Groveport Messenger - April 4th, 2021


April 4-17, 2021 Vol. XXXVIII, No. 21

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Disc golfers

Messenger photo by Pat Donahue

Flying objects were spotted at Area 51 Disc Golf Course in Obetz as Dylan Knecht of Groveport nails the

putt while his fellow Cruiser to his left, Noah Graham, and Seth Collins of Obetz, look on. The three avid

disc golfers were found at Area 51 taking advantage of the nice March weather. Knecht has been enjoying

the sport for less than a year, but he plays often. Graham has played for a dozen years, and Collins,

twice that long. They play year round and usually come armed with a variety of discs, sometimes as many

as 20 to 30, for various situations and multiple shots.

Property values’

impact on schools

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Property valuations in Franklin County have increased, which

has an impact on school systems’ revenues.

“We expected values would grow, but, wow, did property values

grow,” said Groveport Madison Schools Treasurer Felicia


Drummey told the Groveport Madison Board of Education at

its March 23 meeting that countywide, according to Franklin

County officials, there is a 20 percent median increase in residential

values and 15 percent median increase in commercial property


“That is a large increase,” said Drummey.

Drummey reported that, within the Groveport Madison district

boundaries, total residential property values are at $630 million

and industrial property values are at $243 million. Overall the

taxable property values in the district are at $1.1 billion.

However, Drummey noted that the voted millage on the district’s

existing operating levy is 60.26 mills, while the effective

millage that is actually collected for residential/agricultural is at

31.33 mills and 38.75 mills for commercial properties.

“We only collect about half of the voted millage due to House

Bill 920 that reduces voted mills to eliminate inflationary

growth,” said Drummey.

Voted millage is any millage outside what is provided by the Ohio

Constitution. This is millage is voted in by the public. Effective millage

is the millage rate that is actually levied on property.

“New construction is good for jobs, good for the community, and

it’s one the main areas of growth the school district can get aside

from inflationary adjustments the county auditor establishes for

See SCHOOLS, page 3

Financing for Main Street plan; council members comment on project

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport City Council took another

step into making the 1847 Main Street

project a reality with the passage of legislation

to fund the project.

On March 22, council voted 5-1 on two

bond issuance ordinances to fund the construction,

furnishing, equipping, and

improving the proposed Rarey’s Port and

Wert’s Grove buildings on Main Street.

Councilman Shawn Cleary voted against

both ordinances.

By the numbers

One ordinance was for $3.8 million in

non-tax revenue bonds and the other is for

$3.8 million in tax revenue bonds.

According to Groveport Finance Director

Jason Carr, non-tax revenue bonds equal

taxable bonds and tax revenue bonds equal

tax-exempt bonds. He said the project will

be funded by general obligation bonds,

which are bonds from the bond market and

are not property tax bond issues that would

be voted on by the residents.

“The debt interest paid on tax-exempt

bonds issued by state and local governments

is generally tax-exempt at the federal

level, unless more than 10 percent of the

proceeds are used for a trade or business

(taxable bonds),” said Carr. “A local government

will generally issue taxable bonds

to finance projects that do not meet IRS tax

exemption requirements and in the case of

the city of Groveport, space devoted to tenants

where a trade or business will be conducted.”

Carr said tax-exempt bond principal and

interest may be paid from income taxes collected

by the city, which beginning in

December 2021 will be from the city’s debt

service fund.

“Taxable bond principal and interest

cannot be repaid from income taxes and the

city must use non-tax revenue sources,

such as fees, licenses and permits, interest

earnings, charges for services or other revenues

received,” said Carr. “Generally, the

debt service interest paid by the city on

tax-exempt bonds will be lower than taxable

interest based on risks involved/repayment


Carr said the city devoting the first floor

of each building to commercial use is why

taxable bonds are required to be issued.

“Currently, second floor space will be for

government use which allows the city to

issue tax-exempt bonds” said Carr.

The bond issuances indicate that the

estimated cost for the two structures combined

will be approximately $7.6 million,

which is up from the previous estimate of

$6 million.

“The original $3 million (for each building)

was a preliminary number based on a

shell building,” said City Administrator

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B.J. King. “As finishes, including plumbing, HVAC equipment,

etc., became more defined, the cost increased.

Additionally, the $3.8 million per encompasses costs associated

with the issuance of the debt to fund the project.”

When asked if the increase in cost jeopardize the project

considering the city’s income tax revenues are down, King

said, “The debt payment will be split between tax revenue

(income tax) and non-tax revenue (money collected by the

city that is not a tax). So income tax will be used to pay

half of the debt issuance. We continue to monitor our

income tax collections and anticipate they will rebound.

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We feel that through the annual budget creation process,

we will be able to dedicate income tax revenue for the construction

of these two buildings.”

Economic Development Director Jeff Green said the starting

construction and completion dates are not yet determined.

“We’re still negotiating the contract and there are some

variables we need to pin down, like the availability of

steel,” said Green.

