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<strong>April</strong> 23, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVII No. 18<br />

Local runner/coach wins London Marathon<br />

Race event attracts over 300<br />

entrants across three distances<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

In his first marathon, Joseph Montoya not only completed the<br />

race, he finished No. 1. Best of all, he did it on his home turf.<br />

The West Jefferson resident and London High School track and<br />

cross country coach was the first of 81 runners to finish the<br />

marathon portion of the London Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K<br />

held <strong>April</strong> 15 at Merri Mac Park. He crossed the finish line at<br />

2:45.34, nine minutes ahead of second-place finisher John Martino<br />

of Dallas, Pa.<br />

In the process, Montoya, 29, met two personal goals: to complete<br />

a marathon before he turned 30 and to finish in under 2:50.<br />

“It’s definitely a different animal,” he said of the marathon distance<br />

(26.2 miles).<br />

Montoya ran cross country and track at Otterbein University<br />

and has since completed a couple of half-marathon races. He trained<br />

for marathons in recent years, but the pandemic and injuries kept<br />

him from getting to the starting line. He was happy to finally make<br />

it happen.<br />

“The marathon is a different form of being uncomfortable,” he<br />

said. “I started out well, but Mile 21 is when the bear jumped on<br />

my back. If I do it again, I will work on my fueling so I can feel better<br />

and stronger at the end. Overall, it was a fun experience.”<br />

The race course takes place almost entirely on the Ohio To Erie<br />

Trail. Montoya lives less than two miles from the trail and used it<br />

for training. The familiarity with the course<br />

and the fact that he got to race in front of a<br />

bunch of family, friends, and student-athletes<br />

was “almost like home court advantage,”<br />

he said.<br />


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“We had 30 of our high school track and<br />

cross country kids out volunteering and<br />

cheering people on,” he said. “It was incredible.<br />

Getting to see the kids every couple of<br />

miles early on in the race and again toward<br />

the end... it was another motivational tool.”<br />

Montoya said the student-athletes<br />

pushed him along, especially when he was<br />

hurting the last several miles. The role reversal<br />

was something special to experience,<br />

he said.<br />

“They were telling me the types of things<br />

I tell them before, during, and after races.<br />

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Joseph Montoya heads for the finish line at the London<br />

Marathon on <strong>April</strong> 15. The West Jefferson resident<br />

and London High School track and cross<br />

country coach finished first with a time of 2:45.34.<br />

Two die in plane crash at county airport<br />

Two men died in a plane crash at <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Airport on <strong>April</strong> 18.<br />

According to the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio<br />

State Highway Patrol, a Cessna 172 crashed near<br />

the approach end of the airport runway at approximately<br />

6:20 p.m. The single-engine plane sustained<br />

severe damage and was on its top when troopers<br />

and first responders arrived.<br />

The left-seat occupant, Athar Mohammad<br />

Ashraf, 43, of Columbus, suffered fatal injuries at<br />

the scene. The right-seat occupant also suffered<br />

fatal injuries at the scene. As of press time on <strong>April</strong><br />

19, the second occupant’s identity was being withheld<br />

pending notification of his family.<br />

Christi-Anne Beatty of Cincinnati celebrates her victory<br />

in the women’s half-marathon in London. The 23-year-old<br />

registered a time of 1:30.31. The British flag was part of<br />

the race day theme, a play on London, Ohio, and London,<br />

England.<br />

Greg McCrabb of Dublin was the first person to hand<br />

cycle the London Marathon. He completed the 26.2-mile<br />

course in 2:36.54.<br />

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the<br />

scene by the <strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff’s Office, London<br />

Division of Fire & EMS, <strong>Madison</strong> County Coroner’s<br />

Office, <strong>Madison</strong> County Emergency Medical District,<br />

and Central Townships Joint Fire District.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Airport is located off of U.S.<br />

Route 40, north of London.

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It was incredibly encouraging,” Montoya said. “Having them all<br />

lined up along the finish was a special moment—definitely a moment<br />

I won’t forget.”<br />

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miles, 13.1 miles, or 3.1 miles that day likely have inspirational stories<br />

of their own. London resident and race director David Mars<br />

and his crew are happy to provide the opportunity for people to test<br />

their abilities and make memories.<br />

This marks the third year for the race. In addition to the 81<br />

marathon finishers, there were 155 half-marathon finishers, 85 5K<br />

finishers, and the race’s first marathon hand-cycle finisher.<br />

“It was great to have that many come out, especially when we’ve<br />

been at about 200 people the other years,” Mars said. “People are<br />

getting used to it and excited about it.”<br />

The event serves as a fundraiser for Merri Mac Park Miracle, a<br />

non-profit organization working to bring improvements to the park.<br />

This year, net proceeds totalled approximately $15,000.<br />

“We’re happy with that,” Mars said. “The goal is always to raise<br />

as much as we can and put on the best event that we can. It’s a balancing<br />

act. Every year, we get a little bit better at what we do.”<br />

Next year’s race day will take place at approximately the same<br />

time in <strong>April</strong>.<br />

Race Results<br />

MARATHON - Men<br />

First: Joseph Montoya, 29, of West Jefferson – 2:45.34<br />

Second: John Martino, 38, of Dallas, Pa. – 2:54.37<br />

Third: Brian Monsen, 38, of Dublin, Ohio – 3:00.57<br />

MARATHON - Women<br />

First: Amy Parker, 38, of Gahanna, Ohio – 3:09.04 (5th overall)<br />

Second: Stacey Crosby, 40, of Westerville, Ohio – 3:15.28 (6th overall)<br />

Third: Emily Raymond, 41, of Hinesburg, Vermont – 3:34.02 (18th<br />

overall)<br />


First: Greg McCrabb, 52, of Dublin, Ohio – 2:36.54<br />


First: James Zeuch, 34, of Hilliard, Ohio – 1:12.08<br />

Second: Spencer Mahon, 26, of Lexington, Ky. – 1:14.43<br />

Third: Ansel Nalin, 31, of Columbus, Ohio – 1:18.06<br />

HALF MARATHON – Women<br />

First: Christi-Anne Beatty, 23, of Cincinnati, Ohio – 1:30.31 (14th<br />

overall)<br />

Second: Caroline Zaffino, 26, of Hilliard, Ohio – 1:38.52 (<strong>23rd</strong> overall)<br />

Third: Elly Watkins, 23, of Cedarville, Ohio – 1:40.03 (25th overall)<br />

5K – Men<br />

First: Thomas McNamara, 26, of Tiffin, Ohio – 17:07<br />

Second: Matthew Dwyer, 15, of London, Ohio – 20:39 (4th overall)<br />

Third: Chris Blesch, 65, of Rochester Hills, Mich. – 21:21 (5th overall)<br />

5K – Women<br />

First: Kaela Kunesh, 25, of Powell, Ohio –<br />

20:24 (2nd overall)<br />

Second: Sarah Blesch, 29, of Rochester<br />

Hills, Mich. – 20:35<br />

Third: Lily Patterson, 16, of London, Ohio –<br />

21:54 (6th overall)<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Finishers<br />

Marathon<br />

Joseph Montoya, West Jefferson (2:45.34)<br />

Matthew Sanders, London (5:06.31)<br />

Zachary Johnson, London (5:32.49)<br />

Half Marathon<br />

David Hirshberg, Plain City (1:51.24)<br />

Kathy Demers, Plain City (1:52.19)<br />

Sara Robinson, London (1:58.57)<br />

Valerie LeMaster, London (2:03.10)<br />

Marvin Beachy, London (2:04.40)<br />

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Kate Wilke, Plain City (2:16.06)<br />

