June 12-25, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 9
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Messenger photos by Theresa Garee
The Canal Winchester High School band, lead by Director Luke Furniss, performed
patriotic music at the Memorial Day ceremony in Canal Winchester’s Union Grove
Cemetery on May 30.
City plans to purchase
By Linda Dillman
Previous Canal Winchester City Council
meetings focused on the acquisition and rezoning
of properties by private owners, but
on June 6 it was the city’s turn to be on the
buying end of an agreement.
Council held the first reading of a
$280,000 ordinance authorizing purchase of
20 S. High St. An evaluation of the property
completed in November 2021 appraised the
site and building at $265,000, which does
not include survey and closing costs.
The seller, Donald Moody, agreed to the
city’s terms and environmental investigations
are underway on the site. The agreement
allows for quarterly payments for five
years at five percent interest.
“That property is currently occupied by
an eye doctor’s office since the 1970s,” said
Canal Winchester Development Director
Lucas Haire of the former gas station site.
“The current tenant is not interested in a
long-term lease. There are abandoned fuel
tanks on the property that were filled with
sand. The hope is that the site is not contaminated.”
If a Phase II study determines there is
contamination, it could impact the selling
price, which was originally $300,000. If the
city does acquire the property, it could redevelop
and reposition the downtown site,
which is located next to Stradley Park.
Purchase of the property will move forward
at previously agreed upon terms when
all due diligence is complete and it is determined
that future re-use/redevelopment of
the property is feasible.
Canal Winchester Smart Growth organizer
Angie Halstead notified council in a
June 3 email that the citizens group “will
not continue to waste our time participating
and voicing our concerns at council meetings.
Council has continually ignored the
residents with their own agendas in mind.”
“Are we mad?” she wrote. “Yes, we are
and we deserve to have those feelings. There
are so many examples of how you have
boldly ignored the residents.”
Halstead noted a citizen-led referendum
garnered more than enough signatures–
635–to put the Schacht rezoning on the fall
ballot for public consideration, but contended
it was “not enough” for council.
Halstead said concerned citizens attended
council meetings to indicate how unhappy
they were with the council’s alleged
“lack of vision, lack of planning, lack of
transparency and abuse of power.”
“No credit is given,” alleged Halstead.
“You slap us in the face over and over with
your bad faith efforts–you can say all you
want it wasn’t your intention to take people’s
rights away, but that is exactly what
you did. You take no responsibility that you
planned this area and created the mess. It
also does not escape us that you are doing
everything in your power to not lose control–to
not lose power. We challenge you to
think about what side of history you want to
be on in this town–because currently, you
are on the wrong side.”
Other CW news
•Council appointed a list of residents to
serve on the Comprehensive Plan Steering
Committee for the duration of the planning
process until the final document is adopted
by the council.
See CITY, page 2
Boy Scout Troop 103 assisted in the raising
of the colors at the Canal Winchester
Memorial Day ceremony held at Union
Grove Cemetery on May 30. The troop
held a flag retirement ceremony following
Charlotte, 3, enjoyed receiving her flag
at the Canal Winchester Memorial Day
ceremony at Union Grove Cemetery on
May 30. The flags were given out by the
event host, Veterans of Foreign Wars
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Canal Winchester’s Music in the Park
Canal Winchester invites families with
children of all ages and adults to the city’s
2022 Music in the Park free summer event
series at Stradley Park, 36 S. High St.
The next event is “Touch-A-Tractor” on
June 17 from 6-9 p.m. including live music
from local favorites the Hot Rod Lincolns.
Then on July 15, the Gas Pump Jockeys
return for a record 15th season for the annual
Cruise-In Car Show, hosted by C-Town
Cruisers. Attendees are encouraged to bring
a lawn chair and picnic, or carry-out from
one of our downtown restaurants. Alcohol is
not permitted within the park.
Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov for
CW athletes at State Track Meet
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10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Canal Winchester senior Ishmael Moss (above left) takes the baton from senior Dexter
Mounts to run the second leg of the 4x200 meter relay while (below) senior Elike
Heh makes the handoff to sophomore Karson Martino to finish the race. The foursome
were a part of the group of nine CW athletes competing in five events at the
Ohio High School State Track and Field Tournament held June 3-4 at the Jesse Owens
Memorial Stadium. They were joined by Hayden Hull and Dylan Randall, both seniors,
and sophomore Aaron Rodoski, freshman Jacob Tisdale, and Avante Johnson. They
teamed up for the 4x100, 200, and 400. Dexter Mounts ran 49.82 to finish 12th in the
400 meter dash. Dylan Randall finished 11th in the 100 meter dash with 10.75.
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Members of the committee include:
Mayor’s Appointment — Brooks Davis, City
Council — Laurie Amick; Planning and Zoning
Commission — Deborah McDonnell;
Landmarks Commission — Rich Dobda;
Chamber of Commerce — Denise Mathias;
CW Historical Society — Brandon Hord; Old
Town Business Association — Marla Baker;
Destination Canal Winchester — Karen
Stiles; Ashbrook HOA — Marvis McGowan;
Canal Cove HOA — Tim Brunney;
Charleston Lakes HOA — Eileen Goodin;
Villages at Westchester HOA — Rick Deeds;
and residents — Ann Bennett, Laura Taylor,
Michael Vasko and Richard Brown.
Two representatives for Fairfield County
were added before council approved the
list–Will Bennett and Kristin Ankrom,
along with a CWJRD representative–Matt
•An old water line along Trine Street
from Oak to Hocking is getting new life after
council approved an emergency ordinance to
waive competitive bidding for the $110,000
project. By overlapping pavement of the waterline
with the city’s annual street project,
it could potentially save Canal Winchester
“Last year, we had two breaks on it at the
same time,” said Public Service Director
Matt Peoples. “It is one of our oldest lines.”
Township community center costs could rise
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By Linda Dillman
The cost for use of the Madison Township
Community Center could go up and no more
free rides for meeting space for non-profits
and other township-based organizations
could be on the horizon.
Madison Township Administrator Susan
Brobst said the rates for the community center,
located at 4575 Madison Lane in Groveport,
have not changed since 2010.
For township residents the cost is $20 for
the first four hours and then $10 for each
additional hour. For non-residents, the cost
is a flat $20 per hour fee. There is no charge
for non-profits, school use, township businesses,
employees, and funeral repasses.
Currently there is no cleaning fee.
In 2019, there were 159 resident reservations,
76 non-resident reservations and 43
reservations at no charge.
Costs, such as changes in sanitation, are
going up and Brobst said the township is not
breaking even on the charges it assesses for
community center use.
“I felt it was time to look at the fee schedule,”
Brobst told the Madison Township
trustees at their May 25 meeting.
She asked the trustees to discuss the fee
schedule and wanted to give the public time
to weigh in on the issue as well before a decision
is made no later than the trustees’
“We need to have a substantial
increase for non-residents. I want to
make sure there is a healthy difference
between what our residents
pay and what non-residents pay.”
- John Pritchard, trustee
“I am recommending no more free use
and a flat cleaning fee of $20,” said Brobst.
“The cost for residents would be $25 per
hour for the first four hours and the same
$10 for each additional hour. Non-residents
would pay a flat $30 per hour. We need to
Based on 2019 figures before the pandemic
impacted reservations, Brobst said a
breakdown of average expenditures indicated
each event cost the township approximately
$116. Prices for residents and local
businesses are lower than those for non-residents
since non-residents do not pay property
Trustee John Pritchard pointed out the
12 year span since rates were last changed
and said the township is presently just offsetting
costs, but not breaking even.
“We need to have a substantial increase
for non-residents,” said Pritchard. “I want
to make sure there is a healthy difference
between what our residents pay and what
Other township news
•Madison Township Assistant Fire Chief
Chas Adams updated the board regarding a
South Hamilton Road property that was
deemed a nuisance before a second fire resulted
in a call for service.
Adams said the house is extremely dangerous
and was boarded up following the
most recent fire. The Red Cross is assisting
victims who were living in the house even
after extensive damage from the first fire.
