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March 6 -19, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 2

Photo courtesy of Canal Winchester E-sports

The Canal Winchester High School E-sports team won the state title for League of

Legends play this season. Pictured here, from left to right, are team members:

Cameron Moreland, Poom Tresukosol, Jeffery Kelly, Savanh Vongsavath, and Mathias


E-sports team wins state title

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Video games have made the leap from

pure entertainment to the realm of sanctioned

sports with the development of

school-level E-sports competition teams

and Canal Winchester is jumping on the

gaming bandwagon.

When asked what makes electronic

gaming a sport, Canal Winchester High

School Athletic Director Pat Durbin felt

gaming is competitive because, not only

can a player compete against the game,

but they also compete against each other

online as well.

“Before E-sports started, it was already

competitive,” said Durbin. “Now they compete

as teams as well. It especially became

popular at the high school level after the

popularity of it at the collegiate level.

Maybe a student doesn’t want to play a

(field, etc.) sport or they have physical limitations.

E-sports gives them a chance to

become involved.”

Currently E-sports at Canal Winchester

is considered a club organization.

However, Durbin expects it to be eventually

recognized as a sport with the opportunity

for players to earn a letter.

Ben Wyatt is head coach of the high

school’s E-sports team, which just ended

their second season by claiming the state

title for League of Legends play, which,

according to Wyatt, is the world’s number

one E-sports game.

“League of Legends, other than the

Super Bowl, is the most watched sporting

event in the world,”said Wyatt. “We didn’t

have expectations for state, just go in and

play the best we can play and they (team

members) beat Hilliard Davidson, then St.

Johns Jesuit and we eventually were able

to beat Oberlin for the state title.”

The state competition in December was

a surreal, unexpected, nail-biting experience

for Wyatt. The team was down three

games in their first round against Hilliard

in a best of six series before rallying and

winning a seventh game tie-breaker.

Canal Winchester teams hold weekly

practice sessions, which are typically split

between game titles. There are approximately

35 personal computers in the lab

with enough space for players to spread

out and focus on individual games.

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Path connector questioned

Also, citizens’ referendum

petition update

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

The purchase of a 2.5 acre parcel on

Franklin Street in Canal Winchester intended

as a future connector for pedestrians

and cyclists to McGill Park raised concerns

from resident Ann Bennett during the Feb.

22 Canal Winchester City Council meeting.

“Creating direct access for walkers and

cyclists to McGill Park from downtown is a

super idea, but trying to use the Franklin

Street parcel to achieve that access is not

the way to do it,” Bennett said,

Council approved the $99,900 agreement

on Feb. 7 by a 4-3 margin.

Council members Bob Clark, Chuck Milliken,

Patrick Shea and Mike Walker voted

for the ordinance with Jill Amos, Laurie

Amick and Ashley Ward voting against it.

“There’s little, if any, room to park,” said

Bennett. “Franklin Street is narrow and residents

are already challenged with cars cutting

through there to the traffic light on

Washington Street. Not only are this parcel

and (a nearby) field regularly under water,

there is a larger than 1,000 foot span of land

abutting the creek that is in a floodway, not

to be confused with a floodplain.”

Bennett alleged more than the nearly

$100,000 cost for the land would be needed

to fund the project. She said there is no information

on acquisition or easement costs

pertaining to adjoining land, and no feasibility

or engineering studies pertinent to

construction of a bridge over the creek or

abutments flanking the floodplain.

She note the path would go from low

lying bottom land up a significant hill to the

top at Franklin Street.

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“I genuinely applaud council’s goal of trying

to give pedestrians and cyclists a shortcut

to McGill Park, but trying to use the

Franklin Street parcel to do that is simply

wrong,” said Bennett.

Canal Winchester Development Director

Lucas Haire said the project was part of the

Old Town plan and the opportunity to purchase

the tract became available by owners

Timothy Fiske and Lee Oster.

“Trying to acquire this in the future

when someone else acquires it and builds a

house on it makes it much more difficult to

accomplish the goals of the Old Town Plan,”

Haire said. “This is in the same general

vicinity of McGill Park and the hope is to

grow McGill Park at some point in the future

so it encompasses both sides of Walnut

Creek. This would then be directly adjacent

to that parcel. Again, we’re not actively out

trying to purchase additional land, but we

are hoping to take advantage of opportunities

as they arise.”

