Madison Messenger - March 28th, 2021

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last summer,” Closser said about

providing entertainment and

recreation options for citizens.

“Everybody was locked down and

kind of staying in (last year), but

it seems like everybody’s getting a

little restless now and wants to get

outside. And we want to give them

safe opportunities to do that. I

think the fireworks will be a great thing we can do for

the community.”

The fireworks display will take place on July 3.

Electric vehicle charging stations

The city will receive $30,000 in grant money from the

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to install

two charging stations for electric vehicles. One station

will be installed in the public parking lot at the corner

of Oak Street and Second Avenue. The other will be installed

in the parking lot at Cowling Park at the corner

of Main Street and Park Avenue. Each station will have

two ports.

“These won’t necessarily be to give cars a full charge.

They are designed to ‘top off’ cars as (the owners) shop

and run errands, or play at the park or visit the hospimadison

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Obstacle course in the works

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

The improvements keep coming at Cowling Park in

London.

A fitness course is scheduled for installation this

spring. Inspired by television shows that feature extreme

obstacle course competitions, the fitness course

will be geared toward teens and adults.

The new feature is the latest project funded by Access

Cowling, the non-profit responsible for installation

of the many walking paths crisscrossing the park and

Noah’s Playground, an all-inclusive

playground for children of all

abilities.

“The playground was built for

all ages to enjoy, but it is our hope

that (the fitness course) will give

older kids an additional space to

exercise and work off some energy,”

said Amy Rees, president of

the London Community Organization (LCO) and executive

assistant for the city of London’s administrative

offices. LCO serves as the umbrella organization for Access

Cowling.

A volunteer crew is slated to install the course on

April 30 and May 1. The proposed location is east of the

playground, between two rows of trees. The setup also

will include two picnic tables.

Access Cowling is using its remaining funds to cover

the cost of the equipment—$42,307. Dwyer Brothers

Hardware is donating all of the cement needed for the

construction.

Fireworks

There is a chance the city will put on a significantly

bigger fireworks display than it did last year.

Mayor Patrick Closser requested that $10,000 be

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“The playground was built for all

ages to enjoy, but it is our hope that

(the fitness course) will give older

kids an additional space to exercise

and work off some energy.”

moved from the general fund into the mayor’s miscellaneous

fund for the fireworks display. That’s the same

amount the city spent last year. Councilman Rich Hays

had another idea, suggesting that the city increase the

amount to $15,000.

“After what we went through last year (with the pandemic),

I think we ought to put a little extra boom in it

this year,” Hays said.

The proposed increase will be considered at council’s

next meeting on April 1.

“This summer, it may be a little more important than

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A fitness course inspired by television shows featuring obstacle course competitions is slated for installation

this spring at Cowling Park in London.

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West Jefferson senior Dylan Lambert delivers a pitch against

Grandview in a pre-season scrimmage at home on March 22.

The Roughriders baseball team is back in action for the first

time in two years, missing last season which was cancelled

due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

District seeks bus

drivers and subs

By Josephine Birdsell

Staff Writer

The Madison-Plains Local School District is looking for more bus

drivers and substitute teachers.

The district has a small margin for bus drivers and teachers,

meaning if a bus driver or teacher were to quit, get sick or need to

miss work, the district might not be able to find a replacement.

“My hope is that it won’t be a problem, but if there are folks out

there who would be interested in doing these jobs, it would be a

tremendous help,” said Chad Eisler, superintendent.

The district is looking for individuals to train to be substitute

bus drivers. Volunteers must pass a background check and complete

a training program before they can begin working as a substitute.

The district is also looking for community members who are interested

in becoming substitute teachers. The Ohio Board of Edu-

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Mount Sterling doubling spring cleanup effort

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

Mount Sterling is doubling its efforts when it comes

to spring cleanup.

Originally, village leaders set May 8 as a Community

Cares & Cleanup Day, a day during which volunteers

complete projects around town to spruce up private and

public property. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the congregation

at Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene, a

partner in the event, a second day has been added. The

cleanup now will take place May 7-8.

“We were overwhelmed when the Nazarene Church

came in,” said Becky Martin, a village council member.

“They were just so excited to help. They want to do all

kinds of projects, big and small.”

Seniors from Madison-Plains High School also plan

to come out in force to help with the cleanup, logging

community service hours in the process.

“We are really hopeful that this is going to be really

big,” Martin said at the March 22 council meeting.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both

days. Anyone who has a cleanup project or wants to volunteer

can call Mayor Marci Darlington, (740) 869-

2040, ext. 1, or the Nazarene Church, (740) 869-3127.

Organizers would appreciate receiving project ideas

and volunteer interest sooner rather than later to facilitate

volunteer assignments. However, Darlington will

man a call-in station the days of the cleanup for small,

last-minute project requests.

Separate from this effort, a group of residents has coordinated

a mini-cleanup day for March 27. Anyone who

would like to help pick up trash around town is asked

to meet at Veterans Field at 9 a.m. Afterwards, the volunteers

will meet at Mason Park for goodies.

Flag Pole at Veterans Monument

American Legion Post 417 plans to raise funds to install

a flag pole at the Veterans Monument located next

to the gazebo across from town hall.

Legion member Carrol Liston attended the March 22

village council meeting to get council’s blessing. The

monument and surrounding memorial bricks sit on village-owned

property. Council voted 6-0 to approve the

project.

The Legion is working with Jay-Car Construction in

Mount Sterling to get a cost estimate. Liston said flag

poles are hard to come by right now and, as a result, the

price constantly changes. His rough guess on cost is

$3,000. The Legion plans to be a major contributor but

also will seek other contributors.

“I’d like to have it done before Veterans Day, Nov.

11, this year,” Liston said.

Water Bill Payment Assistance

The village continues to reinstate more hours for inperson

utility bill payments at town hall. The window

is now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday

and Friday.

Payments are typically due on the 15th of each

month. Misty Vance, utilities clerk, stated that bills

paid online on the 15th are posted the same day, so customers

do not need to worry about late fees with this

form of payment.

She also wants the public to know that financial assistance

is available to those who qualify who need help

paying their utility bills. Two resources are: Bridges

Community Action Madison County, Laura Dillard,

(740) 852-3511; and Madison County Job & Family

Services - Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC)

benefits - Tammy Corlette, (740) 852-6042.

Anyone with questions about their utility bills or who

want to make payments can call and talk to or leave a

message for Vance at (740) 869-2040, ext. 4. Courtney

Bricker, fiscal officer, and Mayor Darlington also can

provide some assistance. Bricker can be reached at ext.

5 or dbricker@mtsterling.org; Darlington can be reached

at ext. 1 or mdarlington@mtsterling.org.

