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October 30 - November 12, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 10

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Messenger photos

by Rick Palsgrove






This massive werewolf

(above) on

Lesleh Avenue in

Groveport was more

than a match for a

couple of skeletons

as it tore apart one

boney victim while

another skeleton

frantically ran away.

A couple of ghoulish

witches (right)

could be seen concocting

a witches’

brew on the front

lawn of this house

on Front Street in


Groveport’s Halloween Block Party is 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.Trick-or-treat in Groveport is Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Groveport’s city budget

adjusts to economy

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The city of Groveport’s proposed 2023

budget reflects the rising costs of the modern


“We want to improve and update what

we have. It’s a strong budget,” said

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.

“It considers the increased cost of operations,

which includes higher fuel costs as

well as increases in wages and employee

health insurance. We are hopeful we can do

some things to lower the health insurance

costs. We are looking into health insurance

cost options, including plans such as

Medicare for those who may be eligible.”

Budget overview

King said the proposed 2023 budget targets

the need for continued investment in

infrastructure as well as investing in the

day-to-day services provided to city residents

and businesses.

“The budget anticipates an increase in a

little over $1.2 million in general fund revenues

when compared to 2022,” said King.

“The anticipated combined expenditures

for all funds is up $6.1 million compared to

2022. This increase, in part, constitutes an

anticipated double digit increase to health

insurance costs, continued investment in

infrastructure improvements, replacement

of aging equipment, and an initial investment

in updating our security and information

technology (IT) infrastructure.”

Total estimated appropriations for 2023

are $48.1 million, which is up from $42 million

in 2022.

Total estimated generated revenues for

2023 are $32.7 million, which is down from

$35.8 million in 2022.

The general fund revenue for 2023 is

estimated at $17.6 million, which is up

from $16.4 million in 2022. The bulk of this

funding comes from income tax revenue,

which is projected to be $15.7 million in

2023 compared to $14.8 million in 2022.

Other estimated 2023 revenues include

$540,000 from property taxes and various

other amounts in other city fund categories

that include grants, taxes, leases, fees, and


KidSpace demolition/more parking

A large capital project is the proposed

demolition of KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road,

and replacing it with additional public

parking at a cost of $500,000.

King said the timing of when the proposed

demolition of KidSpace would take

place is to be determined. The building was

built in 1955 and was originally the

Groveport Municipal Building for many

years and later was home to the senior center.

KidSpace moved into the building in

the early 2000s after the senior center

moved to the Groveport Recreation Center.

“Assuming the budget is approved, we

will proceed with getting design quotes for

the project,” said King. “I anticipate this

will occur in mid-summer 2023.”

King said the number of new parking

spaces to be created is to be determined

after all requirements are put into the


“The plan will be designed once an engineering

firm is hired for the project,” said


King said the $500,000 cost is for the

entire project, including demolition of

KidSpace and parking lot construction.

The KidSpace building also includes two

public art works - a mural on an interior

wall depicting Groveport during the Ohio

and Erie Canal era and a Groveport

Elementary student art project on an exterior

wall. When asked if these art works

would be saved, King said, “This is all

based on the condition of the murals and

the design of the project. This will be determined

during design of the project.”

Wert’s Grove/Rarey’s Port buildings

The budget includes $1.1 million for the

interior construction build out of the second

floors of the new Wert’s Grove and

Rarey’s Port buildings ($550,000 for each).

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PAGE 2 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - October 30, 2022


Fireworks issue launches itself back before council

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport City Council is once again considering

expanding the use of personal fireworks within the city


On Oct. 24, council heard the first reading of legislation

that would be consistent with state law to allow the use of

personal fireworks on designated days during the year.

Previous attempts by council earlier this year to pass

similar legislation failed.

The legislation would allow individuals to possess consumer

grade fireworks and 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.

State 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.

The issue will be discussed further at council’s committee

of the whole meeting on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the

municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

Groveport Police statistics

September crime statistics, according to the Groveport

Police: 12 arrests, 15 accidents, 5 assaults, 2 burglaries, 3

domestic disputes, 1 domestic violence, 2 OVI and alcohol,

12 thefts/robberies, 3 stolen/unauthorized use, 1 missing

persons, 1 weapon related call, 2 narcotic related offenses,

14 parking, 3 threats, 1 vandalism, 2 juvenile complaints,

31 traffic citations, 1 sex related crime, 13 school

related dispatched calls, 1 suicide/attempt.

