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September 19-October 2, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 7
580 Main St., Groveport, OH 43125
A name you KNOW,
the name you TRUST
City requiring masks
Photo courtesy of the Groveport Police
First responders tend to a man who was injured when his riding lawn mower tipped
over in a pond trapping under water.
Man rescued from pond
By Rick Palsgrove
Rescuing a man trapped in the water
under a lawn mower was a team effort as
citizens, police, and firefighters worked
together to save him.
According to Groveport Police Lt. Josh
Short, at around 1:20 p.m. on Sept. 2, officers
were dispatched to the area of State
Route 317 and London-Groveport Road on
the report of a man trapped under a riding
lawn mower in a pond.
“Upon arrival we saw a zero turn lawn
mower upside down in the large retention
pond with two men next to it,” said Short.
“As (Groveport Police) Officer Kevin
Chavez and I ran to the mower, we saw
that the two men were pushing the
mower up so that the victim could keep
his head above the water. The victim’s
legs were pinned under the mower and
his head was just barely above water. I
was able to help the men push the mower
up and Officer Chavez was able to pull
the victim out and up toward the bank.”
Short said they then flipped the mower
upright so the gas tank would stop leaking
into the pond. First responders from
the Madison Township Fire Department
then arrived and transported the victim
to the hospital with a lower leg injury.
“The two men who were helping were
truck drivers who had been stopped at the
traffic light on Rohr Road at State Route
317 and heard the victim yelling for help,”
said Short. “They immediately pulled
their trucks to the side of the road and
ran to help. The victim is Hispanic so
there was a bit of a language barrier. We
are unsure how long he was in the water
so it is a blessing that these men heard
his calls for help and were willing to
Short said this was also Officer
Chavez’s first day as a Groveport Police
“He had only been sworn in with us
about five hours prior to this incident,”
said Short. “Officer Chavez showed no
hesitation running to and into the water
was vitally important in helping to free
the victim. Great job on his first day with
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport city officials announced that,
as of Sept. 10, masks are required to be
worn in all city buildings.
“We are watching what is happening in
central Ohio, Ohio, and the United States
regarding the spiking increase in COVID
numbers,” said Groveport City
Administrator B.J. King. “Because of the
increasing number of COVID cases we are
requiring that masks be worn by employees
and citizens when they are in any city
building. We feel it is the best thing to do to
keep our staff and the public safe.”
King said no expiration date has been
set on the mask wearing requirement.
“The requirement will be in place until
we see the COVID numbers decreasing,”
said King. “We will continue to monitor the
King said all of the city’s buildings and
facilities will remain open.
“We’re still doing business and operating,”
Regarding the Groveport Recreation
Center, King said masks must be worn
when entering or leaving the facility and
when one is not exercising. Masks may be
removed when actively exercising in the
recreation center. Masks are not required
while outdoors in the city parks.
Also, all government public meetings
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison Schools officials are
busy putting federal funds to use.
The money comes from the federal
Elementary and Secondary School Relief
The district already spent the $1.96
million in ESSER 1 funds that was used to
pay teachers working in the Cruiser
Digital Academy as well as provide personal
protective equipment to students and
staff to protect them from the COVID pandemic.
Thus far the district as spent $3.25 million
of the $8.4 million ESSER 2 funds it
received. The ESSER 2 funds must be
expended by September 2023. (To see the
See ESSER, page 8
will still be held, but masks must be worn
by officials and the public while attending
King said, as of now, Apple Butter Day,
scheduled for Oct. 9, has not been cancelled
and will still be held.
“Nobody likes mask requirements,” said
King. “But it has to be done for everyone’s
well being. It’s the responsible thing to do.”
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Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre
Co. is one of 19 area high schools selected to participate
in the Columbus Association for the Performing
Arts’ 2021-22 CAPA Marquee Awards.
Presented by the American Electric Power
Foundation, the program is designed to celebrate, support,
and advocate for high school musical theatre education.
