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May 2, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVI No. 21

Rhythm &

Rib Fest set

for Aug. 6-7

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

By Theresa Hennis

Staff Writer

The Friends of Madison County Parks

& Trails (FMCPT) and MATCO Inc. have

launched a mural project that will bring

art to the corner of Maple and Center

streets along the multipurpose trail that

runs through London.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held

on April 24. The mural will be installed on

the side of one of MATCO’s buildings.

The groundbreaking coincided with National

Celebrate Trails Day. A video of the

ceremony will be included in a nationwide

broadcast by the Great American Rail-

Trail.

“This project is called the Community

Mural Project,” said Wayne Roberts,

FMCPT executive director. “The west approach

of the trail into London is welcoming,

and we want the same experience for

riders coming into London on the east approach.”

First impressions are key. The goal of

the mural project is to provide a good first

Messenger photos by Theresa Hennis

On April 24, several community members came together to break ground on a mural project alongside the multipurpose trail that

runs through London: (from left) Chris Wallace, Madison County commissioner; J.T. Byrd, Madison County Historical Society

trustee; Dr. Tony Xenikis, Madison County commissioner; Marlon Bradley, operations superintendent with the Madison County Engineer’s

Office; London Mayor Patrick Closser and his son, Maddoxx; Van Viney, MATCO CEO; and Wayne Roberts, Friends of Madison

County Parks and Trails executive director.

On the path to trailside creativity

impression of London when people visit by

trail.

“The main thing is that people will feel

welcomed as they walk or ride by on the

trail and then go home and tell others,

‘Hey, you need to go to London to see this,’”

said London Mayor Patrick Closser.

The project is a collaboration of

MATCO, FMCPT, the Madison County

Historical Society, and the London Visual

Arts Guild. The plan is to install 17 mural

panels on the bricked-over windows of the

MATCO building facing the trail, plant a

mini garden, possibly install a sidewalk

with a kiosk and benches for people to get

closer to the murals, and build decorative

walking bridges and a walking trail to connect

to the multipurpose trail already in

place.

“I’ve been involved in several communal

projects, and I love this project,” said Dr.

Gregg Alexander, FMCPT board president.

“So far, we’ve had a bunch of people who’ve

put in sweat, time and thought processes

on this. I think that’s one of the most precious

things about it. I continue to be impressed

by the good hearts and camaraderie

of our community coming together

to work on this.”

To donate to or volunteer for the Community

Mural Project, contact FMCPT at

info@fmcpt.com.

The mural project will be visible from the

Roberts Pass Trail, a portion of the Ohio

to Erie Trail that runs through London.

After a year away, finger-licking ribs and

toe-tapping live music are set to return to

the streets of downtown London the first

weekend in August.

Mayor Patrick Closser announced at the

April 15 city council meeting that, as long

as it is safe to do so, the city’s annual Rib &

Jazz Fest will take place this year, albeit

with a new name and a wider variety of

music.

“We’re renaming it the Rhythm & Rib

Fest. It got hard to find eight to 12 jazz

bands to play. We were bringing in a lot of

blues bands because they were easier to

find,” Closser said.

After canceling the festival last year due

to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers decided

this was the year to rebrand.

“New name. Same awesome festival: car

show, dunk tank, great music. We will still

have jazz there, we will still have some

blues there, but we’re going to open it up a

little bit—maybe get a rock-n-roll band or

two in there,” Closser said.

As usual, plenty of good food will be offered

but with some setup changes to abide

by health department guidelines related to

COVID-19 safety measures. More space between

rib vendors is planned to allow for social

distancing among customers standing

in line for food.

Closser acknowledged that festival plans

could change based on the state of the pandemic

and the number of positive cases, but

he is optimistic the event will go on as

planned. It is set for Aug. 6-7.

“Hopefully, with people getting vaccinated

and everything, we’ll see these numbers

get in check a little bit, and we can

have, hopefully, some sort of normal summer

this year,” he said.

Along those lines, Closser also announced

that the city plans to have an Independence

Day parade this year. Health

department pandemic regulations prevented

the city from hosting a parade last

year.

This year’s parade is scheduled for the

morning of July 3. Lineup is at 10 a.m.; the

parade steps off at 11. The London High

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Artists invited to exhibit at London City Hall

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

The gray walls in London City Hall’s hallways are about to get

an infusion of color and creativity. City administrators are offering

the wall space as a place for area artists to exhibit their work.

“We have always wanted to showcase art and local artists,” said

Amy Rees, administrative assistant for the city of London. “As part

of our renovations, we added picture hangers along the walls in the

two main downstairs hallways.”

London resident and artist Kim Lattimer-Reeder inadvertently

helped to get the ball rolling when she approached the city earlier

this year with a request to display entries from the Kurt Lattimer

Aspiring Artist Award, an annual art competition for area high

school seniors.

“After talking about that, we talked to Kim about expanding the

idea so that we could have artwork rotating all of the time,” Rees said.

Lattimer-Reeder, active in the London Visual Arts Guild

(LVAG), agreed to assist in coordinating the effort. Any artist interested

in showing their work at City Hall can contact Lattimer-

Reeder for more information.

“We are so blessed to have such creativity in our midst, as well

as many who appreciate art and are willing to help us share this

talent with our community,” she said.

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London City Hall is opening its main hallways to art exhibits. The goal is to display an ongoing rotation of artwork

by area artists.

All art must be presentation-ready and wired for hanging. Exhibits

likely will stay up for a month at a time. All artists, regardless

of age or location, are welcome to inquire. Along with adult

artists, the city administration hopes to work with the schools to

showcase student art, Rees said.

With the addition of City Hall, London now has two new venues

for art exhibits. LVAG previously operated a gallery on High Street

for more than 12 years. Over this past year, members renovated a

former school building, now owned by the city. The new London Arts

Center will host its first exhibit, LVAG’s annual Community Show,

in May. The London Arts Center is located at 121 E. First St.

Lattimer-Reeder said she hopes that artists who exhibit at the

center consider moving their displays to City Hall and vice-versa.

For details, contact Kim Lattimer-Reeder at artistkrl@yahoo.com.

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Wiffleball for kids and free pool passes for seniors

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

The London Parks and Recreation Department

is adding new programs, one designed

to appeal to senior citizens and the

other to give children something to do during

the day.

The first program is an opportunity for

individuals 65 and older to attain a free season

pass to the municipal pool.

The city has signed on with Renew Active,

a benefit offered through United

HealthCare, Medicare Advantage and

AARP Medicare insurance plans. The city

also hopes to sign on with Silver Sneakers,

a benefit similar to Renew Active that is offered

through Humana, Medicare Advantage

and AARP Medicare insurance plans.

Both cover free pool passes for eligible

members.

“It’s a way that insurance companies incentivize

older adults to be active,” said Billie

Gore, London parks and recreation

assistant.

Gore and Tammy Braskett, parks and

recreation director, also see it as a way to

put the municipal pool’s racing pool to better

use. Participants will have full use of the

entire pool facility, but Braskett said the

racing pool might be of particular interest

because it is adults-only, fenced off, and

equipped with steps instead of ladders to

make entering the pool easier.

Anyone interested in the programs can

contact Gore for assistance and more information.

The pool opens on May 29.

Wiffleball

Also new to the city’s recreation offerings

is a wiffleball league for children ages 10-

14.

“We have kids who just don’t have anything

to do during the day. So, we have lots

of kids running around town on their

bikes,” Braskett said. “By holding the

league at Cowling Park, the idea is kids can

ride their bikes to the park to participate.”

The league is split into two six-team divisions—a

minor league division for ages 10

to 12 and a major league division for ages

13-14. The cost is $200 per eight-person

team, which comes out to $25 per person.

The deadline to sign up is May 29.

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School marching band has already committed

to participating. The fireworks display

is scheduled for that evening.

If health department guidelines change,

taking a traditional parade off the table,

Closser said he has an idea for how to pull

off a non-traditional parade. The idea is a

reverse parade, like the one the city of

Dublin held on St. Patrick’s Day this year.

The city’s swimming pool also is preparing

for a higher degree of normalcy this

summer with plans to have all pools open.

Last year, the small pool and the racing

pool were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Opening day is May 29.

