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February 20 - March 5, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX, No. 18









Dancing delight

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove

Couples took to the dance floor at the Sweetheart Senior Dance held Feb. 12 at

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. About 30 people danced to oldies music,

enjoyed food and beverages, had a keepsake photo taken, and looked at a display

of historic photos of Groveport. (Below) Groveport Community Affairs

Director Jessica Wyke and her staff prepared colorful decorations for the

Sweetheart Senior Dance prior to the event.

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Police quickly catch

suspects of break-ins

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Just before 6 a.m. on Feb. 8, someone arrived at the Groveport

Municipal Golf Course, but they were not there for an early tee

time, they were there to rob the place.

According to Groveport Police Lt. Josh Short, officers received

an alarm notice from the city of Groveport’s golf course building,

located at 1005 Richardson Road.

“Upon arrival officers found that two of the pro shop windows

had been busted out and suspect(s) had gained entry into the

building stealing two cash drawers,” said Short. “Officers collected

evidence at the scene including video of a suspect and suspect


According to the police report, police found a brick on the

counter of the golf course’s pro shop, which they believe was likely

used by the thieves to smash the windows to get in the building.

Video from the building’s security camera showed the suspect

“appeared to be a skinny white male driving a dark color four door

car.” The suspect (s) allegedly took the two cash drawers, which

are valued at $250. However, the suspect only found $5 worth of

coins in the cash drawers. Later that morning, a Groveport Public

Works employee found the cash drawers abandoned near the

intersection of Church Street and Hickory Alley.

Then, according to Short, on Feb. 10 at about 3:30 a.m., officers

were dispatched to the Birch Tavern on Main Street on a burglar

alarm notice.

“While enroute, Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Guiler spotted a

vehicle he believed to be the same vehicle observed in the video

from the golf course break in,” said Short. “A traffic stop was

made on that vehicle while other officers responded to and

checked the Birch, finding that the rear door had been smashed

open. During the traffic stop, officers viewed items believed stolen

from the Birch inside of the vehicle. The vehicle and items were

impounded and both vehicle occupants were arrested.”

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams said the suspects are from

the west Columbus area.

Short said the “positive outcome of these incidents is a result of

the professionalism, attention to detail, and teamwork of our officers.”

“Meticulous collection of evidence and sharing of pertinent

information with our

staff is what led to

the apprehension,”

said Short. “Sgt.

Guiler’s awareness

and ability to recognize

the suspect vehicle,

while hastily

enroute to a burglary

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good policing.”

Short said the

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Eastland-Fairfield has a new

look and a fresh focus

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Changes are coming to Eastland-Fairfield Career

and Technical Schools as Superintendent/CEO Dr.

Kimberly Miller laid out a vision plan for the district

with a fresh look and focus.

“This is a really exciting time,” said Miller during a

Feb. 10 State of the Schools address. “At Eastland

Fairfield we’ve always been future focused, but like

any 53-year-old house, it’s time to do a little remodeling,

2022 is Eastland-Fairfield’s renew edition. We

have a new look, new colors and a new focus.”

According to Miller, on Jan. 12 the district’s board

of education approved a new and ambitious strategic

plan that guides district over the next three to five


The plan calls for an intense focus on fostering a

culture that embraces and celebrates the diversity of

students and the communities from which they come,

including the Hamilton Township, Canal Winchester,

and Groveport Madison districts.

“Serving 16 school districts across a five-county and

700-square-mile region means that we have always

been diverse,” said Miller, “but we realize that learning

to grow and thrive in an environment that values

and celebrates our diversity does not happen on its

own. It takes leadership, patience, listening, and

action to create a culture that embraces each student,

each staff member, each family, each alumnus, and

each business partner.”

The new strategic plan also guides Eastland-

Fairfield to ensure it is offering programs that meet

the workforce needs of the region as well as the interests

of students. She emphasized it is not the goal to

undo anything from the past, just polish things up.

“We will commit to strengthening our relationships

with our students, staff, families, associate school districts,

business partners, and alumni,” said Miller.

“Relationships are the foundation of education and the

most meaningful part of our work. Finally, we are committed

to maximizing our instructional effectiveness

by investing in our teachers and staff to ensure that

they are continually supported in their growth and by

actively seeking and incorporating student voice and

choice into our programming and course offerings.”

