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

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

<strong>December</strong> 10 - 23, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 10<br />

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A Heritage Holiday<br />

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

Santa Claus arrived on a Madison Township Fire truck and then headed into the log house in Heritage<br />

Park to visit with children during the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Heritage Holiday held on Dec. 3. The event<br />

included wagon rides around Palm’s Pond, iceless skating, live music, crafts, ices sculpting, and more.<br />

Photo courtesy of<br />

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

The tree lighting<br />

ceremony at<br />

Heritage Holiday<br />

was followed by<br />

a special surprise<br />

fireworks<br />

display.<br />

Drug drop box at<br />

police department<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

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

Department now has a<br />

drop box where residents<br />

can dispose of prescription<br />

medication.<br />

“One of my goals when<br />

I became chief of police<br />

was establishing a designated<br />

area where our citizens<br />

could dispose of old<br />

expired prescription<br />

medication, or medication<br />

that was no longer<br />

needed,” said <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police Chief Casey<br />

Adams. “With the help of<br />

Finance Director Jason<br />

Carr, we were able to<br />

use the Ohio Opioid<br />

Settlement Funding that<br />

was issued to the city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>. The $3,056 to<br />

purchase the prescription<br />

drug drop box was<br />

paid entirely from the<br />

settlement payments the city received over the past couple of<br />

years.”<br />

The prescription drug drop box is located in the lobby of the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police Department, 5690 Clyde Moore Drive.<br />

Adams said the box is monitored by video surveillance and an<br />

alarm system.<br />

“Citizens can enter the lobby and drop off their unwanted or<br />

expired prescription medication Monday through Friday from 8<br />

a.m. to 5 p.m.,” said Adams, who added that syringes will not be<br />

accepted.<br />

The medication items must be sealed in a pill bottle, packaging,<br />

or plastic bag with no labels or personal information attached.<br />

M e d i c a t i o n s<br />

accepted for drop off<br />

inside prescription<br />

drug drop box are:<br />

vitamins, prescription<br />

ointments, pet<br />

medication, prescription<br />

patches, and<br />

over the counter<br />

medications<br />

Medications or<br />

items not accepted<br />

are: needles,<br />

inhalers, aerosol<br />

cans, thermometers,<br />

lotions/liquids, and<br />

hydrogen peroxide.<br />

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

The prescription drug drop box is<br />

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City revenue continues to grow<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s income tax collections yearto-date<br />

as of Oct. 31 were $18.6 million, which is about<br />

2 percent higher than the same time in 2022, according<br />

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

Carr noted the general fund balance was $14.8 million<br />

as of Oct. 31, which is $5.7 million higher than the<br />

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

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

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

Carr noted total expenditures were $2.4 million<br />

lower as of Oct. 31 when compared to the same time in<br />

2022.<br />

Carr said the recreation fund and <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Municipal Golf Course have “historically operated at<br />

losses.” For these funds to break even, he said annual<br />

transfers from the general fund are needed. On a positive<br />

note, as of Oct. 31, the recreation fund operational<br />

receipts were higher by $66,555 compared to the<br />

same time in 2022 and the golf course fund operational<br />

receipts were higher by $120,683 compared to the<br />

same time in 2022.<br />

The number of rounds of golf played this year as of<br />

Oct. 31 at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf Course is<br />

31,635, which is up from 28,196 at the same time last<br />

year. It is the most rounds played at the course in the<br />

past eight years.<br />

Street maintenance<br />

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

authorize City Administrator B.J. King to solicit bids<br />

for the 2024 street maintenance program as well as<br />

the Maple Street storm sewer improvements and<br />

resurfacing project.<br />

The city’s 2024 budget includes $600,000 for the<br />

street maintenance program and $200,000 for the<br />

Maple Street project.<br />

“The work on Maple Street certainly needs to be<br />

done as the street has a lot of rutting,” said King.<br />

Maple Street runs east and west and extends from<br />

West Street to Blacklick Park.<br />

The streets to be included in the street maintenance<br />

program are expected to be announced in January.<br />

New pickleball courts proposed<br />

Council is also considering authorizing King to<br />

solicit bids for the construction of eight pickleball<br />

courts in <strong>Groveport</strong> Park. The city’s 2024 budget<br />

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

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

Police: 24 arrests, 17 accidents, 6 assaults, 1 burglary,<br />

15 domestic disputes, 2 domestic violence, 1 OVI and<br />

alcohol, 11 thefts/robberies, 7 stolen/unauthorized use,<br />

3 missing persons, 4 weapon related calls, 3 narcotic<br />

related offenses, 3 threats, 3 vandalism, 8 juvenile<br />

complaints, 26/83 traffic citations/traffic stops, 0 sex<br />

related crime, 0 school related calls, 30 suspicious<br />

vehicles/persons, 3 suicide attempts/mental health<br />

calls.<br />

Brawl at the high school<br />

According to the Madison Township Police, a “heavy<br />

brawl” involving several students “punching and<br />

pulling hair” broke out at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

School on Nov. 16 during school dismissal.<br />

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

Franklin County responded to the incident. According<br />

to the Madison Township Police report of the incident,<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police, will charge six students, all<br />

females, with felony inciting a riot.<br />

includes $1 million for the new pickleball courts.<br />

Currently there are six pickleball courts sharing<br />

space with three tennis courts in Degenhart Park. The<br />

courts in Degenhart Park will remain as combination<br />

tennis and pickleball courts.<br />

King noted there is a growing demand for pickleball<br />

courts as the sport gains popularity. He said the new<br />

pickleball courts would be for pickleball only and<br />

would be located in the southeast part of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Park near the baseball field.<br />

