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<strong>Messenger</strong><br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

<strong>July</strong> 11-24, <strong>2021</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 2<br />

Ohio Flags of Honor<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Independence Day weekend in <strong>Groveport</strong> featured the Ohio Flags of Honor Traveling Memorial, which<br />

honors the men and women of Ohio who gave their lives in service to their country. Specifically, those<br />

fallen in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001. The Ohio Flags of<br />

Honor Traveling Memorial was held <strong>July</strong> 2-5 in a field at Madison Christian Church in <strong>Groveport</strong>. Pictured<br />

here is Jay Montgomery (above left), who was one of many volunteers who helped set up the flag display.<br />

The field was filled with 960 flags that included American flags, state flags, and service flags. Of those,<br />

302 honor those who gave their lives. The field of flags is shown below.<br />

Gino Zimmer (above right) is shown here driving in stakes that supported the flags. “Driving in the stakes<br />

takes love,” said Zimmer. “It’s important they are perfectly straight.” Zimmer started Ohio Flags of Honor<br />

in 2005 in memory of his son, Nicholaus Zimmer, a U.S. Army SPC who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.<br />

“He’s here with us spiritually,” said Zimmer. The event at Madison Christian is the last Ohio Flags of<br />

Honor, according to Zimmer. “It’s physically demanding to set up,” said Zimmer. “We do it with 100 percent<br />

volunteers. We’re going to move on now and support the military in different ways.”<br />

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Troubled waters<br />

Changes at pool after incidents<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

New restrictions are now in place at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Aquatic<br />

Center after recent incidents at the popular swimming pool.<br />

Lifeguard assaulted<br />

On June 30 around 6:50 p.m., a group of juveniles allegedly<br />

assaulted one of the pool’s lifeguards on the pool deck, according<br />

to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police.<br />

“One of the lifeguards tried to get a group of juveniles to exit<br />

the pool during ‘adult swim,’” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh<br />

Short. “After being verbally insulted, the lifeguard warned them<br />

that they would be made to leave the pool and was then attacked<br />

by one and then several of the girls in the group. A female patron<br />

attempted to help the lifeguard and pushed one of the attackers<br />

away but was then attacked by all of the same girls. All suspects<br />

fled the park prior to an officer arrival.”<br />

Four suspects were identified and <strong>Groveport</strong> Law Director<br />

Kevin Shannon said charges are expected to be filed against them.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Chief Casey Adams said <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

Detective Josh Gilbert worked 16 hours to investigate and locate<br />

the suspects. Adams said the suspects, who are all under age 18,<br />

are from Columbus. He said the suspects could be charged with<br />

disorderly conduct, assault, or aggravated criminal trespassing.<br />

He said the suspects are cooperating.<br />

Short said both the lifeguard and female patron received minor<br />

cuts, bumps, and bruises and declined any medical attention from<br />

medics.<br />

“I honestly cannot give any logical reason for why the lifeguard<br />

was assaulted,” said Short. “She did nothing outside of normal<br />

pool policy and was attempting to have these girls follow clearly<br />

established and posted rules.”<br />

Short said the Aquatic Center adult supervisors on duty were<br />

working somewhere at the facility when the incident began.<br />

“I know from first hand observation that their supervisors are<br />

always moving around between the pool areas and the building<br />

constantly monitoring what is going on and helping out and<br />

addressing problems,” said Short.<br />

In addition to the group of juveniles’ assault on the lifeguard,<br />

Shannon said an intoxicated male also recently allegedly assaulted<br />

a lifeguard by pushing the lifeguard into the pool. The suspect<br />

could be charged with<br />

disorderly conduct,<br />

criminal trespassing,<br />

or assault.<br />

Short said he can<br />

only speculate as to<br />

why problems at the<br />

pool are arising.<br />

“With all of these<br />

calls to the pool this<br />

season there is clearly<br />

a lack of respect<br />

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authority exhibited by<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> to grow small businesses downtown<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

Now that some restaurants are on board for the two<br />

new commercial buildings planned for downtown<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, city officials are considering using some<br />

space in those structures to nurture new, home grown<br />

businesses.<br />

The proposal is to use the second floors of the Wert’s<br />

Grove building, 480 Main St., and the Rarey’s Port<br />

building, 674 Main St., as “business incubators” in an<br />

entrepreneurship program.<br />

“People have ideas for new businesses, but they<br />

may not know how to get started,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Councilman Scott Lockett. “Here they can learn how to<br />

go about getting started and then grow their businesses.”<br />

Added Councilman Ed Dildine, “I don’t see too<br />

many other communities being able to do what we can<br />

do with these two buildings. Starting a business is a<br />

big investment.”<br />

At <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council’s June 28 meeting, Matt<br />