The year-long educational program offers
selected high schools the opportunity to participate in
professional theatre education activities throughout
the school year including master classes with
Broadway touring artists, skills-based workshops with
local artists, professional development sessions for
educators, and Dig Deeper, a virtual tutorial series
which covers a range of topics to help students deepen
their study and practice of theatre from wherever they
“We are proud to be participating in the CAPA
Marquee Awards this year,” said Groveport Madison
High School Theatre Director Erin McLaughlin.
“CAPA is a great educational opportunity for our students.
It offers a variety of educational programming
throughout the school year, including Master Classes
with cast/crew from touring productions that come
through Columbus, and the line-up this year is amazing,
Careers in Theatre spotlights, Dig Deeper videos
on how to do everything from basic stage make-up to
backstage knots to warm-ups for performers, and
workshops on a variety of theatrical things - the first
workshop will be in October and cover auditioning for
collegiate theatre programs.”
McLaughlin said the CAPA Marquee Awards are a
regional musical theatre competition that recognizes
and inspires greatness in high school musical theatre.
“We get to compete against other central Ohio high
school theatre programs and the winners of Best Actor
and Best Actress here in Columbus get to travel to
New York City to compete in the Jimmy Awards,
which is the high school version of the Tonys,” said
Participation in the program costs a non-refundable
fee of $150, which gives students access to all of
CAPA’s educational programming this year and covers
adjudication of Groveport Madison’s spring musical.
“Participating schools are also required to purchase
a minimum of 25 tickets to the CAPA Marquee Awards
Showcase, a red carpet event on May 10 at the Ohio
Theatre in Columbus, for the discounted price of $15
per ticket,” said McLaughlin. “These costs will be covered
by the GMHS Theatre program’s budget.
Students will not be asked to cover any of it.”
McLaughlin said all students participating in the
Cruiser Theatre Company have access to the CAPA
educational programming this year.
“Although, due to COVID we may only be allowed to
send one or two students per event,” said McLaughlin.
“In such cases who participates will be determined on
a first-come, first-served basis. Students involved in
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1 burglary in progress, 25 domestic complaints, 2 DUI,
7 hit skip accidents, 10 juvenile complaints, 17 theft, 3
missing persons, 14 parking violations, 1 person with
gun, 13 property damage accidents, 4 shots fired in
area, 7 stolen vehicles, 10 suspicious cars, 20 suspicious
persons, 20 suspicious persons/vehicles, 8 threats
or harassment, 81 traffic stops, and 10 vandalism.
Photo by Lydia Miller
One of classes offered by CAPA for high school performing
our spring musical, whether on stage or behind the
scenes, will be participating in the show being adjudicated
and will thereby learn a lot about how theatre is
judged/assessed and how awards shows work.”
More information is available at
Upcoming Cruiser Theatre Co. shows
“I am so excited about this year’s season!” said
McLaughlin. “We just cast ‘A Midsummer Night’s
Dream,’ by William Shakespeare, which is currently
scheduled to perform Nov. 18-20 at 7 p.m. all three
She said the intent is to perform “Sherlock Holmes
and the Case of the Christmas Carol,” by John
Longenbaugh on Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. both nights;
“Goodness Gracious,” by Hank (Henry) Kimmel as the
Cruiser Theatre Co.’s “Play-in-a-Day” on Feb. 19 at 7
p.m.; and “Fiddler on the Roof’ as the spring musical
on April 7-10 at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m.
All performances will be in the Groveport Madison
High School auditorium, 4475 S. Hamilton Road.
“Of course, all of this is dependent on how the situation
with COVID develops,” said McLaughlin
“Audiences should note that I intend to offer
livestreaming as an option for the first three shows,
but I will not be able to do so for ‘Fiddler.’ As of right
now, masks are required for all who enter the
Groveport Madison High School building and I anticipate
having limited capacity audiences for my productions
McLaughlin said she has every intention of having
live audiences at the Cruiser Theater Co. performances
“But, unfortunately, I am at the mercy of what happens
with COVID and district policy in that regard,”
she said. “Tickets and livestream access will be available
through our website, cruisertheatre.weebly.com,
under the ‘Ticket Information’ tab closer to each performance.”
