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By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison Schools officials are

working with police, staff, and students to

enhance safety and security in the schools.

The actions are being taken due to incidents

of violence and other issues that have

taken place in the high school.

“We will not tolerate students who are

uncooperative, disrespectful, or present a

safety threat to others,” wrote Groveport

Madison Superintendent Jamie Grube in a

recent letter to the district’s parents. “The

safety of our students and staff is our highest

priority...We will continue to evaluate

and implement new safety measures in the

future, both at the high school and across

the school district.”

At the Groveport Madison Board of

Education’s Jan. 11 board meeting, Grube

said safety measures are important for

having secure schools, but there is also

more to be considered.

“The most significant thing we have for

safe and secure schools is a safe and

healthy school culture,” said Grube. “A

school culture where people know each

other and kids talk and trust adults. It’s

about building relationships and creating a

sense of belonging and pride. It’s where

everyone takes ownership of school safety.”

Safety steps; positive school culture

At the board’s Jan. 11 meeting, Deputy

Superintendent Paul Smathers outlined

steps being taken to improve safety and a

positive school culture.

Immediate steps include: providing students

with a voice and choice; building

strong relationships; positive class meetings

at the high school; providing students

with social-emotional interventions and

supports; student recognitions, rewards,

and celebrations; police communication

and collaboration; student/staff safety

drills; staffing focus in hallways, restrooms,

and lunchroom; Cruiser Time daily

activities focused on positive school culture

and environment, school safety, and making

positive choices; re-entry meetings with

suspended and expelled students with

behavior and safety plan; District Safety

Committee (comprised of 25 parents, staff

members, students, other officials, and

Smathers); and reducing the number of

students in the high school cafeteria during


Smathers said reducing the number of

students in the high school cafeteria at

lunch eliminates having up to 500 students

in the cafeteria at once.

“We give them the option of enjoying

lunch in another part of the building,” said


Smathers said short term actions

include: issuing IDs to students in grades

6-12; instituting Attendance Monitoring

System; conflict and de-escalation training

for staff members; threat assessment training

for Threat Assessment Team members;

assigning a staff member to the high school

security office for surveillance and

phones/walkies; implementing school culture,

environment, and safety surveys;

recalibrating Vape detectors; and creating

fun activities for students during lunch

periods, such as intramurals - an example

of this was the students vs. staff volleyball

game held before Christmas.

Long term plans, according to Smathers,

include: establishing safe and secure entry

areas for elementary and middle schools;

more security cameras; open door notification

system; radius server for WIFI access;

staff alert system; AI video surveillance;

electronic hall passes; Raptor Visitor

Management System; digital citizenship

and awareness training for students; social

media safety; and Cruiser Academy program.

Metal detectors/weapon detection

Still pending is a decision by district

officials on whether or not to institute a

weapon detection system (metal detectors

or wands).

See SAFETY, page 2

Messenger photos by Pat Donahue

Cruisers top CW

Groveport Madison junior Ouro-djobo

Luckman (above) takes the ball to the

basket during the Cruisers’ 62-57 win

over Canal Winchester in a boys varsity

basketball game played Jan. 17 in

Groveport. (At right) Groveport Madison

freshman Tyreke Ruffin went straight to

the hoop after a steal during the win

over Canal Winchester. Ruffin lead all

scores with 19 points. (Below)

Groveport Madison senior Justin

Johnson takes it in for two points past

the Canal Winchester defense. See

more photos on page 16 and online at


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Stating the community wants to see action, board

member Kathleen Walsh made a motion for the board

to pursue obtaining metal detectors for the schools, but

the motion did not receive a second and failed.

The other board members and administrative officials

felt more information is needed on the metal

detectors’ costs, types, effectiveness, training needs,

and personnel requirements, as well as the impact

metal detectors would have on school culture before a

decision can be made on installing them.


Work goes on to fill new buildings

Plus other Groveport Council news

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

With the first floor spaces of the two new Wert’s

Grove and Rarey’s Port buildings on Main Street getting

set to open, city of Groveport officials are now

looking to fill the second floor spots of both buildings.

The two, new city owned buildings are part of the

city of Groveport’s $8.5 million 1847 Main Project,

which includes the 14,145 square foot Rarey’s Port

(674 Main St.) building and the 12,184 square foot

Wert’s Grove building (480 Main St.).

The city’s 2023 budget includes $1.1 million for the

interior construction build out of the second floors of

the Wert’s Grove and Rarey’s Port buildings ($550,000

for each).

Groveport City Council approved legislation to

authorize City Administrator B.J. King to issue

requests for qualifications and contract for the engineering,

design, and estimated construction costs for

the second floor spaces in both buildings.

“Hopefully after this process we can get moving so

we can have something started in those spaces before

the end of the year,” said Groveport Finance Director

Jason Carr.

King said the second floors of these buildings were

funded by tax revenue (i.e. income tax), which means

the spaces cannot be directly leased to for profit companies.