Regarding potential occupants for the buildings Green

said, “Right now we have verbal commitments from, and

floorplans drawn up, for three businesses: two restaurants

and a bakery/café.”

About the 1847 Main project

The 1847 Main project involves the construction

of two new, two-story brick, mixed-use commercial

buildings: one to be built at the northeast corner of

Front and Main streets (674-716 Main St. and

known as the Rarey’s Port building); and the second

at the northwest corner of College and Main streets

(480-490 Main St. and known as the Wert’s Grove

building). The city is the developer for both sites.

The Wert’s Grove building will be about 12,184

square feet. The first floor will have five separate

storefronts with the interior space divisible according

to space requirements for potential new businesses.

Second floor space for now will be open.

The Rarey’s Port building is tentatively planned

to be 14,145 square feet, with 7,017 square feet of

space on the first floor and 7,128 square feet on the

second floor. The second floor space will be open for

now and the first floor have six individual storefronts

facing Main Street and the interior space

divisible as required.

Council and mayor viewpoints

The Messenger asked Mayor Lance Westcamp and

Groveport City Council members if they favor constructing

both 1847 Main Street project buildings now,

building just one building now, or waiting to tackle the

entire project later when the economy improves, and

also what they think the city’s prospects are of attracting

businesses to the buildings.

•Jean Ann Hilbert: “We purchased the property

for development. We are bringing to Groveport

businesses the community has requested in several

surveys over several years. Three viable businesses

are extremely interested in locating in Groveport.

We have talked about this for years and it’s time we

do what the residents want. Groveport has been

blessed to have a multi-million dollar annual budget.

This would cost a very small portion of the budget

annually for the next 20 years. The recreation

center will be paid for next year. That will release

some debt monies. If we don’t think to the future,

we become stagnant.

•Becky Hutson: “This may be an expensive project,

but now is the time for what we have promised

our residents.We can afford it and maintain what we

have. It is time for our employees to step up. The rec

center is almost paid off, however the rec center and

golf course both need subsidized each year? To me

that is not paid off and we need to look at how we can

improve. The city has been stagnant for years. I’m

tired of that and so are the residents, so I feel now is

the time to make things happen. It is a solid plan

and we have people wanting to set up business here.

There is nothing signed on the dotted line, but I feel

they will soon, it is exciting we have some great

opportunities to make our little city a place to be.”

•Shawn Cleary: “I think building one building now

at Main and College streets is the way to go due to

our financial situation. We’ve never been in economic

times like this. We can learn from the first build, this

way the second building will be better than the first.

My biggest concern is the city would get in a financial situation

where we might have to cut some city services. I don’t

want to gamble with city services and employee benefits.”

•Ed Dildine: “I am optimistic the economy will rebound

and we will come out stronger than before. I am in favor of

doing both buildings now. The cost of the project is not going

to go down and will only increase as time goes on. If we can’t

invest in ourselves, who can we expect to do it for us. We as

a city have taken chances before - the recreation center,

aquatic center, golf course - and we always find a way to

make it work. We are in talks with tenants and hopefully

that brings investors who will bring unique options to our

city not found anywhere close. We have done study after

study, survey after survey and they all say the same thing:

our residents want more options. Our goal is to garner

renewed interest into our downtown for not only the new

buildings, but also our current businesses. Any increase in

foot traffic will enhance their businesses. Our current businesses

are fantastic and provide an awesome service to the

community. One trip in to them and I’m sure they will gain

new customers. It’s now up to our administration to get to

work and hit the ground running to fill these buildings and

I have the utmost faith in them to accomplish this goal.”

•Chad Grashel: “We listened to the feedback from the

residents and saw a desire for development such as these to

improve the downtown and enhance the experience of living

in Groveport. The city has invested so much into these

exciting projects to this point, and as we are seeing, the cost

of completion isn’t going to go down by waiting. Groveport

is primed to attract small business. We have a growing

community, which also brings many people into the city for

work on daily basis from around Central Ohio. This should

create a lot of interest in the market and is especially true

when we have the infrastructure in place to promote.”

•Scott Lockett: “Pre-COVID, our income was solid, the

economy was good, and everyone felt optimistic. I favored

going with both buildings. Once COVID hit, our income

stream came in below what was budgeted. Our administrator

and finance director met with council to discuss possible

budget deficits and implications. When it came time

to vote initially whether to go with two buildings or one, I

felt we should develop only one property at a time.

