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September 5-18, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLII, No. 15
Ranger quarterback T.J. Black slices
through the Franklin Heights line for
Photos courtesy of Hamilton Local Schools
The Hamilton Township Rangers varsity
football team opened its season at
home on Aug. 20 with a resounding 21-
0 win over Franklin Heights.
A few of the fans on hand who came
out to support the Rangers.
The Rangers offensive line poised for
action just before the start of a play.
Diane Todd - SRES, MRP
580 Main St., Groveport, OH 43125
The Marylee Lee Bendig
Obetz reaches city status
Census shows population
surges past 5,000
By Katelyn Sattler
Residents will not see many differences
in the way the village of Obetz functions as
it transitions to become the city of Obetz.
According to the 2020 U.S. Census,
Obetz grew 21 percent since 2010 to 5,489
residents and now qualifies as a city as it
surpassed the 5,000 resident requirement
In comparison to nearby towns, according
to the 2020 U.S. Census, the population
of the city of Canal Winchester grew 28
percent to 9,107 and the city of Groveport
grew 12 percent to 6,009.
“We’re excited about city status, said
Obetz Mayor Angela Kirk.
Obetz officials have been planning for
the change to city status as the Obetz
Village Charter lays out what will change
once the town becomes a city.
“I think we’re in really good shape as far
as our Charter goes to make this a smooth
transition,” said Kirk. “We formed a
Charter Review Commission and met this
winter to determine what will be revised in
the Charter when we become a city. We’ve
been planning the development of neighborhoods
to prepare for growth, which
reflects our ability to transition smoothly.
We’ll be eligible for more grants and federal
programs and it won’t affect our budget.”
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
will send Kirk a letter proclaiming Obetz to
be a city, which will become effective 30
days after the issuance of the letter. Within
120 days after Obetz becomes a city, Obetz
Council will follow through with setting up
the city as described in the Village Charter.
The main change will be in hiring
employees. While Obetz Village
Administrator Rod Davisson feels Obetz
already has a highly qualified staff based
on merit and fitness, the jobs currently do
not require competitive examinations, or
ranking of competitors, which will be
required in the transition to city status.
The city will need to establish the competitive
examinations, which will make hiring
personnel more cumbersome as employees
then become classified service employees.
This applies only to new employees as current
employees will not be required to take
competitive examinations for their current
The only new hiring required by the
change in status from village to city is to
create the Personnel Board of Review,
which will consist of three members
appointed by the mayor and confirmed by
council for overlapping three years terms,
to hear employment appeals and render
When asked if he thought employees
might unionize once Obetz becomes a city,
Davisson wasn’t sure.
“They all could do it,” said Davisson.
“There are tons of unions out there, but I
think the employees are happy here. Obetz
is the best place to work.”
Added Kirk, “I don’t know if they will
unionize, which is absolutely their choice.
Either way, it won’t be any type of burden
for our residents.”
Obetz officials feel the transition will be
seamless and most residents will not
notice a difference, as the town has been
essentially operating as a city already.
“Nothing changes as far as the budget
goes,” said Davisson.
This has been a natural progression
over the past 15 to 20 years. Even the
newer signs have dropped “Village” in
anticipation of receiving city status.
“We started doing city-level accrualbased
accounting every year seven years
ago,” said Davisson. “Villages do cashbased
accounting every other year.”
Accrual accounting recognizes revenues
and expenses in the same period, whereas
cash accounting recognizes transactions
only when payment is exchanged.
Being a city means Obetz will have
access to different federal and state grants
under Ohio law.
“When interacting with other states, the
city designation carries more weight,” said
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It was a time to look to the sky
By Linda Dillman
The Borror Observatory in the former
Hoover Y-Park on Rohr Road was once a
mecca for local stargazers who looked to the
skies through the lens of a homemade 10-
inch reflecting telescope.
Built out of concrete blocks in 1961, with
a 14-foot dome donated by Columbus
Astronomical Society (CAS) member
Charles Worch, the observatory was a
memorial to Ed Borror, who passed away in
1960 and whose financial contributions
made the park possible.
According to Charles Legg–who spent
many hours as a teenager volunteering at
the observatory and served as its de facto
director–not long after it was built, the
observatory fell into disuse until Legg was
approached by a member of the YMCA who
told him about the situation.
