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September 18 - October 1, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 7

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Madison High School interim principal Duane Bland (left) and Deputy Superintendent Paul

Smathers (right) install security fencing outside the entry gates to Cruiser Stadium prior to the Cruisers’

Sept. 2 varsity football game with Worthington Kilbourne. Security measures were stepped up following a

shooting that occurred at the Aug. 19 game against Canal Winchester at the stadium.

New security measures effective

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Things were a lot calmer at the Groveport Madison High

School football game against Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 2.

New security measures were in place in and around Cruiser

Stadium after a shooting and fights occurred at the Cruisers’

Aug. 19 game against Canal Winchester High School. The shooter

fired six shots from a Glock 10mm hand gun that was altered

to make it fully automatic. Fortunately none of the bullets

struck anyone.

“We believe the additional precautions taken this past Friday

night (Sept. 2) for the football game were very effective,” said

Groveport Madison Communications Director Jeff Warner.

“We’ve received several positive comments from staff and guests

who attended the game regarding its orderliness and positive

atmosphere”

“Considering there were no violent incidents (at the Sept. 2

game) I’d say the security measures were effective,” said

Groveport Police Lt. Josh Short. “I think the school district did

a great job with its changes and how it pushed that information

out to the community. The implementation was well done.”

See SECURITY, page 2

Eleven Groveport Police officers and

one Madison Township Police officer

were on duty at the Sept. 2 game at

Cruiser Stadium.

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School officials

consider timing of

levy and bond issue

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Voters in the Groveport Madison school district could see a

request to renew the district’s operating levy in November 2023

and a possible request for a bond issue in 2024.

The district’s existing five year renewal general operating levy

is tentatively scheduled for the November 2024 ballot as that is

latest date it can be approved for the district to start collecting

money in 2025.

However, the Groveport Madison Board of Education does not

want to place an operating levy and bond issue on the same ballot,

or even on different ballots in the same year. The board feels it is

better to separate the possible ballot issues.

“It’s what the community wants,” said board member Seth

Bower of separating the potential levy and bond issue. “We also

need to be as transparent as possible.”

Earlier this year, as part of the Master Facilities Plan process,

the board approved contracting with SHP Architects for $77,000

for facility planning regarding the potential renovation, expansion,

or replacement of the district’s existing elementary and middle

schools.

SHP representatives spoke at the board’s Sept. 7 meeting and

said the earliest the district could place the renewal of the existing

operating levy on the ballot is November 2023 with the potential

to go back to voters, if the levy were rejected, in March 2024

or November 2024. They said if the levy were to pass in November

2023 the district could then place a bond issue for new school

buildings and/or building improvements on the November 2024

ballot. Under this scenario, work on the district’s Master

Facilities Plan could begin in the fall of 2023 and be completed by

the spring of 2024 to be ready for Ohio Facilities Construction

Commission consideration for state funding by July 2024.

District officials state overcrowding is the central issue facing

the district, but other factors to be considered in the facilities

planning process include the age, condition, efficiency, adaptability,

and cost to maintain the existing elementary and middle

schools.

To deal with overcrowding,

the district

has 24 modular classrooms

in use, including

a single quadclassroom

unit at

Groveport Elementary,

two doubleclassroom

units at

Asbury Elementary

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Elementary.

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SECURITY

Continued from page 1

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The crowd of fans at Cruiser Stadium was sparse at the Sept. 2 game against Worthington Kilbourne as

attendance numbered in the hundreds compared to the estimated 2,500 who attended the Aug. 19 game

against Canal Winchester.

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On Aug. 29, a grand jury indicted James Keys, the

alleged shooter at the Aug. 19 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 the weapons had been altered to be

fully automatic.

When asked what security measures worked at the

Sept. 2 game and what needs improvement, Short said,

“School staff set up two pre-screening areas that

guests had to pass through prior to the ticket gate. In

these areas visitors were scrutinized for bags (which

were generally forbidden) and other suspicious clothing

or items. Staff shut off all admittance at the end of

the second quarter, which greatly aided in discouraging

the problematic elements from showing up at or

after halftime to not watch the game and generally

cause trouble.”

Short said extra police officers were added, which

allowed for “vigorous patrol of the parking lot to prevent

loitering and gathering of disruptive groups.”

