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By Dedra Cordle
The South-Western City School District
has over 12,700 students who ride the bus,
and nearly all of them hate waiting at their
stop in the morning.
Although they may be fine standing in
the elements when it is lighter outside and
the conditions are on the right side of comfortable,
the irritation starts to boil over
when the weather takes a turn for the
Instead of wondering whether they
should skip school that day or pretend to
have seen their bus go by in order to hitch
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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
After nearly three years of being unable to host performances due to the coronavirus pandemic, the E.L. Evans Senior Center inhouse
acting group is ready to entertain the masses once again. From Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, The Showstoppers will present an
original play called “For Goodness Sake” that will transport the audience to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole as his dedicated
elves prepare for the big night. But just when all appears to be right in the world, a trio of elves discover that the name of a local
boy has made the naughty list. Without the knowledge of their boss, the elves whip up a scheme to teach this wayward child the
true meaning of the holiday. Pictured here portraying the meddling elves who use hilariously bizarre methods to help this child
become a better person are (from left to right) Judi Hill, Priscilla Kilman, and Diana Schnack. Performances for the holiday comedy
written by director Tom Cash will be held on Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.; Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. Admission is
free but monetary donations and food donations for the local food pantry are encouraged.
Showstoppers are back in the spotlight
By Dedra Cordle
Tom Cash — and his phone — have been
quite busy as of late.
Over the course of two years, hundreds
of people across the county have called the
resident of Grove City to pepper him with
a series of questions. While some on the
line were outliers who wanted to know
whether he had any interest in selling his
home, a majority of the individuals were
just reaching out to see if he had any
information on the popular in-house acting
group at the E.L. Evans Senior
“It has been a constant stream of calls,”
he said. “Everybody wanted to know about
The Showstoppers, and if we were coming
back, and whether I believed they would
ever be able to perform for the public
As the lead director and an occasional
cast member and writer of the productions
they perform, he said he always wanted to
be of more help to those who called but he
often had no real answers to give.
“With all the uncertainty that was
going on in the world at that time, I had
no clue what was going on with anything
and I hated having to tell them that,” said
Cash. “Trust me, I know how much this
group and what they represent mean to
the performers, their families, and the
community as a whole and I absolutely
hated that I wasn’t able to assure them
that we would be coming back.”
For close to two decades, The
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The Grove City Community Club will host a homemade
chicken noodle dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 2 at 3397 Civic Place in Grove City. The cost is
$18 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 10.
Dine-in and carryout will be available. Proceeds benefit
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a ride with members of their family, they will now be
able to access an app that sends notifications to their
smart devices when their transport has pulled into a
Columbus St. Photos with Santa will be taken for $10
from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and free vision and diabetes
screening will be available. Donations will be
accepted at the door and all proceeds will benefit Pilot
Dogs and Grove City Lions sight saving programs.
Contact Duane Shaul at 614-875-0708 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Blood drive in Grove City
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive
from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Grove City
Library, 3959 Broadway. To schedule an appointment,
call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
On Nov. 28, the district will launch a new planning
tool called StopFinder which will allow parents and
guardians to receive real-time information on where
their child’s school bus is in proximity to their home
According to Evan Debo, the district’s
executive director of communications, this
app has the capability to reduce the time
spent out in the harsh elements, thus making
the student’s life and the lives of their
family members run a bit more smoothly in
the hectic morning hours.
The district has started to send out
emails regarding the new software tool to
families through the most current address
provided in the Infinite Campus Parent
Portal. The invitation to the registered
users will give directions on how parents
and guardians can download the secure
app, and it will show them how the app
works so they can curate the bus tracking
notifications to their specificity.
Another key feature of the StopFinder
App is that it allows parents and guardians
to be able to share the child’s bus tracking
data with other trusted adults, such as
providers of care after school.
Through the official app, additional
information will be displayed on how parents
and guardians can set up the route
sharing feature. It will also show how to
rescind that access if necessary. Debo said
the district will leave that decision on
whether other adults should have access to
a student’s bus location to the parents and
Not everyone who has a smartphone, a
smartwatch, or a table has to opt-in as this
new planning tool is voluntary. And those
who may be interested in the app but would
like to take a “wait and see” approach can
still download the app after the initial
launch on Nov. 28.
As it stands right now, the app will not
be able to notify parents and guardians on
whether the bus is running late — the district
will continue to provide that information
as it is currently performed — but Debo
hopes that will be a feature on a future version
of the app.
The district has created a frequently
asked questions page on its blog at swinsider.com
for more information and troubleshooting
The City Beat
November 27, 2022 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 3
Plum Run plan postponed by Grove City council
By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
Grove City Council has postponed legislation
pertaining to a large housing development.
After much discussion at a recent meeting,
the council delayed a vote on the rezoning
of 144 acres located north of State
Route 665 and east of State Route 104. The
petitioner, Pulte Homes, has requested a
zoning change from single family to
planned unit development. The development
plan for the project, Communities at
Plum Run, was also postponed.
According to Jim Hilz, who was on hand
representing Pulte Homes, the plan is to
build a residential subdivision consisting of
266 single-family lots and 94 condominiums.
There would also be a multi-use path,
a playground, and open space.
Several community members spoke at
the meeting and encouraged council to vote
against the housing development.
John Riley, who lives near the proposed
development, said he enjoys the wildlife
surrounding his property and believes the
subdivision would severely disturb those
animals. He said that property should be
kept as green space or expanded as a part
of Scioto Grove Metro Park.
“I urge you to protect this special piece
of land and all the wildlife that lives among
the stream and rolling hills,” said Riley.
Eric Jackson said he lives 700 meters
from the proposed development.
“People feel like you guys are shoehorning
more and more people in every chance
you get,” he told council members.
Jackson and another resident David Ott
believe there are safety concerns regarding
more traffic along the roadways. Ott presented
council with a petition including signatures
of more than 100 people who
oppose the development.
Hilz said Pulte Homes completed a traffic
“Our traffic study was approved by
Grove City and ODOT (Ohio Department of
Transportation). The traffic will increase,
with or without Plum Run, due to growth,”
Based on the traffic study and requirements
by city officials, Pulte agreed to contribute
funds to an ODOT speed study of
State Route 665. They have also been
required to install seven turn lanes near
“All of these off-site road improvements
will cost about $3 million,” said Hilz.
“We’ve met all of council’s requirements.
We will be meeting with the city and ODOT
to discuss road improvements. We want to
be part of the traffic solution.”
Council president Ted Berry said the
only way the traffic issues along the state
routes will be addressed is with funding
help from private developers and government
Most of the citizens who spoke against
the project at the meeting were not Grove
City residents; they live in Jackson
Township. Councilman Roby Schottke
urged those residents to contact the township
trustees so they could work with the
state to help address the traffic issues
along 104 and 665.
“The state has allowed 665 and 104 to
languish, “said Schottke. “The state of Ohio
is negligent in what they’re doing to you
folks in Jackson Township and the city of
Grove City by not lowering the speed
He added to the crowd, “I understand
where you are coming from. You bought out
in the country. You wanted country and
now the city is coming to you.”
The rezoning and development plan
were postponed so the developers, along
with city staff, could meeting with ODOT
and discuss the infrastructure. City leaders
also would like to meet with township officials
regarding the issues.
Councilwoman Christine Houk said this
is a multi-jurisdictional conversation and
they need to bring ODOT to the table. She
said she would like answers regarding the
infrastructure before moving forward.
Councilman Mark Sigrist agreed.
“I find it troubling to move forward if the
infrastructure can’t handle it,” he said. “We
don’t have the answers right now.”
The vote on the two pieces of legislation
were delayed until the Dec. 5 meeting or
later if the developer requests more time.
Andrea Cordle...................................Grove City Editor
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City welcomes the community for
its annual Christmas Celebration
The Grove City community is invited to
celebrate an entire weekend of holiday fun
at the Grove City Christmas Celebration,
Heart of Grove City Mistletoe Market and
more. The event will be held from 5 to 9
p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 7
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the Town Center.
Kicking off the celebration is the Heart
of Grove City Christmas parade, which
steps off at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 and winds
through the Town Center. Following the
parade, Santa joins Mayor Richard “Ike”
Stage and city council members as they
lead the annual countdown to light the
Hometown Christmas Tree at Broadway
and Park Street.
“We look forward to welcoming the community
in celebration of the holidays as we
light the Town Center Christmas trees,”
said Stage. “Two days of family fun and festive
activities, including a Community
Winds concert, bring seasonal joy to our
More holiday activities throughout the
•Photos with Santa, 4 from 6:45 p.m.,
Friday, Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 3 - Parents can take their
own photo or receive a print for a $5 donation,
benefiting Nationwide Children’s
Hospital, in the Mistletoe Market tent.
