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<strong>January</strong> 14 - 27, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 12<br />

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Fence hopping<br />

thief caught<br />

e British Are Coming!<br />

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It doesn’t take a detective like Sherlock Holmes to figure out that the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Area<br />

Community Choir’s next production, “The British Are Coming: A Musical Variety Show,” is going to be<br />

another smashing hit not to be missed. There are two chances to catch the show at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on<br />

Feb. 24 at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road. Order tickets online at<br />

GMACC.Booktix.net. Reserved seats are $20 and general admission seats are $15 each. There is a small<br />

convenience fee added for online orders ($1.75 and $1.50, respectively). For those who prefer to pay by<br />

cash or check, in-person, sales will also be available at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School from 3-4 p.m.<br />

on Jan. 20 and 27. Credit cards can also be accepted for in-person sales. All patrons must have a valid<br />

ticket for entry. For information visit www.gmcommunitychoir.org.<br />

Shaping the future of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools<br />

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

an initiative to enhance the overall<br />

educational experience for students.<br />

District officials invite the community<br />

to participate in the development<br />

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

Schools Facility Master Plan.<br />

According to district officials,<br />

“Your input is not just valued; it is<br />

essential to shaping the future of<br />

our district and ensuring a vibrant<br />

learning environment for generations<br />

to come. At <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools, we understand<br />

the crucial role that collaboration<br />

plays in fostering a thriving educational<br />

community.”<br />

The Facility Master Plan is a<br />

comprehensive initiative aimed at<br />

guiding the growth and development of school facilities.<br />

For example - potential new buildings and building<br />

restructuring based on growth of the community<br />

and possible passage of a<br />

bond levy.<br />

“We recognize that the<br />

perspectives, insights, and<br />

ideas of our community are<br />

invaluable in shaping a plan<br />

that reflects the needs and<br />

aspirations of our community,”<br />

said district officials in a<br />

press release.<br />

To participate, apply to be<br />

a part of the FMP<br />

Committee to provide input<br />

that will directly contribute<br />

to the creation of a Facility<br />

Master Plan that reflects the<br />

collective vision of the community.<br />

Information and registration<br />

for the FMP Committee<br />

can be found at:<br />

https://forms.gle/uaNi5auUD8iLxgQaA until Jan. 12.<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Over the night of Dec. 30 and early morning of Dec. 31<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle and<br />

person lurking around businesses in the Director’s Boulevard,<br />

Marketing Place, and Williams Road area.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Police Chief Casey Adams, the suspect<br />

was dressed “all in black” as he hopped fences and rummaged<br />

through parked cars.<br />

Officers found the suspect’s vehicle, which was loaded with<br />

stolen packages from nearby apartments as well as scrap metal<br />

allegedly taken from area businesses. A suspect was found later<br />

and, pending further investigation, could be bound over to the<br />

county grand jury on charges of receiving stolen property.<br />

New Year’s Eve personal fireworks<br />

Adams said New Year’s Eve in <strong>Groveport</strong> was relatively quiet<br />

as there were few complaints and instances of citizens firing off<br />

personal fireworks.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> city law completely bans the use of personal fireworks<br />

at any time within the city. This means <strong>Groveport</strong>’s local<br />

law is different than current state law that allows individuals to<br />

possess consumer grade fireworks and to discharge them on their<br />

own property or on another person’s property with permission on<br />

the following days: New Year’s Day; Chinese New Year; Cinco de<br />

Mayo; Memorial Day weekend; Juneteenth; July 3, 4, and 5 and<br />

the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays preceding and following;<br />

Labor Day weekend, Diwali; and New Year’s Eve.<br />

However, state law permits local governments to restrict the<br />

dates and times when individuals may discharge consumer grade<br />

fireworks or to impose a complete ban on the use of consumer<br />

grade fireworks.<br />

Safe Exchange Zone<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Police, 5690 Clyde Moore Drive, created an area<br />

in their parking lot to give residents a safe location to conduct<br />

child custody exchanges, property exchanges, or a safe area to<br />

meet someone you may not be familiar with and/or feel unsafe<br />

around in private. The Safe Exchange Zone is an area recorded<br />

with video surveillance cameras, in case something happens during<br />

an exchange. This area is marked with a sign on the southeast<br />

part of the building.<br />

There is a Call Box<br />

by the front entrance<br />

that dials the police<br />

department when the<br />

button on the box is<br />

pushed and, if an officer<br />

is not at the police<br />

department during<br />

the call, the call box<br />

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What is the future of Crooked Alley KidSpace?<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

The fate of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s Crooked Alley<br />

KidSpace could be decided in early <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s <strong>2024</strong> budget<br />

includes $500,000 listed under capital projects<br />

for “KidSpace Building improvements.”<br />

Last year’s city budget included funds<br />

for the proposed demolition of the 3,100<br />

square foot KidSpace building, located at<br />

630 Wirt Road, and replacing it with additional<br />

public parking at an estimated cost<br />

of $500,000. But no action was taken last<br />

year regarding the building.<br />

“No determination has been made on<br />

the status of KidSpace,” said <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

