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City shares tax revenue<br />

with <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Royal Princess Party<br />

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

Princess Rapunzel is shown here smiling and talking with a group of young<br />

princesses at the Royal Princess Party held at <strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall on April 20.<br />

There were 52 princesses in attendance plus their adult chaperones. Rapunzel<br />

conducted princess training where the young princesses learned to say please,<br />

thank you, and you’re welcome (just like princesses do). Each girl was crowned a<br />

princess by Rapunzel and together they sang a song. Other activities included:<br />

nail painting, face painting, ice cream sundaes, snacks, and three crafts - a wand<br />

to decorate, making Rapunzel’s tower, and a Pascal craft (a chameleon character<br />

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By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

City of <strong>Groveport</strong> officials recently presented<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools with an<br />

income tax revenue sharing check for $1.1<br />

million.<br />

“We started this partnership between<br />

the <strong>Groveport</strong> community and <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools many years ago,”<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> <strong>May</strong>or Lance Westcamp stated<br />

previously. “It’s a great partnership and it<br />

helps the schools. Our community is a<br />

great place to live and our schools help us<br />

to succeed.”<br />

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

Director Jason Carr, city has shared $24.2<br />

million in income tax revenue with the<br />

school district since the program began in<br />

1999.<br />

Carr said the money is generated from<br />

income tax withholdings for companies<br />

that may operate within the city’s<br />

Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) #1-<br />

5 and have active real estate tax abatements.<br />

He said the city issues income tax revenue<br />

sharing checks to <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Schools once per year.<br />

Per the Ohio Department of<br />

Development, a CRA is “an economic development<br />

tool administered by municipal<br />

and county government that provides real<br />

property tax exemptions for property owners<br />

who renovate existing or construct new<br />

buildings. Community Reinvestment<br />

Areas are areas of land in which property<br />

owners can receive tax incentives for<br />

investing in real property improvements.”<br />

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

Transit buses purchase<br />

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

Administrator B.J. King to enter into<br />

agreements to purchase three transit<br />

buses for the city’s transportation department<br />

for an estimated total cost of<br />

$240,000 to $250,000.<br />

Currently, the city has two, 2016 model<br />

transit buses with mileage between<br />

130,000 to 140,000 miles. A third existing<br />

transit bus is a 2019 model with about<br />

60,000 miles on it.<br />

“They are getting older and have had a<br />

lot of use,” said King of the transit buses.<br />

said the revenue sharing agreement is a<br />

necessary partnership to keep <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

competitive in the economic development<br />

arena.<br />

“Any developer of large scale projects<br />

will request a tax abatement,” said King.<br />

“Without being able to provide an abatement,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> would be at a severe disadvantage.<br />

In order to grant a tax abatement,<br />

the city and the school district must<br />

approve. Additionally, the sharing agreement<br />

assures that the district continues to<br />

receive money, via income tax sharing,<br />

during the abatement period. Once the<br />

abatement expires, the school begins to collect<br />

100 percent of the property tax that<br />

they are due. Essentially, to secure economic<br />

development projects, the city and<br />

schools must be in agreement of the need<br />

for an abatement to remain competitive.”<br />

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

Communications Director Ty Debevoise<br />

said the money from the income tax revenue<br />

sharing check from the city will go<br />

directly into <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools’<br />

general fund.<br />

“The money we received through the<br />

income tax revenue sharing allows those<br />

funds to go into our district’s general fund<br />

for a more short-term or immediate<br />

access,” said Debevoise. “This is made possible<br />

from the newly created jobs by way of<br />

a city’s tax abatement. As per a typical tax<br />

abatement, a school district will forgo the<br />

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Shelterhouse project moves ahead<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Planning is progressing on the<br />

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

Madison High School’s construction<br />

trades program’s collaboration to<br />

build a shelterhouse in Cruiser Park.<br />

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

Official Mike Poirier, will be 16x20<br />

feet in size and be located just west<br />

of the Cruiser Park (4677 Bixby<br />

Road) parking lot. The shelterhouse<br />

will be a wooden structure on a concrete<br />

pad.<br />

“We’re waiting for the school district’s<br />

formal application for the project<br />

for more details,” said Poirier,<br />

who said building, zoning, and floodplain<br />

must process first and be<br />

approved before construction can<br />

commence.<br />

He added the permits are good for<br />

six months.<br />

The city will fund the materials<br />

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

Madison High School’s construction<br />

trades program will do the design and<br />

construction work.<br />

“We’re waiting a cost proposal<br />

from the school district for materials,” said <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

City Administrator B.J. King.<br />

A private company could donate the concrete for the<br />

project.<br />

According to <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Schools Director of<br />

Business Operations Dave Hausmann work on the<br />

shelterhouse is tentatively expected to begin in August<br />

or September. The completion date is to be determined.<br />

“It’s a great opportunity for the students to learn<br />

about plans, permitting, construction and inspections,”<br />

said Hausmann.<br />

“This is a volunteer effort by the students,” added<br />

King. “It is a learning experience for them and a source<br />

of pride for them in the community. They are learning<br />

valuable skills in construction and learning about the<br />

permit process, which will help them in their future<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

