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December 12-25, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 13

Hometown Realtor

Marylee Bendig


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A name you KNOW,

the name you TRUST

Enrollment is rising at

Groveport Madison

Giving Tuesday

Photo courtesy of the city of Groveport

City of Groveport staff, along with the help of the Groveport Police Department,

passed out 144 gift bags to the city’s senior residents on Nov. 30 during Giving

Tuesday. Groveport Senior Transportation shuttled the elves around town while

the city’s elves spread Christmas cheer. Some of the city’s elves pictured here,

from left to right, are Cristy Duckworth, Kristin Figliola, and Angela Martin.

Food Pantry is in its 25th year

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The Greater Groveport Food Pantry celebrated

its 25th anniversary this year and,

when times get tough, the pantry, as

always, is there to help the community.

Food pantry history

The Greater Groveport Food Pantry,

located at 595 Cherry St. in Groveport, was

created in 1996.

“Back then, area churches had small

cabinets of food tucked in corners to help

feed those in need,” said Greater Groveport

Food Pantry Director Becky Soles. “So

Madison Township leaders, civic groups,

and many churches decided to form a community

food pantry to cover the Groveport

Madison school district area.”

Soles said the food pantry organizers

were given the basement in the Madison

Township Community Center to setup

operation and the food pantry spent 20

years there providing emergency food

assistance to families within the Groveport

Madison school district boundaries.

“Then five years ago, the city of

Groveport allowed us to move into the red

brick building at 595 Cherry St.,” said Soles.

“We remodeled and designed the interior to

fit our services and make it comfortable for

our volunteers and neighbors in need.”

The Greater Groveport Food pantry is

its own 501C-3 faith based non-profit charity

operated by volunteers from area

churches of different denominations on a

rotating schedule.

“We are entirely self supported by donations

from our community and local organizations,”

said Soles.

About the food pantry

When asked if demand for services at the

food pantry has increased recently,” Soles

said, “After low numbers during the pandemic,

we are starting to see an increase in

folks requesting assistance again.”

See FOOD, page 2

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Enrollment at Groveport Madison

Schools is growing.

As of the first full week of October 2021

(the customary time frame the Ohio

Department of Education uses to calculate

enrollment), the district had 6,271 students.

In comparison, enrollment was 5,569 in

2015-16.

According to information provided by

Groveport Madison Schools officials, four of

the district’s six elementary schools are

now over capacity, and all three of the district’s

middle schools are over capacity. As

a result, the district’s elementary and middle

schools exceed their functional capacity

by more than 580 students. All but two

buildings are over capacity based on the

first week of October’s enrollment headcount.

District officials are creating a facilities

planning team to assess the existing school

buildings, update enrollment projections,

and look into options to address overcrowded

conditions in the schools. Schools’ officials

indicated the community will be

involved in this process.

“Overcrowding is the central issue we’re

facing, but other factors that must be considered

in the facilities planning process

includes the age, condition, efficiency,

adaptability, and cost to maintain our

existing elementary and middle schools,”

said Groveport Madison Communications

Director Jeff Warner. “It’s important to

keep all of these factors in the forefront of

the discussion.”

Warner said there are a few factors as to

why the district’s enrollment is on the rise.

“Word is getting out that Groveport

Madison School District is more desirable

than it may have been in the past,” said

Warner. “A positive reputation, improving

academic achievement, new programs, and

the new high school have made the area

more desirable for families with school-age

children. When you combine the above factors

with very affordable housing in a

booming housing market, you have the key

ingredients for enrollment growth.”

Warner said determining enrollment

and future trends in birthrates, housing

starts, and matriculation rates, etc., is a

science that requires people with specific

expertise.

“Shortly, the district will be contracting

with a firm to conduct an enrollment

study,” said Warner. “We are in the process

of talking with other school districts and

professional organizations to get recommendations

on who we might extend a

request for a proposal.”

When asked what steps are being made

to ease overcrowding until a more permanent

solution is found, Warner said, “Using

modular classrooms (portable school structures)

historically has been the predominate

means of addressing overcrowding in

schools.”

According to Warner, the district currently

has 24 modular classrooms in use.

