June 26 - July 9, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 10
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CW Council approves
By Linda Dillman
A rezoning request tabled for multiple
meetings was brought back for action following
discussions between Canal Winchester
City Council and the developer.
Stotan Industrial representative Jim
McGill said the company amended its proposal
to add more berm height and move a
building further away from the road on 80
acres at 5700 and 5900 Winchester Pike
currently owned by Harriet Baker Levin.
“We spent a lot of time based on meetings
with council,” said McGill during council’s
June 20 work session. “We really focused on
the building façade…have more glass on
McGill said Stotan is proposing to build
two new warehouses, is committing $1.54
million in road improvements–widening
Bixby Road in front of the development, installing
a turn lane along Winchester Pike
and improving the Winchester Pike and
Gender Road intersection–along with contributing
$100,000 to a Bixby Road and U.S.
33 study and donating $400,000 to a community
“We tried to listen here, we made contributions
and off-site improvements,” said
The proposed development on the triangular-shaped
parcel would fall under a 15-
year, 100 percent tax exemption and
potentially generate $12 million in payroll
for 300 jobs. The rezoning request is to move
from a rural designation in Madison Township
to limited manufacturing.
Councilman Bob Clark said, “If we allow
this to go to Columbus, they wouldn’t require
the contributions we require. The
proof is in the pudding.”
The rezoning request was amended to reflect
changes by the developer and untabled
during the regular council session. It was
approved by council with Councilwoman
Ashley Ward as the lone dissenting vote.
Behavior at swimming pool
Canal Winchester Public Service Director
Matt Peoples updated council on behavior
at the city’s swimming pool during the
recent string of 90 degree temperatures.
He said instances of unruly behavior
climbed during the unseasonably hot
“I personally kicked out four people,” said
Peoples of time spent at the pool. “Word gets
He said he also suspended a kid for a
week for unruly behavior who was a member
of the pool and kicked out a 20-something
couple who were engaged in a
domestic argument that spilled out into the
Peoples said he asked a city worker, who
is also a middle school physical education
teacher and familiar with many of the
younger crowd, to have a presence at the
pool as well.
Peoples said he fielded calls from residents
who complained about seeing unruly
behaviors similar to last year, but at the
same time reported seeing kids who acted
up being escorted out of the pool by city
“Between 4-6:30/7 p.m. is when the problems
start,”said Peoples. “Madison Township
(police) has been there walking
through, which is great.”
Council President Chuck Milliken
thanked city staff for spending part of their
time helping establish an on-site presence
at the pool.
“We were there a lot opening weekend,”
Peoples said. “The gate attendants themselves
were very helpful.”
Personal fireworks displays
Talk turned briefly to the personal discharging
fireworks within the city and Law
Director Thaddeus Boggs set the record
straight–“It is illegal to discharge fireworks
in the city of Canal Winchester. It is
a chargeable offense to discharge fireworks.”
Fairfield County Sheriff Department Sgt.
Kelly Walker said her office is swamped
with calls during the Independence Day holiday
with fireworks complaints.
See CW, page 2
Messenger photos by
Mark Abbati (left)
Music in the
Park on June 17
with his unique
living statue portrayals.
the fun was 5-
Sorrell of Canal
from Music in the
Park on page 6
and online at
Indian Trail first
left) takes a turn
on one of a handful
of tractors on
display owned by
the Dowler and
at the city of
Touch a Tractor
on June 17.
Visitors to Music
in the Park enjoy
the cover of an
Stradley Park as
a duet plays
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Dr. Bender 5K Classic is July 16
The 15th annual Dr. Bender 5K Classic — which will
be conducted as a hybrid race - will be held July 16 at
Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St.
The in-person 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. The 1-mile
Fun Run for children precedes the 5K and begins at 8
a.m. A virtual 5K event will also be available for those
who are not able or choose not to participate in the inperson
A longstanding community 5K run and walk through
the streets of Canal Winchester, this year’s hybrid race
continues the tradition of running for a good cause, despite
the fact that social distancing measures may still
be required for some. Proceeds from registration and
sponsorships from this year’s races directly benefit the
boys and girls cross country teams at Canal Winchester
If choosing the virtual race, you will run your 5K
anywhere that you would like. Bike paths, neighborhood
routes, and the like are all options. The virtual
time frame is July 16-23 to participate in your 5K.
