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Seven wrestlers from <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

competed at the Ohio High School Athletic<br />

Association’s (OHSAA) boys’ and girls’ state<br />

wrestling tournament held <strong>March</strong> 10-12 at<br />

the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.<br />

All seven hail from Jonathan Alder.<br />

Four made the podium.<br />

This year’s tourney marked a return trip<br />

to state for senior Oliver Byerly. Last year,<br />

Byerly placed third in the Div. II 150-pound<br />

class. This year, he moved up two weight<br />

classes to 165 pounds, where he took three<br />

wins on his way to the finals where he faced<br />

Graham Local junior Gunner Cramblett.<br />

The match went the distance, with Cramblett<br />

taking the 5-4 victory and the championship<br />

title. Byerly placed second.<br />

In his first trip to the big show, senior<br />

Xavier Pierce won four of his six matches to<br />

place fifth overall in the Div. II 126-pound<br />

class. He qualified for state with a runnerup<br />

finish in the district tournament a week<br />

earlier.<br />

Junior Dom Kroninger won three of his<br />

six matches at state to place sixth overall in<br />

the Div. II 285-pound class.<br />

Also making the podium for Jonathan<br />

Alder was junior Ava Ater, who won four of<br />

her six matches to<br />

place fifth overall in<br />

the 120-pound class<br />

of the girls’ tournamadison<br />

National<br />

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Four Pioneers make podium at state tourney<br />

By Pat Donahue<br />

Staff Photographer/Writer<br />


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<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Pat Donahue<br />

(ABOVE) Jonathan Alder senior Xavier Pierce (left) wrestles his<br />

way to a 7-2 win over Tecumseh junior Cade O’Banion at the state<br />

wrestling tournament. Pierce ended up placing fifth overall in the<br />

Div. II 126-pound weight class.<br />

(AT RIGHT) Jonathan Alder senior Oliver Byerly (right) takes on<br />

Graham Local junior Gunner Cramblett in the finals in the Div. II<br />

165-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament. Cramblett<br />

took the victory and the state title. Byerly was runner-up.<br />

ment.<br />

This year is the first time OHSAA has held a girls’ state<br />

wrestling tournament. The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association<br />

hosted girls’ state tournaments for three years prior to<br />

this year. Last year, Ater placed fifth in the coaches’ association<br />

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Jonathan Alder junior Ava Ater (top) wrestles her way to a 13-4 major decision<br />

over Licking Valley freshman Adison Justice at the state tournament.<br />

Ater ended up placing fifth overall in the 120-pound class of OHSAA’s inaugural<br />

girls’ state tourney.<br />

Jonathan Alder junior Dom Kroninger (top) takes a pin over New Richmond<br />

senior Billy Foster at the state wrestling tournament. Dom placed sixth overall<br />

in the Div. II 285-pound class.

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Generosity benefits West Jeff school departments<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The West Jefferson community is very<br />

giving when it comes to supporting the local<br />

school district. Proof: The list of donations<br />

Jefferson Local Schools board members approved<br />

at their <strong>March</strong> 13 meeting.<br />

The athletic department was on the receiving<br />

end this month with $4,150 in financial<br />

and material donations from<br />

individuals and organizations. Topping the<br />


Continued from page 1<br />

state tourney.<br />

Other Jonathan Alder wrestlers who<br />

competed at state this year but did not place<br />

include sophomore Anthony Kroninger. Anthony<br />

won one match in the Div. II 175-<br />

pound class, finishing his season with a<br />

41-11 record.<br />

Senior Damon Hay qualified for state in<br />

the 215-pound class with a runner-up finish<br />

list was $3,000 in baseball uniforms from an<br />

anonymous donor, followed by $500 in softball<br />

equipment from the Jones family in<br />

honor of Kimberly Stout.<br />

Golden Gloves donated $500 to the athletic<br />

department, and the Capital West Umpires<br />

Association donated $150. The high<br />

school/middle school also received a donation<br />

of $863 in snacks, food, school supplies,<br />

and toiletries from Amazon.<br />

“We are always so thankful that people<br />

in the district tournament. He had one win<br />

at state and finished the season with a 28-<br />

12 record.<br />

Senior Alahna Levasseur was a state<br />

placer in last year’s coaches’ association<br />

girls’ state tourney. At this year’s OHSAA<br />

tourney, she won one match in the 140-<br />

pound class. The highlight of her tourney<br />

was a 53-second pin over Callie Farmer of<br />

Latham Western. Levasseur finished the<br />

season with a 27-7 record.<br />

support our programs. It’s all for the kids,”<br />

said Superintendent William Mullett.<br />

In other action at the <strong>March</strong> 13 meeting,<br />

the board held the first or two public hearings<br />

on a proposed policy change regarding<br />

community use of school facilities. Mullett<br />

said Operations Director Bob Hiss proposed<br />

updates to various categories within the<br />

document.<br />

“When we got the ROC (Roughrider Optimization<br />

Center), that kind of prompted<br />

this, so we looked at everything,” Mullett<br />

said. “We have a lot of people interested in<br />

using our facilities.”<br />

Mullett said private entities pay a fee for<br />

using district facilities, but organizations<br />

like the local youth athletic association do<br />

not. However, all facility users are required<br />

to pay custodial fees.<br />

The next school board meeting is scheduled<br />

for April 11 in the high school auditeria.<br />

Jonathan Alder senior Alahna Levasseur (top) competes against senior Madeline Meyers<br />

of Toledo Start in the third round of competition at the state wrestling tournament in<br />

the 140-pound class. Meyers took the victory 5-0.<br />

Jonathan Alder sophomore Anthony Kroninger (top) starts off his first state tournament<br />

with a 12-2 victory over Alliance Marlington junior Quinton Hancox. The two faced off in<br />

the Div. II 175-pound class. It would be Anthony’s only win of the tourney.<br />

Jonathan<br />

Alder senior<br />

Damon Hay<br />

(left) takes on<br />

senior Terrance<br />

Davis<br />

of Pepper<br />

Pike Orange<br />

in the Div. II<br />

215-pound<br />

class at the<br />

state<br />

wrestling<br />

tournament.<br />

Hay won the<br />

matchup, 3-1.

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Mental Health Recovery Board meets <strong>March</strong> 21<br />

The Mental Health Recovery Board of Clark, Greene, & <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Counties will meet at 6 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 21 at 1117 Innisfallen Ave.,<br />

Springfield. For participation instructions, contact Blair Miller at<br />

blair@mhrb.org or call (937) 322-0648, ext. 100.<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Editor<br />

Musicals are making a comeback<br />

at <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High<br />

School, and Katie Manns, an art<br />

teacher in the school district and a<br />

2006 <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains graduate, is<br />

leading the charge.<br />

“I am very excited to bring musicals<br />

back to <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains!” she<br />

said.<br />

Manns chose “You’re a Good<br />

Man, Charlie Brown” to break the<br />

13-year drought. Fun fact: she<br />

served as student director when<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains last performed the<br />

show 20 years ago.<br />

Show times and dates this time around are 7 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 24-25 and 2 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 26. Admission is $5 for<br />

students and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased<br />

in advance at https://mpgoldeneagles.com/event-tickets<br />

or at the door. All shows take place at <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

High School.<br />

Manns brings to the production 13 years of experience<br />

directing stage shows for schools and community<br />

theater. She was a theater major at Wilmington College.<br />

When she joined the staff at <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains last<br />

year, she directed the school play, “Steel Magnolias.”<br />

“I started with the play, and the goal was to grow<br />

and do a musical this year,” she said.<br />

The task of putting on a musical has been a challenge,<br />

but Manns said the school administration and<br />

community have been nothing but supportive.<br />

“I think everybody has really come together to make<br />

sure the show happens,” she said.<br />

She thanked the school maintenance team for building<br />

a stage extension. A live orchestra featuring four<br />

community members is part of the show. Donations<br />

have made it possible to install a new stage curtain.<br />

“We’re bringing in lighting and sound for the show,”<br />

Manns said. “And I love our set. It’s incredible. It makes<br />

it look like the students are walking out of the Charlie<br />

Brown comic strips.”<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Kristy Zurbrick<br />

The cast of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School’s production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” includes: (front<br />

row, from left) Maggie Wethington, Briseis Reategui, Morgan Case; (back row) Alyssa Geyer, Leland Snyder,<br />

Caleb Cochrell, Svetlana Daniels, Hannah Geyer, and Molly Fahy.<br />

MP’s first musical in 13 years<br />

Nine students make up the cast<br />

that sing, dance, and act their way<br />

through the Peanuts gang’s ups<br />

and downs in pursuit of happiness.<br />

Senior Molly Fahy plays stubborn,<br />

hot-tempered Lucy, a role<br />

that provides plenty of comic relief<br />

in the show.<br />

“As soon as we saw Molly audition,<br />

we knew she was Lucy,”<br />

Manns said. “She is constantly surprising<br />

me with the things she<br />

comes up with on stage.”<br />

Senior Hannah Geyer plays<br />

Sally, Charlie Brown’s little sister.<br />

Sally serves as a kind of mascot for<br />

the gang, making everyone smile<br />

and freely sharing her opinions.<br />

“Hannah has an amazing voice, and it really shows<br />

through in this show and in this character,” Manns said.<br />

In addition to the two seniors, the cast includes: junior<br />

Svetlana Daniels as Linus; sophomore Maggie<br />

Wethington as the little red-headed girl; sophomore Briseis<br />

Reategui as one of the Woodstocks; freshman Morgan<br />

Case as the other Woodstock; sophomore Leland<br />

Snyder as Schroeder; and freshman Alyssa Geyer as<br />

Snoopy. Caleb Cochrell, a student at Cedar Cliff High<br />

School in Cedarville, is guest acting as Charlie Brown.<br />

Among the show’s signature songs are “Team,” during<br />

which the cast plays baseball out in the audience,<br />

and “Beethoven Day,” during which the cast sings and<br />

dances atop desks.<br />

In addition to directing, Manns is the show’s choreographer.<br />

“The kids have been up for the challenge, and I think<br />

they like to dance. They get excited to learn,” she said.<br />

“We have some spins and some lifts in the show. I hope<br />

we have some wow moments for the audience with the<br />

choreography.”<br />

In addition to Manns, the behind-the-scenes team includes<br />

Pam Price as assistant director, junior Emily Le<br />

Gault as student director, and Robert Wood as technical<br />

director.<br />

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The London Rotary Club is pleased<br />

to honor senior Evie Gillilan as London<br />

High School’s <strong>March</strong> Student of the<br />

Month.<br />

Students of the month are selected<br />

by school administrators based on their<br />

academic and extracurricular achievement<br />

and positive character.<br />

Evie has a 4.069 grade point average,<br />

is ranked sixth in her class, and<br />

states her favorite class is Art IV. Evie<br />

has been on the Honor Roll for four<br />

years. She is a Junior Kiwanian and<br />

the winner of the Kurt Lattimer “Best<br />

of Show” and “Best Digital” art award.<br />

Evie has five seasons of Fall Guard Evie Gillilan<br />

and six seasons of Winter Guard participation.<br />

She has been involved in the theater department<br />

this school year, playing the nurse in the fall play,<br />

“Romeo and Juliet,” and landed the role of Irene Malloy<br />

in the spring musical, “Hello Dolly.”<br />

When asked to name a London City Schools staff<br />

member who inspires her, she named high school art<br />

teacher Stacy Billiter.<br />

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“Mrs. Billiter makes everyone feel<br />

welcome and heard in her classroom.<br />

She is honest and kind,” Evie said.<br />

About Evie, Billiter said, “Evie is oneof-a-kind.<br />

She has a beautiful blend of<br />

artistic talents, scholarly achievements,<br />

vocal and acting gifts, as well as a laugh<br />

that makes everyone smile. She is a<br />

hard-worker that knows who she is,<br />

knows what she loves, and embraces all<br />

of her uniqueness. She’s been such a<br />

strong and independent presence in this<br />

room. I have enjoyed our time thoroughly.”<br />

Evie plans to attend Kent State University<br />

and major in chemistry. She<br />

would like to work in a lab some day.<br />

Evie is the daughter of Chrystal and Tim Jolliffe of London.<br />

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Rotary Student of the Month: <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Caring and inspirational<br />