Sheriff’s Office

Madison County Sheriff John Swaney will attend

council’s next safety and block watch committee meeting

to answer questions about the safety services the Sheriff’s Office

provides to the village. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. April 16 in

council chambers at town hall.

Enter art for upcoming show

The London Visual Arts Guild extends an invitation to Madison

County area residents to participate in an art exhibit called “Changing

Horizons.” The exhibit will be held May 6 through June 6 at the

new London Arts Center, located at 121 E. First St. in a former

school building. Due to the pandemic, no shows were held at the

center last year. “Changing Horizons” will be the first of many

shows to be held at the center this year.

For more information about how to submit artwork for the exhibit,

stop by the Arts Center. Temporary hours are 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays

and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Applications are available at the

following downtown London businesses: Yesterday’s Ewes, 100 S.

Main St.; Relevant Co., 24 S. Main St.; Mimi’s Vintage Pickins, 5

S. Main St.; and Yes & Amen, 115 E. High St.

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cation passed a measure allowing people without four-year degrees

to act as substitute teachers, given the teacher shortage caused by

the pandemic. Last month, the district adopted the measure.

Anyone with an associate degree or higher who graduated from

high school more than two years ago may apply to be a substitute

teacher.

Anyone who is interested in the positions can contact the district’s

main office at (740) 852-0290.

In other news, the district is looking ahead to restoring regular

traditions for students.

Teachers and staff can receive the second dose of their COVID-

19 vaccine on March 19.

The district is planning for prom to take place on April 24 at

Wren Farm in Mechanicsburg.

Graduation is set for 7 p.m. May 28. If weather permits, the ceremony

will take place outdoors in the football stadium. If weather

does not permit, the ceremony will be moved to the gymnasium. In

either case, the district will institute reduced capacities and follow

safety protocols outlined by the state and Madison County Public

Health.

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tal,” said Rees, who spearheaded the grant application process.

Public and private entities in 26 counties in Ohio were eligible

to apply for the grants which require no matching funds. Once the

EPA sends the grant contract, construction can start.

“We’re hoping we will have them done and installed this summer,”

Closser said.

Alley vacations

Earlier this year, the city received several petitions from property

owners asking that certain alleys be vacated, meaning the alleys

would no longer be used for traffic. Public hearings on all four

requests were held during the March 18 council meeting.

Council approved three of the requests and postponed a vote on

the fourth. The three approvals were for:

• vacation of the alley that runs parallel to Dwyer Chiropractic

at 139 S. Main St., starting at the railroad tracks and ending behind

the Dwyer Bros. warehouse at 149 S. Main St.;

• vacation of the alley behind London First United Methodist

Church, between North Union and North Main streets; and

• vacation of the alley behind London First United Methodist

Church, running perpendicular to the alley mentioned above, running

out to Fourth Street.

The fourth request is for vacation of the alley that runs parallel

to Virginia Avenue, between Columbia and Chandler avenues.

After hearing from several residents who live in the area, council

wants the city law director to review the request. One concern is

ensuring future access to driveways and garages along the alley.


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London Rotary Student of the Month: London

Personable and driven

The London Rotary Club is pleased

to honor senior Allison “Allie” Handley

as London High School’s March Student

of the Month.

Students of the month are selected

by school administrators based on their

academic and extracurricular achievement

and positive character.

Handley has a 4.41 grade point average

and is ranked ninth in her class.

Her favorite class is public speaking.

She is vice president of the National

Honor Society.

Handley has been a cheerleader for

four years, cheering varsity the past

three years. She has participated on the

Allie Handley

cheerleading competition squad all four years of high

school. She was a member of the CBC second-team 2021

competition cheerleading and received the CBC Sportsmanship

award in 2019 for competition cheerleading.

She also has been a member of the tennis team all four

years.

When asked to name a school staff person who inspires

her, she pointed to English teacher Maureen

Duncan.

“Ms. Duncan is an inspiration to me because she

never lets a person’s ideas feel stupid and helps every

student feel good about what they are

doing,” Handley said. “She discussed

college with me and helped me figure

out what to do. She does great to make

students feel comfortable and confident

in the learning environment.”

About Handley, Duncan said, “Allie

is a student in my public speaking class

who has risen to each new challenge extremely

well. She is well spoken, does

her research, and works hard to engage

her audience. Additionally, she is enrolled

in several difficult College Credit

Plus classes that she is moving through

fairly independently. She is pursuing a

future in nursing; her personable nature,

drive, and aptitude in the sciences will make her

successful. We are all proud to call Allie one of our own.”

After graduation, Allie plans to go to college to study

nursing and eventually become a nurse practitioner.

She is the daughter of Joe and Kate Handley of London.

The London Rotary Club has a proud history dating

back to 1929. It is a member of Rotary International, a

volunteer organization of 1.2 million businesses and

professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian

service and help build good will and peace.

Each Home Instead Senior Care ® franchise office is independently

owned and operated © Home Instead, Inc.

London Rotary Student of the Month: Madison-Plains

Always ready to take on the day

The London Rotary Club is pleased

to honor senior Josh Champer as Madison-Plains

High School’s March Student

of the Month.

Students of the month are selected

by school administrators based on their

academic and extracurricular achievement

and positive character.

Champer has a 3.696 grade point average.

His favorite course is weight

training sport fitness. He is a two-year

member of the varsity football team and

a three-year member of the varsity

track and field team. He has been a

member of the National Honor Society

for the past three years.

When asked to name a school staff member who inspires

him, Champer replied, “Mr. (Ross) Deyo because

he’s the best! He’s a great teacher and is always excited

to teach kids history. He’s always in a great mood and

The State Route 29 bridge over I-70

will be closed in both directions from

March 31 through July for bridge deck

replacement.

Detours are as follows:

State Route 29 westbound—U.S. 40

westbound to U.S. 42 northbound to

State Route 29 westbound;

State Route 29 eastbound detour—

U.S. 42 southbound to I-70 eastbound to

Joshua Champer

ready to take on the day!”

Regarding Champer, Deyo stated,

"With a combination of natural ability,

hard work and personality, Josh makes

the best of whatever he is involved in.

He has earned his success both in and

out of the classroom, and I know that

will continue in the future.”

Champer has already enlisted in the

United States Army. He is the son of

Darrell Champer and Julia

Brinksneader of Mount Sterling.

The London Rotary Club has a proud

history dating back to 1929. It is a member

of Rotary International, a volunteer

organization of 1.2 million businesses

and professional leaders united worldwide to provide

humanitarian service and help build good will and

peace.