If you choose the traditional 5K Bender route, you
are encouraged to download the Race Joy app if you
plan to run or walk your route with your phone. This
app will track your time, alert you when you complete
the race, and also provides cheers and helpful tips along
the way as you race. Share your race photos on social
media with the hashtag #drbender5k.
Cost is: in-person race — $30; virtual race — $30; and
fun run — $10.
T-shirts with this year’s race design are guaranteed
to participants who register for the race by midnight on
Continued from page 1
Runners at the start of last year’s Dr. Bender 5K
July 7. Indicate your size in the registration process.
Shirts will be mailed to virtual race participants and
will be available on the day of the race for in-person participants.
Share your race photos on social media with the
There will be an Alumni/Team challenge competition
for the in-person race experience. Provide your team
name and members (minimum of four) to the race director
the morning of the 5K.
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Canal Winchester City Council members prepared for their first meeting in their new chambers in the new municipal
building on East Waterloo Street during their June 20 meeting. “It is a privilege to be here,” said Councilman
Bob Clark. “I think everyone will find it’s a lot nicer place.”
Boggs said video evidence by a citizen of illegal fireworks,
without being observed by law enforcement, is
admissible in court. However, it must be clear where the
fireworks originated, the property, and date on which
the incident occurred.
“You have to have the ability to connect it to a property,”
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Old churches reflect history of Canal Winchester
By Linda Dillman
As Canal Winchester prepares to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of its Labor
Day Festival, a pair of churches has a rich
history in the city as well, with one dating
back over 200 years and the other tracing
its lineage back nearly as long.
Hope United Methodist Church
Hope United Methodist Church, 83 E.
Columbus St., began as a United Brethren
Class in 1815 in a log schoolhouse and home
owned by Ludwig Kramer. Shortly thereafter,
Kramer added a large frame room
onto his residence for meeting purposes.
When the house was later sold to Sam
Dietz, Kramer stipulated the room must
still be made available for church use. When
services became too noisy, Dietz bought out
the meeting room. A few of Hope’s current
members are descendants of the founders of
the church and town.
Nearly two decades later, a frame meeting
house was erected on East Columbus
Street in 1833 and was the first of three
structures built on the present site. During
the early years, it was common for different
churches to share the same building. Hope
shared theirs with the Methodist Episcopal
Church from 1838-50.
In 1851, a brick building replaced the
frame one and in 1887, the present structure
was erected using many of the bricks, floor,
and joists salvaged from the old building. A
fellowship hall and kitchen were added in
1952 and an educational annex in 1960.
Not only is Hope Church the first of its
kind organized in Canal Winchester, it is
also responsible for many other religious
firsts in the life of the growing community.
It hosted the first Sunday School in the village
in 1833, its church bell first beckoned
parishioners in 1846, and the first organ in
the United Brethren Conference was installed
According to church secretary Linda
Fields, 30 years ago Hope was a vibrant
church with many children and young people
carrying on traditions established more
than 200 years ago. However, she said most
of the children grew up and moved away or
no longer attend church.
“I would say 85 percent of our church are
over 70,” said Fields. “The younger generation
is also drawn to the big churches with
praise bands with which we can’t compete.
I used to be the head of the youth group in
the 1980s and we travelled a lot with over
25 kids. Now there are only two of those
children who worship here with their families.
They are now in their 50s. Unless there
is an influx of people, we know our church
will not survive another 20 years. This is
sad for all of us.”
According to Fields, the decline in population
has not gone without notice and over
the years parishioners discussed ways to
adapt to changing times. She said endeavors
have so far been unsuccessful. Sunday
School was cancelled, services are less formal,
meeting times were moved up so members
can get out earlier and the church is
Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
Hope United Methodist Church sits regally
along Columbus Street in Canal Winchester.
welcoming to a more diverse population.
However, none of the ideas resulted in
an uptick in membership lamented Fields.
“There are so many churches in Canal
Winchester that I believe anyone who wishes
to attend church has a wide open range to
pick from,” she said. “Our church is traditional,
where we sing the old, known hymns,
we have a choir, we have prayer and a sermon
and we’re done. If someone likes that
kind of worship, we are still here and would
love to have them join our Hope family.”
Although membership is aging and declining,
those who attend Hope United
Methodist Church are, according to Fields,
very active–serving as volunteers and
board members–in community activities
such as the food pantry, historical society,
city council and the Labor Day committee.
