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September 4-17, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 6

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Cruisers fall to Indians

Groveport Madison Cruiser Jace Nincehelser unleashes a

punt during the Cruisers’ 14-0 loss to the Canal

Winchester Indians on Aug. 19 at Groveport Madison.

Cruiser Head Coach Mitchell Westcamp meets with players

during a timeout.

Gunfire at football game

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Gunshots sent fans scattering at the

recent Canal Winchester at Groveport

Madison football game.

“It was the worst sound I’ve heard in my

24 years of duty as a Groveport Police officer,”

said Groveport Police Lt. Josh Short

of hearing the gunshots.

According to Groveport Police Detective

Josh Gilbert, at around 9:08 p.m. on Aug.

19, Groveport Police officers working at the

game responded to shots fired in an area

outside of Cruiser Stadium. The game was

halted with about two minutes remaining

in the fourth quarter and the stadium was


“Officers quickly detained one male

adult suspect, James Keys, 18, of

Columbus, and one juvenile,” said Gilbert.

“Officers ensured nobody was struck by

any of the rounds fired and quickly located

one Glock 10mm handgun. The handgun

located had been altered to make it a fully

automatic weapon.”

According to the Groveport Police

report, the suspect was apprehended four

minutes after he fired the shots by officers

after a short foot chase.

Gilbert said six shots were fired from

the weapon and nobody was struck and

there were no injuries. He said the gunshots

took place among a large group of

youths in a parking area near the

Groveport Madison High School tennis

courts and nearby Eastland-Fairfield parking


The juvenile was released to his mother.

After an investigation no charges were

filed against the juvenile. Keys was sent to

the Franklin County Jail where he was

charged with a second degree felony of

improper discharge of a firearm and second

degree felony of inducing panic. Gilbert

said additional charges are expected and

the incident is still under investigation.

(See sidebar update accompanying this article.)

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams

said on Aug. 23 that the suspect in the

shooting incident was released on bond by

the Franklin County Municipal Court. This

information is public record and can be

viewed at fcmcclerk.com.

In addition to the shooting, police said

several fights among youths took place in

and around the stadium during the game.

Short said once those fighting were

removed from the stadium they did not

leave the area and a large crowd formed

outside the stadium.

Gilbert said no Groveport Madison or

Canal Winchester students were identified

as being involved in the shooting incident

or in the fights.

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On Aug. 29, a grand jury indicted

James Keys, the alleged shooter at the

Aug. 19 Groveport Madison vs. Canal

Winchester football game, on three

felony counts.

According to the Groveport Police,

Keys was arraigned in Franklin

County Common Pleas Court on Sept.

1 on grand jury indictments of felonious

assault (a second degree felony),

discharging a firearm on school

grounds (a second degree felony), and

tampering with evidence (a third

degree felony). An additional federal

firearms charge is pending.

After the indictments were handed

down, the Franklin County Prosecutor

issued an arrest warrant for Keys, who

had earlier been released on bond.

According to Groveport Police

Detective Josh Gilbert, on Aug. 31 officers

located Keys in a residence in the

1400 block of East 25th Avenue in

Columbus. With assistance from

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

SWAT, Keys was taken into custody.

Four handguns were also recovered

from the address at that time. Gilbert

said two of those weapons had been

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When asked if police knew why all the fights and

shooting took place and who the alleged shooter was

firing at, Gilbert said the reasons are unknown at this

time and that witnesses and those involved in the incidents

were “uncooperative.”

Gilbert said there were several “difficult variables”

that police had to deal with during the incident including

that the shooting took place in a dark area, there

was a large number of youths involved, and people

were running.

“Police officers ran toward the gunfire,” said

Gilbert. “They put their lives on the line and it takes

special people to do that.”

School staff also ran toward the gunfire.

Gilbert said it appears many involved in the disturbances

at the game came from Columbus outside of

Groveport. He said police do not know why these individuals

came to the game in Groveport.

He said Groveport Police worked to de-escalate the

fights by talking with those involved.

“We make the effort to mediate and separate them,”

said Gilbert. “Our officers are good at talking people to

calm them down.”

Short said social media rumors that there was also

someone with a gun inside the high school building

were false. Officers swept the building and did not find

a shooter there and a review of security videos confirmed

there was no gunman in the building.

