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August 22-September 4, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 5

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

The Groveport Madison Cruiser football team is preparing for the upcoming season

with some spirited play at practice this summer. Pictured here is quarterback

Dah’Mieyon Paulin looking down field to pass as he is pursued by a defender. To

see more photos, go to columbusmessenger.com and look under Groveport news.

Cruisers ready for action

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Cruiser football

squad is eager to take on the tough

Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye

Division this season.

“Playing in the OCC will test you as a

player and coach,” said Cruiser head varsity

football coach Mitchell Westcamp.

“Our division starts with Pickerington

Central, and it’s no secret how good they

have been these past few years. If you

want to get out of our region, you have to

go through them. They are as complete

as a team we will face, but at the same

time, we want to play them.”

Westcamp said that, after

Pickerington Central, Reynoldsburg and

Lancaster will be tough matchups for

anybody they play.

“Reynoldsburg looks to be explosive

on offense with the return of their quarterback

and Lancaster brings a physicality

to the game that many can’t match,”

said Westcamp. “Central Crossing

played us really well last year and has

some really good young guys coming up.

Unfortunately we were unable to play

Newark last year, but have played them

over the years and know they will play

with a lot of energy.”

Westcamp likes the Cruisers’

prospects this season.

“We have to play our style of football.”

said Westcamp. “Offensively we need to

continue to be the most physical team on

the field. It’s no secret we don’t like to

play the finesse game offensively and

want to run the ball. If we can take care of

the football, time of possession, and capitalize

on opportunities we are going to

have a good chance to win some games.”

defensively the Cruisers have to play

sound and not give up the big plays.

“We want to force teams to drive the

ball on us and give them the opportunity

to make a mistake,” said Westcamp.

“Overall this is going to be a much

younger and inexperienced team than

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Groveport Madison board

approves spending plan

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

By a 4-1 vote, the Groveport Madison

Board of Education approved a plan to

spend $18.9 million in federal funding.

The district expects to receive the $18.9

million from The Elementary and

Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

(ESSER). The spending plan for the

ESSER 3 funds must be submitted to the

Ohio Department of Education by Aug. 20.

Once the ODE approves the plan the funds

will be released by the federal government

to Groveport Madison. The federal ESSER

3 funds must be spent by September 2024.

The plan includes $4.2 million for a

community center that includes a health

center and $4.6 million for a new bus

garage.

Board member Kathleen Walsh was the

lone dissenting vote. She argued the money

should not go towards a health center and

instead should be used to address student

overcrowding to build a new K-8 school and

improve other school facilities.

At a previous board meeting Walsh

said, “It’s not our job to build a health center.”

Groveport Madison Superintendent

Garilee Ogden said some facility repairs

have been made, including a new roof on a

school and other repairs elsewhere. She

said, while district officials agree on the

need for new schools, spending money on a

new school is not one of the 15 permitted

uses for ESSER 3 funding. She noted that,

even if it was, there is not enough time to

place a bond issue on the November ballot

to fund the additional money needed to

build a new school nor to obtain matching

funds from the Ohio Facilities

Construction Commission.

ESSER 3 spending under the plan

ESSER 3 funding is available to help

safely reopen schools and address the

impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.

District officials said they focused

their ESSER 3 funding plan on: academic

and instructional support; social and emotional

support for students; facilities and

operations; and community supports and

equity. Groveport Madison proposes to

spend the following under the plan:

•$4.6 million for a new bus garage.

“Basically, we’re out of space (at the

existing bus garage located behind the

District Service Center, 4400 Marketing

Place, Groveport), said Groveport Madison

Communications Director Jeff Warner.

The current bus garage would move to

district owned acreage at the northeast

corner of Bixby and Hendron roads abutting

Three Creeks Metro Park.

•$4.2 million for District Service Center

repurposing including a health center.

