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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

<strong>March</strong> 26 - April 8, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLII, No. 12<br />


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the ranks<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Editor<br />

Brittany Hennessy has worn many<br />

hats in her law enforcement career with<br />

the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police. She<br />

has been a defensive tactics instructor, a<br />

crisis negotiator, a traffic crash reconstructionist,<br />

a physical fitness instructor,<br />

a field training officer, and a bike patrol<br />

member. Now, she takes on a new role as<br />

sergeant, and she is the first woman to<br />

hold that title.<br />

“I’m honored that Police Chief (Rick)<br />

Fambro selected me to be the first female<br />

sergeant in the division’s history. This is<br />

a huge responsibility, and I will not take<br />

it lightly,” said Hennessy.<br />

Hennessy joined the city’s police<br />

department in 2011 after obtaining a<br />

bachelor of science degree in criminal<br />

justice from Ashland University. She<br />

grew up near Mansfield, Ohio where she<br />

watched her father move up through the<br />

ranks in a police department, eventually<br />

becoming a police chief.<br />

“I loved hearing his stories,” said<br />

Hennessy. “I just wanted to help people<br />

like he did.”<br />

Not only was her father in the law<br />

enforcement field, but her husband is<br />

also a police officer with the city of<br />

Columbus.<br />

Hennessy said as she was nearing the<br />

end of her time in college, she applied to<br />

police agencies all over the place. She<br />

said in 2010/2011, it was a difficult field<br />

to break into as the job was more indemand.<br />

She traveled down to the<br />

Columbus area for the Ohio State Fair<br />

and decided to stop by the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

police office to fill out a job application.<br />

“They were the first to reach out,” said<br />

Hennessy.<br />

Once she got the job, Hennessy knew<br />

she wanted to move up the ranks.<br />

“I wanted to be a leader,” she said.<br />

Prior to her promotion to sergeant,<br />

Hennessy said she was a field training<br />

Photos courtesy of the city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police Chief Rick Fambro congratulates Sergeant Brittany<br />

Hennessy, who is the city’s first female in that position. Hennessy was sworn-in on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 6 by <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage at the city council meeting.<br />

officer, which she describes as a “coach.”<br />

“You get to pass along your knowledge<br />

to younger officers. It’s nice to have that<br />

influence.”<br />

Being a woman in a traditionally maledominated<br />

field comes with its challenges.<br />

The biggest challenge, according to<br />

Hennessy, is work and family balance.<br />

Hennessy and her husband have two<br />

children under the age of 3. She said they<br />

work opposite shifts, so they do not get a<br />

lot of family time.<br />

“My career takes me away from family,”<br />

said Hennessy. “I want to help people<br />

and I want to make a difference. So, I<br />

make it work.”<br />

The newly named police sergeant also<br />

said being a woman in the field has its<br />

advantages.<br />

“Women have an important role in law<br />

enforcement,” said Hennessy.<br />

She said having a female officer on the<br />

See RANK page 2<br />

South-Western <strong>City</strong> School officials<br />

have agreed to make additional modifications<br />

to the pay-to-participate fee schedule<br />

for the <strong>2023</strong>-2024 school year.<br />

At its meeting on <strong>March</strong> 13, the board<br />

of education approved a motion that called<br />

for the current pay-to-participate fee<br />

schedule to be reduced by 25 percent.<br />

Although some members of the board<br />

See SOUTH-WESTERN page 2<br />

Inside<br />

Pets of the Week ................ 14<br />

The Reel Deal ...................... 16<br />

<strong>City</strong> Council<br />

A new development plan approved by<br />

council will add homes to city Page 5<br />

The Writing Process<br />

A <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> man shares his love of<br />

writing with a mystery series Page 6<br />


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Continued from page 1<br />

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said that while they would have liked to have seen the participation<br />

fees for athletics and other extracurricular activities<br />

eliminated outright, they called this unanimous decision<br />

“a compromise” on a promise the board made to the<br />

community more than a decade ago.<br />

“I would like to get rid of them all the way,” said board<br />

member Chris Boso, “but I think as a board we came<br />

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that it should be cut in half.”<br />

The pay-to-participate fees were established in 2009<br />

when the board approved a ballot initiative for a 7.4-mill<br />

continuous operating levy. As an assurance to use tax dollars<br />

wisely, the board said a pay-to-participate fee schedule<br />

would be created to offset some of the operational costs<br />

incurred through athletic and extracurricular programs.<br />

Initially, the pay-to-participate fee schedule was set as<br />

followed: families with children who participated in<br />

middle school and high school athletics would pay<br />

$75 and $150 per sport, per student, respectively,<br />

and families whose children participated in the high<br />

school marching band and clubs would pay $100 per<br />

year and $10 per club, respectively. The family payto-participate<br />

cap was set at $500.<br />

During the 2020-2021 school year, those fees were<br />

reduced by 50 percent due to lost competitive opportunities<br />

caused by the introduction of the novel coronavirus<br />

and the financial impact that was felt by<br />

most families due to the introduction of the coronavirus.<br />

As most families are still feeling the financial<br />

impact caused by the pandemic, the board has<br />

agreed to keep the 50 percent pay-to-participate fee<br />

reduction in place three times. Their decision to further<br />

reduce those prices means the board will have<br />

reduced the pay-to-participate fees by 75 percent<br />

since the start of the pandemic.<br />

Under the newly modified pay-to-participate fee<br />

schedule, families with children who participate in<br />

athletics at the middle school and high school level<br />

will pay $18.75 and $37.50 per sport, per student,<br />

respectively, and families whose children participate<br />

Spring musical<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> High School Theatre Department<br />

will perform its spring musical “Once Upon a<br />

Mattress” at 4665 Hoover Road. The shows will run on<br />

RANK<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

scene is advantageous in many situations,<br />

like in domestic violence situations where<br />

the woman may feel more comfortable<br />

talking to a female officer or anything<br />

involving children, where they may look to<br />

a women as a comforting figure.<br />

Hennessy also said she mentors<br />

younger female officers.<br />

“I think they appreciate having a female<br />

as a coach.”<br />

Hennessy may be the first female police<br />

sergeant for the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of<br />

Police, but she hopes she won’t be the last.<br />

“I worked hard for growth opportunities.<br />

I did all I could to get here,” she said.<br />

Hennessy said she even took the<br />

sergeant exam earlier in her career and<br />

did not get a promotion. But she kept at it,<br />

kept honing in on her craft.<br />

Her advice for other women — “Work<br />

hard and follow your dreams. Don’t let people<br />

tell you, you can’t do it.”<br />

Sergeant Brittany Hennessy signs documents<br />

after her swearing-in ceremony as<br />

Safety Director Kevin Teaford looks on.<br />

in the high school marching band and clubs would pay $25<br />

per year and $2.50 per club, respectively. The family payto-participate<br />

cap is set at $125.<br />

Board member Cathy Johnson said that families who<br />

are struggling to pay the fees can seek scholarships from<br />

Success Beyond the Classroom for additional financial<br />

assistance. Families are encouraged to contact their<br />

schools for more information on scholarship opportunities.<br />

The board of education also agreed to keep in place the<br />

student fee schedule for the <strong>2023</strong>-2024 school year. These<br />

fees were also reduced at the start of the pandemic.<br />

Under the reduced student fee schedule, the instructional<br />

fee will be set at $10 rather than the typical $20.<br />

Other fee reductions for courses include the arts, the sciences,<br />

and several career technical elective programs. Art<br />

courses offering one credit lab courses will be $17.50 plus<br />

the cost of personal items and projects; half-credit courses<br />

are set at $10 plus the cost of personal items and projects;<br />

and science fees are set at $5. Students who are taking<br />

family and consumer science courses, such as principles of<br />

food , culinary fundamentals, global foods, textiles and<br />

interior design, and textiles and construction and maintenance<br />

will be charged $10.<br />

Students who are seeking courses or actively enrolled in<br />

the career-technical program will be sent literature listing<br />

lab fees and uniform expenses.<br />

High school students looking to reserve a space in their<br />

school’s parking lot will be assessed a fee of $25. That fee<br />

will be waived, however, if a parking pass was purchased<br />

at Columbus State Community College for on-campus<br />

courses. Students must show proof of the existence of their<br />

current pass in order to have the parking fee waived.<br />

community events<br />

<strong>March</strong> 30 and <strong>March</strong> 31 at 7 p.m.; on April 1 at 2 and<br />

7 p.m.; and on April 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for<br />

adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased<br />

at the door.