Developers have reintroduced plans to build a<br />

212,000 square foot freezer/cold storage facility on 18.6<br />

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

Saltzgaber Road.<br />

The request had been withdrawn earlier this year<br />

by the applicant so some details could be worked out.<br />

The proposed development also includes a 1.86<br />

acre outparcel that could be marketed for other future<br />

use to be determined.<br />

“Clous Road Partners and Sansone Group are committed<br />

to a successful project in <strong>Groveport</strong>,” wrote<br />

Clous Road Partners Director Max Davis in an April<br />

10 letter to the city of <strong>Groveport</strong>.<br />

The letter states the developers expect to invest $50<br />

million to construct the freezer and cold storage warehouse<br />

and estimate that this development could support<br />

“as many 100 employees with an annual payroll of<br />

approximately $5.6 million.”<br />

When the proposal was first brought forth last year,<br />

representatives said the facility could handle items<br />

Photo courtesy of<br />

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

A student in <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

High School’s construction<br />

trades program at work on a project.<br />

occupations. This project will teach<br />

them about all the processes<br />

involved in projects like these.”<br />

When asked if the city and the<br />

high school construction trades program<br />

could work on more projects<br />

together in the future, King said,<br />

“The hope is, ‘yes.’ We can get together<br />

at the beginning of the school year<br />

and identify what can be built and<br />

talk it through.”<br />

Construction trades program<br />

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

School construction trades program,<br />

which began in 2018, prepares students<br />

for careers in designing, planning,<br />

managing, building, and maintaining<br />

commercial, industrial and<br />

residential structures and infrastructures.<br />

Students in the program<br />

may continue into registered apprenticeship<br />

or traditional post-secondary<br />

programs.<br />

The students in the construction<br />

trades program have built several<br />

structures, including: the new visitors’<br />

concession stand at Cruiser<br />

Stadium at <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

School; a concession stand for the<br />

high school Cruiser baseball field; “cubbies” created in<br />

the dugouts of the Cruiser softball program where<br />

players can store batting helmets, batting gloves and<br />

field gloves; a playhouse for Little Cruisers Preschool;<br />

a deck at the softball concession stand; Adirondack<br />

chairs; garden sheds; a project for the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Area Community Choir; 10x10 barn sheds;<br />

raised planters; birdhouses that were donated to the<br />

wildlife department; projects at the high school for<br />

classrooms; and personal projects students keep.<br />

According to construction trades program instructor<br />

Chad Gibbs, jobs in the construction fields are in<br />

demand. Companies offer paid apprenticeship programs<br />

and paid post education.<br />

He said companies pay high dollars for students<br />

skilled in the trades fields.<br />

Cold storage facility back on track<br />

such as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and nutritional<br />

products. It would use freon as its cooling agent.<br />

On April 22, <strong>Groveport</strong> City Council heard the first<br />

reading of an ordinance to rezone the location from<br />

rural to planned industrial park for the project.<br />

Council will consider this legislation further at upcoming<br />

meetings.<br />

The <strong>Groveport</strong> Road corridor west of State Route<br />

317 is currently a mix of warehouses, small businesses,<br />

churches, and residences.<br />

A couple of years ago, the city contracted with the<br />

IBI Group to create a <strong>Groveport</strong> Road Corridor Study<br />

to review west <strong>Groveport</strong> Road between <strong>Groveport</strong> and<br />

Obetz from State Route 317 to Bixby Road. The report<br />

noted that the western portion of the road located in<br />

Obetz is primarily residential while the eastern portion<br />

located in <strong>Groveport</strong> is mostly commercial/industrial.<br />

The study also stated the average daily traffic<br />

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Resident offers another<br />

idea for KidSpace<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

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

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

voted to approve the demolition of<br />

Crooked Alley KidSpace later this year to<br />

make room for more downtown parking,<br />

but at council’s April 22 meeting, a resident<br />

floated another idea.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> resident Diana Kurey proposed<br />

that city officials consider building a<br />

new, smaller community center on the<br />

KidSpace site after it is torn down.<br />

“The need for it is inescapable,” said<br />

Kurey. “KidSpace is used beyond just kids’<br />

programs. It is also used for adult programs,<br />

blood drives, and as a voting location.<br />

KidSpace is a multi-use building.”<br />

Kurey said moving the existing<br />

KidSpace programs to the second floor of<br />

the Rarey’s Port building above Delaney’s<br />

would not solve the parking issues in the<br />

downtown area. She said what the city<br />

thinks will alleviates parking congestion in<br />

the municipal parking lot along Wirt Road<br />

will just create a parking problem in the<br />

parking lot by Delaney’s and Ace<br />

Hardware.<br />

“People attending KidSpace programs<br />

in the space above Delaney’s will be there<br />

for long periods of time and that takes<br />

parking spaces away from paying customers<br />

at Delaney’s, Lissy Bee’s, and Ace<br />

Hardware,” said Kurey.<br />

Council members did not respond publicly<br />

at the meeting to Kurey’s idea.<br />

Background<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 />

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

Director Brian Strayer, the existing<br />

KidSpace building needs the following: a<br />

new roof, new electrical panel, upgraded<br />

HVAC, exterior brick tuck pointing,<br />

repairs to a “significant” crack on the east<br />

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

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

replacements, repairs to rusted window<br />

transoms, new gutters, interior and<br />

exterior painting, and elimination of 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. City<br />

