Community News

Book sale

The Harrisburg Library, 1036 High St., sponsors an ongoing book sale Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Some books sell for $5 a bag, others range from $10 cents to $1. The library accepts donations of all books and movies but they ask you not send magazines. All items must be clean and in good condition.

All proceeds benefit the Harrisburg Library Association. Donations are tax deductible.

Adoptable cats at PetSmart

The Capital Area Humane Society will offer cats for adoption at PetSmart in Grove City from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Event dates at the PetSmart in Grove City, 1743 Stringtown Road, include: June 1 and June 22.  

Screenings at Evans

Amity Care Home Health Services provides a nurse at the E.L. Evans Senior Center in Grove City to do free diabetic screening and blood pressure testing every third Wednesday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. Cholesterol testing is available for $5 per test. For more information call Amity Care Home Health at 334-6800.

Local authors need old photos

Local authors Janet Shailer and Laura Lanese are seeking photographs to be incorporated into a regional history book about Grove City to be published by Arcadia Publishing in fall 2008 as part of Arcadia’s "Images of America" series.

This project is also part of the local Attics to Archives program and the scanned copies will become part of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society’s permanent collection. All originals will be returned as promptly as possible to the owners.

The historical society is looking for old photographs (pre-1952) larger than 3 inches by 3 inches in size and smaller than 11 inches by 14 inches. Pictures of landscapes and buildings are most important. Selected photos may be included in the Arcadia book.

For information, call Janet Shailer at 871-1972 or Laura Lanese at 537-3816.

Aging workshop

The Grove City United Methodist Church is offering a new six week series for those who want to plan ahead for themselves or their aging parents.  

The sessions began in mid-April and begin at 7 p.m. in the church’s worship center. The series "Taking Care of Tomorrow" is free. No reservations are necessary. Contact Erma Clark, minister of pastoral care at 875-5612.

PVHS reunion

The Pleasant View High School class of 1968 will hold their 40th class reunion on Aug. 9 at the Marriott Columbus, 5605 Blazer Pkwy. in Dublin. For additional information, Deb (Bennett) Price at 876-8038, Diana (Wharton) Good at 851-1046 or Debbie (Barber) Vance at 878-9868.

 Pirates invade LTOB

The Little Theatre off Broadway in Grove City presents "The Pirates of Penzance," a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and directed by Kate Charlesworth-Miller.

Frederic, apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted pirates, rejoices in having fulfilled his indentures and prepares to return to respectable society. His plans are thwarted by a bevy of beauties, an unfortunate birthday and his own sense of duty. The merry pirates, a bumbling major general and a timid constabulary contribute to a cacophony silenced only by Queen Victoria’s name.

The show runs on Fridays and weekends from May 2-24. Little Theatre off Broadway is located at 3891 Broadway. Tickets are $12; senior tickets $10.

Contact the theater’s Web site at or call 875-3919 for further information.

Teen OVI watch

The Columbus Division of Police will be conducting an enforcement operation now through May 31 for the prom season. The division will have additional traffic officers on Columbus freeways looking for impaired drivers, safety belt violators and aggressive drivers.  

Officers from the Traffic Bureau will be stepping up their enforcement of drivers operating vehicles while intoxicated by maintaining a high profile and concentrating their efforts on identifying and stopping OVI offenders, especially juveniles suspected of drinking.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their children and warn them about the dangers and consequences associated with drinking and driving.

FHHS 1966 reunion

Franklin Heights High School, class of 1966, will be holding a 60th birthday party reunion on Aug. 2, from 12-6 p.m. at Heimat Haus, 4555 Jackson Pike (Route 104). Contact Becky (Sweazy) Malone for details and to RSVP by calling 801-9059 or e-mail

Central High 1948 reunion

The Central High School class of 1948 will hold its 60th class reunion on July 13 at COSI from noon to 4 p.m. For more information contact John Allen at 875-4359, Bill Rector at 889-5608, Ardie Schirtzinger at 272-0295, Florance (Voss) McCarty at 876-2181 or Susan (Jones) Metzger at 901-2678.

Harrisburg fish fry

The Sherman Lodge 470 in Harrisburg started its annual fish fry April 19. The event will run every Saturday, except for holiday weekends, until the last weekend in August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Students dance

Students journey through time with Dancing Through Ohio History,  at 1 p.m. May 21 at the Capitol Theatre, 77 South High Street. About 400 fourth and fifth grade students from six Columbus city schools will perform as the culmination of BalletMet’s Momentum, a yearlong in-school program of BalletMet’s Department of Education. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-4860 or visit

Youth tennis program

A youth tennis program will be held at Grove City High School for South-Western City School students in grades 5-9, June 16-20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The program will emphasize learning the fundamentals of tennis. Ann Grossman Wunderlich, Grove City native and former state champion, will be a guest speaker. There is no cost. Tennis rackets will be provided. For more information, contact Dan Witteman at 875-1444 or 270-6728.

Golf outing

The Grove City Football Mothers Clubs will host the sixth annual golf outing on May 17 at 12:30 p.m. at Foxfire Golf Course. For registration, call 875-0313 by May 3rd.

Food Pantry fund raiser

Bethel Lutheran Church will hold a fund raiser to benefit the Grove City Food Pantry on May16 from 4:30-7 p.m.

The dinner, entitled Caring-Sharing-Giving, will include gourmet creamed chicken and biscuits, green beans, cranberry Jell-o salad, homemade pies and cakes and beverages. Tickets are $8 per person and are available in advance by calling Melanie Bradley in the Bethel Lutheran office at 875-0510. Carry-out is available.

