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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

<strong>December</strong> 10 - 23, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 3<br />

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<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Dedra Cordle<br />

The occasional rain shower may have<br />

dampened the grounds of the historic<br />

downtown area but it did not dampen<br />

the spirits of the hundreds of visitors<br />

who came out to experience a bit of holiday<br />

fun as the city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> hosted<br />

its annual Christmas Celebration.<br />

Throughout the two-day event, which<br />

was held on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, local residents<br />

and neighboring guests were<br />

able to shop for gifts for loved ones at<br />

the Heart of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Mistletoe Market,<br />

experience life as it was in the 19th century<br />

via guided tours at the Grant-<br />

Sawyer Homestead and meet Santa<br />

Claus and his better half as they begin<br />

preparations for the big night. Much like<br />

her husband, Mrs. Claus (a.k.a. Teresa<br />

Breckenridge) could be spotted<br />

throughout the downtown region but<br />

she much preferred the warm fire at the<br />

Visit <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Guide and Gear shop as<br />

did her local Girl Scout Troop 5910<br />

assistants (from left to right) Zoey<br />

Mitchell, Eowyn Barber, and Julia Lynch.<br />

Pictured with them is the shop’s fluffy,<br />

albeit fake, canine, but it will serve as a<br />

reminder that the storefront at 3995<br />

Broadway will be one of two drop-off<br />

locations in the city that are official<br />

“Presents for Pets” donation destinations.<br />

Those wishing to donate bath towels,<br />

beds, blankets, crates, dry cat and<br />

dog food, durable toys and soft and<br />

chewy treats can do so at the Guide and<br />

Gear Shop and Pinnacle Pets Play and<br />

Stay, 3491 Farm Bank Way, during store<br />

hours through Dec. 16. All items will be<br />

distributed to the Franklin County Dog<br />

Shelter and Adoption Center.<br />

The Heart of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Mistletoe Market was a popular<br />

destination for those looking<br />

for handcrafted items to adorn<br />

homes throughout the area.<br />

Here, (at right) Janna Hoffman,<br />

owner of The Repurposed Tree,<br />

displays the festive artwork she<br />

made using Spanish moss and<br />

pieces of an old tree.<br />

See more holiday photos on<br />

page 10 and at columbusmessenger.com<br />

(look under the<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> tab).<br />

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SWCS approves<br />

5-year forecast<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

South-Western <strong>City</strong> School officials say<br />

the financial outlook of the district will<br />

continue to be stable despite a recent<br />

analysis that suggests it could soon enter<br />

into deficit spending.<br />

According to Treasurer Hugh Garside,<br />

the district’s expenditures will likely begin<br />

to surpass its revenue by the end of fiscal<br />

year 2025. He told the board of education<br />

at its regular meeting on Nov. 27 that it<br />

will be a trend that continues to grow<br />

throughout the duration of the five-year<br />

forecast.<br />

While the gap between the district’s<br />

expenditures and its revenue is a cause for<br />

concern, he said the panic button does not<br />

need to be hit now or in the immediate<br />

future.<br />

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SWCS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

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“We do not anticipate having an operating levy on the<br />

ballot through the 2028 school year,” said Garside.<br />

He explained that when he crunches the numbers to<br />

put together the five-year forecast, which is a hypothetical<br />

representation of a district’s financial future based on historical<br />

trends and known facts, he does so in a conservative<br />

manner as a way to mitigate unwanted surprises.<br />

He said that if the actual numbers come in around 2<br />

percent of the estimated numbers, it could be a bottom-line<br />

difference between $10-12 million. That, he added, could<br />

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cause the delay of any potential deficits within the immediate<br />

