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<strong>Messenger</strong><br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

<strong>November</strong> 14-27, <strong>2021</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 11<br />

Hometown Realtor<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong>’s 2022 budget<br />

is lean, but not mean<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council has approved<br />

the city’s 2022 budget, which is leaner than<br />

in years’ past.<br />

Though the budget is trimmer, city officials<br />

said there will be no loss of services<br />

nor are any projects being postponed.<br />

Budget overview<br />

“The 2022 budget reflects continued<br />

investment in public infrastructure<br />

improvements and the continuation of quality<br />

services provided to the community,”<br />

said <strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J.<br />

King. “All combined, the 2022 budget shows<br />

a reduction of nearly $8 million when compared<br />

to the overall budget for <strong>2021</strong>.”<br />

Total estimated appropriations for 2022<br />

are $41.9 million, which is down about 16<br />

percent from $49.9 million in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Since there will be no loss of services or<br />

projects in the reduced budget, what kinds<br />

of things were cut instead?<br />

“This budget cycle directors did a<br />

tremendous job of identifying budgets they<br />

can operate within,” said King.<br />

“Discussions were held with each director<br />

to determine how critical certain items for<br />

their budget. We will still have an annual<br />

road improvement program, will complete<br />

sidewalk repairs, will continue brush and<br />

leaf pickup, and so on…This budget truly<br />

targets the needs of the city.”<br />

Total estimated generated revenues for<br />

2022 are $35.7 million, which is down 7.9<br />

percent from $38.8 million in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

“The anticipated combined revenue for all<br />

funds is down $3.1 million,” said King.<br />

“However, the issuance of debt last year,<br />

which is considered revenue, skews the total<br />

estimated revenue for <strong>2021</strong>. The reduced<br />

revenue is attributed to the reduction of debt<br />

proceeds issued in <strong>2021</strong> for the construction<br />

of the two new Main Street buildings. Debt<br />

proceeds must be reflected in a budget as<br />

revenue, which was the case in <strong>2021</strong>.”<br />

The general fund revenue for <strong>2021</strong> is<br />

estimated at $16.4 million, which is up<br />

from $15.7 million in <strong>2021</strong>. The bulk of this<br />

funding comes from income tax revenue,<br />

which is projected to be $14.8 million in<br />

2022 compared to $14.2 million in 201.<br />

Other estimated 2022 revenues are<br />

$514,800 from property taxes and various<br />

amounts in other city fund categories<br />

including grants, taxes, leases, fees, and<br />

permits.<br />

Capital improvement projects<br />

Significant projects and purchases proposed<br />

for 2022 include:<br />

•$300,000 for street maintenance;<br />

•$185,000 for a two and a half ton snow<br />

truck and $140,000 for a front end loader;<br />

•$1 million for cart path replacement<br />

and $600,000 for a maintenance building<br />

at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf Course;<br />

•$420,000 for the Hickory and Brook<br />

alleys storm alley drainage project;<br />

•$188,000 for safety improvements at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road and State Route 317;<br />

•$30,000 for sidewalk replacements;<br />

•$70,000 for curb ramp upgrades on<br />

Main Street;<br />

•$15,000 for Marketing Place reconstruction<br />

and $15,000 for Director’s<br />

Boulevard reconstruction.<br />

Additionally, $1.2 million is budgeted<br />

for interior build outs on the new Rarey’s<br />

Port and Wert’s Grove buildings on Main<br />

Street.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Finance Director Jason Carr<br />

said the $1.2 million amount cannot be<br />

exceeded unless approved by council and<br />

disbursement is expected in February 2022.<br />

“The city is providing basic fixed equipment<br />

that will stay in the buildings in the<br />

event one of the tenants leaves,” said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Development Director Jeff<br />

Green. “The tenants will provide most of<br />

their own equipment.”<br />

Green said the type of equipment the<br />

city is purchasing includes hoods, sinks,<br />

and walk-in coolers.<br />

“The city is not paying for interior<br />

design,” said Green. “The city has negotiated<br />

with the tenants to provide a ‘warm<br />

vanilla shell’ that will include restrooms<br />

and drywall. Then tenants will pay for<br />

their own designs and ‘front of house’ finishes<br />

and all furniture and fixtures.”<br />

Green added that the second floor interior<br />

of the buildings will be completed once<br />

the first floor is complete and the tenants<br />

are moved in and in operation.<br />

“We anticipate part of the basic finishing<br />

of the second floors will be part of the<br />

2023 budget,” said Green.<br />

Construction is progressing on the<br />

14,145 square foot Rarey’s Port (674 Main<br />

St.) and the 12,184 square foot Wert’s<br />

Grove (480 Main St.) buildings that are<br />

part of the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s 1847 Main<br />

Project. Construction is expected to be done<br />

See BUDGET, page 2<br />

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Unofficial election results<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

Voters have made their choices in the <strong>2021</strong> election.<br />

According to Franklin County Board of Elections<br />

Public Information Officer Aaron Sellers, the official<br />

totals show that, countywide, 201,428 out of 865,220<br />

eligible voters — 23.28 percent voted in the Nov. 2<br />

General Election. Election totals for Franklin County<br />

are posted online at vote.franklincountyohio.gov. The<br />

board of elections must begin the official canvass of<br />

ballots no later than Nov. 17 and certify vote totals by<br />

Nov. 23.<br />

Here are the unofficial Nov. 2 local election results<br />

according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> city council (top four selected):<br />

