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<strong>April</strong> 21 - May 4, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLI, No. 19<br />

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Lots of people put on special eye glasses<br />

and watched the total solar eclipse on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 8. Some even took photos of the<br />

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eclipse. “I’ve never seen anything this<br />

interesting before.”The city of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

held a Total Eclipse Party at KidSpace,<br />

located at 630 Wirt Road. Pictured above<br />

left inside KidSpace is <strong>Groveport</strong> Police<br />

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Councilman Ed Dildine quipped that<br />

Adams must be “a member of the U.S.<br />

Space Force.” A good sized crowd<br />

brought lawn chairs to the parking lot at<br />

KidSpace to view the total solar eclipse<br />

through special eye glasses. The city<br />

handed out 100 of the special eye glasses<br />

and also distributed tasty Moon Pies<br />

to the crowd. <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Administrator B.J. King said the eclipse<br />

darkened the sky enough that the city’s<br />

streetlights temporarily kicked on.<br />

KidSpace to face wrecking ball<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Council unanimously<br />

voted to approve the demolition of Crooked<br />

Alley KidSpace later this year to make<br />

room for more downtown parking.<br />

Council had to decide between demolishing<br />

the KidSpace building — at an estimated<br />

cost of $30,000 — or repairing it at<br />

an approximate cost of $800,000.<br />

“It was not a decision that was done<br />

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

B.J. King.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Public Services<br />

Director Brian Strayer, the building needs<br />

the following: a new roof, new electrical<br />

panel, upgraded HVAC, exterior brick tuck<br />

pointing, repairs to a “significant” crack on<br />

the east side of the building, repairs to the<br />

main floor which has settled and cracked,<br />

window replacements, repairs to rusted<br />

window transoms, new gutters, interior<br />

and exterior painting, and elimination of<br />

mold.<br />

The 3,100 square foot KidSpace building,<br />

located at 630 Wirt Road, was built in<br />

1955 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 />

City officials said demolishing the building<br />

allows for the creation of expanded<br />

public parking in the downtown area. King<br />

said several downtown businesses have<br />

expressed a need for more public parking<br />

See KIDSPACE, page 2


PAGE 2 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - <strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Legacy of Love 5K<br />

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Recreation Center, 7370 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road.<br />

Goodwin passed away in 2016 – at the age of 20 –<br />

from undetermined natural causes. The shock of that loss<br />

deeply impacted family and friends. In 2018, her mother,<br />

Sara Sherman, launched the 5K as a legacy to the short<br />

but impactful life of her daughter.<br />

Proceeds promote random acts of kindness in a variety<br />

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This year’s race includes a Kids’ Run for those age 10<br />

and under at 1:40 p.m., a 5K Run/Walk at 2 p.m., and a<br />

Virtual Run/Walk. Entry fees are $5 (for the Kids’ Run)<br />

and $45 for the Virtual option.<br />

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bag, a cool finishers medal, and a ticket for a door prize.<br />

For serious runners, the race is chip timed.<br />

The top three male and female finishers in each<br />

age group (14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,<br />

50-59, 60+) receive additional recognition and<br />

awards.<br />

Race day packet pick-up is at the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Recreation Center beginning at 12:40 p.m. Plan to<br />

arrive early to pick up your race bib, enjoy the prerace<br />

activities, and allow time to warm up before<br />

the start of the race. To register, visit<br />

alex5k.org/alex5k.<br />

Anyone interested in sponsoring the race can<br />

contact Sherman at 614-432-2717 or alex.foundation8@gmail.com.<br />

KIDSPACE<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

in the city. Currently the downtown public<br />

parking lots south of Main Street along<br />

Wirt Road 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 />

Council approved two pieces of legislation<br />

to address the situation. One authorizes<br />

King to solicit bids and contract for the<br />

re-alignment and expansion of the existing<br />

municipal parking lot situated along Wirt<br />

Road, Crooked Alley, and Cherry Street.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> City Engineer Steve Farst<br />

said this parking expansion will increase<br />

the parking capacity in the lot to approximately<br />

100 to 112 spaces from the current<br />

60 spaces.<br />

“The plan associated with this project<br />

includes the demolition of KidSpace and<br />

the closure of a portion of Cherry Street to<br />

combine these properties with the existing municipal<br />

parking lot property,” said King, who added there will<br />

be curb cuts on the newly designed parking lot to<br />

access Wirt Road.<br />

The second ordinance authorizes King to contract<br />

with Leukco Construction for the buildout of the second<br />

floor of the Rarey’s Port building on Main Street<br />

(above Delaney’s Diner).<br />

“That space will be used as the new location of<br />

KidSpace activities as well as conference room space,”<br />

said King, who added work on the buildout of the second<br />

floor of the Rarey’s Port building could begin in<br />

three months and take an estimated five months to<br />

complete.<br />

King said the KidSpace building will not close until<br />

after the Rarey’s Port building project is completed and<br />

ready for KidSpace activities.<br />

Construction of the new parking lot will not begin<br />

until the KidSpace building is demolished.<br />

City officials had considered donating or leasing the<br />

KidSpace building to American Legion Robert Dutro<br />

Post 486, but decided against that. The Post does not<br />

have a permanent home and its 50 members currently<br />

meet at the Madison Township Community Center.<br />

“I do believe we can find another place in town for<br />

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Library, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. For information<br />

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•The Wagnalls Community Theater presents “The<br />

House at Pooh Corner” on <strong>April</strong> 19-21 and 26-28, Fridays<br />

and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. The enchanting<br />

children’s classic is told in a new way featuring actors<br />

with puppet friends. Tickets are $17 adult and $15 for seniors<br />

(60+) and students (under 18) available at<br />

wct.ludus.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door<br />

if available. Present your electronic ticket or program from<br />

the show and get 20 percent off at El Pedregal or 10 percent<br />

off at The Pump House in Lithopolis on the days of the<br />

show. Email wagnallscommunitytheater@gmail.com for<br />

information.<br />

Income tax revenue<br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong>’s income tax collections year-todate<br />

as of March 31 were $6.7 million, which is 22 percent<br />

higher than the same time in 2023, according to <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Finance Director Jason Carr. Carr noted the general fund<br />

balance was $17.2 million as of March 31, which is $6.9<br />

million higher than the same time last year. Income tax<br />

revenues year-to-date comprised 72 percent of all city revenues,<br />

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

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> city officials decided to demolish Crooked Alley<br />

