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September 5-18, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 6

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Shooter caught by police

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

A quiet Saturday afternoon in

Groveport’s Elmont Place subdivision was

interrupted by the sounds of multiple gun


The Groveport Police, Madison

Township Police, Madison Township Fire

Department, Columbus Fire Department,

Franklin County Sheriff deputies, and the

Columbus Police SWAT team all responded

to the incident.

According to Groveport Police Chief

Casey Adams, his department received a

report about shots being fired around 5:40

p.m. on Aug. 21 inside a home in the 4800

block of Elmont Place. Adams said the suspect’s

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“She also noticed smoke from rifle fire

inside the home,” said Adams.

According to the police report, the girlfriend

told officers the suspect allegedly

had been using narcotics and was mentally


Adams said the suspect allegedly fired

15 rounds from a rifle inside the house.

“He (allegedly) shot his refrigerator

multiple times as well as other appliances

in the home,” said Adams.

According to the Groveport Police

report, several bullets exited the home and

hit three neighboring houses.

“The city and residents were extremely

lucky that no one was struck by these bullets

that exited the home,” said Adams. “A

man was sitting in his nearby backyard

See SHOOTER, page 2

Masks required at schools

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison Schools officials

instituted a mask mandate to combat the

ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In an announcement posted on the district’s

website, officials noted Ohio is

reporting COVID-19 incidents at its highest

rate since February 2021 and that hospitals

are reaching capacity, “and most

concerning of all, the percentage of children

getting COVID vastly surpasses what

we saw over the past year.”

District officials further stated that,

“Recognizing the increased risk that the

COVID-19 Delta variant represents to children,

particularly to those 12 and under

who are too young to be vaccinated,

Groveport Madison Schools is mandating

all students and staff wear masks, if not

only to protect themselves but to protect

others around them. We hope this mandate

is temporary, and we will continue to work

with medical experts to determine how

long this mandate will be in place.”

The district-wide (PreK-12) mask mandate

began Aug. 23.

According to district officials, masks

must be worn at all times when indoors

and when on a school bus. If an individual

cannot wear a mask due to medical issues,

a physician’s note explaining why they

cannot wear it will exempt them from this

mandate. At present, the district is not

mandating masks be worn outdoors.

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patio when one or two of the fired rounds struck a

canopy umbrella and fence post in his yard. A couple

more of the fired rounds appear to have gone toward a

pond by the bike path just off Elmont Place.”

According to the police report, when police arrived

the suspect did not answer the phone or leave the residence.

Some area homes were evacuated and the nearby

streets and bike path were blocked off for safety reasons.

Adams said the Columbus SWAT team then unsuccessfully

used a public address system to try and make

contact with the suspect. The SWAT team then used

“non-lethal rounds” and tear gas to gain entry to the

house. A robot was employed and it found the suspect

in the basement. Negotiations police and the suspect

then began.

According to the police report, the suspect was shot

by police with a Taser for failing to comply and was

then arrested. There was no gun fire between the suspect

and the police.

The stand off ended after four hours. The only

injury sustained was to the suspect who was treated

for injuries from the Taser prongs, according to Adams.

Upon inspecting the home, detectives found several


Continued from page 1

“We know there will be some families and students

who disagree with this position,” according to the district’s

announcement on its website. “The health and

safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and

for that, we will not apologize. We value all of our

Cruisers, and we have to do what is best to keep them

safe while the COVID Delta variant remains prevalent

in Ohio.”

For information about the mask mandate, contact

the district’s Communications Office at 614-492-2520

or email at gm.communications@gocruisers.org.

Reactions to mask mandate

Two residents spoke on the mask mandate at the

Groveport Madison Board of Education’s meeting on

Aug. 25.

“I’m concerned,” said resident Dawn Baxter, who

opposes the mask mandate. “Masks affect life in a bad

way. This is not political with me and I try to stay current

with the facts. What medical facts do you have to

support this?”

She noted masks are not required to combat the regular


“Listen to us who go by the numbers,” Baxter told

the board.


full and half full high capacity gun magazines lying

around as well as multiple hand guns and rifles, said

Adams, who added the suspect has a valid concealed

carry weapon license and that the Franklin County

Sheriff’s Office is the agency with the authority to

revoke such a license.

Adams said the Groveport Police have had past

dealings with the suspect and that indications are that

the suspect has “mental health and chemical dependency

issues.” The suspect was charged with a felony for

discharging a firearm in a residential community.