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

downtown area businesses have expressed<br />

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

Currently the downtown public parking<br />

lots south of Main Street along Wirt Road<br />

are often full.<br />

“KidSpace is a multi-use building.”<br />

- Diana Kurey<br />

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

Another downtown public parking lot<br />

with about 99 spaces is located on the<br />

north side of Main Street near Ace<br />

Hardware and Delaney’s.<br />

On April 8, council approved two pieces<br />

of legislation to address the situation. One<br />

authorizes King to solicit bids and contract<br />

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

existing municipal parking lot situated<br />

along Wirt Road, Crooked Alley, and<br />

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<br />

municipal parking lot property,” said King,<br />

who added there will be curb cuts on the<br />

newly designed parking lot to access Wirt<br />

Road.<br />

The second ordinance authorizes King<br />

to contract with Leukco Construction for<br />

the buildout of the second floor of the<br />

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

(above Delaney’s Diner).<br />

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

location of KidSpace activities as well as<br />

conference room space,” said King, who<br />

added work on the buildout of the second<br />

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

begin in three months and take an estimated<br />

five months to complete.<br />

King said the KidSpace building will not<br />

close until after the Rarey’s Port building<br />

project is completed and ready for<br />

KidSpace activities.<br />

Construction of the new parking lot will<br />

not begin until the KidSpace building is<br />

demolished.<br />

KidSpace voting location<br />

Residents who normally cast their votes<br />

at the polling place in KidSpace have<br />

expressed concerns about where they will<br />

be able to vote on Election Day when<br />

KidSpace is demolished.<br />

King said city officials are talking with<br />

the Franklin County Board of Elections<br />

regarding the issue and that a new voting<br />

location will be found.<br />

“No one will be left without a place to<br />

vote,” said King. “Every eligible voter will<br />

be able to vote.”<br />

For voting information contact the<br />

Franklin County Board of Elections, 1700<br />

Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43229; phone:<br />

(614) 525-3100; and website: vote.franklincountyohio.gov<br />

Tea and music with<br />

the Columbus Symphony<br />

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

host “Tea Tasting with the Columbus<br />

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

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

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The Fairfield County Beekeepers<br />

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anniversary with a new meeting place and<br />

full Beginner Beekeeping classes.<br />

FCBA formed in 2019 to give beekeepers<br />

in or near Fairfield County a place to mingle<br />

with other beekeepers, learn about best<br />

management practices, provide outreach<br />

to the community about honey bees and<br />

the environment, and attract and train<br />

new beekeepers. When the club was told<br />

last November that it needed to find a new<br />

meeting place, the Central Ohio Coon<br />

Hunters Club, located on Coonpath Road,<br />

offered their club house as a meeting place<br />

and a big open field for FCBA’s apiary. The<br />

Coon Hunters Club does conservation projects<br />

and plan to create an insect-friendly<br />

field of wildflowers. They were hoping to<br />

attract some bees and other pollinators to<br />

their property.<br />

Each November, news about the FCBA<br />

Beginner Beekeeping Scholarship goes out<br />

to local schools, 4-H and agriculture<br />

groups and also to military veterans. The<br />

club offers scholarships covering a class,<br />

hives and bees, plus year-long mentoring<br />

for the scholarship recipients.<br />

Then in early spring, before the bees<br />

come out of their winter clusters, FCBA<br />

offers day-long educational trainings about<br />

how to begin beekeeping. The club helps<br />

newcomers get their woodenware hives and<br />

order bees. Once the warm spring weather<br />

comes, the club offers twice monthly training<br />

in their training bee yard (apiary) for<br />

the new beekeepers. Experienced mentors<br />

are also assigned to those “NewBees” that<br />

want them.<br />

The club meets monthly, providing an<br />

educational speaker at each meeting, a<br />

chance to win a bee related door prize (all<br />

donated) and time to hang out and talk<br />

bees with other beekeepers. FCBA member<br />

volunteers do many outreach activities,<br />

like presentations for adult or young people’s<br />

groups and provide a huge display of<br />

hands-on artifacts about bees, activities for<br />

kids and a live observation hive at many<br />

festivals and fairs around Fairfield County.<br />

The club had a honey bee booth at the<br />

Earth Day Fair in Rising Park in April and<br />

will do the same at Hocking County Ag<br />

Days at the Hoking County Fairgrounds,<br />

<strong>May</strong> 11 and 12. FCBA will have a live<br />

demonstration in the bee yard and a huge<br />

booth of hands-on artifacts for the Central<br />

Oho Coon Hunters Family Day in June.<br />

FCBA also sells raw, local honey from its<br />

members.<br />

FCBA meets every month except<br />

December on the third Tuesday , at 7 p.m.<br />

The training bee yard is scheduled to meet<br />

at the club apiary on the property, at 6<br />

p.m. on the Tuesday of the club meeting.<br />

There is typically another training yard<br />

demonstration on another Tuesday in the<br />

month, at 6p.m. Information about scheduled<br />

bee yard dates are announced on the<br />

group’s Facebook page.<br />

Visitors are welcome to attend a meeting<br />

to learn more. Information can also be<br />

found on the club website at fairfieldcountybeekeepers.org<br />

and on their Facebook<br />

page, www.facebook.com/groups/fairfieldcountybeekeepers.org.<br />

Yearly membership<br />

in the club is $15 for a single and $25 for a<br />

family One can join online at the Square<br />

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You don’t have to be a beekeeper to join<br />

— just love bees and want to learn about<br />

them.<br />

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

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

fourth Mondays of the month. Council<br />

holds its committee of the whole meeting<br />

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

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

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

School board meetings<br />

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

Education meets the second Wednesday of<br />

the month at 7 p.m. at the District Service<br />

Center, 4400 Marketing Place, Suite B,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>. The board may also schedule<br />

special meetings, as needed.<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 />

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

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Park filled on April 21 as community members supported the annual Legacy of Love 5K Run/Walk honoring the impactful<br />

life of Alexandria Goodwin. Her mother, Sara Sherman, hopes for the race promotes the same acts of kindness that Alexandria<br />

was known for. Goodwin passed away in 2016 — at the age of 20. Proceeds from the event promote random acts of kindness in<br />

a variety of ways and provide scholarships to local students who mirror Goodwin’s high standards of academic achievement,<br />

extracurricular activity, and service to others. Goodwin was 2014 graduate of <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School and a public relations<br />

major at Capital University.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 5<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> artist at Best<br />

of <strong>2024</strong> craftsmen’s show<br />

Three ceramic sculptures by <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

artist Juliellen Byrne are featured in the<br />

“Best of <strong>2024</strong>,” Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s<br />