Short urged people not to accept what is posted on

social media sites as fact.

“The cesspool of social media spreads misinformation,”

said Short.

The Groveport Police received mutual aid from the

Columbus Police, Obetz Police, Madison Township


Security to be improved at football games

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison Schools officials will take steps to improve

security at upcoming football games and extracurricular events

following a shooting incident outside Groveport Madison High

School’s Cruiser Stadium on Aug. 19.

Groveport Madison Deputy Superintendent Paul Smathers

said that, prior to the Aug. 19 football game against Canal

Winchester, officials from Groveport Madison and Canal

Winchester schools, as well as law enforcement

and security personnel, prepared a

safety and security plan, an evacuation

plan, and established safe space hiding


“The plan worked, but it can be

improved,” said Smathers.

In an official review of the Aug. 19 shooting

incident (see an article detailing the incident

on page 1 of this edition of the

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addressed include improving the electronic

admission ticketing system, more training,

eliminating excessive loitering, and marking

exit gates more clearly. He said some

positives from the incident included successful

communications, quick responses by

first responders and school staff, and the

press box announcer staying calm to help

give fans instructions.

Smathers laid out these future actions to

improve security at future football games

and events: not allowing backpacks or large

bags; increasing the number of special duty

police officers; extending the safety check

“We have good people doing good things to work

together to care for each other and keep everyone

safe. I’m saddened and upset by what happened, but

proud of our community and how everyone helped

each other.”

- Chris Snyder, president

Groveport Madison Board of Education

zone at the gates; eliminating loitering; allowing no entry to the

stadium starting after the end of the second quarter of football

games; restricting student tickets to only Groveport Madison students

and students from the visiting school (alumni and community

members can still enter); removing troublemakers; removing

vehicles from the fire lanes; and issuing school radios to personnel.

Other potential actions would be to add lighting to the high

school’s north parking lot, using security scanning wands at entry

gates, and checking vehicles as they enter the school grounds.

Groveport Madison Superintendent James Grube said other

security measures will remain confidential.

“Many of the loiterers outside the stadium were from outside

our school district community and the person arrested was also

not from here,” said Smathers. “The people fighting weren’t from

here. We have to make sure our games are community events.”

Groveport Madison Board of Education President Chris

Snyder, who was at the Aug. 19 game said, “We have good people

doing good things to work together to care for each other and keep

everyone safe. I’m saddened and upset by what happened, but

proud of our community and how everyone helped each other.”

Members of the Groveport Madison Board of Education all

mentioned how proud they were of the first responders, school

staff, and community for their efforts during the incident.

Police and Fire departments, and the Franklin County

Sheriff’s Office in responding to the incidents at the


Groveport Madison response

In an official statement from Groveport Madison

Schools, Superintendent James Grube said, “As we

debriefed with police officials following the incident,

we learned that several of our students and youths

from other area high schools were loitering outside of

the stadium. In addition, several out-of-district students

got tickets to enter the stadium for the game. We

will immediately implement safeguards to restrict outof-district

youth (exempting students from the visiting

team) from obtaining tickets to our events.”

Grube said the district makes efforts to prevent

youths from loitering outside the stadium during athletic

events and that district officials will revisit these


Grube thanked the Groveport and Madison

Township police departments.

“We work very closely with these two agencies and

regularly review safety plans and conduct training

drills for incidents of this nature,” said Grube. “They

are incredible partners in keeping our students and

school community safe. While we all will agree that

this is an intolerable and unacceptable incident, we

can’t let it diminish the hard work that goes into and

the many benefits that are derived from student athletic

events and other extracurricular activities.”

Grube said the district will continue to evaluate

what occurred and will look for “additional opportunities

to improve our practices and other systems to

ensure the safety of our students, staff, families, and

guests attending our events.”


Reactions to the shooting

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

It was a sound no one expects to hear at

a high school football game. A sharp, popping,

cracking sound - the sound of gunfire.

The six gunshots happened toward the

end of the Canal Winchester at Groveport

Madison varsity football game at

Groveport Madison High School on Aug.


(See an article detailing the incident on

page 1 of this edition of the Messenger.)