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<strong>March</strong> 26, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police News<br />

<strong>March</strong> 9, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

dispatched to the 4100 block of Buckeye<br />

Pkwy on a theft report. The victim<br />

reported two females entered the store<br />

and gathered forty candles. The<br />

females walked out without paying<br />

and left in a gold SUV. The total value<br />

of the merchandise taken was $1,082.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 9, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

dispatched to the 2100 block of Stringtown<br />

Rd. on a theft report . The victim<br />

reported two males pushed a cart full<br />

of Red Bull out of the store without<br />

paying. The total value of the merchandise<br />

taken was $350.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

notified of a check forgery. The victim<br />

stated they wrote a check for $65 and<br />

mailed it. Later the victim noticed a<br />

withdrawal of $6,500 from their checking<br />

account. The victim contacted<br />

their bank and discovered the check<br />

had been altered to a different business<br />

and the amount changed.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

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then went to self-check out and paid<br />

the lower amount for the items. Store<br />

security then stopped the suspect as<br />

they were leaving. The suspect was<br />

charged with Theft by Deception.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 3, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

dispatched to the 1600 block of Stringtown<br />

Rd. on a report of a suspect huffing<br />

in the men’s bathroom. Officers<br />

arrived and upon entering the bathroom<br />

could hear the sound of an<br />

aerosol can dispensing air. The officers<br />

announced themselves and told the<br />

suspect to come out of the stall and he<br />

complied. The suspect had four air<br />

duster cans with him and admitted to<br />

inhaling from one of the cans. The suspect<br />

was charged with Using Harmful<br />

Intoxicants (M1).<br />

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<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Pat Donahue<br />

Comets compete at state tournament<br />

Central Crossing High School senior Jamie Ramirez (above) earned his first trip to<br />

the OHSAA Boys Wrestling State Tournament held <strong>March</strong> 11-12 at the<br />

Schottenstein Center. Ramirez qualified for the tournament by taking a top four<br />

spot at the district competition a week earlier. Ramirez is shown here in a second<br />

round bout with Connor Holm of Elyria who came out on top 9-1. Ramirez would<br />

close out the season with a record of 38-10.<br />

Central Crossing junior Addison Rudolph (below) placed for the third time among<br />

the best in the state to take the third place spot in the <strong>2023</strong> OHSAA Inaugural Girls<br />

Wrestling State Tournament that took place with the Boys State Tournament <strong>March</strong><br />

10-12 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. The junior started off the event with a<br />

pin before dropping a match to Kira Cole of Casstown Miami East who continued<br />

her undefeated season to the top of the 115 pound podium. Shown here Rudolph<br />

is on her way to a 7-3 win over Oak Hills senior Lexi Grant.<br />

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Government Focus<br />

Council OKs White Road development plan<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Editor<br />

A new development got the green light<br />

at the <strong>March</strong> 6 city council meeting.<br />

With a 3-1 vote, council members<br />

approved the development plan for<br />

Courtyards at Mulberry Run, located to the<br />

north and south of White Road.<br />

The plan is for Epcon Communities to<br />

build 74 single-family residential units.<br />

This development is broken into two sections.<br />

The northern section would consist of<br />

40 units and the section to the south would<br />

include 34 housing units. This proposal<br />

also includes four acres of open space, a<br />

multi-purpose trail, and amenities like a<br />

clubhouse, pool, and pickleball court. The<br />

community would cater to empty nesters.<br />

In October 2022, the council approved<br />

the preliminary development plan for this<br />

community but a few council members had<br />

concerns about the plan, citing density,<br />

traffic, and pedestrian safety issues.<br />

Councilwoman Christine Houk was one of<br />

the members who shared her reservations<br />

about the plan. For the final development<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The Franklin County Engineer’s Office<br />

recently unveiled its list of road resurfacing<br />

repairs that are planned for <strong>2023</strong>. Among<br />

the road resurfacing projects that made the<br />

cut include several residential streets and<br />

thoroughfares in Jackson Township.<br />

According to Administrator Shane<br />

Farnsworth, these are the six township<br />

roads that are scheduled to be resurfaced<br />

during the upcoming paving season:<br />

•Anglebrook<br />

•Borror Road from Patzer Ditch to State<br />

Route 104<br />

•Deer Path Drive<br />

•Edwards Drive<br />

•Hyde Road east of State Route 62<br />

•Hyde Road west of State Route 62<br />

Farnsworth said the county originally<br />

earmarked these roads for resurfacing<br />

repairs last year, but the contractor was<br />

unable to complete the township project<br />

due to low staffing levels and supply chain<br />

issues.<br />

He added that the township is confident<br />

the resurfacing project will be completed<br />

this year.<br />

“We are not entirely sure when they will<br />

be able to get around to doing this project,<br />

but we are confident that they will be able<br />

to get it done sometime in the spring, summer,<br />

or even the fall.”<br />

Due to the smaller scope of the project,<br />

Farnsworth said he does not believe the<br />

roadways will have to be closed when they<br />

are resurfaced.<br />

plan, Houk was excused from action or discussion<br />

on the topic. Councilman Mark<br />

Sigrist, who also voiced concerns, voted<br />

against the final development plan.<br />

Several residents shared their concerns<br />

about the plan when the preliminary proposal<br />

was discussed.<br />

“The last remaining bit of green space<br />

along White Road is going to disappear<br />

because it wasn’t valuable enough to the<br />

city to preserve,” said Jason Wolfe.<br />

Wolfe said that property would be an<br />

ideal addition to an already-existing park<br />

and a terrible location for further development.<br />

Kelly Wolfe said White Road is already<br />

overburdened with traffic from the<br />

Buckeye Parkway development.<br />

“We are going to have a nightmare,” she<br />

said.<br />

Residents said drivers use White Road<br />

to avoid the more travelled Stringtown<br />

Road. They also said during peak driving<br />

times, Stringtown Road, Hoover Road, and<br />

White Road are usually backed up.<br />

Another concern was a proposed pedestrian<br />

crossing. Now, instead of the pedestrian<br />

crossing, the developers plan to<br />

“It will likely be used as a one-way road<br />

for a short duration of time,” he said.<br />

He also said that the conditions of the<br />

roadway are still safe for travelers.<br />

“The roads have a lot of wear and tear<br />

on them but obviously they are still in<br />

working order,” he said. “But I have to say,<br />

it will be nice to have them resurfaced so<br />

they can be safer for decades to come.”<br />

The cost of the road resurfacing project<br />

is estimated at $378,000. The township<br />

extend the sidewalk and use the existing<br />

traffic signal on White Road.<br />

The final plan was approved with a few<br />

stipulations. One was that the developer<br />

remove the rural fencing around the property<br />

and replace it with decorative fencing.<br />

Another stipulation was to change the<br />

alignment of the road in the development<br />

to add curvature.<br />

In other news, the council approved legislation<br />

to construct sidewalks on Addison<br />

Drive, Angela Drive, Eleanor Avenue,<br />

Haughn Road, Kingston Avenue, Parlin<br />

Drive, and Reaver Avenue as part of the<br />

city’s sidewalk program. This program constructs<br />

or repairs sidewalks with the city<br />

paying half the cost and the property owner<br />

paying the other half.<br />

According to Houk, who is the service<br />

chair, affected property owners will receive<br />

notice of the improvements and the cost<br />

involved. She said residents can choose to<br />

make the improvements themselves, wait<br />

until the city makes the improvements and<br />

share in the cost, or have the cost of the<br />

improvements placed on their property<br />

estate tax to be paid over time.<br />

Road repairs planned in Jackson Township<br />

board of trustees approved the road resurfacing<br />

repair work order at its meeting on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 14.<br />

In related news, Farnsworth said the<br />

state public works commission is still processing<br />

its grant application to repair and<br />

resurface Brown Road and Dyer Road. He<br />

said the township will likely hear whether<br />

they have received funding for the project<br />

in May.<br />

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<strong>March</strong> 26, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