Route 29 bridge to close for 120 days

State Route 29 eastbound.

I-70 eastbound traffic traveling to

State Route 29 westbound should utilize

U.S. 42 northbound to State Route

29 westbound.

I-70 westbound traffic traveling to

State Route 29 eastbound should utilize

U.S. 42 southbound to U.S. 40 eastbound

to State Route 29 eastbound.


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opinion

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ose motorists’ errors that drive us all nuts

Life isn’t always fair, especially when it comes to enduring in the

financial, physical and mental anguish of others’ miscues on the

roadways.

My career employer was big on safety and rewarded employees

for incident-free safety performance on and off the job. One time,

an employee was sitting at a red light on the way home from work

when another driver plowed into him from behind.

The employee did nothing wrong, the other driver

was cited, but the entire work force lost any reward.

It made no sense to me, but that was the rule.

It’s no surprise our auto insurance bills are high

since we all share in picking up the tab for horrible

drivers. Every roadway blooper that leads to a

costly accident becomes a burden to us all, even

when we have nothing to do with them.

I thought I’d seen everything but recently experienced

something new. I’m betting the driver already

has numerous accidents and tickets on their

record.

It was after our arctic plunge. I was walking

along when a car drove by, snow and ice covering

every window, the rooftop, and the hood. The driver had cleared a

tiny circle on the driver’s side windshield. That’s it. They were like

a pilot flying on instruments with zero visibility. All I could see was

the vague shape of a head straining up to the hole and a reflection

coming off two eyeballs.

We all make mistakes on the road from time to time. Maybe

we’ve even had a major blunder or two. Hopefully, our blunders

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We all make mistakes

on the road from time to

time. Maybe we’ve even

had a major blunder or

two. Hopefully, our blunders

have just been

minor incidents in nature.

But some drivers are an

accident waiting to happen

every time they take

to the roads.

have just been minor incidents

in nature. But some drivers are

an accident waiting to happen

every time they take to the

roads. They send shivers down

your spine if you’re unfortunate enough to sit in their

passenger seat. You wonder if they sent

in five cereal box tops for their license.

They zoom right up to the car in

front, regardless of weather and road

conditions. They step on the gas, then

the brake, over and over again. Meanwhile,

you’re clenching the door handle

while mashing your right foot into an

imaginary brake pedal. If only your foot

could break through the floorboards for

a Fred Flintstone stop. To the driver,

it’s not tailgating until you yell, “Back

off!” You close your eyes, start praying,

and wonder if you sent in your last

health insurance premium.

The person with the barely cleared circle of windshield

visibility currently sits at the top of my “Roadway

Meathead of the Year” list.

Other perennial favorites for the list include the

driver who slows down for a turn way too far in advance,

then finally turns so slowly that you want to

ask/yell, “You need a push?” Then there’s the driver who

zips along and suddenly slams on the brakes to turn,

causing you to slam on yours and hope nobody slams

into your rear. Halfway through the turn, the driver

puts on the turn signal. That’s not how it’s supposed to

work.

We’ve all seen the Nascar driver. They approach an

intersection, the traffic light turns yellow before they

get to it, and they take that as the flag waving to start

the race. They accelerate like they have the pole position

and zoom through the light. Only problem: the light

turned red long before they passed through it.

Rolling with the Nascar theme: You’re on a highway

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and the driver in front of you

is going excruciatingly slow.

You signal and pull out to

pass. As you do, they speed up.

You go faster, and so do they.

You’re now going faster than

you want to, maybe even

above the speed limit. You’re

caught neck and neck in the

passing lane, and an 18-

wheeler rolls up behind you.

He’s impatient; his bumper

gets right up to yours. The car

next to you won’t slow down.

You finally get by and move

back into the other non-passing

lane. You look back, and

the driver has slowed back to

a snail’s pace, once again

backing up traffic.

Some drivers seem to have

a problem looking beyond the

car in front of them. They live for the moment. They

might not see brake lights up ahead, flashing lights, or

an intersection light on the cusp of turning red. Or

maybe they ignore everything to make it more exciting.

Everything they do is last-second.

Here’s one that always rattles my patience. You’re

in heavy traffic, trying to keep a safe distance behind

the car in front. Inevitably, a car flies by and tucks in

right in front of you, requiring you to quickly slow down.

If you back off to keep a safe distance, it happens repeatedly.

You can’t win unless you tailgate, too.

My company used to insist all accidents are preventable.

I’m not sure I agree, but I do think almost all are.

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the Columbus Messenger

Newspapers. He lives in Grove City.

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Warm Soles: Free shoes for children in need

There is no business like “shoe” business.

The Madison County Board of Developmental

Disabilities (MCBDD) is always

looking for ways to help the community.

This winter, MCBDD distributed 72 winter

jackets to children throughout Madison

County. Now, the board is helping children’s

feet.

Recently, MCBDD received 156 pairs of

new shoes through Operation Warm. This

is the same grant-related program that provided

the jackets.

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Based out of Glen Mills, Pa., Operation

Warm is a national nonprofit that manufactures

new, high-quality coats for children

who are in need. They strive to partner with

compassionate individuals, community organizations,

and corporations across North

America to provide emotional warmth, confidence

to socialize and succeed, and hope of

a brighter future through the gift of a new

coat.

MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson

first found grant opportunities with the

coats, then the shoes (through an initiative

called “Warm Soles”), through Ohio Governor

Mike DeWine and the Governor’s Office

of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

“During these difficult and unsure times,

we wanted to find a way to help families,”

Thompson said. “We thank Operation

Warm for these great opportunities to help

our community.”

Shoes are available in the following

sizes— toddlers (7, 8. 9 and 10) and kids (11,

12, 13, 1, 2, 3 and 4).

To be eligible for the free shoes, an individual’s

family must be at or below 200 percent

of the 2020 Federal poverty guidelines.

Contact MCBDD’s Susan Thompson at

susan.thompson@madison.oh.gov for more

information about this and other programs

offered through the board.

Susan Thompson, superintendent of the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities,

shows the generous donation of 13 dozen pairs of sneakers from Operation

Warm. The 156 pairs are in available in various toddler and kid sizes.

Medline donates masks

On March 18, Medline’s Paul Niederkom, vice president of operations, and Jim Eveland,

senior director of operations, donated 5,000 facemasks to the Jefferson Township

Fire and West Jefferson Police departments. Medline opened a 1.2 million

square-foot medical grade distribution center in West Jefferson in June 2020. Employing

more than 100 people locally, the center supplies hospitals and nursing

homes in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with critical medical products.


