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<strong>May</strong> 21 - June 10, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 23<br />

Alicia Hui and Karl Peterson play at the<br />

“Tea Tasting with the Columbus<br />

Symphony Orchestra” event held at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall. Hui and Peterson<br />

are full time musicians with the symphony<br />

and often play at local events. The<br />

symphony sends musicians to events<br />

around Columbus as a way to reach people<br />

in communities who may not make it<br />

to the symphony’s home location at the<br />

Ohio Theater.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Theresa Garee<br />

Tea and Symphony<br />

Monique Patrick and Chloe, 8, (above)<br />

enjoyed some tea and music at the “Tea<br />

Tasting with the Columbus Symphony”<br />

Orchestra at <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall, 648<br />

Mauin St., on <strong>May</strong> 6.<br />

Attendees at the “Tea Tasting with the<br />

Columbus Symphony Orchestra”<br />

dressed in their best for a morning of<br />

wonderful music and tea tasting from<br />

the ZenCha Tea Salon.<br />

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

to place levy on ballot<br />

Also, weapons detection<br />

system approved<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

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

Education voted 4-1 to place a 6.68 mill<br />

continuing operating levy on the Nov. 7<br />

ballot.<br />

Board member Kathleen Walsh voted<br />

against the measure stating the board<br />

should have a 10 to 15 year written strategic<br />

curriculum plan in place first instead of<br />

just a statement of goals.<br />

When asked if a continuing levy is<br />

essentially a permanent levy since it does<br />

not have a fixed term, <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Communications Director Jeff Warner<br />

said, “While there are differences in the<br />

legal terminology, it is essentially a permanent<br />

levy.”<br />

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

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

taxes” renewal of the existing levy and that<br />

its passage is “crucial to get the financial<br />

support to maintain our programming for<br />

our students.”<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 />

If the levy is approved in November, the<br />

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

in 2025 and the remainder in 2026.<br />

District officials said inflation is causing<br />

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

“The annual cost of the services we’re<br />

providing to students is greater than the<br />

revenue received,” said Drummey.<br />

According to the five year forecast, this<br />

revenue gap could grow to $4.8 million next<br />

year and $9 million the following year.<br />

In fiscal year <strong>2023</strong>, the five year forecast<br />

shows that expenditures are expected to<br />

be greater than revenue by $1 million. By<br />

fiscal year 2027, expenditures are projected<br />

to be greater than revenue by $18.2 million.<br />

The district would need to cut its fiscal<br />

year 2027 projected expenses by 16.2<br />

percent to balance its budget without additional<br />

revenue. The district’s cash balance<br />

is positive at year‐end in fiscal year <strong>2023</strong><br />

and is projected to worsen by fiscal year<br />

2027. A worsening cash balance can erode<br />

the district's financial stability over time.<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 />

When asked if there are there plans to<br />

consider an additional levy in 2024 on top<br />

of the one on the November <strong>2023</strong> ballot,<br />

Warner said, “There’s nothing definite<br />

about anything beyond the fall levy renewal.<br />

The big uncertainty is whether the state<br />

will fully fund the school funding formula.<br />

If they don’t, there’s a strong likelihood<br />

that we would need to request additional<br />

funds through another operating levy.”<br />

Drummey said the board could consider<br />

$4 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 />

The board made some cost reductions on<br />

<strong>May</strong> 10 by suspending five administrative<br />

contracts. The suspended positions are<br />

executive director of human resources;<br />

director of secondary education; director of<br />

teaching and learning and elementary education;<br />

high school athletic director; and<br />

progress book specialist. District officials<br />

also will not fill open positions in the treasurer<br />

and enrollment offices.<br />

In a letter to district staff,<br />

Superintendent Jamie Grube said the district<br />

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

April crime statistics, according to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police: 9<br />

arrests, 4 accidents, 2 assaults, 2 burglaries, 1 domestic dispute,<br />

2 domestic violence, 1 OVI and alcohol, 9 thefts/robberies, 0<br />

stolen/unauthorized use, 1 missing persons, 0 weapon related<br />

calls, 0 narcotic related offenses, 6 threats, 7 vandalism, 6 juvenile<br />

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Eastland-Fairfield<br />

names new superintendent<br />

The Eastland-Fairfield Career<br />

& Technical Schools Board of<br />

Education approved Shelley<br />

Groves to serve as the district’s<br />

next superintendent/CEO.<br />

Groves has spent her 26-year<br />

education career in various roles<br />

within the district and currently<br />

serves as the district’s assistant<br />

superintendent, a post she has<br />

held since 2018. Groves will<br />

GROVES assume her duties as Eastland-<br />

Fairfield Superintendent/CEO on<br />

Aug. 1.<br />

“I am incredibly excited and humbled to continue<br />

the work that the entire district has dedicated itself to,<br />

now as superintendent,” said Groves. “Thank you to<br />

the board of education for trusting me with this incredible<br />

responsibility and opportunity, and to Dr. Kim<br />

(Pietsch) Miller for her support and mentorship.”<br />

She succeeds Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller, who<br />

announced her retirement in January following a 34-<br />

year career in public education.<br />

LEVY<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

fall” that required a review of cost saving measures.<br />

District officials are still reviewing other potential cost<br />

reductions and restructuring plans.<br />

According the district’s most recent five year forecast<br />

released, 42 percent of its total revenue comes<br />

from property taxes, 39 percent from state funding,<br />

and about 20 percent from other sources Salaries make<br />

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

purchased services are 17 percent, and supplies/materials<br />

are 3.5 percent.<br />

According to Drummey and the five year forecast,<br />

projected revenue is expected to increase 3.2 percent<br />

annually or $2.4 million through 2027. Projected<br />

expenditures are expected to increase 9.94 percent<br />

annually or $7.4 million through 2027. The revenue<br />

increase is driven by the state funding formula and<br />

property valuation adjustment due to inflation and<br />

new construction. The expenditures increase is driven<br />

by growing enrollment that requires staffing, transportation,<br />

and safety plans.<br />

Weapons detection system approved<br />

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

approved a contract for the leasing of weapon detection<br />

systems.<br />

The action was taken to improve safety for students<br />

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Township Police statistics<br />

