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<strong>June</strong> 11, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII No. 24<br />

Metal detecting treasures, page 4<br />

Festivities set for<br />

Summer Jam ‘23<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce is hosting three days<br />

of family-friendly fun with their annual Summer Jam Festival.<br />

Dates and times are: <strong>June</strong> 15, 5-10 p.m.; <strong>June</strong> 16, 5-11 p.m.; and<br />

<strong>June</strong> 17, 12-11 p.m.<br />

Activities are taking place on London Street between Church and<br />

Columbus streets and on Main Street one block to the east and one<br />

block to the west of London Street. Visitors can enjoy rides, food,<br />

children’s activities, vendors, contests, and, of course, music.<br />

“Each year, the festival grows,” said Barbie Wallace, one of the<br />

event organizers. “It’s such a community feeling, seeing everybody<br />

gathering, talking, walking around, and enjoying themselves.”<br />

Music<br />

Live music is one of Summer Jam’s main attractions with two<br />

stages dishing up a variety of bands and musical genres.<br />

The Hammertime Pub Stage, located on South London Street,<br />

will welcome For What It’s Worth on Thursday. The group plays a<br />

great mix of all kinds of music. Sean Poole & Buckin’ Crazy are set<br />

to perform on Friday, playing traditional country, ‘90s country,<br />

blues, and southern rock. On Saturday, The Firebird Band will<br />

bring their love of southern and classic rock to the festival.<br />

The Masonic Lodge stage, located on North London Street near<br />

Chase Bank, has a full line-up, too. A deejay and dance music are<br />

planned for Thursday night. On Friday, solo act Bill Wilt will perform<br />

country and folk music. Free Candy follows, playing pop and<br />

rock tunes, then returns to the stage for the early evening slot on<br />

Saturday. Rounding out the weekend is<br />

soloist Laureen Phoeb performing originals<br />

and pop songs. A deejay will play a variety<br />

of music any time during the festival when<br />


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the stage isn’t occupied by a contest or another<br />

band.<br />

Children’s Activities and Rides<br />

Mt. Sterling OH Rocks invites children<br />

ages 2-17 to search for rocks painted in a patriotic<br />

theme and hidden around downtown.<br />

Participants can report their finds to the<br />

festival information booth to redeem a prize.<br />

Twenty rocks will be hidden each day.<br />

A children’s craft tent is planned for Saturday,<br />

12-6 p.m.<br />

The village of Mount Sterling’s parks and<br />

recreation committee will have a fishing,<br />

boating, and water safety-themed booth on<br />

Saturday, 3-5 p.m. They will hand out free<br />

life jackets to children ages 1-18 while supplies<br />

last. They also are holding a free drawing<br />

for two child-sized kayaks and three<br />

adult-size kayaks. The giveaways were<br />

made possible in part by Ohio Division of<br />

Wildlife aquatic education grants. At the<br />

same time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers<br />

will be set up alongside the parks and<br />

recreation booth, giving out water<br />

safety/fun items. They donated some of the<br />

life jackets that will be given away.<br />

Children and adults alike hang on as the Noah’s Ark amusement<br />

ride takes them high into the sky at last year’s Summer Jam Festival<br />

in Mount Sterling.<br />

Amusement rides will be set up all three days. A $15 wristband<br />

will be good for unlimited rides 12-4 p.m. Saturday only. The rides<br />

will shut down from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday per state mandate.<br />

Food and Shopping<br />

Festival visitors will have plenty of food options, thanks to food<br />

trucks selling everything from pizza, tacos, and nachos to Philly<br />

cheesesteaks, fries, and bologna sandwiches. Additionally, the Masonic<br />

Lodge will be selling kettle corn, hot dogs, chips, and lemonade<br />

shake-ups.<br />

A variety of vendors are signed up to sell their wares during the<br />

festival. Shoppers will find skin and beauty care products, women’s<br />

clothing and accessories, dog treats, home decor and repurposed furnishings,<br />

and hand-dipped ice cream.<br />

Anyone would like to reserve a vendor space can contact Wallace<br />

at (614) 832-0796 or theurbanpineapple@yahoo.com. The cost is:<br />

$25 per day for Thursday/Friday; $40 for Saturday only; or $75 for<br />

all three days. Food trucks must set up all three days; the cost is<br />

$125.<br />

See SUMMER JAM page 2<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Local Schools<br />

What’s next<br />

for facilities?<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Does the district go back to the ballot? If<br />

so, when and with what proposal?<br />

These are questions the <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

school board considered in a work session on<br />

May 31 in the wake of the district’s failed<br />

attempt to pass a bond issue to build a new<br />

facility for all grades.<br />

The cost of the proposed project was $68<br />

million. If passed, the levy would have covered<br />

$63 million, and the Ohio Facilities<br />

Construction Commission (OFCC) would<br />

have covered the rest. The 9.9-mill property<br />

tax to cover the debt service would have cost<br />

taxpayers $347 per year per $100,000 of<br />

property valuation. A little over 55 percent<br />

of voters cast “no” votes.<br />

School board president Mark Mason favors<br />

returning to the ballot for the Nov. 7<br />

election, saying the need for new facilities<br />

hasn’t changed, however, he wants to find a<br />

way to lower the millage in order to lower<br />

the burden on taxpayers.<br />

One of many scenarios the board discussed<br />

would involve the school district contributing<br />

funds to the facility project.<br />

Treasurer Todd Mustain laid out a couple of<br />

scenarios, both of which assume the scope of<br />

the project would remain the same as what<br />

was proposed for the May ballot issue. If the<br />

district contributed $500,000 per year to the<br />

building project, the millage request would<br />

drop from 9.9 mills to 8.7 mills, he said. If<br />

the amount was $1 million per year, the<br />

millage would drop to 7.5 mills.<br />

School board member Bryan Stonerock<br />

agreed with Mason about better chances of<br />

success with a lower millage request, but he<br />

is concerned about the district making contributions<br />

to the project. The more money<br />

the district commits to that scenario, the<br />

sooner the district would be back to voters<br />

for its regular permanent improvement and<br />

operating levies.<br />

Superintendent Chad Eisler’s opinion is<br />

that the board go back to voters with a request<br />

similar to the first attempt.<br />

“This was our best first attempt for a<br />

bond issue in school district history,” he said<br />

of the May 2 election results. He added the<br />

board could take the time between now and<br />

the next election to continue to inform the<br />

public of the need and the plan.<br />


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Continued from page 1<br />

Games and Contests<br />

Youths in grades K-12 will compete for<br />

the titles of Little Mister, Little Miss, Young<br />

Mister, Young Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss<br />

in the royalty contest slated for Thursday<br />

night. On Sunday afternoon, it’s all about<br />

the even younger set; ages 0-24 will compete<br />

in the baby contest, and ages 25<br />

months to 4 years old will vie for prince and<br />

princess titles.<br />

A cornhole tournament is on the schedule<br />

for Friday night. The cost to enter is $10<br />

per team. Winners will receive trophies and<br />



• The last day to pay second-half 2022 property taxes<br />

in <strong>Madison</strong> County is Friday, <strong>June</strong> 16, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

• Payments must be made in person at the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Treasurer’s Office until 4:00 P.M. Friday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 16, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

• Mailed payments must be postmarked by the Post<br />

Office by midnight Friday, <strong>June</strong> 16, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

• By law, second-half taxes paid after <strong>June</strong> 16, <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

will incur a 5% penalty for the first ten days and<br />

after ten days a 10% penalty will incur regardless<br />

of whether the taxpayer has received a bill.<br />

• If you have not received a second-half 2022 property<br />

tax bill, call the Treasurer’s Office immediately at<br />

740-852-1936 or 1-877-454-3309.<br />

Stacey L. McKenzie<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Treasurer<br />