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Mount Sterling Easter Event

Due to COVID-19 and Madison County

Public Health regulations, the Mount Sterling

Community Center will not host its traditional

Easter egg hunt this year. Instead,

the center is holding a socially distanced,

drive-through event.

From 10 a.m. to noon on April 3, the center

will hand out bags of eggs filled with

goodies and other treats for children up to

11 years old. The bags will be handed out at

the cars. The event will take place rain or

shine. The Easter Bunny might make an appearance.

Pre-registration is required. Send email

to msccinc@embarqmail.com. Social distancing,

masking and frequent sanitizing will be

in effect. The center is located at 164 E.

Main St. For details, call (740) 869-2453.

St. Patrick Fundraiser

St. Patrick School’s annual fundraiser is

going virtual this year. The “Under This

Roof” dinner-auction is set for April 17. The

goal is to raise $20,000 for a new roof for the

school located at 226 Elm St., London. Donations

of money and auction items are welcomed.

For details, call (740) 852-0161.

Mt. Sterling Community Center

The Mount Sterling Community Center

is located at 164 E. Main St. Measures of social

distancing, 10-person maximum attendance,

and frequent sanitizing and hand

washing are part of the center’s guidelines.

For details, call (740) 869-2453.

March 29-April 3—10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily,

walking in the gym

March 30—10-11 a.m., Take Off Pounds

Sensibly

3-6 p.m., food pantry for income-eligible

households. Pre-packed food boxes will be

delivered to your vehicle. Remain in your

vehicle, and you will be assisted in numerical

order. Bring proof of residence to the

first visit and a picture ID to every visit.

Call (740) 869-2453 for details.

8-9 p.m.—Alcoholics Anonymous

March 31—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for

adults

5-6 p.m., all-level yoga class, cost is $5

per session, class size is limited to 10 participants

with social distancing, masks and

sanitizing as directed by the Centers for

Disease Control

April 1—10 a.m.-12 p.m., food pantry for

income-eligible households. Pre-packed food

boxes will be delivered to your vehicle. Remain

in your vehicle, and you will be assisted

in numerical order. Bring proof of

residence to the first visit and a picture ID

to every visit.

April 3—10 a.m.-noon, drive-through

Easter event, pre-registration required by

emailing msccinc@embarqmail; 10 a.m.-3

p.m., sewing for adults.

Second and fourth Tuesdays in April—

Produce market.

HBMLibrary

Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270

Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson, offers the

following activities and services. For details,

call (614) 879-8448 or visit hbmlibrary.org.

• In-Library Browsing and Curbside

Service Hours. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5

p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Starting

April 1, the library will be open until 7 p.m.

on Tuesdays and Thursdays for curbside

and in-library browsing. Call the library to

schedule an appointment to browse or use a

computer.

• HBMLibrary Feeding Program. The library

is working with Children’s Hunger Alliance

to help feed children during the school

year. Snacks/meals are available for children

ages 2-18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

There are no income requirements. Call the

library information desk for details.

• Egg-cited for Easter. On March 29, the

library will offer Easter baskets full of crafts

and goodies. All programs-to-go are firstcome

first-served.

Plain City Library

For up-to-date information about library

services, visit plaincitylib.org/covid-19 or

call (614) 873-4912. The library is located at

305 W. Main St.

• Virtual Cartooning Class. At 2 p.m.

March 30, award-winning cartoonist and

humorous illustrator Rick Stromoski will

teach participants how to create their own

cartoon characters and draw facial expressions

and animals. This virtual workshop is

appropriate for children in grades 3-7 and

will be held on Zoom. Registration is required.

The first 30 children to register will

receive art supplies ,compliments of the library.

Register at plaincitylib.org; click on

the Events link.

• Kids’ Food Pickup. On Mondays from

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., pick up five shelf-stable

meals per child each week at the library.

The child does not need to be present.

Other Kids’ Food Pickup locations in the

Plain City area include:

- Mondays, 3:15-4:30 p.m. at Trinity

Chapel CCCU, 77 W Center St., Milford

Center;

- Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00pm at Canaan Community

Mobile Home Park, 5130 Plain City

Georgesville Rd., Plain City;

- Tuesdays, 3:30-4:00 p.m. at Green

Meadows Mobile Home Park, 1 Thorn Locust

Ln., London;

- Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. at Journey Community

Church, 11100 Lafayette-Plain City

Rd., Plain City.

Project partners are Children’s Hunger

Alliance, D.N.A. Community Center, Journey

Community Church and Maranatha

Community Fellowship.

• Online Storytime. Mondays at 10:30

a.m. Visit the library’s Facebook, Youtube

and Twitter channels for online storytimes

complete with songs, rhymes and books for

all ages.

• Bedtime Storytime. Tuesdays at 6:30

p.m. Visit Facebook, Youtube and Twitter

for live storytimes, including stories,

rhymes and songs.

Mount Sterling Library

Mount Sterling Public Library is located

at 60 W. Columbus St. Call (740) 869-2430

or visit www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.

The library is open with regular hours and

continues to offer curbside pickup. Facemasks

are required inside the building.

• Meet the New Director. Steve Brindza,

the library’s new director, wants the public

to know that he has an open-door policy and

is available for discussions regarding the library.

Call, stop by, or email Steve at msplibrarydirector@gmail.com.

• Take & Make Crafts. The Friends of the

Library have created take-and-make kits

that allow participants to decorate a teapot

or assemble and decorate your own teacup.

The teapot craft is for all ages, preschool and

up. The teacup craft is for school-age youth

and involves use of a glue gun, so younger

youth may need assistance from an adult.

• Preschool Storytime. The library is reinstating

preschool storytime. Sessions will

take place at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays starting

April 5. The group is for children ages 3

to 5 years old.

• Virtual Victorian Tea Party. The Friends

of the Library will hold a Virtual Victorian

Springtime Tea at 2 p.m. on April 10 via

Zoom. The virtual event replaces the

Friends’ annual in-person event. Wear your

best version of a Victorian-style hat or top,

and have your teacup ready. The event will

include a guest spotlight on the proprietor of

Uptown On Main, a teahouse in Westerville,

a history of teatimes and tea etiquette, the

proper way to set a table service for tea,

show-and-tell of anything tea-related, an

auction of tea-themed items, and recognition

of contest winners in a variety of categories.

• Library Board. The board will meet on

April 8 at 6:15 p.m., following the Community

Museum meeting, in the conference

room at the Mount Sterling Community

Center, 164 E. Main St. Facemasks and social

distancing are required. The capacity

limit is 10 people. Call the library ahead of

time for a head count.

• Mount Sterling Community Museum.