Adams said other charges could follow.

“This was a bad combination of someone with

(allegedly) mental health and chemical dependency

issues with access to firearms in a situation that went

wrong,” said Adams. “It was a combustible moment

and it could have been much worse. We’re not going to

put up with this kind of thing in our community.”

Adams commended newly appointed Groveport

Police sergeants Josh Guiler and John Westhoven for

their quick actions at the start of the incident.

Added Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp, “It was

an excellent job by the police. It was a bad situation

that ended pretty well.”

“It was an adventurous evening,” said Adams.

Board President Libby Gray said Superintendent

Garilee Ogden meets with the county health department

regularly and when any changes to the situation

occur the community will be notified.

“We don’t know what works and we don’t have all

the answers,” said resident Jocelyn Houck, who supports

the mask mandate. “We’re doing the best we can

with what we know. Without knowing we must take

every precaution we can. If it helps, it’s all we can do.

There’s just too many unknowns.”

Changes to board meeting schedule

The board voted 4-1, with board member Kathleen

Walsh opposing, to eliminate the board’s second meeting

of the month (which is held on the fourth

Wednesday of the month) in September and October.

Gray said this allows administrators to focus on the

operations of the district, particularly in dealing with

the challenges COVID presents, rather than to have

them be preparing for multiple board meetings.

“We can still call a special meeting if we need to,”

said Gray, who added most school boards in Ohio meet

just once a month.

Board member Chris Snyder asked the board consider

making its regular meetings shorter because the

meetings regularly last several hours well

into the evening.

“We can look at consolidating things,”

said Gray.

The board will continue to hold its regular

monthly meetings on the second

Wednesday each month at 7:30 p.m. at the

District Service Center, 440 Marketing

Place, Suite B, Groveport. The meetings are

broadcast via the district’s YouTube channel.

The board’s remaining regular monthly

meeting dates for 2021 are: Sept. 8, Oct. 13,

Nov. 10, and Dec. 8.

Board meetings on YouTube

The board also voted to post videos of its

meetings on YouTube that will be available

for public viewing for the current academic

year August through July. The videos will

be archived for two years.


Where to go next for development?

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Land in and near Groveport that could

be developed is gradually being used up.

“South is the only direction readily

available for development,” said Groveport

Economic Development Director Jeff

Green. “We’re blocked to the north, west,

and east (by other municipalities).”

According to Groveport Mayor Lance

Westcamp, “We need to concentrate on the

businesses we have and keep them here.”

Added Groveport City Councilman Ed

Dildine, “We’ll eventually come to the point

where growth won’t happen any more as

the area fills up. Most of our commercial

growth is away from residential areas,

unlike in other communities.”

Green told Groveport City Council that

a feasibility study should be pursued to

review the potential development of a large

amount of acreage, known as “Area C,” at

the city’s southern border. He said Area C,

an area located along Pontius Road south

of Hayes Road and extending south to the

county line at London-Lancaster Road,

consists of “thousands of acres,” of which

500 acres could be developed.

Green said the feasibility study of Area

C could review: potential revenue that

could be generated, expenses to open the

sites for development, and what could be

developed there. He noted it could cost $20

million just to extend a sewer line to the


“I know there is warehouse fatigue in

the community, but the warehouses pay

our bills,” said Green. “We look at economic

development, but not just development for

the sake of development.”

Green said any development in Area C

must adhere to water and sewer agreements

with the city of Columbus as well as

income tax revenue sharing between

Groveport, Groveport Madison Schools,

and Columbus.

Dildine and Councilwoman Jean Ann

Hilbert both noted that if Area C is eliminated

from development by Groveport,

there are not a lot of areas left for growth.

“We need to look at all the angles,” said

Dildine, adding that if Groveport does not

develop the area, other communities will

come in and do it and then those communities

will receive the revenue and the control

about what is built there. “We have to

explore all possibilities.”

Green said the warehouse vacancy rate

in Groveport is less than five percent.

“The market is so hot right now,” said

Green. “Developers approach us every

week about coming here.”

He said, because of Groveport’s location

and the area’s transportation system, companies

can reach two-thirds of the United

States’ population and a large part of

Canada by locating in Groveport.

Green said it is a myth that companies

in the warehouses leave Groveport after

their 15-year property tax abatements run


“In my 20 years of working here in

Groveport, only one company left town

after their abatement expired,” said Green.