MM MAY 28 & JUNE 11, <strong>2023</strong><br />

MM<strong>2023</strong>261<br />

other prizes.<br />

Any kind of pet is welcome in the pet costume<br />

contest. Trophies and Chamber bucks<br />

(good at participating stores) will go to the<br />

first-, second-, and third-place finishers.<br />

The contest is set for Saturday afternoon, as<br />

are the balloon toss and bike decorating<br />

contest. All are free to enter.<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament<br />

on Friday night at the center, 164 E. Main<br />

St. The entry fee is $100 per team. Registration<br />

and entry fees are due by 5 p.m.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 12. Go online to https://tourneymachine.com/E127523<br />

to sign up. For details,<br />

call (740) 869-2453 or email<br />

msccdir@gmail.com.<br />

The Community Center also is putting<br />

on a car, truck, and bike show on Saturday<br />

at the center. Registration runs 9 a.m.-1:30<br />

p.m. Awards are set for 3 p.m. The entry fee<br />

is $20. Cash prizes, games, music, and raffles<br />

are planned. For details and to register,<br />

contact Tony Mercurio at (614) 668-3070 or<br />

centralohioflight@gmail.com. Proceeds go to<br />

the community center and Central Ohio<br />

Flight Basketball.<br />

General Info<br />

Festival organizers will man an information<br />

booth at the intersection of London and<br />

Main streets. Mount Sterling Church of the<br />

Nazarene will set up a cooling station all<br />

three days of the festival.<br />

Thursday, <strong>June</strong> 15<br />

5 p.m.—Flag raising ceremony featuring<br />

the Mount Sterling American Legion,<br />

along with Lucas Anthony singing the National<br />

Anthem (town hall lawn)<br />

5 p.m.—Announcement of Beautiful Yard<br />

Contest winners (town hall lawn)<br />

5 p.m.—Rides, vendor market, food trucks,<br />

and outdoor seating at Hammer Time Pub<br />

open<br />

6 p.m.—Royalty contest for contestants entering<br />

grades K-12 (Masonic Lodge stage)<br />

7-9 p.m.—Deejay and dance music (Masonic<br />

Lodge stage)<br />

7-10 p.m.—For What It’s Worth band<br />

(Hammer Time Pub stage)<br />

10 p.m.—Festival closes<br />

Friday, <strong>June</strong> 16<br />

5 p.m.—Rides, vendor market, food trucks,<br />

and outdoor seating at Hammer Time Pub<br />

open<br />

5-7 p.m.—Bill Wilt performs (Masonic<br />

Lodge stage)<br />

6 p.m.—3-on-3 basketball tournament<br />

(Community Center)<br />

6:30 p.m.—Registration for corn hole contest<br />

(town hall lawn)<br />

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Summer Jam Schedule of Events<br />

Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 17<br />

9 a.m.-3 p.m.—Car, truck, and bike show<br />

(Community Center)<br />

Noon—Rides, vendor market, food trucks,<br />

and outdoor seating at Hammer Time Pub<br />

open<br />

Noon-4 p.m.—$15 wristbands for rides<br />

Noon—Royalty contest (Masonic Lodge<br />

stage)<br />

Noon-6 p.m.—Kids’ craft tent<br />

2 p.m.—Balloon toss (town hall lawn)<br />

2:30 p.m.—Registration for pet costume<br />

contest (Masonic Lodge stage)<br />

3 p.m.—Pet costume contest (Masonic<br />

Lodge stage<br />

3-5 p.m.—Free children’s event (town hall<br />

lawn)<br />

3:45 p.m.—Bike decorating contest registration<br />

(town hall lawn)<br />

4-5 p.m.—Rides closed for one hour per<br />

state mandate<br />

4 p.m.—Bike decorating contest (town hall<br />

lawn)<br />

4-7 p.m.—Free Candy band (Masonic Lodge<br />

stage)<br />

7 p.m.—Corn hole contest sponsored by Jeff<br />

and Becky Martin (town hall lawn)<br />

7-10 p.m.—Free Candy band (Masonic<br />

Lodge stage)<br />

7-11 p.m.—Sean Poole & Buckin Crazy<br />

band (Hammer Time Pub stage)<br />

11 p.m.—Festival closes<br />

5 p.m. -Rides reopen<br />

7-11 p.m.—The Firebird Band (Hammer<br />

Time Pub stage)<br />

8-10 p.m.—Laureen Phoebe performs (Masonic<br />

Lodge stage)<br />

11 p.m.—Festival closes.<br />

New principal at LHS<br />

Gerald<br />

McHenry<br />

4x3<br />

(process)<br />

London City Schools has hired<br />

Rismiller was one of four finalists<br />

for the London High School<br />

a new principal at the high school.<br />

Ryan Rismiller, principal at<br />

principal position. A group of students,<br />

parents, staff, teachers, and<br />

Meadowdale, a Dayton Public<br />

School focused on career and technical<br />

education, will officially take<br />

views.<br />

administrators conducted the inter-<br />

the helm on Aug. 1. He replaces<br />

“Ultimately, his vision for leading<br />

LHS, his genuine and relation-<br />

Michael Browning who accepted<br />

the position of superintendent at<br />

ship-driven personality, and his<br />

Shelby City Schools.<br />

vast prior experience helped make<br />

Ryan Rismiller<br />

Prior to his time at Meadowdale,<br />

Rismiller served as principal at Gra-<br />

London Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer.<br />

him the ideal candidate,” said<br />

ham High School and as assistant principal When asked about his new position, Rismiller<br />

said he was very excited to lead Lon-<br />

with Marion City Schools. He began his career<br />

as an agricultural science and special don High School and to be a part of the<br />

education teacher before moving into school London community during an unprecedented<br />

time of positive growth.<br />

administration. He holds two master’s degrees,<br />

one in special education and one in While his first official day is Aug. 1, Rismiller<br />

will work several weeks in July to<br />

school leadership, as well as a bachelor’s degree<br />

in agricultural science.<br />

aid in a successful transition.

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Michael Foods held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 23 at their new plant in West Jefferson. Holding the<br />

scissors are Darcy Davenport, CEO of BellRing Brands, and Mark Westphal, CEO of Michael Foods. They<br />

were joined by their associates and members of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Chamber of Commerce. Michael Foods<br />

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ribbon-cutting is owner Stephanie Van Winkle. Joining her are her family members, friends, and representatives<br />

of the village of West Jefferson and the <strong>Madison</strong> County Chamber of Commerce. Sircle Health & Wellness<br />

is a pain management clinic offering soqi treatment, deep cold laser treatment, medical massages,<br />

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Chance to become youth ambassador<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Prevention is accepting applications<br />

for its Youth Ambassadors program. Youth Ambassadors<br />

plan community and school-based events, earn<br />

community service hours, gain leadership skills, and<br />

serve as a link for peers and the community. Those selected<br />

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Metal detecting: Loving the thrill of the hunt<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Dedra Cordle<br />