Haire said the area floods significantly,

so a substantial number of improvements

could not take place on the 2.5 acre parcel.

“We wouldn’t see a lot of active recreation,

fencing, things like that being installed,

because you get so much debris and

damage in a flood event. Things like soccer

goals, those are pretty easy to put in floodplains,”

said Haire.

Referendum petition update

Councilwoman Jill Amos asked Haire

what happens next regarding a citizen-lead

referendum petition drive, which seeks to

stop a pair of warehouses from being developed

by Northpoint at Bixby and Rager

roads. If certified, the referendum would appear

on the November ballot.

“I don’t know how it’s going to play out,”

said Haire. “It’s up to them (applicant) to

make the next step. We’re going through the

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Ohio State Fair returns this year

Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Expo Center &

State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler

announced that the 2022 Ohio State Fair will run from

July 27 to Aug. 7.

Ohioans and out-of-state visitors alike are invited to

rediscover the Ohio State Fair with great food, fun

games, thrilling rides, educational activities, friendly

competitions, concerts, agriculture and more.

“The Ohio State Fair brings people together. It’s a

place where we can all celebrate our great state and

make memories that will last a lifetime,” said DeWine.

“Fran and I absolutely love fairs, none more than the

Ohio State Fair. We have experienced so many

remarkable moments with our children and grandchildren

at fairs over the years, and this summer, we can’t

wait to enjoy the Ohio State Fair once again.”

This year’s 167th Ohio State Fair is possible thanks

to the work of thousands of staff members, exhibitors,

volunteers, vendors, partners, performers, concessionaires,

youth leaders and sponsors. At this time, the

Ohio State Fair staff are working on enhancements

that will make this year’s Ohio State Fair safe, fun,

and memorable.

“When we open our gates, people will be able to

rediscover the Ohio State Fair,” said Strickler. “This

summer, all of our fair favorites will return. You’ll be

able to walk through the barn, see the iconic butter

cow, try some deep-fried food on a stick, listen to

music, browse arts exhibitions, watch performances by

the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir, visit

with Smokey Bear, learn about agriculture, and so

much more.”

During the 2019 Ohio State Fair, 934,925 people

attended during the event’s 12-day run. These attendees

came from each of Ohio’s 88 counties, all 50

Libraries open on Sunday

The Columbus Metropolitan Library are now open on Sundays.

In early November, CML announced that all 23 locations would

close on Sundays due to staffing challenges. 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 symptoms. 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.


states, the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and


The first big-name acts in this year’s Ohio State

Fair Concert & Event Series will be announced by the

Ohio Expo Center and State Fair on March 7, with

additional announcements to follow on March 21 and

April 4. To sign up to be the first to know about the

new acts, and get access to pre-sale ticket opportunities,

sign up to receive the Ohio State Fair’s newsletters

at ohiostatefair.com.

Admission and parking

The fair’s hours of operations are Monday through

Friday from 10 a.m. — 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

from 9 a.m. — 9 p.m. except Aug. 7, when admission

gates close at 6 p.m.

Gate admission prices: adults (ages 13-59) — $10;

youth (ages 6-12) — $8; senior (ages 60+) — $8; children

five and under — free.

Buy early and save! Early Bird Admission — $6

(valid May 1-31) (lowest price of the year); Advance

Admission — $8 (valid June 1 — July 26 only; and

Midway ride-all-day wristbands — $25 each (through

July 26 only).

General parking is free to fairgoers in the main lots

north of the Cardinal Gate. Reserved parking is not

available to the general public for purchase.

Midway hours: July 27 — 11 a.m. — 11 p.m.; July 28

— 11 a.m. — 11 p.m.; July 29 — 11 a.m. — midnight; July

30 — 10 a.m. — 11 p.m.; July 31 — 10 a.m. — 11 p.m.; Aug.

1 — 11 a.m. — 11 p.m.; Aug. 2 — 11 a.m. — 11 p.m.; Aug.

3 — 10 a.m. — 11 p.m. (Sensory-friendly morning); Aug.

4 — 11 a.m. — 11 p.m.; Aug. 5 — 11 a.m. — midnight; Aug.

6 — 10 a.m. — 11 p.m.; and Aug. 7 — 10 a.m. — 10 p.m.

