April 4-17, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII, No. 21
580 Main St., Groveport, OH 43125
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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.
impact on schools
By Rick Palsgrove
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
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Financing for Main Street plan; council members comment on project
By Rick Palsgrove
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
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
“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
“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.”
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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,”
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
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
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.
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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 www.alex5k.org/alex5k.
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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Now owner Frank Gonzalez is opening a
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According to Gonzalez, the new superstore
(which will not include a restaurant) will be five
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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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
Press at www.orangefrazer.com or via
“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
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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After the flood: church returns following community effort
Asbury UMC South
devastating flood damage
By Rick Palsgrove
It was a flood unlike any other in the
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
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.”
the original hope
was to have the
repairs fully completed
and to hold a
“But we’re not
there yet,” said
Blackwell. “We are
hoping to have our
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
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 asburysouthumc.org,
call 614-837-4601, or email
April 4, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7
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Odenkirk saves film from being unwatchable
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
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
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.
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
jobs in its upcoming production of, “Working: A
Musical,” April 29-May 9.
Based upon Studs Terkel’s 1974 bestseller,
“Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day
and How They Feel About What They Do,” the musical
shares actual workers’ words from the book and gives
voice to their hopes and aspirations.
Truckers, waitresses, stay-at-home moms, hedge
fund managers, laborers, millworkers, project managers,
delivery people and other workers tell their stories
through music written by songwriters Craig
Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary
Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and
The musical has undergone several revisions since
its premiere in 1977 and on Broadway in 1978.
CATCO will present the 2012 version.
Directing “Working: A Music,” is Daniella Wheelock
and the music director is Jeremy Ramey.
Tickets (one per device) are $20 each, and are available
Visit catcoistheatre.org for information.
Tree program underway
By Rick Palsgrove
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
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,
“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
April 4, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 9
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Notice of Availability of a
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.
PUBLIC HEARING: The CRAA will conduct a Virtual Public Workshop and Public Hearing related to the EA for
the proposed improvements at the RGLP. Due to the recommended precautions to stop the spread of
COVID-19, this Public Workshop/Hearing will be conducted online. The Workshop/Hearing will be held from
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on April 20, 2021. Pre-registration is required to attend the Virtual Public Workshop/
Hearing. Register in advance and submit comments at www.airportprojects.net/lck-campus-ea.
Comments received at the Public Hearing will become part of the final EA document to be submitted to the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review.
The CRAA has published a Draft EA document and copies will be available for public review beginning March
22, 2021 at the following locations:
Columbus Regional Airport Authority
John Glenn Columbus International Airport
4600 International Gateway
Columbus, OH 43219
Please call (513) 818-0617 to set up an appointment.
Columbus Metropolitan Library Southeast Branch
3980 S. Hamilton Road
Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: (614) 645-2275
Rickenbacker International Airport
7250 Starcheck Drive, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43217
Please call (513) 818-0617 to set up an appointment.
Pickaway County Library
Floyd E. Younkin Branch
51 Long Street
Ashville, Ohio 43103
Phone: (740) 983-8856
Comments on the Draft EA may be submitted to: Chris Sandfoss, 4445 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 700, Cincinnati,
OH 45242; or by email to: LCK EA@landrumbrown.com. All comments must be received by May 5, 2021.
If special accommodations, such as audio or visual assistance, are required to participate in the online meeting,
or if internet access is not available, please contact (513) 818-0617 by April 16, 2021.
Attention: Cities & Townships
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The Madison Township Police Department is
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2000 to the present. The property includes
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Anyone having a legal right or can show proof of
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Police department, Officer K. Mallory, by calling
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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
limited to, serial number, the manner in which it
was found, any identifying marks, and the condition
of the property. Should it be determined by
the Court that these items are abandoned, ownership
to the property will then transfer to The
Madison Township Police Department. The last
day to claim property is May 4, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.
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Historical Farm, 1375 State Route 674
North, Canal Winchester hours are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and
Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The farm is
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Groveport history films
Two documentary films on the history of
Groveport, produced by the Groveport
Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are
now available for viewing online on
YouTube. The films are: “Groveport: A
Town and Its People” and “The Story of
John S. Rarey and Cruiser.” The films were
originally made about 15 years ago.
Photo courtesy of the
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
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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
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 (Twitter.com/ajAPPEAL), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
“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.”