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Merry Christmas!<br />

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

<strong>December</strong> 24 - January 13, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 11<br />

Hometown Realtor<br />

Marylee Bendig<br />

580 Main St., <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

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Madison Township PD cracks down<br />

Getting guns off the streets<br />

Merry<br />

Christmas &<br />

Happy New Year!<br />

Police pursuit catches<br />

suspects in stolen vehicle<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Technology and police teamwork combined<br />

to help officers make arrests regarding<br />

a stolen vehicle that struck two vehicles<br />

as it wheeled through <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

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

around 4 p.m. on Dec. 7, the department’s<br />

Flock License Plate Reader Camera<br />

System alerted officers to a stolen Hyundai<br />

Elantra heading south on Old Hamilton<br />

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

said the stolen vehicle containing three<br />

suspects turned into the Elmont Place subdivision,<br />

but then left that area and headed<br />

down College Street and then east on Main<br />

Street.<br />

Adams said officers attempted to stop<br />

the vehicle, but the driver refused. The<br />

stolen vehicle struck two occupied vehicles<br />

on Main Street near the funeral home.<br />

“The driver accelerated in reverse slamming<br />

into a car and then accelerated forward<br />

striking a van. They defied the officer’s<br />

orders to avoid apprehension,” said<br />

Adams. “Then they took off east on Main<br />

Street. Officers pursued the vehicle until it<br />

reached Rager Road when the pursuit was<br />

called off because it was felt it was too dangerous<br />

to the public to continue the pursuit.”<br />

Police said nobody was injured in the<br />

crashes.<br />

Following the crashes, a <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Police video shows the suspects driving the<br />

now damaged stolen car at a high speed<br />

and weaving around other vehicles while<br />

heading east on Main Street and then<br />

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

Surprisingly, during the pursuit, the<br />

video shows some drivers slow to pull over<br />

or not pulling over to allow the police cruiser<br />

to pass.<br />

See PURSUIT, page 2<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

A year-long accumulation of guns confiscated<br />

from drivers or passengers suspected<br />

of drug or alcohol use kept Madison<br />

Township Police officers on their toes and<br />

the community safe in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Most of the firearms were confiscated<br />

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

Estates and other areas surrounding the<br />

township’s jurisdiction.<br />

“This is a very high number of firearmrelated<br />

incidents that our officers are dealing<br />

with on the streets today,” said<br />

Madison Township Police Commander<br />

Victor Boyd. “Due to our officers’ years of<br />

experience, training and diligence, they<br />

were able to remove these firearms from<br />

individuals that were intoxicated and<br />

operating motor vehicles on the streets of<br />

Madison Township.”<br />

Officers stopped vehicles due to probable<br />

cause. It is illegal to have in one’s possession,<br />

whether on the body or transporting<br />

in a motor vehicle, a firearm while<br />

intoxicated.<br />

According to Boyd, the first thing an<br />

officer is trained to do when a gun is<br />

observed during a traffic stop is to loudly<br />

instruct the driver and passenger to put<br />

their hands in a visible position, before<br />

alerting dispatch of the situation.<br />

Other officers are notified about the situation<br />

and provide assistance. The driver<br />

and any passengers are then asked to step<br />

out of the vehicle and handcuffed and the<br />

vehicle is searched. The firearm is then<br />

secured by the officer and ownership is<br />

determined.<br />

“The person will be told they are under<br />

arrest, Mirandized, and then transported<br />

back to our department for processing,”<br />

said Boyd. “Once all the paperwork is complete,<br />

then the suspect is transported to<br />

the Franklin County jail.”<br />

After a gun is confiscated by Madison<br />

Township officers, it is checked to ensure it<br />

is not loaded, is safe to handle, and all<br />

information about the gun collected to<br />

determine if it is stolen. It is then photographed<br />

and placed in a secure property<br />

room until the court case is finished.<br />

“After this process, it is up to the prosecution<br />

and judges to determine if the<br />

defendant is allowed to have the firearm<br />

See GUNS, page 2<br />

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

Madison Township Police Commander<br />

Victor Boyd displays more than two<br />

dozen firearms confiscated by the<br />

department since the beginning of <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Boyd said all of the hard work by township<br />

officers helped save lives by getting<br />

the guns off of township streets.<br />

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Safe Exchange Zone<br />

PURSUIT<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

Minutes later, Adams said the stolen vehicle and its occupants<br />

returned to <strong>Groveport</strong> and were spotted again by security cameras,<br />

which alerted police. He said officers again pursued the vehicle,<br />

which had turned onto Delane Road. The police video shows<br />

the suspects driving the stolen car at a high speed on Crescent<br />

Drive and Seymour Avenue. The suspects drove the car through a<br />

yard and then onto Elm Street where they were eventually<br />

stopped by a dead end near the 900 block of Elm Street. They<br />

stopped the car in a yard and fled on foot.<br />

According to Adams, three juveniles (two<br />

male and one female ages 15 to 16, all from<br />

Columbus) ran from the vehicle. After a foot<br />

chase through <strong>Groveport</strong> Park and across a<br />

small creek back into the Elm Street neighborhood,<br />

a male suspect was apprehended<br />

while hiding behind a fence. The female suspect<br />

was caught along Main Street near the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Golf Course. The third<br />

suspect was taken into custody at the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center. All three<br />

were taken into custody without incident.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Detective Sgt.<br />