April crime statistics from the Madison Township<br />

Police: 0 assaults, 7 auto accidents with injuries, 14<br />

auto accidents non-injuries, 12 animal complaints, 82<br />

Brobst Park security checks, 2 burglaries, 5 burglaries<br />

in progress, 15 domestic complaints, 5 drunk, 4 fights,<br />

0 impaired driving arrest, 15 juvenile complaints, 1<br />

larceny/theft, 8 missing persons, 3 narcotics complaints,<br />

29 parking violations, 1 person with gun, 1<br />

person with knife, 3 sex offenses, 3 shots fired in area,<br />

2 stolen vehicles, 5 suicide attempts, 58 suspicious persons/vehicles<br />

13 threats or harassment, 70 tickets<br />

issued, 2 vandalism.<br />

First ursday<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> will hold its First Thursday events this<br />

summer in Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road, on June 1,<br />

July 6, and Aug. 3 from 4:30-7 p.m. It features live<br />

music, food trucks, more than 40 vendors, giveaways,<br />

face painting, bounce house, a petting zoo, and more.<br />

The Aug. 3 event will include a dog show. The event<br />

and parking are free. Musical performers are; June 1<br />

- Blake Lang; July 6 - Willie Nelson Mandela Jr.; and<br />

Aug. 3 - Wade Dow and Dar Kovacs. Giveaways are:<br />

June 1 - <strong>Groveport</strong> Tote Bag; July 6 - baseball hat; and<br />

Aug. 3 - pet waste bag dispenser. Call 614-836-3333.<br />

and staff due to incidents of violence and other issues<br />

that have taken place in the high school.<br />

“We are leasing the system through Stone Security,<br />

a vendor that’s part of a national purchasing consortium,”<br />

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

Director Jeff Warner. “The total cost will be $644,259<br />

paid over the course of four years.”<br />

Warner said the high school will get five of the<br />

weapon detection systems and the Cruiser Accel location<br />

(at 4500 S. Hamilton Road) will get one. He said<br />

they will be installed at the high school and Cruiser<br />

Accel this summer.<br />

“The evolve weapon detection systems are walkthrough<br />

systems,” said Warner. “Their software platform<br />

enables the system to spot threats while ignoring<br />

harmless personal items. It uses real-time image-aided<br />

alarms to indicate precisely where the potential threat<br />

is detected on the person as they pass through the sensors.”<br />

The weapons detection system is part of the long<br />

and short term steps the district is taking to enhance<br />

safety and security for its students and staff. Earlier<br />

this year the board approved the district’s<br />

Comprehensive Safety Plan.<br />

Cheerleaders honored<br />

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

Competition Team was recognized at the<br />

<strong>May</strong> 10 <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Board of<br />

Education’s meeting for their following<br />

accomplishments this school year:<br />

Buckeye Nationals Division Champions;<br />

March Madness Division Champions;<br />

Sheridan Spirit Division Champions; OCC<br />

Buckeye Division Champs; State Qualifier<br />

Competition; 5th in States; and Divisions<br />

Champs in Virginia Beach The One Global<br />

Competition and won Rings.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club meets the<br />

first Tuesday each month at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

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Car show could return<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp wants to bring<br />

the classic car show back to <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

The last time the city hosted a car show<br />

was in 2016 in <strong>Groveport</strong> Park when it was<br />

known as the <strong>Groveport</strong> Hometown Car<br />

and Motorcycle Show. For many years<br />

prior to 2016, the car show was held on<br />

Main Street in historic downtown<br />

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

“Residents have asked me about bringing<br />

back the car show,” said Westcamp.<br />

“We’re thinking of holding it in September<br />

or October (not on Apple Butter Day) on a<br />

Saturday or Sunday afternoon.”<br />

Westcamp said he would like to see the<br />

car show held on Main Street between<br />

College Street and Front Street. He noted<br />

Canal Winchester and Obetz also both hold<br />

car shows.<br />

Westcamp said more information about<br />

the car show will be released in the coming<br />

weeks.<br />

“It’s in the talking stages right now,” he<br />

said.<br />

Safety on Delane Road; park access<br />

At the <strong>May</strong> 8 <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council<br />

meeting, resident David Paul Hudson<br />

asked council to consider placing a speed<br />

bump on Delane Road. He said there is a<br />

lot of traffic on the road and many of the<br />

drivers are going over the speed limit. He<br />

is concerned for the safety of children playing<br />

in the neighborhood’s yards.<br />

“A speed bump would be there all the<br />

time, you wouldn’t have to pay it, and it<br />

would slow the cars down,” said Hudson.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Chief Casey Adams<br />

noted new speed limit signs were placed in<br />

the Delane Road area within the past year<br />

and police have also placed the speed limit<br />

trailer, which shows how fast drivers are<br />

traveling, along the road.<br />

Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert noted<br />

one reason the city has not used speed<br />

bumps is because the bumps can cause<br />

problems for street crews doing snow<br />

removal.<br />

Westcamp told Hudson city officials will<br />

look into the matter further.<br />

Hudson also asked council to consider<br />

making the back (east) entrance to<br />

Blacklick Park - which features a little<br />

wooden foot bridge and is located in the<br />

Seymour Avenue/Crescent Drive area -<br />

more accessible. He said the area “needs<br />

work” and signage to make it more welcoming<br />

to visitors.<br />

Councilman Ed Dildine told Hudson<br />

what the city could do about the issue<br />

depends on who actually owns the property<br />

where the park’s back entrance is located.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J. King<br />