Mark Germann, a relic hunter from West Jefferson, recently<br />

shared his experiences with the hobby of metal detecting at a program<br />

at Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library.<br />

These are just a handful of the items Mark Germann and his wife,<br />

Vicki, have discovered over the past decade while relic hunting<br />

with a metal detector. The items include a Seated Liberty half-dollar<br />

from 1876, Indian Head coins, engraved spoons from the<br />

1800s, rings, and antique pocket knives.<br />

By Dedra Cordle<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Presenter Mark Germann issued a word of caution<br />

to those who visited Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library recently<br />

to learn about the weird and wonderful world of<br />

metal detecting.<br />

“I have to warn you all that once you start metal detecting,<br />

you are probably not going to be able to stop<br />

metal detecting,” said the avid relic hunter from West<br />

Jefferson. “It can be addicting in ways you could never<br />

imagine.”<br />

Mark first caught the metal detecting bug after his<br />

older brother, Frank, rented a metal detector to help a<br />

friend find a ring she lost while doing yardwork.<br />

“Frank was about 10 years older than me, and he<br />

never wanted me to come<br />

along with him to, well, anywhere<br />

at that point,” Mark<br />

said. “But I was young, and<br />

he knew that I liked to dig<br />

up things and get dirty, so he<br />

allowed me to join him in<br />

trying to find her ring.”<br />

The metal detector Frank<br />

rented looked nothing like<br />

the lightweight, sleek models<br />

on the market today.<br />

“It was this black box that<br />

didn’t make any noise when<br />

it picked up metal in the<br />

ground, but it did have this<br />

needle that went crazy when<br />

it detected an object hidden<br />

below the earth,” Mark said.<br />

The brothers took the<br />

metal detector all around the property, crawling on<br />

their hands and knees and digging holes when the needle<br />

told them an item was nearby.<br />

They managed to locate the ring, along with a handful<br />

of other items, including old coins and some compacted<br />

trash. Mark loved the thrill of the hunt.<br />

“I went home and begged my mother to buy us (a<br />

metal detector),” he said.<br />

Through the rest of his childhood and into his<br />

teenage years, Mark scoured old houses and farm fields<br />

near his home in southern Franklin County, finding<br />

hundreds of historic objects.<br />

“I was always on the lookout for arrowheads and<br />

other Indian coins, but I had to put the metal detecting<br />

away for a while” when jobs and family came into focus,<br />

he said.<br />

Thirteen years ago, Mark’s wife Vicki asked for a few<br />

gift ideas to celebrate his upcoming birthday. She didn’t<br />

know his passion for metal detecting had bubbled to the<br />

surface again.<br />

When Mark made the odd request for a metal detector,<br />

Vicki said she just gave a big sigh and rolled her<br />

eyes.<br />

“He could have asked for something worse, I suppose,”<br />

she joked.<br />

With a new metal detector in hand, Mark resumed<br />

his beloved hobby and even got his reluctant wife involved.<br />

“It is very fun and addicting, but he enjoys it much<br />

more than I do,” Vicki said. “He does all the research, finds<br />

out all the places to go, and I’m just along for the ride.”<br />

Mark said the research facet is something he has<br />

grown to love over the years. Most local museums have<br />

maps of the county dating back to the 1800s that can<br />

point relic hunters to potentially great finds, he said.<br />

For example, Mark and Vicki have used the maps to<br />

find a Seated Liberty half-dollar from the 1800s and two<br />

Mark Germann found this collection of tools and<br />

weapons in fields around <strong>Madison</strong> County. He<br />

said he loves to explore land in the area because<br />

he almost always finds something interesting.<br />

breastplates worn by Union soldiers during the Civil<br />

War. Although they have individually and collectively<br />

found hundreds of antique coins and artifacts, the couple<br />

said these items are counted among their most<br />

prized possessions.<br />

“I don’t know if they have any monetary value because<br />

I am afraid I would be too tempted to sell them if<br />

they did,” Mark said, “but I do know these have a lot of<br />

personal value to us.”<br />

It’s not just the thrill of the search that keeps him<br />

involved in the hobby —“although it is fun to go out there<br />

because you never know what you are going to find,” he<br />

said—but everything else that comes with it, like the<br />

conversation and connections formed with other relic<br />

hunters and with property owners who allow him on<br />

their land.<br />

“What I love most about<br />

metal detecting is that it gets<br />

you out of the house, it gets<br />

you outside, it gets you moving,”<br />

he said. “You meet interesting<br />

people, you talk to<br />

interesting people, and it has<br />

kinda brought me out of my<br />

shell a bit because it has<br />

made me get out there and<br />

talk to people.”<br />

Mark said he never<br />

thought he would be comfortable<br />

walking up to people in<br />

the field to ask them about<br />

the history of their property,<br />

just as he never thought he<br />

would be comfortable hosting<br />

a presentation about metal<br />

detecting to a room full of strangers.<br />

“It’s a lot of fun, and it’s full of surprises,” he said. “I<br />

would recommend metal detecting to anyone who has a<br />

curiosity about the community and about the world.”<br />

Mark shared a few basic rules of etiquette for those<br />

interested in metal detecting. They include:<br />

• Respecting private property—Always ask for the<br />

property owner’s permission to detect on their land.<br />

• Getting that permission in writing, if possible.<br />

• Offering to share any valuables with the property<br />

owner.<br />

• Leaving as little sign of your presence as possible<br />

by filling in holes.<br />

• Being courteous and throwing away uncovered<br />

trash.<br />

• Being respectful of wildlife and the natural environment.<br />

• Reporting the discovery of any items of possible significant<br />

historical value to a local historian or museum.<br />

• The prohibition of metal detecting around archaeological<br />

monuments.<br />

• Reporting live ammunition to other potentially<br />

lethal objects to the authorities.<br />

Mark said those interested in getting started should<br />

research the various types of metal detectors as some<br />

are more technologically advanced than others.<br />

He also encourages people to ask questions. They can<br />

find answers on the many Facebook pages dedicated to<br />

the hobby, including the Central Ohio Metal Detecting<br />

Society’s page. Additionally, members of the Darby<br />

Creek Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio are<br />

always willing to answer questions and share tips. The<br />

chapter meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each<br />

month (except <strong>June</strong>, July, August, and December) at the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Historical Society, 260 E. High St.,<br />


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No matter what direction the district takes with future<br />

levy attempts, board vice president Anthoula<br />

Xenikis wants the district to address some of the concerns<br />

taxpayers expressed in the last election, including<br />

the amount of land to be used for a new facility project<br />

and providing a visual plan for its layout and placement<br />

on campus.<br />

Other funding/financing possibilities<br />

After the May 2 election, the district became aware<br />

of a couple of unconventional financing and funding opportunities<br />

for the facility project, Eisler reported.<br />

After the election, the Hillsboro, Ohio, office of the<br />

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)<br />

reached out to <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains, offering a 3.75 percent<br />

fixed interest rate on a bond issue through the federal<br />

government. The current interest rate for the proposed<br />

project is 5 percent through a traditional municipal<br />

bond setup. If the 3.75 percent rate were secured, the<br />

district could drop its millage request from 9.9 mills to<br />

8.7 mills, Mustain said.<br />

The offer comes with challenges and unknowns,<br />

Eisler noted. For one, the USDA requires an environmental<br />

study which usually takes 60 to 90 days, and the<br />

interest rate is set to change on July 1. Additionally, the<br />

federal Build America By America Act (BABA) requires<br />

that such projects use only American-made materials<br />

which could increase costs. Also, as far as the district<br />

knows, the OFCC has not done a project involving the<br />

BABA Act, and only one other Ohio school district has<br />

partnered with USDA for this type of financing.<br />

At this time, Eisler and Mustain said they are pursuing<br />

the opportunity despite the hurdles because it<br />

presents a potential cost savings. Due to time constraints<br />

for ballot deadlines, however, Mustain said it’s<br />

not likely they would have an agreement in place in<br />

time for the November ballot.<br />

The other unconventional opportunity that came up<br />

after the May election involves the state budget which<br />

Gov. Mike DeWine is slated to sign into law on July 1.<br />

“We were made aware of an opportunity to increase<br />

the state share for the (facility) project through a proposed<br />

amendment to the Ohio Revised Code,” Eisler<br />

said.<br />

Right now, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains qualifies for 9 percent<br />

funding through OFCC for the facility project. If the<br />

proposed amendment were signed into law with the<br />

state budget, the district could get an additional 25 percent<br />

in OFCC funding for the project, taking the state<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Amateur Radio Club will participate<br />

in a national emergency communications preparedness<br />

exercise on <strong>June</strong> 24-25. The exercise, known<br />

as Field Day, involves setting up and operating emergency<br />

radio communications using amateur (ham) radio<br />

to communicate with similar operations throughout the<br />

country.<br />

The club will conduct its <strong>2023</strong> Field Day operations<br />

at the Deercreek Township Hall, 75 Middle St.,<br />

Lafayette, beginning at 2 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 24 and operating<br />

for up to 24 hours, concluding at 2 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 25.<br />

