December 26, 2021-January 8, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 14
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The Groveport Madison Cruiser cheerleaders fired up the crowd during the Cruisers’ 78-67 boys varsity
basketball victory over Canal Winchester on Dec. 14 in Canal Winchester.
Groveport to run transportation program on its own
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport will be going it alone with its employee
shuttle service program.
At Groveport City Council’s Dec. 13 committee of
the whole meeting, city officials announced that the
city of Obetz will no longer participate in the
Groveport Rickenbacker Employee Access Transit
(GREAT) shuttle service.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said Obetz
will leave the program effective the end of 2021.
“They felt they were not getting enough use out of
the program,” said King of Obetz’s decision to depart.
“Obetz determined it was no longer in their best
interest to participate in GREAT,” wrote Groveport
Director of Transportation Bob Dowler in a report to
council. “We (Groveport) will service GREAT stops in
that (Obetz) area through the end of 2021. Obetz will
be providing transitional information for distribution
on our shuttles to assist those riders currently using
the GREAT service.”
City of Obetz officials did not respond to a request
Obetz’s financial contribution to the GREAT program
was $150,000 annually, according to King.
Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr said the city
of Groveport’s annual 2021 budget for the program
“Let’s be sure to rebrand the program and get their
(Obetz) name off the vehicles,” said Groveport City
Councilman Shawn Cleary.
Groveport launched GREAT in 2015 in partnership
with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and
Obetz. The service was designed to ease area mass
transit issues and bring employees to work in the city’s
industrial parks. It augments COTA bus service in the
Rickenbacker Airport area and provides last-mile service
for employees to businesses located within
Groveport and, at the time, Obetz.
Groveport established GREAT in response to area
businesses’ difficulties in finding enough employees.
Some potential employees are unable to work in
Groveport’s industrial parks because the city’s transportation
needs were underserved by the COTA bus
system. City officials said they did not want to lose
large employers due to a lack of workers and that the
shuttle service allows employers to hire and retain
their employees who need, or choose, to use public
The city of Groveport will continue to operate the
For information on the GREAT shuttle service program
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Police have suspect
in school threat
Plus other Groveport Police news
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Police identified a suspect who posted a violent
threat on social media towards Groveport Madison High School.
“We were first called to the home of a GMHS student by a parent
who had received a screenshot of the post just before 10 p.m.
on Dec. 7,” said Groveport Police Lt. Josh Short. “After that we
were deluged with additional calls and messages concerned about
Short said the suspect is a 16-year-old Groveport Madison High
“Detective Delbert Dalton obtained account information of the
Instagram user and the Internet service provider,” said Short.
“Once we had that information, Officer Danny Amabile made a
visit to the suspect student at his home in Madison Township to
speak with him and a parent. The student eventually admitted he
had made the post. We advised the student not to report to school
that day and he was subsequently called and officially suspended
by the high school principal.”
Short said the student was not physically arrested at that time.
“We are still investigating several other facets of this incident
so that we can present any and all appropriate charges to the
Franklin County Juvenile Court,” said Short. “Among the possible
charges is inducing panic, which is a second degree felony
under these circumstances.”
When asked if social media threats like this to schools are
becoming more common, Short said, “I wouldn’t say these threats
are a weekly or even monthly thing, but they are certainly more
common than they were 10 years ago. It seems every time there is
a high profile school shooting somewhere we will have local copycats.
Most of the times students will make these posts in an
attempt to get administrators to cancel school.”
Short stressed to students, or anyone posting threats on social
media, that they are not anonymous.
“This also applies to others who share a post knowing that it is
a false threat,” said Short. “Just because you create a fake account,
as with this recent incident, the social media companies and
Internet service providers will always have a record of the device
the posts are being
Sometimes we can
find the suspect
quickly and sometimes
it takes a bit
longer, but our detectives
are very good at
their jobs. We will
have zero tolerance
for any person threatening
our school staff
and students and will
prosecute them to the
fullest extent of the
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A domestic violence incident, allegedly involving a
gunshot, resulted in police pursuing a suspect from
Groveport to east Columbus.
