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<strong>November</strong> 19, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII No. 47<br />

Active<br />

Lifestyles<br />

See pages 9-11<br />

Toy drives are in full swing around the county<br />

Several toy/gift drives are in full swing<br />

around the county.<br />

Mount Sterling<br />

The Tri-County Joint Fire District firefighters,<br />

in conjunction with the Mount<br />

Sterling Community Center, are gearing up<br />

for this year’s Christmas toy drive.<br />

Families who would like to receive toys<br />

are asked to fill out an application and provide<br />

identification and proof of residence<br />

(electric bill, phone bill, etc.). Applicants<br />

must reside within the Tri-County Fire district<br />

or within the community center’s service<br />

area. Application forms are available at the<br />

fire house and at the community center Monday-Friday,<br />

9 a.m.-5 p.m.<br />

Applications are due by Dec. 8. The fire<br />

district and community center are accepting<br />

toys and monetary donations through Dec.<br />

8. For more information, call the fire house<br />

at (740) 869-2643 or the community center<br />

at (740) 869-2453.<br />

Plain City<br />

Plain City area churches are making<br />

plans for the annual Christmas Basket project.<br />

In 2022, baskets and gifts were distributed<br />

to 105 families which included over 750<br />

individuals, approximately 500 of whom<br />

were children.<br />

Participating churches are accepting donations<br />

to help fund gift purchases and gift<br />

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are accepted. To make a donation, make a<br />

check payable to “Christmas Basket Fund”<br />

and mail it to Plain City Presbyterian<br />

Church, 231 E. Main St., Plain City, OH<br />

43064.<br />

Another way to participate is to adopt a<br />

family and buy their Christmas presents.<br />

Families may be “adopted” through local<br />

churches or by calling the Presbyterian<br />

Church at (614) 873-5011 or co-chairman<br />

Jim Kaufman, (937) 243-1653.<br />

Guidelines are provided for purchasing<br />

gifts for appropriate age levels. Anyone who<br />

adopts a family is asked to deliver the gifts<br />

between Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.<br />

For more information about the Plain City<br />

Church Fellowship Christmas Basket Drive,<br />

contact a local church or Jim Kaufman.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Job & Family Services<br />

and London Fire Department<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Job & Family Services<br />

and the London Fire & EMS Department<br />

have teamed up again for the Holiday<br />

Helpers toy drive.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County families in need, with<br />

children ages 0-12 years old, who want to receive<br />

gifts are encouraged to sign up as soon<br />

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

Tri-County Joint Fire District and the Mount Sterling Community Center are accepting<br />

as possible. Families can sign up at Job &<br />

donations of toys for their annual Christmas toy drive: (from left) firefighter Todd Phillips,<br />

Family Services, 200 Midway St., London,<br />

Lt. Zach Graham, and firefighter Joe Feasel.<br />

See TOYS page 2<br />

More opportunities to play pickleball locally<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Opportunities to play pickleball continue<br />

to grow in <strong>Madison</strong> County as community<br />

leaders respond to demand.<br />

The sport has gained wild popularity<br />

across the United States over the last five<br />

years or so. It combines elements of tennis,<br />

badminton, and ping-pong, with players<br />

using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.<br />

The latest addition to the local pickleball<br />

scene are indoor courts at the Mount Sterling<br />

Community Center, 164 E. Main St.<br />

They represent the only indoor option for<br />

pickleball in the county. The center welcomes<br />

players Mondays, Wednesdays, and<br />

Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon, as well as some Saturdays.<br />

Other days can be added to the schedule<br />

as needed. (Visit the Mt. Sterling<br />

Community Center Facebook page for updates<br />

on days and times.) There is no charge<br />

to play but donations are welcome.<br />

The center has marked off courts in the<br />

gymnasium. Nets on wheels are rolled out<br />

for play. Players can bring their own paddles<br />

and balls or borrow sets from the center.<br />

A copy of the rules is provided.<br />

As for why the center started offering<br />

pickleball, Director Megan Witteman said,<br />

“The library did a fundraiser here in July<br />

that involved pickleball. After that, we had<br />

a lot of inquiries about starting pickleball at<br />

the center.”<br />

The first day for the program was Oct.<br />

30. Witteman said she is seeing two or three<br />

new players each time people come out to<br />

play. Anyone is welcome.<br />

Witteman added that the center will<br />

eventually have outdoor courts, as well.<br />

For details, call (740) 869-2453.<br />

In London, the city’s parks and recreation<br />

department is looking into installing<br />

outdoor pickleball-only courts at Cowling<br />

Park where the old basketball courts stand.<br />

“We got our third quote in recently. We<br />

will present the information to (city) committees<br />

in December,” said Landon McKenzie,<br />

parks and recreation director.<br />

The project would involve tearing out the<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center has marked off pickleball<br />

courts in its gym, offering an indoor option for playing the sport. See PICKLEBALL page 3


PAGE 2 - MADISON MESSENGER - <strong>November</strong> 19, <strong>2023</strong><br />

TOYS<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

Several toy/gift drives are in full swing<br />

around the county.<br />

Mount Sterling<br />

The Tri-County Joint Fire District firefighters,<br />

in conjunction with the Mount<br />

Sterling Community Center, are gearing up<br />

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must reside within the Tri-County Fire district<br />

or within the community center’s service<br />

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starting Nov. 1 at the fire house and the community<br />

center Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.<br />

Application are due by Dec. 8. The fire<br />

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Plain City<br />

Plain City area churches are making<br />

plans for the annual Christmas Basket project.<br />

In 2022, baskets and gifts were distributed<br />

to 105 families which included over 750<br />

individuals, approximately 500 of whom<br />

were children.<br />

Participating churches are accepting donations<br />

to help fund gift purchases and gift<br />

cards for food this year. No food donations<br />

are accepted. To make a donation, make a<br />

check payable to “Christmas Basket Fund”<br />

and mail it to Plain City Presbyterian<br />

Church, 231 E. Main St., Plain City, OH<br />

43064.<br />

Another way to participate is to adopt a<br />

family and buy their Christmas presents.<br />

Families may be “adopted” through<br />

local churches or by calling the Presbyterian<br />

Church at (614) 873-5011 or co-chairman<br />

www.madisonmessengernews.com<br />

Jim Kaufman, (937)243-1653.<br />

Guidelines are provided for purchasing<br />

gifts for appropriate age levels. Anyone who<br />

adopts a family is asked to deliver the gifts<br />

between Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.<br />

For more information about the Plain City<br />

Church Fellowship Christmas Basket Drive,<br />

contact a local church or Jim Kaufman.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Job & Family Services<br />

and London Fire Department<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Job & Family Services<br />

and the London Fire & EMS Department<br />

have teamed up again for the Holiday<br />

Helpers toy drive.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County families in need, with<br />

children ages 0-12 years old, who want to receive<br />

gifts are encouraged to sign up as soon<br />

as possible. Families can sign up at Job &<br />

Family Services, 200 Midway St., London,<br />

through Dec. 20. For details, call (740) 852-<br />

4770. Anyone who would like to “adopt” children<br />

for which to buy gifts, make a monetary<br />

donation, or donate toys can call 852-4770.<br />

Legion makes donations<br />

(TOP LEFT) Charles Fisher (right), second vice commander of American Legion Post<br />