“Physical and mental health issues,

social-emotional challenges, and trauma

have impacted the behaviors and achievement

of many children for decades and the

past 16 months of the pandemic have

exposed those impacts like never before,”

said Warner. “Our principals, teachers,

counselors, social workers, nurses - almost

anyone working with children have seen

how many students and their families have

struggled. Faced with the deaths of friends

and family members, job losses, food insecurity,

social isolation, and the general disruption

of everything they knew as ‘normal,’

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Continued from page 1

we’ve seen firsthand the impact that COVID has had

on our students and their families.”

He said COVID hasn’t gone away.

“It’s still here and its impact will continue for the

foreseeable future,” said Warner. “We think a

Community Health and Wellness Center could be a

tremendous benefit in addressing some of the major

obstacles to student achievement and overall good

health.”

The District Service Center repurposing (the

remaining three quarters of the space) would include:

Welcome Center (enrollment); social services; Franklin

County Sheriff’s truancy officers; Franklin County Job

and Family Services; food and clothing bank; and community

office/meeting space.

•Other items include: $1.7 million for roofing projects

at three schools.; $1.5 million to secure vestibule

entrances; $724,000 for eight instructional coaches

salaries; $600,000 to increase teacher building sub

pay; $550,000 for Chromebooks; $473,000 to upgrade

and add security cameras at schools; $450,000 for

District of Columbia trip for grades 8, 9, and 10;

$430,000 for interactive displays at elementary

schools; $400,000 for ACES after school transportation;

$345,500 for eight instructional coaches benefits;

$313,500 DISC training for all coaches and mindset

work with K-12 teachers; $303,000 for exterior lighting

at nine schools; $300,000 for paving outdoor learning

spaces; $250,000 for Greater Columbus Helping

Hands, Project Lead the Way, and I Know You Can

programs; $205,000 for interactive displays at the high

CRUISERS

Continued from page 1

our previous two seasons. Our goal is to keep getting

better each week so we peak at the end of the season

rather than early.”

Westcamp said some key players on this year’s

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school; $125,000 for 120 high school staff laptop computers

and 15 high school staff Chromebooks; $105,000

for stipend for employee pandemic safety training

salaries; $100,000 math intervention materials and

supplies; $100,000 for GoGuardian Filtering software;

$97,500 for Chromebooks at home connection for

learning; $84,000 Americorp tutors and mentors;

$70,000 for EDP start up costs after school care staff

salaries; $55,000 after school tutoring staff salaries;

$50,000 leadership development; $50,000 after school

program instructional supplies; $45,000 interactive

displays at middle schools; $30,000 for TANF scholarships;

$30,000 EDP start up costs after school care

staff benefits; $25,000 EPA required testing of buildings;

$16,200 stipend for employees for pandemic safety

training benefits; $8,300 after school tutoring program

staff benefits; and $5,000 EDP start up costs

after school care supplies.

Survey results

District officials conducted an online survey on how

to spend the ESSER 3 funds from July 26 to Aug. 5 and

758 people responded, of which 48 percent identified

themselves as parents or guardians and 28 percent

identified as staff members.

According to the survey, 69 percent of respondents

supported repurposing the District Service Center and

providing a health and wellness center in partnership

with PrimaryOne. When asked if they would consider

using the health and wellness center to address their

needs, 46 percent responded “no,” 42 percent responded

“yes,” and 12 percent said it did not apply to them.

Cruiser team include senior free safety Delaney

Wilburn, who was second team all-state in 2020; senior

offensive and defensive lineman Jordan Ramella;

senior defensive end Tahj'wan Moss; senior linebacker

Brayden Gautier; senior wide receiver and

defensive back JaiLon Ricks; junior linebacker

Mike Robinson; junior offensive and

defensive lineman Cameron Spencer; sophomore

fullback Keyon Shaver; and sophomore

defensive back and slotback Jace

Nincehelser.

“We will be running our Wing-T offense,”

said Westcamp. “We believe we have some

athletic quarterbacks coming in this season

so there’s a possibility we could run some

gun formations but still with the Wing-T

principles. Defensively we are going to a 4-

2-5. We are extremely deep at the skilled

positions and feel we have a lot of guys that

can rotate in on Friday nights.”