Scott Lockett, 685; Becky Hutson, 574; Edward G.<br />

Dildine, 544; Jack Rupp Jr., 518; Cheryl Irving, 469;<br />

Wayne White, 372.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison board of education (top three<br />

selected): Seth Bower, 2,382; LaToya Dowdell-Burger,<br />

2,013; Libby Gray, 1,873; Wayne Bryan, 1,678; Betty<br />

Simcox, 1,580; Polly Pierce, 1,057.<br />

Madison Township<br />

Madison Township trustee (top two selected): John<br />

Madison Township Police statistics<br />

October crime statistics from the Madison Township Police: 8<br />

accidents with injuries, 6 assaults, 2 burglary, 20 domestic complaints,<br />

3 driving under the influence, 4 fights, 4 hit skip accidents,<br />

20 juvenile complaints, 15 larceny/theft, 3 missing persons,<br />

1 narcotics, 37 parking violations, 2 person with gun, 19 property<br />

damage accidents, 3 sex offenses, 3 shots fired in area, 4 stolen<br />

vehicles, 12 suspicious cars, 37 suspicious persons, 22 suspicious<br />

persons/vehicles, 5 threats or harassment, 85 traffic stops, and 3<br />

vandalism.<br />

Pritchard, 2,127; Katherine Chipps, 1,954; Debbie<br />

Miller, 1,791; John Kershner, 1,757.<br />

Obetz and Hamilton Township<br />

Obetz village council (top four selected): Robert<br />

Cramer, 544; Guiles Richardson, 504; Mike Kimbler,<br />

494; Todd Gibbs, 441; Bonnie Wiley, 428<br />

Hamilton Township board of education (top three<br />

selected): Mary Isaac, 802; David Schutte, 799; Amber<br />

Clark, 751; Jeff Sewell, 706; Hillary Thompson, 631;<br />

Damon Batchelder, 483.<br />

Hamilton Township trustee (top two selected): Chris<br />

Hann, 1,054; Todd Blackstone, 746.<br />

Lockbourne<br />

Lockbourne village council (two selected): Tony<br />

Grandstaff, 17; Bobbi Crouse, 14.<br />

Canal Winchester<br />

Canal Winchester city council (top four selected): Jill<br />

Amos, 1,481; Ashley Ward, 1,271; Laurie Amick, 1,268;<br />

Patrick Shea, 1,190; Brandon Hord, 1,187; Chuck<br />

Carpenter, 1,061; Chloe Green, 1,050<br />

Canal Winchester board of education (top three selected):<br />

Dave George, 2,093; Vangela Barnes, 1,990;<br />

Monika Talley, 1,929<br />

Canal Winchester City Charter amendments: Yes:<br />

1,310; No: 746.<br />

Parking on West Street<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council is considering<br />

legislation that would prohibit parking on<br />

the fire hydrant side of West Street.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J. King<br />

said there is an ongoing issue of multiple<br />

vehicles being parked on both sides of<br />

West Street making it difficult for snow<br />

plows, leaf clean up trucks, and delivery<br />

trucks to maneuver on the street.<br />

Additionall, he said, having vehicles<br />

parked on the fire hydrant side of the<br />

street is a safety issue.<br />

Council will discuss the legislation at<br />

its committee of the whole meeting on Nov.<br />

15 at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building,<br />

655 Blacklick St.<br />

BUDGET<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

on the buildings in the spring of 2022.<br />

Other proposed appropriations<br />

The proposed 2022 general fund appropriations<br />

are estimated at $20.1 million,<br />

which is up from $18.2 million in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Some other proposed 2020 appropriations:<br />

•Revenue sharing with <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools, $1.3 million;<br />

•Various parks improvements, $75,000;<br />

•Funding for festivals in 2022 includes<br />

$50,275 for the Fourth of July; $19,000 for<br />

Christmas - A Heritage Holiday; $25,086<br />

for Apple Butter Day; and $4,000 for the<br />

Halloween block party; and<br />

•Donation of $25,000 to Motts Military<br />

Museum.<br />

“The Motts Military Museum is a<br />

tremendous asset for the community as it<br />

serves as a tourist destination,” said King.<br />

Council is considering legislation to<br />

authorize an annual $25,000 donation to<br />

Motts Military Museum for each of the<br />

next five years.


