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

<strong>May</strong> 7-20, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 22<br />

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On April 24, <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools officials toured the district’s recently purchased building at<br />

4500 S. Hamilton Road that will serve as the home of the Cruiser Accel program as well as the bus garage<br />

facility. Pictured here, from left to right, are: Treasurer Felicia Drummey, Communications Director Jeff<br />

Warner, Board President LaToya Dowdell-Burger, Board Vice-President Seth Bower, Superintendent<br />

Jamie Grube, and Director of Business Services Chris Reed.<br />

Building offers possibilities<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

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

toured the district’s newly purchased building at<br />

4500 S. Hamilton Road.<br />

The first thing one notices when entering the<br />

building is its sheer size.<br />

“There’s room to grow here,” said <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Treasurer Felicia Drummey.<br />

In March, the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Board of<br />

Education authorized the $3 million purchase, from<br />

Broadstone OP Ohio LLC, of approximately 11 acres<br />

that includes a 58,324 square foot building (built in<br />

1979 with an addition in 1994) and parking areas,<br />

located at 4500 S. Hamilton Road. The property, previously<br />

used by American Electric Power, is across<br />

the road from <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School.<br />

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief<br />

Fund (ESSER) federal stimulus funds were used to<br />

purchase the building.<br />

“It’s a bargain for the amount of land and building<br />

involved,” said Drummey. “And we all love a bargain.”<br />

“It’s a beautiful building with exciting possibilities<br />

for the district,” added <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Board of Education President LaToya Dowdell-<br />

Burger. “There is space to expand to suit the needs<br />

of our students.”<br />

The intention is to make the site the new home of<br />

the district’s bus garage as well as its Cruiser Accel<br />

program. (According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools,<br />

Cruiser Accel is an alternative pathway to college<br />

and career readiness. It is designed for students for<br />

whom the traditional high school pathway is not<br />

working. Students who are disengaged, distracted,<br />

and/or deficient in the skills needed to succeed and<br />

struggle to succeed in what has been known as the<br />

traditional school setting.)<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Superintendent Jamie Grube<br />

said the cost to remodel the bus garage portion of the<br />

building will also be paid out of ESSER funding. The<br />

cost to remodel the section housing Cruiser Accel<br />

will be paid out of the district’s general fund.<br />

“We hope to do a lot of the work on the Cruiser<br />

Accel portion internally,” said Grube.<br />

The remodeling costs for both the bus garage and<br />

Cruiser Accel are still to be determined. Grube said<br />

the plan is to open Cruiser Accel in the building in<br />

August <strong>2023</strong> and the bus garage in August 2024.<br />

See BUILDING, page 2<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The issue regarding the personal use of fireworks was again<br />

launched at <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council.<br />

Under this new proposed legislation, which had its first reading<br />

at the April 24 council meeting, the city would allow the personal<br />

use of fireworks on the third, fourth, and fifth days of July.<br />

Last November, council rejected legislation, by a 4-3 vote, that<br />

would have allowed the use of personal fireworks within the city<br />

limits. Because of that action, the city’s existing law banning the<br />

use of personal fireworks within the city remained in effect. <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Lance Westcamp and council members Jean Ann Hilbert, Shawn<br />

Cleary, and Jack Rupp opposed the measure while Scott Lockett,<br />

Ed Dildine, and Becky Huston voted in favor of it.<br />

The legislation defeated in November would have made the city<br />

consistent with a state law that allows the use of personal fireworks<br />

on designated days. It would have allowed individuals to<br />

possess consumer grade fireworks and to discharge them on their<br />

own property or on another person’s property with permission the<br />

following days: New Year’s Day; Chinese New Year; Cinco de<br />

<strong>May</strong>o; Memorial Day weekend; Juneteenth; July 3, 4, and 5 and<br />

the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays preceding and following;<br />

Labor Day weekend, Diwali; and New Year’s Eve.<br />

State law permits local governments to restrict the dates and<br />

times when individuals may discharge consumer grade fireworks<br />

or to impose a complete ban on the use of consumer grade fireworks.<br />

Council will hear the second reading of the new proposed legislation<br />

at its <strong>May</strong> 8 meeting, discuss it at its <strong>May</strong> 15 committee of<br />

the whole meeting, and possibly vote on it at its <strong>May</strong> 22 meeting.<br />

Council meetings are held at 655 Blacklick St.<br />

Other <strong>Groveport</strong> news<br />

•Elmont Place resident Jeffrey Ruehle asked council to consider<br />

extending the Foor bike/walking path, or adding a sidewalk, to<br />

the short stretch of road from the path’s ending point at Ebright<br />

Road south to Front Street near the railroad tracks. He described<br />

this area as a “no man’s land” with narrow berms that also has a<br />

blind corner at Ebright Road. He said Elmont Place residents use<br />

the Foor path to<br />

access the historic<br />

part of <strong>Groveport</strong> as<br />

pedestrians or by<br />

bicycle. <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

City Administrator<br />

B.J. King said the<br />

stretch of Front<br />

Street from the railroad<br />

tracks to<br />

Ebright Road is not<br />

in the city limits and<br />

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tire collection event. Franklin County Public Health,<br />

in conjunction with Columbus Public Health, will hold<br />

the tire collection from 9 a.m. to noon on <strong>May</strong> 13 at<br />

Brobst Park, 5321 Winchester Pike, Canal Winchester.<br />

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

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at no cost to them. Only passenger vehicle tires<br />