“It’s a public health hazard right now,”
•Nuisance properties also resulted in almost
50 being tagged for attention last
week. While property owners rectified
many, seven resulted in action by the township
for trash and 22 for grass. Superintendent
Dave Watkins said a number of spring
rainstorms contributed to the proliferation
of nuisance calls.
“That seems to be a lot more than I remember,”
Brobst said the township assesses a prorated
$300 an hour fee if members of
Watkins’ department need to mow a private
residence due to inaction after notification.
Residents are urged to contact the township
office when a property becomes a nuisance
due to trash and/or tall grass.
CW Schools news
Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent
James Sotlar said the district is sticking
with the current four-tier building start
time system for the upcoming 2022-23
The middle school hours are 7:15 a.m.–
1:35 p.m.; high school is 7:55 a.m.–2:20
p.m.; Winchester Trail is 8:55 a.m.–3:05
p.m.; and Indian Trail is 9:35 a.m. to 3:45
p.m. In addition, lunch prices will remain
the same for the new school year.
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A fairy wonderland at Wagnalls
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Class of 2022
By Linda Dillman
Look closely when visiting the gardens of Wagnalls
Memorial Library in Lithopolis and you may get a peek
of fairies visiting one another or see where the fairies
reside after their day-to-day flower sojourns.
Just be cautious of the resident tyrannosaurus rex
that has a penchant for gnomes living alongside the
fairies in the Walker-Hecox-Hickle Gardens.
Inspired by Master Gardener creations added to the
beds around the site, Wagnalls Memorial Library Director
Tami Morehart said grant money was spent in 2021
to purchase fairy garden pieces, which teenage gardeners
used to produce their own creations in the garden.
“In May 2022 we added the large fairy house under
the pine trees for small children to play in,” said Morehart.
“This and other pieces we are adding are part of a
memorial to Ruth Jones who was a lover of the outdoors
and reading. The fairies are located throughout the
main garden area. As you walk along the pathways,
you will find them tucked in amongst the flowers.
Watch out for the T-Rex, he tends to carry off gnomes
from their homes.”
Master Gardener Nell LaRock is the library’s resident
fairy garden expert and wrote, “The Animal Library
and Blue (a fairy comes to the Wagnalls
Gardens).” She said a fairy garden is a little spot which
has a fairy or is suspected of fairy activity.
“If you think nobody takes fairies seriously, check out
the lawsuits in the British courts about fairies,” said
LaRock, who noted one lawsuit involving a famous author–Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cattingly
Fairies. “Sir Arthur believed two little girls who saw
fairies. In Iceland, a major highway has a divide in it to
allow a fairy mound and bush to stay in place.”
Morehart wanted to make the garden a space where
families could enjoy walking through, see the plants,
and learn their names, as well as have fun finding the
fairies. Each year, more fairies and gnomes are added
throughout, which she said is a complement to the little
“We started out around the birdhouse three years
ago,” said LaRock, “and it has started moving its way
around the garden. Now, more and more gardeners in
our group come in with their own pieces. The most important
impact of the garden has been the personal connections
we’ve made with the community. One of my
favorite sights was one of Wagnalls’ maintenance staff
walking a state inspector around. Both men were laughing
and pointing at the fairy installations.”
OSU Fairfield Master Gardeners maintain the gardens
and each volunteer–who is responsible for their
own area–is under the leadership of Pam Jarvis.
Plants and features are added as the seasons change
and while the garden is permanent, the fairies are only
out from May through September. Programs are held in
the gardens as well.
“We have an Art Festival in June, and our Summer
Township Police statistics
May crime statistics from the Madison Township Police:
8 accidents with injuries, 11 animal complaints, 5
assaults, 71 patrol security checks at Brobst Park, 2 burglary,
1 dog bite, 31 domestic complaints, 3 DUI/OVI, 3
fights, 2 fireworks complaints, 13 hit skip accidents, 21
juvenile complaints, 25 larceny/theft, 3 missing persons,
22 parking violations, 1 person with gun, 16 property
damage accidents, 3 sex offenses, 8 shots fired in area,
3 suicide/suicide threat, 7 suspicious cars, 24 suspicious
persons, 27 suspicious persons/vehicles, 8 threats or harassment,
123 traffic stops, 7 vandalism.