Located on the library’s lower level, the museum

is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday,

Wednesday and Friday. All visitors

must wear masks to enter and stay six feet

apart while in the museum. The current display

honors Mount Sterling veterans. Call

Steve Chambers, director, at (740) 869-9305

for information about the museum.


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London’s Quick Recall team goes undefeated

In the last 12 months, London High School students have become

used to missing out on many traditional activities due to COVID-

19 restrictions. For the London Quick Recall team, this meant cancellations

of Central Buckeye Conference matches and participation

in the “In The Know'’ tournament hosted by WOSU.

But in mid-September, Dr. Mark Lorsen, longtime director of the

Quad County League, contacted London’s coaches, Maureen Duncan

and Tim Coudret, about the possibility of playing a virtual season.

“Dr. Lorsen thought that he might have found a way for us to

have a season and asked if we were still interested in playing,”

Coudret said. “Of course, we jumped on this.”

The majority of teams in the league participated and began playing

weekly matches in November. There were many rescheduled

London High School’s Quick Recall team, the Academic Warriors, went undefeated this season. Competitions

took place virtually.

matches, as the diverse schedules and technology requirements

sometimes hindered a team’s ability to assemble.

Despite the uncertainty, the London Academic

Warriors came out rolling. They swept through the regular

season with an 8-0 record, including victories over

Grove City, Marion Harding and Olentangy Orange.

This qualified the team for the league championship, a

four-team, single-elimination tournament.

In the first round, London played Buckeye Valley,

the second-place team from the North Division. London

eked out a 220-215, essentially a one-question difference.

This led to a finals rematch against Olentangy Orange.

“Orange has really been a roadblock for us the last

couple of years,” Coudret said. “They knocked us out in

the semi-finals of the league tournament last year, then

they defeated us in the round of 16 of the In The Know

tournament. They have definitely been tough on us.”

In a back-and-forth championship match, London

events

Chamber of Commerce

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce and

Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) are holding

the following meetings, programs, and events.

Solar 101: April 20. Learn about the solar industry

and the economic impact it has in a community during

a “Solar 101” program set for April 20. The program is

free and will take place over Zoom. For login information,

contact David Kell at (740) 490-8110.

Annual Chamber Golf Outing: May 20. The golf outing

will be held May 20 at the London Country Club.

For more information, contact Suzanne Williams at

suzanne@madisoncountyohio.org or (740) 852-2250.

Shred-It Day

The village of West Jefferson will hold a shred-it day

from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 8 at village hall. Documents

can be dropped off for shredding; binder clips

must removed but staples can remain. For details, call

the Water Department at (614) 879-8655, option 1.

Blood Drive

The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities

is hosting an America Red Cross blood drive

from noon to 6 p.m. April 30 in the Fairhaven School

gym, 510 Elm St., London. To schedule an appointment,

call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org

(sponsor code: Fairhaven).

pulled away in the last minutes to prevail 285-265, completing

an undefeated season and earning their first

Quad County Championship. Once again, one question

could have changed the outcome.

“All it would have taken was for Olentangy to buzz

in a millisecond faster than us on a 10-point question

and we’re tied or losing,” Coudret said. “So, every contribution

mattered.”

This year’s London Academic Warriors included: seniors

Bruce Thompson, Noah Brown, Luke Peart and

Cameron Tran; juniors Nathan Taylor, Josephine

Davis, Hunter Brubaker, Erica Ren, James Rickens,

Bethany Jaurez and Emily Leach; and sophomores

Patrick Cooney and Olivia Davitt.

“It really was a team effort,” Coudret said. “The kids

really pulled through, and Ms. Duncan and I could not

be more proud of all of them.”

State placer

Anthony Kroninger, an eighth-grader at Jonathan

Alder Junior High, made the podium at the Ohio

Athletic Committee’s (OAC) Junior High Wrestling

state championships held March 20-21 at the Covelli

Center in Youngstown. Kroninger went 5-2 and

placed seventh in the 154-pound weight class. He

is now a two-time state placer. He finished sixth in

2019 at OAC’s grade school state championships.


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Columbus Clippers and minor league changes

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

The Columbus Clippers will face some new opponents this year

following Major League Baseball’s structural shake-up of the minor

league system.

In an effort to streamline, cut costs, and increase revenues,

Major League Baseball shrank the number of minor league teams

from 160 to 120. It also revamped its top level Triple-A by eliminating

the names “International League” and “Pacific Coast League”

and creating a new 20-team league called Triple-A East and a 10-

team league called Triple-A West.

The Columbus Clippers are longtime members of the International

League, a league that begin in 1884. The Pacific Coast

League started in 1902. Now both league names are gone.

However, Clippers President and General Manager Ken

Schnacke said the quality of baseball being played at the Triple-A

level will remain the same.

“It’s a bit of a change,” said Schnacke, “but players change every

year anyway, and this new format will eliminate some travel.”

The Clippers’ 2021, 142-game schedule will include a combination

of six-game and four-game series against opponents. The Clippers

will compete in Triple-A East in the Midwest Division along

with traditional rival the Toledo Mud Hens, as well as the Indianapolis

Indians, Louisville Bats, St. Paul Saints, Omaha Storm

Chasers, and Iowa Cubs.

Schnacke said each six-game series will be followed by an off

day, usually a Monday.

“We lose Memorial Day, Labor Day and Flag Day because of

that, but we’ve got to roll with it,” said Schnacke, who said Dime-

A-Dog nights will still take place on Tuesdays and Dollar Days on

Wednesdays.

Due to the ongoing corornavirus pandemic that, as of now, the

state has instituted a 30 percent capacity limit at the 10,000-seat

Huntington Park. That number could increase as the year goes on

and the state lifts some restrictions.

The Clippers’ home opener is April 13 against Louisville, and

Schnacke said pandemic precautions will include a buffer area

along the dugouts and bull pens and fan seating of pods of six people

or less.

“It’s a lot to get ready for,” he said.

A league all-star game will not take place this year, nor will a

Triple-A national championship game.

“These could return in 2022,” Schnacke said.

Historical perspective

Author and historian James Tootle said it is disappointing to see

the name “International League” come to a close. Tootle wrote the

book, “Baseball in Columbus,” which documents the history of professional

baseball in the city

“The league’s roots go back to the 1880s and it has produced

countless players and managers who made their mark in the minor

league cities where they played on their way up to outstanding careers

in the majors,” he said.

Before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn

Dodgers in 1947, he prepared for that breakthrough by honing his

skills in 1946 on the International League’s Montreal Royals.

