Canal Winchester Messenger - May 2nd, 2021



Canal Winchester

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

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman

Indian Trail Elementary School library media specialist Janie Kantner, left, and instructional

coach Alyssa Locker, right, illustrate a stop on a new Storybook Trail in

the woods of Westchester Park.

Storybook Trail blossoms

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Nature and literature will meld seamlessly

into a single outdoor experience in

Westchester Park in May with the permanent

addition of outdoor story stations created

by Indian Trail Elementary School

students in cooperation with the city of

Canal Winchester.

The creation of Canal Winchester’s

first Storybook Trail was the brainchild of

library media specialist Janie Kantner

and instructional coach Alyssa Locker as

the result of pivoting an annual literacy

event due to the pandemic.

“From the beginning, this has been a

collaborative effort between Alyssa and

me,” said Kantner. “In our roles as instructional

coach and library media specialist,

we work a lot together on various

literacy projects. For the past 19 years,

Indian Trail has hosted a Family Literacy

Night in the fall. It was a special night for

students, their families and the ITES staff

to celebrate the joy of books. When the

pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, Alyssa

and I realized that our traditional celebration

would be impossible for the 2020-21

school year, so we began thinking about

possible alternatives.”

Kantner said Locker discovered storybook

trails while visiting other parks and

Kantner was introduced to the concept at

several library conferences. They felt the

project might be a nice alternative to the

school’s literacy night event because the

storybook trail would provide an interactive,

yet safe and socially distant way to

celebrate and encourage family reading.

They presented their idea to city Public

Service Director Matt Peoples and asked if

the city would be interested in partnering

with the school by providing a location.

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By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

The next step in turning a former auto

museum into a new Canal Winchester municipal

complex will cost the city approximately

$4.06 million following approval of a

design-build contract by Canal Winchester

City Council.

The contract with the Ferguson Construction

Company for the 45 E. Waterloo

St. building passed 6-1 under emergency

language at council’s April 19 meeting.

“The intended schedule is roughly seven

months,” said Canal Winchester Contract

Services Administrator Bill Sims, “so they

would begin demo work on the 26th (April)

with completion of Dec. 17. It’s a pretty aggressive

schedule, but it gets us in this year,

which is a real benefit.”

Ferguson prepared a scope of work, design

development drawings, and a guaranteed

maximum price proposal for the

project. The $4 million-plus price includes

$3.66 million for work, $12,500 in preconstruction/design

services fees, a design-build

fee of $117,385 and $269,187 in general condition

costs for the duration of the six-month


According to the legislation, “council previously

determined it is in the best interest

of the city to procure the necessary services

for the project by using the design-build

method of construction project delivery.

Council waived the competitive bidding requirement

with respect to the contract for

the project and developed its own designbuild

process as permitted under its charter.”

The Design Build Institute of America

defines the process as an accepted way to

reference a single-contract, team oriented

and collaborative approach to delivering

projects and has since been written into legislation,

submitted as testimony and used

throughout the industry.

Councilwoman Jill Amos said citizens

are questioning the escalation in cost and if

the city could have bought a new building

instead of renovating the one in progress.

“I don’t know, in today’s dollars, that we

could build a new building compared to

numbers from three years ago,” said Sims,

“but that building is positioned fantastically

for our use. It’s in the downtown. It opens up

the commercial corridor there. We are certainly

cost conscious. We’ve tried to squeeze

every dollar out of this. COVID has been a

factor. People are bidding jobs and by the

time they get the jobs, costs are going up.”

Amos felt the former auto museum would

still be sitting empty in the middle of town

if the city had not stepped in and made a

commitment to doing the project.

On Jan. 21, 2020, council authorized the

purchase of the 45 E. Waterloo St. McDorman

Building for $2.4 million through an

owner-financed agreement between the city

and Alice McDorman for a 10-year term

with the city making quarterly payments of

approximately $73,000.

In 2020, $2.2 million was budgeted for

renovations of the future municipal complex.