forecast.<br />

“Just because the five-year forecast is showing the possibility<br />

of deficit spending in an upcoming fiscal year does<br />

not mean it will be so,” he said, referring to previous fiveyear<br />

forecasts that indicated the district would go into<br />

deficit spending in 2020, 2021, and 2022. None of those<br />

predictions, he added, came to fruition.<br />

Garside said what is helping the financial stability of<br />

the district is the positive cash balance it will maintain<br />

throughout the duration of the forecast, which runs<br />

through June 30, 2028.<br />

Generally speaking, Garside said he wants the<br />

district to have a positive cash balance target of<br />

three to six months of what their operating expenditures<br />

would be, thus enabling the district to<br />

“weather storms” should there be a shortfall in<br />

state funding or property tax collections.<br />

He said currently the district is well beyond that<br />

three to six month positive cash balance target.<br />

“From fiscal year 2024 to fiscal year 2028, we are<br />

about five to 10 months on at any point in time in<br />

our forecast,” he said. “So we are in a pretty good<br />

spot right now.”<br />

Also making the financial outlook a bit healthier,<br />

said Garside, has been an increase in state funding<br />

and the development of additional homes and businesses<br />

within the district’s boundaries. Much of the<br />

revenue in the general fund is dependent on state<br />

funding and property tax allocations — roughly 84.6<br />

percent of the district’s $300 million general fund<br />

revenues comes from these two sources — and<br />

Garside said he expects that trend will continue<br />

throughout the forecast.<br />

“Our revenue is projected to increase but at a<br />

much slower rate than our expenditures,” he said.<br />

Garside added that the revenue could skew “even<br />

more positive” should the state fully phase in its<br />

Fair School Funding Plan. The district currently<br />

receives around $140 million annually from the<br />

state but Garside said he did not include additional<br />

state dollars in fiscal years 2027 and 2028 as that<br />

biennial budget has not yet been approved by the<br />

legislature.<br />

“I think the FSFP is a good plan to fund schools<br />

and I do believe it will help our financial situation<br />

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should it be approved,” he said.<br />

According to the five-year forecast projections, the district’s<br />

general fund revenue will be $317.8 million in FY<br />

2024; $320.2 million in FY 2025; $325.5 million in FY<br />

2026; $323.4 million in FY 2027; and $332.1 million in FY<br />

2028.<br />

The biggest expense of the district, said Garside, comes<br />

from personnel services, which consist of salaries and<br />

wages for its administrators, educators and support staff.<br />

He said the district is not ashamed that roughly 73 percent<br />

of its general fund expenditures go toward staff and student<br />

instruction as he considers it to be money well spent.<br />

The forecast has also accounted for negotiated base<br />

salary increases of 2.5 percent for its collective bargaining<br />

groups through fiscal year 2025, and the forecast also predicts<br />

that health insurance benefits costs will increase at a<br />

rate of 10 to 12.6 percent.<br />

“Hopefully that will not be true — it is a conservative<br />

estimate,” said Garside. “But we are working hard with<br />

our health insurance committee to see what we can do to<br />

get those costs down.”<br />

He mentioned that the district’s health insurance fund<br />

was healthy and that the district also has a four month<br />

cash balance carry over.<br />

The district has also been hit hard by inflation regarding<br />

purchased services and materials and supplies.<br />

Garside said purchased services represent 13.48 percent of<br />

the total expenditures and will grow at an annual rate of<br />

1.32 percent through FY 2028. Materials and supplies represent<br />

4.27 percent of the total expenditures and will grow<br />

at an annual average rate of 1.66 percent through FY<br />

2028.<br />

“There has been some heavy inflation — I think we have<br />

all experienced that — and we are monitoring inflation and<br />

making sure we are staying on target with that,” said<br />

Garside.<br />

According to the five-year forecast projections, the district’s<br />

general fund expenditures will be $311.9 million in<br />

FY 2024; $345.2 million in FY 2025; $339.7 million in FY<br />

2026; $354.4 million in FY 2027; and $369.9 million in FY<br />

2028.<br />

As for the cash balance, the five-year forecast projects<br />

that the district will have $254.1 million in FY 2024;<br />

$248.5 million in FY 2025; $233.6 million in FY 2026;<br />

$202.5 million in FY 2027; and $164.6 million in FY 2028.<br />

community events<br />

In January, American Legion Post 201<br />

in West Jefferson will start an<br />

Acoustic Open Mic Night<br />

(watch future <strong>Messenger</strong>s for date and time)<br />

If you would like to perform, please send<br />

your name and phone number to<br />

music@thepenry.net.<br />

Please include your genre and<br />

if you play instrument.<br />

This is a family oriented public event, all ages<br />

and genres are invited to perform. There will be<br />

refreshments available for purchase.<br />

from 1 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Kingston Center,<br />

3226 Kingston Ave. in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. To schedule an<br />

appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.<br />

Free community meal<br />

Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover<br />

Road in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, will host a free community<br />

meal every third Saturday of each<br />

month. The food will be served from noon to<br />

1 p.m. For more information, call the<br />

church office at 614-875-0510.<br />

S.A.L.T. at Evans Center<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police host<br />

Seniors and Law Enforcement Together<br />

(S.A.L.T.) meetings at 1 p.m. the second<br />

Tuesday of each month at the Evans<br />

Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. If you would like<br />

additional information on other crime prevention<br />

programs visit police.grovecityohio.gov<br />

or call 614-277-1765.