•“Reindeer” Rides, 5 to 9 p.m., Friday,
Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec.
3, in the green space at Arbutus Avenue
and Park Street.
•Breakfast with Santa, 7:30 to 10:30
a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, Grove City Masonic
Letters to Santa
The delight of the holiday season
returns with this Grove City tradition, a
direct-mail route to Santa Claus. The
Parks and Recreation Department elves
make sure letters arrive safely to the North
Pole where Santa responds to each before
Drop letters into Santa’s mailbox, located
in front of the Grove City Welcome
Center and Museum, 3378 Park St. from
Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. To receive a
response, include a self-addressed,
stamped envelope with every letter.
For additional information, call the
Grove City Parks and Recreation
Department at 614-277-3050.
Cram the Cruiser
The city of Grove City and Grove City
Division of Police will host the annual
Cram the Cruiser holiday gift drive, benefitting
youth under the care of Franklin
County Children Services (FCCS). Drive
through to safely drop off your donated
news and notes
Lodge 689, 3558 Park St.
•Maker’s Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 3, Visit Grove City, 3995
•Grove City Community Winds and
Chamber Singers Concert, 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 3, Grove City High School,
4665 Hoover Road.
•Christmas in the Village, hosted by the
Southwest Franklin County Historical
Society, noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec.3,
Century Village, 4185 Orders Road.
Throughout December, residents and
visitors are invited to enjoy a variety of fun
•The Nutcracker Hunt, Friday, Dec. 2
through Tuesday, Jan. 3, in historic Town
•“Treats for Wildlife,” Gardens at Gantz
Farms holiday display at Gantz Park, 2255
•Share your festively decorated home on
the 2022 Grove City Christmas Lights Tour
map. Include your home on the tour map
for others to drive by and enjoy your holiday
•Various holiday activities are hosted at
the Grove City Library, 3959 Broadway,
and Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3891
•Christmas photo stops. Take holiday
selfies or family photos and tag us in your
social media post using hashtag
Visit GroveCityOhio.gov for all activities
or call the Grove City Parks and
Recreation Department at 614-277-3050.
items from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, at
Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684
Columbus Street. FCCS requests donations
of gift cards, new books and toys. For
more information, call 614-277-1718.
Firefighters for Kids registration
The Jackson Township Firefighters for
Kids registration is for children 12 and
younger who live in Jackson Township.
Registration runs through Dec. 2.
Registration is available online at cognitoforms.com/JacksonTownship2/Firefigh
without a computer can register in person
at the Jackson Township Fire Station 202,
3650 Hoover Road, south office, 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., through Friday, Dec. 2. In-person
required documentation includes a current
photo ID for parent or custodial caregiver,
birth certificate for each child (12 and
under only), documentation of custody if
the caregiver is not listed on the child’s
birth certificate and current proof of residency
in Jackson Township.
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To each of you who answered a door, who allowed
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Showstoppers have been delighting the masses with their annual
performances in the spring and fall — the latter production mostly
mining holiday content that is both comedic and spiritual. With a
strong track record of pleasing the crowd, some come from away
places to catch a performance. Rarely is there an empty seat in the
Since their last production in December of 2019, however, the
stage where the actors rehearse and perform and those seats in
the auditorium where the crowd sat in delighted awe have
remained empty due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In early 2020, the center was closed by order of the state to slow
the spread of the novel coronavirus. At the time, officials believed
public spaces, especially those for seniors, could be safely reopened
within a few months but that turned out to not be the case.
“For more than a year, this center and its activities were closed
to our seniors,” he said. “And the biggest crime with Covid is that
it robbed them of the place where they went for recreation, for connection,
and for fellowship.
“Every day this center was opened, they had that and then it
was gone. And then most of them were alone at home talking to
the cat or having to talk to their families through the window
because they could get really sick if they caught Covid.”
With so much going on, Cash said he was never surprised when
cast members, their families, or ardent fans would reach out to
talk about The Showstoppers or reminisce about favorite past productions.
“The Showstoppers are a vital piece of the community because
they represent so many things,” he said. “This (these productions)
is about giving opportunity to people, it’s about making people feel
good about themselves, it’s about investing in people and allowing
them to be a part of a team because, frankly, seniors do not often
get to be involved in those things, they do not often get to do those
things, and they do not often get to see themselves in these
Cash said it came to a point where he did not even want to pick
up his phone because he was always the bearer of bad news. But
then one day he did answer a call from the center’s administrative
team who gave him the greenlight to host a new production.
“I was so happy to — finally — be able to tell people that it was
back,” he said with a big laugh. “Now my phone is ringing off the
hook with people asking questions about when it is taking place
and what the play is about, and if I’m sure it is going to go on.”
Cash gave reassurance that the show definitely would go on —
and quite soon at that.
From Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, The Showstoppers will present
an original play called “For Goodness Sake.” Written by Cash, the
production will transport the audience to Santa’s Workshop in the
North Pole where the reindeers are fighting, the elves are scheming,
and the jolly old man is quickly running out of patience.
Although comedic in nature, the play also has a spiritual element
which revolves around a temperamental young child named
Billy who finds himself sitting atop the naughty list in The Good
Book. When the scheming elves pay him a little visit a la Ebenezer
Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” he begins to discover the true
meaning of the holiday and atone for his past behavior.
“At its heart, this play is a celebration of the Christmas spirit,”
said Cash. “It celebrates the love that Santa Claus was born of, of
the giving and the sharing, and for the children, the getting, but
we all grow up in that regard. And this play is also about what
Christmas represents, and that is the great gift of forgiveness and
the fact that anybody can turn it around.
“Let’s face it, anybody can be bad — we all have our moments —
but if you understand that all you have to do is give your trust to
Jesus, then he will give you that gift of forgiveness.”
Cash said while he didn’t want to “get too heavy” with the religious
overtones in the play, he did want to feature aspects of it as
the productions coincide so closely with the holiday season.
“It still has plenty of jokes and gags about reindeer farts, but it
has that comforting piece with a redemptive arc that I think some
people still need to see — especially with everything that has been
going on in the world lately.”
Cash said he is so excited for the public to see this play, but
Naughty boy Billy (played by Don Murnane) gets ready to smash
this guitar over the head of a visiting Easter Bunny (Ed Hawkins)
who tries to talk some sense into his old foe. Although the
Easter Bunny was without his usual fur during this scene at
rehearsal on Nov. 15, all actors will be outfitted accordingly during
the live performances.
even more so for the dedicated members of the acting group who
have been waiting so long for another chance to perform for the
“We have had a lot of ups and downs since we began our
rehearsals this summer and we have had to face down a lot of
challenges recently as some of our cast fell ill,” he said. “So we
don’t exactly know what it is going to look like opening night, but
I do know that all of our cast is dedicated to this play, to their performance,
and to putting on a great show for the public.”
Among those who will be seated in the audience for the first
time is Jean Slussar, a long-time member of The Showstoppers
Acting Group. Since its inception, Slussar has performed in
almost every production but “For Goodness Sake” will mark her
last appearance in one of their plays.
“It is my swan song,” she said.
Health issues have prevented the actress from taking on a
more demanding role this year, but she will still be able to get in
a few planned lines during scene change-overs — most of which
come at the expense of the director.
She said every barbed quip is all in good fun.
“I think he did a wonderful job with the script,” she said. “It’s
very funny, very good, and I am pleased that I was able to work
with him and spend time with him.
“It is not often that someone will give those my age an opportunity
to do something fun and different, but he wants everyone
to have a time to shine, to be a star.”
She said she is excited to see her friends be those stars, and for
the audience to fall in love with them again and with the story
they are telling.
“I think we can all relate to being the little bad boy,” she said.
“I, myself, probably could have been better. But we can all work to
be better, and I think that’s why this play will resonate so much
with the audience when they get to see it.”
Performances for “For Goodness Sake” will be held at 1 p.m. on
Nov. 29; at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 30; and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1
at the E.L. Evans Senior Center, 4430 Dudley Ave. in Grove City.
Admission is free but monetary donations and canned goods for
the local food pantry are welcome. The audience can drop-in at the
time of the scheduled performance but large groups are encouraged
to call the center at 614-277-1060 in advance.
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November 27, 2022 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 7
Council approves plan for performing arts stage
By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
The stage has been set for a centerpiece
at the Town Center Park.
At a recent meeting, Grove City Council
approved a resolution of support for the
installation of a permanent performing
arts stage at the old library site. A temporary
stage has been at that location for the
past two years.
“We have all kinds of events being held
in this space,” said Grove City Parks and
Recreation Director Kim Conrad.
