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South Charleston News, pages 8-9<br />

<strong>May</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVII No. 20<br />

Close tallies for<br />

fire levies; school<br />

bond issue fails<br />

Closser wins Republican bid for mayor<br />

In November 2022, the Simpson family of London traveled to Thailand to visit Numsai (second from right), a<br />

foreign exchange student they had hosted in their home for a school year. In appreciation for hosting their<br />

daughter, Numsai’s parents took the Simpsons on a sightseeing tour that included a trip to an elephant sanctuary.<br />

Linda, Raychel, and Bill Simpson are pictured second, third, and fourth from left.<br />

Broadening horizons<br />


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By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

In the not-so-distant past, the only place<br />

Bill and Linda Simpson wanted to go for vacation<br />

was Arkansas to visit relatives. Now,<br />

they want to travel to destinations all across<br />

the country and around the world.<br />

The London couple attributes their decision<br />

to broaden their horizons to an email<br />

Linda received about a decade ago—an email<br />

she almost didn’t open.<br />

It started as a typical day at work. Linda,<br />

a financial analyst at a local university at<br />

the time, was scrolling through her inbox<br />

when she came across a message from an<br />

unknown sender with information about a<br />

non-profit organization she had never heard<br />

of.<br />

As her finger hovered over the icon to put<br />

“Youth For Understanding” in the trash bin,<br />

she paused.<br />

“I don’t know why,” she recalled.<br />

Perhaps it was because the name of the<br />

non-profit vaguely reminded her of an ambassadorship<br />

her younger daughter joined<br />

the year prior. Perhaps it was because she<br />

just wanted to know more.<br />

“This random email had me very curious,”<br />

she said.<br />

She took the plunge, read what was inside,<br />

and was immediately enthralled by the<br />

organization’s mission to make a positive<br />

impact on the world.<br />

Here’s what Linda learned from that<br />

email: In the late 1940s, Michigan native<br />

Dr. Rachel Andresen traveled to Denmark<br />

to meet her husband’s family. While there,<br />

she saw the devastating effects of World<br />

War II. She also saw a glimmer of hope for<br />

the future at a ceremony to celebrate the<br />

city of lights being turned on for the first<br />

time in years after an extended blackout.<br />

Andresen was determined to “never let the<br />

lights go out again.”<br />

Over the next several years, Andresen<br />

expanded on Minister John Eberly’s vision<br />

of creating a youth exchange program to<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

For two of the three levies on the <strong>May</strong> 2 primary ballot in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County, the vote tallies are very close.<br />

The unofficial results released by the <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of<br />

Elections on Election Night show Jefferson Township’s fire levy<br />

passing by eight votes (397-389) and the city of London’s levy for<br />

fire and EMS services failing by six votes (551-557). <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Local Schools’ bond issue<br />

for school construction<br />

failed 860-1,079.<br />

The Board of Elections<br />

will run the official<br />

canvass on <strong>May</strong> 15.<br />

Those final tallies will include<br />

votes that were not<br />

counted on Election Day,<br />

including absentee ballots<br />

postmarked by the<br />

deadline that came in<br />

after Election Day and<br />

any provisional ballots.<br />

The Board of Elections<br />

stated they have 30 outstanding<br />

absentee ballots.<br />

“We’re optimistic there are still votes out there we can pick up<br />

and put (our levy) in the winning category,” said London <strong>May</strong>or<br />

Patrick Closser. “It’s a very close race. We just appreciate everybody’s<br />

hard work during the process to try to get this passed.”<br />

The city’s ballot issue is a request for a 0.25 percent income tax<br />

increase to provide additional funding for the fire and EMS department.<br />

As for what the city will do if the levy fails, Closser said the city<br />

administration is finalizing a plan to present to council.<br />

“We want to see how the votes turn out and also how close it is.<br />

We will take that into consideration as we are finalizing our plans<br />

to move forward,” Closser said.<br />

Jefferson Township Fire Chief Chris Snyder is holding his<br />

breath, hoping the township’s request for an additional tax levy of<br />

3.5 mills for operational expenses stays in the win column following<br />

the official canvass.<br />

“It’s going to be close. We owe a lot of gratitude to the citizens<br />

committee that was put together this time to run the campaign. We<br />

are extremely grateful for them and everybody who’s been involved<br />

in the campaign,” Snyder said.<br />

Should the levy pass, the fire department will be able to start<br />

seeking equipment updates and other improvements they have<br />

postponed due to funding uncertainties, he added.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Local Schools asked for support of a $63 million<br />

bond levy to construct a new school to serve all of the district’s stu-<br />

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bring international students to the United States to live with local<br />

families and attend high school for a year. The goal was to break<br />

stereotypes, cultivate a respect and understanding of different cultures,<br />

and build a better foundation for the world.<br />

After reading this, Linda said she felt she couldn’t say “no” to it.<br />

“Until I read that email, I had never even considered being a<br />

host family to a foreign exchange student, but I was really intrigued<br />

and excited about the prospect,” she said.<br />

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Before discussing with Bill the possibility<br />

of volunteering as a host family, Linda<br />

talked it over with her youngest daughter,<br />

Raychel, a student at Franklin Heights<br />

High School in Columbus at the time. Linda<br />

asked her daughter if she would be comfortable<br />

having a foreign exchange student live<br />

with them for a year—an important question<br />

since Raychel had just become accustomed<br />

to the freedom of being the only child in the<br />

house as her older sister, Reygan, had recently<br />

moved out.<br />

Raychel was immediately on board.<br />

“She was taking French at her high<br />

school and really wanted a French exchange<br />

student to come here,” Linda said.<br />

Linda and Raychel decided to go full<br />

steam ahead with their desire to become a<br />

host family.<br />

“It’s hard to say no to that much excitement,”<br />

said Bill, who admits he’s usually the<br />

naysayer of the family.<br />

After applying to become a host family<br />

with Youth For Understanding, the Simpsons<br />

completed a vigorous screening process<br />

to meet federal requirements. Upon receiving<br />

the news they were cleared to host, the<br />

Simpsons welcomed Anouck, a 15-year-old<br />

Parisian, into their home in 2012.<br />

For Bill, the experience of having a<br />

French student in his home for a school year<br />

shattered the stereotypes he had heard<br />

about people from France.<br />

“I had heard that they were very passive,<br />

very liberal, and, you know, sort of rude,” he<br />

said.<br />

That was not the case with Anouck, who,<br />

Bill said was usually very quiet but always<br />

willing to go back and forth with him over<br />

their respective viewpoints and lived experiences.<br />

“I think she really opened our minds to<br />

new things, and we opened her mind to new<br />

things, as well,” he said.<br />

After Anouck returned to Paris, the<br />

Simpsons welcomed Hannah from Bavaria<br />

the next year and eventually welcomed<br />

Stella from China, Lotte from Germany,<br />

Numsai from Thailand, and Rikke from<br />

Denmark to their home. This fall, they will<br />

welcome Luise who lives in Germany. Bill<br />

and Linda moved to London last year, so<br />

Luise will attend London High School.<br />

Bill and Linda said opening up their<br />

home to foreign exchange students has been<br />

one of the most rewarding experiences of<br />

their lives. They get to nurture these students<br />

during their time away from their<br />

home country and watch them grow and<br />

adapt to the changes taking place during<br />

this time in their lives.<br />

“We tell them that they are our heroes,<br />

and they truly are,” Linda said. “Most of<br />

them are 15 or 16 years old, and they’re<br />

coming to a new country for 10 months to<br />

live with someone they don’t know for those<br />

10 months. Can you imagine doing that? Especially<br />

at that age? What they are doing is<br />

so brave, and it is such a rewarding experience<br />

to be a part of that, to help them adjust<br />

and, hopefully, make their time here as good<br />

as it can be.”<br />

Since becoming a host family with Youth<br />

For Understanding, the Simpsons have<br />

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For about a decade, London residents Linda and Bill Simpson<br />