According to the Groveport Police, on Dec. 16 near
10 p.m., a 27-year-old woman, who is professionally
contracted to clean city of Groveport facilities, had completed
her cleaning duties at the Groveport Municipal
Golf Course when she saw her 27-year-old ex-boyfriend
approaching her in his vehicle. (Both the man and the
woman reside on the westside of Columbus.)
Groveport Police indicated the woman did not want
to see the ex-boyfriend and drove away from the golf
course northbound on Richardson Road while also calling
9-11. With the ex-boyfriend pursuing her in his
vehicle, she drove east on Groveport Road and turned
into the Groveport Recreation Center parking lot.
“She was trying to get away from him and he followed
her into the Groveport Recreation Center parking
lot,” said Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams.
The woman told police that, while in the parking
lot, she (allegedly) heard a gunshot. The Groveport
Police said the man allegedly said he fired his gun in
the air to get her attention.
According to the Groveport Police report, the suspect
had a .40 caliber handgun and a .40 caliber shell
casing was found on the scene.
Adams said the woman then drove from the parking
lot and headed westbound on Groveport’s Main Street
with her ex-boyfriend in pursuit of her.
Continued from page 1
Elmont Place subdivision shooting
On Dec. 9 around 5:40 p.m., shots were fired at a
house in the 4900 block of Whispering Falls Drive in
the Elmont Place subdivision, according to the
According to Groveport Police Detective Josh
Gilbert, an 18-year-old Columbus man came to the
door of a house on Whispering Falls Drive and asked to
see an 18-year-old Groveport man who he believed was
in the house. Gilbert said the suspect worked his way
into the house and began to search for the 18-year-old
Groveport man. The suspect ran out the back door of
the home when he was confronted by an adult in the
According to Gilbert, the suspect ran to a waiting
car and, as the vehicle drove off, the suspect allegedly
fired six rounds from a .40 caliber weapon at the front
of the house.
“Rounds went through the house and garage,” said
Gilbert. “One round exited the house’s west wall and
went into a neighbor’s occupied bedroom. Luckily
nobody was injured in this incident.”
Gilbert said a warrant was issued for one suspect
School board meetings
The Groveport Madison Board of Education will
hold its annual organization meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan.
12 at the District Service Center, 4400 Marketing
Place, Suite B, Groveport.
While the board will not formally act on their meeting
dates for 2022 until the Jan. 12 organizational
meeting, they have proposed resuming a two meeting
Groveport Police officers responded and the exboyfriend
fled down West Street, Elm Street, and then
over the railroad tracks north on old Hamilton Road in
his vehicle with the police in pursuit. Officers indicated
the suspect at times “went dark” by turning off the
lights on his car during the chase. The pursuit continued
north on State Route 317 to westbound U.S. Route
33 toward Columbus with three Groveport Police
cruisers following the suspect.
Adams said Franklin County Sheriff deputies
deployed stop sticks at I-270 and U.S. Route 33, but
the suspect avoided them and continued on to I-70
westbound exiting at Livingston Avenue where another
Franklin County Sheriff deputy was waiting.
According to Adams, the suspect drove around the
deputy, ran a red light and then his vehicle was broadsided
by another vehicle.
“His vehicle was pushed into a pole and then the suspect
fled on foot to a nearby bike path and wooded area,”
said Adams, where an Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter
spotted the suspect and he was arrested.
Adams said that during the vehicle pursuit at no
time did the speed of the vehicles exceed 50 to 60 mph.
“There were no injuries,” said Adams.
According to the Groveport Police, the suspect was
charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing,
menacing by stalking, a weapons charge, and fleeing
Adams said the suspect is in the Franklin County
Jail with a $50,000 bond for the misdemeanor charges
and a $50,000 bond for the felony charges.
for a felony of the second degree improper discharge of
a firearm into a habitation. He said the investigation is
Other Groveport Police news
•Groveport Police Lt. Bary Murphy said an $87,000
forgery and receiving stolen property case from 2017-
18 was plead out with the defendant receiving an 18
month prison sentence.