However, my mind was changed and I supported developing

both properties. The businesses presented to us would

be well received and fit nicely in our community. Our

administrator and finance director again reached out providing

us with financial information. My thinking changed

and my preference was to build on the Main and Front site

first, get that property leased and up and running. With

that success, we could move on to the second building. My

fear was, although there were a number of possible tenants

for both buildings, none had been secured, as a result,

we would be in a situation where we could possibly have

unleased space sitting vacant. It became clear the majority

of council felt developing two buildings was the preferred

choice. Because we needed to pass the ordinance as emergency

legislation, a super majority was needed requiring

my vote. I respect the other members of council and their

choices. So, I voted yes so we could pass the legislation

because, with building costs and other factors, time is of

the essence. My desire is, once these buildings are occupied

with market rate leases they will become marketable and

attractive to a potential developer, we sell them. I don’t

think the city needs to be in the development for business

long-term. We have a professional staff that addresses economic

development. The task of filling the spaces will fall

on them and the resources they access. My hope is we have

all the spaces under lease before the end of construction.”

•Mayor Lance Westcamp: “I am in favor of both buildings

now. I am afraid if we only construct one, the other

may not be constructed. I believe this is what we promised

our residents. I am confident that the city will attract at

least two well know businesses.”


Continued from page 1

property values or a levy,” said Drummey.

She said the challenge when formulating the

district’s financial forecast is to make the best

prediction on what will happen with property

values in the future - will they go up, go down,

or stay the same.

“Two key factors impacting future revenue

projections are inflation and new construction,”

said Drummey.

Modular at Groveport Elementary

Groveport Madison Assistant

Superintendent Jamie Grube informed the

board of plans to replace the aging modular, two

classroom unit at Groveport Elementary.

He said the modular is 12-to 14-years-old, in

poor condition, and is leased by the district for

$1,200 a month.

“It’s the only modular we do not own,” said

Grube, who noted the district does own the

modulars set up at Asbury, Dunloe, and Sedalia


Grube said the goal is to purchase and install

a modular four classroom unit, that includes

restrooms and a covered walkway, to replace

the old one at Groveport Elementary this summer.

He said the district is looking at possibly

purchasing a two-year-old unit for $200,000 and

that it would cost another $200,000 to install it.

“This is half the purchase cost of a buying a

new modular unit,” said Grube.

Grube said he will check with vendors

regarding appropriate pricing and bring the

proposal to the board for a decision at its April

13 meeting.

around Groveport and Madison Township

Tax filing deadline extended

The Ohio Department of Taxation extended the deadline to

file and pay Ohio individual income tax for tax year 2020, from

April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. As a result, the municipal

income tax filing deadline for individual taxpayers has been

automatically extended to May 17, 2021 as well.

Late filing penalties and late payment penalties and interest

will not be imposed for the period of April 15, 2021 through May

17, 2021 for these extended filings and payments.

The payment due date for the tax year 2021 first quarter

estimated tax payment, and the filing and payment due dates

for business net profit taxpayers, are not impacted by this

extension. However, RITA will not impose late filing penalties,

or late payment penalties and interest for the period of April 15,

2021 through May 17, 2021 for first quarter 2021 estimated tax

payments or business net profit filings and payments.

Township opposes natural gas hike

Residents of Madison Township participating in the

Volunteer Energy Services, Inc. natural gas aggregation program

may see increased rates on their February and March natural

gas bills.

The Madison Township Trustees believe the rate increases

are unfair and are not permitted by the contract. The trustees

are working with the township’s attorneys and its gas aggregation

consultant, Scott Belcastro at Trebel Energy, LLC to

ensure that residents are treated fairly and their rights under

the aggregation contract with VESI are protected.

There will be a special meeting of the Madison Township

Trustees on April 6 at 7 p.m. via Zoom for anyone who wishes to

learn more. There will be a presentation by natural gas aggregation

consultant, Trebel Energy, LLC, followed by a question

and answer period. Details on the Zoom link will be posted on

the Madison Township website.


Legacy of Love 5K

COVID-compliant and in-person this year, the Legacy of

Love 5K will be held at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370

Groveport Road, on April 18 at 2 p.m. Register at

The Legacy of Love 5K is the primary fundraiser for the

Alexandria Leigh Goodwin Angel Foundation, an organization

committed to creating a more positive, loving world through random

acts of kindness. It was created in memory of Alexandria

“Alex” Goodwin, a 2014 graduate of Groveport Madison High

School, who had just finished her sophomore year at Capital

University at the time of her unexpected passing in 2016.

Nearly everyone who encountered Alex felt her warmth and

benefited from her kindness and joy. Her family and friends recognized

the energy she created in the world is still needed, and

created the ALGA Foundation in 2017 to continue her spirit of

kindness and to encourage others to create their own legacy of

love by performing random acts of kindness whenever possible.

To date, the Foundation has given over $6,000 in scholarships

to Groveport Madison graduates and Capital University

students and thousands more to organizations and causes

throughout central Ohio. The Legacy of Love 5K features music,

finisher medals, awards, goodies, and raffle prizes. You can participate

by running, walking, cheering and/or donating; and by


The Virtual 5K is back also. Walk or run at a time and location

of your convenience, and the ALGA Team will deliver or

mail your packet directly to you. Visit

CW Blues and Ribfest cancelled

Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest officials recently

announced on Facebook that the event, scheduled for the summer

of 2021, has been cancelled due to circumstances surrounding

the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They plan for the festival

to return on July 29-30, 2022.





