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August 8-21, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLII, No. 13
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Ashten Blair takes a break from taking care of chickens he raises for eggs and
competition at the Franklin County Fair.
Blair excels at county fair
By Linda Dillman
City Slickers 4-H Club member Ashten
Blair’s hard work raising three pens filled
with chickens and getting them ready for
competition was rewarded with 12 ribbons
from first place to a Reserve Champion at
the Franklin County Fair in July.
While it was not the Hamilton
Township teen’s first fair competition–he
previously competed against his sister—
this year he earned six first place ribbons
for his chickens, showmanship, and a
book; one second place award for a hen
pair; a third place ribbon for a pair of
hens; and three third place awards. He
was also named Reserve Champion for
breeding and egg production-fancy poultry.
When asked why he chose poultry as
his 4-H project, he said, “I selected chickens
because that was the only animal I
had to show” and admitted the most challenging
aspect of raising them is cleaning
out their living quarters. “The most fun
part is watching how they interact and
establish their pecking order and seeing
the different color of eggs they produce.”
His daily routine starts in the morning
when he feeds his 60 chickens and gives
them water before letting them out to
roam free around his grandparents’ property.
“The best part is they put themselves
to bed,” said Blair. “I just have to shut the
door after I collect any eggs at night. I
raise them throughout the year.”
Ashten’s grandmother, Terri Blair,
said it is wonderful watching her grandson
take on the responsibility of raising
the many different breeds of chickens, as
well as keeping good grades in school.
“He has been doing this for a couple of
years, but as you get older in 4-H and are
showing, there is more commitment when
you are showing,” said Terri, who said
Ashten journals on a weekly basis about
his chickens and is required to know every
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Hamilton Schools to
require masks on buses
By Linda Dillman
In response to the current escalation in
positive COVID-19 cases, and in consultation
with federal, local and state health
departments, Hamilton Local School bus
riders are now required to wear a face
mask while aboard district transportation.
“…per federal mandate, masks are
required for all public transportation,
including school bus transportation, until
at least Sept. 13,” reported Hamilton
Schools Superintendent Mark Tyler on
July 28. “For our Ranger Bridge and athletic
participants, this will require all bus
riders to wear a mask on the school bus.
Once students are off the bus, they may
follow our school guidance as we currently
recommend, but do not require students to
wear a mask inside buildings.”
Staff and students will not be asked to
show proof of vaccination and while masks
throughout the district are recommended,
currently they are not required. Fans
attending Ranger sporting events are also
not required to wear a mask.
“Our plan as of now is to be back to normal
in all athletic venues in our district,”
said Public Relations Director Kaitlin
Duncan. “All venues fall under our district
plan. Masks are recommended but not
During the Aug. 2 Hamilton Board of
Education meeting, board members discussed
a proposed resolution outlining
steps the district would take in following
CDC guidelines regarding mitigation
strategies if districtwide community transmission
levels exceed 50 new cases per
100,000 population over a seven-day period
or COVID test positivity rates exceed
seven percent in Franklin County or the
state of Ohio.
Both would be rescinded within 14 days
when either cases in the district fall below
the 50 case threshold and/or county/state
cases fall below and maintain a level of less
than seven percent.
“The resolution from the board meeting
last night was tabled,” said Duncan. “It is
an item for consideration, but the district
is not doing anything with it at this time.”
To obtain transmission data, Duncan
said district leadership looks at data within
the zip code, but with a concentrated
focus on the perspective of local cases
reported from the school.
According to Duncan and the Ranger
Restart program regarding safe social distancing,
“We will be mindful of each area
the students are in throughout the school
day to limit the number of close contacts.
(However) transportation falls under a
mandate from the CDC.”
Hamilton Local Schools is providing
COVID-19 test kits to anyone on quarantine
or who is symptomatic of the virus, as
long as the supply of kits is available. The
test is voluntary and can be taken at home.
According to the district, to date,
COVID-19 has infected more than 138,000
Franklin County residents, 21,000 of
which were primarily school-aged children
(under the age of 20) and has taken the life
of more than 1,700 people in the community.
Recommendations for the school year
can be found in the Ranger Restart guide at
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Slate Run Historical Farm celebrates its 40th birthday
By Rick Palsgrove
History will be having a birthday party down on the
Metro Parks’ Slate Run Living Historical Farm. - located
at 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester - will
celebrate its 40th anniversary with an “Ice Cream Social
and Anniversary” program on Aug. 21 from 1-3 p.m. The
farm will also be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day. There
is no cost for admission or for the activities at the working
farm, which is a historical representation of a typical Ohio
small farm in the 1880s.