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PAGE 4 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>December</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police News<br />

Nov 19, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

dispatched to the 2200 block of Bluebell<br />

Ln. on a report of a theft from a<br />

vehicle. The victim reported that a<br />

Stihl chainsaw was stolen from the<br />

bed of their 2022 Chevy Silverado. The<br />

victim stated the item was stolen<br />

while the vehicle was parked on the<br />

street from Nov 6, <strong>2023</strong>, to Nov 9,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Nov 24, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

dispatched to the 2900 block of Parlin<br />

Dr. on a report of a stolen package<br />

from a front porch. The victim’s home<br />

security video captures the suspect<br />

taking the package at 6:17 p.m.<br />

Nov 23, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police observed<br />

a vehicle swerving across the<br />

center line on Hoover Rd. The vehicle<br />

turned onto White Rd. and then<br />

stopped in the middle of the road. The<br />

officer made a traffic stop and after observing<br />

signs of impairment the driver<br />

performed Standardized Field Sobriety<br />

Tests. The driver was arrested for<br />

OVI and took a breath test where the<br />

results showed .194, above the legal<br />

limit of .08.<br />

Nov 24, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police were<br />

dispatched to the 2400 block of Stringtown<br />

Rd. on a report of an erratic<br />

driver that almost hit someone. The<br />

officers located the vehicle and driver<br />

and upon making contact discovered<br />

an open beer in the center console.<br />

The driver refused to perform Standardized<br />

Field Sobriety Tests. The<br />

driver was arrested for OVI and took<br />

a breath test where the results showed<br />

.159, above the legal limit of .08.<br />

Nov 25, <strong>2023</strong>, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Police observed<br />

a vehicle swerving in its lane<br />

on Stringtown Rd. The officer made a<br />

traffic stop and after observing signs<br />

of impairment the driver performed<br />

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.<br />

The driver was arrested for OVI and<br />

took a breath test where the results<br />

showed .176, above the legal limit of<br />

.08.<br />

Crime Prevention Tips:<br />

Consider having packages sent to a<br />

trusted person that will be home. Do<br />

not leave valuables in your vehicle unattended.<br />

Plan, have a designated<br />

driver who is not drinking or call for a<br />

ride. Remember buzzed driving is<br />

drunk driving.<br />

These cases are only a sample of<br />

crimes under investigation by our division<br />

of police.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> Beat<br />

By Andrea Cordle<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Editor<br />

Last month, Ohio voters approved Issue<br />

2, which would allow adults 21 years and<br />

older to buy, possess, and grow marijuana.<br />

According to the ballot language, this<br />

passage means Ohio would create a system<br />

that regulates and taxes marijuana like<br />

alcohol. Tax revenue would be used to fund<br />

public safety initiatives, road improvements,<br />

and drug and alcohol treatment<br />

programs.<br />

While Issue 2 legalizes the recreational<br />

use of marijuana, it does not amend the<br />

constitution, meaning the Ohio legislature<br />

could make changes. This has left local<br />

entities, like <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, looking for clarity.<br />

At a recent council meeting, <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said city leaders<br />

are waiting to see what happens in the<br />

state legislature but said the city would<br />

have to change ordinances and change<br />

police enforcement practices.<br />

Stage reported that what he is hearing<br />

from the Ohio Municipal League and the<br />

Ohio Mayor’s Alliance is that cities may be<br />

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<strong>City</strong> leaders seek clarity<br />

on Issue 2 outcome<br />

able to impose additional requirements. He<br />

said some cities are even exploring the idea<br />

of passing a moratorium.<br />

“We understand the full spirit of what<br />

was passed, but there are things we can do<br />

to help mitigate potential issues down the<br />

road,” said Stage. “We need guidance to<br />

make sure we put as many safeguards in<br />

as possible to protect our residents.”<br />

According to the city’s legal representation,<br />

the ballot language became effective<br />

on Dec. 7, which is when the state started<br />

creating a framework and agency to implement<br />

the law. Recreational marijuana will<br />

be legal to use after that date, but sales<br />

will not begin until later next year due to<br />

the licensing process.<br />

Stage said the city’s administration<br />

would likely bring forth an ordinance that<br />

would require a $100 licensing fee for vendors,<br />

like those who sell tobacco products.<br />

“We will be visiting this pretty aggressively,”<br />

said Stage.<br />

The law also enables cities to decide<br />

whether to permit dispensaries in their<br />

communities.