Yerkes, executive director of Cultivate (which provides<br />

educational and advising support to small and emerging<br />

businesses), laid out a business incubator proposal<br />

for council’s consideration. Cultivate proposes to<br />

implement an entrepreneurship support program that<br />

includes workshops, e-learning, advising sessions, and<br />

referrals for potential small businesses.<br />

If council accepts the proposal, the city would pay<br />

Cultivate $50,000 annually for three years starting in<br />

September, as well as $1,500 a month for the Wert’s<br />

Grove building and $1,000 per month for the Rarey’s<br />

Port building for facility and member management. In<br />

return, the city would receive $1,500 per month in rent<br />

for the Rarey’s Port building spaces.<br />

“This program is for people who are trying to start<br />

a business,” said Yerkes. “They may need an office, a<br />

desk, a cubicle, meeting room access, or just a business<br />

mailing address.”<br />

Yerkes said the Wert’s Grove building space would<br />

serve as the business incubator for those who need<br />

start-up or operational office space for their businesses.<br />

He said the Rarey’s Port building space would be<br />

organized into seven large professional retail suites for<br />

businesses like realtors, title companies, or insurance.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Economic Development Director Jeff<br />

Green said the business incubator proposal “reflects<br />

the realities of today.”<br />

In addition to this proposal, Green said the city will<br />

also continue to pursue larger industrial development,<br />

enhancing business opportunities in the Kroger plaza<br />

on west Main Street, and create more opportunities for<br />

historic downtown development that could include<br />

entertainment options or the consideration of a DORA,<br />

which is a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area that<br />

is an area in a downtown or mixed-use location where<br />

people age 21 and up may purchase alcoholic beverages<br />

from approved restaurants and take their drinks<br />

outside and within the DORA limits.<br />

The eateries<br />

In early June businesses, three restaurants signed<br />

up to occupy the lower levels of the Wert’s Grove and<br />

Rarey’s Port buildings. They include: Delaney’s Diner -<br />

a breakfast, lunch, brunch restaurant that will occupy<br />

4,000 square feet of space with a patio on the west end<br />

of the Rarey’s Port building; Preston’s: A Burger Joint<br />

and Honey’s Fried Chicken, which will occupy a little<br />

under 3,000 square feet on the west end of the Wert’s<br />

Grove building; and<br />

•Mmelo Confectionary & Café - a high-end chocolates<br />

and confections place that also offers breads and<br />

pastries, a full lunch and dinner menu, and made to<br />

order specialties, coffee and espresso - will occupy<br />

around 2,300 square feet, plus patio, on the east end of<br />

the Wert’s Grove building.<br />

About the 1847 Main project<br />

The Rarey’s Port and Wert’s Grove buildings are a<br />

project known as The 1847 Main Project and the city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> is the developer for both sites.<br />

Construction on the 14,145 square foot Rarey’s Port<br />

building, to be located the northeast corner of Front<br />

and Main streets next to Ace Hardware, is set to begin<br />

the last week of <strong>July</strong> with completion expected by late<br />

March 2022. Construction of the 12,184 square foot<br />

Wert’s Grove building, to be located at the northwest<br />

corner of College and Main streets, will start in August<br />

with completion expected by April 2022.<br />

“We will be holding a formal groundbreaking for the<br />

1847 Main project on <strong>July</strong> 27,” said Green.<br />

“Construction will begin on the Rarey’s Port building<br />

on <strong>July</strong> 28 and Aug. 12 for the Wert’s Grove building.”<br />

The two new buildings will be two-story brick,<br />

mixed-use commercial buildings.<br />

The cost to construct the two buildings is approximately<br />

$7.6 million. It is funded by a combination of<br />

non-tax revenue bonds and tax revenue bonds.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Finance Director Jason Carr,<br />

non-tax revenue bonds equal taxable bonds and tax<br />

revenue bonds equal tax-exempt bonds. He said the<br />

project will be funded by general obligation bonds,<br />

which are bonds from the bond market and are not<br />

property tax bond issues that would be voted on by the<br />

residents.<br />

Madison Township<br />

Police statistics<br />

June crime statistics from the Madison<br />

Township Police: 73 traffic stops, 18 parking,<br />

10 assist/mutual aid, 3 assaults, 34<br />

domestic complaints, 11 fireworks complaints,<br />

6 missing persons, 2 narcotics, 15<br />

suspicious cars, 18 suspicious persons, 23<br />

suspicious persons/vehicles, 14<br />

larceny/thefts, 1 fight, 1 sex offense, 2 animal<br />

complaints, 8 threats or harassment, 4<br />

vandalism, 10 juvenile complaints, 10<br />

property complaints, 6 accidents with<br />

injuries, 6 shots fired in area, 7 hit skip<br />

accidents, and 19 property damage accidents.