School Help Centers
The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s School Help
Centers offer K-12 students after-school help, plus
24/7 access to free tools and resources. Students can
connect 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 information.
Special Olympics fundraiser
Groveport Special Olympics will hold its
annual “Cash Drop” fundraiser on Oct. 16
from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the intersections
of Main Street/Kroger, Main
Street/Hendron Road, and Main
Street/College Street. The mission of
Groveport Special Olympics chapter is to
provide year round sports training and
Ten years ago, Dwayne R. Spence Funeral
Home in Canal Winchester had its first annual
Community Shred Day as a way of giving back to
the community that has supported them for over
Along with document shredding, each year
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home partners with
the Canal Winchester Food Pantry who takes food
and monetary donations, the Lions Club who collects
used eyeglasses and recycles plastic grocery
bags, the St. Vincent de Paul Society who accepts
clothing and household items, and TDR LLC who
accepts used electronics. This is truly a community
Community Shred Day has grown each year,
starting out with about 225 vehicles dropping off
recyclable paper and other reusable items in the
first year to nearly 600 vehicles in 2019. Since the
beginning Community Shred Day, Dwayne R.
Spence Funeral Home has been fortunate to have
the continued service of Boy Scouts Troop 256.
competition in a variety of Olympic type
sports for intellectually disabled individuals.
For information contact Penny and
Cassandra Hilty at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (614) 395-
8992 or 395-6640. Donations may also be
sent to Groveport Special Olympics, P.O.
Box 296, Groveport, OH 43125.
Community Shred Day
The Scouts and their leaders show up in force to
help unload the boxes of paper and documents
from vehicles and place them in the shredding
containers. This makes it very convenient so participants
do not need to get out of their vehicle or
lift heavy boxes. The Scouts are able to use their
service on Community Shred Day towards earning
the “Pulp and Paper” merit badge.
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home is pleased
that the citizens of Canal Winchester choose them
and their shred company, Royal Document
Destruction, to eliminate old and outdated paperwork.
Royal Document Destruction was chosen
to shred documents because of their reputation
and their security measures in dealing with vulnerable
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home invites the
community to their 10th Annual Community
Shred Day event at the Canal Winchester location
on Saturday Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Groveport history films
Groveport celebrates its canal heritage
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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(Editor’s note: This is a modified version of
a speech I delivered at the start of “Groveport
Canal Day: Celebrating Our Heritage Along
the Southern Descent Trail” on Sept. 5. The
event signaled the opening of the new driving
trail spotlighting the history of the Ohio and
Erie Canal and the communities it passed
through from Buckeye Lake to Portsmouth.)
with the history of the
Ohio and Erie Canal
may wonder what all
the fuss is about a
miles long ditch full of water.
Just let your mind wander back to what
Groveport was like in the 1820s. A small
town of a few hundred people with log
homes and businesses scattered along a
tree stumped filled, rutted, often muddy
Columbus-Lancaster Road (now Main
Street). It was a town was surrounded by
fertile farms and wilderness.
In those days, those living here could
only function in a truly local economy.
They mostly produced, bought, and sold
goods with each other, which was a limited
market to say the least.
There was no railroad yet. The electric
interurban railway was a far off idea.
There are several creeks, but they are shallow
and not great for shipping navigation.
No paved roads existed. The only major
transportation outlet was the aforementioned
dirt Columbus-Lancaster Road and
Columbus was a far off place in the 1820s.
It all changed in 1831 when the Ohio
and Erie Canal opened in Groveport.
Suddenly the town had a water route that
put the word “port” in Groveport. Now
there was a way for farmers to ship their
goods all over Ohio and beyond.
Businessmen could bring in more outside
goods to sell as well as ship products efficiently
and swiftly for the era.
The canal formed a natural transportation
intersection with the Main Street that
encouraged business growth much like the
businesses that spring up around modern
freeway interchanges today.
The water of the Ohio and Erie Canal
brought more people to Groveport. Log cabins
were remodeled and nice brick homes
sprang up. The canal brought more variety
to the town’s business offerings and also
brought ideas to help the culture flourish.