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Nanny Hannah Anderson and two-year-old Micah
McCullough enjoy visiting the whimsical fairy
homes on the grounds of Wagnalls Memorial.
Reading Program during June/July. We hope to do some
outdoor concerts in the future,” said Morehart. “In the
fall, we have story walks through the gardens. We also
are part of the Lithopolis Honeyfest. We talk about pollinators
in the gardens and how they are so important.
We hope to do a Halloween theme this year.”
Morehart said patrons come in everyday telling staff
how beautiful the gardens are and enjoy returning
weekly to see the changes in the garden as well as what
new fairies are added.
“One patron said it just makes her smile,” said Morehart.
“It brings back fond memories of childhood. Our
gardens are multi-generational, too. There is something
for everyone to enjoy.
A trip to Wagnalls is an outing.
“Get your books, movies, and then take a stroll in the
gardens, bring your lunch, and have a picnic,” said
Morehart. “The best part is that everything is free. You
can come inside and see more fairies. Even on a rainy
day there is something fun to see and do.”
Wagnalls Memorial is located at 150 E. Columbus St.
in Lithopolis. For information visit wagnallsfoundation.org
or call 624-837-4765. The library is closed on
Friday and Sunday, but the gardens are always open to
CW City Council meetings
Canal Winchester City Council meetings are held on
the first and third Monday of every month. Meetings
begin at 7 p.m. 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. The public is welcome
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Tiny art: creative miniatures in every day settings
By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester resident and artist
Jackie Marion sees things in a very small
Her finely detailed creations in clay and
other materials show life in miniature in
every day settings mainly comprised of recycled
items such as tea cups, baskets and
boxes. One of her little worlds is now on display
at Wagnalls Memorial, located at 150
E. Columbus St. in Lithopolis.
“I have boring evenings and am always
looking for something to multi-task, watch
movies, and be creative,” said Marion, who
is also a Master Gardener. “I have been
making miniatures at Christmas for CornerSmiths
for several years and wanted a
spring project. This spring I decided to make
a store for the fairy gardens at Wagnalls.
The Master Gardeners of Fairfield County
and others create them in the spring.”
Marion’s original creation was a vegetable
and fruit market, but she realized it
was not weatherproof. That hurdle did not
stop her. While she explored ideas for
weather protection, she kept making other
“Before I knew it, I was out of control and
in addition to the market, made a fairy hat
store, a fancy dress shop, an ice cream parlor,
a bakery and my favorite, a community
garden maintained by gnomes and supervised
by a fairy,” said Marion, who also created
a ceiling full of handmade paper
origami birds this year for CornerSmiths.
While a wide variety of miniatures are
available online for purchase–generally for
use in doll houses–Marion found it costly
to purchase them pre-made.
“For my first miniature, the market, I
made the cabinets and did the displays, but
it cost a fortune for the fruit and veggies.
One of my fellow Master Gardener friends,
who makes the houses for the garden, suggested
I try clay. That opened up a whole
new world for me. And such fun. I also use
fabric, paper, wire, and things I scrounge up
Marion said her favorite miniature to
create was the community garden and found
it very entertaining to handcraft the vegetables.
The tool shed is made from a hinge and
the gourd trellis is a napkin holder. She also
uses PVC pipe in some of her miniatures.
In trying to solve the problem of weatherizing
her tiny creations for Wagnalls, the
opportunity to share her art inside Wagnalls
Memorial opened up.
“I was selected to display them because I
stopped to see Tami (Morehart) and told her
my dilemma about putting them outside
and she offered a showcase inside. I was
thrilled as my outside presentation possibilities
were limited,” said Marion, who anticipates
her creations will be on display
throughout the summer.
Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Jackie Marion shares her miniature versions of gardens and shops with the public,
which are on temporary display inside Wagnalls Memorial Library.