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

disposed of improperly. Tires provide the perfect location<br />

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During the 2022 tire drive at Brobst Park, 860 tires<br />

were collected and properly disposed of through the<br />

partnering public health agencies. The event will also<br />

have free larvicide tablets for residents to take home<br />

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

any other place with standing water to prevent mosquitoes<br />

from hatching. Residents do not need to turn in<br />

tires in order to receive the larvicide tablets.<br />

To report problem areas for mosquitoes or to<br />

request service, visit mosquito.myfcph.org/request-forservice/<br />

or call (614) 525-BITE (2483).<br />

Garden Club plant auction<br />

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

plant auction sale on <strong>May</strong> 9 at <strong>Groveport</strong> Zion<br />

Lutheran Church, 6014 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road (across from<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools representatives tour one of the many rooms in the 58,324 square foot building.<br />

The bus garage, to be located in the southeast portion<br />

of the building, will take up around 6,000 square<br />

feet of the structure (this excludes an existing metal<br />

building for shop/mechanics.) It has access to the large<br />

parking lot for the buses. This parking lot is asphalt<br />

paved over 12 inches of concrete, according the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Director of Business Services<br />

Chris Reed. There is also room to expand the bus lot if<br />

necessary.<br />

Cruiser Accel, to be located in the northeast part of<br />

the building, will use about 5,000 square feet for open<br />

classroom space. A cafeteria will use approximately<br />

1,000 square feet. Restroom and conference/office<br />

space will fill about 800 square feet and the lobby will<br />

be around 1,300 square feet.<br />

The remaining roughly 45,900 square feet in the<br />

western part of the building will be unused for now<br />

while district officials determine its future use. This<br />

area includes many rooms of various shapes and sizes<br />

- some quite large and some office sized - that are<br />

adaptable for different uses. Many of the building’s<br />

rooms have wiring and features that make them flexible<br />

for a variety of technological uses. This part of the<br />

building features 12 inch thick walls and blast doors.<br />

There are also kitchen areas.<br />

Grube said this remaining space could be used in<br />

the future for “new programs, new partnerships, and<br />

other things we could not do before. There is so much<br />

potential and so much flexibility.”<br />

“There are not yet specific plans for using the<br />

remainder of the building,” added <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Communications Director Jeff Warner. “However, its<br />

flexible layout and abundance of technology upgrades<br />

give us the ability to consider an array of future uses.<br />

While not on the immediate horizon, we’re excited to<br />

explore how the space could be used to support additional<br />

partnerships with the community, businesses,<br />

other educational institutions, etc.”<br />

However, according to district officials, the space<br />

available at this building does not solve the problems<br />

with the district’s overcrowded classroom space.<br />

“Based on our initial assessment of the new building,<br />

it would not appear to provide academically appropriate<br />

space to serve as an elementary school or middle<br />

school,” said Warner. “We expect to continue discussions<br />

with the community with respect to addressing<br />

overcrowding and replacing outdated schools.”

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

weighs its levy options<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

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

Education plans to discuss, and possibly<br />

decide on, potential operating levy options<br />

at its <strong>May</strong> 10 meeting.<br />

The board could take action to place the<br />

levy on the November <strong>2023</strong> ballot.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Treasurer Felicia<br />

Drummey said the levy would be a “no new<br />

taxes” renewal of the existing levy.<br />

Whether the levy would have a set term,<br />

such as five years or be a continuing levy,<br />

is still to be decided.<br />

“It’s crucial to get the financial support<br />

to maintain our programming for our students,”<br />

said Drummey.<br />

“It’s critical to our operations,” added<br />

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

Director Jeff Warner.<br />

District officials said inflation is causing<br />

the district’s expenses to outpace flat revenues.<br />

“The cost of the services we are providing<br />

to our students is greater than the revenue<br />

being provided,” said Drummey.<br />

She said this revenue gap will grow to<br />

$6.9 million next year and $9.6 million the<br />

following year.<br />

To ensure the district has the necessary<br />

resources to keep up its services to students<br />

and provide additional safety measures,<br />

she said the district needs to close the<br />

revenue gap, which includes: spending<br />

reductions, renewing the expiring levy, and<br />

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

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 />

County Mitigation Plan<br />

Franklin County is updating its Hazard<br />

Mitigation Plan and wants a better understanding<br />

of the preparedness needs and<br />

risk perceptions of those who live and work<br />

in Franklin County. In this regard, county<br />

officials created an online survey and each<br />

resident of Franklin County is encouraged<br />

to participate. The feedback will help<br />

county officials better serve the community<br />

as they update the Hazard Mitigation<br />

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The survey can be found online at<br />

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reducing services.<br />

Warner said district officials are still<br />

reviewing potential reductions.<br />

Drummey noted the state legislature<br />

has discussed bills that could impact school<br />

funding in Ohio and that the district “does<br />

its best” to plan by anticipating the most<br />

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 />

in 2014. That “no new taxes” levy was<br />

renewed by 67 percent 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. Effective<br />

millage is the rate actually levied on a<br />

property. Once a levy is approved, a district<br />

cannot collect any additional money due to<br />

a valuation increase from reappraisals or<br />

triennial update on that levy. Residents of<br />

the district benefit from the high commercial<br />

tax base by sharing the tax burden<br />

almost 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 />

Salaries make up 52 percent of expenditures,<br />

benefits are 23 percent, and contracted<br />

services are 17 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. This increase is driven<br />

by the return of previously held positions,<br />

such as teachers, nurses and counselors, to<br />

the general fund upon expiration of grant<br />

funding that sustain instructional services<br />

levels throughout the pandemic.<br />

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

Alumni Banquet<br />

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

host the 129th annual Alumni Banquet on<br />

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

4475 S. Hamilton Road.<br />

Dinners are $25 each and will be served<br />

at 5 p.m. Reservations must be made by<br />

<strong>May</strong> 12.<br />

Make checks payable to and send to:<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni Association,<br />