105 <strong>Madison</strong> Memorial, presents a donation to Yvonne Yerian Hiteshue, president of<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Genealogical Society. (TOP RIGHT) Fisher (right) presents a donation<br />

to Ned DeCamp, director of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Historical Society Museum.<br />

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PICKLEBALL<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Opportunities to play pickleball continue to grow in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County as community leaders respond to demand.<br />

The sport has gained wild popularity across the United States<br />

over the last five years or so. It combines elements of tennis, badminton,<br />

and ping-pong, with players using a paddle and a plastic<br />

ball with holes.<br />

The latest addition to the local pickleball scene are indoor courts<br />

at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St. They<br />

represent the only indoor option for pickleball in the county. The<br />

Greg Donovan (left) of Galloway provided instructions on how to<br />

play pickleball at an event earlier this year celebrating improvements<br />

to Westwood Park in West Jefferson. New combination<br />

pickleball/tennis courts were among the improvements.<br />

center welcomes players Mondays, Wednesdays,<br />

and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon, as well as<br />

some Saturdays. Other days can be added<br />

to the schedule as needed. (Visit the Mt.<br />

Sterling Community Center Facebook page<br />

for updates on days and times.) There is no<br />

charge to play but donations are welcome.<br />

The center has marked off courts in the<br />

gymnasium. Nets on wheels are rolled out<br />

for play. Players can bring their own paddles<br />

and balls or borrow sets from the center.<br />

A copy of the rules is provided.<br />

As for why the center started offering<br />

pickleball, Director Megan Witteman said,<br />

“The library did a fundraiser here in July<br />

that involved pickleball. After that, we had<br />

a lot of inquiries about starting pickleball at<br />

the center.”<br />

The first day for the program was Oct.<br />

30. Witteman said she is seeing two or three<br />

new players each time people come out to<br />

play. Anyone is welcome.<br />

Witteman added that the center will<br />

eventually have outdoor courts, as well.<br />

For details, call (740) 869-2453.<br />

In London, the city’s parks and recreation<br />

department is looking into installing<br />

outdoor pickleball-only courts at Cowling<br />

Park where the old basketball courts stand.<br />

“We got our third quote in recently. We<br />

will present the information to (city) committees<br />

in December,” said Landon McKenzie,<br />

parks and recreation director.<br />

The project would involve tearing out the<br />

old asphalt at the basketball courts, installing<br />

the new pickleball courts, and fencing<br />

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PAGE 4 - MADISON MESSENGER - <strong>November</strong> 19, <strong>2023</strong><br />

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

Bright and talented<br />

Robert Wood<br />

The London Rotary Club is<br />

pleased to honor senior Robert<br />

“Bobby” Wood as <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains High School’s <strong>November</strong><br />

Student of the Month.<br />

Students of the month are<br />

selected by school administrators<br />

based on their academic<br />

and extracurricular achievement<br />

and positive character.<br />

Bobby has a 4.077 grade<br />

point average and is currently<br />

ranked fourth in his class. His<br />

favorite course is College Credit Plus U.S.<br />

History. Bobby played baritone in the<br />

marching band his freshman and sophomore<br />

years. He was a member of the boys’<br />

golf team his sophomore and junior years.<br />

Bobby was a member of the drama club<br />

his first three years of high school, running<br />

the lights and sound for the productions.<br />

He intends to participate this year<br />

as a senior, as well. He has been in Key<br />

Club for four years and served as class<br />

treasurer his freshman and sophomore<br />

years. As a senior, he is a member of the<br />

Quick Recall team.<br />

When asked which <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains staff<br />

member inspires him, Bobby picked high<br />

school social studies teacher Jason Hunt.<br />

“Mr. Hunt (inspires me) due to his consistent<br />

positive outlook on life<br />

and his extensive abilities to<br />

argue,” Bobby said.<br />

Regarding Bobby, Hunt said,<br />

“Bobby is a bright and talented<br />

student who challenges himself<br />

to go beyond his high abilities,<br />

which I appreciate so much.<br />

Bobby has a strong work ethic<br />

and is a great team player. He is<br />

willing to consider views contrary<br />

to his current beliefs and<br />

is not afraid to change his opinions<br />

whenever new facts are learned, but<br />

at the same time, is not afraid to think for<br />

himself. This combination of traits along<br />

with his high abilities will lead Bobby to<br />

great heights in his future. It has been a<br />

true pleasure to have been his teacher the<br />

past two years.”<br />

After graduation, Bobby plans to attend<br />

a college to pursue a law/computer<br />

science/business degree. He is the son of<br />

Mike and Marie Wood.<br />

The London Rotary Club has a proud<br />

history dating back to 1929. It is a member<br />

of Rotary International, a volunteer<br />

organization of 1.2 million businesses and<br />

professional leaders united worldwide to<br />

provide humanitarian service and help<br />

build goodwill and peace.<br />

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Rotary Student of the Month: London<br />

irst for learning<br />

The London Rotary Club is<br />

“Mrs. Goudy is passionate<br />

pleased to honor senior William<br />

about science and makes sure<br />

Kerry as London High School’s<br />

everyone in her class truly understands<br />

what they are learn-<br />

<strong>November</strong> Student of the Month.<br />

Students of the month are selected<br />

by school administrators<br />

About Will, Goudy said, “It has<br />

ing,” he said.<br />

based on their academic and extracurricular<br />

achievement and<br />

teach Will chemistry in the Col-<br />

been my privilege to be able to<br />

positive character.<br />

lege Credit Plus chemistry class<br />

Will has a 4.50 grade point average,<br />

is ranked fourth in his<br />

student who learns quickly, is<br />

this year. Will is an exceptional<br />

class, and states his favorite William Kerry able to apply his learning, and<br />

class is CCP Calculus. He is a<br />

then desires to learn more.<br />

five-year member of the marching band and “When working in groups, I see Will taking<br />

the lead. He is a true, quality student by<br />

four-year member of the concert band. He<br />

has played with the All-Star Brass Band for achieving scholastic excellence while at the<br />

six years and the Ohio Collegiate All-Stars same time taking part in the fine arts. He<br />

for two years.<br />

is an accomplished trumpet player and percussionist.<br />

Will is one of London’s finest.”<br />

Will has participated in high school athletics,<br />

playing soccer for four years, tennis Will plans to attend The Ohio State University<br />

to major in aerospace engineering<br />

for three years, swimming for two years,<br />

and track and field for one year. He has and join The Ohio State University Marching<br />