KidSpace building, located at 630 Wirt Road in <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

the American Legion, we want to keep them in the<br />

community,” said Councilman Shawn Cleary.<br />

According to American Legion Robert Dutro Post<br />

486 Commander Josh Saunders, the Post had hoped to<br />

also use the building as community space for events<br />

and blood drives as well as space for satellite offices for<br />

veterans assistance agencies. According to members of<br />

the Post, this would have made veterans assistance<br />

more accessible to the over 868 veterans and their families<br />

in the <strong>Groveport</strong>, Canal Winchester and Madison<br />

Township areas.<br />

A potential spot for a home for the Post has not yet<br />

been found.<br />

“We will reach out to the Post to determine what<br />

their needs are,” said King. “We are fully committed to<br />

see how we can help them.”<br />

The KidSpace building has also served as a voting<br />

location and no word has been given yet as to where<br />

this polling place would be moved to.<br />

The KidSpace building also includes two public art<br />

works — a mural on an interior wall depicting<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> during the 19th century Ohio and Erie<br />

Canal era and a <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary School student<br />

art project on an exterior wall. The fate of these art<br />

works is unknown.


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Schools seek to improve<br />

attendance & performance<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

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

Education heard a goals and planning<br />

presentation about improving attendance;<br />

educator equity; and curriculum, instruction,<br />

and assessment at its <strong>April</strong> 10 meeting.<br />

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

Schools Director of Innovation and<br />

Accountability Mike Morbitzer, the goal is<br />

to improve attendance at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools by reducing the chronic<br />

absenteeism rate by at least 45 percent<br />

from 36.4 percent to 19.9 percent by June<br />

2027.<br />

Of the 16 public schools in Franklin<br />

County, only Columbus City Schools (57<br />

percent) and Whitehall City Schools (37<br />

percent) have a worse chronic absenteeism<br />

rate than <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison.<br />

Regarding educator equity, Morbitzer<br />

said the district plans to have six partnerships<br />

with Historically Black Colleges and<br />

Universities (HBCU) with teacher preparation<br />

programs “to increase the teacher<br />

candidate pool with an emphasis on giving<br />

students access to diverse teachers and<br />

perspectives.”<br />

“These are deep partnerships,” said<br />

Morbitzer. “The colleges embrace this and<br />

they want to work with school districts and<br />

high schools.”<br />

Morbitzer noted that student enrollment<br />

at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools is 74<br />

percent non-white and 26 percent white<br />

while the district’s community is 51 percent<br />

non-white and 49 percent white.<br />

“There is a high density of children of<br />

school age who are persons of color,” said<br />

Morbitzer.<br />

Under curriculum, instruction, and<br />

assessment, the district plans to focus “on<br />

all Ohio State Test tested subject areas” in<br />

grades three through 12 to “increase 28.8<br />

percent to 80 percent as measured with the<br />

State Report Card - Performance Index by<br />

June 30, 2027.” Currently the Performance<br />

Index for the district is at 62 percent,<br />

which ranks the district 15th out of 16<br />

Franklin County public school districts<br />

(Columbus City Schools are last at 51 percent.)<br />

According to the Department of<br />

Education, the Performance Index uses the<br />

performance level results for students in<br />

grades three through high school on Ohio’s<br />

State Tests. It accounts for the level of<br />

achievement of every student, not just<br />

whether they are proficient.<br />

Morbitzer said in the next three years<br />

after 2027 the district plans to raise the<br />

Performance Index further to closer to 90<br />

percent.<br />

“That’s how we have to operate,” said<br />

Morbitzer. “That’s how we’re setting our<br />

goals.”<br />

Morbitzer added that the district’s<br />

schools are working together in planning<br />

and coordinating.<br />

“It’s a beautiful thing to watch,” said<br />

Morbitzer.<br />

Vouchers<br />

The board heard a presentation from<br />

the Ohio Coalition for Equity and<br />

Adequacy of School Funding entitled,<br />

“Vouchers Hurt Ohio.”<br />

In Ohio, the “EdChoice” scholarship program<br />

allows all Ohio students to receive<br />

vouchers to attend private schools.<br />

Qualifying low income students may<br />

receive a full voucher, while students in<br />

higher income brackets receive progressively<br />

reduced voucher amounts.<br />

The Ohio Coalition for Equity and<br />

Adequacy of School Funding filed a lawsuit<br />

against the state in January 2022 stating<br />

vouchers violate the Ohio Constitution.<br />

The group cites that vouchers: impair the<br />

state budget, mean less money for public<br />

schools, less control by local school boards,<br />

the prospect of additional tax levies, and<br />

impact pension funds.<br />

The group asked the board to pass a resolution<br />

to support Vouchers Hurt Ohio.<br />

The board will consider such a resolution<br />

at its May 8 meeting.<br />

New Chromebook computers<br />

The board approved the purchase of<br />

1,650 Chromebooks (and licensing) computers<br />

for students for the <strong>2024</strong>-25 school<br />

year at a cost of $620,400.<br />

Arbor Day in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> will hold Arbor<br />

Day events on <strong>April</strong> 26 at 1:30 p.m. at<br />

Glendening Elementary and at 2:30 p.m. at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary.<br />

A white oak tree will be planted at<br />

Glendening Elementary and a pin oak at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2024</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3<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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Golden Cruiser Club<br />

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

residents of the district to attend athletic<br />

and performing arts programs showcasing<br />

the talents of its students. The<br />

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

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

District who are age 60 and older.<br />

Membership provides free access to all<br />

school and district sponsored athletic contests,<br />

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

become a member of the Golden Cruiser<br />

Club, obtain an application at<br />

www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school<br />

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

for membership are that applicants<br />

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

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

Boy Scout Troop 71<br />

Boy Scout Troop 71 meets at <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