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WATERS<br />

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It’s repulsive when folks think rules do<br />

not apply to them and escalate their churlish<br />

behavior into physical violence,” said<br />

Short. “Since the opening of this pool season<br />

we have regularly had an officer(s) present<br />

for a while as the gates are opened and<br />

guests are coming in. We also have very regular<br />

patrols throughout the day through the<br />

park lot and on foot in the pool area.”<br />

The city takes action<br />

In light of the recent serious incidents<br />

at the pool, <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council enacted<br />

the following changes at the outdoor<br />

Aquatic Center effective <strong>July</strong> 2:<br />

•Admission to the pool is limited to<br />

individuals and/or families who possess a<br />

resident or non-resident seasonal pass.<br />

Day passes are eliminated.<br />

•The minimum age of individuals permitted<br />

in the facility without a parent or legal<br />

guardian is 14. Previously it was age 10.<br />

•Security cameras will be installed in<br />

the breezeway of the facility.<br />

•A police officer will be assigned to the<br />

pool during specific times mandated by the<br />

police chief after consultation with the<br />

mayor.<br />

City officials said these changes are<br />

subject to ongoing review and can be<br />

revised in the future.<br />

“It’s a good plan to improve safety at<br />

the pool,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Administrator B.J. King. “By limiting it to<br />

season pass holders we will know who is<br />

coming and going.”<br />

ird ursday<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> will host Third<br />

Thursday, a summer festival series featuring<br />

music, food trucks, vendors, and more.<br />

The next Third Thursday will be:<br />

•<strong>July</strong> 15 - “Americana!” with pony rides<br />

and a bounce house.<br />

Third Thursday hours are 5-7:30 p.m.<br />

at Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road.<br />

Madison Township<br />

commits to<br />

transparent policing<br />

On June 22, the<br />

Madison Township<br />

trustees unanimously<br />

passed a resolution<br />

to solidify the township<br />

police department’s<br />

commitment<br />

to transparency.<br />

The resolution<br />

states that body-worn<br />

and dashboard camera footage will be accessible<br />

by the public within 24 hours of an<br />

incident occurring, or as soon as practicable.<br />

Trustee Chairman John Pritchard said,<br />

“While leading the central Ohio area in the<br />

advancements of body-worn and dashboard<br />

camera utilization, it is crucial that we<br />

maintain an evolving commitment to<br />

transparency, including justifiable scrutiny<br />

when critical incidents occur. This resolution<br />

puts our dedication to trust-building<br />

with the community and police department<br />

into writing, to last in perpetuity.”<br />

Added Trustee Vice-Chairman Michele<br />

Reynolds, “In today’s climate, accountability<br />

in public service is critically important.<br />

While we stand behind our officers and<br />

support them fully, this Critical Incident<br />

policy is a commitment to the public for<br />

accountability and transparency in the<br />

Madison Township Police Department.”<br />

Trustee Ed Dildine said, “Passing this<br />

resolution shows how serious Madison<br />

Township is about making sure information<br />

is available to residents.”<br />

“The Madison Township Police<br />

Department is proud to continue our legacy<br />

of transparency in law enforcement,” said<br />

Madison Township Police Chief Gary York.<br />

“A township resolution effectively acts as<br />

law, and will stand the test of time despite<br />

the individual perspectives of future chiefs,<br />

boards, or administrators.”<br />

Independence Day peaceful<br />

“I can truly say that this year’s<br />

Independence Day Celebration was peaceful<br />

and uneventful,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

Chief Casey Adams. “The parade went off<br />

without a hitch, and the fireworks display<br />

was like a large community picnic where<br />

participants wanted to get out and socialize<br />

with their friends, neighbors, and fellow<br />

community members.”<br />

Adams noted many people viewed the<br />

fireworks from Cruiser Park this year.<br />

“In year's past, Cruiser Park was a secondary<br />

choice where families would sit and<br />

enjoy the evening,” said Adams. “This year<br />

it seemed it was a prime location for our<br />

community to enjoy, and I contribute that<br />

to the Third Thursday success a couple<br />

weeks ago.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh Short said,<br />

“There were absolutely zero serious incidents<br />

that required police intervention<br />

during the city’s Independence Day festivities.<br />

Additionally, there were no issues at<br />

the outdoor pool that required a police<br />

response. We had officers at the pool when<br />

the gates first open and then again on the<br />

property between 4-7 p.m. and all was relatively<br />

calm. During the opening hours<br />

there were some unhappy patrons that<br />

were unaware of the admission policy<br />

changes but Parks Director Kyle Lund did<br />

a good job of explaining things.”<br />

Short said that during the holiday weekend<br />

officers were continually approached<br />

by people thanking them for their service.<br />

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“Working the Independence Day festivities<br />

has become rather stressful over the<br />

last few years so it was quite a relief that<br />

everyone behaved this time,” said Short.<br />

“Our officers are proud and grateful to get<br />

so much support from this community.”<br />

Movie in the Park<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation &<br />

Community Affairs departments will host<br />

a free family friendly Movie in the Park on<br />

<strong>July</strong> 23. Movie will begin at dusk and will<br />

be shown in <strong>Groveport</strong> Park, 7370<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road. Bring your lawn chairs,<br />

blankets, picnic basket and bug spray. Kids<br />

under age 14 must be accompanied by an<br />

adult. No alcohol or pets. Food trucks will<br />

tentatively be on-site. Inflatables will be<br />

on-site beginning at 6:30 p.m. In case of<br />

bad weather, the event will be rescheduled<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> history films<br />

Two documentary films on the history<br />

of <strong>Groveport</strong>, produced by the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

now available for viewing online on<br />

YouTube.The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: A<br />

Town and Its People” and “The Story of<br />

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”<br />

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Cruiser soccer players help Special Olympics<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