There is a single quad-classroom unit at

Groveport Elementary, two double-classroom

units at Asbury Elementary and

Dunloe Elementary, and six double-classroom

units at Sedalia Elementary.

Warner said it is unknown at this time

as to when a bond issue to fund new

schools could appear before the voters on

the ballot.

“We do, however, feel it is important to

begin the planning process to have a good

plan in place for when that time comes,”

said Warner. “This process will also allow

for us to gather input on a timeline the

community could/would support.

Buildings’ capacity and enrollments

Here are the capacity and current

enrollments for Groveport Madison’s elementary

and middle schools (a new

240,000 square foot, 1,500 student high

school opened in 2018):

See RISING, page 2

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FOOD

Continued from page 1

The food pantry continues to provide emergency,

short-term assistance to any person residing within

the boundaries of the Groveport Madison school district.

Food distribution is on Thursdays each week by

appointment only and to receive assistance you must

live in the Groveport Madison school district.

To use the food pantry, call (614) 836-7652 before

noon on Tuesday to make an appointment for

Thursday of that week. The Greater Groveport Food

Pantry serves residents once a month with a minimum

of four weeks in between. When picking up your

food, you must bring a state-issued photo ID and a

piece of mail verifying your address.

“We serve the entire Groveport Madison school district,

which includes five zip codes,” said Soles. “Of

those five zip codes, 49 percent of those served are from

the 43125 zip code and 49 percent are from the 43232

zip code.”

“The food pantry is a service to the community that

is so important,” said Groveport Mayor Lance

Westcamp. “To be able to provide a location where residents

can get necessary food and everyday supplies, in

their time of need, is a source of pride for Groveport.

What a great asset for the community. We are lucky

for the volunteers who operate the food pantry.”

Soles said the school district community has been

“very generous during the pandemic with financial and

food donations the entire time. We have been blessed,

during the pandemic especially, with the support we’ve

received of multiple financial and food donations from

the Groveport Madison school district community. We

are so grateful for the community’s support.”

Groveport Madison Schools Superintendent Garilee

Ogden said food insecurity is among the most serious

challenges that many families face - possibly never

more so now during the COVID pandemic.

RISING

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“I think we should all be grateful to the food

pantries and the many individuals, companies, and

organizations that donate and support programs of

this nature,” said Ogden. “Groveport Madison Schools

has been a leader in offering free breakfasts to all students,

regardless of their family’s financial situation,

and we are looking at opportunities to build and

strengthen partnerships with the food pantry and

other organizations and service providers to assist

families wherever possible.”

The Greater Groveport Food Pantry accepts donations.

To make an appointment to leave your donation

at the food pantry, call (614) 836-7652. You may also

drop off donations at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main

St., Groveport.

Greater Groveport Food Pantry officials suggest the

following donations: canned meats/seafood,

canned/boxed potatoes, peanut butter, jelly, jam,

crackers, muffin/cornbread mixes, boxed pasta, cereal,

Jello puddings, rice (bagged or boxed), boxed dinners,

macaroni, noodles, spaghetti, mac and cheese,

spaghetti sauce, tea, coffee, juice, cake mixes with

frosting, gravy mixes, toilet tissue, paper grocery bags,

soap, and paper towels.

“Currently canned or boxed items are appreciated,”

said Soles. “A few items on the most needed list are

detergent, saltine crackers, sloppy joe mix, noodle

pasta, canned tomato products, soups (vegetable, bean,

pea, minestrone), especially Progresso and Chunky

soups.”

Remember to check the expiration dates on any

items you donate.

For information about the Greater Groveport Food

Pantry, call (614) 836-7652 or visit www.groveportfoodpantry.com.

•Asbury Elementary — Built in 1963 with additions

in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 476. Functional capacity,

425.

•Dunloe Elementary — Built in 1967 with additions

in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 448. Functional capacity,

425.

•Glendening Elementary — Built in 1968 with addition

in 1974. Enrollment, 455. Functional capacity,

425.

Groveport Elementary — Built in 1923.

Enrollment, 417. Functional capacity, 425. Placed on

the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

•Madison Elementary — Built in 1967 with additions

in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 354. Functional

capacity, 425.