Reactions when the shots were fired

•When the shots were first heard, players

on the field on both teams instinctively

flinched and looked around. Some then ran

for cover while others ducked and hit the

ground seeking safety. As some Groveport

Madison football players hit the ground to

avoid the bullets, coaches and others got in

front of the players to help protect them.

Police officers and school staff ran toward

the gunfire to find and apprehend the

shooter and keep people safe.

•The Cruiser Stadium announcer told

spectators and players to get low and evacuate

the stadium. Parents and school staff

used their own bodies to shield and protect

children. Other parents looked for their

kids. People ran for cover. Luckily, no one

was struck by the gunshots.

•A Groveport Madison football player

gave his helmet to a child to wear to help

protect them.

•Cruiser football players and cheerleaders

helped people clear safely from the


•A kid was scared and agitated, but his

friend put his arms around him to calm

him down.

•Canal Winchester Athletic Director

Pat Durbin said prior to the game officials

from both Canal Winchester and Groveport

Madison worked to make the stadium a

safe and secure environment. He also said

the game was well played with both Canal

Winchester Indian and Groveport Madison

Cruiser players showing great sportsmanship

toward each other.

“There were no unsportsmanlike conduct

penalties, no unnecessary roughness

penalties, and players helped each other

up after plays,” said Durbin. “The players

exhibited great behavior.”

Durbin said he was proud of the Canal

Winchester football coaches, band director,

cheerleading coach, and players.

“They stayed with the kids to ensure

their protection,” said Durbin. “They got

them quickly and safely out of the stadium.

The players looked out for one another.

One player carried a special needs student

out. Another player put his shoulder pads

on a cheerleader to help protect her.”

Durbin said the Cruiser players checked

on the Indian players and the Indian players

checked on the Cruiser players, both

teams making sure everyone was okay.

“We were all one team then,” said

Durbin. “There is competition on the field,

but both teams and schools were a band of

brothers and sisters. There is respect

“Let’s not forget about all the

good there is in Groveport


- Shawn Cleary

Groveport City Councilman


•Madison Township Fire Chief Derek

Robinson said students escaping the gunfire

crossed State Route 317 to the fire station

because “they know it is a safe space.”

Firefighters placed fire trucks at the intersection

of State Route 317 and the school

entrance to help protect people crossing to

the fire station. He said people fleeing

Cruiser Stadium also went down the road

to seek shelter at the nearby Waffle House.

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams

said the Groveport and Canal Winchester

communities are united.

“The two communities have come

together to rally for mutual support,” said

Adams. “There is no animosity between the

two communities.”

•In an official statement released Aug.

23, Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp

said, “As all of our organizations work

together to address the safety and wellbeing

of our residents, students and visitors

to Groveport, we will continue to strive

to provide a professional level of public

service. All of our organizations will continue

to work together toward continuing

that goal. We are one community and we

will continue to operate in that manner.”

(See the mayor’s full statement on page 4 of

this edition of the Messenger.)

•At Groveport City Council’s Aug. 22

meeting, council members reflected on the

shooting incident.

Councilman Shawn Cleary said, “Let’s

not forget about all the good there is in

Groveport Madison. There’s a lot of good

kids in this district and a lot of good teachers,

coaches, and staff. Friday was a bad

night, but there is positive stuff in the district.

A good education is there if you want

it. We have good people in our schools.”

Councilman Jack Rupp commended the

efforts of the police and fire personnel on

the scene saying they did “outstanding


Councilman Scott Lockett concurred

stating it was a “strong effort by our


“Thank goodness no one was hurt,” said

Councilwoman Becky Hutson.

Councilman Ed Dildine added, “Great

work by everybody. There’s always room to

learn and grow.”

“Lots of prayers,” said Councilwoman

Jean Ann Hilbert.

•All in all, police, firefighters, school

administrators and staff, and others

worked together effectively get people to


“It was a terrible situation that brought

out the best in everyone,” said Groveport

Madison Schools Superintendent James


Groveport history films

Two documentary films on the history of

Groveport, produced by the Groveport

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are

now available for viewing online on

YouTube.The films are: “Groveport: A

Town and Its People” and “The Story of

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”

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Groveport Heritage Museum

The Groveport Heritage Museum contains

photographs, artifacts, and documents

about Groveport’s history. The

museum is located in Groveport Town

Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during

Groveport Town Hall’s operating hours.