Band. Will is the son of Noemi and<br />

served as vice president of the National<br />

Honor Society for the past two years and has Robert Kerry of London.<br />

received College Board National Recognition The London Rotary Club has a proud history<br />

dating back to 1929. It is a member of<br />

(National Hispanic Recognition Award) and<br />

NRSTA (National Rural and Small Town Rotary International, a volunteer organization<br />

of 1.2 million businesses and profes-<br />

Award) based on his PSAT score.<br />

When asked to name a school staff member<br />

who has inspired him, will named chem-<br />

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istry teacher Beverly Goudy.<br />

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obituaries<br />

LAPOINTE<br />

Pamela Sue Lapointe, 77, of London, Ohio, died on<br />

Sept. 30, <strong>2023</strong>, in her residence. Born on Aug. 19, 1946,<br />

in Columbus, she was a daughter of Jesse and Anna<br />

(Warnock) Greer.<br />

Pamela had worked for the State of Ohio Bureau of<br />

Worker’s Compensation and Reebok before opening her<br />

own cleaning company, Mint Condition. She had been<br />

a member of the Red Hat Society, Laconia Country<br />

Club, and Lochmere Country Club. She was also an<br />

avid golfer, skier, and was always ready to play a game<br />

of shuffleboard.<br />

Survivors include: her husband of 24 years, Robert<br />

Lapointe; sons, Jay J. (Shelley) Jones and Robert S. Lapointe;<br />

several grand- and great-grandchildren; brother,<br />

Jesse Melroy (Sherry) Greer; sister, Mary Bare; several<br />

nieces and nephews and many cousins. She was preceded<br />

in death by her parents and sister, Joyce Skidmore.<br />

A memorial service with a tree planting will be held<br />

in the spring. Memorials in Pamela’s name may be<br />

made to the American Cancer Society at<br />

www.cancer.org.<br />

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

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

family may be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

MARKS<br />

Gene Irvan Marks, 79, of Grove City, Ohio, died on<br />

Nov. 2, <strong>2023</strong>, in his residence surrounded by his loving<br />

family. Born on Jan. 22, 1944, in Sand Fork, W.Va., he<br />

was a son of James T. Marks and Ormeda (Moore) Marks.<br />

Gene had worked professionally in construction and<br />

as a heavy equipment superintendent for the Great<br />

Lakes Construction Company, where he devoted over<br />

30 years of service. He was a member of the Cleveland<br />

Local 860 Laborers Union and attended Global<br />

Methodist Church in Commercial Point. Gene adored<br />

his family, and his absolute favorite activity was spending<br />

time together.<br />

He leaves behind: his beloved wife of 62 years, Eula<br />

(Wright) Marks; son, Christopher Paul Marks, and<br />

daughter, Lesa (Michael) Marchiando; grandchildren,<br />

Zachary, Seth, Mason, and Evelyn; many nieces and<br />

nephews; brother-in-law, Lloyd Eugene Wright.<br />

Gene was preceded in death by: his parents; daughters,<br />

Baby Girl Marks and Teresa Ann Marks; brothers,<br />

Robert “Jack” Marks, James Marks, Jerry Marks; sister,<br />

Elizabeth Jones.<br />

A memorial service was held on Nov. 18 in Global<br />

Methodist Church, 28 Main St., Commercial Point, OH<br />

43116, with Pastor Brian Dunham officiating. Memorials<br />

in Gene’s name may be made to the church or to<br />

Mount Carmel Hospice, 777 W. State St., Columbus, OH<br />

43222.<br />

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

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

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

McKINLEY<br />

Keith Guy McKinley, 68, passed away peacefully in<br />

his sleep at his home in Mount Sterling, Ohio, on Nov.<br />

7, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Keith was preceded in death by: his mother, Judith<br />