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

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

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

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

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

7 p.m. For information visit Beascout.org<br />

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6 p.m., and we would like to invite any<br />

stakeholder–student, staff, family, or<br />

community member–interested in engaging<br />

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community meetings.<br />

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Middle School South from 4:30-6 p.m.<br />

Portrait of a Cruiser aims to capture the<br />

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

graduate. Identifying these characteristics<br />

can better prepare our students for success<br />

in an ever-changing world.<br />

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March crime statistics, according to the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police: 5 arrests, 11 accidents, 7<br />

assaults, 1 burglary, 3 domestic related<br />

calls, 1 OVI, 8 larceny/robberies, 2<br />

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Addressing Ohio's Housing Crisis:<br />

A Call to Action from State Senator<br />

Michele Reynolds<br />

As a State Senator representing the people of Ohio, I am<br />

deeply concerned about the housing crisis that is<br />

impacting our state. From urban centers to rural<br />

communities,Ohioans are struggling to find affordable<br />

and stable housing options. This crisis affects not only<br />

individuals and families, but also the overall economic<br />

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amount of their income on housing, leaving little room<br />

for other essential expenses. This financial strain not<br />

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our state's ability to thrive economically.<br />

To tackle the issue of affordable housing availability, we<br />

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among stakeholders. Public-private partnerships are<br />

the key to solving this crisis. By working together, we<br />

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make meaningful progress.<br />

The public sector plays a crucial role in addressing the<br />

affordable housing shortage by implementing policies<br />

that support the development of affordable housing<br />

units. This may include zoning changes to allow for<br />

increased density and the construction of affordable<br />

housing, incentives for developers to invest in affordable<br />

housing projects, and partnerships with nonprofit<br />

organizations to create housing opportunities for<br />

low-income residents.<br />

The private sector also has a crucial role to play in addressing<br />

the affordable housing shortage, particularly<br />

by investing in workforce housing solutions. Investing<br />

in workforce housing solutions can take various forms,<br />

including providing financial support for affordable<br />

housing initiatives aimed specifically at workers in key<br />

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Susor to compete at<br />

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

Zander Susor took top honors in the<br />

Automotive Service event at the <strong>2024</strong><br />

SkillsUSA State Championships held at<br />

The Greater Columbus Convention Center<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9-10.<br />

It earned him a ticket to the SkillsUSA<br />

National Leadership Conference on June<br />

24-28, in Atlanta, Ga., where more than<br />

19,000 students, teachers, staff, and business<br />

partners will gather for the week-long<br />

event.<br />

Tea and music<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall, 648 Main St., will<br />

host “Tea Tasting with the Columbus<br />

Symphony Orchestra on May 4 from 10:30<br />

a.m. to noon. Admission is free. Call 614-<br />

836-3333 to RSVP.<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 />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School’s competition cheer team finished in second place<br />

in the Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye Division; first place at Americheer March<br />

Madness; first place at the Americheer Buckeye Nationals the downtown Columbus<br />

Convention Center; and first place at The Americheer Tri-State Competition. The Tri-<br />

State Competition was an almost two point score improvement from their last competition,<br />

and earned the team The Sweet Surprise Award. The team leaves for<br />

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•The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club will host<br />

its annual plant auction on May 14 from 6-<br />

8:30 p.m. at <strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran<br />

Church, 6014 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

Refreshments and the auction preview will<br />

be available starting at 6 p.m. and bidding<br />

will begin at 6:30 p.m. All auction proceeds<br />

support the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club.<br />

•The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Tour will be<br />

June 23 from noon to 5 p.m. (rain or shine).<br />

Tour tickets are free.<br />

“Last year the tour featured only garden<br />

club member gardens,” said Lacy Cooper,<br />

president of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club.<br />

“However, the tour is not for members<br />

only. Some wonderful gardens in<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> belong to residents who aren’t<br />

members of the garden club and we'd love<br />

to include them as part of the tour, too.”<br />

Gardeners can contact groveportgardenclub@gmail.com<br />

for additional details<br />

on participating as a tour stop or for information<br />

on how to get tickets. Tour tickets<br />

will also be available for in-person pick-up<br />

at <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall, <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

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

Senior Center beginning June 11.<br />

•The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club is also<br />

participating in a few gardening activities<br />

around the city.<br />

“We will be maintaining the herb garden<br />

at the Nature Center (log house) at<br />

Heritage Park,” said Cooper. “The herb<br />

garden will feature both culinary and<br />

medicinal herbs commonly grown and used<br />

in the Ohio River Valley in the early 1800s<br />

and when the house was built. We’ve also<br />

rented a plot at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Community<br />

Garden where we will grow some produce<br />

to donate to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Food Pantry.”<br />

The garden club is always looking for<br />

active gardeners to help it grow.<br />

For meeting and activity information<br />

contact groveportgardenclub@gmail.com or<br />

find them on Facebook.<br />

Full rottle ursdays<br />

Obetz’s Full Throttle Thursdays return<br />

to Fortress Obetz, 2015 Recreation Trail,<br />

from 6-9 p.m. from May 2 to Aug. 22, every<br />

Thursday (weather allowing). The event<br />

features live musical performances, local<br />

food trucks, vendors, and weekly giveaways.<br />

Four bars are strategically placed<br />

throughout the venue. It also showcases<br />

cars, trucks, jeeps, exotics, and motorcycles.<br />

Admission is free.<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.