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<strong>November</strong> 14, <strong>2021</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

GM Schools’ finances expected to worsen after levy expires<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools’ expenses are projected to<br />

exceed the district’s revenues by fiscal year 2026 if additional<br />

revenue is not generated, according to the district’s<br />

latest five year forecast.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Communications Director Jeff<br />

Warner said this five year forecast is based on financial<br />

modeling software provided by the state and that the district<br />

is waiting for its state funding to be finalized.<br />

The district’s five year forecast shows a revenue surplus<br />

is expected in fiscal year 2022. However, according to<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Treasurer Felicia Drummey’s report in<br />

the five year forecast, “By the last year of the forecast, fiscal<br />

year 2026, the district is expected to have a revenue<br />

shortfall where expenditures are projected to be greater<br />

than revenue by $14.2 million. The district would need to<br />

cut its fiscal year 2026 projected expenses by 15.2 percent<br />

in order to balance its budget without additional revenue.”<br />

The district’s cash balance is positive at year end fiscal<br />

year 2022 but is projected to worsen by fiscal year 2026.<br />

“A worsening cash balance can erode the district’s<br />

financial stability over time,” said Drummey.<br />

To compare the year end cash balances (which<br />

Drummey describes as being the district’s “savings<br />

account”), according to the five year forecast:<br />

•The district’s cash balance with renewal/new levies<br />

would be - in 2022: $31.5 million; in 2023: $31.5 million; in<br />

2024: $27.9 million; in 2025: $20.7 million; and in 2026:<br />

10.1 million.<br />

•The district’s cash balance without renewal levies<br />

included would be - in 2022: $31.5 million; in 2023: $31.5<br />

million; in 2024: $27.9 million; in 2025: $18.9 million; and<br />

in 2026: $4.6 million.<br />

The district’s most recent operating levy was approved<br />

by voters in 2019 and it is set to expire in 2024. That fiveyear<br />

levy was a “no new taxes” levy and it was the renewal<br />

of an existing levy.<br />

“We promised the community we would be fiscally<br />

responsible and not ask for a levy before 2024,”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden<br />

previously stated.<br />

The district had revenues totaling $87.1 million<br />

in <strong>2021</strong>. Of that amount, 46.2 percent comes from<br />

state aid; 36.2 percent from local taxes; 2.6 percent<br />

from restricted state aid; and 6 percent from other<br />

revenue including tuition and interest. The remainder<br />

is from miscellaneous sources.<br />

The district had expenses totaling $78.1 million<br />

in <strong>2021</strong>. Of that amount, 43.6 percent is employee<br />

salary and wages; 28.5 percent is purchased service;<br />

20.1 percent is employee benefits; 3.1 percent is<br />

other; 2.3 percent is supplies and materials; and 1.4<br />

percent is capital expenses.<br />

Drummey has noted most area school districts<br />

spend around 80 to 85 percent of their budget on<br />

employee salaries and benefits while <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison spends about 74.2 percent.<br />

According to Warner, personnel costs are the<br />

dominant expense in school districts because<br />

schools are service organizations whose main<br />

resources are its people.<br />

Warner said, when reviewing the forecast, it<br />

appears the amounts of the district’s revenue and<br />

expenses have dropped. He said this is because<br />

funding for private and charter schools used to be<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> golf and pool rates could rise<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council is considering<br />

legislation that would increase greens fees<br />

and golf cart fees at the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Municipal Golf Course as well as make<br />

increases to the non-resident rates for the<br />

outdoor Aquatic Center pool in 2022.<br />

Both items will be discussed at council’s<br />

Nov. 15 committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. in<br />

the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.<br />

Under the proposeal, the golf cart fees<br />

would rise from $14 to $16 for 18 holes for<br />

both city residents and non-residents.<br />

The golf course’s off season (Nov. 1<br />

through March 31) proposed greens fees for<br />

residents would rise from $5 to $5.50 for<br />

nine holes and from $10 to $11 for 18 holes.<br />

The proposed non-resident off season green<br />

fees would rise from $7.50 to $8.50 for nine<br />

holes and from $15 to $17 for 18 holes.<br />

Proposed golf cart fees for off season would<br />

be $10 for nine holes and $16 for 18 holes<br />

for both residents and non-residents.<br />

At the outdoor <strong>Groveport</strong> Aquatic<br />

Center, the proposed non-resident rate<br />

would rise from $12 to $16 for individuals<br />

over age two. The proposed non-resident<br />

season pass rates would increase as follows:<br />

individual ages 3-54 from $126 to $168;<br />

senior adult (age 55 and up) from $63 to<br />

$84; senior couple (age 55 and up) from<br />

$116 to $126; household of two from $221 to<br />

$294; household of three from $300 to $400;<br />

and household of four from $371 to $494.<br />

funneled through the local public schools. However, that is<br />

no longer happening as, under the state’s new funding formula,<br />

the private and charter schools are now receiving<br />

their state funding directly from the state instead of being<br />

channeled through the local public schools.<br />

Kathleen “Kay” Sharer, 80,<br />

died on October 29, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Kay is survived by her daughters Julie Sharer-Price<br />

and Allison Sharer, and her son-in-law George Price.<br />

Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Roy<br />

“Skip” Sharer and her sister, Nancy (Allison) Codner.<br />

Kay was born March 13, 1941 in Michigan to William<br />

and Dorothy Allison. As a child, her family moved<br />

to Ohio where she graduated from <strong>Groveport</strong> High<br />

School in 1959. She married Skip in 1963. They lived in <strong>Groveport</strong> where Kay<br />

could be found greeting residents with a smile and a laugh while working as<br />

a Postal Clerk at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Post Office. She served as President of the<br />

Cruiserette Booster Club for two years and was active in her community as a<br />

member of Citizens Opposing Noise.<br />

Kay and Skip retired to Green Valley, AZ in 2001 where they both served on<br />

the HOA board and participated in euchre club. In 2013, they celebrated their<br />