The Ohio State Fair plans to follow applicable state

and local protocols related to the spread of COVID-19.

Bugs and Birds Up Close

The Bugs & Birds Up Close

Photography Exhibition is at the Grange

Insurance Audubon Center 505 W.

Whittier St., Columbus, through March 13.

The exhibit features the work of photographers

Richard Schnuerer and David


Schnuerer’s work includes 20-plus

pieces showcasing Ohio raptors, including

hawks, owls, eagles and osprey. Learn how

the eagle has made a significant comeback

in Ohio from only four nesting pairs in

1979 to 700-plus nests in 2020. A special

feature of the snowy owl “Hedwig,” who

visited the Delaware area last winter and

became quite the celebrity, is also included.

In addition to the raptors, an exhibit of

ruby-throated hummingbirds will also be

included to tell the story of these tiny birds

and their journey to Ohio and the Grange

Insurance Audubon Center.

The exhibition also includes photographs

by Greenberg, who presents mostly

insects but also includes spiders, millipedes,

and other multi-legged, chitinencased

creatures, some flying, some eating

(or being eaten), or just staring at you

suspiciously from their faceted, buggy

eyes. These creatures live on land, on

water, and in the air and they are extraordinarily

important to human beings. His

work also includes bees, among the most

valuable and most important creatures on

earth because much of what we eat

depends on their efforts.


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Eastland-Fairfield hosts SkillsUSA competition

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical

Schools and Eastland Career Center served

as host for the 2022 SkillsUSA South

Central regional competition on March 5.

The competition included approximately

175 students from 16 nearby career-technical

education centers, including Fairfield

Career Center. Eight competition standards

were held on campus with an additional

five taking place at off-site locations

in Columbus.

Senior Criminal Justice student, Laura

Williamson (Reynoldsburg eSTEM High

School), helped last year’s senior class compete

as a subject in their virtual competition.

Being able to compete herself and

returning to in-person competition brought

mixed emotions, including relief.

“It’s definitely a little nerve-wracking

because I didn’t know what to expect,” said

Williamson. “It was really cool that I got to

represent not just myself, but I feel like I

represented my lab, my teachers, and my


With 45 students from its main campuses,

Eastland-Fairfield had a heavy presence

at the competition. Twenty-eight of

those students came from host Eastland

Career Center with another 17 made the

journey from Fairfield Career Center.

Prior to the SkillsUSA competition

being altered by COVID-19 restrictions,

the event would normally have been twice

this size. However, while some schools are

opening up in-person competitions some

events, specifically leadership-related

events, have moved to a “straight-to-

States” model where the top three finishers

in that category will bypass regional competition

and advance straight to the State

competition. This includes students from

Eastland-Fairfield’s Architecture and

Construction Management program

(Gahanna Lincoln) and Cyber Security

Air quality report

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning

Commission has released its annual air

quality report. The report provides a summary

of air quality data from November

2020 to October 2021.

For the first time since air quality

record-keeping began in 1980, no

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) Air

Quality Index (AQI) days for ozone were

observed during the ozone forecast season.

Ground-level ozone forms when emissions

from vehicles and industry react in the

presence of heat and sunlight and is the

main ingredient in smog.

“Having zero days with air pollution

above the 100 Air Quality Index level is a

strong indication of the improving air quality

in our region,” said Brandi Whetstone,

MORPC sustainability officer. “We hope to

see this trend continue in the coming


In July 2021, wildfire smoke transported

into the Columbus area contributed to

10 Moderate AQI days for PM2.5. This represents

the highest number of Moderate

AQI days recorded in July for PM2.5 since

2015. PM2.5, or fine particle pollution, is

made up of fine solid or liquid droplets that

can get into the lungs and bloodstream.

Sources include diesel trucks, power

plants, and wood burning.

Overall, most days in central Ohio were

in the Good Air Quality Index category. For

ozone, 85 percent of summer days were in

the Good AQI category. For PM2.5, 87 percent

of all days were in the Good AQI category.

The summer’s highest AQI day for ozone

occurred on August 24, when a large area

of upper-level high pressure extending

from the Southern Plains to Ohio inhibited

vertical mixing. At the surface, ozone production

was promoted by partly sunny

skies and high temperatures in the low-

90s. The daily ozone AQI value reached

100 because of these conditions, which is in

“Having zero days with air

pollution above the 100 Air

Quality Index level is a strong

indication of the improving air

quality in our region.”