“We have a children’s clothing ministry
where people come once a month to get free
clothing,” said Fields. “However, it has
turned into a children’s clothing exchange,
where most people bring in their outgrown
clothing each time they come to get more.
This is a wonderful outreach, but has not
brought us any new attendees at church.
We also sell homemade buckeyes year
round. This, again, has brought many people
into the church to buy buckeyes but not
to attend church.”
David’s United Church of Christ
According to David’s United Church of
Christ’s Rev. James Semmelroth Darnell,
the church’s beginnings date back to approximately
the same time period as Hope’s,
circa 1816 or1817, when minister Rev.
George Weisz began preaching to German
Reformed people who settled in Canal Winchester,
Violet Township, and Lithopolis.
It was other members of the Dietz family–John
and Elizabeth Dietz–who were
instrumental in establishing the foundation
for the German Reformed and Lutheran
Churches in the area, which much later became
David’s United Church of Christ, 80
W. Columbus St., and David Lutheran
Church, 300 Groveport Road. The couple
provided space on a rotating basis in their
log cabin at Winchester and Lithopolis
roads for the first services circa 1830.
David’s (German) Reformed Church and
the David Lutheran Church built a shared
sanctuary at Washington and West streets
in 1839, where both met until 1875 when
doctrinal differences became more emphasized.
“Though our congregation had its beginnings
somewhat earlier, we have considered
1839 when our first building was built as
our establishment date,” said Darnell.
“Each congregation then sought to build
their own building. The David's Reformed
Church bought out the Lutherans’ share in
the first building.”
The new David’s Reformed Church building
opened in 1883 debt free. In 1904 the interior
of the church was renovated and in
1923, a new Sunday school wing was added.
In 1934 the church became known as
David’s Evangelical and Reformed Church.
A pipe organ was installed in 1937 and
the first church phone was connected in
1945. The Congregational Christian
Churches and Evangelical and Reformed
Church merged in 1957 and became the
United Church of Christ in 1957, resulting
the name now familiar to the Canal Winchester
community of today.
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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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Canal Winchester Bank
This is an ad from the 1950s for the Canal Winchester Bank, which was located in
downtown Canal Winchester on High Street. The ad’s photo features members of the
Groveport Future Farmers of America and it mentions that the bank serves Canal
Winchester, Lockbourne Air Force Base, and Groveport.
Continued from page 3
According to a history of Canal Winchester
written by Frances Steube and Lillian
Carroll, the neighboring Oley Speaks family
home was demolished in the early 1970s to
make way for a church addition including
an enlarged kitchen, dining room, offices,
parlor and a prayer chapel.
“Several decades ago, there were many
farming families in David’s Church and
Canal Winchester at large,” said Darnell.
“Today there are only two or three farming
families left in our congregation. This is reflected
in the wider community as Canal
Winchester has grown from a small town to
a burgeoning suburb. There was a time
when our congregation drew only from the
surrounding community. Today our congregation
members live not only in Canal Winchester,
but as far as Westerville and
Lancaster, as well as Pickerington, Groveport,
Like many congregations, David’s has a
sizeable senior citizen membership, but
there are also many younger families raising
their children in a progressive faith environment.
Darnell said the congregation
has changed as the community and its
“Over the years we have spearheaded
ministries to meet these needs,” said Darnell.
“The Canal Winchester Food Pantry
was founded and housed at David's Church,
until it became part of Canal Winchester
Human Services several years ago. David’s
Way was begun by United Church Homes,
with leadership from our congregation, to
provide affordable senior housing in our
community. In the wake of the George Floyd
killing, we led weekly sit-ins in support of
Black Lives Matter on our church lawn.”
Since 2012, David’s established a policy
of being an “open and affirming” congregation,
in support of the full participation of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons
in its ministry. Church members have
hosted refugee families over the past several
decades, and are currently preparing to
welcome a new refugee family in the coming
In looking to the future, one of the
biggest challenges Darnell sees for Canal
Winchester is the division between lifelong
Canal Winchester residents and others who
have settled here more recently. He said
there is a tension between the small town
feel of the community and the city’s growing
“Churches are one of the few places left
in any community where people of diverse
perspectives can come together for a common
cause,” said Darnell. “David’s Church
cares deeply about creating community beyond
any divisions. I think we have a
unique role in bringing people together for
the betterment of our community, no matter
our background or where we come from.”