will research the issue further.<br />

Other news<br />

•Council approved a resolution regarding<br />

the nature of services to be provided<br />

upon annexation to <strong>Groveport</strong> for 1.94<br />

acres on the north side of <strong>Groveport</strong> Road<br />

near Saltzgaber Road. King said the<br />

owner’s proposed plans for the property<br />

include combining it with an adjacent 8.3<br />

acre property and constructing a cold storage<br />

warehouse facility on the land.<br />

•Council is considering establishing the<br />

number of the city’s police force to 25 officers,<br />

which is an increase from 24. The<br />

staffing level was set at 24 last year to<br />

account for new hirings and pending retirements.<br />

King said that, after a review, it<br />

was determined that, after all the retirements<br />

are completed, there will be 25 officers<br />

in place, not the previously approved<br />

24.<br />

•King said the city’s outdoor Aquatic<br />

Center swimming pool has been painted<br />

and will be filled with water on <strong>May</strong> 13.<br />

“It should be a great summer for the<br />

pool,” said King.<br />

Commemorative bricks<br />

Honor a veteran or active military<br />

member with a personalized brick paver in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s Veterans Park or Log House<br />

Memory Walk. Commemorative bricks<br />

may be purchased by calling <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Town Hall at 614-836-3333. Deadline to<br />

order is Sept. 1.<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 />

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Ebright Road closure<br />

Ebright Road, between Bixby Road and<br />

U.S. Route 33, closed beginning <strong>May</strong> 15,<br />

for bridge improvements over the Coble-<br />

Bowman Ditch. This closure is expected to<br />

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The project will replace the existing<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 through <strong>May</strong>. The<br />

exhibit features photos, uniforms, equipment,<br />

artifacts, documents, and more.<br />

Coffee With A Cop<br />

Visit with members of the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police Department at Coffee With A Cop,<br />

held every Friday in <strong>May</strong> from 8-10 a.m. at<br />

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

and doughnuts are provided.

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Security cameras coming<br />

Also, the use of personal<br />

fireworks still a hot topic<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Security cameras will soon be installed<br />

in 10 locations around <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

“The idea is to build a perimeter around<br />

the city,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Detective<br />

Josh Gilbert.<br />

City officials plan to contract with Flock<br />

Safety to have the cameras installed and<br />

operating sometime this year at a total<br />

investment of $63,700. The cost is funded<br />

with $33,700 from the Drug Education and<br />

Enforcement fund (money generated from<br />

seized property in crimes) and $30,000<br />

from the police budget.<br />

The solar powered cameras will be used<br />

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city to aid police in the pursuit of criminal<br />

suspects.<br />

“It will cut down our investigative and<br />

response time tremendously,” said Gilbert.<br />

The cameras are designed to: make<br />

license plate recognition; gather evidence<br />

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crimes; and adhere to all state laws.<br />

The cameras: do not do facial recognition;<br />

are not tied to personally identifiable<br />

information; are not used to control traffic;<br />

and data on the cameras are stored for 30<br />

days and then automatically deleted.<br />

The 10 locations where the cameras will<br />

be placed, which are entry and exit points<br />

of the city, are: Ebright Road at<br />

Grovepointe; 7470 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road; 4105<br />

Williams Road; 6500 Pontius Road; State<br />

Route 317 south of Williams Road; State<br />

Route 317 and Alum Creek Drive area;<br />

Rohr Road east of Alum Creek Drive; 5500<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road; 3250 Bixby Road; and the<br />

entrance to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf<br />

Course (because the golf course has been<br />

subject to recent burglaries).<br />

Fireworks issue<br />

The use of personal use of fireworks continues<br />

to be a topic at <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Council.<br />

Originally under the new proposed legislation,<br />

which could be voted on at the<br />

<strong>May</strong> 22 council meeting, the city would<br />

allow the personal use of fireworks on the<br />

third, fourth, and fifth days of July.<br />

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Councilman Scott Lockett has since<br />

requested the proposed ordinance be<br />

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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.<br />

Meetings are held in the municipal<br />

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

amended to allow the use of personal fireworks<br />

only on July 4.<br />

“I think that is a reasonable compromise,”<br />

said Lockett.<br />

Last November, council rejected legislation,<br />

by a 4-3 vote, that would have allowed<br />

the use of personal fireworks within the<br />

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

existing law banning the use of personal<br />

fireworks within the city remained in<br />

effect. <strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp and council<br />

members Jean Ann Hilbert, Shawn Cleary,<br />

and Jack Rupp opposed the measure while<br />

Scott Lockett, Ed Dildine, and Becky<br />

Huston voted in favor of it.<br />

The legislation defeated in November<br />

would have made the city consistent with a<br />

state law that allows the use of personal<br />

fireworks on designated days. It would<br />

have allowed individuals to possess consumer<br />

grade fireworks and to discharge<br />

them on their own property or on another<br />

person’s property with permission the following<br />

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

Year; Cinco de <strong>May</strong>o; Memorial Day weekend;<br />

Juneteenth; July 3, 4, and 5 and the<br />

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays preceding<br />

and following; Labor Day weekend,<br />

Diwali; and New Year’s Eve.<br />

State law permits local governments to<br />

restrict the dates and times when individuals<br />

may discharge consumer grade fireworks<br />

or to impose a complete ban on the<br />

use of consumer grade fireworks.<br />

Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert said<br />

she remains concerned about the adverse<br />

impact of fireworks on people’s safety and<br />

its bad effect on animals.<br />

“My stance is still the same,” said<br />

Hilbert.<br />

Councilman Shawn Cleary said, even if<br />

passed, the new legislation could be impossible<br />

to enforce “because of the amount of<br />

people who set off fireworks.”<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp emphasized<br />