Ann McKinley, and father, Kenneth Joe McKinley. He<br />

is survived by: his loving wife of 44 years, Joni McKinley;<br />

siblings, Vickie Lewis, Mark McKinley, Jan (Steve)<br />

Brofford and Beth (Paul) Hazel; children, Damion<br />

(Christine) Manns, Eric (Tracie) Manns, Dennis (Shelly<br />

Kreager) McKinley, and Mandi (Craig) Dyer; grandchildren,<br />

Andy, Brianna, Calista, Chase, Kambree, Owen,<br />

Sabella, McKenna, and Dorian; and many nieces,<br />

nephews, cousins, and friends.<br />

Keith treasured his land and home in the country,<br />

and he loved living surrounded by his friends and family<br />

on Junk Road: family David and Lynda (deceased)<br />

Junk, David (Natasha) Junk, Max, Nick, Jill (Tony)<br />

Jones, Kenley (Steve), Griffin, and the “Junk Road”<br />

Manns family (all listed above).<br />

Keith worked for Wilson Freight, where he met Joni,<br />

and retired from YRC in 2017. He was an avid Ohio<br />

State sports fan, but even more so a fan of his children<br />

and grandchildren and any sport or activity they participated<br />

in, practically glowing with pride any time he<br />

had the chance to say their name. Keith was a lover of<br />

vinyl records, had a fascination with aviation, and carried<br />

with him a spark for adventure (i.e. dirt bike racing,<br />

Nascar-experience driving, and nearly anything<br />

else that involved a little risk).<br />

Keith was a good and selfless man, and all who were<br />

given the privilege of having him in their lives knew<br />

they had a person that met them without judgement<br />

and always valued them for who they were, no questions<br />

asked. He knew how to make a heavy situation<br />

feel light. And he couldn’t help but find something<br />

within any conversation to twist into humor and inject<br />

at the very edge of “the right time.”<br />

We will miss his earthly presence so much. But we<br />

will undoubtedly enjoy the memory, spirit, and humor<br />

of Keith that will continue to live within us.<br />

Private funeral services are being held at the convenience<br />

of the family. A celebration of life will be held at a<br />

later date. If desired, donations in Keith’s memory can<br />

be made to: Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E.<br />

Main St., Mount Sterling, OH 43143; or H.E.L.P.<br />

House, 122 E. Center St. London, OH 43140.<br />

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

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

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

MORGAN<br />

Eric Lee Morgan, 62, of London, Ohio, passed away<br />

on Nov. 10, <strong>2023</strong>, in The James Cancer Hospital,<br />

Columbus, Ohio. Born on Nov. 17, 1960, in Fort Campbell,<br />

Kentucky, he was the son of Jerry Allan Morgan<br />

and Carolyn Faye (Dotson) Morgan.<br />

A graduate of Big Walnut High School and DeVry<br />

University, Eric worked professionally as a maintenance<br />

technician for BlueCrest Inc. He enjoyed woodworking,<br />

cooking, photography, reading, and hunting,<br />

but his favorite activity was spending time with his<br />

family, especially his grandchildren.<br />

He leaves behind: his beloved wife of almost 34 years,<br />

Suzan (Blosser) Morgan; sons, Ryan Eric (Dani) Morgan<br />

and Christopher Lee (Kiona) Morgan; grandchildren,<br />

Liam Morgan, Alina Morgan, Will Morgan, and Dean<br />

Morgan; father, Jerry Morgan; sisters, Michele (Greg)<br />

Cockrell and Vicki (Rick) Blosser; nieces and nephews,<br />

Amanda (Jason) Opoka, Bob (Kristi) Blosser, Kevin<br />

(Stephanie) Flax, Aaron (Tiffany) Flax, Frani (Bob)<br />

Wagar, Jaime (Bruce) Lamrouex, Casey (Brandon) Purdum,<br />

Emily (Andy) Roby; several great-nieces and greatnephews;<br />

many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.<br />

Eric was preceded in death by: his mother, Faye Morgan;<br />

nephews, Chase Cockrell and Jon Blosser; and<br />

mother and father-in-law, Bea and Bill Blosser.<br />

Visitation was held Nov. 16 in Eberle-Fisher Funeral<br />

Home and Crematory, London. A funeral service was<br />

held on Nov. 17 in the funeral home with Pastor Jody<br />

Pickett officiating. Interment followed in Kirkwood<br />

Cemetery. The family encouraged those who attended to honor<br />

Eric’s wishes by donning casual attire.<br />

Memorials in Eric’s name may be sent to The James Cancer Hospital<br />

and Solove Research Institute at https://cancer.osu.edu/fordonors-and-volunteers/how-to-donate.<br />

Condolences for the family may be shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.<br />

CORSON<br />

Duane O. Corson, 67, of London, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Nov.<br />

13, <strong>2023</strong>, in his residence. Born on May 11, 1956, in Columbus, he<br />

was a son of John and Catherine (Burns) Corson.<br />

Duane had owned and operated Corson’s Complete Car Care and<br />

Towing in London. A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, he<br />

loved all types of cars and motorcycles, but most of all his family.<br />

He worked hard, played hard and loved hard!<br />

Survivors include: his wife of 39 years, Mary Jane (Harrington)<br />

Corson; children, Angela (Steven) Black, Mallory Popovich (Brian<br />

Shepler), and Sloan Corson (fiancée Abigail Suttles); grandchildren,<br />

Briana and Maxwell Popovich; mother, Catherine “Katie” Corson;<br />

brother, Bryan (Kristi) Corson; nieces and nephews. He was preceded<br />

in death by his father, John.<br />

Friends may call at Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,<br />

London, from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 19. A funeral mass will be celebrated<br />

at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 61 S. Union St.,<br />

London, with Father Patrick Toner officiating.<br />

Memorials in Duane’s name may be made to the American Diabetes<br />

Association at www.diabetes.org. Condolences for the family<br />

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

Dwyer Insurance Agency<br />

63 N. Main Street<br />

London, OH 43140<br />

(740)852-0654<br />

Lynn Eugene Wetzel<br />

11-10-1953 to 10-15-<strong>2023</strong><br />

Lynn grew up in West Jefferson, Ohio and graduated<br />

with the class of 1972. Lynn and his parents<br />

were very active with the United Methodist<br />

Church in W.J. He was a " reserved" man who was<br />

a professional student.<br />

Lynn served in the US Army as a Military Tactical<br />

Intelligence Officer. He studied cryptologic<br />

science and terrorism counteraction and achieved many awards and medals.<br />

He loved books and studying: He graduated from the following Universities:<br />

Bowling Green 1973; OSU 1981 with a BA in languages and a major in German;<br />

Capital University, a Paralegal degree, Kent State in 1997 with a degree in<br />

Library Science and in 1999 Columbus State College. He was a Librarian with<br />

Lee County ( FT. Myers, Fl) since 2006.<br />

He was an animal lover and always had cats and dogs. He enjoyed biking, hiking<br />

and camping and all outdoor activities. Lynn had a quirky sense of humor<br />

and his presence will be missed at family holidays.<br />

His parents Nell and Gene Wetzel passed in 1982, he is survived by his sister<br />

Linda, nieces April & Dodie & great-niece Bailey.<br />

A small graveside service will be held at 11am on Thurs. Dec. 14th at Pleasant<br />

Hill Cemetery and Pastor Ruth Pride will preside. All old friends and classmates<br />

are welcome.<br />

In honor of his love for his country and time in the Army, his home in Ft. Myers,<br />

Fl. is being donated to Wounded Warriors with the hope it can help Veterans.