The London Rotary Club is pleased<br />

to honor senior Amy Burchett as <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

High School’s <strong>March</strong> Student<br />

of the Month.<br />

Fletcher.<br />

“Mrs. Fletcher is an inspiration to me<br />

because she is extremely kind and passionate<br />

when it comes to helping others,”<br />

Students of the month are selected<br />

Amy said. “She makes<br />

by school administrators based on their<br />

academic and extracurricular achievement<br />

and positive character.<br />

Amy has a 4.079 grade point average<br />

and is ranked fifth in her class. Her favorite<br />

courses are CCP Western Civilization<br />

and CCP Child Development.<br />

While in high school, Amy has built<br />

an impressive record of accomplishment.<br />

She has been on the soccer team<br />

for three years and the cross country<br />

team for four years, serving as captain<br />

her senior year. She has run indoor<br />

track for four years and holds three<br />

Amy Burchett<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains an overall better place.<br />

It wouldn’t be the same without her.<br />

She is always thinking of others and<br />

how she can help. I genuinely look up to<br />

Mrs. Fletcher.”<br />

About Amy, Fletcher stated, “Amy<br />

Burchett is an amazing young adult.<br />

She is a student who truly appreciates<br />

her educational experience here at<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains.<br />

“I’ve always enjoyed working with<br />

Amy. Whether it’s community service<br />

through Key Club or teaching her about<br />

research. Amy cares about her peers,<br />

school records. She also has been on the outdoor track<br />

team for four years and was the team’s top point scorer<br />

in 2021.<br />

Amy has been involved with FFA all four years of<br />

high school. She participated on the poultry judging<br />

team for one year, the meat judging team for two years,<br />

the job interview team for one year, and the vet science<br />

team for two years. In related endeavors, she was the<br />

2022 <strong>Madison</strong> County Fair Beef Showman of Showmen.<br />

Amy has been a Key Club member for four years,<br />

serving as secretary her junior and senior years. She<br />

also has played in concert band for four years, jazz band<br />

for one year, and pep band for three years. She has been<br />

involved with Spanish Club for one year, Chess Club for<br />

one year, FCCLA for one year, and National Honor Society<br />

for three years, serving as treasurer her senior<br />

year.<br />

When asked to name a <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains staff member<br />

who inspires her, Amy chose high school librarian Heidi<br />

her teachers, and the <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains community. Amy<br />

is one of those students whom an educator will remember<br />

throughout their career. Amy claims I have inspired<br />

her, but she inspires me every day with her gracious<br />

smile, caring personality, and humbleness. A student<br />

like Amy is why I love my job so much. I know Amy will<br />

be successful with her plans after graduation and will<br />

make a wonderful future educator.”<br />

After graduation, Amy plans to major in secondary<br />

education (7-12 English) and minor in history or athletic<br />

coaching at Baldwin Wallace University. She will<br />

be running cross country and track at the collegiate<br />

level, also. Amy is the daughter of Rebecca and Dave<br />

Burchett.<br />

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back to 1929. It is a member of Rotary International, a<br />

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community calendar<br />

Plain City Events<br />

The village of Plain City is hosting the<br />

following events. For more information, call<br />

(614) 873-3527, ext. 118, or visit the village’s<br />

parks and recreation Facebook page.<br />

• Easter Scramble. The village will hide<br />

six Easter egg signs and four Easter bunny<br />

signs in area neighborhoods and points of<br />

interest. Between <strong>March</strong> 24 and April 2,<br />

look for the signs, write down the phrase<br />

printed on each one, then snap the QR code<br />

on the signs to enter the phrases online.<br />

Each phrase entered equals a prize entry. If<br />

you don’t have a smart phone, write the<br />

phrases on a piece of paper provided at the<br />

village municipal building, 800 Village<br />

Blvd., and turn them in by 5 p.m. April 2.<br />

• Easter Egg Hunt. 12 p.m. April 1 at<br />

Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Earth Day & Trails Celebration. 9 a.m.-<br />

12 p.m. April 22 at Pastime Park, 370 N.<br />

Chillicothe St. Free trees, crafts, and plants.<br />

• Arbor Day Tree Planting. 1 p.m. April<br />

28 at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Community Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.<br />

April 29, village-wide.<br />

• ODNR/COSI Bio Blitz. Explore the Big<br />

Darby from 6 to 8 p.m. May 3 at McKitrick<br />

Park, 350 E. Main St.<br />

• PCABA Opening Day. The Plain City<br />

Area Baseball Association will celebrate<br />

opening day for this year’s ball season on<br />

May 6. A parade is set for 10 a.m. starting<br />

at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Buzzing with the Bees. This educational<br />

program is slated for 2 p.m. May 13<br />

at the municipal building, 800 Village Blvd.<br />

• Aquatic Center. The pool opens on May<br />

27 at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Memorial Day Observance. A parade<br />

will take place at 9 a.m. May 29.<br />

• Bluegrass & BBQ. Enjoy live music<br />

and good food 12-7 p.m. June 4 at Pastime<br />

Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Ice Cream with a Farmer. 2-4 p.m.<br />

June 10 at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe<br />

St.<br />

• Music in the Park. Enjoy live music at<br />

7 p.m. June 11, June 18, and June 25 at<br />

Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe St.<br />

• Fly with Falcons. This educational program<br />

will take place 6-8 p.m. June 23 in the<br />

south shelter at Pastime Park, 370 N. Chillicothe<br />

St.<br />

• Safety Town. Incoming kindergarteners<br />

in the Jonathan Alder Local School District<br />

are invited to participate in Safety<br />

Town. The event is set for 10 a.m.-12 p.m.<br />

daily, June 26-29, at Plain City Elementary,<br />

580 S. Chillicothe St. The cost is $45. Registration<br />

closes on May 1.<br />

Alzheimer’s Programs<br />

The Alzheimer’s Association Central<br />

Ohio Chapter is hosting several programs,<br />

including one in London, to answer general<br />

questions about Alzheimer’s disease and<br />

offer information and support for caregivers.<br />

The programs, being offered free to the<br />

community, are:<br />

• Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia—1:30-2:30<br />

p.m. <strong>March</strong> 23 at <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Senior Center, 280 W. High St.,<br />

London;<br />

• Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.<br />

1-1:30 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 27 at Olivedale<br />

Senior Citizens Center, 253 Boving Rd.,<br />

Lancaster; and<br />

• Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers.<br />

Early Stage, Part 3. 11 a.m.-12:30<br />

p.m. <strong>March</strong> 28, at Licking County Library,<br />

101 W. Main St., Newark.<br />

Pre-registration is required. To register<br />

for one of these programs, call the<br />

Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at<br />

(800) 272-3900. Instructions on how to join<br />

the webinar will be emailed following registration.<br />

help-support/resources/helpline.<br />

West Jefferson Events<br />

The West Jefferson village parks and<br />

recreation department is hosting the following<br />

events. For more information, contact<br />

Shelton Stanley at (614) 879-8655 or (614)<br />

307-6543.<br />

• Shop Hop. Check out the goods of 25<br />

vendors at the West Jefferson Community<br />

Center, 230 Cemetery Rd., from 12 to 4 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 25.<br />

• Easter Event. The village will host<br />

Easter activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April<br />

8 at the Jack “Rock” McDowell Athletic<br />

Complex (Converse Park). An egg hunt is<br />

set for 11 a.m. Also planned are a light<br />

lunch (hotdogs, chips, drinks), inflatables,<br />

and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.<br />

• Friday Night Uptown. Taking place in<br />

uptown West Jefferson, this event is set for<br />

6-10 p.m. Elvis impersonator Lonnie Freeman<br />

will perform followed by Rockhouse at<br />

7:30 p.m. A bounce house, facepainting, and<br />

treats are planned. Four food trucks will be<br />

on site: Fuller Flavor, JD’s Creamery, Slap<br />

Happy’s, and 3 flame BBQ.<br />

• Fishing Derbies. The village invites<br />

families to go fishing at the Krazy Glue<br />

pond, 1450 W. Main St., on May 20, June<br />

18, July 15, and Aug. 12. Times are 10 a.m.-<br />

noon with the exception of June 18 when the<br />

derby will run 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The village<br />

provides bait and some fishing poles and<br />

tackle. Participants are encouraged to bring<br />

their own poles and tackle.<br />

• Spring Cleaning Freecycle. West Jefferson<br />

residents are invited to participate in<br />

a Freecycle, essentially a yard sale where<br />

everything is free, on May 27 at the Community<br />

Center, 230 Cemetery Rd. Set-up<br />

runs 8 a.m.-noon. “Sellers” get an early<br />

chance to shop noon-1 p.m. The event is<br />

open to the public 12-4 p.m. Leftover items<br />

will be donated.<br />

Bingo in Mount Sterling<br />

American Legion Post 417, 27 Clark St.,<br />

Mount Sterling, is hosting bingo the first<br />

Saturday evening of each month. The public<br />

is welcome. Call the post at (740) 869-2795<br />

for hours.<br />

Italian Sub Fundraiser<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Developmental<br />

Disabilities is selling Italian sub<br />

sandwiches to benefit <strong>Madison</strong> County Special<br />

Olympics. Sandwiches (hot or cold) are<br />

$6 each. Tickets can be purchased at the DD<br />

Office, 500 Elm St., London, through April<br />

30. Tickets can be redeemed at Phat<br />

Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. First St., London. For<br />

more information or to place an order, call<br />

(740) 852-7050, ext. 1917 or ext. 1820.<br />

Free Produce Market<br />

Buckeye Community School, 177 W.<br />

High St., London, hosts a free produce market<br />

from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth<br />

Wednesday of each month. Upcoming dates<br />

are <strong>March</strong> 22, April 26, and May 24.<br />

Easter Egg Hunts & Events<br />

• London Kiwanis Club. The London Kiwanis<br />

Club will host an Easter egg hunt at<br />

10 a.m. sharp on April 1 at Cowling Park.<br />

The start location will be located along Main<br />

Street. Participants are asked to arrive<br />

prior to 10 a.m. to locate their age group<br />

areas. The event is for children ages 12 and<br />

younger.<br />

• Bunny Bash. <strong>Madison</strong> Senior Living<br />

Community, 351 Keny Blvd., London, is<br />

hosting a Bunny Bash, open to the public,<br />

10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 1. Enjoy photos with<br />

the Easter bunny, face painting, a balloon<br />

artist, and egg hunt, and raffle prizes. For<br />

details, call (740) 845-0145.<br />

• London Health & Rehab. London<br />

Health & Rehab, 218 Elm St., will host an<br />

egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. April 2 for children<br />

ages 0-12 years old. The Easter Bunny<br />

will visit. Refreshments will be provided.<br />

Bring your own basket. For details, call<br />

Megan Reisinger, (740) 506-6272.<br />

London Government Meetings<br />

The following London city government<br />

meetings take place at city hall, 20 S. Walnut<br />

St., unless otherwise noted. All dates,<br />

times, locations, and cancellations are subject<br />

to change. Check the city website at<br />

www.londonohio.gov.<br />

• Tree Commission—<strong>March</strong> 21 at 5 p.m.<br />

• City Properties Committee—<strong>March</strong> 22<br />

at 5:15 p.m.<br />

• Board of Public Utilities—<strong>March</strong> 23 at<br />

6:30 p.m.<br />

London Marathon, Half-<br />

Marathon, and 5K<br />

The 3rd Annual London Marathon, Half-<br />

Marathon, & 5K are set for April 15. Proceeds<br />

benefit Merri Mac Park Miracle, a<br />

non-profit group working to make improvements<br />

to Merri Mac Park. For details, visit<br />

“London OH Marathon, Half Marathon, and<br />

5K” on Facebook.<br />

Alzheimer’s Family Support<br />

The Alzheimer’s Family Support Group<br />

meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each<br />

month at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 380<br />

Keny Blvd., London. For more information,<br />

call Pat Baynes at (937) 269-3605. Everyone<br />

is welcome.<br />

Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

is located at 164 E. Main St. For details, call<br />

(740) 869-2453.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 21—10-11 a.m., Take Off Pounds<br />

