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<strong>December</strong> 24, <strong>2023</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXVIII No. 52<br />

West<br />

Jefferson<br />

police<br />

chief<br />

retires<br />

page 4<br />

Autopsy released for<br />

‘<strong>Madison</strong> Baby Doe’<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

An autopsy report, released on Dec. 12,<br />

states the cause of death as “undetermined”<br />

for a newborn baby found deceased in a<br />

garbage truck in Plain City on June 15.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Coroner James W.<br />

Kaehr, M.D., stated the body of the unidentified<br />

female infant, referred to as “<strong>Madison</strong><br />

Baby Doe,” demonstrated many injuries and<br />

abnormalities.<br />

“Several of these could cause death even<br />

if they were the only abnormality present,”<br />

Kaehr said. “Without having more information<br />

regarding when and how each abnormality<br />

developed, we are unable to<br />

determine with reasonable certainty which<br />

one—or combination—ultimately resulted in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>’s death.”<br />

The autopsy report states the umbilical<br />

cord and placenta were attached, and there<br />

was evidence of a live birth. There was blunt<br />

force trauma to the head, neck, torso, pelvis,<br />

and extremities. The report lists multiple<br />

lacerations, fractures, and contusions.<br />

According to the toxicology report, caffeine<br />

was the only<br />

drug found in the<br />

infant’s system.<br />

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The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office<br />

performed the autopsy and toxicology<br />

testing in the days and weeks after the infant<br />

was found. The <strong>Madison</strong> County Coroner’s<br />

Office, Plain City Police Department,<br />

and <strong>Madison</strong> County Prosecutor’s Office<br />

waited until recently to release the reports<br />

in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation<br />

in its early stages, Kaehr said.<br />

The investigation is ongoing. The Ohio<br />

Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling<br />

evidence processing, including processing<br />

of DNA obtained at the autopsy. The<br />

Plain City Police Department is using the<br />

evidence to direct its investigation.<br />

“We’re hoping by releasing the (autopsy)<br />

report, it gets people thinking again about<br />

the case. We know there’s somebody out<br />

there that knows something about it,” said<br />

Plain City Police Chief Dale McKee.<br />

Any witness who might have information<br />

about <strong>Madison</strong> Baby Doe’s birth, death, or<br />

family is asked to contact the Plain City Police<br />

Department at (614) 873-2921 or Central<br />

Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477.<br />

Anonymous tips can be submitted online at<br />

www.stopcrime.org. A reward is being offered<br />

for information that permits authorities<br />

to solve the case.<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

A group of community members wants to offer<br />

religious instruction to <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains School District<br />

students off-campus during the school day.<br />

Jeff Prosise, treasurer and spokesperson for<br />

Wings of Hope 337, addressed the school board on<br />

Dec. 12. He said the group hopes to run a pilot program<br />

once a week for six to eight weeks starting in<br />

the spring of 2024. The pilot program would be open<br />

to a limited number of students and take place at<br />

Midway Presbyterian Church in Sedalia, approximately<br />

an eight-minute drive from the <strong>Madison</strong>-<br />

Plains campus. Student participation would be<br />

voluntary; parent permission would be required.<br />

The goal, Prosise said, would be “to build and<br />

strengthen good morals and values in our children<br />

by providing a means for biblical instruction during<br />

the school day.”<br />

The Ohio Revised Code allows for “released time”<br />

instruction—a period of time during which a student<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photo by Jeff Pfeil<br />

Royally entertained<br />

Sandy Booth and Mike Gilbert were selected as the Christmas queen and king at the<br />

West Jefferson Community Association’s annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party.<br />

(See more photos on page 2.)<br />

Off-campus religious instruction proposed<br />

is excused from school to take part in religious instruction<br />

conducted by a private entity off school<br />

district property. No public funds or public personnel<br />

are involved, and students cannot be released<br />

from a core curriculum subject course to participate.<br />

School districts may adopt a “released time” policy.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains has one in place. <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

Superintendent Chad Eisler said that, to the best of<br />

his knowledge, Wings of Hope 337 is the first entity<br />

to approach the district with a proposed program.<br />

In addition to Prosise, members of the Wings of<br />

Hope 337 board include: Phil Starr, lead pastor at<br />

Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene;<br />

Austin Hill, Mount Sterling Nazarene pastor of family<br />

ministry; Billy Warner; and Dave Thompson.<br />

Matt Cordell is the site coordinator.<br />

For its program, Wings of Hope 337 plans to use<br />

a framework developed by School Ministries of Ohio<br />

(SMO), an organization that helps groups to start<br />

and sustain released time bible education. Volunteers,<br />

primarily from Mount Sterling Nazarene,<br />

would staff the program. SMO would help to identify<br />

volunteers’ skills and put the right people in the<br />

right spots, Prosise said.<br />

As required by law, Wings of Hope 337 would<br />

provide participating students with transportation<br />

to and from Midway Presbyterian, courtesy of<br />

Mount Sterling Nazarene. SMO would provide liability<br />

insurance on the premises. The group would<br />

provide all of the needed staffing and funding for<br />

materials and resources. Ohio law also requires<br />

such programs to track student attendance.<br />

Following Prosise’s presentation at the school<br />

board meeting, Eisler said he plans to gather more<br />

information about released time programs and to<br />

talk to the school district’s building-level administrators.<br />

He also plans to talk more with Wings of<br />

Hope 337 organizers to get a more detailed idea of<br />

what such a program would look like. He said he<br />

will update the school board once he has gathered<br />

more information.


