South Messenger - May 2nd, 2021




May 2-15, 2021 Vol. XLII, No. 6

Big project

proposed along

Lockbourne Road

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Farmland along Lockbourne Road opposite the Hamilton

Meadows subdivision could potentially soon find itself annexed

into Obetz as the first step in a potential mixed-use development.

Attorney David Hodge presented a proposed concept plan for

the nearly 130-acre Wilburn property site to Obetz Village Council

on April 26. The property is bordered on the north by Rathmell

Road, Big Walnut Creek to the south, Lockbourne Road to the

west, and private farmland to the east.

Hodge proposed that 33 acres of parkland along the creek could

be purchased by Obetz to add to the village inventory.

As presented, the proposed concept plan allows for commercial

space across from the high school fields on Lockbourne Road and

east on Rathmell Road, along with a multi-family development. A

public library is proposed on the Lockbourne Road side opposite

the north entrance to Hamilton Meadows.

The remainder of the site would be comprised of single-family

homes in the $350,000 to $500,000 price range and a pair of retaining


“We know it’s the desire of the village to have it mixed use,”

said Hodge. “This all very preliminary.”

According to Hodge, the first step is to have the property

annexed into the village. He anticipates that process to begin within

the next two to three weeks.

“I don’t mind the multi-living piece,” said Mayor Angie Kirk

after Hodge asked the council for advice and concerns regarding

his proposal, “but I don’t want a three-story apartment building.

We also have a need for senior living and I believe there is a need

for transitional living for our kids.”

Obetz Village Administrator Rod Davisson commented on the

potential impact on the local school system

and assured council the village tries to

ensure the school district is successful and

not overloaded. He said if the development

is done correctly, it should be able to pay for

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The Columbus Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit recently used the parking lot at the Obetz Athletic

Club for motorcycle training. The class of five Columbus Police trainees and one from Reynoldsburg spent

hours each day at the facility going through and around mazes of cones perfecting their motorcycle skills.

“All the officers are veteran officers attempting to join the Columbus motor unit. We are training one officer

for the Reynoldsburg Police as well,” said Officer Barry Kirby, one of the instructors and pictured here on

the motorcycle (at right). “Columbus Police does not conduct annual training, so this training only occurs

when we have a vacancy due to an officer transferring out of the unit or as a result of a retirement. The

Columbus motorcycle unit is typically staffed with 20 officers and two sergeants.” Fellow instructor, Officer

Glen Taylor, can be seen standing among the motorcycles. “We explain the courses of instruction and then

walk through them,” said Kirby. “Once that is done, either Glen or myself will demonstrate the technique.”

Apartments being built at Groveport/Bixby

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

An 165-unit apartment complex will be

built on 22.6 acres on the northeast corner

of Bixby Road and Groveport Road, according

to village of Obetz officials.

“They have already started preparing

the land for the infrastructure,” said Obetz

Community Services Director Stacey

Boumis. “They have obtained all the building

permits. It should be open in late 2022.”

The developer for the project is Redwood

and the land is located in the Groveport

Madison school district.

According to Boumis, based on other

similar projects, Redwood estimates the

apartment complex would be home to

approximately 12 school age children.

When asked how much traffic the development

is expected to generate along

Groveport and Bixby roads, Boumis said,

“Trips for the proposed site were generated

using standard Institute of Transportation

Engineers practices and the Trip

Generation Manual. The development is

anticipated to produce 18 entry and 59 exit

trips during the peak morning hour and

produce 58 entry and 34 exit trips during

the peak evening hour.”

The apartment complex development is

coming in while upgrades are planned for

the busy Bixby Road/Groveport Road intersection.

“Construction (of the intersection

improvements) should start in spring 2021

and end in fall 2021,” said Michael Corbitt,

village of Obetz deputy administrator and

director of engineering in an interview earlier

this year. “This is a village of Obetz


According to Corbitt, the estimated cost

for the intersection improvements is

approximately $1.6 million and the project

will be funded “by the village of Obetz and

partially funded by nearby development.”

Improvements to the intersection will

include left turn lanes and more.

“Groveport Road will have a new eastbound

and westbound left turn lane constructed

onto Bixby Road with associated

signal modifications,” said Corbitt. “This

project will also consist of improving the

current condition of Bixby Road south of

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Lockbourne Memorial Day

Lockbourne’s annual Memorial Day Parade and

Celebration will be held on May 31 to honor veterans

and to recognize “The Warrior Legacy: Generations of

Service in the Armed Forces.”

The event begins at noon with a parade through

the village, followed by a ceremony at the new

Lockbourne Veterans Park, 95 Landis St. Seniors from

Hamilton Local Schools who have enlisted in the military

will also be recognized.

“We anticipate a strong presence of veterans from

the area,” said Lockbourne Deputy Administrator

Rachel Ricker. “This event is a central part of the village,

Hamilton Township, and surrounding area. If

you are a part of a military family, please let us know.

We would love to include your family name in our

Memorial Day Parade and Celebration.”

To participate in the parade, please contact or call (614) 491-


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

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April 15, 2021 through May 17, 2021 for first quarter

2021 estimated tax payments or business net profit filings

and payments.

Congressman Steve Stivers

resigning effective May 16

U.S. Representative Steve Stivers announced April

19 that he will not seek re-election to Congress.

Stivers has served six terms in Congress, representing

Ohio’s 15th District.

He will step down effective May 16 to serve as president

and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the

people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” Stivers

said. “The best part of this job has been making a positive

difference in the lives of constituents. I am grateful

to the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District

for putting their trust in me to represent them in the

halls of Congress. It has been one of the biggest honors

of my life.”

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the

Ohio Senate. He also worked in the private sector for

the Ohio Company and Bank One.

Obetz Village Council

The Obetz Council is made up of six elected officials

who are elected at-large and serving staggered fouryear

terms under the rules of the Charter of the

Village of Obetz.

Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of

each month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 4175

Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, to review and pass legislation

and hear concerns from the residents.

If the meeting date occurs on a holiday, the regular

meeting is held on the next Tuesday following the holiday.

Call (614) 491-1080.