“The uses must be government (which is non-profit)

or other non-profit organizations,” said King. “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.”

Regarding the first floor spaces, 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, will

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 floor. Both businesses

are expected to open by late January.

Street maintenance program

Council authorized King to solicit bids for the city’s

2023, $550,000 street paving/pavement maintenance

program and $110,000 for stormwater improvements

associated with the street program. A list of the streets

that will receive work in 2023 is pending. Also as part

of this bid, the Groveport Municipal Golf Course driveway

will be repaved in 2023.

“We are not quite ready to identify the specific

streets as our consultant is wrapping up a preliminary

evaluation process.,” said Groveport City Engineer

Steve Farst. “Each year we go through this process,

before we identify the streets, assemble the design

specs, and solicit bids.”

Farst said the evaluation looks at several streets

that are targeted for repair/resurface, based primarily

on their condition.

“The consultant takes pavement cores, examines

the pavement defects, and prepares for us a recommended

approach for repair/resurface and a preliminary

cost. Then, with an awareness of the budget we

have to work with, we build a program for our street

maintenance activities that fit within the allocated

budget. It would be premature to identify streets until

we go through this.”

Other news

•Council approved legislation establishing

Juneteenth (June 19) as a paid holiday for city employees.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the

date when, after the end of the Civil War, enslaved

people in Galveston, Texas, finally received the news

they were free. Juneteenth became a federal holiday in


•Council approved the purchase of the following

equipment and vehicles: $107,000 for a rough mower

and $84,000 for a greens mower for the Groveport

Municipal Golf Course; $62,000 for a utility truck for

the facilities maintenance department; and $240,000

for three police cruisers.

Regarding the police cruisers, Councilman Shawn

Cleary suggested the city hold on to its old police cruisers

until the three new ones are obtained.

“It’s hard to get specialized vehicles these days,”

said Cleary.

Added Police Chief Casey Adams citing the nation’s

ongoing supply chain issues, “Maintenance is also difficult

because it is hard to find parts.”

•Council authorized city officials to purchase an

estimated $60,000 worth of fitness equipment for the

Groveport Recreation Center.

“Most of the existing equipment is several years old

and beginning to show wear,” said King, who added

the price could be lower as the city will trade in some

of the old equipment.

When asked what type of equipment will be purchased,

Groveport Recreation Director Seth Bower

said, “We need a little bit of everything.”

Groveport Investments LLC has requested a zoning

variance from the city of Groveport to allow office

use for mental health counseling for the property at

540 Blacklick St., which is zoned residential. The

building is currently being used by an HVAC company

for offices and warehousing. The variance requests

states the building would be used by seven to nine

counselors/administrative staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

for outpatient mental health treatment and group

therapy. There would be no drug administration. The

Groveport Planning and Zoning Commission will

review the request at its Feb. 6 meeting at 6 p.m. in

the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

Board member Chris Snyder cautioned that metal

detectors could create trust issues in the schools

among students and staff.

Added Snyder, “Some people in the community

want metal detectors and others don’t.”

District officials will present the board with pricing

and policy information regarding the potential use of

metal detectors/weapon detection systems at a future

board meeting.


Spend a special afternoon

at the Sweetheart Concert

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Valentine’s Day is not far off, so plan on

enjoying live music and lively dancing with

your sweetie at the Sweetheart Concert.

The free concert will be held Feb. 11

from 3-5 p.m. featuring the band

HangTime in the ballroom of Groveport

Town Hall, 648 Main St. Doors open at

2:30 p.m.

According to Groveport Community

Affairs Director Jessica Wyke, HangTime

is led by male and female vocalists Chaz

and Nicki.

“They sing a wide variety of music and

are known as the ‘go-to party band,’” said

Wyke. “Prior to starting HangTime, Chaz

toured regionally with the popular band

Phil Dirt and the Dozers.”

The Sweetheart Concert is for adults of

all ages.

“There will be a dance floor available for

anyone wanting to ‘cut a rug,” said Wyke.

“A variety of light refreshments will be

served including hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic

beverages. With the concert being

the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, the

Town Hall ballroom will be decorated in a

Valentine’s Day theme.”

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.

Cheer champs

Wyke added that concert attendees are

welcome to enjoy the Valentine’s Day box

display in Town Hall’s lobby and vote on

their favorite during the first annual

Valentine’s Day Box Contest.”

When asked what’s new at this year’s

eve nt compared to last year’s Sweetheart

Senior Dance, Wyke said, “The difference

between the Sweetheart Concert and the

Sweetheart Senior Dance is the entertainment

is a live four-piece band versus a disc


Wyke said an event like this is positive

for the community because it gives people

something to look forward to during the

winter months.

“With the colder weather, it can be challenging

to be active and not many social

gatherings are happening,” said Wyke.

“The Sweetheart Concert is a free event

you can attend with your sweetie, friends,

or family and listen to your favorite songs

being performed live.”