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Holiday Gift Ideas<br />

Holiday Gift Ideas<br />

Towns pull out all the stops for Christmas fun<br />

London, Plain City, Mount Sterling, and<br />

West Jefferson are hosting Christmas celebrations<br />

over the next few weeks.<br />

• London–Nov. 26. Downtown London<br />

will transform into a Christmas wonderland<br />

on Nov. 26. The 1811 Downtown District is<br />

excited to bring this year’s Old Fashioned<br />

Christmas to life.<br />

The event, set for 2-6 p.m., invites residents<br />

and neighboring guests to celebrate<br />

the coming of the holidays. Characters from<br />

The Season is Upon Us<br />

Let us Celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ<br />

Let us live with the Joy, Love & Peace<br />

He gave (gives) us!<br />

Santa gives joy to the children & he arrives at<br />

London Florist<br />

Dec. 2nd 11am - 1pm - Photos by Emily Ross<br />

Visit our Showroom for your<br />

Holiday wants and needs!!<br />

Largest Selection in town!!<br />

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees<br />

Taking orders for Grave Blankets, Floral<br />

Bouquets, Poinsettias and more!!<br />

50% off Autumn Décor and Silk Designs<br />

196 West Center Street<br />

London, Ohio<br />

740-852-0990<br />

londonfloristgreenhouses.com<br />

Hours: Monday-Tuesday-Thursday & Friday 9am - 5pm<br />

Saturday 9am - 4pm<br />

Closed Wednesdays (except Nov. 22nd and Dec. 20th)<br />

& Sundays<br />

the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas<br />

Carol,” will greet visitors. Instrumentalists<br />

and carolers will perform live music. Children<br />

are encouraged to bring their wish lists<br />

as Santa Claus will be in town.<br />

Activities this year include face painting,<br />

Christmas crafts, Christmas story reading,<br />

horse-drawn carriage rides, and balloon<br />

artists. Other activities around the community<br />

include performances from the London<br />

High School band and choir and cookie decorating<br />

at First United Methodist Church.<br />

McDonald’s will host characters from<br />

Whoville and Disney; visitors also can find<br />

Santa’s reindeer in the parking lot.<br />

Prior to the start of Old Fashioned<br />

Christmas, the London State Theater will<br />

show “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”<br />

at noon.<br />

Local shops will be open, and many will<br />

provide hot chocolate and/or other treats.<br />

Several food trucks will set up shop, too. First<br />

United Methodist Church will host their annual<br />

soup and sandwich dinner supporting<br />

Sufficient Grace and youth programs.<br />

• Plain City—Dec. 2. Plain City’s Christmas<br />

celebration is scheduled for Dec. 2.<br />

Highlights include a tree lighting, Santa<br />

Claus, the Starlight Twirlers and other entertainment,<br />

prize raffles, and business<br />

open houses.<br />

The festivities are presented in two parts.<br />

First, the Route 42 Holiday Hop runs from 9<br />

a.m. to noon. Ace Hardware, 625 W. Main<br />

St., will host Santa Claus that morning.<br />

Then, Christmas Under the Clock runs<br />

from 4 to 7 p.m. in uptown Plain City. Santa’s<br />

parade follows the tree lighting at 7 p.m.<br />

For more information, visit the village’s<br />

website, www.plain-city.com.<br />

• Mount Sterling—Dec. 2. Christmas in<br />

the Village will take place Dec. 2, 4 to 8<br />

p.m., in downtown Mount Sterling. Visitors<br />

can expect a petting zoo, live nativity scene,<br />

horse-drawn carriage rides, tree lighting,<br />

and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Food<br />

trucks, a chili cookoff, caricature artist, face<br />

painter, an illuminated parade, and vendors<br />

also are planned. A Santa letter-writing station<br />

and quilt display are among the other<br />

attractions.<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

is organizing a decorated tree auction. Any<br />

business or organization that would like to<br />

The following events are coming up in<br />

Plain City. Visit www.plain-city.com for a<br />

full listing.<br />

• Holiday Lights—Pastime Park will feature<br />

a nightly drive-through light display<br />

synched to holiday music Nov. 25-Jan. 1.<br />

• Santa’s Mailbox—Children can drop off<br />

their letters to Santa in a special mailbox located<br />

at Bicentennial Park in uptown Plain<br />

City. Every child who drops off a letter will<br />

receive a response. No postage required.<br />

Letters are due by Dec. 15.<br />

• Small Business Saturday—Nov. 25. Reminder<br />

to shop locally all day.<br />

• Lights Recycling Program—Have any<br />

old or unwanted holiday lights? Drop off<br />

strands at the Plain City Municipal Building,<br />

800 Village Blvd., between Nov. 27 and<br />

Jan. 7 for free recycling. Specially marked<br />

decorate and donate a tabletop tree for the<br />

auction can contact Tamra Hall at (614)<br />

271-2316.<br />

Anyone interested in participating in the<br />

illuminated parade is asked to contact Barbie<br />

Wallace at (614) 832-0796. The parade<br />

will assemble in the Mount Sterling Community<br />

Center parking lot at 6:30 p.m. and<br />

step off at 7 p.m., winding through town to<br />

the gazebo across from town hall.<br />

Reservations for indoor and outdoor vendor<br />

spots can be made by calling Barbie<br />

Wallace. Indoor spots are $40; outdoor spots<br />

under a giant tent are $40; food truck spaces<br />

are $60.<br />

• West Jefferson–Dec. 8-9. The West Jefferson<br />

Community Association is once again<br />

hosting Christmas in the Park. Hundreds of<br />

thousands of lights will decorate Garrette<br />

Park. The lights will be on nightly Nov. 24-<br />

Jan. 1.<br />

The kickoff celebration is set for 6-10<br />

p.m. Dec. 8-9. Visitors will be treated to live<br />

entertainment, food, horse and carriage<br />

rides, a trackless train ride, a parade, and<br />

more. Children can visit with Santa both<br />

nights to share their wish lists.<br />

Anyone who would like to participate in<br />

the parade is asked to assemble between<br />

4:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at American Legion<br />

Post 201. The parade will step off at 5:30,<br />

travel down Main Street, turn left on Twin<br />

Street, and end at the park.<br />

For information, call Carol Beachy at<br />

(614) 406-7033 and (614) 879-9036, or leave<br />

a message on the association’s voicemail at<br />

(614) 879-8818.<br />

The association welcomes donations to<br />

help offset costs of the event, including electricity,<br />

lift rental, food, and more. Donations<br />

can be made out to West Jefferson Christmas<br />

in the Park and mailed to P.O. Box 292,<br />

West Jefferson, OH 43162.<br />

Plain City’s holiday activities<br />

recycling bins will be available 24/7. Do not<br />

place holiday lights in plastic bags, boxes, or<br />

other containers.<br />

• Route 42 Holiday Hop—Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-<br />

noon, featuring Route 42 businesses.<br />

• Christmas Under the Clock—Dec. 2, 4-<br />

7 p.m., uptown Plain City.<br />

• Decorating Contest—Village residents<br />

and businesses are invited to decorate their<br />

properties for a chance to win cash prizes.<br />

To enter, call the village at (614) 873-3527,<br />

ext. 106, and provide your name or business<br />

name, address, and phone number. Entries<br />

are due by Dec. 8 and decorations must be<br />

in place by that date. Prizes will be awarded<br />

in separate home and business categories:<br />

$150, first; $100, second; and $50, third.<br />

Judging will take place the week of Dec. 11.<br />

Winners will be announced Dec. 15.