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Government Focus<br />

<strong>December</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

Village wants additional traffic signal on Broadway<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Like many individuals who have to travel<br />

in order to get to their place of employment,<br />

Lacy Wallace Jr. hates the morning<br />

commute. And like many, he hates the<br />

evening commute as well. But unlike the<br />

thousands of motorists who share the roadway<br />

with him during the typical work<br />

week, his ire is directed less at the amount<br />

of vehicles on the interstate and more on<br />

the number of cars that have to sit idle<br />

while they wait to enter or exit his neighborhood.<br />

As a life-long resident of the village of<br />

Urbancrest, Wallace Jr. has seen the area<br />

grow exponentially since he was a child.<br />

“We always knew that growth would be<br />

coming someday,” he said, “but within the<br />

past decade or so our community has seen<br />

so much growth with new residents moving<br />

in and new businesses going up and that is<br />

also being seen with the city (that surrounds<br />

us) and the county we live in.”<br />

He said that while he is not against residential<br />

or commercial growth, he does feel<br />

that more needs to be done to address the<br />

issues that arise with such a spike in the<br />

population — particularly the infrastructure<br />

on the roadways that were not<br />

designed to carry so many vehicles at one<br />

time.<br />

Last month, the village councilman<br />

brought up the topic of infrastructure at<br />

their regular meeting. He said that he<br />

believes the council needs to explore the<br />

possibility of installing additional traffic<br />

lights on the major thoroughfare that runs<br />

parallel to their community.<br />

According to Wallace Jr., residents of<br />

the village only have one true access point<br />

out of the area in the morning.<br />

“We all have to go down Augustus Drive<br />

to turn onto Urbancrest Industrial Drive in<br />

order to get onto Broadway,” he said.<br />

The problem with that being the primary<br />

route, he said, is all of the other<br />

motorists, including semi-truck drivers<br />

from the nearby warehouses, who have to<br />

use that road in order to get onto Broadway<br />

as well.<br />

“It takes everyone forever to get to the<br />

light and then it takes everyone forever to<br />

be able to make a left turn,” he said.<br />

Although the village residents have the<br />

option of traveling down First, Second,<br />

Central, Third and Fourth avenues to<br />

access Broadway, they find that route is<br />

even more congested — and dangerous —<br />

than Urbancrest Industrial Drive.<br />

“Sometimes we are waiting 15, 20, 30<br />

minutes there to make a left hand turn,”<br />

said Wallace Jr. “And when there is a small<br />

window of opportunity, we have to peel out<br />

of there quickly so we don’t get hit.”<br />

Wallace Jr. said this situation has<br />

become nearly untenable for its residents<br />

which is why he wants the council to consider<br />

the feasibility of a traffic light at the<br />

intersection of First Avenue and Broadway<br />

or Third Avenue and Broadway.<br />

“We have to start thinking about this<br />

and really explore the possibility of a light<br />

there,” he said.<br />

While the state department of transportation<br />

typically allows municipalities<br />

some discretion when it comes to installing<br />

traffic lights within their boundaries, they<br />

would have to approve any traffic signals<br />

that are proposed on major thoroughfares,<br />

which Broadway, or U.S. Route 62, is considered.<br />

Wallace Jr. said the members of the<br />

health and safety and committee will continue<br />

to discuss the matter at their upcoming<br />

meetings. He also said he hopes to confer<br />

with officials with the city of <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

and Franklin County to come up with a<br />

“game plan” to address the increasing<br />

amount of traffic in the area.<br />

“It’s not just a matter of inconvenience<br />

for us,” said Wallace Jr. “It’s becoming a<br />

real public safety issue too. We have to try<br />

to do something about it before something<br />

bad happens.”<br />

In related infrastructure news, a representative<br />

with AEP Ohio was at the<br />

October meeting to discuss an upcoming<br />

program related to lighting fixtures in the<br />

village. According to Mike LaScola, the<br />

executive affairs manager for the company,<br />

AEP Ohio is in the process of a two-year<br />

project to replace the existing bulbs in the<br />

lighting fixtures with LED lights.<br />

He also mentioned that the company<br />

was aware of the ongoing issues with the<br />

lighting on Centerpoint Drive and that<br />

they were working with the village administration<br />

to come up with a long-term solution<br />

so there can once again be working<br />

lights on the busy roadway.<br />

LaScola added that if residents spot an<br />

issue with the lighting fixtures near their<br />

homes to report the problem to the village<br />

office.<br />

In other news, Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr.<br />

presented a proclamation of appreciation to<br />

councilwoman Deborah Larkins-Jackson to<br />

thank her for dedicating 25 years of her life<br />

to the public as a member of the legislative<br />

body. Earlier this year, the long-time councilwoman<br />

and member of the village health<br />

and safety committee said that she would<br />

not seek another term. Her last day in<br />

office will be Dec. 31, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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PAGE 6 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>December</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Meeting Two<br />