Space for the Sweetheart Concert is limited

to 60 guests and registration is

required to attend. To register or for information,

call Groveport Town Hall at 614-


GM board officers

The Groveport Madison Board of

Education selected LaToya Dowdell-

Burger as its president and Seth Bower as

its vice president for 2023 at the board’s

organizational meeting on Jan. 11.

Photo courtesy of Groveport Madison Schools

The Groveport Madison High School cheerleaders placed first place at the recent

2023 AmeriCheer Buckeye Cheer Open Nationals.

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By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Officials at Groveport Madison High School want to

give the students a “voice and choice.”

With that in mind, the officials invited MORE, Inc.

(a 501c3 organization that seeks to “motivate others to

reach excellence”) to present EMSPIRE MORE Day, a

youth development program, at the school on Jan. 14.

According to Groveport Madison Treasurer Felicia

Drummey, the EMSPIRE MORE Day event was privately

funded from grants obtained by MORE, Inc. for

their use so there was no charge to Groveport Madison


About 120 students participated in the six hour

event that functioned similar to a youth conference.

Students first heard a handful of speakers in the

school’s auditorium and then split up into several

classrooms to hold discussions on topics important to

them including mindset/mental health, finances, and

family relationships.

“We need to actively listen to our students and their

needs to help provide the best education possible in a

variety of ways,” said Groveport Madison High School

Assistant Principal Jeff Altman. “EMSPIRE MORE

Day allowed students to lead and participate in discussions

that focused on social issues teenagers face, mental

health, finances, parenting and at home issues,

barriers to academic success, school safety and what

they want to see done, community relations/perceptions,

and how adolescents can be empowered to create

initiative to seek change in their own communities.”

Altman said that, by listening to the student, officials

can build a stronger rapport and structure academic

lessons that incorporate some of these topics.

“Educating the youth now involves much more than

being fixated on mathematics, science, history, and

English,” said Altman. “We also must educate and

impact areas of social and emotional wellness and by

hosting an event like this, we are taking a major step

in that process. By allowing our students to take ownership

in these discussions, they become invested in

creating positive changes together with adults in our

community to better serve their needs.”

Students from school districts, such as Gahanna

Lincoln and Columbus, joined Groveport Madison students

at the event.

“It was a great networking opportunity for these

young people to connect and be empowered to want to

create positive change in their communities,” said

Altman. “I believe our school board did a great job of

connecting with district officials in these other school

districts and heard nothing but great reviews about

this conference and how it led to students in their communities

wanting to create powerful positive change.

Groveport Madison High School is always looking for

avenues to enhance our school culture and to give our

students leadership opportunities. We are off to a

great start to our second semester at GMHS and we

want to continue to grow our students as young leaders

who are invested in making our school building

and community a better place for everyone.”

Speakers prior to the discussion sessions included

Dr. Diandra Gordon of MORE, Inc.; Ohio District 2

State Representative Latyna Humphrey; Groveport

Madison High School Assistant Principal Jeff Altman;

Groveport Madison Board of Education President

LaToya Dowdell-Burger; Groveport Mayor Lance

Westcamp; Groveport Madison Superintendent Jamie

Grube; and Victoria O’Neal, a 2017 graduate of

Groveport Madison High School and now a high school

social worker with a master’s degree from the

University of Cincinnati, who talked about mental

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove

Jayleyana Peake (left) and McKenzie Lancaster

served as hostesses and introduced several of the

speakers at EMSPIRE MORE Day at Groveport

Madison High School on Jan. 14.

Spoken word artist and poet Ty’-Keice Cox (Tykeice

Motivates) shared some of his work during


health issues.

O’Neal said, “We can handle what life throws at us.

We are powerful people.”

Other officials present included Judge Stephanie

Mingo, of the Franklin County Environmental Court,

Groveport Madison Board of Education Vice President

Seth Bower, and Groveport Madison Board of

Education member Chris Snyder.

Humphrey told the youths, “You are the future”

while Dowdell-Burger advised the youths to be “overcomers”

who can overcome an issue, but not be afraid

to ask for help.

“We will listen to you to find solutions,” said



Women’s self-defense class

offered by township police

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

Learning self defense is a valuable tool

for women.

A free Woman’s Self Defense class will

be held March 18 from 8 a.m. to noon, at

the Madison Township Community Center,

4575 Madison Lane, Groveport. Space is

limited to 30 participants.

“The year’s first course is a one day

class for ages 14 and up,” said Madison

Township Police Chief Gary York.

Participants will discuss and learn

defense tactics from both standing and

ground positions. Madison Township police

officers will lead the instruction and provide

hands-on training. Modifications are

available for people with concerns about

their ability.

To register, call the police department

at 614-836-5355 or email


Information is also available on the department’s

Facebook page.

Other Madison Township news

•Madison Township Fire Chief Derek

Robinson said his department received a

Treasurer’s office receives

Auditor of State’s Award

Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber recognized

the Groveport Madison Schools

treasurer’s office as a recipient of the 2021

Auditor of State’s Award.