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Township rates “too cheap”
By Linda Dillman
Madison Township is putting finishing
touches on a new Community Center rate
chart for 2023 and the trustees are considering
citizen suggestions to increase rental
fees for non-residents higher than first proposed
During the June 16 Madison Township
trustee meeting, Administrator Susan
Brobst said one resident felt the rates were
“too cheap” and another felt the rates could
easily be doubled for non-residents. Community
Center rental prices have not increased
in 12 years.
For township residents the cost is currently
$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
activities like a funeral repast.
Prices for residents and local businesses
are lower than those for non-residents since
non-residents do not pay property taxes.
Brobst recommended the township eliminate
a free use policy and instead institute
a $20 flat cleaning fee.
She suggested raising the cost for residents
to $25 for the first four hours and
keep the $10 rate for each additional hour.
Non-residents would pay a flat $30 per
Based on 2019 figures before the pandemic
impacted reservations, Brobst said a
breakdown of average expenditures indicate
each event cost the township approximately
Other than non-profit organizations, the
administrator reported the average use
time is four hours.
If the trustees decide in July to eliminate
the free use policy for local non-profits,
Trustee John Pritchard asked if special
groups–such as the American Legion,
Groveport Madison Alumni Association and
scouts–could be eligible for township
grants to offset the cost.
“It is a value we would be giving to
them,” said Pritchard, who also felt the rate
for non-residents is too low. “I would double
that. I don’t think $100 for two hours is bad.
We need to make sure we take care of our
Brobst said she would bring the policy
back, along with any additional comments
submitted by citizens, in time to set rates at
the July 21 meeting.
Other Madison Township news
•Police Chief Gary York asked the
trustees to approve a Matrix agreement for
a new police records management system.
York said the system allows for better sharing
of information with outside departments
and multiple agencies are already contributing
to the Matrix database.
“This is something the (Franklin County)
sheriff’s office is currently using,” said York.
“At the end of the day, this is a win-win for
all of us.”
•Brobst said a June 4 tire collection held
in partnership with Canal Winchester,
Franklin County Public Health and Columbus
Public Health brought in 860 used tires
from township residents.
“Public Health was overwhelmed,” said
Brobst, who said while she hopes to partner
with the county, Columbus, and Canal Winchester
again next year. Madison Township
is also planning to hold their own collection
at Brobst Park sometime this fall.
•Groveport’s “Fourth of July Celebration
and Parade” will be held July 4. The kids’
parade begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Main Street parade starts at 11 a.m.
There will be food vendors all day, kids’ activities
from 1-6 p.m., and live music from
Fireworks at dusk. For information call
Lady A; Rick Springfield
headline Lancaster Festival
Lady A and Rick Springfield are this year’s signature
acts appearing on the Wendel Concert Stage
at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus as part
of the Lancaster Festival, which takes place during
the last two weeks of July each summer. Tickets
are now on sale for these and other events taking
place during the 10-day celebration of music, art
The July 30 Grand Finale concert will feature
Lady A, with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra
opening the evening with selections that highlight
the 35th anniversary of the orchestra’s creation. As
a Country-radio staple, the trio has amassed recordbreaking
success ushering in 10 No. One hits with
more than 18 million album units and 34 million
tracks sold and nearly 5 billion digital streams.
The July 23 concert will feature Rick Springfield
with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. The
creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ‘80s,
a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and
musician who has sold 25 million albums and
scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits. The Lancaster Festival
Orchestra will open the evening with Gershwin Favorites
with guest Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez Gavilan.
Other Festival highlights this year will include:
•July 25, Jazz takes center stage at the Monday
Night Jazz Concert with the incomparable Byron
Stripling and Friends
•Elton John tribute Elton Rohn will rock the
Wendel Concert Stage on Wednesday, July 27.
•The family concert, “A Musical Zoo,” will take
place on Thursday, July 28.
A full schedule of is available at www.lancasterfestival.org.
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.
Council meets in work session at 6 p.m.
prior to each city council meeting to discuss
legislative items and other issues of the city
prior to being included on a city council
agenda. The first work session of the month
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focuses on finance/economic development
items and the second work session focuses
on service/safety items.
CW school board meetings
The Canal Winchester Board of Education
meets on the third Monday of each
month at 7 p.m. in the Canal Winchester
Education Center, 100 Washington St. on
the second floor in room 204/206.
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Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
Brothers Alex Haliter (left) and Max Haliter (right) took advantage of the opportunity to
create an original work of art at Canal Winchester’s Music in the Park on June 17.