“Baseball greats Red Schoendienst, Walt Alston, Jim Rice, Wade

Boggs, Chipper Jones, Columbus’ Billy Southworth, and others are

enshrined in both the IL Hall of Fame and in Cooperstown,” Tootle

said. “Columbus has a long history in the International League with

the Jets (1955-70) and the Clippers (1977-present) and has won

many championships. The history of the IL deserves to be remembered

and preserved.”

Tootle said that, while Columbus may lose several traditional

opponents like Syracuse and Rochester this season, fans probably

will not miss playing teams with geographically ambiguous names

such as Lehigh Valley.

“Columbus will continue to play familiar rivals Toledo, Indianapolis

and Louisville,” he said. “These teams are not only International

League opponents, but also the teams Columbus played

against during the half-century (1903-1954) when the Columbus

Senators and Red Birds were in the old American Association with

Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers.

those same cities. Columbus also resumes playing St.

Paul, another rival from the American Association era.

It is my understanding that the 2021 schedule, which

has Columbus mostly only playing teams in its own division,

is due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic,

and the Clippers may resume playing more of the

old International League rivals in 2022.”

Tootle believes most fans will adjust to the restructuring.

A summer night at Huntington Park with an

office group after work or with family will look about the

same.

“However, to the knowledgeable fan who keeps a box

score and is accustomed to following the team’s progress

in the standings, the changes will be significant,” he

said. “When we think about why MLB did away with

the historic International League name and all the

other league names throughout minor league baseball,

we need look no further than the new name: Player Development

League (PDL).

“MLB seems to be making a statement that the purpose

of minor league games is to develop the skills of individual

players to advance to the major league level,

Photo courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Photo courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Teammates mob Columbus Clipper Yandy Diaz as he touches home plate after slugging a home run.

rather than for the local team to win games and league

championships. It is always nice to win, but the main

purpose of PDL games will be to provide an opportunity

for players to achieve individual rather than team goals.

Triple-A games will continue to provide an opportunity

for an established MLB player to pitch a few innings or

get at-bats while rehabbing an injury. Fans may like

this since it is an opportunity to see a famous MLB

player.”

He said none of this is new.

“We have seen this trend in minor league games for

several decades: to give more attention to preparing individual

players for the majors than building a winning

team,” Tootle said. “When doing research in newspapers

from the early to mid-20th century, one notices the

greater number of column inches and photos devoted to

the local team rather than the MLB teams. In the past,

the local team generally used the same starting lineup

throughout the season with few roster changes. Some

stayed at Triple A for two or three seasons and fans got

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to know ‘their players.’ In recent years,

players typically move back and forth between

the majors and minors on a daily

basis, and fans have difficulty learning the

names of the players.”

He said the Player Development League

is a more accurate reflection of the relationship

between the majors and minors.

“But for those in the stands who care

about which team wins the game and have an

appreciation for the history of the national

pastime, the elimination of International

League and all the other traditional league

names creates a sense of loss,” Tootle said.

He believes Columbus is an excellent position

to adjust, with its fine Huntington

Park, experienced organizational leader-

ship, continuing popular MLB affiliation

with Cleveland, and history of community

support.

“Once we get past the pandemic and

crowds can return in larger numbers,

Columbus should be fine,” Tootle said.

“Columbus is an exceptionally strong franchise

in every way.”

He said the real adjustment challenges

will be felt in the 40-plus cities that lost

their teams when the restructuring plan reduced

the total number of minor league

clubs from over 160 to 120.

“Empty ballparks and no baseball–a sad

circumstance for any town,” Tootle said.

“We may see the creation of new teams and

leagues not associated with organized baseball

to serve these communities which have

suddenly lost their teams. We may see an

obituaries

increase in the popularity of college baseball

as players who would have signed professionally

out of high school may now choose

to play on college teams as a way to get a

shot at a professional career.”

He said the best hope for successful adjustment

is the game itself.

“The atmosphere on a beautiful summer

evening at the ballpark will always be magical,”

Tootles aid. “It is hard to beat that experience

no matter what the name of the

league might be. Baseball is a resilient

game. Even with this total restructuring of

the minors, somehow the game is always

able to adjust and keeps going on–but perhaps

diminished this year by the absence of

the traditional league names that have been

part of the fabric and history of professional

baseball for generations.”

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Adam Rosales of the Columbus Clippers

waves to the fans.

For information on how to purchase James

Tootle’s book, “Baseball in Columbus,” visit

www.arcadiapublishing.com.

MANSFIELD

Sharon “Sheri” (Bobo) Mansfield, 70, of

North Carolina, died on March 5, 2021, after

a long, courageous battle with cancer, at the

Iredell Hospice House, North Carolina.

Sheri was born on Oct. 31, 1951, in Fayette

County, Ohio, a daughter of Levi R. and

Tressie (Penwell) Bobo Sr.

She is survived by: her loving husband,

Terry Mansfield; daughter, Jodi (Kevin)

Tarkovich of Clermont, N.C.; step-children,

Kelly (Michael) Luttrell and Lori Mansfield,

all of Indiana; grandchildren, Daniel Roe,

Alex Roe, John Roe, Andrew Tarkovich;

step-grandchildren, Jalon Futtrell, Jaxon

Mansfield; great-grandchildren, Delilah and

Scarlett Roe; siblings, Betty Wood of Indiana,

Joan Bowen of Columbus, Brenda

(Gary) Slawson of Dublin, Kaye (Roy) Duncan

of London, Levi (Dorothy) Bobo Jr. of Indiana,

Richard (Miriam) Bobo of West

Jefferson, Larry Bobo of Mount Sterling;

many, many, many nieces and cousins.

Sheri was preceded in death by: her parents;

grandson, Drew Tarkovich; siblings,

Robert Moore, Bill Bobo, Tom Bobo, Bob

Bobo, Jim Bobo, Virginia Bobo, Barbara

Bobo, Florence Spangler, Mary Dobson; special

nephew, Kevin Crace.

A celebration of Life will be held on May

8 in Cicero, Ind. Condolences may be sent to

www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.

CAULEY

Geneva A. Cauley, 53, passed away on

March 16, 2021. She attended North Eastern

High School, Clark County. She was formerly

employed by Kmart and worked as an

aide at the Masonic Home in Springfield,

Ohio. Geneva enjoyed the outdoors, crafting,

going to yard sales, and, most of all, spending

time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her

mother, Laura, and her grandparents.

Geneva is survived by: her loving husband

of 13 years, James; father, Terry (Kathy)

Harris; four sisters and two brothers; godson,

Troney; father-in-law, John Cauley;

and numerous loving relatives, friends, and

special friend, Rebecca Doss.

Following Geneva’s wishes, cremation

has taken place and there were no formal

services. Memorial contributions may be

made to A.L.S in her memory. Arrangements

were by Porter-Tidd Funeral Home,

Mount Sterling.