- Brandi Whetstone

MORPC sustainability officer

the High-Moderate category.

MORPC issues daily air quality forecasts

and notifies the public when ozone

and particle pollution levels are forecasted

to be unhealthy for sensitive groups of people

through Air Quality Alerts. On days

with an Air Quality Alert, children, older

adults, and those with lung illnesses such

as asthma can begin to experience symptoms

like shortness of breath and wheezing.

Over the past 29 years, the number of

days with high ozone has generally

declined in central Ohio, driven mostly by

emissions reductions from vehicles.

“We continue to see our Air Quality

Index trend in the right direction,” said

Kerstin Carr, MORPC chief regional strategy

officer and senior director of planning.

“These positive data points can help us

advance the important programs and initiatives

that contribute to cleaner air.”

Local mobility providers and programs,

such as MORPC’s Gohio Commute program,

Downtown C-pass and Smart

Columbus — that encourage ridesharing,

driving electric vehicles, riding transit, biking

and walking — all help in keeping

harmful pollutants out of the air.

The Central Ohio Air Quality End of

Season Report can be viewed at

morpc.org/airquality, where residents can

find additional information and sign up to

receive free Air Quality Alert notifications.

(New Albany).

Much like Eastland-Fairfield’s students,

Eastland Career Center’s SkillsUSA advisor

and social studies teacher, John

McFarren, was enthusiastic for this year’s


“I was excited to just be a part of it

instead of getting an email stating which

students won or advanced,” said McFarren.

“I’ve gotten to know the labs a lot better

and it’s given me a little bit of perspective

of the kind of skills that they learn in lab.”

On Feb. 18, six different SkillsUSA

regional sites began competition that will

last through March 12. This year’s competition

at Eastland-Fairfield was not open to

the public. Results can be found on


Students that advanced to the state

competition will compete May 3-4.

SkillsUSA Nationals are set to take place

between June 20-24.

Messenger delivery with

the Sunday Dispatch

As readers know, we contract delivery of

the Messenger in with the Sunday

Dispatch. Recent proposed delivery

changes by the Dispatch, which would

have affected delivery of the Messenger in

with the Sunday Dispatch, have now been

put on hold.


SkillsUSA Ohio’s mission is to empower

its members to become world-class workers,

leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA improves the quality of

America’s skilled workforce through a

structured program of citizenship, leadership,

employability, technical and professional

skills training. SkillsUSA was previously

known as VICA (Vocational

Industrial Clubs of America). Ohio’s organization

started in 1952 as VIC, then the

organization became a national organization

(VICA) in 1965. In 1999 the National

Association became SkillsUSA-VICA and

then finally just SkillsUSA in 2004. With

32,751 members in the 2019-2020 academic

year, SkillsUSA is the largest CTSO

(career-technical student organization) in

the state, and Ohio is the third largest

state association in the United States. For

information about Ohio SkillsUSA, visit


Therefore, you will continue to receive

your Messenger in with your Sunday

Dispatch for the foreseeable future.

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Enjoy Columbus Fish and Seafood’s delicious fish at the following churches during “LENT”

St Margaret of Corotona•St. Matthews •Our Lady of Perpetual Help•St. Stephens

• St Mary Magdalene•Holy Family•Our Lady of Victory Church•St. Catharine’s

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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 / klund@groveport.org.

Barber Museum

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) 837-8400.

Special Olympics

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. Contact Penny and Cassandra Hilty

at groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at (614) 395-

8992 or 395-6640. Donations may be sent to Groveport

Special Olympics, P.O. Box 296, Groveport, OH 43125.

Fire trucks damaged

Madison Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson told

Groveport City Council on Feb. 21 that two of the fire

department’s fire engines were recently involved in

motor vehicle crashes.

He said one engine is inoperable and the other is in

service until scheduled repairs can be made. In the

mean time, the department will borrow reserve fire engines

from other area fire departments.

Guns vs. Hoses softball

The Groveport Recreation Department is planning a

charity slow pitch softball game between the Groveport

Police and the Madison Township Fire Department to

be played in the late spring or early summer in Groveport

Park, 7370 Groveport Road.