•Sedalia Elementary — Built in 1969 with addition

in 1974. Enrollment, 562. Functional capacity, 446.

•Middle School North — Built in 1975. Enrollment,

495. Functional capacity, 425.

•Middle School South — Built in 1975. Enrollment,

466. Functional capacity, 425.

•Middle School Central — Built in stages as a high

school between 1952-56. Enrollment, 448. Functional

capacity, 425. Placed on the National Register of

Historic Places in 2009.

(Functional capacity is 85 percent of original design

capacity and reflects modern requirements for

classroom space and programming. Source:

Groveport Madison Schools.)

School threat

Groveport Police responded to a recent

late night threat to Groveport Madison High

School that was posted on social media.

According to the Groveport Police,

overnight following the threat, its detective

bureau and officers developed a suspect

who was visited and who subsequently

confessed to posting the comments. He

was suspended from school and will face

charge(s) in juvenile court.

Groveport Police officials stated the

incident remains under investigation and

other persons found to have been sharing

the post on social media may face criminal

charges.


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Planning for Groveport’s parks

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The city of Groveport is growing in population

and development, but the city is also a

land of green parks.

The city itself has 19 parks. The city also

owns and operates the 18-hole Groveport

Municipal Golf Course, located along

Richardson Road. In addition, there are two

Metro Parks nearby — Three Creeks Metro

Park to the north and Walnut Woods Metro

Park south of town.

To manage and develop the city parks,

Groveport officials follow the city’s Master

Parks Plan, which was developed 11 years

ago by EMH&T.

“The original Master Parks Plan was

completed in 2010. No comprehensive plan

update has been completed since,” said

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.

“We will look at doing another update in a

few years. Plans tend to be relevant for 10 to

12 years.”

When asked if city officials will seek any

community feedback or comments prior to

updating the Master Parks Plan in the

future, King said, “Any time a master plan

(parks, comprehensive land-use, etc.) is

updated or created, public feedback is an

integral part of the process. Public comments

should be a part of any update. When we next

update our plan, there will be opportunities

for public input. As with all plans, it is important

to review and update plans based on

changing environments, needs, and wants.

What may have been a priority years ago,

may not be a desire now or in the future.”

King said Groveport is “unique, and very

fortunate” to have the number of parks, and

the amenities in the parks, for use by the

community.

“I am sure most municipalities would like

to have a similar number of park offerings,”

said King.

The city’s 2022 budget includes one

potential park upgrade: $75,000 for the

Founder’s Bend Park shelter house.

Groveport’s 19 city park are:

•Community parks: Cruiser Park, 55

acres; Groveport Park, 75 acres; and

Heritage Park, 16 acres.

•Neighborhood parks: Blacklick Park, 21

acres; Degenhart Park, 3 acres; Orchard

Park, 10 acres; Greenpointe Business Park,

25 acres; Newport Village, 7 acres; Village

Green, 3 acres; Hendron Cemetery with

open space, 31 acres; Founder’s Bend Park,

5 acres; Founder’s Bend Gateway, 6 acres;

Founder’s Bend open space, 32 acres;

Bixford Green HOA, 8 acres and 6 acres;

Elmont Place Reserves, 11 acres; Hickory

Grove, 5 acres, and Homer Ohio Land open

space, 15 acres.

•Mini-parks: Veterans Park 0.1 acre.

Groveport

Christmas Church Services

Monty ompson honored

Groveport Madison School Resource

Officer Keith Mallory and the Groveport

Madison Board of Education recently recognized

Groveport Madison High School

student Monty Thompson for his quick

actions to protect Madison Township

Police Officer Keith Mallory when

Mallory had fallen and hit his head during

an incident at the school. According to

Groveport Madison Schools officials,

Thompson stepped in to shield Mallory so

the officer did not sustain any other

injuries.

Mallory, who has served as the School

Resource Officer since 2018 and a is 17-

year veteran with the Madison Township

Police, sustained injuries to his head,

elbow, and knee when he attempted to deescalate

a confrontation between two students

on Aug. 19. He was bumped by one

of the students and lost his balance, due

to a chair that had been knocked over,

and fell to the floor. Mallory reported

back to full-duty status on Aug. 23.