Conrad said the city parks staff already
has plans for events held at that location
for 2023 including Friday night concerts,
food truck weekends, Arts in the Alley, and
the Wine and Arts Festival to name a few.
The Central Ohio Brass Band is also scheduled
to take the stage.
According to Conrad, residents completed
a survey last year that asked what people
wanted to see at the old library site,
located along Park Street. She said an
improved and expanded stage was a common
The city received a $200,000 state capital
grant that was originally to be used to
help fund an amphitheater at Beulah Park.
Kelly Sutherland, the city’s recreation
superintendent, said they were able to shift
those grant dollars to cover the purchase of
the stage for the Town Center Park. Once
the stage has been delivered, the city will
seek bids for the installation.
Even though the council signed off on
the resolution, there was some hesitation
as well as added amendments.
Council president Ted Berry said council
was supposed to see an overall plan for
that space and the city was supposed to
host public meetings on the matter. Berry
said this has not happened.
“I understand we have this money that
we have to spend, but I’m not even sure
this is where this pavilion should go,” he
According to Berry, the council is
expected to discuss the purchase of two
additional parcels in that area that could
affect the layout of the space.
“Do I want a stage? Oh yes, I want a
stage there,” said Berry. “I just don’t know
how this all clicks together.”
Councilwoman Christine Houk said the
temporary stage has been working, not just
for performances, but for many purposes,
like story time events from the Grove City
Library and fitness classes.
“Nestling it in the center allows us maximum
flexibility,” said Houk in response to
Berry’s concerns of not knowing the whole
layout of the space. “That, to me, is the key
Berry proposed an amendment to the
resolution that requests the city’s administration
submit plans for an overall park.
The amendment passed with a majority
“I support the need for an overall park
plan, but I don’t want to delay the grant
funding we have in place,” said councilman
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage
said previous legislation asked the administration
to develop plans for this park with
the space boundaries of Park Street on the
north, Arbutus Avenue on the east, Civic
Place on the south, and First Avenue on
“Based on those boundaries, we did
(develop plans for the park), and council
took no action,” said Stage.
Stage said they held an open forum
meeting that went nowhere. He said they
tried out a temporary stage at that location
and it has been successful.
“We have this experiment that worked,”
said the mayor. “Now, we want to make it
Before council voted on the resolution,
councilman Roby Schottke proposed another
amendment to the plan that would
include building a playground like the play
structure at Gantz Park. He said there is
an absence of amenities for children in the
The resolution was approved, with the
The Grove City Community Winds is
scheduled to kick off the annual summer
concert series with a performance for
Memorial Day weekend. City officials hope
to have the performing arts stage ready
before that concert.
news and notes
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Grove City Police News
On November 9, 2022, Grove City
Police were dispatched to the 2600
block of Eugene Ave on a report of
Identity Fraud. The victim stated
that upon checking their bank account
they noticed transactions that
were not theirs. The victim contacted
the bank and discovered that
two checks sent to pay bills had the
pay to name and dollar amount
changed to $981 and $1800, and another
check had been forged.
In other police news:
On November 9, 2022, Grove City
Police were dispatched to the 1100
block of London Groveport Rd on a
report of a theft. The victim stated
they had received numerous fines
from the state of Illinois iPass for toll
booth violations. The fines started
on July 30, 2022. The victim stated
he discovered his front license plate
had been stolen.
On November 3, 2022, it was reported
to Grove City Police by the
victim in the 4700 block of Hunting
Creek Dr. that their check that was
sent to pay a bill was stolen. The
check had the dollar amount
changed to $4800.77 and the pay to
On November 5, 2022, Grove City
Police were dispatched to the 3200
block of Urbancrest Industrial Dr. on
a report of a theft from a trailer. The
victim stated a trailer was broken
into, causing $2000 in damage, and
several tools totaling $8000 were
stolen. The tools merchandise was
tracked to Motel 6 where a check of
the security video revealed the room
a suspect took the merchandise to. A
search warrant was obtained for the
room and the merchandise was located
and returned to the owner.
The suspect was charged with a
felony of receiving stolen property.
On November 8, 2022, Grove City
Police were dispatched to the 2300
block of Stringtown Rd on a report of
a theft of a wallet from a locker. The
five credit cards had been used at
various locations in Grove City. The
business where the theft occurred
would not provide security video
without a subpoena.
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The village of Urbancrest’s Martin Luther King Park has a new amenity: an outdoor fitness
zone. Featuring nearly a dozen stations, most of which are accessible for those
with physical limitations, the outdoor fitness zone provides the public with a way to
work on their strength and conditioning without the fees that would normally come
attached with similar equipment at a gym. Among the stations that will likely see a lot
of use is the adjustable butterfly station, which works all of the muscles within the
upper body. Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. (pictured here at the station) joked that while he
does not feel that is an area of concern for him, he is excited that the village will now
be able to offer such a unique spot to work on one’s fitness goals to the community.
Fitness zone in Urbancrest
By Dedra Cordle
The sight of a concrete slab does not
often cause an individual to go into a frenzied
state, but some who live in the village
of Urbancrest could barely contain their
excitement when they discovered that a
section had recently been poured in a local
The buzz surrounding this area in question
began to quietly hum when the village
installed a new playground for the local
children nearly six years ago. Although
some of the older youths within the community
were pleased to see this new
amenity being created, they asked when
the village would build something to
accommodate their interests as well.
Upon hearing their pleas, Mayor Joseph
Barnes Sr. reached out to these pre-teens,
teenagers, and other young adults and
offered a compromise.
“I told them that if they would keep an
eye out on this new playground, if they
would help maintain it and make sure that
it wasn’t being abused, that I would work
to get an outdoor fitness area that was
filled with equipment that they would be
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Continued from page 8
able to use.”
He said when he made this suggestion,
their faces lit up like “little lightbulbs.”
“They asked if I was serious, if I was
pulling their leg, if we could really do something
like that,” said Barnes. “And I told
them it was absolutely something we could
do — just as long as they keep their end of
the bargain and watch this playground (in
Martin Luther King Park).”
In late 2019, the village council unanimously
approved a resolution that would
establish an outdoor fitness park for the
community. They had hoped it would be
built the following summer.
And then came the coronavirus pandemic.
In the early months of 2020, most play
areas throughout the country were closed
to slow the spread of the respiratory illness.
Then came a slew of disruptions to
the global supply chain, some of which are
still affecting the world to this day.
When public play areas began to open
up once again, village officials started to
hear from these young adults who were
still holding them to the promise of creating
an outdoor fitness park for them to use.
They said they were not sure what to
tell them — until recently, that is.
Last month, a small construction crew
came out to Martin Luther King Park and
cordoned off a section of land adjacent to
the playground structure. Inquiring minds
wanted to know what was being built, but
village officials just told them to wait and
In early November, the digging of the
ground commenced, as did the construction
of the concrete slab. Eagle eyed youths kept
accosting Barnes and street commissioner
Jerome Johnson, demanding to know what
was being installed.
They said when they were informed that
a new outdoor fitness park was being created,
shrieks could be heard throughout the
“It has been a long time coming, and it’s
been full of delays and things that were out
of our control, but I am so pleased to be
able to say that the outdoor fitness park is
finally here in the village of Urbancrest,”
The Fitness Zone at Martin Luther King
Park has 11 workout stations set up for
individual strength and conditioning
needs. Some of the equipment can be used
solo, while some are designed to be used
with a buddy, or multiple buddies. They
include a squat press, a chest press, a sit up
bench and abdominal toner, shoulder
wheel, and another abdominal and dip station.
A majority of the equipment within
the Fitness Zone meets federal guidelines
through the Americans with Disabilities
The use of the Fitness Zone equipment
is free to the public, and individuals are
encouraged to bring their own towels and
disinfectant wipes to clean the machinery
as they will not be provided. Although the
fitness park was created in part for the
Mayor Joseph Barnes and Street
Commission Jerome Johnson hoist the
fitness zone sign. The $90,000 project to
bring the fitness zone to the community
was funded by the village, the Central
Ohio Community Improvement
Corporation, Rudy Construction,
WoodSpring Suites, and other in-kind
young adults in the community, it is open
to all ages but children under the age of 14
need to be accompanied by an adult.
With the creation of the outdoor fitness
park, Barnes said he is excited about the
future of the community and the health of
those who reside in the area.
“I know there are many people out there
who want to work on their fitness but
maybe they can’t afford to go to the gym,”
he said. “But here in this park, we have a
track to work on your cardio and we now
have equipment at the fitness zone where
you can work on your strength and conditioning.”