“There will be games and activities representative of
the time,” said Ann Culek, farm program manager at Slate
Run Living Historical Farm. “We are delighted to welcome
storyteller Adele Browne, who was one of our original volunteers,
to provide some entertainment.”
Culek said the event is an ice cream social, so enjoy a
“Sorry, it’s not homemade,” said Culek. “We hope visitors
appreciate the advantages of 2021, when you can just
run to the grocery store and buy a gallon of ice cream to
keep in the freezer for whenever you want it. In the 1880s,
ice cream was a special treat.”
Consider all the steps necessary to make ice cream in
“First, a trip to an ice house for a chunk of ice harvested
from a local pond or canal from the previous winter to
crush, then milking the cow and skimming the cream, getting
eggs from the chickens to add into custard cooked
carefully over a wood burning cookstove, and then cranking
the ice cream freezer for about an hour before you
enjoyed the treat,” said Culek. “Hopefully everyone will
enjoy their visit here, but, along with the fun we hope you
have and the memories you make, the farm can get you
thinking, just a bit, about how you live now compared to
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A golden wheat field is a beautiful sight and its appearance
in July means it is grain threshing season at Metro
Parks’ Slate Run Living Historical Farm, 1375 State
Route 674 N., near Canal Winchester. Each July the
farm workers use a 19th century era horse powered
threshing machine to separate the seed heads of
wheat, oats, barley and rye from straw stalks. Our 19th
and early 20th century Central Ohio farming ancestors
used a machine similar to this. The wheat is planted in
October, lies dormant in the winter, grows again in the
spring, and ripens in July when it is harvested. After
threshing, the wheat is sold for profit, fed to livestock,
and some is saved for seed. Pictured here, wheat stalks
are tossed into the thresher from the farm wagon.
Threshing is hot, dusty work. One worker stands atop a
wagon piled high with wheat and uses a pitchfork to
toss the wheat to another who runs it through the
thresher. After the wheat is separated the straw flies
out a chute where another worker piles it up.
about after Metro Parks purchased the land for it
over a period of years in the 1960s.
“The idea of a living historical farm started to
form around the American bicentennial in 1976
and, after research and extensive restoration, Slate
Run Living Historical Farm opened to the public in
1981,” said Culek.
According to Culek, Metro Parks opened the
farm so the public could compare how land in
Central Ohio was managed through time.
“Many Ohioans lived on farms throughout the
19th century and the time period of the 1880s was
chosen as a time of great transformation in how
farming was done and before the large migration of
people to the cities,” said Culek. “It gives visitors a
glimpse into lifestyles, technology, and choices
available to a Central Ohio farm family in the 1880s
and a way to compare the way we live now with
those some who came before.”
Workers at the farm try to show that change is a
constant and all people from all eras and backgrounds
adapt to it.
“Sometimes changes improve our lives, some
aspects complicate it,” said Culek. “It makes me
chuckle to hear visitors lament how life in the 1880s
was so hard and they would never have survived,
and it was very different in some aspects compared
to ours. But the people who lived on this farm were
so proud of their modern lifestyle: a cook stove versus
a fireplace, the new fangled steam engines and
improved steel farm equipment that made their
lives far easier than those of their grandparents
“The idea of a living historical farm started to form
around the American bicentennial in 1976 and, after
research and extensive restoration, Slate Run Living
Historical Farm opened to the public in 1981.”
- Ann Culek
farm program manager
Slate Run Living Historical Farm
When asked how the farm has changed over the past 40
years, Culek said it has gotten better with age in many
“When newly opened, the trees were immature, the
land bulldozed, and new fences installed,” said Culek.
“After 40 years it looks settled and I think very realistic.
Even with 40 years of knowledge about a family farm in
the 1880s, there is always something new the staff and volunteers
learn to compare and contrast the lifestyles of
those from the past to share with modern visitors.”
She said especially helpful is original source material
like newspapers and books available on the Internet.
“The staff once spent hours at in-person auctions and
antique stores and now we find many items on eBay or
through online searches,” said Culek.
The farm is an good place to bring people of all ages as
there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn.
“The toys and games, the no admission charge, and the
animals are some of the main draws,” said Culek. “It is
generally a quiet place that offers a break from your electronics
and a chance to be outside and engage with your
friends and family. It is heartening to see how much fun
some families have just shelling corn, poking through the
garden, and playing on the swing.”
Culek said a favorite aspect of the farm for all the staff
and volunteers who work there is the connections made
“Sometimes it is the ‘light bulb’ moment of realizing
milk is warm when it comes out of the cow,” said Culek. “It
is fun to see people try something for the first time, like
digging a potato out of the ground. We also learn from our
visitors who come from all parts of the community, from
around the United States, and sometimes the world. Their
stories and experiences will be part of history some day.