have been hosting foreign exchange students in their home<br />

through Youth For Understanding, a non-profit organization that<br />

promotes intercultural learning. They have found the experience<br />

so rewarding, they are encouraging other area residents to give<br />

it a try. Here, Bill and Linda display some of the keepsakes their<br />

exchange students have gifted them over the years.<br />

credited their student-daughters, as they lovingly call them as, with<br />

inspiring them to take more risks and to go on more adventures.<br />

Although it is not a requirement for host families to take their exchange<br />

students on vacation to see the country, Bill and Linda have<br />

done just that. They took Anouck to New York City, Hannah to<br />

Myrtle Beach, Rikke and Numsai to Niagara Falls, and Stella to<br />

Florida so she could visit Walt Disney World.<br />

Over the past several years, Bill, Linda, and Raychel have taken<br />

trips overseas to visit Anouck in Paris, Hannah in Germany and<br />

Numsai in Thailand. Numsai’s parents were so appreciative of the<br />

Simpsons hosting their daughter that they paid for a boat tour and<br />

took them to an elephant sanctuary where they got to bathe the<br />

gentle pachyderms.<br />

“It was one of the most profound trips I have ever been on,” Bill<br />

said.<br />

Because they have had such a great experience volunteering as<br />

a host family, Bill and Linda have begun recruiting families across<br />

the region to consider taking a leap of faith and hosting a foreign<br />

exchange student.<br />

Linda will be out and about at fairs and festivals in Franklin<br />

and <strong>Madison</strong> counties this spring and summer to talk about Youth<br />

For Understanding, to share her stories, and to hopefully inspire<br />

others to follow in her and Bill’s footsteps.<br />

“I am so glad I opened that email and decided to take the<br />

plunge,” she said.<br />

According to Jamie Withem, a community manager who oversees<br />

Ohio for Youth For Understanding, the non-profit organization<br />

is looking for host families of all kinds. She said it doesn’t matter if<br />

you have children, if you are single, an empty-nester, or a same-sex<br />

couple; if you believe you would be a good family or person to host<br />

a foreign exchange student, you should give it some consideration.<br />

“It can be hard and it can be fun, but I feel it is always worth it<br />

because you really are making a difference in the world,” she said.<br />

To learn more about Youth For Understanding, visit yfuusa.org.<br />

Withem said questions can be sent to her via email at<br />

jwithem@yfu.org or by calling (419) 972-5993.

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Search is on for new principal<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

mentioning specifically the relationships<br />

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

Browning built among all facets of the<br />

The search is on for a new principal to<br />

school system—students, staff, and parents.<br />

take the helm at London High School.<br />

“I am personally grateful for what<br />

Michael Browning is resigning to become<br />

superintendent of Shelby City<br />

(Browning) has done for London but also<br />

very excited for him in this next opportunity<br />

in his career,” Kramer added.<br />

Schools in north-central Ohio. He will finish<br />

out his contract with London City<br />

London City Schools has posted the high<br />

Schools at the end of June.<br />

school principal position internally and externally<br />

and across various job boards. The<br />

Now in his 20th year in education,<br />

Browning started his teaching career as<br />

goal, Kramer said, is to have the new principal<br />

chosen in time for them to attend<br />

a fourth-grade intervention specialist at<br />

Hamilton Intermediate School in the<br />

graduation ceremonies on <strong>May</strong> 26.<br />

Hamilton Local Schools District. He went<br />

“It’s a really attractive position. I’m<br />

on to teach high school social studies for<br />

encouraged with the interest so far,” he<br />

London High School<br />

five years and eighth-grade history for<br />

said. “The fact that London, our school<br />

principal Michael Browning<br />

has submitted his<br />

over five years for the same district.<br />

district, and the community are growing<br />

Browning joined the London City<br />

and being positively influenced by metropolitan<br />

Columbus should be exciting to a<br />

resignation.<br />

Schools staff in 2016 as an assistant principal<br />

at the high school. He became principal in 2018.<br />

potential candidate.”<br />

“The reality is, London High School is better today<br />

Kramer said he also has reached out to superintendents<br />

from other districts who might have candidates<br />

than it was five years ago. Michael has done a very nice<br />

job for us,” said London Superintendent Lou Kramer,<br />

looking to further their careers.<br />

State swim champion honored<br />

State Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Dublin) honored<br />

state swimming champion Eli Stoll in the Ohio Senate<br />

on April 26.<br />

A senior at Jonathan Alder High School, Stoll took<br />

first place in the 100-yard backstroke at the <strong>2023</strong><br />

OHSAA Div. II State Swimming Championship in February.<br />

It was a successful title defense, as Stoll was<br />

state champion in the same event last year. This year,<br />

he also took second place at state in the 200-yard individual<br />

medley.<br />

“Eli has such a bright future. I am looking forward<br />

to seeing what else he will accomplish,” Kunze said.<br />

“This is a remarkable achievement, and I have no doubt<br />

he will continue to excel in athletics.”<br />

Stoll made school history last year as Jonathan<br />

Alder’s first swimmer to win a state championship. He<br />

is a four-year letter winner, a 2022 Junior National<br />

qualifier in the 100 backstroke, and a 2021 Junior National<br />

finalist in the 200 backstroke.<br />

Stoll also competed in the Olympic Trials in 2021<br />

and is committed to swim at The Ohio State University.<br />


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dents in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The facility<br />

was to replace the district’s existing school buildings.<br />

About the levy loss, Superintendent Chad Eisler<br />

said, “While we are disappointed in this evening’s election<br />

results, we will continue with the good work we are<br />

doing and keep moving forward. We will continue our<br />

efforts with regard to our buildings and hope to win the<br />

community’s support in the near future.”<br />

A liquor option for the Plain City West precinct<br />

passed 63-20. Mi Sombrero Express Inc., 900 Village<br />

Blvd., submitted the option which allows for Sunday<br />

sales of wine, mixed beverages, and spiritous liquors.<br />

London elected offices<br />

In the London mayor’s race, incumbent Patrick<br />

Closser won the Republican nomination over opponent<br />

Henry Comer with a vote tally of 533-430.<br />

In six of the other city races, opponents ran opposed:<br />

Joshua Peters for council president; John Stahl for an<br />

State Senator Stephanie Kunze presents Jonathan<br />

Alder senior Eli Stoll with a resolution recognizing his<br />

state championship win in the 100-yard backstroke.<br />

at-large council seat; Andrew Hitt for the Ward 1 council<br />

seat; Richard Hays for the Ward 2 council seat;<br />

Kenna Combs for auditor; and Jennifer Hitt for law director.<br />

No one filed petitions to run in the <strong>May</strong> election for<br />

the Ward 3 and Ward 4 council seats. Stahl was the only<br />

person who ran for one of the three at-large council seats.<br />

Several individuals filed to run as independents for<br />

London races in the Nov. 8 general election. The deadline<br />

to file as an independent was <strong>May</strong> 1. They include:<br />

Thomas Boyd for mayor; Michael Norman for the Ward<br />

3 council seat; Eric Clark and Shannon Treynor for the<br />

Ward 4 council seat; and Gregory S. Eades and Donald<br />

Trent McDaniels for the at-large council seats.<br />

The deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the<br />

Nov. 8 election is 4 p.m. Aug. 28.<br />

Voter turnout<br />

Of the 18,319 registered voters in <strong>Madison</strong> County,<br />

4,033 cast ballots in the <strong>May</strong> 2 election. That amounts<br />

to a turnout of 22 percent.<br />

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-Kronk & Skaggs<br />

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Lilly Chapel<br />

West Jefferson<br />

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- Anders and<br />


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opinions<br />

www.madisonmessengernews.com<br />

Blume’s iconic book brought to screen with care<br />

For a long time, Judy Blume was resistant to her novel, “Are You<br />

There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” being adapted into a movie.<br />