Josh Gilbert, of the three arrested, the<br />

female juvenile had five active arrest warrants,<br />

three of which were for auto theft.<br />

The female suspect had been reported missing<br />

for a year.<br />

Adams said the various suspects were<br />

charged with fleeing and eluding, felonious<br />

assault using a vehicle as a weapon, receiving<br />

stolen property, and multiple hit skip<br />

violations. He said the suspects are being<br />

held in the Franklin County Juvenile<br />

Detention Center.<br />

When asked further about the incident,<br />

Adams said, “This type of an incident is an<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong>. has created an area in its parking lot to give residents<br />

and visitors a safe location to conduct child custody exchanges,<br />

property exchanges, or a safe area to meet someone that you may<br />

not be familiar with and/or feel unsafe around in private.<br />

The “Safe Exchange Zone” gives individuals an area where they<br />

are being recorded with video surveillance cameras located on the<br />

police department building, just in case something should happen<br />

during the exchange period between individuals.<br />

This area is marked with a sign on the southeast part of the<br />

building that has multiple security cameras monitoring the parking<br />

lot 24 hours a day.<br />

There is also a Call Box located by the front entrance doors.<br />

This call box will dial a designated phone number inside the police<br />

department when the button on the box is pushed and, if an officer<br />

is not at the police department during this initial call, the call box<br />

will immediately send the call to Franklin County Sheriff’s<br />

Department to notify the police dispatchers of the need for a<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police officer at the police department.<br />

Residents and visitors in the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> should feel free<br />

to contact the police department when the need arises, the non-<br />

GUNS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

returned to them or if the firearm will be destroyed,” said Boyd.<br />

The operator or passengers in a vehicle can have a loaded<br />

firearm in a vehicle if they are not under the influence of alcohol<br />

or drugs and follow gun laws established by the state.<br />

A business owner can restrict employees from carrying a<br />

firearm while at work, but they cannot restrict an employee from<br />

having a firearm in their personal vehicle as long as they follow<br />

state laws.<br />

Madison Township laws for carrying a firearm either openly or<br />

concealed are the same as the State of Ohio.<br />

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emergency contact phone number (614) 525-3333.<br />

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

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

33 arrests, 16 accidents, 4 assaults, 2 burglaries, 9 domestic disputes,<br />

2 domestic violence, 1 OVI and alcohol, 4 thefts/robberies, 3<br />

stolen/unauthorized use, 1 missing persons, 5 weapon related<br />

calls, 0 narcotic related offenses, 4 threats, 3 vandalism, 4 juvenile<br />

complaints, 47/95 traffic citations/traffic stops, 1 sex related<br />

crime, 21 school related calls, 26 suspicious vehicles/persons, 8 suicide<br />

attempts/mental health calls.<br />

Madison Township Police report<br />

According to the Madison Township Police, during November,<br />

officers made 12 OVI arrests, two in the unincorporated areas of<br />

the township north of U.S. Route 33, seven in Blacklick Estates,<br />

one in the Marwick Addition, one in Canal Winchester, and one in<br />

other areas outside of Madison Township.<br />

To date, Madison Township officers have arrested 47 impaired<br />

drivers.<br />

“The continual professionalism and efforts that our officers put<br />

forth each day to serve the citizens of Madison Township are very<br />

evident in the number of arrests and prosecutions that happen due<br />

to the officer’s efforts,” said Boyd. “I also think the positive atmosphere<br />

that has developed within our department in the last couple<br />

of years is largely due to the hiring practices that we have adopted.<br />

We have been very fortunate to find and hire those officers that<br />

are truly driven and motivated each day to go out and perform the<br />

work they were hired to do.”<br />

ongoing issue with teenagers all over. It’s a joy ride for them and<br />

they believe they can get away with it. They feel that the courts<br />

will not hold them accountable. Until the juvenile courts, as well<br />

as parents, hold people accountable and responsible, these incidents<br />

will keep happening and escalate in nature. Unfortunately<br />

it is the new norm we have to be prepared for.”<br />

Adams praised the efforts of officers from the <strong>Groveport</strong> Police,<br />

Madison Township Police, Columbus Police, and Obetz Police in<br />

apprehending the suspects.<br />

“It was true teamwork,” said Adams. “Officers have to make<br />

split second decisions and the departments worked well together.”<br />

He also lauded the performance of both the Flock Camera<br />

System - which takes still photos - and the city’s Mobile Pro<br />

Solutions video security cameras.<br />

“They helped officers receive instant notifications and locate<br />

the suspects,” said Adams.<br />

The Mobile Pro Solutions video cameras are mounted at Main<br />

Street and Wirt Road, State Route 317 and Bixby Road, State<br />

Route 317 and Main Street, as well as on the police mobile camera<br />

trailer. These video cameras were funded by a Reduction of Violent<br />

Crimes grant.<br />

City of <strong>Groveport</strong> officials contracted with Flock Safety to have<br />

still photo cameras installed at entry and exit points of the city at<br />

a total cost of $63,700. The cost is funded with $33,700 from the<br />

Drug Education and Enforcement fund (money generated from<br />

seized property in crimes) and $30,000 from the police budget. The<br />

solar powered cameras are used to track vehicles coming in and<br />

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

The Flock cameras are designed to: make license plate recognition;<br />

gather evidence and facts about vehicles, not people; alert<br />

police of wanted vehicles; help solve crimes; and adhere to all state<br />

laws.<br />

The Flock cameras: do not do facial recognition; are not tied to<br />

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

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

deleted.


