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A trip to

the past

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

History enthusiasts and the historically

curious came out to Century Village in

Fryer Park on June 4 to experience a trip

to the past during the annual Heritage

Celebration. Presented by the city of

Grove City and the Southwest Franklin

County Historical Society, the event

allows those living in modern times to

get a glimpse of the lives of those who

inhabited these lands during the mid-tolate

18th and 19th centuries. Here, (top

right) historical reenactor James

Sturckler demonstrates that while the

years may have passed, people have

and always will find pleasure in the simple

things like catching a cool breeze

underneath the trees on a warm day.

When not being lulled by the pleasantness

of the atmospheric conditions,

Sturckler often engaged with attendees

about the American Revolutionary War

in which his character was a soldier of

the King’s 8th Regiment of Foot. The resident

of Dayton – who has been a living

history reenactor for more than two

decades – hand-sewed this uniform.

Chip Deerfoot Moore (below) swings at

an underhanded pitch during a vintage

“base ball” game between the Ohio

Village Muffins red squad and white

squad.

Council could add

events to DORA

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

Grove City Council will consider legislation

to relax rules associated with the designated

outdoor refreshment area (DORA).

At the June 6 meeting, council heard a

first reading on an ordinance to amend legislation

that would allow DORA hours to

operate during special events in Grove

City. The current rules state that the

DORA operates from 2 p.m. to midnight,

Monday through Saturday, excluding the

annual Homecoming Celebration, Boo Off

Inside

See DORA page 2

Pets of the Week ................. 10

The Reel Deal ...................... 11

Memorial Day

Community members lined the streets

for the annual ceremony Page 3

Learning Lacrosse

GCKA wants kids to get involved

in the growing sport Page 7

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Hattie Lechner, a resident of Dayton who portrayed a Flight Nurse with the 801st

Medical Air Evacuation Squadron during the Heritage Celebration, treats the

“wounds” of Caio Dyer, 12, using the equipment available during this era. To see more

photos from the event, visit columbusmessenger.com.

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Southwest Public Libraries kicked off its popular annual

Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) on June 4, launching

a summer of reading fun and live performers and programs.

The first fully live SRC since 2019, the challenge

will run June 4 through July 31 and is offered for all ages,

babies through adults. All performers, programs, and

activities are free and open to the public.

Participants will be able to track their reading, attend

library programs, and complete activities to earn

prizes and raffle entries. Registration is open online

at the library’s website, in-person at the library, or

through the READsquared app. This year’s theme

is Oceans of Possibilities.

Summer Reading Challenge is a crowd-favorite

tradition intended to foster learning during the

summer months and help resist “summer slide,” the

tendency for children to lose significant learning

gains over the summer if they do not read or engage

in other enrichment activities while school is out of

session.

The fun is not just for kids though.

“We love our adult patrons,” said Denise

Southworth, Westland reference and adult services

librarian. “Adults can get in on the SRC fun too

with special programs and a challenge tailored just

for them.”

Adult participants can submit book reviews and

complete special activities to earn gift-card raffle

entries or enjoy one of many engaging adult programs,

including book discussions, DIY programs,

and weekly Take and Make Kits.

This year marks the first fully live SRC since

2019, and live SRC performers - one of the biggest

draws to the program - are making a much-anticipated

return after two years of virtual performances

due to the pandemic.

“Staff are just as excited as patrons to have our

first full in-person Summer Reading program since

the pandemic,” said Kacy Cox, assistant director of

the Grove City Library.

“Families look to the library each summer for

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opportunities that are both entertaining and educational

for their children,” said Michele Lowe, assistant director of

the Westland Area Library. “Summer performances are

one of the biggest draws to SRC and are usually very wellattended.”

Some of the most popular animal programs routinely

draw hundreds of attendees.

This year, the library will host free performers at each

location, with a morning performance at Grove City

Library at 10:30 a.m. and a repeated afternoon performance

at Westland Area Library at 1:30 p.m.

•Monday, June 13: Farm Animals at the Library (Bring

the Farm to You) Notes: The Grove City program will be

presented at Town Center Park, the old library site on

Park Street. The program at Westland will begin at 2 p.m.

instead of 1:30 p.m.

•Monday, June 27: Erica Carlson’s Rockin’ Pirate Show

featuring Sedgewick the Live Hedgehog

•Monday, July 11: Pirates Lost at Sea with Talewise

•Monday, July 18: Oceans of Possibilities with the

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

•Wednesday, July 27: Stingrays with Newport

Aquarium

In addition to live performers, each library is offering a

host of summer activities for all ages:

•Programs for Youth include: ocean-themed storytimes,

Amazing Water Labs, STEM programs, Saturday movies,

LEGO club, weekly Take and Make kits, two Wildlife

Wednesday programs with Battelle Darby Creek Park,

and more.

•Programs for Teens include: Team Trivia, Teen DIY

programs, plus a tasty Cupcake Decorating Challenge.

•Programs for Adults include: An intro to Basic Self

Defense and Types of Martial Arts, Book Discussion, weekly

Take & Make craft kits, a movie night screening of Cast

Away, and several DIY programs.

Learn more and view all programs at www.swpl.org.

Broadway, and the Christmas Celebration. The

amended legislation proposes to remove Homecoming,

Boo Off Broadway, and the Christmas Celebration

from the excluded events list.

According to Law Director Stephen Smith, when

the city first established the DORA, city leaders were

not sure how it would work with current city events.

“The DORA was new to us, but we are now comfortable

that it can co-exist with events,” said Smith.

The outdoor refreshment area was adopted by city

council in 2019. It includes areas in the Town Center

north of Cleveland Avenue, east of Arbutus Avenue,

south of Civic Place, and west behind City Hall. Last

year, council voted to expand the boundaries to the

city-owned lot next to the old library site on Park

Street and to the southeast corner of Civic Place and

Broadway.

The DORA is essentially a waiver of Grove City’s

open container law for a designated area. It allows

patrons (ages 21 and older) to buy an alcoholic beverage,

from an established permit holder, and take that

drink outside in the marked areas. The beverages are

poured into an identifiable plastic cup. Participants

can sit outside and drink or they browse the designated

area.

If council approves the amendment, citizens would

not be prohibited from partaking in the DORA during

the Homecoming Celebration, Boo Off Broadway, and

the Christmas Celebration.

“I have not seen any significant issues related to the

DORA,” said Smith. “It is working well.”

Andy Furr, executive director of the Heart of Grove

City, who proposed the creation of the DORA several

years ago, said businesses have seen a boost since its

implementation. He said Town Center establishments

that sold food and alcohol have reported an uptick in

business but also said retail shop owners

have seen an increase in foot traffic.

According to Furr, Grove City is the only

community in central Ohio to offer its

DORA six days a week, year-round.

Council will hold its second reading and

public hearing on the proposed legislation

on June 20. If passed, the amended ordinance

would go into effect in 30 days after

it is approved.

For more information on the DORA, visit

grovecityohio.gov.


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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle

Honoring service members

After two years of cancellations and scaled-back events, the annual Memorial Day

parade and service has finally returned to Grove City. On May 30, hundreds gathered

throughout the heart of the city’s downtown to honor and pay their respects to the

men and women of the U.S. military who have died while serving their country. Here,

members of the American Legion Paschall Post 164 Honor Guard present arms during

a remembrance ceremony at the Grove City Cemetery. The American Legion

Paschall Post 164 hosts the event in collaboration with Veterans of Foreign Wars

8198.

The City Beat

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Police lieutenant proud to be

part of GCHS baseball team

The Grove City High School Baseball

team played for a state championship

on June 10 in Akron. With

them in the dugout was Justin Gallo,

who pulls double duty as a coach and

is currently an acting lieutenant with

the Grove City Division of Police.

While serving as a school resource officer

with GCHS in 2015, Gallo was

invited to be a part of the coaching

staff.