Some Special Olympics athletes recently<br />

got a real kick out of learning about soccer.<br />

On June 26, the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Cruiser varsity boys soccer team hosted its<br />

first annual summer soccer camp for<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics athletes at<br />

Cruiser Stadium at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

High School.<br />

“Being a new head coach, I wanted to<br />

bring to our program something that would<br />

help create lifelong memories for our players<br />

and community,” said Gerald Holton,<br />

Cruiser head varsity boys soccer coach.<br />

“The boys were excited to make this happen,<br />

but a little nervous as well.”<br />

Holton said the Cruiser soccer players<br />

helped the Special Olympics athletes work<br />

on shooting, passing, and dribbling with<br />

the ball in various stages around the field,<br />

as well as a little scrimmaging.<br />

Though this camp was run by the boys<br />

soccer team, Holton gave a shout out to the<br />

Cruiser girls soccer team for cheering on<br />

the Special Olympians; to Eva Debessay<br />

(sophomore on the girl’s soccer team) for<br />

doing the announcements; and to girls<br />

head coach Mark Coyer for setting up the<br />

field to help make the event happen.<br />

“I think the boys soccer team got a lot<br />

out of the camp as well and it taught them<br />

very important leadership skills,” said<br />

Holton. “This is new to many of them and<br />

they still do not understand what it means<br />

to put on that soccer uniform and have<br />

many young players look up to them. At<br />

the beginning, you could tell a lot of players<br />

were a little nervous about what they<br />

should be doing or how to interact, but, as<br />

time went on, they became more relaxed<br />

and started having fun. At the end, they<br />

told me it was a lot of fun and you could tell<br />

that the Special Olympians played with all<br />

heart. I hope this camp will be carried on<br />

as a tradition for our program and we can<br />

build on it each and every year to come.”<br />

Holton said soccer is a good sport for the<br />

Special Olympians to play.<br />

“Soccer is the most popular sport world<br />

wide and, like every team sport, it has<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council approved legislation<br />

to enable the city to seek reimbursement<br />

for costs when individuals cause<br />

damage to public property, such as damage<br />

from traffic accidents.<br />

“On occasion a traffic accident can<br />

result in damage to public property, such<br />

as guardrails, street signs, and light<br />

poles,”said <strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator<br />

B.J. King. “In the past the city has paid for<br />

these repairs. Instead of eating the cost for<br />

the repairs, the city would work with the<br />

individual’s insurance provider to seek<br />

Photo courtesy of <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Cruiser varsity boys soccer team recently held a soccer<br />

instructional summer camp for <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics athletes.<br />

value on and off the field,” said Holton.<br />

“Soccer helps with players getting physically<br />

and mentally fit. It teaches the players<br />

how to play as a team, handle frustrations,<br />

how to win with dignity, setting<br />

goals, leadership and so many of things<br />

that can benefit them in life. Just like<br />

every sports team, when you are working<br />

together toward a common goal, you<br />

become part of a family.”<br />

Holton said the Special Olympics program<br />

is “an amazing opportunity” for it<br />

participants.<br />

“I watched my cousin growing up who<br />

was in Special Olympics with Down<br />

Syndrome and it was such a great program<br />

for him to build his self confidence, feel<br />

part of a group, and compete in sports he<br />

loved,” said Holton. “He was one of the reasons<br />

I got involved working with people<br />

with disabilities and it taught me a lot of<br />

valuable lessons that I still use today.”<br />

Holton thanked the Columbus Crew for<br />

having “SC” the Crew Cat come out and<br />

help make the Special Olympics soccer<br />

camp even better for everyone.<br />

Upcoming boys soccer season<br />

“This has been a roller coaster of a year<br />

reimbursement.”<br />

When asked if this ordinance also<br />

applies when individuals vandalize public<br />

property, King said, “This is geared more<br />

toward damage from traffic accidents, but<br />

if someone intentionally damaged public<br />

property, we will do what we can to seek<br />

reimbursement for the cost of repairs.”<br />

One way alleys<br />

The historic areas in <strong>Groveport</strong> are<br />

criss-crossed with narrow alleys that have<br />

been in place and used since town’s original<br />

street plats in the 1800s. Currently<br />

some alleys are one way only and others<br />

are not.Council had considered legislation<br />

to make Shoemaker Alley one way west<br />

already,” said Holton. “We lost many valuable<br />

players these last two years because of<br />

graduation and their shoes are hard to fill.<br />

I know we are going to have our struggles<br />

at the beginning of the season as some of<br />

the players learn to take ownership of their<br />

new roles, but I am confident they will continue<br />

to show the true grit of a Cruiser.”<br />

Holton said some standouts to watch on<br />

this coming year’s Cruiser boys soccer<br />

team will be returning seniors David<br />

Lopez-Pascua, Ali Alanfagi, Abdou Diagne,<br />

Jaden Atkinson and Junior Eyobe Teferi.<br />

About Special Olympics<br />

The mission of Special Olympics Ohio<br />

and its <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics chapter<br />

is to provide year round sports training<br />

and competition in a variety of Olympic<br />

type sports for intellectually disabled individuals.<br />

For information contact local coordinators<br />

Penny and Cassandra Hilty at groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com<br />