Though Groveport Madison is no longer

in the same OCC division as traditional

rival Canal Winchester, the Cruisers will

still play the Indians this year in the season

opener on Aug. 20 in Canal Winchester.

The Cruisers hold a 18-14 lead over the

Indians in the teams’ all time series.

Westcamp is glad that Canal Winchester

is still on the schedule.

“One of the many reasons that makes

football great is having rivalries,” said

Westcamp. “It’s no secret that they don’t

like us and we don’t like them so we know

it will be a fight week one against them. We

already know we are going to get their best

and they will get ours in return. We are

excited because we know these games are

good for both communities and brings out a

lot of people to watch the game.”


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Police get new contract

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The city of Groveport and the Fraternal

Order of Police reached an agreement on a

new three-year contract for the Groveport

Police Department.

The collective bargaining agreement is

effective July 1, 2021 and pertains to the

patrol officers and detectives in the police

department.

“The officers are very excited,” said

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams.

“We’ll be better able to retain and recruit

officers.”

According to Groveport City

Administrator B.J. King, the city’s police

department currently is in the lower middle

half when it comes to salaries when

compared to other police departments in

Franklin County.

“We’re making up ground to be more

competitive,” said King.

According to King, the new contract

includes a $2,000 increase in the base rate

to every step of the police department’s

wage scale.

King said officers previously were paid

for prep time, but that was eliminated with

the inclusion of a four percent increase

each year for three years in the wage scale

on top of the $2,000 increase foundation.

New police sergeants

The Groveport Police Department

announced three officers were promoted to

sergeant: Josh Guiler, Sam Yockey, and

John Westhoven.

Guiler has been with the department

since 2003.

“Not only has he been on patrol in the

city, but he also served as a school resource

officer for over two years at the Groveport

Madison High School,” said Adams. “Sgt.

Guiler is a true ambassador for our agency

when dealing with the public and businesses.”

Previously Guiler served as a policeman

with the Ashville Police Department from

1998-2001, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s

Department from 2001-02, and as a

Madison Township police officer from

2002-03.

Westhoven joined the department in

December 2019. He was a patrolman with

the Lancaster Police from 2001-19.

“Sgt. Westhoven is highly respected by

his peers and I have personally worked

with him on evening shift. His knowledge

and demeanor make him an excellent

choice to lead the men and women of the

department,” said Adams.

Yockey has been a Groveport Police officer

since 2014. He previously worked as an

auxiliary/part-time police officer with the

Valleyview Police from 2011-14.

“Sgt. Yockey is one who believes in

equipping our officers with knowledge

through training experiences,” said

Adams. “The training of officers is where

he wants to evaluate and possibly expand

training opportunities for our agency, and

then applying that training out in the field

when patrolling and interacting with the

public.”

Warehouse moves ahead

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Another big warehouse is on its way to

becoming a reality in Groveport.

The proposed approximately 641,000

square foot warehouse, to be built by CA

Ventures, will be located on about 48 acres

at the southeast corner of Hayes and

Pontius roads.

On Aug. 9, Groveport City Council

approved: rezoning the property from rural

to planned industrial park; the final plat for

the property; the annexation of the land

into Groveport; and an income tax revenue

sharing agreement with Groveport Madison

Schools regarding the development.

CA Ventures Executive Vice President,

Industrial Jim McGill previously said the

company hopes to begin construction of the

warehouse soon with completion by the

summer of 2022. He said it is “achievable”

that the development could generate at

least 150 jobs.

The project will include widening Hayes

Road along the frontage of the property

and restriping an extended northbound

left turn lane on Pontius Road at the Rohr

Road intersection.

Groveport Economic Development

Director Jeff Green said the community

reinvestment area property tax abatement

would be a 100 percent property tax abatement

for 15 years.

Council’s approval of the income tax

revenue sharing agreement with

Groveport Madison Schools means the city

and the school district will share 50 percent

of the income tax revenue generated

by the site.

