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

<strong>October</strong> 22 - November 12, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 7<br />

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Construction students work to build community<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> and students in <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

School’s construction trades program plan to work together on a<br />

project for an improvement to Cruiser Park.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> City Councilman Shawn Cleary, the<br />

students and their instructor, Chad Gibbs, asked the city if there<br />

were any building projects they could undertake for the city.<br />

Cleary said city officials and the students settled on constructing<br />

a shelterhouse at Cruiser Park, located along Bixby Road and<br />

Old Hamilton Road. He said the city would fund the materials and<br />

the students would do the design and construction work.<br />

“These students have built several structures, including the<br />

new visitors’ concession stand at Cruiser Stadium at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School,” said Cleary. “Constructing a shelterhouse<br />

in the park will be Cruisers working at Cruiser Park.”<br />

Councilman Ed Dildine said the shelterhouse project could<br />

become a partnership that could lead to similar yearly projects in<br />

the city.<br />

“This is great learning opportunity for these students,” said<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J. King. “There’s so much we can<br />

do with them.”<br />

Other projects completed by the construction trades program<br />

are: a concession stand for the high school Cruiser baseball field;<br />

“cubbies” created in the dugouts of the Cruiser softball program<br />

where players store batting helmets, batting gloves and field<br />

gloves; a playhouse for Little Cruisers Preschool; a deck at the softball<br />

concession stand; Adirondack chairs; garden sheds; a project<br />

for the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Area Community Choir; 10x10 barn<br />

sheds; raised planters; birdhouses that were donated to the wildlife<br />

See COMMUNITY, page 2<br />

Council ponders 2024 city budget<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> city officials say the proposed<br />

2024 city budget reflects a continued<br />

investment in the community.<br />

According to City Administrator B.J.<br />

King and Finance Director Jason Carr in<br />

their budget report to <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Council, the proposed budget includes<br />

upgrades to public infrastructure and<br />

equipment, updates to information technology<br />

infrastructure, anticipated increases in<br />

health insurance costs, and security for<br />

public facilities. It also features investment<br />

to park amenities, replacement of aging<br />

vehicles and equipment, and maintaining<br />

facilities.<br />

The proposed capital improvement project<br />

budget reflects an increase compared to<br />

last year.<br />

“However, conservative budgeting practices<br />

to increase our capital fund over the<br />

past two years provides funding for the<br />

proposed capital items,” wrote King and<br />

Carr.<br />

See BUDGET, page 2<br />

Photo courtesy of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools<br />

Students in <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School’s construction trades program at work on a project. The students<br />

and the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> are planning to work together on future projects.<br />

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PAGE 2 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Road from Aug. 28 to Oct. 1. During that time, 30,999 vehicles<br />

traveled westbound on the road and the average speed was 23<br />

mph and 37,814 traveled eastbound with an average speed of 27<br />

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Antiques, Collectibles,<br />

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Home Decor, Militaria<br />

and more!<br />

Dec. 16 & 17<br />

Halloween in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s annual Halloween Block Party at Main<br />

and Front streets and trick-or-treat will be held Oct.<br />

31 from 5:30-7 p.m. For information call 614-836-3333.<br />

Veterans Day<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s Veterans Day ceremony will be held<br />

Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Park, 421 Main St.<br />

BUDGET<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

The proposed budget anticipates an increase of a<br />

little over $3.2 million in estimated revenues for all<br />

funds combined when compared to <strong>2023</strong>, according to<br />

King and Carr.<br />

The anticipated combined expenditures for all<br />

funds are up $5.7 million compared to <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

“This increase, in part, increased cost for wages and<br />

benefits, continued investment in infrastructure<br />

improvements, replacement of aged equipment, and<br />

the addition of new amenities for the community,”<br />

wrote King and Carr.<br />

Budget overview<br />

Total estimated appropriations for 2024 are $53.3<br />

million, which is up from $47.5 million in <strong>2023</strong><br />

Total estimated generated revenues for 2024 are<br />

$37.3 million, which is up from $34 million in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The general fund revenue for 2024 is estimated at<br />

$18.6 million, which is up from $17.7 million in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The bulk of this funding comes from income tax revenue,<br />

which is projected to be $16.5 million in 2024<br />

compared to $15.7 million in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Other estimated 2024 revenues include $574,313<br />

from property taxes and various other amounts in<br />

other city fund categories that include grants, taxes,<br />

leases, fees, and permits.<br />

Capital improvement projects<br />

Some significant capital projects and purchases<br />

proposed for 2024 include:<br />

•$600,000 for street maintenance - the streets to be<br />

included in the street maintenance program are still to<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

department; projects at the high school for classrooms;<br />

and personal projects students keep.<br />

“This year the students will complete a 600 square<br />

foot tiny home on wheels, which we will auction off to<br />

the public,” said Gibbs. “We are in the process of locating<br />

land in <strong>Groveport</strong> to build a 1,600 square foot<br />

home for next school year senior project.”<br />

Gibbs said the reason he wanted the students in the<br />

program to work with the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> is to get<br />

the students involved with projects for their community.<br />

“The students want to give back to their community,”<br />

said Gibbs. “Doing projects for your city gives you<br />

a sense of pride and trust. I want the city to see all of<br />

the hard work these students put in daily learning to<br />

be laborers, journeymen, supervisors for the future. I<br />

want the community to see the good things our students<br />

have to offer, not just the past bad things. Our<br />

students are so much more than what people see. This<br />

is the beginning of a long relationship between the city<br />

of <strong>Groveport</strong> and the high school for future projects.”<br />

About construction trades program<br />

The construction trades program prepares students<br />

for careers in designing, planning, managing, building,<br />

and maintaining commercial, industrial and residential<br />

structures and infrastructures. Students in the<br />

program may continue into registered apprenticeship<br />

or traditional post-secondary programs.<br />

According to Gibbs, he has four Intro to<br />

Construction classes which have 30 students each,<br />

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Halloween in Madison Twp.<br />