A new logo with light blue, dark blue, and green colors

was introduced during the evening presentation,

which was preceded by a tour of the career center and

epicurean treats created by culinary students.

Miller said the vision is to prepare and guide each

student to pursue success through exceptional experiences

based on a set of guiding pillars, including innovation,

program and operational excellence, fostering

relationships and maximizing instructional effectiveness.

A new position was created–director of student

support systems. Dwight Carter, who previously

served as Eastland Career Center assistant director,

assumed the new role on Aug. 1, 2021.

Carter is responsible for oversight of systems for

students in intervention support, special education,

English language learners, gifted education, social/

emotional learning, mental and physical wellbeing,

and supporting the understanding and appreciation of


“I want students to feel like they matter and they’re

important,” said Carter in a video presentation.

A business operations manager was also hired and

a master technology plan was developed. Miller said

Eastland-Fairfield also wants to make sure the career

and technical school district is providing earlier career

and technical support for younger students as well.

“We want to have students think about careers as

they move forward,” said Miller. “We really want to

focus on those relationships.”

In maximizing instructional effectiveness, the

superintendent said Eastland-Fairfield needs to focus

on this area in a big way and connect academic classes

in an approach similar to the way they connect career

and technical programs.

Rather than a traditional English 11 and English

12 curriculum, the district is rolling out a new semester

long curriculum plan featuring English classes that

are topical and more related to student interests.

“When we think about what we’re doing here, it

always comes back to ‘why?’” said Miller, who said

Eastland-Fairfield vision organizers decided to flip its

original motto from ‘Our Focus, Your Future’ to ‘Your

Future, Our Focus.’

County commissioners approve support for free tax preparation

The Franklin County Commissioners voted to

approve $75,000 to support free tax preparation services

for low- and middle-income residents and families.

The contract between Franklin County Department

of Job and Family Services and the United Way of

Central Ohio supports Tax Time, a coalition of nonprofit,

business and government partners that help

residents maximize their returns, avoid preparation

fees and build wealth.

Tax Time combines the United Way’s Volunteer

Income Tax Assistance program as well as AARP’s Tax

Counseling for the Elderly Program under one umbrella.

This tax season, residents will be able to access free tax

preparation services both virtually, as well as in-person

at dozens of sites across Franklin County. Tax Time’s

IRS-certified volunteers can also help families claim

their full Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit

and any remaining stimulus dollars they are owed.

Households that earned up to $66,000 last year are

eligible and can learn more by calling 211 or visiting


Feb. 8 also marked the White House’s Child Tax

Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit Day of Action.

The American Rescue Plan ACT (ARPA) increased the

amount and expanded eligibility for both credits in

2021. The Center for Community Solutions estimates

over 270,000 Ohio children were lifted out of poverty or

moved closer to that threshold last year thanks to the

additional money, which families used for expenses

like rent, food and clothing.

The changes to the Child Tax Credit allowed eligible

families to receive half of their credit in the form of

monthly payments that were issued from July through

December. However, families must file their 2021

return to claim their remaining credit — or the entire

credit if they deferred the monthly payments.

Families can receive up to $3,600 per child, based

on their age. However, the expansion of the credits in

the ARPA was only temporary and will require federal

action to make permanent.

Visit ChildTaxCredit.gov to learn more.


School board picks architect; approves demographic study


Continued from page 1

Groveport Public Works department.

While out working, some of their guys

came across a couple of the cash drawers

that had been dumped on the side of the

road. They quickly called us and we were

able to collect that evidence. Our officers

take it personally when our local businesses

are targeted for any crime. It is very fulfilling

to us when we can make arrests and

try to restore what our victims have lost.”

Car break-ins suspects caught

Adams said Groveport Police officers

also apprehended two suspects from the

Harrisburg, Ohio area, who allegedly were

involved in a series of vehicle break-ins in

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison Schools’ officials

lined up an architectural firm as well as a

company to study the district’s demographics,

building capacity, and uses as part of

creating a new Master Facility Plan to

address growing enrollment and building


At its Feb. 9 meeting, the Groveport

Madison Board of Education approved

using SHP Architects for facility planning.

“This is for the approval of using SHP

Architects. No costs or anything are

approved tonight,” said Groveport Madison

Superintendent Garilee Ogden, who added

the company will provide a presentation at

the board’s next meeting along with a contract

and cost for the board’s consideration.

