December 9, 2018 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIV No. 3
Now Taking Reservations for
Original clock will count the minutes again
By Kristy Zurbrick
The Madison County commissioners can
tick another task off their to-do list. They
have made a decision about the courthouse
Just before Thanksgiving, the commissioners
voted 2-1 to restore the clock to its
original condition. The clock hasn’t reliably
kept time for several years. Some of the
faces have stopped working altogether.
The commissioners considered several options.
Two possibilities were to repair or replace
the existing clock mechanism, installed
in 1974 after the Xenia tornado damaged the
clock tower. A new clock mechanism would
have cost roughly $30,000.
The third option was to restore and install
the original clock mechanism and replace
the clock faces, including the white
backgrounds, hands and numbers. The original
clock dates back to 1982. The initial estimate
for this option was $120,000. It is
now $95,000, thanks to volunteers who
have stepped up to reduce labor costs.
Commissioners David Dhume and David
Hunter voted for the full restoration option.
Mark Forrest voted against it.
“To me, financially it didn’t make sense,”
Forrest said, adding that the county has
other financial priorities.
Hunter and incoming commissioner Dr.
Tony Xenikis have been big proponents of
bringing the clock back to its original state.
They have talked extensively with Phil
Wright, an expert in tower clock restoration
who has the original clock mechanism in
storage at his shop in South Charleston.
Dhume said the deciding factor for him
was the money that Madison County Treasurer
Donna Landis pledged to the project.
“That was quite helpful to us in making
our decision,” he said.
The commissioners approved $60,000
from the general fund for the project. When
Landis heard they needed more money, she
offered up funds from her office’s delinquent
tax fund. Mobile home taxes, special assessments,
and 5 percent of the county’s delinquent
property tax collections go into the
fund. She said she will use money from the
fund to cover the remaining cost of the project.
“I just want it fixed,” Landis said. “It’s an
embarrassment to the county to have a
clock that doesn’t work. I think people depend
Originally, the county was going to put
the project out to bid. By law, any expendi-
See CLOCK page 2
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
(ABOVE) Taken in 2017 during interior repair work to the Madison
County Courthouse clock tower, this photo shows two of the four
faces connected to the tower clock (the small metal mechanism
shown in the center of the picture). The county commissioners
recently voted to restore and install the original clock mechanism,
which dates back to the 1892, and replace the clock faces, including
the white backgrounds, hands and numbers.
(ABOVE) These are two of the cast iron numbers from the original
Madison County Courthouse clock. They measure 17 inches tall.
They are part of the Madison County Historical Society’s collection
and will serve as a reference for creating new aluminum numbers
in the original style.
(AT LEFT) Phil Wright, an expert in tower clock restoration, has
the original clock mechanism from the Madison County Courthouse
stored at his shop in South Charleston.
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Madison County leaders have devised a plan that should allow
Dollar General to break ground on a new store in Mount Sterling
as early as March.
On Dec. 4, Dave Hughes, the county’s building and zoning director,
approached the county commissioners with concerns about how
to handle zoning for the site.
Dollar General plans to build the store on property located near
the intersection of U.S. Rte. 62 and Third Street, across the road
from Whiteside Automotive. The land sits
outside of the Mount Sterling corporation
limits and, as such, falls under county zoning.
Currently, the property is zoned mostly
residential; a small part is zoned commercial.
The county’s comprehensive land use
plan, which sets zoning for the county’s unincorporated
areas, is up for review next
year. Commissioner Mark Forrest said it is
very likely the area where Dollar General
wants to build will switch from residential
Hughes said that while that might be the
case, Dollar General wants to break ground
before the land use plan review is finished.
Rob Slane, county administrator, estimates
the review process will wrap up in June.
County Prosecutor Stephen Pronai suggested
that the company request a conditional
use permit for the property with a
promise to come back for rezoning once the
comprehensive plan is updated. If approved,
a conditional use permit would allow the
company to move forward with development
plans on its preferred timeline.
“I don’t want to lose a business down in
Mount Sterling,” Pronai said about his desire to find a solution that
makes the store possible.
“I think it would be a very good thing for (Mount Sterling),” said
Commissioner David Hunter, noting the village has been without
a grocery store for several years. The Dollar General store will offer
some grocery items.
Slane said the township trustees have indicated they want the
zoning change to happen. Commissioner David Dhume requested
that the trustees pass a resolution that officially states their preference
to see the zoning designation change to commercial.
Forrest suggested that the trustees present the resolution as an
“emergency need for the community.”
Hughes said he hopes to have the conditional use permit paperwork
ready for a public hearing with the Board of Zoning Appeals
in early January.
Located in the Burr Oaks subdivision, the property has access
to county sewer services but not water.
Comprehensive Land Use Plan Review
The county has formed a committee to oversee the review
process. The plan is reviewed every four years.
Members of the committee are: Julia Cumming of the Madison
County Soil and Water Conservation District; Bryan Dhume,
county engineer; Mary Griffith, agricultural and natural resources
educator with the Madison County Ohio State University Extension;
David Hughes, county building and zoning director; David
Kell, executive director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce
and Madison County Future Community Improvement
Corp.; and Rob Slane, county administrator.
The committee will do most of the legwork on the review process,
Slane said, but also will form and consider input from an advisory
committee made up of people representing various professions and
interests. The review process will include a residential survey to
get input from the public at large. The committee’s first official
meeting took place Dec. 6.
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ture over $50,000 must go out to bid.
On Dec. 4, Rob Slane, county administrator, said the project is
no longer going out to bid. Instead, it has been broken down into
three separate projects—restoration of the clock mechanism, installation
of the clock mechanism, and reproduction of the hands and
numbers—each of which will cost less than $50,000.
The project has tight specs, the main one being use of the original
clock mechanism. According to Wright, the No. 17 Seth Thomas
clock is rare. It’s one of the bigger clocks the company made and is
capable of striking a very large bell. The striker is a 55-pound hammer
connected to the mechanism. The county has restored the
3,000-pound bell, which hangs in the clock tower.
Wright acquired the clock about 25 years ago from the Madison
County Historical Society, which was downsizing its collection in a
move from the county fairgrounds in London.
“It was going to be discarded. I told Phil to come and get it,” said
Tim Wilson, an antique-clock enthusiast who was on the Madison
County Fair Board at the time.
Wright said he has held onto the clock all these years in the
hopes that it would one day return to its original place.
Slane said he is waiting to receive final project paperwork and
costs from Wright. The first phases will be the clock repair and installation.
The third phase will be the creation and installation of
the faces. Altogether, the project will take about nine months to
complete, Slane said.
Wilson, who is volunteering his time to help with the clock project,
recently contacted the Madison County Historical Society to see
if they had any other parts from the original clock. It turns out they
have two of the numbers, the V (5) and the XI (11); they are made
out of cast iron. They will serve as references for creating new numbers
out of aluminum that match the original style. The new hands
will be made of aluminum, too; each will be eight feet long.
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Decorating the present with pieces of the past
I love traditions, especially at
A 1960-era plastic Santa Claus
face backed by a pleated aluminum Linda Dillman
circle circa 1960, with a curlicue
beard so sparse I conducted a transplant last
year, sits high atop my tree. It held court on
spruces, firs and pines when I was a child, traveled
across the country when we celebrated
Christmas in other states, and glowed with a single
bulb when we lived in Japan.