that the police will do their job and issue<br />

citations to those who do not follow the<br />

law.<br />

Resident Greg Keller, who spoke on this<br />

issue previously, remains opposed to the<br />

use of personal fireworks. He told council,<br />

“The use of personal fireworks have no<br />

place on any day in the community.”<br />

Keller maintained the fireworks are a<br />

dangerous safety hazard, particularly in<br />

an urban setting with nearby neighbors,<br />

and a noise problem. He said the loud noise<br />

of fireworks is harmful to military veterans<br />

suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome<br />

and to people’s pets.<br />

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. Boy Scouts ages<br />

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

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

Visit Beascout.org.

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Plants grow on you<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Theresa Garee<br />

The longest standing member of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club, Virginia Myers, (above left ) describes the irises<br />

she has available at the club’s annual plant auction, held on <strong>May</strong> 9 at <strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran Church.<br />

Pictured with Myers is Marla Baker, owner of Sticks and Stones in Canal Winchester, who acted as auctioneer<br />

for the plant auction. The plant auction is a major fundraiser for the club. Money earned at the auction<br />

goes to several community projects. The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club formed in 1961. At right, Garden Club<br />

member Virginel Branch holds her Russian aster perennial at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club’s annual plant<br />

auction. Branch is the club’s current vice president.<br />

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Memorial Day is a time of reverence and reflection<br />

Memorial Day is a solemn and moving<br />

tradition for Americans - whether they live<br />

in big cities, small towns, or the countryside<br />

- dating back to the day’s origins in the<br />

post-Civil War period.<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

Each Memorial<br />

Day of the past, present,<br />

and future is special<br />

in its own right as<br />

we pay respects to the<br />

fallen as flags gently<br />

flutter by each tombstone<br />

and flowers<br />

grace the graves.<br />

Time rolls on.<br />

Memories of some<br />

things in life may<br />

fade, but not the<br />

memory of the sacrifices<br />

made by these,<br />

our honored fallen<br />

members of the military.<br />

Memorial Day endures and is an elegant,<br />

dignified reminder to us all of the<br />

profound sacrifices made by members of<br />

our communities in service to their country.<br />

After your local Memorial Day ceremony<br />

concludes and the crowd drifts away, linger<br />

for awhile in the cemetery. Walk around<br />

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and read the names on the grave stones.<br />

Absorb the ever present silence of the flag<br />

decorated graves of the soldiers resting<br />

there and the silence of the flower covered<br />

graves of generations of others buried<br />

there. Remember those who rest in the<br />

cemetery were once like us - laughing, loving,<br />

living - giving their all every day to<br />

better their community and country.<br />

Always remember.<br />

Area Memorial Day ceremonies include:<br />

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

The Memorial Day ceremony in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> will be held <strong>May</strong> 29 with the traditional<br />

parade at 1:30 p.m. and a ceremony<br />

directly after parade in the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Cemetery, which is located on Wirt Road<br />

near Heritage Park. The parade starts at<br />

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

proceeds west down Main Street to College<br />

Street, then south on College Street to the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery.<br />

The guest speaker will be Assistant<br />

Director of the Ohio Department of<br />

Veterans Services Sean McCarthy. He has<br />

served as a judge in Franklin County<br />

Municipal Court and on the Franklin<br />

County Court of Common Pleas. He also<br />

served in the Ohio Army National Guard.<br />

Others participating in the ceremony<br />

are Motts Military Museum, <strong>May</strong>or Lance<br />

Westcamp, and <strong>Groveport</strong> American<br />

Legion Robert Dutro Post 486. Music by<br />

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



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Marching Band.<br />

The ceremony will include an opening<br />

statement by Brad Beatty, American<br />

Legion Commander; the “National<br />

Anthem” sung by Lou Compton of the<br />

American Legion; Pledge of Allegiance; a<br />

prayer; recognition of the city’s Hometown<br />

Military Banners by <strong>May</strong>or Lance<br />

Westcamp; guest speaker; and the playing<br />

of “Taps.”<br />

The Hometown Military Banners will be<br />

displayed at the major Main Street intersections<br />

from Memorial Day to Veterans<br />

Day. On Memorial Day the banners will be<br />

displayed at Veterans Park on Main Street<br />

prior to being hung on poles later on<br />

Memorial Day.<br />

Veterans honored on the Hometown<br />

Military Banners this year are: Robert<br />

Carter, Jr., U.S. Air Force; Jovanni Marie-<br />

Hill McColley, U.S. Air Force; Ray<br />

Johnson, U.S. Air Force; Joseph Meyer,<br />

U.S. Air Force; Lindsay Hunter Dunlap,<br />

U.S. Army; Katie Ann Gearheart, U.S.<br />

Army; Jennifer Westcamp, U.S. Army;<br />

Samuel Louis Balsimo, U.S. Marine Corp;<br />

Trevor Shoemaker, U.S. Marine Corp;<br />

Debbi Featherston Kent, U.S. Coast<br />

Guard; John E. Penix, U.S. Navy; Gregory<br />

Charles West, U.S. Navy.<br />

“I am so proud that we have this ceremony<br />

each year to recognize those who<br />

made the sacrifice to protect our country,”<br />

said Westcamp. “It is a great reminder of<br />

those who made the unselfish decision to<br />

serve our country, including the local veterans<br />

who will be recognized with a banner<br />

along Main Street. Memorial Day is a<br />

highlight for me each year. It is such an<br />

important day for all of us to remember<br />

those who made the ultimate sacrifice to<br />

protect our Country.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> American Legion Robert<br />