Tori Heubner, Central Region Liaison

for the Auditor of State, presented

Groveport Madison Schools Treasurer

Felicia Drummey with the commendation

at the board of education’s Jan. 11 meeting.

Heubner said “Out of nearly 6,000

entries we audit, only the best of the best

receives this award. To qualify, an entity

must meet the following criteria, a clean

audit report, meaning timely financial

statements and not having any significant

deficiencies, material weaknesses, or

ethics referrals.”

In response to the announcement,

Drummey said, “This is a sincere honor to

be recognized by the Auditor of State. It’s a

testament to the exceptional work of my

staff, the superintendent’s office, and those

in the district with record-keeping responsibilities.

We take our responsibility very

seriously to be good stewards of the

resources we’re provided and to ensure we

maintain high standards of performance in

all aspects of our work.”

Proposed development

$5,000 donation from Canal Winchester to

fund fire prevention equipment. Items

include residential smoke detectors, carbon

monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.

“It’s something we’re going to use in our

fire prevention bureau,” Robinson said.

The fire department provides free

smoke detectors and installation services,

when necessary, to residents in need. For

information, call the fire department nonemergency

number at 614-837-7883.

•It might take a while for the Madison

Township Police to fill three open positions

according to the response from the latest

round of applications. York said an early

November employment posting on social

media netted 12 applications.

However, after an initial review of the

applicants, rounds of December interviews

and ranking, only one candidate is completing

the background process. The average

cost to the township for the process is

$1,800 per candidate.

York said officers are reaching out to

police academies to cultivate interest.

“We’re not going to put people on (duty)

just for the sake of putting them on,” said


A developer is proposing to build more

than 500 rental homes, townhouses and

apartments, along with a small strip shopping

center, on 72 acres near Canal

Winchester on the northwest corner of

Winchester Pike and Brice Road in

Madison Township.

The developer has requested for the

property to be rezoned and annexed into

the city of Columbus.

Currently the property is in the Canal

Winchester school district, but per original

Win-Win Agreement documents, if the

property is annexed into the city of

Columbus it will become part of the

Columbus City Schools district.

Groveport Madison Schools

Communications Director Jeff Warner confirmed

the property is not in the Groveport

Madison school district.

“We heard back from the Franklin

County Auditor’s Office

confirming that

the property in question is currently in the

Canal Winchester Local Schools district,”

said Warner.

GMHS students at

Ohio Model UN event

Groveport Madison High School students

recently competed in the Ohio Model

United Nations simulation at the Hyatt

Regency Columbus. The students role-play

delegates of a selected nation. They

research, present, and debate humanitarian

issues from the current agenda of the

United Nations in front of 1,000 others

from across Ohio. A panel of peer judges

advance debates and give awards, with

Aminata Sow-Mamoudou being voted

among the top five most outstanding delegates.

GriefShare group

Groveport United Methodist Church,

512 Main St., will sponsor a GriefShare

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December crime statistics

December crime statistics, according to

the Groveport Police: 7 accidents, 1

assault, 2 burglaries, 11 domestic disputes,

0 domestic violence, 1 OVI and alcohol,

8 thefts/robberies, 1 stolen/unauthorized

use, 3 missing persons, 4 weapon

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Photos courtesy of the

Groveport Heritage Museum

e mighty oak

This is a photo from 1955 of the oak tree

located near the ramp to the playground

at Groveport School (now Groveport

Elementary),a few years after it was planted.

Back then it was much shorter, slender,

and younger and it can be seen to the

right and behind the light pole that is

along the sidewalk. When this tree first

took root, the population of the town of

Groveport was less than 2,000, most of

Madison Township was still farm land.

Dog license renewal season

Franklin County Auditor Michael

Stinziano announced the dog license

renewal period runs through March 31.

The renewal period deadline, which is normally

Jan. 31, was extended two months.

Licenses may be purchased online at

doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov or at the

auditor’s office license counter, 373 S. High

St., 21st floor in downtown Columbus. The

counter is open Monday through Friday,

from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The office also offers licensing at

expanded locations across the county,

including at pet vaccination clinics, the

Franklin County Dog Shelter, and at other

community events.

Owners can change addresses, download

forms, and update dog information via

the online licensing system.

One-year, three-year and permanent

dog licenses can be purchased without

penalty through March 31. After the deadline,

the cost to purchase a license doubles.

In addition to being required by state

law, dog licensing ensures that any lost dog

is returned quickly to their owners. License

fees help support the Franklin County Dog

Shelter and Adoption Center.

This is that same mighty oak at Groveport

Elementary as it looks today. In its close

to 70 year lifetime it has grown to be

about 40 feet tall and its trunk is about 17

feet in circumference. It is as tall as the

three story school beside it. and it may

be the oldest tree on the school’s

grounds. This oak tree is a constant and

is a link to our past. The sound of the

wind rustling its leaves today is the

sound we heard when we stood beneath

it as kids and the sound kids in the future

will hear.