Other news

•Council is considering donating the building at

595 Cherry St. to the Greater Groveport Food

Pantry. The food pantry is currently operating out

of the building.

Groveport Madison Schools is requesting a zoning

variance for 4180 Bixby Road to allow the construction of

a school bus garage facility.

The planning and zoning commission will discuss the

request at its Nov. 7 meeting at 6 p.m. at the municipal

building, 655 Blacklick St.

•Council is considering a zoning variance request for

property at 0 Hendron Road (site of the former swimming

pool and now a vacant lot) to allow for the construction of

4,067 square foot veterinary clinic.

The planning and zoning commission will discuss the

request at its Nov. 7 meeting at 6 p.m. at the municipal

building, 655 Blacklick St.

•The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-todate

as of Sept. 30 was $15.9 million, which is 21 percent

higher than the same time in 2021, according to Groveport

Finance Director Jason Carr.

Carr noted the general fund balance was $8.4 million as

of Sept. 30 or $2.2 million higher than the same time last


Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise 55 percent

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

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Continued from page 1

“The second floors (of these buildings) were funded

by tax revenue (i.e. income tax),” said King “That being

the case, the spaces can’t be directly leased to for profit

companies. The uses must be government (which is

non-profit) or other non-profit organizations. The first

floors were funded by non-tax revenue, so via the

Community Investment Corporation, the spaces could

be directly leased to for profit companies.”

Construction is progressing on the 14,145 square

foot Rarey’s Port (674 Main St.) and the 12,184 square

foot Wert’s Grove (480 Main St.) buildings that are

part of the city of Groveport’s 1847 Main Project.

The potential opening dates of the buildings’ first

floor businesses is expected at the end of 2022 or early


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 on the west end of the building, including the

patio. City officials are seeking tenants for the remaining

2,059 square feet of the Rarey’s Port building’s first


Other capital improvement projects

“The capital budget is one percent higher than last

year,” said King.

Some significant capital projects and purchases proposed

for 2023 include:

•$550,000 for street maintenance;

“The streets to be included in the street maintenance

program will be determined in early 2023,” said

King. “Our process is to have our engineer and Public

Works Department assess the conditions of roads and

determine costs.”

•$110,000 for street maintenance/stormwater:

•$240,000 for police patrol vehicles and equipment;

•$220,000 for the west Bixby Road pavement rehabilitation;

•$80,000 for IT server upgrade; $50,000 for IT

switch upgrade; and $30,000 for IT firewall upgrade;

King said these information technology upgrades

are important, “To keep us protected from current

cyber threats that exist for all organizations today.

Additionally, to make sure that our systems are compliant,

secure, and seamlessly operational for day-today


•$80,000 for fitness equipment at the recreation


•$55,000 for Marketing Place reconstruction;

•$40,000 for Degenhart Park playground equipment;

$35,000 for Blacklick Park playground equipment;

and $20,000 for tennis court repairs;

•$225,000 for the golf course entrance driveway;

•$30,000 for sidewalk replacements;

•$63,000 for an all terrain vehicle/snow equipment;

•$62,000 for a utility truck;

•$210,000 for a two and a half ton truck;

•$155,000 for a roadside mowing tractor;

•$107,000 for a rough mower for the golf course;

•$84,000 for a triplex mower for the golf course; and

•$317,384 for recreation and aquatic center maintenance,

repairs, and upgrades.

Budgets in previous years mentioned the proposed

construction of a new additional water tower, but that

project is not included in the 2023 budget.

“The additional water tower, when listed with infrastructure

priorities, was determined to be a lower

need,” said King. “We understand the importance of

redundancy for our water system, however, the system

we currently have in place is sufficient to meet our


Other proposed appropriations

The proposed 2023 general fund appropriations are

estimated at $21 million, which is up from $20.1 million

in 2022. Some other proposed 2023 appropriations:

•Revenue sharing with Groveport Madison Schools,

$1.3 million; and

•Funding for festivals including $59,450 for the

Fourth of July; $25,000 for Christmas - A Heritage

Holiday; $29,050 for Apple Butter Day; and $21,050

for the Farmers Market and First Thursdays.

Council will consider the 2023 budget and vote on it

at a future meeting.