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

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Continued from page 1<br />

Madison Township representatives.<br />

•Council authorized King to purchase<br />

16 body cameras for the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

under the Sourcewell Cooperative<br />

Purchase Plan. King said the purchase is<br />

“100 percent grant funded” from the Ohio<br />

Department of Public Safety.<br />

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 />

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

Two documentary films on the history<br />

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A church remembers a fallen veteran<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

A piece of history was recently discovered at Hopewell United<br />

Methodist Church.<br />

“During spring cleaning<br />

April 15 at my church (located<br />

at 4348 London-<br />

Lancaster Road) we found a<br />

plaque (honoring a World<br />

War I veteran),” said Marylee Bendig.<br />

The plaque reads, “In memory of<br />

Frederick J. Bunn, U.S. Marine, who died in<br />

France, July 21, 1918.”<br />

“No one knew of this gentleman from our<br />

church. I want to find out more about him,”<br />

said Bendig, who has the plaque and is considering<br />

donating it to Motts Military<br />

Museum.<br />

According to www.navalh<br />

i s t o r y . n e t / W W 1 N a v y U S M C -<br />

CasualtiesAlpha1.htm, Private Frederick J.<br />

Bunn of the 6th Regiment, 2nd Div., died of<br />

his wounds on July 21, 1918, and is buried in<br />

the Aisne-Marne Cemetery in France.<br />

“So far from home and so young,” said<br />

Bendig. “It’s sad. Such a brave soldier to give his life for his country.”<br />

According to 6thmarines.marines.mil, the 6th Marine<br />

Regiment (known as the “Fightin’ Sixth”) “has a rich history<br />

steeped in courage and honor.” The regiment was activated at<br />

Quantico, Va., on July 11, 1917 and entered active combat in<br />

March 1918 in the Toulon sector, Verdun. It took part in the Aisne-<br />

Marne Offensive (Soissons) in northern France on July 18-19,<br />

1918. It was during the Battle of Soissons, fought on the Western<br />

Front between the French (with American and British assistance)<br />

and the German army, where Bunn received his mortal wound.<br />

The battle ended with the allied forces recapturing much of the<br />

ground lost to the Germans in <strong>May</strong> 1918.<br />

Who was Frederick J. Bunn and what was his connection to<br />

Hopewell United Methodist Church?<br />

Bendig researched the Bunn family name in the area by consulting<br />

George Bareis book, “The History of Madison Township<br />

Including <strong>Groveport</strong> and Canal Winchester, Ohio.”<br />

She said Bareis’ book shows that a Frederick Bunn is buried in<br />

the Hopewell Cemetery, but he died in 1871 at age 58.<br />

“This could have been Frederick J. Bunn’s father or grandfather,”<br />

said Bendig.<br />

Photo courtesy of Marylee Bendig<br />

This plaque honoring U.S. Marine and World War I veteran<br />

Frederick J. Bunn was found at Hopewell United Methodist,<br />

4348 London-Lancaster Road, during spring cleaning on April<br />

15.<br />

Also buried in the Hopewell Cemetery are Charlotte (Rarey)<br />

Bunn, who died in 1888 at age 71, and Jefferson Bunn, who died<br />

in 1883 at age 35.<br />

According to a map of Madison Township in the “Atlas of<br />

Franklin County 1872,” by J.A. Caldwell and H. T. Gould, the<br />

Bunn family owned acreage in Section 8 of Madison Township<br />

northwest of Hopewell United Methodist Church. The map shows<br />

182 acres under the name J. L. Bunn and another 164 acres under<br />

the name N. H. Bunn.<br />

According to findagrave.com, Nelson H. Bunn was the father of<br />

Frederick J. Bunn. This website also indicates Frederick J. Bunn<br />

was born in 1887.<br />

“I wish we could find out more about the Bunn family,” said<br />

Bendig. “Local veterans who died serving their country and who<br />

were from our community serving in other wars are not forgotten.<br />

When we give them recognition, even in a few words, they are honored.”<br />

Bunn was remembered by his church and community in those<br />

long ago days of World War I. Over the decades, memory fades.<br />

But now, once again, far from the sound of the guns of that far<br />

away war, his church in quiet, rural southern Madison Township<br />

has remembered him once again.<br />

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

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Alumni banquet<br />

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

an a alumni banquet annually. Pictured<br />

here is the 1913 banquet that was held<br />

a century ago in the Elmont Hotel. The<br />

Elmont once stood on <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Main<br />

Street where Middle School Central now<br />

stands. In 1913, the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Alumni Association had 250 members.<br />

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

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on <strong>May</strong> 20 at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

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A bi-monthly feature celebrating our community’s senior citizens<br />