Patti Sidner, West Jefferson (2:22.20)<br />

James Aaron Tecumseh Sinclair, London<br />

(2:23.57)<br />

Anna Sexton, London (2:24.50)<br />

Beth Hishberg, Plain City (2:30.14)<br />

Bill Knox, West Jefferson (2:31.06)<br />

Caelan Mars, London (2:34.24)<br />

Parker Rembis, London (2:35.54)<br />

Stephanie Wenning, London (2:38.42)<br />

Shelby Woolum, London (2:47.05)<br />

5K<br />

Matthew Dwyer, London (20:39)<br />

Lily Patterson, London (21:54)<br />

Ashley Nolan, London (22:42)<br />

Wyatt Adams-Jette, London (23:05)<br />

Michael Mullins, London (25:12)<br />

Eric Noble, London (25:34)<br />

Matt Nolan, London (26:10)<br />

Bridgett Shoemaker, London (30:44)<br />

Jesse Hicks, London (31:16)<br />

Jimi Jette, London (31:18)<br />

Sheri Silvers, London (33:11)<br />

Agori Rossiou, London (34:06)<br />

Joe Hicks, London (34:23)<br />

A Ross, London (39:51)<br />

Timothy Ross, London (39:51)<br />

Leslie McMurray, Mount Sterling (44:01)<br />

Douglas Runyon, West Jefferson (45:39)<br />

James Carlson, Plain City (46:43)<br />

Tamaria Carlson, Plain City (46:43)<br />

Chris Alexnader, London (48:09)<br />

G. Alexander, London (49:33)<br />

Emily Alexander, London (49:33)<br />

Amanda Worrix, London (49:35)<br />

E. Alexander, London (50:14)<br />

Jessica Friesland, London (50:14)<br />

Caleb Burton, London (50:30)<br />

Taylor Burton, London (50:30)<br />

Jody Davis, London (50:32)<br />

Michelle Anderson, London (50:41)<br />

James Wiseman, London (50:41)<br />

Laura Jones, London (52:05)<br />

Pauline Wheatley, London (52:09)<br />

Annie Hicks, London (52:16)<br />

Cassie Appleyard, London (53:00)<br />

Ada Gibson, West Jefferson (57:47)<br />

Robert Gibson, West Jefferson (57:49)<br />

Fun Facts<br />

States represented<br />

Runners came from 14 different states: California,<br />

Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,<br />

Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, New York,<br />

North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont.<br />

Age ranges<br />

Marathon – W. Keyes, 12, of Columbus was<br />

the youngest finisher, placing 44th overall with<br />

a time of 4:23:54.44. Mary Jablonski, 69, of<br />

Columbus was the oldest finisher, placing 36th<br />

overall with a time of 4:10:28.55.<br />

Half marathon – Caelan Mars, 14, of London<br />

was the youngest finisher, placing 130th<br />

overall with a time of 2:34:24.95. Ray McMahon,<br />

75, of Columbus was the oldest finisher,<br />

placing 152nd overall with a time of 3:52:20.36.<br />

5K – A. Ross, 10, of London was the<br />

youngest finisher, placing 45th overall with a<br />

time of 39:51.11. Alan Hendry, 71, was the oldest<br />

finisher, placing 43rd overall with a time of<br />


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Recycled Art Show opens this week<br />

The London Arts Center, 121 E. First St., London, is hosting a<br />

Creative Recycling Exhibit <strong>April</strong> 27-May 21. A reception is set for<br />

2-4 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 29; Dan Kennedy will perform live music. A Mayor’s<br />

Choice award will go to the entry that fits most closely with the<br />

theme. People’s Choice awards also are planned. The center’s regular<br />

hours are: Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.; Thursdays and Sunday, 11 a.m.-<br />

2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free.<br />

No more boring windows<br />

No more boring windows. Over the course of a week, members of the London Visual Arts Guild livened up the<br />

exterior of the London Arts Center, painting abstract designs on the 10 windows that face First Street. Colleen<br />

VanSteen (shown here) came up with the design which includes a nod to the building’s address at 121 E. First<br />

St. and the letters A, R, T, and S. In addition to VanSteen, the painting crew included Sondra Fox, Ken Madden,<br />

Judy Smith, John Victor, and Mat Washburn. They started the project on <strong>April</strong> 11 and finished it on <strong>April</strong> 18.<br />

Visit http://londonvisualartsguild.org for details about upcoming exhibits, classes, and workshops.<br />

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Teri Gray, a long-time educator and veteran<br />

of stage shows, is retiring at the end of<br />

the school year. Rather than coast to the finish,<br />

she decided to give herself and her students<br />

a challenge. The result: St. Patrick<br />

School in London is staging its first full production<br />

of a musical.<br />

“This is brand new. The kids are excited,”<br />

Gray said.<br />

The cast will be singing and dancing the<br />

story of everybody’s favorite little orphan in<br />

“Annie Jr.” Nostalgia informed Gray’s<br />

choice of show for this grand adventure.<br />

“I did ‘Annie Jr.’ 10 years ago at London<br />

Middle School,” she said.<br />

A total of 42 students in grades 3-8 make<br />

up St. Patrick’s cast and crew. Some have<br />

performed vocal music numbers before but<br />

many, if not all, are new to the stage musical<br />

format.<br />

Sixth-grader Norah Gruzs, who plays<br />

Annie, saw it as an opportunity to try out<br />

her acting chops.<br />

“I get to have a different personality.<br />

That’s the fun part of it,” she said, adding<br />

that she especially enjoys performing one of<br />

the show’s most iconic songs, “Tomorrow.”<br />

Fifth-grader Emilia Randall plays Grace<br />

Farrell, the secretary and love interest of<br />

billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. She<br />

said she likes how proper her character is.<br />

She also said she was anxious about trying<br />

something new.<br />

“I get nervous at doing something for the<br />

first time, but then I get to know everything<br />

and all the nerves go out, and I’m happy<br />

about it,” she said.<br />

When third-grader Bandon Randall was<br />

asked why he tried out for the musical, he<br />

said, “I wanted to express myself more. It<br />

was another chance to perform.”<br />

Bandon plays Bert Healy, an energetic<br />

radio announcer who is extremely proud of<br />

himself for heading up his own radio show.<br />

Bandon said his energy in real life matches<br />

that of his character.<br />

Eighth-grader Kate Gregonis says about<br />

her decision to participate in the musical, “I<br />

did it for Miss Gray.”<br />

Gray raved about a solo Gregonis sang in<br />

St. Patrick’s Christmas concert and encouraged<br />

her to try out for “Annie Jr.”<br />

“She nailed the tryout for Miss Hannigan,”<br />

Gray said, referring to the character<br />

who serves as the not-so-nice head mistress<br />

of the orphanage.<br />

“I like how she’s in charge,” Gregonis<br />

said about her character. She added that<br />

one of her favorite numbers is “Easy Street”<br />

because it suits her voice and she enjoys<br />

performing the dance movements.<br />

Gray is thrilled with how the entire cast<br />

and crew are doing with the show, and she<br />

is thankful for the help she has received in<br />

pulling the production together. Eighthgrader<br />

James Thompson serves as her student<br />

director. Parent Emily Laney has been<br />

instrumental as a prop gatherer and liaison<br />

between Gray and the other stage parents.<br />

Shows are set for 1:30 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 26 and<br />