The board also approved contracting

with Cropper GIS for a demographic and

capacity/utilization study of the district at

a cost of $35,500.

According to information provided by

Cropper GIS to the board, it is anticipated

the demographic study can take eight to 10

weeks to complete. After conducting a walk

through of the school buildings it will take

about three weeks for a capacity report.

Once the demographic study is finished,

the utilization needs assessment could be

completed in one to two weeks.

Ogden has emphasized that the community

will be involved in the process of creating

the new Master Facility Plan.

Groveport Madison Communications

Director Jeff Warner said the creation of

the Master Facility Plan could take at least

a year and the final plan must be approved

by the board. He said the district will follow

Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

guidelines in creating the Master Facility

Plan. He said it is not yet known when

funding from the OFCC will be available

“We need space due to our growth and it

will be good to have a plan ready for when

the OFCC says money is available,” said


As of October 2021 (the customary time

frame the Ohio Department of Education

uses to calculate enrollment), the district

northern Groveport extending from Bixby

Road to Williams Road.

Adams said these vehicle break-ins

were “smash and grab” thefts where the

suspects broke into the vehicles and took

whatever of value was lying around loose

in the vehicles.

Adams praised the work of the officers

involved in the arrests of suspects from the

golf course and Birch Tavern break-ins and

the vehicle break-ins.

“That’s four arrests in a couple of days,”

said Adams of the officers’ quick police

work. “I’m so proud of our officers.”

around Groveport and Madison Township


Police statistics

January crime statistics from the

Madison Township Police: 7 accidents with

injuries, 2 animal complaints, 1 assault,

109 patrol security checks at Brobst Park,

3 burglary, 17 domestic complaints, 1

drunk,3 fights, 1 fireworks complaints, 5

hit skip accidents, 9 juvenile complaints,

14 larceny/theft, 5 missing persons, 67

parking violations, 3 person with gun, 20

property damage accidents, 2 sex offenses,

6 shots fired in area, 9 suspicious cars,11

suspicious persons, 21 suspicious

persons/vehicles, 3 threats or harassment,

134 traffic stops, and 7 vandalism.

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had 6,271 students. In comparison, enrollment

was 5,569 in 2015-16.

While Warner said overcrowding is the

central issue facing the district, other factors

to be considered in the facilities planning

process include the age, condition,

efficiency, adaptability, and cost to maintain

the existing elementary and middle


According to Warner, because of student

overcrowding the district has 24 modular

classrooms in use. There is a single quadclassroom

unit at Groveport Elementary,

two double-classroom units at Asbury

Elementary and Dunloe Elementary, and

six double-classroom units at Sedalia


District officials indicated it is not

known at this time when a bond issue to

fund new schools or school improvements

could appear before the voters on the ballot.

Buildings’ capacity and enrollments

Here are the capacity and enrollments

(as of December 2021) for Groveport

Madison’s elementary and middle schools

(a new 240,000 square foot, 1,500 student

high school opened in 2018):

•Asbury Elementary — Built in 1963

with additions in 1968 and 1969.

Enrollment, 476. Functional capacity, 425.

•Dunloe Elementary — Built in 1967

with additions in 1968 and 1969.

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Enrollment, 448. Functional capacity, 425.

•Glendening Elementary — Built in

1968 with addition in 1974. Enrollment,

455. Functional capacity, 425.

Groveport Elementary — Built in 1923.

Enrollment, 417. Functional capacity, 425.

Placed on the National Register of Historic

Places in 2009.

•Madison Elementary — Built in 1967

with additions in 1968 and 1969.

Enrollment, 354. Functional capacity, 425.

•Sedalia Elementary — Built in 1969

with addition in 1974. Enrollment, 562.

Functional capacity, 446.

•Middle School North — Built in 1975.

Enrollment, 495. Functional capacity, 425.

•Middle School South — Built in 1975.

Enrollment, 466. Functional capacity, 425.

•Middle School Central — Built in stages

as a high school between 1952-56.

Enrollment, 448. Functional capacity, 425.

Placed on the National Register of Historic

Places in 2009.

However, since December, Warner said

now every building in the district, except

for Madison Elementary, is over capacity.

(Functional capacity is 85 percent of original

design capacity and reflects modern

requirements for classroom space and programming.

Source: Groveport Madison


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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.”

Groveport history

The Groveport Heritage Museum contains

photographs, artifacts, and documents

about Groveport’s history.