Sensibly<br />

3-6 p.m., the food pantry is available for<br />

households that are income eligible. Distribution<br />

of pre-packed food boxes will be delivered<br />

to your vehicle. Please remain in<br />

your vehicle and you will be assisted in numerical<br />

order. Bring proof of residence at<br />

first visit and picture ID every visit. Call<br />

(740) 869-2453 for more information.<br />

8-9 p.m., Alcoholic Anonymous<br />

<strong>March</strong> 22—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for<br />

adults<br />

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., senior lunch program<br />

for anyone 60 or older; RSVP at (740) 869-<br />

2453<br />

5-6 p.m., all level yoga class, $10<br />

<strong>March</strong> 25–10 a.m.-3 p.m., spring bazaar<br />

<strong>March</strong> 26—6-7 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics,<br />

speed, and agility) for grades K-6<br />

7-8 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics,<br />

speed, and agility) for grades 7-12<br />

6:30-7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous<br />

April 1—9 a.m., Egg-Streme Community<br />

Easter Jam: free Easter baskets and gifts;<br />

9-11 a.m., Breakfast with the Bunny (donations<br />

accepted); 11 a.m.-12 p.m., free Easter<br />

egg hunt; 1 p.m., dodgeball tournament<br />

($100 per team); fun for the whole family.<br />

April 1—1 p.m., dodgeball tournament at<br />

the center, sponsored by Mount Sterling<br />

American Legion Post 417. $100 per team<br />

(up to eight players). The registration deadline<br />

is <strong>March</strong> 29; go to<br />

https://myqrcode.com/app/qr/1f2de939. Call<br />

the center at (740) 869-2453 or email msccdir@gmail.com.<br />

Produce Market—second and fourth<br />

Tuesdays of every month.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Center<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Citizens<br />

Center is located at 280 W. High St., London.<br />

For details, call (740) 852-3001.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 20—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9:30<br />

a.m., knit, crochet and needle crafts; 10:30<br />

a.m., sitting exercise/strengthening; 1 p.m.,<br />

euchre<br />

<strong>March</strong> 21—9 a.m.-3 p.m., quilting class;<br />

10 a.m., bowling<br />

<strong>March</strong> 22—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 12 p.m.,<br />

bridge; 1 p.m., yoga stretch; 2 p.m., diabetes/weight<br />

loss support group<br />

<strong>March</strong> 23—9 a.m., chair volleyball; 1:30<br />

p.m., “Understanding Alzheimer’s” presentation<br />

<strong>March</strong> 24—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 1 p.m.,<br />

free movie.

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Jim “Hambone” Hammons, 60, of Thurman, Ohio,<br />

died on <strong>March</strong> 1, <strong>2023</strong>, at The Ohio State Wexner Medical<br />

Center. Jim was born on Jan. 3, 1963, in London,<br />

Ohio, the son of Donald and Harriet (Stout) Hammons.<br />

Jim enjoyed hunting, anything outdoors, painting<br />

and completing wonderful pieces of art, the Pittsburgh<br />

Steelers, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.<br />

He cherished his family and friends, was a beloved<br />

member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was able<br />

to complete many welding projects alongside his father.<br />

Jim is survived by: his parents, Donnie and Harriet<br />

Hammons; girlfriend, Dana Schutte; daughter, Miranda<br />

James Hammons; sisters, Libby Hammons, Kim<br />

(Shane) Hammons- Bexfield, and Amanda Kinney;<br />

grandchildren, Chase and Marley Knotts; nieces and<br />

nephews, Christian Tuthill, Faith and Hope Kinney,<br />

and Mason Bexfield; numerous family and friends; loving<br />

dogs, Azalee, Madlee, and Arlo.<br />

Jim was preceded in death by: his grandparents,<br />

Henry and Bertha (Riffit) Hammons and Dwayne and<br />

Virginia (Nutter) Stout; numerous family members.<br />

Visitation was held on <strong>March</strong> 6 and a funeral service<br />

officiated by Ed Banion was held on <strong>March</strong> 7, both at<br />

Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, London.<br />

An interment service took place on <strong>March</strong> 7 at<br />

Deercreek Cemetery.<br />


Joseph “Joe” Francis Donnelly Sr., 71, of London,<br />

Ohio, died on <strong>March</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong>, in Kettering Medical Center.<br />

Born on Aug. 16, 1951, in Ridgewood, N.J., he was<br />

a son of Joseph and Betty (Busteed) Donnelly.<br />

In his younger days, Joe loved riding motorcycles.<br />

Joe’s favorite activities included fishing, camping,<br />

watching any and all westerns, and cooking. Accordingly,<br />

Joe spent his career working as chef and a mechanic.<br />

Joe was also a member of F.O.E. 950 where he<br />

always had fun spending time with friends.<br />

Joe is survived by: children, Jodie (Shannon) Lenigar<br />

and Joseph F. Donnelly Jr.; grandchildren, Aaron<br />

Mason, Emmanuel Lenigar, Gabriel Lenigar, Selena<br />

Lenigar, Savannah Lenigar; siblings, Chris Donnelly,<br />

David (Debbie) Plowman, Michael Donnelly, Dana<br />

Smith, Beth DeVries, Drew (Cheryl) Plowman, Gary<br />

Plowman; many nieces and nephews; and his favorite<br />

four-legged child, “Baby.”<br />

He was preceded in death by: his parents; beloved wife,<br />

Joan Donnelly; brother, Mark Plowman; sister, Jeanie<br />

Stone; and stepmother, Marion (Plowman) Donnelly.<br />

Visitation was held <strong>March</strong> 12 in Eberle-Fisher Funeral<br />

Home and Crematory, London. Condolences may<br />

be shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Jakob Evin Forrest, 17, died unexpectedly in West<br />

Jefferson, Ohio, on <strong>March</strong> 9, <strong>2023</strong>. He was born on Aug.<br />

25, 2005, and is the son of Jon Forrest and Tonya Savage-Forrest.<br />

Jakob was a student at Tolles Career & Technical<br />

School in the welding program. His passion was riding<br />

and working on his side x side. He couldn’t wait for the<br />

next scheduled ride. He is widely considered the expert<br />

on the best performance parts no matter the cost! He<br />

lived for riding. He enjoyed his weekly breakfast outing<br />

with his tight group of school friends at the Waffle<br />

House. And most importantly, the Sunday outings with<br />

his riding friends to Roosters. He enjoyed working for<br />

his dad and grandpa in the summer. He loved his parents<br />

very much.<br />

Survivors include: his parents, Jon (Cheri) Forrest,<br />

Tonya (Bill Phillips) Savage-Forrest; grandparents,<br />

Rick and Debbie Forrest, Ed and Nell Savage; aunts and<br />

obituaries<br />

uncles, Richard (Debbie) Forrest, Lisa Forrest-Koser,<br />

Bill (Kim) Savage, Lisa (Doug Murray) Savage; step-siblings,<br />

Josh, Cameron, Courtney, Paige and Lexi; many<br />

beloved cousins and very special friends, Tim, Amy,<br />

Cody and Cole Forrest; Danis and Kristen Wooten and<br />

the Phillippi Clan.<br />

A celebration of life will be held <strong>March</strong> 18, 2-6 p.m.<br />

at the West Jefferson Community Center, 230 Cemetery<br />

Rd., West Jefferson. Please visit www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com<br />

to share online condolences<br />

with the family.<br />


Berlis Thornsberry, 83, of West Jefferson, Ohio, (formerly<br />

of Wheelwright, Ky.), passed away on <strong>March</strong> 11,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.<br />

He was a proud veteran and retired from the U.S.<br />

Army. He graduated from Franklin University, receiving<br />

his bachelor’s of science degree. Berlis was a trainer<br />

and owner of thoroughbred horses. He loved fishing,<br />

boating, and Corvettes.<br />

Berlis was preceded in death by: his parents, Landell<br />

and Dona Thornsberry; sister, Ruby Goble; and brothers,<br />

Earlis Thornsberry and Carlie Thornsberry.<br />

He is survived by: his loving wife, Mary Thornsberry;<br />

daughters, Angela (Ken) Taylor, Tina (Chris) Howell,<br />

Lisa (Bruce) Barron, and Danielle Erb; sisters, Phyllis<br />

(Dave) Baker, Mildred Richardson, and Melvaline Carvahlo;<br />

grandchildren, Amber, Ryan, Chad, Caleb, Kelle,<br />

Joshua, Jacob, and Georgiana; great-grandchildren,<br />

Ian, Evan, Christopher, and Raymond.<br />

The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. <strong>March</strong><br />

19 at Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, West Jefferson,<br />

with military honors to follow.<br />

FARMER<br />

Larry Cole Farmer, 76, of Washington Court House,<br />

Ohio, formerly of London, Ohio, died on <strong>March</strong> 13, <strong>2023</strong><br />

in St. Catherine’s Manor of Washington Court House.<br />

Born on Sept. 28, 1946, in Columbus, Ohio, he was a son<br />

of Lewis E. and Clara Monabell (Kline) DeLawder.<br />

Larry had worked professionally for Matco Industries<br />

and was a member of United Church of South Vienna.<br />

He was a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and<br />

always loved watching them play.<br />

He is survived by: his sister, Carol (Nicholas) Dawson<br />

of Beaufort, S.C.; nephews, Joseph and Benjamin<br />

Phillips; many aunts and uncles.<br />

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis<br />

E. and Clara Monabell DeLawder.<br />

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience<br />

of the family. Interment will take place in Kirkwood<br />

Cemetery, London.<br />

The family is being served by Eberle-Fisher Funeral<br />

Home and Crematory, London. Condolences may be<br />

shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Linda Faye Jackson, 72, of London, died on <strong>March</strong><br />

13, <strong>2023</strong>, at her residence. Linda was born on April 4,<br />

1950, in Martin, Ky., the daughter of Edward and<br />

Martha (Martin) Holsinger.<br />

Linda was a big bingo player! Once her health no<br />

longer allowed her to go out and play bingo, her husband,<br />

Paul, would pick up instants for her to play at home. She<br />

enjoyed “Law & Order” and National Geographic.<br />

Linda is survived by: her loving husband of almost<br />

56 years Paul Jackson Sr.; son, Paul Jackson Jr.; grandchildren,<br />

Alex Heysman, Layla Jackson, and Paul Jackson<br />

III. Linda was preceded in death by: her parents;<br />

son, Travis Jackson; siblings, Victor Holsinger, Jimmy<br />

Holsinger, Harold Holsinger, and Billy Newsome.<br />

Visitation took place on <strong>March</strong> 16 at Lynch Family<br />

Funeral Home & Cremation Service, London.<br />

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Deborah Lee Cimino, 74, of Pace, Florida<br />

passed away peacefully on February 21, <strong>2023</strong> at<br />

Covenant Care Center for Hospice at West Florida Hospital<br />

surrounded by her family. Debbie was born on April<br />

23, 1948 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the eldest daughter of<br />