41st annual juried members exhibition, on<br />

view <strong>May</strong> 5 to July 6 at the Ohio Craft<br />

Museum. Byrne’s work was awarded the<br />

Sue Cavanaugh Memorial Award for<br />

Excellence.<br />

The “Best of <strong>2024</strong>” showcases contemporary<br />

fine craft by 65 artists. Juror<br />

Jaqueline Nathan, gallery director at<br />

Bowling Green State University (1985 to<br />

2022), selected 78 works in clay, glass,<br />

metal, wood, fiber and mixed media from<br />

over 300 entries. Sixteen artists received<br />

awards of excellence.<br />

After closing at the museum on July 6,<br />

selections from the exhibition will travel to<br />

the Decorative Art Center of Ohio in<br />

Lancaster, Ohio, where it opens Sept. 21.<br />

The Ohio Craft Museum is located at<br />

1665 W. Fifth Avenue, Columbus. Hours<br />

are Monday—Friday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.;<br />

Saturday, 11 a.m.—4 p.m.<br />

Admission and parking are free. Call<br />

(614) 486-4402, or visit www.ohiocraft.org,<br />

for information.<br />

The museum is owned and operated by<br />

Ohio Designer Craftsmen and receives<br />

ongoing funding from the Greater<br />

Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council<br />

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Photo courtesy of the<br />

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

Downtown,<br />

1908<br />

Pictured here are some businesses<br />

on Main Street in downtown<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> in 1908. This view is of<br />

Main Street looking west from<br />

Front Street. Note how the town<br />

still had the appearance of being<br />

a frontier town. The buildings<br />

shown here include a farm equipment<br />

store, a barbershop, a pharmacy,<br />

a shoe store, a grocery,<br />

and a tavern. Note the hitching<br />

posts for horses along the<br />

street. Main Street was still a dirt<br />

road and would eventually be<br />

paved in 1911.<br />

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

contains photographs, artifacts,<br />

and documents about<br />

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

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

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Town Hall’s operating<br />

hours. Call 614-836-3333.<br />

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<strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club to<br />

hold plant auction and garden tour<br />

•The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club will host its annual plant auction<br />

on <strong>May</strong> 14 from 6-8:30 p.m. at <strong>Groveport</strong> Zion Lutheran Church,<br />

6014 <strong>Groveport</strong> Road, <strong>Groveport</strong>. Refreshments and the auction<br />

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

at 6:30 p.m. All auction proceeds support the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden<br />

Club.<br />

•The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Tour will be June 23 from noon to 5<br />

p.m. (rain or shine). Tour tickets are free.<br />

“Last year the tour featured only garden club member gardens,”<br />

said Lacy Cooper, president of the <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club.<br />

“However, the tour is not for members only. Some wonderful gardens<br />

in <strong>Groveport</strong> belong to residents who aren’t members of the<br />

garden club and we'd love to include them as part of the tour, too.”<br />

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

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

on how to get tickets.<br />

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

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

<strong>Groveport</strong> Senior Center beginning June 11.<br />

•The <strong>Groveport</strong> Garden Club is also participating in a few gardening<br />

activities around the city.<br />

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

(log house) at Heritage Park,” said Cooper. “The herb garden will<br />

feature both culinary and medicinal herbs commonly grown and<br />

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

house was built. We’ve also rented a plot at the <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Community Garden where we will grow some produce to donate to<br />

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

The garden club is always looking for active gardeners to help<br />

it grow.<br />

For meeting and activity information contact groveportgardenclub@gmail.com<br />

or find them on Facebook.<br />

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Township extends electric rate agreement<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The Madison Township trustees locked<br />

in an agreement that should save residents<br />

from electric rate increases until <strong>May</strong><br />

2026.<br />

The township is moving ahead with an<br />

Electric Master Service Agreement with<br />

Archer Energy, which extends a <strong>May</strong> 31,<br />

<strong>2024</strong> agreement extension from <strong>May</strong> 31,<br />

2025 through <strong>May</strong> 31, 2026 at a fixed rate<br />

of $0.066 per KWh.<br />

“We did accept the rates initially two<br />

months ago, but waited to see if they would<br />

go lower,” said Madison Township<br />

Administrator Susan Brobst. “Since then,<br />

rates have gone excessively high.”<br />

The agreement is exclusive of capacity,<br />

which will be a cost pass-through when<br />

established by PJM Interconnect. The<br />

amount is applied to all AEP bills, just as<br />

it was done in the past.<br />

Southeast Library<br />

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 />

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Other Madison Township news<br />

•A pair of replacement vehicles are joining<br />

the township police department fleet,<br />

albeit after they are built next year, after<br />

the trustees approved the purchase of two<br />

2025 Ford Explorer Interceptors on a state<br />

bid.<br />

The price is $43,564 per vehicle, less a<br />

$100 dealer discount and an additional<br />

$2,590 for delivery, taxes and other fees.<br />

Another contract for $33,421 was<br />

approved for public safety equipment to<br />

outfit the two vehicles.<br />

•Public Works Superintendent Dave<br />

Watkins told the trustees his department<br />

is asking the Franklin County Engineer’s<br />

Office to help with submission of an Ohio<br />

Public Works Commission grant for<br />

improvements to Atkinson Road.<br />

While this is the first step in the process,<br />

if approved, the project would include a full<br />

depth reclamation of the road, which<br />

Watkins said is rated very poor and is the<br />

Esports team successful<br />

The <strong>2024</strong> Esports season had all three<br />

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

(Overwatch, Fortnite, and Super Smash<br />

Bros Ultimate) qualify for the Esports<br />

Ohio Central-Southeast Regional<br />

Tournament at Ohio University. Fortnite<br />

competed in the State Tournament and<br />

finished ninth out of 32 teams.<br />

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

Esports coaches are Kyle Bergman and<br />

Scott Wilson.<br />

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After additional resolutions and public<br />