Members of Ukraine’s<br />

Parliament<br />

One of the side features of being a member of<br />

the Ohio House of Representatives is the occasional<br />

opportunity to meet governmental officials<br />

from other countries when they travel to the<br />

U.S. Sometimes those visits take them to Columbus.<br />

During the last year, I have had the opportunity<br />

to meet the Canadian Consul and several<br />

members of governmental ministries of India.<br />

This past week I enjoyed the rare privilege to participate<br />

in a group discussion with two members<br />

of the Parliament of Ukraine, Lesia Zaburanna<br />

and Yehor Cherniev. Lesia is the Deputy Chair of<br />

the Finance Committee. She has earned a Ph.D.<br />

in Economics and is a college professor in Kiev in<br />

addition to her legislative responsibilities. Yehor<br />

is the Deputy Chair of the National Security, Defense,<br />

and Intelligence Committee and is an IT<br />

entrepreneur outside the legislature.<br />

The Ukrainian Parliament is known there as the<br />

Verkhovna Rada or Supreme Council. It consists<br />

of only one house (not like our bicameral legislature<br />

at both the state and national levels) with<br />

a total of 450 members, half of which are elected<br />

from geographic districts. When any political<br />

party obtains more than 5% of the vote in a national<br />

election, it is allocated a proportional number<br />

of members out of the remaining 225<br />

at-large seats.<br />

As you know, the nation was invaded by Russia<br />

21 months ago and has fought valiantly to defend<br />

itself from its adversary’s aggression. Russia<br />

took the Crimean portion of Ukraine in 2014 and<br />

has sought to capture the remainder of the country<br />

and reclaim it as one of the former Soviet Socialist<br />

Republics. If successful, Russia’s President<br />

Vladimer Putin has made it clear that Russia intends<br />

to reclaim other European free countries it<br />

previously acquired at various times after the former<br />

Soviet Union was established in 1917. Currently,<br />

about one-quarter of Ukraine’s 40 million<br />

people have fled to other countries as refugees<br />

or remain in the occupied portion. The nation itself<br />

is approximately the size of Texas. A total<br />

area about the size of Ohio is part of the land<br />

taken by Russia in 2014 or occupied in 2022.<br />

Our discussion centered on the wartime challenges<br />

Ukraine faces and the opportunities for<br />

reconstruction once the Russians are ultimately<br />

forced to withdraw. However, the prospects for<br />

a quick peace are slim if the Russian president insists<br />

on continuing to pursue his foolish aggressive<br />

objectives.<br />

(Dave Dobos represents the <strong>10th</strong> District in the<br />

Ohio House of Representatives, which consists of<br />

parts of West, Southwest, and South Columbus,<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Urbancrest, and portions of Franklin<br />

and Jackson Townships. He reports regularly on his<br />

activities in this position and his campaign has paid<br />

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e almighty buck is spoiling sports<br />