The prolific children’s and young adult author feared the story<br />

would be mishandled and the 11-year-old girl at its center would<br />

be misunderstood. Her concern likely was well founded.<br />

Since its debut in 1970, the award-winning novel is a book some<br />

individuals have wanted censored or banned for its frank exploration<br />

of puberty and the questions it raises on whether there is a<br />

higher power.<br />

Blume has never shied away from debating critics of her work,<br />

but she is also a realist. She figured film studios would have no<br />

issue with sanitizing the book’s content to make it more palatable<br />

to a wider audience, bypassing the fact that over 90 million copies<br />

of her novel have been sold internationally.<br />

In 2016, Blume came across a little gem of a movie called “The<br />

Edge of Seventeen,” kind of a more adult version of “Are You There<br />

God, It’s Me, Margaret.” She fell in love with its realistic depiction<br />

of teenage angst. Two years later, she agreed to meet with writerdirector<br />

Kelly Fremon Craig and veteran producer James L. Brooks<br />

hear their pitch for taking her book to the silver screen.<br />

I don’t think the sky opened up during the meeting, but something<br />

awesome must have happened because Blume finally saw a<br />

vision worth greenlighting. Although the final product is not quite<br />

heaven sent, it is everything a fan of the novel could ask for and<br />

everything a fan of sweet movies with a kick would enjoy.<br />

This classic story of girlhood, puberty, and religious belonging<br />

begins with Margaret Simon (played by Abby Ryder Fortson) find-<br />

the reel deal<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

ing out she and her parents, Barbara<br />

(Rachel McAdams) and Herb (Benny<br />

Safdie), are moving from New York<br />

City to a New Jersey suburb. Margaret<br />

is sure it will be an outright<br />

disaster.<br />

Much to her surprise, it’s not as disastrous as she<br />

feared as she makes friends, enjoys her new school, and<br />

still gets to see her Grandma Sylvia (Kathy Bates, a<br />

scene stealer) on a semi-regular basis. However, doubts<br />

about her looks and personality creep in as her new pals<br />

focus on things like the size of their chests, garnering<br />

the attention of boys, and getting their periods.<br />

With all the turmoil, Margaret turns to God for comfort<br />

but finds herself woefully lacking in that department,<br />

as well. A big plot point in the book and film<br />

adaptation is Margaret’s struggle to believe. She talks<br />

to God, but she was raised secular by her Christian<br />

mother and Jewish father and isn’t sure anyone is listening<br />

to her.<br />

Much of the film alternates between these two<br />

threads: her attempts at self-discovery and her attempts<br />

to discover (or disavow) religion. The film never<br />

falls into the trap of being too soft or too hard about either.<br />

Like its heroine, it flows with her and never judges<br />

her decisions.<br />

Part of what makes this adaptation work is the preteen<br />

at the center of the action. Fortson,<br />

who was 12 or 13 when filming<br />

began, gracefully captures the prepubescent<br />

agony of waiting for life to<br />

begin. You feel the urgency, shame,<br />

and wonder that Margaret feels, and it makes you unbelievably<br />

glad you have moved beyond that state. If<br />

you are still in that state, my condolences. (Life spoiler<br />

alert: It doesn’t get better. It just gets different.)<br />

The movie takes an expanded approach with the other<br />

women in Margaret’s life and is richer for it. I would have<br />

liked to see Bates’s role more developed, but McAdams<br />

as Margaret’s mother has more to work with as her character<br />

struggles, too, with this new change in their lives.<br />

The movie adaptation of “Are You There God? It’s<br />

Me, Margaret” may take a slightly different course than<br />

the novel on which it is based, but the magic of the material<br />

is all over this film. This is a film that cares for<br />

its characters and theme and is infused with that humorous<br />

spirit and relatability that are cornerstones of<br />

Blume’s work.<br />

Grade: B+<br />

Dedra Cordle is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer and columnist.<br />

What do you think about artificial intelligence?<br />

Are humans ready for artificial intelligence? It doesn’t matter.<br />

It’s already here, and while computer scientists and software engineers<br />

are working on bringing it to the masses on a global scale, are<br />

we ready?<br />

Like Humpty Dumpty, it depends on which side of the wall you<br />

fall.<br />

places<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Does the idea of a self-driving<br />

car or a sentient computer<br />

pique your curiosity?<br />

Does the hunt for the newest<br />

cellphone find you camping out for hours in line to be one of the first<br />

to claim ownership?<br />

Do you dream of smart houses, an android companion, or a world<br />

where a few simple keystrokes can result in a computer generated<br />

“written” masterpiece in minutes, not weeks, months, or years?<br />

Or do you approach the idea of artificial intelligence cautiously,<br />

with a little trepidation mixed with a healthy dose of curiosity?<br />

While others around you perpetually clutch an Apple iPhone 14<br />

or Samsung Galaxy, do you tuck your Apple 5e into your pocket or<br />

purse or limp along with a Star Trek communicator-like flip phone?<br />

Is the smartest thing in your home a five-year-old Dell computer?<br />

Or an answering machine that was state-of-the-art eight years ago?<br />

How about a collection of thumb drives tossed haphazardly in a<br />

kitchen junk drawer?<br />

You get the idea.<br />

There are a lot of movies, albeit old ones, that warn against the<br />

danger of artificial intelligence. Remember “WarGames?” A military<br />

nightmare where a computer plays games like Global Thermonuclear<br />

War with real world potential until it learns there is no viable<br />

outcome.<br />

Or the 1970 science fiction (perhaps closer to reality today than<br />

more than 50 years ago) thriller “The Forbin Project” where a sentient<br />

American government defense system, Colossus, links with a<br />

Soviet counterpart. The computer system decides it is the best arbiter<br />

of world order and gives humankind an ultimatum: join Colos-<br />

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Give a computer an inch, and it will take the world?<br />

I hope not.<br />

Artificial intelligence can be an amazing tool, especially<br />

in the fields of medicine, science, and energy. It<br />

can accelerate research to a point far surpassing the capability<br />

of the human mind.<br />

Like any tool, it is best utilized under the control of<br />

its user or creator. When it crosses the boundary of unfettered<br />

control, then I start to worry. I hope the powers<br />

that be behind the push for sentient artificial intelligence<br />

consider the philosophical and societal impact of<br />

their creations.<br />

Meanwhile, I think I’ll trust myself and not an Alexa<br />

to turn on my own lights, lock my own doors, open the<br />

fridge myself to tell me what is inside, and leave the car<br />

driving to my hands on the wheel.<br />

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Auditions coming up soon for ‘Sound of Music’<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 />

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


Michelle Anne Woodfork, 46, of London, Ohio, passed peacefully<br />

on April 24, <strong>2023</strong>. Born on Feb. 26, 1977, in London, she was a<br />

daughter of Shirley Leroy Johnson and Gloria Woodfork.<br />

Michelle was a loving mother who loved spending time with her<br />

family. She loved to work as a cook at the jobs she had. Her grandkids<br />

loved her very much, and she will be missed dearly.<br />

She is survived by: five children, Andrew Williams, Bethanie<br />

Woodfork, Caitlyn Solorzano-Williams, Destinee Shoemaker-Woodfork,<br />

and Gregory Woodfork; several grandchildren; siblings, Diana<br />

Hamilton, Cheryl Woodfork, Michael Johnson, Steve Johnson, and<br />

Richard Johnson; many nieces and nephews.<br />

Michelle was preceded in death by: her parents; sister, Paula<br />

Woodfork; and niece, Sierra Woodfork.<br />

Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.<br />

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

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

at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

FULLER<br />

Gloria Fuller, 86, of London, Ohio, died on April 25, <strong>2023</strong>, in London.<br />