•In a case from 2021, Murphy reported a suspect
was charged with four counts of felonious assault for
driving a vehicle at four people in a front yard. The
defendant plead to one count of attempted felonious
assault and was sentenced to 36 months of community
November Groveport Police statistics
November crime statistics, according to the
Groveport Police: 14 arrests, 22 accidents, 4 assaults, 0
burglary, 5 domestic disputes, 5 domestic violence, 1
OVI and alcohol, 21 thefts/robberies, 2 stolen/unauthorized
use, 1 missing persons, 2 weapon related calls, 1
narcotic related offense, 2 parking, 1 threat, 2 vandalism,
0 juvenile complaint, 22 traffic citations, 1 sex
related crime, 1 suicide attempt - DOA.
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fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m.
School roofing project
The Groveport Madison Board of Education unanimously
approved contracting with Dynamix for a $1.7
million in roofing projects for Glendening Elementary,
Dunloe Elementary, and Middle School South.
Funding comes from federal ESSER III grant funds.
Vehicle crashes increase at
SR 317 and Groveport Road
Plus other Groveport news
By Rick Palsgrove
The busy intersection of State Route 317 and
Groveport Road has seen its share of traffic accidents
Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams said there has
been an increase in traffic accidents recently in the
area of the Groveport Road, State Route 317, and
Greenpointe Drive corridor during the peak season of
new seasonal employees working in the warehouses in
the city’s industrial parks.
“Two of these accidents caused extensive road closure
time on State Route 317 in the area of Groveport
Road,” said Adams. “The accidents involved semitrucks
that either jack-knifed north of the intersection
or a semi-truck that ran off the road south of the intersection.
Both incidents caused about six hours of State
Route 317 road closures and more than 10 hours of
man power (police) over time.”
Adams said, overall, the city of Groveport has seen
a four percent decrease in auto accidents from 2020 to
2021. However, there is a 41 percent increase in auto
accidents when specifically comparing November 2020
to November 2021. He said 27 percent of these
November accidents occurred between 6-9 a.m. and 64
percent occurred between 2-10 p.m.
Other Groveport news
•Council approved legislation to prohibit parking
on the fire hydrant side of West Street.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said there
is an ongoing issue of multiple vehicles being parked
on both sides of West Street making it difficult for
snow plows, leaf clean up trucks, and delivery trucks
to maneuver on the street. Additionally, he said, having
vehicles parked on the fire hydrant side of the
street is a safety issue.
There is also an issue of parked cars blocking mailboxes.
The mailboxes in this area are on both sides of
Photo courtesy of the Groveport
City officials will contact the Post Office to see if all
the mailboxes can be placed on the fire hydrant side of
•Council rejected, by a 5-1 vote, a final development
plan for a temporary storage and stockpile area on 24
vacant acres on South Hamilton Road east of the railroad
and north of Lowery Court. Councilman Ed
Dildine was the lone approving vote.
King said council indicated it prefers a more permanent
use be developed on the site. The Planning and
Zoning Commission also did not recommend the plan.
•Groveport’s fourth annual Blacklick Haunted
Park event last October raised $3,816 that was donated
to Groveport Madison Human Needs. Groveport
Finance Director Jason Carr said the funds were generated
from the sale of 632 tickets for the event plus
“It’s the most money that has been generated from
this event,” said Carr.
Added Councilman Shawn Cleary, “This event is a
class act. The people running it put in a lot of work.”
•The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue yearto-date
as of Nov. 30 was $16.9 million, which is 17
percent higher than the same time in 2020, according
to Carr. Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise 64
percent of all city total revenues. Carr also noted the
city’s general fund balance as of Nov. 30 is $2.6 million
higher compared to the same time last year.
•Groveport Public Service
Director Brian Strayer said city
workers collected nearly 61,000
pounds of leaves in November.
