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CW adjusts for school
bus driver shortage
By Linda Dillman
Although Canal Winchester Schools
started the new year on a normal school
schedule, starting Jan. 10 that all changes
as the district deals with a problem plaguing
school systems across the country–a
shortage of bus drivers.
“This is a conversation we were hoping
we would not have to have this year,” said
Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent
James Sotlar. “Our transportation department,
our bus drivers, are operating on a
skeleton crew already. We normally have 42
drivers with two permanent substitutes.
We’re down to 38 drivers and no substitutes.
While it doesn’t sound like a big deal, it absolutely
is a big deal when you’re getting
kids back and forth to school.”
Due to the decrease in the number of
drivers, there were late or delayed routes,
which created last minute adjustments for
families and students arriving late to
school. In addition, several after-school
events were cancelled.
Sotlar said the problem will soon be compounded
with the loss of two more drivers
and potentially another in January. While
there are two new drivers in the pipeline,
they will not complete their training and
certification until mid-March.
“That throws everything we have been
doing into chaos and so we have a couple of
options,” said Sotlar, “but there are no good
options. We can’t continue to operate the
same way we’re doing things and be as efficient
as we are.”
Options considered by the district included
returning to remote learning, canceling
bus routes when needed at the last
minute, going back to last year’s schedule of
half of the students a week or two of remote
learning and older students’ remote learning
and younger ones in-person learning
Transportation Director Dr. Mike Bruning
said administrators proposed–and the
Canal Winchester Board of Education approved
on Dec. 20–a plan to have the middle
school, high school and Winchester Trail
Elementary operate on a one-hour early dismissal
and Indian Trail Elementary operate
on a one hour late start.
The pre-school and kindergarten continue
to operate on their present schedule
with no changes.
According to the new schedule effective
Jan. 10, bus stop times/locations remain the
same, but one hour is now subtracted from
the current afternoon drop-off time. High
school is 7:35 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; the middle
school is 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Winchester
Trail operates from 9 a.m. to 2:35
Indian Trail will now start at 9:55 a.m.
and dismiss at 3:30 p.m. Morning pick-up is
moved ahead an hour–example: an 8:11
a.m. is now 9:11 a.m.
Eastland-Fairfield Career Center students
will keep the same hours and no bus
“With the number of children we have
riding and not busing in town, we feel we
can make this work,” Bruning said. “The
reason why we have to split Winchester
Trail and Indian Trail is that K-5 is our
largest ridership. It is significantly larger
that the middle school and high school. We
just can’t do it at the same time.”
Bruning felt the schedule changes should
help reduce the morning traffic jam in front
of school buildings. He said by waiting until
Jan. 10 and not starting immediately after
the winter break it gives building principals
the opportunity to remind students of the
Board member Kevin Butler said, “Obviously
there’s no good option. We’ve been out
there recruiting bus drivers. We’ve been
proactive. We obviously don’t have the staff.
We’re trying to fill in the gaps. I want to
make sure everyone has the opportunity to
Sotlar said, while there is no end date at
this time for the changes, a return to normal
is dependent on how the driver situation is
resolved. He anticipates re-evaluating the
issue at the end of February.
The school board will meet on Jan. 10
starting at 6:45 p.m. with their annual organizational
meeting followed by the regular
meeting at 7 p.m.
CWHS at Model UN
Canal Winchester High School sent over
50 student delegates to the 2021 Ohio Model
United Nations, which is a three-day simulation
program where student delegates
represent selected member nations of the
United Nations and participate in writing,
presenting, and debating original resolutions
that deal with current world problems,
issues, and political situations.
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Get on board with local history
Canal Winchester Area Historical Society members Jill Amos (left) and Larry Flowers
(right) stand by the train that is parked at the society’s historical complex, located at
the corner of North High and Oak streets in Canal Winchester. According to its website,
the non-profit Canal Winchester Area Historical Society was founded in 1975
and is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Canal Winchester area history.
Other historic items of note at the historical complex are the “Queen of the Line”
railroad station, Prentiss School, and the O.P. Chaney Grain Elevator. For information
about the society, visit cwhistory.org.
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Commissioners approve 2022 county budget
Budget adds to rainy day fund
At their final meeting of 2021, the Franklin County
Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a budget
for 2022 that is balanced and contains no fee or tax
“The past two years have been challenging, both for
our residents and for local governments all over the
country,” said Board of Commissioners President,
Kevin Boyce. “Franklin County has been able to
weather this tough period well because we entered the
pandemic in a strong financial position due to smart,
conservative planning in years past.”
The commissioners oversee 14 county agencies
directly and are responsible for the entire county’s
budgets, including those of other elected officials and
Next year’s all funds budget is $1.99 billion, an
increase of about 7.9 percent.
The all funds budget includes the general fund as
well as state and federal funding, and about 40 percent
of it is used to fund human and social services such as
the Office on Aging, Job and Family Services,
ADAMH, and Children Services.
“We’re proud of our reputation for financial prudence,
and to be able to continue to invest in things
like affordable housing and economic development in
order to keep our county on the right track as we recover
from the pandemic and its health and economic
impacts,” said Commissioner John O’Grady.
The commissioners held three public budget hearings
this fall to consider an original budget proposal
from county administration.
The final budget incorporates a few changes from
that proposal, including adjustments for additional
contracts to use American Rescue Plan funding in 2022
and to account for higher-than-expected sales tax revenue.
