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December 26, 2021-January 8, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 14

Go Cruisers!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Altman

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 Editor

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

for comment.

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

was $341,250.

“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

GREAT program.

For information on the GREAT shuttle service program

visit www.groveport.org.

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Police have suspect

in school threat

Plus other Groveport Police news

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

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

that post.”

Short said the suspect is a 16-year-old Groveport Madison High

School student.

“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

submitted from.

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

Groveport Police.

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

and eluding.

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.

per month schedule taking place on the second and

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

Groveport Editor

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


Fire on

Front Street

the street.

City officials will contact the Post Office to see if all

the mailboxes can be placed on the fire hydrant side of

the street.

•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

additional donations.

“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

Township Fire

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

Two documentary films on the history

of Groveport, produced by the Groveport

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are

now available for viewing online on


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

Editor’s Notebook




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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Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

Groveport School,


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

Staff Writer

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

near you.

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

collection schedule.

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.

December 26, 2021 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5

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



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.


Save money and landfill space by

only buying food you need, and find

creative ways to use leftovers!

It’s easy to have a green holiday.

Get more tips at SWACO.org!

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may have been too harsh because you liked

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needed, nor what you expected.

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instance, that recipe metaphor is the

absolute best way I can think of to relay

how I felt upon watching “Nightmare


“Nightmare Alley” is that recipe in a

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



“seer” Zeena (Toni

Collette) and her alcoholic

husband Pete

(David Strathairn).

After an inspired act

that saves the carnival

from the wrong end of

the law (think snake

oil preachers who

probably bury “stolen”

money in their walls)

Stanton believes he is


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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.

Grade: C

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Put on your hiking shoes

Go on your own time or join other

hikers at designated times—or do

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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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

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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.

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at the end of the series during a celebration at

Blacklick Woods Golf Course. During the event,

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Who stole the gingerbread cookies?

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

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,”

said Bell.

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.”

The case

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

a suspect.”

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.

gingerbread cookies.

“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

may arise.”

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

Groveport Police.

“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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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!

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