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

Warmer weather is here so that means<br />

it’s time for street repairs.<br />

This year the city of <strong>Groveport</strong> has budgeted<br />

$600,000 for street maintenance.<br />

“This year’s street maintenance program<br />

will consist of doing portions/sections<br />

of multiple streets,” said <strong>Groveport</strong> City<br />

Administrator B. J. King. “The sections of<br />

these roads have been chosen due to deteriorated<br />

pavement conditions.”<br />

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

Steve Farst, the city awarded a contract to<br />

Strawser Paving Co., of Columbus, to do<br />

street work.<br />

“The project scope includes resurfacing<br />

and spot curb repair on segments of the following<br />

streets: Felicity Court, Scout Court,<br />

Bixford Avenue, Peach Canyon Drive,<br />

Landmark Road, Tallman Street at the<br />

Greenhill Drive intersection, Golden Grove<br />

Court, Arbor Grove Court, Saw Grove<br />

Court, Maple Street from Walnut Street to<br />

Private Alley with stormwater improvements,<br />

Private Alley north of Blacklick<br />

Street, and the Cherry Street ‘eyebrow’<br />

where Cherry Street meets Wesport<br />

Drive,” said Farst. “It is expected field<br />

work will begin in mid to late May, weather<br />

permitting.”<br />

“The sections of these roads have been<br />

chosen due to deteriorated pavement conditions,”<br />

said King.<br />

On a side note, <strong>Groveport</strong> Public<br />

Services Director Brian Strayer reported<br />

that city street crews have used 2,400<br />

pounds of asphalt to patch potholes on city<br />

roads so far this year.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Police news<br />

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

March:<br />

•A man entered Eastland Career<br />

Center during the evening adult class session,<br />

went into the nurse’s station and fell<br />

asleep over night where school staff found<br />

him the next morning. It is believed he<br />

man was homeless and he refused school<br />

staff’s request for him to leave. Officers<br />

were called and the man was arrested.<br />

•Officers encountered a stolen vehicle<br />

where the driver had fled from the Obetz<br />

Police. After officers stopped the vehicle,<br />

one suspect fled from the scene while<br />

another was arrested for outstanding warrants.<br />

The fleeing suspect was found and<br />

was possibly overdosing on fentanyl and<br />

transported to the hospital. Felony warrants<br />

were filed for his arrest.<br />

•Detectives responded to reports that a<br />

13-year-old female had been sexually<br />

assaulted. The suspect was identified as a<br />

32-year-old <strong>Groveport</strong> man and he was<br />

charged with four counts of rape and five<br />

counts of sexual imposition.<br />

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

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Levy Estimator estimates<br />

impact of property taxes<br />

Franklin County Auditor Michael<br />

Stinziano reminds homeowners that the<br />

updated Levy Estimator is available to<br />

help them understand how proposed levies<br />

would affect their property taxes.<br />

Visit the Levy Estimator online at audrapps.franklincountyohio.gov/LevyEstimat<br />

or. After selecting your home’s location or<br />

entering a parcel number, the estimator<br />

will show both your current and estimated<br />

taxes.<br />

Special Olympics<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Special Olympics chapter<br />

provides year round sports training<br />

and competition in a variety of Olympic<br />

type sports for intellectually disabled individuals.<br />

Contact Penny and Cassandra<br />

Hilty<br />

at<br />

groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at<br />

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

may be sent to <strong>Groveport</strong> Special<br />

Olympics, P.O. Box 296, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH<br />

43125.<br />

Obituary<br />

<strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2024</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

Student exchange program<br />

Open your heart and home - host an<br />

exchange student. Many students from<br />

around the world will be coming to live and<br />

study in the United States throughout the<br />

upcoming school year with Aspect<br />

Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated<br />

to excellence in youth exchange.<br />

Aspect Foundation students hail from<br />

nearly 50 different countries but all share<br />

the same dream — to experience the<br />

American way of life. Exchange students<br />

are aged 15 to 18, speak English, and have<br />

their own spending money and insurance.<br />

Volunteer host families will provide room,<br />

board, and a loving home environment for<br />

a semester or academic year. In return,<br />

host families and exchange students learn<br />

about another culture firsthand, and gain<br />

a second family for life.<br />

Host families can be married or single,<br />

with or without children, newly retired or<br />

just starting out.<br />

For information contact Cassandra<br />

Lewis at clewis1@columbus.k12.oh.us, or<br />

call 1-800-US-YOUTH or visit<br />

www.aspectfoundation.org.<br />

In loving memory of Robert Walter Lindemuth, aged 87, of<br />

Gig Harbor, Washington. Robert, a devoted husband to the late Carolyn<br />

Lindemuth, is survived by his cherished daughter Stacey O'Berry, and<br />

beloved sisters Janet Dowler, and Joy Morgan. Additionally, he is remembered<br />

by his most adored granddaughter, and step-grandsons. Robert<br />

was also preceded in death by his son David.<br />

A man of science, Robert earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at<br />

Capital University. After completing ROTC at Capital University, he entered<br />

the Air Force as a 2 nd lieutenant. Later, Robert applied and was assigned as a student<br />

to the AF Institute of Technology, where he earned his Master's degree in Astronautics.<br />

Robert's impactful journey included serving in the US Air Force, where he spent one year<br />

in SE Asia and dedicated many years, contributing significantly, to the Apollo program.<br />

Working on the Apollo program at NASA, Robert was the Lunar Module Crew<br />

Station Engineer for Apollo 10. And for Apollo 13, Robert was the Lunar Module Timeline<br />

Book Manager. Much of Robert's memorabilia from his time on the Apollo missions was<br />

gifted to the Motts Military Museum in <strong>Groveport</strong>, Ohio, where it is on display. This includes<br />

two, one dollar bills that have been to outerspace and signed by the mission astronauts.<br />

After a 20-year career with US Air Force, Robert spent his remaining work life at TRW in Redondo<br />

Beach, California. There he continued his work in aerospace in furtherance of space<br />

exploration. Upon his retirement from TRW, he began his own company providing training<br />

of speech recognition software to those with disabilities.<br />

Beyond his professional achievements, Robert found joy in supporting organizations that<br />

provide assistance to issues dear to his heart, including environmental preservation, animal<br />

rescue, and most especially veterans of the US Military.<br />

Robert graduated Valedictorian from <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School in 1954. He was also<br />

inducted into the GMHS Hall of Fame in 2016, nominated by his classmates.<br />

Robert's legacy is eternally woven into the fabric of his family, friends, and the community<br />

he cherished. He will be profoundly missed, his memory living on in the hearts of all who<br />

were touched by his warmth, wisdom, and kindness.<br />

Robert's final resting place will forever more be with his beloved wife Carolyn at Arlington<br />