City Administrator B.J. King. “I anticipate<br />

a decision being made shortly after the first<br />

of the year. We are currently looking how<br />

best to maximize the existing parking<br />

area.”<br />

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a need for more public parking and the city<br />

is looking at its options. Currently the<br />

downtown public parking lots south of<br />

Main Street are often full. Another downtown<br />

public parking lot with about 99<br />

spaces is located on the north side of Main<br />

Street near Ace Hardware and Delaney’s.<br />

King said in a past interview that the<br />

number of potential new parking spaces<br />

that would be created if the KidSpace<br />

building is demolished would not be determined<br />

until a design plan is in place. He<br />

said the $500,000 estimated budgeted cost<br />

would be for the entire project if it is decided<br />

to be pursued, including demolition of<br />

KidSpace and parking lot construction.<br />

The KidSpace building was built in 1955<br />

and was originally the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Municipal Building for many years and<br />

later was home to the senior center.<br />

KidSpace moved into the building in the<br />

early 2000s after the senior center moved<br />

to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center.<br />

Last year, King said there were other<br />

cost factors to consider regarding the<br />

KidSpace building as the 69-year-old structure<br />

has leaks, needs a new roof that in<br />

2023 was estimated to cost $70,000, and<br />

the HVAC system needs replaced. He said<br />

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The future of Crooked Alley KidSpace building, located at 630 Wirt Road in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, could be decided soon.<br />

is found” for the kids’ programs currently project on an exterior wall. When asked if<br />

housed there and that no KidSpace programs<br />

would be sacrificed.<br />

is made to demolish the building, King said<br />

these art works would be saved if a decision<br />

The KidSpace building also includes two in a previous interview that saving the art<br />

public art works — a mural on an interior works would depend on the condition of the<br />

wall depicting <strong>Groveport</strong> during the 19th murals as well as the design aspects of the<br />

century Ohio and Erie Canal era and a project if pursued.<br />

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Street work still to be determined<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Each year <strong>Groveport</strong> city officials select certain<br />

streets for maintenance and improvements.<br />

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

street maintenance program.<br />

The budget also denotes $200,000 for the Maple<br />

Street storm sewer improvements and resurfacing<br />

project. Maple Street runs east and west and extends<br />

from West Street to Blacklick Park.<br />

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

done as the street has a lot of rutting,” <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Administrator B.J. King recently said.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Engineer Steve Farst said city officials<br />

are not yet ready to identify the specific streets to<br />

be undertaken in the <strong>2024</strong> street maintenance program.<br />

“As we do every year, we go through a preliminary<br />

evaluation process which is underway (where we consider<br />

several streets/street segments and their condition,<br />

and then methods/options for repair/treatment<br />

and associated estimate of cost), before we formally<br />

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

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

at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the<br />

month. Council holds its committee of the whole meeting<br />

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

Meetings are held in the municipal building, 655<br />

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

School board meetings<br />

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

assemble design specs, and solicit bids,” said Farst.<br />

“The evaluation also considers pavement cores, examines<br />

pavement defects, and includes a preliminary<br />

cost. Then, with an awareness of the budget we have to<br />

work with, we build a program for our street maintenance<br />

activities that fit within the allocated budget,<br />

and for which we solicit bids from local contractors.”<br />

Farst said the city’s consultant provided a preliminary<br />

evaluation on several streets and street-segments<br />

that city officials are considering.<br />

“We are reviewing this and will soon meet with our<br />

consultant to discuss our comments and to give them<br />

direction to assemble final specs and estimates,” said<br />

Farst. “It would be premature to identify streets until<br />

we complete the process and complete the bid solicitation<br />

step. We typically wait to announce the streets in<br />

the program until after bids for construction are<br />

received when we will actually see what the cost would<br />

be.”<br />

Bidding is expected to occur between late <strong>January</strong><br />

and mid- to late February.<br />

the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7<br />

p.m. at the District Service Center, 4400 Marketing<br />

Place, Suite B, <strong>Groveport</strong>. The board may also schedule<br />

special meetings, as needed.<br />

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Winter hike series<br />

Metro Parks welcomes hikers during its<br />

2023-24 Winter Hike Series which runs<br />

through February.<br />

In <strong>January</strong>, refreshments will be offered<br />

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

• 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 />

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• Feb. 17 at Three Creeks.<br />

A season wrap-up celebration will take<br />

place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at<br />

Blacklick Woods Golf Course. Go to<br />

metroparks.net/winter-hikes to print a<br />

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

member stamp the card after each hike.<br />

Visit metroparks.net for information.<br />

Commemorative bricks<br />

Honor a veteran or active military member<br />

with a personalized brick paver in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>’s Veterans Park or Log House<br />

Memory Walk. Commemorative bricks<br />

may be purchased by calling <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Town Hall at 614-836-3333. Deadline to<br />

order is Sept. 1.<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Sarah Slayman<br />

Poet R. Nikolas Macioci of <strong>Groveport</strong> at work at his desk.<br />

Poet at work<br />

By Sarah Slayman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

R. Nikolas Macioci nearly flunked his<br />

one and only collegiate poetry course, but<br />

now he is a nationally recognized awardwinning<br />

poet who has just released his<br />

18th published book, “City of Hammers.”<br />

As long as he can remember, words<br />

have unlocked vivid images for <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