•Regarding street tree maintenance,
Strayer said: 61 trees
were removed, including 35
identified as hazardous; 65 trees
will be pruned this winter by
Arbor Barber; and 80 new trees
will be planted in 2022.
Just after 6 a.m. on Dec.
13, the Groveport Police
were dispatched to the
100 block of Front Street
to assist the Madison
Department on a fire with
a possible juvenile
female outside screaming.
“Upon arrival, we
immediately observed a skid steer pulling a fully flame engulfed travel trailer
toward Front Street from the rear of the property,” said Groveport Police Lt. Josh
Short. “As the skid steer reached the roadway, he dropped the trailer and moved to
a safe location. Firefighters arrived and immediately went to work on the fire while
we kept Front Street closed from the railroad tracks to Ebright Road until they were
done. We had the road closed for about an hour.” Short said the man who moved
the camper, a neighbor of the property owner, said he wanted to get the camper
away from the other structures on the property and he believed some bad electrical
wiring was the cause of the fire. “Definitely not something you see every day,”
said Short. There were no injuries.
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Groveport history films
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of Groveport, produced by the Groveport
Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are
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The films are: “Groveport: A Town and
Its People” and “The Story of John S.
Rarey and Cruiser.”
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Riding the rails electrically
There’s an old joke that goes like this:
First person: “Train’s been here.”
Second person: “How can you tell?”
First person: “There’s its tracks!”
Corny joke, but still funny and, actually, a true statement as
well. The tracks are there and a train passed by on them at some
point and will again
That is, except for
the steel rail tracks
embedded in the bricks of Groveport’s
Blacklick Street. The well preserved tracks
remain, but the Scioto Valley Traction Line’s
electric interurban railway cars are never
going to roll along them again. All that’s left of
that busy transportation system that once
passed through Groveport are these steel rails.
The rails are a historical reminder of the
then modern and thriving Scioto Valley
Traction Line electric railway that operated
in Groveport and the surrounding area from
1904 to 1930.
The interurban, or traction line, was powered
by electricity. A “third rail” carried a 600
volt electric current that propelled railway
cars along standard rails. The interurban
moved passengers and freight between regional towns and
Groveport’s location between Columbus and Lancaster made it
logical to run an interurban line through the then village.
The Scioto Valley Traction Line ran southeast of Columbus
along Groveport Road through Obetz and to Groveport. It passed
through Groveport on Blacklick Street and then followed the Ohio
and Erie Canal route to Canal Winchester. Originally the traction
line company wanted the line to run down Groveport’s Main
Street, but the village council in the early 20th century felt it
would be a danger to traffic there and instead jogged the route to
the lesser traveled Blacklick Street.
A depot was built on the northwest corner of Blacklick Street
and Brook Alley. If you take a walk along Blacklick Street today
you will notice a switch area where part of the track curves north
out of the street’s right of way. That sidetrack lead to the now long
gone interurban depot.
Other remnants of the interurban’s former rail bed through
Groveport can be partially seen along the south side of Groveport
Road west of State Route 317 (though much of it was taken out
with the recent road work near Saltzgaber Road) and in
Groveport’s Blacklick Park where the interurban right of way is
now a walking path that extends from the park to Rager Road
alongside the remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal.
On July 19, 1904, the first interurban car ran from Columbus
to Canal Winchester. The speed of the car amazed riders and
Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum
An early 1900s view of a then unpaved Blacklick Street looking
west shows the electric interurban railway tracks embedded in
the dirt street and the interurban depot at right. In the background
the bell tower of Groveport High School, which once
sat where Naomi Court is today, can be seen.
observers alike. The five mile trip from Groveport to Canal
Winchester took a little over five minutes as the car reached a
speed of 62 mph. A much faster trip between the two towns than
a horse and wagon or a canal boat could make.
This speed immediately seemingly shrank the distance
between Groveport and Columbus and would forever change
Groveport’s relation to the capital city.