Games will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesdays

and Fridays at Cowling Park. The first games are scheduled

for June 2. The session will wrap up on June 25 with a single-elimination

tournament.

“If it’s successful, we might run another session,” Brackett said.

Adult softball

Braskett is working to drum up interest in the adult softball

league, a well, which is being reinstated after a year off due to

COVID-19.

The co-ed recreational league will play on Sundays. The men’s

recreational league will play on Thursdays. Games start the week

of May 16. The season will culminate in a tournament in late July.

All games are USSSA sanctioned.

The cost is $375 per team. A $100 deposit is required to secure a

spot. The remainder of the fee is due by May 14.

Lifeguards

The city is offering an American Red Cross life-saving course for

lifeguard certification. The course is free to anyone who commits to

work for the London municipal pool this summer. Those interested

in becoming lifeguards must be at least 15 years old. Course dates

and times are June 4-6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the pool.

Braskett said she likes to have at least 15 lifeguards on staff for

the pool season. She has 12 lined up now, 10 of which are returning

lifeguards.

She noted that lifesaving courses are hard to find these days.

That’s why she is bringing the course to London. She also noted that

parks and recreation districts everywhere are still feeling the impact

of COVID-19 when it comes to lifeguard availability and certification.

“We are in a better position than most because we opened our

pool last year and were able to retain those kids because we have a

relationship with them,” she explained.

Community Gardens

The city is renting 10x10-foot garden

plots at Merri-Mac Park. The cost for the

season is $10.

For more information

For more information about any London

parks and recreation programs, contact

Anthem singer

Luke Peart, a senior at London High

School and a member of the Columbus

Children’s Choir, sang the National Anthem

at the April 10 Columbus Blue

Jackets professional hockey game

against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Peart’s performance was part of the

Blue Jackets’ “Kids Takeover Night.”

Tammy Braskett or Billie Gore at (740) 852-4462. The department’s

office is located at City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St., Suite 107. They also

can be reached at tbraskett@londonohio.gov and bgore@londonohio.gov.

Information and updates also are available online at www.londonohio.gov/parks-recreation-department

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Placing lower priority on perfect lawn makes sense

I was recently going through a box of old

photos and came upon one that brought a

special chuckle. There I was, standing on

my grandmother’s front lawn, trying to look

proud and cool as my dad snapped the

photo, my hands clenched on the lawn mower handles.

I’m guessing I’d just entered my teens. It was the first I was allowed

to mow, and I thought I was a hotshot. Looking back, I’m not

so sure my father didn’t pull a sneaky Tom Sawyer on me. (Mark

Twain’s iconic character gets other kids to paint a fence for him by

making it sound like fun.) I was clueless as to the miles of lawn that

awaited me in my lifetime. I quickly figured out it wasn’t supposed

to be fun.

To satisfy my junk food habit, I had to secure my weekly allowance.

That meant mowing the lawn... with a reel mower. I’m

sure the neighborhood could hear me pleading, “Alright, I promise.

No more Ding Dongs, no Ho Hos, no Ring Dings, just Twinkies from

now on. OK, those, too. Just stop it, no more, please, no more, I can’t

take anymore.”

I’ve come a long way since then. In the 60 years that have

passed, I figure I’ve mowed the equivalent of circling the globe at

least two times with another round soon approaching. I still push a

primitive, tiny mower, but now it’s gas-powered and emits fumes

that send me into la-la-land. My new chant is, “I think I can, I think

I can, cough, cough.”

I wonder what the fumes are doing to the atmosphere. If you

surf the web for “lawn mower hydrocarbon pollution,” you find articles

detailing how destructive they are. Must be a powerful industry

lobby as we rarely hear a peep from environmentalists unless

it’s an abnormally hot summer day when an air quality alert is issued.

Even then, it’s only a recommendation not to mow—and you

can still hear mowers rumbling everywhere.

My attitude has completely changed over the years. I once took

pride in having one of the nicest lawns in the neighborhood. Now, I

still try to keep it mowed, but I don’t mow it every other day as I

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once did. I don’t pace back and glove from touching the treated grounds.

forth looking out the window It’s easy to find dead grass, weeds and erosion caused

as it rains, knowing the fertilizer

is making it grow an inch water and your nose run. We’re told the chemicals are

by chemicals, or to inhale fumes that make your eyes

an hour

safe, so long as users abide by the warnings and directions.

Some folks don’t read the directions. I know of one

These days, I’m mowing

mostly weeds. Yes, it’s embarrassing,

but I can live with entire lawn had to be regrown. It may sound funny, but

case in which someone grabbed the wrong container; an

that. I no longer use chemicals honest mistakes happen and, with chemicals, that can

to make it grow or keep away be serious.

weeds and insects. Times I encourage you to read the book, “Exposure,” by

change and so do perspectives Robert Bilott. It will make you think twice about chugging

a glass of water. The web is full of concerns raised

and priorities. To some, as it

once was for me, their grass is by unbiased, objective and independently run studies

a high priority, and I respect and lawsuits over some of the chemicals landing on and

that. Prior to my hip replacement

surgery, I trudged in sources. It will have you questioning where the controls

under our landscape and ending up in our water

pain, which gave me time to and oversight have been.

reflect and, as a result, make Our frowning neighbors can attest to the lower priority

we now put on our lawn. Ours fits the image of a

the lawn a lesser priority.

We’ve become a country obsessed

with grass. It’s become a keeping-up-with-the- green. We’ve lost too many dogs far too early to cancer,

county fair demolition derby field, not a golf course

Joneses competition. People want their lawns to look and I no longer want to take risks. Perfect grass isn’t

like the putting greens at The Masters in Augusta. A worth it. With the changes we’ve made, we’ve seen a

dandelion to some is a declaration of war on their lawn. huge increase in Monarch butterflies, hummingbirds,

Our neighborhoods and ball fields have become Carolina wrens, hummingbird moths, honey bees and

chemistry labs. Flags placed on lawns signal the use of bumble bees in our yard.

chemicals for fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides.

Somehow, you’re supposed to walk the sidewalks and Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the Columbus Messenger

Newspapers. He lives in Grove City.

keep your dog’s nose out of it or a kid’s softball bat or

Mt. Sterling needs grocery store

guest column

Dave Burton

I would like to ask this question

for Mount Sterling: Are there plans

to get any type of grocery store in the

near future?

When I grew up there, they had two grocery stores—

Tommy’s and IGA—with less people living in the village.

Now the village has more people and zero grocery

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Watching ‘Mortal Kombat’ is like punch to gut

I’ve never thought of myself as violent, ing place in 17th century Japan where

There is a lot of exposition in these scenes, a

but I began to question my preferred method skilled assassin Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) has the reel deal

lot of Cole (and Sonya, to a degree) wondering

who they are and where they fit in this

of confrontation—passive-aggressiveness and found the guarded woodland home of rival

snark—after watching “Mortal Kombat.” Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada). After Dedra Cordle

world, and not enough combat.

After I watched the live-action adaptation

in 1995, I became obsessed with the

killing his wife and child, the two warriors

face off in the film’s most exquisitely choreographed

While out for

There is little Mortal Kombat in “Mortal

Kombat.” There are mortals in this film,

characters’ skills and powers. I wished that

one day I, too, would be able to wield harpoon-like

spears like Scorpion or snap necks

fight scene, blending moves only

found in the video games and martial arts

movies of yore. When this sequence is over,

dinner one night,

Cole and his wife

and daughter are

and there is combat, but there is no true

Mortal Kombat in “Mortal Kombat.”

Without the tournament, this film can

with my knees while in a handstand like so too is most of the film’s promise.

attacked by a

only be described as a prequel, a way to introduce

Sonya Blade.

The film then jumps forward to the Outworld

specter with the

the audience to this weird world. It

In the years that followed, I did not rack

up a body count or learn how to do a handstand,

but I did realize what I was feeling

when I thought of “Mortal Kombat” was

nostalgia. Like a fist or foot or ice spike, nostalgia

can be powerful. It burrows into you,

making you feel vaguely irritated when

someone makes fun of what you like, and it

evokes protectiveness when someone tries

to remake something you love.