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Public Services notes<br />

According to a report from the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Public Services Department:<br />

•The Blacklick Park playground renovations<br />

were recently completed at a cost<br />

of $45,456.<br />

Other playground renovations are<br />

planned for Degenhart Park.<br />

•The Front and Main streets pocket<br />

park landscape installation was completed<br />

at a total project cost of $34,258.<br />

•In November, 330 cubic yards of<br />

leaves were collected.<br />

•Street sweeping collected 20 cubic<br />

yards of debris in November.<br />

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The <strong>2023</strong>-24 <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison girls varsity basketball team.<br />

Cruisers seek OCC title<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison girls varsity<br />

basketball team is ready for success.<br />

“We are expecting to finish in the top 3<br />

of the Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye<br />

Division,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

Schoolgirls head varsity basketball coach<br />

Aryelle Covington. “The two opponents<br />

that will be our toughest competition are<br />

Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg.<br />

Covington said the team’s strengths<br />

are its transition offense and athleticism,<br />

its defensive pressure, the ability to<br />

guard full court, and the size in the<br />

Cruisers’ starting line-up.<br />

“All of our players are notable in their<br />

roles and each player contributes to our<br />

success in some way,” said Covington.<br />

“The entire team is notable in my opinion,<br />

led by our leading scorer Zay Shepherd.”<br />

Covington said the team plays a<br />

spread offense with quick ball movement<br />

and lots of attacking of the basket.<br />

GMHS at Model UN<br />

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

competed in the Ohio Model United<br />

Nations event at the Hyatt Regency in<br />

Columbus.<br />

All three of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

OMUN teams passed their resolutions by<br />

votes of 9-2 in the smaller council sessions<br />

on Dec. 3. This forum showcased the students’<br />

strengths in resolution writing and<br />

public speaking. The Bangladesh team<br />

advanced to the second day and their resolution<br />

passed again in the larger council room.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison OMUN teams<br />

were: Team El Salvador - Hawa Thiam,<br />

Kyler Masters, Andre Smith, Airyana<br />

Ramirez, Jaila Clark, Samran Hassan;<br />

Team Bangladesh - Kyger Weston, Amelia<br />

Robinson, Eva Walton, Brooklynn Dorst,<br />

Sammie Whitesell, Dakota Silas, Andrea<br />

Wynn; Team Malaysia - Abigail Igbalajobi,<br />

“Our goal is to spend a lot of time at<br />

the free throw line due to our aggressive<br />

penetration,” said<br />

Covington.<br />

“Defensively, we believe that we can<br />

match up with any opponent that we<br />

play, playing high pressure man-to-man<br />

defense with full court pressure.”<br />

A highlight on the schedule this year is<br />

the Jeff Sheets Holiday Classic at Teays<br />

Valley High School where the Cruisers<br />

will take on DeSales on Dec. 23. Other<br />

teams participating in the Classic are:<br />

Watkins Memorial, Westfall, Grove City,<br />

and Teays Valley.<br />

“Playing in a mid-season tournament<br />

is special to our players because it gives<br />

an opportunity during the holiday season<br />

to be grateful for the opportunities that<br />

playing basketball gives these studentathletes,”<br />

said Covington.<br />

(Previews of the Cruiser boys basketball<br />

and wrestling team appeared in the Dec. 10<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>.)<br />

Aishat Sanni, Olivia Chaney, Esther<br />

Olusemo, Keelan Williams, Tylynn Geiger,<br />

Carlie Roach.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> city council<br />

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

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

fourth Mondays of the month. Council<br />

holds its committee of the whole meeting<br />

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

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

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

School board meetings<br />

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

Education meets the second and fourth<br />

Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the<br />

District Service Center, 4400 Marketing<br />

Place, Suite B, <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

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Trip to Europe creates many Christmas memories<br />

I love making lists on paper. It makes<br />

me feel productive when I go shopping and<br />

end with a page full of crossed out items or<br />

a lengthy to-do list that is empty by the end<br />

of the day.<br />

Linda<br />

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Places<br />

There is one list of<br />

mine that is short,<br />

very short, with only<br />

five items–my personal<br />

bucket list with<br />

sights I want to see<br />

and places I want to<br />

go, including the<br />

Valley of the Kings<br />

and pyramids in<br />

Egypt, a sunrise on<br />

Machu Pichu in Peru,<br />

Petra in Jordan, the<br />

Sistine Chapel, and a<br />

Christmas market in<br />

Austria.<br />

This year, <strong>2023</strong>, I<br />

finally drew a line<br />

through two of them–the Sistine Chapel<br />

and a Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market)<br />

in Vienna–after years of saving and a<br />

COVID hiatus. My husband and I finally<br />

took our “trip of a lifetime” in November by<br />

visiting Rome, Venice, Zurich, and Austria.<br />

I have a personal connection with the<br />

city of Mozart, Schubert, and Haydn. My<br />

mother hails from Wien and my cousins<br />

still live there. When they asked where I<br />

wanted to go, and remembering my bucket<br />

list, the first three words out of my mouth<br />

were “a Christmas market.”<br />

I’ve dreamed of seeing one in person<br />

after watching PBS and travel channel specials<br />

on European holiday markets.<br />

Columbus tried one many years ago on the<br />

grounds of city hall on West Broad Street.<br />

It was wonderful and much like its foreign<br />

counterparts with quaint huts and talented<br />

vendors, but was not well attended.<br />

I wanted to wander among small stands<br />

decked out in lights and holiday cheer that<br />

offered handmade ornaments, gingerbread<br />

hearts bidding Frohe Weihnachten (Merry<br />

Christmas), carved wooden pyramids powered<br />

by candles and more.<br />

My simple request was filled eight times<br />

over with a visit to Vienna’s main<br />

Christkindlmarkt at the foot of city government–the<br />

Rathaus–along with five smaller<br />

district markets along the way, another<br />

on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace<br />

and the last, and best, one at Schloss Hoff<br />

(a baroque era estate outside of Vienna).<br />

I had no idea there was more than one<br />

Christmas market in Vienna.<br />

The city is divided into districts and<br />

each one sponsors their own version of the<br />

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

The entrance to the Christkindlmarkt in front of Vienna’s city hall.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison area Adopt-a-<br />