The canal made Groveport. Without it,
it may have become one of many ghost
towns that are shadows on the Ohio map.
Take a walk around town and look at
the canal sites let your imagination flow
and envision Groveport as it looked in the
1800s. Picture the homes and the people of
that era as they went about their business.
Take note of the chickens and pigs that
moved freely about town foraging. Imagine
a canal boat being pulled along by a team
of horses or mules and hear the steady
“clop clop” of their hoofbeats. Imagine the
bridge over the canal on Main Street.
Listen through time and hear the hammers
of boat builders as they constructed canal
boats in what is now Blacklick Park. Feel
the sensation of water as it whooshed in
and out of Lock 22 as it raised and lowered
canal boats to meet the terrain. Realize
how the landscape has changed over the
190 years since the canal opened, how the
areas in town where the canal passed
through were at a much lower level geographically
than the ground is today.
Temporarily remove the sights and sounds
of the modern world and connect with our
ancestors by looking up at the sky and
think about how they, too, on a nice day
would notice the clouds.
The canal days ended in the early 20th
Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Groveport held its kickoff event,
“Groveport Canal Day: Celebrating Our
Heritage Along the Southern Descent
Trail,” on Sept. 5 for the opening of the
new driving trail “Ohio and Erie Canal
Southern Descent Heritage Trail from
Buckeye Lake to Portsmouth.” The event
included historical tours of Ohio and Erie
Canal sites in Groveport, music, and
food provided by Mayor Lance
Westcamp. Pictured here are Groveport
Mayor Lance Westcamp and Lockbourne
Mayor Christie Ward as they look over
Ohio and Erie Canal Lock 22, located in
Groveport Park. Visit seeohiofirst.org for
information on the trail.
century when the boats were replaced by
trains, cars, buses, trucks, and airplanes.
But the waterway served its purpose. It
helped create a community.
As you take walks around town, imagine
it all. It is the town’s past that helps make
Groveport what it is today.
It is your past. Embrace it.
Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport
Messenger photos by Theresa Garee
At Motts Military Museum’s 9-11
Remembrance Event on Sept. 11, the bell
rang in memoriam to those killed during
each of the terrorist attacks that occurred
on Sept. 11, 2001: the North Tower of the
World Trade Center in New York City was
hit at 8:46 a.m.; the South Tower at 9:03
a.m.; the west wall of the Pentagon in
Washington, D.C., at 9:37 a.m.; the South
Tower fell 9:59 a.m.; Flight 93 crashed in a
field in Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m.; the
outer ring of the Pentagon wall collapsed
at 10:15 a.m.; and the North Tower fell at
10:28 a.m. Guest speaker Captain Jack
Boyle spoke of his experience at Ground
Zero where he spent 55 days. Boyle ended
with the plea, “America must never forget
this day.” Added Dan Burrill, a critical care
nurse of the Alaska Medical Assistance
Team 1, the team was dispatched to assist
at Ground Zero two weeks after 9-11, “The
real message from Ground Zero is the
unity it brought this country.”
Madison Township Firefighter
Allen Young and Lt. Jeremy Irwin
carry the ceremonial wreath for
dedication to those lost on
9/11/2001 at the 20 year anniversary
event of remembrance at
Motts Military Museum on Sept. 11.
The Madison Township Fire Department Color
Guard presenting the colors at the Sept. 11 remembrance
at Motts Military Museum. For information
on the museum visit mottsmilitarymuseum.org.
Township seeks pandemic funds
By Linda Dillman
The Madison Township Trustees are taking action
to get their piece of $1.9 trillion in federal money that
is aiding the country’s recovery from COVID-19 and
the virus’ impact on the economy and public health.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) emergency legislative
package provides resources needed to address
the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and spur economic recovery.
It was signed into law by President Joe Biden on
At their Sept. 14 meeting, the trustees approved the
creation of an American Rescue Plan fund to receive
“The initial information was received the end of
April 2021,” said Madison Township Administrator
Susan Brobst. “However, in May it was determined
that all township eligibility status for direct ARP funds
was yet to be determined and was sent to the state legislature
to decide. The township received information
in June 2021 after the passage of Senate Bill 111,
which provided the amendment that allowed townships
to be included in the distribution to non-entitlement
units of local government.”