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Holiday Gift Ideas<br />

Holiday Gift Ideas<br />

Pop-up candy store opens its doors in London<br />

The London Federation of Women’s Clubs<br />

is at it again. Their annual pop-up candy<br />

store is in full swing, with many options to<br />

make the holidays sweet.<br />

Every year, the group sets up shop temporarily<br />

in the Masonic Temple at 65 N. Main<br />

St., London. This year, they are offering<br />

nearly 60 varieties of candy, including sugarfree<br />

options. New this year are Chick-o-<br />

Sticks, coconut assorted fruit, coconut<br />

chocolate and caramel, dark chocolate and<br />

milk chocolate espresso beans, Kringles<br />

peanut butter, licorice drops, lemon drops,<br />

and pinwheel fruit starlights.<br />

From orange slices and peanut brittle to<br />

peppermint puffs and snowflake pretzels, the<br />

choices are sure to make anyone’s mouth<br />

water. Of course, there is plenty of chocolate<br />

to be had, too. Dark chocolate sea salt<br />

caramels, chocolate covered marshmallows,<br />

and chocolate toffee mix are just a few of the<br />

possibilities. For a full list of items, visit<br />

www.columbusmessenger.com/local-advertisers.<br />

Customers won’t only find plenty of<br />

choices but also plenty of volume.<br />

“We ordered 1,000 more pounds of candy<br />

this year than we did last year,” said Martina<br />

Walters, a member of the candy sale committee.<br />

“It’s still a good idea to come early to be<br />

sure to get your favorites.”<br />

The candies are available for purchase by<br />

the pound, in gift trays, or as customized gift<br />

baskets and treat bags. The organization<br />

takes cash and check only—no credit cards.<br />

Customers can shop in-person or place curbside<br />

pickup orders. For curbside service, call<br />

(740) 835-6713.<br />

For the second year, the Federation is<br />

holding a candy basket raffle. Tickets are $1<br />

each or six for $5. The drawing will take place<br />

on Dec. 15. Entrants need not be present to<br />

win.<br />

The shop is open Monday-Saturday, 10<br />

a.m.-5 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving). The<br />

store also will hold special hours on Nov. 26,<br />

2-6 p.m., in conjunction with London’s Old<br />

Fashioned Christmas festivities.<br />

Proceeds from the sale go toward the upkeep<br />

of the Federation’s home base, the<br />

Coover Club House on North Main Street.<br />

The organization’s clubs are the Career<br />

Women’s Community Club, Coover Society,<br />

Daughters of the American Revolution, Delphian<br />

Society, TAC Bridge and the Twentieth<br />

Century Club. Each club is required to maintain<br />

a charitable component to their programming.<br />

While not part of the federation, the<br />

Phi Beta Psi Sorority helps with the candy<br />

sale each year.<br />

What’s happening in West Jeff<br />

In addition to Christmas in the Park at Garrette ceive an invitation can leave a message at (614) 879-<br />

Park on Dec. 8-9, holiday events in West Jefferson include<br />

the following.<br />

which features a free meal and entertainment, is open<br />

8818 with name and telephone number. The party,<br />

• Small Business Saturday—The West Jefferson Community<br />

Center, 230 Cemetery Rd., is hosting Small Busi-<br />

old. Reservations are due by Dec. 1. Any businesses who<br />

to residents of West Jefferson who are at least 70 years<br />

ness Saturday on Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-noon. More than 20 would like to donate items for door prizes or goodie bags<br />

vendors will be selling homemade crafts and treats. For can call 879-8818.<br />

more information, contact Shelton Stanley, special events • Snowflake Dance—Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Community<br />

Center. This winter formal is open to children<br />

and recreation manager for the village of West Jefferson,<br />

(614) 307-6543.<br />

in fifth grade or younger. Admission is a requested $1<br />

• Senior Citizens Christmas Party—The West Jefferson<br />

Senior Citizens Christmas Party, hosted by the go to West Jefferson’s Adopt-A-Family program. For<br />

donation. Concessions will be sold by donation. Proceeds<br />

West Jefferson Community Association, will take place more information, contact Shelton Stanley, special<br />

at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at West Jefferson High School. Invitations<br />

are being mailed out. Anyone who does not re-<br />

Jefferson, (614) 307-6543.<br />

events and recreation manager for the village of West<br />

Plan to eat breakfast with Santa<br />

• London Rotary. The London Rotary Club’s Breakfast<br />

with Santa is slated for 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 2 at the<br />

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

Meals are $7; free for children 2 and younger. The<br />

menu includes pancakes, eggs, and sausage, and a<br />

choice of juice, milk, or coffee.<br />

The Christmas cash raffle features: first prize, $300<br />

cash from Merchants National Bank; second prize, $250<br />

cash from Edward Jones (Greg King and Brendan<br />

Shea); third prize, and $250 from Eagles Aerie Lodge<br />

950. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $25 for six. The drawing<br />

will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 2 at the senior center.<br />

Entrants need not be present to win.<br />

• St. John’s. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 380 Keny<br />

Blvd., London, is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 9<br />

a.m. to noon Dec. 9. Breakfast includes pancakes,<br />

sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, and juice. Cost is $7 for<br />

adults, $3 for children, and free for ages younger than<br />

2 years old. Breakfast includes a photo with Santa. The<br />

event also includes Secret Santa gifts and craft tables.<br />

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

Among the volunteers helping with the London Federation of Women’s Clubs’ candy<br />

store are: (from left) Marjorie Daniels, Bonnie Hamilton, and Ruthanne Johnson.<br />

Join Us at First United Methodist Church<br />

for London’s Olde Fashioned Christmas<br />

Sunday, <strong>November</strong> 26<br />

2-6pm<br />

Soup & Sandwich Café—<br />

homemade soups, sandwiches,<br />

assorted chips, cookies, coffee,<br />

hot chocolate and water—<br />

FREE WILL OFFERING<br />

Cookie Decorating & Craft Station<br />

3:30pm—Treble Tones<br />

(<strong>Madison</strong> County Youth Choir)<br />

4pm—London High School Concert Band<br />

4:30pm—London High School and Middle School Choirs<br />

52 N. Main Street<br />

London, OH<br />

www.londonfumc.org<br />

fumc52@londonfumc.org


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Members of the Heirloom Quilters Club made 163 transition bags for <strong>Madison</strong> County Children’s Services:<br />

(front row, from left) Ellen Atalla, Pat Kinman, Linda O’Reilly; (back row) Linda Rankin, Greta Call, Terri Ernst,<br />

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community calendar<br />

Exhibit<br />

The London Visual Arts Guild is hosting<br />

“Writers, Illustrators and Photographers<br />

Show,” an exhibit featuring works submitted<br />

by community members. The show runs<br />

through Nov. 24 at the London Arts Center,<br />

121 E. First St. Gallery hours are: Thursday<br />

and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, 10<br />

a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free. Visit London-<br />

VisualArtsGuild.org or visit the guild’s Facebook<br />

page for information on art classes.<br />

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Board of Developmental<br />