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www.madisonmessengernews.com<br />

Jefferson Local Schools hires new district nurse<br />

By Linda Dillman<br />

Staff Writer<br />

Twenty-five years ago, Melissa Ferguson<br />

walked through the doors of Jefferson Local<br />

Schools tasked with bandaging skinned<br />

knees, soothing sick tummies, lending a caring<br />

hand, and watching over the health of<br />

thousands of children.<br />

She worked with <strong>Madison</strong> County Public<br />

Health and graduated from Mount Carmel’s<br />

School of Nursing in 1991 before joining the<br />

district staff as a school nurse in 1999. Her<br />

days started at the high school/middle<br />

school, then before lunch she made her way<br />

to Norwood Elementary where she spent the<br />

rest of her day unless needed elsewhere.<br />

“Melissa has been absolutely outstanding<br />

as our school nurse,” said Superintendent<br />

William Mullett, “and she is so dedicated to<br />

kids.<br />

“During COVID, I relied very much on<br />

Melissa and her guidance. She always has<br />

been very supportive.”<br />

Ferguson retired at the start of Christmas<br />

break on Dec. 20. Her replacement, registered<br />

nurse Tami Burgett, worked<br />

alongside Ferguson and is now the district’s<br />

new nurse. Burgett previously worked at<br />

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is a<br />

West Jefferson resident. Her three daughters<br />

are Jefferson Local students.<br />

“There were several good candidates that<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Health interviewed,” Mullett reported.<br />

When classes resume on Jan. 3, parents<br />

and guardians are reminded that if their<br />

child is sick, they should be kept home if<br />

they have any cold or flu symptoms, such as<br />

a fever greater than 100 degrees, vomiting<br />

or diarrhea, and/or a persistent cough that<br />

disrupts normal activities.<br />

Children also should be kept home if they<br />

have pink eye, unexplained rashes, or head<br />

lice.<br />

Anyone who sends their child to school<br />

but is unsure of their health condition<br />

should call (614) 879-7642, ext. 3305, to<br />

make the district nurse aware of the situation.<br />

Parents are asked not to tell their child<br />

they can call them first if they start to feel<br />

sick at school.<br />

Other district news<br />

During the Dec. 12 school board meeting,<br />

Mullett honored the service of departing<br />

board members Dr. Meg Hiss and Mike<br />

Quinn. Hiss joined the board in 2001 and<br />

Quinn in 2018.<br />

“It’s going to be a great loss of so much<br />

experience. They were both outstanding<br />

board members,” Mullett said.<br />

“Meg has been a part of the phenomenal<br />

success of the district for many years, and I<br />

will miss Meg and her leadership. Mike was<br />

one of those people who has great common<br />

sense and makes great decisions. He would<br />

stand up for what he believed in but wasn’t<br />

closed minded.”<br />

In the November <strong>2023</strong> election, Loriena<br />

Roberts retained her board seat, and Shelton<br />

Stanley and Rhonda Tabor were newly<br />

elected to the board.<br />

Breakfast<br />

Mon.-Thurs.<br />

7:30am-10am<br />

<strong>Messenger</strong> photos by Jeff Pfeil<br />

(From left) Don “Bear” Haenszel, Helen Haenszel, and Donna Hockenbery wait for<br />

their dinner to be served. Helen and Donna wore festive glasses for the occasion.<br />

Party a treat for seniors<br />

The West Jefferson Community Association<br />

held its 59th annual Senior Citizen<br />

Christmas Party Dec. 14 at West Jefferson<br />

High School. More than 190 seniors and<br />

their guests were treated to a turkey dinner<br />

and entertainment provided by the<br />

high school jazz band. Santa called out<br />

each guest’s name; each guest received a<br />

gift bag.<br />

Ox Roast Queen Nancy Ganter, Ox<br />

Roast first attendant Kylah Blanchard,<br />

and members of the high school’s National<br />

Honor Society distributed door prizes.<br />

Members of the boys’ soccer team helped<br />

to escort guests into and out of the party.<br />

A photo booth was part of the fun, as well.<br />

Barbara Butler admires the door prize<br />

she received at the party.<br />

Marsha Baker poses for a picture with<br />

Santa at the conclusion of the Senior Citizens<br />

Christmas Party.


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PAGE 4 - MADISON MESSENGER - <strong>December</strong> 24, <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Floyd retires as West Jefferson’s chief of police<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The village of West Jefferson is in the process of finding a new<br />

police chief.<br />

Chief Christopher Floyd retired on Dec. 14. He joined the department<br />

in July 2019. He has held a number of positions over his 42-<br />

year career in law enforcement.<br />

Floyd spent the majority of his career working for the Franklin<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, starting in the jail in 1982, then working<br />

patrol on the county’s west side, after which he spent 14 years in<br />

the detective bureau, retiring as a homicide and domestic violence<br />

detective at the end of 2012.<br />

Before becoming chief of the West Jefferson Police Department,<br />

Floyd served as director of operations for the Franklin County Coroner’s<br />

Office, followed by a stint as dog warden with the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

Blessings of the Season<br />

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family<br />

in a prayer for peace and harmony.<br />

May these be yours at Christmas.<br />

For your goodwill, we are humbly grateful.<br />

JENNIFER S. HUNTER, CPA<br />

Jennifer S. Hunter, CPA<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Auditor<br />

1 N. Main St., London<br />

1 N. Main St., London<br />

740-852-9717<br />

www.co.madison.oh.us<br />

“Working with the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Martin added that since taking<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, I very much<br />