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The phantom track

Sometimes history hides in plain sight.

Tucked away under the grass near the

baseball/softball fields at Groveport

Elementary is a former athletic facility that

in its heyday was state of the art.

It can be a bit of a historical scavenger

hunt, but if one looks closely, one can see

remnants and shadows there of the old cinder

running track and field event areas that

once were the home of the Groveport

Madison High School Cruiser track and field


Constructed in the early 1930s when

Groveport Elementary was Groveport

Madison High School, the track facility was a

gift to the school from the classes of 1929

through 1933 and was used by the Cruiser

track teams until the 1970s. It featured a

quarter mile cinder running track along with

high jump, pole vault, and broad jump runways

and pits as well as areas for shotput

and discus.

The track is now covered in grass (and in

places with gravel), but its faint oval outline

can still be seen encircling the baseball/softball

fields. The track featured low wooden

rails a few inches tall that defined its inner

and outer borders. Some of these low wooden

rails can still be seen poking up out of the

grass and mud, especially near the southernmost

baseball/softball diamond and the larger

diamond east of the former track.

There also once were small wooden blocks

positioned at areas along side the track showing

where races, such as the 220-yard dash,

would start. I’ve looked for these blocks, but I

have not been able to find them these days as

they either weathered away or are just

buried too far under the dirt and grass.

The circular concrete pad for the discus

throwers is still in place and visible near the

third base/left field side of the southernmost

baseball/softball diamond.

The shotput area once sat between Cron

Drive and the track near the southernmost

baseball/softball field’s left field area.

Shotputters would heave the shotput into a

Editor’s Notebook

rectangular flat pit of


The pole vault, high

jump, and broad jump

areas, now grass covered,

were along the

west side straight portion

of the track and

near Wirt Road. In the

early days of the track,

the jumpers did not

land in foam pads like

are used today.

Instead, they landed in

a pile of sawdust!

In my youth in the



1960s, I looked upon it as one of the first

signs of spring when I would come out at

recess at Groveport Elementary and see the

freshly white chalked running lanes marked

on the black cinder base of the track for the

Cruiser track team to use. White chalk measurements

were also marked in arcs in the

track’s infield grass so officials could measure

how far an athlete threw the discus.

The late Ed Rarey, who ran track for the

Cruisers in the 1940s, once told me he liked

running on the track.

“When well cared for, the old cinder tracks

were good running surfaces,” Rarey told me a

few years ago. “But, if a hurdler tripped going

over a hurdle and hit those cinders, he’d have

to pick the cinder bits out of his wounds.”

Rarey also said that, after a heavy rain,

puddles would form in places on the track.

“You just ran and splashed through

them,” Rarey said.

Next time you are at a baseball or softball

game at Groveport Elementary, take a look

around and see if you, too, and can spot the

remnants of the phantom track of Cruiser

athletic history.

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport




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Rivers help tell the story of the Ohio frontier

Janet Shailer, author of the new

book,“Trouble on Scioto’s Waters –

Soldiers, Frontiersmen & Native

Americans: 1725-1815.”

The tranquil waters of the Scioto River

were once anything but placid.

The Scioto River and its tributaries,

such as Big Darby Creek, Big Walnut

Creek, and the Olentangy River were once

hot beds of activity as Prehistoric and

Woodland Native Americans used them as

major transportation routes.

A new book by Janet Shailer, “Trouble

on Scioto’s Waters — Soldiers,

Frontiersmen & Native Americans: 1725-

1815,” explores the Native American history

surrounding these waterways.

“From 1754 — 1814 fighting raged within

the state between Native Americans and

their adversaries,” Shailer said. “Those

years are vital to understanding the history

of Ohio. By 1843, the last of the Native

Americans left the state after the signing

of the Treaty with the Wyandots. A mere

18 years later the Civil War would start.”

The importance of the Scioto River

watershed to Ohio’s early history cannot be


This river was a transportation artery

for the Shawnee, Wyandot, Delaware,

Ottawa, Seneca, and Miami on their way to

camps in the Pickaway Plains and beyond.

The area between the Scioto River and

the Big Darby Creek was once a cradle of

Prehistoric and Woodland activity.

This area alone has artifacts from the

Paleo-Indian, Adena, Hopewell, and Fort

Ancient cultures. Battelle Darby Metro

Park along Big Darby Creek, for one, is

continuously being studied by archaeologists

for its numerous mounds and Native

American artifacts that are still being discovered


Later the European fur trappers and

frontiersmen understood their significance,

followed by soldiers from three different


“I have included chapters on five men

who were important figures in central

Ohio’s early history,” Shailer said. “They

include Col. William Crawford, Simon

Girty, and Jonathan Alder plus Native

Americans Blue Jacket and Tecumseh. The

Indian Removal Act of 1830 began to drive

the Native Americans out of Ohio permanently.”