Sims said the preliminary figure by a

criteria architect was an early estimate

based primarily on typical square footage

costs for renovation.

“It was also only for the remodel of the

building, it did not include the demo of the

community center, the new parking lot and

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drop-off sites that accept: plastic bottles,

tubs and jugs, metal cans, carton

containers, glass bottles and jars,

paper & cardboard.

Find your nearest recycling

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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

impose late filing penalties, or

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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

Branch of the



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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Historical Society

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.)

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

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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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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

adults should consume no more than 1,500

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,

tip-sheets, quick five-minute videos, and

professional-level trainings.

The online platform, which can be accessed

from a computer or any mobile device, offers

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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Trualta is for caregivers who live in COAAA’s

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COAAA’s Trualta Support Specialist,

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Todd joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in

North America who have earned the SRES® designation. All

were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course

in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real

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

Every year in the month of May, we celebrate Older Americans

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

for Community Living, or ACL, is responsible for spearheading

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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“He was enthusiastic about the idea and

suggested the newly created nature trail at

Westchester park off of Dietz Road,” said

Kantner. “It was the perfect place. It is easily

accessible to all our Indian Trail families

and the public as well.”

Kantner applied on behalf of the school

library for a Library Services and Technology

Act CARES Act Mini-Grant in August

to build the trail and received the $3,000

grant from the Federal Institute for Museum

and Library Services, which was

awarded through the State Library of Ohio.

The grant paid for the entirety of the project.

No district funds were used for the trail.

“This covered all materials and labor to

create the trail” said Kantner. “The school

district’s maintenance department made

the trail posts and installed them in April.

The actual pages of the storybook will be

created by each class at Indian Trail. We

hope to have the second grade book completed

and installed on the trail around May

8. We will then rotate the first grade and

kindergarten books throughout the summer.”


PRIDE Soccer for fun and fitness

PRIDE Soccer Club (PSC) is thrilled to be celebrating

17 years of developing soccer players and

people! PSC has over 600 players on 40 different

teams, ages 6-18!

Tryouts and team formation for the 2021-2022

season will look differently this year. PSC will be

offering opportunities for new players to join team

training sessions in May instead of only attending

an open tryout. All interested players need to register

online for tryouts to be considered for a team

and contact the PRIDE SC Boys or Girls Director

if they want to attend a team session. Open tryouts

begin June 1.

How do I register and get more information?

Go to, click

login/register in top right, find 2021-2022 tryouts.

At what age can players join?

Players can join at U7 (2015 birth year) and

play U8.

What is the difference between PRIDE SC

and recreation soccer?

PSC provides a more developmentally focused

program that will better help prepare players for

the next level than a recreation program. This is

accomplished by a professional, licensed coaching

staff in a competitive environment with 3 times as

many training opportunities.

Where are training/games?

PSC trains and hosts home games in Canal

Winchester, Groveport, Ashville and Grove City.

League games and tournaments are mostly in Central

Ohio but can be throughout Ohio depending on

the age and level of the team.

Maintenance workers built and installed

21 wood stands along a trail that winds its

way through a grove of trees in Westchester

Park. Individual book pages are protected

under a plastic cover, along with interactive

activities and a QR code that can be scanned

to play recordings of children reading the


“This has blossomed into something more

than we imagined,” said Locker, “and is

something for the students, their families

and the community as well.”

Dr. Bender Scholarships

to be awarded

Canal Winchester City Council announced

two $1,000 scholarships will be

awarded in honor of the late Dr. John Bender,

a former council member for 17 years.

Graduating seniors may review eligibility

requirements and submit applications

online at

Applications will also be available in the

guidance offices at Canal Winchester High

School and Bloom-Carroll High School.

Completed applications and materials are

due by 4:30 p.m. on May 28.

Recipients of the Dr. John Bender scholarship

will be recognized at the June 21,

Canal Winchester City Council meeting.

May 2, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 9

Kindergarten registration

Online registration for Canal Winchester

Schools’ 2021-22 kindergarten runs through

May 7. Your child must be age 5 on or before

Aug. 1, 2021 to be eligible to attend

kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.