The museum is located in Groveport

Town Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during

Groveport Town Hall’s operating

hours. Call 614-836-3333.




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The beauty of Palm’s Pond

I recently wrote a column for the Messenger about taking

nature walks within the neighborhoods of Groveport, but I realized

I omitted one of the nicest natural settings to be found in this

walkable town.

That place is Palm’s

Editor’s Notebook



Pond, located just south of

the Groveport Log House in

Heritage Park, 551 Wirt


The pond was created from an existing wetland

area by the city of Groveport in the early

2000s. According to information previously

obtained from the Groveport Public Works

Department, the pond’s area itself encompasses

about 1 acre; the pond at its deepest point is

about 28 feet; and it is stocked with fish annually

by the Ohio Department of Natural

Resources. Fish are not the only thing one can

spot in the pond as on sunny days turtles can be

viewed sunning themselves on a log that protrudes

from the water.

Taking a walk around the pond on the gravel

path is a pleasant, peaceful experience. The

one-half to three-quarter mile path gives one

several perspectives to view the pond. The

path’s outer edge is lined with trees with bird houses visible in places

among the branches. There is also a wetland area that can be seen

just west of the path.

The pond is tucked away enough that traffic noise is minimal,

which allows one to hear the birds sing and the wind rustle the tree

leaves. There are also well placed benches where one can sit to watch

sunrises and sunsets. If one is an aviation fan it is also a good spot to

watch planes as they descend to land at Rickenbacker Airport.

Palm’s Pond is a great place to walk to note the changing seasons.

Interestingly the blanket of snow in early February enabled me to see

the tracks of various wildlife that inhabit the pond and its surrounding

area. I spotted the tracks of squirrels, rabbits, birds, deer, and


There is an under served population that is shut out of offers,

discounts, and many other perks of our technological society

because they are not “connected.”

I’m talking about




people like my mother,

who, through no

fault of her own, is not

tethered to the Internet because of the high

cost of a connection or one of many other

viable reasons.

And it makes me mad.

My mother was recently sent a coupon

from a new gas station moving into the central

Ohio market for a considerable per gallon

discount for three months. When she

went to the station, a helpful attendant

asked her for her email address to complete

the process.

Needless to say, that process stopped dead

in its tracks because she did not have the requisite

email address. There was no other way

for her to complete the application for the

company’s loyalty card without an association

with the Internet.

This is not an isolated incident. It happens

on a routine basis.

And it makes me mad.

Want to enter a drawing from a trusted company? They don’t

trust you if you do not have that golden ticket…aka an email

address. Door closed.

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Palm’s Pond in Groveport’s Heritage Park.

The happiest tracks I see are those of people’s pet dogs who come

with their owners to the pond to playfully romp and give their canine

sniffers a workout taking in all the wild scents. The dogs’ paw prints

range from large to small. Isn’t it amazing how many different varieties

of dogs there are, yet down deep each dog still thinks it is a wolf

no matter how much we spoil them? I am always happy to see people

walking their dogs around the pond and usually whenever I am there

for a stroll I see a happy dog or two.

In a nod to Groveport’s agricultural past and the orchards that

were once present in town in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the

Groveport Parks Department planted 30 apple trees near Palm’s

Pond a few years ago. The trees offer a variety of apples including

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Wealthy, Haralred, Gravenstein,

Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Zestar, Gala, and McIntosh. The hope

is to use some of the apples from these trees at future Apple Butter

Day festivals. Visit the orchard and check out the trees’ growth.

This mini-orchard can be found in the northeast corner of the pond


Palm’s Pond is grand in its simplicity. The sky, water, grass,

and trees. What could be better?

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport Messenger.

It makes me mad

Want to sign up for legitimate free offers? Unless you have a

legitimate email address, don’t bother. No freebies for you!

Want to read the latest zoo newsletter? It’s online. Want to get

the best deals on grocery items at your local store? Digital coupons

are the answer. Have a complaint, compliment or concern? More

often than not you have to access the Internet.

And it makes me mad.

The practice is discriminatory for those without an email

address, old or young. And because this population of people are a

small minority with limited access to a much larger population,

they are ignored.

It is not right and it is not fair, but I fear it is a problem that

will be with us as long as there are people not tethered to technology

and the Web.

And it makes me mad.

Linda Dillman is a Messenger staff writer.