“This will be a great asset to the community,” said<br />

Council President Jean Ann Hilbert of the proposed<br />

pickleball courts.<br />

Pickleball was created in the 1960s. According to<br />

information from the <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center, the<br />

game combines elements of badminton, tennis, and<br />

ping pong. It is played on a badminton sized court with<br />

a net that is 34 inches high. Players use wood or composite<br />

flat, smooth paddles to strike a plastic ball similar<br />

to a wiffle ball (the paddle striking the ball makes<br />

a distinctive “pock” sound). You can play either singles<br />

or doubles.<br />

Annexation indefinitely postponed<br />

Council indefinitely postponed a decision regarding<br />

a request to annex 1.94 acres on the north side of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Road just west of Saltzgaber Road because<br />

council members needed more information on the<br />

issue.<br />

King said the indefinite postponement means the<br />

applicant would have to restart the annexation process<br />

if they still wish to go forward with it.<br />

The parcel could be part of a proposed development<br />

of a 210,000 square foot freezer/cooler facility on 18<br />

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

Saltzgaber Road.<br />

Nate Green of the Montrose Group told <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

City Council in October that the proposed development<br />

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

facility.<br />

He said the facility could bring 100 jobs to the area<br />

and generate a possible $166,000 per year in income<br />

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

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

cosmetics, and nutritional products. It would use freon<br />

as its cooling agent.<br />

The development could also include an outparcel<br />

fronting <strong>Groveport</strong> Road to be marketed for retail use.<br />

School buses purchased<br />

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

three 72 passenger Cummins school buses from<br />

Rush Creek Truck Centers at a total cost of $371,493.<br />

The district now has 73 school buses to cover 64 routes.<br />

District officials said the routes are at full capacity and<br />

there is a need to add at least two more routes.<br />

Tree work<br />

According to city of <strong>Groveport</strong> officials, a contractor<br />

working for the city is in the progress of removing 104<br />

dead/dying/hazardous street trees in preparation for<br />

planting 168 new trees.<br />

Recycling success<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Public Services Director Brian Strayer<br />

said recycling efforts at Apple Butter Day on Oct. 14<br />

were a success as 10 cubic yards (approximately 5,560<br />

pounds) of materials were collected to be recycled and<br />

diverted from going to a landfill.


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Runners take off at the start of the Eye on the Pie Turkey Trot 5K held on<br />

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, in <strong>Groveport</strong> Park. Runners received a free t-shirt and a<br />

free pie of their choice - apple or pumpkin! A portion of the proceeds from the 5K<br />

benefit the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Athletic Department.<br />

Running for pie!<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Thanksgiving and fitness go together<br />

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

About 60 runners took part in the second<br />

annual Eye on the Pie Turkey Trot<br />

5K held on Thanksgiving Day in<br />

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

“Everyone received a t-shirt and a<br />

whole pie,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation<br />

Center Fitness Coordinator Kelly Carter.<br />

“They could choose either an apple or<br />

pumpkin pie.”<br />

Carter said the recreation staff wanted<br />

a fun theme for a 5K and came up<br />

with the idea of giving away pies.<br />

“People like it,” said Carter. “But you<br />

have to run first to get your pie!”<br />

A portion of the proceeds from the 5K<br />

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

Department.<br />

The winner of the men’s division in<br />

this year’s race was Robert Moore, 58, of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> with a time of 21:14.<br />

“It’s a good course and good for spectators,”<br />

said Moore of the 5K’s three loops<br />

around <strong>Groveport</strong> Park.<br />

Moore said he has been a runner since<br />

1975 when he ran cross country and<br />

track in high school where he was a state<br />

champion in Michigan in the mile run<br />

and two mile run. He was also a four<br />

time All-American runner in college at<br />

Cedarville.<br />

Moore estimated that since 1977 he<br />

has run 98,000 miles.<br />

Andria Parrott, 41, of Pickerington<br />

won the women’s division of the race<br />

with a time of around 26 minutes.<br />

“It’s a lovely course,” said Parrott,<br />

who said she used to live in <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Robert Moore, 58, of <strong>Groveport</strong>, was<br />