Fun ways to stay active<br />

Physical activity is<br />

an important component<br />

of overall health.<br />

Health experts advise<br />

that exercise can<br />

increase lean body<br />

mass, prevent conditions<br />

like diabetes<br />

and cardiovascular<br />

disease, improve balance,<br />

and positively<br />

affect mental<br />

h e a l t h / c o g n i t i o n .<br />

Exercise also can foster<br />

socialization with<br />

others, helping people<br />

overcome boredom<br />

and isolation.<br />

As individuals get<br />

older, they may not<br />

be able to participate in all of the activities<br />

they enjoyed as youths, but that doesn’t<br />

mean older adults must resign themselves<br />

to sedentary lifestyles. There are plenty of<br />

entertaining ways to remain physically<br />

active that can accommodate any limitations<br />

a person may have. Explore these<br />

methods for staying active.<br />

Explore senior center offerings<br />

Community senior centers often fill calendars<br />

with a vast array of activities, some<br />

of which can include physical activities.<br />

Hikes, walking tours, dances, and other<br />

activities all serve as entertaining ways to<br />

get out and about while meeting some fitness<br />

goals.<br />

Garden or do yard work<br />

The Office of Disease Prevention and<br />

Health Promotions says adults should get<br />

150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.<br />

Raking leaves, mowing the lawn, digging in<br />

flower beds, trimming bushes, and other<br />

outdoor tasks could help a person meet this<br />

quota in a way that doesn’t seem like exercise<br />

at all.<br />

Play games with grandchildren<br />

Little kids may inspire older adults to be<br />

more active, as it can be difficult to keep up<br />

with those youngsters. Take infants or toddlers<br />

for walks or push them in strollers.<br />

Attach a child seat or towing carriage to a<br />

bicycle and ride around the neighborhood.<br />

Play games that require movement, such as<br />

hide-and-seek or Marco Polo in the pool. If<br />

it’s snowing, have a snowball fight or make<br />

a snowman in the yard.<br />

Take up a new hobby<br />

Find hobbies that incorporate physical<br />

activity. Perhaps learning to salsa dance or<br />

taking Zumba will be fun? Pickleball has<br />

caught on across the nation. The sport is a<br />

mix of tennis, racquetball and badminton<br />

that caters to all ages. Joining a bowling<br />

team is another way to get active and meet<br />

new people.<br />

Physical activity is important at any<br />

age. Seniors can explore fun ways to stay in<br />

shape and be active to reap all the benefits<br />

of exercise.<br />

Veterans Hall of Fame nominations<br />

The deadline for submitting nominations<br />

for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is<br />

fast approaching. The Hall of Fame recognizes<br />

those who served in the U.S. Armed<br />

Forces and continue to contribute to their<br />

communities, state, and nation through<br />

exceptional acts of volunteerism, advocacy,<br />

professional distinction, public service, or<br />

philanthropy.The deadline to submit nomination<br />

forms for consideration for the <strong>2023</strong><br />

class of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is<br />

June 1. The veteran must meet the following<br />

criteria: 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<br />

recognizing Ohio’s veterans for accomplishments<br />

beyond their military service.<br />

Visit dvs.ohio.gov/hall-of-fame for information.<br />

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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 />

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Tips to make baking more healthy<br />

Baking sessions are a beloved family<br />

tradition in many households. But<br />

such sessions may not be as revered by<br />

family physicians, as baked goods are<br />

often prepared with ingredients, like<br />

sugar and butter, that aren’t necessarily<br />

sound additions to a person’s diet.<br />

Though baked goods may never rival<br />

vegetables in nutritional value, there<br />

are ways for amateur bakers to make<br />

these beloved foods a little more healthy.<br />

• Replace sugar with a fig puree.<br />

Figs are nutrition-rich fruits that serve<br />

as significant sources of calcium,<br />

potassium and iron. WebMD notes<br />

that figs also are excellent sources of<br />

fiber. Soaking eight ounces of figs in<br />

water can soften them before they’re<br />

pureed with water. The resulting fig<br />

puree can serve as a sugar substitute.<br />

• Make it a ‘dates’ night. Much like<br />

figs, dates can be pureed and serve as a<br />

sugar substitute. However, WebMD<br />

notes that pureed dates will not be able<br />

to replace all of the sugar in a recipe.<br />

One cup of pureed pitted dates with<br />

one cup of water can replace as much<br />

as half of the sugar a recipe calls for.<br />

• Replace butter with avocados. It’s<br />

not just sugar that can make baked<br />

goods so unhealthy. Many baking<br />

recipes call for a substantial amount of<br />

butter. California Avocados notes that<br />

avocados can replace butter at a 1:1<br />

ratio when baking. So if a recipe calls<br />

for one cup of butter, bakers can<br />

replace that with one cup of pureed<br />

avocados. WebMD warns that avocados<br />

have more water than butter, so bakers<br />

may want to reduce the temperature in<br />

their ovens by 25 percent and bake the<br />

foods a little longer.<br />

• Replace white flour with whole wheat<br />

flour. White flour is often the go-to for amateur<br />

and even professional bakers. But<br />

white flour is processed, which removes the<br />

bran and germ of the grain, thus stripping<br />

white flour of much of its nutritional value.<br />

Whole wheat flour is not processed, so it<br />

retains its nutritional value. Baking with<br />

whole wheat flour may require a learning<br />

curve, and some bakers prefer to use a mix<br />

of whole-wheat and white flour to preserve<br />

the flavors they’ve grown accustomed to.<br />

Baked goods may never pack the most<br />

nutritious punch, but there are ways for<br />

amateur bakers to make such foods a little<br />

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Pre-planning your final wishes:<br />

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Making final plans is a wonderful gift to a<br />

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Pre-planning gives the family time to research<br />

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Active Adult<br />

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Worth Considering<br />

Times have changed and people are<br />

now living longer, healthier lives.<br />

Through technology, diet, fitness and<br />

medicine, active adults remain independent<br />

longer. At age 55 plus, you<br />

might not be ready for a retirement community<br />

but may want to explore Active<br />

Adult living that affords a simpler<br />

lifestyle.<br />

In most cases, exploring options is<br />

really an issue of “when” and not “if”<br />

for active adults. When is the right time<br />

to give up mowing the lawn or shoveling<br />

the snow? What keeps you on the<br />

go? Active adult communities offer the<br />

space and environment for an engaging<br />

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While Active Adult Communities are<br />

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While you might want to live in<br />

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These communities are meant to provide<br />

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Why it pays for seniors to have good credit<br />