Disabilities Meeting<br />

The regular monthly meeting of the<br />

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

Disabilities will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at<br />

the administrative office, 500 Elm S., London.<br />

If the meeting would need to be canceled<br />

and rescheduled, it would take place<br />

on the following Thursday.<br />

Al-Anon<br />

Al-Anon meetings are taking place from<br />

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at West<br />

Jefferson United Methodist Church, 36 S.<br />

Center St. Parking and the entrance are located<br />

on the side of the church. Al-Anon is a<br />

fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics<br />

who share their experiences,<br />

strength, and hope to solve their common<br />

problems. Organizers believe that alcoholism<br />

is a family illness and that changed<br />

attitudes can aid in recovery.<br />

London Public Library<br />

London Public Library is located at 20 E.<br />

First St. Call (740) 852-9543 or visit<br />

www.mylondonlibrary.org for details.<br />

• Toddler Time. For ages 0-3 years old.<br />

Nov. 21, 10-10:30 a.m.<br />

• Preschool StoryTime. For ages 3-6<br />

years old. Nov. 21, 11-11:45 a.m.<br />

• Dinovember Egg Hunt. Through Nov.<br />

30, find a plastic egg hiding in the library<br />

and open it to reveal a dino sticker that you<br />

get to keep. Take it to a staff member to refill<br />

the egg and hide it for someone else.<br />

Limit one egg/sticker per person per day.<br />

• Disney On Ice Reading Program. Children<br />

ages 2-12 can earn a free ticket to Disney<br />

on Ice, taking place Feb. 1-4, just by<br />

reading five books between now and Jan. 31.<br />

Participants must pick up a reading voucher<br />

at the library and have library staff stamp<br />

the voucher. It is only valid for showtimes<br />

listed on back of voucher. The reading<br />

voucher may only be redeemed at Nationwide<br />

Arena prior to the performance date.<br />

The child’s ticket is free with the purchase<br />

of a full-priced ticket.<br />

• Pranks-A-Lot. At 2 p.m. Nov. 20, the library<br />

will host an introductory course for<br />

pranksters eager to learn exciting ways to<br />

irritate others. No experience needed. (Don’t<br />

tell the grownups.) For immature audiences<br />

only, ages 6 and older.<br />

• Technology Help Sessions. Have<br />

questions about your phone, laptop, or<br />

tablet? Register for a one-on-one 45-minute<br />

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

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

to use your phone, and how to use social<br />

media. Bring your device to your session. To<br />

register, call the library. Available every<br />

day by appointment only.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library is located<br />

at 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson.<br />

Call (614) 879-8448 or visit<br />

hbmlibrary.org.<br />

• Storytime. Wednesdays and Fridays at<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

• Letters to Santa. Bring the kids to the<br />

library now through Dec. 11 to write and<br />

send their Christmas wish list to Santa.<br />

• There’s “Snow” Escape. Beginning<br />

Nov. 20, the library will offer a Christmasthemed<br />

escape room. Help the elves foil<br />

Jack Frost’s scheme and save Christmas.<br />

Call the library for details.<br />

• A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This<br />

Stories-n-More session, set for 10:30 a.m.<br />

Nov. 22 features Peanuts characters.<br />

• Closed. The library will close at 6 p.m.<br />

Nov. 22 and be closed all day Nov. 23 and<br />

Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.<br />

• Adopt-a-Family. Applications for the<br />

West Jefferson Adopt-A-Family and Firefighters<br />

Toy Drive are available at the library<br />

and on the library’s website.<br />

Applications are due back by Nov. 30.<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 />

• Storytime. Mondays at 10:30. For ages<br />

2-5.<br />

• Ladies Night Out Movie. Watch “Oppenheimer”<br />

at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27. Bring a<br />

potluck dish to share and a donation for the<br />

Little Free Library Pantry. RSVP to Melissa<br />

at (614) 315-7939.<br />

• Around Town Book Club. The group<br />

will meet for their Christmas party at 7 p.m.<br />

Dec. 14 at Deercreek State Park Lodge.<br />

Bring a gently read, gift-wrapped book with<br />

a brief description on the wrapping. Books<br />

will be discussed, refreshments served, and<br />

games played. New members are welcome.<br />

No RSVP is required.<br />

• Little Free Library Pantry. Anyone is<br />

welcome to donate or take books or non-perishable<br />

food items from the pantry at any<br />

time. The pantry is located across from the<br />

library.<br />

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• Storytime. Ages 6 and younger can<br />

take part in stories, rhymes, songs, and<br />

other learning activities on Mondays, 10:30-<br />

11 a.m.<br />

• National Novel Writing Month<br />

(NaNoWriMo): Come Write In. Thursdays in<br />

<strong>November</strong>, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you are<br />

a seasoned WriMo or just getting started,<br />

join us for a series of write-ins at the library<br />

to work on your story and meet fellow writers.<br />

Every <strong>November</strong>, writers across the<br />

country take on the NaNoWriMo challenge<br />

where they try to write a whole novel or<br />

50,000 words in one month. The library will<br />

have writing resources and goodies available<br />

for adult and teen writers. No registration<br />

required.<br />

• Cricut Craft: Custom Shadow Box. This<br />

program, set for Nov. 29, is available by appointment.<br />

Create a gift for yourself, family,<br />

or friends. Pick from two themes, Dancing<br />

in the Forest or Dinosaurs, then piece the<br />

cut-out design together to create a 3-D effect<br />

inside the shadow box. Registration is required.<br />

• Sketchbook League Meet-up. On Dec.<br />

2, 10:30-11:30 a.m., bring a sketch pad and<br />

pencils to this casual club and share your<br />

love of drawing. Check out drawing guides<br />

and try out new mediums. No art supplies?<br />

No problem. Borrow one of the library’s<br />

sketchbooks and try other supplies that will<br />

be on-hand. No registration required.


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NEWPORT CCCU<br />

6800 State Route 38 SE, London, OH<br />

740-852-3978<br />

Pastor Bill Benner<br />

Sunday Worship .................................... 10:30 am<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service ........5:00 pm<br />

CROSSROADS<br />

COMMUNITY CHURCH<br />

2262 St. Rt. 56 SW, London, OH<br />

740-852-7800<br />

Pastor Thad Gifford<br />

Youth Groups............................................. 9:30 am<br />

Worship ................................................... 10:45 am<br />

Coffee & Donuts ..................................... 10:20 am<br />

Christmas Eve Service 12/24 .................. 6:00 pm<br />

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season”<br />

FAITH ASSEMBLY<br />

WORSHIP CENTER<br />

2600 U.S. Rt. 40<br />

London, OH<br />

740-852-4131<br />

Pastor Gerald Poff<br />

Worship ................................................... 10:30 am<br />

Dec. 24th Candlelight Service ................. 6:00 pm<br />

LONDON CHURCH OF CHRIST<br />

IN CHRISTIAN UNION<br />

180 W. Center St., London, OH<br />

740-852-0696 Rev. Stanley<br />

Sunday School ........................................<br />

Worship ...................................................<br />

9:45 am<br />

10:30 am<br />

LONDON FIRST UNITED<br />

METHODIST CHURCH<br />

52 N. Main St., London, OH 740-852-0462<br />

www.londonfumc.org<br />

Rev. Dave Leckrone<br />

Sunday Worship ..................................... 10:00 am<br />

Sunday School ......................................... 9:00 am<br />

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service .........7:30 pm<br />