Shailer said the Native Americans

knew the Ohio country was a special place

and they helped to make it so.

“I believe that to understand the history

of a great people, we must thoroughly

study them, including walking the ground

where they once lived,” said Shailer. “Part

of this book is a guide to visiting some of

those sites. Native Americans entered

what is now central Ohio about 9,000 -

10,000 years ago.”

For people interested in both

Prehistoric and Eastern Woodland

Indians, the Middle Ohio Valley is an

archaeologist’s gold mine.

“The Ohio Historical & Archaeological

Society estimated in the 1880s there were

once 10,000 mounds and earthworks in

Ohio alone,” said Shailer. “Unfortunately,

urban development has left us with few

remaining sites to see and explore.”

The Ohio History Connection has documented

dozens of Prehistoric and Eastern

Woodland sites all along the edges of the

Scioto River.

“In Jackson Township/Franklin County,

archaeological maps show dozens of Native

American sites along the edges of this

waterway,” said Shailer. “Other creeks in

the Scioto River basin were also important

for development. On the western side of

Franklin County lies Big Darby Creek,

another important transportation artery

for several tribes. In the eastern part of

Franklin County, Alum Creek runs south

from Mount Gilead and joins Big Walnut

and Blacklick creeks in (now) Three Creeks

Metro Park. The Adena built at least seven

mounds in the Alum Creek Valley.”

The book includes a guide to those who

would like to visit sites once occupied by

these First Ohioans. Books may be ordered

online from the publisher Orange Frazer

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“Janet Shailer has captured a long-overlooked

portion of Ohio’s history, a past era

that we are still feeling the effects of

today,” said Rick Palsgrove, managing editor

of the Columbus Messenger

Newspapers and director of the Groveport

Heritage Museum. “The stories she tells of

the Native Americans, military, and frontiersmen

who helped shape Ohio are fascinating.

Her listing of pertinent historical

sites that help tell the story of those times

is helpful to those who wish to see the

places where this history took shape.”

Janet Shailer is a former editor with the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers and has

written two other history books including

“Images of Grove City,” and “Images of

Modern America: Grove City.”

She also wrote the novel, “The Austerlitz

Bugle-Telegraph: A King, A Goddess and a

Chronicle of Deception,” as well as three children’s


Farmers’ Market

The 2021 Groveport Farmers’ Market is

tentatively scheduled to be open on

Tuesdays from June 29 through Sept. 14

from 4-7 p.m., according to cit of Groveport


Groveport city council

Groveport City Council holds its regular

meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second

and fourth Mondays of the month.

Council holds its committee of the

whole meeting on the third Monday each

month at 5:30 p.m.

Meetings are held in the municipal

building, 655 Blacklick St., Groveport.

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history of Asbury United Methodist Church

South, a congregation that first formed in


On March 20, 2020, more than 3 inches

of torrential rain poured down in a short

period of time, flooding nearby creeks,

streams, fields, homes, and yards throughout

the area. The water surrounded the

church and its parking lot, located at 4760

Winchester Pike in Madison Township, and

flowed into and swamped the building.

Flood waters a foot deep or more reached

inside the 55-year-old church’s sanctuary

severely damaging the chancel/altar, wooden

pews, flooring, carpeting, and more.

Volunteers swiftly arrived at the church

following the flood to salvage what could be

saved from the waters and to clean up the

mess it left behind. But it would take several

months to complete the structural renovations

to repair the flood damage.

Now, a year later - through the efforts of

community volunteers, community groups,

members of the congregation, the

Methodist Church district, neighboring

churches, the Boy Scouts, and many more -

the church has been resurrected from the

flood damage as repairs are nearly complete.

Asbury United Methodist Church South

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Asbury United Methodist Church South Pastor Sherri Blackwell stands in the renovated

sanctuary of the church, which now features a larger chancel area.

Photo courtesy of Asbury United Methodist Church

Flood waters a foot deep or more

swamped the Asbury United Methodist

Church South’s sanctuary in March 2020.

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

The church pews and sanctuary following

restoration after the flood.

Pastor Sherri Blackwell, who started her

position at the church last Nov. 1, is

impressed by the outpouring of community


“It’s the definition of community,” said


Added Asbury United Methodist Church

South Staff Parish Chair Diana Sexton,

“It’s amazing how people come together to

help during a tragedy. It was a huge community


Sexton estimated the amount of flood

damage at about $75,000, which includes

the costs of renovations and removing mold

caused by the standing water. The repair

costs were funded by donations.

“Everything is cleaned and sanitized,”

said Sexton. “There’s new carpeting, new

electric, concrete

poured under the

sanctuary floor, new

drywall, the pews

were taken out and

sanded and re-coated

and put back in

place, and the organ

is being worked on

as its controls under

the floor were damaged

by the flood.”

Blackwell said

the original hope

was to have the

repairs fully completed

and to hold a

rededication service

on Easter.