The county’s final 2022 general fund budget is
about $543 million, a 1.75 percent increase over 2021.
The general fund is mostly made up of sales tax revenue
and is largely used to support public safety and
justice initiatives such as the sheriff and prosecutor’s
offices, 911 call centers, and the court system.
“Many central Ohio families were already living
paycheck-to-paycheck, and the pandemic has only
exacerbated the barriers that already excited,” said
Commissioner Erica Crawley. “I’ve always said, show
me you budget and that will show me your values. Our
value is to invest intentionally in our people. Our
efforts this year have been focused on helping our
neighbors survive and meet their basic needs, such as
staying in their home.”
The budget will allow the commissioners to add to
the county’s “rainy day fund,” which has been steady at
$62.5 million for some years.
Information about the 2022 budget can be found at
Library partners with ADAMH
The Columbus Metropolitan Library , along with
the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of
Franklin County (ADAMH) and other local agencies,
announced a partnership to supply the lifesaving overdose
reversal medication naloxone at key locations
throughout central Ohio — including all 23 CML locations
serving Franklin County.
The partnership comes in response to increasing
overdoses in Franklin County: overdose deaths
climbed 47 percent in 2020 to more than 800 deaths.
With $242,442 of State Opioid Response Funds made
available through the Ohio Department of Mental
Health and Addiction Services, ADAMH is purchasing
150 NaloxBox kits and installing them in public spaces
in ZIP codes experiencing higher numbers of overdoses.
“Many individuals in recovery from addiction are
here today because they had another chance. Recovery
is only possible if someone is still alive to take that
step,” said ADAMH CEO Erika Clark Jones.
“Columbus Metropolitan Library and other community
partners are helping ADAMH save lives with this commitment
to ensure naloxone is easily available in public
“Right now, our communities are grappling with not
one, but two deadly health crises,” said Columbus
Metropolitan Library Chief Community Engagement
Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “As a public library with 23
locations throughout Franklin County, we’re uniquely
positioned to respond — and act — in the event of an
overdose. We’re proud to be a partner.”
The first 50 NaloxBox kits are being installed in
locations at CML, Columbus Recreation and Parks
community centers and St. Stephen’s Community
The kits are currently available at 12 CML locations
— with plans to install them at the remaining 11
locations in the coming weeks and months. They will
be available at the community centers by the end of
Additionally, ADAMH is working with community
partners to install an additional 100 NaloxBox kits in
ZIP codes with high incidents of overdoses in the first
quarter of 2022.
To oversee the NaloxBoxes, ADAMH has identified
two providers — Southeast Healthcare and CompDrug
— to install them, train staff on their use and maintain
the supplies within them. Southeast Healthcare will
serve in this capacity as it pertains to CML’s
Each NaloxBox contains: one clear UV-stabilized
box; two doses of naloxone (nasal spray); an
English/Spanish instructional guide; a QR code linking
to a page on the ADAMH website that includes a
naloxone administration instructional video and
resources for someone looking to start recovery; one
rescue breathing barrier device; and ties to close and
open the NaloxBox.
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid
overdose and is easy to administer. Naloxone only
works on overdoses caused by opioids. This family of
drugs includes prescription painkillers like OxyContin,
fentanyl, methadone and Vicodin, as well as illicit
drugs like heroin.
Naloxone will not reverse an overdose resulting
from non-opioid drugs, like cocaine, benzodiazepines
(“benzos”) or alcohol.
A victim of a non-opioid overdose, or an overdose
caused by a mixture of drugs, will not be harmed by
ADAMH offers life-changing possibilities to individuals
and families living with mental health or
addiction issues. A
DAMH, a levy-funded county agency, partners with
more than 30 nonprofit agencies located in neighborhoods
throughout the county to provide accessible and
affordable behavioral health services.
Visit adamhfranklin.org for information.
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SWACO celebrates Save More an Food initiative
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Franklin County mental health assistance
Franklin County has launched a new online tool to
connect residents and families with national and local
resources to address their mental and emotional
FranklinCountyOhio.CredibleMind.com, allows residents
to take a self-paced approach to learn about
more than 200 different emotional and mental health
topics and find mental health providers in Franklin
The website was funded by the board of commissioners
and supports the work of the Rise Together
Blueprint to Reduce Poverty in Franklin County by
increasing access to mental health services. It was
developed in collaboration with county health and
human services agencies, including the Department of
Job and Family Services (JFS), and the Alcohol, Drug
and Mental Health Board of Franklin County
The website offers more than a dozen different selfassessments
to help visitors get a better idea of their
mental health profile. After completing the assessment,
visitors are referred to a variety of resources —
articles, videos, podcasts and more — all tailored based
off their results. All the resources are vetted by experts
and all the assessment tools are confidential.
The site provides direct links to ADAMH’s network
of more than 30 local behavioral health providers.
Residents can also get information about obtaining
Medicaid, which covers mental health and addiction
treatment, through JFS as well as resources from
other health and human services agencies like Office
on Aging, Child Support Enforcement and Justice
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SWACO is celebrating the first anniversary of the Save
More Than Food initiative, a public education campaign
launched in fall 2020 as a way to help homes, schools and
businesses reduce their food waste and contribute to a
Franklin County-wide goal to cut food waste in half by
Central Ohio’s efforts are being noticed nationally.