When I was 6 years old, I accompanied my
mother for the first time back to Austria, the country
of her birth and home to holiday traditions
dating back centuries. A kindly, little old lady did not let a language
barrier stop her from giving a shy American schoolgirl a homemade
pine cone Santa sporting a bright red cloth hat and clutching a tiny
Fifty-six years later, he continues to occupy a place of honor in a
hutch my grandmother passed down to me. Every year, I straighten
the candle he clutches, re-glue his pine cone arm and set him in a
place of honor. Throughout the rest of the year, he resides next to a
partially burned wax candle in the shape of a fireplace, which sat
on the shelf of a paperboard fireplace in the house where I grew up,
which didn’t have a real fireplace.
I now have a wood burning stove flanked by a brick wall and
topped by a cherry mantle, but I fondly remember the cardboard fireplace
my parents put up for many years before it fell apart, much
like the nearly 30-year-old artificial tree we replaced last year.
Our faux Christmas tree lost needles at the rate of a real-life
counterpart. Over the years, some of its branches were rigged in
place. We bought it in 1986, the first Christmas we spent in Japan
when we were stationed at Misawa Air Force Base. The local Boy
Scout troop sold live trees, but we were forewarned if we wanted to
keep a tree up for longer than a week to get a fake one.
I never liked the idea of a tree that you assembled from scratch.
It seemed anti-holiday, but necessity is not only the mother of invention,
it also comes in handy in extending the Christmas season
when you’re thousands of miles from home. We bought a tree-in-abox
at the local base exchange, covered it in family treasures and
periodically sprayed it with pine scent.
I clung to that tree for nearly three decades. It, like me, continued
to hang on, despite broken limbs (I dislocated and broke my
ankle for the first time two weeks before I turned 50), falling needles
and the march of time.
The tree was part of our family, our holiday scrapbook and, until
it was beyond repair, stood front and center in our front room window.
Today its successor, one in which I still string my own largebulb
lights, stands tall and perfect in our living room.
On its branches are ornaments old and new. One is a small ceramic
bear painted in splotches of color, the outcome of an afternoon
of crafting that resulted in our youngest daughter taking first place
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in the youth category of a military art competition. station. If my mother saw him on her television in
Nearby hangs a plastic cut-out ball coated in flaking Columbus, no matter what time it was, she would place
silver. It once graced my grandparents’ tree. My grandfather
passed away in 1978, the year after our oldest Likewise, I always had to watch “Mr. Magoo’s Christ-
a long distance call to Misawa and let me know.
daughter was born. My grandmother followed him in mas Carol,” Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” gang, Alistair
Sims in the best non-animated version of Charles
1983, the year after our second child turned 1.
But, the ornament lives on, like others belonging to Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Bing, Danny,
my parents when they celebrated their first Christmas Rosemary and Vera Ellen dancing and singing their
together and ones bought for me from the time I was a way through “White Christmas,” and the double delight
little girl. Some are fancy, adorned in glitter, and of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus
painted in bright colors. Others are simple, such as a is Coming to Town.”
flat-faced cardboard Santa who has lost his nose.
The ornaments, the tree, the pine cone Santa, the
While decorations played a big part in shaping my meals and all of the other traditions I hold close are
holiday world, televised Christmas specials and traditional
meals satisfied a different hunger.
parents close to my heart when I miss them most, they
echoes of the past. They keep my daddy and my grand-
The “Norelco Santa” sailing down a snowy hill always
heralded the start of the holiday season for me and mas mornings far from home, and they are who I am.
bring back memories of Japanese snowfalls on Christ-
my family, even when we lived in Japan and did not receive
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Glitter and glow
The holiday season is for giving, not
only gifts and time, but also sharing
germs. With the colder weather brings
infections that can put a damper on your
Influenza is one of the biggest worries, but pertussis
can be just as serious. Pertussis or whooping cough is a
respiratory infection that is best known for the “whooping”
sound that is made when coughing. This can cause
the person to gasp for air after a coughing fit. The cough
can last for up to 10 weeks and, like influenza, can be
very dangerous for infants and older adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control approximately
half of all babies less than 1 year old are hospitalized
because of pertussis. Worldwide, there are
annually around 24.1 million cases of pertussis and
about 160,700 deaths per year.
The good news is that there are things you can do to
prevent pertussis. The Advisory Committee of Immunization
Practices recommends that
children get the DTaP vaccine as part
of their primary series, five doses as
well as a booster Tdap at the age of 12
or going into seventh grade. It is also
recommended that adults over the age
of 65 and pregnant women receive a
dose of the Tdap vaccine.
Vaccination along with good hand
hygiene, covering your cough and
staying home when you are ill, can
help prevent the spread of this potentially
For more information about the
pertussis vaccine, call your physician’s office or Madison
County Public Health at (740) 852-3065.
Ashley Palmer, R,N,, is a public health nurse with Madison
County Public Health.
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Arm in arm
After their loss to Cincinnati Wyoming in
the regional finals game on Nov. 17, seniors
on the London football team linked
arms and finished their high school careers
with a final walk down the field: (from
left) Bricker Thiel, Gavin Bonn, Jack Minner,
Brandon Leach, Nick Schooley, Jack
Gould, Nate Wells, Dustin Massie, K.J.
Price, Eric Noble, Brennen Spiess and
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London High School’s wrestling team: (front row, from left) John Narewski, Jeremiah Yearout, Tyler Scaggs, Brady
Fisher, Nic Scaggs; (second row) Gabriel Lenigar, Antonio Burns, Ethan James, Jack Minner, Josh Colvin, Dom
Davis, Josiah Kennedy, Grace Jones; (back row) Coach Richard Burns, Tyjuan Jackson, Darian Huff, Saif Ullah, Garrett
Weldon, Michael Plunkett, Thaddeus Huff, Jake Rausch and Coach Aaron Akers. Not pictured: Antwaun Burns.
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London High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team: (front row, from left) Caleb Sollars, Eli North, Jake Andrich,
Head Coach Zach Brown, Ben Kennell, Grant Carpenter, Juane Gardner; (back row) Stony Burks, Isaiah Hatem,
Isaiah Jones, Trey Woodyard, Jackson Jones, Jayvion Stevens, Assistant Coach Dennis Klenowski and Assistant
Coach Cory Bexfield. Not pictured: Naz Cameron.
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Congratulations go out to county’s top 4-Hers
The annual Madison County 4-H banquet
was held Dec. 2 with 117 4-H members,
parents and invited guests in attendance.
Madison County Fair royalty led the
“Pledge of Allegiance:” Whitney Stires,
queen, Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H Club;
Kayden Warnock, princess, Helping Hands
Happy Hearts 4-H Club; and Callie Jenkins,
princess attendant, Born in a Barn 4-H
To offer more recognition opportunities
to 4-Hers, the Madison County 4-H Extension
program developed a participation
record sheet that youths used to keep track
of their 4-H activities and accomplishments.