However, according to Groveport City

Administrator B.J. King, once the warehouse

operation reaches $15 million in payroll,

Groveport will continue receiving its

50 percent share of income tax revenue and

the other 50 percent share must go to the

city of Columbus as part of Groveport’s utilities

agreement with Columbus. Groveport

Madison Schools would then receive a

direct payment from the warehouse company

in lieu of taxes to replace the schools’

loss of income tax revenue sharing.

Other news

•Council approved increasing the maximum

limit of the city’s rainy day fund from

$2 million to $3 million. The annual

$150,000 allocation to the fund remains in

place. The rainy day fund is money city

officials use in case of a budget shortfall or

emergency. Any spending from the rainy

day fund must be approved by council.

Census population data

According to the 2020 United States

Census, since 2010, the population of the

city of Canal Winchester grew 28 percent

to 9,107; the city of Groveport has grew 12

percent to 6,009; and the village of Obetz

grew 21 percent to 5,489, which means

Obetz has reached city status.

Our Family Caring For Yours

August 22, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3

Income tax revenue

for Groveport

The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue

year-to-date as of July 31 was $10.5

million, which is 12 percent higher than

the same time in 2020, according to city of

Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

Kickoff

celebration

of the historic

canal trail

Groveport Heritage Park

551 Wirt Road

Visit Groveport’s many canal sites

Sunday, September 5 12-4 PM

Guided hikes or shuttle rides

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Groveport history films

Two documentary films on the history

of Groveport, produced by the Groveport

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are

now available for viewing online on

YouTube.The films are: “Groveport: A

Town and Its People” and “The Story of

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”

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Groveport to celebrate its canal history

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Communities along the length of the old

Ohio and Erie Canal will celebrate their

canal history and the creation of the new

driving trail that highlights that heritage.

The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, Inc.,

and its partner communities 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 is 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.

The 114 mile driving trail of the The

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Photo courtesy of John Lovell

More memories of the old ball field

John Lovell of Groveport shared this

photo of the 1979 Ohio Capital

Conference and Central District champion

Groveport Madison Cruiser baseball

team after reading my column,

“Remembering the old ball field,” in the

Aug. 8 Groveport Messenger. The column

was about the old Cruiser baseball

field that was home to many successful

Cruiser baseball teams that now sits

abandoned behind the new high school

on South Hamilton Road. All that

remains of the old field is the rusty

backstop. “I spent many afternoons on

that less than ideal baseball field,” said

Lovell. “Dirt infield, 2 x 8 wood on posts

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 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 the canal locks,except 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 terrain.

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.

Visit seeohiofirst.org for information.

for the team benches, mud at your feet

if we got a little rain. Only the bleachers

on the visitor side and, yes, the woods

that ate the foul balls on the third base

side. Here in this photo you can see the

bench and woods behind it.” Lovell was

a little disappointed that the 1978 and

1979 Cruiser baseball teams weren’t

mentioned in my column. “I believe they

were league OCC champs in 1978 and

league champs and winner of the district

in former Clipper Stadium in 1979

coached by the very successful Dick

Scott. My teammates and I made many

wonderful memories on that field.”

Church closing

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Comment on water and

sewer rate increase

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Aqua Ohio is asking the Public Utilities

Commission of Ohio to consider a water

and sewer rate increase and Madison

Township wants residents to know they

have opportunities to voice their opinion

regarding the request.

According to Madison Township

Administrator Susan Brobst, the PUCO

collects comments on each case it hears

and will be hearing the Aqua Ohio case

later this year.

“All comments are transcribed and put

into the case record,” said Brobst.

Earlier this year, the township received

notice from Aqua Ohio regarding a request to

increase water and sewer rates. If the request

is approved by the PUCO, it could go into

effect as early as the first quarter of 2022.

According to the Ohio Public Utilities

Commission of Ohio, on Feb. 6, 2019, the

PUCO approved a 3.66 percent system

improvement charge for Aqua Ohio following

a 2018 application. The company also

requested a 3.5 percent improvement charge

for households in its servicing area in 2020.