More details about the game will be available soon.

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CW Library


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Branch of

the Columbus Metropolitan


115 Franklin St., is

located in the rear

portion of the former

school at 100

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“Every Brilliant Thing” to be presented

The Canal Winchester High School Performing Arts Department

and David’s United Church of Christ announced performances of

Duncan Macmillan’s “Every Brilliant Thing,” on March 14 at 7 p.m.

(pay what you can performance) at David’s United Church of

Christ, 80 W. Columbus St., Canal Winchester; and March 15 at 7

p.m. (pay what you can performance) at the Oley Speaks Auditorium,

Canal Winchester Education Center, 100 Washington St,

Canal Winchester.

The one actor play revolves around a middle-aged man coming

to terms with his parents’ and his own issues with depression.

The character retells learning of his mother’s depression and the

list of ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ in the world worth living for. Over the

years, this list grows to 10,000 items.

The performer James Phillips is an associate professor of Theatre

at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y.

He has worked from coast to coast as an actor, director, and

sound designer.

He is a founding member of Capitol City Improv and Theatre de

la Fleur, commedia troupe.

For several years he performed David Sedaris’ “The Santaland

Diaries,” including at Railroad Playhouse in Newburgh. Recent productions

include: “The Wolves,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Tomfoolery,”

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(referendum) process as set out by the Ohio Revised


Haire said, according to the agreement with the city,

the applicant has the ability to file for a detachment

with the city for the annexation and return the acreage

to Madison Township for consideration by other entities–such

as Columbus–for annexation and development.

If the council turned down a detachment request, the

city would be in breach of the contract and open to litigation.

“They’re (applicant) gone,” Shea said. “I mean like

gone. Five million dollars over 10 years–gone.”

The city received the citizen referendum petition on

Feb. 17.

Members of the Canal Winchester for Smart Growth

organization spearheaded the referendum.

During a Jan. 18 council meeting, an ordinance was

passed by council to rezone land owned by members of

the Schacht family from rural to limited manufacturing.

Northpoint wants to construct a pair of warehouses to

compliment two already located in their Canal Crossing


Canal Winchester Finance Director Amanda Jackson

said the city has not reviewed the referendum petitions

and does not approve or reject them.


Continued from page 1

Wyatt talks with his captains beforehand and then

turns the practice over to them, which consists of inhouse

and remote scrimmages with other schools. The

coach said, as an educator, it is important to him that

his players have the opportunity and room to lead and

help each other grow.

Players–who must maintain academic eligibility–

frequently review video footage from past competitive

matches and critique each other as well.

“We have a really nice lab over at the high school,”

said the coach who became involved in E-sports in late

2020 early 2021. “In our first year, we tried to figure out

what’s the best way best way we can make it. We had a

plan during the 2019-20 school year to roll out an E-

sports program, but those plans were initially placed on

hold due to the pandemic and the restrictions that came

with it.”

According to Wyatt, the team started with 20 students

in 2021 and now includes almost 50 teenage

gamers who play four different games. The coach said

E-sports is becoming more important as the years go on

and students are now able to apply for scholarships.

“Initially, we saw $500 to $1,300 in scholarship

money,” said Wyatt. “Now we’re

seeing partial to full scholarships

in just two years of advancement.

E-sports is only going to

continue to grow. We even talked

about trying to get it to the middle

school level and elementary

level and even rec.”

Wyatt said the Ohio High

School Athletic Association is


CW Farmers’ Market

The 2022 Canal Winchester Farmers’

Market begins May 24 and runs through

Sept. 25. We are currently accepting applications.

Visit thecwfm.com for information.

CW City Council meetings

Canal Winchester City Council meetings

are held on the first and third Monday of


“The city must keep the petitions on hand for at least

10 days from the date of receipt before forwarding them

to the Franklin County Board of Elections,” said Jackson.

“According to the Franklin County Board of Elections,

430 (valid) signatures were required. The city

does not take part in the verification of the signatures

so I cannot comment on how many were obtained.”

According to Franklin County Board of Elections

Public Information Officer Aaron Sellers, “(As of Feb.

25) We’ve not received it (the petition) yet. If the city

has it they have to forward it to us to check signatures

after 10 days, and we have 10 days to get it back to

them. It will appear at the next general election (if approved).”