“He’s awesome, he brings the energy

every day that he’s here,” said

Senior First Baseman Ty Clifton.

“He’s made extremely close connections

with some of our guys,” said

Junior Catcher Grady Speegle. “He

texts us before the games if he can’t

make it, tells us it’s for the city, and

it really is. He really enforces that

idea.”

Pitching Coach Mark Mayers

praised the work that Gallo brings to

the team.

“He loves to contribute to our baseball

program,” Mayers said. “What he

does in terms of the encouragement to

the kids, you see someone who is here

every day and makes a commitment

to be here as much as he can. He has

his own family, but this is his second

family, and the kids respond to him

really well.”

“I want to be at everything baseball

related, I’m just not able to,”

Gallo said. “I’m not on a teacher

schedule. I have to burn my vacation

time when we go to do things.”

But Gallo is more than happy to

spend those vacation days.

“It is worth every second of it,”

Gallo said. “We went through some

pretty rough times in 2020, 2021,

with things going around in the country.

That is my outlet. Those guys lift

me up, they help me get through

everything. They are there for me. I

don’t think most people realize a

bunch of teenage guys would have

that impact, but getting out there and

helping them, helping them with life,

and break down those barriers of the

police officer and young men is a

tremendous benefit.”

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Among those in the crowd were veterans

Cpl. Jack Kelly, pictured with his

daughter Erin at left, and Cpl. Pete

Baughman, pictured with his son Joel at

right. Kelly served in the Marine Corps

and fought in the Korean War, and

Baughman served in World War II as a

member of the Army. The residents of

Grove City said they wanted to come out

and pay homage to those who were

killed in service to their country.

Grove City Police Officer Derek Jones

salutes during the playing of the Star-

Spangled Banner. To see more photos of

the Memorial Day Ceremony, visit

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Opinion Page

Being eco-friendly requires a true commitment

When used correctly, eco-friendly is a

powerful modern-day term fueling a great

rallying message for us all on how we need

to infuse mega doses of Vitamin ‘N’ into our

system to get Mother Nature back into our

lives, to show respect, save and restore the

finite natural resources we were given and

charged to be stewards over.

Being eco-friendly is simply something:

Having a beneficial effect on the environment

or at least not causing environmental

damage. But over time, I fear the conceptual

intent of that term has wandered off and

lost much of its initial intended thrust. It’s

quickly evolving into something far different

for some, too easily proudly thrown

about as loosely and undeservedly as a

politician stoutly taking credit for something

unearned or unwarranted.

It makes people feel good to say the term

eco-friendly, it’s like a comfort food. It

becomes a status symbol, great for publicity

and public relations, “We’re eco-friendly”.

But I fear it’s meaning has digressed

into something different. It’s too-often

interchanged and become synonymous

with pretty, pristine or green. If you have a

beautiful lawn and lots of pretty flowers,

bushes and trees, “we’re eco-friendly, look

at how beautiful our yard is.” The reality

may be at the opposite end of the ecofriendly

spectrum.

Now that’s not to say you can’t have

varying combinations of them all together

and that’s a very reasonable and desirable

goal when you’re wanting to be eco-friendly.

But in too many cases, the eco-friendly

portion ends up taking the backseat to the

others, or it gets bumped, deprioritized and

maybe even totally lost in the mix. Yet, the

eco-friendly boasting continues to be incorrectly

and brazenly bantered about. It’s

time to step back, assess the original

intent, and walk the talk.

We’re now going to take a dog walk

together. I’ll point out some things along

the way and you decide if they meet ecofriendly

standards and criteria. Not to

worry. I’ll bring an eco-friendly waste bag,

My daughter likes to save money.

The other day in the middle of playing

outside, she rushed in the front door,

passed me like a cheetah, and ran straight

into her room. A few seconds later, she was

on her way back outside. Apparently, she

found a penny and needed to add it to her

piggy bank.

While she loves saving, she also loves

spending. I’ve watched her at yard sales

talk down the price of something she sees.

There’s nothing more funny than watching

the face of someone trying to figure out

whether a 6-year-old is serious in offering

$1 on a $5 item.

Other times, she used her birthday

just in case the calling comes, and I’ll handle

any cleanup to ensure we show respect

for the environment and path users, as I

wish a few others would. I think you’ll be

surprised at the many non-eco-friendly situations

we pass.

As we depart and turn onto the walking

path, we see trees lining the city road for

some distance. They’re all the same, some

variety of hybrid ornamental fruit tree,

planted years ago. They have pretty blossoms

for a few short weeks each year in the

spring. They also have berries for most of

the year, either on the tree or fallen to the

ground. The birds just ignore them, except

for the hardy Canadian robins who remain

north and sometimes become desperate,

even for this low quality food source, if the

winter is long and snow and ice locks in the

ground and other food sources. The long

line of trees is totally non-eco-friendly. I

still see too many trees being planted that

aren’t eco-friendly.

We’re now down to the athletic field

complex. Time to short-leash the dog to

keep him out of harm’s way. Every one of

those ornamental fruit trees, light and telephone

poles, street signs, the fire hydrant,

basically here, there and everywhere in

front of the fields have has been sprayed

with chemicals over roughly a six-foot

radius, leaving brown dying ground cover,

soon to become mostly dirt and visible eroded

away roots surrounding the trees. It’s so

ugly you wonder what the purpose is versus

just leaving as is. Then you remember,

“got to look pretty.” Right, except it

remains downright ugly for weeks after

spraying, until the ground cover starts

creeping back in a few short weeks.

We walk past the entrance to the fields.

We used to go down the path adjacent to

the fields but the fence area along there

was also sprayed in what must have looked

like a scene akin to kids having a water

fight in a pool. The ugly dead ground cover

and dirt extends over to the path in some

spots. We’re told that it’s safe after the first

hour. No thanks. My confidence with reassuring

oversight has waned over the years

after some of the lawsuits and belated

chemical reclassifications. And tell that to

the beautiful wildflowers that vibrantly

grew there a few days earlier. What ever

happened to all the ecosystem essential

caterpillars we used to see over there? “Got

to look pretty and green.” It’s not.

We walk down to the housing street and

turn in. As we do, a breeze sends a pungent

odor of lawn chemicals wafting off our nostrils.

It’s barely dawn, and automatic sprinklers

are running at many homes. The

sidewalks and road are getting a good

watering, some spray adjustment is desperately

needed. Forget about the heavy

rains the night before. Forget about the

severe drought our western states are suffering

through. We have the water (now),

so use it.

You see some beautiful lawns with gorgeous

non-native flowers, bushes and trees.

You wonder if a stray strand of clover spotting,

with a honeybee feasting on it in the

yard, would draw panic and a canister of

chemical spray or a 911 call. It’s a scene all

too familiar now across the country as longstanding

thriving ecosystems get displaced

almost overnight by our sprawl and habitat

fracturing, sending more shockwaves and

stress onto the already struggling, intricately

woven cobwebs of our ecosystems.

From an eco-friendly perspective, we end

up with biological wasteland with the vastness

of lawns across this country comprising

a huge piece of that. It’s a perfect example

of needing more eco-friendly priority in

the mix along with the pretty and green.

Native plants are so desperately needed to

keep and restore the faltering delicately

balanced ecosystems that have been haphazardly

broken apart. Plastic flowers are

not a favorite of a thriving ecosystem.

We come out of the housing area and

merge back onto the fence path. We’re at

the nice little wetland ecosystem area

that’s somehow managed to survive several

‘cut-back’ attempts after an official insisted,

“it needs to look pristine.” There’s a

The value of the dollar learned at an early age

money and gift cards to buy a stuffed animal

bird that pecked itself through a plastic

egg shell and now repeats everything

she says. You probably remember the infamous

Hatchimal.