7 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 27-28. The show on <strong>April</strong> 26 is<br />

a dress rehearsal to be performed for the<br />

student body; senior citizens are invited to<br />

attend at no charge.<br />

For the shows on <strong>April</strong> 27-28, doors open<br />

at 6:15 and admission is $10 for adults, $5<br />

for students and senior citizens, and free for<br />

children 5 years old and younger. Tickets<br />

are pre-sale only and can be purchased at<br />

the school. Ticket sales end <strong>April</strong> 24.<br />

St. Patrick School is located at 226 Elm<br />

St., London. For tickets or more information,<br />

call (740) 852-0161.<br />

“Annie Jr.” is based on the book written<br />

by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles<br />

Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.<br />

Charnin directed the original Broadway<br />


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obituaries<br />

WOODS<br />

Robert D. “Bob” Woods, 79, of Worthington, Ohio, passed away<br />

on <strong>April</strong> 11, <strong>2023</strong>, in Riverview Rehabilitation, Columbus.<br />

Born June 9, 1943, in Urbana, he was a son of Sherman and<br />

Juanita (Lackey) Woods. Bob was a graduate of Urbana High<br />

School and received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Ohio<br />

Northern University. He married his high-school sweetheart, Pam,<br />

in 1964.<br />

Bob had a passion for helping others and worked professionally<br />

as an attorney in London, Ohio, for 51 years. He was a long-time<br />

member of the <strong>Madison</strong> County and Ohio State Bar Associations<br />

and a former member of the London Country Club. He was also a<br />

member of Grace Polaris Church in Westerville. His love for his<br />

Lord Jesus Christ was evidenced in the way he served the people<br />

in his life. He cherished spending time together with his friends and<br />

family whom he dearly loved.<br />

He is survived by: his beloved wife of almost 59 years, Pamela<br />

(Purdy) Woods; children, Corey Robert (Laurie) Woods and Braden<br />

E. Woods; grandchildren, Audrey Woods and Sydney Woods; nieces,<br />

Dorinda Doty and Kim Daniels and their families; and sister-inlaw,<br />

Shirley Woods. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and<br />

brother. Eugene “Gene” Woods.<br />

The family will receive friends for visitation on <strong>April</strong> 28 from 4<br />

to 7 p.m. in Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London.<br />

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. <strong>April</strong> 29 in The Ministry<br />

Center of Grace Polaris Church, 8225 Worthington Galena Rd.,<br />

Westerville. Friends may arrive at the church from 10 a.m. until<br />

the time of services.<br />

Memorials in Bob’s name may be sent to Grace Polaris Church.<br />

Condolences for the family are encouraged to be shared online at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

ARDREY<br />

Jerry K. Ardrey, 86, of London, Ohio, died on <strong>April</strong> 12, <strong>2023</strong>, in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Senior Living Community, surrounded by his loving family.<br />

Born on Feb. 2, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri, he was a son of<br />

Robert Neil and Mary Ellen (Cornwell) Ardrey.<br />

After graduating from high school, Jerry went on to attend Ohio<br />

Wesleyan University and later The Ohio State University. He was<br />

a lifetime member of the Ohio State University Alumni Association,<br />

a member of The Ohio State University Presidents Club, Sigma<br />

Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Aladdin<br />

Temple Shrine. Jerry never knew a stranger and would light<br />

up a room the second he walked in. His laughter and fun personality<br />

will be missed by all who loved him so dearly.<br />

Jerry leaves behind: one brother, Gregory N. Ardrey; godson,<br />

Mark Spencer; goddaughters, Karen (Timm) Reed and Laura (Dennis<br />

Fabro) Spencer; God grandchildren, Brandon, Leah, Kattie, Delaney,<br />

Matthew; nephews, Christopher and Robert (Tammy)<br />

Ardrey, niece Jennifer (Kelly) Ardrey; great-niece, Adeline; and<br />

great nephew, Landon.<br />

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

D. (Dillon) Ardrey in 2017; father and mother-in-law, Walter and<br />

Alice Dillon.<br />

A graveside service was held on <strong>April</strong> 22 in Deer Creek Township<br />

Cemetery, London. Memorials in Jerry’s name can be made to: The<br />

Ohio State University Alumni Association, c/o Longaberger Alumni<br />

House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210; or The<br />

Ohio State University Farm Science Review, 135 State Rte. 38 NE,<br />

London, OH 43140.<br />

The family was served by Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,<br />

London. Condolences are encouraged to be shared at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Virginia Sue Jackman, 82, formerly of London, Ohio, died peacefully<br />

on <strong>April</strong> 14, <strong>2023</strong>, in The Sterling Place, Mount Sterling, after<br />

a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.<br />

Born on Oct. 10, 1940, in Rockville, Ind., she was a daughter of<br />

Robert W. and Catherine M. (Lemler) Dillingham.<br />

After teaching in London for many of her early years, Sue spent<br />

most of her career with the Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. She<br />

later retired from the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative<br />

Services. Sue was a member of First United Methodist Church, the<br />

Coover Club of London, and the Delta Gamma Sorority.<br />

She is survived by: David (Lisa) Jackman of London, Susan<br />

(Michael) Boggs of Orient, and Gregory (Kathy) Begley of<br />

Nicholasville, Ky.; grandchildren, Amber, Ashley, Amanda, Justin,<br />

and Rachel; three great-grandchildren plus two on the way; brother,<br />

Robert (Dorcas) Dillingham of Carmel, Ind.; several nieces and<br />

nephews.<br />

Sue was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Anita<br />

(James) Coles and Mary Kathryn (John Park) (Samuel) Thompson.<br />

Funeral services were held on <strong>April</strong> 21 in First United Methodist<br />

Church, London, with Pastor Sue McClelland officiating. Interment<br />

followed in Paint Memorial Cemetery, London.<br />

Memorials in Sue’s name be made to: Ohio Valley Hospice, 2601<br />

Mission Point Blvd., Suite 310, Beavercreek, OH 45431.<br />

Sue’s funeral arrangements were entrusted to Eberle-Fisher Funeral<br />

Home and Crematory, London. Condolences for the family are<br />

encouraged to be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

PEART<br />

Mary Phyllis Peart, 91, our sweet loving mother, grandmother,<br />

and great-grandmother, joined her husband in Heaven on <strong>April</strong> 15,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago while on a<br />

short visit to the city with family.<br />

Mary was born to the late Alvin Ray and Phyllis McHenry Jenkins<br />

on Aug. 9, 1931. She was a graduate of Plattsburgh High School<br />

and Community Hospital School of Nursing. She married the love<br />

of her life, Gary, in 1954, with whom she was married for 68 years<br />

until he passed away on Feb. 21, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Mary worked as a nurse in the early years at Community Hospital,<br />