Sellers said there were 4,292 votes cast for governor

at the 2018 general election in Canal Winchester. He

said 10 percent of that is 430 signatures, which is the

number of valid signatures required for the referendum

petition. The board of elections must examine the signatures

and return the petition to the city within 10

days of receipt with a statement attesting to the number

of voters who signed the petition. If the number of

valid signatures is sufficient and the petition is otherwise

valid, the city must certify the sufficiency and validity

of the petition back to the board of elections.

Managing Editor Rick Palsgrove contributed to this story.

now involved in E-sports and working toward officially

recognizing it as a sanctioned sport. The district club is

now part of a state-run league with over 300 participating

schools with spring and fall seasons.

“I have always been interested in gaming and playing

competitively,” said Wyatt, who played video games

on various platforms including the Nintendo’s original

entertainment system and felt his knowledge and experience

with gaming made him an ideal candidate to

head up the emerging E-sports program. “Couple this

with the fact that I love my students and strive to see

them succeed and it became a perfect match. I am also

a former student of the district and spent 12 years as a

CW Indian.

Looking back on his time as a student, Wyatt said a

program like E-sports would have been a perfect way

for him to apply his passion for gaming in a way that

could potentially afford him a future as a professional

gamer, as a scholarship E-sports athlete at the collegiate

level or as a video game creator.

“I wanted to be the person to bring that dream to reality

for our students,” said Wyatt.

Future plans include expanding opportunities for

students outside of gaming within E-sports such as

streaming, commentating and video production.

“There is so much that goes into making E-sports

successful and I would love to provide media production

opportunities for students interested in gaming, but

who may not be comfortable or interested in playing

competitively,” said Wyatt. “We have big things in the

works and I look forward to seeing where we are five

years from now.”

every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and

are held at Town Hall, 10 N. High St. The

meetings are open to the public.

CW school board 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.


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By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Completion of Canal Winchester’s new

municipal complex is in a temporary holding

pattern as the city waits on installation

of fiber optics connections from WOW.

“Right now, it’s a concentration of data,

telecom and security access type items and

getting those wrapped up,” said Construction

Services Administrator Bill Sims during

a Feb. 22 Canal Winchester City Council

work session. “Putting the IT rooms together

and testing out those facilities…

those all hinge on WOW bringing in their

fiber to the facility. They’re waiting on a

piece of equipment at this point.”

Sims said furniture is being installed in

all of the office areas and the new community

center at the west end of the building

looks finished. He anticipates city offices to

open around the third to fourth week in


“When we started the project, the work

basically progressed from the west end of

the building in the community center area

to the council chamber,” Sims said. “So, the

council chamber is basically the last thing

wrapping up. There probably is a possibility

council might not move to that chamber location

until after we’re in the offices.”

Mayor Mike Ebert said that empty space

at the far west end of the complex has not

yet been leased by an outside entity. He said

the city has “feelers out, but nothing concrete


The old Steube Community Center to the

south of the new complex closed permanently

at the end of the day on Feb. 25 after

serving the public since the 1980s. It will be

torn down to make way for additional parking


Sims said they are going to give it their

Tax preparation for seniors

AARP tax-aide volunteers will offer free

income tax preparation services to seniors.

This year the group will operate out of the

Interurban Station Building, 16 S. High St.,

Canal Winchester, near the parking lots behind

Stradley Park. Safety precautions

have been put in place to prevent the spread

of COVID-19. Appointments are required

and are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Call 614-375-2167 to schedule your

appointment. Appointment scheduling is

also available at the Community Center, 22

S. Trine St., Canal Winchester, during regular

business hours.

We Love Our Veterans

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.,

Groveport, will host the We Love Our Veterans

exhibit through March 25.

The city of Groveport is recognizing honorably

discharged military veterans from all

branches of service who reside in Franklin


The exhibit includes items from Motts

best shot in salvaging an old shelter house

that is part of the center, but the structure

experienced a lot of water damage over the


A March 21 target reopening date for the

new center is anticipated, but dates are

fluid due to potential issues, with the WOW

connection topping the list.

“We anticipate demolition of the current

building in mid to late March,” said Sims,

with “parking lot work in April. That should

move along pretty well.”