4-Hers present at the banquet who received
awards for participation included:
* Bronze honors—Maria Coulardot, Town
& County Kids; Max Gerckens, Clover Clippers;
* Silver honors—Ross Gerckens, Clover
Clippers; Hannah Green, Beginners to Winners;
Sarah Green, Beginners to Winners;
Zoe Hutson, Town & Country Kids; Victoria
Sanguino, Clover Clippers; Trenton Vance,
Clover Clippers; and
* Gold honors—Addie Barnhill, Canaan
Pathfinders; Arcie Barnhill, Canaan
Pathfinders; Sophie Brand, Yes We Can;
Donna Campbell, Jumpers & Flyers;
Matthew Canterbury, Yes We Can; Hope
Fetherolf, Exclusively Equine; Lillian
Finke, Born in a Barn; Olivia Finke, Born
in a Barn; Bridget Haggy, Canaan Pathfinders;
Noah Haggy, Canaan Pathfinders;
Samuel Haggy, Canaan Pathfinders;
Brooke Hermiller, Clover Clippers; Mason
Hermiller, Clover Clippers; Sydne Hermiller,
Clover Clippers ; Isabel Hiles,
County Bunch; Shea Huntington, Beginners
to Winners; Will Huntington, Beginners to
Winners; Dakota Hutson, Town & Country
Kids; Callie Jenkins, Born in a Barn; Emily
Mathews, Jumpers & Flyers; Landon
Mayabb, Helping Hands Happy Hearts; Zavier
Mayabb, Helping Hands Happy Hearts;
Molly Metcalf, Exclusively Equine; Kayla
Miller, Exclusively Equine; Olivia Rinesmith,
Fairfield Rascals; Hayes Smith,
Helping Hands Happy Hearts; Will Smith,
Canaan Prize Winners; Whitney Stires,
Speedy Spurs Livestock; Garrett Vance,
Clover Clippers; Olivia Vance, Clover Clippers;
Addie Wilkin, Helping Hands Happy
Hearts; and Elliana Wilkin, Helping Hands
* Cloverbuds (ages 5-8)—Skylar Tackett
of Helping Hands Happy Hearts and Jacob
Hiles, Country Bunch.
Camp Counselors and staff recognized
for planning and overseeing the Let’s Giddy
Up & Go to 4-H Summer Camp. Present included
Olivia Rinesmith, a Fairfield Rascals
4-H Club member who served as a counselor,
and adult volunteers Joel Buckland of
Helping Hands Happy Hearts 4-H and
Kevin Clemmons of Country Bunch 4-H.
Outstanding 4-H members recognized for
their care, hard work, energy and dedication
to the 4-H motto, “To Make the Best Better,”
* Outstanding 4-Her/Junior—Noah
Haggy, Canaan Pathfinders; Hayes Smith,
Helping Hands Happy Hearts;
* Outstanding 4-Her/Intermediate—
Emily Mathews, Jumpers & Flyers; Kayden
Warnock, Helping Hands Happy Hearts;
* Outstanding 4-Her/Senior—Whitney
Stires, Speedy Spurs Livestock.
The Weldon Brown award is given in
honor of the late Weldon Brown who was executive
secretary of the Senior Fair Board
for many years and is awarded to Junior
Fair Board (JFB) members who show outstanding
leadership, reliability and dedication
to the Junior Fair. This one-time award
is presented to JFB members who have
served as chairpersons of their division,
have excellent meeting and workday attendance
records, and go the extra mile or hour
to help make the Junior Fair possible.
This year’s award recipient is Haylee Henry
of the Speedy Spurs Livestock Club.
Volunteers recognized for their years of
* One year—Jackie Bolin, Fairfield Rascals;
Joel Buckland, Helping Hands Happy
Hearts; Christen Rinehart, Born in a Barn;
* Two years—Valerie and Steve Hermiller,
* Three years—Jodie Marks, Mud Run
* Four years—Emily Davis and Gennie
Davis, Yes We Can;
* Five years—Jody Campbell, Jumpers &
This year’s Outstanding 4-Hers in Madison County include: (from left) Whitney Stires of
the Speedy Spurs Livestock, Kayden Warnock of the Helping Hands Happy Hearts 4-H
Club, Emily Mathews of the Jumpers & Flyers 4-H Club, Noah Haggy of the Canaan
Pathfinders 4-H Club, and Hayes Smith of the Helping Hands Happy Hearts.
Flyers; Bridget Wilkin, Helping Hands
* Six years—Deetra Huntington, Beginners
* Eight years—Jenny Sweet, Helping
Hands Happy Hearts;
* 11 years—Chris Fetherolf, Exclusively
* 15 years—Savannah Brock, Junior Fair
Board coordinator; Annette Rinesmith,
* 16 years—Monroe Harbage, Clover Clippers;
* 21 years—Judy Gallimore and Heather
Mayabb, Helping Hands Happy Hearts;
* 24 years—Tammy Smith, Canaan Prize
* 25 years—Clint Hutson, Town & Country
* 26 years—Kevin Clemmons, Country
Bunch; Robin Hutson, Town & Country
* 27 years—Daphne Hedgecock, Clover
* 33 years—Holly Stockham, Canaan
* 36 years—Kevin Stockham, Canaan
* 42 years—Pat Gallimore, Jumpers &
The Honor Club award is an opportunity
for clubs to demonstrate participation on
the club and county levels by filling out a
form that highlights activities performed as
a club in the past year. This year’s honor
Beginners to Winners
Born in a Barn
Dirty Boots and Shiny Belt Buckles
Helping Hands, Happy Hearts
Jumpers & Flyers
Mud Run Hustlers
Speedy Spurs Livestock
Town & country Kids
Yes We Can
The Community Service award was developed
by the 4-H Advisory Committee to
recognize clubs for outstanding service to
the community. This year’s winners are:
honorable mentions, Canaan Pathfinders
and Exclusively Equine; third place, Helping
Hands Happy Hearts; second place, Yes
We Can; and first place, Beginners to Winners.
This year’s Friend of 4-H is Madi-Lon
Inc., a group of individuals who generously
donated to the Madison County 4-H summer
camp program. Thanks to the group’s
financial support, Madison County youth
will be able to experience the outdoor adventures
of 4-H summer camp for years to
come. Madi-Lon sees 4-H as a unique program
that can foster passion and dreams.
The group recognizes the monetary challenges
local families might face when it
comes to providing their children with this
type of recreational and leadership programming.
Gold-level 4-H participation winners for
Madison County 4-H
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‘Sounds of the Season’ will fill the air on Dec. 16
By Kristy Zurbrick
With its annual Sounds of the Season,
the Madison County Arts Council offers up
a chance to relax, listen and smile.
“The holidays always elicit this level of
unnecessary stress. There just seems to be
so much angst surrounding this season,”
said Brynne Adkins, Arts Council secretary.
“The Arts Council loves putting on
Sounds of the Season for obvious reasons—
showcasing local talent, providing a quality
performance, etc.—but we especially love offering
an opportunity to sit down for an
hour or so and allowing people to simply
enjoy. Our hope is that you leave Sounds of
the Season ready to welcome Christmas
with a full heart and a renewed spirit.”
This year’s show is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 16
at London First United Methodist Church,
52 N. Main St. Admission is free. Donations
will be accepted at the door.