Nation Cemetery.<br />

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Columbus Library<br />

CEO retires<br />

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)<br />

CEO Patrick Losinski has announced his<br />

retirement after 22 years in the role.<br />

Since 2002, Losinski has led the 23-location<br />

library system to:<br />

•Adopt three strategic focuses: Young<br />

Minds, My Library and Life Skills<br />

•Implement system-wide School Help<br />

Centers to provide after-school support for<br />

K-12 students<br />

•Earn Library Journal’s “Library of the<br />

Year” honors in 2010 and the Institute of<br />

Museum & Library Services’ (IMLS)<br />

National Medal in 2011<br />

•Renovate or rebuild 18 of CML’s locations,<br />

including its Main Library<br />

•Eliminate overdue fines for borrowed<br />

materials<br />

•Welcome nearly 4,000 library professionals<br />

from 135 countries to Columbus for<br />

the International Federation of Library<br />

Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA)<br />

annual World Library and Information<br />

Congress in 2016<br />

•Adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic by<br />

providing testing kits, partnering with<br />

Battelle for scientific study of the disease<br />

on print materials and more<br />

•Speak out against efforts to censor or<br />

remove public library materials<br />

•Serve as co-chair of the Franklin<br />

County Digital Equity Coalition to address<br />

the growing digital divide that sees one-infive<br />

households lacking access to broadband<br />

internet<br />

•Champion diversity, equity and inclusion<br />

— both in CML’s hiring practices and<br />

in its programs and partnerships<br />

Prior to joining CML, Losinski served as<br />

executive director of Pikes Peak Library<br />

District in Colorado Springs. He has<br />

worked for public library systems in<br />

Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado and Ohio and<br />

served on the state library boards in<br />

Illinois and Colorado.<br />

He served as chair of the Urban<br />

Libraries Council and on the Governing<br />

Board of IFLA, headquartered in the<br />

Hague, Netherlands.<br />

Columbus CEO magazine named him<br />

2015 CEO of the Year in the large non-profit<br />

category.<br />

He was also awarded the 2017 Regional<br />

Leadership Award by the Mid-Ohio<br />

Regional Planning Commission and in<br />

2018 received Columbus Business First’s<br />

C-Suite Awards for Most Admired<br />

Executive and Lifetime Achievement.<br />

“Pat’s leadership has not only ensured<br />

that Columbus Metropolitan Library is<br />

ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow,<br />

but he’s helped to redefine what a public<br />

library can — and should — be in service of<br />

its community,” says Tom Katzenmeyer,<br />

president of the CML board of trustees.<br />

“We are immensely grateful to Pat for his<br />

remarkable service to the organization, the<br />

23 communities it serves and to the profession.”<br />

CML’s seven-member board will be<br />

responsible for hiring a new CEO, a process<br />

expected to take several months. Losinski,<br />

who will not be involved in this process,<br />

will remain in his role until a new CEO is<br />

hired.<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located at<br />

150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. Call (614)<br />

837-4765 or visit www.wagnalls.org.<br />

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The Southeast Branch of the Columbus<br />

Metropolitan Library is at 3980 S.<br />

Hamilton Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>. Visit<br />

www.columbuslibrary.org or call 614-645-<br />

2275.<br />

<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.<br />

The films are: “<strong>Groveport</strong>: A Town and<br />

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

and Cruiser.”<br />

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

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

photographs, artifacts, and documents<br />

about <strong>Groveport</strong>’s history. The<br />

museum is located in <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall,<br />

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

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Safe Exchange Zone<br />

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

Clyde Moore Drive, in <strong>Groveport</strong>. has created<br />

an area in its parking lot to give residents<br />

and visitors a safe location to conduct<br />

child custody exchanges, property<br />

exchanges, or a safe area to meet someone<br />

that you may not be familiar with and/or<br />

feel unsafe around in private.<br />

The “Safe Exchange Zone” gives individuals<br />

an area where they are being recorded<br />

with video surveillance cameras located on<br />

the police department building, just in case<br />

something should happen during the<br />

exchange period between individuals. This<br />

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

part of the building that has multiple<br />

security cameras monitoring the parking<br />

lot 24 hours a day.<br />

There is also a Call Box located by the<br />

front entrance doors. This call box will dial<br />

a designated phone number inside the<br />

police department when the button on the<br />

box is pushed and, if an officer is not at the<br />

police department during this initial call,<br />

the call box will immediately send the call<br />

to Franklin County Sheriff’s Department<br />

to notify the police dispatchers of the need<br />

for a <strong>Groveport</strong> Police officer at the police<br />

department.<br />

Residents and visitors in the city of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> should feel free to contact the<br />

police department when the need arises,<br />

the non-emergency contact phone number<br />

(614) 525-3333.<br />

Photo courtesy of the<br />

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

Museum<br />

Building<br />

a church<br />

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove<br />

<strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2024</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 9<br />

This photo shows<br />

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

Methodist Church,<br />

located at Main and<br />

College streets,<br />

under construction<br />

in 1908. The church’s<br />

signature arched<br />

windows are shown<br />

being put in place as<br />

the building rises.<br />

The church is made<br />

of cranberry red<br />

bricks that were produced<br />

at the former<br />

brick yard that once<br />

operated on the<br />

south end of<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>. It is the<br />

third church to be<br />

built on this site. The<br />

first was in 1836,<br />

which was replaced by another in 1851. That second church stood until the current church, completed in 1908, was built.<br />