We feel it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work at
Slate Run Living Historical Farm and to have so many
positive interactions with visitors.”
Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical Farm workers
Natelle Ball (left) and Donna Abel working at the cast
iron stove in the 1880s era farmhouse kitchen.
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Historic canal trail to pass through Groveport and Lockbourne
By Rick Palsgrove
Communities up and down the length of the old Ohio
and Erie Canal are getting ready to celebrate their canal
history and the creation of the new driving trail that highlights
The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, Inc., and its partner
communities recently announced the development of the
new Ohio and Erie Canal Southern Descent Heritage Trail
from Buckeye Lake to Portsmouth.
Groveport will hold its kickoff event, Groveport Canal
Day: Celebrating Our Heritage Along the Southern
Descent Trail, for the trail on Sept. 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. It will include refreshments
and possibly acoustic music entertainment.
Heritage Park will serve as the starting point for people to
venture out to view other canal sites in town including the
Sharp’s Landing building across from the Groveport
Cemetery; a canal mural inside KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road;
the Groveport Heritage Museum in Town Hall, 648 Main
St.; Lock 22 in Groveport Park; canal channel remnants in
Blacklick Park, and more. Visitors may walk to the sites or
use a shuttle to Lock 22 provided by the city of Groveport.
“Any time we can do things to preserve our heritage I’m
all for it,” said Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp. “The
recent National Register of Historic Places designation for
Lock 22 as part of Ohio & Erie Canal Southern Descent
Historic District is also a chance to showcase our community
as a welcoming and interesting place for people to
The village of Lockbourne’s kickoff event is Sept. 25
from 2-6 p.m. at Locke Meadow Park, 154 Commerce St.
“We don’t have all the details worked out yet,” said
Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward. “I will share them once
they are finalized. In the meantime, this is our plan. We
will have guided hikes along the Magnolia Trail, a talk on
the history of the Ohio & Erie Canal and Lockbourne’s significance
during the canal days, activities and games for
the children, chili cook off, and hopefully a live band.”
Additionally, Ward said Lockbourne was chosen as one
of the trailheads for the Ohio and Erie Canal Southern
Descent Heritage Trail “because of the many locks in and
near the village and because of the nearby Columbus
“Places like Groveport should be celebrated for their
history. Lockbourne is the only place one can see remnants
of the Columbus Feeder Canal,” said Ohio and Erie Canal
Southern Descent Heritage Trail Project Director Cathy
Nelson. “The beauty of this project is all the time and effort
put into it by people in the 25 communities along the trail.
Canal history is important because the canal opened up
the world for people in Ohio who lived near it.”
About the trail
The 114 mile driving trail of the The Ohio & Erie Canal
Southern Descent Historic District begins at the southern
edge of Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County. It includes
Bibler lock 8 in Baltimore; locks 11, 12, and 13 in
Lockville; lock 22 in Groveport; locks 26, 27, 29, and 30 in
and near Lockbourne; and remnants of the Columbus
Feeder just west of Lockbourne in Franklin County.
In Pickaway County the trail passes lock 31 in Millport
and includes Canal Park in Circleville. In Scioto County
the trail continues south through Rushtown at lock 48 and
lock 50 in West Portsmouth and ends at lock 55,
west of downtown Portsmouth at the Ohio River.
All of these canal locks, with the exception of
lock 55, are listed in the National Register of
Historic Places. Work to list lock 55 is underway.
The locks’ function was to raise and lower water
levels for canal boats to meet the changing level of
Residents and visitors can learn the story of this
important transportation route as they follow the
driving trail. Creation of the trail, which will be
launched this fall, is being funded by the Canal
Society of Ohio and Ohio Humanities grants.
Promoting the trail
Nelson said a website page about the trail project
will soon be up and running at seeohiofirst.org.
She said it will include historical narratives about
the 25 communities along the trail as well as information
about places of historical merit and points
of interest in each town.
According to Nelson, signage marking the canal
sites and trails in the various communities will be
the responsibility of the various municipalities.
However, each community will receive one interpretive
sign that explains how a canal lock works.
She said the various signage will provide continuity
and connectivity along the trail for visitors.
“People love transportation history and will travel
to areas to see canal remnants and sites,” Nelson
said. “These visitors enhance local economies by
bringing in tourism dollars to communities. A historic
corridor people can visit is fabulous for the
towns near where these locks and other canal features
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said the city
will help promote the trail on its Facebook pages and website
and work on providing signage as well as maintaining
historic Lock 22 in Groveport Park.
For information about the Ohio and Erie Canal
Southern Descent Heritage Trail, contact project director
Cathy Nelson at email@example.com.