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submitted by Aug. 2.<br />

•Brobst reported on a county engineer’s<br />

speed study of the <strong>Groveport</strong> and<br />

Lithopolis roads intersection prompted by<br />

a number of crashes.<br />

“They were able to make some recommendations,”<br />

said Brobst.<br />

Changes include lowering the speed<br />

limit from 55 mph to 50 mph and new signage<br />

plaques temporarily alerting drivers<br />

to the change.<br />

Township staff also asked for additional<br />

signage indicating “Cross Traffic Does Not<br />

Stop” installed at the intersection of<br />

Lithopolis and Richardson roads. Aligning<br />

the intersection with pavement markings<br />

was also requested.<br />

“What is just as important as the speed<br />

limit is the re-routing,” said Trustee John<br />

Pritchard.<br />

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Locations:<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Senior Village<br />

5124 Hendron<br />

Madison Township Office<br />

4575 Madison Lane<br />

Paddock Pub/<strong>Groveport</strong> Golf Ctr.<br />

1005 Richardson Rd.<br />

Southeast Library<br />

3980 S. Hamilton Rd.<br />

Asbury Methodist Church<br />

4760 Winchester Pike<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Municipal Building<br />

655 Blacklick St.<br />

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

648 Main St.<br />

Flyers PIzza/<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

296 Main St.<br />

Ace Hardware<br />

726 Main St.<br />

Little Italy Ristorante<br />

480 Main St.<br />

Huntington Bank/<strong>Groveport</strong><br />

556 Main St.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Recreation Center<br />

7370 <strong>Groveport</strong> Rd.<br />

Kroger<br />

6011 <strong>Groveport</strong> Rd.<br />

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

512 Main St.<br />

Delaney's Diner, 674 Main St.<br />

Certified Gas Station, 326 Main St.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong> - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 7<br />

The Housing Report<br />

Is Out<br />

As Chair of the Senate Select Committee on<br />

Housing, I am pleased to announce the release of<br />

our official Housing Report. As of April 17, the<br />

digital copy of our comprehensive 94-page<br />

report is now available for download on the<br />

Senate's website in PDF format under the meetings<br />

tab.<br />

The Senate Select Committee on Housing (SSCH)<br />

was commissioned by Sen. President Matt Huffman<br />

to address Ohio's housing challenges. Since<br />

its inception in August 2023, the SSCH has<br />

conducted extensive research, including 12 livestreamed<br />

meetings across Ohio, hearing over 35<br />

hours of testimony from more than 200<br />

witnesses. Through this process, we gained<br />

valuable insights into Ohio's housing landscape<br />

and the challenges it faces.<br />

The report represents the voices of Ohioans<br />

statewide and offers a framework for future<br />

housing policy discussions. It highlights the<br />

complexity of Ohio's housing challenges, ranging<br />

from economic, social and policy factors and how<br />

it impacts both urban and rural areas and the<br />

need for affordable housing solutions across the<br />

state. Our recommendations, outlined in the<br />

report, emphasize a multifaceted approach to<br />

address Ohio's housing challenges.<br />

These include strategies to increase the supply of<br />

available, affordable and accessible homes. Moreover,<br />

the report underscores the importance of<br />

bipartisan collaboration, recognizing that housing<br />

affordability is a humanitarian issue that transcends<br />

political divides. I extend my gratitude to<br />

all who contributed to this endeavor, including<br />

fellow Senators, legislative aides, witnesses,<br />

stakeholders, and constituents.<br />

The report's executive summary and recommendations<br />

are available starting on page 84, highlighting<br />

key initiatives such as the Ohio Housing<br />

Dashboard, Ohio Housing Toolkit, Third Party<br />

Reviewer Services, Ohio Housing Accelerator,<br />

Ohio YIMBY Campaign, and Ohio Housing Capacity<br />

Building Grant Fund.<br />

Results Matter, so be sure to read the recommendations<br />

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

130th Annual Alumni Banquet<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Registration: 4:30 PM Dinner 5:00 PM<br />

Hey There <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni!<br />

Don’t wait around for another class reunion.<br />

• Good Food • Good Memories<br />

• Invite all your classmates and friends from all graduating classes<br />

The 130th Annual Alumni Banquet to be held <strong>May</strong> 18, <strong>2024</strong>, at the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Middle School Central School, 751 Main Street,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, Ohio 43125. Dinners are $25.00 each and will be served at 5;00 PM. Your dinner ticket (your name tag) will be available that<br />

evening at tables inside the door. Reservations must be made no later than <strong>May</strong> 11, <strong>2024</strong> and will not be accepted after this date.<br />

There will be NO EXCEPTIONS!<br />

HONORED CLASS<br />

This year’s honored class will be the great CLASS OF 1974, celebrating their 50th Anniversary.<br />

Come celebrate this milestone with them.<br />

SCHOLARSHIPS... Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be available each year to a <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School graduate. Eligible<br />

applicants must meet the criteria and have a family member who graduated from <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School. The Scholarship may be used<br />

at any accredited college or trade school. Additional information will be available from the High School Counselors.<br />

MAILING UPDATES... If you know of any marriage name changes, address changes, deaths, etc., please submit them at<br />

phyllis.davy@gocruisers.org, or send them to the GMHS Alumni Committee at the address below.<br />

CONTRIBUTIONS... Our sincere thanks to all alumni who have made contributions in past years so that we might continue our Annual Banquet<br />

tradition. We are again asking for your support to help defray the banquet expenses – mailing and printing costs, scholarships, and our Hall of Fame<br />

plaques. The Alumni Committee is now designated as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization by the Internal Revenue Code Section.<br />