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Have you ever written a mean letter to<br />

someone? I definitely have.<br />

Over the course of my lifetime, I have<br />

written hundreds — possibly thousands — of<br />

letters to those who have disappointed me.<br />

They have been addressed to a wide variety<br />

of individuals and they include my<br />

mother, my father, my sister, myself, my<br />

friends, my boyfriends, my ex-boyfriends,<br />

my teachers, my bosses, politicians, the<br />

executives behind the decision to discontinue<br />

my favorite facial moisturizer, and<br />

other random people who have met me on<br />

a bad day, or vice versa.<br />

It is not lost on me that the sheer volume<br />

of letters produced may come across<br />

as slightly psychotic, but please know that<br />

none of them were actually sent. In fact,<br />

the vast majority of the letters were composed<br />

within my head and this exercise primarily<br />

serves as a way for me to blow off<br />

steam in order to spare the feelings of others.<br />

Not that some on the aforementioned<br />

list did not deserve a strong tongue lashing.<br />

The reason why I am sharing a favored<br />

coping mechanism with you all is because I<br />

am reviewing a movie for this column that<br />

revolves around mean letters. But in the<br />

case of the aptly titled “Wicked Little<br />

Letters,” the slighted party mailed out<br />

those missives, causing a huge firestorm in<br />

the process. (Note: This is why we sometimes<br />

keep things to ourselves.)<br />

The black comedy is based on a true story<br />

of a scandal that rocked the town of<br />

Littlehampton, England in the early 1920s. It<br />

is a tale that is so bizarre that it seems completely<br />

made up — but it isn’t. What director<br />

Thea Sharrock and writer Jonny Sweet do<br />

well is adapt the events in a way that maintains<br />

all of its raucous and filthy humor while<br />

also highlighting the internal and external<br />

biases that make the individuals of this time<br />

period behave the way they do.<br />

At the center of this twisted and true<br />

tale are two women, Edith Swan (Olivia<br />

Colman) and Rose Gooding (Jessie<br />

Buckley). Edith has been a resident of this<br />

sleepy seaside town her entire life, never<br />

marrying and still living under the thumb<br />

of her domineering father Edward<br />

(Timothy Spall) and her kind but passive<br />

mother Victoria (Gemma Jones). Raised in<br />

a devoutly religious household, Edith has a<br />

buttoned-up personality and only lives to<br />

serve the Lord and her jerk of a dad.<br />

One day, a boisterous woman named<br />

Rose moves in next door to the Swan family.<br />

A migrant from Ireland, she is “what people<br />

feared women would become after the war<br />

ended.” Despite the fact that she drinks like<br />

a fish, swears like a sailor, and seldom<br />

cleans the shared outhouse, Rose is a wonderful<br />

mother to her young daughter Nancy<br />

(Alisha Weir) and a great friend to Edith —<br />

possibly her first true friend in the world.<br />

But something happens to cause a deep<br />

rift in the friendship and shortly thereafter<br />

obscene letters start<br />

showing up on<br />

Edith’s doorstep.<br />

Naturally, the Swan<br />

family believes that<br />

Rose is the author of<br />

the filthy and anonymous<br />

missives and<br />

they implore the<br />

police to arrest her for<br />

the sake of “all that is<br />

decent in the world.”<br />

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“Wicked Little Letters” is a<br />

throwback to British comedy<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

When presented<br />

with the working theory that she is behind<br />

the vulgar letters — they read as if William<br />

Shakespeare and George Carlin teamed up<br />

to create a book of insults — Rose cannot<br />

help but wonder if this is a joke being<br />

played on her. “Why would I send letters<br />

when I’ll just say it to your face?” she asks.<br />

But because the police cannot stand<br />

Rose and the “suffragette” attitude they<br />

feel is poisoning their post-war nation,<br />

they arrest her and charge her with the<br />

crime of sending obscene letters. The only<br />

law enforcement official who is sure of her<br />

innocence is “woman police officer” Gladys<br />

Moss (Anjana Vasan). Knowing that Rose<br />

is quite poor and cannot afford to send so<br />

many letters, she tries to talk some sense<br />

into her male coworkers and superiors.<br />

However, they view her as “only a woman”<br />

and dismiss her theories. Although<br />

stymied by the antiquated views on her<br />

gender, Gladys sets out to prove Rose’s<br />

innocence and find the true perpetrator<br />

behind the wicked little letters.<br />

In the lead up to its release date last<br />

week, “Wicked Little Letters” has tried to<br />

bill itself as a mystery but it really is more<br />

like a throwback British comedy. The real<br />

culprit behind the 1920s troll campaign is<br />

obvious from the get-go but that does not<br />

detract from the overall delight of this<br />

movie. Even though the direction and the<br />

writer is quite deft, the movie truly succeeds<br />

thanks to the skills of its stellar<br />

ensemble cast, all of whom take great<br />

delight in the verbal sparring, the<br />

sleuthing, and the tidal wave of obscenities<br />

that are unleashed in this film.<br />

Because of the vulgarities that run rampant<br />

throughout its 95 minute run time,<br />

“Wicked Little Letters” will likely not be<br />

for those who find that kind of humor<br />

unappealing. But if you can get your ears<br />

to hear past all that lewd noise, you will be<br />

witnessing a really delightful movie about<br />

making and losing friends, and about<br />

women straining under the pressure of a<br />

society that is designed to keep them quietly<br />

at home, with nary a bad word floating<br />

around in their heads.<br />

Grade: B+<br />

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

and columnist.


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<strong>April</strong> 21, <strong>2024</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 11<br />

Remembering “the big diamond” in <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

For as long as I can remember people<br />

always referred to it as “the big diamond.”<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

Today it is known<br />

as “Diamond A” and it<br />

is the largest and oldest<br />

of the three baseball<br />

fields on the<br />

grounds of <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Elementary School -<br />

the other two being<br />

the smaller diamonds<br />

“B” and “C,” which<br />

were built nearby in<br />

the early 1960s on a<br />

former football field.<br />

Evidence suggests<br />

“the big diamond” has<br />

been a fixture in some<br />

fashion on the school grounds since 1923<br />

when <strong>Groveport</strong> School was built on Main<br />

Street, making the big diamond about 100<br />

years old.<br />

Like most old ball fields, the big diamond<br />

has its history and quirks, which is<br />

why such ball fields are thought of fondly.<br />

The “home run” fence that is now in<br />

place on the field was only installed in<br />

recent years, so for most of the field’s history<br />

the outfield was a huge expanse of soft<br />

green grass extending out from the hard<br />

and fast brown dirt skin of the infield.<br />

“The ground in right field sloped to the<br />

far farm fence,” said Shawn Cleary, a former<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Cruiser baseball<br />