Sims also updated council on plans to

convert the old municipal building at 36 S.

High St. into a police substation. He said

preliminary plans came in a little higher

than expected.

“There was a bit more work involved

when you get to the nitty gritty of the HVAC

system and electrical items,” said Sims, who

anticipates bringing a request to waive the

competitive bidding process to council by

the second meeting in March. “Ideally I’d

like to move forward with something from

Ferguson Construction. We contract with

them currently and it would be extremely

similar work. I think we can do this as a design

build. We have some criteria sketches

and I think we’d be well suited to do a design-build

scenario with the contractor. I

think we’ll save ourselves potentially

$10,000 in efforts.”

Part of the costs associated with the renovation

of 36 S. High St. not considered in

the city’s preliminary estimate was moving

doors and walls and the impact that has on

service systems and lighting.

Since they are working on the new municipal

complex, Sims said the city took advantage

of asking Ferguson Construction to

estimate the cost of the project.

Military Museum, the Groveport Heritage

Museum, the Central Ohio Military Museum,

and items from individuals and families.

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

as chair.

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.

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Remembering tournament time at the Coliseum

Each year at high school basketball

tournament time I get nostalgic about the

Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Now called the Taft Coliseum, the arena

on the Ohio State Fairgrounds opened in

1918 and can hold 5,000 to 7,000 spectators.

The Coliseum was renovated in recent

years and has a different look now from the

old days, but in my memory it remains the

lovable, rough old barn it always was.

I’m a sucker for old gymnasiums. I like

the sounds and the feel of the places. The

way the sound of a bouncing basketball

echoes off the walls, the look of the backboard

and rims, noticing the grain of the

wooden court floor, the ticks of the clock on

the scoreboard, and how the bleachers

seem to be right on top of you.

These small, old basketball venues are

unique and have personality. But though the

Coliseum is much bigger than the old high

school gyms, it, too, has a similar, special feel.

The place was the home to the annual

high school basketball tournament for

many years until around 2013 when the

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Ohio High School

Athletic Association

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games elsewhere.

In the early rounds



of the tournament you could pay one admission

price and watch all the games being

played that day, which was particularly fun

on a Saturday when there was a full slate of

games. It was paradise for a basketball fan

where one could watch games and find old

friends to reminisce with.

The first time I was in the Coliseum was

as a kid in the 1960s when my dad took me

and my brother to see the Groveport

Madison Cruisers play Richwood North

Union in a first round tournament game. I

remember walking through the tunnel to

the arena and being amazed at the size of

the place. The building’s appearance

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wooden basketball court shined under the

lights. There were huge electric fans at

either end of the building that slowly

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I got that wish twice when I played for

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I drank it all in - the buzz and roar

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bright lights, and the sneakers squeaking

on the creaking wood floor. There was a

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that made it all seem so important. A cool

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wider professional lane markings.

I remember that during warm ups we

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while shooting at the basket. The basket

seemed to just hang in space compared to

the baskets we were used to shooting at in

small high school gyms. The depth perception

was kind of like shooting baskets outside,

but you did not have to worry about

the wind messing with your shot!

Sadly, we lost both of those first round

tournament games, but I absorbed it all

and will always remember being there.

Being on that basketball court in that

place was a special experience today’s players

will not have unless they advance far into

the tournament to play at larger venues.

Back then we stepped out of the comfort

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and saw a larger world to be experienced. In

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we would make the following June when, a

few months after the basketball season

ended, we crossed a stage to get our high

school diplomas as we prepared to leave the

embrace of home to tackle the wider world.

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the client your checking,

license ID or credit card

numbers. Also beware of

ads that claim to guarantee

loans regardless of

credit and note that if a

credit repair company

does business only over

the phone it’s illegal to request

any money before

delivering its service. All

funds are based in US

dollars. Toll Free numbers

may or may not

reach Canada. Please

check with the Better

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486-6336 or the Ohio Attorney

General’s Consumer

Protection Section

614-466-4986 for more

information on the company

you are seeking to

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Township Police service in CW

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Canal Winchester residents have long asked what

bang they are getting for their tax bucks in police protection

from Madison Township. That question is finally

being answered in a formal manner.