The Ohio and Erie Canal was completed between 1827-
32 and wound 308 miles through Ohio connecting Lake
Erie at Cleveland to the Ohio River in Portsmouth. The
canal, a man-made waterway that was an engineering
marvel, was built to enhance transportation and shipping
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“Jungle Cruise” embraces fun and silliness
Dwayne Johnson may get a lot of criticism
thrown his way for his inability to act
on a level beyond ‘pleasant man,’ ‘sarcastic
man,’ and ‘vaguely annoyed man,’ but
where he is able to surpass his more talented
peers is with his ability to sell a movie.
Since his surprisingly successful transition
from professional wrestler with a
sharp eyebrow game to a bona fide movie
star and box office draw, he has been featured
in plenty of trash films, but he is
almost always the best thing about said
It could be due to his charisma, which
rolls off the screen like sweat coming down
his well-shaped head (or biceps and chest,
depending on the film), but I think it has
more to do with his presentation of the
material. It always seems like he is having
a great time doing his job, no matter how
awful the plot, dialogue or anything else
that is giving off a rotten stench.
Because of this endearing quality, I
make it a point to check out his latest project
(though I still regret wasting my time
on “Baywatch”) and that is what put me
into the path of “Jungle Cruise.”
As it is loosely based on the adventure
ride in Disneyland, I admit I had low
expectations for this film. In general,
movies based on amusement rides raise my
bad film antenna so I was suspicious of this
one, even with the added presence of some
truly fantastic actors like Emily Blunt,
Paul Giamatti, Jesse Plemons and Edgar
Shockingly, my initial assessment was
mostly wrong. Though “Jungle Cruise” is
dumb, it is the best kind of dumb film. It
knows how silly it is, wholeheartedly
embraces that silliness, and just has fun
with the nonsensical twists and turns within.
The mood in this film is a bit infectious,
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and I couldn’t stop
myself from liking it.
Taking place in the
early 1900s, it begins
with Blunt’s character,
Dr. Lily Houghton,
who is on a life’s quest
to locate an ancient
artifact that could
lead her to a mystical
tree in the Amazon.
Believing in the legend
of its incredible healing properties, she
has sought sponsors to fund an expedition
in order to “revolutionize science” but has
been rebuffed at every turn solely for her
Believing her brother MacGregor (Jack
Whitehall) may have better luck at appealing
to the funds of men, she enlists him to
give her presentation in her stead; instead,
that plan goes belly up when he smudges
her notes and nerves start to get the best of
him. Reminding him via notes to stall to
give her time, she breaks into the antiquities
room at the all-male university to look
for the relic.
Because this is a movie where things go
wrong often, things go wrong during her
quasi-heist. Luckily, she is as plucky as
Evelyn Carnahan in “The Mummy” and is
able to snatch that treasure before a mysterious
man with a mysterious accent
(Plemons) is able to get his hands on it.
Though concerned by this turn of events
but not too terribly, Lily and MacGregor
jettison off to the Amazon where she enlists
swindler Frank Wolff (Johnson) to lead
them upriver on his boat La Quila. For his
part, he tries to get Lily to change her mind
as the waters are treacherous and the legend
nothing but a myth, but she is undeterred.
Shortly after beginning their journey,
the odd boat fellows (the sarcastic man
with a love for puns, the educated woman
who prefer pants, and the other man who is
far out of his depths and comforts) discover
that they are not the only ones on this
quest to find the mystical tree. Now, not
only do they have to compete with that
mysterious man with the mysterious
accent who mysteriously has a submarine,
but also an army of cursed conquistadors
who are determined to get the petals of
that tree for their own nefarious purpose.
There is a lot of exposition on the myths
and legends featured in this film and, at
times, it becomes too bogged down in its
own storytelling. But despite however
many times the legend is reiterated, the
film manages to provide plenty of fun
despite those writing hiccups. This
strength can largely be attributed to the
cast, and not just its main stars of Johnson
and Blunt though they are great, and great
together in a buddy cop kind of way.
Everyone in this film seems like they
are having a great time with their roles —
whether they are doing a cameo bit like
Giamatti who plays businessman who
teaches his parrot to tattle on Frank, or a
larger part like Plemons who hams up his
man of mystery — and that, in turn, creates
a fun experience for the audience. And that
is really what “Jungle Cruise” is as its core:
a willfully fun movie that permits the audience
to get on in the fun action too.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
Primary election winners
Republican Mike Carey topped a field of 11 candidates in the
Aug. 3 primary election to select candidates to run for Ohio’s U.S.
15th Congressional District seat.