The village of

Obetz was originally

known as

Obetz Junction, in

honor of settler

Charles Obetz.

The village

formed in 1838 as

a stagecoach junction

and incorporated

in 1928.



The Southeast

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Library, 3980 S.

Hamilton Road,

Groveport, 614-

645-2275, is open


9 a.m. - 7 p.m.;

Friday: 9 a.m. - 6

p.m.; Saturday: 9

a.m. - 6 p.m.; and

Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Photos courtesy of the city of

Canal Winchester



Canal Winchester Urban

Forester Dick Miller is

shown at right identifying

macroinvertebrates for

group of hikers who participated

in the Nature

Walkabout along Walnut

Creek on April 17. Miller

shared his knowledge of

the flora and fauna in the

George Baeris Nature

Preserve. Topics included the city of Canal Winchester’s designation as a Tree City,

people and their association with nature, the wetland at the middle school,

stormwater in central Ohio, the recovering riparian woodland, and invasive species

management. (Below) Since the city of Canal Winchester could not host its traditional

Arbor Day celebration due to COVID-19, the Nature Walkabout event doubled

as the city’s Arbor Day celebration. This will be the 28th year Canal Winchester has

been designated a Tree City USA. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by

meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a

tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2

per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day Pictured here is Canal

Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller discussing the importance of trees to a community.

Art on the Canal

Destination: Canal Winchester will

present Art on the Canal, the 10th annual

Canal Winchester Art Stroll, on May 15

from noon to 6 p.m. in historic downtown

Canal Winchester.

Works from central Ohio fine artists,

painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, jewelry

makers and more will be displayed

throughout Canal Winchester’s charming

downtown. In addition, Art on the Canal

will feature a variety of live music, dancing,

chalk artists, and food trucks.

Nationally known artist Robert Warren

will offer free art lessons to children

throughout the afternoon. Visit the oneroom

Prentiss School and the “Queen of the

Line” Railroad Depot at the Canal

Winchester Historical Complex, located at

10 W. Oak St.

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To help prevent the spread of COVID-

19, all vendors will be wearing facial coverings

and visitors are encouraged to do the

same. Vendor booths will be spread

throughout downtown to allow for social

distancing. Destination: Canal Winchester

invites visitors to enjoy local food, drinks,

and shopping while strolling between artisans.

For complete schedules and event

information, visit or call


Special Olympics

A chapter of Special Olympics Ohio

formed in the Groveport/Canal Winchester

area. Its mission is to provide sports training

and competition in a variety of Olympic

type sports for intellectually disabled individuals.


or at (614) 395-

8992 or 395-6640.

Lockbourne a Tree City

The village of Lockbourne was named a 2020 Tree City USA by

the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective

urban forest management. Lockbourne achieved the recognition

by having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an

annual community forestry budget, and an Arbor Day observance

and proclamation. Visit for information.

Indian mounds

A closer look at land features can often reveal history buried

beneath the soil or explain strange jogs in a road.

If you look at a map of Hamilton Township, regardless if it was

created in 2019 or 1895, Lockbourne Road is shown as a straight

line traveling north and south. However, that line is interrupted

at one small spot just north of the intersection at London-

Groveport Road.

The “bump in the road,” as indicated on an 1856 county map

and Caldwell’s 1872 Atlas, skirted a small lake fed by a tributary

of the Gahanna River, now known as Big Walnut Creek. Looking

west, the site was home to a large-scale gravel operation and a private

residence.Scattered throughout the atlas are other interesting

topographical features, including Native American forts and

mounds.On elevated land in the northwest quadrant of the township,

sandwiched between the feeder canal linking Columbus with

Lockbourne and what is now High Street was an ancient fort.

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I have never thought of myself as a violent

person, but I have to admit that I

began to question my preferred method of

confrontation by using passive-aggressiveness

and snark thanks in large part to

“Mortal Kombat.”

While a casual player of the video game

that irate parents and Congressional leaders

swore would corrupt the youth of the

world, it was the live-action adaptation of

1995 that reeled me into the web of imagined

fisticuffs. Upon watching this version

for the first time, I became obsessed with

the skill and power of the characters, wishing

that one day I, too, would be able to

competently wield harpoon-like spears

attached to the length of a rope like

Scorpion or snap necks with my knees

while in a handstand like Sonya Blade.

In the years that followed, I did not rack

up a body count, or even learn how to do a

handstand, but I did parse out that what I

was feeling whenever I thought of “Mortal

Kombat” was something called nostalgia.

Like a fist, or foot, or ice spike, nostalgia

can be powerful. It burrows into you, making

you feel vaguely irritated when someone

makes fun of what you like, and it

brings forth a feeling of protectiveness

when someone tries to remake something

you love.

When I heard that Warner Bros. had

decided to reboot this franchise, I felt that

inkling of irritation but I thought would

give it a chance because it’s “Mortal

Kombat.” It’s supposed to be stupid fun and

that is something we can all use in our

lives. But this latest version largely turns

down that aspect in favor of stupid without

the fun. While it’s not awful enough to

make you want to inflict Sub-Zero levels of

violence, it is bad enough to make you want

to give its new creators a powerful stinkeye.

It begins with an effective prologue taking

place in 17th century Japan where

skilled assassin Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) has

found the guarded woodland home of rival

Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada). After

killing his wife and child, the two warriors

face off in the film’s most exquisitely choreographed

fight scene, expertly blending

moves only found in the video games and

martial arts movies of yore. When this

sequence is over, however, so too is most of

the film’s promise.

The film then jumps forward to the

Outworld where sorcerer Shang Tsung

(Chin Han) is delightfully planning

Earthrealm’s destruction. Knowing that

they only need one more win at the Mortal

Kombat competition to take over this

“pathetic” realm, he sends his greatest

assassins to find their warriors and eliminate

them before the competition can take

place. At first, not much urgency is given to

this mission, but he then discovered a

prophecy that foretells their defeat should

the Hasashi line unite the champions. This

bit of news is a surprise to all the baddies

of that realm as they thought Bi-Han and

the Lin Kuei assassins killed them all centuries

ago. Whoopsie.