Gingerbread house contest

Through Dec. 20, Groveport Town

Hall, 648 Main St., will host a gingerbread

house display and contest. Visitors

to Town Hall can vote on their favorite

gingerbread house. For information call

614-836-333.

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Cookie and candy sale

The Groveport United Methodist

Church, 512 Main St., Groveport, will

host its Christmas Cookie/Candy Sale on

Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon (or until sold

out). Homemade holiday cookies and

candy will be available for purchase.

Christmas Sing-Along

A Christmas Sing-along will be held

Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at Asbury UMC South,

4760 Winchester Pike. The evening

begins with Leonard Cohan’s “Hallelujah”

followed by religious favorites such as “Do

you Hear What I Hear?” followed by

“Jingle Bells,” “I saw Mommy Kissing

Santa Claus,” “White Christmas,” “Silver

Bells,” and more. The second part of the

program will be the singing of favorite

Christmas hymns.

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Stepping Back in Time: December 12, 7 p.m.

Service of Hope and Remembrance:

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Christmas Eve: 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. services

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Edna Virginia (Rager) Roof loved being

the center of attention and that she was at

her 100th birthday celebration, according

to her granddaughter Tammy Roof Elliott.

Editor’s Notebook

Rick

Palsgrove

Virginia, who

passed away on Oct.

25, would have been

103 years old in

January 2022. She

was the daughter of Worley and Iva Rager

whose family has long and deep historical

roots in Groveport. Rager Road is named

for the family.

Elliott said it is believed Virginia, a

1937 graduate of Groveport Madison High

School, was the oldest living Groveport

Madison High School alumnus at the time

of the most recent alumni banquet.

Virginia was born in 1919 in a house on

Rager Road and later raised in a Civil War

era home built in 1861 that still stands on

Groveport’s Blacklick Street. Her father,

Worley Rager, worked for the Farm Bureau

and was well known in Groveport. Worley

Rager also served as a township trustee for

many years and the one time Chevrolet

business in Groveport was owned by the

Rager family. Virginia had two brothers,

Luther and Gayle Rager. She was married

to Earl Roof of South Bloomfield.

“Her mind was amazing,” said Elliott.

“She was really sharp and could talk about

anything.”

Elliott said Virginia shared stories of

her youth with her such as she and her

mother getting dressed up and riding the

Scioto Valley Traction Line electric

interurban railway from Groveport to

Columbus to go shopping at the downtown

Lazarus department store.

“The interurban railroad depot (long

since demolished) was just down the street

Official election

results

Here are the official Nov. 2

local election results, according

to the Franklin County Board of

Elections.

Groveport city council (top four

selected):

Scott Lockett, 690; Becky

Hutson, 578; Edward G. Dildine,

547; Jack Rupp Jr., 521; Cheryl

Irving, 473; Wayne White, 374.

Groveport Madison board of

education (top three selected):

Seth Bower, 2,404; LaToya

Dowdell-Burger, 2,037; Libby

Gray, 1,890; Wayne Bryan,

1,695; Betty Simcox, 1,595; Polly

Pierce, 1,069.

•Madison Township trustee

(top two selected): John

Pritchard, 2,142; Katherine

Chipps, 1,971; Debbie Miller,

1,808; John Kershner, 1,773.

from where she grew up,” said Elliott.

It would have been a common sight for

Virginia to see electric interurban railway

cars gliding along Blacklick Street on their

journeys to Columbus, Canal Winchester,

Lancaster, or other parts of central Ohio.

The tracks are still there embedded in the

street.

Virginia grew up in a time when

Groveport was much smaller and surrounded

by small farms. Traffic was not

something anyone thought much about

back then.

“My grandmother (Virginia) told me she

and her friends used to roller skate from

Groveport to Canal Winchester down

Groveport Road,” said Elliott. “Can you

imagine doing that now?”

Elliott said Virginia also loved school

dances when she was a youth and that her

mother worked at the Elmont Hotel, which

once stood where Groveport Middle School

Central now stands on Main Street.

In her adult life Virginia worked for

Federal Glass for 30 years. She loved playing

bingo and she loved country music.