Several area performers auditioned to be
part of the 2018 line-up. The result is 20
acts, ranging from soloists to ensembles performing
a mix of vocal and instrumental
Among those who will entertain are London
residents Clayton Burke and Paul Oswalt
singing “Happy Christmas” by John
Lennon, with Burke also providing accompaniment
on acoustic guitar.
Dean Harris, a Madison-Plains student,
will sing “Hallelujah Christmas,” and Madeline
Frambes and Isaac Keefer, students at
Jonathan Alder High School, will sing
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Londonite Ellie Shoemaker, a college
freshmen, is back again with her ukulele,
and The Music Men of London barbershop
quartet plan to sing “White Christmas,” the
version made popular by The Drifters. The
quartet includes Craig Chadwell, Jeff Gates,
Paul Oswalt and Matthew Tlachac.
Christmas readings, piano solos, and
more fill out the night’s program.
The Madison County Arts Council is a
non-profit organization dedicated to provid-
Lots to win in MATCO
Services holiday raffle
Some pretty great prizes are up for grabs
in MATCO’s annual holiday raffle.
The raffle is sponsored by MATCO Consumer
Council, MATCO CATS, and MATCO
Services Inc. All proceeds support self-advocacy,
community integration, choice, and
quality of life for adults with disabilities.
Among this year’s raffle items are an Ohio
State Parks gift certificate, an Instapot, a car
detail service valued at $175, multiple
restaurant gift certificates, oil change vouchers,
a manicure, a wireless keyboard and
mouse, and much more. Area businesses and
individuals donated the prizes.
Tickets are six for $5. The drawing will
take place on Dec. 18. For more information
or to purchase tickets, visit MATCO Services
at 204 Maple St. in London during regular
business hours or call Cordelia Comer,
administrative assistant, at (740) 852-7054.
MATCO has served the community since
Ellie Shoemaker sings and plays ukulele
as other performers wait their turns during
the Madison County Arts Council’s annual
Sounds of the Season.
ing and fostering education and entertainment
through sponsorship and presentation
of the performing and visual arts in Madison
In addition to “Sounds of the Season,”
MCAC annually presents a countywide
summer musical (this year’s was “Shrek”)
and a Young Artist Showcase, and awards
fine arts scholarships to students from
Madison County’s high schools.
LONDON PUBLIC LIBRARY
LIBRARY CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
• Monday, December 10th
Library Board Meeting - 5:00 pm
• Tuesday, December 11th
Book Club - 7:00 pm
• Thursday, December 13th
Spider-Man Party - 6:30 pm
• Wednesday, December 19th
Cookbook Club - 7:00 pm
Check out the library’s website for a list of all our Programs.
visit: http://mylondonlibrary.org for more information
11/26/18 to 12/16/18
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Standing among the many prizes donated for MATCO’s annual holiday raffle are: (front
row, from left) MATCO clients Penny Powers and Donnie McGhee; Wanda Rueppel, direct
service professional; (back row) CEO Van Viney; client Jeff Horn; and Cordelia Comer,
This will be an exciting time for you and your little ones, and
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himself! Please make sure to include a return address!
REMAX Leading Edge will have Santa’s Mailbox located at the office of
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Getting into the holiday spirit in Plain City
Plain City’s Christmas Under the Clock, sponsored by the Uptown Plain City Organization and area businesses.
took place on Dec. 1 on Main Street, Chillicothe Street and Jefferson Avenue.
Garrett Monnin looks on as 4-year-old conductor
Sawyer Prather of Plain City takes
the controls of the holiday train display in
the window of the Plain City Historical Society
Rain brought out umbrellas at Plain City’s
17th Annual Christmas Under the Clock.
The event offered plenty to do inside and
out, from business open houses to a tree
Jason Bartlett fine tunes an ice sculpture on display at Lovejoy’s Plaza.
Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Willow & Twine Home Decor and Interior Design was open to visitors during Plain City’s
Christmas Under The Clock celebration on Dec. 1. Store owners offered up cookies and
coffee, as well as a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Many Plain City businesses were
decorated and open for the annual event.
Members of Daisy Troop 4943 pass out cookies, raise money and collect toys for children
in need: (at the table, from left) Davann Campbell, Lily Schwenke and Jordan Tankersley,
all 6 years old.
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Hunting numbers on the decline, ODNR says
By Theresa Garee
were successful in their first hunt, and
Navarro is proud that they were able to help
just the state of Ohio, it’s nationwide.”
ODNR officials hope more education and
“We like fresh meat and this way we
provide food for their family.
programs will reverse that trend. ODNR offers
hunter and trapper education courses, they are putting in meat,” said Navarro.
don’t have to worry about the chemicals
It’s deer hunting season and, though the
“I feel it’s important they learn to hunt
tradition is becoming less popular, the success
rate is steady.
and fish because it’s natural and a good way an apprentice hunting license and a “Becoming
an Outdoor Woman” program, as est is probably due to the many other activ-
Windau said the decline in hunting inter-
to spend time with your family and provide
Hunters checked 13,614 white-tailed
food,” Navarro said.
well as a youth-only hunting season. ities that draw people’s attention and time.
deer on Nov. 26, opening day of Ohio’s deergun
hunting season, according to the Ohio
Navarro hopes his sons will teach their This year’s youth hunters checked 6,563 “There are a lot of lifestyle changes, people
are busier,” said Windau.
children how to hunt, passing down a tradition
that is becoming less common.
ous year at 4,958. Youths can receive their The gun-hunting deer season lasted until
white-tail deer, an increase from the previ-
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Juan Navarro recently taught his two
“There has been a steady decline for a couple
decades,” said ODNR Wildlife Communi-
photos at wildohio.gov.
this year to encourage more people to try
First Harvest certificate and share their Dec. 2 with an additional two days added
boys, ages 10 and 12, how to hunt. Predominately,
a family of fishers, they decided to
cations Manager John Windau. “But it’s not The Navarro family plans to hunt again hunting, on Dec. 15 and 16.
expand their skill set this year. Both boys
Hunters harvest more than 1,100 wild turkeys
Hunters harvested 1,117 wild turkeys
during Ohio’s 2018 fall wild turkey season.
Ohio’s 2018 fall wild turkey hunting season
was open in 70 counties, Oct. 13-Nov.
25. This year, three counties were open during
the fall turkey season for the first time.
Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by
1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by
the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern day
wild turkey season opened in the spring of
1966 in nine counties, and hunters checked
12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped
1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring
turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000.
Fall turkey season first opened in 19 counties
For summaries of past turkey seasons,
The ODNR states that it ensures a balance
between wise use and protection of our
natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit
ohiodnr.gov for information.
A list of all wild turkeys checked during
the 2018 fall hunting season is shown
below. The first number following the
county’s name shows the harvest numbers
for 2018, and the 2017 numbers are in
parentheses. An * designates a county that
was open during the 2018 season, but was
not open during the 2017 season.