“And when they did another company

moved in to fill that space. It’s not easy for

companies to pick up and move and to

chase tax abatements in other communities.

Abatements initially get them here

and they stay because they like it here in


According to Green, there are about

5,500 jobs in the currently tax abated businesses

in town and that does not include

the 1,700 jobs provided by The Gap and

others whose tax abatements have run out.

“After their abatement expired, The

Gap built a 400,000 square foot addition to

their property,” said Green.

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

A Madison Township Police officer was

injured during a recent incident at

Groveport Madison High School.

According to Madison Township Police

Chief Gary York, Keith Mallory, the School

Resource Officer since 2018 and a 17-year

veteran with the Madison Township Police,

sustained injuries to his head, elbow, and

knee on Aug. 19. Mallory reported back to

full-duty status on Aug. 23.

“Officer Mallory was in the cafeteria at

Groveport Madison High School having

lunch with a group of students when two

other female students, who apparently did

not know each other, began having a verbal

argument,” said York. “Officer Mallory

intervened, attempting to separate the two

students and de-escalate the situation. The

two students, while physically separated

by Officer Mallory, continued to argue and

began to physically go after one another,

completely disregarding Officer Mallory,

fighting through him to get to one another.”

York said that, during Mallory’s

attempts to de-escalate the situation, he

was bumped by one of the females and lost

his balance due to a chair that had been

knocked over and fell to the floor.

Police officials were told the students

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Township police officer injured

were fighting because of rumors about

comments being made.

“The initial incident lasted only a couple

of minutes,” said York. “Three school security

guards broke up the fight after Mallory

was bumped.”

York said both students were charged

criminally with disorderly conduct for

fighting on school grounds, a misdemeanor

of the fourth degree.

“In speaking with school officials, additionally,

both students will be facing an

expulsion hearing by the school district,”

said York.

York said fights at the school happen

from time to time.

“It comes down to choices and consequences,”

said York. “Sometimes the best

choices aren’t being made.”





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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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The old days of gritty gridirons

The first thing you notice is the dirt and

the mud.

Recently I have been indulging my nostalgia

and watching videos of old NFL

games from the 1960s on YouTube. Back in

those days, most NFL teams shared stadiums

with Major League Baseball teams,

which meant that, at least early in the football

season, the dirt infield of the baseball

diamond was part of the football field.

It is striking to see those often muddy

fields when compared to the rather pristine,

clean look of the modern synthetic

turf fields of today’s football-only stadiums.

It is fun to see the players of yesteryear

get dirty and to see their athleticism on display

in dealing with less than ideal footing.

(A favorite memory is of Cleveland Browns

running back Leroy Kelly gracefully stepping

around defenders in the muck.

Commentators of the day often said Kelly

ran best when the field was its worst.) As

kids back then, we identified with the pros

as we splashed around playing football in

our own muddy backyards or vacant lots.

Because these old stadiums accommodated

football and baseball, there were

places where the walls to the stands were

Editor’s Notebook

very close to the end

zones while there

were vast expanses

from the sidelines to

the stands in some


Then there were

the goal posts. In the

1960s the goal posts

were situated on the

goal line, as opposed

to today where they

are at the back of the

end zone. The old

posts were supported



by two pillars where today they have just

one. So, in the old days, players were twice

as likely to inadvertently run into the goal

posts during a play. A fun aspect of the old

goal posts is that, unlike today where the

goal posts are all the same yellowish-greenish

color, the old posts were different colors

depending on which stadium you were in

and some were even striped!

As the football season wore on and the

baseball season ended back then, some stadium

crews would put sod on the dirt

infields. But as December rolled around,

the entire football field in many of these old

stadiums became mostly dirt any way as

the weather, as well as the wear and tear of

playing on the fields, churned up most of

the grass so that the fields were primarily

dirt or mud with patches of grass.

Another aspect I enjoy seeing of the old

stadiums is how so many of them were

unique in their designs and layouts.

Today’s stadiums all sort of look like the

same oval or box shape and are not instantly

recognizable. The old stadiums were a

variety of shapes and sizes. When turning

on the TV to watch the games in the 1960s

you could tell what stadium it was before

the announcer said anything.

Modern stadiums give off the appearance

of 21st century technological influences

while the historic stadiums reflected

the industrial manufacturing nature of

their cities in the mid-20th century. A case

of cold computers and sleek videos vs. fiery

steel and brawny rust so to speak.