House District Companies<br />

Eye Expansion;<br />

Funds Approved for<br />

Westland Shopping Center<br />

Demolition<br />

Three <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> companies here in our Ohio<br />

House District are emerging as worldwide leaders<br />

in their respective industries. Collectively raising<br />

over $500 million in venture financing, the<br />

combined companies intend to add well over<br />

1000 jobs to our community over the next couple<br />

years.<br />

Forge Biologics, started in 2020, is establishing itself<br />

as the leader in gene therapy development.<br />

It manufactures therapeutics and pharmaceuticals<br />

to treat rare diseases and conditions. It currently<br />

is installing equipment that will allow it to<br />

manufacture at a capacity unmatched anywhere<br />

in the word. It will triple its employment levels<br />

over the next three years.<br />

Tosoh Ohio, a division of the Japanese parent<br />

company Tosoh, manufacturers the specialty<br />

metals wafers that comprise the computer chips<br />

made by Intel and Samsung. Its manufacturing<br />

process includes precision machining and superpure<br />

common and rare metals like aluminum<br />

(common) and titanium and scandium (both<br />

relatively rare). Because of the success of the<br />

current enterprise and the anticipated Intel facility<br />

in Licking County, the parent company recently<br />

committed the resources to triple its<br />

manufacturing capacity. Local management<br />

already is hiring machinists capable of training to<br />

work with state-of-the-art equipment.<br />

American Nitrile has just opened four additional<br />

lines to manufacture PPE gloves for medical,<br />

research, and industrial applications. Soon it will<br />

open six more lines to bring its capacity to<br />

approximately 3.5 billion gloves annually. With<br />

its modern equipment and cutting-edge<br />

processes, the company is bringing back highpaying<br />

manufacturing jobs to the US—and, most<br />

importantly, here to our community.<br />

All three companies are characterized by forward-thinking,<br />

action-oriented senior managers<br />

who work to create growth opportunities for<br />

their businesses as well as their associates.<br />

The Ohio Department of Development (ODD) has<br />

approved the allocation of $7.2 million for the<br />

demolition of the Westland Shopping Center site.<br />

ODD is assisting communities throughout the<br />

state to prepare sites for future business development.<br />

The 77-acre Westland site is considered<br />

an ideal location for commercial and/or manufacturing<br />

development because of its proximity to<br />

I-270, city utility infrastructure, mass transit lines,<br />

and residential areas with a ready and able workforce.<br />

A fence already has begun to be erected<br />

around the perimeter of the former shopping<br />

center buildings.<br />

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Ohio House of Representatives, which consists of<br />

parts of West, Southwest, and South Columbus,<br />

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on his activities in this position and his campaign<br />

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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> man has<br />

a mind for mystery<br />

By Christine Bryant<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Fans of authors like Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich don’t<br />

need to look beyond Columbus to find the newest addition to the<br />

amateur sleuth scene.<br />

Only this time, the detective is a male lead - and he’s determined<br />

to crack the case.<br />

Enter Darin Miller, 55, a <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> author who has penned<br />

the mystery series, “The Dwayne Morrow Mysteries” that features<br />

an everyman, self-employed IT specialist who is successful,<br />

but caught in a rut. His social circle begins and ends with his<br />

black cat, Dexter, and they live in an isolated, old farmhouse in<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

In Miller’s first book, “Reunion,” Morrow receives an invitation<br />

to his high school reunion and sees it as an opportunity to reengage<br />

with people he has lost contact with over the years, Miller<br />

says.<br />

“When he discovers his best friend from those days has recently<br />

been murdered and the police don’t seem particularly motivated<br />

to solve the case, he ends up taking on the task himself, despite<br />

his complete lack of know-how,” he said. “He’s in over his head<br />

before he knows it, but by the end of the story, he realizes he’ll<br />

never be satisfied returning to his life as it was before.”<br />

In a way, the story is art imitating life. While Miller didn’t<br />

become an amateur sleuth, investigating his best friend’s murder,<br />

his life has changed since pursuing his passion for writing. With<br />

four titles already available, a fifth one will become available later<br />

this spring or early summer, he says.<br />

Miller shared with the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong> the inspiration<br />

behind his series and what readers can expect from his latest<br />

book.<br />

Where did you grow up and how did that inspire your book<br />

series?<br />

I have lived in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> for 23 years. I’m originally from<br />

Rosemount, a tiny suburb of Portsmouth, in the southern part of<br />

our state. I graduated from Clay High in 1986, and our 15-year<br />

reunion back in 2001 was actually the inspiration for my first<br />

Dwayne Morrow book, “Reunion.”<br />

Although I wrote the first three books 20 years ago, I didn’t<br />

actually publish “Reunion” until 2021. I am also compiling a<br />

bunch of short stories, most of which I wrote before the first<br />

“Dwayne Morrow” book and expect to release it hot on the heels of<br />

the fifth “Dwayne Morrow” book.<br />

What motivated you to write these stories under the mystery<br />

genre?<br />

I’ve always been a voracious reader of all sorts of fiction, but<br />

I’ve been partial to mysteries and thrillers as well as mystery<br />

anthologies like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Mystery Magazine” and<br />

“Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.”<br />

Back in 2001, I checked out a particularly underwhelming book<br />

from the library and thought, “Wow…I couldn’t possibly do<br />

worse.” That, coupled with our upcoming 15-year high school<br />

reunion provided the idea for my first “Dwayne Morrow” book,<br />

and I just started writing.<br />

What challenges did you face that caused you to delay publishing<br />

your work?<br />

The folks who read the book back then were very encouraging,<br />

and I loved the writing process, so I kept going until I had completed<br />

a total of three books and had started the fourth. But then<br />

life got very busy. During the day, I worked a full-time job, and in<br />

the evening, I was needed to try and help keep a family restaurant<br />

afloat.<br />

I was also attending DeVry part-time, working toward a bachelor’s<br />

degree in Information Technology. When my wife learned<br />

we were expecting our first child, something had to give. I stepped<br />

back from both school and writing. I eventually did go back to finish<br />

up at DeVry, graduating in 2015, but I never really thought<br />

about the books again until, as fate would have it, I got another<br />

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Darin Miller, a <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> author, has penned the mystery series, “The Dwayne Morrow Mysteries.”<br />

underwhelming book from the library and thought,<br />

“Wow…I couldn’t possibly do worse - wait a minute…<br />

didn’t I write a book or three 20 years ago?”<br />

What gave you that final push to pursue this passion?<br />

I decided to read (my books) again. Sure they’d be<br />

good for a laugh, if nothing else. So much time had<br />

passed I literally didn’t remember what happened in<br />

any of them, only little pieces. I started reading the<br />

first, and it was oddly like reading someone else’s<br />

work.<br />

I started getting excited because I thought it wasn’t<br />

half bad. I just kept hoping I didn’t blow it in the next<br />

chapter or screw up an ending I couldn’t even remember.<br />

After I finished, I decided it was time to take things<br />

into my own hands with Kindle Direct Publishing, an<br />

option that didn’t exist when I started writing in 2001.<br />

I was honestly shocked when people started reading<br />

the first book, and ratings and reviews started trickling<br />

in, and they were positive for the most part.<br />

What is your most recent novel - the fifth in the<br />

series - about?<br />

Dwayne Morrow Mystery #5, “Isolation,” finds<br />

Dwayne in a fragile state of mind after the events of<br />

DMM #4, “Diversion.” When Boggs Investigations is<br />

invited to join a trial mystery weekend on a private<br />

island in Lake Erie, Dwayne is pressured by his boss<br />

to rejoin the living and participate in what is supposed<br />

to be an exercise in teamwork.<br />

But the island has a haunted history, and for<br />

Dwayne, the line quickly blurs between what is real<br />

and what isn’t. Time is running out, and Dwayne must<br />

decide whether the real danger is to his friends or to<br />

his own sanity.<br />

Where can readers find your books?<br />

Paperbacks are available locally at the Visit <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Guide and Gear Shop on Broadway and at<br />