When I heard that Warner Bros. decided

to reboot this franchise, I felt that inkling of

irritation. I gave it a chance, though, because

it’s “Mortal Kombat.” It’s supposed to

be stupid fun, and that is something we can

all use. But this latest version leans more

toward stupid than fun. While it’s not awful

enough to make you want to inflict Sub-Zero

levels of violence, it is bad enough to make

you want to give its creators the stink-eye.

where sorcerer Shang Tsung (Chin

Han) is planning Earthrealm’s destruction.

Knowing they only need one more win at the

Mortal Kombat competition to take over

this “pathetic” realm, Shang Tsung sends

his greatest assassins to eliminate their

warriors before the competition takes place.

At first, not much urgency is given to this

mission, but then a prophecy foretells their

defeat should the Hasashi line unite the

champions. This news is a surprise to all the

baddies; they thought Bi-Han and the Lin

Kuei assassins killed them all centuries ago.

That whoopsie turns out to be Cole

Young (Lewis Tan), a character created

specifically for this movie universe. Born

with a dragon tattoo (seriously), he is a

down-on-his-luck MMA fighter who knows

nothing of his lineage, Mortal Kombat, or

the hell about to be unleashed upon him and

ability to generate

and control ice. No

match for this Cryomancer, they accept the

help of stranger, Jax Briggs (Mehcad

Brooks) who tells them to find Sonya Blade.

When Cole finds her, Sonya (Jessica Mc-

Namee) explains to him what Mortal Kombat

is, who the people are who share in his

dragon tattoo, and when this fight to the

death might take place. She encourages him

to follow her on a quest to find the location

of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) who could

help train and guide them as they prepare

for this world’s greatest death match.

When they reach Raiden’s lair, the film

slows to a crawl as the fighters try to unlock

their “arcana,” or special powers that could

keep them from having their spines ripped

out or being smashed to a bloody pulp by

Prince Goro, the Outworld’s last champion,

teases with one-on-one fights in the end

(Max Huang as the razor-hat wearing Kung

Lao definitely has the best fatality of the

film), but it is a set up for potential sequels.

Another big issue: the film takes itself

too seriously. While it tries to say it’s the opposite

with high levels of gore or over-thetop

fatalities, its dialogue and plotting say

something else altogether, and usually in a

monotone voice.

Should potential sequels go forward, I

have hope things can be salvaged with better

pacing, a better script and maybe some

acting lessons for its core actors. Until then,

this version is not a flawless victory for the

franchise, but it’s also not a fatality either.

Grade: C

Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer

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Question: Every year for Mother’s Day, I receive

a gorgeous hanging basket of flowering

plants, and every year it is dead by the Fourth

of July. Help, please!

Goodness, I feel your pain! This is not all

your fault. Generally, when you purchase a

flowering basket, it is big and lush and full

of gorgeous blooms. That means that the

plant(s) are fully mature and growing at

their most vigorous rate. It has also been

growing in ideal conditions in a greenhouse

with constant care and attention. It has

been stimulated with fertilizers and other

chemicals so that would come into bloom at

the exact right time for a holiday. Now, it

has been taken from that environment,

shoved into a plastic sleeve, trucked to a

store and finally brought to your home.

Needless to say, the poor thing is in a bit of

shock, and you are now committed to daily

care for a very needy plant.

Bring it home and water it well, making

sure the water drains out the bottom of the

pot. Put it in a protected area with some

nice light but no direct sun for a few days,

continuing to water it daily. After it has had

a bit of rest, you can decide what your next

step will be.

Without a doubt, the next best step

would be to remove the plants from their

basket, tease them apart gently, and resettle

them with fresh new potting soil into a

pot or basket that is two or three inches bigger

in diameter. You will almost hear those

roots breathe a sigh of relief. Water it well

every single day and, over the next several

days, move it gradually into the spot you

have planned for it. Be certain that the

plants are appropriate for the spot. Put fullsun

plants in a full-sun location, part-sun

plants in a morning-sun location, etc.

Shade-loving plants in a full-sun location

will burn up and die, no matter how well

you care for them. Sun-loving plants in a

shade location will struggle and decline despite

excellent care.

If you cannot or choose not to repot your

basket, there are still ways to keep it going

for the season. It is safe to assume that the

plant is root-bound, so all the food or water

it needs will have to come from you. It also

means that it will dry out very quickly.

Daily watering is imperative. When the

summer really heats up, the basket may

need an afternoon drink, as well.

Fertilizer is also absolutely necessary as

the nutrients in the soil have been rapidly

depleted by the rapid growth in the greenhouse.

Choose a fertilizer that is specifically

intended for flowering plants, and read and

follow label directions if those directions are

written for potted plants. If you are in

doubt, mix the fertilizer at 25 percent of the

recommended rate and use it once per week.

Granular slow-release fertilizers that are

just sprinkled on the soil are another option,

as are fertilizer spikes. Whatever you

choose, go easy, keeping in mind the small

container you are working with. Too much

fertilizer will burn the plant and kill it even

faster than the slow death of poor nutrition.

Every day when you water it, pick off

spent blooms. After a week or two, if your

plant is starting to look “leggy” or straggly,

use sharp scissors to trim the longest stems

back to one or two set of leaves. Do about

one-third of the plant. In a couple more

weeks, do the next third, and then do the remainder

a week or two after. Repeat as necessary

throughout the season. If your plant

is a “spiller,” like a petunia or calibrachoa,

prune more gently and only a few stems at

a time. You’ll be able to discern which ones

need a clip.

Most importantly, keep up the watering

every single day, excepting those few rainy

days when nature takes care of it. If you

need to be gone, make arrangements for

someone else to do the watering. Be certain

the water still drains from the bottom as

roots may try to plug up the drain holes. The

plant will drown if water sits in the pot for

very long. With all this attention, your basket

should be beautiful all summer and into

autumn. It truly is a labor of love.

If, after all this, your basket still does not

thrive, then it is time to reconsider the type

of plants you are growing. Fuchsias are gorgeous,

and many people grow them with

ease. I find them frustrating and difficult.

The one year I did have a really nice one, a

wren chose to build her house in the pot and

I gave up so as not to disturb her. Wave

petunias and calibrachoa are beautiful but

they love water and are heavy feeders, so no

skimping there. Lantana, my personal favorite,

is cheerful and colorful, tough as

nails and has the added benefit of attracting

bees and butterflies. It can take the full afternoon

sun in stride. Daily watering and

regular feeding are still the rules though,

and it loves a good trim occasionally.

Jane Kutzley is a member of the Madison

County Master Gardeners. Watch for upcoming

details about the program’s new Ask A

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Frances M. Barton, 75, of West Jefferson

died on April 25, 2021, at Arbors West, West

Jefferson. Frances was born on July 14,

1945, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of

Del and Lillian (Morehart) Fauver.

Mrs. Barton was a private person, who

was the kindest. sweetest soul, homemaker

and caregiver, taking unconditional care of

her family. She also made the best iced tea

in the world.

She is survived by: her daughter, Jackie

(Craig) Landrum of West Jefferson; lifetime

companion, Ernie Burton; granddaughter,

Tabitha Geiger of London; sister, Alice (Sheryl)

Green of London; great-grandson,

Tyler Landrum; and numerous nieces and

nephews. She was preceded in death by: her

parents; sister and brother-in-law, Katie

(Jack) Schmittauer.

A funeral service took place on April 29

at Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation

Service, London. Interment followed at

Somerford Cemetery, Somerford, Ohio. Condolences

may be sent to www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.

WILLIAMS

Larry D. Williams Sr., 72, of Washington

Court House, Ohio, died on April 25, 2021,

at his residence surrounded by his family.

Larry was born on May 10, 1948, to Roger

and Bernadine (Ater) Williams.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 54

years, Virginia (Dingus) Williams; son,

Larry D. (Libby) Williams Jr.; daughter,

Teresa L. (Robert) Blair; son, Matthew S.

(Mary) Williams; grandchildren, Zachery T.

(Amanda) Williams, Cody D. Williams, Josh

D. Ward, Felechia M. (Kyler) Woolever,

Clayton D. (Kailee) Dyer, Austin C. Dyer,

Alexander J. Williams, Elijah D. Williams,

Blayne H. Williams, Cressa K. Williams,

Jackie Blair, and Jessie Kuhns. Larry had

12 adored great-grandchildren. Also surviving

are: his sisters and brothers, Sue (Steve)

Wilson, Mary Weaver, Ruth (Greg)

Creamer, Phillip Williams and Jeff

Williams; and many brothers-in-law and

sisters-in-law.