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“Marry Me” coasts on the

charisma of its main stars

The Groveport Madison Area Community Choir

show will present, “Hooray for Hollywood,” on Feb. 26

at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in the Groveport Madison High

School auditorium, 4475 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport.

The show will feature choir members singing such popular

songs as “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Singing in the

Rain,” as well as selections from “Grease,” “The Wizard

Lately I have been on a bit of a romantic

comedy bender. Part of that insanity is due

to the lack of a more attractive alternative,

but a much larger part is that they have

been something of a balm to the soul as the

world happily lights itself on fire.

My quest for movies that give me the

warm fuzzies led me to discover some not so

great technical films — and by that I mean

it features a combination of bad acting, bad

writing, and bad directing and editing, or

all of the above — but they are infused with

a certain kind of stupid charm that manages

to activate your positive thought

receptors, thus making you more forgiving

of its flaws.

A film that features a combination of

technical impediments but is stupidly

charming, nonetheless, is “Marry Me.”

Though not as poorly acted as its counterparts

on the streaming services, it has

some stilted dialogue that is capable of

making you cringe and it has a premise

that is so outlandish it could give even the

most ardent believer of the romantic comedy

pause. And yet, the stars in this film

bring forth the charisma, making this

mostly bad film a not-half-bad viewing


Jennifer Lopez stars as Kat Valdez, an

international pop sensation who longs for

the acceptance of her peers in the industry,

despite her legion of loyal fans. Her latest

hit is a duet called “Marry Me” that she created

with her behind-the-music partner

Bastian (Maluma). This song, she believes,

could be her ticket to industry acclaim —

and the fact that they plan to marry at a

concert in front of an audience of 20 million

would be the icing on the cake. After all,

you gotta get that buzz any way you can get

it — or plan it, in this case.

Moments before they are set to exchange

their vows, Bastian is busted by a national rag

for cheating on Kat with her assistant.

Humiliated, she delivers a rousing speech to

her millions of fans about how love is a lie and

decides she will marry her awesome self

instead. Just kidding, she doesn’t do that.

Instead, she locks eyes with a stranger in the

audience holding a sign that says, “Marry Me,”

and brings him up on stage to do just that.

Said stranger is Charlie Gilbert (Owen

Wilson), a somewhat dull recent divorcee who

teaches math at a middle school. Much to his

12-year-old daughter’s dismay, he is not up to

the times (he uses a flip phone and shuns

social media — a good choice) which is how he

ended up going to this massive wedding/concert.

W h i l e

not a spont

a n e o u s

person, Charlie does

not want to add to Kat’s

obvious distress and

agrees to marry her in

front of a bewildered

audience. Not wanting

the public to think

she is “crazy,” Kat

and Charlie decide to

keep up the pretenses

for a few months.

Gradually, they get to

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know each other and these two star-crossed

non-lovers start to develop real feelings for

each other. Naturally, the pop star life and

all that it entails start to get in the way of

their budding relationship — as well as that

beautiful adulterer who just wants his

“Queen” back.

Because the character focus of the movie

centers around an international pop star,

this film is glorious to look at. The locations

are outstanding, the costumes are exquisite

and it even makes the third concert montage

feel somewhat epic rather than a bore. But

what this movie is missing — so much so that

it makes it a lesser version of the romantic

comedy — is the winsome ensemble.

Despite the magnetic power of Lopez

and Wilson (her appeal is less puzzling

than Wilson’s, but he does have it), they

don’t make a great central couple in this

film. They have chemistry, but it’s a weird

kind where you think they would rather

burst into a friendly argument than play

kissy face. To make up for this lack, there

should have been a great ensemble around

them to balance out some of the weaker

and less credulous points but it just wasn’t

there, though try as Sarah Silverman and

John Bradley might (they play Charlie’s

friend and Kat’s manager, respectively).

With a weak script and a lack of great

secondary characters who could infuse the

film with a much needed boost of humor,

“Marry Me” just kind of meanders around

and coasts on the charisma of its main stars.

Though it largely works because of that fact,

and thus creates those positive thoughts, it

still leaves behind a sensation that it could

have been so much more of a balm to soothe

the soul.

Grade: C

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

“Hooray for Hollywood”

Cruisers on the air

of Oz,” “Mamma Mia” and many more. Tickets are: $10

adult and $5 for children age 12 and under. Visit “Buy

Tickets” at gmcommunitychoir.org/buy-tickets.html.