He said he hopes that this new amenity
will help Martin Luther King Park become
even more of a destination hub for the local
community and the greater region as a
“A park should be a place of community,
a place where everyone has something to
do, and a place where people can get to
know each other,” he said. “And I do believe
that all of that can be found here within
this village park.”
The Martin Luther King Park Fitness
Zone will be open from dusk to dawn. It is
located adjacent to the Vaughn E. Hairston
Southwest Community Center, 3500 First
Ave., and the Village Administration
Building, 3492 First Ave.
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“BEST NEW YEARS PARTY IN TOWN”
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Start Talking teaches parents the signs of drug use
By Hannah Poling
Start Talking Grove City held a community
information meeting for parents of
students in the South-Western City
Schools District on Nov. 15 at Amazing
Grace Christian Church.
The organization is a non-profit working
to decrease the illegal use of tobacco, alcohol,
and other drugs, and to cut down on
crime in the city.
Start Talking Grove City partnered
with Health Awareness and Recovery
Together (HART) and local first responders
to give a compelling message about the
warning signs of drug, alcohol, and tobacco
misuse as well as how to identify and counteract
“If an addicted person is not ready then
they are not ready. But it’s important you
get the information from tonight to guide
the person down the right path,” said Brian
Kitko, vice president of Start Talking
In July, Grove City council voted to
accept a plan developed by the Substance
Addiction and Mental Health Action Plan
Committee. The plan identifies four main
priorities: collaboration, education, prevention,
and treatment/hard reduction/support
with a series of goals and objectives set for
various focus areas.
“This is affecting everyone in your community.
We offer online resources for parents,
teachers, and families. Simply having
a conversation is the start of prevention,”
HART gave a presentation directed at
having conversations with children of all
ages. They discussed topics such as caffeine
addiction, pills, vaping, marijuana, and
common places where kids are known to
hide different contraband from their parents.
“Be aware of what you put in your body
and what it does to your body. One of the
things more people are learning about is
that your brain is still developing until you
are 25 years old. The last part to form is
the frontal lobe which makes the decisions.
If they start using too many substances too
early it can cause that to slow down,” a
HART spokesperson said.
HART expressed that the conversation
is about being aware. Some kids are taking
drugs because they want to experiment
and some are taking them because they are
“I went to a party freshman year of college.
I thought it was normal candy in a
18 th Annual
bowl on the table but it was edibles. I
ended up having to go to the hospital
because I thought I was dying,” an
HART also informed parents to pay
attention if their kids have a sudden
change in friends, clothes, reading materials,
or music or if they see any out-of-theordinary
First responder Greg Tussing from the
Jackson Township Fire Department also
spoke about opioids, drugs, and how to
counteract a suspected overdose.
“Opioids are a class of drugs. These
drugs work on your central nervous system.
An overdose of any type of medication
is when you take more than you are supposed
to or if you take the right amount
mixed with something. It can be worse if
combined with another medication,”
Tussing said that potential signs of an
overdose are unconsciousness, pinpoint
pupils, slow shallow breathing, faint heartbeat,
limp arms and legs, pale skin, vomiting,
and purple lips and nail beds.
The best way to counteract an overdose
is by using Narcan, a medicine that rapidly
reverses an opioid overdose. Tussing
demonstrated how to use Narcan nasal
spray and it was available for the attendees
to take home with them for free after
Tussing stressed that although using
Narcan is great, it does not replace calling
911 or doing CPR if necessary. Narcan
should be used to counteract an overdose
until help arrives.
The event was well attended by members
of the city council, community members,
and the Grove City Mayor Richard
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Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
To create a positive environment for the development and success of business
Chamber recognizes winners of Arts in the Alley
With many shows and categories also means many
winners to recognize! The five shows held were: Fine
Art, Quilt, Craft, Photography, and Youth Art.
The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates
all winners and thanks all participants for sharing
their various works of art with the community.
•Grove City Easel Award & People’s Choice Award:
David’s work depicts the Grove City Public Library.
This three-dimensional piece includes old book spines
as the frame. His goal was to capture the building’s
unique architecture and hometown collection.
The Grove City Easel Award is sponsored by the City
of Grove City and each year’s winning piece is entered
into the City’s permanent art collection. The collection,
including David’s piece, can be viewed at City Hall
(4035 Broadway) during office hours.
•Heartland Bank Helena McComb Award: Brittany
Brittany’s piece features a violin surrounded by flowers.
The Heartland Bank Helena McComb Award was established
in memory of Helena McComb, who was instrumental
in founding Arts in the Alley. Helena’s
appreciation and love of flowers is remembered as well
as pieces considered for the award must include flowers.
Fine Art Show winners
(Sponsored by Zangmeister Cancer Center)
2-D Professional Division: 1st Place: Suzanne Gallagher
“Ana Bliss”; 2nd Place: Josh Arnold “The Rug”;
3rd Place: Scott Creed “Blue Wood Mosaic.”
2-D Amateur Division: 1st Place: Mike Moore “Arnie”;
2nd Place: MJ Byler “Helena”; 3rd Place: Beth Reece
3-D Division: 1st Place: Andy Deshong “Show Me the
Money”; 2nd Place: Benjamin Lamb “The Ballad of
Frank Hayes”; 3rd Place: Teresa Arrasmith “Depth of
Best of Show: Chelsea Cross “When Life Give You
Helena McComb Award Nominee: Brittany Cosgrove
Quilt Show winners
Best of Show: Amy Swanson.
People’s Choice: Debbie Yontz.
Helena McComb Award Nominee: Marsha Beane.
Duet (2 or more people):
•Small: 1st Place: Anna Louise Beaver; 2nd Place:
Joann Head; 3rd Place: Patti Morlock; Honorable Mention:
•Medium: 1st Place: Gail Sech; 2nd Place: Janice
Evans; 3rd Place: Barbara Waller; Honorable Mention:
•Large: 1st Place: Marsha Beane; 2nd Place: Vicki
Burns; 3rd Place: Marsha Beane; Honorable Mention:
•Extra Large: 1st Place: Jo Ann Newsome; 2nd Place:
Jo Ann Newsome; 3rd Place: Vicki Buns; Honorable
Mention: Shirley Allen.
Solo Hand Quilted:
•Large: 1st Place: Mary Lockwood; 2nd Place: Mary
Lockwood; 3rd Place: Mary Lockwood; Honorable Mention:
•First Time Entry in Any Quilt Show: 1st Place: Tami
Pfeil; 2nd Place: Tamah Clark; 3rd Place: Heather Jacobsen;
Honorable Mention: Kris Sander.
Solo Mixed Techniques:
•Small: 1st Place: Karen Lane; 2nd Place: Patty Estadt;
3rd Place: Bernadette Demos; Honorable Mention:
•Large: 1st Place: Karen Lane; 2nd Place: Tami Pfeil:
3rd Place: Mary Lou Paoletti; Honorable Mention: Judy
Solo Machine Quilted:
•Small: 1st Place: Amy Swanson; 2nd Place: Patty
Estadt; 3rd Place: Brenda Mocarski; Honorable Mention:
•Large: 1st Place: Brenda Mocarski; 2nd Place: Debbie
Yontz; 3rd Place: Michelle Demmy; Honorable Mention:
Joann Head, Patty Estadt, Patty Estadt.
•Youth: 1st Place: Ellie Yates; 2nd Place: Thadeus
Logan; 3rd Place: Samantha Logan; Honorable Mention:
Craft Show winners
Best of Show: James Rogers.
Helena McComb Award Nominee: Patricia Morlock,
People’s Choice: Gary Gardner.
Wood-Small: 1st Place: Gary Gardner; 2nd Place:
Robbie Hay; 3rd Place: Mary Ann Winfield.
Wood-Large: 1st Place: James Rogers; 2nd Place:
Decorating: 1st Place: Sally Sisson; 2nd Place: Helen
Gilliam; 3rd Place: Mary Ann Winfield.
Needle Art: 1st Place: Sally Sisson; 2nd Place: Bonnie
Smith; 3rd Place: Kay Roberts.
Tole Painting: 1st Place: Karen Roth; 2nd Place: Mary
Other Crafts: 1st Place: Patricia Morlock; 2nd Place:
Kaitlyn Silva; 3rd Place: Amy Hipple.
Photography Show winners
(Sponsored by Byers Chevrolet.)
Best of Show: Danica Barreau.
Helena McComb Award Nominee: Earl English.
Professional: 1st Place: Earl English; 2nd Place: Danica
Barreau; 3rd Place: Robert Formentelli; Honorable
Mention: Robert Formentelli.
Amateur: 1st Place: Larry Powell; 2nd Place: Megan
Patrick; 3rd Place: Larry Powerll; Honorable Mention:
Nick Marchese, Angela Multhup.