Trick-or-treat in Madison Township will be held on<br />

Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.<br />

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

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club is looking for gardeners!<br />

For meeting and information contact groveportgardenclub@gmail.com<br />

or find them on Facebook.<br />

be determined;<br />

•$55,000 for street maintenance and stormwater:<br />

•$110,000 for <strong>Groveport</strong> Park pedestrian path<br />

maintenance;<br />

•$750,000 recreation center HVAC replacement;<br />

•$250,000 for golf carts;<br />

•$1 million for pickleball courts;<br />

•$500,000 for KidSpace improvements;<br />

•$30,000 for sidewalk replacements;<br />

•$920,000 for public parking lot reconstruction and<br />

design;<br />

•$200,000 for Maple Street improvements;<br />

•$132,000 for Port Road reconstruction, Phase 2;<br />

$189,900 for new police communication radios;<br />

•$20,000 for Wirt Road and Main Street study<br />

improvements; and<br />

•$278,000 Elmont Place sewer force main Phase<br />

3A.<br />

Other proposed appropriations<br />

The 2024 general fund appropriations are estimated<br />

at $23.6 million, which is up from $22 million in<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Some other proposed <strong>2023</strong> appropriations:<br />

•Income tax revenue sharing with <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools, $1.5 million;<br />

•Funding for festivals and events including $63,200<br />

for the Fourth of July; $23,400 for Christmas - A<br />

Heritage Holiday; $24,750 for Apple Butter Day;<br />

$22,500 for the Farmers Market and First Thursdays;<br />

and $5,000 for Blacklick Haunted Park; and<br />

•$48,000 for community service grants.<br />

which are given two classes per semester. A junior<br />

class of 30 students begins their road to their apprenticeship.<br />

A senior class of 30 students begin speaking<br />

to companies about employment and do their 250 hour<br />

work based learning with external contractors.<br />

Gibbs said the program began in 2018.<br />

“The program is increasing each year by 100 percent,”<br />

said Gibbs. “We have a pool of students to interview<br />

each year. We also are increasing due to the<br />

industries in the construction field are demanding<br />

more employees. The companies are offering paid<br />

apprenticeship programs and paid post education.<br />

Companies are paying high dollars for students with<br />

skills in the trades field.”<br />

Gibbs said the importance of the program is to<br />

replenish the construction field with young, motivated<br />

students who love to build projects for others no matter<br />

the size.<br />

“This also gives the student the knowledge to be<br />

self sufficient and the ability to work as a team,” said<br />

Gibbs. “Not all students are meant to go to college,<br />

some go right to the work force. This way they will<br />

graduate with a certificate to work in the field.”<br />

Gibbs said the class’s motto is, “Construction<br />

Trades is Building Tomorrow’s Future.”<br />

“We - as educators, parents, guardians, and community<br />

members - all depend on the skills of the<br />

future generation,” said Gibbs. “That is why our class<br />

motto is what it says.”


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Pocket park taking shape in downtown area<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> is a city with many green parks and the newest one is taking<br />

shape in its historic downtown.<br />

The small park, described by officials as a “pocket park,” is nestled on<br />

the northeast corner of Main and Front streets. Work on the park is<br />

underway and it is expected to be completed by the end of November.<br />

“This will be a great addition to the community,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Administrator B.J. King. “The cost to build it is about $35,000 — which<br />

is money well spent to provide a gathering spot for the community. It’s<br />

a space where people can sit together and enjoy the historic downtown.”<br />

The park, which does not yet have a name, features a 28x20 foot concrete<br />

patio with three tables with benches. The landscaping includes a<br />

sycamore tree, three red buckeye trees, a variety of shrubbery, flowers,<br />

and grassy greenspace.<br />

At some point in the future, historical signage will be placed in this<br />

park (as well as in a few other locations around town). These historical<br />

description signs will include things such as a map, photos, and concise,<br />

easy to absorb historical text highlighting the town’s history.<br />

With the addition of the pocket park, <strong>Groveport</strong> now has 20 parks.<br />

The city also owns and operates the 18-hole <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf<br />

Course, located along Richardson Road. In addition, there are two Metro<br />

Parks nearby — Three Creeks Metro Park to the north and Walnut<br />

Woods Metro Park south of town.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s other city parks: Community parks: Cruiser Park, 55 acres;<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Park, 75 acres; and Heritage Park, 16 acres. Neighborhood<br />

parks: Blacklick Park, 21 acres; Degenhart Park, 3 acres; Orchard Park,<br />

10 acres; Greenpointe Business Park, 25 acres; Newport Village, 7 acres;<br />

Village Green, 3 acres; Hendron Cemetery with open space, 31 acres;<br />

Founder’s Bend Park, 5 acres; Founder’s Bend Gateway, 6 acres;<br />

Founder’s Bend open space, 32 acres; Bixford Green HOA, 8 acres and 6<br />

acres; Elmont Place Reserves, 11 acres; Hickory Grove, 5 acres, and<br />

Homer Ohio open space, 15 acres. Mini-park: Veterans Park 0.1 acre.<br />

Development proposed<br />

<strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3<br />

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

September crime statistics, according to<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police: 16 arrests, 23 accidents,<br />