Adams: 11 (20); Allen : 8 (4); Ashland: 14
(15); Ashtabula: 39 (46); Athens: 20 (15);
Belmont: 29 (23); Brown: 10 (9); Butler: 7
(6); Carroll: 20 (19); Champaign: 2 (3); Clermont:
13 (15); Columbiana: 16 (22); Coshocton:
52 (54); Crawford: 1 (3); Cuyahoga: 6
(2); Defiance: 14 (9); Delaware: 9 (11); Erie*:
6 (0); Fairfield: 12 (6); Fulton: 10 (6); Gallia:
32 (31); Geauga: 34 (16); Guernsey: 41 (31);
Hamilton: 11 (11); Hancock*: 4 (0); Hardin:
2 (3); Harrison: 35 (28); Henry: 3 (3); Highland:
25 (25); Hocking: 20 (8); Holmes: 32
(26); Huron: 12 (5); Jackson: 21 (18); Jefferson:
8 (19); Knox: 18 (17); Lake: 9 (9);
Lawrence: 19 (12); Licking: 25 (30); Logan:
10 (4); Lorain: 5 (16); Lucas*: 12 (0); Mahoning:
11 (11); Medina: 13 (17); Meigs: 19 (20);
Monroe: 28 (22); Morgan: 28 (12); Morrow:
6 (19); Muskingum: 25 (20); Noble: 30 (19);
Paulding: 2 (8); Perry: 17 (19); Pike: 18 (12);
Portage: 18 (15); Preble: 9 (10); Putnam: 5
(8); Richland: 19 (28); Ross: 17 (13); Scioto:
25 (7); Seneca: 2 (9); Stark: 14 (25); Summit:
9 (13); Trumbull: 21 (28); Tuscarawas: 40
(25); Vinton: 11 (18); Warren: 4 (6); Washington:
19 (18); Wayne: 9 (8); Williams: 13
(25); Wyandot: 4 (5); Total: 1,117 (1,053).
14 MONTH 20 MONTH 38 MONTH
Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Getting crafty with nature
On Nov. 26, dozens of families visited Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park near West Jefferson
to make holiday artwork out of materials found in the wild. Here, 4-year-old
twins Julia and Victoria Barlowe of Orient show off Christmas tree and owl decorations
made from sticks and pine cones. Another Nature Crafts event is set for 1 p.m.
Dec. 22 at the Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway.
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Lighten up at West Jeff’s Christmas in the Park
By Kristy Zurbrick
West Jefferson’s signature Christmas
celebration, now in its 23rd year, is poised
to sparkle just as brightly as ever.
For weeks, volunteers have been testing
and hanging hundreds of strands of lights
in the trees at Garrette Park. On Dec. 14,
Santa will flip a switch to bring 400,000
twinkling lights to life and signal the start
of Christmas in the Park.
Three days of carriage rides, Santa visits,
live music, food, and children’s activities are
planned, along with a lighted parade, house
decorating contest, and toy giveaway.
Once the weekend festivities are over,
the park will remain lit from 6 to 10 p.m.
nightly through Jan. 1.
Highlights of opening weekend, Dec. 14-
16, are as follows:
Parade of Lights
Anyone can participate in the parade of
lights on Dec. 15. All entries should include
lighting of some kind. Line-up starts at 4:30
p.m. in the American Legion parking lot,
9701 W. Broad St. The parade steps off at
5:30 and travels into West Jefferson, continuing
on Main Street to South Twin Street,
then left onto Fellows Avenue and right into
Garrette Park. For more information, call
Sandy Boucher at (614) 879-9662.
Pictures with Santa and Toy Giveaway
Santa will be available all weekend to
hear children’s Christmas wishes in the
Santa House and pose for photos. Bring
your own camera and take as many photos
as you like, or take advantage of the on-site
photographer. The first photo is free; additional
photos are $3 each, with a limit of
Skip the wait in line to see Santa by leaving
your name and phone number at the
Santa House when you arrive at the park.
Organizers will send a text when it’s your
turn to visit Santa.
On Dec. 16, event organizers will give
tickets to children ages 12 and younger for
a toy giveaway. Toy distribution will start
at 8 p.m. Entrants (or their parents) must
be present at the drawing to win.
Craft Station, Stories & Carriage Rides
Children are invited to visit the Gingerbread
House to make a variety of crafts
throughout the weekend, and each night,
volunteers will read Christmas-themed stories
in the Santa House.
Teachers from the West Jefferson middle
school and high school will man the horse
and carriage ride station. Skip the wait in
line for a ride by leaving your name and
phone number with organizers when you arrive
at the park. They will send a text when
it’s your turn to ride.
Home Decorating Contest
In conjunction with Christmas in the
Park, the West Jefferson Community Association
holds a home decorating contest.
Residents of the village of West Jefferson
and Jefferson Township are eligible to
Horse-drawn carriage rides are always a hit with Christmas in the Park visitors.
Judging will take place Dec. 11-14. Entrants
must leave their lights on from 6 to 9
p.m. those nights. Winners will be notified
on Dec. 16; cash prizes will be presented at
Two special categories are offered this
year: “Clark Grizwold,” which looks for excessive
use of lighting and decoration; and
“Norman Rockwell”, which looks for more
traditional, nostalgic decoration.
For more information about any part of
the event, go to wjchristmaspark.org.
Christmas in the Park is an all-volunteer
organization. Donations help to offset the
cost of replacement lights, electricity and
other expenses. Make donations out to
“Christmas in the Park” and mail to P.O.
Box 262, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
Directions to Garrette Park
Journey to West Jefferson via Route 40.
Once in downtown, turn south on Walnut
Street, which runs straight into the park.
Parking is available on surrounding
streets. One option is the field behind the
park; to get there, continue south on Walnut
Street which becomes Fellows Avenue, then
look for the lot.
Call Carol Beachy at (614) 879-9036 or
stop by West Jefferson Hardware, 228 E.
Main St., during regular business hours.
West Jefferson High School students will be among the performers providing live music
during Christmas in the Park in West Jefferson.
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Schedule of events
Friday, Dec. 14
5 p.m. Concessions open
6 p.m. Opening ceremonies, Santa arrives and turns on
the lights, music by West Jefferson High School
jazz band and choir
6-9 p.m. Santa’s workshop, carriage rides, facepainting
6-9 p.m. Music by West Jefferson High School music debarment
6-9:30 p.m. Visit with Santa
11 p.m. Lights off
Saturday, Dec. 15
4:30 p.m. Parade line-up at American Legion
5 p.m. Concessions open
5:30 p.m. Parade of lights
6-9 p.m. Santa’s workshop, holiday games, carriage rides,
6-9 p.m. Tim Castle and The Southern Rock Band performs
6-10 p.m. Visit with Santa
11 p.m. Lights off
Sunday, Dec. 16
5 p.m. Lights on
5-7:30 p.m. Entertainment
5-8 p.m. Concessions open, carriage rides
5-9 p.m. Visit with Santa
6-8 p.m. Paul Turner performs live music
6-8 p.m. Facepainting
8 p.m. Home decorating contest winners announcement;
children’s toy giveaway/tickets given to children
on Sunday night (must be present to win)
11 p.m. Lights off
Monday, Dec. 17-Monday, Jan. 1
6-10 p.m. Lights on at the park!
Christmas in the Park offers up a variety of festivities for children
and adults alike.