Operations will include digital messaging, as well as<br />

voice and Morse Code communications. The <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County club members will demonstrate the “magic” of<br />

ham radio by contacting hams across the country while<br />

using wire antennas, low power radios and emergency<br />

power.<br />

The public is invited to come and see modern amateur<br />

radio technology in action and learn about this ex-<br />


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citing hobby. Club members will be available<br />

to answer questions, provide literature,<br />

and help visitors get on the air. Best<br />

visiting times are 2-6 p.m. Saturday and<br />

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.<br />

Field Day is sponsored by ARRL, the<br />

national association for amateur radio,<br />

and has been an annual event since 1933.<br />

This year’s operations are expected to involve<br />

more than 40,000 ham radio operators<br />

from across North America.<br />

Often using only emergency power,<br />

ham operators construct and operate<br />

emergency stations in parks, shopping<br />

malls, schools, and backyards around the<br />

country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham<br />

Radio Works,” is demonstrated by hams who can send<br />

messages in many forms without the use of phone systems,<br />

Internet, or any other infrastructure that can be<br />

contribution from $5.5 million to $21 million and lowering<br />

the millage rate for a proposed bond issue from<br />

9.9 mills to 7.5 mills.<br />

In return, the district would have to work with a<br />

state community college on agriculture preservation<br />

and service industry workforce development programs<br />

and curriculum. This opportunity and requirement<br />

would be available to any school district planning to<br />

build a new building on existing district land used for<br />

agricultural purposes.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains leaders presented the proposed<br />

amendment language to state senators Bob Hackett and<br />

Stephanie Kunze who, in turn, introduced it into the<br />

state budget process.<br />

“We do not know how this is going to turn out at this<br />

point in time, but Mr. Mustain and I want to do everything<br />

we can to try to help save this community money,”<br />

Eisler said.<br />

Renovation idea<br />

The district’s original bond issue proposal included<br />

$6.5 million in locally funded initiatives (LFI) for a<br />

larger main gym, a third gym, and a dedicated auditorium—features<br />

OFCC will not contribute funding to because<br />

its focus is academic spaces.<br />

In presenting ideas at the May 31 board work session,<br />

Eisler and Mustain brought up the idea of shifting<br />

the LFI funding portion of the proposal to renovating<br />

the high school rather than tearing it down. Renovation<br />

would provide much needed extra gym space. The mezzanine<br />

could be used for athletic storage, batting cages,<br />

and practice space for cheerleading and community<br />

sports. Various existing classroom space could be converted<br />

for wrestling practice space, extension of the auditorium’s<br />

backstage area, and administrative offices.<br />

The commons area could become a community room<br />

with display cases showcasing school district memorabilia.<br />

The library could become a community room and<br />

board meeting space. Other parts of the building could<br />

be repurposed for a technology work room and storage,<br />

maintenance area, and shipping and receiving area.<br />

Mustain said the cost to make renovations for such<br />

uses would be roughly half the cost of creating new<br />

classroom space and would eliminate the need for auxiliary<br />

construction. At that rate, the cost to renovate the<br />

entire high school would be roughly $16 million. If the<br />

district wants to stay at or below an LFI amount of $6.5<br />

million, though, they would only be able to renovate 40<br />

percent of the structure. Such a scenario also would<br />

come with increased utility costs, Mason noted. He later<br />

added that he is not interested in any proposal that<br />

compromised in a crisis. The event combines<br />

public service, emergency preparedness, communityoutreach,<br />

and technical skills.<br />

Modern amateur radio is a fast-growing<br />

hobby, and there are now nearly 28,000 licensed<br />

amateurs in Ohio, more than 750,000<br />

in the United States, and more than 2.5 million<br />

worldwide. Through ARRL’s Amateur<br />

Radio Emergency Services program, volunteers<br />

provide emergency communication for<br />

thousands of state and local emergency response<br />

agencies and non-emergency communications<br />

services to a wide variety of community<br />

and civic organizations, all without cost to the<br />

public.<br />

To learn more about the <strong>Madison</strong> County Amateur Radio Club,<br />

go to http://mcarcoh.org/. To learn more about Field Day, go to<br />

http://www.arrl.org/field-day.<br />

would raise the overall cost of the project.<br />

Solar project funds<br />

Some residents have asked about the possibility of paying for<br />

new school facilities using funds promised to the district by local<br />

solar farm projects. Eisler acknowledged that it is a valid question<br />

and a valid potential use of the funds, but he is leary about committing<br />

those future funds to specific uses.<br />

The district hasn’t received any solar funding to date. The first<br />

payments aren’t due until next year. Eisler also noted that solar<br />

projects have experienced delays. He added that he didn’t want to<br />

essentially borrow against future revenues.<br />

Mason commented that use of solar funding for a facilities project<br />

would mean the district would need to return to voters sooner than<br />

currently planned for regular operating levies.<br />

Timeline<br />

If the board decides to go back on the ballot in November, they<br />

must submit the ballot issue to the <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Elections<br />

by Aug. 9.<br />

The board has made no decisions at this time and will continue to<br />

discuss options. The board’s next regular meeting is <strong>June</strong> 20 at 7 p.m.

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RIGSBY<br />

Darrell Glenn Rigsby, 65, of London,<br />

Ohio, died on May 26, <strong>2023</strong>, in Riverside<br />

Methodist Hospital, Columbus. Born on<br />

Aug. 26, 1957, in Springfield, he was a son<br />

of Harlin Rigsby and Glenna (Gariepy).<br />

Following high school, Darrell went on to<br />

serve his country as a sergeant in the<br />

United States Marine Corps. He later went<br />

on to work in construction and was a regular<br />

handyman. In his free time, he enjoyed<br />

fishing and woodworking. Darrell was also<br />

an avid lover of all animals.<br />

Darrell leaves behind: one son, Austin<br />

Rigsby; brother, Kelly Rigsby, and sister,<br />

Cheryl Rigsby; several nieces and nephews,<br />

including T.J. Allender and Logan Rigsby. He<br />

was preceded by his parents and one sister.<br />

Services were observed in accordance<br />

with Darrell’s wishes. The family was<br />

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BLAIN<br />

William “Bill” Blain, 86, of London, Ohio, died on May 29, <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

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

Born on Oct. 21, 1936, in Mount Sterling, Ohio, he was a son of<br />

Byrd and Rosie (Funk) Blain. Bill was a graduate of <strong>Madison</strong> Rural<br />