I am proud of my daughter for saving

her money for something she has wanted

for months, but I can’t help but think about

how she earned that last bit of money that

put her over the savings hump.

You’ve seen it - people who donate plasma

or participate in every medical study

they can think of to earn extra cash.

Obviously my daughter didn’t do this.

She’s too young.

But she did see another opportunity to

get that Hatchimal a little sooner. Her

mind started formulating a plan, I believe,

the minute she noticed her first loose tooth.

Now as a young child, money is money.

She gets just as excited about finding a

quarter as she does about getting a dollar

or $5. When a loose tooth signaled that the

Tooth Fairy was about to visit, it instantly

triggered her thought process that she was

about to come into some serious dough.

That’s when the plan was hatched to get

her Hatchimal.

Each day for a week, I noticed she meticulously

wiggled her loose tooth. As the

tooth continued to wiggle more with ease,

she disappeared into her room one night

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Dave Burton

change from the day

before. More cutting

everything to the

ground, taking it six

feet in from the

fence. Right at the

height of the breeding

season. You

notice those redwing

blackbirds that were nesting there

have fled. The vibrant growing thistle

areas the goldfinches thrived on have long

been eliminated in prior pristine cleansing

actions. The ecosystem essential milkweeds

and goldenrods along the fence area

are also gone.

At this point I pause, hopefully having

opened a few more eyes to the broad topic

of eco-friendly. There’s so much more, but

space will not allow me to adequately

address. I may have accentuated the negative,

just to highlight the work that

remains ahead, but I should stress there

are many great things going on in our community

at many levels of sincerity and dedication.

I’m encouraged further efforts will

escalate the awareness and buy-in.

By way of conclusion, I thought I’d leave

you with a paragraph from a book I read

(“Nature’s Best Hope”). It perfectly fits

where we’re at:

“Our environmental boat has sprung a

leak. Many of us are trying to repair the

leak; others are bailing to keep us afloat

until the leak is plugged. What is baffling

is that far too many of us are dumping new

buckets of water into our boat, as if sinking

will not be a problem for them. At this

point, each of us must decide what role we

will play in the future. Will you be a bailer

or a dumper?”

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the

Columbus Messenger Newspapers. He

lives in Grove City.

Life Moments

Christine Bryant

just before bed. A few minutes later, she

emerged with a tiny white tooth in her

hand and a huge smile on her face.

She later admitted she gave it a little

extra tug to push it - or pull it - along.

I can’t help but laugh and even admire

her will to do what it takes to get what she

wants.

Christine Bryant is a Messenger staff

writer and columnist.


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On track for three medals

Messenger photo by Pat Donahue

Grove City student Esther - Faith Henn crosses the line in second place for the second

year in a row in the state seated division girls 400-meter race. This was part of

the OHSAA State Track and Field competition held June 3-4 at Jesse Owens

Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University. Henn also finished third in the 800-

meter run and took first place in the 100-meter dash.

Wine and Arts Festival

The Heart of Grove City will host its

annual Wine and Arts Festival from 5 to 10

p.m. Friday, June 17 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday June 18. Experience the best of

the buckeye state with Ohio-produced

wine, food and art in the Grove City Town

Center. Enjoy the artists, exhibitors art,

jewelry, crafts, pottery and more. Visit

heartofgrovecity.org for more information.

Blood drive in Grove City

The American Red Cross will host a

blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. July 1 at

community events

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the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave.

in Grove City. To schedule an appointment,

call 1-800-448-3543 or visit

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Century Village open house

The Southwest Franklin County

Historical Society welcomes groups and

individuals to Century Village, 4185

Orders Road. Tour the historic log house

and school from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth

Saturday of each month, May through

September. For more information or to

schedule a visit to Century Village, contact

Steve Jackson at 614-871-0081.

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Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University

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Grove City Kids Association is offering lacrosse.

GCKA is going for growth

By Christine Bryant

Staff Writer

Now recognized as one of the fastest

growing sports in America, lacrosse is

expanding in Grove City in an effort to get

more youth involved.

Currently in the first year of offering

lacrosse, the Grove City Kids Association is

working to increase awareness about the

sport that combines basketball, soccer and

hockey.

Jason Wright, the lacrosse commissioner

and board member for the GCKA, says

the Grove City Lacrosse Club approached

the organization with an opportunity to

help grow lacrosse in youth programs.

“The club has been in existence for

almost seven years,” Wright said.

“Together, we felt that with GCKA’s existing

database of kids within this age group,

we were uniquely positioned to help grow

the sport. After all, we already work with

kids in this age group for softball, soccer,

football and cheerleading.”

The GCKA features two divisions of

play for youth in the area. The first, the

Junior division, is made up of kids in 3rd

and 4th grades. The Senior division is

made up of youth in grades 5 and 6.

“This year we have one team in each

division where the kids play coed,” Wright

said. “In the future we would love to have

both a boys and a girls team in each division.”

As a parent of a child who recently

picked up lacrosse, Wright says he has

seen firsthand how the sport helps develop

kids.

“They not only get exercise, which I

think all kids need, but they also learn

about leadership and teamwork,” he said.

“This is a sport that is very difficult for one

person to dominate.”

The rules in the youth game center on

teaching the fundamentals of the game, as

well as require the kids to pass the ball

once over midfield in order to become “hot”

or be able to take a shot.

“This forces the kids to communicate

and work to get open so that they can make

that pass before heading to the goal,”

Wright said. “The kids also have to communicate

on defense, talking about when

someone is hot and when someone is cutting

so the other defenders know to look

out for them.”

The sport also brings together all of the

things he says his son loves in sports.

“It brought the fast-paced thinking that

is required when playing defense in basketball

and combined that with a little hitting

like football,” Wright said. “Add in some

insane speed with kids running up and

down the field with precision passing like

you were going to throw a kid out in baseball,

and you have a sport that just about

anyone can pick up in just a few minutes

and find some aspect of the game that they

just love.”

Players at this level practice three to

four times a week for about 60 to 90 minutes,

Wright said. Games are held on

Sunday and are in a round-robin format.

“Teams are made up of participants in

the Central Ohio Youth Lacrosse League,

which features teams from Gahanna,

Hilliard, New Albany, Granville, Jonathan

Alder and Bexley, amongst others,” Wright

said.

Not only is the game fast-paced for the

players, it’s exciting to watch for spectators,

he says.

“Unlike some sports that move at a

slower pace, something is always going on

in lacrosse,” Wright said. “If you look away

for a minute, you might just miss something.”

While playing lacrosse can be costly

because of the equipment required to play

the sport, Wright says they are looking at

ways to reduce the costs for families.

Grove City Lacrosse was able to come

in and offer kids loaner elbow pads, gloves,

sticks and rental helmets to keep the cost

down for the youth program,” Wright said.

As the program grows, Wright says the

GCKA plans to look into grants from USA

Lacrosse and other means of funding the

lacrosse program such as donations or

sponsorships.

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SWACO’s new director brings experience in leadership

The SWACO board unanimously voted

to hire Joe Lombardi as the new executive

director, a role left vacant following the

retirement of Ty Marsh in March 2022.

Lombardi’s first day with the agency was

June 6.

Lombardi’s appointment follows a rigorous

search led by an ad hoc committee of

the board, and facilitated by Ohio-based

Strategic HR and Direct Effect Solutions,

in which more than 90 candidates

expressed interest in the position.

A graduate of Capital University,

Lombardi has more than 30 years of governmental

experience with an emphasis in

finance, administration, policy development

and procurement.

SWACO board chair Susan Tilgner

called Lombardi an ideal leader for the

position.

Teen Ambassador Board

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

announced that his office is now accepting

applications for its Teen Ambassador

Board.

The Attorney General’s Teen

Ambassador Board consists of upper-level

high school students from public, private,

“Joe’s extensive background in public

finance, executive leadership, familiarity

with SWACO and close connections to the

central Ohio community will serve the

agency well as we work with local communities,

schools and businesses to advance

our strategic direction in order to achieve a

75 percent diversion goal in central Ohio,”

said Tilgner.