October 30, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3

Groveport Madison approves development agreement

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Board of

Education approved an agreement with a

developer that will bring the district about

$3 million in revenue over the next 15


“Tax abatements are key economic tools

local governments use to add jobs and

value to their communities,” said

Groveport Madison Schools Treasurer

Felicia Drummey. “When carefully constructed,

they can yield significant value

for the school district — without also

increasing student enrollment.”

As an additional part of the deal the

developer, NorthPoint Development, will

also make a one time donation of $25,000 to

one of the district’s schools.

“The district does not have a formal

‘Adoptive School Program’ for donations,”

said Groveport Madison Communications

Director Jeff Warner. “It’s not yet been

determined which school will receive the

monetary donation, nor what it might be

used for.”

About the development

NorthPoint Development plans to develop

about 70 acres located at Bixby Road

adjacent to U.S. Route 33 in Canal

Veterans Day in Groveport

The city of Groveport will hold its annual

Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at 11

a.m. in Veterans Park, located on Main

Street at Hilly Alley.

The guest speaker will be Groveport

resident Mary Miller, chief human

resource officer at the Ohio Department of

Veterans Services. Miller also served as a

sergeant/E5 in the U.S. Army during the

Gulf War.

The 2022 Veterans Brick honorees are:

U.S. Army - Lowell Mathews. James

McMahan, Robert Patrick; U.S. Marine

Corp - Jason Huston; U.S. Navy - William

Johnson, John Karlich, John Pellior; and

U.S. Air Force - Donald Grant.

Following the ceremony all are invited

to a reception at Motts Military Museum,

5075 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport.

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


Winchester. The land is split among the

Canal Winchester, Groveport Madison, and

Eastland-Fairfield school districts and is in

a Community Reinvestment Area that

allows for property tax abatements on

buildings. The developer is seeking a 15

year property tax abatement.

NorthPoint plans to build a 540,000

square foot industrial building and a

528,000 square foot industrial building on

the site.

“The buildings will be built on a speculative

basis and then offered for lease,” City

of Canal Winchester Development Director

Lucas Haire told the Groveport Madison

Board of Education.

According to information provided by

NorthPoint, the buildings will be marketed

to distribution/warehouse and manufacturing

users. The buildings are expected to

generate 350 jobs and an estimated annual

payroll of $13.5 million. Haire said the

developer has three years to achieve full

occupancy for the buildings.

The numbers

Because the land is divided among different

school districts, the boundary lines

actually split the two proposed buildings.

“When you have parcel lines that split

buildings it’s up to the county auditor to

Journey ends short of goal

According to the Ohio Division of

Wildlife, in August, State Wildlife Officer

Jeff Berry, assigned to Muskingum

County, was patrolling the Muskingum

River near Duncan Falls when he noticed

two boats and a kayak on the side of the

river. He stopped to talk to four individuals

who were there with one of the boats. They

were a family from Loudonville. They

explained that they had started on the

Mohican River in Loudonville and were

travelling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana,

1,500 miles away. They were 13 days into

their trip and had traveled approximately

110 miles. Officer Berry assisted the family

in shoving off from the shore as they

departed. He recently checked in with the

family on their adventure. They had traveled

850 miles in 36 days, but their journey

ended when they had boat motor issues.

The family shared that some of their highlights

were fishing, watching ospreys catch

softshell turtles, and hearing bald eagles

chattering at night.

GriefShare group

The GriefShare group will host a free

event on Nov. 19 from 1-3 p.m., at the

Groveport United Methodist Church, 512

Main St., Groveport. The Surviving the

Holidays video seminar is for people who

are grieving a loved one’s death. The seminar

is combined with support group discussion

of the video. To register call the

church office at 614-836-5968 or sign up at



determine the square footage in each district

and then allocate the taxes accordingly,”

said Haire.

Drummey said the agreement is good for

Groveport Madison Schools.

“School districts have little control over

abatements,” said Drummey. “In fact, had

the developer pursued a 50 percent abatement

rather than 100 percent abatement,

we would have had no say in the approval

process — and the $5,230 that we’re currently

receiving in property taxes would

have been cut in half to $2,615 annually.

The current taxable value at current agricultural

use value (CAUV) is just a fraction

of the market value of the land once developed.”

Drummey said the district currently

receives approximately $5,230 in tax revenue

from the property.