Clarence and Charlene (Alexander) Wegelin which have<br />

preceded her in death. She graduated from McDowell<br />

High School in 1966 where she had met her husband,<br />

John A. Cimino and later married in 1979. Debbie and<br />

John love that they shared the same birthday.<br />

Debbie worked more than two decades for the Credit Bureau of Erie. In 1987<br />

her and John relocated their family to London, Ohio where they owned<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Lodge for close to 30 years. During this time she also worked in the<br />

office for Choctaw Lake from 1998-2020.<br />

Retirement took her and John to Florida where she finally got her dream<br />

home. Everyone knows how much Debbie enjoyed the warmth of the sun.<br />

You could find her sitting outside with a good book or simply spending time<br />

with friends & family.<br />

Debbie is survived by her husband, John of almost 44 years; her four children,<br />

Michael (Marsha) Toomey; Paul Toomey; Melissa (Richard) Baker; Lisa<br />

(Michael) Kendall; 19 wonderful grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; her<br />

sisters, Cheryl (Dave) Hussong and Tali (Keith) Gregory, along with many<br />

other relatives and friends.<br />

Debbie will be greatly missed by so many. The family has planned a Celebration<br />

of Life Service from 1p-4p on Sunday, April 23, <strong>2023</strong> at Choctaw Lake<br />

Lodge in London, Ohio.<br />

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation in Debbie’s<br />

honor to the National Breast Cancer Foundation or American Cancer<br />

Society.<br />

www.nationalbreastcancer.org https://donate.cancer.org<br />

Ethel Louise Jordan, 90, of London, Ohio, formerly<br />

of Washington Court House, passed away Monday,<br />

<strong>March</strong> 13, <strong>2023</strong>, at 5:11 p.m. at The Ohio State University Hospital<br />

East in Columbus where she had been a patient the past<br />

week.<br />

Louise was born <strong>March</strong> 28, 1932, in Kingston, Ohio to Nolan D.<br />

and Ethel B. Findlay Bitzer. She was a 1950 graduate of West<br />

High School in Columbus and a 1954 graduate of The Ohio<br />

State University with a bachelor’s degree in home economics.<br />

She formerly taught home economics at Utica High School and later did extensive<br />

substitute teaching at various area schools. For many years she assisted her husband<br />

with his dental practice in Washington Court House.<br />

Louise formerly attended South Side Church of Christ and was currently a member<br />

of the Greenfield Church of Christ. She was also a member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority;<br />

the Mother’s Circle and The Ohio State University Alumni Club. She enjoyed baking,<br />

quilting and sewing but especially being with her family.<br />

On June 9, 1956, she married John Thomas Franklin Jordan. He preceded her in<br />

death on January 19, 2021. She was also preceded by two sons-in-law, Michael<br />

Douds and Greg Davis; her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, John G. and<br />

Pearl Welty Jordan; a sister and brother-in-law, Maryann and Richard Cassidy and a<br />

sister-in-law and brother-in-law, LaVonne and Frank Creamer.<br />

She is survived by four daughters, Linda Murden and her husband, Dr. Robert Murden,<br />

of Worthington, OH; Joan Jordan of Providence, RI; Jenny Hildebrand and her<br />

husband, Drew, and Julie Davis, all of London, Ohio; six grandchildren, Jonathan<br />

Douds, Alyson Douds, Adam Phillips, Dr. Eric Phillips and his wife, Dr. Samar Sheriff,<br />

Frank Hildebrand and Jordan Hildebrand; two great grandsons, Steven Miller and<br />

Noah Phillips; her cousin and best friend, Bruce Findlay and several nieces and<br />

nephews.<br />

Arrangements for a visitation and memorial service, to be held at the Kirkpatrick Funeral<br />

Home in Washington Court House with Danny Dodds, minister at the Greenfield<br />

Church of Christ, officiating are being completed and will be announced upon<br />

completion. Burial of the cremains will follow in the Washington Cemetery.<br />

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Church of Christ, 955 Jefferson<br />

Street, Greenfield, Ohio 45123.<br />


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Save the stems to help good insects<br />

As the days begin to get warmer,<br />

the urge to get outside and do some<br />

landscaping becomes stronger. But<br />

this year, pause when you get to the<br />

gardens and flowerbeds. Removing<br />

dead stems, leaves, and other plant<br />

debris from your yard can be detrimental<br />

to pollinators and other beneficial<br />

insects.<br />

The availability of nesting and<br />

overwintering habitat is one of the<br />

most important factors influencing<br />

populations of native bees and other<br />

beneficial insects. Some species of<br />

native wild bees nest in dead stems,<br />

so cutting down and disposing of<br />

these stems before the bees emerge<br />

in the spring will reduce their population.<br />

Dead leaves and other plant<br />

debris on the ground provide shelter<br />

for beneficial insects like lady beetles,<br />

butterflies, moths, fireflies, and<br />

ground beetles. Pristinely raked garden<br />

beds remove this shelter and reduce<br />

their chance for survival.<br />

Diversity is key in providing overwintering<br />

habitat for pollinators and<br />

beneficial insects. Leaf litter, bare<br />

ground, mulch, and grass all provide<br />

distinct habitats that allow the overwintering<br />

of pollinators and beneficial<br />

insects. Waiting until late spring<br />

to do yard clean up, when the days<br />

are consistently in the 50s, will give<br />

native bees and butterflies enough<br />

time to emerge and find shelter elsewhere.<br />

Traditional landscaping practices<br />

rarely leave enough natural resources<br />

to support pollinators and<br />

other wildlife. Artificial nesting options<br />

such as bee blocks and bee hotels<br />

do not provide as many<br />

conservation benefits as natural<br />

nesting habitat features. An appropriately<br />

managed wildflower planting<br />

provides: nesting sites, pollen,<br />

and nectar for bees; host plants and<br />

overwintering habitat for butterflies;<br />

and abundant food for songbirds,<br />

who need insects to feed their young.<br />

The mission of the <strong>Madison</strong> Soil<br />

& Water Conservation District is to<br />

enhance and sustain the soil, water,<br />

and related natural resources of<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County through partnerships<br />

with others to provide research-based<br />

educational programs,<br />

technical assistance, and funding to<br />

promote a clean local environment.<br />

Information about our services, conserving<br />

natural resources, and<br />

events is available at www.madisonsoilandwater.com.<br />

Brilliant flowers that provide food for butterflies in the summer<br />

serve another purpose in the winter – dead stems are<br />

a place of refuge for insects from the cold and a source of<br />

food for the songbirds.<br />

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Auditions for<br />

Sound of Music<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Arts Council will<br />

present “The Sound of Music” July 20-<br />

22 at London High School.<br />

Auditions for adult roles (ages 17<br />

and older) are set for 6 p.m. May 9-10<br />

at Brennan Loft, 158 S. Main St. Those<br />

auditioning must bring 16 to 32 bars of<br />

a prepared song in the style of musical<br />

theater. They must bring sheet music;<br />

an accompanist is provided. They will<br />

do cold readings taken from the script.<br />

Call back are set for 6 p.m. May 12.<br />

Auditions for children’s roles (ages 7<br />

to 16 years old) are set for 6 p.m. May<br />

16 at Brennan Loft. Those who audition<br />

will be taught a number from the show<br />

and asked to sing it. They also will do a<br />

short movement audition and cold readings<br />

from the script.<br />

Anyone who auditions is asked to<br />

bring a lit of personal schedule conflicts<br />

for May 21-July 9. All cast members<br />

must be present for rehearsals July 9-<br />

19. The roles of Liesl and Rolf will be<br />

cast among the adults. Performers who<br />

are cast as Maria, Captain Von Trapp,<br />

or Liesl must plan to attend the children’s<br />

audition on May 16.<br />

For details, visit the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Arts Council on Facebook.<br />

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National Agriculture Week<br />

ExploreAg offers free camps for high-schoolers<br />

Ohio Farm Bureau’s signature agriculture<br />

literacy and workforce development<br />

program, ExploreAg, will once again be offering<br />

free weeklong camps and one-day experiences<br />

for high school students in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

In ExploreAg, teens learn about agriculture<br />

and related STEM (science, technology,<br />

engineering, and math) fields from industry<br />

experts, scientists, and educators. Participants<br />

visit locations like Kroger and Bob<br />

Evans, manufacturers like John Deere and<br />

Certified Angus Beef, and research laboratories<br />

at Ohio State, Wilmington, and Findlay.<br />

Youths are able to develop their<br />

leadership and collaboration skills and prepare<br />

for college and careers during these<br />

multi-day and day-long immersion programs<br />

“Providing students with opportunities to<br />

explore the variety of educational and career<br />

opportunities open to them is always a<br />

struggle,” said Jana Mussard, ExploreAg<br />

and ag literacy specialist with Ohio Farm<br />

Bureau. “At the same time, our society is<br />

faced with the great challenge of feeding a<br />

growing world population while doing so<br />

sustainably. It is going to take this generation<br />

of students to get the job done.”<br />

As part of ExploreAg camps, students are<br />

introduced to various aspects of agriculture,<br />

Consider cover crops<br />

to improve garden soil<br />

Many gardeners are interested in improving<br />

their soil. Mixing in materials such<br />

as compost is one way to do that. Cover<br />

crops can improve certain aspects of the soil,<br />

as well. They can help to build organic matter<br />

and soil structure, recycle nutrients, and<br />

control weeds, but careful consideration<br />

must be given to prevent a cover crop from<br />

becoming a weed.<br />

Cover crops are typically planted in the<br />

fall after produce has been harvested. Different<br />

species offer different benefits, so a<br />

gardener should consider: (1) goals for the<br />

cover crop, (2) cost of seed, and (3) control<br />

strategies.<br />

Implementing cover crops does not need<br />

to be difficult. It can be as simple as using<br />

leftover cool season seeds, such as kale and<br />

radish. These will usually winter kill, so the<br />

risk of them becoming weeds is small.<br />

Control strategies must be chosen prior<br />

to planting a cover that will overwinter and<br />

thrive the following spring. Herbicides,<br />

tillage, smothering, and pulling are all viable<br />

options. You can find more details on<br />

growing and controlling cover crops in the<br />

fact sheet, “Cover Crops in the Garden,”<br />

available at: go.osu.edu/gardencovercrops.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Extension Office is<br />

hosting a hands-on presentation on cover<br />

crops from 6 to 7 p.m. April 20 at 739 State<br />

Rte. 38 NE, London. Amanda Douridas,<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County’s agriculture and natural<br />

resources Extension educator, will show<br />

participants what different species look like<br />

after going through winter and discuss<br />

planting and control.<br />

The presentation will take place in a garden.<br />

Participants are encouraged to bring<br />

lawn chairs if they want to sit during the<br />

talk. Cover will be provided in the event of<br />

rain. There will be no restroom availability.<br />

The event is free but registration is requested<br />

for contact information if the event<br />

is cancelled due to inclement weather:<br />

go.osu.edu/madisongardencover. For more<br />

information, contact Amanda Douridas at<br />

douridas.9@osu.edu or call the Extension office<br />

at (740) 852-0975.<br />

Source: go.osu.edu/gardencovercrops<br />

food science, environmental<br />

sciences and more, both in<br />

the classroom and through<br />

opportunities for hands-on<br />

learning on and off-campus<br />

at the Ohio State University,<br />

University of Findlay,<br />

and Wilmington College.<br />

Students will interact with<br />

and learn directly from internationally<br />

known teachers,<br />

scientists, and researchers.<br />

Subject areas include food science, precision<br />

agriculture, animal science, natural resources,<br />

management skills, technology,<br />

and agricultural business. In addition to the<br />

classroom experience, scholars participate<br />

in field experiences that highlight cuttingedge<br />

research and meet industry partners<br />

to provide a glimpse of various careers in related<br />

fields.<br />

Week-long immersive session locations<br />

and dates are:<br />

• The Ohio State University Columbus<br />

Campus - June 11-16;<br />

• The Ohio State University ATI<br />

Wooster Campus- June 18-23;<br />

• University of Findlay - July 9-14;<br />

Mini-camp immersive session locations<br />

and dates are:<br />

• Wilmington College -<br />

June 4-7;<br />

• Hocking College - July<br />

31- Aug. 2.<br />

One-day scheduled immersive<br />

session locations<br />

and dates include:<br />

• COLT Electric Lineman<br />

Training - June 9;<br />

• Rio Grande College -<br />

June 30; and<br />

• John Deere Training Facility - July 7.<br />

Note: More one-day sessions are being<br />

planned.<br />

The ExploreAg program is free to all high<br />

school students and includes on-campus accommodations,<br />

meals, staffing, program<br />

materials, and transportation. Supervision<br />

is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and<br />

program counselors who are current college<br />

students in related majors.<br />

The deadline to apply is April 10, and details<br />

can be found at exploreag.org. Applicants<br />

will be asked to submit the email of<br />

one reference along with a short application.<br />

Students selected will be notified in April of<br />

their selection.<br />

Parents and students can find more information<br />

here or by contacting<br />


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Learn how to create an enforceable farm lease<br />

