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

<strong>August</strong> 27 - September 9, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 3<br />

Crash on SR 317<br />

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

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh Short, a vehicle crash occurred on Aug. 16<br />

at about 10:48 a.m. on State Route 317 at <strong>Groveport</strong> Road. An SUV was struck as<br />

it turned left into the path of a southbound vehicle and was knocked onto its side.<br />

The driver of the SUV, who was mechanically removed from the vehicle by the<br />

Madison Township Fire Department, was transported to the hospital in stable condition.<br />

Portions of State Route 317 and <strong>Groveport</strong> Road were shut down for about<br />

45 minutes.<br />

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Trouble at football game<br />

Guns found, arrests made<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Guns were confiscated and arrests made<br />

at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison vs. Canal<br />

Winchester football game on Aug. 18 in<br />

Canal Winchester.<br />

At the game, Madison Township Police<br />

officers intervened when a fight among<br />

three juvenile spectators broke out leading<br />

to the recovery of three modified firearms<br />

and four individuals charged.<br />

Madison Township Police Chief Gary<br />

York said, “The fight started in the stands<br />

by pushing, not punching.”<br />

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

said it is his understanding that the fight<br />

began on the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison side of the<br />

stadium.<br />

A 17-year-old was charged with menacing<br />

and disorderly conduct; two 17-yearolds<br />

and an 18-year-old were charged with<br />

carrying a concealed weapon and conveyance<br />

or possession of a deadly weapon<br />

in a school safety zone.<br />

According to York, none of the suspects<br />

are current Canal Winchester or <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison high school students and were<br />

from the Columbus area.<br />

York said all the confiscated firearms<br />

had switches on them that allowed them to<br />

become fully automatic. None of the guns<br />

were fired and there were no injuries.<br />

“MTPD had eight officers assigned for<br />

the security detail on this event, and<br />

because of their swift response, there were<br />

no shots fired and no injuries sustained,”<br />

said York. “What could have ended in<br />

tragedy, was redirected to peace and justice<br />

because of the efforts of these law<br />

enforcement professionals working in unison<br />

with school staff, with the support of<br />

neighboring agencies who responded to the<br />

officer in trouble call including Franklin<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, <strong>Groveport</strong> Police,<br />

and Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, with<br />

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both school districts is to provide a safe<br />

environment for students, staff, and spectators.”<br />

The guns<br />

York said the following guns were confiscated<br />

from the suspects:<br />

•A Glock 19 was removed with one<br />

round in the chamber and a fully loaded<br />

extended 33 round magazine.<br />

“A school administrator notified School<br />

Resource Officer Mallory and School<br />

Resource Officer Schwotzer once the suspect<br />

was in custody and after the fight that<br />

he may have a firearm,” said York.<br />

“Officers located it in the pants leg. the<br />

suspect was attempting to hold his legs<br />

together.”<br />

•A Glock 19 was removed with one<br />

round in the chamber with a fully loaded<br />

magazine.<br />

“A school administrator notified School<br />

Resource Officer Schwotzer of the suspect’s<br />

involvement,” said York. “He was carrying<br />

a shoulder bag. Schwotzer attempted to<br />

take control of the suspect and the shoulder<br />

bag, the suspect dropped the shoulder<br />

bag and ran. Inside the bag was the<br />

firearm. the suspect was caught by Officer<br />

Jackson and a school administrator.”<br />

•A Glock 45 was removed with one<br />

round in the chamber with a fully loaded<br />

magazine<br />

“A school administrator advised of one<br />

suspect’s association with one another,”<br />

said York. “The suspect was patted down<br />

and inside his waistband was the firearm.”<br />

Future safety<br />

When asked why the fight occurred,<br />

York said the matter is under investigation.<br />

York said there is not a “simple,<br />

straightforward answer as to why people<br />

choose to engage in violence” nor why these<br />

kinds of disturbances continue to happen<br />

at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison school events.<br />

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Madison Township will hold a tire drive<br />

on Sept. 13 from 1-7 p.m. in Brobst Park,<br />

5321 Winchester Pike, where residents of<br />

Madison Township (including Canal<br />

Winchester and <strong>Groveport</strong>) can recycle<br />

rimless junk tires. No commercial vehicle<br />

tires will be taken. Maximum of 10 tires<br />

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15 animal complaints, 55 Brobst<br />

Park security checks, 1 burglary, 2 burglaries<br />

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16 juvenile complaints, 14 larceny/theft, 6<br />

missing persons, 2 narcotics, 10 parking<br />

violations, 1 person with gun, 2 sex offenses,<br />

4 shots fired in area, 0 shootings, 3<br />

stolen vehicles, 3<br />

suicide attempts, 77<br />

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9<br />

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“It is disappointing that people are<br />

choosing to engage in these acts as spectators<br />

of high school athletic events,” said<br />

York. “While rivalry games such as<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison vs. Canal Winchester<br />

brings a lot of adrenaline to the athletes<br />

and fans, these events are meant to highlight<br />

the students and not be a place for<br />

violence.”<br />

When asked what steps can be taken at<br />

future <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison school events to<br />

ensure safety, York said, “The <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison School District recently implemented<br />

weapon detection systems at the<br />

high school which will also be used during<br />

home sporting events.”<br />

York said this is the second year of<br />

Madison Township Police handling the<br />

security for the Canal Winchester High<br />

School home sporting events.<br />

“Part of the security planning for this<br />

year’s <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison game was to<br />

move the start time to 6 p.m., in addition,<br />

extra officers were added including two<br />

from <strong>Groveport</strong> Police, the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School SRO and his supervisor,<br />

to compliment the six Madison<br />

Township Police officers. The idea was that<br />

they would be able to assist Madison<br />

Township Police in identifying current or<br />

former <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison students that<br />

could potentially become an issue at the<br />

game.”<br />

He said there was a response plan in<br />

place that included two <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

officers and six Madison Township officers.<br />

“On Thursday just before the game, I<br />

was informed that GPD officers would not<br />

be able to participate due to bureaucratic<br />

concerns,” said York. “Hopefully, we can<br />

work to resolve this and better work across<br />

agency lines. <strong>Groveport</strong> Police officers did<br />

respond when an officer in trouble call<br />

went out.”<br />

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

said the game took place outside of the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police jurisdiction and its officers<br />

would have had to have been specially<br />

sworn in to do special duty. He said his<br />

department had to be make sure it was<br />

legally covered to take enforcement action<br />

if necessary and those issues could not be<br />

worked out before the game. He said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police officers did respond when<br />

needed as mutual aid when the officer in<br />

trouble call went out.<br />

York said Madison Township was able<br />

to cover those two positions with other<br />

Madison officers, Madison Township had a<br />

total of eight officers assigned to the detail.<br />

Fairfield County had one deputy from their<br />

Community Watch.<br />

“Our primary focus through our partnerships<br />

with other law enforcement agencies,<br />

first responders, and our collaborations<br />

with both school districts is to provide<br />

a safe environment for students, staff, and<br />

spectators,” said York. “I want to thank the<br />

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Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police, and the Fairfield County<br />