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Dave Burton<br />

It’s funny how we’re able to recall special moments from many<br />

decades ago. I was in my early teens and visiting my grandparents.<br />

Baseball was everything to me back then and I’d just<br />

watched my beloved Indians (now Guardians) lose yet again to<br />

their nemesis, the dreaded Yankees. I had a hissy fit and started<br />

stomping about. Then my grandfather asked, “why do you care so<br />

much”?<br />

I’ve recalled, pondered and wrestled over that simple question<br />

my entire lifetime. I didn’t have an answer then and I don’t have<br />

one now. But I’ve noticed my continuing dissection of that question<br />

has resulted in a reprioritization of sports in my little world<br />

over the years. I’m seeing them assume a steady decline of importance<br />

for me.<br />

These days, sports, in general, just aren’t the same for me.<br />

We’re all familiar with the idiom; money is the root of all evil. I<br />

think that’s a big part of what’s happened. Sports have changed,<br />

unfortunately mostly in the wrong direction, to the beat of the dollar<br />

sign. They’ve taken with them any concerns for the loyal fans<br />

who I now realize have become nothing more than small cogs in<br />

the big wheel of growing profits and greed that must be tolerated.<br />

I’m guessing a big part of my ebbing interest and calmer and<br />

more composed losing demeanor is just a normal reflection of the<br />

aging process. I now have the wisdom to realize and accept I won’t<br />

remember the results in short order anyway, so why bother getting<br />

so upset? But I think there’s more substance to it.<br />

I think my unbreakable sports dedication first began to shatter<br />

back in the 70s when baseball’s free agency court ruling began. I<br />

suddenly had to learn new rosters of my favorite team each year<br />

as I learned any player’s loyalty to a team became overshadowed<br />

by jumping over to more lucrative contracts elsewhere. Then came<br />

player strikes and team lockouts by the owners as they squabbled<br />

over profits while any concerns for the loyal fans were rudely cast<br />

aside.<br />

Along the way we’ve seen multiple league expansions with new<br />

irresistible dollar markets dangling to lure in owners with new<br />

teams. The problem is the talent hasn’t been there to support the<br />

surging growth. Major league baseball team rosters are now<br />

stacked with too many players having statistics that wouldn’t justify<br />

them making the rosters of the lowest minor league clubs<br />

years ago. Yet ridiculous player salaries and contract renewal<br />

demand for even more continue to soar at the expense of the fans.<br />

Cleveland Browns football owner Art Modell gave my dedication<br />

to sports a severe blow<br />

when pulled the Browns out<br />

of Cleveland and took them<br />

to Baltimore in 1996. He<br />

couldn’t get the city (taxpayers-very<br />

loyal fans) to build him a new stadium. Years later, we<br />

eventually landed a new team we still call the Browns, but the<br />

team’s to-date performance should only be shown with a viewer<br />

content warning on The Comedy Channel.<br />

I’ve always loved college basketball. It provides great entertainment<br />

to help get me through some of those dreary winter days.<br />

But now my favorite viewing sport is also under siege at the hands<br />

of the almighty dollar. I always thought a player getting a fullexpense<br />

ride (my college alma mater just announced an increase<br />

to $81 million for all expenses per year) plus a diploma in<br />

exchange for playing basketball was a good deal. Apparently not,<br />

there’s more money to be had and they want it.<br />

College basketball’s digression began slowly. A college puts a<br />

lot of time and effort into the recruitment process, it only has so<br />

many player scholarships it can offer. It used to be when a high<br />

school player signed a letter of intent or gave a verbal commitment<br />

to play for a college after graduation it meant something. It was<br />

unusual for them to break that commitment and then commit to a<br />

different college.<br />

Years ago, it was routine for an elite player to skip the senior<br />

year and jump to the NBA where a pile of gold awaited them. Then<br />

many started leaving after their junior year. Today, the term “one<br />

and done” is not uncommon.<br />

The NCAA launched a new concept in 2018, the transfer portal.<br />

As seasons wind down players can forget about their recruitment<br />

commitments and declare they’re not returning the next season,<br />

instead entering the portal. Then other colleges can try to recruit<br />

those players out of the portal to their college. The transfer portal<br />

has grown every year since, with a flood of disgruntled, starry<br />

eyed young players jumping ship, not willing to bide time developing<br />

their skills so they can backfill graduating starters, too often<br />

thinking they’re already superstars destined for the NBA who can<br />

get more playing time elsewhere. College rosters now get obliterated<br />

each year with announced transfer portal intentions as seasons<br />

wind down.<br />

We’re just beginning to see the latest blow to college sports,<br />

stemming from a 2018 Supreme Court decision that’s great for the<br />

athlete, horrible for the fan. It’s what they call NIL (name, image<br />

and likeness). The NCAA still won’t allow pay-to-play directly to<br />

players via college boosters, but essentially college athletes can<br />

now receive lucrative financial packages indirectly by way of what<br />

they call collectives. These are usually companies owned by alumni<br />

that accept donations from other boosters and then pass them<br />

on to the athletes for the rights to use their name, image and likeness<br />

via business endorsements.<br />

The excitement of college basketball is still there for me, but it’s<br />

ebbing as the competitive amateurism of it I used to love is steadily<br />

fading with the lure of the dollar taking it to professional<br />

realms. I fear the financial donor power of a college collective will<br />

secure the best talent as it essentially buys its team and future<br />

success.<br />

I’m already thinking about next season. Watching players<br />

arrive, develop, stay and excel is a thing of the past. My team lost<br />

quality players early to the NBA, lost players to the transfer portal,<br />

then enticed other players in from that same transfer portal,<br />

presumably with the new NIL financial incentives, had a few<br />

leave that actually stayed on to graduate, saw a recruit change his<br />

mind and decommit and gained one the same way. In essence it<br />

will be a brand new roster, totally revamped yet again, as it will<br />

be every year from now on.<br />

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the Columbus <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

Newspapers. He lives in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>.


