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<strong>April</strong> 23 - May 6, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 21<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

considers levy options<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Board of<br />

Education is considering its options for<br />

placing an operating levy on the ballot<br />

because inflation is causing the district’s<br />

expenses to outpace flat revenues.<br />

At the <strong>April</strong> 10 board of education meeting,<br />

Treasurer Felicia Drummey said “the<br />

cost of the services we are providing to our<br />

students is greater than the revenue being<br />

provided.” She said this revenue gap will<br />

grow to $6.9 million next year and $9.6<br />

million the following year.<br />

She said to ensure the district has the<br />

necessary resources to keep up its services<br />

to students and provide additional safety<br />

measures the district needs to close the<br />

revenue gap, which includes: spending<br />

reductions, renewing the expiring levy,<br />

and passing a new additional levy, or a<br />

combination of these actions.<br />

“Current revenue cannot sustain the<br />

services that our parents and community<br />

expect for students” said Drummey. “The<br />

earlier we impact spending and revenue<br />

patterns, the less impactful other corrective<br />

remedies would have on students,<br />

whether its spending reductions or new<br />

levies. We have been judicious in our historical<br />

spending by fully utilizing federal<br />

grants.”<br />

She said the board could consider $4<br />

million to $6 million in spending reductions<br />

to balance the operating budget,<br />

depending on the board’s comfort level in<br />

reducing services.<br />

Earlier this year Drummey noted that<br />

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probable outcomes of new laws when<br />

reviewing the overall financial picture.<br />

The district hasn’t received any new<br />

money since the expiring 6.68 mill current<br />

expense levy was first approved by voters<br />

nearly 10 years ago in 2014. This “no new<br />

taxes” levy was renewed by 67.35 percent<br />

of voters in 2019.<br />

The earliest the district’s existing fiveyear<br />

renewal general operating levy, which<br />

will expire in 2024, can be placed on the<br />

ballot is November <strong>2023</strong>. If it is approved,<br />

the district would receive half the funds it<br />

generates in 2025 and the remainder in<br />

2026.<br />

According to information provided by<br />

the Bricker and Eckler law firm to the district,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison has the second<br />

lowest effective millage rate out of 17<br />

Franklin County school districts.<br />

Effective millage is the rate actually<br />

levied on a property. Once a levy is<br />

approved, a district cannot collect any<br />

additional money due to a valuation<br />

increase from reappraisals or triennial<br />

update on that levy. Residents of the district<br />

benefit from the high commercial tax<br />

base by sharing the tax burden almost<br />

equally.<br />

As of fiscal year 2022, the district<br />

receives 46.5 percent of its revenue from<br />

property taxes, 40.7 percent from state<br />

funding, and 12.8 percent from other<br />

sources.<br />

As a service business, salaries make up<br />

52 percent of expenditures, benefits are 23<br />

percent, and contracted services are 17<br />

percent.<br />

According to Drummey, salary expenses<br />

may increase an average of 7 percent annually.<br />

Benefits costs are also rising an average<br />

of 8.5 percent.<br />

This increase is driven by the return of<br />

previously held positions, such as teachers,<br />

nurses and counselors, to the general fund<br />

upon expiration of grant funding that sustain<br />

instructional services levels throughout<br />

the pandemic.<br />

The board and district officials are planning<br />

to hold work sessions to consider the<br />

type of levy or levies to present to voters,<br />

financial options, and ballot timing.<br />

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Photos courtesy of the city of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St., is getting new landscaping<br />

and greenery this spring. Public Service Department workers are shown here<br />

preparing the soil.<br />

New greenery at city offices<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Building is<br />

getting a fresh new spring time look.<br />

Public Service Department workers<br />

removed the old landscaping and are putting<br />

in a new variety of plants.<br />

“The previous landscape had matured<br />

and was in need of revitalization,” said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Public Service Director Brian<br />

Strayer. “One intent with the redesign<br />

was to provide enough year round appeal<br />

with the shrubbery while framing the<br />

areas that are highlighted every year<br />

with annuals. You may remember how<br />

lush the landscape was in the summer<br />

and how bare it was thru the winter. Now<br />

we hope to provide a little more balance<br />

throughout the year. We were able to repurpose<br />

some of the former landscape<br />

material at the Aquatic Center and also<br />

at the Wert’s Grove building.”<br />

Strayer said, since the building faces<br />

north, they wanted to take advantage of<br />

a morning sun/afternoon shade climate.<br />

“The front of the building will feature<br />

‘Bloomstruck’ and ‘Pistachio’ reblooming<br />

Hydrangea,” said Strayer. “‘Mr. Bowling<br />

Ball’ Arborvitae and ‘Boxwood’ will frame<br />

the middle of the landscape. The wind<br />

protected area adjacent to the entry<br />

doors should provide an ideal climate for<br />

Workers remove a sign posts to make<br />

room for new plants.<br />

‘Rhododendron’ and ‘Azalea.’ At the corner<br />

of Front and Blacklick streets we<br />

planted a ‘Kousa Dogwood’ surrounded<br />

by ‘Little Henry Virginia Sweetspire.’”<br />

City workers just started the plug<br />

trays recently in the city’s greenhouse.<br />

“The annuals should be ready around<br />

mid-May for planting at the municipal<br />

building as well as the rest of our landscape<br />

beds,” said Strayer. “The shrubbery<br />

(for the municipal building project) came<br />

from area nurseries. Shrub material will<br />

be completed soon and the annuals will<br />

be planted in mid-May.”<br />

According to Strayer, the landscape<br />

material for this project cost approximately<br />

$3,500. The project was budgeted<br />

in late 2022 as part of the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Parks operating budget.

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Time to shear the sheep<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