Christmas in the Park Committee
would like to say a
for their generous support & the use of their
60 ft. lift 4 weeks in 2018 for
West Jefferson Christmas in the Park;
also a BIG THANK YOU to these sponsors:
23 rd Annual West Jefferson Christmas in the Park
December 14, 15, 16
Schedule at: wjchristmaspark.org
Buckeye Ready Mix
John & Craig Brenneman
Esther & Larry Baker
Craft & Car Show
WJ Happy Druggist
IBEW Local Union 71
Merchant’s National Bank
William & Catherine Lillyman
West Jefferson Education
July Fourth Streetfest
Village of West Jefferson
Ed and Bonnie Anderson
Peterman Tree Service
Herb Doherty Family
Main Street Deli
West Jefferson Hardware
Francis & Shipley Farms
Val 6 of Ohio
and Many Others
Thank you to the many volunteers for their many hours of time
Nightly entertainment, carriage rides, Christmas Café & Visits with Santa
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Board of Developmental Disabilities
The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities
will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the administrative
office, 500 Elm St., London.
Central Townships Joint Fire District
The Central Townships Joint Fire District will meet
at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Deercreek Township Hall, 75
Middle St., Lafayette. The 2019 appropriations for the
district will be available at that time.
Township Trustees Meetings
• Deercreek Township—7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the township
hall, 75 Middle St., London.
• Fairfield Township—8 p.m. Dec. 17 at the township
hall, 9100 Big Plain-Circleville Road. Appropriations for
2019 will be available for public input and, after discussion,
for board approval.
• Somerford Township—7 p.m. the second Wednesday
of each month, 91 State Rte. 56 NW in the former
Somerford school building.
Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel
Road, West Jefferson, (614) 879-8448.
• Storytimes. Storytimes are on Wednesdays and Fridays
at 10:30 a.m. The Dec. 14 session will be the last
one for 2018. Storytimes will resume on Jan. 2.
• Crafty Christmas. The library is hosting a makeit-take-it
craft program for adults through Dec. 22. A
different craft is featured each week.
• STEAM Night: Christmas Creations. At 6 p.m.
Dec. 12, put a little holiday magic—or slime—into your
Christmas creations. Call the library to register.
Health District Board
The Madison County London City Health District
Board meets at 5 p.m. Dec. 10, 306 Lafayette St., London.
Historical Society Open House
The Madison County Historical Society, 260 E. High
St., London, will hold a Christmas open house from 2 to
4 p.m. Dec. 9. The public is invited to visit with Mr. and
Mrs. Claus, listen to music by pianist Steve Rath, and
enjoy punch and homemade cookies.
760 Scioto St.
Urbana, OH 43078
20 E. First St., (740) 852-9543.
• Library Board. The board
will meet at 5 p.m. Dec. 10. Anyone
who would like to address
the board is asked to contact
Bryan Howard, director, at 852-
9543 or firstname.lastname@example.org
four days ahead.
• Maker Monday. Stop by the
library’s children’s room between
5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec.
10 to make a spinning top.
• Fiction Book Club. The
group will discuss “Everything I
Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
at 7 p.m. Dec. 11.
• Story Times. Toddler Time
runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays
and is for ages 0-3 years
old. Preschool Story Time runs
from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays
and is for ages 3-6 years old.
The next sessions are on Dec. 11.
• Levi at the Library. Register your child for a 10-
minute time slot in which they read to Levi, a certified
therapy dog. The next session is 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11.
• Spider-Man Party. At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, meet superhero
Spider-Man. Hear his story, learn how to fight
crime with superhero moves, and play a game. A meetand-greet
is planned after the program for pictures.
Madison County Senior Center
280 W. High St., London, (740) 852-3001.
Dec. 10: 8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercises; 9 a.m.,
chair volleyball; 9:30 a.m., knitting, crochet, needle
crafts; 10:30 a.m., sitting exercises and strengthening;
12:15 p.m., Christmas sing-along; 1 p.m., euchre
Dec. 11: 9 a.m., quilting; 10 a.m., bowling; 1:30 p.m.,
Rays of Hope support group; 5 p.m., cards and billiards;
5:30 p.m., line dancing
Dec. 12: 8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise; 9 a.m.,
chair volleyball; 10:30 a.m., aerobics/strengthening
class; 12:05 p.m., bridge; 1 p.m., magician Drew Murry
Dec. 13: 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9 a.m., fun bingo;
10:30 a.m., mystery lunch trip departs
Dec. 14: 8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercises; 9 a.m.,
painting class; 1 p.m., movie
Dec. 15: 1 p.m., bingo.
Mental Illness Support Group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Clark,
Greene and Madison Counties offers a Connection Recovery
Support Group in Plain City. This peer-led, free
and confidential group is for people living with a mental
illness. Meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on
the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the
former Plain City elementary school, 340 W. Main St.,
Plain City. (The site now houses Vineyard Church and
Daily Needs Assistance.) For more details, email
email@example.com or call (937) 322-5600.
Mt. Sterling Community Center
164 E. Main St., (740) 869-2453.
Dec. 10: Chair exercises, 10 a.m.; Zumba, 6-7 p.m.;
open gym basketball for high schoolers and adults, 7:30-
Dec. 11: Food/clothing pantry, 4-7 p.m.; Take Pounds
Off Sensibly, 5-6 p.m.; boot camp exercises, 6:30-7:30
p.m.; volleyball for high schoolers and adults, 7:30-9
p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.;
Dec. 12: Adult sewing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dec. 13: Food/clothing pantry, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; boot
camp exercises, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; volleyball for highschoolers
and adults, 7:30-9 p.m.
Dec. 15: Sewing, all ages and abilities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mount Sterling Library
60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430.
• Storytime. Storytimes are held on Mondays at
10:30 a.m. for children ages 2-5 years old. There will be
no storytimes on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31, then after a short
break, they will resume on Jan. 28.
• Mr. Scrooge. Columbus Children’s Theater will
present “Mr. Scrooge” at 1 p.m. Dec. 20 (the first day of
winter break from school) at the Mount Sterling Community
Center. The show is free and recommended for
children of all ages.
Visit with Mrs. Claus
The Madison County Health Department, 306
Lafayette St., London, invites the public to visit with
Mrs. Claus between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
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The Madison County Retired Teachers Association will meet Dec. 10 at Brennan Loft,
above Wilson Printing & Graphics, 158 S. Main St., London. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. followed
by Christmas and music-themed program at 12:30 p.m.
turned into art
Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson
hosted Family STEAM Night on
Nov. 28. Participants dissected old technology
and turned it into something new. The
library provided all of the materials. Suggested
ideas included an upcycled Christmas
wreath and circuit board ornaments.
The next STEAM (science, technology, engineering,
art/architecture and math) night
is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Participants are invited
to put a little holiday magic–or slime–
into some Christmas creations. Call the
library at (614) 879-8448 to register.
Zoie Smith shows off a robot she created
using old technology parts. The
head is made from the ball of a computer
Messenger photos by Jeff Pfeil
Nicholas Hilyard is all business as he dissects an old keyboard, removing all of the
keys, then checking out what was inside the keyboard.
Plain City Library
305 W. Main St., (614) 873-4912.
• Storytimes. Toddler storytimes (ages
18-36 months old), Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool storytimes (ages 3-6 years old),
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. All-ages storytimes
(ages 6 and younger), Mondays, 10-10:30
a.m. Baby Lapsit storytimes (ages 6-18
months old), Mondays, 11 a.m.
• Holiday Family Storytime. Visit the library
at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 for an interactive,
holiday-themed storytime for children ages
6 and younger and their families.