Also, Democrat Allison Russo defeated Greg Betts and will run
against Carey to see who will fill the seat that was left vacant
when former U.S. Representative Steve Stivers, a Republican,
resigned on May 16 to serve as president and CEO of the Ohio
Chamber of Commerce. The primary winners in their respective
parties will face off against each other in the general election on
Carey defeated John Adams, Eric Clark, Thad Cooperrider,
Ruth Edmonds, Ron Hood, Thomas Hwang, Stephanie Kunze, Jeff
LaRe, Bob Peterson, and Omar Tarazi.
The Ohio 15th Congressional District includes Clinton,
Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and
Vinton counties as well as parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and
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Searching for Obetz history
Efforts being made to gather
artifacts and stories of town’s past
By Linda Dillman
Obetz resident Bonnie Wiley wants to preserve the
history and heritage of her beloved hometown and
ensure the village’s story can be handed down from
generation to generation.
“The history of Obetz contributes to its personality,”
said Wiley, who is also a member of Obetz Village
Council. “Preserving the history through its historic
resources gives it character. Historic preservation provides
the link to roots and its people. In the end, historic
preservation adds to the quality of life, cultural,
economic, environmental and educational benefits.'
To Wiley, all of the aforementioned aspects connect
to one another and to the living memory of the village
through its people, their memories and artifacts as
simple as a grade card from the long-gone Obetz
“Historic preservation in Obetz helps keep communities
beautiful and vibrant,” said Wiley. “It is an
ingredient in stabilizing older communities and gives
residents and businesses a stake in their community.
It also encourages a sense of belonging and community
Wiley, along with other like-minded village residents
such as local historian Joyce Blake, are spearheading
an effort to collect artifacts and oral and written
Obetz had its beginnings in the early 19th century
when families of Pennsylvania German immigrants
and other nationalities settled in the area and set up
homesteads and farms.
In 1838, Charles Obetz and his family put down
roots in the area and later lent their name to the town
then known as Obetz Junction, which was also
inspired by the intersection of the Norfolk and
Western and Hocking Valley railroads.
As the area grew, a village was laid out on the old
Obetz farm in 1909 and an electric interurban railway
traction line ran through the area. When the Scioto
Valley Traction was discontinued, Junction was
dropped from the name and the village was incorporated
as Obetz in 1928.
The former Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, now
owned by the village, was built in 1873 and is the only
19th century church still standing in Obetz.
Wiley said people are invited to share their memories
on the “I Remember Obetz” page on Facebook and
drop off any artifacts or other information to Blake at
4229 Lancaster Ave., or by calling Blake at 614-406-
Artifact donations can be as simple as a yearbook,
photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, oral or written
histories, old store receipts from local businesses,
church flyers, pottery, tools, etc.
“Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow said, ‘All history is
local’ and that is what we are looking for,” said Wiley,
who said there are plans to one day house historical
donations in a dedicated space in town and publish a
book of Obetz history.
Obetz Farmers’ Market
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The Obetz Farmers’ Market is held on the first Wednesday of
the month through August from 4-7 p.m. For information call 614-
The 2021 Obetz Zucchinifest will be held Sept. 3-6. The event
will feature food, music, rides, and entertainment at Fortress
Obetz, 2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz.
More information about the festival will be released when it is
available. Visit www.obetzzucchinifest.com.
The Lithopolis Honeyfest will be held Sept. 10 from 3-7 p.m.
and Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Lithopolis. The
event features bee beards, beekeepers, art, music, honey bake-off,
Ohio Honey Show, honey extracting, hive inspection, junior beekeeping,
American Honey Princess, food trucks, photo contest,
honey, and honey tasting. Admission is free. For information visit
Rice an Ashbrook Scholar
Taylor Rice, a recent graduate of Hamilton Township High
School was selected to be an Ashbrook Scholar, according to the
Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. The top-rated academic
program includes an annual and renewable scholarship to attend
Ashland University. The Ashbrook Scholar Program is an honors
program for undergraduates studying political science, history, or
political economy at Ashland University.
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Strength and determination
Messenger photos by Theresa Garee
James Spurgin of Columbus grabbed a one-arm overhead press record at 173
pounds while competing at America’s Strongest Athlete with Disabilities event at
Fortress Obetz on July 24. Spurgin has competed in strongman for six years.
Spurgin has competed in Norway at World Strongest Disabled Man and holds the
world record for the one-arm deadlift at 670 pounds.