“We had 11 Groveport Police officers and one

Madison Township Police officer working the game on

Sept. 2,” said Short. “Madison Township School

Resource Officer Keith Mallory regularly works the

football games with us as he and Groveport School

Resource Officer Boso are more familiar with the high

school kids. We consider Keith part of our team.”

Short said the only incident of note at the Sept. 2

game was one high school student being expelled from

the stadium for yelling at students and attempting to

start a fight.

“Other than that everyone peacefully watched the

game from the bleachers and visited the concession

stand as intended,” said Short. “All the officers had

people approach them to thank them for their actions

in responding to and catching the shooting suspect at

the game on Aug. 19. We had many people comment

on the more relaxed atmosphere of this game and the

absence of turbulent juveniles allowing people to simply

‘watch some high school football’ (where the

Cruisers defeated the Wolves 21-6.)”

Warner said, while there are elements of the safety

and security plans that officials are unable to share

publicly, they believe everything worked as it was

expected.

“We will refine our check-in process, where guests

will go through a safety zone before they can enter the

stadium,” said Warner.

Spectator attendance at the Sept. 2 game against

Worthington Kilbourne was noticeably lower than at

the Aug. 19 game against Canal Winchester. About

2,500 fans were estimated to have attended the Canal

Winchester game, but at the game against

Worthington Kilbourne the crowd was estimated to

number in the hundreds.

“Attendance was down significantly from the Canal

Winchester game, so it will be interesting to see how

things shake out if attendance is back up for the

Reynoldsburg and/or Pickerington Central games,”

said Short.

However, Short said there was a special fan in

attendance at the Sept. 2 game.

“(Former Cruiser and NFL star running back)

Le’Veon Bell showed up to watch the game with an

entourage including his small fluffy dog,” said Short.

Warner said district officials have no data from

which to draw a definitive conclusion regarding the

lower than usual turnout for the home football gam on

Sept. 2.

“If it was because of the incident at the previous

home game (Aug. 19), we hope that our fans will feel

more assured and comfortable coming out to future

games now that they’re aware of the additional safety

and security measures we have in place,” said Warner.

“We will continue to monitor and assess the situation

each week and make any necessary adjustments.”

Security measures include: not allowing backpacks

or large bags; increasing the number of special duty

police officers; extending the safety check 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 fire lanes; and issuing school radios to personnel.

Other potential actions include adding lighting

to the high school’s north parking lot, using security

scanning wands at entry gates, and checking vehicles

entering the school grounds.


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9-11 Remembrance

Messenger photos by Theresa Garee

The Madison Township Fire Department Honor Guard, the Madison Township

Police Department, and the Ohio division of Firefighters Pipes & Drums presented

the colors at the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony held Sept. 11 at Motts Military

Museum in Groveport. The ceremony honored those who lost their lives in the terrorist

attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, D.C., and in the air

over Pennsylvania. See additional photos online at columbusmessenger.com.

TIMING

Continued from page 1

Groveport Madison Superintendent

James Grube said that, if the district staggers

the levy and bond issue requests, the

Master Facilities Plan process would need

to be paused.

“We would have to wait until we are

much closer to the ballot,” said Grube.

“There’s only so much work we can do

because we would be two years out (from

the 2024 ballot). We can continue to look at

what we can do right now to address

crowding.”

September 18, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3

Board member Libby Gray said she

wants to see district officials get started

now on getting community involvement in

the facilities planning process and see

what the community is willing to support.

“We need to plan ahead,” said Gray.

“We need to better explain the process and

decision making to the community and

have them involved. We’ve got time to get

everyone involved and let them see what

the proposals could be.”

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Groveport history films

Two documentary films on the history of Groveport, produced

by the Groveport Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are now

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Sparkling at the Honeyfest

Becky Mitchell, a Groveport artisan, helps her suncatchers grab a little sunshine

and sparkle during the Lithopolis Honeyfest. The Honeyfest was held Sept. 9-10

and featured bee beards, beekeepers, art, live music, honey bake-off, Ohio Honey

Show, honey extracting, hive inspections, junior beekeeping, the American Honey

Queen, honey, honey tasting, and more.

Township Police statistics

August crime statistics from the

Madison Township Police: 3 accidents with

injuries, 4 animal complaints, 5 assaults,

83 patrol security checks at Brobst Park, 1

burglary, 28 domestic complaints, 4 driving

under the influence OVI, 7 hit skip

accidents, 11 juvenile complaints, 13 larceny/theft,

9 missing persons, 1 narcotics, 53

parking violations, 2 person with gun, 12

property damage accidents, 2 rapes, 2

shootings, 5 shots fired in area, 17 suspicious

cars,21 suspicious persons, 20 suspicious

persons/vehicles, 5 threats or harassment,

139 traffic stops, 5 vandalism.