That whoopsie turns out to be Cole

Young (Lewis Tan), a character created

specifically for this movie universe. Born

with a dragon tattoo (seriously), he is a

down-on-his-luck MMA fighter who knows

nothing of his lineage or Mortal Kombat

and the hell that is about to be unleashed

upon him and his family.

While out for dinner one night, Cole and

his wife and daughter are attacked by a

specter who has the ability to generate and

control ice. Knowing they are no match for

this Cryomancer, they hesitantly accept

the help of stranger Jax Briggs (Mehcad

Brooks) who tells them to seek out Sonya


When Cole finds her, Sonya (Jessica

McNamee) explains to him what Mortal

Kombat is, who the people are who also

share in his dragon tattoo, and when this

fight to the death might take place. She

then encourages him to follow her on a

quest to find the location of Lord Raiden

(Tadanobu Asano) who could help train

and guide them as they prepare for this

world’s greatest death match.

When they reach Raiden’s lair, the film

slows to a crawl as the fighters try to

unlock their “arcana,” or special power that

could help them not have their spines

ripped out of their body or smashed to a

bloody pulp by Prince

Goro, the Outworld’s

last champion who is a

multi-limbed halfhuman,


creature. There is a lot

of exposition in these

scenes, a lot of Cole

Watching “Mortal Kombat” is a punch to the gut

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(and Sonya, to a

degree) wondering

who they are and

where they fit in this

world, and not enough combat.

But the latter point is one of the biggest

issues with this film — there is little Mortal

Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.” There are

mortals in this film, and there is combat in

this film, but there is no true Mortal

Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.”

With the lack of the tournament itself,

this film can only be described as a prequel,

as a way to introduce the audience to this

weird world. It teases with one-on-one

fights in the end (Max Huang is a true

delight as the razor-hat wearing Kung Lao,

who definitely has the best fatality of the

film), but it really is a set up for potential

sequels even though the studio has not

committed to making said sequels.

There is also a big issue with the

ambiance of the film — it just takes itself

too seriously. While it tries to say it’s the

opposite with high levels of gore or overthe-top

fatalities, its dialogue and plotting

say something else altogether, and usually

in a monotone voice.

Should potential sequels go forward,

there is some hope that things can be salvageable

with better pacing, a better script

and maybe some acting lessons in emoting

for its core actors. But until then, I say to

fans that this version is not a flawless victory

for the franchise, but it’s also not a

fatality either.

Grade: C

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.




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On the farm

Pictured here, from left to

right, are Frank White, Jim

Mowery, James White and

Ralph Stir unloading a J. I.

Case combine on a farm

near Canal Winchester in

1935. A combine is a

machine that cuts and

threshes grain. (Names and

date according to “Canal

Winchester, Ohio: The Second

Ninety Years,” by Lillian Carroll

and Frances Steube.)

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Eat healthy at age 50 and beyond

A balanced diet is an integral element of

a healthy lifestyle.

According to the National Institute on

Aging, simply counting calories without

regard for the foods being consumed is not

enough for men and women 50 and older to

maintain their long-term health. Rather,

the NIA emphasizes the importance of

choosing low-calorie foods that have a lot of

the nutrients the body needs.

But counting calories can be an effective

and simple way to maintain a healthy

weight, provided those calories are coming

from nutrient-rich foods. The NIA advises

men and women over 50 adhere to the following

daily calorie intake recommendations

as they attempt to stay healthy into

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•Not physically active: 1,600 calories.

•Somewhat active: 1,800 calories.

•Active lifestyle: between 2,000 and

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•Not physically active: 2,000 calories.

•Somewhat active: between 2,200 and

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•Active lifestyle: between 2,400 and

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women over 50 make sure at least half the

grains in their diets are whole grains.

Numerous studies have discovered the various

benefits of whole grains, which are

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and other nutrients.

According to the U.S. Office of Disease

Prevention and Health Promotion, older

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milligrams of sodium per day.

That equates to roughly 3/4 teaspoon of


Older men and women should resist the

temptation to use salt to add flavor to

foods, instead opting for healthy foods that

they can still smell and taste.

A bi-monthly feature celebrating our

community’s senior citizens

Obetz Farmers’ Market

The Obetz Farmers’ Market is accepting

2021 vendor applications. The market

will be held on the first Wednesday of the

month from June to August from 4-7 p.m.

Vendor space is free upon acceptance into

the market. Call 614-491-4416.

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

(COAAA) is partnering with Trualta, a free easyto-use

online platform that equips caregivers with

the knowledge and skills needed to manage care

for a loved one in the home. Trualta is tailored to

meet the caregiver’s learning style through articles,

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professional-level trainings.

The online platform, which can be accessed

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practical caregiving tips and techniques, links

caregivers to local resources and assistance, connects

caregivers to other caregivers, and covers

many topics that caregivers may experience,

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CW Farmers’ Market

The 2021 Canal Winchester Farmers’

Market will begin on Saturday, May 29

and run through Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9

a.m. to noon. For information visit


COAAA partnering with new

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Todd joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in

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estate buyers and sellers ages 55 and older.

“Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires

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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce, President • Commissioner Marilyn Brown • Commissioner John O’Grady

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.

Older Americans Month

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Month. Older Americans Month, or OAM, was established in the

year 1963, with a goal of bringing awareness to the needs of older

American citizens living within the United States. The Administration

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the national observance of Older Americans Month and creating an

honorary theme. In years past, themes have included “Engage at

Every Age”, “Connect, Create, Contribute”, and most recently last

year, Make Your Mark”. For May 2021, the monthly theme just so

happens to be “Communities of Strength”.

“Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives

through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and

contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will

celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with

special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in

building strong communities”.

Over the past year, older Americans have had to face several

challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic. Social isolation,

personal and family illnesses, and financial hardship, are just a few

of what older Americans endured and to do so, takes immense

amounts of strength. The Franklin County Office on Aging has been

with these older Americans every step of the way. Through

providing free home-delivered meals for most of 2021, to providing

free transportation to COVID-19 vaccine appointments, to finally

continuing to provide their existing support programs and services

to Franklin County older adults. The community in which the

Franklin County Office on Aging serves, is a diverse group of

individuals who love to stay involved and participate in strength

building programs.