or at (614)<br />

395-8992 or 395-6640. Donations may be<br />

sent to <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics, P.O.<br />

Box 296, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125.<br />

Restitution for public property damage approved<br />

and Canal Street one way east, but has<br />

since scrapped that plan.<br />

Instead, council asked city officials to<br />

conduct a broader study of all the alleys in<br />

the city to determine the most effective<br />

traffic patterns for the alley system.<br />

No bouncing around<br />

Council is considering legislation to prohibit<br />

visitors to the city’s parks from having<br />

a bounce house or other inflatable<br />

entertainment items at a park.<br />

Additionally, the legislation would prohibit<br />

the stapling or nailing of signs, flyers, etc.,<br />

to picnic tables, shelter houses, or any park<br />

facility.


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The Fourth of <strong>July</strong><br />

The Fourth of <strong>July</strong> always seems to arrive quickly.<br />

In Ohio we don’t fully shake off the doldrums of<br />

winter until mid-May when the threat of frost finally<br />

goes away. That’s also when I put the screens in my<br />

windows, turn<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

off the furnace,<br />

put away the<br />

heavy jackets,<br />

and wait for<br />

the glorious pink and white<br />

peonies to grace my sunny backyard.<br />

June brings certain warmth<br />

and we all breathe a sigh of relief<br />

knowing the snow and biting cold<br />

are banished until late fall. The<br />

bright days and warm nights of<br />

June relax us and it feels like<br />

summer will joyfully be here forever.<br />

I know we definitely<br />

thought like that as kids when<br />

school let out and we ran from<br />

our confined classrooms into the<br />

arms of a perceived never-ending summer of ball<br />

games, swimming, lounging, bicycling, odds and ends<br />

chores, and an overall basking in freedom.<br />

Then, seemingly suddenly, June vanishes and the<br />

Fourth of <strong>July</strong> is upon us with its promise of fun, food,<br />

and fireworks.<br />

Holidays spur memories uniquely their own. We all<br />

recall merry Christmases, happy Halloweens, thankful<br />

Thanksgivings, and more. But the Fourth is special<br />

because it is our celebration of pure freedom wrapped<br />

in fun. The flags are unfurled everywhere, grills are<br />

out, the parades wind through our small towns, and<br />

music fills the air with it all culminating with the<br />

explosion of the colorful lights and sounds of fireworks.<br />

In my many decades of life I have seen fireworks in<br />

a variety of places and ways. A couple of memorable<br />

ones from my youth in the 1960s include:<br />

•Standing on the rails of a board fence with my siblings<br />

and cousins - hamburgers and hot dogs in hand -<br />

at my Uncle Bob Palsgrove’s farm on Williams Road (a<br />

farm that itself is now only a memory) and looking<br />

over the farm’s rich, flat fields to the horizon to see<br />

fireworks being shot off in the distance. We had the<br />

double pleasure of not only seeing fireworks in the distance,<br />

but also the golden lights of nature’s gentle<br />

lightning bugs floating over the farm fields.<br />

•And gathered with my dad and siblings (along<br />

with a crowd of other townsfolk) at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Elementary where we settled in beside the large baseball<br />

diamond there to watch fireworks being shot off<br />

from the diamond’s far outfield. One could look around<br />

and see the faces of those gathered there illuminated<br />

by the fireworks that lit the night sky.<br />

Two different views of fireworks - one from far away<br />

and one close up. But both rich in memory because<br />

they combined family and a sense of place.<br />

When the Fourth of <strong>July</strong> fireworks end and the skyrockets’<br />

noise and smoke subside, the night and the<br />

quiet embrace us. The next day is a date not capitalized,<br />

the fifth of <strong>July</strong>, the first day of the rest of our<br />

summer as we glide through our time in the sun<br />

toward the future. Fall and all its glory then awaits us<br />

with its own colorful show.<br />

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>.<br />

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Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Photo courtesy of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum<br />

Fixing Front Street 10 years ago<br />

Ten years ago this summer <strong>Groveport</strong>’s historic brick Front Street underwent<br />

repairs when concrete patching was removed and all the brick re-laid to smooth<br />

out the street from Hickory Alley to Main Street. Bricklayers are shown here re-laying<br />

the historic street’s bricks on a hot summer day in 2011. Front Street was the<br />

first paved street in <strong>Groveport</strong> in 1909. It was one of the main traffic arteries in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> when the town was first platted in the 19th century and the street features<br />

some of the oldest houses in town. The Ohio and Erie Canal coursed just to<br />

the east of the street and during the canal days of the 1800s some of the street’s<br />

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Exercise can be beneficial in the treatment of<br />

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Physical activity can reduce stiffness and increase<br />

muscle strength and flexibility. It also has overall<br />

health benefits, such as improving cardiac fitness and<br />

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•Strength training: Strong muscles help support<br />

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•Range of motion exercises: Dancing, tai chi,<br />

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•Aerobic activities: Activities such as brisk walking,<br />

