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Back to School Drive
On Aug. 21, Eastgate Assembly of God Church, Columbus GospelFest, Beyond the Bench, and La Ti Do Music Co. LLC will kick off the inaugural Groveport Madison Community Back to School Drive. Families can drive through from 10 a.m. – noon to pick up a backpack with school supplies at the Eastgate Assembly of God Church, 6519 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg.

Families will enjoy music, giveaways, and community resources as you pick up your school supplies while supplies last. Backpacks are given via first come, first serve, proof that you are a Groveport Madison School student and child must be present.

If you wish to drop off a school supply donation, drop it off Monday – Wednesday 8 a.m. – noon at Eastgate Assembly of God Church, 6519 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg. To give a tax-deductible donation, visit www.columbusgospelfest.org

Income tax revenue
The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-to-date as of July 31 was $10.5 million, which is 12 percent higher than the same time in 2020, according to city of Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

9/11 Remembrance
A remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States will be observed on the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11 at Motts Military Museum, 5075 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport, at 8:45 a.m.

Celebrating canal history
Communities up and down the length of the old Ohio and Erie Canal are getting ready to celebrate their canal history and the creation of the new driving trail that highlights that heritage.

The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail, Inc., and its partner communities recently announced the development of the new Ohio and Erie Canal Southern Descent Heritage Trail from Buckeye Lake to Portsmouth.

Groveport will hold its kickoff event, Groveport Canal Day: Celebrating Our Heritage Along the Southern Descent Trail, for the trail on Sept. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. It will include refreshments and possibly acoustic music entertainment. Heritage Park will serve as the starting point for people to venture out to view other canal sites in town including the Sharp’s Landing building across from the Groveport Cemetery; a canal mural inside KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road; the Groveport Heritage Museum in Town Hall, 648 Main St.; Lock 22 in Groveport Park; canal channel remnants in Blacklick Park, and more. Visitors may walk to the sites or use a shuttle to Lock 22 provided by the city of Groveport.

The village of Lockbourne’s kickoff event is Sept. 25 from 2-6 p.m. at Locke Meadow Park, 154 Commerce St., which could include guided hikes along the Magnolia Trail, a talk on the history of the Ohio & Erie Canal and Lockbourne’s significance during the canal days, activities and games for the children, chili cook off, and possibly a live band.

The 114 mile driving trail of the The Ohio & Erie Canal Southern Descent Historic District begins at the southern edge of Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County. It includes Bibler lock 8 in Baltimore; locks 11, 12, and 13 in Lockville; lock 22 in Groveport; locks 26, 27, 29, and 30 in and near Lockbourne; and remnants of the Columbus Feeder just west of Lockbourne in Franklin County.

In Pickaway County the trail includes Canal Park in Circleville. In Scioto County the trail continues south through Rushtown at lock 48 and lock 50 in West Portsmouth and ends at lock 55, west of downtown Portsmouth at the Ohio River.

All of these canal locks, with the exception of lock 55, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Work to list lock 55 is underway. The locks’ function was to raise and lower water levels for canal boats to meet the changing level of terrain.

Residents and visitors can learn the story of this important transportation route as they follow the driving trail. Creation of the trail, which will be launched this fall, is being funded by the Canal Society of Ohio and Ohio Humanities grants.

For information about the Ohio and Erie Canal Southern Descent Heritage Trail, contact project director Cathy Nelson at cathyd.nelson@gmail.com or visit seeohiofirst.org.

Robinson receives
Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland awarded Groveport resident Amanda Robinson the Girl Scout Gold Award — the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Her project focused on protecting the environment by safeguarding an important pollinator: bats.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects.

Robinson’s project is entitled Homes for Bats. Because of her love for the environment, the project focused on saving the local bat population from white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in North America. She worked with a younger Girl Scout troop to build safe bat boxes and place them near a food source in her community, and encouraged the girls to build more bat boxes in the future. She partnered with the city of Groveport, which put up two boxes Robinson helped troops create and another two she built herself.

As a result of her efforts, the healthy bats will continue to play a vital role in our ecosystem.