“When I was16, I volunteered at COSI
doing planetarium lectures and was a member
of the CAS,” said Legg, 73. “I met Jim
Wagner, who worked at the Southside
YMCA. He told me about the situation with
the observatory. He expressed concern that
no one was using the observatory for its
intended purpose–to provide public open
houses and its use by amateur astronomers.
I was fairly ambitious back then at 16, so I
expressed an interest in visiting the observatory,
checking the condition of the telescope
and building, and seeing what I could do to
Legg visited the site and found the building
dirty, with spider webs everywhere, but
the telescope was covered and in good condition.
Wagner met with Legg’s parents, who
agreed their son could help correct the situation,
although his mother had reservations
about her son having a key to the observatory.
“In the end, it all worked out, and there
was never a problem,” said Legg. “However,
my dad had to take me to the observatory
and pick me up until I received my drivers'
license. Since I was still an active member of
the CAS, it was not too much trouble stirring up interest,
primarily with the younger members; the 13-17-
According to Legg, the observatory became a focal
point for younger members of the CAS.
“In some ways, members of the CAS ran its operation
through me, but there was never an official connection
to the CAS, we were just all members of the
CAS,” said Legg. “By that time, we had formed the
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Photos courtesy of Charles Legg
This is a rear of the Borror Observatory in the former Hoover Y-
Park on Rohr Road back in the days when it was operational.
Young astronomers use a telescope set up just outside the
Borror Observatory. Members of the Columbus Astronomical
Society would often set up their own telescopes around the
observatory for the public to view objects in the night sky.
Junior Astronomers of Columbus. It was a rebellious
time in the 1960s. Over time, I believe we disbanded
and just were once again members of the CAS. We
would meet on Saturday afternoons when we would
clean up the building and kill the wasps who loved to
build homes in the dome. They did not like the vibrations
when we rotated the dome.”
Work parties on occasion addressed issues such as
painting old wooden chairs in the room below the telescope
and the weathering dome, which also
needed a new coat of silver paint donated by
a local store. Legg worked out a deal with a
company to donate a gas heater for the wintertime
and the Southside Y to supply the
The youths were also creative in obtaining
items such as a blackboard, bookcase,
and a table through donations.
“Some Saturday nights, 25 to 50 people
might show up, especially when something
astronomical was in the news, such as a
comet or a meteor shower,” said Legg. “Other
See SKY, page 3
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. The event will
include the Madison Township Fire
Department Honor Guard, flag raising,
Groveport Police Rifle Team, Groveport
Madison High School choir, buglers, bagpipers
from area fire departments, two
members of FDNY EMS - Lt. Dominick
Maggiore and Capt. Jack Boyle, nurse Dan
Burrill who was at Ground Zero, a member
of Ohio Task Force 1 who was at Ground
Zero and lives in Madison Township, and a
bell ringing will follow the events of 9/11.
Everyone is welcome to stay after the
event to talk to the speakers and tour the
museum and the 9/11 artifacts.
School Help Centers
The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s
School Help Centers are now open offering
K-12 students after-school help, plus 24/7
access to free tools and resources.
Plus, students can get connected with
virtual tutors for one-on-one help Monday
through Friday from 2-11 p.m. using
Masks are required to visit School Help
Centers. Hours vary by library location.
Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help for
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members and I were on local TV shows. It
was primarily to promote the observatory
and get people to visit. We were on frequently
for a show that followed Flippo on
Channel 10. We seemed to have better
attendance for a few weeks after doing the
publicity. Scout groups were also frequent
visitors. Some scouts were interested in
getting their astronomy merit badges.”
Mini-lectures on astronomical subjects
were often presented before taking visitors
up to the telescope and CAS members
would set up their own telescopes around
the observatory for the public to view
“With the observatory telescope, you
could see the rings of Saturn, the moons of
Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, the crescent
shape of Venus, the white polar cap of
Mars contrasted with the red surface. All
these were visible at one time or another
during a year,” Legg said. “Most visitors
were just amazed at what they could see
when looking into the eyepiece of a telescope.
They would ask, ‘Is that real, or is it
a photograph?’ We would then put our
hand in from of the telescope, and the
object would disappear.”
Another favorite viewing destination
was the moon. Legg said everyone sees the
moon in the night sky all the time, but
until you look at it through a high-powered
telescope, you have not seen the moon.