Madison Township Fiscal Officer Laurie Vermeer
submitted the application at the end of August.
Brobst said there are 1,308 townships in Ohio, three
of which are large enough to be directly included in the
ARP funding, leaving the remaining 1305 townships
left hanging to know if they would receive any funds.
“Not all states have townships, so the language
used in the original bill unintentionally created the
issue,” said Brobst.
While Brobst said the final amount of funding is yet
to be determined–the deadline to apply for funds was
extended–information initially received by the township
indicated a potential maximum of $1.2 million
payable in two installments.
The act provides resources to protect the jobs and
health of first responders and other essential front-line
workers, including testing, contact tracing, and mitigation
and purchasing personal protective equipment.
The national vaccination program and complementary
measures to combat the coronavirus–including
scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of
personal protective equipment and other critical supplies–are
also part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
“At this point, we do not know how or what any of
the funds will be used for, as we have not discussed
any potential projects with the board or staff,” said
Brobst. “We have received preliminary information on
initial categories and some guidance. However, we are
still waiting on more specific clarification/guidance
which is coming from various agencies. As of now, our
plan is to watch as additional information becomes
available, discuss with department heads later this
year, and present recommendations to the board which
will then be discussed at the end of 2021 and the first
quarter of 2022. We also have to keep in mind, these
funds can be used over multiple years.”
ARP Funds must be dedicated to specific uses by
The Groveport Heritage Museum contains
photographs, artifacts, and documents
about Groveport’s history. The
museum is located in Groveport Town
Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during
Groveport Town Hall’s operating hours.
Dec. 31, 2024. The encumbered funds must be paid out,
purchases received, and projects completed by Dec. 31,
2026. Any money that is left over after the deadlines
must be returned to the U.S. Treasury.
Problems in Brobst Park
Township officials said irresponsible residents and
visitors to Madison Township’s Brobst Park are creating
problems by leaving trash in their wake.
Brobst said thrash is not being picked up throughout
the park and incidents of discarded alcoholic containers
are on the rise.
“This is the first time we’re having a consistent
problem with alcohol throughout the park,” said
Brobst. “We’re finding bottles.”
Workers put up additional signage reminding park
visitors of the rules, but Brobst said they are being
ignored. She said action is needed to curb the problem
of trash littering the park grounds and alcoholic beverage
consumption within its confines.
She suggested closing the gates to the park before
dusk and leaving restrooms locked, unless ball games
are being played. The two shelter houses are available
by reservation only, but there is no charge.
“We’re going to get a quote for a camera system and
see if it’s something we could possibly do,” said Brobst,
who said measures might include charging rent for the
use of the shelter houses, which she said are as busy
now as they were before the pandemic.
“We are hearing throughout the county people are
having more problems with trash (in parks). We definitely
are interested in suggestions from anyone,” said
Trustee Michele Reynolds suggested the township
collect a refundable deposit for
use of the shelter houses and
taking before and after pictures
when they are reserved.
Other township news
Madison Township Fire
Department Battalion Chief
Mark Ballenger was presented
a 25-year service award by Fire
Chief Derek Robinson and
Madison Township Police
Officer Angie Gamblin was promoted
In June 2018, Gamblin was
the first female officer hired by
the township after graduating
from the Eastland Career
Center law enforcement academy
in April 2018.
“This is absolutely one of my
proudest moments,” said
Madison Township Police Chief
Gary York. “She was our first
female officer, our first female
supervisor, and now our first
female sergeant. We’re proud of
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.
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A bi-monthly feature celebrating our
community’s senior citizens
COAAA partners with
new online caregiving
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is partnering with
Trualta, a free easy-to-use online platform that equips caregivers with the
knowledge and skills needed to manage care for a loved one in the home.
Trualta is tailored to meet the caregiver’s learning style through articles, tipsheets,
quick five-minute videos, and professional-level trainings.