Springfield, while Gary was away in the Navy, and then<br />

stepped away to raise their children, later returning to work for the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Health Department, Loving Care Hospice, and as<br />

a school nurse and <strong>Madison</strong> County Hospital Outpatient Clinic. She<br />

volunteered at the <strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Center and was a loyal<br />

member of London First Presbyterian Church where she served on<br />

the mission and deacon committees, HELP House and Welcome<br />

Table, and learned the ins and outs of Zoom meetings at the age of<br />

89.<br />

Always the proud farmer’s wife, Mary enjoyed farming with her<br />

husband and sons, always taking warm three-course meals to the<br />

field for suppertime well into her 80s until she handed over the<br />

reins. She loved square dancing with the Lake Choctaw Twirlers,<br />

sparkle and bling, shopping, reading, sewing, mowing, swinging on<br />

the gazebo with Dad, vacationing around the world, beating all of<br />

us at shuffleboard in Florida, playing euchre with their special<br />

friends, the Mattinsons, and tending to her roses, hostas, and snapdragons,<br />

but most of all she loved spending time with her cherished<br />

family.<br />

Mary is survived by: her children, David<br />

(Cheri) Peart, Tim (Gina) Peart, Jamie (Valerie)<br />

Peart, and Marianne Toops of London;<br />

11 grandchildren, Aimee Cain, Erika<br />

(Tommy) Motsinger, Ali Peart, Emily (Josh)<br />

Turvy, Taylor Peart, Hilary Peart, Ruth<br />

and Luke Peart, Brooke (Kyle) Stevens,<br />

Lindsay Toops (Hunter Ratliff), and Logan<br />

Toops (Megan Pennington); nine greatgrandchildren,<br />

Liam and Emma Motsinger,<br />

Mason and Julia Turvy, Madeleine Herdman<br />

and Evelyn Conley, Suzanne, Kirk and<br />

Marynn Stevens; sister-in-law, Cheryl<br />

Keller; brothers-in-law, John (Kathy) Peart<br />

and Paul Turnbull; many nieces and<br />

nephews.<br />

She was preceded in death by: her parents;<br />

beloved husband, Gary in February<br />

<strong>2023</strong>; brothers, Junior Jenkins, Darryl<br />

Jenkins, Larry Jenkins, and Reggie Jenkins;<br />

sisters, Betty Richard and Patricia Billet;<br />

beloved dogs, Lucy and Gypsy.<br />

Funeral services were held on <strong>April</strong> 20 in<br />

London First Presbyterian Church with<br />

Rev. Désirée M. Youngblood, pastor, officiating.<br />

Interment followed in Pleasant<br />

Cemetery, Mount Sterling. The family received<br />

friends at the church on <strong>April</strong> 19-20.<br />

Memorials in Mary’s name can be made<br />

directly to London First Presbyterian<br />

Church. The family was served by Eberle-<br />

Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London.<br />

Condolences may be shared online at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

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‘Rye Lane’ rom-com will put a smile on your face<br />

It would be unfair to say all of<br />

the romantic comedies released in<br />

the past few years have been bad,<br />

but it is fair to say most aren’t ones<br />

you’d watch again and again. “Rye<br />

Lane” is different. I believe it will<br />

shoot to the top of pick-me-up comfort lists for those who have the<br />

chance to see it on Hulu.<br />

To be clear, there is nothing wildly out-of-the-ordinary about the<br />

plot in “Rye Lane.” After all, it follows the well-worn path of opposites<br />

meetings, opposites attracting, and opposites being pulled<br />

apart. In “Rye Lane,” however, the story of the opposites unfolds in<br />

a vibrant and joyous way. You can’t help but fall in love with the<br />

duo and the movie, despite how little the action veers from the formula.<br />

At the center of this romantic comedy is Dom (David Jonsson), a<br />

semi-successful 20-something who is reeling from the sudden end<br />

of his six-year relationship with his “dream woman.” Since the<br />

split—which involved a betrayal with his best friend since childhood—Dom<br />

has done little with his life, other than go to work and<br />

gorge on sausage rolls from his favorite diner in South London. An<br />

art exhibit that showcases the importance of the mouth—“It’s the<br />

Stonehenge of the face,” says Dom’s exhibitor friend—finally gets<br />

Dom out of his parents’ house.<br />

As he browses pictures of a stranger’s teeth, he checks his phone<br />

and sees his ex-girlfriend, Gia (Karene Peter) ,and his ex-best<br />

friend, Eric (Benjamin Sarpong-Broni), have repainted the walls he<br />

spent months “breaking his back” doing. The evidence of them moving<br />

on, essentially erasing his presence from the flat, sends him to<br />

the bathroom where he sobs hysterically.<br />

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That moment is interrupted by someone<br />

in the unisex stall next to his. Profoundly<br />

apologetic for the awkwardness,<br />

Yas (Vivian Oparah) asks him if he<br />

needs help with anything, but Dom essentially<br />

tells her to move on.<br />

A bit later, Yas strikes up a conversation with a more<br />

collected Dom. The two have such an easy rapport, they<br />

decide to keep it going outside of the art gallery. This<br />

action takes the audience to the places in London we<br />

rarely get to see in the cinema, and director Raine Allen-<br />

Miller makes all of these charming and romantic nooks<br />

secondary characters in the movie. Dom and Yas share<br />

their tales of relationship woes and bond over their love<br />

for locales in Peckham and Brixton.<br />

Multiple factors make these scenes so special. There<br />

are the conversations, which seems so real and modern,<br />

a true credit to writers Nathan Byron and Tom Melia.<br />

There are the locations I mentioned, so expertly brought<br />

to life by Allen-Miller. And there is the chemistry between<br />

the main characters and the actors who portray<br />

them. It has long been said that romantic comedies live<br />

or die by the chemistry between the leads. These two<br />

Once again, the <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains Local School District<br />

wants to slip in another request<br />

for money by not advertising the ballot issue and<br />

by getting it included on the primary ballot for May 2,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Apparently their hope is that a low voter turnout<br />

will increase its chance of passage.<br />

I want to be clear that I support education, but the<br />

cost of funding through property and income taxes is already<br />

hurting seniors and working families.<br />

Now that the Franklin County auditor will be reassessing<br />

property values in the wake of the massive increases<br />

we have seen in recent years, it is fair to expect<br />

yet another increase in our taxes. As a senior, I may be<br />

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them taking those quick little glances at one other when<br />

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fan knows there is the inevitable conflict that could keep<br />

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While there are some gripes to be had with the film,<br />

such as the underdevelopment of the secondary characters,<br />

“Rye Lane” is wonderful and uplifting. You will<br />

laugh and smile throughout its scant 82-minute runtime.<br />

It isn’t as over-the-top or fantastical as other romantic<br />

comedies, but it is real and magical all at the<br />

same time.<br />

forced to sell my property given<br />

the tax increases this levy and the<br />

28 percent increase in electric announced<br />

by AEP.<br />

Seems to me that a better alternative would be for<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains to merge with London City Schools to<br />