Ohio law allows PUCO-regulated water

and wastewater companies to establish a

system improvement charge based upon

capital improvements and infrastructure

replacements it made since its last

received PUCO authority to increase rates.

Residents can send their thoughts to

the PUCO directly by emailing

ContactThePUCO@puco.ohio.gov and

should always include the case number,

which can be found at

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letter

I read with much sadness the article in

the July 25 Groveport Messenger with

regard to the closing of the Groveport

Presbyterian Church.

Although I was not a member, I was fortunate

enough to have had some wonderful

experiences within this congregation

when I enrolled my son in Mrs.

Millington’s preschool class back in the

1970s. This was an outstanding example of

mission work within the community of

Groveport. Mrs. Millington was such a

capable teacher and provided possibly the

best experience for the children and for the

parents who were fortunate enough to participate

in this program. I know there were

many other members of the church who

also worked with Mrs. Millington in making

this preschool such a success.

I am just sad that this congregation had

to close its doors. I will always be so grateful

to these people for the blessings they

gave to all of us.

Linda Estadt

Groveport


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Toilet trouble

August 22, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The feared theft of a truck load of toilets

had its owners flushed with worry and wiping

their brows as they envisioned a

$45,000 loss going down the drain.

But this story has a happy ending as the

Groveport Police’s investigation found that

no crime was committed and the wayward

toilets were recovered.

According to Groveport Police Chief

Casey Adams and an accompanying police

report, the story unspooled this way:

Navitas Equity Solutions had 654 toilets

and 284 shower heads in a semi-trailer

that was parked in the Groveport Madison

High School parking lot on July 29. The

toilets and shower heads were destined to

be installed in a nearby apartment complex

that is under construction and were

stored there until it was time to install

them. The company received permission

from the school to store the trailer full of

toilets there. When the company’s installation

team went to pick up the trailer at the

school on Aug. 3, it was gone. Security

cameras showed that a truck simply came

and hooked up the trailer and drove it

away on the afternoon of Aug. 2. When the

trailer was discovered missing, Navitas

reported it stolen.

Adams said after 16 to 20 hours of police

investigation it was found that the trailer

and its contents were in Springfield, Ohio,

and no crime had been committed. He said

it turns out the trailer, which belongs to

Mat-Trans, Inc., had been missing and

when the original owners located it they

came and picked it up.

“They just thought the trailer was full of

pallets until they opened it up,” said

Adams. “The toilets were returned to the

owner, the trailer is back in the company’s

possession, and there was really no crime

that took place in the city of Groveport.”

Adams said the shuffling around of

semi-trailers in the shipping industry can

be chaotic and companies sometimes lose

track of their trailers.

“We (the Groveport Police) take several

stolen semi-trailer reports from area warehouses

each year,” said Adams. “It’s usually

cases of people loading up the wrong

trailers.”

Groveport Police statistics

July crime statistics, according to the

Groveport Police: 6 arrests, 12 accidents, 0

assaults, 0 burglary, 7 domestic disputes, 4

domestic violence, 2 OVI and alcohol, 11

thefts/robberies, 1 stolen/unauthorized

use, 0 missing persons, 0 weapon related

call, 1 narcotic related offense, 0 school

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Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame names new inductees

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Cruisers

Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes five new

inductees this year.

“As always, we are so excited to welcome

this year's class,” said Groveport Madison

Athletic Director Steve Petros. “The basketball

influence is heavy. We have a central

Ohio basketball legend, Bill Alspach,

three former players (among their other

sports) and a long time cheer coach.

Clarence Royal and Brandon Johnson won

titles while here at Groveport. Chris

Downing is getting inducted as a package

of player, coach and community member.

Linda Smittle coached for 20 plus years for

both fall, winter and competed with her

teams. It should be a great night as we

open the football season vs. Gahanna on

Aug. 27.”

The Cruiser Hall of Fame ceremony will

be on Aug. 27 at Groveport Madison High

School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road. The induction

ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. The

inductees will also be introduced to the

crowd at 6:30 p.m. in Cruiser Stadium

prior to the varsity football game vs.