High School in the class of 1954. Following high school, he worked<br />

as a service station attendant for the former Standard Oil of Ohio.<br />

After many years of service, Bill worked his way up to manager and<br />

later retired as the retail supervisor for British Petroleum. He also<br />

served in the Army National Guard.<br />

Bill never met a problem that he could not fix. He was a regular<br />

handyman who believed “DIY” was best whenever possible. Growing<br />

up on a farm, Bill also had a love for being outdoors. Yardwork<br />

and gardening were his daily hobbies, and he routinely kept a wonderful<br />

garden every year. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran<br />

Church in London, as well as a member of the Kiwanis Club where<br />

he was a past president. Growing up, Bill played baseball and basketball<br />

and later enjoyed playing softball and bowling. However,<br />

golf was Bill’s true passion. Also, he enjoyed cheering on the Ohio<br />

State Buckeyes, particularly their football, basketball, volleyball,<br />

and softball teams. Bill was also the biggest supporter for his grandkids<br />

and hardly ever missed a single event.<br />

Bill was pleased to be able to treat and share annual family vacations<br />

at Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, with his family,<br />

where he loved to fish, water ski, and tube. To leisurely pass time,<br />

he loved working crossword puzzles.<br />

He leaves behind: his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruth Ann (Strine)<br />

Blain; son, Jeff (Tonya Snell) Blain; daughter, Lisa (Rob) Stafford;<br />

grandchildren, Christopher (Yulia Semenishin) Blain, Victoria (Aaron)<br />

Patrick, Adam Stafford, Emily Stafford, Megan Stafford; great-granddaughter,<br />

Mia Patrick; sister, Marjory Little; sister-in-law, Mary Simpson;<br />

brother-in-law, John Strine; other nieces and nephews.<br />

Bill was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Bernice<br />

Reeves and Thelma Graves; brothers, Jim and Don Blaine; niece,<br />

Karen Sue Little; and nephews, Mike Little and Jim Knisley.<br />

Visitation and a funeral service was held on <strong>June</strong> 5 in St. John’s<br />

Lutheran Church, London, with Pastor Larry Baker officiating. Interment<br />

followed in Kirkwood Cemetery.<br />

Memorials in Bill’s name can be made to St. John’s Lutheran<br />

Church or <strong>Madison</strong> Health Cancer Center, 210 N. Main St., London,<br />

OH 43140. The family was served by Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home<br />

and Crematory, London. Condolences may be shared online at<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

HOWARD<br />

Mary (Austin) Howard, 88, of London, Ohio, died on May 30,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, in Laurels West, Columbus. Born on <strong>June</strong> 13, 1934, in Chillicothe,<br />

she was a daughter of Hobart and Grace (Keel) Austin. Mary<br />

belonged to Chillicothe Zion Baptist Church.<br />

Survivors include: her children, Perry Howard, Angela “Angie”<br />

(David) Jackson, Lawrence “Larry” (Robbin) Howard, Bryan<br />

Howard, Robyn (Brian) Napper, and Andrea Howard; grandchildren,<br />

Keri, Kelly, Toni, Nedra, April, Isaac,<br />

Brandy, Daniel, Robert II, Amanda, Bryan<br />

II, Nancy, Mary, Courtney, Darius, Lloyd<br />

“Doug” and Brook; many, many greatgrandchildren<br />

and great-great grandchildren;<br />

sisters, Lovada Cousins, Lucille Lee<br />

and Nedra (Dana) Valentine; and a host of<br />

nieces, nephews, and cousins.<br />

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

Robert Howard; son, Anthony “Tony”<br />

Howard; daughters-in-law, Karen Howard<br />

and Regina Howard; brothers, Chester,<br />

Harold, Hobart, Russell, and William; sisters,<br />

Norma (Lewis) Smith and Christina Duncan;<br />

and stepdaughter, Nancy Howard Jackson.<br />

Homegoing services for Mary were set<br />

for 1 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 10 in Fountain of Truth<br />

Ministries, London, with Rev. Sandy Cunningham<br />

and Minister Lloyd “Doug” Jackson<br />

II officiating. Interment was set to<br />

follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation was<br />

set for 11 a.m. until the time of services.<br />

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

Crematory, London. Condolences for the family may be sent to<br />

www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Gail Williams, 88, of London, Ohio, died on <strong>June</strong> 2, <strong>2023</strong>, in her<br />

residence. Gail was born on <strong>June</strong> 7, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a<br />

daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Weber) Schneider Sr.<br />

She had been a lifetime member of St. Patrick Church, London.<br />

She loved her cats, Ike and Tootsie.<br />

She is survived by: her children, Dale Williams of Orient and Jeff<br />

Williams and Amy Mason, both of London; siblings, Robert (Barb)<br />

Schneider of London, Leah (Richard) Goodall of North Carolina, and<br />

Joyce Zook of Grove City; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren;<br />

and numerous nieces and nephews. Gail was preceded in death<br />

by: her parents; her husband, Troy; and infant son, Brian.<br />

A Celebration of Life service will be held on a date yet to be determined.<br />

Condolences may be shared at www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.<br />

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Lynch Family<br />

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

DEXTER<br />

Charles Robert Dexter, a resident of London, Ohio, passed away<br />

peacefully on <strong>June</strong> 3, <strong>2023</strong>, at Brookdale Muirfield in Dublin, at the<br />

age of 84. Born on July 17, 1938, in Huntington, W.Va., Charles,<br />

who went by Bob, was the beloved son of Charles Edward and Edith<br />

Marie (Bailey) Dexter.<br />

He selflessly served his country as a master sergeant in the United<br />

States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable<br />

20 years of service, Bob completed his associate degree and continued<br />

working in civilian life. He was a dedicated member of First Presbyterian<br />

Church in London, where his faith remained steadfast.<br />

Bob leaves behind a legacy cherished by his five children: Bruce<br />

(Mary) Dexter, Tammy (Wayne) Gardner, Mark (Polly) Dexter,<br />

Cheryl (Dr. Craig) Marshall, and Sharon (Kirk) DeSize. He was also<br />

blessed with 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.<br />

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Larry Dexter;<br />

and his beloved wife, Nancy Carol (Walters) Dexter who passed<br />

away in February 2022, leaving a void in his heart.<br />

In accordance with Bob’s wishes, there will be no formal services<br />

held. His remains will find their final resting place in the columbarium<br />

of First Presbyterian Church. To honor the memory of Bob, the<br />

family kindly asks for donations to be made to the Alzheimer's Association<br />

under his daughter, Sharon: https://bit.ly/alz-bobdexter.<br />

Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London, is assisting<br />

the family. Those who wish to express condolences are encouraged<br />

to visit www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />


Helen Lee Roudebush, 84, of London, Ohio, died on <strong>June</strong> 3, <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

in the Bluebird Retirement Community, London.<br />

Born on Aug. 24, 1938, in Columbus, she was the daughter of<br />

Leroy M. and Helen B. (Basinger) Roudebush.<br />

For 40 years, Helen was a secretary for the National Association<br />

for the Physically Handicapped and a faithful member of First Presbyterian<br />

Church of London.<br />

She is survived by numerous Cincinnati relatives, as well as Bill<br />

and Barb Schwartz and Kim and Kay of Texas, Fran Allen of Arizona,<br />

nieces Cortney and Kelley Roudebush of California, and many<br />

friends include Nancy and Frank Powell, Diane Remley, Joyce and<br />

Tom Lloyd, Jack and Nancy Anders and Ralph.<br />

A funeral service was held on <strong>June</strong> 7, <strong>2023</strong>, in First Presbyterian<br />

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

followed in Glen Haven Cemetery, Harrison, Ohio.<br />

Memorials in Helen’s name may be made to: First Presbyterian<br />

Church of London, 211 Garfield Ave., London OH 43140; Ohio Valley<br />

Hospice, 2601 Mission Point Blvd., Suite 310, Beavercreek, OH<br />

45431; or the American Association of People with Disabilities at<br />

www.aapd.com.<br />

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

London. Condolences may be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

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Students become published authors<br />