liked the people in <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

and took the opportunity as the (West<br />

Jefferson) police chief as an additional<br />

way to serve the people. West Jefferson<br />

and <strong>Madison</strong> County have some<br />

great people,” he said.<br />

During his time as chief, Floyd<br />

navigated some significant challenges,<br />

including the COVID-19 pandemic,<br />

a quadruple homicide in the<br />

village, and major growth in the village.<br />

One of the highlights of his time<br />

with West Jefferson, he said, was the<br />

people.<br />

“I had the opportunity to work<br />

with some great officers, residents,<br />

the mayor, and council,” he said.<br />

As for why he decided to retire,<br />

Floyd said, “It’s just time to spend<br />

time with the family and my new<br />

Christopher Floyd has retired as<br />

West Jefferson’s police chief.<br />

office as mayor in 2016, he has<br />

had a goal of seeing the police department<br />

not only protect the<br />

community but also serve it.<br />

“I want them to stop and talk to<br />

citizens. I want them out there<br />

among the people,” he said. “Every<br />

police chief we’ve had, including<br />

Chief Floyd, has helped move us<br />

in that direction.”<br />

Martin named Lt. Brandon<br />

Smith as interim chief upon<br />

Floyd’s retirement. The village<br />

posted the job opening for police<br />

chief both internally and externally.<br />

A three-person committee is<br />

conducting interviews with candidates:<br />

Martin; Samantha Cahill,<br />

chair of village council’s police<br />

committee; and a representative<br />

from human resources.<br />

grandson.”<br />

Mayor Ray Martin praised Floyd for his service to the community,<br />

saying “I feel he’s done a good job for the village.”<br />

“My goal is to find someone by the end of<br />

the year,” Martin said about the timeline for<br />

hiring a new chief.<br />

New BCI leader takes helm Jan. 1<br />

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced on Dec. 18 that<br />

Bruce Pijanowski will become the next leader of the Bureau of<br />

Criminal Investigation (BCI) following the retirement of current<br />

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer.<br />

“Bruce hit the ground running at BCI, and I’m excited to elevate<br />

him to the top leadership role,” Yost said. “I have full confidence<br />

that with Bruce at the helm, BCI’s reputation as a premier law enforcement<br />

agency will continue.”<br />

Before joining BCI as assistant superintendent in May 2022, Pijanowski<br />

served 34 years with the Delaware Police Department, the<br />

last 10 as chief.<br />

He started his law enforcement career as a Delaware patrol officer<br />

in 1988, steadily rising through the ranks to detective, sergeant,<br />

detective sergeant, captain, assistant chief, and chief. Along<br />

the way, he learned the roles of tactical officer,<br />

crisis negotiator, crash reconstructionist,<br />

and field training officer.<br />

Pijanowski is a graduate of Bowling Green<br />

State University, the FBI National Academy,<br />

and the Police Executive Leadership College.<br />

He has served extensively within the Ohio<br />

Association of Chiefs of Police.<br />

Morbitzer will continue in his role until<br />

his retirement on Dec. 31.<br />

“Superintendent Morbitzer’s numerous<br />

accomplishments at BCI have expanded<br />

and enhanced our capabilities to better<br />

serve local law enforcement,” Yost said. “A<br />

great executive empowers and equips those<br />

they lead, and I am grateful to Joe for cultivating<br />

the leadership for the next generation<br />

of law enforcement.”<br />

Headquartered in London, BCI serves as<br />

Ohio’s crime lab and criminal-records<br />

keeper and offers round-the-clock expert<br />

and impartial investigative services to local,<br />

state, and federal law enforcement agencies.<br />

In addition to its main office in London, BCI<br />

operates laboratory and evidence reception<br />

sites around the state in Richfield, Bowling<br />

Green, Boardman, Athens, and Springfield.<br />

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obituaries<br />

DILL<br />

John “Jerry” Gerald Dill, 65, of London, Ohio, passed<br />

on Dec. 14, <strong>2023</strong>, in the arms of his loving wife. The son<br />

of John Ralph and Dixie Darlene (Brown), Dill was born<br />

on Oct. 1, 1958, in Columbus, Ohio.<br />

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, and joking around<br />

with everyone. He loved to make people laugh. John,<br />

along with his wife, Paula, and their two sons, Josh and<br />

Jason, took over his grandparents’ grocery store in<br />

Sedalia, Ohio, Brown’s Grocery, and added a pizza shop.<br />

The four of them then opened two more pizza shops in<br />

Jeffersonville, Ohio, called Brown’s Pizza. John was an<br />

extraordinary carpenter and handyman. In his spare<br />

time, he enjoyed playing Clash of Clans for the past 11<br />

years.<br />

John is survived by: his mother; loving wife of 46<br />

years, Paula (Hammond) Dill; sons, Joshua Dill and<br />

Jason (Rose Ann) Dill; siblings, Theresa Dill-Wilkins,<br />

Sharon (Ernie) Stone, Marilyn Zink, Patty (W.O.) Near,<br />

Jack (Alisha) Dill, Cheryl “Susy” Kingery, and Gary<br />

(Lynn) Dill; grandson, Jakob Dill with whom John<br />

shared a very special relationship; numerous nieces and<br />

nephews; special friend, Pastor Chris Tomaso; and<br />

many cousins and friends.<br />

He was preceded in death by his father and by his<br />

son, Johnny Dill.<br />

John’s family would like to thank Vitas Hospice, especially<br />

his nurse, Dashada.<br />

The family asks that donations be made to the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Health Foundation in John’s memory. John received<br />

compassionate care while receiving treatment at the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Health Cancer Center.<br />

A celebration of life will take place in the spring.<br />

John’s services have been entrusted to Lynch Family<br />

Funeral Home.<br />

PUCKETT<br />

Terry Lynn (Muterspaw) Puckett died peacefully<br />

surrounded by her loved ones on Dec. 15, <strong>2023</strong>. She was<br />

born on Aug. 8, 1959, in Springfield, Ohio, the daughter<br />

of William Richard and Geraldine Louise (Johnston)<br />

Muterspaw<br />

She was a 1977 graduate of Mechanicsburg High<br />

School. She worked for Shoemakers Home Center in<br />

South Charleston for over 20 years. When asked what<br />

she enjoyed doing, her family quickly answered, “anything<br />

outdoors,” which included woodworking, mowing<br />

grass with her neighbor, and tending to all her flowers,<br />

especially her prized rose bush. She cherished the time<br />

spent helping her sons with their <strong>Madison</strong> County 4-H<br />

projects. She also loved spending as much time as she<br />

could with her grandchildren.<br />

Terry is survived by: her loving husband of 35 years,<br />

Donald Puckett; her children, Cory (Andrea)<br />

Muterspaw and Justin (Bianca) Puckett; siblings,<br />

Tonya (Mike) McDowell, Steve Muterspaw, and Kimberly<br />

Muterspaw; grandchildren, Billy (Megan and<br />

Michael) Muterspaw, Courtnee Muterspaw, Hunter<br />

Puckett, Jayce Puckett, Levi Puckett, and Lexie Puckett;<br />

numerous nieces and nephews; special friends,<br />

Jeanie and Bill Daughtery, Marilyn Hughes, and Kelli<br />

Beekman- Hughes; and her special companion, her dog<br />

Benji.<br />

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

sister, Suzanne Muterspaw; and brother-in-law, Leroy<br />

Puckett.<br />

The family would like to give a special thank-you to<br />

Heartland Hospice.<br />

A memorial gathering was held Dec. 22 at Lynch<br />

Family Funeral Home, London.<br />

The family asks that donations be made to assist<br />

with the funeral costs. To do this, visit www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com<br />