eliminate the administrative overhead, or to use their<br />

income tax money to cover the costs of the 37-year bond<br />

levy they have proposed. I will not support this levy and<br />

hope others will vote accordingly.<br />

John Nadalin<br />

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Severe Weather<br />

What to stock in emergency preparedness kit<br />

Emergency preparedness kits are designed<br />

to be the basis for some of the supplies<br />

you might need after a disaster or<br />

emergency. Part of being prepared means<br />

being equipped with the proper supplies to<br />

sustain your household for several days.<br />

Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry kit<br />

or tote that you can use at home or take<br />

with you in case you must evacuate.<br />

Most items are inexpensive and easy to<br />

find. Heading to the store? Purchase an<br />

extra item or two to ensure your emergency<br />

kit stays well-supplied.<br />

The following lists suggested items for a<br />

Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit:<br />

• Water—One gallon per person per day<br />

(three-day supply for evacuation; two-week<br />

supply for home)<br />

• Food—at least a three-day supply of<br />

nonperishable food<br />

- Ready-to-eat canned meats, soups,<br />

fruits, and vegetables<br />

- High energy foods (peanut butter, jelly,<br />

crackers, granola bars, trail mix)<br />

- Canned, bottled, or boxed juices<br />

- Comfort foods (cookies, hard candy, cereals,<br />

instant coffee, tea bags)<br />

• Battery-powered or hand-crank<br />

radio/NOAA weather radio<br />

• Flashlight/battery-operated lantern<br />

• Extra batteries<br />

• Blankets or sleeping bags<br />

• Cell phone, charger, and backup battery<br />

• Family and emergency contact information<br />

• First Aid Kit<br />

• Prescription and non-prescription medications<br />

(seven-day supply), medical items<br />

• Cloth face coverings/masks (for everyone<br />

in the home ages 2 years and older)<br />

• Sanitation and paper products<br />

- Toilet paper, flushable wipes<br />

- Liquid hand soap, bar soap<br />

- Hand sanitizer<br />

- Feminine hygiene supplies<br />

- Paper towels, paper plates, plastic<br />

ware, garbage bags<br />

- Liquid disinfectant, disinfecting wipes<br />

- Household chlorine bleach<br />

• Multi-purpose tool or wrench and pliers (to turn off utilities)<br />

• Copies of important documents<br />

- List of medications/medical needs<br />

- Proof of address<br />

- Deed or lease to home<br />

- Passports<br />

- Birth certificates<br />

- Insurance policies<br />

- Photos of home items including serial<br />

numbers, if possible (store in waterproof<br />

and/or fireproof file box)<br />

• Extra cash (preferably small bills and<br />

coins)<br />

• Maps—local and state<br />

• Special items<br />

- Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses<br />

- Important family documents (store in a<br />

waterproof, portable container)<br />

- Board games, books, playing cards (for<br />

entertainment)<br />

- Supplies for individuals with special<br />

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Be sure to rethink your emergency supply kit at least once a year.<br />

Replace batteries, food, and water every six months.<br />

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Severe Weather<br />

What to do before and during a power outage<br />

Power outages can occur because of multiple reasons: utility<br />

blackouts or severe weather such as thunder and lightning storms,<br />

snow and ice storms, or strong winds.<br />

In preparation for a power outage or any emergency, every<br />

household should have a disaster supply kit that contains key items<br />

such as non-perishable food, drinking water, a battery-operated<br />

radio or television, a land-line telephone or cell phone, and an emergency<br />

contact list of relatives or friends.<br />

Extended power outages during extremely hot or extremely cold<br />

weather are serious concerns for individuals with special needs or<br />

for those who rely on life support devices requiring electricity, such<br />

as respirators or ventilators.<br />

By law, utility companies are required to maintain and annually<br />

update their lists of customers who rely on life support devices. People<br />

with these medical concerns need to register with their utility<br />

company or complete an application to get on their lists. Written<br />

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verification from the customer’s physician<br />

may also need to be included. People with<br />

medical concerns should contact their utility<br />

companies for details.<br />

However, there is no guarantee that customers<br />

with medical needs will have their<br />

power restored immediately. People who<br />

rely on medical equipment need to be extra<br />

prepared. Their emergency preparedness<br />

kit should include a list of places to go until<br />

power is restored, additional oxygen tanks,<br />

and if possible, a backup generator as an alternate<br />

power source.<br />

Before a Power Outage<br />

To prepare for a blackout or power outage,<br />

you should do the following:<br />

• Update or build an emergency kit and<br />

make a family communications plan.<br />

• Follow energy conservation measures<br />

to keep the use of electricity as low as possible,<br />

which can help power companies<br />

avoid imposing rolling blackouts.<br />

• Fill plastic containers with water and<br />

place them in the refrigerator and freezer if<br />

there is room. Leave about an inch of space<br />

inside each one because water expands as<br />

it freezes. This chilled or frozen water will<br />

help keep food cold during a temporary<br />

power outage.<br />

• Be aware that most medication that requires<br />

refrigeration can be kept in a closed<br />

refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check<br />

with your physician or pharmacist.<br />

• Keep your gas tank in your vehicle at least half full because<br />

gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.<br />

• Know the location of the manual release lever of your electric<br />

garage opener and know how to operate it. Garage doors can be<br />

heavy, so know that you may need help to<br />

lift it.<br />

• Keep a key to your house with you if<br />

you regularly use the garage as the primary<br />

means of entering your home, in case the<br />

garage door will not open.<br />

During a Power Outage<br />

• Use only flashlights for emergency<br />

lighting. Never use candles during a blackout<br />

or power outage. Candles pose an extreme<br />

risk of fire.<br />

• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors<br />

closed to keep your food as fresh as possible.<br />

Carefully check your food for signs of<br />

spoilage before eating.<br />

• Turn off or disconnect appliances,<br />

equipment (like air conditioners), or electronics<br />

that were in use when the power<br />

went out. Power many return with momentary<br />

“surges” or “spikes” that can damage<br />

computers as well as motors in appliances,<br />

like the air conditioner, refrigerator,<br />

washer, or furnace.<br />

• Never run a generator inside a home or<br />

garage.<br />

• Do not connect a generator to a home’s<br />

electrical system. If you use a generator,<br />

Severe weather can result in power outages. Be prepared.<br />

connect the equipment you want to the outlets<br />

on the generator.<br />

• Listen to a local radio station or to a<br />

battery or generator powered television for<br />

updated information.<br />

• Use a standard telephone handset<br />

(land line) or cellular phone. Cordless<br />

phones and answering machines require<br />

electricity. Use the phone for emergencies<br />

only.<br />

• During the summer, take steps to remain<br />

cool if it is hot outside. During prolonged<br />

power outages, consider going to a<br />

place that has power and air conditioning,<br />

such as a movie theater, shopping mall, library,<br />

or “cooling shelter” that may be open<br />

in your community.<br />

• During the winter, put on layers of<br />

warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never<br />

burn charcoal indoors for heating or cooking.<br />

Never use your gas oven as a source of<br />

heat. If the power is out for a prolonged period,<br />

plan to go to another location (a relative<br />

or friend’s home, or a public facility)<br />

that has heat to keep warm.<br />

• Provide plenty of fresh, cool water for<br />

your pets.<br />

• Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially<br />

by car. Traffic signals will stop working<br />

during an outage, creating traffic<br />

congestion.<br />

• Try to keep cash on hand. Equipment<br />

such as automated teller machines will not<br />

work during a power outage or blackout.

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Severe Weather<br />

Consider buying a NOAA weather radio receiver<br />

sive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with federal,<br />

state, and local emergency management and other public officials,<br />

NWR also can broadcast information about non-weather<br />

hazards, such as earthquakes, chemical or oil spills, AMBER alerts,<br />

and 911 telephone outages. NWR is the only federally operated system<br />

that broadcasts weather and emergency warnings to the public.<br />

Reception of NWR broadcasts depends on reliable signal reception.<br />

Typically a reliable signal can be received up to 40 miles from<br />

a station, assuming level terrain. However, NWR transmitters in<br />

hilly or urban areas may experience reduced signal reception due<br />

to signal blockage.<br />

Locally, the National Weather Service office in Wilmington,<br />

Ohio, is responsible for nine transmitters that serve its 52 counties,<br />

spanning parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. The seven frequencies<br />

in the VHF band (MHz) that NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts<br />

on include: 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525,<br />

and 162.550.<br />

While the National Weather Service produces NOAA Weather<br />

Radio broadcasts, it does not manufacture or sell National Weather<br />

Service receivers. You can purchase the receivers in a variety of<br />

sizes, styles, and prices online or at many retail stores, such as electronics,<br />