“But we’re not

there yet,” said

Blackwell. “We are

hoping to have our

rededication service

in May.”

In the mean time,

services are being

held in the church’s

Fellowship Hall and outdoors in the parking

lot. Services may also be viewed online

on YouTube.

Blackwell said a hidden blessing from

the flood damage is that it enabled the

church to include updates to its technology

and sound systems, as well as expand the

chancel area as part of the renovations.

“The chancel area is expanded and a

ramp added,” said Blackwell. “Buildings

evolve and now the church is even more


Sexton said adding the ramp to the

chancel area helps make the church more

inclusive for members of the congregation

who have trouble using steps.

“Also the expanded chancel will allow

everyone to be able to see and hear things

better during services, such as with our

‘children’s moment.’ The piano can now be

placed up on the chancel, too.”

Blackwell said the ongoing coronavirus

pandemic also presented the church with

opportunities “to rethink how we do


“We can use technology for recordings

and livestreaming to reach different and

more people in new ways,” said Blackwell.

“It’s exciting to see. We live in a technological

age and we can use technology to help

people fully participate when they cannot

be physically at church for some reason.”

Though renovations are not quite complete,

the hope is that they will be soon.

“It’s coming,” said Blackwell as she

looked around the quiet church. “It’s a gorgeous



For information about Asbury United

Methodist Church South or to find out how

to donate to help the church fund its flood

damage repairs, visit,

call 614-837-4601, or email


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What does it take to be a believable action star?

Well, if we’re looking at cinematic examples of the

past, all it really took was being a male with a mountain

of muscle and a spot-on oil game to highlight the

tan or that strategically shorn tuft of hair on an otherwise

smooth chest.

Throughout the years, however, those characteristics

of a believable action star have changed, allowing

a new wave of people (women, even!) with less buffed

and bronzed physiques to share a place on that mantle.

That evolution had been met by resistance by some

— I guess watching a lean human who was not chosen

by a higher power or bitten by a radioactive spider

take down a mob of people is not as believable as if

they were more massed — but I have been enjoying this

change as it allows more actors to play against type.

The latest example of an actor playing against type

and donning the glistening cape of a potentially new

action star is the great and underappreciated Bob

Odenkirk. With his background in comedy and his

most known role being the morally dubious attorney

Saul Goodman in the “Breaking Bad” universe,

Odenkirk has never been given many opportunities to

be a man of physical action. After all, with his slight

frame and sweet face that seems like it would break

out into a sweat if he lied, he doesn’t exactly scream “I

can mess you up.” But he was given that chance with

“Nobody” and you can tell he really relished the opportunity.

Taken as a whole, “Nobody” is not a great film.

There is little substance and the secondary characters

are paper thin, but the presence of Odenkirk is what

makes it watchable. He plays his role with vulnerability,

gravitas and slyness, giving the audience a wink

that while he is serious about this role, he knows

you’re watching him and thinking “this is the guy they

chose for this role?” But that is what makes the film

somewhat compelling — he plays it so well that if any

other actor, especially a known action star with muscles,

had said yes it would be largely unbearable.

In this film, Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, an

ordinary man living an ordinary existence. A montage

shows that every day is exactly the same — he wakes

up, jogs, passively aggressively does chin-ups near a

billboard with his wife’s face on it, rides a bus to work,

and stares at spreadsheets for multiple hours while

working alongside his father-in-law and obnoxious

brother-in-law. It’s a normal life, minus the chin-up

thing, and he is mostly OK with how quiet and simple

it is.

But all of that changes one night when Hutch interrupts

a home invasion. After startling the two robbers,

one man and one woman who seem nervous and

unsure of themselves, he calmly tells them to take

The Reel Deal

what they want and leave. In their

mad dash, they take a handful of

loose cash and items in a fruit bowl

and his watch, but as they are

demanding his ring his teenage son

(Gage Munroe) tackles one to the

ground and chaos ensues. Rather

than unleash a smack down that

you know is bubbling under the

surface, Hutch allows them to

escape, drawing the scorn of his

son, his wife, his neighbor, and

the police officer who responded



to the scene. “If that was my family…” he states.

Knowing that his actions, or lack thereof, were correct

for the situation at hand, he soaks in the ridicule

from his wife’s family and accepts it at face value. “I

did the right thing.” But then, when his daughter indicates

that the robbers stole her beloved Kitty Cat

bracelet, he snaps and goes looking for trouble.

Unlike most characters in similar movies, Hutch

isn’t a man with a past who is pulled back into the mix

after a series of unfortunate events. Instead, Hutch is

a man with a past who willingly goes back into the mix

after a series of unfortunate events. And despite however

ridiculous his motives are, the movie is all the better

for it because it allows Odenkirk to shine — and give

shiners, among other things.