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less strain on joints, particularly the knees. Some studies<br />

show that aerobic exercise can reduce inflammation<br />

in some joints.<br />

Before beginning an exercise program, discuss with<br />

your doctor what activities might be right for you.<br />

Slow-pitch adult softball<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Department is registering<br />

teams for its Fall Adult Slow-Pitch Softball<br />

Leagues between <strong>July</strong> 1 and Aug. 6. The season will<br />

consist of 10 regular season games (double-headers)<br />

beginning in late August (one-pitch format) and a single<br />

elimination tournament for top four teams. Co-ed<br />

recreational will play on Tuesday evenings; men’s<br />

recreational will play on Monday evenings; and men’s<br />

competitive will play on Thursday evenings. Eight<br />

team maximum per division. Cost is $275 per team.<br />

Visit www.groveportrec.com or call Kyle Lund at 614-<br />

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Alumni Banquet<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni Association<br />

announced it will be resuming its Alumni Banquet.<br />

The next Alumni Banquet will be held Sept. 18 and<br />

will honor the classes of 1970 and 1971, who graduated<br />

50 years ago. The following Alumni Banquet will be<br />

May 21, 2022 and will honor the class of 1972 on the<br />

50th anniversary of their graduation. The banquets<br />

will be held at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School, 4475 S.<br />

Hamilton Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>. The May 21, 2022 date will<br />

resume the normal cycle (third Saturday in May) for<br />

the banquet moving forward.<br />

Senior Center<br />

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Senior Transportation<br />

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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: President Kevin L. Boyce • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Erica C. Crawley<br />

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

Easing back to pre-pandemic life<br />

As America is easing COVID-19 restrictions, you may feel an overwhelming<br />

mix of emotions about how to move forward. This is<br />

especially true for our older adult population, as they were highly<br />

affected by the pandemic last year. According to Forbes, in 2020,<br />

“the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported<br />

that eight out of 10 Covid-19 deaths in the US had been adults 65<br />

years and older”. Many people had experienced an unprecedented<br />

amount of anxiety trying to remain safe from this virus while adjusting<br />

to a new normal, which included working from home, no large<br />

crowd gatherings, and even restrictions on visitation in nursing<br />

homes. Now, the new normal we have all gotten accustomed to is<br />

changing slightly once again. While there is not one specific way to<br />

feel or process this change, there are tips that can help ease your<br />

mind and continue to make you, your family, and others around you<br />

feel safe and protected.<br />

-Establish boundaries. Although studies have reported that the<br />

COVID-19 vaccination is effective at keeping people safe from<br />

COVID-19, that does not always mean vaccinated individuals will<br />

be ready to take off their masks or gather in large groups. A study<br />

conducted by the “American Psychological Association” found that<br />

49% of adults reported feeling uncomfortable about returning to<br />

in-person interactions when the pandemic ends. Even 48% of those<br />

who have received the COVID vaccine report feeling the same<br />

way”. As we begin going back to our pre-pandemic routines, it is<br />

understandable to abstain from any activity you do not feel comfortable<br />

doing. You can continue to wear masks even if you are fully<br />

vaccinated, and you can limit your interactions to include a small<br />

pod of people. Make the best decision for your health and your associates.<br />

-Communicate the boundaries you have made. If you have decided<br />

to keep on a mask, social distance, or not gather at events, it is<br />

best to articulate those boundaries with the people around you,<br />

including family members, caretakers, or friends. Doing so will<br />

ensure everyone is on the same page, and others will be able to<br />

respect the boundaries you have made.<br />

-Try one activity at a time. In a blog written by Anthem Memory<br />

Care, the author revealed that “there is a tendency, especially with<br />

aging loved ones who are cognitively impaired, to grow impatient<br />

when they are slower to embrace change.” When an older adult feels<br />

comfortable to start easing back into their old routine, begin with an<br />

activity, they used to enjoy. Be patient with them if they decide they<br />

want to keep their mask on or don’t want to participate in the activity<br />

yet fully.<br />

-Keep checking in on others. People will have different circumstances<br />

that may make going back to everyday life easier or harder.<br />

Some may have experienced or witnessed loss causing PTSD; others<br />

may be unable to take the vaccination due to medication complications,<br />

having an organ transplant, or other medical conditions. Some<br />

could be adult caretakers of young children who are not eligible at<br />

this time to receive the vaccination. All these situations can cause<br />

extra stress associated with returning to normal. Simply checking in<br />

on others can help them to feel less isolated and alone. Also, having<br />

a conversation with them may help to come up with a solution for<br />

relieving stress.<br />

Remember, it is not a race to ease back into society. Take your time,<br />

make sure others know where you stand, don’t do anything you feel<br />

uncomfortable doing, and keep checking in on others. If you are a<br />

Franklin County resident age 60 years or older and may need assistance,<br />

please contact the Franklin County Office on Aging at<br />

614-525-6200 to learn about the programs and services available to<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Fourth of <strong>July</strong> parade<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Chalk it up to art<br />

Cristy Duckworth (left) and Kristin<br />

Figliola (right) of the city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s Community Affairs<br />