Dill’s honored

Dill’s Greenhouse, located at 5800 Rager

Road in Groveport, won Franklin County

Auditor Mike Stinziano’s November True

Transactions Award for its use of accurate

scales and scanners in the sale of its quality

nursery products.

“Congratulations to Dill’s and their outstanding

team for their use of accurate scales

and scanners with their high-quality plants

and greenhouse items,” Stinziano said.

“Dill’s staff work with Weights and Measures

to ensure customers get all they paid for.”

Library School Help Centers

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s

School Help Centers for grades K-12 are

open with staff and volunteers are ready to

help. These after-school spaces give students

access to technology, resources and

the catalog of books and materials.

Local School Help Centers:

•Southeast Branch, 3980 S. Hamilton

Road, Groveport. Monday-Thursday from

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

•Canal Winchester Branch, 115

Franklin St., Canal Winchester. Monday-

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

from 3-6 p.m.



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

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.

Reading Buddy volunteers

Groveport Madison Schools has partnered

with the United Way of Central Ohio

to provide “Reading Buddies” for students in

kindergarten through third grade — and the

district is looking for volunteers who would

like to help. School provides the books.

Reading Buddy volunteers spend one

hour reading with their student(s) twice

weekly. Morning time slots are 9:30-10:30

a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m., and afternoon

time slots are 1-2 p.m.

Participants must complete a background

check (cost covered by Groveport

Madison Schools). To sign up go to: volunteerunitedcbus.org/need/index?s=1&need_i

nit_id=7230. For information email


Research confirms that children who

develop strong reading skills when they

are young are more likely to succeed in

school and throughout their adult lives. An

extra hour per day of one-on-one reading

with an adult can provide children with the

literacy foundation they need to become

successful learners.


Be confident in your

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Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

2023 is officially over. But you still can enroll

into a Medicare Advantage Plan that has a 5-star

plan rating!

My name is Ralph Curcio, I live in Franklin

County – available to review your plans options

in person. You are welcome to contact me directly

at 614-603-0852 or email me at

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virtual meeting, a face-to-face meeting or I’ll

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Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) is over for

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Active Lifestyles


Fun ways to stay active

Physical activity is an important component

of overall health. Health experts

advise that exercise can increase lean body

mass, prevent conditions like diabetes and

cardiovascular disease, improve balance,

and positively affect mental health/cognition.

Exercise also can foster socialization

with others, helping people overcome boredom

and isolation.Explore these methods

for staying active.

Explore senior center offerings

Hikes, walking tours, dances, and other

activities all serve as entertaining ways to

get out and about while meeting some fitness


Garden or do yard work

The Office of Disease Prevention and

Health Promotions says adults should get

150 minutes of moderate exercise per

week. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn,


Programs offer help seniors

thrive, age in place

For the last 30 years, the Franklin County

Office on Aging has been widely known for its

exemplary work on behalf of older adults.

Adhering to its mission in providing centralized

access to diverse programs, the Office on Aging

provides services and programs to approximately

60,000 seniors every year.

Through compassion and empowerment, the

agency provides Franklin County seniors ages 60

and older individualized services and connectivity

to community resources to help them age in

place. The agency’s most popular program,

Franklin County Senior Options, offers services

such as Home-Delivered Meals, Personal Care,

Respite Care, Homemaker Services, Medical

Transportation, Emergency Response Systems

and Minor Home Repair. These services help ease

the minds of family members by connecting them

to support services in order to provide the best

digging in flower beds, trimming bushes,

and other outdoor tasks could help a person

meet this quota in a way that doesn’t

seem like exercise at all.

Play games with grandchildren

Take infants or toddlers for walks or

push them in strollers. Attach a child seat

or towing carriage to a bicycle and ride

around the neighborhood. Play games such

as hide-and-seek. If it’s snowing, make a


Take up a new hobby

Find hobbies that incorporate physical


Perhaps learning to salsa dance or taking

Zumba will be fun? Pickleball has

caught on across the nation.

The sport is a mix of tennis, racquetball

and badminton that caters to all ages.

Joining a bowling team is another way to

get active and meet new people.


HEAP Assistance

The Ohio Department of Development and

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging want to

remind senior citizens in Ohio that assistance is

available to help with their home energy bills.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent of the federal

poverty guidelines pay their heating bills.

Applied directly to the customer’s utility or

bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage heating

costs. Senior citizens may go to their local Area

Agency on Aging office for help with assembling

the required documents and completing their

HEAP application. Senior citizens may also visit

www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online or to

download a copy of the application.

When applying, individuals need to have

copies of the following documents: most recent

utility bills, a list of all household members

(including birth dates and Social Security numbers),

proof of income for the past 30 days for all

household members (12 months for certain

income types), proof of U.S. citizenship or legal

residency for all household members, and proof

of disability (if applicable). HEAP benefits are

applied to an individual’s energy bill after

January 1st. Applications for the HEAP program

must be received by May 31, 2023.

For more information or assistance with

applying for a HEAP benefit, contact Andy

Haggard, 614-645-7186.