the winner of the men’s division<br />

with a time of 21:14.<br />

Andria Parrott, 41, of Pickerington,<br />

won the women’s division with a<br />

time of around 26 minutes.<br />

She said she has been a runner for 30<br />

years and does it for fun and wanted to<br />

participate in the Eye on the Pie Turkey<br />

Trot 5K because it helps provides funding<br />

for <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison athletics.<br />

“I support anything that helps keep<br />

kids in athletics,” said Parrott.<br />

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Christmas Cookie sale<br />

The Lillian Faith Women’s Group will<br />

hold their annual Christmas Cookie Sale<br />

at the <strong>Groveport</strong> United Methodist<br />

Church, 512 Main St., <strong>Groveport</strong>, on Dec.<br />

9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cookies, fudge and<br />

Rada knives will be on sale. Proceeds support<br />

many local non-profit organizations.<br />

Tuskegee Airman honored<br />

guest at Rickenbacker<br />

On Dec. 2 at Rickenbacker Air National<br />

Guard Base, the 121st Air Refueling Wing,<br />

the Ohio Memorial Chapter Tuskegee<br />

Airmen Inc., and the village of Lockbourne<br />

held a ceremonial celebration of the 75th<br />

anniversary of the Presidential Executive<br />

Order 9981, desegregating the military<br />

with honored guest, documented Tuskegee<br />

Airman Sgt. Thomas Newton.<br />

Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base<br />

was once named Lockbourne Army<br />

Airfield and later Lockbourne Air Force<br />

Base. After World War II, in 1946<br />

Lockbourne Army Airfield was home to<br />

the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of Black<br />

service members under the leadership of<br />

Colonel Benjamin Davis, Jr., the first<br />

African-American officer to command an<br />

Army Air Force Base. The 332nd Fighter<br />

Group remained at Lockbourne, until the<br />

group’s deactivation in June 1949.<br />

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The terrible fire of 1932<br />

The smell of smoke awoke Flora Dildine<br />

around 3 a.m. on Dec. 9, 1932.<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

The odor came from<br />

outside. She went to<br />

the bedroom window of<br />

her Main Street home<br />

in <strong>Groveport</strong> and<br />

looked out. Smoke billowed<br />

up from the<br />

eaves of the Michaels<br />

and Clinger Grocery<br />

Store next door. She<br />

quickly awakened her<br />

son, Edgar, 26, daughter,<br />

Mabel, 24, and a<br />

lodger, Paul<br />

Glendening.<br />

The fire broke<br />

through the store’s roof and a stiff, icy wind<br />

fanned the flames sending sparks and<br />

embers into the air. The fire soon engulfed<br />

the store and leaped to the Dildine home on<br />

the west side of the store as well as the Ray<br />

Barnhart home just east of the store.<br />

In the first moments of the blaze,<br />

Glendening, a <strong>Groveport</strong> school teacher,<br />

fought the fire alone in the sub-freezing temperatures<br />

armed with buckets of water. In<br />

less than half an hour about 500 people,<br />

about half of the town’s population at the<br />

time, were on the scene to help. Over 100<br />

men and boys carried furniture and belongings<br />

from the burning homes.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Volunteer Fire<br />

Department arrived with its aging equipment<br />

- a hand propelled cart that carried two<br />

ladders, a hand chemical pump, and several<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong>’s publication schedule<br />

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

holiday season. The print publication and delivery dates for the<br />

remainder of <strong>2023</strong> are: Dec. 10 and Dec. 24. After that, print publication<br />

and delivery will resume every other week following the<br />

holidays on Jan. 14. Thank you for reading the <strong>Messenger</strong>!<br />

Civil War re-enacting<br />

The 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment U.S.A & <strong>10th</strong><br />

Tennessee Infantry Regiment C.S.A Irish, is an American Civil<br />

War re-enactment group based out of Ohio. Since 2010, it has<br />

given presentations and appeared at festivals and parades. The<br />

group portrays both Union and Confederate, military and civilians.<br />

If you have an interest in re-enacting, email<br />

40thovi@gmail.com.<br />

Leaf pick-up<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Public Service Department began curbside leaf<br />

collection program will run through Dec. 11. Residents are asked<br />

to rake their leaves close to the curb, but not in the street. Leaves<br />

in the streets cause issues with water flow and storm sewers.<br />

Avoid placing leaf piles near mailboxes, trees, lights, fire<br />

hydrants, or signs. Only leaves will be collected - not branches,<br />

twigs, flowers, grass clippings, rocks or trash. Avoid parking vehicles<br />

in front of or behind leaf piles. Leaves under and around cars<br />

cannot be collected. Call 614-836-3910 for information.<br />

buckets. The firefighting chemicals quickly<br />

depleted and the pump had to be constantly<br />

filled with water. <strong>Groveport</strong> had no water<br />

line system in 1932 so people carried buckets<br />

of water from nearby home wells to fill the<br />

pump.<br />

A Columbus Fire Department fire truck<br />

arrived from its Thurman Avenue station 10<br />

miles away to help fight the fire, but the roaring<br />

flames soon exhausted the truck’s water<br />

supply. Townspeople loaded their own trucks<br />

and horse drawn wagons with water filled 10<br />

and eight gallon milk cans from the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Creamery on Blacklick Street and<br />

poured the milk cans’ contents into the<br />

Columbus fire truck’s pump. Williams<br />

Hardware four blocks away on Main Street<br />

donated axes and buckets to help fight the<br />

blaze.<br />

Still the fire roared.<br />

The trees in front of the Barnhart home<br />

crackled and burned like torches. The heat<br />

was so intense it buckled sidewalks.<br />

Despite all these efforts, the two homes<br />

and store were a lost cause as the fire consumed<br />

the structures. Firefighters and volunteers<br />

turned their attention to saving the<br />

neighboring Stimmel and Kinsel homes and<br />

they succeeded in saving those two houses.<br />

People in other neighboring homes stood<br />

watch on rooftops with buckets of water<br />

ready to pour water on flying sparks that<br />

landed on the roofs.<br />

As the sun rose on that cold <strong>December</strong><br />

day, the fire finally came under control.<br />

Little remained of the burned homes and<br />

store except debris and charred chimneys. A<br />

defective flue in the store was later determined<br />

to be the cause of the blaze. A neighbor<br />

sheltered the Dildines in their home and the<br />

Barnharts went to a home they owned in<br />

Columbus.<br />

The work of the firefighters and hundreds<br />

of volunteers did not save the two homes and<br />

store, but they did stop the fire from spreading<br />

and salvaged many personal possessions<br />

for the families. The people’s response illustrated<br />

the sense of community and mutual<br />

survival shared by the people of <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