player and coach himself. “If the ball got<br />

past the right fielder, it would roll and roll.<br />

It was the most unfair extra base hit someone<br />

could get.”<br />

In left field, if the ball got by the left<br />

fielder it would also roll and roll away on<br />

the old nearby asphalt tennis/basketball<br />

court (now a parking lot).<br />

Cleary recalled that former mid-1960s<br />

Cruiser varsity baseball stars Jim McKee<br />

and Jack Manley hit baseballs clear to the<br />

football field and tennis courts. McKee<br />

went on to play Major League baseball for<br />

the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleary said<br />

Manley was also a fantastic and underrated<br />

ball player.<br />

“A lot of great athletes played on that<br />

field,” said Cleary.<br />

According to Cleary, the big diamond at<br />

one time also had three pitcher’s mounds.<br />

“There was one at 60 feet 6 inches’ for<br />

the big boys, one at about 46 feet for Pony<br />

League, and one about 40 feet for Little<br />

League,” said Cleary. “The bases were also<br />

spaced for the various age groups at 60, 75,<br />

and 90 feet.”<br />

In 1954, two Little League teams formed<br />

in <strong>Groveport</strong> - the Colts and the Hornets -<br />

and they played on the big diamond as the<br />

two nearby smaller baseball fields were not<br />

yet built.<br />

A former Cruiser varsity baseball player<br />

who played there in the 1960s (and who<br />

wishes to remain anonymous) said that if<br />

you played high school baseball at that<br />

time, you would have played Little League.<br />

Coaches involved over the years included<br />

Pint Hamler, Ralph Reed, Dick Laut, Orin<br />

Babbit, Bob Knode, Huck Cleary, George<br />

Thompson, and many more in later years.<br />

“Dads saw a need in the community and<br />

filled it,” said the former player of the<br />

Little League coaches.<br />

Some fond memories the former varsity<br />

player said he has are hitting a home run<br />

over the football fence and one on the tennis<br />

court. He said when not playing high<br />

school baseball, summer baseball was<br />

played on the big diamond.<br />

According to Cleary, home plate on the<br />

big diamond also used to be quite close to<br />

the backstop (it has since been moved forward<br />

a bit).<br />

“The umpire was not positioned far from<br />

the backstop,” said Cleary. “The backstop<br />

had an old, heavy, brown canvas against it<br />

and if a ball got past the catcher and hit the<br />

brown canvas it could carom off in any<br />

direction.”<br />

As a kid I remember watching Cruiser<br />

varsity baseball games there from behind<br />

home plate at the backstop and having an<br />

umpire tell us kids not to hold on to the<br />

chain link of the backstop or our fingers<br />

could get smashed by an errant baseball.<br />

Foul ball territory is also tight at the big<br />

diamond.<br />

“The playground is near the left field<br />

foul line and if you were trying to catch a<br />

foul ball you would find yourself wrapped<br />

around some swings before you knew it,”<br />

said Cleary. “Near the right field foul line<br />

was the old cinder running track that used<br />

to have wooden boards along its edges that<br />

fielders could trip over.”<br />

In addition there were light poles near<br />

the left and right field foul lines that players<br />

had to avoid when chasing baseballs.<br />

The poles were not padded.<br />

“The fans were close to the field, too, so<br />

you had to watch out for them,” said<br />

Cleary.<br />

The light poles that once graced the big<br />

diamond were the lights that originally<br />

illuminated the former football field located<br />

inside the track (where diamonds “B”<br />

and “C” are now). When that football field<br />

was replaced with the field that is currently<br />

behind Middle School Central, some of<br />

the lights were simply turned around on<br />

their poles to face the big diamond and<br />

some were moved into left and center<br />

fields.<br />

“There used to be a Tuesday and<br />

Thursday night softball league that played<br />

on the field in the 1960s,” said Cleary.<br />

“They used the lights and sometimes people<br />

would pass by there later in the evening<br />

and notice that the lights would still be on<br />

because someone forgot to turn them off<br />

when they left. Those lights weren’t precisely<br />

focused or all that bright, but they<br />

did the job.”<br />

The field’s lights were removed in the<br />

early 2000s.<br />

The big diamond was used for varsity<br />

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

The big baseball diamond at <strong>Groveport</strong> School on Main Street has been there in some<br />

form since 1923.<br />

A <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Cruiser varsity baseball jersey from the 1960s worn by players<br />

who played on the big baseball diamond at <strong>Groveport</strong> School.<br />

baseball until the high school was moved to<br />

South Hamilton Road. However, the big<br />

diamond and diamonds “B” and “C” are<br />

still in use today for baseball and softball.<br />

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

coach Chris Downing and some volunteers<br />

upgraded the fields over the past few years.<br />

Fans watching games there today, as<br />

well as the players on the field, can get a<br />

sense of history as they look about at the<br />

surroundings and see <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall<br />

off in the distance and <strong>Groveport</strong> School<br />

nearby. The fields themselves have their<br />

own history of exciting games and athletes<br />

making great plays as well as the lessons<br />

wins and losses teach. Here’s hoping the<br />

fields are home to great ball games for<br />

many years to come.<br />

There are places in our lives we remember<br />

that always resonate within us. They<br />

could be a theater stage, a meadow, a bend<br />

in a creek, a special shady tree, an old<br />

school, a candlelit church, a front porch, or<br />

a ball field. Though some of these places<br />

disappear over time, some do remain, but<br />

they all live in our memories.<br />

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

<strong>Messenger</strong>.