Last year, SWACO received a $60,000 federal grant
from the US Environmental Protection Agency to study
food waste behaviors and the positive benefits education
programs like Save More Than Food can have. Under the
grant, SWACO partnered with the city of Upper Arlington
and The Ohio State University to study the behaviors of
hundreds of central Ohio households receiving Save More
Than Food educational materials.
Not only did the city capture and divert 138,000 pounds
of food waste from the landfill since the start of the campaign,
the partners also documented a reduction in overall
food waste being generated by families and residents when
given Save More Than Food resources.
“Food waste presents one of the best opportunities to
increase our diversion rate in Franklin County, further
reducing our reliance on the landfill,” said Ty Marsh, executive
director for SWACO. “I’m thrilled at the progress
we’ve made as a community, but this is only the beginning.
We have a responsibility as community leaders to invest in
initiatives that not only support and strengthen our local
economy but that help protect the health of our environment
for generations to come.”
Every day, central Ohio residents, schools and businesses
discard nearly a million pounds of food which arrives at
the local landfill, making it the largest portion of the local
In many instances, that food can be used to feed hungry
families or returned to the earth in the form of compost, a
nutrient-rich soil enhancement.
To help tackle this, SWACO created the Central Ohio
Food Waste Initiative (COFWI), a collective of more than
150 non-profit, education, government and businesses who
have come together to address food waste in the Columbus
region. The Save More Than Food campaign was a
priority included in the Central Ohio Food Waste
Action Plan published by COFWI. The Food Waste
Action Plan laid out 20 specific initiatives for preventing
food waste, rescuing and redistributing
usable, edible food, and recycling food through composting
and other technologies. SWACO’s successful leadership
of the COWFI earned the organization an award for
Outstanding Recycling Organization for 2020 from the
National Recycling Coalition.
Later this year, SWACO and COFWI will release an
update to the Food Waste Action Plan.
“The Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative is a truly
unprecedented example of a collective impact model that’s
working toward a significant reduction in food waste in our
region,” said Kyle O’Keefe, director of innovations and programs
at SWACO. “More importantly, recognition of our
food waste diversion work at the national level is evidence
of a best-in-class model for communities across the country
with similar issues. It’s thrilling to see leaders across central
Ohio have a leading voice in an issue that impacts
every person on this planet. The possibilities are limitless,
and we look forward to reporting out on future progress.”
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“Mixtape” is like finding an old relic in the storage box
As a child of the ‘80s who spent a majority
of the adolescent stages in the ‘90s, I am
feeling some kind of way about the recent
trend of movies and television shows set
during these decades.
While I admit to experiencing the occasional
twinge of pain from the reminder of
the passage of time, I can say I am mostly
comfortable with these “blasts from the
past” as they have a way of rekindling lost
loves — and no, I am not talking about
searching social media platforms for former
For example, I recently searched
through the streaming services for a new
release for review week when I came across
a film titled, “Mixtape” on Netflix. Though
I had not heard of this film before — streamers
seldom advertise unless they are pushing
for award consideration — I was
intrigued because the name brought forth
so many positive emotions.
I loved everything to do with the mixtape,
especially the creation of one. My
crowning achievement in high school —
beyond managing to graduate, that is —
was my music-loving history teacher
telling me the mixtape I made for a project
on the 1960s was “sublime.” (Side note: he
asked to keep it.)
My love for the mixtape created so many
magical memories during my adolescence,
but almost all of them were tucked away in
my adult brain, covered in cobwebs until I
stumbled across this aptly titled movie.
Though flooded with positivity on name
alone, I was hesitant to watch because it
had already laid a nostalgic-whammy on
me and one can only take so much.
Ultimately, I was glad I decided not to skip
it because “Mixtape” is probably the sweetest
non-animated film I have seen in years.
Part musical discovery, part coming-ofage
story, “Mixtape” begins in a time of
By Rick Palsgrove
Former Groveport Police Chief Ralph
Portier passed away Dec. 31 after an illness.
He was 71.
“Chief Portier was a very special person,”
said Groveport Mayor Lance
Westcamp. “He was a great leader, mentor,
friend and a very caring person. He was all
about family and community. The
Groveport Police Department is so respected
because of the leadership skills Chief
Portier brought with him. He never met a
stranger. Chief Portier always said he was
truly blessed to work in Groveport. As
mayor of the city, we were the ones who
were truly blessed to have him as our police
Portier had a 50 year career of service in
fire, EMS, and law enforcement. He began
as police chief in Groveport in 2009 and
served until he retired in April 2021.
“Chief Ralph Portier was an individual
who believed in making sure everyone he
came in contact with should be treated
unrest. It is nearing the end of 1999 and
the leading character Beverly Moody
(Gemma Brooke Allen) is a tween on the
cusp of becoming a teenager. While most of
the world, including her grandmother Gail
(Julie Bowen) is worried that this “Y2K
bug” will crash markets, Beverly’s primary
concern is that of her deceased parents who
died when she was a toddler.
For years, Beverly has tried to get Gail
to open up about what her parents were
like, what they were interested in while
alive, but the grief over losing her daughter
is still too much to bear. Still, Beverly
dreams of the day when her grandmother
can talk about them, and she hopes the
realization that there is nothing to fear
from 2000 will do the trick.