Larry was preceded in death by: his parents,

Roger and Bernadine Williams; brothers,

James Williams, Roger Williams and

David Williams; and sister, Eleanor

Williams.

Larry retired from Decker Construction

in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked for 42

years. He was a member of the Ohio Labor

Union and the International Union of Operating

Engineers, Local 18. Larry was a good

father and husband who loved his grandchildren.

He was a sincere, devoted family man.

A funeral service was held on April 30 at

Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mount Sterling,

with Pastor Gaye Gossard officiating. Burial

followed at Bethel Cemetery.

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State Rep. Steve Stivers will not seek reelection

to Congress. Stivers has served six

terms in Congress, representing Ohio’s 15th

District which includes Madison County. He

will step down effective May 16 to serve as

president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of

Commerce.

“It has been my honor and privilege to

serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional

District,” Stivers said. “Throughout

my career in public service, I’ve worked to

promote policies that drive our economy forward,

get folks to work, and put our country’s

fiscal house in order. “That is why I am

looking forward to this new opportunity

with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, where

I can continue my efforts to support free enterprise

and economic growth here in Ohio.”

Stivers has served on the financial services

committee throughout his time in Congress

and is the ranking member of the

subcommittee on housing, community development

and insurance.

Stivers was elected by his colleagues

to serve as chairman of

the National Republican Congressional

Committee from 2016

to 2018 and served on the rules

committee in 2015 and 2016.

During his tenure in Congress,

he has also been a strong advocate

for veterans and their families.

In his first term, he passed

the HIRE at Home Act and TRI-

CARE for Kids to help returning

soldiers reenter the job market and provide

their children better health care, respectively.

He also passed H.R. 1900 to designate

the Veterans Memorial and Museum in

Columbus as the National Veterans Memorial

and Museum. It is the only public museum

of its kind that exists for the exclusive

role of sharing the experiences of veterans

across all eras, conflicts, and branches of the

military.

During 114th Congress, Stivers was the

lead cosponsor of H.R. 1462, the Protecting

Steve Stivers

Our Infants Act, a new law that

ensures a coordinated federal response

to Neonatal Abstinence

Syndrome (NAS), a devastating

condition that impacts babies

born to drug addicted mothers.

Additionally, Stivers was the lead

cosponsor of the Reducing Unused

Medications Act, H.R. 4599,

which seeks to reduce the availability

of opioids for abuse by allowing

for a partial fill of such

prescriptions if requested by a

doctor or patient. This bill was signed into

law in 2016.

Stivers worked to promote civility within

Congress and Ohio’s communities by creating

and co-chairing the Congressional Civility

and Respect Caucus with Rep. Joyce

Beatty (OH-3). Stivers and Beatty traveled

to schools and civic organizations across

their districts to talk about the importance

of civility in everyone’s daily lives. The caucus

requires members of Congress to join as

a pair with a partner from the other side of

obituaries

the aisle and agree to work together to promote

civility.

“The best part of this job has been making

a positive difference in the lives of constituents,”

Stivers said. “I am grateful to the

people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District

for putting their trust in me to represent

them in the halls of Congress. It has been

one of the biggest honors of my life.”

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers

served in the Ohio Senate. He also worked

in the private sector for the Ohio Company

and Bank One. A career soldier, Stivers has

served more than 30 years in the Ohio Army

National Guard and holds the rank of major

general. He served the United States overseas

during Operation Iraqi Freedom in

Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti, where he

led 400 soldiers and contractors. Stivers received

the Bronze Star for his leadership

throughout the deployment.

Stivers received his bachelor’s degree

and his MBA from The Ohio State University

and resides in Columbus with his wife,

Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.

Memorial contributions may be made in

Larry’s honor to: Heartland Hospice, 116

Morse Road-B, Circleville, OH 43113,

www.heartlandhospice.com.

Please share favorite memories of Larry

and send condolences to his family at

www.portertiddfuneralhome.com.

LONDERGAN

Gary William Londergan, 75, of London

died on April 26, 2021, at Laurels of Norworth,

Worthington, Ohio. Gary was born

on Nov. 15, 1945, in Eustis, Fla., a son of

Charles William Londergan and Loretta

Pitzer Brooks. He had a successful law practice

in London, Ohio, for many years.

He is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth

Anne (Douglas) Londergan; children, Andrew

William (Brittany) Londergan of Temple,

Texas, and Virginia Sage Londergan

(spouse, Kenneth Boich) of Westerville,

Ohio; siblings, Cheryl Ann Foust of Lewis

Center, Ohio, and James Timothy (Denise)

Londergan of Worthington, Ohio; grandchild,

Emerson Sage Londergan.

According to Gary’s wishes, he was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at

Oak Hill Cemetery, London, on a date yet to

be determined. Funeral arrangements have

been entrusted to Lynch Family Funeral

Home & Cremation Services, London. Condolences

may be sent to www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.


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Mt. Sterling makes plan to repair major potholes

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

The village of Mount Sterling is making

plans to repair major potholes and make improvements

on Clark Street.

Last year, village staff patched minor

potholes and will continue to do so this year.

To take care of the larger and deeper potholes,

the village plans to contract with A.J.

Asphalt out of Columbus.

At the April 26 council meeting, Andy

Drake, council member and street committee

chairperson, reported that A.J. Asphalt

recently submitted an updated estimate for

the repairs. The estimate is $39,000 to repair

32 potholes.

Drake said the village has money left

over from last year that was earmarked for

major pothole repairs, but it is not enough

to cover the $39,000. The street committee

is going to prioritize the potholes from worst

to best and discuss whether to do what they

can with last year’s allocated money, ask

council to approve more money to take care

of the whole project now, or ask for more

money at a later date.

The pothole project focuses on streets the

village controls, but potholes are a problem

on State Route 56, too. Village leaders are

looking into what can be done with the state

controlled route.

“We’re going to see what we can do about

using highway moneys. That’s a bit more of

a significant construction project. As everyone

who has gone down 56 can tell you, (the

potholes) are pretty big,” Drake said.

“We are playing Whack-a-Mole a little bit

with the potholes on 56, but today we want

to get in a position where we have a game

plan for doing that and make sure they go away and they go away

permanently.”

The village also plans to slightly widen Clark Street at Main

Street and add a curb to prevent semi-trucks from driving through

a residential yard. They are contracting with A.J. Asphalt for this

work, too. The village is splitting the cost with BST which has a facility

off of Clark Street.

The village wants to have A.J. Asphalt do the pothole project (village

controlled streets only) and the Clark Street project at the

same time. This would eliminate a second trip to Mount Sterling

for the company and, therefore, cut down on costs to the village.

Once village leaders decide how they want to move forward with

the pothole work, they can set a timeline for the pothole project and

the Clark Street project.

In other street-related news, the street committee is putting together

a plan for installing stop signs on High and New streets.

“We’re receiving a lot of complaints about speeding, cut-through

traffic,” Drake said. “The stop signs are on order and we will move

forward as soon as they come in. It’s really gotten bad, and we need

to do something about it as soon as we possibly can.”

The village also plans to install signage to prevent through truck

traffic on New Street, Rosewood Avenue, and other streets in town.

Additionally, the village has set aside funding to gravel unpaved

alleyways. The street committee has ranked the alleys from worst

to best to prioritize the work.

The next street committee meeting is at 8 a.m. May 5 in council

chambers and open to the public.

New personnel

Council voted 4-2 to appropriate funding for a second full-time

street/utility worker and to hire Aaron Follrod to fill the position.

Council members Andy Drake, Melanie Fritz, Becky Martin and

David Timmons voted “yes.” Council members Craig Hix and Jay

Pettey voted “no.”

In-person hours at town hall

Council member Becky Martin asked if there are plans to have

the town hall staff return to full-time, in-person hours.

For a long time, Misty Vance, the utilities clerk, and Courtney

Bricker, the fiscal officer, worked remotely as a result of the pandemic.