You can also call Jeannie at 614-507-8022 or send an

email to GMACCTickets@gmail.com.

Visit www.gmcommunitychoir.org or email gmcommunitychoir@gmail.com.

for information.

The Groveport Sports Network and Rick

Cooper provides live play-by-play coverage

of Groveport Madison High School athletic

contests. The broadcast includes high definition

video and live audio. Each broadcast

begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled

start time with the pre-game show. Tune in

after the game for interviews with players

and the head coach. The broadcasts can be

accessed free by anyone on their computer

or handheld device. All broadcasts are

available to view free on demand.

Go to www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.

The schedule - softball:

March 26 at 11 a.m. vs. Westerville North;

April 9 at 11 a.m. vs. Gahanna; April 11 at

5:15 p.m. vs. Lancaster; April 15 at 5:15

p.m. vs. Newark; April 30 at 10 a.m. vs.

Canal Winchester; May 2 at 5:15 p.m. vs.

Pickerington Central; May 4 at 5:15 p.m. at


School Help Centers

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s

School Help Centers offer K-12 students

after-school help, plus 24/7 access to free

tools and resources. Students can get connected

with virtual tutors for one-on-one

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/school-help for information.

School board meetings

The Groveport Madison Board of

Education meets the second and fourth

Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the

District Service Center, 4400 Marketing

Place, Suite B, Groveport. The board may

also schedule special meetings, as needed.

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dinators Penny and Cassandra Hilty at

groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at

(614) 395-8992 or 395-6640. Donations

may be sent to Groveport Special

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Dog license extension

Franklin County Auditor Michael

Stinziano announced that the 2022 dog

license renewal period has been extended

to March 31 in an effort to increase the

level of licensing in the county.

The extension will only apply to the

2022 dog license renewal period beginning

Dec. 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2022,

after which the office will examine the

effectiveness of the extended renewal period

in increasing licensing.

The auditor’s office will continue 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 events.

In addition to being required by state

law, dog licensing ensures that a dog has

been vaccinated against rabies, which is

required in Franklin County. It ensures

any lost dog is returned 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. 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

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New exhibit honors the area’s military veterans

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport loves its military veterans and is honoring

them with a special exhibit at Groveport Town Hall.

The exhibit, titled, “We Love Our Veterans,” will be

held through March 25 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main

St. The city of Groveport’s exhibit is recognizing honorably

discharged military veterans from all branches of service

who reside in Franklin County. The exhibit includes many

items from Motts Military Museum, the Groveport

Heritage Museum, the Central Ohio Military Museum,

and items from individuals and families.

“Bob Traphagan from Central Ohio Military Museum in

Harrisburg, Ohio, was very gracious and excited in displaying

items for our exhibit, filling two tables and two

cases,” said Kristiauna Trelay, executive assistant at

Groveport Town Hall. “We also had a few families who provided

several items to display. Everything filled up quite

nicely, just as we envisioned for Town Hall’s front lobby.”

Trelay said there are many interesting items on display,


•A metal punji spike, which was placed in the ground

and camouflaged with grass or leaves with the intent to

pierce through one’s foot causing injury and infections during

the Vietnam War.

•An Honor Book about the Marine Corps that PFC

William R. Butsch received for his outstanding achievement

at the San Diego Marine Corps base during his training


“Paired with this is an article referencing how Butsch’s

sergeant stated he had only given out four books among

the 200 plus Marines he has recruited,” said Trelay.

•In the Second Sino-Japanese War prior to World War

II, the American Volunteer Group pilots of Flying Tigers

carried notices known as a “blood chit” printed in Chinese

that informed the locals who may come across armed services

that foreign pilots were fighting for China and that

they were obliged to help them.

•A flag that was flown over Afghanistan during

Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on July 6, 2015, that was

presented to American Legion-Lithopolis 677.

Plus many items of both a personal and military nature.

“It’s important for us to honor and remember our veterans,

not just on Veterans Day,” said Trelay. “Everyone has

a story, special memories, or belongings of a loved one who

has served our country, and the ‘We Love Our Veterans

Exhibit’ is a great way for loved ones to honor a family

member by sharing their story.”

Additionally, Trelay said the city of Groveport wanted

“to spread love and brighten a veteran’s day during these

cold months with Valentines For Veterans.”

Town Hall staff collected more than 100 Valentines for

Veterans cards that were delivered to the VA Medical

Center in Chillicothe.