7 assaults, 0 burglaries, 6 domestic<br />

disputes, 2 domestic violence, 0 OVI and<br />

alcohol, 6 thefts/robberies, 1 stolen/unauthorized<br />

use, 2 missing persons, 6 weapon<br />

related calls, 1 narcotic related offenses, 8<br />

threats, 4 vandalism, 7 juvenile complaints,<br />

32 traffic citations, 1 sex related<br />

crime, 12 school related calls, 25 suspicious<br />

vehicles/persons, 5 suicide<br />

attempts/mental health calls.<br />

OVI arrests<br />

Madison Township Police made 12<br />

operating under the influence arrests in<br />

September. Two in the unincorporated<br />

areas north of U.S. 33, seven in Blacklick<br />

Estates, one in Marwick, one in Canal<br />

Winchester, and one in areas outside of<br />

Madison Township. To date, the Madison<br />

Township Police have arrested 47 drivers.<br />

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Developers are proposing to build a<br />

210,000 square foot freezer/cooler facility<br />

on 18 acres on the north side of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Road just west of Saltzgaber Road.<br />

Nate Green of the Montrose Group told<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council at its Oct. 16 meeting<br />

that the proposed development would<br />

be a $42 million investment in land and<br />

the facility. He said the facility could bring<br />

100 jobs to the area and generate a possible<br />

$166,000 per year in income tax revenue<br />

for the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>. He said the facility<br />

could handle items such as food, pharmaceuticals,<br />

cosmetics, and nutritional<br />

products. It would use freon as its cooling<br />

agent.<br />

The development could also include an<br />

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

marketed for retail use.<br />

“It’s a hot market right now for this type<br />

of unique facility,” said Green. “Currently<br />

there are only three others in the central<br />

Ohio area.”<br />

Both Mayor Lance Westcamp expressed<br />

concerns about the additional traffic the<br />

facility could generate on the already busy<br />

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

“Between 4-6 p.m. you can’t move on<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road,” said Westcamp.<br />

City officials said a traffic review would<br />

be needed regarding the development. The<br />

developers were told to submit a proposed<br />

development agreement for city council<br />

and administration to consider in the<br />

future.<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 />

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

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

fourth Mondays of the month. Council<br />

holds its committee of the whole meeting<br />

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

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

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


PAGE 4 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Messenger</strong>’s upcoming<br />

publication schedule<br />

The <strong>Messenger</strong> will alter its print publication<br />

schedule for the holiday season.<br />

The print publication and delivery dates<br />

for the remainder of <strong>2023</strong> are: Nov. 12,<br />

Nov. 19, Dec. 10, and Dec. 24. After that,<br />

print publication and delivery will resume<br />

every other week following the holidays on<br />

Jan. 14.<br />

Thank you for reading the<br />

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

Book on Freedom Train<br />

Motts Military Museum Director<br />

Warren Motts has written and published a<br />

new book, “Steaming into History,” about<br />

his experiences as the official photographer<br />

on the American Freedom Train. He<br />

will speak on the book, hold a book signing,<br />

and sell copies of the book on Nov. 12<br />

at 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Madison<br />

Christian Church, 3565 Bixby Road,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>. The book is also for sale at the<br />

Motts Military museum website at<br />

www.mottsmilitarymuseuminc.com<br />

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

Two documentary films on the history<br />

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

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

now available for viewing online on<br />

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

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

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”<br />

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Monsters and ghouls in the yards<br />

Halloween yard decorations are more<br />

elaborate and have grown in their variety<br />

and style over the years.<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

Some of the best<br />

ones weave humor in<br />

with the horrible, when<br />

fun is combined with<br />

the frightful, and when<br />

musing meets the<br />

macabre.<br />

People enjoy<br />

Halloween because it is<br />

a way to be scared in a<br />

fun way. It’s a chance<br />

to dress up in costumes<br />

and be someone - or<br />

some “thing” - else for<br />

a short while. It is a<br />

way for us to thumb<br />

our noses at things that go bump in the night.<br />

Wandering around <strong>Groveport</strong> this fall,<br />

I’ve enjoyed seeing the creativity people are<br />

putting into their scary Halloween yard displays.<br />

There are many good ones to see. Here<br />

Cram the Cruiser a success<br />

On behalf of the men and women of the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Department, I want to<br />

extend my appreciation to the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

community for its overwhelming support to<br />

the “Faith and Blue: Cram A Cruiser” food<br />

drive held on Oct. 7.<br />

Your generosity of donations of canned<br />

and boxed food items, along with cleaning<br />

supplies filled nearly 60 boxes that filled<br />

the back the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Department<br />

pickup truck twice between the two collection<br />

locations. The monetary donations of<br />

gift cards and cash totaled nearly $200,<br />

and all these donations have been turned<br />

over to the Greater <strong>Groveport</strong> Food Pantry,<br />

which will distribute items to our community<br />

members in need of a helping hand<br />

during the holiday season coming up in<br />

November and December.<br />

Special thanks goes out to the following<br />

individuals and businesses, without their<br />

help, this food drive would have not been<br />

as successful: <strong>Groveport</strong> resident Joe<br />

Ebert, who permitted the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

to use his property as a drop off area;<br />

Dollar General Manger Lisa Eubanks,<br />

which donated surplus boxes to collect the<br />

items and deliver to the Greater <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Food Pantry; 5/3rd Bank: for permitting<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police access to the parking<br />