Dutro Post 486, which has played a long<br />

time active role in the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Memorial Day ceremony, is named after<br />

local resident, Private Robert Dutro, who<br />

in 1917 at the age of 15 joined the 6th<br />

Marine Regiment during World War I. He<br />

would later die in France on July 19, 1918<br />

during the Aisne-Marne offensive. The<br />

Post was established in 1924. Follow the<br />

Post on Facebook @ groveportamerican<br />

legion.<br />

Canal Winchester<br />

In remembrance of fallen veterans,<br />

VFW Post #10523 will host Canal<br />

Winchester’s annual Memorial Day ceremony<br />

on <strong>May</strong> 29 at Union Grove<br />

Cemetery, 400 Winchester Cemetery<br />

Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m.<br />

The ceremony will feature keynote speaker<br />

Air Force Chief Master Sgt.Troy R. Taylor,<br />

the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the<br />

Ohio Air National Guard. Other ceremony<br />

participants will include Boy Scouts Troop<br />

103, Cub Scouts Troop 103, and the Canal<br />

Winchester High School Band.<br />

Immediately following the Canal<br />

Winchester Memorial Day Ceremony, the<br />

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will host a flag<br />

retirement ceremony on the cemetery<br />

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

A veteran’s grave (above) in the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery. A Boy Scout<br />

(below) places a flower on a veteran’s<br />

grave.<br />

grounds.<br />

The public is invited to attend both ceremonies.<br />

Lawn chairs or blankets are<br />

encouraged for seating.<br />

Lockbourne<br />

Lockbourne’s annual Memorial Day<br />

Parade and Celebration will be held <strong>May</strong><br />

29, to honor veterans and to celebrate the<br />

history of Lockbourne / Rickenbacker Air<br />

Force Base.<br />

This special event begins at noon with a<br />

parade through the village followed by a<br />

ceremony at Lockbourne Veterans Park.<br />

“We anticipate a strong presence of veterans<br />

from the area,” said Lockbourne<br />

<strong>May</strong>or Christie Ward. “This event is a central<br />

part of the village, Hamilton Township,<br />

and the surrounding communities.”<br />

To participate in the parade, contact<br />

Kendall Collins at deputy.admin@lockbourneohio.us<br />

or (614) 491-3161.<br />

Asbury Cemetery<br />

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held<br />

at 9 a.m. on <strong>May</strong> 29 at Asbury Cemetery,<br />

4760 Winchester Pike.

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Building provides for expansion and exploring new ideas and partnerships<br />