Go to and click on the

“Kindergarten Registration 2021-22” link

for instructions.

Online registration must be completed

by April 7 for your child to participate in

Kindergarten Round Up. Kindergarten

Round Up will be May 12-14 at Indian Trail

Elementary, 6767 Gender Road. For information

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Dog license deadline extended

Franklin County Auditor Michael

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dog licensing deadline. The new deadline,

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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

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to return on July 29-30, 2022.

Farmers’ Market

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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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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!

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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

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The actual premium paid by individual

private employers depends on several factors,

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We have received a fair number of questions

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the nation from contacting us directly with

questions about how to watch their team,

suggestions on how to improve the viewing

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on our company, even though they are

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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

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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

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open in a limited capacity — due to the coronavirus

pandemic. Therefore, customers

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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

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The study shows that, although

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An estimated 207 million PPE items were

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Deadlines: Groveport and West editions, Wednesdays at 5 p.m., • South/Canal Winchester, Grove City, Madison editions, Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

All editions by phone, Tuesdays at 5 p.m. • Service Directory, Tuesdays at 5 p.m.





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.



J & P Caulking, Inc.

3858 Alum Creek Drive

Columbus, OH 43207

Caulkers, Pointers, Cleaners

Swing Stage Experience

Please Call

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The Advertising Department at the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers

is seeking a Salesperson.

No Experience Necessary.

Base salary plus commissions, auto allowance.

Seniors welcome to apply.

Please send your resume or call:

Doug Henry, Advertising Manager

Columbus Messenger Newspapers

3500 Sullivant Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43204



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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

Business Bureau 614-

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


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gas interests. Send details

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Carpet Installer has Entry

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bdrm, flip houses, rentals,

etc. Also, other carpet

available. Free estimates.

Call or text 740-927-3504,

ask for Ray


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world famous Tarpon

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or call 1-800-848-8141

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Free Electronic Leak Testing

All Makes • All Models

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Washer, Dryer, Stove &

Refrig. Repair 875-7588



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Waterproofing. LLC






Free Estimates

Cell 614-512-1699


Sealcoating & Services LLC

Quality Materials Used


Driveway Seal & Repair!

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Mulching, Edging & Clean-ups

“Ask for whatever you need.”

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Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

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Lawnmasters and


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control, paver patios, etc.

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• Spring Clean-Ups

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• Gutter Cleaning - $75

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Jackson takes top wrestling honors

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Canal Winchester Schools celebrated the athletic excellence

of a special middle schooler who took top honors

at the state level in her second year of competition.

Izzy Jackson, an eighth grade female wrestler, went

5-0 and became the district’s first state champion in

Canal Winchester wrestling history in March at the

Covelli Centre in Youngstown.

“She was absolutely dominant on the mat,” said Middle

School Assistant Principal Brent Palsgrove during

an April 19 Canal Winchester Board of Education meeting.

“Izzy is a football player, wrestler and track and

field athlete, honor roll and nothing but rave reviews

from her teachers, including myself. She is the model of

what we hope all Indians represent.”

Board president Mike Yonnotti called wrestling a

tough sport and fellow board member Kevin Butler, who

wrestled in high school and college, said he was a big

wrestling fan.

“You have a bright future ahead of you,” Butler told

Jackson. “I always like to hear those good stories, especially

about wrestling.”

Other CW Schools’ news

Winchester Trail Elementary School teacher Emily

Adams reported on Project Lead the Way where students

spend the year trying to solve a problem and create

a solution through computer coding.

“In fall 2019, we were awarded a $10,000 grant for

Project Lead the Way,” said Adams, who said students

focused on creating a digital game to play while waiting

for the bus. They are using collaborative skills and problem-solving

skills. District-wide we have many Project

“She was absolutely dominant on the


- Brent Palsgrove

Middle School assistant principal

Lead the Way courses.”