resident Macioci. He wrote his first poem<br />

at age six. A hardware store on<br />

Columbus’s south end held a contest with<br />

a prize to the child who could write a winning<br />

poem and he took home that prize.<br />

Though this was a championing event,<br />

Macioci didn’t write his next until he was<br />

in seventh grade. He excelled prior to any<br />

training, his proficiency was intuition.<br />

Educators encouraged him to continue<br />

and he later enrolled at The Ohio State<br />

University to study English. Macioci had<br />

one course in poetry there and received a<br />

“D,” but the next semester he won the<br />

school’s selected writing award. He went<br />

on to earn his PhD from The Ohio State<br />

University to work as an English teacher.<br />

A majority of his career was spent at<br />

Linden-McKinley High School where he<br />

developed a writer’s seminar and mentored<br />

a select group of students, some of<br />

whom continued on to become published<br />

poets themselves. He had a successful<br />

career for 30 years and later gained recognition<br />

from the Ohio Council of Teachers<br />

of English, as the best secondary English<br />

teacher in the state of Ohio.<br />

He describes himself as a narrative<br />

poet who leans towards memoirs. His<br />

loved ones are often the focus of his<br />

pieces, for better or for worse, and he recognizes<br />

traumatic experiences often are a<br />

driving force for what he has created.<br />

“It was initially a way of trying to<br />

make art out of pain” Macioci said.<br />

“Poetry is the language of feelings.”<br />

His poem, “Knife” exemplifies this,<br />

provoked by the natural consequences of<br />

living with an alcoholic father.<br />

One of his superpowers is never quite<br />

experiencing the infamous writer’s block.<br />

Macioci can write any where and the most<br />

mundane settings can be the most inspiring<br />

environments for him. He writes and<br />

collects his drafts in a large bag. When it<br />

comes time for a new book he often draws<br />

from it at random until he is able to gather<br />

enough to create a theme. He aims to<br />

mimic the simplicity of Mary Oliver’s creations.<br />

He deeply regards her work, beauty<br />

with a blatant and simple delivery is<br />

his preference. He hopes to evoke what<br />

he feels listening to music - ethereal.<br />

Macioci’s recognitions span throughout<br />

the decades by various groups. He won<br />

first place in the 1987 National Writer’s<br />

Union Poetry Competition, judged by<br />

Denise Levertov. He won The Baudelaire<br />

Award Competition, sponsored by The<br />

World Order of Narrative and Formalist<br />

Poets (1989). He finished second in Zone<br />

3's Rainmaker Awards, judged by Howard<br />

Nemerov (1989) as well as second place in<br />

the Writer’s Digest annual competition,<br />

judged by Diane Wakoski (1991). He<br />

received the Blaine R. Hall Award for best<br />

poem of the year in Kentucky Poetry<br />

Review (1991). “Cafes of Childhood” was<br />

submitted for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992,<br />

and in 2021, he was nominated for a<br />

Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net<br />

award. In 2022, he was nominated for a<br />

Pushcart Prize. Most recently, he was<br />

nominated for a Best of the Net award for<br />

2023, and “City of Hammers” was nominated<br />

for a Pulitzer Prize. Hundreds of<br />

his poems have been published domestically<br />

and internationally in magazines<br />

and journals, including “Chiron Review,”<br />

“Concho River Review,”“The Bombay<br />

Review,” “The Raven's Perch,” “The Main<br />

Street Rag,” and “West Trade Review.”<br />

His work is available on Amazon. He<br />

hosts readings in local spaces and brings<br />

copies of his work for purchase.<br />

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

Two documentary films on the history of<br />

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

Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are<br />

now available for viewing online on<br />

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

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

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”<br />

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It’s <strong>January</strong> and, minute by minute each<br />

day since the winter solstice, the day’s sunlight<br />

lengthens.<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

One may notice this<br />

increase in light slightly<br />

upon waking on Jan.<br />

1 as the sunlight struggles<br />

to pierce through<br />

the gray sky, its rays<br />

chasing away the<br />

shadows of nostalgia<br />

and memory lingering<br />

from deep, dark<br />

December, a time that<br />

now seems long ago.<br />

The holiday season<br />

wraps us in a warm<br />

blanket of merriment<br />

and melancholy as we<br />

Come <strong>January</strong><br />

enjoy the lights, the gatherings, the food, and<br />

more, but we also embrace thoughts of the<br />

Christmases of our youth and of people no<br />

longer with us. We hunker down into the<br />

Christmas season and put the tugs of the<br />

world aside for a brief time.<br />

Sometimes it feels like the two “Eves” -<br />

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve - are holidays<br />

unto themselves, though they both<br />

have elements of anticipation, they can be<br />

very different from each other. Christmas<br />

Eve can be a peaceful time, a spiritual time,<br />

a reflective time. New Year’s Eve for some is<br />

a boisterous celebratory night; however, for<br />

others it, too, can be a quiet time of looking<br />

back before turning one’s focus ahead to the<br />

new year.<br />

When <strong>January</strong> dawns, it grabs us, shakes<br />

us from our holiday reverie, and proclaims<br />

it’s time to start anew. We put away the<br />

Christmas decorations for another year, read<br />

the Christmas cards one more time, eat the<br />

last of the holiday cookies (including the<br />

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crumbs), take a deep breath, and prepare to<br />

move on. We know time brought us this holiday<br />

season and it will bring another again.<br />

In <strong>January</strong>, it’s a new year and a new calendar<br />

with new memories to be made. It’s a<br />

time of recreating oneself. A time of taking<br />

stock. Winter begins in earnest and we know<br />

there’s a long road of cold, ice, and snow to<br />

travel until spring warmly caresses us once<br />

again.<br />

Winter is worthy of being embraced. It<br />

offers walks in the woods where the seeming<br />

silence is actually a beautiful symphony of<br />

wind rustling sleeping trees and bushes,<br />

songs of hearty birds who remain with us in<br />

the cold, and the chatter of squirrels. It’s a<br />

time of reflection, a time of garden plans, a<br />

time of personal growth.<br />

We’re another year older. Maybe another<br />

year wiser. We have another year to be who<br />

we are as tomorrow becomes today again.<br />

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

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

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

Playgrounds have changed<br />

Playground equipment has changed a lot over the years. Here<br />

are two photos from <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School’s 1964<br />

Madisonian that showed the senior and junior class officers<br />

posing on teeter-totters (or seesaws) and monkey bars at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary. Teeter-totters and monkey bars like<br />

these are rarely seen on modern playgrounds because they<br />

are deemed dangerous. These pieces of equipment shown<br />

here have long been removed from the <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary<br />

playground. The teeter-totters had wooden seats attached to a<br />

metal bar. The metal bar was adjustable with three slots that<br />

could rest on the main support to allow for the weight differences<br />

of whoever was on the teeter-totter. The monkey bars in<br />

this photo were popular because they were unique. The apparatus<br />

was curved and rounded like an abstract rocket ship, or<br />

so little kids growing up in the heyday of the space program<br />

imagined. Kids often played tag on these monkey bars or<br />

raced up and down them. If your feet touched the ground in<br />

these games you were “out.” Pictured here on the teeter-totters<br />

(below) are, from left to right, 1964 <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