While cleaning the basement one day,
Beverly comes across a mixtape dubbed
“Love Riot” which was created by her parents.
Unfamiliar with the list of largely
obscure punk bands from the ‘80s, she is
eager to get that first glimpse of who they
are through their musical choices.
Unfortunately for Beverly, the tape deck
gets a case of the destructive munchies as
the opening riff to “Getting Nowhere Fast”
by Girls at Our Best blares through the
Believing the cure to her unspooled tape
can be found in a record store, she is dispelled
of that belief by the misanthropic
owner Anti (Nick Thune). She does, however,
learn the number one rule of the mixtape:
it must be listened to in order: “It is a
message from the maker to the listener.”
It’s a romantic telling of the mixtape,
one in which Beverly gloms onto, wanting
to hear anything her parents could tell her.
Of course, listening to the songs on the tape
are not as easy as once thought, especially
considering that Beverly doesn’t exactly
have the Internet right at her fingertips at
with fairness and a smile, whether in a
general encounter, or in our official capacity
as a police officer,” said current
Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams.
“There was not a day that went by that our
officers and city officials did not hear how a
citizen or visitor to our community somehow
knew Chief Portier from his days as a
public servant in Guernsey County, to his
time as a police officer and supervisor in
the city of Pickerington, and then the
countless individuals and police officers he
touched through his instructional training
throughout Ohio on taking care of ourselves
in the policing community.”
Adams said the Groveport Police
Department and the city of Groveport lost
a true ambassador of the community.
“Chief Portier invested each and every
day of his service to our community to making
sure people came first, and he always
spoke how Groveport welcomed him with
open arms from day one and he felt like
this was his home and not just a place to
work,” said Adams.
Groveport City Councilman and former
The Reel Deal
this stage in her life.
course of the film, the
lonely Beverly opens up
and finds two equally
lonely friends (Ellen
and Nicky, played by
Audrey Hseih and
Olga Petsa, respectively)
who are willing
to help her on her
quest of musical discovery.
Though the soundtrack is full of
bangers, it is this budding relationship
that really makes the film something special.
When they are together, this film
becomes like the process of creating a mixtape,
one of those special ones with inside
jokes put in place of actual song titles.
There is a lot of sweetness going on in
this film, especially with Beverly who is so
earnest in her desire to find out more about
her parents, and it could grate if not in the
right mood. But the deft hands of director
Valerie Weiss and writer Stacey Menear
manage to keep it from falling into the
overly corny territory by creating a great
balance between levity and grief.
Overall, I would have to say finding
“Mixtape” in the vast library of new releases
on Netflix was like finding an “old relic”
in the storage box. It was a delightful surprise,
one full of warmth mixed with a little
twinge of sadness, but a great time of discovery
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
Well known area police chief passes away
Groveport police officer Shawn Cleary
recalls he and Westcamp interviewing
Portier for the job as police chief.
“I remember feeling right away he was a
perfect fit for the Groveport,” said Cleary.
“His commitment ot the citizens of
Groveport went beyond expectations. He
quickly earned the trust of the citizens and
officers. This is a tragic loss for the community
and the Portier family.”
Adams said Portier never made any
excuses to take time away from his job during
his health struggles.
“He showed up each and every day giving
it his all, and he made sure that his officers
came first,” said Adams. “Even after
he retired earlier in 2021, he still loved to
stop by the police department, send out a
text or email, or just make a phone call and
tell us how he loved each and everyone of
us. He always asked how we were doing
personally, he wanted to make sure we
watched out for each other, and that we
took time each and every day to have quality
Long time trustee retires
By Linda Dillman
Retiring Madison Township
Trustee Ed Dildine was honored
during his final trustee meeting
in December with the news that a
township firehouse now bears his
Trustee Chairman John
Pritchard told Dildine, who spent
12 years as a trustee and 40 years
as a township firefighter, that
Madison Township Station 183,
located in an area where the retired
firefighter started his career,
will now be called Edward
Dildine Station 183.
“You are like a father to me,”
Trustee Michele Reynolds told
Dildine and added it was a privilege
to serve alongside him.
She then presented him with a
certificate from the governor recognizing
the station dedication as
well as Dildine’s work and dedication
to the township and community.
“On behalf of the fire department
I thank you for all of your
40 years as a firefighter and 12
years as a trustee,” said Madison
Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson. “You
played such an important role in having
that (station) built.”
Dildine, A 1967 graduate of Groveport
Madison High School, 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 trustee.
“When he came on the board, I was still
a trustee,” said Madison Township Administrator
Susan Brobst. “You’ve been extremely
supportive and have a lot of
Local Firefighters Union 2507 President
Rashid Taylor said he had worked alongside
Dildine as a firefighter in addition to collaborating
with him as a trustee.
“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
•On Dec. 28, the trustees approved temporary
appropriations for 2022 and set the
salaries and health care/life benefits for
elected officials at Ohio Revised Code statutory
According to a chart supplied by Brobst,
trustee compensation per day–not to exceed
200 days per year–is now $121.52,
which is $24,304 per year and distributed
on a monthly basis. In 2021, the per day pay
was $119.43. The 2022 pay reflects a 1.75
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
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.
The compensation for the township fiscal
officer for 2022 is $33,297 and reflects the
same 1.75 percent increase from 2021.
According to the Ohio Revised Code,
township trustee and fiscal officer salaries
are based on the township’s annual budget.