Gramercy Books in Bexley. They are available in<br />

paperback, hardcover and on Kindle at Amazon.com.<br />

They are also available through the Southwest Public<br />

Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library.<br />

I participate in many local events to sell my books,<br />

too, such as the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Wine and Arts Festival and<br />

the Mid-Ohio Indie Author Book Expo. I have even<br />

started carting the paperbacks around in the back of<br />

my car, so if you see me out and about, don’t hesitate<br />

to ask.<br />

How does your writing process evolve?<br />

I always start with a “What if?” For example, what<br />

if you take a picture, but the subject of your photo isn’t<br />

the only thing you capture? I seem to always start by<br />

jumping into a scene where Dwayne is disgruntled for<br />

one reason or another and then just let it flow from<br />

there.<br />

I don’t think there’s really a right or wrong way to<br />

approach writing. I know writers who meticulously<br />

outline before ever putting any of their story on paper.<br />

I know some whose scenes come to them fully formed<br />

but not necessarily in chronological order, and after<br />

they get those down, they figure out the proper order<br />

and write the segments that connect them.<br />

I guess it’s more like improvisation for me, maybe<br />

even dictation, as strange as that sounds. I get into a<br />

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certain headspace and my characters pretty<br />

much tell me what’s going to happen<br />

next. I’ve honestly been surprised by how<br />

many times I write a scene early in a book<br />

just because I find it amusing, only for it to<br />

figure heavily into the ending.<br />

What advice would you have for aspiring<br />

writers?<br />

Read as much as you write and do both<br />

just as often as you can. It’s all about flexing<br />

that creative muscle, and like with any<br />

other muscle, without exercise, it will atrophy.<br />

Look for a local writers’ group who<br />

will provide encouragement and share<br />

experience. We have a wonderful one right<br />

here, the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Writers’ Group, and<br />

we meet at the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Library on the<br />

second Thursday of every month.<br />

What’s the most difficult aspect of developing<br />

characters?<br />

I guess I’m lucky in that respect.<br />

Characters just seem to waltz right out<br />

onto my canvas, and they pretty much let<br />

me know what their backstory is from the<br />

get-go. I think it’s important for your characters<br />

to feel real, like people you could run<br />

into in your own life. I guess the biggest<br />

challenge is making sure their dialogue<br />

comes across as authentic, because not all<br />

characters would use the same vocabulary.<br />

What was the most difficult aspect of<br />

your book to write?<br />

The most difficult aspect actually comes<br />

after each book is written. I’m a bit of a perfectionist,<br />

and the editorial process is<br />

absolutely brutal. Between me and my<br />

team of editors, four people exhaustively<br />

scan for issues before the final draft is published,<br />

and even then, little mistakes still<br />

sometimes make it to print. We seem to be<br />

getting better with each book, but it still<br />

drives me crazy.<br />

Do you have a career in addition to writing?<br />

Much like Dwayne, I have been in<br />

Information Technology for nearly three<br />

decades. I currently work for Kern, Inc.,<br />

here in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, providing software support<br />

for their proprietary mailFactory<br />

high-speed mail inserting systems. I do,<br />

however, long for the day when I can say I<br />

write for a living.<br />

If you could tell your younger writing<br />

self-anything, what would it be?<br />

Don’t ever lose sight of something you<br />

love doing so much. While it seemed like<br />

my only choice at the time, I’m kicking<br />

myself for ever letting these characters go<br />

for 20 years. I feel like I have a whole lot of<br />

catching up to do, and I don’t have nearly<br />

as many years ahead of me as I once did.<br />

What authors inspire you?<br />

Stephen King is my ultimate inspiration,<br />

even though I really don’t write anything<br />

in his genre. He just has the most<br />

wonderful ability to build worlds and create<br />

characters that are fully fleshed out.<br />

His son, Joe Hill, is very gifted, too. As far<br />

as mysteries go, I am inspired by the late,<br />

great Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich,<br />

Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, James W.<br />

Hall and Patricia Cornwell.<br />

Did you have a favorite book as a child?<br />

I loved “A Wrinkle in Time” by<br />

Madeleine L’Engle, and I don’t remember<br />

very much about it all. I really need to add<br />

it to my queue and revisit it soon.<br />

How long on average does it take you to<br />

write a book?<br />

Five to six months.<br />

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Greyhounds go for the win at the state tourney<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Pat Donahue<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> High School senior Isaac Carter was one of three from the school to make<br />

it to this year’s OHSAA 86th Annual Boys Wrestling State Tournament held <strong>March</strong> 10-<br />

12 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. He is shown here in a mitch with St. Ignatius<br />

senior Eugene Gibbons. The two faced off in the second round of the Division I 215<br />

pound class of the tournament. Carter came out on top 6-3 and came away with a season<br />

record of 48-11.<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> senior Andrew Palmer earned a trip to this year’s state tournament by qualifying<br />

in the top four in the district. Palmer qualified in the #2 spot and is shown here<br />

facing off in the Division I 165 pound class against senior Jack Marconi of Avon Lake<br />

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before he could continue with his second match of the day on his way to the Division<br />

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Get growing in the community garden<br />

Growing in the <strong>Grove</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>’s<br />

Community Garden in Fryer Park, offers<br />

adult residents the opportunity to grow<br />

annual plants and relationships with other<br />

gardeners.<br />

Participants enjoy time gardening,<br />

learning about the planting season, participating<br />

in healthy outdoor activities, utilizing<br />

vibrant green space and improving the<br />

quality of life, while interacting with other<br />

plant enthusiasts. The gardens benefit the<br />

entire community by adding oxygen to the<br />

air, reducing air pollution and absorbing<br />

rainwater to reduce runoff.<br />

Individual gardeners work their own<br />

rented plots at least once per week, planting,<br />

weeding and watering, and spend at<br />

least five hours during the growing season<br />

to help maintain the rest of the garden<br />

(weeding between the beds, picking up<br />

trash, etc.).<br />

Produce from the plots is the property of<br />

the person renting/working the plot.<br />

Gardeners are expected to follow <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Community Garden Rules.<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> residents age 18 or older can<br />

register online for a Community Garden<br />

plot.<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Community Garden Timeline<br />

•January: Early registration period for<br />

returning gardeners<br />

•Feb. 1: Registration for new gardeners<br />

opens (must be 18)<br />

•April 1: Deadline to register<br />

•April 1: Garden opens to gardening<br />

activities<br />

•Nov. 30: Deadline to clean out/winterize<br />

garden plot<br />

For more information, visit grovecityohio.gov.<br />

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Active Lifestyles<br />

A bi-monthly feature celebrating the<br />

wisdom, experience and contributions of our community’s senior citizens<br />

Outdoor activities that are perfect for seniors<br />

According to researchers with the U.S.<br />

Department of Agriculture’s Forest<br />

Service, human beings benefit both physically<br />

and psychologically from spending<br />

time in nature. Such experiences can<br />

reduce stress and help lower heart rates,<br />

potentially decreasing individuals’ risk for<br />

cardiovascular disease. In addition, the<br />

Forest Service notes that spending time<br />

outside in green spaces has been linked to<br />

a lower risk of depression.<br />

Seniors who are retired or even aging<br />

empty nesters who are still in the workforce<br />

can make great use of their free time<br />

by venturing into the great outdoors. The<br />

following are a handful of senior-friendly<br />

outdoor activities that provide a great reason<br />

to get off the couch and take in all that<br />

Mother Nature has to offer.<br />

• Hiking: Hiking provides a great workout<br />

and an ideal opportunity to spend time<br />

in an idyllic setting. The U.S. National<br />

Park Service notes that hiking helps individuals<br />

build stronger muscles and bones,<br />

improves their sense of balance, has a positive<br />

effect on heart health, and can<br />

decrease the risk of certain respiratory<br />

problems. Hiking is an especially attractive<br />

outdoor activity for seniors, as many parks<br />

feature trails with varying degrees of difficulty,<br />

ensuring there’s a trail for seniors<br />

whether they’re seasoned or novice hikers.<br />

• Water aerobics: The Centers for<br />

Disease Control and Prevention notes that<br />

water-based exercises can be especially<br />

helpful individuals with chronic diseases, a<br />

category many seniors fall into. The CDC<br />

notes that one study published in the journal<br />

Arthritis & Rheumatology found that<br />

improves the use of joints affected by<br />

arthritis without worsening symptoms.<br />

The U.S. Department of Health and<br />

Human Services also notes that swimming<br />

can lead to improved health for people with<br />

diabetes and heart disease. Seniors can<br />

reap these benefits by going for a dip in<br />

their own backyard pools or a local body of<br />

water, such as a lake or ocean. Many swim<br />

clubs also offer discounted memberships to<br />

seniors, making these another great and<br />

affordable way to reap the benefits of swimming.<br />

• Fishing: Of course not all outdoor<br />

activities need to make seniors huff and<br />

puff. Fishing provides a great reason to get<br />

outdoors, and many individuals devoted to<br />

fishing report feeling less stressed after a<br />

day spent casting for their favorite fish.<br />

• Volunteering: Local environmental<br />

groups often sponsor cleanups at parks and<br />

waterfront attractions like beaches and<br />

lakes. Volunteering with such organizations<br />

is a great way to get outside and give<br />

back, and working with like-minded individuals<br />

can be a great way for seniors to<br />

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Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)<br />