FULTZ

Bettie Loree Fultz, 92, of West Jefferson,

Ohio, passed away peacefully on March 19,

2021, at Bluebird Retirement Community.

Born on Aug. 25, 1928, in Salem, Ohio, to

LeRoy Earl and Mary Grace (Carr) Ritchie,

she was one of 15 children. She was married

on June 28, 1952, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to

Raymond T. Fultz. Together they lived in

Sebring, Ohio, and later moved to Newark,

Ohio, where they settled to raise a family.

Bettie enjoyed gardening, playing solitaire,

going on long walks, baking pies, crocheting

afghans as gifts for family and friends, and

travel. In their golden years, she and Raymond

would spend winters in San Jose,

Calif., with their daughter’s family.

She was preceded in death by her husband,

Raymond T. Fultz, and a host of 12

brothers and sisters. She is survived by:

children, Gregory R. (Deborah) Fultz of Ellicott

City, Md., Elaine A. (Tim) Guster of

San Jose, Calif., and Jeffrey S. Fultz (Susan

Hunter) of Hilliard, Ohio; five grandchildren,

Brook (Brett) Rome of Columbus,

Ohio, Scott (Hayley) Fultz of Dublin, Ohio,

Rishay (Johnny) Johnson of Honolulu,

Hawaii, Jennifer (Alex) Dippel of Cascade,

Colo., Tavia (Jose) Mendez of Corvallis,

Ore.; six great-grandchildren, Corinne

Rome, Marielle Rome, Evelyn Fultz, Kessa

Rome, Soraya Mendez, Keoni Johnson; sister,

Fredda Mae Ritchie of Sebring, Ohio;

brother, Robert “Bobby” Lee Ritchie of

Youngstown, Ohio; special family friends,

Phil and Mary Drumm.

Arrangements will be made by Rader-

McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home with interment

at Newark Memorial Gardens. A

private graveside service will be held at a

later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations

may be made to the Salvation Army

or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

MICHAEL

Breck E. Michael, 73, of London died on

March 20, 2021, in his residence. Born on

Feb. 8, 1948, in Greenfield, he was a son of

Delores (King) and Ralph Michael. A U.S.

Navy veteran, Breck was a dispatcher for

the London Police Department for 32 years,

had worked for the Madison County Sheriff’s

Office for more than 30 years and was a

Madison County Municipal Court probation

officer for nine years. A member of London

Church of Christ in Christian Union, the

BSSA, he was also a longtime member of

the Mid-Ohio Chapter of HOG and served

on the Madison County Veteran’s Service

Commission for 23 years.

Survivors include: his wife of 43 years,

Carmen (Dowler) Michael; son, Dustin

(Kathryn) Michael and their daughters,

Emma and Ava; son, Chad (Melissa)

Michael and their daughter, Cayden; brothers,

Steve (Diana) Preston, Dennis (Judy)

Michael and Greg (Brenda) Michael; sisters,

Toni (Glenn) Knorr, Linda Blakely and Tia

(Paul) Pack; many nieces and nephews. He

was preceded in death by: his father and

stepmother, Ralph and Goldie Michael;

mother and stepfather, Delores and Donald

Preston; sisters, Patricia McNeal, Sandy

Gonzalez and Wendy Orlando; brother, Rick

Preston.

Funeral services were held on March 25

in Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,

London, with Rev. Lee Stanley and Dr.

Teena Gallagher officiating. Interment follow

in Kirkwood Cemetery. Memorials may

be sent to the National Kidney Foundation

at www.kidney.org. Condolences for the

family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

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xLegal Notices

NOTICE OF TIME OF VIEW AND HEARING

TO VACATE TOWNSHIP ROAD

(Publication)

Rev. Code Sec. 5553.045 and 5553.04

In the Matter of the Old 729 Road

Office of the Board of County Commissioners

Madison County, Ohio

March 16, 2021

As Hereby Notified, that on the 16th day of March, 2021 the Madison County

accepted the following resolution:

Whereas, there currently exists within Stokes Township, Madison County, Ohio

a township road describes as follows: Old 729 Road, (herein after referred to

as the “township road”), and

Whereas, the Stokes Township Board of Trustees finds that it would be in the

interest of public convenience to vacate said township road,

Whereas, the Stokes Township Board of Trustees have the authority to petition

the Board of Commissioners for Madison County, pursuant to Ohio Revised

Code 5553.045 and 5553.04 to vacate said township road.

Therefore, the Stokes Township Board of Trustees hereby resolve and Petition

the Board of Madison County Commissioners vacate the above described

township road pursuant to the authority granted under the Ohio Revised

Code.

You are hereby notified that the Board of Madison County Commissioners

have fixed the 20th day of April, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the driveway of

3750 St. Rt. 323 South Solon, Ohio 43153, as the time and place for view

thereon and also on the 27th day of April, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., at the

Madison County Courthouse conference room, London, Ohio, as the time

and place for the hearing.

Katie Wiseman

Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners

Madison County, Ohio

MM MARCH 28 & APRIL 4, 2021

MM2021214

Sale of Real Estate

Madison County

Foreclosure Auction

Case# CVE20200161

MidFirst Bank

vs

Ford, James R., et al.

The description of the property to be sold is as follows:

Property Address:

7175 Cleveland Street, South Solon, Madison, Ohio 43153

Legal Description:

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:

28-00076.000, 28-00077.000

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com opening

on 04/06/2021 at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum of 7 days.

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date should the

third party purchaser fail to provide their deposit within the

allotted time.

Provisional Sale Date:

04/20/2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is $5000.00

to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours of the sale ending.

No cash is permitted.

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs, allowances,

and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient to

cover.

To view all sale details and terms for this property visit

www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code: CVE20200161

into the search bar.

MM MARCH 14, 21, 28, 2021

MM2021194

Public Notice

The following matters are the subject of this public notice by the Ohio

Environmental Protection Agency. The complete public notice, including

any additional instructions for submitting comments, requesting

information, a public hearing, or filing an appeal may be obtained at:

http://www.epa.ohio.gov/actions.aspx or Hearing Clerk, Ohio EPA, 50

W. Town St. P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216. Ph: 614-644-3037

email: HClerk@epa.ohio.gov

Application Received for Air Permit

Tuffco Sand and Gravel Inc

8195 Old State Route 161, Plain City, OH 43064

ID #: A0068456

Date of Action: 03/15/2021

Renewal application for a sand and gravel mining operation, including

unpaved roadways and parking areas, storage piles, aggregate

processing plant, and mineral extraction activities.