Spring means it’s time to shear the sheep.<br />

At Slate Run Living Historical Farm, located at<br />

1375 State Route 674 North near Canal Winchester,<br />

they do this rite of spring 1880s style.<br />

In the 19th century, most farmers used hand shears<br />

to do the job. But many also used a hand powered<br />

shearing machine, which would quickly pay for itself if<br />

wool prices were high. Plus, a hand powered shearing<br />

machine was faster and removed more wool than hand<br />

shears. However, both methods were time consuming.<br />

Today, a skilled shearer using electric clippers can<br />

shear a sheep in around five minutes.<br />

At Slate Run Living Historical Farm, the farmers<br />

use a hand powered shearing machine where one person<br />

turns the crank to power the clippers while another<br />

does the shearing.<br />

Dave Trotter, a farmer at Slate Run Living<br />

Historical Farm, gave a sheep shearing demonstration<br />

to a large crowd at the farm on <strong>April</strong> 13. He brought a<br />

ewe from the barn and held it firmly. It proved to be a<br />

bit of a wrestling match, but Trotter was in control.<br />

“Imagine trying to give a haircut to someone who is<br />

squirming around,” Trotter told the crowd.<br />

Another farmer turned the crank and Trotter went<br />

to his task.<br />

“We’ll first take a little off the top,” he joked as he<br />

sheared the ewe’s head.<br />

He noted the wool is a little more matted around the<br />

sheep’s legs than on other areas of its body. He added<br />

that this ewe had recently given birth, so she was<br />

already partially sheared around her belly so her<br />

udders would be more easily accessible to the newborn<br />

lambs.<br />

As he sheared off the wool, small bits of blood<br />

appeared on the ewe. He said small nicks from the clippers<br />

are unavoidable because the sheep squirms as it<br />

is being sheared.<br />

“Sheep produce lanolin (wool grease) naturally,<br />

which helps these nicks heal,” said Trotter.<br />

Trotter did his work swiftly and efficiently with<br />

most of the eight to 10 pounds of wool from the ewe<br />

being sheared off in one piece, which makes it more<br />

valuable to buyers. Slate Run Living Historical Farm<br />

then sells the wool.<br />

Trotter said the farm raises Merino sheep, which<br />

produce a fine, soft wool that is usually used in clothing.<br />

“Merino wool has small fibers and it is not itchy,<br />

which is very desirable,” said Trotter. “Wool has barbs<br />

on it and a thick wool can feel itchy.”<br />

Breeds, such as Leicester, produce thicker, coarser<br />

wool that is used for things like worsted materials or<br />

as batting or for flannels. The South-Down breed produces<br />

a middle wool that can be used in things such as<br />

flannels and carpets.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police statistics<br />

March crime statistics, according to the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police: 27 arrests, 8 accidents, 6 assaults, 2 burglaries,<br />

4 domestic disputes, 5 domestic violence, 1 OVI and<br />

alcohol, 10 thefts/robberies, 1 stolen/unauthorized use,<br />

2 missing persons, 2 weapon related calls, 3 narcotic<br />

related offenses, 5 threats, 3 vandalism, 9 juvenile<br />

complaints, 141 traffic citations, 1 sex related crime,<br />

24 school related calls, 1 suspicious vehicles/persons,<br />

6 suicide attempts/mental health calls.<br />

police statistics<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Slate Run Living Historical Farm’s Dave Trotter<br />

shears a sheep 1880s style using a hand powered<br />

shearing machine. Trotter works the clippers while<br />

another farm worker turns the crank to power the<br />

machine.<br />

Champion sheep shearer<br />

Grant Watkins, born in 1883 in his parents’ log<br />

cabin in Madison Township, was renowned for his<br />

skills as a cowboy and sheep shearer. He went to<br />

California at a young age where he worked herding<br />

cattle and busting broncos. While in Nevada in 1903,<br />

he developed an interest in sheep shearing, which led<br />

to a long career as a champion sheep shearer. He<br />

once sheared 307 sheep in one day. In 1928 he<br />

sheared 10,049 sheep and throughout his lifetime he<br />

is believed to have sheared more than 600,000<br />

sheep. Though his work as a sheep shearer took him<br />

throughout the United States and the world, he maintained<br />

a home in <strong>Groveport</strong> and a farm in Madison<br />

Township. He lived to be 81 years old passing away in<br />

1964.<br />

(Information courtesy of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage<br />

Museum.)<br />

Visit metroparks.net for information on Slate Run<br />

Living Historical Farm and other parks.<br />

Township Police statistics<br />

March crime statistics from the Madison Township<br />

Police: 3 assaults, 8 auto accidents with injuries, 19<br />

auto accidents non-injuries, 9 animal complaints, 99<br />

Brobst Park security checks, 2 burglaries, 3 burglaries<br />

in progress, 18 domestic complaints, 7 fights, 2<br />

impaired driving arrest, 26 juvenile complaints, 5 larceny/theft,<br />

4 missing persons, 2 narcotics complaints,<br />

33 parking violations, 4 person with gun, 8 shots fired<br />

in area, 2 stolen vehicles, 5 suicide attempts, 64 suspicious<br />

persons/vehicles 11 threats or harassment, 62<br />

tickets issued, 3 vandalism.

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City and Heritage Society<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

team up for signage<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> and the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage Society plan to work together to<br />

promote the city’s history.<br />

“We’d like to provide a simple means for<br />

visitors and residents to learn about<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s history,” said Carla Cramer of<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Society at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council’s <strong>April</strong> 10 meeting.<br />

The heritage society wants to see special<br />

signage at the city’s main entrance<br />

roads denoting <strong>Groveport</strong> as an “historic<br />

canal town.” The group hopes to erect historical<br />

description features signage about<br />

the town at five different sites including<br />

Blacklick Park, the Sharp’s Landing building<br />

near Heritage Park, Ohio and Erie<br />

Canal Lock 22, the proposed pocket park at<br />

Main and Front streets, and in the parking<br />

lot behind Ace Hardware. Other sites could<br />

also be determined in the future.<br />

These historical description features<br />

signs would include a map, photos, and<br />

concise, easy to absorb historical text. The<br />

features signage could highlight the town’s<br />

history as a port on the Ohio and Erie<br />

Canal and other historical topics.<br />

Cramer said additional directional signage<br />

could be installed to show visitors<br />

how to reach Lock 22 down the path from<br />

Blacklick Park or from <strong>Groveport</strong> Park.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Law Director Kevin Shannon<br />

said legislation could be brought forth at<br />

council’s <strong>April</strong> 24 meeting authorizing City<br />

Administrator B.J. King to enter into a<br />

licensing agreement with the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage Society to allow the placing of the<br />

historical feature signage on city properties.<br />

Once the licensing agreement is in<br />

place, then the size and the costs of the signage<br />

can be determined.<br />

Canal driving trail<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> is a stop on the 114 mile driving<br />

trail of the The Ohio & Erie Canal<br />

Southern Descent Historic District that<br />

begins at the southern edge of Buckeye<br />

Lake in Fairfield County. It includes Bibler<br />

lock 8 in Baltimore; locks 11, 12, and 13 in<br />

Lockville; lock 22 in <strong>Groveport</strong>; locks 26,<br />

27, 29, and 30 in and near Lockbourne; and<br />

remnants of the Columbus Feeder just<br />

west of Lockbourne in Franklin County.<br />

In Pickaway County the trail passes<br />

lock 31 in Millport and includes Canal<br />

Park in Circleville. In Scioto County the<br />

trail continues south through Rushtown at<br />

lock 48 and lock 50 in West Portsmouth<br />

and ends at lock 55, west of downtown<br />

Portsmouth at the Ohio River.<br />

The locks’ function was to raise and<br />

lower water levels for canal boats to meet<br />

the changing level of terrain.<br />

Cramer said the historical signage will<br />

help residents and visitors learn the story<br />

of this important 19th century transportation<br />

route as they follow the driving trail.<br />

Signage provides continuity and connectivity<br />

along the trail for visitors.<br />

Canal history<br />

The Ohio and Erie Canal was completed<br />

between 1827-32 and wound 308 miles<br />

through Ohio connecting Lake Erie at<br />

Cleveland to the Ohio River in Portsmouth.<br />

The canal, a man-made waterway that was<br />

an engineering marvel, was built to<br />

enhance transportation and shipping in<br />

the state. The canal system operated until<br />

the early 20th century.<br />

Lock 22 in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Lock 22 in <strong>Groveport</strong> is about 192-<br />

years-old and is made of sandstone block.<br />

Its overall length is 117 feet and its chamber<br />

is 90 feet long and 16 feet wide.<br />

The lock is owned and maintained by<br />

the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> and is located in the<br />

northern part of <strong>Groveport</strong> Park. It is<br />

accessible from <strong>Groveport</strong> Park and<br />

Blacklick Park.<br />

The canal channel is still visible near<br />

Lock 22 as well as in <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Blacklick<br />