has been selected as one of eight national<br />

grantees by the Alzheimer’s Association<br />

and the National Association of County<br />

and <strong>City</strong> Health Officials (NACCHO) for<br />

the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road<br />

Map Strategists. The initiative will allow<br />

FCPH to enhance its capacity to address<br />

cognitive health and dementia for the citizens<br />

of Franklin County.<br />

“People living with dementia and their<br />

family caregivers require support as cognitive,<br />

behavioral and physical functioning<br />

worsens over time,” said Joe Mazzola,<br />

Franklin County Health Commissioner.<br />

We are honored to be selected to develop a<br />

public health response to mitigate this<br />

impact.”<br />

Through this initiative, FCPH will work<br />

in coordination with public health partners<br />

across the community to conduct a public<br />

health needs assessment, train local officials<br />

and key community partners, and<br />

lead implementation of public health<br />

action on dementia, consistent with the<br />

State and Local Public Health<br />

Partnerships to Address Dementia:, The<br />

2018-<strong>2023</strong> Road Map.<br />

“The Central Ohio chapter of the<br />

Alzheimer’s Association is excited to partner<br />

with Franklin County Public Health on<br />

the many opportunities to change outcomes<br />

Active Lifestyles<br />

County to address cognitive health for residents<br />

with Alzheimer’s disease and all other<br />

dementia across our community. Just as<br />

with other chronic and degenerative conditions,<br />

public health can reduce risk in populations,<br />

further early detection and diagnosis,<br />

improve safety and quality of care for<br />

people living with cognitive impairment,<br />

and attend to caregivers’ health and wellbeing,”<br />

said Vince McGrail, Executive<br />

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Pre-planning your final wishes:<br />

A healing gift to your family<br />

Losing a loved one is a crushing experience. It<br />

knocks the wind out of you so much it’s hard to<br />

think. It’s ironic that when we are grief stricken<br />

and overwhelmed, we must make some of the<br />

most difficult decisions like how to honor our<br />

loved one, one final time.<br />

Writing an obituary, planning a service, and<br />

choosing a monument can seem unwieldy in those<br />

moments. What if you never discussed those<br />

things? What if you are not sure what they’d like,<br />

or your family members disagree? What if the<br />

costs are not within your budget? These challenges<br />

could be eliminated by preplanning.<br />

According to the National Funeral Directors<br />

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Active Lifestyles<br />

Signs of unsafe driving in older citizens<br />

A license to drive has long been symbolic of independence.<br />

Teenage drivers long for the day they earn<br />

their licenses and can take to the road without mom or<br />

dad riding shotgun, while aging drivers want to keep<br />

driving as long as possible so they can come and go as<br />

they please in their golden years.<br />

There’s no formula drivers and their families can<br />

employ to determine when it’s time to take the car<br />

keys away from senior citizens. Thankfully, fatal collisions<br />

involving older drivers have declined considerably<br />

in recent decades. According to the Insurance<br />

Institute for Highway Safety, collision-related fatalities<br />

among drivers ages 70 and older declined by 15<br />

percent between 1997 and 2018. A host of factors have<br />

contributed to that decline, including lane-assist technology<br />

and forward collision warning systems that<br />

have become standard offerings on many modern vehicles.<br />

As much as technology has helped make driving<br />

safer for everyone, aging drivers should still keep an<br />

eye out for certain signs that may indicate their skills<br />

behind the wheel are diminishing and potentially compromising<br />

their ability to drive safely. According to<br />

AARP, the following are warning signs of unsafe driving.<br />

• Delayed response to unexpected situations:<br />

Frequent close calls and narrowly avoiding collisions<br />

when other drivers stop suddenly indicate reduced<br />

response time that can put aging drivers at an elevated<br />

risk of being involved in an accident.<br />

• Becoming easily distracted while driving:<br />

Distracted driving has become a significant concern in<br />

recent decades, but it’s often associated with young<br />

drivers. However, aging drivers who are easily distracted<br />

also pose a safety risk to themselves and other<br />

motorists.<br />

• Decrease in confidence while driving: Only drivers<br />

will know if they feel confident enough to drive<br />

safely, and it’s vital that aging drivers be honest with<br />

themselves when assessing how they feel when driving.<br />

• Having difficulty moving into or maintaining the<br />

correct lane of traffic: Lane-assist technology can help<br />

drivers recognize how often they’re staying in the correct<br />

lane of traffic. When the warning bell goes off frequently,<br />

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• Hitting curbs when making right turns or backing<br />

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drivers may be having difficulty controlling their<br />

vehicles and/or seeing the road, both of which indicate<br />

it’s no longer safe for drivers to get behind the wheel.<br />

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

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

Play Ball! Office on Aging Day with the<br />

Columbus Clippers Scheduled for June 8<br />

For the past 21 years, the Franklin County Office on Aging has partnered<br />

with the Columbus Clippers to host their annual Office on Aging Day at<br />

the award-winning Huntington Park. Office on Aging Day with the<br />

Columbus Clippers provides seniors aged 60 and older a chance to gather<br />

with their family and friends for a fun-filled day at the ballpark through<br />

discounted ticket prices.<br />

This year’s Office on Aging Day with the Columbus Clippers is scheduled<br />

for Thursday, June 8, <strong>2023</strong> at 12:05 p.m. in which the Columbus Clippers<br />

will go head-to-head with the Louisville Bats. Ticket prices for seniors<br />

will be $5.00 for bleacher seating and $6.00 for reserved seating, and the<br />

ticket price also includes a boxed lunch as well as a chance to win a variety<br />

of raffle prizes. Seniors who have a group of 10 or more can also<br />

request free transportation through the Office on Aging by calling (614)<br />

525-8832 by no later than Monday, May 8.<br />

This event also provides seniors the chance to connect with community<br />

organizations that provide resources to older adults. In the past, seniors<br />

have been able to get connected to resources regarding tax preparation,<br />

kinship support, mental health and other valuable services that make<br />

aging in place possible. This year seniors and their families will once<br />

again be able to connect to a variety of resources from community providers<br />

that help support aging in place, including Mid-Ohio Food Collective,<br />

the Franklin County Auditor’s Office, and the Veterans Service Commission<br />

among others. Franklin County’s Health & Human Services mobile<br />

unit will also be in attendance, which includes representatives from the<br />

Office on Aging, Job and Family Services, Justice Policy & Programs, and<br />

Child Support Enforcement Agency. The mobile unit helps residents get<br />

the assistance they need all in one place, including help with food assistance,<br />

Medicaid, rental assistance, employment opportunities, child<br />

support, re-entry support and more.<br />

Lastly, the day will also include pre-ceremonial activities including a<br />

warm welcome from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ President,<br />

John O’Grady, as well as a ceremonial first pitch. Past local celebrities<br />

for the first pitch include former 10TV Anchor, Jerry Revish, Professional<br />

Baseball Player, Allan Lee Anderson, and Community Leader and<br />

Civil Rights Activist, Don Elder. This year fans can expect to see the<br />

Office on Aging’s first African American female director, Chanda Wingo,<br />

to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.<br />

Franklin County seniors who are interested in attending the game can<br />

purchase tickets several ways. They can mail the order form found in the<br />

Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong> to:<br />

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Seniors can also order tickets by calling the Columbus Clippers at (614)<br />

462-5250. To request transportation for groups of 10 or more, call the<br />

Office on Aging at (614) 525-8832 by no later than Monday, May 8.