Draft NPDES Permit Renewal - Subject to Revision

Battelle Memorial Institute

1425 St Rte 142, West Jefferson, OH

Facility Description: Wastewater-Miscellaneous

Receiving Water: Silver Creek Lake

ID #: 4IN00004*KD

Date of Action: 03/26/2021

Draft NPDES Permit Renewal - Subject to Revision

Mount Sterling WWTP

275 S Lebanon St, Mount Sterling, OH

Facility Description: Wastewater-Municipality

Receiving Water: Deer Creek

ID #: 4PB00015*KD

Date of Action: 03/26/2021

MM MARCH 28, 2021

MM2021213

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

PROBATE DIVISION, JUVENILE COURT

Case No. 21920123

Summons By Publication

In the Matter of

Ra P (M)

Delinquent/Dependent Child

To: Jennifer Parfitt, lka 1274 Kent St., Columbus, OH 43205

James Parfitt, lka 1067 Hardesty Pl Apt E, Columbus, OH 43204

Vickie Kisor, lka 148 Maplewood Ln, London, OH 43140

A complaint has been filed in this Court by the State of

Ohio/Madison County Children Services, alleging dependency of

Ra P (M) (DOB 05/31/2006), pursuant to O.R.C. 2151.04. A permanent

custody hearing has been scheduled at the Madison County

Juvenile Court, 1 North Main Street, London, OH 43140, on April

30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., and at the call of the Court thereafter.

You are indicated as being the parents or custodian of said minor

child and notice of said complaint is hereby provided in accordance

with the law and the provisions of RULE 16, Rules of

Juvenile Procedure. If a party is indigent, the Court will appoint

counsel to provide representation upon request. If you believe

that you qualify, contact the Court at (740) 852-0760.

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN

Juvenile Judge

Madison County, Ohio

MM MARCH 28, 2021

MM2021219

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

PROBATE DIVISION, JUVENILE COURT

Case No. 21940011

Summons By Publication

Jamie WESTBROOK

vs.

Katelyn HURLEY

To: Katelyn Hurley, address unknown

A Motion for Custody of WESTBROOK, CAMDEN J., DOB 02/27/2017,

has been filed in this Court. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled in

this Court at the Madison County Courthouse, 1 North Main Street,

London, OH 43140, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., and at the

call of the Court thereafter.

You are hereby summoned that a Motion for Custody has been filed

by Jamie Westbrook. You are required to serve upon Jamie Westbrook

a copy of your answer to the Motion for Custody within 28 days of this

publication. Said answer must be filed with this Court within three (3)

days after service on Jamie Westbrook. If you fail to appear and

defend, judgment by default may be taken against you for the relief

demanded in the Motion for Custody.

You are indicated as being the parent of said minor child and notice of

said Motion for Custody is hereby provided in accordance with the

law and the provisions of RULE 16, Rules of Juvenile Procedure.

You may contact the Juvenile Court at 740-852-0760 with any

questions.

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN

Juvenile Judge

Madison County, Ohio

MM MARCH 28, 2021

MM2021212

PUBLIC SALE

Sale of contents Self Storage Lockers

29: of Justin Virtis, of London, OH

Refrigerator, golf clubs, fishing pole

and household items.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

10:00 a.m.

Location: 192 Maple Street

London, OH 43140

MM MARCH 14 & 28, 2021

MM2021200

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Village of West

Jefferson Planning and Zoning Commission will hold

a public hearing on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – 6:30

pm at the Community Center, 230 Cemetery Road to

hear the following case(s):

Applicant; Francisco Anaya is requesting a Zoning

Classification at 9450 West Broad Street, Galloway.

Applicant; Dmitry Chmil is requesting a variance to

reduce required lot size at 159 Hathaway Road.

Applicant; Matthew Stypula on behalf of WJ Park

West Building 1 LLC is requesting a variance for installation

of 8’ chain link fence at 220 Park West Drive.

Applicant; Howard Wade is requesting a variance to

exceed the allowable lot coverage at 270 Hathaway

Road.

PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE PRIOR TO THE

MEETING FOR THE DETAILS

For Information on the above case(s) please contact

Tom Hale at 614-379-5246.

Regular business hours.

(Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

closed from 12:00-1:00)

MM MARCH 28, 2021

MM2021218


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xLegal Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City of London

Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public

hearing on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 7:00 pm at 20

South Walnut Street, London, OH 43140 to hear

the following case(s):

Applicant/Owner: James Harper is requesting a

variance to exceed the maximum lot coverage at

the subject property 314 Jacob Lane.

Applicant: Paul Rausch / Owner: London

Madison Road Properties 1 LLC is requesting a

variance to encroach on the front yard setback

of Walnut Street. (parcel #31-01222.000).

For Information on the above case(s)

please contact 614-379-5250.

The City of London

Building and Zoning Department

20 South Walnut Street, Suite 105

London, Ohio, 43140

Regular business hours:

(Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 12:00 pm)

MM MARCH 28, 2021

MM2021216

The Madison County Board of Elections will be open the following hours for

Early Voting for the May 4th, 2021 Primary Election.

Sunday

May 2 1-5

MMM MARCH 28 & APRIL 4, 2021

Monday

April 12 8-5

April 19 8-5

April 26 8-7

May 3 8-2

VOTE CENTER - Dates and Hours

Tuesday

April 6 8-5

April 13 8-5

April 20 8-5

April 27 8-7

Wednesday

April 7 8-5

April 14 8-5

April 21 8-5

April 28 8-7

Thursday

April 8 8-5

April 15 8-5

April 22 8-5

April 29 8-7

Vote Center Address:

1423 State Route 38 SE London, Ohio 43140

Friday

April 9 8-5

April 16 8-5

April 23 8-5

April 30 8-7

Saturday

May 1 8-4

MM2021198

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Planning

Commission will hold a public hearing on

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m., at 20 South

Walnut Street, London, OH 43140 to hear the

following case:

Applicant: CR Concrete Services / Owner: Dan

& Brittney Brooks is requesting a variance to

exceed the maximum allowable lot coverage

located at 1036 Braxton Blvd.

Applicant/Owner: Adam Lacey is requesting a

variance for a fence in the front yard and

exceeding the allowable lot coverage located

at the 1066 Hartford Lane.

For Information on the above case(s)

please contact 614-379-5250

The City of London

Building and Zoning Department

20 South Walnut Street, Suite 105

London, Ohio, 43140

Regular business hours:

(Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 12:00 pm)

MM MARCH 28, 2021

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JUDGE

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OF

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to

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Case No. 20216006

NOTICE OF HEARING ON

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Applicant hereby gives notice to

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MM MARCH 28, 2021

MM2021211

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