During the 19th century, Groveport was somewhat isolated
from downtown Columbus by distance. Now, that 12 mile distance
could be crossed in a matter of minutes. People no longer had to
live near where they worked since the interurban could shuttle
them back and forth to work. This enabled people to work in
Columbus while still living in Groveport. The interurban also
made Columbus a more viable alternative for shopping and entertainment.
The interurban’s presence was the beginning of
Groveport becoming a suburb of Columbus.
Groveport’s population nearly doubled between 1900 and 1930
and the town’s accessibility via the interurban no doubt played a
major role in this growth.
The Scioto Valley Traction Line operated passenger service
through Groveport until 1930 when automobiles and buses made
the electric railway obsolete. However, some coal delivery continued
on the line for several years afterward.
The electric interurban railway cars are gone, but I know
they’ve been here, because, there’s their tracks.
Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport Messenger.
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Pictured here is Groveport School (now
Groveport Elementary) as it looked in 1950.
This photo is unique in that it was taken looking
west toward the school. Most of the well
known photos of this historic school are taken
from the front or looking east toward the
school. It is interesting to note the tree and
garden at the corner of the building that were
there in 1950 and which are now long gone.
Also visible to the right is the low hedge that
once ringed the school’s front lawn.
Long time trustee retires
By Linda Dillman
The end of the year also closes the books on a long
history of public service and public by Ed Dildine as he
prepares for his last meeting as a Madison Township
trustee on Dec. 28.
Dildine started as a Madison Township firefighter
in May 1979, where he worked until his retirement in
2009. He later ran for trustee and was sworn in on Jan.
1, 2010 and served the township for a combined total of
43 years. Dildine said he became a firefighter to help
people and was happy to continue to do that as a
A 1967 graduate of Groveport Madison High School,
Dildine was honored for his 12 years as an elected official
during the Dec. 14 Madison Township trustees’
meeting when he was presented an encased flag from
Trustee Chairman John Pritchard, a flag that was
flown over each township building.
“When he came on the board, I was still a trustee,”
reported Madison Township Administrator Susan
Brobst. “You’ve been extremely supportive and have a
lot of insight.”
Local Firefighters Union 2507 President Rashid
Taylor said he had worked alongside Dildine as a firefighter
in addition to collaborating with him as a
“His job and passion were not to be a firefighter and
trustee, but to make a difference in other peoples’
lives,” said Taylor before telling Dildine he has the
appreciation of the union for all he has done for township
Other Madison Township news
•The trustees approved moving their regular meeting
dates in 2022 to the third Thursday of each month.
However, the annual organizational meeting will take
place on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m.
•As announced in November, the township’s gas
aggregation contract with Colum-bia Gas has expired
and all residents enrolled in the program were returned
to the gas company’s standard pricing default.
“We did not renew…because rates were so high
there was no savings for residents,” said Brobst.
According to communications specialist Jessica
Wood-worth, the township does anticipate another
aggregation contract in the future, although an exact
date is not known. Consultant Trebel LLC is watching
Reduce food, packaging, and
electronic waste during the holidays
It’s easy for the waste we create to increase
over the holidays.
We’ve been busy buying and wrapping gifts,
decorating, entertaining and baking. Preventing
waste and recycling correctly during this time can
help reduce reliance on landfills and decrease our
carbon footprint. As you continue your celebrations
into the new year and begin to clean up from
the holidays, SWACO is helping families reduce
waste and recycle right with these five tips:
1. Prevent food waste. Turn the leftover holiday
ham into bean soup on New Year’s Day and
turn rolls into croutons for salads. Get food waste
reduction tips and recipes at
2. Recycle right. Flatten cardboard and place
in your curbside recycling cart or before taking it
to SWACO drop off locations. Visit
recycleright.org to find a drop off location near
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Sworn in as a Madison Township trustee in 2010,
Ed Dildine (right) attended one of his last regular
meetings as a trustee on Dec. 14 and was presented
a flag by Trustee Chairman John Pritchard that
was flown over the township offices.
gas rates continuously and will secure a contracted
rate when prices drop.