High School senior class officers Wayne Boyer, Phyllis<br />

Reichart, Mary Sue McGuire and Winnie Czompi. On the monkey<br />

bars (at left) are, from left to right, 1964 <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison High School junior class officers John Jordan, Brian<br />

White, Sue Boring and Jim Schwarz.<br />

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The <strong>Groveport</strong> Heritage Museum contains photographs, artifacts,<br />

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Council looks at leashing dogs<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

If you like to let your dog run free for exercise in<br />

city parks you soon may not be able to do so, as<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council could tighten the leash<br />

regarding dogs in public places.<br />

Council is considering legislation to amend the<br />

city’s general offenses code 505.01, titled “Dogs<br />

and other animals running at large” by adding the<br />

sentence, “Keep the dog under the reasonable control<br />

of some person by a leash when walking upon<br />

any public place.”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Administrator B.J. King said<br />

the proposed revision to the code is not prompted<br />

by any recent incident or injury, but that it is a<br />

matter of “cleaning up the code.”<br />

“There have been no complaints, but as we<br />

review our codes, it seems like a proactive move to<br />

make to assure safety of the community,” said<br />

King.<br />

He said the term “public place” includes parks<br />

and publicly owned facilities, including sidewalks.<br />

He said there is no leash length requirement.<br />

King said the proposed revision to the law does<br />

not impact dogs on private property.<br />

“Dogs can be off leash on private property,” said<br />

King.<br />

Per another existing city ordinance, people are<br />

prohibited from bringing animals to city sponsored<br />

event and festival areas, such as Apple Butter<br />

Day, Fourth of July celebration, and KidsFest.<br />

This law does not apply to guide or service dogs,<br />

police dogs, animal exhibits at the events, or pets<br />

on residential properties within the event area.<br />

Other news<br />

•Council members expressed concern about the<br />

frequency of vehicle accidents at the intersection of<br />

Bixby and Ebright roads. and what could be done<br />

to improve safety at the site.<br />

King noted the area is partly in <strong>Groveport</strong> and<br />

partly in Madison Township, so the entities would<br />

need to work together for a solution.<br />

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

the accident reports he has seen, many of the drivers<br />

passing through the intersection are coming<br />

from the Shannon Road, Reynoldsburg, and<br />

Pickerington areas and they are in a hurry.<br />

Councilman Ed Dildine asked King to contact<br />

the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding<br />

their timeline for the construction of the Bixby<br />

Road/U.S. Route 33 interchange, stating that once<br />

that is built, it could alleviate the traffic situation<br />

at Bixby and Ebright roads.<br />

City officials indicated they could also look into<br />

enhancing signage at the intersection.<br />

•Councilman Shawn Cleary asked Council<br />

Clerk Mindy Kay to survey the salaries of council<br />

members in other area municipalities for council’s<br />

review. He also asked city administrative officials<br />

to review the city’s retire/rehire process.<br />

•In organizational matters, council elected Ed<br />

Dildine to serve as council president pro-tem and<br />

Becky Hutson to serve as vice chair of council.<br />

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

Dedra Cordle<br />

Pie iron<br />

cooking<br />

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The Columbus and<br />

Franklin County<br />

Metro Parks hosted<br />

a pie iron cooking<br />

demonstration at<br />

Scioto Grove Metro<br />

Park. More than a<br />

dozen individuals<br />

tried their best to<br />

make sandwichbased<br />

creations in<br />

the pie iron without<br />

burning the bread<br />

to a crisp. Those<br />

who were unable to<br />

attend the cooking<br />

program last month<br />

will have another<br />

opportunity this<br />

month as the Metro<br />

Parks will host a<br />

pie iron cooking<br />

demonstration on<br />

Jan. 31 from 1-3<br />

p.m. at the Arrowhead Picnic Area in Scioto Grove Metro Park, 5172<br />

Jackson Pike. Pictured here, Zachary Regin waits patiently as his<br />

pie iron creation cooks in the fire.<br />

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Dear Neighbor,<br />

When I took office a year ago, I developed my legislative priorities,<br />

referred to as “The 10 Commitments” that focus on key<br />

areas to make Ohio a stronger, more vibrant state and positively<br />

impact the lives of every citizen in Senate District 3. I<br />

am happy to report my progress…<br />

#1. Strengthening Ohio's Workforce:<br />

● Member of the Senate Workforce and Higher<br />

Education Committee<br />

● Hosted Ohio’s first POWERUP Career Expo at the Ohio<br />

Statehouse providing Ohioans with access to career<br />

resources and opportunities<br />

● SB 30 - Allow person under 16 to work after 7 p.m.<br />

during the school year<br />

● SB 104 - Regards the College Credit Plus Program<br />

#2 Creating Affordable Housing Solutions:<br />

● Chair of Ohio’s first Senate Select Committee on<br />

Housing<br />

#3 Improving Ohio's K-12 Education System:<br />

● Member of the Senate Education Committee<br />

● SB 1 - Revise Education Law and Department duties<br />

● SB 79 - dropout prevention and recovery for<br />

community schools<br />

● SB 162 - Improves academic intervention services<br />

● SB 168 - education regulation reform<br />

● SB 182 - establish Foster-to-College Scholarship<br />

Program<br />

#4 Expanding Economic Opportunity:<br />

● SB 82 - Allow certain retailers to retain a portion of<br />

state sales tax<br />

● SB 166 - Minority business direct loans for working<br />

capital<br />

#5 Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform:<br />

● Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee<br />

● SB 53 - Lowers minimum age for original appointment<br />

as a police officer<br />

● SB 101 - Abolish the death penalty<br />

● SB 122 - Revising the law regarding bail<br />

#6 Increasing Access to Justice:<br />