Park. Additionally, a dry dock and canal<br />

boatyard operated in the 1800s in what is<br />

now Blacklick Park. The canal operated in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> from 1831 to the early 1900s<br />

and the transportation opportunities it<br />

offered for shipping and travel were a significant<br />

factor in the economic development<br />

and growth of the city.<br />

Cruiser track highlights<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School senior<br />

track athlete Sean Callahan is currently<br />

rated first in the state of Ohio in the boys<br />

200 meters.<br />

He has posted a time of 21.56 seconds<br />

which is the fastest posted time in the<br />

state thus far. Callahan is also one of the<br />

top track athletes in the state in the 100<br />

meters. He posted a time of 10.82 seconds<br />

at the New Albany invitational.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison boys 4x100<br />

meters relay team is currently rated number<br />

four in the state of Ohio posting an official<br />

time of 42.28 seconds.<br />

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Police history exhibit<br />

This heritage of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police is<br />

being celebrated with “The History of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police” exhibit at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Town Hall, 648 Main St. The exhibit,<br />

which is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.<br />

to 4 p.m, is on display throughout <strong>April</strong><br />

and May. The exhibit features photos, uniforms,<br />

equipment, artifacts, documents,<br />

and more.<br />

Arbor Day in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> will hold Arbor<br />

Day events on <strong>April</strong> 28 at 1:30 p.m. at<br />

Glendening Elementary and at 2:30 p.m.<br />

at <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary.<br />

Garden Club plant auction<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club will hold its<br />

annual plant auction sale on May 9 at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran Church, 6014<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road (across from Kroger).<br />

Refreshments at 6 p.m. with the plant auction<br />

starting at 6:30 p.m. Come see the<br />

variety of plants available!<br />

Tea and symphony<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall, 648 Main St., will<br />

host Tea Tasting with the Columbus<br />

Symphony Orchestra on May 6 from 10:30<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> history films<br />

Two documentary films on the history<br />

of <strong>Groveport</strong>, produced by the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

now available for viewing online on<br />

YouTube.The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: A<br />

Town and Its People” and “The Story of<br />

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”<br />

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Life a century ago in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

So, what was <strong>Groveport</strong> like in 1923?<br />

According to Census figures, <strong>Groveport</strong> was a village of around 671<br />

people in 1923, which was only up from 643 in 1910. (<strong>Groveport</strong>’s population<br />

would not reach 1,000 residents until 1940. Today there are<br />

about 6,000 residents in <strong>Groveport</strong>.)<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s mayor<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

was Milo Harrison,<br />

who was in his second<br />

term in 1923. The<br />

town’s borders were compact in 1923 with the<br />

western border being just beyond West Street,<br />

Wirt/Rohr Road as the southern border, the<br />

eastern border just east of the school, and the<br />

railroad as the northern border.<br />

The town remained primarily a farming<br />

community with many businesses geared to the<br />

agrarian economy. People in town kept livestock<br />

such as horses, chickens, pigs, sheep,<br />

cows, ducks, and geese in their backyard stables,<br />

barns, and coops. Some people still used<br />

horse drawn carriages or wagons to get around,<br />

but cars and buses were becoming a common as<br />

were businesses that sold and maintained automobiles.<br />

The rattle of cars quickly drowned out<br />

the sounds of creaking wagons and clomping hooves.<br />

For most of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s history up to that time, residents worked<br />

in town or on neighboring farms because distance and slow transportation<br />

dictated it. However, in the 1920s that isolation was being<br />

overcome as more and more people began to become commuters to<br />

jobs in Columbus and elsewhere by hopping in their cars or riding the<br />

Scioto Valley Traction Line, the third rail electric interurban railway<br />

that passed through town on Blacklick Street.<br />

Only Front Street, Main Street, and College Street were paved.<br />

The side streets and alleys were dirt paths. A big project in 1923 was<br />

paving Blacklick Street with brick.<br />

The town had no water system yet, so people used wells for drinking<br />

water. Outhouses were in use since there was no sewer system.<br />

Other technologies took hold as electricity and telephones were available.<br />

The beginnings of commercial radio gave <strong>Groveport</strong> residents an<br />

instant ear to the world.<br />

The Ohio and Erie Canal, which helped <strong>Groveport</strong> prosper in the<br />

19th century, was eclipsed by modern transportation. The canal fell<br />

into disuse and was drained of water about a decade earlier and the<br />

Photo courtesy of the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum<br />

e old<br />

high school<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

iron bridges on Main Street and College Street dismantled. Most of<br />

the canal channel south of Main Street was filled with dirt and trash<br />

by 1923.<br />

A significant change in the town’s landscape was the construction<br />

of <strong>Groveport</strong> School (now <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary), which began in<br />

1923 and was completed in 1924. The $225,000, three story, brick<br />

school was built on the eastern edge of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s downtown on pasture<br />

land just west of the Elmont Hotel, which sat where <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Middle School Central now stands.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> School replaced the school that was built in 1884 and<br />

was located on College Street near what is now Naomi Court. The last<br />

class to graduate from the College Street school was the class of 1924.<br />

The new <strong>Groveport</strong> School opened in the fall of 1924 and its first graduating<br />

class was the class of 1925.<br />

The new <strong>Groveport</strong> School featured its own auditorium and gymnasium,<br />

which meant school plays and basketball games now longer<br />

had to be held in the second floor ballroom of <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall.<br />

The Elmont Hotel was still in its heyday in the 1920s as a showplace<br />

that attracted visitors from around Central Ohio and beyond as<br />

a place to stay and to hold events.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> in the 21st century is a town blessed with many public<br />

parks, but in 1923 there were no public parks yet in town.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> in 1923 had a variety of businesses, including: North<br />

Brothers Grain; Williams Hardware; Oasis Restaurant; The<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Bank (which advertised that it held $45,000 in capital and<br />

surplus); Meuser and Imhoff Grocery; B.L. Peer Insurance; <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Lumber Company; B.F. Dildine General Merchandise and Grocery;<br />

H.J. Rostofer Fancy Groceries and General Merchandise; C.A. Rager<br />

Garage (featuring Buick Laboratory and Service, batteries, gas, oil,<br />

tires, etc.); W.K. Black, physician and surgeon; Claude Mills Farm<br />

Market; T.E. Redman and Sons (roofing, furnaces); <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Creamery and Ice; <strong>Groveport</strong> Drug Store; Weber Brothers Garage<br />