Family program served 136 families with<br />

388 children this Christmas season.<br />

According to Christine Boucher of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Human Needs and<br />

Adopt-a-Family, Austin Snyder, an Ohio<br />

State football kicker and 2020 <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison graduate, reached out to the program<br />

and obtained many toys for kids in a<br />

short amount of time.<br />

“Not only did he collect donated toys, he<br />

also donated time on receiving day, which<br />

is where his work with Adopt-A-Family<br />

started when he was in the Marketing &<br />

Logistics program at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Adopt-a-Family a success<br />

holiday tradition, which started in 1296. At<br />

any one time there are more than a dozen<br />

taking place, often within walking distance<br />

of each other, from mid-November to<br />

Christmas.<br />

They all are charming and depending on<br />

the location, offer many different artisancrafted<br />

items such as handmade clothing,<br />

colorful ceramics, jewelry, toys, pastries,<br />

and smoked meats hanging on poles alongside<br />

cheeses.<br />

You can walk along a street decorated<br />

overhead with lighted chandeliers and<br />

shops in existence before America was settled<br />

and, without warning, come upon<br />

another holiday market. However, there is<br />

no mistaking the city hall market with its<br />

inviting archway, double-decker carousel,<br />

skating rink, and lines of stands weaving<br />

their way throughout the area.<br />

It is not called the Viennese Dream<br />

Christmas Market for nothing!<br />

We were fortunate that our stay in<br />

Austria afforded us the opportunity to visit<br />

the Schloss Hoff Christmas Market near<br />

the border of Slovakia. Held only one weekend<br />

a year, which coincided with our trip, it<br />

was a perfect opportunity to see the historical<br />

estate decked out for the holidays with<br />

eighty vendors scattered throughout buildings<br />

and grounds.<br />

Where horses and carriages were once<br />

housed in transporting princes and<br />

princesses, tables now displayed beautiful<br />

bowls, glittering glass ornaments and tiny<br />

carved berries soaked in fragrances of the<br />

season.<br />

A brass band played songs of the season<br />

while a bicycle-riding, human-powered<br />

merry-go-round of vintage bicycles and<br />

benches entertained little ones. Since it<br />

was mid-November and there was a chill in<br />

the air, an outside stand offered hot gluhwein,<br />

a spicy heated wine enjoyed throughout<br />

Germany and Austria during the ski<br />

season. Bar tables in the form of animal<br />

and tree forms helped visitors like us enjoy<br />

their gluhwein and a vast assortment of<br />

sweet and savory regional delicacies.<br />

The opportunity to cross off one of my<br />

bucket list goals went so far beyond my<br />

expectations, I now have layers upon layers<br />

of memories (and photos, lots and lots of<br />

photos) to revisit in the years to come.<br />

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope the<br />

memories that you make this holiday season<br />

are ones that you, too, can happily<br />

revisit in years to come.<br />

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High School,” said Boucher. “The students<br />

from that program volunteer every year to<br />

help with the receiving and organizing of<br />

the donated items. Austin volunteered in<br />

2019, the year before we had to do something<br />

different in 2020 because of the pandemic.”<br />

Boucher said she “was blown away” this<br />

year by the number of people who volunteered<br />

their time and financial resources to<br />

Adopt-a-Family because they had been a<br />

recipient in the past.<br />

“I would never have known this if they<br />

had not shared these stories,” said<br />

Boucher.


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This not your typical holiday horror-comedy film<br />

Director Magnus Martens and screenwriter<br />

Aleksander Kirkwood Brown have<br />

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their new holiday creature feature,<br />

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the creatures in the<br />

barn with changes in<br />

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or around the barn.<br />

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there is no fun to be had when their characters<br />