Township tire drive

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.

Tire Sweep at Walnut Creek

The city of Canal Winchester Storm

Water Department will hold its 14th annual

tire sweep and creek clean-up along

Walnut Creek from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 1.

City staff will work with volunteers to

remove tires in the Walnut Creek basin.

Volunteers should meet at Walnut Woods

Metro Park office, located at 6723

Lithopolis Road, at 8 a.m. on Oct. 1.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided

for all volunteers, compliments of Park

Manager Mindi McConnell. Canoes and

kayaks are welcome or volunteers may

wade through the creek. Tires will be collected

rain or shine. No RSVP is required.

For information, contact Mindi

McConnell, Metro Parks manager, at 614-

836-2683 or Canal Winchester Urban

Forester Dick Miller at 614-834-5110.

Library School Help Centers

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s

School Help Centers for grades K-12 are

open with staff and volunteers are ready to

help. These after-school spaces give students

access to technology, resources and

the library’s books and materials.

Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help.

Local School Help Centers are:

•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

Franklin St., Canal Winchester. Monday-

Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday

from 3-6 p.m.


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Drowning in dullness

There is a scene in the movie

“Maneater” where a character is knocked

unconscious and drifts away into the ocean

after being hit in the head by a shark fin.

Under normal circumstances, this could

have elicited deep sadness or a sharp burst

of laughter depending on the context of the

material, but in real time all I could summon

was a sense of envy because this person

was able to escape the banality of this

film whereas I still had a half-an-hour to

go.

It is important for me to note that I did

not start watching this creature feature

with any hint of disdain in my heart, nor

did I view it as an opportunity to brush up

on my sass and snark skills.

I always try to keep an open mind about

the movies I will be watching and reviewing,

but I have to admit I had an inkling

this might not be an award-winner.

After all, you can only expect so much

with a plot that revolves around a lone

shark that “hunts” a group of people on

vacation.

Sense of unease aside, I wanted to give

it a chance to see what it had to offer in

terms of acting, directing, writing, cinematography,

or, you know, entertainment

value. Well, it turns out it does not offer

much as a whole besides the sense of relief

you will feel when the final credits start to

roll.

With its plot and the, ahem, talent of its

cast, “Maneater” would have been much

better served had it embraced complete

stupidity. There are plenty of movies out

there who do this — “Piranha 3D” and

“Sharknado” are classic examples of campy

horror comedies that come immediately to

mind — and its writer and director, and its

primary and secondary cast, should have

wrapped their arms around it and just had

so much fun. Instead, writer and director

Justin Lee and its primary and secondary

cast all treat this as a much more serious

affair — or at least I think that’s what they

were going for.

This film is so bad that it is really hard

to tell what they wanted to do, other than

go to Hawaii, that is. (Not that I blame

them for that.)

It starts somewhat promising with a

scene that takes place with an underwater

diver exploring a cave. Then, just as they

are getting comfortable with their bearings,

a decent animatronic shark whips

around a dark corner and makes mincemeat

out of his body. The suit, inexplicably,

fares much better.

Having set up a sense of danger and

intrigue, the film then tries to get the audience

to care about the core cast of characters.

It sets up a sob story with its lead,

Jessie (played by Nikky Whelan), who was

dumped shortly before her wedding, and a

rally story with her friends, who are trying

to cheer her up by going on a group vacation.

Despite forlornly looking at her engagement

ring and sighing a lot, she agrees to

do every activity they

want to do, including

taking a trip to a

secluded cove where

there are dolphins a

plenty.

But what they do

not know is that these

waters are being

“stalked” by a maneating

shark and it

apparently has them

in its sights. Maybe it was paid to do so by

the fiancé, or his family who never liked

her anyway?

Attempting to give this Z-movie a B-

movie action hero is country music star

Trace Adkins, who plays a rugged islander

named Harlan. Weeks prior to the main

group’s arrival, Harlan’s daughter was

killed by this “rogue shark” and he has

made it his mission to track and kill his

nemesis.