But this big fire shook the town.<br />

There had been fires in town before, but<br />

they had been relatively isolated in commercial<br />

areas on the edges of town and were able<br />

to be contained.<br />

This terrible fire 91 years ago struck the<br />

heart of town and attacked homes. Twice in<br />

the previous five years leading up to the fire,<br />

citizens had voted down tax issues for construction<br />

of a town water plant and water<br />

line system. The devastation of this fire<br />

prompted citizens to reconsider and a bond<br />

issue was put on the ballot to construct a<br />

water works and water line system.<br />

“Nothing has ever shown our need of a<br />

water system like this fire,” said Village<br />

Councilman George Woerlein at the time. “I<br />

believe people are now ready to vote in favor<br />

of it.”<br />

The bond issue was approved and in 1936,<br />

the town, through a cooperative agreement<br />

with President Franklin Roosevelt’s New<br />

Deal Works Progress Administration, completed<br />

a water works and water line system<br />

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

(Sources: The Times newspaper from 1932,<br />

The Columbus Dispatch newspaper from 1932,<br />

and Works Progress Administration<br />

Construction and Repair Project Records, 1935-<br />

1939.)<br />

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

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

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Winter fun<br />

Pictured here is an ice skating party believed to be on the<br />

Ohio and Erie Canal between Canal Winchester and<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, circa 1900. Ice skating outings on the canal were<br />

common. Sometimes fires would be built on the banks of the<br />

canal to warm the revelers. Skaters could glide along the<br />

canal’s frozen course for miles, stopping only to walk around<br />

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Township fire department funding<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A quintet of resolutions for the fire department dominated<br />

the Nov. 28 Madison Township trustees meeting with purchase<br />

requests and a grant application.<br />

Fire Chief Derek Robinson asked for approval to submit a<br />

$15,000 Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements<br />

grant request for new gloves and hoods, with the township<br />

responsible for a maximum $3,000 of the total cost.<br />

“These are firefighting ensembles we wear inside a fire,”<br />

said Robinson. “It’s something we go through each year with<br />

wear and tear.”<br />

Robinson also asked for approval to purchase three<br />

Stryker LUCAS devices–used in cases of cardiac arrest–at<br />

a cost of $33,940.<br />

The cost includes a $9,000 trade-in discounts for current<br />

units and an additional $6,000 discount if the devices are<br />

ordered before Dec. 15.<br />

“The three new LUCAS devices provide chest compressions<br />

in a consistent manner,” Robinson said. “We have all of<br />

these on our frontline vehicles. Stryker is providing deep discounts,<br />

which is saving the township about $15,000.”<br />

The trustees also approved the purchase of new mobile<br />

data computers for the fire department not to exceed $51,442<br />

and a $15,434 communications light package for a fire<br />

department vehicle.<br />

Plumbing problems for Fire Station 181’s bathroom, dating<br />

back over a year, will finally be resolved with the<br />

approval of a contract–not to exceed $29,296–to remodel<br />

the 1980s-era facility.<br />

“We were able to finally get quotes in <strong>2023</strong>,” said<br />

Robinson.<br />

Madison Township Police news<br />

Madison Township Police Chief Gary York updated the<br />

trustees on the incorporation of new Axon body-worn cameras<br />

into the department.<br />

According to York, on Nov. 14, supervisors and office managers<br />

underwent specialized training and as of Nov. 21, the<br />

department completed transition to the new system.<br />

“There is a learning curve on all of this with a new system,”<br />

said York. “Axon is the leader in the market regarding<br />

body cams and in-car. There was an investment on the township’s<br />

behalf of $83,356. We applied for a grant to help cover<br />

the cost. We expect that to come through. The tech we have<br />

with these cameras, we didn’t have before.”<br />

York said the cameras are automatically activated by the<br />

use of guns and/or tasers. Any contact with citizens requires<br />

an officer to activate the system as well.<br />

“It sounds like a lot of money, but one incident with a<br />

police officer could cost way more than $83,000,” Trustee<br />

Chairman John Pritchard said. “The video doesn’t lie.”<br />

Other news<br />

Public works Superintendent Dave Watkins reported on<br />

the extensive amount of time his workers spent on addressing<br />

nuisance trash cases in October. He said 60 yards of<br />

dumpster trash was collected at one property and another 20<br />

yards at each of two different sites.<br />

Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst stated a<br />

number of the properties are repeat offenders.<br />

To recoup costs, the township places a tax lien on the properties,<br />

which must be settled when the mostly vacant properties<br />

are sold. The county prosecutor approved the process.<br />

“We charge for every penny we spend,” said Madison<br />

Township Fiscal Officer Laurie Vermeer.<br />

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

Giving Tuesday<br />

Santa and his helpers spread a little warmth and<br />

holiday cheer in <strong>Groveport</strong> on Giving Tuesday on<br />

Nov. 27. City staff members and <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

officers shared festive gift goodie bags with senior<br />

residents in the community. The bags were<br />

filled with <strong>Groveport</strong> logo items, holiday treats,<br />

and “lots of smiles.” Pictured here is <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