There are a few ways that older Americans and their family or

friends can continue to develop their strength and to stay connected

as a community.

-Utilize social media: Many of us have social media application,

whether that be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Social

media allows for you to connect with others and stay informed about

the lives of loved ones. Most social media accounts are free to join,

and if you decide to create one, make sure to follow the Franklin

County Office on Aging on Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn.

-Create Zoom meetings: Create Zoom meetings: We all miss seeing

others face to face, however with COVID-19 still present we want to

make sure you have safe interactions with others. A popular way of

doing so is by creating Zoom video call groups. You can simply call

one another to chat, you could create a weekly or monthly book

club, or even have a movie night or painting event. The creative

ideas you can come up with are endless.

-Self development and sharing: There are many people who would

love to add an additional skill to their list. Perhaps that is cooking,

drawing, taking up yoga, or maybe even learning a new language.

By continuously learning, you cannot only build up yourself, but

you can share your newly acquired skills with your family, friends,

or acquaintances. You strengthen others, when you strengthen yourself.

This pandemic has taken a lot of enjoyable moments, loving individuals,

and amazing memories from so many of us. However, if we

stick together as a community, we will come out stronger than ever.

If you are an older adult age 65 or over or know of an older adult that

may need any of the programs or services listed above, please contact

the Franklin County Office on Aging at (614) 525-6200.

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Lockbourne area cemeteries are rich in history

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

The history of Lockbourne is written

both on the land and in its cemeteries.

Pioneer graves dating to 1811 and

graves of those who aided or served in the

Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil

War can be found on these hallowed


North of Lockbourne, along the east side

of Lockbourne Road, is the Landes

Cemetery, a small patch of land in the middle

of a farm field with approximately 30

graves and long thought to be a “plague”

cemetery where the burials were a result of

a devastating disease.

The earliest recorded grave in this

cemetery is for Jacob Landes, who passed

away at age 12 on May 12, 1811.

“Jacob Landes’ family lived in

Lockbourne and Landis Street is named

after the family,” said Lockbourne Mayor

Christie Ward.

The last interment in Landes Cemetery

is John Plum’s, who was 10 when he passed

away in February 1859. With more than

four decades between the first and last

burials and no identifiable clusters of

deaths within a specific year, the idea that

a majority of the burials was due to a

plague comes into question.

What is not disputable is the grave of

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman

Peggy Mefferd, a relative of Revolutionary War patriot John Decker and a member of

the Worthington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, pauses at

Decker’s gravesite in Lockbourne. The chapter sponsored the placement of a memorial

plaque at the foot of Decker’s tombstone.



John Decker in the Decker Cemetery, a

family plot in a field near the Lockbourne

Post Office. Decker passed away in 1828

and his burial site is commemorated with a

plaque noting Decker’s history as a

Revolutionary War Patriot.

Pvt. John Reid–a veteran of the War of

1812 and John Decker’s brother-in-law–

was born in 1792, passed away in 1838 and

is also buried in the Decker Cemetery,

along with fellow War of 1812 veteran Pvt.

Luke Decker, the son of John Decker.

Civil War veterans Jacob Mourer and

Pvt. John Parkinson are buried in other

village cemeteries–which include the Old

Lockbourne Cemetery and the Ray

Watkins Cemetery–along with World War

I veteran Oscar Ruechel, who served in the

U.S. Army in 1918.

“These veterans are part of

Lockbourne’s history and are to be remembered

for their service in preserving our

freedoms. We are thankful for their commitment

to this country,” said Lockbourne

Village Administrator Jane McJunkin.

The interment generating the most public

interest of its day was for Israel Jordan,

who passed away at age 80 in 1903 following

a four-day search, according to uncredited

newspaper articles of the time.

Jordan walked away from his home in

Pharisburg, Ohio (Near Marysville) without

notice on Feb. 4, bought a train ticket

to Cincinnati and, after a relative notified

police of his great uncle’s disappearance,

was discovered two days later in a

Kentucky stable.

Jordan, in poor health and suffering

from exposure, was taken to an infirmary

in Cincinnati. A doctor in his hometown

offered to provide a place for him to stay if

he could be transported back to

Pharisburg, but before a distant relative

could pick him up, he passed away in

Cincinnati on Feb. 7.

Lockbourne Veterans Park

The village of Lockbourne is fundraising

for its new Veterans Park.

The flag packages for the American and

military flags have been sold, however, the

park is still in need of donations for a gazebo

and two pergolas with swings.

If you would like to make a donation,

contact the village office at (614) 491-3161.

He was later buried in the Decker


According to Ward, Lockbourne is

responsible for the upkeep of cemeteries

within village limits.

“In 2013, Operation Flag led by Joe

Testa with ROTC students from Grove City

High School, Franklin Heights High School

and Westland High School restored the

tombstones in the Old Lockbourne

Cemetery,” said Ward. “A rededication ceremony

was held on May 27, 2013.”

Lockbourne Council

Lockbourne Village Council meets the

second and fourth Mondays of each month

at 7 p.m. Council meets in-person at the

Lockbourne Historical Hall at 206 Vause

St., Lockbourne. The public may join the

meeting virtually through Microsoft

Teams. To join the meeting, go to the village

website at

and click on the link to the meeting.

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MORPC’s air quality report reveals ozone levels

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning

Commission released its annual air quality


The report provides a summary of air

quality data from November 2019 to

October 2020. Findings from the 2019-2020

air quality season show low ozone levels

during the shutdown in the spring, along

with a typical number of high ozone pollution

days in the summer.

“While we experienced more days that

fell in the ‘good’ range of ozone pollution

due to a rainy spring and a decrease in the

number of cars and trucks on our roadways

during the pandemic shutdown during the

past year, we still experienced a hot summer,

with two days of high ozone pollution

— on par with the past five years,” said

Brooke White, MORPC senior air quality


Ground-level ozone levels peaked when

warm temperatures and sunlight, mixed


Continued from page 1

space needed by the schools to address


“It’s a beautiful area and we don’t want

to see it sullied with warehouses,” said

Davisson, who expects the development to

take up to 20 years for a full build out.