and click on the “donations’ tab at<br />

the top of the obituary.<br />

RUTHERFORD<br />

Richard Cochran Rutherford, 75, of London, Ohio,<br />

died on Dec. 15, <strong>2023</strong>. He was born on Jan. 7, 1948, in<br />

Richlands, Virginia, the son of Robert Doyle and<br />

Dorothy Viola (Vance) Rutherford.<br />

Richard graduated from Pleasantview High School<br />

where he enjoyed playing on the high school basketball<br />

team. After high school, he worked for over 30 years for<br />

Lennox. He worked there until the day they closed their<br />

doors and moved to Iowa. He then began working for<br />

London City Schools where he worked for over 20 years<br />

as a bus mechanic.<br />

Richard had a true gift for working on motors and<br />

loved helping others when they were having trouble<br />

with their vehicles. He enjoyed driving and working on<br />

his church van. One of his great passions was working<br />

with the youth, whether it was youth from London City<br />

Schools or youth from his church, Apostolic Gospel<br />

Church. He was very active playing ball, taking them<br />

fishing, and having cookouts.<br />

Richard loved having many people around, especially<br />

his grandchildren. He would play any board game they<br />

asked him to play. In his spare time, he was in a bowling<br />

league in Columbus and played cornhole, horseshoes,<br />

and euchre. One of his greatest accomplishments<br />

was coming to know the lord. He was very proud to be<br />

right with the lord and live as the lord would want him<br />

to live.<br />

Richard is survived by: his loving wife of 37 years,<br />

Tara Lynn (Underhill) Rutherford; children, Richard<br />

Rutherford, Robert Rutherford, Rodney Rutherford,<br />

Randi Rutherford, Michelle Williams, Paula Williams,<br />

and Rodney Williams; siblings, Robert Rutherford,<br />

Sheila Mutter (Rutherford), Shelly LeeMaster (Rutherford),<br />

and Sharlene Rutherford; 16 grandchildren and<br />

three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins and<br />

lifelong friends.<br />

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings,<br />

Sherry (Gates) Rutherford, Michelle Williams,<br />

and Rocky Rutherford.<br />

Visitation was held Dec. 19 at Lynch Family Funeral<br />

Home, London. Visitation and a funeral service were<br />

held on Dec. 20 at the funeral home with Pastor Mike<br />

Underhill officiating. Interment followed at Paint Township<br />

Cemetery, London.<br />

WHITESOCK<br />

Stanley “Whitey” Whitesock, 93, of London, Ohio,<br />

died on Dec. 16, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Whitey was born on Feb. 15, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan,<br />

a son of Stanley and Lillian (Hall) Whitesock. He<br />

had been a longtime member of Saint Patrick Church,<br />

where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Father<br />

Reidy Council. He was a proud four-year veteran of<br />

the United States Navy, and was a member of AmVets,<br />

American Legion, and VFW. He enjoyed the activities<br />

and social life of those organizations. Whitey was a longterm<br />

carpenter with Van Horn Construction and then<br />

went to work for himself for a few years after that.<br />

Whitey is survived by: his children, Cheryl Homeier<br />

of London and Gary (Vickie) Whitesock of Canal Winchester; grandchildren,<br />

Chris Whitesock, Donneita Nixten, Mariah (Jacob) Denton,<br />

Ryan (Taylor) Homeier; great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Addy,<br />

Ariel, Will, Destiny, and Malia; two great-great-grandchildren; multiple<br />

nieces and nephews; and step-children, Tara and Rhonda.<br />

Whitey was preceded in death by: his parents; first wife, Francis<br />

Whitesock; second wife, JoAnne Whitesock; third wife, Dorothy<br />

Drake Whitesock; and five brothers.<br />

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint<br />

Patrick Church, London, at a date which is yet to be determined.<br />

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lynch Family Funeral<br />

Home & Cremation Services, London.<br />

Online condolences may be sent to www.lynchfamilyfuneralhome.com.<br />

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Mary Louise Strine passed away on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 14 from glioblastoma.<br />

Mary Louise was known for her service to her London,<br />

Ohio community and her beloved family. She enriched<br />

many lives during her 22 years of service with the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Juvenile Court. She told kids, “If I know your<br />

name, you’ve been here too many times!“<br />

To her family and friends, she could not have been more<br />

selflessly considerate. She was there for you with a<br />

scratch-off for your birthday and with a perfectly iced<br />

Texas sheet cake when you needed it the most.<br />

She serves still. She has donated her body to science at The Ohio State University<br />

College of Medicine.<br />

Mary Louise was born on March 19, 1942 to Sam and Catherine Landes. She<br />

was joined by sisters Patricia, Teresa and Lisa and brother Mark.<br />

She married John Strine in 1961 and together they raised four children: Nancy<br />

(Morgan Muir), Mary Anne (Paul Schrock), Susan (Ginger Buck) and John<br />

(Delvina). She loved her children and her five grandchildren (Ian Muir, Macauley<br />

Muir, Jordan Karsten, Alana Strine, Nolan Strine) and two great grandchildren.<br />

Mary Louise cherished her lifelong friendships with Ginger FluAllen Cunningham<br />

and Betty Jo Pendleton.<br />

She will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by all those fortunate<br />

enough to have known her. Let us celebrate her life by continuing her legacy<br />

of service by monetary donations designated for children’s programming at the<br />