GriefShare support group<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> United Methodist<br />

Church, 512 Main St., GriefShare group<br />

will host a special event on Nov. 18, from 2-<br />

4 p.m. The “Surviving the Holidays” video<br />

seminar is for people who are grieving a<br />

are a few that stand out to me:<br />

•The Werewolf of Lesleh Avenue. This<br />

huge, awesome werewolf first appeared on<br />

Lesleh Avenue last year fighting with a few<br />

skeletons. However, this year the werewolf is<br />

battling an army of skeletons who apparently<br />

have a bone to pick with the towering furry<br />

ferocious creature. The werewolf appears to<br />

be winning the battle as one frightened, fleeing<br />

skeleton appears quite “rattled.”<br />

•Skeletons At Work and The Big Spider.<br />

Front Street is always a fun street at<br />

Halloween and this year is no exception. At<br />

one Front Street yard a big spider has spun a<br />

huge web to catch prey of all kinds. Added to<br />

this scene are a couple of human skeletons<br />

going about their work carrying a coffin containing<br />

a skeleton alligator who is popping<br />

out of the coffin. Why an alligator skeleton?<br />

Does it matter? It looks great.<br />

•The Ghastly Organ Donation. Another<br />

Front Street yard, which along with a graveyard<br />

scene, features a ghastly organ donation<br />

box. Lots of detail to see here.<br />

•The Deadly Dental Scene. The new dentist’s<br />

office across from the Certified Gas<br />

Station on Main Street has a scary and funny<br />

display that playfully embraces the social<br />

letters<br />

lot as a collection location; the local<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> churches that posted our flyers<br />

and advertisement signs; <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

Chaplain Christi Hall and <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Officers wives Shana Reed, Marsha Bell,<br />

and Denise Adams, who helped organize<br />

and collect food items; <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Councilman Jack Rupp who donated collection<br />

boxes and collected food items at<br />

the collection point on <strong>Groveport</strong> Road;<br />

Mayor Lance Westcamp and city council<br />

members who showed up to support and<br />

donate items to the food drive; <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police staff: Ptl. Javier Herrera, Ptl. Ernie<br />

Bell, future Ptl. Joshua Dillard, and<br />

Administrative Assistant Kathi Wilson for<br />

distributing the flyers, working with the<br />

Greater <strong>Groveport</strong> Food Pantry to ensure<br />

we collected the proper food items that<br />

they needed, and standing out in the cold<br />

to collect the donations during the food<br />

drive.<br />

If you want to still contribute to this<br />

food drive for the Greater <strong>Groveport</strong> Food<br />

Pantry, you can drop off canned and boxed<br />

food items and cleaning supplies at the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Department, 5690 Clyde<br />

Moore Drive, <strong>Groveport</strong>, Monday thru<br />

Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br />

Casey Adams<br />

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

loved one’s death. The video seminar is<br />

combined with support group discussion of<br />

the materials presented during the video.<br />

There is no cost for the seminar. To register<br />

call 614-836-5968 or sign up at<br />

https://www.griefshare.org/holidays/events<br />

/48378.<br />

media buzz that surrounded the construction<br />

of the building over the past year. People on<br />

social media for months humorously speculated<br />

on what the building would be with a<br />

particular <strong>Groveport</strong> Police officer joining in<br />

on the online discussion fun. The scene features<br />

a dental chair with a ghoulish dentist<br />

who beckons - through the use of old Burma<br />

Shave-style roadside signs - that it is time for<br />

this well known police officer to come in for<br />

his dental cleaning.<br />

These are but a few of the well done and<br />

creative Halloween yard displays I have seen<br />

in <strong>Groveport</strong> this year and, as we get closer to<br />

Halloween, I am sure more displays will pop<br />

up in yards. These scenes I mentioned are<br />

best appreciated if you walk by or bicycle past<br />

them so you can take a good long look.<br />

Halloween is fun with an edge to it. From<br />

my childhood memories as a trick-or-treater,<br />

I have a deep fondness for a well placed, menacingly<br />

grinning jack-o’-lantern aglow with a<br />

candle flame gazing out into the darkness<br />

from a front porch.<br />

Happy Halloween everyone!<br />

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

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

Alley talk<br />

I was talking with some fellow old<br />

timers about my column, “This is right up<br />

your alley,” which appeared in the Oct. 8<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>, where I wrote about<br />

the history of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s alleys, and realized<br />

I made a few of omissions.<br />

One was that Oak Street was originally<br />

called Sugar Alley. Another was that, on<br />

some early maps, Maple Street did not<br />

have a name and was referred to only as an<br />

“alley.”<br />

I also forgot about Short Alley, which<br />

was called that because it was very short.<br />

Short Alley ran east of Crooked Alley<br />

directly behind the businesses on the south<br />

side of Main Street. The town vacated this<br />

alley years ago and it is now part of the<br />

municipal parking lot along Wirt Road.<br />

However, there is another still existing<br />

alley called Short Alley that is indeed quite<br />

short and is located west of West Street<br />

just south of Cherry Street.<br />

There was another short alley that<br />

apparently had no name that extended<br />

east from College Street just behind the<br />

business and houses on the south side of<br />

Main Street. That alley is long gone.<br />

Rick Palsgrove, editor<br />

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

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

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

photographs and artifacts about<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s history. The museum is located<br />

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

during Town Hall’s operating hours.