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Monroe Elementary School, located in Plumwood<br />

and part of the Jonathan Alder School<br />

District, has announced that 19 of its students<br />

have become published authors through a national<br />

student publishing program.<br />

As part of the publishing process, students<br />

in Tracie House’s second-grade class planned,<br />

wrote, and illustrated a book using a free publishing<br />

kit provided by Studentreasures Publishing.<br />

The topic of their books was weather.<br />

The students worked on their book for approximately<br />

six weeks. Each student created an<br />

illustration and one page of writing for the book.<br />

The idea to focus on weather came after the<br />

class discussed the different seasons during an<br />

earth science lesson.<br />

“As we were discussing the seasons and how<br />

the weather changes, the students talked about<br />

their favorite season and what they like to do<br />

during that time of the year. That led us to the<br />

idea of what they would do if they could control<br />

the weather,” House said.<br />

The Studentreasures Publishing program<br />

provides teachers with an easy way to incorporate<br />

any lesson plan—from math and science to<br />

history, art, and more—into a fun and memorable<br />

activity. Publishing a book in the classroom engages<br />

students through hands-on learning and<br />

inspires a love of reading and writing.<br />

The school received a full-color, deluxe hardcover<br />

book for the teacher or school library. The<br />

students’ parents also have an option to purchase<br />

copies of the book.<br />

Monroe Elementary second-grader Brylee Castleberry (right) reads the book she<br />

and her classmates created as her teacher, Tracie House, holds the microphone.<br />

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Lillith is your girl. She<br />

has looks, personality,<br />

and intelligence. Her estimated<br />

birthdate is<br />

May 12, 2022.<br />

Lillith enjoys sunny afternoons in the<br />

grass with human or dog company. She did<br />

well with meeting dog friends at the shelter.<br />

She takes cues from other dogs and is the<br />

ultimate play partner. When introduced to<br />

cats at the shelter, she didn’t seem to mind<br />

having them around.<br />

Overall, Lillith would do well in a home<br />

with other animals. She keeps her kennel<br />

tidy and loves to have something soft to lie<br />

on. She has mastered the “just one more<br />

treat” look, but is well mannered and knows<br />

to sit and wait patiently for any treat.<br />

Adoption fees for dogs vary: shelter dogs<br />

are $180, prison dogs are $250, puppies are<br />

$300, and popular pure-breeds are $400.<br />

The price includes: a Home Again microchip,<br />

set of shots, deworming, heartworm<br />

testing (if old enough), spay or neuter, and<br />

a one-year rabies shot (if old enough). All<br />

dogs adopted must leave with a county license<br />

at an additional cost of $17; this fee is<br />

cash only. Adoption fees<br />

can be paid by cash or<br />

credit card.<br />

Peaches<br />

Say hello to Peaches!<br />

A Good Samaritan<br />

found Peaches out alone<br />

and rescued her.<br />

Peaches has an estimated birthday of Jan. 1,<br />

2022. She has a personality that’s as beautiful<br />

as her appearance. This beauty loves to<br />

snuggle, be loved on, and be brushed, something<br />

that coat will always need.<br />

Peaches loves to play. She’s a fan of wand<br />

toys and crinkle balls. She would do well in<br />

just about any home. She hasn’t been around<br />

dogs since being at the shelter, but with slow<br />

and proper introductions, she would likely<br />

do well with both dogs and kitties.<br />

The adoption fees for cats are $100 for<br />

kittens up to 6 months old and $80 for cats<br />

7 months and older. It includes: a FeLV/FIV<br />

test (if old enough), spay or neuter, set of<br />

shots, deworming, and a one-year rabies<br />

shot (if old enough). Fees can be paid by<br />

cash or credit card.<br />

Dairy Queen fundraiser<br />

Dairy Queen in London will donate 40<br />

cents of each Pup Cup sale in July to the<br />

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Solar project brings fiber optics<br />

I live right across the street<br />

from Savion’s <strong>Madison</strong> Fields<br />

Solar Project. I was in favor of<br />

the project from the start because I see it as growth that<br />

improves the lives of everyone in the county, from workers<br />

on the project and business owners in the area to<br />

users of public resources across the county like roads,<br />

schools, and EMS.<br />

As the owner of Four Fibers, a fiber optics installation<br />

company, I was asked to run broadband Internet<br />

out to the <strong>Madison</strong> Fields substation to bring the system<br />

online. The work allowed me to grow my company by<br />

eight full-time employees. I’m hoping more of these projects<br />

get approved.<br />

If the Ohio Power Siting Board greenlights Savion’s<br />

Oak Run Solar Project, it’ll bring another line of fiber<br />

I’m writing to address the<br />

failed ballot initiative seeking a<br />

0.25 percent income tax increase<br />

for London residents to provide additional funding<br />

for the fire and EMS department. While I am not a<br />

resident of London proper, I felt it was important to use<br />

this as an opportunity to express my support for the<br />

Oak Run Solar Project as a method to collect additional<br />

taxes in the county and potentially avoid (or, at minimum,<br />

delay) new levies in the future.<br />

I understand both sides of the issue and have no intention<br />

of imposing my opinions about the levy on anyone<br />

for voting one way or the other. Funding for our fire<br />

and EMS department is important, however, keeping<br />

costs down for families in this uncertain time of inflation<br />

is also a priority.<br />

That’s why I support a third option that I believe<br />

both sides can agree with: attract more economic development<br />

like Oak Run Solar Project to help pay for public<br />

services.<br />

letter to the editor<br />

optics. Not only does that mean<br />

more jobs and revenue for <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County, it means more potential<br />

for residents to economically connect to<br />

high-speed Internet.<br />

When these projects come in and pay for the broadband<br />

they need, it lowers the price for everyone else that<br />

connects afterward. In fact, there’s a plan in place to use<br />

some of the new tax revenue that these projects are<br />

bringing in—along with some of the American Rescue<br />

Act funding—to expand broadband to the underserved<br />

areas of <strong>Madison</strong> County. Simply put, this would not be<br />

possible without these solar projects.<br />

Brett Rothfuss<br />

Irwin<br />

Need to embrace solar projects<br />

letter to the editor<br />

Using projected property valuations,<br />

Oak Run is estimated<br />

to contribute approximately<br />

$841,000 in taxes each year to first responders and fire<br />

departments across the county. In this unique instance,<br />

we can have our cake and eat it, too—keeping taxes low<br />

while increasing funding for public services.<br />

And it doesn’t end with fire and EMS. Taxes paid by<br />

Oak Run would contribute $3.5 million annually to local<br />

schools, $1.8 million to <strong>Madison</strong> County, $543,000 to<br />

health services, $144,000 to libraries, $137,000 to the<br />

three host townships, $77,000 to senior services, and<br />

$48,000 to veterans services.<br />

These are benefits we’ll all reap from just one solar<br />

project which is why we need to embrace the future of<br />

domestic, affordable, clean energy production right here<br />

in <strong>Madison</strong> County.<br />

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Citizenship awards presented<br />

Rylee Hart received a scholarship<br />

award from the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Democratic Party.<br />

Anne Gorman (right), chair of the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Democratic<br />

Party, presents a scholarship<br />

award to Amanda Carpenter.<br />

Cheryl Brockman (left), a member of the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Democratic Party, presents<br />

a scholarship award to Jackson McCoy.<br />

Peggy Garrison (right), a member of the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Democratic Party, presents<br />

a scholarship award to Laura Sampson.<br />

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

Democratic Party has announced<br />

the winners of the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Howard Foust Citizenship<br />