Michael Painter of Ravenna performs a
car deadlift at the America’s Strongest
Athlete with Disabilities event at
Fortress Obetz. Painter, a competitor in
the one-arm standing division, lost his
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August 8, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 7
High School Football 2021
7 p.m. Aug. 20..........................Groveport
7 p.m. Aug. 27...........at Central Crossing
7 p.m. Sept. 3.................................Hartley
7 p.m. Sept. 10..at Worthington Kilbourne
7 p.m. Sept. 17...............Franklin Heights
7 p.m. Sept. 24................at Dublin Scioto
7 p.m. Oct. 1.............at Westerville North
7 p.m. Oct. 8.................Westerville South
7 p.m. Oct. 15..............at Delaware Hayes
7 p.m. Oct. 22...........................Big Walnut
7 p.m. Aug. 20.....................Franklin Heights
7 p.m. Aug. 27........................Independence
7 p.m. Sept. 3...........................................TBA
7 p.m. Sept. 10..........................at Logan Elm
7 p.m. Sept. 17........................Fairfield Union
7 p.m. Sept. 24........................at Teays Valley
7 p.m. Oct. 1...............at Amanda-Clearcreek
7 p.m. Oct. 8....................................Circleville
7 p.m. Oct. 15.......................at Liberty Union
7 p.m. Oct. 22...........................Bloom-Carroll
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part of a chicken. “He put in the time
to know these, without anybody
helping him. He has learned the
importance of maintaining a routine,
setting goals, making a commitment,
and the follow-through that is important
to achieve these goals.”
Terri said balancing everything is
not always easy because of other
activities in which Ashten is
involved. He started running with
his grandmother when he turned
four and now participates in half
marathons. He also plays soccer,
hunts, and goes bow shooting with
While keeping chickens takes
work and dedication, Terri said there
are perks as well.
“Eggs are definitely the best benefit
for me, but watching the behaviors
of the different chickens with
each other can be so fun to watch.
They each have their own personality
and there is a pecking order for
sure,” said Terri, who said chicken
waste is used to amend garden soil.
“They all have names, so they are
pets and we allow them to stay
(beyond their egg laying years) until
their last breath. We are always
adding to our flock every few years
because Ashten likes to take different
breeds to the fair. We even have
one that lays Easter (colored) eggs.”
By Linda Dillman
Commercial drivers using Obetz
roads to park or store their vehicles may
soon need to find an alternative because
of rising complaints about the practice.
“I’ve had several complaints about
trailer parking on residential roads,”
said Obetz Mayor Angie Kirk during a
July 26 Obetz Village Council meeting.
“I think we need an ordinance to get
them off the road, along with semis,”
said Kirk. “I had several calls and it’s
not just one neighborhood, but several.”
Concerns include blocked driveways,
obscured street views and the inability
of emergency vehicles to drive through.
“You cannot block someone’s driveway,”
said Kirk. “I’ve asked Gene (Law
Director Gene Hollins) to look if there’s
already something on the books or to
come up with something. We need to
take a look at this in our neighborhoods.”
Councilwoman Bonnie Wiley suggested
the village might be able to find a
place for drivers to park their semis that
is not located in a neighborhood setting.
“We did have semis in the neighborhood
in the last couple of weeks,” said
Police Chief Michael Confer.
By Rick Palsgrove
Ranger golf returns!
The Hamilton Township High School
Rangers are fielding boys and girls golf teams
this season after a 15-year absence.
“We felt it was a good time to start a team
based on the increased interest from students,”
said Hamilton Township Athletic Director Ryan
Fitzgerald. “Any time we can give students the
opportunity to participate and compete in athletics
is always a positive.”
Fitzgerald said Hamilton Township used to
have a golf team dating back a few decades ago.
“They used to play at the course that was once
located at Rickenbacker,” said Fitzgerald. “There
has not been a team for about 15 years though.”
He said, as of late July, there are around 12
boys and girls combined on the golf teams.
The Ranger golfers will play their “home”
matches at Upper Lansdowne. The teams’
schedules are still being finalized.
“Some schools within our league are working
to add us to their schedule still at this point,”
said Fitzgerald. “While there may possibly be
additional matches added, the dates listed
below are Mid-State League Tournament dates
that Hamilton Township will compete in. The
girls have fewer MSL tournaments because the
league creates a dual match schedule for the
girls and not the boys.”
The schedule thus far:
•Boys golf: Aug. 10 - Crown Hill; Aug. 21 -
Turnberry; Sept. 2 - Lancaster CC (varsity only);
and Sept. 23 - Denison.
•Girls golf: Aug. 11 - Turnberry; Sept. 22 -
When asked what the prospects for success
will be for the Ranger golf teams this season,
Ranger Golf Coach Art Short said, “Success for
these new teams is just to be able to compete in
this sport on a High School level again after so
many years without a chance to participate. I
decided to bring golf back to Hamilton Township
as it’s one of the only sports that is a true map
for the coming life. Some days you have bad
shots and some days you have good…the key is
that you keep playing and don’t give up!”
Short said the captain of the girls team is
senior Lauren Sarakaitis.