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Holiday inflatables are back!<br />

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

Paul and Shelly Clark, who operate Paddock Pub, spread Christmas cheer each year<br />

by sharing their collection of 286 holiday inflatables with the community. This is the<br />

fourth year they have set up their huge display of colorful holiday inflatables lining the<br />

driveway to Paddock Pub and the clubhouse of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf Course,<br />

located at 1005 Richardson Road in <strong>Groveport</strong>. Among the collection are snowmen,<br />

The Grinch, penguins, reindeer, gingerbread men, a tall toy soldier, a huge Rudolph,<br />

Christmas trees, teddy bears, a unicorn, various animals, holiday television and movie<br />

characters, and many more. There is no charge for viewing the inflatables. They are<br />

displayed courtesy of The Paddock Pub. Be courteous and view from your vehicle only.<br />

Please do not park or walk on any grass area.<br />

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Minions have invaded the display!<br />

There’s a special mailbox at one end of<br />

the display where kids can mail their letters<br />

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Cruisers ready to compete for OCC titles this winter<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Winter is here and that means<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School’s winter<br />

varsity sports teams are heating up.<br />

Boys basketball<br />

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

Cruiser boys basketball team is seeking<br />

the Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye<br />

Division title.<br />

“Here at <strong>Groveport</strong>, our goal will always<br />

be to win a league title, said head coach<br />

Lamont Hampton. “The OCC has proven<br />

over the years that it’s one of the strongest<br />

conferences in central Ohio. With that<br />

being said, I respect all the teams in the<br />

Buckeye Division and every team will be<br />

competitive.”<br />

When asked what the strengths of this<br />

year’s team are, Hampton said, “Our<br />

strengths will be our transition offense and<br />

constant pressure on defense. We are<br />

young and have a lot of depth, which helps<br />

us tremendously on defense playing a lot of<br />

full court pressure.”<br />

Tow notable players on this year’s team<br />

are sophomore Tyreke Ruffin (first team<br />

All-OCC as a freshman); and junior Josh<br />

Moore (second team All-OCC as a sophomore).<br />

The Cruisers will employ an aggressive<br />

playing style this year, both on offense and<br />

defense.<br />

“We will push the ball in transition,”<br />

said Hampton. “Offensively we will play a<br />

5 Out Motion, 4-1 Motion. Defensively we<br />

will pressure the ball hard, full court and<br />

half court, and 1-3-1 half court trap.”<br />

Wrestling<br />

Cruiser head wrestling coach Matt<br />

Miller said the team’s goals are to compete<br />

and improve individually and as a team as<br />

season goes on.<br />

When asked what are the strengths of<br />

this year’s team, Miller said, “A good size<br />

roster and kids who really do want to learn<br />

and improve.”<br />

He said a couple of notable wrestlers on<br />

this year’s team are Josh Morrison (a district<br />

qualifier from last year), “hard working<br />

senior” Joel Melendez, and “a sneaky<br />

good freshman” Rhode Kuntshiakula.<br />

“For me, being a first year head coach at<br />

the school I graduated from, to have the<br />

opportunity to coach against Licking<br />

Heights and Lancaster, places where my<br />

coaches are at currently, will be a really<br />

cool moment,” said Miller. “For our team I<br />

think the Marion-Franklin tournament is<br />

always a good tournament with it being<br />

local and also having younger teams for<br />

our team, which is also quite young with<br />

lots of freshman and first year wrestlers, to<br />

get quality matches.”<br />

Editor’s note: Girls basketball preview will<br />

appear in a future edition of the <strong>Messenger</strong>.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> file photos<br />

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This year has many great highlights, including the first<br />

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Certified election results<br />