decide to follow the iron-clad keys to<br />

staying alive.<br />

After an opening scene that demonstrates<br />

what can happen when an individual<br />

breaks the rules — hint: it involves an<br />

autopsy report that states the cause of<br />

death is “catching oneself on fire” after surviving<br />

a fall from a two-story barn window<br />

— we meet the protagonists of the film, an<br />

American family who inherit a farmstead<br />

in Norway after the sudden passing of a<br />

relative. There are four victims, I mean,<br />

four members of the Nordheim clan: Bill<br />

(Martin Starr), the hapless father who<br />

thinks nothing bad ever happens in<br />

Norway; Carol (Amrita Acharia), Bill’s second<br />

wife who is a self-proclaimed self-help<br />

guru; Nora (Zoe Winther-Hansen), Bill’s<br />

surly elder teenage daughter who is<br />

despondent over leaving sunny, warm<br />

California; and Lucas (Townes Bunner),<br />

Bill’s sensitive younger teenage son who is<br />

trying to see the positive in moving to a<br />

new country with a new culture and a new<br />

language.<br />

Their inherited home is a picturesque, if<br />

remote farm, complete with a wooden barn<br />

that has seen better days. In terms of holiday<br />

movies, this house is an A+ holiday<br />

house, a postcard-worthy setting complete<br />

with rolling hills nestled with glistening<br />

and pristine snow. But, as the locals<br />

advise, they should not get too attached to<br />

the beautiful property as there is something<br />

not quite right there.<br />

The trouble with the farmstead,<br />

explains Tor (Calle Hellevang Larsen), a<br />

friendly neighbor who is the local museum<br />

director for mythical Scandinavian creatures,<br />

is that their barn is inhabited by<br />

nisse, or magical elves who are willing to<br />

help out with the land as long as their rules<br />

of no bright lights, no loud noises, and no<br />

changes are followed.<br />

“If you follow the rules, you’ll be fine,”<br />

Tor tells the family.<br />

Of course, only Lucas takes these rules<br />

to heart and begins to make offerings of<br />

friendship to the barn elf (played by Kiran<br />

Shah), who kinda looks like a cross<br />

between a disheveled Santa doll and<br />

Gizmo, the mogwai from the 1984 classic<br />

creature feature “Gremlins.” Since he<br />

wants to live in harmony with this magical<br />

being, Lucas tells his father and step-mother<br />

about the creature and encourages them<br />

to make friends with the nisse as well.<br />

For their part, Bill and Carol do not<br />

want to hear that anything is amiss with<br />

their new properties, nor do they want to<br />

hear that the elf does not want to see any<br />

changes to the land. You see, Bill and Carol<br />

have plans for their new home, and those<br />

plans include transforming the dilapidated<br />

barn into a quaint bed and breakfast for<br />

vacationers around the world.<br />

Feeling as if their children need to make<br />

friends, Bill and Carol decide to throw a<br />

few raucous parties complete with song<br />

and dance and plenty of alcohol. They also<br />

decide it is too dark in their stretch of the<br />

woods and they need holiday nights to be<br />

strung up everywhere to illuminate the<br />

night. The final straw for the increasingly<br />

angry and desperate barn elf is a slight<br />

over a breakfast meal: He wanted porridge<br />

as a peace offering and what he got was<br />

cold fish after a hungry Bill mistakenly ate<br />

his plate. The chaos that follows between<br />

barn elf, barn elves, and humans is one of<br />

the weirdest and funniest things I have<br />

seen on the screen all year.<br />

In terms of recent holiday horror-comedies,<br />

“There’s Something in the Barn”<br />

never quite reaches the highs of “Krampus”<br />

or even “Violent Night,” but it has the right<br />

combination of humor and horror to hit a<br />

sweet spot inside of those who sometimes<br />

have more, let’s say, less than jolly tastes<br />

around the holiday. Filled with great jokes<br />

at the expense of both America and Norway<br />

— Bill and Carol keep expecting people to<br />

have guns while the Norwegians just want<br />

peace despite being shot with arrows and<br />

other objects — and littered with some light<br />

gore at the expense of both humans and<br />

elves alike, this film is a gift that you don’t<br />

want to miss this holiday season, or any<br />

that come on a rewatch thereafter.<br />

Grade: B+<br />

“There’s Something in the Barn” is available<br />

on demand and on Apple TV, Prime<br />

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By Linda Dillman<br />

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A grant helping communities and<br />

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During the Dec. 12 Madison Township<br />

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

A couple of <strong>Groveport</strong> city parks are getting<br />

playground upgrades.<br />

Old playground equipment was recently<br />

replaced with a new set of equipment at<br />

Blacklick Park, located at the east end of<br />

Blacklick Street, at a cost of $45,456,<br />

“That number includes the cost of the<br />

structure as well as the concrete, the border,<br />

and the mulch,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> Parks<br />

and Facilities Superintendent Eric Reed.<br />

“This project was also funded through the<br />

Parks Department <strong>2023</strong> capital fund. The<br />

style that was chosen was a 5-12 age group<br />

structure, and the cost of the structure fit<br />

within our available budget.”<br />

Next up is a new replacement set of<br />

playground equipment in Degenhart Park,<br />

located at the south end of Lesleh Avenue.<br />

Originally, a concept for a park<br />

play/exercise feature that would be multigenerational<br />

was proposed for Degenhart<br />

Park, meaning it would be equipment with<br />

accessible play features for younger kids<br />

with limited mobility, as well as exercise<br />

and activity features for older adults.<br />

“As far as the multi-generational park —<br />

that idea was pitched by the Kiwanis<br />

Club,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator<br />

B.J. King. “They planned to raise funds for<br />

it and have a joint venture with the city.<br />

Unfortunately, with the folding of the<br />

Kiwanis Club, that multi-generational<br />

project is not moving forward.”<br />

Added Christine Boucher of the now<br />

defunct <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Kiwanis Club,<br />

“Unfortunately, <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Kiwanis disbanded in 2022. Out of the 10<br />