•The trustees also approved a one-year
contract, not to exceed $9,400, with Easterday’s
Cleaning Service for cleaning the police
•The trustees approved moving their
regular meeting dates in 2022 to the third
Thursday of each month.
•As announced in November, the township’s
gas aggregation contract with Columbia
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,”
According to communications specialist
Jessica Woodworth, the township does anticipate
another aggregation contract in the
future, although an exact date is not known.
Consultant Trebel LLC is watching 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 trustees.
•The trustees authorized Brobst to submit
a grant application for state capital
funds to improve drainage at Brobst Park.
“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.”
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tools and resources. Students can get connected
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help Monday through Friday from 2-11 p.m.
using HelpNow. Masks are required to visit
School Help Centers. Hours vary by library
location. Visit columbuslibrary.org/schoolhelp
The mission of Special Olympics Ohio
and its Groveport and Canal Winchester
Special Olympics chapter is to provide year
round sports training and competition in a
variety of Olympic type sports for intellectually
disabled individuals. For information
contact Penny and Cassandra Hilty at
email@example.com or at
(614) 395-8992 or 395-6640.
Donations may be sent to Groveport Special
Olympics, P.O. Box 296, Groveport, OH
Rick Palsgrove........................Canal Winchester Editor
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Dog license extension
Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano
announced the 2022 dog license renewal period
is extended from Jan. 31 to March 31.The extension
only applies to the 2022 dog license
The auditor’s office continues to expand
the opportunities for dog owners to purchase
licenses, including through the auditor’s mobile
office, the Franklin County Dog Shelter
and Adoption Center, and at various community
Dog licensing ensures that a dog has been
vaccinated against rabies, which is required
in Franklin County. It also ensures any lost
dog is returned quickly to their owner. License
fees help support the Franklin County
Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.
One-year, three-year and permanent dog
licenses can be purchased without penalty
beginning Dec. 1. Licenses can be purchased
online at doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov,
or at the auditor’s office license counter, 373
S. High St., 21st floor in downtown Columbus.
The counter is open Monday through
Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Wigwam Restaurant - 4 South High St.
Shade on the Canal - 19 South High St.
Canal Winchester Library - 115 Franklin St.
Canal Winchester Municipal - 36 South High St.
Canal Winchester School Adm. - 100 Washington St.
Fairfield Co. Sheriff - NW Corner N. High & Waterloo
Harvest Moon - 7 N. High St.
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CW City Council prepares for the coming year
By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester City Council spent
some time getting organized for 2022.
A quartet of council members were sworn
in at council’s Jan. 3 meeting and Councilman
Chuck Milliken was elected council
president and Councilman Bob Clark
elected council vice president.
Jill Amos, Laurie Amick, Patrick Shea,
and Ashley Ward join Milliken, Clark and
Mike Walker on council. Walker was appointed
Human Services council representative,
Milliken is council’s Destination:
Canal Winchester representative, and Ward
represents council on the CWICC. Amos and
Shea were appointed council Joint Recreation
District board members and Amos,
Amick, and Walker are on the rules committee.
Council is reviewing Mayor Mike Ebert’s
proposed appointments of Mark Caulk and
Chuck Carpenter to the planning and zoning
Amos and Ward questioned the appointees’
qualifications and also wanted to
know why long-time commission member
and attorney Mike Vasko was not re-appointed
by the mayor to the commission. Development
Director Lucas Haire said a route
was created to open up the process to more
people by accepting applications, which are
good for two years.
“We’re struggling to get qualified
people. It’s becoming more and
more difficult. Many people do not
qualify because they are not residents
of the city. We struggle with
many boards and commissions.”
- Lucas Haire
CW Development Director
“We’re struggling to get qualified people,”
Haire said. “It’s becoming more and more
difficult. Many people do not qualify because
they are not residents of the city. We struggle
with many boards and commissions.”
According to Clark, it is the prerogative
of the mayor to appoint members of the
planning and zoning commission. Council
then signs off on the recommendation.
Ward asked why Carpenter was chosen
over Vasko as she felt Vasko appeared to be
“It seems there were other candidates
much more qualified to review those engineering
and technical documents,” said
Amos said there were a large number of
applicants and, in looking at the applications
provided by the city, she questioned
whether or not the candidates submitted for
approval by the mayor are the right ones at
this point in the process.
“I do believe we should reconsider the
previous applications and look at past candidates
as well,” said Amos.
Ebert defended his appointment recommendations
by noting Carpenter was raised
in Canal Winchester, owned two different
businesses during his time away from the
city, and is business smart. When asked
about his selection criteria, Ebert said it is
based on integrity, honesty, and knowing
the city and its history.
“Mr. Vasko has been doing it (serving on
the planning and zoning commission) for 18
years,” said Ebert. “I had people approach
me in the past and said it was time for a
Council will consider taking action on the
planning and zoning commission appointments
at its Jan. 18 meeting.
Other CW Council news
•An ordinance amending the city zoning
map rezoning 51 acres on Hill and Basil
Western roads, owned by Weiser Development
and Sonya and Mark Poff, was taken
off the agenda after the applicants withdrew
their request to rezone the property.