department, sporting goods, and marine stores.<br />

NOAA Weather Radio receivers range in cost from $20 to more<br />

than $100 depending on the quality of the receiver and its features.<br />

Most NOAA Weather Radio receivers are<br />

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric<br />

Administration Weather Radio All-Hazards<br />

(NWR) is the “voice of the National Weather<br />

Service” and serves as the agency’s primary<br />

means of communicating around-the-clock<br />

weather information to the public.<br />

NWR is a nationwide network of over<br />

1,000 transmitters broadcasting continuous<br />

weather updates directly from the nearest<br />

National Weather Service office. Each<br />

transmitter broadcasts official National<br />

Weather Service forecasts, weather watches<br />

and warnings, special statements, and current<br />

weather conditions for a specific area.<br />

Generally repeated every four to 10 minutes,<br />

the broadcast cycle is routinely updated<br />

every one to three hours (or more<br />

frequently if the weather dictates). During<br />

severe weather, routine weather broadcasts<br />

can be interrupted to highlight special<br />

warning messages concerning imminent<br />

threats to life and property.<br />

Working with the Federal Communication<br />

Commission's Emergency Alert System,<br />

NWR is an “All Hazards” radio network,<br />

making it your single source of compreheneither<br />

battery-operated portables or AC-powered desktop models<br />

with battery backup. There are standalone receivers that are simply<br />

used for NOAA Weather Radio, and there are also multiband/function<br />

receivers with additional features and frequency<br />

bands (for example, AM/FM radio).<br />

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wind/hail deductible.<br />

This deductible is based on the Replacement Cost of your<br />

home. There are still companies that do NOT do this. Check<br />

with your Agent today to see what your deductible is.<br />

Examples of a 2% deductible:<br />

$100,000 house = $2,000 deductible<br />

$200,000 house = $4,000 deductible<br />

For a free, no obligation quote call us.<br />

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Storm safety tips and<br />

weather terminology<br />

Spring is a much-favored<br />

season for bringing<br />

back warmer temperatures<br />

and vibrant colors to Ohio’s<br />

landscape. Unfortunately,<br />

spring also can bring severe<br />

storms capable of high<br />

winds, flooding, and even<br />

tornados.<br />

The Ohio Committee for<br />

Severe Weather Awareness<br />

wants Ohioans to be ready<br />

and prepared when dangerous storms<br />

threaten their communities.<br />

Follow these steps before a storm to help<br />

ensure your family’s safety during a storm:<br />

• Sign up for your local emergency notification<br />

system or download a weather app.<br />

The Emergency Alert System and NOAA<br />

Weather Radio also provide emergency<br />

alerts.<br />

• Cut down or trim trees that may be in<br />

danger of falling onto your home.<br />

• Consider buying surge protectors,<br />

lightning rods, or a lightning protection system<br />

to protect your home, appliances, and<br />

electronics.<br />

• Clean/clear drains and gutters.<br />

• Know the difference between watches<br />

and warnings:<br />

WATCH: conditions are<br />

favorable;<br />

WARNING: imminent or<br />

occurring now.<br />

• Build an emergency kit<br />

(flashlight, batteries, first<br />

aid, etc.) for your home and<br />

vehicle.<br />

• Make a family communications<br />

plan.<br />

• Remember, flood insurance<br />

is typically not included<br />

in standard homeowner’s or renter’s<br />

insurance policies. Consider covering your<br />

home investment and belongings with flood<br />

insurance.<br />

When storms hit, these tips will help you<br />

stay safe during storms:<br />

When thunder roars, go indoors.<br />

Get out and away from bodies of water.<br />

If indoors, avoid running water or using<br />

landline phones. Electricity can travel<br />

through plumbing and telephone lines.<br />

Stay away from windows and doors.<br />

Move to the lowest level interior room.<br />

Protect your property. Unplug appliances<br />

and electronics. Secure outside furniture, if<br />

there is time.<br />

Never drive or walk through flooded<br />

roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown®.<br />

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Basketball Camp<br />

London Boys’ Basketball Camp for boys<br />

going into grade 3-8 is set for 12-2 p.m., May<br />

31-June 2 at London Elementary. The cost<br />

is $50. For details, go to www.londonboysbb.com.<br />

Cabaret Night and Art Show<br />

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

Disabilities is hosting a Caberet<br />

Night and Art Show from 6 to 8 p.m. May 31<br />

at London Christian Fellowship, 255 U.S.<br />

Rte. 42, London. Anyone who would like to<br />

sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument, display<br />

artwork, or show off any other talent is<br />

welcome. The board is always looking for<br />

community members interested in partnering<br />

with people the board serves to present<br />

the musical numbers. Contact Jeff Gates at<br />

jeff.gates@madison.oh.gov or (740) 852-7050.<br />

Fish Fries<br />

American Legion Post 201, 9701 W.<br />

Broad St., West Jefferson, will host fish fries<br />

from 4 to 7 p.m. the first and third Fridays<br />

of each month, May 5-Oct. 20. Items available<br />

for donation include fish and fries, fish<br />

sandwiches, fries, sides, and soda. Carry out<br />

or eat in. Proceeds help veterans and Buckeye<br />

Boys State and Girls State delegates.<br />

Any donations are appreciated.<br />

Legion’s 100th Birthday<br />

American Legion Post 201, 9701 W.<br />

Broad St., West Jefferson, will hold a party<br />

from 2 to 5 p.m. May 21 to celebrate the<br />

post’s 100th birthday. The public is welcome<br />

to come and meet the Legion members and<br />

see what the post does. Food and drinks will<br />

be served.<br />

Soild Waste District<br />

The North Central Ohio Solid Waste District<br />

board will hold their quarterly meeting<br />

at 10 a.m. <strong>April</strong> 24 at Logan County Friendly<br />

Senior Center, 934 S. Main St., Bellefontaine.<br />

The district’s policy committee will<br />

meet at 12 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 24 at the same location.<br />

For details, contact Jack DeWitt at (419) 228-<br />

8278 or (800) 553-6763, ext. 24. The district<br />

covers Allen, Champaign, Hardin, <strong>Madison</strong>,<br />

Shelby, and Union counties.<br />

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Extension Office Open House<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Ohio State University Extension Office,<br />

217 Elm St., London, invites the public to meet the new staff members<br />

who have come on board in the past year. An open house is<br />

planned for May 2. Stop by 8-9:30 a.m. or 3:30-6 p.m.<br />

Clothes Closet<br />

The Clothes Closet at United Church, 30 E. Columbus St., Mount<br />

Sterling, will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 28-29, weather permitting.<br />

The Clothes Closet is located in the garage behind the church and<br />

offers free clothes for men, women, and children. Miscellaneous<br />

household items also are available. All are welcome.<br />

Social distancing is required, and masks are optional for those<br />

who are fully vaccinated. Hand sanitizer will be available. There is<br />

a one-bag limit per family. Bags are provided. A limited number of<br />

people will be allowed in the garage at any given time. Limited<br />

parking is available. For more information, contact Kathy Endres<br />

at (740) 869-3755 or Mary Alkire at (740) 604-1213.<br />

Memorial Day Parade<br />

The South Solon Community Organization is organizing a Memorial<br />

Day parade honoring fallen soldiers for their commitment<br />

to the country and legacy of patriotism and sacrifice. The parade is<br />

set for 2 p.m. May 29. The route runs from Community Park to<br />

South Solon Cemetery.<br />

The Springfield Detachment of the Marine Corp League will lead<br />

the parade, followed by the <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School marching<br />

band led by Andrew Lawrence.<br />

A short ceremony will take place at the entrance to the cemetery.<br />

The mayor will recognize veteran Ronnie Farrell as the parade<br />

grand marshal. Rev. Jonathan Morris of South Charleston United<br />

Methodist Church will speak. The Marines will follow with a 21-<br />

gun salute and “Taps.”<br />

Blood Drive<br />

The American Red Cross is holding area blood drives, including<br />

one on <strong>April</strong> 28, 12-6 p.m., at Fairhaven School, 510 Elm St., London.<br />