Like most of this movie, I’m not sure

what he was going for, but I don’t think it

bodes well for his upcoming stint as one of

the leads in the Fox television series

“Monarch.”

Anyway, with a hat full of shark teeth

and vest full of shells, he goes out to trap

the shark and maybe play rescue to a

group of friends in distress. If he isn’t too

late, that is. Personally, you won’t care

much about the characters because they

are so poorly developed it will be hard to

remember their faces or names.

Although I can be quite the movie snob,

I am not above liking a dumb movie (see

the classic examples of campy horror listed

above because I genuinely love those) but

there has to be another contributing factor

to make it likeable, loveable, or even

watchable.

Besides a few cool shots of the island

and a few funny and oddly edited throwaway

scenes of cliff divers diving right into

the mouth of the leaping shark, this film

has nothing truly going for it. It’s not full of

intriguing drama, relationship strife, or

even planned absurdity.

It is just dull and a complete waste of

time and a waste of an opportunity to be

something on the right side of entertainingly

stupid.

Grade: F

The Reel Deal

Dedra

Cordle

This film is so bad that it is

really hard to tell what they wanted

to do, other than go to Hawaii,

that is. (Not that I blame them for

that.)

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.

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A bi-monthly feature celebrating our community’s senior citizens

Ohio State Fair honors Groveport’s mayor

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp has

been raising Landrace hogs for 50 years

and showing them at fairs and expositions

for 25 years.

“Fifty years ago, in 1972, my mom drove

me in an old pick-up truck to Wapakoneta,

Ohio, where I got my first four Landrace

hogs,” said Westcamp.

He has been raising and showing the

hogs ever since, which has resulted in his

having 14 Grand Champions Landrace

hogs - including the 2022 Ohio State Fair

Grand Champion - as well as serving on the

American Landrace Association Board of

Directors from 2011-17.

All this effort was recently rewarded

when Westcamp was inducted into the

Ohio State Fair Swine Hall of Fame at this

year’s Ohio State Fair.

“What an honor,” said Westcamp. “I didn’t

have a clue I was going to be selected for

the hall of fame. It was especially nice

because when they announced it my 90-

year-old mother was there, which meant so

much to me since she drove me to get my

first Landrace hogs 50 years ago.”

Westcamp - who is a 1975 graduate of

Groveport Madison High School and has

served as mayor of Groveport since 1994 -

said Ohio State Fair Swine Hall of Fame

inductions are done by breed and that the

last induction for someone who raised the

Landrace breed was 22 years ago.

Westcamp keeps his hogs on a farm

located south of Groveport.

“I’ve raised pigs all my life,” said

Westcamp. “Landrace pigs are great mothers

who produce lots of babies and their

milk production for their offspring is unbelievable.”

He said the Landrace breed is a joy to

work with.

“They appreciate the care they get,” said

Westcamp. “Give them good food, water,

and keep them clean and they are one of

the happiest animals around.”

Over the years Westcamp has shown his

Landrace hogs at shows in Ohio,

Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Kentucky,

and Texas.

“The people at the shows are some of the

nicest people you’ll ever meet,” said

Westcamp.

Westcamp said that, over the past three

years, his family has donated a gilt (female

hog) to a young person who wants to raise

hogs but does not have the opportunity to

buy one themselves.

“It helps them and also helps increase

the number of Landrace hogs being raised,”

said Westcamp.

He said raising hogs is enjoyable and

has become a family project as his grandchildren

are now involved.

“One year we had five grandkids all

showing hogs in the same class at the same

time,” said Westcamp. “We have the time of

our lives. That’s what it’s all about.”

Photo courtesy of the Westcamp family and the Ohio State Fair

Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp with his grandchildren Parker, Savannah, and

Sydney Westcamp. His Landrace hog was the 2022 Ohio State Fair Grand Champion.

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•Strength training: Strong muscles help

support and protect joints affected by

arthritis. Lifting weights can provide this.

•Range of motion exercises: Dancing,

tai chi, Pilates, swimming, and other activities

that push the body to stretch and

move help maintain normal joint motion

and relieve stiffness.

•Aerobic activities: Activities such as

brisk walking, bicycle riding, skating and

more are good for the heart.

They also moderate weight, which in

turn puts less strain on joints, particularly

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Some studies show that aerobic exercise

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Before beginning an exercise program,

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Columbus Chorus performs

Rise and shine for brunch with the

Columbus Chorus Sweet Adelines at

Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., on

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

Admission is free. RSVP by Nov. 16.