Robinson is a recent graduate of Groveport Madison High School and has been a Girl Scout for 12 years as a member of Troop 1234. She will attend Wright State University where she is studying nursing and hopes to become a nurse practitioner.

Eastland-Fairfield opens
engineering tech center
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools opened its newest building, the Engineering Technologies Center, on the Eastland Career Center campus in Groveport, 4465 S. Hamilton Road, on Aug. 18.

According to Ryan Gasser, Eastland-Fairfield coordinator of communications and marketing, “Eastland-Fairfield is continuing its commitment to providing students with opportunities and resources to prepare for their futures. This building represents the latest commitment from EFCTS to provide those resources to students in the pre-engineering, welding and aviation programs. This building also will serve as the future home of Eastland-Fairfield’s Mechatronics program, a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electric/electronic engineering, control engineering, and computer engineering.”

Cruisers on the air
The Groveport Sports Network and Rick Cooper will provide live play-by-play coverage of 20 Groveport Madison High School athletic contests in football, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball, and softball in 2021-22. The broadcast includes high definition video as well as 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, along with a look at the final stats during the post-game show. The broadcasts can be accessed free of charge by anyone around the world on their computer or handheld device. All 20 broadcasts will also be available to view on demand free of charge.

To Watch go to www.facebook.com/groveportsportsnetwork. The schedule – football (7 p.m.): Aug. 20 at Canal Winchester; Sept. 3 at Worthington Kilbourne; and Oct. 1 vs. Lancaster; boys basketball (7:30 p.m.): Dec. 3 at Reynoldsburg; Dec. 14 at Canal Winchester; Dec. 17 at Pickerington Central; Dec. 22 vs. Gahanna; Dec. 30 vs. Teays Valley; Jan. 21 vs. Reynoldsburg; Feb. 1 at Hilliard Bradley; Feb. 4 vs. Pickerington Central; Feb. 11 at Newark; girls basketball (3:30 p.m.): Dec. 4 vs. Hilliard Darby; 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; baseball: to be determined.

Census population data
According to the 2020 United States Census, since 2010, the population of the city of Canal Winchester grew 28 percent to 9,107; the city of Groveport has grew 12 percent to 6,009; and the village of Obetz grew 21 percent to 5,489, which means Obetz has surpassed the 5,000 population threshhold to reach city status.

Third Thursday
The city of Groveport will host Third Thursday, a summer festival series featuring music, food trucks, vendors, and more. The last Third Thursday will take place on Sept. 16 with the “Fall Kickoff!” with hay rides, photo backdrop, and free mini-pumpkins. Third Thursday hours are 5-7:30 p.m. at Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road. For information contact jreeves@groveport.org.

Alumni Banquet
The Groveport Madison Alumni Association announced it will be resuming its Alumni Banquet. The next Alumni Banquet will be held Sept. 18 and will honor the classes of 1970 and 1971, who graduated 50 years ago. The following Alumni Banquet will be May 21, 2022 and will honor the class of 1972 on the 50th anniversary of their graduation. The banquets will be held at Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport. The May 21, 2022 date will resume the normal cycle (third Saturday in May) for the banquet moving forward.

GriefShare group
Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St., will sponsor a GriefShare group starting Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Register online at https://www.griefshare.org/leaderzone/my/groups/136866. For information contact groveportgriefsharegroup@gmail.com or call 614-836-5968.

National Clean Up Day
The city of Groveport is seeking 50 volunteers to participate in National Clean Up Day 2021 on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will meet at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, and be shuttled by city staff to different locations within Groveport to collect litter.

Volunteers will receive: official National Clean Up Day Shirt; kickoff breakfast; and appreciation lunch. Volunteers will be provided with safety vests, gloves, trash bags, and easy reach tools.

To volunteer, email jreeves@groveport.org, call 614-836-5301, or stop by the Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St., and provide your name and address to receive a waiver form. Forms must be completed and returned before Sept. 1.

Police sergeants
The Groveport Police Department recenntly announced that the following three officers were promoted to sergeant: Josh Guiler, Sam Yockey, and John Westhoven.

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