• IMake: Paper Circuit Greeting Cards.
Drop in between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12
to make a light-up greeting card using copper
tape, LED lights, and a coin cell battery.
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Messenger photos by Amanda Ensinger
Jolly good time in Mt. Sterling
(AT LEFT) Santa Claus visits with Aryianna Croghan, 10 months old, of Circleville during
Mount Sterling’s Christmas in the Village. The annual event took place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and
featured a tree lighting ceremony, parade, live music, arts and crafts, gingerbread house contest
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Gary E. Johnson, 69, of London died on Nov. 28, 2018. A funeral
service was held Dec. 2 at Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home
and Cremation Service, London.
Marcia Jean Kirt, 79, of London died peacefully on Dec. 1, 2018,
after a 22-year, courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Jan.
12, 1939, in Marion, Ohio. Marcia retired after 34 years as administrative
bookkeeper for Madison-Plains Local School District. She
enjoyed her lake house, taking long drives seeing the countryside,
and most of all, spending time with her family. She was preceded
in death by: her husband, Jack Kirt; mother, Genneva Mason Scott;
father, Richard A. Scott; son, Billy Kirt; and brothers, Philip Scott,
Richard E. Scott and Mike Scott. She is survived by her loving family
which includes: sons, Tim Kirt and Scott (Sara) Kirt; granddaughter,
Nicole Kirt (Eric Stephenson); great-grandson, Ean
Stephenson; sisters, Pam (Max) Storts and Judy Reeves; sister-inlaw,
Phyllis Scott; numerous nieces and nephews.Services were held
Dec. 4 at Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mount Sterling. Rev. Jim
Blankenship officiated. Interment followed in Pleasant Cemetery.
William D. “Bill” Sifrit, 81, died on Dec. 1, 2018, at his residence,
surrounded by his loving wife and children. Bill was born on March
29, 1937, to W. Dairl and Dorcas (Bogard) Sifrit in London. He was
preceded in death by his sisters, June Carle and Carol Hammond,
and his brothers, Bob Sifrit and Jack Sifrit. He is survived by: his
wife of 61 years, Charlotte (Renick) Sifrit; children, Nadene (Daryl)
Schlosser, Doug (Sue) Sifrit, Dwain (Karolee) Sifrit and Shelly
(Mike) Kimbler; grandchildren, Adam (Kelly) Sifrit, Wesley (Tara)
Schlosser, Ashlie (Nick) Dailey, Jason (Casey) Kimbler, Corey
Schlosser, Matthew Sifrit, Dustin Fairchild and Kalie Sifrit; greatgrandchildren,
Peyton, Paige and Parker Sifrit, Connor Dailey,
Aubrey, Brooklyn and Caitlyn Schlosser, and Gracie Kimbler; numerous
nieces, nephews; and special friend, Dave Thomas. Bill enjoyed
time with his family at Hocking Hills and watching Ohio State
University sports. Funeral services were held Dec. 6 in Eberle-
Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London, with Steve Hatfield
officiating. Interment followed in Paint Memorial Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to Madison Health Oncology Department,
210 N. Main St., London, OH 43140, or Loving Care
Hospice, P.O. Box 445, London, OH 43140.
Carmela “Millie” Barnes, 83, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., died on
Dec. 2, 2018, in Hilliard. Born on May 12, 1935, in Jersey City, N.J.,
she was a daughter of James and Marie (Verga) Tagliareni.
Carmela had belonged to St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Phoenix,
where she had been active with their senior citizens and Desert Pilgrim’s
senior programs, as well as with the Washington Adult Center
and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans in
Phoenix. Survivors include: her sons, Leonard (Mona) Barnes,
Kevin (BaLinda) Barnes, David Barnes and Daniel Barnes; grandchildren,
Allison (Lindsey) Reeves, Samantha Barnes, Samuel
(Stephanie) Barnes, Thomas Jarrett Barnes, Casey Barnes and
Megan Barnes, Michael (Char) Reggie, Mathew (Caitlin) Reggie,
Tracy (Calieb) Conway; and great-grandchildren Conner Barnes,
Andrew Reggie and Eliza Conway. She was preceded in death by
her parents, husband, Leonard Barnes, and brother, Charles
Tagliareni. A vigil service was held Dec. 4 at Eberle-Fisher Funeral
Home and Crematory, London. A funeral mass was celebrated Dec.
5 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Michael Hinterschied
officiating. Entombment followed in Sunset Cemetery, Alton. Memorial
contributions may be made to: St. Gregory’s Adopt a Student,
3424 N. 18th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015.
Robert Frank Morbitzer (a.k.a. Bob, Bobby, Frank, Frankie), 75,
of Columbus died unexpectedly on Dec. 2, 2018. He was born on
Aug. 30, 1943, in Columbus. He was preceded in death by: his
mother, Naomi Ruth Mobitzer; father, Robert Frank Morbitzer;
nephew, Scott Morbitzer; and sister-in-law, Sharon Morbitzer. He
is survived by: his former wife, Sandra Evans Rue; daughter, Dorri
(Scott) Fenstermaker, and son, Rob (Morbitzer) Meeker; grandchildren,
Whitney (Steve) Nemeth, Joshua (Heather) Fenstermaker,
Austin Fenstermaker, Audrey Fenstermaker and Mallory Meeker;
great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Gunner, Melia, Jaxon, and a greatgranddaughter
on the way; brother, Terry Morbitzer; and nephew,
Joe Morbitzer. A graveside service is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Pleasant
Cemetery, 14240 Era Rd., Mount Sterling. In keeping with his
wishes, Bob requested cremation. The family is being served by
Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mount Sterling.
Thomas “Pete” McGuire, 78, of London died on Dec. 4, 2018. He
was born in London on Feb. 25, 1940, to Thomas J. and Edith (Keifer)
McGuire. Pete was retired from Banta Printing and was a member
of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 950 and the Moose Lodge. He is
survived by: his wife, Susan Andrews McGuire; daughter, Robin
(William) McGuire Rose of Bexley; son, Thomas (Amy) McGuire of
Chillicothe; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; stepsons,
Scott (Cindy) Andrews of London, Phil and Steve Andrews of Worthington;
sister, Judi Killebrew of Florida; brother, David McGuire
of London; numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law and nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, six
sisters, and hist first wife, Estaleene (Estes). Calling hours were set
for Dec. 8 at Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, London. Following Pete’s wishes, cremation took place. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Madison
County, 2020 Plain City-Georgesville Rd.
NE, West Jefferson, OH 43162.
William “Shag” Stidham, 86, was born on
March 9, 1932 ,at home on a farm in South
Solon. Shag died on Dec. 5, 2018, at his residence.
He is the son of James H. Stidham
and the former Sallie E. Keibler. He had
five sisters (Nora, Thelma, Lorene, Madge
and Betty), three brothers (Roy, James Jr.
and Herbert), and a half-brother (Hubert).