In recent months, Vance has returned for some in-person

hours at town hall, first one day per week and now three days per

week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), working from home the

other days. Bricker said she is pretty much back in-person full-time.

Martin said residents have expressed confusion about the hours

the utility clerk’s office is open, with it changing from closed, to one

day per week, to three days per week.

“With things opening back up more and more...for consistency,

it’s just something maybe we should consider soon,” she said.

Mayor Marci Darlington suggested the question be addressed at

the next water/wastewater committee meeting, which is set for 9

a.m. May 5 in council chambers at town hall.

Drug Take-Back Day

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office held a Drug Take-Back day

on April 24 at town hall. Four deputies and Sheriff John Swaney

were on hand to collect unneeded and expired medications for safe

disposal.

“I was down there, and it was a good turnout,” said council member

David Timmons.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to hold another Drug Take-Back day

in August.

Going extra mile to deliver meals

During National Volunteers Week, Madison Health celebrated their employees who deliver Meals-On-Wheels

to residents in London. The Madison Health team covers routes three days a week and has been participating

in this program for four years. In 2020, the Madison Health team delivered approximately 1,500

meals to 54 clients. Pictured with many of the Madison Health delivery team members is Leah Baird, Life-

Care Alliance Meals-On-Wheels coordinator for Madison County.


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The celebration commemorates 150 consecutive

years of public education in South

Charleston. During Heritage Days, the

planning committee will participate in the

parade, display memorabilia, and present

several proclamations. They also plan to

take part in Southeastern Schools’ alumni

banquet on June 19, award one or more

scholarships to seniors from this year’s

graduating class, and make donations to

various community organizations.

The committee has already held one successful

sub sandwich sale—so successful, in

fact, that they are holding another one. The

eight-inch subs are $5 each and are made

with Audinno’s Italian Bakery buns, Virginia

baked ham, salami, pepperoni and

provolone cheese from the Cheese House.

The sale runs from May 17 to June 4. Orders

and payment are due by June 4. To

place an order, contact: Pete Conley, (937)

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Florence, barb10735flo@gmail.com or (937)

462-7398. The subs will be available for

pickup between 10 a.m. and noon on June

12 at Blessings On Willow, 215 Willow St.,

South Charleston.

“We’re also selling shirts and framed

prints featuring the logo for the 150th celebration,”

said Jennifer Jones McKee, a committee

vice president and 1970

Southeastern Schools graduate. “We have

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at the legion hall following the event.

Jennifer McKee displays t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies emblazoned

with the South Charleston Education Sesquicentennial

Celebration logo. The shirts are available for purchase at Village

Chic. Proceeds go toward the celebration which will take place

Sept. 25-26 in conjunction with the South Charleston Heritage

Commission’s Heritage Days festival.

include: short-sleeved t-shirts, $20; long-sleeved t-shirts, $25;

sweatshirts, $35; and hoodies, $40. The prints and shirts can be

purchased anytime at Village Chic, 17 S. Chillicothe St. They also

will be sold at Village Market which takes place along Chillicothe

Street in downtown South Charleston from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first

Saturday of the month, May through September. The committee

will sell the items at the alumni banquet and at Heritage Days, as

well.

Planning for the sesquicentennial began three years ago after

Dwain Robbins, a 1971 graduate, mentioned to school leaders that

his class was the 100th to graduate from South Charleston schools.

With the class’s 50th reunion coming up in 2021, he thought it

would be something special to recognize.

“It snowballed from there,” Robbins said.

The idea blossomed into a celebration of the entirety of public

school education in South Charleston, and Robbins serves as executive

director of the event’s board of directors.

Originally, the group had hoped to hold the celebration in conjunction

with the alumni banquet in June but decided to move the

festivities to September due to uncertainty about the state of the

pandemic and related safety regulations.

“Even though it was a difficult decision to postpone the celebration,

we thought it was in the best interest of all who wanted to attend.

It’s also a great opportunity to work together with another

very dedicated non-profit group in the South Charleston Heritage

Commission,” McKee said.

Even with the date change, the goal remains the same.

“We want to celebrate the fact that we’ve had 150 consecutive

classes graduate from South Charleston schools, and we want to

unite everyone who loves South Charleston and loves our school

system,” McKee said.

“We are grateful for the support we have received so far,” Robbins

said.

The SCE 150th Committee meets monthly at Village Chic. Officers

are: Pete Conley, president; Donna Myers Bonsell, secretary;

Gayle Kinnaird Johnson, vice president; Jennifer Jones McKee, vice

president; and Barbara Florence, treasurer. In addition to Robbins,

the board includes Gregory R. Flax, Esq., and Robert Entler.

For more information and updates, call Dwain Robbins at (740)

775-7995 or follow “South Charleston Education 150 Years SCE

150, Inc.” on Facebook.

In addition to the sub, shirts, and framed print sales, the committee

welcomes financial donations at Park National Bank.


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Pool closed this summer

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

The South Charleston Pool will not open

this season, and its long-term fate is up in

the air.

The Community Recreation Commission

(CRC), the non-profit, all-volunteer group

that operates the pool, recently announced

their decision not to open the pool. They also

announced they are disbanding as an organization.

“The COVID restrictions of limited capacity

for social distancing purposes prevents

the selling of memberships and

unlimited daily admission,” the CRC stated.

The CRC relies on the revenue from

memberships to pay bills and cover payroll

expenses through June and into July.

“Our unlimited daily admission produces

revenue that helps us maintain equipment

and daily operations. Without those two unlimited

ways of generating income, we cannot

possibly have enough revenue to

support a season,” the group explained.

The non-profit group handles and pays

for everything that goes into the business of

running the pool, from daily operations to

maintenance of the equipment and grounds.

They also owned the property and paid

taxes on it until 2015 when ownership of the

property was transferred to the village of

South Charleston. Since 2015, the village’s

only involvement has been payment of property

taxes. With the CRC disbanding, the

village will take over maintenance of the

property on May 17.

“It is our hope that another group or organization

will come forward and that the

pool can reopen for the 2022 season,” the

CRC stated. The group plans to donate any

of their leftover funds to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s

disease) in honor of

Linda Smith who

was a South

Charleston resident,

swim lesson instructor

and longtime volunteer

at the pool.

The village has

no plans at this

time to take over

the pool operations,

said Mayor Sam

Stucky.

“We have been in

conversation with

other villages that

have pools. They

tend to run those

pools, especially last

year, at a deficit. I

just don’t know if

the village wants to

get into that at this

time,” he said.

Jim Dempsey

Your Hometown Funeral Director

Stucky welcomes another group to come

forward to take over operations to “keep the

pool open for future generations.” He said he

has fond memories of spending time there

as a child and watching his children do the

same.

“If a group is serious about taking it over,

they would have to start now to be ready for

2022 because there are maintenance issues

at the pool that need to be addressed,” he

said.

If no one steps forward, the village commission

will look into the feasibility of taking

on the task, he added.

“As the village, we will look into every opportunity

we can. I want to fight for the pool

until the ammunition has been spent. We’ll

see what happens because I don’t want to

lose it,” Stucky said.

A tax levy is one possible solution.

“If the residents want the pool to stay

open and don’t have a pool board, other

townships and villages have put tax levies

on the ballot for the village to be able to fund

a pool center,” said Trecia Waring, South

Charleston’s village manager. “That’s the

only way I see that the village could do it.

There are a lot of working parts.”

Stucky said the village is open to ideas,

including suggestions for what to do with

the property should the pool end up closed

permanently.

Stucky thanked the CRC for everything

they have done over the years.

“From its inception, the CRC has just

been a wonderful and cooperative organization

who has spent their years serving the

community with the swimming pool. It’s

something a lot of communities just don’t

get to enjoy. Their hard work and dedication

has just made South Charleston a better

place to live,” he said.

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Historical Society hopes to hold Pioneer Days

By Kristy Zurbrick

Madison Editor

As long as it is safe to do so, Pioneer Days will be back on the

fall schedule for the Madison County Historical Society.

The event was one of many the Society cancelled last year due

to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have tentatively set this

year’s Pioneer Days for Sept. 25. There is a chance they will add a

second day, extending the festivities through Sept. 26.

The Madison County Historical Society plans to reinstate Pioneer Days this fall after a year off due to COVID-19.