50th anniversary at the Solano Recreation Center with family and the many<br />

friends they had made there.<br />

After Skip’s passing, Kay moved to the Denver area to be near family and found<br />

a wonderful home at a brand new senior living community, Legacy Village of<br />

Castle Pines, where Kay was the second resident to move in. Try as she might<br />

she couldn’t get euchre to catch on there, so she became a beloved member<br />

of the Mexican Train dominoes group, bringing much laughter among the<br />

shouts to “Train up!”<br />

Kay will be remembered for her sense of humor and warm smile. She was very<br />

loved and will be greatly missed.<br />

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By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club has been in bloom and helping to<br />

present nature’s beauty to the community for 60 years.<br />

According to club member Virginia Myers, the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Garden Club was formed on July 13, 1961 by a group of friends<br />

and neighbors who set a limit of 25 members because they met in<br />

each other’s homes. The club joined the Ohio Association of<br />

Garden Clubs and the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club’s first president<br />

was Mary Smith.<br />

The club seeks to promote interest and knowledge in horticulture,<br />

gardening, garden therapy, and floral arts through programs<br />

that foster creativity and personal growth, encouraging<br />

home, community and statewide beautification work. Currently<br />

the club has 27 members.<br />

Myers said the club is primarily made up of women, but men<br />

are welcome to join.<br />

“It wasn’t until 2008 that we actually had a male president,<br />

Tony Williams,” said Myers.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club meets the first Tuesday each<br />

month (unless otherwise announced) at <strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran<br />

Church, 6014 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road. Anyone interested in gardening<br />

welcome. Call Club President Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-1097<br />

or Virginia Myers at 614-836-5456 for information.<br />

“For our meetings we bring in guest speakers, designers, and<br />

nursery experts,” said Myers. “Any one wanting to learn more<br />

about gardening, nature, and loves working with plants can join<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club. Our programs for <strong>2021</strong>-22 year are<br />

food related, how to control weeds, planning for spring plantings,<br />

guest speakers, and crafts.”<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club has a rich history in sharing the<br />

joy of plants with the community.<br />

“For several years the Garden Club participated in the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Fourth of July <strong>Groveport</strong> Parade with a float, winning<br />

first place several times.,” said Myers. “The club also sponsored<br />

many flower shows at <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall.”<br />

Myers said that for the past 16 years the club has held a public<br />

plant auction with more than 100 people attending each year.<br />

“We’ve also participated in Apple Butter<br />

Day, collected over 200 books for Children’s<br />

Hospital and for the past 25 years we made<br />

and delivered Valentine and Christmas<br />

cards to nursing homes in the area.”<br />

The club has also worked with other<br />

community groups, such as in 1968, the<br />

club joined up with the Boy Scouts to plant<br />

flowers around the <strong>Groveport</strong> water plant<br />

and other places around town.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club has won<br />

several awards working with the Franklin<br />

County Fair in planting flower beds and<br />

once received a first place award for a large<br />

flower bed at the Rhodes Building.<br />

Locally the club in the past tended to the<br />

flower planters on Main Street (which are<br />

now cared for by the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>).<br />

“We were the original gardeners for the<br />

herb garden at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Log House in<br />

Heritage Park and we worked with the children<br />

at Crooked Alley KidSpace planting<br />

flower pots,” said Myers.<br />

The club also branches out for projects<br />

outside of <strong>Groveport</strong>, such as at the<br />

Wahkeena Nature Preserve near Lancaster<br />

where it donated money for buses to bring<br />

children to the reserve to learn about<br />

things in nature.<br />

“Besides having interesting and educational<br />

programs, we enjoy socializing with<br />

each other. It’s great to have many friends<br />

who also care for gardening,” said Myers.<br />

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Photos courtesy of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club always had a float in the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Fourth of July parade and it used to have an annual flower show<br />

at <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall. However, both of these activities have<br />

been discontinued.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club members are shown here planting flowers<br />

and plants at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Post Office in 1991. Shown here<br />

(not in order) are Lil Winters, Mary Stevenson, Mary Smith and<br />

her grandson, and Virginia Myers. A note with the photo notes<br />

that their husbands also helped with this planting.<br />

Teacher Edith Browning’s <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary School class is<br />

shown here in 1966 with plants and flowers the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Garden Club gave the students to place in their planters. In a<br />

thank you note to the garden club, Browning wrote, “The children<br />

presented the planters to their mothers at a tea which was<br />

held at the school...Thank you for taking a special interest in our<br />

class.”