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Voters to decide on school levy<br />

<strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The figures in <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Schools’ most recent five year financial<br />

forecast are based on voters approving the<br />

6.68 mill continuing operating levy that<br />

will appear as Issue 14 on the Nov. 7 ballot.<br />

“My forecast (assumes) the levy passing,”<br />

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

Adam Collier. “If it fails, we will lose $6.3<br />

million per year in revenue. If the levy<br />

passes, the district would continue to<br />

receive the $6.3 million the existing levy<br />

generates annually. It would not be additional<br />

money.”<br />

Collier said the recent five year forecast<br />

indicates if the district is showing an<br />

increase or decrease in cash for the year.<br />

“This year I show us at negative<br />

$85,226,” said Collier.<br />

The levy on the Nov. 7 ballot is for current<br />

operating expenses. As a continuing<br />

levy it will essentially be a permanent levy<br />

since it does not have a fixed term.<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 />

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 />

Cruiser Athletic Hall of Fame inductees<br />

Rob Schoonover, Lynn Clark, Jessie<br />

Rock, Kasey Petty, and Wyatt Worthington<br />

were recently inducted into the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School Cruiser Athletic Hall<br />

of Fame due to their outstanding athletic<br />

accomplishments.<br />

•Schoonover served as booster president<br />

for 19 years and helped support the<br />

construction of the football field’s front<br />

entry. Schooner is an influential voice of<br />

support for students athletes at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools.<br />

•Lynn Clark coached football at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School for 33<br />

years, including four years as head coach.<br />

Clark was boys track (eight years) and<br />

girls track (four years) coach at GMHS.<br />

•Kasey Petty was an accomplished varsity<br />

golf and softball athlete and class valedictorian.<br />

Among her college honors while<br />

playing for the University of Findlay, Petty<br />

was named Women’s Golfer of the Year.<br />

Her professional career included two<br />

Marathon Women’s LPGA Tours, a<br />

Women’s Eggland's Best Tournament Tour<br />

win, and a qualification for the U.S. Open.<br />

•Jessie Rock holds the state record for<br />

the most consecutive home runs in a row<br />

while playing varsity Cruiser softball. In<br />

college, Rock broke the home run record at<br />

Walsh College with 27 career home runs.<br />

She was selected as the 2022 Great<br />

Midwest Player of the Year.<br />

•Wyatt Worthington is a professional<br />

golfer with three PGA Championship<br />

tours. He became the second African<br />

American PGA Club Professional to earn a<br />

PGA Championship berth.<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

Halloween Jamboree<br />

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

Pictured here, in a photo believed to be from the 1960s, are kids in their Halloween<br />

costumes at the Halloween Jamboree (later known as the Halloween Block Party)<br />

parade and party that was held annually by the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Lions Club. The<br />

Lions Club disbanded in 2020 after more than 80 years of service to the community.


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welcoming all our citizens in an inclusive atmosphere<br />

through the continued offering of citywide<br />

activities to bond us as a community.<br />

With respect to trusted security in our town,<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Department will always<br />

have my full support. I am a proponent of the concept<br />

of community policing supported by hiring<br />

policies which reflect diversity and continued<br />

training and equipping of our excellent team of<br />

police officers.<br />

Controlled, healthy growth must be a priority<br />

through council’s close association with the zoning<br />

commission, our schools, both public and private,<br />

and our businesses, new and old.<br />

I feel that, while the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s profit<br />

sharing with <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Local Schools is<br />

an excellent way to support our children and their<br />

families, city council should be made aware of<br />

student programs which benefit our kids. I am not<br />

in favor of flushing money down the “rabbit hole”<br />

of the general fund of the district only to have<br />

some school and student programs be told that<br />

funds do not exist, as happened on several occasions<br />

when I was a teacher with <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison. I spoke to the school board about this<br />

and received a standing ovation from parents,<br />

teachers, and students.<br />

We must work with the state to seek resolutions<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> is a thriving example of small town<br />

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Support GM Schools levy<br />

The November election is a critical time for our<br />

schools and our community. <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Schools has a 6.68 mill renewal operating levy on the<br />

November 7 ballot. Since it is a renewal of an existing<br />

levy, it is a zero increase in taxes. Residents can find it<br />

on their ballot as Issue 14.<br />

Issue 14 provides funding for the daily operations of<br />

our schools, funding for classroom teachers, materials<br />

and supplies, utilities, fuel, equipment, student technology,<br />

safety and security, and much more that’s needed to<br />

provide the high-quality education that our students<br />

deserve.<br />

We recognize that quality education must not be<br />

limited to solely academics. We also teach students lifelong<br />

skills such as leadership, independence, perseverance,<br />

and personal responsibility. Our teachers, principals,<br />

and support staff are working hard to make sure<br />

our students are prepared for life following graduation.<br />

In addition to quality education and social-emotional<br />

learning, our district has a goal of improving school<br />

safety. Over the past year, these improvements have<br />

included implementing Evolv Screening Detectors at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School and Safe ID Systems<br />

in all of our buildings. These security measures give our<br />

students and families peace of mind and allow school to<br />

be a safe place for students to learn and grow.<br />

The renewal of the 2014 operating levy will allow<br />

the District to continue with the same level of programs<br />

and services for our students. Passage of Issue 14 will<br />

not increase your taxes. The upcoming operating levy<br />

will simply replace the millage that expires at the end of<br />

the year. Without passage of Issue 14, the District will<br />

once again be forced to make millions of dollars in<br />

budget cuts in programs and personnel that could slow,<br />

stop, or reverse the great strides our schools have made<br />

– strides that have begun to create a sense of pride in our<br />

schools and our community.<br />

I encourage you to become informed about this<br />

important issue and to contact us with any questions.<br />

We want you to have the facts to make an informed vote<br />

on November 7.<br />

We are proud to be <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Local<br />