Call 614-836-3333.

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Groveport Garden Club

The Groveport Garden Club meets the

first Tuesday each month (unless otherwise

announced) at Groveport Zion

Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road.

Anyone interested in gardening welcome.

Call Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-1097.

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Digging up history in Brook Alley

As workers made improvements to Groveport’s Brook Alley

they recently dug up a bit of the town’s history.

They unearthed

old wooden railroad

Editor’s Notebook

ties, as well as some

spikes, that were

buried a foot or two under the alley pavement.

These railroad ties were once part of a

railroad track spur embedded in the alley

that extended from the railroad line on the

north end of town. The tracks ran down

Brook Alley and connected to the former

Claycraft brick plant that once operated on

the southern edge of Groveport along the

Ohio and Erie Canal. The railroad spur’s bed

is also still slightly visible in the grass north

of Grove Street where it curves off the existing

railroad tracks and then down Brook



Palsgrove The tracks in Brook Alley were in place in

the late 19th and early 20th centuries and

most likely removed once the brick plant ceased operations in the


Imagine walking down the street in those days and seeing a big

locomotive chugging through the center of town down Brook Alley

as it crossed Main Street!

The soil south of Groveport was ripe with high quality clay for

the making of bricks. William Mason first opened a brick and tile

yard in the 19th century along the Ohio and Erie Canal near

College Street. The brick plant was later operated by the Claycraft

company. Many homes and businesses in Groveport, Madison

Township, and Columbus are made from Groveport brick. The

brick plant provided a lot of jobs for Groveport residents.

For a large part of its history, the brick plant shipped its brick

and tile on canal boats. But, as the canal faded in the late 19th

century and the railroad became the more prominent form of

transportation, the railroad spur was built on Brook Alley to connect

the brick plant to the main railroad line so the brick and tile

could be shipped by freight train.

There was a fire at the brick plant in 1911, but repairs were

made and the company continued to operate before it closed for

good in the 1920s.

9/11 remembrance

A remembrance ceremony for 9/11 will

be held Sept. 11 at 1 pm. at Motts Military

Museum at 5075 S Hamilton Road in

Groveport. The program ins presented by

the Madison Township Fire Department in

conjunction with Motts Military Museum.

Guest speakers are Motts Military

Museum Director Warren Motts, retired

Madison Township Fire Chief Robert

Bates, FDNY EMS member Stephen

Spelman, and Lt. Dominick Maggiore from


The Groveport Madison High School

choir will sing the “National Anthem,”

Shane Cartmill and Alexander Poth will

perform “TAPS,” there will be a 21 gun

salute by the Groveport Police, a bell ceremony,

and bagpipes performing “Amazing

Grace.” The museum will open at 11 a.m.

that day and admission is free.

Mayor responds to

shooting at football game

To the Groveport Community:

As the mayor of Groveport and a proud

Cruiser alum, I want to address the shooting

incident that occurred at last Friday’s

(Aug. 19) Cruiser football game. First, I

appreciate the professionalism and skilled

manner in dealing with a critical incident

that was exemplified by the Groveport

Police Department and the law enforcement

and fire departments that assisted

during the event. I couldn’t be prouder of

the response and how quickly an apprehension

was made. Thank you to all

involved with keeping spectators, players

and all others at the game safe.

Please know that the city of Groveport,

the Groveport Madison School District,

Madison Township administrators, and

first responders have been in discussions

since Friday about actions that can be

taken to minimize the potential of similar

events occurring. I appreciate the relationships

that all of the stated agencies have

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

As workers were making improvements to Groveport’s Brook

Alley they unearthed old wooden railroad ties that were once

embedded in the alley as part of a railroad track spur.

The railroad line on the north edge of town opened in Groveport

in 1868 connecting the town with Columbus and southeast Ohio as

well as points beyond.

In the 1860s, the original plan called for running a railroad

route from Columbus to Asbury to Canal Winchester to Lancaster

and Nelsonville. Groveport leaders realized that if the railroad

bypassed their town it would a devastating impact on the village’s

economy. Groveport businessman Michael Corbett lead the way to

attracting the railroad to come through Groveport instead. Corbett

donated some his land for the railroad right of way through town

and the village raised $25,000 in stock subscriptions plus an additional

$7,500 to secure the railroad route through Groveport.