Born on March 26, 1937, in London, she was a daughter of<br />

Eddie and Clara Jane (Herman) Napper.<br />

Gloria had cooked at the Red Brick Tavern for many years. She<br />

loved puzzles, OSU football, Cleveland Browns, and cooking, especially<br />

fried chicken!<br />

Survivors include: her children, Chris Harris (Lynn), James (Joy)<br />

Seward, and Brian Seward (Patty); step-children, Robert Fuller,<br />

Billy (Michelle) Fuller, and Diane Fuller; numerous grandchildren<br />

and great-grandchildren; siblings, Larry (Kathleen) Dolby, Lourrenal<br />

Banks, Ivy (Joe) Dolby, Maggie (Carl) Patterson, Becky Napper,<br />

and Raymond Napper; a host of nieces and nephews.<br />

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

Fuller; son, Elvis Harris; daughters, Denise and Annette Harris;<br />

numerous brothers and sisters.<br />

Funeral services were held on April 30 Eberle- Fisher Funeral<br />

Home and Crematory, London, with Pastor Tyrone Artis officiating.<br />

Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery. To share condolences<br />

with the family, please visit www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Janet Marie Stuthard, 56, of Waverly, Ohio, died on April 27,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, in the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Columbus. Born<br />

on Oct. 17, 1966, in London, Ohio, she was a daughter of Margaret<br />

Frances (McGowan) and Charles Eugene Rinehart Sr.<br />

Janet had established herself professionally as a content creator<br />

with significant followers on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.<br />

Anyone who knew Janet could vouch for her heart of gold and<br />

her love for all animals. Janet regularly fostered animals for the<br />

Waverly Humane Society, for friends and strangers alike, and for<br />

any animal in need. Regularly, she would bring home animals she<br />

found abandoned and nurse them back to health. Much like her love<br />

of animals, Janet had a deep love for other people and would always<br />

obituaries<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. <strong>May</strong> 12.<br />

be the first person to lend a hand to anyone who may need it. She<br />

was the rainbow on a stormy day, the light in the darkness, and the<br />

source of happiness for countless friends and family.<br />

She is survived by: her mother, Margaret Frances Dillion of Las<br />

Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Jessica Lavergne of South Carolina and<br />

her family; siblings, Charleena Payne of Florida, Wanda Smith of<br />

Springfield, Charles Rinehart Jr. of Columbus, and Billie Jo Rinehart<br />

of Columbus; half-brothers, Joseph Fout of London and Anthony<br />

Smith Jr. of Zanesville; many aunts and uncles, including<br />

special aunt and uncle, Jane and Randy Crace of Florida; several<br />

nieces, nephews, and cousins; father, Charles Eugene Rinehart Sr.<br />

of London; and special friends, Daniel Wood and Amanda Smith of<br />

Zanesville.<br />

Janet was preceded in death by: her maternal grandmother,<br />

Frances Elizabeth McGowan; paternal grandparents, Fannie and<br />

James Rinehart; and special friend, Christinia Jeffers.<br />

In accordance with Janet’s wishes, funeral services and visitation<br />

were not observed.<br />

Memorials in Janet’s name may be made to the funeral home for<br />

the benevolence of the family. Payments can be sent to: Eberle-<br />

Fisher Funeral Home, 103 N. Main St., London, OH 43140; or submitted<br />

online at https://buy.stripe.com/8wM03b39g4tqdCo6op.<br />

Condolences for Janet’s family may be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

HENRY<br />

James Eugene Henry, 75, of London, Ohio, died on April 28,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, at London Nursing and Rehab. He was born on Dec. 19, 1947,<br />

a son of Donald and Avanelle (Miller) Henry.<br />

James had been the superintendent at Woodland Golf Course in<br />

Urbana, Ohio, for many years. He had been a member of American<br />

Legion Post 105, London, and FOE 950, London.<br />

James is survived by: his daughter, Jennifer (Steven) Rittenhouse<br />

of South Charleston; sisters, Beverly<br />

(David) Clifton of London, Donna Clum of<br />

Lancaster, Karen Alkire of London, and<br />

Pam (Jim) Little of Lancaster; grandchildren,<br />

Wade Bodey, Tyler Henry, Matthew<br />

Henry, Jessica Gaugurt, Evan Rittenhouse,<br />

Emma Rittenhouse; great-grandchildren,<br />

Kaiden Bodey, Jayce Bodey, Lyam Bodey,<br />

Jaxon Bodey, Baker Henry, Reid Henry,<br />

Theodore Gaugurt; and numerous nieces,<br />

nephews, cousins, and friends.<br />

He was preceded in death by: his parents:<br />

son, Dale Henry; siblings, Gloria Galloway,<br />

Ronald Henry, and Robin<br />

Henthorne; and his former wife and the<br />

mother of Jennifer and Dale, Karen Holden.<br />

Calling hours were set for <strong>May</strong> 6, 4-7<br />

p.m., with a short service to follow at Lynch<br />

Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service,<br />

London. Condolences may be shared at<br />

www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.gmail.com.<br />

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

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

Brennan Loft. Those who audition will be<br />

taught a number from the show and asked<br />

to sing it. They also will do a short movement<br />

audition and cold readings from the<br />

script.<br />

Anyone who auditions is asked to bring<br />

a lit of personal schedule conflicts for <strong>May</strong><br />

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

for rehearsals July 9-19. The roles of<br />

Liesl and Rolf will be cast among the adults.<br />

Performers who are cast as Maria, Captain<br />

Von Trapp, or Liesl must plan to attend the<br />

children’s audition on <strong>May</strong> 16.<br />

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

Arts Council on Facebook.<br />

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The following are among the pets up for adoption at the Humane<br />

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owner could no longer keep them.<br />

They are a bonded pair and look to<br />

each other for love and comfort. As<br />

such, they need to be adopted together.<br />

Joy is about 4 years old. She<br />

loves getting lots of love and pets.<br />

She has a very sweet temperament<br />

and will walk away when<br />

she wants a little alone time.<br />

Marshmellow, aka Mellow is<br />

about 6.5 years old. As his name<br />

suggests, Mellow is a laid-back<br />

guy who loves nothing more than<br />

lots of pets, love, and a nice warm<br />

lap.<br />

The siblings adore cuddling<br />

with each other. They are big fans<br />

of cat toys and would love to have<br />

plenty to play with in their forever<br />

home. Both are great with other<br />

cats and with kids. Both have<br />

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plenty of time to adjust.<br />

If you would like to meet this<br />

dynamic duo and possibly add<br />

them to your household, fill out an<br />

application and schedule a meetand-greet.<br />

The adoption fees for cats are<br />

Joy<br />

Marshmellow<br />

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and $80 for cats 7 months and<br />

older. It includes: a FeLV/FIV test<br />

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of shots, deworming, and a oneyear<br />

rabies shot (if old enough).<br />

Fees can be paid by cash or credit<br />

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The Humane Society is located<br />

at 2020 Plain City Georgesville<br />

Rd., West Jefferson. If you are interested<br />

in adopting a pet, fill out<br />

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or call the shelter at (614)<br />

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appointment.<br />

The Humane Society appreciates<br />

donations of supplies; call for<br />

a list of items.<br />

Golf Outing<br />

The Humane Society is hosting<br />

a golf outing on June 19 at Hickory<br />

Hills Golf Club in Grove City. Registration<br />

is at 9 a.m. followed by a<br />

shotgun start at 10:30. Features of<br />

the event include grab bags, trophies,<br />

raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle,<br />

hit-the-green and miss-the-green<br />

contests, and more. To sign up or<br />

learn more, visit the Humane Society’s<br />

event page at www.hsmcohio.org<br />

or call (614) 879-8368.<br />

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Governor and Scouts plant trees<br />

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of Natural Resources and Girl Scout Councils across Ohio held tree planting<br />

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Scouts with planting 250,000 trees in Ohio by 2026, part of the Girl Scout Tree Promise,<br />

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Improvements being made at Community Park<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Lots of good things have been happening this spring at South<br />