Gahanna.

The inductees:

•William “Bill” Alspach: 1943 Canal

Winchester graduate and the 1943 state

champion in 880 yard run. He came to

Groveport in 1954 and was an assistant

football, head basketball, and track coach

through 1959. He became the athletic

director in the early 1970s and worked for

the OHSAA starting in 1980. He is a member

of the OCC Hall of Fame, Canal

Winchester Hall of Fame, District 10

Basketball Hall of Fame, Ohio Athletic

Directors Hall of Fame, Central District

Hall of Fame, OHSAA Hall of Fame, and

the The Naismith Memorial Basketball

Hall of Fame.

•Chris Downing: A 1984 graduate of

Groveport Madison and a talented football

quarterback, he earned All-American

Honorable Mention, first team All-State,

All-Metro, All-OCC, and All-Central

District honors. He is a 35 year of coach of

football, basketball, baseball, softball and

the three time OCC Coach of the Year in

softball.

•Clarence A. Royal, Jr.: He was two

time OCC Player of the Year in basketball,

back to back OCC titles in basketball; second

team All-District, and MVP of District

All Star game. He earned multiple letters

in football, baseball, and basketball. He

was a member of Ohio State football team

1993-95. He graduated as the Cruisers’

career leading scorer in basketball.

•Linda Smittle: A teacher at Groveport

Madison for 35 years from 1979-2008

where she was cheerleading coach for 20

years. Her cheer squads were district

champions in 1999-2000 and 2004-05,

fourth place in the 2001 Nationals, and

State Champions in 1999-2000.

•Brandon Johnson: A four year letter

winner in basketball, Johnson was twice

named first team OCC, was the 2005 OCC

Player of the Year and on the 2005 OCC

champion team. He is a 1,000 point scorer.

At the College of Wooster, he was the 2006

NCAC Newcomer of the Year, four years

All-NCAC, won four league titles, made

four NCAA appearances, and was on the

2007 Final Four team. He is third all-time

at Wooster for assists and steals.

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The Groveport Sports Network and Rick

Cooper will provide live play-by-play coverage

of 20 Groveport Madison High School

athletic contests in football, boys basketball,

girls basketball, baseball, and softball

in 2021-22. The broadcast includes high

definition video as well as live audio. Each

broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to the

scheduled start time with the pre-game

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with players and the head coach,

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the post-game show. The broadcasts can be

accessed free of charge by anyone around

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device. All 20 broadcasts will also be available

to view on demand free of charge.

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The schedule - football (7 p.m.): Aug.

20 at Canal Winchester; Sept. 3 at

Worthington Kilbourne; and Oct. 1 vs.

Lancaster; boys basketball (7:30 p.m.): Dec.

3 at Reynoldsburg; Dec. 14 at Canal

Winchester; Dec. 17 at Pickerington

Central; Dec. 22 vs. Gahanna; Dec. 30 vs.

Teays Valley; Jan. 21 vs. Reynoldsburg;

Feb. 1 at Hilliard Bradley; Feb. 4 vs.

Pickerington Central; Feb. 11 at Newark;

girls basketball (3:30 p.m.): Dec. 4 vs.

Hilliard Darby; softball: March 26 at 11

a.m. vs. Westerville North; April 9 at 11

a.m. vs. Gahanna; April 11 at 5:15 p.m. vs.

Lancaster; April 15 at 5:15 p.m. vs.

Newark; April 30 at 10 a.m. vs. Canal

Winchester; May 2 at 5:15 p.m. vs.

Pickerington Central; May 4 at 5:15 p.m. at

Newark; baseball: to be determined.

Eastland-Fairfield

engineering tech center

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical

Schools opened its newest building, the

Engineering Technologies Center, on the

Eastland Career Center campus in

Groveport,

4465 S. Hamilton Road, on

Aug. 18.