Mobile Phone: 1st Place: Barbara Bell; 2nd Place:
Ryan Mayle; 3rd Place: Josh Arnold; Honorable Mention:
Megin Cress, Barbara Bell.
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Helena McComb Award winner Brittany Cosgrove is joined by
Grove City Major Richard Stage with her winning piece. The Helena
McComb Award celebrates the legacy and memory of Helena
McComb by recognizing pieces featuring flowers, a favorite of Helena.
Entries for the Fine Arts show on display at the 2022 Arts in the
Alley festival. Fine Art was one of five shows showcasing a variety
of creative talents.
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A recap of this year’s Arts in the Alley
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Vendors came from near and far to showcase
and sell their artistic creations and
share about the creative process behind the
items. Food vendors enjoyed similar success
in selling their treats and dishes to raise
money for their dedicated non-profit or similar
charitable function. In some cases, both
artist and food vendors were able to enjoy
the satisfaction of a sellout!
Show displays were filled with visual creative
talent, while the sounds of vocal talent
filled the air from the Voice of Grove City’s
multi-day competition. Visual and musical
creativity came together for the annual community
parade which included local marching
bands, dance groups, and of course the
It truly takes the entire community, and
beyond, to hold Arts in the Alley. The Grove
City Area Chamber of Commerce would like
to thank everyone who attended, volunteered,
or completed a ‘behind the scenes’
job to help the show run smoothly.
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would like to thank. They are: Heartland
Bank (presenting sponsor), OhioHealth,
Mount Carmel, Wright Patt Credit Union,
Greenbaum Stiers Strategic Marketing
Group, Byers Chevrolet of Grove City, The
Goddard School, Zangmeister Cancer Center,
Performance CDJP, Hirth Norris Garrison,
Jackson Township, Jolly Pirate
Donuts, Telhio, Wesbanco, Beautiful Savior
Lutheran Church, Stepping Stone Child
Care Center, Columbus Prime Realty, Creative
Mobile Interiors, Cruise Planners-
David Todd, Fairy Tails Pet Salon, Houk
CPA, Leavitt Group Midwest-Scott Molino,
Men’s Refinery, Orange Theory Fitness, TC
Knives, Treplus Communities/Sugar Maple
Commons, Shepherd Insurance Partners,
BeLocal Grove City, Broadway Fireplace &
Décor, and Rise Yoga.
Get ready for the 2023 Arts in the Alley
today by marking your calendars with next
year’s dates of Friday, Sept. 15- Sunday,
Jack and Tina Mittendorf were the parade marshals for the 2022 Arts in the Alley Community
Parade. Long-time familiar faces to Grove City, the Mittendorf family owns and
operates Zamarelli’s Pizza Palace.
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Youth Art Show winners
(Sponsored by The Goddard School)
Best of Show: Brant Bliss “Teddy Roosevelt.”
People’s Choice: Grace Kingsbury “Bee
Hive Reps & Cloud Mug.”
Helena McComb Award Nominee: Cordelia
Watkins “Hand with Flowers.”
Primary (K-2) Media 2D: 1st Place: Giana
Zito “Fish Painting”; 2nd Place: Phalika Lee
“Pumpkin Patch”; 3rd Place: Max Gates
Intermediate (3-5) Media 2D: 1st Place:
Camden Sengkeophainh “Animae Drawing”;
2nd Place: Kamryn Ebner “Animals
Under a Bridge”; 3rd Place: Logan Snyder
Middle School (6-8) Media 2D: 1st Place:
Reese Meindl “Hands”; 2nd Place: Ven
Kendall “Jack Skellington Painting”; 3rd
Place: Elizabeth Abalo “Painting of Fall
Primary (K-2) Photography: 1st Place:
Charles Chaffin “Yellowstone Geyser”; 2nd
Place: Charles Chaffin “Yellowstone Bison.”
Intermediate (3-5) Photography: 1st Place:
Bryson Kale “Blue Raindrops”; 2nd Place:
Carina Chaffins “Waterfall at Old Mans
Cave”; 3rd Place: Ian Worthington “Orchid.”
Middle School (6-8) Photography: 1st
Place: Amara Young “Flowers at the Market”;
2nd Place: Brooklyn Cress “Brown
Frog”; 3rd Place: James Waldo “Rooster Up
High School (9-12) Media 2D: 1st Place:
Catherine Dorrian “Goose & Flowers”; 2nd
Place: Laura Togni “Pink Controller”; 3rd
Place: Kailee Dunn “Zombies.”
High School (9-12) Media 3D: 1st Place:
Anubruti Shah “Ceramic Bottles”; 2nd
Place: Isabella DeLaCera “Ceramic Vases”;
3rd Place: Noah Martin “Acrylic Model.”
High School (9-12) Color Photography: 1st
Place: Sharline Perez “Self Portrait”; 2nd
Place: Ross Hoydash “Boys Head with Traffic”;
3rd Pace: Jaide Harrah “Spider.”
High School (9-12) Black & White Photography:
1st Place: Natalie Carter “Teen in
Leave”; 2nd Place: Kristen Needles “Flowers
in Vase”; 3rd Place: Kristen Needles “Drumline.”
Boo Off Broadway
was another success
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Another fun-filled Boo off Broadway
was held on Halloween weekend
with record-breaking crowds
enjoying the festivities and the favorable
In the second year of being
hosted by the Grove City Area
Chamber of Commerce, the event
grew from its 2021 successes and
was even bigger than before. This
year saw the event move to the
‘footprint’ of Arts in the Alley and
other city festivals providing more
space for more fun.
Over 55 business vendors
were in attendance at this
year’s Boo off Broadway.
Kids and kids-at-heart showed off their costumes while enjoying
carnival-style games, trick or treating with over 55 business vendors,
and meeting some of their favorite costumed characters courtesy
of Magical Adventures Parties and Columbus Ghostbusters.
Boo off Broadway has quickly become a well-loved GCACC event
and the Chamber appreciates the support and enthusiasm from the
The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank
the sponsors of this year’s Boo off Broadway.
They are as follows:
•Presenting: The Antry Issacs Team at Saxton Real Estate and
Shepherd Insurance Partners
•Trick or Treat Street sponsor: Fraternal Order of Eagles
•Hocus Pocus: Creative Mobile Interiors, OrangeTheory Fitness
Grove City and, Wright Patt Credit Union
•Parade: Cutler Realty
The Grove City community dressed and showed up by the hundreds for this year’s Boo off Broadway Halloween
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Chiefs Challenge helps wrap up Farmers Market season
In the final weeks of the 2022 Farmers’
Market season, a community favorite made
its awaited return to the Saturday market.
For the first time since 2019, the Chiefs
Challenge was held. This cooking ‘showdown’
between Jackson Township Fire Department’s
chief and Grove City Division of
Police chief provides opportunity for some
friendly, and tasty competition.
Having held the trophy since 2019, Jackson
Township Chief Randy Little and his
fire department team were ready to defend
the title. But, incoming police chief Rick
Fambro came ready to lead his new police
team to a victory–which he did! For the
first time in many years, the Chiefs Challenge
cup will reside with the Division of Police.
The Challenge highlighted the late-summer
return of live cooking demonstrations
at the Market, one of the final pieces of the
“pre-pandemic” version of the Market to return.
Community members could also meet
their local first responders and gather over
the universal language that is good food.
Following the Division of Police victory,
Chief Fambro graciously shared a couple of
his winning recipes so that others could
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replicate them in their home kitchens.
Those can be found within the photo section
of the Farmers’ Market Facebook page:
The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
would like to thank everyone who
made the 2022 Farmers’ Market a success
from start to finish! The many vendors, volunteers,
shoppers, and others continue to
make the Grove City Farmers Market a favorite
not just in Grove City, but across
Central Ohio. Additionally, there isn’t a
Market without sponsors, so one more big
thank you goes to: Mount Carmel Grove
City, Performance Georgesville, Zangmeister
Cancer Center, Auto Service Experts OH
by Sanderson Automotive, Cruise Planners-
David Todd, Hirth Norris & Garrison, Mid-
Ohio Food Collective, WesBanco, Shepherd
Insurance, Coldwell Banker Realty-Kay
Koho, Leavitt Group Midwest- Smith,
Molino & Sichko Insurance Agency, Heritage
Cycles, Morley Parren Bright Insurance,
and Edward Jones- Chris Gourley.
The Market will return in late-spring of
2023. In addition to following along on Facebook,
visit the Grove City Farmers’ Market
website for the latest updates and even in-
formation on vendors: https://www.gcchamber.org/farmers-market/
Chamber Foundation fundraiser a success
The Grove City Chamber Foundation
hosted another successful fundraiser in support
of their yearly scholarship efforts.