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Recycling centers now open<br />

SWACO and the city of Columbus<br />

opened two new convenience centers for<br />

recycling.<br />

The centers will aid the public in the<br />

recovery of recyclables and other hard-torecycle<br />

materials such as clothing, batteries,<br />

electronics and food waste.<br />

The drive-up, self-service centers provide<br />

a convenient and accessible location<br />

for central Ohio residents to recycle a wide<br />

range of materials, mostly free of charge.<br />

They are the first of their kind in Franklin<br />

County.<br />

“By providing a comprehensive range of<br />

recycling options and promoting responsible<br />

waste management practices, these<br />

centers will contribute to an increase in the<br />

diversion of recyclable materials from the<br />

region’s landfill,” said Joe Lombardi,<br />

SWACO’s executive director.<br />

Currently, 76 percent of all landfilled<br />

items in Franklin County have the potential<br />

to be diverted. With only 42 years of<br />

life remaining for the Franklin County<br />

Sanitary Landfill and a steadily growing<br />

regional population, the city and SWACO<br />

share the goal to increase the diversion of<br />

materials from the landfill.<br />

“Columbus is pleased to provide residents<br />

with no-cost options to sustainably<br />

dispose of, reuse and recycle many items,”<br />

said Tim Swauger, administrator of the<br />

division of refuse collection.<br />

Residents will be able to drive up to the<br />

convenience centers and quickly unload<br />

their recyclable and other materials from<br />

their vehicle and place it in designated<br />

bins or areas depending on the items. The<br />

centers will be staffed to assist residents<br />

with dropping off acceptable items and<br />

proper sorting.<br />

The centers are located at:<br />

•2566 Jackson Pike, Columbus<br />

•2070 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus<br />

“By fostering a sense of shared responsibility,<br />

we can unite our community in a<br />

common purpose of environmental care,”<br />

said Lombardi.<br />

The Jackson Pike facility operated by<br />

SWACO will be operational Monday<br />

through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br />

and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fees<br />

may be charged for some of the materials<br />

accepted at this facility.<br />

Visit SWACO.org/ConvenienceCenter<br />

for more information.<br />

The Columbus Waste and Reuse<br />

Convenience Center on Alum Creek Drive<br />

will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays<br />

from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All items accepted at<br />

this location will be accepted for free. For a<br />

list of items acceptable for drop-off at this<br />

location visit columbus.gov. The city<br />

intends to open a second convenience center<br />

location soon.<br />

Adopt-a-Senior<br />

The Laurels of West Columbus is hosting<br />

an adopt-a-senior program and are asking<br />

the community for help in providing<br />

Christmas gifts for all their 97 residents.<br />

Those interested in adopting a resident can<br />

drop gifts off at the facility, located at 441<br />

Norton Road in Columbus. Volunteers are<br />

asked to either wrap the present or put it<br />

in a gift bag. Gift ideas include blankets,<br />

socks, slippers, hygiene products, puzzles,<br />

games, or candy. Those interested can also<br />

call the center for gift ideas for a specific<br />

senior to adopt. Presents should be<br />

dropped off by Dec. 18. For additional<br />

News and Notes<br />

<strong>December</strong> 10, <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

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about 250 families each month in <strong>Grove</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong>, Orient, Harrisburg and Galloway.<br />

Food donations are also needed. Those<br />

interested in volunteering for the <strong>Grove</strong><br />

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donation can email<br />

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<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Rugby Club is looking for more players<br />

By Sarah Slayman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Last year, Matt Carle decided to relaunch<br />

the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Rugby Club and has taken on<br />

the role of head coach. The players are entering<br />

their second season this spring and are<br />

looking for additional teammates.<br />

The rugby program began in 1998 and ran<br />

until 2007 when the head coach resigned, ultimately<br />

ending the sport in the area. Carle, and<br />

a few of his fellow coaches, played during those<br />

years and he says it was one of their most<br />

meaningful life experiences. He still has strong<br />

friendships from his team all those years ago.<br />

Carle always wondered what it would be<br />

like to resurrect the program. After much<br />

encouragement, he contacted Rugby Ohio.<br />

With their support, his dream came to life, and<br />

<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> had an official team by the spring<br />