Spring Clean-up Day

A Spring Clean-up Day is scheduled for

May 14 on Obetz’s normal trash collection

day. Waste Management is sending more

trucks to the area to pick up additional


Household appliances and other large

items will be collected. However, Freon

must be removed from refrigerators by a

certified technician and a sticker attached,

along with removal of doors.

Swing sets and similar large items

should be broken up into pieces no larger

that four feet in length. Mattresses, couches

and padded chairs should be wrapped in


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the intersection to the village corporation

line. A multi-use path will be constructed

along Bixby Road.”

Corbitt said the turns lanes “will provide

a safer intersection while providing

additional capacity to Groveport Road.”

The intersection handles a large traffic

flow, especially on Groveport Road during

peak morning and afternoon rush hours.

The intersection’s current configuration

often sees traffic back ups on Groveport

Road when drivers attempt to turn left

onto Bixby Road. Residents of nearby

Fairchild Estates have noted it is difficult

at times to access Groveport Road from

their subdivision due to the traffic.

“The highest a.m. peak hour is approximately

1,100 vehicles and the highest p.m.

peak hour for traffic is approximately

1,200 vehicles,” said Corbitt of the intersection.

plastic. Carpet bundles should not exceed

four feet in length or two feet in diameter.

Paint or paint cans that do not exceed

five gallons are acceptable and must be

empty or ensure the paint is dry. Place all

yard waste in a refuse container or paper

bag no larger than 40 gallons/60 pounds.

For a full list of unacceptable materials

including concrete, asphalt, rocks, soil, oils,

propane, fuel, auto parts and household

hazardous waste visit the Waste

Management Website.

The village is also conducting a Spring

Tire Disposal on May 14, 4-6 p.m. and May

15, 9-11 a.m. in the dumpster at the Street

Department building, 4100 Orchard Lane.

There is no cost, but there is a limit of

12 tires per household and you must show

proof of Obetz residency before dumping


Other proposed Groveport Road

apartments rejected by Groveport

Last December, Groveport City Council

rejected plans for a proposed 144-unit

apartment complex on 8.3 acres on the

north side of west Groveport Road on property

bounded by the Groveport Church of

Christ on the west, storage units across the

road to the south, and a single family lot to

the north and east.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King

said the city’s Planning and Zoning

Commission did not recommend the proposal

for approval citing that the city’s

overall plans for the area call for commercial

and industrial development; the possible

impact of more students to the

Groveport Madison school district the

development could bring; and potential

traffic issues on busy west Groveport Road.

with pollutants, enhanced the formation of


This resulted in unhealthy levels of air

pollution triggering air quality alerts. July

6 and July 9 were the only days that air

pollution levels reached the “unhealthy for

sensitive groups” range for ozone on the air

quality index.

The index value was measured at 101 on

both days.

There were not any days when particle

pollution reached the “unhealthy for sensitive

groups” range during the 2019-2020


MORPC issues daily air quality forecasts

and notifies the public when ozone

and particle pollution levels are considered

to be unhealthy for sensitive groups of people.

On days with an air quality alert, children,

older adults, and those with lung illnesses

such as asthma can begin to experience

symptoms like shortness of breath

and wheezing.

Over the past 28 years, the number of

days with high ozone has generally

declined in central Ohio, driven mostly by

emissions reductions from vehicles. In

addition, above-average precipitation in

Ohio over the past year helped to achieve a

higher number of days with “good” levels of

air quality in regard to both ozone and particle


The monthly average of ozone concentrations

in 2020 were lower than the 2015-

2019 averages, most significantly in

March, April and May.

In March through May, Ohio experienced

lower levels of travel by as much as

40 percent compared to 2019. However, the

region also experienced markedly cooler,

wetter weather during these months,

which led to less ozone creation.

“While 2020 was certainly a unique and

challenging year, it also was an opportunity

to measure the impact of less vehicle

emissions on our air in a very real way,”

said MORPC Planning and Sustainability

Director Kerstin Carr. “These positive data

points can help us advance the important

programs and initiatives that contribute to

cleaner air.”

Local mobility providers and programs,

such as MORPC’s Gohio Commute program,

Downtown C-pass and Smart

Columbus — that encourage ridesharing,

driving electric vehicles, riding transit, biking

and walking — all help in keeping harmful

pollutants out of the air.

The Central Ohio Air Quality End of

Season Report can be viewed at, where residents can

find additional information and sign up to

receive free air quality alert notifications.

Capital Crimes Report

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

issued the 2020 Capital Crimes Report, an

annual accounting and procedural history

of each case that has resulted in a death

sentence in Ohio since 1981, the year the

state’s current death penalty law was


From 1981 through 2020, according to

the report, a total of 140 death sentences

remained active, with many under review

in state and federal courts. Last year, one

individual received a death sentence and

was added to death row.

Since the law’s creation 40 years ago,

336 people have been sentenced to death in

Ohio. Five of those people received two

death sentences, resulting in a total of 341

death sentences.

Fifty-six of the death sentences — one of

every six — have been carried out, according

to the report, noting that nearly the

same number of death row inmates have

avoided execution, either by having their

sentences commuted (21) or by dying of

natural causes or suicide before the sentence

could be imposed (33). Eight have

been removed because they are intellectually

disabled and, therefore, constitutionally

ineligible for the death penalty.

Delays in the judicial system have compounded

the issue. For example, at the end

of 2020, there were 23 death penalty cases

that had been pending for more than 10

years in federal district court. An additional

nine federal cases have seen no activity

for two years.

There were seven cases pending in state

courts that have seen no activity in the

past two years. There were 11 death penalty

cases for which state and federal

reviews have been completed but the prosecution

has yet to file a motion with the

Ohio Supreme Court to set a date for the

sentence to be carried out — a pointless act

in the current stalemate over the method

of execution.

“In short, Ohio imposes death sentences

on perpetrators of brutal and revolting

murders, then spends years debating,

reviewing, appealing and failing to act on

those decisions,” according to the report.