Community members and other supporters
of the Chamber Foundation gathered together
at the Aladdin Shrine Center on Oct.
21 for a night of food, fellowship and entertainment.
Attendance was up from 2021
making for greater support for the Foundation,
and more fellowship amongst attendees.
Guests were treated to a delicious dinner
catered by L A Catering and many musical
and entertainment acts, including Tracy
Carter Music, comedians Travis
Hoewwisher and Shaena Rabbani, and
piano by students from Central East Ohio
Music Teachers Association from their Out
& About program.
Many silent auctions were up for bid
making for additional funds raised and as
always a little friendly competition in trying
to win much-wanted items. All funds raised
from the evening will go directly toward the
Foundation’s 2023 scholarship efforts. 2023
scholarships will include opportunities for
local high school students and Chamber
members and their employees all seek postsecondary
degree and certificate opportunities.
The Foundation’s fundraiser and yearround
scholarships wouldn’t be possible
without the many sponsors who make it
possible. As 2022 comes to a close, the Grove
City Chamber Foundation would like to recognize
the following sponsors:
•Platinum Sponsor: Eldorado Gaming
•Gold Sponsors: Franklin County Banking
Center, Myers Jewelers, Credit Union of
Grove City Mayor Richard Stage (center)
gives the “thumbs up” for the Chief’s Challenge
cook-off between Jackson Township
Fire Department Chief Randy Little (left)
and Grove City Division of Police Chief
Local students showcased their piano
talents as guests arrived at the 2022
Grove City Chamber Foundation
Fundraiser, held on Oct. 21 at the Aladdin
Ohio, Telhio Credit Union.
•Silver Sponsors: OhioHealth, WesBanco
•Bronze Sponsors: Kemba Financial
Credit Union, Newcomer, Capital City Mechanical.
•Copper Sponsors: Danbury Senior Living,
Byers Chevrolet, Elford, Columbus
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Prime Realty, BeLocal Grove City, Al
Washington Insurance, Grove City Family
Dentistry, Cruise Planners-David Todd,
•Friends of the Foundation: Blu-Willy’s,
The Howard Family, Morley Parren Bright
Insurance, Moses Mouser & Associates,
MKOB Properties LLC, Pinnacle Pets Play
& Stay, Precision Jewelers, Treplus Communities.
Attendees, and those who would like to
attend next year, can go ahead and mark
their calendars for Oct. 20, 2023 for next
year’s Foundation fundraiser.
To learn more about the Grove City
Chamber Foundation, including scholarship
opportunities and how to support the Foundation
year-round, visit the website:
Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
4069 Broadway, Grove City OH 43123
HR Essentials: Quiet Quitting
By Rachel Kutay
My Business Resource
About Rachel: Rachel Kutay is a leading
voice and professional in human resources.
Her HR agency, My Business Resource, is
based here in Grove City and will be celebrating
its third anniversary soon. In this installment
of the column, she covers “quiet quitting” which
has gained attention across many media platforms
and caught the attention of those outside
of human resources.
“Quiet Quitting” has recently taken social
media by storm. What is it? Can companies
do anything about it?
Quiet Quitting is a new label to an old
problem — where people don’t outright quit
their jobs, but they quit the idea of going
above and beyond. They do the bare minimum,
just enough to keep up at work.
You might be wondering if this is really
a new phenomenon. Employee satisfaction
has been measured and studied for a long
time. Data indicates that there is a significant
difference now. A 2022 global Gallup
survey that measures employee engagement
showed disengagement at work is the
lowest it has been in a decade. Employee engagement
is the measure of how motivated
a person is at work. It’s a significant problem
with implications to the bottom line —
most jobs require extra effort to collaborate
with co-workers and meet customer needs.
Why is this a viral trend now? Disengagement
has increased significantly in the
last two years, which has been largely attributed
to the pandemic. Younger workers
are especially disengaged, feeling that there
isn’t anyone at work who cares about them
or providing them the opportunities they
seek to learn and grow.
How can you improve employee engagement?
This isn’t about adding ping pong tables
to your office. There are four main
drivers of employee engagement, and
they’re all about fit: job fit, manager fit,
team fit and organizational fit. Regular conversations
with your employees to discuss
their career paths, recognizing people for a
job well done, and compensating people
competitively so they feel valued for the
work they’re doing are important strategies
to keep your employees engaged.
If you’re taking steps to improve employee
satisfaction, your customers will feel
it too. According to Gallup, organizations
that have high levels of engagement also
enjoy the following: Higher productivit;
Greater profitability; Lower employee
turnover; Fewer safety incidents; Stronger
customer loyalty; and Lower employee absenteeism.
Employees do a great job when they have
a great job — make sure the lines of communication
are open and you actively solicit
and consider all forms of feedback and make
changes accordingly. Respect your team for
what they do, and quiet quitting won’t be an
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Voice of Grove City competition hits the right notes
It’s a hit–again!
Arts in the Alley attendees were treated
to another successful and talent-filled Voice
of Grove City competition during the Sept.
The weekend began with 24 performers
on Friday evening and was eventually narrowed
down to three finalists, and ultimately
one winner on Sunday afternoon.
•Winner: Cara Custer
•2nd Place, and People’s Choice Winner:
•3rd Place: J’Von Jones
Both Allison and J’Von competed in the
2021 Voice of Grove City competition and
placed in the top five, so both improved upon
their placings by moving into the top three.
While Cara was in attendance at the 2021
competition, this was her first year competing
in the Voice of Grove City. Don’t miss
the Q&A with Cara later in this article.
Similar to the TV competition version,
feedback from coaches and judges are important
to create an overall learning experience
for performers. Competitors, including
Allison, noted they studied up on the judges
notes and used them for this year and would
continue to consult the feedback whether for
the 2023 competition or other performances.
The Voice of Grove City is made successful
by many sponsors, volunteers, and other
helping hands behind the scenes. This
year’s sponsors included: Broadway Fireplace
& Décor (People’s Choice Award Sponsor),
BeLocal Grove City (People’s Choice
Voting & Hospitality Sponsor), Rise Yoga
the 2022 Voice of Grove City Winner!
After the competition, we were able to
catch up with this year’s winner Cara
Custer and learn a little more about her
music and performing background. She is
married and a mom of four, and this year’s
Voice of Grove City was the first time she
had done a singing competition of this sort.
How many years have you been
singing/performing? Tell us about your background
in vocal performance.
I began singing at the age of four in
church. My mom quickly noticed my musical
ability and got me involved in different local
performing arts groups. I was always very
involved in music in school and started taking
private voice lessons in eighth grade.
From there, I went on to high school to perform
in the most advanced choir and perform
leading roles in the school musicals
each year. After graduation, I went to the
University of Tennessee where I received a
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. I
was very involved in the choral and opera
theatre programs. The summer after my
senior year of college, I studied at the Manhattan
School of Music where I was able to
continue my vocal instruction, as well as
gain more experience in the world of musical
theatre. After completing that program, I
considered getting my Masters in Music, but
life went a different direction and I started
working full time. For several years, I sang
lead in a band, Cumberland Station, where
we performed at local venues and at private
events. I was involved in community theatre
for many years, and had the opportunity to
play lead roles in shows such as “West Side
Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Les Misérables”
in Tennessee where I resided at the
time. While my musical opportunities have
slowed a bit the last few years, while settling
down and having children, I’ve still been
able to actively sing and lead worship at my
church on our praise team.
What prompted you to compete in The
Voice of Grove City this year?
I attended the performances last year
while I was at the Arts in the Alley and it
intrigued me to want to get involved. I have
missed singing on a regular basis, like I
used to do, and when I heard they were
doing the competition again, I was very excited
to give it a try.
For those who haven't gotten to hear you
yet, how would you describe your style and the
genre(s) you sing?
I have always been a very eclectic artist
and I love all styles and genres, especially
musical theatre, pop, country and classical.
However, where I feel the most at home is
singing praise and worship music. There is
nothing that compares to singing to the
Lord and being used as His instrument to
bring Him glory and help bring people closer
Who or what inspires you?
I’ve had a lot of people inspire me
throughout the years, whether it be past
vocal instructors, choir directors, or artists
I admire. However, the people that inspire
me the most are my husband and children.
They make me want to be a better person
and to never give up on the things I love or
am passionate about.
You’re a mom of four kids, how do you hope
to inspire them (and others!) by pursuing and
using your gifts and talents?