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An autumn ritual: Cutting the peonies<br />

One of my favorite plants in my backyard are my<br />

peonies.<br />

Each May I look forward to seeing the peonies’ big,<br />

bright blooms of white and pink. The blooms do not<br />

last long, but while they are in full flower they are a<br />

sight to behold.<br />

After the blooms fade, the peonies’ bushy leaves<br />

remain a nice green hue all summer. As the cooler<br />

days of autumn roll in, these once fresh green leaves<br />

turn brown and the stems bend a bit after their season<br />

in the sun.<br />

I’m always a little sad when the time comes in the<br />

fall to cut the peonies’ stems off to prepare the peonies<br />

for their winter sleep. The peonies are a familiar friend<br />

and it is a bit melancholy for me to see them go. But it<br />

is one of those annual autumnal tasks that must be<br />

done.<br />

For decades each October, I have just used the lawn<br />

mower to mow down the dry, brown remnants of the<br />

glorious peonies. But this year it struck me that cutting<br />

them this way just did not feel right. Brutally<br />

mowing them down with the unrelenting cold, hard<br />

whirling blade of the roaring lawn mower did not seem<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> history films<br />

Two documentary films on the history of <strong>Groveport</strong>,<br />

produced by the <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Society and<br />

Midnet Media, are available for viewing online on<br />

YouTube. The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: A Town and Its<br />

People” and “The Story of John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> city council<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council holds its regular meetings<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

like the proper way to say goodbye<br />

to my peonies friends for the<br />

winter.<br />

So this year I took a pair of<br />

hand clippers and gingerly<br />

snipped, close to the ground, each<br />

individual stem, one by one, of<br />

my long row of peonies. It felt<br />

more quiet. It felt reverent. It felt<br />

kinder. It felt like I was taking<br />

proper, gentle care of my old<br />

friends.<br />

The peonies’ bed is vacant and<br />

bare now as only small stubbles<br />

remain. But throughout the coming<br />

winter the brown ground provides<br />

the promise of the fresh shoots of peonies that<br />

will appear in the early soft, spring ground and the<br />

welcoming blooms to follow next May.<br />

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>.<br />

at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the<br />

month. Council holds its committee meeting on the<br />

third Monday each month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are in<br />

the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St., <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Southeast Library<br />

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library is located at 3980 S. Hamilton<br />

Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>. Visit www.columbuslibrary.org or<br />

call 614-645-2275.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

history<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage Museum<br />

contains photographs<br />

and artifacts<br />

about<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s history.<br />

The museum is<br />

in <strong>Groveport</strong> Town<br />

Hall, 648 Main St.,<br />

and is open during<br />

Town Hall’s operating<br />

hours. Call<br />

614-836-3333.<br />

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What is financial exploitation and do<br />

you know the signs?<br />

The Franklin County Office on Aging<br />

has launched an educational and preventative<br />

campaign centered around financial<br />

exploitation among older adults.<br />

Financial exploitation is a form of elder<br />

abuse that is not uncommon. It is so common<br />

that the National Conference of State<br />

Legislatures revealed that “the number of<br />

bills introduced by state legislators to combat<br />

elder financial exploitation increased<br />

by more than 57 percent in three years.”<br />

Franklin County residents are not<br />

immune to elder abuse, and as the population<br />

of older adults increases, consequently<br />

financial exploitation will increase as well.<br />

In 2020, there was a total of 1,560 cases<br />

investigated by the Franklin County Office<br />

A bi-monthly feature celebrating our community’s senior citizens<br />

Olders adults must be aware of financial exploitation<br />

on Aging’s Adult Protective Services, with<br />

almost 40 percent of these cases involving<br />

some form of exploitation of the older<br />

adult, accompanied by emotional and verbal<br />

abuse along with neglect.<br />

Financial exploitation is most often<br />

associated with the stealing of cash or an<br />

individual persuading another to give<br />

money to a false cause, however, there is so<br />

much more. According to the United States<br />

Department of Justice, “Financial exploitation<br />

means the illegal or improper use, control<br />

over, or withholding of the property,<br />

income, resources, or trust funds of the elderly<br />

person or the vulnerable adult by any<br />

person or entity for any person's or entity's<br />

profit or advantage other than for the elder<br />

person or the vulnerable adult's profit or<br />

advantage.” So, while financial exploitation<br />

can take on many different forms, the<br />

deception can also happen by anyone.<br />

Often abuse, including financial exploitation,<br />

is underreported due to the feelings of<br />

embarrassment and fear. The National<br />

Adult Protective Services Association found<br />

that “only one in 44 cases of financial abuse<br />

is ever reported.” It is the responsibility of<br />

mandated reporters, family, friends, caregivers,<br />

and any other person that interacts<br />

with an older adult, to remain alert for the<br />

signs of financial exploitation. Signs can<br />

include but are not limited to:<br />

•A person who becomes suddenly interested<br />

in the older adult and/or the older<br />

adult’s finances.<br />

•Decreased contact between the older<br />

adult and their family and friends.<br />

•Hesitancy to sharing information with<br />

family or friends.<br />

•Missing funds from an older adult’s<br />

bank account or missing funds or valuable<br />

items from around the home.<br />

•Unexplained transactions, transfers,<br />

or gifts given by the older adult.<br />

Although knowing the warning signs can<br />

be extremely helpful in ending ongoing<br />

financial exploitation, there are some preventative<br />

measures that older adults can<br />

take to not fall victim to this form of abuse.<br />

The American Bankers Association suggests<br />

that older adults “Shred receipts, bank<br />

statements and unused credit card offers,<br />

never give out personal information, including<br />

social security number, account number,<br />

or financial information to anyone over the<br />

phone, order copies of your credit report once<br />

a year to ensure accuracy, and build a relationship<br />

with the people who handle your<br />

finances.” These small steps can potentially<br />

save an older adult thousands of dollars,<br />

their homes, savings, and heartache.<br />

If you suspect you or an older adult you<br />

know is being financially exploited, please<br />

call the Franklin County Office on Aging’s<br />

Adult Protective Services at 614-525-4348.<br />

All calls to Adult Protective Services are<br />

confidential.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> United Methodis Church<br />