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport


True Browns fans know to be wary

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 naive

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

The Reel Deal



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


“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

team a long time ago, I did not have much

optimism for the reign of General Manager

Andrew Berry and Head Coach Kevin

Stefanski though it felt like adults were

finally in the room. But then something

bizarre started to happen — they overcame

challenges (in an odd turn, most not selfimposed)

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.

See BROWNS, page 7


By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison Schools began in

1848 with the district’s first school located

on Walnut Street in Groveport. The district

has been educating students and producing

accomplished alumni ever since.

In 1894, the Groveport Madison Alumni

Association formed and began holding its

annual alumni banquet. The organization

also selects inductees for the Groveport

Madison Alumni Hall of Fame and the

Rarey Award and cares for the history of

Groveport Madison Schools.

The 21st century has witnessed the fading

of many social organizations due to a

variety of reasons, but, as it has for 127

years, the GMAA continues to be a strong

presence in the community.

“We attract 15 to 20 members for our

committee, which is great as it nears their

50th anniversary from graduation,” said

GMAA member Judith Santmire. “Not all

members get a job, but all get a say. We

changed our name in 2018 to Groveport-

Madison Alumni Association from Groveport

Alumni Association. We also became a

501(c)3 organization and reworked our

bylaws. All donations are tax exempt.”

She said in past years the GMAA has

sponsored projects like buying flags for

classrooms, framing and hanging old class

pictures, and remodeling of the Groveport

Elementary auditorium.

“We sponsor the Hall Fame Award that recognize

successful graduates who have given

back to the community and been out of school

10 years,” said Santmire. “We also sponsor the

Rarey Award which recognizes someone who

did not graduate from Groveport but has given

back to the community.”

She said one thing that sets the GMAA

apart from other groups are the long standing,

committed volunteers. The board consists

of alumni from classes of 1958 thru

1979 and 1994.

“GMAA is a social organization that

works with the community,” said Santmire.

“We believe that we have over 10,000 graduates.

We have fantastic support from the

school district and local businesses.”

Alumni Banquet

The GMAA will resume its Alumni

Banquet after a year off due to the COVID

pandemic. The next Alumni Banquet will be

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 its graduation. The banquets

are 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.

“In the early days, the alumni would do

a potluck and then it turned into a banquet

with a catered meal,” said Santmire.

The banquet has been held over the

years in Groveport at the Elmont Hotel,

Groveport School on Naomi Court, Town

Hall, Groveport School (now Groveport

Elementary), the high school on Main Street

(now Middle School Central), the high

school on Hamilton Road that is now demolished,

back to Middle School Central, and

now the new high school on Hamilton Road.

At the banquet, the Alumni Hall of

Fame in the new high school’s mezzanine

will be open for viewing No other school

buildings will be open for tours. The honored

Class of 1970 is invited to the Sept. 17

Cruiser football game free of charge.

“We like the banquet because it showcases

Groveport Madison graduates as well

as provides the opportunity for socializing

with friends,” said Santmire.

Alumni Hall of Fame

The 2021 Hall of Fame inductee is

retired Groveport Police Chief Roger

Adams. The Rarey Award goes to John and

Mary Mashburn.

Adams, a 1967 Groveport Madison graduate

and lifelong Groveport resident, served

in the Groveport Police Department for 32

years including 21 years as police chief.

According to the GMAA, the Mashburns

served the community since 1978 with

their attorney practice and helped the community

members in various ways without

compensation. They were involved with

many different community and church

organizations throughout the years. John

was a long-time member of the Groveport

Lions Club. Mary was part of the city of

Groveport CIC committee and numerous

other committees.

The Alumni Hall of Fame began in 1985.

Members in the order they were inducted

and the year they graduated are:

Nora Dowler Carruthers, 1921; Lillian

Meloy, 1918; Grover Peters, 1910; Malcolm

“Mac” Sims, 1939; Warren E. Motts, 1959;

Dr. Mark M. Zangmeister, 1950; Lana

Hamler Borders, 1961; William A Smith,

1962; E. Eugene Wilson, 1936; Maxine Cole

Drury, 1931; Robert Peters, 1941; Edgar

Rarey, 1948; Frederick Mick, 1964; Ned

Webster, 1949; Catherine Powell Weikart,

1921; Harry E. Miller, 1939; Thomas J.