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The amazing flying squirrels of Ohio<br />

By Ayden Van Fossen<br />

Naturalist at Highbanks Metro Park<br />

When you think of squirrels in Ohio,<br />

likely the first images to pop into your head<br />

are that of gray squirrels running through<br />

your yard, fox squirrels jumping through<br />

an open understory, or even maybe the<br />

loud chatter of red squirrels within a<br />

conifer stand.<br />

These three species — the so-called tree<br />

squirrels — make up only three of the seven<br />

species of squirrel in Ohio. Our squirrels<br />

are spread out across six genera and<br />

include lesser-known species of squirrels,<br />

like the southern flying squirrel and thirteen-lined<br />

ground squirrels. Additionally,<br />

we are home to two species that one may<br />

not realize are squirrels - eastern chipmunks<br />

and groundhogs.<br />

Ohio squirrels are unique, remarkable<br />

animals that are often easy to overlook due<br />

to their relative abundance, but in actuality,<br />

they demonstrate phenomenal examples<br />

of adaptation to thrive in their environment.<br />

Groundhogs are the only true<br />

hibernators in the state, thirteen-lined<br />

ground squirrels are very streamlined –<br />

perfect for dashing through open fields and<br />

into tunnels – and flying squirrels have<br />

the ability to take to the air and glide from<br />

tree to tree.<br />

Flying squirrels are arguably the most<br />

fascinating and uniquely adapted of all<br />

their other squirrely cousins, with their<br />

characteristic skin membranes serving as a<br />

parachute of sorts. Known as the patagium,<br />

this flap of skin connects at the wrist<br />

and ankle allowing them to efficiently<br />

move through the air. Consequently, this<br />

makes them a little more awkward on the<br />

ground. Of course, the common name of<br />

these animals is a bit of a misnomer seeing<br />

as they are not capable of true self-powered<br />

flight. Bats are the only mammals which<br />

are truly able to fly. Flying squirrels are<br />

gliders, relying on gravity, wind and their<br />

patagia to keep them moving in the air.<br />

Southern flying squirrels are probably<br />

the most populous species of squirrel in<br />

Ohio. This often takes people by surprise,<br />

as I have had plenty of encounters with visitors<br />

responding with “Wow I had no clue<br />

we had flying squirrels!” or “Why have I<br />

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has officially<br />

declared <strong>2024</strong> as the Year of Ohio<br />

State Parks. This declaration marks the<br />

75th anniversary of Ohio State Parks and<br />

underscores the state’s commitment to preserving<br />

its natural wonders and expanding<br />

outdoor adventures.<br />

“Ohio’s state parks, where admission is<br />

always free, give visitors an opportunity to<br />

gain a deeper appreciation of Ohio’s natural<br />

heritage,” said DeWine. “The Year of<br />

Ohio State Parks is the perfect time to visit<br />

one or more of Ohio’s 75 state parks, experience<br />

our state’s natural beauty, and<br />

never seen one?” The answer to the latter is<br />

simple, our flying squirrels are almost<br />

strictly nocturnal. They are built for this<br />

lifestyle in the dark, with their big, dark,<br />

buggy eyes aiding them in navigating the<br />

forest after nightfall.<br />

These squirrels are certainly maneuverable<br />

in the air. With the aid of their patagium<br />

and flattened feather-like tail, which<br />

acts as a rudder, these squirrels can make<br />

quick turns while airborne. The featherlike<br />

tail also aids in landing. When the<br />

squirrel is nearing a landing pad, it will<br />

raise that flattened tail, which in turn<br />

forces the back half of the squirrel down to<br />

land feet first.<br />

An additional way that the southern flying<br />

squirrel stands out from our other<br />

squirrel species in the state is its diet.<br />

Flying squirrels are often called the most<br />

carnivorous of our squirrels, and for good<br />

reason. They will readily take insects,<br />

birds, nestlings, eggs, carrion, and even<br />

occasionally other small rodents. However,<br />

they will still consume food that is commonly<br />

associated with squirrels, such as<br />

nuts, berries, fruits, and seeds, and may<br />

also take them from your bird feeder. It is<br />

not uncommon to find these squirrels feasting<br />

on the seeds in your feeder well into the<br />

night. Flying squirrels appear to especially<br />

have an affinity for hickory nuts, and will<br />

also cache nuts in the fall. These caches are<br />

done by scatter hoarding, which is when<br />

caches are spread out across the landscape<br />

rather than being concentrated in one<br />

place.<br />

Spotting flying squirrels can be tricky<br />

because of their nocturnal nature. The<br />

aforementioned bird feeder technique can<br />

be effective, but they do also vocalize.<br />

Vocalizations are high-pitched buzzes and<br />

chirps, and almost sound like a slightly<br />

lower-pitched golden-crowned kinglet call<br />

(if kinglets called at night) with a mix of<br />

red squirrel chatter. Indirect signs of squirrels<br />

can be found in various forms, such as<br />

caches, but also scat, which are small,<br />

brown, oval shaped pellets. Flying squirrels<br />

also chew nuts in a unique way, making<br />

them easy to identify as squirrel signs.<br />

They are much neater than their squirrely<br />

cousins when chewing, and this results in<br />

Photos courtesy of Metro Parks<br />

A flying squirrel glides towards a park feeder. This photo was captured by Tim Daniel.<br />

A flying squirrel at a park feeder. This photo was taken by Ayden Van Fossen.<br />

the nut having a very circular bevel-like<br />

cut where they extracted the “meat.”<br />

Furthermore, look for a notch at the anterior<br />

end of the nut that the squirrel would<br />

<strong>2024</strong> is the Year of Ohio State Parks<br />

actively participate in the preservation of<br />

these treasured lands.”<br />

Ohio’s state parks and waterways are<br />

renowned for their breathtaking landscapes<br />

and diverse recreational opportunities.<br />

The Ohio Department of Natural<br />

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Watercraft plays a pivotal role in safeguarding<br />

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benefits of spending quality time in nature.<br />

“We are excited to celebrate what we<br />

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and cultural history. The Year of Ohio<br />

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emphasizing the outstanding opportunities<br />

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have used to carry the nut, perhaps to a<br />

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state’s remarkable ecosystem.<br />

Ohio started designating properties as<br />

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created the Ohio Department of<br />

Natural Resources. ODNR is also celebrating<br />

a department-wide 75th anniversary<br />

throughout <strong>2024</strong> by highlighting the<br />

achievements of all 12 divisions, including<br />

the Division of Parks and Watercraft.<br />

For more information and to stay updated<br />

on the 75th anniversary celebration<br />

events and activities as well as all the programming<br />

the state parks have to offer,<br />

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