Call Groveport Town Hall at 614-836-

3333.

Golden Cruiser Club

Groveport Madison Schools invites senior

residents of the district to attend athletic

and performing arts programs showcasing

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

be age 60 or older and be a resident of

Groveport Madison Schools (verified by

the Franklin County Auditor’s website).

Senior Services levy

Voters will decide on the proposed

Franklin County Senior Services levy

renewal on Nov. 8.

The proposed five year tax levy renewal

is for 1.75 mills, $0.175 per $100 of valuation,

commencing in 2022. Officials state it

is not a tax increase.

The levy provides funding for Franklin

County Senior Options and its services

designed to help seniors remain safely at

home. These services include meals-onwheels,

transportation to doctor appointments,

and emergency response buttons.

The existing senior services levy will

expire at the end of 2022. The senior levy is

the main funding source for Senior Options

programs.


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Franklin County Board of Commissioners: President Erica C. Crawley • Commissioner John O’Grady, and Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and The Franklin County Office on Aging join with the Messenger Newspaper in providing this update on aging issues in Franklin County.

Franklin County Office on Aging Presents the

3rd Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo

Spencer 4Higher Media LLC, in partnership with The Ohio

Sickle Cell and Health Association, recently announced that

the Franklin County Office on Aging will present the 3rd

Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo on Saturday, Nov. 5,

2022 in Columbus, OH at The Boat House at Confluence

Park.

The 3rd Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo is a freeone-of-kind

event that allows caregivers, first responders,

essential workers, parents, grandparents and guardians a

chance to enjoy pampering services like massages, reflexology,

mini manicures and facials. Attendees can also participate

in various health and fitness activities throughout the day,

including yoga, aerobics and line dancing. In addition, various

Lunch and Learn sessions with guest speakers will take

place, and community resources and information from health

care organizations, businesses and government agencies will

also be available onsite.

“The Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo is held on the

first Saturday in November kicking off National Caregivers

Month. This year, we are happy to announce that Franklin

County Office on Aging will serve as our Presenting Sponsor,”

said Brenda D. Spencer, President of Spencer 4Higher

Media LLC and Caring for the Caregiver Expo Creator and

Event Chair. “The Franklin County Office on Aging is a perfect

partner and has supported the Caring for the Caregiver

Expo since its inaugural event in 2019,” continued Spencer.

The Franklin County Office on Aging provides centralized

access to diverse programs and individualized services for

older adults, dependent adults, and their families so they can

preserve their independence and stay in their own home.

Franklin County residents aged 60 and older can access various

programs and services through the agency, as well as

support services for caregivers and kinship families, including

adult day services, durable medical equipment, caregiver

counseling and more.

“We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for the 3rd

Annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo,” said Interim Director

Chanda Wingo. “Many caregivers are taking care of a

loved one while also working and being a parent. The long

hours and around the clock care can take a toll on their physical,

mental and emotional well-being. This event is a chance

for them to relax, unwind and recharge so they can continue

providing quality care for those they love,” continued Wingo.

For more information, call (614) 348-2667 or visit

caringforthecaregiverexpo.com.

To learn more about Franklin County Senior Options,

visit officeonaging.org or call (614) 525-6200.


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Remembering the old football field

The old football field located behind

Groveport Madison Middle School Central on

Main Street and is glorious in its simplicity.

In the 1950s and 1960s, when the middle

school was the high school, it was the varsity

football field for the Groveport Madison

Cruisers. It is still in use as a middle school

football field, but it has changed a lot from

the days when I was a kid and my family

would walk down Main Street decades ago on

autumn Friday nights to watch the Cruisers

play in the old Mid-Eight League.

The original scoreboard, which was located

at the west end of the field, is gone. It toppled

over during a wind and rain storm years

ago. It’s only remnants are the circular concrete

pads in the ground that held the wooden

supports for the scoreboard, and those are

being claimed now by grass. The tall poles

with the field lights were taken down in the

early 21st century. The small, brick ticket

booth at the west entrance near the ramp

was torn down years ago. The original red

and black painted “letter H” shaped goal

posts were replaced by more modern goalposts

a while ago.