“I took her to a Vince Gill concert back

in 1988 and arranged for a backstage visit,”

said Elliott. “Vince hugged her and called

her grandma.”

She also loved eating and shopping at

Cracker Barrel and had been given $101

for her 101st birthday and was saving it for

one last trip, but unfortunately the COVID

pandemic halted those plans.

Through her long life, she enjoyed three

children, six grandchildren, 10 greatgrandchildren,

and three great-great

grandchildren.

“She could be a spitfire,” said Elliott of

her grandmother. “She was outspoken and

you always knew where she stood. She was

also forward thinking. She did not live in

the past. She loved fashion and home decor

and stayed in touch with the latest trends.

She kept up on all her family was doing

Photo courtesy of the Groveport

Heritage Museum

Church

demolition

Workers pause (atop the

tower and on the roof) for a

photo during the demolition

work on the Methodist

church in Groveport in 1906.

This church was built at Main

and College streets in 1851

and was torn down to make

way for the current

Groveport United Methodist

Church on the site, which

itself was completed in 1908.

The dirt street at the left in

the photo is College Street.

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

EDNA VIRGINIA (RAGER) ROOF

and always asked about everyone and

enjoyed seeing photos of all her grandchildren.

She loved having her picture taken

as well and asked that it be put on

Facebook.”

She also loved peacocks.

“Her room at Altercare Canal

Winchester was decorated in them and we

gave other residents her peacocks after she

passed,” said Elliott.

Elliott said she cherishes the relationship

she had with her grandmother.

“She was my grandmother, but also my

friend,” said Elliott. “I adored her.”

Virginia fully lived and enjoyed her

more than century of life. We can learn

much about life and history from our elders.

Their experiences, no matter how large

or small, have meaning. They deserve to be

remembered.

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport

Messenger.


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Cruisers ready for action

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Cold weather has arrived and that

means it’s time for the Groveport Madison

Cruisers to gear up for the winter sports

season.

Boys basketball

“The strengths of our team will be our

defensive intensity, shooting, and transition,”

said Cruiser boys varsity basketball

coach Lamont Hampton.

The team boasts several strong and talented

players, including senior captain and

point guard Duane Davis.

“He can get anywhere on the floor and

has extraordinary defense,” said Hampton.

Senior wing Marlon Elliott, Jr., has

three years of varsity experience and is a

captain and a vocal leader.

“He’s also an extraordinary defender

and playmaker,” said Hampton.

Senior Abubakar Diallo, according to

Hampton, has unlimited shooting range

and has improved dramatically each year

on defense.

“Senior captain Kenyatta Whiteside,

who averaged a double-double last season,

also has unlimited shooting range,” said

Hampton. “He’s an elite rebounder and a

great defender.”

Senior Markel Holmes, Hampton said,

has unlimited shooting range and is also “a

great rebounder and defender.”

Hampton said the team has high expectations

of success in the Ohio Capital

Conference this year.

“With that being said, we have the

utmost respect for all of our opponents in

the OCC, which is one of the toughest

leagues in central Ohio,” said Hampton.

“Everyone we play will be formidable competition

in this great league.”

Hampton noted the team is participating

in a “quadruple header” with the girls’

team against Teays Valley this season.

“I think this is a very unique evening,

allowing the boys and girls to watch each

other play against a non-league opponent,”

said Hampton.

Girls basketball

Cruiser girls varsity basketball coach

Zach Cowan said the team’s strengths this

year are athleticism and defense.

“We love forcing turnovers to get easy

points and making opposing offenses feel

uncomfortable,” said Cowan. “Our team is

very athletic and loves to run in transition

and control the tempo of the games. We

also have built a great team culture in the

program and it’s great watching the girls

interact and hold each other accountable

on and off the court.”

He said the team has several top players.

“Tyairah ‘TT’ Flowers (a junior) worked

very hard this past summer and fall to

develop her offensive skills,” said Cowan

“She is a physical bully in the post and a

tenacious rebounder and defender.”

Cowan said junior Danica Graham is

skilled offensively and a great rebounder.

“When she gets hot from three point

land it can be scary,” said Cowan.