“However, once it’s developed (with the

new abatement in process), the district will

receive $74,297 in annual property taxes

alone,” said Drummey. “By participating as

a partner in the negotiations process, we

will also enjoy a share of the city of Canal

Winchester’s municipal income tax revenue

estimated at $22,335 annually over

15 years. School districts rarely receive

income taxes and cities are not obligated to

share their income tax with us.”

Additionally, she said, Groveport

Madison will receive an annual payment in

lieu of taxes (PILOT) payment of $100,000

for 15 years.

“This abatement agreement is a win-win

partnership that will generate $196,632 for

the school district each year of the abatement,

compared to just $5,230 in current

taxes on the undeveloped land,” said


Drummey said the agreement does not

“negate the need for the renewal of our levy

next year.”

The district’s most recent operating levy

was approved by voters in 2019 and it is set

to expire in 2024. The latest the levy

renewal could be approved to enable the

district to start collecting money in 2025

would be on the November 2024 ballot.





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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 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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Taking note of what once was

Recently while driving along Groveport

Road from Groveport to Canal Winchester I

noticed a house that sat along the road was


Editor’s Notebook



It’s a house I passed

by more times than I

can count as I’ve traveled

back and forth

between the two towns

on Groveport Road

throughout my life.

Now it was demolished,

gone without a

trace with only straw

and grass seed filling

the space where it once


It puzzled me that,

though I drove by this

house many times and knew it was there, I

realized I could not now adequately describe

what it looked like. It existed but with no personal

meaning for me. But I was aware of it

A vital piece that has been missing in

the romantic comedies of late — besides a

truly original plot — is the lack of genuine

movie stars featured within.

To be fair and kind

to the up-and-coming

actors and the wellknown

faces who are

cast in their stead,

they do an admirable job of selling these

products of pure fluff to the masses, but it

is the presence of the movie star that can

make the most standard rom-com on the lot

pop off the screen.

“Ticket to Paradise”, a romantic comedy

that was released solely into the theaters

on Oct. 21, understands the power that

they can hold and uses it to their advantage.

It doesn’t have a great script, but it

doesn’t have to have one because George

Clooney and Julia Roberts are speaking its

words. It’s not even that romantic, but it

doesn’t have to be because Clooney is smiling

his crinkly smile and Roberts is giving

her clarion call laugh. It’s not even particularly

good, but it doesn’t really have to be

because these beautiful people are throwing

their sparkle around in a movie whose

locale is as equally sparkling and beautiful.

This is a film that knows it is not a great

piece of cinematic art, but it effortlessly

wields the power of the movie star and

somehow manages to be something that is

light and fun and charming. With the

shininess of the stars and the magnificence

of its beachscapes, it lulls you into looking

past its general ho-hum-ness and asks that

enough to notice when it disappeared.

I think we do that sometimes in life. We

take for granted that something will always

be there and sometimes fail to properly take

note of its presence.

Other times there are things we know of

and appreciate that disappear, too. There

once was a tree at the corner of Cron Drive

and Wirt Road in Groveport that guarded an

opening in the fence leading to the Groveport

Elementary school yard. Throughout my life

I must have gone through that fence opening

and brushed up against that large, old tree

hundreds of times. It was there well into my

adult years. Then one day it was gone along

with the hole in the fence. Like it was never

there. A strong, tall tree - one does not think

about it disappearing. But it did. It was one

of many familiar old trees we get to know in

each of our lives that course through the cycle

of their leafy life and pass on like all living


Buildings have their life spans, too. From

time to time I think about the old Groveport

Madison High School that once sat along

South Hamilton Road. Buildings like schools

and churches seem permanent because they

you bask in a world that you could never

dream of living — or afford to, for most of us.

In “Ticket to Paradise,” Clooney plays

David Cotton who after nearly 20 years of

being divorced, still gripes about his exwife

to anyone willing to lend an ear.

Roberts plays Georgia Cotton, a gallerist

semi-living with her pilot boyfriend, still

gripes about her ex-husband to anyone.

Although they are bitter exes to the

core, they raised a nearly perfect daughter

Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) who has just graduated

from law school and is on her way to a

prestigious job at the top law-firm in

Illinois. To celebrate her accomplishments,

David and Georgia have paid to send her

and her best friend Wren (Billie Lourd) on

an all-expense paid vacation to Bali for two

months before they have to get used to the

soul-sucking grind of adulthood.