The theft of the observatory’s original
homemade telescope was discovered early
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
Wagnalls Memorial Library
Wagnalls Memorial Library is located
at 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. For
information call (614) 837-4765 or visit
The Southeast Branch of the Columbus
Metropolitan Library is located at 3980 S.
Hamilton Road, Groveport. For information
visit For information visit www.columbuslibrary.org
or call 614-645-2275.
The National Barber Museum in Canal
Winchester is located at 135 Franklin St.
(behind the former CW High School building).
The museum, housed in approximately
5,000 square feet, showcases art, artifacts,
and memorabilia from decades of the
barbering profession. Regular hours are
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
or by appointment (614) 837-8400.
one Saturday evening. Security was
always a problem since the site was out in
the country and rather isolated even
though a caretaker lived nearby.
“We found broken windows several
times, but there were not many valuable
items kept there because of the problem,
other than the telescope,” said Legg, who
continued to be in charge of the observatory
until 1968, when he graduated from
A new, smaller, yet more powerful commercial
reflecting telescope replaced the
one stolen, but it, too, was taken after a
few years. Legg believes after the second
telescope disappeared, activities stopped at
the observatory, but is unsure since he was
attending college and no longer involved
with the observatory.
Legg said he had always been a lifelong
learner, and much of that learning started
when he was at the YMCA Observatory
and the COSI Planetarium. The observatory
was special to him because it allowed
him to indulge in all of his passions at one
“I learned from fellow amateur
astronomers,” said Legg. “I was doing what
I enjoyed and educated children and older
adults every time we had an open house.
As a side benefit, I made many friends,
young and old. My strength is an extensive
technical understanding; my passion is
learning, doing, and teaching.”
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Will this be the year for the Browns?
I’ve been thinking about a conversation
I overheard recently that left me feeling
unsettled — so much so that I decided to
step out of my Reel Deal comfort zone to
share what had occurred.
While there was nothing unfriendly or
threatening about this exchange, I was
overwhelmed with pity for these individuals
for what I assumed was their naïve
enthusiasm regarding the topic at hand.
What follows is the conversation in
question, relayed to the best of my ability.
I ask you, dear reader, whether I am being
unfair to these people and those of a likemind.
Individual A, who will henceforth be
referred to as delusional person one (DPO),
glances at a hat being worn by another and
offers a compliment.
“Hey man,” said DPO, “That’s a great
hat you’re wearing.”
“Thanks,” said Individual B, who will
henceforth be known as delusional person
two (DPT). “I’ve been a fan of the Cleveland
Browns my entire life.”
“Me too,” said DPO. “It’s so exciting that
they made the playoffs this year and finally
won a game.”
“More so because it was against the
(Pittsburgh) Steelers,” said DPT.
“It feels like a new era,” said DPO.
“What do you think of their chances next
season? I think if we get all our guys back,
we can make it to the Super Bowl.”
“I think so too,” said DPT. “I think we’re
gonna win the whole thing. We’re gonna be
My immediate reaction to this conversation
was that they were joking. After all, I
too love chanting “Super Bowl” when the
Cleveland Browns do something vaguely
resembling competency. With slowly dawning
horror, however, I realized they were
serious. Against my better judgement, I
closed my gaping maw but offered a silent
prayer for their wayward minds.
“To whatever is out there, please guide
these poor souls,” I said. “For at their age,
they really ought to know better.”
As the weeks wore on, I kept coming
back to this conversation, especially as the
chorus of high expectations for the 2021
Browns spilled out the mouths of professional
sports analysts. I began to question
my skepticism, wondering whether I was
being too harsh on the admittedly
improved Brownies. Upon reflection, I realized
I may be acting unfairly toward my
beloved team but I just cannot give them
my whole and hopeful heart — not yet at
least, for they have crushed it many times
I was indoctrinated into the Browns fandom
at birth. Part of it was due to my
father, a rabid fan, and another part was
due to the lulling effect the orange painted
walls of our living room had on my psyche.
It was oddly soothing though I wasn’t sad
to have painted over it in the future.
I was very young when the Browns were
in their competitive 1980s era, but I do
remember how their losses (especially “The
Drive” and “The Fumble”) impacted my
father. He was absolutely crushed and
though I may have been too young to
understand what all was going on, I knew
that he was hurting and thus I was too.
Wanting him to be happy, I cheered on
the Browns and cursed the teams they battled.