In its heyday this field held large crowds

of fans. The bleachers on the home side of the

field (north side) were simple, temporary

wooden plank bleachers that in the spring

were disassembled and reassembled at the

nearby baseball field and track. The wooden

planks were a bit

bouncy when one

walked on them. The

seating on the visitors’

side (south side) was a

bit nicer. Those bleachers

were elevated and

had railings. These

stayed in place until

they eventually were

moved to the then new

football field at the

new high school on

South Hamilton Road.

They were used for a

short while there

before being replaced themselves.

Many Cruiser fans who lived in town

walked to the games, like my family. Those

who drove their cars wedged into the two

parking lots - one by the then high school and

the other behind Groveport Elementary. On

nights when the crowd was particularly

large, cars were parked on the nearby baseball

field.

My family and I went to the games to

cheer on the Cruisers and to see my sister

perform in the Groveport Madison Marching

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Fans are shown here crowded on to the small, wooden plank bleachers at Groveport

Madison’s old varsity football field in the mid-1960s.

Band. We had a sideline spot where we stood

and watched the games. It was on the home

side of the field at around the 10 yard line by

the west end zone. It provided a good view of

the game if the action was on the west side of

the 50 yard line, but if it was at the other end

of the field we had to strain a bit to see what

was happening. Often the cheers or murmurs

of the crowd in the bleachers would tip us off

about the action at that end of the field.

The only thing separating the fans from

the field was a metal cable strung between

the light poles. Players would duck under the

cable to get on the field. We could always hear

the players coming from the locker rooms

before the game or after half time because of

the clacking sound their football cleats made

on the asphalt leading to the field.

The red, black and white scoreboard did

not have a digital clock. Instead it had a clock

face with minute and second hands that

moved along counting down the time from 12

minutes to zero in a quarter. The clock was

not exact as, when a referee blew a whistle to

stop play, the second hand always seemed to

keep moving a bit before coming to a stop.

The electric lights on the scoreboard for the

score, quarter, down, and yards to go would

mechanically “click” when they changed.

The field had two concession stands. A

permanent brick one (which is still there) at

the east end of the field and a portable white

concession wagon on wheels at the west end.

This wheeled wagon, like the home bleachers,

would be moved over to the baseball diamond

and track in the spring to be used

there. I have tasty memories of game nights

where I got a treat or two from the wheeled

concession wagon. Early in the fall, when it

was not yet chilly at night, I’d get caramel

apples covered with chipped peanuts. When

it got colder later in the season, a cup of hot

chocolate was called for. The caramel apple

always had that crinkled white paper stuck

to it that you had to pull off at the expense of

a few peanuts.

A noisy aspect of the field was the jet airplanes

that flew directly over the field heading

to Lockbourne (now Rickenbacker) Air

Base. Referees would temporarily stop the

action on the field until the plane passed by

because no one could hear over the roar of the

low flying jet engines. Visiting fans would

look up at the planes in awe and cover their

ears from the noise, while Groveport fans

were so used to seeing and hearing the planes

flying over town daily that they barely

noticed them.

Through my boyhood years of the 1960s

we watched the Cruisers win the Mid-Eight

League title in 1963 and have other successful

seasons. They also had some seasons

where winning was scarce. But it was always

fun to spend a Friday evening at the field

watching the games and absorbing the

atmosphere.

The old football field has long been speculated

to be the burial place of the famed horse,

Cruiser, because his paddock was nearby.

This has never been confirmed, but it seems

to be a likely spot for his last resting place.

This old field has never had an official

name as far as I know. People just call it the

football field.

Maybe, because this field behind

Groveport Madison Middle School Central is

where Cruiser once galloped about, this old

football field should be named Cruiser Field.

Naming the old field this would be a historical

mirror and connection to the current Cruiser

Stadium at the high school on South

Hamilton Road. Just a thought.

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport

Messenger.


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INSURANCE

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Free Doctor visit, free ride,

free food card, free

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HELP WANTED

Hope UM Church in Canal

Winchester needs to hire

a new Choir Director and

Pianist (2 positions). If

interested, please call us

at 614-837-7548 or

email us at

hope.in.canal@gmail.com

Licensed Barber Needed

to take over for retiring

barber. Full or Parttime.

located in Great Southern

Shopping Center. Call

Cindy for more info

614-239-1976

We are now hiring for

Medical Transportation

Drivers. Candidate must

be at least 23 y o with 4 or

less points on license and

able to pass criminal

background check.

Interested parties please

conact Dale Kuhn at 740-

972-0895 for more info.