The railroad proved to be a boon to Groveport providing important

freight and passenger service for many years. Trains still

pass through Groveport, but no longer stop in town.

The old wooden railroad ties in Brook Alley that were recently

dug up by workers are weathered, a bit rotted, and beat up. But

they served their purpose in helping Groveport become what it is


Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport Messenger.


with each other and, more importantly,

how all understand that our job is to provide

a safe and enjoyable community to the

greater Groveport area.

Discussions will continue, including at

the Aug. 24 Groveport Madison School

Board meeting, about safety measures that

can be implemented for not only football

games, but all community events that take

place in Groveport.

We should all be proud of the efforts of

our local law enforcement agencies and fire

department for their continual commitment

to the community.

As all of our organizations work together

to address the safety and well-being of

our residents, students and visitors to

Groveport, we will continue to strive to

provide a professional level of public service.

All of our organizations will continue to

work together toward continuing that goal.

We are one community and we will continue

to operate in that manner.

Groveport Proud.

Lance Westcamp, mayor

City of Groveport


Income tax revenue

The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-to-date as of

July 31 was $12.1 million, which is 15 percent higher than the

same time in 2021, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason

Carr. Carr noted the general fund balance was $6.9 million as of

July 31 or $1.6 million higher than the same time last year.

Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise 55 percent of all city

revenues, the largest part of all the city’s revenues.

Concert at Zion Lutheran

The Reynoldsburg Community Band will perform an outdoor

concert on the back lawn of Groveport Zion Lutheran Church,

6014 Groveport Road, on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. The performance

will include patriotic music and a tribute to 9/11. There will be a

drawing for a $50 Kroger gift card that folks can sign up to win.

Miller’s Ice Cream Truck will serve ice cream.

Groveport KidsFest

KidsFest 2022 will be held Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the

Groveport Recreation Center in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport

Road. This free, fun, family event includes touch-a-truck, Cops-N-

Kids, kids’ crafts, activities, demonstrations, giveaways, food, and

more. There will be a dog variety show at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

presented by Team Zoom dog performers. For information call


Boy Scout Troop 71

Groveport area scouts of Boy Scout Troop 71 meet at Groveport

United Methodist Church, 512 Main St. Cub Scouts, boys and

girls in grades K-5, meet on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts ages

11-18 meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The Girls Troop ages 11-18 meets

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For information visit Beascout.org or contact

Tina Dillman at christinadillman@aol.com.


Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

September 4, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

This is a close up view of the Rich’s Sunoco full service gas station that once operated on Groveport’s

east Main Street in the mid to late 20th century. This photo is from the mid-1960s. The gas station sat

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Eastland-Fairfield Adult Workforce Development

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical

Schools is introducing two new programs as

part of its Adult Workforce Development.

Debuting in 2022 are the plumbing and

facilities maintenance programs, which

join a lineup of available options to adult

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Since 1988, Eastland-Fairfield has

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looking to advance or seek new careers

or increase their financial earning potential.

Adult Workforce Development currently

has seven tuition-based programs

for adult learners to choose from. An eighth

program, state tested nurse assistant will

debut later in the fall.

Eastland Career Center, located in

Groveport, serves as the home to both new

adult programs. Plumbing features a combination

of classroom, laboratory, and

hands-on experience to prepare students

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Township Police seek to buy new cruisers

Also, steps being taken to

improve traffic safety

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Madison Township Police Chief Gary

York wants to take advantage of a chance

to purchase two new 2023 cruisers from

Byers Ford by submitting a non-committing

letter of intent.

“Each year I look at the budget and

needs for the department,” York said during

an Aug. 18 Madison Township trustees

meeting. “With supply chain issues, we’re

seeing the delay (in vehicles). It (letter)

secures our place in line. We’re not the

only agency impacted by this. This could

have a snowball effect if we skip another

(purchasing) cycle. The cost has gone up as

well. We’re looking at $122,234 total,

including new equipment.”

York said the Grove City Police

Department ordered new vehicles in

January and has yet to receive them. He

said a Byers Ford representative said vehicle

costs have increased $5,000 to $6,000.

“We want to make sure we want to have

the equipment we need and also be fiscally

responsible,” added Trustee Chairwoman

Michele Reynolds.

