Taking pride in the township

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Madison Township Trustee Chairman John Pritchard (left) presents an award to long-time resident and business owner Eusebio “Mike” Manglona (right) for his community service.

Community service can be as simple as picking up trash before it becomes a problem and encouraging others to be proud of where they live, just like Madison Township resident and business owner Eusebio Manglona.

Manglona, better known as “Mike” to his neighbors and customers, has lived and worked in the area since he moved to the United States from Guam in 1964 and worked at Rickenbacker Air Force Base for 31 years.

During the same time, he converted his garage into a barbershop. After retiring from the air base, he continued to serve his customers while working for 15 years for the Groveport Madison School District.

In 1991, he opened a barbershop at the corner of Sedalia Drive and Noe-Bixby Road, where he can still be found cutting hair and making the community a better place.

“Mr. Manglona has always been active in the community,” said Madison Township Trustee Chairman John Pritchard on March 12 during a presentation to Manglona in recognition of his efforts. “He loves his community and the schools. He continues to encourage residents to be proud of where they live. About four years ago, Mike took it upon himself to begin cleaning up the trash along the intersection where the shop is located.”

Pritchard said Manglona, 83, can be found multiple times a week walking around and picking up litter before he opens his shop for business.

“The Madison Township Trustees and staff would like to extend a special thank you to Eusebio Manglona for his dedication and actions in helping to keep the township a great place to live,” said Pritchard.

When asked why it is important to him to make his neighborhood look nice, Manglona said he didn’t like the bad things he heard about the township many years ago.

“I felt like it could be good exercise for me and if I do a little bit for the township making it look better, other people might be encouraged to do the same thing,” Manglona said following the presentation, also attended by his daughter, Rita, who helped keep the honor a secret from her dad before the meeting.

Other township news
•Firefighter Edward G. Dildine was presented a 25-year service award, Police Officer Brian Schwotzer was honored for his 20 years of service and Firefighter Kyle Peters received his five-year service award.
•The trustees rescheduling the regular April board meeting to April 2, 6 p.m., due to unforeseen conflicts.

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