Charleston Community Park, the most noticeable of which is<br />

restoration of the ball fields.<br />

“They were in pretty bad shape. It had been a while since they<br />

had been properly maintenanced,” said Karman McGee Ogden,<br />

president of the South Charleston Community Club, the non-profit<br />

organization that oversees the park.<br />

Thanks to a generous donation from the Carleton & Ruth Davidson<br />

Trust and proceeds from fundraisers like Christmas in the Village,<br />

the Community Club saved up $30,000 to resurface and install<br />

new drainage for the baseball field and softball field, both of which<br />

are used by Southeastern High School’s baseball and softball teams<br />

for practices and games.<br />

In addition to creating a better playing experience for the local<br />

teams, the improved fields open up the Community Club to a potential<br />

new revenue stream.<br />

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fields. Now, we can do<br />

those,” Ogden said.<br />

Ogden is thankful for<br />

the volunteers who assisted<br />

with making the<br />

improvements to the<br />

fields.<br />

“There were a lot of<br />

people who helped us to<br />

pull that off, including the<br />

baseball team and volunteers<br />

from the community,”<br />

she said.<br />

Volunteers also helped<br />

to clean up debris around<br />

the park’s shelter house<br />

and play area following<br />

flooding of the nearby<br />

creek this spring.<br />

A new sign welcomes visitors to South Charleston<br />

Community Park.<br />

Individuals familiar<br />

with Community Park<br />

will notice the new sign<br />

welcoming them onto the<br />

property. The sign was installed<br />

in late April. Mark Massie, the person who created<br />

the “Welcome to South Charleston” mural on a building on<br />

South Chillicothe Street last summer, created the sign.<br />

Coming up on the Community Club’s to-do list are repairs<br />

to some of the children’s play equipment, replacing<br />

the mulch in the children’s play area, installing a handicap-accessible<br />

swing, and powerwashing and re-staining<br />

the bridge.<br />

The club welcomes volunteers, new members, and donations<br />

to help complete such projects. The group meets<br />

at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Village Chic,<br />

17 S. Chillicothe St., South<br />

Charleston.<br />

Anyone interested in<br />

helping out or getting more<br />

information can contact the<br />

club through Facebook.<br />

Search for “South Charleston<br />

Community Park.”<br />

In addition to Ogden, club<br />

officers include Teresa<br />

Bryan, treasurer, and<br />

Mackenzee Litteral, secretary.<br />

A park board works in<br />

tandem with the club officers.<br />

Park board members<br />

are Brian Harbage, Joe<br />

Davlin, and Melissa<br />

Hanuska. Marc Mosier<br />

serves as park manager. To<br />

rent the park’s shelter<br />

house, contact Mosier at<br />

(937) 360-6192. The fee is<br />

$35 for three hours.<br />

Donations to benefit<br />

maintenance of and improvements to the park can<br />

be sent to: South Charleston Community Club, P.O.<br />

Box 256, South Charleston, OH 45368.<br />

Carey’s office hours<br />

A representative from Congressman Mike Carey’s<br />

office will hold office hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 9 at South Charleston town hall, 35 S. Chillicothe<br />


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South Charleston<br />

Summer Reading Program full of fun activities<br />

Houston Library has planned a whole<br />

host of activities and special events for this<br />

year’s Summer Reading Program. The<br />

theme is “All Together Now.” The program<br />

runs June 1-July 31. The library is located<br />

at 5 W. Jamestown St., South Charleston.<br />

For details, call (937) 462-8047.<br />

• Among Us Scavenger Hunt. Between<br />

June 1 and July 31, youths ages 8 to 18 are<br />

invited to follow clues and collaborate with<br />

crewmates to find the imposter on the<br />

spaceship. Visit the library to receive tasks,<br />

then follow clues around town. Return finished<br />

clue sheets to the library to see if you<br />

solved the mystery and receive a small<br />

treat.<br />

• Kindness Tree. Between June 1 and<br />

July 31, all ages are invited to pick up a leaf<br />

at the front desk and write on it a kind act<br />

they performed or write a kind word or message,<br />

then tape it to the Kindness Tree.<br />

• Summer Reading Kickoff. All ages are<br />

invited to the kickoff, set for 4-4:30 June 1.<br />

A balloon launch, popcorn, and meet-andgreet<br />

with Elephant & Piggie are planned.<br />

• Teen Craft Bag. Between June 5 and<br />

June 30, teens ages 13-18 are invited to pick<br />

up a craft bag to take home while supplies<br />

last. Choices are friendship bracelet, jar of<br />

positivity, and origami.<br />

• Bluegrass Musical Petting Zoo. The<br />

Lafferty Pike sisters will perform a 30-<br />

minute concert at 10:30 a.m. June 6. Afterwards,<br />

children can try out student-sized<br />

instruments. In between, listen and learn<br />

about each instrument’s cultural background<br />

and what makes it unique.<br />

• Lego Club. The theme for June 12 session,<br />

3:30-5 p.m., is Lego Escape Room. The<br />

The Lafferty Pike Sisters will perform on June 6 as part of Houston<br />

Library’s Summer Reading Program.<br />

club is open to school age children.<br />

• Random Acts of Magic. All ages are invited to enjoy Larry<br />

Wirtz’s magic act at 10:30 a.m. June 13. The program highlights<br />

kindness, friendship, and unity.<br />

• Science Heroes: Saving Earth Together. This program for students<br />

in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade is slated for 10:30<br />

a.m. June 19. Talewise will present an interactive story about heroes<br />

working to save their town and planet from a super-polluting<br />

mastermind. Volunteers will help the performer conduct science experiments.<br />

Learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion, air pressure, and<br />

chemical reactions.<br />

• Pokemon Trading Card Game Club. Open to ages 6-12, this<br />

group will meet at 3:30 p.m. June 19 to talk, battle, and trade (with<br />

parent’s permission).<br />

• Adult Reading Discussion. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m.<br />

June 20 to discuss “The Storied Life of A.J. Fink” by Gabrielle<br />

Zevin.<br />

• Ohio Wildlife Featuring Live Animals. At 1 p.m. June 22, learn<br />

about the Ohio Wildlife Center, the natural history of Ohio’s native<br />

wildlife, coexisting with wildlife, and inspirational stories of animal<br />

residents.<br />

• Harry Potter Escape Room. In the escape room’s scenario, you<br />

have been accused of flushing a stink bomb down Moaning Myrtle’s<br />

toilet and must serve detention in Prof. Vector’s ancient runes class.<br />

Prof. Snape has given Vector a focus serum. Only problem: Vector<br />

is focusing on a Quidditch game and is nowhere to be found. You<br />

must escape the detention hall to avoid being forgotten like the last<br />

student to land in detention with Vector.<br />

Call the library to register your group or family for a 30-minute<br />

time slot. An adult must accompany children 12 and younger. Session<br />

times are: 10-10:30 a.m., 10:45-11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.,<br />

1-1:30 p.m., 1:45-2:15 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., 3:15-3:45 p.m., and 4-4:30<br />

p.m.<br />

• Lego Club. The theme for June 26 session, 3:30-5 p.m., is Ultimate<br />

Tree Fort. The club is open to school age children.<br />

• Hunters of the Sky Featuring Live Animals. Presented by the<br />

Glen Helen Raptor Center, this program is set for 1 p.m. June 28.<br />

Learn about three types of Ohio native raptors and meet live educational<br />

ambassadors. All ages welcome.<br />

• Blood drive. 3-6 p.m. June 29. Register at donortime.com, call<br />

(937) 461-3220, or use Community Blood Center’s donortime app.<br />

Coming up soon at the library<br />

24 North Chillicothe St. • South Charleston, Ohio<br />

(937) 462-8357<br />

Houston Library, 5 W.<br />

Jamestown St., South<br />

Charleston, offers the following<br />

activities. For details, call (937)<br />

462-8047.<br />

• Surprise Activity Bag.<br />

Through <strong>May</strong> 13, children ages<br />

2-12 are invited to pick up an<br />

activity bag to take home while<br />

supplies last.<br />

• Teen Drawing Activity<br />

Bag. Through <strong>May</strong> 13, teens ages 13-18 are invited to<br />

pick up an activity bag to take home while supplies last.<br />

• Makerspace Projects. Try out a Cricut, Glow<br />

Forge, 3D printer, or digital turntable. Times are 1-3<br />

p.m. <strong>May</strong> 9 and <strong>May</strong> 16 and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 10 and<br />