Lombardi will depart his employment as

director of the department of finance and

management with the city of Columbus to

join SWACO. He previously served on the

SWACO board of trustees from 2016-2021

where he helped shape and support the

securing of a new permit-to-install for the

Franklin County Sanitary Landfill, the

solar energy project, as well as establish a

carbon emissions management plan, which

is aligned with the international Paris

news and notes

charter and online schools in Ohio as well

as students who are home-schooled. The

mission of the program is to provide Ohio’s

future leaders with an inside look at Ohio

law and government.

“I have had the pleasure of getting to

know some great future leaders through

the Teen Ambassador Board,” Yost said.

“We hope this opportunity helps to attract

Accord. As a board member, Lombardi also

supported new programs aimed at helping

Franklin County achieve record high recycling

rates annually.

“Central Ohio residents, families and

businesses are passionate about the way

we manage our waste and care for the environment,

so I’m eager to roll up my sleeves

and share new ideas and opportunities to

further leverage the waste stream for our

region’s benefit,” Lombardi said. “I appreciate

the confidence the board has placed in

me to lead the agency, and I’m committed

to being a champion for the good work and

strategic direction already underway by

the team at SWACO.”

Lombardi is an active community volunteer,

coaching high school and youth football

and participating in a number of professional

associations, organizations and

young people into pursuing careers focused

on protecting and serving Ohioans.”

Board members advise the office on

issues relating to teens and collaborate

with their peers to develop solutions to

those issues. They serve a one-year term,

during which they participate in activities

throughout the state.

Ohio high school students who will be

Joe Lombardi

boards. He and his family live in

Columbus.

juniors or seniors during the 2022-23 academic

year are eligible to apply for the Teen

Ambassador Board.

Applications are due July 1.

The application can be found on the

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Pictorial Past

The picture is from an early Little League Team sponsored by Local Lions Club. With

spring here many young people are looking forward to the familiar sound of the signal

of “play ball!” Baseball continues to be very popular among Grove City area kids

and family members. The photos and information in the Pictorial Past are provided

by Don Ivers from the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum.

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community events

CONGRATULATIONS

CAROLINE RICHARDS

Class of 2022

Grove City High School

Good Luck at Miami University

Love, Mom & Todd

Grove City

Outdoor Movie Series

The Grove City Community Outdoor

Movie Nights return in June, providing

free, family-friendly fun to Wednesday

evenings. These outdoor movies, presented

in partnership with the city of Grove City

and The Naz Church, are shown at 8 p.m.

on a large screen behind the church, 4770

Hoover Road.

The 2022 Grove City Community

Outdoor Movie Nights schedule:

June 22 - Luca

June 29 - Tom and Jerry (2021)

•July 6 - Encanto

•July 13 - Space Jam, A New Legacy

•July 20 - Spider-Man No Way Home

•July 27 - Sing 2

Watch these popular films from your

car or pack lawn chairs or blankets and

enjoy a movie under the stars, with family

and friends. Each week features interactive,

movie-themed activities at 7:30 p.m.

Participants may bring snacks and beverages

(no glass containers) or purchase

refreshments at The Naz Cafe. This is a

smoke and alcohol-free event; pets (other

than service dogs) are not permitted.

Movies may be canceled due to adverse

weather conditions including high winds.

Weather-related cancellation information

is available on the Grove City and The Naz

social media sites or call the weather hotline

at 614-277-3060 the day of the event.

S.A.L.T. at Evans Center

The Grove City Division of Police host

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together

(S.A.L.T.) meetings at 1 p.m. the second

Tuesday of each month at the Evans

Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Adults of all ages

are welcome to attend. If you would like

additional information on other crime prevention

programs visit police.grovecityohio.gov

or call 614-277-1765.

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In Entertainment

“Top Gun: Maverick” soars with nostalgia

When Paramount Pictures announced

they had greenlit a sequel to the 1986 aviation-action

classic “Top Gun,” my initial

reaction came with a full-bodied shudder of

terror — one that would make any Academy

Award-winning actor envious of my dramatic

capabilities.

Like most humans in this world, I do not

spend enough time working on my mental

health, but that one thing I have (semi)

successfully accomplished throughout the

last two-and-a-half decades was suppressing

traumatic childhood memories related

to forced viewings and inescapable listening

parties to the movie so named above.

Needless to say, but this news unleashed a

cascade of horrible memories: I immediately

hated “Top Gun: Maverick” on principle

alone.

You see, my late father loved “Top Gun”

to the point of driving everyone in the

household nuts with his obsession. It

seemed like it was always being rented at

the video store, always on when it hit the

basic cable channels, and its soundtrack

was certainly blasted on a loop whenever

he would go into the basement to exercise.

(He refused to put on the headphones, stating

the wires got in the way of the

NordicTrack skis or the treadmill belt.

Note: He was totally lying.)

While this may seem like a cute collection

of little stories, ask yourself these

questions: If you had to watch the same

movie over and over again — regardless of

the wonderful and iconic beach volleyball

scene therein — wouldn’t you be a little

miffed by having these memories unlawfully

dredged up by a movie studio looking for

nostalgic-induced cash? And if you had to

listen to the instrumental anthem, and the

songs “Danger Zone,” “Playing with the

Boys” and “Take My Breath Away” (the

regulated cool down tune) every day for

months on end, wouldn’t you feel a little

peeved by the revival of the film that

caused so much childhood angst?

From the jump, I was completely committed

to ignoring the existence of this film

and I would not be swayed from my path

despite the use of advanced technology to

bring the audience into the cockpit of an

F/A-18 Hornet, or by the fact that Tom

Cruise and his charming smile would be

reprising his role as the cocky and reckless

fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, or

by the assurance that Kenny Loggins and

his catchy torture music would be limited

on the new soundtrack.

Naturally, I found myself having to go

see it and, against my better judgement,

was completely blown away by the spectacle

and the story within. Had my father

been alive to see my reaction to this film,

he would have laughed just as loudly as the

soundtrack he played ad nauseum in the

basement.

What makes “Top Gun: Maverick” work

so well is that it fine-tunes the best elements

in Tony Scott’s original movie and

applies them to today’s modern audience.

The result is a film that is saturated with

the latest technological advances that put

you right in the skies with the pilots on

their missions, but it is also infused with

enough humor, drama, and heart to make

it emotionally rich and engaging as well.

When the film opens, we are re-introduced

to our titular call sign character

(Cruise), who may be older but is not exactly

wiser as he continually pushes boundaries

and ticks off admirals with the same

unrepentant attitude he had back in his

heyday. For the past several decades, he

has been working as a test pilot for the next

generation of fighter jets, trying his best to

stay under the radar with his personality

while simultaneously trying to elevate the

importance of these programs when he

learns they are in line to be scrapped for

unmanned drones.

After a test in front of another admiral

goes terribly wrong (well, technically, it

The Reel Deal

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went right until

Maverick decided to

push the fighter to

its breaking speed)

and he is braced for

a swift firing, his

bacon is saved by his

old friend Tom

“Iceman” Kazansky, now the Commander

of the Pacific Fleet. Maverick’s new mission:

to train a cohort of young aviators for

a top-secret assignment that combines a

number of precision skills that Maverick

possesses. It is made abundantly clear he is

not to lead the dangerous mission himself,

but only determine who will be chosen to

undertake the life-endangering task.

Among the candidates for the mission

are a mirror image in Hangman (Glen

Powell), the studious Phoenix (Monica

Barbaro) and her second-seater Bob (Lewis

Pullman), a semi-brash Payback (Jay Ellis)

and overly eager Fanboy (Danny Ramirez).