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Dog license deadline extended

Franklin County Auditor Michael

Stinziano announced an extension of the

dog licensing deadline. The new deadline,

based on COVID-19 relief passed by the

General Assembly, is July 1. This extension

will allow dog owners more time to

purchase or renew a license without a


The 2020 licensing season saw 99,795

licensed dogs in Franklin County.

The cost to license a spayed or neutered

dog is $18 for one year, $54 for three years,

or $180 for a permanent license. For a nonspayed

or neutered dog, the cost is $35 for

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one year, $105 for three years, or $350 for

a permanent license.

In addition to being required by state

law, dog licensing ensures that any lost dog

is returned quickly to their owners. Most

funds generated from dog licensing support

the Franklin County Dog Shelter and

Adoption Center.

Though the auditor’s office public counters

remain closed for the health and safety

of Franklin County residents, dog licenses

can always be purchased online at


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Snoopy has been on

the adoption floor for a

few days waiting to

meet his Charlie Brown.

This 4-year-old is

known as the “fun

police” in playgroup and

would do best with

another calm dog in the

home. Snoopy is available

for adoption

through the Franklin

County Dog Shelter.

Schedule a time to meet this handsome guy.


Lily is an 11-year-old

hound mix who is a bit

of a wallflower. This shy

yet charming girl is

searching for patient

owner with a relaxed

lifestyle. Lily needs gentle

guidance to help her

come out of her shell.

This senior gal is up for

adoption through the

Franklin County Dog



Sweet Pea is an 8-year-old calico. This gal is

just the sweetest. She wants a human buddy

that will shower her with a lot of attention.

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Bridget is 6-months-old

and a tad ornery. She

loves to zoom around

the house and be in

charge. Bridget needs a

younger feline playmate

around her own age to

keep her company. She

currently lives with

dogs, but avoids them,

so a mellow canine family

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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

May 2, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 11

to return on July 29-30, 2022.

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 city of

Groveport officials.

Photo courtesy of Todd Phillips

The Canal Winchester High School Performing Arts Department presented its

annual Madrigal online this year.

Performing Arts students

reaching audiences online

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Early on in the 2020-21 school year,

Canal Winchester students were told despite

the pandemic, their education was not going

to be a “Ghost Year” and opportunities for

growth would continue in different forms.

For the high school’s performing arts

department, where audiences are part of

the process and experience, that growth–

for the most part–took place on a stage

defined by the size of a computer screen.

“Performing arts groups around the

world have all struggled with the question

How to get our art to the people? The

Internet has been the best answer,” said

Canal Winchester High School instructor

Todd Phillips. “While we certainly would

accept donations, we decided early on that

we’d try to do our performances without a

viewing fee to encourage more people to

see our work. Our virtual concerts–Steel

Band, Handbell Ensemble, Guitar

Ensemble, Vocal Ensembles; Creative Arts

Expo and Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

can be found at:”

Auditions for the annual dinner Madrigal

and a few full-cast rehearsals were held

online. The Madrigal production itself was

moved to the Oley Speaks Auditorium this

year to allow for the use of technology and

provide for better social distancing. Once

students moved into the stage rehearsal

phase, they were called in on particular days

to limit contact and were fully masked.

“We filmed the play and the accompanying

music over the span of two weeks,”

said Phillips, “using multiple cameras at

different angles and being very careful to

maintain continuity. The editing helped it

appear as one single event. In our music

performances, the students knew our time

together to record would be monitored to

follow the guidelines from the school,

state and CDC. We had to do our best

work the first time. The clock would not

allow us opportunities to waste time.”

According to Phillips, all of the school’s

online virtual events have received great

reviews from the public and, in many

cases, the YouTube views meet or even

surpass the normal attendance for the inperson

version of the event.

“While there’s nothing like attending a

live performance or being on stage in front

of a live audience, everyone was excited to

see our program creating a real experience

for our students,” said Phillips, who

admitted quite a few modifications were

actually helpful. “We rehearsed in full

masks. That made the speech muffled and

covered the most expressive part of the

body. We challenged the students to

improve their speaking patterns and find

new ways to express what the characters

were going through.”

Scenes were shot over multiple days,

which forced the cast and directors to be

very attentive to small continuity details.

In many ways, the production team saw

this as a more realistic, professional experience

for students.

As the district moves closer to the end

of the school year, Phillips and his department

continue to focus on creating a quality

educational experience for their students,

even with modifications. The

spring musical (“Working: A Musical”)

was presented live to a limited seating

audience at the end of April.

The Steel Band is performing at an outdoor

concert at the high school on May 11

at 7 p.m. The high school choirs and handbell

ensemble will also be presenting an

outdoor concert at the Canal Winchester

Education Center on May 13 at 7 p.m.

“For me, this year has been a great

experience,” said Phillips. “I'm finishing

up my 36th year in education. While I try

hard not to do the same thing, the same

way every year and always look for a new

angle on my curriculum, very few of the

traditional methods could hold things

together this year. I was challenged to

rethink the entire process. How do we

make this a real year for our students?

The old question in education is, when you

retire, did you teach 35 years, or one year

- 35 times. I can’t say I want to go through

this again, but I’m glad I had this year.”




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Also beginning May 9, and continuing

throughout the summer, the second Sunday of

every month will be a “DRIVE-IN” service.

You can remain in your car or bring lawn chairs

and sit in the lawn

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Messenger photo by Pat Donahue

To fly like an eagle

This father bald eagle appears to be having a talk with his

little one. Maybe dad is giving his eaglet some flying instructions!

This bald eagle’s next is located in Newcomerstown,


Ohio BWC Board

approves rate reduction

Private employers covered by the Ohio

Bureau of Workers' Compensation will pay

$71.5 million less in premiums next policy

year due to a rate reduction BWC’s Board

of Directors approved today.

The board approved a net 7.1 percent

decrease to private employer rates and

assessments during its regular monthly

meeting this morning, affecting approximately

220,000 employers across the state.

The reduction goes into effect July 1, the

start of the 2021 policy year.

