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June 13-26, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII, No. 26
Federal funds being used
to ensure health & safety
of GM students and staff
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison Schools officials are
using federal funds to enhance the schools
for the district’s students.
The district received the federal money
from The Elementary and Secondary
School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).
“This money is used to help the district
prevent, prepare, and respond to the
COVID-19 pandemic,” said Groveport
Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden.
Ogden emphasized the ESSER money is
federally funded and no money is being
spent from the district’s general fund for
the projects listed below. She also said
there are no plans to ask the voters to
approve an operating levy before 2024.
Last fall Groveport Madison received
$1.9 million in ESSER 1 money that was
used to pay teachers working in the
Cruiser Digital Academy as well as provide
personal protective equipment to students
and staff to protect them from the coronavirus.
This spring the district received $8.3
million in ESSER 2 funding that is being
used districtwide this summer to help
fund: the Cruiser Connect program (see
story about this program on page 5 of this
edition of the Groveport Messenger); pay
for eight instructional coaches for teachers
to help with reading and math instruction
and technology integration in the classrooms;
200 computer tablets for pre-school;
reimbursements for Chromebook computer
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losses and repairs; and updating staff
Chromebooks where needed.
“The ESSER 2 funds also are helping to
pay for a ton of facility work at our buildings
this summer to create safer and
healthier environments for students and
staff,” said Ogden.
These facility projects districtwide
include: HVAC improvements that will
help clean the air in the schools by eradicating
viruses, bacteria, germs, and mold;
replacing fluorescent lighting with more
efficient LED lighting (except for the high
school which already has LED lighting);
replacing restroom faucets with touch less
faucets and replacing sinks where needed;
more personal protective equipment and
cleaning supplies; replacing drinking fountains
with new fountains that include
touchless water bottle fillers; additional
furniture where needed, including lunch
tables that will allow for proper social distancing
space, a feature that was requested
by the students; new phonics kits for
grades K-2; six aides (one each for each elementary
school) who will work with kids
who need sensory breaks and a place to
refocus before returning to the classroom;
computer hot spots for students who lack
internet access at home; and vape detectors
in the middle schools and high school
“The improved HVAC systems means
cleaner air for the kids,” said Ogden.
“It brings more air in and disinfects it as
See GM, page 2
Hats Off to the
Class of 2021!
580 Main St., Groveport, OH 43125
A name you KNOW,
the name you TRUST
Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison High School varsity softball player Kendyll Cahill had a successful
season this year and was named: first team Ohio Capital Conference; Ohio
Capital Conference co-player of the year in the Buckeye Division; first team All-
District; and second team All-State. Cahill batted .549, hit six home runs and had
24 RBI this season. As a pitcher she struck out 331 batters. Cahill also pitched a
perfect game against Reynoldsburg on April 15, a game where she struck out 12
batters and she also went 2 for 2 batting, including a home run. (Information provided
by Groveport Madison Schools.)
City councilman resigns
By Rick Palsgrove
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Groveport City Council is considering legislation
that would enable the city to seek restitution from people
who cause damage to public property.
“We wanted to formalize a process that provides the
opportunity for us to seek reimbursement for costs
when individuals cause damage to public property,”
said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “I anticipate
this process will be used mainly for damage from
traffic accidents. On occasion a traffic accident can
result in damage to public property, such as
guardrails, street signs, and light poles. In the past the
city has paid for these repairs. Instead of eating the
cost for the repairs, the city would work with the individual’s
insurance provider to seek reimbursement.”
King said there have not necessarily been a frequency
accidents lately that triggered this process.
“However, we want to have the process and fees in
Continued from page 1
it moves through the system,” added Groveport
Madison Deputy Superintendent Jamie Grube.
Groveport Madison Communications Director Jeff
Warner said the new, full spectrum LED lighting will
create a better learning environment for students and
result in utility savings to the district
Ogden said the idea for installing vape detectors
came from the students who are worried about vaping
and smoking in the schools.
“The vape detectors can detect smoke from marijuana,
e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and from a fire. They can
also detect loud noise,” said Ogden. “The detector notifies
our administrators, staff, principals, and school
resource officers. If something happens, there can be
an instant response.”