York asked the trustees to approve a

shared vehicle agreement with other

Franklin County departments that are part

of OTARMA insurance. Cruisers would be

shared on an as-needed basis for coverage

and protection when vehicles are out of

service. The agreement is similar to one

shared by the fire department with neighboring


Other Madison Township news

•Madison Township Public Works

Superintendent Dave Watkins reported on

efforts to slow down drivers who ignore the

speed limit and pose a threat to pedestrians

crossing at the Dunloe and Hatfield

roads intersection.

“We have quotes that unfortunately

came in double what I was budgeting,” said

Watkins. In response, he explained a

“quick build” plan for the intersection.

“I thought it would be a good fit for the

area,” said Watkins.

Township crews are installing a fourinch

raised crosswalk on the north side of

the intersection, along with ramps and

striping. The same improvements are

planned for Dunloe Road and Dunloe Place

next year.

•Madison Township Administrator

Susan Brobst reported on a resolution to

request dropping the speed limit on

Swisher Road to 35 miles per hour. The

Ohio Department of Transportation–

through the Franklin County Engineer and

after years of discussion–determined the

criteria reducing the speed limit was met.

“This is something the county engineer

has been looking into,” said Brobst. “It

seems like it’s been a long time coming.

We’ll send it (the request) to the engineer’s

office and they’ll take it through the rest of

the process.”

•Additional security cameras are being

installed in the police department, public

works, and administrative buildings after

the trustees approved a purchase agreement

with EPS.

While the cost for the project was higher

than expected, Brobst said the township

hopes to have the cameras installed prior to

the end of the year.

“All of the material is available and not

on backorder,” said Brobst. “We have a

camera at the front door at the community

center. With our system, we’ll be able to

monitor from cell phones.”

•Madison Township will hold a tire

drive - where residents of the township,

Canal Winchester, and Groveport can recycle

rimless junk tires - on Sept. 27 from 1-7

p.m. at Brobst Park, 5321 Winchester Pike,

Canal Winchester. No commercial vehicle

tires will be accepted. Maximum of 10 tires

per household. Bring your driver’s license

or a utility bill for proof of residency. For

information visit madisontownship.org or

call 614-836-5308.

September 4, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7

Lithopolis Honeyfest

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

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Halloween Block Party

Groveport’s annual Halloween Block

Party will be held Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.

at Main and Front streets by Groveport

Town Hall, 648 Main St. The event features

free Little Italy pizza slices, popcorn,

goodie bags, and music by the Groveport

Madison High School band. The block

party is courtesy of the Groveport Police,

Madison Township Fire Department,

Groveport Town Hall, Paddock Pub, and

Groveport Moose Lodge. For information

call 614-836-3333.

Columbus Chorus performs

Rise and shine for brunch with the

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Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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When will Groveport’s two new Main Street buildings open?

Two restaurants will occupy spaces

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport’s two new Main Street buildings are expected

to open by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

The two, new city owned buildings are part of the city of

Groveport’s $8.5 million 1847 Main Project, which includes

the 14,145 square foot Rarey’s Port (674 Main St.) building

and the 12,184 square foot Wert’s Grove building.

Delaney’s Diner — a breakfast, lunch, brunch restaurant

— will occupy space in the Rarey’s Port building. Little

Italy Pizza, which has operated at 619 Main St. for 43

years, plans to move into the Wert’s Grove building.

Little Italy will occupy the entire first floor of the Wert’s

Grove building. Delaney’s Diner will occupy 4,958 square

feet of the first floor of the Rarey’s Port building, or Units

A-D on the west end of the building, including the patio.

“At this point it appears as though both the Delaney’s

and Little Italy projects should be complete around the

same time, toward the end of the year or first part of 2023,”

said Groveport Development Director Jeff Green. “We

have strong prospective tenants lined up for the remaining

2,059 square feet of the Rarey’s Port building and look forward

to announcing the names of the businesses soon. We

are currently negotiating the leases with the owner of both


When asked what is causing any delays in the completion

of the buildings, Green said, “Mostly design.

Architectural and engineering schedules. Architectural




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Huntington Bank/Groveport - 556 Main St.