At the high school level, students participate in the

project’s Pathway course and in the lower grades they

follow the Launchway learning model, which involves

an introduction course, three activity projects and a

problem to address.

“It is very engaging for the kids because they can be

very creative with this coding,” continued Adams. “To

conclude the year, students complete a creative coding


During the school year, students were challenged to

create a clicker game and use what they learned to create

their own game, which requires user input.

“This is what we’re trying to do at a very young level,

so when they get to high school, they have those experiences

and can go further with it,” said Superintendent

Jim Sotlar.

Yonnotti said now is the time to plant the seed for

projects like this in young minds.

•Sotlar also reported on the return to a full day, five

days a week school schedule starting May 3 until the

end of the school year. He said it was a good feeling to

know the district is getting back on a path to some kind

of normalcy.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” said Sotlar, “but the

end is getting closer.”


Continued from page 1

site work, data/communication/security and the emergency generator,”

said Sims. “The architect developed more comprehensive estimates

in February of 2020 that ranged from $3 million to $3.5


During design development with Lehman Daman, the estimate

was initially $3.4 million. Sims said as the design was more fully

developed, it moved up progressively to $4.12 million.

“The vast majority of the increase was the result of gaining a

fuller understanding of the extent of the mechanical, electrical and

plumbing costs,” said Sims. “The existing systems were not salvageable

and needed to be replaced in their entirety. The heating

and cooling alone will be in excess of $500,000.”

While some council members expressed concern with the layout

of the building or the need to pass the legislation under emergency

language–which causes the ordinance to go into immediate effect–

Councilman Pat Lynch was the lone “no” vote.

According to Sims, a delay of even 30 days pushes scheduled

completion of the project from this year into next spring.

“This legislation has been out there,” Councilman Bob Clark

said. “We’ve known for a while. There were no public comments in

today’s packet regarding the project. I think this has been (discussed)

plenty of times in the public. We’ve had a public hearing

We’ve had how many meetings? It provides for our city in a growing

way…it provides for new city council chambers and more accessibility.

It does a lot for the city.”

Council also passed two bond ordinances–one for $3 million in

notes for Phase I of the McGill Park project and another for $5 million

in notes to cover the cost of the municipal complex project.

Farm has new hours

Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living 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 closed on Monday.

Moses-Mouser Eye Care

Dr. Joshua Morris is an Optometrist who grew

up in Bellville, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate

degree at the University of Akron, where

he graduated magna cum laude with honors.

Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University

College of Optometry and graduated cum laude

with honors to receive his Doctor of Optometry Degree in May 2019. After

completing his studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical

Excellence Award”, in 2019.

Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio

Optometric Association, and The Ohio State Alumni Association. He is

excited to practice full scope optometry, diagnosing and treating a variety

of ocular disorders and diseases in patients of all ages, but has a special

interest in contact lenses and ocular disease.

On a personal note, Dr. Morris and his wife Tess, enjoy spending time with

their family, friends, and their Bernese Mountain dog Maverick, cheering

on The Ohio State Buckeyes, trying new foods, and exploring Columbus


Q: What are floaters and what causes them?

A: Floaters are small dark shapes that move across your vision. They can appear

as dots, threads, squiggly lines, or even like cobwebs. Most floaters are caused

by normal changes in the eye. As you age, small strands of vitreous (gel-like fluid

that fills your eye) can clump together and cast a shadow on your retina (the

light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Those shadows appear as floaters

that drift across your vision. You may notice floaters more when you look at a

bright background, like a computer screen or a blue sky.

Q: How often should someone with new

floaters get an eye exam?

A: Someone experiencing new floaters, a large increase in the number of floaters,

or flashing lights should see an eye care professional immediately. Sometimes

floaters have a more serious cause, including: infection, injury, inflammation,

bleeding, retinal tear or retinal detachment.

Someone with a few stable floaters should see an eye care professional at least

once a year for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

Schedule your comprehensive eye exam

today with Dr. Morris

6441 Winchester Blvd. E., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 614-963-3827

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