Projects for specific school buildings
Some ESSER 2 funds are going toward work at a
few specific school buildings, including: needed
improved asphalt in paved play areas at Asbury,
Dunloe, Glendening, and Groveport elementaries,
which will enable outdoor learning activities as
requested by the students; roof replacement at Sedalia
Elementary; HVAC improvements for the Groveport
Elementary gym and auditorium; and the replacement
of the old, two classroom modular unit at Groveport
Elementary with a new, four classroom modular that
“The new modular at Groveport Elementary will
provide more space and have better heating and cooling
than the old modular,” said Ogden.
Added Grube, “The replacement modular classroom
Recouping losses from damage to public property
place for whenever an accident does occur,” said King.
“In the past, guardrails, street signs, and light poles
have been damaged.”
When asked if this ordinance would also apply
when individuals vandalize public property, King said,
“This is geared more toward damage from traffic accidents,
but if someone intentionally damaged public
property, we would do what we could to seek reimbursement
for the cost of repairs.”
King said the amount of money the city could save
if this legislation is enacted is difficult to estimate.
“This is all based on damage to public property,”
said King. “However, this will save the city money any
time damage occurs to public property and we can
recoup the cost for repair.”
Council heard the first reading of the legislation on
May 24 and will discuss it further at its committee of
the whole meeting on June 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the
municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.
Continued from page 1
former councilman Marvin Stevens resigned in March
Grashel’s replacement will fill his unexpired term
on council, which runs through Dec. 31, 2021.
“It has been a blessing to be part of the Groveport
community and an honor to serve the residents on city
council,” said Grashel. “When I moved here this community
welcomed and embraced me as one of their
own. Some of the best people you will find grew up and
still live right here in Groveport. For me and my family,
calling Groveport home has been a wonderful experience
and it is a privilege to get to call ‘Central Ohio’s
Hometown’ my adopted hometown.”
Grashel believes Groveport’s future is “extremely
“It is a healthy community with passionate leadership,
starting with Mayor Westcamp, the city council,
staff, and police department,” said Grashel. “After
growing up in a similar small town I appreciate the
emphasis city leadership has placed on keeping the
charm that makes the town so special, while looking to
the future for ways to make the experience of living
here even better.”
According to the Groveport City Charter, Groveport
City Council has 30 days from the date of Grashel’s
resignation to name his replacement. If council has not
named a replacement within 30 days, then Mayor
Lance Westcamp has the authority to select someone
to fill the seat by appointment.
Council has not yet announced if it will be accepting
applications for the open council seat or how it will
proceed in selecting Grashel’s replacement.
eases pressure on the building, but it is not a long term
solution to our classroom overcrowding for the school
Groveport Madison Treasurer Felicia Drummey
said these ESSER 2 funds must be used up by
ESSER 3 funding
In March 2021, the district was notified it could
receive $18.9 million in federal American Rescue Plan
Act ESSER 3 funding that must be spent by
Ogden said the decisions on how this funding is to
be spent requires input from the Groveport Madison
Board of Education and the community.
The public is invited to the Groveport Madison
Board of Education’s June 22 meeting at 7 p.m. in the
administrative offices, 4400 Marketing Place, Suite B,
in Groveport, to offer input.
“We are also sending a survey to our district families
with students asking them how they would like to
see this money spent,” said Ogden. “The survey will be
on our website at gocruisers.org and it will also be
emailed to families and staff.”
The plan for the ESSER 3 funds must be submitted
to the Ohio Department of Education by Aug. 20.
The district will also post on its website by June 24
its plan for this fall’s in-person return to school.
“Our ultimate goal is getting our kids and staff back
in the classroom in a healthy and safe environment,”
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The Groveport Senior Center is back in action!
By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Senior Center re-opened
in May and will celebrate its return with
an open house on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 3
“This will be an open house event,” said
Lisa Zurbriggen, city of Groveport senior
services manager. “All are welcome and
invited to come see the center and all that
we have to offer for seniors. There will be
craft demonstrations, sponsor organizations,
chair volleyball demonstrations, and
tours of the facility. It will be a great opportunity
for the community to come see the
Groveport Senior Center.”