Sheriff’s Office for their response to our<br />

request for assistance under mutual aid<br />

with an officer in trouble call that was<br />

aired by the Franklin County Sheriff’s<br />

Office Radio Room. I also want to thank<br />

Chief Deputy Minard and the Detective<br />

Bureau with the Franklin County Sheriff’s<br />

Office for their assistance with the investigation.”<br />

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

“The individuals arrested are not students<br />

at either school,” said <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools Superintendent Jamie<br />

Grube. “It is both unacceptable and alarming<br />

for anyone to bring weapons to a high<br />

school football game; the safety of the students,<br />

staff, and spectators is our top priority.<br />

Additional officers quickly responded<br />

to the stadium and determined it would be<br />

safe to finish the game and then make sure<br />

all attendees left the stadium immediately<br />

when the game was over. Administrators<br />

from both schools and officers from<br />

Madison Township Police Department,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Department, and the<br />

Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office ensured<br />

the safety of all in attendance as crowds<br />

left the game.”<br />

Grube said the incident is “both scary<br />

and frustrating.”<br />

“Our students deserve to attend games<br />

with their friends and make memories<br />

without fearing for their safety,” said<br />

Grube. “<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools and<br />

Canal Winchester Schools condemn the<br />

actions of the few individuals who created<br />

this disturbance and showed incomprehensible<br />

disregard for the safety of our school<br />

communities.”<br />

Grube thanked the police for their assistance,<br />

bravery, and response to ensure the<br />

safety of students, families, staff, and communities.<br />

“Over the past month, officers from<br />

Madison Township Police, <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police, and Fairfield County Sheriff’s<br />

Office have collaborated with Canal<br />

Winchester and <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

administrators to proactively plan for the<br />

safety of our teams and fans at tonight’s<br />

game,” said Grube. “Their commitment to<br />

putting safety measures in place before the<br />

game and quick execution of the safety<br />

response plan ensured that no one was<br />

injured during tonight’s game.”<br />

He said safety is a top priority.<br />

“Just as we have over the last year, we<br />

plan to continue to work together to make<br />

sure our students have the opportunity to<br />

safely enjoy their high school experiences<br />

like football games,” said Grube. “We will<br />

share more information soon about our<br />

safety plans for the rest of the season and<br />

will continue to keep you updated about<br />

important safety matters at our schools.”<br />

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<strong>August</strong> 27, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

Photos courtesy of Chris Downing<br />

Alumni return<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Cruiser varsity<br />

softball alumna Jessie Rock (above)<br />

shows off her familiar power hitter<br />

stance in the batter’s box at the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Cruiser Softball<br />

Alumni Slow Pitch Event held on Aug.<br />

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

School. According to Cruiser softball<br />

coach Chris Downing, every ex-player<br />

was invited to participate and to celebrate<br />

the history, winning, losing,<br />

players, and coaches of the softball<br />

program. Cruiser alumna Emilee<br />

Downing (right) takes her turn at bat<br />

while other past Cruiser softball players<br />

take defensive positions in the<br />


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

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

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”<br />

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The geography of youth<br />

The universe of my early youth consisted of a backyard, a sidewalk,<br />

and a neighborhood.<br />

My family and I inhabited this universe on <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Clark<br />

Court during the first five years of my life.<br />

The homes in the<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

Clark Court neighborhood<br />

were constructed<br />

during the housing and<br />

baby boom of the early 1950s. Our house sat on<br />

the southeast curve of the court’s bulb and the<br />

property had the distinction of a sidewalk running<br />

along its edge leading to a gravel path<br />

through a grassy field that connected to Main<br />

Street.<br />

The sidewalks currently in place on Clark<br />

Court were installed in the recent past and so<br />

were not there back in the 1950s and 1960s.<br />

The lone sidewalk was the connector mentioned<br />

above. This stretch of concrete beckoned<br />

my young self to explore, especially after my<br />

parents bought me a shiny green tricycle from<br />

Bolenbaugh Hardware.<br />

I wheeled up and down that sidewalk frequently.<br />

The sidewalk was on flat terrain as it extended from Clark<br />

Court, but quickly descended on a hill that featured a tight “dead<br />

man’s curve” with a wooden utility pole stuck in the sidewalk at the<br />

base of the hill. This pole had to be deftly negotiated with keen control<br />

of the handlebars as one turned so as not to crash into it as one sped<br />

down the hill on a tricycle or bicycle.<br />

After the turn, the sidewalk extended flat along the edge of the<br />

backyard until it ended at the straight, narrow gravel path that cut<br />

through the neighboring grassy vacant lot to Main Street. This gravel<br />

path was the remnants of a right-of-way of Frank Alley and it gave<br />

Candidates file for election<br />

These local candidates filed (pending certification)<br />

with the Franklin County Board of<br />

Elections to appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.<br />

•Canal Winchester School Board (two<br />

to be elected): Kevin Butler, Scott<br />

Ferguson, Chloe Green, Matt Krueger,<br />

Adam Twiss;<br />

•Canal Winchester City Council (three<br />

to be elected): Will Bennett, Alec<br />

McLaughlin, Chuck Milliken, Richard<br />

Moore, Tina Welch; (unexpired term ending<br />

12-31-25, one to be elected): Steve Buskirk,<br />

Scott Connor;<br />

•Canal Winchester Mayor (one to be<br />

elected): Mike Ebert, Joe Steager, Mike<br />

Walker;<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison School Board<br />