He attended South Charleston School,
Springfield High School and London High
School. He left high school early to enlist in
the Navy in 1951 and served aboard the
USS Mansfield DD728 as a boatswain’s
mate during the Korean War. He was discharged
from the Navy in 1955, returned to
London to finish high school, and went to
work at Westinghouse Corp., building refrigerators,
washers and dryers. He later
worked for Roy Davidson at the Ice Service
Co. and as a bartender at Farmer Dan’s. In
1962, he went to work for the Madison
County Sherriff’s Department under Sherriff
Herb Markley, working there for 10
years and achieving the title of chief
deputy. In 1972 he was elected as the Madison
County treasurer, filling the position
vacated by Harold Bidwell. He served as
Madison County treasurer for over 40 years
before retiring. He is survived by his wife
of 60 years, Betty Jean Stidham, two sons,
Jerry and Jason, and his sister, Betty Ruth
Williams. Funeral services will be held at
11 a.m. Dec. 10 Eberle-Fisher Funeral
Home and Crematory, London, with Pastor
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funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8
p.m. Dec. 9. Memorial contributions may be
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PROBATE COURT OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO
CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN, JUDGE
ADOPTION OF MACKENZIE LYNN POLEN
CASE NO. 20185011
NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR ADOPTION
Notice must be served not less than 20 days before the date of the hearing
To: Ryan Andrew Henderson - Unknown Address
You are hereby notified that on the 13th day of November, 2018, Joseph Michael Polen II,
filed in this Court a Petition for Adoption of Mackenzie Lynn Henderson, a minor, whose date
of birth is 09/11/2010, and for change of the name of the minor to Mackenzie Lynn Polen.
This Court, located at 1 North Main Street, London, Ohio 43140 will hear the petition on the
24th day of January, 2019, at 2:30 o’clock p.m.
It is alleged in the petition, pursuant to R.C. 3107 .07, that the consent of Ryan Andrew
Henderson is not required due to the following:
X That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide more than de
minimis contact with the minor for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the
filing of the adoption petition or the placement of the minor in the home of the petitioner.
X That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide for the maintenance
and support of the minor as required by law or judicial decree for a period of at least
one year immediately preceding the filing of the adoption petition or the placement of the
minor in the home of the petitioner.
State other grounds under R.C. 3107.07 (includes putative father of the minor born prior
to January 1, 1997).
“A FINAL DECREE OF ADOPTION, IF GRANTED, WILL RELIEVE YOU OF ALL PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSI-
BILITIES, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO CONTACT THE MINOR, AND, EXCEPT WITH RESPECT TO A SPOUSE OF THE
ADOPTION PETITIONER AND RELATIVES O THAT SPOUSE, TERMINATE ALL LEGAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN
THE MINOR AND YOU AND THE MINOR’S OTHER RELATIVES, SO THAT THE MINOR THEREAFTER IS A STRANGER
TO YOU AND THE MINOR’S FORMER RELATIVES FOR ALL PURPOSES. IF YOU WISH TO CONTEST THE ADOPTION,
YOU MUST FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE PETITION WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS AFTER PROOF OF SERVICE OF
NOTICE OF THE FILING OF THE PETITION AND OF THE TIME AND PLACE OF HEARING IS GIVEN TO YOU, IF YOU
WISH TO CONTEST THE ADOPTION, YOU MUST ALSO APPEAR AT THE HEARING. A FINAL DECREE OF ADOPTION
MAY BE ENTERED IF YOU FAIL TO FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE ADOPTION PETITION OR APPEAR AT THE
s/CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN, PROBATE JUDGE
BY: LYNNE PULVER, DEPUTY CLERK
MM NOVEMBER 25, DECEMBER 2, 9, 2018
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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO
CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN, JUDGE
1 North Main Street, Room 205
London, OH 43140
Case No. 20171088A
Carol J. Dennis, Administrator, Plaintiff
Loraine Stevens, et al, Defendants
To the following Defendants of the above
captioned case whose addresses are unknown:
Loraine Stevens, John Stevens, Kenny Ray Stevens
Carol J. Dennis, Administrator of the Estate of
William Stevens, has filed a Complaint to Sell Real
Estate. The purpose of such Complaint is to properly
sell, transfer, and/or convey the Decedent’s real
property as described therein. On November 7,
2018, this Court has Ordered that Administrator
make service via Publication.
You are required to answer the above Complaint
within twenty-eight (28) days of the date of the last
publication, which will be December 23, 2018.
By: Carol J. Dennis, Administrator, c/o Aaron P. Miller,
Esq., Flax Miller Law Firm LLC, 117 W. High St., Suite
105, London, OH 43140, (740) 852-3000.
Christopher J. Brown, Judge
MM NOV. 18, 25, DEC. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018
NOTICE OF BID
Sealed bids will be received by the Auditor’s
Office of the City of London, State of Ohio at
102 South Main St., London, Ohio until 10:00
a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 for the
Sale of the real estate located at 6 East Second
St. respectively in the City of London, Ohio.
Parcel ID No. 31-03274.000.
City of London
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MM Nov. 18, 25 & Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2018
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Sealed Bids for the Kroger #700 - Public Water and Sewer Improvements will be
received by the Village of West Jefferson at the Village Office, 28 E. Main Street,
West Jefferson, Ohio 43162, until Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. local
time, at which time bids received will be publicly opened and read.
In general, the project consists of the extension of water main and sanitary sewer
to serve future development in the Village of West Jefferson.
The free electronic Bidding Documents which include plans and specifications
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firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies are available for an additional fee
and are non-refundable. For additional information regardng the project, please
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Neither Owner nor Choice One will be responsible for full or partial sets of
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Bids must be signed and submitted on the sepearate bidding forms and sealed
in a properly identified envelope.
The bid security shall be furnished in accordance with Instructions to Bidders.
The Contractor shall be required to pay not less than the minimum wage rates
established by the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of Ohio.
No Bidder shall withdraw his Bid within 60 days after the acutal opening thereof.
The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, waive irregularities in any
Bid, and to accept any Bid which is deemed by Owner to be most favorable to
Village of West Jefferson
John Mitchell, Director of Public Service
MM DECEMBER 9 & 16, 2018
The Stokes Township Trustees will hold
their annual budget meeting on Thursday,
December 13 at 7 p.m. The purpose of the
meeting is to encourage public input into the
Township budget for 2019.
The meeting is held in the Stokes Township
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7105 E. Main Street, South Solon. All are
The Stokes Township Trustees:
Linton Kelley, Jim Noble, Chris Vallery
Fiscal Officer: Ramona Porter
MM DECEMBER 2 & 9, 2018
The Financial Report of the
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the Fiscal Year ending
June 30, 2018 has been completed.
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Mustain, Madison-Plains Local School
District, 55 Linson Road, London, OH
MM DEC. 9, 2018
PROBATE COURT OF
MADISON COUNTY, OHIO
CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN,
IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME
Skyler Jordyn Tackett
Skyler Jordyn Mayabb
Case No. 20186046
NOTICE OF HEARING ON
CHANGE OF NAME
Applicant hereby gives notice to all
interested persons and to Shannon
Tackett, whose address is unknown,
that the applicant has filed an
Application for Change of Name in
the Probate Court of Madison
County, Ohio, requesting the change
of name of Skyler Jordyn Tackett to
Skyler Jordyn Mayabb. The hearing
on the application will be held on the
24th day of January, 2019, at 2:00
o’clock P.M. in the Probate Court of
Madison County, located at 1 North
Main Street, London, Ohio 43140.
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