The benefits of maintaining<br />

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reliable in the eyes of prospective<br />

employers and securing lower<br />

mortgage interest rates when<br />

buying a home. Those rewards<br />

can benefit anyone, but they’re<br />

especially enticing to young people.<br />

But what about seniors? Do<br />

individuals stand to benefit significantly<br />

from maintaining good<br />

credit into their golden years?<br />

According to the credit reporting agency<br />

Experian, senior citizens tend to have the best<br />

credit scores of any consumer demographic. That<br />

could be a byproduct of years of financial discipline,<br />

and there are many benefits to maintaining that<br />

discipline into retirement.<br />

• Home buying and borrowing: Buying a home is<br />

often considered a big financial step forward for<br />

young people, but that doesn’t mean aging men and<br />

women are completely out of the real estate market.<br />

In its 2020 State of the Nation’s Housing<br />

report, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of<br />

Harvard University reported that the share of<br />

homeowners age 65 and over with housing debt<br />

doubled to 42 percent between 1989 and 2019. In<br />

addition, 27 percent of homeowners age 80 and<br />

over were carrying mortgage debt in 2019.<br />

Maintaining strong credit after retirement can help<br />

homeowners who still have mortgage debt get better<br />

terms if they choose to refinance their mortgages.<br />

Even seniors who have paid off their mortgages<br />

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they decide to downsize to a smaller home but cannot<br />

afford to simply buy the new<br />

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• Rewards: Retirement is often<br />

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rewards-based credit cards<br />

that help them finance vacations,<br />

weekend getaways and other<br />

expenses associated with traveling.<br />

Seniors who maintain strong credit<br />

ratings into their golden years may have more<br />

access to the best travel-based rewards cards than<br />

those whose credit scores dip in retirement.<br />

• Unforeseen expenses: No one knows what’s<br />

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<br />

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, <strong>May</strong> 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, <strong>May</strong> 8.

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Hypertension is not normal, nor is it something to that’s within their abilities. As their bodies get used to<br />

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Medicare plan you chose this past Annual Election Period<br />

(AEP).<br />

My name is Ralph Curcio, I live in Franklin County – you<br />

are welcome to contact me at 614-603-0852 or email<br />

RWCurcio@gmail.com. An item to review now is the cost of<br />

your medications, and to check if any assistance is available to<br />

help reduce your co-pays. Medicare provides a Low-Income<br />

Assistance (LIS) program for individuals according to their<br />

annual income, if approved this would reduce the amount of<br />

your monthly pharmacy copays. We could review to see if you<br />

may qualify and apply. I also work with a Rx discount company<br />

that has a monthly copay of $39 for some of the more costly<br />

medications. Also, if you are turning 65 this year – know your<br />

best option, if still working, maybe just keeping your group<br />

plan. For Medicare plan options, select the coverage that offers<br />

the lowest copays for services and medications while including<br />

your current physicians. Plan options may include dental,<br />

vision, a monthly food allowance along with a fitness program.<br />

$0 cost for my consultation and enrollment services. You need<br />

to be confident in the plan you select!<br />

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) is<br />

over for <strong>2023</strong>, but maybe you still have<br />

<br />

- will I have to pay a penalty if I keep<br />

working after I turn 65, and want to keep my<br />

group plan?<br />

- any 5 Star Medicare rated plans in my<br />

county, that I can enroll into throughout the<br />

<br />

-<br />

meet with a local representative, and review<br />

more than 2 or 3 plan options.<br />

Call Your Local Ohio Licensed<br />

Independent Medicare Agent<br />

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Keep your doctors and find the lowest<br />

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assistance available?<br />

<br />

Any information we provide is limited to those<br />

plans we do offer in your area. Please contact<br />

Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE to get<br />

information on all of

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False alarms costly<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Alarm drops are costing Madison Township money and Police<br />

Chief Gary York is looking at ways to curb costs while protecting<br />

the public.<br />

During the April 25 Madison Township trustees’ meeting, York<br />

said there were 131 false alarms in a two month reporting period<br />

for residential and commercial calls for service. The township is<br />

charged approximately $16 per call by their dispatching service.<br />

“Now, with added costs for dispatching, it adds up,” said York.<br />

“Two months in and we’re already at $2,000 (false alarm calls).<br />

There is a provision in the Ohio Revised Code for charging for<br />

false alarms.”<br />

There are many reasons for alarm drops, such as faulty alarms<br />

and human error. False alarms trigger a response by law enforcement,<br />

but chronic incidents are the primary focus for York.<br />

While still in the discussion phase, York said the process would<br />

begin with a letter notifying a property owner or business there is<br />

a problem with repeated false alarms. If the problem continues,<br />

the next step could include assessing a fee.<br />

Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst said the fire<br />

department has similar, albeit smaller, issues with alarm drops as<br />

well.<br />

“This is just a discussion,” said York.<br />

Other township news<br />

•Residents with vocal canines are being put on notice if their<br />

dog’s barking becomes excessive and disturbs neighbors.<br />

“We’ve had a lot more calls than anticipated,” said Brobst, who<br />

said a noise resolution passed in 2010 addresses barking dogs.<br />

“Our resolution does already allow them (law enforcement) to<br />

enforce excessive barking. The chief is going to monitor that over<br />

the next couple of months. We wanted to get that out there with<br />

the nicer weather.”<br />

Although there was a request to amend the noise resolution to<br />

specifically list barking dogs, York said the prosecutor said there<br />

is sufficient language in the current resolution to enforce violations.<br />

•The success of a fire cadet partnership with Eastland-<br />

Fairfield is reaping benefits two years after it started, according<br />

to Fire Chief Derek Robinson. The senior-only program started<br />

small, but now has a pair of full time instructors and blossomed to<br />

40 students.<br />

“Out of the first class we hired a cadet,” said Robinson. “The<br />

program has become so popular, we have 60 applicants for next<br />

year.”<br />

Elementary Career Day<br />

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools will hold its<br />

first Elementary Career Day on <strong>May</strong> 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

at Ohio University Lancaster, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster.<br />