(two to be elected): Larry Carey, Benjamin<br />

Joof, John Kershner, Kathleen Walsh<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council (two to be<br />

elected): Shawn Cleary, Jean Ann Hilbert,<br />

John Hougland, Cheryl Irving;<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> Mayor (one to be elected):<br />

Lance Westcamp;<br />

•Hamilton Township School Board<br />

(two to be elected): James Dommer, Walley<br />

Obert, Arthur Short;<br />

•Hamilton Township Trustee (one to be<br />

elected): Belinda Anderson, Gary<br />

Armstrong;<br />

•Madison Township Trustee (one to be<br />

elected): Bruce Jarvis, Andrew Nimely;<br />

•Obetz City Council (two to be elected):<br />

Michael Flaherty, Derek Varney;<br />

•Obetz Mayor (one to be elected):<br />

Angela Kirk, Bonnie Wiley.<br />

Music makers<br />

Clark Court residents a shorter way to get to Main Street. It was primarily<br />

used by kids heading to and from school, including my two<br />

older siblings.<br />

I often pedaled my tricycle down this stretch of sidewalk, past the<br />

dead man’s curve, to the gravel path. I can recall seeing butterflies<br />

flitting about in the vacant lot. After a heavy rain, when I felt adventurous,<br />

I would pedal a little ways along the gravel path to a big puddle<br />

that would form in a depression in the ground along the path. This<br />

“hole” appeared big to me at the time, but it was only a few feet long<br />

and less than a foot deep. Though it was more or less a puddle, it<br />

seemed like a small pond to my little kid mind. I floated sticks and<br />

leaves on the water, watched bugs dance on the water surface,<br />

splashed the water with my hands, and scooped out water to see what<br />

I could find.<br />

I only lived at the Clark Court house for about five years. I started<br />

attending kindergarten and that rite of academic passage cut into the<br />

time spent on youthful tricycle explorations. I soon entered first grade<br />

and by then my family had moved to a larger nearby house on Main<br />

Street, still close to the vacant lot and my Clark Court roots.<br />

As kids we never knew who owned the vacant lot that bordered our<br />

Clark Court yard or who kept it mowed. During our time living at the<br />

Main Street hous, when we and the neighborhood kids got older, we<br />

used the old vacant lot for football and baseball games. No one ever<br />

stopped us playing there. We just did it.<br />

Time moved on. I grew. The town grew. A fine home with a beautiful<br />

yard now fills the ground where the gravel path, old vacant lot,<br />

and puddle pond once were. The sidewalk that was my tricycle highway<br />

that lead me to young explorations was broken up and removed<br />

a long time ago.<br />

Time is an eraser.<br />

But I remember it all.<br />

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

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Sallee<br />

These are members of a <strong>Groveport</strong> School student band, from a photo possibly<br />

from the 1940s, getting ready to perform on the front lawn of what is now<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary. <strong>Groveport</strong> School on Main Street housed all 12 grades from<br />

1923 until the 1950s. Note the fountain behind the band that is still in use today.<br />

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Council ponders annexation<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council is considering<br />

an annexation request for a small parcel<br />

along west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Development<br />

Director Jeff Green, the 1.94 acre property<br />

is located on the north side of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Road just west of Saltzgaber Road. There is<br />

currently a residence on the property.<br />

“A development plan has not yet been<br />

submitted (for the property), but based on<br />

discussions staff has had with the developers,<br />

the plan may call for smaller multiunit<br />

‘flex’ (commercial/industrial) spaces as<br />

well as a possible cold storage facility,” said<br />

Green. “The plan will likely also include an<br />

outparcel fronting <strong>Groveport</strong> Road to be<br />

marketed as a site for a restaurant or<br />

another retail commercial use. The property<br />

will be part of a larger proposed development<br />

on surrounding land currently owned<br />

by Roger Studley.”<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Road corridor west of<br />

State Route 317 is currently a mix of warehouses,<br />

small businesses, churches, and<br />

residences.<br />

A couple of years ago, the city contracted<br />

with the IBI Group to create a<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road Corridor Study to review<br />

west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road between <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

and Obetz from State Route 317 to Bixby<br />

Road.<br />

The report noted that the western portion<br />

of the road located in Obetz is primarily<br />

residential while the eastern portion<br />

located in <strong>Groveport</strong> is mostly<br />

commercial/industrial.<br />

The study also stated the average daily<br />

traffic count for west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road in<br />

2020 was 11,000 to 12,000 vehicles, but<br />

that number will rise by 55 percent to<br />

17,000 by 2040.<br />

Income tax revenue<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s income tax revenue<br />

year-to-date as of July 31 was $13.7<br />

million, which is about 14 percent higher<br />

than the same time in 2022, according to<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Finance Director Jason Carr.<br />

Carr noted the general fund balance was<br />

$12.8 million as of July 31, which is $5.9<br />

million higher than the same time last<br />

year.<br />

Income tax revenues year-to-date comprised<br />

59 percent of all city revenues, the<br />

largest part of all the city’s revenues.<br />

City council meetings<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.<br />

Council holds its committee of the whole<br />

meeting on the third Monday each month<br />

at 5:30 p.m.<br />

Meetings are held in the municipal<br />

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

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CW celebrates 101 years<br />

of Labor Day festivities<br />

The 101st annual Canal Winchester Labor Day<br />

Festival, presented by Diley Ridge Medical Center,<br />

will fill the streets of historic downtown Canal<br />

Winchester over Labor Day weekend.<br />

Opening ceremonies will take place on the festival<br />

main stage on Sept. 2 at noon. The fun continues Sept.<br />

2 until 11 p.m., Sept. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and<br />