● Now enacted into law is SB21 Venue for appeal from<br />

an agency order<br />

● SB 147 - Enact the Voter Modernization Act<br />

#7 Protecting Religious Freedom and Expression:<br />

● SB49 - The RED Bill - Religious Equity for students k-12<br />

#8 Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing:<br />

● SB 93 - Medicaid expansion of doula services for<br />

expectant mothers<br />

● SB 95 - Authorize the operation of remote dispensing<br />

pharmacies<br />

#9 Revitalizing Marginalized Communities:<br />

● Chair of Ohio’s first Senate Select Committee on Housing<br />

● Member of Senate Community Revitalization Committee<br />

● SB 54 - Establish New African Immigrants Grant & Gift Fund<br />

● SB 210 - Designates Ohio Black Media Week<br />

#10 Supporting Local Government:<br />

● SB 53 - Lower minimum age for original appointment as a<br />

police officer<br />

● SB 194 - Increase certain Ohio Police and Fire Pension<br />

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Through the efforts of Asbury Elementary fourth grade teacher<br />

Dr. Jennifer Lorch and Madison Elementary fifth grade teacher<br />

Jennifer Becerra, both schools will receive $2,500 to expand<br />

STEM learning projects through the Ohio STEM Learning<br />

Network Classroom Grant Program, funded by Battelle. The<br />

grant is one of 233 recently issued to create sustainable STEM<br />

learning projects.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools officials, Lorch’s project<br />

serves “as a launching pad for authentic learning through<br />

transdisciplinary problem-based learning for the students of<br />

Asbury Elementary.” Students will combine their passions, content<br />

knowledge, and the resources provided with this grant to create<br />

custom signage, tags, stickers, and other artifacts to help<br />

bring awareness to issues facing their local or larger global community.<br />

School officials said Becerra’s project is called Battle of the<br />

Bands, Sound Tsunami. According to Becerra, she will use the<br />

grant to teach students about sound waves. Students will build<br />

instruments, then, in collaboration with music teacher Elizabeth<br />

Bennett, students will learn how to play the instruments. They<br />

will play their music into an oscilloscope. This electronic test<br />

instrument graphically displays electrical signals and shows how<br />

they change over time, and it will record their sound waves so that<br />

students can see what they look like.<br />

Cruisers on the air<br />

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

coverage of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School athletic contests in<br />

in 2023-24. Rick Cooper is in his 32nd season as a play-by-play<br />

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

The broadcast coverage includes high definition video as well<br />

as live audio.<br />

Each broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start<br />

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

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

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

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

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

be accessed on your computer or handheld device. All 20 broadcasts<br />

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

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

The broadcast schedule: (boys basketball) Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. vs.<br />

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

9, 7:30 p.m. at Newark; (girls basketball) Jan. 19, 7 p.m. vs.<br />

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

5:15 p.m. 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. Reynoldsburg;<br />

April 22, 5:15 p.m. vs. Pickerington Central; and April 24, 5:15 p.m.<br />

at Newark.<br />

Golden Cruiser Club<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools invites senior residents of the district<br />

to attend athletic and performing arts programs showcasing<br />

the talents of its students. The Golden Cruiser Club is a free program<br />

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

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

school and district sponsored athletic contests, plays, concerts,<br />

and other events. To become a member of the Golden Cruiser<br />

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

school offices, or call (614) 492-2520. The requirements for membership<br />

are that applicants be age 60 or older and be a resident of<br />

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

Special Olympics<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics chapter provides year round<br />

sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type<br />

sports for intellectually disabled individuals. Contact Penny and<br />

Cassandra Hilty at groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at<br />

(614) 395-8992 or 395-6640.<br />

Donations may be sent to <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics, P.O.<br />

Box 296, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125.


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This film is worth wrestling with<br />

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Founded in 2012 by three movie producers,<br />

A24 has garnered a reputation as an<br />

independent entertainment company that<br />

rarely has a misstep.<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

It has altered the<br />

landscape of the horror<br />

genre by funding psychological<br />

thrillers such<br />

as “Hereditary,”<br />

“Midsommar,” and “The<br />

Witch;” and distributed<br />

some of the buzziest<br />

television shows lately<br />

with “Beef” on<br />

Netflix<br />

and<br />

“Euphoria” on HBO.<br />

The company has disrupted the upper crust<br />

of the academy by believing that an off-thewall<br />

comedy like,e “Everything<br />

Everywhere All at Once” could have an<br />

impact on an industry that takes itself too<br />

seriously.<br />

A24’s latest film is “The Iron Claw.”<br />

When entertainment companies believe<br />

they have something special on their<br />

hands, they present the film for international<br />

audiences and professional critics at<br />

fall festivals. If the movie generates a positive<br />

amount of buzz, it can propel that film<br />

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to the top of must-see lists for the remainder<br />

