uninterrupted service to
our residents and protection of our environment.
Our hearts go out to all our fellow citizens
who are experiencing or did
experience disasters in the southern states.
We want Canal Winchester residents to
know emergency protocols are in place to
deal with power outages and other disaster
scenarios, and that having these protocols
and equipment at the ready is a primary
concern for city leaders to protect the health
and property of our residents.”
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Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University
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completing his studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical
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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
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light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Those shadows appear as floaters
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Train keeps a rollin’
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Obetz regularly on one of Obetz’s
many train tracks. This train was so
long it stretched from one side of
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Old Canal Winchester fire engine is well cared for
By Linda Dillman
Tucked inside the city of Canal Winchester’s
public service complex is a vehicle that
stands out in sharp contrast to its far newer
vehicular brethren, but in its heyday this
little red truck helped save lives and structures
in the community.
The 1942 International truck, with a Seagraves
pumper engine conversion, was fire
engine number one for village firefighters
more than 70 years ago. However, because of
some underlying green paint, the truck is
thought to have previously served as a military
vehicle before being put into fire service.
“When I started in 1994, it was in storage
at the public service complex until 1997
when we started the Wastewater Treatment
Plant expansion and had to demolish the
barn it was stored in,” said Canal Winchester
Public Service Director Matt Peoples. “It
was taken to an off site storage facility
where it was under the care of resident Donnie
Miller until around 2012, when we
brought it back to the public service complex
where crews began repair work.”
Miller’s father, former Mayor K.L “Mike”
Miller, was a member of the Canal Winchester
Fire Department when the truck was
purchased. According to the book, “Canal
Winchester Ohio: The Second Ninety
Years,” by Frances Steube and Lillian Carroll,
K. L. Miller was one of the first members
of the volunteer fire department when
it was incorporated in 1942.
Public service employees working on the
vehicle are also getting repair assistance
from Cliff Spruill, a local resident with extensive
knowledge of classic cars. Peoples
said Spruill is a huge help with the engine’s
electrical and carburation system.
While no longer useful as an emergency
vehicle, Peoples said the fire engine has
been in the Labor Day Festival parade and
the Santa parade as part of Christmas in
the Village. It has been driven around town
periodically to keep everything lubricated.
Peoples surprised even his own family one
day when he drove past his house during
one of the truck’s periodic operational runs.
“Fortunately, when it was in off site storage
it was kept in pretty good shape,”said
Peoples. “We are getting all of the mechanical
and electrical systems up in running
order and completely replaced the braking
system. Being a 1942 vehicle, parts are becoming
difficult to find. We have been
mainly working through the local NAPA
store and have found some suppliers
through web searches.”
Peoples and his staff cobbled equipment
together from old parts and pieces found in
the public service complex and plan to store
the vehicle inside the building for now.
Peoples called it an “irreplaceable piece of
history,” not only for Canal Winchester but also
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Ben Terflinger, who is the Canal Winchester public service department’s fleet maintenance
lead, works on the department’s oldest vehicle, a 1942 fire engine.
for the Madison Township Fire Department.
“Fortunately, it was cared for over the
years with storage under roof and not too
far gone to repair, like a lot of historical
items end up,” said Peoples. “If it was sitting
out in a field or out in back of our facility in
the supply yard, who knows if it would have
ever seen the road again. Given the 1942
model year of the truck, and with the interior
and engine compartment’s original
green paint color, it was arguably a truck
manufactured as part of the war effort and
was destined to see action in World War II.
I am sure it was difficult to obtain this truck
for firefighting purposes, so I imagine the
local officials would have pulled quite a few
strings to be able to get the truck and then
to have it upfitted with the fire apparatus.”
Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
Photo courtesy of the CW Area Historical Society
This photo shows the aftermath of a fire that hit the O.P. Chaney mill in Canal Winchester
in 1979. “It was about midnight when (the fire) was discovered. That entire
end of town was lit up,” wrote Lillian Carroll and Frances Steube in their book, “Canal
Winchester, Ohio: The Second Ninety Years.” Carroll and Steube noted a fire wall at
the mill helped to save the main part of the structure, which still stands today along
North High Street in the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s historical complex
near the railroad.