“Also students from Groveport Elementary and guests

at our Feb. 12 Sweetheart Dance wrote letters that will be

included,” said Trelay. “We are excited to have over 100

cards before delivering them on Feb. 14. There were so

many that caught my eye, but I really love how creative

some of the cards are with adding extra decorations inside

with their messages.”

For information about the We Love Our Veterans

Exhibit, call 614-836-3333.

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Some of the items now on display at the “We Love Our

Veterans,” to be held through March 25 at Groveport

Town Hall, 648 Main St. For information on the exhibit,

call 614-836-3333.




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Southeast Library

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus

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or call 614-645-2275.

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The Groveport Garden Club meets the

first Tuesday each month (unless otherwise

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Groveport to buy shuttle bus

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport’s transportation department

is getting a new set of wheels.

Groveport City Council approved the

purchase of a 2019 Starcraft shuttle bus at

a cost of about $73,000. Though a 2019

model, the vehicle has never been titled,

previously purchased, or used.

According to Groveport Transportation

Director Bob Dowler, this 2019 model costs

$2,903 less than a 2022 model.

The new shuttle bus will replace one of

the city’s more than six-year-old existing

shuttle buses. Dowler said the city has

three shuttle buses that are run as needed.

Dowler said the new shuttle bus, since it

has never been in service, will not have

maintenance issues like the older existing


The shuttle will be used in the city’s

Groveport Rickenbacker Employee Access

Transit (GREAT) shuttle service.

Groveport launched GREAT in 2015 in

partnership with the Central Ohio Transit

Authority (COTA). The service is 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.

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 transportation.

For information on the GREAT shuttle

service program visit www.groveport.org.

Street maintenance program

Council approved legislation regarding

the city’s annual street maintenance program.

The city’s 2022 budget includes

$300,000 for the program plus $75,000 for

drainage improvements.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King

said the program includes crack sealing several

streets as well as repaving Briar Grove

Drive. There are also improvements planned

for Hickory Alley west of College Street and

Hickory Alley east of Brook Alley.

About Groveport city Council

Council holds its meetings at 6:30 p.m.

on the second and fourth Mondays of the

month. Its committee meeting is the third

Monday each month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings

are held in the municipal building, 655

Blacklick St., Groveport.

February 20, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Two road projects set

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Two major projects in and near

Lockbourne will have roads and a busy

intersection tied up for a few weeks when a

truck turnaround and roundabout are constructed

later this year.

“The Lockbourne Road and State Route

317 project will reconstruct the stop-controlled

intersection with a single-lane modern

roundabout. Street lighting will also be

added as part of this project,” said Carla

Marable, communications director for the

Franklin County Engineer’s Office.

During construction, Lockbourne Road

will be closed at the intersection of

Lockbourne Road and State Route 317.

Traffic will be detoured to Rathmell Road,

High Street, Rowe Road, Duvall Road,

Ashville Pike and Rickenbacker Parkway.

The closure could last about 45 days and

the project is expected to start this summer.

“Post construction, safety at the intersection

will be improved by reducing the speed of

all traffic entering and eliminating the types

of crashes that typically result in injuries,”

said Marable. “Traffic flow will be improved

due to a reduction in stopped traffic and a significant

reduction in traffic delays.”

Also on the engineer’s list for 2022 is the

construction later this spring of a cul-desac

between the Norfolk & Southern and

CSX railroad bridges along Commerce

Street in Lockbourne.

The project includes a turnaround area at

the intersection of Vause and Canal roads

with warning detection for over-height

trucks in advance of the railroad bridges.

During the construction phase,

Commerce Street will be closed between

Lockbourne and Canal roads for approximately

42 days, weather permitting.

Traffic will be detoured via Lockbourne

Road, State Route 317, and Canal Road.

“Post construction, over-height trucks

will be detected and warned via flashing

warning signs in advance of the low clearance

bridge,” said Marable. “The newly

constructed cul-de-sac between the railroad

bridges and turnaround area at the

Vause Road and Canal Road intersection

will provide turnaround locations for these

trucks. Passenger vehicle traffic will still

be able to travel as they have previously.”

The Franklin County Engineer’s Office

is in charge of the approximately $450,000

Commerce Street improvement project,

which includes the advanced warning system.

The cost for the roundabout is approximately

$1.76 million and is also funded

through the engineer’s office.