Feeling as if they did a good deed by

working together on this project, the (when

put together) demonic duo agree to never

see or speak to the other again — and they

do just that until Lily shoots off an email

saying she met a wonderful local man

named Gede (Maxime Bouttier) and they

plan to marry within a week’s time.

Not wanting their daughter to make the

same mistake as they did — David and

Georgia married right out of college and

she put her career plans on hold to support

her family — they strike a rare truce and

agree to work together to sabotage their

impending nuptials from the inside. While

the film does not fully acknowledge how

awful their mission is and how off the deepend

they are, the genuine movie stars play

their parts so well that they manage to

infuse their characters with some pathetic

charm so you do not outright hate them for

play such a large role in many people’s lives.

But they can disappear, too. That old high

school (since replaced by the new high school

at the site) fulfilled its role for more than 50

years before falling to the wrecking ball a few

years ago. Driving by I can still sense a shadow

of where the old high school sat. Looking

at the new parking lot and lawn of the new

high school that took its place, I still know

where the gym was, where the main front

hallway was, and so on. It is an odd feeling to

out live one’s high school.

Buildings come and go. Trees and plants

bloom and eventually are spent. Animals and

favorite pets pass on. People fade out of our

lives or pass away.

It happens to all of us. Here one day, gone

tomorrow, and we leave a small void in the

spaces we once inhabited. A void to be filled

by something new. Change is constant and

permanence an illusion.

Past, present, and future are intertwined

and bonded by memory.

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport


Romantic comedy uses star power to shine



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their occasional bouts of wretchedness.

This romantic comedy likes to split its

time between the two couples, one fresh in

the bloom of love and the other, well, decidedly

not — or so it seems. Over the course of

trying to crush their daughter’s heart and

spirit, the latter pair can’t help but get

swept up in the magic of the island and the

unresolved issues that have frayed their

once loving friendship and romance.

Although both of the couples could use a bit

more of a romantic chemistry, it’s hard to

deny that the adults are the most interesting

pairing to watch, much of it due to the

fact they were given the most material to

work with and had the characters who

were the most developed. It doesn’t hurt

that they are played by movie stars who

know how to chew the fat from any scene.

“Ticket to Paradise” is a movie where

you can see how much fun the actors had

filming it and that translates out of the

screen and with the audience. But with its

over-reliance on the star power of Clooney

and Roberts, some aspects of the film suffer

from a lack of attention paid to other

important elements, like the dialogue or

development of secondary characters you

are also supposed to care about.

This film isn’t a bad one but if you are

able to withstand the presence of Clooney

and Roberts together again, you’ll probably

notice the cracks in the foundation a bit

more. But if you want to turn off your brain

and watch beautiful people do ugly things

and then put in some work to beautify themselves

again in a majestic location, this

might be something you want to check out.

Grade: B-

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

and columnist.


October 30, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5

Cruiser Theatre Co. included in CAPA program

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison High School’s

Cruiser Theatre Co. is one of 19 area high

schools selected to participate in the

Columbus Association for the Performing

Arts’ 2022-23 CAPA Marquee Awards.

“It is a very exciting honor to have been

selected again,” said Cruiser Theatre Co.

Director Kirkland Long. “The kids are really

excited about it and it is always nice to

have multiple motivation factors for them.”

The Cruiser Theatre Co. also participated

in the program last year.

“Much like before, there are many workshops

they can attend and a lot of learning

material to be found on CAPA’s website,”

said Long. “The students are always very

excited to have the opportunity to attend

workshops held by CAPA.”

Presented by the American Electric

Power Foundation, the program is

designed to celebrate, support, and advocate

for high school musical theatre education.

The year-long educational program

offers students the opportunity to participate

in professional theatre education

activities throughout the school year

including master classes with Broadway

touring artists, skills-based workshops

with local artists, professional development

sessions for educators, and Dig

Deeper, a virtual tutorial series which covers

a range of topics to help students deepen

their study and practice of theatre from

wherever they can watch.

“The Marquee Awards program is starting

its fifth year by reaching more students

in more counties than ever before,” said

CAPA Education Director Amy Handra.

“We are so excited for another big year of

supporting and celebrating the incredible

talent in central Ohio’s high school musical

theatre scene.”