GriefShare group will host a free seminar<br />

on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m, at the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

United Methodist Church, 512 Main St.<br />

“The Surviving the Holidays” video seminar<br />

is for people who are grieving a loved<br />

GriefShare support group<br />

one’s death. The video seminar is combined<br />

with support group discussion of the materials<br />

presented during the video. To register,<br />

call 614-836-5968 or sign up at<br />

https://www.griefshare.org/holidays/events<br />

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Photo courtesy<br />

of the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage<br />

Museum<br />

Stores<br />

This is a<br />

view from<br />

1900 of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s<br />

Main Street<br />

in the historic<br />

downtown<br />

area.<br />

Note the<br />

hitching<br />

posts in<br />

front of buildings as well as the man standing in front of the center building with a<br />

bicycle parked nearby. The building at the center right has the words “Pool Room”<br />

painted on its windows. The building at the far right at the edge of the photo is the<br />

original Birch Tavern building, which burned down in 1986. The current Birch<br />

Tavern now stands where the three storefront buildings in this photo once stood.


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<br />

Franklin County Board of Commissioners: President Kevin L. Boyce • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Erica C. Crawley<br />

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the <strong>Messenger</strong> Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.<br />

Financial Exploitation<br />

What is financial exploitation, and do you know the signs? The Franklin<br />

County Office on Aging has launched an educational and preventative<br />

campaign centered around financial exploitation among older adults.<br />

Financial exploitation is a form of elder abuse that is not uncommon. It is<br />

so common in fact that the National Conference of State Legislatures<br />

revealed that “the number of bills introduced by state legislators to combat<br />

elder financial exploitation increased by more than 57 percent in three<br />

years”. Franklin County residents are not immune to elder abuse, and as<br />

the population of older adults increases, consequently financial exploitation<br />

will increase as well. In 2020, there was a total of 1,560 cases investigated<br />

by the Franklin County Office on Aging’s Adult Protective Services,<br />

with almost 40 percent of these cases involving some form of exploitation<br />

of the older adult, accompanied by emotional and verbal abuse along with<br />

neglect.<br />

Financial exploitation is most often associated with the stealing of cash or<br />

an individual persuading another to give money to a false cause, however,<br />

there is so much more. According to the United States Department of<br />

Justice, “Financial exploitation means the illegal or improper use, control<br />

over, or withholding of the property, income, resources, or trust funds of<br />

the elderly person or the vulnerable adult by any person or entity for any<br />

person's or entity's profit or advantage other than for the elder person or<br />

the vulnerable adult's profit or advantage”. So, while financial exploitation<br />

can take on many different forms, the deception can also happen by<br />

anyone.<br />

Often abuse, including financial exploitation, is underreported due to the<br />

feelings of embarrassment and fear. The National Adult Protective<br />

Services Association found that “only one in 44 cases of financial abuse is<br />

ever reported”. It is the responsibility of mandated reporters, family,<br />

friends, caregivers, and any other person that interacts with an older adult,<br />

to remain alert for the signs of financial exploitation. Signs can include<br />

but are not limited to<br />

• A person who becomes suddenly interested in the older<br />

adult and/or the older adult’s finances<br />

• Decreased contact between the older adult and their famil<br />

and friends<br />

• Hesitancy to sharing information with family or friends<br />

• Missing funds from an older adult’s bank account or<br />

missing funds or valuable items from around the home<br />

• Unexplained transactions, transfers, or gifts given by the<br />

older adult<br />

Although knowing the warning signs can be extremely helpful in ending<br />

ongoing financial exploitation, there are some preventative measures that<br />

older adults can take to not fall victim to this form of abuse. The American<br />

Bankers Association suggests that older adults “Shred receipts, bank<br />

statements and unused credit card offers, never give out personal<br />

information, including social security number, account number, or<br />

financial information to anyone over the phone, order copies of your<br />

credit report once a year to ensure accuracy, and build a relationship with<br />

the people who handle your finances”. These small steps can potentially<br />

save an older adult thousands of dollars, their homes, savings, and<br />

heartache.<br />

If you suspect you or an older adult you know is being financially<br />

exploited, please call the Franklin County Office on Aging’s Adult<br />

Protective Services at 614-525-4348. All calls to Adult Protective<br />

Services are confidential.