PAGE 14 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>March</strong> 26, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Adam Miller<br />


News from the<br />

Statehouse<br />

The General Assembly begins every even<br />

year taking up Ohio’s 2-year budget. The<br />

Federal Government has yearly budgets.<br />

Ohio’s 2-year budget is around $45 billion<br />

every year, but the federal government<br />

spends about $1.8 trillion. Of Ohio’s $45 billion<br />

budget, about 1/3 of the funding comes<br />

from the federal government mostly in the<br />

form of grants.<br />

While there is some debate as to who first<br />

stated “budgets are moral documents”, the<br />

phrase, made popular by Dr. Martin Luther<br />

King, is still true today. The two highest expenditures<br />

in the budget (HB 33) are K-12<br />

education ($10 billion) and Medicaid ($21<br />

billion). And, much of the Medicaid spending<br />

is mandated matching funds required<br />

by the federal government. The 3rd and 4th<br />

largest expenditures are on higher education<br />

($3.2 billion) and corrections ($2.6 billion).<br />

The fact that we spend about the same<br />

on higher education as we do on prisons<br />

should trouble every Ohioan. Budgets are<br />

moral documents indeed.<br />

Some of the items are encouraging, but the<br />

4300 page bill it is not all good. We need<br />

more money for affordable housing and<br />

mental health. We need greater investment<br />

in public education and programs that help<br />

our most vulnerable find employment in<br />

high need industries.<br />

I am also very disappointed by the failure to<br />

restore veterans service organization funding<br />

which was quietly cut in previous years.<br />

I will do my utmost to restore funding to<br />

Veteran's organizations. They provide essential<br />

services to those who have served our<br />

country.<br />

I urge you to go to www.ohiohouse.gov and<br />

review the budget for yourself. Come downtown<br />

and testify before the Committees<br />

taking up the budget. It is important that<br />

our legislators know budgets are about<br />

people; not numbers. Your advocacy from<br />

social media to testifying is vital for each<br />

member of the General Assembly is a key<br />

component to the budget process.<br />

The budget is due to the Governor for signature<br />

by the end of June.<br />

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News and Notes<br />

Blood drives in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.<br />

to 4 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 31 at Drury Inn and Suites <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, 4109<br />

Parkway Centre Drive. The organization will also host a drive<br />

from noon to 6 p.m. April 7 at the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston<br />

Ave. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit<br />

www.redcrossblood.org.<br />

Community breakfast<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Masonic Lodge No. 689 will host a community<br />

breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. April 1 at 3558 Park St. Donations are<br />

accepted. For more information, visit grovecity689.org.<br />

Looking for anvils<br />

The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society is organizing<br />

blacksmithing classes at Century Village and want to increase<br />

the number of stations where students can work. If you have a<br />

blacksmithing anvil you would like to donate, contact the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Welcome Center and Museum at (614) 277-3061.<br />

Fish fry at St. Margaret<br />

The St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 1600 N. Hague Ave. in<br />

Columbus, will host a fish fry every Friday through <strong>March</strong> 31.<br />

The event will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will cost $15 for<br />

adults, with reduced rates for seniors and children.<br />

Concert features songs from around the world<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Chamber Singers will perform their spring concert<br />

“Passport of Music,” a presentation of songs from around the<br />

world, on Sunday <strong>March</strong> 26. Music from England, Scotland,<br />

Venezuela, Norway, Germany, and the U.S. are among the countries<br />

represented. The venue for the concert is the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St. The doors open at<br />

3 p.m. with the concert starting at 3:30 p.m. The concert is free.<br />

Visit www.gcchambersingers.wixsite.com/gcchambersingers for<br />

more information.<br />

Free community meal<br />

Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover Road in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, will<br />

host a free community meal every third Saturday of each month.<br />

The food will be served from noon to 1 p.m. For more information,<br />

call the church office at 614-875-0510.<br />

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Frankie, 9 years old, is a black Manx mix with<br />

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to please you, and is a happy girl. She was<br />

sold to a family as a mini labradoodle but she<br />

kept growing. At 8 months and 65 pounds,<br />

Daisy is not a mini anything. She will probably<br />

put on a few more pounds but is about as<br />

large as she will get. She is house broken and<br />

crate trained. She needs a lot of exercise and<br />

basic training to make a great dog for someone.<br />

Daisy is currently in a foster home and arrangements can be<br />

made for a meeting once you have applied to adopt through Colony<br />

Cats and Dogs.<br />

FYI: colonycats.org<br />

Willabet is just waiting for attention. She<br />

comes running for love when you enter her<br />

room. She can’t wait for a lap of her own to sit<br />

in whenever it’s available. Since she is feline<br />

leukemia positive, she should be an only cat<br />

or live with other felv+ cats. She does well with<br />

other cats. Willabet is up for adoption through<br />

Colony Cats.<br />

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Dom is a friendly, gentle boy who loves his<br />

treats. As an introvert, it takes Dom a bit of<br />

time to open up, but once he does, you’ll see<br />

his personality shining brightly. This guy is full<br />

of depth and heart. Dom would love to meet<br />

any dogs that you may have before going<br />

home with you. And for Dom, joining your family<br />

would be his dream come true. If you’re<br />

interested in adopting or fostering Dom, stop on by the Franklin<br />

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Dog license renewal runs through <strong>March</strong> 31<br />

Dog license renewal season is under way, and licenses are now<br />

available for purchase without penalty at the auditor’s office.<br />

The dog license renewal period will run through <strong>March</strong> 31, an<br />

extension of two months to increase the rate of licensing. As in<br />

past years, licenses may be purchased at doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov,<br />

or at the auditor’s office license counter, 373 S. High<br />

St., 21st Floor in downtown Columbus. The counter is open<br />

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br />

One-year, three-year, and permanent dog licenses can be purchased<br />

through <strong>March</strong> 31. After the deadline, the cost to purchase<br />

a license doubles.<br />

The office will also offer licensing at expanded locations across<br />

the county, including at pet vaccination clinics, the Franklin<br />

County Dog Shelter, and at other community events.<br />

In addition to being required by state law, dog licensing<br />

ensures that a dog has been vaccinated against rabies, which is<br />

required in Franklin County. It also ensures any lost dog is<br />

returned quickly to their owners.<br />

Visit doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov for more information.

www.columbusmessenger.com <strong>March</strong> 26, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 15<br />

In Achievement<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

<strong>Messenger</strong><br />

We are the<br />


in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

South-Western <strong>City</strong> School District Board of Education president Anthony Caldwell (left) and vice-president<br />

Lee Schreiner (right) have been recognized with the Ohio School Boards Association’s STAR Training Award.<br />

‘Stars’ in the school district<br />

Correction<br />

In the <strong>March</strong> 12 edition of the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>, in the article titled<br />

“Making a contribution to the community”<br />

we mistakenly listed Mary Kemper as “the<br />

late Mary Kemper.” Mary Kemper is alive.<br />

The <strong>Messenger</strong> regrets the error and apologizes<br />

for the mistake.<br />

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South-Western <strong>City</strong> School District Board of<br />

Education president Anthony Caldwell and vice-president<br />

Lee Schreiner have been named recipients of the<br />

Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) STAR<br />

Training Award.<br />

The OSBA STAR Award program consists of four<br />

individual awards in the categories of: service, training,<br />

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In Entertainment<br />

“e Magician’s Elephant” is warm and engaging<br />

I do not often watch animated movies but when I do<br />

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animated movies. Not only do I find the art design<br />

extremely pleasing to the eye, but they almost always<br />

feature a story with an uplifting message that I need<br />

to hear — or that I need to remember.<br />

Because I do not usually heed my own advice, I<br />

often neglect my vow to watch more animated movies<br />

when I have the chance and I frequently pass over the<br />

opportunity to review them in favor of a live-action<br />

(read: more adult, allegedly) option. But I have to<br />

admit that out of all of the new theatrical releases that<br />

were presented to me this weekend, there was just<br />

something about “The Magician’s Elephant” that I just<br />

could not say no to.<br />

As someone whose interaction with children is limited<br />

to work assignments at libraries and schools, I<br />

had not heard of the beloved 2009 novel by Kate<br />

DiCamillo on which this film is based but the promotional<br />

trailers attached to the material made it look<br />

warm and inviting for people of all ages — even the<br />

ones without little humans running around the house.<br />

Although the tale within and the way it is written<br />

and depicted on screen by scribe Martin Hynes and<br />

director Wendy Rogers is quite simple, the movie as a<br />

whole is enchantingly endearing and one cannot help<br />

but fall under its spell of sweetness.<br />

The film is set in a vaguely European town called<br />

Baltese where the aftermath of a recent war has<br />

brought despair and stagnation to a community and a<br />

people that was once lively and robust and full of<br />

promise and hope. Then one day, a young orphan boy<br />

by the name of Peter (voiced by Noah Jupe) finds a<br />

mysterious tent in the middle of the town square with<br />

a sign attached that says it will give an honest answer<br />

to a hard question for anyone who dares to ask. When<br />

Peter enters the tent, he finds a fortune teller (voiced<br />

by Natasia Demetriou, who also narrates the story)<br />

who speaks in riddles but tells him that the sister he<br />

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Since Baltese is a town without a zoo — it doesn’t<br />