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“We will wait to see what happens with the virus and regulations.

We’ll know more as we get closer,” said Ned DeCamp, director

of the Historical Society museum.

In 2019, more than 400 people attended Pioneer Days on the museum

grounds at 260 E. High St., London. The event features historical

displays and reenactors, food and merchandise vendors, and

demonstrations ranging from apple cider pressing to cooking over

a campfire. All the buildings on the grounds are open for tours.

Among them are Jonathan Alder’s cabin, the Elizabeth Kitchen log

house, a one-room schoolhouse, a barn filled with antique farm

equipment, and the museum. The grounds also feature a caboose.

This year, if all goes well, organizers hope to hold a kids’ camp

the morning of Sept. 25, prior to the start of Pioneer Days at noon.

The camp would be open to second- through fourth-graders.

“Usually, we do a three-day camp in early June, but we can’t this

year due to health regulations,” DeCamp said.

He added that he is excited at the prospect of reinstating Pioneer

Days.

“It’s our big event of the year. The more people who come to the

museum and grounds, the better off we are,” he said.

While COVID-19 has had a big impact on the Historical Society’s

offerings over the past year, it hasn’t completely shut down operations.

The museum was closed for a few months at the start of the

pandemic but returned to normal hours in June and has remained

open ever since. Normal hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays.

The Historical Society is starting to welcome small groups of

school-aged children to spend half-days at the museum, something

they haven’t done for the past year. In the next few weeks, a group

of homeschooled children and a group of Mennonite children are

scheduled to visit.

The public schools have not been doing field trips, but the Historical

Society recently welcomed a couple

of teachers to tour the buildings and take

home educational material to share with

their classes. One of the teachers also videorecorded

her visit to share with her students.

Another event back on the Historical Society’s

schedule: the Madison County Fair.

After a year away, the organization will set

up displays in what served as a dining hall

and then a poultry barn many years ago.

To learn more about the Historical Society

or to volunteer, call the museum at (740)

852-2977. The organization also can be

found on Facebook at “Madison County

Ohio Historical Society.”

Help with heating

The Ohio Development Services Agency

wants to remind Ohioans that assistance is

available to help with their home energy

bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program

(HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent

of the federal poverty guidelines pay

their heating bills.

Applied directly to the customer’s utility

or bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage

heating costs. Ohioans can visit

www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online,

download a copy of the application or find

contact information for a local Energy Assistance

Provider (EAP). When applying, individuals

need to have copies of the following

documents:

• most recent utility bills;

• a list of all household members (including

birth dates and Social Security numbers);

• proof of income for the past 30 days for

all household members (12 months for certain

income types);

• proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency

for all household members; and

• proof of disability (if applicable).

HEAP benefits are applied to an individual’s

energy bill after Jan. 1. Applications

for the HEAP program must be received by

May 31, 2021.

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0880. Hearing-impaired customers can dial

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Fish Fries

American Legion Post 201 in West Jefferson

will offer a limited-item fish fry on

the first and third Fridays of each month,

starting May 7 through October. Items include:

fish and fries, $6; fish sandwich, $5;

fries only, $1.50; and soda, $1. Hours are 4-

7 p.m. Carryout only.

Lions Club Anniversary

The London Lions Club will celebrate its

75th anniversary at 6 p.m. May 18. As part

of the celebration, the club will dedicate

“Noah’s Bridge,” located on North Walnut

Street across from the baseball practice

field. The Lions invite current and past

members to attend, along with anyone who

would like more information about the club

and anyone the club has helped. The event

is being held outside; social distancing will

be observed. Those who attend are encouraged

to bring their own chairs as there is no

seating near the bridge.

Plant Sale

The Madison County Master Gardeners

will hold their annual plant sale from 8 a.m.

to 3 p.m. May 22 at 1922 Chickasaw Dr.,

Lake Choctaw. The sale features annuals,

perennials, vegetables and unique plants.

There will be no early sales.

Fishing Derbies

The West Jefferson Parks and Recreation

Department is hosting free fishing

derbies open to the public. The village will

have bait and loan out some fishing equipment.

Participants can bring their own bait

and gear. No registration is required. For

more information, call (614) 379-5273.

• Hooked on Fishing—June 9, June 16,

June 23 and June 30, 5-8 p.m., Duke Farm

House, State Route 29, West Jefferson;

• Family Fishing Fiestas—May 8, 9-11 a.m.;

June 11, 5-8 p.m.; June 19, 10 a.m.-noon. All

will take place at the Duke Farm House,

State Route 29, West Jefferson.

• Introduction into Fishing Basics with Your

Local Game Warden and Helpers—May 22, 10

a.m.-1 p.m., Duke Farm House, State Route

29, West Jefferson;

• Senior Fishing Day—June 16, 10 a.m.-

noon, Krazy Glue Pond, 1450 W. Main St.,

West Jefferson; and

• Fishing With Our Special Needs Friends—

May 14, 6-8 p.m., Russ Miller’s House, 9291

W. Broad St., Galloway.

Art Exhibit

The London Visual Arts Guild will host

its 6th Annual Community Art Show May

6-June 6 at the new London Arts Center,

121 E. First St., London. An opening reception

is planned for 2-4 p.m. May 8. Regular

art center hours are: Thursday and Sunday,

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

National Day of Prayer

• London—A National Day of Prayer will

take place at noon May 6 on the Madison

County Courthouse lawn in London.

• Mount Sterling—The Mount Sterling

Ministerial Association invites area residents

to join in fellowship, prayer, and devotional

time for the National Day of

Prayer. The event is set for noon on May 6

at the Mount Sterling gazebo at the corner

of East Main and South London streets.

Rockin’ on the Run

Rockin’ on the Run raises money and

awareness for pediatric brain tumor research.

The focal point is a 5K run, which is

virtual this year. Several other fundraisers

are taking place, as well.

• Virtual 5K run—suggested dates are May

9-15. Go to www.rockinontherun.org.

• Silent Auction—Through May 15. Visit

biddingowl.com/rockinontherun;

• M&M Diner—May 3. Homemade chicken

and noodles with mashed potatoes and corn,

$10, 4 to 7 p.m. (or until sold out) in a drivethrough

format, 165 E. Center St., London.

Bring extra cash for the 50/50 drawing.

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 more information,

call the Water Department at (614)

879-8655, option 1.

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.

May 3-8—10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, walking in

the gym

May 4—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

May 5—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

May 6—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.

May 8—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults.

June 5—Outdoor spring bazaar.

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.

• Storytimes. In-library storytimes resume

on May 3. Space is limited; registration

is required. Call the library.

• Booklovers. The group will discuss

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by

Rebecca Skloot at 4 p.m. May 3.

Mount Sterling Library

Mount Sterling Public Library is located

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

or visit www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.

• Preschool Storytime. The library has

reinstated preschool storytime. Sessions

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

group is for children ages 3 to 5 years old.

Space is limited to 10 participants. Pre-register

by calling the library. Facemasks are

required for anyone 10 or older. If there is

enough interest, the library will add a storytime

on Thursday mornings.

• Zoom Book Club. The group will meet

online at 7 p.m. May 4 to discuss “All Creatures

Great and Small” by James Herriot.

Houston Library

The Houston branch of the Clark County

Public Library, is offering the following programs

and services. For more information,

call (937) 462-8047. The library is located at

5 W. Jamestown St., South Charleston.

• Among Us. “Among Us” is an online

game of deduction and mystery. Can you

stop the imposter before they destroy the

spaceship and all of your crewmates? Download

the free game for iOS or Android. Registration

for each game is limited to nine

people. To register, email ryankee@ccplohio.org

with the name and age of those

wishing to participate. Further instructions

will be emailed with confirmation of registration.

Sessions take place from 5 to 6 p.m.

every Wednesday through May 26. The program

is open to ages 13-18.

• Craft Packets. The first 12 children to

stop in the library on May 10 can pick up a

packet that contains a glow-in-the-dark lacing

constellation card and instructions.

• Tails and Tales. The summer reading

program starts on June 1. Watch for details

at ccplohio.org.

• Pet Photo Contest. Watch for details

on how to enter your pet’s photo beginning

June 1.