Schools, and it’s a great time to be a Cruiser. Let’s keep<br />

the momentum going!<br />

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

Your vote makes a difference<br />

<strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

6.68 mil renewal levy<br />

It is NOT a<br />

Tax Increase!<br />

FAST FACTS<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools’ ZERO Increase in Taxes Operating Levy<br />

This levy will continue to generate<br />

$6.3<br />

million<br />

annually.<br />

Since 1992, Gr<br />

oveport Madison<br />

Schools has only needed to pass<br />

two operating levies. This current<br />

operating levy is a renewal of the<br />

original operating levy of 2014.<br />

WITH IT,<br />

the District can maintain current<br />

operations, including current staff<br />

levels, programs, activities and<br />

opportunities for kids.<br />

WITHOUT T IT,<br />

the District loses $3.1 million in the first<br />

six months and $6.3 million annually<br />

thereafter. The District would have to<br />

make significant budget cuts.<br />

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ELECTION DAY


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Elect<br />

ANDREW<br />

FOR MADISON T<br />

WHO I AM<br />

I am Andrew B. Nimely, a PROUD AMERI-<br />

CAN CITIZEN, and I am running for Madison<br />

Township Trustee this November 7th. I have<br />

lived in the township for over 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 />

WITHIN THE COMMUNITY<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 />

EDUCATION<br />

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

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NIMELY<br />

TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE<br />

Vote<br />

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 />

WHY I AM RUNNING<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 />

• I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN SUPPORTING OUR FIRST RESPONDER<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 />

NDS OF ANDREW NIMELY


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Larry Dowler demonstrated how an old<br />

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14. This year was the 50th anniversary<br />

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Civil War re-enactor Kurt Funk, who<br />

portrays a first sergeant with the 66th<br />

Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was on hand at<br />

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life of a Civil War soldier. To find out<br />

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Sharon Mech from the Hilliard<br />

Historical Village demonstrated how to<br />

operate a spinning wheel in the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> log house.


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Leaf pick-up<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Public Service<br />

Department began curbside leaf collection<br />

on Oct. 16.<br />

The program will run through Dec. 11.<br />

Residents are asked to rake their leaves<br />

close to the curb, but not in the street.<br />

Leaves in the streets cause issues with<br />

water flow and storm sewers. Avoid placing<br />

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Only leaves will be collected - not<br />

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Leaves under and around cars cannot be<br />

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Eye on the Pie Turkey Trot<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center will<br />

host the Eye on the Pie Turkey Trot 5K on<br />

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Park, 7370 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road.<br />

The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the Kids<br />

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Kids Fun Run registration includes a t-<br />

shirt.<br />

Register by Oct. 25 to have guaranteed<br />

t-shirt sizes. A portion of the proceeds benefit<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Athletic<br />

Department.<br />

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Income tax revenue<br />

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

year-to-date as of Sept. 30 was $16.7<br />

million, which is about 5 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 />

$13.9 million as of Sept. 30, which is $5.5<br />

million higher than the same time last<br />

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

comprised 58 percent of all city revenues,<br />

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

BPA students donate<br />

Students and staff from Eastland<br />

Career Center made a sizable donation to<br />

the Ronald McDonald House Charities of<br />

Central Ohio. Through a campus-wide<br />

competition students in the BPA careertech<br />

student organization collected more<br />

than 60 pounds of pop can tabs, which were<br />

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Students from the Business Professionals<br />

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The biggest winner was the Ronald<br />

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tabs, which equates to roughly 68,000 tabs.<br />

Those tabs will be recycled to generate revenue<br />

used to help families with children<br />

receiving serious medical treatment.<br />

Fire station open house<br />

<strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 11<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Linda Dillman<br />

Much to the delight of open house visitors of all ages, a MedFlight helicopter landed<br />

on the ground across from the Madison Township Police Department on South<br />

Hamilton Road during the Madison Township Fire Department’s Fire Prevention<br />

Week open house on Oct. 8. The helicopter landing provided a non-emergency<br />

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PAGE 12 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Voter Registration Fix Moves<br />

Ohio into the 21st Century<br />

As the primary sponsor of SB 147, effectively known as The<br />

Voter Registration Modernization Act, I am committed to delivering<br />

results for my constituents. This voter friendly bill was inspired<br />

by new Americanvoters in my district who raised the<br />

question on how to declare party affiliation in Ohio. Many of<br />

them, who are excited to participate in free and fair elections,<br />

didn’t understand why the only way to become a Democrat or<br />

Republican in Ohio is to choose a partisan ballot in a primary<br />

election in even numbered years.<br />

Because our current system is antiquated; party affiliation is implied<br />

by the ballot you choose, instead of declared.<br />

This assumption is just that: an assumption. The process offers<br />

no real choice for voters, and that doesn’t sound free and fair<br />

to me.<br />

It’s time our voter registration system gets an update. Ohioans<br />

deserve it, and I’m committed to getting it done.<br />

Thus, Senate Bill 147 was designed to modernize Ohio’s voter<br />

registration system, allowing voters to declare or update party<br />

affiliation in real time. While the bill’s original version, included<br />

provisions for voters to choose party affiliation anytime up to 30<br />

days before a primary election, and closing primaries in Ohio,<br />

the revised sub bill (Senate Sub Bill 147) removes these provisions<br />

to narrowly tailor the bill to focus on one goal: giving Ohio<br />

voters the flexibility and freedom to declare their party affiliation<br />

in real time, even up to Election Day. Through this legislation,<br />

the process is simplified allowing voters to do so through the<br />

simplicity of the voter registration form, both online or in person,<br />

thus making the process easy and accessible.<br />

The right to determine one’s own values and political beliefs<br />

should be left to the individual, not the “old” system. Senate Bill<br />

147 puts that power back where it belongs—with the people.<br />

There are countless other benefits to voters as a result. Voters<br />

will have the flexibility and time to make party affiliation decisions,<br />

empowering them to be civically engaged and well-informed<br />

at the ballot box.<br />

This modification improves our election data integrity by offering<br />

real-time, accurate data to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.<br />