“Thanks to fewer injury claims, fairly

low medical inflation costs, and our strong

fiscal management, we’re in a good position

to reduce these rates,” said BWC

Interim Administrator/CEO John Logue.

“We’re especially pleased to pass these

lower costs along to our business community

amid the ongoing challenges created

by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The board’s action marks the fourth

consecutive rate reduction for private

employers since 2018 and the twelfth since

2008. It also follows a 10 percent reduction

for Ohio’s public employers (cities, counties,

schools, etc.) that went into effect Jan.


The 7.1 percent rate cut represents an

average statewide change to premiums.

The actual premium paid by individual

private employers depends on several factors,

including the expected future claims

costs in their industry, their company’s

recent claims history, and their participation

in various BWC programs.

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That’s not us

If you are a fan of a local professional

sports team, you may have noticed the

rebranding of Fox Sports Ohio and Sports

Time Ohio. The new entity is Bally Sports.

We have received a fair number of questions

from our customers, so we wanted to

confirm that we, Bally Sports Group, have

no affiliation with the Regional Sports

Networks. That lack of an affiliation

hasn’t stopped lifelong sports fans around

the nation from contacting us directly with

questions about how to watch their team,

suggestions on how to improve the viewing

experience, and even requests to terminate

on-air talent (nice rant, Bruce


Although we have gotten a kick out of

the name similarities, we’ve now started to

receive negative reviews from sports fans

on our company, even though they are

actually intended for the regional sports

network. We are working with our consultants

and management team on how to best

rectify the situation.

In the meantime, if you have had a good

experience at one of our programs, we

would really appreciate if you would take a

minute to leave a review about Bally

Sports Group on Google. We appreciate

your support!

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Columbus Metropolitan Library’s culture passes

Columbus Metropolitan Library offers

its cardholders free admission to select central

Ohio cultural institutions.

The Culture Pass Program enables

CML customers to borrow passes just as

they would a book - using their library

card. This onetime pass, which must be

checked out in person, grants customers

limited free access to institutions that

would otherwise charge admission fees.

CML piloted the program in 2018, offering

culture passes to Franklin Park

Conservatory and the Wexner Center for

the Arts. Since then, CML has worked to

expand the number of participating organizations.

Newly added this month was the

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

“With the help of our community partners,

we’re working to expose all central

Ohioans to the many renowned cultural

gems we are fortunate to have at our

doorstep,” said CML Chief Community

Engagement Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “As

a public library, our role is to ensure equal

access to all, and that goes well beyond


Current participating cultural organizations:

•Columbus Museum of Art: Passes

available at all CML locations

•Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Passes

available at CML’s Main Library and

Barnett, Driving Park, Franklinton,

Hilltop, Karl Road, Linden, Marion-

Franklin, Martin Luther King, Northern

Lights, Northside, Parsons, Shepard and

Whitehall branches

•Franklin Park Conservatory: Passes

available at CML’s Driving Park, Martin

Luther King and Shepard branches

•National Veterans Memorial and

Museum: Passes available at CML’s Main

Library and Barnett, Franklinton, Martin

Luther King and Parsons branches

•Ohio History Center: Passes available

at CML’s Karl Road, Linden, Northern

Lights and Northside branches

•Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus

Museum of Art: Passes available at all

CML locations

•Wexner Center for the Arts: Passes

available at all CML locations.

The culture pass program offers each

participating institution the opportunity to

select which specific CML locations will

offer their passes based on the neighborhoods

and communities associated with

their outreach, diversity and inclusion

goals. Therefore, culture passes are only

available for in-person customer checkout

at the specific locations listed above.

Culture passes cannot be reserved like traditional

library items, however customers

can check their availability at

by typing “culture pass” into the

catalog search bar.

Each participating organization offers

their passes to CML and its customers for

free. CML does not purchase passes as it

does with traditional library materials.

Each organization sets its own rules for

how many individuals are covered under

its passes and on which days the passes

will be honored. Partner organizations also

set the number of passes allotted to each

designated CML location. Many of the participating

organizations remain closed — or

open in a limited capacity — due to the coronavirus

pandemic. Therefore, customers

who check out a culture pass are advised to

call the organization ahead of their visit for

hours and rules, or to redeem their pass for

a timed ticket.


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Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful released data

from its 2020 study on litter in America.

The data collected reveal litter is down on

American roadways by 54 percent since

2009. However, in total, there are still 50

billion pieces of litter on the ground in the

U.S., according to the study.

The study provides a valid, national

estimate of litter along waterways in the

U.S. and insights about the relationship

between litter on waterways and roadways.

The study shows that, although

roadway litter is down by more than 50

percent, there is slightly more litter along


Additional key findings include: 90 percent

of U.S. residents agree that litter is a

problem in their state; Of the 50 billion

pieces of litter, 24 billion are along roadways

and 26 billion are along waterways;

An estimated 207 million PPE items were

littered on U.S. roadways and waterways

through early fall 2020.

Keep America Beautiful quantifies that

if littering were to stop today and waste

was properly managed, and every

American picked up 152 pieces of litter at

the same time, we would have a litter-free




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Your donation helps fund

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children. Accepting trucks,

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Fast free pickup - running

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along surplus building materials, furniture, electronic equipment, crafts, supplies,

appliances, plants or household goods to anybody who will come and get them - as

long as they’re FREE. NO PETS! Just send us a brief note describing what you want to

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The South-Western City School

District is currently hiring drivers

for the 2020-2021 school year


Available positions are for substitute drivers

that can develop into “Regular” positions with

benefits. Interested individuals should submit

an application on our website at

Follow the employment link. Applicants should

have an excellent driving record and must

submit to drug, alcohol, and background

screening. A high school diploma or equivalent

is required.



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3858 Alum Creek Drive

Columbus, OH 43207

Caulkers, Pointers, Cleaners

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Columbus Messenger Newspapers

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No Experience Necessary.

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Seniors welcome to apply.

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Columbus Messenger Newspapers

3500 Sullivant Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43204



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Exp. in pet/breed knowledge is a plus.