•The council held the first reading of two
ordinances authorizing the mayor to enter
into pre-annexation and developments
agreement with L & D Family Farms and
Roebing Development Corporation for a
nearly 58 acre site along Basil Western
Road in Fairfield County.
around Canal Winchester
•Council is considering the purchase of
2.5 acres for $99,900 on Franklin Street
from Timothy Fisk and Lee Oster as a potential
park connector, but is first requesting
a residential appraisal.
CW City Council meetings
Canal Winchester City Council meetings
are held on the first and third Monday of
Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at
Town Hall, 10 N. High St. The meetings are
open to the public.
CW Council work sessions
Canal Winchester City Council meets in
work session at 6 p.m. prior to each city
council meeting to discuss legislative items
and other issues of the city prior to being included
on a city council agenda.
Council work session consists of all members
of council with the vice-president serving
The work sessions are divided into two
areas of focus. The first work session of the
month focuses on finance/economic development
items and the second monthly work
session focuses on service/safety items.
While each work session includes specific
areas of focus, other items may be brought
before council as needed.
Council work sessions are open to the
First baby of 2022
The first baby born in 2022 at Fairfield
Medical Center in Lancaster arrived on Jan.
2, according to Michelle George Fairfield
Medical Center public relations specialist.
Rhyver Phoenix Olyver Thweatt made his
debut at 5:54 a.m. weighing in at 9 pounds
and 21 inches long.
Parents are Amanda Love and James
Thweatt of Nelsonville. On behalf of FMC’s
Maternity Department, the family was
given a large basket full of baby necessities,
including a blanket and piggy bank.
Groveport United Methodist Church, 512
Main St., sponsors a GriefShare group commencing
Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Register online at
firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The National Barber Museum in Canal
Winchester is located at 135 Franklin St.
(behind the former CW High School building).
The museum, housed in approximately
5,000 square feet, showcases art, artifacts,
and memorabilia from decades of the barbering
profession. For information call(614)
Wagnalls Memorial Library
Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at
150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. For information
call (614) 837-4765 or visit
The Southeast Branch of the Columbus
Metropolitan Library is located at 3980 S.
Hamilton Road, Groveport. For information
visit For information visit www.columbuslibrary.org
or call 614-645-2275.
Foster a dog
The Franklin County Dog Shelter and
Adoption Center offers individuals in
Franklin County the opportunity to foster
shelter dogs while they are still available for
direct adoption. While fostering a dog, it is
possible to learn more about how that dog
will act in a home setting, increase the dog’s
network of potential adopters, and give
them time out of the shelter to decompress.
Many dogs enter the shelter as stray dogs,
so nothing is known about them. Foster
homes provide a chance to learn important
details about dogs in the shelter’s care.
For information visit the shelter website,
www.franklincountydogs.com or email email@example.com.
Foster candidates at the shelter include
both dogs with medical issues and those
who would benefit from time outside the
Spreading the wealth with bed tax grants
By Linda Dillman
Heads in beds are putting money into city of Canal
Winchester coffers and helping to benefit both local
tourism and non-profit organizations throughout the
The city levies a six percent transient occupancy
(bed) tax that is assessed when guests use lodging furnished
by a local hotel, motel, or similar business. One
half of the tax revenue benefits Destination: Canal Winchester,
which is the city’s designated visitor and convention
Canal Winchester City Council designates the other
three percent to fund the annual bed tax grant program.
During its Dec. 20 meeting, council approved a resolution
distributing 2022 bed tax grants to 13 organizations
that applied between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 for funding.
The list of recommended grants includes: $2,000 for
Boy Scout Troop 103 to repair, maintain an operate a
troop bus; $2,000 for the BrockStrong Foundation for
their 2022 Labor Day Baseball Tournament; and $2,000
to the CW Art Guild for the 2022 Mural Project.
David’s Way/Canal Village asked for $2,000 for computers,
a printer and supplies and chairs for older
adults; $2,000 for Friends for Life Animal Haven to fund
their City Kitty Round Up; $2,000 for Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 10523 for supplies and advertising for
the annual Veterans Day Celebration and $2,000 for Indians
Cross Country Boosters Dr. Bender 5K Classic.
Canal Winchester Finance Director Amanda Jackson
anticipates new hotels will add to the bed tax fund and
asked council for their advice on how additional funding
should be distributed.
“Do we put it in the general fund?” asked Jackson.
“Do we put it in parks? Do we put it towards the historical
society? What do we do with it?”
A preliminary suggestion put 10 percent of any excess
in support of the historical society; 10 percent to
the CWICC, which is a non-profit that allocates bed tax
grants for building improvements; 45 percent set aside
for city parks; and 35 percent to the organizers of the
Blues and Ribs Fest and the Labor Day Festival.
“My hope is that a certain portion of that could be allocated
for a DORA (designated outdoor refreshment
area for supplies),” said Councilwoman Jill Amos. “It’s
also one of the things that can attract and draw people
Councilman Bob Clark said additional park money
could help accelerate construction instead of city administrators
trying to find funding.
Councilman Mike Coolman felt it was best to wait to
make a decision until the new council is seated after the
first of the year.
Amos used the opportunity to open a discussion on
the DORA and said businesses are supportive of the endeavor,
but would like to see it phased in slowly instead
of held for the first time during a large-scale city event
like the Labor Day Festival, which can draw thousands
to Canal Winchester.
Coolman said the first smaller event is the Art Stroll,
which is held the Saturday after Mother’s Day.