Then I would turn coat and root on
those teams, but only if their win would
improve the Browns’ standings. This went
on until The Betrayal, which was a dark
time for fans throughout the country.
I don’t want to rehash their revival era,
mostly because it is sad and depressing.
But I will say it gave me some great opportunities
to laugh, especially when one of
our many quarterbacks became trapped
under a giant American flag during pregame.
Having given up expectations for this
The Reel Deal
team a long time ago, I
did not have much optimism
for the reign of
Andrew Berry and
Head Coach Kevin
Stefanski though it felt
like adults were finally
in the room. But
bizarre started to
happen — they overcame
challenges (in an odd turn, most not
self-imposed) and started to win.
When they made the playoffs for the
first time since 2002, it was a pleasant surprise
— even more so when they thrashed
the Steelers in the Wild Card game and
made Ben Roethlisberger cry. They gave us
hope in the second round against a tough
opponent in the Kansas City Chiefs but
ultimately came up short.
With the entire coaching staff returning,
the entire starting offensive returning, and
a “re-vamped” defense led by Myles
Garrett, Denzel Ward and veteran newcomers
Jadeveon Clowney and John
Johnson III, it is no wonder why fans and
pundits alike are abuzz with positive chatter
as the start of the 2021 season
approaches. Though I want to hold hands
and join in on this peculiar sensation, I
can’t — I just can’t.
For me, there is a cloud of strangeness
that always hangs over the Browns (case in
point, promising rookie linebacker
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah dropped a
weight on his head and can’t put on a helmet
because of his stitches) and I cannot in
good faith believe in good things to come. I
See BROWNS, page 5
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These volunteer drivers will either pick
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pick up blood from drive locations around
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Transportation specialists help ensure
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hope that good things happen; I begrudge
none of you who can believe, but I do so
wish you could keep it to yourself. You may
have overcome the past, but what you are
saying is scary and unfamiliar and we have
enough of that in the non-sporting world
Yarbrough, regional donor services executive.
“Once the blood is collected, we need
to ensure it gets to its intended destination
quickly and safely. That’s why volunteer
transportation specialists are so crucial to
this lifesaving process.”
No special transportation license is
needed for this position. Volunteers will
drive Red Cross cars or standard mini
vans. To be eligible, prospective volunteers
must have a valid driver’s license, three
years driving experience and a safe driving
record. Transportation specialists must be
able to lift 45 pounds.
More than 90 percent of the Red Cross
workforce is made up of volunteers.
To learn more about becoming a Red
Cross transportation specialist go to
www.redcross.org/deliver. To learn more
about other Red Cross volunteer opportunities,
The Groveport Farmers’ Market will be
held on Tuesdays through Sept. 14 from 4-
7 p.m. at Groveport Madison Middle
School Central, 751 Main St.
(The Cleveland Browns begin the 2021
season at Kansas City on Sept. 12 at 4:25
p.m. They have not won a season opener
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
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
Central Ohio residents are 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
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Since launching the campaign in 2014,
the Red Cross has helped save 864 lives
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The mission of Special Olympics Ohio
and its Groveport and Canal Winchester
Special Olympics chapter is to provide year
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or at (614)
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Donations may be sent to Groveport
Special Olympics, P.O. Box 296, Groveport,
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IF IMPLANTS FAILS?
A dental implant is inserted into
the bone in order to support “permanent”
dentures. In effect, it is a
replacement for removable dentures.
The technique is getting better
each year. Records show that
some implants have now lasted
over 20 years.
However, what if an implant fails?
Would it leave your jaws in a worse
state than if you had worn conventional
dentures? The answer depends
on three factors:
1) How much bone was originally
available, and should the implants
have been done in the first place?
2) How well were the implants inserted
surgically and how well were
the teeth made?
3) How long have the failed implants
remained in the mouth? If
the patient was a suitable candidate
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Celebrating canal history
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 that heritage.
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
The village of Lockbourne’s kickoff event is Sept. 25
from 2-6 p.m. at Locke Meadow Park, 154 Commerce
St., which could include 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 possibly a live band.
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
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
Across the nation, confrontations are on the rise
between parents opposing mask mandates and school
boards dealing with increased absences due to COVID-19
quarantines. The Hamilton Local district is no exception.