Each participating school will have their

musical theatre production reviewed by

CAPA’s team of professionals.

“Along with all the educational

resources, having the adjudication feedback

is really beneficial and is what draws

me the most towards what CAPA is doing,”

said Long. “Along with providing recognition

for outstanding performances, they

provide and unbiased perception of the performance,

allowing for a fresh set of eyes to

analyze where some more attention could

be placed. It is easy to become numb or

blind to certain aspects of a show when you

have been rehearsing it for two or three

months. So having someone who doesn’t

have the performance as a part of their

Columbus Chorus performs

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Admission is free.

RSVP by Nov. 16.

Call 614-836-3333.

Photo by Lydia Miller

One of the classes offered by CAPA for high school performing arts students.

daily routine describe what they experienced

in the form of feedback is a wonderful

thing, not only for me as a new director,

but for the students as young theatre


CAPA Marquee Awards

and Jimmy Awards

On May 25, the 2023 CAPA Marquee

Awards will feature a red-carpet ceremony

and student showcase at the Ohio Theatre

where winners in all categories will be

announced. Modeled after the Tony®

Awards, the CAPA Marquee Awards showcases

live performances from the nominees

for Best Musical Production, Best Actor

and Actress in a Leading Role, as well as

opening and closing numbers that incorporate

nominated students from all participating

high schools.

Students selected as Best Actor in a

Leading Role and Best Actress in a

Leading Role will be official Jimmy

Award® nominees for “Jimmys Week,” a

week-long theatre intensive led by

Broadway professionals and industry

experts, and compete nationally for the

2023 Jimmy Awards® for Best

Performance by an Actor and Best

Performance by an Actress.

Nominees will spend one week in New

York City and their combined effort

throughout the week will lead to one talent

showcase performed live in front of an

audience on the Broadway stage at the

14th annual Jimmy Awards.

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.

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Upcoming Cruiser Theatre Co. shows

Groveport Madison High School’s

Cruiser Theatre Co. will perform “Arsenic

and Old Lace” on Nov. 3-5 at 7 p.m. In person

audiences are allowed. Presale tickets

can be purchased at the OnTheStage website

for $5 for students and seniors and $7

for adults. At the door those prices will be

raised to $7 and $9 respectively.

Per gocruisers.org, the annual play in a

day will be replaced by an evening of

improv sometime near Valentine's Day.

The spring musical will be replaced with

spring plays, the first of which will be,

“Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play,” by

Christian Borle. That show will likely be

performed the final weekend in March.

Another spring play, to be determined, may

be performed in May.

All performances will be in the

Groveport Madison High School auditorium,

4475 S. Hamilton Road.





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School board meetings

The Groveport Madison Board of Education meets the second

and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the District

Service Center, 4400 Marketing Place, Suite B, Groveport. The

board may also schedule special meetings, as needed.




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with Main Street in the Groveport Elementary

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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).

Decline in home sales

New data from the Franklin County

Auditor’s Real Estate Dashboard shows a

significant decline in the total number of

home sales and in the total sales amount

for the month of September, though the

median sale price still rose 6 percent.

The September total sales amount was

$412.6 million, a decline of 29 percent compared

to the same month last year.

Likewise, the total number of sales was

1,371, a decrease of 705 compared to

September 2021. The median sale price

increased slightly to $265,000, a 6 percent

increase compared to September 2021.

The numbers show an accelerating

trend of a cooling housing market: In

August, the total number of sales was

1,696, a decline of 390 compared to August

2021, and the total sales amount declined

13 percent, to $524.4 million.

“The Franklin County housing market

is still solid, though it is mirroring national

trends of a market cool-down,” Franklin

County Auditor Michael Stinziano said.

“The median price did still rise, showing

the continued need for more affordable

housing in our community.”

Most municipalities had similar numbers

to the county as a whole, but not all of

them. In Bexley, the total sales amount

increased 29 percent and the median sale

price rose 25 percent. In Canal

Winchester, the total sales amount

increased 69 percent and the median sale

price increased 11 percent.

The Real Estate Dashboard is updated

monthly and uses intuitive GIS mapping

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homes across Franklin County. The tool

can break down sales data by municipality,

school district, or Columbus area commission,

giving homeowners a comprehensive

view of sales activity in their neighborhoods.