Like many places over the past year, the
Groveport Senior Center had been closed
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were closed for most of 2020 from
mid-March until we opened our doors on
May 12, 2021,” said Zurbriggen. “During
that time, the staff made phone calls to
check on our members each month and we
got to hear their stories. A great deal of
people spoke about how hard it was to be
quarantined and isolated. They spoke
about their fears and even depression
caused by the pandemic. We were able to
offer some drive-thru events monthly
where people could drive their cars to the
center to receive a meal or treat. These
events drew 100 people or more! People
were just so glad to get out of the house and
interact, even briefly, with other people.”
Currently the Groveport Senior Center
has 351 members. The minimum age to be
eligible to use the Groveport Senior Center
“Due to pandemic regulations, the
Center was just able to open our doors to
members to begin activities and events,”
said Zurbriggen. “Each week we are seeing
a few more people
than the week before.
Word is getting out
and people want to
get back to getting out
and being social. Most
of our members have
been fully vaccinated
since the senior population
was the first to
have the opportunity.”
Senior Center offers
including social activities
and events, art
and crafting, weekly congregate lunches,
game playing (euchre, hand and foot, billiards,
bingo), a book club, travel opportunities,
physical activities (music and dance,
chair volleyball), life-long learning opportunities
and health screenings.
“As we phase our reopening to ensure
the safety of our members and staff, we will
be adding more activities and events
throughout the year,” said Zurbriggen. “We
are currently working with Columbus
Speech and Hearing to offer education and
screening for members. We will also be
bringing back blood pressure screenings as
we phase back to a full schedule. We also
work with sponsors to offer healthy nutritional
cooking demonstrations and activities.”
Zurbriggen said the Groveport Senior
Center important to the community
because it provides a safe and welcoming
space for senior members of Groveport and
surrounding communities to gather socially
to enjoy a wide variety of activities and
events that have a positive impact on their
“The senior demographic continues to
Photo courtesy of the city of Groveport
Chair volleyball is one of the many fun activities at the
Groveport Senior Center.
Blacklick Estates facing water/sewer rate increase
By Linda Dillman
Blacklick Estates residents could dig deeper into
their budgets in the future to cover water and sewer
costs as Aqua Ohio prepares to ask the Public Utilities
Commission of Ohio to consider rate increases for their
customers across the state.
During a June 8 Madison Township trustees meeting,
Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst
reported on correspondence her office obtained regarding
“We have received notice from Aqua for both water
and sewer,” said Brobst, who added if an increase is
approved by the commission, it would probably go into
effect the first quarter of 2022. “I’m not sure when
they’re going to the PUCO.”
According to the Ohio Public Utilities Commission
of Ohio, on Feb. 6, 2019, the PUCO approved a 3.66
percent system improvement charge for Aqua Ohio following
a 2018 application. The company also requested
a 3.5 percent improvement charge for households in its
servicing area in 2020.
Ohio law allows PUCO-regulated water and wastewater
companies to establish a system improvement
charge based upon capital improvements and infrastructure
replacements it made since its last received
PUCO authority to increase rates.
“What can residents do to stop this,” asked
Blacklick Estates resident Debbie Miller. “Our water
rates are already ridiculously high. People’s basements
back up continuously. I don’t know what we’re
paying for and I certainly don’t want to pay more.”
Trustee Chairman John Pritchard urged residents
to voice their opinions and concerns to the PUCO
regarding Aqua’s upcoming request.