To be connected to your local Energy

Assistance provider, call (800) 282-0880 (hearing

impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance) or

visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

care for their older parent, family member or

friend with limited abilities.

The agency also provides Caregiver and

Kinship Support programs. These programs are in

place to assist caregivers and kinship families

with free, short-term services that are available

once a calendar year. Services include, but are not

limited to, assistance with appliances, mattress

and box spring sets, as well as utility and rental


The Office on Aging also administers Adult

Protective Services (APS) to protect older adults

susceptible to abuse, neglect and exploitation.

APS provides case planning, monitoring, and

evaluation to the older adult, as well as link them

to the appropriate agencies for services.

To learn more about the Franklin County

Office on Aging and the services available, call

(614) 525-6200 or visit Officeonaging.org.


Active Lifestyles

January 29, 2023 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 9

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

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

Franklin County Office on Aging

Extends Free Home-Delivered Meals Program

Through End of 2023

The Franklin County Office on Aging has extended its free

Home-Delivered Meals program through the end of 2023. With

this extension, Franklin County residents aged 60 and older are

eligible to receive free home-delivered meals without income

verification through Dec. 31, 2023. In April 2020, at the start of

the COVID-19 pandemic, the Franklin County Office on Aging

paused any income verification requirements for home-delivered

meals – a service available through the agency’s Franklin

County Senior Options program.

“While the pandemic is now more manageable, many older

adults simply cannot afford the increased price of groceries or

meals due to their fixed incomes, as well as the impact of inflation,”

said Interim Director Chanda Wingo. “Extending this

service through 2023 gives our seniors continued access to

affordable and nutritious food that is crucial in maintaining

their health and well-being.”

through Franklin County Senior Options, which has been providing

community-based services to residents since 1993.

Senior Options empowers Franklin County residents aged 60

and older with the necessary tools needed to maintain their

independence. Additional services available through Senior

Options include adult day care, personal care, respite care,

minor home repair and emergency response systems. The program

also helps ease the minds of family members by connecting

them to support services so they can provide the best care

for their older parent, family member or friend with limited


To sign up for free home-delivered meals or to learn more about

the services available through the Franklin County Office on

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

The agency delivered over 1.1 million meals to FranklinCounty

seniors in 2022, serving over 7,000 residents – a 25% increase

from residents served in 2021.

The Agency’s home-delivered meals program is offered

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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


The films are: “Groveport: A Town and

Its People” and “The Story of John S.

Rarey and Cruiser.”

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Map provides a portal in time

If you are a map nerd like me, then you will

enjoy taking a look at this map (at right) of

Editor’s Notebook



Groveport from 1900.

Old maps offer a view

into the past of how

places once were and

how they are ever changing.

Old maps are also

works of art where the

mapmakers’ hand lettering

manages to blend a

large amount of information

in tight spaces while

maintaining clarity. The

bold lettering of

Groveport” curving

across the page leaves no doubt to the viewer of

where they are. The straight lines of the streets

and property borders show how humans organize

the landscape among the squiggly lines of meandering creeks. It’s

a balance of geometry and geography.

This is a small, focused portion of a larger map of Madison

Township (hence the visible large “D” and “I”). Let’s dive into it!

One notices the three main transportation routes first. The railroad

swoops into town on a curve from the top of the map and then

straightens out to the right. The Ohio and Erie Canal runs diagonally

through town from the mid-right of the map to the lower left.

Groveport Road/Main Street cuts roughly through the center of the

map at a slight diagonal from left to right. The Scioto Valley Traction

Line (electric interurban railway) did not appear until 1904.

The streets were all dirt roads or paths and in 1900 some streets

took different routes. The town’s western border ended at West

Street. There was no Corbett Road yet and Ebright Road dead ended

on Front Street. Front Street extended north along what is now the

Foor Leisure/Bicycle Path. Blacklick Street extended to the canal and

then ran parallel to the canal before the street crossed the railroad

and connected to Ebright Road by the Mary Dildine property. Wirt

Road was a designated “free pike” that ran along the Ohio and Erie

Canal towpath.

Looking at the map one can pick out College Street, Elm Street,

Walnut Street, Cherry Street, Center Street, Church Street, Canal

Street, and others.

Can you find the Groveport Cemetery on this map? It is designated

as “GY,” for graveyard, in the lower center portion of the map.

The Groveport School built in 1884, and which was used until

1923, stood along College Street and its location is designated on this

Changes we go through

I was driving down the street one day and noticed each house had

about three or four cars in the driveway - one house, multiple cars.

Memories came to my mind. What I remember was, one house,

one car. The dad drove to work and the children walked, rode their

bikes, or took the bus to school. Dad worked to pay the bills while

mom stayed home, did the laundry, ironed the clothes, cleaned the

house, and cooked and served meals for the whole family.

Then, better times came, or so they say.

An automatic washing machine was invented - of course for a

price - but it helped mom. Then came a dryer, a television, a dishwasher,

and so on, all at a cost. So mom had to get a part time job

to help pay for all these new work savers. Mom bought a new robe

to wear around the house as her house dresses just would not do.