of the year or even the upcoming year.<br />

Additionally, that strong word-of-mouth<br />

can have an impact at the domestic and<br />

global box office and can even help a movie<br />

or a performance in that movie snag a nomination<br />

or a statue at major industry<br />

events.<br />

I am not certain who at A24 was tasked<br />

with determining whether “The Iron<br />

Claw,” a film centered around a famed but<br />

tragic American wrestling family, was worthy<br />

of a fall festival run, but their decision<br />

to withhold this quietly devastating movie<br />

from the circuit was absolutely moronic.<br />

Perhaps it was because it is a movie about<br />

wrestling, perhaps it was because the star<br />

of the film — who gives the performance of<br />

his career — was a former teenage heartthrob,<br />

or perhaps it was because they were<br />

too busy making the switch from independent<br />

entertainment company to a commercial<br />

conglomerate. But whatever the circumstances<br />

were that led to this film not<br />

being presented at the festivals where it<br />

could receive the appropriate amount of<br />

buzz it deserves should be considered a<br />

criminal offense.<br />

I feel it is my duty to do what the individual<br />

at A24 would not do and wholeheartedly<br />

throw my support behind “The<br />

Iron Claw.” Although the subject matter,<br />

which touches upon mental health issues,<br />

Valentine’s Day Show<br />

with ELVIS<br />

suicidal ideation and toxic masculinity,<br />

makes it a difficult watch, the love the siblings<br />

in this family have for each other and<br />

the warmth the actors exude portraying<br />

their real-life counterparts make that difficult<br />

watch worthwhile.<br />

Like any good wrestling match, the film<br />

opens by introducing the audience to an<br />

antagonist, a hulking figure named Fritz<br />

Von Erich (ferociously played by Holt<br />

McCallany). Wearing little more than<br />

trunks and a snarl, he taunts the spectators<br />

who have come out to cheer on his good<br />

guy foe as he prepares to deliver his signature<br />

move to incapacitate his opponent — a<br />

crushing claw hold to the head, followed by<br />

a back slam to the unforgiving mat. It is a<br />

maneuver that has made Fritz Von Erich<br />

(a.k.a. Jack Adkisson in his out-of-ring life)<br />

famous and feared and it serves as a<br />

metaphor for the iron grip he has on his<br />

family.<br />

As a professional wrestler in the<br />

National Wrestling Alliance, Fritz had<br />

middling success and never won a world<br />

heavyweight belt, a decision that he<br />

believed was due to his cantankerous<br />

nature outside of the ring. The fact that he<br />

was never promoted to champion status<br />

rankled him so thoroughly that he has<br />

made acquiring it via his sons his mission<br />

in life.<br />

In turn, second eldest son Kevin (Zac<br />

Efron), third eldest son David (Harris<br />

Dickinson), fourth eldest son Kerry<br />

(Jeremy Allen White), and the “baby” son<br />

Mike (Stanley Simmons) have made it<br />

their mission to appease their father.<br />

(Important note: eldest son Jack Jr. died as<br />

a child and the sixth and last son, Chris,<br />

was omitted by writer/director Sean<br />

Durkin as he believed it would have been<br />

“too much” for the audience to handle<br />

another tragic death.)<br />

Since childhood, the boys have dreamed<br />

of following in the footsteps of the legendary<br />

Fritz Von Erich, spending almost<br />

all of their time outside of school and the<br />

family farm pumping iron, working on<br />

moves, and performing in the wrestling<br />

league founded by their father in Dallas.<br />

Although they often jockey for the patriarch’s<br />

favor, the siblings care for, love, and<br />

support each other — even when Fritz<br />

decides that wrestling star Kevin will take<br />

Canal Winchester<br />

Performing Arts<br />

The Canal Winchester Performing Arts<br />

Collective will sponsor a Community Choir<br />

starting in mid-February and local Street<br />

Theatre in the spring. There will be activities<br />

in instrumental music and dance coming<br />

in the new year. The group is also in<br />

conversations with the Canal Winchester<br />

Joint Recreation District and Wagnalls<br />

Memorial to find ways to collaborate in the<br />

future. Email CWPACollective@gmail.com<br />

or call 614-282-3985 for information.<br />

a back seat to his more charismatic brothers,<br />

David and Kerry.<br />

As Kevin is the only surviving Von Erich<br />

brother — all of his younger siblings died in<br />

their early 20s and 30s due to sudden<br />

health issues (David) and by suicide (Chris,<br />

Kerry and Mike) — writer/director Sean<br />

Durkin makes him the focal point of the<br />

film and the vehicle in which the audience<br />

experiences the tragic downfall of this family.<br />

It is a decision that largely works<br />

because of how extraordinary Efron is in<br />

this role.<br />

Efron, who has a naturally lean build<br />

that is capable of putting on muscle, completely<br />

transformed his body for “The Iron<br />

Claw.” He put 15 pounds of muscle on his<br />

frame and even allowed his luxurious locks<br />

to be cut into a bowl-shaped nightmare.<br />

But primary to that is his transformative<br />

performance as Kevin, playing him with a<br />

discombobulating mix of beefiness and vulnerability.<br />

Knowing what we do about the<br />

Von Erich family, it hits the heart hard<br />

early in the film when Kevin is out on a<br />

date and he tells his future wife that all he<br />

wants to do with his life is to be with his<br />

brothers. And later, when all of them are<br />

gone, it hits even harder when he realizes<br />

he is all alone.<br />

It is hard not to become an emotional<br />

mess while watching “The Iron Claw,”<br />

which is comprised of more tender<br />

moments than body slams. It’s difficult not<br />

to want to pop through that screen and<br />

fight Fritz Von Erich, who would have been<br />

better served if he had recognized the true<br />

talents of his sons and not pushed them<br />

into the ring;. It’s difficult not to want to<br />

pop through that screen and knock away<br />

the needles that are in the hands of David<br />

and Kerry as it causes addiction and death<br />

later. It’s difficult not to want to pop<br />

through that screen and give Kevin a big<br />

hug as he cries for all the trauma and<br />

tragedy that his beloved family has<br />

endured.<br />

Instead, all we can do is sit and watch as<br />

this wonderfully difficult film plays out.<br />

And then we can go sob in our cars for a<br />

good while afterward. Or maybe that was<br />

just me?<br />

Grade: A-<br />

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

and columnist.<br />

Boy Scout Troop 71<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> area scouts of Boy Scout<br />

Troop 71 meet at <strong>Groveport</strong> United<br />

Methodist Church, 512 Main St. Cub<br />

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

on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts ages<br />

11-18 meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The Girls<br />

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

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Franklin County budget<br />