It also modernizes our system and puts Ohioans at the forefront<br />

of it.<br />

Simply put, Senate Bill 147 is a voter-friendly bill that empowers<br />

voters to be more civically engaged in the electoral process.<br />

Unfortunately, most reporters who inquired about the bill were<br />

solely focused on closed primaries, which was a side issue to<br />

my main goal of simplifying the voter registration process.<br />

In an effort to separate these issues, my sub bill eliminates the<br />

language on closed primaries. Ohio’s primary elections are<br />

partially open, and will still allow voters to choose a partisan<br />

ballot of their choice on election day. While the partisan ballot<br />

selected will still classify a voter into a party affiliation, the difference<br />

this bill makes is that a voter has the ability to update<br />

their party affiliation at any time without waiting two years for<br />

the next primary election.<br />

My objective remains to modernize Ohio’s voter registration<br />

system. That simple.<br />

I care about getting the job done for my constituents. They came<br />

to me to fix an old process and bring<br />

voter registration into the 21st century and that’s what Senate<br />

Bill 147 accomplishes.<br />

Results Matter!!!<br />

Senator Michele Reynolds<br />

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“Talk To Me” connects with audience<br />

Although there is no scientific evidence<br />

to support my theory, I believe within my<br />

horror movie loving heart that the opening<br />

sequence can determine whether you will<br />

like it, love it, or utterly loathe it.<br />

Of course, there are a few exceptions to<br />

the rule — for instance, it took nearly the<br />

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In the case of the new to stream<br />

Australian horror film “Talk to Me”, I knew<br />

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directors Danny and Michael Philippou<br />

were attempting to do with it, both within<br />

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style to it.<br />

It begins with the sort of showboating<br />

long tracking shot beloved by new filmmakers<br />

trying to make a mark in the<br />

industry, following a 20-something man<br />

through a house party as he frantically<br />

searches for his younger brother. The<br />

guests, most of whom are inebriated<br />

teenagers, care not a whit about the whereabouts<br />

of their missing peer and only begin<br />

to show interest when he comes stumbling<br />

out of a room, blank-eyed and bloodied and<br />

screaming incoherently about spirits that<br />

are trying to harm him. As the party<br />

throngs pull out their cell phones to record<br />

the drama, the blank-eyed and bloodied<br />

brother stabs his sibling and then himself.<br />

While the acting within the opening<br />

sequence leaves something to be desired, it<br />

is an effective and frenetic scene that showcases<br />

what the reminder of the film will be:<br />

a decently performed ‘cursed teen’ film that<br />

is wholly unafraid of getting bloody and<br />

violent and filled with half-hearted but<br />

well-intentioned commentary about mental<br />

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

Breast Cancer<br />

Awareness Month<br />

With <strong>October</strong> being Breast Cancer<br />

Awareness Month, the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police are honoring their administrative<br />

assistant Kathi Wilson, who is a 19<br />

year cancer survivor, along with all<br />

cancer survivors by displaying a pink<br />

ribbon license plate on the back of<br />

each police vehicle.<br />

health and the lack of empathy caused by<br />

too much social media usage. It’s a bit of a<br />

familiar thread of other movies within this<br />

genre but it does make an impact, nonetheless.<br />

After this intense scene, the story then<br />

settles on Mia (Sophia Wilde), a slightly<br />

odd teenager who is still reeling from the<br />

death of her mother two years prior.<br />

Unwilling to speak to her father about<br />

her constant but quiet grief, she attaches<br />

herself to her best friend Jade (Alexandra<br />

Jensen) and her family — young brother<br />

Riley (Joe Bird) and no nonsense but still<br />

fun mom Sue (Miranda Otto).<br />

Because they are teenagers, Mia and<br />

Jade spend hours together scrolling<br />

through their social media feeds, not really<br />

communicating or connecting unless it is to<br />

gossip about something that they saw<br />

online. One of their fiercest and most frequent<br />

debates revolves around whether a<br />

video an acquaintance posted about becoming<br />

possessed after touching an embalmed<br />

hand is real or not.<br />

Because they want to see whether the<br />

video is real or fake, they decide to leave<br />

the safety of Jade’s house to attend a house<br />

party where the severed hand is rumored<br />

to be. When they arrive, the “guest of<br />

honor” is there in the middle of the table,<br />

waiting for a willing participant to grip the<br />

disembodied appendage, say the word<br />

“Talk to me — I’ll let you in” — and then<br />

briefly succumb to the spirit that answered<br />

your call. Of course, no one at these parties<br />

really cares whether the spirits are malevolent<br />

or not — they just want to experience<br />

it for themselves and then post it on social<br />

media for clout and content.<br />

There are a few “rules” with this game,<br />

however, and it is largely straightforward:<br />

You/the onlookers have to break the grip<br />

before 90 seconds or the spirits will want to<br />

stay in the body that is being possessed.<br />

Curious about the game — and perhaps desperate<br />

to see whether she can somehow<br />

contact her mother — Mia volunteers as<br />

tribute to the ghost. Naturally, things do<br />

not go according to the rules of the game.<br />

Although the decision to invite spirits<br />

into her body has long-lasting effects on<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Mia and her found family,<br />