Department recently created a series<br />

of chalk art images on the walking<br />

path of <strong>Groveport</strong> Park, 7370<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road. The idea was for<br />

people to come and pose with the<br />

chalk art and then email their photos<br />

to cduckworth@groveport.org so the<br />

photos could be posted on the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall website and<br />

Facebook pages.<br />

Farmers’ Market<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Farmers’ Market will be<br />

held on Tuesdays through Sept. 14 from 4-<br />

7 p.m. at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Middle School<br />

Central, 751 Main St.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Marie Kujawski<br />

The “Ladies of Guam” marched in the<br />

parade wearing their traditional costumes.<br />

See additional <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Fourth of <strong>July</strong> parade photos<br />

at columbusmessenger.com<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> celebrated the<br />

Fourth of <strong>July</strong> this year on <strong>July</strong> 3 with a<br />

parade down Main Street, music, and fireworks.<br />

The American Legion Robert<br />

Dutro Post 486 honor guard lead the<br />

parade.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Cruiser cheerleaders<br />

revved up the crowd during the parade.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Marie Kujawski<br />

Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and<br />

President Abraham Lincoln joined the<br />

parade.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh Short and his<br />

sidekick, the Facebook sensation “Bendi,”<br />

delighted the crowd along the parade route.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Marie Kujawski<br />

A bit of Halloween snuck into the parade<br />

this year as some monstrous characters,<br />

representing the <strong>Groveport</strong> Haunted Park,<br />

held in October, loomed over the crowd.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

In recognition of <strong>Groveport</strong> and Madison<br />

Township’s farming roots, Larry Dowler<br />

drove his vintage John Deere tractor in<br />

the parade.


Recently, the Madison Christian High<br />

School baseball team, coached by Jason<br />

Hovance, wanted to give back to the Obetz<br />

community for its continued generosity and<br />

support of the Madison Christian baseball<br />

teams, especially for the use of the athletic<br />

facilities for their home games during the<br />

spring season for several years now.<br />

According to Madison Christian offi-<br />

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grade and 5th — 6th grade (age/grade as of<br />

cials, after consulting with Madison<br />

KidsFest <strong>2021</strong><br />

<strong>2021</strong>-22 school year). Cost is $55 for<br />

Christian varsity boys basketball coach<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Department , <strong>Groveport</strong> residents and $65 for non-residents.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Community Affairs Department,<br />

Practices begin in mid-late August<br />

and the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police will host KidsFest Games will be played in September and<br />

<strong>2021</strong> on Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon in October. Volunteer coaches are needed. For<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Park, 7370 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road. information contact Kelly Carter at 614-<br />

This free event includes Touch-A-Truck, 836-1000 ext. 1512 or<br />

Cops-N-Kids, Back to School Fest, and document<br />

kcarter@groveport.org.<br />

shredding. For information visit<br />

groveport.rec.com.<br />

Youth soccer<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Department<br />

is holding Youth Fall Soccer League registration<br />

between <strong>July</strong> 1 and Aug. 1 at the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center, 7370<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road. Online registration is also<br />

available at www.groveportrec.com. The<br />

following divisions are offered: age 4.5 to<br />

kindergarten, 1st — 2nd grade, 3rd — 4th<br />

MOCAL Coach of the Year<br />

Madison Christian School varsity baseball<br />

coach Jason Hovance was recently<br />

named the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic<br />

League (MOCAL) Coach of the Year. He<br />

was nominated and selected by fellow<br />

coaches.<br />

“Jason is a blessing to the program,”<br />

said Madison Christian School Athletic<br />

Director Andy Scholz. “He has really<br />

focused on using the game of baseball to<br />

teach life skills and has encouraged his<br />

players to use their talents to glorify God.”<br />

Hovance has coached baseball at<br />

Madison Christian School for five years<br />

and also currently serves as a school board<br />

member.<br />

(Information provided by Madison<br />

Christian School for this and the following<br />

news brief.)<br />

MCS baseball team<br />

helps Obetz Food Pantry<br />

Mike Kimbler (who is also a village of<br />

Obetz council member) regarding ways to<br />

give back, the baseball team partnered<br />

with K&M Market in Obetz (owned by<br />

Madison Christian parent, Joe Groom) to<br />

purchase food items for the Obetz Food<br />

Pantry. For information on the Obetz Food<br />

Pantry, call 614-491-4546.<br />

Lithopolis Honeyfest<br />

The Lithopolis Honeyfest will be held<br />

Sept. 10 from 3-7 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 10<br />

a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Lithopolis. The<br />

event features bee beards, beekeepers, art,<br />

music, honey bake-off, Ohio Honey Show,<br />

honey extracting, hive inspection, junior<br />

beekeeping, American Honey Princess,<br />

food trucks, photo contest, honey, and<br />

honey tasting. Admission is free. For information<br />

visit lithopolishoneyfest.com.<br />

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INFORMATION<br />

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8/1 A<br />

CARPET CLEANING<br />

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Specializing in Pet Odors<br />