Cruiser Theatre Co. takes on the challenge of Shakespeare<br />

PAGE 8 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>November</strong> 14, <strong>2021</strong><br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School’s<br />

Cruiser Theatre Co. will delve into a classic<br />

work by William Shakespeare for its next<br />

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Theatre Director Erin McLaughlin.<br />

“However, there is not enough music for<br />

this to be truly considered a musical.”<br />

McLaughlin said some students in the<br />

theatre troupe begged her to produce “A<br />

Midsummer Night’s Dream” after they<br />

read it together in Theatre II last spring.<br />

“The idea of producing Shakespeare<br />

with high school students was daunting,<br />

but the more I thought about it, the more I<br />

was like, ‘Why not?’” said McLaughlin. “I’ve<br />

wanted to direct one of Shakespeare’s plays<br />

for a long time, and “A Midsummer Night’s<br />

Dream is one of my favorites.”<br />

McLaughlin said Shakespeare provides<br />

unique challenges for the students.<br />

“First and foremost, the language is difficult<br />

for the students involved in the<br />

show,” McLaughlin said. “Although we<br />

have an edited version of the play that<br />

trims out some fluff and changes some<br />

potentially offensive language, the script is<br />

still in Shakespeare’s 400-year-old wording,<br />

which for this show is almost entirely<br />

in iambic pentameter and almost entirely<br />

in rhyming couplets”<br />

She said the cast and crew are still<br />

rehearsing (and will be performing) in<br />

masks, (due to the ongoing COVID pandemic),<br />

which creates challenges for making<br />

sure every actor can be clearly heard<br />

and understood from anywhere in the auditorium.<br />

“Technically, this show doesn’t require a<br />

lot of scenery, but we’re trying to do some<br />

interesting things with lighting,” said<br />

McLaughlin. “Costumes are probably the<br />

biggest technical hurdle - I’m setting the<br />

show in Victorian England with an “Alice<br />

in Wonderland” aesthetic filter, which creates<br />

its own challenges, and some of my<br />

actors have quick changes because they<br />

play more than one character. Fortunately,<br />

we’ve had a ton of students come out this<br />

year to work behind the scenes, which is a<br />

blessing I haven’t really had here before.”<br />

The show provides some choice roles for<br />

the student actors. The lead roles include:<br />

• “Hermia is played by Arianna<br />

Thomas, a senior with a lot of emotional<br />

range and great instincts as an actor,” said<br />

McLaughlin. “She really brings Hermia’s<br />

sweet sassiness and fiery streak to life.”<br />

• “Lysander is played by Gavin Prifogle,<br />

a junior with great versatility and an<br />

incredible talent for physical comedy, tempered<br />

by the sensibilities necessary for a<br />

strong romantic lead,” said McLaughlin.<br />

• “Helena is played by Olivia Chaney, a<br />

sophomore with strong passion and dedication<br />

to the theatre program,” said<br />

McLaughlin. “Helena’s monologues positively<br />

sparkle in Olivia’s portrayal.”<br />

• “Demetrius is played by Aidan<br />

Kennedy, a senior with an impressive gift<br />

for physical comedy and enviable skill in<br />

balancing multiple extracurriculars,” said<br />

McLaughlin. “He’s brought the cast new<br />

techniques to aid in memorizing their<br />

many, many lines for this show.”<br />

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Photo courtesy of Trulie Pleasant<br />

Pictured here on stage during a recent<br />

rehearsal, from left to right, are Gavin<br />

Prifogle, Arianna Thomas, Aidan<br />

Kennedy, and seated upstage are Alyssa<br />

Brown (back) and Logan Boyer (forward).<br />

Also seated are members of backstage<br />

crew Devin Williams and Elliot<br />

Phillips.<br />

• “Oberon is played by Logan Boyer, a<br />

junior who joined the cast a month into production<br />

in a moment of great need,” said<br />

McLaughlin. “Her instincts and interpretation<br />

of her character are spot on, and she's<br />

an incredibly hard worker.”<br />

• Robin Goodfellow is played by Alyssa<br />

Brown, a senior with myriad acting credits,”<br />

said McLaughlin. “She brings energy,<br />

vitality, and mischief to her role and never<br />

fails to bring smiles to those around her<br />

wherever she goes.”<br />

Performance dates, times, tickets<br />

The Cruiser Theatre Co. will perform “A<br />

Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Nov. 18,<br />

19, and 20 at 7 p.m. all three nights. The<br />

show will be livestreamed and limited in<br />

person seating available. Ticket information<br />

can be found at cruisertheatre.weebly.com.<br />

Tickets: $7 for viewing online; in<br />

person, students and seniors are $5 if purchased<br />

online, $7 if purchased in cash at<br />

the door; and in person general admission<br />

is $7 if purchased online, $9 if purchased in<br />

cash at the door.<br />

Upcoming Cruiser Theatre Co. shows<br />

McLaughlin said the intent is to perform<br />

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the<br />

Christmas Carol,” by John Longenbaugh<br />

on Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. both nights;<br />

“Goodness Gracious,” by Hank (Henry)<br />

Kimmel as the Cruiser Theatre Co.’s “Playin-a-Day”<br />

on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.; and “Fiddler<br />

on the Roof’ as the spring musical on April<br />

7-10 at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2<br />

p.m. Sunday matinee).<br />

All performances will be in the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School auditorium,<br />