Happy<br />

ZION LUTHERAN<br />

CHURCH<br />

230 Cemetery Rd., West Jefferson, OH<br />

(Inside the West Jefferson Community Center)<br />

Jon Meister<br />

Christmas Eve service 7:00 pm, with music &<br />

hymns beginning at 6:30 pm<br />

HARVEST CHAPEL<br />

530 West Jefferson Kiousville Rd.<br />

West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />

614-879-7075<br />

Pastor Faron Tabor Sr.<br />

Sunday Worship...................................... 10:00 am<br />

Sunday School.......................................... 10:00 am<br />

Christmas Play.................Dec. 2 - 5pm Dec. 3 - 5pm<br />

Christmas Eve Service Dec 24th.............. 6:00 pm<br />

LILLY CHAPEL<br />

METHODIST CHURCH<br />

8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville, OH<br />

lillychapel@gmail.com 614-879-8007<br />

Rev. Tim Rash Jr., Pastor<br />

Sunday Worship ......................................<br />

10:00 am<br />

Christmas Eve Candelight Service...........<br />

6:30 pm<br />

ST. PAUL AFRICAN<br />

METHODIST EPISCOPAL<br />

CHURCH OF LONDON<br />

Rev. Melvyn D. Huguely<br />

Rev. Sandie Cunningham, Assoc. Pastor<br />

Sunday School .......................................... 9:30 am<br />

Sunday Morning Worship ..................... 11:00 am<br />

LIFE IN CHRIST<br />

FELLOWSHIP<br />

500 SR 142 NE, West Jefferson, OH<br />

614-879-5423 Pastor Bob Steinbrecher<br />

Sunday School .......................................... 9:15 am<br />

Sunday Morning Worship ..................... 10:30 am<br />

Cantata, Sunday Dec. 10..................... .10:30 am<br />

Christmas Services, December 24, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Morning Services................................... 10:30 am<br />

Christmas Eve Service .......................... 6:00 pm<br />

FIRST CHURCH OF GOD<br />

1525 Old Xenia Rd SE, London, OH<br />

740-852-0105<br />

Rev. Thomas Gardner<br />

Worship................................................... 10:30 am<br />

UNITED CHURCH<br />

30 East Columbus St.<br />

Mt. Sterling, OH 43143<br />

Pastor Dan Shipley<br />

Service....................................................... 10:30 am<br />

MT. STERLING FIRST CHURCH<br />

OF THE NAZARENE<br />

226 N. Market St., Mt. Sterling, OH<br />

740-869-3127<br />

Pastor Phil Starr<br />

Sunday Worship Services...... 9:00 am & 10:30 am<br />

Live streaming service (Facebook)..........10:30 am<br />

Join us on Christmas Eve @ 5 pm or 6:30 pm<br />

SOUTH SOLON<br />

UNITED METHODIST<br />

CHURCH<br />

12790 N. High St., South Salon, OH 43153<br />

740-815-4312<br />

Richard Owen, Paston<br />

Sunday Worship.......................................<br />

9:30 am<br />

Christmas Candlelight Service, Dec. 22... 7:00 pm<br />

TRINITY EPISCOPAL<br />

CHURCH<br />

10 E. Fourth St., London, OH<br />

740-852-9298<br />

Father George Glazier<br />

Sunday Worship .....................................<br />

Christmas Eve Service ............................<br />

trinitylondonohio.org<br />

10:00 am<br />

5:00 pm<br />

RIVER OF LIFE<br />

WORSHIP CENTER<br />

4453 Big Plain Circleville Rd.<br />

London, OH 43140<br />

740-604-0432<br />

Pastor Gaye Gossard<br />

Sunday School ........................................ 10:00 am<br />

Worship.................................................... 11:00 am<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

FREEWILL BAPTIST<br />

CHURCH<br />

130 Plain City-Georgesville Rd.<br />

West Jefferson, OH<br />

Rev. Jerry Newman<br />

Sunday School ........................................ 10:00 am<br />

Worship ................................................... 10:45 am<br />

ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC<br />

CHURCH<br />

61 S. Union St., London, OH<br />

740-852-0942 www.stpatricklondon.org<br />

Thanksgiving Day Mass .......................... 9:00 am<br />

Christmas Vigil Mass ................. 5:00 & 10:00 pm<br />

Christmas Day Mass<br />

December 25th ........................................ 10:30 am<br />

LONDON BAPTIST<br />

CHURCH (SBC)<br />

1440 St. Rt. 665 SE 740-852-2521<br />

Worship ...................................................<br />

Sunday Evening .......................................<br />

Wednesday Service .................................<br />

10:30 am<br />

6:00 pm<br />

6:30 pm<br />

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH<br />

211 Garfield Ave., London, OH 740-852-1215<br />

londonfirstpres@gmail.com<br />

Rev. Désireé M. Youngblood, Pastor<br />

Suinday School .......................................... 9:00 am<br />

Sunday Worship ...................................... 10:00 am<br />

Christmas Eve Service .............................. 7:30 pm<br />

Lessons & Carols w/ Choir & Instruments<br />

All Are Welcome


PRODUCTIVE CROPLAND. F RS<br />

MADISON CO, OHIO<br />

PRODUCTIVE CROPLAND. MADISON CO, OHIO<br />

PROPERTY LOCATION:<br />

6 miles south of Plain City, Ohio<br />

in PROPERTY<br />

Canaan Twp, LOCATION:<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Co<br />

6 miles south of Plain City, Ohio<br />

in Canaan Twp, <strong>Madison</strong> /- Co<br />

total<br />

FORSALE<br />

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FORSALE<br />

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49.848 +/-<br />

49.248 49.848 +/- Tillable<br />

Emily 49.248 Elfers: +/- Tillable 937.631.5047<br />

al<br />

acre s<br />

+/- total<br />

acre s<br />

Robert McNamara:<br />

614.309.6551<br />

Emily Elfers: 937.631.5047<br />

Robert McNamara: 614.309.6551<br />

800.424.2324 | halderman.comm<br />

FARM: Yutzy Farm, HLS#EAE-12971<br />

800.424.2324 | halderman.comm<br />

FARM: Yutzy Farm, HLS#EAE-12971


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