Kings Kids Daycare

in Grove City is hiring Fun,

Loving Teachers for PT &

FT shifts. Please email

sarragc@outlook.com or

call 614-539-0349

PETS

HOMING PIGEONS

614-662-8655

WANT TO BUY

We Buy Cars & Trucks

$300-$3000.614-308-2626

ANTIQUES

WANTED

Victrolas, Watches,

Clocks, Bookcases

Antiques, Furn.

Jeff 614-262-0676

or 614-783-2629

WE BUY JUNK CARS

Call anytime 614-774-6797

We Buy Junk Cars &

Trucks. Highest Prices

Paid. 614-395-8775

MISC.

FOR SALE

Shop Equipment: Sanders,

Scroll Saw, Buffer & Stand,

& Much More. Call to see.

614-829-5522

Spring Free R79 Medium

Round Trampoline, 2 yrs

old, like new. $500 OBO -

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USED VEHICLES

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740-973-3206

September 18, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 11

xClassified Services

AIR CONDITIONING

AIR CONDITIONING

Complete System

Clean & Check

$49.95

Free Electronic Leak Testing

All Makes • All Models

46 Yrs. Exp. • Senior Discount

614-351-9025

BLACKTOP

SANTIAGO’S

Sealcoating & Services LLC

Quality Materials Used

FALL IS HERE!

Driveway Seal & Repair!

Top Seal Cracks!

Residential & Commercial

Mulching, Edging & Clean-ups

“Ask for whatever you need.”

BBB Accredited-Fully Insured

Call or text for Free Est.

614-649-1200

AGM OHIO

ROOFING &

SEALCOATING

Free Estimates

Cell 614-599-0262

CARPET SALES

CARPET

Gray Saxony

270 sq.ft. w/6 lb Pad

$398.00

Other Carpet AvailableA

Phone or text Ray

740-927-3504

Delivery & Inst. avail.

CLEANING

Looking for Mrs. Clean?

For excellent cleaning serv

at reas. rates w/great refs,

dependable. 10% Seniorr

Disc. Free Est. Also runs

Errands - Gwen 614-226-5229

20 y rs Exp. Commerical

& Residential Cleaning.

Call Judy 614-746-0273

CONCRETE

9/25 A

BLACKTOP SEALING

Driveways & Parking Lots

614-875-7588

CARPET CLEANING

10/9

A/M

CARPET CLEANING

Any 5 areas ONLY $75

Home Powerwash $99-$300

614-805-1084

Specializing in Pet Odors

AJ’s Concrete,

Masonry

Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.

614-419-9932

ALL-CITY CUSTOM

CONCRETE

All Types Concrete Work

New or Tear Out-Replace

40 Yrs. Exp.

(614) 207-5430

Owner is On The Job!

9/25 e/se

9/25 A

CONCRETE

www.hastingsnsons.com

Driveways & Extensions

Patio & Walkways,

Porches & Steps,

Garage/Basement Floors

Hot Tub/Shed Pads,

Stamped/colored concrete

Sealing of new &

existing concrete.

FREE ESTIMATES

Contact Adam

614-756-1754

hastingsandsons.

columbus@gmail.com

EDDIE MOORE

CONSTRUCTION

Quality Concrete Work

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

Block Work & Excavation

Stamp Patios,

Bsmt. Wall Restoration

36Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.

Free Ests. 614-871-3834

GUTTERS

GUTTER CLEANING

614-323-0128

Bates & Sons

GUTTER CLEANING

5 ★ Google Reviews

614-586-3417

HOME

IMPROVEMENTS

SINCE 1973

Phil Bolon Contr.

Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.

Lic.-Bond-Ins.

9/25

A/M

Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

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

614-419-3977

or 614-863-9912

C&JHandyman

Services LLC

Minor Plumbing & Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

All Interior Remodels

Also Fencing &

Interior/Exterior Painting

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines

614-284-2100

KLAUSMAN HOME

IMPROVEMENT

Siding-Windows-

Doors-Roofing-Soffit-

Fascia-Gutters-Trim

Earn FREE Seamless

Gutters with Siding Over

1000 Sq. Ft.

FREE Shutters with

Soffit & Trim

EPA Certified

Member of BBB

Financing Available

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.

Licensed-Bonded-Insured

Owner & Operator

James 614-419-7500

7/17 A

10/9 A

HOME

REMODELING

Charlies Handyman

Service

Over 40 yrs. exp.