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272-5422<br />

CONCRETE<br />

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Epoxy/Overlay Floors<br />

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www.hastingsnsons.com<br />

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Hot Tub/Shed Pads,<br />

Stamped/colored concrete<br />

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614-756-1754<br />

hastingsandsons.<br />

columbus@gmail.com<br />

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* Concrete * Foundations<br />

* Waterlines * Drains<br />

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614-749-2167<br />

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excavating@yahoo.com<br />

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CONSTRUCTION<br />

Quality Concrete Work<br />

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,<br />

Block Work & Excavation<br />

Stamp Patios,<br />

Bsmt. Wall Restoration<br />

35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.<br />

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GUTTERS<br />

Bates & Sons<br />

GUTTER CLEANING<br />

5 ★ Google Reviews<br />

614-586-3417<br />

HOME<br />

IMPROVEMENTS<br />

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& Electric<br />

Install Hot Water Tanks,<br />

Dishwashers & Disposals<br />

Also Fencing &<br />

Interior/Exterior Painting<br />

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.<br />

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614-284-2100<br />

INFORMATION<br />

LOOK TO<br />

THE PROFESSIONALS<br />

IN OUR<br />

SERVICE DIRECTORY<br />

For Service<br />

“That Is Out Of This World”<br />

8/1 A<br />

8/1 A/M<br />

7/18 A<br />

HOME<br />

IMPROVEMENTS<br />

KLAUSMAN HOME<br />

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EPA Certified<br />

Member of BBB<br />

Financing Available<br />

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.<br />

Licensed-Bonded-Insured<br />

Owner & Operator<br />

James 614-419-7500<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

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Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.<br />

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.<br />

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Member BBB Of Cent. OH<br />

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614-419-3977<br />

or 614-863-9912<br />

HOME<br />

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Home Repairs, Roofing,<br />

Siding, Gutters, Soffits,<br />

Misc. Int. Repairs<br />

Int. Painting<br />

Call Joe 614-778-1460<br />

37 Years Exp.<br />

HOME<br />

REMODELING<br />

Interior Remodels<br />

Room Additions<br />

Roofing & Concrete<br />

Free Estimates<br />

614-419-5848<br />

Handyman Remodeling<br />

Over 35 yrs exp.<br />

Larry 614-376-7006<br />

LAWN CARE<br />

The Lawn Barber<br />

Cut, Trim, Blow away<br />

Hedge Trimming, Edging<br />

Garden Tilling<br />

614-935-1466<br />

LET US MAINTAIN<br />

YOUR LAWN & GARDEN<br />

FOR YOU<br />

Summer, Spring,<br />

Winter or Fall<br />

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Lawn Cuts, Edging,<br />

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,<br />

Mulching, Hauling,<br />

Garden Pond &<br />

Home Maint.<br />

Free Ests. Low Rates<br />

$20 & Up<br />

Kevin - 614-905-3117<br />

Classified Services<br />

8/1<br />

A/M<br />

7/18 A<br />

PEST<br />

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Locally Owned & Operated. Any Pest. Anytime.<br />

$<br />

50 00 OFF Service<br />

Expires <strong>July</strong> 11, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Free Termite Inspection<br />

LAWN CARE<br />

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Landscaping<br />

Give us a call for your<br />

yards that need mowing,<br />

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614-378-1237<br />

MOVING<br />

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Moving<br />

Local Moving since 1956<br />

Bonded and Insured<br />

614-299-6683<br />

614-263-0649<br />

Celebrating<br />

over 60 yrs<br />

in business<br />

PAINTING<br />

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Incl: Painting • Stucco,<br />

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Call Today! 614-235-1819<br />

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CHRIS’<br />

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

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8/1 A&M<br />

7/18 A<br />

PEST<br />

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PLASTERING<br />

DRYW<br />

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PLASTER<br />

7/18<br />

A&M<br />

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Textured Ceilings<br />

614-551-6963<br />

Residential/Commercial<br />

BIA<br />

POWER WASHING<br />

MDB POWERWASH<br />

We Specialize In Decks.<br />

Clean, stain, reseal,<br />

revitalize any deck.<br />

Quality work at fair prices.<br />

Guarantee All Work 3 Yrs.<br />

25 Yrs Exp. Free Est.<br />

614-327-9425<br />

Bates & Sons<br />

Soft Wash & Powerwash<br />

5 ★ Google Reviews<br />

614-586-3417<br />

MRS. POWERWASH<br />

Any house wash $149+tax<br />

Single deck $69+tax<br />

2 Tier deck $99+tax<br />

Best Wash in Town<br />

Over 45,000 washes<br />

Ashley 614-771-3892<br />

ROOFING<br />

Robinson roofing & repairs<br />

30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.<br />

resident. Lic./bonded/Ins.<br />

Reas rates. Member of<br />

BBB. Dennis Robinson<br />

614-330-3087, 732-3100<br />

TREE SERVICES<br />

BURNS TREE SERVICE<br />

Trimming, Removal &<br />

Stump Grinding.<br />

614-584-2164<br />

Brewer & Sons Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming 7/18<br />

A&M<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568<br />

8/1 A<br />

8/1 A&M


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