<strong>May</strong> 17. Other spots are available by appointment (call<br />

the branch manager). A parent or caregiver must accompany<br />

children who are 10 years old or younger.<br />

• Storytime. At 11 a.m. on <strong>May</strong> 11 and <strong>May</strong> 18, toddlers<br />

and pre-schoolers can enjoy books, rhymes, music,<br />

and crafts and learn how to interact<br />

with children their age.<br />

Pre-registration is appreciated.<br />

• Lego Club. Open to schoolage<br />

children, the Lego Club<br />

meets the second and fourth<br />

Mondays of the month, 3:30-5<br />

p.m. Creations remain on display<br />

at the library until the next<br />

session.<br />

• Pokemon Trading Card<br />

Game Club. Open to ages 6-12, this group meets the<br />

third Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m. to talk, battle,<br />

and trade (with parent’s permission).<br />

• Board Game Night. Adults are invited to take part<br />

in a board game night on <strong>May</strong> 18. Join the fun any time<br />

between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Jim and Kim Breeze provide a<br />

variety of games and instructions.<br />

• Blood drive. The drive is set for 3-6 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 25.<br />

Register at donortime.com, call (937) 461-3220, or use<br />

Community Blood Center’s donortime app.<br />

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Celebrating senior citizens<br />

County’s three senior centers have much to offer<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

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

Center in London, Jeffersonian Senior Citizens<br />

Center in West Jefferson, and Pleasant<br />

Valley Senior Citizens Center in Plain City<br />

offer a variety of services and activities.<br />

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

Address: 280 W. High St., London; P.O.<br />

Box 389, London, OH 43140<br />

Phone: 740-852-3001<br />

Web address: www.mcsenior.org<br />

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

Senior Café hours: Monday-Thursday,<br />

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For individuals who are<br />

55 or older, dine-in meals are $6 and carryout<br />

meals are $6.50. For individuals<br />

younger than 55, all meals are $6.50.<br />

Annual membership fee: $15 per person<br />

or $25 for married couples per year. A membership<br />

registration form can be downloaded<br />

from the center’s website.<br />

Eligibility: Members must be 55 or older.<br />

There is no residency requirement.<br />

Services offered: Assistance with utility<br />

bills when funds are available, adult day center,<br />

transportation (for individuals 60 and<br />

older) for doctor appointments, grocery trips,<br />

hair appointments and the like; foot care;<br />

and a diabetic and weight loss support group.<br />

Activities: Billiards, easy exercises<br />

guided by a nurse, other exercises, chair volleyball,<br />

bowling, euchre, bridge, trips (from<br />

mystery lunches and shopping to out-ofstate<br />

and overseas excursions), quilting<br />

classes, movies, painting classes and more.<br />

Coming up: The center plans to install a<br />

shuffleboard court and horseshoe pits at its<br />

outdoor shelter house.<br />

Governing board for <strong>2023</strong>: Misty Bradley,<br />

executive director; Donna Sheridan, president;<br />

Jerry Tompkins, vice president;<br />

Loretta Anthony, secretary; Sharon Manion,<br />

Steve Saltsman, and Tom Lawrence.<br />

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

Day<br />

Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 9, <strong>2023</strong> • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm<br />

Our mission is to keep you informed of the supportive services<br />

available to help make your life easier.<br />

Join us for our annual Senior Fair; we have 28 agencies<br />

ready to provide you with the information you need.<br />

Door Prizes will be given away during the day.<br />


740-852-3001<br />

Sorry no carry out meals on this day.<br />

A crowd gathered on April 28 to play euchre at the West Jeffersonian Senior Center. Starting in <strong>May</strong>, the center will host euchre from<br />

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month.<br />

Jeffersonian Senior Citizens Center<br />

Address: 174 E. Main St., West Jefferson<br />

Phone: 380-895-6159; Virginia Miller,<br />

president, (614) 302-8883<br />

Email address: westjeffersonseniorcitizen@gmail.com<br />

Hours: The center is open certain hours<br />

each month for different services and activities.<br />

(See below.)<br />

Annual membership fee: $10<br />

Eligibility: Members must be 50 or older.<br />

There is no residency requirement.<br />

Activities: Potlucks 12-2 p.m. the first<br />

and third Tuesdays of the month, euchre<br />

2:30-4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays<br />

of the month, and group trips throughout<br />

the year.<br />

Services offered: The center is a host site<br />

for <strong>Madison</strong> County for the commodity supplemental<br />

food program for low-income individuals<br />

who are 60 or older. There is no<br />

mcsenior.org<br />

(From left) Elaine Riley, Cindy Shoemaker,<br />

and Marjorie Hopkins perform a coordination<br />

activity during Ruth Kennedy’s sitting<br />

exercise and strengthening class at the<br />

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

London. The class takes place at 10:30 a.m.<br />

Mondays. Kennedy is a registered nurse.<br />

residency requirement. Distribution takes<br />

place from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Friday<br />

of each month. (Dates vary in November and<br />

December due to the holidays.) Participants<br />

receive a 30-pound box of shelf-stable food, a<br />

block of government cheese, and fresh produce.<br />

Delivery is available for shut-ins.<br />

Open house: The center welcomes the<br />

public to visit to learn more about the organization.<br />

The open house is set for 12-2 p.m.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18. Refreshments will be served.<br />

Officers for the commodity supplemental<br />

food program are Virginia Miller, president,<br />

and Ada Cochran, vice president and treasurer;<br />

and Jamielynn Chapman, secretary.<br />

Pleasant Valley Senior Citizens Center<br />

Address: 390 Allgyer Dr., Plain City<br />

Phone: (614) 873-8870<br />

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday<br />

Lunch: 11 a.m.-noon. Cost is $3.50. Meals<br />

provided by Memorial Health of Marysville.<br />

Annual membership fee: $10 per person.<br />

Members receive a monthly newsletter listing<br />

activities and events. Stop by the center<br />

to fill out a membership form.<br />

Eligibility: Members must be 55 or older.<br />

There is no residency requirement.<br />

Services offered: The center partners<br />

with Daily Needs Assistance (DNA) to provide<br />

members with transportation twice a<br />

month for grocery shopping. The bus goes to<br />

Walmart the first Thursday of the month<br />

and to Aldi’s the third Thursday of the<br />

month. Pickup is at 10 a.m. at the center.<br />

Activities: Monthly craft projects, bingo<br />

twice a month (dates vary), euchre at noon<br />

on Fridays, Bible study at noon on the first<br />

and third Tuesdays of the month, and quilting<br />

all day on Tuesdays. The Lunch Bunch<br />

goes to a different restaurant each month,<br />

spring through fall. The center celebrates<br />

members’ birthdays once a month; Memorial<br />

Health provides special lunches for the<br />

occasion. Members are welcome to stop by<br />

anytime during regular hours to work puzzles,<br />

play dominos, sign out books from the<br />

center’s library, and more.<br />

Senior Appreciation Day: Memorial<br />

Health is providing special lunches from 11<br />

a.m. to noon on <strong>May</strong> 16-18 in celebration of<br />

Senior Citizens Week.<br />

Governing board: Irene Fryman, president<br />

and interim activities director; Donna<br />

Reed, vice president; and Lois Lowry, secretary/treasurer.<br />

Note: The center is in need<br />

of a new activities director. The job pays<br />

$200 a month and requires approximately<br />

four hours of work per week. Call the center<br />

for details.