Hennen, 1970; Floyd F. Heil, 1930;

Dick Klamfoth, 1946; Jack .T Stultz,

1943; Admiral Thomas R. Wilson, 1964;

John D. Hummell, 1942; Louis Haines,

1946; Dr. Steven Miller, 1966; Ross L.

Worch, 1966; Anna Cox Mann, 1939;

Kathleen Grube Campbell, 1932; Terry L.

McDowell, 1984; Kathryn McNabb Teeters,

1941; Dwayne Spence, 1961; Richard

Palsgrove, 1974; Thomas Stevenson, 1963;

George Darfus, 1945; John T. Brown,

1958; Wayne E. Motts, 1985; Todd A. Carter,

1986; Janice Graham Nicholson, 1959; Dr.

Jeffrey A. Myers, 1977; Jean Ann Brown

Hilbert, 1963; Molly Palsgrove Davis, 1967;

Louis Casperson, 1967; Robert Lindemuth,

1954; Steven Michael Smith, 1980; Mary

Jane McCollister Metcalf, 1958; Dewey

Stokes, 1960; Timothy Michael, 1966.

About the GMAA

“We continue to look at innovations to

engage younger alumni,” said Santmire.

“We continue to post to social media and promoting

the banquet are current strategies.

This is vital as the group moves forward.”

The GMAA primarily meets the third

Tuesday of the month in the months of

January through June at 6:30 p.m.

Starting in January 2022, meetings will be

September 5, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5

Alumni banquets a long standing tradition in Groveport

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

Groveport Madison High School holds an a alumni banquet annually. Pictured here

is the 1913 banquet that was held in the Elmont Hotel. The Elmont once stood on

Groveport’s Main Street where Middle School Central now stands. In 1913, the

Groveport Madison Alumni Association had 250 members.

held at the Madison Township Community

Center, 4575 Madison Lane, Groveport.

For information, visit the website at


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Groveport to explore other ways

to nurture small business growth

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport city officials decided to try a

different approach to a proposed small business

entrepreneurship program.

Now that some restaurants are on board

for the two new commercial buildings

planned for Groveport’s Main Street, city

officials had considered using the second

floors of the Wert’s Grove building, 480 Main

St., and the Rarey’s Port building, 674 Main

St., as “business incubators” to nurture new,

home grown businesses in an entrepreneurship


However, at the Aug. 22 Groveport City

Council meeting, council postponed indefinitely

an ordinance to contract with

Cultivate to implement that program.

Groveport Economic Development

Director Jeff Green said the legislation was

postponed because, after some discussion,

city officials decided they need to get the buildings constructed

and tenants moved in before moving on to the

next stage.

In the mean time, Groveport City Councilman Ed

Dildine said the intent is to come back with “something

different” to create and grow small business in town

and that the city could use existing spaces, such as at

Town Hall, the Recreation Center, and other city

owned properties as places to offer an entrepreneurship


When asked how the second floor spaces in the

Wert’s Grove and Rarey’s Port buildings will now be

used since they will not be currently used for the

entrepreneurship program, Green said, “Since the second

floors of both buildings must be government use

due to the financing structure of the funding for the

buildings, we are working to identify what uses would

best be suited for the second floors. The buildings are

being built as a shell and finishing the first floor for

the restaurant tenants is the primary objective.

There’s really no affect on the cost of construction

because we never planned for Miller Valentine to finish

these spaces anyway.”

Green said the city has received inquiries from

existing businesses interested in the second floor

spaces of the two new buildings, “but because of the

financing structure we have to treat the second floor

spaces as government use. We feel the entrepreneurship

center can fall under that use.”

Green said the goal is to continue working with

Cultivate on the entrepreneurship program, but only

offer a training and technical assistance program for


“We’ll negotiate a new contract (with Cultivate),”

said Green. “Cultivate has had a great deal of success

in the region for several years. We have visited their

incubator in Grove City many times and have been

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Workers are shown here on a steamy August day tackling the

job of getting the foundation ready for the new Rarey’s Port

building at 674 Main St. The Rarey’s Port and Wert’s Grove buildings

are known as The 1847 Main Project and the city of

Groveport is the developer for both sites.


impressed with the facility and the program and wanted

to replicate it here.”

When asked if the city has received any interest

from potential entrepreneurs about the program,

Green said, “Not yet because we haven’t started promoting

the program.”

City officials believe the entrepreneurship program

would boost small business growth in town rather than

just letting small businesses take root on their own.