Book a time to give by visiting RedCrossBlood.org (sponsor<br />

code: Fairhaven) or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.<br />

Auditions<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Arts Council will present “The Sound of Music”<br />

July 20-22 at London High School.<br />

Auditions for adult roles (ages 17 and older) are set for 6 p.m.<br />

May 9-10 at Brennan Loft, 158 S. Main St. Those auditioning must<br />

bring 16 to 32 bars of a prepared song in the style of musical theater.<br />

They must bring sheet music; an accompanist is provided.<br />

They will do cold readings taken from the script. Call back are set<br />

for 6 p.m. May 12.<br />

Auditions for children’s roles (ages 7 to 16 years old) are set for<br />

6 p.m. May 16 at Brennan Loft. Those who audition will be taught<br />

a number from the show and asked to sing it. They also will do a<br />

short movement audition and cold readings from the script.<br />

Anyone who auditions is asked to bring a lit of personal schedule<br />

conflicts for May 21-July 9. All cast members must be present for<br />

rehearsals July 9-19. The roles of Liesl and Rolf will be cast among<br />

the adults. Performers who are cast as Maria, Captain Von Trapp,<br />

or Liesl must plan to attend the children’s audition on May 16.<br />

For details, visit the <strong>Madison</strong> County Arts Council on Facebook.<br />

Rockin’ on the Run<br />

Registration is open for the <strong>2023</strong> Rockin’ on the Run. Visit<br />

https://runsignup.com and search for “RockinontheRun.” The event<br />

is set for May 20 at St. Patrick School in London and includes a 5K,<br />

one-mile walk, and a virtual 5K option. The entry fee is $40. Proceeds<br />

go to raising awareness of and research funds for pediatric<br />

brain cancer.

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Plain City Events<br />

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

events. For details, call (614) 873-3527, ext. 118, or visit<br />

the village’s parks and recreation Facebook page.<br />

• Arbor Day Tree Planting. 1 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 28 at Pastime<br />

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

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

6 to 8 p.m. May 3 at McKitrick Park, 350 E. Main St.<br />

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

Association will celebrate opening day for this<br />

year’s ball season on May 6. A parade is set for 10 a.m.<br />

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

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

is slated for 2 p.m. May 13 at the municipal building,<br />

800 Village Blvd.<br />

• Aquatic Center. The pool opens on May 27 at Pastime<br />

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

• Memorial Day Observance. A parade will take<br />

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

• Ice Cream with a Farmer. 2-4 p.m. June 10 at Pastime<br />

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

• Safety Town. Incoming kindergarteners in the<br />

Jonathan Alder Local School District are invited to participate<br />

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

p.m. daily, June 26-29, at Plain City Elementary, 580 S.<br />

Chillicothe St. The cost is $45. Registration closes May 1.<br />

West Jefferson Events<br />

The West Jefferson village parks and recreation department<br />

is hosting the following events. For more information,<br />

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

(614) 307-6543.<br />

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

Jefferson, this event is set for 6-10 p.m. May 19. Elvis<br />

impersonator Lonnie Freeman will perform followed by<br />

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

and treats are planned. Four food trucks will be on site:<br />

Fuller Flavor, JD’s Creamery, Slap Happy’s, and 3<br />

flame BBQ.<br />

• Fishing Derbies. The village invites families to go<br />

fishing at the Krazy Glue pond, 1450 W. Main St., on<br />

May 20, June 18, July 15, and Aug. 12. Times are 10<br />

a.m.-noon with the exception of June 18 when the derby<br />

will run 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The village provides bait and<br />

some fishing poles and tackle. Participants are encouraged<br />

to bring their own poles and tackle.<br />

• Spring Cleaning Freecycle. West Jefferson residents<br />

are invited to participate in a Freecycle, essentially<br />

a yard sale where everything is free, on May 27<br />

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

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

noon-1 p.m. The event is open to the public 12-4 p.m.<br />

Leftover items will be donated.<br />

Bingo in Mount Sterling<br />

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

is hosting bingo the first Saturday evening of each<br />

month. The public is welcome. Call the post at (740)<br />

869-2795 for hours.<br />

Free Produce Market<br />

Buckeye Community School, 177 W. High St., London,<br />

hosts a free produce market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.<br />

the fourth Wednesday of each month. Upcoming dates<br />

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

Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center is located at<br />

164 E. Main St. For details, call (740) 869-2453.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25—10-11 a.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly<br />

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

that are income eligible. Distribution of pre-packed food<br />

boxes will be delivered to your vehicle. Please remain in<br />

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

Bring proof of residence at first visit and picture ID<br />

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

7-8 p.m., Alcoholic Anonymous<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults<br />

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

60 or older; RSVP at (740) 869-2453<br />

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

<strong>April</strong> 29–10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all ages<br />

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

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

agility) for grades K-6<br />

8-9 p.m., HEAT training (plyometrics, speed, and<br />

agility) for grades 7-12<br />

Produce Market—second and fourth Tuesdays of<br />

every month.<br />

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

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Senior Citizens Center is located<br />

at 280 W. High St., London. For details, call (740)<br />

852-3001.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24—6:30 p.m., Pennsylvania trip departs; 8:30<br />

a.m., indoor walking/exercise class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball;<br />

9:30 a.m., knit, crochet and needle crafts; 10:30<br />

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

<strong>April</strong> 25—9 a.m.-3 p.m., quilting class; 10 a.m., bowling;<br />

1:30 p.m., Matter of Balance class<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise class; 9<br />

a.m., chair volleyball; 12 p.m., bridge; 1 p.m., yoga<br />

stretch; 2 p.m., diabetes/weight loss support group<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27—9 a.m., chair volleyball; 1:30 p.m., Matter<br />

of Balance class<br />

<strong>April</strong> 28—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise class; 9<br />

a.m., painting class; 10 a.m., chimes; 1 p.m., free movie.<br />

London Public Library<br />

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

• Technology Help Sessions. Have questions about<br />

your phone, laptop, or tablet? Register for a one-on-one<br />

45-minute help session. Possible topics include how to<br />

search the internet, how to use email, how to use your<br />

phone, and how to use social media. Bring your device<br />

to your session. To register, call the library. Time slots<br />

are available 10-11:45 a.m. <strong>April</strong> 24 and <strong>April</strong> 26.<br />

• Story Times. Toddler Time is set for <strong>April</strong> 25, 10-<br />

10:30 a.m., and is for ages 0-3. Preschool Story Time is<br />

set for <strong>April</strong> 25, 11-11:45 a.m., and is for ages 3-6.<br />

• Kindergarten Club. From 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. <strong>April</strong><br />

