Canal Winchester Messenger - March 21st, 2021

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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

future.

Back to school in CW

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

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

graduation ceremony.

Two options were offered to high school

students in determining what form the prom

See BACK, page 6

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

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

charter.

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

Article One.”

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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political party endorsements

“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

the election.

“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.


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Special Olympics Summer Games are cancelled

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

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.”

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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

schedule.”

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

activities.

“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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Disappointment

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.

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of the program,” said Hilty. “I think that the sense of

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Madison Township

Police statistics

February crime statistics from the

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

vandalism, 10 parking, 5 accidents with

injuries, 1 shooting, 2 shots fired in area, 5

suicide or suicide threat, and 18 property

damage accidents.

CW Farmers’ Market

The 2021 Canal Winchester Farmers’

Market will begin on Saturday, May 29 and

run through Saturday, Sept. 25. For information

visit www.thecwfm.com.

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

Destination Canal Winchester, because

2020 was a difficult year for small businesses

including artists and fine crafters,

those who participate this year will not be

charged. For information visit www.destinationcw.org/artStroll.

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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Do you love the thought of growing a

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Don’t despair. You can turn a tiny

deck or porch into a beautiful garden with

containers.

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

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grown in containers if there is ample space for developing

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Plants in containers are especially prone to drying

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container first. If lighting conditions aren’t ideal where

you’ve placed your “garden,” simply pick it up and

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The versatility of containers can’t be beat? Don’t

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for a family snapshot? Grab those container gardens

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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

Central Ohio.

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

Opportunity Division.

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.

CAREGIVER RELIEF

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

Support Program.

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

Options at (614) 525-6200 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to

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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

kids choose.”

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

mandates.

“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.

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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.

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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-

CrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS

(1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood

Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Blood

drives will be held locally at:

Canal Winchester: Gender Road Christian

Church, 5336 Gender Road, on March

28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Groveport: St Mary's Church Groveport,

5684 Groveport Road, on March 22

from 1-7 p.m.

Brice United Methodist Church

3160 Brice Road, Brice Ohio 43109

Pastor: Nick Shaw

Good Friday Service 6:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday Service 7:00 a.m.

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Come Celebrate the Risen Christ with us

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:

March 28, Palm Sunday Service: 9:00 AM

April 1, Maundy Thursday Service: 7:00 PM

April 2, Good Friday Service: 7:00 PM

April 4, Easter Sunday Service: 9:00 AM

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March 21, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Generator gives Canal Winchester peace of mind

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

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.”

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

breweries.

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

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Messenger photo by Pat Donahue

Train keeps a rollin’

Long trains of coal cars roll through

Obetz regularly on one of Obetz’s

many train tracks. This train was so

long it stretched from one side of

Obetz to the other.

Letters policy

The SOUTH MESSENGER welcomes

letters to the editor. Letters cannot

be libelous. Letters that do not have

a signature, address, and telephone

number, or are signed with a pseudonym,

will be rejected. PLEASE BE

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Messenger reserves the right to edit or

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Messenger. Mail letters to: SOUTH

MESSENGER, 3500 Sullivant Avenue,

Columbus, OH 43204; or email eastside@columbusmessenger.com.

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman

Practicing life saving

Hamilton Township firefighters participated in a search and

rescue three-day training exercise on March 11 at a house

owned by Obetz that was once part of cemetery operations.

The firefighters practiced rescuing models of an adult and a

child from the smoke-filled structure. Fire Chief Martin Hafey

said it is not often that firefighters can use an acquired structure

for training and the department takes full advantage of

the situation whenever possible. “The whole idea is to do as

much as we can to train so it becomes muscle memory,” said

Hafey. “When we got the call from the village, I had our training

officer (Rafe Britton) look at it.” Crews rotated in and out

of the building in addition to briefings at a fire station before

the multi-day exercise.


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Old Canal Winchester fire engine is well cared for

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

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

Fire aftermath

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.

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