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The Lithopolis Honeyfest will be held
Sept. 9 from 3-7 p.m. and Sept. 10 from 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Lithopolis. Free
admission, parking, and shuttle service. The
event features bee beards, beekeepers, art,
live music, honey bake-off, Ohio Honey
Show, honey extracting, hive inspection, junior
beekeeping, American Honey Princess,
food trucks, photo contest, honey, and honey
tasting. For information call 614-769-3824
or visit lithopolishoneyfest.com. “Saving the
planet, one honey bee at a time!”
I’ve always longed for the adventure in life. My
journey never goes the way I plan, but sometimes
along the way, after all the twists and turns, I try to
settle in and enjoy the path God has for me.
In September 2016 I started my business, Grace
Noelle Florals, in a four seasons room in my home.
From the time I was little, it’s all I wanted to do. I
absolutely love flower arranging! And I love the
joy it brings my customers. My husband, Tim, said,
“Do what you love and you’ll never work another
day in your life.”
Groveport’s First Thursday summer festival
series is held the first Thursday of the
month in July, and August from 4:30-7:30
p.m. in Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road. It
features food trucks, more than 40 vendors,
a petting zoo, kids’ craft tent and bounce
house, a dog show in August, and live music.
The music: July 7 - Jack Middleton; and
Aug. 4 - The Morning Lumber Co. Giveaways
to the first 200 attendees each date.
Giveaways: July 7 - hand sanitizer; and
Aug. 4 - travel bowl. Call 614-836-3333.
All things flowers
In 2017, my oldest daughter Ashley became terminally
ill. Life, as we knew it, changed forever.
In September 2019 Ashley passed away and I reduced
my business to weddings and events. I took
the time needed to grieve and be mom to my
youngest daughter, Abbey.
I’m Angela Roehrenbeck and this is my dream!
On June 20, 2022 we will be celebrating our Grand
Re-Opening for all things flowers. I cannot wait to
meet you and create beautiful florals for my wonderful
city, Canal Winchester.
We’re Open to
Brighten your Day!
CW summer events
•Music in the Park - June 17 from 6-9
p.m. in Stradley Park, historic downtown
Canal Winchester featuring live music from
local band Hot Rod Lincolns. Come out for
live music and activities for kids and adults
alike. June’s Music in the Park will also
have touch-a-tractor for the chance to get an
up-close look at a variety of tractors and
•Movie in the Park — July 8 and Aug. 12.
Activities begin at 8 p.m., movie begins at
dusk in Hanners Park — 458 Groveport
Road, Canal Winchester. Come out for a
free family-friendly movie at Hanners Park.
Enjoy the film drive-in style from your car,
or bring a chair and blanket to watch from
the lawn. Free activities and treats will be
available prior to the start of the show. This
event is a partnership with Destination:
•Music in the Park — July 17 from 6-9
p.m. in Stradley Park, historic downtown
Canal Winchester featuring live music from
The Gas Pump Jockeys. Come out for live
music and activities for kids and adults
alike! July’s event will also feature the signature
Cruise-In Car Show, hosted by C-
Town Cruisers. Free registration and prizes
will be awarded. Limited to the first 50 cars.
•Blues & Ribfest — July 29-30. Hosted by
Destination: Canal Winchester in historic
downtown CW. A two-day summer street
celebration featuring live blues music,
world-class ribs, a wide variety of quality
non-rib food options, children's activities,
fan-cooled dining areas, and a beer & wine
garden for our Blues/Rib-loving guests 21
and over. Visit www.bluesandribfest.com
•100th Annual Canal Winchester Labor
Day Festival — Sept. 3, 4, 5. Hosted by the
CW Labor Day Committee in historic downtown
CW. Enjoy three days of family fun at
the oldest and largest Labor Day Festival in
Ohio. Live music, midway rides, car show,
parade, and more. This year’s Sunday headliner
is Uncle Kracker, a country pop artist
with a number of Billboard 100 hits. For information
CW swimming pool opens
The city of Canal Winchester invites you
to cool off this summer at the Canal Winchester
Municipal Swimming Pool. The pool
season began May 26 and runs through
Sept. 4. A list of pool hours is on the city’s
website. Pool memberships and party sales
are available to purchase. Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov
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CW Library Branch
The Canal Winchester Branch of the
Columbus Metropolitan Library, 115
Franklin St., is located in the rear portion
of the former school at 100 Washington St.