September 2022 Franklin County sales:

•1,371 total number of sales, a decrease

of 705 compared to September 2021;

•$265,000 median sale price, an

increase of 6 percent compared to

September 2021;

•$412.6 million in total sales, a

decrease of 29 percent compared to

September 2021.


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Township reviews heating costs

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

With higher heating costs looming as temperatures

start to dip, Madison Township residents may–or may

not–see a little relief depending on the natural gas


During the Oct. 20 Madison Township trustee meeting,

Scott Belcastro of Trebel, LLC presented an

update on current natural gas rates in the area.

“We got to get the volatility under control,”

Belcastro said. “It’s been a heck of a ride.”

A resolution approved by the trustees gives

Belcastro and Madison Township Administrator

Susan Brobst permission to enter into an aggregation

agreement when the prices become beneficial to township


Trustee Katherine Chipps said she paid as much for

gas in the middle of the summer this year for what she

usually pays in December or January when temperatures

are much lower.

“The guidelines of an acceptable agreement would

be a fixed rate at .75/ccf or lower, as the market would

allow,” said township Communication Specialist Jessy

Woodworth. “An acceptable agreement would run from

January 2023 through April 2024. Budget billing

would be available through the provider. There will be

no fees to join, and no fees to leave the program.

Should these not be available, the program pause will

continue and Trebel LLC will continue to monitor for a

better opportunity.”

Other Madison Township news

•Madison Township Police Chief Gary York said his

department was on the receiving end of a pair of

grants–a $364,995 Criminal Justice Service Grant for

staffing, recruitment, hiring and retention; and a

$125,000 Department of Justice COPS Grant for law

enforcement hiring.

“We’re looking at adding staff to the department,”

York said.

•While the police were on the receiving end of additional

funding, supply shortages and escalating costs

of raw materials are contributing factors to a $46,507

rise in the price of a new medic for the fire department.

“We were notified Aug. 1 of the price increase,” said

Madison Township Chief Derek Robinson.

“Magnesium went up 307 percent, aluminum went up

225 percent and steel went up 171 percent. These are

just some of the components that make up this vehicle.”

The new total purchase price after an $8,500 intraagency

purchase discount and a $4,200 pre-payment

discount is $334,300.

Trustee John Pritchard said, if the township backed

out of the contract, it would cost the township substantially

more later on and would push out delivery

another 24 months.

“It really bothers me (the price increase), but we

have no other choice,” said Pritchard. “I’m not happy at


Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

Painter’s Motor Sales

Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum

Painter’s Motor Sales operated at 511 Main St., (located at the corner of College and Main streets) in

Groveport in the mid-20th century. This photo is from the mid-1960s. Note the gasoline pump which once

stood in front of the building.

Groveport Garden Club

The Groveport Garden Club meets the first

Tuesday each month (unless otherwise announced) at

Groveport Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport

Road. Call Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-1097.

Southeast Library

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus

Metropolitan Library is located at 3980 S. Hamilton

Road, Groveport. For information visit www.columbuslibrary.org

or call 614-645-2275.


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Photo courtesy of the city of Groveport

City of Groveport workers recently installed a new wooden

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Spencer 4Higher Media LLC, in partnership with The Ohio Sickle Cell

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will present the third annual Caring for the Caregiver Expo on Nov. 5 in

Columbus at The Boat House at Confluence Park at 9 a.m.

The Caring for the Caregiver Expo is a free one-of-kind event that allows

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The Franklin County Office on Aging provides centralized access toprograms

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their families so they can preserve their independence and stay in their own

home. Franklin County residents aged 60 and older can access 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 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

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Car Wash

Superintendent Wanted

Looking for a reliable,

energetic retiree to work

as a caretaker for a Canal

Winchester self-service

car wash. Cleaning,

changing chemicals and

troubleshooting 4-6 hours

a day, 2-4days a week.

Flexible schedule. Will be

working with current

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$12/hour. If interested,

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Kings Kids Daycare

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Victrolas, Watches,

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Antiques, Furn.

Jeff 614-262-0676

or 614-783-2629

We Buy Cars & Trucks


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Snow Removal

Accounts Available

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Price Negotiable

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xClassified Services



Driveways & Parking Lots



Sealcoating & Services LLC

Quality Materials Used


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.




