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Groveport Garden Club
The Groveport Garden Club meets the first Tuesday each month (unless otherwise announced) at Groveport Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road. Anyone interested in gardening welcome. Call Marylee Bendig at (614) 218-1097.

Madison Township Police statistics
February crime statistics from the Madison Township Police: 2 accidents with injuries, 11 animal complaints, 5 assaults, 81 patrol security checks at Brobst Park, 3 burglary, 2 dog bites, 23 domestic complaints, 1 fight, 5 hit skip accidents, 15 juvenile complaints, 15 larceny/theft, 2 missing persons, 1 narcotic, 40 parking violations, 10 property damage accidents, 1 rape, 1 sex offense, 1 robbery in progress, 2 shots fired in area, 12 suspicious cars, 16 suspicious persons, 13 suspicious persons/vehicles, 5 threats or harassment, 86 traffic stops, and 4 vandalism.

Cruisers on the air
The Groveport Sports Network and Rick Cooper provides live play-by-play coverage of Groveport Madison High School athletic contests. The broadcast includes high definition video and live audio. Each broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start time with the pre-game show. Tune in after the game for interviews with players and the head coach. The broadcasts can be accessed free by anyone on their computer or handheld device. All broadcasts are available to view free on demand.

Go to www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork. The schedule – softball: March 26 at 11 a.m. vs. Westerville North; April 9 at 11 a.m. vs. Gahanna; April 11 at 5:15 p.m. vs. Lancaster; April 15 at 5:15 p.m. vs. Newark; April 30 at 10 a.m. vs. Canal Winchester; May 2 at 5:15 p.m. vs. Pickerington Central; May 4 at 5:15 p.m. at Newark.

We Love Our Veterans
Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport, will host the We Love Our Veterans exhibit through March 25. The city of Groveport is recognizing honorably discharged military veterans from all branches of service who reside in Franklin County.
The exhibit includes items from Motts Military Museum, the Groveport Heritage Museum, the Central Ohio Military Museum, and items from individuals and families.

Kindergarten registration
Groveport Madison Schools’ kindergarten registration for next school year began March 1.
Many of the district’s schools’ enrollments are already exceeding capacity, so by enrolling early, you are more likely for your child to be able to attend your assigned neighborhood school – or have the opportunity to request another elementary school within the district.

The first 100 children to be registered will receive a Cruiser kindergarten backpack stuffed with all kinds of fun treats.

To enroll, your child should be five years of age by Aug. 1, 2022. For information about the kindergarten program or to check out the kindergarten readiness checklist, go to www.gocruisers.org/Kindergarten.aspx. Enrollment can be completed online at www.gocruisers.org/Enrollment.aspx.

Call 614-491-8288, or email Enrollment@GoCruisers.org with any questions.

Guns vs. Hoses softball
The Groveport Recreation Department is planning a charity slow pitch softball game between the Groveport Police, Madison Township Police, and the Madison Township Fire Department to be played in the late spring or early summer in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road. More details about the game will be available soon.

Concert in the Park
The city of Groveport’s Concert in the Park summer music series will be held the last Saturday of the month in June, July, and August in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or lawn chair, and invite your friends and family to this free concert series. Food Trucks will be available to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages from 5:30-8 p.m. Bands play from 6-8 p.m. Scheduled bands are: June 25 – Mama Drama; July 30 – Rob Adam; and Aug. 27 – Willie Nelson Mande. For information call 614-836-3333.

Easter Egg Hunt
The city of Groveport will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. The egg hunt for kids ages 0-4 will start at 10 a.m. at the log house. The egg hunt for kids ages 5-10 will start at 10:30 a.m. at Palm’s Pond. The event features kids’ crafts, bounce house, farm animals, and free snacks. Get a photo with the Easter Bunny at the log house. For information call 614-836-3333. Rain date is April 16.

Princess Party
Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., will host a Princess Party for ages 3-12 on April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. The party features singing, finger foods and dessert, crafts, dancing, nail painting, and a fashion show. Cost is $5 per person. One adult per princess. Register and pre-pay by April 18. For information call 614-836-3333.

First Thursday
The city of Groveport’s First Thursday summer festival series will be held the first Thursday of the month in June, July, and August from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road. The event features food trucks, more than 40 vendors, a petting zoo, kids’ craft tent and bounce house, a dog show in August, and live music. The music schedule is: June 2 – Lee Gantt; July 7 – Jack Middleton; and Aug. 4 – The Morning Lumber Co. There will be giveaways to the first 200 attendees each date. Giveaways are: June 2 – Groveport tote bag; July 7 – hand sanitizer; and Aug. 4 – travel bowl. For information call 614-836-3333.

Rickenbacker has best year
Rickenbacker International Airport handled 153,600 metric tons of cargo in 2021, setting new records for both annual tonnage and widebody all-cargo aircraft handled.

The airport’s international tonnage handled was up 44 percent year-over-year, with the export portion of that volume up 122 percent.

Adding to its successful year, it served as one of the few non-passenger hub airports to accommodate converted passenger-freighters, surpassing 1,700 of these all-cargo flights since the beginning of the pandemic. The airport also recently welcomed two new operators, Apex Logistics and Maestro International Cargo (now part of Alliance Ground International).

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