I want to make them proud. I want them
to see their mom take chances. Even if
things don’t work out, I would rather them
see me fail, than to witness their mom never
trying at all. I want them to always know
that no matter their age or what season in
life they are currently in, they can always
chase their dreams and pursue the things
How do you see yourself continuing to perform
in the future?
I will continue to take every opportunity
I can to grow as an artist. I would love to
focus on performing again on a regular basis
and also, collaborating with other artists on
musical projects. I hope to get more involved
in local theatre productions again and use
this experience to enthusiastically propel
me towards my next project.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I would love to thank the Chamber of
Commerce & the Soles’ family for this amazing
opportunity. It was such an incredible
learning experience to hear the judge’s feedback
and interact with the other contestants.
I’m beyond thankful for being named the
2022 Voice of Grove City and I look forward
to what’s to come next! To God be the Glory!
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Initiative aims to brighten the holiday for Ohio inmates
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Although Christmas is supposed to be a
festive time of joy and hope spent with
loved ones, for tens of thousands of prison
inmates in Ohio, Christmas is just is
another day behind bars. One central Ohio
group believes it doesn’t have to be that
A local non-profit movement continues
to make a positive impact on the lives of
Ohio’s prison inmate population each year
by sending them personalized, handwritten
Christmas cards that encourage them
to “Continue the Story.”
Over the past several years, central
Ohio’s “Continue the Story” movement has
personally reached more than 64,700
inmates incarcerated in Ohio’s prison system
at Christmastime, one inmate at a
time, in hopes of brightening their lives by
spreading the Christmas spirit, which is
one of joy and hope.
Although it is rapidly growing with hundreds
of volunteers throughout the
Columbus area, “Continue the Story” was
created six years ago after members of the
organization became aware of some of the
horrors of the modern criminal justice system.
Organizers believe a lot of the people
who are incarcerated today are essentially
good people who have made mistakes
“I believe every single person is worthy
of hope and encouragement - no matter
their past, no matter their story,” said Jess
Kimmel, executive director of the non-profit
organization, Continue the Story. “I participate
because I’ve seen firsthand what
that love and support can do. Ohio inmates
often feel isolated and unsupported as they
work through their sentence toward reformation.”
Of the estimated 45,000 to 43,000
inmates in Ohio’s prison system, some
studies suggest up to 6 percent of them are
actually wrongly accused or falsely convicted.
Other studies say at least two thirds of
today’s prison inmate population are people
behind bars because of substance use
This year, organizers of the movement
plan to send out more than 22,000 personalized
cards, which is nearly half of Ohio’s
prison inmate population. To pay for the
cards, however, fundraisers are currently
under way and they are taking donations.
“Receiving a Christmas card from ‘The
Drop’ with a prayer, some scripture, words
of hope or even a silly joke helps to brighten
the inmate’s day and shape a new perspective
about how their story doesn’t have
to end in a prison cell,” Kimmel said.
“Regardless of our past, we all have the
ability to write a future that can change
the world,” said Mic Mohler one of the
movement’s organizers. “Yes, they made
mistakes. We all make mistakes. However,
we believe everyone deserves love and
Christmas joy, and we are dedicated to
sending out cards every year to express
Each year heading into the holiday season,
organizers start another drive to raise
the money necessary to send out all those
Christmas cards with words of encouragement
and inspiration written by hand for
each inmate with their name on the card.
Last year, they sent out 21,000 cards. The
cost for postage and material exceeded
$15,000 last year – all of which came from
Pleasant Township considers
purchasing additional recycling carts
generous donations from area churches
and members of the community, as more
and more people learn about the mass
mailing and the impact it has on the
Mohler said that getting personalized
mail in places like that is a big deal for
inmates, especially during the holidays.
Unlike typical mass mailings, in which
every card is the same, each Christmas
card they send has the inmate’s name and
number handwritten on the card with
unique and personal messages of hope
written by one of the volunteers.
Because each card is personally mailed
out the week before Christmas, more than
1,000 area residents and community leaders
volunteer their time to participate in
the event. Some members of the group help
raise money, others fill out the handwritten
cards, and others help coordinate the
actual mailing, which everyone notoriously
refers to simply as, “the Drop.”
One day, organizers say, they hope to
send cards to 100 percent of the inmates in
Ohio’s prison system because they believe
no one should be left out for Christmas. To
make this possible, nevertheless, organizers
hope to continue getting the word out
as they believe even the harshest convict
deserves to hear their messages of hope,
which is the true reason for the holiday
Mic Mohler, a Grove City native, is one of
the people who started Continue the
Story, an effort to send holiday cheer to
those in prison. The Grove City United
Methodist Church, known as the Purple
Door Church, is also part of the initiative.
For more information on Continue the
Story, to donate, or to participate in this
year’s drop on Dec. 16, go to continuethestory.org.
By Hannah Poling
The Pleasant Township trustees are
looking to purchase more recycling carts
due to new residents’ complaints that their
homes do not have them.
This issue was discussed at Nov. 8 board
of trustees meeting.
According to officials from the Pleasant
Township road department, the township
is down to only 9 or 10 of the recycle carts
that they purchased in 2020 from the Solid
Waste Authority of Central Ohio
Each household that takes regular trash
collection through Local Waste received a
65-gallon roll-out recycle cart last year,
which was purchased with grant funding
from the township. The trustees had also
purchased additional carts.
At one time, there were approximately
30 or 40 carts in storage. Township officials
believe that when people move, they just
think that the cart is theirs and take it.
Chairwoman Nancy Hunter said she had
also received a few calls from people who
originally said they did not want a cart, but
have changed their minds.
In addition, road department officials
told the trustees that when a cart needs a
new axel or tires, they have to pull parts
from the cans in storage. They recommend
the township purchase approximately 20
Hunter said the trustees would look into
purchasing additional carts.
In other news, the Pleasant Township
Fire Department received a $5,000 donation
from a Mr. Cox with the Sherman
Lodge in Harrisburg. The lodge has existed
since the late 1800s, but was recently sold.
Fire Chief David Whiting plans to use the
donation to build a small training simulator
on fire station property.
“We are going to put it to good use; build
a little training simulator out back to train
our guys and guys around. It will go a long
way to get more training for the guys and
make the community safer,” Whiting said.
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Pets of the week
These furry friends are available
for adoption at local
rescues and shelters
Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Shelling corn at Slate Run Farm
On a recent autumn day, Kerry Sherrill, a volunteer farmer at Slate Run Living
Historical Farm, 1375 State Route 674 North near Canal Winchester, demonstrated
how to shell harvested corn by using an 1880s era hand held metal Decker Corn
Sheller. The ear of corn is inserted into the corn sheller and then the corn sheller is
twisted back and forth manually to remove the corn kernels from the cob.
Stache, 1, got his
name because he
has half a mustache.
He is friendly and
loves to be with other
cats. He does not like
to be alone. He
enjoys hanging out
with the other cats in
his foster home. He
will eat treats from
your hand. Will your
home be Stache’s furever home? Adopt this
handsome guy from Friends for Life Animal
Brutus was adopted
at 8 years old a year
ago from a shelter.
He had a great life
this past year but
then his owner suddenly
died. He is
doing OK in his foster
home but he really
needs a permanent
home to live out his
golden years. He is
healthy and happy, has some grey on his
muzzle, and still has spring in his step. Will
this handsome guy be your best buddy?
Brutus is neutered, microchipped, up to date
on vaccines, and housebroken. Adopt Brutus
from Colony Cats and Dogs.
Audrey is a sweet 1-
year-old tabby who
loves playing with
other cats, people
watching, and twirling
toys. She is a little shy
at first and takes a bit
to warm up. She is
looking for someone
who realizes she is
Come meet Audrey at the Colony Cats cagefree
Persephone is a 5-
year-old cutie who
loves kisses, cuddles,
and playing with her
toys. She will greet
you with a toy in her
mouth and a wiggly
bum when you come
home. This smart girl
is crate trained, clicker
trained, and knows
many commands like
sit, stay, down,
dance, and crawl.
Persephone has been waiting a year to find
her forever family at the Franklin County Dog
Shelter and Adoption Center.
Photo courtesy of Deborah Franks
Professional Canine Trainer Deborah Franks of Groveport and her canine partner,
Onree, a miniature poodle, won High in Standard at the 2022 CPE (Canine
Performance Events) National Agility event held at the Champions Center in
Springfield, Ohio. Franks said agility handlers and their canine partners from all over
the United States and Canada came to compete in this national event. The qualifying
period for this event was Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2021. “It was an extra special
win since Onree is also a rescue dog,” said Franks. “From a dog that no one wanted
to a national agility winner.”