Sometimes you need<br />

more than signatures<br />

By Amanda Douridas<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County OSU Extension Agriculture<br />

& Natural Resources Educator<br />

The OSU Extension Farm Office Team<br />

has a plethora of resources on legal and<br />

farm management topics.<br />

Many of those pertain to farmland<br />

leases. It may come as a surprise that just<br />

having a landowner and tenant signature<br />

may not be enough to create an enforceable<br />

lease, and it is even less likely that a<br />

verbal agreement would stand up in court.<br />

Farming is a big business today, especially<br />

as the cost of inputs rise. Tenants<br />

need to be sure an agreement is strong<br />

when making the investment to apply fertilizer<br />

in the fall for next spring’s crop, for<br />

example. On the other side, landowners<br />

want to ensure any lease conditions, such<br />

as maintaining soil fertility, will be honored.<br />

Leases should include a legal description,<br />

address, and acreage of the rented<br />

ground. Both the landlord and the operator<br />

should sign the lease, as a lease is not<br />

enforceable against someone who did not<br />

sign it.<br />

If the lease is for more than three years,<br />

the signatures must be notarized. Also,<br />

make sure the lease document names all<br />

landowners, including joint owners or the<br />

business entity that owns the land. Signatures<br />

of all owners are required or someone<br />

with the proper authority to sign<br />

leases in the case of the business ownership.<br />

A memorandum of lease also needs<br />

to be filed with the county recorder. This<br />

can be a shortened version of a lease and<br />

does not need to include certain details,<br />

like rental price, but should be done for all<br />

leases.<br />

As of July 2022, a new law in Ohio provides<br />

some protection for written and verbal<br />

leases that do not provide termination<br />

dates. Landowners must now terminate a<br />

lease, in writing, by Sept. 1. This helps to<br />

avoid the risk of the tenant making input<br />

investments for a field in the fall then losing<br />

access to that ground before planting<br />

the next crop.<br />

A strong lease is a good start to nurturing<br />

a long-term relationship between both<br />

parties. Good communication on both ends<br />

can ensure each person gets what they<br />

need from the agreement. Many landowners<br />

today are not farming but likely have<br />

a strong, personal connection to their land.<br />

Working together to maintain or improve<br />

Farmer’s Breakfast set for <strong>March</strong> 28<br />

Ohio State University<br />

(OSU) Extension in<br />

Delaware, <strong>Madison</strong> and<br />

Union Counties, with<br />

support from the county<br />

Farm Bureaus, is hosting<br />

a Farmers’ Breakfast<br />

presentation at Der<br />

Dutchman, 445 S. Jefferson<br />

Ave., Plain City.<br />

Two speakers are<br />

scheduled for <strong>March</strong> 28,<br />

8:30-11 a.m. Peggy Hall, associate professor<br />

and OSU agriculture and resource<br />

law director, will give an agricultural law<br />

the quality of the land will benefit both<br />

parties and, once that relationship is established<br />

on trust and understanding, negotiations<br />

such as rent or structural<br />

improvements likely will go much more<br />

smoothly.<br />

Find more information on farmland<br />

leasing at: https://farmoffice.osu.edu/ourlibrary/farm-leasing-law.<br />

Peggy Kirk Hall, an agriculture law<br />

specialist, will provide an update at the<br />

Farmers Breakfast set for <strong>March</strong> 28 at Der<br />

update. Professor<br />

Mark Partridge, OSU<br />

Swank chair in ruralurban<br />

policy, will lead<br />

a discussion on how<br />

development on and<br />

around farmland impacts<br />

the rural economy.<br />

The presentation<br />

and breakfast are free.<br />

Pre-registration is required<br />

and is due by <strong>March</strong> 22. Visit<br />

https://go.osu.edu/<strong>2023</strong>breakfastseries or<br />

call (937) 644-8117.<br />

Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson<br />

Ave., Plain City. Registration is required;<br />

go to go.osu.edu/<strong>2023</strong>breakfastseries. Also<br />

at the breakfast, Mark Partridge, Ohio<br />

State University chair in rural-urban policy,<br />

will talk about the future of rural economics.<br />

The breakfast is sponsored by the Farm<br />

Bureaus of Delaware, <strong>Madison</strong>, and Union<br />

counties. For more information, call (937)<br />


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Beginning Farmer Tax Credit goes into effect<br />

The Ohio Department of Agriculture<br />

(ODA) is helping to ensure the next crop of<br />

Ohio producers has the resources to provide<br />

for their families and those across the<br />

state.<br />

The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit is<br />

now available to those who have recently<br />

entered the field and those who help beginning<br />

farmers.<br />

“Agriculture and food is Ohio’s number<br />

one industry,” said ODA Assistant Director<br />

Tracy Intihar. “The Beginning Farmer Tax<br />

Credit will help keep costs down for new<br />

producers and encourage others to help<br />

them. This incentive ensures that our state<br />

will continue to provide for local communities,<br />

the country, and even the world.”<br />

To qualify, a beginning farmer is someone<br />

who:<br />

• is a resident of Ohio;<br />

• is seeking entry to or has entered<br />

farming within the last 10 years;<br />

• farms or intends to farm on land in<br />

Ohio;<br />

• is not a partner, member, shareholder,<br />

or trustee of the assets the individual<br />

is seeking to purchase or rent;<br />

• has a total net worth of less than<br />

$800,000, including spouse and dependent<br />

assets, as adjusted for inflation each year;<br />

• provides the majority of daily physical<br />

labor and management of the farm;<br />

• has adequate farming experience or<br />

knowledge in the type of farming for which<br />

seeking assistance;<br />

• submits projected earnings statements<br />

and demonstrates profit potential;<br />

• demonstrates that farming will be a<br />

significant source of income for the individual;<br />

• participates in a financial management<br />

program approved by ODA.<br />

Beginning farmers must complete a financial<br />

management program to qualify.<br />

Along with beginning farmers, asset<br />

owners, or people or businesses that sell or<br />

rent farmland, livestock, buildings, or<br />

equipment to beginning farmers may<br />

apply, as well. In order for land to qualify<br />

as an asset, it must either total at least 10<br />

acres or produce an average annual income<br />

of at least $2,500 for farming.<br />

The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit<br />

equals 3.99 percent of one of the following:<br />

• In the case of a sale, the sale price.<br />

The credit must be claimed in the year of<br />

the sale.<br />

• In the case of a rental, the gross<br />

rental income that the individual or business<br />

received during the first three years<br />

of the rental agreement. To qualify for the<br />

credit, an asset must be rented at prevailing<br />

community rates. In the case of a<br />

rental, the credit is claimed over the first<br />

three years of the rental or share-rent<br />

agreement.<br />

• In the case of a rental through a<br />

share-rent agreement, the gross rental income<br />

received during the first three years<br />

of the share-rent agreement. (A share-rent<br />

agreement is an arrangement by which, in<br />

exchange for the rented assets, the beginning<br />

farmer provides the owner of the assets<br />

with a specified portion of the farm<br />

products produced from the assets.) In the<br />

case of a rental, the credit is claimed over<br />

the first three years of the rental or sharerent<br />

agreement.<br />

The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit was<br />

created when House Bill 95 was signed<br />

into law by Gov. Mike DeWine on April 21,<br />

2022. Primary sponsors for the bill were<br />

Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield)<br />

and Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville).<br />

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) chose Foraged & Sown<br />

Farm, a small <strong>Madison</strong> County farm operation in the West Jefferson area, as the site<br />

for a press conference outlining the details of the new Beginning Farmer Tax Credit:<br />

(from left) Tracy Intihar, ODA assistant director; Jane Larson, Karli Leffel, and Kate<br />

Hodges, co-owners of Foraged & Sown Farm; and Rep. Susan Manchester and Rep.<br />

Mary Lightbody, primary sponsors of House Bill 95.

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London Public Library<br />

20 E. First St., (740) 852-9543=.<br />

• Recycled Art Contest. Create a piece<br />

of art with recyclable materials lying<br />

around your house. Bring your art to the library<br />

now through <strong>March</strong> 31. Entries will<br />

be displayed at the library throughout April.<br />

Library patrons will vote on their favorites.<br />

Earth Day prizes will go to the winners. The<br />

contest is open to all ages and has three age<br />

categories for prizes.<br />

• <strong>March</strong> Madness: Battle of the Funny<br />

Books Round 3. Through April 1, visit the<br />

library to take part in Book Battles. Get your<br />

favorite silly story through each round by<br />

voting weekly. Voting for each round is open<br />

for one week: weeks of <strong>March</strong> 20 and <strong>March</strong><br />

27. The winners of each bracket advance to<br />

the next round. Each voter will be entered in<br />

a drawing to win a funny book. The funniest<br />

book will be announced on April 3.<br />

• All My Garden Guests Are Wild. From<br />

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 21, visit the library<br />

for a visual adventure of nine years of creating<br />

a wildlife habitat in Mrs. Van’s yard.<br />

Participants will learn about flowers, trees,<br />

shrubs, water features, and shelters they<br />

can incorporate into their landscapes to<br />

make their yards wildlife friendly. Specimens<br />

and live animals included.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson.<br />

(614) 879-8448.<br />

• Storytime. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays<br />

and Fridays.<br />

• Prom Dress Drive. Stop by the library<br />

during business hours to check out the free<br />

selection of dresses, accessories, and suits.<br />

Donations of gently used and clean outfits<br />

are accepted at the information desk.<br />

• Easter Egg Hunt. Between <strong>March</strong> 27<br />

and April 8, win an Easter surprise for finding<br />

all of the decorated eggs hidden in the<br />

library.<br />

Mount Sterling Library<br />

60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430.<br />

• Bookmobile Visits. The bookmobile<br />

will start making rounds again on <strong>March</strong> 22<br />

and every other Wednesday thereafter.<br />

Look for it at Grace Community Church in<br />

South Solon from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and at<br />

Sedalia town hall from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.<br />

• Peep Diorama. Make dioramas using<br />

Peep treats at 10 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 25. Bring your<br />

own supplies or use the library’s.<br />

• Little Free Library Pantry. This new addition<br />

is located outside the library on<br />

Water Street. Anyone is welcome to take or<br />

leave books or non-perishable food items.<br />

Anyone can fill empty spots in the pantry<br />

box at any time. Larger volume donations<br />

can be dropped off at the library on the<br />

fourth Saturday of each month; the next<br />

date is <strong>March</strong> 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.<br />

• Ladies Night Out Movie. The next<br />

movie night, set for <strong>March</strong> 27, features “A<br />

Man Called Otto” (PG-13). Reservations are<br />

required; text or call Melissa at (614) 315-<br />

7939 or call the library. Doors open at 6:30<br />

p.m. The library provides pizza, popcorn,<br />

cold drinks, and flavored coffees. Bring a<br />

potluck dish to share.<br />

• Around Town Book Club. The group<br />

will discuss “We Are Not Like Them” by<br />

Christine Pride and Jo Piazza at 7 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 30 at 101 Autumn Haze Court,<br />