There is also Rooster (Miles Teller), the

grown-up son of Maverick’s late friend

Goose (played in the original by Anthony

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Luge Lessons

Messenger photo by Pat Donahue

Here, 12-year-old Gabby Abner tried her hand at the luge tryouts held June 4 and 5 on the Derby Hill at Big Run Park. The event

was part of a nationwide search that will give as many as 600 participants a chance to tryout for 80 spots available to train on

the ice at Lake Placid with the USA Luge Olympic team. Those participants also help with the search for future athletes like 15-

year-old Caylin Weaver of Indianapolis, who is assisting Abner as she heads down the ramp to start her ride down the hill. It was

Abner’s first time for the yearly tryout that she participated in with her cousin. Luge Coach Aiden Kelly said the Columbus area

and the Derby Hill at Big Run is one of his favorite sites to get recruits over the years.

TOP GUN

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Edwards), who cannot stand the sight of

him.

While there is plenty of nostalgia

packed into “Top Gun: Maverick,” what

saves the film from being a soulless memory

exercise with great aerial action is the

sincerity of the emotional connection

between Maverick and Rooster, Maverick

and Iceman, and, to a lesser extent,

Maverick and Penny (Jennifer Connelly),

the admiral’s daughter he has dated onand-off

since the 80s. Their core connection

and relationships drive this film to a different

level of emotional depth, allowing all

the characters to show more vulnerability

than has been allowed in action films of

yore (including the original).

If you’re worried that this film is going

to bum you out with all of its emotions,

don’t be. There is plenty of humor and

breathtaking aerial shots and action

sequences to balance that heft. But “Top

Gun: Maverick” is unafraid to peel back

the layers of its prickly and emotionally

stunted hero and Cruise and co. are game

for the display.

Overall, much to my disappointment,

“Top Gun: Maverick” is a wonderful film

that seamlessly blends action, adventure,

humor and heart to all of the aspects within.

Grade: A-

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LEGAL NOTICE

The Grove City Police Department has recovered

numerous bicycles, tools, electronic equipment, clothing

and monies over the course of several months.

The bicycles are of various types and models, as are

the tools and electronic equipment. All properties are

held in a secured police facility at all times. If you

believe you have claim to any of the property and have

proof of ownership for the property, you may call the

Grove City Police Department Property Room at

614-277-1757. A review and release of any and all

property is by appointment only. All items not claimed

will be sold at public auction, turned over to the Law

Enforcement Fund, or destroyed according to Ohio

Law.

CHARITABLE DONATION

Qualified organizations may be eligible to receive

bicycles as charitable donations from the City of

Grove City. Qualified organizations must have a valid

ruling or determination letter recognizing the taxexempt

status of the organization, pursuant to Internal

Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or (c)(19).

Representatives may call the Grove City Police

Department Property Room at 614-277-1757 to

inquire about the donation process.

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READER

ADVISORY

The National Trade Association

we belong to has

purchased the following

classifieds. Determining

the value of their service

or product is advised by

this publication. In order

to avoid misunderstandings,

some advertisers do

not offer “employment”

but rather supply the

readers with manuals, directories

and other materials

designed to help

their clients establish mail

order selling and other

businesses at home. Under

NO circumstance

should you send any

money in advance or give

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

Business Bureau 614-

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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The following states: CA,

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NE, NC, NH, OH, OK,

SC, SD, TX, VT and WA

requires seller of certain

business opportunities to

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before selling. Call to

verify lawful registration

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Life Alert. One press of a

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Paying top cash for men’s

sportwatches! Rolex,

Breitling, Omega, Patek

Pillippe, Heuer, Daytona,

GMT, Submariner and

Speedmaster. Call 833-

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Attention: If you or aloved

one worked around the

pesticide Roundup

(glyphosate) for at least 2

years and has been diagnosed

with non-Hodgkin’s

lymphoma, you may be

entitled to compensation.

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DATED SALES

COMMUNITY

GARAGE SALE

ASHVILLE SENIOR APTS.

100 Abby Court,Ashville

Fri., June 17th - 9am-5pm

Sat., June18th - 9am-1pm

COMMUNITY

YARD SALE

Sat., June 18, 9am-3pm

Lamplighter Senior Village

1185 Lamplighter Drive

Grove City

CHILD CARE

OFFERED

Depend. Quality Child care

in loving hm. Exp. Mom, n-

smkr, hot meals, sncks,

playroom, fncd yd. Reas.

rates. Laurie at 853-2472

HELP WANTED

Surgeon (job code_9645)

to work in Bellefontaine,

OH (multiple locations).

Send resume to Lynnsi

Barnett, hrd@maryrutan.

org. Mary Rutan Hospital.

Must ref job code listed

above.

Licensed Barber Needed

to take over for retiring

barber. Full or Parttime.

located in Great Southern

Shopping Center. Call

Cindy for more info

614-239-1976

NOW HIRING!

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With SIGN-UP BONUS!

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PT Helper Needed

for Lawn Care Service

3-4 Days a Week

Call 614-935-1466

Concrete finishers &

Laborers needed. Must

have own transp. & be

dependable. Exp needed.

Competitive wages. 614-

871-3834 btwn 6 & 9 pm.

MISC.

FOR SALE

A SIGNED Photograph of

JOHN WAYNE while

making the movie “Sands

of Iwo Jima” July 30,

1949. 614-537-5595

Electric Wheelchair - If

interested, call 614-928-2352

MISC. FOR SALE

614-465-7763

Antique Office Wood Table -

$100; Walker with comfortable

seat, like new - $49.


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xClassified Services

COME AND GET IT!

Need to Get Rid of Something Fast - Advertise It Here For FREE!

Deadlines are Mondays by 5 pm.

Call For Publication Schedule 614-272-5422

FREE Garden Straw for gardens or bedding. Call for appointment for pickup.

Circle S Farms, 9015 London-Groveport Road, Grove City, 43123

Grove City - 614-878-7980

.FREE - Downed Tree, needs cut into sections. Free for anyone that wants it.

CC - Obetz - 614-632-1013

. Come and Get It! is a bi-weekly column that offers readers an opportunity to pass

along surplus building materials, furniture, electronic equipment, crafts, supplies,

appliances, plants or household goods to anybody who will come and get them - as

long as they’re FREE. NO PETS! Just send us a brief note describing what you want to

get rid of, along with your name, address and phone number. Nonprofit organizations

are welcome to submit requests for donations of items.

Send information to The Columbus Messenger, Attention: Come and Get It, 3500

Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH43204. Deadline is Tuesdays by 5 pm for following

Mondays publication. Messenger Newspapers is not responsible for any

complications that may occur. Please contact us when items are gone. 272-5422

Come & Get It!

xFocus on Rentals

WEDGEWOOD

VILLAGE

1, 2 and 3 BR Apts.

Rent Based on Income.

Call 614-272-2800 or visit us

at 777 Wedgewood Dr.

TTY/TDD 711

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

APARTMENT MANAGERS

HAVE VACANCIES?

FILL THEM BEFORE

IT GETS TOO HOT!

ADVERTISE IT!

Call The

Collumbus Messenger

For More Info and Rates

614-272-5422

Rentals

WANT TO BUY

BUYING VINYL RECORDS.

LPs and 45s - 1950-80s

Rock, Pop, Jazz, Soul.

614-831-0383

We Buy Cars & Trucks

$300-$3000.614-308-2626

ANTIQUES

WANTED

Victrolas, Watches,

Clocks, Bookcases

Antiques, Furn.

Jeff 614-262-0676

or 614-783-2629

WE BUY JUNK CARS

Call anytime 614-774-6797

CASH PAID for Ohio

State and old sports

items, records, postcards,

old photos, jewelry & more

614-477-5590

We Buy Junk Cars &

Trucks. Highest Prices

Paid. 614-395-8775

RENTALS

WEST HALF DOUBLE

2BR, Rent $850 dep. $850

3BR, Rent $950, dep $950

Realtor 614-226-6767

1BR Apartment

1965 Vaughn St. $475//mo

740-400-4077

WANT TO RENT

Single adult with pet

would like to rent a room

or small efficiency apt.