The Franklin County Board of Elections<br />

has certified results of the Nov. 7 General<br />

Election.<br />

Official totals show 426,058 voters out<br />

of 880,573 eligible voters or 48.38 percent<br />

voted in the General Election. Official<br />

totals are posted at vote.franklincountyohio.gov.<br />

The next election in the county<br />

will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2024<br />

and is a Primary Election.<br />

The certified Nov. 7 local election<br />

results according to the Franklin County<br />

Board of Elections (Canal Winchester<br />

results include unofficial vote totals<br />

according to the Fairfield County Board of<br />

Elections):<br />

•Canal Winchester Schools levy:<br />

For 3,961 (54%); Against 3,401(46%);<br />

•<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools levy:<br />

For 5,807 (51%); Against 5,593 (49%);<br />

•Hamilton Township fire levy:<br />

For 1,496 (53%); Against 1,319 (47%);<br />

•Columbus Metropolitan Library levy:<br />

For 178,904 (63%); Against 104,729<br />

(37%);<br />

•Canal Winchester Board of Education<br />

(two to be elected):<br />

Kevin Butler 1,804 (18%);<br />

Scott Ferguson 724 (7%);<br />

Chloe Green 2,227 (22%);<br />

Matt Krueger 2,090 (21%);<br />

Adam Twiss 3,145 (31%);<br />

•Canal Winchester City Council (three<br />

to be elected):<br />

Will Bennett 1,933 (23%);<br />

Alec McLaughlin 1,901 (23%);<br />

Chuck Milliken 1,572 (19%);<br />

Richard Moore 1,577 (19%);<br />

Tina Welch 1,367 (16%);<br />

(unexpired term ending 12-31-25, one to<br />

be elected): Steve Buskirk 2,290 (100%);<br />

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

elected):<br />

Mike Ebert 1,079 (28%);<br />

Joe Steager 1,664 (43%);<br />

Mike Walker 1,153 (30%);<br />

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

Education (two to be elected):<br />

Larry Carey 2,826 (21%);<br />

Benjamin Joof 1,326 (10%);<br />

John Kershner 3,721 (28%);<br />

Kathleen Walsh 5,527 (41%)<br />

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

elected):<br />

Shawn Cleary 968 (31%);<br />

Jean Ann Hilbert 799 (26%);<br />

John Hougland 701 (22%);<br />

Cheryl Irving 650 (21%);<br />

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

Lance Westcamp 1,646 (100%);<br />

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

elected):<br />

Bruce Jarvis 3,931 (56%);<br />

Andrew Nimely 3,097 (44%);<br />

•Madison Township Fiscal Officer (one<br />

to be elected):<br />

Laurie Vermeer 5,385 (100%);<br />

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

Michael Flaherty 873 (49%);<br />

Derek Varney 892 (51%);<br />

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

Angela Kirk 1,273 (79%);<br />

Bonnie Wiley 330 (21%)


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A perfect mix of<br />

melancholy and anger<br />

It has been nearly two decades since writer-director Alexander<br />

Payne and the eternally underappreciated actor Paul Giamatti<br />

teamed up to delight audiences with “Sideways,” a magical movie<br />

about a depressed teacher/aspiring novelist who takes his best<br />

friend on a bachelor trip to wine country where hijinks ensue.<br />

The duo have teamed up again<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra<br />

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to delight audiences with “The<br />