Sept. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br />

“The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival is celebrating<br />

over a century of family-friendly activities in<br />

our downtown during the Labor Day weekend,” said<br />

Carolyn Ebert, Labor Day Festival Board President.<br />

“With so many food vendors, arts and crafts vendors,<br />

rides, games, free entertainment, a car show, and our<br />

renowned parade, there is something sure to please<br />

everyone in the family.”<br />

The Labor Day Festival Committee promises to<br />

deliver the fun, family-friendly festival that the community<br />

has grown to love. Midway rides and games<br />

return to the historic downtown all weekend long, and<br />

kids will ride for free from noon to 4 p.m. as part of<br />

Free Ride Saturday, courtesy of Wright-Patt Credit<br />

Union, Inc.<br />

Free festival entertainment will fill the streets with<br />

sounds all weekend long. American country singersongwriter<br />

and Ohio native Rayne Johnson will headline<br />

the main stage Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. Silver Springs,<br />

the Sept. 3 night headliner, will have guests doing<br />

double-takes as the band covers over four decades of<br />

the best Fleetwood Mac songs.<br />

For those over 21, the Ugly Mug Beer Pavilion will<br />

be located near Stradley Park. This is the first year<br />

that the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area<br />

(DORA) will be in place, so visitors may sip, stroll,<br />

shop, and explore the festival grounds from noon to<br />

close as well.<br />

The Labor Day Festival will again become a showplace<br />

for some of the finest hot-rods and classic cars in<br />

central Ohio on Sept. 3. In past years, over 200<br />

antique, muscle, and classic cars have been on display.<br />

The cruise-in, hosted by C-Town Cruisers, will start at<br />

10 a.m. and will wrap up at 4 p.m. with trophy presentations.<br />

Registration is just $15 per car and begins<br />

downtown at 9 a.m. on West Waterloo Street.<br />

On Sept. 4, enjoy the festival’s annual Canal<br />

Winchester Labor Day Parade, presented by Kelly<br />

Abbott & the “A” Team, Howard Hanna Realtors. The<br />

parade steps off from Canal Winchester High School at<br />

1 p.m. and makes its way through the city’s historic<br />

downtown.<br />

Since 1920, the Canal Winchester Labor Day<br />

Festival has proudly partnered with the local government<br />

and nearby businesses to host the festival. Labor<br />

Day Festival organizers recognize all festival supporters,<br />

with special thanks to the city of Canal<br />

Winchester and the festival’s presenting sponsor,<br />

Diley Ridge Medical Center. For all Labor Day<br />

Festival details, including those to come, visit<br />

www.cwlaborday.org.<br />

Boy Scout Troop 71<br />

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

at <strong>Groveport</strong> United Methodist Church, 512 Main St.<br />

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

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts ages 11-18 meet<br />

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

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

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

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School levy on ballot<br />

<strong>August</strong> 27, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Voters in the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison school<br />

district will decide on a 6.68 mill continuing<br />

operating levy that will appear on the<br />

Nov. 7 ballot.<br />

The levy is for current operating<br />

expenses.<br />

When asked earlier this year if a continuing<br />

levy is essentially a permanent levy<br />

since it does not have a fixed term, former<br />

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

Director Jeff Warner said, “While there are<br />

differences in the legal terminology, it is<br />

essentially a permanent levy.”<br />

School officials said the levy is a “no<br />

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

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

support to maintain our programming<br />

for our students.”<br />

District resident Ernest Lee told the<br />

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

its June 14 meeting that the levy would be<br />

a hardship for seniors and individuals.<br />

“You say it (the levy) is not new, but it<br />

is because it’s permanent, so accountability<br />

goes away,” said Lee. “You think residents<br />

have money just to give to the board to do<br />

whatever it wants.”<br />

Board President LaToya Dowdell-<br />

Burger said there is a senior citizens home<br />

exemption available that has been expanded<br />

in the new state budget and state law.<br />

The district has not received any new<br />

money since the current expiring 6.68 mill<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 that inflation is<br />

causing expenses to outpace flat revenues.<br />

Cruisers on the air<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Sports Network will provide<br />

live play-by-play coverage of 20<br />

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

contests in football, boys basketball, girls<br />

basketball, and softball in <strong>2023</strong>-24. Rick<br />

Cooper begins his 32nd season as a playby-play<br />

announcer and his 12th at<br />

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

The broadcast coverage will include<br />

high definition video as well as live audio.<br />

Each broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to<br />

the scheduled start time with the pre-game<br />

show. The pre-game show will feature<br />

interviews with the head coach, a detailed<br />

scouting report of the opponent, the starting<br />

line-ups, and more. After the game<br />

there will be interviews with players and<br />

the head coach, along with a look at the<br />

final stats. The free broadcasts can be<br />

accessed on your computer or handheld<br />

device. All 20 broadcasts will also be available<br />

to view on demand for free as well.<br />

Watch at: www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.<br />

The broadcast schedule: (football) Aug.<br />

According to the district’s most recent<br />

five year forecast, this revenue gap could<br />

grow to $4.8 million next year and $9 million<br />

the following year.<br />

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

shows expenditures are expected to be<br />

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

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.<br />

According to district officials, a worsening<br />

cash balance can erode the district’s<br />

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 />

officials said the district needs to<br />

close the revenue gap, which includes:<br />

spending reductions, renewing the expiring<br />

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

- or a combination of these actions.<br />

During the April board meeting, former<br />

treasurer Felicia Drummey said the district<br />

could consider $4 million in spending<br />

reductions to balance the operating budget,<br />

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

in reducing services.<br />

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

year forecast released, 42 percent of its<br />

total revenue comes from property taxes,<br />

39 percent from state funding, and about<br />

20 percent from other sources. Salaries<br />

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

are 23 percent, purchased services are<br />

17 percent, and supplies/materials are 3.5<br />

percent.<br />

18, 6 p.m. at Canal Winchester; Sept. 15, 7<br />

p.m. vs. Upper Arlington; and Oct. 6, 7<br />

p.m. at Pickerington Central; (boys basketball)<br />

Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. at Reynoldsburg;<br />

Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. at Canal Winchester;<br />

Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. vs. Lancaster; Jan. 5,<br />

7:30 p.m. at Pickerington Central; Jan. 9,<br />

7:30 p.m. vs. Newark; Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. at<br />

Hilliard Bradley; Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. vs.<br />

Reynoldsburg; Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. vs.<br />

Pickerington Central; and Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.<br />

at Newark; (girls basketball) Jan. 19, 7<br />

p.m. vs. Central Crossing; Jan. 27, 2:30<br />

p.m. vs. Logan; (softball) April 4, 5:15 p.m.<br />

at Reynoldsburg; April 8, 5:15 p.m. vs.<br />

Lancaster; April 11, 5:15 p.m. vs. Newark;<br />

April 17, 5:15 p.m. vs. Reynoldsburg; April<br />

22, 5:15 p.m. vs. Pickerington Central; and<br />

April 24, 5:15 p.m. at Newark.<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 />