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Celebrating senior citizens<br />

London man to be inducted into Hall of Fame<br />

Ceremony will take<br />

place on <strong>May</strong> 17<br />

A four-year member of<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Vineyard<br />

Church, Tom devotes his<br />

of Fayette County, Roger<br />

Pry of Franklin County,<br />

Pamela Shields of Franklin<br />

time to the Act of Kindness<br />

County, Dick Wires of<br />

Outreach, a church group<br />

Franklin County, Ruby Hall<br />

that gives back to the community<br />

through various vol-<br />

and Darlene Weaver of Pick-<br />

of Licking County, Charlie<br />

London resident resident Tom Lawrence<br />

is among 14 individuals who will be inducted<br />

into the Central Ohio Area Agency<br />

unteer outreach efforts. He<br />

away County, and Bob and<br />

also attends bible study<br />

Jeannie Hildreth of Union<br />

on Aging’s (COAAA) Hall of Fame on <strong>May</strong><br />

twice a month at the church.<br />

County.<br />

17 at The Gallery of Champions at Champions<br />

Golf Course in Columbus.<br />

Tom retired from <strong>Madison</strong> County EMS About COAAA<br />

after 27 years. He and his wife, Betty, have COAAA plans, funds, and delivers services<br />

that help older adults and individuals<br />

Tom pays it forward every day. It’s a way<br />

been married for 49 years. They have three<br />

of life he ascribes to, especially after experiencing<br />

a turning point in 2019 in which he<br />

children, 13 grandchildren, and nine greatgrandchildrenent<br />

in their homes. With the assistance of<br />

with disabilities remain safe and independ-<br />

received a heart transplant. He doesn’t take<br />

In his spare time during the summer, area providers, COAAA arranges and coordinates<br />

services to help individuals with<br />

life for granted and makes an effort each<br />

Tom loves to take his red VW Beetle convertible<br />

around to car shows. He’s usually daily living such as homemaking, trans-<br />

day to serve others. For more than nine<br />

years, Tom has volunteered for Donate Life<br />

at one or two car shows every summer portation, home delivered meals, and personal<br />

care. COAAA offers education and<br />

Ohio, a coalition of the state’s organ, eye,<br />

weekend.<br />

and tissue recovery agencies dedicated to<br />

The COAAA Hall of Fame honors central resources to caregivers, professionals, and<br />

educating Ohioans about the need for organ<br />

donation.<br />

Tom Lawrence, a London resident, will be<br />

Ohio older adults who share their dedication,<br />

talent, and vitality in ways that signif-<br />

the public and advocates for programs and<br />

Tom continues to be a shining example of inducted into the Central Ohio Area<br />

policies that benefit older adults and individuals<br />

with disabilities.<br />

icantly improve their communities and the<br />

what it means to advocate for the importance<br />

of organ donation. It’s work that<br />

Agency on Aging’s Hall of Fame on <strong>May</strong> 17.<br />

lives of others. COAAA hosts the Hall of COAAA manages services for approximately<br />

14,000 people and funds services for<br />

earned him the Ambassador Award from day and is basically the chef, a position that Fame induction in <strong>May</strong> during Older Americans<br />

Month, a month that celebrates the another 25,000 older adults in eight coun-<br />

Donate Life Ohio.<br />

shows how important the café is to him personally.<br />

He’s a great representative of the contributions of senior citizens.<br />

ties: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin,<br />

Tom also is actively involved at the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Senior Citizens Center in London.<br />

He has volunteered at the center for the facility and café throughout the commu-<br />

class of inductees includes: Eileen Brenner COAAA is operated under the City of<br />

center, taking every opportunity to promote In addition to Tom Lawrence, the <strong>2023</strong> Licking, <strong>Madison</strong>, Pickaway, and Union.<br />

many years and, in particular, with the center’s<br />

café since 2016. He’s at the café every governing board since 2022.<br />

Delaware County, David “Dee” and Kathy ment.<br />

nity. He has been a member of the center’s of Delaware County, Delma Jackson of Columbus Recreation and Parks Depart-<br />

Mowry of Fairfield County, Joanne Boysel<br />

London facility plans week of special activities<br />

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

Center, 280 W. High St., London, has<br />

planned a full week of special activities,<br />

along with their regularly scheduled activities,<br />

in recognition and appreciation of senior<br />

citizens. For more information, call (740)<br />

852-3001.<br />

Monday, <strong>May</strong> 8:<br />

8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise class;<br />

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

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

10:30 a.m., sitting exercise/strengthening;<br />

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

12 p.m., chair volleyball match - seniors<br />

vs. center staff;<br />

1 p.m., euchre.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 9:<br />

10 a.m., bowling;<br />

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free lunch for center<br />

members only;<br />

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Fair featuring raffles<br />

and the following vendors and agencies:<br />

Aetna<br />

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield<br />

Arbors West<br />

Bluebird Retirement<br />

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging<br />

Clear Caption<br />

Columbus VA<br />

Dermatologists of Central States<br />

Good Shepherd Village<br />

Lifecare Alliance<br />

Lifeline of Ohio<br />

London Lions Club<br />

London Public Library<br />

London Rehab<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Health<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Senior Living<br />

Medical Mutual<br />

Mid-Ohio Food Collective<br />

Ohio’s Hospice Loving Care<br />

Ohio Consumers Council<br />

OSHIIP<br />

Pure Health at Home<br />

Smooth Transitions<br />

Vitas Healthcare<br />

Wooded Glen<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 10:<br />

8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise class;<br />

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

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

12 p.m., bridge;<br />

1 p.m., euchre tournament;<br />

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

group<br />

Thursday, <strong>May</strong> 11:<br />

Raffle day—Everyone who comes in for<br />

lunch, regardless of age or membership, is<br />

entered into a drawing for a chance at a $50<br />

Wal-Mart card or $50 Kroger gift card.<br />

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

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

Friday, <strong>May</strong> 12:<br />

8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise class;<br />

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

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

12 p.m. ice cream social;<br />

1 p.m., free movie.

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community calendar<br />

Blood Drives<br />

To schedule a time to donate blood at one<br />

of the following American Red Cross drives,<br />

download the Red Cross Blood Donor app,<br />

visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-733-<br />

2767.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 10: 2-6 p.m. at Jerome Township administrative<br />

office, 9777 Industrial Parkway,<br />

Plain City;<br />

<strong>May</strong> 11: 1-7 p.m. at Haven Fellowship<br />

Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Rd., Plain City.<br />

Health Board<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County London City Health<br />

District board will meet at 5 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 11 at<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Public Health, 306<br />

Lafayette St., London.<br />

Shekinah Basketball Camp<br />

Shekinah Christian School, 10040<br />

Lafayette-Plain City Rd., Plain City, will<br />

hold its summer basketball camp <strong>May</strong> 29-<br />

June 2. The camp is open to boys and girls<br />

entering grades 4-9 for the <strong>2023</strong>-24 school<br />

year. Grades 4-6 will meet daily 10 a.m.-<br />

noon. Grades 7-9 will meet daily 12:30-3:30<br />

p.m. The cost is $65 per player. For more information,<br />

contact Coach Keith Lambert at<br />

kalambo48@gmail.com.<br />

Fair Board Meetings<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Fair Board meets<br />

at 7:15 p.m. the first Wednesday of each<br />

month at Butcher Block Restaurant, 2280<br />

State Rte. 56 SW, London.<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.<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 />

Memorial Day Parade<br />

The South Solon Community Organization<br />

is organizing a Memorial Day parade<br />

honoring fallen soldiers for their commitment<br />

to the country and legacy of patriotism<br />

and sacrifice. The parade is set for 2 p.m.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 29. The route runs from Community<br />

Park to South Solon Cemetery.<br />

The Springfield Detachment of the Marine<br />

Corp League will lead the parade, followed<br />

by the <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School<br />

marching band led by Andrew Lawrence.<br />

A short ceremony will take place at the<br />

entrance to the cemetery. The mayor will<br />

recognize veteran Ronnie Farrell as the parade<br />

grand marshal. Rev. Jonathan Morris<br />

of South Charleston United Methodist<br />

Church will speak. The Marines will follow<br />

with a 21-gun salute and “Taps.”<br />

London Public Library<br />

London Public Library, is located at 20 E. First St. Call (740)<br />

852-9543 or visit www.mylondonlibrary.org for details.<br />

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

laptop, or tablet? Register for a one-on-one 45-minute help session.<br />

Possible topics include how to search the internet, how to use email,<br />

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

to your session. To register, call the library. Available every<br />

day by appointment only.<br />

• Generational Pen Pals. The library is looking to connect different<br />

generations through pen pals. Register to participate<br />

through <strong>May</strong> 20. Each person or family that registers will be paired<br />

with someone in a different generation and write at least three letters<br />

to their pen pal over the summer.<br />

• Story Times. Toddler Time is set for <strong>May</strong> 9, 10-10:30 a.m., and<br />

is for ages 0-3. Preschool Story Time is set for <strong>May</strong> 9, 11-11:45 a.m.,<br />

and is for ages 3-6.<br />

• Book Club. The group will discuss “Just One Damned Thing<br />

After Another” by Jodi Taylor at 7 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 9. The group meets the<br />

second Tuesday of each month.<br />

• Paws for Reading. Register your child for a 10-minute time<br />

slot during which they will read a story to Emma, a certified therapy<br />

dog. Time slots are available between 6 and 7 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 10.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library is located at 270 Lilly Chapel<br />