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Ambulance District<br />

The Sterling Joint Ambulance District’s<br />

January meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Jan.<br />

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

Sterling. The board will discuss and approve<br />

the 2024 permanent appropriations/budget.<br />

In February, meetings will resume their<br />

regular day and time, being the second<br />

Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. at the<br />

squad bay, unless otherwise publicized. The<br />

public is always welcome.<br />

Art Show<br />

Through Dec. 30, the London Arts Center,<br />

60 S. Walnut St., is hosting an exhibit<br />

featuring work done by students and teachers<br />

in London Visual Arts Guild workshops<br />

and classes this past year. Admission is free.<br />

Visitors also are invited to check out the Art<br />

Cart for gift ideas. The center’s hours are:<br />

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

10 a.m.-2 p.m. The center will be<br />

closed in January for general maintenance.<br />

It will reopen in February.<br />

Art Contest<br />

Winter break is the perfect time for any<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County 2024 graduating high<br />

school senior to work on submissions for the<br />

Kurt Lattimer Aspiring Artist Award. This<br />

includes public, home-schooled, and online<br />

students. The deadline to submit entries is<br />

Jan. 6. Organizers will award cash prizes in<br />

three categories. For more information, registration,<br />

or to make a donation to support<br />

this event, visit aspiringartistaward.com.<br />

Plain City Winter Events<br />

The following events and programs are<br />

taking place in Plain City. Visit www.plaincity.com<br />

for details.<br />

• Holiday Lights—Through Jan. 1, Pastime<br />

Park features a nightly drive-through<br />

light display synched to holiday music.<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., through Jan. 7 for<br />

free recycling. Specially marked recycling<br />

bins are available 24/7. Do not place holiday<br />

lights in plastic bags, boxes, or other containers.<br />

Soil & Water Conservation<br />

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

District’s monthly meetings for 2024<br />

will be held at 7:30 a.m. the second Wednesday<br />

of each month in the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Engineer’s conference room at 825 U.S.<br />

Hwy. 42 NE, London. The public is welcome<br />

to attend. Any changes in this schedule will<br />

be published in the <strong>Madison</strong> <strong>Messenger</strong>.<br />

Oak Run Township Trustees<br />

The Oak Run Township trustees will<br />

meet at 8 p.m. Jan. 2 at the township hall,<br />

7090 Gregg Mill Rd., London.<br />

Stokes Township<br />

The Stokes Township trustees will hold<br />

their 2024 reorganization meeting at 7 p.m.<br />

Jan. 2 in the township garage (behind the<br />

fire house) at 7120 E. Main St., South Solon.<br />

The Township will hold their 2024 regular,<br />

monthly meetings the second Thursday of<br />

each month at the same time and location<br />

beginning Jan. 11. The public is welcome to<br />

attend.<br />

Jeffersonian Senior Center<br />

The Jeffersonian Senior Citizen Center,<br />

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

meets from noon to 2 p.m. the first and third<br />

Tuesdays of each month for potlucks and<br />

events. (Due to the holidays, the next meeting<br />

is set for Jan. 9 at 2 p.m.) Anyone 50 and<br />

older is welcome to stop in to learn more.<br />

The cost to become a member is $10 per<br />

year.<br />

The center is planning a day trip to The<br />

Ark Encounter in Kentucky on April 11,<br />

2024. The group will take a charter bus with<br />

a limit of 45 people. The cost is $63. Children<br />

are not permitted. Anyone interested<br />

in more information is invited to attend one<br />

of the senior center’s meetings.<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 />

Alzheimer’s Family Support<br />

The Alzheimer’s Family Support Group<br />

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

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

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

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

is welcome.<br />

Mt. Sterling Community Center<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

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

(740) 869-2453. The center will be closed<br />

Dec. 25-Jan. 1.<br />

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

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

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

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

For details, call (740)<br />

852-3001.<br />

Dec. 25—Closed for Christmas<br />

Dec. 26—9 a.m., quilting class; 10 a.m.,<br />

bowling; 4-7 p.m., billiards, hand and foot<br />

cards, workout room open<br />

Dec. 27—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

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

bridge<br />

Dec. 28-9 a.m., chair volleyball<br />

Dec. 29—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 11 a.m.,<br />

New Year’s party lunch for members and<br />

Gas Pump Jockeys perform.<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 />

• Seed Drop-Off Exchange. The library<br />

and <strong>Madison</strong> County OSU Extension Office<br />

invite the public to donate preserved or<br />

store-bought seeds to trade with other people<br />

in the community. Pick up empty seed<br />

envelopes and labels, fill the envelopes with<br />

seeds, then drop them off by Jan. 13 at the<br />

library, 20 E. First St., London, or at the Extension<br />

office, 217 Elm St., London. The library<br />

and Extension will then hold a Seed<br />

Exchange program on Jan. 27 at both locations.<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.<br />

31. Participants must pick up a reading<br />

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

stamp 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 />

• Duck Hunt. Visit the library from now<br />

through Jan. 3 to hunt for rubber ducks hiding<br />

throughout the library (while supplies<br />

last). If you find one, you get to keep it. Only<br />

one rubber duck per child, please.<br />

• Winter Reading Challenge. Through<br />

Jan. 31, log your reading and activities on<br />

the Beanstack app or website to earn tickets<br />

for prize drawings. Earn one ticket for every<br />

10 hours of reading and every 10 physical<br />

activities you do during the challenge timeframe.<br />

Earn extra tickets by attending library<br />

programs listed under Activity<br />

Badges. Prizes include a hot chocolate kit,<br />

blanket, tote bag, reading light, chemistry<br />

set, microscope set, magnetic marble run,<br />

robot, and gift cards.<br />

• Noon Year’s Eve Party. Can’t stay<br />

awake until midnight? Celebrate the new<br />

year with the library from 11 a.m. to noon<br />

Dec. 30. Play games like Roll Around the<br />

Clock, New Year’s Bingo, and Giant Jenga.<br />

Make crafts. Then join in the glow-in-thedark<br />

dance party until it’s time to start the<br />

countdown to noon with the Ball Pop! For<br />

ages 3-10.<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. Sessions return on Jan. 5.<br />