The timeline is dependent on the contractor.

More information will be available

following preconstruction meetings for the

pair of projects.

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County Commissioners

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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 agencies.

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


The commissioners held three public

budget hearings this fall to consider an

original budget proposal from county


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. T

he 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.

Additional information about the 2022

budget can be found at budget.franklincountyohio.gov/Budgets/2022.


Volunteer for Trail Riders

The Groveport Recreation Department

looking for a volunteer to coordinate its

Trail Riders bicycling program. Group

rides are scheduled once per week from

May thru September. Each ride is approximately

10 to 16 miles in length round trip,

with lunch either during the ride or after

the ride. Rides typically take between two

and three hours and originate from a

Groveport park or local Metro Park. Most

of the riding is on a paved bicycle trail.

Interested persons should contact Kyle

Lund at 614-836-1000 /


Golden Cruiser Club

Groveport Madison Schools invites senior

residents of the district to attend athletic

and performing arts programs showcasing

the talents of its students. The

Golden Cruiser Club is a free program for

residents of the Groveport Madison School

District who are age 60 and older. Club

membership provides free access to all

school and district sponsored athletic contests,

plays, concerts, and other events. To

become a member of the Golden Cruiser

Club, obtain an application at

www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school

offices, or call (614) 492-2520. The requirements

for membership are that applicants

be age 60 or older and be a resident of

Groveport Madison Schools (verified by

the Franklin County Auditor’s website).

Libraries reopen on Sunday

The Columbus Metropolitan Library

will reopen on Sundays starting Feb. 20. In

early November, CML announced that all

23 locations would close on Sundays

through at least early January due to

staffing challenges.In early January, CML

announced an extension of its Sunday closure.

Fully staffed, CML employs approximately

870 full- and part-time staff members.

CML’s staffing count in early

November was 711. That number has since

risen to 760. Open library positions remain

posted on CML’s Careers page.

To ensure social distancing, CML staff

may limit the number of people who can

attend some of its programs. CML asks

that customers not enter its buildings if

they are experiencing symptoms of

COVID-19, or if they recently came in contact

with someone who is experiencing


Masks are required in all CML locations

by order of the City of Columbus and

Library Board of Trustees. Children under

age two are not required to wear a mask.

CW Library Branch

The Canal Winchester Branch of the

Columbus Metropolitan Library, 115

Franklin St., is located in the rear portion

of the former school at 100 Washington St.

For information visit www.columbuslibrary.org

or call 614-645-2275.

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Agriculture and pharmacy programs get accredited

Two high school programs at Eastland-

Fairfield Career & Technical Schools have

created new pathways for its students by

earning industry accreditation in their

respective fields.

The pharmacy program, located at the

Fairfield Career Center, is continuing to

offer additional growth opportunities

through its accreditation with Pharmacy

Technician Certification Board, while at

Eastland Career Center the agriculture

and heavy equipment program has become

one of just two Ohio high schools to be recognized

by the Associated Equipment


The agriculture and heavy equipment

program at Eastland Career Center is now

recognized as an accredited program by the

Associated Equipment Distributors. AED

is an international trade association representing

companies involved in the distribution,

rental and support of equipment used

in construction, mining, forestry, power

generation, agriculture and industrial

applications. It is also the only industrystandard

training to be recognized.

Accreditation was not available to high

school programs until 2019. With acceptance

as an accredited member, the

Agriculture and Heavy Equipment program,

and its students, will be only one of

two high schools to have such recognition.

With AED accreditation, agriculture

and heavy equipment students from

Eastland-Fairfield have experienced

newly-opened doors contributing toward

their futures. Many businesses in the

industry are looking for employees that

come from AED-accredited programs,

which often means greater exposure to

highly-recognized companies, higher-paying

jobs, and access to both at accelerated


By completing the program at Eastland-

Fairfield, students will also earn college

credit that will count for up to six course

credits, translating into up to eight fewer

weeks of post-secondary school. All

Eastland-Fairfield students that complete

the program will also graduate on the cusp

of earning bronze level status in the industry


Earlier this school year, the pharmacy

technician program at Fairfield Career

Center completed the process and was notified

that it will continue to be accredited by

the Pharmacy Technician Certification


The PTCB is the accrediting body that

possesses a unifying standard for pharmacy

technician programs when addressing

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engagement with patients. They

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