ENR<br />

ROLL NOW<br />

FOR THE <strong>2023</strong>-2024 SCH HOOL YEAR<br />

DON’T WAIT!<br />

Register your child for school today using our online<br />

system, Speedy yStart. Begin the process by visiting our<br />

website at gocr<br />

uisers.org/enrollment.aspx. .aspx. It’s as easy<br />

as 1, 2, 3.<br />


Don’t wait until <strong>August</strong> to register<br />

your child. Enrolling early helps to<br />

ensure a smooth start to the school<br />

year for your child – and you!<br />


Even if your chi ld is already enrolled<br />

in <strong>Groveport</strong> M adison Schools, but you’ve<br />

moved to anoth her address within the District,<br />

you must log into your FinalForms account, count, found at<br />

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Welcome Center<br />

4400 Marketing Place, Suite B<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

(614) 491-8288

Elect<br />

ANDREW<br />


WHO I AM<br />

I am Andrew B. Nimely, and I am running<br />

for Madison Township Trustee this November<br />

7th. I have lived in the township for over<br />

13 years.<br />

I am married to my beautiful wife Lombeh<br />

D. Nimely. We are committed to honoring<br />

God and are blessed with seven children<br />

(Andrew Jr., Ancelia; Faith; Bishop; Ayoub;<br />

Camilla; and Margaretta).<br />

The four adult children (Andrew Jr., Ancelia, Faith, and Bishop) are all<br />

graduates of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School with one of our children,<br />

Bishop, serving in the Army Reserve.<br />

I was born on November 3rd, 1970, in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa,<br />

a country that stands with the United States of America during<br />

world wars and on all issues no matter the situation since its independence<br />

on July 26, 1847.<br />

Its capital city, Monrovia, is the name in honor of James Monroe,<br />

the United States’ fifth President.<br />

My father, the late Bishop N. Nimely, was a firefighter, a kind man,<br />

and a Christian who was baptized at an early age.<br />

My 86-year-old mother, Esther G. Wesseh, a single, and devoted<br />

Christian, taught me to see every person in the image of Jesus<br />

Christ. She instilled in me hard work, humbleness, respect, and gratitude<br />

for EVERYONE.<br />

I own and operate two small businesses for over a decade now,<br />

namely: Andrew Developmental Disabilities Services, LLC which<br />

provides healthcare services for developmentally challenged individuals<br />

in Ohio, and Damawa Tax & Accounting Services, LLC, an<br />

accountant firm that provides accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparation<br />

and planning, payroll management, and consultant services<br />

throughout the United States.<br />

I have been an adjunct faculty since January 2015 at Columbus<br />

State Community College in the Information Technology Department.<br />

I have over 2 decades of practical working experience using<br />

Windows, Microsoft Office Applications, IT & Database Fundamentals,<br />

QuickBooks, and Tax Applications software.<br />

My background focuses on managerial development, accounting,<br />

and healthcare experience that reflects a philosophy through coaching<br />

via detail-oriented interpersonal personnel strategy. Consistently,<br />

I have brought about the latest ideas, suggestions, and<br />

problem-solving techniques that have produced successful results<br />

in my previous and current professions.<br />

I am proficient in strategic planning through accountability, internal<br />

control system design, and client retention from a broad perspective,<br />

especially in a customer relationship era where business tasks<br />

involve inspiring people to willingly attain organizational goals, not<br />

to mention retaining patrons.<br />


I attend <strong>Groveport</strong> United Methodist Church, serving as Co-Chair of<br />

the finance committee. I served as a Board of Director member of<br />

the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church on the<br />

Board of Pension and Health. I am a Lay Speaker within the West<br />

Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving as a supplementary<br />

pastor.<br />

I currently serve as a Board of Director member at Greater <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Food Pantry.<br />

I enjoy spending time with family in various forms (dinner, parties,<br />

vacations, and celebrations); going to church; watching movies at<br />

home and theater; and watching a variety of sports notably The<br />

Ohio State University football games.<br />

I am a former community President for all Liberians in Central Ohio.<br />


I graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Ass<br />

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sociate of Applied Science degree in accounting in 2005; Franklin<br />

University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Forensic<br />

Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, in 2007; and Ohio University with<br />

a Master of Business Administration in 2011.<br />


• As an outsider and business owner, I would like to craft a private<br />

sector business strategic plan in finding answers to the most critical<br />

issues facing the township and residents now and in the future.<br />

• As a Business Executive {I have created more than 150 jobs} with<br />

more than 12 years of professional experience hiring and managing<br />

personnel within the healthcare and finance industry.<br />

• I would like to see the trustee meeting modified instead of the 3<br />

minutes allotted to residents for public speaking without interactions.<br />

In short, I would like to see residents have a VOICE during<br />

meetings that include interactions.<br />

• I would like to take the meeting to the residents of the township<br />

in the form of a “Meet & Greet” with Andrew event on a quarterly<br />

basis to create a sense of BELONGING and knowing your neighbors.<br />

• I am Trustworthy and confidential record keeping is part of my<br />

value as a business proprietor; I STRONGLY BELIEVE in accountability,<br />

especially as a practicing accountant.<br />

• I am accountable to my customers, students as an Accountant,<br />

Administrator, and College Instructor; therefore, I will be accountable<br />

to the residents of the township when you give me the privilege<br />

to serve. In short, Results and Productivity Matters!!!<br />


{Police & Firefighter} including our Road Crew within the township.<br />

• I STRONGLY BELIEVE in the First Amendment such as Religious<br />

Freedom.<br />

• I STRONGLY BELIEVE in the Second Amendment such as the<br />

Right to own a Firearm (I am a concealed handgun carrier.)<br />

I am abundantly grateful to our township and city for the level of<br />

opportunity with a safe community or neighborhood that my family<br />

continues to enjoy since making <strong>Groveport</strong>, Ohio, my hometown<br />

especially coming from Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, without a college<br />

education, by achieving the American dream 23 years ago plus<br />

with ONLY a high school diploma.<br />

I am the fourth child out of eight kids, with only three siblings including<br />

me with a high school and college education. With God’s<br />

grace and my mother’s guidance, I greet everyone that I have ever<br />

come across with a simple word called GRATEFUL.<br />

I lost my father in his prime at 55 years in 1990, due to High Blood<br />

Pressure. He was a great firefighter.<br />

Fellow residents of Madison Township, Franklin County, Ohio,<br />

when elected as your Trustee, you will have an individual who is very<br />

humble and grateful to God for all His blessings.<br />

I promise, when I am elected with your VOTE; I will work extremely<br />

hard to achieve those points outlined in Why I Am Running!!<br />

I Care. I Listen. I Act.<br />

I ask for your financial support, endorsement, volunteer effort, and<br />

placing of signs in yard Now or right after Labor Day!<br />

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

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

Email: animelycandidate@gmail.com<br />

Facebook: facebook.com/NimelyUS2<br />

Twitter: @NimelyUS1<br />


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Visit historic cemetery<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Step into the past and visit the historic<br />