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and engineering firms are extraordinarily busy right

now and, unfortunately, these are not their only

projects. At various times in the design process, we

experienced long delays getting CAD drawings and

mechanical, electrical and plumbing plans turned

around. Most of this is just a product of the current

building environment.”

Green said it is important for residents to understand

that supply chain issues and long delivery

lead times of certain products can still affect the

completion schedule once construction commences.

“Contractors are looking for alternates that can

offer quicker delivery time, so hopefully any further

delays will be minimized.,” said Green. “Most of the

kitchen equipment has already delivered to the

Wasserstrom warehouse and is awaiting to delivery

to the two sites. Both tenants have already ordered

their furniture and specialized equipment not

included with the spaces.”

As of now there are no tenants lined up for the

second floors of both buildings.

“The buildings were financed with a mixture of

taxable and non-taxable bonds,” said Green.

“Essentially non-taxable bonds are paying for the

first floor retail space (which means income tax dollars

cannot be used to repay the debt) and taxable

bonds for the second floor space. Using taxable

bonds means we have to declare the second floors of

both buildings as government use.”

Green said the city’s first priority was to get the

first floor spaces filled with restaurants and or retail

businesses the community has desired.

“Once the first floor spaces are complete

and the businesses have opened, we’ll be

turning our attention to the second floor

spaces and determining how best to use

them,” said Green. “Small business development

and incubation is a strong possibility for at

least one of the buildings.”

Once the buildings are open city officials are

planning for ribbon cutting events and will participate

in any grand opening celebrations the businesses

want to plan in their respective locations.

The two new buildings are spurring new interest

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove

The Wert’s Grove building, located at Main and College streets.

The Rarey’s Port building, located on Main Street near its intersection

with Wirt Road.

in Groveport’s historic downtown.

“We are already seeing increased interest in further

development of the downtown,” said Green. “It’s still to

early to talk about specifics, but parking is one issue that,

if solutions can be found to provide additional parking it

should result in further retail and commercial development.”

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Image courtesy of Little Italy Pizza & MA Design

A rendering of the look of the proposed interior design of the new Little Italy space in the Wert’s Grove building.



Library School Help Centers

Groveport Madison Schools invites senior

residents of the district to attend athletic

and performing arts programs attend showcasinl

the talents of its students. The


Golden Cruiser Club is a free program for

residents of the Groveport Madison School

District who are age 60 and older. Club

membership provides free access to all

school and district sponsored athletic contests,

plays, concerts, and other events. To

become a member of the Golden Cruiser

Club, obtain an application at

www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school

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

for membership are that applicants requirem

age 60 or older and be a resident of


Groveport Madison Schools (verified by

the Franklin County Auditor’s website). (verified by


The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s

School Help Centers for grades K-12 open

Aug. 22 with staff and volunteers are

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give your students access to technology,

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Groveport city council

Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help Groveport City Council holds its regular

for information. Hours vary by location. meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and

Local library information. School Hours Help Centers vary by are: location. fourth Mondays of the month. Council

L •Southeast Branch, 3980 S. Hamilton

Road, Groveport. Monday-Thursday from

4-7 p.m. and Friday from 3-6 p.m.

•Canal Winchester Branch, 115

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•South High Branch, 3540 S. High St.,

Columbus. Monday-Thursday from 3:30-

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holds its committee of the whole meeting

on the third Monday each month at 5:30

p.m. Meetings are held in the municipal

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School board meetings

The Groveport Madison Board of

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

District Service Center, 4400 Marketing

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also schedule special meetings, as needed.

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•Wagnalls Memorial Library is located

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(614) 837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.

•The Southeast Branch of the

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e plot leaves the audience ‘spinning’

Although Jeff Baena is not a prolific

director or a well-known screenwriter, his

work thus far in the industry has garnered

him a reputation as someone who is capable

of piercing the hearts of an audience

with eccentric comedies that examine the

meaning of life (2004’s “I Heart

Huckabees”) and also causing the minds of

an audience to go into a state of bewilderment

with eccentric comedies that examine

the meaning of life (2014’s “Life After

Beth”; 2017’s “The Little Hours”; and

2020’s “Horse Girl”).

With a majority of his credits listed

above, one might argue that his earliest


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to strange and unusual movies.