Approx $800/mo incl pet.

Call/text 614-354-3721

USED VEHICLES

2007 Cavalier-$3700 obo

614-274-4210

cll btwn 7pm010pm

88 Ford Mustang

Convertible, Southern car,

5.0 engine, 5 spd trans,

marooon, 2nd owner, very

clean $7900. 614-440-6681

2010 Dodge Grand

Caravan, 41,000 miles,

Handicap Vehicle, 10” floor

access for 2 wheelchairs,

front passenger elec. side

ramp. $25,000 obo

614-395-5339

AIR CONDITIONING

AIR CONDITIONING

Complete System

Clean & Check

$49.95

BLACKTOP

AGM OHIO

ROOFING &

SEALCOATING

Free Estimates

Cell 614-512-1699

CONCRETE

7/3 A

Free Electronic Leak Testing

All Makes • All Models

46 Yrs. Exp. • Senior Discount

614-351-9025

BLACKTOP SEALING

Driveways & Parking Lots

614-875-7588

CITY WIDE

ASPHALT &

CONCRETE

Blacktop & Concrete

Licensed/Bonded

Quality Work

Competitive Prices

6/19

W/gc

Since 1981

Call Craig Lantz

Local Resident

614-374-6217

citywideasphaltand

construction@gmail.com

BBB A+ Accredited Contractor

SANTIAGO’S

Sealcoating & Services LLC

Quality Materials Used

SPRING IS HERE!

Driveway Seal & Repair!

Top Seal Cracks!

Residential & Commercial

Mulching, Edging & Clean-ups

“Ask for whatever you need.”

BBB Accredited-Fully Insured

Call or text for Free Est.

614-649-1200

6/19

A/M

CITY WIDE

CONCRETE &

ASPHALT

Blacktop & Concrete

Licensed/Bonded

Quality Work

Competitive Prices

6/19

W/gc

Since 1981

Call Craig Lantz

Local Resident

614-374-6217

citywideasphaltand

construction@gmail.com

BBB A+ Accredited Contractor

EDDIE MOORE

CONSTRUCTION

Quality Concrete Work

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

Block Work & Excavation

Stamp Patios,

Bsmt. Wall Restoration

36 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.

Free Ests. 614-871-3834

CONCRETE

GALLION

CUSTOM CONCRETE LLC

Specializing in Custom Colors &

Custom Designs of Concrete.

Including Remove & Replace

44 yrs exp & Free Est.

Licensed & Insured

Reputation Built

On Quality

Ronnie

614-875-8364

See Us On Facebook

www.gallioncustom

concrete.com

ALL-CITY CUSTOM

CONCRETE

All Types Concrete Work

New or Tear Out-Replace

40 Yrs. Exp.

(614) 207-5430

Owner is On The Job!

AJ’s Concrete,

Masonry

Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.

614-419-9932

www.hastingsnsons.com

Driveways & Extensions

Patio & Walkways,

Porches & Steps,

Garage/Basement Floors

Hot Tub/Shed Pads,

Stamped/colored concrete

Sealing of new &

existing concrete.

FREE ESTIMATES

Contact Adam

614-756-1754

hastingsandsons.

columbus@gmail.com

FENCING

EAZY FENCE

Chain Link - Wood

No Job Too Big or Small

All Repairs ~ Free Est.

Insured. 614-670-2292

GUTTERS

Bates & Sons

GUTTER CLEANING

5 ★ Google Reviews

614-586-3417

HAULING

DEAN’S HAULING

614-276-1958

HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

C&JHandyman

Services LLC

Minor Plumbing

& Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

Also Fencing &

Interior/Exterior Painting

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines

614-284-2100

7/3 W/SW

7/3 A

6/19 A

HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

KLAUSMAN HOME

IMPROVEMENT

Siding-Windows-

Doors-Roofing-Soffit-

Fascia-Gutters-Trim

Earn FREE Seamless

Gutters with Siding Over

1000 Sq. Ft.

FREE Shutters with

Soffit & Trim

EPA Certified

Member of BBB

Financing Available

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.

Licensed-Bonded-Insured

Owner & Operator

James 614-419-7500

SINCE 1973

Phil Bolon Contr.

Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.

Lic.-Bond-Ins.

Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273

614-419-3977

or 614-863-9912

SLAGLE

HOME REMODELING

Baths, Kitchen,

Plumbing and Electrical.

All your Handyman needs

No Job too Big or Small

Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.

Jerry

614-332-3320

HOME

MAINTENANCE

HOME

REMODELING

LAWN CARE

Classified Services

7/3

A/M

6/19 A

7/3

SW/W

SMALL HOME REPAIRS?

Call Sonny

380-209-3646-local #

MultiCraft Const.

& Handyman Services

All Types Handyman Services:

Decks, Fences

Kitchen/Baths

Window/doors installed

Interior Painting

Drywall Repairs

All Types of Flooring

Call/Text 614-774-2923

multicraftconstruction@gmail.com

SOWERS LAW N CARE

Mowing-mulching-trimming

Spring cleanup-614-397-0566

The Lawn Barber

Cut, Trim, Blow away

Hedge Trimming, Edging

614-935-1466

7/3 A

PEST

CONTROL

TERMITE &

PEST CONTROL

614-367-9000

TORCO®

TERMINATES

TERMITES

Locally Owned & Operated. Any Pest. Anytime.

$

50 00 OFF Service

Free Termite Inspection

LAWN CARE

Christian’s

Landscaping

Full Service Lawn Care

•Tree/Shrub Trimming

•Mulching •Tree Removal

•Powerwashing

614-282-4443

LET US MAINTAIN

YOUR LAWN & GARDEN

FOR YOU

Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall

WE DO IT ALL!!!!

Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117

MOWER REPAIR

LAWN MOWER DR.

“House Calls Only”

Overall Checkups

Oil Change & Filter,

Spark Plug &

Blades Sharpened

MINOR REPAIR

John

614-395-7909

johnellis0333@sbcglobal.net

PAINTING

Painter Over 30 Yrs. Exp.

Free Est. Reas. Rates

Daniel - 614-226-4221

A Job Well Done Again

A lic. General Contractor

Some Skilled Services

Incl: Painting • Stucco,

Repair•Carpentry•Exterior

Drainage & Home Maint.

Call Today! 614-235-1819

PLASTERING

6/12 A

DRYW

YWALL &

PLASTER

7/3

A&M

REPAIR

Textured Ceilings

614-551-6963

Residential/Commercial

BIA

PEST

CONTROL

PLUMBING

All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any sm drain

$145. 614-778-2584

CHRIS’

PLUMBING

“Plumbing & Drain Professional

That You Can Count On”

24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week

No Overtime Charges

24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &

Drain Cleaning Field

Call For A Free Phone Estimate

$100.00 For Any Small Drain

614-622-4482

30% OFF with AD

POWER WASHING

Bates & Sons

Soft Wash & Powerwash

5 ★ Google Reviews

614-586-3417

MRS. POWERWASH

Any house wash $149+tax

Single deck $69+tax

2 Tier deck $99+tax

Best Wash in Town

Over 45,000 washes

Ashley 614-771-3892

SEWING MACHINE

REPAIR

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

service. Clean, oil, adjust

in your home. $49.95 all

work gtd. 614-890-5296

TREE SERVICES

BURNS TREE SERVICE

Trimming, Removal &

Stump Grinding.