Freshman Niah Smedley is a post player

who Cowan said can score from all areas

of the court and rebound.

“Marisa Jones (a junior) worked really

hard to develop her offensive skill set this

summer and fall,” said Cowan. “She’s a

great defender and rebounder.”

According to Cowan, freshman point

guard Jolisa Butts can distribute the ball

and score when needed, senior Alauna

Nguyen is a team leader who can fit any

role wherever needed, sophomore Milani

Eppsis the “best perimeter defender, who

worked extremely hard to develop jump

shot in off season,” and freshman Zariyah

Jones is an “extremely athletic guard who

is gifted defensively.”

When asked about the team’s prospects

in the Ohio Capital Conference this year

and what opponents will be the most formidable

competition, Cowan said, “We look to

compete this season in probably the toughest

conference in the state of Ohio. We play

top ranked teams such as Reynoldsburg,

Newark, and Pickerington Central.

Reynoldsburg has several Division 1 commits.”

He noted the Cruisers also have some

interesting non-conference games scheduled

this year against Canal Winchester,

Teays Valley, and Pickerington North.

Wrestling

“This year we have a green and very

young team,” said Cruiser head varsity

wrestling coach Jacob Schultz. “The

biggest strength my guys and girls have

showed me so far is their willingness to

learn and be coachable. That skill is more

important than any other skill in this sport

and through the years will show great

results as our freshman continue to grow

in this sport at the varsity level.”

Three notable Cruiser wrestlers to

watch this season are senior Jacob

Johnston (150 pounds), senior Cameron

Lightwine (175 pounds), and junior Tyler

Brown (138 pounds).

“Jacob is a top guy on our team because

his willingness to learn and his intensity

on working towards his goals this year,

being a state qualifier,” said Schultz. “He

often times calls out coaches to train extra

and work towards his goals.”

Lightwine missed his junior season due

to a knee injury and Schultz said “he has

taken his PT like a progressional.”

“Cameron is a top guy on our team this

year because his willingness to learn and

add the things necessary to his repertoire

to hit his goals,” said Schultz. “This off season

Cameron and I spent a lot of time oneon-one

to get him ready to crush his goals

in his last season.”

Schultz said Brown is “a top guy on our

team due to his eagerness to wrestle and

the intensity and morale he brings to our

team everyday. He loves big moves and I

look for him to upset a lot top guys in the

district this year as we refine his skill set.”

Schultz said the team looks forward to

See CRUISERS, page 8

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any and all competition.

“We don’t care who that opponent is or

where they come from,” said Schultz. “We

want to win against everyone. With that

being said, it’s always a good evening when

we get to defeat those guys from Canal

Winchester!”

Swimming

Cruiser head swimming coach Ilana

Webber said this year’s team is small.

“We only have 12 swimmers,” said

Webber. “Trevor Keane, Sydney Chandler,

and Gabby Monjaras are very strong leaders

and step in when it is needed. They all

have already shown growth this season.”

Webber said, to grow the program, coaches

are trying to attract athletes from other

sports, such as soccer, football, and track.

“We have been working with athletes

who have never swam before and are

already seeing improvement,” said Webber.

She said all the teams the Cruisers will

swim against this season “are formidable.”

Schedules

Visit gocruisers.org to see each team’s

schedule. Click on the “athletics” tab and go

to the “click here for athletic schedules” box.

Editor’s note: The Groveport Messenger

also hopes to preview of the Cruiser bowling

team soon.

Groveport

Messenger

Photo courtesy of

the city of Groveport

Holiday

story

time

www.columbusmessenger.com

Groveport City

Councilwoman

Jean Ann

Hilbert, who is

also a retired

elementary

school teacher,

took time out

this festive season

to read a

holiday book to

kindergarten

students at

Groveport Town

Hall during the

students’ field

trip to the historic

building.

Various other community leaders - including Mayor Lance Westcamp, Police Chief

Casey Adams, and others - also participated in the Groveport Town Hall holiday

reading program this December.

The Groveport Garden Club meets the

first Tuesday each month (unless otherwise

announced) at Groveport Zion

CW formally opens

Walnut Creek Trail

Groveport Garden Club

The city of Canal Winchester formally

opened the Walnut Creek Trail on Nov. 23

with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed

by a walk along the trail.