• Closed. The library is closed Dec. 29-<br />

Jan. 1.<br />

• Warm Up West Jefferson. The library<br />

is accepting donations of new or gently used<br />

blankets and winter gear. The items are<br />

available for anyone to take if they need<br />

them.<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. Storytime sessions return<br />

on Feb. 5.<br />

• Closed. The library will be closed Dec.<br />

25 and Jan. 1. All other hours remain the<br />

same. Items will not be counted late or accrue<br />

overdue fees during library closures.<br />

• Library Board of Trustees. The board’s<br />

next meeting is Jan. 4 at approximately 6:15<br />

p.m. It follows the Mount Sterling Community<br />

Museum board meeting. To be added<br />

to the agenda, contact Director Steve<br />

Brindza at (740) 869-2430.<br />

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

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

canned and boxed food items (unexpired<br />

and undamaged), pet food, and<br />

unopened hygiene items. The pantry is located<br />

across from the library and accessible<br />

around the clock, year-round.<br />

Plain City Library<br />

Plain City Public Library is located at<br />

305 W. Main St. and online at<br />

www.plaincitylib.org. Call (614) 873-4912.<br />

• 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. starting Jan. 8.<br />

• Take & Make: Necklace. Pick up a kit<br />

on Jan. 12, while supplies last, to make a<br />

necklace based on a design by German multimedia<br />

artist Anni Albers.<br />

• Closed. The library will be closed Dec.<br />

25, Dec. 26, and Jan. 1.<br />

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Memorable trip crosses off a bucket list item<br />

I love making lists on paper. It makes me feel productive when<br />

I go shopping and end with a page full of crossed out items or a<br />

lengthy to-do list that is empty by the end of the day.<br />

There is one list of mine that is short, very short, with only five<br />

items–my personal bucket list with sights I want to see and places<br />

I want to go, including the Valley of the Kings and pyramids in<br />

Egypt, a sunrise on Machu Picchu in Peru, Petra in Jordan, the Sistine<br />

Chapel, and a Christmas market in Austria.<br />

This year, <strong>2023</strong>, I finally drew a line through two of them–the<br />

Sistine Chapel and a Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) in Vienna–after<br />

years of saving and a COVID hiatus. My husband and<br />

I finally took our “trip of a lifetime” in November by visiting Rome,<br />

Venice, Zurich, and Austria.<br />

I have a personal connection with the city of Mozart, Schubert,<br />

and Haydn. My mother hails from Wien, and my cousins still live<br />

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I’ve dreamed of seeing one<br />

in person after watching PBS<br />

and travel channel specials on<br />

European holiday markets. Columbus tried one many<br />

years ago on the grounds of city hall on West Broad<br />

Street. It was wonderful and much like its foreign counterparts<br />

with quaint huts and talented vendors but was<br />

not well attended.<br />

I wanted to wander among small stands decked out<br />

in lights and holiday cheer that offered handmade ornaments,<br />

gingerbread hearts bidding Frohe Weihnachten<br />

(Merry Christmas), carved wooden pyramids<br />

powered by candles, and more.<br />

My simple request was filled eight times over with a<br />

visit to Vienna’s main Christkindlmarkt at the foot of<br />

city government–the Rathaus–along with five smaller<br />

district markets along the way, another on the grounds<br />

of the Schonbrunn Palace, and the last, and best, one at<br />

Schloss Hoff (a baroque era estate outside of Vienna).<br />

I had no idea there was more than one Christmas<br />

market in Vienna.<br />

The city is divided into districts and each one sponsors<br />

their own version of the holiday tradition which<br />

started in 1296. At any one time, more than a dozen are<br />

taking place, often within walking distance of each<br />

other, from mid-November to Christmas.<br />

They all are charming and, depending on the location,<br />

offer many different artisan-crafted items such as<br />

handmade clothing, colorful ceramics, jewelry, toys,<br />

pastries, and smoked meats hanging on poles alongside<br />

cheeses.<br />

You can walk along a street decorated overhead with<br />

lighted chandeliers and shops in existence before America<br />

was settled and, without warning, come upon another<br />

holiday market. However, there is no mistaking<br />

the city hall market with its inviting archway, doubledecker<br />

carousel, skating rink, and lines of stands weaving<br />

their way through the area.<br />

It is not called the Viennese<br />

Dream Christmas Market for<br />

nothing!<br />

We were fortunate that our<br />

stay in Austria afforded us the<br />

opportunity to visit the Schloss<br />

Hoff Christmas Market near the<br />

border of Slovakia. Held only one<br />

weekend a year, which coincided<br />

with our trip, it was a perfect opportunity<br />

to see the historical estate<br />

decked out for the holidays<br />

with 80 vendors scattered<br />

throughout buildings and<br />

grounds.<br />

Where horses and carriages<br />

were once housed for transporting princes and<br />

princesses, tables now displayed beautiful bowls, glittering<br />

glass ornaments, and tiny carved berries soaked<br />

in fragrances of the season.<br />

A brass band played songs of the season while a bicycle-riding,<br />

human-powered merry-go-round of vintage<br />

bicycles and benches entertained little ones. Since it<br />

was mid-November and there was a chill in the air, an<br />

outside stand offered hot gluhwein, a spicy heated wine<br />

enjoyed throughout Germany and Austria during the<br />

ski season. Bar tables in the form of animals and trees<br />

helped visitors like us enjoy their gluhwein and a vast<br />

assortment of sweet and savory regional delicacies.<br />

The opportunity to cross off one of my bucket list<br />

goals went so far beyond my expectations, I now have<br />

layers upon layers of memories (and photos, lots and<br />

lots of photos) to revisit in the years to come.<br />

Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope the memories<br />

that you make this holiday season are ones that you,<br />

too, can happily revisit in years to come.<br />

Linda Dillman is a <strong>Messenger</strong> staff writer.