(dealing in Hudson, Essex, Dodge cars and trucks as well as tires,<br />

etc.); A.E. Raver Groceries , featuring “Ice Cream, and Fresh and<br />

Cured Meats of All Kinds”; William Leyshon selling grain, feeds,<br />

seeds, tile, fence posts, lime, salt, and coal; and Jenkins Motor Sales<br />

(Lincoln and Ford autos).<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> in 1923 appears, like many Ohio small towns of the era,<br />

to have been a quiet farming town poised to tap into the coming world<br />

of modern communications and transportation and the growth that<br />

would come with change and impact the culture.<br />

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>.<br />

This is how the old<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

School on South Hamilton<br />

Road looked in 1974. The<br />

then more than 50-yearold<br />

building was demolished<br />

in 2018 to make way<br />

for the new, current high<br />

school. The school in its<br />

first few years, while it<br />

was being constructed,<br />

served as a junior high<br />

school. It became the high school in the 1970-71 school year and served as such until its demolition. The school had its quirks.<br />

The parallel, two “main” hallways in the sprawling building were quite long. The gym was smaller than the massive gym in the<br />

previous high school on <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Main Street. The auditorium was not finished until well into the 1970s. But academics, the<br />

arts, and athletics flourished there. In the end, a school is just a place. But it is a place that provides the common shared experience<br />

and bonds upon which people build their lives and community.

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Boy Scout Troop 71<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> area scouts of Boy Scout<br />

Troop 71 meet at <strong>Groveport</strong> United<br />

Methodist Church, 512 Main St. Cub<br />

Scouts, boys and girls in grades K-5, meet<br />

on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.<br />

Boy Scouts ages 11-18 meet Tuesdays at<br />

7 p.m. The Girls Troop ages 11-18 meets<br />

Tuesdays at 7 p.m.<br />

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Intel Is Coming. What It<br />

Means for You<br />

Not one day has passed since I took office in January<br />

that I have not heard conversations about<br />

the impact that Intel will have on Ohio. Many<br />

have contacted my office, looking for ways to get<br />

involved. Intel has publicly expressed interest in<br />

building a talent pipeline to put Ohio on the map<br />

for the tech industry. Intel brings the largest investment<br />

in Ohio history with 20 billion dollars<br />

to build two fabrication centers to make semiconductor<br />

chips. Once operational, there will be<br />

3000 jobs on-site and up to 7000 construction<br />

jobs over the course of the next 3-4 years.<br />

I launched a new podcast called D3 Live to share<br />

resources I learned about that positively impact<br />

District 3 residents. My first guest was Kevin Hoggatt,<br />

Intel’s Director of State Government Affairs<br />

for Ohio sat down and answered frequently<br />

asked questions that address what is happening<br />

now and how you can get involved.<br />

It’s important to know that Intel is investing 50<br />

million in workforce education centers statewide<br />

to increase the talent pipeline. I was impressed<br />

when I learned that Intel’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger<br />

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Intel is creating great opportunities for others<br />

with similar educational backgrounds. Kevin expressed<br />

that “70% of the workers will only need<br />

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Intel is excited to work with Columbus State and<br />

other schools to develop a curriculum that prepares<br />

students to grow with the company.<br />

In addition to the jobs, our small businesses need<br />

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3rd party certification. Intel has been in Ohio for<br />

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as Intel is growing from building materials to operations<br />

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Results Matter, so act now to get prepared. Stay<br />

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Police respond to large fight at high school<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Editor<br />

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Seventeen police officers from different law enforcement agencies<br />

responded to fights involving about a dozen students at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School March 31.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police view<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh Short, the incident<br />