“The city has offered several small business training

programs through the years,” said Green. “The programs

go through every aspect of starting a small business,

including the risks. Many people determine that

business ownership isn’t for them and others learn

there’s more to owning a small business than they

realize and they’re better equipped to succeed.”

About the 1847 Main project

The Rarey’s Port and Wert’s Grove buildings are

known as The 1847 Main Project and the city of

Groveport is the developer for both sites.

Construction has started on the 14,145 square foot

Rarey’s Port building with completion expected by late

March 2022. Construction of the 12,184 square foot

Wert’s Grove building has also begun with completion

expected by April 2022.

The two new buildings will be two-story brick,

mixed-use commercial buildings.

The cost to construct the two buildings is approximately

$7.6 million. It is funded by a combination of

non-tax revenue bonds and tax revenue bonds.

According to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr,

non-tax revenue bonds equal taxable bonds and tax

revenue bonds equal tax-exempt bonds. He said the

project will be funded by general obligation bonds,

which are bonds from the bond market and are not

property tax bond issues that would be voted on by the


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.

Farmers’ Market

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.


September 5, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Remembering 9-11

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

On Sept. 11, the nation will observe the

20th anniversary of when terrorists

hijacked four jet airliners and used two

of the planes to destroy the World Trade

Center towers in New York City; one to

damage the Pentagon in Washington,

D.C.; and the other crashing in a

Pennsylvania field after the passengers

revolted against the terrorists. This

photo is from September, 2001 when

Groveport residents held an informal

candlelight vigil at the corner of

Crooked Alley and Main Street in

remembrance of the victims of the

attacks. 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

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 HelpNow.

Masks are required to visit School Help

Centers. Hours vary by library location.

Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help.


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.

Transportation grant sought

The city of Groveport is pursuing a

MORPC grant to purchase vehicles for its

senior transportation program.

City Administrator B.J. King said, “We

have successfully been awarded grants

through this program that allowed us to

purchase ADA vehicles at a fraction of the

cost. There is typically a 20 percent local

match. We received five of these grants in

the past totaling approximately $215,000.”

Continued from page 4

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

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


(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

since 2004.)

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

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Cruisers on the air

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

show. Tune in after the game for interviews

with players and the head coach,

along with a look at the final stats during

the post-game show. The broadcasts can be

accessed free of charge by anyone around

the world on their computer or handheld

device. All 20 broadcasts will also be available

to view on demand free of charge.

Go to www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.

The schedule - football (7

p.m.): 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.

Lithopolis Honeyfest

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 lithopolishoneyfest.com.

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


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

Walnut Creek tire sweep

Join the city of Canal Winchester and

Walnut Woods Metro Park for the 13th

annual Walnut Creek Tire Sweep.

Volunteers are needed to help remove tires

in the Walnut Creek basin. Participants

should meet at the Walnut Woods Metro

Park office, 6723 Lithopolis Road, at 8 a.m.

on Oct. 2. Pancakes and refreshments will

be provided for all volunteers. Canoes and

kayaks are welcome, or volunteers may

wade through the creek. Cleanup will take

place rain or shine. RSVP not required.

Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics Ohio

and its Groveport Special Olympics chapter

is to provide year round sports training and

competition in a variety of Olympic type

sports for intellectually disabled individuals.

For information contact local coordinators

Penny and Cassandra Hilty at groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com

or at (614)

395-8992 or 395-6640. Donations may be

sent to Groveport Special Olympics, P.O.

Box 296, Groveport, OH 43125.

Wagnalls Memorial Library

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at

150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. For information

call (614) 837-4765 or visit


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The Southeast Branch of the Columbus

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visit For information visit www.columbuslibrary.org

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Groveport City Council

Groveport City Council holds its regular

meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and

fourth Mondays of the month. Council

holds its committee of the whole meeting

on the third Monday each month at 5:30

p.m. Meetings are held in the municipal

building, 655 Blacklick St., Groveport.

Groveport history

The Groveport Heritage Museum contains

photographs, artifacts, and documents

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museum is located in Groveport Town Hall,

648 Main St., and is open during Groveport

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Senior information

Groveport Senior Center, 7370

Groveport Road. Call 614-836-1000.

Groveport senior transportation provides

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It was a time to look to the night sky

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

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

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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

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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 help.”

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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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 propane.

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 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


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

one Saturday evening. Security was always

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.

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 high


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 time.

“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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