Mount Sterling. Refreshments, games, and<br />

prizes are planned. The group is open to<br />

men and women.<br />

• Bunny Basics for Beginners. Between<br />

10 a.m. and noon April 8, meet live bunnies<br />

and learn how to care for them, how they interact<br />

with people and other pets, and what<br />

makes them a good family pet. Dayton<br />

House Rabbit Society is hosting the event<br />

and will share information about fostering<br />

bunnies, bunny resources in Ohio, rabbit<br />

rescue organizations, and how to adopt a<br />

bunny. Drinks and snacks will be provided.<br />

• Teen Gaming Event. Teens ages 12-18<br />

are invited to visit the library 1-5 p.m. April<br />

22 for a an afternoon of Xbox and Switch<br />

gaming with snacks, soda, and prizes. Bring<br />

your own supplies or use the library’s. Preregistration<br />

is required. Call the library or<br />

text Melissa at (614) 315-7939.<br />

• Bright Beats. Instructor Katie Geers<br />

from the previously WeJoySing program returns<br />

with her new Bright Beats program<br />

for infants through children age 5 years old.<br />

A trained early childhood music specialist,<br />

Greers will present a music and movement<br />

curriculum using instruments, equipment,<br />

books, and other visual aids.<br />

Classes are on Wednesdays through May<br />

3. Class size is three to 12 children. All children<br />

must be accompanied by a parent or<br />

guardian. Each class is 30 minutes with a<br />

10-minute transition between classes. The<br />

options are: 10:30-11 a.m. for ages 12-36<br />

months; 11:10-11:40 a.m. for ages 3-5 years.<br />

• Board Games. The library now has<br />

board games to check out.<br />

• Adult Coloring Hour. Adults are welcome<br />

to relax and color from 6 to 7 p.m. the<br />

third Thursday of the month. Bring you own<br />

supplies or use the library’s. Drinks are provided.<br />

• Preschool Storytime. Mondays at<br />

10:30 a.m. Caregivers must attend. Stories,<br />

crafts, and other surprises are planned.<br />

• Batters, Splatters, & Platters. The Kids<br />

Cooking Club meets at 6 p.m. the second<br />

and fourth Tuesdays through April 25. The<br />

club is open to ages 9-12. Parents must call<br />

the library to register their child.<br />

Plain City Library<br />

305 W. Main St., (614) 873-4912.<br />

• Bedtime Storytime. Streaming live on<br />

Tuesdays at 7 p.m., this storytime is geared<br />

toward children 6 and younger but anyone<br />

is welcome to participate.<br />

• Cookbook Club. Grab a copy of “The<br />

Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and<br />

Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook” at<br />

the library, make a recipe or two, and join<br />

others for a potluck and informal discussion<br />

at 6:30 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 22.

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On <strong>March</strong> 7, the <strong>Madison</strong> County commissioners signed a proclamation designating <strong>March</strong> as Developmental<br />

Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month. They were joined by several individual served by <strong>Madison</strong> County Board<br />

of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) and a number of people who assist them: (front row, from left) shared<br />

living provider Linda Steir, <strong>Madison</strong> County Economic Development and Planning Director David Kell, County<br />

Commissioner Dr. Tony Xenikis, County Commissioner Mark Forrest, County Commissioner Chris Wallace,<br />

Brian Farris, CRSI staff member Stan Oliver; (second row) MCBDD staff member Julie Anthony, Kenny Stischok,<br />

MCBDD staff member Denise Zerkle, MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson, <strong>Madison</strong> County Administrator<br />

Rob Slane; (third row) MCBDD staff members Missy Glover, Leigh Spohler, Grace Kaufman and Gretchen Peters;<br />

(back row) MCBDD Family Support Services Director Carol Ansel and MCBDD staff member Hope Smith.<br />

Forging pathways to change<br />

ONLY $130.00<br />

When they added their signatures to the official document<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 7, the <strong>Madison</strong> County commissioners which people with disabilities can function as independ-<br />

encourages the community to foster an environment in<br />

endorsed <strong>March</strong> as Developmental Disabilities Awareness<br />

Month. This year’s theme encourages people to get opportunities that include full access to education, housently<br />

and productively as possible, as well as support<br />

to know someone with a disability and recognize the ing, employment, and recreational activities.<br />

“Pathways to Change.”<br />

Present for the proclamation signing were individuals<br />

served by MCBDD, providers (both independent and<br />

Each <strong>March</strong>, the commissioners endorse Developmental<br />

Disabilities Awareness Month. They support the agency representatives), and county board staff.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Developmental Disabilities “We are humbled and proud to be in a community<br />

(MCBDD) and the people board serves.<br />

that is very supportive of the individuals we serve with<br />

The proclamation encourages everyone to focus on developmental disabilities,” said Susan Thompson,<br />

the abilities of all people and be open to learn and acknowledge<br />

each individual’s contributions to society. It support for granted.”<br />

MCBDD superintendent. “We do not take the ongoing<br />

Library appoints board member<br />

Charles R. Morrison III was recently appointed to<br />

the Mount Sterling Library board of trustees for a<br />

seven-year term commencing immediately and running<br />

through 2029.<br />

Morrison, a resident of rural Mount Sterling, is the<br />

founder and president of MCR Medical, a multi-milliondollar<br />

e-commerce business that is the market leader in<br />

providing CPR training devices and first aid and emergency<br />

supplies throughout North America.<br />

Morrison and his late wife and business partner,<br />

Karen Morrison, identified youth reading as a primary<br />

pillar of their philanthropic efforts years ago. In fulfilling<br />

this commitment, the Morrisons and MCR Medical<br />

have sponsored the library’s Summer Reading Program<br />

for several years and actively contribute to the library’s<br />

Little Free Library Pantry through food and book<br />

drives.<br />

Morrison is a zealous advocate of intellectual freedom<br />

and is committed to the library’s importance as a<br />

center of information, community culture, recreation,<br />

and continuing education.<br />

“I am humbled by the appointment and look forward<br />

to contributing to the continued growth and development<br />

of the library in our community,” Morrison said.<br />

The library board of trustees is made of up seven<br />

members who meet the second Thursday of each month.<br />

The board establishes the basic policies of the library<br />

with respect to budgeting, services, properties, personnel,<br />

materials, and gifts.<br />

The board position became available after Guy<br />

Forthofer decided not to renew his seat after his sevenyear<br />

term expired in February. Forthofer runs his own<br />

CPA business in Granville and resides on his mini farm<br />

just outside Mount Sterling. The library bids him a fond<br />

farewell and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.

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Opinion: Not buying the scare tactics anymore<br />

The predictable, shameless, political scare tactics are already<br />

ratcheting up as we approach the 2024 presidential election. If recent<br />

past elections are any indication, one of the top items our politicians<br />

have planned for us will be the projected insolvency dates of<br />

Social Security and Medicare.<br />

Revisions keep coming in, but they seem to concur the Armageddon<br />

date for both is “right around the corner.” We’re told the<br />

Medicare Hospital Part A situation (2028) is even more dire than<br />

Social Security (2035). Those dates are not far away, so we’re supposed<br />

to panic and shudder as they toss false accusations at each<br />

other, bend the truth, and outright lie to us to gain an advantage<br />

in their quest for our votes.<br />

I have no doubt funds for both are dwindling. We’ll assume<br />

they’re telling us the truth while knowing it’s an iffy proposition to<br />

believe anything they say. So, let it be written: we all agree those<br />

vital programs need an overhaul and/or infusion of money sooner<br />

-<br />

-Kronk & Skaggs<br />

Lilly Chapel<br />

Lilly Chapel<br />

West Jefferson<br />

-West Jefferson<br />

Hardware<br />

- Anders and<br />

Associates<br />

than later.<br />

How about this novel idea?<br />

Find the funds and fix it. They<br />

say we have no money? No duh!<br />

But why start pretending to<br />

care now? We have a current<br />

national debt of $31 trillion that’s exponentially growing<br />

by the second, necessitating yet another debt limit<br />

increase battle so they can continue to throw dollars out<br />

the windows. There doesn’t seem to be any lack of funny<br />

money funds out there for them to play with when the<br />

urge to buy votes or give political favors hits them.<br />

But back to reality. As always, rather than work together<br />

to solve and avoid the obvious upcoming cashflow<br />

problem, too many politicians prefer to keep using<br />

the pending dilemma to play the blame and threat game<br />

to score votes. It’s become a valuable election tool for<br />

them as they keep choosing to turn the other way after<br />

each election and leave it for others to deal with.<br />

They’re seemingly prepared to wait and keep us dangling<br />

until it becomes another needless and totally<br />

avoidable fire drill crisis they seem to thrive on. I’ve decided<br />

I’m not going to play their little game with them<br />

anymore. I’ve rationalized the situation and concluded<br />

it’s not worth my stress. Things will be just fine.<br />

Think about it. The most important thing most legislators<br />

care about is getting reelected, and if they don’t<br />

keep those two programs afloat, they’ll end up having<br />

to get real jobs where they’ll experience what working<br />

families must go through daily to make ends meet.<br />

That’s the last thing they want. They’ll learn the intent<br />

of term limits far before their terms would become expired.<br />

Most importantly, there’s absolutely no reason<br />

those essential programs should even be considered financially<br />

vulnerable. Some revamping to bring the programs<br />

in line with current life realities and changes<br />

makes sense, but the other so-called cuts they seem to<br />

enjoy threatening us with are not necessary.<br />

They lecture that the specific and separate trust<br />

funds that were set up to support Medicare and Social<br />

Security are no longer solvent, the input no longer<br />

equals the output, and their reserves are steadily eroding.<br />

No doubt there. But to imply we don’t have the<br />

funds to fix it? That’s doubtful and questionable at best,<br />

almost laughable given their irresponsible spending<br />

habits. Something just doesn’t jive there.<br />

In my younger days, I’d watch the evening news and<br />

hear how Congress was appropriating $1 million for<br />

this or that. It was a mind boggling high figure for me<br />

to grasp. As I grew older, it became $1 billion, then multiple<br />

billions. Then we got up to trillions. Today, it’s<br />

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risen to multiple trillions. Those<br />

are numbers followed by 12 zeroes.<br />

When you hear politicians<br />

throw out the term a million<br />

nowadays, it’s considered<br />

chump change.<br />

So alright, that’s all well and good if they have the<br />

funds to support the mad money appropriations they<br />

keep making. But they don’t, not even close. That’s why<br />

our national debt is up to $31 trillion. They keep spending<br />

to support their extravagant lifestyle of buying<br />

votes. They seem oblivious to the other side of the equation,<br />

the necessary funding to support their uncontrollable<br />

habit. Still, I insist the money is there to keep<br />

Social Security and Medicare financially solvent. It’s all<br />

about our priorities. Those two programs should be prioritized<br />

far above their mad money buying vote sprees.<br />

The funds that support these programs are in separate<br />

government piggy banks and must be managed separately<br />

from other piggy banks because of how they were<br />

set up. I thought our legislators were elected to legislate.<br />

So, legislate to revamp the mechanisms that support the<br />

funding for these programs. Redirect dollars from the<br />

other low priority, funny money piggy banks. Yes, you’ll<br />

lose a few votes from those, but you’ll gain even more<br />

votes by saving those vital programs, maybe even save<br />

yourself from getting booted out of office.<br />

They keep saying there’s no available money and the<br />

current funds will soon dry up. Excuse me while I<br />

chuckle. That’s the symptom. The real problem is they<br />

just don’t know how to manage money. Too often the government<br />

basically appropriates funds they don’t even<br />

have, then throws them out into space without any basic<br />

auditing controls or accountability to track the flow. They<br />

never know where the funds landed or how they were ultimately<br />

used, too often not for the intended purpose.<br />

If the government had to run like any successful,<br />

sustaining business must run to survive, there’d be adequate<br />

money to fund Medicare and Social Security.<br />

Businesses must generate sufficient profits to justify<br />

their expenses and existence. The government doesn’t.<br />

It relies on a different revenue stream, the taxpayer. So,<br />

they keep spending like drunken sailors on weekend<br />

shore leave and asking for more. When they don’t get<br />

enough and run out of money, they still just spend more.<br />

They don’t understand or respect the purpose of budgets<br />

anymore and totally ignore them.<br />

Any college Accounting 101 class could quickly evaluate<br />

most any government function using nothing more<br />

than common sense and easily identify multiple opportunities<br />

for improvements that would generate funds.<br />

Eliminate the fraud that runs rampant in far too<br />

many of the poorly contrived and controlled programs<br />

we continually read about, the billions lost on the<br />

poorly contrived COVID Relief Fund being the most recent.<br />

Start running our government like a business, utilize<br />

and adhere to budgets, demand continuing cost<br />

reduction programs that find increases in efficiency and<br />

productivity. Most importantly, spend more wisely.<br />

That wouldn’t take any effort, just commitment to what<br />

they stopped doing a long time ago.<br />

I remain convinced there’s no need to make cuts to<br />

Social Security or Medicare, at least not until they identify<br />

and responsibly control the billions bouncing off the<br />

walls in the Capitol Building. The list to generate funds<br />

for Social Security and Medicare is endless. The only<br />

thing missing appears to be any desire to do it from our<br />

elected leaders.<br />

Dave Burton is a guest columnist for the Columbus<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> Newspapers. He lives in Grove City.