If you didn’t attend our <strong>2023</strong> State of the<br />

Schools Celebration, you likely missed our<br />

announcement that we were purchasing<br />

the former AEP building at 4500 S.<br />

Hamilton Road, just across the street from<br />

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

Jamie<br />

Grube<br />

Guest column<br />

The site provides<br />

much-needed space to<br />

expand high school programming<br />

for students<br />

for whom a traditional<br />

high school setting is<br />

not meeting their needs<br />

— and to relocate our<br />

transportation center.<br />

The purchase and<br />

renovation costs will<br />

be covered by a portion<br />

of the federal<br />

stimulus funds the<br />

district received as part of the federal government’s<br />

COVID recovery and relief plan.<br />

Cruiser Accel Program<br />

Among the top benefits of purchasing<br />

the 4500 building is to provide space to<br />

house our new Cruiser Accel Program.<br />

Slated to open for the start of the new<br />

school year, Cruiser Accel will provide an<br />

alternative pathway to college and career<br />

readiness for GMHS sophomores, juniors,<br />

and seniors. Up to 200 students will take<br />

online and in-person classes in half-day<br />

sessions, Monday through Friday.<br />

Cruiser Accel will provide more focused<br />

support to students. We will provide targeted<br />

academic support for students,<br />

specifically in literacy, numeracy, and test<br />

preparation. We’ll also offer intensive<br />

social/emotional support, including helping<br />

students struggling with anxiety and anger<br />

Columbus Air Show<br />

The Columbus Air Show Presented by<br />

Scotts will be held at Rickenbacker<br />

International Airport, 2241 John Circle<br />

Drive, Columbus, on June 16-18 from 9<br />

a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

Performers and attractions at the air<br />

show include: the United States Navy Blue<br />

Angels; the United States Air Force F-22<br />

Raptor; Ohio Air National Guard; the<br />

United States Marine Corps C-130 “Fat<br />

Albert”; the B-17 “Yankee Lady from the<br />

Yankee Air Museum; an F-5 Tiger; the C-47<br />

“Hairless Joe from the Yankee Air Museum;<br />

the B-25 “Rosie’s Reply” from the Yankee<br />

Air Museum; the P-51 Mustang “Old Crow”<br />

based in Central Ohio; and more.<br />

There will also be ground displays, air<br />

racing, exhibits, civilian superstars, vintage<br />

aircraft, and other experiences.<br />

All tickets and parking passes for the<br />

air show are available online at<br />

www.ColumbusAirShow.com. Visit<br />

www.ColumbusAirShow.com for information<br />

and follow the show on Facebook,<br />

Twitter, and Instagram.<br />

management issues.<br />

A side benefit is that it will also reduce<br />

some of the overcrowding at the high<br />

school.<br />

Referrals to the program can come from<br />

the student’s parent/guardian, a school<br />

counselor, or a high school administrator.<br />

Students won’t necessarily have to stay<br />

in the program for the entirety of their high<br />

school experience. If desired and agreed<br />

upon by the parties involved, students can<br />

transfer back to the high school at the end<br />

of a semester.<br />

Besides expanding restrooms and building<br />

a separation between Cruiser Accel and<br />

the transportation center, we don’t anticipate<br />

much regarding renovation costs.<br />

We’ll see how the area functions before<br />

deciding if we need to make further adjustments.<br />

New Transportation Center<br />

We’re also excited about the opportunity<br />

to relocate our transportation center to the<br />

new building. The District Service Center<br />

site is fast becoming too small to house the<br />

bus fleet and accommodate all its associated<br />

personnel.<br />

The new site provides a perfect central<br />

location to dispatch our buses and support<br />

the drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, etc.<br />

Most often, the most significant expense<br />

for a transportation center is the foundation<br />

and pavement work needed to park the<br />

buses. The new site has a foot-thick concrete<br />

base parking lot, which can easily<br />

withstand the weight of our buses and<br />

related equipment.<br />

Other than the cost to construct a new<br />

mechanics garage (a pole barn-style building),<br />

there’s very little expense in terms of<br />

renovations to the transportation portion of<br />

the building.<br />

Room for Expansion<br />

More than 13,000 square feet of the<br />

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building remain for future use. While it’s<br />

not an educationally appropriate space<br />

that could be used for elementary or middle<br />

school classes, we were able to get it at a<br />

reasonable price and we’re excited about<br />

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I am Andrew B. Nimely, and I am running for Madison Township Trustee this<br />

November 7. I have lived in the township for over a decade.<br />

I am married to a woman who honors God’s standards, my beautiful wife<br />

Lombeh D. Nimely. We are blessed with seven children.<br />

The four adult children are all graduates of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School<br />

with one of our children, serving in the Army Reserve.<br />

I own and operate two small businesses for over a decade that provides healthcare<br />

services for developmentally challenged individuals and an accountant<br />

firm that provides accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparation and planning, payroll management, and consultant<br />

services throughout the United States.<br />

My background focuses on managerial development, accounting, and healthcare experience that reflect a philosophy<br />

through coaching via detail-oriented interpersonal personnel strategy. I have brought about the latest<br />

ideas, suggestions, and problem-solving techniques that have produced successful results.<br />

I am proficient in strategic planning through accountability, internal control system design, and client retention<br />

from a broad perspective especially in a customer relationship era where business tasks involve inspiring people<br />

to attain organizational goals, and retain patrons.<br />

I have been an adjunct faculty since January 2015 at Columbus State Community College in the Information<br />

Technology Department. I have over 2 decades of practical working experience using Windows, Microsoft Office<br />

Applications, IT & Database Fundamentals, QuickBooks, and Tax Applications software.<br />

I have provided employment to more than 150 Franklin County residents so far via my healthcare agency.<br />

My mother, Esther G. Wesseh, a single, uneducated, and devoted Christian, taught me to see every person in<br />

the image of Jesus Christ. She instilled in me hard-work, humbleness, respect, and gratitude for EVERYONE.<br />

My father, the late Bishop N. Nimely, was a firefighter, a kind man, and Christian who got baptized at an early<br />

age as a practicing Catholic.<br />


✓ By creating a listening & participation Bi-Monthly gathering with residents of the township.<br />

✓ Residents of the township deserve a trustee who is an outsider, a private sector Business<br />

Executive with over two decades of managerial experience to be at the table in finding<br />

answers to the most critical issues facing the township with respect to hiring.<br />

✓ Trustworthiness and confidentiality record keeping is part of my moral value as a business<br />

owner; I will be accountable to the residents of the township when you give me the<br />


✓ I believe in supporting our police, firefighters, & road crew; I believe in the FIRST<br />

AMENDAMENT such as religious freedom; I strongly believe in the SECOND AMENDAMENT<br />

such as the right to own a gun (I am a concealed hand gun carrier).<br />

When elected as your Trustee, you will have an individual who is humble and grateful to God.<br />

When elected; I will work hard to achieve these points<br />

We Care. We Learn. We Act.<br />

I ask for your financial support, endorsement, volunteer effort, and placing signs in yard.<br />

Below are contact media to the campaign:<br />

Phone: (614) 446-8324<br />

Email: animelycandidate@gmail.com<br />

Facebook: facebook.com/NimelyUS2<br />

Twitter: @NimelyUS1<br />

I am grateful to our township for the level of opportunity with regard to a safe community or neighbor my<br />

family continue to enjoy since making <strong>Groveport</strong>, Ohio, my hometown especially coming from Monrovia,<br />

Liberia, West Africa, without a college education, by achieving the American dream almost 23 years ago with<br />

ONLY a high school diploma.<br />

I attend <strong>Groveport</strong> United Methodist Church, serving as Co-Chair of the finance committee. I am a Lay Speaker<br />

within the West Ohio United Methodist Church, serving as a supplementary pastor.<br />

I serve as a volunteer Board of Director member at Greater <strong>Groveport</strong> Food Pantry.<br />

I enjoy spending time with my family; going to church and serving; Bible studies, devotions; watching movies<br />

at home; watching a variety of sports notably The Ohio State University football games; and vacationing.<br />

Former community leader for all Liberians within Central Ohio.<br />

I graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting<br />

in 2005; Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Forensic Accounting, Magna Cum<br />

Laude, in 2007; and Ohio University with a Master of Business Administration in 2011.