“If people want to see a change, they need to show
up in numbers,” said Pritchard, “but it has to come
from the residents. The township doesn’t have any
decision-making authority (regarding service/rate
Other Madison Township news
•Miller expressed concerns about speeding and
drivers repeatedly ignoring the traffic light at Harbor
and Noe-Bixby. She is afraid a life-threatening accident
is going to happen at the intersection. She said
many of the roads in Blacklick Estates are being used
“This is happening every day,” said Miller. “On Sunday
See BLACKLICK, page 8
grow and it is very important to have facilities
and programs focused on the needs of
aging community members,” said
Zurbriggen. “Active and engaged senior
center members become active engaged
Zurbriggen gave an example of a person
who the Groveport Senior Center has
“When we were making our monthly
check in calls, we encountered a gentleman
that was having a really rough time with
some health issues
and he was struggling
caused by isolation,”
“He was no
longer driving and
didn’t have family
close that could help
him. Not only were
we able to spend
time on the phone
with him to encourage
and listen, we
were also able to
deliver a pie to him from one of our drivethru
events. He was so pleased, surprised
and happy to receive the gift and to see one
of our staff members. I’m sure these interactions
were helpful to many of our members
that we talked to.”
The Groveport Senior Center is located
at 7370 Groveport Road at the Groveport
Recreation Center. It is open the same
hours as the Groveport Recreation Center:
5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday;
Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. The Senior Center is staffed
from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday. For information call 614-836-4599.
3246 Noe Bixby Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43232
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Groveport history films
Two documentary films on the history
of Groveport, produced by the Groveport
Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are
available for viewing online on YouTube.
The films are: “Groveport: A Town and Its
People” and “The Story of John S. Rarey
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Reflections on Memorial Day in a small town
The Memorial Day ceremony in
Groveport was again scaled back this year
due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,
however, the event maintained its traditional
dignity and spirit.
keynote speaker was
Warren Motts, who
brought the meaning
of Memorial Day
home by talking about
its local connections.
Wars are fought on
a large scale involving
nations and thousands,
of military personnel.
But each one
of those soldiers, sailors, and airmen have
a family and a hometown. Each one, and
the sacrifice they made, is important.
As American flags softly fluttered above
the many graves of local veterans in the
Groveport Cemetery, Motts said, “We must
always remember the fallen.”
Motts mentioned Lima Company, a company
of United States Marines operating
out of the nearby Rickenbacker Air
National Guard base. He said Lima
Company lost 23 Marines and one U.S.
Navy Corpsman in the Iraq War.
“We must remember all the men and
women who served our country and never
forget the price they paid for our freedoms,”
Motts’ linking the larger
scale of the meaning of
Memorial Day to its local
impact resonated with me.
Memorial Day has a small
town feel about it. Small towns
are places where most people
are familiar with one another.
In small towns, people recognize
family names or can recall
a family’s history.
I’ve been attending
Groveport’s Memorial Day
parade procession and the ceremony
in the Groveport
Cemetery since I was a kid. I
know the people who carry the
flowers for the graves as they
walk in the procession down
Main and College streets to the
cemetery. I remember watching
and listening to my sister and
my classmates in the Groveport
Madison High School band play
patriotic music and march in
The speakers at the ceremony
are familiar as well as the members of
American Legion Robert Dutro Post 486,
which has played a long time active role in
the Groveport Memorial Day ceremony. The
Post is named after Groveport resident,
Private Robert Dutro, who in 1917 at the age
of 15 joined the 6th Marine Regiment during
World War I. He would later die in France on
July 19, 1918 during the Aisne-Marne offensive.
Memorial Day is personal. Few families
are untouched by the ravages of war. In a
small town if our neighbors hurt, we hurt.
Following this year’s Memorial Day ceremony,
I read the tombstones as I walked
Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Members of the American Legion Robert Dutro Post
486 rifle squad pray at the beginning of the Memorial
Day ceremony held in the Groveport Cemetery on
May 31. See more photos at
among the flag decorated graves of the military
veterans in the Groveport Cemetery.
There are so many graves. All those last
names etched in stone are so familiar. They
are the names of family members, friends,
neighbors, and fellow townspeople. They
are ancestors who helped build the town
and farmed the nearby fields. They once
lived like us and watched the sun rise.
They gave their all for community and
country. We know them. We will always
Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport
Lockbourne Fish Fry
Thurs. & Fri. June 17 &18, 2021
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Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum
A stack of butter tubs on the loading dock await delivery by horse and wagon in
this 1907 photo of the Groveport Creamery. The creamery was located on Blacklick
Street at Church Street. The building still stands.