members who started the group, there<br />

were really only two of us left and we could<br />

not maintain or grow the group moving forward.”<br />

Brobst. “If awarded, the township would be<br />

responsible for the cost of the design. The<br />

grant would pay for the bid process and<br />

construction of the sidewalks. Staff recommended<br />

the trustees submit a request to<br />

the county engineer to determine the scope<br />

and fee cost for the design.”<br />

Once information from the engineer’s<br />

office is received, the trustees will determine<br />

the next step in the process.<br />

Other Madison Township news<br />

•Fire Station 183 will be paid off in<br />

2024, which is two years earlier than projected,<br />

and the fire department plans to<br />

order a new medic next year, but it will<br />

take at least three years before the township<br />

takes delivery of the vehicle.<br />

•Both the fire and police departments<br />

are implementing a mental health check-in<br />

for their personnel with certified counselors<br />

and contract negotiations for the<br />

police department begin in early 2024.<br />

“A certified counselor will meet individually<br />

with each employee so they can get to<br />

know each other on a casual basis,” said<br />

Brobst. “That way if we ever have a critical<br />

incident and the counselor is brought in to<br />

debrief an employee, they’ll already know<br />

each other. Truro Township and others are<br />

already doing this and it’s a good idea to be<br />

more proactive with mental health.”<br />

•The police department is hiring an<br />

additional officer, which brings the number<br />

of sworn personnel to 22 officers.<br />

•The trustees accepted a $26,591 award<br />

for the fire and public works departments<br />

for a Bureau of Worker’s Compensation<br />

Safety Grant. Public Works is acquiring a<br />

hydraulic piece of equipment and the fire<br />

department is completing an equipment<br />

package for the engine at Station 183.<br />

•An Madison Township trustee organizational<br />

meeting will be held on Jan. 2 at 6<br />

p.m. The regular monthly meeting will<br />

take place on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.<br />

So, instead of the multi-generational<br />

equipment, Reed said Degenhart Park will<br />

receive a new playground structure<br />

designed for the 5-12 age group.<br />

“The industry designs their products for<br />

a 2-5 age group and a 5-12 age group,” said<br />

Reed. “We chose a 5-12 age group play<br />

structure because that will appeal to the<br />

larger age group. The estimated cost is<br />

approximately $43,700, which includes the<br />

structure, the border, concrete, and mulch.<br />

The structure will be installed in<br />

Degenhart Park this winter, weather permitting.<br />

The project was funded through<br />

the Parks Department <strong>2023</strong> capital fund.”<br />

Reed said the Degenhart Park play<br />

structure will have subtle differences from<br />

the structure at Blacklick Park.<br />

“The structure at Degenhart Park will<br />

feature a variety of vertical and overhead<br />

climbing events in addition to the traditional<br />

slides,” said Reed.<br />

Reed said the recently removed<br />

Degenhart Park playground equipment<br />

structure was installed in 1997.<br />

“While there is no industry recommended<br />

replacement schedule, the city has<br />

decided to establish its own replacement<br />

schedule based on the age and condition of<br />

the existing structures,” said Reed. “The<br />

new structure at Blacklick Park replaced a<br />

structure that was installed in 1996.”<br />

There is an older set of “monkey bar”<br />

style exercise bars still in place at the west<br />

end of Degenhart Park and Reed said there<br />

are no current plans to remove that structure.<br />

“There has been discussion of adding<br />

individual features going forward to supplement<br />

the enjoyment of the playground<br />

area,” said Reed. “These features might be<br />

in the form of climbing apparatus, unique<br />

swings, etc.”


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Safety improved at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Improved safety and security measures<br />

have resulted in the reduction of violent<br />

incidents district-wide in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools.<br />

“The safety and security of our students<br />

and staff are a top priority within our district,”<br />

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

Superintendent Paul Smathers. “It is our<br />

commitment to prioritize and implement<br />

the necessary tools needed to ensure the<br />

security of our district.”<br />

Information presented at the Dec. 13<br />

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

meeting showed that the overall incidents<br />

of violence district-wide have been reduced<br />

from 288 to 158, or 45 percent, when compared<br />

to the first quarter of the 2022 school<br />

year to <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The number of fights district-wide have<br />

decreased from 132 to 67, or 49 percent,<br />

when compared to the first quarter of the<br />

2022 school year to <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The number of assaults district-wide<br />

are down from 15 to 12 when compared to<br />

the first quarter of the 2022 school year to<br />

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

Incidents of aggressive physical contact<br />

have been reduced from 141 to 79, or 43<br />

percent, when compared to the first quarter<br />

of the 2022 school year to <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

The presence of weapons or look-alike<br />

weapons have decreased from 70 in 2022-<br />

23 to 16 in the <strong>2023</strong>-24 school year.<br />

There have been 16 student expulsions<br />

in <strong>2023</strong> so far this year compared to 15 at<br />

the same time in 2022.<br />

District officials believe the decreases in<br />

such incidents are due to the safety and<br />

security measures put in place in the past<br />

year. These include: the addition of four<br />

social workers; the addition of four health<br />

aides; the addition of six safety and security<br />

personnel; the purchase and installation<br />

of Evolv weapons detection systems; safer<br />

entryways; stress management and<br />

resiliency training; the creation of the<br />

District Safety Committee; safety surveys;<br />

and the institution of safety and security<br />

protocols and procedures at the district’s<br />

athletic and extracurricular events.<br />

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Baker Creative was honored as one of the<br />

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By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council and city staff<br />

donated $500 worth of toys to the<br />

Firefighters for Kids holiday toy drive program.<br />

Council and city staff presented the<br />

toys, - that included games, balls, a fire<br />

truck, t stuffed animals, crayons, a Magic 8<br />

Ball, and much more and which filled two<br />

large l bags - to Madison Township firefighters<br />

at council’s Dec. 18 meeting.<br />

“We hope this will bring smiles to someone<br />

this holiday season,” said City<br />

Councilman Shawn Cleary, who also lauded<br />

firefighter Johnny Jones for his 30 years<br />

of volunteer service to Firefighters for<br />

Kids. “He really puts his heart into it.”<br />

Madison Township Fire Chief Derek<br />

Robinson thanked the city for its donation<br />

to Firefighters for Kids.<br />

“Firefighters for Kids is a great tradition,”<br />

said Robinson. “It’s a way to give<br />

back to the community and to help brighten<br />

someone’s holiday.”<br />

Councilman Ed Dildine, who is also a<br />

Madison Township firefighter, said the<br />

each fire station also adopted a family as<br />

part of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Human Needs<br />

Adopt-a-Family A<br />

program this year.<br />

Robinson added the fire department<br />

administration also adopted a family as<br />

part of the Adopt-a-Family program and an<br />

individual firefighter also adopted a family.<br />

City gets OPWC grant<br />

The Ohio Public Works Commission has<br />

approved the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s request for<br />

funding for the reconstruction of Port Road<br />

from about 100 feet south of Rohr Road to<br />

a point near Spiegel Drive and Port Road.<br />

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

Administrator B.J. King, the funding for<br />

the project includes a $683,675 OPWC<br />

grant and a $1.1 million zero interest 20<br />

year loan from the state of Ohio. Work on<br />

the project could begin in 2024.<br />

“This will be a road reconstruction,”<br />

said King. “The road needs it. It is in terri-<br />

Metro Parks Winter Hike Series<br />

Metro Parks is ready to welcome hikers<br />

during its <strong>2023</strong>-24 Winter Hike Series<br />

which runs through<br />

through<br />

February.<br />

February.<br />

Hikes<br />

H<br />

and refreshments will be offered<br />

in January from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 Grove.<br />

