Groveport news and happenings

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Giving Tuesday
City of Groveport staff, along with the help of the Groveport Police Department, passed out 144 gift bags to the city’s senior residents on Nov. 30 during Giving Tuesday. Groveport Senior Transportation shuttled the elves around town while they spread Christmas cheer. Some of the city’s elves pictured here, from left to right, are Cristy Duckworth, Kristin Figliola, and Angela Martin.

Santa is coming to town!
The city of Groveport will kick off the holiday season with its annual “A Heritage Holiday” event on Dec. 11 from 5-8 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road.

Santa Claus and Mayor Lance Westcamp will be make their grand entrance arriving on a Madison Township Fire Department fire truck at 5 p.m. to start the event. The traditional tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m.

“Children will be able to visit with Santa in the log house from 5-8 p.m. with a short break while Santa lights the tree,” said Groveport Community Affairs Director Jessica Reeves-Wyke. “An event like this is important because it brings the community together to celebrate the holiday season.”

“A Heritage Holiday” also features horse drawn carriage rides around Palm Pond, miniature train rides, holiday music, farm animals, ice carvings, kids’ crafts, as well as coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies.

“New to the event this year is the addition of two food trucks – Phillips on Wheels and Joseppi’s Pizza,” said Reeves-Wyke. “Also, Terri Christensen and members of the Groveport Madison Area Community Choir will sing, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” directly following the tree lighting and holiday music will be played throughout the event by a DJ.”

For information call 614-836-3333.

Breakfast with Santa
Grab the entire family and head to the Paddock Pub, 1005 Richardson Road, Groveport, on Dec. 18 at 9 a.m for a pancake and sausage breakfast with Santa Claus. Kids will be able to talk with Santa and have their picture taken with him. Santa will read, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the children and lead the kids in some Christmas carols. Face coverings are required in the facility except when at your table. Register by Dec. 14 either in person at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road or online @ groveportrec.com. Tickets are $8 per person. Limited to the first 150 registrants.
Gingerbread house contest

From Dec. 1-17, Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., will host a gingerbread house contest. Visitors to Town Hall will get to vote on their favorite gingerbread houses. For information call 614-836-333.

Cookie and candy sale
The Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St., Groveport, will host its Christmas Cookie/Candy Sale on Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon (or until sold out). Homemade holiday cookies and candy will be available for purchase.

Monty Thompson honored
Groveport Madison School Resource Officer Keith Mallory and the Groveport Madison Board of Education recently recognized Groveport Madison High School student Monty Thompson for his quick actions to protect Madison Township Police Officer Keith Mallory when Mallory had fallen and hit his head during an incident at the school. According to Groveport Madison Schools officials, Thompson stepped in to shield Mallory so the officer did not sustain any other injuries.

Mallory, who has served as the School Resource Officer since 2018 and a is 17-year veteran with the Madison Township Police, sustained injuries to his head, elbow, and knee when he attempted to de-escalate a confrontation between two students on Aug. 19. He was bumped by one of the students and lost his balance, due to a chair that had been knocked over, and fell to the floor. Mallory reported back to full-duty status on Aug. 23.

Knitting club helps students
The Westerville Knitting Club recently provided more than 500 hats for Groveport Madison students.

According to Groveport Madison Schools officials, Chris Cook, who is executive secretary to Superintendent Garilee Ogden, ran into Rose Blanchard in a Westerville Park. Blanchard and her friends were knitting hats with tags that read, “Hat Not Hate,” which is part of a nationwide anti-bullying campaign. The conversation resulted in the Sit & Stitch knitting group providing more than 500 hats for students at Glendening and Sedalia elementary schools.

Blanchard worked with the district’s Student Services Supervisor Melissa Niemie-Nathan to get the hats distributed to students.

Niemie-Nathan said, “The kids were so excited to get a new hat. They were dancing around and showing them off to anyone who would pay attention.”

ACE expands
According to Groveport Madison officials, after piloting at Dunloe Elementary and Middle School North last year, the ACE After School Program has expanded to all Groveport Madison elementary and middle schools. Approximately 180 students participate in the program, which promotes healthy living, alcohol and drug prevention, and academic, athletic, and social opportunities for students in grades 2-8. The cost of is covered primarily through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds.

Christmas Sing-Along
A Christmas Sing-along will be held Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at Asbury UMC South, 4760 Winchester Pike. The evening begins on the piano with Leonard Cohan’s “Hallelujah” followed by some religious favorites such as “Do you Hear What I Hear?” followed by “Jingle Bells,” “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and more. The second part of the program will be the singing of favorite Christmas hymns accompanied by the organ. There will be a few surprises throughout the evening that will bring a smile to your face. Refreshments will be served.

Madison Twp. Santa Parade
Madison Township’s Santa Parade will travel through Blacklick Estates on Dec. 4 starting at 1 p.m. Go online at madisontownship.org/importantinformation for a route map and approximate location times.

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