May 2-15, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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.”
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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
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,
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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.
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Obetz Junction, in
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formed in 1838 as
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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 Urban
Forester Dick Miller is
shown at right identifying
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
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 destinationcw.org or call
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 arborday.org/TreeCityUSA for information.
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-
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
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
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
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
creature. There is a lot
of exposition in these
scenes, a lot of Cole
Watching “Mortal Kombat” is a punch to the gut
The Reel Deal
(and Sonya, to a
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
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
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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.
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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
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But counting calories can be an effective
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That equates to roughly 3/4 teaspoon of
Older men and women should resist the
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foods, instead opting for healthy foods that
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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
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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
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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
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 www.pridesoccerclub.com, 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
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 www.canalwinchesterohio.gov.
Applications will also be available in the
guidance offices at Canal Winchester High
School and Bloom-Carroll High School.
Completed applications and materials are
due by 4:30 p.m. on May 28.
Recipients of the Dr. John Bender scholarship
will be recognized at the June 21,
Canal Winchester City Council meeting.
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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 www.cwschools.org and click on the
“Kindergarten Registration 2021-22” link
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
call (614) 837-4533.
When you need emergency care, you want
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smartphone, or tablet and doesn’t require
an account or a login.
We’ll still need to see patients in order of
severity, but by knowing when to expect you
and what you need to be seen for, we can
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and staff are adhering to COVID-19 safety and
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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
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or $180 for a permanent license. For a nonspayed
or neutered dog, the cost is $35 for
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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.
The 2021 Groveport Farmers’ Market is
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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
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: CWPerformingArts.info.”
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
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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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
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“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
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If you are a fan of a local professional
sports team, you may have noticed the
rebranding of Fox Sports Ohio and Sports
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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
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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
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
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on our company, even though they are
actually intended for the regional sports
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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
•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
•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 columbuslibrary.org
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
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call the organization ahead of their visit for
hours and rules, or to redeem their pass for
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Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful released data
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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
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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
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and 26 billion are along waterways;
An estimated 207 million PPE items were
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Jackson takes top wrestling honors
By Linda Dillman
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
“You have a bright future ahead of you,” Butler told
Jackson. “I always like to hear those good stories, especially
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
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
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” said Sotlar, “but the
end is getting closer.”
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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
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Dr. Joshua Morris is an Optometrist who grew
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Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University
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Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio
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Q: What are floaters and what causes them?
A: Floaters are small dark shapes that move across your vision. They can appear
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