The Franklin County Commissioners<br />

approved the county’s more-than $2 billion<br />

annual budget for <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

“Any organization’s budget is a reflection<br />

of its priorities, and each year, our<br />

team at the commissioners’ office structures<br />

the county’s budget around our six<br />

core principles of good governance,” said<br />

board president John O’Grady. “Those<br />

human-centered principles direct everything<br />

we do and tell you exactly what our<br />

values are. From public safety to economic<br />

development, and from health and human<br />

services to environmental stewardship,<br />

we’re proud to present the <strong>2024</strong> budget<br />

which will continue to help make Franklin<br />

County into a great place to raise a family<br />

or grow a business.”<br />

This year’s budget incudes funding for<br />

all of the county’s 35 agencies and 6,731<br />

employees, and additional dollars for new<br />

or growing initiatives.<br />

An additional $1 million is included to<br />

strengthen Franklin County Public Health,<br />

$3 million is designated for the Mid-Ohio<br />

Food Collective, $1 million has been earmarked<br />

for the CHOICES domestic violence<br />

shelter, and $7 million has been set<br />

aside for stormwater infrastructure and to<br />

connect Franklin County homes to the<br />

county water and sewer system.<br />

“As we saw during the pandemic, nothing<br />

is certain, even in government, and<br />

with the county budget, it is imperative<br />

that we not only fund the services that our<br />

residents rely on but also that we plan<br />

ahead for the future,” said commissioner<br />

Kevin Boyce. “Our county administration<br />

and budget team work hard each year to<br />

ensure that we have the funds needed not<br />

only to operate county government, but<br />

also to make investments in new initiatives<br />

and to ensure that we’re able to weather<br />

any possible downturn in the economy or<br />

increasing need for services.”<br />

The county’s annual budget is divided<br />

among the general fund, which is made up of<br />

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For Info. &<br />

Pricing<br />

PETS<br />

Great Dane Puppies<br />

Shots/dewormed. Ready<br />

to go - 614-639-1235<br />

WANT TO BUY<br />

WE BUY JUNK CARS<br />

Call anytime 614-774-6797<br />

ANTIQUES<br />

WANTED<br />

Antiques * Coins<br />

Victrolas * Watches<br />

Clocks * Bookcases<br />

Jeff 614-262-0676<br />

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 />

$389.00 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 />

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 />

Available March <strong>2024</strong> -<br />

$4218/mo. Contact<br />

pfd1d@aol.com<br />

CARPET SALES<br />

CARPET<br />

Gray Saxony<br />

270 sq.ft. w/6 lb Pad<br />

$398.00<br />

Other Carpet AvailableA<br />

Laminate Flooring<br />

740-927-3504<br />

Delivery & Inst. avail.<br />

CLEANING<br />

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 />

INFORMATION<br />

NEED<br />

SOMETHING<br />

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THIS WINTER?<br />

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CLASSIFIED SERVICES!<br />

FOR<br />

ADVERTISING<br />

INFORMATION<br />

CALL<br />

614-272-5422<br />

THE COLUMBUS<br />

MESSENGER<br />

1/7 S/gp<br />

1/7 A<br />

DRYWALL<br />

Need Help With ....<br />

Drywall<br />

Plaster Repair<br />

Popcorn Ceilings<br />

(remove or repair)<br />

Metal Studs<br />

Accoustical &<br />

Textured Ceilings<br />

Custom Home Builders<br />

Commercial Projects<br />

Affordable Prices<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 />

HOME<br />

IMPROVEMENTS<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

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

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

Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

10/15<br />

A/M<br />

Free Est. - Financing Avail.<br />

Member BBB Of Cent. OH<br />

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

614-419-3977<br />

or 614-863-9912<br />

C&JHandyman<br />

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 />

KLAUSMAN HOME<br />

IMPROVEMENT<br />

Siding-Windows-<br />

Doors-Roofing-Soffit-<br />

Fascia-Gutters-Trim<br />

Earn FREE Seamless<br />

Gutters with Siding Over<br />

1000 Sq. Ft.<br />

FREE Shutters with<br />

Soffit & Trim<br />

EPA Certified<br />

Member of BBB<br />

Financing Available<br />

Over 20 yrs exp. • Free Est.<br />

Licensed-Bonded-Insured<br />

Owner & Operator<br />

James 614-419-7500<br />

7/30 A&M<br />

10/1 A<br />

1/7 A<br />

INFORMATION<br />

LOOK TO<br />

THE PROFESSIONALS<br />

IN OUR<br />

SERVICE DIRECTORY<br />

For Service<br />

“That Is Out Of This World”<br />

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 />

HOME<br />

REMODELING<br />

BATH REMODELS<br />

Expert Craftsmanship<br />

20 yrs exp - Sr. Discount<br />

614-633-9695<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 />

PLUMBING<br />

MYERS<br />

PLUMBING<br />

Licensed Expert Plumbing<br />

New Const. & Fast Repairs<br />

Water * Sewer * Gas<br />

614-633-9694<br />

All About Drains & Plumb.<br />

Will snake any small drain<br />

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

CHRIS’<br />

PLUMBING<br />

“Plumbing & Drain Professional<br />

That You Can Count On”<br />

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

No Overtime Charges<br />

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

Drain Cleaning Field<br />

Call For A Free Phone Estimate<br />

$100.00 For Any Small Drain<br />

614-622-4482<br />

30% OFF with AD<br />

Classified Services<br />

1/7 A<br />

INFORMATION<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 />

POWER WASHING<br />

ABURTO<br />

PRESSURE WASHING<br />

•Homes •Roofs •Gutters<br />

•Driveways •Sidewalks<br />

•Parking Lots<br />

Quality • Free Estimates<br />

Competitive Prices<br />

614-927-8968<br />

ROOFING<br />

ROBINSON ROOFING<br />

&REPAIRS<br />

30 yrs exp. Lifetime Cols<br />

Resident. Reas. Rates.<br />

Dennis Robinson<br />

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

SEWING MACHINE<br />

REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

in your home. $49.95 all<br />

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

TREE SERVICES<br />

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


PAGE 12 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>January</strong> 14, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Welcome Home Ohio<br />