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AEP rate increase,<br />

stay in the know<br />

Last month, I launched a new podcast<br />

called D3 Live to share resources I<br />

learned about that impact District 3 residents.<br />

My guest this month was Angie<br />

Rybalt, AEP’s Director of Customer Experience.<br />

In this episode, we addressed frequently<br />

asked questions about AEP’s<br />

rate changes, how to read your bill, and<br />

what you need to know about the impending<br />

changes.<br />

In case you missed it, effective June<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, AEP plans to implement a rate increase<br />

averaging approximately 28% for<br />

its customers in Columbus, Ohio. According<br />

to the AEP website, global demand,<br />

global supply chain issues,<br />

economic uncertainty, and the continued<br />

war in Ukraine have impacted electricity<br />

production costs. These expenses<br />

have necessitated the rate adjustment<br />

to ensure continued reliability and sustainability<br />

of the electric grid.<br />

While the specific impact will depend<br />

on individual usage patterns, the average<br />

household can expect to see an increase<br />

of up to $40 per month. Small<br />

businesses and commercial establishments<br />

may face higher costs, potentially<br />

impacting their bottom line and overall<br />

competitiveness.<br />

To mitigate the rate increase's impact,<br />

Columbus consumers can explore various<br />

strategies. These include adopting<br />

energy-efficient practices, such as using<br />

LED bulbs, optimizing heating and cooling<br />

systems, and minimizing energy<br />

consumption during peak hours. Additionally,<br />

shopping around for alternative<br />

energy providers or considering solar<br />

panel installations could offer long-term<br />

cost-saving benefits.<br />

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

Stay tuned for the next episode,<br />

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Light Ohio Blue honors law enforcement<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

A caravan of police cruisers was a highlight of Light Ohio Blue<br />

week.<br />

Light Ohio Blue week, which was held this year during<br />

National Police Week from <strong>May</strong> 14-20, began in 2016. The purpose<br />

of the campaign is to honor and pay respects to the law enforcement<br />

officers who have died in the line of duty as well as law<br />

enforcement personnel currently serving as sworn and civilian<br />

staff. It is held in coordination with National Peace Officers<br />

Memorial Day on <strong>May</strong> 15. As part of the week’s events, a caravan<br />

of dozens of police cruisers, with their lights flashing, passed<br />

through central Ohio the evening of <strong>May</strong> 17.<br />

According to Obetz Police Chief Mike Confer, the Light Ohio<br />

Blue caravan began at the Statehouse in Columbus and concluded<br />

its journey at the Ohio Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall<br />

in London, Ohio, where a special ceremony will be held to honor<br />

the fallen officers.<br />

The caravan also passed through Pickerington, Kirkersville,<br />

Hebron, Heath, Newark, Granville, Pataskala, and downtown<br />

Columbus in that order.<br />

“We encouraged the public to line the route in remembrance of<br />

our fallen officers and support of our currently serving officers,”<br />

said <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Officer Ernie Bell<br />

“Light Ohio Blue is an annual campaign to show support and<br />

solidarity for law enforcement professionals and the role they play<br />

in our communities, day in and day out,” said Madison Township<br />

Police Chief Gary York. “But, more importantly, it is an opportunity<br />

for Ohioans to come together and lift up the families, friends,<br />

and departments who have lost a brother or sister in blue over the<br />

last year.”<br />

“Light Ohio Blue is an important event as it helps to create<br />

awareness and show support for the law enforcement officers who<br />

have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Confer.<br />

“It also serves as an opportunity for communities to express their<br />

gratitude to current officers who work tirelessly to ensure public<br />

safety. The event fosters a sense of unity and appreciation,<br />

strengthening the bond between law enforcement and the community<br />

they serve.”<br />

Added Bell, “Light Ohio Blue is an organization that honors<br />

fallen police officers and keeps their memory alive and encourages<br />

a positive relationship between Law Enforcement and the<br />

public. The organization was started right here in central Ohio by<br />

a gentleman by the name of Bill Swank, he is an agent for<br />

Homeland Security. It has expanded rapidly to include the entire<br />

state of Ohio.”<br />

According to Light Ohio Blue officials, this year and last, Ohio<br />

has lost six law enforcement officers in the line of duty.<br />

“We can never remove the grief and trauma that these many<br />

families and agencies experience, but we can vow to never forget<br />

the officers and their families’ extreme sacrifice to their communities<br />

and to our state and nation,” according to a statement from<br />

Light Ohio Blue.<br />

Citizens participated in Light Ohio Blue by placing a blue light<br />

bulb in their exterior porch lights; wrapping blue Christmas lights<br />

around homes and businesses; lighting up homes and businesses<br />

with blue flood lights; placing blue ribbons on mailboxes, nearby<br />

columns, or posts; and wearing blue on <strong>May</strong> 15.<br />

“The blue porch lights, the folks who stand outside their homes<br />

to wave Thin Blue Line flags and cheer on the caravan, and the<br />

words and actions of support from strangers all carry such a positive<br />

affirmation for our men and women who don the badge every<br />

day,” said York. “Especially in today’s world, where law enforcement<br />

officers are often unfairly demonized, it has become imperative<br />

to respond to that negativity with integrity and professional,<br />

positive interactions.”<br />

Confer said when officers see blue porch lights on people’s<br />

homes, it serves as a powerful visual reminder of the support they<br />

have from the community.<br />

“This gesture of solidarity means a great deal to officers, providing<br />

a morale boost and a sense of encouragement during challenging<br />

times,” said Confer. “The simple act of lighting a blue<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police cruiser.<br />