The newly completed trail connector is

just one of many projects related to the

overall McGill Park development. When

complete, the trail will connect McGill

Park to the historic Bergstresser Covered

Bridge. For now, the Walnut Creek Trail is

open from the covered bridge towards

McGill Park for approximately three-quarters

of a mile. The finished portion of the

trail features several benches, two bridges,

and plenty of nature-scape.

“We are excited to offer another opportunity

for our residents to connect with

nature,” said Canal Winchester Mayor

Mike Ebert. “When McGill Park opens, residents

will be able to walk, run, or bike

from the high school to the park using the

Walnut Creek Trail. We expect it will get a

lot of use.”

Phase I construction of McGill Park continues,

with tree plantings, pavement

work, and playground equipment being

installed. A ribbon cutting ceremony is

expected for the park next spring. The public

is invited to begin enjoying the new portion

of the Walnut Creek Trail.

As with all trails within the city, the

path is only open to foot and bike traffic.

Motorized vehicles, including ATVs, mopeds,

and golf carts, are prohibited.

Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road.

Anyone interested in gardening welcome.

Call Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-1097.

The trail is open daily from dawn to

dusk. All visitors are asked to be respectful

of the continuing McGill Park construction

and avoid entering restricted areas.

For information on McGill Park, visit

www.cwmcgillpark.com.

Cruisers on the air

The Groveport Sports Network and Rick

Coope provides live play-by-play coverage

of Groveport Madison High School athletic

contests. 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 by anyone

on their computer or handheld device. All

broadcasts will be available to view on

demand free of charge.

Go to www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.

The schedule - boys basketball

(7:30 p.m.): 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.


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ACE

expands

According to

Groveport Madison

officials, after

piloting at Dunloe

Elementary and

Middle School

North last year,

the ACE After

School Program

has expanded to

all Groveport

Madison elementary

and middle

schools.

Approximately 180

students participate

in the program,

which promotes

healthy living,

alcohol and

drug prevention,

and academic, athletic,

and social

opportunities for

students in grades

2-8.

The cost of is covered

primarily

through

Temporary

Assistance for

Needy Families

funds.

Knitting

club helps

students

The Westerville Sit

and Stich Knitting

Club provided

more than 500

hats for Groveport

Madison students

at Glendening and

Sedalia elementary

schools.

The club worked

with the Groveport

Madison’s Student

Services

Supervisor Melissa

Niemie-Nathan to

get the hats distributed

to students.

Niemie-Nathan

said, “The kids

were so excited to

get a new hat.

They were dancing

around and showing

them off to

anyone who would

pay attention.”

Photo courtesy of

Eastland-Fairfield Career

& Technical Schools

Deck the

Stage!

The Performing

Arts and Culinary

Arts programs at

Eastland-Fairfield

Career & Technical

Schools collaborated

to provide a pair

of fun and spirited

holiday performances

this

December. “Deck

the Stage!” by

Lindsay Price is a

series of vignettes

based on Christmas carols that will be sure to entertain and touch those in attendance

just in time for the holiday season. The show consisted of six short plays,

all inspired by Christmas carols. Two performances, both at Reynoldsburg High

School - Summit Campus, were held Dec. 4 and Dec. 8.The second show featured

a special dinner theater performance in collaboration with the EFCTS Culinary

Arts program and featured a buffet-style dinner, plus dessert. The cast and crew

included: Kenneth Thomas, Akirah Fletcher, Brianna Roberts, William Daughtery,

Chris Kaminski, Chloe Moton, Niya Louketis, Maria Murphy, Aaliyah Santiago,

Jessica (Alex) Santislevan, August Straughter, Sydney Musinde, Genesis

Castellon-Banegas, Sadikshia Ghimire, Katherine Orellana, Madison Rider, James

Edwards, Ashmita Dhimal, and Simone Anderson. Pictured here are Hope

Schoovaerts (left) and Hannah Allen (right). For information on the Performing

Arts program, visit www.EastlandFairfield.com/PerformingArts. For information on

the Culinary Arts program, visit www.EastlandFairfield.com/CulinaryArts.

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