“This will allow Treble to shop for us,” said Brobst,
regarding a resolution giving permission to the company
to pursue lower gas and electric
rates and to secure those
rates with the approval of the
•The trustees authorized
Brobst to submit a grant application
for state capital funds to
improve drainage at Brobst
“We continue to have more
and more issues with flooding at
the park,” said Brobst. “Last
week, due to a lot of rain, we
had to close the park early.”
3. New electronics are popular holiday items
to give and receive. Have electronic waste to discard?
Check with the retailer for a take back program
or use the Reuse and Recycling Search Tool
at recycleright.org to find an e-waste recycler
4. Compost live holiday wreaths and trees
by removing decorations and setting them at the
curb on your yard waste collection day. Check
your local municipality’s website for a yard waste
5. Take Styrofoam to a post-holiday recycling
event like the one being held on Thursday,
Dec. 30 at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 10
a.m. – noon.
It’s easy to make a difference when you commit
to reduce waste and recycle right.
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Madison Township Police statistics
November crime statistics from the Madison Township Police:
10 accidents with injuries, 3 assaults, 1 burglary, 30 domestic
complaints, 2 fights, 7 hit skip accidents, 11 juvenile complaints,
14 larceny/theft, 6 missing persons, 27 parking violations, 2 person
with gun, 26 property damage accidents, 1 sex offense, 7 shots
fired in area, 7 stolen vehicles, 7 suspicious cars, 20 suspicious
persons, 12 suspicious persons/vehicles, 7 threats or harassment,
99 traffic stops, and 5 vandalism.
Groveport Garden Club
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Make a difference by taking small steps to reduce
waste and recycle right over the holidays.
Instead of pitching unwanted
decorations or lights, donate them
to a local non-profit like Goodwill.
Break down cardboard boxes
and keep recyclables loose in
the curbside recycling cart.
The Groveport Garden Club meets the first Tuesday each
month (unless otherwise announced) at Groveport Zion Lutheran
Church, 6014 Groveport Road. Anyone interested in gardening
welcome. Call Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-1097.
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Save money and landfill space by
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magazine or a cookbook that catches your
eye. It paints a beautiful and stylish picture
of its product (don’t they all?) but
what keeps it there are the ingredients
promised inside, all of those darker thematic
elements you love immersing together
for what could amount to an unusual
and compelling film.
But, like that recipe from above, the end
result was not something you wanted,
needed, or really expected. Instead, what
you get is a slow simmering and time consuming
mess with just enough panache to
make you not completely hate it despite
however much you may want to.
The film begins with a mysterious flourish:
a body carelessly wrapped in sheets
being dragged across a dirty, dusty floor.
The person doing the dragging is Stanton
Carlisle (played by Bradley Cooper), who
promptly lights the place on fire, but not
before donning a sweet Fedora and lighting
a cigarette as he makes his great escape. In
the silhouette of this scene, the first of
many gorgeous shots peppered throughout
the film, Stanton looks like Indiana Jones
preparing for one of his grand adventures,
but the film makes it clear from the jump
that Stanton is no hero.
Rather than rushing off into the jungle
while on the lam (the film is primarily set
in the Midwest circa the 1940’s), Stanton
finds the perfect spot in a traveling carnival
full of misfits who “pay no mind to what
you’ve done in the past.” Initially, Stanton
takes a job as a roustabout as they go from
town to town but eventually he begins to
learn the tricks of the mentalist trade from
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After an inspired act
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money in their walls)
Stanton believes he is
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“ready for the big time” and asks the sweet
natured ingenue Molly Cahill (Rooney
Mara) to join him in a two-person swindling,
er, performing act.
Two years later, the duo has established
roots in New York where they perform
shows for the wealthy in hotels. Through a
complex system of coded words, they hold
the crowd in the palm of their hands as
“The Great Stanton” sees all. What he fails
to see, or really comprehend however, is
just how much his life is going to change
when he meets the crafty psychologist Dr.
Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett) and a rich
business owner who wants Stanton to use
his “skills” so he can commune with the
While director and co-writer Guillermo
del Toro has a penchant for using the
supernatural in his films, there are no true
supernatural elements in “Nightmare
Alley.” Instead, his focus is more on the
horror the living can inflict on another
being, which in my opinion is far scarier
than anything else.
There are so many things to like, and
even love, about this movie: it has a terrific
cast who all give great performances, it’s
stylish and visually arresting, and it has a
punch in the gut ending that makes an
impact despite hints along the way that it
was bound to happen.
But for however hard this film tries to
be something new, something different and
engaging, there is a disconnect in between
how it was presented as a genuine adult
thriller and how it comes across, which is
maddeningly slow and not at all thrilling.
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By Kristy Zurbrick
Put on your hiking shoes
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both! The 49th Annual Winter Hike
Series offers lots of options for getting
out into nature during the year’s colder
Hosted by Columbus and Franklin
County Metro Parks, the upcoming
hike series encourages folks to visit
some or all of 18 parks in the system,
three of which cross over into
Madison County. The program runs
from December through January.
While participants can hike any
park at any time during the threemonth
period, the park system is
highlighting certain parks each
month and offering opportunities to
gather with other hikers.
In December, the featured parks were Battelle
Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Highbanks,
Homestead, and Inniswood. Participants enjoyed twinkling
light displays and hot chocolate from 5 to 7 p.m.
on Sundays at these parks. Additionally, evening
lantern walks and hot chocolate were offered at
Chestnut Ridge Dec. 17-18.
In January, the featured parks will offer refreshments
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on certain days: Blendon
Woods (Jan. 8, chicken noodle soup), Sharon Woods
(Jan. 9, shredded chicken sandwiches), Scioto
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doughnuts), Prairie Oaks (Jan.
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In February, the featured
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Scioto Grove, Slate Run, and
Walnut Woods. Participants can
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parks, plus enjoy campfires from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Anyone who completes hikes
at seven or more of the parks
earns a hiking patch. It’s a new
patch this year, featuring a fox
design. Anyone who completes all
18 hikes and signs up to be a
Friends of the Metro Parks member
($10) earns a hiking stick and
a medallion for the stick. To track completed park visits,
pick up a hike card at any of the parks featured in
December, then flag down a park ranger to stamp the
card after each visit.
Patches, sticks and medallions will be distributed
at the end of the series during a celebration at
Blacklick Woods Golf Course. During the event,
planned for Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can
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Who stole the gingerbread cookies?
By Rick Palsgrove
Someone stole gingerbread cookies from
the head cook at Glendening Elementary
and the students are hot on the case!
Glendening teacher Jenn Minton’s second
grade class received a helping hand
from the Groveport Police to solve the mystery,
which included advice and assistance
from Minton’s father, Groveport Police
Officer Ernie Bell, as well as officers
Shellie Rimmer, Kristin Didyk, and Kyle
“I was so excited to partner with my dad
and the Groveport Police again for another
project,” said Minton.
Bell said he enjoys being a part of projects
like this at the school.
“It’s a good way to make a positive connection
between the kids and the police,”
This is the second collaboration between
Minton’s students and Groveport Police.
“This is the second time we have done
this type of project together,” said Minton.
“The first was in 2018, when the kids
helped to solve who stole Santa’s toy sack.”
For this year’s detective work, Minton
said students were read the case file stating
that Ms. Sheri’s (the school’s cook) gingerbread
cookies were stolen.
“Then the students are provided with
the suspect photos, which are photos I have
taken of our staff members,” said Minton.
“But each one is looking suspicious and
some are holding specific clues. They also
have items in the background that could
possibly be reasoned as evidence, such as
snacks, big bags to hide cookies, and so on.”
According to Minton, based off the photos
and the case file, students make a prediction
about who they think is guilty.