But despite however much enjoyment is taken from

watching Odenkirk get his action game on (no oil here

though he does break out into an attractive sweat after

dispatching some baddies), the movie itself does not

live up to the potential of his presence. The writers and

the director have a genuinely great actor on their

hands, one willing to go just about anyplace they want

(even the close quarters of a bus for a tense and prolonged

fight sequence) but the material itself with its

odd Russian drug lord side plot and paper-thin building

of the Mansell family does him a disservice.

Overall, “Nobody” is not a film that takes itself too

seriously, which is always a bonus in relation to action

films, and it does feature some excellent fight choreography.

But if the creators (who also created “John

Wick”) want to make the transition into a franchise,

they’re going to have to get material better suited to fit

the talent of the actors and the audience starved for an

action film that is not completely convoluted.

Grade: C

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.

“Working: A Musical” at CATCO virtually April 29-May 9

CATCO focuses on work and the people behind the

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Based upon Studs Terkel’s 1974 bestseller,

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Tree program underway

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Inspectors are now evaluating the cityowned

trees along Groveport’s streets.

“Our tree inspection program is underway,”

said Groveport City Councilman Ed

Dildine, who is also council’s representative

on the city’s trees and decorations

committee. “The inspectors are checking

species, age, potential danger, and how the

trees are growing.

Dildine said, if it is determined a tree

must be taken down, city representatives

will have a conversation with the nearby

homeowner prior to the removal of the


“If a tree is taken down, it will be

replaced,” said Dildine. “It may not be the

same kind of tree, but it would be tree that

would be good for a particular area. You

don’t want to put in a large tree that could

grow into power lines, for example.”

Groveport has consistently been named

a Tree City USA and city officials want to

maintain that tradition with its annual

tree inspection and maintenance program

to protect the town’s city-owned historic

trees, as well as younger ones, that line its


The city has a large number of old, tall

trees that enhance the beauty of its

streetscape. But older trees also can get

sick as they age and present a danger, such

as last May when a spring storm uprooted

a big tree along Front Street that crushed

a Groveport Police cruiser (the police officer

was unhurt). After that incident, city

officials and an arborist examined old trees

on Front Street, and other surrounding

streets, and targeted the weaker trees for


The goal of the tree program is to conduct

regularly scheduled inspections and

maintenance of city-owned trees to mitigate

any potential hazards. The program is

funded from the city’s street fund budget,

which is funded from income tax collections.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King

said last December, “Additionally, the city

has a tree fund in the budget. The tree

fund can only be used to replace street

trees located in subdivisions. In the street

fund there is $16,000 budgeted for this program

in 2021.”

The tree inspection and maintenance

program’s goals are to: maintain the health

of all city-owned trees; plant or replant the

largest suitable tree for the site selected;

and maintain a fully stocked urban forest.

The plan includes: performing health

and hazard assessments of all city-owned

trees; removing or pruning for safety all

dead and hazardous trees each year; quick

response to requests for service; planting a

diverse population of trees and replant

removed trees each planting season; plant

species and placement of trees with aesthetic

properties such as summer and fall

color and shape; ongoing routine inventory

and evaluation of all city-owned trees; routine

hazard assessment; conducting Arbor

Day activities; and coordinating with the

city’s tree and decorations committee.

According to the plan, maintenance

reduces costs and helps keep trees healthy.

Large trees provide more benefits than

small trees and are prioritized when space


MORPC proposes new transportation projects

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning

Commission now has available a list of 12

proposed, new transportation projects set to

receive more than $77 million in federal

funds during state fiscal years 2022 to 2027.

Among the 12 projects from around central

Ohio, two are local and include:

•Brice Road, from Chantry Drive to

south of Channingway Boulevard, $15 million;


•Rickenbacker Area Mobility Center,

$3.37 million.

“MORPC received more than $220 million

in requests for funding of new transportation

projects from throughout our

transportation planning area,” said Thea

Ewing, MORPC director of transportation

& infrastructure development. “Our

Attributable Funds Committee worked to

identify the projects that would have the

greatest regional impact despite the limited

financial resources available.”

Every two years, MORPC solicits projects

to receive federal transportation funding

in the MORPC transportation planning

area of: Franklin County; Delaware

County, Bloom and Violet townships in

Fairfield County; New Albany, Pataskala

and Etna Township in Licking County; and

Jerome Township in Union County.

Examples of the types of transportation

improvements eligible for funding include

highways, public transit, bikeways, pedestrian

facilities, bridges and traffic signal upgrades.

MORPC’s Attributable Funds Committee

is also proposing to recommend continued

funding for 27 projects and programs to

which MORPC had previously committed

funds. More than $211 million in future

funding commitments is being proposed.

The draft list of all projects recommended

for funding is available on the MORPC-

Attributable Funding for Transportation

webpage. Printed copies of the draft listing

are available upon request by calling

MORPC at 614-228-2663.