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Special book reading planned<br />

Gingerbread smile<br />

Ellie Ferguson proudly poses with her decorated gingerbread<br />

house. She made the creation during a Gingerbread House<br />

Workshop hosted by the Mount Sterling Friends of the Library<br />

on Dec. 10 at the library. The library will be closed Dec. 25-Jan.<br />

1. The Little Free Library Pantry, located across from the library,<br />

is open 24/7. Anyone is welcome to donate or take<br />

books, non-perishable canned and boxed food items (unexpired<br />

and undamaged), pet food, and unopened hygiene items.<br />

Local author Norma Freeman is set to captivate audiences<br />

during a special event in January during which she will read<br />

excerpts from her memoir, “Family Memories.” The event, set<br />

for 2-3 p.m. Jan. 20 at London Public Library, promises an intimate<br />

look into the author’s life as she shares cherished moments<br />

and reflects on the importance of family.<br />

Freeman, a resident of London and a gifted storyteller, has<br />

crafted a memoir that resonates with readers of all backgrounds.<br />

In “Family Memories,” she takes readers on a heartfelt<br />

journey through the tapestry of her life, offering glimpses<br />

into the relationships, challenges, and triumphs that have<br />

shaped her into the person she is today.<br />

The Jan. 20 event will feature Freeman reading select passages<br />

from her memoir, providing attendees with a unique opportunity<br />

to connect with the author and gain deeper insights<br />

into the inspiration behind her writing. From humorous anecdotes<br />

to poignant reflections, Freeman promises a rollercoaster<br />

of emotions that will leave the audience moved and<br />

inspired.<br />

Through her storytelling, Freeman invites readers to reflect<br />

on their own family ties and the impact these relationships<br />

have on shaping our identities.<br />

Attendees can look forward to a question-and-answer session<br />

during which Freeman will answer questions about her<br />

writing process, the challenges of capturing personal memories<br />

on paper, and the significance of preserving family stories.<br />

“Family Memories” has been added to the London Public<br />

Library’s collection and is available for checkout.<br />

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Feeling jolly in West Jefferson<br />

Sidney Troesch, a senior at Jonathan Alder High School, signed<br />

a letter of commitment to play volleyball at Heidelberg University<br />

next fall. Sidney is the daughter of Brian and Bridget Troesch. She<br />

plans to major in criminology and minor in psychology.<br />

Happy Holidays!<br />

West Jefferson High School music students<br />

presented a Christmas Cabaret on<br />

Dec. 18. The night included music, a dessert<br />

and drink bar, pictures with Santa, an ugly<br />

sweater contest, gingerbread house decorating,<br />

a craft table, an art gallery, Santa letter<br />

boxes, and coloring and activity pages.<br />

The event served as a fundraiser for the<br />

band and choir programs; it also benefited<br />

two local charitable organizations, the Good<br />

Samaritan Food Pantry and Santino’s Crusade<br />

for a Cancer-Free World.<br />

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Deeann, Ty, Tina<br />

Jackie Fitzpatrick makes her way to her<br />

seat after visiting the dessert and drink bar<br />

at the Christmas Cabaret.<br />

Keith and Linda Collins (shown here) were chosen as winners in<br />

the adult division of the ugly sweater contest. Angel Hillyard<br />

placed second and Jackie Fitzpatrick placed third. Other adult<br />

contestants included Jennifer Sesler, Casie Phipps, Pamela<br />

Parks, Ben Hillyard, and Amanda Hobbs. Winners in the youth division<br />

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Generous in Mt. Sterling<br />

Jim Davis (center), representing the Mount Sterling Knights of Pythias, makes a donation<br />

to the Tri-County Joint Fire District for the firefighters’ annual toy drive. Accepting<br />

the donation are firefighter Zach Graham (left) and Chief Dave Taylor (right).<br />

Kathi Carson from the Mount Sterling Eagles<br />

Youth League accepts a donation from<br />

Jim Davis of the Mount Sterling Knights of<br />

Pythias.<br />

Jim Davis, representing the Mount Sterling<br />

Knights of Pythias, presents donations to<br />

Megan Barker Witteman, director of the<br />

Mount Sterling Community Center, for the<br />

center’s programs and food pantry.<br />

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Young kitten and young dog seek forever homes<br />

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

adoption at the Humane Society of <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County.<br />

Binks<br />

This is the beautiful Binks. This lovely<br />

lady came to the shelter through no fault of<br />

her own. Her previous owner was unable to<br />

care for her. This beauty has an estimated<br />

birthdate of Nov. 10, 2022. She is the first<br />

kitty that greets visitors to the cat room.<br />

She is a super sweet girl, with a love for<br />

fun. She has a blast with toys, her favorites<br />

being stuffed mice and anything with feathers.<br />

She can be shy at first, but she warms<br />

up quickly and rewards you with lots of<br />

purrs. Binks is the best of both worlds as<br />

she likes snuggling on the couch or a warm<br />

lap just as much as she likes playing.<br />

Because Binks is so young, shelter staff<br />

think she would do just fine in most any<br />

home, whether she is the only cat or in a<br />

home with other furry family members. She<br />

likes other cats at the shelter, and she currently<br />

has free roam in the shelter’s cat<br />

room.<br />

Adoption fees for cats are $100 for kittens<br />

up to 6 months old and $80 for cats 7<br />

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

test (if old enough), spay or neuter, a Home<br />

Again microchip, a set of shots, deworming,<br />

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

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

Gail<br />

If you are looking for a sweet, loyal, and<br />

affectionate dog, then look no further than<br />

Gail. Gail came to the shelter as a stray. The<br />

staff thinks she is a German shepherd mix,<br />

weighing about 48 pounds, with an estimated<br />

birthdate of July 2020.<br />

Because she is young, she has lots of energy.<br />

The shelter staff tries to keep her calm<br />

as she is heartworm positive. She will be<br />

going through treatment at the Humane Society’s<br />

expense. During treatment, she will<br />

need a place to hang out and chill; she might<br />

need to be crated if she is too playful. Dogs<br />

going through treatment do very well in a<br />

foster-to-adopt situation; it allows time to<br />

get to know them and bond in a quiet place.<br />

Gail would do best in a home with older<br />

Binks<br />

children who understand that she needs to<br />

be on exercise restrictions until her heartworm<br />

treatment is complete and she has a<br />

negative heartworm test. Also, she would<br />

do best in a home with no other animals<br />

that could get her too worked up.<br />

Gail can go on walks, maybe a bit shorter<br />

walks than other dogs, but she still loves it<br />

nonetheless. She is a very sweet and loving<br />

girl and really enjoys the company of her<br />

human friends at the shelter.<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 can be paid by cash<br />