Holdovers,” a surprisingly<br />

enchanting movie about a<br />

depressed teacher/aspiring writer who takes<br />

a lonely student and a grieving colleague on<br />

a road trip to make the holiday season less<br />

painful. Some hijinks also ensue.<br />

While the premise in the film is not<br />

entirely unique, it is heartwarming.<br />

In “The Holdovers,” Giamatti stars as Paul Hunham, an ornery,<br />

unpleasant, and slightly vindictive ancient civilizations teacher at<br />

Barton Academy, a posh boarding school for boys in New England.<br />

He is hated by students past and present, loathed by his fellow<br />

educators, and barely tolerated by the headmaster who views him<br />

as the reason why a mega donor did not make an annual contribution<br />

to the school. (He failed to give a senator’s son a passing grade,<br />

thus the withdrawal of funds.)<br />

If you were to ask him if he cared about all of the ill-will pointed<br />

his way, he would say no and then promptly go into a long spiel<br />

about the cruelties of life and how we are not owed anything in life<br />

— just as the Romans once said. Or maybe it was some other<br />

ancient civilization who pointed that out first; he often quotes so<br />

many of them in this film as a showcase of his pretentiousness.<br />

With the holiday break around the corner, he has no plans to<br />

connect with family or friends as he has none, but he does not want<br />

to be stuck as the sole teacher in charge of babysitting the students<br />

who are left behind for the two week holiday, a.k.a. the holdovers.<br />

Naturally, he gets chosen to do so and tries to rule them with an<br />

iron fist — metaphorically speaking, of course.<br />

The student he clashes with the most is Angus Tully (played by<br />

newcomer Dominic Sessa), who is both smart — he gets the best<br />

grades in Hunham’s tough class — and angry. It would be so easy for<br />

a character like Angus to become a caricature of misdirected teenage<br />

rage, but Sessa bringsthe right amount of venom and vulnerability<br />

to a young man who is teetering on the cusp of adulthood and is in<br />

no way prepared for it, all the while dealing with a hidden loss.<br />

To soften some of the razor sharp exchanges between student<br />

and pupil — and also to round out the unconventional found family<br />

trio - there is the presence of Mary Lamb (a terrific Da’Vine Joy<br />

Randolph) who serves as a middle ground of sorts between the two<br />

raging bulls. Or at least they see her that way until the head cook,<br />

who is mourning the death of her son in the Vietnam War, begins<br />

to unravel from her barely held-together grief.<br />

Much of the film takes place within the walls of the academy<br />

where the trio slowly start to build a foundation of respect and<br />

understanding for each other, but a good portion of the third act<br />

takes place when they all decide to go on a trip to Boston — Mary<br />

wants to see her pregnant sister, Angus wants to visit the resting<br />

place of his father, and Paul wants to escape the monotony that<br />

has become his life. Wherever they wind up, however, magic follows<br />

on the screen because this film is just that good.<br />

Despite touching on some heavy themes, especially around the<br />

issues of race and privilege, “The Holdovers” is genuinely funny,<br />

filled with some great zingers and astute observations on life. But<br />

where the humor really hits is with its mixture of melancholy and<br />

anger that feels right for a story set during the holidays, a time<br />

which often provokes complicated feelings in people, especially all<br />

the lonely souls out there like the trio in this movie.<br />

Like the holidays, their time together is brief, but they make<br />

memories that will sustain them for years to come — kinda like this<br />

movie and its potential to become a must-see staple for the unexpected<br />

warmth it provides to those who need it this time of year.<br />

Grade: A-<br />

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

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Services LLC<br />

Minor Plumbing & Electric<br />

Install Hot Water Tanks,<br />

Dishwashers & Disposals<br />

All Interior Remodels<br />

Also Fencing &<br />

Interior/Exterior Painting<br />

Free Est. ~ 18 Yrs. Exp.<br />

CDC/EPA Approved Guidelines<br />

614-284-2100<br />

7/30 A&M<br />

1/7 A<br />

10/1 A<br />

HOME<br />

IMPROVEMENTS<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.<br />

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.<br />

Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

Free Est. - Financing Avail.<br />

Member BBB Of Cent. OH<br />

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273<br />

614-419-3977<br />

or 614-863-9912<br />

HOME<br />

MAINTENANCE<br />

HOME<br />

REMODELING<br />

LAWN CARE<br />

LET US MAINTAIN<br />

YOUR LAWN & GARDEN<br />

FOR YOU<br />

Summer, Spring,<br />

Winter or Fall<br />

WE DO IT ALL!!!!<br />

Lawn Cuts, Edging,<br />

Trees & Shrubs, Garden,<br />

Mulching, Hauling,<br />

Garden Pond &<br />

Home Maint.<br />

Free Ests. Low Rates<br />

$20 & Up<br />

Kevin - 614-905-3117<br />

Classified Services<br />

10/15<br />

A/M<br />

RETIRED - 42 Yrs Exp.<br />

HOME REPAIRS<br />

SIDING * GUTTERS<br />

FENCES * DECKS<br />

MISC. REPAIRS<br />

Call Joe - 614-778-1460<br />

HANDYMAN SERVICES<br />

614-235-1819<br />

Charlies Handyman<br />

Service<br />

Over 40 yrs. exp.<br />

Plumbing & Hot Water Tanks<br />

Doors & Locks<br />

Kitchen/Bath Remodels<br />

Dishwasher Installs<br />

Roofmg & Siding<br />

Porches & Decks<br />

614-319-6010<br />

BATH REMODELS<br />

Expert Craftsmanship<br />

20 yrs exp - Sr. Discount<br />

614-633-9695<br />

PAINTING<br />

BESTQUALITY<br />

40 yrs exp. I do the Work!<br />

Daniel - 614-226-4221<br />

PLUMBING<br />

All About Drains & Plumb.<br />

Will snake any small drain<br />

$145. 614-778-2584<br />

MYERS<br />

PLUMBING<br />

Licensed Expert Plumbing<br />

New Const. & Fast Repairs<br />

Water * Sewer * Gas<br />

614-633-9694<br />

CHRIS’<br />

PLUMBING<br />

“Plumbing & Drain Professional<br />

That You Can Count On”<br />

24 Hrs., 7 Days/Week<br />

No Overtime Charges<br />

24 Yrs. Exp. in Plumbing &<br />

Drain Cleaning Field<br />

Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

$100.00 For Any Small Drain<br />

614-622-4482<br />

30% OFF with AD<br />

POOL/SPA<br />

MAINTENANCE<br />

K&L Spa Cleaning<br />

Hot Tub Cleaning and<br />

Weekly Maintenance<br />

Keith 614-316-9809<br />

POWER WASHING<br />

ABURTO<br />

PRESSURE WASHING<br />

•Homes •Roofs •Gutters<br />

•Driveways •Sidewalks<br />

•Parking Lots<br />

Quality • Free Estimates<br />

Competitive Prices<br />

614-927-8968<br />

ROOFING<br />

ROBINSON ROOFING<br />

&REPAIRS<br />

30 yrs exp. Lifetime Cols<br />

Resident. Reas. Rates.<br />

Dennis Robinson<br />

614-330-3087, 732-3100<br />

SEWING MACHINE<br />

REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

in your home. $49.95 all<br />

work gtd. 614-890-5296<br />

TREE SERVICES<br />

Warren Brewer Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

1/7<br />

A&M<br />

• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568<br />

BURNS TREE SERVICE<br />

Trimming, Removal &<br />

Stump Grinding.<br />

614-584-2164<br />

1/7 A


Bethany Lutheran<br />

Church, LCMS<br />

1000 Noe-Bixby Rd., Columbus, OH 43213<br />

614-866-7755<br />

Traditional Worship Service Dec. 24-9 a.m.<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service<br />

Dec. 24-7 p.m.<br />

Visit us on Facebook or visit our website at:<br />

bethanylutherancolumbus.com<br />

PAGE 12 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>December</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Local government<br />