Pickerington Central High School senior
Alexander Poth performed “Taps” at the
end of the Memorial Day ceremony held
in the Groveport Cemetery on May 31.
June 13, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison officials and teachers
are seeking to enhance students’ education
in a different way this summer with
the district’s Cruiser Connect Summer
“While we’ve offered summer school in
various formats in the past, this is the first
year for Cruiser Connect,” said Groveport
Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden.
“Our approach to the program is unlike
what we’ve done before. It will be far more
interactive and fun.”
According to district officials, Cruiser
Connect will take place in several schools
throughout the district: Asbury
Elementary, Dunloe Elementary,
Groveport Elementary, Middle School
North, Middle School South, and
Groveport Madison High School.
The purpose of the program is to support
students’ academic and social-emotional
growth and development.
“The past year was hard for kids,” said
Ogden. “This isn’t typical summer school of
years past and students won’t be working
on their computers. They’ll be working in
small groups, face-to-face, with a teacher
and with their classmates.”
Ogden said some work will occur in
classrooms and some of it will take place
“We’ve worked hard to make sure that
it’s interactive and fun because we know
kids need something different from what
they’ve been doing for the past year.”
Ogden said the past 15 months of dealing
with the COVID-19 pandemic has been
difficult for some children. She said that
before March 12, 2020, students were
accustomed to the routines and predictability
of life — a regular school day and face-toface
interactions with friends and family.
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted all
“(Prior to the pandemic) while computers
were used as an instructional learning
tool, students saw their teachers face-toface
every day,” said Ogden. “They were
accustomed to working in small groups
with their peers, giving live in-class presentations,
and dealing with the normal
day-to-day interactions in which they gain
essential social skills. They also had the
benefit of receiving immediate emotional
support from classmates and the school’s
The Groveport Madison Alumni
Association announced it will be resuming
its Alumni Banquet. The next Alumni
Banquet will be held Sept. 18 and will
honor the classes of 1970 and 1971, who
graduated 50 years ago. The following
Alumni Banquet will be May 21, 2022 and
will honor the class of 1972 on the 50th
anniversary of their graduation. The banquets
will be held at Groveport Madison
High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road,
In addition to small-group, face-to-face
instruction, Ogden said students this summer
will have counselors who will lead
activities to help students reconnect with
“With Cruiser Connect, we hope to create
a bridge back to normalcy for our students
so that they’re academically and
socially prepared to resume school in the
‘new normal’ world we’re now living in,”
According to district officials, 1,253 students
have enrolled in Cruiser Connect
across all grade levels.
“We invited all Groveport Madison students
to attend,” said Ogden. “We made a
special effort to reach out to families whose
children would most benefit from the program.We’re
very excited that 100 teachers
have signed up to provide services for the
Cruiser Connect Summer Experience.”
Cruiser Connect runs from 9 a.m. to
noon daily beginning June 14 and running
through July 16 (with July 2 and 5 off for
the Independence Day holiday). Students
will get breakfast and lunch daily, and bus
transportation will be provided to any students
who needs it.
Ogden said the program is funded from
federal funds received through the
Elementary and Secondary School
Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund).
The federal government established the
ESSER Fund as part of the Education
Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act.
“In addition, Governor Mike DeWine
asked schools and districts to work with
their communities to help students
advance and make up for any learning that
may have been lost or delayed because of
the coronavirus pandemic,” said Ogden.
“He requested that schools and districts
design plans to meet the needs of students
that could include, but are not limited to,
ending the school year later than scheduled,
beginning the new year early or
extending the school day. Summer programs,
tutoring or remote options also
could be considered.”
Ogden expects Cruiser Connect to be a
“What we expect to see from participants
are children who feel prepared, confident,
and reconnected when they start
(the next school year) on Aug. 16,” said
Groveport. The May 21, 2022 date will
resume the normal cycle (third Saturday in
May) for the banquet moving forward.
Groveport city council
Groveport City Council holds its regular
meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and
fourth Mondays of the month. Council
holds its committee of the whole meeting
on the third Monday each month at 5:30
p.m. Meetings are held in the municipal
building, 655 Blacklick St., Groveport.