or credit card.<br />

General Humane Society info<br />

The Humane Society is located at 2020<br />

Plain City Georgesville Rd., West Jefferson.<br />

If you are interested in adopting a pet, fill<br />

out an application online at www.hsmcohio.org<br />

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

The shelter is open by appointment.<br />

The Humane Society appreciates donations<br />

of money and supplies. The shelter has<br />

an immediate need for storage bins, 13-gal-<br />

lon and 30-gallon trash bags, sandwich baggies,<br />

and toilet paper.<br />

Other needs include:<br />

Pet Food and Supplements<br />

Purina Cat Chow<br />

Pedigree Small Bites<br />

Purina Pro Plan Wet Kitten Food<br />

Purina Puppy Chow<br />

Pet Supplies<br />

Puppy pads<br />

Clumping and<br />

non-clumping cat<br />

litter<br />

Cat and dog<br />

treats<br />

Medical needs<br />

Milkbone Pill<br />

Pockets<br />

Calming Chews<br />

Shelter supplies<br />

White copy<br />

Dog tags available at many locations<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Auditor Jennifer Hunter is selling<br />

2024 dog tags through Jan. 31, 2024, at the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Auditor’s Office and several other county locations:<br />

• London—Dwyer’s Hardware, Lake Choctaw Office,<br />

and Sheffield Veterinary Hospital;<br />

• West Jefferson—West Jefferson Animal Hospital,<br />

West Jefferson Hardware, and Humane Society of<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County;<br />

• Mount Sterling—Reiterman Feed and Supply; and<br />

• Plain City—Ace Hardware and Plain City Animal<br />

Hospital.<br />

A $1 convenience fee is charged at satellite locations.<br />

All satellite locations accept cash only, except Reiterman<br />

Feed and Supply and Plain City Animal Hospital.<br />

Another option is to purchase tags online at<br />

www.doglicenses.us/OH/<strong>Madison</strong>/.<br />

Gail<br />

Dog tags must be purchased annually for all dogs<br />

older than three months. The cost is $16 through Jan.<br />

31. Three-year licenses are $40 and permanent licenses<br />

are $150; both are available for purchase at the Auditor’s<br />

office.<br />

Renewal applications can be handled entirely<br />

through the mail. The Auditor’s Office mailed renewal<br />

applications in November to last year’s license holders.<br />

By verifying renewal information and returning the<br />

form, payment, and a self-addressed stamped envelope,<br />

owners can receive tags by return mail.<br />

A current dog tag is the easiest method to keep owners<br />

and their pets together.<br />

Kennel licenses for professional breeders and<br />

hunters may be obtained only at the Auditor’s Office, 1<br />

N. Main St., London, OH 43140.<br />

For more information, call (740) 852-9717.<br />

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The Humane Society has wish lists<br />

posted on the Amazon and Chewy websites.<br />

Visit www.hsmcohio.org for more information.<br />

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Food Council collects food and cooking supplies<br />

National Nutrition Month is celebrated every year in March. For<br />

2024, the <strong>Madison</strong> County Local Food Council will celebrate by<br />

holding a donation campaign. Donations will be distributed to food<br />

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WIC program. Donations will help individuals and families who do<br />

not have access to healthy food options, providing them with food<br />

and the resources to prepare it.<br />

Donations are being accepted now through the end of March<br />

2024. Donations will be distributed starting in April 2024. Donated<br />

cooking supplies can be used or new. The Food Council asks that<br />

used items be properly cleaned and gently used.<br />

Donation collection sites and times<br />

• <strong>Madison</strong> County Public Health, 306 Lafayette St., Suite B,<br />

London—Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.;<br />

• <strong>Madison</strong> County OSU Extension, 217 Elm St., London—Monday-Thursday,<br />

8 a.m.-6 p.m.;<br />

• Department of Job and Family Services, 200 Midway St., London—Monday-Friday,<br />

8 a.m.-4 p.m.;<br />

• Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St.—Monday-<br />

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

• <strong>Madison</strong> Health, 210 N. Main St.—donation collection boxes located<br />

in the hospital’s G.C. Diner;<br />

• Jonathan Alder High School—collection site only for students<br />

during school hours;<br />

• <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Intermediate School—collection site only for<br />

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• <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Elementary—collection site only for students<br />

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Food/cooking supplies donation list<br />

Cooking Supplies<br />

Can openers<br />

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Knife sets for food preparation<br />

Cutting boards<br />

Kitchen scissors<br />

Vegetable peelers<br />

Graters<br />

Microwaves<br />

Crock pots<br />

Blenders<br />

Frying pans/skillets<br />

Saucepans<br />

Mixing bowls<br />

Baking sheets<br />

Stirring spoons<br />

Slotted spoons<br />

Ladles<br />

Spatulas<br />

Whisks<br />

Tongs<br />

Oven gloves/potholders<br />

Plastic containers for food storage<br />

Plastic zipper bags for food storage<br />

Foil<br />

Forks/spoons/knives flatware<br />

Plastic plates and bowls<br />

Seasonings<br />

Black pepper<br />

Garlic powder<br />

Onion powder<br />

Seasoning mixes (salt-free)<br />

Cinnamon<br />

Brown sugar<br />

Baking powder<br />

Vanilla extract<br />

Honey<br />

Olive or canola oil<br />

Meat, Beans, and Nuts<br />

Canned chicken<br />

Canned tuna<br />

Dried or canned beans<br />

Nuts (unsalted)<br />

Peanut butter or other nut butters<br />

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xClassified Services<br />

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1/7 M<br />

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Mulching, Tree Removal<br />

Call 614-378-1237<br />

PAINTING<br />

WOW<br />

Painting - Power Wash<br />

Interior - Exterior<br />

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614-989-9759<br />

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INFORMATION<br />

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SEWING MACHINE<br />

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work gtd. 614-890-5296<br />

TREE SERVICES<br />

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Trimming, Removal &<br />

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1/7<br />

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• Bucket Truck Services<br />

Best Prices • Same Day Service<br />

614-878-2568


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