Hendren Cemetery as the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Cemetery Committee will open the gate to<br />

the cemetery for visitors on Sept. 9 from 10<br />

a.m. to noon.<br />

Hendren Cemetery is located in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> on the west side of State Route<br />

317, about a half mile north of Main<br />

Street/<strong>Groveport</strong> Road and about a quarter<br />

mile south of the railroad tracks. Its gravel<br />

driveway on State Route 317 is protected<br />

by a locked gate most of the time because<br />

of the cemetery’s isolated nature.<br />

To enter Hendren Cemetery go southbound<br />

on State Route 317 and turn right at<br />

the cemetery’s gate. Do not turn left from<br />

northbound State Route 317.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery Committee members<br />

will be on hand on Sept. 9 to answer<br />

questions about Hendren Cemetery.<br />

“We wanted to open up the cemetery so<br />

people can see the improvements made<br />

there,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery<br />

Committee member and city councilman<br />

Shawn Cleary.<br />

Those buried in the Hendren Cemetery<br />

were early pioneers in Madison Township<br />

and <strong>Groveport</strong>. Their familiar last names<br />

are reflected in the area roads such as<br />

Hendron and Swisher roads.<br />

“They are the namesakes of <strong>Groveport</strong>,”<br />

said Cleary. “This is where it all started.<br />

There’s a lot of history in this beautiful<br />

cemetery.”<br />

Hendren Cemetery history<br />

We can only imagine what it was like<br />

the day in 1801 when loved ones held the<br />

funeral and burial of Joseph Flemington in<br />

what was the first grave in what would<br />

become the Hendren Cemetery.<br />

The mourners must have picked the<br />

spot because at that time it was serene and<br />

beautiful - a grassy knoll surrounded by<br />

trees and meadows in pastoral Madison<br />

Township.<br />

According to the historian George<br />

Bareis, Flemington’s grave is believed to<br />

be the oldest marked and recorded grave in<br />

Madison Township.<br />

Hendren Cemetery fell into disrepair<br />

over its more than 200-year-old history<br />

with many of its 35 gravestones scattered<br />

in the nearby brush, some of them broken<br />

and others eroded by time. Some of the<br />

graves showed signs of collapsing.<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> annexed the land<br />

that included the Hendren Cemetery in<br />

1987. Then, beginning in 1998, city public<br />

works employees retrieved the gravestones,<br />

spread topsoil over the collapsing<br />

graves, seeded it with grass, and regularly<br />

mowed the site.<br />

In a 2005 interview, former Public<br />

Works Director Dennis Moore said the<br />

cemetery was originally marked by four<br />

oak trees at its corners and the 35 graves<br />

were arranged in three rows. The dates on<br />

the gravestones range from 1801 to 1876.<br />

Other restoration efforts at Hendren<br />

Cemetery included: the addition of a boul-<br />

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

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

der with a bronze plaque containing all 35<br />

names of those who are buried there, resetting<br />

some of the gravestones, and fencing.<br />

Today warehouses and State Route 317<br />

border the small, rural Hendren Cemetery,<br />

but the cemetery is not diminished by<br />

these developments and it remains a place<br />

of peace and honor as trees and fields<br />

buffer the site from the modern world.<br />

(Note that the spelling of the name of the<br />

cemetery, “Hendren,” is based on references<br />

in Bareis’ book, “A History of<br />

Madison Township: Including <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

and Canal Winchester, Franklin County,<br />

Ohio.” The cemetery has also been referred<br />

to as the Hendren-Barnhart Cemetery.)<br />

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

A similar “open house” will be held at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery, located on Wirt Road<br />

adjacent to Heritage Park and established<br />

in 1809, later this fall, according to Cleary.<br />

Last March a car crashed through this<br />

cemetery’s wrought iron fence and damaged<br />

several gravestones. Cleary said new<br />

replacement gravestones will be put in<br />

place in the spring of 2024.<br />

“The damaged gravestones will not be<br />

destroyed or discarded,” said Cleary. “We<br />

gathered up as many of the pieces and<br />

fragments of the broken gravestones as we<br />

could and they will be respectfully and<br />

honorably buried in the cemetery.”<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery Committee<br />

also put forth before <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Council a proposed ordinance to legislatively<br />

codify the cemetery rules. The committee<br />

wishes to strictly enforce the rules<br />

governing grave decorations in the historic<br />

cemetery.<br />

“The rules have been in place for many<br />

years, but some people are not following<br />

them,” said Cleary. “We need everybody to<br />

abide by the rules so the cemetery can be<br />

properly maintained. We want to maintain<br />

the integrity of the cemetery and keep it as<br />

nice as we can.<br />

Cemetery rules are posted at the cemetery<br />

gates and throughout the cemetery.<br />

The rules are also online at www.groveport.org/452/Cemetery.<br />

Earlier this year, the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Cemetery Committee purchased software<br />

to create a digital map of grave locations in<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery. Cleary said the<br />

project is about 75 percent complete. The<br />

digital map will make it easier for people<br />

to find burial sites and to explore history.<br />

“We encourage people to visit and walk<br />

around the <strong>Groveport</strong> Cemetery,” said<br />

Cleary. “It’s a beautiful place full of history.”