Elementary school students from up to six Fairfield and<br />

Franklin County schools will be attending. This event is designed<br />

to introduce students between grades 4-6 to jobs and careers that<br />

may interest them in an interactive and fun way. Through a series<br />

of activities, local elementary students will engage with Eastland<br />

Career Center and Fairfield Career Center students from more<br />

than 14 EFCTS programs, giving them a chance to not just see but<br />

engage in the opportunities that are available in their futures.<br />

One local fire department is also scheduled to be in attendance<br />

with an in-service vehicle.<br />

Boy Scout Troop 71<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> area scouts of Boy Scout Troop 71 meet at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

United Methodist Church, 512 Main St. Cub Scouts, boys and<br />

girls in grades K-5, meet on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts ages<br />

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

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For information visit Beascout.org or contact<br />

Tina Dillman at christinadillman@aol.com.<br />

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

Celebrating Arbor Day<br />

City of <strong>Groveport</strong> workers planted trees at Glendening<br />

Elementary and <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary in honor of Arbor Day.<br />

Arbor Day ceremonies were held at both schools on April 28<br />

as <strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp read a proclamation<br />

regarding the importance of trees. This is <strong>Groveport</strong>’s 30th<br />

year of being named a Tree City USA. Communities achieve<br />

Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of urban<br />

forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department,<br />

having a tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on<br />

urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.<br />

Robert Gene (Bob) Campbell 83 of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, Ohio passed away on April 21, <strong>2023</strong> after<br />

a brief battle with cancer. Bob was a devoted father,<br />

grandfather, loving husband and forever cared for<br />

his family and friends. He was blessed with an infectious<br />

laugh, the warmest of hearts, and never did he<br />

meet a stranger. He will be deeply missed by his<br />

friends and family and all who loved him.<br />

Robert was born in Thurman, Ohio on July 29, 1939. Bob was married to Elizabeth<br />

(Liz) Campbell on February 26, 1960; they were married for 63 wonderful<br />

years. Robert is survived by his wife Liz Campbell, his grandchildren Tyler<br />

Mitchell, Tanner Mitchell, and Tasha Mitchell; his children Katrina Campbell,<br />

Tonya Mitchell (Tom) of Canal Winchester, and Nicole Pongonis (Jeffrey) of<br />

Columbus, along with countless family members that meant the world to<br />

him. Bob is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Margret Campbell;<br />

siblings Lynville, Curtis, Paul and Tom Campbell, Audrey Obal, Trinne Davis.<br />

He was an avid car collector and if you were lucky enough to take a tour of<br />

his barn, he’d proudly talk for hours about his treasures and hobbies, his cars<br />

and tractors, and the colorful stories that lived on with each. Along with his<br />

love of miniature cars, he was the best dog dad to his beloved Teacup Yorkie,<br />

Brutus. His love for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Bengals and<br />

Reds was unparalleled. Robert worked as a truck driver for Roadway for over<br />

30 years and was a distinguished 3-million-mile Safe-Driving Award recipient<br />

although he would tell you with past jobs, he was well over 4-million-miles<br />

driven.<br />

The memorial service will be held at 2PM Saturday, April 29, <strong>2023</strong> at the World<br />

Outreach Ministries, 6533 State Route 327, Jackson, OH 45640, with his<br />

nephew Doug Campbell of Crossroads Church of Christ in Christian Union officiating.<br />

Burial will be held privately at the Fairmount Cemetery. Funeral<br />

arrangements are under the direction of the <strong>May</strong>hew-Brown Funeral Home.<br />

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Jackson County Dog<br />

shelter: PayPal jdcfriends2@aol.com<br />

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.mayhew-brownfuneralhome.com<br />

<strong>May</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 11<br />

Guaranteeing<br />

Religious Freedom<br />

In March, I reported the progress made on<br />

Senate Bill 49. It was the first bill I sponsored<br />

as my first priority as a new Senator. My legislative<br />

staff and I worked very hard to deliver<br />

on promises to remove any barriers that<br />

are not respectful to religious freedom. I am<br />

pleased to report that the R.E.D. Bill (Senate<br />

Bill 49) was unanimously passed on April 26<br />

and will now move to the Ohio House of<br />

Representatives for their vote.<br />

Today, many students of diverse religious<br />

backgrounds in our K-12 public schools<br />

have to choose between attending school<br />

and practicing their faith. Those who are absent<br />

due to religious commitments are often<br />

marked as unexcused or otherwise academically<br />

penalized. However, Senate Bill 49<br />

would encourage fairness and protect religious<br />

freedom. Under this bill, students who<br />

participate in a religious expression day,<br />

would be excused for that specific day and<br />

provided accommodation for any missed assignments<br />

including tests. In addition to<br />

making up any missed examinations or academic<br />

work for using a religious expression<br />

day, students will also be eligible to compete<br />

in interscholastic sports without<br />

penalty.<br />

The First Amendment of the United States<br />

Constitution guarantees freedom of religion<br />

and religious expression, and no student<br />

should be penalized or have grades suffer<br />

due to practicing their religion.<br />

Results matter, so let’s work together. Subscribe<br />

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

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

photographs, artifacts, and documents<br />

about <strong>Groveport</strong>’s history. The<br />

museum is located in <strong>Groveport</strong> Town<br />

Hall, 648 Main St., and is open during<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall’s operating hours.<br />

Call 614-836-3333.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> city council<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council holds its regular<br />

meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second and<br />

fourth Mondays of the month. Council<br />

holds its committee of the whole meeting<br />

on the third Monday each month at 5:30<br />

p.m. Meetings are held in the municipal<br />

building, 655 Blacklick St., <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