4475 S. Hamilton Road.


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Veterans Day in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Members of the appropriate armed forces stood for their official<br />

song during the ceremony. Here veterans of the Navy stood for<br />

“Anchors Aweigh.”<br />

Deanna Queen<br />

rose to speak<br />

about her mother,<br />

Mary Ellen<br />

Miller, one of the<br />

recipients of a<br />

Hometown<br />

Military Banner.<br />

Queen has written<br />

about her<br />

mother’s military<br />

experience and<br />

said Miller joined<br />

the military to<br />

see the world.<br />

Mary Ellen Miller<br />

was a U.S. Army<br />

nurse.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Theresa Garee<br />

Members of the Robert Dutro American<br />

Legion Post 486 raise new flags for<br />

Veterans Park during the city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s Veterans Day ceremony on<br />

Nov. 11.<br />

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12/5 A


PAGE 12 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>November</strong> 14, <strong>2021</strong><br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Firefighters 4 Kids returns; plus other township news<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Firefighters 4 Kids is back and local<br />

organizer and retired Madison Township<br />

firefighter John Jones is hoping the community<br />

opens their hearts for kids in need.<br />

Firefighters 4 Kids provides assistance<br />

with toys at Christmas for children ages<br />

zero through 12 and sign-ups are scheduled<br />

on Nov. 26-29 from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-<br />

4 p.m. at Fire Station 181, 4567 Firehouse<br />

Lane, <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Families who reside in the Canal<br />

Winchester or <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison school<br />

districts must show proof of residence and<br />

need (SNAP or HEAP), a photo ID, child’s<br />

birth certificate and custody paperwork, if<br />

applicable.<br />

“I’ve been involved with Firefighters 4<br />

Kids for many years,” said Jones. “We provided<br />

15,000 kids (across the county) with<br />

toys (prior to the pandemic).We’re most in<br />

need of toys for children under three and 11<br />

to 12-year-olds.”<br />

New, unwrapped toy donations can be<br />

dropped off at any fire station throughout<br />

Franklin County starting the day after<br />

Thanksgiving.<br />

“I can’t imagine being a kid without a<br />

Christmas,” said Madison Township<br />

Trustee Chairman John Pritchard.<br />

Madison Township Police<br />

communications issues<br />

Police Chief Gary York thinks a workable<br />

solution for communication problems<br />

within the Canal Winchester area–which<br />

contracts for law enforcement services with<br />

the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office but is<br />

also covered by the township–could soon<br />

be resolved.<br />

York, along with Madison Township<br />

Administrator Susan Brobst and Fairfield<br />

County Sheriff Alex Lape, met with Canal<br />

Winchester officials to discuss the situation.<br />

Fairfield County is on a different system<br />

not compatible with Franklin County, who<br />

dispatches the township.<br />

According to York, calls for service in<br />

Canal Winchester are routed down to<br />

Lancaster and then back up to Franklin<br />

County, which impacts response time.<br />

To fill in the gap, York said township<br />

officers have two radios that monitor<br />

Fairfield County, but they cannot scan the<br />

Fairfield County radio dispatch because it<br />

is an older system.<br />

However, York was told changes underway<br />

in Fairfield County, including moving<br />

repeater sites, could help rectify the problem.<br />

“I came away with a better understanding<br />

(after the meeting),” said York.<br />

Madison Township Trustee Michele<br />

Reynolds said the trustees are committed<br />

to working across the aisle and getting the<br />

situation resolved for residents.<br />

York asked the trustees to move forward<br />

with a $115,932 four-year lease purchase<br />

agreement with Motorola Solutions to buy<br />

new handheld police radios to replace ones<br />

no longer repairable.<br />

“The radios need to be replaced,” said<br />

York. “Motorola said if one of the radios<br />

breaks today, it cannot be repaired. Once<br />

purchased, it takes eight to 12 weeks to<br />

receive them. I think it will service the<br />

township for years to come.”<br />

Gas aggregation agreement<br />

A gas aggregation agreement with township<br />

residents expires in December and<br />

Brobst said they were unable to lock in any<br />

rate savings through Trebel, who administers<br />

the gas and electric aggregation program.<br />

Once the contract expires, Brobst said<br />

participating residents will automatically<br />

be switched to the Columbia Gas default<br />

rate, which is currently cheaper than<br />

securing an aggregation agreement at this<br />

time.<br />

According to the township, once it is<br />

able to secure a favorable deal with a new<br />

supplier, a notification will be sent out to<br />

residents for review, and they will be automatically<br />

enrolled in the new aggregation.<br />

Residents can still opt-out at any time<br />

without any fee.<br />

“People need to be diligent for themselves<br />

before they sign anything,” said<br />

Brobst who said her office has fielded<br />

reports of people going door-to-door and<br />

calling on the phone peddling alternative<br />

gas companies.<br />

Pritchard said residents should ask a<br />

solicitor if they have a permit issued by the<br />

township before signing anything. He also<br />

wanted to clear the air as to the trustees’<br />

involvement in aggregation and alleged<br />

kickbacks.<br />

“Those two programs (gas and electric<br />

aggregation) were voted on by residents,”<br />

said Pritchard. “No one at the township<br />

gets kickbacks for any of these programs.”<br />

While the gas aggregation is on hold for<br />

better pricing, electric aggregation was<br />

able to secure a lower price for residents<br />

participating in the program.<br />

The new agreement lasts from<br />

December <strong>2021</strong> through December 2023 for<br />

a rate of $0.0459/kwh. The expiring contract<br />

has a rate of $0.0494/kwh.<br />

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