RESERVATION<br />

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

130th Annual Alumni Banquet<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18, <strong>2024</strong> <strong>May</strong> 18, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Makes checks payable to and send to:<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni Association<br />

Box 382, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125<br />

Reservations must be submitted prior<br />

to <strong>May</strong> 11, <strong>2024</strong>. No Exceptions!!<br />

Name ________________________________________________________________________ ___________ Graduation Year_________________<br />

Name ________________________________________________________________________ ____________Graduation Year_________________<br />

Address ______________________________________________________________________ Telephone______________________<br />

E-Mail Address___________________________________________________<br />

Enclosed is $____________for_____________Banquet Reservations @ $25.00 each<br />

Enclosed is $____________for_____________for my contribution toward the mailing., banquet expenses, and alumni scholarship.<br />

TOTAL ENCLOSED $_______________<br />

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CW’s Art on the Canal<br />

Canal Winchester’s 13th annual art<br />

stroll - Art on the Canal - will be held <strong>May</strong><br />

18 from noon to 6 p.m. in historic downtown<br />

Canal Winchester.<br />

Check out the variety of artistic works<br />

from central Ohio artists as well as music,<br />

dancing and performances. There will be<br />

painters, sculptors, wood workers, and<br />

jewelry makers, just to name a few.<br />

There will be fun for the children, too,<br />

from free splatter paint to a paint wall.<br />

Grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors<br />

or stop in one of the downtown restaurants.<br />

The event is in the DORA district so<br />

grab that adult beverage to go if you wish.<br />

Downtown shops will host their own<br />

Makers on the Canal Craft show and local<br />

brewer Loose Rail will host its Crafters<br />

Corner during the art stroll.<br />

Visit Canal Winchester’s Historical<br />

Complex which includes the one-room<br />

Prentiss School building and the Hocking<br />

Valley ‘Queen of the Line” railroad to see<br />

what the historical society is doing to celebrate<br />

Founders’ Day. For information, go<br />

to https://www.destinationcw.org/Art-<br />

Stroll.html or call 614-270-5053.<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library<br />

Wagnalls Memorial Library is located<br />

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

information call (614) 837-4765 or visit<br />

www.wagnalls.org.<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 />

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

Tina Dillman at<br />

christinadillman@aol.com.<br />

Commemorative bricks<br />

Honor a veteran or active military<br />

member 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 />

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 />

SUMMER BLAST!<br />

ELVIS<br />

featuring<br />

Mike Albert<br />

and the Big E Band<br />

Saturday<br />

June 15, <strong>2024</strong><br />

VILLA MILANO<br />

1630 Schrock Rd.<br />

Dinner/Show Tickets $ 60.00<br />

Tables of 10 Available<br />

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Area schools host job fair<br />

Canal Winchester Schools, <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Madison Schools, and Whitehall City<br />

Schools will host a combined job fair on<br />

June 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Canal Winchester<br />

High School, 300 Washington St., Canal<br />

Winchester.<br />

The event aims to fill support staff positions,<br />

including paraprofessionals, bus<br />

drivers, aides, and custodians. The partner<br />

schools are prepared to offer qualified candidates<br />

positions on the spot.<br />

“The partner schools are looking for<br />

dedicated individuals who are passionate<br />

about making a difference in the lives of<br />

students,” said Dr. Chris Green, Director of<br />

Diversity, Engagement, and Human<br />

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

“Working at a school offers a desirable<br />

schedule, excellent benefits, and the opportunity<br />

to contribute significantly to our<br />

community.”<br />

No teaching license is required for these<br />

positions. Interested individuals are<br />

encouraged to attend the combined job fair<br />

to learn more about the available positions<br />

and the benefits of working in education.<br />

For information about the combined job<br />

fair, contact Megan Anthony at manthony@cwls.us.<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 <strong>May</strong> 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 />

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

Admission is free.<br />

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

The city of <strong>Groveport</strong> celebrated Arbor Day on April 26 by planting a tree at<br />

Glendening Elementary and at <strong>Groveport</strong> Elementary. Pictured here is <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Lance Westcamp as he reads the Arbor Day proclamation to <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Elementary students. The proclamation, emphasized the significance of trees in<br />

sustaining our environment and enriching lives. The <strong>Groveport</strong> Parks Department<br />

planted a White Oak at Glendening and a Pacific Brilliance Pin Oak for <strong>Groveport</strong><br />

Elementary (the tree was planted at nearby Middle School Central).<br />

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Ohio Victory Gardens<br />

Ohio’s movement to promote urban and<br />

rural gardening is back and bigger than<br />

ever. The Ohio Department of Agriculture<br />

(ODA) and Ohio State University Extension<br />

are partnering once again to encourage<br />

Ohioans to cultivate their own produce.<br />

The popular Ohio Victory Gardens program<br />

is back for its fifth year and due to<br />

high demand, the program is expanding to<br />

include 64 counties. OSU Extension offices<br />

will be handing out the free seed sample<br />

kits to the public to get people planting.<br />

The office in Franklin County began giving<br />

out the sample kits on April 10. The office<br />

is located at 2548 Carmack Road in<br />

Columbus and is open Monday through<br />

Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.<br />

“We want all Ohioans to experience the<br />

pride of growing their own food,” said ODA<br />

Director Brian Baldridge. “Planting those<br />

seeds, watching that produce grow, and<br />

being able to provide those nutritious foods<br />

for your family is a wonderful opportunity<br />

to be involved in agriculture. We encourage<br />

all folks to plant their own victory garden.”<br />

This year’s program will benefit up to<br />

19,200 Ohioans. Each of the participating<br />

counties will receive 300 sample seed kits<br />

that contain carrot, cucumber, lettuce, and<br />

sunflower seeds.<br />

“Our partnership with ODA on the Ohio<br />

Victory Garden program allows Ohioans to<br />

learn about agriculture and where their<br />

food comes from,” said Dr. Cathann Kress,<br />

vice president of agricultural administration<br />

and dean of The Ohio State<br />

University’s College of Food, Agricultural,<br />

and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “It<br />

provides a glimpse into the science and<br />

dedication involved by those who work in<br />

the food system every day to bring fresh<br />

produce into grocery stores, farmer’s markets,<br />

and restaurants.”<br />

OSU Extension is the community-based<br />

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youth development. Extension professionals<br />

throughout the state bring people and<br />

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Extension’s educational outreach is<br />