Then came babysitter fees. Mom had to get a full time job so now

she needed a car to get to work. A car that needed gasoline and

insurance, more expenses.


map as “SH” for schoolhouse near the center of the map.

Speaking of schools, the current location of Groveport Elementary

(built in 1923) and Middle School Central (built from 1952-56) was

once 103 acres of land owned by the Chaney family. Imagine that

much farm acreage in what is now downtown Groveport. Though, it

is not noted on this map, this site was also where the Elmont Hotel

once stood where Middle School Central now stands.

Natural topography is shown on the map as in the lower right corner

where one can see Walnut Creek coursing through the area. Of

special note to see here is there was once an island at the southeast

corner of Groveport Road and Richardson Road where Walnut Creek

made a loop and reconnected again with its main channel. At some

point that loop was cut off by humans, but as all the locals know, that

area still can flood when the heavy rains come.

The squiggly lines of two tributaries to Walnut Creek can be seen.

One is Hanstein Creek which is at the center right of the map coursing

north to south. Another is a stream (I am unsure of its name) at

the center left that runs north to south to the creek following a path

down what is now Lesleh Avenue and through today’s green space

that separates Newport Village from the houses on West Street. I’m

guessing this stream is now mostly tiled underground

Finally, gaze at the map and see the many names of property owners

who owned rural land surrounding the town. These are among our

many ancestors who shaped Groveport and helped make it what it is


What do you notice on the map?

Well, that’s a lot of map talk. I’m a little mapped out!

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport Messenger.

The kids grew up, moved out, and got married. That didn’t last

long. One of the kids and his or her mate moved back home to save

money for a house, washing machine, dryer, television, etc. You

get the picture. So now we have four cars in the driveway!

Mom’s getting tired by now, so they eat out more often - another


In time the kids move out and mom goes on Social Security. She

also goes back to washing clothes, cooking, cleaning, and taking

naps. She takes care of the grandchildren so their parents can go

to work and buy cars, washing machines, televisions, etc.

Now there is just one car in the driveway. But other cars are

coming and going all day long. This makes grandma and grandpa

happy knowing they are still needed to take care of their grandchildren.

They are still wanted and loved.

And they are especially happy that all their appliances are paid

for, including the car in the driveway!

Patty Brown



“e Drop” a biting and clever dramedy

Has a person you have dated ever said or done

something that makes you completely re-examine your

feelings toward them?

The Reel Deal


Although the ensemble cast is terrifically

funny, the scenes tend to play as a collection

of vignettes rather than a cohesive

story within a film.

January 29, 2023 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 11



It didn’t have to be an act of

betrayal or something beyond the

pale either — it was just an innocuous

comment or a careless accident

but it made such an impact that it

made you want to step back from

the relationship in order to reflect

on what their role would be in

your life moving forward.

Whether you have or have not

found yourself in that situation

before, the awkwardness of that

moment and the soul-searching that takes place immediately

thereafter is explored to a hilarious degree in

“The Drop,” a Hulu original that is as side-splitting

funny as it is cringe-inducing. If you have a limited tolerance

for secondhand embarrassment be forewarned

— this movie will probably make you want to curl into

a ball of discomfort from time to time.

At the center of this dramedy are Lex and Mani

(Anna Konkle and Jermaine Fowler), a happily married

couple who are enthusiastically trying to expand

their family of two into a family of three. To Mani, Lex

would make the perfect mother as she is creative,

warm, and caring.

To Lex, Mani would make the perfect father as he is

level-headed, steadfast, and dedicated. They are so

sweet together and have such an easy rapport that one

can’t help but root for all of their dreams to come true.

But then comes a destination wedding where an accident

rocks their faith in one another and has them contemplating

ending their partnership once this short

trip ends.

Although the trip itself does not appear to have anything

nefarious afoot — longtime friends are celebrating

the wedding of Mia and Peggy (Aparna Nancherla

and Jennifer Lafleur) and getting to meet their infant

daughter Ani (Alma Partridge) for the first time — awkwardness

abounds from the jump when the couples sit

together in first class and catch up on their lives.

Shauna (Robin Thede), a D-list actress who is funding

the excursion, wants everyone to watch her truly terrible

television show; her husband Robbie (Utkarsh

Ambudkar), is a television producer who thinks everyone

needs to hear his terrible pitches for upcoming

shows and restaurants; their teenage son Levi (Elisha

Henig) loudly listens to porn without earbuds; and the

soon-to-be-married couple are bickering about Mia’s

newfound obsession with weapons to protect her family.

It is a tense flight to Mexico and it is made all the

more stressful when they go to the “natural hotel”

operated by fellow pals Lindsey and Josh (Jillian Bell

and Joshua Leonard) who immediately try to get them

to timeshare their expansive property that seems to be

bleeding money.