“Then each day, the police officers read
clues that would help to eliminate a suspect,
students read the written clue, and
use the photos to help eliminate a suspect,”
said Minton. “After clue three, students
look at their initial predictions and then,
like good readers, they could adjust by
selecting someone new, especially if their
initial suspect was eliminated, or they
could confirm that their prediction was still
Once students get the final clue, they
write up their report and submit it to Bell.
“In this report, they explain who stole
the missing cookies and provide an explanation
of their inferencing skills as to what
clues they used to determine they had the
right suspect,” said Minton.
The project enables students to learn
the skill of inferencing - going beyond the
author’s words to understand what is not
being said in the text.
“We teach second graders to use all
parts of the story - the text and pictures -
as well as their background knowledge to
gain information,” said Minton.
Ultimately the students deduced it was
the school guidance counselor who stole the
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Minton
Groveport Police Officer Ernie Bell helping
students in Jennifer Minton’s second
grade class at Glendening Elementary
solve the case.
“Once the students solved the case, we
brought her to the classroom and asked her
why she did it,” said Minton. “She
explained to the students that she was in
the blue/red zone (feeling sad/angry)
because she had a fight with a sibling and
then got into trouble, all things my students
can relate to.”
Once students hear the suspect’s reasons,
they help her brainstorm ways to deal
with those emotions and solve her problem.
“So many students tend to react to situations
impulsively without thinking
through the consequences, whether they be
positive or negative,” said Minton. “It’s my
hope that we can provide students with
strategies and tools to help them think
through these situations the next time one
Engaged learning is rewarding
When asked how she came up with the
theme for this year’s case, Minton said,
“Dad (Bell) and I wanted to create a new
case to keep the ideas fresh for students.
Also, with the ‘suspects’ being real adults
at school, I knew we could not only practice
the inferencing skills the lesson was originally
designed for, but we could add in the
social emotional learning (SEL) that is a
huge focus in our district.”
According to Minton, SEL is the process
where students acquire and apply the
knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop
healthy identities, manage emotions and
achieve personal and collective goals, feel
and show empathy for others, establish
and maintain supportive relationships, and
make responsible and caring decisions.”
She said the kids enjoy the project
because they feel like they are helping the
“It really makes them feel like they are
a part of the Groveport Police team,” said
Minton. “The visiting officers are all amazing
in playing along. They show up at our
classroom door with great energy and
ready to interact with the students.”
She said students also enjoy projects
like this because they see the real-life
applications of what they are learning in
“Students tend to put forth more effort
and are more engaged, when they know the
‘why’ behind their learning,” said Minton.
“It’s the age old question, ‘Why do I have to
learn this or that?’ In partnering with the
police, students see how adults, outside of
the school setting, are using the same skills
they are learning about in their daily lives:
reading skills, writing, legible handwriting,
math and so on.”
Minton said Bell plays a large role in the
“This year he ‘deputized’ the kids and
provided the badge stickers and police
notebooks and pencils,” said Minton. “Once
we solve the case, he is our corresponding
officer, we let him know that we have
solved the case. Then he comes back on the
last day to thank them for helping to solve
the case and working with them. Then they
get to trade in their sticker badges, for little
honorary Groveport Police badge pins.”
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The Ohio Department of Education
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The schools were honored for their integration
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Any 5 areas ONLY $75
Specializing in Pet Odors
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Other Carpet AvailableA
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Delivery & Inst. avail.
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Windows & Siding
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Groveport’s “A Heritage Holiday”
Ice carvers from Rock on Ice created frozen wonders at
Groveport’s “A Heritage Holiday” on Dec. 11.
Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Santa Claus greets a child on his way to the Groveport Log House during the city of Groveport’s “A Heritage
Holiday” event held in Heritage Park on Dec. 11. The event featured children’s visits with Santa, the traditional
tree lighting in Heritage Park, carolers, ice carvers, train rides, and food.
Lauren Burnett enjoys a train ride during “A Heritage Holiday.”
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you
from the Groveport Messenger!