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The National Trade Association

we belong to has

purchased the following

classifieds. Determining

the value of their service

or product is advised by

this publication. In order

to avoid misunderstandings,

some advertisers do

not offer “employment”

but rather supply the

readers with manuals, directories

and other materials

designed to help

their clients establish mail

order selling and other

businesses at home. Under

NO circumstance

should you send any

money in advance or give

the client your checking,

license ID or credit card

numbers. Also beware of

ads that claim to guarantee

loans regardless of

credit and note that if a

credit repair company

does business only over

the phone it’s illegal to request

any money before

delivering its service. All

funds are based in US

dollars. Toll Free numbers

may or may not

reach Canada. Please

check with the Better

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486-6336 or the Ohio Attorney

General’s Consumer

Protection Section

614-466-4986 for more

information on the company

you are seeking to

do business with.

Call Kathy

at The Messenger

For More Info



Low Cost Insurance


Short Term Booth Rental

avail. during the month of

June for Barbers &Hair

Stylists. Call Cyndi if

interested 614-239-1976



Community Sale

Friday, May 7th,

Saturday May 8th,

9am opening time.

Approx 1 mile south of

Clime Rd on Demorest

Rd. Posted Signs


We Buy Cars & Trucks


We Buy Junk Cars &

Trucks. Highest Prices

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WANTS TO Purchase

minerals and other oil &

gas interests. Send details

to: P.O. Box 13557,

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Call anytime 614-774-6797


Carpet Installer has Entry

Level Carpet, good for

bdrm, flip houses, rentals,

etc. Also, other carpet

available. Free estimates.

Call or text 740-927-3504,

ask for Ray


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Palm Manor Resort

Within minutes of white

sand Gulf beaches,

world famous Tarpon

fishing, golf courses, restaurants/shopping,


Gardens. 2 BR 2 BA

condos with all ammenities,

weekly/monthly, visit

or call 1-800-848-8141

xClassified Services



Charge Up

$89.95 up to l lb.

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Free Leak TestingT

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Complete System

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Free Electronic Leak Testing

All Makes • All Models

45 Yrs. Exp. • Senior Discount



Washer, Dryer, Stove &

Refrig. Repair 875-7588



Walker’s Basement

Waterproofing. LLC






Free Estimates

Cell 614-512-1699


Sealcoating & Services LLC

Quality Materials Used


Driveway Seal & Repair!

Top Seal Cracks!

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Mulching, Edging & Clean-ups

“Ask for whatever you need.”

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Call or text for Free Est.



5/9 A

5/9 A




Any 5 areas ONLY $75.


Specializing in Pet Odors


Looking for Mrs. Clean?

For excellent cleaning serv

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Quality Concrete Work

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

Block Work & Excavation

Stamp Patios,

Bsmt. Wall Restoration

35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.

Free Ests. 614-871-3834

AJ’s Concrete,


Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.


Driveways & Extensions

Patio & Walkways,

Porches & Steps,

Garage/Basement Floors

Hot Tub/Shed Pads,

Stamped/colored concrete

Sealing of new &

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Contact Adam




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Concrete & Excavating

* Concrete * Foundations

* Waterlines * Drains

*Catch Basins





All Types Concrete Work

New or Tear Out-Replace

39 Yrs. Exp.

(614) 207-5430

Owner is On The Job!






For Service

“That Is Out Of This World”

5/9 A

5/9 A/M











Earn FREE Seamless

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FREE Shutters with

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Member of BBB

Financing Available

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.


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SINCE 1973

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Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.


Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273


or 614-863-9912


Services LLC

Minor Plumbing

& Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing &

Interior/Exterior Painting

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines









For This Ad In Our

South & Groveport

For Info Call



Home Repairs, Roofing,

Siding, Gutters, Soffits,

Misc. Int. Repairs

Int. Painting

Call Joe 614-778-1460

37 Years Exp.

5/23 A

5/23 A



Classified Services


3093 W. Broad St., Cols.




$100 OFF New Termite Services!

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Monthly & Quarterly Pest Services

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Free Termite Inspection



Handyman Remodeling

Over 35 yrs exp.

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Home Inspections

“Welcome Home”

Inspection Services




Full Inspections

from $185.00

Cell 614-316-9600


Lawnmasters and


Give us a call for your

yards that need mowing,

Spring clean-up, weed

control, paver patios, etc.

Free Estimates




• Weekly Mowing starting at

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• Spring Clean-Ups

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• Gutter Cleaning - $75

for Single Family Home

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Lic./Ins. BBB Member



Accepting New Clients

Spring Cleanup,

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plant & shrub trimming &

planting, fertilization,

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Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall


Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

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4/11 E/SE





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Overall Checkups

Oil Change & Filter,

Spark Plug &

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Local Moving since 1956

Bonded and Insured




over 60 yrs

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Call Jim 614-323-7819

Painter Over 30 Yrs Exp.

Free Est. Reas Rates

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A Job Well Done Again

A lic. General Contractor

Some Skilled Services

Incl: Painting • Stucco,


Drainage & Home Maint.

Call Today! 614-235-1819

Walker’s Interior Painting

Free Est. 614-359-4353



Anthony Pest Control



Please leave message

5/9 A&M








Textured Ceilings





All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any sm drain

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“One Call Does It All”



With This Ad A


All Major Credit Cards Accepted



“Plumbing & Drain Professional

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No Overtime Charges

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate

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30% OFF with AD



We Specialize In Decks.

Clean, stain, reseal,

revitalize any deck.

Quality work at fair prices.

Guarantee All Work 3 Yrs.

25 Yrs Exp. Free Est.



Any house wash $149+tax

Single deck $69+tax

2 Tier deck $99+tax

Best Wash in Town

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Ashley 614-771-3892


Robinson roofing & repairs

30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.

resident. Lic./bonded/Ins.

Reas rates. Member of

BBB. Dennis Robinson

614-330-3087, 732-3100



Trimming, Removal &

Stump Grinding.


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• Tree Removal

• Tree Trimming 4/25


• Stump Grinding

• Bucket Truck Services

Best Prices • Same Day Service


5/9 A

5/23 A/M

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