614-584-2164

Brewer & Sons Tree Service

• Tree Removal

• Tree Trimming 6/19

A&M

• Stump Grinding

• Bucket Truck Services

Best Prices • Same Day Service

614-878-2568

6/19 A

7/3 A&M


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Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce

To create a positive environment for the development and success of business

Chamber Open is July 11

It’s time to grab your golf bags and get

your swing back in shape, because registration

is now open for this summer’s Chamber

Open golf outing on July 11 at Hickory Hills

Golf Club.

Golfers are encouraged to form teams,

but can register individually for this full day

of golf, food, and fellowship. It’s a Monday,

so why not call it a three-day weekend for

the sake of golf?

This is a fantastic way to get out of the

office for a day and network, celebrate your

work team’s accomplishments, or invite

clients or other colleagues to join you on the

links. Non-Chamber members are also welcomed

to join the fun and can use this as a

way to meet other Chamber members in a

more casual environment.

The day tees off at 10 a.m. and will conclude

by 4 p.m., with plenty of food along the

way. There will also be a silent auction and

goodie bags for golfers. This year’s event will

support the Grove City Buddy Ball program.

Those interested in participating as a

golfer, or supporting by way of sponsorship

or auction donation, can call the Chamber

office: 614-875-9762, or visit the Chamber

Open’s website: www.gcchamber.org/chamber-golf-outing/

Here’s a look back at our 2021 winners–

Can they retain their titles, or will new competition

take the top prizes?

2021 winners

•First Place Team: Mojo on Broadway.

•Second Place Team: Franklin County

Banking Center.

•Skills contest winners: Michelle Fulks

(Stark & Associates), Chris Roach (Roach

Enterprises), Brad Pence (Local Waste), Ike

Stage (Mayor, Grove City).

A sampling of the products recently available at the 2022 Grove City Chamber Farmers’

Market. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Grove City Town Center, shoppers

can find the latest locally-made goods and fresh seasonal produce.

Farmers’ Market back in season!

The 2022 Grove City Chamber Farmers’

Market kicked off in mid-May and is

under way with a variety of local products–from

made-from-scratch treats to

local produce and meats.

The first half of the Market, or the

‘spring market’ as some may know it, features

more locally-made goods in addition

to meats and some produce. Spring flowers,

strawberries, and asparagus are popular

early season items fresh from the

gardens.

The summer portion of the Market will

kick off mid-June as summer produce begins

to come into season. If all goes well

in the growing season, Market patrons

can expect to see favorites such as sweet

corn and melons shortly after. As always,

seasonal produce is a hot item and customers

are advised to arrive early as sell

outs can and will occur.

The Market is open every Saturday

this summer from 8 a.m. to noon. The

Market can be found in the Grove City

Town Center, specifically in the large

parking lot along Park Street on the west

side of Broadway. In ‘building speak,’ this

is between the Broadway Station Apartments

and the Grove City Library. There

is ample parking on the street and in

other public lots, but the Chamber encourages

customers to be mindful of parking

exclusive to specific businesses.

Additional information about the Market,

including a list of participating vendors,

can be found by visiting

www.gcchamber.org/farmers-market/

This year the Farmers’ Market supports

the Grove City Food Pantry and is

sponsored by Mount Carmel Grove City.

Additional sponsors include: Performance,

Zangmeister Cancer Center, Auto

Service Experts OH by Sanderson Automotive,

Cruise Planners-David Todd,

Hirth Norris & Garrison, Mid-Ohio Food

Collective, WesBanco, Shepherd Insurance,

Coldwell Banker Realty-Kay Koho,

Leavitt Group Midwest- Smith, Molino &

Sichko Insurance Agency, Heritage Cycles,

Morley Parren Bright Insurance, and

Edward Jones- Chris Gourley.

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• Food Trucks

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Taste of Grove City was a satisfying success

The second year of A Taste of Grove

City’s “four weeks of yum” has come to a delicious

conclusion as a satisfying success.

With it came a sweet victory for several

restaurants. Below are the winners of this

year’s weeks:

•Burger and Sandwich Week

First Place: The Academy Grill at SWCA

Second Place: Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace

Third Place: Blu-Willy’s

•Pizza Week

First Place: Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace

Second Place: Grandstand Pizza

Third Place: Tammy’s Pizza

•Sweet Treat Week

First Place: Smoothie King

Second Place: Capital City Cakes

Third Place: Mona’s Eats & Treats

•Best of Grove City Week

First Place: Tammy’s Pizza

Second Place: BIBIBOP Asian Grill

Third Place: Siam Hibachi

With specials, discounts, and new menu

items over four weeks and located all across

the community, diners were treated to old

favorites and found new favorites, as well.

As Chamber board member Chris Moscato

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great chances to talk to people and even

catch up with co-workers as he and Mid-

Ohio Food Collective colleagues dined at

two-timer Burger Week winner Academy

Grill.

“It’s a great format for busy professionals,”

he said.

Besides Chris, many other board members,

Chamber staff members, and sponsors

all made the rounds of the many locations

over the course of four weeks. Many took

photos and created fun videos which can be

found across social media. On Facebook,

look for @grovecitychamber or @atasteofgrovecity

Connecting restaurants with sponsor

businesses made for additional, and unique,

networking opportunities. Many restaurants

and sponsor representatives made efforts

to meet up and share a meal during

their week or weeks.

Chris said he made an effort to dine with

his personal favorites (including Grove City

Nutrition and Grandstand Pizza), but also

find places. He said he made a point to dine

at The Academy Grill because of their previous

Burger Week win, and because after

Burger Week they would close for the summer

break since it’s operated at the South-

Western Career Academy.

It’s the hope of everyone involved that A

Taste of Grove City continues to grow each

year as everyone looks forward to the next

“four weeks of yum”!

Taste of Grove City Supports MOFC

This year A Taste of Grove City supported

Mid-Ohio Food Collective and as a

Senior Project Manager with MOFC, this

gave Chris something else to talk about. As

he made the rounds of restaurants he could

chat could MOFC’s role in the community

and how those from the restaurant industry

can get involved.

“We’re always looking for Mid-Ohio

Kitchen volunteers,” he said of the MOFC

topics covered on his dining trips. He also

met with Career Academy students working

at The Academy Grill and showed them

MOFC’s career opportunities page so they

can consider MOFC for future careers.

But it’s not seasoned and professional

kitchen help MOFC is looking for. Chris

said they’re always in the market for volunteers

and the need is continuously great.

Specifically with school out for the summer,

they’ll see a volume increase across

Franklin County as they operate Summer

Food Programs for Kids. These programs

serve lunches for school-aged children who

would typically rely on school for lunch.

Another summer-exclusive volunteer opportunity

is working in the gardens at the

Grove City location. Chris said they have

over 40 garden beds and work is underway

to expand upon the program and the space.

Those with green thumbs, or those looking

to earn a green thumb, would be most welcomed

help this summer.

Mid-Ohio Food Collective continues to

expand and reimagine their services as they

continue to serve more individuals and more

families. As food prices rise, more families

and individuals need some form of assistance

in meeting nutritional needs.

A new market-style location has opened

to provide a traditional shopping experience

for those needing food assistance. The market

also offers additional volunteer opportunities.

To learn more about the many opportunities–volunteer,

assistance, or other, visit

Mid-Ohio Food Collective’s website:

https://mofc.org/


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Class of 2022 high school seniors were awarded various scholarships at the Grove City

Chamber Foundation’s scholarship reception in May at Mid-Ohio Food Collective.

Foundation scholarship winners

The Grove City Chamber Foundation

awarded another round of spring scholarships

to the graduating high school class of

2022.

The reception was held in May and

hosted by Mid-Ohio Food Collective at their

Grove City facility.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of

the Chamber Foundation. Established in

2012, the aim of the Foundation is to serve

as the ‘charitable arm’ of the Grove City

Area Chamber of Commerce. Foundation

leaders in 2012, and today in 2022, have a

mission of positively impacting educational

opportunities in our community.