Awards. These awards<br />

are annually granted to a<br />

graduating senior from each<br />

of the public school districts<br />

in <strong>Madison</strong> County.<br />

This year’s winners are:<br />

• Jackson McCoy graduated<br />

from Jonathan Alder<br />

High School where he was<br />

editor of the Pioneer Press,<br />

student director of the<br />

marching band, and president<br />

of the senior class. He<br />

will attend Ohio University<br />

to study journalism. He was<br />

a volunteer on Anne Gorman’s<br />

political campaign and<br />

has attended rallies in support<br />

of Black Lives Matter<br />

and women’s rights.<br />

• Rylee Hart graduated<br />

from West Jefferson High<br />

School where she was active<br />

in volleyball, Pheasants Forever,<br />

and the Renaissance<br />

Club. She will attend Tolles<br />

Career and Technical School<br />

and Columbus State Community<br />

College to study firefighting<br />

and paramedics.<br />

Outside of school, Rylee<br />

worked with Kayle Mast<br />

Photography on a Letters to<br />

Santa campaign and she volunteers<br />

at Sufficient Grace.<br />

• Amanda Carpenter<br />

graduated from London High<br />

School where she was a<br />

cheerleader. She enjoy<br />

spending time as a gymnastics<br />

coach. She plans to attend the University of Dayton to study choose. College enrollment is not necessary.<br />

health science/pre-physical therapy.<br />

Applicants can demonstrate their qualities<br />

• Laura Sampson graduated from <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School either by written or multi-media submissions.<br />

where she was active in track, National Honor Society, FFA, French<br />

Club, and Key Club. She plans to attend the University of Toledo The awards program is chaired by Cheryl<br />

to study political science and psychology. She is passionate about Brockman of London with assistance from<br />

LGBTQ rights and women’s rights.<br />

Scott Brockman, Mike Gorman, Paula Herald,<br />

Celeste Lipp, and Meg Woods. The pro-<br />

Awards are based on demonstrated acts of citizenship on the part<br />

of the applicants. The awards are non-partisan, but applicants 18 gram has been an ongoing activity of the<br />

and older are expected to be registered to vote.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Democratic Party for<br />

The awards consist of cash payments of $300 to each winner, intended<br />

for use in any post-high school educational activity they oncountyohdems.com/scholarships.<br />

nearly 10 years. For info, visit www.madis-<br />

United Way surpasses fund goal<br />

The United Way of Clark, Champaign & <strong>Madison</strong> Counties recently<br />

completed its <strong>2023</strong> campaign, raising a total of $1,100,989 in<br />

the three-county area. The campaign surpassed its goal of raising<br />

$1 million and exceeded last year’s total.<br />

In <strong>Madison</strong> County, the campaign raised $88,438, a 77 percent<br />

increase in donations over the 2022 campaign. A total of 93 donors<br />

made that total possible.<br />

“The support of the <strong>Madison</strong> County community will make a profound<br />

impact and allow us to provide funding for multiple non-profit<br />

organizations that are dedicated to addressing crucial needs,” said<br />

Kerry Lee Pedraza, United Way executive director.<br />

The funds raised in <strong>Madison</strong> County during the campaign will<br />

remain in <strong>Madison</strong> County to support programs<br />

that enhance health, promote responsible<br />

financial practices, and provide<br />

educational opportunities for young people.<br />

At least five local non-profit organizations<br />

will benefit, along with Dolly Parton’s Imagination<br />

Library of <strong>Madison</strong> County, 2-1-1 Information<br />

and Referral Services, Volunteers<br />

United, and the Emergency Food and Shelter<br />

Program.<br />

For more information, call (937) 324-<br />

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Peak Bloom Bicycle Rides<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> Soil and Water Conservation<br />

District is hosting a Peak Bloom Bicycle<br />

Ride Series. Rides start at 8 a.m. <strong>June</strong> 17,<br />

July 15, and Aug. 19 at the Prairie Grass<br />

Trailhead, 262 W. High St., London. The 11-<br />

mile ride is a leisurely pace with pit stops<br />

along the trail to discuss local flora and<br />

fauna, history, and conservation practices.<br />

Registration is not required. For details, contact<br />

Broc Sehen, district technician/wildlife<br />

specialist, at (740) 852-4004.<br />

Clothes Closet<br />

United Church, 30 E. Columbus St.,<br />

Mount Sterling, will open their Clothes<br />

Closet <strong>June</strong> 16-17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., weather<br />

permitting. The Clothes Closet is located in<br />

the garage behind the church. All are welcome.<br />

Items include clothes for men,<br />

women, and children, as well as miscellaneous<br />

household items. There is a one-bag<br />

limit per family. Bags will be provided. Due<br />

to overstock, the church is not taking donations<br />

at this time. Social distancing is required;<br />

masks are optional for those who are<br />

fully vaccinated. For details, contact Kathy<br />

Endres at (740) 869-3755 or Mary Alkire at<br />

(740) 604-1213.<br />

Summer Blast<br />

First Baptist Church of West Jefferson,<br />

686 W. Jefferson-Kiousville Rd. SE, is sponsoring<br />

a community Summer Blast on the<br />

Lawn on July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Food, fun and<br />

games are planned. Visitors can watch West<br />

Jefferson’s fireworks from the church’s front<br />

lawn. Everything is free.<br />

West Jefferson Streetfest<br />

The West Jefferson July 4th Streetfest is<br />

set for July 2-4 on South Center and Pearl<br />

streets in downtown West Jefferson.<br />

July 2<br />

2-11 p.m.—Rides and food<br />

7 p.m.—Southern Alibi band<br />

July 3<br />

5-11 p.m.—rides and food<br />

7 p.m. The Alexander’s Band<br />

July 4<br />

10 a.m.—Parade forms<br />

11 a.m.—Parade steps off<br />

12-11 p.m.—Rides and food<br />

6:30 p.m.—Southern Rock Band<br />

9 p.m.—Raffle drawing<br />

10 p.m.—Fire works (rain date July 8)<br />

Raffle tickets for a Weber Q3200 propane<br />

gas titanium grill can be purchased at West<br />

Jefferson Hardware, Mike’s Pizza, and at<br />

the streetfest. Tickets are $5.<br />

For details, call (614) 879-8840.<br />

Ambulance District Meeting<br />

The Sterling Joint Ambulance District<br />

will meet at 8 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 13 and 8 p.m. July<br />

5. After that, the regular meeting schedule<br />

will resume, being 8 p.m. on the second<br />

Wednesday of each month. Meetings take<br />

place at the squad bay, 24 S. London St.,<br />

Mount Sterling.<br />

Pleasant Township Trustees<br />

Due to the July 4th holiday, the Pleasant<br />

Township trustees will meet on July 10 at 7<br />

p.m. at the township building, 84 N. London<br />

St., Mount Sterling. Call (740) 869-3755.<br />

London Track Shutdown<br />

London High School’s stadium and Jim<br />

Bowlus Field will be shut down until <strong>June</strong><br />

20 while the track is reconditioned.<br />

Midway Alumni Banquet<br />

The Midway Alumni Banquet will take<br />

place on <strong>June</strong> 24 at the Sedalia Fire House,<br />

13715 Main St., Sedalia. Social hour starts<br />

at 3 p.m. followed by dinner at 4 and the<br />

meeting at 5. A smorgasbord dinner will be<br />

served. Tickets are $18. Payment may be<br />

sent to: Midway Alumni Association, c/o<br />

Nancy Hall, 202 E. First St., London OH<br />

43140. Please indicate your choice of meat:<br />

steak or chicken breast. For details, call (740)<br />

852-3472. Reservations are due by <strong>June</strong> 17.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> South Alumni<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> South Alumni Banquet is<br />

set for <strong>June</strong> 24 at the old <strong>Madison</strong> South<br />

High School gym. All are invited, even if you<br />

did not graduate from <strong>Madison</strong> South. Registration<br />

and a silent auction start at 5 p.m.<br />

Auction items are still being accepted. Bring<br />

checks or cash to purchase auction items;<br />

proceeds help make scholarships possible.<br />

Banquet tickets are $25 per person. Rudy’s<br />

Smokehouse of Springfield is catering the<br />

meal. Reservation forms have been given to<br />

class representatives. Make payments to:<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> South Alumni Association. Send<br />

payments to: Steve Craig, 12845 Foster<br />

Redman Rd., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143. Contact<br />