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and promoting local food production<br />

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All Ohio Victory Gardens participants will<br />

be eligible to win a free starter gardening<br />

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Victory Gardens originated during<br />

World War I as an answer to a severe food<br />

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gardeners and serving to boost morale and<br />

patriotism. ODA and OSU Extension<br />

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I say this knowing I will sound like a<br />

flower child who just got back from a weeklong<br />

festival out in the desert, but I believe<br />

that music is one of the closest things we<br />

have to magic in this world.<br />

Just think about it for a minute.<br />

How many times have you heard a specific<br />

lyric, note, or song and were immediately<br />

transported back into a particular<br />

period — or a moment — in your life?<br />

For better or worse, music has the ability<br />

to unlock a part of our brain and allow<br />

us to relive that day and experience the<br />

emotions as if it were happening all over<br />

again.<br />

In the new romantic fantasy film, “The<br />

Greatest Hits,” writer and director Ned<br />

Benson takes the occasionally wistful<br />

music-induced jump into the past and<br />

treats it literally, creating a world in which<br />

the lead character can travel back in time<br />

to see their recently deceased partner at<br />

the drop of a needle on a vinyl record. It is<br />

a premise that admittedly sounds rather<br />

corny but the movie mostly works because<br />

it is an earnest exploration of grief, love,<br />

and our efforts to move on after heartbreak.<br />

The film begins with a vivid montage of<br />

long-time partners Harriet (Lucy Boynton)<br />

and her boyfriend Max (David Corenswet)<br />

that captures their most blissful moments<br />

together.<br />

We see them frolicking on the beach<br />

with their sweet and scruffy dog, playing<br />

card games when inclement weather keeps<br />

them inside, spending lazy days snuggled<br />

up on the couch or in bed, and attending<br />

numerous concerts together because they<br />

share a love of music.<br />

This idyllic sequence is swiftly interrupted<br />

by the muffled sound of crunching<br />

metal and then it transitions into a blankfaced<br />

Harriet curled up on the couch alone<br />

in a dimly lit apartment, staring at a bulletin<br />

board with dozens of pictures of her<br />

and Max together in happier times, the<br />

time when he was alive.<br />

Upon closer examination of the material<br />

in the room, we see there is something different<br />

about the bulletin board and the<br />

dimly lit apartment.<br />

Scattered across the floor are dozens of<br />

crates of vinyl records marked ‘tested’ and<br />

‘untested’ and pinned across the bulletin<br />

board are strings and sticky-notes full of<br />

scribbles.<br />

It looks like something a conspiracy theorist<br />

would have when trying to link ideas<br />

together, but we soon discover the reason<br />

for her apparent descent into madness.<br />

During the car accident that took Max’s<br />

life, Harriet was injured and spent six days<br />

in a coma.<br />

The traumatic brain injury she sustained<br />

somehow rewired her synapses and<br />

she can now travel back in time to relive<br />

moments of her relationship with Max —<br />

but only when she hears the specific lyrics,<br />

notes, or songs that are attached to those<br />

memories.<br />

Sounds romantic, right?<br />

Well, not so much.<br />

In the two years<br />

since Max died and<br />

Harriet gained the ability<br />

to time travel, she<br />

has become both obsessive<br />

and reclusive. In<br />

addition to constantly<br />

playing the records<br />

that will allow her to<br />

dip into the past, she<br />

has become obsessed<br />

with the theory that<br />

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An ode to the power of music<br />

The Reel Deal<br />

Dedra<br />

Cordle<br />

there are songs out there that could change<br />

his fate.<br />

At the same time, she is terrified to venture<br />

outside of her apartment because<br />

hearing a specific lyric, note or song could<br />

propel her into the past and cause her<br />

harm in the present.<br />

Since she knows her life has become<br />

extremely unhealthy — a fact that her best<br />

friend Morris (Austin Crute) repeatedly<br />

points out to her — she has started to<br />

attend grief support meetings to try to<br />

come to terms with her sorrow and the<br />

guilt associated with her inability to alter<br />

Max’s death.<br />

While there, she meets a kind and sweet<br />

man named David (Justin H. Min) who<br />

tries to help her see that life can be good<br />

again even with all the heartbreak and<br />

tragedies.<br />

Although we know that the budding<br />

relationship between Harriet and David is<br />

doomed from the start, Boynton and Min<br />

have such great chemistry together that it<br />

makes this romantic dramedy even more<br />

bittersweet.<br />

As with most other time traveling<br />

movies, there are a few inconsistencies<br />

with the rules but “The Greatest Hits” does<br />

manage to provide simple explanations of<br />

the mechanisms and how conceivably<br />

Harriet could save Max’s life. Some have<br />

argued that the continued attempts to<br />

alter the past goes against the overarching<br />

message of grief being temporary but I<br />

found that it fits into the mindset of the<br />

lead character.<br />

“The Greatest Hits” is only streaming<br />

on Hulu as of right now — occasionally<br />

physical copies of original films on streaming<br />

platforms will end up in the library system<br />

— but if you ever get the opportunity to<br />

watch this movie, please do.<br />

It has a unique premise, charming and<br />

effective performances and is a serene love<br />

letter to our brain’s relationship with<br />

music.<br />

Grade: B-<br />

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

and columnist.