Gray Saxony

270 sq.ft. w/6 lb Pad


Other Carpet AvailableA

Phone or text Ray


Delivery & Inst. avail.




Looking for Mrs. Clean?

For excellent cleaning serv

at reas. rates w/great refs,

dependable. 10% Seniorr

Disc. Also does Painting. Free

Est. Gwen 614-226-5229



Call Judy 614-746-0273


AJ’s Concrete,


Good Work - Fair Prices

Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

Epoxy/Overlay Floors

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.




All Types Concrete Work

New or Tear Out-Replace

40 Yrs. Exp.

(614) 207-5430

Owner is On The Job!


Driveways & Extensions

Patio & Walkways,

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Garage/Basement Floors

Hot Tub/Shed Pads,

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Sealing of new &

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Contact Adam






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Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

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Stamp Patios,

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Bates & Sons


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Fast Service - Licensed





You Can Reach

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Services LLC

Minor Plumbing & Electric

Install Hot Water Tanks,

Dishwashers & Disposals

All Interior Remodels

Also Fencing &

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Member of BBB

Financing Available

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.


Owner & Operator

James 614-419-7500

SINCE 1973

Phil Bolon Contr.

Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

Flooring, Roofing

Bsmt Waterproofing

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.




Free Est. - Financing Avail.

Member BBB Of Cent. OH

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


or 614-863-9912

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Over 40 yrs. exp.

Hot Water Tanks

Door Locks

Kitchen/Bath Remodels

Roofmg * Siding

Porches & Decks



MultiCraft Const.

& Handyman Services

All Types Handyman Services:

Decks, Fences


Window/doors installed

Interior Painting

Drywall Repairs

All Types of Flooring

Call/Text 614-774-2923





Family Owned

Serving Central Ohio

Since 2004

Bed & Yard Maint.

Weeding, Mulching, etc.

Hedge/Shrub Trimming

*Stump Removal


Insured - Free Est.


The Lawn Barber

Cut, Trim, Blow away

Hedge Trimming, Edging





Summer, Spring,

Winter or Fall


Lawn Cuts, Edging,

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,

Mulching, Hauling,

Garden Pond &

Home Maint.

Free Ests. Low Rates

$20 & Up

Kevin - 614-905-3117








Textured Ceilings




Classified Services

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Painter Over 30 Yrs. Exp.

Free Est. Reas. Rates

Daniel - 614-226-4221


All About Drains & Plumb.

Will snake any small drain

$145. 614-778-2584



Exp. Expert Plumbing

New Const. & Fast Repairs

Lic. - Permit Available

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate

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K&L Spa Cleaning

Hot Tub Cleaning and

Weekly Maintenance

Keith 614-316-9809


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Soft Wash & Powerwash

5 ★ Google Reviews



Any house wash $149+tax

Single deck $69+tax

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Best Wash in Town

Over 45,000 washes

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REPAIR all makes 24 hr.

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Trimming, Removal &

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Warren Brewer Tree Service

• Tree Removal

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• Stump Grinding

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Best Prices • Same Day Service




Family Owned

Serving Central Ohio

Since 2004


Insured - Free Est.

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18 th Annual

MTFD open house


Mike Albert


The Big E. Band

Per Couple Prices

Overnight Package - $319

Party Only Packages - $250

Single Packages Available

Prices include

Dinner, Drinks, Room, Party favors,

Full Breakfast

Crowne Plaza • 6500 Doubletree Ave. (formerly Marriott North)

Photos courtesy of Madison Township

Madison Township firefighters demonstrated how an auto extrication is performed

- specifically a dashboard lift - at the Madison Township Fire Department open

house held Oct. 16 at Station 181 on South Hamilton Road. Firefighters, from left to

right, are: Firefighter Grant Ellis, Firefighter Owen Rodeniser, and Lt. Andrew

Slivka. The vehicle was donated by Long’s Towing for the demonstration.



4760 Winchester Pike

Columbus, Ohio 43232

Telephone: 614-837-4601

Rev. Sherri Upchurch Blackwell

Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

Inside and Parking Lot

Sunday School 9 a.m.

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(Across from Kroger, main parking in the back)

PHONE: 614-836-5611


Sunday Worship 11 A.M.

In person service in sanctuary, or in

parking lot via radio (92.7)

Madison Township Firefighter Michael Kipp shows some kids the inside of Fire

Engine 182 during the open house.

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