Canal Winchester musical duo Hot Rod Lincolns filled the air in Stradley Park on June
17 with familiar tunes played on the acoustic and electric guitars as park of they city’s
Music in the Park series. The next Music in the Park is the third Friday in July.
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Proud grandpa Jim Hummel restored the tractor his grandson, Bowen Hummel, 4, is taking
for a stationary spin during Canal Winchester’s Music in the Park. The tractor was
bought by Hummel’s uncle, Tom Hummel, in 1967 and Jim restored the working vehicle
for his son 20 years ago that will eventually be passed down to Bowen.
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Groveport’s Fourth of July
celebration is back
By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport really knows how to celebrate
the Fourth of July.
This year’s celebration features the traditional
Main Street parade, music, food
vendors, kids’ activities, and fireworks on
“This year’s celebration will be bigger
and better with the addition of more than
10 food vendors, four different musical acts,
and elevated kids activities,” said Groveport
Community Affairs Department Executive
Assistant Kristiauna Trelay. “New this year
will be a video game truck that accommodates
16 to 20 people playing the latest
games individually or all at once.”
The Main Street parade will start at 11
a.m. on July 4. Staging for the parade will
be at the Groveport Recreation Center. The
parade will start at Richardson Road and
travel west on Main Street, then turn right
onto Hendron Road and end at Glendening
Mayor Lance Westcamp announced this
year’s parade grand marshal will be John
Hougland, a retired pharmacist who operated
the Groveport Pharmacy on Main
Street for many years and who also served
as a city councilman.
“John has been a big part of our community
for many years and he was especially
helpful during his time on city council,” said
Westcamp. “He is well deserving of this
honor. He has done a lot for this community.”
Added Trelay, “Former Councilman John
Hougland is well known in the community.
He’s a former local business owner and a
very active resident.”
The fireworks will be launched at dusk
on July 4 from Palm Pond in Heritage Park
on Wirt Road. Tune into radio frequency
88.3 to hear background music during the
“Groveport has one of the best fireworks
displays in the area,” said Trelay.
Musical entertainment on July 4 begins
CW’s Movies in the Park
Canal Winchester, in partnership with
Destination: Canal Winchester, will host
two free Movies in the Park this summer.
Family-friendly movies will be shown outdoors
at Hanners Park, 458 Groveport
Road, July 8 and Aug. 12 at about 9 p.m.
“The Little Rascals” (1994) Rated PG,
will be shown on July 8. The August film
will be selected via a poll on the city’s Facebook
page. Followers can vote between two
movie titles with the winning title being
played on Aug. 12.
Families may enjoy the movie from the
comfort of their vehicle or bring a chair or
blanket to watch from the lawn. Free snacks
and activities will be available at 8 p.m.
Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov or
call 614-834-9915 for information.
on the main stage, located in the parking
lot of Crooked Alley KidSpace, with Krash
Landing from 2-3:30 p.m.; Whiskey Ridge
from 4-5:30 p.m.; Ryder Band from 6-7:30
p.m.; and Willie Nelson Mandela from 8-
“All kids’ activities will be set up in the
grassy area by the baseball fields off Wirt
Road,” said Trelay.
Food vendors will also be located along
“Food vendors must be in place by 9 a.m.
and will be serving once they have set up in
the parking lot behind Birch Tavern,” said
The kids’ parade will take place July 4
with staging at 10 a.m. in the Middle School
Central parking lot. Kid can decorate their
bikes, wagons, and scooters in red, white,
and blue. The kids’ parade begins at 10:30
a.m. at Middle School Central, 751 Main
St., then proceeds west on Main Street,
south on Oak Street to Crooked Alley Alley
KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road.
Per a city ordinance, no animals are permitted
in the festival event areas at any
time during the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
CW’s Music in the Park
The city of 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.
The next event is July 15, the Gas Pump
Jockeys return for a record 15th season for
the annual Cruise-In Car Show, hosted by
Additional hands-on activities and games
will be available throughout the park. 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.
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its relatable story of growing up
and casting aside “childish” things; and its
innate ability to make you peel over with
laugher one minute and then burst into
tears the next.
Although it has been a few years since
the latest film in the series was released and
while there are no current plans to make a
fifth “Toy Story,” the positive public sentiment
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ways to milk some more cash out of their
property cows, they have found a loophole of
sorts to make a prequel story (of sorts) to
one of its most popular characters within
the sentient toy franchise.