School board meetings<br />

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

Education meets the second and fourth<br />

Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the<br />

District Service Center, 4400 Marketing<br />

Place, Suite B, <strong>Groveport</strong>. The board may<br />

also schedule special meetings, as needed.<br />

Special Olympics<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics chapter<br />

provides year round sports training and<br />

competition in a variety of Olympic type<br />

sports for intellectually disabled individuals.<br />

Contact Penny and Cassandra Hilty at<br />

groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at<br />

(614) 395-8992 or 395-6640. Donations may<br />

be sent to <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics, P.O.<br />

Box 296, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125.<br />

Southeast Library<br />

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library is at 3980 S.<br />

Hamilton Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>. Visit<br />

www.columbuslibrary.org or call 614-645-<br />

2275.<br />

Legacy of Love 5K<br />

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Columbus, Ohio 43232<br />

Telephone: 614-837-4601<br />

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Sunday Worship 10 a.m.<br />

Inside and Parking Lot<br />

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Telephone: 614-866-7755<br />

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Beginning Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 7: 10:00 AM<br />

Beginning Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 14, and continuing through<br />

the Summer, the 2nd Sunday of every month<br />

will be a “DRIVE-IN Service.<br />

Bring lawn chairs to sit on the lawn or remain in your car<br />

Be a Part of Our Local Worship Guide<br />

Our Worship Guide is geared toward celebrating faith and helping readers<br />

connect with religious resources in our community. Make sure these readers<br />

know how you can help with a presence in this very special section distributed to<br />

more than 19,000 households in the <strong>Groveport</strong> area.<br />

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Christ Centered, Mission Driven<br />

Traditionally Grounded<br />

6014 <strong>Groveport</strong> Rd., <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

(Across from Kroger, main parking in the back)<br />

PHONE: 614-836-5611<br />


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 />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Church<br />

of your choice.<br />

List your Worship<br />

Services here.<br />

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

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Sarah Slayman<br />

Participants of Alex’s Legacy of Love 5K finish their last lap at <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation<br />

Center on April 23. Runners came for the fundraiser of the Alexandria Leigh<br />

Goodwin Angel Foundation, an organization committed to creating a positive, loving<br />

world through random acts of kindness in memory of the late Alexandria<br />

Goodwin. “Alex,” a 2014 <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison graduate, unexpectedly passed in<br />

2016, and was known for her kindness. Her mother, Sara Sherman, hopes to<br />

encourage the continuation of random acts of kindness through this organization.<br />

Sara Sherman (left),<br />

Alexandria’s mother,<br />

and Dawn Overly, of<br />

the Bexley Police<br />

Department, celebrate<br />

Overly’s medal<br />

after her completion<br />

of Alex’s Legacy of<br />

Love 5K. Overly has<br />

stood with the family<br />

since Alex’s passing<br />

and said, “It’s all<br />

about coming out to<br />

be with your community,<br />

to do something,<br />

and ultimately supporting<br />

this family.”<br />

She helped Sherman<br />

organize her late<br />

daughter’s first 5K<br />

years ago and has<br />

been a major supporter<br />

of the family<br />

ever since. “I have a child, and this is how I would hope people would support<br />

her.” said Overly.<br />

Participants<br />

cross the finish<br />

line with relief at<br />

the Legacy of<br />

Love 5K held at<br />

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

Recreation<br />

Center. For information<br />

visit<br />

www.thealga.org<br />


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AI is already here<br />

Are humans ready for artificial intelligence?<br />

It doesn’t matter. It’s already here and while computer scientists<br />

and software engineers are working on bringing it to the<br />

masses on a global scale, are we ready?<br />

Linda<br />

Dillman<br />

Like Humpty<br />

Dumpty, it depends<br />

on which side of the<br />

wall you fall.<br />

Does the idea of a<br />

self-driving car or a sentient computer pique<br />

your curiosity? Does the hunt for the newest<br />

cellphone find you camping out for hours in<br />

line to be one of the first to claim ownership?<br />

Do you dream of smart houses, an android<br />

companion, or a world where a few simple<br />

keystrokes can result in a computer generated<br />

“written” masterpiece in minutes, not<br />

months or years?<br />

Or do you approach the idea of artificial<br />

intelligence cautiously, with a little trepidation<br />

mixed with a healthy dose of curiosity?<br />

While others around you perpetually<br />

clutch an Apple iPhone 14 or Samsung<br />

Galaxy, do you tuck your Apple 5e into your<br />

pocket or purse or limp along with a Star<br />

Places<br />

Trek communicator-like flip phone?<br />

Is the smartest thing in your home a five-year-old Dell computer?<br />

Or an answering machine that was state-of-the-art eight years<br />

ago? How about a collection of thumb drives tossed haphazardly in<br />

a kitchen junk drawer?<br />

You get the idea.<br />

There are a lot of movies, albeit old ones, that warn against the<br />

danger of artificial intelligence. Remember “WarGames?” A military<br />

nightmare where a computer plays games like Global<br />

Thermonuclear War with real world potential until it learns there<br />

is no viable outcome.<br />

Or the 1970 science fiction (perhaps closer to reality today than<br />

more than 50 years ago) thriller “The Forbin Project” where a sentient<br />

American government defense system, Colossus, links with a<br />

Soviet counterpart. The computer system decides it is the best<br />

arbiter of world order and gives humankind an ultimatum, join<br />

Colossus in peace or face annihilation.<br />

Give a computer an inch and they’ll take the world? I hope not.<br />

Artificial intelligence can be an amazing tool, especially in the<br />

fields of medicine, science and energy. It can accelerate research to<br />

a point far surpassing the capability of the human mind.<br />

Like any tool, it is best utilized under the control of its user or<br />

creator. When it crosses the boundary of unfettered control, then I<br />

start to worry. I hope the powers that be behind the push for sentient<br />

artificial intelligence consider the philosophical and societal<br />

impact of their creations.<br />

Meanwhile, I think I’ll trust myself and not an Alexa to turn on<br />

my own lights, lock my own doors, open the fridge myself to tell me<br />

what is inside and leave the car driving to my hands on the wheel.<br />

As for my old, still working cellphone, no Siri for me. I turned<br />

off that function the minute I activated the phone. Some Luddites<br />

never change.<br />

Linda Dillman is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 13<br />

Golden Cruiser Club<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools invites senior residents of the district<br />