On Aug. 30, the Hamilton Board of Education
addressed the issue as the high school prepared to shut
down for a second day in the row due to pandemic quarantine
Despite vocal opposition to masks from some parents–
a few of whom were removed from the meeting for speaking
out of turn after a public participation session ended–
contrasted by support for masks from students attending
the meeting–the board voted to institute an across-theboard
mask mandate for all school buildings.
The spike in cases and quarantines in Hamilton Local
Schools prompted the board to require masks for all students,
staff, and visitors in indoor spaces, which went into
effect on Sept. 1. Students riding on district transportation
were already required to wear masks while on board.
In an open letter to the district posted to the district’s
Facebook page on Aug. 30, Superintendent Mark Tyler
said, “This decision comes after having closely monitored
the data trends impacting our district. The board of education
is aware of these trends and the district's concerns
about preserving the continuity of education. Due to the
Ohio Department of Health’s Guidelines for Quarantine
After Exposure in K-12 Classroom Settings, we are focusing
on keeping students and staff in school by reducing the
potential that they would be close contacts and quarantines,
resulting in missing class.”
Tyler said Hamilton Local’s goal remains to keep as
many students and staff in the classroom as possible and
acknowledged the topic is a difficult issue within the community.
Tyler emphasized the decision was made to keep
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“We have had six games cancelled between both JV and
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“Any league games will be rescheduled. Currently there
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Former Lockbourne school hosts reunion
By Linda Dillman
Familiar faces filled a familiar place as former students,
who spent an afternoon in a recently renovated former
Hamilton Township elementary school in Lockbourne,
walked through its doors for an annual celebration.
The village of Lockbourne held its second School
Reunion Luncheon on Aug. 25 in what is now known as the
Lockbourne Historical Hall. The building is the former
home of a Masonic lodge that started out as Hamilton
Local Schools’ first four-year high school at the end of the
19th century and later educated elementary students.
“The old schoolhouse will continue to be a link to the
past as we move forward to the future,” said Lockbourne
Mayor Christie Ward.
The brick building closed as an elementary school in the
early 1950s. Some former students attended the event and
“The Korean War was going on. It was 1951 and we had
bomb drills instead of fire drills,” said Frank Peters. “My
dad was on the school board for 22 years and I came down
here to school on Wendell Herron’s bus. I totally enjoyed
being in this school. I remember going out at lunch to the
pump to get water and you left your own cup here.”
Carolyn Forshey Young, who graduated from Hamilton
Township High School in 1958 and now lives in Florida,
said she still considers Lockbourne home.
“I remember one year when there was a big snowfall,”
said Young. “All the kids in town got together and started
rolling a snowball at one end of the town and then ended
up at the other end with a gigantic snowball. You could do
something like that back then.”
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Lockbourne Village Administrator Jane McJunkin
(left) and Carolyn Forshey Young, who both attended
the former schoolhouse in the village back in the
1950s, look at art work of a cardinal painted by
Young’s mother when the family resided in
Young and Lockbourne Village Administrator Jane
McJunkin took time to look at artifacts scattered throughout
the room, including a small painting of a cardinal created
by Young’s mother, Mary Forshey, when the family
lived in Lockbourne decades ago.
McJunkin attended first grade in the former schoolhouse
and updated everyone on current village activities
“The Korean War was going on. It was 1951
and we had bomb drills instead of fire drills. My
dad was on the school board for 22 years and I
came down here to school on Wendell Herron’s
bus. I totally enjoyed being in this school. I
remember going out at lunch to the pump to get
water and you left your own cup here.”
- Frank Peters
involving the building as it now serves as an event center.
“We have really renovated a lot in this old school,” said
McJunkin. “We’ve had a graduation party here and a
birthday party. There were the fish fries and a motorcycle
club event. We already have a wedding scheduled for next
year. We’re trying to raise funds now to install a deck outside
and a handicap ramp. We’re thinking where council
now meets to turn it into a small museum when council
starts meeting here.”
Hamilton Local Schools Superintendent Mark Tyler
helped to bridge the old with the new and provided an
update of what the district now offers to its students as
they prepare for life after graduation, whether it is enlisting
in the military, attending college, or heading straight
“This building is incredible to me and how quickly this
occurred,” said Tyler. “They (village organizers) had a
vision and here it is. A lot has changed in the schools.
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the pride and the passion has not gone away. There is a
special kind of bond in this community.”
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