Enter “Lightyear,” a
film that has none of the
a l l - e n c o m p a s s i n g
warmth of the franchise
on which it is based but
nonetheless still feels
like being encompassed
by a nice blanket — albeit
one in which tiny
dollar signs copyrighted
by Disney are
To clear up some confusion that may be
lingering from the trailer: this film is not
about the toy character Buzz Lightyear
(originally voiced by Tim Allen), the vainglorious
astronaut action figure that replaces
Sheriff Woody (originally voiced by Tom
Hanks) as Andy Davis’ favorite toy. Instead,
this film is about a film within that film that
inspired the creation of the toy Buzz
Lightyear. Basically, it’s a “Toy Story-Inception,”
but without the awe-inspiring special
“Lightyear” has moments of warmth and humor
The Reel Deal
In “Lightyear,” the titular character (adequately
voiced by Chris Evans) is a real
human Space Ranger who accidentally maroons
an entire star fleet on an inhospitable
planet and spends the next 60 plus years
coming up with a solution to get them back
home. Due to some hyper-speed trickery, he
only ages a bit during his space jaunts but
his best friend and commander Alisha
Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) lives out an entire
life. In the blink of an eye, he is alone on a
planet full of strangers, most not caring
about his ultimate goal to “bring them back
Because Buzz Lightyear would not be
Buzz Lightyear without his missions, he begrudgingly
teams up with a group of inexperienced
Space Rangers who are in the battle
of their lives against a ruthless and powerful
emperor named Zurg (voiced by James
Brolin). To save his people — even the ones
do not personally care for him — to find a safe
way home, and to defeat the seemingly undefeatable
baddie, Lightyear must confront
his past and own up to some deeply hidden
vulnerabilities that remind him that not
everything can (or should) be done alone.
By voicing a character who is the apparent
inspiration behind the iconic astronaut
action figure in “Toy Story,” Evans walks a
delicate line with his take on Buzz. Although
he draws from Allen’s iteration of
the beloved side-kick Space Ranger, he doesn’t
lean fully into the original take on the
character, playing his human self as much
cooler tempered while still bursting with
bravery, loyalty, and the occasional bout of
selfishness. While that development was a
good thing for this movie, what was not as
good was the lack of depth or attention
given to the side characters, especially the
character of Izzy (Keke Palmer) who shares
a connection with Buzz’s late friend Alisha.
I think had more detail been fleshed out for
her character, the elder convict Darby (Dale
Soules) and the accident prone Mo (Taika
Waititi), this film would have packed more
of an emotional punch, especially when calling
back to the connective tissue that it
shares with the “Toy Story” universe.
Although there are moments of genuine
warmth and humor in “Lightyear,” (the mechanical
companion cat voiced by Peter
Sohn is a real treasure) the thin story and
sometimes clunky dialogue will not make it
as popular or as enduring as the franchise
in which in falls into, but it does have something
sweet to offer for those looking for a
fun escapade “to infinity and beyond.”
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
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CW summer events
•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
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celebration featuring live blues music,
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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 for
•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
The Lithopolis Honeyfest will be held
Sept. 9 from 3-7 p.m. and Sept. 10 from 10
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The law also:
•requires licensed retailers, manufacturers, and
wholesalers selling consumer grade fireworks to offer
safety glasses for free or for a nominal fee and to provide
purchasers with a safety pamphlet;
•prohibits discharging fireworks while in possession
of or under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
or on someone’s property without permission;
•allows the State Fire Marshal to suspend a fireworks
manufacturer or wholesaler if they have violated
the fireworks law or State Fire Marshal rules; prohibits
the State Fire Marshal from unreasonably withholding
a variance to allow hobbyists to manufacture, possess,
and use individual display grade and consumer grade
fireworks and requires cause for revocation of a hobbyist
•requires hobbyists seeking variances to demonstrate
they can engage in the hobby safely and legally
and limits hobbyists to possession of five pounds of raw
materials and finished fireworks produced through the
The city of Canal Winchester contracts with Franklin
County Public Health for mosquito control.
Franklin County Public Health takes a proactive,
concentrated approach to mosquito management. The
agency’s Integrated Pest Management Program focuses
on prevention, education, and controlling pests at their
most vulnerable stage while minimizing hazards to the
Data about mosquito breeding locations, areas that
traditionally have high adult mosquito populations, and
the frequency and distribution of mosquito-borne 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 for treatment. Native fathead minnows may
be released by the City as an aquatic biological larval
control, possibly offering some decrease in local adult
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 Health.