Program for affordable<br />

housing across the state<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 />

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt.<br />

Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio<br />

Department of Development Director<br />

Lydia Mihalik released official program<br />

guidelines for the new $150 million<br />

Welcome Home Ohio program, which was<br />

developed to improve access to affordable<br />

housing across the state.<br />

“Housing needs are present all across<br />

Ohio,” said DeWine. “Through this program,<br />

we have the opportunity to support<br />

new investments in housing construction<br />

that will help cultivate vibrant neighborhoods<br />

and stimulate economic vitality.”<br />

The program will provide $100 million<br />

in grants over the course of the biennium<br />

for landbanks to purchase, rehabilitate, or<br />

build qualifying residential properties for<br />

income-eligible Ohioans. Additionally, $50<br />

million in nonrefundable tax credits will be<br />

made available to landbanks and eligible<br />

developers over the biennium for qualifying<br />

rehabs and new construction once a<br />

property is sold.<br />

“By ensuring all current and future<br />

Ohioans have access to affordable housing,<br />

we are not only meeting the basic needs of<br />

our residents but also laying the foundation<br />

for sustainable economic development,”<br />

said Husted. “As companies continue<br />

to invest in Ohio, we will need the housing<br />

stock to support that growth and prepare<br />

our communities for the opportunities<br />

those businesses bring.”<br />

The Welcome Home Ohio program was<br />

created in partnership with the Ohio<br />

General Assembly in the biennium budget<br />

bill, House Bill 33. The Ohio Department<br />

of Development will administer the program<br />

and will begin accepting applications<br />

for both the grants and tax credit on Jan 9,<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

“Ensuring Ohioans have a home they<br />

can afford brings our families stability and<br />

allows them to have a place where they can<br />

stay healthy, raise their children, continue<br />

working, and live their best lives,” said<br />

Mihalik. “Our ultimate goal is to increase<br />

the affordable housing stock across Ohio so<br />

that more residents can realize the dream<br />

of home ownership.”<br />

The application period for the grants<br />

will close on Feb. 9, <strong>2024</strong>, with rolling<br />

applications accepted from Feb. 12 to May<br />

31, as funds are available. Tax credit applications<br />

will be accepted on a rolling basis<br />

until funds are expended.<br />

Program information and full guidelines<br />

can be found at<br />

development.ohio.gov/community/redevelopment/welcomehome.<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 />

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 />

www.columbusmessenger.com<br />

Sam Timm’s painting of an American wigeon pair was selected as the winner of the<br />

2023 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition.<br />

Wetlands stamp contest<br />

The Ohio Department of Natural<br />

Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is<br />

calling on artists to get ready for the next<br />

Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp contest.<br />

Established in 1982, Ohio’s duck stamp<br />

program is one of the nation’s longest<br />

running and most successful.<br />

Submissions for the next Ohio<br />

Wetlands Habitat Stamp competition<br />

will be accepted Feb. 1-15. The winner of<br />

the competition will have their work featured<br />

on the 2025 Ohio Wetlands Habitat<br />

Stamp and receive a service contract of<br />

$4,000.<br />

Sales of the Ohio Wetlands Habitat<br />

Stamp have produced more than $11 million<br />

for wetland habitat protection and<br />

conservation. Proceeds fund vital wetland<br />

projects in Ohio which are important<br />

to many resident and migratory<br />

waterfowl species, other wetland birds,<br />

and amphibians.<br />

Ohio is one of the few states that still<br />

features hand-painted artwork on the<br />

state wetlands stamp.<br />

Artists can choose to depict any of<br />

Ohio’s native waterfowl species other<br />

than American wigeon, canvasbacks, or<br />

lesser scaup, which were featured on the<br />

previous three stamps. All artists ages 18<br />

and older who reside in the United States<br />

are encouraged to enter the competition.<br />

Artwork will be judged on Feb. 17 by a<br />

panel of five judges with a conservation<br />

background.<br />

The winning entry will feature a qualifying<br />

species of Ohio waterfowl. The<br />

design may not exceed 18 inches wide by<br />

13 inches high, should be displayed on a<br />

single white mat of 2½ inches width, and<br />

be protected by a removable acetate or<br />

cellophane cover. All two-dimensional art<br />

mediums other than digital art and photographs<br />

are accepted.<br />

For contest rules, including a list of<br />

qualifying species, read the Ohio Wildlife<br />

Wetlands Stamp Design Contest Rules<br />

and Artist Packet at wildohio.gov.<br />

Hunters aged 18 and older are<br />

required to purchase an Ohio Wetlands<br />

Habitat Stamp to hunt waterfowl or<br />

migratory birds in Ohio, and many<br />

wildlife enthusiasts voluntarily purchase<br />

a stamp. Those looking to support wetland<br />

restoration can purchase the Ohio<br />

Wetlands Habitat Stamp for $15 at<br />

wildohio.gov.<br />

The mission of the Division of Wildlife<br />

is to conserve and improve fish and<br />

wildlife resources and their habitats for<br />

sustainable use and appreciation by all.<br />

ODNR ensures a balance between wise<br />

use and protection of our natural<br />

resources for the benefit of all.<br />

Visit ohiodnr.gov for additional information.<br />

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

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

Wagnalls Memorial Library<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at<br />

150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis.<br />

Call (614) 837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.<br />

Southeast Library<br />

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library, 3980 S. Hamilton<br />

Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>. Visit www.columbuslibrary.org<br />

or call 614-645-2275.

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