“Thanks to tracking time in Canal Winchester as

well as calls for service, Chief (Gary) York was able to

show that Madison Township officers spent 47.2 hours

in Canal Winchester in January of 2021 and 134.9

hours in January of 2022,” said Madison Township

Trustee Chairman Michele Reynolds. “This increase

sets the pace for Canal Winchester to have a much more

significant presence of Madison Township officers in the

coming year.”

In late 2017, the city requested a stronger township

presence not only because of the hundreds of thousands

in tax dollars paid to the Madison Township Police Department,

but also because of increases in business traffic

and activity.

The township was already patrolling the city, but officer

time was not tracked, statistics collected were

based on tickets and dispatched calls, there was a problem

with dispatch communication–which has since

been worked out–and unanswered questions regarding

violations routed to the city’s mayor’s court instead of

Franklin County.

“This has been an ongoing issue with police presence

in Canal Winchester,” said Reynolds. “Some of the challenges

were communication related. That has since been

resolved. They have a stake in the game to get service

from the township.”

Canal Winchester contracts with Fairfield County for

“This increase sets the pace for Canal Winchester

to have a much more significant presence of

Madison Township officers in the coming year.”

- Michele Reynolds

Madison Township Trustee Chairman

initial police coverage. A difference in radio systems between

Franklin and Fairfield counties previously required

a township officer to carry a second radio in order

to communicate with Fairfield County.

Prior to the use of a second radio and before the

county communications upgrade, township officers in

Canal Winchester would not be aware of criminal activity

taking place and therefore unable to assist unless in

a mutual aid situation.

According to Madison Township officials, a 2021 communications

update provided a change in channels and

talk groups that allow for better communication between

Fairfield County and Franklin County law enforcement


In discussions that included the Fairfield County

Sheriff's Office and the township, Canal Winchester

representatives indicated the city’s preference in having

Madison Township officers spend time patrolling the

city throughout all shifts when possible, rather than

having one township officer assigned to a specific shift.

In addition, Reynolds said the township plans to hire

four additional officers and create another command position

in 2022.

Madison Township and city representatives will continue

to review patrol time provided by township law

enforcement in Canal Winchester.


Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

Dining in 1966

Pictured here is the interior of the Canal Wigwam restaurant,

located at 4 S. High St. in Canal Winchester, as it

looked in 1966 when the restaurant was known as the Barnett

Wigwam. The photo is from an ad in the 1966 Groveport

Madison High School yearbook.

Art on the Canal Art Stroll

The 2022 Art on the Canal Art Stroll will be May 21 from noon

to 6 pm in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

There is no charge for artists to participate though they are required

to carry their own liability insurance.

Visit www.destinationcw.org/artStroll for information.

Moses-Mouser Eye Care

Dr. Joshua Morris is a board-certified Optometrist

who grew up in Bellville, Ohio. He

completed his undergraduate degree at the

University of Akron, where he graduated

magna cum laude with honors.

Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University

College of Optometry and graduated cum laude with honors to receive

his Doctor of Optometry Degree in May 2019. After completing his

studies, he was awarded the “Primary Vision Care Clinical Excellence

Award”, in 2019.

Dr. Morris is a member of the American Optometric Association, the

Ohio Optometric Association, and The Ohio State Alumni Association.

He is excited to practice full scope optometry, diagnosing and treating

a variety of ocular disorders and diseases in patients of all ages, but has

a special interest in contact lenses and ocular disease.

On a personal note, Dr. Morris and his wife Tess, enjoy spending time

with their family, friends, and their Bernese Mountain dog Maverick,

cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes, trying new foods, and exploring

Columbus breweries.

Q: How often should someone with diabetes

get an eye exam?

A: Someone with diabetes should see an eye care professional at least

once a year for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

Q: How can diabetes affect my vision?

A: Over time, diabetes damages small blood vessels throughout the body,

including the retina. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when these tiny blood

vessels leak blood and other fluids. This causes the retinal tissue to swell,

resulting in cloudy or blurred vision. The condition usually affects both

eyes. The longer a person has diabetes, the more likely they will develop

diabetic retinopathy. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause

blindness. (AOA)

Symptoms include: seeing spots or “floaters”, blurred vision, and difficulty

seeing at night.

Schedule your diabetic eye exam today

with Dr. Morris.

6441 Winchester Blvd. E., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 614-963-3827

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