“Their thoughts were if we start to introduce it,
they’ll slowly get their staff introduced to it,” said Amos.
“The restaurants and businesses were hoping for a slow
thing, to work it in and make it sustainable. I think it
can be done. I think the businesses are on board to
Madison Township news
January 9, 2022 - MESSENGER - PAGE 7
The Madison Township 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.
In other Madison Township news:
•As announced in November, the township’s gas aggregation
contract with Columbia Gas has expired and all residents enrolled
in the program were returned to the gas company’s standard pricing
“We did not renew…because rates were so high there was no savings
for residents,” said Madison Township Administrator Susan
According to communications specialist Jessica Woodworth, the
township does anticipate another aggregation contract in the future,
although an exact date is not known. Consultant Trebel LLC
is watching 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 Park.
“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.”
Board of Education meetings
The Canal Winchester Board of Education meets on the third
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Canal Winchester Education
Center, 100 Washington St. on the second floor in room 204/206.
The public is welcome to attend.
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Eastland-Fairfield students’ works displayed in Columbus
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical
Schools’ architecture/construction management
satellite program’s Orange Line exhibit
was on display through December at
the Lazarus Company Department Store
Museum, 50 W. Town St. in downtown
Seniors from the architecture/construction
management program undertook the
challenge to build a model for The Center
for Architecture and Design’s contemporary
holiday train exhibit -
The Orange Line. For the fifth consecutive
year, the program participated in building
a LEGO® model to be displayed during
the holiday season.
Participants are provided a theme to
guide their creations. Builders then use
their own creativity to interpret that message
as they wish and represent it through
their submitted model.
This year, the theme is Rise Up in a Post-
The class had the opportunity to construct
two models with the aid of business
partner TRIAD Architects, allowing for multiple
interpretations for students to express
themselves through this year’s theme. Students
split into two groups, built individual
sample models, and then shared their proposals
and discussed how to move forward.
The first model was built to show the
spirit of a Phoenix rising from the ashes and
spreading its wings to take flight once
again. The second model’s foundation resembles
ruins of destruction, however, a
tower protrudes from the rear of the structure
and takes a life of its own showing
“pristine rising from the rubble of an old
Canal Winchester High School senior
Amari Fisher was part of the group that
conceived the Phoenix Rising model, citing
that the objective was to build something
that was uplifting and showed flight toward
a better place.
Fisher revealed for as much planning
that went into the idea’s origins, the structure
evolved as it was being built.
“As we built it (the model) it was coming
to life a lot more, and while you’re building
other ideas start coming to you,” said
She cited new ideas that manifested during
the construction process inspired structural
changes to allow the model to be built
with greater height than originally planned.
“These two towers were the best that
we’ve ever done!” said instructor Jason
McGee. “I am very proud [of the students]
for their work on these models.”
McGee began the class’s involvement in
The Orange Line shortly upon his arrival to
Eastland-Fairfield. To his knowledge, Eastland-Fairfield
was the first school to have
students allowed to participate in the winter
With limited space available the number
of student submissions is still few, but now
schools such as The Ohio State University
have joined Eastland-Fairfield as regular
While in years past an opening reception
has been held to support the unveiling of the
exhibit, that has been absent due to caution
being taken involving the global pandemic.
The change in routine has morphed this
It’s easy for the amount of waste we create
to increase during the holidays, a time
when families and individuals are busy buying
and wrapping gifts, decorating, entertaining
The Ohio Environmental Protection
Agency estimates waste can increase by as
much as 25 percent this time of year. This
holiday season, SWACO is making it easy to
have a green holiday by recommending a
few easy steps to reduce waste and recycle
•Donate decorations or lights. Have unwanted
decorations or working Christmas
lights? Don’t pitch them; instead consider
donating to a local non-profit (e.g., Goodwill)
that can sell them in their store or use them
in their facility. Or, check out this list of locations
that accept holiday lights for recycling.
•Reduce food waste. In Franklin County,
nearly a million pounds of food waste enters
Keep it green
project into more than just an assignment.
What has manifested are new traditions
that allow the students in the program an
opportunity to further bond and call a piece
of this annual undertaking their own.
McGee said that, in lieu of an official reception,
he now takes the class to Condado’s
Tacos before walking over to the gallery to
see their hard work being displayed among
professional architectural firms.
After admiring the train exhibit in its entirety,
the class then spends quality time together
enjoying the Columbus Commons
where holiday decorations adorn the area.
“It’s really turned into a fun break at the
end of the semester,” said McGee. “It is a
breath of fresh air being embedded in a fun
project like this.”
The act of togetherness may culminate
into an enjoyable field trip, but it began in
Fisher noted that this project would not
have been as successful had it not been for
the group’s teamwork.
“It (teamwork) was very important,” said
Fisher. “That was how we got the unique
ideas for our tower. Everyone participated.
Ideas from everyone were used in the tower.
It would not have been as good as it was
without that teamwork.”
In addition to the fun surrounding the
project, Fisher noted that seeing their lab’s
work on display and knowing others will see
it, too, was a satisfying treat. “It was very
fun to be able to go downtown, meet people,
and see our work. To be only one of three
student towers that fit in perfectly with professional
architects was really cool. Seeing
it [the model] with the lights and among the
other buildings just said ‘we made it’.”