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Congratulations & Best Wishes to the
Class of 2021
Congrats to all of this year’s hardworking graduates! Your commitment and dedication have paid off, and today we celebrate
your academic achievement. We know you’ll continue to work hard and accomplish great things, and we hope the future
holds success, happiness, good health and good fortune for you. As you continue this milestone achievement, please be smart and
enjoy the party without drugs or alcohol. We care about your safety!
The Elected Officials and
Employees of Madison Township
Wish You The Best
CLASS OF 2021
618 Main St., P.O. Box 127, Groveport, Ohio 43125
Steven McGann, Managing Attorney
John Mashburn, Retired
Congratulations Class of 2021!
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Groveport, OH 43125
Class of 2021
230 Main St., Groveport
I love Groveport being here to help Madison life go right
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Thank you for all you do.
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CLASS OF 2021”
Much success in all your future
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Make us proud!!
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A name you KNOW,
the name you TRUST
Hats off to you,
On behalf of the Madison
Township Police Department
Congratulations to the
graduates of 2021!
Congratulations & Best Wishes
to the Class of 2021
June 13, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7
Congratulations to the
Groveport Madison High School
CLASS OF 2021
CLASS OF 2021
Taylin Aaujon-Johnson Jamiya Brown
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three came by going as fast as could be and then slammed on their
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Somehow, we need to put an end to this. I don’t want to be reactive
when a child gets hurt or killed.”
Madison Township Police Chief Gary York said his officers are
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“With that information, if we see calls in one specific area, we
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•York said Madison Township police officers will conduct
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At the Memorial Day ceremony on May 31 in the Groveport Cemetery, Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp
recognized the 12 local veterans whose images appear on the “Veterans Banners” that are placed on Main
Street at various intersections. The banners will be in place from Memorial Day to Veterans Day and then
be given to the veterans’ families. “These are our hometown heroes,” said Westcamp of the Groveport
community’s many veterans. The 12 veterans who appear on this year’s banners are: William Butsch,
Richard Featherston, Brent Fridley, Anne Gillen, Mary Ellen Miller, Mayson Newman, Clifford Nutter, Paul
Raver III, Robert Ruetsch, Riley Sedwick, Raymond Southall, Jr., and William Stoots.
Robinson earns Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland awarded Groveport resident
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a Girl Scout can earn. Her project focused on protecting the environment
by safeguarding bats, an important pollinator, from pesticides.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl
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Robinson’s project, Homes for Bats, focused on saving the local
bat population from white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions
of bats in North America. She worked with a younger Girl
Scout troop to build safe bat boxes and place them near a food
source in her community and encouraged the girls to build more
bat boxes in the future. She partnered with the city of Groveport,
which put up two boxes Robinson helped troops create and another
two she built herself. As a result of her efforts, the healthy bats
will continue to play a vital role in our ecosystem.
Robinson is a graduating senior at Groveport Madison High
School and has been a Girl Scout for 12 years as a member of
She will attend Wright State University where she will study
nursing and hopes to become a nurse practitioner.
Fourth of July
The city of Groveport will hold its
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which will feature a parade and fireworks.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. at
Richardson Road and travel west on Main
Street, then turn right onto Hendron Road
and end at Glendening Elementary. The
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p.m. and McGuffey Lane from 8:30 p.m.
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St., then proceed west on Main Street to
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placed on the city’s website once completed.
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Work to begin on Saltzgaber, Toy, and Swisher roads
By Rick Palsgrove
Long hoped for improvements to
Saltzgaber, Toy, and Swisher roads will
begin this summer.
For many years, area residents have
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The three roads fall within several government
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said the improvements are combined into a
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Saltzgaber Road reconstruction
According to Farst, Saltzgaber Road will
be reconstructed from its intersection with
Groveport Road to its connection at Toy
“On Saltzgaber Road, the road will be
widened to three lanes and a cul-de-sac (for
turn arounds) will be located about 170 feet
south of Saltzgaber’s connection to Toy
Road,” said Farst. “The link between
Saltzgaber and Toy Road will be preserved.”