began with three girl students fighting in the bus loading area at<br />

the end of the school day. School staff and resource officers broke<br />

up that fight and, as they were walking the students to the office,<br />

another larger fight, consisting of mostly male students, broke out<br />

only a few feet away. The Madison Township resource officer was<br />

punched by a female student. The officer called for support on the<br />

police radio.<br />

“At least 12 (students) were actively involved in fighting and<br />

dozens more were in and around the area recording and encouraging<br />

the participants,” said Short. “What people often discount is<br />

that an incident like this also requires involvement from dozens of<br />

school staff, not just to break up the fight, but to try to maintain<br />

order afterwards. School staff then has to babysit rather than<br />

teach, counsel, assist, coach, etc.”<br />

Short said multiple officers remained on the scene for over an<br />

hour to keep students separated while staff struggled to contact<br />

parents.<br />

“In a lot of these incidents, when the school is able to get a parent<br />

to show up to pick up their student, the parent becomes confrontational<br />

as well,” said Short.<br />

Some students were checked by medics for minor cuts and<br />

bruises, but no significant injuries were reported.<br />

Short said 17 officers from <strong>Groveport</strong> Police and Madison<br />

Township Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded<br />

to the scene.<br />

“When the officer called for help on the radio, it sounded like a<br />

chaotic, violent mess in the background,” said Short. “It has gotten<br />

to the point that, whenever one of our resource officers calls for<br />

help at the high school, nearly every available car in the zone will<br />

respond because the incidents there have been so volatile.”<br />

Short could confirm that one female student was charged with<br />

assault on a police officer and taken to juvenile detention.<br />

“We are still reviewing video and interviewing staff and students<br />

about the incident,” said Short. “At this time, we have at<br />

least nine other students that face criminal charges, which could<br />

be disorderly conduct or potentially something more severe.”<br />

However, Short said police are having difficulties in communication<br />

with the Franklin County Juvenile Court system as to the<br />

most appropriate charges.<br />

“We had recently filed charges, for a previous incident, that we<br />

felt were appropriate but were summarily dismissed by the juvenile<br />

court,” said Short. “We have not been able to get a return call<br />

or email, despite multiple attempts, for clarification as to why the<br />

charges were dismissed. Unfortunately, it seems over the past<br />

year or so that Franklin County’s Juvenile Court system’s definition<br />

of justice is vastly different than ours on the enforcement<br />

end.”<br />

When asked, besides the school district’s ongoing efforts to curtail<br />

such incidents, what else can be done to solve these problems,<br />

Short said, “This keeps happening because there is no fear of consequences<br />

by the student. There is often no fear of consequences at<br />

home, school, in criminal court or a combination of those.”<br />

He said, to affect any real change, the district would need to<br />

commit to serious and consistent enforcement of its code of conduct<br />

and simple school rules and decorum.<br />

“It all starts with the little things,” said Short. “If students<br />

refuse to follow basic rules they are not going to care about civility.<br />

If the district, in being handcuffed in that regard by state laws,<br />

then perhaps those need to be revisited as well. This would need<br />

to be backed up by a juvenile court system that holds offenders<br />

accountable with serious penalties and not an overwhelming<br />

desire to plea down or dismiss so many cases. It’s difficult to cure<br />

a fight culture in the school when students that fight are allowed<br />

back in the school.”<br />

Madison Township officer was struck<br />

According to Madison Township Police Chief Gary York,<br />

Madison Township School Resource Officer Brian Schwotzer was<br />

punched in the head during the incident while he and school staff<br />

members attempted “to break up multiple pre-planned fights that<br />

occurred near the buses during dismissal.”<br />

According to York, Schwotzer grabbed one of the females who<br />

were involved in the fight and started taking her back to the<br />

school office when another fight broke out in front of the buses.<br />

“Multiple staff members were attempting to restrain the second<br />

fight,” said York. “Officer Schwotzer let go of the first female and<br />

attempted to block anyone else from getting involved when he was<br />

hit on the left side of his head with a fist by one of the students<br />

involved in the second fight because she was upset she was being<br />

restrained from fighting.”<br />

York said the juvenile was arrested and charged with assault.<br />

Schwotzer’s injury was treated on the scene.<br />

Madison Township Police Chief’s view<br />

York said, compared to the overall population at the high<br />

school, only a small percentage of students are making bad choices.<br />

“The vast majority of the young adults are there to learn, unfortunately,<br />

they are being lumped into the stigma of the ongoing<br />

incidents at the school,” said York. “If you think it is okay to display<br />

socially unacceptable behavior, fail to respect others, and<br />

their property, and refuse to obey staff and administrators, then<br />

you’ve made a bad choice with consequences that could include<br />

removal, suspension, expulsion, or permanent exclusion from<br />

school. If you think it is okay to physically assault a police officer,<br />

then you’ve made a really bad choice with immediate consequences,<br />

and those consequences will include being arrested,<br />

charged with a felony, and locked up.”<br />

York said the school district has monthly First Responder<br />

Safety and District Safety Committee meetings.<br />

“I can assure you that the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison School District,<br />

as well as the first responders, take the safety of both students and<br />

staff seriously. Solving these problems starts at home with<br />

parental interaction and guidance throughout their personal<br />

lives.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison response<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools officials sent this message to parents<br />

and guardians following the March 31 incident:<br />

“We want to make you aware that at least 10 <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School students were involved in fights as students<br />

were being dismissed this afternoon (March 31). Police responded<br />

to the school and assisted in quelling the situation. There were no<br />

injuries. We will pursue appropriate disciplinary actions against<br />

those involved and it’s likely police charges will be filed. We will<br />

keep you informed of any additional developments as we conclude<br />

our investigation.”<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School will host the 129th annual<br />

Alumni Banquet on May 20 at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School,<br />

4475 S. Hamilton Road.<br />

Dinners are $25 each and will be served at 5 p.m. Reservations<br />

must be made by May 12.<br />

Make checks payable to and send to: <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Alumni Association, P.O. Box 382, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125.

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It would be unfair to say that all of the<br />

romantic comedies released in the past few<br />

years have been bad, but it would also be<br />

inaccurate to say that a majority of those<br />

movies have that special quality that<br />

makes them become a staple in the<br />

rewatch rotation.<br />

In the case of the latest addition to this<br />

genre, “Rye Lane” has that special quality<br />

and it will surely shoot up to the top of<br />

those pick-me-up comfort lists for those<br />

who have the chance to see it on Hulu.<br />

To be clear, there is nothing wildly outof-the-ordinary<br />

about the plot in “Rye<br />

Lane” — after all, it still follows that wellworn<br />

path of opposites meetings, opposites<br />

attracting, and then opposites being pulled<br />

apart through complications of their own<br />

making — but the story of those two opposites<br />

unfolds in such a vibrant and joyous<br />

way that you cannot help but fall in love<br />

with the duo and the movie despite how little<br />

the action veers from the tried and true<br />

formula of its predecessors in the genre.<br />

At the center of this romantic comedy is<br />

Dom (David Jonsson), a semi-successful<br />

twenty-something who is still reeling from<br />

the sudden end of his six-year relationship<br />

with his “dream woman.” Since the split —<br />

which involved a betrayal with his best<br />

friend since childhood — Dom has done little<br />

with his life other than go to work and<br />

gorge on sausage rolls from his favorite<br />

diner in South London, but an art exhibit<br />

that showcases the importance of the<br />

mouth - “it’s the Stonehenge of the face,”<br />

says his exhibitor friend — finally gets him<br />

out of his parent’s house.<br />

As he is browsing the pictures of a<br />

stranger’s teeth, he checks his phone and<br />

sees that his ex-girlfriend Gia (Karene<br />

Peter) and his ex-best friend Eric<br />

(Benjamin Sarpong-Broni) have repainted<br />

the walls that he spent months “breaking<br />

his back” doing.<br />

The evidence of them moving on, essentially<br />

erasing his presence from the flat,<br />

sends him to the bathroom so he can have<br />

a private moment.<br />

His private moment — which involves<br />

him sobbing hysterically — is interrupted<br />

by the sound of someone peeing in the unisex<br />

stall next to his. Profoundly apologetic<br />

for the awkwardness, Yas (Vivian Oparah)<br />

asks him if he needs help with anything<br />

but Dom essentially tells her to finish up<br />

and move on.<br />

A bit later, Yas strikes up a conversation<br />

with the more collected Dom and the<br />

two have such an easy rapport that they<br />

decide to keep it going outside of the<br />

mouth-filled walls.<br />

This action takes the audience to the<br />

places in London we rarely get to see in the<br />

cinema, and director Raine Allen-Miller<br />

makes all of these charming and romantic<br />

nooks that are prevalent in South London<br />

secondary characters in the movie. These<br />

places are as colorful and vibrant as Dom<br />

entertainment<br />

Not an ordinary rom-com<br />

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Not so surprising given the<br />

tone in the rest of the movie, their<br />

conflict also feels real and is easily<br />

something any one of us could<br />

get caught up in as we try to make<br />

a positive impression on others.<br />

and Yas, both opening<br />

up and sharing their<br />

tales of woe with their<br />

most recent relationships<br />

and bonding over<br />

their love for all of<br />

these spots throughout<br />

Peckham and<br />

Brixton.<br />

There are multiple<br />

factors that make<br />

these scenes so special.<br />

There are the conversations, which<br />

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there are the locations that I mentioned, so<br />

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It has long been said that romantic<br />