That inquisitiveness about his work is

what brought me to “Spin Me Round,”

another eccentric comedy that examines

the meaning of life. Released on demand

this weekend, the film doesn’t delve as

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question in relation to his prior films, but it

does hit on those existential themes of

“What are we doing here?” and “Why am I

doing what I’m doing?”

Asking herself that question on a near

daily basis is Amber, the central character

played by Alison Brie. Amber is a very

guarded person, one not quite willing to

take a leap of faith, but years before the

story in the movie begins, she did just that

by leaving her financially secure job as a

manager of a popular Italian eatery to open

her own restaurant with her flaky

boyfriend. When the film opens, she is back

at her old position at Tuscan Grove, working

tirelessly to build back her savings

after her restaurant and her relationship

went up into flames (figuratively for the

former, probably literally with the latter).

To acknowledge the “dedication of his

workers,” Tuscan Grove’s CEO Nick

Martucci (a delightfully wacky Alessandro

Nivola) invites Amber and a number of

other managers across the region to attend

an all-expense paid trip to the Tuscan

Grove Institute in Italy where they will be

immersed in “cuisine and culture” while

staying in a lush villa. At first, Amber is

hesitant to attend this lavish affair, but she

is lured by the promise of trying something

new, something different, and possibly

finding love again — romantic love and the

love for her job and life.

Immediately, she gets an inkling that

things are not as they were promised —

their guide Craig (Ben Sinclair) wants their

passports for safe-keeping and their “lush

villa” is in the back of a lush villa, overlooking

the dumpsters — but she tries to make

the best of her situation by striking up

awkward work-like friendships with fellow

Tuscan Grove branch managers Deb (Molly

Shannon), Susie (Debby Ryan), Jen (Ayden

Mayeri), Dana (Zach Woods) and Fran (Tim


The part of this movie that works the

best is within this ensemble as they all

work well off of each other; but they are

soon split apart as Nick (the Tuscan Grove

CEO) casts his eye on Amber, dreamily

Franklin County Auditor Michael

Stinziano launched a Property eAlert system

that helps protect homeowners from

title theft and fraud.

The auditor’s Property eAlerts notification

system is a free service that allows

property owners to sign up to receive an

email alert whenever a change is made to

the owner name, address, or appraised

value associated with a property’s record.

The Property eAlerts system is integrated

into the office’s real estate record database

and provides registered homeowners with

immediate notification of a change in their

property’s ownership or value.

“The Property eAlerts system is a simple

way to protect homeowners and give

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wooing her as he likens

her to his deceased sister.

As their ethically

questionable relationship

begins to deepen,

and as Nick begins to

introduce Amber to a



new world of intrigue,

the film kinda loses

the plot and begins to

unravel as a whole.

There is a whole subplot

involving Nick’s assistant Kat (Audrey

Plaza), the disappearance of the lovelorn

chef that gave them culinary tips (a hysterical

Lauren Weedman) the “poisoning” of

her fellow managers, and the strange

behavior of the elite company Nick keeps,

to name a few.

Although each of these subplots are very

entertaining (it takes a while for all of them

to make sense) it gives “Spin Me Round” a

sense of unbalance and it makes the audience

feel as if it isn’t quite sure what it

wants to be. Is it a romance? A satirical

romance? Is it a murder-mystery? Is it an

abduction story? Is it pointed commentary

about relationships as a whole? Or perhaps

pointed commentary about work and

wealth? At times, it tries to be all those

things, but as stated before its zaniness

and its messaging work within the ensemble,

not quite as much without it.

With plenty of laughs and absurdity to

go around, there is a lot to enjoy with “Spin

Me Round” but try as hard as the cast and

their impeccable comedic timing might,

they cannot entirely save the struggling

narrative that runs throughout the movie

or the plot that feels like it is just throwing

things at the wall to see what sticks.

Grade: C

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

Protect yourself from title theft and fraud

them peace of mind about the security of

one of their most valuable assets,”

Stinziano said.

The new system addresses concerns

about the security of property deeds and

the threat that a home’s title could be

stolen by a fraudulent actor who files a

counterfeit deed and transfers the home

out of their ownership.

In addition to the new eAlerts system,

all property transfers are processed by the

auditor’s office and require notarization as

a safeguard against fraud. Anyone who

suspects they are a victim of fraud can call

the auditor’s office fraud hotline at 614-


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