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tasks to find his long lost sister, but it also<br />

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the hollowness that has been inside of them since the<br />

start of the war.<br />

Although the movie can sometimes feel a bit overbaked<br />

with sentimentality, there is more mature content<br />

within the tale — mostly revolving around the elephant<br />

which had been pulled from its herd in a faraway<br />

land — it manages to balance out the saccharine<br />

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Area Library welcomes<br />

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popular program, Music and<br />

Movement Storytime. For<br />

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children and library staff welcomed<br />

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Know your home value<br />

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Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano launched the <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Project ChildSafe<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police is participating in a nationwide<br />

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<strong>March</strong> 26, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 19<br />

xClassified Services<br />



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Depend. Quality Child care<br />

in loving hm. Exp. Mom, n-<br />

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playroom, fncd yd. Reas.<br />

rates. Laurie at 853-2472<br />



is hiring Caregivers<br />

to provide in home<br />

care for Seniors.<br />

We offer<br />

competitive pay and a<br />

week of paid vacaton.<br />

Shift and hours<br />

can be flexible.<br />

614-849-0200<br />

Kings Kids Daycare<br />

in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> is hiring Fun,<br />

Loving Teachers for PT &<br />

FT shifts. Please email<br />

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call 614-539-0349<br />

Rentals<br />

4/2 A/M<br />

PETS<br />

AKC German Shepherd<br />

puppies. Call for details<br />

614-405-4796<br />


Want to Buy Ham Radio<br />

Equipment. Paying Cash<br />

740-751-8626<br />


WANTED<br />

Victrolas, Watches,<br />

Clocks, Bookcases<br />

Antiques, Furn.<br />

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or 614-783-2629<br />


Call anytime 614-774-6797<br />

We Buy Junk Cars &<br />

Trucks. Highest Prices<br />

Paid. 614-395-8775<br />


FOR SALE<br />

Baldwin Acrosonic Piano,<br />

ex cond - $1200. Call if<br />

interested 614-360-7615.<br />

2 Nail Guns - call for price<br />

Stereo - works good - $50<br />

740-973-3206<br />



HP 901 Color Cartridges (3);<br />

HP 901XL and 901 Color<br />

Multi Pack (1);<br />

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3500 Sullivant Ave.<br />

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Sealcoating & Services LLC<br />