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little glances at the other when they think<br />

they are not being observed.<br />

Although we are treated to so many<br />

cute moments between these opposites —<br />

Dom is quiet and sensitive and wears his<br />

heart on his sleeve while Yas is a bit more<br />

guarded in every facet of her life — any<br />

romantic comedy fan knows that there is<br />

the inevitable conflict that could keep<br />

them apart.<br />

Not so surprising given the tone in the<br />

rest of the movie, their conflict also feels<br />

real and is easily something any one of us<br />

could get caught up in as we try to make a<br />

positive impression on others.<br />

While there are some gripes to be had<br />

with the film, such as the underdevelopment<br />

of the secondary characters, “Rye<br />

Lane” is a wonderful and uplifting film<br />

that will pretty much make you laugh and<br />

smile throughout its scant 82 minute runtime.<br />

It is not as over the top or as fantastical<br />

as other romantic comedies, but it is real<br />

and magical all at the same time.<br />

Grade: A-<br />

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and columnist.<br />

Culinary students prepare<br />

for state competition<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> FCCLA regional competitions<br />

have been completed and students from<br />

the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical<br />

Schools Culinary Arts program represented<br />

well. Sixteen EFCTS students have<br />

advanced to the FCCLA state competition,<br />

which will be held on <strong>April</strong> 23.<br />

The regional competition was held at<br />

Eastland Career Center on March 11 and<br />

welcomed additional career technical centers<br />

from around the area to compete.<br />

Students from the Eastland-Fairfield<br />

Culinary Arts program accounted for 16<br />

state qualifiers and 20 who claimed Gold,<br />

Silver, or Bronze status.<br />

State qualifiers in Culinary events com-<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

peted on <strong>April</strong> 22 at Columbus State<br />

Community College. Those engaging in<br />

Career Development events will compete<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27-28 during the state leadership<br />

conference at the Ohio Expo Center.<br />

A list of local state qualifiers and Gold,<br />

Silver, or Bronze finishers is below.<br />

Culinary Math Management: Bethany<br />

Engle (Sr., Canal Winchester) - Silver;<br />

Garde Manger: Ryan Traylor (Jr.,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison) - Gold; Product<br />

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How to drive more efficiently<br />

Drivers who want to drive more efficiently<br />

can implement a variety of strategies<br />

to do just that.<br />

•Obey the speed limits. The EPA notes<br />

that miles per gallon begins to dip dramatically<br />

when vehicles travel above 55 miles<br />

per hour.<br />

•Do not idle a vehicle. The<br />

Environmental Defense Fund notes that<br />

electronic engines do not need to warm up,<br />

even in winter when temperatures are<br />

especially cold. Vehicles that are idling can<br />

produce as much pollution as vehicles that<br />

are in motion, and idling for as little as 10<br />

seconds wastes more gas than restarting<br />

the engine.<br />


Eastland-Fairfield<br />

Information Night<br />

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical<br />

Schools will host its annual Adult Workforce<br />

Development Information Night on <strong>April</strong> 27, giving<br />

area residents the opportunity to explore programs<br />

that prepare adult students for careers in<br />

the medical field, the trades, and law enforcement.<br />

The Adult Workforce Information Night will<br />

be held at Eastland Career Center and Fairfield<br />

Career Center at 6:30 p.m. on <strong>April</strong> 27. Those<br />

attending the event will have the opportunity to<br />

learn about the programs Eastland-Fairfield offers<br />

to adult students, tour the campus and training<br />

facilities, meet instructors and staff, and ask any<br />

questions. Interested individuals are encouraged<br />

to visit the campus where your program or programs<br />

of interest are located.<br />

Programs offered at Eastland Career Center in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> include: Welding, HVAC, Plumbing,<br />