the Philippou<br />

brothers play most of<br />

the party possession<br />

scenes not as a horror<br />

but as a druggy teen<br />

comedy: it is a mindaltering<br />

trip where<br />

they want another hit<br />

and then another.<br />

And then when<br />

things start to go<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

wrong, they’re less terrified of the dead and<br />

more so of cops and angry parents.<br />

It works as a way to ground the concept<br />

in something believable: stupid kids who<br />

don’t consider the consequences of their<br />

actions. Working on a script with Daly<br />

Pearson, co-writer Danny Philippou and<br />

twin brother Michael have crafted a movie<br />

that, while willing to get bloody and horrible,<br />

is also unafraid to embrace mood and<br />

moodiness — as witnessed within the opening<br />

sequence. While the strength of the<br />

story itself wavers from time to time, the<br />

sense of foreboding and sadness set within<br />

those first ten minutes is a constant<br />

throughout the 93 minute run time — and it<br />

lingers well after too.<br />

While “Talk to Me” treads familiar<br />

paths of films within and outside of the<br />

horror genre, it is a strong movie that is<br />

made all the more impressive as it is the<br />

first feature from the Australian brothers.<br />

It has an atmosphere that few horror<br />

movies can truly sustain, has a strong performance<br />

from its lead, and has an ability<br />

to connect with the audience despite the<br />

fact that nearly everyone in this film<br />

makes terrible decisions.<br />

It may not break any new ground, but<br />

“Talk to Me” isn’t a film that should be<br />

buried in the ground either.<br />

“Talk to Me” is now available to stream<br />

on demand.<br />

Grade: B+<br />

Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer<br />

and columnist.


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A strong cover letter may not guarantee<br />

you land a good job, but a poor cover letter<br />

may guarantee you won't. On its<br />

own, an effective cover letter can catch<br />

the eye of hiring managers tasked with<br />

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Crafting an effective cover letter<br />

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finding worthy candidates among stacks<br />

of applications, while a poor cover letter<br />

may ensure hiring managers never even<br />

glance at an applicant's resume.<br />

An effective cover letter should be concise,<br />

conveying an applicant's work history<br />

and goals in a few paragraphs or<br />

less. The following are some additional<br />

ways men and women can craft effective<br />

cover letters.<br />

* Address a specific person when possible.<br />

When responding to a job posting<br />

that listed a specific contact, address<br />

your cover letter to that person rather<br />

than beginning the letter with, "Dear<br />

Sir or Madam" or "To Whom It May<br />

Concern." Personalize<br />

each cover letter<br />

<br />

you write so the hiring<br />

manager does<br />

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not get the feeling<br />

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<br />

that you are sending<br />

out cover letters<br />

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en masse. Make<br />

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sure names are<br />

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spelled correctly<br />

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and job titles are accurate.<br />

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* State your purpose<br />

early on. The purpose of your letter,<br />

which is to state the job you're seeking,<br />

should be made clear early on.<br />

Hiring managers often handle the vetting<br />

process for a host of positions at<br />

their companies, so the earlier the hiring<br />

manager knows which position<br />

you're applying for the better. Hiring<br />

managers may become frustrated when<br />

applicants don't make their intentions<br />

clear or do so in the final paragraph instead<br />

of the first.<br />

* Explain why you are a qualified candidate.<br />

While it's good to note your work<br />

history, your resume will do the bulk of<br />

that legwork. A cover letter is your opportunity<br />

to show how your work history<br />

makes you a qualified candidate for<br />

a specific position. Remember to be concise<br />

but relate a specific example that illustrates<br />

how your work history would<br />

help you thrive in the position for which<br />

you're applying.<br />

* Exhibit some knowledge about the<br />

company to which you're applying. An<br />

effective cover letter should help you<br />

stand out among your fellow applicants,<br />

and expressing some knowledge about<br />

the organization can do just that. The<br />

goal here is to illustrate how you and<br />

the organization are a good fit, so you<br />

don't need to go overboard or be too specific.<br />

But hiring managers are likely to<br />

be more impressed by applicants who do<br />

their homework and show a knowledge<br />

of the company than applicants who<br />

submit a form cover letter where the<br />

company is scarcely mentioned.<br />

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PAGE 16 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>October</strong> 22, <strong>2023</strong><br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Chief Casey Adams loads donated food items into a truck during<br />

the Cram the Cruiser food drive held at two locations in <strong>Groveport</strong> on Oct. 7. The<br />

event collected food donations for the Greater <strong>Groveport</strong> Food Pantry. The Cram the<br />

Cruiser food drive gathered 60 boxes of food items and about $200 in cash and gift<br />

cards for the food pantry. For information on the <strong>Groveport</strong> Food Pantry, visit groveportfoodpantry.com.<br />

(See a letter from Adams about the food drive on page 4.)<br />

Volunteers (from left to right)<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Councilman Jack Rupp,<br />

Shaina Reed (wife of Patrolman James<br />

Reed), and <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

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Elijah Filion, 6, of <strong>Groveport</strong>, came<br />

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family to donate items for the food<br />

drive. His family said Elijah loves<br />

police officers and has a big interest<br />

in the police. Elijah is pictured here<br />

with <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Lt. Josh Short.

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