According to Ryan Gasser, Eastland-

Fairfield coordinator of communications

and marketing, “Eastland-Fairfield is continuing

its commitment to providing students

with opportunities and resources to

prepare for their futures. This building

represents the latest commitment from

EFCTS to provide those resources to students

in the pre-engineering, welding and

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serve as the future home of Eastland-

Fairfield’s Mechatronics program, a multidisciplinary

field of engineering that

includes a combination of mechanical engineering,

electric/electronic engineering,

control engineering, and computer engineering.”

National Clean Up Day

The city of Groveport is seeking 50 volunteers

to participate in National Clean

Up Day 2021 on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to

noon.

Volunteers will meet at the Groveport

Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road,

and be shuttled by city staff to different

locations within Groveport to collect litter.

Volunteers will receive: official National

Clean Up Day Shirt; kickoff breakfast; and

appreciation lunch. Volunteers will be provided

with safety vests, gloves, trash bags,

and easy reach tools.

To volunteer, email

jreeves@groveport.org, call 614-836-5301,

or stop by the Municipal Building, 655

Blacklick St., and provide your name and

address to receive a waiver form. Forms

must be completed and returned before

Sept. 1.


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Local candidates certified for election

The Franklin County Board of Elections certified the following

candidates to be placed on the Nov. 2 election ballot:

Groveport city council (vote for four): Edward G. Dildine, Becky

Hutson, Cheryl Irving, Scott Lockett, Jack Rupp Jr., Wayne

White.

Groveport Madison board of education (vote for three): Seth

Bower, Wayne Bryan, LaToya Dowdell-Burger, Libby Gray, Polly

Pierce, Betty Simcox.

Madison Township trustee (vote for two): Katherine Chipps, John

Kershner, Debbie Miller, John Pritchard.

Profiles of the candidates will be published in future editions of

the Groveport Messenger.

Robinson receives Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland awarded Groveport resident

Amanda Robinson the Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest

award a Girl Scout can earn. Her project focused on protecting the

environment by safeguarding an important pollinator: bats.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl

Scouting. It recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate

extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable

Take Action projects.

Robinson’s project is entitled Homes for Bats. Because of her

love for the environment, the project focused on saving the local

bat population from white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions

of bats in North America. She worked with a younger Girl

Scout troop to build safe bat boxes and place them near a food

source in her community, and encouraged the girls to build more

bat boxes in the future. She partnered with the city of Groveport,

which put up two boxes Robinson helped troops create and another

two she built herself. As a result of her efforts, the healthy bats

will continue to play a vital role in our ecosystem.

Robinson is a recent graduate of Groveport Madison High

School and has been a Girl Scout for 12 years as a member of

Troop 1234. She will attend Wright State University where she is

studying nursing and hopes to become a nurse practitioner.

9/11 Remembrance

A remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United

States will be observed on the 20th anniversary of the attacks on

Sept. 11 at Motts Military Museum, 5075 S. Hamilton Road,

Groveport, at 8:45 a.m.

ird ursday

The city of Groveport will host Third Thursday, a summer festival

series featuring music, food trucks, vendors, and more. The

last Third Thursday will take place on Sept. 16 with the “Fall

Kickoff!” with hay rides, photo backdrop, and free mini-pumpkins.

Third Thursday hours are 5-7:30 p.m. at Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby

Road. For information contact jreeves@groveport.org.

Alumni Banquet

The Groveport Madison Alumni Association announced it will

be resuming its Alumni Banquet. The next Alumni Banquet will

be held Sept. 18 and will honor the classes of 1970 and 1971, who

graduated 50 years ago. The following Alumni Banquet will be

May 21, 2022 and will honor the class of 1972 on the 50th anniversary

of their graduation. The banquets will be held at Groveport

Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport. The

May 21, 2022 date will resume the normal cycle (third Saturday

in May) for the banquet moving forward.

GriefShare group

Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St., will sponsor

a GriefShare group starting Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Register online

at https://www.griefshare.org/leaderzone/my/groups/136866. For

information contact groveportgriefsharegroup@gmail.com or call

614-836-5968.

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On the march

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