For information visit www.columbuslibrary.org
or call 614-645-2275.
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)
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ey left Fairfield County
better than they found it
Bill Pierson might be remembered as a
dreamer, but his firm handshake spoke only
of hard work. His face lit up when he spoke
of his two loves–his wife, Betty, and preserving
history, especially covered bridges.
Bill met Betty Griffith at Lincoln High
School in 1949. They married in 1950 and
raised three children. In 1980, they purchased
acreage on Sullivan Road and
named it Misty Valley.
Their passion for preserving Fairfield
County history began in 1980 when they approached
county commissioners and were
given the Shade Covered Bridge, which had
been slated for destruction, that had
spanned Little Walnut Creek since 1883.
The stipulation was it had to be rebuilt in
Fairfield County. Vandals had damaged
the siding and set fires inside. Heavy truck
traffic had cracked the double layer oak
floor. Taking the giant wooden puzzle apart
wasn’t easy. The 122-foot weather beaten
structure had both arches and vertical
beams. This design was known as “belt and
suspenders,” indicative of the bridge’s double
For months the Piersons and friends
worked on this piece of history. They removed
the siding, lath, tin roof, and rafters.
Then each timber, board, and beam was
numbered according to its position on a detailed
sketch drawn by hand. No machinery
was used - mainly ropes, ladders, log chains
and cables. Poles were used to support the
framework. Heavy cords and cross beams
were lowered with ropes. Two hundred and
thirty 10-inch thick wooden floor planks
were removed, along with four arches, 124
oak rafters and 120 sheets of metal. Nails
were pried out one at a time. Rusty bolts
that were 15 feet long were oiled and removed
with a car jack. The bottom cross
members were in three pieces bolted together
and weighed 600 pounds. Thousands
of numbered pieces were transported to
Sugar Grove. The project faced many obstacles,
including damage caused by storms.
The family and volunteers endured heat, fatigue
and poison ivy, but their enthusiasm
An assortment of neighbors, hikers, cyclists,
and passersbys stopped to chat about
the bridge and its history. Bill welcomed
them all, handing each an original nail from
the bridge made by blacksmiths in the
1800s. He kept a journal of the bridge-moving
odyssey full of humorous details about
each day spent on his labor of love. It is titled
“If It Falls To The Left, Jump To The
Right” and can be read at savetheshade.org.
Once the Shade Bridge was rebuilt at
Misty Valley, it was established as a museum
of Fairfield County history. Artifacts
included farm tools, animal carvings, and
antique farm machinery. A covered wagon
was parked ahead of a 1958 Edsel. Other
horse drawn wagons sat beside displays of
handmade rag rugs and poems by Max
Prouty. Pottery, bone shards, axe heads and
flint arrowheads that
date back to prehistoric
man were on display.
pins and bolts from
the Shade were there,
along with the bridge siding carved with initials
and the date 1886.
Also on the property was a reconstructed
1840 era log cabin donated by the Sandusky
family and moved from Buckeye Lake. It
was furnished with antiques and was a popular
site for apple butter making and cast
iron kettles full of chili in the fall.
The Piersons conducted tours for scout
troops, church groups and school field trips.
They offered the site for reunions, birthday
parties, hay rides,weiner roasts, Halloween
parties, and weddings. Senior groups, old
car clubs, photography clubs, motorcyclists,
history buffs, and covered bridge enthusiasts
from all over the United States came to
visit Misty Valley. With the Shade and Mae
Hummel bridges restored, Fairfield County
surpassed Ashtabula County in having the
most original covered bridges.
Maintaining these historic structures
was always being done to ensure safety and
preservation. Bill and Betty worked tirelessly
in their retirement years to give others
the chance to relive history.