to attend athletic and performing arts programs showcasing<br />

the talents of its students. The Golden Cruiser Club is a free program<br />

for residents of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison School District who<br />

are age 60 and older. Membership provides free access to all school<br />

and district sponsored athletic contests, plays, concerts, and other<br />

events. To become a member of the Golden Cruiser Club, obtain<br />

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

or call (614) 492-2520. The requirements for membership are that<br />

applicants be age 60 or older and be a resident of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools.

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Fifth graders discover the fun of gardening<br />

“Kids! Go play outside!”<br />

That’s what we were told...remember?<br />

Andrew<br />

Yurasek<br />

Guest column<br />

When we were kids<br />

we used to run and<br />

play for hours. We<br />

would ride bikes, play<br />

hide-and-seek, football,<br />

Wiffle Ball, basketball, and we would<br />

make slingshots or homemade bows and<br />

arrows. We went fishing and looked for<br />

critters. We would make tree forts. We did<br />

this every day, all the way up until the<br />

street lights came on. Then it was time to<br />

head home. Oh yeah... one other thing...<br />

Most of our parents had gardens.<br />

But then something happened. The year<br />

was 2007... and along came the first<br />

iPhone. It seems that since then, kids have<br />

spent less and less time running free outdoors.<br />

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Photo courtesy of Andy Yurasek<br />

Pictured here at their garden plots in the <strong>Groveport</strong> Community Garden are, from left<br />

to right: Landon Yurasek, Avery Yurasek, Carson Waugh, Morgan Holbrook, Amber-<br />

Leigh Shelly, and “Mr. Y” (teacher Andy Yurasek).<br />

Elementary had the chance to get out last<br />

<strong>May</strong> with the first ever <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Elementary 5th Grade Garden Club.<br />

I am the fifth grade science teacher and<br />

I contacted the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> to ask<br />

about the possibility of securing a plot of<br />

garden space at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Community<br />

Garden in Heritage Park on Wirt Road.<br />

The city officials loved the idea. We ran the<br />

idea by our principal, April Bray, and she<br />

approved. And so it began!<br />

An invitation was sent, kids got<br />

approval and signed up! Soon, 22 fifth<br />

graders, - along with myself and my two<br />

kids and rookie fifth grade teacher Miss<br />

Wolf - met after school. We brainstormed<br />

ideas. We made lists of plants we’d like to<br />

grow and we walked over to check out the<br />

garden spot. (I can still hear one student<br />

telling her pals, “This is so much fun!”)<br />

We met twice a week after school.<br />

Research was done. Plots were measured.<br />

Plans were drawn out. Then it was time to<br />

cultivate the soil. (Special thanks to Coast of<br />

Maine for donating 10 pounds of organic soil.)<br />

After that, it was time to plant. We<br />

started with some seeds, but when Jerry<br />

Dill of Dill’s Greenhouse heard what we<br />

were doing, he wanted to help out as well.<br />

Jerry donated several flats of vegetable<br />

starters. So we planted those, too.<br />

(Students chatted about learning where<br />

our food actually comes from and said,<br />

‘Wait, you mean carrots are roots? That<br />

grow down in the dirt?”)<br />

Things started growing! But one thing<br />

happens at the end of every <strong>May</strong>, something<br />

that even teachers can’t do a darn<br />

thing about - school comes to an end. But<br />

does that mean the garden stops growing?<br />

Heck no! Over the summer, it was great<br />

seeing the kids and their families out at the<br />

garden. We went through a dry period in<br />

late June, but luckily, we tended the garden<br />

and made sure it didn’t dry up.<br />

The other nice thing about the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Community Garden is making<br />

new friends. The other folks with garden<br />

plots loved seeing what we were doing and<br />

what the kids were learning. They were<br />

always eager to help water if we couldn’t<br />

make it out for a few days.<br />

The harvest continued all the way<br />

through October with our pumpkins and<br />

even the broccoli kept growing into<br />

November.<br />

But then, Old Man Winter showed his<br />

face and the 2022 garden came to an end.<br />

We had a freeze the week of Christmas, but<br />

after that, the winter wasn’t too bad. Many<br />

kids were disappointed by this. We only<br />

had one snow day this year.)<br />

And look where we are now. The city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> is donating two plots in the<br />

Community Garden again this year. So it’s<br />

time again to clear the land, condition the<br />

soil, and decide what to grow. The<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> 5th Grade Garden Club is about<br />

to start its second year.<br />

But what about you? Will you play outside<br />

this summer? Or maybe even grow a<br />

garden? Hey, try it!<br />

Andy Yurasek is a fifth grade science<br />

teacher at <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary. He grew up a<br />

Boy Scout then went on to be the park naturalist<br />

at Deer Creek State Park for over 20 summers.<br />

He now lives with his two kids not too far<br />

from the <strong>Groveport</strong> Community Garden. He still<br />

likes to put his phone on airplane mode and<br />

disappear into the forest to play.

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