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Qualifications to register to vote:<br />

• You are a citizen of the United States;<br />

• You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election.<br />

• You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election<br />

in which you want to vote.<br />

• You are not incarcerated (in jail or in prison) for a felony conviction.<br />

• You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.<br />

• You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.<br />

Methods to Register to Vote:<br />

• Mail<br />

• In-Person<br />

• Online<br />

Places you can register:<br />

• The <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Elections<br />

• Any library<br />

• BMV<br />

• olvr.ohiosos.gov<br />

Our office is located at 1423 State Route 38 SE, London, Ohio 43140 and is open<br />

daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Board Office will remain open until 9:00 p.m.<br />

for the voter registration deadline on April 3, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

MM MARCH 19, <strong>2023</strong><br />


Notice is hereby given that the Village of Mount<br />

Sterling Board of Zoning and Appeals Committee<br />

will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 28,<br />

<strong>2023</strong> - 6:00 pm at 1 South London Street, Mount<br />

Sterling, OH 43143 to hear the following case(s):<br />

Applicant; Jason Gurr is requesting a variance to<br />

the setbacks for a fence in Zone A at 308 West<br />

Main Street in an R-4 zoning district.<br />

For information on the above case(s)<br />

please contact Tom Hale at 614-379-5246<br />

MM MARCH 19, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>202<br />

The 2022 Annual Financial Report for<br />

Somerford Township<br />

is complete and will be available for<br />

inspection at the<br />

Somerford Township Hall<br />

91 St. Rt. 56 N.W.<br />

on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m.<br />

Amanda J. Knowles, Fiscal Officer<br />

Somerford Township<br />

MM MARCH 19, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>198<br />

L<br />

E<br />

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A<br />

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MM<strong>2023</strong>201<br />

Sale of Real Estate<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Foreclosure Auction<br />

Case# CVE 20220056<br />

U.S. Bank National Association<br />

vs<br />

The unkown heirs, devisees, legatees,<br />

executors, administrators, spouses and<br />

assigns and the unknown guardians of<br />

minor and/or incompetent heirs of<br />

Ella A. Robinson, Deceased, et al.<br />

The description of the property to be sold is as follows:<br />

Property Address:<br />

7201 Cleveland Street, South Solon, <strong>Madison</strong>, Ohio<br />

43153<br />

Legal Description:<br />

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:<br />

28-00073.000<br />

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com opening<br />

on 04/04/<strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum of 7 days.<br />

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date should the<br />

third party purchaser fail to provide their deposit within<br />

the allotted time.<br />

Provisional Sale Date: 04/18/23 at 10:00 a.m.<br />

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is<br />

$5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours of the<br />

sale ending. No cash is permitted.<br />

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs, allowances,<br />

and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient to<br />

cover.<br />

To view all sale details and terms for this property visit<br />

www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:<br />

CVE 20220056 into the search bar.<br />

MM MARCH 12, 19 & 26, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>189<br />


Jonah M. Saving, JUDGE<br />

Adoption of Marang, Callie Jewel<br />

CASE NO. 20225013<br />


Notice must be served not less than 20 days before the date of the hearing<br />

[R.C. 3107.11]<br />

To: Trisha Edwards<br />

You are hereby notified that on 11/30/22, Marang, Benjamin and Marang, Sarah A residing at<br />

36113 Scout Rd., Logan, OH 43138 filed in this Court a Petition for Adoption of Young, Callie<br />

Jewel, a minor, whose date of birth is 03/13/17, and for change of the name of the minor to<br />

Marang, Callie Jewel. This Court, located at Hocking County Court House, 1 E. Main Street,<br />

Logan, Ohio 43138 will hear the petition on 04/17/23, at 2:00 p.m.<br />

It is alleged in the Petition, pursuant to R.C. 3107.07, that the consent of Trisha Edwards is<br />

not required due to the following:<br />

[X] That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide more than de<br />

minimis contact with the minor for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the<br />

filing of the adoption petition or the placement of the minor in the home of the petitioner.<br />

[ ] That person is a parent who has failed without justifiable cause to provide for the<br />

maintenance and support of the minor as required by law or judicial decree for a period of at<br />

least one year immediately preceding the filing of the adoption petition or the placement of<br />

the minor in the home of the petitioner.<br />

[ ] State other grounds under R.C. 3107.07 (includes putative father of the minor born prior<br />

to January 1, 1997).<br />










HEARING.”<br />

WITNESS my signature and seal of said Court,<br />

at Hocking County, Ohio this Feb. 21, 2021<br />


BY: Alex Adams, Deputy Clerk<br />

MM MARCH 5, 12 & 19, 26 & APRIL 2 & 9, <strong>2023</strong><br />




CALL THE<br />




740-852-0809<br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>179<br />


Notice is hereby given that the Village of West<br />

Jefferson Planning and Zoning Commission will<br />

hold a public hearing on Wednesday, <strong>March</strong> 29,<br />

<strong>2023</strong> – 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at 28 East<br />

Main Street to hear the following case(s):<br />

Applicant; Fisher Cast Steel Products is requesting<br />

Planning Commission recommendation of a site<br />

plan approval for a building addition at the subject<br />

property parcels # 10-00186.000, 10-00188.000 and<br />

10-00189.000.<br />



For Information on the above case(s)<br />

Please Contact Tom Hale at 614-379-5250.<br />

Regular business hours.<br />

(Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm<br />

closed from 12:00-1:00)<br />

MM MARCH 19 , <strong>2023</strong><br />


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xLegal Notices<br />



The <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Commissioners will receive sealed proposals for the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

PY 2020 CDBG Program – South Solon Neighborhood Revitalization Grant, Contract B: Wastewater &<br />

Water Treatment Plant Improvements. Bids will be received until 10:30 A.M., Local Time, on <strong>March</strong> 28,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, at the office of the Owner as listed below, and then at 10:35 a.m., at said office, opened and read<br />

aloud.<br />

Bid packages may be delivered by priority U.S. Mail, express carriers, etc. or may be hand delivered up to<br />

one hour prior to the bid opening to the office of the Owner. Proposals shall be addressed to <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Commissioners, 1 North Main Street, London, OH 43140, and shall be marked “Sealed Bid –<br />

South Solon NRG / Contract B: WWTP/WTP Improvements”.<br />

The project generally consists of the following:<br />

The scope of the work at the WWTP shall include, but not be limited to, replacement of existing<br />

mechanical screen with a new mechanical screen, replacement of three (3) existing blowers, installation<br />

of a new standby generator and ATS, and completion of other miscellaneous improvements at the<br />

facility.<br />

The scope of work at the WTP shall include, but not be limited to, replacement of one (1) high<br />

service pump, minor piping improvements, installation of a new standby generator and ATS,<br />

completion of miscellaneous electrical improvements at the facility, and completion of other<br />

miscellaneous improvements at the facility.<br />

The opinion of probable cost for the project is $281,000.<br />

The bid specifications, drawings, plan holders list, addenda, and other bid information (but not the bid<br />

forms) may be viewed and/or downloaded for free via the internet at https://bids.ctconsultants.com . The<br />

bidder shall be responsible to check for Addenda and obtain same from the web site.<br />

Bids must be in accordance with drawings, specifications and on forms available from CT Consultants,<br />

Inc., at a non-refundable cost of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00). Documents may be ordered by<br />

registering and paying online at https://bids.ctconsultants.com. Please contact<br />

planroom@ctconsultants.com or call (440) 530-2395<br />

if you encounter any problems viewing, registering or paying for the documents.<br />

Bidders who submit a Bid must be a Plan Holder of Record at the Issuing Office. Bids from Bidders who<br />

are not on the Plan Holders List may be returned as not being responsive.<br />

No Bid will be received unless accompanied by a Bid Guaranty equal to at least 100% of the maximum<br />

Bid, or a certified check, cashier’s check, or letter of credit equal to at 10% of the maximum Bid, payable<br />

to the Owner as a guarantee that after the Bid is accepted, the Bidder will execute and file the Agreement<br />

and 100% Performance and Payment Bonds within 10 days of the Notice of Award.<br />

All Contractors and Subcontractors involved with the project will, to the extent practicable, use Ohio<br />

products, materials, services, and labor in the implementation of the project. Domestic steel use requirements<br />

as specified in Section 153.011 of the Revised Code apply to this project. Compliance with American<br />

Iron and Steel (AIS) requirements applies to this project. Bids of corporations not chartered in Ohio<br />

must be accompanied by proper certification that the corporation is authorized to do business in Ohio.<br />

Contractor compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity requirements of Ohio Administrative<br />

Code Chapter 123, the Governor's Executive Order of 1972, and Governor's Executive Order 84-9 shall<br />

be required.<br />

Bidders shall comply with the President’s Executive Order No. 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity<br />

as amended.<br />

The Contractor and all Subcontractors shall pay employees at a rate not less than the minimum wages<br />

specified in the current wage determination in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act.<br />

Any Bid may be withdrawn prior to the scheduled closing time for receipt of Bids, but no Bidder shall<br />

withdraw his Bid within 60 days after the actual opening thereof.<br />

Contract Award shall be made based on the lowest and best Bidder.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners reserve the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any informalities<br />

or irregularities in the bids received, and to accept any bid which it deems most favorable. Any bid submittals<br />

deemed by the Owner to be incomplete or non-responsive will be rejected.<br />


<strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Commissioners<br />

Mark Forrest, Chairman<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse<br />

1 N. Main Street, London, Ohio 43140<br />

MM MARCH 12 & 19, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>197<br />



Sand Hill Equity Trust, C/O Allied Servicing Corp., Plaintiff<br />

vs.<br />

Ellen Payne, et al., Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE20220247<br />

Judge Anthony Donofrio<br />


Defendant(s), Ellen Payne And Jeffrey Payne, whose last known Addresses are 3215 Fairwood Ave,<br />

Columbus, OH 43207 And 254 London Rd, West Jefferson, OH 43162, will take notice that on December<br />

29, 2022,Sand Hill Equity Trust C/O Allied Servicing Corp., filed its Complaint in Case Number<br />