Quality Materials Used<br />


Driveway Seal & Repair!<br />

Top Seal Cracks!<br />

Residential & Commercial<br />

Mulching, Edging & Clean-ups<br />

“Ask for whatever you need.”<br />

BBB Accredited-Fully Insured<br />

Call or text for Free Est.<br />

614-649-1200<br />


ASPHALT &<br />


Blacktop & Concrete<br />

Licensed/Bonded<br />

Quality Work<br />

Competitive Prices<br />

4/9<br />

W/gc<br />

Since 1981<br />

Call Craig Lantz<br />

Local Resident<br />

614-374-6217<br />

citywideasphaltand<br />

construction@gmail.com<br />

BBB A+ Accredited Contractor<br />




Specializing in Custom Colors &<br />

Custom Designs of Concrete.<br />

Including Remove & Replace<br />

45 yrs exp & Free Est.<br />

Licensed & Insured<br />

Reputation Built<br />

On Quality<br />

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614-875-8364<br />

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concrete.com<br />


CONCRETE &<br />


Blacktop & Concrete<br />

Licensed/Bonded<br />

Quality Work<br />

Competitive Prices<br />

4/9<br />

W/gc<br />

Since 1981<br />

Call Craig Lantz<br />

Local Resident<br />

614-374-6217<br />

citywideasphaltand<br />

construction@gmail.com<br />

BBB A+ Accredited Contractor<br />


4/16<br />

A/M<br />

4/16 W/SW<br />




Quality Concrete Work<br />

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,<br />

Driveways & Excavation<br />

Stamp Patios,<br />

Bsmt. Wall Restoration<br />

36 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.<br />

Free Ests. 614-871-3834<br />

AJ’s Concrete,<br />

Masonry<br />

Good Work - Fair Prices<br />

Block Foundations<br />

Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

Colored/Stamped Concrete<br />

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.<br />

614-419-9932<br />



Small Concrete Jobs<br />

& Excavation<br />

41 Yrs. Exp.<br />

(614) 207-5430<br />

Owner is On The Job!<br />


DRYW<br />

YWALL &<br />


Textured Ceilings<br />

Popcorn Ceiling Removal<br />

Call Randy<br />

614-551-6963<br />

Residential/Commercial - BIA<br />



Chain Link - Wood<br />

No Job Too Big or Small<br />

All Repairs ~ Free Est.<br />

Insured. 614-670-2292<br />


Dave’s Gutter Serv.<br />

Cleaned, Repaired, Installed,<br />

Gutter Covers & Drains.<br />

614-875-9361/614-205-9057<br />


ONLY<br />

$50.00<br />

For This Ad In Our<br />

West & <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

For Info Call<br />

272-5422<br />


HVAC & A/C<br />

Fast Service - Licensed<br />

614-633-9694<br />


LOOK TO<br />


IN OUR<br />


For Service<br />

“That Is Out Of This World”<br />

4/7 A<br />

3/5 A&M<br />



614-276-1958<br />

A-1 QUALITY<br />


We Load. Starting at $145<br />

614-596-9504<br />


614-254-1131<br />



• Junk Removal<br />

• Demolition<br />

• Hoarding<br />

614-352-0442<br />

10% OFF FOR<br />


HOME<br />


C&JHandyman<br />

Services LLC<br />

Minor Plumbing & Electric<br />

Install Hot Water Tanks,<br />

Dishwashers & Disposals<br />

All Interior Remodels<br />

Also Fencing &<br />

Interior/Exterior Painting<br />

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.<br />

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines<br />

614-284-2100<br />



Siding-Windows-<br />

Doors-Roofing-Soffit-<br />

Fascia-Gutters-Trim<br />

Earn FREE Seamless<br />

Gutters with Siding Over<br />

1000 Sq. Ft.<br />

FREE Shutters with<br />

Soffit & Trim<br />

EPA Certified<br />

Member of BBB<br />

Financing Available<br />

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.<br />

Licensed-Bonded-Insured<br />

Owner & Operator<br />

James 614-419-7500<br />

SLAGLE<br />


Baths, Kitchen,<br />

Plumbing and Electrical.<br />

All your Handyman needs<br />

No Job too Big or Small<br />

Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

Jerry<br />

4/16<br />

SW/W<br />

614-332-3320<br />

CandC<br />

Handyman Services LLC<br />

614-378-7469<br />

Int./Ext. Remodels,<br />

Water Heaters,<br />

Plumbing, Fence,<br />

Sidewalks, Decks,<br />

Int./Ext. Paintng<br />

& Electrical Work<br />

4/30 a/m<br />

3/5 A<br />

4/2 A<br />

3/19A<br />

HOME<br />


SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.<br />

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.<br />

Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

Free Est. - Financing Avail.<br />

Member BBB Of Cent. OH<br />

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273<br />

614-419-3977<br />

or 614-863-9912<br />

HOME<br />


Classified Services<br />

4/16<br />

A/M<br />

Retired - 42 Yrs Exp.<br />

Siding Repairs,<br />

Gutters - New, Cleaned,<br />

Screened & Repaired;<br />

Shower Bars,<br />

Hand Rails, etc;<br />

Deck & Fence Repair.<br />

Call Joe - 614-778-1460<br />


614-235-1819<br />

HOME<br />


Charlies Handyman<br />

Service<br />

Over 40 yrs. exp.<br />

Plumbing & Hot Water Tanks<br />

Doors & Locks<br />

Kitchen/Bath Remodels<br />

Dishwasher Installs<br />

Roofmg & Siding<br />

Porches & Decks<br />

614-319-6010<br />

MultiCraft Const.<br />

& Handyman Services<br />

All Types Handyman Services:<br />

Decks, Fences<br />

Kitchen/Baths<br />

Window/doors installed<br />

Interior Painting<br />

Drywall Repairs<br />

All Types of Flooring<br />

Call/Text 614-774-2923<br />

multicraftconstruction@gmail.com<br />


A-1 QUALITY<br />


Family Owned<br />

Bed & Yard Maint.<br />

Weeding, Mulching, etc.<br />

Hedge/Shrub Trimming<br />

614-596-9504<br />

Insured - Free Est.<br />

Mulch Delivery<br />

Bed Work<br />

614-551-9520<br />

Call or Text Dusty<br />

PWD Seniors Disc. Avail.<br />


2/19 A<br />



Mowing-mulching-trimming<br />

Spring cleanup-614-397-0566<br />

Old Man<br />

& A Mower<br />

Lawn Service<br />

Senior Discount<br />

Reasonable Rates<br />

614-282-5176<br />

4/16<br />

Ask for Ed<br />

W/SW<br />


Other Services Offered:<br />

Bush & Hedge Trimming,<br />

Mulching, Gutter Cleaning,<br />

Powerwashing, Stucco,<br />

Stone, Brick Painting,<br />

Drywall, Chain Saw Operator,<br />

Leaf Removal, Spring<br />

Clean-up. Since 1979<br />

614-634-3430<br />



FOR YOU<br />

Summer, Spring,<br />

Winter or Fall<br />

WE DO IT ALL!!!!<br />

Lawn Cuts, Edging,<br />

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,<br />

Mulching, Hauling,<br />

Garden Pond &<br />

Home Maint.<br />

Free Ests. Low Rates<br />

$20 & Up<br />

Kevin - 614-905-3117<br />


FOR ONLY<br />

$74.00<br />

You Can Reach<br />

Over 42,000 Homes<br />

In Our<br />

West & <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Areas<br />

For Info Call<br />

272-5422<br />

MOWER<br />

REPAIR<br />



We service Electric & Gas<br />

Powered lawn equipment.<br />

614-357-6204<br />


All About Drains & Plumb.<br />

Will snake any small drain<br />

$145. 614-778-2584<br />

MYERS<br />


Licensed Expert Plumbing<br />

New Const. & Fast Repairs<br />

Water * Sewer * Gas<br />

614-633-9694<br />

CHRIS’<br />


“Plumbing & Drain Professional<br />

That You Can Count On”<br />

24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week<br />

No Overtime Charges<br />

24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &<br />

Drain Cleaning Field<br />

Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

$100.00 For Any Small Drain<br />

614-622-4482<br />

30% OFF with AD<br />

4/2 A<br />



614-732-7852<br />

POOL/SPA<br />


K&L Spa Cleaning<br />

Hot Tub Cleaning and<br />

Weekly Maintenance<br />

Keith 614-316-9809<br />



Any house wash $149+tax<br />

Single deck $69+tax<br />

2 Tier deck $99+tax<br />

Best Wash in Town<br />

Over 45,000 washes<br />

Ashley 614-771-3892<br />

ABURTO<br />


•Homes •Roofs •Gutters<br />

•Driveways •Sidewalks<br />

•Parking Lots<br />

Quality • Free Estimates<br />

Competitive Prices<br />

614-927-8968<br />



&REPAIRS<br />

30 yrs exp. Lifetime Cols<br />

Resident. Reas. Rates.<br />

Dennis Robinson<br />

614-330-3087, 732-3100<br />


ROOFER<br />

BBB “A+” Rating<br />

All Types of Roof Repairs<br />

• New Roof Installation<br />

• Flashing<br />

• Chimneys Rebuilt<br />

• Flat Roof Specialist<br />

• Roof Replacement<br />

avail. upon request<br />

All Work Guaranteed<br />

614-352-7057<br />

retired-roofer.com<br />

Free Estimates<br />


REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

in your home. $49.95 all<br />

work gtd. 614-890-5296<br />


A-1 QUALITY<br />


Family Owned<br />

614-596-9504<br />

Insured - Free Est.<br />

Warren Brewer Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

1/8<br />

A&M<br />

• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568<br />

4/16 A&M<br />

4/16 W/SW

PAGE 20 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>March</strong> 26, <strong>2023</strong><br />

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 TH @ 12:05 PM<br />

<br />

<br />


<br />

Tickets are $6 RESERVED and $5 BLEACHER SEATING<br />


<br />

Make checks/money orders payable to Columbus Clippers and mail to:<br />

<br />

<br />

Columbus Clippers Aenon: Spencer Harrison<br />

330 <br />

Hunngton Park Lane, Columbus, OH 43215<br />

Orders <br />

can be emailed to sharrison@clippersbaseball.com<br />

For cket quesons, call (614) 462­5250<br />

Ticket orders must be received by the Clippers before June 1st, <strong>2023</strong><br />

<br />

www.clippersbaseball.com<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Water woes discussed at board meeting<br />

By Hannah Poling<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Pleasant Township residents attended<br />

the <strong>March</strong> 14 meeting of the Pleasant<br />

Township trustees to discuss drainage and<br />

flooding issues on Seaman Road.<br />

According to Rob Graham, with all of<br />

the rain that has come down lately, it has<br />

been collecting in his and his neighbor’s<br />

yards. He said that if one more inch of rain<br />

accumulated, their basements would have<br />

been underwater. The water from the road<br />

reportedly collects in Graham’s yard.<br />

“My yard is kind of a collecting point.<br />

All of the water in that has to go to the field<br />

tile,” Graham said.<br />

The resident said that he previously<br />

tried to have this issue addressed, however<br />

a former trustees said it was too expensive<br />

to cut the road.<br />

Graham cited two other incidents<br />

S.A.L.T. at Evans Center<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police host<br />

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together<br />

(S.A.L.T.) meetings at 1 p.m. the second<br />

Tuesday of each month at the Evans<br />

Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Adults of all ages<br />

are welcome to attend. If you would like<br />

additional information on other crime prevention<br />

programs visit police.grovecityohio.gov<br />

or call 614-277-1765.<br />

community events<br />

though where “they’ve cut the road less<br />

than a quarter mile from me.”<br />

Road Superintendent Robert Bausch<br />

said, “I have no problem cutting the road.”<br />

Bausch said that he has taken the elevation<br />

of the drain in front of Graham’s<br />

property and there is not enough cover to<br />

put a standard cross-over pipe of either<br />

plastic or concrete. However, Bausch said<br />

if he went down Seaman Road, he would<br />

have plenty of coverage.<br />

Bausch plans to update the catch basin<br />

to a nine-inch lid and raise it two inches to<br />

also help address the issue. He said that<br />

will raise it enough so water can flow out<br />

on heavy rain events, but not let animals<br />

get in there.<br />

Graham said he is okay with his yard<br />

being flooded, but only to a point.<br />

Bausch said he is going to look into a<br />

few options to try to resolve the problem.<br />

Century Village open house<br />

The Southwest Franklin County<br />

Historical Society welcomes groups and<br />

individuals to Century Village, 4185<br />

Orders Road. Tour the historic log house<br />

and school from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth<br />

Saturday of each month, May through<br />

September. For more information or to<br />

schedule a visit to Century Village, contact<br />

Steve Jackson at 614-871-0081.<br />

DestinationOutlets.com<br />

800-213-9083<br />

8000 Factory Shops Blvd.<br />

Jeffersonville, OH 43128<br />



e magic of music<br />

Members of the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> High School marching band had the opportunity to perform<br />

at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. from <strong>March</strong> 16-21. Here, the band members<br />

take part in a musical parade at Magic Kingdom Park.

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