Facilities Maintenance, Basic Police Officer<br />

Training *, State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA),<br />

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN, upon approval),<br />

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)<br />

^, High School Equivalency ^, Coding & Game<br />

•Use cruise control wisely. While that is<br />

an effective and fuel-efficient way to maintain<br />

steady speeds, turn cruise control off<br />

when traversing roads with steep hills. On<br />

such roads, fuel efficiency can be lost<br />

because the vehicle engine is working<br />

harder to maintain steady speeds.<br />

•Tighten the gas cap. When gas caps<br />

are loose, fuel evaporates. The Car Care<br />

Council notes that loose, missing or damaged<br />

gas caps contribute to the evaporation<br />

of roughly 147 million gallons of gas per<br />

year. That’s both wasteful and costly.<br />

When filling up at the gas station, turn the<br />

cap until your hear it click.<br />

Development ^.<br />

Programs offered at Fairfield Career Center in<br />

Carroll include: Dental Assisting, Medical<br />

Assisting.<br />

There is no cost to attend Information Night.<br />

Registration is encouraged, but not required. To<br />

register or for more information, please visit<br />

www.EastlandFairfield.com/AWDinfo.<br />

Any person that enrolls in a program at<br />

Information Night will have their $75 registration<br />

fee waived.<br />

Individuals that reside in any of the 16 school<br />

districts served by Eastland-Fairfield will receive<br />

a $250 tuition discount towards tuition upon<br />

enrollment into a program.<br />

Alumni of Eastland-Fairfield high school programming<br />

that enroll in an adult program will be<br />

awarded a $500 tuition discount to be used<br />

toward tuition.<br />

Financial Aid opportunities are available,<br />

including the use of veteran benefits.<br />

* indicates must be 21 years or older to enroll<br />

| ^ indicates the program is offered at no cost<br />

How to reduce maintenance costs<br />

Major repairs to a vehicle can be expensive.<br />

When unanticipated repairs are necessary,<br />

drivers’ budgets can be thrown out<br />

of whack, potentially causing a domino<br />

effect that compromises their ability to pay<br />

their bills on time.<br />

Whether your vehicle is brand new, a<br />

few years old or reaching milestones on its<br />

odometer, there are ways to care for the<br />

vehicle so you aren’t caught off guard by<br />

costly repairs down the road.<br />

•Read your owner’s manual. A vehicle<br />

owner’s manual is a great resource that<br />

can help drivers keep their cars and trucks<br />

running strong for years.<br />

Every vehicle, whether it’s purchased<br />

brand new from a dealership or preowned<br />

from a preowned dealer or private citizen,<br />

should come with an owner’s manual.<br />

Don’t worry if you purchased a preowned<br />

vehicle from a private citizen who lost the<br />

manual, as many manufacturers have<br />

manuals available for free on their websites.<br />

Print manuals may cost some money.<br />

Drivers may be able to find their manuals<br />

elsewhere online.<br />

Once you have the manual in hand or on<br />

your computer, visit the maintenance section<br />

to familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s<br />

recommended maintenance<br />

guidelines. Adhering to those guidelines is<br />

a great way to keep your car running<br />

strong for years on end, and it might just<br />

save you from the hassle of sudden expensive<br />

repairs.<br />

•Protect the engine. The engine is<br />

arguably the most expensive part of your<br />

vehicle to replace, so protecting it should<br />


Biratsis named<br />

vice president<br />

Telhio Credit Union recently announced the<br />

appointment of Nick Biratsis to the role of Vice<br />

President of Marketing.<br />

Biratsis brings to this position over 20 years of<br />

marketing and client relationship management<br />

experience, primarily in financial services. His<br />

knowledge of the industry, combined with an<br />

understanding of effectively communicating with<br />

existing and future credit union members will<br />

move the mission of Telhio forward while ensuring<br />

a high level of customer service.<br />

Biratsis spent 17 years at Alliance Data Card<br />

Services (now Bread Financial) leading teams<br />

that developed successful marketing strategies for<br />

several large credit card portfolios. An experienced<br />

leader, he has built and led teams of talented<br />

marketers and worked with a variety of partners<br />

throughout central Ohio.<br />

be a priority. Routine oil changes and oil<br />

filter replacements is a great way to protect<br />

the engine.<br />

Manufacturer guidelines vary in regard<br />

to oil change and oil filter replacement<br />

intervals, but such recommendations can<br />

be found in your manual.<br />

•Hone your DIY skills. Drivers also can<br />

save money on maintenance by doing some<br />

of their own minor vehicle repairs.<br />

YouTube is home to many DIY tutorials<br />

that can teach drivers how to change their<br />

own oil and replace the filters on their<br />

vehicles.<br />

Routine repairs are relatively easy, and<br />

many tutorials can walk you through them<br />

step-by-step. Depending on how much you<br />

drive, learning to do your own minor vehicle<br />

repairs may save you hundreds of dollars<br />

per year.<br />

•Perform routine inspections. Older<br />

vehicles may or may not alert drivers via<br />

noises or leaks that they’re in need of<br />

repair. Routine inspections of hoses,<br />

brakes and tires, which should always be<br />

properly inflated, can let drivers know if<br />

their vehicles are experiencing problems<br />

before those problems grow and become<br />

something costly.<br />

Vehicle maintenance costs tend to be<br />

most expensive when drivers ignore routine<br />

maintenance or miss signs that their<br />

cars and trucks might be struggling.<br />

By adhering to manufacturer maintenance<br />

guidelines and paying attention to<br />

their vehicles, drivers can reduce the cost<br />

of keeping their cars on the road.<br />

“Nick has a valuable<br />

blend of both B2C<br />

and B2B marketing<br />

knowledge,“ said<br />

Telhio Chief<br />

Experience Officer<br />

Jessica Bing. “His<br />

industry knowledge,<br />

s o l u t i o n - o r i e n t e d<br />

approach, and customer-first<br />

mentality Biratsis<br />

will help grow the marketing<br />

function at Telhio.”<br />

A Columbus native, Biratsis earned a bachelor’s<br />

degree from The Ohio State University<br />

Fisher College of Business, where he specialized<br />

in marketing. He resides in Columbus with his<br />


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<strong>April</strong> 23, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 9<br />

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shop sweeping, washing cars, and learning the trade. Montrose<br />

passed away in 1959 and Donald connued the business. In<br />

1962, following graduaon from high school, Tom Rutherford<br />

joined his father and two employees in operang the business.<br />

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Tom and Terry purchased the business from their father in 1977.<br />

Soon aer, they established a locaon at 601 Commerce Drive,<br />

Pickerington.<br />

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Free tire collection<br />

Residents of Madison Township are<br />

invited to a free tire collection event.<br />

Franklin County Public Health, in conjunction<br />

with Columbus Public Health, will<br />

hold the tire collection from 9 a.m. to noon<br />

on May 13 at Brobst Park, 5321<br />

Winchester Pike, Canal Winchester.<br />

The event is open to all residents of<br />

Franklin County, as well as Canal<br />

Winchester residents residing in Fairfield<br />

County. Individuals may bring up to 10<br />

rimless tires per household to the event for<br />

proper disposal at no cost to them. Only<br />

passenger vehicle tires without rims will<br />

be accepted.<br />

Tires pose a public health risk if left<br />

unattended or disposed of improperly.<br />

Tires provide the perfect location for standing<br />

water to form, creating a habitat for<br />

mosquitoes. It is on the water that the mosquito<br />

larvae grow and hatch. By properly<br />

disposing of any junk tires, potential hot<br />

spots are avoided.<br />

During the 2022 tire drive at Brobst<br />

Park, 860 tires were collected and properly<br />

disposed of through the partnering public<br />

health agencies.<br />

The event will also have free larvicide<br />

tablets for residents to take home and put<br />

in rain barrels, decorative water fixtures,<br />

and any other place with standing water to<br />

prevent mosquitoes from hatching.<br />

Residents do not need to turn in tires in<br />

order to receive the larvicide tablets.<br />

To report problem areas for mosquitoes<br />

or to request service, visit<br />

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Christ Centered, Mission Driven<br />

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Sunday Worship 11 A.M.<br />

In person service in sanctuary, or in<br />

parking lot via radio (92.7)<br />

Please visit the<br />

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of your choice.<br />

List your Worship<br />

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For info. call 614-272-5422<br />

Easter Bunny on duty<br />

Photo courtesy of the city of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

The Easter Bunny, with some assistance from <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh Short,<br />

helped direct traffic on Main Street near <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary when the school<br />

district let out for spring break.<br />

Altman to be new principal<br />

at GM High School<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools<br />

Superintendent Jamie Grube announced<br />

Jeff Altman will serve as the new principal<br />

at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School beginning<br />

this summer, pending board of education<br />

approval.<br />

“I have been impressed with Jeff's<br />

unwavering commitment to students’ academic<br />

needs, social-emotional development,<br />

and their overall health and wellbeing,”<br />

said Grube. “He is equally committed<br />

to the GMHS staff. He promotes collaboration<br />

and personal accountability and<br />

helps staff members seek creative solutions<br />

to complex situations. Jeff’s focus,<br />

determination, and welcoming nature<br />

blend perfectly to create the right environment<br />

for high school students to grow and<br />

thrive.”<br />

Altman holds a bachelor’s degree in<br />

education from Capital University and a<br />

master’s degree in educational leadership<br />

from Muskingum University.<br />

He’s served as assistant principal at<br />

GMHS since August of 2021 and was a<br />

teacher at GMHS for 12 years.<br />

“I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity,"<br />

said Altman. “I have been a lifelong<br />

Cruiser and graduated from GMHS in<br />

2003. I have learned much in my 14 years<br />

of professionally serving this community. I<br />

look forward to continuing to work with<br />

this excellent staff. Building relationships<br />

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Altman will succeed Duane Bland, who<br />

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Golden Cruiser Club<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools invites senior<br />

residents of the district to attend athletic<br />

and performing arts programs showcasing<br />

the talents of its students.<br />

The Golden Cruiser Club is a free program<br />

for residents of the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison School District who are age 60<br />

and older.<br />

Membership provides free access to all<br />

school and district sponsored athletic contests,<br />

plays, concerts, and other events.<br />

To become a member of the Golden<br />

Cruiser Club, obtain an application at<br />

www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school<br />

offices, or call (614) 492-2520.<br />

The requirements for membership are<br />

that applicants be age 60 or older and be a<br />

resident of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools.<br />


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Four students from the Eastland-<br />