Rd., West Jefferson. Call (614) 879-8448 or visit hbmlibrary.org.<br />

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

• Fairy Gardens for Teens. Middle school and high school students<br />

are invited to create a fairy garden for free at the library at<br />

3 p.m. <strong>May</strong> 9. Registration is required.<br />

• Mother’s Day Painting. At 11 a.m. <strong>May</strong><br />

13, Pour On The Art will lead a painting<br />

class for ages 18 and older. To see an image<br />

of the painting, go to hbmlibrary.org. Registration<br />

is required.<br />

Mount Sterling Library<br />

Mount Sterling Public Library is located<br />

at 60 W. Columbus St. Call (740) 869-2430<br />

or visit www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.<br />

• Pre-School Storytime. Mondays at<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

• Bookmobile Visits. The bookmobile<br />

will make rounds on <strong>May</strong> 17. Look for it at<br />

Grace Community Church in South Solon<br />

from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and at Sedalia town hall<br />

from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Call the library ahead<br />

to request specific items.<br />

• Little Free Library Pantry. This new ad-<br />

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• Ohio Ice Cream: A Scoop of History Book Talk. At 6:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18, cookbook author Renee Casteel Cook will talk about her<br />

latest book, “Ohio Ice Cream: A Scoop of History.” The books features<br />

25 shops from around the state, from mom-and-pop roadside<br />

stops to household brand names that have expanded nationwide.<br />

Mount Sterling Friends of the Library will provide ice cream treats.<br />

Cook will have copies of her book for sale and autographing.<br />



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www.madisonmessengernews.com<br />

West Jeff team advances to state Envirothon<br />

The winning team at the <strong>2023</strong> Southwest Ohio Envirothon was<br />

from West Jefferson High School in <strong>Madison</strong> County. From L to<br />

R: Brent Gardner (Team Captain), Matthew Chmil, and Charles<br />

Stephens.<br />

A team of students from West Jefferson High School<br />

placed first among 45 teams in the Southwest Ohio Envirothon<br />

on April 28 at Camp Friedlander in Loveland.<br />

The Envirothon is a competitive, academic, outdoor<br />

team event for high school students that takes place annually.<br />

The event tests students’ knowledge in aquatic<br />

ecology, current environmental issues, forestry, soils,<br />

and wildlife. It is designed to stimulate and reinforce<br />

students’ interest in natural resources while encouraging<br />

cooperative decision making, team building, and<br />

problem solving.<br />

At the regional competition, <strong>Madison</strong> County was<br />

represented by four teams made up of students from<br />

West Jefferson High School (advised by Mike<br />

Harkleroad) and Tolles Career & Technical Center (advised<br />

by Mike Liston and Cathy Mehl). All of the teams<br />

prepared for the event through in-class curriculum<br />

study and a field day with natural resource experts<br />

hosted by the <strong>Madison</strong> Soil and Water Conservation<br />

District.<br />

At the regional level, teams are made up of three<br />

members from the same school and, though each student<br />

contributes his or her personal best, the score that<br />

counts at the end of the day is the team score.<br />

By taking first place, West Jefferson Team 2 secured<br />

a spot at the State Envirothon Competition to be held<br />

in June at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Team 2<br />

includes team captain Brent Gardner, Matthew Chmil,<br />

and Charles Stephens. Two additional West Jefferson<br />

students will join these three at state where teams of<br />

five compete.<br />

“The <strong>Madison</strong> Soil and Water Conservation District<br />

(SWCD) would like to recognize them for their hard<br />

work and commitment to conservation education, as<br />

well as all the teams that competed in this year’s Envirothon,”<br />

said Julia Cumming, SWCD program administrator.<br />

The mission of SWCD is to enhance and sustain the<br />

soil, water, and related natural resources of <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County through partnerships with others to provide educational<br />

programs, technical assistance, and funding.<br />

For more information about conservation events and<br />

volunteer opportunities, visit www.madisonsoilandwater.com<br />

or call (740) 852-4003.<br />

Everything adds up at <strong>Madison</strong> County math bee<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Math Bee took<br />

place on April 18 at Tolles Career and Technical<br />

Center in Plain City. The competition<br />

featured 75 competitors in grades 5-8 from<br />

the Jonathan Alder, London, <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains, and West Jefferson school districts.<br />

Students competed by grade level on a<br />

written test of 20 questions with one tiebreaker<br />

question for first place. Awards<br />

were given for first, second, and third<br />

places. Students who won first place also receive<br />

a $25 award.<br />

Fifth grade: First—Lincoln Powell of London<br />

Elementary School;<br />

Second (tie)—Kyla Craig of <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains Intermediate, Dominic Keller of Norwood<br />

Elementary (West Jefferson), and Alex<br />

Boyd of Canaan Middle School;<br />

Third (three-way tie)—Blake Smith of<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate, Luke Beachy of<br />

Canaan Middle School (Jonathan Alder), and<br />

Yuina Kawamoto of London Middle School.<br />

Sixth grade: First—Peyton Parker of<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate School;<br />

Second—Zoey Robison of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Intermediate School;<br />

Third (tie)—Ryan Nicol and Nate McCain of<br />

Canaan Middle School (Jonathan Alder) and<br />

Layton Hastings of London Middle School.<br />

Seventh grade: First—Cora McCutcheon<br />

of Jonathan Alder Junior High. Cora won<br />

by the tie-breaker question;<br />

Second—Josh Freeze of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Junior High;<br />

Third (tie)—Anna Stroup and Arabelle<br />

Gainey of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate.<br />

Eighth grade: First—Dani Berger of<br />

Jonathan Alder Junior High. Dani won by<br />

the tie-breaker question;<br />

Second—Ethan Roberts of West Jefferson<br />

Middle School;<br />

Third (tie)—Russell Eberhardt of West<br />

Jefferson Middle School and Troy Nicol of<br />

Jonathan Alder Junior High.<br />

Top finishers in the fifth-grade category of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Math Bee are: (from left)<br />

Blake Smith, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate; Luke Beachy, Canaan Middle School; Yuina<br />

Kawamoto, London Elementary; Dominic Keller, Norwood Elementary; Lincoln Powell,<br />

London Elementary; Kyla Craig, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate; and Alex Boyd, Canaan<br />

Middle School.<br />

Top finishers in the sixth-grade category of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Math<br />

Bee are: (from left) Nate McCain, Canaan Middle School; Ryan Nicol,<br />

Canaan Middle School; Layton Hastings, London Middle School; Zoey<br />

Robison, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate; and Peyton Parker, <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains Intermediate.<br />

Top finishers in the seventh-grade category of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Math Bee are: (from left) Anna Stroup, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Junior High; Arabelle Gainey, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Junior High; Josh Freeze, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Junior High;<br />

and Cora McCutcheon, Jonathan Alder Junior High.<br />

Top finishers in the eighth-grade category of<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Math Bee are: (from left)<br />

Troy Nichol, Jonathan Alder Junior High; Russell<br />

Eberhardt, West Jefferson Middle School;<br />

Ethan Roberts, West Jefferson Middle School;<br />

and Dani Berger, Jonathan Alder Junior High.

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