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The angled intersection of where Wirt Road meets Main Street<br />

near <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary School has raised safety concerns.<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The angular intersection of Main Street and Wirt Road continues<br />

to be a puzzle that both city of <strong>Groveport</strong> officials and residents<br />

are trying to solve regarding the safety issues there for<br />

pedestrians and traffic.<br />

Citizens have expressed concerns about the safety of students<br />

passing through the intersection’s crosswalk on their way to and<br />

from <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary and Middle School Central. Others<br />

have noted that the busy intersection’s unique shape is believed to<br />

contribute to driver visibility problems as Wirt Road connects with<br />

Main Street at about a 40 degree angle.<br />

The most recent recommendation for improving the intersection<br />

came from Front Street resident Joellen Stebelton, who spoke at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council’s Aug. 14 meeting. She suggested the traffic<br />

signal at Main and Front streets be removed and replaced with a<br />

stop sign only on Front Street at Main Street. Then, she suggested<br />

that a traffic signal be placed at the Main and Wirt intersection<br />

and a new crosswalk extended across Main Street to the east side<br />

of Wirt Road. She believes her idea fixes several issues.<br />

“Front Street has become a thru street,” said Stebelton. “People<br />

ignore the ‘no right turn on red’ signs on Front Street at Main and<br />

speed on Front Street. There is a serious uptick in cars flying by<br />

trying to beat the red light.”<br />

Stebelton added that recently she was almost hit by a vehicle<br />

while in the crosswalk at Front and Main streets and on the<br />

Fourth of July she saw a family of three almost struck by vehicle<br />

while in the crosswalk.<br />

“That is thinking outside the box,” Councilwoman Jean Ann<br />

Hilbert said of Stebelton’s suggestion.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J. King took a copy of<br />

Stebelton’s proposal and said city officials would review it. He<br />

added that currently there are no plans for a redesign of the intersection<br />

and that officials continue to discuss the possible shortterm<br />

and long-term fixes for the unique intersection.<br />

Past ideas for Main and Wirt<br />

Hilbert previously suggested the city institute a ‘no left turn’<br />

from Wirt Road on to Main Street because it is difficult to maneuver<br />

a left turn there.<br />

Last year <strong>Groveport</strong> City Engineer Steve Farst noted that eliminating<br />

left turns from Wirt to Main and Main to Wirt should be<br />

studied carefully because its consequences could cause traffic<br />

problems elsewhere at other intersections in the area as drivers<br />

try to find a way around such a restriction.<br />

There is a building on the southwest corner of the intersection<br />

that makes it difficult for drivers on Wirt Road to see oncoming<br />

traffic on Main Street, so vehicles pull into the crosswalk on Wirt<br />

Road so they can see to make right or left turns on to Main Street.<br />

Years ago, city officials once considered redesigning the angled<br />

intersection of Main and Wirt. That proposal was to close Wirt at<br />

Main and instead create a right angle intersection of Wirt Road and<br />

Front Street. However, the idea was dropped for various reasons.<br />

Wirt Road was created after the Ohio and Erie Canal ceased<br />

operations in the early 20th century. The canal came through<br />

downtown <strong>Groveport</strong> at an angle from the northeast to the southwest.<br />

When the canal was abandoned, buildings were built on<br />

Main Street west of the canal route. Wirt Road sits where the<br />

canal towpath ran along side the canal and, because of this, the<br />

road maintains the same angled junction with Main Street as the<br />

canal route once did.<br />

Franklin County hopes to widen Rohr Road<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The Franklin County Engineers Office is hoping widening Rohr<br />

Road to three lanes from Bixby Road to a curve near Shook Road<br />

will bring the road into alignment with previous improvements.<br />

Following a 2019 study connected with new warehouse development,<br />

an eastbound left turn lane onto Creekside Parkway was<br />

deemed necessary. The new turn lane, along with subsequent road<br />

improvements west of a bridge crossing the railroad added to a<br />

growing list of improvements.<br />

A 2021 study of the entire Rohr Road corridor could result in<br />

more changes to the landscape if the county engineer’s office is<br />

successful in securing Ohio Public Works Commission funding for<br />

the majority of the $4.5 million project.<br />

The city of Obetz plans to participate in the project, along with<br />

a $1.3 million contribution from a developer. If funding is secured<br />

during the upcoming round of OPWC grants, construction could<br />

begin as early as April 2026.<br />

Franklin County Engineer’s Office Communications Director<br />

Carla Marable said the 2021 study evaluated the corridor as a<br />

whole and recommended corridor-wide improvements rather than<br />

rely on piece meal improvements on a development by development<br />

basis.<br />

“The results of this corridor study recommended a three-lane<br />

section was beneficial to allow for a two-way left-turn lane or dedicated<br />

left-turn lanes to facilitate safe access off and on this highspeed<br />

and high truck percentage roadway,” said Marable.<br />

A public meeting was held on Aug. 9 in the Hamilton Township<br />

Community Center to present details of the road widening project–850<br />

feet west of Bixby Road to 100 feet short of Shook Road–<br />

to public officials and property owners within the affected area.<br />

Plans include widening Rohr Road to three lanes at the Rohr<br />

Road and Bixby Road intersection then tapering the road back<br />

down to two lanes over the railroad bridge.<br />

The road widens back out to three lanes from Creekside<br />

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existing condition at the Rohr Road and Shook Road intersection.<br />

The existing roadway would be completely replaced. Turn<br />

lanes, sealing and patching the existing bridge deck, storm sewer<br />

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ADA curb ramps are also included in the project.<br />

Engineers propose to maintain one eastbound lane on Rohr<br />

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While engineers hoped to include lighting, a shared use path<br />

and bridge widening to accommodate the path, the cost was<br />

deemed too high to earn a favorable OPWC grant rating.<br />

“Over the last several weeks, we have determined that the construction<br />

budget of the project was growing beyond the proposed<br />

grant funding criteria,” said Marable. “We are still proposing<br />

crosswalks and ADA curb ramps at Rohr Road/Bixby Road and<br />

Rohr Road/Creekside Parkway intersections in order to accommodate<br />

a future path connection in this area.”<br />

According to Marable, if the county is not successful with their<br />

OPWC application this fall, they will try again next year. If the<br />

application is turned down again in 2024, it will be put on hold<br />

until the engineer’s office can identify viable funding alternatives.<br />

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“Strays”, a live-action movie featuring a group of<br />

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had experienced a particularly wild dream.<br />

I can just imagine movie scribe Dan Perrault<br />

pulling out his notebook while in that waking twilight<br />

phase and jotting down broken thoughts such as:<br />

naughty sentimental dogs? Good filthy mouth ones?<br />

Talking dogs? Does mine speak? Am I still dreaming?<br />

I think I have a movie idea? Would anyone like this<br />

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Chances are if any screenwriter had walked into a<br />