All proceeds go to the food pantry. The church is located directly north of Grove City High School. Everyone is invited.

Chef comes to UMC

The Grove City United Methodist Church youth group will sponsor a six week cooking class to raise funds for summer programs.

Every Friday at 7:30 p.m. the youth group will provide a professional chef to teach participants the joys and pains of the kitchen. Chef Phil Campbell will be featuring classes such as Gourmet at the Campsite, How to Soufflé, Graduation Party Prep and more. Each session will be $20 per person or $30 per couple.  

For more information or registration,  contact Rob at

FHHS debuts piece

On May 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Franklin Heights High School symphonic band will debut a piece of music written by James Swearingen. "Nightflight," was commissioned by the Franklin Heights band boosters in honor of Tiffany Loukinas, a former band member who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2006.    

 "Nightflight" will be played during the FHHS graduation concert in the high school auditorium. In addition to the symphonic band, the concert band, string orchestra, and jazz ensembles will be performing. The public is welcome to attend this event. Admission is $3 at the door.

Bowling for charity

Saxton Real Estate is sponsoring a Bowling for Relay for Life event, for all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at Western Lanes, 500 Georgesville Road, on June 7, from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $9 for each child, and includes, pizza, soda and a maximum of three games of bowling. Shoe rental is free. To register or for more information, call Kim Sothard at 883-1401, or Jerry Hunt at 883-1421. Lanes are limited.

Charity golf at Pinnacle

First Service Federal Credit Union will hold its’ fifth annual charity golf outing on  June 24 at the Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City.

Teams of four will have the opportunity to participate in a golf scramble to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network with proceeds to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. During this year’s event, participants will enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart, a boxed lunch, skill contests, a hole-in-one prize, door prizes, a dinner buffet, and a silent auction.

Anyone interested in participating in the event or making a donation, contact Catherine Roebuck at 920-6351 or visit

St. John’s day at the park

St John’s will host A Day at the Park event and silent auction on May 18 at 12:15 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St.  

Hot dog meals are $3, which include; hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. Food items will also be available for $1 a la carte.  There will be games, face painting, silent auction and raffle items. After the event, there will be a softball game.

Proceeds benefit summer mission teams. For more information, contact the church office at 875-2314.

Town Center plan on web

Grove City’s Development Department announced the launch of the Town Center plan on the Grove City Web site to keep business and property owners and residents informed and involved in the planning process.

The city has commissioned Lincoln Street Studio to perform the study resulting in revitalization recommendations.

"The Town Center is a critical element of Grove City’s history and growth, this study will assist the city, businesses and residents in developing a long range plan for our downtown area." said Mayor Ike Stage.

The Town Center plan pages can be accessed from the Grove City Web site,

GCHS class of 1968

The Grove City High School class of  1968 is planning their 40th class reunion on Oct. 4 at the Pinnacle Golf Club. The committee is in the process of gathering contact  information and asks that classmates contact Jama (Freshcorn) Lykins,, 447-8565 or Cheryl (Cimin) Grossman at 875-7775.

GCHS class of 1973

The Grove City High School class of 1973 is planning their 35th class reunion on Oct. 4 at the Pinnacle Golf Club. The committee is in the process of gathering contact information and asks that classmates contact Kathy (Durham) Copas,, 204-8309 or 227-4954.

Relay bank night

The Grove City Relay for Life will hold a bank night on May 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fifth Third Bank at 3990 Broadway. Teams can stop by to turn in money from team members and sponsorship forms. For additional information or to volunteer, contact event chair Kelly Cotton at 871-6057 or log onto

CCHS Spaghetti dinner

The Central Crossing High School band boosters will sponsor a spaghetti dinner on May 18 from 1-3 p.m. in the cafeteria of the high school to benefit the band programs.

Entertainment will be provided by the CCHS jazz band. Tickets for the dinner are $5 per person and includes spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert and a drink. A raffle will also be held for $1 per ticket. Presale dinner tickets can be obtained by contacting Stephanie Arnold at 853-1031.

CCHS car wash

The Central Crossing High School band will sponsor a car wash at Broadway Wash and Lube, 3118 Broadway in Grove City, on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Band students will be drying cars and proceeds from each wash will benefit the band program. The rain date for this event is May 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Career Academy spring plant sale

The Greenscape Design students at the South-Western City Schools Career Academy will host the annual spring sale on May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the center, 4750 Big Run South Road. They will sell hanging baskets, bedding plants and decorative planters to name a few. All the plants are hand-grown by the juniors and seniors in the program. Proceeds will go towards school programs. For additional information, contact Steven Still at 801-3455.

Safety Town

The Jackson Township firefighters, Local #2672 IAFF, will host Safety Town 2008. Safety Town will begin June 12 and continue until June 20 at J. C. Sommer Elementary School in Grove City with both a morning and afternoon session.  

Safety Town is designed to teach valuable safety lessons to children entering kindergarten while helping them adapt to the elementary school environment. Children must be pre-registered to attend and must be a resident of Grove City, Jackson Township, or the Village of Urbancrest. You may register your child during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Jackson Township Fire Department, 3650 Hoover Road.  

For more information, call 679-1121 or 875-5588. The deadline for registration is  May 23.

Pleasant Twp. cleans up

The Pleasant Township annual clean-up will be May 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dumpsters will be located behind the fire stattion at 5373 Norton Road and clearly marked for proper disposal of refuse, appliances and tires. Tires are limited to five per household. The clean-up is for residential use only, businesses are prohibited. For additional information, contact Jeff Karn at 877-4338 or Paula Wilkins at 877-3511.

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