The second bridge the Piersons saved
was the 103-foot Mae Hummel that originally
stood over Rush Creek on Hansley
Road since 1875. Its remains had lain in a
park in Sugar Grove for years until the Piersons
and friends moved and rebuilt it at
Misty Valley. It still stands in good condition
despite being slated for demolition. To
find out why this significant piece of history
will be lost forever, go to savetheshade.org.
The George Hutchins Covered Bridge
was built in 1904 and crossed Clear Creek
on Strickler Road. In 1987, the bridge was
dismantled and taken to Alley Park. Due to
lack of funding, it was stored for 12 years.
Bill accepted the challenge by gathering a
group of men who had the knowledge and
desire to restore history. As a result, the
Friends of Lancaster Parks undertook a
major fund raising effort and in 1999 they
raised $30,000 for the project. Site work
began in the fall of 1999 by Bill and the park
staff, including Jim Thompson and Mike
Clifford. On Oct. 20, 2000, a ribbon cutting
and dedication took place. It still stands
overlooking Lake Loretta and is open to foot
Bill was instrumental in preserving another
piece of history when Columbus Metro
Parks gave Lancaster Parks and Recreation
a two story log house. It was built in 1850
and named the Green Blanpied House. In
See THEY, page 9
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Metro Parks wildlife advice
Continued from page 8
Spring is here and its the season for calls about orphaned
and abandoned animals. Metro Parks is unable
to rehabilitate wildlife, but there are some steps you can
According to Metro Parks officials, if you find an animal
in a park that is orphaned, abandoned, or injured,
leave it alone and call the ranger cell number, posted
on bulletin boards and around the park. Sometimes, babies
are left alone while mom is looking for food, and
will return to the nest, other times they will require
care or monitoring. Do not take them out of the park.
If you find an animal in your yard, leave it be. Call
the Ohio Wildlife Center 614-793-9453 and leave a message,
or visit their website at ohiowildlifecenter.org for
information on how to help.
Photo courtesy of the
Bill Pierson (at right)
working on the
Sadly, on March 9,
2022, the Shade
Bridge collapsed. To
read about why this
significant piece of
history will be lost
forever, go to
about the fate of
Misty Valley, go to
For information email
Bill Pierson passed
away in July 2001.
early 2001, led by the Piersons’ enthusiasm as members
of Friends of LPR, fund raising began. Bill’s vision was
to move this cabin from Clear Creek Metro Park to Alley
Park where it would become the backdrop for Frontier
Spirit, the Pumpkin Walk, and Santa in the Park. He
never dwelled on his past accomplishments, but always
looked ahead to what needed to be preserved next.
Sadly, Bill passed away in July 2001. Betty then
began a 13 year campaign of advocating and fund raising
to see this project through to the end. She encountered
many setbacks, but she was relentless and the
dedicated Alley Park employees, along with family
friend Bill Sands, completed the Green Blanpied House.
In October 2016, it was dedicated to Bill and Betty.
When Sugar Grove formed a development committee,
they called on the Piersons. Bill and Dave Nessley,
along with Betty and Jean Fox restored the original
1830 jail in the village. Bill asked local artist Lois Bondurant
to paint a mural of how Sugar Grove looked in
the 1800s. She did a beautiful job of depicting the
canals, trains, and buggies. I
In 2004, Sugar Grove gained a visitors center in the
form of a C&O Railroad caboose. For many years, Bill
and Monsignor Geiger had searched for one. With help
from Kathy LeVeck and the Fairfield County Visitors
Bureau, they were able to secure grants and funding.
The development committee purchased one of the 26 remaining
red cabooses out of 100 made by the American
Car & Foundry Company. A flowering crab apple tree
planted beside the caboose was dedicated in memory of
Betty continued to give back to her community by becoming
a Meals on Wheels board member. She volunteered
weekly as a Twig member working in the gift
shop at Fairfield Medical Center. In 2006, she became
a founding member of “A Priest and Six Old Ladies”
along with Barbara Uhl, Jean Fox and Father Geiger.
These volunteers, along with David Fey, raised $52,000
to bring a sculpture park to Berne Township. They commissioned
artist Ric Leichliter to create a red tailed
hawk that weighed 2,500 pounds stands on a 30 foot column.