With everyone on edge and not having the time to

properly breathe, Lex accidentally drops their friend’s

baby girl she was holding in her arms. The lead-up to

that moment — where Mani is looking at his wife adoringly

and imagining the near future where this could

be happening with their child — is brilliantly shot as is

the immediate frenzy that takes place when awareness

of the incident rolls over everyone.

Even if you have seen the trailer that spoils the

moment, the act is gasp-inducing and it sets the stage

for everyone to question everything and judge, judge,


Fortunately, Ani is unharmed during the accidental

drop (she does have to wear a helmet for the next four

months), but no one knows how to assure Lex that

these things happen, even Mani. Although he seems

supportive at first, he calls his mother during a

moment alone to ask whether it is common for an adult

to drop an infant by accident.

For her part, Lex is horrified by the incident, largely

blaming the slippage on a large bee that stung her

so hard it felt like “knives going into my skin.” It is not

clear whether anyone is buying her reasoning as she

has no visible mark from a sting, but she begins to pull

away from the group as a way to self-exile from the

embarrassment. And they allow her to do so.

The morning after has them trying to move past the

incident — Shauna and Robbie wonder quietly whether

it would be insensitive to include it in an upcoming

episode of their terrible television show — but some

things tend to have an avalanche effect where it all

goes downhill from there. That is what happens to Lex

and Mani as little comments and little decisions (some

made in the past) start to bubble under their skin, like

little doubts they have had simmering below start coming

to the surface. Had the film decided to feature more

of their point of view as their marriage begins to

unravel, it would have worked much better than the

finished product.

The unfortunate problem with “The Drop” is that

there’s a really great movie in here that could have

bloomed in the wake of the accident if executed with

dark wit and more of a focus on Lex and Mani, but that

gets obscured by the side stories that are far less interesting

and eat up way too much time of the script.

Although the ensemble cast is terrifically funny, the

scenes tend to play as a collection of vignettes rather

than a cohesive story within a film. All of which is too

bad because Konkle and Fowler are great together and

if their implosion was treated with a bit more care

alongside the wickedly unruly ensemble of characters,

the outcome of the whole film would have been so

much better.

That is not to say that “The Drop” is not a great

watch regardless — it totally is. The script, co-written

by Joshua Leonard and director Sarah Adina Smith, is

biting and cleverly and deftly handled by a great cast.

But it can grate a bit when the focus is off the main

characters and onto the idiosyncrasies of the supporting

cast, no matter how entertaining they are to witness

during the bizarre events that lead up to Lex and

Mani questioning the very foundation of their love for

each other.

Grade: B

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.

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What is the fate of Crooked Alley KidSpace?

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Discussions are ongoing regarding the

future of Groveport’s Crooked Alley


A large capital project in the city of

Groveport’s 2023 budget is the proposed

demolition of KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road,

and replacing it with additional public

parking at an estimated cost of $500,000.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King

said several downtown area businesses

have expressed a need for more public

parking and the city is looking at its


He said currently the public parking lots

south of Main Street are often full. Another

downtown public parking lot with about 99

spaces is located on the north side of Main

Street near Ace Hardware.

“We’re looking at how to fulfill our need

for more parking downtown,” said King.

At Groveport City Council’s Jan. 23

meeting, resident William Kurey said the

city should pursue other options rather

than demolish KidSpace.

“Why demolish a building that is heavily

used by the citizens of Groveport?” asked

Kurey, who noted the building is handicap

accessible and is used for children’s programs,

voting, the Red Cross, and other

Leaves and snow

•The city of Groveport Facilities, Parks, and Public Works

Department removed 560 cubic yards of leaves during the 2022

leaf collection season.

•In December during two snow events totaling 4.5 inches of

snow, the city employees worked 411.5 hours plowing roads,

spreading salt, and applying liquid ice melt at a cost of $41,670.

Did you know?

According to the city’s trees and decorations committee, there

are about 1,600 trees along the streets of the city of Groveport.


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King told Kurey there is “still a lot of

discussion regarding KidSpace” and that

the cost of the demolition was included in

the 2023 budget as part of the overall budget

process. He said city officials and council

will discuss the future of the building more

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King added that city officials will not

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Kurey asked about the potential of the

property on the southwest corner of Main

Street and Wirt Road as a place for more

parking or even a parking garage. King

said that property is privately owned.

King said the number of potential new

parking spaces that would be created if the

KidSpace building is demolished would not

be determined until a plan is in place.

King said the $500,000 estimated cost is

for the entire project, including demolition

of KidSpace and parking lot construction.

The KidSpace 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


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Groveport city council

Groveport City Council holds its regular

meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and

fourth Mondays of the month. Council

holds its committee of the whole meeting

on the third Monday each month at 5:30

p.m. Meetings are held in the municipal

building, 655 Blacklick St., Groveport.

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.

Boy Scout Troop 71

Groveport area scouts of Boy Scout

Troop 71 meet at Groveport United

Methodist Church, 512 Main St. Cub

Scouts, boys and girls in grades K-5, meet

on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts ages

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