The online platform, which can be accessed from a computer or any
mobile device, offers practical caregiving tips and techniques, links caregivers
to local resources and assistance, connects caregivers to other caregivers,
and covers many topics that caregivers may experience, including
personal care, brain health, safety, self-care, and working with memory
issues or dementia.
Trualta is for caregivers who live in COAAA’s eight-county area –
Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and
Union. Registration is required to access the platform. COAAA’s Trualta
Support Specialist, Maddie Huggins, can answer questions about eligibility,
assist with registration, help with device accessibility, and help individuals
navigate the Trualta website.
To learn more about Trualta, contact Maddie Huggins at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-645-7445.
Retirement community partners with
senior center to create walking group
Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, in partnership with
the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, has started a new walking
group for older adults ages 55 and older who want to improve
their health and make new friends.
Organized by The Wesley Communities’ Community
Outreach Director Africa Thomas, each walking event includes
a health program by fitness instructor, Leah Siefert, and a light
When Ms. Thomas asked members of the Reynoldsburg
Steppers what they love about the group, one stated that she
values being part of a team during the pandemic. Another
member, Arlene, who also walks with The Shops at
Worthington Place Mall Walkers, which is sponsored by
Wesley Ridge’s sister community, Wesley Glen Retirement
Community, said, “I have been walking with the Wesley Glen
Mall Walkers for five years. I originally signed up for the benefits
of exercise and the security of walking outside with a
group. I quickly discovered many bonus effects of being part
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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: President Kevin L. Boyce • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Erica C. Crawley
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.
Kinship Care Month
This month we would like to recognize Kinship Care Month.
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services,
“Kinship Care refers to a temporary or permanent
arrangement in which a relative or any non-relative adult
who has a long-standing relationship or bond with the child
and/or family, has taken over the full-time, substitute care of
a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so”. Kinship
Care allows for a child to be within a stable environment
in which they feel comfortable, appreciated, and wanted.
In July 2020, The United States Government Accountability
Office found that “in 2018, an estimated 2.7 million children
lived with kin caregivers”, which included grandparents. In
fact, the report found that “62.1 percent of children living in
a kinship arrangement, were living with grandparents”. As
we have seen the number of older adult caregivers increase,
we have also seen the need for resources to effectively care
for the caregiver themselves, and the children they are looking
The Center for the Study of Social Policy reported that “more
than half of all children in kinship care live in families with
incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, yet
less than half of kinship caregivers receive Medicaid or Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits,
and less than 12 percent receive Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF)”. COVID-19 has surely made the
need greater for families participating in kinship caregiving.
Even the most basic of necessities such as food, water, formula,
diapers, or shelter, may be hard to afford due to the
ongoing pandemic. Finances are not the only issue facing
older kinship caregivers, but maintaining their physical
health, to be able to care for the children, is in jeopardy.
“Almost half of grandparent caregivers are age 60 and older
and at heightened risk for COVID-19”, according to the Generations
United. As statistics have proven, older adults are
more likely to become ill and even die from COVID-19. It
becomes imperative to keep both the children, and the kinship
caregivers safe and healthy because their health will
affect one another, especially since they are living within the
The Franklin County Office on Aging is determined to keep
older adults safe, while simultaneously maintaining their
independence. The Franklin County Office on Aging has a
Kinship Support Program, which is an extension of the Caregiver
Support Program. In this program, a kinship caregiver
age 55 and older living within Franklin County, can access
resources such as appliances, durable medical equipment,
infant, toddler, and children health maintenance supplies,
kinship counseling, mattress and box spring sets, and other
items and services that may be beneficial to the caregiver.
If you are or know of a kinship caregiver that is age 55 or
older living within Franklin County that is in need of assistance,
please call the Franklin County Office on Aging at
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Hall of Famers
The 2021 inductees to the Groveport Madison
Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame, from left to right,
are: William Alspach, (Kim Alspach accepted
the honor for him), Brandon Johnson, Linda
Smittle, Chris Downing, and Clarence Royal.
Alspach was athletic director and a noted
administrator for the Ohio High School Athletic
Association. Johnson was a standout basketball
player. Smittle was a teacher and cheerleading
coach. Downing excelled in football as
well as being coach of the Cruiser softball
team which has won several league titles.