“The limits of construction include
Saltzgaber Road from Groveport Road to
the 90 degree turn at Toy Road,” said Carla
Marable, Franklin County Engineer’s
Office director of communications. “The
project includes reconstruction of
Saltzgaber Road to provide a three lane
typical roadway section with a two-way
left-turn lane along the majority of the
alignment. The project will also construct
an eastbound left turn lane, an eastbound
right turn lane, and a westbound left turn
lane on Groveport Road at its intersection
with Saltzgaber Road. The project will also
improve the intersection of Groveport Road
and Saltzgaber Road.”
Marable said the project was combined
and bid together with the Toy Road and
Swisher Road improvements project.
“The contractor’s low bid for the overall
project was $2.26 million,” said Marable.
“Funding is provided by Franklin County
Motor Vehicle Registration and Gas User
Fees, the city of Groveport, Madison
Township, the Ohio Public Works
Commission, the Franklin County
Transportation Improvement District, and
Marable said closure of Toy Road began
on June 1. Local access to the residents of
Toy Road, Swisher Road, and Saltzgaber
Road will be maintained throughout construction.
Substantial completion is scheduled
for fall 2021 with a final completion by
When asked why the reconstruction is
necessary, Marable said, “Saltzgaber Road
is an old township road, currently maintained
by Madison Township and the city
of Groveport, that was never expected to
handle the volume and type of traffic it will
see with the increased development in the
area. Nearby recent warehouse projects
will increase traffic. This generated the
need for the proposed two-way left-turn
lane on Saltzgaber Road and designated
turn lanes on Groveport Road accessing
Ohio Flags of Honor
Farst added that the reconstruction is
needed because “the existing Saltzgaber
Road is of insufficient condition both in
thickness of pavement and width for current
and anticipated traffic conditions.”
Toy and Swisher roads improvements
“This project provides pavement maintenance
and drainage improvements along
Swisher Road and Toy Road from
Centerpoint Parkway to the 90 degree turn
at Saltzgaber Road,” said Marable. “The
project will also construct Toy Road with
dual cul-de-sacs east of the intersection of
Marable reiterated this project was combined
and bid together with the Saltzgaber
Road improvements project. The contractor’s
low bid for the overall project was
$2.26 million. Funding is provided by
Franklin County Motor Vehicle
Registration and Gas User Fees, the city of
Groveport, Madison Township, the Ohio
Public Works Commission, the Franklin
County Transportation Improvement
District, and private partners.
“The Franklin County Engineer’s Office
took advantage of a private public partnership
by combining funds from the
Saltzgaber Developer and Ohio Public
Works Commission,” said Marable.
Closure of Toy Road began on June 1.
Local access to the residents of Toy Road,
Swisher Road, and Saltzgaber Road will be
maintained throughout construction.
Substantial completion is scheduled for fall
2021 with a final completion of spring 2022.
Farst noted the pavement condition is
degraded and needs improved
Added Marable, “These portions of Toy
Road and Swisher Road are older residential-type
township roadways that are currently
maintained by Madison Township
and the city of Groveport. The continued
increase in commuter and commercial traffic
using these roadways has left portions
of the roads in disrepair. The improvement
will repair the roadway so the residents
can safely and efficiently access their
homes. The project provides dual cul-desacs
east of Centerpoint Parkway that will
act as turnaround locations for commercial
traffic. Throughout construction, further
investigation and study of the impacts of
the construction closure of Toy Road by the
Franklin County Engineer’s Office will provide
necessary and critical data to determine
if a long term closure of Toy Road
(between the two cul-de-sacs) will be appropriate.”
The Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling
Memorial honors the men and women of
Ohio who gave their lives in service to
their country. Specifically, those fallen in
the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war
on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001. The Ohio
Flags of Honor Traveling Memorial event
will be held July 2-5. The opening ceremony
is July 3 at 2 p.m. and the closing ceremony
is July 5 at 11:50 a.m. The event will
be held at Madison Christian School, 3565
Bixby Road, Groveport.
The Groveport Farmers’ Market will be
on Tuesdays from June 29 through Sept.
14 from 4-7 p.m. at Groveport Madison
Middle School Central, 751 Main St.