And now, the architecture/construction
management students are using their skills
and collaborative efforts in their next holiday
project - building gingerbread houses.
the landfill every day. Save money — and reduce
your reliance on the landfill — by
preparing only the food you need. Still have
leftovers? Enjoy them longer by trying out
recipes with new flavors. For example, ham
and carrots can be turned into a ham and
bean soup for Near Year’s Day.
•Recycle Right. Break down and empty
cardboard boxes before you discard them,
and keep recyclables loose in the curbside
recycling cart to ensure materials can reach
their potential as new products for future
Visit recycleright.org for a list of what’s
accepted for recycling in Franklin County.
•Compost live trees, garland and
wreaths after the holidays by removing decorations
and setting them at the curb on
yard waste collection day.
For more tips, and to download SWACO’s
green holiday guide, visit www.swaco.org.
By Katelyn Sattler
The Obetz Historians continues to plan
on how to document Obetz’s history.
On Dec. 8, the group discussed ho to
incorporate as a non-profit 501(c)(3).
Incorporating as a non-profit will cost abo
ut$200, which concerns Obetz Historians
President Joyce Blake.
“We don’t have any money,” said Blake.
“Does this mean I will have to pay for it
until we do some fundraisers to be able to
reimburse me? If I make a mistake, how
much will the amendments cost.”
The group decided to approach city of
Obetz Law Director Gene Hollins to ask for
legal guidance. Blake and Jerry Benson
talked to Hollins during a break at the
recent Obetz City Council meeting where
he suggested they use the 501(c)(3) filings
from the now-defunct Obetz Historical
Society and the Secretary of State’s website
as a guide to the necessary documents
for the Obetz Historians.
He also suggested looking for an
accounting firm for IRS purposes to
become a non-profit.
The IRS rules for nonprofits have
changed over the years.
The Obetz Historians will also need a
federal ID, which is free to do online.
After incorporation, the group will focus
on collecting more stories of Obetz’s history.
They asked everyone in attendance at
their recent meeting to write something
about their own family to get everyone
The group is considering fundraisers so
they can afford to proceed.
The Historians elected Connie
Callander as the new hospitality coordinator
and Heather Coffenberry is the new
These officers add to the ranks of
President Joyce Blake, Vice President
Jerry Benson, Secretary Bonnie Wiley, and
co-Treasurers Becci Thacker-Dunn and
The next Obetz Historian meeting is
Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center,
1650 Obetz Avenue.
All meetings in 2022 will be on the third
Wednesday of the month.
American Rescue Plan
The Franklin County Commissioners have launched a new
webpage where residents can track how the county uses funds
from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to help the community
recover from the pandemic.
The site, Recovery.FranklinCountyOhio.gov provides information
about the ARP, what it means for Franklin County, a graph
of expenditures so far, and links to information about the individual
expenditures. The commissioners have already allocated more
than $26 million for recovery.
“Our community will be feeling the effects of the pandemic for
years to come,” said board president Kevin Boyce. “We got lots of
input from our residents about how we can best use this money to
help them and their families, and this webpage represents an
unprecedented level of transparency in how we’re going to use this
funding so that they can see in real-time what we’re doing to help
The American Rescue Plan was passed by Congress and signed
into law by President Joe Biden to help Americans who are suffering
from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It
includes significant federal resources to support a strong public
health response and vaccination strategy, provide direct assistance
to families, and deliver resources to local governments to
use in their own communities. Franklin County will be receiving
$256 million over the next two years. Other parts of the ARP provided
resources for schools, healthcare providers, public health
agencies, and small businesses.
The commissioners held a public hearing and solicited written
testimony from the community to learn about the challenges residents
have faced over the past 18 months and how they think this
funding can best be used to aid in recovery. Video of that hearing
and text of the written testimony can be found on the commissioners’
new webpage along with federally mandated reports on ARP
spending and a link for residents to continue to submit ideas for
An update to the commissioners’ American Rescue Plan webpage
is already planned, and will connect residents in need directly
to the resources that the commissioners have funded with ARP
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The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is now accepting
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Through a partnership between AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy
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“We’re committed to providing assistance to those who may be
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the cold winter months.”
Since AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund launched the Neighbor
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has been granted to more than 65,000 Ohio households.
To apply, customers may contact one of the AEP Ohio Neighbor
to Neighbor Program’s network of more than 120 Ohio communitybased
organizations. To qualify, an applicant’s total gross household
income must be at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Income
Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be
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Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove
Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Sweepin’ Santa helped out 10 years ago
After a long night delivering Christmas presents, Santa Claus relaxed on Christmas Day in 2011 by sweeping
the artificial turf at Canal Winchester High School’s Mike Locke Stadium. The three basket sweepers being
pulled by Santa picked up things like leaves, twigs, loose fibers, old mouth guards, hair bands, tape and
other assorted debris. The turf was installed in 2010.
Protect yourself from
title theft and fraud
Franklin County Auditor Michael
Stinziano launched a new Property eAlert
system that helps protect homeowners from
title theft and fraud.
The auditor’s Property eAlerts notification
system is a free service that allows
property owners to sign up to receive an
email alert whenever a change is made to
the owner name, address, or appraised
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The Property eAlerts system is integrated
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Anyone who suspects they are a victim of
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Health literacy grant
Franklin County Public Health, in collaboration
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The goal is to reduce Franklin County
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of a community health literacy plan.
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