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20 years ago, it would have been met with rowdy<br />

laughs, a stamp of approval and a blank check to bring<br />

this outlandish vision to life.<br />

After all, that was still the era of the gross out comedy,<br />

or even just the comedy, come to think of it. Over<br />

the years, however, movie studios have practically<br />

weaned these types of films out of existence in the theaters<br />

due to an aversion to make mid-budget films that<br />

they believe would not have mass appeal (read: bring<br />

in the big bucks to fatten their wallets).<br />

The one place where the movies have found a home<br />

are on streaming services and their popularity has<br />

made the traditional studios start to take notice once<br />

again.<br />

It should be noted that taking notice does not<br />

amount to taking a risk (see the lack of comedies that<br />

have been released in the theaters in the past decade)<br />

but somehow screenwriter Dan Perrault (of “American<br />

Vandal” television series acclaim) and director Josh<br />

Greenbaum (of cult-classic “Barb and Star Go to Vista<br />

Del Mar” fame) convinced Universal Pictures that<br />

funding a movie about pottymouth<br />

dogs who seek revenge on<br />

those who have forsaken them<br />

would be a good idea.<br />

It turned out to be the right<br />

one.<br />

Although this movie is not<br />

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have to say that it was kind of<br />

refreshing to see a comedy in a<br />

similar vein as those of yesteryear.<br />

To be sure, there are plenty<br />

of tired and sophomoric jokes<br />

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sweet movie is Reggie (voiced by<br />

Will Ferrell), a mangy albeit<br />

adorable border terrier who<br />

loves everything about his life.<br />

He loves getting to spend hours<br />

outside, alone with his beloved<br />

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brief seconds he gets on the<br />

couch before being pushed off;<br />

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finds on the floor; and he<br />

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Doug (played by Will Forte),<br />

who he believes can do no<br />

wrong.<br />

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things about Doug is his willingness<br />

to play games, especially the<br />

one called “Fetch and (Expletive)”<br />

where his companion drives him<br />

out to remote parts of the state,<br />

launches his favorite toy, drives off<br />

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makes his way back home. Sadly,<br />

Reggie is oblivious to the horribleness<br />

that is Doug but he cannot<br />

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human with his whole heart.<br />

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One day, Doug finally manages to rid himself of the<br />

poor border terrier and Reggie is left all alone, scared<br />

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and his two friends, Maggie the Australian shepherd<br />

(voiced by Isla Fisher) and Hunter the Great Dane<br />

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human he so desperately wants to get back to wants<br />

nothing to do with him.<br />

Because Hunter is a therapy dog by trade — his<br />

failed attempt at gaining entry to the police academy<br />

is a running joke throughout the film — he tries to dole<br />

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knows that he is absolutely not the bad boy Doug has<br />

always said that he is.<br />

But repetitive negativity has taken a toll on Reggie<br />

and he soon comes to the conclusion that all this good<br />

boy at heart wants to do is get revenge on the human<br />

who could never manage to show him love — or even<br />

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If you have seen the trailers, then you’ve seen most<br />

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huge amount of heart.<br />

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If anything, it will move the audience to be as kind<br />

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reminder to give some love to those who are not so fortunate.<br />

After all, they may start to gang up on people and<br />

exact revenge for not doing so.<br />

Grade: B-<br />

Reel Deal<br />

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Locations:<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Senior Village - 5124 Hendron<br />

Madison Township Office - 4575 Madison Lane<br />

Paddock Pub/<strong>Groveport</strong> Golf Ctr. - 1005 Richardson Rd.<br />

Southeast Library - 3980 S. Hamilton Rd.<br />

Asbury Methodist Church - 4760 Winchester Pike<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Building - 655 Blacklick St.<br />

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

Flyers PIzza/<strong>Groveport</strong> - 296 Main St.<br />

Ace Hardware - 726 Main St.<br />

Little Italy Pizza - 619 Main St.<br />

Huntington Bank/<strong>Groveport</strong> - 556 Main St.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center - 7370 <strong>Groveport</strong> Rd.<br />

Krogers - Main St.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Methodist Church - 512 Main St.<br />

Delaney's Diner - 674 Main St.<br />

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Obetz Zucchinifest<br />

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The Obetz Zucchinifest will be held<br />

Sept. 1 to Sept. 4 at Fortress Obetz, 2015<br />

Recreation Trail, Obetz.<br />

The event features the Zucchini Parade,<br />

Zucchini Car Show, and free concerts<br />

showcasing live music from both local and<br />

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

delicious zucchini-inspired dishes offered<br />

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

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

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

show registration is Friday when the gates<br />

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

up before the concert gates open for the<br />

Spin Doctors.<br />

Saturday’s Zucchinifest hours will be 11<br />

a.m. through 11 p.m. Concert gates open at<br />

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

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

Sunday’s Zucchinifest hours will be 11<br />

a.m. through 11 p.m. The parade will begin<br />

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

entertainment before concert gates open at<br />

6 p.m. TikTok-famous Matt Schuster will<br />

take the stage at 7 p.m. and American<br />

country rock singer and songwriter<br />

Brantley Gilbert will perform at 8:30 p.m.<br />

Monday’s Zucchinifest hours will be<br />

noon through 6 p.m. Admission is free and<br />

no tickets are required.<br />

For information follow the Zucchinifest<br />

on social media at @obetzzucchinifest and<br />

visit the website at obetzzucchinifest.com.<br />

Crime alert<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Department is<br />

seeing an increase in stolen vehicles<br />

throughout the Elmont Place and Hickory<br />

Grove subdivisions in <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

According to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police, the<br />

thefts are targeting Kia vehicles.<br />

The department recommends that<br />

everyone lock their car doors and secure<br />

their vehicles inside a garage if possible. If<br />

you own a Kia, consider installing a security<br />

device to the steering wheel.<br />

The Elmont Place Homeowners<br />

Association’s newly installed Flock cameras<br />

did detect a stolen vehicle recently<br />

entering the subdivision and <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police units responded and located the suspects,<br />

but they fled the area at a high rate<br />

of speed. The vehicle the suspects were<br />

driving was a stolen Kia from a prior theft<br />

incident.<br />

According to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police, the<br />

most stolen Kia models are the 2011 to<br />

2022 Forte, K5, Optima, Rio, Sedona,<br />

Seltos, Soul, and Sorento.<br />

Contact the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police for information<br />

at 614-830-2060.<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.

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