Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal; plus history April Fool’s tricks

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“The Towpath Adventures of Skinny Nye”
The Groveport Heritage Society’s free program on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., will be “Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal: The Towpath Adventures of Skinny Nye,” presented by Marilyn Weymouth Seguin, author of “Silver Ribbon.” Seguin was an assistant professor in the English Department at Kent State University, retiring in 2012. She has had a longtime interest in the Ohio and Erie Canal, particularly with regard to the women, children and animals that lived and worked along its banks. She will be recounting the life of Pearl R. Nye who was born on a canal boat near Chillicothe and went on to become a boat captain until the canal closed in 1913.

April Fool’s tricks
The residents of the Groveport Heritage Society’s Sharp’s Landing building have been playing April Fool’s tricks. They seem to have found items that do not belong to their era and are displaying them in the bakery, smokehouse and icehouse. Can you help discover the “foolish” items?

During the month of April, the Groveport Heritage Society is inviting you to visit the building at 536 Wirt Road in Groveport, peer into the windows and write down the items that don’t seem to belong in the 1850s. (Hint: there are at least 12.) You can pick up a form at Groveport Town Hall, or just write your list of guesses on a piece of paper. Your guesses can be dropped off at Groveport Town Hall.

At the end of April, the person who found the most mistakes will be rewarded with a gift card from one of our local eateries. If there is a tie, a drawing will be held from the winning entries. The Groveport Heritage Society will post updates about this contest on its Facebook page.

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