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

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

and fourth Mondays of the month. Council<br />

holds its committee of the whole meeting<br />

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

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

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

•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 />

The Longest Night<br />

(Blue Christmas)<br />

Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 21st<br />

at 7 p.m.<br />

This service honors lost loved<br />

ones and helps people struggling<br />

with grief during the<br />

holiday season.<br />

Asbury United<br />

Methodist Church South<br />

4760 Winchester Pike Cols., OH 43232<br />

614-837-4601<br />

County grants<br />

The Franklin County Commissioners<br />

recently approved five resolutions at their<br />

general session meeting that provide nearly<br />

$6 million in grant funding to 20 different<br />

community agencies that support<br />

Franklin County residents. Sixteen of the<br />

grants totaling almost $4 million are via<br />

the commissioners’ usual Community<br />

Partnerships grant process to award county<br />

general fund money, and four are<br />

COVID-19 recovery grants allocating federal<br />

passthrough dollars.<br />

“Franklin County provides our community’s<br />

social safety net via our health and<br />

human services agencies,” said board of<br />

commissioners president, John O’Grady.<br />

“But families also rely extensively on nonprofit<br />

organizations in the community, and<br />

we rely on those agencies to support our<br />

families in need with assistance right<br />

where they’re at.”<br />

The Community Partnership grants are<br />

awarded via a competitive process to support<br />

local community-based organizations<br />

that provide services to effectively and efficiently<br />

address the commissioners’ core<br />

principles and Rise Together Blueprint<br />

action steps and goals. This year’s recipients<br />

include Feed The Kids Columbus,<br />

which partners with 28 local schools to feed<br />

children whose families are food-insecure,<br />

Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers,<br />

which tailors medical and social support<br />

for low-income patients, and Junior<br />

Achievement of Central Ohio, which provides<br />

financial literacy, career and work<br />

readiness, and entrepreneurship programing<br />

for students in kindergarten through<br />

12th grade.<br />

“It feels like the worst of the pandemic’s<br />

health effects have passed, but many central<br />

Ohio residents are still recovering from<br />

its social and economic effects,” said commissioner<br />

Kevin Boyce.<br />

The COVID-19 recovery grants<br />

approved are for $300,000 to support preschool<br />

programing at the Childhood<br />

League Center, $329,651 to Big Brothers<br />

Big Sisters of Central Ohio, $999,700 to the<br />

Franklin County Agricultural Society to<br />

make ADA compliance improvements at<br />

the Franklin County Fairgrounds, and<br />

$500,000 to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective<br />

to provide emergency food assistance to<br />

residents in need.<br />

“Working with our non-profit community<br />

partners is one of the best ways we can<br />

support our neighbors because they have a<br />

pulse on the community and community<br />

needs, due to the close relationships with<br />

the very people who make this county so<br />

special. Franklin County is a wonderful<br />

place to live, work, and play, and it is<br />

incumbent on us as leaders to ensure that<br />

all of our families have the tools they need<br />

to not just survive, but to thrive,” said commissioner<br />

Erica Crawley.<br />

For more information, you can find the<br />

annual State of the County Report at<br />

Report.FranklinCountyOhio.gov.<br />

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

Christmas Church Services<br />

Cruisers on the air<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Sports Network provides<br />

play-by-play coverage of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School athletics in <strong>2023</strong>-24.<br />

Rick Cooper is play-by-play announcer.<br />

The broadcast coverage includes high<br />

definition video and live audio. Each broadcast<br />

begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled<br />

start with the pre-game show. The<br />

pre-game show features interviews with<br />

the head coach, a scouting report of the<br />

opponent, starting line-ups, and more.<br />

After the game there are interviews with<br />

players and the head coach, along with a<br />

look at the final stats. The free broadcasts<br />

can be accessed on your computer or handheld<br />

device. Broadcasts are available to<br />

view on demand for free. Watch at: facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork.<br />

The broadcast schedule: (boys basketball)<br />

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

Winchester; Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. vs.<br />

Lancaster; Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Pickerington<br />

Central; Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. vs. Newark; Jan.<br />

12, 7:30 p.m. at Hilliard Bradley; Jan. 23,<br />

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

p.m. vs. Pickerington Central; and Feb. 9,<br />

7:30 p.m. at Newark; (girls basketball) Jan.<br />

19, 7 p.m. vs. Central Crossing; Jan. 27,<br />

2:30 p.m. vs. Logan; (softball) April 4, 5:15<br />

p.m. 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;<br />

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

Bethany Lutheran<br />

Church, LCMS<br />

1000 Noe-Bixby Rd., Columbus, OH 43213<br />

614-866-7755<br />

Traditional Worship Service Dec. 24-9 a.m.<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service<br />

Dec. 24-7 p.m.<br />

Visit us on Facebook or visit our website at:<br />

bethanylutherancolumbus.com<br />

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

Lutheran Church<br />

Come celebrate the<br />

birth of Jesus with us!<br />

Christmas Eve Service 11 a.m. &<br />

Candlelight & Communion<br />

Service - 7:00 pm<br />

Featuring a brass ensemble<br />

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

614-836-5611<br />

Pastor Brian McGee<br />

We look forward to seeing you!<br />

Merry Christmas!<br />

and his name shall be called<br />

Wonderful,<br />

Counsellor,<br />

The mighty God,<br />

The everlasting Father,<br />

The Prince of Peace.<br />

Asbury United Methodist<br />

Church South<br />

4760 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232<br />

614-837-4601<br />

Christmas Eve Eve Service Dec. 23rd - 7:00 pm<br />

Small gift bags for children will be handed out after service<br />

Christmas Regular Worship Service<br />

Sunday, Dec. 24th - 10 a.m.<br />

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

512 Main Street, <strong>Groveport</strong>, Ohio 43125<br />

Join us for Christmas Eve Services:<br />

Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 24<br />

10:30 am, 7:00pm & 11:00pm<br />

Christmas Eve Services<br />

<strong>December</strong> 24th<br />

4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.<br />

8885 Basil Western Rd. NW<br />

Canal Winchester<br />

NEWLIFECANAL.COM

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