• Activity Packets. Packets containing a

simple craft, word search, coloring sheet and

more will be available for pickup starting

June 1.

• Tails and Tales Teatime. Join Susan for

this virtual event at 11 a.m. June 1.


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Adoptable Pets

Luna and Sparky are lovable

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Madison

The following are among the pets up for

adoption at the Humane Society of Madison

County. If you are interested in adopting a

pet, fill out an application online at

www.hsmcohio.org or call the shelter at

(614) 879-8368.

Luna

Luna came

to the shelter

on Feb. 18,

2021, because

her owner was

put in a tough

situation and

could no longer

care for her.

Luna is a

beautiful girl

that could

catch anyone’s eye. She is about 2 years old

and is a bit shy and reserved with a touch

of chill and laid-back personality.

You will most likely find her lounging on

a cozy cat tree, catching rays of sunlight.

When she wants love and attention, she lets

out the tiniest meow and starts her motor

going with her unique purr.

Luna doesn’t mind other kitties; she

seems to like having a friend to hang and

co-exist with. Luna’s previous mommy said

she is scared of dogs and will hide from

them when they are around. Luna hasn’t

shown much interest in toys. The shelter

staff has noticed she would rather hang out

and take catnaps with her people.

Adoption fees are $80 for kittens up to 6

months old and $60 for cats 7 months and

older. The fee includes a FeLV/FIV test,

spay or neuter, shots, deworming, and a

one-year rabies shot (if old enough). Fees

can be paid by cash or credit card.

Sparky

This middle-aged

guy

still has lots of

spunk in his

trunk. Seriously,

Sparky

has the cutest

walk ever. He

came to the

shelter on Feb.

10 after his

owner passed

away. The shelter staff estimates he is 8

years old, weighs 11 pounds, and is a Jack

Russell mix.

Sparky loves to play “I’m gonna get ya,”

gleefully zig-zagging as you try to “catch

him.” He is a small guy with lots of punch

in his little body. During introductions to

other dogs, he has been mostly indifferent.

Size doesn’t seem to matter to him, though

he does prefer calmer dogs. On his visit to

the shelter’s kitty condo, Sparky mostly ignored

the cats, letting out an occasional

bark to remind the kitties who’s boss. The

cute little man with big ears will likely fit in line in a home with

other pets.

Sparky does a great job keeping his kennel tidy, always waiting

to go outside to potty. He is sure to make a wonderful addition to

one lucky family.

Sparky is in the shelter’s prison training program and is learning

basic commands, like sit and stay. His adoption fee will be $200

plus a $17 county license.

The shelter’s adoption fees for dogs are as follows: shelter dogs,

$150; prison dogs, $200; puppies, $250; popular pure-breeds, $400.

Fees includes a Home Again microchip, shots, deworming, heartworm

testing (if old enough), spay or neuter, and a one-year rabies

shot (if old enough). All dogs that are adopted must leave with a

county license at an additional cost of $17. The license fee is cash

only. Adoption fees can be paid by credit card or cash.

Humane Society Info

The Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC) remains closed

to the public. HSMC continues to accept applications for its

adoptable pets, schedule meet-and-greets for adopters, and schedule

appointments when possible for the public.

To request an appointment, send email to contact@hsmcohio.org,

call (614) 879-8368 or visit HSMC on Facebook.

Shelter visitors are asked to wear a mask at all times.

The Humane Society is located at 2020 Plain City Georgesville

Rd., West Jefferson, www.hsmcohio.org. The shelter appreciates donations

of supplies. For a list of items, call (614) 879-8368.

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

Texas Roadhouse, 1770 Hilliard Rome Rd., Columbus, will donate

10 percent of dine-in or carryout food purchases made between

3 and 10 p.m. April 28 to the Humane Society of Madison County.

Participants must present a fundraising flyer at the time of purchase,

available by contacting the Humane Society ahead of time.

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NOTICE OF TIME OF CONTINUATION OF THE

FIRST 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 25th day of May, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Madison

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

place for the continuation of the first hearing.

Katie Wiseman

Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners

Madison County, Ohio

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MM2021256

Village of Midway

Annual notice is hereby given, in accordance with Ordinance 2018-02

Section 1-All owner(s), lease(s), agent(s), or tenant(s) having charge of any

land or property within the Village of Midway, upon which grass or noxious

weeds are growing, must be placed into a state of compliance with this

Ordinance within five days after such publication and maintained at a height

of not more than six (6) inches.

The complete text of this ordinance may be viewed at

Midway Village Town Hall

13830 Main St., Sedalia, OH 43151

The 2020 Annual Financial Report for the Village of Midway is complete

and available for review at

Midway Village Town Hall

13830 Main St., Sedalia, OH 43151

Jennifer Hall

Clerk/Treasurer

MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021

MM2021244

PROBATE COURT OF

MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

CHRISTOPHER J. BROWN,

JUDGE

IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME

OF

Maci Lynn Jester

to

Maci Lynn Rush

Case No. 20216014

NOTICE OF HEARING ON

CHANGE OF NAME

[R.C. 2717.01]

Applicant hereby gives notice to

all interested persons 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 Maci Lynn

Jester to Maci Lynn Rush. The

hearing on the application will be

held on the 3rd day of June 2021,

at 2:30 o’clock P.M. in the Probate

Court of Madison County, located

at 1 North Main Street,

London, Ohio 43140.

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An opportunity to visit the site will follow the meeting on May 4, 2021, at

11:00 a.m., OPOTA Tractical Training Center until approximately 11:45 a.m., at the

following location:

OPOTA Tactical Training Center

1960 S.R. 42 SW, London, OH

Bid Documents: Electronically at https://bidexpress.com

More info: A/E contact: Schorr Architects, Sara Herridge;

Phone (614) 798-2096

Email: sherridge@schorrarchitects.com

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Village of

Mount Sterling Zoning and Appeals

Committee will hold a public hearing on

Tuesday May 18, 2021 - 6:00 pm at 1 South

London Street, Mount Sterling, OH 43143

to hear the following case(s):

Applicant; Jeffrey R. Walston is requesting a

variance to install a 6’ foot privacy fence

at209 Yankeetown Street.

For Information on the above case(s)

please contact

Tom Hale at 614-379-5246.

MM MAY 2, 2021

CANCELLED

MM2021253

MM2021241

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, May 5, 2021 – 6:30

pm at the Community Center, 230 Cemetery Road to

hear the following case(s):

Applicant; Shawn Goodwin is requesting a variance

to exceed the Village’s Landscape Code at 70

Enterprise Parkway.

PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE PRIOR TO THE

MEETING FOR THE DETAILS

For Information on the above case(s) please contact

Tom Hale at 614-379-5250.

Regular business hours.

(Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

closed from 12:00-1:00)

MM MAY 2, 2021

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PROCLAMATION

NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION

The Board of Elections of Madison County, Ohio issues this Proclamation and

Notice of Election. A PRIMARY ELECTION will be held on TUESDAY, MAY 4,

2021, at the usual place of holding elections in the City of London, Jonathan

Alder Local School District and Madison-Plains Local School District for the

purpose of choosing the following officials:









City of London Treasurer

City of London Auditor

London City Council President

London City Council First Ward

London City Council Second Ward

London City Council Third Ward

London City Council Fourth Ward

London City Council At-Large

And determining the following questions and issues:

PROPOSED INCOME TAX (RENEWAL)

Jonathan Alder Local School District

Madison, Franklin and Union Counties

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall an annual income tax or 0.5% on the earned income of individuals residing

in the school district be imposed by the Jonathan Alder Local School District, to

renew an income tax expiring at the end of 2021 for 10 years, beginning January

1, 2022, for the purpose of providing for current expenses?

PROPOSED INCOME TAX (RENEWAL)

Madison-Plains Local School District

Madison, Fayette and Franklin Counties

A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.

Shall an annual income tax of 1.25% on the earned income of individuals

residing in the school district be imposed by the Madison-Plains Local School

District, to renew an income tax expiring at the end of 2023 for 10 years,

beginning January 1, 2024, for the purpose of current expenses?