of 2022.<br />

“Rugby was a huge part of our lives and I<br />

just want to give kids the opportunities that I<br />

had in high school,” said Carle.<br />

The past season centered around simply<br />

teaching the players the fundamentals of the<br />

game and building their confidence on the<br />

field. So many of them fell in love with the<br />

sport and plan to return this coming season.<br />

The goal this year is to expand the team to<br />

maximize the opportunities on the field and<br />

within the program.<br />

Students from all South-Western <strong>City</strong><br />

School District high schools are invited to participate.<br />

“Being a part of a team is going to carry<br />

with you your whole life,” said the coach.<br />

Carle is a big advocate for students playing<br />

as many different sports in high school as they<br />

can.<br />

“Get them active, looking forward to something<br />

and on that path that will get them to<br />

graduation. Rugby can play a small part in<br />

that,” he said.<br />

Practices begin on Feb. 28 at Central<br />

Crossing High School. No prior experience is<br />

necessary.<br />

“Come out and give it a shot,” said Carle.<br />

Participants have the option to opt out if<br />

they finds that after a few practices the sport<br />

isn’t for them. The practice schedule is flexible<br />

and gives students room for other hobbies or<br />

part-time jobs.<br />

Coaches will host various recruitment days<br />

where they will be available at the high schools<br />

to answer any questions students might have.<br />

The schedule includes:<br />

•Jan. 31 at Central Crossing High School<br />

•Feb. 7 at Westland High School<br />

•Feb 14 at Franklin Heights High School<br />

If interested, email Matt Carle at<br />

grovecityrugby.com or keep up with the team<br />

on Facebook at ‘<strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Rugby’ or on<br />

Instagram @gcrc_gamecocks.<br />

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Photo courtesy of Matt Carle<br />

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Metro Parks is ready to welcome hikers during its <strong>2023</strong>-24<br />

Winter Hike Series which runs <strong>December</strong> through February and<br />

features 19 parks.<br />

The series’ kickoff was at Homestead Metro Park.<br />

Twinkling lights can be found during the month of <strong>December</strong> at<br />

Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Highbanks, Homestead,<br />

and Inniswood parks. The lights go on at dark. Walk at anytime.<br />

Evening lantern walks are set for 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Chestnut<br />

Ridge.<br />

In January, refreshments will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.<br />

as follows:<br />

• Jan. 6 at Prairie Oaks;<br />

• Jan. 7 at Walnut Woods;<br />

• Jan. 13 at Sharon Woods;<br />

• Jan. 14 at Slate Run;<br />

• Jan. 20 at Scioto Audubon;<br />

• Jan. 21 at Rocky Fork;<br />

• Jan. 27 at Clear Creek; and<br />

• Jan. 28 at Scioto <strong>Grove</strong>.<br />

In February, enjoy hot drinks and a treat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.<br />

as follows:<br />

• Feb. 3 at Blendon Woods;<br />

• Feb. 4 at Pickerington Ponds;<br />

• Feb. 10 at Glacier Ridge;<br />

• Feb. 11 at Quarry Trails; and<br />

• Feb. 17 at Three Creeks.<br />

A season wrap-up celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 3<br />

p.m. Feb. 25 at Blacklick Woods Golf Course.<br />

Anyone who hikes at seven or more of the parks in the series<br />

receives a winter hike patch. Go to metroparks.net/winter-hikes to<br />

print a winter hike card, then have a park staff member stamp the<br />

card after each hike. Anyone who hikes all 19 parks in the series<br />

can earn hike medallions and other swag.<br />

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Pets of the week<br />

Lydia is such a<br />

sweetie pie, you’d<br />

never guess she is<br />

11 years old. She<br />

loves all humans and<br />

will let you hold her.<br />

All she wants is to<br />

snuggle up close with<br />

you and even sit on<br />

your chest. She loves<br />

scratches and will politely ask you by rubbing<br />

up against your leg or hand. Lydia loves a<br />

good brushing so her beautiful long coat stays<br />

luxurious. She is up for adoption through<br />

Colony Cats and Dogs.<br />

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Keisel is an 11-yearold<br />

Yorkshire<br />

terrier/dachshund<br />

mix. He is known to<br />

cuddle up in blankets<br />

and snuggle in your<br />

lap. He frequently<br />

burrows under the<br />

covers to create a little<br />

nest. Keisel loves<br />

going on walks or running around the yard,<br />

chasing the birds and squirrels. This sweet<br />

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These furry friends are available<br />

for adoption at local<br />

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Bella is a sweetheart<br />

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She has three-legs,<br />

but that how doesn’t<br />

hinder or bother her<br />

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People loves people,<br />

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This boy’s tail is<br />

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People loves affection<br />

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<strong>December</strong> 10 <strong>2023</strong> - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - PAGE 15<br />

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Classified Services<br />

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SINCE 1973<br />

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&REPAIRS<br />

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

RETIRED<br />

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• New Roof Installation<br />

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avail. upon request<br />

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1/7<br />

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Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568<br />

10/15 W/SW


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