More sculptures were added, including white tail
deer and wild turkey gobbler and hen.
After Bill’s death, Betty and her children continued
to maintain Misty Valley and kept the historical structures
open to the public. In 2013, Betty’s last wish was
to leave this earth from her home overlooking the Shade
Bridge and its beautiful surroundings. Hospice and her
children made that wish happen. Then came the hard
decision about how best to keep the Piersons’ dream
alive. The sale was completed in 2015.
Bill and Betty Pierson did not like the spotlight. They
didn’t do it for the notoriety or to make money. They
preferred to quietly preserve history for future generations
to enjoy. Separately they accomplished much, together
they were unstoppable for 51 years. They left
Fairfield County a better place than they found it.
Sadly, on March 9, 2022, the Shade Bridge collapsed.
To read about why this significant piece of history will
be lost forever, go to savetheshade.org.
For information about the fate of Misty Valley, go to
savetheshade.org. The family can be reached at email@example.com.
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The city of Canal Winchester contracts
with Franklin County Public Health for
Franklin County Public Health takes a
proactive, concentrated approach to mosquito
The agency’s Integrated Pest Management
Program focuses on prevention, education,
and controlling pests at their most
vulnerable stage while minimizing hazards
to the environment. Data about mosquito
breeding locations, areas that traditionally
have high adult mosquito populations, and
the frequency and distribution of mosquitoborne
diseases throughout Franklin County
is regularly monitored and treatments are
applied when appropriate.
The city’s Urban Forestry Department
will begin routine random larval mosquito
surveys in late May 2022, providing documentation
of mosquito production as a basis
Native fathead minnows may be released
by the City as an aquatic biological larval
control, possibly offering some decrease in
local adult mosquito populations.
Residents can help by reporting areas
that they suspect may be mosquito breeding
grounds and by reporting increases in adult
mosquito activity to Franklin County Public
Mosquitoes breed easily in standing
water. Check for and drain any standing
water around your home to help control the
Common and easily overlooked mosquito
habitats include: tires, buckets, cans, bottles,
and plastic containers; bird baths
(drain and refill every 3-4 days); wading or
kiddie pools (drain and refill frequently);
pools and hot tubs (keep chlorinated, covered,
or keep completely dry); pool covers
that hold water; boats, boat covers, and
tarps; pet food containers and water dishes;
clogged gutters and downspouts; leaky outside
faucets that create puddles; rain barrels
that are not properly screened or
treated; low areas that form puddles and
hold water; planters and pots, including
saucers and catch trays; trash cans (use
tight fitting lids and keep them covered);
mature trees that have developed holes that
hold water — fill the voids with sand; anything
that has the potential to hold even
small amounts of water.
Information about Franklin County Public
Health’s mosquito management program
and a form report an area of concern is
available online at mosquito.myfcph.org or
by calling Franklin County Public Health’s
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Fourth of July in Groveport
Groveport’s “Fourth of July Celebration
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CW canal bridge
Our Pictorial Past
This is a view of the turn bridge over the Ohio and Erie Canal on Canal Winchester’s
South High Street in the early 20th century. The large building in the background is
the Whitehurst and Gehm warehouse. According to canal historian David Meyer in
his book, “Life Along the Ohio Canal,” this iron turn bridge was installed in 1883 replacing
a fixed iron bridge. A turn bridge could be pivoted to let canal boats pass.
Moses-Mouser Eye Care
Dr. Joshua Morris is an Optometrist who grew
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Dr. Morris attended The Ohio State University
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On a personal note, Dr. Morris and his wife Tess, enjoy spending time with
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on The Ohio State Buckeyes, trying new foods, and exploring Columbus
Q: What are floaters and what causes them?
A: Floaters are small dark shapes that move across your vision. They can appear
as dots, threads, squiggly lines, or even like cobwebs. Most floaters are caused
by normal changes in the eye. As you age, small strands of vitreous (gel-like fluid
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light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Those shadows appear as floaters
that drift across your vision. You may notice floaters more when you look at a
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Q: How often should someone with new
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