“She is not only an experienced player but a
boost and great help to all the other players and
truly leads by example,” said Short.
Junior Bryson Short is the boys captain.
“Bryson has been playing since he was age 10
and also has the ability not only to compete but
enjoy the sport and have fun at the same time,”
said Short. “This team has new players to the
sport but as with anything hard work and practice
they will take these skills and knowledge
with them throughout life.”
“Golf is a good sport for young athletes
because much like other sports, it gives them an
opportunity to compete and learn how to deal
with adversity,” said Fitzgerald. “Golf is also a
sport that requires both physical and mental
skills, which youth athletes will benefit from
strengthening in other areas of life. Unlike
some sports, golf is more of a lifelong sport.”
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Foster a dog
The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center will
begin offering individuals in Franklin County the opportunity to
foster shelter dogs while they are still available for direct adoption.
While fostering a dog, it is possible to learn more about how
that dog will act in a home setting, increase the dog’s network of
potential adopters, and give them time out of the shelter to decompress.
Many dogs enter the shelter as stray dogs, so virtually
nothing is known about them. Foster homes provide the opportunity
to learn important details about dogs in the shelter’s care.
Thee dogs also become Instagram and Facebook stars, and the
shelter can learn information that will help find the dog their perfect
Those interested in learning more about the program, and possibly
participating, should visit the shelter website,
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It makes me mad
There is an under served population that is shut
out of offers, discounts, and many other perks of our
technological society because they are not “connected.”
I’m talking about people like my mother, who,
through no fault of her own, is not tethered to the
Internet because of the high cost of a connection or one
of many other viable reasons.
And it makes me mad.
My mother was recently sent a coupon from a new
gas station moving into the central Ohio market for a
considerable per gallon discount for three months.
When she went to the station, a helpful attendant
asked her for her email address to complete the
Needless to say, that process stopped dead in its
tracks because she did not have the requisite email
address. There was no other way for her to complete
the application for the company’s loyalty card without
an association with the Internet.
This is not an isolated incident. It happens on a routine
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Want to sign up for legitimate free offers? Unless
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Franklin County Public Health, in collaboration
with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus
Public Health, was awarded a two-year federally-funded
$3.99 million health literacy grant from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
The primary goal of the project is to reduce
Franklin County COVID-related health disparities
and improve health outcomes among racial and ethnic
minorities, through planning and implementation of a
community health literacy plan.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic many of our
residents have not had the opportunity to receive public
health information in a way that is most helpful to
protect themselves and their loved ones.” said Joe
Mazzola, Franklin County Health Commissioner.
“This grant gives us the opportunity to expand our
health literacy efforts to reduce COVID-related disparities
within racial and ethnic minority populations and
other vulnerable communities.”
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Want to read the latest zoo
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get the best deals on grocery
items at your local store? Digital
coupons are the answer. Have a
complaint, compliment or concern?
More often than not you
have to access the Internet.
And it makes me mad.
The practice is discriminatory
for those without an email
address, old or young. And
because this population of people
are a small minority with limited
access to a much larger population,
they are ignored.
It is not right and it is not fair, but I fear it is a
problem that will be with us as long as there are people
not tethered to technology and the Web.
And it makes me mad.
Linda Dillman is a Messenger staff writer.
Health literacy grant to fight COVID-19
The plan will be developed through a collaborative
process with nearly 20 committed community-based
organization and health partners, including public
health, community health centers, hospitals, and
social service and community health worker organizations
serving racial and ethnic minorities and New
The diverse partners will work together to enhance
existing and future community COVID-19 messaging
to strengthen people’s ability to find, understand, and
use information and services to help them make the
best health-related decisions for themselves and others.
Organizational health literacy expertise will be fostered
using a train-the trainer model, creating a sustainable
infrastructure supported by tailored health
literacy knowledge and skills development and supporting
The work will start immediately.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library has
fully reopened most of its 23 locations following
more than a year of closures and
service disruptions due to the COVID-19
To celebrate, CML will hold a community
open house at each of its 22 open locations
on Aug. 21.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can
enjoy special programs, activities and
refreshments, plus enter raffles for prizes.
CML’s Karl Road Branch is closed
ahead of the grand opening of the new
branch later this summer.
Face coverings are no longer required
for entry into CML locations, however
unvaccinated individuals are asked to continue
to wear them.
CML asks that customers who are experiencing
symptoms of COVID-19, or who
recently tested positive for COVID-19, not
enter any CML buildings.
Curbside pickup remains available as
CML will continue to follow guidelines
provided by local, county and state health
officials and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
The safety of customers and staff is a
priority for the library.