Once again, a strong pool of applicants

were up for a variety of scholarships. Applying

students must be a high school senior in

the class of 2022 and reside in the South-

Western City School District attendance

areas. Students will go on to pursue a variety

of educations including technical training,

two year, and four college degrees.

Winners of 2022 High School Scholarships

are:

•Credit Union of Ohio Scholarship: Kelly

Ann Dreyer.

•Franklin County Banking Center Scholarship:

Trent Ruffing.

•WE:LEAD Scholarship: Olivia Bartley.

•WesBanco Scholarship: Helene Renninger.

•Fred Jahn Reiner Memorial Scholarship:

Loren Goff.

•Heart of the Foundation in the name of

Gary Shyu: Laurel Klein.

•Don & Betty Hickman Scholarship:

Alissa Schiff.

•Wes & Sherri Love Scholarship: Taylor

Sobieck.

•Foundation Scholarship: Madison

Estep, Andrew Householder, Rebecca Jackson,

Sydney Shuler, and Sadie Storts.

•Chamber Affiliate Scholarship:

Stephanie Fair and Amanda Linley.

The Chamber Foundation would like to

thank all businesses, families, and individuals

who have established a named scholarship

for their business

or a loved one.

Inquiries about future

named scholarships

are always

welcomed.

Up next on July

1 is the deadline

for two additional

scholarships.

First, another

round of Chamber

Affiliate scholarships.

Those eligible

for Chamber

Grove City Chamber

Foundation President

Greg Dawkins

presides over the

Foundation’s May

scholarship reception

which awarded

scholarships to

local graduating

high school seniors.

Affiliate scholarships

include member-business

employees, individual

members, or

immediate family

members of member-business

employees or individual members.

Second, also due are Renewing Scholarships

which are somewhat as they sound. To

qualify for a Renewing Scholarship, an applicant

must be a previous recipient of a

Chamber Foundation High School Scholarship,

or graduated from the SWCSD attendance

area (or reside in Grove City) and

have completed one year of post-secondary

education and are still enrolled in said education.

Renewing scholarships are for postsecondary

education in the form of technical

training or other undergraduate education.

Currently the Chamber Foundation is

set up weekly at the Chamber Farmers’

Market in the Town Center on Saturday

mornings. The Foundation is selling Silver

Bridge coffee in support of future scholarship

efforts. Foundation supporters will also

be on hand and would be glad to chat about

the Foundation’s work and how others can

get involved.

Learn about the Foundation at their

website: https://gcchamberfoundation.org/


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WE:LEAD 10th Women’s Business Forum

This year’s Grove City Area Chamber of

Commerce WE:LEAD Women’s Business

Forum was a huge success as women across

Central Ohio recharged and networked at

the 10th annual event held at the Aladdin

Shrine Center.

Attendees heard from six unique speakers

who spoke on varying themes relating to

confidence, self-awareness, and how we can

reframe challenges and emerge from setbacks

or failures.

•Keynote speaker Misty Johnson (Renewed,

Repurposed, and Restored) dove

deep into her personal past and personal

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and replenishment following our setbacks.

•Dr. Ellie Scott (Stringtown Vet) engaged

her audience with a Lego building activity

to drive home her points regarding

communication. While hopefully the room

was full of communication masters, the

room wasn’t exactly full of Lego masters!

•Rachel Finney (Columbus Humane)

shared how we can take a different approach

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need to show up prepared for our journey.”

•Jen Kelley (My Business Resource)

brought a reframing message in the sense

of reframing shame and failures so that we

can focus on what is within our control and

then move on.

•Christie Engler (Consolidated Employer

Services) shared some do’s and don’ts

of employee management with the goal of a

work environment that protects the business,

but also doesn’t violate the rights of

employees.

•Deanna Stewart (Mount Carmel Foundation)

presented a message rooted in confidence

and care for one’s self–from

listening to your body and mood for health

cues, to seeking out mentors as you strive

for new goals.

This was the first time since 2019 that

the WE:LEAD Forum was held both in-person

and its originally-intended date of mid-

May. That in mind, this was the first ‘true’

WE:LEAD Forum experience for many, but

given the eagerness for 2023, it certainly

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The WE:LEAD Business Forum is just

one of many events of overall WE:LEAD

programming courtesy of the Grove City

Area Chamber of Commerce. Past and future

events include book club meet-ups,

local shopping, and dining gatherings, and

other small group outings. More about

WE:LEAD programming and the Forum

can be found online: https://www.gcchamber.org/wbf/

We want to thank those behind the

scenes who helped make the 2022

WE:LEAD Forum possible, and are already

brainstorming for 2023! We also want to

thank the following sponsors: Wright Patt

Credit Union, Danbury Senior Living,

Franklin County Banking Center, My Business

Resource, Mount Carmel Foundation,

Shepherd Insurance, Air Quality Solutions,

Carriage Court, and a special thanks to Jeffrey

Tadlock Photography for capturing the

event by photo and video.

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HR Essentials: Employee retention in the age of turnover

By Rachel Kutay

My Business Resource

HR Essentials is the Human Resources information

column written by Grove City Area

Chamber of Commerce member Rachel Kutay

specifically for the Chamber. Rachel owns and

operates local business My Business Resource,

and is active with the Chamber’s

WE:LEAD program.

Are you making a difference where you

work? Do you feel valued in your organization?

Are you treated fairly? If you answered

‘no’, or ‘maybe,’ or ‘I don’t know’ then you

might be one of the millions of people just

waiting for (or actively pursuing) your next

job.

For business owners, the “Great Resignation”

has presented a difficult challenge —

how do we retain our workforce?

It hurts to lose a great employee and can

leave you scrambling to cover their workload

and find a replacement.

To understand the solution to how we retain

employees, we need to first understand

why they leave in the first place. One of the

most common reasons?

The job and environment makes it too

stressful to stay. Compensation and benefits

are one of the most common drivers of

turnover.

Many employees are looking for more

than a job — if you can’t provide mentoring

and professional development, the best employees

will go where they can find it.

Why is this so important?

Retention directly affects the company’s

bottom line. It can take anywhere from two

to six months for a new employee to become

productive.

Even after that time period, as employees

gain more tenure they typically become

more and more productive.

So how to we start to turn the Great Resignation

into the Great Retention? Retention

starts with attention to people.

Employees disengage for four main reasons:

(1) the job, (2) their manager, (3) the organization

and (4) the team. Let’s address these

challenges one by one.

First, we can start by designing jobs with

growth opportunities. Begin with a clear job

description and include the learning and development

that can be expected as part of

the position.

It is critically important to understand

the market rate for each of your positions.

Salaries have escalated extremely quickly

over the past several months, and if you

don’t know what your competition is paying

you can’t attract the best talent.

Next, develop great leaders in your management

team. In a recent study, confidence

was listed as the most valued trait in a manager,

followed by effective communication

skills.

Leading by example goes a long way to

improve morale. Scheduling regular one-onone

conversations is important to ensure

that employees have regular check ins with

their manager and a voice in the organization.

Employees have more choice than ever,

so it’s important to communicate not just

what your company does, but what your

company believes in.

It helps if employees understand how

their jobs play into a larger goal or mission.

Provide clear and early communication

about your culture and values.

Regularly take the “temperature” of your

team by conducting engagement surveys to

know how satisfied your team is.

Do they need more flexibility in their

schedules? Is remote or hybrid work an option?

Finally, employees who are connected to

their teammate are more likely to stay with

their company.

Your onboarding can include formal and

informal ways to meet coworkers and become

embedded in the organization. Team

retreats and events help your employees

bond.

When employees leave, ask them why in

an exit interview. Then create strategies to

address any issues raised. People drive your

business, and unhappy people can grind it

to a halt.

These practical and impactful retention

strategies will help you take action.

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On May 17, Danbury Senior Living invited

various Chamber and community members

to join in their ribbon cutting ceremony.

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