By Order of the Board of Elections

Madison County, Ohio

MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021

Teresa Ames, Chairperson

Abigail Metheney Director

MM2021201

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City of London Historic

Review Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday

May 11, 2021, 4:00 p.m. at 20 South Walnut Street, London,

OH 43140 to hear the following case(s):

Applicant; Angela Harris, Business; Phat Daddy’s Pizza

LLC has applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness to

replace material on all 3 awnings & exterior painting if

needed at 15 East First Street.

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 MAY 2, 2021

NOTICE OF LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE

COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONDON, OHIO

Noce is hereby given to the passage of the following

ordinances or resoluons of the London City Council.

The complete text of each ordinance or resoluon may

be obtained or viewed at the offices of the City Law

Director or the City Auditor at 20 South Walnut Street,

London, Ohio, or online at the London City website:

Londonohio.gov

Ordinance 135­21 A resoluon adopng the

recommendaons of the Tax Incenve Review Council

Date of passage: 04/15/21

Amy Rees

Clerk of London City Council

MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021

MM2021254

MM2021243

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

GENERAL DIVISION

OF MADISON COUNTY, OHIO

1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140

Case No. CVH20210050

Gary N. Watson, Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson Family Trust U/T/D

September 5, 1991, Plaintiff, vs. Matisa L. (Smith) Johnson, et. al.

To the following Defendant(s) of the above-captioned case whose address(es)

are unknown:

Matisa L. (Smith)

Madeline R. Smith

Gary N. Watson, in his capacity as the Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson

Family Trust U/T/D September 5, 1991, has filed an Action to Quiet Title in and

to the following described real property:

173.8 acres located at 3395 Little Darby Road, London, Ohio 43140;

PPN:11-00339.00;

2.97 acres located at 4018 Lafayette Plain City Road, London, Ohio 43140;

PPN:11-00341.000;

and

0.9170 acres located on or near Taylor Blain Road, London, Ohio 43140;

PPN: 11-00384.001

The purpose of such action is to declare that Gary N. Watson, in his capacity as

the Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson Family Trust U/T/D September

5, 1991, is the true and lawful owner of such real property by virtue of the

termination of the lease described in that certain Action to Quiet Title for the

reasons set forth therein, and vest title in Gary N. Watson, in his capacity as the

Successor Trustee of the Norman E. Watson Family Trust U/T/D September 5,

1991, in fee simple, free and clear of any and all claims of the Defendants.

On the 22nd day of April, 2021, this Court has Ordered that the Plaintiff make

service via Publication.

You are required to answer the above-captioned Action within twenty-eight

(28) days of the date of the last publication, which will be July 4, 2021.

By: Aaron P. Miller, Esq., Flax Miller Law Firm LLC, 117 W. High Street,

Suite 105, London, OH 43140 (740) 852-3000, Attorney for Plaintiffs

MM MAY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & JUNE 6, 2021

MM2021251

Deercreek Township Trustees

Legal Notice of Public Hearings to Consider the Levy of Annual Motor

Vehicle License Taxes Pursuant to ORC Sections 4504.18 and 4504.181

The Deercreek Township trustees will hold two public hearings to

consider the levy of annual motor vehicle license taxes, pursuant to ORC

4504.18 ($5.00 - Resolution 06072021-1) and 4504.181 ($5.00 –

Resolution 06072021-2), upon the operation of motor vehicles on the

public roads and highways in Deercreek Township. The taxes shall be at

the aggregate rate of ten dollars ($10.00) annually per motor vehicle on

all motor vehicles the owners of which reside in Deercreek Township.

The hearings on each levy will be held on Monday, May 17 at 7:00 pm

and on Monday, May 24 at 7:00 pm, at the Deercreek Township Hall,

75 Middle Street in Lafayette.

Erin Morris

Fiscal Officer

MM APRIL 25 & MAY 2, 2021

MM2021246

PLACE YOUR

LEGAL NOTICE HERE?

CALL GRANT ZERKLE

AT THE

MADISON MESSENGER

FOR PRICING

740-852-0809

Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Madison County Commissioners are

considering vacating the following: Curently exists within Paint

Township, Madison County, Ohio a township road described as

follows: 12’ unimproved alley running along the north and west side

of lots 2 − 7 in the Plat of Land Florence, Paint Township, (herein after

referred to as “Alley”); and the Paint Township Board of Trustees finds

that it would be in the interest of public convenience to vacate said

Alley. The Paint Township Board Trustees have the authority to

petition the Board of Commissioners for Madison County, pursuant

to Ohio Revised Code 5553.045 and Ohio Revised Code 5553.04 to

vacate said Alley. Therefore, the Paint Township Board of Trustees

hereby resolve and Petition the Board of Madison County

Commissioners to vacate the above described Alley pursuant to the

authority granted under the Ohio Revised Code.

The view for this vacation is scheduled for May 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

at the site of 5705 Neil Rd. SW, London, Ohio 43140, and the hearing

for this vacation is scheduled on May 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the

Courthouse Conference Room, 1 North Main Street, London, Ohio

43140. All interested parties are hereby notified of their right to

attend.

Madison County Commissioners

Madison County, Ohio

MM MAY 2 & 9, 2021

MM2021255


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xLegal Notices

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xFocus on Rentals

City of London Parks & Recreation Department

NOTICE OF JOB POSTING

Seasonal Maintenance Worker

The position of Parks & Recreation Seasonal Maintenance worker is

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2021 until 4:00pm, May 5, 2021.

Job Responsibilities:

Required to work 25 to 30 hours per week. Duties include, but not

limited to: mowing, trimming and edging, trash removal & pick-up,

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Requirements:

The employee works under the direct supervision of the Street

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Applications are available in front lobby of City Hall at 20 S. Walnut

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Return applications:

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- Email to admin@londonohio.gov

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P.O.A PUBLIC AUCTION OF FURNITURE

LG COLLECTION OF GOLF MEMORABILIA - ZERO TURN

MOWER - TOOLS - GUN SAFE

ON SATURDAY, MAY 8

TH

ATTENTION:

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Owner

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Serving

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SPRING

SPORTS REPORT

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LONDON TRACK/WEST JEFF TENNIS

London track

Photo courtesy of Peters Photography

London High School’s track team: (front

row, from left) David Ropp, Scotlyn

Gravely, Katie Preston, Isabel Bonn,

Adam Siddiqi, Ashton Wolford, Brooke

Mcseveney, Kylee Scott, Cameron Tran;

(second row) Zavior Gordon, Ayden

Cooper, Zach Jones, Jude Salyer, Nick

Perigo, Sam Ober, Alana Sells, Lily Pollock,

Kate Slane, Riley Colestock; (third

row) Conner Hamms, Dakoda Cline,

Gavin Goodyear, Ashton Deere, Alex

Homan, Cole Wiggins, Andy Walker, David

Stukey, Will Kerry, Isaac Capell, Isabelle

Tipton; (fourth row) Michael Pollock,

Jimmy Cleaver, Eldon Mars, Jacob Adkins,

Dalton Jordan, Derek Elfrink, Hayden

Ray, George Weese, Dalton Knox,

Luke Marriott; (fifth row) Jaiden Ballah,

Kyra Lemons, Brynn Miller, Savannah

Comer, Abbey Patterson, Isaac Tipton,

Isaiah Jones, Antonio Burns; (sixth row)

team manager Jack Peters, Brooklyn

Sims, Maria Cleaver, Makenna Wiggins,

Molly Dulin, Kaelyn Thoman, Natalie

Dulin, Elizabeth Cleaver, Owen Howe;

(seventh row) Kierra Fraysier, Alex Tewalt,

Makayla Hazelton, Lauren Peters, Jake

O’Neil; (back row) Coach Ed Colestock

and Coach Joseph Montoya.

West Jefferson tennis

Photo courtesy of Downtown Photography

West Jefferson High School’s tennis team: (front row, from left) Emma Hostetler, Vannesa

Peshko, Hannah Messer, Kiley Birkfeld, Gabbie King; Coach Brad Roe, Austin Holland,

Ethan Hostetler, Nathan Peters, Jarrett Simmons; (back row) M.J. Book, A.J. Hymiller,

Luke Smiley, Nash Parsons and Jake Fitzpatrick.

Editor’s note: The Madison Messenger published a Spring Sports Report on April 4.

These teams were waiting on uniforms at the time and were not available for photos.

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