Follow CML on social media (Facebook,
Twitter) and check columbuslibrary.org for
John & Annie Glenn
The Zanesville-Muskingum County
Convention and Visitors Bureau
announced that the John & Annie Glenn
Heritage Trail is now available.
Before he was a four term U.S. Senator,
orbital astronaut, and military test pilot -
John G. Glenn Jr. was a small town
plumber’s son who dreamed of flying someday.
Before her 73-year marriage to John,
moving 24 times and overcoming a disability,
Annie Glenn was a small town dentist’s
daughter with a life-impairing stutter and
a very special boyfriend.
Follow the John & Annie Glenn
Heritage Trail through Zanesville, New
Concord, and Cambridge, Ohio, to celebrate
the life of John Glenn, their namesake
museum and 33 other locations
throughout Guernsey and Muskingum
counties. Visit each stop along the trail to
learn the stories of Ohio’s first worldfamous
astronaut and the woman he called
“the wind beneath my wings.”
Trail stops include the original Glenn
family home (now the John and Annie
Glenn Museum), the National Road “S”
Bridge, Harper’s Cabin, Tom’s Ice Cream
Bowl, Alan Cottrill’s Sculpture, and the Y-
Bridge just to name a few. Learn the history
of each location and its importance to
John and Annie Glenn.
To request a free copy of the John &
Annie Glenn Heritage Trail, call the
Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention
and Visitor Bureau at 740-455-8282 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. View the
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Sound the Alarm
American Red Cross volunteers will
Sound the Alarm in Columbus as part of a
national effort to educate 100,000 people
about home fire safety in high-risk neighborhoods
Columbus area residents are encouraged
to call 844-207-4509 to request a virtual
education appointment and referral to
partner agency for installation of free
“Home fires remain the most frequent
disaster, yet most of us don’t realize we have
just two minutes to safely escape,” said Cory
Paul, executive director of the Greater
Columbus Ohio Chapter. “Our volunteers
can help residents create personal home fire
escape plans and provide them with the critical
information they need to protect themselves
from these everyday disasters.”
Central Ohio residents are also encouraged
to visit SoundTheAlarm.org and
pledge to prepare against home fires.
This work is made possible thanks to
financial donations from Red Cross’ regional
partners: American Electric Power
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August 8, 2021 - MESSENGER - PAGE 11
The city of Groveport will host Third
Thursday, a summer festival series featuring
music, food trucks, vendors, and more.
Third Thursday will take place on:
•Aug. 19 - “Dog Days” with a dog show
and adoptable pets; and
•Sept. 16 - “Fall Kickoff!” with hay
rides, photo backdrop, and free minipumpkins.
Third Thursday hours are 5-7:30 p.m.
at Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road.
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MORPC updates Transportation Public Participation Plan
Public comments on the draft
plan are due by Aug. 25
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has
updated its Public Participation Plan, which lays out
how MORPC — as the federally designated metropolitan
planning organization for the Columbus urbanized
area — reaches out to members of the public for their
input throughout the transportation planning process.
A draft of the plan is now available for review and
comment by the public.
“The Public Participation Plan is designed to provide
the public opportunity to participate in, review,
and comment on the formulation of transportation
policies and plans, such as the Metropolitan
Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement
Program and other transportation programs,” said
Thea Ewing, MORPC Director of Transportation &
As an MPO, MORPC conducts a continuing, cooperative,
and comprehensive transportation planning
process. The transportation planning area for the
MORPC MPO includes Delaware and Franklin counties;
Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County;
New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking
County; and Jerome Township in Union County.
MORPC’s plan includes a structured committee
process, a project-specific process, and a public outreach
and information dissemination effort tailored to
meet specific needs.
“The updated Public Participation Plan includes
changes to ensure that we are taking advantage of new
technology options and reaching many segments of the
population for their feedback,” said Níel Jurist,
MORPC Director of Communications & Engagement.
This process provides a set of procedures to be consistently
and comprehensively applied to incorporate
the public’s involvement, including the planning and
development of the Central Ohio Transit Authority
(COTA) and Delaware County Transit programs and
The public participation process satisfies Section
5307 public involvement requirements for the
Program of Projects.
The draft 2021 Public Participation Plan can be
viewed here. Comments on the draft plan are due by 5
p.m. on Aug. 25, 2021, to Bevan Schneck, MORPC Sr.
Public Affairs Coordinator, via email to
email@example.com or in writing to 111 Liberty
Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215.
The updated Public Participation Plan will be considered
for adoption by MORPC’s transportation committees
at their September meetings.
The plan will then be reviewed by the Ohio
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway
Administration, and Federal Transit Administration
to ensure that full and open access is provided by
MORPC, COTA, and Delaware County Transit in the
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
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than 70 members comprised of counties, cities, villages,
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