Steve at (740) 506-1002 for auction<br />

items and reservation forms.<br />

Car Show<br />

The village of West Jefferson is hosting<br />

a Cruisin’ with the Mayor car show on <strong>June</strong><br />

16, 6-8:30 p.m., at 33 S. Center St. Free registration<br />

starts at 5 p.m. with awards after<br />

8:30. Prizes include: first place, $100 and a<br />

trophy; second place, $75 and a trophy;<br />

third place, $50 and a trophy; and mayor’s<br />

choice, plaque and a West Jefferson package.<br />

All winners will receive gift cards to<br />

Flyers Pizza. Ally & Parker will perform<br />

from 6 to 7 p.m. Fleetwood Gold will perform<br />

from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Food trucks for<br />

the night include Guelaguetza Mexican<br />

Street Food, Schmidt’s, Taesty’s, and<br />

Layla’s Sweet Treats.<br />

Plain City Events<br />

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

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

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

parks and recreation Facebook page.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

St.<br />

Fishing Derbies<br />

The West Jefferson village parks and<br />

recreation department is hosting fishing<br />

derbies at the Krazy Glue pond, 1450 W.<br />

Main St., on <strong>June</strong> 18, July 15, and Aug. 12.<br />

Times are 10 a.m.-noon with the exception<br />

of <strong>June</strong> 18 when the derby will run 10 a.m.-<br />

1 p.m. The village provides lunch, live bait,<br />

and poles and tackle boxes while supplies<br />

last. Participants are encouraged to bring<br />

their own poles and tackle. For more information,<br />

contact Shelton Stanley at (614)<br />

879-8655 or (614) 307-6543.<br />

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

280 W. High St., London. Lunch is<br />

served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday.<br />

Call (740) 852-3001.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 12—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

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

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

sitting, exercise/strengthen class; 1 p.m., euchre;<br />

4 p.m., Delightful Dining trip departs<br />

<strong>June</strong> 13—9 a.m., quilting; 10 a.m., bowling<br />

<strong>June</strong> 14—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

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

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

group<br />

<strong>June</strong> 15—8:45 a.m., Ohio State Reformatory<br />

trip departs; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 2<br />

p.m., grief support group<br />

<strong>June</strong> 16—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 10 a.m.,<br />

chimes practice; 11 a.m., free lunch for<br />

members only followed by musician Matt<br />

Rees at noon in the shelter house, weather<br />

permitting.<br />

London Public Library<br />

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

• Group Games. <strong>June</strong> 12, 2-3 p.m. Bring<br />

your friends to play wacky team games like<br />

Catch The Dragon’s Tail and Garbage Ball.<br />

(All ages)<br />

• Book Boot Camp. <strong>June</strong> 13, 11 a.m.-12<br />

p.m. Participate in physically active book<br />

readings and songs. Learn about health and<br />

fitness. (Ages 4-10)<br />

• Free Lunches For Students. <strong>June</strong> 13<br />

and <strong>June</strong> 15, 1-2 p.m., in the grassy area behind<br />

the library or in the Hartley Room in<br />

case of bad weather. Any student 18 years<br />

old or younger can stop by for a free lunch<br />

provided by and also available at London<br />

Church of the Nazarene.<br />

• Book Club. <strong>June</strong> 13, 7-8 p.m. The<br />

group will discuss “The Alice Network” by<br />

Kate Quinn.<br />

• Fantastical Hedgehog Magic Show.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 14, 11-11:45 a.m. Erica Carlson creates<br />

a world of wonder and magic with unicorns,<br />

mermaids, and dragons as they try to<br />

find Sedgie the Hedgie! (All ages)<br />

• Paws For Reading with Emma. <strong>June</strong><br />

14, 6-7 p.m. Register your child for a 10-<br />

minute time slot in which they will read a<br />

story to certified therapy dog, Emma.<br />

Emma is a nonjudgmental listener who will<br />

encourage children to read and help struggling<br />

readers find confidence. Have a book<br />

picked out ahead of time.<br />

• Yoga. <strong>June</strong> 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This beginner-level<br />

yoga class focuses on breathing,<br />

movement, and relaxation. Bring a water<br />

bottle and a mat if you have one. Otherwise,<br />

mats will be provided. If the weather is nice,<br />

yoga will take place in the grassy area behind<br />

the library. Otherwise, it will take<br />

place in the Hartley Room. Registration is<br />

required. (Ages 16 and older)<br />

• Pet Rocks. <strong>June</strong> 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

Paint your own paint rock. All supplies provided.<br />

(All ages)<br />

• Paws for Reading with Maggie. <strong>June</strong><br />

17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Register your child for a<br />

10-minute time slot in which they will read<br />

a story to certified therapy dog, Maggie.<br />

Maggie is a nonjudgmental listener who will<br />

encourage children to read and help struggling<br />

readers find confidence. Have a book<br />

picked out ahead of time.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson.<br />

Call (614) 879-8448.<br />

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

at Garrette Park (at the library in the case<br />

of rain).<br />

• Celebrating Dad. Make-It and Take-It<br />

kits are available for pickup <strong>June</strong> 12-17.<br />

Make something special for Dad.<br />

• Road Trip USA. At 2 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 14,<br />

Challenge Island will talk about the city of<br />

Boston, and kids will make a tabletop baseball<br />

game. No registration required.<br />

• Freddy Fossil’s Dino Show. The show<br />

is set for 10:30 a.m. <strong>June</strong> 16. Free pizza will<br />

be available for children and teens after the<br />

show.<br />

• Graphing for the Future. At 3 p.m. <strong>June</strong><br />

20, teenagers going into grades 7-12 this fall<br />

can learn how to use a graphing calculator<br />

that they can keep after the program. Space<br />

is limited; registration required.<br />

• Fairy Garden Workshop for Children.<br />

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade<br />

are invited to create a fairy garden for free<br />

at 3 p.m. <strong>June</strong> 28. Registration required.<br />

Plain City Library<br />

305 W. Main St. Call (614) 873-4912.<br />

• Summer Storytimes. Mondays at<br />

10:30 a.m. at the library and Wednesdays<br />

at 10:30 a.m. at Pastime Park.<br />

• Summer Reading Program. Find information<br />

at plaincitylib.org/srp.<br />

• Author Visit: Erin Broestl. <strong>June</strong> 13 at<br />

6:30 p.m. Put on your pajamas and head to<br />

the library for a bedtime book reading and<br />

signing with Erin Broestl, local author of<br />

the picture book, “God Made the Moonlight.”<br />

Copies of the book may be purchased<br />

prior to the event from Amazon.com. Books<br />

will be made available for sale at the event.<br />

• Petting Zoo. <strong>June</strong> 15 from 11 a.m. to<br />

noon. Hold a baby chick, watch a duck<br />

preen, or touch an animal whose coat could<br />

become your sweater.

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