Mosquitoes breed easily in standing water. Check for
and drain any standing water around your home to help
control the mosquito population.
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 Mosquito Bite Line at (614)525-BITE
New state fireworks law; local
governments can restrict
A new Ohio law, that goes into effect July 1, allows
individuals to possess consumer grade fireworks in
Ohio, eliminating a requirement that purchasers transport
consumer grade fireworks out of the state within
48 hours of purchase.
It also allows any person authorized to possess consumer
grade fireworks to discharge them on their own
property or on another person’s property with permission
on the following days: New Year’s Day; Chinese
New Year; Cinco de Mayo; Memorial Day weekend;
Juneteenth; July 3, 4, and 5 and the Fridays, Saturdays,
and Sundays preceding and following; Labor Day weekend;
Diwali; and New Year’s Eve.
According to a statement from Governor Mike
DeWine, “The bill I signed limits the discharge of fireworks
to the more traditional holidays that Ohioans celebrate,
while recognizing our numerous culturally
The law permits local governments to restrict the
dates and times when individuals may discharge consumer
grade fireworks or to impose a complete ban on
the use of consumer grade fireworks.
Metro Parks wildlife advice
Spring is here and its the season for calls about orphaned
and abandoned animals. Metro Parks is unable
to rehabilitate wildlife, but there are steps you can take.
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
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.
CW swimming pool
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 at noon and
runs through Sept. 4. A complete listing of pool hours
can be found on the city’s website.
Visit the pool with friends and family and take advantage
of the wading pool, the recreational pool with a
waterfall feature, or the competition pool including diving
boards and a climbing wall. Relax in one of the pool’s
lounge chairs, or for extra shade, enjoy the sun-sail
area. Make your way to the concession stand for hot
dogs, pizza, nachos, drinks, candy, chips, frozen treats,
Seasonal memberships and a number of other pass
options are available. The pool is open to residents and
non-residents. If space is available, reduced-price membership
opportunities will open up after July 5. Details
on memberships and passes can be found on the city’s
All those wishing to visit the pool will be required to
have a pre-paid reservation, including those with free
admission. Reservations and payments must be made
online in advance; absolutely no walk-up reservations
will be permitted.
The pool is available to rent for parties on designated
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings throughout the
season. Dates may be booked during the season on a
first come, first served basis, and must be booked two
weeks in advance.
Check the city’s website for complete details, including
rental fees and available times.
Pool memberships and party sales are now available
to purchase on the city’s website.
Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov for information.
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State safety training
In the wake of the mass shooting at a
Texas elementary school, Ohio Attorney
General Dave Yost is reminding Ohio school
officials that his office provides resources
designed to help prevent such violence before
“Prevention training saves lives,” Yost
said. “We help educate the men and women
who wear the badge to recognize and defuse
catastrophes before more families are devastated.”
As part of ongoing efforts by the Attorney
General’s Office to improve school safety,
the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
(OPOTA) has developed a course called Single
Officer Response to Active Threat
(SORAT), designed for school resource officers
and instructors from law enforcement
The office also awards grants to schools
for use across an array of areas to enhance
student safety, including certification training
for school resource officers, activeshooter
or school safety training or
equipment, and training to identify and assist
students with mental health issues. The
school safety fund has about $5.4 million remaining.
More than 1,000 Ohio law enforcement
agencies and 100 schools have taken
advantage of the program.
In addition, the Attorney General’s Ohio
School Threat Assessment Training Program
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and school officials how to recognize
and act on behavioral warning signs before
they lead to violence. Funding is still avail-
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all law enforcement officers to
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Since 2020, the Attorney General's Office
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earns $20,000 scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of The Gene
Haas Foundation, the Pre-Engineering program
at Eastland Career Center will be able
to outfit students with basic tooling needs
A $20,000 scholarship was awarded to
the program and will be used to benefit students
in the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024.
Program instructor Ken Miller, said the
scholarship provided by the foundation is
meant to support students interested in a
manufacturing-based career and must be
used toward individual students, not the
program itself. With the gift that the program
has received, each of the 52 Pre-Engineering
students will receive two pieces of
standing measuring equipment and a machinist
reference book, which Miller states
are useful for anyone getting started in a
manufacturing and engineering career path.