In February, enjoy hot drinks and a<br />

treat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows:<br />

ble shape.”<br />

Street maintenance<br />

Council authorized King to solicit bids<br />

for the 2024 street maintenance program<br />

as well as the Maple Street storm sewer<br />

improvements and resurfacing project.<br />

The city’s 2024 budget includes<br />

$600,000 for the street maintenance program<br />

and $200,000 for the Maple Street<br />

project.<br />

Maple Street runs east and west and<br />

extends from West Street to Blacklick<br />

Park.<br />

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

maintenance program are expected to be<br />

announced in January.<br />

New pickleball courts proposed<br />

Council authorized King to solicit bids<br />

for the construction of eight pickleball<br />

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

budget b includes $1 million for the new<br />

pickleball courts.<br />

Currently there are six pickleball courts<br />

sharing space with three tennis courts in<br />

Degenhart Park. The courts in Degenhart<br />

Park will remain as combination tennis<br />

and pickleball courts.<br />

King noted there is a growing demand<br />

for pickleball courts as the sport gains popularity.<br />

He said the new pickleball courts<br />

will be for pickleball only and will be located<br />

in the southeast part of <strong>Groveport</strong> Park<br />

near the baseball field.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> City Engineer<br />

Steve Farst’s Dec. 7 report to council, the<br />

construction of the new pickleball courts<br />

are expected to be completed in 2024.<br />

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

According to information from the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center, the game<br />

combines elements of badminton, tennis,<br />

and ping pong. It is played on a badminton<br />

sized court with a net that is 34 inches<br />

high. Players use wood or composite flat,<br />

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

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

ball makes a distinctive “pock” sound). You<br />

can play either singles or doubles.<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<br />

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Blacklick Woods Golf Course.<br />

Anyone who hikes at seven or more of<br />

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hike patch.<br />

Go to metroparks.net/winter-hikes to<br />

print a winter hike card, then have a park<br />

staff member stamp the card after each<br />

hike.<br />

Visit metroparks.net for information.<br />

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Needs. 419-280-7923<br />

WANT TO BUY<br />

WE BUY JUNK CARS<br />

Call anytime 614-774-6797<br />

ANTIQUES<br />

WANTED<br />

Victrolas, Watches,<br />

Clocks, Bookcases<br />

Antiques, Furn.<br />

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or 614-783-2629<br />

We Buy Junk Cars &<br />

Trucks. Highest Prices<br />

Paid. 614-395-8775<br />

COLLECTIBLES<br />

Old Collectible 45 & 78<br />

Records & Books.<br />

614-622-3385<br />

MISC. FOR SALE<br />

Brother Intelli Fax 2820<br />

Machine, new extra printer<br />

cartridge, new extra drum<br />

$99.00<br />

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

614-272-5422<br />

AUTO PARTS<br />

Nissan 2019 Pathfinder<br />

running boards, mountings<br />

& brackets. New 2022 -<br />

$789.00. Only on car<br />

August -September 2022.<br />

Brand new condition. Now<br />

$500 or best offer.<br />

pfd1d@aol.com<br />

RENTALS<br />

EXELON REALTY<br />

Property Management,<br />

Rentals<br />

614-538-1007<br />

James Dillon<br />

West - 2 BR Duplex, bsmt<br />

$775/mo, $775 dep.<br />

614-962-5397<br />

VACATION RENTALS<br />

Palm Manor Condos<br />

in Englewood, FL.<br />

Upper 2 bedroom/2 bath,<br />

living & dining rms, kitchen<br />

dishes, bedding & towels,<br />

etc. included.<br />

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Looking for Mrs. Clean?<br />

For excellent cleaning serv<br />

at reas. rates w/great refs,<br />

dependable. 10% Seniorr<br />

Disc. Also does Painting. Free<br />

Est. Gwen 614-226-5229<br />

HOUSE CLEANING<br />

20 Years Exp.<br />

Call Judy 614-746-0273<br />

CONCRETE<br />

AJ’s Concrete,<br />

Masonry<br />

Good Work - Fair Prices<br />

Block Foundations<br />

Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

Colored/Stamped Concrete<br />

Bonded-Ins. • Free Ests.<br />

614-419-9932<br />

EDDIE MOORE<br />

CONSTRUCTION<br />

Quality Concrete Work<br />

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,<br />

Driveways & Excavation<br />

Stamp Patios,<br />

Bsmt. Wall Restoration<br />

36 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.<br />

Free Ests. 614-871-3834<br />

DRYWALL<br />

DRYW<br />

YWALL &<br />

PLASTER REPAIR<br />

Textured Ceilings<br />

Popcorn Ceiling Removal<br />

Call Randy<br />

614-551-6963<br />

Residential/Commercial - BIA<br />

GUTTERS<br />

Low Price-Great Service<br />

5 & 6” Seamless gutters,<br />

covers, siding, gutter clng.<br />

Bill 614-306-4541<br />

Dave’s Gutter Serv.<br />

Cleaned, Repaired, Installed,<br />

Gutter Covers & Drains.<br />

614-875-9361/614-205-9057<br />

INFORMATION<br />

NEED SOMETHING<br />

DONE THIS WINTER?<br />

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INFO. CALL<br />

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MESSENGER<br />

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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 />

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Free Est. - Financing Avail.<br />

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or 614-863-9912<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 />

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Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.<br />