MORPC will consider final approval of the

funding commitments on May 13 and they

will be incorporated into the Transportation

Improvement Program for the appropriate

fiscal year. The Transportation Improvement

Program is a financially balanced listing of

federal, state and locally funded projects that

are scheduled for some phase of implementation

or development in a fouryear period.

COTA and Delaware County Transit

Program of Projects are part of its public

involvement process.



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Draft Environmental Assessment for the

Proposed Cargo Campus Development at the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park

and Notice of Public Hearing

ACTION: The Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to

address the Proposed Cargo Campus Development at the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park (RGLP) and

associated improvements south of Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK). The EA is being prepared to

comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

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the proposed improvements at the RGLP. Due to the recommended precautions to stop the spread of

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Phone: (614) 645-2275

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currently in possession of property collected from

2000 to the present. The property includes

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Anyone having a legal right or can show proof of

ownership should contact Madison Township

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Groveport, Ohio 43125.

Further, anyone claiming rights to these items

should produce proper identification and identifying

characteristics of these items, including but not

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of the property. Should it be determined by

the Court that these items are abandoned, ownership

to the property will then transfer to The

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Two documentary films on the history of

Groveport, produced by the Groveport

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are

now available for viewing online on

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Town and Its People” and “The Story of

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.” The films were

originally made about 15 years ago.

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Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

This is a photo of

the B&J Carry

Out, 618 Main St.,

Groveport, as it

looked in 1962.

The carry out

occupied half of

the building and

the Harden Barber Shop operated out of the other half. The B&J Carry Out was a

popular place for kids to buy pop, candy, and other treats and it was common to

see kids’ bicycles parked in front of the store. The kids with their bicycles in this

photo appear to be newspaper delivery boys filling their bikes’ side bags with

newspapers to be delivered. The building is now used as a law office.




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Aaron England with the Chevrolet Silverado race truck.

Taking it to the track

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Aaron England is ready to get behind

the wheel for his first professional truck


“I’ve been a student of motor sports

since 2000,” said England, a 2010 graduate

of Groveport Madison High School. “I

primarily follow NASCAR, but am wellread

in most forms of motor sports

throughout the world. I have wanted to

race vehicles competitively my entire

life. This is my first opportunity to do so

with the CRS Truck Series Event in


England will drive a Chevrolet

Silverado late model race truck, owned

by Billy Streihle, in the 50 lap event in

the CRS Truck Series on June 19 at the

Shadybowl Speedway in Degraff, Ohio.

“The vehicles’ bodies are fiberglass

and aluminum and the truck weighs

about 3,100 pounds,” said England.

“Average speeds on track are over 80

mph and top speeds well over 100 mph.”

England is known online as AJ

Appeal (, where

he hosts a motorsports syndicated podcast

and he is editor of

“I currently have over 15,000 followers

on my social media accounts and host

a weekly motorsports podcast called

Racing Refresh,” said England. “We are

attempting to crowd fund this effort.

Donors can contact our show to get their

name on the truck. We are eager to promote

business sponsors who are interested

in sponsoring the truck. Their

branding and logos will be on our uniforms,

website, and the racing vehicle,

and they can contact me at

with interest.”

When asked why he enjoys racing,

England said, “I find great things in racing.

A race team is a sport, a hobby, and

a business all at once. There is tremendous

competition in motorsports,

whether the race ends side-by-side or is

dominated by a single competitor. Add to

that the high speed and adrenaline, and

you’ve got a perfect combination for fans

of all ages.”

England feels well prepared for his

first race.

“I have a lot of knowledge on the science

behind racing,” said England. “I’ve

spent hundreds of hours on motorsports

simulators and watched every form of

racing. I am not sure how I will contend

against competition that has more experience

than I have, but I am confident I

will take great care of the vehicle that

I’m driving. I’ll learn more that I hope I

can apply to future events. The ultimate

goal is to finish every lap, and, hey, If I

can compete for the win, I’m sure I can

make somebody really proud.”

The race England will participate in

is known as a short track race. He said

short track racing refers to race tracks

that are typically a half mile or less in


“While speeds are faster than most

everyday drivers operate their vehicles,

they are not as fast as major events such

as the INDY 500 or famed NASCAR

races,” said England. “Due to the lower

speeds, short track racing relies much

less on the aerodynamics and horsepower

of the vehicles and more on the talent

set of the competitors in the field.”

Motor racing has historical roots in

the Groveport and Obetz areas as the

Columbus Motor Speedway once flourished

in Obetz for many years.

“I was fortunate to live in Obetz growing

up and attend events at Columbus

Motor Speedway,” said England. “It wasn’t

as often as I would have hoped. I

recall attending ‘Night of Champions’

with my uncle Matt. I saw NASCAR legends

Kenny Wallace, Jerry Nadeau,

Matt Kenseth, and Kerry Earnhardt all

in one event.”

England said a goal of the June 19

race is “to promote our podcast, learn to

race, and emphasize the importance of

grass-root racing to fans who are only

aware of NASCAR or INDY car racing

they see on television.”

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