Hot Water Tanks

Door Locks

Kitchen Remodels

Roofmg * Siding

Bathrooms and more!

614-319-6010

blantoncharles894@gmail.com

MultiCraft Const.

& Handyman Services

All Types Handyman Services:

Decks, Fences

Kitchen/Baths

Window/doors installed

Interior Painting

Drywall Repairs

All Types of Flooring

Call/Text 614-774-2923

multicraftconstruction@gmail.com

Handyman Remodeling

Over 35 yrs exp.

Larry 614-376-7006

LANDSCAPING

A-1 QUALITY

TREE & LANDSCAPE

Family Owned

Serving Central Ohio

Since 2004

Bed & Yard Maint.

Weeding, Mulching, etc.

Hedge/Shrub Trimming

*Stump Removal

614-596-9504

Insured - Free Est.

LAWN CARE

The Lawn Barber

Cut, Trim, Blow away

Hedge Trimming, Edging

614-935-1466

LET US MAINTAIN

YOUR LAWN & GARDEN

FOR YOU

Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall

WE DO IT ALL!!!!

Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117

PAINTING

A Job Well Done Again

A lic. General Contractor

Some Skilled Services

Incl: Painting • Stucco,

Repair•Carpentry•Exterior

Drainage & Home Maint.

Call Today! 614-235-1819

Painter Over 30 Yrs. Exp.

Free Est. Reas. Rates

Daniel - 614-226-4221

PLASTERING

DRYW

YWALL &

PLASTER

9/25

A&M

REPAIR

Textured Ceilings

614-551-6963

Residential/Commercial

BIA

Classified Services

9/25 A

POOL/SPA

MAINTENANCE

K&L Spa Cleaning

Hot Tub Cleaning and

Weekly Maintenance

Keith 614-316-9809

PLUMBING

MYERS

PLUMBING

Exp. Expert Plumbing

New Const. & Fast Repairs

Lic. - Permit Available

Water • Sewer • Gas

614-633-9694

All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any small drain

$145. 614-778-2584

CHRIS’

PLUMBING

“Plumbing & Drain Professional

That You Can Count On”

24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week

No Overtime Charges

24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &

Drain Cleaning Field

Call For A Free Phone Estimate

$100.00 For Any Small Drain

614-622-4482

30% OFF with AD

POWER WASHING

POWERWASHING

at Reasonable Rates

Gwen 614-226-5229

MRS. POWERWASH

Any house wash $149+tax

Single deck $69+tax

2 Tier deck $99+tax

Best Wash in Town

Over 45,000 washes

Ashley 614-771-3892

Bates & Sons

Soft Wash & Powerwash

5 ★ Google Reviews

614-586-3417

SEWING MACHINE

REPAIR

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

service. Clean, oil, adjust

in your home. $49.95 all

work gtd. 614-890-5296

TREE SERVICES

BURNS TREE SERVICE

Trimming, Removal &

Stump Grinding.

614-584-2164

Warren Brewer Tree Service

• Tree Removal

• Tree Trimming 9/11

A&M

• Stump Grinding

• Bucket Truck Services

Best Prices • Same Day Service

614-878-2568

A-1 QUALITY

TREE & LANDSCAPE

Family Owned

Serving Central Ohio

Since 2004

614-596-9504

Insured - Free Est.

9/25 A&M

9/25 A&M

10/9 A


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Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove

Leading the band

Groveport Madison Marching Band drum major Nalani

Smedley leads the band during the playing of the National

Anthem prior to a recent Groveport Madison High School

varsity football game.

Old Ohio and Erie Canal bed

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

This is a view of the former Ohio and Erie Canal bed just north of Groveport’s Main Street as it looked in

the late 20th century. This site is where the large parking lot that extends from Main Street to Elm Street

near Ace Hardware is now located.

614.574.4100 Grades K-4 614.574.0037 Grades 5-8

4485 S. Hamilton Rd., Groveport, Ohio 43125

Groveport Community School

Now Enrolling K-8

Check out our Facebook Page or our website

www.imaginegroveport.com to see what we are all about.

Developing Character

and Enriching Minds

• All Day Kindergarten

• Free Breakfast and Lunch

• Free Tuition

• Individualized and small group instruction with rigorous curriculum

• Dress Code

• 1:1 Technology will be offered for all students

• We also offer Gym, Spanish, Music, Technology, Art and Life Skills

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