Licensed-Bonded-Insured<br />

Owner & Operator<br />

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HOME<br />

MAINTENANCE<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 />

MANNY’S HANDY SERVICES<br />

Remodel, drywall, windows<br />

Will do anything, just ask?<br />

614-278-1247<br />

10/1 A<br />

1/7 A<br />

HOME<br />

REMODELING<br />

BATH REMODELS<br />

Expert Craftsmanship<br />

20 yrs exp - Sr. Discount<br />

614-633-9695<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 />

LANDSCAPING<br />

MANNY’S LANDSCAPE<br />

WINTER CLEANUP<br />

Free Estimates<br />

Mulching, Tree Removal<br />

Call 614-378-1237<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 />

PAINTING<br />

BESTQUALITY<br />

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

Daniel - 614-226-4221<br />

POOL/SPA<br />

MAINTENANCE<br />

K&L Spa Cleaning<br />

Hot Tub Cleaning and<br />

Weekly Maintenance<br />

Keith 614-316-9809<br />

Classified Services<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 />

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

No Overtime Charges<br />

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Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

$100.00 For Any Small Drain<br />

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•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 />

BURNS TREE SERVICE<br />

Trimming, Removal &<br />

Stump Grinding.<br />

614-584-2164<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 />

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

•Two films on the history of <strong>Groveport</strong>, produced by the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are available for<br />

viewing online on YouTube. The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: A Town<br />

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

•The <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum is located in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

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

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

<br />

<br />

Call today and receive a<br />

FREE SHOWER PACKAGE<br />

PLUS $1600 OFF<br />

1-855-417-1306<br />

With purchase of a new Safe Step Walk-In Tub. Not applicable with any previous<br />

walk-in tub purchase. Offer available while supplies last. No cash value. Must present<br />

offer at time of purchase. CSLB 1082165 NSCB 0082999 0083445<br />

SPECIAL OFFER<br />

Cruisers on the air<br />

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

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

School athletic contests in in <strong>2023</strong>-24. Rick Cooper is<br />

in his 32nd season as a play-by-play announcer and his<br />

12th at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School.<br />

The broadcast coverage includes high definition<br />

video as well as live audio. Each broadcast begins 25<br />

minutes prior to the scheduled start time with the pregame<br />

show. The pre-game show features interviews<br />

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

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

game there are interviews with players and the head<br />

coach, along with a look at the final stats. The free<br />

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

device. All 20 broadcasts are available to view on<br />

demand for free as well.<br />

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

The broadcast schedule: (boys basketball) Jan. 5,<br />

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

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

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

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

(girls basketball) Jan. 19, 7 p.m. vs. Central Crossing;<br />

Jan. 27, 2:30 p.m. vs. Logan; (softball) April 4, 5:15 p.m.<br />

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

11, 5:15 p.m. vs. Newark; April 17, 5:15 p.m. vs.<br />

Reynoldsburg; April 22, 5:15 p.m. vs. Pickerington<br />

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

Wagnalls Memorial Library<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at 150 E.<br />

Columbus St., Lithopolis. all (614) 837-4765 or visit<br />

www.wagnalls.org.<br />

Golden Cruiser Club<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools invites senior residents<br />

of the district to attend athletic and performing arts<br />

programs showcasing the talents of its students.<br />

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

of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison School District who<br />

are age 60 and older. Membership provides free access<br />

to all school and district sponsored athletic contests,<br />

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

To become a member of the Golden Cruiser Club,<br />

obtain an application at www.gocruisers.org, at any of<br />

the school offices, or call (614) 492-2520.<br />

The requirements for membership are that applicants<br />

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

Madison Schools.<br />

Boy Scout Troop 71<br />

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

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

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

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.<br />

Boy Scouts ages 11-18 meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m.<br />

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

p.m. For information visit Beascout.org or contact Tina<br />

Dillman at christinadillman@aol.com.<br />

Commemorative bricks<br />

Honor a veteran or active military member with a<br />

personalized brick paver in <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Veterans Park<br />

or Log House Memory Walk. Commemorative bricks<br />

may be purchased by calling <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall at<br />

614-836-3333.<br />

Deadline to order is Sept. 1.<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

ASBURY<br />

SOUTH UMC<br />

4760 Winchester Pike<br />

Columbus, Ohio 43232<br />

Telephone: 614-837-4601<br />

Rev. Sherri Upchurch Blackwell<br />

Sunday Worship 10 a.m.<br />

Inside and Parking Lot<br />

Sunday School 9 a.m.<br />

Be a Part of Our Local Worship Guide<br />

Our Worship Guide is geared toward celebrating faith and helping readers<br />

connect with religious resources in our community. Make sure these readers<br />

know how you can help with a presence in this very special section distributed to<br />

more than 19,000 households in the <strong>Groveport</strong> area.<br />

Contact us today to secure your spot in our Worship Guide.<br />

614.272.5422 • kathy@columbusmessenger.com<br />

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

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

GROVEPORT ZION<br />

LUTHERAN, NALC<br />

Christ Centered, Mission Driven<br />

Traditionally Grounded<br />

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

(Across from Kroger, main parking in the back)<br />

PHONE: 614-836-5611<br />

PASTOR BRIAN MCGEE<br />

Sunday Worship 11 A.M.<br />

In person service in sanctuary, or in<br />

parking lot via radio (92.7)<br />

At the diner<br />

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

This is a look, from either the late 1950s or the 1960s, inside the Cruz-Her-Inn<br />

Restaurant (aka Cruiser Inn) in <strong>Groveport</strong>. The restaurant and soda fountain operated<br />

for many years in the brick building located on the southeast corner of Main<br />

and Walnut streets. That building today is part of the Myers-Woodyard Funeral<br />

Home complex.

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