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Actors save “e People We Hate at the Wedding”
The potential to be entertained abounds
when there are impending nuptials, especially
when the life milestone is explored
through the lens of books, cinema, or on the
small screen. For centuries, these matrimonial
events have showcased genuine and
heartfelt expressions of love, mined the
dynamics of a dysfunctional family, and
have descended into the realm of absurdity
with bizarre plots that revolve around
romantic rivals stealing the faces or bodies
of the bride as they prepare for their big
day. However the topic of a wedding is chosen
to be explored, chances are they are
going to be quite fun to witness through
this fictional lens and the latest film to
delve into the creatively inspiring world is
In Prime Video’s new original movie,
“The People We Hate at the Wedding,” the
exploration of the event leans heavily on
the comedic side of the aisle but there is a
strong focus on the dynamics of a dysfunctional
family. What results is a mostly
humorous and occasionally charming look
at some unlikeable characters doing
unlikeable things as they try to resolve
their differences as the wedding of a once
dearly loved sister approaches.
At the center of this saga is the relationship
between siblings Alice (Kristen Bell),
Paul (Ben Platt) and their half-sister
Eloise (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Sharing
the same mother, Donna (Allison Janney),
the trio had a tight bond throughout childhood
— this is despite the fact that Eloise
spends half the year in England with her
father, Henrique (Isaach De Bankole) — but
it slowly started to unravel when Alice and
Paul started to notice the wealth disparity
between their respective families.
Although they have always tried to maintain
some warmth toward their half-sister,
Alice and Paul eventually grew to resent
Eloise for her “ostentatious displays of
wealth, her haughty manner, and her meddling
in their lackluster jobs and lives.”
Like most mothers, all Donna wants is
for her children to get along, which is why
she is beyond ecstatic when she learns
Eloise is getting married. “It will be a
chance for all of my kids to come together
and repair their relationship,” she says.
For her part, Eloise feels the same way,
hoping this event will be a catalyst for
reconnection. For their part, Alice and Paul
want nothing to do with this wedding, with
their sister, and frankly, with their mother
who they feel has moved on too fast from
the death of their father. Naturally, the
duo end up going, mostly because it is an
all-expense paid trip to London. But that
does not mean they are going to like it, nor
does it mean they are going to be wellbehaved
on their travels abroad.
It is a good thing that almost all of the
actors in “The People We Hate at the
Wedding” are so charismatic because the
characters they play are often unlikeable
and they act out in ways that are hard to
sympathize with. Now, that is not to say
that every book or film or television show
has to have likeable characters at its center,
but it sometimes makes for a harder
read or watch when you are squirming
with second hand embarrassment over the
things they do or the things they say.
The very fact that the audience can, at
times, feel sorry for the characters is
another testament to the skill and charm of
the actors, but it does bring up some issues
with the script. Although wickedly sharp at
times, the story that was adapted by Lizzy
Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux by
a novel from Grant Ginder does not delve
too deeply into the motivations of the characters
so we cannot fully embrace their
acts of rebellion. At times, it just feels too
bratty and unjustified — which I suppose
can be a form of entertainment if the mood
The Reel Deal
hits just right.
Not everyone can
enjoy watching films
that are filled with
awkward moments —
Scanlon has a true
talent for staging
the most cringe-worthy scenes — but I think
those who can tolerate it will find some
form of enjoyment from “The People We
Hate at the Wedding.” Not everything they
do hits, and some of the more sincere and
dramatic moments feel out of place, but it
will make you laugh, and smile, and thank
a deity that your immediate family is not
like theirs. And if it is, well, try to turn that
dynamic into a book or a script because
some people would really enjoy it.
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff
writer and columnist.
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Learning from history
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Battle scars on cannons that served in
the Civil War can be found in national
parks and museums, but ones cast after
the end of the war, like the three-inch ordnance
rifle cared for by Art Short, are experiencing
a living legacy in modern times.
The big cannon now lobs volleys across
fields where Civil War re-enactors don uniforms
similar to those worn by their 1860s
counterparts in recreating skirmishes that
once took actual lives.
“This cannon has been maintained and
handed down through families since it was
built,” said Short. “It has been in many
movies such as ‘Glory,’ ‘Gettysburg,’ and
‘Gods & Generals.’ It was the utmost in
technology when it first came into being in
1861 and was the most used and feared
weapon in the Civil War. As in all military,
the artillery is the backbone and power of
any army. We have involved and evolved
the artillery into the 40th Ohio through
much time and diligence in maintaining
and transporting the cannon and keeping
it in full working order.”
The ordnance is set on an oak carriage
from an original 1861 design and must be
maintained and repaired due to its use at
events throughout the year. It is housed
and transported on a custom-built trailer.
“This is a very dangerous cannon and
we are fully trained professional Civil War
preservationists,” Short said. “This is a
true working, firing weapon with one
pound of gunpowder per shot. It is used
and fired today in the same manner as it
was originally designed. We follow all the
original rules of ordnance when in events
and demonstrations. We uniform up, drill,
and practice and perfect the form of the
steps in the loading and discharge of the
cannon as the original 1861 U.S. Artillery
Short emphasized that, as Civil War
preservationists, the 40th Ohio re-enactors
do not glorify guns or war.
“We want to teach people, children, students
that they need to learn from history–good
or bad–or we will be doomed to
repeat it. That is why we do everything we
do,” said Short.
Short was first bitten by the Civil War
bug when he saw the movie “Glory,” starring
Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick
and Denzel Washington. He said he found
the story moving and called it a “must
watch” for anyone interested in Civil War
One thing led to another and in 2010,
the Lockbourne resident and his family
became involved with historical re-enactment
after meeting Capt. Andrew Mott of
the 40th Ohio Voluntary Infantry.
Participants in historical re-enactments
recreate specific moments of a historical
period or a particular battle like
Gettysburg by following a formalized plan
and wearing period clothing. Re-enactments
can last for multiple days and participants
eat and sleep like their 1860s
counterparts in tents ringing the battlefield.
The tradition dates back to Roman
times when battles were staged for the
entertainment and education of an audience
seated in an amphitheater. Today, reenactments
can draw large crowds as well.
“We decided to join and have grown in
knowledge and friendship in Civil War
preservation ever since,” said Short. “We
participate in school teachings in the first
half of the year and then larger re-enactment
events and living history events
throughout the year. Large events such as
Gettysburg take a lot of planning and it
still works much like the original Civil War
army involvement. High ranking officers
pass down orders and then they are followed
throughout the event.”
According to Short, smaller living history
and school presentations are done in
cooperation with principals, history teachers,
and owners of historical villages where
living history events take place. He is
hopeful his group is able to partner with
Obetz and Mayor Angie Kirk in conducting
an event later this year.
For information, visit the 40th Ohio
Volunteer Infantry USA Facebook page.
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Library card discount at
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Columbus Metropolitan Library has
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library cardholders up to four admission
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Regular price of admission at NVMM is
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for children under age 5. Those who present
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio
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assistance to veterans and military
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of the church, if referred.
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which had
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1000 Sq. Ft.
FREE Shutters with
Soffit & Trim
Member of BBB
Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.
Owner & Operator
Plumbing and Electrical.
All your Handyman needs
No Job too Big or Small
Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.
Minor Plumbing & Electric
Install Hot Water Tanks,
Dishwashers & Disposals
All Interior Remodels
Also Fencing &
Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.
CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines
Phil Bolon Contr.
Windows & Siding
Decks, Kitchens, Baths
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
Full Service Lawn Care
Start With Trust!!
LET US MAINTAIN
YOUR LAWN & GARDEN
Winter or Fall
WE DO IT ALL!!!!
Lawn Cuts, Edging,
Trees & Shrubs, Garden,
Garden Pond &
Free Ests. Low Rates
$20 & Up
Kevin - 614-905-3117
Over 40 yrs. exp.
Hot Water Tanks
Roofmg * Siding
Porches & Decks
& Handyman Services
All Types Handyman Services:
All Types of Flooring
Painter Over 30 Yrs. Exp.
Free Est. Reas. Rates
Daniel - 614-226-4221
All About Drains & Plumb.
Will snake any small drain
Exp. Expert Plumbing
New Const. & Fast Repairs
Lic. - Permit Available
Water • Sewer • Gas
“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
30% OFF with AD
K&L Spa Cleaning
Hot Tub Cleaning and
Bates & Sons
Soft Wash & Powerwash
5 ★ Google Reviews
REPAIR all makes 24 hr.
service. Clean, oil, adjust
in your home. $49.95 all
work gtd. 614-890-5296
BURNS TREE SERVICE
Trimming, Removal &
Warren Brewer Tree Service
• Tree Removal
• Tree Trimming 9/11
• Stump Grinding
• Bucket Truck Services
Best Prices • Same Day Service
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