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Fifty years on<br />

Upon graduating from high school, we<br />

do not think about such things as our 50<br />

year class reunion.<br />

Instead, in our youth the thoughts are<br />

of the promise of the future ahead, adventures<br />

to come, and taking one’s place in the<br />

world.<br />

All the while time rolls on relentlessly<br />

until suddenly it is 50 years later and with<br />

it are incorporated the joys and sorrows,<br />

accomplishments and failures, and excitement<br />

and boredom life brings.<br />

Over these years some classmates<br />

remain close and some drift apart as life<br />

presents its choices and distances. But<br />

there always remains within the members<br />

of the same graduating class a little spark<br />

of shared experiences from the time of our<br />

youth in school. So much so that when we<br />

meet up again decades later we easily<br />

reconnect with just a look, a word or two,<br />

and shared memories.<br />

This year my graduating class, the<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High School class of<br />

1974, is celebrating its 50th year of graduation<br />

in two ways - at the annual<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni Banquet in<br />

<strong>May</strong> and at a class reunion in September.<br />

Class of 1974’s 50th class reunion<br />

The 50th <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison High<br />

School Class of 1974 Reunion will be held<br />

Sept. 14 (an Ohio State football bye week)<br />

at The Pointe on Main Street, 1192 Noe<br />

Bixby Road, Columbus, from 6-11 p.m.<br />

Register online at:<br />

https://forms.gle/eEmPxBpUFWnJ1HNR8<br />

Cost is $35 per person. One can pay<br />

online or send a physical check.<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni Banquet<br />

The 130th annual <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison<br />

Alumni Banquet will be held on <strong>May</strong> 18 at<br />

5 p.m. (registration at 4:30 p.m.), at<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Middle School Central,<br />

751 Main St., <strong>Groveport</strong>. This year’s honored<br />

class at the alumni banquet is my<br />

class, the class of 1974, celebrating its 50th<br />

anniversary. Dinners are $25 each.<br />

Reservations must be submitted to<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni Association,<br />

P.O. Box 382, <strong>Groveport</strong>, OH 43125.<br />

Reservations must be made no later than<br />

<strong>May</strong> 11 and will not be accepted after this<br />

date. There are no exceptions. Make checks<br />

payable to the <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni<br />

Association.<br />

Also at the alumni banquet, the new<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong> Madison Alumni Hall of Fame<br />

member will be announced.<br />

The Class of 1974<br />

Now back to the class of 1974. We are<br />

“baby boomers” who came from all around<br />

the sprawling <strong>Groveport</strong> Madison school<br />

district - Berwick, Edgewater Park, Brice,<br />

Edwards Station, Blacklick Estates,<br />

<strong>Groveport</strong>, Obetz, the countryside, and<br />

other neighborhoods. We funneled through<br />

six different elementary schools till we<br />

reached junior high where we came together<br />

in the late 1960s to spend seventh and<br />

eighth grades in a new building being constructed<br />

along South Hamilton Road. This<br />

building became the high school in 1970-71<br />

Editor’s Notebook<br />

and remained under<br />

construction the<br />

entire time the class<br />

of 1974 spent there.<br />

It functioned as the<br />

high school until<br />

2018 until it was<br />

demolished to make<br />

way for the current<br />

new high school.<br />

It’s a strange feeling<br />

to outlive your<br />

high school - a school<br />

that was brand new<br />

in our youth and a<br />

structure that seemed<br />

Rick<br />

Palsgrove<br />

so permanent - but we did. The classrooms,<br />

the halls, the cafeteria, the band room, and<br />

the gym, now are all gone, but we’re still<br />

here.<br />

Our old high school on South Hamilton<br />

Road, was never beautiful with its beige<br />

brick and utilitarian, blocky, architectural<br />

style and windows that looked back at you<br />

blankly. (The rectangular windows also sort<br />

of look like the holes in old computer punch<br />

cards.) It was a building without ornamentation,<br />

without flourishes. Though it was a<br />

kind of ugly duckling, it was our ugly duckling.<br />

It took decades for the trees in the barren<br />

looking front lawn of its early years to grow<br />

into the wonderful leafy shade givers they<br />

became before they had to be cut down for<br />

new construction. Likewise, it took years for<br />

the grass to take root and thicken on the<br />

playing fields behind the building.<br />

The school had its quirks. Even when the<br />

building was new the clocks throughout the<br />

school often did not synch up, when they<br />

worked at all. Leaks squirted through the<br />

flat roof from the start. The parallel, two<br />

“main” hallways in the sprawling building<br />

were really long. The gym was smaller than<br />

at most other high schools. But despite these<br />

quirks, academics, the arts, and athletics<br />

flourished there. The building is now a ghost<br />

that only appears in our personal and collective<br />

memories and in photos.<br />

Those photos portray the energy and<br />

changes we experienced there as well as the<br />

joys, the sadness, and even the boredom.<br />

Moments matter and the moments shared<br />

among classmates remain imbedded in our<br />

memory.<br />

Along with its sister school next door -<br />

Eastland Career Center - our high school<br />

was a no nonsense place to work and learn.<br />

School buildings and alumni age together.<br />

Though our high school is gone, its alumni<br />

live on and continue to make their impact on<br />

the world even after 50 years.<br />

In the end, a school is just a place. But it<br />

is a place that provides the common shared<br />

experience and bonds upon which we build<br />

our lives and community.<br />

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

<strong>Messenger</strong>.

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