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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
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
“We are entirely self supported by donations
from our community and local organizations,”
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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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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
“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.
Continued from page 1
“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
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
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,
•Dunloe Elementary — Built in 1967 with additions
in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 448. Functional capacity,
•Glendening Elementary — Built in 1968 with addition
in 1974. Enrollment, 455. Functional capacity,
•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
•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.)
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
Planning for Groveport’s parks
By Rick Palsgrove
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
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
“I am sure most municipalities would like
to have a similar number of park offerings,”
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.
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
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
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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.
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
3246 Noe Bixby Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43232
Asbury United Methodist
4760 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232
Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24th - 4:00 p.m.
Small gift bags for children will be handed out after service
Sunday, Dec. 26th
10 a.m. - Christmas Hymn Sing & Worship
and his name shall be called
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
1000 Noe-Bixby Rd., Columbus, OH 43213
Traditional Worship Service: 9 a.m.
Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24 @ 7 pm
Visit us on Facebook or visit our website at:
Groveport United Methodist Church
512 Main Street, Groveport, Ohio 43125
Stepping Back in Time: December 12, 7 p.m.
Service of Hope and Remembrance:
December 16, 7 p.m. in Sanctuary
Christmas Eve: 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. services
5521 Groveport Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Christmas Eve Eve Service
Thursday, December 23rd at 7 pm
Come and celebrate the
Gift of Christmas with us!
3160 Brice Road, Brice, Ohio 43109
Pastor Phyllis Plear Dixon
Come celebrate the Birth of Jesus
Christ on Christmas Eve at 6:00 pm
Sunday Morning Worship Service
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Friday, Dec, 24 - 4:00 , 7:00 & 10:00 PM
Prelude Music, Candlelight & Communion
In Person and Available Online
268 Hill Rd. N. Pickerington, OH 43147
All are welcome!
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A Groveport life
Rick Palsgrove ...................................Groveport Editor
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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.
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
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
Here are the official Nov. 2
local election results, according
to the Franklin County Board of
•Groveport city council (top four
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
•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
Virginia grew up in a time when
Groveport was much smaller and surrounded
by small farms. Traffic was not
something anyone thought much about
“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
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
“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
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
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
Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport
Cruisers ready for action
By Rick Palsgrove
Cold weather has arrived and that
means it’s time for the Groveport Madison
Cruisers to gear up for the winter sports
“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
“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
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,”
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.
“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.”
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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
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.”
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
Photo courtesy of
the city of Groveport
Hilbert, who is
also a retired
took time out
this festive season
to read a
holiday book to
Hall during the
trip to the historic
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.
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Cruisers on the air
The Groveport Sports Network and Rick
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of Groveport Madison High School athletic
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prior to the scheduled start time with
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stats during the post-game show. The
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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.
piloting at Dunloe
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The cost of is covered
The Westerville Sit
and Stich Knitting
more than 500
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at Glendening and
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just in time for the holiday season. The show consisted of six short plays,
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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
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Any 5 areas ONLY $75
Specializing in Pet Odors
270 sq.ft. w/6 lb Pad
Other Carpet AvailableA
Phone or text Ray
Delivery & Inst. avail.
Looking for Mrs. Clean?
For excellent cleaning serv
at reas. rates w/great refs,
dependable. 10% Seniorr
Disc. Free Est. Also runs
Errands - Gwen 614-226-5229
Good Work - Fair Prices
Driveways • Sidewalks
Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.
Driveways & Extensions
Patio & Walkways,
Porches & Steps,
Hot Tub/Shed Pads,
Sealing of new &
For West, Grove City,
For Dec. 26, 2021 Papers
Deadline: Friday, Dec. 18, 2021- 2pm
Bates & Sons
5 ★ Google Reviews
Complete System Clean & Check
All Makes • All Models
45 yrs exp. • Sr. Discount
For This Ad In Our
For Info Call
Phil Bolon Contr.
Windows & Siding
Decks, Kitchens, Baths
Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.
47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.
Free Est. - Financing Avail.
Member BBB Of Cent. OH
O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273
Earn FREE Seamless
Gutters with Siding Over
1000 Sq. Ft.
FREE Shutters with
Soffit & Trim
Member of BBB
Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.
Owner & Operator
Install Hot Water Tanks,
Dishwashers & Disposals
Also Fencing &
Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.
CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines
LET US MAINTAIN
YOUR LAWN & GARDEN
Winter or Fall
WE DO IT ALL!!!!
Lawn Cuts, Edging,
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Kevin - 614-905-3117
Local Moving since 1956
Bonded and Insured
over 60 yrs
A Job Well Done Again
A lic. General Contractor
Some Skilled Services
Incl: Painting • Stucco,
Drainage & Home Maint.
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Exp. Expert Plumbing
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Soft Wash & Powerwash
5 ★ Google Reviews
Robinson roofing & repairs
30 yrs. exp. Lifetime Cols.
Reas rates. Member of
BBB. Dennis Robinson
REPAIR all makes 24 hr.
service. Clean, oil, adjust
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work gtd. 614-890-5296
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“Leave Snow Removal To Us”
SNOW REMOVAL &
Taking on New Accounts In The Area
Servicing Resid. & Comm.
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Ask For Bob
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• Tree Removal
• Tree Trimming 11/21
• Stump Grinding
• Bucket Truck Services
Best Prices • Same Day Service
BURNS TREE SERVICE
Trimming, Removal &
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Frozen Lobster Tails, King Crab Legs, Snow Crab Clusters, Orange Roughy,
Lake Smelts, Fresh Chopped Clams, Squid Tubes and Tentacles, Caviar,
Salted Baklava, Fresh Cod, Fresh, Eel, Octopus, Fresh Lump Crabmeat
(Non-Pasterized), Florida Stone Crab Claws, Snow Crab Cocktail Claws,
Live Lobsters via Special Order Only!
We Carry Domestic and Imported Wines
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL
All Orders to be Picked Up at
5249 Trabue Rd.
Columbus, OH 43228
Sunday, December 19th - 8 to 4
Monday thru Thursday 8 to 6
Friday, December 24th - 8 to 4
Closed December 25th & 26th
Now taking Christmas orders
We Accept All Major Credit Cards
EBT Cards (SNAP)
FRESH PRODUCE - LARGE WINE SELECTION
•Oysters Chesapeake Bay •Chilean Seabass Fillets
•Assorted Beef Steaks •Halibut Fillets
•Frozen Lobster Tails •Snow Crab Clusters
•King Crab Legs •Orange Roughy
•Faroe Island Salmon •Smoked Salmon
•Live Lobsters via Special Order Only!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL
New 2nd Location
All Major Credit Cards,
EBT Cards (SNAP)