Fairfield Career & Technical Schools<br />

Marketing & Logistics Management satellite<br />

program will head to Orlando, Fla., to<br />

compete at the DECA International<br />

Conference in <strong>April</strong>.<br />

The DECA state conference was held on<br />

March 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency<br />

Columbus, where nearly a dozen students<br />

represented Eastland-Fairfield and the<br />

Marketing & Logistics satellite program.<br />

Of those competing in individual events,<br />

senior Richie Saelim (<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison)<br />

emerged as the top placer after taking<br />

fourth place in the Principles of Finance<br />

category. He will advance to the DECA<br />

International Conference.<br />

Joining him in Orlando will be a team of<br />

three <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison students who<br />

built and delivered an award-worthy presentation<br />

about its operation of the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School spirit<br />

store - The Cruiser Shop. Seniors Braylan<br />

James, Jonya Russell, and Marisa Jones<br />

earned top-5 placement in the School-<br />

Based Enterprise category.<br />

The Marketing & Logistics<br />

Management program is housed at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School and is one<br />

of eight satellite programs that Eastland-<br />

Fairfield offers to 11th and 12th-grade students.<br />

The program is also the only one<br />

that belongs to the national DECA careertechnical<br />

student organization.<br />

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of<br />

America) is a global high school and collegiate<br />

student organization that prepares<br />

emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for<br />

careers in marketing, finance, hospitality,<br />

and management. DECA is a not-for-profit<br />

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members in nearly all 50 United States,<br />

Canada, Puerto Rico, and Germany.<br />

Artist’s work wins award<br />

A ceramic sculpture, titled, “Have,” by<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> artist Juliellen Byrne, was<br />

awarded the Brian Lonsway Memorial<br />

Award for Humor in Craft in the Best of<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 40th<br />

annual juried members exhibition, on view<br />

May 7 to July 8 at the Ohio Craft Museum.<br />

The “Best of <strong>2023</strong>” showcases contemporary<br />

fine craft by 70 artists. Juror Steve<br />

Smith, professor of art at Defiance College<br />

(1980—2011), selected 78 works in clay,<br />

glass, metal, wood, fiber, and mixed media<br />

from over 300 entries. Seventeen artists<br />

received awards of excellence.<br />

The exhibition opens with a May 7<br />

reception honoring award winners at the<br />

Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 West Fifth<br />

Avenue, Columbus, from 1-4 p.m. After<br />

closing at the museum on July 8, the exhibition<br />

travels to the Wassenberg Art<br />

Center in Van Wert, Ohio, where it opens<br />

Aug. 31.<br />

Ohio Craft Museum hours are:<br />

Monday—Friday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.; Saturday,<br />

11 a.m.—4 p.m. Admission and parking are<br />

free. Telephone (614) 486-4402, or visit<br />

www.ohiocraft.org for information.

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GFOA honors <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States<br />

and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement<br />

for Excellence in Financial Reporting to City of <strong>Groveport</strong> for its<br />

annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended<br />

Dec. 31, 2021. The report was judged by an impartial panel to<br />

meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating<br />

a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate<br />

its financial story and motivate potential users and user<br />

groups to read the report.<br />

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition<br />

in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting,<br />

and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment<br />

by a government and its management.<br />

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Veterans Hall of Fame<br />

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Ohio Veterans<br />

Hall of Fame is fast approaching and the organization would like<br />

to hear from those who know former service members who are<br />

excelling and making a difference in society.<br />

The Hall of Fame recognizes those who served in the U.S.<br />

Armed Forces and continue to contribute to their communities,<br />

state, and nation through exceptional acts of volunteerism, advocacy,<br />

professional distinction, public service, or philanthropy.<br />

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veterans based on recommendations from an executive committee<br />

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of Ohio.<br />

The deadline to submit nomination forms for consideration for<br />

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• Be a past or current Ohio resident<br />

• Have received an honorable discharge<br />

• Be of good moral character<br />

This Hall of Fame sets the standard for recognizing Ohio’s veterans<br />

for accomplishments beyond their military service. In addition,<br />

it is a fitting way to say “thank you for your service to our<br />

nation and thank you for your continued service to our communities.”<br />

Guidelines, a sample nomination, and more information are<br />

available at dvs.ohio.gov/hall-of-fame.<br />

Obetz Zucchinifest<br />

The Obetz Zucchinifest will be held Sept. 1 to Sept. 4 at<br />

Fortress Obetz, 2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz.<br />

The event features the Zucchini Parade, Zucchini Car Show,<br />

and free concerts showcasing live music from both local and<br />

national artists. All this while indulging in delicious zucchiniinspired<br />

dishes offered by our diverse food vendors. There will also<br />

be rides and games throughout the event.<br />

Friday’s hours will be 5-11 p.m. The car show registration is<br />

Friday when the gates open, with the car show and awards finishing<br />

up before the concert gates open.<br />

Saturday’s Zucchinifest hours will be 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.<br />

Concert gates open at 6 p.m. and Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, and All 4<br />

One will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.<br />

Sunday’s Zucchinifest hours will be 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.<br />

The parade will begin shortly after opening. There will be other<br />

entertainment before concert gates open at 6 p.m. TikTok-famous<br />

Matt Schuster will take the stage at 7 p.m. and American country<br />

rock singer and songwriter Brantley Gilbert will perform at 8:30<br />

p.m.<br />

Monday’s Zucchinifest hours will be noon through 6 p.m. More<br />

activities and entertainment and will be announced at a later<br />

date. Admission is free and no tickets are required.<br />

For information following the Zucchinifest on social media at<br />

@obetzzucchinifest and the website at obetzzucchinifest.com.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum contains photographs, artifacts,<br />

and documents about <strong>Groveport</strong>’s history. The museum is<br />

located in <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall’s operating hours. Call 614-836-3333.

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time to help us humanely manage geese<br />

populations using our border collies.<br />




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Spring on the farm<br />

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

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


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

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Columbus Clippers Aenon: Spencer Harrison<br />

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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 />

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www.clippersbaseball.com<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Rick Palsgrove<br />

When you are a farmer you have to know how to do many tasks, from handling livestock<br />

to preparing fields, planting and harvesting crops, maintaining equipment,<br />

and more. Dave Trotter, a farmer at Slate Run Living Historical Farm, is shown here<br />

preparing a horse drawn drag that will be used to smooth out the dirt clumps in the<br />

farmhouse gardens to prepare the gardens for spring planting. Once the gardens<br />

are smooth, the drag can be flipped over and used to make rows for planting. Slate<br />

Run Living Historical Farm, which recreates Ohio farm life as it was in the 1880s, is<br />

located at 1375 State Route 674 North, near Canal Winchester. Visit metroparks.net<br />

for information.<br />


ELVIS<br />

featuring<br />

Mike Albert<br />

and the Big E Band<br />

Saturday<br />

June 10, <strong>2023</strong><br />


1630 Schrock Rd.<br />

Dinner/Show Tickets $ 58.00<br />

Tickets by Phone: 614-792-3135<br />

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About a dozen piglets bunch together to keep warm on a recent chilly spring<br />

morning at Slate Run Living Historical Farm.

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