Madison Township Police cruiser.<br />

Obetz Police cruiser and motorcycle.<br />

porch light conveys a message of gratitude and respect for the officers'<br />

dedication and sacrifice in their line of work.”<br />

Bell said the blue lights remind the patrol officers that the public<br />

they serve supports and appreciates them.<br />

“We have some homes that use blue lights all year round, not<br />

just during Police Month,” said Bell.<br />

“We hope you will join in supporting us by lighting up your<br />

porch with a blue light during the campaign,” said Confer.<br />

For information visit LightOhioBlue.org, or find Light Ohio<br />

Blue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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BPA Nationals<br />

Students from multiple Eastland-<br />

Fairfield Career & Technical School programs<br />

traveled to Anaheim, Calif., recently<br />

to compete in their respective events as a<br />

part of the <strong>2023</strong> Business Professionals of<br />

America national conference. Six different<br />

teams or individuals finished fifth, or better,<br />

in the country, highlighting an incredibly<br />

successful trip. Local student results:<br />

•The team of Slimane Ait Raiss (Jr.,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison), Jack Gill (Jr., Teays<br />

Valley), Paige Ingram (Jr., Bexley), and<br />

Caden Mesina (Jr., Teays Valley) placed<br />

fifth overall in software engineering. Adam<br />

Offord (Sr., Gahanna Lincoln) took home<br />

the school’s highest individual placement,<br />

claiming third place in the C# (C-sharp)<br />

Programming event.<br />

•Receiving recognition for earning<br />

industry certifications was <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison senior, Hannah Green (Microsoft<br />

Office Specialist, 2019 Word Certification).<br />

Collectively, Eastland-Fairfield featured<br />

four teams and two individuals to finish<br />

inside the top-5, in their respective categories.<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 />

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

Two documentary films on the history of<br />

<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.<br />

The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: A Town and<br />

Its People” and “The Story of John S. Rarey<br />

and Cruiser.”<br />

<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 museum is<br />

located in <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall, 648 Main<br />

St., and is open during <strong>Groveport</strong> Town<br />

Hall’s operating hours. Call 614-836-3333.<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. The<br />

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

residents of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison School<br />

District who are age 60 and older.<br />

Membership provides free access to all<br />

school and district sponsored athletic contests,<br />

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

become a member of the Golden Cruiser<br />

Club, obtain an application at<br />

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

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

for membership are that applicants<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools.

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Two felony OVI arrests<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police recently made two OVI<br />

felony arrests in separate incidents.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Chief<br />

Casey Adams, OVI (operating a vehicle<br />

under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or<br />

both) felony arrests involve suspects who<br />

have multiple OVI arrests already on their<br />

record.<br />

“I can’t remember the last time we had<br />

these kind of arrests and now we had two<br />

in two days,” said Adams.<br />

On <strong>May</strong> 5, officers arrested a man who<br />

was found slumped over in the driver’s<br />

seat of his vehicle near Hendron Road and<br />

State Route 317. According to the police<br />

report, officers alleged there was an empty<br />

gin bottle between the driver’s legs and<br />

that the driver “showed the common signs<br />

of being intoxicated.” Records showed that<br />

the driver was driving under an OVI suspension<br />

and had seven prior OVI arrests<br />

since 2008. Officers alleged the driver was<br />

uncooperative and refused to be tested. He<br />

was placed under arrest for felony OVI.<br />

The second incident occurred <strong>May</strong> 6<br />

when police spotted a driver speeding on<br />

State Route 317 allegedly going 79 mph in<br />

a 50 mph zone. Police stopped the driver<br />

near Greenpointe Drive. He was found to<br />

be driving under suspension for a fourth<br />

degree felony OVI. According to the police<br />

report, the driver “denied drinking anything”<br />

but officers alleged “the odor of alcohol<br />

was very strong” and that there was a<br />

case of beer in the vehicle. He was cited for<br />

his violations and the OVI.<br />

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SkillsUSA Nationals<br />

In April, more than 5,000 competitors,<br />

business partners, instructors, and vendors<br />

gathered to compete in over 100 contests<br />

at the SkillsUSA Nationals. The<br />

series of contests came together on April<br />

25-26 for state-wide competitions.<br />

Eastland-Fairfield sent nine students<br />

from four different programs to the<br />

SkillsUSA national conference following a<br />

series of medal-winning performances at<br />

the state competition. Five representatives<br />

come from Eastland Career Center while<br />

two students are from the Cyber Security<br />

satellite program at New Albany High<br />

School. Fourteen students between the district’s<br />

three SkillsUSA chapters earned a<br />

silver or bronze medal, while an additional<br />

seven left the Greater Columbus<br />

Convention Center having placed inside<br />

the top five. The nine students who placed<br />

first in their respective events will prepare<br />

for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and<br />

Skills Conference, to be held June 19-23, in<br />

Atlanta, Ga. Local student results:<br />

•Ayden Cuckler (<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison,<br />

Aviation) - Drone Competition, Bronze;<br />

•Sarah Spencer (Hamilton Twp., Pre-<br />

Dental) - Dental Assisting, Bronze;<br />

•Charles Neville (Canal Winchester,<br />

Electrical) - Electrical Construction<br />

Wiring, Bronze;<br />

•Massar Yade (<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison,<br />

Pharmacy) - Medical Math, Silver;<br />

•Iromy Mendoza Lopez (Canal<br />

Winchester, Pre-Nursing) - Nurse<br />

Assisting, Bronze.<br />

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Photo courtesy of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum<br />

Memorial Day 60 years ago<br />

Robert Dutro Post #486 of the American Legion of Ohio began holding formal<br />

Memorial Day ceremonies in the <strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery since 1921. Pictured here is<br />

an early 1960s Memorial Day ceremony in the <strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery. The <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School Marching Band can be seen in the background in the upper<br />

left portion of the photo. (Photo from the “Sesqui-Centennial of Founding of <strong>Groveport</strong>,<br />


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