27, children ages 3-6 are invited to practice the alphabet<br />

and motor skills to prepare for kindergarten.<br />

• Recycled Art Contest. Visit the library now<br />

through <strong>April</strong> 29 to vote on art pieces made by fellow library<br />

patrons with materials from around the house.<br />

Entries are divided into three age categories. Winners<br />

receive eco-friendly prizes.<br />

• Egg Hunt. Look for plastic Easter eggs hidden at<br />

the library through <strong>April</strong> 29. Read the joke inside to a<br />

library staff member and earn a piece of candy, then<br />

hide the egg for someone else to find.<br />

• Guess the Number of Lids. Through <strong>April</strong> 29,<br />

guess the number of lids in the jars at the library for a<br />

chance to win an eco-friendly prize. Jars and prizes are<br />

located in the children’s room, Teen area, and at the circulation<br />

desk. Enter answers at any or all of the stations.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson. Call (614) 879-8448.<br />

• Storytime. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.<br />

• Bookmark Contest. Through <strong>April</strong> 29, call or visit the library<br />

for details about this Family Summer Reading Program contest.<br />

• Kokedama Workshop. This popular Master Gardeners gardening<br />

workshop is open for registration. Call the library to claim<br />

a spot. The event will take place at 11 a.m. <strong>April</strong> 29.<br />

• Prom Dress Drive. Stop by the library to check out a free selection<br />

of dresses, accessories, and suits. The last day is <strong>April</strong> 29.<br />

• Curious About Coffee? Paul from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters<br />

in Mechanicsburg will give a presentation at 10:30 a.m. May 1.<br />

• Booklovers. The group will discuss “The Lincoln Highway” by<br />

Amor Towles at 4 p.m. May 1.<br />

• Metal Detecting 101. The local Darby Creek chapter of the Archaeological<br />

Society of Ohio will teach the basics of metal detecting<br />

at 6 p.m. May 3.<br />

• Fairy Gardens for Teens. Tuesday, May 9th at 3 PM — Middle<br />

school and high school students are invited to create a fairy garden<br />

for free at the library at 3 p.m. May 9. Registration is required.<br />

• Mother’s Day Painting. At 11 a.m. May 13, Pour On The Art<br />

will lead a painting class for ages 18 and older. To see an image of<br />

the painting, go to hbmlibrary.org. Registration is required.<br />

Mount Sterling Library<br />

60 W. Columbus St. Call (740) 869-2430.<br />

• Pre-School Storytime. Mondays at 10:30 a.m.<br />

• Bookmobile Visits. The bookmobile will make rounds on <strong>April</strong><br />

19. Look for it at Grace Community Church in South Solon from 3<br />

to 3:30 p.m. and at Sedalia town hall from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.<br />

• Ladies Night Out Movie. Watch “Women Talking” (PG-13) at<br />

6:30 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 24. Seating is limited for this potluck event. Call or<br />

text Melissa at (614) 315-7939 to reserve a spot. The library provides<br />

pizza, popcorn, and cold drinks.<br />

• Around Town Book Club. The group will discuss “The Four<br />

Winds” by Kristin Hannah at 7 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 27 at 76 W. Main St.,<br />

Mount Sterling. The club is open to men and women or all ages.<br />

• Gaming Event. Tweens and teens ages 10-19 are invited to<br />

visit the library 1-5 p.m. May 6 for a an afternoon of Xbox and<br />

Switch gaming with snacks, soda, and prizes. Bring your own supplies<br />

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Municipalities consider joining county land bank<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Municipalities in <strong>Madison</strong> County are starting to consider membership<br />

in the newly formed <strong>Madison</strong> County Land Bank.<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County commissioners formed the land bank late<br />

last year and filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State.<br />

Since then, a governing board has taken shape and is working<br />

through the start-up phase.<br />

A land bank is a public authority or non-profit organization that<br />

acquires unproductive properties for the purpose of returning them<br />

to productive use in the community. Land banks acquire land<br />

through tax foreclosures, municipal government transfers, auctions,<br />

donations, and open-market purchases. By Ohio law, land banks<br />

can acquire properties for little to no cost through foreclosures and<br />

can hold properties tax-free. The idea is to turn around the abandoned<br />

or blighted properties as quickly as possible.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County’s land bank board is getting the word out to<br />

city and village officials, explaining how land banks work and what<br />

they can expect should the land bank acquire a property in their<br />

area. The board is asking municipalities to pass memorandums of<br />

understanding (MOU) so that everyone is one the same page when<br />

it comes to land bank operations.<br />

On <strong>April</strong> 10, Mount Sterling village council held a first reading<br />

on a resolution to join the land bank and accept the MOU. Plain<br />

City village officials and London city officials have reviewed the<br />

MOU language and likely will bring similar resolutions before their<br />

councils for consideration, said David Kell, <strong>Madison</strong> County’s director<br />

of economic development and planning. He said he will be providing<br />

West Jefferson village officials with the MOU language soon.<br />

The land bank is still in its formative stage. It has not acquired<br />

any properties to date.<br />

“We are starting to go through a list of<br />

delinquent properties that might be eligible<br />

for the land bank to take on,” Kell said. “We<br />

are still in the early stages, however we are<br />

making some progress.<br />

The land bank board has met three times<br />

this year. Meetings typically take place at<br />

10 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month<br />

in the basement conference room at the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse in London.<br />

The board members are: <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

commissioners Mark Forrest and Tony<br />

Xenikis; <strong>Madison</strong> County Treasurer Stacey<br />

McKenzie; London’s safety service director,<br />

Rex Castle; Shannon Treynor representing<br />

the real estate segment; Mount Sterling<br />

council member Andy Drake; and Jason<br />

Stanford, Plain City’s development manager.<br />

Hazmat exercise set for May 17<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Every four years, <strong>Madison</strong> County’s Local Emergency Planning<br />

Committee (LEPC) holds a full-scale hazardous materials exercise.<br />

The simulation gives first responders hands-on practice with handling<br />

such emergencies.<br />

The next exercise is scheduled for May 17 of this year and will<br />

take place near Von Kanel Field and the Armaly<br />

Brands plant in downtown London.<br />

The scenario will involve a wreck between<br />

a box truck carrying extremely hazardous<br />

chemicals and another vehicle, resulting in<br />

a chemical spill. Smoke bombs will be used<br />

to simulate the spill. No actual hazardous<br />

chemicals will be used in the exercise.<br />

Several emergency response agencies<br />

will take part in the exercise, including local<br />

fire and police departments, squads, the<br />

hospital, the health department, the Emergency<br />

Management Agency, and others.<br />

Twenty students from Tolles Career &<br />

Technical Center will act as victims.<br />

Prior to the exercise, the LEPC will notify<br />

businesses and residents in the area of<br />

the upcoming simulation. Traffic controls<br />

will be in place from 8 a.m. to approximately<br />

11:30 a.m. in that area the day of<br />

the exercise. Street closings are planned at<br />

Cherry and High streets, Cherry Street and<br />

Western Avenue, and <strong>Madison</strong> Road and<br />

First Street.<br />

The exercise is part of what local emergency<br />

planning committees do to prepare for<br />

emergencies, particularly those that involve<br />

hazardous materials. The community-based<br />

organizations also are required to develop<br />

an emergency response plan, review the<br />

plan at least annually, and provide information<br />

about hazardous materials in the community<br />

to citizens. The committees work<br />

with their local emergency management<br />

agencies to keep records of the entities in<br />

the community that have hazardous chemicals,<br />

making note of the types and quantities<br />

of chemicals.<br />

Brian Bennington, chief of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Emergency Medical District and<br />

chief of the Central Townships Joint Fire<br />

District, serves as chairman of <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee.<br />

Deb Sims, director of <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County’s Emergency Management Agency,<br />

is the committee’s secretary, treasurer, and<br />

information coordinator. The committee<br />

typically meets twice a year.<br />

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