CVE20220247, <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio, alleging that the defendant(s), Ellen Payne And Jeffrey Payne, have<br />

or claim to have an interest in the real estate described below:<br />

Premises commonly known as: 254 London Rd, West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />

Parcel No.: 10-00294.000<br />

The Plaintiff further alleges that by reason of default in the payment of the promissory note, according<br />

to its tenor, the conditions of a concurrent mortgage deed given to secure the payment of said note and<br />

conveying the premises described, have been broken and the same has become absolute.<br />

The Plaintiff demands that the defendants named above be required to answer and set up their interest<br />

in said real estate or be forever barred from asserting the same, for foreclosure of said mortgage, the<br />

marshaling of any liens, and the sale of said real estate, and the proceeds of said sale applied to the<br />

payment of Plaintiff's claim in the proper order of its priority and for such other and further relief as is<br />

just and equitable.<br />

The defendants named above are required to answer on or before the 30th day of April, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich Co., L.P.A.<br />

James L. Sassano (0062253)<br />

Maureen C. Zink (0083507)<br />

Attorneys for Plaintiff<br />

24755 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 200,Cleveland, OH 44122<br />

216-360-7200 Phone 216-360-7210 Facsimile<br />

MM MARCH 19, 26 & APRIL 2, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Sale of Real Estate<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Foreclosure Auction<br />

Case# CVE20220206<br />

NewRez LLC d/b/a Shellpoint Morgage Servicing<br />

vs<br />

Donald R. Wright, et al.<br />

The description of the property to be sold is as follows:<br />

Property Address:<br />

504 Crescent Drive, West Jefferson, <strong>Madison</strong>, Ohio 43162<br />

Legal Description:<br />

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:<br />

10-01546.000<br />

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com<br />

opening on 04/04/<strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum<br />

of 7 days.<br />

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date should<br />

the third party purchaser fail to provide their deposit<br />

within the allotted time.<br />

Provisional Sale Date: 04/18/<strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m.<br />

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is<br />

$5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours of<br />

the sale ending. No cash is permitted.<br />

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,<br />

allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are<br />

insufficient to cover.<br />

To view all sale details and terms for this property visit<br />

www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:<br />

CVE20220206 into the search bar.<br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>200<br />

Sale of Real Estate<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Foreclosure Auction<br />

Case# CV 20220050<br />

Caliber Home Loans, Inc.<br />

vs<br />

Dana Richards aka Dana Rene Richards, et al.<br />

The description of the property to be sold is as follows:<br />

Property Address:<br />

26 Kendall Street, London, <strong>Madison</strong>, Ohio 43140<br />

Legal Description:<br />

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:<br />

31-00911.000<br />

Bidding will be available only on www.Auction.com<br />

opening on 04/04/<strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum<br />

of 7 days.<br />

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date should<br />

the third party purchaser fail to provide their deposit<br />

within the allotted time.<br />

Provisional Sale Date: 04/18/<strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m.<br />

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is<br />

$5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours of<br />

the sale ending. No cash is permitted.<br />

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,<br />

allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are<br />

insufficient to cover.<br />

To view all sale details and terms for this property visit<br />

www.Auction.com and enter the Search Code:<br />

CV 20220050 into the search bar.<br />

MM MARCH 12, 19 & 26, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>190<br />

MM MARCH 12, 19 & 26, <strong>2023</strong><br />


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xLegal Notices<br />

Public Bid Advertisement (Electronic Bidding)<br />

State of Ohio Standard Forms and Documents<br />

DRC-21F035<br />

MACI Zone A - Lock Upgrade<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Correctional Institution<br />

London, <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

Bids Due: 2:00 p.m. EDST, <strong>March</strong> 28, <strong>2023</strong>; through the State’s electronic<br />

bidding system at https://bidexpress.com<br />

EDGE Participation Goal: 5.0% of contract<br />

Domestic steel use is required per ORC 153.011.<br />

Contract<br />

General Contract<br />

Total General Trades Alternates<br />

Estimated Cost<br />

$1,843,423<br />

$3,456,271<br />

And any proper combination submitted on electronic Bid Form<br />

Pre-bid Meeting: <strong>March</strong> 14, <strong>2023</strong>, 12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m., at <strong>Madison</strong> Correctional<br />

Institute, 1851 State Route 56, London, Ohio 43140 anyone planning on attending<br />

the Pre-Bid Meeting should submit names to: RDI, RDI@RDIColumbus.com<br />

by Monday <strong>March</strong> 13, <strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m. Participants full name, company, and<br />

equipment. Cell phones and tablets are permitted. Please parck in the Main Parking<br />

Lot and go to the Central Administration Building Entrance.<br />

More Info: A/E contact: Thomas I Converse, PM, Phone: 614-519-1131,<br />

Email: TConverse@RDIColumbus.com<br />

MM MARCH 5, 12 & 19, <strong>2023</strong><br />

xInformation<br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>186<br />

Sale of Real Estate<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Foreclosure Auction<br />

Case# CV20220176<br />

Freedom Mortgage Corporation<br />

vs<br />

Nicole Elaine Pausch, et al.<br />

The description of the property to be sold is as follows:<br />

Property Address:<br />

106 W. Main St., Mount Sterling, OH 43143<br />

Legal Description:<br />

Full Legal Listed on Public Website; Parcel Number:<br />

18-00104.000<br />

Bidding will be available only on www.realtybid.com<br />

opening on 04/05/<strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m. for a minimum<br />

of 7 days.<br />

Property may be sold on a provisional sale date should<br />

the third party purchaser fail to provide their deposit<br />

within the allotted time.<br />

Provisional Sale Date: 04/19/<strong>2023</strong> at 10:00 a.m.<br />

Sales subject to cancellation. The deposit required is<br />

$5000.00 to be paid by wire transfer within 2 hours of<br />

the sale ending. No cash is permitted.<br />

Purchaser shall be responsible for those costs,<br />

allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are<br />

insufficient to cover.<br />

To view all sale details and terms for this property visit<br />

www.realtybid.com and enter the Search Code:<br />

CV20220176 into the search bar.<br />

MM MARCH 12, 19 & 26, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>193<br />

Public Bid Advertisement (Electronic Bidding)<br />

State of Ohio Standard Forms and Documents<br />

DRC-21F036<br />

MaCI Roof Replacement — Phase 2<br />

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction<br />

London, <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

Bids Due: 1:00 p.m. EDST, May 2, <strong>2023</strong>; through the State’s electronic bidding<br />

system at https://bidexpress.com<br />

EDGE Participation Goal: 5.0% of contract<br />

Domestic steel use is required per ORC 153.011.<br />

Contract<br />

General Trades (Lead)<br />

Total General Trades Alternates<br />

Estimated Cost<br />

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614-353-4618 if interested<br />


OFFICE<br />

SPACE<br />

FOR RENT<br />



3/19<br />

M<br />

740-852-9706<br />


87 E 5th St., London<br />

Sm 1 BR Apt w/shower<br />

unit, appliances &partial<br />

utilities paid. Private<br />

parking $575 mo plus<br />

deposit. 614-879-7940<br />

Room to Rent. $600 per<br />

mo. 740-225-1540<br />

4/2M<br />

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xClassified Services<br />





Quality Concrete Work<br />

Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,<br />

Driveways & Excavation<br />

Stamp Patios,<br />

Bsmt. Wall Restoration<br />

36 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.<br />

Free Ests. 614-871-3834<br />


DRYW<br />

YWALL &<br />


Textured Ceilings<br />

Popcorn Ceiling Removal<br />

Call Randy<br />

614-551-6963<br />

Residential/Commercial - BIA<br />


FOR ONLY<br />

$26.00<br />

You Can Reach<br />

Over 10,000 Homes<br />

For 4 Weeks In Our<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong><br />

For Info Call<br />

740-852-0809<br />



Chain Link - Wood<br />

No Job Too Big or Small<br />

All Repairs ~ Free Est.<br />

Insured. 614-670-2292<br />


Jeff Boyd<br />

3/5 A&M<br />




Call 614-254-1131<br />


AL<br />


• Junk Removal<br />

• Demolition<br />

• Hoarding<br />

614-352-0442<br />

10% OFF FOR<br />



HVAC<br />

HEATING & A/C<br />

Fast Service - Licensed<br />

614-633-9694<br />

HOME<br />


Charlies Handyman<br />

Service<br />

Over 40 yrs. exp.<br />

Plumbing & Hot Water Tanks<br />

Doors & Locks<br />

Kiitchen/Bath Remodels<br />

Dishwasher Installs<br />

Roofmg * Siding<br />

Porches & Decks<br />

614-319-6010<br />


LOOK TO<br />


IN OUR<br />


For Service<br />

“That Is Out Of This World”<br />

4/30 a/m<br />

HOME<br />


Mid-Ohio<br />

Kitchen<br />

and Bath, LLC<br />

Joe Ober<br />

Residential/Commercial<br />

614-879-5827<br />

Choose Local & Save<br />

midohiokitchenandbath.com<br />




Handywoman<br />

Services<br />

Even a Woman<br />

Can Do It!<br />

614-598-0897<br />

email:<br />

chapm43140@gmail.com<br />

For Free<br />

Estimates<br />

On Carpenter Work,<br />

Roofs,<br />

Siding,<br />

Foundations,<br />

Floors Jacked Up,<br />

Call:<br />

740-505-1094<br />

Ask For Marvin<br />

3/19 M<br />

SLAGLE<br />


Baths, Kitchen,<br />

Plumbing and Electrical.<br />

All your Handyman needs<br />

No Job too Big or Small<br />

Over 30 Yrs. Exp. Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

Jerry<br />

614-332-3320<br />

SINCE 1973<br />

Phil Bolon Contr.<br />

Windows & Siding<br />

Decks, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Room Additions,<br />

Flooring, Roofing<br />

Bsmt Waterproofing<br />

Deal With Small Non-Pressure Co.<br />

47 Yrs. Exp. - Refs. Avail.<br />

Lic.-Bond-Ins.<br />

Free Est. - Financing Avail.<br />

Member BBB Of Cent. OH<br />

O.C.I.E.B. ID #24273<br />

614-419-3977<br />

or 614-863-9912<br />



Classified Services<br />

4/9 M<br />

3/26 <<br />

3/19<br />

A/M<br />

4/9 M<br />



Tree Trimming<br />

Tree Removal<br />

Stump Grinding<br />


740-845-LAWN<br />


ONYX<br />


614-407-5214<br />



Mowing-mulching-trimming<br />

Spring cleanup-614-397-0566<br />


WOW<br />

Painting - Power Wash<br />

Interior - Exterior<br />

Residential & Commercial<br />

Wood Repair<br />

Drywall Repair<br />

614-989-9759<br />

Austin & Gary Bogenrife<br />

Website: wwwpaintingllc.com<br />

wowpainting@live.com<br />


614-732-7852<br />


MYERS<br />


Exp Expert Plumbing<br />

New Const. & Fast Repairs<br />

Lic. - Permit AVailable<br />

Water * Sewer * Gas<br />

614-633-9694<br />

3/26 M<br />




614-359-2146<br />

Jim @<br />

aqua-dig-it.com<br />

POOL/SPA<br />


K&L Spa Cleaning<br />

Hot Tub Cleaning and<br />

Weekly Maintenance<br />

Keith 614-316-9809<br />



Any house wash $149+tax<br />

Single deck $69+tax<br />

2 Tier deck $99+tax<br />

Best Wash in Town<br />

Over 45,000 washes<br />

Ashley 614-771-3892<br />


REPAIR<br />

REPAIR all makes 24 hr.<br />

service. Clean, oil, adjust<br />

in your home. $49.95 all<br />

work gtd. 614-890-5296<br />


Warren Brewer Tree Service<br />

• Tree Removal<br />

• Tree Trimming<br />

• Stump Grinding<br />

1/8<br />

A&M<br />

• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568<br />

1/29/23 M<br />

4/16 A&M

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