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By Rick Palsgrove
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
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
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
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
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.”
•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,”
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
Spend a special afternoon
at the Sweetheart Concert
By Rick Palsgrove
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
According to Groveport Community
Affairs Director Jessica Wyke, HangTime
is led by male and female vocalists Chaz
“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
“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.
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
“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
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EMSPIRE MORE Day at GMHS
By Rick Palsgrove
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
“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
EMSPIRE MORE Day.
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
Learning self defense is a valuable tool
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
To register, call the police department
at 614-836-5355 or email
Information is also available on the department’s
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
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.”
$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
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
the property in question is currently in the
Canal Winchester Local Schools district,”
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.
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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
related calls, 0 narcotic related offenses, 4
threats, 2 vandalism, 3 juvenile complaints,165
traffic citations, 1 sex related
crime, 26 school related calls, 2 suicide
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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
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
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
“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
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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
Be confident in your
Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)
2023 is officially over. But you still can enroll
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My name is Ralph Curcio, I live in Franklin
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in person. You are welcome to contact me directly
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virtual meeting, a face-to-face meeting or I’ll
mail plan information to your attention for
review. I am not an operator in a call center – you
are welcome to call anytime during the year with
Also, we can complete the online application
for Low Income Subsidy (LIS), which would provide
a savings toward your Rx co-pays and more,
if you qualify. I work with major insurance carriers
available in Ohio and nationally, not just one
or two plans. Select the plan that benefits you for
the coming year, lowest possible co-pays for services
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Financial help for home energy bills is available to income-eligible
Ohioans through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
Applied directly to the customer’s utility or bulk fuel bill,
For more information or assistance with applying for a
Applications for the HEAP program
must be received by May 31, 2023.
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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.
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
To be connected to your local Energy
Assistance provider, call (800) 282-0880 (hearing
impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance) or
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.
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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
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
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
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!
“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
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
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
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
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
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer and columnist.
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What is the fate of Crooked Alley KidSpace?
By Rick Palsgrove
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
at their February meetings to see “what
direction we should go.”
King added that city officials will not
make a decision on demolishing KidSpace
until, “We have a firm home for the kids’
programs housed there. No KidSpace programs
will be sacrificed.”
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
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Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the
District Service Center, 4400 Marketing
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Boy Scout Troop 71
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Groveport Madison sophomore Joshua Moore goes in for two of his 13 points during
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