Royal starred in football, basketball, and baseball.
Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
Photo courtesy of the
Pictured here is
Town Band from
around 1900. The
weekly concerts at
the old band stand
that once stood at
Main and Front streets. The band disbanded after World War I. Members of the band, from left to right,
were: Charles Dolby, Byron Seymour, Clifford Jordan, Millard Jordan, Kirk Carruthers, Sturgis Davis, L. W.
Carruthers, Jesse Bateson, Lucius Davis, R. Kitzmiller, Louis Sims, Ray Teegardin, Arthur Jordan, John
Dunklee and Vernon Lowery.
Continued from page 1
list of completed projects visit the district’s website at
“As of Sept. 10, the only item that remains in the “Not
Started” category (for ESSER 2) is our Cruiser Connect
Summer School 2022 program,” said Groveport Madison
Communications Director Jeff Warner.
ESSER 3 funding is available to help safely reopen
schools and address the impacts of the COVID pandemic.
District officials said they focused their ESSER
3 funding on academic and instructional support;
social and emotional support for students; facilities
and operations; and community supports and equity.
ESSER 3 funds must be spent by September 2024.
The district sent their $18.9 million ESSER 3
spending plan to the Ohio Department of Education for
approval. Since then the amount was lowered to $18.8
“It’s not uncommon for the actual allocation to vary
slightly from the initial award,” said Warner. “Other
than to confirm receipt of our plan, we’ve not yet
received a response from ODE regarding approval or
any issues requiring clarification.”
When asked what areas will receive less funding since
there is $100,000 less in ESSER 3 funds, Warner said,
“We were intending to purchase electronic door lock card
readers for all of our older buildings. Since building monitoring
and security is such a critical issue, we have
moved the expense into the general fund so we can move
forward with the purchase right away.”
District officials do not expect to receive more federal
money under ESSER.
“We’re not aware of plans for additional ESSER
funding on the scale we’ve seen to date,” said Warner.
The biggest ticket items slated for ESSER 3 funding
are $4.6 million for a new bus garage; and $4.2 million
for repurposing the District Service Center - including
a health center, a Welcome Center, social services, truancy
officers, Franklin County Job and Family
Services, food and clothing bank, and community meeting
“Since the onset of coronavirus in the U.S., the country
has faced many hardships on top of the lives lost,”
said Warner. “These challenging times have impacted
individuals, business, schools, and more. The government
has stepped up and offered many resources and
large amounts of funding to help keep the economy
Warner said, to date, the U.S. Congress has passed
six relief packages aimed at providing assistance to
individuals and businesses who are dealing with the
economic fallout since the pandemic began. In total,
the stimulus packages amount to approximately $4
trillion in spending.
“The funds we’ve received to date and expect to
receive through the ESSER III allocation are being used
to help safely reopen schools and address the impacts of
the pandemic on students’ academic, social, emotional,
and mental health needs, including interventions to
address ‘learning loss’ — delays in students’ academic
progress related to the pandemic — and support equity
with services and supports for student populations that
the pandemic has disproportionately impacted,” said
Warner. “We feel strongly that the federal funds are
very much needed.”
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Art and community
Photo courtesy of Groveport Madison Schools
Groveport Madison High School art students worked on a special mosaic that will
be installed and dedicated on an outside wall at Groveport Madison High School
prior to the varsity football game on Oct. 1. Groveport Madison Communications
Director Jeff Warner said the mosaic consists of four inch square tiles and will
stand eight to nine feet in height. According to Groveport Madison High School art
teacher Megan Stauffer-Miller, the piece was inspired to mark the end of a three
year relationship with the Ohio Arts Council’s embedded artist - Juliellen Byrne -
a resident of Groveport, a historic educational landmark for students and educators
as they transitioned through many phases of instruction; and a call to action
to all stakeholders to claim their own bravery and place as participants of the larger
community. “Very few students have the opportunity to see an actual sculpture
of this scale in production,” said Stauffer-Miller.
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